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Students to visit capitol for funding

Two injured in Park Ave. shooting

Owls on the Hill Day sends students to Harrisburg.

Residents say a man chased others while firing a gun.


JOE BRANDT News Editor

Owls on the Hill Day, the annual event in which Temple students travel to Harrisburg to lobby state legislators for university funding, is to be held on April 14 – two weeks earlier than last year’s event was scheduled. Temple canceled the trip in 2014 due to a lack of student sign-ups for the event, as the date was during finals week. Instead, online messages were used where students could directly message their state legislators to make their case. “Last year, there were a lot of planning issues,” Matthew Hayden, the director of government affairs for Temple Student Government, said. “It just wasn’t smoothly run. … This year we wanted to try to put it in the middle of the month and make it more accessible to as many people as possible.” Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, said the event was moved to an earlier date because of the graduation and finals schedules this year. Graduation is set to take place May 8, while finals week runs April 30 through May 6. Lawrence said student involvement numbers could im-

pummelled into an already busted drum set, guitars, musicians, the walls of exposed pipe and, mostly, each other. The band didn’t seem to mind – none of the musicians seemed to even notice. These collisions, part of the blurred line between musician and attendee, are normal for DIY, or “Do-It-Yourself” shows. The venue for Mumblr’s show, Lavender Town, is home to students in the North Philadelphia area. Over time these houses, specifically in the area surrounding Main Campus, have gained popularity. In North Philadelphia alone, there are a handful of

Two men were sent to Temple University Hospital early Friday morning after they were shot in an incident which began outside a house party on Park Avenue’s 2300 block, between Dauphin and York streets. One man, 18, was shot multiple times in the abdomen and remains in critical condition, Philadelphia police said Monday. Another 23-yearold man was shot once in the arm and has since been treated and released after initially being placed in stable condition. Neither victim is a Temple student. Philadelphia police said two males were taken into custody on Friday but no arrests had been made as of Monday. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said warrants were issued for two suspects. The weapon was recovered at the scene. Several media outlets reported that the shooting took place on the 2200 block of Park Avenue, but Temple Police say the shooting began on the 2300 block. The Philadelphia police report states that a shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Watts Street. Senior Patrick McCar-




A stage to call home TIM MULHERN EMILY SCOTT The Temple News


he air was stale and clung to the low ceiling – it was hard to see the band all the way from the back. The basement held close to 200 people that night. Philly punk band Mumblr set up its equipment in the basement of the house, or rather, the new music venue, Lavender Town, in North Philadelphia. The March show was a celebration for the group’s newest record, “Full of Snakes.” Within minutes of the band’s first song, the crowd

More students have begun to use their houses as live music venues in the DIY scene.


(TOP): Members of the audience sing along to emo/punk band Marietta’s set at Lavender Town on March 28. (ABOVE): Blue Smiley, a DIY band, plays as openers to the March 28 show.


Endorsements key for Future TU RepresenTU had less than half the sponsors of the election’s victor. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor Last year, TU Believe – led by current Student Body President Ray Smeriglio – beat Renew TU by just more than 200 votes to become the senior leadership team for Temple Student Government for 2014-15. This year was a different story, as Future TU beat RepresenTU by about 1,500 votes, nearly doubling its competitor’s total en route to becoming TSG’s soon-tobe senior leadership team for the 2015-16 school year. Even though none of Future TU’s candidates were serving in any capacity in TSG, the ticket was able to garner much of its support through several student organizations, fraternities and other groups on and near Main Campus. According to each ticket’s website, Future TU was endorsed


Ryan Rinaldi (center) hugs Brittany Boston (left) and Binh Nguyen after learning the result of the Temple Student Government election, which was announced Thursday. The three will take office on April 27.


66% (3,042)

34% (1,537)

by 33 organizations, a far greater number than the 12 organizations that endorsed RepresenTU. Beside the huge difference in

number of endorsements, Future TU was able to gain support of both major political organizations on Main Campus – Temple Col-


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lege Democrats and Temple College Republicans. Student Body President-elect Ryan Rinaldi said his team accomplished this through one of its three pillars, “uniting the communities.” “A lot of the things that we ran on aren’t political,” Rinaldi said. “They’re apolitical, they’re Temple-driven … sitting with those organizations and connecting on the ‘Temple side’ was key.” Another key endorsement for Future TU was Govberg Realty, a local real estate agency that owns several properties around Main Campus. The agency isn’t listed on the ticket’s endorsement page, but did congratulate the team’s victory via Twitter on Thursday. Rinaldi said that Govberg wasn’t an official endorser, and that the agency supported Future TU on social media without any influence from his team. RepresenTU’s endorsements did include several fraternities and sororities and most notably the men’s basketball team, likely due to presidential candidate Am-



EXPLAINERS: Money and tenure

A community of harpists

Historic bar hosts vinyl DJs

Our reporters answer how tenure works at Temple and analyze the breakdown of the University Services Fee. PAGE 3

The Temple Youth Harp Ensemble, part of Temple Music Prep, offers young harpists the opportunity to hone their skills. PAGE 7

Sarah’s Place in Brewerytown is a music venue home to local DJs known for breaking the norm in the genre. PAGE 9

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 The Essayist: Music Edition

From the sand to the river

Two brothers share a boat for the crew team after growing up watching the sport. for races in support of their sister, Dana DiPentino, who rowed for Holy Spirit or the DiPentino broth- High School in South Jerers, it all started at sey during the mid-2000s. “They were terrible Lake Lenape. to go to,” said Vincent DiAs kids, Vincent and Pentino, now a senior on Vittorio DiPentino devoted Te m p l e ’s much of crew team. their week“You would ends to rowjust go and ing, accomsit there panied by all day and Pennsylvawait for a nia waters six-minute and sand. Gavin White | crew coach race. You Their would see introduction only 30 secto the sport didn’t stem onds to a minute of it, and from time spent on a boat, that was it.” however. It came through “It made me dislike watching others on the rivthe sport,” Vittorio DiPener from afar. tino, a sophomore, added At the respective ages of his sister’s races. “It’s of 10 and 8, Vincent and kind of a boring thing Vittorio each found rowing the least bit entertaining when you are not sure what



They just “ naturally come together. ”

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Future TU’s Vice President of Services Brittany Boston (left) hugs Binh Nguyen, vice president of external affairs.

Increased voter turnout for TSG sets decade-high mark Participation last week nearly tripled compared to last year’s election. DAVID GLOVACH The Temple News The 2015 Temple Student Government elections saw the highest voter turnout in the last decade with 17 percent of the student body voting, or 4,582 votes cast. This election ended a streak of five consecutive election cycles beginning in 2010 in which the number of votes cast decreased. Last year’s election saw only 6 percent of the student body voting, with 1,716 votes cast. The previous elections in that trend saw 2,075 counted votes in 2013, 2,658 votes cast in 2012, 2,767 students voting in 2011, and 3,027 votes cast in 2010. The previous high was back in 2009 with 3,945 votes cast. The low point came during the 2007 election when 1,252 students voted. Election Commissioner Inella Ray said TSG and the university were more involved with student awareness and engagement this year than in previous ones. “This year compared to last year, we wanted to make sure that we reached out to the students,” Ray said. “We obviously had the two debates so students could see

the two tickets, but we had flyers around campus, meet and greet mixers, and we even had a billboard on the big screen on Avenue North.” “Both tickets also did a really nice job campaigning,” she added. “Usually you have one ticket that is ahead of the other one, but this year both tickets did a nice job of going out and reaching out to the student body.” Ray added that universities similar in size to Temple usually have about a 10 percent student turnout in student elections. The University of Pittsburgh’s main campus has an enrollment of 18,575 undergraduates, about half of Temple’s. During this year’s student government elections, 11.8 percent of the undergraduate student body voted. Its numbers were lower the year before, when 2,520 students voted, according to The Pitt News, the university’s student newspaper. Julie Werth, the news editor of the University of Connecticut’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, said in an email that turnout was around 14 percent at her school this year. But at the University of Pennsylvania, a private school with an enrollment about two-thirds of Temple’s, turnout was about 39 percent this year and was higher the

year before, according to its student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. Both Ray and Dean of Students Stephanie Ives said social media played a large role in the election this year. “I am very excited by the voter turnout for this year’s TSG elections,” Ives said in an emailed statement. “Both tickets worked very hard to understand the diverse needs of their peers, to be visible, and to communicate solid ideas. The current TSG also helped ensure the success of voter turnout by building relationships with key university partners, such as Strategic Marketing and Communications, to ensure that there was solid coverage of the campaigns on social media.” “Both tickets utilized social media really well,” Ray said. “That is something that hasn’t been done to reach the amount of students in the past. You also had things like TSG and The Temple News live tweeting the debates.” While Ray and other members of TSG said they were happy with this year’s turnout, Ray said the goal next year is to increase from a 17 percent turnout to a 20 percent student turnout. * david.glovach@temple.edu T @DavidGlovach


Ryan Rinaldi will be inaugurated as student body president on April 27.

Future TU dominates vote

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ber O’Brien’s connections through her positions as TSG’s director of university pride and traditions and vice president of the Cherry Crusade, Temple’s student-run fan section. However, Rinaldi, who previously served as the president of the Temple University Investment Association, utilized networks in the Fox School of Business – the school with the highest enrollment at Temple last semester. “We kind of looked at them as an untapped voting area,” Rinaldi said of campaigning toward Fox students. “We wanted to make sure [to tell student professional organizations] that we want to get them involved outside of Fox … partnering them with Temple Student Government is a motivator for them to vote … I imagine that if you capture Fox, it goes a long way in capturing the election.” However, Rinaldi added that diversity was key in his team’s victory. Brittany Boston and Binh Nguyen – both vice presidents who ran with him for Future TU – come from the School of Media and Communica-

tion. Moreover, Gaelen Mccartney and Sierra Mergliano, director of operations and graphic designer, are both Tyler School of Art students. Assistant Campaign Manager Tykee James is a student in the College of Science and Technology, and Justin Swallow, who was responsible for helping with the team’s website and multimedia, in the Center of the Arts. Along with the team’s academic diversity, Future TU statistically beat RepresenTU in social media, an integral part of campaigning. The team currently has about 440 more Twitter followers and 400 more Instagram followers than RepresenTU, in addition to about 170 more Facebook page likes. In a previous interview with The Temple News, Future TU said even though no member served on TSG this school year, the team felt like a “fresh set of eyes” would be beneficial for the organization accomplishing goals in 2015-16. The team is set to take office on April 27. * steven.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

Fattah sponsors university conference on autism The event focused on “affinity therapy,” a method used to treat autism in children. STEPHEN GODWIN JR. The Temple News After Ron Suskind’s 2-year-old son Owen was diagnosed with autism, the Pulitzer-Prize winner and former Wall Street Journal reporter wanted to find a way to reach him. Owen loved Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and was particularly drawn to the scene where Ariel trades her voice to the sea witch Ursula, in order to become human. He repeated a version of the lines over and over again. “The idea that he would pick those three words out of an 80-plus minute animated film and not supposedly understand what the words meant, seemed extraordinary to us,” Suskind said at a conference held April 1 in McGonigle Hall that addressed some of the new therapy, innovations and care for those affected with autism. With more than 20 years of research and the help of his wife Cornelia Kennedy, Suskind used

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affinity therapy to develop a connection with his son. Affinity therapy uses the affected child’s passions to develop communication and social skills. For Owen, that passion was Disney. “They use it as a ‘codebreaker’ to explain the world around them,” Suskind said. The event was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, often seen around Washington at neuroscience-related events. Cases of autism in the United States have been most prevalent in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Fattah said. “[It’s] partly because it is big here locally, but

“Basically if you [have] a child, most parents know what lights them up, what engages them,” Suskind said. “It could be something they watch on TV. Pretty often, a movie that is pretty common, a song, some of the kids are very musical. Some kids, when asked, can say, ‘Here is what my thing is.’ Sometimes it takes the parents to spot it. Either way, once you find that, it is the first step in finding that language in and around that affinity that may be a pathway to communication.” Suskind was speaking in front of Congress in Washington D.C. when he met Fattah last sum-

a child, most parents know what lights “If you [have] them up, what engages them. ” Ron Suskind | affinity therapist

my interest is not really disease-specific,” Fattah said in a follow-up phone interview. “I am interested in finding cures for all 600-plus brain diseases and disorders.” Through surveying parents, Suskind said he found that some popular passions include Disney, black and white movies from the 1940s, maps, trains, Minecraft and astronomy.

mer. The two men have since joined in a neuroscience conference in Tel Aviv, and Fattah thought Philadelphia should be the next destination. Dr. Matt Tincani, chair of Temple’s Department of Psychological Organizational and Leadership Studies in Education, uses strength-based intervention, similar to affinity therapy. “This is capitalizing on their special inter-


ests, but not just to get them together with other people with special interests or cultivate hobbies, but by using them to teach to communication,” Tincani said. “To teach social skills [and] using them to facilitate interactions with kids that don’t have autism.” The New York Times reported that researchers at Yale, MIT, and England’s Cambridge University have begun working on the science. Even with the added interest, Fattah said he believes future breakthrough will come from those that started the research in Philadelphia. “There is a lot of interest. In fact, all around the world today, [buildings] are being colored in blue, because of the world-wide interest in autism,” Fattah said. “So I think there has been a lot of public awareness generated that has caused more money to be raised. This is a question not just about money. We also have to work on the science. Philadelphia has been at the forefront of this work, and I think when we find appropriate solutions for these challenges, you’ll see scientists and researchers here in Philadelphia as part of the solution.” * stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr



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prove through the lower number of required training sessions for participation in Owls on the Hill Day. “Last year, we had multiple training sessions,” Lawrence said. “This year we consolidated to one training session and are just trying to get the word out to as many students as possible.” The first training session for Owls on the Hill Day was held yesterday. Two more are scheduled for this week – one on April 7 at noon, the other on April 9 at 6 p.m. Hayden also said that in years past, students and organizers would arrive at the Pennsylvania State Capitol around noon, but will arrive around 10 a.m. for this upcoming trip. Arriving later “didn’t give students the right amount of face time with members of the legislature,” Hayden said. “By that time they had all pretty much gone home for the day.” By arriving earlier, “kids have those two to three hour interactions with the politicians,” he added. The students will visit Harrisburg amid discussion among state lawmakers on Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which according to Lawrence, would increase Temple’s appropriation by $15.44 million. It would be the first increase for Temple in four years.

This is a way for students to be heard. ... It makes a huge difference.

Ken Lawrence | senior vice president for government, community and public affairs

Previously, President Theobald visited the state legislature on March 24 to make his case for Temple to receive additional state funding. During the visit, Temple requested $146.9 million from the state – a $7 million or 5 percent increase from last year. Wolf’s budget, however, allotted for more funding for the school as the state General Assembly was recommended an 11 percent or the $15.44 million increase. Under former Gov. Tom Corbett, approximately $30 million, or 19 percent, was cut from the university’s funding in 2010. Wolf said in his budget address in early March that he would restore half the cuts to higher education funding made under Corbett. Lawrence said the Commonwealth appropriation for higher education is voted on separately from the state budget, and needs a two-thirds majority to pass, while the budget needs 50 percent. “There are some members of the legislature that do not vote for any higher education appropriation,” Lawrence said. “I’m not going to name names, but there is a group of six to 10 that probably won’t vote for it.” The goal of the event, Lawrence said, is to have as many students as possible be seen and heard by as many members of the legislatures as possible. “There are 253 legislators in the state general assembly,” Lawrence said. “Each one gets a vote, so it’s important for [members of the general assembly] to see these students and hear what they have to say.” “This is a great event for students to get involved and make a direct impact,” Lawrence added. “This is a way for students to be heard. For those that don’t think that this makes a difference, it does. It makes a huge difference.” * david.glovach@temple.edu


Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs Kevin Delaney explains the tenure process during an interview in his office.

A look at how Following tenure works your money Published research is a significant component of the process. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Temple’s faculty is comprised of nearly 3,700 members, with around a quarter of them being tenure or tenure-track. However, the process of achieving tenure is not unanimously known or understood at Temple. Tenure is a contractual agreement between the university and a full-time faculty member in which after a probationary period, the faculty member is reviewed at multiple academic and administrative levels, earning job security and more academic freedom. “The faculty member knows they have some freedom to pursue new ideas, to follow their research in the direction that the findings take them,” Kevin Delaney, vice provost of faculty affairs, said. “They know they have the standards to be a tenured professor.” The procedure for tenure begins most often with a faculty member hired into a tenure-track position, Delaney said. The hiring process is very competitive, and hiring committees review national and international applicants. The president then makes the job and contract offer, and if an applicant is hired, he or she becomes a full-time faculty member and works for six years as an assistant professor. A tenure-track professor is evaluated for tenure in their sixth year, he added. They must fulfill the three criteria of excellent research, teaching and service. The review process begins at the department level, in which a committee of faculty members reviews the candidate’s work. There are also external reviews of the research submitted from professors at other universities. The review then moves up to the chair of the department, and then to a committee of faculty members in the college that the faculty member is a part of, Delaney said. After that,

it moves to the dean of the college, a university-level committee, the provost, the president and finally the Board of Trustees, who grant tenure status. Each step of the review process builds on the one before. The faculty member receives reports at each level and is given the chance to write a rebuttal if he or she wishes. The process takes about nine months. Temple’s tenure process is similar to that of other Research I universities, like Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. “I think the ideal model is what we’re trying to achieve in this school where we have a mix of tenured faculty and tenure-track faculty, nontenure track faculty and adjuncts,” David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication, said. “They each bring different attributes to the students and to education and to knowledge-creation.” Boardman, the former editor of The Seattle Times, was appointed as dean two years ago with no prior career in higher education. He received tenure because of his experience and achievement in his career in journalism. “I still had to go through the same process for tenure,” Boardman said. “In my case, the university made a determination that the level of my experience and achievement would be the equivalent of someone who had published an academic journal and achieved tenure that way.” Tenured and tenure-track professors’ main responsibilities involve research and leadership roles within faculty and administration. Non-tenure-track professors are full-time faculty members working under a one-year renewable contract or under two- to five-year contracts. The majority of their work is through teaching. Adjuncts are part-time faculty members. The majority of classes that students take are taught by non-tenured professors. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

Nearby house party ends with shooting most of the shots were missing the target. He said he doesn’t know anyone involved in the incident. Police arrived soon after the shooting, at which point the shooter “just casually turned around, and walked in the middle of the street” back toward the party, Morley said. He was then apprehended. No TU Alert was sent out about the incident, though Temple Police were on the scene. “Although this was over a block beyond our patrol boundary, we would make a notification decision based on the totality of the circumstances,” Leone said. “However, since the males were arrested and gun recovered, the imminent danger to the community was removed.”

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thy, an editor for The Temple News, said a fight broke out around 1:30 a.m. during a party his neighbors hosted at the converted rowhome. Some of the party’s crowd was on the porch. He looked out onto the property’s porch, where he saw and heard gunshots before the shooter chased a few men south on Park Avenue. There was blood on the porch, he said. Kyle Morley, 20, who lives farther south on the block, said he went to his window to look after hearing the shots. He said he saw a man with his gun drawn standing at the corner of Dauphin Street and Park Avenue firing at a group of six to eight men who were running south down Watts Street. “I think he was just trying to scare them,” Morley said. To him, it seemed like


Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said the University Services Fee is primarily used for technology.


The shooting began on this Park Avenue porch on Friday morning.

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The university adds $690 to tuition to fund programs.

STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor For Temple students, tuition costs depend on the particular college or school that his or her major falls into. However, one cost remains consistent university-wide – the University Services Fee. The now-$690 fee is allocated toward computer equipment and technology throughout Main Campus, access to all student activities, the maintenance and expansion of recreational and academic facilities and student health services, according to the bursar’s website. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said the technology part of the fee is used toward academic computers throughout Main Campus, and that every school and college submits a proposal annually for increasing computing capabilities for faculty and students. Those proposals are reviewed, and the funding from this part of the fee is then split up between each proposal. He added that many public computers – including those in the TECH and Paley Library – are funded by the general budget. The services fee is further split into a Student Activities Fee and a General Activity Fee, Kaiser said. The first is used for hundreds of student organizations on Main Campus, while the latter is collected to provide free athletic and event tickets for students. Half of the General Activity Fee is used for athletics, while the other half is allocated for the Dean of Students Office, Kaiser added. Athletics uses the money for general funding and to buy student tickets, while the Dean of Students Office distributes the money through many student organizations on Main Campus. Although many students have complained that they shouldn’t be paying for events they don’t attend, Kaiser said the fees are for the entire student body. “If you didn’t charge in this fee structure … if we didn’t

charge those fees, and charged for each [event], students wouldn’t be able to afford it,” Kaiser said. The breakdown of the University Services Fee, Kaiser said, is approximately 36 percent for technology, 17 percent for Student Health Services, 14 percent for the General Activity Fee, 12 percent for recreational services, 10 percent for counseling services, 7 percent for facilities and 4 percent for student support services. Kaiser added that the University Services Fee hasn’t fluctuated much in his time at Temple, because it isn’t linked to state funding. “It stays pretty consistent,” Kaiser said. “Over the past couple of years, we increased it for more counselors … [but] it can’t be used to offset cuts in state funding, because it’s allocated toward very specific purposes.” However, one way the University Services Fee could increase is if the Dean of Students Office requests more money due to an increase in student organizations, he added. Beside the University Services Fee, students also have to contribute to a matriculation fee, which helps cover student orientation and graduation costs, Kaiser said. Students are also responsible for course fees, which vary from replacing lab equipment for a science class to paying for show tickets for a theater or music class, he added. Students may also be responsible for other fees pertaining to a particular school or college. David Glezerman, assistant vice president and bursar, said that like course fees, many of these other fees are associated with certain classes or a particular curriculum, ranging from supply fees for a Tyler School of Art student to private instructor lessons for a Boyer College of Music and Dance student. Even with all the technical differences between student fees, a common thread that links all of them together is that they serve a particular purpose, Kaiser said. “These fees have a very specific, narrow purpose,” he said. “We cannot touch these fees, the owner of these fees is the only one that can use them.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel










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The Music Issue In this week’s issue, a tribute to the musical abilities of individuals throughout the university community. One of Temple’s most compelling characteristics is its location within the dynamic urban setting of Philadelphia, a city Mark Huxsoll, the director of Temple Music Prep through the Boyer College of Music and Dance, called a historic arts town. Temple students have an undoubted luxury in the proximity of numerous music venues, big-name artists who frequent Philadelphia on East Coast tours and house shows that are warmly embraced by college students. Each year, The Temple News dedicates an issue to coverage of the music scene not only at the university, but throughout the city of Philadelphia. In this issue, our music coverage shows musical passion in many capacities. In Arts & Entertainment, learn about the evolution of DJs’ roles in Philadelphia, catch up with 2014 grad BriaMarie before the release of her first album “Freshman,” delve into a sophomore’s hip-hop inspired short film “Club Milk” and check out an in-depth look into the relationship between DIY and music in the City of Brotherly Love.

In Lifestyle, read about a highly specialized program for young harpists called Youth Harp Ensemble and commemorate the life of Temple graduate and founder of Philmore Ensemble, Duane Large. In Opinion, read two students reflect on mentors that helped them develop their love of music, and in sports, see the success story of recently signed Diamond Gem and singer, Fallon O’Neill. It’s not necessary to major in a music-related field to understand just how integral music is to the Philadelphia community. It’s not just excellent programs and talented students within the Boyer College that define musical artistry for Temple students – it’s the opportunity to live in a city that is big enough to house the full spectrum of musical interests. From classical pursuits to the underground electronic scene, studying at an urban university is a starting point of access. That diversity of sound and multi-faceted musical community is something The Temple News strives to showcase with our Music Issue, a tradition in features coverage.

Commentary | Philly Schools

Charters hurt Philly public schools Charter schools leave out students who don’t have the resources to apply or attend.

P Hateful ads spark debate Anti-Islamic advertisements should be used as a way to spark productive conversation, instead of just anger.

After a recent court ruling, the far-right American Freedom Law Center will get its wish: ads on SEPTA buses which feature a photograph of Adolf Hitler and Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini, and the words: “Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran.” Eighty-four of the city public transportation company’s buses will display the ad, according to a 6ABC report. It’s clear that this advertisement is an attempt to rile up certain social groups, particularly Muslims. However, the Muslim Student Association, which represents Muslim students at Temple, gave The Temple News a statement on the situation, stressing the creation of “an environment of understanding” and discouraging anyone from vandalizing the ads. “It is important to be respectful of other people’s opinions and that is what our religion teaches,” the organization said in the statement. Temple’s MSA should be commended for its remarkable calm while surrounded by those who are outraged. But at a university with a significant

commuter population – students, faculty and staff alike will likely use these buses – several people at the university will see the hateful message, a result of our right to free speech. It is important to stay aware of the message’s intrusion into public discourse, which could otherwise be more civil. Including the perpetrator of humanity’s largest genocide with intent to besmirch a religious text many students deem sacred is more than just discourteous – it’s practically fighting words. If you agree with the ad, don’t think its printing means it’s now acceptable to speak that way to your peers. Instead, be civil. Shouting about Jewhatred in a religious text will not make you popular or get your point across. If you disagree with the ad, don’t be upset. The AFLC is nothing more than a peddler of a centuries-old conflict which has no place in our public transportation system. As MSA suggests, use it as a way to start a productive conversation.

CORRECTIONS In a story published in the March 31 issue “Stuckey-Willis shines through first season,” the article stated Stuckey-Willis’ doubles record was 11-3. As of that date, it was 12-5. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-inChief Avery Maehrer at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

hiladelphia’s public education has big problems. City and state politics are rife with debate over the School District of Philadelphia and its lack of funding. Concerned parents and campaigning politicians are pitted against each other over the issue of charter schools. But while some may argue that charter schools are providing a quality education, they pose structural and funding issues to Philadelphia’s public schools, and in turn problems for students. CHRISTIAN MATOZZO State Senator and current mayoral candidate Anthony H. Williams is a proponent of charter schools and the idea of “school choice,” or the ability for students and their parents to choose what school to send their child to, whether it be public, charter, parochial or private. In 2011, Williams wrote an op-ed for PennLive.com supporting the idea of school choice: “School choice is not an alternative to public education,” Williams wrote. “It is a vital part of an innovative and productive public education system.” Williams recognized the failings of the school district, claiming that forcing students to stay in a continually underperforming Philadelphia public school system is doing students a disservice, and that dumping more money into the School District of Philadelphia is not the right answer. “Forcing children to remain in a system that fails to provide them with a quality education is not an acceptable outcome when proven options could be made available.” Williams wrote. In this aspect, Williams is correct. In order for our children to get the best education, we must give them all the opportunity of going to the best schools with the most resources. David Lapp, a staff attorney for the Education Law Center in Philadelphia, talked about how some of the charter schools’ operating methods can exclude students. “In order to get into a charter school, you have to apply,” Lapp said. “Just the mere extra step that it takes to get into a charter school – to find the school, to find out if it has the grades that your kid wants

to be in, all of those things have a sort of self-selecting effect on the pool of students that are attempting to get into the charter schools.” Kids in foster care or who are homeless or don’t speak English, he added, also face discrimination in the application process. Lapp also said that some charter schools include illegal application requirements for students with disabilities, leading to charter schools serving less students with disabilities, many of whom have less severe learning disabilities than those in public schools. Because Philadelphia public schools are required to take students who live in their neighborhood despite their capacity, they are at a severe disadvantage in educating students compared to charter schools. Lapp noted that the charter school size limits are leaving Philadelphia public schools as a whole with a higher percentage of poor and special education students to educate. In order to fix charter school enrollment issues, Lapp suggested an online database of charter school enrollment numbers

current financial situation of the district. A better solution for ensuring adequate funding and improving the educational status of all Philadelphia’s schools is to use a funding formula. Currently, school funding in Pennsylvania is based not on the number of students in a school, the income level of the neighborhood, or the amount of property taxes collected from the neighborhood. In actuality, there is no funding formula at all – Pennsylvania is one of three states without one, according to the Education Law Center. School funding is left up to the discretion of the Pennsylvania state government on a yearly basis, leaving schools in the dark without an ability to plan for the future. Both Lapp and Garner agreed that a fair-funding formula needs to be established for public schools in order to ensure a quality education. “School districts that are adding students that are increasing the [overall] number of students are getting screwed because they’re not getting funded adequately, while [neighborhood schools that are] losing stu-

throughout the year, and an easier process of enrolling students to be accepted to charter schools that are rumored to be full. The charter school application process, the lesser amount of special education students and the ability to put a cap on classroom size, all provide charter schools with a distinct advantage. They left public schools a disaster in the process, most with overcrowded classrooms, more special education and lower income students, while working on a thin budget. Shanee Garner, educational policy codirector for Public Citizens for Children and Youth, further discussed the problems that occur when trying to compare schools with different student bases. “It’s not really fair to compare the performance of a charter school that has 15 percent special education and 60 percent low income [students] to a school that has 30 percent special education and 100 percent low income kids,” she said. But closing all charter schools and sending all of Philadelphia’s school children to public schools to better their numbers is not the answer either. Without adequate funding, this would only exacerbate the

dents ... are being overfunded.” Lapp said. “There’s not any rational method for the way we fund.” “People say that money doesn’t matter.” Garner said. “But across the road in Lower Merion, folks spend two-times the amount on kids. If this is something that the schools can deal with, then I wonder why Lower Merion isn’t paying $12,000 per kid, why they’re [paying] over $30,000 [per child]?” With public schools already being unfairly compared to charter schools, an underfunded school district is spelling disaster for Philadelphia as a whole. Many parents move out of Philadelphia to provide their children with a better education in the suburbs, according to phillymag.com. Should things not improve, this would hurt Philadelphia’s overall-tax base and population growth, and can turn back the clock on Philadelphia to a time when cities were not desirable places to live. As people who chose to spend our lives here, we cannot afford to let this happen.

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Paying tribute to the musical mentors of our youth The story of a student’s 12-year journey with piano lessons.



By Avery Maehrer in the book was called, “Two Black Cats.” Ms. Bev played it first, and then it was my turn. “Ready? Go,” she said, clapping along. My small fingers pressed down on the keys, and we had begun – it was the first of hundreds of songs I would play in that room throughout the rest of my youth. I don’t think I spoke a word to Ms. Bev that first lesson, and not much changed in that regard during the initial years that followed. I was shy, nervous and insecure about my musical abilities. But somewhere along the way, between learning “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” I came out of my shell. Wednesdays with Ms. Bev became the highlight of my week. Our annual recitals, where all of the students would come together to showcase a song or two of their choice, became the highlight of my year. I didn’t become a musical phenom because of my dozen years of lessons, but I never stopped loving the piano. I had fun with it – often trying to impress people by how I could play songs like “Entry of the Gladiators” at lightning speed or how I knew “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” so well that I could play it with my eyes closed. And Wednesdays with Ms. Bev became as much therapy sessions as they were piano lessons. We talked about politics. We talked about our pets. We talked about school, movies, sports and vacations. We talked about our lives. She was a second mother to me, during a childhood in which I was already lucky enough to have one. The piano itself became one of my greatest sources of comfort in life. During sad days, like the one when our golden retriever passed away, and the good ones, such as Christmas Eves spent with my grandparents, playing the piano felt incredibly cathartic and relaxing to me. Students shuffled in and out of Ms. Bev’s classroom throughout the years, but we never strayed. She was eventually forced out of her original piano store after management decided to stop offering lessons. She soon found a new, more welcoming home close by – and we followed her there. After all, the new location had a piano, and “that’s all we really need,” she would say. Today marks the 16th anniversa-

ry of my first piano lesson. Ms. Bev continues to teach a sizable group of students, including my younger sister. She’ll sometimes bring up retirement, but I’m not sure she’ll ever close the book on her lessons. If you sit outside the door of her classroom for even just a couple minutes, you’ll see how much fun she has doing it. In a conversation we had a few months after my lessons ended, I asked her what the hardest part of her job was. She said it was watching students, like me, graduate and leave after she grew to know them so well. During my final lesson, held a few weeks before I left home for college, there was no agenda. It was just us, playing a few of our favorites. I brought my first book, with the “Two Black Cats” song. I brought my Billy Joel songbook. I brought my Simon and Garfunkel book. I brought the sheet music from movies like “Indiana Jones” and “Harry Potter.” I wanted to play them all, but we only had time for a few. Before I knew it, my half-hour was up. “I want to play this one last song,” I said, opening one of the books to “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” as the clock ticked past my allotted time – we almost always went over, and this day was no different. She gave a hearty laugh. “Ready? Go.” I kept my eyes open this time, fighting back tears. The classroom was different than the one my lessons had started in 12 years prior – a little bigger, a little older, a little stuffier – but it felt the same. Just me, the piano and Ms. Bev. *



y classmates were gone, and I panicked. I was 4 years old, alone and confused in the long hallway of The Swain School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I had returned from the bathroom to find an empty classroom – we had a substitute teacher that day, who had clearly forgotten about my whereabouts before leading my peers to another location in the building. Not knowing what to do, I began wandering throughout the school looking for my classmates. I aimlessly walked farther and farther up the hall, eventually reaching areas of the school I rarely – if ever – ventured into. At some point, I stopped walking. As tears began to form in my eyes – surely, I must have thought, I would be lost in this place forever – a woman merged into my line of sight. “Are you lost, sweetie?” she asked. I looked up to see Ms. Bev – the school's beloved music teacher. In my innocent pre-school eyes, though, she might as well have been Julie Andrews. My tears stopped. Ms. Bev took my hand and led me down to the cafeteria, reuniting me with my classmates and the forgetful substitute teacher. I didn’t spend much longer at Swain – even today, my parents sometimes bring up how enrolling me in the private school for my pre-Kindergarten years was a financial mistake. But they would do it all again in a heartbeat because, without having been there, we may never have known of Ms. Bev – and my 12-year journey with her and the piano would have been over before it began. My first piano lesson was a few years later, at a music store located near the Lehigh Valley Mall. I remember waiting on an ordinary maroon-colored chair, my feet swinging over the carpet as they were not low enough to reach it. Ms. Bev eventually walked out to greet me and my parents, who had decided to sign me up for lessons with her after my cousin had done so about a year prior. We walked into her classroom, which was about the size of a large closet – it was just her, me and a piano. She pulled out a red book that had “Primer A” in its title. We went over a few of the basics, like posture and hand positions. The first song

How a performer’s talent served as a source of inspiration for his grandson. By Andrew Parent

never could figure out how to work this thing. I lost the pick some time ago, but it wouldn’t have mattered – I hardly know how to tune it, let alone play it. But, every time I’ve pulled out my little ukulele in recent years, my memory swirls with each uneducated flick of the strings. My grandfather gave me this ukulele on the day that he was finally going to teach me how to play. I remember waiting by the window for his brand new 2003 Ford Focus to roll up on my street. It was a gray, dreary autumn day, but I didn’t care. Not that day. Once he got there, sat me down, pulled out his music and settled in, it was only then that he remembered that he was in the presence of a left-hander. He said he didn’t know how to teach to a left-handed player, can you believe that? I was disappointed – not just because it was a hiccup in my childhood dream of being a musician some day – but because I had heard his stories. I wanted to learn from the coolest person I knew, and the one person I personally knew who had actually performed on the radio. Sure, it was on a Philadelphia-based show called Children’s Hour sponsored by the now-defunct food services company, Horn and Hardart. But still, it was neat, and I didn’t know the difference back then. None of us did. To me, and his 12 other grandchildren, he was affectionately known as “Grandpop.” He was the grandfather that every kid wanted to have. He was especially kind, always knew what to say or do to get his grandkids to laugh and, of course, he always let me get whatever I wanted from the ice-cream aisle. And the dude could sing. Man, could he sing, with a voice that a man in his 80s simply shouldn’t possess. When he was 4 years old, he played in an amateur group with his brother and father up until, as he put it, his voice “broke” upon entering teenhood. It was a kind way of telling his wide-eyed third grader of a grandkid that he could no longer hit his high notes when puberty hit him. Prior to that, though, he sang and performed in various theaters in places like Philadelphia and nearby Delaware County to help support his family through the Great Depression. His stories about it always fascinated me, and my interest in music blossomed because of them. Not many people know about big band artist Cab Calloway these days, but I do. Some time after my grandfather died in 2010, my uncle told me that they had shared the stage. His career as an entertainer on radio and in theaters, like many childhood dreams and activities, didn’t last. He still performed in groups and with friends during adulthood, however, up until his time as a grandfather of countless little rascals like myself. But even as long as I can remember him, he could still sing. I don’t think he liked his voice, particularly when he sang, as he got older. He never wanted to join a church choir, because he didn’t consider himself good enough. But, he had a fan in me. Even if it was something as simple as “Happy Birthday,” the most popular song in the world that doesn’t have a key, he made it sound good. Christmas was my favorite time of year as a kid, not only for the gifts and my family’s old Christmas tradition of serving a healthy dose of Monkey Bread, but because I would sing “Jingle Bells” with him each time it came around. He was my harmonizing buddy. It’s hard to believe, still, that five Christmases have passed since we last spent the holiday together. But, I still have that ukulele he gave me on that fateful gray, autumn day. I still have no clue how to play the damn thing, but that’s OK. *


Commentary | Race relations

Race project spurs important conversations Starbucks took commendable efforts to start conversations about race equality with a new program, “Race Together.”


any recent incidents have made race arguably the most polarizing issue in America, and Starbucks, a somewhat surprising advocate, re-

sponded. According to US News & World Reports, race relations and opinions on potential solutions vary between whites and blacks. The study indicated that white people have a more optimistic view of race relations and generally don’t feel government intervention is needed, while black people who were surveyed have seen less progress in recent years. The Huffington Post reported on an internal meeting SHARRON SCOTT with Starbucks employees held three months ago that stirred a powerful discussion on race and prompted the company’s CEO, Howard Schultz, to officially extend the invitation to join the conversation to customers across the country. On March 17, 2015, Starbucks launched a new campaign called “Race Together.” The campaign aimed to tackle the polarizing topic through a series of steps built to stimulate action and encourage customers to engage in conversations on race with Starbucks

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baristas via coffee cups labeled with the campaign. In a company video, Schultz informs baristas, “If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to race and racial inequality. ... In view of how serious the problem is, we are asking ourselves what can we do to create the conversation in a voluntary way. This is not about our stock price. Companies have a deeper responsibility to the people they serve.” The social media backlash from Starbucks’ Race Together campaign was rampant. Many felt that Starbucks is not the place to discuss race. Some complained that when they go to Starbucks, they go to get a cup of coffee, not to talk about race. On the contrary, others like Jordan Diamond, a senior earth and space science major who frequents the TUCC Starbucks store saw the issue differently. He was initially confused about how the program would be implemented and was cautious about the best way to approach the issue. “I saw that several people I know on Twitter and Facebook posted about positive experiences they had with [Race Together],” he said. “I feel as though attacking and addressing race issues in a way that is inviting, constructive and conducive to meaningful dialogue is the best way to approach it … on a national scale starting with a place like Starbucks may be the best way to do it rather than going through media outlets and avenues which are often perturbed by bias. Person to person dialogue would be the best way to address race issues.”

Will Nelson, manager of the TUCC Starbucks explained that the employees were given literature about how to start a conversation about race with customers. “It was a source of comedy at first,” Nelson said. “People didn’t really take it seriously because folks were like, ‘I got five minutes to get to my train, I don’t have time to talk about anything, let alone race.’ I don’t think Starbucks is the right forum and everybody agreed that is was probably the wrong place to talk about race.” Nelson said that people were perceptive of the company’s efforts, but trying to start a serious conversation when people were constantly on the go wasn’t the right platform. Starbucks would be better served if they had initiated the Race Together campaign not through the baristas but in a dedicated area of Starbucks and at a specific time. We need a dedicated space and time to discuss race. Although Starbucks ditched its Race Together campaign only a week after its controversial start, in a public letter dated March 22, Schultz wrote, “This phase of the effort – writing “Race Together” (or placing stickers) on cups, which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer term conversation – will be completed as originally planned today, March 22 ... But this initiative is far from over.” He added that Starbucks will continue Race Together activities in the weeks and months to come, but in different ways – more open forums, three more special segments on USA TODAY, open dialogue with police and community leaders, a continued focus on jobs and education for


our nation’s young people and a commitment to hire 10,000 opportunity youth over the next three years. Starbucks clearly recognized that the cash register was not the best place to have a race relations conversation, but it is also clear that the corporation is determined to move forward with race relations dialogue in a variety of formats. We should give credit where credit is due. Kudos to Schultz for having the guts to address what’s not just the elephant in the room, but the nation. We need more companies like Starbucks to step up to the race relations discourse and more citizens to encourage and engage in race related conversations. But once again the question becomes, “Where can Americans comfortably discuss race?” I agree with Diamonds’ assertion that race should be discussed in an inviting and conducive environment. Each of us must ask the question, “What am I doing to advance the conversation about race in America?” It’s not a simple solution for a white person to be nicer to a black person, or vice-versa. As a nation, we cannot be afraid to talk about race. To do this, we must remember, echo and implement the words of President Obama in his 2004 Democratic National Convention address, “There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America—there’s the United States of America.” *






On March 26, City Council passed a bill to double Philadelphia’s Green Roof Tax Credit, according to a press release from Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. The bill, which was proposed by Brown, will increase the current tax credit for green roofs – which can increase the lifetime of roofs by 100-200 percent – from 25-50 percent, with a cap of $100,000. “Green roofs bring a sizable value to the property owner and the city,” Brown said in the release. “They control stormwater, help curtail flooding, grow fresh fruits and vegetables, pump clean air back into the atmosphere and save property owners money by extending the life of the roof. Philadelphia is one of 12 cities to currently offer such an incentive for businesses which install green roofs/ stormwater management systems. Brown’s bill will go into effect July 1. -Steve Bohnel ADVERTISEMENT

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A 23-story residential and office building is set to be built in Chinatown, the Inquirer reported Saturday. Anthony Rodham, the brother of Hillary Clinton, has marketed the project to foreign investors, who fund similar types of construction known as EB-5 projects, which use money from these investors. These projects have gained popularity nationwide because they provide cheap money for public-works projects and private real estate developments. One of the projects that used this type of funding model is Temple Univer-


Temple’s architecture building has a green roof, though Brown’s bill would not affect it.

sity Health System. The current Chinatown building is headed by developer Ahsan M. Nasratullah and the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Inquirer reported. Nasratullah founded the organization which provided the funds, Global City Regional Center, in 2013, and is the chief executive of Teres Holdings, a real estate development firm located on Kelly Drive. Teres Holdings has built several properties in the city, including the stores on Liacouras Walk at Temple and the Distrito Restaurant near the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Construction will begin later this year, said Joseph Hoeffel, a political science professor at Temple involved with the development. -Steve Bohnel


The Community College of Philadelphia will offer free tuition to more than 400 area students, the Inquirer reported Sunday. The program will be available to all

seniors graduating from a Philadelphia high school this spring that also have low-enough family incomes that qualify them for Pell Grants, and meet other specific requirements. “There are far too many students who, even with financial aid, are unable to meet the gap that exists between the financial aid they get and what final tuition would be,” CCP President Donald Generals told the Inquirer. By its third year, officials estimate the program will allow more than 800 students to attend CCP free of tuition costs. Named the “50th Anniversary Scholars,” Generals told the Inquirer that he hopes more people attend CCP because of it. In order to stay on the program, Gregory Murphy – CCP’s vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation – told the Inquirer that students will have three years to complete their degree, and must retain a 2.5 GPA at the end of each academic year. To be considered, students must file their FAFSA by June 1. -Steve Bohnel

Developer remembers education Ori Feibush has been controversial in Point Breeze. CHRISTIAN MATOZZO The Temple News

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The slogans back when Ori Feibush applied to Temple were different from what they are now. Several advertisements concluded that “You could have gone anywhere, but you chose Temple.” But for Feibush, the Point Breeze developer who is seeking to upset Councilman Kenyatta Johnson for the 2nd district seat on City Council, the college application process went a little bit differently. “Temple chose me,” Feibush, the Montgomery County-raised son of two chemists, said in an interview at his office Friday. “I applied for 13 colleges and Temple was the only one that accepted me.” The owner of OCF Realty has made headlines for developing properties in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood, while simultaneously brashly criticizing Philadelphia’s political class, particularly Johnson. Christopher Sawyer, who runs real-estate blog Philadelinquency and is cited by local media in stories on neighborhood development, called Feibush in a 2013 blog post “the sole reason that Point Breeze has started to turn around from among the worst Philadelphia neighborhoods to the hottest.” Sawyer declined to be interviewed for this article. During his time at Temple, Feibush was vice president of community affairs at studentprofessional organization Gamma Iota Sigma, where he organized community improvements events. “The opportunities where you’re … cleaning up vacant lots, setting up block cleanups. That’s what my roles were even at Temple,” Feibush said. “I’ve always wanted to improve the communities in


Ori Feibush, a Temple alumnus, is running in the Democratic primary for the 2nd councilmanic district.

which I’ve lived in … I’ve just been blessed to do that on a larger scale now.” He graduated summa cum laude from the Fox School of Business in 2006, triplemajoring in risk management, economics and actuarial science. Feibush called his time at Temple a “phenomenal experience.” Michael Leeds, an economics professor who taught Feibush during his time at Temple, said he “was a serious student, but he didn’t take himself overly seriously.” “I remember his sense of humor,” Leeds said in an email. Feibush believes that Temple students would be better served becoming interested in local rather than national politics. “No one understands how relevant [city elections are] for the big decisions,” he said. “Getting involved … in Philadelphia is infinitely more important than voting for the President of the United States.” Feibush repeated his oftspoken assertion that city council’s poor policy decisions have “created a tale of two cities” in Philadelphia. He last repeated that during a debate with Johnson hosted by Philadelphia Magazine late last month. He’s accused the council of stubbornness over zoning and unwillingness to sell city-

owned property, among other claims directed mostly toward his opponent Johnson. The two first butted heads in 2010, Johnson’s first year in office, and two years after the developer had bought and developed a property bought in a sheriff’s sale into the OCF Coffee House at 20th and Federal streets. He was eventually sent a letter which argued that the city had sold him the property in error, he said. “I [had] to litigate for the next two years for the right to keep a building I already paid for and renovated,” he said. Then, there was the overgrown, trash-strewn lot across the street, which he attempted to buy several times before eventually cleaning up himself. The ensuing scandal after the city sent him a letter claiming he was not allowed to do that was called “Lotgate,” and garnered national attention. He is now suing Johnson, claiming that the councilman unethically used his power of “councilmanic prerogative,” which gives councilmembers some degree of control over sheriff’s sales in their districts. Feibush alleges that Johnson used this power to deny selling him the lot. Johnson has denied the allegations on multiple occasions. Feibush has no short-

age of criticisms for Philadelphia’s elected officials. In one tirade, he claimed that serving as councilman is the only job Johnson “may be qualified to do.” In his current lawsuit against Johnson, the federal complaint filed by Feibush goes so far as to allege “some developers supported [by Johnson] are felons.” Mayor Michael Nutter has called Feibush “some little jerk with a big checkbook.” Feibush however, doesn’t see his desire to build in the Point Breeze community as anything to get riled up about. “I think everyone that lives in every neighborhood wants to fix up their community,” Feibush said. “It’s why people get civically engaged. I just happened to apply that [passion] to one specific building at 20th and Federal and that started to grow my interest … in fixing up the community I was a part of.” Feibush claims the stories of his dealings with city government are reflective of bigger city government problems. “The fact that those stories end up on the front page … says so much less about me and so much more about our city,” Feibush said. “If our city functioned properly, you would never, ever have heard of me.” * christian.matozzo@temple.edu



Professor Jonathan Latko’s Marketing for Sustainable Enterprise class teaches students how to market and manage sustainable businesses. PAGE 17

A Temple alumna and her friend are fundraising for a fresh, healthy, sustainable food truck, “Happy Hippy,” which will feature pop-up yoga. PAGE 16




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Members of The Temple Youth Harp Ensemble performed at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, located at 615 N Broad St., in 2013.

Youth take the stage to master the strings

Youth Harp Ensemble presents young musicians with a sense of community.



here’s a joke among musicians, Mark Huxsoll says, that Americans would be hard pressed to find a respected doctor who didn’t learn how to play an instrument at some point. That’s why Huxsoll, the director of Temple Music Prep at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, thinks the programs it offers are particularly important to the Philadelphia community – the various organizations like Youth Chamber Orchestra and Philadelphia

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String Project allow the city’s youth to academically and creatively flourish in collegiate-level spaces. The Youth Harp Ensemble, one such organization through Temple Music Prep, presents a highly specialized opportunity for young musicians to grow. Youth Harp Ensemble, part of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, was formed in 2008 within Temple Music Prep by its conductor, Kimberly Rowe, and acclaimed harpist Elizabeth Hainen of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rowe previously conducted a harp ensemble comprised of only her own students, but said she wanted to open the opportunity to more students in the area. Cur-



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Ensemble creates scholarship in memory of its co-founder The Philmore Ensemble, created in 2004 by Temple graduates, is fundraising for a scholarship. CHELSEA HAMILTON The Temple News


On April 1, hundreds of male students marched to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

Men don heels for a cause Through Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, students attempt to raise awareness of sexual violence. COLTON SHAW The Temple News Late last Wednesday morning, members of the football team and men in Army uniforms were seen walking on Main Campus in red heels. In its fourth year at Temple, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a national organization, brought

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together various campus groups to collectively raise attention to sexual violence and gender violence. Kevin Donley, the peer health education graduate extern with the Wellness Resource Center, is one of the sponsors of the walk. Donley, whose predecessor brought the event to Temple a few years ago, was one of the chief event planners present at the event. In 2001, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes grew into an international organization. Temple has been a participating university and walk host since 2012.


After losing one of its founders to cancer in August 2014, The Philmore Ensemble began planning a memorial scholarship in his honor for Temple music students. Amanda Heckman, co-founder of the music ensemble started by Temple graduates, said she fondly remembers the first time she met Large, when they shared an office during their first week of graduate school. “We were both teaching assistants, and I found out he played guitar,” said Heckman, who has played flute since fourth grade. “We sat down in the office and started playing our instruments and realized we really liked playing together – that’s what really started it.” After receiving her master’s degree in music performance and music history in 2006, Heckman moved to Baltimore, while Large was still actively playing guitar in Philadelphia. “At that point we both just said, ‘Let’s make this an ensemble and play together more, there’s so much great music we can find,’” Heckman said.


The duo decided to morph the names of where they lived, using “phil” from Philadelphia and “more” from Baltimore to create the name “Philmore Ensemble.” “We were actively playing until Duane passed away,” Heckman said. “We did have a gig in the fall, and we’re all grieving, because it’s hard to play without him.” “He was the life force of the group – he was an extrovert and knew so many people, knew how to make contacts, and it’s such a big hole without him,” she added. The rest of the group has decided to continue to play in Large’s honor.

the life force of “Hethewasgroup ... ” Amanda Heckman | co-founder

“We’re sort of re-grouping, and we do enjoy the combination of what’s left with the flute, violin and cello,” Heckman said. The group plans to play in a tribute concert for Large in late May, which will double as a benefit concert to raise money for the group’s scholarship. After Large’s death, his Facebook page





Student comes close to hosting ‘Kardashians’ preshow A sophomore took second place in a contest to host his own show. JANE BABIAN The Temple News Luke Frey, a media studies and production sophomore, won second place in a contest that would have potentially given him the opportunity to host his own digital show that would air before episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Frey submitted a video into a national contest after seeing a tweet by E! Online. Contestants had to respond to questions about their favorite Kardashians and why they felt they would be the show’s best host. After submitting the video, the Temple Talk co-host said he brushed it off and forgot about it because he didn’t think he’d make the cut. After searching “high and low for the biggest Kardashian fan,” Frey was named a Top 4 finalist in E! Online’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians contest. Frey said he immediately “freaked out” and called his roommate and longtime friend, Nakiya Shamshudin. On March 15, Frey’s video, along with the other three finalists, was published for fans to view and vote for their favorite contestant. Shamshudin was initially excited and happy for her best friend,

but her biggest concern for Frey was that he might have to move to Los Angeles mid-semester to film the weekly show. Nonetheless, she was supportive because she “knew this was one of his dreams.” Frey was the only male selected among the final four contestants. During the two days of voting, Frey said he felt all over the place. “I was constantly checking my phone to see where I’m at, how I’m doing [in the contest],” Frey said. The two roommates said they spent hours promoting the contest to friends through different social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. Shamshudin was even able to

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even more. I’m happy my school supported me in what I was doing. Luke Frey | sophomore

reach out to her and Frey’s hometown newspaper, The Shippensburg News-Chronicle. The newspaper featured an advertisement for Frey. Not only did his family, friends and acquaintances encourage his dreams by voting, but the School of

Media and Communication sent out multiple tweets with the voting link attached. “Seeing [Temple] help out and share it helped even more,” Frey said. “I’m happy my school supported me in what I was doing.” When it came down to the final hours of voting, Frey and Shamshudin were determined to get as many last-minute votes as possible. “The last hours were basically tied,” Frey said. “It was very tense.” Another contestant, Dana Robie, quickly became Frey’s toughest competitor. Although Frey and Robie were way ahead of the other contestants, Frey said, they were still running a tight race against each other toward the end of the voting process. Around 8 p.m., an hour before the voting deadline, Frey said he checked the standings and saw a one-percent difference. Ultimately, Frey fell to Robie by a small percentage, he said, although exact numbers or percentages weren’t released to the public or contestants. Frey said he was devastated, but he still watched a part of Robie’s first episode. He said he will try again next year if the contest is held. “I am only a sophomore, and I’m not perfect,” Frey said. “I will have a few more years of practice until I’m on a national level.” * jane.babian@temple.edu


Sophomore Luke Frey won second place in a competition to host the new “Kardashian Countdown Live” show on E!

A collective effort to pioneer a student marketplace Habitat is a studentlaunched app that allows students to buy and sell goods.

ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor After trying to buy a pair of sneakers on Craigslist to resell on eBay, senior Andrew Nekkache decided there had to be a better way for people in college communities to buy, sell and trade. He reached out to a friend to share his idea for a place dedicated to student consumers and entrepreneurs that was fun and easy to use. “I thought it would make more sense for there to be a student marketplace that just looked good, looked clean, and it was only for students, so you’d know that there would be trust with that,” the economics major said. “And it would be designed for locals, so it would be only you and your campus.” With help from friends, like seniors Brandon Bahr and Mike Paszkiewicz, Nekkache created Habitat, an app that allows ADVERTISEMENT


Brandon Bahr (left), Andrew Nekkache and Mike Paszkiewicz – all Habitat developers – stand near the Bell Tower during a day-long student start-up exhibition on April 2.

students to sell anything from textbooks to clothes, which officially launched April 2. Nekkache said he hopes Habitat will also serve as a platform for entrepreneurship. “There are all these great ventures, and they all have great products, but [students] don’t have a platform to sell their

goods and services,” Nekkache said. “With Habitat, we’re not only building a platform, but we’re building the audience too.” To start selling or buying a product, students can sign up using their Temple email addresses and, similar to eBay, students can enter information

about their products for others to buy or submit requests to buyers expressing interest. Once a seller accepts the request, the two parties are connected through a private chat, which allows them to meet and exchange the good or service. The payment process in-

volves a “rating service,” which helps reduce the incentive for people to try to undermine each other, Nekkache said. The credit card information of the user is stored so that after the exchange, the customer can rate their experience and provide payment virtually. “We all have the same problem where we go on this Facebook group, ‘Temple free for sale,’ and there’s 2,700 students that are on this Facebook group, and it’s completely ineffective,” Nekkache said. “You have to be like Sherlock Holmes trying to figure out and investigate and see if it’s a good deal or not.” Unlike Facebook, Habitat was designed specifically for commerce, Paszkiewicz said, in an effort to make the process more simple and safe. Though the app is in its early stages, Nekkache plans to launch similar versions at other campuses across the Greater ADVERTISEMENT

Philadelphia area. “We’re starting here – starting at the campus that we know best,” he said. “And then we’re trying to expand on a campusby-campus basis.” Nekkache said he aims to get the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and West Chester University involved with the app, so they will each eventually expand to have their own “habitats,” he said. “[Habitat is] going to allow students to meet students from UPenn that they would have never met without Habitat,” Nekkache said. “I think a lot of people use Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, but rather than bringing people together they actually tear people apart because people are staring at their phones,” he added. “We’re starting with commerce, but we’re bringing people together.” * abricke1@temple.edu



As more students are living in nearby off-campus housing, there has been an increase in house show venues in North Philly, fueling DIY culture for students living on Main Campus. PAGE 10

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NEW BOUNDARIES Alumna and R&B artist BriaMarie aims to sell music with positive messages.



n her first music video in 2011, hip-hop and rhythm and blues artist BriaMarie Moss-Wilkerson, known as BriaMarie, danced in the hallways of Temple’s Barton Hall. In these scenes, each movement, down to the flick of her wrist, falls in-synch with the other dancers. “Bria kept us in line,” said senior kinesiology major Sedequa Simmonds, a member of Temple dance group By Any Means Necessary, who was featured in the video. “The dance team, we like to play around a lot, but not on that video. Bria made sure we were together.” This video and a demo landed BriaMarie, 22, an interview with Grammy-winning producer Carvin Haggins, and the alumna became the first artist to sign to his newer MARGO REED TTN


BriaMarie, a Temple graduate and musician, sells and signs posters and albums after her performance at the “Pretty in the City” fashion show on March 28 at The Enterprise Center on 46th and Market streets.

Proving to have ‘GameChops’

Record label GameChops has been putting out professionally produced video game remixes since 2012. KARA MILSTEIN TTN

DJ Steve Ferrell uses a variety of music genres during his sets.


DJ Steve Ferrell plays a set on a Wednesday night at Sarah’s Place, located on 1216 N. 29th St.


Sam Heimer has been a bartender at the venue since it opened.

In Brewerytown, DJs play a ‘nameless genre’

Sarah’s Place hosts local DJs that reflect the history of an aging Philadelphia neighborhood.

PATRICK MCCARTHY The Temple News It’s not uncommon to open the front door of Sarah’s Place and let a smooth jazz melody pour into the streets of an otherwise quiet block. When purchasing the humble Brewerytown bar, Aaron Smith and his colleagues learned that this was a building serving the neighborhood since the 1930s. Baltz Street is named after a family-owned brewery that populated the small block and Young’s Candies had a 100 year run across four generations before closing down in 2006. Both were situated in walking distance from the bar. Smith said he wants to reflect this prominent history at Sarah’s Place. Keeping the “mom and pop” feel was important to keeping the memories of yesteryear alive. “This bar highlighting what Brewerytown has been like for a really long time is huge,” Smith said. “It’s very optimistic to think that any neighborhood can kind of retain that historic feel to it. Eventually people start thinking it’s a cool place to hang out and it’s a very localized feel.”

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The bar is named after its previous owner, Sarah Barlow. When Smith approached her about curating the space, it was a matter of timing. Barlow was ready to move out of the bar, Smith said. It had run its course. Her identity, however, is that of a permanent resident, both the bar and the neighborhood. “Sarah was Sarah. This was her place,” Smith said. “She is an amazing human being who just had enough

The undefinable might be “better than trying to throw some sort of label on us. ” Aaron Smith | Sarah’s Place owner

of owning a bar so we bought the place and we were excited to get it. We really didn’t know what direction we wanted to go with it.” Smith and his partners were all born and raised in Center City. They said they stay active in the community, mentoring kids and coaching baseball – they feel connected to the heritage. Wanting familiarity not only keeps the customers,


ALBERT HONG Assistant A&E Editor The creation of a record label exclusively for video game remixes, GameChops, was, as its founder Chris Davidson said, a “real no-brainer.” A local Philadelphian, Davidson, also known as Dj CUTMAN, is one of many who creates and performs dance remixes of soundtracks to classic video games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” He said he founded GameChops in 2012, which became a registered business in Pennsylvania in 2014, to “legitimize” video game music. “With GameChops, I had hoped, and I think we achieved, creating these professional video game remixes that people around the gaming industry and music industry are starting to recognize as professional-level music, and I think that’s really awesome,” Davidson said. As a platform for producers on the

label to release high-quality remix albums and singles, GameChops pays a small fee to license original music from game publishers like Nintendo and Sega so that the artists are able to, essentially, make an “electronic cover” by rewriting and re-composing the music. Originally, Davidson had to go through a tedious process of getting licenses, but with partners at Loudr.fm, an online music licensing service that takes care of the small fee, he said it has made things easier. “It’s freed me up ... instead of worrying about licensing and finding out who owns the rights, I’m just able to focus on making great music,” Davidson said. Licensing video game remixes allowed GameChops’ artists to not only make a profit from what they produce, but to also support the game publishers and original composers of the video


Film student creates therapeutic music video Nikko Gary created a film considered “sound therapy.” ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News Sophomore film student Nikko Gary integrates his own song mixes and visuals into music videos as a way for listeners to get lost in their own thoughts. He created an experimental short film “Club Milk,” with a mix of hiphop-inspired beats and psychedelic graphic visuals as a creation of “music therapy” to experiment with the listener’s mind and release one’s thoughts through personal interpretation. Gary used “Club Milk” for an assignment in a video production class


last semester and translated his music mixes and visuals into experimental filmmaking, a type of cinema he described as using abstract techniques to produce the filmmaker’s vision by receiving the audience’s reactions and personal interpretations – a common concept practiced amongst film majors. “It’s about creating a certain amount of visuals, and depending on how you react to them when watching and listening is how you get lost in it,” Gary said. “Club Milk” was featured in the TU Arts Fest held at Tyler School of Art March 22-27 and was shown as a week-long projection on a big screen, looped with another music video he made, “KNGHT PSYLENCE BUMP.” Gary said his idea was created as






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DIY hosts for live music, including The Nest, The Petting Zoo and Mile High House. All of these shows are run and overseen by young adults, usually students in the city. In April 2014, the Temple News reported that university officials estimated 7,000 to 10,000 students were living off-campus. Michael Morrison, a 2013 graduate and former resident of the popular venue Maggot House in North Philly, said that the recent increased desire to live off-campus has inspired Temple students interested in underground punk culture to create spaces for bands to perform. With age-restrictive venues, a demand for cheap live music and a surge in DIY musicians, this historic “house show” culture has gained increased popularity among students.


According to an article from BBC News in 2002, the Philadelphia underground DIY music scene is rich with history, dating back to the social movements of the 1960s. This movement is part of the punk subculture, which condemns consumerism and finds ways to produce records or book tours without an emphasis on profit. Today’s punk musicians define DIY differently by utilizing emerging technology to make records, and using social media to promote music. Pi Lambda Phi fraternity house at the University of Pennsylvania is an example of a venue with a rich history – for example, it’s 37th annual music festival will be held on Saturday. This niche genre of music is not exclusive to one principle, venue or type of performer. In terms of venues, there is a lack of all-ages spaces in Philadelphia, which takes away a large population of concertgoers: college students who are not of legal drinking age. Darren Walters, an associate professor of the Music Industry program at Drexel University and co-founder of independent record label Jade Tree, said there are negative aspects to this new trend. “The fact that technology allows for bands to record an album in their house and then share that online is incredible,” Walters said in an email. “Yet, I caution my students that perhaps playing shows and building an audience prior

I feel like all of these “bands feed off each other

and [it] builds into one big thing instead of a bunch of bands separately making music. I guess that’s what a scene is, a bunch of bands working off each other. Josh Lesser | The Petting Zoo host

to doing so is a more prudent way of increasing their value in the marketplace, especially when there are increased options in both this local scene and globally.” DIY has been hyper-localized in the city – from Michael Jordan (House) in West Philly to The Petting Zoo in North Philly. As more college-age students start hosting, attending and playing house shows, this trend could continue to grow.


When Russell Conwell founded Temple, Main Campus stretched from Broad and Berks streets to Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue, university historian James Hilty said.


Bryan Nowell, the lead singer of Blue Smiley, opened for a show on March 28 with Mumblr, Marietta and Fake Boyfriend.

“It was a place that was convenient [for] mass transportation and initially when it started, it attracted the children of the working families that lived around Temple at that time,” Hilty said. Over time, Temple transformed to fit its ever-growing population. Temple began constructing more residence halls in the late 1990s to accommodate an increase in prospective students looking to live on campus. This kick-started a shift from a predominantly commuter population to more students looking to be residents. “The development of a real residential campus is a fairly recent phenomenon,” Hilty said. Along with Temple, both Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania have become residential campuses with a large DIY culture. Josh Lieb, a junior music industry major at Drexel, has been heavily involved in the West Philly music scene. Lieb plays in the band Plainview and hosts shows at his basement venue in West Philly, the Mantua Yacht Club. Lieb said Philly is one of the only scenes that sets a specific admission price, usually $3$5, depending on the space. Other cities often have a donation jar at the door, Lieb added. “People aren’t always as charitable as you think they are in the donation jar and I think that sort of screws touring bands,” Lieb said. Ben Johnson, Marietta bassist, said when he books shows at the Michael Jordan (House) in West Philadelphia, he makes sure there is a touring band on the bill. If not, he said the show should be free. Mumblr, a DIY group known for its energetic performances, is heavily involved in house show culture. The group will leave for a threeweek East Coast tour on April 9, where it will play mostly house shows. Drummer Scott Stitzer of the band said the DIY scene exists because of Philadelphia’s treatment toward artists in larger, for-profit venues. “[You’re] charging $10 to go to a whatever bar venue, where you’re also going to charge those people $3 to $4 [for alcohol] and not pay any bands,” bassist Sean Reilly said. The lack of all-ages venues in Philadelphia is a major contributor to the increase in DIY spaces. “That’s the card the DIY scene has right now that trumps anything anyone with money can have,” said Ian Amidon, Mumblr guitarist. “Can you have an all-ages show? If you can’t,


Lavender Town is littered with trash the day after the Mumblr, Marietta, Fake Boyfriend and Blue Smiley show on March 28.

we have 500 people that can go to our show that cannot go to your show.” Whether it’s through musical collaborations or running benefit shows like the Mile High House often does, musicians seem to openly work together to foster the local culture of shows. “Your friendships are really what makes a difference in the scene,” said Abi Reimold, a Temple alumna who’s performed both in a band and as a solo artist in the area. Josh Lesser, a sophomore media studies and production major, who books shows and lives at The Petting Zoo. Lesser sings and plays guitar in an indie rock band, Horsecops. He said there is a “Philly sound” that frequents the DIY scene. “I feel like all of these bands feed off each other and [it] builds into one big thing instead of a bunch of bands separately making music,” Lesser said. “I guess that’s what a scene is, a bunch of bands working off each other.”


The legacy of venues like the recentlyclosed Golden Tea House and the 2013 defunct Maggot House have inspired newer DIY spaces to fill the void left by students who moved out of the area after graduating. Brian Walker, who performs under the moniker A Day Without Love, created the Philadelphia DIY Collaborative Facebook page a yearand-a-half ago in order to bring local musicians and artists together. “If I could create this collaborative forum site, more musicians could be aware of who they are, where they are and help network with each other,” Walker said. “Business owners could even help each other out.” Golden Tea House was a popular space in the West Philly community for three consecutive years. The venue was revered for its professionalism, location and ability to draw national touring acts. The venue, which shut its doors in February, was a non-traditional DIY venue. Bands that played on its bill performed in the living room while fans packed and pushed into the kitchen. Michael Morrison of Maggot House quickly noticed the amount of growth in off-campus housing and construction in the neighborhood when he moved into an on-campus dorm in 2009. Morrison said that when Temple was still


Danny D’Vertola, resident of Lavender Town, observes the debris and trash in the basement of his house the morning after a show.

mostly a commuter-based university in the 1990s, West Philly was the clear spot for attending punk shows. Temple’s transition to a place where students move off-campus early in their college careers has led to an increase in house venues and bands looking for places to perform. “There was a respect to it,” Stitzer said. “It was in a perfect place. It was just close enough to the college that no one felt scared and just far enough away that no one gave a f--- what they were doing there. That’s the perfect house show.” In 2012, Reimold was a regular at acoustic shows at Maggot House. When the venue shut down in Spring 2013, she and her then-boyfriend who lived at the Maggot House, began booking shows at the Church of the Advocate. “They were still DIY shows, but we really learned the lesson of why punk shows happen in the home,” Reimold said. “It’s because we had to try get people to come to the show, then we had to pay the venue $70 to have somebody representing them to babysit us there and then you can’t pay the bands.” Lavender Town has the potential to be an influential spot for shows like Golden Tea House was in West Philly, Reimold said. When Danny D’Vertola, a resident of Lavender Town, was looking for a place to live in Philadelphia, he said a house with a spacious basement was one of his biggest priorities. D’Vertola knew he wanted to throw house shows when he moved in and needed the necessary architecture to match his vision. D’Vertola, a senior history major, and his roommate, Drexel senior material sciences and engineering major Kevin McLaughlin, were inspired to start their own house venue by Yarga’s Basement – a DIY venue at University of Pennsylvania’s Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. “Danny [D’Vertola] is not only our closest friend, but he is one of the people who is going to end up being a major player in proliferating the scene because he’s picking up where Golden Tea House left off,” said Nick Morrison, guitarist and vocalist for Mumblr. * artsandentertainment@temple-news.com *Editor’s note: Abi Reimold previously served as an editor at The Temple News. She played no role in the editing process of this article.


Residents of Lavender Town draw Ghastly, a Pokémon character, on attendees hands when they admit people to their shows.




Nikko Gary is a sophomore film student that made a music video called “Club Milk,” which he describes as music therapy.

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a fictional TV program inspired by Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. “Adult Swim had these 30 second blocks of music playing with images and I found that very interesting and thought, ‘What if I created my own fake program?’” Gary said. “I wanted to make a big mix of music that people could just get lost to, get lost in their own thoughts, go to someplace and call it therapy,” he added. The disclaimer of the video reads, “For the best experience, please insert headphones and watch in a dark environment.” Gary said the music is heard best with headphones to enhance the bass and sound quality, and “catch everything you want to hear” while watching the visuals. The video’s introduction music is a mellow hiphop beat he sampled, slowed down and dubbed with a

voiceover that translates the opening narration into Japanese dialogue. Gary said he got the idea from hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, and its album “Midnight Marauders,” where the group also created a fictional program and fake narrator. He combined those ideas with his fascination and interest in Japanese culture to come up with the video’s introduction narration describing how its purpose serves as a visual aid to the listeners. “I’ve always been a fan of random anime shows that have serious music direction and I’m really interested in Japan,” Gary said. “I actually applied to study abroad in Tokyo next spring semester.” “I guess I just always want to take things that have been big influences in my life and incorporate them in the video somehow,” he added. Gary reached out to producers to use their music beats for his mixes in “Club Milk” and collaborated with Marc Jacobs, a senior marketing major who makes

beats as a hobby and DJs at local bars and house parties for fun. Jacobs started making his own beats in high school and got into the DJ scene when he came to Temple in 2011. His collaboration with Gary also became a new idea for him to view music as a type of therapy. “Music in general has a way to portray feeling you can’t speak and can only do by listening to, and the music I make kind of gives off thoughts and feelings that I just can’t really put into words,” Jacobs said. “It’s a stress reliever.” Jacobs said his beats and mixes are inspired mostly by hip-hop, classic rock, electronic, house and a lot of underground music rather than mainstream. “The hip-hop group, The Cool Kids, was a huge influence that really got me into it because they had crazy, weird types of beats,” Jacobs said. “I don’t really like mainstream rap too much like the stuff you hear on the radio.”

“I just try to craft my own sound,” he added. Jacobs has created a good amount of beats and mixes over the past few years. He uses programs and music samples to create drum tracks as the basis of his beats, then adds different sounds with keyboards, beat pads, turntables and more. “People shouldn’t be afraid to try new things with music out here,” Jacobs said. “It’s good to come up with your own style or flavor by making a whole new sound or genre even.” Jacobs said his collaboration with Gary for “Club Milk” and the music therapy concept was like creating a whole new style of music. “I remember when Nikko and I were making it, he said to me, ‘Dang, I’ve never even heard anything like this, I think we just made like a new genre of music,’” Jacobs said. “I’ll remember that.” * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu


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The Districts, hailing from Lititz, Pennsylvania, took the stage for the sold-out Free at Noon concert hosted by 88.5 WXPN at World Cafe Live on April 3.

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but it also attracts the entertainment. Philadelphia native and Saturday night DJ Philip Curtis Cofield, known as Blaak the 9th Man, personally connected with this familiarity when he approached the bar. Spinning vinyl since he was 9 years old, Cofield said he takes his audience on a “vinyl excursion,” instead of playing the same rotation of songs that populate the radio everyday. He wants his music to reflect the vibe of the bar he describes as “soul vibrations and good libations.” “I can’t think of a word for the scene here and that’s crazy to me. But I just can’t,” Cofield said. “Philly is fickle. They don’t want quality DJs anymore. They want cheap, and that’s exactly what they get.” Prior to the renovation, the second floor used to be Barlow’s bedroom. Now, Smith wants to open up the space for talented musicians. He pulled up the purple shag carpet but left a lot of the vintage designs including clashing two-toned tiles and a mix-match of dated tables and fold-up chairs. He wants to host artists that com-

plement the organic vibe of the bar. This opened the door to all genres including punk, reggae and neo-soul jazz – as long as they were talented, they would have a spot, Smith said. “On some level you can’t even describe what’s going on here,” Smith said. “Not just at Sarah’s Place, but in Brewerytown in general. There’s a really cool vibe of meeting other people and just being in the neighborhood. The undefinable might be better than trying to throw some sort of label on us.” Resident Sunday DJ Skeme Richards, who preferred not to use his real name, said he fell in love with this nameless genre. Growing up in Philadelphia, his idea of going to the club means shaking the hands of everyone – from the bouncer to the manager. DJ Skeme Richards said he believes going to hear live music in the neighborhood should feel like going home, not just blending into the crowd. “It’s a neighborhood place,” he said. “It’s been a bar since it opened. It has history being here. The venue and the history of the neighborhood is reflected in the music. … It’s kind of like carrying on tradition.” Smith said Barlow wanted to make sure the people felt comfortable; she knew they would be coming back for


DJ Steve Ferrell spins a variety of vinyl when he performs at Sarah’s Place, located at 29th and Girard streets.

the next 30 to 40 years. “There’s so many scenes going on here,” Smith said. “I think that was the dream of Sarah’s.”

“Development is a very funny thing,” he added. “You can try to impose what you want to do and see what happens. But this place has a lot of

character and a lot of characters. It’s really what keeps it going.” * patrick.mccarthy@temple.edu




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The “Fictitious Pleasures” exhibition at the Cerulean Arts gallery and studio on 1355 Ridge Ave. began this month. The display features two artists, Alex Kanevsky and Bill Scott, who both work with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Center City. A native of Russia with a degree in mathematics, Kanevsky moved to Philadelphia in 1983 and after working as an illustrator for Yellow Pages and a psychiatric nursing magazine, he began attending PAFA and slowly transitioned into working as a full-time artist. Scott’s work, a combination of contemporary paintings and prints, has been recognized by publications like the New York Times. The exhibit will remain at Cerulean Arts until April 25. -Angela Gervasi



BriaMarie, Temple graduate and musician, performs at the “Pretty in the City” fashion show on March 28 at The Enterprise Center on Market Street.

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BRIAMARIE project, Ethical Music Entertainment, in December 2011. Her debut album, “Freshman,” is scheduled for release in June. BriaMarie said she “stalked” Haggins. She reached out to him on Twitter and Facebook and sent him the music video she filmed on Main Campus, where she used the halls and classrooms of Barton Hall as a space to dance, as well as the green screen at the Tech Center. “When I saw her video, I thought that she was definitely talented,” Haggins said. BriaMarie said she remembers always having drive and motivation to go after what she wanted. At 8 years old, she begged her father to allow her to sing a song at a party hosted by his Motown cover band, The Groove-Spot Band. A young BriaMarie dithered between singing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” and Aaliyah’s “Come Over.” “I chose Mariah Carey,” Bria-

Marie said, promising her father that she’d remember all of the lyrics. By age 14, BriaMarie began singing backup vocals for Groove Spot. Once she got to Temple, she decided to start producing her own music. BriaMarie majored in media studies and production with a business concentration with a minor in music and graduated from Temple in May 2014. “It was a just great community to learn and grow and experience,” BriaMarie said. “I fell in love with hip-hop when I came to Temple, being exposed to different types of music and art.” But her infatuation with hiphop led BriaMarie to some conflicting views on the messages of some of her favorite songs. “When I first started, it was kind of like this struggle with, ‘Am I the artist that is in a leotard all the time?’” BriaMarie said. “Is singing about bedroom activity all the time?” Haggins helped her deal with these questions once she got to Ethical Music Entertainment, and now,

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GAMECHOPS game music that inspired them. “While money is never the goal of this whole thing, being able to, as adults who are out of school, produce music that generates a little bit of money definitely goes a long way in helping us make more music in the future,” he said. Benjamin Briggs, a full-time game remixer living in Florida, is one of the 14 other artists associated with GameChops. He said it is fortunate to be part of a label that doesn’t change his music, since Davidson doesn’t sign artists under binding contracts. “It doesn’t really change the creative process, it just changes the way I view my music as a marketable product and really thinking about what we can do to reach the most people,” Briggs said. Blake Colello, also known as Pixel8ter, is another Philadelphian part of GameChops. As a chiptune artist, which involves synthesizing electronic music from sound chips of vintage Game Boys and computers, he said he finds game and electronic music special in its adaptability. “I like electronic music; it doesn’t have to have some specific formula or format to it,” Colello said. “The nice thing about video game music is that somehow you can apply it to all those different styles and it can still work if you find the right sound waves, right modulation or right loop from a video game soundtrack.” Davidson said he has professional experience in studio sound engi-

BriaMarie credits Haggins and his religious guidance to her growth as a more ethically aware artist. With Ethical Music Entertainment, she started a campaign called “Love Over October,” marking National Bullying Prevention Month. “#LoveOverOctober” on Instagram guided participants with good deeds like, “Leave a nice note on the restaurant check,” and “Send a ‘Thinking of you’ text.” Suicide prevention organization iChoose2live and Haggins’ organization, Rage Against the Ratchet, also partnered with them in the cause for bullying awareness. BriaMarie hosted and performed at a recent fashion show for young women at The Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia. She said she channeled the same ideals that Rage Against the Ratchet holds, one that strays from explicit content in hip-hop and R&B. “We have a lot of attention on the buck-wild and ratchet lifestyle, and this is a way to balance it,” BriaMarie said. BriaMarie channels these same social pressures in her music. Her track “Bye Boy,” served as an

outlet of her anger to a derogatory comment someone made to her at a party. “We put that in the song, and then the song is basically like this response to that man, what I should’ve said, and what I hope other people will say,” BriaMarie said. Haggins described BriaMarie’s work ethic as meticulous. “I think she’s got vocal OCD or something,” Haggins said. “If she doesn’t get it right, she’ll keep doing it.” Her hard work paid off, as her tracks were featured on scenes in two episodes of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.” At the end of the episodes, a photo of the album cover, a picture of BriaMarie herself, was broadcast. “My dad said childhood friends were calling him,” BriaMarie said. “It was really cool because it got to expose the music to a larger audience, and also for a show like ‘Love & Hip Hop’ to support positive music, that was awesome.” * kerriann.raimo@temple.edu

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival as a celebration of Japanese food, art, music and culture. The festival emphasizes the Japanese tradition “ohanami,” which includes parties with entertainment, food and drinks under the blossoming cherry trees in celebration of Spring’s return. Festival events include ikebana flower arranging, demonstrations of martial arts, a silent auction, the Cherry Blossom 5K, sushi-making classes, Dine Out Japan restaurant week, live music, dance performances and more. The festival will run April 6-12 and the main event, Sakura Sunday, will be held on April 12 at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. -Alexa Zizzi


The All-Star Jazz Trio performs frequently at the Chinese cuisine restaurant Square on Square near 19th and Chestnut streets, and the group will continue to perform throughout April on Wednesdays and Fridays. All three of its highly esteemed musicians are based in Philadelphia. Andrew Kahn, the trio’s pianist, wrote and produced “Hot Shot,” in 1978, a song performed by Karen Young that would go on to top the Billboard Charts;. Bassist Bruce Kaminsky teaches musicians at Drexel University and University of the Arts and Bruce Klauber, the drummer of the group, graduated from Temple in 1975 with a degree in communications and theater before delving into jazz performance in places like Atlantic City and Las Vegas. The performances will also be broadcasted on WRTI. -Angela Gervasi


neering and a passion for video games and game music, so he said it was important to produce tracks that could hold up to the growing popularity of game remixes. “For kids, for adults, anyone of any age who plays video games, the music that’s contained in those games, I feel, has a special meaning and that’s why it was so important for me to get this music out in a professional manner, because it’s seriously important to me as a person,” Davidson said. Events like MAGFest, an annual festival where tens of thousands of video game music fans gather, are signs of how popular this kind of music is today. Colello, who will be performing with Davidson live at the April 17 kick-off event for Philly Tech Week, said he believes the scene’s growth is because of its welcoming nature. “It’s a really cool environment to be a part of if you’re genuine about it, and that’s one of the reasons I think it’s been able to grow like that, is because it’s accepting,” Colello said. Grant Kirkhope, the original composer of the classic Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie, praised Briggs on his remix of Kirkhope’s soundtrack on Twitter. Briggs said that just speaks to how memories of playing these games and listening to its music has an impact on people. “That’s why I got into it – I had nostalgia for video game soundtracks and I wanted to pay tribute, I wanted to upgrade them,” Briggs said. “People are nostalgic for these songs and when they hear someone tribute it in a new style, they can appreciate it more than anyone else because they have a nostalgic attachment to that tune.”

Clover Market, a seasonal open-air vintage bazaar, will return this month to Chestnut Hill and Bryn Mawr. The outdoor market offers goods from more than 100 high-end vendors with antiques, collectibles, handmade clothing, jewelry, home goods and other vintage items. The event also features food trucks and vendors like Bonjour Creperie, Foolish Waffles, Say Cheese Philadelphia and more. The market will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on April 12 in Chestnut Hill, and April 26, May 17 and June 7 in Bryn Mawr. -Alexa Zizzi


For five more days, Eastern State Penitentiary’s third annual “Pop-Up Museum” will continue to be on display until April 12. The 2015 theme is escapes, so the exhibit features some of the Penitentiary’s historic memorabilia that are usually stored in the archives, ranging from inmate-written magazines to shanks. The “Pop-Up Museum” is included with a $14 general admission, or $10 with a student ID. -Albert Hong

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@CBSPhilly tweeted on April 2 that five Temple students are organizing a 4-on-4 basketball tournament in memory of Officer Robert Wilson III who was killed last month. The students thought of the idea after a project in professor Crystal Harold’s “Honors: The Leadership Experience” course, which requires students to host an event that benefits a cause. The tournament is being held at Pearson Hall on April 17 from 6-9 p.m.

@phillydotcom tweeted on April 2 that Philadium Tavern, a sports bar located on 1631 Packer Ave., was shut down on March 31 because of unpaid taxes. According to philly.com, the Department of Revenue said the bar owes nearly $19,000 in taxes, penalty and interest, starting in 2011.

@StreetsDept tweeted on April 1 that Philadelphiabased street artist Kid Hazo turned a part of the “Paint Torch” statue at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, into an emoticon for an April Fools’ Day prank. Meant to be a dollop of paint at the base of the 51foot paintbrush sculpture, the paint was turned into a smiling emoticon by Kid Hazo.

@phillymag tweeted on April 2 that John Legend’s nonprofit, the Show Me Campaign, is raising money to have the singer perform at a wedding. Until April 16, funds can be donated to enter the competition. All of the proceeds will go toward the auditorium of Ohio’s South High School, Legend’s alma mater.






The Temple News, Temple University’s award-winning student newspaper, is looking for an editor in chief for the 2015-16 academic year. Candidates must be enrolled, matriculated Temple students who, if chosen as editor, will be registered for at least nine hours of undergraduate course work or five hours of graduate work during their entire term of office. A good candidate should demonstrate strong leadership ability and proven managerial skills with prior media experience. A candidate's experience in the business, editorial and design aspects of newspaper publishing will be a factor in the selection of the editor. Contact Student Media Program Director John Di Carlo at john.dicarlo@temple.edu to obtain an application. Candidates should submit a completed copy of the proposal packet, two letters of recommendation, a current resume and a number of writing samples to the Office of Student Media in Room 304 of the Howard Gittis Student Center. Candidates will be interviewed and selected by the Temple University Publications Board. Applications are due Friday, April 17.

Templar, Temple University’s award-winning yearbook, is looking for its editor for the 2015-16 academic year. Candidates must be enrolled, matriculated Temple students who, if chosen as editor, will be registered for at least nine hours of course work during their entire term of office. A good candidate should demonstrate leadership ability and proven managerial skills, with prior media experience. A candidate’s experience in the business, editorial and design aspects of yearbook publishing will be a factor in the selection of the editor. Candidates should submit a completed copy of a proposal packet, two letters of recommendation, a current resume and a number of layout, design and writing samples to John Di Carlo, Student Media Program Director, in Room 304 of the Howard Gittis Student Center. Please send an email to john.dicarlo@temple.edu to obtain a proposal packet. Candidates will be interviewed and selected by the Temple University Publications Board. Applications are due Friday, April 17.





Food truck to increase fresh food availability Alumna Nicole Beddow and Justine Carmine plan to start a healthy food truck, called Happy Hippy. JANE BABIAN The Temple News Nicole Beddow and Justine Carmine quit their full-time jobs to start a food truck business. The truck, which will be called Happy Hippy and claim a spot on Main Campus, is aiming to provide quick, healthy and affordable food for Temple students and the surrounding community. The duo is hoping to open the truck in August. Beddow, a Temple alumna, brainstormed the idea a year after she graduated and invited Carmine to join her in creating the Happy Hippy brand. She said she wanted to provide current students and Temple’s community with fresh grab-and-go foods. Carmine said she was excited to join Beddow’s efforts. “I was sitting behind a desk all day,” Carmine said. “I wasn’t active. It

Beddow and Carmine are currently fundraising to purchase a truck. Steven Costa, an economics and risk management major at Temple and Beddow’s boyfriend, started investigating the business aspects of operating a food truck. Costa ventured to different food trucks in the area to see what their revenues were like and conducted brief surveys about people’s interest in having a vegan food truck on Main Campus. He said he performed a cash flow

proforma, a method that predicts how much cash Beddow and Carmine will be able to generate at some point. Costa predicted that Carmine and Beddow will need $20,000 to start the Happy Hippy business, which they have begun fundraising for through Indiegogo. Once they purchase a truck, the duo hopes to get a permit to park it near Temple’s athletic fields on Main Campus. The Happy Hippy truck will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The

menu will feature items like fresh juice and smoothies, salads and vegetarian burgers, and occasionally offer pop-up outdoor yoga events. The owners of Happy Hippy aim to be affordable and sustainable. They’re expecting no items to cost more than $6 and don’t want any ingredients to go to waste. “If we make a fresh juice, we want to use every part of the fruit, so we’ll use the fresh pulp for a muffin,” Carmine said.

They also plan to use eco-friendly packaging and have compost bins on site, they said. Their end goal is to be powered by solar panels. “In order to go after your dreams, you need the energy from fresh food,” Beddow said. “It is alarming that there is not enough diversity in the food we eat.” * jane.babian@temple.edu

If we make a fresh “juice, we want to use every part of the fruit, so we’ll use the fresh pulp for a muffin.

Justine Carmine | co-owner

wasn’t fulfilling for me.” The pair bought a food truck handbook and formed a legal company. One of the toughest parts of the process, they said, was picking a name for their brand. They eventually decided on Happy Hippy, because it’s “something catchy,” Carmine said. ADVERTISEMENT


Nicole Beddow (left) and Justine Carmine assume yoga positions near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. ‘Happy Hippy’ will offer pop-up yoga classes to customers.






Professor Jonathan Latko listens to a presentation by student Theresa Smurkowski in his Marketing for Sustainable Enterprise class on April 2.


In sustainability course, students become entrepreneurs Students lead several green organizations in Marketing for Sustainable Enterprise. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News Jonathan Latko teaches Marketing for Sustainable Enterprise, a course that not only gives students real-life experience but helps to grow sustainable organizations and businesses on Main Campus. The class is designed to teach students how to manage and market a sustainable business. Latko bases his teachings around the idea of experiential learning – a type of learning that revolves around intellectual and creative engagement and the opportunity to participate in and reflect on hands-on experiences. Students in the class are separated into groups and assigned to sustainable organizations. This year, the organizations are the Rad Dish co-op, located in Ritter Hall, Hand-Me-Gown, a graduation gown recycling program and RecycleMania. The Rad Dish Co-Op, Temple’s vegan and organic eatery, is not only operated by students on the front-end, but students from marketing for sustainable enterprise are also helping Rad Dish grow. Latko’s students examine ideas like the triple bottom line, or

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turned into a tribute page and a way for loved ones to keep his memory alive. “Duane’s sister posted on the tribute group asking if anyone would be interested in starting a memorial scholarship for Duane’s legacy,” Heckman said. “Emily Loscalzo, a close friend of Duane’s, offered to do it, and she approached Temple about creating one for the school.” Loscalzo is a psychologist at Thomas Jefferson University. Loscalzo met Large nearly 15 years ago when they were both teaching music at a summer camp in Montgomery County. After Large’s death, Powers approached Loscalzo about creating a scholarship. They reached out to Tara Webb Duey, the director of development for the arts at Temple, who informed them that they would need to raise $50,000 for the scholarship on their own. Upon hearing this, Loscalzo and Powers began planning a benefit concert for May 30. The concert will be held at the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and will include music by the Philmore Ensemble. The duo plans to continue holding fundraisers until they reach their goal and have enough money to start the scholarship. “Because of at Duane’s history at Temple, his relationship with Philmore members, who are also Temple graduates, and the university’s outstanding music program, Temple became the obvious choice to start a scholarship fund,” Loscalzo said. “I felt very powerless during his illness and after his passing, and I wanted to do something active that would perpetuate his memory,” Loscalzo added. “Once we get the scholarship up and running, it will be a source of funding that Temple will always have available to aid a student in need that demonstrates Duane’s passion and skill for musical endeavors.” * chelsey.hamilton@temple.edu

the effect of the decisions a business makes on people, profit and the environment. “Businesses, in core definition, should be sustainable – meaning produce profits to be able to invest in the future, hire employees and keep going forward,” Latko said. Latko teaches students that sustainability does more than keep the earth healthy – it keeps a business moving forward. “We’re really looking at, ‘How do we keep a company going within its environment and with its people that it can continue on into infinity?’ If that’s even possible,” Latko said.

Business, in core definition, “should be sustainable. ” Jonathan Latko | professor

In Hand-Me-Gown, students recycle used graduation gowns and offer them to graduating students for free. Theresa Smurkowski, a senior marketing major, is currently enrolled in Latko’s course and is working to promote Hand-Me-Gown. “We’re focusing on two different initiatives, and one is collecting gowns before the semester is over ... and we’re focusing on how to get people graduating to give back their gowns,” Smurkowski said. Hand-Me-Gown will operate three donation bins on Main Campus on August 8, when many graduation ceremonies will take place. Those who choose to donate their graduation gowns will receive 15 percent-off coupons to the Barnes & Noble on Main Campus. “What’s really great about that is you can give up your gown ... that you can’t really wear again, and with the coupon you can go ADVERTISEMENT

buy a sweatshirt that reminds you of your time at Temple, but you can actively wear it.” RecycleMania is operated largely out of the Fox School of Business. Students ran paper drives by encouraging and helping professors in Alter Hall to empty unnecessary folders with large amounts of paper that can be recycled. RecycleMania is also a competition between universities that encourages schools to keep track of and report how much its students and faculty are recycling over an eight-week period. Latko said he believes working with Rad Dish is a “really awesome challenge” and a great opportunity for his students. Students working with the Rad Dish Co-Op attempt to drive more students to Rad Dish’s social media pages, which currently have a low following, Latko said. The group hopes that if more students are aware of the co-op, more memberships will be purchased. The group has a specific target market to help maximize Rad Dish’s membership, a $25 purchase that allows the member to vote in all of the organization’s decisions. Latko said the membership is similar to being a shareholder in Rad Dish. “We specifically want business students, because their current members all have similar majors, and having business-minded people on board will bring diversity to their membership pool,” said Kelsey Silvagni, a senior marketing major and member of the group encouraging a greater social media presence. One of the largest challenges Latko said the class presents is its size. Though he is glad to see enrollment increasing, the large class size makes it hard for him to efficiently manage projects students work on, he said. “I’m here to let you know that there are other ideas and facts out there, and you should be introduced to them if you are going to go out and work in this world,” Latko said. * vince.bellino@temple.edu Claire Sasko contributed reporting.




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rently, there are nine students in the ensemble between ages 12 and 18. The students commute to the Center City campus on select Saturdays every semester to practice together. Allison Janney and Ruth Boyajian, two high school seniors in the Harp Ensemble, were Rowe’s private students before she suggested they join the group. Both students called the ensemble formative to their musical interests and academic goals. The group united them with similarly driven young harpists, they said. “Unlike a violin student, I can’t find five or six other [harpists] in my town,” 18-year-old Janney, an Allentown, Pennsylvania resident, said. The Harp Ensemble gave her a sense of community. Now, Janney is considering Temple’s Boyer College a top choice for her intended harp performance major. Seventeen-year-old Boyajian, who lives in New Jersey, hopes to study music and business, and continue playing in a harp ensemble – she’s considering studying at Vanderbilt University. When she visited the campus, a member of the Vanderbilt harpist group was a former Harp Ensemble member.

“Even if you don’t notice it at the time, people will connect through [the Harp Ensemble], just through going through the same program,” Boyajian said of the harpist community she’s found. The dedication students show, Huxsoll said, is unparalleled. Along with a price of $595, the instrument itself presents additional burdens. “The students who participate all have access to a harp, [and obtaining one] is often quite a drain on the family,” Huxsoll said. “We see a number of families where, if their

learning in a more social environment – with competitive drive. “Philadelphia, historically, is a big arts town,” Huxsoll said. “We are in a unique position in that we are the only program that’s based at the Boyer College of Music and Dance and based at Temple University. That can matter and be a difference over any of the other organizations that integrate with the community. Our community music scholars are studying in the same rooms that a doctoral student or any other degree candidate studies.”

... People will connect through [the “Harp Ensemble], just through going through the same program. ” Ruth Boyajian | student

student does harp, that’s it. The needs are not so much to come to school and play it, but to have daily, consistent access to it to have time to practice.” This consistent practice is often individual out of necessity, Huxsoll added. Typically, a symphony orchestra will have only one harpist – many of the musicians are accustomed to practicing alone. The Harp Ensemble gives young players a chance to approach their musical

The connection with university instructors and professional players is a great advantage to students, program leaders said, something the students “wouldn’t have outside the Temple program,” Rowe said. Rowe is not only a professor at Boyer, but also the editor of Harp Column Magazine. Hainen, Huxsoll said, is “big stuff – she’s like if you were doing a hip-hop concert and Jay-Z was there, you would come.”

Students can participate in studio courses that Hainen teaches independently as well, giving them the opportunity to participate in additional high-level learning. “In terms of development, what’s exciting to see is when someone joins the group at a younger age with no experience, and then becomes stronger and starts to play out and become a real contributor,” Rowe said in an email. “It’s really rewarding to watch that progression, and I guess I would say that’s what I’m most proud of.” And it’s not only playing the harp that students develop a great aptitude for – there are a number of practical skills both Huxsoll and Rowe said are intrinsic to music education. “We’ve had several very talented students go on to pursue music at major schools and conservatories around the country,” Rowe said. “But not everyone wants to do that of course, and the ensemble still provides essential skills applicable to any career path. We’ve all heard stories about how music education helps foster important life skills, such as time management, goal setting, confidence, etc., and the harp ensemble is just one example of seeing that in action.” * erin.edinger-turoff@temple.edu T @erinJustineET

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Two-hundred-and-fifty people were registered at the outset of the event, and more signed up throughout the day. This year, the walk featured 185 more participants than last year. “This is a really powerful event because it's an all-male event,” Donley said. “A lot of people from Greek life and the football team have partnered with us, and its really great to see them showing their support because they're traditionally, stereotypically associated with sexual violence and assault, so I'm glad that there's a lot of men coming out to show their support and walking in heels.” The walk started at the Founder’s Garden, and moved through Main Campus, past the Student Center, the Tech Center, the Bell Tower and Annenberg Hall before its homestretch down

Liacouras Walk. Jullian Taylor, a sophomore defensive end on the football team, participated in the event last year. Taylor said the event provides a chance for the young men to spread awareness of women’s rights. “I feel like it’s good to switch roles with the females and see how it’s like to be harassed and looked upon in the streets,” Taylor said. “And we can experience what they go through.” Teresa Walston was at the event to represent the organization Women Organized Against Rape, for which she is the director of education. “There are a lot of great guys out here, and so when you do have incidents, it really kind of gives a negative exposure to all men,” Walston said. “So I think it’s great when men who are characterized as masculine, aggressive ... that they get involved and raise consciousness – it says, ‘We are about safety for our women.’” The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance,

the Wellness Resource Center, Tuttleman Counseling Services and Campus Safety Services were among the other sponsors. The walk was prefaced with several speeches. Among the most notable speakers were football coach Matt Rhule and Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback! – a nonprofit movement to end street harassment. “I think it's awesome because we’re not going to be able to end sexual violence without men being out here, and it's so awesome to see men out here sporting their heels and showing their solidarity,” May said. “I think everyone knows that being a woman in this world is more complicated than strapping on some heels, but to even start to have these conversations and get at these issues shows a lot, and so it’s an incredible thing to see folks out here,” she added.


Author and historian Claude Johnson will speak in the President’s Conference Suite at 1810 Liacouras Walk on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Johnson is the founder and executive director of the Black Fives Foundation. The public charity works to research, preserve, exhibit and promote the pre-1950 history of African Americans in basketball, before the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. “Black Fives” refers to the all-black basketball teams in the United States. Johnson copyrighted the term when he wrote his first book “Black Fives: The Alpha Physical Culture Club.” Johnson’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of History. The event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


Egyptian artist Ganzeer and American artist and activist Josh MacPhee will lead a public conversation, “Art in/of the Street,” tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Based in Brooklyn, Ganzeer has worked with both graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. He was ranked among “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art” in the Huffington Post, and Art in America Magazine has referred to his work as “new realism.” MacPhee is the founder of Inherent Archives and a member of the Justseeds Collective. Both Ganzeer and MacPhee will discuss their work and the role of art in social activism in the CHAT Lounge on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall. The event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


For Earth Hour on March 28, the lights of the Eiffel Tower dimmed as millions went “powerless” to unite for climate action. In honor of Earth Hour, Temple will host its own event, “Temple Unplugged: Turn Off and Turn Up from North to South” from 7-8 p.m. tomorrow night. The acoustic Open Mic night will feature art, food, live music and performances. This year, the university will hold the event in two different locations at the same time to cater to students on both the north and south sides of Main Campus. Students can stop by either the Morgan Pavilion or the courtyard between Johnson and Hardwick and Peabody halls. Students interested in performing can reach out to the Office of Sustainability. The event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


* colton.shaw@temple.edu

Award-winning educator and community ambassador Yumy Odom will lead the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection exhibit on Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. The discussion will feature a PowerPoint that discusses the genre of modern sci-fi, superhero tales, comic books and graphic novels. Starting with the first documented Hero to the most contemporary examples of neo-mythology, the exhibit will explore collective and iconic heroic moments. The exhibit is free and open to all in the Charles L. Blockson Collection in Room 7 at 1330 Polett Walk. -Jessica Smith



The 12th annual college Relay For Life of Temple University starts at 6 p.m. on Friday in McGonigle Hall. Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to celebrate the survivors, remember those lost to cancer and to fight back against the disease. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, the organized, overnight community fundraiser walk involves teams of people walking in turns. There will be food, games and activities available, including the Survivors Lap, which allows all cancer survivors in attendance to take the first lap of the evening. The walk will continue until 3 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers must register online at www.relayforlife.org/patemple. -Jessica Smith

High heels were sized appropriately and supplied to hundreds of male students for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event held on April 1.


“How did you spend your holiday weekend?” ALEXA BRICKER & PAIGE GROSS TTN

“I went home for the weekend, and I saw my St. Bernard dog and my little sister, who is 5 [years old].”



“I went to my friend’s [house], and they gave us Easter baskets. It was pretty cool.”

“I spent it with my family, and my brother’s new girlfriend came, so that was interesting – I really liked her. ”









Janneh, McCluskey secure gold medals


On the final day of the Colonial Relays, junior Jamila Janneh took first place in triple jump with a 11.75-meter distance while the 4x200-meter relay team also took first. The relay team, comprised of sophomores Jimmia McCluskey and Bionca St. Fleur and juniors Courtney Mitchell and Demeshia Davis recorded a time of 1 minute, 40.30 seconds in the win. McCluskey also took gold in the long jump with a 5.80-meter mark. Janneh,currently holds the school record in the triple jump with a 12.41-meter jump during last season’s ECAC Championships. Other finishers included graduate-student Nicole Cummings, who earned a third-place medal in the long jump with a 5.57-meter mark. Cummings also snagged a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.48 seconds. Senior Jenna Dubrow took sixth in the 3,000-meter run with a 10 minute, 11.02 second time. The team will resume competition next weekend at the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia. -EJ Smith


Temple senior guard Will Cummings tallied a game-high five assists in the 2015 Reese’s All-Star Game last Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Cummings’ East team lost to the West, 109-87, Cummings played a game-high 21 minutes and chipped in four points and a steal. Cummings’ career in a Temple uniform may be over, but he has more basketball in his future as he gears up to compete at the Portsmouth Invitational. The PIT – a 63-year-old tournament comprised of 64 college basketball seniors participating in a four-day, 12-game tournament – starts Wednesday. The PIT has hosted notable NBA players including the Chicago Bulls’ allstar guard Jimmy Butler, who won the PIT Most Valuable Player in 2011. Cummings could potentially face off against Louisiana Tech guard Kenneth Smith for the third time this season, as the twotime All Conference-USA First Teamer is set to participate after a season in which he averaged 7.4 assists per game. -EJ Smith

overtime. The Owls defeated Marist College, The University of Pennsylvania, Middle Tennesse State University and North Carolina State University on their way to the deepest postseason run under coach Tonya Cardoza. Following a slow start to the tournament, Williams averaged 16 ppg in the Owls’ final three games after averaging eight ppg in the previous two. For the season, the Fort Washington, Maryland native averaged 11 ppg on 35 percent shooting from the floor. Williams finishes her career as the program record holder for 3-pointers, 171, and free-throw percentage, 81.6 percent (230-282). Williams’ 1,075 career points rank her 17th on Temple’s career scoring list while her 397 career assists place her fifth on the all-time assists list. -Michael Guise




Senior guard and women’s basketball team captain Tyonna Williams was named to the 2015 All-Women’s National Invitation Tournament team after a strong performance in the Owls’ semifinal run. The lone senior on the Owls was one of six players named to the WNIT roster after averaging 13.2 points and 4.2 assists per game – both team highs – during Temple’s five games in the WNIT. Williams and the Owls (20-17) made it to the semifinals of the tournament before falling to West Virginia University in

COMMUNITY For Easter weekend, the women’s tennis team took a break from its busy schedule to help serve the homeless. The squad visited Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to help serve meals to those in need. Temple’s tennis program has volunteered at the rescue for the past three years. The rescue offers a meal service program of three meals a day and a men’s shelter in Center City. The program also provides a transitional home for women in Germantown. -Dalton Balthaser

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Multi-talented Diamond Gem seeks music career Junior Diamond Gem Fallon O’Neill secured a record deal while dancing for the team. CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Fallon O’Neill didn’t see the moment as an audition, but it ended up landing her a record deal. The junior Diamond Gems dancer said entering Philadelphia’s Fuzztone Records was more about having fun than being signed. “I came to school and met a good friend who was interested in music and interned with Fuzztone records,” O’Neill, an acoustic singer songwriter, said. “She had recording equipment at her place and she was like, ‘Oh my God, you have such a great voice, I want to record you,’ so she pulled out all her equipment. I sang and played a song, and she ended up showing it to her bosses at Fuzztone.” While O’Neill does not have as much time as she would like to put toward her music, she is

taking advantage of the opportunity. “The people I am working with there are really wonderful and when we get a chance to meet, we try to be as productive as possible,” O’Neill said. “We want to get my music out there and see where it takes me.” Although dancing is one of O’Neill’s favorite activities, music offers her a different set of opportunities. One particular opportunity led to her performing the National Anthem with her guitar in hand at the Liacouras Center in 2013. “It was a really big game,” she said. “It is especially nerve-racking to perform in front of your peers. Walking off and having [men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy] say, ‘Great job,’ that was so cool. Not many people get to experience that.” While singing and playing the guitar, O’Neill’s teammates support her through it all. “It was a very unique way of playing the national anthem,” senior and Diamond Gem captain Crystalle Johnson said. “In my four years at the university, I have never seen someone go up there and sing while playing the guitar. I think she put a great spin on such an important song and I enjoy

hearing her sing.” O’Neill’s hard work paid off after she won last year’s Miss Congeniality award, given to a Diamond Gem who shows dedication, no matter how tough an athlete’s schedule is. While balancing music and dancing, O’Neill is majoring in speech-language-hearing sciences

people I am working “The with there are really wonderful. ... We want to get my music out there and see where it takes me. Fallon O’Neill | musician

and minoring in public health. O’Neill said school is one of her top priorities, which causes her music career to slow down. “It is very difficult to balance,” O’Neill said. “I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to it

as I would like, because of that it has been making the process a lot longer. We have been working on an album for about over a year now and it is still not finished, so it is kind of frustrating.” O’Neill said Diamond Gems don’t enjoy as many perks compared to Division I student-athletes at the university. “A lot of people just think we get on our little sparkly dress and wave our pom poms,” O’Neill said. “Sometimes we are not taken as seriously as other student-athletes when we put in a lot of work.” For now, O’Neill is enjoying her time as a dancer and working toward a career in her major, but said her life can go in a variety of possible directions. “I think everybody’s dream at one point was to be a big pop star or movie star,” O’Neill said. “In my perfect world, if money was not an option, I would totally love to be a full-time musician and make that work. I would love to just dance all the time, play music and do more artistic things.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

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is going on and what goes into it. So I never really appreciated the sport.” Despite the early disdain, Vincent and Vittorio DiPentino are now among the four rowers in the lightweight Varsity 4 boat that opened Temple’s spring season with a victory. The DiPentino brothers, alongside sophomore Dylan McCreavy, freshman Nicholas Olimpo and junior cox-

tures rowers who weigh less than 160 pounds, and the DiPentino brothers row on the opposite ends of Temple’s boat. Vincent DiPentino rows at the bow position, where he is responsible for setting up and balancing the boat, while Vittorio DiPentino strokes the boat at the stern, and is responsible for setting the pace and rhythm. Vincent DiPentino went undefeated in Temple’s Freshman 4 boat in the 2011-12 season, and competed in the team’s lightweight Varsity 4 boat in 2012-13 season. As he was academi-

Certain athletes have chemistry. They “ both have similar styles ... they get along like how brothers get along. ” Gavin White | coach

swain Kati Jordan Funck, surged past premiere rowing teams like the University of Michigan and Fordham at the Murphy Cup Regatta on March 28. After rowing with mixed lineups during the fall, coach Gavin White said the two brothers just clicked. “You could just tell right away the boat was going to be good,” White said. “Just like any other sport, certain athletes have chemistry. They both have similar styles and they are brothers, they get along like how brothers get along and they are seated really well together. They just naturally come together.” The lightweight Varsity 4 boat fea-

cally ineligible to compete last season, assistant coach Brian Perkins said, Vincent DiPentino is once again racing with a Temple squad, and he’s doing it with his brother during a collegiate spring season for the first time. The brothers also competed together for Saint Augustine Preparatory School in South Jersey before donning Temple uniforms. After watching their sister row for Holy Spirit and later for the Temple’s rowing team for her first two years at the university, Vincent dropped swimming and football his junior year at Saint Augustine to take part in its crew team, while Vittorio jumped right into the boat as a freshman.


Brothers and members of the crew team Vittorio and Vincent DiPentino row together during practice last Friday.

“I wanted to do something in high school, so I figured I would try it out,” Vittorio DiPentino said. “I went to the first practice and it was an interesting feeling, so I kept going to them and then I got more interested in it.” “You just grow to love it,” he added. The same rowing spot that the DiPentino brothers grew up disliking became their safe haven in high school, as the team there held practices and coun-

ty championships on Lake Lenape. They were no strangers to the Cooper River, either, where they opened their 2015 spring season at the Murphy Cup Regatta. The brothers each captured state championship victories on the Cooper River with Saint Augustine. After 16 years of attending her children’s rowing races, Sharon DiPentino continues to support her sons by bringing food and drinks to each regatta. Now that they are rowing in the

same boat, Sharon DiPentino said it’s exciting to watch her kids’ continued development on the river. “It keeps them going in the right direction, as a team,” she said. “It always comes to play going out in the workforce, being a team player and respecting each other.” * danielle.nelson@temple.edu


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last year is any indication, it could be a good sign. “[Brown] worked harder than anybody we had in the program last [offseason],” Dunphy said. “I’m hoping he’ll do the same thing this offseason and have a terrific junior season for us. … We will get our underclassmen in the gym and start working a couple hours a week. It doesn’t sound like much but it gives us a good feeling of who is going to step up who is going to be a leader and who is going to start working hard.” Down the stretch of the season, Brown showed flashes of his scoring ability, netting 11 points in two straight games against Bucknell on March 18 and George Washington University on March 22 – both NIT foes. Despite nine doubledigit scoring performances, Brown averaged 6.3 points per game on the season and was held to less than four points in another nine games. Brown said he believes that while he saw similar minutes in both his freshman and sophomore year, his ability has grown substantially due to offseason work. “I feel a whole lot better because of the hard work I put in,” Brown said following the Owls’ 73-67 win against Bucknell on March 18. “I’m not re-



Matthews pulls off ‘biggest win’ of career Junior Brandon Matthews considers one of his recent wins the best of his career. GREG FRANK The Temple News Some have called it the greatest win of his career, including himself. After finishing 10-underpar 206 at Furman Intercollegiate, a three-day event that started on March 27, Matthews acknowledged the magnitude of his victory among a field of 18 schools. What made the performance ignite Matthews with confidence was the way he climbed into contention after an even-par 72 in the first round, in which he shot three strokes over par through the first four holes. The junior found himself in a tie for 20th place among 114 golfers after the first day. “I would say it’s the biggest [win] as far as competition goes in my collegiate career,” Matthews said. “I was really proud with the way I played.” Matthews flew up the leaderboard on the tournament’s second day, shooting a 6-under 66, and sat in third place heading into the final round. On the final day, he shot the lowest score in the round with a 4-un-

der 68, and topped the leaderboard by the end of it all. Matthews edged out Georgia State’s J.J. Grey and Western Carolina’s J.T. Poston in the final round. For coach Brian Quinn, limiting the win as an all-timer for just Matthews is an understatement. “I think that was probably the biggest win in the history of Temple University golf, in my opinion,” Quinn said. Quinn is a Temple alumnus who played four years of golf as an Owl from 1987-90, and is now in his eighth season as Temple coach. Following his win at the Furman Intercollegiate, Matthews reeled off his second straight tournament win in the Met Intercollegiate and led the team to its second win of the 2014-15 season. What stands out to Quinn when it comes to his junior standout is the level of composure and maturity he exhibited at Furman. “He’s played the game long enough to realize it’s a marathon and not a sprint,” Quinn said. “He can gain ground faster than just about anyone.” The consistency of Matthews’ game has made him a leader for the Owls. He noted that as he has matured, he’s become a more efficient golfer. A week before the Furman Inter-


Junior Brandon Matthews won his second invitational of the year the Furman Intercollegiate on March 29.

collegiate, Matthews tied for second at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, the first event of Temple’s spring schedule. In the fall, Matthews placed in the Top 10 in all six of the Owls’ tournaments. His reliability displayed through the early portion of the spring season has Matthews embracing the role of teacher, with many players on the team looking up to him. “I love teaching anyone,” Matthews said, “especially the younger kids on our team. I

love seeing them grow. I think the whole team for the most part feels comfortable coming up to me and asking anything.” Senior Pat Ross said he has noticed the maturity in Matthews’ game, and admires the junior’s ability to stay composed on the golf course and avoid bad situations. “When he hits a bad shot, it’s just so impressive watching him put his golf club in his bag and go to the next shot,” Ross said. “He won’t hit two bad shots in a row.”

Matthews’ mental fortitude is an example of the hard work and confidence that his coach sees in his junior golfer, and Quinn was quick to brush aside any role he had in Matthews’ development. “These kids work incredibly hard and Brandon is the definition of that,” he said. “That is in no way a reflection of anything that I’ve done.” * greg.frank@temple.edu T @G_Frank6

[Brown] “ worked harder than anybody in our program last [offseason]

Fran Dunphy | coach

ally looked to score a lot, but when the ball is in my hands I get a lot kick outs and I gotta be able to knock that shot down. … I just try to go out there and play as hard as I can, when I see an opening I gotta put my head down.” Brown’s role as a sixth man suited him well, judging by the numbers. During Will Cummings’ mid-season absence caused by a lingering left ankle injury, Brown was given starting duties against conference foes Southern Methodist and Cincinnati, the Top 2 teams in the conference. Brown averaged 4.5 ppg and two assists per game in the two costly losses, despite seeing an average of 30 minutes – nine more than his season average. The most troubling number, however, was Brown’s 4.5 turnovers per game when given the keys to running the Owls’ offense – 3.6 more turnovers per game than his season average. Brown’s junior year will be the first time the 6-foot-3 guard will be given the full-time job of running the point guard spot. If he succeeds, the Owls may fall on the right side of the bubble and end a two-year NCAA tournament drought, but if not, another year could slip by without a banner finding its way into the ceiling of the Liacouras Center. * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17


Fran Dunphy (left) and the members of the men’s basketball team watch during the Owls’ 60-57 loss to the University of Miami in the National Invitation Tournament last Tuesday.

DeCosey, Enechionyia to return as vital players Continued from page 22


Garden. Instead, he witnessed Obi Enechionyia’s breakout game in basketball’s most storied building. The freshman forward paced the floor with game-highs of 17 points and five blocks, and also manned the glass with a team-high eight rebounds. All numbers were career highs for the Springfield, Virginia native, and they provided a glimpse of what Enechionyia could bring to the Owls in his sophomore season. “Once I got going, whenever I start getting going, the confidence goes up and everything gets a little easier,” Enechionyia said. “I was trying to keep our team in the game, just doing what I could. Somebody had to step up and I tried to make that me.” Enechionyia stepped up when his team’s typical offensive options struggled to make an impact. Senior guard Jesse Morgan, Temple’s second-most prolific scorer behind

Cummings and the team’s leader from 3-point range, never got it going in his final collegiate game. Junior guard Quenton DeCosey, who netted a season-high 21 points in the Owls’ NIT quarterfinal defeat of Louisi-

It’s time for “ [DeCosey] to step up and become a real leader for us next year.

Fran Dunphy | coach

ana Tech on March 25 at the Liacouras Center, was held to 4-of-10 shooting and nine points. Enechionyia, a potential impact player for next year’s squad, contributed during Temple’s three NIT wins – and last Tuesday night was his night. Before DeCosey’s night against Louisiana Tech, junior guard and Clem-

son transfer Devin Coleman chipped in a season-high 13 points in Temple’s 90-77 second-round defeat of George Washington. As Cummings lit up his home arena in Temple’s first two NIT games, including a 30-point performance in a 73-67 first-round edging of Bucknell, his potential replacement at the point, sophomore guard Josh Brown, added 11 points in his first two career NIT contests. As Temple’s backcourt figures to include DeCosey, Coleman and Brown, alongside potential contributions from redshirt-sophomore Dan Dingle and 2015 recruits Levan “Shawn” Alston and Trey Lowe, coach Fran Dunphy said DeCosey will have to up his game even beyond the 13 points per game he averaged through his final nine games of the season. Someone will need to fill Cummings’ spot as the team’s leader, and the naturally soft-spoken DeCosey is Dunphy’s preliminary choice. “He’s had a good three-year career, and now it’s time for him to step up and become a real leader for us next year. That’ll be his role,” Dunphy said of the Union, New Jersey native. “He’s got the requisite talent to really do some good

things as a college senior.” In a frontcourt that could feature juniors Jaylen Bond, Devontae Watson and incoming freshman Ernest Aflakpui, whose senior season at Archbishop Carroll High School in Delaware County was cut short by a meniscus tear in his right knee, Enechionyia could see an increase in his minutes next season after averaging 5.3 points in 18.7 minutes per game in 2014-15. For Temple’s four-star 2014 recruit, however, the ending to his freshman season had little to do with his individual performance. “It’s something to build off of, having this bad taste from this game, coming back and trying to be more successful next year than we were this year,” Enechionyia said of the loss to Miami. “We had a good season. I’m proud of the seniors, but you always want to do more. I want to do more next season.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204.9537 T @Andrew_Parent23





Rosen’s squad stumbles into conference play The lacrosse team fell in its first two conference games to Big East newcomers. MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News As the games have heightened in importance, the women’s lacrosse team has faltered. During the week leading up to Temple’s Big East Conference opener against Florida on March 28, coach Bonnie Rosen called the Gators “susceptible.” Three days later, it was the Owls who wound up on the wrong side of a 17-3 scoreline in a game that was never close. A week later, in preparation for the Owls’ matchup with Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee on April 4, Rosen said her team’s goal was “to take the Commodores down.” The Owls fell to their first-year Big East foe, 14-8, despite collecting 10 more draw controls and taking more shots. Now, even with its 8-3 record, Temple sits in sixth place in the conference standings, and if the Big East tournament were

to start today, the Owls wouldn’t be a part of it. After an 8-1 start to her team’s season, junior midfielder Megan Tiernan talked about movement on offense being one of the main issues through the last two games. “We tend to think we are moving a lot, but we are not always doing it,” she said. “We need more fast-paced cuts and [movement] on top of the crease. A lot of movement can confuse defenses, which can lead to goals.” Against Florida, Temple scored three times, the fewest it has scored on an opponent this season, and the Owls also tallied less than their season average of 9.91 goals per game against Vanderbilt this past Saturday when they scored eight. Along with movement, a possible explanation for the team’s dip in production could be the lack of offensive output from leading goal scorer and junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan. After scoring 26 goals in Temple’s first nine games – an average of almost three per match – Tiernan has only been able to find the net twice in con-

ference play. “Teams are catching on to what drives I like to do,” she said. “ I have to be able to drive and kick the ball back, and do different things. Florida face guarded me and Vanderbilt hedged early, so I just have to use more of a variety of my offensive skills.” On the defensive side of the field, ground balls and communication have two issues for the team during the two-game losing skid. Temple secured fewer ground balls than its opponents in both the Florida and Vanderbilt games, including 14 less against the Gators. Junior defender Maddie McTigue mentioned communication as a problem after the loss to Florida, and redshirtjunior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik also talked about the lack of communication after Temple fell to the Commodores. Despite the losses, Kakalecik doesn’t think her team has lost the confidence it had early on in the season. “I think we just need to find it again,” Kakalecik said. “We can find it by working hard in practice. We have realized that


Junior attacker Kathryn Skahan handles the ball during the Owls’ 17-3 loss to Florida on March 18.

what we do in practice is what we need to do in games, and I think if we continue to get better in practice, we will start winning again.” Temple’s next game is an away conference contest against Connecticut, and although it’ll mark only the third Big East matchup for the Owls, it could

go a long way in determining Temple’s outlook for postseason play. “This is a huge test for our team,” Rosen said. “This is what it means to be in a competitive conference. We have to be able to weather losing. We need wins to get into the Top 4, but we can’t focus on what the losses

mean. We have to focus on what make us better. We are good enough to just show up and beat people, but we can’t play like that and expect to win.” * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu T @Mattcockayne55

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Sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald drives past North Carolina State junior Carlee Schuhmacher during the Owls’ 80-79 overtime win in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Fitzgerald, Owls look to build upon WNIT Continued from page 22


son, that mission seemed unlikely, if not impossible. The Owls used a late-season run to even their final regular-season record up to 16-16 and grab a WNIT at-large bid. Postseason wins against Marist, the University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State and Middle Tennessee provided a glimpse of what could come next season. Returning all but one player next season in senior guard Tyonna Williams, Temple upped its own expectations for next season after the tournament run. “We know how good of a team we can be,” Martin said. “We know now that we’ve experienced the [WNIT] and postseason. Our goal next year is to make the NCAA [tournament].” Coach Tonya Cardoza said she hopes her team does not get complacent with its success in the WNIT, and is confident it won’t. “We can’t just assume that be-

cause of the run we went on this postseason, [making the NCAA tournament] is going to be guaranteed,” Cardoza said. “The only way that happens is if we all improve.” “I think they all want more,” Cardoza added.“I think that losing against West Virginia and the way that we lost, that left a bitter taste in their mouths.” While Temple’s run in the WNIT showcased its ability to top WNIT competition, the squad did not fare as well against teams currently situated in the NCAA tournament. Compiling a 1-7 record against those who qualified, the Owls lost by double-digits in all but one of their competitions. In losses to Rutgers, Florida State and Tulane, along with two defeats each to South Florida and Connecticut, the average margin of defeat for the Owls in those games was greater than 20 points. Defense is where Temple will look to focus on to beat higher-caliber opponents next season, as the Owls allowed more than 76 points per game against NCAA tournament competition.

“That’s something we can control,” Cardoza said of her team’s defense. “We can control how good we are on the defensive end and how good we are at making sure we box out, so that’s something we will control and will get better at.” The Owls will also have to continuously play good basketball from November to March if they want to find themselves playing in the postseason once again. Consistency was an issue for the team in the 2014-15 campaign, as junior guard Erica Covile said the Owls lost to inferior opponents early on like Fordham and the University of Delaware. Digging another hole for themselves to climb from is not something the team plans on doing. “When the season comes, we know we need to beat the teams we need to beat,” Covile said. Cardoza said her team’s growth in learning how to win will put it in a better position to start off next year’s campaign. “Early on, we didn’t know how to win basketball games,” Cardoza said. “We’d be in games and

couldn’t really find a way to get over the top. I felt like, towards the end of the season, even before the postseason, we learned how to win close games.” Williams’ departure will also need to be addressed if Temple is to ride its WNIT success into an NCAA tournament berth next year. The team will need to find a way to replace not only her 10.8 points per game, but also the leadership role she played for the team. “It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens, who fills that hole in,” Martin said of Williams’ departure. “She leaves a big footprint to fill.” Covile, though, sees herself as someone who could step up as a leader next year. “I don’t think anybody can fill her role,” Covile said. “But somebody will have to step up and be that leader she was, and at least try to portray what she did. I think that leader will be me.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue

This kind of leadership by Williams is what Cardoza attributes the team’s success to this season. Cardoza said that without Williams leading a team of nine active players, which included six underclassmen, the Owls would not have made it to the semifinals of the WNIT. “She had a bunch of young guys and she could have been frustrated, but that was never the case,” Cardoza said. “They followed her lead.” Despite her season ending in a loss, Williams was not overcome with emotion. She said the game was not as emotional as a last-second WNIT victory over North Carolina State University on March 26, or Temple’s 79-69 defeat of East Carolina during senior night on Feb. 28. For Williams, the result against West Virginia was more about being proud in what the team accomplished this season. “It wasn’t anything to hang my head about and it wasn’t anything for [teammates] to hang their heads about,” Williams said. “I want them to hang their heads high. … We should all have a smile on our faces.” After a 16-16 regular season that ended with a WNIT semifinal appearance, Williams described her senior season as “mindblowing,” due to the team’s improbable postseason run. The team began the season 3-7, before rallying to win 20 games and making it to the WNIT – a place, Williams said, that no one expected the Owls to be in early on in the year. “The fact that we started off the season so slow, the way we were playing – I don’t think anyone thought we would have made it as far as we did,” she said. “I don’t think anyone would have thought we would win 20 games this season or make it to the semifinals of the [WNIT].” Individually, Williams finished her career as the program’s all-time career leader in 3-pointers with 171 and an 81.6 free-throw percentage. She also ranks fifth all-time in career assists, with 397, and 17th with 1,075 career points. “With all the ups and downs that this season has brought, all the accomplishments that we were able to achieve, individually and as a team … as a senior, I wouldn’t have wanted this season to end any other way,” Williams said. “I wouldn’t have wanted my career to end any other way or with a better group of girls or coaches.” While the squad returns the rest of its current roster for next season, Cardoza said that replacing Williams will be a tall task in the offseason. “She is someone that plays with so much passion and she is very supportive,” Cardoza said. “She is like a coach on the floor. She is someone that if I had to build a program, I would want to start with someone just like her because she exemplifies what you want in a player, in a leader.” Now, as she looks back on her career, Williams said she thinks she left a positive mark on not only on her team, but the university, as well. “I feel like at the end of the day, when people think of Tyonna Williams, they are going to think she is a true Temple Owl,” Williams said. “That’s all you can really ask for.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise


Junior golfer Brandon Matthews’ win at the Furman Intercollegiate has earned high praises by coach Brian Quinn. PAGE 20

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The lacrosse team started conference play with two consecutive losses to new Big East opponents Florida and Vanderbilt. PAGE 21

The women’s track & field team has top finishers, Will Cummings competes as an all-star, other news and notes. PAGE 19





The men’s basketball team walks off the court at Madison Square Garden after the squad’s 60-57 loss to the University of Miami in the National Invitation Tournament semifinal last Tuesday.

Although the men’s basketball team will lose its leader, many impact players are set to return. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor


iami held Will Cummings in check for much of its National Invitation Tournament semifinal defeat against Temple’s men’s basketball team last Tuesday. His 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the floor may not have been Cummings’ ideal way to cap a Temple career in which he paced the Owls with 14.8 points per game as a senior point guard, and led them all along.

Cummings, of course, was forced to deliver his final postgame comments to the media not after an NIT championship victory, but after defeat in the hosting venue of the tournament’s Final Four. “It’s hard to put that in a couple sentences,” Cummings said of his career. “I would say it’s been a great career. I had a lot of different teammates, a lot of guys I had fun with. Overall, it’s been a great experience. … It’s been a great ride.” After he and his teammates were denied a spot among the NCAA tournament field when selections were announced on March 15, the Owls’ leader from the point position never did hit his goal of lifting the NIT trophy in front of a traveling band of Temple support at Madison Square



Josh Brown faces the tough task of replacing team captain Will Cummings.

ill Cummings stood by himself at Madison Square Garden. The buzzer sounded as the senior guard set the ball down, accepting the Owls’ 60-57 loss to the University of Miami in the semifinal of the National Invitation Tournament, and the bitter end of his Temple career. Cummings and the Owls took on the task of returning a nine-win 2013-14 team back to relevancy in the college basketball postseason. After 23 wins prior to Selection Sunday, learning they EJ SMITH hadn’t done enough shook the

ground of the team’s practice facility in McGonigle Hall, and sent them on a mission to prove the selection committee wrong by way of a NIT championship run. While they came up short, the team’s pursuit of the Liacouras Center’s first banner in more than a decade continues next season on the shoulders of junior guard Quenton DeCosey as a scorer, junior forward Jaylen Bond as a defender and sophomore guard Josh Brown as the point guard responsible for replacing Cummings. As the biggest wildcard in the group, Brown’s offseason progress could be all the difference in how the Newark, New Jersey native fairs, and if


women’s basketball

Cardoza, players look toward future

Williams’ career ends in semifinal

The Owls will return four starters and eight total players next season.

As the team’s lone senior, Tyonna Williams will leave the Owls without a captain.

OWEN MCCUE The Temple News

MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News Tyonna Williams stood on the hardwood of the West Virginia University Coliseum as the final seconds ticked away. Before time expired, Williams gazed over to the Temple bench. Her eyes met coach Tonya Cardoza’s and the two silently understood that Williams’ career was coming to an end in a 66-58 overtime loss to West Virginia in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament semifinals. The team’s lone senior tried everything she could do to will her team to victory. The guard out of Fort Washington, Maryland scored a team-high 15 points, including Temple’s final five points in regulation. She set up freshman Alliya Butts for a

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Senior guard Tyonna Williams inbounds the ball during the women’s basketball team’s 80-79 overtime win against North Carolina State in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

potential game-winning 3-point jump shot with five seconds left in regulation, but it missed. In overtime, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer, her final points as an Owl, with 30 seconds on the clock, cutting the West Virginia lead to 62-58. Her efforts proved fruitless, as the Owls’ season ended one game away from the WNIT Championship. “Those last few seconds, it hits you and reality hits you because you know you don’t have a chance at winning the game,” Wil-

liams said. When Williams made it to the visitor’s locker room, she stood up and addressed the team one final time. She locked eyes with her “sisters” and gave them the “needed words of encouragement” after a game Temple should have won, Williams said. “It was something they needed to hear and I think it was something they were happy to hear,” Williams said.



As the women’s basketball team composed itself after a 66-58 overtime loss to West Virginia in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation tournament last Wednesday, the Owls were able to revel in what their season was. The fact that they had won three times through their first 10 games of the season, eventually grinded its way into the WNIT and secured four wins once they got there meant a lot to them. “I’m proud of where we ended up,” sophomore forward Safiya Martin said. “It’s been a journey from where we came.”

“I feel like we grew as a team,” she added. “We all matured.” That journey started in November. Coming off consecutive losing seasons and a two-year absence from postseason play,

proud “of I’m where we

ended up. It’s been a journey from where we came.

Safiya Martin | sophomore forward

the team made it a mission to get back to playing in late March. After a 3-7 start to the sea-


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