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Corbett proposes flat funding MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor


peaking to a combined session of the state legislature on the floor of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg last Tuesday, Gov. Corbett proposed to level Temple’s funding as part of a $29.4 billion budget that, if passed, would be the fourth consecutive year that the university’s commonwealth appropriation would be set at $139.9 million. In an open request to the commonwealth, the university asked for $144.1

JAMES FULWILER The junior art history major appeared on an episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on Feb. 10. PAGE 17

Budget proposal marks fourth straight year of funding at $139.9 million, with no adjustment for inflation. million in funding, a 3 percent increase to account for expected inflation. In November’s general elections, the governor will be on the ballot. One of the largest issues facing Corbett’s reelection include the criticisms over the deep cuts in education funding, which included Temple and the School District of Philadelphia. The governor included a $368 million increase in public education funds as part of the $1 billion proposed in-

crease in overall spending for his 201415 budget. With Corbett’s budget not set in stone, there is still room for Temple to receive the desired 3 percent raise. Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, said the appropriations level still has far to go before being final. “We heard some remarks from some legislators,” Lawrence said, “In particular, Senator Jake Corman [R-


After 40 years, prof. admits to FBI burglary John C. Raines tells author about his involvement in landmark 1971 FBI burglary.

TYLER GRADS GIVE Candace Jensen and Owen Schuh donated half of their wedding registry to the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund. PAGE 7

ALI WATKINS The Temple News

Members of the women’s rowing team pull back on ergometers, indoor rowing machines that imitate the actions of rowing. The test was the fourth and final one for the squad this season. | EDWARD BARRENECHEA TTN

ARIELLA FURMAN This 2008 alumna, pictured right, has found success in creating a lesbian dating app, “Wing Ma’am.”

Centre County], who’s the chair of the senate appropriations committee...talking about wanting to see some more support for higher education.” In a phone interview, President Theobald said without commonwealth appropriations, tuition rates for in-state students, who make up for more than 70 percent of the university’s student body, may be affected since tuition and appropriations are two of the university’s main sources of revenue. “We want to do absolutely everything possible to hold down tuition and

THE FINAL PUSH The rowing team held an intense training event Friday – possibly the program’s last.

A&E | PAGE 11

ELIZABETH MOULTHROP A 2008 alumna of Boyer, Moulthrop travels to Peru each year curating a music festival in hopes of educating the country’s youth.

A&E | PAGE 11

INSIDE Elections gear up Trustees are throwing money behind state and national candidates while the mayoral race has Temple ties.

NEWS | PAGE 2 National search The football team signed 25 recruits on National Signing Day last week.

SPORTS | PAGE 22 NEWS DESK 215-204-7419

DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News It only lasted about 24 minutes. But when the event ended, the women’s bodies were soaked in sweat and their faces were reeling in agony while ice bags were strapped to their arms, legs and shoulders. It was the moment the 55 student-athletes were waiting for. “I am just so glad it’s over with,” junior Moira Meekes said, chewing on an apple. After five months of fall and winter training and competitions, the rowing team completed its fourth and final 6K ergometer test this past Friday – and, if the athletic cuts

aren’t reversed, the final in program history. The erg test was used to measure the rowers’ endurance level and their mental strength during a course of 6,000 meters. Most importantly, however, coach Rebecca Grzybowski said the erg test is used by the coaching staff to help select women for certain boats. “There are a lot of factors that goes into boat selections and lineups and erg scores are definitely a part of it, in terms of how much power you can produce over a certain time or distance,” Grzybowski said. “So that helps us to start to get groups of people together.” Far away from any body of water, the women were test-


Tucked away in a corner on the sixth floor of Gladfelter Hall, John C. Raines’ religion department office lends itself well to the softspoken octogenarian. He speaks carefully, laughs easily and sits comfortably, surrounded by relics and countless books accumulated from years as a religious scholar. You wouldn’t guess that the longtime university professor once shook the foundations of the nation’s most powerful spy agency. On the night of March 8, 1971, as the world was glued to the championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Raines and a group of ragtag political activists quietly burglarized a small FBI field office in Media, Pa. They made off with suitcases full of classified documents, fiercely guarded files that would eventually reveal the widespread abuses of an agency gone rogue and the sweeping overreach of then-director J. Edgar Hoover. For decades, the events of that night remained one of history’s most overlooked and unsolved crimes. But after more than 40 years of silence, Raines and his fellow whistle-



A look into the lives of those changing the community Kai Davis, a member of Babel, became a YouTube star for her spoken word performances.

Alex Epstein, a founder of Philadelphia Urban Creators, works to change the urban landscape.



The lights dim and mouths shut. But not for long. Nineteen-year-old Kai Davis takes center stage as a limelight illuminates her body. She’s only been doing this for roughly two years, but the audience can’t tell with the way she stands and recites lines of poetry, loaded with personal emotion and feelings about sexuality, race and daily life. When she talks, she sings. And

As Alex Epstein walked to class at Temple, he noticed the landscape was Kai Davis performs spoken word. | dotted with vacant lots that glistened COURTESY KAI DAVIS with sprinkles of broken glass and garas she sings, the audience calls. They bage. But instead of ignoring the debris, clap, snap and raise their hands to- he used it as inspiration for a challenge. ward Davis as a sort of poetry goddess. To make his goals a reality, Epstein Some recite lines under their breath, teamed up with likeminded Philadeland some whimper as they realize Da- phians to create change through a provis’ personal experience has become a gram called Philly Urban Creators. As a precursor to his work in Phil-



Alex Epstein, an urban activist| COURTESY ALEX EPSTEIN

adelphia, Epstein gained experience in urban revitalization and community rebuilding while working in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “In the very beginning, many of





EXCLUSIVE | Election Coverage

Bright Hope Baptist Church’s the Rev. Kevin Johnson announced he will not run for mayor in 2015, after previously stating that he was exploring a bid. Under his leadership, Bright Hope formed a partnership with the Goldenberg Group that led to the building of The View at Montgomery apartments. The deal has since been restructured. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

Temple ties deep in upcoming elections In midterm elections, trustees put financial weight behind candidates from both parties. JOE BRANDT The Temple News

With the national and state elections heating up in 2014, several members of Temple’s Board of Trustees, the university’s highest governing body, have begun actively fundraising for campaigns across the country through a series of political action committees. Meanwhile, Trustee Nelson Diaz has garnered media attention as a possible candidate for Philadelphia mayor in 2015. Media speculation for a possible 2015 mayoral run began as early as March 2013, when Philly Clout, the political blog of Philly.com, reported that Diaz was considering a run. “I told them that unless they raise me $1 million, I’m not getting into any race,” Diaz said to the blog. “If you don’t see the money, you don’t get into the race.” Angel Ortiz, the city’s first Latino councilman and a supporter of Diaz’s potential campaign, later said Diaz was joking. Diaz did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Other trustees besides Diaz are politically involved as well. Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor’s law firm, Cozen O’Connor, has a political action committee which has donated the maximum limit of $10,000 to three senators outside of Pennsylvania: Mark Udall of Colorado, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Oregon senator Ron Wyden, according to campaign finance records. All three senators are Democrats. Overall, the firm has donated more than $89,000 to influence the 2014 elections.

the email read. “While I will understanding that it would be Trustee H.F. “Gerry” Len- city since 1979. Donatucci was Local pastor backs continue to serve in various ca- used for a school run by the fest, who co-owns the Philadel- appointed to Temple’s board by pacities in our great city, at this church, a community center for phia Inquirer, recently donated Gov. Ed Rendell in 2006. Mi- out of race after time, my responsibilities as a job training and other needs of $250,000 to Republican Gov. chael J. Stack, appointed by the claims he used ties father and pasNorth PhiladelTom Corbett’s reelecPennsylvato place kids in top tor will be my phia. tion campaign, renia Senate focus.” Now the portedly in thanks for in 2001, is a public school. Johnson, financial agreesigning the grant for state senator who has lived ment between the Museum of the for Northeast in the city for the Bridge of SARAI FLORES American Revolution, Philadelphia. seven years, Hope CommuThe Temple News for which Lenfest was D i a z , told the Daily nity Developa principal donor. Lenwho is of ment and the The Rev. Kevin Johnson, News in an arfest, who was sworn Puerto Rican Goldenberg in last October, was descent, was the pastor of Bright Hope Bap- ticle published Group has been Corbett’s appointee to the first La- tist church on 12th Street and on Jan. 14 that Temple’s board. tino student Cecil B. Moore Avenue and he was forming The Rev. Kevin Johnson / pastor, restructured to Nelson Diaz / trustee Athletics comin Temple’s one of the partners in the de- an exploratory bright hope baptist church help the church, Kevin Trapper, mittee chairman and B e a s l e y velopment of the $100 million, committee for vice president fellow Inquirer owner School of 14-story student housing com- a possible mayof Goldenberg Lewis Katz was a freeholder in Law. On the board, he has been plex The View at Montgomery, oral run. Those Camden County, N.J. from 1972 known to disagree with many announced he will not be run- plans were sidelined, however, Group, said. The money paid by the through 1976, and was later the other trustees. He focuses on ning for mayor in 2015, weeks when the Daily News pubchair of the Democratic Party in admitting more minority and after saying he was considering lished an article on Jan. 28 that Goldenberg Group to the Bridge detailed allegations that John- of Hope Community DevelopCherry Hill, N.J. working-class students into the a run. In late January, Johnson son had used connections with ment might be used to build a In 2012, Katz donated university. He has previously Arlene “new-vision” school on another $25,000 to the Super PAC “End served as city solicitor and was a sent an email out to his support- then-Superintendent the Gridlock,” which didn’t have judge on the Philadelphia Court ers declaring his intention to Ackerman to get his children property in North Philadelphia a website or mission statement. of Common Pleas from 1981 focus on family matters rather placed in the prestigious Penn while Kenneth Goldenberg, than a campaign, telling his of- Alexander School, outside the president and CEO of GoldenKatz’s contribution, the eighth through 1993. Johnsons’ home school district berg Group, has announced he ficers that he was not running. largest, ultimately went to the is looking to build a hotel on Joe Brandt can be reached “For those of you who in Overbrook. winning campaign of Nebraska at joseph.brandt@temple.edu or on know [my wife] Kimya and Johnson is the fifth pas- the property in addition to the Sen. Deb Fischer. Katz had also Twitter @jbrandt7. me, you know that our first tor of the Bright Hope Baptist student housing complex. donated to Fischer’s opponent, Johnson did not respond to priority is our family and the Church, a prominent church Republican Bob Kerrey. second is the congregation at in North Philadelphia that has multiple requests for comment. Since the governor and state With Johnson out of the Bright Hope Baptist Church,” been led by former U.S. Rep. legislature appoint 12 of TemWilliam Herbet Gray race, another name mentioned ple’s 36 trustees, politiIII. with ties to the Temple area is cally involved trustees are In 2008, the John City Council President Darfairly commonplace. Wanamaker Middle rell Clarke, whose 5th District “The governor looks School property was encompasses parts of Main for highly qualified candipurchased from the Campus and most of the Temdates whose professional School District of Phil- pletown neighborhood. Clarke experience, community adelphia by the church has largely been considered involvement, leadership, in a partnership with the front-runner. Mayor Nutter financial knowledge and/ the Goldenberg Group and his predecessor John Street or business acumen will for $10.75 million, were both city council president provide meaningful conwhich allowed the lat- before being elected mayor. tributions to the Board of ter to build The View The Democratic primary Trustees and the Temple at Montgomery, a $100 for the city-wide election – University community,” million student housing which has been won by a memCorbett spokeswoman complex set to be open ber of the party every year since Janet Kelley said in Noin the fall. 1952 – will be held on May 19, vember. The school district 2015. Trustee Ronald R. accepted the bid from Donatucci is the ward Sarai Flores can be reached at the Bridge of Hope leader for the city’s 26th sarai.abisag.flores@temple.edu. Community Developward in South Philadelment and the Goldenphia and has served as (Left) Trustee Nelson Diaz has been rumored to be considering a run for berg Group with the register of wills for the Philadelphia Mayor in 2015. Rev. Kevin Johnson said he is not running. | COURTESTY NELSON DIAZ/ BRIGHT HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

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Staff Reports | Campus

Researcher studies effects of local environments on mental health disorders Temple researcher studies effects of community environments on people living with mental illness. LOGAN BECK The Temple News A researcher in the College of Health Professions and Social Work recently studied the relationship between communities and environments and their effect on people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Mark Salzer’s research focuses primarily on the community participation, well-being and recovery of people with mental illnesses, as well as trying to understand their experiences through the “lens of mental illness.” “Typically I’ll look at people who are in the public mental health system, so these are poor people primarily,” Salzer said. “There’s always been an interest in looking at whether or not environments produce mental illnesses.” In a study completed several years ago by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, where Salzer is the director, it was determined that people living in Philadelphia with serious mental illness are often concentrated in certain parts of the city, a term known as “psychiatric ghettoization.” It has not yet been proven why this occurs, but the suspicion is that people flock to where the affordable housing is located, including North Philadelphia. Salzer said he found there was less “recovery” in these communities, meaning feeling good about life despite having a mental illness. “We found a relationship that the more social problems, crime and broken down houses did have an impact on their life, but it wasn’t as big as we thought it would be,” Salzer said.

According to MentalIllnessPolicy. org, close to 250,000 mentally ill people are homeless, and that number has been rising since the 1970s. Salzer said he found that people with serious mental illnesses were more likely to live in communities where they would be exposed to more physical inadequacies such as boarded up windows and broken glass. “We did find that people with serious mental illnesses were more likely to be in these communities with less desirable characteristics that would lead us to think it would have an effect on their lives,” Salzer said. These environments trigger increased isolation and limit mobility for those suffering from mental illnesses, Salzer said, in addition to loneliness and not participating in the community. Community participation is important for mental health, Salzer said. In another study, Salzer said he wanted to see if mentally ill people living in low-income communities had less access to public services such as grocery stores, recreation and religious services. The study found that mentally ill people tended to live closer to these resources in comparison to the general population, which surprised Salzer. Although it has not been proven that environment can cause a mental illness, things like weather and severe climates can affect the amount of students seeking counseling. Director of Psychological Services Catherine Panzarella said dramatic change in the weather can trigger seasonal affective disorder in students, causing a decrease in productivity. When the weather increases severity, for example the Polar Vortex, Psychological Services often sees an increase in people seeking counseling. “Weather definitely does affect people’s moods, and people differ a lot in their resilience to it,” Panzarella said.

Student Body President Darin Bartholomew has reached out to student leaders at other schools in the American Athletic Conference to gauge interest in a meeting to be held on Main Campus. | JOHN MORITZ TTN

TSG looking to host AAC meet Student government speaking with counterparts across conference. JOE GILBRIDE JOHN MORITZ The Temple News

Leaders from Temple Student Government are reaching out to their colleagues throughout the American Athletic Conference in an attempt to make Main Campus host to the first ever meeting between student government organizations in the newlyformed conference. TSG sent out letters of interest to each of their equivalent organizations at the different American campuses, including three schools that will join the conference this year: Tulane University, East Carolina University and the University of Tulsa. Invitations were not offered to Rutgers University and the University of Louisville, since both schools will leave the conference this year. The meeting is being coordinated between Temple administration and TSG and would be scheduled for April 11-12. Temple’s Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said TSG Logan Beck can be reached at hopes to receive enough responses this logan.beck@temple.edu. week to finalize the meeting and begin

finding speakers for the two-day event. Bartholomew said Temple was not involved in student government cooperation while the university was a member of previous athletic conferences. Temple was a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference for most of its sports from 1982 to 2013. The football team was a member of the former Big East Conference from 1991 to 2004 and the Mid-American Conference from 2007 to 2011. Temple rejoined the Big East in 2012 for all sports, however that conference was split due to ongoing realignment, with Temple following the football members to The American. After Gov. Tom Corbett proposed deep cuts to state-related institutions in 2011, TSG teamed up with student governments from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University and Lincoln University to form the Pennsylvania Association of StateRelated Students. PASS failed to gain traction within its representative student bodies and was plagued by differences between the student governments. At a conference hosted on Main Campus in 2012, representatives from Penn State and Pitt dissented to continuing unified rallies for state-relateds in Harrisburg. Another PASS conference scheduled at Pitt in December was canceled, Bartholomew said. Bartholomew, who was elected

executive director of PASS at the 2012 conference, said he got the idea for an organization of student governments based around The American from the success of the Association of Big Ten Students as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference Student Body Presidents Conference, the latter of which held its first meeting at Pitt in the fall. “When we looked at what we had in common with the other schools in Pennsylvania and with schools in the conference, I think we realized it’s a good thing we have The American,” Bartholomew said. Athletics will not be the centerpiece of the scheduled meeting, Bartholomew said. Instead, discussions will focus on college affordability, state funding and plans for students entering the job market. Seven of the 10 schools set to make up The American by the end of 2014 receive state support, with Tulsa, Southern Methodist and Tulane being the three private institutions. In addition, Bartholomew noted that the conference is made up of institutions largely centered in urban areas. Bartholomew said he was waiting for responses from several schools, but remained hopeful that he would receive enough interest to move forward planning the conference. John Moritz and Joe Gilbride can be reached at news@temple-news.com.

New bar plans to open on 15th and Oxford streets Owners say two-story establishment will feature study space, nightlife. WYETH SHABEL The Temple News A new two-floor bar and restaurant located on the corner of 15th and Oxford streets will be the newest addition to the growing number of studentoriented small businesses off-campus when it opens later this spring. Masters Bar and Restaurant owner Waylon Nelson and manager John Bryne said they plan on opening Masters’ doors in late March or early April, and are planning a job fair in late February. The Masters owners planned to open in Winter 2013, but said contractor issues as well as a contested liquor license slowed the project down. The Barber’s Hall, which is located around the corner from Masters location, originally contested Masters’ license, but after a hearing with city councilmen, the two bars settled their issues, Bryne and Nelson said. Requests for comment from The Barber’s Hall were not returned. Nelson, a 20-year executive chef and general manager of G Lounge in Center City, said Masters plans to offer appetizers, salads, sides and an assortment of alcoholic drinks. The menu ranges from $5 to $18. “Temple is growing. It is the lunch truck capital of the city and we are looking to bring a different culture to the area,” said Bryne, the operating manager of Masters as well as a Fox School of Business alumnus. Bryne, a Philadelphia native, said he thinks Masters will cater mostly to Temple’s expanding off-campus stu-

Masters Bar and Restaurant is set to open in late March or early April near the corner of 15th and Oxford streets. The opening was delayed due complaints by Barber’s Hall, a bar around the corner, about Masters’ liquor license.| AJA ESPINOSA TTN dent population, which has exploded by several thousand in recent years, though he hopes people will come from beyond Main Campus. “We are looking to create an environment to include everyone. We want construction workers, police officers, faculty, staff, veterans and students passing through the bar,” Bryne said. “Of course students will be our biggest

market, but we want everyone to feel welcome.” Masters’ two-floor layout will house the main bar area on the first floor, and the owners hope to create a study-friendly atmosphere on the second floor for students looking to grab a drink or a bite to eat and get some work finished in the middle of the day. Master’s will offer free Wi-Fi on the second

floor as well. Bryne said the scene will differ at night and for Philadelphia and Temple sporting events. “For games we want people to feel they can come to Masters and pregame for the game, or watch the game through its entirety,” Bryne said, adding that at night the second floor will be open to dancing.

“We want to create a real Vegasstyle night club lounge setting. We don’t want Temple students to travel all the way to Center City for that type of scene.” Wyeth Shabel can be reached at wyeth.shabel@temple.edu




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Highlighting Temple’s best and brightest The main message in Rus- group, Babel. sell Conwell’s “Acres of DiaWe also talked to Maria monds” speech is that the keys Tieng, a nursing student who to success are has aided a available in The “Movers & Shakers” program that one’s own comprovides health issue highlights Temple munity. community members who instruction to Our annual homeless womare making a difference. en and children “Movers & Shakers” issue in North Philais proof of this notion, profil- delphia shelters. ing people connected to Temple There’s also the story of who are making a difference in Candice Jensen and Owen their communities, whether it be Schuh, two Tyler alums who fell Philadelphia or beyond. in love while studying abroad in In our fifth installment of Rome. Instead of wedding gifts, this special issue, our Living the couple asked for donations section is entirely devoted to to the TU Rome Scholarship telling the stories of these in- Fund. spiring individuals. Our profiles Whether it’s during one’s begin on Page 7, with an article time at Temple or after, we hope on Kai Davis – a sophomore to shine light on the difference who is using her voice through one can make in his or her own the spoken word on YouTube community. and in the university’s poetry



‘Fly in 4’ a step in the right direction When President Theobald 15 hours a week in order to pay last week unveiled his “Fly in 4” their bills and tuition, the Theoprogram – which offers a four- bald administration is granting year graduation opportunities to guarantee and The “Fly in 4” program those discouraged s c h o l a r s h i p s is a positive step for the by the ever-rising to discourage Theobald administration. cost of a college students from education. working part-time – it brought We also support “Fly in to life a commitment he made in 4’s” four-year guarantee, which his inaugural address: focusing will allow students to plan out on students and their financial a four-year path to graduation, needs. as well as be reimbursed if they In that same speech, Theo- are not able to take classes due bald also promised to build to Temple’s own scheduling. upon Russell Conwell’s legacy, The Theobald administraencourages one to strive for tion must also be lauded for recgreatness without going beyond ognizing that Temple’s comparhis or her means. atively low four-year graduation When Theobald made the rate – 43 percent – was a masrecommendation to the Board sive hole in Temple’s pledge to of Trustees in December to cut provide quality education at an seven sports, it was an egregious affordable price. The price Temslight to the Conwell legacy that ple charges for tuition is nearly Theobald had so heavily spoke irrelevant when more than half upon two months before. of its students must shell out tuThe “Fly in 4” program ition for five or six years. represents a step in the right In moving ahead, the Theodirection for Theobald, who bald administration should take has received his fair share of more steps like the “Fly in 4” criticism for the cuts. “Fly in program that help students who 4” maintains Temple’s legacy have shown a commitment to in the Philadelphia community their studies. While excesses for rewarding those who work such as an on-campus football hard to put themselves through stadium and a Top 25 basketball college. program would be nice, deciBy providing financial as- sions should be made with stusistance to students who would dents who live in the Conwell likely have to work more than legacy in mind.

CORRECTIONS Due to a reporting error, an original version of Sarai Flores’ article “New housing will obscure years-old off-campus mural” published online and in print on Feb. 4 falsely attributed the quote “I remember the day we dedicated the mural…” to artist John Lewis. It was Amy Johnson who said that quote. 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.

Feb. 11, 1983: Wilson Goode speaks at Temple during his mayoral run. Goode served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1984-92. It has been rumored that Temple trustee Nelson Diaz is mulling a run at City Hall.

Stay away from schools, Corbett Tom Corbett should not be welcome at Temple or any school affected by his education policy.


is wife describes him as a quiet and passive man, yet Gov. Tom Corbett’s policies as governor of Pennsylvania indicate other-

wise. “It’s not unusual that we’re at a party and Tom will be off in the corner with a dog while everybody else is chatting,” Susan Corbett said of her husband in a 2011 interview with Philadelphia Magazine. This playful attempt at portraying Corbett as a shy and caring politician does not fool Michael Carney most Pennsylvanians who have suffered because of his elitist agenda against the interests of his constituency. More specifically, Corbett’s cuts to education hit hardest in Philadelphia; including Temple and dozens of public K-12 institutions. One of the most dominant issues in Pennsylvania politics in recent years has been funding for public education. Corbett, supported by a Republican majority in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate, has made deep cuts to public education since he took office in 2011. Pennsylvania’s education budget supports nearly two million students enrolled in K-12 public schools, a state-funded system of 14 public universities and four state-related universities: Temple, the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and Lincoln University. Corbett planned a visit to Central High School, a school of roughly 2,400 students in the Logan section of Philadelphia, on Jan. 17. His intentions were to congratulate stu-

dents and teachers for outstanding academic achievement. However, threats of protest by teachers unhappy with his education cuts forced Corbett to cancel the event. Corbett, however, maintains that the cancellation was in order “not to give a number of people a stage for their own purposes to the distraction of the schoolwork of the students in that building that day.” Although funding to Temple has been cut by 43 percent between 2011 and 2013, the most tragic cuts have been made to K-12 education, particularly in Philadelphia. Corbett’s 2012-13 budget included nearly $900 million in cuts to K-12 education; $400 million of which was cut from Philadelphia, where it is needed most. Last week in Harrisburg, Corbett announced that Temple’s appropriation for the state’s 2014-15 budget would remain at last year’s level of $139.9 million. Although Corbett plans no decrease in funding from last year’s numbers, he has never offered to increase Temple’s funding during his time in office. While Corbett did pledge roughly $400 million in added funding for public schools on Feb. 4, the pledge comes during a much-maligned reelection campaign, and much of the fuding is set to go towards highly specialized incentives that may not recoup the damages his previous cuts have caused over the last few years. How can a politician who has assisted in the decline of public education show his face in any public institution that depends on state funds? Central High School was forced to reduce its number of guidance counselors from eight to two, resulting in a two-week waitlist to see a counselor and dozens of letters of recommendation simply unable to be submitted to colleges quickly enough to be considered. Central’s loss of $1.4 million from its budget reduces funding-per-child to $5,177, the lowest in the district. An open letter to Corbett by Central’s students, likening him to King George III in

a format similar to the Declaration of Independence, reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all schools should be funded equally; that all students are endowed with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of a proper education, that to secure these rights, governors are instituted among us, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and that whenever any Governor becomes destructive in these ends, it is the right of the voters to vote him out of office.” Corbett, who received the lowest approval rating among all U.S. governors in a 2013 poll, should not be welcome at any school in Pennsylvania negatively affected by his education cuts. Any appearance is simply a slap in the face to millions of students and thousands of faculty hurt by Corbett’s reign. Corbett is simplifying the situation by treating himself like a CEO and schools as a business. “I’m asking for 1.6 percent from Penn State’s total budget – any company can find 1.6 percent without increasing prices,” he said during a speech in Altoona, Pa. in 2012. The issue is that public education is far more complicated than running a business. Education is essential to our economic wellbeing, and no private school agenda should impede on the millions of lives that benefit from public education. Temple’s rapid growth, driven by construction projects like Morgan Hall and the Science Education and Research Center, as well as a freshman class that is the largest in Temple’s history, indicates to even the most uninformed observer that state funds are desperately needed at this university. Despite the substantial growth of Temple, Corbett should reconsider any attempt to visit campus or else risk being met by a massive gathering of student and faculty opposition. Michael Carney can be reached at michael.carney@temple.edu.


Progress erases local art As demand for housing grows, builders shouldn’t eschew local history.


eam by beam, a tomb is being built around a man’s face in North Philadelphia. His eyes are frozen in time, his face paralyzed as cigarette smoke drifts out of his mouth midexhale. He is painted onto the side of a Jerry Iannelli row home; trapped there as a construction company acts as the Montresor to his Fortunato, torturously building up around him as the crew works day and night to erect an apartment complex designed to house Temple students from out of town. He was a local man, and for a decade, his gaze peered over a vacant lot on the corner of 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue to remind North Philadelphians of the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. By the time the weather warms, his face – along with the multitude of local faces with which he shared a mural – will exist only in a coffee table book, and will represent something else entirely: a sullen reminder that those in charge of North Philadelphia’s architecture are more invested in catering to students than maintaining the heart of a community. By May 2014, North Philadelphia will lose the mural “In Living Memory: Those of Us Alive” due to the planned construction of a $9 million student housing complex designed to hold more than 100 students. The mural was completed in 2003 by mural artist John Lewis, but come May, it will be fully obscured by the new residences, which are owned by real estate agency Maze Group Development. More than 3,600 murals adorn brick walls and stone facades throughout the city. Philadelphia is a city of murals, more so than almost any other town on the planet. The Mural Arts Program, responsible for the installation of nearly every mural in Philadelphia since 1984, exists to curb errant graffiti in the city, often employing previously convicted vandals to create publicly sanctioned paintings throughout town. The program offers tours that regularly draw tourists and high school field trips into the city each year. While it is inevitable that Temple’s ever-burgeoning enrollment numbers – the Class of 2017 is, yet again, the largest class in university history – will drive demand for housing in areas that surround Main Campus, it is important to note the costs that come part-in-parcel with a constant influx of transient students: the gradual erosion of the small landmarks that tie local communities to the city at large. In the grand scheme of things, “Those of Us Alive” did not exist for a particularly long time. But for the area’s yearround residents, building over one of the only legitimate works of art in an area as blighted as North Philadelphia is a reminder that the rest of the city would rather build a tomb around the area’s past than continue to stare at it at all. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at jerryi@temple.edu or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.





Bigots and buffalo sauce Build North Philly A trip to the 22nd Wing Bowl proved surreal and offensive.


had to read the email about seven times before I decided that there surely must be a typo. “Extra performances for the band!!!” the message’s enthusiastic subject said. Matthew Brunner, Te m ple’s director of a t h letic Grace Holleran bands, concluded the email with a seemingly innocuous addendum: “Wing Bowl – Friday, Jan. 31. 3-9:30 a.m.” Temple’s Diamond Marching Band is known to make appearances at events up and down the East Coast, from football team sendoffs to the set of Martin Scorsese’s Oscarnominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The fact that this “Wing Bowl” needed 20 or so people to march in an “entourage” for a competitor was not surprising. What shocked me was the ungodly time that we were required to arrive. I soon learned that the time Brunner listed was, in fact, not a typo, and we were set to arrive at the Wells Fargo Center long before dawn. The Wing Bowl was founded in 1993 by sports radio station 610 WIP as a way for Philadelphia to celebrate Super Bowl weekend despite traditionally dismal performances by the Eagles. This year would mark the 22nd Wing Bowl and many things had changed since its inauguration. For example, instead of two local men competing, there were 25 experienced eaters. Instead of crowding in the lobby of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, wing enthusiasts filled

the Wells Fargo Center. Naturally, the one tradition that hadn’t changed was the contest’s early starting time. So, at around 4 a.m., I found myself at the Wells Fargo Center. In hindsight, I should have left when I received my exclusive “Entourage” pass – it featured chickens with accentuated, human-like breasts, which confused me, because I thought this was a wing-eating contest. The inspiration behind the enhanced chickens was revealed when I saw my first Wingette: a contestant in a beauty pageant as degrading as “contestant in a beauty pageant at an eating contest” sounds. She was tall, bronzed and held proportions that I had previously thought impossible for a human being. Awed, my friend and I took a photo with her. By 6:30 a.m., we were in the bowels of both the Wells Fargo Center and American society itself. We were held in “Pit 7,” the waiting area for the

ward, and too suddenly, it was Temple’s turn to take the floor. Boos and hisses greeted us. Flushed, contorted faces pressed up against a protective layer of glass glared and shouted obscenities. One man would not put down his middle finger; I saw spittle fly from his mouth. Shaking, our small ensemble tried to play “Fight, Temple, Fight.” We weren’t together, but nobody noticed. We made our rounds. It could have been seconds. It could have been hours. I felt naked, helpless among thousands of pigs that booed women who wouldn’t flash them. More men with their KATIE KALUPSON/JESS RUGGIERIO TTN headsets appeared; we weren’t moving entourage of “Big Z,” Temple’s quickly enough. Our time was competitor. The St. Joseph’s up. They shoved us back into University and Villanova kids the tunnel. behind us heckled us as they Thousands of years ago, chugged cans of Natural Lite. ancient Romans found enterWe were shepherded tainment in putting armed comthrough the tunnel and toward batants in the pit of an amphithe entrance. The stands were theater and watching them fight packed. It was around 7 a.m., to the death. Until the Wing but I’m pretty sure the Wing Bowl, I was unable to imagine Bowl is exempt from silly no- what it would feel like to appear tions like time. Everyone was in front of such a crazed and drunk. hateful audience. The Jumbotron, normally The Wing Bowl made me reserved for scores and play-by- – a transplant from Connectiplays, became the “Miller Lite cut – question my love for the Can Cam,” and instead showed city of Philadelphia, a love that women in the audience. The sta- has grown with the passionate, dium shouted at them to expose illogical fury of a young romanthemselves, and most women tic. Our fans are crude and ancomplied, baring their breasts gry. I am jaded now. Maybe that enthusiastically. makes me a real Philadelphian. The ones who didn’t? A crowd of 20,000 or more booed Grace Holleran can be reached them. The “Can Cam” returned at grace.elizabeth.holleran@temple. to them periodically until they edu or follow on Twitter @coupsdegrace. finally gave in. My stomach churned. Men in black polo shirts and headsets ushered us for-

Storm water research a potential boon Temple’s storm water research grant could benefit the city.


ark clouds roll in quickly, and for a few hours the city is bathed in a beautiful rain, the symbol of renewal – the earth cleansing itself. H o w e v e r, maybe it is too easy to forget that which lies just below the surface. We forget Victoria Szafara about the decay that litters our city’s gutter system, which comes to light with a flood of water. We forget that in a 2013 “State of the Air” report compiled by the American Lung Association, Philadelphia ranked as the 11th most polluted city in the U.S. When asked about the state of waterways such as the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, PennEnvironment Field Director Adam Garber described them as “a polluter’s paradise.” As such, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supplied a $4 million research grant to Temple and three other

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colleges in the Philadelphia area in January to study the way in which cities dispose of stormwater, which can often overflow and soak streets and sidewalks if not handled properly. W h e n heavy rains hit the city, the water that collects can be potentially dangerous as it mixes with pollutants in the streets. The traditional method of preventing flooding would be to divert this water to local streams, but doing so spoils the city’s natural water supply and upsets its ecosystem. The EPA’s grant allows Philadelphia to act as a prototype for proper stormwater removal in American cities, wherein carefully planned soil and vegetation are planted to prevent stormwater damage. Despite the fact that the EPA has come under fire from conservatives in recent months, its grant to universities in the Philadelphia area is the type of economy-boosting initiative that our tax dollars should be funding in the first place. “Philadelphia is the na-

tional leader in implementing green infrastructure practices and is generally recognized as an international leader as well,” said Jeff Featherstone, director of Temple’s Center for Sustainable Communities and leader of Temple’s part in the research grant. The prominence of research-intensive university programs in the city provides a solid task force for developing solutions. Featherstone said he was eager to cooperate, but ceded that the initiative is far from foolproof. “This field has very little scientific research,” Featherstone said. “This grant and the EPA program are the first serious forays into scientific research on GI. Properly instrumenting and monitoring GI projects can be tricky and expensive.” Featherstone also cited the grant as a great opportunity to work alongside other universities in the Philadelphia area. “We look forward to working with the other universities,”

“The EPA’s

grant allows Philadelphia to act as a prototype for proper stormwater removal in American cities.


he added. “In particular, Temple has a long-standing partnership with Villanova called the Temple-Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Partnership.” The plan has the potential to not only aid in the protection of our drinking water, but bolster the economy in the Philadelphia area. If North Philadelphia alone were able to clean up a bit with simple GI implementations as water-tolerant plants and patches of greenery, the area would become more appealing to homeowners, and property values may rise in the coming years. “I grew up in Kensington and we did not have a single tree on the block, but now that I live in the suburbs, I feel the need to go beyond seeing greenery as a solution to one of ecology’s problems,” prospective area homeowner Sharon Hoffman said. With the EPA pouring money into Philadelphia’s unique project, city researchers are able to stay in the vanguard of GI development and attract scholars from around the country, a true asset to further education-based funding and job creation. In short, it seems as though good ecology is good business. Victoria Szafara can be reached at victoria.szafara@temple.edu.

Will embracing local businesses help Templetown grow? By Darin Bartholomew Two weeks ago, I was really excited to read a column by Ivery Boston titled “How Temple can be a year-round destination spot” discussing the potential growth of Templetown. This is something that I have thought a great deal about as student body president, as well as someone who personally enjoys seeing economic growth and prosperity that benefits the entire community. North Philadelphia has become a prime location for the free market to do its work. With more students living on campus, more alumni returning to a campus that “is like night and day from what we had when we were here,” demand for businesses is high, but we need to do a better job to ensure that the demand we generate turns into an environment that is pro-growth. As students, let’s embrace the small businesses we have around Temple. From grocery stores, dry cleaners, takeout restaurants of all kinds and the very nice and professional bars in our community, we have a solid foundation to begin to shape Templetown for what we want. Instead of heading into Center City or University City, invite your friends and family to Temple. If you know an alum, bring him or her back to campus. Multiple new dining locations that have opened in heavily populated student areas this fall. They need our support and in return they will buy into being productive members of Templetown. As we keep more of our own money in North Philadelphia, it will strengthen our position for some of the things that everyone living in North Philadelphia needs, like upgraded sidewalks, better street lighting and a more beautiful area overall. However, if our money leaves our own community and goes into Center City improvement districts and the University City District we are doing ourselves a great disservice. Boston’s article mentions the University City District often. While I understand it’s impossible to recreate organizations such as the University City District, I feel it is time for Temple to look to anchor institutions, small business owners and pro-Temple residents to begin to build our own district. At the very least, this could be a way to properly advocate the benefits of being a North Philadelphia business owner. Despite any failed attempts at similar initiatives in the past, this partnership is powerful for the entire community if Temple will continue to be a more 24/7 campus. Initial relationship strains that initiatives like this may cause – like gentrification and increased construction – should be weathered for the benefit of the community long term. Let’s all support what we have in our beautiful community. Shape it, don’t slight it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and working with anyone interested in improving Templetown for everyone, both student and local resident. Darin Bartholomew is Temple’s student body president. He can be reached at darin-j-bartholomew@temple.edu.




Universities nationwide have drastically begun to lean on part-time staff while increasing nonacademic employees, according to an analysis of federal figures. The study was done by the Social-Science Research Group, the American Institutes for Research, in collaboration with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. The study showed that the number of parttime faculty at higher education institutions have risen by 121 percent since 1990 as opposed to a 41 percent rise of full-time faculty. Part-time positions greatly outnumber full-time positions now, a fact that didn’t exist 10 years ago. Additionally, non-academic employees have doubled since 1987, a rate much higher than the rise of students. -Marcus McCarthy

PENN ACCUSED OF MISUSING FINACIAL AID APPS The University of Pennsylvania is one of 111 higher education institutions that a congressman has accused of illegally hindering financial aid applicants. The allegations were written in a letter addressed to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and signed by Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland democrat and a ranking member of the committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings argued that the 111 institutions informed students they had to pay a $25 fee for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. This application is required to calculate financial aid from many colleges and state governments, but not for federal money, which only requires the free FAFSA. -Marcus McCarthy


Maryland legislators are pushing to outlaw the sale of grain alcohol that’s 190-proof, or 90 percent


alcohol. Numerous university presidents are supporting the measure in hopes of reducing alcohol abuse on campus. “It really should not be for human consumption,” Frostburg State University President Jonathan C. Gibralter said. A recent study found that 1 in 5 Maryland college students abuse alcohol while 83 percent of underage students drink alcohol. -Marcus McCarthy

courage,” the NFL said in a statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL.” Sam told his teammates he is gay in August but publicly announced it Sunday via the New York Times and ESPN. -Marcus McCarthy



Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced Sunday that he is gay. Sam is projected to be a high pick in the NFL Draft due to numerous accolades, including being a first-team All-American and the 2013 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. If Sam is drafted, he would be the first openly gay player in the NFL, something the league said they would welcome. “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and

Campus Three alarms in a little more than an hour forced residents of 1300 Hall into the cold on Saturday night, the cause of which was speculated by Temple officials to be dust in the alarm’s trigger. The alarms were at 11:05 p.m., 11:25 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. and were detected by the duct alarm on the fifth floor. No fire, smoke or injuries were reported. -Marcus McCarthy

Raines comes clean for ‘71 FBI leaks COINTELPRO PAGE 1 blowers publicly admitted to the burglary last month, coming clean about the events surrounding the takedown of Hoover’s F.B.I. Raines and his co-burglars would tip the first in a series of proverbial dominoes that would eventually topple the former spy boss, exposing files that revealed the first classified references to the FBI’s COINTELPRO, a counterintelligence operation designed to undermine and discredit political movements through sweeping domestic surveillance. “We did what had to be done,” Raines said. “It’s pretty hard for people today to realize how powerful J. Edgar Hoover was… he was untouchable in Washington. Congressmen, even presidents were intimidated by him.” It’s the preface to a tale that sounds straight off the silver screen: a cast of power-hungry spy bosses and unlikely protagonists, late-night burglaries and getaway cars and one of the most significant leaks of classified information in U.S. history, the echoes of which still reverberate today. Raines and his wife Bonnie had been active political participants for years, and the anti-war movement was no exception, even with the danger their activism could cause his family, Raines said. “Those of us who participated in the civil rights movement knew that J. Edgar Hoover was anything but a friend of the movement. He wanted the protests to stop,” Raines said. The FBI’s efforts to undermine the anti-war movement were widely known and speculated. But hard evidence was elusive. The Raines’ friend and fellow dissenter Bill Davidon knew where to find it so he asked Raines and eight others what would happen if they stole it. “After the chin came off the floor and we started talking about it, it seemed more and more plausible,” Raines said. The FBI office in Philadelphia was too heavily guarded and was hardly discreet. But a smaller field office just outside

city limits in Media, Pa., was a ensued between the paper viable target. and the attorney general, who Raines recalls months of begged for the files to remain planning – including a covert private. Late in the evening bevisit by his wife to the FBI’s fore, the decision was made and Media office, disguised as a the documents led the Post’s Swarthmore College student front page the next morning. – leading up to the evening of That, as it turned out, beMarch 8. Of the nine dissenters came the end of the road for who had signed on to Davidon’s Raines and his co-burglars. mission, eight embarked to the They said their goodbyes and office under cover of darkness. went separate ways. The files Save a complicated office were sent, Hoover’s transgresdoor lock, Raines recalled the sions revealed and no one knew actual burglary being a smooth where the files had come from. operation. As he manned the “It was part of our agreegetaway car parked blocks ment. We knew the jeopardy away at Swarthmore College, in which we were going to be four others entered the office, because of Hoover’s power, and within 45 minutes, left with and his anger, so we had agreed the FBI’s most precious secrets beforehand that once the files packed inside suitcases. were mailed off, that we’d go “Right away, early on our separate ways,” Raines said. the morning of [March] 9, we “We knew that if we could leave spread these files out on tables the scene clean, that then we and began to sort them, always could disappear into this ocean wearing gloves of course,” of fellow fish.” Raines said. “It didn’t take us It was decades before long to discovR a i n e s er we had not let slip to acted in vain.” Medsger Countless that he had files revealed sent the files intentions and her way. operations that The statute stretched far of limitabeyond the tions was FBI’s manlong gone, date: political and Medsfiles on notager knew ble movement the extraorleaders, domesdinary tale tic surveillance was worth efforts and more than direct commua footnote nications bein history. tween Hoover John C. Raines / whistleblower After years and high-level of research, agents, aiming to establish in- “The Burglary” hit shelves last creased paranoia and undermine month. anti-government movements. If it hadn’t been for the “That was wonderful file book, Raines said he would for us because it showed that have been OK with never reHoover was not simply into sur- vealing his best-kept secret. veillance,” Raines said. “Hoover The widespread abuses of was into taking the voice of dis- Hoover’s FBI eventually led to sent away from dissent.” the establishment of the conThe files, Raines said, were gressional Church Committee, sent to three newspapers and tasked to investigate the untwo politicians. All were re- checked overreach of the naturned, except by the Washing- tion’s intelligence practices. ton Post. Headed by Frank Church, an The Post’s Betty Medsger Idaho Democrat, the committee received the group’s first round eventually overhauled the laws of mailings around March 24, that governed the FBI and its Raines said. Publishing fights sister agencies.

“We knew the

jeopardy in which we were going to be because of Hoover’s power, so we had agreed beforehand that once the files were mailed off, we’d go our separate ways.

Professor John C. Raines explained his role in a burglary that led to the the first leaks of the FBI’s COINTELPRO scandal to author Betty Medsger in her new book “The Burglary.” Raines has been a professor at Temple for more than 40 years. | PAUL KLEIN TTN The then-temporary committee eventually manifested into a permanent fixture on Capitol Hill that remains to this day: the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Raines’ story carries extra weight given the current national debate over widespread surveillance of the National Security Agency, revealed by former defense contractor Edward Snowden. Although Raines said he and his fellow whistleblowers were satisfied with the Church Committee’s work in the 1970s, the balance between

national security and civil liberties has once again been tipped in a post-9/11 world. “Am I satisfied with what happened back then? Yes. Am I satisfied with what’s going on right now with the NSA? No…I see Snowden as a whistleblower in 2013, just like we were whistleblowers in 1971,” Raines said. “Snowden got out information, as we did earlier, to the citizens so that those citizens then could form their own opinion and make their own opinion effective in Washington.” The question many have

asked in the aftermath of Snowden’s leaks is “Who elected the 29-year-old contractor to make those decisions?” Separated by decades, Raines’ answer bore profound similarity. “When the people we elect refuse to act to protect the civil liberties guaranteed us in the fourth amendment,” he asked, “who’s left but the citizens?” Ali Watkins can be reached at allison.watkins@temple.edu or on Twitter @AliMarieWatkins.

Theobald hopeful state legislature will boost state appropriation BUDGET PAGE 1 fees and a major partner in doing that is the Commonwealth... the two are interactive,” Theobald said. “They provide level funding, we need to find costcontainment and that puts a lot of pressure on tuition and fees.” Historically, tuition has steadily been a growing percentage of Temple’s budget, increasing from 68 to 78 percent in the last five years as appropriations have inversely dropped at

a similar rate. Corbett’s proposal will now go to the general assembly where the budget will be critiqued in a series of committee meetings until a final version is passed by both houses then signed by the governor. Representatives from Temple, along with the other staterelateds – Penn State, Lincoln University and the University of Pittsburgh – are scheduled

to speak and answer questions from legislators in committee meetings on Thursday, Feb. 13. The House of Representatives hearing will be at 10:30 a.m. and the Senate meeting will be at 1 p.m. Those not able to attend can watch the hearing on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s website. Theobald said he hopes to touch on graduation rates, the effects of the university’s re-

search and Temple’s economic effect on Philadelphia. If passed as is, Corbett’s proposal would also keep level funding for the three other staterelated schools. The new fiscal year that the budget takes effect is July 1, a deadline that has been narrowly met all three years of Corbett’s tenure so far. In 2009 under Gov. Ed Rendell, the budget failed to pass on time, going

overdue by four months and causing a financial strain on the university. Additionally, the approved appropriations may still be adjusted depending on how much tax revenue the state receives. In 2008, the university’s approved funds were decreased by $10 million due to an unexpected drop in tax revenue. However, Theobald is hopeful for a positive outcome.

“I’ve found both the legislators and the governor’s staff to be extremely supportive of what we’re doing at Temple,” Theobald said. “If there are resources, I’m confident that we will get our fair share.” Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@temple.eduor on Twitter @marcusmccarthy6.





Faces of activism Welcome to the fifth annual “Movers & Shakers” issue, which highlights notable members of the Temple community.

For Tyler graduates, Rome is where the heart is Candace Jensen and Owen Schuh, who met at Temple Rome, have donated funds. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF

Living Editor


hen Tyler alumna Candace Jensen spent a semester of her undergraduate studies in Rome, she didn’t just fall in love with traveling – she also met her future husband, Owen Schuh. The now-married couple was studying painting at the Temple Rome campus in 2007, she working toward her bachelor’s degree and he his master of fine arts. Jensen and Schuh now live in California, where they were married early last fall, but have also returned to Italy on their honeymoon. They were able to afford the travel expenses by

requesting their wedding guests only give money, not gifts. Only half the money they raised was spent on their honeymoon, however. The rest, a total of $1,500, Jensen and Schuh donated to the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund. They hope to help other students experience the same opportunity to study in another culture, Jensen said. She said she remembered being inspired by a wedding she and Schuh attended for his side of the family, for a Quaker couple. Rather than accepting gifts, a collection box was available to accept donations, all of which were donated to a local nonprofit organization. “I thought that was really cool,” Jensen said. “[At our wedding] some of our contemporary friends really got it – one of our friends was so excited, [he] gave $100.” Jensen said her “whole life changed” when she went to Rome. Schuh, who was a teaching assistant in the Tem-

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ple Rome painting department, gave the undergraduate tour to Jensen and her peers when they first arrived. Along with the spark of their relationship, Jensen called her time in Rome transformational to her college experience. “The painting program really encourages going to Rome,” Jensen said. The rich history of art in Italy was of particular interest to her, she said. The experience also provided a marked change of pace in her day-to-day life, namely because she worked full time as a student at Main Campus. “I had a student Visa, and I think you need a work Visa in order to work [in Rome],” Jensen said. “I just borrowed a bunch of money, so I just went over there and lived on that. That was the one semester I was just able to focus on my studies.” Though Schuh was paid to teach in Rome as a master’s candidate, Jensen said about a

Candace Jensen and Owen Schuh were married this past September in California. They asked guests to donate money in place of gifts.|COURTESY CANDACE JENSEN third of her student debt is solely from studying abroad in Rome. She called the expense, “worth it,” something echoed by the Director of Education Abroad and Overseas, Denise Connerty.


“Study[ing] abroad is an investment,” Connerty said. “In today’s world, students who have international experience are getting an edge – for any kind of job, it doesn’t matter.”

She said the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund depends on its alumni sponsors to maintain funding. Though, “no donation is too small,” Connerty said the





Students take on leadership roles MICHAEL KOVICH

Michael Kovich started his own company, the Kovich Network, as an advertising endeavor. He is also involved in a number of activist groups on campus. | ERIC DAO TTN

PAIGE GROSS The Temple News Michael Kovich, a sociology and biology major, is on the pre-med track, but his priority is education. “I want to be a doctor, but I also want to be an educator,” Kovich said. “I want to be able to teach you about health and about wellness.” Activism is high on the list of Kovich’s priorities, shown by his involvement in organizations like Temple College Democrats, suicide prevention projects and Diamond Leaders, as well his former position as president of Temple’s Queer Student Union. Kovich said bringing attention to the issue of LGBTQ homelessness in Philadelphia is of great importance to him. Kovich’s involvement in each of those organizations feeds into his passion for addressing social issues, he said. “We need to open up and realize that everybody’s problems are our problems and if we don’t do anything about them, nobody will,” Kovich said. Kovich recently returned from Israel, a trip sponsored by The David Project, an Israeli advocacy organization. He spent the trip sightseeing at places like the Holocaust History Museum, but also confronting issues including foreign tensions and refugee dilemmas. The David Project encourages leadership in young people in an effort to promote social activism in today’s generation – something Kovich said appeals to him. Along with his activist endeavors, Kovich is the creator of the Kovich Network. The selftitled online business specializes in Internet marketing, search engine optimization and web design as well as development. His business “lends a hand to other business,” he said, and donates 80 percent of the profits to “the global south,” including underdeveloped countries that need financial assistance. Kovich is a transfer student who came to Temple after completing his freshman year of college at Wilkes University, a school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., close to his home in the Poconos. “I loved it, but I had to think about my career and decided that I needed to be in a city,” Kovich said. The networking in Philadelphia appealed to his social outreach agenda. Kovich ap-

plied and was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania’s pre-med program, but turned it down to attend Drexel. The day before classes started, however, Kovich changed his mind again – it was then that he found himself at Temple. Starting his sophomore year here, Kovich attended an Inclusive Leadership Conference, an organization he is still involved in, and felt inspired. “I found a lot of really amazing and passionate people here, and that really confirmed that this was the right place for me,” Kovich said. “Everybody has something that they really want to run towards and be engaged in.” Kovich said he believes there is a common thread running through the issues he studies, from gay rights to resolving conflicts in the Middle East. “It’s like a toolbox,” Kovich said. “The more fields you get involved in, the more tools you have, the deeper into issues you can dig.” His pursuit of medical school is the way he wants to change the world. “Doctors have high social capital, they have authority, education and they’re in a good position to do these things,” Kovich said. “My mission is for me to always be better than before, to improve myself, to grow as a person. But I also want to leave the world better than it was before. I want to make a difference and leave the world better than it was when I found it.” Kovich said Peiwen Tan, professor of math and organic chemistry, has been of particular influence during his academic career at Temple. “She is probably the most passionate professor I’ve ever met, and I think she just really deserves some recognition,” he said. “She really made my time at Temple great by going radically above and beyond.” His time as an undergraduate student has left him hungry for more, Kovich said. “I want to be everything – I want to be a doctor, and a scientist, an advocate and a teacher,” Kovich said. “It may be a bit crazy, but nobody looks back and thinks, ‘Wow, I really wish I got more sleep.’” Paige Gross can be reached at paige.gross1@temple.edu.

MARIA TIENG LAUREN DUNN The Temple News Senior nursing major Maria Tieng is dedicated to the transformative power of public health’s evolution toward community-based practices, namely those in North Philadelphia shelters for women and children. Tieng, along with fellow nursing students of sophomore, junior and senior status, is a participant of Community Home, a community-based service-learning course within the program. Designed to promote health education within North Philadelphia, the program takes acute hospital treatment to a personal level in an effort to get students acquainted with the individuals they will serve in their future careers. “You see what your patients are like outside of the hospital,” Tieng said. “Some people can be based in clinics and their focus may be with drug addicts as their direct patient population, while others can be in elementary schools, helping kids with healthy eating tips. You first have to assess your population and see who you’re actually dealing with. You have to think about how you can help them.” Community Home is coordinated under the direction of Rhonda Maneval, the associate chair for undergraduates in the nursing department, and course director Anne Marie Kiehne. Nursing students enrolled in the program must promote group discussions and host activities rooted in practical healthcare routines for their targeted patient population to make the program applicable to their everyday lives. “Depending on the patient and the age group, we figure out the best way for them to really take in that information, and that’s how we go about implementing our project and promote health at that specific site,” Tieng said. She said that after the student-nurses know that information, they form an approach to how they will handle the interactions.

“If you’re working with kids, we try to engage them in fun activities, whereas adults most likely want an interactive group discussion,” Tieng said. “You’re asking yourself what you’re going to implement at this site. You interact with the patients or the students and you get a feel for what everyone wants to know more about, whether it’s healthy eating, birth control, stress management, anything – and then you go off of that. We then discuss our findings as a group and discuss how we’re going to present our specific health education project to that patient population.” Tieng said one challenging aspect of working at the shelters is helping women and children incorporate these practices into their day-to-day experiences. “They assign you to a site and you don’t know anything about it,” Tieng said. “I think that’s the hardest part, because you don’t know what to expect. You don’t know exactly what they’re looking for. Last semester I had no idea what type of women I’d be working with or what kind of knowledge they were going to want me to bring to the table. Trying to feel your way in and feeling out your patient population, that’s the most difficult part.” Temple’s nursing program travels to several local healthcare and community facilities in search of willing participants and cooperative staff members to partake in these interactive educational seminars. Some of these facilities include HIV clinics, doctor’s offices, shelters, elementary schools and prenatal clinics. “Most of our clinicals are at Temple Hospital, so they want to give us as much exposure to the patients we’ll be treating in terms of what their family dynamics are and the types of food they are eating at home,” Tieng said, referring to the benefits of working outside the hospital in the community. “You get a sense of different socioeconomic statuses while getting a better feel of the patients you’re taking care of when you’re in the hospital, because you’re familiar with the surrounding community.” Tieng has been involved with educating

Maria Tieng participates in Community Home, a service-learning course within the Nursing Department that provides health instruction to local homeless shelters. | LAUREN DUNN TTN at several clinics at Temple University Hospital, the Pan-American Academy Charter School, a dual-language charter school and Woodstock Family Center, an emergency shelter for homeless women with children. “I’m able to see the people I’m dealing with and what struggles they go through, understanding why they have the health problems they do,” Tieng said. “I take that into clinical with me all the time when I’m in the hospital. There’s just so much more that I can give to the people in the community. I’m able to help them and hopefully be able to prevent them from coming to the hospital with what I talk about that day. I try to carry that with me throughout my career.” Lauren Dunn can be reached at lauren.dunn@temple.edu.


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LORA STRUM The Temple News Cori Shearer became interested in philanthropy through her passion for dance. She’d been involved with volunteering at a young age, so the transition was natural for her. As a child she worked in animal shelters and helped organize social events for young people. A dedicated dancer who attended a performing arts high school and spent significant time training, Shearer interned at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa., where she worked with underprivileged and disabled students to help them find peace through dance. Although the experience was beneficial for her artistically, Shearer said, it was through her interactions with students that she realized communication and service was how she could best utilize her resources. “I want to do something in the future that has a larger impact,” Shearer said. “I have something greater to accomplish personally.” As the president of Temple University Greek Association, the senior strategic communi-

cation major gives particular attention to charitable outreach within the Greek community. “Communications was that one thing that cut through every industry and business,” Shearer said. “You could reach a larger demographic.” Through her love of communications and business, Shearer sees her career beginning with a community-centric technology startup company. While she looks for jobs during these last months of her undergraduate education, Shearer said she has pooled her resources to launch her own website, Brand New Vous. The Etsy-hosted site combines Shearer’s knowledge of business and outreach efforts to provide résumé and cover letter templates beyond the basics provided on Microsoft Word and similar programs. She said the website is an opportunity for her to help others develop their professional persona. The recently launched site has sold five templates so far. In addition to her startup work with Brand New Vous, Shearer is employed by the company in charge of the mobile app Uber, which provides users with car services. Shearer

said she was most proud of her work with Uber last Christmas season, when she helped Uber use its car service to send Christmas trees and presents to the underprivileged. The app also worked with Home Depot to donate a Christmas tree to a family who had never been able to afford the holiday tradition. The cars were also hired out to deliver toys to families within its region. “We don’t realize the huge impact we’re making with volunteer activities,” Shearer said, noting that she helped collect 300 toys for families in need. Shearer also spends time merging her love of business and technology with service in the Temple community. The Urban Apps and Maps program takes a group of students with computer knowledge and connects them with local high school students who share an interest in programming and application building. Shearer works for the organization through her studies with the Fox School of Business. Every Friday for two hours, she works with a high school student to help make their ideas for an application or program become something

functional. “It’s really nice for me to [mentor them] because I didn’t really have that, especially as a female,” Shearer said. Shearer has also completed service projects in Jamaica, and said she hopes to do more volunteer work abroad in the future. This coming spring break, Shearer will participate in Temple’s Alternative Spring Break, which will help restoration efforts in Oklahoma City following last year’s tornado. “It’s really important to talk about these events, because they’re not on the news,” Shearer said. She will be part of one of the first groups to respond since FEMA left the area. Back on campus and in her second term as TUGA president, Shearer continues her pursuit of service and community involvement through participation in Greek life. As a Delta Phi Epsilon sister, she donates her time to cystic fibrosis, anorexia nervosa and associated disorders through the organization’s yearly philanthropic efforts. As TUGA president, she continues her work to bring councils together and foster unity among communities. Part of this is to encourage each Greek member to pitch philanthropic or service events to TUGA or their council president. “We had a sister pitch the idea to participate in Fairy Godmothers Inc, which gives discounted prom dresses to those who couldn’t afford them and otherwise couldn’t go to prom,” Shearer said. “Whatever you’re passionate about, you can bring it to your council or TUGA.” Shearer said she hopes to continue and increase her philanthropic efforts post-graduation. Lora Strum can be reached at lora.strum@temple.edu.




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Babel members travel to Fordham University to perform as independent artists. EMILY ROLEN The Temple News


iriam Harris decided to try something different. She ordered a large raspberry mocha. “Fruit flavored coffee is just disgusting. I’m going

to finish, it though,” Harris said, humming along to an Amy Winehouse song. She took another sip. “I paid $5 for this.” Harris is used to stepping outside familiar territory. As the president of Babel, Temple’s spoken-word poetry group, the junior English major with a concentration in creative writing was recently at Fordham University in New York City, where she and two other members of the group, Effy Fritz and Jared Dobkin, opened a show for their fellow member and artist, Kai Davis. The opportunity came to Davis as an independent performance for Fordham students. She brought Harris, Fritz and Dobkin to be her opening acts. The trip was unassociated with Temple and Babel and offered each of the performers the experience of being independent artists. “I’ve performed at open mics in Baltimore and Philly, and I’ve always wanted to pursue more opportunities like this,” Harris said. “But I was shocked that we had been invited there and filled a whole room of people that wanted to see us.” In preparation for the performance, Davis selected poems for the other performers that fit with her set, so the entire performance would be cohesive. “We all spend so much time performing poetry together, so she knows all of our poems,” Harris said. “She told us which to perform and we practiced them in our heads and then to each other,

and then we went on. We have it down to an art form because we do it so often.” Fritz said the two-hour trip to the Bronx for their performance resembled nothing else but the epitome of the struggling artist. “[Dobkin’s] heater is broken, so we huddled for warmth and ate yogurt to comfort us and sang along to Beyoncé, much to [Dobkin’s] chagrin,” Fritz said. As Babel typically performs as a large unit for its two yearly performances, Harris said performing with only three other poets made her less anxious, but more aware of her own performance. “It felt really good to have my stuff stand on its own, and it made me realize that maybe I can do this poetry thing,” Harris said. As for the performance itself, Fritz said the crowd was responsive and enthusiastic, which provided an opportunity for the intended exchange of energy between the artist and audience during spoken word. “It’s awkward for you to bear your soul in front of all of these people if they aren’t responsive,” Harris said. “A lot of people are conservative when it comes to performances because that is the way we’re trained to be, so whenever we get on stage, we remind them that we want to hear from them. We want to hear the snapping, cheering and the booing. And they were just really into it.” For Harris, the performance was unique because it was so intimate. The


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he clock struck 6 p.m., and with the gliding of the little hand to the top of the hour, a transformation was in the air. Sometimes when the sun goes to bed, the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts comes to life. On Feb. 6, “PAFA After Dark” hosted a program full of “scandals and successes” for those brave enough to come out. “Peep Show 2.0” was on the bill for the night: a culImmediate Delivery, a backlit photographic transparency featuring theatrical gels and metal.| TAYLOR SPICER TTN mination of hidden gallery sehis life. tistic film connecting the concepts of time Brianna Spause crets, caba- Michael Snow shows his art A multi-disciplined artist experienced and space. Caught in ret solos in the U.S. for the first time in painting, sculpting, film, photography He’s also well known in his homeland the Act and enough and writing, Snow draws inspiration from of Canada, as well as Europe. But Adelina in more than 30 years. drinks to go his daily life to create works of art. And for Vlas, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum around inside a house of art and the first time in 30 years, he’s bringing it to of Art, said she wanted Snow to be a bigger CHELSEA FINN culture. the United States. name in the United States. The Temple News Hors d’oeuvres of pasta and His exhibit, “Photo-Centric,” is at the She and Snow collaborated to put topita and hummus were served, Philadelphia Museum of Art until April 27. gether something to show the U.S. his full Eighty-four-year-old artist Michael paired with a selection of craft Some might know Snow for his SNOW PAGE 12 beers and wine for the more than Snow wants his audience to live a part of 45-minute zoom film, “Wavelength,” an ar200 guests. Pin the ivy on the Greek mannequin and a design-yourown Valentine’s Day craft station were set up in one gallery, He’s unable to pinpoint the exact age as much as the movies themselves. Caswell and a peek into the production Drexel University film and – it was well before high school, but he said he could not only recite dialogue from of an artist painting a still life in knows that his dreams of becoming a rock the films, but also the answers the actors another were provided to suit the video major uses Kickstarter star fizzled out and he decided he wanted to gave during interviews. diverse crowd. to fund latest project. make movies instead. After making short films in high A half-hour later, the galCaswell references that some of the school, Caswell decided to make the leap lery talks began. Leading the SAMANTHA TIGHE behind-the-scenes extras on his favorite and attend college for his hobby. He’s made talk was Bob Cozzolino, senior Asst. A&E Editor movies captured his attention. Enthralled a handful of films since, but the now junior curator at PAFA, who helped by the work and energy put into titles like film and video major at Drexel University patrons delve into the personal Somewhere along Tom Caswell’s “Lord of the Rings” and the “Matrix” se- has a new film project in the works. childhood, his career aspiration changed. PAFA PAGE 14 ries, he would sit and watch these additions HATCHET PAGE 12

ruising past tumbleweeds and Sheetz gas stations, I cursed Bill Apter, the famous wrestling journalist, for convincing me to spend a rare Saturday off in Allentown, Pa. Apter claimed I wasn’t a real fan unless I had toured the “only legitimate professional wrestling museum in the world,” which happens to be Bud Carson’s Pro Wrestling World. A s one of only seven people in North America who poss e s s e s “ W W E John Corrigan C r u s h Hour,” I Cheesesteaks s c o f f e d and Chairshots at “Wonderful Willie’s” challenge and vowed to cement my fandom by strolling past pillars of framed autographs for an hour. Forgive my skepticism, but after squinting at dozens of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” figurines at Pizza Brain, the supposed largest collection of pizza memorabilia on Earth, I learned that “museum” is a relative term. With numerous shops in the Northeast such as George’s Cards and Collectibles and Prof. Ouch’s Bizarre Bazaar selling vintage wrestling merchandise, I doubted Pro Wrestling World offered anything more than a Mordecai action figure. Well, Bud Carson proved


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space had no stage, so she initially avoided the audience’s stares. “Eventually I was able to connect, and there was a point when eye contact was made,” Harris said. “I could feel the exchange. It’s like, five minutes ago we were complete strangers, and now you really know me.” For artists like Harris and Fritz, the interesting thing about poetry is that it is not to entertain, but it is a part of who they are. “Oftentimes, poetry on the page is up to interpretation, but when someone tells you a story, you know exactly what they were intending to tell you,” Harris said. “It’s really a way of linking people together.” Spoken-word poetry incorporates elements of theater, making it distinct from written prose. “Polishing your work is detaching and examining it,” Harris said. “The poem has to be received and performed, and there is this element of theater to it. People have less time to react to spoken word than they do to written poetry.” After the show, students approached the artists and gave them feedback. “They were all really grateful and nice and wanted to talk about social issues,” Fritz said. “They wanted to take pictures with us, and it was just humbling. It felt great to know that someone respects all of our work.” Columnist Brianna Spause goes to “PAFA After Dark,” which featured not only hidden secrets about the artwork in the gallery, but also a “peep show” appearance by dancers at Peek-a-Boo Revue. PAGE 14.| BRIANNA SPAUSE TTN ADVERTISEMENT

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Elizabeth Moulthrop practices the recorder with a student in Pisco, Peru in 2012 as a part of her “Notes for Change” program, where she aims to spread musical education throughout the country. COURTESY ELIZABETH MOULTHROP

Boyer alumna assists arts abroad Elizabeth Moulthrop uses her talent to help music education in Peru. KARLINA JONES The Temple News As Elizabeth Moulthrop practiced her violin in crowded classrooms as a junior at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, she had larger plans brewing than what assignments she had for homework. Moulthrop, who studied music education during her time at Temple, said she always had a passion for music and a love for teaching it – specifically, the violin. It was after an earthquake that hit Pisco, Peru in 2007 that she created the idea for her nonprofit, Notes for Change. In July 2008, 10 months after the disaster hit Pisco, Moulthrop and her church members went there to help with the reconstruction process. “Even after almost a year, it was still really bad down there,” Moulthrop said. “It was really damaged and still impossible to do a lot.” After the first visit,

Moulthrop continued returning to Pisco to stay with friends that lived there to help with more of the construction. “I kept going back because it is a great place in need,” Moulthrop said. After her third time returning to the country, she decided to take her ability to help a step further. “After seeing the destruction, making new friends [and] getting to know the country, I noticed how much of a cultural city it is and its music potential,” Moulthrop said. “I wanted to make a change.” In 2011, she officially started Notes for Change, a nonprofit working to promote music education in Peru. With the help of the organization, she started the Pisco Music Program, a monthlong festival available to Peruvian children free of charge. It’s there, with the help of other U.S. teachers, that Moulthrop aims to expose children to music and culture they might not experience otherwise. Going on three consecutive years, students from both Temple and Montclair State University, where she’s pursuing a graduate degree, participate in

the program. “Each year we try to recruit as many kids as possible for free music lessons in Pisco, since the city is still destroyed and many of the kids do not have access to social resources,” Moulthrop said. Norma Prescott, a Notes for Change board member, has known Moulthrop for 10 years and said she has noticed the work Moulthrop has done the last few years, especially with the Peruvian children. “[Mouthrop] is a phenomenal person and is passionate about teaching music,” Prescott said. “She brings people to help teach music and at the end they have a concert. The best part is seeing the joy of the children with the pride their parents have watching them play the instruments and singing.” Aside from Notes for Change, Mouthrop is working on a music project called the “Patterson Music Project” to help families afford afterschool music programs with the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Fifty students participate for six hours a week during the school year. Mouthrop plans to keep those students and expand

the program this summer. The New Jersey Youth Symphony was also sponsored by another organization Moulthrop is part of – the Northern Jersey Youth Orchestra. The organization has helped her with a recent fundraiser, where it raised money to help sponsor her work abroad. “I appreciate all of the help I have had,” Moulthrop said. “I like to allow people to explore and give a chance to do music.” Prescott said she has noticed the changes Moulthrop brings to students’ lives through music, as she started her own program while still participating in other musical programs. “The last six years with [Prescott] has been life-changing and a genesis for Notes for Change,” Moulthrop said. Moulthrop said she wishes to expand her musical education beyond Peru and New Jersey. “In the future, I plan and hope to run more projects in the U.S that will teach students more intense musical education,” Moulthrop said. Karlina Jones can be reached at karlina.jones@temple.edu.

the people who founded PUC met by going on a series of trips to New Orleans,” Epstein said. “We rode in 15-passenger vans for 27 hours down to New Orleans, spent a week living on cots turning empty lots into farms in the Lower Ninth Ward, learning what people were doing down there to survive.” Epstein said he saw what he and others did in New Orleans as something that could be done in their own backyard. “We came back and figured, ‘Why couldn’t we do the same thing?’” Epstein said. “We’re younger, but why not us? And then we met a whole bunch of people who are key to the group, founded the organization and have been doing it ever since.” With hours of hands-on experience under his belt, Epstein had the means to start making change in his own North Philly community. “The Urban Creators started with a really weird combination of individuals living in North Philly,” Epstein said. “We had some residents of North Philly and some students that go to Temple. We just started this team and started taking over vacant lots, turning them into urban farms and gardens.” The group is partnered with people from all over Philadelphia, and even outside of Pennsylvania, to spread awareness and teach kids about urban farming and revitalization. It has gardens in plots located on Dauphin and York streets, 11th and Dakota streets and 15th and Diamond streets. Group members also build greenhouses throughout the city upon request. Coming from New York City, Epstein said he saw North Philly as somewhere he could make a real difference. Epstein will graduate in May as an interdisciplinary major – meaning he nearly created his own major – where he studies sociology, environmental design, urban education and business. “Everyone told me to not walk off the campus at Temple because it’s too dangerous, it’s filled with crime, violence, trash and whatever, but I just went,” Epstein said. “I didn’t think it

was cool to be in a community for five years and never talk to your neighbors. So I just went out and started talking to people, met the crew and we’ve been family ever since.” Devon Bailey, a resident of North Philadelphia who joined Epstein and the rest of the PUC crew, described why the area is a prime location for their work. “It’s a food desert,” Bailey said. “If we can make our model work there, we can show that our model will work everywhere. It’s a good testing ground for what we do. So far, it’s working.” Epstein and his team are focusing on Philadelphia for now, but they have plans to grow as an organization. “Right now we have the Philly branch, we also have a New York City branch, where we have one farm in Far Rockaway and three school gardens in Manhattan,” Epstein said. “At this point, we plan to use the model we use in North Philly so that people from any town or city can come to us and learn what we do and go home and do the same thing.” The organization also holds educational programs for schools and universities, and it sells food to restaurants downtown to raise funds for other projects. From humble beginnings raising funds through parties at Temple and using the money to invest in the organization’s growth, the group now holds more upscale fundraisers in larger locations such as Underground Arts, where it held an “activist dance party” on Feb. 1. Through this growth, group members said they hope to become financially stable on the production side of things and create jobs for members of the community to create more growth in North Philly. “If we can provide jobs for people in the neighborhoods, that’s just less problems for everyone,” Bailey said. “If you can provide jobs, you bring the crime rate down. I think that’s one of the tools that people need to use, and it works.” Brendan Menapace can be reached at BSMenapace@temple.edu.

No boys allowed: a new tool in matchmaking for women Ariella Furman, a 2008 alumna, creates a LGBTQ dating app for women. ALEXIS RYAN The Temple News Forget about having a right-hand man. Alumna Ariella Furman introduced the world to the new app, “Wing Ma’am.” Furman, a 2008 film and media arts graduate and Bucks County native, said she constantly struggled to find her place in her community as a lesbian. After experiencing a breakup upon moving to Pittsburgh, Furman soon found there was no gay community to get involved in there, either. While talking to a gay male best friend, she noticed he was using an app for gay males called Grindr. “I was single at the time and I got really excited and I said, ‘What’s the female version called?’ and he said, ‘There is no app for gay women,’” Fur-

man said. “And I thought that it wasn’t fair, and I got a little bit offended.” She had a basis to draw upon, since there were other apps that were inclusive to LGBTQ individuals. From there, Furman went to the drawing board. Furman said she believes many women do not feel comfortable with their sexuality because society isn’t always accepting of it. Furman created Wing Ma’am not only for herself, but for the lesbian community as a whole, she said. “I think some of the challenges about being a gay woman is that gay women often feel isolated from the community,” Furman said. “It’s not easy to find other likeminded women who are like them. It’s specifically because a lot of them don’t have an environment for dating.” With Furman’s play on words and quirky personality, she said the app is like having a “gaydar right in your pocket.” The setup is similar to that of a dating website such as eHar-

mony or Match.com. The subscriber makes a profile and answers questions so the potential dater can get a snapshot of that person. The only difference between those matchmaking websites and Furman’s app is that Wing Ma’am has a fuller sense of security and confidentiality. “It’s always important to have the security of being around likeminded people and also being able to have the safety and protection of your identity,” Furman said. “Safety is a big thing for us. We don’t want to display personal information. We only ask for their first name and whenever we see something suspicious on the app, we make sure to get rid of those users.” The app, launched in January, has more than 10,000 subscribers. Furman said she attributes the success to users spreading knowledge of the app by word of mouth. Her main objective, she said, was just to see if people liked it. “It definitely was surprising because in the beginning, when we launched the app, we were just trying to demo it

Ariella Furman (right) created “Wing Ma’am,” a lesbian dating app for smartphones, after she realized such an app didn’t exist. | COURTESY ARIELLA FURMAN and see how it would go,” Furman said. “People just started spreading the word for us. We actually didn’t start marketing until last week.” With the app being so new, there were bound to be glitches or things that needed improvement. Furman used subscribers as data testers for Wing Ma’am. The subscribers could contact Furman by email for suggestions or concerns. She and her

team would then correct the app accordingly. “We listen to each and every person, no matter how short or long their email is, no matter who they are or where they’re from,” she said. “We listen to what they have to say about the app. We built the app because of them.” Now, Furman has found her community. “At the end of the day, I

think this app has a single purpose that I want people to get, and that’s community building reinvented,” Furman said. “I think that the gay women’s community has a long way to go in achieving unity and making progress.” Alexis Ryan can be reached at alexis.ryan@temple.edu.




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me wrong. Stretching across the top floor of the Merchant’s Square Mall, Bud Carson’s Pro Wrestling World displays 50 years’ worth of gimmicks splashed against the walls. Sandman’s Singapore cane, Dusty Rhodes’ polka dot onesie, Rikishi’s thong strap, cowboy hats, original championships, ring boots – you name it. The time machine never stops as you turn left into Carson’s store, bumping into mountains of autobiographies, VHS tapes, magazines, DVDs and toys. I almost pulled a muscle whipping my wallet out to buy Gordon Solie’s Championship Wrestling Trivia Game, a true collector’s item and surefire secret weapon for the next round of suplex quizzo. The only question I couldn’t answer was, “Who is this Blackbeard of Wrasslin’, and how has he gathered all of these treasures?” “My dreams were to become a professional wrestler and have my own baseball card store,” Carson said. “I trained for a couple years in the early ‘80s while I was in the Marines, performing on small shows at flea markets and tiny gymnasiums. Dominic DeNucci referred me to Ron Shaw, who taught me a few things, but then wrestling had to take a backseat so I could provide for my family.” Juggling a variety of odd jobs including roof truss construction, Carson adjusted his priorities, switching his passion to mere hobby in order to raise his family. However, an accident in 1996 changed his life forever. “I was working in a foundry in Kutztown, Pa., and lost my left arm after it got stuck in a machine,” Carson said. “So I used the money I received to buy a house, educate my children and finally open my baseball card store.” Carson’s tragedy quickly spawned wrestling fans’ nirvana. “In the late ‘90s, there was Stone Cold Steve Austin and [New World Order] and [Extreme Championship Wrestling], and wrestling was at its hottest point in history,” Carson said. “I decided to turn over the baseball card store into a wrestling superstore and searched through flea markets and yard sales for memorabilia. When people found out I actually buy this stuff, they cleaned out their attics and basements, and I gave them a fair price.” Open Fridays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m., the megastore also sells merchandise via eBay. “Action figures always do very well for us because the loose ones are inexpensive and still in good condition,” Carson said. “DVDs are dropping off because of YouTube and Netflix. Believe it or not, VHS sales are still steady because the WWE still has not converted some old tapes to DVDs.”

Hatchet PAGE 9 As part of Caswell’s junior thesis film class, students were required to pitch project ideas. The story Caswell pitched, which he called “Hatchet,” was loosely based on the events surrounding the video game, “Grand Theft Auto IV.” It wasn’t necessarily the premise of the game that captured Caswell’s attention, but dynamic and interactions the characters have with each other. “There’s this bit in this game, I don’t want to spoil it necessarily, but two characters

In addition to diehard fans, legends of the squared circle have stopped by Pro Wrestling World for autograph sessions about once a month for the past 15 years. Bruno Sammartino kicked off the tradition and a proverbial Royal Rumble of guests have followed, including the Bushwhackers, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Sunny, Iron Sheik, Paul Bearer, Spike Dudley and more. “I’ve been pretty lucky to have all my favorites growing up actually come to the store,” Carson said. “Ivan Koloff, Magnificent Muraco … once these legends show up, their eyes go big and bright. By the time the signing ends, they offer a pair of trunks or boots sitting in their closet to be displayed, which is really an honor for me.” On Feb. 22, Bill Carson’s Pro Wrestling World will host perhaps the hottest free agent in sports-entertainment: A.J. Styles. Although Carson remains grateful to have showcased many of his heroes over the years, one name would mean a lot financially, as well as personally. “I like John Cena because he is good for the kids,” Carson said. “But WWE is very strict about having their employees come to the store, and they’re also very expensive.” As rumors persist regarding WWE’s construction of a Hall of Fame building, Carson said he believes a future tag team could be beneficial for fans. “We’re just in the infancy stages of what this thing can be,” Carson said. “If the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, N.Y., wants to come on board, I’m pretty sure Vince McMahon might lend a hand as well. Whether they make an offer or not, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing because this is a labor of love. I just love it when I hear somebody come in and say, ‘Hey, you’re bringing back memories of watching with my father.’” You wouldn’t expect an institution honoring such an international phenomenon to sit in Allentown, Pa. Yet, Carson refuses to budge from his home. “Come check the museum out for a couple hours, maybe spend a couple hundred bucks in the store, then head to the Sands Casino or an IronPigs game or a hockey game,” Carson said. On the drive home, I got lost on a snow-covered back road and cursed Apter once again. But if I had to hitchhike to North Philly, I would have done it proudly as a true wrasslin’ fan. John Corrigan can be reached at john.corrigan@temple.edu.

are arguing over whose body is in this grave and one character knows and the other character doesn’t.” Caswell said. “They were such close friends and… even with all of that, they still have this conflict and I immediately knew I wanted to adapt a film around that idea.” Although only a handful of ideas were chosen, Hatchet was given the green light. The film is somewhat of a first for Caswell. Instead of creating a premise and script around actors he had already chosen, the actors will now have to fill roles he already created by putting listings on cast-

“Atlantic,” a piece made up of 30 photos of moving water, with mirrored sides to make the water move as the spectator moves is just one part of Michael Snow’s “Photo-Centric” exhibit. | TAYLOR SPICER TTN

Snow shows art in U.S. for first time in 30 years potential. That potential was put into “Photo-Centric,” a 30-piece display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that started on Feb. 1. Snow’s interest in experimental film shows through his two-dimensional artworks as well. One of the most viewed pieces at the exhibit, called the “Power of Two,” is made up of four large photographic transparencies hanging from the ceiling that create a life-sized image of a man and woman lying naked in bed. Another piece is “The Paris de Jugement Le,” a photograph printed on cloth, portraying three nude women whose backs are turned the viewer, looking at


a copy of Cézanne’s “The Large Bathers.” The irony is that the real artwork is displayed at the other end of the museum. Snow makes his pieces interactive. “The Power of Two” is transparent and comprised of four panels, forcing viewers to look at it in different ways. “He’s interested in how photography frames and directs,” Vlas said. “He talks about what happens to him when he looks through the viewfinder and how everything suddenly becomes much more intense through the frames.” “Crouch, Leap, Land” is another interactive piece where the images hang from plates off of the ceiling. The viewer must

crouch underneath the images to see them, forcing themselves to be in the same position Snow was in when he took them. “The thing that is very important for him, and is very clear from the beginning of his works, is this idea that a visitor is a moving body, somebody is not in a specific position, and in order to appreciate the work, he wants you to move around the work, to be fully in motion,” Vlas said. More of Snow’s recent pieces include factors of lighting, transparency and motion. Snow also often makes his images life-sized so the viewer feels as though they are in the photo.

“In the beginning of his career, he, as [viewers] can see, uses photography as a traditional, documentarily sense,” Vlas said. “Then, slowly he starts to think about photography outside the frame, outside the matting, and becomes interested in what makes photography. What truly is photography? What about lighting, transparency, manipulation of scale? Through time, he keeps exploring this. He’s interested in revealing what it took to make these images.” Chelsea Finn can be reached at chelsea.finn@temple.edu.

Local bar and venue refuse to give into traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations

Instead of flocking to a fancy restaurant this Valentine’s Day, some in Philadelphia will be ripping up photographs of their exes in public. “We’re having a big exbashing party,” NIGHTLIFE said Tess Montalvo, promotional manager at Howl at the Moon Restaurant and Bar in Center City. Howl at the Moon and Chinatown’s Trocadero Theatre are celebrating the anticipated yet dreaded holiday in their own unique ways – snubbing it as well as embracing it with separate “anti-Valentine’s Day” events on the night of Feb. 14. Howl at the Moon, the dueling piano bar at 15th and Manning streets, has had guests belting sing-along classics and new hits since its opening in October. Guest song requests are common. “It’s a mixture of live en-

tertainment and dancing and sion-fruit liquer, mango juice, drinking,” Montalvo said. “We orange juice and vodka. want people to interact with “I think everyone thinks each other.” that it’s a pretty neat idea,” The bar is making its way Montalvo said about the event. into Philadelphia’s nightlife “We’re trying to make it a place scene with not only its dueling where singles can come to where piano, but its events as well. they don’t have to have all that Howl at the Moon will host lovey-dovey stuff shoved in the Philadelphia their faces that location’s first night.” We’re trying to “Love Sux” antiThe TroValentine’s Day cadero Theatre make it a place party. is also dedicatIn addi- where singles can ing the night to tion, Howl at the come to where begrudging cuMoon will offer pid’s holiday. $500 in cash and they don’t have all The “Skeletor prizes to people that lovey-dovey Karaoke Gong most willing to Show” will feastuff shoved in ture Skeletor, do ex-bashing feats, such as riptheir face. played by Carping up a previmen Martella ous lover’s phoIII, a performer Tess Montalvo / manager who tograph onstage. makes Guests will gain occasional apfree admission pearances as before 10 p.m. if they have a the character at other events in “mutilated” photograph of their the city. His character, mixed ex in tow. with karaoke performances, reThe heartbroken or the sult in a Halloween take on the heartbreaker can sip on the February holiday. evening’s specialty drinks: $6 Skeletor, a throwback char“F-Bombs,” which are Red acter from the “He-Man and Bull and vodka shots, $9 “Ex- the Masters of the Universe” Boyfriends” or “Bone Drinks,” cartoon series of the ‘80s, will made of bone-shaped plastic separate the good from the bad. containers consisting of pas- Fearless karaoke fanatics have

more than 6,000 songs to choice from, but some might not last long – less fortunate singers must exit the stage at the sound of Skeletor’s gong. “There are a few instances where people do get through the song,” Martella said. The “Skeletor Karaoke Gong” shows have drawn a crowd at the Troc for almost seven years, but the anti-Valentine’s Day rendition offers a different take on love songs. “I think it’s more of a celebration of the goofiest love songs you can possibly try to sing onstage,” Martella said. “It gives people a chance that didn’t want to go out on a date on Valentine’s Day to get together and have fun.” Whether singing along with the musicians at Howl at the Moon or trying to get past Skeletor’s rejection, Philadelphia proves safe for Valentine’s Day’s ultimate contenders. “It’s a fun night instead of the whole typical dinner, roses and chocolates and stuff like that,” Martella said. “You can get gonged by Skeletor [instead].”

ing websites. “With this movie I wanted to go with all kinds of fresh blood,” Caswell said. “So most of the actors that are working on the film I am very new to and they are very new to me…so I’m very excited.” Rather than taking the typical route by holding fundraisers and applying for grants to fund “Hatchet,” Caswell said he turned to Kickstarter. The Kickstarter ended yesterday, Feb. 10 and exceeded its initial goal of $1,000, reaching $1,360. Caswell said each additional donation will be used to help make the final project

better. He said he wants to make the film as exciting as possible, and the additional funds will be used in post-production. The filming of “Hatchet” will take place over the course of two weekends with a cast and crew of about 17, a number that fluctuates depending on the shooting schedule. Shooting will take place around the area, with the Tioga shipping yard as one location. Caswell said he has high hopes for the project. He will have to submit it to his class to be graded, but he hopes to submit it to festivals as well. “The projects I’ve done be-

make time to check out some of the small films being produced by artists in the area. “Everyone should check out what is going on, because there’s some really talented people working on movies that no one has heard of,” Caswell said, “and people should take note of some of the names on these projects, because some of these people are going to have some amazing careers in the future.”

Trocadero Theatre and Howl at the Moon are against Valentine’s Day. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News

fore are a little bit more personal, and this is almost a straightup action film,” Caswell said. “There is drama, there is conflict and there are what I feel are strong characters, but I think it’s a more publicly accessible film than some of my other works.” Although “Hatchet” is his immediate focus, Caswell said he has other projects in the works. In March, he’ll be working as a cinematographer for a friend’s movie. He’s also already paying attention to what his senior thesis production will be. As one final bit of advice, Caswell implores that people

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PAFA PAGE 9 lives of Gertrude Abercrombie and George Tooker in the Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin gallery. Abercrombie was revealed as a woman who believed in magical talismans and was viewed as a witch by her neighbors. Tooker’s not-sosecretive erotic photography was revealed to be an inspiration to both the art and public sphere in expressing homosexuality in photography. Knowledgeable on the painters’ secrets he was spilling, Cozzolino captured the audience’s attention. A man behind me stood listening to the presentation with a strong presence about him – not just in his tall stature, but also in the energy he emitted. This man, Donald Carter, a Temple alumnus of the Class of 1971 and founding member of the Barnes Foundation, said he attends as many PAFA events as possible. “[PAFA] represents the new mission of art,” Carter said. “I have a connection. I am the audience. I am the public, and that is what art needs. As a Philadelphian, I have an obligation and I must support my city. That’s why I am a fan of the academy. And they throw good parties.” I said there were going to be scandals, and PAFA certainly didn’t fail to deliver. As the crowd dispersed, people were gathering in the room next door. It was time for the fun to begin. Out walked Count Scottula, played by Scott Johnson, host of the show. His entry was received with applause and stares of anticipation. Clad in seasonal Valentine’s lingerie with oversized heart-shaped lollipops in hand, a group of burlesque dancers strutted in. These ladies, from Peek-A-Boo Revue, were the main focus of the peep show. Cabaret in an art museum may sound a little off, but the talented ladies kept it relatively PG-13. This has to be a quite different atmosphere than these women are used to, I thought to myself. So down the great staircase and past an auditorium of sorts I went, seeking some answers. Count Scottula gave me the behind-the-scenes PAFA ex-


where things are the most different.” It became obvious from their exchange of experiences that a museum setting draws a much different crowd. Past performances at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., along with the reception of the first act helped draw these conclusions. “They’re more into art, and burlesque is a form of art,” Temple alumna and dancer Tracey Todd Superstar said. “The audience tends to be more quiet, and they all hold their applause until the end.” “I think by the end they loosen up, though,” Cherry Bomb, director of the troupe, added with a wink. Satisfied with the perspective they gave me, I left the troupe to prepare in peace. To close the night’s festivities, the ladies were back, in significantly more risqué fashion than their first performance. They danced through solos and, as Cherry Bomb predicted, the audience seemed to loosen up as the show moved forward. Perhaps the most memorable part of the night rolled around when songbird Tracey Todd Superstar entered. There she was singing “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz” in a less-than-provocative scarecrow getup. In the nature of burlesque, she quickly lost the costume as the song progressed, and elicited cheers from the audience. “PAFA After Dark” only makes its way to the museum six times a year, and if the remaining exhibitions resemble the hoot and a half that was had at “Peep Show 2.0,” it is a definite must-see. “PAFA After Dark” reveals more than art history with performances “Thank you for coming out by burlesque dancers from Peek-A-Boo Revue.| BRIANNA SPAUSE TTN to the peep show,” Johnson said as the event came to a close. “We love perience. In preparation for act two, pared to a more casual venue. the arts, because the arts save lives. “The main thing I have noticed Goodnight everybody.” the troupe was in its dressing room is that we have to practice not taking getting into costume. Brianna Spause can be reached at “She can come in. It’s not like off too many clothes,” Ginger Lee, brianna.spause@temple.edu. it’s anything she hasn’t seen before,” co-director of the troupe, said. “We have many different pieces, an indiscernible voice called out where some material is more – well, from behind the door. Not shy at all, the ladies went not necessarily family-friendly – about their preparations as I asked but tongue-in-cheek, and others are what it was like to prepare for a per- more risqué,” dancer Rosalee Sweet formance in a fine art museum com- said. “During the performance is

Food trucks venture to Garage Local bar is introducing a rotating schedule of food trucks chefs. ALBERT HONG The Temple News With more than 200 kinds of canned beer and more on tap, Garage aims to cater to its customers’ diversified tastes. However, a bar can only go so far without food to serve. Garage, which opened in July, is now remedying that by having a different local food truck or chef come in every day to cook in an indoor food truck. Owner Jason Evenchik intends to have a rotating schedule of local chefs and food trucks serving food to go along with the selection of alcohol available. The restaurant and bar had its soft opening of the indoor food truck on Jan. 28 with Mackenzie Hilton, chef at The Tavern and Mercato.

Serving sliders with pork belly or beef and vegan mushroom edamame, the night marked Garage’s debut into the restaurant scene. Justin Coen, general manager of Garage, said the opening was a “smashing success” that garnered attention from local media outlets. “We were all surprised by how much media attention it actually got,” Coen said. Matt Summers, a bartender at Garage, said he has high hopes of what Garage will be able to accomplish in the near future after seeing how the first night with Hilton went. “That was, what I feel like, a good indication of the success we can have here,” Summers said. Having a rotating schedule of food trucks is meant to provide variety. Last week the bar got a visit from Poi Dog on Friday, Whirly Pig on Saturday and Trevor Budny from Avance on Sunday. “We really like the idea of having them rotate because it’s always

something different,” Coen said. The chemistry between the food and beer works in favor of both Garage and the trucks and chefs, Coen said. “It’s an opportunity for them to gain exposure, and it provides us with the food service that we need,” Coen said. Leading up to the event with Hilton, Coen had been serving his homemade chili, available with or without meat, for customers who needed a bite to eat. “We thought with the weather, chili would be a nice, easy thing for everybody,” Coen said. The fact that Garage was what its name implies before its transformation makes it an ideal space to park an indoor food truck and have beer menus resemble owner’s manuals for vehicles. The space is advantageous for other aspects, too. For one, the space has allowed for installations of games such skee ball, pinball machines and a pool


table. Garage also has five high-definition TVs. Coen said they were useful during playoff games for the Eagles when the place was full. “When you have a lot of people in a room, the room might get humid whereas this large, open area has a nice climate,” Coen said. “Everybody can breathe and you can move around.” Cohen said the unpredictable aspect of who the restaurant will feature next works in Garage’s favor “I like that we here have something for everybody,” Summers said. “If you want to drink cheap beer and hang out for a while and watch the Flyers game, you can. If you want to come in and try some stuff you’ve never had before, you can also do that.”

What people SCIENCE AFTER HOURS are talking @uwishunu tweeted on Feb. 7 that Tuesday the Franklin Institute will open at 6:30 p.m. for Science After Hour, “MacGyver” Night at about in the Museum. The 21+ event, that has a cash bar, will feature experiPhilly – ments, demonstrations and presentations on some of the science from news behind the television show “MacGyver.” and store openings, to music events and restaurant open- PHARMACEUTICAL EXHIBIT ing. For breaking news and daily @philartalliance tweeted on Jan. 27 that it will be opening a new updates, follow The Temple News exhibit on Wednesday focusing on the work of Paul Richardson. The radiologist-turned-photographer documented Holmesburg Prison, a on Twitter @TheTempleNews. now abandoned compound that once tested pharmaceuticals and biochemical weapons on inmates.


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Fifty years of contemporary art calls for a celebration. The Insitute of Contemporary Art will be starting an exhibit full of micro-exhibits starting Wednesday called “ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963.” In honor of the 50 years, there will be 50 new micro-exhibits. The exhibits will be on rotation, changing every two weeks for a new experience. The new exhibitions will include paintings, performances, pieces of writing, videos, films, sculptures and 18 commissions. If guests come to see ICA@50 five times, they will be given a free ICA membership for a year. The presentations will run until Aug. 17. – Chelsea Finn

INTERNATIONAL ‘TROUSERS’ Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church is hosting “Trousers” by Paul Meade and David Parnell for only $25 Monday through Thursday, and $30 on the weekends. Presented by the Inis Nua Theatre Company, a company that celebrates theater from Ireland, Whales, England and Scotland, “Trousers” connects these cultures to that of Philadelphia. The shows, depending on which date, start between 7-8 p.m., however at 6 p.m. a “Set the Scene” will take place, in which themes and relevantevents will be discussed by theater scholars. –Emily Rolen

SECRETS OF PRINT This year will be the 14th annual “Print Love In” at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Within a two-hour session, guests can create their own card from the designs of many local artists. During the time period, visitors will learn the ins and outs of printmaking as well as the different types available. Local artists will be at the event to help guests make their personalized card. There will be a number of sessions throughout the day, but the 5 p.m. session will be open to 21+ guests only, which will offer wine and other refreshments. The sessions before 5 p.m. are $10 a person, and the 21+ session will be $20 a person. The Love In will be held on Feb. 9 at the Works on Paper Building on 705 Christian St. – Chelsea Finn

The Wistar Institute at 3601 Spruce St. opened the Nikon Small World Photography Exhibition on Feb. 3. This exhibition showcases microscopic photographs showcasing nature that would not be seen by the naked eye alone. Tickets are free. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday until March 7. Afterward, stop by Fairmount’s Eastern State Penitentiary. ESP is offering special discounted Valentine’s Day tours from Feb. 14-16. Tickets are buyone-get-one free if purchased in advance online. General admission tickets for students with ID are $10 per ticket. – Kerri Ann Raimo

NABISCO FACTORY TO CLOSE @MetroPhilly tweeted on Feb. 7 that the former Nabisco and Kraft factory on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia will be shut down permanently in early 2015. Mondelez International owns the building. It is estimated that 350 factory workers will lose their jobs.

PHILLY TO GET NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS @NewsWorksWHYY tweeted on Feb. 9 that Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a new bill that aims to convert the empty Provident Mutual building on 46th and Market streets into a new police department headquarters. The bill would allow the city to borrow up to $250 million. Construction would take about three years to complete.



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Raising awareness RACHEL BLACK KRISTI FIDLER The Temple News Senior painting major Rachel Black owns three ferrets – all of which she adopted when their previous owners could no longer care for them. She is spending her final semester establishing a new club, Temple Animal Welfare, which promotes awareness of the way animals are treated by the food industry. Black, who said she has always been a lover of animals, became passionate about animal rights as a teenager. She pushed herself to learn about things that may not be well-known to the general public, whom she said often avoid confronting distasteful treatment of animals. “Meat corporations do not want you to know about everything that goes on within the industry, but I spent a lot of time researching it and became passionate enough to want to spread the information to others,” Black said. Black has been a vegetarian for six years and has recently become a vegan.

However, she said, the club will focus on more than people’s dietary choices. “This club is not a vegetarian or vegan club, and I really want to emphasize that,” Black said. “This club is open to any animal lover or anyone who wants to know more about the cruelty done to animals, even if they are a meat lover.” Though TAW is not a vegetarianism-based club, Black plans on working with the club to create more vegetarian options at Temple’s dining services. Black said her goal with TAW is to raise awareness of animal welfare in a contemporary society. She plans to do that through events such as leafleting, film screenings and setting up information tables about TAW. Group activities are something she hopes will draw interest as the club is established. Black also plans to raise money for organizations dedicated to helping animals, such as the Humane Society and the Humane League, an organization Black said she initially drew inspiration from.

It was after volunteering with the Humane League that Black decided to start an animal rights awareness club at Temple. The club is an outlet for her passion for ethical animal treatment, she said. “On a college campus, there is a huge audience of open-minded, young people,” Black said. After she receives her degree, Black said she hopes to continue logging volunteer hours at an animal welfare organization, such as the Humane League, and eventually earn a paid position at one. “In order to work for organizations like the Humane League you have to put in a lot of volunteer time, which I have been working on lately,” Black said. To connect her painting major to her work in animal activism, Black uses her art as a way to depict cruelty toward animals in hopes to raise awareness. She said she gives particular attention to those trapped in harsh factory farm conditions in her artwork, she said.

Black has also written researchbased articles for StopFactoryFarms. org, a website for the Humane Farming Association. Additionally, she promotes “Meatless Mondays,” a national campaign attempting to stop public schools from serving meat once a week. The club’s first event will be at-

tending a reception and cocktail hour for the Humane League, called “The Future of Food.” Black said she also plans on organizing a vegan bake sale and having club members participate in volunteer days. Kristi Fidler can be reached at kristi.fidler@temple.edu.

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The couple studied painting in Rome together. | COURTESY CANDACE JENSEN department was thrilled to accept Jensen and Schuh’s donation. “It came as a complete surprise,” Connerty said. “It was such a nice gesture. We have a Temple Rome Scholarship Fund and alumni give to that regularly, but this was such an unusual thing. That’s really indicative of the program.” The program, which was established by Tyler in the 1960s, has always had a strong visual arts component along with a broad range of liberal arts classes. Connerty said in instances of donation like Jensen and Schuh’s, the money will undoubtedly benefit multiple students. “We hope to spread the money around,” she said. “Students may not need a full ride, but they certainly do need help.” Tuition remains the same in Rome and Main Campus during regular semesters and work

study applies overseas, but Connerty said other expenses such as airfare and the cost of living come into play. The study abroad office aims to provide solutions to financial issues, she added. Jensen recalled that when they stopped by Temple Rome’s campus during their honeymoon four months ago, she and Schuh thought enrollment seemed down compared to their semester there. “It made us feel good that we donated to the scholarship fund, because I feel like it’s an economic issue,” Jensen said. She said she hopes for more developments in the future from the university to help students plan for studying abroad. “[It would be great] if there was a way to apply work study at [Main Campus] from freshman year, sophomore year and junior year that would apply directly to going to Rome,” Jen-

sen said. “If they knew they definitely wanted to study abroad, they could be given an account when they [go].” Jensen said she and Schuh didn’t need household items since they’d already lived together for years before getting married, they just hope more students will get out of their comfort zone. “So much of the student base [at Main Campus] is pretty local, so it’s pretty comfortable that way,” Jensen said. “It’s a big transition to Philly, but going abroad is another step away to learn who you are and what the world is. Everyone should do it.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at erin.edingerturoff@temple.edu or on Twitter @erinJustineET.

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Students take to the stage JAMES FULWILER CHEYENNE SHAFFER Chief Copy Editor As James Fulwiler descended the steps toward the eighth floor of Gladfelter Hall last week, he checked his cellphone and saw that he’d received a voicemail from an unfamiliar number. After listening to the message, his disbelief almost caused him to fall down the staircase. The call was from a producer for “Jeopardy!” inviting Fulwiler to participate in the quiz show. Early last year, he completed a 50-question online test in an attempt to qualify to audition for the program’s College Championship. There is a test available every year for adults, college students, teachers and teens. Once Fulwiler was invited to audition, he traveled to New York where he took another quiz, as well as a buzzer test and an interview. “I took the teen one a couple of times, and I took the adult test once and didn’t do so well,” Fulwiler said. “I did really well on the college test, though.” But after no one from the show contacted him for nearly seven months, Fulwiler said he put the audition out of his mind – until he learned he was one of 15 college students chosen to compete. Although the Baltimore native was no stranger to trivia competitions – he’s been a “Jeopardy!” fan for most of his life and he participated in quiz bowls throughout middle and high school – the junior art history major still had to prep himself for the tournament, which

James Fulwiler competed in the Feb. 10 episode of “Jeopardy!” after qualifying with an online test and a placement exam that he took in New York, along with an interview and buzzer test. He receieved $5,000 for participating. |SKYLER BURKHART TTN was taped last month and aired yesterday. “I watched a lot more of the show, but not only for the information, because I figured there’s not much more you can cram into your head if you’ve gotten to that point,” Fulwiler said. “I was looking for the verbal cues that they give in the questions sometimes. I also tried to work on the buzzer a lot. I got a bunch of Trivial Pursuit cards for Christmas right before I flew out, so I flipped through those all the time to stay in the trivia mindset.”

Once Fulwiler arrived at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, two weeks of 30-minute episodes were filmed in two days. Despite the competition, Fulwiler said he and the other contestants quickly bonded. “The atmosphere was friendly and we got along really well,” Fulwiler said. “When we weren’t participating, most of us were in the audience cheering for the kids that were on. We have a lot in common – we’re all huge geeks who love ‘Jeopardy!’ They’re good people to keep in touch with when they

go rule the world.” The first five episodes of the College Championship consist of the quarterfinals. Each winner, plus four of the highest scorers who didn’t win, compete throughout the following three matches in the semifinals. The three remaining students play two matches – the winner, who receives $100,000, is determined by comparing how much money each finalist earned within the last round. Fulwiler said his biggest concern while playing the game was his speed in answering

questions. “When you’re looking at the board, there are lights on the side of it,” Fulwiler said. “When [host] Alex Trebek finishes reading a question, the lights go on, and that’s when you can buzz in. If you do it before that, your buzzer gets locked out for half a second, and that’s way too much time.” Fulwiler, who competed against students from the University of Delaware and University of Oklahoma, said he got the hang of the buzzer toward the end of the “Final

Jeopardy” round. To maintain his speed, he buzzed in on questions he wasn’t sure of the answer to, consequently missing a few. Heading into the “Final Jeopardy” round, Fulwiler was tied with another contestant at $10,000 and bet it all. “In the end, I didn’t advance, but I really don’t care about that. It was still awesome,” Fulwiler said. “I didn’t talk for a couple of hours after I lost, but the next day I was in pretty good spirits. I was rooting for everyone, so I couldn’t be mad that other people were winning, because they were all nice.” Besides the bragging rights that come with being on the show, Fulwiler was given $5,000 for his participation. The first thing he’ll spend it on, he said, is a pair of tickets to see a Vancouver Canucks hockey game with his sister in Washington. If he won the tournament, his plans were more entrepreneurial. “I was going to get a cart on 13th Street and start a soup business with one of my friends,” Fulwiler said. When the episode aired, Fulwiler said his parents organized a viewing party, as well as his fraternity and fellow honors students. “Everyone I know [watched] it, and then their parents and then a couple million other people,” Fulwiler said. “I just want someone to walk into work and recognize me.” Cheyenne Shaffer can be reached at cheyenne.shaffer@temple.edu.

DAVIS PAGE 1 dagger, stabbing into the deepest part of their being. They can relate. Davis, a sophomore English major at Temple, has become somewhat famous in the poetry community and a bit of an Internet phenomenon. She’s traveling the nation, performing her poetry and conducting book signings for her newest chapbook, a self-published collection of 20 poems called “Music and Marrow,” but she might be better known for her YouTube videos and Tumblr gifs. “It’s interesting, seeing something that’s such a plain, simple part of my life become so important to people,” Davis said. Her performance of “F--- I Look Like,” arguably her most popular poem, has garnered nearly 250,000 views on YouTube, which is a rough average for the number of hits she gets on each video. The poem targets race in the classroom. “It’s like we think giving 100 percent means getting 100 lashes / and my people don’t even know that we’re working with our oppressors /

just passing on the torch, but we can’t pass the bar / because the bar’s been set so low that we’re crushing under the weight / and you expect me to cut class and get an F just to perpetuate the stereotype that’s been instilled in this b------- curriculum? / F--- I look like?” The video shows a positive reaction from the audience. Most commenters react similarly. “I’m sure it’s gotten to my head many times, I can admit that, it’s really difficult for it not to,” Davis said. “But I remind myself on a daily basis – it’s like a mixture of me tearing myself down and being like, ‘You’re not worth any of this.’ And me being like, ‘Hey, you’ve done these really great things, so own that.’” Within the comments for the video and ones like it are people marking her as an inspiration or role model, but some comments are negatively geared toward Davis’ heavy lines. “When the videos first started getting popular, I would read the comments because I wanted to know what people were saying because it’s new, but people had a lot of really racist, sexist, homophobic things to say about me, and it stopped affecting me because they’re bigots,” Davis said. “And bigots are bigots. And it has nothing to do with me, but it has to do with them. They have so many fears and hate inside of them that’s going to eat at them in the long run. I’m liberated by being able to tell my story.” Davis said she draws inspiration from not only the comments both hidden behind a computer screen and spelled out for her in reality, but it’s mainly her day-to-day life that compels her to keep writing. “It’s both a mixture of things I have to deal with personally and things people that I’ve seen have to deal with very personally,” Davis said. “I’m black, I’m queer and I’m a woman – there’s a lot of things I can write about, and I write about them because I experience them daily.” Davis said that when she receives those negative comments, she “isn’t doing her job.” Her main goal is to not only tell her story, but to have people understand. Luckily, she’s got a strong support group who do. Davis arrived to Temple on a full scholarship, but it wasn’t the only factor that went into her decision to come to the school.

Kai Davis graduated from the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement and is now a member of Babel, Temple’s slam poetry group. | COURTESY KAI DAVIS Her passion for poetry began in high school, when she happened to meet up with a friend to hang out after she finished a workshop at Philadelphia’s Youth Poetry Movement, a nonprofit in the city that promotes the creative art of spoken word. Davis stumbled into the last 45 minutes of the event where the members were talking about their experience not only of the day, but the impact the program made on them thus far, which prompted Davis to keep coming back. Prior to her involvement with PYPM, Davis said she was nervous of public speaking, but the organization gave her the courage to speak up. “To share your art on stage in front of a microphone – there’s just so many fears at once coming into play, and then I realized if everyone else can do it, and they’re sharing the most intimate parts of themselves, maybe I can do it, because it is a very liberating experience,” Davis said. Today, she still hasn’t left. She’s a mentor within the organization, volunteering time at workshops and events. Davis said PYPM has grown into a family for her. When her friends from the program began to graduate, they went to Temple. When they arrived to the university, they joined Babel, Temple’s slam poetry group. Davis naturally followed. Today, she said Babel has grown into her close family as much as PYPM. And as for her fame, she said they can’t help but chuckle. “It’s kind of like an ongoing joke,” Davis said. “They’re very, very proud of me and support me through everything, but at the same time it’s just so funny and unfathomable to them that anyone’s interested that much. Not that they don’t think I’m a good writer, they definitely respect everything that I do and all of my art. It’s not so

much that they’re surprised by the notoriety of it, but more so the fanaticism around it.” Even the youth attending the workshop aren’t fazed by Davis’ popularity. “It’s not like a big issue, because it’s a family. It’s like if your uncle was a famous flautist or something,” Davis said. “You don’t even think about it, because he’s just such an a------ at Thanksgiving.” Davis is working on another chapbook for her fans, but it’s taking some time. “Music and Marrow” is the collection of works written over the course of two years, but Davis said she’s slowly picking pieces to puzzle together her latest endeavor. And as for the future, she doesn’t plan on stopping. Davis plans to use her degree to teach children, whether it be in an elementary school or in a college classroom. Recently, she was invited to speak at an English class at Delaware Valley Charter High School. After talking to the class for an hour and a half, she called on some of those raised hands she sees so commonly during her performances. After the session was over, the teacher said Davis got a student to speak who had never raised he hand in class before. “I don’t need to end a war, I just need the one kid who’s never raised his hand raise his hand for the first time,” Davis said. “I just need that.” Patricia Madej can be reached at patricia.madej@temple.edu.






FACULTY DANCE CONCERT A variety of style and talent was displayed by the Boyer College of Music and Dance in its production of the Faculty Dance Concert from Feb. 7-8. The one-weekend event showcased faculty preformers in the Conwell Dance Theater from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The intimate nature of a black box theater allowed audience members to become enveloped in the performances as they played out. A range solo and group work was displayed throughout the seven dances to complete the diverse atmosphere of the night. One performance of the night popular among audience members was the solo “!Chaha! !Usa La Cabeza!” which translates to “Girl! Use Your Head!” in English performed with no accompaniment. Boyer professor Merian Soto put on this solo as an excerpt from her 1987 choreographic sequence “No Regrets.” Aside from displays of Temple professor’s work, the Dance Dimension Company was also in attendence. Performing “In the Hay,” these seven young women achieved a cohesive group dynamic under the choreography of Boyer professor Jillian Harris. The weekend performance closed out as the 243rd and 245th performances of the 2013-2014 season. -Brianna Spause


“I’ve had this developing

interest in understanding humans as natural creatures.

Brandon Youndt / senior

Brandon Youndt, a fifth-year architecture student, received a travel grant to study the differences between human and animal habitats in the Everglades, Fla. His project attempts to blur the spatial boundaries between humans and non-humans, something he was inspired to look into after reading about humans as having a “companion species.” ONLINE| SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

JEFFREY FEATHERSTONE CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News Jeffrey Featherstone has always been passionate about water. He grew up in Winona, Minn., on a small island on the Mississippi River. “As a kid, I would swim in the river,” Featherstone said. “I was always concerned about water quality because it was so poor back then.” Featherstone is the principal investigator for the recent four-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which will be used to evaluate stormwater management controls and practices at Temple. Before moving to Philadelphia, Featherstone was a research specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and the director of planning for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission. In December 1981, Featherstone took a job with the Delaware River Basin Commission, which allocates the flow of water in the Delaware River and Delaware Bay and manages the area’s water resources. The relationship with that waterway prompted him to move to Philadelphia. Eventually, Featherstone became the deputy executive director at the Delaware River Basin Commission. In 1992, Featherstone advised President-elect Bill Clinton on na-

tional water policy and sustainability as a member of Long’s Peak Working Group. Clinton’s senior environmental policy Adviser selected Featherstone for the job. “There were probably 30 to 35 working groups set up to create policy agendas for topics as varied as water, to healthcare, to education reform,” Featherstone said. “I worked on one of them.” Three years later, the head of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation selected Featherstone to serve as a ranking member of the U.S. Water Resources Delegation to China. Featherstone said he was selected because of his role on the Delaware River Basin Commission and his work advocating water conservation and water resources management in several national organizations, like the American Water Works association. “I was the Eastern expert,” Featherstone said. Since then, Featherstone has returned to China more than six times to advise Chinese government officials on issues of water conservation and sustainability. In 2001, he retired from the Delaware River Basin Commission and joined Temple as the director of the Center for Sustainable Communities. The work Featherstone does at Temple is unlike his past work, he said. “I’m spending most of my time evaluating policies, programs and

projects as to their effectiveness and performance rather than advocating for change or writing new regulations,” he said. “I enjoy research and teaching, which I couldn’t do working for government agencies.” Featherstone said he sees important changes on the horizon for both Temple and Philadelphia, since both are striving to promote a more green lifestyle. Because Philadelphia is an old city, Featherstone said it has combined sewer overflows, which lead to water pollution of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. Featherstone said the recent grant from the EPA would help. “As an alternative to expanding pipes and underground chambers, the city elected to green the city and capture the first few inches of rainfall and getting it into the ground,” Featherstone said. “If you can do this, you can deal with most of your combined sewer overflow problems for a lot less money and provide benefits that the typical gray infrastructure wouldn’t provide.” Associate professor Lynn Mandarano, along with professor Laura Toran and associate professor Mark Weir, are also investigating the recent stormwater management project. “We’re going to be working to assess how the city of Philadelphia has improved their clean water program to date,” Mandarano said. Mandarano, who has previously

Samosa Deb, located on Montgomery Avenue near the Student Center, has recently added new sandwiches and platters to their menu. Owner Debbie Dasani said she has always based her truck’s menu items on the favorites of her customers, which led her to try some new dishes, including a chicken tikka quesadilla, which consists of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. For the vegetarian crowd, a veggie panini and hummus veggie wrap will also be available. Dasani said the platters recently added to the menu are the best option for those looking for a more filling meal. The meat combo platter serves chicken tikka over rice and vegetables and a side order of bread or a samosa makes it a meal. Additionally, Dasani said she will have the equipment to accept credit and debit cards so in two to three weeks.


Featherstone leads Temple’s stormwater research. | COURTESY JEFFREY FEATHERSTONE

worked with Featherstone, said he recently secured $2 million from the William Penn Foundation to look at stormwater management in suburban watersheds. The project will likely prove to be a challenge for Featherstone. “When you work in water and particularly interstate water issues, you’re bound to be involved in negotiation and dispute resolution,” Featherstone said. “There’s too much water or too little water, and what one state or community does affects people downstream.” Claire Sasko can be reached at claire.sasko@temple.edu.

Temple’s leading co-ed honors sorority is recruiting. Phi Sigma Pi will looking for new pledges this week as Spring Rush begins. Members of Phi Sigma Pi should be interested in leadership, fellowship and scholarship, as well as integration into a co-ed honors fraternity with learning at its base, according to TUGA. Potential pledges must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and meet all financial obligations. Rush info nights will be Tuesday and Wednesday in Mitten Hall, Room 250 from 8-10 p.m., and in the Student Center Feb. 12, Room 200C from 8-10 p.m. Rush Week is Feb.17-21. -Lora Strum

PHILLY BIKE SHARE Aaron Ritz of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities will present on behalf of Philly Bike Share, a system that allows residents of Philadelphia to rent bikes. It will be an informational session open to questions after the brief presentation. The presentation will be held in Room 105 or Tuttleman Learning Center from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday. A class will be in session, but students not enrolled in the class are invited to attend.


“Which Temple graduate has made a difference, in your opinion?

“Bill Cosby, because he’s a big advocate for black education.”



-Ariane Pepsin

“My friend Nicole Sharkey is in the middle of applying for an internship in India that focuses on helping women break out of the caste system.”



“I’ll reluctantly say Bill Cosby, he’s pretty much the only famous person that I know to come out of Temple.”



-Erin Edinger-Turoff





Robby Anderson off team reportedly due to academics LEADING RECEIVER NO LONGER ENROLLED AT UNIVERSITY


Robby Anderson, the football team’s leading receiver in 2013, is no longer with the team reportedly due to academic reasons. The news was first reported by OwlScoop.com. Anderson’s reason for dismissal is reportedly due to academics. He is not listed on Temple’s public student directory. Anderson redshirted in 2011 and played sporadically in 2012. After being switched to cornerback in spring practice last year, he left the team for personal reasons to be closer to home. Toward the end of the summer, he was allowed back on the team as a walk-on. After not playing for the first three games of 2013, he broke out with 791 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, leading the team in both categories. No other Temple player caught more than three touchdowns last season. -Evan Cross

Freshman Jakob Welsh won the ECAC Rookie of Week award after a strong performance in Temple’s home meet against Springfield Feb. 2. Welsh’s total all-around score in the meet was a 79.350, the first time he has competed as an allarounder this season. His best event score came on the pommel horse as he tallied a 13.6, which was tied for teammate Brendan Williams as a meet-best score in that event. Springfield defeated the Owls in the dual-meet by a score of 400.25 to 397.25. -Steve Bohnel

LACROSSE Robby Anderson was the football team’s leading receiver in 2013. Anderson collected 791 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. | HUA ZONG TTN FILE PHOTO


With the regular season a week away, Temple “It’s a great honor, and I’m flattered by it,” Turoff went to Franklin Field on Feb. 8 for a series of said. “It’s actually the second time I’ve gotten it. The preseason scrimmages against Penn and Drexel, DIMICHELE TO FILL VACANT WIDE first time it was presented by Gene Wettstone himself. playing in temperatures below 30 degrees and in RECEIVERS COACING POSITION one instance, even a flurry. TUROFF RECEIVES WETTSTONE That’s the coach that was coaching when I was an The Owls will begin the 2014 campaign next athlete.” Following the departure of former wide receivers AWARD AT PENN STATE Saturday against St. Joe’s at Geasey Field and the “It was really unexpected by me because there coach Terry Smith, the football team promoted Adam Men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff won the Gene team is ready to get going. DiMichele to the position. Wettstone award at Temple’s dual-meet against Penn were some really nice performances by some ath“We were moving the ball well,” senior attacker letes,” Turoff added. “When I heard them announcing DiMichele was a quarterback for the Owls from State Saturday afternoon. it they were talking about someone who’s already had Jaymie Tabor said. “It was nice to get these three 2005 to 2008, throwing for 5,024 yards, which ranks The award, which is usually given to the top games in before we start our regular schedule, so it fourth in school history. He spent the next four years Nittany Lion gymnast each season, honors Wettstone, a career and coach as a gymnast. And then they said was great to get a feel for what we have and what 38 years as a coach. I was like, that was unexpected, playing in various professional leagues before return- who died last year at the age of 100. we’ve been working for.” but I’ll smile, why not?” ing to Temple to be a graduate assistant in 2013. Wettstone had an illustrious career in gym“I think we’re shooting for the stars,” junior The award was the highlight of the meet for DiMichele is the 13th former Owl to hold a full- nastics, headed by the fact that he won nine NCAA defender Carli Fitzgerald said. “I think we’re going to time coaching job at Temple. championships coaching Penn State’s men’s gymnas- Temple, as the Owls dropped the meet to the Nittany be a big impact in the Big East and get the Temple Lions by a score of 431.550 to 401.600. -Evan Cross tics team, the most by any coach in the sport. -Steve Bohnel lacrosse program out there.” -Nick Tricome



that has happened. And with Erica too, she didn’t play that much last year and for her to PAGE 22 play significant minutes is a boto go to, the coaches told me nus for us.” Even with seeing signifithat they needed a point guard,” cant action in 2013-14, FitzgerFitzgerald said. “I thought when ald and Robinson both said it’s I came here that I probably been an ongoing transition that wouldn’t play right away, but I is still under way. had a good chance of playing a “The college game is way lot of minutes. So I just came different [than high school],” in, worked hard, did what I had Fitzgerald said. “The girls are to do and it just so happens that way bigger, the tempo is way I’m playing the whole game faster, it’s just a different level sometimes.” and I’ve had to adjust to it.” It just so happened that “People are actually my Fitzgerald started the seasonheight in college,” Robinson opener at La Salle and has seen said. “In high school, I alher name in the starting lineup ways towered over everybody. for every one of Temple’s 23 I’m used to UP NEXT games. She has turned Owls vs. Cincinnati the height in [American Athinto the team’s ofFeb. 15 at 1 p.m. letic Union] fensive leader, often ball, but the skill level is a lot running the floor and taking 96 different. People are way betmore shot attempts (301) than ter, bigger and faster and I’m any other player on the roster. already bigger than a lot of girls “[Cardoza] has confidence in me,” Fitzgerald said. “She and I think I’ve adjusted pretty trusts me with the ball in my well. I’m still adjusting speedhand. When time’s running wise because it is really fastdown, she wants the ball in my paced.” Despite the significant hand.” amount of time on the floor Cardoza also has confithat they’ve seen this year, both dence in her freshman post players have struggled with inplayer, as Robinson has started consistency at times this season seven contests and appeared in and said they both feel they can 17. work to improve before seaThe 6-foot-4-inch censon’s end. ter from St. Louis, earned her “My confidence is kind of first collegiate start on the road up and down,” Robinson said. against Connecticut Jan. 11, and “In the Rutgers game I felt reis averaging four rebounds per ally confident, but sometimes I game and 13 minutes per game. get a bit discouraged. I’m trying “When I got recruited, she to work on getting more confitold me she needed a post playdent every time I‘m on the floor. er because [Victoria Macaulay] But I feel like I’m getting better left last year,” Robinson said. “I took that as I could come in and physically and mentally in each play as long as I work hard and game we play in.” “I feel like now I’m just in do what I needed to do. Persona neutral mode or something,” ally my role is I have to come Fitzgerald said. “But I want to in, work hard, make sure I finish give it a good kick and be better and play defense.” than what I am now so I’m goFreshman Safiya Martin ing keep working hard.” has also seen time off the bench “My body’s really tired at center (10.5 mpg.), while Coright now, but that’s no excuse,” vile has seen a massive increase Fitzgerald added. “I have to in playing time as a sophomore keep pushing, and do what I (25.8 mpg.). Covile has started have to do.” every game and ranks third on the team in rebounds (135) and second with 39 steals. “We knew that Feyonda would play,” Cardoza said. “With Taylor and Safiya, we’d thought they’d work their way in with significant minutes and

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

The women’s rowing team held its final 6K ergometer test of the season last Friday. | EDWARD BARRENECHEA TTN


Before final season, rowers face test ed in the weight room of McGonigle Hall on ergs – indoor rowing machines designed to imitate the actions of rowing on water. About 21 ergometers were spread across the upper level of the weight room in front of a mirror that spanned the width of the wall. A fan was placed in the front left corner of the room. The rowing team was split into two groups. The first group started their erg test at 4:30 p.m. The second group began about an hour later. With the women sitting in the sliding seats of the ergometer and Gatorade bottles directly behind the machine, Grzybowski offered her team some words of encouragement before the test started. “The first race is 43 days away,” Grzybowski said. “You all have personal goals you want to set. Picture a boat in your head – reach out and grab it.” Immediately after, music began playing in the background and the women slowly

went to work with their feet strapped to the footrest and hands gripped to the ergonomic handles. With the test lasting more than 20 minutes, the rowers paced themselves as they pushed the handle and the seats slid back, extending their legs. Then they pulled the handle as the seat slid forward, bending their knees and leaving their legs upright. They continued the routine as they steadily increased the stroke rate while shaving meters off the distance. The erg screen showed statistics such as stroke rate, meters left, time past and the speed in which the rower is going. “You want a rate of 26 to 28 stroke rates per minute,” Grzybowski said. “Some people, it’s a little bit lower. It just helps you to establish a rhythm, and as you take the stroke rate up, you tend to get a little bit of a speed out of it.” As they increased their stroke rates with about 3,000 meters to go, the pain began to build. The atmosphere in the

weight room changed quickly. What was once a calm place for the rowers to focus on maintaining their stroke rate turned into a race course with roaring fans – the teammates – rooting for all involved. Grzybowski, along with assistant coaches, graduate assistants, coxswains and volunteers began shifting their positions in the room and examining the erg screens of the rowers who were losing strides. Words of encouragement flooded the room. With less than 1,500 meters to go, some of the rowers looked brutally exhausted, sweat streaming down their faces, seeming mentally fatigued. But there were some individuals on the team who were injured, walking around on crutches and in leg braces, which weren’t enough to stop them from cheering on their teammates, saying, “That’s it, take control, you can do this,” among other reassuring words during the test. The rowers said the support

was beneficial. “That is awesome because in the middle of my piece, I get in my head and think negatively like, ‘I don’t know if I can finish,’ and then you hear them cheer you on and tell you where you should get your number,” freshman Jenna Bahel said. “So it’s really helpful for me.” When they finished, some immediately tried to catch their breath and grabbed their Gatorade bottles, while others began munching on fruit or nutrient bars. There was a collective sigh of relief, and smiles and high fives were shared throughout the room. “I got the quick recap of the first group and 14 out of about 22 people got personal best,” Grzybowski said. “We definitely had a lot of PRs in the second group too.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at danielle.nelson@temple.edu or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.




Murphy: Losing Turoff a ‘huge shame’ Women’s team fears loss of Turoff-led men’s squad. STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News The women’s gymnastics team may have won the Ken Anderson Memorial Invite on Feb. 1, but the Owls have their eyes set on someGYMNASTICS thing bigger this season – sparing the men’s squad from elimination. “We’re doing everything we can to save it,” senior cocaptain Jean Alban said. “We have a petition going, we have T-shirts made, videos, calendars. You name it, we’re doing it.” Both gymnastics teams practice together in a shared gymnasium in Pearson Hall, and several members from each squad show up for support at home meets. The results, the gymnasts said, is a chemistry between the two teams. “I think that everything happens for a reason,” Alban said. “In the end, it’s all going to make us stronger as a team whether the men’s team is here or not. We’re still a family in the end.” But after 38 years at the helm of the men’s program, Fred Turoff is in danger of losing his job. Turoff coached current women’s gymnastics coach Aaron Murphy when he competed for Temple between 19982001. “If this all takes place, it would be a huge shame to see

Turoff not be here,” Murphy said. “Again, we hope that doesn’t end up happening. But for the other sports as well, same with their coaches. It would be a shame not seeing them around, too. But the next day has to go on.” Turoff has remained optimistic about the team’s chances of reinstatement, due to recent athletic and academic success. Murphy said he keeps up-todate with any news his colleague discovers. “He’s with me every day at practice, so I do keep in touch with him about what is going on,” Murphy said. “He’s given me a lot of positive feedback about who he’s spoken to and some of the meetings that have taken place.” Murphy said he hopes this feedback keeps both teams’ heads up moving forward. “If he’s feeling good about it, so am I,” Murphy said. “When it lifts his spirits and my spirits, I think it lifts the kids’ spirits as well.” One of the things the women said they’d miss most about Turoff is his knowledge of the sport. With an all-time record of 432-184 (.701) coming into this season, the coach of 18 Eastern College Athletic Conference title-winning teams started his gymnastics career in the Philadelphia junior public league. He is also a nationally and internationally certified judge, having served in many international competitions, including the 1991 Pan American Games. Turoff’s experiences have benefitted both teams. “He’s helped me in the gym, giving me corrections

Members of the women’s gymnastics team, among others, attended the men’s team’s first home meet of the season on Feb. 2 to show support for the cut program. The men’s team is slated to be cut in July. | HUA ZONG TTN here and there,” senior Brianna Ferdinandi said. “So not having him here would be weird and not good for us, either.” But it’s not just the technical things – Turoff’s work ethic inspires gymnasts on both teams. “He means a lot,” freshman Mikaela Postlethwait said. “He puts in so much effort just to keep this place up and running smoothly, and everything going well. He’s definitely given the teams motivation to just keep fighting, and that’s what we need most.” Postlethwait is not the first

one of her family to learn from the legendary coach. “My sister is an [alumna] here, and she had the experience of working out with the men,” Postlethwait said. “I think it’s just a once in a lifetime chance for a lot of people, and it would be great if they kept going.” Senior Sylvie Borschel said she would see Turoff’s departure as an unjust end to his Temple career. One of Borschel’s former coaches once competed on a Turoff-led team. “I think that it’s really unfortunate, because he has a strong history with the team,

being on it and coaching it for so long,” Borschel said. “I think he’s been a part of the program so long, that it’s almost unfair. It’s like the opposite of being rewarded, it’s almost like he’s not getting what he deserved because he put in the time and effort and did such a good job.” The women’s gymnastics team said they realize the cuts affect much more than its male equivalent. “I wish all the teams could stay,” Ferdinandi said. “It’s not fair for the seven of them to go. I’d rather just have less funding and have all seven teams here.”

“I think it’s a shame,” Postlehwait added. “I think a lot of people are on all of those sports teams, and it’s a dream of theirs that’s being crushed to do collegiate sports. I think it’s just a once in a lifetime chance for a lot of people, and it would be great if they kept going.” “It’s going to be upsetting that they [might not] be here anymore,” Postlehwait added. “But we’re fighting, and that’s all we can do right now.” Steve Bohnel can be reached at steven.bohnel@temple.edu.

Defensive woes have persisted, as Owls continue to struggle in conference play DEFENSE PAGE 22 and grabbing 11 rebounds versus Houston. However, both players are still improving and wouldn’t play as much if there was a more polished option on the team. McDonnell is fundamentally sound but doesn’t have the physical skills to match up with the average D-I frontcourt player. Those four account for 47.1 percent of the team’s rebounds. The Owls grab 35.8 rebounds and allow 38.7 per game. They are last in the conference in both of those categories. Two of the

Owls’ leading rebounders this year are guards – redshirt-senior Dalton Pepper and sophomore Quenton DeCosey – although that has a lot to do with the amount of minutes they play. It’s no coincidence that a big drop in defensive production came when Allen graduated and left for the NBA. Temple went from allowing 62.5 points per game – tied for 37th in the nation - to allowing 69.5 points per game, ranking 239th in the country. Meanwhile, Allen made his name in the NBA by

frustrating Kevin Garnett in the 2012 NBA playoffs. It’s not easy to find someone like Allen – he’s one of the best players in program history and one of two former Owls playing in the NBA. Dunphy’s teams have made up for the loss by scoring more points to make up for surrendering more points. The team is scoring 2.4 more points per game this season than the Khalif Wyatt-led Owls of a year ago. However, they’re allowing 9.4 more points per game than last season’s team.

All the frontcourt players have eligibility remaining for next season and the team will gain two new players in transfer forward Jaylen Bond and incoming freshman forward Obi Enechionyia. The addition of two talented players and the maturation of Watson and Williams should improve the team’s defensive play. After all, there’s nowhere to go but up. Evan Cross can be reached at evan.cross@temple.edu or on Twitter @EvanCross.

points allowed per game

past three games, Temple has tive frontcourt players: redshirtgiven up 85.3 points per game junior Anthony Lee, sophomore to Villanova, Devontae WatUP NEXT Southern MethOwls vs. Louisville son, freshman odist and HousMark Williams Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ton, teams who and redshirt- jushot a combined 53.6 percent nior Jimmy McDonnell. against the Owls. Lee, a natural power forA major reason Temple ward, spends much of his time struggles on defense is that the playing center, a position he’s big men aren’t up to snuff with not suited for. Watson and Wilteams of the past. The 2009-10 liams are young players who Owls had Allen, a power for- have shown flashes of good ward, and center Micheal Eric, play – Watson, in particular, just both known for their defense. had the best game of his colleRight now, Temple has four ac- giate career, scoring 11 points

The Owls have surrendered more points per game this season than any other during the Fran Dunphy era. | AVERY MAEHRER TTN

Cincinnati’s Titus Rubles dribbles past Dalton Pepper during the Owls’ recent home loss to the Bearcats. Pepper is second on the team in rebounds behind Anthony Lee. | HUA ZONG TTN

Rhule brings in 25 recruits, several from outside Philly area RECRUITS PAGE 22 Cooper did, just the fact that he came to Temple, played football, got his degree had a tremendous experience, went back down to Florida and was working, coaching high school football and wanted to come back to Temple.” “I think that’s the biggest thing for kids from Florida,”

Rhule added. “Knowing that, ‘Hey I can leave Florida, come up to Temple, have a great experience and want to come back.’ So Coop, even as an example, was really positive for us as we went to recruit those kids.” But Temple still has 13 players who signed out of Pennsylvania and New Jersey,

something that was important to Rhule as he wanted the program to stay “true to our roots.” Defensive backs Shamir Bearfield, Sean Chandler, defensive lineman Michael Dogbe, running back David Hood and quarterback Frank Nutile are coming out of New Jersey. Meanwhile, Ruff, defensive

back Anthony Davis, linebacker Jared Folks, offensive lineman James McHale, wide receiver Delvon Randall, defensive lineman Brenon Thrift and quarterback Lenny Williams represent Pennsylvania. Rhule spoke highly of the recruiting class, praising players like Ruff as the “total pack-

age,” as a great athlete, student and person. He also praised the work ethic and focus of Michael Dogbe, an incoming freshman he hopes will have an early impact on the defensive side. “For us to compete at a high level we had to get the top 25 guys that we could across the country, and we did our best to

do so,” Rhule said. “We’re excited and welcome them here.” Nick Tricome can be reached at nick.tricome@temple.edu or on Twitter @itssnick215.




In losing season, penalties prove costly whistle, the Owls have been unable to resist the temptation of jawing back – resulting in them taking more penalties. This lack of discipline to stay out of the box has frequently affected the outcome of Temple’s games this SAMUEL MATTHEWS year and is something the team The Temple News is focusing on heading into the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate HockOn Friday night, junior for- ey Association playoffs. ward Stephen Kennedy skated Although the Owls are foin on a breakaway and wristed cusing on limiting penalties, the puck past Delaware goal- coach Ryan Frain said it’s chaltender Joe Marshall to give the lenging to do while in practice. Owls a one-goal lead. But it was “We’ve kind of tried in the what happened in past [to focus on discipline] in the moments af- practice,” Frain said. “But it’s ICE HOCKEY ter the goal that hard because it slows down the exemplified the team’s struggles practice. It’s just more of a menthis season. tal thing, and a focus thing and Kennedy taunted the Dela- we have to do the best we can.” ware bench, receiving an unThe team’s inability to sportsmanlike conduct penalty transfer that focus on discipline and virtually setting up the Blue from practice to games has Hens’ tying goal on the ensuing shown on its record. The Owls power play. have lost several games they “[Penalties] were leading in by UP NEXT are something that continuing to comhave been plagu- MACHA Playoffs mit penalties and Feb. 14 ing us all year,” allow the opponent sophomore defenseman Jason back in the game. A puck rolls underneath a referee, who is pushed against the wall by sophomore Anthony Civitella. | PAUL KLEIN TTN Lombardi said. “I think we take Jan. 31’s game against Virat least four or five penalties a ginia Tech is a prime example game.” “We’ve always been a prestigious tournament than even strength hockey.” game and against teams in this of such failed execution. With Although the Owls re- chippy team,” senior goalten- ACHA’s, as a test to see if the “This will be a great way league it’s hard to kill them all a lead in the second period, the mained a longshot to be voted der Chris Mullen said. “We love team can play penalty-free for for the seniors to leave everyoff. And we dig ourselves a Owls gave up three power play into the American Collegiate getting into the scraps and talk- a full 60 minutes, and as a con- thing on the table and a huge hole.” goals that resulted in a 6-3 loss Hockey Association regional ing s--- and stuff like that. But fidence-booster for underclass- boost for the young guys who Through the 26 games of and eliminated the team from playoffs, a win against a top we’ve seen that that’s pretty man for next year. will be returning next season,” the regular season, the Owls playoff contention in the Ameri- competitor like Virginia Tech much killed us all year, so if “We are more than aware Pisko added. tallied 407 penalty minutes. can Collegiate Hockey Associa- would have greatly improved we want any serious run at any that we have beat ourselves Spending more than 15 and a tion regional playoffs. the team’s chances. sort of championship this year, through penalties all year long,” Samuel Matthews can be half minutes in the penalty box “Our [discipline] for Virreached at Samuel.matthews@ In order to make a deep it’s something that we have to senior Joe Pisko said. “We are temple.edu or on Twitter @ per game has largely been the ginia Tech really wasn’t that run into the MACHA playoffs, improve upon and just shut our going to use the MACHA playSJMatthews13. result of a lack of discipline. good,” Lombardi said. “Three the Owls recognize the need to mouths.” offs to prove to ourselves what Most notably, in instances when of their five goals were on the limit the penalties and stay out Temple plans on using the we are capable of doing when opponents start trash-talking power play. If we limited the of the box. MACHA tournament, a less we play a full 60 minutes of and creating scrums after the penalties, that changes the

The team collected 407 penalty minutes during its 26 regular season games.

As sophomore, Paulus among Owls’ best surrounded by aren’t much different in terms of personality, but the lifestyle was a bit of a change. On the tennis court, Paulus said he feels like he’s now respected more. “Tennis-wise, there are a GREG FRANK lot more people caring about The Temple News you, with an academic adviser The bus that held Nico- and a bunch of teammates,” las Paulus, along with the rest Paulus said. Paulus went 8-5 in the fall, of the men’s tennis competing in each of the team’s team, pulled into the TENNIS five tournaments. Last year, he parking lot by the led the team in singles wins Liacouras Center as another day with 15, and prior to joining of practice concluded. the Owls, Paulus advanced to The daily 12-minute comthe semifinals of the Germany mute from the Liacouras Center to Legacy Tennis Center has be- F5 Futures International Tennis come routine for the team. But Federation tournament. Paulus is one of five sophofor several memmores on the bers of coach team, a group Steve Mauro’s that makes up squad, travelmore than half ing through an of the roster. American city is “I think a relatively new we always had experience. Of good chemistry the nine playbetween each ers on the roster, other,” Paulus eight are from said. outside the UnitPaulus’ faed States – invorite aspect cluding Paulus. about tennis in The sophoAmerica is the more was born Hernan Vasconez / junior surface, as he and raised in said he played Rheinau, Geron clay courts many. He said in Germany. The hard courts he when he came to Temple, he plays on as an Owl are better was expecting a change. suited for his game, he said. “I expected everything to Mauro said sometimes be really big here,” Paulus said. Paulus said the people he’s things come easier for Paulus

German native said American courts better suit his game.

“Most of the

time [Paulus is] working hard, he’s encouraging his teammates, he’s fighting on the court until the last moment.

Sophomore Nicolas Paulus hits a ball while competing at the Navy Invitational last September. Paulus collected an 8-5 record during the fall season and led the team in single wins with 15 during the 2012-13 season. | ABI REIMOLD TTN while playing on hard court. “He’s more suited for hard court because he strikes the ball so fast on hard court, he can hit winners more easily,” Mauro said. “He’s a smart kid, a hard worker and I couldn’t ask for a nicer kid,” Mauro added. Junior Hernan Vasconez

played doubles with Paulus last up. He’s good as an individual season, which was Paulus’ first and as a team player.” experience playing collegiate “I think he’s a really good tennis. player,” Vasconez UP NEXT “We used to added. “Most of the motivate each oth- Owls vs. Drexel time he’s working Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. er,” Vasconez said. hard, he’s encourag“Whenever someing his teammates, body had some problem, the he’s fighting on the court until other one was there to back him the last moment, and I think

that’s important for everyone else. If you’re playing on another court and you see him fighting, it makes you give your best.” Greg Frank can be reached at greg.frank@temple.edu or on Twitter @g_frank6.

Three fencers to represent Owls at Junior Olympics FENCING PAGE 22 been working every weekend for a meet so it is no different than our normal preparation.” But an event like the Junior Olympics does come with some pressure. “I try not to think about it,” Khan said. “So the night before I try to just keep my mind off of it completely because if I think about that it is [Junior Olym-

pics], this is what ends our national season, it stresses me out a bit. I try to take my mind off it completely till the next day when I am fencing.” The pressure comes with being different than a normal Division I tournament. The Junior Olympics uses 15 touch bouts, instead of five touch. It is also single elimination after ad-

vancing through pool play. The little things are what makes a big difference, Franke said. “In five touch you can get away with doing similar things but with 15 there is enough time for another fencer to react and to adjust to what you’ve done,” Franke said. “Then you have to adjust to their adjustment.” Even though the event is

individually-based, fencers say they will be competing for Temple. “I’ll represent the school that has given me all these opportunities to fence and hopefully I’ll have a good result,” Keft said. “When I’m at [Junior Olympics] and I have my Temple thing it signifies that I’ve

made it out of high school,” Keft added. “I feel really proud that I actually got to make it to a Division I program and represent something a little better than myself.” For Khan, it is an opportunity to show her improvement on and off the fencing strip. “I’ve just gotten a lot more mature as a person, which has

affected my fencing and work ethic while I’m at practice and I’ve been working harder than ever before, thinking about fencing and appreciating it a lot more,” Khan said. Michael Guise can be reached at michaelguise@temple.edu or on Twitter @Mikeg2511.


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Aaron Murphy, who competed under Fred Turoff, and his team attempt to save the men’s gymnastics team from being cut. PAGE 20


The sophomore led the men’s tennis team with an 8-5 record in the fall season. The German native said he is more suited to American hard courts. PAGE 21

Robby Anderson is no longer enrolled at Temple. Adam DiMichele is named new wide receivers coach. PAGE 19



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Anthony Davis | 5-11, 180 lbs. DB | Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Jaelin Robinson | 6-7, 300 lbs. OL | Wilbur Cross (West Haven Conn.)

*Derrek Thomas | 6-4, 185 lbs. Fr. WR | Bishop Maginn/Milford (Albany N.Y.)

Jared Folks | 6-2 218 lbs. LB | Susquehanna Township (Harrisburg, Pa.)

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Shamir Bearfield | 5-11, 175 lbs. DB | St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)

James McHale | 6-6, 300 lbs. OL | Dunmore (Dunmore, Pa.) Jacob Martin | 6-3, 230 lbs. DL | Cherokee Trail (Aurora, CO)

Sean Chandler | 5-11, 173 lbs. DB | Camden (Camden, N.J.)

Delvon Randall | 6-0, 190 lbs. WR | Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)

Michael Dogbe | 6-3, 240 lbs. DL/LB | Parsippany Hills (Morris Plains, N.J.)

Aaron Ruff | 6-3, 300 lbs. OL | Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.)

David Hood | 5-9, 185 lbs. DL/LB | Absegami (Galloway, N.J.)

Brenon Thrift | 6-3, 230 lbs. DL | Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)

Frank Nutile | 6-4, 199 lbs. QB | Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)

Lenny Williams | 5-10, 196 lbs. DB | Sto Rox (McKees Rocks, Pa.)


*Cequan Jefferson | 5-10, 170 lbs. Fr. DB | Henrico/Fork Union Military (Richmond, Va.)

Matt Eaton | 6-4, 200 lbs. WR | Pascagoula (Pascagoula, Miss.)

*Shahid Lovett | 6-2, 205 lbs. Jr. DB | Lackawanna CC (Vineland, N.J.) *Alex Wells | 6-0, 202 lbs. Jr. DB | Overlea/ASA College (Baltimore, Md.)

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Freddie Booth-Lloyd | 6-0, 315 lbs. DL | Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)

*Khiry Lucas | 6-1, 180 lbs. DB | East Side/Hinds CC (Cleveland, Miss.)

Ventell Bryant | 6-0, 315 lbs. WR | Jefferson (Tampa, FL) Derrick Ingram | 6-1 193 lbs. WR | Jefferson (Tampa, FL) Jyquis Thomas | 6-1 182 lbs. DB | Plant City (Plant City, FL) Brodrick Yancy | 5-11 184 lbs. WR | Manatee (Bradenton, FL)

* denotes mid-year transfer

Temple’s coaching staff took its recruiting efforts to a national level this season, bringing in players from nine states. | AVERY MAEHRER TTN

A NATIONAL SEARCH The Owls’ 2014 class includes 25 players from nine different states. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Aaron Ruff had offers from schools like Wisconsin, Boston College and Virginia Tech, but he chose to sign with Temple. The offensive lineman is a local to Philadelphia, coming out of Imhotep Institute Charter High School. He said he chose the Owls because of the team’s proximity to his home, the facilities, the coaches and a feeling of being welcome. “Now, I’m actually part of the family,” Ruff said. The feeling is similar for the 24 other recruits who signed with Temple on Feb. 5. Heading into his second season as head coach, Matt Rhule went nationwide with recruiting this year, signing 12 players from outside Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “For the first time since I’ve been

here, I’ve taken our Temple brand across the country, and what we found was the university as a whole has really become a national brand,” Rhule said “Whether it’s football, basketball or just our university itself, as we went to Colorado, as we went to Florida, people recognized and respect Temple a great deal.” “As we went to parents who maybe didn’t know much about Temple and went back to work and told their coworkers that their son was being recruited by Temple, that feedback that came back to us was outstanding,” Rhule added. “I think it should be a whole source of pride for our university, the way that the rest of the country looks at our school here on North Broad Street.” Temple picked up defensive lineman Jacob Martin out of Aurora, Colo., as well as defensive back Jyquis Thomas, defensive lineman Freddie BoothLloyd, wide receivers Ventell Bryant, Derrick Ingram and Brodrick Yancy out of Florida. The Owls also signed wide receiver Matt Eaton and defensive back Khiry Lucas out of Mississippi and offensive lineman Jaelin Robinson out of Connecticut.

Matt Rhule will begin his second season as head coach this fall, when he will welcome 25 new players to the team’s roster. | ANDREW THAYER TTN Temple acquired four mid-year transfers in freshman defensive back Cequan Jefferson – who originally signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in early 2012 – freshman wide receiver Derrek Thomas, junior defensive back Alex Wells and junior defensive back Shahid Lovett. In his press conference on Feb. 5, Rhule thanked everyone who helped in

the recruiting process, but when it came to recruiting in Florida, he gave a special shout-out to former cornerback, firstyear graduate assistant and Florida native Evan Cooper Jr. “We felt like that area is open to us, the southeast is open to us because of the league,” Rhule said. “And I think what

Fencers prepare for Junior Olympics The team will send three student-athletes to the annual event. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News With the 2014 Junior Olympics only days away, Petra Khan will finally be home. The annual event, which takes place Feb. 14-17 in Portland, Ore., is a short FENCING trip from the sophomore sabre’s hometown of Beaverton, Ore. “It will be nice because I get to sleep in my own bed the day before my tournament so I think that is also something comforting to me – being home and going straight to the venue,” Khan said. Khan is one of three Temple fencers that qualified for the tournament. Freshman épée Alexandra Keft and freshman foil Miranda Litzinger will join

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No Dunphy-led Temple team has allowed more points per game.


our years ago, in the 2009-10 season, Temple allowed fewer points per game than all but two Division I teams in the country. That team, led by Lavoy Allen, Ryan Brooks and Juan Fernandez, allowed 5 6 . 8 points per game. The Owls finished 2 9 - 6 , went 13-1 at home Evan Cross and won the Atlantic 10 Conference title. Although Temple lost to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament, that team was one of the best teams Temple’s had in recent history. Since then, the Owls have regressed on defense from season to season. With the exception of a 1.6 point improvement from 2011-12 to 2012-13, the team has steadily allowed more points than it had the season before. That drop is culminating this season. Temple is allowing 77.8 points per game, which ranks last in the American Athletic Conference. Only one team, Rutgers, is within five points of that mark. The Owls’ defense has performed so poorly that despite being fifth in the conference in points scored per game, they’re ninth in scoring margin. They are third in field goal attempts allowed but seventh in converted field goals allowed. Temple allows opponents to shoot 46.1 percent from the field. In the


Freshman pair starts against nation’s best

Khan on the journey west to compete. With the stiff qualifying standards, making the tournament wasn’t easy. A fencer qualifies based on national points accumulated through North American Cup events or through the state/regional qualifier, resulting in some of the best young fencers in the country headed to Portland. “A lot of good fencers show up and it is good competition and when you do well in them it is very satisfying because you know you’ve worked all this time to get to where you want to be,” Keft said. With the team’s busy schedule, there will be no change in its training for the Junior Olympics, coach Nikki Franke said. “It will be no differently than [how] we’ve been preparing,” Franke said. “We’ve had meets every weekend so they’ve



Defense reaches new low

Feyonda Fitzgerald and Taylor Robinson have played large roles this season. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News

Freshman Feyonda Fitzgerald leads the Owls with 12.8 points per game as the team’s starting point guard. | HUA ZONG TTN


Even against the country’s best team in women’s basketball, Tonya Cardoza did not hesitate WOMEN’S BASKETBALL to counter a starstudded Connecticut squad with two freshmen. Guard Feyonda Fitzgerald ran the point for 23 minutes, while center Taylor Robinson played 18 minutes and grabbed five rebounds against an undefeated UConn team at McGonigle Hall on Jan. 28. Starting two freshmen alongside a sophomore in Erica Covile may not be the prototypical formula to combat a

team that had not lost since last March, but it was nothing new for the Owls’ sixth-year coach and her young roster. “The fact that they’ve gotten experience and are holding their own with it is definitely a positive,” Cardoza said. “Playing in this conference against the teams that we’ve played against, for freshmen to play significant minutes helps a lot.” Fitzgerald was not a highlyranked prospect coming out of high school. In fact, the Norfolk, Va. native didn’t have any type of star rating attached to her name as a rising prospect at Lake Taylor High School. Yet, Fitzgerald is leading the Owls with 12.8 points per game as the starting point guard. She’s logged 31 minutes per game, ranking third on the team behind first-teamers Tyonna Williams and Natasha Thames. “When I was trying to figure out what college I wanted


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