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FACILITIES

Buildings show university’s early history Many campus buildings are named after past presidents or benefactors. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor

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or many buildings on Main Campus, past presidents, administrators and faculty members are chosen as namesakes for their dedication to the university,

whether through money, service and/or overall achievement in their respective careers. However, if it weren’t for public funding, many structures at Temple wouldn’t be standing at all. “If you just went on money alone, most of [Temple’s Main] Campus would be named after the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said James Hilty, professor emeritus of history and a Temple historian. “Around 1955, the Department of General Services under

the Commonwealth started appropriating money back to state-affiliated colleges, which is what Temple was at the time.” A decade later, Temple became a state-related university. Hilty said this change brought “a big burst of state money,” helping expand the university throughout the next couple of decades. Many central buildings on Main Campus are named after past presidents and administration. Conwell Hall – named after the university’s founder

and first president Russell Conwell – was dedicated on Jan. 23, 1924. Another example of this trend ANALYSIS OF THE ORIGINS OF MAIN includes Johnson Hall, which was CAMPUS BUILDINGS dedicated on Nov. 27, 1961 for former president Robert Johnson, who served $5 MILLION from 1941-59. Likewise, Anderson and AMOUNT DONATED BY MITCHELL Gladfelter halls were dedicated to MilAND HILARIE MORGAN FOR lard Gladfelter and Paul Anderson, two MORGAN HALL PROJECT other former presidents. Although many of the university’s 7 older buildings were named for sigBUILDINGS NAMED AFTER

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Spring festival planned TU Pop Up will feature food trucks and live music. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News

DONALD OTTO TTN

DANCING INTO MARCH

Fans cheer as the men’s basketball team surges past Connecticut in a 75-63 victory in the team’s regular season finale at the Liacouras Center last Saturday. The Owls’ 22-9 (13-5 American Athletic Conference) record earned them the No. 4 seed in The American’s conference tournament, scheduled to begin on Thursday. PAGE 22

Live music, alcohol, age: a restrictive combination Venues around the city cater to an older crowd because of alcohol restrictions, while some are more inclusive. TIM MULHERN The Temple News Chris Ward doesn’t think an age restriction should be put on live music. Ward, the talent buyer and promotions manager at Johnny Brenda’s, a 250-person capacity venue in Fishtown, books 250 shows per year at the club, but only those 21 years or older are permitted to attend. “Music is something that

transcends age and it creates a kind of weird class system that you have to be 21 to enjoy music,” Ward said. “Clearly you don’t.” Pennsylvania state laws and the layout of Johnny Brenda’s – one entrance for all patrons – prohibits Ward from booking all ages shows. Venues like Union Transfer host all ages shows and serve alcohol to patrons of age, due to separate entrances to the general admission floor and bar areas within

the venue. As an employee of Johnny Brenda’s, Ward said he is frustrated by what he calls “arcane laws,” and as one half of the Philadelphia-based band Pattern is Movement, he has seen how other countries handle minors in a setting where alcohol is typically served. He said in many countries the legal drinking age is lower and laws are less strict than those found in

A tennis history

STATE BUDGET | HIGHER EDUCATION

I am calling on our institutions to freeze tuition, and I expect them to answer that call.

Hidden in the Shadows

Resources for the university’s tennis program remain limited, as they have for much of its existence. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News

Governor Tom Wolf Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address indicated he intends to reverse some of the cuts made to state funding of higher education.

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JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

The Districts, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, played a show at Union Transfer, an R5 Productions all-ages venue, on Feb. 14.

Eighteen small scissors cut the ribbon that officially opened a new tennis complex in Dallas, the home of Southern Methodist. The facility has 12 electronic scoreboards, six indoor courts and six outdoor courts, team locker rooms,

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training rooms and fitness centers. SMU’s newest athletic complex, opened in February 2015, houses one of the American Athletic Conference’s middle-of-theroad tennis programs. This is not the only construction project in progress for tennis programs still jostling for position in the 2-year-old conference. The United States Tennis Association is building a 100-plus court facility in Lake Nona, Florida, which will be the home to Central Florida’s men’s and women’s teams. New construction attracts student-athletes, bolstering the recruitment at schools like UCF and SMU.

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Researchers study surveillance

Healing with hypnotherapy

For children, a lesson in textiles

Professors in the Computer and Information Sciences department received an NSF for their work with 3-D cameras. PAGE 2

Professor Rev. Dr. Nadine Rosechild Sullivan uses hypnotherapy to help clients lead more fulfilling lives. PAGE 7

Tyler assistant adjunct professor Taylor Caputo created Cirkits, a DIY sewing kit for children. PAGE 9

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Death penalty in spotlight

In lieu of Spring Fling, which was canceled by the university in 2013, TU Pop Up will be held April 21 as a new event to welcome the spring season. TU Pop Up will take place next month at the skate park by the Cecil B. Moore subway station outside Ritter Annex, and span across Main Campus to Liacouras Walk. Student vendors will be able to sell their artwork and crafts. In addition, there will be games, food trucks and student performances. Spring Fling was canceled after a number of student citations for fighting and intoxication, as well as complaints from neighbors about students’ behavior, Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services said. “A lot of people come through the neighborhood who have no investment here,” Leone said of past experiences from the event. “[Temple students] don’t have the same stakes in the community.” When announcing the cancellation, President Theobald called the event “a bacchanal, a drinking fest,” saying it encouraged students to skip class and drink and had lost its original purpose of integrating commuter students into campus life. Nineteen-year-old Ali Fausnaught, a student of West Chester University was also killed in a fall from a roof off campus where she was visiting friends. “[Spring Fling] was not meeting the purpose and goals of the program,” Chris Carey, director of student activities said in an email. “Last year’s Cherry-On Experience was the first opportunity for new and creative programming.” The day featured a food festival run by the Philadelphia Food Trust, music, mural painting and laser tag. “Student Activities looked at what trends are working right

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Men’s lacrosse club intensifies


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staff reports | state budget

Wolf budget includes more education funding Public and state-related schools have had state funding cut from their budgets in the past few years. JOE BRANDT News Editor Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address on March 3 in Harrisburg revealed his plans for the state’s finances, including his pledge to increase state funding for higher education institutions with the expectation of a tuition freeze. “In return for these increases, today I am calling on our institutions of higher education to freeze tuition, and I expect them to answer that call,” Wolf said in the address, which was also streamed online through his office and the Harrisburg PatriotNews’ website. Wolf said he will roll back 50 percent of the cuts to higher education funding made by the Corbett administration. For Temple – which had received $139.9 million the past three years – the total appropriation would be $155.3 million, an 11 percent increase worth $15.4 million. “We are grateful for the governor’s investment in public higher education in Pennsylvania,” President Theobald said in a university press release. “The restored funds in the governor’s proposal – if approved by the General Assembly – will go directly to helping us hold down tuition and recruit the best faculty.” Temple had requested a 5 percent increase in funding, as The Temple News reported in September. Other schools, like the Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, had requested as much as 6 and 14.7 percent, respectively. However, Penn State’s funding will see the biggest increase in both percent and in dollar form, according

to the Patriot-News’ website, pennlive.com. The 23.2 percent increase would increase the appropriation to $263.7 million. Temple has not frozen tuition since 2012, when it was learned that the appropriation would not be decreased to less than $139.9 million. But as costs inflate, the appropriation is worth less and less to the school. Tuition increases were held to an average of 2.4 percent over the past three years, according to the press release. In July, the Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition by about 3.7 percent – a $600 increase – while Penn State increased tuition 2.73 percent. Temple had also cut $110 million from its budget to cope with the cuts. Dormitory and meal-plan rates are also expected to increase in the next few years, officials have said. While other schools have said they would use a funding increase for a specific project – Penn State has said it would use the funding for improving the Hershey Medical Center – Temple officials said the appropriation would be used to keep tuition down and fund the operating budget, 15 percent of which is the appropriation. Wolf said he would increase revenue to fund education through a severance tax on natural gas extraction and closing corporate tax loopholes. Much of his budget address focused on K-12 education, but he also mentioned that he was increasing funding for the state’s community colleges by $15 million. * jbrandt@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @JBrandt_TU

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Gov. Tom Wolf, then still a candidate, spoke at the Liacouras Center for a Nov. 2 campaign event headlined by President Barack Obama, future Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and Sen. Bob Casey.

University looks to expand online

Researchers develop surveillance

Online enrollment rose 20 percent for this year. AISH MENON The Temple News

CIS professors received an NSF grant to develop mobile 3-D cameras. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News In an effort to incentivize the development of innovative uses for highspeed computer networks, the National Science Foundation recently offered a grant of nearly $200,000 to the Computer and Information Sciences Department, which is developing mobile surveillance cameras and enhancing Temple’s security network to accommodate the new technology. The NSF’s U.S. Ignite initiative extends the opportunity for innovation to universities and colleges, particularly those in urban environments. A team including Jie Wu, chair of CIS, is developing a 3-D camera mountable on a police cruiser dashboard, along with improving Temple’s network to allow footage to be viewed by police dispatchers. Chiu Tan, assistant professor of CIS, said mounted security cameras have a few notable deficiencies. “Right now, a lot of cameras are used after [an incident],” Tan said. “Dashboard cameras record, then dump the information [to a database], but it’s not used in real time. … We would like to make use of some of this information while it’s being collected.” Mounted cameras also provide limited coverage of an area, Tan added. Haibin Ling, associate professor at the College of Science and Technology said a typical camera cannot recognize an image in poor lighting. 3-D cameras function just like regular cameras, but can also detect depth in addition to the three primary colors. The camera is able to detect

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Sunil Wattal and Youngjin Yoo talk to Zoran Obradovic via Skype to discuss research.

how far away something is – and in the case of a moving object, how fast it’s approaching. “An interesting and desirable function about this camera is no matter the lighting, it will always give you this information because it only uses depth,” Ling said. “[The 3-D camera] can detect things regardless of illumination conditions.” The second component to the project is maximizing the efficiency of the wireless network. Tan, who is the facilitator of the streaming component, said uploading and streaming video fast enough to be in real time is a challenge because of the large amount of data that videos take up. The eventual goal of a more effective network is data compression and summarization. This will assist in investigations of crimes or incidents. “Our system includes two parts: one is outside identification in real time, the second is simple processing with a computer,” Wu said. Wu also said that the identification component will use pattern recognition, which then matches with existing databases to find the suspect in the case of a crime. Ling is the coordinator for the recognition component of the project. The network is facilitated by the WiMax infrastructure, which is the extension of Wi-Fi. It is installed on top of Wachman Hall and covers around

a two-mile radius, allowing complete coverage of Main Campus. “Surveillance videos can be up to hundreds of hours of footage. Most of the time, there’s nothing in the video; it’s static,” Ling said. “We can usually discard 90 percent of the video. With more research and technology, we can easily reduce that to one hour.” The camera technology and increased network efficiency will be used toward a more proactive approach to campus safety. “Our initial goal is to install some of these 3-D cameras on campus systems from campus police,” Wu said. Wu added that there will eventually be around 600 cameras installed to monitors at Temple. Additional cameras will be installed on Temple police cars for dynamic, mobile coverage of events. GoPro cameras are the current models for testing the 3-D capabilities before prototypes are built. The project was approved in October and is on a two-year timeline. The approach and detection camera technology will be ready in May or June of this year. The initial data summarization will be completed in January 2016, with an advanced version in May 2016. Next month, the team will go to Washington D.C. to present its preliminary results. * lian.parsons@temple.edu

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In the past year, the amount of online classes held at Temple has increased nearly 20 percent as the university moves toward a fully online degree option, said Daniel White, director of digital education. During the 2013-14 school year, Temple offered 423 online classes and more than 6,700 students enrolled, according to university data. In Spring 2014, there were 4,102 students registered to take an online course, most of which were in the Fox School of Business, which currently offers the most online courses. One of the Office of Digital Education’s long-term goals is to expand its course load so that students from far away can take all their classes online and still earn a degree. Vicki Lewis-McGarvey, vice provost for university college, said Temple’s new goal for online classes is a “mission for access.” “By having these online classes we can have more students that wouldn’t normally be able to make it to Temple,” Lewis-McGarvey said. Temple is not the first school to move toward a fully online option. Penn State’s “World Campus” program allows students to receive a Penn State education without ever stepping on one of its campuses. It has a staff of professors who teach exclusively online. At Temple, however, many of the same professors who teach on Main Campus supervise online classes. Temple offers six graduate degrees completely online, and The Fox School of Business offers one undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration. Lewis-McGarvey said that the online undergraduate degree program is primarily meant to help transfer students get their degree

on time. Besides expanding the online course catalog, the ODE is also moving to make the classes more interactive.

We can have “ more students that

wouldn’t normally be able to make it to Temple.

Vicki Lewis-McGarvey | vice provost

Right now, many courses use discussion boards to facilitate communication. Some professors have also implemented the use of Temple’s WebEx, a video conferencing program that creates more interaction between the professor and students. “We could ‘raise our hand’ any time we had a question, and by that, I mean there’s a button on WebEx that you can click and it sends a notification to the professor saying that someone had a question,” said Becca Brotschul, a junior psychology major. “You could also chat with a specific classmate to ask a question or get clarification about something the professor said.” There are approximately 300 online classes this spring semester, Lewis-McGarvey said. Students can choose from a multitude of course options like hybrid and video-based distance education classes, where students in a classroom web conference with other students who are either from another classroom or at home. There are also asynchronous courses, which allow the student to work at his or her own pace, and synchronous classes wherein the student and teacher have to be online at the same scheduled time. * aishwarya.menon@temple.edu T @aishmenon


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STAFF REPORTS | politics

DNC could bring jobs, money for Philadelphia Students could benefit from the influx of business and tourism. DAVID GLOVACH The Temple News With the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia in July 2016, Temple is looking to gain some of the recognition that will come from what is not just national news, but also an event followed around the world. On Feb. 12, the Democratic National Committee announced that Philadelphia had won the right to host the party’s 2016 presidential nominee convention. The city was among three finalists before it beat out Columbus, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. Philadelphia last hosted the Democratic National Convention in 1948, when Harry S. Truman was vying for re-election. “When the convention comes to Philadelphia, there won’t be just a national presence, but an international one,” said Elizabeth Barber, the associate dean of the School of Hospitality and Continued from page 1

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nificant figures in Temple’s history, most of the funding for construction was through public outlets, whether through the state’s General Assembly, federal government, city or other sources. One exception to this was Mitten Hall, which was named after Thomas Mitten. Mitten, who was chairman and president of the now-defunct Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, was a close friend of Conwell. Much of Mitten Hall’s $550,000 cost was raised by Arthur Mitten, Thomas’ son. Arthur collected much of the funds through his father’s former employees, and the building was dedicated on Feb. 27, 1931. Hilty said that after the university started an expansion phase in the 1950s and 1960s, more individuals started to donate money toward the construction of new buildings, matching a pattern that has continued across the country today. “It’s a trend nationwide with university fundraising,” Hilty said. “Temple has changed the name of some buildings, or have added a name on, because of a donation.” The most recent example of such a building at Temple is Morgan Hall, a $216

Management. “The whole world is going to be watching this convention. There is going to be a lot of international press. It’s free advertising for the city and you can’t put a dollar on the free press.” Barber added that the university is taking the DNC just as seriously as City Hall, with Karen Clarke – Temple’s vice president for strategic marketing and communications – putting together a committee to find the best ways for the university to get involved and noticed as much as possible. “I hope the media is looking towards Temple when they need to get a quote from an expert,” Barber said. “I think there is a certain way that Temple can stick out. We just have to be very methodical in the way we approach this.” Among the deciding factors that led the DNC to choose Philadelphia were the layout of the city, the amenities it offered and the history of Philadelphia – the convention will take place on the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “The Democrats loved the fact that all of the hotels were in walking distance of downtown,” Barber said. “All of the restaurants and shops are

in walking distance of each other. Even when the city hosted the Republican Convention in 2000, it is going to be different. [Philadelphia] has more supply. The Convention Center has doubled in size and there are around 45,000 [hotel] rooms for people to stay at compared to only 12,000 15 years ago.” “The city is also a bigger draw than say Columbus or Brooklyn in that there are parks and museums,” Barber added. “Families will be able to come here during that time and have things to do.” The convention is also projected to have a significant economic impact on the local economy with early estimations of spending – both direct and indirect – ranging from $170 to $250 million, despite the initial estimates that the convention will cost the city around $85 million. “I expect the economic impact to be big and the city to do financially well,” Barber said. “I expect restaurants and hotels to do very well. This is an interesting group that is willing to spend money, both with meetings and parties and things like that.” When Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000, the city brought in

between $200 million and $400 million, with the GOP spending $24.9 million on hotels alone. Among the economic impacts the convention could have is the creation of jobs for the surrounding areas. When Charlotte, North Carolina hosted the DNC in 2012, 5,000 new jobs were created, although Barber said that not all of those jobs would be sustained past the convention. “The DNC is one of the biggest conventions there is,” Barber said. “Hotels and restaurants will need more people to deal with the influx of people. Now some of those jobs will be sustainable and some will not. What I mean by that is that people who are part time will go to full time, and more part-timers could be hired.” “The convention is going to need thousands of volunteers,” she added. “It’s going to need people. It is a great way for Temple students to get involved and learn about the workings of a convention such as the DNC.” * david.glovach@temple.edu T @DavidGlovach

ee Edna Tuttleman and her husband, Stanley, on Oct. 12, 1999. As the first academic building built on Main Campus in 20 years, Tuttleman’s $25.2 million cost was funded through $10.4 million in capital funds from the state, with the remainder coming from private sources, according to the university’s dedication ceremony brochure. Decades prior, Paley Library was built for about $5.3 million through Pennsylvania’s General State Authority. The facility was dedicated to Samuel Paley – a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1930-60 – on Oct. 21, 1966. Additional donations from the Paley Foundation, totaling more than a million dollars, were used to equip and furnish the library. A significant change during the past 15 years is the lack of buildings named for the university’s last two presidents. David Adamany and Ann Weaver Hart, who served from 2000-06 and 2006-12, respectively, are the only two presidents in the university’s history who do not have a building named for them, with the exception of current president Neil Theobald. Hilty said Adamany and Hart’s short terms might have changed the way the university views the position, leading to the cur-

had to give a certain amount to get a garden, “Youa room, department, college or building. ” James Hilty | professor emeritus of history

million residence hall and dining complex which was named after Mitchell Morgan – an alumnus and Board of Trustees member – and his wife, Hilarie, at a naming ceremony on Oct. 9, 2012. The couple personally donated $5 million toward the project. By comparison, in 2007, late Temple trustee Lewis Katz donated $15 million to Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. Two years later, the school named the Lewis Katz Building after him. The building houses the law school and the School of International Affairs. In 1998, Jon Huntsman Sr., a chemical business magnate and father of the former Republican presidential candidate who serves on the Board of Trustees, donated $40 million to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The donation was the largest ever made to a business school at the time, according to the Inquirer, and was reflected in the dedication of Hunstman Hall on the school’s University City campus. Hilty said that during the 1980s, thenpresident Peter Liacouras developed a specific policy concerning naming rights. “Liacouras actually sat down and enumerated the amounts of money that were necessary to get your name on something,” Hilty said. “You had to give a certain amount to get a garden, a room, department, college or building.” In November 2013, Katz gave $25 million to the university which he said would help support Temple’s School of Medicine. The pledge represented the largest donation in Temple’s history, and the Board of Trustees will name the School of Medicine for Katz because of the gift. However, some recently constructed buildings on Main Campus have been funded through sources other than the namesake. One such case is the Tuttleman Learning Center, which was dedicated to former trust-

rent lack of recognition. “It essentially opened the door to a new kind of administrative value system or ethos,” Hilty said. “The trustees really believed that they could hire a president and keep them under contract … in some respects, I guess the trustees didn’t want to see anyone take root in the office for too long.” However, the requirements for any individual earning a building name on Main Campus are significant, a university spokesman said. “The naming of buildings at Temple represents one of the highest honors a member of the university community can receive,” the spokesman said in an email. “At Temple, and on many college and university campuses, building names recognize distinguished service or philanthropic support. Building names, which are approved by the Board of Trustees, also serve as a consistent reminder of the contributions and legacies of some of the most notable figures in our history.” Because of this, some buildings are not named after people, including 1300, 1940 and Temple Towers, all residence halls on Main Campus. Hilty said 1300 and 1940 are named for their respective street addresses, while Temple Towers was named by former president Peter Liacouras. Like most buildings on Main Campus, some of these residence halls may eventually be named – but not without an individual making an important contribution to Temple, Hilty said. “I guess eventually, for one reason or another, people will look around and put a name on a building,” he said. “But generally, it’s a honor.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel Joe Brandt contributed reporting.

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Several of Temple’s buildings are named after university benefactors who donated money, while others are named after past presidents. Some, like 1300 and 1940 residence halls and the SERC, are not named after anyone.


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With lack of Spring Fling, new events compete

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No spring substitution

The years-long tradition throwing parties off campus. of Spring Fling, intended to Last year, a massive studenthelp integrate commuter stu- organized block party on Park dents into the Avenue vastly e n v i r o n m e n t Spring fling substitutions overshadowed of Main Cam- are not effective in changing Cherry On Expus with disperience Day, students’ minds about play tables for despite Temple partying. various student Student Govorganizations and programs, ernment and the administrawas canceled in 2013 after tion’s efforts to produce an exPresident Theobald called the citing and interesting event for day a “bacchanal.” The event, students. Theobald and other adminisIt stands to reason that trators agreed, had ceased to canceling the university-conserve its original purpose and trolled aspect of the event was had devolved into an excuse to never, and still is not, guaranday-drink during times usually teed to end the student minddevoted to class. set-controlled aspect. TU Pop The canceling of Spring Up, this year’s event, is based Fling also followed the tragic in part on the concept of Night death of a visiting student, Ali Market Philadelphia. Students Fausnaught of West Chester have already decided to party University – though officials on one specific day in April; a never cited the incident as mo- nightlife-themed event held by tivation for putting a stop to the the university is certainly not traditional festivities. the catalyst to change that. It’s true that Spring Fling It’s a difficult spot for the was a drinking fest. However, university to be in. But in this canceling the event in its origi- case, perhaps doing nothing – nal form and replacing it with no event, no recognition of the subsequent smaller events, former Spring Fling – is the anlike last year’s Cherry On Ex- swer. If a day of April isn’t sinperience Day and this year’s gled out in the consciousness of planned event, TU Pop Up, the Temple community, maybe is unlikely to minimize stu- students will stop having so dent drinking throughout the many parties on the same day day or prevent students from that safety hazards occur.

Funding increase needed Last week, in a budget Whether Wolf’s proposal address in Harrisburg, newly- is passed by the General Aselected Gov. sembly or not, Tom Wolf placed Gov. Tom Wolf ’s call for a Temple’s apan emphasis on raise in funding for higher propriation is higher education expected to education institutions funding – a stark rise – whether should be welcomed by all contrast to what it’s the full Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania $15.44 million public and stateincrease, or an related colleges and universi- amount closer to the $7 million ties, like Temple, have experi- Temple requested. enced in recent memory. Wolf said he expects Temple requested a 5 per- higher education institutions cent increase in funding this to freeze tuition with the inyear, but Wolf’s proposal called creased funding. In a recent for an 11 percent increase to interview with The Temple Temple’s appropriation. News, though, Vice President, Former Gov. Tom Cor- Chief Financial Officer and bett’s first budget proposal Treasurer Ken Kaiser said that called for a 50 percent reduc- while tuition would likely still tion in appropriations for the be raised with a 5 percent in2011-12 fiscal year. That figure crease, the increased funding was later reduced to 19 percent. could “mitigate it.” The next year, Temple received Regardless, Wolf’s pro5 percent more, equating to posal should be embraced by $139.9 million – where the the university community, and funding has stayed level for the the state at large. Even if the past three years. benefits of more funding aren’t Now, though, it seems an immediate, this increase would emphasis is being placed on certainly be a step in the right higher education. direction.

CORRECTIONS A story published on Feb. 24 stated that, as a Yellow Ribbon School, out-of-state student veterans with post-9/11 GI bill benefits at 100 percent differential cost from in-state students are eligible to receive 50 percent of their tuition from Temple and the other half from the Veterans Association. That is incorrect. These student veterans are eligible to receive 50 percent of their tuition from Temple and the other half from the United States Department of Federal Affairs, not the Veterans Association. A story published on Feb. 24 stated that Temple canceled the conference call with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. According to Associate Vice President for Executive Communications Ray Betzner, the PLRB decided to move to a hearing and cancel the call after Temple administrators said they had some concerns which they wanted to address. The story also stated that the adjuncts were trying to join the United Academics of Philadelphia. They are only seeking incorporation in TAUP. A photo caption in the Feb. 24 issue identified a player shown in the photo as sophomore Filip Stipcic. It was actually junior Maros Januvka. 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 Avery Maehrer at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

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April 15, 2014: A massive block party was held during the Cherry On Experience event that replaced the annual Spring Fling on April 12, 2014. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives, told The Temple News that about 700 students attended the alternative, university-sponsored event. The offcampus block party also drew in hundreds to its Park Avenue location and resulted in an $1,800 fine for student-residents who hosted. On April 21, Temple will host TU Pop Up, a Night Market Philadelphia- inspired event that will span across Main Campus.

Commentary | in the classroom

‘Kid gloves’ must come off for professors, students alike The relaxed attitude of some classrooms and students hinders learning.

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was taking an introductory course within the Advertising Department last semester when the professor of our small class asked us to name some attributes that set physical magazines apart from their e-reader counterparts. “They’re tangible,” one classmate mused. “Very good,” the professor responded. “You can hold them in your hands,” another student called out. “Very good,” the professor repeated, to my IAN FLETCHER absolute confusion. It’s hard not to notice when gilding starts to chip. It’s even harder still not to begin picking off the facade myself when I see it happening. I was starting to get the feeling that my peers weren’t taking their courses seriously and that our professors weren’t taking us seriously. My suspicions weighed on me in a manner that demanded investigation. So, I started small. During a lecture in one of my major courses, my friend and I would look up the terms my professor defined in her slides. Without fail, each and every definition was ripped from Wikipedia. In a previous semester, I turned in a video project that could be objectively described as terrible work. I received an “A” and a written review from my TA calling it – and I swear this is true – “fun to wacth.” I’m not one to bite the hand that feeds me, so I held my tongue in the hope that this was just a fluke. When the behavior of my teachers wasn’t shocking me, it was the behavior of my peers. People would show up to class in their pajamas. Others would spend the entire class on their phones. Even I would do it. The temptation was too great to pass up. It didn’t exactly feel right, but it’s hard to complain about getting hit with kid gloves. Some students enjoy sustaining themselves, while more advanced students enjoy a comfortable ride. Everybody wins, as long as you don’t focus on the working world. As a result, class discussions became dominated by colorful personalities who had no idea what they were talking about. I’ve lost count of how many times a comment was preempted with, “I didn’t do the readings last night, but I think…” The worst part is that many of my professors depended on these students. They were the last line of defense against utter silence. But is a bad discussion really better than no discussion at all?

I’m not suggesting that these students be chastised, but when a regular commenter answers every question by standing and turning around to address the entire class so they can try out three minutes of what I could only guess is a club comic’s awful stand-up routine, perhaps a professor should reconsider the conduct of the discussion. In lectures, it became a general practice to copy notes from a slide and tune out until the next one came up. It offered two benefits: my grade never suffered and I could live-tweet how stupid my classmates were. On the other hand, I was learning very little and my Twitter presence was becoming annoying. I was succumbing to an environment that did not demand excellence. It barely encouraged it. This wasn’t always the case. I had a handful of professors who were engaging, smart and expected your best work. They challenged students to forgo apathy or risk failure. The results spoke for themselves. Grades were earned and knowledge was retained. Classroom discussions became a melting pot of valid comments overshadowing the invalid. I was grateful for these experiences,

ed by the same handful of students, she felt embarrassed for putting forth more effort than necessary. Kim Selig, a sophomore marketing major at Fox, complained her classmates paid more attention to their phones than their professors. Ally Sabatina, a freshman political science and philosophy double major, expressed concern at her peers’ general indifference toward subject matter she found exciting. It seems to be the general sentiment that an unmotivated and unskilled peer group poisons the well. There’s a comfort in apathy and you feel like a sucker for expressing anything different. Why put in your best work when the bare minimum will earn you the same grade? It’s high school gym all over again. Many professors aren’t ignorant to these concerns. I later spoke to Kristine Weatherston, an associate professor in the MSP department, because she is recognized by her students as an effective professor. She expects good work and gives meaningful assignments. “Cs get degrees, but skills and strong portfolio pieces get jobs,” she told me in an

environment that did “I was succumbing tonotandemand excellence. ” but they were often fleeting. When a good class ended, two bad ones took its place. During these times, I felt outnumbered and hopeless. It’s not a good feeling to have in a day and age that frequently calls to question whether or not a degree is a sound investment. So I began speaking to friends, acquaintances, and peers to see if anyone else felt this way. Unsurprisingly, many did. Taylor Plunkett-Clements, a senior media studies and production major, claimed the problem was adjunct professors. She said many of them are wet behind the ears and don’t know exactly what they were doing. She also said that they have a more informal attitude toward running class. It’s her opinion that many adjuncts have a misplaced sympathy for their students and intentionally give them a light workload or easily achievable goals in a class. Almost everyone I spoke to at least partially attributed a mediocre class environment to the herd mentality of their peers. As I had noticed before, many experienced a lack of motivation to speak up in class, because few of their classmates ever did. Keira Campbell, a junior MSP major, suggested that when discussions were dominat-

email. It’s a comforting sentiment, one that I’m sure is reflective of much of the faculty. But it’s often hard to tell if the student body can match that ratio. So the question boils down to this: is our school failing us or are we failing ourselves? It may be an uninspired answer, but it’s a little of both. Wood will only ever float to the level the water rises. Professors need to challenge us more, either by being more engaging or by putting the fear of God in us of failing. Alternately, we need to start challenging ourselves and each other. Class discussions should be impassioned debates, backed by fact and moderated by expertise. Curriculum should be diverse and unique to every professor, highlighting the subjects they specialize in rather than offering vague introductions to vast concepts. Ultimately, we all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. An accredited university has no business appealing to the lowest common denominator. We can do better. We can all do better. * ian.fletcher@temple.edu


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Moratorium rightfully positions Abandoning the death penalty in court spotlight

The controversial, flawed death penalty is fortunately being discussed in Pennsylvania.

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he thing about prisons, so I’m told, is that there are locks on the door and they won’t let you out. Such is the truth for an increasingly large number of men and women here in the state, where the number of new prisons continue to rise, quite certainly with the hope that they’ll someday be filled. This is the truth for the 186 Pennsylvanians now sitting on death row, their lives long since signed away by the state, KEVIN TRAINER but who remain caged in an ever-shrinking cell. Locks become straps; a gurney for your bed. This chapter began last month when then-Gov. Corbett, in one of his last official actions before leaving office, signed the death warrants for five Pennsylvania inmates. These warrants are the legal actions required to effectuate a trial court’s decision to sentence an individual to death. One warrant was for Terrance Williams. In 1984, Williams, then-18 and a freshman at Cheyney University, robbed and beat a man to death with a wrench and tire iron. The victim was Amos Norwood, who, Williams said, had sexually molested him since he was 15. Williams left Norwood’s body between two tombstones in a Mount Airy cemetery, only to return the next day to set it on fire. The murder was Williams’ second. As such, he was sentenced to death. Since then, Williams’ case, like those for many on death row, has pinballed between courts, appeal after exhaustive appeal, supposedly and finally ending with the stroke of Corbett’s pen. Williams was scheduled to die on March 4. But, on Feb. 13, things changed. Gov. Wolf, just one month into office and wielding mountains of political capital, announced a moratorium on all state executions and also a reprieve for Williams. Wolf based his power on Article IV of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states in relevant part that “[i]n all criminal cases ... the Governor shall have the power ... to grant reprieves [and] commutation of sentences and pardons...” In addition to this constitutional power, Wolf, in a press release announcing his decision, contended that the death penalty is “error prone, expensive and anything but infallible.” Temple Law Professor Anthony Bocchino, was more to the point: “I am very happy about the moratorium.” Not all agree. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, also a Democrat, has petitioned the state Supreme Court to rule on the controversy. In the petition, Williams claims that Wolf’s unilateral act was “flagrantly unconstitutional, and should be declared … to be null, void, and absolutely without legal effect.” The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case but no schedule for a decision has been released. Well, then, who’s right?

The case for the death penalty – at least at first approximation and in a strictly economic sense – is straight-forward: Does one state execution here deter more than one murder over there? This has long been the critical, if incomplete, question illuminating the debate. And, for basically as long as the question has been so posed, the answer has been “maybe.” The debate began in earnest in 1975 when the economist Isaac Ehrlich, then at the University of Chicago, published a study concluding that during the 1950s and 1960s, each state execution prevented about eight murders. And although Ehrlich’s paper was highly technical, and despite his conclusions being challenged by many, including a panel of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences, politicians and prodeath penalty groups latched onto Ehrlich’s bottom-line as the justification they so desperately craved. More recent evidence supports Ehrlich’s early views. The Emory economist

What place, if any, “does a cost-benefit analysis have in questions of life or state-sanctioned death?

Hashem Dezhbakhsh, in a study published in the American Law and Economics Review, has concluded that capital punishment not only has a deterrent effect, but one even stronger than Ehrlich’s early finding. Dezhbakhsh’s study concluded that each execution prevents 18 murders, on average. Many other recent studies support a figure in that range. But just as in the 1970s, for each new study concluding that the deterrent effect is real and substantial, there have been just as many seriously questioning those results, leaving the debate on wholly unstable terrain. And even if, arguendo, we could properly ascertain the deterrent effect, an essential question persists: what place, if any, does cost-benefit analysis have in questions of life or state-sanctioned death? “I am unimpressed with the Dezhbakhsh putative study as with most of the law and economics movement pronouncements that result from making the appropriate or inappropriate assumptions to which economic theories are applied,” Bocchino said. Bocchino added that he’s not even convinced that Dezhbakhsh’s result is even empirically correct. To Bocchino, not only is the answer to the cost-benefit question probably no, it proceeds from a seriously flawed premise. “Even if the cost-benefit analysis is as valid as a matter of economic theory, it should be irrelevant as to whether the death penalty should be utilized.” But assume, for a moment, a cost-benefit framework. And suppose the deterrent effect is substantially greater than one-toone. Why wouldn’t the death penalty be

morally allowable or, more radically, morally required? In that case, the choice would not be life or death – should we spare the criminal’s life or not – but should we spare the criminal’s life at the expense of the lives of several presumptively innocent people. Bocchino identifies an important flaw in this argument, that of error. “Cost-benefit analysis always has an error rate. In the case of the death penalty the error rate results in killing innocent – or at least not guilty – people. One error is too many.” But this reasoning is circular. Bocchino is certainly correct that the death penalty is subject to error and innocent people have been put to death. But from that premise we don’t so easily arrive at the position of total outlaw. Unless we reject the cost-benefit framework, the execution of an innocent at the hands of the state needs to be compared to the murders of the innocents not prevented by the execution at the hands of the state. Lurking in the background of this line of the cost-benefit argument is the unexplored assumption that the state’s “act” of imposing death is functionally equivalent to the state’s failure to prevent a murder through the “omission” of that act. I am not a moralist, but the distinction between a state’s act and a state’s omission seems relevant. The state, for example, engages in countless omissions that continually threaten people’s lives: greenhouse gases are regulated but not outlawed; speed limits on the highway are not that slow; homeless people remain on the street even when the temperature dips far below freezing. A government not doing something that could save a life is not an “omission” or “failure to act” in any meaningful sense. It is simply a reflection of democratic choices. Which returns the story to Pennsylvania. In reflecting on the debate, I am reminded of Telford Taylor’s great memoir, “The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials.” Taylor, who served as our country’s chief prosecutor during the trials, recalled writing to his then-boss Justice Robert Jackson, who was on leave from the Supreme Court to serve as the United States’ Chief of Counsel, that the “thing we want to accomplish” – successfully prosecuting Nazi war criminals – “is not a legal thing but a political thing.” Such is the case here. Gov. Wolf promised a moratorium on the death penalty during his campaign and the people of this state overwhelmingly approved that campaign. Now, Wolf is acting on that mandate. Wolf does not fear the death penalty going before the State Supreme Court; he wants it there. He wants it there because the same constituents who elected him to office in November elect the justices to that court. He wants it there because the voters in more and more states have decided that capital punishment is both cruel and unusual. And he wants it there ultimately because courts, quite unlike politicians, must decide. For Wolf, the immediate answer may not turn in his favor. But like Taylor, the thing Wolf wants to accomplish is not a legal thing, but a political thing. And sometimes politics take a while. Until then, Terrance Williams remains in his cell. * kevin.trainer@temple.edu

LETTER TO THE EDITOR... From an economic standpoint, adjuncts should not unionize. The proposal for Temple adjuncts to join the Temple Association of University Professionals, Temple’s full-time faculty union, would ultimately be a harm to both adjuncts and students, despite claims on the contrary by TAUP and the adjuncts campaigning for a union. The main source of the issue is the fact that higher wages will reduce the amount of adjuncts that Temple hires. When unions collectively bargain, they push up the wages that union members get, which shifts how much labor a business (which is exactly what Temple is) employs to a lower level than what it would at the prevailing market determined wage. What effect will a lower amount of adjuncts have? Less teachers, higher student per teacher ratios, increased costs on adjuncts as far as grading goes, less individual

attention students get from adjuncts, substituting adjuncts for graduate students or even full-time faculty. Adjuncts do not have access to TAs like full-time faculty have, so there is no way a 40- or 50-person class will have individual attention that TAs can afford to reduce the workload of professor. Hence, students will be left behind as adjuncts are also put into a bad position. The adjuncts have cited lack of “sustainable” employment in the current regime of adjunct hiring. What do adjuncts think will happen for those who won’t be hired given higher wages? Is employment at $1,300 per credit – stated in a Letter to the Editor, published on February 24 – not preferable to $0 per credit, as some adjuncts won’t be hired? What of those adjuncts, do they matter? Unions are only ever good for those within the union, not without. If adjuncts care about employment and care about adjuncts as a group, they should

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oppose a union. Those who voted in favor of a union at the recent adjunct union vote have shown they do not care about those who dissented. Furthermore, think about what will happen as Temple grows in the future. The adjunct union will be harming the adjuncts who are trying to enter the education market in the years to come. Those adjuncts – possibly students here at Temple right now – did not have a voice. They were already disenfranchised by the adjunct union today. Interestingly, the adjuncts here are already victims of a union – the TAUP. Full-time and tenured faculty are protected by the union here, pushing up wages and lowering employment. More adjuncts would be brought on for full-time and “sustainable” employment if full-time faculty had to compete with them for jobs. Instead, full-time faculty have again prematurely disenfranchised adjuncts. Adjuncts are already the victims of a system they

want to join. What does a union mean for students otherwise? Unions get to protest and shut-down university activities if they do not like the terms of a contract. As someone who had to experience a union shut down of his high school in his freshman year, I know from firsthand experience that it is completely counterproductive to learning. Students should not be held hostage to union demands, as Temple is about student education, not a high-wage jobs program for adjuncts or full-time faculty. I sympathize with the adjuncts who are upset – I realize employment is a stressful, emotional and extremely important issue. However, a union will not help the situation – it will only make it worse. Adjuncts and students both would do well to oppose this union, not support it. Cory Haberkern is a senior economics major.

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culture of Penn State football A student recalls being part of the unwaivering support of the Penn State community.

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BY EJ SMITH

y black Reebok cleats started to soak through the Central Pennsylvania grass on a hazy summer morning before the sun came up. As a teenage aspiring linebacker at an earlymorning Penn State football camp, my stomach growled and my eyes glazed over as a gray-haired man pulled me aside to tell me the importance of footwork when moving laterally. This memory replays often, not for the free lunch or the conditioning drills, but because of who the gray-haired man with the goofy smile turned out to be – the man who nearly destroyed Penn State football. More than half a decade later, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky sits behind bars while several confirmed victims pick up the pieces of their scarred childhoods. Horrific stories surfaced about the man whose face is now seared into my brain. My disbelief grew as it became clear that the monster described in the newspaper was the coach who taught me footwork mechanics. That feeling grew as I learned about the administrative negligence. I became horrified of what the culture of Penn State football allowed to go unseen. The unsettling reality was that this small town, run by bigtime college football, would spare no bounds to protect a legacy. The precedent had been set across the country, and continues on through sexual assault allegations, stolen property and drug abuse. I went to a satellite campus of Penn State so I could cruise in my white 1999 Suzuki Vitara, but learned quickly it wasn’t for me. The blind following of a 160-year tri-state football tradition drove me away from what many Pennsylvanians swear to be the pinnacle of Pennsylvania collegiate sports. Sitting in a dining hall, I heard students discussing the unfairness of the possibility that they would never see their beloved Nittany Lions in a bowl game.

unsettling reality was that “thisThesmall town, run by big-time

college football, would spare no bounds to protect a legacy.

I heard people complain about the late Joe Paterno’s win total being rebuked, I saw wristbands with the numbers “409,” and Tshirts that read, “We are because he was” and I watched Penn State football surge through what was expected to be its darkest day. The resilience was inspiring for many, but as a Temple-bound transfer student, I was bewildered by the lack of understanding. Whether students, athletes or coaches intended it or not, the legacy of Penn State football was prioritized over the welfare of children. Some considered the sanctions taken on Penn State’s program worse than the death penalty – an NCAA punishment that bans a school from competing in a sport for at least a year. Instead, former coach Joe Paterno was stripped of 13 years worth of victories, a lessened number of scholarships and a $60 million fine. However, the influence of football continues. In the drunken Saturday afternoons celebrated by students and alumni alike, the football-constructed community lived on. Numerous vendors still line up streets neighboring Beaver Stadium, as people fed their families with Nittany Lion fans’ money. Those vendors represent the undeniable need for Penn State football, the chilling reality that big-time football programs dictate the conduct of the small towns they inadvertently endorse. The NCAA missed on its sanctions, and in doing so, attempted to eradicate everything except the culture that enabled heinous acts in Penn State facilities. Instead, it poked the bear that is Nittany Lion pride, only strengthening it when it really needed a dose of humility. In 2013, Penn State averaged 96,587 in attendance. While it was down nearly 150 seats per game, it remained among the Top 5 stadium fillers in college football. Now, with lifted sanctions, a Top 25 recruiting class and an NFL-bound junior quarterback, Penn State football is alive and well, as is the culture. The same culture that cultivated secrecy, all for the sake of the white helmet and blue jerseys that unite a student body. During my time as a student, Sandusky was the elephant in the room, while the unwavering support for the players, with their names emblazoned on the backs of navy blue jerseys became the centerpiece of Penn State athletics. Earlier this month, ESPN talking head Keith Olbermann called Penn State students pathetic on Twitter, but later apologized following a suspension from the network as the tweet he replied to was about students raising money for charity. He was wrong for calling the students pathetic – the education provided in State College is nationally renowned, and those attacks had no basis. However, attacking the self-involved mindset that Penn State students oftentimes represent is spot on with Olbermann’s words. When my satellite campus classmates learned I was transferring to Temple, I heard various swipes about it being an inferior Pennsylvania school. I became editor-in-chief of the student paper in my third semester, and didn’t see many tangible challenges ahead of myself. I left for two major reasons – the fear of not being challenged by better, more talented journalists and the disdain toward omnipotent football programs running a Pennsylvania town. * esmith@temple.edu


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LOCAL POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN 22ND DISTRICT

Robert Wilson III was shot and killed in a GameStop on Lehigh Avenue while picking up a birthday gift for his son on Thursday night, the Inquirer reported. Wilson, a police officer in the police department’s 22nd district, was performing a security check and was at the store counter when two brothers entered and declared that they were robbing the establishment. When the 30-year-old officer drew his gun, shots were soon fired by Ramone Williams and Carlton Hipps, the two individuals police identified as the perpetrators on Thursday. In the ensuing gunfight that lasted 30 seconds, more than 50 shots were fired. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a press conference on Friday that Wilson “redefined what being a hero is all about.” “He stepped away from the counter, there were civilians there ... he stepped away so that the shots weren’t going directly at them,” Ramsey said at the press conference. “He was actually being hit during the exchange of gunfire but he continued to fight, continued to shoot.” Williams and Hipps were both charged with first-degree murder, along with attempted murder for attacking Wilson’s partner, Officer Damien Stevenson. Captain Robert Glenn, who was Wilson’s commanding officer, said the eight-year veteran always volunteered for various tasks in order to make his community safer. “If there was a crime pattern, he would be the first to say, ‘Let me and my partner be part of the solution,’” Glenn said. Wilson left behind two sons and a grand-

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mother. The older son – who Wilson was buying a gift for – turned 10 on Monday. -Steve Bohnel

STUDENT ROBBED ON 15TH AND DIAMOND STREETS

Temple Police apprehended a male in connection with an armed robbery of two students on 15th and Diamond streets Wednesday night. The suspect was found on 17th and Diamond streets, carrying a pellet gun, Charlie Leone, executive director of campus safety services said in an email. Around 8 p.m., two students reported that they had been robbed at gunpoint, Leone said. A male approached the students and asked them both for their belongings, Leone said. One student refused and the suspect displayed a handgun. The students said they believe that the gun was a pellet gun. A wallet and a cellphone were taken before the suspect fled on foot southbound on 15th Street from the location, Leone said. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as thin, approximately 6 feet tall, with a mustache. He was wearing a baggy blue and gray hooded windbreaker and dark baggy clothing. -Lian Parsons

ON CAMPUS TEMPLE TO HOST DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL DEBATE

A Democratic mayoral debate will be held on May 4 on Main Campus at Temple’s Performing Arts Center prior to the primary elections on May 14, philly.com reported. The debate is part of “The Next Mayor,” a

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Nelson Diaz, a trustee and mayoral candidate, announced Feb. 5 that the energy company Exelon was donating $450,000 to the Beasley School of Law.

collaborative project created to inform voters about the mayoral race, which concludes with the general election on Nov. 3. Partners in the project include Temple’s Center for Public Interest Journalism, the Inquirer, Daily News, WHYY/Newsworks, The Committee of Seventy and WURD Radio. Daily News Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea and WHYY Senior Reporter Dave Davies will co-moderate the debate, which will cover several issues tied to the race, including education, taxes, economic development and several others. “Philadelphia Media Network is delighted to host this important debate just two weeks before the primary,” said Stan Wischnowski, the company’s vice president of news operations

in the press release. “The format will provide voters a final chance to hear directly from the candidates on the issues most critical to the city’s future.” -Steve Bohnel

KITCH NAMED CHAIR OF JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT

The journalism department now has a new permanent chair after the departure of Dr. Andrew Mendelson for the City University of New York. Carolyn Kitch, a professor of Journalism, was named department chair last week after serving as interim chair during this semester. -Joe Brandt

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now,” Student Body President Ray Smeriglio said. “I’m really excited about it; it will really capture the essence of the city.” Veronica Moore, associate director of student activities, said students will have opportunities to explore and have a variety of ways to get involved at the event.

“We decided we wanted to be very creative and innovative in our activities,” Moore said. Moore added that the goal of Student Activities is to always keep events student-oriented. “Students have a choice of how they want to be involved when they come,” she said. “[The event] will be laid-back and open ... a safe environment for students to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.” Smeriglio said the event will be lo-

cated where there aren’t typically programs, which is one of the components that will make TU Pop Up unique. The planning for TU Pop Up is inspired by pop-up parks and Night Market Philadelphia. These temporary, seemingly impromptu festivities showcase diverse activities, art and culture. Leone said Campus Safety Services is also playing a role in the process of planning the event. “There are differences in how we

deploy [the police force],” he said. “It depends on traffic flow and [volume of] pedestrians.” Temple Police is sometimes augmented with Philadelphia Police for larger events, Leone said. Because resources are impacted, it is a top priority to keep everyone involved safe, he added. Student Activities received feedback from student organizations at a Temple Student Government general body meeting to gauge interest and

hear ideas for potential features for the event. TU Pop Up will be publicized through an activities board in the atrium of the Student Center, fliers, and through social media. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

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THE MAKING OF A MOVIE

A NEW VIRTUAL REALITY

Students in the year-long Senior Projects class must create a film over the course of two semesters. PAGE 16

A Simbionix machine allows medical students to perform colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and bronchoscopies on simulated patients. PAGE 8

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‘PAINT YOUR VISION’

The Office of Leadership Development will host a “Paint Your Vision” event in the Student Center on Thursday, other news and notes. PAGE 18 PAGE 7

With hypnotherapy, helping and healing

Rev. Dr. Nadine Rosechild Sullivan, an alumna and assistant professor, uses hypnotherapy to “heal” and counsel clients with the hope that they will lead more satisfied lives.

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t 12 years old, Rev. Dr. Nadine Rosechild Sullivan began to study Buddhism, Native American spiritualities, European paganism and other religions outside the reach of her Catholic household. “I’ve always had a very spiritual inclination,” said Sullivan, a women and gender studies professor at Temple. “I’ve always cared and been intensely interested in the [idea] that there is a God and what happens after we die.” For more than 20 years, Sullivan has been utilizing her spirituality and education as an interfaith minister and counselor – guiding her clients on how to live more fulfilling lives. Though Sullivan said her practice is not clinical, many of her clients come to her seeking help for problems ranging from maintaining healthy relationships to dealing with anxiety resulting from traumatic experiences. Through a process of hypnotherapy, Sullivan’s clients are able to uncov-

er repressed memories and experiences that are often unknowingly the roadblocks to a happier and more successful existence, Sullivan said. “I’m not a psychologist, so I don’t approach clients clinically,” she said. “I just work with [clients] to help them find their sense of purpose – spiritually or just talking it through.” Hypnotherapy differs from the mainstream idea of hypnosis, Sullivan said, and involves a three step process that begins, first and foremost, with relaxation. Once clients are relaxed, Sullivan asks a series of questions, following the responses of the client, which allows her insight on how to deal with the specific problem. “The [clients] are always aware and they remember everything,” she said of the hypnotherapy process. “We’ll explore what’s true for them in that emotional space. There are things we don’t

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Learning the tricks of the trade

Temple workers are mentoring students from YouthBuild Charter School. EMILY SCOTT The Temple News

Jamer Jackson became interested in the complexity of electrical work as a child, when he watched his uncle tinker with wiring around the house. Now, Jackson, gets to use his passion for electrical work with the Philadelphia YouthBuild Charter School – an alternative form of schooling that includes a one-year

program. Through it, students can receive a high school diploma, as well as vocational training in trade work, early education development, business administration, health care and customer service. Temple recently formed a partnership with the national program YouthBuild, through which workers from Temple facilities mentor YouthBuild students, often on construction sites. “[Students are] honing their skills at the same time that they are giving their time to the community,” said Sarah Peterson, a communications and development associate for YouthBuild. In 1992, to combat the city’s

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low graduation rate, the Philadelphia chapter of YouthBuild opened its doors in South Philly. In six-week intervals, students switch between basic educational courses in a classroom setting to training on work sites. Since 2015, students in the vocational interval of the YouthBuild program visit Temple once a week to receive mentorship in their field from Temple facilities workers. The YouthBuild model started in New York in the 1970s as a fundamental program for young adults – ages 18 to 21 – who have been disconnected from school and trade employment.

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Jamer Jackson (left) shadows university plumber Jason Noel as he repairs a pipe system.

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HEALTH

Machine gives students a virtual reality experience

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Assistant professor Dr. Matthew Philp teaches a group of residents about a new machine that allows students to simulate upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures at the Temple Medical School.

The Temple School of Medicine is demonstrating the importance of simulated medical training. JANE BABIAN The Temple News A new virtual reality simulator at Temple University School of Medicine alerts students when they’ve done something wrong – if a student makes a mistake during a mock colonoscopy procedure, the machine will emit a moaning or grunting sound. The state-of-the-art training technology, called a Simbionix machine, provides in-depth training with upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures and comes with authentic scopes similar to those used in a medical office. Students can insert one of the machine’s scopes into a designated procedure slot, and the camera at the tip of the long rubber scope allows the user to check a simulated patient for any irregularities, like Crohn’s disease, tumors and inflammation. The program gives feedback on “how far you’re going in, if you’re hitting a wall, how fast you’re moving and more,” said Richard Milner, administrative director for the surgical research department. The machine plays back the procedure in real time, so if mistakes were made, students can see what went wrong. If the user were to make a mistake during a procedure, the machine generates a moaning or grunting sound, similar to one a patient would normally make. Instructors can set the machine to different levels, and, using the scopes, students correctly diagnose the disease associated with the level.

All students have their own login to be used every time they need to perform a simulated procedure. The logins allow for recording a particular student’s improvement. Dr. Matthew Philp is a colon and rectal physician at Temple University Hospital, as well as an assistant professor of clinical surgery at Temple’s medical school. Philp leads the training sessions on the GIBRONCH Mentor in the simulation lab. A group of six surgical residents enter the lab at a time and take turns using the simulator within a three hour session. Upon entering the room, each resident is instructed to take a preliminary skills assessment that questions their familiarity with equipment and procedures. The point of the preliminary assessment is to gauge how useful the session is and to measure the effectiveness of the education, Philp said. As of now, use of the machine is recommended but not required, but Philp said that will change in a few years. He is designing a course around the machine, since it has the ability to boost students’ educational value by recording times and mistakes, he said. The course will include “a graded system based on where they are and where they should be on the milestones we ask them to reach,” Philp said. Dr. Deacon Lile is a surgical resident who used the simulated training technology. This was his first time doing a colonoscopy completely by himself, he said. He finds it’s harder to learn the “old way,” in which he said he had to learn “bit by bit” while shadowing a physician. Before the machine, residents were allowed to perform certain parts of a procedure on a real patient. If a mistake occurred, a certified physician would take over, Lile said.

Lile said the simulator provides a less stressful environment. “When there’s a patient on the table you get worried about harming them with every move you make,” Lile said. Temple’s Institute for Clinical Simulation budgeted for the GI-BRONCH Mentor, which costs $160,000. It was approved in November 2014 but was first used in January of this year. Milner pushed for this particular ma-

chine because it teaches the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery, he said. He describes it as a “didactic component in teaching hands on.” “Simulation is a big part of our training nowadays,” Milner said. Milner compares the simulator with the idea of how video games take real-life situations and put them on a screen. “It’s like Halo,” Milner said, laughing. “Except you can skip levels.”

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tell ourselves, that we know but don’t quite say out loud.” Sullivan’s no stranger to her own subconscious – she’s used hypnotherapy to help improve her relationship with food. Having spent a portion of her adult life overweight, she said she never knew the reason behind her problem until the hypnotherapy session. “I was asked the question, ‘What was I getting from being overweight,’ and I found I felt safer being overweight [because] it would reflect attention from me,” Sullivan said. “I could see I was not in the same place I was when I was 14, and I could allow myself to be thinner, and I would be safe.” Sullivan said she believes the method of hypnotherapy has the potential to work for everyone as long as they are willing to be open about the process. “I do have some clients come in thinking that [hypnotherapy] won’t work,” she said. “I have no magic powers, so the person has to be willing to relax.” “I think it can work for anyone who can allow themselves to explore that space,” she added. “Our minds protect ourselves a lot, so some people’s child-

hood traumas – they’ll only see little bits of it. It will come out in layers.” Though she said some of her clients are fighting to overcome traumatic experiences, Sullivan said she is more frequently encouraged by clients than discouraged. As a survivor of sexual assault, Sullivan said “learning to heal” is one of the most important things she has done in her life and has sparked her to write her book, titled “I Trusted You,” which was published in 2012. “I don’t find counseling people disheartening because people do make progress and come to feel better about themselves,” she said. “I almost always end up encouraged. I’m not working clinically … [I’m] generally dealing with people as spiritual beings.” Sullivan said she has recently been inspired by people’s everyday efforts to end violence against women and children. “We may not be able to do a lot about sickness and natural causes of death,” Sullivan said. “But if we really could just treat each other better, we’d be better off.” * abricke1@temple.edu

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Literary journal a ‘labor of love’

Adjunct Kimberly Ann Southwick curates a semiannual black and white literary journal that is published nationwide.

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onochromatic blends of poetry, art, fiction and nonfiction share the same home. Between the 6-by7-inch paper fold, Gigantic Sequins fashions a literary world. Gigantic Sequins, a literary arts journal, is published twice annually across the nation. Gigantic Sequins searches for pieces that contribute to a diversified construct. “I look for things that are a bit more surreal or have a heightened level of reality,” Zach Yontz, Gigantic Sequins fic-

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Engineering for the maker generation Cirkits is a DIY electronics kit meant to teach and inspire kids through sewing circuits. ALBERT HONG Assistant A&E Editor Taylor Caputo finds the intersection of designing and teaching jewelrymaking to non-majors at Tyler School of Art to be fascinating – much like the intersection of design and engineering with Cirkits, a new toy to help kids learn basic electronics. “Designing for children, you can’t really assume anything, and teaching [students] who have never made anything, you can’t assume anything so it all kind of overlaps and that’s super interesting to me,” said Caputo, an adjunct assistant professor and head designer for Cirkits. “I find that I’m probably most passionate about teaching people how to make things,” she added, “that’s how my toy design and teaching kind of come together.” Cirkits is a sewable DIY electronics kit for kids that was designed by a team of professors and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Master’s program, including Caputo. The kit includes six stitch cards of colorful circus characters, with holes for conductive thread to be sewed through, and conductive boards screen-printed with conductive ink to make the cards animate in a variety of ways, like having LEDs light up or characters move. Made possible through years of research and a grant from the National

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Science Foundation, the project has culminated into a toy that the team hopes will encourage children to take an interest in engineering and science. The educational aspect of Cirkits was inspired from Friedrich Fröebel, a German pedagogical researcher in the 1800s, who developed the concept of “kindergarten” and a number of educational toys, one of which included the stitch card which taught children how to sew. Cirkits takes that concept, but modernizes it for today’s generation. “So we adapted that kind of teaching fine motor skills, but updated it by introducing the component of e-textiles,” Caputo said. As the head designer of Cirkits, Caputo’s responsibilities include creating the visual design, making prototypes and figuring out how the technology of sewable microcontrollers was going to be implemented in the design. Having graduated from Tyler with a BFA in metals/jewelry/CADCAM, she sees the importance of having a product that kids actually make and interact with their hands. “It’s still related to craft, even though it is technology, so we still wanted to bring in that handmade-ness to it,” Caputo said. “Even with Cirkits, it’s the intersection of handmade and technology.” Cirkits ended up garnering much interest from local tech sites and enthusiasts, helping its Kickstarter cam-

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Members of Broad St. Burlesque put on the Hayao Miyazaki themed show on Feb. 21.

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BURLESQUE GETS ANIMATED Broad St. Burlesque presented a show inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films at PhilaMOCA. ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News The common costume preparation for a burlesque show consists of homemade rhinestone-aligned lingerie, colorful pasties and bedazzling flashy costumes. For the company members of Broad St. Burlesque, the wardrobe of their recent show was made up of an-

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ime-inspired bug eyes, pig noses, spider legs and giant, hooded dresses resembling the woodland creatures from the animated film “My Neighbor Totoro.” On Feb. 21, the company members of Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies presented, “Hayao Miyazaki Burlesque,” a tribute to the popular feminist anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The show took place at PhilaMOCA, located at Spring Garden and 12th streets. Liberty Rose – a stage name – is a performer, producer and founder of Broad St. Burlesque. Rose, other performers and previous interns at Broad

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Artist develops ‘visual language’ in new exhibit Eileen Neff, alumna and photographer, will hold an exhibit until April 18. ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News Two-time Temple graduate Eileen Neff remembers traveling south every Saturday as a student in junior high school, when her father drove her from their Bustleton home to the Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia. Recently, Neff has traveled even farther south to advance her artistic knowledge and experience. She participated in a three-week artist residency in the rainforest of Costa Rica. “For me, it was another idea of nature, a denser and more saturated landscape than I had ever known,” Neff said. “Everything was in the details, and the details were everywhere. There was something remarkable to see at every turn.” Neff’s photographs of the tropical setting will be on display at her solo exhibition, “Traveling into View,” in the Bridgette Mayer Gallery at 7th and Walnut streets until April 18. Neff’s subject matter often includes the exploration of striking landscapes and surroundings. “Traveling into View” transports the observer to corners of Costa Rica with its portrayal of the rainforest’s sprawling leaves, expansive horizons and lurking wildlife. The collections experiment with Neff’s methods of presentation; while some of her photographs seem straightforward and unaltered; others contain abstractions. “The work explores some questions of travel itself — what it’s like to be somewhere unfamiliar, what one can hope to know of another place in such a short time, and how to come away with something that speaks of the experience,” Neff said. Neff didn’t enter Temple as an art student, let alone a photography major. The Northeast High School alumna chose to stay in Philadelphia for its affordability and selected Temple for its English department. Fascinated by poetry, Neff enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, although the idea of pursuing fine art had always been on her mind. “At that time, choosing to be an English major was in some ways a default choice, a reasonable option, a way to be educated when you weren’t certain about what to pursue at the moment,” Neff said. “I’m not sure what that major would be now. I wasn’t ready to declare myself an artist.” Although she received her bachelor’s degree in English, Neff spent any free time she had in the art department at Temple. She took classes in the now-nonexistent South Hall with Neil Kosh, a painter and professor from North Wales who taught at Tyler for more than half a century. After graduating from Temple in 1967, Neff wasn’t ready for her educational career to be over. A few years later, she entered the Philadelphia College of Art, now known as the University of the Arts, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Neff’s interests in English literature and art were intertwined, she said. “I was trying to make some kind of visual poetry with my paintings, images that referenced the world, but that also engaged different levels of abstraction,” she said. Her continuing education inspired her to pursue the artistic side of that relationship in greater detail. “The deeper connection with art making that came from my experience at the Philadelphia College of Art encouraged me to stay close to a learning situation where I could continue focusing on my questions and further develop a visual language of my own,” Neff said. Finally, she headed back to Temple, this time to receive her MFA in painting. While teaching art at the Miquon Upper School in the Germantown section, Neff was offered a free class at PCA in return for working with a student-teacher. Wary after taking a printmaking class that she had found too tedious, Neff chose a photography course. She began snapping pictures of her paintings and outside surroundings, and before long, she had fashioned a personal darkroom in her own home. It took one impromptu night class for Neff to change her artistic medium completely to photography. “Photography let me think like the former English major in me, as I could collect images, almost like words, and arrange them so that they said something beyond what they suggested on their own,” Neff said. Since discovering photography, she has not created a single painting. Neff has found other ways to incorporate her passion for writing and literature into her artistic career. Between 1989 and 2002, she wrote reviews of various works for Artforum, an international magazine. “In retrospect, I realize that it was my degree in English that gave me the confidence to develop a practice of writing about art,” Neff said. She’s also accompanied her works with famed poets like modernist writer Wallace Stevens, and has cited the transcendentalists Thoreau and Dickinson in her photographs. Neff plans to continue exploring photography through travel as she considers visiting the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where a continuation of the Rocky Mountains reside, as well as the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Kentucky, where more than 1,900 plant species are located. Today, Neff’s role as a former English major shines through her exhibit. “It’s still a search for that poetry I thought I understood so long ago,” Neff said. * angela.gervasi@temple.edu

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Rechelle Payne is a freelance jeweler at Moon + Arrow and has been working in the boutique for the past six months.

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Curating handmade artistry Boutique Moon + Arrow on Fabric Row is owned by alumna Chelsea Pearce. JULIANNE SPINGLER The Temple News

Moon + Arrow, a threeyear-old boutique located at 754 S. 4th St. on Fabric Row, houses everything from jewelry made by the owner, Chelsea Pearce, to curated pieces by local, relatively unknown artists. Pearce, a Philadelphia native, is no stranger to the world of design. Both of her parents were photographers and professors at the University of the Arts, and her longtime interest of metalwork eventually led her to study at the Tyler School of Art. After a few semesters, Pearce felt she needed to take a more traditional approach to learning the art of jewelrymaking, which brought her to Florence, Italy. “I was really looking for an old-school way of learning, and it’s funny because my jewelry does not reflect that at all, but I wanted those skills and I wanted to learn it in that way,” Pearce said. Pearce said her designs rely heavily on abstract, simplistic elements with inspirations coming from geometry and alchemy symbols that are related to metal. While Pearce established much of Moon + Arrow with her original work, she said she wasn’t always keen on focusing her career on jewelry. “When you’re in school, and you’re studying something so diligently, and you’re trying to make it your art and not just this craft, you’re not thinking of making sellable work quite yet,” Pearce said. “Even though I thought about it a mil-

lion times, and probably 20 other people recommended it, I had to have that moment where I had to get over myself as a jeweler, and find a way to make an affordable line that was really true to my aesthetic.” Pearce then began to sell her jewelry, along with vintage goods she had curated, at markets and festivals across the country. Eventually, this led her to the idea of opening a pop-up shop to temporarily sell her work. In 2011, she rented the space that BUS STOP Boutique now occupies just down the street from Moon + Arrow, and within a few months of opening, Pearce said the shop had developed a following. “It was all-in, but it was incredible, and by the end, people were saying, ‘You can’t close, you’re my favorite store in Philly,’” Pearce said. “And I was not expecting that.” Hannah McIntosh, one of the frequent patrons of Moon + Arrow, said she appreciates the dedication Pearce puts into her work as part of the community. “I just love the mixture of things in here, and how [Pearce] supports local artists,” Macintosh said. “I can always count on the fact that what I buy here is going to be quality. Like the prices might be a little higher, but you’re definitely paying for the quality.” Aside from selling her own creations, Pearce said she feels strongly about promoting the work of other local artists. “Things are not made the way that they used to be, unless they are by the people we are trying to carry,” she said. While Pearce has recent-

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Chelsea Pearce curates all of the jewelry in Moon + Arrow.

ly gained national attention through deals with companies like west elm and Urban Outfitters, she still wanted to make sure that the items in Moon + Arrow didn’t lose their integrity. “With vintage being very trendy and all of that, it can get out of control,” Pearce explained. “It’s not fun anymore. It’s not a treasure anymore, you’re just buying this expensive thing. We just do what we

love here, and I think that people can feel it, and I think that comes through.” Pearce said in the future she would like to focus her energy on Moon + Arrow, instead of expanding nationally. Currently, Pearce is finishing up a new line of jewelry for the Fall 2015 season. * julianne.rose.spingler@temple. edu


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Local comedy troupe stays close to home Secret Pants was formed by Temple alumni when the Philly comedy culture was still young. CHELSEY HAMILTON The Temple News Bryce Remsburg was in a comedy writing class in Annenberg Hall when he and a few classmates decided they wanted to continue with sketch comedy after the course ended. Remsburg, a 2005 broadcast telecommunications and mass media graduate, started the comedy troupe Secret Pants with his former classmates in Spring 2004. “In our comedy writing class we were learning to make sketches, do live performance and shoot and edit videos,” Remsburg said. “We were goofing off at the end of the semester when a group of us decided to keep it going.” At the group’s first meeting, Remsburg said dozens of people interested in sketch comedy showed up. One of them was Paul Triggiani, a 2004 Temple graduate with a degree in mass communication. Ten years later, Triggiani and Remsburg now make up two out of five members still active in Secret Pants. “In the beginning, it was crazy and unmanageable and we knew it wouldn’t work with that many people,” Remsburg said. “We cut down to a group of 13 people and called ourselves Secret Pants.” After the name was set, the group performed in its first live show in 2005, and its first Internet video was published in Fall 2004, before YouTube gained more popularity.

Even though the group is involved in Philly Improv Theater and other individual endeavors, Secret Pants still meets consistently as a group every Wednesday and performs on special occasions. Triggiani also spends a lot of time with the Philly Improv Theater, where he teaches class and directs another sketch comedy troupe called The Flat Earth. He also hosts a free show called TV Party, with Rob Baniewicz, held at midnight every first Friday of the month. “We screen usually two shows on a theme, and our last theme was ‘Shows Set in the Future,’” Triggiani said. “It’s a drunk and rowdy mess, and we love it.” “Back when we started, there was no path to get involved in comedy and we kind of had to figure it out as we went,” Remsburg said. “There’s a system in place now that was not there for us 11 years ago, and all of us made that trail.” Triggiani credits part of Philly’s growing comedy scene to Temple Smash, Temple’s first student-produced comedy variety TV show that was launched in 2009. “Lately there’s a ton of people coming out of Temple Smash,” he said. “There wasn’t an outlet for live comedy in Philly before. We had to perform at bars for people who didn’t care.” “There were maybe half a dozen people when we started and now there’s hundreds,” he added. “We’re proud to be a part of that and we’re proud of Philly for becoming a comedy city.” Secret Pants was recently selected out of hundreds of applicants to perform at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival this year on March 12 and 13. “We used to travel a bit but we haven’t been out of Philly in almost seven years and we’ve

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Beginning on March 12, Secret Pants will participate in the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

never performed out of the country,” Remsburg said. “Toronto is almost going to be like a reunion for us. We’ll do two shows, take some workshops and have fun.” Secret Pants will do two shorts and participate in some workshops while at the festival. Triggiani’s other comedy group, The Flat Earth, is also performing in Toronto. He said that the festival typically only invites 15-20 groups from out of the country to participate. “I basically said to all of the groups in Philly that we all need to apply to Toronto to create a Philly presence,” Triggiani said. Secret Pants is performing a “best of” set that

is essentially about death, Triggiani explained. This kind of dark material is really popular in Philly, so they’re hoping it will be in Toronto too. Through each of their individual successes, Remsburg and Triggiani said they never forget their alma mater. “One great thing about Temple is no matter where you go, there’s a network that it brings you into,” Remsburg said. “There’s so many credible alumni and you don’t really realize the breadth of it until you’re out in the real world.” * chelsey.nicole.hamilton@temple.edu

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Film meets frozen dessert at picturesque restaurant

in his childhood that fueled his passion for motion pictures. “When I was a kid I always watched Hollywood movies,” Ha said. “At the time there was no multiplex, so one theater had one screen. I had EAMON DREISBACH to wait several hours to just get into the movie The Temple News theater.” In the cafe, customers are greeted by a sizeAt a first glance through the window to the able model of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon Happily Ever After Dessert Café, the venue could hanging from the ceiling, among numerous other easily be mistaken for a movie-memorabilia shop. cinema-inspired collectibles belonging to Ha. Ha Just as the thralls of collectible cinema knick designed the space, which is filled to the brim knacks that peer through the window suggest, the with movie quotes, figurines and references to the eatery, located at 230 Market St., is just as much a world of film. A life-size R2-D2 sits beside the tribute to cinema as it is a cafe. cafe’s daily special board, while scattered posters Happily Ever hang over a table that After, which opened offers oversized keyin May 2013, is a cafe board keys in place and frozen yogurt of traditional seats. hybrid that offers an Employee and array of soft-serve 2014 Temple film desserts in addition alumnus Graham to bubble teas, cofCooper said he fee, soups and even shares Ha’s passion a few movie-inspired for movies, and said Jihoon Ha| café owner paninis. Owner and the cafe’s respect for die-hard movie buff all genres of film is a Jihoon Ha incorporated a pop-culture theme in huge draw for customers. the restaurant. Ha spent his childhood in Korea “I think it’s an interesting mix of movie and said he vividly remembers watching movies themes that we have,” Cooper said. “We have the

One of the younger eateries in Old City, Happily Ever After offers an array of desserts.

I like movies because of “ the experience... I think that

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The interior of Happily Ever After Dessert Café, is decorated with cinema-inspired collectibles.

mainstream, super pop-culture films, and then we also have some smaller more internationally known films and then the cult films. I think those are the ones that people appreciate the most, when they get the joke of the cult films.” Keeping in line with the cafe’s motion-picture theme, the menu also boasts a handful of dishes inspired by pop-culture. Among the bunch is Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series and a spicy jalapeño-filled panini cleverly named the Cuban Nacho Libre. Further adding to the cinematic atmosphere, fluctuating movie soundtracks are in constant rotation within the cafe. For Ha, small touches like witty menu names and music give life to the overall experience, which he said he believes is among the most im-

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Gigantic Sequins literary journal is a nonprofit publication.

tion editor, said in an email. As a photographer, Yontz said he uses his different perspectives as an asset for his work. “I’m looking for something that sort of gets at my heart/brain in a visceral way,” Yontz said in an email. “It is just a wonderful thing to put these strange, beautiful stories into the world and surround them with all of this other wonderful art.” Yontz joined the Gigantic Sequins team after a personal publication in the 1.2 issue and a reading in Boston. “From there it was just a rocket ship, straight to the stars,” Yontz said. The photographer took the opportunities presented by Kimberly Ann Southwick, editor-inchief and founder of Gigantic Sequins, to become a member of the staff. Southwick, also an adjunct professor, began Gigantic Sequins with a staff of four in New York City. Southwick, Shereen Adel, Daniel Christensen and Paul Medina produced the beginnings of the 6-year-old journal. “We like stuff that does with language something that hasn’t been done previously,” Southwick said, “And at the same time,

portant part of any business. “I like the movies because of the experience,” Ha said. “It’s totally different from just watching movies on DVD or Blu-ray. I think that gave me some ideas about this cafe. It’s not just about drinking coffee or eating food, its more about the experience.” At the end of the day, Ha said he draws the most satisfaction from the positive responses of his patrons. “A happy customer is the best customer,” Ha said. “This is a happy place, I want to make customers happy. If the customer’s happy, I’m happy.” * eamon.dreisbach@temple.edu

moves us in a way.” “There’s so much good art out there that’s in color and there is probably just as much good art that’s just in black and white and we like – I like – showcasing that,” Southwick said. She clutched her cup of tea as loose strands of hair fell from her messy bun, a pencil ensnared between the tresses. “There’s just so much great black and white art out there, why not?” she said. As a reader, Southwick said she explores different genres and time periods to vary her tastes. “I think that helps diversify what I like and makes me more open to something,” she said. “I think our personalities come out in what we choose but at the same time I only hire editors that can’t not want to publish anything because they like a very specific thing.” “We all work surprisingly close together considering we are literally thousands of miles apart at any given time,” Yontz said. “Everyone has their strengths when it comes to making Gigantic Sequins work.” Currently a nonprofit publication, Southwick strives to pay the volunteer writers and artists of Gigantic Sequins by 2016. “I would love to be financially sustainable without having to rely on donations and contest fees,” Southwick said.

“It’s ‘a labor of love,’ we like to call it,” she said. Twice a year, the official meetings are held informally through video chat. All the staff members let their personalities pixelate between time zones and disregard formalities. “Making all of our distance and asynchronous schedules and weird habits come together to create our journal twice a year is a super rewarding experience and I’ve been able to meet deeply interesting people who are just so in love with creating and sharing art,” Yontz said. There is not a singular message to be drawn from Gigantic Sequins. Southwick said although print publications have been described as declining due to the digital age, she sees value in the physical work her team produces. “Print isn’t dead and it can be beautiful,” she said. Yontz shared similar beliefs to Southwick in a comical light. “To have it in this little black-andwhite square where it is a tangible, physical thing and not as ephemeral as some things on the Internet can be,” Yontz said, “I guess the message is that I am a 90-year-old man who likes holding books.” * allison.merchant@temple.edu


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paign raise $12,584, but it wasn’t able to reach its goal of $15,000 by Feb. 16. Still, the success the campaign and product saw has allowed for the team to start improving and working on a new campaign that is planned to relaunch sometime in April. “That was really good, that peo-

ple felt really passionate about it and thought it was really cool,” Caputo said. Celia Lewis, the design strategist for Cirkits and graduate student at UPenn’s IPD program, said the potential of Cirkits is not one singular way of thinking. “I think we’re really trying to think about the new kinds of ways people are combining ways of learning and thinking in today’s world,” Lewis said.

With other projects the two are working on, like an injection-molding kit and toy that educates kids on how so much of what we use every day is made through plastic injection-molding, instilling the interest of fabrication and manufacturing is a long-term goal. Especially for Caputo, who has been involved in creating since she was a child, said it was surprising for her to see how people today don’t know how to make things. But, she is hopeful for

the ongoing maker movement. “It’s an incredibly useful skill and surprisingly, depending on how you work, you can make a living off of it,” she said. “There has been a big emphasis within the maker movement about getting kids interested and getting kids engaged.” Even during testing for Cirkits at the Franklin Institute, Lewis could see the excitement in kids’ eyes reflecting the bright light of the LEDs that blink-

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ed from their completed creation. “They were so excited and so proud to show what they had accomplished, so it was definitely rewarding for us when you work hard on something and you get to see, literally, someone’s eyes lighting up,” Lewis said. “I think it was really meaningful to them and for all of us.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

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OUT & ABOUT “CELEBRATING FEMALE ROLE MODELS” OPENS AT NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM

A new interactive exhibit, “Celebrating Female Role Models” opened March 2 at the National Liberty Museum in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The exhibit is encouraging individuals to submit a photograph, either in person or via mail, of a female role model or heroine in the lives. The exhibit will feature the submitted photographs. “Celebrating Female Role Models” is open until the end of the month. -Tim Mulhern

THE HARVEST: SPOKEN SOUL 215 OPEN MIC AT WORLD CAFE LIVE

Spoken Soul 215 is hosting its monthly Open Mic at World Cafe Live on March 11. Spoken Soul 215 is a collection of artists, singers and poets that performs in the Philadelphia area. Open Mic performance slots are based on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. -Tim Mulhern ALEXA ZIZZI TTN

Iris Explosion hosts the Miyazaki Burlesque show at PhilaMOCA on Feb. 21.

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St. Burlesque – who Rose affectionately referred to as “Muggles” a-la Harry Potter – said they collectively prefer to be known under stage names, due to the importance of anonymity in the burlesque business. “Keeping Muggle identity secret in this line of work is important for many reasons,” Rose said. “Mainly, it’s not mainstream enough to get naked in public, even if it is for art. Sometimes people don’t know we do this, and it needs to stay that way. At least until society gets over its prudish norms.” The company members in the Feb. 21 show were Büm Büm Kapau, Margot Starlux, Dottie Riot, Hattie Harlowe, Esther Ver Millions and Petite Renard with Bettie Pagan as the go-go dancer between sets. Rose started Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies in 2012, which is a series inspired by director-based films. Each show’s theme pays tribContinued from page 1

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the United States. Underage musicians at Johnny Brenda’s present Ward with an additional challenge. Ward said staff members don’t typically check identification in the venue, but must exercise extra caution when underage musicians perform. “You have to be in a different mindset when it comes to how the show gets produced,” Ward said. “It’s something the agent has talked to me about. I have talked with my production manager and the production manager talks to the tour manager. At the same time, it’s not as if they are not allowed to hang out and talk with their fans, but we definitely keep an eye on them. It’s a balancing act.” The all-ages music scene thrives in DIY spaces and house venues around the city, but R5 Productions, a Philadelphia-based booking company, has helped establish venues that serve alcohol and still accommodate an all-ages crowd. Sean Agnew, founder of R5 Productions, has been part of the booking team at Union Transfer since the venue opened in 2011. R5 focuses on all-ages spaces in

ute to quirky filmmakers, translating the sex appeal of burlesque into the weird ideas of directors like John Waters, Quentin Tarantino and John Hughes. “I wanted to do nerdy-themed shows mainly because they didn’t really exist in Philadelphia before,” Rose said. “In New York they happen constantly but I don’t know of any other nerdy-themed shows around here.” Rose refers to this type of performance as “filmlesque.” The performance featured numbers inspired by Miyazaki’s popular animated fantasy films including, “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke,” which all feature strong, independent young women as the lead roles – a common theme in his work. The Miyazaki inspiration took on the scandalous traditions of burlesque dancing and combined it with a comedic twist, layered with fantasy and feminism. Hosted by a bubbly, yet sassy burlesque dancer who goes by the Philadelphia, but books shows at 21 and over spaces including Boot & Saddle and The Dolphin Tavern in South Philadelphia and Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront. Agnew said in an email that hosting all-ages shows results in a bigger audience for the bands performing. Underage concertgoers have gravitated toward these venues due, in part, to age accommodations and cheaper ticket prices. “The bulk of the shows I go to are at Union Transfer, PhilaMoca or The Church,” said Corey DiEmedio, a freshman business management major. “While there is the occasional cool show at Johnny Brenda’s [my attendance of those shows] wouldn’t exponentially increase.” For others, the bands performing at a show, and not the venue where the show is held, is often the deciding factor in attending a show. “Just because there are people playing at a 21 and up show that I may know, if I don’t think they are that great, I’m not going to go out of my way to get a fake ID to see a show,” said Jason Loux, a freshman computer science major. In September, Angew announced that weekly shows at the

stage name Iris Explosion, the show held raffles and trivia games for the audience to win prizes between acts. Throughout the set breaks, Explosion included audience participation, and her costume changes consisted of less clothing each time. With all-homemade costumes by Rose and other company members, each set included props. The dancers portrayed scenes from Miyazaki films as the movie clips were projected in the background on stage. By the end of each act, those handmade costumes were stripped away. “We want people to see what it takes to make this kind of show, because until you’re actually in it and a part of the production, there’s no way you could really know,” Rose said. Büm Büm Kapau began an internship with Broad St. Burlesque last February and became an official company member in August, with her solo debut back in May 2014. “Coming into this, I had no idea the amount of hours and creativity

that goes into making a show, and even making just one number,” Kapau said. “It’s so much work, all for just one night. But it ends up being so worth it.” The company’s twist on burlesque performances requires preparation in advance because of the abstract props and intricately-made costumes, as well as the choreography and organization of the entire production, which is all done solely by the company members. “We want to make good, impressive things for people to see,” Rose said. “I want our audience to see the stuff we make and be like, ‘Whoa! Holy s---! How did they do that? How did that even happen?’” Rose said. “I want them to leave with a sense of wonder,” she added. Rose is currently in the process of working toward producing the first-ever Philadelphia Burlesque Festival, which is to be held at Plays & Players Theatre this coming May. * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu

PMA DEBUTS EXHIBITION BY LOCAL ARTIST, SHELLEY SPECTOR

“Keep the Home Fires Burning,” an exhibition featuring the work of Shelley Spector, opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on March 7. A longtime local artist and teacher at the University of the Arts, Spector’s first solo museum exhibition shows off her collection of sculptural works created with salvaged materials like second-hand clothing and furniture, all inspired by the museum’s collection of textiles. Spector will also be hosting workshops in April, May and June, where patrons will get a chance to contribute to the show’s artwork by creating textile tomatoes. -Albert Hong

VICTORY BREWING COMPANY’S BEER ICE CREAM SAMPLING

Local brewery Victory Brewing Company has been giving out free samples of their beerinspired ice cream throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Their next stop is at the DiBruno Bros on Chestnut Street on March 13. Ivy Hunter, Victory Brewing Company’s merchandise coordinator, will be scooping out samples of Storm Drop, Triple Monkey and Hopped-Up Devil ice cream, all created from non-alcoholic wort. The tastings will be available from 5-7 p.m. -Albert Hong

OPEN CALL GUERILLA OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: SPRING BREAK EDITION

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The Districts headlined at Union Transfer, an all ages venue, on Feb. 14.

First Unitarian Church would be winding down. According to Agnew, the R5 team is looking to open more all-ages spaces in the future. The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement is responsible for enforcing the laws applied to music venues. Sergeant Dan Steele, the District Office Commander of the Philadelphia Office of the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, said the office rarely receives complaints about venues in the city, but other problems still exist. Steele said scannable fake IDs present the biggest problems for staff at venues in the city. Employ-

ees who are not careful can allow underage patrons to enter a 21 and over club. Ward noted that an all-ages venue that doesn’t serve alcohol is often difficult to manage and ensure a high profit margin. A venue similar to Union Transfer that serves alcohol but opens the venue to an allages crowd is, in Ward’s eyes, ideal. “I don’t know why 16 year olds can’t be around other people drinking alcohol, if there is a way to manage it,” Ward said. “I completely believe that you have to manage it.”

For the second Saturday in a row, the Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival is set for March 14, where 22 performance art pieces will be taking place in the underground pedestrian concourse beneath City Hall. Organized by Beth Heinly, a local performance artist who also draws comics, the free event will include all kinds of public performances throughout the entire length of the concourse between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. -Albert Hong

THE PENNSYLVANIA BALLET PRESENTS “SWAN LAKE”

“Swan Lake” will be having its second and last weekend run at the Academy of Music from March 14-15. Set to the score by Tchaikovsky, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s version of the world-renowned love story features modernized choreography from Christopher Wheeldon, in addition to visual costumes and sets. The performances will be at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on March 14, with the last 2 p.m. show on March 15. Ticket prices vary. -Albert Hong

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PRINCE THEATER BOUGHT BY THE PFS

PHILLY TECH REPRESENTATION AT SXSW

HAWTHORNES KICKS OFF QUICK SIP SERVICE

PHILLY CELEBRATES COLLABORATION BREW DAY

@PhillyFilmSoc tweeted on March 8 that the Philadelphia Film Society bought and now owns the Prince Music Theater, which was defunct since November. According to the Inquirer, the Prince is already reopened and set for its first show, “The Last Jimmy,” a hip-hop musical, on March 18. @phillymag tweeted on March 5 that Hawthornes Biercafé initiated its beer delivery service, which officially started on March 6. Made legal by a ruling from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Quick Sip will allow customers to get growlers, local, imported and macro beers delivered to their doors.

@TechnicallyPHL tweeted on March 5 that a handful of local technologists and startups will be attending next week’s annual SXSW festival, running from March 13-22. Such groups and individuals who will be presenting and pitching include BioBots, a 3-D bioprinter startup and Chatterblast, a social media marketing agency.

@DrinkPhilly tweeted on March 6 about the annual International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, which was celebrated by local brewers at Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Company on March 8. This was the second annual event, which celebrates women craft brewers while also raising money and awareness for the Pink Boot Society, an organization empowering women beer professionals.


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INSIDE THE CLASSROOM | film and media arts

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Evan Deitzler, a film student at Temple, listens to the guest speaker in his senior film seminar in Annenberg Hall on Feb. 26. The speaker discussed film editing and color correcting via Skype.

The art of becoming a filmmaker A film class is helping prepare seniors for the world of movie making. ANDRE DIENNER The Temple News As senior year comes to a close and students prepare for jobs and post graduation life, experience in a student’s field of study becomes a major component to landing a job right out of school. The 13 seniors in the Department of Film and Media Arts’ year-long Senior Projects class are getting an early start. Students in the course spend their fall and spring semesters producing a short film under the instruction of assistant professor Lauren Wolkstein and adjunct assistant professor David Romberg. In May, the films students produce will be presented at the 16th annual Diamond Screen Film Festival, an annual showcasing of students’ work from the Film and Media Arts program. However, there are many steps to achieving a finished final product, Wolkstein said. The process begins in April, when students apply for the class by submitting a written script detailing the plans for their film. Wolkstein, an award-winning filmmaker from Baltimore who is in her first year teaching at Temple, said the script is a key part to the process. “If the script isn’t prepared or thought out, then you shouldn’t be working on the project,” she said. “There are a lot of steps the film goes through, and if the script isn’t strong, then it will fall through.” If a script is accepted, the student is enrolled in the course, which is split up into three sections for each semester. In the fall, sections include script revisions,

storyboarding and preproduction. Because students are tasked with spending their winter break recording their film, the fall semester can be very rigorous, intense and full of planning, Wolkstein said. Wolkstein’s students are paired with student producers from other classes in the Film and Media Arts department, so students can share and ease the workload. Because all other film classes end after the fall semester, unlike Senior Projects, the partnerships created between students across classes is lost halfway through the year. Wolkstein says she wants to see this change with the addition of a Bachelor of Fine Arts next fall. “The student producers that partner up with us are arranged through my communication with other professor’s and their classes,” Wolkstein said. “The department doesn’t have a system to set that up yet, so I take care of it on my own. Next year there will be a Bachelor of Fine Arts program, so a producing class will then be paired for the whole year.” Raymond Karpinsky, a student enrolled in the class, agrees that a more structured partner system could benefit students. “Some student producers come into the project not realizing how much work it really is,” Karpinsky said. “I don’t think they always know exactly what they are getting into, so that can make them become less involved and take it less seriously. If there is a course that tells them exactly what they will be doing, it could really help the process.” Because all of the students are asked to film over break, many said it is difficult to reserve film equipment from the Equipment Office, located in Room 101 of Annenberg Hall, when the demand is so high. After winter break, most students are ready to begin the post-production stage of

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the course and they begin preparing their work for the final product. Instead of revising and planning, the focus of the class shifts to editing, re-

If the script isn’t “ prepared or thought

out, then you shouldn’t be working on the project.

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structuring and providing feedback, and students focusing on editing, fixing film, sound mixers and color correctors. When all students in the class have produced a rough cut of the film, they critique each other’s work. After receiving advice and suggestions from the class, students then prepare a fine cut of the film to be shown and critiqued by the class again. “A lot of the spring semester is spent critiquing and giving feedback on everyone’s film,” Wolkstein said. “Instead of producing and creating, we shift to executing and distributing the final work.” When all is said and done, students who complete the class leave with a finished short film to add to their portfolio. Wolkstein says this is critical to students’ success after they graduate. “If a student wants to take the film to an independent filmmaker, studio or any other outlet, they have a great sample to show them,” she said. “If they put their finished product in the right places, it will be a huge help in starting their film careers.”

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Professors awarded grant to analyze digital traces Researchers from various fields were awarded a $900,000 grant to explore the effects of “big data.” JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News Professor Zoran Obradovic becomes animated when talking about “big data.” “I’m working in situations where data is collected over time and space,” he said, before displaying several complicated graphs. Obradovic, the director of Temple’s Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics, analyzes graphs with millions of data points to predict future events. The topics range from the price of medical care to the

connections made on social media. “I try to build predictive models from data,” Obradovic said. “We observe and then we try to guess the future to the extent possible.” He recently joined an interdisciplinary team that will be evaluating a massive amount of statistics about digital activity. The group, which includes Obradovic, management information systems professor Youngjin Yoo, biology professor Rob Kulathinal, and management information systems professor Sunil Wattal, received a $900,000 grant to be used over three years from the National Science Foundation. The NSF has given grants to the project, led by Yoo, in four of the past five years. Yoo said the team will focus on two subjects. First, they will look at GitHub, a website that allows users to host and share open-source software. The researchers are interested in how

the programmers who use the service interact. “We want to see how different patterns affect performance,” Yoo said. “When a programmer is changed, how does it change the relationship?” The team also plans to study the connections people make on Twitter, looking primarily at how messages are communicated. The goal of the investigation is to predict behavior based on the millions of traces made by users of the websites. “If we can find patterns, we should be able to predict,” Kulathinal said. Kulathinal, who has worked with Yoo for several years, said the work is “cutting edge” and he is looking forward to collaborating with the other researchers. “We’ve already recruited the best people in business, biology and computer science,” Kulathinal said. “It’s exciting to learn new things,”

Yoo added. “We can transcend the boundaries of the different disciplines.” Obradovic, who joined the group for this project, was attracted to the study by the academic diversity present in the team. “What was to me appealing is that this is a very interdisciplinary team,” he said. “This kind of work can be done better when you are in that kind of group.” If not for the $900,000 NSF grant, the team may never have come together, Kulathinal said. “The grant allows us access to Obradovic’s lab,” Kulathinal said. The grant facilitated the connection between the researchers and set the study in motion, which they had been discussing for about a year, Yoo said. “The grant makes it easier to collaborate,” Yoo said. “It forces us to do something because there’s a deadline.” The four professors, who have

varying interests, chose to focus on digital technology because of the size of the data that has been collected. It is their job to take facts from data and find patterns and processes. Often, the statistics are recorded before the researchers know how to handle the information. Interpreting vast quantities of data is not easy, they said. “Big data,” which has become a buzzword in the business world, poses new difficulties in Yoo’s view. “It’s a tremendous challenge for computation,” he said. “We’ve always had data in volume, but this data is granular, unstructured trace data.” Once the data is gathered and analyzed, the researchers hope they will be able to predict certain behaviors and the effects of those behaviors. * jack.tomczuk@temple.edu

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“It is not just getting a GED, but also rebuilding and learning marketing processes,” Peterson said. Some students apply the construction skills they learn by serving in the community and creating homes that will be sold to low-income, first-time buyers. The students receive hands-on experience as they work on building sites. While overseen and advised by Temple maintenance workers, students are involved in the entire construction process, which includes handling tools, demolition, reading the blueprints, floor preparation and more. The YouthBuild school, where the education and training is housed, is lo-

cated south of Temple on Broad Street. YouthBuild had previously been in contact with Beverly Coleman, Temple’s assistant vice president for community relations and economic development. “The interest in YouthBuild grew out of a discussion about how the university could contribute to increasing access to the building trades for minorities and women,” Coleman said. In the beginning, some members of Temple facilities management came out to the work sites where students were helping in the construction of homes to volunteer and build student’s skills in the trade. Students from YouthBuild visit Temple once a week to learn more from mentors about electrical, plumbing, carpentry and general mechanic work

watching them grow and succeed in “I enjoy what they are trying to learn. ” Bill Acker | Temple facility employee

and to see first-hand the training that goes into each specific trade. Bill Acker, a Temple facility maintenance worker, said Temple faculty benefits from the program just as much as the students. “I enjoy watching them grow and succeed in what they are trying to learn,” Acker said. “Also, I enjoy their enthusiasm and … willingness to learn,” Acker said. Sean Ounan, assistant director of operations and maintenance at Temple, played an integral role in finding the

right workers to mentor the students. Ounan asked around the work area for volunteers to mentor the students. “What that did for us is get us guys that were interested in helping answer some of these questions of kids that are interested in the trade world,” Ounan said. Students who work on construction sites are exposed to basic, but important ideas of punctuality, Ounan said. Jackson said this type of training benefits him most. “[YouthBuild] helped me learn

what I wanted to do and what I don’t like about the trades,” Jackson said. “I learned that if I wanted to be successful in construction, I have to wake up early everyday and always be prepared.” The program is considered a pilot to help both Temple and YouthBuild see what works best for students. Coleman said the partnership has since proved very important for students and facilities employees. “Through their exposure to specific trades, students gain a better understanding of the required skills to be successful,” Coleman said. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

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One wish ‘Before I Graduate’ Temple students have the opportunity to make one wish come true before graduation. CHELSEY HAMILTON The Temple News TUTV and PRowl Public Relations are hosting their third annual “Before I Graduate” contest, through which Temple students of all ages have the chance to enter one wish they want granted before they graduate. Students can enter the contest between March 9-13, either by stopping by the Bell Tower on March 11 and physically submitting a wish into a graduation cap, or by tweeting a wish at @ templetv with the hashtag “#TUTVbig.” At the end of the week, one student will be chosen to have their wish granted – which will be filmed for a TUTV segment. “This year, to plan the event we focused on the best way to reach Temple students,” said Emily Charles, a junior strategic communications major. Charles is an account executive with PRowl this year, with TUTV as one of her clients. The contest started three years ago when PRowl and TUTV teamed up to create the event to promote TUTV and to benefit students. “The first year they did the competition the winner wanted to be Hooter the Owl for a day,”

Charles said. “They even got to run out on the court during a game and TUTV filmed the whole thing.” “Some other interesting wishes were to have lunch with President Theobald or bake a giant cake with Baker Dave, and one of the most popular wishes is to try all the food trucks on campus,” she added. “Each year more and more students have participated and the contest has become pretty well-known,” said Nicole Beck, a senior strategic communications major and a staff member

ganization has campaigned the event a little differently this year. “We’ve constructed a full campaign that will stretch through the week of the contest, and we’re putting a lot of emphasis on social media,” Armstrong said. “We’re also reaching out to more media organizations this year to spread the word about the campaign.” Armstrong says the most rewarding part of the event so far has been the collaboration between TUTV and PRowl. “I think we have a hard-working and moti-

of the students when they win the “The enthusiasm contest is very rewarding for TUTV. ” Nicole Beck | PRowl staff member

for PRowl. Beck said she enjoys hosting the event because it gives every student a chance to accomplish something they never thought possible. “I love when students submit creative and quirky ideas,” Beck said. “The enthusiasm of the students when they win the contest is very rewarding for TUTV. We love making dreams come true.” Kelly Armstrong, a junior strategic communications major with a focus in public relations and an account member for PRowl, said her or-

vated team that wants to create a successful and fun event for students,” Armstrong said. “TUTV has been very cooperative and I couldn’t have asked for a better organization to work with.” “It gives students the opportunity to experience something they wouldn’t have otherwise, and all they have to do is tweet at us or stop by the Bell Tower and their wish could come true,” Charles said. “Students have everything to gain and nothing to lose.” * chelsey.hamilton@temple.edu

CLIPPINGS

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ANDREW MORRALL TO SPEAK IN ANDERSON

Bard Graduate Center Professor Andrew Morrall will lead a discussion Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Anderson Lecture Hall Room 7. His talk, “Art, Geometry and the Imagery of the Ruin in the Sixteenth Century Kunstkabinett,” will explore 16th-century intarsia Kunstkabinette. These are described as elaborately decorated art cabinets with multiple drawers and various slots for storing art objects and other collectibles. Morrall will discuss their scientific, artistic and collective qualities with attendees. This event is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Tyler School of Art, the University General Activities Fund and the Department of Art History. -Jessica Smith

NPR TV CRITIC LEADS ‘DECODING THE RACE BAITING’ DISCUSSION

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans will be leading a discussion Tuesday titled “Decoding the Race Baiting of Modern Media” from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Hall atrium. Deggans will explore how media outlets use prejudice, stereotypes and racism to generate audiences and increase profits. Deggans believes the result of this manipulation is mistaken ideas about race difference and culture. Using different examples ranging from media coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri to clips from the reality TV show Big Brother, Deggans will deconstruct how different types of racism manifest in modern media. He will reference his recent book, “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide A Nation.” This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith

‘PAINT YOUR VISION’

The Office of Leadership Development will be hosting a “Paint Your Vision” event in the Student Center Room 217A on Thursday from 3-4 p.m. This fun interactive session of vision board making allows participants to explore the leadership practice of inspiring shared vision and define their own personal vision in a creative way. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith

COLLEEN MACKLIN VISITS TEMPLE Colleen Macklin, a game designer who uses her abilities to develop community support and engagement, lectured to students in Annenberg Hall on Feb. 25 as part of “Game Design for Social Change.” Macklin has designed historically-based digital games and large group icebreakers games that tackle ideas like activism, climate change and financial topics. Macklin said understanding a community’s subtleties can benefit a designer when creating a social justice project. Her belief is that understanding a community can help foster a sense of involvement and camaraderie. Macklin is an associate professor of design and technology at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has helped to develop a curriculum for the Boys & Girls Club and to design disaster preparedness games for the Red Cross. Her work has been featured by various organizations. She is currently working with collective Local No. 12 to help design The Metagame, a card game that will give players a chance to debate a variety of topics with one another. -Vince Bellino

TEMPLE THEATERS TO PRESENT ‘MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG’

Temple Theaters presents “Merrily We Roll Along” starting Friday night and running until March 22 at the Randall Theater. Moving backward in time, this emotional piece examines the lives of Broadway composer Franklin Shepard and his former partner and estranged best friend. With music by Stephen Sondheim, this musical delves into the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. This is presented as a concert musical with direction by acclaimed HAIR director Brandon McShaffrey. The show is open to all and tickets are $10 with a TUid. Most shows begin at 7:30 p.m., but there are two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 15 and 22. -Jessica Smith

H. WAYNE SNIDER GUEST LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES

The H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecturer series continues tomorrow from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Alter Hall Auditorium A031. For this installment, Tom Belmont will discuss his experience serving as the Area President of the Mid-Atlantic Region at Gallagher Benefit Services. Belmont served as president of his own company, Belmont Associates Consultants, Inc., for 20 years before joining GBS. Belmont also volunteers as the board chair for the Coatesville Youth Initiative, a board member for the Brandywine Health Foundation and the campaign chair for the Campaign for Coatesville’s Kids. This discussion is free and open to all students interested in the fields of risk management, insurance and actuarial science industries. -Jessica Smith

SALSA LESSONS AT TYLER

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Colleen Macklin, a game designer, speaks to students in Annenberg Hall on Feb. 25.

Salsa dancing classes will be offered in Room B86 of the Tyler School of Art. The classes are led by Abraham Ramos and Molly Caro, former Fairhill School students, as part of the reForm Project and Temple Contemporary. Classes run from noon to 1 p.m. on March 16, 23 and 30. No registration is required and classes are open to all. -Jessica Smith

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

“Where is your favorite spot to sit outside in the spring?

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“The Bell Tower, because during break [from classes] everyone seems to walk by here, see friends and hang out.”

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“Definitely in the shade, because I am pale ... and I don’t want to get sunburned.”

“In the Bell Tower area. It’s sunny, and there’s a lot of people walking by, and I like to observe.”

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SPORTS BRIEFS

Covile, Butts and Williams honored by conference

Sophomore Kenya Gaston placed 22nd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.57 seconds. This event concludes the indoor season for everybody on the roster except for graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez, who will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championship March 13-14 to compete in the mile run. -Tyler DeVice

MEN’S BASKETBALL SENIORS HONORED PREGAME

Prior to tip off in Temple’s American Athletic Conference matchup with Connecticut Saturday at the Liacouras Center, the team’s four seniors were honored at the Liacouras Center in a pregame ceremony as part of its senior day. The contest, which was the team’s annual white out and was broadcast on ESPN2, marked the final Temple home game for seniors Will Cummings, Jesse Morgan, Jimmy McDonnell and Nick Pendergast. Coach Fran Dunphy gave both McDonnell and Pendergast their first starts of the season in light of the occasion. Cummings and Morgan paced the Owls in scoring with point totals of 23 and 17, respectively, in the Owls’ 75-63 defeat of the defending national-champion Huskies. -Andrew Parent

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Senior guard Tyonna Williams handles the basketball against East Carolina defender Jada Payne.

NUMEROUS OWLS WIN SEASON AWARDS

Junior Erica Covile, freshman Alliya Butts and senior Tyonna Williams each earned American Athletic Conference regularseason awards, the conference announced last Wednesday. Butts, who was also selected to the All-Freshman team, and Covile were named to the All-Conference third team, while Williams was the recipient of The American’s Sportsmanship Award. Each of the conference’s 11 coaches voted on the awards. During the regular season, Covile averaged 11 points per game and a team-high eight rebounds per game, both of which were career-highs for the junior forward. After starting 26 games last season, the Detroit native was one of three Owls to start in all 31 regular-season games and one of three players to log 900-plus minutes. The junior also totaled nine doubledoubles after recording none through her first two seasons in a Temple uniform. Along with her third-team honor, Butts was one of two unanimous selections for the All-Freshman team. The Edgewater Park, New Jersey native averaged a team-high 12 points and totaled a team-high 62 steals. The freshman guard, who started 19 games this season, started the season coming off the bench and did not enter the starting lineup until Dec. 28, 2014 against the University of Memphis. After joining the starting lineup, Butts scored in double figures 14 times, including 11 straight games from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17. Williams, the Owls’ lone senior, appeared in 124 games,

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forts regardless of the end result. “We dug ourselves in a deep hole at the beginning of the season and we could have folded,” Williams said. “We could have just stuck to being that bad team and completely lost our composure, but we didn’t. We stuck together, we fought through it and now

starting in 95, and averaged eight points per game en route to her Sportsmanship Award. She ranks second all-time on Temple’s career 3-point list with 159. The Fort Washington, Maryland native also ranks fifth all-time in school history in career assists with 371. For the season, she averaged a career-high 10 3-pointers per game. The Owls will enter the Connecticut-hosted American Athletic Conference tournament this weekend as the fourth seed, and will play fifth-seeded East Carolina Saturday at noon. -Michael Guise

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES COMPETE AT ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Three members of the women’s track & field team traveled to Boston University to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship this past weekend. Senior Kiersten LaRoche finished with a time of 8.93 seconds in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, placing 21st. LaRoche also placed 11th in the long jump with a mark of 5.49 meters. Senior Jenna Dubrow placed 23rd in the 5,000-meter run with her time of 17 minutes, 31.25 seconds. This event marked Dubrow’s last official indoor collegiate race.

Temple finished 12-6 in The American, good for fourth place in the league. Two of their best wins of the season came against Tulane and East Carolina, schools that both won more than 20 games this season. Williams said the team developed a door-die mentality that helped turn around its season. “I think it was all about learning, having confidence and playing each game like it could be your last,” Williams said. “For me,

We dug ourselves in a deep hole at the “ beginning of the season and we could have folded. ” Tyonna Williams | senior guard

we’re here and we have a chance to make it to postseason play.” Sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald, the team’s leading scorer in her freshman season, was struggling at 11.9 points per game through her first 12 games. and the team was finding it difficult to score consistently. The Owls went 4-10 in the non-conference portion of their schedule. A four-game losing streak in early December was the low point of their season. As Temple waits to hear about its postseason fate, it may have some regrets about its early-season play and whether the team started its comeback effort too late. “I think when we get to sit back and reflect on how we started the season that in itself is going to be a motivator,” Cardoza said. “Our season could have been something totally different had we started the year how we finished. So now that we know what we’re capable of that’s how we have to approach next year.” In American Athletic Conference play, the team righted the ship. With the emergence of freshman Alliya Butts and junior Erica Covile – both third-team all-conference honorees – as scoring options, the team started to find a balance offensively it lacked to start the year.

I know that was my mindset coming into each game because … it was my last chance to play college basketball. I wanted to make sure I went out saying that I gave a 110 percent effort, and I think that rubbed off on a lot of my teammates toward midseason and conference play, and now here in the latter of our season.” The Owls’ 2014-15 campaign was the team’s best finish since the 2011-12 season. It was the first time in three years the team finished at .500 with a winning conference record. However, the 16-16 mark was far off from the team’s 23-10 record during Williams’ freshman season. As all players are eligible for next season except for Williams, the Owls have a young core to move forward with that has played well down the stretch. “Yeah, we’re playing pretty good basketball [right now], but we have to be even better,” Cardoza said. “I know that we will. I know that we have a lot of pieces and its just going to take this summer dedicating ourselves to become better basketball players and a better team.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue

FENCERS CRACK TOP 8 IN REGIONALS

Freshman Safa Ibrahim and junior Fatima Largaespada increased their chances to make it into the NCAA Championship when they finished in the Top 8 of the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional at Duke University on Saturday. Largaespada finished the day with a record of 7-4, earning fourth in the foil finals in hopes of making her third career NCAA Championship appearance. While freshman epeeist Ibrahim continued her winning ways when she finished eighth with a record of 6-5 in the all-day event. While 60 percent of a fencer’s bid to the NCAA championship depends on performance in the NCAA regional, seven other of Temple fencers reached the finals of the competition. The team fielded the maximum of 12 fencers in the competition. Alongside Ibrahim, sophomore Alexandra Keft (4-7), junior Jessica Hall ( 3-8) and sophomore Rachael Clark (2-9), all epeeists, made it to the finals and finished ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively. In foil, junior Demi Antipas (5-6) finished seventh, while freshman Becca Stanford all reached the finals. Junior Gloria Aguliar came out ahead in the finals for the Owls in a 10th-place finish, but sophomore Victoria Suber was not too far behind as she ended the day in 12th. Temple will find out which members of the team will advance to the NCAA championship on Tuesday. -Danielle Nelson

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at Temple before, but apparently when they graduated, there was no one to run the team.” Kim said while club lacrosse is more laid back than NCAA competition, the team still takes it very seriously. “For us, it was just an opportunity to play, especially for a lot of the guys who played in high school,” Kim said. “You knew who really wanted to play and who just wanted to show up every once and awhile.” Kim said for most away games, players used their own cars for transportation, a tradition that has not changed. “Sometimes we have to get transportation to our away games,” senior club president and defender Julian Freedman said. “If not, we carpool and pay players back for gas.”

The club continues to see a swell in participation, and is looking toward the future hoping to make an impact. “With 22 incoming freshmen, I am really excited to see where the potential of this team can go,” Freedman said. The club is currently transitioning into becoming a more serious and competitive group, as tryout numbers have grown steadily from year to year. This past fall, 70 hopefuls turned up vying for a spot on the team. “We wanted to keep a higher number this year because enthusiasm was up,” Freedman said. “You can play the game with 20 people, but it is hard to practice with 20 people. I think having more people at practice is improving our game.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

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The men’s tennis team has utilized different venues around the Delaware Valley throughout its history, and is currently renting out the Legacy Center in East Falls for indoor use during the winter months.

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Temple, meanwhile, has five outdoor courts on Main Campus, adjacent to the Student Pavilion, and lacks an indoor facility. Although the program’s courts on Main Campus were slated to be demolished before the university changed its plans for the location of its future library, they were refurbished in time for last season. But, in terms of funding, Temple’s tennis teams still remain behind the pack. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Temple’s tennis programs received a combined $62,510 in funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. After moving from the Atlantic 10 Conference to The American in 2013, the Owls received $60,265 during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, a loss of $2,245. Temple’s funding for its men’s and women’s tennis teams rank last by far in its conference. Despite a history that dates back to the 1930s, Temple’s lack of recourses has limited its recruiting abilities and overall success, making it difficult for the Owls to compete against elite opponents.

MOVING UP er.

Harvey Fleegler was a multi-task-

He coached Temple men’s tennis while working as a full-time teacher at Cheltenham High School in Montgomery County. When other teachers punched out for the day, Fleegler drove almost an hour during the winter months to his team’s indoor practice facility at the Liberty Bell Racetrack in Northeast Philadelphia. “It wasn’t easy being a full-time teacher at Cheltenham High School and leaving my house at 11 p.m. so the team could have indoor tennis time. That was the time I could get the indoor facility for a cheaper rate,” Fleegler said. “I had kids that weren’t beat up by [practicing late] and they loved it.” The men’s team dominated in the 1970s, winning five straight Eastern Athletic Conference Championships from 1975-1980. After finding success in ECAC Division II tournaments in the early ‘70s, the Owls were moved up to ECAC Division I in 1975. “We were invited to the ECAC Division I tournament at Princeton University, which included all of the Ivy League schools,” Fleegler said. “I believe that invitation had a huge impact on the tennis program.” He received support from Temple’s president at the time, Marvin Wachman, a tennis player in his own right. “The [tennis program] was in the shadows because of the football and the basketball programs,” Fleegler

said. “When I came in, I had a good support system because the president of Temple was [Marvin Wachman]. During the 1971-72 season, the football team went 6-2-1 and the basketball team – under Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack – went 23-8, overshadowing other programs behind their success. Fleegler’s most prominent athlete during his Temple tenure, he said, was Nick Gregory. Gregory, a Wayland, Massachusetts native, won an ECAC individual championship at Rider University and a USTA eastern championship in Rochester, New York. Gregory said he had absolutely no intention of playing for Temple, at first. He had never been to Philadelphia prior to his time as an Owl, and even took a year off after high school. “Temple was not a fit for me,” Gregory said. “I was not interested in school, so I took a year off to play tennis in Florida … [Fleegler] saw me at one of my high school tournaments, and he said if I wanted to go to college to give him a call.” Gregory traveled 295 miles to join a developing program that would soon take off after his arrival. The diversity of Fleegler’s recruits attracted Gregory to the university, he said. “The [light bulb] clicked when I got onto the [tennis] team,” Gregory said. “[Fleegler] had recruited a variety of athletes from Israel and Costa Rica … that was when it all clicked.”

SHATTERED EXPECTATIONS

Peter Daub drove his players each day to Ambler for practice. For Daub, it wouldn’t be unusual to see debris on the courts that his teams would have to drive 40 minutes to for practice. “We really didn’t have any locker room facilities at Ambler,” Daub said. “We had the courts, but it was a rough neighborhood. [The team] would come in a lot of the time and there would be broken glass all over the courts. Traveling to Ambler was challenging because everyone lived in Center City … it was just something we had to live with.” “[When driving to Ambler], you go through the heart of Philadelphia and you see the bad and you see the good,” Daub added. “After a while, you just accept [the drive] and get into the van. Some guys would sleep and some guys would do homework. We would get really frustrated when we would drive down there and it would rain and you couldn’t get practice in … we made do with less.” Despite the many challenges he faced as a Temple tennis coach, Daub guided both teams to winning records while in the Atlantic 10 Conference during his tenure. He compiled a 10049 record coaching the men from 198289, and a 64-37 record with the women from 1985-89. “When I took over, both teams were struggling,” Daub said. “I felt that

the Atlantic 10 was a strong conference and if we could get some good players, we could win that conference.” Daub’s programs finished no worse than fourth in any season in the A-10. The men’s program won the A-10 championship in 1985 against a nationally ranked West Virginia squad. Despite the relative success, Daub said he struggled with recruiting the best athletes to Temple during his time as coach. “[The men’s team] got by and won an [A-10] championship,” Daub said. “You just had to develop players because you weren’t going to be getting

When a school has “a black eye with the

NCAA, it’s hard to overcome. It creates a dead feeling.

Harvey Fleegler | former tennis coach

the best players in the country … my recruiting budget was limited.” Andrew Sorrentino was recruited by Fleegler in 1981, but played under Daub from 1982-86. Temple tennis continued to grow in the 1980s, although Sorrentino said the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons were tough for the men’s team, as it finished sixth and third, respectively, in the A-10. “The program was growing,” Sorrentino said. “We were middle of the road in the Atlantic 10. But then in my junior and senior year, we had a very good team [and won the 1985 A-10 championship]. [Daub] was hard on us, but we responded well to him pushing us.” Daub’s final two seasons as head coach resulted in solid finishes for both the men and the women’s teams. From 1988-89, the men’s team finished second in the A-10 in both years, while the women’s team finished in third both years, respectively.

tournament (1992, 1997, 1998), but failed to claim the trophy. Rob McCune played under Sorrentino from 1995-1998 and said that training was challenging for the team because of the limited resources. The team used to run the stairs of McGonigle Hall to improve conditioning. “We had established a strong recruiting pipeline internationally,” Sorrentino said. “The kids really like the idea of playing tennis in the big city. The university was getting a lot of hype from [international students] who would communicate each other about Temple.” Although the men’s team won five straight ECAC titles in the 1970s, many players were still unaware of the university’s tennis programs. “When I was looking at schools to play college tennis at, I had no idea that Temple’s program was so strong,” McCune said. “The foundation of the program was growing in the 1980s … I think to most people, Temple tennis was an anomaly because it was a city program.”

‘A BLACK EYE’

Temple saw its perfect compliance record with the NCAA come to an end amid a men’s tennis scandal that occurred during the 2004-05 season. The NCAA found that Bill Hoehne, the head coach at the time, violated its rules by fielding an ineligible athlete under a false name. Hoehne allegedly hid the ineligible player by mumbling his name in pregame warm-ups and telling other teams not to announce his player’s names during road matches. Temple fired Hoehne on April 12, 2005 amid the allegations of fraud. The men’s team forfeited all matches the ineligible athlete played during the 2004-05 season, and the university received a two-year probation from the NCAA that was announced in May 2007. “When a school has a black eye with the NCAA, it’s hard to overcome,” Fleegler said. “It creates a dead

feeling. … these types of things set a program back.” Hoehne did not return calls requesting an interview for this story. The scandal controlled the rest of the tennis teams’ first decade of the 21st century, as both programs struggled to perform like they did from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. The men’s team, under Hoehne, went 37-63. From 1998-2005, the women’s program under former coaches Mikael Rudolfsen, Tracy Tooke and Traci Green went 5796. Although the women’s team struggled for the majority of this time period, it won the A-10 championship in 2003 during Tooke’s tenure.

PICKING UP THE PIECES

Steve Mauro said he has asked Temple’s athletic administration for more support to his tennis programs, but it hasn’t answered the call. “[Extra funding] is not in their plans right now,” Mauro said. “Hopefully it will be in the future.” Mauro has gone 107-102 since taking over for Hoehne in 2005. “How I run my program is completely different than how [Hoehne] did,” Mauro said. “We approached everything differently; our professionalism, our practices, our on- and off-court conduct as well as our team rules.” Due to the fraud committed by his predecessor, Mauro’s team was suspended from competing in the 2008 A-10 championships. During the A-10 championships, while his men’s team was sitting at home, Mauro watched the Jill Breslincoached win the A-10 title for the first time since 2003. Breslin left the Owls after just one season, and Mauro inherited the reigning A-10 champs. He led them to a second place finish in the 2008-09 season. * dalton.balthaser@temple.edu T @DaltonBalthaser

COMPETING ON A BUDGET

Sorrentino’s teams in the 1990s took many road trips. The best they could eat on budget would often be fast food. “When I was there as a player and as a coach we had full scholarships on both teams,” Sorrentino said. “The women’s team had eight scholarship and the men had four and a half. Our budget outside of the scholarships wasn’t much. We were scraping the bottom of the barrel … we had to make a lot of McDonald’s runs and that is how we managed.” Sorrentino’s women’s program won back-to-back A-10 championships in 1994 and 1995. His men’s team finished second three times in the A-10

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SHOW UP FOR BIG GAMES

The primary stain on Temple’s resume is proving it can beat a good team in a mediocre conference. The American Athletic Conference is projected to send as many teams dancing (three) as the Mountain West, Pac-12 and Atlantic 10 conferences. While Temple has claimed the fourth seed in the conference, its 13-0 record against the bottom seven schools in the conference has helped inflate its record. A 1-5 mark against The American’s Top 3 teams leaves much to be desired. When Temple has faced the team with the best record in the conference this season, which they did in games against Tulsa and SMU at home, it did so while enjoying winning streaks of six and seven games, respectively. In both instances, confidence was at an all-time high followed by two underwhelming losses. After outscoring defending national champion UConn 43-26 in the second half on senior day, the Owls are once again riding a high entering a competition with a conference opponent. A rematch with Memphis in the quarterfinal of the conference tournament Friday is looming, however. If the Owls start slow – or not at all – they might get run out of the XL Center in Connecticut, and the NCAA tournament.

DECISIVE SHOT SELECTION

The Owls finished the season a startling second in the conference in 3-point attempts, and dead last in shooting percentage from long range. Conventional logic would dictate that you slow the shots from deep down, but the Owls tend to shoot more when facing better competition. In the team’s five conference losses, they attempted more than 20 shots from distance four times, yet took 20 or fewer threes in all four of its conference wins against teams above .500. When facing higher-caliber opponents, the Owls don’t shoot selectively – they shoot relentlessly. The shots also minimize Temple’s competitive advantage. Long shots create long rebounds. With junior forward Jaylen Bond leading the conference in offensive rebounding, shooting 3-pointers puts the ball out of his reach. Senior sharpshooter Jesse Morgan and junior guard Quenton DeCosey are the only Owls with a claim to shoot the triple, as they make them consistently enough to provide the firepower to keep teams honest and out of a zone defense. Without the pair’s contributions, Temple shoots 27 percent from long range.

CONSISTENT PERFORMANCES

Senior guard Will Cummings is going to push the ball and score at the rim and the foul line. Morgan will knock down long-range buckets. Bond will secure rebounds. But the other contributions from the roster’s seven other players in coach Fran Dunphy’s regular rotation are often a mystery. The biggest culprit is DeCosey. He possesses the ability to lead the team in rebounding while also posting double-digit point totals, as he has done in each of the last three Temple wins. He also has the ability to disappear for weeks at a time, including a six-game stretch last month in which he never eclipsed 10 points. A confident DeCosey is a productive DeCosey, and a legitimate scoring threat to take pressure off Cummings and Morgan. Freshman forward Obi Enechionyia has far exceeded expectations in his first year under Dunphy’s tutelage. Arguably the team’s best athlete, Enechionyia is tied for the team lead in blocks and is the lone legitimate scoring threat off the bench. However, he missed three games due to an ankle injury and averages four fouls per game in Temple’s conference losses. If he can limit the foul trouble he creates for himself and stay in games, Temple’s interior will be strengthened. If the team can learn from past mistakes and change the way it plays against the conference’s top competition, the NCAA’s field of 68 will be put on notice. If not, the impressive one-season turnaround will come up just short. * ibrahim.jacobs@temple.edu T @ibrahimjacobs

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Fernandez headed to nationals

Graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez will compete in the 2015 NCAA indoor national meet. TYLER DEVICE The Temple News

For graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez, it was all a waiting game. After leading the conference in both the mile and 3,000-meter runs at this past weekend’s American Athletic Conference Championships, there was nothing left Fernandez could do. Whether or not she would qualify for the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championships was out of her hands entirely. “It’s always a waiting game,” cross country coach James Snyder said of the national meet. “The NCAA indoor [championship] is not as black and white as the outdoor meet, where you know on the day who qualifies. Basically, you have up until the last competition weekend of the season to hit a qualifying mark, but only the Top

16 qualify.” After weeks of anticipation, Fernandez’s name was included in the field of 16 runners who will compete for a national indoor title in the mile. The qualifiers were officially announced late last Tuesday night. Fernandez, who began running for Temple earlier this semester, earned the 15th spot in the mile, and will be seeded at her career-best mark of 4 minutes, 40.60 seconds, her winning time at the Alex Wilson Invite at Notre Dame on Feb. 21. “She was in a situation where she actually was not in the Top 16 initially,” Snyder said. “But then, after declaration, some girls decided to run other events or there might have been an injury or two, and she was able to put herself in a spot where she ended up qualifying.” Fernandez’s seeded time is only .09 seconds faster than that of Jenny Celis of Oklahoma State, the last qualifier for the mile. “I’ve been preparing, but we will see if it was enough or not,” Fernandez said. “In Spain, I always ran the 1,500-meter run and it looks similar [to

the mile], but when you [tire out], it’s at the 1,500 [mark] and you have to run 100 meters longer.” Women’s track & field coach Elvis Forde said that by qualifying for the nationals, Fernandez has established herself as a member of an elite group of the sport. “In regards to making that qualifying mark, I call it an elite group that makes it that far when it comes to the national championship,” Forde said. “If you look at the number of entries per event, there are probably over 1,000 athletes that run the mile, and you’re down to the final 16. We are very excited about moving forward, getting her there and seeing how she does.” Fernandez will be the first athlete to represent Temple at the national meet since Felicia Hodges qualified in the high jump in 1987. “It’s a big responsibility because it was a long time ago [that] a Temple athlete was there,” Fernandez said. “I’m very happy [and] I’m afraid at the same time, because I’ll be there with the best athletes in the country.” While Fernandez joined the team

just this past December, Forde said her past experiences in top-class competition, which include a U-23 Spanish national title in the 1,500-meter run and experience with the U-23 Spanish national team, could help Fernandez in the two-day meet, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas. The preliminary races will take place on Friday with two heats of eight runners each, followed by the finals on Saturday, which will consist of the four fastest runners from each heat along with the next two fastest times. Although she is seeded secondlast in the event, Snyder said seeding can mean little in such an elite race. “Any time you go to a national championship meet, it’s all about having a spot on the [starting] line,” Snyder said. “Now that she has that, everybody starts with a clean slate and everybody has an equal shot. In my opinion, knowing Blanca and how she races tactically, she is going to put herself in a good position to hopefully make a little bit of noise.” * tyler.device@temple.edu

Tiernan, Owls gear up for rematch against Rutgers The Scarlet Knights ended Temple’s playoff aspirations last season. MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Following the women’s lacrosse team’s gut-wrenching 11-10 loss to Rutgers last year that ended the Owls’ season, coach Bonnie Rosen looked into the future at her postgame press conference. “This one hurts,” she said at the time. “But it will build a better program for years to come.” So far in the team’s following season, Rosen’s team is now 6-1 through its first seven games, and winners of its last three. The Owls will play the Scarlet Knights on the road Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a revenge game under the lights. “The past has nothing to do with it,” Rosen said. “I’m sure our players will carry a little bit of [revenge] with them, and if that works to our advantage, then they’re welcome to carry a little payback.” Recently, Temple’s offense has been playing well, especially in crunch time, scoring 37 goals in its last three games, including 19 in the second half of each contest. Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan has been crucial to the Owls’ success.

in their stadium,” Kakalecik said. “We always have a really good rivalry with Rutgers, but we just have to treat it like any other game. I’m sure it will come off as a bit of a conference game.” With a win against Rutgers on Wednesday, the Owls would be in good shape with two games left to play on their non-conference schedule. The team would benefit from a motivated win at Rutgers, it’ll face Florida, which is currently ranked fourth in Division I, and Vanderbilt, which sports a 3-3 record, in respective games to kick off the conference schedule. PAUL KLEIN TTN “[Last year’s Rutgers game] is Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan cradles the ball during the Owls’ 17-7 win against hard to get out of our minds,” Megan Lafayette Feb. 28. Tiernan netted a hat trick in the victory. Tiernan added. “It was a really rough game. Both teams played really well, The 2015 All-Big East Conference pre- more.” but they just outplayed us.” season team selection has scored 14 of Fresh off its move out of the Big Sophomore midfielder Morher team-best 17 goals during her last East and into the Big Ten conference, gan Glassford, who had four goals in four games, including a five-goal effort Rutgers has not fared well through the last year’s match against the Scarlet against Wagner College last Wednes- non-conference portion of its schedule. Knights, admitted that day. The Scarlet Knights last year’s loss will be UP NEXT She also leads the team with 16 are 1-5 so far in used as motivation for draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. 2015, with their lone Owls at Rutgers this year’s game. Nicole’s twin sister, junior midfielder win coming in their March 11 at 6 p.m. “It is definitely moMegan Tiernan, said she thinks the first game against tivating,” Glassford said Owls will need production from every- Villanova. of the defeat. “Especially because it body on the roster if they want to top Regardless of the fact that Rutgers ended our season last year. I think getthe Scarlet Knights. is no longer a Big East team, Owls juting the win this year would increase “Last year we had a lot of differ- nior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik thinks our confidence and it would give us ent scorers, but this year we have the the match will have the same confersome closure.” potential to have more,” Megan Tier- ence atmosphere that it usually does. nan said. “I think, with our different “It will definitely be exciting beoffenses and plays [this year], that we cause it’s going to be a night game, * matt.cockayne@temple.edu T @mattcockayne55 can utilize a lot more people and score and it’s going to be under their lights

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of 10,206 at the Liacouras Center, the most in the arena for a Temple game since a Big 5 loss to Villanova last season, the Owls double-teamed and, at times, triple-teamed Boatright for the better part of eight minutes to start the second half. The end result – Connecticut’s leading scorer managed four points and turned the ball over three times in the latter half en route to a 7563 Temple victory. “Everybody was saying, ‘It’s a big game,’” Cummings said. “We really wanted to come out and make a statement. Get back to playing our basketball, change our defensive principles and just play hard.” Cummings posted team-highs of 23 points and five assists in the game. Along with his defense of Boatright to DONALD OTTO TTN start the second half, Morgan hit three Senior guard Will Cummings dribbles the ball on the offensive end against Connecticut in the Owls’ 75-63 win on March 7. 3-pointers in the final period, includDunphy said. “I don’t know what peo- conference standings and in contention Connecticut with a first-round bye ing two through the last eight minutes as the No. 4 seed, and will face No. ple’s minds were like before the sea- for an NCAA tournament bid. to help the Owls pull away late, and “I knew that [Dunphy] wasn’t 5-seeded Memphis in a quarterfinal. In son started, and I can’t sit here and tell finished with 17 points. Junior guard you I did the [wins and losses] by any going to have two bad seasons in a the two teams’ lone regular season conQuenton DeCosey continued a recent stretch, but I thought we had a chance row,” Huskies coach Kevin Ollie said. test, the Owls knocked off the Tigers in resurgence with a double-figure scorto be pretty good, and we still have a “Those guys always played hard and a 61-60 overtime victory on the road. ing performance for the third consecucompeted last year, but sometimes they “It’s a crazy ride,” Cummings said long way to go.” tive contest to go along After the Owls just didn’t have the talent to complete of his team’s season. “Just being here with a team-high six UP NEXT were destined for a games. You throw Morgan in there, through the struggle of last year and rebounds. Owls vs. Memphis first-round exit in the you throw a couple other [new] play- seeing the hard work paid off that you In what the Owls March 13 at 2 p.m. American Athletic ers in there. … That’s what it takes. put in in the offseason, it just makes dubbed a “team efConference tourna- You need guys coming in the summer this type of win [Saturday] more emofort,” the win capped a ment by way of a 94-90 double-over- working on their game and getting bet- tional and more grateful. We worked regular-season schedule through which time defeat to South Florida at this ter, and a fusion of some experienced hard for this.” Temple finished at 22-9, a sharp contime last year, Temple polished off its players getting in there really helps.” trast to a lost 9-22 campaign last seaThe team will enter this weekend’s * andrew.parent@temple.edu regular season this past weekend in a son. third-place tie with Cincinnati in the conference tournament in Hartford, ( 215.204. 9537 “We’ve had a really solid year,”


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A CHANCE FOR REVENGE

GUARDS TAKE SEASON AWARDS

The women’s lacrosse team awaits a grudge match against Rutgers, which ended its postseason hopes last year. PAGE 21

Three women’s basketball players win regular season awards, men’s basketball seniors honored, other news and notes. PAGE 19

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015

SEEKING REDEMPTION The Owls enter the conference tourney with the No. 4 seed.

The Owls’ NCAA tournament chances hinge on three vital aspects of their play.

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ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor

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n its final test last Saturday of a turnaround regular season, the men’s basketball team entered intermission trailing Connecticut by five points, and in danger of letting a crucial game slip away on its own floor. Temple had just spotted 21 first-half points to the Huskies’ prolific senior guard, Ryan Boatright, and needed to reset the tone of the game early in its final 20-minute period. “It was gut-check time,” Owls senior guard Will Cummings said of the halftime break. “We were down five going into the half. It’s really the first four minutes of the second half is really the game-changer of every game that you go into. That’s where you really see what type of game it’s going to be and you see where the momentum switches.” In front of an attendance

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Freshman forward Obi Enechionyia handles the ball during the Owls’ 66-54 win against Houston Feb. 26.

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a crazy ride, just being here through “theIt’sstruggle of last year and seeing the hard work paid off that you put in the offseason. ... We worked hard for this. ” Will Cummings | senior guard

I don’t know what people’s minds were I knew that [Dunphy] wasn’t going “like “ before the season started ... but I to have two bad seasons in a row. Those guys always played hard and thought we had a chance to be pretty good, and we still have a long way to go. competed last year. ” ” Fran Dunphy | coach

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Men’s lacrosse club among best in country

The men’s lacrosse team has ramped up its roster size and its seriousness on the practice field. CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Ian Ruder remembers a game, a few years back, in which his team was missing its goalie. Temple’s men’s lacrosse club featured 10 players on its roster, but on this day, there were only nine. The athletes scrambled to find a replacement. “Our goalie was busy that day, so we had to call a kid we actually cut who had played goalie in high school for one year,” Ruder said. “It was really our only option other than forfeiting.” Ruder, now the club’s coach after a threeyear stint as a player, could not leave his team behind after his graduation in 2013, and has seen the club’s growth from a 10-person roster to its current number of 36 during his time at Temple. “When I was playing, we had one coach,” Ruder said. “You could instantly see the impact he had once the team was moving in a specific direction, but then he cut off contact with the president of the club. Once you graduate, there are not a lot of places to play lacrosse in this age, so I figured, ‘Hey, why not coach?’” Ruder added he has knowledge to help the team improve. He said players help him learn from his mistakes, making him a better coach. Coaching the expanding roster with Ruder is 2014 Rutgers graduate and lacrosse club member, Chris Berkelbach. While playing at Rutgers a year ago, his team beat Temple in a 10-5 contest.

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ollowing a win against Connecticut to close out the regular season, one thing became very clear for the Owls – they know what they need to do to win, it’s just a matter of doing it. Temple forced turnovers, played lockdown defense in the second half, and didn’t shoot 3-pointers with reckless abandonment. The IBRAHIM JACOBS Owls maintained their position on the cusp of the NCAA tournament bubble as a result. The ultimatum, though, is that the Owls aren’t moving off it without a conference-tournament run. The path to a postseason return has been laid out during the Owls’ 22-9 campaign. Temple most likely needs at least one conference win to secure an NCAA tournament berth. Much like the Owls’ season, success

“Our job is to have a structure for practice,” Ruder said. “If an officer comes up and says, ‘We need to work on something,’ we will change some stuff around because most of the time they are right.” Laxpower.com’s computer rating ranks Temple at No. 10 out of 144 programs in the National College Lacrosse League, while the Owls’ rating percentage index mark ranks third among NCLL competition. Berkelbach and Ruder’s impact has shown through the team’s first two games, victories against Villanova and Shippensburg, respectively.

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Senior guard Tyonna Williams dribbles during the Owls’ 77-71 loss against East Carolina March 7.

Our goalie was busy ... “ Williams, Owls await playoff so we had to call a kid we actually cut. selections to learn season’s fate ” Ian Ruder | coach

The team is organized and has young talent, both coaches said, but the club lacked structure even before Ruder’s time as a player. Jacob Chulsung Kim saw a poster for club lacrosse tryouts in 1994. Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Temple, Kim thought joining the lacrosse team could be a chance to have fun and play competitively. “I had one more year of eligibility after playing lacrosse for Dickinson College,” Kim said. “In a summer league I met some guys who played

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The squad’s .500 record may not be enough to achieve its goal of getting senior Tyonna Williams one last postseason appearance. OWEN MCCUE The Temple News In what could be its final game of the season against East Carolina this past Saturday, Temple found itself trailing by 18 points in the second half. Rallying behind senior Tyonna Williams, who was playing to extend her collegiate career, the team did not quit and came within five points before eventually falling to the Pirates, 76-71.

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The game was somewhat symbolic of Temple’s season. Early on the team fell well below .500, but late in the year, it pitched a comeback effort to try and get its lone senior to the postseason. Sitting at 16-16 overall, the Owls are hoping for postseason eligibility. Whether they can fulfill their senior’s wishes, though, remains unlikely. Like after her team’s loss to East Carolina, Williams said she is proud of her teammates’ ef-

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Volume 93 Issue 22  

Issue for March 10, 2015

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