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Board elects Cawley, raises housing costs The Board of Trustees also voted on demolitions.

CHRISTIAN MATOZZO JOE BRANDT The Temple News Nearly two months after Gov. Tom Wolf rescinded his predecessor’s appointment of the previous Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to the Board of Trustees, the board elected the two-time Temple alumnus and CEO of the United Way charity in a meeting held March 11 in Sullivan Hall. Cawley had previously served as Gov. Tom Corbett’s non-voting representative on the board, as an ex-officio member. In one of his last days in of-

fice, Corbett appointed Cawley to take a seat as a voting trustee. On the 36-member board, 12 are chosen by the state government, divided equally among the House of Representatives, Senate and governor. The other 24 are elected by the board. Cawley, who holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Temple, now occupies the seat left vacant after the resignation of Bill Cosby, the actor and comedian as well as frequent commencement speaker who cut ties with multiple universities he was involved with amid a resurgence in allegations of sexual misconduct by several women. Wolf also rescinded dozens of other late appointments, including that of Executive Director of Open Records Erik





Will Cummings (left) and teammates leave the court at the XL Center during the American Athletic Conference tournament.


On the bubble, the men’s basketball team did not receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament and will instead compete as a top seed in the NIT.



EJ SMITH Sports Editor


T For service dogs, A K-9 celebration


a rightful treat Two Temple officers were recognized at a K-9 Veterans Day Celebration. CLAIRE SASKO Lifestyle Editor The air smelled faintly of wet dog. The Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital, located at 701 Kedron Ave. in Morton, held its fourth annual K-9 Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, March 14. Rain showers didn’t stop 200-250 people from gathering in tents outside the hospital to thank four-legged service workers. Two members of Temple’s

K-9 unit, Officer Doug Hotchkiss and Officer Larry Besa, along with their dogs – Baron and Jarvis – received recognition at the event. Both dogs assisted in the 48-day search for fugitive Eric Frein, who was wanted after he shot and killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injured Trooper Alex Douglass in September 2014. Frein, who was caught in Pocono Township on Oct. 30, faces 12 charges, including terrorism, murder in the first degree, homicide of a law enforcement officer and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Dogs like Baron and Jarvis, who are trained in tracking, were able to detect and follow



Temple Police Officer Larry Besa (left) stands with his dog Jarvis next to Officer Doug Hotchkiss and his dog Baron.

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he groans reverberated through the walls as the men’s basketball team learned its

Last Sunday, the NCAA Tournament selection show dragged on, and Temple did not hear its name called for the field of 68. Immediately afterward, coach Fran Dunphy and senior guard Will Cummings questioned what may have left the squad among the first four teams snubbed from the dance. The prospect of being a less-respected basketball program became a feared possibility for Cummings. “I guess our name doesn’t hold weight in the selection committee’s eyes,” the senior guard said. “It’s a disappointment. You work so hard all


Coach Fran Dunphy speaks to media members after learning that his squad did not receive an NCAA tournament bid.

Just disappointment. Lack of “respect. That was the vibe in the locker room. ” Will Cummings | senior guard


tsg election | meet the candidates

Student government seeks new leaders RepresenTU’s campaign message includes representing each student equally.

Future TU’s campaign plans to focus on community relations and the future.

STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor

JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News

For Amber O’Brien, picking her running mates for the upcoming Temple Student Government election was easy. The current presidential candidate on the RepresenTU ticket, which was announced at the organization’s general assembly meeting yesterday, selected Aaliyah Ahmad and Tyler Sewell to run for vice president of external affairs and vice president of services, respectively.

Future TU launched its campaign for the Temple Student Government on Monday, and the group wants to be known for its platform. The team is comprised of presidential candidate Ryan Rinaldi, candidate for vice president of services Brittany Boston, and candidate for vice president of external affairs Binh Nguyen. “I think that, at the end of the day, our platform is what is

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Candidate Amber O’Brien.

“I’ve known Tyler for two years now, we met in an orientation session because I presented and he’s an Owl Team leader, and I met [Ahmad]



Kitch named journalism chair

Taking the lead

Live in Philly: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Carolyn Kitch took over as chair last month after serving as interim chair following the recent departure of Andrew Mendelson. PAGE 3

Students and faculty are taking advantage of free salsa classes, now offered on Mondays at noon in the Tyler School of Art. PAGE 7

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place in the afternoon on March 15, starting in Center City.

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year and put in so much work during the year, to just not hear your name called it’s a big disappointment.” “I think we had a good enough resume,” Cummings added. “Better than some teams in the tournament. Just disappointment. Lack of respect. That was the vibe in the locker room. … It’s mentally draining just sitting around watching the show and not hearing your name called is just a slap in the face.” The squad, which posted a 23-10 record (13-5 American Athletic Conference) and beat then-No. 10 Kansas in December, appeared to be on the right side of the bubble headed into the day. Despite the success, the Owls ended up with the same National Invitation Tournament fate that conference foe Southern Methodist received last year.



Candidate Ryan Rinaldi.

going to differentiate us from our opponents,” Rinaldi said. The team’s campaign is centered on what they call the “three pillars,” which are serv-



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NPR TV critic talks race and media Eric Deggans spoke in Annenberg Hall last week. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News


Dr. Anthony Monteiro (left), activist Pam Africa and president of Black Men at Penn Chad Lassiter at a protest held March 11 at Sullivan Hall.

Former professor continues protest Anthony Monteiro’s contract was not renewed last year.

STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor A crowd of between 60 and 70 people gathered outside Sullivan Hall at 3 p.m. last Wednesday to protest the firing of former African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro. The protest, which continued throughout a public Board of Trustees meeting at 3:30 p.m., called for the reinstatement of Monteiro by Fall 2015, removal of Dr. Molefi Kete Asante as chair of the Department of African American studies and the Board of Trustees and administration to improve the relationship between local communities and the university. Furthermore, in Temple’s search for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts, protesters demanded that both student representatives and representatives from local black and Latino communities help contribute to the process. Near the end of the protest, senior political science student and People Utilizing Real Power member Felix Nnumolu said in a speech that he and four other student representatives and Rev. Gregory Holston from the New Vision United Methodist Church on Westmoreland

Street were allowed to attend the meeting, but were never given a chance to speak. “They took us to the back of the room, and we just stood there with the idea that we were going to have an opportunity to speak,” Nnumolu said in an interview with The Temple News. “So we waited and waited, and they adjourned the meeting. So we were pretty upset.” According to a university statement, “Policy matters within the purview of Temple’s Board of Trustees can be submitted to the Office of the Secretary for referral to and consideration by an appropriate committee and/or the full board as appropriate. Dr. Monteiro’s advocates previously have addressed their concerns in detail with Temple’s President, Provost, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.” Outside Sullivan Hall, several local community members and organization leaders voiced their opposition against the release of Monteiro, and to end gentrification that has been occurring between Temple and its surrounding North Philadelphia communities. One national story that Monteiro referenced during his speech was University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s decision to disband the Sigma Alpha Eplison fraternity from the university, following the discovery of racist videos involving members of SAE. Monteiro ended his speech by


Students attended the protest held during a Board of Trustees meeting.

criticizing the current state of Temple’s African American studies department, which he said is shifting away from examining the economic, political and social problems facing Temple and its surrounding communities. Even though his contract expired on June 30 last year, Monteiro told The Temple News after the protest he will continue to fight the university’s decision. “It’s a principle matter now,” he said. “It would be one thing if after a year, you could see progress in African American studies, with the president, the provost, or whoever else would be taking charge to build this department … what you see is the very opposite, a department in disarray … and seemingly, an administration that does not want to own up

and take responsibility.” Monteiro added that in the long run, Temple has to improve its relationship with its surrounding communities. “Temple has to be a neighbor to North Philadelphia,” Monteiro said. “You cannot just gentrify North Philadelphia … I think the issues of gentrification, my reinstatement, and rebuilding African American studies, they all go together … to the extent that Temple [administration] does not want to hear the voices of North Philadelphia … well, that sends a hell of a message.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @Steve_Bohnel

Kim Jones murder case moving forward Randolph Sanders will decide his plea after his pre-trial conference. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor In the case involving the murder of 56-year-old Kim Jones on the northwest corner of 12th and Jefferson streets, one man has been paying close attention – Fred Tookes. Tookes, who is the son of local pastor and bishop Earnest Tookes, was at the case’s formal arraignment last Wednesday. He said he and Jones grew up in the same local community of Yorktown, and both attended Harrison Elementary School at 11th and Thompson streets. “It’s a sad situation that someone would come from another area and take one of our own,” Tookes said. “I’m following the case on behalf of her and her family.” At the formal arraignment, trial commissioner Susan Carmody listed all the charges against suspect Randolph Sanders to Defense Attorney Michael Coard. Prosecutor Mark Levenberg was not present. Coard said the state was supposed to make the “discovery” – in-

formation that would be presented at a trial – available, but that has been delayed to the pre-trial conference, which is scheduled for April 1. After that, Coard will have the opportunity to schedule a pre-trial bring back, where the “guilty” or “not guilty” plea will occur. “At that pre-trial bringback, I will have had an opportunity to review all the discovery, [and] to consider the prosecution’s offer,” Coard said. “If we accept it, we’ll do the deal at the pre-trial bring back. If we reject it, then a scheduling conference will occur.” Coard, who is an adjunct assistant professor in Temple’s department of geography and urban studies, added that the scheduling conference would then determine the trial judge and date. He also said his involvement in the case has “nothing to do” with his employment at Temple. Because of client confidentiality, Coard cannot discuss any aspect of the case. However, he said he is representing Sanders to hold the state’s judicial system accountable. “My focus, unlike most attorneys, is to keep the government honest,” Coard said. “Everybody in a criminal case in the United States

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of America is, and has always been, presumed innocent.” “The greatest threat to a civilized society is an unchecked law enforcement system,” Coard added. “Somebody has to stand there and

I’m following “ the case on behalf

of her and her family.

Fred Tookes | Yorktown resident

play the security guard. Any defense attorney worth his or herself is that security guard.” Tookes said that he is shocked that one of Jones’ co-workers at Turning Points for Children – an organization devoted to assisting abused and economically disadvantaged children – is the suspect, but added that the situation has to be settled in court. “It remains to be seen,” Tookes said. “He’s innocent until proven guilty ... [the murderer] had his face covered up, so we’ll see what the

evidence shows.” The state is charging Sanders with murder, firearms carried without a license, carrying firearms in public in Philadelphia and a possession of an instrument of crime with intent. Coard said the general murder charge will be further specified as a first-degree, second-degree or thirddegree murder at the trial by the judge or jury, which is “standard operating procedure” in a non-capital case. Sanders, who is currently being held at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Feb. 1 and confessed to the murder following his arrest. Police spokeswoman Tanya Little told The Temple News that Sanders thought Jones was going to report him for misappropriating about $40,000 in funds from the Families and Schools Together Program of Turning Points for Children. The pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 1 at 9 a.m. with Judge Benjamin Lerner. * steven.bohnel@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @Steve_Bohnel


When Eric Deggans studied political science and journalism at Indiana University in the late 1980s, he was also a drummer on the side. He and his band played shows and recorded music as part of the dissent movement against South African apartheid, a form of racial segregation through which the white Afrikaner minority, which held heavy legislative influence, could dominate the black majority in the country from 1948-94. Years after South Africa has been integrated, Deggans, the first full-time TV critic at National Public Radio and a published author, drums less and talks more about race and the media. In the atrium of Annenberg Hall last Tuesday evening, Deggans hosted “Decoding the Race Baiting of Modern Media,” about how to recognize and combat racism and stereotypes in the media. Deggans spoke to an audience of around 50 students and faculty about his book, “Race-Baiter,” and his experiences working in public media. Across the nation, college students have taken part in die-ins and other forms of protest about race relations in America, first stemming from the tension in Ferguson, Missouri when teen Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Deggans said he still believes in the importance of student involvement in affecting social change. “I love to see it because it shows that students are engaged in the world, which I think is really important,” he said. “I also think it’s really important for students to push back the stereotype that they don’t care about the world around them and that they’re self-satisfied and self-focused.” Deggans said social media plays a large role in social-justice movements for the current generation. He cited Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012 as a major turning point in social media’s importance. “It wasn’t just about spreading hashtags, it was letting people know when a protest was coming, about an online petition they could sign, about the latest developments in the case so they could click a link and read the story,” Deggans said. “It was about getting people emotionally engaged so they could go out and react wherever they were.” While most current college students have the benefit of instant access to information, Deggans said young people still need to be critical thinkers about what they consume, something his generation didn’t really have to deal with when they were young. Of the recent controversy at the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity which had a video of a racist chant posted to the internet, Deggans said that bystander intervention is a method of preventing further similar behavior. “What this says to me is there are pockets of kids who aren’t paying attention to these issues and maybe taking it for granted,” he said. “When these issues emerge in your everyday life, you have to have the strength to challenge them. If you’re on a bus when somebody starts a chant like that, you have to be the person that stands up and says ,‘I’m not doing that.’” In his presentation, Deggans explained racism and stereotypes in the media and interacted with the audience under the main guideline of “everyone gets respect.” He outlined instances in the media including scenes from reality TV show Big Brother and Fox News that he said displayed racial bias and described why they did. Audience members were able to answer questions that Deggans posed, as well as ask their own. They also participated in a quiz about statistics for a chance to receive a free copy of Deggans’ book. David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication, said Deggans was an old friend of his. “This sort of conversation is so important and rare,” Boardman said. “They are difficult topics to talk about and [Deggans] has a gift to be enlightening. I was also gratified by the great questions.” Veronica Ayala, a junior architecture major, said that she also enjoyed the presentation. “It’s great that Temple hosts these dialogues, especially someone who is so open and talking about something that affects us all,” she said. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons




Kitch named head of journalism department

Carolyn Kitch has worked at magazines as a writer and editor. PAIGE GROSS The Temple News

Newly appointed Journalism Department Chair Carolyn Kitch emphasizes that in order to respond to ideas that the future of journalism is murky, students have to consider the past. “I feel positively about the future of journalism because I have the perspective of history,” Kitch said. “I understand that right now is a moment in history.” Kitch stepped up to head the department early this month after 16 years in the School of Media and Communication, teaching for many departments and graduate programs while producing research on the history of media. “She is one of our school’s most stellar scholars,” School of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman said. He added that he is thrilled for Kitch to take over the department. The previous chair of eight years, Andrew Mendelson, left the department in December to serve as associate dean at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. “I’ve known her for 20 years,” Mendelson said. “I know the program is going to keep drawing people in – she’s an inspiring person to be in this position.” During his time as chair, Mendelson introduced Philadelphia Neighborhoods as the capstone course for the department as a way to bring together different skills and multimedia to the curriculum. “Many students go into the class with an understanding of the medium they want to be in,” Kitch said of the course. “But this project makes it

clear. Students come out of it saying, ‘I’m a photographer’ or ‘I want to work in broadcast.’” The central Pennsylvania native traveled to Boston University in pursuit of a career that incorporated her love of literature, history and theater in terms of how they engage communities. While studying in Boston, Kitch said she realized problems that occur in every city, especially in Philadelphia, where she now lives and works. She said the two cities are known for their neighborhoods and issues that grow in those neighborhoods. Kitch said that essentially journalism does two things: the practice provides information and opens dialogue. She stressed that journalists hold powerful positions in terms of deciding what is important, how issues are covered and how to deal with issues of civility and difference. During her time at Temple, Kitch said she has watched mediums adapt in the face of doubt. “We have all of this evidence from the past that journalism survives,” she said, “that people still need journalism, that young people will want to do it and that the form of it will change in ways that are unrecognizable right now.” This evidence, she said, spurs the thinking for new mediums. Kitch said she believes people are scared to think about where the industry is going when they think about mediums that have taken over or changed other outlets, but emphasized that people will always need information. “You’re in a position where these industries are unfolding in front of you,” Kitch said. “You get a hand in inventing what they will become.” Kitch said that one of the most memorable stories she worked on was one that she didn’t author, but edited. During her time at Good Housekeeping magazine, she helped get an essay in print that dealt with death. She said having a hand

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through Temple Student Government,” O’Brien said. “We all kind of knew of each other … so when we decided who I wanted on my ticket, I couldn’t think of anybody better than [Ahmad] and [Sewell].” The three members of RepresenTU have all had experience with TSG. O’Brien is currently the director of University Pride and Traditions for TSG’s cabinet, Ahmad serves as the director of local and community affairs, and Sewell has represented Kappa Delta Rho, a Temple-affiliated fraternity where he is vice president, at general assembly meetings. RepresenTU’s platform extends across many aspects of university affairs, O’Brien said. She added that the name itself explains the team’s main goal. “[RepresenTU] really brings together our platform,” the junior sport and recreation management major said. “We want to represent each and every single student equally. That means not representing one specific group of students, or a specific group that we’re a part of, but rather every single side of this university.” The group’s platform focuses on several individual initiatives, which are categorized under Student Life, Campus Life and Diversity, Academic Life, Local and Community Affairs, Grounds and Sustainability and Athletics. Ahmad said that if RepresenTU was elected, each part of the platform could be put into effect. “Every part of our platform, we met with the head of the department just to make sure it would be able to go through if we are elected,” Ahmad, a junior criminal justice major, said. “We met with everybody. Anybody you can think of – administrators, faculty.” O’Brien said that she formed RepresenTU last semester, and that meetings with administrators about its platform started right after winter break. The team said that although the university could improve in several areas, a solid foundation is already in place at Temple. “Looking at past elections, there’s always been that one unconventional ticket that wants to change everything about the university,” O’Brien said. “Both of the tickets going into this [election] have a very good understanding that Temple is a very successful university … we don’t need to knock everything down and start from the bottom, it’s about how we can improve things.” The candidates are scheduled to debate this month, but dates have not been determined. O’Brien said that aside from getting the message about her team’s platform, debate preparation is the most important part leading up to the election, which will occur on March 31 and April 1. “It’s knowing who our competition is, knowing what they have to offer,” she said. “Why are our platforms different? What is different about them? It’s going to be a nightly thing, and we’re not going to get a lot of sleep ever, really ... [but] that’s something we’re prepared for.” Sewell, a junior human resource management major, added that their campaign is not about Future TU’s weaknesses, but rather why RepresenTU would be the best choice for leading TSG. “We want to say why we think we’re the best candidates,” he said. “To talk about our leadership experience, what we’re involved in, and then really focus on our platform and how we can change Temple.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu


Carolyn Kitch started her position as the journalism department chair last month.

in producing stories that people were able to connect to and begin a dialogue is a standout moment in her career. Kitch said the program she now heads is beneficial even if students don’t pursue journalism as a career path. Kitch also said the curriculum is allowing students and faculty to discover new economic models for new outlets, like National Public Radio, which is both privately and publically funded, and which Kitch considers to be a successful medium. Kitch, who has served as the faculty director of the SMC Study Away programs in London and

How the election works Candidates for the executive team of Temple Student Government for the 2015-16 academic year were announced Monday afternoon in TSG’s general assembly meeting. Ryan Rinaldi is running for student body president under the campaign title Future TU. Amber O’Brien is running for student body president under the campaign title RepresenTU. “Knowing both teams, I think they’ll give each other a good run for their money and we’ll be well-represented next year,” current student body president Ray Smeriglio said. Voting commences on March 31 and extends to April 1.


Future TU, from left to right: Binh Nguyen, Ryan Rinaldi and Brittany Boston.


RepresenTU, from left to right: Tyler Sewell, Amber O’Brien and Aaliyah Ahmad.

Dublin, also stressed the experience and importance of the learned diversity that comes within mediums in different cultures. While society may change how and where they get their news, Kitch is confident that we will always need successful, innovative journalists to inform the public. “What you’re doing right now is what people did 30 years ago, 100 years ago – which is talk to a human being and write,” she said. * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross

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ing the student body, uniting the communities and building for the future. Nguyen, who is majoring in strategic communications, said the first pillar is “the vital, most important, key pillar that we want to hit.” Under each of the three concepts, Future TU has listed either five or six key points as part of their platform. Some of the topics which they hope to bring up during the debates include combating sexual assault, campus security, transportation, veteran relations and supporting the LGBTQIA community. While Future TU wants to articulate stances on these issues, they continue to emphasize the prominence of the three pillars. “Over the next two weeks, we’re going to be talking and spreading the word about those three pillars and all of those points underneath them,” Rinaldi said. “Everything comes back to the three pillars, and everything is kind of encompassed by the three pillars.” Future TU began when Rinaldi and campaign manager Eric Hamilton decided to launch a campaign six months ago. Boston, who is studying broadcast journalism, and Nguyen were not really friends before they joined the campaign. “Everybody was picked because they were the best in what they do,” Rinaldi said. All three members of Future TU tout their leadership experience. Rinaldi was the president of the Temple University Investment Association. Binh ran events for the Delta Zeta sorority as a chair member, and Boston was an Owl Ambassador as well as the vice president of Temple’s chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Despite their executive histories, no one on the Future TU ticket was involved in TSG this school year. However, the team said it does not believe it will have difficulties working with President Theobald and the administration. All of the suggestions proposed by Future TU in its platform have “been vetted by the administration and have been considered feasible for us to execute,” Hamilton said. The three-person team has met with five administrators from different departments – including Theobald. “We have plans, and, most importantly, we’re going to execute them,” Boston said. “A lot of people campaign and then have a lot of great ideas, but we will listen to our fellow students, administration and staff, and actually make things happen.” The team is quick to indicate that it does not want to revolutionize Temple or TSG. “I can’t even say that there’s one thing I want to go and change that Ray [Smeriglio, current student body president] did,” Rinaldi, who is majoring in finance, said. “We’ve been going in the right direction.” Though Rinaldi does not believe Temple is heading down the wrong path, he does believe that Future TU can improve the status of the university. “We’re going to put Temple in the areas to make sure that we capture national attention, to make sure that we’re on the right direction, to make sure that Temple University is a better place when we leave office come next year,” Rinaldi said. Debates are set to take place this month, though dates and times have not yet been determined. The election days are March 31 and April 1. * jack.tomczuk@temple.edu T @JackTomczuk


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Board misses chance to diversify The election of former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is beneficial to the university, but the open seat was an opportunity to add another female or minority trustee. If you’re visiting Sullivan Hall, Main Campus’ administrative center, you have to pull hard to open the thick doors. But if you’re a white male with experience in state government, you can just walk right in through the revolving door. The revolving door is a conceptual process by which politicians and businessmen move between the industries and institutions over which they rule. If an election goes south for a candidate, there’s an alma mater that’d love to have them help with fundraising or serve on the board. Most advocacy against revolving-door politics lambasts the access which a political position can provide for an individual. As the Center for Responsive Politics puts it: “these people’s government connections afford them privileged access to those in power.” It can go both ways, too. Former politicians on staff at a corporation or other institution can open doors for their employers with government connections they made in their previous career. The Board of Trustees recently acquired two new white male members who’ve finished up with state government: former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, and now-retired Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Smith, who appointed himself to the board in line with a provision that 12 of the 36 trustees be appointed by the state government. Both trustees are Republicans. Given the former roles of these new trustees, only weeks removed from the legislative process, their power as assets to

The openings on the board “ were an opportunity to correct the lack of gender diversity on the university’s most powerful administrative arm.

the university, which receives 16 percent of its budget from the state, is clear: among other things, they can likely help acquire more money. However, the openings on the board were an opportunity to correct the lack of gender diversity on the university’s most powerful administrative arm. Racially, the board’s composition isn’t drastically different than most other schools, though it would have been more diverse had the embattled Bill Cosby’s vacated seat gone to a non-white candidate. We’re not at liberty to criticize Jim Cawley’s dedication to Temple, and that is not the goal of this editorial. We saw the Temple “T” on the door of the Lieutenant Governor’s office, when it was still his. He’s told the Inquirer that he got his start in politics as a student here. But all of this does not change the fact that there are only three women on the board. It’d be difficult to cull a woman from the state government who had served in as high a position or could offer as useful connections. The current Republican leadership includes two women, and the Democratic has one. Pennsylvania did not have a female Lieutenant Governor until 2003 – Catherine Baker Knoll, who died in office in 2008. The state has never had a female governor. Ultimately, the pool of top candidates is overwhelmingly male. After a meeting in December, Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor told reporters regarding the search for Cosby’s replacement: “We get the best people, and sometimes we’re perceived not to do the best we should do, but we try hard here, and we try to be fair.” “The best people,” given the fact that the more powerful positions are occupied by men, means that Temple’s not going to pick a woman on principle alone. But it had the chance, and chose the connection instead.

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Commentary | STATE ISSUES

Liquor should remain in state hands for workers’ sake The positives of keeping liquor state-controlled outweigh possible earned convenience.


n Thursday, Feb. 26, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 114-87 to pass a bill aiming to abolish the state-run Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and privatize liquor sales. Newly-elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, however, does not support liquor privatization and has stated that he will veto any bill wishing to abolish the PLCB. This statement flies into the face of one of CHRISTIAN MATOZZO America’s most championed values: the trust in the free market to keep business efficient and prices lower for consumers. But Wolf is right. Keeping the liquor business under state control is the right move for Pennsylvanians. Largely voted for by House Republicans – only four House Republicans voted against the bill – the abolishment of the PLCB has been a contentious issue in Pennsylvania politics for quite some time. The PLCB currently runs all of Pennsylvania’s wine and liquor stores and lends itself to the reasoning of Pennsylvania’s strict liquor laws, which doesn’t allow sale of beer or liquor in local corner and grocery stores. Pennsylvania State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, a Republican, summarized the bill on his website: “We have an opportunity to move Pennsylvania into the 21st century by allowing the private sector to sell wine and spirits. This approach will result in better selection, cheaper prices and more convenience for consumers.” A lot of Temple students agree with these sentiments, especially when it comes to convenience. “To throw a party in Pennsylvania you have to go to the grocery store for food, beer distributor to get enough beer, and then go to the liquor store,” senior management

information systems major Charlie Cappelli said. “That’s a lot of driving around.” Senior finance major Ellis Holmes agrees. “Coming from New York, I find it the oddest thing that I cannot roll up into a 7-Eleven ... and not buy liquor,” he said. “I go back home and sure enough, I can buy a six-pack right at the nearest Walgreens.” But entrusting Pennsylvania’s liquor business to the free market would do more harm than good. Privatization of the liquor industry would do the opposite of what Turzai says, hurting both consumer pricing and selection, while eliminating jobs of those employed by liquor stores run by the PLCB and the business of popular local breweries across the city. An article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in July 2014 compared prices for a range of different liquors in Pennsyl-

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 union, which represents many PLCB employees said in a statement, “The PLCB is a profitable asset that continues to set records in total sales and profits. Last year alone, the agency returned more than $565 million in profits, transfers and taxes to this commonwealth. It makes no sense to sell it off to the big chain retailers and put 5,000 Pennsylvanians out of work in the bargain.” These profits from state ownership of the PLCB retail liquor stores generates income for the state. According to the PLCB website, in 2013, 4 percent – or $80 Million dollars of the PLCB’s revenue – was transferred to the Pennsylvania Treasury’s General Fund. Privatizing the liquor industry in Pennsylvania could cause a budget shortfall, and politicians could sell this as a reason for a tax increase.

vania state stores to those in neighboring states Ohio and West Virginia. According to the article, “the LCB was cheaper half the time and more expensive half the time.” Pennsylvania liquor prices are already competitive despite not being set by the free market. And since the PLCB has the buying power to buy liquor wholesale for the retail stores it runs, relinquishing control from the PLCB could result in higher prices for consumers. Smaller liquor stores would not be able to purchase the volume that the PLCB does for its retail stores, or necessarily be able to carry the stock that PLCB stores can, leading to less selection, higher prices and less people employed due to lower profit margins. According to the PLCB’s website, the PLCB currently employs over 3,000 people statewide – 2,220 of those being retail clerks. Should the liquor business be privatized and these retail stores be closed, jobs could suffer a major bout of uncertainty. Wendell Young IV, president of the

Pricing aside, Temple students seem to lean towards privatization because of convenience and availability. The laws have led to a shortage of beer and liquor stores around Main Campus, causing an inconvenience for some students. “The closest liquor store is way down Diamond [Street],” Cappelli said. “Most Temple students aren’t comfortable walking there. Everyone I talk to either goes to 20th and Fairmount ... or one of the ones in Center City. If you consider the campus [as] the Temple police boundaries, they end right at the only beer distributor [at 18th and Montgomery], and there’s no liquor store.” While the current Pennsylvania liquor laws may come as an inconvenience for some consumers due to the lack of retail stores and more limited hours, this is just a small price to pay for benefits and jobs created from liquor stores being stated owned.

Entrusting Pennsylvania’s liquor business to the “free market would do more harm than good. ”

* christian.matozzo@temple.edu



Commentary | WORKING WORLD

Higher wages could help students A wage that reflects the cost of living today would benefit struggling students.


hen Henry Ford more than doubled his workers’ hourly wage to $5 in 1914, it was a radical decision. Many thought that it would bankrupt him, but instead it laid the groundwork for a better company. Ford realized his employees were working hard, but were leaving because they were not being fairly compensated. The solution was a VINCE BELLINO higher wage. Because workers could afford to stay with Ford, they were able to become more skilled, instead of constantly being replaced by new workers after leaving due to low wages. In turn, these higher wages also led those same workers to be among some of the first to own Ford cars. Pennsylvania now stands at a similar point. Gov. Tom Wolf has stated his support for a $10.10 hourly minimum wage, the same pushed for by the Obama Administration. An increase in the minimum wage would be beneficial to college students who need or choose to work to pay for part of their rent, loans or tuition. It’s common knowledge – and often common complaint – that tuition is expensive, so it makes sense that students want to pay it off quickly. For many students, especially at Temple, rent is also something they must work to pay every month while in school. According to the Bursar’s Office, an increase in the minimum wage would not raise the cost of tuition, a fear among those who do not support an increase. The last time that Congress voted to raise the minimum wage was in 2007 — eight years ago. The average price of community college, the most affordable higher education available, has increased 44 percent since that raise. With the prices of higher education increasing at a seemingly exponential rate, the only op- tion left to allow students to avoid h u g e debts, and

encourage more students to attend college, is to allow them to offset the cost somehow. Emily Wilson, a freshman theater and film major, supports the increase because it would allow her to spend less time on work and more time on school while still saving money for next year’s rent and her current commuter expenses. “I work six-hour shifts, so the increase would be like working nine hours instead of six,” Wilson said. For Leah Murray, a freshman journalism major, a raised minimum wage would mean only having to work one job during the school year instead of two in order to still afford her expenses. A study done by Citigroup and Seventeen Magazine found that four out of five college students work while in school, with an average of 19 hours per week – a large workload to add to that of being a full-time college student. As a full-time student who will have to work next year to help pay for rent, I cannot understand how higher wages could be anything but beneficial. A higher minimum wage, for me, means that I would need fewer hours to pay for expenses, meaning that I can spend more time focusing on school. If academics are supposed to be our number one priority, raising the minimum wage is the best decision. The Citigroup/Seventeen Magazine study also found that despite the hours worked, only 18 percent are able to actually pay for school themselves while enrolled. The rest of the money must come from loans and other sources of aid. An increase in the minimum wage would mean that, ideally, students working while enrolled for wages lower than the proposed $10.10 would be able to exit college closer to being debt free, and at worst, it would mean that they have fewer loans to pay off upon graduation. It’s a winning situation for students either way. For both Murray and Wilson, as well as a large number of other working college students, this increase would have a direct effect because they work for significantly less than the proposed amount.

Clearly college students are willing to work, if four -fifths already do. It just makes sense to give that work a payout. If more degree holders are entering the workforce, everyone benefits. Murray agrees that $10.10 is a reasonable minimum wage to implement, but she would not want to see it go any higher right now. “I think it would be hard for small businesses to hire people if it was higher than that,” Murray said. “In San Francisco it’s $15, which is nice for workers of big corporations, but I think smaller businesses have a problem meeting that.” Right now, we don’t need to worry about it being raised to anywhere past $10.10. We need to worry about giving people a wage that is sustainable instead of talking about the dangers of raising it almost $5 higher than the proposition. With Wolf’s proposal for Pennsylvania, the increase is not high enough to substantially deter businesses’ efforts to keep on workers – but it is enough to make a difference in the lives of those workers. It is also important to acknowledge the difference in cost of living in major Pennsylvania cities such as Philadelphia versus its rural and suburban towns. To live in Philadelphia will cost anyone, student or not, significantly more than suburban areas. If a higher wage will finally make it feasible for those in cities to live at a reasonable quality, then a higher wage is necessary. We cannot look at the least expensive parts of a state and set our minimum to that standard. We must look to the highest costs to those working minimum wage jobs in order to set a reasonable minimum. Wolf’s support of a $10.10 hourly minimum wage is the best thing that can happen to college students in Pennsylvania right now. During a time when it is increasingly hard to pay for college tuition and the expenses that come with it, an increased minimum wage would serve to lighten the burden that many college students face, as well as open the door for those who may not have seen college as a viable option previously. * vince.bellino@temple.edu




Spring break sentiments

A student reflects on a community service trip to Camden.


By Jack Tomczuk

et your hands out of your pockets,” the cop yelled. My friends and I put our hands in the air, and I showed the policeman my ID card. Though we weren’t doing anything wrong, I cannot blame the cop for stopping us. After all, what were we doing outside of a sketchy bodega in a dilapidated area of North Camden? We explained that we were spending our Spring Break in Camden, New Jersey, and the cop asked whether we had misspelled Cancun when planning our trip. I was in Camden in association with Temple’s Newman Center, which is the Catholic community on Main Campus, on a service trip through DeSales Service Works. We handed out sandwiches to the homeless and the hungry, worked with kids at a local school, and met with people dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. We went there to serve the community, but it was actually the community that served us. There were 32 homicides in Camden in 2014, which is a massive improvement compared to previous years, but still nine times the national average. In addition, the city of 77,000 people is the poorest in the United States according to Census statistics that indicate around 42.5 percent of the population is living in poverty.

that there is a resilient hope “I soon learned that lives in the city. ”

The poverty is not hidden in Camden – it is visible on the surface. The city feels empty, with some blocks almost entirely vacant. Boarded-up buildings are the norm, rather than the exception. Needles and drug paraphernalia are scattered along the sidewalk – even in playgrounds and parks. When we arrived at the house where we would be staying, Father Mike McCue, the spiritual director at DeSales Service Works, gave us a tour of the neighborhood. After he showed us the spot where two men were recently murdered – it was around the corner from where we would be staying – I asked myself why I could not just spend spring break in my cozy house in Northeast Philadelphia. Camden was a scary place at first glance – maybe even after multiple glances – but I soon learned that there is a resilient hope that lives in this city. Two experiences demonstrated that hope, and, while I speak only for myself, I feel that these sentiments ring true with many of the 16 students who went on the trip. First, it was our adventure working with the kids during the after-school program at Holy Name School. What was amazing was the students, especially the younger students, adored us. They flocked to us like metal to a magnet, even though we had done little to deserve their admiration besides show up. A child told one Temple student that his parents had to buy him a birthday gift two weeks before his birthday because they could only afford it at the beginning of the month. That is a struggle that most of us in the group did not understand at that age. The high school graduation rate in Camden hovers around 50 percent, according to newjersey.com. Job prospects for dropouts are low, and many end up on the street selling or doing drugs. The unfortunate fact is that many of those on the street had shared the same hope as those students at Holy Name. Another experience that really stood out to me was when I and a few others attended an Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) meeting at the Last Stop Clubhouse. The attendees greeted us, though we were outsiders, and explained their experiences with drugs and alcohol. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the meeting was that alcoholics and addicts are human. Of course they are human, but we do not always treat them that way. Addicts are marginalized from society and are often offered little sympathy. However, by talking to the people at the AA/NA gathering, I came to see these people as courageous warriors in a fight against addiction. The entire trip altered my perspective on Camden and places with similar characteristics. I expected to see poverty and misery, but what I saw was hope and pride. We were welcomed at every turn, and thanked for all that we did. Ultimately, I came on the trip to make an impact on Camden, but Camden ended up making an impact on me. * jack.tomczuk@temple.edu


‘Post-racial’ America has a long way to go While some think America has taken positive strides toward unbiased policing, Ferguson proves otherwise.


ew dispute the fact that the election of Barack Obama as the first African American U.S. President represents a historic milestone for race relations in America. What is disputed, however, is the degree to which America is a post-racial society in the “Age of Obama.” Six months ago in August 2014, the murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren SHARRON SCOTT Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri incited protests that shook the area for weeks. In November 2014, when Wilson was not indicted for Brown’s murder, another wave of protests began and appalling images of rioting, looting and armored police vehicles with cops in full riot

gear shocked many American television viewers in ways not seen since the turbulent 1960s. The riots resulted from the boiling over of rage not only concerning the murder of Michael Brown, but also from what appears to be a pattern of the killing of young black males at the hands of white police officers – a term some label ‘modern-day lynching.’ Referred to as the “new civil rights movement,” and with the purpose of demanding recognition and valuation of black lives, the Black Lives Matter Movement was established as an effort to protest the murder of unarmed people of color by law enforcement. With salient and emotive Die-ins, and the now-popular memoriam chants, “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the Black Lives Matter Movement currently has 23 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Ghana. Although Officer Darren Wilson was acquitted of all charges in the death of Michael Brown, after a six month investigation the Department of Justice released a scathing report on March 4 unveiling a pattern of systemic racial bias against African Americans within

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the Ferguson Police Department. “Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement both reflects and reinforces racial bias, including stereotyping. The harms of Ferguson’s police and court practices are borne disproportionately by African Americans, and there is evidence that this is due in part to intentional discrimination on the basis of race,” the report stated. The findings found that from 2012 to 2014, African Americans accounted for 85 percent of vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, and 93 percent of arrests made by FDP officers and almost 90 percent of documented force used by FDP officers was used against African Americans. The report also stated statistics like African Americans are at least 50 percent more likely to have their cases lead to an arrest warrant, and accounted for 92 percent of cases in which an arrest warrant was issued by the Ferguson Municipal Court in 2013. Of those actually arrested by FPD only because of an outstanding warrant, 96 percent are African Americans. “I’m not surprised at all,” said Manuel Jimenez, a sophomore at the

Boyer College of Music and Dance. “History shows that for years people of color have been targeted and exploited. The Ferguson incidents are very similar to the vagrancy laws enacted during the Jim Crow era that criminalized people of color and sent them back to the institutions, which at the time were former slave plantations.” According to National Public Radio, the fallout of the DOJ’s report includes the resignation of key Ferguson, Missouri officials – the powerful city manager, municipal judge, police chief and two Ferguson police officers. In addition, the Missouri Supreme Court assigned all local municipal cases to an appellate judge to assist in restoring public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court system. Following the DOJs report however, unrest and violence in Ferguson continued as two police officers were shot during subsequent protests. “The unjust treatment of people of color really hits home and clarifies that racism and discrimination against people of color still exist,” Jimenez added. The DOJ’s report serves as evidence of the degree to which America


is not a post-racial society in the Age of Obama. “For the Black citizens of Ferguson, the department's report of wanton racial prejudice and outright racism perpetrated by the police and other local officials was not a revelation,” said Tamika Covington, a 1996 Temple alumna and Afrocentric scholar at Rutgers. “I believe the DOJ had no intention on indicting Officer Darren Wilson, yet in return offered the admonishing report as a political or social pacifier. There is a clear divide on how this case is viewed, mostly along ethnic lines. What we are witnessing is very far from post-racial America.” While America reached a racial milestone with the election of its first black commander-in-chief, and while it may be true that race relations advanced with the end of legalized segregation, it is clear that America still has a long way to go in its quest to become a “post-racial” society. * sharron.scott@temple.edu




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Arneson, the case of whom is currently being debated in Commonwealth Court. Reached by phone at his United Way office on Monday, Cawley said the Senate asked Wolf to reconsider the recalled nominations and allow them to go through the body’s confirmation process, which vetted and approved him. He said that after serving as Corbett’s representative, he was eager to come back to the board. “I think we’re becoming one of the leaders in higher education nationally and I want to continue that,” Cawley said. “I want to continue to help Temple grow and expand its horizons and be an even better university today.” Cawley said he is waiting to hear his committee assignments, but would be particularly interested in facilities, academic affairs and athletics. “I’d serve on all the committees I could, time allowing,” Cawley said. Cawley is the second Republican from the state government to join the board in recent months. In December, nowformer Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Smith appointed himself to the board before retiring Jan. 6 when the new term began for the General Assembly. Smith, 59, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, attended his first meeting on Wednesday. His term goes until October 2017. Trustee Patrick V. Larkin, a 1974 graduate who was appointed to the board by the state


Chairman Patrick O’Connor (center) addresses the Board of Trustees in its March 11 meeting.

Senate in 2004, was reappointed to the board by the same governmental body. The board agreed to a 3.57 percent increase in the average housing cost for students on campus in the 2015-16 academic year. Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Brandon Lausch said this increase will raise the average

housing cost for students from $10,296 per year to $13,596. Housing costs rose an average 3.86 percent increase last year. In Morgan Hall and 1300 Residence Hall, the price for a single unit, for which demand was highest, was raised 7.5 percent. Prices of university-offered meal plans, which are based on

the November 2014 Philadelphia Consumer Price Index due to the university’s contract with Sodexo, will also increase by 2.6 percent next academic year. “In line with Temple’s overall commitment to affordability, the new rates are being held to the lowest possible levels,” a statement from the Office of University Housing and Resi-

dential Life read. The board also put final approval on the demolitions of Barton Hall and William Penn High School on Broad and Master streets. Under the university’s recently-unveiled Visualize Temple plan, the current site of Barton Hall will become a state-of-the-art library including green space. As The Temple

News reported in October, the property is slated to become athletic facilities for the soccer and track & field team. Other facilities for lacrosse and field hockey are a possibility. * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews

NEWS IN BRIEF of the highest quality and fosters world-class research.” Fox’s new ranking makes it the only business school located in the Greater Philadelphia Region, other than the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, to place in the Top 50 of U.S. News’ rankings. Similarly, Temple Law joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School as the only law schools from Pennsylvania to earn a spot in the Top 70. The top-ranked business school in the nation is the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, which tied with Harvard Business School and Wharton for the first spot last year. The leading law school is the Law School at Yale University, staying in the same position as the 2015 rankings. -Steve Bohnel



Adjunct professors rallied on Main Campus Feb. 23 and chanted ‘Let Us Vote’ while marching down Liacouras Walk toward Sullivan Hall.


A Temple alumnus was robbed at gunpoint around 9:45 p.m. Saturday on the 1700 block of French Street, police said. Two males approached the victim and displayed a handgun, Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services said in an email. The suspects took a wallet, keys and a cell phone. One suspect was described as an 18-yearold male of medium height and build, wearing a gray hoodie with a dark coat and holding a handgun. The other suspect was described as an 18-year-old male of medium height and build, wearing dark clothes. No injuries were reported. The victim did not wish to pursue the

incident further, Leone said.

-Lian Parsons


The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing in Harrisburg March 19 to decide whether or not an election can be held for Temple’s adjunct professors to join a union. The Temple Adjunct Organizing Committee has said it wants an election to decide whether adjuncts can join the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union for full-time faculty. Several adjunct professors had sent signed cards to the labor board to show that at least 30 percent of the group wants to unionize. The hearing will include Temple administrators and outside legal counsel for Temple,

as well as adjuncts and PLRB officials. -Joe Brandt


Programs at four of the university’s schools and colleges – the Fox School of Business, Beasley School of Law, College of Education and College of Engineering – jumped in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Grad Schools” rankings. The business and law schools both reached all-time highs in the rankings, with Fox’s full-time MBA program – the Global MBA – rising seven spots to No. 41, and the Beasley School of Law climbing nine spots to No. 52. “These rankings reaffirm what our faculty and students know to be true – indeed, what they have worked together to create,” President Theobald said in a press release. “Temple is a red-hot institution that provides education

Last Thursday, Pennsylvania’s judiciary launched criminal caseload “dashboards,” allowing the public, court staff and researchers to use “web-based data visuals” to examine criminal-case data across the state, according to an Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts press release. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said the new dashboards will make statewide criminal-case information more effective. “Dashboards have proven to be valuable resources that continue to help judges and court staffs make informed decisions about court operations,” Eakin said in the release. “They also make it possible for Pennsylvanians to see the important work being done by the judiciary, and provides this data to the public in an accessible format.” The three caseload dashboards – Statewide, County and Case Type – combine data from the general civil and criminal trial courts of Pennsylvania, Courts of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court. The dashboard also includes data from civil cases, Protection from Abuse cases, child dependency and financial information, the last of which includes court distributions and court collection rates. All of the preceding information can be found at pacourts.us on the “Interactive Data Dashboards” page through the “Research and Statistics” tab. -Steve Bohnel





K9 service workers were honored March 14 at a celebration held by Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital, located in Morton. PAGE 1

Freshman Nick Canonica is working on a social media project titled “Save The Face,” which stems from his Instagram account, SavePhilly. PAGE 8




Alumna Joan Sadoff will present film and conversation on March 19 for Women’s History Month and Social Work Month, other news and notes. PAGE 16 PAGE 7

A tiny house, a big feat

A student group designed a small-scale sustainable house for the Temple Community Garden. EMILY SCOTT The Temple News

On both corners of Diamond and Carlisle streets, there are two gardens: the Temple Community Garden and the Sonia Sanchez Garden – a garden dedicated to Sanchez, an African-American poet associated with the Black Arts Movement. The winners of the Office of Sustainability’s Student Design contest – in which students were instructed to design tiny, sustainable houses for the TCG – made sure the design of their tiny house was accessible for both gardens. This was accomplished through an effort to honor the activism and artistic work of Sanchez by accommodating to events like poetry readings or movie showings. On Jan. 31, Temple’s Office of Sustainability hosted its first university-wide design competition in the architecture building. The goal of the all-day competition was to design a tiny house that would be utilized by the TCG at Diamond and Carlisle streets. Over the summer, the Sustainability Office organized a committee of faculty members to create interdisciplinary collaboration at Temple. “Given the time constraints of a one-day



Sophomore architecture major Sean Kennedy (left), senior architecture major Stephanie Haller and sophomore urban studies major Molly Mattes.

Student combines love of feet with love of football A podiatry student paid $1,522 for a Redskins player’s ankle cast. COLTON SHAW The Temple News


Salsa classes are held weekly on Mondays in the basement of the Tyler School of Art.

Salsa dancers step onto Main Campus Salsa classes are being offered in the Tyler School of Art basement on Mondays at noon. ALLISON MERCHANT The Temple News Past vibrant hallways scattered with sculptures, faint music rises from a staircase entrance to the basement in the Tyler School of Art. In room B90, approximately 10 people step methodically to Abraham Ramos’ voice as he counts – one, two, three, five, six, seven. The fifth week of salsa dancing class at Temple begins. “Dancing is a sport,” said Ramos, an 18-yearold salsa instructor from the Thomas Alva Edison High School in Philadelphia. He leaned forward with animation. “You sweat, you get hurt. It’s the same thing as football and all of that. It’s a sport.” Hidden in the colorful basement at Tyler, salsa classes are open to the public and held Mon-

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days at noon. Ramos and colleague Molly Caro, a 16-year-old salsa instructor also from Thomas Alva Edison High School, collectively teach the art of salsa dancing to students and faculty. “We review it slow, because I know every time we’ll be seeing new people coming in,” Ramos said. Caro and Ramos focus more on technique than appearance so students are able to perform the dance correctly. “The point of teaching them the steps of salsa is to break it down to show them the foundation in order for them to understand the dance,” Ramos said. The two rotate with all the students, allowing each participant to receive individual instruction. Each week the lesson consists of singular movements as well as partnered routines. “I always wanted to be a choreographer,” Caro said. “I prefer to teach everything. I like going all around the world with it.”


Rich Bruno found an unusual and expensive way to combine his love of the Washington Redskins and feet. As a second-year podiatry student at Temple and lover of all things feet-related, Bruno saw the light of fanatical bliss when the ankle cast of Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III went up for auction. The auction took place online for Griffin’s foundation, called Family of 3, which helps people “reach their dreams” through networking. Bruno’s grandfather, who hails from Northern Virginia, instilled Redskins fandom in Rich at a young age. “My grandfather was raised a Redskins fan, and he actually joined the Navy and was displaced up to Philadelphia, but what mattered to him was that I was raised a Redskins fan above all else,” Bruno said. Bruno has amassed an impressive collection of football memorabilia, from autographed helmets and jerseys and every kind of collectible in between. Bruno, an Upper Darby native, said the bidding for the cast started at $300, and the auction, which ran for a month, ended on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. “I watched it like a hawk the whole time,” Bruno said. “I was in the passenger seat with my grandfather when I won, and I got so hype that I had to make Snapchat videos of it. My grandfather was happy but nowhere near my level of bliss.”


There were a number of other Redskins aficionados moved by their enthusiasm of D.C. sports teams to bid on the cast, but in the end, Bruno’s final bid of $1,522 proved enough to secure the plaster cast for his collection. Bruno said at the last second, another fan placed a bid of $1,510, adding that “there’s somebody out there crazy like


What “ mattered to [my

grandfather] was that I was raised a Redskins fan above all else. Rich Bruno | student


Podiatry student Richard Bruno with the used ankle cast.




Through websites, student aims to ‘save the face’ Temple freshman Nick Canonica launched an Instagram account called SavePhilly to market for his upcoming social media site. JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News While walking around Penn’s Landing, Nick Canonica, then a high school student, noticed a homeless man playing music and struck a conversation with him. “He was telling me things that high school counselors weren’t telling me,” Canonica said. “He was telling me things that my teachers weren’t telling me. He taught me that if ... you want to be great, you simply just think great.” The brief chat led Canonica, 19, to follow his dreams of owning a business, inspiring him to become an entrepreneurship major. In September, Canonica launched an Instagram account called SavePhilly, which hosts photographs by those who submit them through the account’s hashtag, #SavePhilly. SavePhilly features photographs of the city’s skyline, historic buildings and people. Canonica started the Instagram account without an extensive background in photography. Since its creation, the account has gained almost 13,000 followers. But Canonica said he doesn’t want to stop there. He hopes to introduce a social network called “SaveTheFace” by the end of the semester. SaveTheFace will introduce an app, which is currently in development, that connects people to interesting locations. It will come in the form of a magazine-style website, Canonica said. “I actually started as an urban explorer and then went to photography because I needed a way to showcase the adventures and places I was going,” he said. Every picture that appears on SavePhilly is accompanied by an inspirational message. These captions are either quotes from famous people in history or original thoughts from Canonica. “‘Save,’ in SavePhilly, means to inspire for the company, so SavePhilly is inspiring Philly to go out and live life to the fullest,” Canonica said. Canonica stresses that the SavePhilly Instagram account is only one facet of SaveTheFace. The goal of the company, which he plans to ex-


Freshman entrepreneurship major Nick Canonica sits in a high-rise building in Center City Philadelphia.

pand to other cities like New York, Chicago and Baltimore, is to build a social network that avoids the pitfalls of the traditional giants like Facebook and Twitter. “It started with social media having this growing problem of ... everybody’s addicted to their phones,” he said. “SaveTheFace is being built as a social media platform app that inspires you to grow through life instead of just go through life.” Canonica, who was born in South Philadelphia and now lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, isn’t solely focused on SaveTheFace from a business perspective, but from an inspirational one as well. “The bigger idea of it – it’s like saying you, no matter who you are, no matter where you are, you have the ability to go out and live any life you

want,” Canonica said. “You can create anything you want. You can live the life of your dreams. Just make it happen.” Canonica said he also wants to develop an app to connect people in multiple classes with similar topics to a flashcard-like game to help them study. “After college, I definitely just plan on continuing to grow,” Canonica said. “I want to invest in companies that I believe in. I have so many ideas beyond just [SaveTheFace].” For now, Canonica is investing thousands of dollars in coding the SaveTheFace application. Once launched, the app will be free for users, and Canonica plans to sell merchandise from an online store, which he is already doing for SavePhilly, to generate income.

Canonica dreams to work with advertisers that share the values of SaveTheFace. “I’d like to connect with brands that incorporate going out and living and being active, like Red Bull, REI and [companies] like that,” he said. Canonica said he frequently thinks about his interaction with the homeless musician at Penn’s Landing. “At the end of the conversation, he gave me such valuable insight on life and inspired me in such a huge way by what he said that day,” Canonica said. “That just changed my viewpoint on everything.” * jack.tomczuk@temple.edu

Temple teams with local nonprofit in urban gardening project A collaboration between Temple and Earth’s Keepers focused on health in Nicetown residents. FINNIAN SAYLOR The Temple News In a recent public health study conducted by Temple, researchers studied the effects of being “nice” to the heart. In 2012, Temple teamed up with local nonprofit Earth’s Keepers, a community organization located in West Philadelphia that strives to unite and improve the health of the community through urban farming and other community outreach programs. The pair teamed up to conduct an academic research study about the health of urban residents in Nicetown, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia. On Feb. 26, Dr. Freda Patterson, assistant professor in the Public Health Department at Temple and the lead author of the project, received word that her department’s study was accepted for publication in Health Education Journal. The academic research has been undergoing the peer review process since this past summer. Patterson organized the project alongside Alia Walker, an administrator for Earth’s Keepers and an advocate for positive change in her community. Patterson and Earth’s Keepers met at one of Temple’s Community-Driven Research Days, an event that works to pair Temple researchers with local community members and organizations. “As public health researchers, we do our best work when we understand the needs and priorities

ter inform the study’s participants about healthy eating and healthy life habits. By conducting line dancing classes and health information seminars, researchers were able to monitor health changes in Nicetown residents who participated in the study. They titled the project, which took place in Nicetown, “Nice to Your Heart.” The Temple research team strived to collaborate very closely with Walker and the residents of Nicetown to create a research study that prioritized both the interest of the Nicetown residents and the academic aims of Temple. This is a courtesy and initiative both Patterson and Walker said they deem an important principle in conducting academic research within local communities. Patterson, an expert in public health, and Walker, a community organizer in West Philadelphia for more than 40 years, worked side-by-side. Patterson described Walker as “passionate” and said community organizers like Walker make Patterson’s work in public health worthwhile. “My partner was … excellent. The relationship was … excellent,” Walker said of Patterson. Walker said she believes community collaboration at many different levels is vital, and respect for any local community and its residents is also crucial. Earth’s Keepers is collaborating again this summer with a local artist to educate children about healthy eating and growing fresh produce. Collaborating among community organizations and members – and in this case with a local artist – is imperative in uniting the Philadelphia community at large, Walker said. As a leader for Earth’s Keeper’s, Walker organizes an urban farm that strives to provide fresh and healthy produce for local community members in West Philadelphia, especially in a community where such produce may not be readily

our best work when we understand the needs “Weanddo priorities of community organizations ” Dr. Freda Patterson | assistant professor

of community organizations,” Patterson said. Both the research team and local residents involved in the study worked together to formulate a study that the participants enjoyed, Patterson said. The residents decided to meet twice a week over a four-week period to engage in line dancing classes. Patterson said “participants loved it.” Additionally, organizers at Earth’s Keepers led seminars during the biweekly meetings to bet-

available. Walker has been a community organizer within West Philadelphia for nearly four decades, and through her interactions with community members, she has recognized an increasing trend in health problems, some of which she attributes to the eating styles and habits of her fellow residents. Walker said there is a lack of fresh and healthy produce and food available for residents


Alia Walker, an administrator for Earth’s Keepers, cleans a green onion crop in the greenhouse at the Earth’s Keepers garden at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Kingsessing branch on March 10.

in underserved communities, and, subsequently, many community members have developed diets that are highly contingent on prepackaged food. “A lot of places where [community members] buy their food only carry packaged food,” Walker

said. “And if there are fresh foods, they’ve been there so long you don’t want to purchase them.” * finnian.saylor@temple.edu



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The 245th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place last weekend on the 1600 block of JFK Boulevard. PAGE 12





Allen Chambers, Temple alumnus and owner of Philadelphia Self Defense in Old Kensington, instructs students while they warm up before class.

THE PRACTICAL ART OF SELF-DEFENSE Philly Self Defense teaches people of all ages how to defend themselves with a “street applicable” martial art.


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mages of Bruce Lee on a cardboard cutout, a calendar and a poster hang on the walls of Philly Self Defense, a local self-defense martial arts school. But, Temple alumnus Allen Chambers and Joe Nophut, the head instructors of the school, are not teaching their students Bruce Lee’s moves. As the school name suggests, the two instructors focus their efforts on teaching students practical self-defense against real-world violence through a variety of free classes, private classes and seminars. Chambers, a web and graphic designer, and Nophut, an electrician, met six years ago, and both have been involved with teaching and learning various styles of martial arts for many years before that. Even after starting Philly Self Defense a year-and-half ago, the two still consider themselves to be learning while teaching. “We are students of martial arts,” Nophut said. “We love the system and learning and training of the


whole process. Much more than just kicks, punches and grappling, we love the anatomy, the psychology of everything, the strategy. And with that being said, we both have very open minds and we continue to learn and expand.” The primary style of martial arts that is taught at Philly Self Defense is Jeet Kune Do, a foundational discipline which stresses concepts and techniques of self-defense that can actually be utilized. “The base and mentality of the art is scientific self-defense,” Chambers said. “Not that we don’t do techniques, work out and do drills, but those are just a means to an end. It doesn’t matter how you apply those concepts; as long as you know the concepts well, you can apply them any way you want to.” Compared to other martial arts that may only concentrate on the specific sets and regiments, Nophut said what drew him to JKD was its practicality. “It’s one thing to look fancy in the mirror, but to actually be able to perform the task and thoroughly understand the material and apply and teach it,” Nophut added. “We try to train as closely to how we were to perform the task. What we like to say is that we train the way we fight, we fight the way we train.” This is why an important aspect of teaching the mar-

Joe Nophut, left, and Allen Chambers, demonstrate a self defense routine during class.


Live music bridges the gap



ClassicAlive works to change the perception of classical live music.

Hao Luo’s “The Face of the City” exhibit is on display at the Clay Studio, located on 2nd and Quarry streets, until March 29.

TIM MULHERN The Temple News When Kinan Abou-afach is writes music, he is inspired by memories of life in his homeland of Syria. Images of his grandmother, his grandfather’s house and Damascus, Syria’s capital, replay in his mind. Today, things are different. “The nice memories are gone and the new image of destruction is what I’m seeing,” said Abou-afach, cellist in the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, a quartet comprised of Arab musicians. Abou-afach was commissioned by


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Mary Javian, curator of the ClassicAlive shows at World Café Live, discusses plans for the upcoming electro-classical show that will be hosted on March 20.


Chinese artist, journalist and documentary filmmaker Hao Luo heats his paintings three times at 1472 degrees. The resulting art is a smattering of glossy, vibrantly colored faces of icons ranging from Nobel Prize writers to contemporary celebrities.

Luo’s portraits are on display until March 29 at his first Philadelphia exhibit, “The Face of The City” at The Clay Studio on 2nd and Quarry streets. The portraits illustrate Luo’s idea that a city can be represented by the faces of those who live in it. “He’s really interested in this idea of the face and por-






Passyunk pastry cafe offers European flavors Artisan Boulanger Patissier sells housebaked pastries, made from French recipes. EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News Working long hours in a bakery under his father for many years, Andre Chin traveled from his home in Cambodia to France in 1972 to attend culinary school just after his high school graduation. After immigrating to the United States in 1990, the baker used his French-inspired food expertise to open pastry cafe Artisan Boulanger Patissier with his wife Amanda Eap in the early 2000s. The bakery managed to thrive within the East Passyunk neighborhood, despite a change in location in 2013 and the constant fluctuation in Passyunk’s community. Now located on 1218 Mifflin St., just off of East Passyunk Avenue – only a few blocks from its original home – the humble bakery draws regular customers with its handmade croissants. The pastries are all crafted with recipes and techniques that Chin learned while working as a baker in France, with the addition of a few personal twists to give the pastries a distinguishable flavor. Having previously worked in a bakery in Paris and experiencing the fierce competition of France’s pastry business firsthand, Chin said his inspiration for Artisan Boulanger Patissier came from a desire for culinary creative freedom. “My dream was to make

my own stuff,” Chin said. “I [didn’t] like working for my father. [I had to make] a lot of donuts from 10 at night until noon. That’s not the way I wanted to learn. I like to learn and create.” Spawned from Chin’s extensive pastry knowledge, Artisan’s menu lists a number of handmade breads, croissants and breakfast sandwiches. Breads for all of the food options are made in house, and mousse is imported directly from France. Croissants, the venue’s specialty, are made from scratch using French techniques Chin learned during his stint in Europe. Flour, European butter, eggs, milk and sugar are the main ingredients in the pastry-producing process, with individual variations added throughout – depending on the croissant’s flavor. Chin said to ensure the foreign sweets maintain an authentic flavor, even specific water temperatures in the process are carefully monitored. Andre Chin’s son Nick Chin, a junior Kinesiology major at Temple and part-time employee of Artisan, said the bakery’s customer base stretches far beyond the borders of Philadelphia. “It’s a very family-friendly place, so all the customers that come in my mom knows,” Nick Chin said. “Some people who moved away to other states come down here specifically to get croissants.” True to its European influence, the name Artisan Boulanger is a common phrase for “bakery or pastry” in France, and Patissier translates to “cake.”


Amanda Eap rolls dough used to make authentic croissants, Artisan Boulanger Patissier’s speciality.

After several years of serving the neighborhood, co-owner and pastry chef Eap said she values the personal relationship with her customers above even the most delectable of Artisan’s pastries. “The people is what’s most important, the second is the food,” Eap said. “If you don’t have people, it doesn’t matter if you’re making good products. I have to be honest with my customer, and [I] have to trust them too. If you trust in them, they appreciate you a lot.” * eamon.dreisbach@temple.edu EAMON DREISBACH TTN

Andre Chin moved to the United States in 1990 and opened a cafe with his wife in the early 2000s.


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Elizabeth McTear created Honest Alchemy Co. in January 2014. She sells dyed textiles that she makes by hand in her Philadelphia studio on Etsy.

Designer makes natural dyes for her craft Elizabeth McTear aims to send a positive message with her goods. JULIANNE SPINGLER The Temple News During the day, local artist Elizabeth McTear processes files for a real estate agency. In her spare time, McTear is busy building a company from the ground up. What started as an experiment a couple of years ago, evolved into the designer selling her handmade goods under the name of Honest Alchemy Co. in January 2014. Since then, McTear opened an Etsy shop that features a number of textile and dyed products all handmade in her personal studio. McTear said she attributes the separation of her full-time job from her art as one of the main factors to her having so much success with Honest Alchemy Co. “I want to be able to call the shots when it comes to my creative work,” McTear said, “and I like having the

stability of having a full-time job to re-invest whatever I make in the studio, back into the studio.” McTear, raised in Audubon, New Jersey and Norristown, Pennsylvania, said she can remember being in Center City often as a child. When it came time to apply to college, McTear decided she wanted to stay in the Philadelphia area, leading her to Moore College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in textile design.

I try very hard “ to be transparent

in what I do ... I believe in an honest workforce.

Elizabeth McTear | owner, Honest Alchemy Co.

Spending most of her schooling in Philadelphia is why McTear decided to stay in the area and open her studio locally, first having one on Carpenter Street, but now in the process of opening a larger one in her newly purchased home. Even as a local art-

ist, McTear said most of her work is inspired by the time she spent traveling with her family. “My artwork, especially my earlier artwork, I was doing a lot of pieces that were influenced by Alaskan culture, because that was where my earliest memories were from,” she said. These memories are apparent in the picturesque nature designs that McTear sketches by hand, with what she calls her signature “tight aesthetic.” McTear also makes her own natural dying process. “There is only so much precision and so much control I can have, and that’s what I like about the natural dye,” McTear said. “They’re like these living dyes, and it has personality that I don’t get to have any say over.” Although the natural dye may be slightly unpredictable in her work, what McTear has done with it has led her to start selling her products wholesale through Etsy, curated most recently by West Elm and the American Museum of Natural History. This national recognition has brought McTear’s name outside of the

confines of Philadelphia, but she said she remains heavily involved with the local creative community. McTear collaborates closely with other artists like her fellow textile designer, Shannon Retseck, and founder of jewelry line King of the Beasts, Jessica Barros Cramer, to bring more diverse pieces to her collection. McTear said her next goal is to create her own online shop outside of Etsy, and to eventually replace her full-time job with the ownership of the brand. McTear wants to not only expand her product line, but to communicate what Honest Alchemy Co. actually means to a wider audience. “I try very hard to be transparent in what I do,” McTear said. “I care about sourcing my dyes and materials in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical. … I believe in an honest workforce.” McTear said because of the collaborative, creative spirit of the artists she’s worked with in Philadelphia, she doesn’t anticipate Honest Alchemy Co. moving to another location anytime soon. * julianne.rose.spingler@temple.edu

tial art, for Chambers and Nophut, also deals with making sure students know why they are learning something, and making sure they understand that as much as possible. “The manner in which we teach, we try to clearly explain the objective at hand,” Nophut said. “We try to break it down very, very clearly. You walk away with a clear understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish, why we’re trying to accomplish that.” Stephen Tomas, a newer student at Philly Self Defense, said it was also important to learn about self-control, which is something Chambers said is not taught enough with other selfdefense martial arts. “These guys are a little bit more nuanced in that you’ve got to address situations appropriately, and your actions should reflect that,” Tomas said. “Even though [other arts] are reality-based, what tends to happen is, since they’re so realistic, they forget about the subtleties of it,” Chambers said. “There’s no middle ground for most arts.” With only 12-15 regular students, Chambers and Nophut said they feel their small classroom contributes to the ways they are able to teach the importance of self-defense in a relaxed and personal manner. “Even though this is a serious topic, we do joke around a lot,” Nophut said. “It’s not like a militant atmosphere, it’s more of a relaxed family atmosphere.” The two martial artists also hope to instill bravery and calmness in students, so they can make quick decisions in real-life predicaments. “Being able to handle yourself gives you inner strength, it gives you confidence,” Nophut said. “We push you in stressful situations in here, whether you realize it or not.” “We’re here to teach them and show them ways they can practice in here and when they go home, they’ve still got their tool,” Chambers said. “They don’t put the tool down and leave without it – they go home with that tool. And even if they never come back, they have that tool to fall back on.” * albert.hong@temple.edu



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LiveConnections to write a piece to premiere at the last of three upcoming concerts in the current season of LiveConnections’ ClassicAlive series. The commissioned work allows Abouafach to use LiveConnections to share his experiences through music with a new audience. LiveConnections was founded in 2008 and partners with World Cafe Live to bring music-based programming to a wide variety of audiences in the Philadelphia area. The organization focuses on three streams of programming: Bridge Sessions, ClassicAlive and LiveStudio. Bridge Sessions, LiveConnections’ pilot program, provides free, interactive and educational performances for inner-city youth. ClassicAlive presents classical concerts at World Cafe Live in an informal setting and LiveStudio, LiveConnections’ newest stream of programming, presents selected Bridge Sessions and ClassicAlive concerts via livestream, aimed toward elderly or disabled audiences. Artists who perform in the ClassicAlive show will often record a Bridge Session and live-stream the performance through LiveStudio. Mary Javian, the ClassicAlive curator, is responsible for bringing together artists, musicians and ensembles to collaborate on the World Cafe Live stage. Javian focuses on pairing artists and ensembles from varying genres, disciplines and styles who may not typically work together. “I feel like I’ve done my job well when the artists are all equally uncomfortable,” Javian said. Javian said ClassicAlive concerts require more work than putting together a typi-

feel like I’ve done “myI job well when the

artists are all equally uncomfortable. Mary Javian | ClassicAlive curator


Cinevore Studios produced a short-film sitcom titled, “Moot,” which is airing on WHYY-TV’s weekly arts magazine show, “Articulate with Jim Cotter.”

‘Creative collaboration of nerds’ launch comedic short-film sitcom Cinevore Studios was started by Temple alumnus Matt Conant. MICHAELA WINBERG The Temple News Matt Conant, a 2002 film and media arts alumnus, is the selfproclaimed founder of a “creative collaboration of nerds based in the Greater Philadelphia area.” Conant writes “smart comedy” for short and feature-length film projects. Recently, Conant has been working with Jim Cotter, host and managing editor of WHYY-TV’s weekly arts magazine show “Articulate with Jim Cotter,” to produce a short-film sitcom entitled “Moot.” Each episode is between 2-4 minutes long, and they all take place in the fictional Huxta Middle School in suburban Pennsylvania. Conant said the synopsis of the sitcom focuses on eight teachers trying “to navigate life, art and the educational system, while school guidelines, parental intervention and strikingly different personalities mean conflict at every turn.”

Conant said Cotter approached Cinevore Studios during Summer 2014 and asked the studio to create something to feature on his show. Cotter said he features “Moot” on “Articulate with Jim Cotter” for two reasons – because the staff of Cinevore produces an entertaining, funny product, and because “Moot” attracts a different audience than the usual consumers of his show, which helps bring more people to the site. “I asked [Cinevore Studios] to make a couple of pilots, and we put them on in the production studio,” Cotter said. “We sat around a computer monitor, and we actually laughed out loud. It was that simple. Funny is always good.” Each episode of “Moot” focuses on a theme chosen by Cotter and is somehow relevant to the art world. “Once [Cotter] gave us our first themes to work with, we decided a school was where the show belonged and we built the world, characters and story arcs from there,” Conant said. “We tried to build our world and our characters around the input we got from those in the teaching profession, and we try to portray all the characters as quirky and different, but overall, very lik-

able people.” “[Cotter] has given us a tremendous amount of creative freedom, and has been very specific about not wanting to micromanage us,” Conant added. “It’s amazing to have this amount of creative control, and to be working with a producer who gets it.” Conant said he has been making films for fun since he was in 11th grade. Though Conant said he learned a lot from his film theory and history classes at Temple, he said the narrative film classes were undeveloped and “left a lot to be desired.” “Overall, [the program] did inadvertently teach me one of the most important lessons about the film industry: if I wanted something done, I had to pretty much do it myself,” he said. After that, Cinevore Studios was born. Launching the studio independently in 2003, Conant’s first project was a short film titled “Controls,” about a video game reviewer-turned-detective. “Today, Cinevore is a narrative fiction company,” Conant said. “It’s almost always smart comedy, but with sci-fi, fantasy and gamer leanings. The goal of Cinevore is

the same as it was back then – to tell entertaining stories and to do something a little smarter than most of what's out there today.” Conant said that Cinevore’s projects begin “in the writer’s brains,” and then reach the rest of the production team. Conant and his team are responsible for tasks like talking to clients, approving budgets, scheduling shoot days and revising scripts. “One of the great parts of my job is there is no typical day,” Conant said. “Every day is different. Hearing people say, ‘I want to know what happens to those characters next,’ and knowing that our audience is emotionally invested in our projects is a feeling not everybody gets to experience in their lives.” In the future, Conant hopes to expand Cinevore Studios and to one day receive enough funding to produce a feature-length film. “We know it’s ambitious, but we honestly think it's going to happen in the near future,” he said. “Who knows? Maybe the person reading this is the person who can help that happen.” * michaela.winberg@temple.edu

cal concert. Pieces are often commissioned by LiveConnections to ensure collaborating musicians have enough material to perform. Three upcoming shows round out the ClassicAlive season. On March 20, Brooklyn flute duo Flutronix will join Philadelphiabased trombonist Ryan Matthews. Pianist Uri Caine will also perform alongside Philadelphia-based PRISM Quartet on April 16. Jason Vieaux will wrap up the series with the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble on May 7. Matthews and the musicians of Flutronix found common ground in electronic music. As a producer, Matthews said he tends to add his own flair to a musician’s original work. When working with Flutronix, he added additional beats and other components to complement the foundation of the group’s sound. Prior to their ClassicAlive collaboration, the members of the PRISM Quartet were familiar with Caine and his music. LiveConnections commissioned Caine to compose a piece for the April 16 concert. “A lot of his newer collaborations [are] where he is working with DJs and hip-hop artists and other jazz greats,” said Matthew Levy, tenor saxophonist in the PRISM Quartet. “PRISM has kind of done that from a different perspective. We are mostly a classical saxophone quartet but we’ve been reaching into all kinds of other music, from collaborating with ensembles of traditional chinese instruments to percussion groups and lots of jazz artists.” Javian said the initial ClassicAlive collaborations have often led to the paired artists continuing to work together in the future. The PRISM Quartet invited Caine to New York to perform the commissioned piece at the quartet’s own concert series and record the track for the group’s next CD the day after the World Cafe Live performance. Vieaux, a Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, will close the ClassicAlive season alongside the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble. Abou-afach said blending Western classical music with traditional Arabic sounds in his commissioned work allowed him to challenge Vieaux as a musician. “He’s an amazing guitarist,” Abou-afach said. “I tried to emphasize the way he performs when he tries to play something not classical.” Javian said she hopes ClassicAlive shows expand audiences’ knowledge of performance and classical music. “I’m hoping these new collaborations just really open people up to new kinds of music and experiences,” Javian said. “To make them more willing to try new things.” * tim.mulhern@temple.edu





The 245th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place on March 15, beginning at 12:15 p.m. on the 1600 block of JFK Boulevard. The parade started in 1771 and typically brings about 20,000 attendees, making it the city’s largest parade, according to the event’s website.





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Now approaching its eighth year, the annual Roots Picnic will feature a diverse array of contemporary artists on May 30. The lineup includes everything from Toronto-based R&B artist The Weeknd, to the Greenwich native electronic rock duo Phantogram, to Harlemborn rapper A$AP Rocky. The Roots will perform with neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, who was featured on the group’s hit song, “You Got Me,” co-written by Temple alumna Jill Scott with The Roots in 1999. The Picnic has always taken an eclectic approach to its lineup, showcasing nationally and internationally known artists like Janelle Monáe, Snoop Dogg and De La Soul. As usual, the picnic will be held outdoors at Penn’s Landing, and audiences will have access to local Philly vendors and merchandise. -Eamon Dreisbach



Chinese artist Hao Luo created portraits of every United States President for his exhibit at The Clay Studio as part of “The Face of The City” exhibit.

Artist uses tradition for new exhibit Continued from page 9


traits being indicative of a person’s essence,” said Jennifer Zwilling, a new curator at The Clay Studio and an adjunct professor and graduate of the Tyler School of Art. Throughout his art career, Luo aspired to combine the layered technique of oil painting, the precise art of calligraphy and the East Asian art of wash painting, which is comprised of non-erasable ink on a thin paper. “The work of fire helped him to combine those three things together,” said Yadan Luo, Hao Luo’s son and translator, referring to the traditional Chinese kilning process that his father uses. As a result, the portraits are waterproof, fireproof and guarantee a lifespan of 500 years. Upon coming to Philadelphia to visit his son, a student pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Hao Luo began familiarizing himself with the city. Through his personal observations of Philadelphia, he created two new colossal portraits at The Clay Studio, composed of smaller tiles. From afar, the portraits depict the faces of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Up close, the portraits are separated squares, each tile containing an abstract painting representing Luo’s perception of Philadelphia. “He was talking about how he’s taken his experiences here in Philadelphia – a certain kind of candy that he liked that he found here or something about how the street lights look at night, and he’s incorporated those kinds of feelings and images into each one of these relatively abstract tiles maybe with the feel or the color of each one or the shape that he’s using,”

Zwilling said. A tile on the edge of George Washington’s face is a cobalt blue, speckled with white brush marks. Yadan said Luo based the fragment of the portrait on the snow and ice he observed on the day his son picked him up at the Philadelphia International Airport. Despite the free-flowing, abstract quality of Luo’s works, he always focuses on reflecting the persona of his subjects. He begins each portrait by painting the eyes. “My father thinks that eyes are like the spirit – it can help to reflect the spirit of people very strongly,” Yadan Luo said. Luo’s work is an example of

what Zwilling refers to as modern craftsmanship. The skill combines the traditional crafting materials of clay, wood, fiber, metal and glass with innovative, contemporary overtones. Zwilling said the traditional methodology of craftsmanship has not changed significantly, even over thousands of years. “If you go to a place like Tyler, you are then encouraged to kind of take those traditions and infuse them with your own modern artistic sensibilities. It’s this modern idea combined with traditional making,” Zwilling said. Like many college students, Zwilling switched her major a couple of times before settling on one.


Hao Luo works on a painting in the upstairs space at The Clay Studio.

After darting from the International Relations Department to the History Department at Ursinus College, she studied abroad in Spain and changed her mind one last time. “It kind of dawned on me that I could be studying history through the lens of art, because you walk through the streets of Sevilla and there’s these beautiful buildings everywhere and it’s kind of like a lightning bolt,” Zwilling said. She graduated from Ursinus with a bachelor’s degree in history and art history, with an assistantship at Temple. She received her master’s in the same departments. With a passion for architecture and decorative arts in Philadelphia, she began working as an adjunct instructor at Tyler where she teaches a course on modern craft. “I got enthralled by the fact that this spirit of craftsmanship really still exists here in Philadelphia,” Zwilling said. After working for 13 years as a curator for American Decorative Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Zwilling moved on to working with The Clay Studio, which she says gives her the opportunity to mentor more artists and have more direct interaction with the exhibits. “You just get a much more direct of a relationship with all of the parties involved,” she said. “We might not have as big of an audience, but I get to spend more time with all of those different constituencies.” The different residents of Philadelphia have inspired Luo as well, who is considering creating more portraits of less famous, everyday inhabitants of the city. He has also browsed on the Temple website and read about various alumni – possible subjects in his next portraits.

Girlpool, comprised of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, is an LA-based band that recently decided to move to Philadelphia. Here, the band finished its album “Before The World Was Big,” which will be released on June 2. The college-age duo explores a range of issues through its music, including oppressive societal conformity and suffocating gender roles. Girlpool will perform on April 8 at Union Transfer with Waxahatchee and The Goodbye Party. -Eamon Dreisbach


TreePhilly is a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation initiative that aims to increase tree growth in the city and improve air quality by giving homeowners free trees to plant anywhere on their property. Each spring the initiative holds a free tree giveaway, and this year, it will kick-off with a “Tree for All Party” in celebration of spring. The event will be held March 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Yards Brewing Company. It will feature local brews, host tree-themed activities and hold tree-planting discussions in preparation for the free tree pick-up held April 11 at Bridesburg Recreation Center and Eastwick Regional Park. -Alexa Zizzi


Philly Wine Week returns this March 2229 kicking-off with “Opening Corks,” a gala featuring select sparkling and white wines at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and “Flight Club: Grape vs. Grain,” a draft showdown to win prizes at Johnny Brenda’s. Events, parties and specials will be held at 35 bars and restaurants all over the city. Participants include Osteria, Jet Wine Bar, Volver, World Cafe Live and more. -Aleza Zizzi


Philadelphia Iron Chef Jose Garces opened his latest restaurant, Buena Onda, on March 16. Garces, an influential member of Philadelphia restaurant culture, has a long history of culinary achievement in and outside of the city. Garces’ latest spot will primarily feature fish tacos inspired by fish found on the Baja peninsula of Mexico, as well as nachos and quesadillas. All fish at Buena Onda is sustainably sourced. Tacos start at $3 and .50 cents from every order of guacamole and bottled water purchased will be donated to the Garces Foundation. -Tim Mulhern

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@ChildrensPhila tweeted on March 15 the “Shake It Off” music video filmed in celebration of Child Life Month. The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department put together the video covering Taylor Swift’s song, which has received more than 135,000 views since it was published on March 12.


@philly2night tweeted on March 12 that the annual Fairmount Food Crawl, a tour through Fairmount’s food scene to sample different parts of the pig, returns on March 21. The food crawl will be paired with signature craft cocktail samples at bars and restaurants, including La Calaca Feliz and Rybread Café.


@phillymag tweeted on March 12 that “Clerks III,” the next installment in Kevin Smith’s comedy series will begin filming in Philadelphia this June. The news was first reported by Pittsburgh Business Times and the shoot will last five weeks.


@uwishunu tweeted on March 13 about the new communitybased artist residency program that Neighborhood Time Exchange launched out of a collaboration among the Mural Arts Program. A selected group of artists will be given a new studio space in West Philly for free in exchange for them contributing to community-based service projects.





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We celebrate [dogs], we “ recognize them ... we give them a day in return. ” Dr. Jennifer Johnson | veterinary hospital owner


Anne Havey performs laser therapy on a dog. During laser therapy, infrared lights target tissue cells to alleviate sore muscles. Because of their rigorous work, service dogs often retire with arthritis and other injuries.

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Frein’s scent while he traversed through mountainous terrain. “They’re really talented dogs,” said Kathy McCarry, a dog therapist and the event planner. “They’re really talented, and they don’t ask for anything in return. Just a pat on the head.” At 1 p.m., police, veteran and therapy dogs were honored during an hour-long award ceremony, during which several state representatives spoke and awarded plaques and certificates to dog handlers. Among others awarded were Officer Jennifer Doyle, Abington Township Police Department’s first female canine police officer, and her K-9 partner Bella. After the presentations, the crowd moved


and their handlers extends beyond their duties – at the end of every workday, Hotchkiss and Besa take their dogs home. “[Baron] is a cuddlebug at home,” said Leanne Hotchkiss, Doug’s wife. “You wouldn’t even know what he does.” McCarry said police canines cost on average between $10,000 and $12,000. Baron, who is three years old, came from Holland. Besa said he chose to work with 5-year-old Jarvis, a Labrador retriever, because he’s a “hard worker, has a lot of drive, and he’s excited. He constantly wants to work.” Jarvis makes frequent trips around Main Campus with Besa. “Students love him,” Besa said. “He’s really well behaved. When it’s time to go to work, he turns it on. But when it’s not, he’s a good dog.” Johnson said funding for the event came from Megan’s Fund, the hospital’s fund for pets

I need to be protected, he’s there to protect me. As “Ifsoon as I bring him out, nobody wants to play. ” Doug Hotchkiss | Temple police officer

to the veterinary hospital’s memorial garden to honor fallen service canines. From 2-4 p.m., dogs were pampered inside the Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital. “This whole day is about the dogs,” McCarry said. Canines got their nails trimmed, their ears cleaned and even received 10-minute massages and laser therapy, a process involving infrared light lasers that relieve sore muscles by penetrating tissue cells, McCarry said. “We celebrate [dogs], we recognize them, and we give them a day in return,” said Dr. Jennifer Johnson, the owner of Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital. The event was a first for Hotchkiss, who has owned Baron – a Belgian shepard retriever – for three years. “Baron is an awesome dog,” Hotchkiss said. “If I need to be protected, he’ll be there to protect me. As soon as I bring him out, nobody wants to play.” The companionship between service dogs

and clients that require medical service they can’t afford. Handlers must pay out of pocket for dogs that can no longer provide service, Johnson said. Besa said he believes every police department should have canines. “They make the jobs of officers so much easier – whether on the tracking end of it, the protection end of it, finding explosives, finding narcotics – whatever their speciality is,” Besa said. “Their noses don’t lie.” Special treatments for dogs and service demonstrations, held by organizations like the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, ran throughout the day. McCarry and Johnson said Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital will continue to hold the celebration annually. “It’s been a great experience,” Johnson said. “A lot of people don’t realize how many dogs are used for such important services in our community, and we get to recognize the dogs and the great work that they do. Many of us owe our lives to dogs.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu



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The two referenced their Hispanic heritage as a significant contribution to their salsa knowledge. “I started doing regular salsa at house parties and family parties,” Caro said. Caro then learned the professional technique from Ramos. “In a Hispanic house, that’s all you hear – Spanish music 24/7,” Ramos said. His progression with salsa continued with a professional styled dance company, Fuego, and then the school-based organization High Step, where he taught Caro. Technique is important with salsa dancing, but the style itself changes with time. “Now [salsa is] so modern, just so down, so new,” Ramos said, “I guess we do kind of twist it up, we do throw some old stuff in it, but it’s modern dance.” Tim Gibbon, a graduate student in art education and community arts practice and project manager for reForm project, said the intimate classes serve a greater purpose than sharing the art of salsa dancing. “These salsa lessons are part of the reForm project, which is a project of artist and [Temple] professor Pepón Osorio,” Gibbon said. “And this [salsa dancing class] is an extension of one of the many different activities that are going on for the reForm project,” Gibbon said. The project is a process of a two-year art installation that addresses the 2013 closing of Fairhill Elementary School, a school once located at 6th and Somerset streets.” The installation, which will open to the public in June, will be in room B85 of Tyler. “It incorporates materials and furniture in the old Fairhill building,” Gibbon said. Caro and Ramos attended Fairhill School prior to its clos-


Abraham Ramos (right) dances with a Temple professor in attendance of the free salsa classes held in the Tyler School of Art basement on March 9.

It’s like an “ exchange. [Caro]

and [Ramos] are sharing their gifts and talents with [Temple].

Tim Gibbon | graduate student

ing, where they were Gibbon’s students. Their involvement with dance and the school community initiated Gibbon to reach out for this latest project. Caro and Ramos also participate with the student planning committee

for reForm. “It’s like an exchange,” Gibbon said. “[Caro] and [Ramos] are sharing their gifts and talents with [Temple].” Beginning with singular routines, the dancers move their hips and feet in time with Ramos’ counting. After a grandeur pose for the finale, the students partner up to take on couple dancing. “The [students] are amazing,” Ramos said.“They make me smile every time I come. I love my job.” * allison.merchant@temple.edu MAGGIE ANDRESEN TTN

Two students practice salsa dancing in the basement of Tyler School of Art on March 9.

Students design a tiny sustainable house

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competition, designing a tiny house felt like an achievable goal,” Katherine Switala-Elmhurst, program manager of the Office of Sustainability, said in an email. The student design competition utilized people with all kinds of majors, like physics and geography and urban studies, because there was something each student could implement within the collaborative design and research project.

square-feet and needed to be portable. Molly Mattes, a sophomore geography and urban studies major, researched urban gardening and watched a Netflix documentary about tiny houses to prepare for the contest. “We went in there blind – you didn’t know anyone unless you knew them from your class,” Mattes said. The students discussed ideas for a few hours and then began writing their 10-page proposal on their approach to the project. Haller and Sean Kennedy, the other architecture major on the team, went to the computer lab to work on the de-

the greenhouse on the roof made “an Putting interesting verticality to the building. ” Sean Kennedy | sophomore

The winning team included two architecture majors, a geography and urban studies major, a physics major and a mechanical engineering major. Stephanie Haller, a senior architecture major, first heard about the contest during her studio project to create a design for a sustainable library. The professor of her class invited the students to compete, and Haller decided to incorporate her design skills into the contest. “[Sustainable design] is an upand-coming thing, especially in the architecture field,” Haller said. The contestants received an outline of what Temple Community Garden was looking for and their requirements, which included a mini greenhouse to start seedlings, a composting toilet, solar power, meeting space with seating and storage space for TCG members. The structure could not exceed 120

sign aspect. Haller said they worked on elevation drawing, which allows for a flat view of a structure. The architecture duo also worked on 3-D models of the project using programs like Rhino, Photoshop and Illustrator. “We went back to the written portion of the document and said, ‘What are the things we need to clean up? What are things we need to finalize?” Haller said. The students also created a video that explained their concepts and proposals. Mattes created the marketing plan for the project to promote the design and explain how it was feasible to the judges and TCG. She also worked on writing the proposal itself. The students discussed creating a trolley system within the site to add to the portable aspect of the design, but

realized further along that the strategy wouldn’t be feasible. “It’s kind of hard to collaborate well with four people you have never met before in all different majors,” said sophomore architecture major Sean Kennedy. Ten days after the competition, students were notified via e-mail that they won first prize. “I definitely think it came down to the document and our presentation,” Haller said. “I think the fact that ours is feasible, and it wasn’t too out of reach for that community garden.” In their proposal, the students included a marketing plan for potential funding sources. The plan included the ways the tiny house could benefit the community, including its promotion of sustainable living and its ability to create a collaborative environment between Temple and the North Philadelphia community. “Everyone was from different background, so everyone was able to become, by the end of the day, an expert on whatever we wanted to implement into the project,” Mattes said. The students designed the house so that at least 20 people could fit into the structure. They also designed it to be portable, include a greenhouse, a storage space for belongings and a composting toilet. The students’ design stood out from the other groups because of their greenhouse and green roof design. TCG members would be able to access the green roof by climbing a ladder inside the house that leads to a mezzanine platform. The green-roof design would also help with water filtration and insulation for the entire structure. “Putting the greenhouse on the roof made an interesting verticality to the building,” Kennedy said.


Catherine Bergeron, Stephanie Haller, Sean Kennedy, Ian MacFarlane and Molly Mattes, all students, designed a 120 sq. ft. sustainable house for the Temple Community Garden.

The first-place prize for the oneday contest was $1,000, which the students can use for their personal expenses. The logistics of creating the tiny house are currently in the works, Elmhurst said. The committee is currently unaware of the timeframe, but hope to have a better idea before the end of the semester.

Kennedy stressed the importance of the multi-disciplinary collaboration as a key learning point in the contest. “Being an architect in the future, I’ll have to work with interior designers and contractors, so it was a good experience in that way,” Kennedy said. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu




Rad-dish hosts open mic night Students showed their talents at an open mic night on March 13.



Junior journalism major Richard Smith (left) and junior early childhood education major Jessica Snyder.

in Ritter Hall Annex, and brought in plants to give it more of a “homey atmosphere.” Elizabeth Eckley, a junior art

Having a co-op means having a community. Rhiannon Wright | sophomore

tion studies major involved with Rad Dish. Members of the co-op painted and added murals to the walls of the cafe, which is located


The Department of Geography and Urban Studies has partnered with the Office of Sustainability to present “Philadelphia on the Frontline of Climate Change.” The discussion will highlight how Temple and different organizations in Philadelphia are addressing the problem of climate change. Panelists will include Adam Garber, the field director at PennEnvironment, and Kathleen Grady, the director of sustainability at Temple. Christina Rosan, the director of environmental studies, will moderate the discussion. This event is open to all on Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 208 of Anderson Hall. -Jessica Smith

JANE BABIAN The Temple News As the moment neared for her musical debut, Jessica Snyder spotted someone who made her face turn red. Snyder’s father made a surprise appearance at the Rad Dish Co-op’s first open mic night last Friday to wish her good luck. It was the junior early childhood education major’s first time performing in front of a crowd. “It was way more chill than I thought it’d be,” Snyder said. The co-op, which has gained attention for its vegan and gluten-free menu, was packed on March 13 for an open mic night. Tables, chairs and couches were placed in a semicircle around the stage area to create intimacy. At the drink bar, free samples of blended drinks and coffee were available for all who attended. “Having a co-op means having a community,” said Rhiannon Wright, a sophomore communica-


education major, said the co-op strives to make it a place for everyone to feel comfortable. Open mic night performance styles ranged from rap songs about

Hillary Clinton to spoken word about being a broke college student to original arrangements played acoustically. She performed a slowed-down acoustically sung version of Jeremiah’s popular rap song “Don’t Tell Em.” Ian Louda, a junior film and media major, said he attended the event because he is in the midst of creating a documentary about the cafe. “You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian,” Louda said. “You just have to respect what they stand for.” Louda performed spoken word

from his memory. About 50 people showed up to the open mic night and more than 10 performed. Eckley hopes the event becomes popular enough to be held once a month. The staff of The Rad Dish Co-op was eager and excited to kick off the event. “We wanted it to be more than a cafe, more than just a place to have food,” Wright said. * jane.babian@temple.edu Editor’s note: Richard Smith has freelanced with The Temple News. He played no role in the editing process of this story.

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me.” The Redskins won the NFC East division in 2012 with Griffin under-center. “If you give me a division title after 12 years of nothing, it’s hard not to find love at first sight,”

Bruno said of Griffin. The cast, which is currently being fitted for a case, will be housed in the School of Podiatry for others who share Rich’s passion. The case is a good idea, Rich said, considering the city’s distaste for the Philadelphia Eagle’s competitors. When Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post asked Bruno whether the cast would smell upon

its arrival, Bruno quipped, “Probably. The worse it smells, the happier I am, because that makes it more unique.” “Some people have RGIII game-worn jerseys, and they’re stained or whatever,” he added. “I might have his foot stink. That’s special to me.” * colton.shaw@temple.edu


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at noon for the Philly Spring Jam Concert at the Liacouras Center on March 29. The concert will feature performances from Keith Sweat, Ginuwine, 112, Whodini and Rob Base. Rapper Doug E. Fresh will be hosting the event. Philly Connections tickets are $10 with TUid at the Reel Box Office. Only two tickets can be purchased per ID. The box office is located in the Student Center South. The concert is open to all. -Jessica Smith


The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy will welcome author Ari Kelman on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. in Weigley Room 914 of Gladfelter Hall. Kelman is the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State. He is also the 2014 Bancroft Prize-winning author of “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek.” Kelman will discuss the meaning and impact of the events of the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in Colorado that has affected struggles over history and memory in the American West. This discussion is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


Kimberly Williams will lead her presentation, “Landscapes of Death in Ancient Arabia,” on Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Center for Humanities on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall. Williams believes the location and details of how people choose to dispose of their dead reflects relationships between the living and deceased in a community. Williams will discuss the change from the burial cairns of the Oman Peninsula in the Bronze Age to the low, central tombs in the middle of the third millennium B.C. Williams holds that this shift effectively destroyed any individual identity that was previously celebrated. Using GIS modeling to visualize the mortuary landscapes and understand landform use, Williams will model how ancient people transformed physical landscape into a landscape of death. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


In celebration of Women’s History Month and Social Work Month, alumna Joan Sadoff will present a film and conversation on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. in the Ritter Hall Walk Auditorium. Sadoff is the producer of “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” and the editor of its companion book “Pieces From the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights.” Sadoff was recently selected as the recipient of a 2015 Alumni Impact Award for her outstanding service, contribution and advocacy to her school and university. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


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“I’ll be following [elections] moderately. I’d like to see better communication between the university and students.”






Report: Two football players charged with assault Student Conduct Code. The two students have been suspended from football team activities pending further investigation.” -EJ Smith



Redshirt-junior defensive lineman Haason Reddick (left) and junior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins surrendered to police last Monday, according to reports.


Two members of the football team surrendered to police Monday night on assault charges following a January altercation with another Temple student, per a 6ABC report. According to the report, junior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins and redshirt-junior Haason Reddick were charged following an altercation that transpired on Jan. 17 at an off-campus party in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. The two allegedly left a victim – reportedly a Temple senior – with a broken orbital bone and a concussion following the incident. Dawkins and Reddick have been suspended by the university, according to a spokesperson, and are awaiting arraignment after acquiring lawyers, per the report. The report stated that the injured student has medically withdrawn from the university, but plans to resume classes in the fall semester. In light of the incident, Temple issued the following statement: “Temple University is aware of allegations of improper conduct by two of its student-athletes at an off-campus location in January. The university has, and will continue, to fully cooperate with the Philadelphia Police Department in its investigation and will take appropriate actions outlined in the

The women’s basketball team was included among the 64team field selected for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, which was announced Monday night. The team’s inclusion in the tournament marks the first time it will take part in postseason play since the 2011-12 season. The Owls will play host Marist College on Thursday in the first round of the tournament. Temple needed to win five of its last six games of the regular season in order to guarantee itself a .500 record and become qualified for postseason play. The Owls’ first-round loss in the American Athletic Conference tournament put some anxiety in the team as a win over the Pirates would have put them in a more favorable postseason situation. Sitting at a 16-16 overall record, the team was unsure if it would receive an invite to the WNIT. The last time the team reached postseason play was in Williams’ freshman year when it also played in the WNIT. The Owls, then in the Atlantic-10 conference, finished with a 23-10 record that season. They advanced two rounds in the tournament with wins over Quinnipiac University and Harvard University before losing to Syracuse University. -Owen McCue



Graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez officially concluded her first indoor track & field season at Temple after competing in the semi-finals of the NCAA National Championship at Fayetteville, Arkansas last Friday. Fernandez finished in 12th place in the mile run with a time

of 4 minutes, 42.17 seconds. Fernandez was four seconds away from moving into 10th place, which would have allowed her qualification into the finals on Saturday. After arriving at Temple in January, Fernandez was the first athlete to represent Temple at the national meet in 28 years. Her season was highlighted by breaking two Temple indoor track & field records in both the mile and 3,000-meter runs. She also claimed first place in both races at the American Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 27-28. With this, the Owls will officially open up their outdoor track & field season at the University of Pennsylvania on March 21 for the Philadelphia Classic. -Tyler DeVice


Ninth-year Temple coach Fran Dunphy recorded his 500th win in the Owls’ 80-75 win against Memphis in a American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinal matchup. One of the all-time winningest coaches in Big 5 history, Dunphy has reached the NCAA tournament six times, and now has a record of 500-270 during his time at Temple. “I’ve been coaching a long time,” Dunphy said. “So obviously I’ve had great people on whatever staff I’ve had, we’ve had good players, I’m really happy for this group.” -EJ Smith


The football team will hold a pro day on Wednesday, in hopes of showcasing senior talent aspiring for the NFL Draft. Starting at 8:30 a.m., several players, including wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, running back Kenny Harper, defensive back Anthony Robey and quarterback Connor Reilly, will go through measurements, physical testing and player workouts in front of various NFL scouts. The team also is hosting former players including 2013 graduates Chris Coyer and Clinton Granger. -EJ Smith

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and it has been paying off in games.” “Teams are starting to limit how easily she gets the ball,” Rosen added. “When she does drive to the cage, they’re putting their top defensive players on her and sending a [double team]. It’s

halftime, but it didn’t make a difference. Her ability to draw attention is big as well because she can open up opportunities for other players.” Through the team’s current five-game winning streak, she has scored 19 goals, including six in Temple’s win against the Scarlet Knights under the lights in New Brunswick. Junior midfielder Megan Tiernan, who has seen her twin sister’s skills grow and improve with age, commented on the reason for her offensive outburst this season. “She has just opened up Carli Fitzgerald | senior defender her options and diversified her game,” Megan Tiernan said. “She used to just roll back and drive down the side not possible to completely [of the field], but now she eliminate her when we play uses picks, drives down the good team offense, and when center, and has picked it up. you have a twin like Megan She uses the left side of the Tiernan on the field it certainfield now as well, and doesn’t ly helps as well.” Her attacking skills restrict herself to the right.” aren’t the only thing that “A lot of teams that have helped the Owls, as we play now [through nine Nicole Tiernan ranks second games] know what I like to on the team do, which is in draw conUP NEXT drive right,” trols with 17, she added. Owls vs. Denver and leads the “I’ve been March 20 at 4 p.m. squad with 13 trying to caused turnwork on [different techniques overs. for] getting my shot off.” With the team shooting At this point in Temple’s for a Big East Conference season last year, the team tournament bid, and with was 3-6, and Nicole Tiernan conference play starting on had scored 11 goals. In 2015, March 28, the Owls are going through the same amount to look for Nicole Tiernan’s of games, the Owls are 8-1 while Nicole Tiernan has dominant play to continue. “She works so hard,” found the back of the net 26 senior captain defender Carli times, a mark that has her tied Fitzgerald said of Nicole for ninth among NCAA DiviTiernan. “She deserves evsion I competition. erything she has been getting “I’ve been going hard at out of the game.” goal,” Nicole Tiernan said. “But a lot of my production has to do with my lines * matt.cockayne@temple.edu T @mattcockayne55 playing really well. We have been working hard in practice

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Sophomore Vineet Naran practices at the Legacy Center in East Falls last February.

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Coach Steve Mauro said the university spends a good amount of its tennis budget to rent out the Legacy Center, an indoor tennis facility located in Philadelphia’s East Falls section. “Having our own facilities would be nice,” Mauro said, “but we do the best with what we have.” Hashaan Freeman, a tennis instructor at Legacy, said the team pays an hourly rate of $22 to practice at the facility, while matches cost more. Any athlete needs to make commitments, with training, competing and time spent in the classroom being among them. Traveling to Legacy each morning, junior Nicolas Paulus said, adds to that list. “We waste a lot of time going to Legacy each day,” Paulus said. “If we could practice when we wanted, we would be happier.” Rob McCune played under coach Andrew Sorrentino from 1994-1998, and said that it was a challenge to practice on Main Campus because of what the team had to do to get the courts ready. “The courts we had were worse than what they have now,” McCune said. “If you drive past the tennis courts now, you will see nets. We would have to put the nets up each time we wanted to practice and take them down after we were done because of security concerns.”

Throughout its history, Temple’s tennis program has lacked adequate on-campus facilities, and usually traveled for indoor time at clubs around the city. “Having no on-campus facilities is a recruiting nightmare,” Sorrentino said. “Recruiting athletes from the Philadelphia area was tough because most kids knew about the lack of facilities we had and how we traveled a lot. We weren’t a top Division I program.” The team’s funding also pales in comparison to American Athletic Conference opponents. During the 2011-12 Fiscal Year, Temple’s tennis programs combined to spend $62,510 in operating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Education. After changing to the American Athletic Conference in 2013, the Owls spent $60,265, $2,245 less amid a season in which the team jumped to the American Athletic Conference. The $60,265 was the lowest amount of operating expenses out of the 10 schools in The American. The second-lowest was Cincinnati at $73,581, a school that only fields a women’s program. East Carolina’s funding ranks secondlowest behind Temple’s when it comes to schools that support both men’s and women’s programs. Yet, ECU’s figure of $117,198 for its tennis programs almost doubles Temple’s amount. Peter Daub coached the men’s team from 1982-1989 and the women from 1985-1989. He compiled a 164-86 record

during his time as coach of the programs. Throughout his tenure, Daub said he drove his players to Ambler each day for practice. “The [funding] was tough sometimes,” Daub said. “[When I coached], sometimes players had to contribute out of pocket on trips, which wouldn’t happen if the programs received proper support.” Through the years, the teams couldn’t travel at times when they wanted because they had to be frugal with their money. Sorrentino played for Daub from 1982-1986, and took the men and women’s jobs in 1990. He coached both teams until 1998. “We had to pick and choose where we went, how we went and when we went,” Sorrentino said. “We didn’t do a lot of flying, we did a lot of driving in vans. One time, we drove out to Notre Dame, and we drove a van to South Carolina and to Florida … we weren’t fully funded, we were functionally funded.” McCune said that when the team played at home, it didn’t feel like it because those matches weren’t on Main Campus. “When I played, about 80 percent of our matches were away,” McCune said. “Whenever we played at home, we played at Ambler and if we didn’t play there, we played at Legacy, so we were in fact on the road quite a bit of the time.” * dalton.balthaser@temple.edu T @DaltonBalthaser

deserves everything she has been getting out of the game.





Junior guard Quenton DeCosey handles the basketball during the Owls’ 80-75 win against Memphis last Friday in the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Owls’ conference overlooked by committee Continued from page 1


Cummings and the Owls will look to follow in the footsteps of the Mustangs, who reached the NIT championship game before falling to Minnesota, in addition to two other 20-win schools from The American. “I really didn’t think it was a guarantee at all [to get in],” Cummings said. “Just knowing that SMU didn’t make it last year. … I’ve always had it in the back of my minds that there are no guarantees for us right now.” The Owls were forced to watch as 12 different Power 5 schools with less wins than the squad

during the year received bids, most notably 11th can say. Would I go to the committee and say seeded UCLA (20-13), which will face Southern ‘You should have considered Temple?’ Well, they Methodist and 11th seeded Texas (20-13) which didn’t.” will face Butler. The Owls also ranked 34th in the Ratings “I don’t know that it was a lack of respect for Power Index administered by the NCAA, 14 our conference,” Dunphy said. “It looks like the spots higher than UCLA and eight spots higher power conferences, the Power 5 than Texas. as it were, seem to get a large part Despite the displeasure, DunUP NEXT of the attention.” phy has no plans to discuss the seOwls vs Bucknell “I think we’re a power baslection process with the selection March 18 at 7 p.m. ketball conference,” Dunphy addcommittee comprised of athletic ed. “I think we should have some directors across the country. really good teams in there. … Watching UConn “What good does that do you?” Dunphy said, and SMU, those are two really good basketball “you’re in a situation where you can only control teams. Overall, there’s no control that you have, what you can control. … It’s an agonizing situathere’s nothing you can do, there’s nothing you tion, you wonder what’s going to happen all day.”

The transition from the disappointing 9-22 season in 2013-14 to the squad’s Top 3 finish in The American appeared a promising improvement, one Dunphy insists won’t be lost in the tournament snub. “If you had said to me before the season that we were going to win 23 games, I’m not so sure I wouldn’t have signed those papers right away,” Dunphy said. “Given where we were this year last time and the unknown that we had in front of us. I’m proud of our team.” * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17

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ment bid since Spring 2013. Six of its losses – three to Southern Methodist, a pair of defeats to Tulsa and a 29-point loss to Cincinnati on the road – were to three of the Top 4 teams in the American Athletic Conference regular-season standings. The Owls were the other, finishing in a third-place tie with Cincinnati. The Bearcats (22-10), meanwhile, defeated SMU twice in the regular season and won down the stretch, taking victories in each of their final five games of conference play before falling to Connecticut in a conference-tournament quarterfinal last Friday. While the Owls topped UConn by 12 points in the regular-season finale at the Liacouras Center on March 7, they also dropped back-to-back games to SMU and Tulsa, respectively, on their final road trip of conference play. They also failed to solve the eventual conference champion in SMU, losing the two regular-season matchups after leading by double digits in both games. Cincinnati was given the eighth seed in the Midwest region of the tournament, while Temple will compete among the 32-team field of the NIT as a No. 1 seed. “Could we have done something else?” coach Fran Dunphy said. “As you look at it, we’re probably one win short of being in. If we could’ve beaten SMU, any one of the three times, could we have been in? Probably.” “There probably is another win or so along the way that could’ve gotten us where we wanted to go,” Dunphy added. Alongside its six conference losses, the last being a 69-56 defeat to the Mustangs last Saturday in the conference semifinals, two of Temple’s defeats came to both Duke and Big 5 rival Villanova early in the season, both of which carry the top seed in their respective NCAA tournament regions. Early-season losses to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Big 5 opponent St. Joseph’s – both teams that failed to make either tournament – could also have been a factor. When the season entered the final stretch, Dunphy said, each game was critical for Temple’s


Owls coach Fran Dunphy will miss the NCAA tournament for the third time in his nine seasons as Temple’s coach.

tournament resume, as the Owls were projected to be a bubble team entering Sunday night’s announcement. “I’ve sensed [that we needed to win] the last number of games that we’ve played,” Dunphy said. “And [Saturday], yeah. Were we thinking that if we could get [Saturday’s] game that we would be in? Yeah, we thought that. But, obviously it didn’t happen, and you’re reduced to hoping.” Cummings is one of two Temple seniors in Dunphy’s 10-man rotation that will miss the NCAA tournament in their final opportunity, the other being guard Jesse Morgan, who averaged 11.8 points per game after regaining NCAA eligibility on Dec. 18.

Cummings, a Jacksonville, Florida native who paces the Owls with game averages of 14.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2 steals at point guard, will attempt to lead his team once more in the NIT. “First, I have to get myself back up in order to get [my teammates] back up,” Cummings said. “We’ll probably have a team meeting or something to refocus the guys and try to set our sights on winning the NIT.” “You could see the look on everybody’s face,” Cummings added of his team’s post-selection reaction. “Everybody’s disappointed. We’ll let the guys soak in and regroup their minds and stuff like that, come back [Monday] and it’ll be a better day.” Bucknell University will visit the Liacouras

Center Wednesday as the eighth seed in Region 1 for a first-round contest at 7 p.m. The Bison finished the season 19-14 (13-5 Patriot League) and earned an automatic NIT bid after taking the Patriot League’s regular-season title. “We’ll start to get geared up and we’ll do the same thing we did in the previous number of games this year, and have a plan in store for us to play our best basketball,” Dunphy said of the upcoming competition. “Hopefully guys will rise to the occasion.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23




Athletes transition to outdoor competitions The women’s track & field team will begin outdoor competitions next Saturday. TYLER DEVICE The Temple News Elvis Forde indicated that he doesn’t want to hear any more excuses. With the struggles of the winter weather paired with limited indoor track facilities now behind them, Forde’s team now looks forward to everything the outdoor season will bring, including warmer weather and outdoor practices on a 400-meter track. “We are outdoors [and] we have nothing that we can say is against us,” Forde, who is in his first season as women’s track & field coach, said. “This is our element and we have to get excited when the weather is nice. The sunshine seems to perk all of us up, and the warm weather does something for all our spirits.” The hurdlers are one group, in particular, that will benefit from the move to the track from the Student Pavilion, where much of the team practices during the winter months. Senior Kiersten LaRoche, who runs the 60-meter hurdles when competing in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon, said running inside the pavilion on the turf surface made it difficult to reach maximum speed necessary for practice. “It’s definitely a lot softer, so you’re losing some of the force that’s applied to the ground,” LaRoche said. “Not being able to put the blocks properly into the turf is another issue, just because you want to try to push off as hard as you can and you can’t really do that when you’re inside.” Kaitlyn McSurdy, also a senior who runs the 400-meter hurdles, had a different approach regarding the indoor facility. “The good thing that comes out of that is that if you’re used to running slower times on the turf, you kind of surprise yourself when you come out-


Runners Megan Schneider, (left), Andrea Mathis and Danielle Britton jog at Geasey Field last month.

doors,” McSurdy said. “Especially with this weather, it makes you really excited for the outdoor season.” LaRoche also explained how the lack of an indoor track placed the team at a disadvantage when it came to practicing for competition. Now that the outdoor facilities are accessible, LaRoche said that evens out the playing field. “It’s definitely a plus when you can have an actual track to practice on,” LaRoche said. “I think it will be a great addition [and] I think we will definitely get a lot faster just because it’s the same type of simulation. When we get outside its kind of a level playing field; we have a track, so does every other school. It definitely levels the playing field to where we can catch up and be consistent.” Catching up is one challenge

freshman hurdler Attallah Goodman is habits indefinitely, something Forde looking forward to most in the spring. says he expects his team to manage on After suffering a stress fracture, their own. Goodman was unable to participate Along with hydration and nutriduring the indoor season, and will tion, McSurdy said there is an aspect of compete this spring for the first time in training that is sometimes overlooked. her Temple career. “I think first and foremost are “I’m just really excited. It’s an sleep issues,” McSurdy said. “I think anxious feeling,” Goodman said. “It sleeping is one of the most important was a downer not parts of the recovUP NEXT being able to run ery process when my first season. Owls at Philadelphia Classic it comes to our March 21 [Forde] was able training on both to uplift me, and the track and in so now I’m really excited for outdoor. the weight room.” Hopefully I’ve trained well for it.” McSurdy also said it can be diffiAlthough the cold weather could cult to get an adequate amount of sleep be behind them, the Owls will have because of the workload that comes different challenges to face during the with being a Division I athlete. upcoming season. The team’s frequent travels result Warmer weather and humidity will in the athletes having to miss class, test the team’s hydration and nutrition which can sometimes put them behind Continued from page 22


blade. While the opposite end of the wire is connected to the scoring machine, the reel, which is fastened to the wires, dictates how fast the fencer can move up and down the strip. So, when the tip of the weapon touches the target area, the electrical waves are transmitted through the body cord to the machine, which sets off the lights, signaling a point for the fencer.


Foil, epee and sabre. Each of the three possible weapons a fencer can use is constructed differently, originally designed for specific tasks. Foil weapons are the lightest of the three and have a small bell guard used to secure the hand. The epee weapon is heavier than the foil weapon, featuring a larger bell guard that protects the hand, which is considered a target area. Herring said foil and epee weapons are considered thrusting and stabbing weapons, while the sabre weapons are considered a cutting and slashing weapon. “Foil and epee came from a traditional musketeer fighting … in all the old movies where someone gets stuck in the chest and kills them instantly,” Herring said. “Sabre comes from tabular, where you are generally on a horse and you are riding, so there is a lot more cutting and slashing. So it’s kind of where the brutal weapons came from.” As foil and epee fencers score their points by thrusting their weapons, there is usually a tip at the end of their blade, which helps to record them. Junior foilist Demi Antipas said there is a required amount of pressure that needs to be applied to the tip before touches can translate to points. “In foil, it takes 500 grams of pressure to depress the tip,” Antipas said. “It’s very specific. For epee, it’s 700 grams. It’s harder to push down. So when that pushes down on the opposite person’s vest, [it] scores a point.”



Junior epee Jessica Hall practices while being connected to the electronic scoring system.

With three different weapons come three different uniforms. Although all fencers wear the same base layers, the uniforms are made according to a fencer’s target area. An epeeist wears all white because their entire body is a target area, while the area is more limited for foil and sabre fencers. “You have your knickers, which are the pants, and then you have a chest protector for the girls,” Antipas said. “What we call a plastron, it’s like a half-sleeve … because there is a lot of nerve-endings underneath your arms. It’s just an extra piece of fabric so you don’t get nerve damages from get-

with academic work if they don’t keep pace in the classroom. “We miss a lot of classes on Thursday and Friday, so [the] teachers are moving exams to earlier dates [and] you’re taking them before the rest of your classmates,” McSurdy said. “You have a lot more to do, where all other students have five days of the week to do it, we only have three.” Despite these struggles, Forde said he not only wants to see an improvement in his team’s performances, but also in the confidence it brings to the competitions. “I want our kids to be a little bit more fiery,” Forde said. “I want them to walk with their heads high, their chests stuck out a little bit, and be confident in themselves.” * tyler.device@temple.edu

ting hit, and then you wear a white cotton jacket.” Foil and sabre fencers also wear lamés – an electrionically-conductive jacket that help record their points. The target area of a foilist is the torso. Yet, sabre fencers wear a jacket that indicates additional target areas such as the arms, hands and head. Alongside the lamés, sabre fencers have to wear an electronic conductive mask to record points.


Before electronic scoring became popular within the sport, fencers took part in what is now called dry fencing. Similar to the sport of Taekwondo, Herring recalls a time when fencing required a minimum of four judges and a maximum of eight. “Instead of a round button that looked like a button [at the tip of the weapon], they used to have cones and little domes that had teeth on them,” Herring said. “The idea was you were supposed to stick it into your target and let it stay there for a second so that they could see it.” Herring said fencers would also dip the tip of their weapons into powder or colored chalk so that when the fencers connected with the target area, it would be noticeable on the all-white uniform. Junior sabreist Petra Khan said when she first started the sport, she competed in dry fencing for a time, but after she started to advance in the sport, she started wearing her lamé. “It wasn’t too hard of an adjustment,” Khan said of the transition to electronic fencing. “But what was great about it was that you can hit, and see the light when you hit. You didn’t have to rely on the other person, saying, ‘Oh, you hit me or you didn’t hit me.’ It was a nice adjustment.”


Collegiate fencing remains a sport far different from that at the Olympic level. “There [are] wireless fencing reels,” Herring said. “If you look at the Olympics, a lot of times you see them carrying a pack on their backs, a little battery-pack looking thing, that is the entire machine more or less contained on their body.” When fencers scores a valid touch during the Olympics, the entire strip lights up. But, Herrings said it may take some time before the NCAA incorporates wireless fencing into its own level of competition. Herring fears cheating and cost will challenge the NCAA to make the change in the near future. Nevertheless, Herring said the sport has improved. “It has evolved greatly,” he said. * danielle.nelson@temple.edu T @Dan_Nels


The track & field team has finished up the indoor season and will transition into outdoor competition on Saturday. PAGE 21

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‘A slap in the face’

After missing out on March Madness, the Owls will begin NIT play on Wednesday. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor Will Cummings prepared himself as the 68-team field for the NCAA tournament began to take shape without Temple’s name. Until Wednesday, while the men’s basketball team readies itself for its first National Invitation Tournament in 10 seasons, the senior guard will attempt to set aside the fact that his team wound up on the wrong side of the bubble on Selection Sunday. But nothing, he said, will help him forget it. “Honestly, it’s never going to settle in,” Cummings said. “I’m always going to have that chip on my shoulder, that anger, just knowing that we didn’t get in for all the hard work that we put in.” For Temple’s efforts, which included a 23-10 overall record and the 34th-best ratings percentage index in all of Division I, it wasn’t enough to earn its first NCAA tourna-



Junior guard Quenton DeCosey (right) fights for possession in Temple’s 69-56 loss to Southern Methodist in the conference semifinals on Saturday. The Owls will take part in the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season under former coach John Chaney. That season was Chaney’s last as Temple coach.



Tiernan starts year off strong Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan has netted 26 goals through the lacrosse team’s first nine games. MATTHEW COCKAYNE The Temple News


The fencing team uses electronic scoring to record points for all of its events.

The technology behind fencing

A look at what goes into everyday practice and competition for a Temple program that has been around for 43 years. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News The touch of a blade sends light from an electronic scoring machine often placed at the side of a strip. The specific color of light set off depends on which part of the body gets hit. In the sport of fencing, red and green lights indicate that a fencer has scored valid touches, while a white beam shows that a fencer has hit an off-target area for both sabre and foil fencers. Yet, it didn’t always used to be this way, as the NCAA gradually incorporated the electronic scoring system from its inception in the 1930s until the 1980s, when the system was first universally accepted for all weapon types in collegiate fencing. In a room with shining wood flooring in Pearson-McGonigle halls, Temple’s fencers use this system on a daily basis. The sport has

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changed in many ways since coach Nikki Franke oversaw the team’s first season in 1972, but the equipment her program uses today shares many similarities to what has been used for much of the past four decades. And as Temple fencers can attest to, there’s a lot more to the sport than a mask and a sword.


The way in which the hits are registered is dependent on the weapon that is used. But, across the board, the setup is always the same, as Temple volunteer assistant coach Josh Herring said each strip is equipped with two reels, two floor cables and a scoring box. Each fencer on the strip has a body cord that goes through lamés, or an electronic conductive jacket worn by foil and saber fencers that connects to the weapon and runs to the tip of the


Nicole Tiernan entered Spring 2015 as Temple’s leading goal scorer, but she isn’t treating this campaign any differently than her previous two. The junior attacker was the lone player on the Owls’ roster selected to the All-Big East Conference preseason team in February and the only Temple player returning for 2015 that had scored more than 20 goals. However, upon entering the season last month, she said she didn’t feel any added pressure.

“I don’t think it’s pressure, I think it’s more like motivation,” Tiernan said. “It’s motivation to live up to expectations, but I’m not pressured. I don’t feel like people are going to be looking for me to be great. I expect myself to be, but my teammates are going to work with me and I’m going to work with them. We’re going to be a team. They’re not going to look for me to do everything.” Since the beginning of the season, she has netted 26 goals, two of them game-winners, and put 58 shots on net. “She is playing confident right now, “ coach Bonnie Rosen said of her team’s leading scorer after Temple’s 11-10 victory against Rutgers last Wednesday. “She has the ability to take players one on one. Rutgers made adjustments on her at



Away from home, tennis squads hope for new facilities The tennis teams’ funding ranks lowest in the conference. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News Black smoke sputters out of the exhaust pipe of a Philadelphia Transportation bus as the driver toes the accelerator for the 20-minute drive from Main Campus to the Legacy Center each morning. Drearily, the athletes rest on their way to practice, most listening to music during the commute. Junior Santiago Canete said he appreciates the facility at Legacy, but doesn’t like hav-



Freshman Yana Khon serves at the Legacy Center.

ing to travel every morning to courts that don’t belong to him or his team. “If the courts were ours, we could practice whenever

we want, but we can’t,” Canete said. “We use about half of our budget to get indoor court [time].”


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Volume 93 Issue 23  

Issue for Tuesday March 17 2015

Volume 93 Issue 23  

Issue for Tuesday March 17 2015


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