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New budget will reverse cash flow Decentralization encourages entrepreneurship at schools & colleges. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News

W The football team has made attendance strides in recent years, but still lags behind conference rivals. | HUA ZONG TTN

Admins., trustees donate to Clarke

$5,000 was given to the Council president’s 2011 relelection campaign. JOHN MORITZ News Editor Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke, whose Fifth District includes Main Campus and the surrounding student neighborhood, was supported in his most recent election campaign by a number of Temple administrators, trustees and high-profile donors. Clarke, a democrat, had his most recent campaign in 2011, when he ran unopposed for reelection. According to records provided by Axis Philly, a nonprofit newsgathering service, those in high-ranking positions at Temple gave $5,000 to Clarke. Ken Lawrence, the senior vice president of government, community and public affairs, who through his position serves as the chief lobbyist for the university, gave a total of $1,000 in three payments registered in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County. “My political contributions are made using my personal money and by my personal choice,” Lawrence said in an email. “I support elected officials who I feel are effective, committed and good public servants. Councilman Clarke is one of many elected officials who I support.” Beverly Coleman, the assistant vice president of community relations and economic development gave $250 from the city’s Fifth Ward.


New conference, empty seats No specific plans to improve non-revenue facilities, officials say. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor Pat Kraft has trouble sleeping some nights. Hired as deputy athletic director in May, Kraft was brought in with a specific task: to engage the Temple fan base. “I want our student body to be the loudest and most recognized in all of the country,” Kraft said. “I want to put Penn State’s student body to shame. I’ve seen it and it is so awesome, and so special. That’s what keeps me up.” Despite the football team experiencing a steady rise in attendance during the past five seasons, when compared to other schools in the

conference, the Owls remain at the bottom of the pack. Four weeks into the season and through two home games, Temple has the second lowest attendance in The American with an average of 23,688. The only university with less average spectators so far is Southern Methodist, which has an enrollment nearly four times smaller than Temple. Volleyball ranks last in the conference, with an average attendance of 225. The soccer teams have struggled the most, averaging a combined 181, the lowest in The American by far. Field hockey is the one bright spot of the non-revenue sports with an average attendance of 530, the best in the Big East Conference.

ministrators say will spur that same pioneering and resourceful sense throughout the university’s 18 schools and colleges. Throughout the academic year, officials will be holding training seminars helping academic units learn about a system that reverses the way revenue is distributed in the university.

hen Anthony Wagner visited OLD VS. NEW Under the current budget Indiana Univermodel, revenue comes into the sity last year to university and, for the most part, learn about its budget model, he flows into the central adminisnoticed a common trait that runs tration, which then distributes at both Temple and the Bloomthe money throughout the uniington, Ind., campus. versity. It wasn’t excitement about To improve a basketball team that Budget Breakdown efficiency, adwas ranked in the top A look at decentralization. ministrators had 10 in the country at the been considering time: It was an ambia decentralized model for the tious and enterprising enthusipast several years. Last year, a asm that enveloped the universi12-member steering committy, in part because of its version tee consisting of financial offiof a decentralized budget. cers, faculty, administrators and There’s this “entrepreneurdeans was put together to exial spirit that runs through the plore how a decentralized model entire university,” the former executive vice president, chief would fit at Temple. In a nutshell, decentralized financial officer and treasurer budgeting reverses the current said after returning from Indimodel. Instead of money going ana. directly to the central adminisStarting on July 1, 2014, a tration, revenue goes straight to version of that model is going live at Temple, something adBUDGET PAGE 3


Historic LGBT bookstore looks for new owner The fate of Giovanni’s Room is uncertain. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ The Temple News

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Ed Hermance isn’t sure what will become of Giovanni’s Room once it’s sold, but he is sure of one thing – he’s ready to move on.

The voices of Philadelphia’s youth Local high school students hold weekly meetings on Main Campus. BRIAN TOM The Temple News Recent education budget cuts in the Philadelphia School District left many high schools without counselors, administrators and civics courses. Despite this challenge, and numerous challenges that today’s youth faces within the local Philadelphia area, Temple Voices provides a supplemental learning environment that youth

Temple Voices offers Philadelphia’s high school students a program to learn leadership. | ERIC DAO TTN wouldn’t normally receive given those circumstances. Temple Voices was created in 2001 by the University Community Collaborative. It

sought to build the individual and power of youth through collaborative research, education and relationship building with community partners, nonprofit

organizations and government agencies. The UCC allocates nearly 90 percent of its funding and efforts to supporting programs to encourage the disengaged youth to remain active within the community. Temple Voices has become the centerpiece of UCC’s efforts in this goal. Today, Temple Voices utilizes social media and technology to send its messages to communities in the hopes of implementing positive social change. “When I first came here, I was really amazed by the intelligence and the genuineness of their [Temple Voices students’]


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Charity a part of DIY music scene

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Cyril Ireland, a tech support manager in Anderson, is a force for positivity in the building, staff members said. PAGE 7

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Giovanni’s Room, a gay bookstore located at 345 S. 12th St., isn’t necessarily closing its doors for good, but owner Hermance has given himself the deadline of the second weekend in January to find a new owner for the Gayborhood staple. “I need to sell the store because we are now losing money and I can’t afford to lose money,” Hermance said. “I’m hoping we can find a buyer who has the resources to change the store in ways that will make it profitable again. That person has to have the financial resources and




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Owl Connect, a website to link student organizations with participants struggles with limited participation. PAGE 3

Campus Safety Services’ bike registration program has drawn 300 users, though some question its effectiveness. PAGE 6


Student Activities has announced that in the coming weeks they will begin planning an ‘alternative,’ not replacement to Spring Fling.




Donations a priority for Board of Trustees

Student Affairs will focus on student involvement to increase revenue. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News


fter a rare round of meeting cancellations, the Board of Trustees held its first committee meeting this fall when the student affairs com-

mittee met to discuss the need for more donations from students and alumni last Tuesday, Sept. 17. The trustees on the committee discussed plans to increase donations and talked with members of Temple Student Government about new services available to students this year. “The endowment number is not doing well,” Trustee Solomon Luo said. “The Alumni Association and the Student Body Association can increase this

number.” Luo said the alumni giving rate is currently 11 percent but it could be higher. Of the $39 million Temple received in donations last year, only $8.5 million came from alumni, according to a report by the Office of Institutional Advancement. “By getting pride flowing, it will turn into student giving and alumni giving,” Luo said. Last year, Temple spent $5 million on advertising, including the “Temple Made”

campaign, focused on instilling pride and encouraging alumni to donate to the university. As funding from the state remained stagnant this year and could decrease next year, the pressure is mounting on the Board of Trustees to stop tuition increases and to curb rising student debt. Bob Rovner, chairman of the student affairs committee, said the trustees work hard to get more funding from the state. “I learned a lot about poli-

tics from my time as student body president at Temple and as a state senator,” Rovner said. “I’m using that today to get the [Pennsylvania] House and Senate to give money to the university.” Other state institutions are also feeling the threat of fewer state dollars next year. Last week Penn State announced it will request a funding increase of 5.1 percent from the state. Temple’s trustees have chosen to take a different route to get

much-needed revenue. Earlier this month, Lew Gould, chairman of the budget and finance committee, said donations and research revenue were the biggest priorities to make up for the anticipated decrease in state aid. The student affairs committee also discussed what students have to look forward to this academic year. The committee praised Morgan Hall for offer-


Asante preps for anniversary After drinking crackdown, CSS links After controversy, alcohol with reported sex crimes African-American studies chair to host 25-year celebration. LOGAN BECK JOHN MORITZ The Temple News After a tumultuous spring that ended with the appointment of Molefi Asante to the department chair, the African-American studies department, under Asante’s leadership, has begun the celebration of its 25th year anniversary of its Ph.D. program. Students and community members held several rallies in April calling for Asante, who previously held the chairmanship from 1984 to 1997, to be put back in the position. The interim chair had been given to former vice dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jayne Drake — a white woman – after former Chairman Nathaniel Norment announced his retirement in April 2012. Prior to Asante’s appointment, there had been division within the department. Asante told The Temple News in April that Norment had twice tried to get the College of Liberal Arts to fire him. Now in his first semester back as chairman, Asante seems focused on preparing for the 25th anniversary of the department’s Ph.D. program, the first ever in its field. “Right now it seems to be quite peaceful, and I haven’t needed to do anything extra in

order to resolve any issues within the department,” Asante said. The department has a series of events scheduled in celebration of the anniversary, the first of which was a presentation by Adeniyi Coker, the first person to receive a Ph.D. in AfricanAmerican studies in the world. Coker now serves as a professor at the University of Missouri. Nine more events are scheduled in celebration of the anniversary, featuring more than 20 guest speakers and presenters. On Thursday, Oct. 17, the department will hold an all-day

conference in the Walk Auditorium in Ritter Hall, featuring a multitude of speakers. Asante said the department of African-American studies is perhaps the most dominant department in the field, noting the 163 students that have received their Ph.D. since the program’s founding. “We are pleased because, with the celebration, we have the support of the department of history, the department of sociology and the department of anthropology,” Asante said.


Molefi Asante prepares for the 25th anniversary of the black studies Ph.D. program. | LOGAN BECK TTN

One of three reported sex assaults this semester involved alcohol. EDDIE BARRENECHEA The Temple News With five reported sexually-related offenses at Temple since the start of the semester, police are pointing to a correlation between sex crimes and student drinking that Campus Safety Services has been cracking down on this fall. “The majority of our sexual assaults are directly related to alcohol or some other substance,” Acting Executive Director of CSS Charlie Leone said. “Our goal is to keep the students safe, even if it means protection from themselves.” According to Temple police statistics published in accordance with the Clery Act, five sexual offenses have been reported in their catchment area this year. Three of the five sexuallyrelated offenses were reported sexual assaults, according to the crime logs. Two of those incidents occurred in student housing. Just before the start of the semester on Aug. 22, a nonTemple student reported that she was sexually assaulted in University Village to Philadelphia Police’s Special Victims unit. CSS was notified by SVU on Sept. 25, Leone said, though the case was handled by Philadelphia Police. No arrest was

made in this incident and Leone said alcohol was not involved. A similar incident occurred that same week on Aug. 25, when a student in Temple Towers reported being sexually assaulted. Leone said alcohol was involved with the incident and the student decided not to press charges. Another case of sexual assault occurred around midnight on Sept. 8. A Temple student allegedly assaulted a female student inside a private residence on the 1800 block of North 17th Street. Like the previous incident, the victim chose not to continue with criminal prosecution. Leone said alcohol was not involved in the incident, which he describe as “acquaintance rape.” During the same time period in August and September 2012, CSS reported the same number of sexual assaults: three. However, there were more than 250 separate incidences of underage possession and consumption in the first four weeks of this semester, a steep rise from just six in the same time period a year before. “The drinking may seem like more, but we have a coordinated effort using various law enforcement resources trying to curtail drunken behavior,” Leone said. “That behavior leads to sexual assaults.” In one incident that was reported as an indecent assault, a female Temple student reported being fondled on her buttocks while she was walking along the 1100 block of West Diamond

Street late at night on Sept. 5. No arrest was made in relation to this incident. The fifth incident of a sexually-related offense occurred on Sept. 3 in the Montgomery Parking Garage when a man was arrested by Temple Police for exposing himself to officers. Tw e n t y - n i n e - y e a r - o l d James French of the 5300 block of Washington Lane was immediately processed and charged with indecent exposure. There was no indication that alcohol was involved in this incident, Leone said. “I just feel sad whenever I hear about any sexual assaults in Philadelphia,” said junior Sieara Mcleod. “Lately, I haven’t heard any alarming assaults taking place, and I hope it stays that way.” Senior Amanda Leah Abercrombie said she believes Temple should be an environment that she can safely absorb the scholastic lifestyle. “It is a shame that these crimes are happening. You can’t even trust the students you go to class with,” Abercrombie said. “Temple students form a community and we’re supposed to protect it, not violate it.” Outside of campus, Philadelphia has seen an approximate 53 percent drop in sexually-related offenses – not including rape – which has increased 22 percent from the previous year. Eddie Barrenechea can be reached at edward.barrenechea@temple.edu or on Twitter at @EddieB_TU.

Research cuts back Professor kicked out of TUCR meeting crime in Philadelphia Researchers, police collaborate on a “smart policing” project. JULIANNE JOHNSON The Temple News A research program within Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice is working with officers on the ground in some of the most crime-ridden areas of the city to pinpoint troubled street corners and decrease crime through added police presence. The Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment, created with help from professor and chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice Jerry Ratcliffe and his fellow researchers, is an innovational research experiment aimed at developing smarter and more successful ways of polic-

ing in Philadelphia. The winner of the 2010 International Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award, the experiment uses a randomized control trial that assigns nearly 200 uniformed foot patrol police officers to walking beats through some of Philadelphia’s most violent neighborhoods. The researchers at Temple worked to gather data dating between 2006 and 2008 to determine the most dangerous intersections and assign officers there. “Officers like walking the foot beats since it’s a change from driving the police cars. A lot of officers like being part of a new experiment and we instill in them that it has to work,” Inspector Michael Cochrane, commanding officer of the Northeast Police Division, said.


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Joe Schwartz reprimanded for foul language by TSG president.

MARCUS MCCARTHY The Temple News The audience at a Temple University College Republicans sponsored event saw more than was expected on Sep. 17. Amid high tensions and foul language, a Temple professor was asked to leave and in the wake, a national news organization picked up the story, causing a stir. Now, the parties involved are reaching out to one another to make amends and move forward. The event was held in Mitten Hall and was advertised as a seminar led by Matthew Wagner, a member of PA Right to Work, a nonprofit organization that advocates for voluntary union membership. Wagner lectured for the first 35 minutes of the event. After that, Wagner opened up the event to questions. A question-and-answer exchange

between Joseph Schwartz, a political science professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Wagner was captured in a nine-minute cell phone video that was posted to YouTube. As of press time, the video had 833 views. The video starts with Schwartz asking Wagner why workers would want to optionally opt out of union contracts that are supposed to work in their favor. Wagner refused to answer Schwartz’s questions. “I already said, we are not talking about why someone would want to opt out or not,” Wagner told Schwartz. Darin Bartholomew, co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and Temple’s student body president was present at the event. He later said Wagner could have put his organizations tax-exempt status in jeopardy if he responded to questions about specific legislation. “I was very angry he wasn’t answering my questions,” Schwartz told The Temple News. Less than a minute into the video, Schwartz responded to Wagner using Darin Bartholomew, TSG student body president, an expletive, to which Wagner re- asks Temple professor Joe Schwartz to leave in a sponded with a warning. cell phone video posted to YouTube. | COURTESY







Temple admins., trustees financed Clarke amid NID campaign Coleman declined to comment further than saying that her political contributions were a matter of personal choice. In addition to those administrators, three trustees donated to Clarke’s campaign. Trustee Joseph “Chip” Marshall, who also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Temple University Health System, gave $750 in 2011 from Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. Cozen O’Connor, the Center City-based national law firm co-founded by Chairman of Temple’s Board of Trustees Patrick O’Connor, donated $1,000. Trustee Lon Greenberg gave $1,000 from Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County. Both O’Connor’s and Marshall’s offices said the trustees were out of the country and could not be reached at press time. In 2011, Councilman Clarke raised a total of $198,200. Of that total, $125,100 was registered by donors within the city of Philadelphia. $169,150 was registered within Pennsylvania.

Clarke also received donations from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Texas and California. Clarke’s office did not respond to requests for comment before press time. Harold Honickman, the soft-drink mogul, philanthropist and member of the Dean’s Council at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, gave a $2,500 donation from Pennsauken, N.J. His wife, Lynne Honickman, also gave $2,500, registered from the city’s 8th Ward. Lynne Honickman, who serves on the Board of Trustees of Project HOME, a non-profit group that seeks to end homelessness Philadelphia, said she and her husband support Councilman Clarke because of his efforts to help underserved communities, including the North Central District around Temple. Lynne Honickman added that within Clarke’s district, he had combined the resources of Temple and the community to grow educational opportunities. “When people help you… when they use their ability to


Clarke in 2011 to ease tensions between local residents living in the North Central District and the growing Temple student population in the community. The bill would give the district a first year budget of $450,000, mainDONATIONS TO DARRELL CLARKE’S 2011 CITY COUNly to clean up blighted parts of CIL CAMPAIGN the district. The KEN LAWRENCE funding would SR. VP OF GOV. COMMUNITY have come from a fee on property AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS owners as well as a donation from LON GREENBERG Temple. The bill TRUSTEE was supported by many off-campus COZEN O’CONNOR developers, but BOT CHAIRMAN PATRICK lost traction after O’CONNOR’S LAWFIRM community members opposed the bill, saying it gave JOSEPH “CHIP” too much clout MARSHALL to the university TRUSTEE in running the neighborhood. BEVERLY COLEMAN Herb Reid, of the Temple COMMUNITY RELATIONS & Area Property ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Association and SOURCE: Axis Philly ADDY PETERSON TTN Peter Crawford of connect the right things to the right people, they deserve the right help,” she said.  During his 14-year tenure on City Council, Clarke has dealt with a number of issues related to Temple, perhaps the

most high profile of which has been the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District. Indefinitely tabled after its second City Council Hearing due to community concerns, the district was a bill put forth by


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Crawford Development Group which sells off-campus housing, both contributed to Clarke’s reelection campaign. Reid donated $1,000 dollars from the city’s Eighth Ward. Crawford donated $200 from Upper Makefield, Bucks County. Reid could not be reached for comment on Monday. Crawford said Clarke “does a lot of good for the community. He is our councilman and we made the decision to stand behind him.” In 2011, Clarke also proposed a bill to City Council that would limit the availability of student housing in the off-campus area around Temple, that bill was not passed. A similar bill was proposed by Clarke in 2004 limiting student housing in areas to the south and east of campus, which was passed by City Council and signed into law by Mayor John Street. John Moritz can be reached at john.moritz@temple.edu or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

New budget a factor in dean hires Statistics used to fight the schools and colleges. “In today’s model, the university makes the lion’s share of the money,” said Ken Kaiser, interim chief financial officer and treasurer. “In this model, it flips. The schools and colleges will keep the lion’s share.” This means that schools will keep the dollars each earns from tuition, gifts and any other source of revenue. In addition to covering the cost of running the school, colleges will pay some of that money back to the university to cover services and overhead the university provides. One of the main similarities between the two models is the repercussions associated with colleges going over budget. School and colleges cover the costs of going over budget with money from their reserves, however, Kaiser said if they go over budget and do not have the money in reserves to pay for it, the university places a credit in the college’s reserves, so any money accumulated in it goes to the university to pay off the credit.


The ability to keep the majority of revenue is what administrators hope spurs a sense of entrepreneurship through the university and something the new dean of the College of Education is enthusiastic about. Greg Anderson, who is in his first semester as the college’s dean, worked under a similar budget model at the University of Denver as a dean, but with one key difference. If the college exceeded revenue projections, it would be able to keep some of those funds, but the majority of it would go back to the university. The ability to keep excess


revenue is what Anderson is thrilled about. “For me, that’s really exciting,” Anderson, who worked at the Ford Foundation prior to taking the job at the University of Denver, said. The goal of the budget model is to give colleges an incentive to collaborate and think outside the box to grow and develop the school, which is something that is not a component of the current budget. “Right now, there’s not a real incentive to grow enrollment, to offer new programs or to think completely outside the box and have other entrepreneurial ideas,” Kaiser said. The model also allows schools to make sure they are receiving the appropriate services from the university. “In essence, they’re paying for the infrastructure,” Kaiser said. “The fact that they’re paying for it will really incentivize the schools to hold the support units accountable for good and efficient services.” “You have an ability to look at the central [administration] and say, ‘Hey, we pay you for the services you give to us, please make sure you do the right job for the right [amount of] money,’ ” said Moshe Porat, dean of the Fox School of Business and School

of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Porat said that this budget model will force schools that are not very competitive to step up to grow and expand their resources. For the Fox School of Business, the budget model does not change much within the school because it has already been growing and advertising for years, Porat said. However, Porat said he will push more “entrepreneurial sensibilities” at the departmental and faculty level. “I believe a program is well done if it has a champion at a very local level, meaning a fac-

ulty that cares about, not only the program, but the customer, the student,” Porat said.


After the university decided to implement a decentralized budget model, it became one of the key factors in the hiring of new deans that occurred this summer, President Neil Theobald said in an interview last month. Along with the selection of Anderson as the dean of the College of Education, Michael Klein and David Boardman were recently named deans of the College of Science and Technology and the School of Media and Communication, respectively, moves that were made in part because of their compatibility with a decentralized budget model. Klein is experienced with accumulating money for research and Boardman has an “entrepreneurial background” with his work as executive editor of The Seattle Times, Theobald said. “You’ve got to be an entrepreneur, you’ve got to be active in a decentralized model,” said Theobald, who worked with a decentralized budget as the chief financial officer at Indiana. “Nothing’s given to you in a school. You’re going to have to earn your revenue.” During fiscal year 20142015, the university will run with the decentralized model, but will operate under a “hold harmless” policy, which means that “no school or college will be adversely affected on day one” of the budget model, according to a presentation from the steering committee.” Sean Carlin can be reached at sean.carlin@temple.edu or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

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Beginning its first trial over a three-month stretch in the summer of 2009, the police department saw a 13 percent increase in arrests and a 23 percent drop in violent crimes. Fifty-three violent crimes were prevented, Cochrane said. “They do a good job,” Cochrane added. “Everyone in the community looks at them, knowing they’re doing a good job.” In 2010, Ratcliffe, a former London police officer and director of the Center for Security and Crime Science, said the department completed an additional trial linking foot patrols to fighting violent crime. Ratcliffe said that by reducing the dosage, or the number of foot patrol officers on the streets, there weren’t many positive results. Instead of focusing in on foot patrolling as a whole, the researchers concentrated on what is being asked of the officers, how many officers are present and how often they are patrolling. Additionally, police officers pay attention to “hotspots, hot times and hot offenders” in the areas, which Ratcliffe attributed to crime reduction. Ratcliffe, who is quick to praise the police department for its interests in finding out what works, credited police for their “new leadership and new direction.” “It really was leadership and change of the police department and a willingness to explore innovative ways to think about reducing crime differently,” he said. Ratcliffe also credited the project to the police department’s interest in statistical

material and science “to drive better decisions.” Today, Ratcliffe and the department are collaborating on a new project that instructs police officers with street smarts on how to be “analysis coordinators.” “Some of it is in databases, some of it is in reports. Some of it the community know, and some of it criminal intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. As part of the new initiative, these analysis coordinators gather data in order to obtain a better grasp on what is happening in their communities. Ratcliffe said his team then takes that data to assist the police department in applying its newly acquired skills on the street. In addition, Ratcliffe is working with a company called Azavea, a geospatial analysis firm, on a scientific project of “predictive policing,” crafting computer software to assist the police department in predicting where crime may happen. His fellow researchers are also working with city officials to expand its responses to mental health predicaments in Center City. “The police department has kind of got themselves in the right place intellectually to think about smarter policing,” Ratcliffe said. It’s about how to use existing resources they have in a better way, and that’s something we can help them with.”

Julianne Johnson can be reached at julianne.johnson@temple.edu.


Owl Connect database faces lagging student participation New organization database lacks wide participation from student leaders. MARCUS MCCARTHY The Temple News A new website launched by Student Activities to help ease connections between students and the university’s 351 student organizations has been met with praise among users, despite the fact that the majority of organizations have yet to become involved. Since Owl Connect went live a little more than three weeks ago, only 25 percent of active student organizations

have completed their setup. Owl Connect is a database with contact information for all student organizations on Main and Health Sciences campuses. The specific pages for each student organization were already established by the Sept. 5 launch date and only need updated contact information. Adriane Reilly, program coordinator for Student Organizations, was a strong contributor to Owl Connect’s establishment. She sent out emails to all of the registered organization leaders, however many of those contacts have expired due to change in leadership or graduation. “It’s hard for me to reach out to emails I don’t have,” she said. “I’m just trying my best to

get the word out to the [student said the initial setup took her organization] leaders.” only five minutes. Reilly said she plans to an“It was such an easy thing,” she said. nounce a deadline S h e soon in which all highlighted student organizahow Owl tions have to join or Connect alelse they will not be lows for easy considered active, integration therefore not have with student access to location organizareservations and Adriane Reilly / program tions’ Faceadvising. She excoordinator book pages pects the deadline and Twitter accounts. Because to be no later than Oct. 31. However, it doesn’t appear of this integration, Cooper said that the low number of respond- she noticed more people showers is due to complaints about ing up to the meetings who the system. So far, student clubs don’t have social media connechave had a positive experience tions to TCD but found out via with Owl Connect. Owl Connect. Jessica Cooper, Temple Michael Kovich, president College Democrats’ president, of Temple’s Queer Student

“It’s hard to

reach out to emails I don’t have.

Union, also had praise for the effectiveness of the new system. “We’ve already had about 20 requests from prospective members to join QSU via Owl Connect,” he said in an email. “A few others have reached out to me there with some questions about our organization.” Owl Connect offers a range of options to organization leaders. These options include a calendar of upcoming events, recommendations for registered users and page customizability comparable to a Facebook profile. This program is a replacement from the old database system called Symplicity, which was often a source of complaints to student organizations, Reilly said.

In the future, Reilly said this program is expected to improve. The various pages’ URLs will be made simpler and smaller, mass texting abilities will be set up and the homecoming king and queen elections will be held on Owl Connect. This database is accessible from the student activities website under the “Get Involved” tab. “It will showcase the organizations and how they contribute to the university,” Reilly said. “I hope it really connects potential members to an organization they’ll like.” Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@temple.edu or on Twitter @Marcus.McCarthy6.




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Out of all the important deWhile the Temple News cisions a Temple student makes staff may consider itself wellin a day, this isversed in truck sue we decid- The annual Lunchies insert knowledge, we ed to focus on celebrates food truck culture. recognize that one – where not every student to get lunch. has ventured outOur annual Lunchies insert, side of his or her Sodexo meal which began more than 10 years plan. To inspire a lunch truck ago, recognizes excellence in adventure of one’s own, one food truck dining. freshman documented her first In this year’s Lunchies in- food truck experience on page sert, we’ve named our Top 10 L3. food trucks, chosen via a staffWe also explore the primpwide vote. We’ve shared our go- ing a truck gets to be lunch crowd-ready before it hits Temto orders, too. Because we are far from be- ple’s campus. Fishtown compaing cuisine aficionados, we’ve ny Brands Imaging creates and also included the Top 10 Trucks installs the vinyl wrapping on as Voted By Students, gathered many trucks on Main Campus, profiled on L1. via an online poll. Temple’s food truck scene Whether you eat breakfast offers meals varying in sizes, for lunch at Richie’s, dine with price ranges and especially eth- chopsticks at the Sushi and Dim nic background. We explore the Sum Busz or prefer to drink Eastern European heritage – and your meal at the Fruit Truck, dig even family ties – of many food into this year’s edition of The Lunchies. truck owners on Page L1.



The athletic imbalance

This past spring, The TemNone of those amenities ple News did an analysis of ath- compare to the plight of the letic budgets crew and rowing of schools in Temple must commit to teams, which for The American. properly caring for all of its the past five years It compared, athletic teams. have been rowing among other out of tents situthings, Temple’s operating ex- ated in a parking lot on Kelly penses with the operating ex- Drive. The university went as penses of teams set to compete far as introducing a proposal to in The American in 2013-2014. the Philadelphia Parks & RecThe results were alarming. reation Commission to build a Temple ranks below the aver- new boathouse last fall, but that age of The American schools effort was shelved this spring in operating expenses in all of when the commission suggested the university’s sports except Temple try renovating its old football. In most cases, it’s well boathouse instead. below the average. In baseball, When questioned, univermen’s soccer, women’s soccer, sity officials said plans to imtennis and volleyball, Temple prove athletic facilities for all ranks last. of the non-revenue sports teams When only considering the were to be set in motion. Howoperating expenses of non-rev- ever, five months later, officials enue sports, per sport, Temple say there are no concrete plans ranks last by about $12,000. in the works. Not only are the non-reveThe state of the university’s nue sports not receiving the fi- non-revenue sports teams has nancial support they need, but been the status quo at Temple most of the teams are housed in for some time, but their disand compete on athletic facili- advantages are direr when set ties that are not up to the stan- against the backdrop of schools dard of the other schools in The with large athletic budgets in the American. Owls’ new conference. For the teams that compete Overall, the athletic departat Ambler Campus, the facili- ment is in the best state it’s ever ties don’t stack up. The baseball been. However, it’s irresponteam’s Skip Wilson Field is the sible for the university to turn only baseball facility in the new its back on the 23 other sports conference without stadium it sponsors and the hundreds of lighting and its 1,000-person student-athletes competing in capacity is the lowest in The those sports. American. The soccer field at If the university wants to be Ambler resembles a low-level taken seriously as a member of high school stadium. Its metal its newly-formed conference, it bleachers stand as a stark con- must make the serious financial trast to the permanent grand- commitments required for all of stand seating of every other soc- its sports, not just the ones that cer facility in The American. make money.

CORRECTIONS An article that appeared in print last week titled, “Professor payment a priortiy” failed to properly contextualize the average salaries of professors at Temple. The article should have stated that the average salary of a full professor at Temple is $134,000, and that this number does not reflect the salaries of associate, assistant, non-tenure-track and adjunct professors at the univesity. For a full list of professorial salaries by tier, please see “Re: Professor payment a priority” at temple-news.com/opinion. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joey Cranney at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.

Sept. 19, 1969: Food truck issues have affected Main Campus for decades. In 1969, truck owner Milton Street alleged that local police were harassing him due to his skin color. Street claimed that he was being unfairly ticketed when white truck owners were left undisturbed.

Head north, young businessmen Temple’s next building phase must focus on Main Campus’s north end.


erks Street divides Temple’s Main Campus into two halves. While the majority of Temple’s academic buildings are located in and around B e r k s Street, Polett Walk and the north end of campus, the vast majorMichael Carney ity of restaurants and businesses in Temple’s community are located on Main Campus’ southern half. For the wide array of students that live on and around Main Campus, this close-knit area of shops and dining options unfairly favors students living at the southern portion of campus. South Temple has seen massive economic progress in recent years, but now it’s the time for North Temple to have its opportunity to grow as well. South Temple is packed with a movie theater, supermarket, clothing retailers, pizza places, bars, convenience stores, sandwich shops and a relatively new frozen yogurt shop all within a few blocks. North Temple, with considerably less

brand name businesses, is home to only a McDonalds, a Rite Aid and a multitude of small convenience stores. A freshman from White Hall walking down Broad Street would not reach a large cluster of retail locations until he or she arrives at Wendy’s more than five blocks away. The majority of retail locations on campus begins at Cecil B. Moore Avenue and extends south. This is a major inconvenience to the massive number of students who live north of this location. The Fresh Grocer at Broad and Oxford streets is the only supermarket within reasonable walking distance for Main Campus students, while the second closest is a Pathmark more than one mile north of campus. While Fresh Grocer is convenient for students living in Morgan Hall and its surrounding area, it’s a daunting challenge for students living north of Diamond Street to carry heavy grocery bags for multiple blocks. Likewise, Temple’s dining options, particularly the most popular locations, are primarily located on the south end of campus. So, not only are students comparatively far from supermarkets in the north end of campus, but they are also limited to only the Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria if they’d like to use their meal plans. “Well, to be honest, most of the reason why I picked Hardwick was because of the accessibility to the dining hall, but I definitely have had a limited

amount of options,” said Alicia Cassey, freshman advertising major. “I’ve had yet to try any of the dining options at either the Student Center or Morgan simply because I would have to allot time to do that.” It makes little sense that businesses have failed to see the northern end of Main Campus as an economic hotspot. If only one higher-quality chain restaurant were to open north of Berks or Norris streets, it could take serious advantage of students looking for a convenient place to shop or eat. “Trying to find something to eat this far away is actually really hard,” freshman tourism and hospitality management major Olivia Hartz said. “It sucks that the only real option is McDonald’s or the not-sogreat food at J&H. I’d probably be willing to even pay more for something that was closer just for the sake of convenience.” Perhaps businesses do not have the capital to purchase an entire block on Diamond Street or a few properties on Broad Street, which puts some of the responsibility of economic progress on Temple’s shoulders. What Temple has done with The Shops at Avenue North needs to be emulated in the north end of Main Campus during the building phase of the Visualize Temple campaign. The university’s Visualize Temple initaitive provides members of the Temple community with a forum to express their ideas for campus improve-

ments. With more than 2,500 users and 1,700 contributed ideas, Visualize Temple may be one of the most effective means of initiating change at Temple, since these ideas are read by some of Temple’s most prominent figures, including President Theobald himself. Only time will tell which ideas will be implemented by the university. A considerable amount of the contributions suggest more retail and business space. One particular idea suggested a gym on the north end of Main Campus, which hints at students’ general displeasure with the facilities and businesses available at the north end of town. The prosperity of the south end of campus and the success of food trucks near academic buildings shows that Temple students are willing to spend money, especially for food, but are limited by the lack of major businesses north of Berks Street. The plan to boost North Temple’s economy is not simply for the benefit of the students, since businesses will prosper and local residents will benefit as well. As Temple grows larger and becomes a more recognized university, its surroundings must develop simultaneously. An obvious market exists at the north end of campus, but only a few have taken advantage of it. Michael Carney can be reached at michael.carney@temple.edu.



Linc security rules a handful for students The NFL’s new bag policy is affecting Owl fans on gameday.


ant to know the key to upsetting a stadium full of girls? Take away their precious designer bags and watch all hell break loose. T h e NFL has mandated Emily Melendez a new rule regarding purses, handbags and backpacks in its stadiums. According to NFL. com, the bags now allowed inside Lincoln Financial Field and all other NFL stadiums must be the size of one’s hand. “[The security policy] has evolved so that we can continue to adjust to the realities of public safety,” the NFL said on its website in regard to the change in rules. According to OwlSports.com, the official website of Temple Athletics, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security implemented this rule in May, affecting Owl home games thereafter. This act of hand discrimination is simply ridiculous. At Temple’s first home game on Sept. 6, I witnessed a man holding a girl’s purse for her because, yes, his hand was bigger. To the clever kid’s dismay, the security guard wasn’t understanding about it. She made the girl store her bag in a locker where she could pick it up after the game, regardless of the fact that the couple technically followed the rules. Long lines of impatient girls were being told to do the same. This legitimately felt like walking through airport security. Where does it end? Temple merely tweeted a link to the message from Owl Sports on opening day, barely giving their followers a heads up that the university is following the same rules the NFL has set. Furthermore, Twitter might not have been the most effective way to inform a huge institution like Temple about a sweeping rule change. Twitter may be a big-time social networking site, but it still can’t reach everyone at a campus the size of Temple’s. This whole situation could have been fine if all Temple

students were notified beforehand instead of being given a wakeup call once they got to the stadium. A simple email or even a few posters displayed on campus would have sufficed. Emily Wetzel-Ulrich, a junior mathematics major, said she disagreed with the rule and reminisced about prior football games. “I never had a problem getting into games,” Wetzel-Ulrich said. “I just don’t understand why they had to go and change things. Now it’s a hassle.” Moreover, not only is the rule change inconvenient, it’s taking unfair aim at the fashion choices of female patrons. “Girls have tight pants, guys have these huge cargo pants,” Hannah Clough, a junior advertising major, said. “Where do we put all our girly things? If guys can wear pants with ginormous pockets, girls should be allowed to have purses.” Fair is fair. In past years, security would simply search patron’s bags. With the exception of the Boston bombing, acts of terrorism at American sporting arenas are historically rare. Why mess with a procedure that worked? According NFL’s website, only bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” are allowed. There are now clear NFL tote bags for purchase inside the stadium. It’s a smart yet somewhat devious marketing ploy to sell these bags as a substitute after forcing patrons to get rid of the totes they brought with them. These bags help consumers feel safe while also putting a dent in their pockets. However, since profits from items like this don’t end up going to the university, does it seem fair to inconvenience other teams like Temple that use NFL fields? Most likely, this policy will not be changing anytime soon. As long as this policy continues, here is some advice for would-be attendees: Carrying around a clear plastic baggy is not going to be very trendy, chic or whatever word hip kids are using today. But hey, break out that Bedazzler and get your craft on. Otherwise, I suggest leaving your things at home, unless you want to argue with a security guard that your Marc Jacobs bag is most certainly the size of your petite hand.


Drunk harassment, sobering results Drunk harassment on weekends is childish. unecessary and all too common.


hey were drunk. They were drunk, and so was I. It was Saturday and I was happy. It was dark and it was chilly, but our stomachs were full, our bodies warm. Like any other Temple students on a Saturday night, we weren’t thinking about much, save for maybe the footGrace Holleran ball team’s depressing loss to Fordham earlier that day. Laughing, my friends and I stumbled into the backyard. T h e neighbors were partying too, we noticed. I peeked over the fence and said hello. There were more than a dozen people, mostly men. There was a pong table. “Chill out, dude,” one of them yelled. I have short hair. Very funny. “She’s a girl,” my friend shouted back. We laughed. The slew of profanities that followed the seemingly innocuous exchange certainly took us by surprise. “Shut up, you f------ ugly dyke.” “We don’t believe you unless you show us your tits, b---.” I have the privilege of spending most of my time with people I have respectful relationships with, which I am unspeakably grateful for, and which has also lulled me into a sense of complacency. In short, I had temporarily forgotten that things like this could happen, and that a portion of Temple’s student body thinks it’s acceptable to act this way. I had no response. Emily Melendez can be reached When I could speak, I at emily.melendez@temple.edu. calmly called one of the guys over. I asked him what was

going on, making sure not to sound threatening. He seemed as confused as I was. I tried to make amends, but as I did, more shouting ensued. “Ugly b----, shut the f--up.” There were 20 or more of them yelling. In my eyes, this was a crowd. They were ganging up on me. One of my friends got angry, but they brushed her off. It was then that I realized no matter what I did, I could not adequately defend myself or even be taken seriously. The power of numbers and sheer strength kept me from doing more than I did. I could feel myself getting ready to cry, so I promptly walked inside so as not to show weakness. M y

happened that night. I will continue to grow and accomplish and add up to much more than a sum of my parts, reproductive or otherwise. But those 30 seconds? I will never get them back. They were drunk, but that doesn’t excuse what they did. They were drunk, but nothing is more dangerous than blaming harassment on alcohol alone. I am not leaving those 30 seconds on the 1600 block of Bouvier Street because those seconds are happening to someone else right now on campus. So far this school year, five sexual assaults have been reported at Temple. Five in one month, and that’s just what was reported. The number of women on campus that have experienced something similar to

who assaulted me that night will graduate with the same degree as I will. They were accepted into this school with me and will enter the workforce with me. The way those men acted showed a glaring lack of maturity, human compassion or even the most basic sense of decency. And these college students, these legal adults, are not only harming the victims of their blind ignorance, but also Temple’s overall image. As intelligent, capable students, we should be collectively ashamed of this behavior. Being like these people or even remotely associated with them is below us.

“Why mess with a procedure that worked?


friends tried to console me and said, “You are beautiful. You are wonderful. Don’t listen to what they say.” But my mind was far, far away from the boners, or lack thereof, of 20 plastered college students. Instead, I wondered why the first thing they went for was my appearance. I realized that as a woman, I meant little more than my sexual appeal to them. Nothing I had done in my life, none of my achievements and none of my beliefs mattered to those people in those 30 seconds. I have moved on from what

what I did that night is much higher, a number we can’t calculate, crimes we can’t police. The weight falls on the shoulders of the student population. These particular sexual assault crimes fall in between the cracks of violence, write-ups and evidence. The only way to prevent them is to stop them at the source, and that source is us. The people who lived in the house next door came over and apologized, to their credit, but why were they associating with adults who think this behavior is acceptable? I, for one, am embarrassed that the people

Y o u may have heard the words, “Every woman has a story,” regarding sexual assault, but you may not have realized just how literal that statement is. There is more to sexual assault than rape, and as students, we must dig between the cracks and end assault before it starts. Grace Holleran can be reached at grace.elizabeth.holleran@temple. edu or on Twitter @coupsdegrace.

What is a ‘Good Neighbor’ anyhow?

Local residents provide a picture of proper student conduct on campus.


here are fundamental differences between Temple students living off-campus and those who merely live in the community that the university inhabits. Temple students are usually only here for four years, while local residents may have been here their entire Dan Craig lives. Along with this, the different backgrounds and socioeconomic differences between the two groups make the distinction between students and local residents a significant one. In an effort to alleviate the tension between these groups, Temple has integrated its Good

Neighbor Initiative into the Temple Made campaign in time for the 2013-2014 school year, complete with banners in hightraffic areas on campus that display slogans like “Respect the Block.” Initiated in 2011, the program has been taking steps to assess issues between the community and the university and address them. “The last two years have included a number of planning elements, including focus group meetings with community residents, local landlords, residential students and students living off-campus,” Senior Associate Dean of Students Andrea Caporale Seiss said about the initiative. “We wanted to talk with these groups to help us understand the perceptions that are out there and what community residents and students would like to see in terms of neighbor-

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hood and community building.” After talking with local residents, it seems that a lot of issues can be resolved with some mere accountability from students. Just ask Kelis Williams, who lives on 16th and Berks streets. “ [ Te m p l e students] don’t bother us too much,” Williams said. “They just kick over the trash a lot when they’re drunk, but that’s about it.” It’s easy to pass off something like kicking over a neighbor’s trashcan as a minor casualty of a night out. But it’s important for students to recognize that it’s being done to someone who has to deal with those consequences, no matter how small they might seem. Talib Abdul, who runs the 1617 Barber Shop and Beauty Salon on Cecil B. Moore Av-

“It shouldn’t

take a ‘Respect the Block’ banner...to tell kids not to litter on someone else’s property.

enue, said he’s had similar experiences with students. “Sometimes it gets a little ridiculous,” Abdul said. “Oftentimes, I have problems with guys sitting on my step, leaving shavings from weed and alcohol bottles. You wouldn’t do that in your neighborhood. You wouldn’t leave beer bottles on your mom’s lawn.” No, most wouldn’t. But again, something that seems so simple is apparently hard for many students. It shouldn’t take a “Respect the Block” banner like the one hanging in the Student Center to tell kids not to litter on someone else’s property. Certainly this isn’t an indictment of the student body as a whole, but it is an important perspective into why the Good Neighbor Initiative was started in the first place. Abdul said he thought most students were fine, and there were only issues with a select few. “A lot of the people in the school come from different backgrounds,” Abdul said. “Sometimes they come in with


that snooty ‘I’m a college student, I’m going to be better than you’ mentality.” What Abdul described is almost impossible to quantify. Attitude can’t be regulated by a university. But it’s sad that some students have given him this impression, and the fact that they did shows a lack of respect for the community we inhabit. This is especially upsetting considering that most of the residents I talked to thought highly of Temple students. “Most of my interactions with Temple students have been positive,” Abdul said. Derek Cobb, a student at Community College of Philadelphia who lives on 18th and Oxford streets, also had mostly favorable things to say about his student neighbors from Temple. “My uncle and I converse with them all the time,” Cobb said. “I hang out with some of them. They invite me to their parties.” Again, though, something as simple as trash is an issue. “My uncle who lives next

door has a neighbor who just leaves trash out all the time,” Cobb said, “We actually go over and take it out for them because they’ll never do it.” The Good Neighbor Initiative, Caporale Seiss said, is still in the process of gathering feedback from the community. “The community response is something that we would like to assess this year now that the initiative is actually under way,” Seiss said “We would like to know if both community residents and students are being more positively impacted by community relations.” From what these people said, being a good neighbor means just using manners and treating others as you’d want to be treated. Feel free to ask your neighbor or local business owners. This is not about “locals” living with “students,” it’s about basic human decency. Dan Craig can be reached at daniel.craig@temple.edu.




In The Nation

On Campus


DRYER FIRE AT PEABODY Philadelphia fire crews responded to a fire that occured in a basement dryer in Peabody Hall around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the fire was minor and caused no damage to property other than the dryer. Students were evacuated from the building. -John Moritz

After coming under international scrutiny for alleged racist practices, the University of Alabama reopened sorority recruitment under the direction of university President Judy Bonner and gave bids to 11 black women. The Crimson White, Alabama’s student newspaper, published a story earlier this month quoting several women in the Univeristy of Alabama sorority system who said that race was a determining factor in not offering bids to qualified black candidates. According to the article in the Crimson White, alumna from several sororities overruled votes by active members to allow black women to begin the rush process. After bidding was reopened, four black women accepted bids offered to them. -John Moritz



The federal budget sequestration that went into effect in March has caused federal TRIO programs to cut services for assist low-income and first-generation college students, according to a survey by the Council for Opportunity Education. The left-leaning blog ThinkProgress published a story stating that TRIO programs suffered a 5.23 percent budget cut from the sequester. The report by COE found that 60 percent of surveyed TRIO program directors had to cut staff and more than half had to cut student services, ThinkProgress reported. -John Moritz


Despite the lack of improvised explosive devices on Columbus streets, Ohio State University police have a new monster addition to their vehicle inventory: a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, acquired as part of a military surplus program. Campus Police Chief Paul Denton told

In April, demonstrators called for the chair of the African American studies department to be given to Molefi Asante, who was appointed later that same month.| TTN FILE PHOTO

The Huffington Post that it could be useful during natural disasters or bomb threats. Ohio State officials have not released the cost of the vehicle. -Ali Watkins


The debate over extreme hazing has been renewed on Cornell University’s campus, where the men’s lacrosse team fall season was cancelled after the university reported that freshman players were hazed by upperclassmen. According to a story published in the Huffington Post, freshman players were forced to drink large quantities of beer to the point of vomiting,

A Temple student was arrested at Penn State’s Main Campus early Saturday morning, Sept. 21 for being involved in a fight, the Centre Daily Times reports. The 20-year-old student, whose name was not released, was charged with disorderly conduct after he was arrested by police on the 200 block of East Beaver Avenue. A second man involved with the fight fled the scene, the Daily Times reported. The Temple student allegedly tried to break free from police and continued to swing at the other man. Police had to use pepper spray to subdue the man. -John Moritz

participate in “keg races” and perform errands for their older teammates. The Big Red, who compete in the NCAA’s Ivy League, were ranked third in the nation after the spring season. -Ali Watkins


Michigan’s Grand Valley State University has removed a campus statue of a swinging pendulumn after several students used the landmark to parody Miley Cyrus’“Wrecking Ball” music video and posted their own versions online. Some of of the students even ditched clothes before hitching a ride on the school’s nowremoved silver ball statue, a 1973 work by sculptor Dale Eldred. -Ali Watkins

Temple Police arrested a man who they say was caught stealing copper wire from the construction site of the new residence hall being built on Mongtomery Avenue and 11th Street. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said police arrested Michael Lacy, 34, of the 1900 block of West Diamond Street, after they observed him in the construction site accross from the Temple police station on Montgomery Avenue at 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 22. -John Moritz


Students register for bike protection, remain hesitant More than 300 bikers recieve free locks, though some still question effectiveness CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News A new Campus Safety Services initiative aimed to curb student bike thefts on campus

via an online registration program has registered more than 300 users since the start of school through incentives such as free locks. This new initiative provides all registered student bikers with a free U-lock, an identification sticker and a Temple CSS sticker for riders to place on their bikes. CSS hopes the initiative will deter crime through the use

of the U-lock and the presence of a Temple Police sticker, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. It will also utilize the identification numbers and registration information to return recovered stolen bikes to their original owners and to provide insurance information when and if bikes are stolen. While 305 students have

registered their bikes thus far, some bikers said that any initiative is powerless to stop bike thefts. “I’m just doing it because they’re giving out free locks. I don’t really think it’s going to help with all of the bikes here. There’s just hundreds of hundreds of bikes at Temple,” junior kinesiology major Jihyun Lee said. Junior French and Spanish

major Jennifer Dietrich, a biker who has not registered with the program, said unless the stickers are equipped with a GPS chip to locate stolen bikes, the good that they can do is severely limited. “Once [the bike] is stolen, it’s stolen. I guess it’s a nice thought, but I don’t know,” she said. Regardless of student comment, Leone continues to stand

behind the program. “I am confident that it will help in the reduction of bike thefts,” he said. There were three bike thefts reported last week, according to campus crime logs. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at cindy.stansbury@temple.edu.

BOT cancels committee meetings Columnist lashes out at cursing prof. with with nothing to discuss SCHWARTZ PAGE 2

ing a new gathering space for students as well as better dining options. The committee listened to a report by Temple Student Government on plans to build better services for students and increase student involvement. Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said TSG was working with SEPTA to make student IDs work with SEPTA’s new payment system. Luo said TSG’s plans to increase student involvement


were important for the university’s revenue and ranking across the country. “If students can give back even $1 or $5, we can increase our rating to Top 50 in the country,” Luo said. The entire Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 8 to discuss Temple’s direction for the next year. Despite the pressing issues on the table, many of the board’s subcommittees canceled or postponed their meetings this week.

Janet Carruth, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees, said each committee meets four times a year, and rarely cancels their meetings. The budget and finance, athletics, and executive committees have not held public meetings since the spring. “Some of the committees had nothing new on the agenda, so they felt meeting was not necessary,” Carruth said. Student Affairs never cancels their meetings because, Carruth said,

they have a commitment to students who may want to attend their public meetings. Chairman Rovner said the student affairs committee will present a report on enrollment, student services and diversity when the entire board meets on Oct. 8. Joe Gilbride can be reached at joseph.gilbride@temple.edu or on Twitter at @TempleNewsBOT.

Reinstated chair preps for 25th anniversary celebration ASANTE PAGE 2 are bringing these scholars here.” Asante said this anniversary is a marker for the department, as well as departments elsewhere. In 1988 when the program began receiving applications, 500 applications were received and 30 students were accepted for the first graduate program. Ten years later, the second Ph.D. program in African American studies emerged at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Asante served as the con-

sultant for that program, and later served as the consultant for the program at the University of California Berkeley. In the 25 years since Temple began the doctorate in African-American studies degree program, Asante said the school has grown its influence in the field. “Temple has done a lot for the field, we published the Encyclopedia of Black Studies, published the Hand Book of Black Studies. We edit the premier journal in the field, the

Journal of Black Studies.” Asante said. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the department is having a party hoping to recruit more undergraduate students. The African-American studies program is “healthy” but the undergraduate program has lost numbers, Asante said. Asante said one of the problems the department is facing is student complaints that there are not enough courses in the department. “We really need another

four full-time faculty members which we don’t have,” Asante said. The next event being held in honor of the African American studies anniversary is a presentation by Cheik Tidiane Gadio, the president of the Institute of Pan African Strategies and the former foreign minister of Senegal. The event is being held at 2 p.m., Oct. 4 in Kiva Auditorium in Ritter Hall. Logan Beck and John Moritz can be reached at news@templenews.com.

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Junior mechanical engineering major tied her outfit together with a denim shirt, her favorite fall staple. ONLINE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013


Frieda Tabak, a Holocaust survivor, and professor Hanoch Guy told their stories to students on Tuesday, Sept. 17. PAGE 17



Honors students relax with acting class

Cheryl Williams believes her Honors Art of Acting class allows busy students to take a class that helps them get in touch with their feelings. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News CLASSROOM T.J. Cusack partici-

pated in his high school’s honors chorus and men’s choir, but he never pursued his favorite hobby until taking Honors Art of Acting at Temple. “I was always interested in Broadway,” Cusack, a 2013 Fox School of Business graduate, said. “But I never really broke out of my shell that way in high school. When I came to college,

I wanted to immerse myself into a whole new set of things and branch out a bit.” Unsure of what to expect, Cusack recalled walking into veteran actress Cheryl Williams’ class and being surprised at the location. “The first class took place on the third floor of 1300,” Cusack said. “There were pillars and desks in the classroom and by the end of the class, we had a group consensus that we didn’t like the space. [Williams] knew

we would need another space to optimize our acting and make best use of props, so she suggested the basement of Tomlinson Theater.” The course teaches students basic acting strategies and aims to develop their confidence in speaking and performing in front of others. After eight years at Temple, Williams has relished her role as the “pick-me-up” for stressed out honors students. “They’re all very driven

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and want to be successful, so I try to give them this safe place to shake it up and get in touch with their feelings,” Williams said. “Of course I teach them the basics and the terminology, but it’s really important to me that they have a safe haven to throw away everything that they’re going through. I want them to learn how to be present.” With only a broad syllabus to refer to, Cusack said he enjoyed the spontaneity.


Cheryl Williams begins each class with an interactive warm up that often incorporates movement. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

City art not bound by campus Campus Philly offers deals at art museums.

A former student will appear in new movie ‘Delivery Man.’


NATHAN LANDIS FUNK The Temple News Dave Patten started shooting music videos for rapper Meek Mill in his senior year at Temple. This fall, he will appear on the big screen in a movie starring Vince Vaughn. Patten, who graduated in 2010 with a major in film, has found success in multiple avenues. After the popularity of his award-winning music video for his own song “Miserable,” Patten proved that his talents are not limited to one jurisdiction. “With music and film, I’ve always been like, ‘I’m going to direct and act, and I’m going to do music and I don’t care. I’m not going to choose,’” Patten said. “I get real sick and tired of stuff real quick. I have a short attention span.” It’s paid off – Patten has produced five of his own albums, as well as award-winning music videos, which have collectively garnered more than 60 million hits on YouTube. His recent move to Los Angeles has also assisted him in landing a role in


Dave Patten, performer. | COURTESY DAVE PATTEN

Cyril Ireland transitioned from student to a tech support manager in Anderson after graduation. |SKYLER BURKHARDT TTN

Tech manager ‘wins’ fictitious award Faculty members said they appreciate tech support manager Cyril Ireland’s positivity. SHAYNA KLEINBERG The Temple News


ssociate Sociology Professor Mary Stricker wants to nominate Cyril Ireland for a “Temple Employee of the Decade Award,” if only there were such a thing. “Anything you want, just let me know,” is a trademark of Ireland’s, who is a classroom and event manager for the College of Liberal Arts and manager of tech support. Known for his helpfulness, positivity and empathy, Ireland’s supportive ways aren’t that of just a useful employee, but of someone who genuinely takes an attentive interest in the Temple community, both faculty and students. Ireland’s readiness to lend a helping hand and his eagerness to ensure the happiness of students and faculty makes him a memorable and appreciated per-

son on campus, faculty say. “It’s all very cliché, [but Ireland] always has a smile on his face,” Stricker said. “He always asks about you and how you’re doing. A lot of people recognize him as being really empathetic. It’s one thing to be empathetic, but he’s a really goto guy.” Stricker said she believes Ireland’s kind and helpful nature is something that shouldn’t just be appreciated, but recognized on a larger level. Because the College of Liberal Arts doesn’t offer faculty awards, Stricker wrote a letter of recommendation to the university nominating Ireland for a fictitious “Temple Employee of the Decade Award.” “He never forgets and he always comes through,” Stricker wrote about Ireland in her letter of recommendation. She also mentioned Ireland’s constantly positive disposition, writing: “His reassuring smile reminds us that we will all get through

our days a little easier by helping each other rather than simply helping ourselves.” Stricker met Ireland in the middle of the 1990s before classrooms were technologically equipped. At the time, Ireland ran the small depot in Anderson Hall where students would shuffle out smart-carts to classrooms in need of tech support. Over time, Stricker found Ireland’s constant sense of positivity and support admirable. “He really loves Temple,” Stricker said. “He’s there to make sure we faculty members get what we need and we’re not disappointed, and if we are, he’s always there ready to fix it.” Ireland’s career at Temple began in 1994 when he enrolled as a freshman. In his sophomore year, Ireland got a job working for classroom support. After graduating with a psychology degree in 1999, Ireland picked up a job for computer services working as an evening manager for classroom support.

“I worked my way from a student worker all the way up to getting a full-time job,” Ireland said. “Then I worked evenings and moved my way up to a daytime position in computer services. I went from there to getting hired for another management position through the College of Liberal Arts. I made an initiative to always move up in my career since I’ve been here, and I think I’ve done well in doing that so far.” Next year will mark Ireland’s 15th year at Temple. Ireland isn’t just appreciated for his accomplishments in and outside the classroom, Stricker said, but also for how attentive and helpful he is to faculty members and students. “I find myself emailing him for all sorts of strange things,” Stricker said. “Any sort of classroom issue I have, he’s always there. Even though he manages Gladfelter and Anderson Hall classrooms, he seems to know


Online ratings aren’t everything for Greek community

Living TYLER SCHOOL OF ART in the confines of the Temple community, it is easy to forget all of the culturally enriching places there are to visit in Philadelphia. To help remind students of all the city has to offer, the organization Campus Philly holds an annual College Day on the last Saturday in September, allowing students a free pass to many of the attractions by by showing their school ID. This year, College Day will be Sept. 28. Campus Philly has prepared a variety of activities to participate in, including visits to the art and science museums. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perleman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary and the National Constitution Center are just a few of the places available to visit. “It is definitely a worthwhile experience for our students to not only see the wonderful institutions in Philly, but to become immersed in the culture here,” Grace Ahn, an admissions counselor for Tyler School of Art, said. “I think it is equally important for Tyler students to experience the city Temple is set in.” Starting at the steps of the art museum, there will be live music, provided by Philly’s craft beer DJ project Choice Tasters Selectors. Food trucks will cater the event. For art and music majors, it is an opportunity to see the work of other artists and musicians and gain perspective on how much creativity this city has. “I think it is a fantastic idea on Campus Philly’s part to have this day for students,” Ephraim Schafli, a second-year masters


Greek life is ranked online at GreekRank.com, but students in organizations believe ratings to be inconsequential. LORA STRUM The Temple News Temple’s GREEK LIFE Greek life is 73 percent approved, according to the rank it receives on the website GreekRank.com. With 31 registered fraternities and sororities on campus, many different styles of organizations are incorporated into the grouped rank. Whether one is looking for an academic, social

or philanthropic group, students can research Temple Greek life online at GreekRank.com. “I’ve been here at Temple for almost two years and have decided to finally join a sorority,” an unnamed commentor wrote on GreekRank.com. “I really want an amazing experience, which sorority would be best and why?” The responses to the above post varied from, “All the sororities work hard with commu-

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nity service and philanthropy, spending hundreds of hours and raising thousands” to “Most [of] the comments on here are left by individuals within Greek life bashing other organizations or promoting their own organization,” and finally, “I had a blast in my sorority … best decision I’ve made at Temple.” GreekRank.com is designed as a forum for the Greek community. Rankings and discussion pages provide students

with the opportunity to address all things Greek, as the aforementioned participant demonstrated. “All I knew about rushing was from movies,” junior Phi Sigma Pi treasurer Jonah Fowler said. GreekRank.com attempts to debase common myths about rushing and Greek life. The open forum setting allows students to offer their perceptions of Greek life, whether they are


positive or negative. “Temple’s sorority recruitment is a bit ridiculous. Every girl that rushes gets a bid, which floods the female Greeks with girls who probably don’t belong. Each sorority is oversized and (though usually run by the right girls) has too many people who don’t fit the Greek mindset,” wrote another commenter on GreekRank.com. Courtney Burrell is distrustful Fraternity and sorority of ratings.|DANIELLE RANKED PAGE 8 HAGERTY TTN




Interning and scenery abroad Unpaid internships are beneficial



Wilson finds that in London, interviews are more casual and nature is serene. Katro sees a value for unpaid interships at Fox29 and other organizations.

tudying abroad is a time many students take to explore and switch up the daily grind of college, but I haven’t found myself less busy in London. The most momentous event this week was the interview for my internship at travel company Isango. I have always found interviews to be nerveracking and I was particularly apprehenChristasia Wilson sive at the Across the Pond idea of interviewing in an unfamiliar country. Each student was given instructions in orientation on what to expect at a British interview. All that information went out the window as I was waiting in the reception area for my supervisor. To my surprise, the interview was more like a conversation between two people who already knew each other. I found the casual setting to be much more conducive to making a good impression. I’ll admit that I was not excited to work at a travel company. I couldn’t see how I could showcase my passion for writing within the constraints of a travel company. Little did I know, I would get to combine my love of traveling with my desire to write. This past weekend, our study away professor took us on a day trip to Brighton and

Beachy Head. The first stop was Brighton, a quaint town on the south coast of England with narrow alleyways full of boutiques and the aroma of every kind of food you could think of. Most of my time was spent near the beach. Brighton does not have the typical warm-sand beaches familiar to Americans. Brighton’s beach was covered with rocks and a cool ocean breeze. A few of my friends and I decided to see if Brighton had any competition with the fish ‘n’ chips we normally eat in London. Though our favorite dish once again went undefeated, I was amazed to see the quantity of fish on my platter. The piece of fish I had was the size of an average Philly cheesesteak. I’m proud to say I ate every last bit of it. The next stop of the day was to Beachy Head also known as Suicide Cliffs. Being from the city means I don’t get the opportunity to see pastoral landscapes or enjoy moments of silence. While in Beachy Head, I was taken aback by the vista provided at the top of a cliff. All you can do is stop and take a second to appreciate the little wonders in life. I can’t remember the last time I sat in grass and looked up at the clouds. It was something straight out of a novel. Not

many words can describe the beauty and serenity of Beachy Head. I capped off a great weekend by watching my friends play football in Hyde Park. Since I’m not that much of an athlete, I was the ‘football mom’ to all my friends who did play. With my magazine and blanket in tow, I cheered them on, even as it started to rain and hail. They were true Brits that day, continuing to pass the ball as I sat under an umbrella in the wet grass. At the beginning of this semester I dreaded coming to London, which meant leaving everyone and everything I knew behind for 15 weeks. With three weeks under my belt, I find myself not wanting to return to the U.S. I’m not saying one country is better than the other, even though the Brits have us beat for cleanest public bathrooms. London is starting to become my home – when I say, “I want to go back home,” I’m not talking about New York City. I’m referring to my little room on King’s Road.

“To my surprise,

the interview was more like a conversation between two people who already knew each other.

Christasia Wilson can be reached at christasia.wilson@temple.edu.

o, the problem is that I’m working here too much for free?” I couldn’t believe I found myself asking this question at my unpaid internship this fall at Fox 29. One of the pitfalls of free labor is Esther Katro no matter how INTERNal passionate and dedicated you Updates are, your work ethic isn’t considered more impressive simply because you do it without payment. This past week, I was told by my current internship that I had to stop volunteering my time for more than my scheduled days. This means I only have to come in two out of the current six and sometimes seven days I’ve been interning, and therefore no longer have to wake up at 2 a.m. three days out of the work week. But I am willing. I asked my intern coordinator if he’s ever had a problem with an intern wanting to dedicate too much of their free time. He couldn’t think of a similar instance. I was apparently the first to express a concern about working more. As a young adult, I often find myself to be the most underpaid, yet the most enthused and excited about the industry. So why was the station refusing my free work? According to my intern coordinator, I was taking

away opportunities from new interns to the station. However, with the way the media is constantly changing and adapting, I feel there is always so much more to learn professionally, especially in a big city like Philadelphia. In the past, the expenses of interning haven’t just been about free labor. They’ve also been about the commute. Interning in a different city than the one you’re living in is a quick way to realize the worth of a dollar. I spent two semesters on Megabus to and from New York City and then Washington to work for free. What affected me more than the size of my wallet was the six hours that I was spending a day commuting – my Megabus transportation could have fulfilled the hours of a second internship. William Newman, my economics professor here at Temple, told me, “You have to weigh the cost of the internship with the experience that you will get to see if it’s worth it.” By my third semester commuting, when I started interning at NBC News in New York City, I was so accustomed to being unpaid that I found it a burden to fill out all the paperwork and enter my intern hours into a database at the end of each day. I finally cashed my checks at the end of three months, and the banker was overwhelmed and confused by the accumulation. She said she had never seen someone hold on to their paycheck for so long. I understood her confusion,

since most college students are desperately in need of funds, but that’s not why I took the internship. I do it for the experience and to make myself worth more once I graduate. As a freshman, I attended a Skype session with Mother Jones Environmental Editor Kate Sheppard. She told the group free interning has become political because it forces those who can’t afford free work out of white collar jobs. Experience is still necessary to get a job in a competitive market where most people have college degrees. Annie Kim, junior premed student at Temple, said she would have never taken her summer hospital internship if it wasn’t paid. “I’m already paying so much per course to get experience in class,” she said. “I want my real world experience to come with all the professional benefits.” All experience is good experience, paid or not. Your time and energy is valuable so give it the skills and experience it deserves. I have just accepted another internship with Philadelphia Wedding. With my free time apart from Fox Philly and in between classes, I believe it’s valuable for me to get connected with the city’s news. Now, I’m helping to cover one of the most important days in a person’s life. Interning is one of the most important things to do as a young college student. Esther Katro can be reached at esther.katro@temple.edu.

Ranking website not always accurate, Greeks believe RANKED PAGE 7 chapters must register with GreekRank. com to be eligible for review and ranking. Temple currently has 17 registered fraternities and seven registered sororities out of 31 total Greek chapters. The site, which has been running since 2012, lists fraternities and sororities from each school and links site visitors to forums about Greek life on any selected campus. Not every organization has decided to participate, however. “Yeah, we’re not even on here,” Fowler said after checking GreekRank. com for the first time. Fowler’s fraternity, an honors co-ed organization, is one of many non-mainstream Greek organizations that have yet to be noted on the website’s radar. Some organizations are represented on GreekRank.com but are not rated and have limited, if any, mention in discussion boards. “All of the black Greeks do not have any ratings,” senior Alpha Kappa Alpha Technology Chairwoman Courtney Burrell said. “The National Panhellenic [societies] do not have any rankings because we’re more secretive.” Though the site is not popular among all Greek organizations, Temple’s Greek life has a favorable ranking overall. Alpha Chi Rho is the highest ranked fraternity, with an 80.76 percent approval ranking from 9 review-

ers. The lowest ranked frat, Sigma Alpha Mu, comes in at a 61.74 percent approval rating from 11 reviewers. Sorority Zeta Phi Beta has a 100 percent approval rating, though only it only has one review. Delta Zeta is the lowest ranked sorority with 29 reviews and a 68.69 percent approval ranking. The median score for both fraternities and sororities are within a 60 and 75 percent approval rating, though the number of reviews is largely inconsistent between the different organizations. Organizations are ranked based on appearance, popularity, classiness, involvement, social life and brotherhood or sisterhood. Each organization can get up to five stars in each category. Their overall star status gives them low, middle or top tier ranking. Middle tier frat Pi Lambda Phi is commented as having the “best parties” by GreekRank.com user “TuClassof16.” Top tier sorority Delta Zeta is mentioned by another reviewer, who said the sorority is “trying to do good things with the community and they also seem to party a lot!” Not all of the rankings are positive. “Stuck up and obsessed with themselves and their house … care more about what people think than

Jonah Fowler realized that the co-ed honors fraternity isn’t ranked on GreekRank.com. | DANIELLE HAGERTY TTN their sisterhood,” a user called “TU” said regarding the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma.

have to say.” However, due to the lack of reviews and the discretionary decision on who can review campus Greek life, the validity of GreekRank.com has been questioned. “I feel like it’s a bunch of Greeks rating themselves,” Fowler said. Some of the site’s users agree with Fowler, citing the online ratings as incomplete, biased or irrelevant on the page itself. Self-ranking, Greekon-Greek bashing and general disinterest affects the verification of these reviews. “The outside looking in is always untrue,” Burrell said. “[GreekRank. com] said something about the Zetas, and you could tell they wrote it. It’s a lot of he said, she said.” Whether or not GreekRank.com accurately depicts Greek life on campus, students said they are still unsure of whether or not it is useful. “I don’t think there’s a ‘best’ frat,” freshman tourism and hospitality management major Helen Van Natta said. “People should join organizations based on their interests and what the organization means to them.”

Another review with the user name “EW” said the Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers are “creepy, that’s all I

Lora Strum can be reached at lora.strum@temple.edu.

‘Dollarocracy’author comes to Main Campus Robert McChesney presented his book, detailing how he believes the country’s democracy is impacted by the value of money in society. BRIAN TOM The Temple news Professor, author and provocateur Robert McChesney presented his book “Dollarocracy” at the Ritter Hall Annex on Sept 17. Open to all members of the Temple community, the lecture brought to light “how the money and media complex is destroying America,” according to McChesney and co-author John Nichols. Nichols was asked to present this concept at Capitol Hill and was unable to attend the lecture. David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Com-

munication, welcomed his old colleague McChesney to the university. “I was sitting at a table of graduate students at a seminar,” Boardman said. “My attention was immediately drawn to this tall guy with hair down to his shoulders, eyes that were practically frightening in intensity and a biting wit that put everyone else in the room to shame. When I caught up with McChesney a few years later, he had less hair, but even more fire. He had become an esteemed writer and one of the nation’s premier thinkers in the field of media and communications.” McChesney was well-met

by audience members, who laughed at sarcastic comments, which was perhaps the “fire” Boardman had noted. “Look at democracy at its most basic definition, meaning governed by the people,” McChesney said. “‘Dollarocracy’ means being governed by money.” In the lecture, McChesney discussed how politics reflect the interests of the richest in the country. A major point of the lecture was based on the concept of “zombie ideas.” McChesney said these are ideas that are constantly pushed by the rich even though most Americans vote against them. He also men-

tioned how the media has influenced the election circuit. In fact, he said there is no value in journalism, except for political leverage. “Commercial journalism that can be supported by advertisement is disintegrating before our eyes on almost a yearly basis,” McChesney said. “What does that mean for elections? No one will be covering those stories.” As a result, McChesney said political coverage will be presented to Americans through negative campaign advertisements and personalized emails. Though he presents this as a negative trait in society, his lec-

ture was not entirely pessimistic. “There is hope,” he said. “My optimism comes from the fact that most citizens are dissatisfied with the system. The only reason why ‘Dollarocracy’ exists, why the election system is so perverted, is because these guys can’t win at these elections where voter turnout is low. If we want things to change, we have to have this discussion. We have to have a broader discussion, even when we don’t think the American people are ready to discuss things like this. Don’t think that it’s hopeless, because we have all the power.” Student attendees said they

enjoyed the lecture and considered McChesney’s experience to be admirable. “I think it was an absolute honor having Robert McChesney, the leading mind in political economics, come to Temple,” one student said. “We’re lucky that there’s a scholar out there who is able to translate high theory into something that people can understand and make a part of their daily lives.” Brian Tom can be reached at brian.tom@temple.edu




The Temple News Presents 2013


Brands Imaging creates and installs the wraps on some of Temple’s most popular food trucks. JENELLE JANCI Managing Editor


here’s more to food truck wrapping than just the foil around your meal. Brett Brand of the Fishtown-based company, Brands Imaging, is in the business of making food trucks look as appealing as the meals themselves. The company’s truck install-

ments include the Burger Busz, Sushi Busz, Richie’s Lunch Box, Wingo Taco, Chris’s Taco Stand and Poi Dog. Brands Imaging also installed the custom wallpaper in Brock’s Wings and Things. Dressed in tattoos and a congenial, forthright demeanor, Brand gets visibly excited when talking about his work, raising the volume of his voice and leaning forward. While his office has a vintage Phillies print and a Phish poster, make no mistake about Brand – his passion is anything but laid back. “I want to separate myself from other companies,” Brand said. “I want to be as emotional about my product as

The Lunchies Awards, a tradition Morgan Hall may dominate the skyline in North Philadelphia since opening as a residence and dining hall this semester, but it has yet to infiltrate the ranks of favorite spots to eat on campus. This year, The Temple News continues its annual tradition of bringing you the issue you’ve all been craving – the Lunchies Awards. You told us where you go to grab lunch on a busy day, to find comfort food that gets you through finals week and where you found adventurous new flavors in a spontaneous moment of bravery and impulse buying. You can find those ranked as the Students’Top 10 Trucks inside this insert. As tradition dictates, we’ve also provided the Top 10 trucks voted by The Temple News staff. In addition, we’ve brought you a whole new insight into the newsroom: nine meal recommendations from our editors. The trucks keep us fueled with the energy to bring you the paper each week. Along with an insider’s look at the company that keeps the food trucks looking appetizing, read about the little-known cultural and familial ties between trucks and one freshman’s guest column on something w e can all relate to – our first meal at a Temple food truck. This isn’t just the PB & J in your middle school sack lunch. This is Lunchies; where we know that sometimes the best things come in plain, brown paper packages. Sink your teeth into the Lunchies discussion online at temple-news. com/lunchies. -Erin Edinger-Turoff, Living Editor

you are.” Brand began in automobile repair, helping his father with his dent-removal business. “Coupling all that with the idea that I always wanted to be some sort of an artist or whatever, this company was born,” Brand said. “It started out very tunnel-visioned.” Brand said his company originally focused on custom wrapping for cars before moving to food trucks. Juno Parks, the owner of the Busz trucks, was the first Temple-based client for Brand. Parks said although he would have received a cheaper price with another company, he knew Brand was the person he wanted to work with.

“He’s very professional – probably the most professional [person] I’ve spoke with from the other [graphic installment] vendors,” Parks said. After Brand installed the wrapping on his Burger Busz, Parks consulted him again for his Sushi Busz truck. “I was satisfied with his work, and I didn’t want to risk changing the vendor,” Parks said. Brand said he likes the variety the job offers. “It’s something different every day,” Brand said. “It’s the same truck or the same car, but it’s a completely different design and concept every day. When you run a business, you have the opportunity to kind of steer the ship a

little bit. To accomplish more goals and to land larger accounts and do more creative projects is exciting.” Brand’s projects are quickly expanding beyond the size of an 18-foot food truck. Brands Imaging is responsible for the custom wallpaper in Pearson and McGonigle halls, including the 90foot image of Hooter in the basketball practice gym. The company’s work at the facility led to a job revamping the Miami Dolphins’ training facility. While working on the Pearson and McGonigle job, Brand said he and his team showed a little love to former client Chris’s Taco Stand. “His stuff was banging,” Brand


Family and culture ties trucks Several truck owners emigrated from Eastern Europe, creating familial connections. ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News On Main Campus, food trucks are connected by more than just the streets they crowd. Some truck owners can trace their roots back to the same country or culture of origin, even as closely as blood relation. In the past several decades, Eastern European newcomers settled into the once unfamiliar territory of Philadelphia and its surrounding areas, establishing businesses in the food industry, such as restaurants, trucks, carts and the like. Adzij Kovevic, owner of the Adriatic Grill at the 12th Street Food Pad, came to the United States in 1993 from Montenegro to avoid wars, political unrest and to finally follow a dream he said he was chasing for many years. “I finished culinary school at home and worked in many different restaurants all over Europe before I came to the U.S.,” Kovevic said. “It was my vision to start a business. My brother had left before me and told me all of the good things about the U.S., so I was excited to come.” At one time, Kovevic enjoyed the life he led in Montenegro. But after the economy tanked, there was no opportunity to finish any type of schooling. Of Albanian descent, Kovevic and his

Michael Sigal runs the Bagel Shop on Polett Walk and 13th Street. He emigrated from Ukraine in 1988. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

family were also treated differently than others. He said he felt that immigrating to America was the only option. “The situation was very bad all over Europe, but our country was a little worse,” Kovevic said. “I’m Albanian and that’s a minority in Montenegro, so we were treated poorly. I’m very lucky to live in the great neighborhood that I’m in now, and my life is much different. I love it.” About 950 miles away from Montenegro is Ukraine, which also experienced economic downturn and similar migration to the U.S. by people who hoped to improve the lives of their families. Michael Sigal, owner of the Bagel Shop at 13th Street and Polett Walk, emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine in 1988

with his family when he was 18 years old. “We decided to come here for better opportunities,” Sigal said. “Things were kind of falling apart at that time. I was young and finishing college at the time, but things started to get bad so I felt like there was no other choice but to leave.” Not always a bagel aficionado, Sigal said he didn’t initially plan on working in the food industry. It came into his life after he was unable to find a job, even one that paid minimum wage, for almost two years. He originally worked as a technician in the electronics business, but decided to get into the food business when a twist of fate brought him there. “My parents actually knew the guy who used to run this business before I took it over,” Sigal said. “They were friends and found out he was retiring. He came from the Ukraine the same time that we did. After I couldn’t find work for so long, I decided to be my own boss.” The owners of 12th Street Food Pad veteran Fame’s Famous Pizza said they are appreciative of the opportunities they’ve received after their family made the decision to come to the U.S. Jim Amzovski, co-owner of the business along with his brother Fame, said he’s thankful his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1969. “They wanted to come here for a better life for the family,” Amzovski said. “My parents started the business out with a hot dog cart, and my brother





Our Top


The Temple News staff ’s Top 10 food trucks of 2013.

The Creperie

The Sexy Green Truck

Ali’s Middle Eastern

Fame’s Famous Pizza

Tai’s Vietnamese Food

The Fruit Truck


Burger Busz

Sushi & Dimsum Busz




The Top 10 Trucks as voted by students 1. THE CREPERIE


The Temple News staff favorites JOEY CRANNEY Editor-in-Chief

JENELLE JANCI Managing Editor





ABI REIMOLD Photo Editor





MA PO TOFU Tai’s Vietnamese


PATRICIA MADEJ Arts & Entertainment Editor



CHIMICHANGA Temple’s Best Mexican Food


Location: Between 12th and 13th streets on Norris Street. Owner: Bill Zacharatos Year Founded: 2003 Signature item: Savory chicken crepe Price Range: $5 to $6


Location: Food Pad on 12th Street Owner: Richie Jr. Year Founded: 1969 Signature item: Bacon wrap Price Range: $1.25 to $7.50


Location: Between 12th and 13th streets on Montgomery Avenue Owner: Selim Zeka Year Founded: 2009 Signature item: Panini Price Range: $6 to $8


Location: Between 12th and 13th streets on Norris Street Owner: Lanie Belmont and Andrew Tantisunthorn Year Founded: 2011 Signature item: Edgar Allen Potato Sandwich Price Range: $4 to $10


Location: Between Montgomery Avenue and Polett Walk on 13th Street Owner: Okan Zinetbas Year Founded: 2010 Signature item: Combo rice platter Price Range: $5


Location: Food Pad on 12th Street Owner: Jason Tran Year Founded: 2002 Signature item: Coconut chicken/Bourbon chicken Price Range: $3.75 to $7.25


Location: Norris and 13th streets Owner: Juno Park Year Founded: 2011 Signature item: Texas Hold’em burger Price Range: $2.50 to $7


Location: Norris and 13th streets Owner: Nan Kim Year Founded: 2012 Signature item: Korean style burrito Price Range: $2.50 to $24


Location: Polett Walk and 13th Street Owner: Michael Sigal Year Founded: 1980 Signature item: Everything bagel with plain cream cheese Price Range: $2 to $5


Location: Between Norris and Polett on 12th Street Owner: Sylvia Ndreu Year Founded: 2008 Signature item: Spicy chicken parm Price Range: $3.50 to $5.50 *Out of 100 votes, gathered online


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and I just took it from there.” Of Albanian descent like Kovevic, the Amzovski family moved to America with the intent to start a family-operated business. They lived a few blocks from Temple in 1985 when they noticed someone was selling a lunch cart, so Amzovski and his brother decided to take it and make pizza. After the success of that business venture, they made the move to the 12th Street Food Pad 17 years ago. “My parents always told us to work hard because there’s nothing free in life, so that’s what we’ve done,” Amzovski said. “That’s what makes us successful.” The will to achieve is a culturally instilled value for many of the food establishment owners, but that’s not all they have in common – some of them are related as well. Kovevic’s first cousin is Selim Zeka, owner of the Sexy Green Truck, and the Amzovskis are cousins with Richie Jr., owner of Richie’s Deli and Pizza. The familial connections played a part in the establishment of some of those businesses, owners said. “[Zeka] told me about the location when it was available and that’s how I got it,” Kovevic said. “There are a lot of Albanians, so I was friends with a lot of people before we got into the business. I know the guys in the trucks up the street, too.” Founded in 2009, the Sexy Green Truck is located on Montgomery Avenue by the Student Center and has gained popularity over the years for its organic ingredients. Zeka said he was glad to help Kovevic find the right place for his busi-

ness, and that they work in close proximity to one another. Fame’s and Richie’s, however, opened and operate independently of each other. Amzovski said he doesn’t think it causes competition between the two of them, even though they work in the same area. “We were never business partners or anything, and being family doesn’t affect the competition between us,” Amzovski said. “I believe that if you have a good product, you’ll be OK no matter what you do.” Family or not, the business owners still share a love for Temple. The people around them and the occupations they wouldn’t have been able to hold without help from their loved ones. “I came to the U.S., got married, had kids and I like my work a lot,” Sigal said. “I enjoy making the people at Temple happy with my food. I really like [Temple] and I feel like I fit in well.” Kovevic also said he is happy working on a college campus, particularly since it allows him to have time to spend with his family around the holidays and on vacations. “My life is so much different now,” Kovevic said. “We love it here and we’re going to stay. My son will be a future Temple student. I love this location. It’s a beautiful place and it’s interesting to work here – you meet people from all over.” Ariane Pepsin can be reached at ariane.pepsin@temple.edu.

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The Creperie serves a student’s first meal at a truck. t was noon, and the line was already down the sidewalk. In fact, most of the sidewalks lining Norris Street on Monday, Sept. 16 were littered with students gathering at the sides of food trucks. Sushi, burgers, grilled cheese, fried Snickers bars, New York gyros and my new personal favorite, crepes, are just a few of the choices available on wheels as an alternative to residence hall dining. These trucks are Emily Rolen filled with character, each with their own distinct flavor and vibe. The Creperie, the food truck that will go down in history as my first, seems to always be packed. I’d heard from a number of friends and acquaintances that the crepes available are delicious, cheap and huge. I took a sloppy bite of my steaming chicken feta pesto crepe, a recommendation from one of the workers who saw me debating between the 15 savory options. The savory menu featured interesting pairings of flavors, some of which I wouldn’t have expected to be

a palatable combination. “Alexander the Crepe,” for example, is comprised of gyro meat and pepperoni doused in pizza sauce and ranch dressing. Being completely new to the food truck scene, I was a bit intimidated by such a bold creation, but I might brave it sometime this semester. The Creperie has an array of temptingly sweet options along with the hearty, perhaps more lunch-appropriate menu. The “Berries Cheesecake” and “S’mores” crepes sounded like a lot of sugar in the middle of my day, but seem worthy of another trek from my residence hall. Dripping crepe in hand, I sat outside the Tyler School of Art and enjoyed my surroundings for the first time that day. Unlike the usually crowded dining halls, my chair in a shaded patch of grass was cozy. Students walked by and peeked into the truck or onto my plate to see what I was indulging in. A continuous stream of people meandered to and from class as I ate the first food truck meal of my college experience. I also noticed that the line for crepes did not dwindle as people rushed to class. Compared to dining at the Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria, Morgan Hall or the Student Center, food trucks seem to





YumTown debuts new fall item Lanie Belmont, co-owner of the Yumtown food truck, believes diners should appreciate the crops that are grown naturally in their area. Seasonal specials on the menu, like this fall’s “Leafblower,” showcase flavors that represent the agriculture of Pennsylvania at the time of year they debut on the menu.


The entire menu at Yumtown, which she opened with Andrew Tantisunthorn in Fall 2011, is comprised of crops from local farms. “The food that we buy for ourselves is [organic],” Belmont said of the dietary standards she and Tantisunthorn maintain personally. “We wanted to treat the sand-

wiches that [we sell] the same way.” Although Belmont said she has seen many restaurants adopt the idea as part of a new craze to minimize carbon footprints of food consumption, she believes food trucks like Yumtown make locally grown, organic food more accessible to the general public.

“There are so many great small farms Belmont said the ‘Leafblower’ has bearound,” Belmont said. “We’re trying to come a favorite among her customers since bring the source of the food closer to the appearing on the menu as the fall special. public.” “It’s been selling out every Belmont and Tantisunthorn work day we’ve offered it,” Belmont said. with Common Market, a food provider that connects them directly to areas just out-Erin Edinger-Turoff side of Philadelphia.

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be more accessible to the average student. Quite literally on the way to class and almost as quick as fast-food, the average food truck seems to cater to a busy student looking for something tasty and satisfying. I was certainly pleased with my first truck-bought meal. The Creperie’s line was the longest on the block, but I waited less than 15 minutes for my lunch. Rather than having to navigate through the Student Center, wait in the long lines at Morgan Hall or deal with the hassle of handling trays and finding a seat at J&H, food trucks are the ideal way to grab a snack or meal between classes. Variety is what I’m looking for in my meals. It’s only a month into the semester and I am already becoming bored with the options at dining halls. I noticed that the food trucks at Temple are comprised of various cultural influences. The issue of cost is an im-

portant factor. While the price of one meal is $7.80 in dining halls, my crepe was only $5. For an additional $1, I could have gotten any drink available at the truck. In Morgan Hall, it is almost impossible to stay within the monetary constraints of one ‘meal.’ The same goes for the Student Center and Cosi. J&H and food trucks seem to be the most cost effective, because J&H offers students a buffet-style meal. As a new and inexperienced food truck diner, quality and price are most important in my decisions. The selection available at all of the trucks and their budget-conscious prices are refreshing for a freshman usually constrained to dining halls. With all the food trucks on campus, it seems I won’t run out of new meals to try between classes any time soon.

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month into the semester and I am already becoming bored with the options at dining halls.

Emily Rolen can be reached at emily.rolen@temple.edu.

Emily Rolen bites in to a chicken feta pesto crepe, her first meal from a food truck.| DANIELLE HAGERTY TTN

said. “When we did that whole Temple job, we ate at Chris’s every day.” Brand said the design of Chris’s Taco Stand went through a few incarnations before it reached its final stage. Brand said he makes it his personal mission to communicate with the client to nail down the exact vision. “Even though it’s my business, that’s my job,” Brand said. “I try to speak to the customers, embody what they’re going for and translate that to my designers.” Brands Imaging has two inhouse designers/production employees who do graphic work for clients as part of the package. “We’re more of a grassroots start-up,” Brand said. “We do 90 percent of this s--- ourselves.” Once the design is nailed down, it’s printed on 3M vinyl in 4-foot sections. Brands Imaging is one of three 3M-certified businesses in the state, meaning that its employees are sent to the headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., for training. The vinyl sections are then laminated, which makes them weather, abrasion and graffiti resistant. Four installers make sure the sections are lined up before peeling off a paper backing, creating what resembles an oversized sticker. The vinyl sections can be tacked and re-tacked onto the truck. Installers relax the heat-activated vinyl with blowtorches before smoothing it with a tool that resembles a wallpaper smoother. Brand said on average, he and his team have a truck in the shop for three days total. While the process sounds clear-cut, he said the variations in truck shapes make each project its own challenge. For example, a donut truck the team was working on had a large metal box on its side, which required relief cuts in the vinyl in order for the design to lay flat. Brands Imaging will soon be moving from its current lo-

Installers at Brands Imaging attach heat-activated 3M vinyl to a truck (above) and an SUV. The vinyl is laminated to be weather and abrasion-resistant. | ABI REIMOLD TTN cation on Front Street to a newer building on North American Street. The company will gain an extra 500 feet and have a food truck commissary and shared kitchen in the back of the building. Although food trucks have long been a city staple, shows like Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” and Cooking Channel’s “Food Truck Revolution” are partially to thank for a

recent boom in business, Brand said. He also said Brands Imaging was recently approached to be filmed for a reality show based out of New York. The recent success doesn’t seem to have gone to Brand’s head, though. “I couldn’t do it without my crew,” Brand said. “It’s not just like, me, and them doing whatever. Everything here is a team effort. It takes two people

to hold a tape measure. It takes two people to hold up a 20-foot piece of vinyl before you lay it. I couldn’t sell anything if my designers didn’t design it yet. What I want people to understand about our company is that we have fun, and we’re awesome, close people.” Jenelle Janci can be reached at jenelle.janci@temple.edu or on Twitter @jenelley.



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Asian Arts Initiative to host first block party


Wrestling brought to the radio

Radio host Spike Eskin is bringing the sport into the mainstream.

Pearl Street Block Party celebrates culture Sept. 28.



Most people wouldn’t choose to host a party in a dark alley, but the Asian Arts Initiative is doing just that. The first Pearl Street Block Party presented by PNC Arts Live and organized by the Asian Arts Initiative will take place on the 1200 block of Pearl Street on Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a communal feast at 5 p.m. The Asian Arts Initiative aims to become a support system for the community and to be a place where creative energy can spark and flow back into the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The Asian Arts Initiative came together in 1993 as a way to respond to concerns about racial tensions. Asian Americans and immigrants, as well as nonAsians, could come together to celebrate art as a way to create social change and improvement. At the northern end of Chinatown, the Asian Arts Initiative is still doing that today through the Pearl Street Block Party. Its originality lies in its vendors and events, to its location, which spans from 10th to Broad streets. “It’s a sketchy, underutilized block,” Nancy Chen, the public programs manager at the Asian Art Initiative, said. “Each block is different from the next. It can be sketchy, and people would usually avoid it. So we, kind of picking it as the least place you would have a block party, invite people into this space and see what we can create.” The purpose of the block


First Unitarian Church, located at 2125 Chestnut St., is utilized by church-related events along with shows hosted by R5 Productions, which also works with Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle, Johnny Brenda’s and more. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN

No separation of church and punk

The Philadelphia DIY scene finds a home in nonprofits.


DAVID ZISSER The Temple News

t’s 4 p.m. A band’s sound check is being delayed by an upstairs baby dedication service. Although the basement that’s housing tonight’s punk show is clean, it’s only because of the efforts of Jim, the employee responsible for tidying up after last night’s Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Welcome to Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church. The Philadelphia underground music scene has long existed outside of the realm of normalcy. Bars and other legitimate businesses often make way for

people’s homes. But when the basements are exhausted, promoters and bands need somewhere to turn. Nonprofit spaces such as First Unitarian Church are often relied upon to fill the void. “It fills a hole that we have, and it fills a nice little hole that the Philly music scene has,” Matt Miceli, the building’s superintendant, said. Miceli is largely responsible for the logistics of the events that happen, including the several basement punk shows that occur each month. In addition to being a journeyman electrician, Miceli plays guitar and sings in West Philadelphia rock band HighKick. Miceli is also a man with little in the way of faith. He is a surprisingly typical employee of the First Unitarian Church. “They actually have a policy, for my position at least, of

not hiring members of the congregation,’’ Miceli said. The perception that Philadelphia show-goers have of the church is one that’s largely incomplete. To most, it’s known as one of the city’s premier mid-sized punk venues. There’s rarely a Philadelphia punk or punk band that hasn’t donated a sizeable amount of sweat to the space. And although weekends are often rife with stage dives and excessive amounts of perspiration, the day-to-day operations of the church are starkly different. Miceli estimated that 2,200 people a week pass through the First Unitarian Church. “It’s different meditation classes, different churches rent the space to meet – the Unitarians don’t have a problem with other faiths coming in and using the space. There’s two full-time

daycares in the building from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., I guess 80 kids upstairs and 40 downstairs,” Miceli said. “It’s intense. It’s constantly moving. We’re open ‘til 1 a.m. [or] 2 a.m. most nights. We open up at 7 a.m. every day.” The relationship between the church and the Philadelphia music scene is one that’s more than a decade old. Norman Fouhy, the building’s business administrator, was looking for new streams of revenue, and Sean Agnew of R5 Productions fame was looking for a space to house his shows. And while it’s a partnership that may look volatile on the surface, it’s been remarkably successful so far. “It’s a give and take relationship,” Miceli said. “You’re


riving home after blowing October’s rent on the wheel in Parx Casino, I turned on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP and swerved off the road. No, I wasn’t feeling the effects of those free, watereddown rum and Cokes. I was flabbergasted to hear about Triple H’s regime preventing Daniel Bryan from winning the WWE Championship. On the radio. On a sports station. John Corrigan Whose Cheesesteaks voice is and Chairshots b l e n d i n g the barrier between sports and entertainment, properly enunciating the names of WWE Superstars and verbalizing their rivalries with genuine enthusiasm? Spike Eskin, the son of perhaps the greatest heel in sports media – Howard Eskin. “When I was growing up, I didn’t like any Philly teams,” Eskin said. “I would pick all the teams that made my friends mad. All this changed in my early ‘20s because you grow up and learn to respect where you’re from. When I was a Cowboys’ fan, I had this Cowboys’ starter jacket and my dad asked to borrow it once. I asked why, and he said ‘Well, I’m kicking in a field goal contest during halftime at the Eagles’ game, and I want to wear it.’” As CBSPhilly.com’s sports editor and writer, Eskin dictates the amount of coverage each


South Street gets new music store with unique selections BridgeSet Sound opened its doors late this summer.

KEVIN STAIRIKER The Temple News Steve Harner and his wife Thao were walking around the art museum one night when a question was raised: What do you want to be doing in 20 years? In the three years prior to that walk, Harner traveled around the country installing music labs in schools while working for the SoundTree organization, along with making and playing music himself. It was then that he realized he wanted to make a music store – but why wait 20 years? Within a week, a landlord had been found and a prime piece of South Street real estate had been secured. The initial idea had been hatched in late

April, and BridgeSet Sound opened for business at the end of June. “It’s been an absolute whirlwind of fun and stress,” Harner said. “This past July 4 was the first day in 55 days that I was working less than 10 hours a day.” Though it might initially seem like hyperbole, Harner doesn’t sound like he’s joking. The sheer amount of ideas currently taking flight at BridgeSet is nothing short of gargantuan. Harner’s vision for BridgeSet is that of a one-stop shop for all things music. Along with a modest selection of instruments, BridgeSet also sells new and used records, audio equipment and software and longboards. In the back, next door to a practice room, is a fully-functioning recording studio. A person not versed in music whatsoever could hypothetically buy a guitar, get lessons and then record their music all without

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stepping outside of the building. “Here’s an example: We have a 12-year-old kid coming in right now for guitar lessons. He wanted to learn how to record stuff himself, so instead of coming in for guitar lessons one week, he came in and learned about mixing and music production so he could record himself,” Harner said. BridgeSet is still committed to providing schools with musical equipment and technology, recently visiting Massachusetts to equip the Williston Northampton School with Mac computers stocked with Sibelius for music theory students. Another focus of Harner’s is to incorporate the visual arts in as many ways as possible. Art adorns the walls of the narrow hallway that leads from the main room and past the recording studio to the backyard. “My idea was that each month, we could have a different local


Steve Harner and his wife Thao own BridgeSet Sound. They aim for uniqueness with ukulele jam nights and a recording studio in the back of the store. | ANDREW THAYER TTN




Steve Eskin brings wrestling back

sport receives on the website. Additionally, Eskin contributes reports to WIP, KYW NewsRadio and CBS3 Sunday Kickoff. Despite his frantic work schedule, the second-generation sportscaster still finds time to follow professional wrestling. “When I was eight or nine, I would go to the WWF shows at the Spectrum and watch on Saturday mornings,” Eskin said. “Then I started watching NWA. You know, the more you get into it, the more indie you sort of get. I never made it to ECW, though.” Cheering for fan favorites such as Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana and Ricky Steamboat throughout his youth, Eskin switched allegiance to the bad guys, similar to rooting against his friends’ teams. “My dad used to do a Sunday night sports talk show on WWPP and he was like, the first guy to announce wrestling results on the evening news,” Eskin said. “He had ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper coming on his show and he was one of my favorites so I went to go see him. My dad, on the air, asked him if wrestling was fake. Piper flipped out and threw my dad onto the ground and threw a chair. I’m in the corner quivering, like ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper is beating the crap out of my dad.” While most fans drift away from wrasslin’ to enter the dating scene, Eskin fell back in love with it thanks to his significant other. “I stopped watching in my teens and didn’t really start again until a few years ago when I started dating who is now my fiancée,” Eskin said. “We switched channels and she said, ‘Oh, I haven’t watched wrestling since I was a kid, can we watch it?’ If a girl wants to watch wrestling and not some Real Housewives show, you call


Steve Eskin, sports announcer for 94WIP Radio, attempts to bring wrestling to the mainstream by having wrestling segments during his broadcasts. | JACOB COLON TTN it a win.” Although Eskin strays from his father’s argumentative broadcast style, he has inherited the foresight to include prowrestling in sports coverage. “I realized that there is a hunger for it,” Eskin said. “People love hearing about wrestling from a mainstream outlet because they don’t expect it. It’s the one thing I do on the radio that gets people the most excited and also pisses the most people off.” Since members of the mainstream media still scoff at the mere suggestion of dignifying the men and women who travel across the globe 52 weeks a year to entertain their passionate crowds, I wondered how Eskin responded to criticism from not only colleagues but also listeners. “It’s either midnight or 1 a.m. when I talk wrestling on the air,” Eskin said. “I understand that not everybody is into it. But the people who like it will stay up for it.” Eskin has one thing in his corner that the detractors can’t compete against – statistics.

“The simple fact is that by working the Internet, I can tell who clicks on what and who doesn’t,” Eskin said. “WWE stuff always gets traffic, every single time. I don’t really care what the critics say because I know it works. I apologize to people who aren’t into it, but the truth is not everyone is into hockey, basketball and baseball.” With his finger on the pulse of the Philadelphia sports scene, surely Eskin knows whether or not Lincoln Financial Field has been granted with hosting WrestleMania 31. “I know the same thing you do,” Eskin said. “You would think the mayor’s office has to know because they have to start planning for it and clear that date. Now that the Phillies’ schedule is out, they have to avoid conflicts with the games because they don’t want to deal with combined traffic.” Even though he hasn’t attended a WrestleMania since 1988, Eskin doesn’t plan on buying tickets if the “Showcase of the Immortals” comes to the city.

“I think watching wrestling in a stadium with 80,000 people probably blows unless you have really good seats,” Eskin said. “I’m excited to have it here just because of all the opportunities around it. I want to be able to interview the guys when they come to town. How could the WWE say no to Philly wanting it at the Linc, especially when New York and New Jersey was such a big success?” As for this year’s WrestleMania in New Orleans, what would Eskin’s ideal main event be for the 30th edition? “I know it’s a dream,” Eskin said. “But at this point, if [Phillip Brooks] versus [Steve Austin] is going to happen at WrestleMania, you need to start talking about it now.” Let’s start talking, wrestling fans. We can do it word of mouth, online and now on the radio – thanks to Spike Eskin. John Corrigan can be reached at john.corrigan@temple.edu.


ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF PARADE, SEPTEMBER 26 – NOVEMBER 3 / COST VARIES / ARDENTHEATRE.ORG Arden Theatre Company will be presenting its rendition of the musical “Parade” beginning Sept. 26. Located on 40 N. 2nd St. in Old City, there will be matinees as well as night performances throughout the show’s run. This is the first production of the season, kicking off the company’s exciting list of shows for the upcoming months, which include Stick Fly, Water by the Spoonful and Three Sisters. “Parade,” based upon a true story, takes place in Atlanta circa 1913. The show revolves around the rape and murder of young female factory worker Mary Phagan. At first, many of the townspeople believe the culprit to be the African-American watchman who was on guard at the time of the murder. But, after a series of events, the young girl’s Jewish manager Leo Frank, played by Ben Dibble, is accused of the crime. The whole town, save for Leo’s wife Lucille, played by Jennie Eisenhower, turns against him. The plot leads us through Leo’s trial, as well as to the heartbreaking end of the true story. “Parade” was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and won two including best original score and best book. The director of the show, Terry Nolen, who is an award winning director as well as the co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company, said he’s excited for the show. “The music of the show is absolutely phenomenal,” Nolen said. “And we have a cast whose voices are as good as it gets.”

The show will be preformed on the F. Otto Haas stage, which seats 360 people. If unable to afford a ticket for the regular run of the show, patrons will be able to attend the final dress rehearsal on Sept. 25. This “pay what you can” performance of the show has a suggested donation of $25, which will benefit the Hamilton Family Arts Center. The seating is general admission, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

CAN JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 28 / FREE / SLY FOX BREWING COMPANY A musical festival that will have pizza and BBQ at Sly Fox Brewing Company, located in Pottstown, Pa., from noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 28. Acts include Swift Technique, John Train, Toy Soldiers, The Lawsuits and more.

SWEET EDGE SCULPTURE TOUR, SEPTEMBER 29 / FREE / EDGESCULPTURE.COM From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, five talented 3D artists will be opening their sculpture gardens and studios for the public. Locations vary.

JUMP START FASHION SHOW, OCTOBER 1 / FREE / 1916 RACE ST. Still itching with Fashion Week fever? Attend this year’s Jump Start Fashion Show. In celebration of Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th Anniversary, students will use tulle in their designs to represent the spirit of ballet. The show begins at 6 p.m. in The Great Hall of Moore College of Art and Design.

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Sauce CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News They’ve played at small venues in Philadelphia and even played at an Allman Brothers show in New York, but Sauce, a Temple band comprised of five students, prefers to play music at house shows. The band frequently held concerts last year in its own basement, or what became known to students as “The Sauce House,” where people packed shoulder-to-shoulder beneath strands of holiday lights to enjoy the band’s music. Comprised of junior JP Moynihan on vocals and guitar, junior Mike Paszkiewicz on guitar and bass, senior Nick Kaulback on guitar, bass, and vocals, junior Robert Hassl on keyboard, and junior Pedro Purcell on the drums, Sauce caters to the crowd. Sauce calls itself a “live band,” meaning its focuses on

playing music live rather than recording it. Sauce will play a 21+ show on Oct. 12 at The Grape Room in Manayunk. THE TEMPLE NEWS: How would you describe your music? NICK KAULBACK: I think we kind of transcend genres in the sense that we pick and choose a little bit of all different sorts of music and it’s not genre-specific. Sometimes it’s funky, sometimes it’s jazzy, sometimes it’s a little more Americana. TTN: Would you call yourselves a jam band? NK: [We’re] a band that jams. That’s what makes the live performances cool, ‘cause it’s not the same every time. If we came out and played the same set, then people would be like, what’s the point of coming to see this band again? MIKE PASZKIEWICZ: We tend to be more guided than

just kind of aimless and wandering and we like to keep people’s attention. The second people start dancing is when things go downhill. TTN: How did the band start? NK: I was sitting in class with Mike and I had a wristband from a Phish festival I went to that summer on my wrist and [Paszkiewicz] had an All-Good bracelet on, which is another music festival. We walked around and played some music that day. Then he said he had a friend who is a drummer and [Purcell] brought over the drums and then [Moynihan] came and the next semester [Hassl] came. JP MOYNIHAN: It took a bit for me to find the basement show scene. Freshman year the parties sucked. Then we found the basement show scene and we were like “Oh, we could do this too. We could play basement shows.” ROB HASSL: We’ve been playing for a little longer than


Temple’s own Sauce prefers basement shows rather than flashy performances. one year. TTN: Tell me about “The Sauce House.” JH: It was terrible to live in, but fantastic for a big party. The atmosphere during shows was usually hot, dark and loud. The basement would be filled, and so would the first floor. TTN: Why do you prefer house shows to formal venues? MP: We play off the crowd. We’ve played shows at bars with 30 or so people and everyone just sits and stares around. We don’t play as well there as packed and crowded basements. That’s where we thrive. TTN: Where is the most memorable place you’ve played? MP: We were up in Long Island [,N.Y.,] this summer at Jones Beach Amphitheater and we got this sweet hook-up for a gig. Everyone coming in to see Grace Potter [and the Nocturnals] and the Allman Brothers walked by us playing and

started dancing. PEDRO PURCELL: I remember this one guy stopped and said, “I’ll see you guys on the main stage in a couple years.” That was the coolest compliment we ever got. TTN: You’ve been referred to in public as “Temple’s favorite band.” Did you know that? NK: After the block party at Temple last year, I was with my friends and it was the first time I was in public and heard people say, “Hey, that’s that kid that was in that band at the block party.” It was an interesting feeling, getting recognized for this thing that I just like to do. RH: I think it’s cool even if people don’t know my name and they walk by and say “Hey, Sauce!” TTN: How do you set yourselves apart from other Temple bands? NK: A lot of people who come to our shows listen to dif-


ferent types of music but can get down to what we’re doing. People can appreciate our versatility. TTN: You’ve covered the theme songs to “Hey Arnold” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” How do you pick what songs you cover? RH: We usually do one or two covers a show. A lot of times we mix covers into original stuff. MP: When you break something out like that out at a show no one sees it coming, and it’s also a great funky jazz song and everybody has a great time. JM: We like to play stuff that people will recognize and associate with their time period and their life. They’ll just know it and that will make them happy because it makes them feel like they can relate to the music. Claire Sasko can be reached at claire.sakso@temple.edu.

Nation’s first LGBTQ bookstore for sale new ideas.” Opening in 1973, Hermance and a business partner took ownership of the store in 1976 and in 1986 Hermance became the sole owner of Giovanni’s Room. The store sells LGBTQrelated books, movies, music, rainbow flags and buttons, among other things. “We do provide services that, if we are not here, then those services will not be available – mostly to the Philadelphia area, but we are an international store,” Hermance said. He recalled a customer from Brussels that came into the store recently. “He bought eight or 10 books and he’s coming back on Saturday and then he’s coming back in a couple of weeks after that, hoping by that time we’ll have gotten more books he wants,” Hermance said. “For him, there’s no place in New York, there’s no place in Washington, we’re the only real re-

source he can use.” Hermance also mentioned a young customer he has that regularly comes into the store to read, as he does not have enough money to buy the books. “They are not books he’s going to find in the library, so he sat in [a] chair for four or five hours reading,” Hermance said. “This store has been a resource to everybody. Last week there was a young man in his mid20s looking for a book for his mother who is coming out. Isn’t that amazing? Where else on Earth would he go to find expert advice?” Among the books Giovanni’s Room offers are memoirs, fiction, photography books, parenting books for LGBTQ parents, books about raising LGBTQ children and LGBTQthemed children’s book. “In 1973, there would be very few books that would be appropriate for a gay store to sell,” Hermance said. “We’re talking about a few dozen.”


A best-seller for the store is, coincidentally, “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin. “‘Giovanni’s Room’ was, I think, an inspired choice for the name of the store because that novel, published in 1956, has been in print continuously in the United States since [it was released],” Hermance said. “There are not really many novels that have been in print for 60 years. James Baldwin isn’t going to go away anytime soon. There are lots of people who have never heard of him but he’s still a recognized literary figure for anyone serious about American literature. I’m really proud that I know we are encouraging people to read that book by the name of the store.” Hermance added that because so many copies of the book were sold last month, it was the No. 1 bestseller for August. As for the future of the store, Hermance said time will be just as big of an investment

as money. “Every shopkeeper can identify with this, it’s a ball and chain,” Hermance said. “You are responsible for everything and you can’t just go off. It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve had more than two weeks off.” If the store eventually gets sold, Hermance added that he would stay for some time to train the new owner and possibly volunteer there in the future. “I hope they preserve the collection, make money and intensify what we have to offer,” Hermance said. If the store does not get sold by Hermance’s self-made deadline he said he would have sales to sell the remaining inventory and prepare the property to sell. Whether or not Giovanni’s Room continues, Hermance is already planning his life postGiovanni’s Room. He said he would like to go to Israel or Morocco, among other places, to visit connections he’s made

Ed Hermance, owner of Giovanni’s Room, plans to find new ownership.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN through the book store. “I do plan on taking this nice long overseas trip,” Hermance said. “It would be nice to have a little more air in my life. On one hand, I’m into helping immigrants how to learn English, teaching school kids to learn English since I used to teach English in [a college set-

ting].” Hermance added, “The number of things I love about this store is endless and I really hope we can find one or more buyers who can keep it going.” Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at luis.fernando@temple.edu or on Twitter @theluisfernando.

Lil Dan’s food truck items named after owner’s family

Lil Dan’s food truck continues to sell in family tradition. SARAE GDOVIN The Temple News

His day began at 4 a.m. It was an early morning working the food truck, which was chosen to promote the new Fox show “Brooklyn 9-9.” Working two jobs a day for the past week can get exhausting, but Daniel Pennachietti keeps pushing through for Lil Dan’s. “We’ve been growing, we’ve been swamped. I don’t have time to breathe,” Pennachietti said. “It’s been great.” The idea began when Pennachietti wanted to start a business in honor of his son, Daniel


Jr., who passed away in 2005. Pennachietti’s brother recommended they start a food truck. He was hesitant at first, but after some researching to see how popular the trucks were on the West Coast, Pennachietti went for it in 2009. The business began with catering and in March 2010 the truck formally opened. He is typically found at LOVE Park or in University City, which is one of his favorite spots. “We’ve just been going ever since,” Pennachietti said. Lil Dan’s close-knit family inspires much of the business. Pennachietti was born and raised in Philadelphia in both Fishtown and South Philadelphia. His grandparents came from Italy. “I grew up with South Philly food. I love Tony Luke’s

and John’s [Roast Pork],” Pennachietti said. The recipes Pennachietti’s grandmother made influenced the menu of Lil Dan’s. “My work ethic, all my inspiration comes from her,” he said. “I want people who come to my truck to connect and make them feel like family.” Many of the sandwiches on the menu are similar to what is served at the table in Pennachietti’s home. Chicken cutlets are served with almost every meal, and he has taken that tradition to his truck. Pennachietti said the chicken is cut fresh and breaded every morning with a homemade breading. It’s featured on sandwiches “The Godfather,” “The Don” and “The Slick Nick.” Not only are the recipes inspired by family, the names of each are as well. All of the sandwiches are

made with homemade ingredients and served on Amoroso rolls. One of the truck’s most popular sandwiches, “The Godfather,” is named after Pennachietti’s grandfather. This sandwich features the breaded chicken cutlet, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, aged provolone cheese and bacon. Other sandwiches inspired by family include “The Pauly,” named after his wife, which has thinly sliced Italian roast pork, broccoli rabe or spinach, roasted peppers, aged provolone cheese and two fried eggs, “The Brookter,” named after his daughter, that includes breaded eggplant with spinach or broccoli rabe, roasted peppers, and provolone cheese and “The Slick Nick,” named after his son, featuring a breaded chicken cutlet, spinach

or broccoli rabe and aged provolone cheese. Branching out a bit from family tradition, Pennachietti came up with a sandwich named after the truck itself, “The Lil Dan.” As a creation out of lack of sleep one night, he experimented with a new breading on his chicken cutlet. What he came up with was using a sweeter idea than bread crumbs. He used golden Oreos. The dish is simple, with lettuce and tomato, and the sweet breading is offset with a house made spicy sauce. Another signature item includes the “Godfather Challenge.” Created by Pennachietti after a cold morning in the truck listening to a radio broadcast of the Wing Bowl, the challenge became a 2-foot roll with eight chicken cutlets and the traditional toppings of “The God-

father.” No one in the family could finish the challenge, but he decided to offer it to customers. The first to try had set a date and brought friends along to cheer him on. However, even he fell a bit short of finishing the whole sandwich. A video of the attempt can be viewed on Lil Dan’s website. With the nature of a food truck, Pennachietti stops at different locations throughout the city to serve. He said he enjoys visiting campuses and hopes to make an impression with his food that will last. “I hope that some guy 20 to 30 years from now is talking about his experience at the truck,” he said. Locations of the day can be found through Lil Dan’s website and social media accounts. Sarae Gdovin can be reached at




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Matt Miceli, First Unitarian Church’s building superintendent, sees the juxtaposition of charitable events by day, and punk DIY shows by night. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN

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putting sometimes 400 punks eral Food Not Bombs events a down in the basement of a month, which is an organization church. It can be messy. Things dedicated to feeding those in can get out of hand. You defi- need, LAVA serves as a venue nitely have to be aware of what for a variety of socially conyou’re getting into, and every- scious events. And about once body is out and open about it. a month or so, they open their But there’s 100 percent support doors to McQuiston and the behind it. We even let shows often politically-charged bands happen at the main sanctuary of that he books. the church.” “The last couple of shows The church is an example I’ve done there have been beneof the relationship between fit shows for political prisoners, Philly’s DIY and nonprofit so that’s something they’re defiscenes on a fairly large scale. nitely on the same page with,” However, in addition to large McQuiston said. spots such as the First UnitarDuring his near decade of ian Church or The Broad Street booking shows, McQuiston has Ministry, the city has a number utilized everything from baseof smaller spaces that operate ments, VFW halls and train staunder similar tions. But West ideals. Enter the Philly’s LAVA Lancaster Avespace stands nue Autonomous out as a rarity Space, also because of the known as LAVA. consistent ideals Andrew it has with his McQuiston, punk label. the 25-year-old “When I owner of Philstarted the laadelphia-based bel, I wanted to hardcore label work with bands Hydrogen Man Matt Miceli / First Unitarian Church that were pushbuilding superintendent ing and being Records, is one confrontational of few individuals who book the space. But in the way that they expressed like the church, the raucous themselves,” McQuiston said. punk shows make up a very “I think the bands that I book small portion of what goes on at tend to be that way as well. So LAVA. it’s just kind of carried through In addition to housing a to what I do at LAVA when I do public library and hosting sev- book shows there.”

The entrance to First Unitarian Church on 2125 Chestnut St. sees 2,200 of DIY fans weekly.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN While the relationship between Philly’s underground music scene and charitable spaces may seem contentious at first, it’s one that’s been astoundingly successful. Although in most circumstances punk and religion mix as well as, well, punk and religion, in Philadelphia it’s been a non-issue.

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Although the band’s college days are in its rear view mirror, perennial ‘90s alt-rockers Superchunk are still cranking out jams tailor made for alternastudents everywhere. With the release of its 10th studio record, “I Hate Music,” Superchunk has definitively proven it still has some gas left in the tank. In support of the record, the group has a week-long string of dates lined up, including a trek to Union Transfer.

Hip-hop’s premier beard wearer and professional chef Action Bronson is hitting the road and taking an eclectic crew with him. In addition to Danny Brown, volatile hardcore punk quartet and Odd Future labelmates Trash Talk will be performing alongside the rapper.


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It’s constantly moving. We’re open ‘til 1 a.m. [or] 2 a.m. most nights.


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“It doesn’t come up too often,” Miceli said. “They realize we’re cool enough to have shows like this in the basement, so why would they be against playing there? It usually works itself out.”

This is a show for ‘90s children with an affinity for pop-punk. Expect a smattering of jams off of “Through Being Cool” and “Stay What You Are,” in addition to a hearty portion of material from Saves the Day’s contentious post-“Stay What You Are” discography. The band also has a new self-titled record out.

SCREAMING FEMALES, WAXAHATCHEE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH SEPT. 29 DOORS AT 7:30 P.M., SHOW AT 8 P.M. $10 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR ALL AGES In a gig that will see no shortage of sassiness, the rock-centric, lead-heavy Screaming Females will be participating in part 5 billion of an ongoing series of punk shows at First Unitarian Church. The remarkably honest Waxahatchee will be lending her minimalist sensibilities as well. -David Zisser

David Zisser can be reached at zisserd@temple.edu.

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party is for the Chinatown North neighborhood to come together in a communal celebration with different projects done by artists. There are hopes that Pearl Street can someday become a better part of the neighborhood. “It’s an unlikely candidate. Let’s come together and imagine what it could be,” Chen said. To kick off the festivities, there will be a dim sum brunch at 1 p.m. Although there will be free events during the block party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., buying a ticket for the brunch will give attendees many op-

portunities, such as a reserved seat at the meal after the party, a chance for meet and greets with artists in residence from the social practice lab and a chance to talk to Philadelphia artist Isaac Lin. The block party will include a vast amount of different activities so everybody is likely find something they enjoy. Activities will include screen printing through the help of Ben Volta, an artist in residence, Chinese Chess lessons, tile-making and glazing, making corsages and more. The goal is to cultivate the most diversity possible

for those who are interested in celebrating art that connects different communities. A featured guest, architect Walter Hood, will lead a furniture building activity at the block party. Participants will learn to make tables and chairs. Arts in Motion Dance, Philippine Folk Arts Society, Hip Hop Fundamentals and many more will be putting on performances all afternoon to keep guests entertained. “This is supposed to be [a] celebratory [event]. This is for the people from the neighborhood who work, and those who

play and live there can celebrate and cultivate the experience,” Chen said. Chen said the Asian Arts Initiative is very excited about upcoming projects, especially with Rick Lowe, who is based in Houston and best known for his work with the row houses. His ongoing art project circulating Pearl Street will be discussed heavily, since he’s a part of this social experiment and the utilization of Pearl Street. Just like the Asian Arts Initiative, Lowe uses relationships and community as the medium for his work. Lowe, who is

working with different social groups already, will be doing a multi-year residency with the Asian Arts Initiative in 2014, where he will be helping to lead the long-term Pearl Street Project. At the meal following the block party, there will be a conversation with Hood about the future of Pearl Street. Lowe will be sharing a design proposal based off of the feedback he gets about what the public wants for an ally. The meal is for people who specifically live and work in the area so they can converse about what their neighborhood

means to them and the future of it. “By invite only for the meal, we can curate who is part of the conversation, but it is a pretty wide audience. We really want as many people from Philadelphia for the block party for the celebration, though,” Chen said. In the case of rain, the event would be moved to 1219 Vine St. Chelsea Finn can be reached at chelsea.finn@temple.edu.

Music for the soul

Marchiony finds interpeace through poetry and song.


ometimes you just need a good love affair, and there’s nothing quite like getting enamored with your city through fresh eyes. If you’re like me, that typically requires a cozy autumn night warmed as much by people as the beautiful music they play and an exhausted m o r n ing-after breakfast at HonVictoria ey’s Sit Marchiony ‘n Eat. That Was Fun This past week, I had just such luck. Since getting stuck with crutches, I started to find it even easier than usual to hate everyone and everything. After a week or so in this raincloud mindset, I finally got tired of hearing myself complain and opted for a mental pivot. I stopped self-pitying, started appreciating all the things I am still equipped to enjoy and resolved that the time had come to get out and have some fun. The event was to be a gathering of artists in West Philadelphia at a house that calls itself the “Gentlemansion.” All I knew beforehand was that someone I trust very much said I would have a good time, I was invited to perform some of my poetry and the musical features were supposed to be on point. The first and last parts were serious understatements. The entertainment unfolded as follows. Invited musical guests played short sets ranging in length from three to six songs. Between every three acts, there would be a brief intermission of about 15 to 20 minutes for people to mingle over chicken, beer and the line for the bathroom. After all the features had performed, the open mic and jam session would occur until an undetermined hour in the morning. I was attending the party as a guest of Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, who was scheduled to feature. This girl blows

me away every time she hums something in her kitchen, so whenever she books a gig, I do my best to attend and bask in the glow of her simultaneously angelic and soulful folk music making. Knowing that Tranbaugh would play made me confident the evening wouldn’t be a total waste of time. What I didn’t expect was that every single musician would completely blow me away. I’m pretty terrible at describing music, so I asked Tranbaugh for some assistance in conveying what we experienced. Three-man band Big Tusk opened the night with a short acoustic set marked by tight harmonies, sophisticated melodies and chord progressions. “Unlike the countless bands out there now just strumming C and G on banjos, they’re actually composing interesting songs. Also, their acoustic set is a testament to how diverse they are as musicians. A full-band Big Tusk show is electric and sounds completely different,” Tranbaugh said. Thom McCarthy, a solo bluegrass and folk guitarist and vocalist has “that smooth, soaring Fleet Foxes-esque quality to his voice. His lyrics are refreshingly original, bordering on obscure, but he keeps it engaging with humor. He was an entrancing performer to watch.” Wilbur, a three-man folk band from Long Island, N.Y., featuring an upright bass, kept the audience engaged with hilarious banter, seamless songwriting and jarring authenticity. “Their songs are so memorable,” Tranbaugh said. “I recognize and love every single one of their songs after only seeing them three or four times, because they’re that good.” Melanie Hsu “was kind of like a mix between Erykah Badu, Ani DiFranco and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with a cello. Her songs were sophisticated and bluesy but catchy and accessible.” There was not a single song played that I wanted to end and the audience was on the same page. The living room floor was crowded with people, most of them artists of some variety, and all eyes were completely focused on each performer. Unlike other house shows where the music may be appreciated background noise, the audience was silent and on the edge of its

collective seat, absorbed in the bliss of the music. As a poet, this is my absolute favorite setting to perform in. People only catch my carefully crafted wordplay if they’re really listening, which at open mics they often aren’t, as they’re too preoccupied with Facebook on their phone to actually be in the moment. As a comparison, the crowd at this show was getting saturated with each moment and the energy was absolutely magical. It’s really hard to describe as anything other than that feeling of being completely on the same page with a large group of strangers. Yes, I had a spiritual experience. The magic of the evening continued the next morning during coffee hour. Tranbaugh and I were serenaded with fiddle playing by our sleepover hostess Sarah Larsen, from local bluegrass band The Highwater Preachers, who needed to decide which songs she was going to win first prize at the Lyons Fiddle Festival with later that day. Did I mention that this weekend was marked by the conspicuous presence of many intimidatingly talented individuals? From there, we ventured to Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat in Northern Liberties. I have heard about Honey’s for many moons and knew it as a beloved gem of the Philadelphia brunch circuit. However, having local parents and cheap friends, I never made it to the restaurant until now. It was well worth the three years of mounting suspense and additional 45 minutes waiting for a table outside. Joined by a third friend, we shared awesome food, that to my surprise was reasonably priced, and had a perfectly relaxed Sunday morning talking about boys, school, work and momentarily embodying the Sex In The City characters we had written for our college fantasies. This beautiful weekend unfolded accidentally, but it planted a seed for many more wonderful nights to come. Most likely when I am out stalking the bands I discovered at the “Gentlemansion.” Which you should also do. Google them. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at vmarchiony@temple.edu.

Smak Parlour, specializing in women’s fashion, added two new locations. Its original location ia located at 219 Market St. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN

Smak Parlour popping up Smak Parlour, a clothing store, adds two new locations. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News Food isn’t the only thing customers can buy out of trucks anymore. Abby Kessler and Katie Lubieski are the owners of Old City’s Smak Parlour boutique and have now added two more locations. One location is a temporary pop-up boutique in Rittenhouse Square and the other is a store in the form of a truck in University City. Best friends Lubieski and Kessler, both from the Philadelphia area, met when they were 15 year olds in high school and clicked instantly. The two graduated from North Penn High School and went to Drexel University to study design and merchandising. There, they took all of the same classes and worked diligently alongside one another. Afterward, the two created a line called, “Smak by Abby and Katie” that consisted of deconstructed and embellished T-shirts. Though they had the opportunity to wholesale their line across the country, they stuck to their roots and an outlet in Philadelphia allowing for more creative freedom. That’s when they decided to open up shop in Philadelphia. Lubieski and Kessler opened Smak Parlour at 219 Market St. in Old City more than eight years ago. The shop consists of clothes of Lubieski and Kessler’s own design, as

well as others that fit their self- is exciting, Kessler and Lubieski said, because they can bring described fun taste. When asked to describe their merchandise directly to Smak Parlour in three words, customers. They said they see the girls said it was “girly, fun it as the ultimate customer service. and affordable.” Due to the fact that the popSmak Parlour expanded online in 2011 with the inten- up shop and fashion truck are tion of catering towards vaca- fairly small, Lubieski and Kestioners. Old City tends to be an sler chose what to sell in each area that gets a lot of tourists, so spot and strategically thought about their custhey would have tomer bases. customers from “Old City different places has an eclectic stop by. customer base; “ To u r i s t s we are in a tourand customers ist neighborhood from outside so we get people of Philadelphia from all over the need their Smak world,” Lubiesfix, too,” Lubieski and Kessler ki and Kessler said. “The Ritsaid in an email. Their ex- Abby Kessler and Katie Lubieski / tenhouse cusSmak Parlour Owners tomer is generpansion continally looking for ued when the opportunity to open a pop-up more professional looks being shop in Rittenhouse came up. that there are so many offices in Located at 126 S. 19th St, the close proximity to the pop-up. pop-up shop will be around un- The fashion truck’s customer ranges, but we primarily focus til the end of September. Lubieski and Kessler said on relaxed styles for class and the new shop has started an dresses for sorority events.” The duo also takes advanoutreach of customers and that they’re spreading word of the tage of the fact that one of their shop to those who don’t visit stores now has wheels. They vend at different events around Old City often. The last expansion, so far, the city, which makes them conhas been the fashion truck this tinue to make and meet new summer. The duo just opened customers. “Our customers are diverse. their shop on wheels on 40th street between Spruce and Lo- It’s a lifestyle, not an age. If you cust streets, where they are open love fashion, you’ll love Smak most days from 11 a.m. to 7 Parlour,” the two said. p.m. The two said they are exChelsea Finn can be reached at cited about expanding their cuschelsea.finn@temple.edu. tomer outreach even more now that they have shops in three different parts of the city. The idea of a fashion truck

“Tourists and

customers from outside of Philadelphia need their Smak fix, too.

Lessons, recording tutorials offered at shop artist or group of artists display their work,” Harner said. “We had my friend [and Philadelphia artist] Dan de Jesus bring some of his pieces for a showing, and then during the showing, he played cello. So we’re always trying to combine music and art whenever we can.” Even with a thousand different ventures tied into BridgeSet, Harner said he’s still not done expanding his scope. “The focus right now is getting the web store up and operational, because we’ll get a lot

of business from that,” Harner said. “It should be up in November.” Though BridgeSet occupies a humbly sized space, Harner is already prepared to occupy more room. He said would like to expand sooner than later but also keep the same address. “We’ve already talked about just taking over this whole building,” Harner said, motioning towards the rest of the brick structure. “The landlord’s great and the neighborhood has really been receptive towards us. It’s


a validation having an idea become brick and mortar.” For all of these endeavors, BridgeSet is operated full-time purely by Harner and his wife, along with the help of five parttime employees, which is a fact Harner delivers with a smile. “It’s just us, there’s no parent company, no nothing,” Harner said. In Harner’s mind, the best ideas are the simple ones, and an all-purpose music store is a no-brainer. The combination of DIY aesthetics and a go-getter

attitude set to hyper drive made BridgeSet Sound a reality almost overnight, so to bet against Harner seems unwise. “The way I look at it is, you work 24 hours a day to not work a 9-5,” Harner said. “Though I think if I fell asleep, I’d sleep for a month.” Kevin Stairiker can be reached at kevin.stairiker@temple.edu.

BridgeSet Sound has a wide selection of ukuleles displayed in its front window.|ANDREW THAYER TTN




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Sept. 28 offers a chance for those new to Philadelphia, or for those who have never taken the time to see all the city has to offer, to explore Philadelphia’s top sites for free. Lead by members of the Guides, The Great Tour runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to join or leave the 12-hour walking tour whenever they please. Starting in Old City, the tour will cover sites such as the Liberty


Bell, Fairmount Water Works and Eastern State Penitentiary. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., a food truck block party will take place on Catharine Street in South Philly. Food trucks will be split into savory and sweet eats. Chances to win raffles and donate will also be available.

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Film festivals vital in deciding Oscar contenders

Colatriano discusses potential Oscar candidates and film festivals.


wards season is upon us. No, seriously. Every day is Oscars season. The day after the Oscars end, the new Oscar’s season begins. It’s a vicious cycle. And for us awards season junkies, the film festival junket are where the OsChelsea Colatriano cars contendRoll Tape ers rise out of the woodwork and make themselves known. I want to make it clear that I do not measure the value of a movie in terms of its awards and accolades. Whenever I bring up a movie and someone shuts me down with, “The reviews were bad,” I usually go on a diatribe against reviews. I am a firm believer in watching a movie before judgments are made – except with the “50 Shades of Grey” movie. That can be an exception, right?

The Oscars are a grand spectacle used to celebrate an art form. But the journey to the Oscars starts with a single step. And that step is film festivals. This is where the magic happens. This is when we separate the contenders from the pretenders. This is when I start planning my Oscars party. Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, which ran from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 to Sept. 15 respectively, are early indicators of success. Telluride Film Festival takes place in Telluride, Colo., and showcases both established and upcoming filmmakers. Anyone can submit films to the festival. This makes the filmmaker in me hopeful about my chances, so I’m just going to take this time to harp on that fact. The content shown at Telluride ranges from lowbudget student film shorts to features by prolific directors. However, its program only features 25 shorts and 24 feature length films. Stiff competition. So, since I obviously have no reason to go other than being a sheer film buff, nor am I important in any way, shape or form, I have been eagerly awaiting the verdict about the films screened at Telluride from the

comfort of my computer. And by “verdict,” I mean the names and synopses of films since I try not to create biases about films before I see them. I have been living vicariously through the Internet in order to find out about what films I should look out for. What’s interesting about Telluride is that it does not release the program itinerary until the beginning of the festival. After Telluride, many films travel to the Toronto International Film Festival for an even larger spectacle. Toronto raises awareness about films on a larger scale than Telluride. It shows more than 300 films over the course of 10 days and attracts high profile guests. Greg Kilday’s article in the Hollywood Reporter, “Toronto Aftermath: Did Too Many Awards Peak Too Early?” talks about the effectiveness of the film festival circuit. “While a typical studio press junket costs about $250,000, taking advantage of the press that’s already in Toronto can be cost-effective. The fest itself provides the theaters; in some cases, studios split costs; and actors like ‘The Fifth Estate’s’ Daniel Bruhl, who also appears in ‘Rush,’ are available to talk up films back-toback,” Kilday said in the article. So, pretty much, it’s a cheap

way to get one’s film a lot of publicity in a short amount of time. Festivals like Toronto are a haven for film journalists. So if a filmmaker brings their film to where the press congregates, they are sure to drum up publicity and sell movie tickets and DVDs upon its release. It’s important to know about these festivals as an aspiring filmmaker. They are one of the best ways to make oneself known. I aspire to this level of achievement in my future career. Festivals like Telluride and Toronto in North America and Cannes Film Festival in France are important platforms to show case one’s work. Plus, following the festival circuit gives me a leg up on Oscar predictions for when my friends and I fill out our ballots. It’s like March Madness for film buffs. Like I said before, I don’t judge a movie on its accolades, but come on, it’s so satisfying when you predict the winner, right? Don’t fret; – you’re all invited to my Oscar party. Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at chelsea.colatriano@temple.edu.


What’s music got to do with it? Prater questions if music even matters in the age of the viral video. NIA PRATER The Temple News


hether it’s the dancing antics of “Gangnam Style” or the cultural controversy of Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It,” there’s always that one music video that has everyone talking. But in the age of YouTube, are music videos becoming less about the songs and their message and more about the artist themselves? Nia Prater When was Play on the last time a video actually had something to do with the song? A good example of this new trend is “Wrecking Ball,” the latest single from former Disney star Miley Cyrus. “Wrecking Ball” is an

emotional song about putting your all into a relationship that just isn’t going anywhere. And the start of the video looks like it’s going to be in the same vein, opening with a tight shot on Cyrus’ teary face as she sings. However, that quickly changes as Cyrus takes the opportunity to make the video into a loud declaration of “I’m an adult,” and the video soon veers into strange territory. Scantily clad, licking sledgehammers and all, it seems like we’ve gotten lost somewhere. Truth be told, the song isn’t the greatest, but honestly, listeners can hardly focus on the song at all. If it wasn’t for a very much unclothed Cyrus on top of a swinging wrecking ball, they might’ve forgotten the name of the song entirely. Without fail, “Wrecking Ball” topped the news everywhere, but not for a musical reason. Sure, music videos were always a promotional tool for the artist, but now it just feels blatant. Besides the product placement for car companies and soda brands

that exist, the main brand that videos advertise now is the artist. Remember the annoying “#THICKE” that flashed across the screen of Robin Thicke’s infamous “Blurred Lines” video? It’s unclear how many viewers actually took advantage of that hashtag on Twitter, but evidently someone wanted people to remember his name. Another trend that’s been everywhere recently is the viral video. Perhaps the artist isn’t that well-known, but in their latest video, they do something so unique that everyone feels the need to watch it multiple times and send it to all of their friends. OK Go’s treadmill dance in “Here It Goes Again” is a great example of that. The song wasn’t exactly the strongest, but the video was pretty unforgettable. The music video’s popularity even had the band performing their routine on award shows. A more current proponent of this idea would be Norwegian comedy group Ylvis. Essentially unheard of in the U.S., Ylvis recently re-

“Sure, music

videos were always a promotional tool for the artist, but now it just feels blatant.

leased a video for its song “The Fox” on YouTube in order to promote the new season of their TV show, and it spread. The song is sung seriously, with the lead vocalist seemingly pondering the different sounds that animals make. Think of a less clever “Flight of the Conchords” and listeners might have some idea. Calling the song and its associated video absurd would be putting it far too lightly, but the idea sure is working. Posted on Sept. 3, the video already has amassed more than 36 million views on YouTube. The novelty will most likely die down within a week or so, but it shows how a ridiculous concept can attract audiences. They definitely weren’t tuning in for the musicality. Of course, there are some music videos that are just silly. (See David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s “Dancing in the Street.”) But now, in the age of the viral video, it’s hard to tell what ideas are genuine quirkiness and what was developed to sell. But perhaps this is good news for the musician.


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OUT & ABOUT PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO Ever wondered what it looks like inside an artist’s studio? Now you can get the chance with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. The yearly tour will take place Oct. 5-6 for the East Broad Street section and then Oct. 19-20 for the West Broad Street end. More than 300 artists will be holding sections at venues. There is a vast amount of options to choose from when it comes to planning which studios to see. There will be sculptures, ceramics, paintings and much more for viewing. Participants are encouraged to explore the neighborhoods after they’re finished viewing venues. –Chelsea Finn

GREENSGROW FALL FESTIVAL Greensgrow Farms will host its sixth annual Subaru Fall Festival at 2501 E. Cumberland St. on Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, will celebrate rurally grown foods in an urban setting. The festival will have farm animals, a chili competition, crafts, music and more for its attendees to enjoy. There will also be a demonstration by Philadelphia Magazine’s 2013 Best Chef Rich Landau, along with other demos from restaurants and local chefs. Festival goers can expect demonstrations on making their own vanilla extract and soda making. Vendors include Philly Cow Share, Abena’s Kitchen, Local 215 Truck and more. -Patricia Madej


Each Thursday the Navy Yard hosts Lunch Truck Lineup, a weekly gathering of food trucks from throughout Philadelphia. Navy Yard employees and the surrounding areas are provided with a variety of lunch options from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the Marine Parade Grounds. Recent trucks include Pitruco Pizza, Vernalicious, Lucky Old Souls and Yumtown USA. The event also includes a farm stand from Greensgrow Farms from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The weekly lineup is announced through social media outlets of the Navy Yard as well as the trucks each week. –Sarae Gdovin

REENACTMENTS The historic group, Revolutionary Germantown, will host a festival on Oct. 5 to commemorate the Battle of Germantown. Activities range from meet-and-greets with General George Washington to tours of historic sites. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., food and vendors will be set up along Germantown Avenue and, at the same time, a beer garden will be occurring that the Upsala Mansion in Mount Airy, Pa. Children’s activities and music will be prevalent and, at noon and again at 3 p.m., Revolutionary Germantown will be holding a reenactment of the famous Philadelphia battle. If history isn’t your thing, Germantown’s Oktoberfest will also be happening at Grumblethorpe on Germantown Avenue. A traditional Oktoberfest, there will be music, authentic German food and, of course, beer. -Samantha Tighe


@visitphilly tweeted on Sept. 20 that Reading Terminal Market was rated one of the Top 45 markets in the world, according to the Daily Meal. Philadelphia’s own made it to No. 25 on the list, next to markets in Bejing and Toronto. The rankings were determined based upon locality, popularity and “importance of food and drink.”

@uwishunu tweeted on Sept. 20 that Eastern State Penitentiary’s popular Halloween season exhibit Terror Behind the Walls started again this past weekend. The tours take guests throughout the penitentiary, which is said to be a haunted prison. Tickets cost anywhere from $15 to $45 and can be bought online at easternstate.org or at the



@uwishunu tweeted on Sept. 17 that Lantern Theater Company will be performing an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Emma.” The play will run at St. Stephen’s Theater, located on 10th and Ludlow streets, until Oct. 27. Tickets range from $20-$38 and can be purchased online at laterntheater.org.

@phillymag tweeted on Sept. 20 that Temple’s marching band was featured in the Rolling Stone’s list of Top 10 song covers by marching bands. Placing in eighth place, Temple’s performance of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” was highlighted. The piece was performed last October at Lincoln Financial Field.



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Frieda Tabak spoke no English when she escaped from a Nazi prison camp to Pennsylvania decades ago, but this past Sept. 17, she told a group of students her story. A few students attended the lecture outside Tomlinson Theater to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and discuss the ongoing human rights violations in the world today. Hillel, a Jewish organization at Temple, collaborated with the Temple Alumni Association and the Myer and Rosalind Center for American Jewish Studies by co-sponsoring the event, named “The Hope for Never Again.” Speeches were given by Holocaust survivor and alumna Tabak and Holocaust scholar and Temple professor Hanoch Guy. The event began with a one-hour reception inside Tomlinson Theater, during which the speakers socialized with attendees. They then moved outside, where benches and speakers were set up. Tabak gave the first speech, telling her story and experiences during the Holocaust. “This is for all the people who denied the Holocaust,” Tabak said to begin her speech. “Now you have met someone who has lived it.” Tabak’s story began in Romania, where she was born. When she was around eight years old, Romania and Poland were divided and the Soviets felt that her family was too rich, so they confiscated her family’s property, she said. When the Nazis invaded the country, she and her family were caught and put in ghettos with other Jews, she said. They escaped and eventually made it to Pennsylvania, but she spoke no English. Because she was 15 years old, she was placed in 11th grade. “I remember this one teacher – there were no other foreigners, I was the only one – and she took a special interest in me,” Tabak said. “She gave me a list of about 30 topics. Every night, I had to choose a topic and write

Frieda Tabak, Holocaust survivor.| HEND SALAH TTN an essay. I would give it to her when school started the next day and we would correct it. By the time I got to college, English was no problem.” She spent her junior and senior year at Chester High School and went on to study chemistry at Temple. After Tabak sat down, Guy took the microphone. He began his speech by recounting one day in September 1939. “I was teaching myself to read, and the paper came,” Guy said. “There was a huge headline that took half of the page, and I asked my mother why the headlines are so big. My mother said, ‘Because it’s war. You would not understand.’” Prior to his birth, Guy’s father escaped from Romania with no surviving family. “Every time I asked him, he would turn his face and walk away,” Guy said. “For many years, I felt a great loss, but I also had no memory because my father would not talk about it. Out of the void came a want to know and I tried desperately to find what happened, but there were no answers.” He then began to study the Holocaust by looking over documents and other sources, and then started to teach it. Guy said even though the Holocaust has ended, innocent lives are still being lost in many nations like Syria and Sudan. He and Tabak both said no matter who is suffering, those who are silent in the face of injustice are as evil as those who commit the crime. Hend Salah can be reached at hend.salah@temple.edu.


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With students swarming the TECH Center for an open monitor, it can get tricky waiting for seats to open up during the last 10 minutes of every hour. There are, luckily, other options for students who need on-campus computers. The Faculty Wing – Don’t automatically head for the stairs in the TECH Center. Turn right and walk down the long hallway to the glass doors. There is a room with loveseats, tables and four computers reserved for teachers, or students that appear older and distinguished. Computer Lounges – Various buildings across campus such as Ritter Annex, Anderson Hall and Alter Hall host mini-TECH Centers for last minute printing or “bathroom break” status updates. Dorm Lobbies – These life savers can be a last resort when the laptop crashes and the impending blizzard prevents anyone from seeking technological refuge at Club TECH. Although lobby computers are generally occupied in between classes, late-night and early morning periods are safe bets for free usage. Student Financial Services – Technically these computers are strictly for managing your tuition and loan issues; however, desperate measures must be taken in order to graduate on time and avoid giving these leeches another cent. -John Corrigan


Temple Voices meets weekly on campus, where local high school students can attend to learn leadership and technological skills. Professors from other schools have attended sessions in hope of implementing the program at their own schools. | ERIC DAO TTN

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conversations about what was going on around them,” Temple Voices Program Coordinator Johannah Bennett said. “With all of the skyscrapers that Temple is building, they almost shadow the community. I feel that programs like ours are really what’s connecting the community and making people feel like they’re a part of the community. We aren’t a separate entity.” Students of Temple Voices script, write, perform, produce and edit their own content based on any subject they choose. In past years, students have conducted social experiments and interviews regarding issues facing their communities. In 2009, members presented their findings after researching how drugs impacted their communities in a short documentary. The group also created a website that includes all of the information they discovered. This documentary is one of the 30 or more videos that Temple Voices has produced, each dealing with an issue concerning the surrounding area. “When they’re here, I try to make it an enjoyable space so they

can get away from everything else that might be going on,” Bennett said. “Philly is really segregated, not only by race, but by communities, too. People will stay in North or South Philly and it’s even worse by neighborhoods and schools. So having all these kids from different schools, grades, different backgrounds and financial situations is hard to do.” “At first, I only came for the community service,” Parkway Northwest 12th grader Jenza Evans said. “Then, as the year progressed, I was actually excited to come to Voices when I realized that we were actually making positive changes. At first I came for the hours, but I stayed for the experience.” Evans became thoroughly involved in the program, especially in last year’s project when she and her partners discussed how the media portrays individuals and defines society. As a local student, Evans said feels she has a voice when she works with the group. “I feel like when kids try to say something, they aren’t listened to,” Evans said. “They aren’t heard. But

if we get together in a big group, we can show people that some kids understand what’s going on in the community, even though people or the government don’t care, just because we are kids. In a group like this, they might take us into consideration.” Being a part of Temple Voices provides Evans with a sense of accomplishment and confidence, she said. “I really love it, seeing how I change the community, because people say that I’m handling myself well and I’m not like the other kids,” Evans said. “It makes me feel like I’m a good person and that I’m doing something right.” The success that Temple Voices is known for has not gone unnoticed. Psychology professor from The College of New Jersey He Len Chung has been attending Temple Voices meetings and sessions for the past few months in hopes of gaining insight into implementing Voices in her own school. “I am really interested in working with kids who are on the verge of dropping out of school or are on probation,” Chung said. “So Voices

was kind enough to let me come for the past few months so I can find out what works and what doesn’t work, so we can have something like this at my school. I think [Temple Voices] is really great for these kids who don’t have the same resources as others.” At the end of the meeting, students expanded a group activity into a discussion of racism, segregation and socioeconomic inequality. Before they left, Bennett exchanged the students’ signatures on a sheet of paper for a subway token to get home. Philadelphia High School for Girls 10th grader Hakieya BurrellSims said she sees tremendous value in Temple Voices as a program that promotes youth leadership and responsibility. “I believe the community really benefits,” she said. “People will see that [local students] aren’t all [mugging] or gang-raping or causing trouble, like you see all the time in the media. In fact, we’re trying to change that and make our community better.” Brian Tom can be reached at brian.tom@temple.edu .


Tech manager always positive, staff say IRELAND PAGE 7 everyone on campus.” Starting around 8 a.m., a typical day for Ireland means going wherever there’s a problem, usually done by computer services staff, for all the rooms associated with the College of Liberal Arts. “I’m the one who’s going to support any technology associated with an event,” Ireland said. “I also schedule a portion of the event spaces and anything related to the dean’s office involves me. I’m the person who would cover classrooms and events, so every day I deal with different scheduling, supporting, events, classroom, things that go along with that, maybe designing a new room. Me and my director might meet and go over furniture, paint and paintings, stuff like that.” The College of Liberal Arts has 85 “smart classrooms” and 120 classrooms overall, but Ireland’s helping hand isn’t just limited to the CLA – he said he’s there to help everyone at Temple.

“I work for the College of Liberal Arts,” Ireland said. “But at the same time, I work for Temple, and if another faculty member comes to me that isn’t in the CLA I give them the same time, help and support. If we all work together, we all succeed. We all succeed together and we all fail together. If we all work together it’s amazing how successful we all could be. Sometimes that’s hard for people to see and you have to demonstrate and show that for people to get it.” Ireland hasn’t technically won any awards at this point in his career, but Stricker said he is always a positive force in her day. “I’m here to make lives easier for students and faculty but also to send a message that we are here for Temple,” Ireland said. Shayna Kleinberg can be reached at shayna.kleinberg@temple.edu.

There aren’t many things college students love more than cookies and coffee. To celebrate this love for sweets and caffeine, the Tyler school will hold a weekly “Cookie Jar & Java” event. Every Wednesday from 11 a.m to noon in the Stella Elkins gallery, the school will have an open-house for students to come and enjoy some of the student art on display. The gallery, located in the lower level south of Tyler, continuously showcases some of the paintings, sculptures and other works of art from art students at all levels. Entrance into the gallery is free for all students. Some of the artists that will be showcased for the 2013 student exhibit are Corinne Hansen, a senior ceramics major, and the work of senior painting major David Meyers. In addition to Cookie Jar & Java events every Wednesday, the Stella Elkins gallery is open to the public every Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well. However, cookies and coffee are not provided on these days. -Alexa Bricker


Insomnia Theater is a club that takes a unique twist on how putting on a production works. They use a condensed 24-hour period to audition, write, direct and perform a 10-to-15-minute piece for an audience located in the Underground of the Student Center. Admission is $3 and homemade-baked goods can be bought at the concessions stand. The process of creating a play in a single day may sound intense, but students said they find it to be an exciting opportunity to get out of their comfort zone. There’s hardly a time commitment, so it’s accessible for people with hectic schedules or that are new to the theater world. Insomnia participants said the team is “kind of like a family.” It’s a moderately small club, which members said is always looking for new members. Students reported to the third floor of the Student Center to sign up in room 329. They first chose whether to be an actor, director, writer, playwright in residence, crew or even just sign up to get more information about the club. Auditions took place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 207 of the Student Center. Actors auditioned using monologues, songs, cartwheels and even fire juggling to showcase their acting potential. Once all the actors auditioned, they were allowed to leave. Afterward, writers and directors fought for who they wanted in their shows. After that, the directors went home and the writers wrote their shows throughout the rest of the night. When everyone reconvened at 8 a.m., actors recieved their scripts and writers could catch up on sleep. The whole day Saturday focused on blocking, costuming and learning lines for that night’s performance. A cabaret performance caters to musically inclined participants, but it doesn’t fit in the 24 hour deadline. There are roughly two weeks of rehearsals before the show will debut. Insomnia Theater has a marketing team, fundraising team and a group that goes to an inner city school to provide students with a theater company. You can find the group on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. -Emily Melendez

Cyril Ireland is loved by staff like Stricker in Annenberg. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN


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student and music history major, said. “I would hope that a lot of students take advantage of it.” Many art and music students said the deals are a good opportunity to experience the city. Some also said they might find College Day more worth it if the museums offered “a little something extra.” “I live right near [Benjamin Franklin Parkway], so I would probably go if the museums had something new going on, like a brand new exhibit,” Matt Gould, a first-year master’s student and music performance major said. “I think offering something new to see would make it more worthwhile.” The event caters to students new to the area who have yet to experience a large part of the city. College Day typically occurs at the beginning of the fall semester for students to explore the artistic side of Philadelphia. “I would totally take advantage of College Day,” Gabby Turgoose, a senior art history major, said. “As a former Owl Team Leader, I definitely think freshmen would love it too, to be able to see more of the city.” While many of the places that are part of College Day offer discounts to students on a regular basis, Campus Philly recognizes that even with a discount, the trip to these museums is still outside the budget of an ordinary college student. By holding College Day every year, Campus Philly helps to break the financial barriers that hold a lot of students back, making it easy for every student to take advantage of Philadelphia’s most popular places to visit. Alexa Bricker can be reached at alexa.bricker@temple.edu.

Cheryl Williams said she believes honors students are very hard on themselves and her class helps get them in touch with their emotions and de-stress. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

“We started each class with warm-up exercises and relaxation methods,” Cusack said. “Some deep breathing and stretching rids the body of stress within five minutes. We worked with improvisation and role playing and sometimes would popcorn to another actor. Our goal was to determine the needs of our characters and partners by communicating through body language.” Since honors Art of Acting is a general education course, Williams said she reserves advice about the industry for her classes consisting of solely theater majors. However, she said she’s happy to detail career tips if students seek her knowledge. “That’s not my purpose for the class, but the students want to know because I’ve been in the business for 35 years,” Williams said. “I may be not as financially stable as others are, but it’s a gamble. Just because you work hard, just because you’re talented, doesn’t mean you’re going to make a lot of money. If you don’t love acting, you should really find something else to do because it can bring you a lot of heartache.” Cusack was so inspired by the class that his longterm aspirations came into question. “I did consider picking up a minor in some sort of arts,” Cusack said. “I thought maybe supporting my business degree with an arts background would be a wise choice if I wanted to pursue the entertainment industry. Obviously my concern was having the ability to study such different disciplines and then graduating on time.” While the rest of the world caught a glimpse of Williams as Tiffany’s mom in “Silver Linings Playbook,”

Cusack and his classmates had the chance to experience their professor’s acting live. “We took a class trip on a weekend to see [Williams] perform and then we analyzed the show in a paper,” Cusack said. “She has been able to take that [“Silver Linings Playbook”] experience and apply what she learned from Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro to her course. That’s not only awesome for Temple and herself, but also for her students.” Williams said her experience on the big screen was immensely rewarding and believes she took away key traits of the other actors involved. “Discipline,” Williams said. “They did whatever it took to get the magic to happen in that moment. You’re there, you’re present, you’re open, you’re vulnerable, you’re plain and objective. You may be incredibly tired and ill, but nobody is going to know it because you’re playing that scene as that character and you’re 150 percent dedicated.” Even though Cusack said he never expanded on his performing arts passion following the class, he gained skills for navigating through college and post-graduation. “The course challenges you to reach into your inner self and express yourself,” Cusack said. “I’m very analytical, maybe over-analytical. I’m not someone who can create things out of my head quickly. So this class helps you to channel things you normally wouldn’t in your everyday life.” John Corrigan can be reached at john.corrigan@temple.edu.

AN EROTIC Film grad takes his COMEDY WHIRLWIND.” talents to big screen “

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the upcoming movie ‘Delivery Man,’ starring Vince Vaughn. However, it hasn’t all been glitz and glamor for the Philadelphia native, who said he’s fought for every inch of his success. “The only reason I am where I’m at now is me figuring out how to do it,” Patten said. “I didn’t have any connections. My dad isn’t Phil Collins.” After a brief stint with an electrical engineering major at Penn State, which “wasn’t quite [his] cup of tea,” Patten joined Temple’s film program. He formed a friendship with classmate David Ricks during his time at Temple, which blossomed into a full-fledged production company called South9 Entertainment by their senior year. They set up shop at a warehouse on Fifth Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue and began shooting music videos around the city. Having taught himself piano, guitar, bass, cello, trombone and trumpet while growing up, Patten was able to use South9 to shoot music videos of his own work as he produced albums. Along the way, he met Meek Mill, a fellow rapper and Philadelphia native. “I basically saw [Meek Mill’s] rise to fame and where he’s at [because] we’ve been through the thick and the thin together,” Patten said. “Like crashing in a hotel room for four nights like rock bands do – we’ve done that.” Patten said that although the low points in his blossoming career were difficult, they have taught him perseverance.

“You just got to power one of those lucky guys who through them,” Patten said. never has to act. He’s the same “There’s a Mark Twain quote on-screen as off.” Patten doesn’t restrict his that says, ‘All you need is confidence and ignorance, and your artistic efforts to acting. He success is sure.’ I wish I had will soon release a novel called “Run of the Mill” about a playmore of [that].” After shooting multiple boy millionaire with a dark past, videos for Meek Mill, South9 along with his new album, “On Entertainment was hired for This Ledge,” with three new jobs with Warner Bros. and In- music videos in October. Patten will kick off promoterscope Records, and Patten got picked up by Creative Artists tions of his work with a tour and book signing in Agency, a HolPhiladelphia belywood talent ginning on Oct. 10 agency, which at Talk Philly and brought him Barnes & Noble. his upcoming The tour will end acting role. with a live DVD “That big taping at the World break moment Café Live on Nov. is coming 24. Though Patten now,” Patten now lives in Los said of his upDave Patten / film graduate Angeles, he said coming movie he hasn’t forgotten role. “[But] I don’t spend much time looking his East Coast roots. Patten said he believes anyback, because I’m always looking ahead at what it takes to get one with a passion will always be able to find success. to the next level.” “Don’t sacrifice your inIn his role in “Delivery Man,” Patten plays a street mu- tegrity,” Patten said. “People sician who confronts Vaughn gravitate towards people truly in court about hiding his iden- being themselves. That’s what tity from the 533 kids he be- being a true artist is. The other came the father of as a result thing is persistence and hard of an extraordinarily generous work. It’s the hard work you do sperm donation. Patten can be after you’re tired, [to keep] goseen strumming his own songs ing when you’re ready to die. There’s a reason there’s so few throughout the trailer. Patten said he wasn’t in- celebrities out there.” timidated by working with Nathan Landis big-name Hollywood actors, Funk can be reached at granted he had already worked nathan.david.landis.funk@temple. closely with popular musicians. edu. “He’s a great dude, it was so much fun,” Patten said of working with Vaughn. “He’s

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Coyer named to award watch list GOLF

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The Louisville Sports Commission has named senior H-back Chris Coyer to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award. In its fourth year, the Paul Hornung Award is given annually to “the most versatile player in major college football.” The watch list this year includes athletes from 41 universities and 10 conferences. Fans are able to vote once per day at the award’s official website until Nov. 18. Their votes will be added to the ones cast by the 16-member selection committee. -Avery Maehrer

Less than a year after his playing days at Temple concluded, Devin Bibeau is returning to Temple and has been named as an assistant coach to headman Brian Quinn. Bibeau was a four-year letter winner and as a senior, placed fifth overall at the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Golf Championship and vaulted himself to a Top 10 finish at the Wildcat Invitational. Bibeau was also named to the A-10 All-Conference team during his senior campaign. -Chase Senior

Pierce replaces Rice

Former Temple running back Bernard Pierce made his first career NFL start on Sunday. Pierce, now playing for the Baltimore Ravens, got the opportunity when regular starter Ray Rice was ruled out due to a hip flexor strain. Pierce rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in the Ravens’ 30-9 victory versus the Houston Texans. He also had two catches for seven yards. Pierce has rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. Two other Owls were in action on Sunday. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson recorded six tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble in the New York Jets’ 2720 win against the Buffalo Bills. Wilkerson now has nine tackles and three sacks this season. Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, also playing for the Jets, recorded one tackle in the game. Jarrett has four tackles and two forced fumbles this year. -Evan Cross


Senior Chris Coyer was the Owls’ starting quarterback before changing positions for his senior year. | TTN FILE PHOTO


Youtz awarded

After a big performance against Monmouth on Sept. 14, junior forward Amber Youtz was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. The announcement marked the second time in a row that an Owl has won offensive player of the week honors, after senior midfielder/co-captain Molly Doyle received the accolade the week prior. Youtz led the way in a 6-0 win against Monmouth, scoring four goals and adding two assists for 10 points. Her 10 points are tied for the most in one game by a Division I player this season. Youtz’s four goals also made for her third career hat trick and the second time a Temple player has

scored four or more goals in one game since 1992. Alumnus and All-American Alli Lokey was the last Owl to score four goals in a game, doing it in 2007. Youtz was named Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, after scoring 22 goals and 10 assists for 54 points. She has shown no signs of slowing down this season, leading the team in scoring with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points. Youtz is currently third in the nation in points per game, averaging 3.13 points per. Her 1.25 goals per game average is tied for third in the nation. Youtz has 36 goals and 89 points in her career so far, placing her eighth all-time in program history for both categories. -Nick Tricome

Fall play continues


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to finish as a runner-up at their own tournament. “I thought that Hofstra played really well against us, so I am fine with where we finished,” Matautia said. “After wins or losses, I am not too concerned with our record, but instead concerned about making progress with this team. I think we are at the stage where we can take the next step. We have some really exciting match-ups coming next weekend and hopefully we can raise our game and take that next step.” “We are up and down too much, we need to stay at one level, as well as reducing errors and executing what we need to get done,” Matautia said. “The group we have been playing with has been working, it helps that we have such a big block. [Sydlik] has been doing really

well, and if we continue to work and get better it’s going to be great.” Conference games start Sept. 27 as the Owls take a road trip to the mid-west to take on powerhouses Cincinnati and Louisville in their first games in the American Athletic Conference. “I think we have a good team with a lot of potential, but we have to acknowledge that and be confident in what we can do,” Ganes said. “It’s almost like we are not really aware of how good we are. It’s not an accident that we are 9-3. We need to be proud of that. We need to create a mindset and body language that we are a good team.” Rich Fogel can be reached at rich.fogel@temple.edu or on Twitter@RBFogel26.

Temple defeated the Wagner Seahawks on Sunday, 7-1, in the Owls’ second game at the Penn Invitational tournament. Coach Joe DiPietro was happy with his team’s performance and said they played better than they had in the Owls’ earlier game, in which Temple defeated the Division II Philadelphia University Rams by a score of 5–0. “We played better in the second game,” DiPietro said. “I wasn’t real enthused by the way we played in the first game [against Philadelphia]. We have a team that’s a lot better than that. I don’t think we came out and played anywhere near the way we’re capable of playing. So it was good to see them come out in the second game and play a lot better. We only have eight games in the fall, so we have to take advantage of all of them.” -Don McDermott After hosting a tournament, the Owls will start conference play later this week against Cincinnati. | HUA ZONG TTN




Rhule, players know they need to improve

as bad as former coach Al Golden’s were. Golden, who was hired before the 2006 season and coached the Owls for five years, opened his head coaching career with a 9-3 overtime loss to Buffalo before losing 62-0 twice in a row to then No. 13 Louisville and Minnesota, respectively. The program has taken a huge step forward in the past seven years, though. In the three seasons before Golden took over, from 2003 to 2005 Temple went 3-31. From 2010 to 2012,

Temple was 21-15. Since the Owls have moved to the American Athletic Conference and Rhule was hired, recruitment has improved. Per Rivals.com, Temple has its first four-star recruit since 2003 in Imhotep Charter offensive tackle Aaron Ruff. Ruff was a three-star recruit when he verbally committed to Temple in April, was given a four-star rating in May and subsequently picked up offers from Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. Despite


offers from more established programs, he’s said he is still committed to Temple. In addition to Ruff, Temple has seven three-star recruits for the class of 2014, not including defensive backs DaeJuan Funderburk and Anthony Davis, who both verbally committed to Temple and have since reopened their recruitment. Even with those losses, seven threestar recruits matches the 2010 and 2013 classes for the most three-star players in a Temple recruiting class since 2002, the

earliest class that Rivals’ database lists. Rhule was able to keep most of the 2013 recruiting class from de-committing since those players were recruited by former coach Steve Addazio’s staff. Rhule also convinced freshman running back Zaire Williams to change his commitment from West Virginia – a Big 12 Conference member with three losing seasons in the past 20 years – to Temple. Williams leads the Owls in rushing this season with 171 yards, averag-

ing 5.3 yards per carry. “I feel dead inside,” Williams said after the Fordham loss. “I don’t like losing. It is not fun, so we are going to turn around this week and work hard.” The Owls have certainly not had the start they hoped to have. Rhule said he is not happy with the results, but still sees a bright future. “People should be coming after us because we deserve it,” Rhule said. “I’m just really disappointed and embarrassed, but

in no way am I discouraged. I see a couple of puppies running around that are going to make a lot of plays ... We have good coaches and good seniors that will hold the team together, and the young kids will come on. At some point, and I hope it’s really soon, you guys are going to look up and see a really good team. People might not believe that, but I do.” Evan Cross can be reached at evan.cross@temple.edu or on Twitter @EvanCross.

Ambler facilities without concrete plans

Sawyer Hemmer and the defense are off to a strong start, leading the team to a 5-2 record. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN

Defense steps up in early matchups Ahead of conference play, Owls have given up just three goals. HOON JIN The Temple News

MEN’S SOCCER During the Owls’ 5-2 stretch to start the season, one aspect of the team’s play has stood out most: the defense. Temple has given up three goals in six games so far in 2013 and had great success earlier in the season when they were able to produce four straight shutout victories. “I think most of the games, it’s been pretty equal,” coach David MacWilliams said. “The Delaware game was one game when they had the upper hand. It’s not like football where the defense stays on the field and put a lot of pressure on them. We just need to pressure well to relieve the defense sometimes. But against St. Joe’s, because they play a direct style, that forced our defenders to defend at a much deeper line.” “I think it’s frustrating because we lost the game,” MacWilliams said. “We knew we weren’t going to go the whole season with a shutout. There’s always going to be ups and downs and mistakes are going to happen. You can’t expect the defense to put up shutouts all the time.” With the amount of new players on the roster, however, MacWilliams said he didn’t know what to expect from his back four after including two freshmen into the starting lineup. Senior center back Nolan Hemmer is not surprised at the defense’s success thus far. “I think the two freshmen have integrated well and are getting more comfortable as we go forward,” Hemmer said. “I am impressed with the fact that we have four shutouts in six games. The main goal for a defender is to put up a zero for the other team when the whistle blows. It’s not an easy thing to do, so I’m impressed with our progress and I’m excited going forward.” “Obviously it’s frustrating to play defense for majority of a game, but if the offense just isn’t clicking one day, then I am

fine with rolling up my sleeves and helping them out,” Hemmer added. “We are a team and we have to help each other out. We are all working for a common goal.” Junior starting goalkeeper Dan Scheck said the whole team deserves a lot of the credit for the great defensive success the Owls have had this season. Scheck said it starts from the coaching staff preparing for the team and implementing tactics to putting the team in a position to win. Scheck had his four-game clean sheet streak snapped against St. Joseph’s when they lost 1-0, but he said he’s not too concerned about the record. He wants to put up zeros game-bygame and not think about the streaks. “I don’t find pressure,” Scheck said. “The defense has played very well when we needed it, and I’ve played well to make key saves. So, going into any game, I’m going to try and help the team win and by doing that is to keep the clean sheet. It’s more of a daily thing.” Hemmer said the leadership on the field has been a group effort. “As defenders, we are all leaders and should be the most vocal guys on the field,” Hemmer said. “Being a center back, I can see the whole field and it allows me to vocalize to people where to go and what men to mark. [Scheck] is also a very vocal guy. He does a really good job at letting the back four know what’s going on and alert us of possible forwards trying to get a ball in behind us.” MacWilliams stressed the importance of a team game and that no player or position is more important than the others. “I think we are organized,” MacWilliams said. “We’ve made good decisions for the most part, and we have a fairly good talent. Guys in front have done a good job defensively. And when we do have breakdowns, [Scheck] comes up with the big saves and keeps the team in the game. It is a total team effort, so you can’t say just the back four, but all the 11 guys on the field.” Hoon Jin can be reached at hoon.jin@temple.edu.

Temple remains in the midst of a transition back to a restructured version of the conference it was kicked out of nearly a decade ago due to poor attendance. Still, low attendance from the off-campus sports and the athletic department’s lack of specific plans for facility upgrades raise questions about whether the move to the American Athletic Conference will result in the boost everyone hoped it would. Although Pearson and McGonigle halls and on-campus tennis courts were recently renovated, officials said there are no specific projects for facilities in development, aside from new turf at Edberg-Olson Hall set to be installed next summer. While the non-revenue sports struggle, Temple’s marketing schemes remain mostly focused on where there’s money to be made: the football team. One way the university has tried to gain fan appeal is by having small-scale promotions through each aspect of game day. The program started a tradition of a “fly in,” where the band, cheerleaders and fans welcome the athletes as they walk into the stadium. Additionally, pyrotechnics are now launched as the team runs onto Lincoln Financial Field, and a real-life owl named Stella attends games through all four quarters. “We’re trying to do a lot of different things, and nothing happens right away,” Kraft said. “What we’re doing is building a foundation. I think, of course, everyone wants a sold out stadium. Everyone in the country does. But we also know what we’re up against, and we have to change people’s mindsets.” Although attendance is expected to rise for the team’s next home game against Louisville, the numbers are still likely to remain low when stacked against other schools in The American. “I think the biggest thing, to be honest, is to stay positive,” assistant athletic director for marketing and sales Scott Walcoff said. “This is a work in progress.” Members of the athletics department partially attribute the lower attendance to the logistics of playing off-campus. Temple has five years left on its contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in using Lincoln Financial Field, and discussions


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have been ongoing among top brass regarding the potential for building a stadium on campus. Still, according to Kraft, there are numerous obstacles to a plan of such a large a scale, including a need for donors and finding land available to build such a facility. With the addition of Morgan Hall, and an increased student population in recent years, the possibility remains appealing. “The dynamic is changing drastically, and when you talk about a football stadium on campus, now you have more and more students living here,” Kraft said. “Now that atmosphere can come.” Aside from a sample of promotions and marketing tactics, the Ambler-based teams remain mostly abandoned in regards to efforts in approving attendance figures. The complex remains without simple amenities such as lights - something men’s soccer coach David MacWilliams has expressed a strong desire for. The teams are forced to play their home games exclusively during the afternoon, making it difficult for fans to attend due to work and school commitments. “It definitely affects our student athletes,” MacWilliams said. “It’s just the reality of our location, where our home field is,” women’s soccer coach Seamus O’Connor said. “It’s just hard. Temple is a big soccer school in terms of that a lot of Temple students have played soccer and it’s one of those sports that has a huge following now among 18 to 26-year-olds. It’s just unfortunate.” One problem regarding attendance at Ambler is the fact that it is located 16 miles from Main Campus. “I feel for our student athletes because I want them to have that experience, that feeling of having their friends at

games,” Kraft said. “It’s tough. We continue to talk about how we can make it right. I wish I had the answer. I don’t.” Another problem can be found in the fact that the university’s shuttle bus only runs five days a week, and returning service to Main Campus stops at 5:30 p.m. Because several games are scheduled for weekends, many students don’t have accessibility to attend an event even if they desire to. Possibilities of providing such transportation have been discussed, but there are no concrete plans to implement such a change. “We’d love to be able to get students up there,” Walcoff said. “The key for us is to pick and choose the games we’re going to try to market and promote as much as we can.” “In a perfect world, they’re up here playing on campus, but that’s nothing I can control at this point,” Walcoff added. “But that being said, that doesn’t mean we’re throwing in the towel.” The Cherry Crusade, a student organization that promotes and supports Temple athletics, has not placed strong attention to games held at Ambler during past years. This fall, President Connor Page and other members are trying to change that. “We’re making a huge push to have attendance up for Crusade members and non-Crusade members at all of the sports, whether they’re off-campus or on-campus,” Page said. “It’s very hard to make it to all of the games at Ambler because it’s so far away you have to take a bus.” According to multiple sources, the school’s long-term goal is to move all teams onto Main Campus, although a potential timetable for achieving such a goal is unknown. “I don’t think it’s unrealistic,” Kraft said. “That would be great. It would be awesome for

our student athletes. But once again, being in a city, we’re landlocked. Where do we put the sports? We look at it in every way. What are the different options? It’s very fluid, this process.” Kraft has emphasized Temple’s overall mindset of avoiding a “band-aid” approach in construction and marketing. Short-term fixes, he said, won’t be enough to solve the attendance problems the school currently faces. According to Roberts, interim athletic director Kevin Clark has expressed a strong desire to upgrade athletic facilities and has been developing a five-year plan meant to improve attendance figures. Until 2018, when such a plan would be completed, marketing has and will continue to be one of the most visible methods meant to boost attendance for all sports. This year, the “It Begins” campaign has been the most prominent of such tactics. Additionally, new covers with similar graphics used for the It Begins advertisements have been installed at Lincoln Financial Field, utilizing hundreds of seats. Roberts, who oversees facilities and event management, said the new tarps have nothing to do with hiding empty seats, but are meant as a method of branding. Covers or no covers, however, empty seats remain throughout all Temple athletics. Kraft said he loves the challenge of filling them, as it’s the reason his department is here in the first place. “I want to be able to provide that for Temple because it deserves it,” Kraft said. “I think we are in a great position as an institution and as an athletic department to do some really awesome things.” “We expect nothing but greatness and we’re going to get that,” Kraft said. “I think it’s going to happen faster than anyone can imagine. But that’s what keeps me up at night. I literally go home, and say ‘What can we do, what can we do?’ It’s really not healthy. But I believe in the process.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@temple.edu or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.

Sophomore nears program’s record in shutouts Kerkhoff followed her freshman year accolades by earning recognition by the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll twice in the first four weeks of her sophomore campaign. “I’m very fortunate and I’m so grateful to even be recognized,” Kerkhoff said. “I think my defense has a lot to do with it. They keep the ball out of our half and they make me more successful. You’re only as good as your teammates. I really have them to thank for it.” In addition to her technical improvements between the bars, Kerkhoff has also established herself as a vocal leader for Temple on and off the field. “The goalkeeper sees ev-


erything,” Kerkhoff said. “I see everyone in front of me and I see what they can’t see, so it’s my responsibility to tell them what’s behind them. Even off the field, I try to be a vocal presence. I’m a sophomore but most of our team is sophomores so we have to act older than we are. I want people to know they can come talk to me and that I’ll be there for them.” Led by Kerkhoff, the Owls’ defense has been a big reason for Temple’s current winning record, averaging single digit shots allowed this season. The defense has recorded six shutouts in 2013. Kerkhoff’s career shutout total has reached 10, which brings her current total brings

her within striking range of the program record for career shutouts (12). Though shutouts are labeled as an individual statistic for goalkeepers, Kerkhoff views it as a collective achievement. “Obviously, that would be awesome [to break the shutout record],” Kerkhoff said. “That’s always a goal you want to strive for. Our goal this year is to make a name for ourselves. We want people to think Temple soccer is the real deal. [The record] would put us on the map. The defense has a huge part of the shutout record. So in a way, it’s a team goal.” As the only current player to earn multiple honors for the Owls, Kerkhoff will likely headline future opponents’

scouting reports, becoming the main target for conference teams who know little about the Temple roster. With conference play beginning against the Houston Cougars at Ambler Sports Complex on Thursday night, Kerkhoff is confident that the team, and herself, will make a strong impression. “I think pressure is a big part of our game,” Kerkhoff said. “It’s something you have to get used to. It’s something I had to get used to pretty early in my career. I think it’s just part of the game. I think I’m ready for that.” Brien Edwards can be reached at brien.erick.edwards@temple.edu or on Twitter @BErick1123.



Owls fail to exact revenge over Terps Junior leads Temple lost in the season opener to rival Maryland squad. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News The season ICE HOCKEY didn’t start off the way first-year coach Ryan Frain hoped. “I’m a little disappointed,” Frain said after the 1-0 loss to Maryland on Saturday. “I was happy with a lot of the things we did, but there are definitely one or two things that need to be adjusted.” Last year, the Owls lost to the University of Maryland Terrapins, which realistically eliminated them from playoff contention. Maryland ended up finishing one spot ahead of Temple in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association standings, taking the final playoff spot in the process of making a run to nationals. Another loss to Maryland this year

makes it all the more bitter for this squad. “I mean, it sucks,” senior goaltender Chris Mullen said. “It was a tough loss. We came out strong, but then didn’t show up at the start of the second period and that’s where we lost the game.” There is no doubt that revenge against the Terrapins for last year was on the mind of every returning Owl on the ice. “I hate them,” sophomore forward Greg Malinowski said before the game. “They’re not really a skilled team. They’re just a real chippy team.” And as expected, Saturday night’s game also had its share of chippy moments. “Even more [chippy moments] than I expected,” Malinowski said. “Because that’s the only way they could take us off our game. It was our first game though, so the discipline will come.” Despite dropping an early lead in the first period and fall-

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ing behind by as many as three goals, the Owls were able to bounce back and tie up the game to send it into overtime, before surrendering the overtime goal and once again losing to Maryland. “We showed resilience to come back,” Mullen said. “And the team gelled well.” When asked if Saturday night’s loss furthered the hate felt for the University of Maryland, Malinowski said, “Yes and no. The game was totally in our hands. We didn’t play the whole 60 minutes and got cocky after the first period. It takes 60 minutes to win a game, but you can lose it in four.” Forward Stephen Kennedy scored his first career goal in a Temple Owls uniform in the first period, which gave Temple an early 1-0 lead. The junior from Ambler, Pa., previously attended Montgomery County Community College before graduating and coming to Temple. “It felt good,” Kennedy

said. “It gave me a bit of confidence, settled my nerves down a little bit. But really it was an awesome play by the defenseMILLEN PAGE 24 men to hit me on the backdoor pass. I was all by myself. It was all the ‘D’-man’s play, I was just in the right place at the right time, and he gave me a perfect pass.” Kennedy also netted another goal later in the contest. According to the team though, this most recent loss to Maryland is going to sting. Not being able to get revenge on the Terrapins for how last season went down is not something the players are taking lightly. “As far as revenge goes,” Mullen said, “We’ll see them again.” Despite the opening loss, the Owls recovered with a 6-5 win against Montclair State in After an inconsistent freshman season, Millen has started nearly every game over the last two years. | TTN FILE PHOTO overtime the next night.

While he originally hoped to coach his first love, basketball, Watson wound up coaching track as a volunteer assistant in his junior year at Grand Valley State under Jerry Baltes. He held that position for three years until a newly appointed distance coach at Temple with ties to Grand Valley State called. “Coach Watson and I had met initially at our [U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association] meeting last year, and a good friend of mine in the sport had worked with Watson at Grand Valley State,” Snyder said. “I wanted someone who was going to come in and hit the ground running.” Watson and Snyder have worked as a two-man operation in recent months, collaborating in making the team’s training schedules, running with the team during practices and recruiting duties. “I feel like we really mesh well,” Snyder said. “We joke about that now too, that we balance each other out really well. That’s important to me. I wanted him to come in here and actually have a voice. I didn’t want someone who’s like the blind assistant who just says ‘Yes, sir’ and ‘No, sir.’ I was very open with [Watson] about that and told him I wanted him to come in here and have a say.” Watson’s three years of coaching experience while one year removed from earning his undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State made him top candidate from the get-go in Snyder’s late-summer search for an assistant. “He’s already an experienced coach,” Snyder said. “He was at Grand Valley for two years and three years as a coach. It’s not like I’m bringing in someone who’s fresh and green

out of college. He had spent a lot of time getting a lot of powerful experience at Grand Valley State.” “I’d be lying to you if I told you I interviewed people half as good as he was,” Snyder added. “He jumped off the page. I was afraid I wasn’t going to get him because he was that qualified.” His first few weeks at Temple have reminded Watson why coaching was always meant for him. “I love the idea of helping someone prepare for the real world, whatever that means when people say it,” Watson said. “Just helping kids get ready for what’s next in life and doing it through running. Helping them strive to do something special like this before they go onto that real world.” After experiencing the winter and spring track seasons without a distance coach a year ago, sophomore Will Maltin said the addition of two distance coaches, let alone one, is reflective of the distance program’s initiative to take an upward climb for the long term moving forward. “[Watson] is just another addition to a ton of things that have been added to program, whether it’s been new gear, coaches or a new philosophy,” Maltin said. “We have two or three new places that we’re running at now. From what I can see, not just from Watson, but from a lot of other things too, the cross country program is taking a big step. We’ve had a lot of recruits visit this year, a lot more than last year, and a ton’s changing. We have a lot of big things going on, and it’s really exciting.”

Samuel Matthews can be reached at samuel.matthews@temple.edu..

Cross country hires new assistant

Aaron Watson joins James Snyder as a leader of the distance program for track & field. | EDWARD BARRENECHEA TTN

Grand Valley State graduate takes journey to Temple. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News CROSS COUNTRY There was a time when Aaron Watson wanted to make a living with basketball. Born and raised in Cedar Lake, Ind., he followed a childhood dream that comes with growing up in Hoosier country, as well as a being a short drive from Chicago. “Being from Indiana, I think every kid there grows up hoping to be the next Larry Bird, and they’re going to play basketball at Indiana University and that’s the dream,” Watson said. His problem? “I was 5-foot-8 and couldn’t shoot,” Watson said. “I probably wouldn’t have had a really

bright future in that sport.” Watson, now a first-year assistant to distance coach James Snyder, found his eventual calling in a sport he had originally used as a supplement for basketball. “I started running in seventh grade just to get in shape for basketball,” Watson said. “I’d say around eighth, ninth and 10th grade, I started to think that maybe basketball wasn’t where I wanted to be long term and that [track] was something I’d enjoy more.” Watson stuck with his tandem of basketball and track all through high school and moved on to Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where, after running with the team for two years, he fulfilled a dream that started when Watson was in grade school. “I knew I wanted to coach long term by third grade,” Watson said. “Now, I don’t know why third grade, but I guess something clicked that year.”

Andrew Parent can be reached at andrew.parent@temple.edu or on Twitter @daParent93.

Belkssir adjusts to American courts Belkssir competed in numerous Moroccan national tournaments and International Tennis Federation junior tournaments, where he played in the Qatar ITF Junior Open. Belkssir had a career-high ranking of 658 among junior players. Since his freshman year, Belkssir has made some adjustments in the way he plays tennis. Last year, when Belkssir first played tennis at Temple, he had to get accustomed to the surface of the court, along with the speed and bounce of the ball. “On clay courts you have to be physical, whoever is more fit will win,” Belkssir said. “Here on hard courts, the point does not last long. It’s serve after volley, serve after volley. On hard courts, it is hard to hit back a lot of shots because the speed of the ball is a lot faster.”


Along with the difference between hard and clay courts, Belkssir also had to get adjusted to the indoor courts. “Last year was my first year playing indoors and I didn’t like it,” Belkssir said. “It is even faster than hard courts. The lights are not bright enough. I think it’s a bit too dark inside. I like playing outdoors where the sun is shining. I don’t like the smell inside, I like breathing the fresh air outside. In Morocco, the tennis facility is in a [rural] area so now, being in Philly, I had to get used to it.” Belkssir recalled the first time Mauro told the team they were moving from outdoors to indoors. “It was mid-October or November last year when Coach just said, ‘Guys, we are going to start practicing indoors,’” Belkssir said. “What can I say?


It is kind of my job to do it, so I just went and practiced there because it was really cold outside.” Belkssir is still determined to modify to the differences in tennis he faced his first year at Temple. “To adjust to the hard court, I just practice a lot,” Belkssir said. “We practice five to six days a week. That’s the only way you can get better.” Belkssir’s current doubles partner, junior Kristian Marquart, is confident Belkssir will only continue to get better. “To be honest, I expect that from him,” Marquart said. “He has a lot of potential. I knew he had the ability to win his matches. I just think it is hard if it is your first or second semester at school, you don’t really know how everything works. You are trying to get used to the early

practices and the matches on hard court. So now that [Belkssir] is in his third semester, I think now he is more patient and is adjusting well.” Belkssir said he is looking for ways to get better. “I would want to improve on my returns because, like I said, it is faster on hard court so I have to get used to it,” Belkssir said. “I got used to it last year but I have to get used to it again. I want to get better on my returns and volleys. Sometimes I have approach shots and I am not finishing them well. Those are the kinds of details that make the difference in a match sometimes. Sometimes it’s just one or two points.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at danielle.nelson@temple.edu or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.

the past. Millen was a midfielder when she started playing in middle school. Her switch to goalkeeper was something she was forced into. Millen’s team didn’t have a goalkeeper at the time, so the coach made her take up the position. At first, she said she hated it. “It’s so boring at first,” Millen said. “I had such a short attention span at the age and I just wanted to run around, but I had to sit there and watch everyone else run around.” “I literally came home and said ‘If I’m still playing goalie tomorrow, I’m not playing field hockey anymore,’” Millen added. “My mom told me to suck it up and keep playing and keep it out a little longer because I was being too dramatic, so I went back and kept playing, and here we are today.” Eventually, Millen grew a liking to the position. She was having success, which she said helped get her to realize, “Alright, I can deal with this.” But she said she began loving it when she got the chance to play at a faster and more competitive level. “Once I started playing at the higher level with futures at the [National Futures Championship] and I saw how much faster and how much more competitive the game really is compared to field hockey at my middle school level, I realized that it is a lot more fun and something that I wanted to pursue,” Millen said. Her family helped her pursue the sport, with her dad getting the college selection process started early on. “My dad would be counting me sophomore year of high school, telling me ‘You got to figure out what college you want to go to,’” Millen said. Her reply was simply, “Alright, slow down, old man.” In the end, she chose Temple, the first school to contact

her and the school that stayed in contact until she committed. From the time of first contact up until the moment she committed, Millen was able to get to know the team and the coaching staff. It was a comfort that she said helped bring her to North Philadelphia. Millen said her freshman year was rough when it finally rolled around, with health issues that led to her taking a redshirt. “My first year was dreadful,” Millen said. “I couldn’t pass the running test and I was in and out with concussions my first year, so I really didn’t play too much, even in practice, because I was unable due to our running standards.” “It was a letdown for me because I’m sure [the team] had higher expectations for my first year as did I, but that’s how it worked out,” Millen added. “But I think it made me a much stronger athlete for it. I was mentally able to handle a lot of adversity because of all the struggles I went through.” Millen was able to bounce back, starting 21 of 22 games in 2011 and all 21 of the Owls’ games in 2012. So far in 2013, she looks to be having her best year yet. Assistant coach Kelly Driscoll, a former goalkeeper for Old Dominion and a graduate assistant when she started working with Millen, said knew she could be one of the best in the nation. “I told [Millen] that she does have the ability to be one of the top goalkeepers in the country,” Driscoll said. “All of her hard work has paid off over the years, and it’s exciting to see her have such a great year.” “We’ve known that she is a great goalkeeper,” Driscoll added. “Now it’s fun to see the stats back it up.” Nick Tricome can be reached at nick.tricome@temple.edu or on Twitter @itssnick215.



GOLF at Hartford Invit. All Day

WEDNESDAY MSOC vs. Fordham 3 p.m.


WSOC vs. Houston 4 p.m.

FRIDAY FH vs. Rutgers 3 p.m. WVB at Cincinnati 7 p.m. MTEN at Penn Invite All Day

SATURDAY FB at Idaho 5 p.m.

MSOC at Louisville 7 p.m. MTEN at Penn Invite All Day

SUNDAY WSOC vs. SMU 1 p.m. WVB at Louisville 2 p.m. FH vs. Sacred Heart 2 p.m.

MTEN at Penn Invite All Day


Ryan Frain lost his first game as head coach in a matchup with rival Maryland, the same team that kicked the Owls out of post-season contention last season. PAGE 23

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All five victories for the men’s soccer team this season have been shutouts. Goalkeeper Dan Scheck has given up just three goals so far in 2013. PAGE 22


H-back was named among most versatile players in nation, Pierce gets first NFL start, other news and notes . PAGE 21



Millen among elites


Goalie sustains success Sophomore Shauni Kerkhoff is one of nation’s best.

Redshirt junior is excelling in goal for the Owls this season.


NICK TRICOME The Temple News Lizzy Millen had the second-best save percentage in the country after the field hockey team’s 6-0 win against Monmouth on Sept. 14. But she didn’t know about it. She said she was more concerned about getting better. “Half the time I don’t even know these stats, people just tell me,” the redshirt-junior goalkeeper and co-captain said. “I clearly don’t look at these things, but it’s really rewarding to hear that all of my work and our defensive work is really being praised.” Millen, sitting in coach Amanda Janney’s office, then asked who was No. 1. “Sarah Mansfield from [The University of Connecticut],” Janney said. “She’s really good.” “I’m always about getting better,” Millen said. “So I hope to politely move in on her.” At the same time, Temple looks to make a name for itself in the Big East Conference. The Owls are 6-2 and are nationally ranked. Millen has been a big reason why. Not only is her .817 save percentage third in the nation, but she’s also held opponents to 1.58 goals per game and her saves per game average of 7.25 is 16th in the nation. But her performance in goal this season is thanks in part to the adversity she overcame in



On Sept. WOMEN’S SOCCER 7, 2012, the Owls shutout the Iona Gaels behind a “super nervous” freshman goalkeeper making her first career start. A little more than a year later, that same player has become the face of the program. Sophomore goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff has quickly emerged as Temple’s most recognized player, leading one of the nation’s best defenses and making history along the way. “I’m trying to be more of a leader for our program,” Kerkhoff said. “The biggest thing for Coach Matt Rhule watches Owl players before the team’s season opener against Notre Dame. Rhule has drawn the ire of fans me is confidence and it has been after presiding over the worst start in six years for Temple.| HUA ZONG TTN reflecting in my play. I’m a lot more confident and when I’m confident, it makes every player in front of me confident.” Since replacing former Temple goalkeeper Tara Murphy First-year coach Matt Rhule faces criticism after 0-3 start to the season. in 2012, Kerkhoff has ranked look at the clowns that were hired to coach 100 percent responsibility for that. I told the among the best in the nation in EVAN CROSS them, they are not being put in the best posiplayers I’d take responsibility for that, and save percentage, shots allowed, Assistant Sports Editor tion to win. This is what happens when we we’ll get that fixed.” and shutouts. Kerkhoff said hire a coach based off of a popularity conRhule’s losses have been by 22 points her progression as a player has hortly after Temple dropped to 0-3 test by the players.” at then-No. 14 Notre Dame, nine points to stemmed from a boost in confiwith a 30-29 loss to the FCS FordAnother similar thread, started by Houston and the one-point loss to Fordham. dence since her rookie year. ham Rams, a thread was posted “OhnoWesuckagain12,” is titled “If Matt Despite the progressively narrowing loss “My decision making has on the OwlsDaily.com message Rhule had a shred of decency and honor...” margins, given the competition, the Owls gotten better,” Kerkhoff said. boards titled “This is what happens.” and continued, “He’d resign immediately. have performed worse and worse since the “My distribution has gotten betGiven the result of the game that had He’s obviously in way over his head. He’s season started. ter. Those are the two biggest just been completed, the comments were not the right ‘man’ for the job, as many of us “Nobody is going to give you a win,” things for me. Depending on predictably negative. knew before the players hired him.” sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich how confident you are is how The original post, by “TempleinsidThose are harsh words, especially con- said. “We definitely have to play better. We good those skills will be.” er215,” continued the headline and said, sidering Rhule has been head coach for have to stop some big plays and we gave up Starting nine games, Kerk“When you have a head coach who doesn’t three games. For his part, Rhule isn’t at all some plays, we just have to stop them. We hoff ended her freshman year know what he is doing and when you hire have to get ready ... We can easily turn this as a member of the Atlantic 10 pleased with how his team is progressing. your staff solely on your personal relation“I’m sorry you had to watch that,” around, which is what we are going to do.” Conference All-Rookie team. ships with them. Phil Snow? Seriously? ... Rhule said after the Fordham loss. “HonRhule’s first three games aren’t nearly I can keep going on about the staff. Before estly, I’m completely embarrassed. I take KERKHOFF PAGE 22 RHULE PAGE 22 you question our talent maybe we need to

New Rhule, slow start


Temple wins first two home matches Courting an Owls host Temple Invitational at McGonigle Hall.

RICH FOGEL The Temple News It took nine games, but the volleyball team was finally able to play in the newly renovated gym at McGonigle Hall. The Owls hosted the annual Temple Invitational, going 2-1 with wins against Delaware State and Brown and a loss in the final match against Hofstra. “It was very comforting being at home,” coach Bakeer Ganes said. “We have some great facilities. I would have liked to be at home more early in the season but with the schedule it didn’t work like that. We need to get more students at the game though to establish a home court advantage with our conference games coming up. I think it really does help the girls.” Gabriella Matautia and Sandra Sydlik took home all-tournament team honors. Matautia was also recognized before the match for getting her 1,000th career kill last weekend against the University of Pennsylvania. “I didn’t know I was going to get recognized so that was really nice,” Matautia said. “My dad was able to watch so that


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was special to me. Being able to get 1,000 kills in my four years is awesome.” “If you can finish a career with over 1,000 kills, that is an amazing accomplishment,” Ganes said. “I am very happy for her, she is such a big part of our offense and she deserves every award and recognition that she gets.” Sydlik not only led the team in assists this weekend but also led the entire tournament. Her 67 assists on Saturday against Brown and Hofstra followed the 25 she had on Friday against Delaware State. “I am happy I was able to get all-tournament team honors,” Sydlik said. “But I would have rather not gotten those honors and won the tournament as a team. I feel like the most important thing is that I am meshing well with [Matautia] and getting more and more comfortable out on the court.” “[Sydlik] has been doing a very good job,” Ganes said. “She is very consistent with running our offense. We have two really good setters. It is like having two really good quarterbacks. We feel really comfortable with [Sydlik] setting up the offense.” Temple won its first two matches of the weekend, but did not play consistently against Hofstra (9-5), causing the Owls



unbeaten record Sophomore Hicham Belkssir is undefeated in early season play. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Sophomore Hicham Belkssir loves to play soccer. “In Morocco, I play soccer three times a week,” Belkssir said. “I always watch soccer on TV. I am a Barcelona fan.” It is on the tennis court, however, that Belkssir is making his mark at Temple. Belkssir is currently undefeated in singles play with a


record of 6-0 in the fall season. The win by walkover against Princeton’s Josh Yablon at the Princeton Invitational does not count on his individual record, according to athletics communications. In addition to playing in the Princeton Invitational, Belkssir also competed in the Navy Invitational to begin the season. “He is a lot more consistent than he was last year,” coach Steve Mauro said. “Last year he played much low percentage type tennis. This year he is keeping more balls in play and I think that is helping him a lot.” Before coming to Temple,


Hicham Belkssir is 6-0 in singles play after the Navy Invitational and the Princeton Invitational. | ABI REIMOLD TTN

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Volume 92, Issue 5  

Issue for September 24 2013.

Volume 92, Issue 5  

Issue for September 24 2013.


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