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As Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Philadelphia Saturday morning, Temple’s Catholic church and university officials are planning for the impact of more than 1 million people traveling into the city during the World Meeting of Families.











Pope Francis—the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the most influential world leaders—is coming to Philadelphia. The Holy Father will arrive in Philadelphia Sept. 26 for the World Meeting of Families, a triennial event organized by the Vatican. He’ll celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, and he’ll visit St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood along with Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, a prison in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia But the pontiff’s looming arrival means the city will face road closures, delays in government services, restricted public transportation and block-wide swaths of Center City behind fences and metal detectors. As many as 1.5 million people could arrive to Philly by the time of the visit. Temple, for its part, has elected to cancel all classes scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 and has scheduled a host of events on Main Campus catered to students. “We want to do this because we might be a bit penned in,” President Theobald told The Temple News in an August interview. He will stay on Main Campus this weekend.


Just the coming together of all “ these people ... that’s going to be a rich experience in and of itself.” Father Shaun Mahoney | director of Temple’s Newman Center

This Pope is connected to the “world, and that then connects Philadelphia to the world.” James Hilty | university historian


Sarah Powell | director of emergency management



We want to know we’re taking “ care of the community ... to absorb that impact.”

Craig Green taught both Shazim Uppal and the man who allegedly killed him, Benjamin Rauf.

At Northeast High School’s back-to-school night, employees remembered Agatha Hall.

hen Agatha Hall was in her first day of classes during her senior year at Northeast High School, Shelly Robinson noticed something was off. “I was taking roll, and we have strict uniform rules that she didn’t know about,” Robinson told The Temple News at Northeast High School’s back-to-school night. “Everyone’s supposed to wear a bright white pressed shirts, and she was wearing a red one. I said to her, ‘Of all things, red?’ And she said, ‘I didn’t know! I didn’t know!’” Robinson, who has spent 21 years teaching at Northeast High School, taught Hall in


Professor remembers law grad recently found dead

Late student ‘climbed every mountain’


Police said they found Agatha Hall dead in her apartment early Aug. 31.

her graphic design class during her senior year. Hall—one of the most self-driven students Robinson said she had ever taught— went on to graduate from the school in 2011. “She was extremely bright and self-motivated,” she said. “Everything Agatha did in her life, she did by herself. She climbed every mountain and every hill.” And though Hall came from a refugee camp in Ghana and overcame several life obstacles, she never complained. “When she talked about her life, she didn’t talk about it like, ‘Woe is me,’” Robinson said. “She talked about it matter-of-factly, like, ‘This



Craig Green is still trying to comprehend what he’s seen in the local news the past few weeks. Shazim Uppal, 27, and a recent graduate of Temple’s Beasley School of Law, was found dead in his car Aug. 24 in Hockessin, Delaware. Green, who specializes in teaching Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and Federal Courts at the law school, said he taught Uppal during the summer and was helping him prepare for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bar exams. “I was shocked and saddened about his death,” he said. “And for me, it was sadder personally because I had seen Shaz so recently, so it was really only a matter of weeks since we stopped working together. It’s very hard to accept and understand.” New Castle County Police announced Wednesday following a three-week investigation, 25-year-old Benjamin Rauf had been arrested and charged with the murder of Uppal. Rauf was leaving his house in Westerlo, New York, last Monday evening when he was apprehended by New York State Police. Craig taught both Uppal and Rauf in the spring when the two were classmates. Police said the homicide was not a random act: “a substantial amount of marijuana”



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Father Shaun Mahoney is the director of the Newman Center, Temple’s Catholic church.


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Local and even national media have covered the upcoming papal visit almost nonstop since it was announced, mostly focusing on security and road closures. But in more than a dozen interviews this week, The Temple News sought to ask: How is the visit affecting Temple University and the people associated with it?


Much has changed since the last papal visit to Philadelphia, when Pope John Paul II stayed here for two days in October 1979. Marvin Wachman was the university president at the time; Frank Rizzo the mayor. With some persuasion from Cardinal John Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, John Paul II arrived Oct. 3, a Wednesday, one stop among visits to five other cities: Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa. Father Shaun Mahoney, director of Temple’s Newman Center but then a student at Harvard, saw Pope John Paul II when he visited Boston. “He was a fairly new Pope at that time,” said Angela Indik, a senior American stud-

James Hilty, a former history professor who wrote a book on the university’s history, was teaching history and serving as an associate dean of graduate studies when the Polish pontiff arrived. “I remember going to a conference and mentioning that Temple University was the largest Catholic university in the state of Pennsylvania,” Hilty said. “[The visit] had, in those days, a more direct impact on the students themselves and I’m sure the students felt connected to the Pope’s visit.” The Temple News—then a daily newspaper—reported that week that several students cut class to see the Pope cel-

Catholics. They’re probably multiplying at the end of the line.” Biology professor Thomas Hanson told staff writer Connie O’Kane that about 20 percent of his class would skip class to attend the papal Mass. “It will be about the same as it was for the Jewish holidays,” Hanson said. “There is an argument for dismissing classes.” Professors were advised to forgive any absences as a religious excuse.


For Mahoney, the papal visit isn’t just about getting to see Pope Francis. “Certainly, at one level,

Just the coming together of all “ these people ... that’s going to be a rich experience in and of itself. ” Father Shaun Mahoney | Newman Center Director

ebrate Mass, leaving campus “practically deserted,” psychology professor David Goldstein said. At the Mass, one police official told staff writer William McGarry the crowd was the largest crowd the city had

we’d all like to see the Pope and get close to him,” he said. “I’ve said to the students here that we may or may not have a close spot in engaging with the Pope, but regardless, just the coming together of all these people and the enthusiasm


The Newman Center will accommodate 50-70 student guests from Harvard, the University of Rochester, Columbia University, New York University and Vanderbilt University, along with focus missionary students from several other campuses across the country. “Within the past three weeks, it’s been more intense with the calls,” he said. “It’s trying to narrow down how many are you expecting, so I think we have a reasonable number that should be able to be accommodated in this building.” “For our students, it will be good to just intermingle with them,” Mahoney added. “They’ll get a chance to talk to students from other schools.” Mahoney will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday for those who choose to stay on Main Campus. Students from the Newman Center will leave at about 2 p.m. for the Festival of Families. The group plans to leave about 7 a.m. Sunday for the papal Mass. “The thought is by going down early, you can get a decent spot, and if we view it as a pilgrimage experience, of being with all these people, it could be a really fun day,” he said. Even for those who aren’t typically involved with the Newman Center, Mahoney said all are welcome to join in Saturday and Sunday.


Pope Francis II was more than an hour late to his scheduled mass in Philadelphia on Oct. 3, 1979.

ies major who created an exhibit at the Philadelphia City Archives on the 1979 visit. “People were saying, ‘Maybe he’ll change things with the church,’” Indik added. “He thought this Mass was very important to emphasize the values he taught”—which included opposition of abortion and capital punishment.

ever seen in a small area. “The closest thing is when the Flyers won the [Stanley] Cup two years in a row, but then, they were all spread up and down Broad Street,” he said. “There’s a lot of people, and more coming all the time,” a man on 19th Street quipped to McGarry. “But, you know

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and the opportunity interact with students from all different campuses, that’s going to be a rich experience in and of itself.” Mahoney is the leader of Temple’s official Catholic church on campus, which will be busier than usual during the World Meeting of Families and papal visit weekend.

As Philadelphia braces for an unprecedented number of people who will be pouring into the city ahead of the papal visit, professors and students are trying to find alternate routes as they commute to Main Campus and the Center City Campus. The Secret Service has implemented perimeters around the city that will only permit cars in certain areas, and the restrictions on cars mean many attendees will walk at least a mile to the papal Mass and other Parkway festivities. SEPTA has also closed several of its subway stops and bus routes for that weekend. Cecil B. Moore station on the Broad Street Line is one of the few that will be open. See the graphics on p. 3 for more information. Although the university announced earlier this semester it will be closed Friday, students still believe it will be chaotic until next Monday as they attend classes in Center City. “I have class in Center City on Monday, so I am actually debating whether I’ll take the subway down or if I am actually going to be walking down here because it’s go-



A sacrament monstrance rests on an altar in the Newman Center.

ing to be that packed and that crowded,” said senior journalism major Nathan Grubel, of Allentown. “It’s actually keeping me from going home that weekend because I don’t know how easy it is going to be to get back in the city on Monday morning,” Grubel added. Adam Brunner, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—a program that offers non-credit classes to people older than 50 at the Center City Campus—said the program had already planned to close today and tomorrow for Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday. “We are closing on Thursday because we anticipate traffic in the city being too difficult for our members to come to the program,” Burell said. OLLI will not open Monday because SEPTA will not resume its regular schedule until noon, which will create issues for those going to the program. Although many students and professors are preparing for more than 1 million visitors, there are some professors who are not concerned. “I think it would be overkill to think about something like canceling class on Wednesday,” said Doron Taussig, a professor in the media studies and production department. “I will be a little more forgiving for latenesses.”


In a memo emailed Sept. 14, students and faculty were advised of the adjustments being made to on-campus parking in preparation for the influx of visitors during the papal visit. The memo detailed the re-assignment of overnight student parking from the Lia-

couras Garage to the Montgomery Garage, as well as the possibility of those with monthly and semester parking being reassigned to alternate locations. Additionally, essential personnel are being moved to the Bell Garage. Public parking will also be available on both Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. With the Erie and Cecil B. Moore stations among the reduced stops available during the Pope’s visit, Sarah Powell, director of emergency management, hopes opening public Temple lots near these locations will put less pressure on the surrounding residential area. “We want to know we’re taking care of the community, to know we’re doing everything we can to absorb that impact,” Powell said of the decision. Parking rates for the public will be increased to $20, which Powell anticipates as cheaper than other lots which may be open in the city during the visit. The $3 increase is to cover the cost of overtime security personnel needed to monitor the parking areas. Powell confirmed Temple plans to open the Liacouras Center as a papal rest stop, opening restrooms and parking, which is advantageous due to its proximity to the subway. The expanded subway service SEPTA is now offering takes a burden off the Cecil B. Moore station and Broad Street as a whole, but even with those adjustments, Powell still wants Temple to be ready to welcome the original volume of visitors. The weekend of Sept. 25-27 is a “dynamic situation,” she said. “We plan for the highest





The Bible lays on the main altar at the Newman Center at 2129 N. Broad St.

impact so we’re prepared either way,” Powell said. From an operational sense, many of Temple’s facilities will remain open Friday despite classes being cancelled. The TECH Center, Paley Library and Campus Recreation will be open throughout the weekend. Tuttleman Counseling Services will open under normal operating hours Friday, and under limited hours Saturday. Student Health Services will also remain open Friday and Saturday. The Student Center will remain open under normal operating hours, but the bookstore and Food Court will be closed. Campus Safety Services, Facilities Management and Dining Services will also remain operational. Temple’s Center City Campus will be closed Friday and have restricted access during the weekend.


From Friday until Sunday students can attend one of six free showings of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at The Reel in the Student Center. The two free showings each day will be held at 7 and 10 p.m. Students can also attend the weekly Free Food and Fun Friday, held from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Student Center’s Atrium. HootaThon, Temple’s annual dance marathon, will be hosting the event with music, games, trivia and prizes. Veronica Moore, associate director of Student Activities, said Free Food and Fun Fridays typically don’t happen over holiday breaks or with larger events on campus. “The goal is to allow for students who have the option and want to stay on campus the opportunity to do so,” Moore said. “It’s going to be really busy in Philadelphia, it’s going to be very hard to get around. So we wanted to make sure that we gave students the option and make sure that they knew they had something to do on campus … if they did not want to go out into the city or chose to stay here.” For Saturday, Student Activities has also prepared a repeat of the Bingo Bonanza held during Welcome Week, and President Theobald will grill free food for students in the Founder’s Garden starting at 4 p.m. A special lecture from the mayor of Rome, Ignazio R. Marino, will also be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Temple Performing Arts Center as part of the Fall Provost Lecture Series. Marino, a world-renowned transplant surgeon who practiced for four years in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University, will speak about his transition from medicine to politics and will later participate in events with Pope Francis during his visit.


Of all the differences between Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1979 and Pope Fran-


A Temple flag hangs inside the Newman Center’s main entrance.



cis’ upcoming visit this weekend, Hilty said one aspect has changed dramatically: security. “1979 was just different in terms of security,” Hilty said. “It was only two years later the Pope was shot, and things began to change.” He said in 1979, students didn’t need identification to enter residence halls—a practice that wasn’t implemented until the late 1980s, he said. The security of this week’s events is much more intense, he added. “I used to take the regional rail out,” he said. “I don’t recall any special restrictions or prohibitions. Now I look at the paper and I see those zones of restricted access. I can see why Temple now has to take some extra precautions and probably shut down. There’s just a different approach now.” A lot of that has to do with the difference in the length of each visit, Hilty said. Pope John Paul II’s visit wasn’t part of a gathering. This time

around, the World Meeting of Families is in part meant to show the strength of the Catholic Church, he said. There’s also a distinct difference between how Pope Francis handles the job versus how Pope John Paul II did,

Hilty said. “Consider Francis’ statements about the environment, political and religious freedom and immigration problems,” he said. “All of these things are an active part of a papal agenda who’s essential-

ly very social-orientated. … This Pope is connected to the world, and that then connects Philadelphia to the world.”

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Lack of timely response During the past few how the university has hanweeks, The Temple News has dled tragedies involving stucontinued to report on inci- dents in the past: this spring, dents concerning the tragic the university quickly redeaths of sponded two former The university hasn’t responded to the students— horrific to the recent deaths of two Agatha accident students quickly enough. Hall, a involv21-yearing forold finance major, and Shaz- mer lacrosse player Rachel im Uppal, a 27-year-old re- Hall with statements from cent graduate of Temple’s Athletic Director Kevin Law School. Clark and lacrosse coach It’s problematic that this Bonnie Rosen. editorial has to acknowledge When Rebecca Kim died the university has not re- after falling out of a eighthsponded quickly enough. story window in Center City At the start of this semes- in January, Theobald issued ter, the university has wit- an email to the university nessed its football team win community the following its first three games, jump day. to its highest rankings in the It goes without saying U.S. World News Report and that we cannot imagine what prepare for Pope Francis’ vis- friends and family of both it to the city of Philadelphia. Rachel Hall and Kim are goTemple has been constantly ing through. The same must updating the community on be said of Agatha Hall and all of those topics and their Shazim Uppal. importance to the university We understand our reduring the “best week ever,” porting won’t bring any according to President Theo- type of closure for Agatha bald. or Shazim’s families. But What we haven’t seen, the delayed response from as of Monday night, is any university administration sort of public acknowledge- speaks volumes to us about ment from Temple about two how they are prioritizing the alleged murders, resulted in recent deaths of two former the deaths of Hall and Uppal. students versus everything This is perplexing, given else currently happening with

Teachers needed Currently the PhiladelThe district is still waitphia school system is operat- ing for the state budget to be ing without teachers in many able to make any more maof its classrooms. jor financial decisions, but Source4Teachers, the if the $34 million contract firm the with Sourceschool dis4Teachers is The School District of trict hired Philadelphia should see unsuccessful, before the educators as their most they could be school year even worse important asset. started promoff. ised 75 perThose in cent of classrooms would the Temple community interhave teachers by the first day ested in improving the situand 90 percent would be oc- ation can volunteer or work cupied by January. As of last through programs like City Thursday, according to philly. Year and JumpStart, Americom, just 11 percent of the corps programs that aid to spots have been filled. assist city schools and their The substitutes will re- students to succeeding. ceive up to $110 a day in their When the budget does classrooms, but many are come through, the district still in the process of obtain- will have to decide how to ing their teaching degrees or spend the money they have certifications. While having finally been allotted. We hope an adult in a classroom is they invest in educators who better than the classroom be- will make the best of the reing empty, the children in the sources they have and stress public school system deserve the importance of schooling more. for all students.


In the story ‘Student receives threats for controversial Instagram photo,’ it was stated that ‘Louelle Denor’ withheld her real name for safety reasons. This was not true, and she actually did want her real name to be published, which is Lou Johnston.

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Baking makes a student ponder the role of women in her family and life.

’ve recently learned a lot from my grandmother— my mother’s mother— about spreading love through food. I thought about this the last time I stress-baked, a habit I’ve formed since moving to an apartment with an oven and dealing with usual college woes. Making something with my hands, carefully measuring and stirring and peeling satisfied my sweet tooth and my soul. My grandma—Gma, as she signs her cards—puts a different emphasis on a pie than I do. Mrs. Judy Jacobs found her identity in her status as a wife, mother and community member in a little town in south central Pennsylvania. To her, apple pies are a simple expression of affection for her family. She was at her best when there was plenty of food and family in the same room. While I appreciated that, I saw something different for myself. A few weeks ago, I left work and headed to the grocery store to buy the usual week’s necessities, but instead walked out with all the makings for an apple pie. I thought about the week ahead while I peeled six apples, slicing them thin and drowning them in cinnamon, sugar and flour. The smell reminded me of my hometown’s orchards. I pressed the dough together around the edges of the tin, pouring a mixture of but-

By Paige Gross ter, milk and sugar on the top I remember feeling too of the dough to brown it like young to be turning into my I’ve seen my mom and her mother so soon. mom do many times before. As the semester wore on The first time I made an and classes and work became apple pie by myself, it was more stressful, my mom gave out of tradition—leaves were me more and more recipes, turning color and my fall s t e m m i n g away from birthday was approaching. I followed my grandmothr ylo Sa er’s recipe, using tart apples and plenty of sugar—a combination that would make for a perfect pie, she told me. I was surprised how much I liked making it—disappointed, even. I was a strong, independent woman, I told myself, who should not get this much satisfaction out of mixing together some ingredients. I should be a well-informed citizen and know how to pro- just sweets and tect my human rights and care crossing into new terabout national politics. I don’t ritories like homemade lasaneed to know how to make a gna and chicken parmesan. I perfect pie. used the time I was busy with The next time it rained, my hands to sort through the though, I decided chocolate thoughts in my head. chip cookies would turn the Sharing the food with day around. A few hours and my roommates and friends many cups of flour and choc- became something I looked olate chips later, my room- forward to, as did making mates returned to our apart- food together. We were sharment, wet but happy. ing more than just meals, I “Thanks, Mom,” one of eventually realized. We got them joked. to watch each other become n

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the people we were meant to be over dinners, brunches and many, many trays of sugar cookies. I didn’t lose any part of the strong woman I was becoming by learning to cook and enjoying it. My habit helped me define myself, a practice I realized I had the liberty to do moreso than piebaking women of the past. Taking the pie out of the oven a few weeks ago didn’t make the stress of the week go away, but it did make it seem a little more manageable. If I could make a pie that rivaled a Martha Stewart confection, I could tackle whatever assignments my new internship and the classes ahead might throw at me. I sent a picture of it to my mom later that evening, telling her that I had used her and grandma’s trick to make it look nice. She told me she was proud of me for that and for the year ahead of me. I realized I was proud and lucky, too, to have become like her. My grandmother was right—it was the perfect mixture of tart and sweet. * T @By_paigegross

commentary | university relations

A call for budget transparency The university should make budget decisions and changes more public.


here is your tuition going? Let’s assume that very little of it makes its way into the paycheck of your favorite adjunct who probably works at least one other job in their field. And let’s assume, even if this is a smidgen heretical after the football team’s recent big win against Penn State, you didn’t know that the head coach of our usually hitand-miss team made $648,000 in 2013. This year, the university announced a 2.8 percent tuition hike, COLTON TYLER SHAW pushing in-state tuition to $14,398 and out-of-state to $24,704. President Theobald said Temple has “allocated an additional $6 million to student financial aid and ensured that there are no discretionary additions to our budget.” “I think there is a high level of transparency and access to the budget,” Ken Kaiser, chief financial officer said. “The student government is a great conduit for that.” When I proposed my idea of an email system for budgetary decisions, Kaiser said he didn’t really see a demand for the information. “The budget document that the board itself reviews and approves is right there [online] and anything we would put in an email would be pulled out of the document,” he said, “Quite honestly I think we would take the news release and put it in an email.” It's true; Temple does publish a budget online if you are willing to hunt and peck around a fairly long and dense document. It is also true that many students might be willing to do so.

But I would like to see more budgetary transparency between administrators and the students and faculty they dispense information to. A few weeks ago, Barton Hall was mostly reduced to rubble by a few cranes in order to make way for a $190 million, 210,000-square-foot palatial bookshelf to be completed by 2018. I understand the sober business decisions behind upgrading our facilities. The ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ of traversing campus and seeing shiny, glassy buildings on your first walking tour is sure to impress prospective parents and students. Temple is a public research university boasting a $517 million endowment and a $1.34 billion budget. It is an odd hybrid—“state-related”—in the same

gaged student body. Graphic breakdowns of tax expenditures are not uncommon, of course, because it seems a pretty straightforward concept to provide proof of ethical usage of the thousands of dollars someone gives to you. Quietly publishing the budget in a PDF file on the back streams of the university website is not the same as sending students unornmented data on spending, amidst some of the cutesy emails we already receive. “If there was an overwhelming amount of students interested, I wouldn't be opposed at all, but we would probably just put the news release in an email,” Kaiser said. He suggested a lunch for students interested in discussing the university’s

like a watchdog press is critical to “anJust informed and empowered citizenry,

budgetary frankness is crucial to an engaged student body.

vein as Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh. In compliance with Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, Temple is required to publish an annual report to include the salaries of all officers and directors. When asked whether or not there was an increase in attention from students as the conversation on student debt continues to get louder nationwide, Kaiser placed some blame on stagnant government funding and rising costs putting an inordinate amount of pressure on students and their families and thus, the administration. I’m not suggesting the school has nefarious motives or is looking to swindle us, not on a personal, one-to-one basis at least, I think – I hope. Just like a watchdog press is critical to an informed and empowered citizenry, budgetary frankness is crucial to an en-

spending decisions. Kaiser said as he could see another administrative email as liable to being lost in the maelstrom of info the university already sends. The problem with citing a lack of interest is that, unfortunately, most students wouldn’t think the information is relevant to them until it’s in front of their eyes. Whether increased awareness of our school’s spending habits would lead to more responsible delegation of funds in the future is debatable, sure. A student body that doesn't feel it’s being prattled, or worse deceived, is the backbone of a unified, focused push into our future. Lay your cards on the table. * T @colt_slaw



commentary | pope francis

Papal visit celebrates rich Catholic history in Philadelphia



Philadelphians preparing to celebrate Pope Francis’s visit for the World Meeting of Families should learn about the many notable moments in the city’s Catholic history too.


visited the National Shrine of St. John Neumann here in Philadelphia when I was 12 years old, and I remember staring in awe through the glass case separating me from the remains of the first American male saint. I couldn’t believe a real life saint was buried, much less lived, in Philadelphia. Eight years later, I am hoping to encounter another great Catholic leader in the very same city, this time alive and in the flesh. Pope Francis is comJENNY ROBERTS ing to Philadelphia this weekend for the eighth World Meeting of Families, the first to be held in the U.S. While the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia is surely a historic one, our city already has a strong Catholic history in place stemming back three centuries—I think this is why

exploring the city’s Catholic roots, starting with the arrival of the first Catholic immigrants in Philadelphia who came from Germany close to the beginning of the 18th century. Philadelphia has also been home to many firsts for Catholicism in the U.S. The first Catholic newspaper, The Catholic Herald, was established here in 1833, and the city is the birthplace of the nation’s first Catholic school system. Father Shaun Mahoney, the director of Temple’s Newman Center, said the city’s claim to fame in terms of its Catholic presence stems from this school system, which was developed by St. John Neumann during his time as the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is really noted for its extensive parochial school system,” Mahoney said. “We are kind of one of the leaders with the number of parish schools and high schools.” St. John Neumann’s work, along with the presence of strong Catholic institutions in the city, like Catholic hospitals and universities

Philadelphia has crammed an “ impressive amount of Catholic history

into a relatively small period of time and has continually served as an important religious center.

the Pope and his advisers chose to have the World Meeting of Families here in the first place. Philadelphia’s Catholics and other Philadelphians taking part in the celebration of the Pope’s visit this week should learn about our city’s rich Catholic history before getting too completely swept up in all the upcoming festivities. While 300 years of Catholicism may not be impressive in comparison to the faith’s history in other global cities, it is important to remember the U.S. only became a nation in 1776. At this point, Catholics had already celebrated the first Mass in Philadelphia 69 years prior. Philadelphia has crammed an impressive amount of Catholic history into a relatively small period of time and has continually served as an important religious center for Catholic Americans in a nation known for being a melting pot. Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez, an assistant professor in the religion department, counts Philadelphia among the few big U.S. cities with strong Catholic ties. “This is one of the great Catholic cities,” Alvarez said, citing the city of brotherly love with one of the highest U.S. Catholic populations. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which oversees the city, Philadelphia County and some surrounding counties, is home to about 1.46 million Catholics. Alvarez said Philadelphia is a notable U.S. city among a select few, like Boston, Baltimore and New York City. Alvarez even dedicates part of the “Religion in Philadelphia” course she teaches this semester to

have allowed Philadelphia a unique place of honor in the history of American Catholicism. When many Americans think of Philadelphia’s history though, they only point to Independence Hall or call to mind famous historical figures dating back to the Revolutionary War and our nation’s founding. While great historical heroes like Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross walked the streets of Philadelphia at one point in time, Americans less familiar with Catholicism might not realize St. John Neumann and St. Katharine Drexel did, as well. These are two saints of only a small handful of Americans canonized by the Catholic Church, and they both called Philadelphia home at one point in their lives. Take a trip to Old St. Joseph’s Church, the first Catholic Church in Philadelphia, or visit Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the first church in America dedicated specifically to a national group. By all means, stay present in this moment too. Invest in Pope Francis bobbleheads or those toasters that can display his image on your morning toast and flock to the Art Museum stairs on Sunday. Enjoy this moment in history and embrace all that comes with it, but don’t forget about our city’s Catholic past.


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Thursday, Oct. 4, 1979: Pope John Paul II visited Philadelphia and held a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This week, we anticipate Pope Francis’ arrival for the annual World Meeting of Families festival held Sept. 22-27. Throughout this week’s issue, The Temple News reports on businesses, students and organizations involved with the upcoming Papal visit and the effect it will have on the city.

commentary | financial aid

Student financial aid could hurt, not help tuition rates When colleges act like businesses, students should expect inflation and rises in tuition.


ith students heading back to classes and tuition payments and reimbursements being doled out, it seems as if every fall students and parents alike are forced to reflect on the actual cost of a college education. Temple has grappled with this question this year, approving a 2.8 percent increase in tuition for the 20152016 school year in addition to raising the University Service Fee by $100 last week. “Our goal is to keep the tuition increase as low as possible and to increase financial aid as much as possible so we can help students manage debt and get out in four years,” Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said in an interview with The Temple News earlier this semester. As I’m certain Kaiser is aware, WILLIAM RICKARDS tuition rates have skyrocketed in recent years. According to College Board, tuition prices have risen at a rate of almost three times that of normal expenses, long outstripping even credit card debt. Politifact says a bachelor’s degree in the United States currently takes an average of six years to attain and 33 percent of all students take more than six years. For those students who take even one semester—let alone four—more than the standard eight that a bachelors degree is advertised to take, tuition could financially hinder their success. With these increases, the natural reaction by “compassionate” lawmakers and college administrators is to also increase student aid to those who cannot afford tuition. But a recent report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank indicates while increased federal aid is afforded with good intentions, it may actually make students worse off, and above all, it inflates tuition rates. According to the report, higher college tuition rates can be traced to increases in federal aid through Pell Grants and unsubsidized loans. “We find that each additional Pell Grant dollar to an institution leads to a roughly 55-cent increase in sticker price tuition, the report said. For subsidized loans, we find a somewhat larger pass through effect of about 70 percent. We also find a loading of tuition on unsubsi-


dized loans of 30 percent.” Because the university knows aid will likely be afforded to those who can’t pay the sticker price up-front, it can go ahead with raises in tuition, usually only a few percentage points per year. Over the average six years it takes to obtain the degree, though, that adds up. Tuition rates at both private and public institutions have long outpaced normal inflation. Far from the quality of education miraculously rising to enormous levels necessitating some huge cost, many believe tuition rates have been artificially inflated for some time now. Outside intrusion from federal loans and grants have produced an environment in which colleges are actually rewarded with federal money when they raise tuition. According to The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, before 1978, federal aid programs were largely non-existent or quantitatively much smaller than today. Tuition fees today would be more than 40 percent lower if pre-1978 fee growth had been main-

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federal aid through Pell Grants and unsubsidized loans.

tained. Typical state schools would have in-state sticker prices of about $5,000 or so, with the more prestigious ones perhaps charging around $7,000. College, like any business, will raise tuition rates as high as the consumer can bear. If this sounds familiar, it is because a similar bubble—the housing market—was created and broke in 2008. This inflation is nothing new, and universities are not some malicious entities seeking to jack tuition prices sky high. Instead, like any market, universities are responding to an outer market force pushing tuition higher, often with students' best intentions. Unfortunately, with the problem of rising tuition costs, “best intentions” can sometimes have disastrous consequences. *





Police warn Temple students of laser pointing CRIME TEMPLE STUDENT SHINES LASER AT HELICOPTER An unidentified Temple student was seen flashing a laser pointer at a Philadelphia Police helicopter last Monday night, the Inquirer reported. The action caused Aviation Lt. David Bonk to tweet out a picture of Morgan Hall North, where the incident occurred. “Attention @TempleUniv student on top floor: pointing lasers at #TacAir is illegal,” Bonk tweeted Monday night. The Inquirer reported that Lt. John Stanford, a Philadelphia Police spokesman, said police officials were in contact with Temple to ensure the university would warn that shining a laser at aircrafts can lead to the perpetrator being arrested. Temple issued an email about the incident Tuesday afternoon, when Michael Scales, associate vice president for student affairs, addressed students who live in residential halls about the incident. “Philadelphia Police reported overnight that someone in Morgan Hall North at Temple University shined a laser pointer at a police helicopter in the area,” Scales wrote.


Police said a student flashed a laser pointer from one of these rooms Sept. 14.

“The use of laser pointers on aircraft can be dangerous for those in the air and on the ground. Anyone found responsible could face both criminal and university penalties.” Tipsters should contact Temple Police at 215-204-1234. -Steve Bohnel

Students call for debt awareness Degrees Not Debt is looking to improve education about student loans. By MARYVIC PEREZ The Temple News A new organization at Temple is asking for President Theobald to continue his efforts in fighting student debt. Degrees Not Debt—a nationwide campaign introduced last year by the National Education Association—is attempting to convince Theobald to send a letter to the congressional delegation of Pennsylvania, with attempts to support the student aid bill of rights and provide effective loan counseling at Temple. One of the biggest issues is convincing people there is a problem, said volunteer and sophomore sociology major Justis Freeman. “You hear parents say, ‘I had nothing and now look at where I’m at,’” Freeman said. “But for us, it’s like, we’re 40 grand in the hole, and then we get to nothing, and then rise.” Degrees Not Debt currently has 1,100 campuses across the nation with 50,000 student members. Two weeks ago, the group started at Temple under the leadership of Angel Ye, the Campus Organizer for Pennsylvania’s chapter, the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Ye said the main goal of the organization is to further

educate people about their loan options. “We want at least, for people that have borrowed money, to have quality loan counseling,” Ye said. “So that they learn about incomedriven repayment programs, [and] public service loan forgiveness programs, so they can take advantage of those programs.” In two weeks, the group has collected 700 out of 2,000 petition signatures to introduce it to Theobald by Sept. 4. Ye said although she isn’t a student, the problem is still important for every college student. “When I was an undergraduate one of my best friends from college, Aisha, dropped out of school in the middle of her senior honors project because her mom passed away,” Ye said. “She couldn’t continue because she can’t pay for college ... and now-a-days, it’s so hard to get ahead in society without a college degree, but then college education is so expensive, it’s hurting a lot of people,” Ye said. The Degrees Not Debt program has differences at each university chapter, but holds a strong tactic on raising awareness about the issue at a federal level. “It’s something that we hope to see with the presidential election coming up, that there is a focus around that prospect of higher education,” said Chelsey Herigg, NEA student program chair. “Students in college deserve better. We’re hoping that what


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we are doing at the national level will turn that focus during the presidential race.” The NEA focuses on organizing advocators to try and engage about 42 million loan borrowers in the United States to support legislation such as the Bank on Student Loans Bill, which failed by two votes in Congress. This program sought to refinance student loans like house or car loans. “It needs to be fixed,” Herrig said. “While there hasn’t been a complete agreement on how to fix it we have seen several bills come through Congress that have been intended to make it easier for students to pursue college without being burden with a large amount of debt.” Most of the volunteers in Temple’s chapter hold a personal financial experience. “For me it’s so frustrating when you have a passion and a drive … and still not being able to make it,” said volunteer Mary Craighead, a junior public health major. Others seek to help bring down the $1.2 trillion debt in the nation, which Herrig said is a greater amount than credit card debt. Ye said the job of fighting the issue is far from finished. “We’re trying to get universities like Temple, and also other big university across the nation to send the message to their congressional delegation to support,” she said. *


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vices Charlie Leone previously told The Temple News the incident appeared to be a suicide. But following a 12-day investigation involving Philadelphia Police’s Homicide Unit and the city’s medical examiner’s office, Hall’s death was ruled a homicide. According to a press release from Philadelphia Police’s public affairs officers, the investigation concluded it would have been “impossible” for the victim’s gunshot wound to be self-inflicted. Last week, Philadelphia Police arrested 29-year-old Brandon Meade, of the 7100 block of Stockley Road in Upper Darby, and charged him with Hall’s murder. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30, according to court documents. Lt. John Stanford, a Philadelphia Police spokesman, said although many media outlets have reported Meade was Hall’s boyfriend and allegedly told police he found Hall in her bedroom with a black handgun under her body, the case still needs to be heard in court. “We don’t release anything along those

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parking spaces into public parks—Temple University Ambler students and faculty created “Park(ing) for People,” a temporary pop-up park located in front of the County Theater in Doylestown this past Friday and Saturday. The effort to create the park, which was 120-feet long and 12-feet wide, was led by associate professor Baldev Lamba, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, according to a university press release. “Imagine a greener, more peoplefriendly space in place of parking spots,” Lamba said. “This pop-up park is a true partnership between our students and faculty and volunteer architects, horticulturists, landscape architects, artists and organizations in the region.” In 2011, Lamba helped to create a award-winning 32,000 square-foot pop-up garden—the first of its kind for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Even though the one in Doylestown was roughly 22 times smaller than this design, the purpose of both parks is the same, Lamba said. “It’s about changing mindsets,” he said. “It’s showing people that urban centers can have areas that are green, innovative and inviting.” -Steve Bohnel lines because that could be used against the defendant,” Stanford said. Hall’s hard work was also apparent to Robert Belz, who has been a counselor at Northeast since 2001. Belz said Hall frequented the school’s career services and college preparation office during her lunch periods, where he worked at the time. “She spent the entire time that I knew her doing work in the office, or doing college selection,” he said. “She was looking for colleges, she was asking me information about college. … You always get your regulars in the college office, and she was one of them and we appreciated everything about her.” Monday night, Dean of Students Stephanie Ives released a statement about Hall’s death. “The Temple University community continues to mourn the loss of Agatha E. Hall,” Ives said. “My office and the Fox School of Business have provided support to Ms. Hall’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and everyone who knew her. Temple Police continue to work with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Medical Examiner’s Office in the investigation.” But Robinson, who said she deeply cared about Hall’s future, is still mourning. “The night I found out, I told my husband,” she said. “I don’t talk about kids a lot at home … and my husband says, ‘I remember you talking about her … you don’t talk about kids, you loved her.’ And I said, ‘I really did, she was one of my favorite kids.’ And I remember when she graduated, I said to her, ‘You’re one student I’m never going to worry about.’” * T @Steve_Bohnel

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bright futures ahead of them, Green added. “They were both very young men, and had a lot of opportunities ahead of them,” he said. “They both worked very hard in preparation for the bar exam. It’s not an easy thing to do after you graduate, to have the next thing you do be the bar exam. ... This obviously is a complete disruption of any sort of future life plans that they had in mind.” Their stories differ from what the typical law graduate experiences after finishing school, Green added. “After graduation, it’s a really warm time for a lot of law students as they comptemplate what the next move is in their careers, and how they put their law degree to use, and what it’s going to mean to them,” he said. “Shaz will never have that opportunity, and I think Ben’s arrest is a very serious event.” Dean of the Beasley School of Law, JoAnne Epps, emailed a statement to The Temple News about Uppal’s death and Rauf’s arrest. “The loss of Shazim Uppal, a 2015 law school graduate, was obviously devastating,” Epps wrote. “It was made all the more sad and



New Castle County Police said they found Shazim Uppal dead in his car Aug. 24.

difficult by the arrest of another recent graduate of the Temple Law School.” * T @Steve_Bohnel


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The Dialogue Institute held a free, interactive workshop in collaboration with Global Philly 2015. PAGE 16

John Stango, a Tyler School of Art alumnus, has been donating portions of his proceeds by selling his paintings back to Temple. PAGE 8


The “Beyond the Notes” concert series will begin at Paley Library tomorrow at noon, with animation and music created by Maurice Wright. PAGE 18




A NECESSARY DEBATE Jan Ting is a law professor at Temple who recently had his commentary on immigration featured in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” an op-ed blog for the newspaper’s website. FACULTY SPOTLIGHT


Jan Ting, a law professor at Temple, has been teaching at Temple for 38 years. He teaches in the areas of citizenship and immigration law and tax law.


By GAIL VIVAR The Temple News an Ting, a law professor at Temple, was assistant commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1990 to

1993. So it was no surprise he was asked to write for the New York Times about the rising concerns of immigration in this country. Ting wrote

an Op-Ed about this issue for the Times’ Sept. 3 edition of “Room for Debate,” which often takes expert opinions from outside contributors. He also regularly blogs on Newsworks and appears on 6ABC’s Sunday round-table discussion show titled “Inside Story.” “I’m an academic, and you are supposed to write about what you are teaching in order to make your teaching better,” Ting said. Ting mainly writes about immigration in various academic pieces and Op-Eds in news-

papers. In “A Burden That Does Not Affect Americans Equally,” he speaks about the rise of the unemployment rate in the U.S. and his solution to this problem, which is to enforce existing immigration laws and reduce immigration. “The alternative is what I call a binary choice,” Ting said. “You could either say open borders or set a limit of how many people could immigrate every year into the country, which should be a high number.” Even with this stance he holds on immigra-


By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Instead of binge-watching the newest Netflix original series this past weekend, participants in Temple’s Insomnia Theater group wrote, directed and starred in their own obscure Netflix creations. Over the course of 24 hours, writers created a script related to their chosen genre, actors learned their newly written lines and directors helped bring these miniature productions to the stage Saturday night for Insomnia The-



Restoring timeless ideals

Inspired by Netflix Insomnia Theater adopted a new strategy for its skits.

tion, he understands the importance of immigrants in the U.S. “Both my parents were immigrants, so I grew up in immigrant communities, where it seemed like every family had either a parent or a grandparent in the house who were an immigrant from somewhere,” Ting said. “My parents were part of the wave of immigrants that came in as students, knowing that when you were

ater’s “Netflix Spectacular.” Just before auditions Friday night, members of Insomnia Theater’s executive board came up with “obscure Netflix genres” from which the seven groups of writers could choose to serve as the theme of their production. Cara Glatfelter, president of Insomnia Theater, said the executive board borrowed some obscure genres, like “Gritty British Prison Movies,” directly from a Buzzfeed article online. They also created some genres of their own, like “Crappy Indie Documentaries.” “We were just kind of throwing around adjective, adjective, noun to try to come up with new ideas and try to make them


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Temple renews a historic clock with the Franklin Institute. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News


Will Pescoe plays the “Director” interviewing Megan McPaul in the Insomnia Theater’s show on Sept. 19.

Robert Blackson believes memories aren’t the only way to restore a place in time—it’s the actual objects from that place in time which truly tell a story to remember. Blackson, director of exhibitions and public programs for Temple Contemporary, works closely with partners like WHYY and the Conservation Center of Art and Historic Artifacts to honor community-based organizations they believe uphold the


city’s ideals. Together, they work toward conserving objects that are emblematic of their personal history and may have been neglected over time. In 2015 they developed the “Restoring Ideals” project as a mission to connect honorable memories of the past with Philadelphia’s present-day organizations and communities that uphold them. Blackson said the project began from a question raised by Temple Contemporary’s Advisory Council more than two years ago: “What can we do to sustain the community based organizations of Philadelphia?” “The way we decided to ad-






Alumnus creates modern-pop art, gives back to university John Stango’s time at Temple was instrumental toward his career in art. By OLIVIA ZARZYCKI The Temple News For John Stango, a Tyler School of Art alumnus, Temple had a huge impact on his work, both inside and outside of the classroom. “Temple really changed my perspective looking at art and what kind of art I wanted to do,” Stango said. Stango is a well-known name at Temple, in addition to donating a “Temple T” painting hung up on the second floor of the Student Center, he donates various portions of what he makes selling his paintings back to the university. Stango has developed a unique urban or street pop style, which incorporates silkscreen work, bright paintings, advertisements and pop culture figures. He enjoys mixing the modern with the retro and displaying the juxtaposition of old and new in his art. His subjects are mainly pop culture figures, including famous icons like Superman and Marilyn Monroe. “I haven’t had to do a painting of Donald Trump yet, thank god,” Stango said. Stango never planned on being an artist and was originally going to school to be a writer. But after discovering his knack for art and sending in an application to Tyler, everything changed for Stango, who was amazed he even got accepted. Before he developed his own art style, Stango initially thought his drawings were boring to look at. “I would show someone my drawing and then pass a pillow with it,” Stango said. It was at Tyler where Stango, influenced by the school, city and punk scene of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, really discovered pop art. “Temple forces culture down your throat, and it’s a great thing,” Stango said. “The city has had a major influence on me. I love Philly— Philly is in my blood.”


John Stango discusses his current pop-art style in the Annenberg Hall atrium Sept. 12. Stango draws inspiration from American culture and his personal experiences.

Stango’s artwork, along with his outgoing personality, made him stand out among other Tyler students. “Most of the students at Tyler were more quiet and reserved—but not John,” said Joe Scorsone, a professor at Tyler. Scorsone remembers Stango as being outspoken, fun and sometimes a little outrageous. Following art school, Stango began his career as a disc jockey and a T-shirt designer. His graphic tees eventually made it into some major department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. After some time realizing the difficulties of producing clothing out of his mom’s basement, he wanted to return to paper and canvas. “I consider myself America’s artist,” Stango said. “I just wish

America would consider me their artist.” He believes Temple really changed his life, and Tyler made him feel “like a somebody.” Stango hopes that through his paintings and his donations, he can help someone else have that same experience. “I like to give back to Tyler School of Art because if I can help someone graduate or get into art school like me, then it’s a great thing,” Stango said. “I do feel good about it, you know.” *


A painting of the “Temple T” donated by John Stango is hung up on the second floor of the Student Center.


Production gives stage for students’ voices to be heard “for colored girls” is the opening production of Temple Theaters’ fall season. By ROSE DARAZ The Temple News Sabriaya Shipley first read the play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” when she was 13 years old. Now she plays one of the seven protagonists for Temple Theaters’ version of the production. “I fell in love with it,” said Shipley, a sophomore theater major. “I felt that it spoke to what I was going through as a young black girl.” Temple Theaters presents five plays every year, and the Obie Award-winning play “for colored girls” by Ntozake Shange, is the opening production of the season. Directed by Lee Kenneth Richardson, an associate professor of acting and directing, the show will play through Sept. 24 in the Randall Theater at various times. The play, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, presents seven nameless women of color and their daily struggles within society. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see black women be vulnerable, be themselves and also just be within the world,” Shipley said. Coincidentally, the play is being presented

in a time when movements for racial equality have occurred nationally, which is why Imani Rothwell, a sophomore theater major, wanted to participate. “I wanted to be in this play especially because it’s important during this time where black girls are often silenced, and I felt this was a way I can use my art and the platform of art to voice black girls and the things we go through,” Rothwell said. It took three-and-a-half weeks to prepare for this production and part of the training involved discussions on the life of a black woman today. “It was very fun to come in and to have a role where I can unleash that tension that comes when you’re not allowed to discuss certain topics in academic fields,” Shipley said. “Here in this rehearsal we could do that, especially because as black women, we deal with intersectionality a lot—we deal with racism, sexism and class-ism all at the same time.” Rothwell feels that many theater students of color struggle to have their voices heard in a white-dominated department. According to, roughly 59 percent of the undergraduate population at Temple is white, while around 13 percent is black. “This play put black women faces on stage—it will challenge what is going on within Temple in itself with black theater students and what we go through,” she said. “This play is

“I felt this was a way I can use my art and the platform of art to voice black girls and the things we go through.” Imani Rothwell | sophomore theater major


The play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is about seven nameless women of color and their daily struggles within society.

going to show Temple that we need more of us on stage. Diversity is not having a play where there’s only two black people casted.” Another actress in the play, Victoria Goins, a junior strategic communications major, believes Temple as a university could do much better in terms of promoting its diverse student body. “One of the most disappointing things that I felt when I got to Temple, just in gen-

eral, was that they promote diversity so much, they call themselves the ‘Diversity University,’ but I don’t think you should call yourself that if there’s no integration,” Goins said. Richardson said that this play, among others, can help to bring change. “I believe strongly that theater should always be a platform for social justice,” he said. *



Mike Geno, an alumnus and adjunct professor, got involved in Philly’s cheese community when he was searching for a new painting subject. PAGE 10

On Sept. 17, the neighborhood held an event with music, art and food along Germantown Ave. Popular food trucks like Undrgrnd Donuts and stalls from Trolley Car Diner were also in attendance. PAGE 12





Widening the reach of classical music Aurora Classical, a new arts company dedicated to making classical music accessible, debuted at Fringe Arts.


By SAMI RAHMAN The Temple News

usan Weinman always thought classical music was haughty and pretentious—until she attended a party and saw people doing shots to the Brandenburg Concerto. “I came from a blue-collar background,” Weinman said.

“Where I was from, classical music was for the wealthy.” In college, Weinman began studying classical music and realized her notions about the art form might be wrong. “When I got to college, I realized that Broadway was changing to more of a rock style," Weinman said. “So my teachers started pushing me towards classical music, and I tried it.” It wasn’t that the music was snobby, Weinman realized, just the perception. Now, Weinman seeks to bridge the gap between these perceived ideas of classical music with her new arts company, Aurora Classical. Weinman's goal is to expose classical music to people who would not otherwise experience it. The company was inspired by the Philadelphia Aurora, a newspaper started by Benjamin Franklin’s grandson, which

stood for the rights of the “plain folk.” “The Philadelphia Aurora really fought hard to allow people to have access to government,” Weinman said. "I want to fight hard to make sure everyone has access to classical music.” For Weinman, the company is also an opportunity to give local musicians a place to perform. “I know musicians who are amazing in their field,” Weinman said. “But sometimes they don’t have an outlet to play what they want to play.” One of Weinman’s solutions to this issue is classical music open mic nights. Interested musicians can perform any classical piece for five to ten minutes. The event is meant to be




“Blood and Sweat,” a conceptual exhibit with work by Brian Wagner and Steven Earl Weber, is currently on display at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym in Kensington. The exhibit opened Sept. 4, a tribute to Labor Day weekend. Featuring articles of clothing worn by various laborers across the United States like boots, shirts and helmets, the exhibit calls upon its viewers to appreciate the blue collar workers who are often forgotten. Though Wagner and director Abbey Gates focused on laborers, not fine artists, Gates said a link exists between the two different kinds of craftsmen.


With paper, artist creates worlds The Art Dept. opened an exhibit with Philly-born artist Alex Eckman-Lawn.

A stageworthy evolution

Actress Anna Lou Hearn, a theater alumna, portrays resilient women at a new production in Fringe Arts.

By MADISON HALL The Temple News

In an intimate gallery space, Alex Eckman-Lawn's cutpaper work, “Neighborhood Watch,” stood out—layers of brightly colored flowers with a solemn owl in the center, the barest suggestions of skulls peeking around the corners, all teeth, jawbone and emptiness. The Art Dept., a small gallery on Berks Street near Tulip in Fishtown, displayed “Neighborhood Watch” during a new exhibit opening with Eckman-Lawn Sept. 11, showcasing his aggressively-styled paper-cut work. The event, Eckman-Lawn's second exhibit with the Art Dept., was “casual and comfortable,” according to the gallery's exhibits director, Kate Glasheen. Eckman-Lawn said he spent the night shaking hands and talking with guests. “This is a relatively new way of working for me,” Eckman-Lawn wrote in an email. “Openings tend to be a blur.” Eckman-Lawn is a 2007 University of the Arts graduate with a degree in illustration. He said his professors “really

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Sara Pindexter and Doug Woods view Eckman-Lawn’s work.

helped me find my voice as an illustrator.” The university also taught him to make pictures that tell a story, instead of just looking pretty. “I’ve been making art since I was a little kid,” EckmanLawn said. “I decided early on I wanted this to be the thing I wasted my life pursuing.” As a child, Eckman-Lawn was inspired by comics,


Standing in front of the entire Temple theater department, Anna Lou Hearn nearly blacked out from nervousness. Switching rapidly between English and French, Hearn voiced her fury about her childhood home's idea that being good at acting meant making a fool of herself. While delivering this mandatory personal statement for a freshman acting course, Hearn found herself upon a great precipice in her life—on the brink of developing a new practice of her craft. As she transitioned from York County to Philadelphia, Hearn was emerging from a time and place where she felt she couldn't







Alumnus brings cheese from kitchen to canvas Two cheese enthusiasts found their niche in Philly’s food culture. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News The art studio of alumnus and adjunct professor Mike Geno, 45, proudly displays cheese paintings and bacon drawings. Cheese paintings have been his specialty since his first encounter with fellow cheese enthusiasts. “Bread has been very good, too,” said Geno, who graduated in 1995 from the Tyler School of Art. “I need to make more time for it.”

Geno and cheese blogger Tenaya Darlington, 43, better known as Madame Fromage, met at a party in 2010. She introduced Geno to more varieties of cheese to paint after he spent a $25 gift certificate at Di Bruno Bros. on a wedge that would become his new muse. “I felt like I had to paint that cheese,” Geno said. “It was so beautiful. I hadn’t expected that. I painted it that day.” After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Geno pursued graduate school in the Midwest. He moved to Carbondale, Illinois to obtain a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He moved back to Philadelphia in 2001. Geno’s cheese art has


Mike Geno paints cheese art for clients around the world.

been featured in the New York Times, Cheese Connoisseur Magazine and various gallery shows. “I was really turned off of the idea of working on overserious things,” Geno said. “Everyone was making things that were really showing off their intellect, or how serious their art was. It felt pretentious to me.” Throughout graduate school, Geno began working on still life paintings of toys— not serious things, Geno said, but he painted them "very seriously, like it was the most important rubber ducky in the world.” “The faculty were sometimes agitated by how well it was painted, but how unimportant the subject was to them,” Geno said. For his final thesis, Geno explored painting something other than toys. “I joked that I was really hungry and really wished that I had the money to get a big juicy steak and paint it like one of these rubber duckies,” Geno said. “I did it as a joke, and it turned out to be a really good experience because I was working as a meat cutter before grad school and I understood the subject—the subtleties of the color and the texture of raw meat. My paint


Mike Geno is an adjunct professor at Tyler who finds his artistic inspiration in cheese.

became an extension of that.” Darlington, a Wisconsin native, led Geno to be inspired by cheese's complexities. She—quite literally—"wrote the book " on cheese while collaborating with gourmet food retailer Di Bruno Bros. “Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese” was published in 2013. “I started checking out cheese shops out of homesickness,” Darlington said. “I called [the blog] ‘Madame Fromage’ because I thought the cheese board itself was very theatrical.” Darlington left her

job as writer and editor for Isthmus Newspaper in 2005 to teach writing at St. Joseph’s University. There are about 3,000 readers on her blog each month, she said. “Cheese is going through a boom time like craft beer and distilled spirits,” Darlington said. “I think that there’s a whole generation of folks who grew up in the suburbs, always eating a lot of frozen foods and packaged foods. When they encounter these flavors, like with what you get with charcuterie or handcrafted cheese, it’s like they have an awakening.”

Darlington is currently working on a cocktail book and will head across the Atlantic to England in search of cheddar and anything else she might find in a cave or pasture. “I believe in taking big risks,” Darlington said. “I’ve gotten to know so many people in the cheese world now,” Geno said. “It’s like a weird fraternity. I never had a fraternity. They’re much warmer than the art world.” * madeline.presland@temple. edu


Eyes on South Street Latin art The Zagars sell Latin folk art at Eyes Gallery on South Street. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News In what used to be Julia Zagar’s kitchen, bright Latin-American folk art pieces are displayed alongside pink and blue mosaic walls created by her husband, Isaiah. The Zagars are best known for South Street’s large mosaic installation, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and arts philanthropy throughout the Philadelphia region. Isaiah Zagar’s eye-catching mosaic work can be found on walls across the area, like Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. The Zagars are also the owners of Eyes Gallery on South Street, founded in 1968 and filled to the brim with Latin-inspired folk art. The shop was purchased for $10,000 and originally occupied only the first floor. The couple lived upstairs, but as their collection grew, the store expanded as well. “We were the first of the new shops to open on South Street,” Julia Zagar said. “There became more and more and we called it the South Street Renaissance.” The Zagars joined the Peace Corps after finishing art school in New York. Julia Zagar said her husband didn’t want to go into the draft, so they chose to join the Peace Corps and were stationed in the southern ADVERTISEMENT

mountains of Peru. The pair trained in Peru for three years under Peace Corps advisors in craft development and worked with craftspeople to bring items back to the American market, Julia Zagar said. “We started filling trunks of all the things we had made and the Peace Corps sent them back for us,” Julia Zagar said. Julia Zagar first became interested in Latin jewelry when she was looking for a wedding ring in Peru. “I saw what they did in making earrings, cuffs, hammering silver and we learned the different techniques,” Julia Zagar said. She began buying pieces in Peru, starting the jewelry collection that would eventually add to her gallery and shop. When the couple returned to the United States, they began attending handcraft jewelry shows in New York and met people from all over the world. Today, all of the jewelry is made out of silver, gold, copper, bronze or wood. Julia Zagar said the idea of opening a store was born when she and her husband were thinking of ways to put their work on display. But in the early sixties, South Street was deserted, she said. There were plans in the works of putting an expressway through the street. “There were a lot of people who wanted to do something and were interested, so we formed a group,” she said. “South Street Renaissance became a reality.” Some of the shop's early collections came from their Peace Corps

station in Puno. “It is southern Peru with Aymara Indians and there great knitters and all the alpaca wool comes from there,” Julia Zagar said. “It is a very fruitful area even though it is very poor.” From speaking Spanish while in the Peace Corps, she said that she and her husband received a more intense grounding in the culture of Latin America. They fell in love with the color associated with the region and reflected it in their shop. “We are color, design, fruitfulness, and that is what you see in Latin America,” Julia Zagar said. She added that the gallery and store has a collection of Philadelphia art ranging from pre-Columbia to modern times. One contributing artist is 2003 Tyler alumna Danielle Puccini, who graduated as an art history major. “If it feels like it will fit in with the folk art that is great, but we also try to get out of the box a little bit and try other designers, local designers, anyone who is fair trade,” said former student Carole Shields, the store manager and domestic buyer for the gallery. “There are very few Latin folk art stores left,” Shields said. “I hope we are here for another 50 years.” “We love what we do and it has opened many other vistas for us,"”she said. "We stay even with the ups and downs. We have a clientele that supports us, knows that we are different ... they want the unusual.” *


The Free Library displays a sacred Hindu text written on a 64-foot scroll.

Through ancient texts, world religions converge The Free Library of Philadelphia opened an exhibit on sacred texts for the papal visit. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News A 200-year-old, 64-foot Hindu scroll lies in a display case on the third floor of the Free Library. Beside the scroll sits a handmade Quran— enclosed in a cover that took six painstaking months to create. These rare texts are just two of the pieces in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s new exhibition, “Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions,” which opened in late August. The display showcases artifacts from five of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, including a copy of Martin Luther’s first German New Testament and the first translation of the Quran into English. The exhibition runs through Jan. 30 and offers extended hours during the World Meeting of Families. With the influx of visitors coming to Center City and surrounding areas, the library wanted to take advantage of the crowds and enhance tourists’ experience in Philadelphia by exposing them to stories of devotion and worship. For Caitlin Goodman, curator of the rare book department at the Free Library, it was important the exhibit included all five religions, instead of

focusing solely on Catholicism. “Religious experience, in all its variety, is a prototypical human experience,” Goodman said. “The exhibition illuminates thematic similarities found in all five of the world’s major religions. Spotlighting materials from different religions emphasizes the fundamentally human practices of religious experience.” “Sacred Stories” showcases texts dating back to the 13th century, displaying scrolls, bibles and personal devotion books—like Mark Twain’s copy of the New Testament and William Penn’s personal bible. “The books, scroll and fragments on display narrate a journey through 1,000 years of history,” said Janine Pollock, head of the rare book department at the Free Library. “They tell stories about the creation of the world and its workings, building a community of narrative around the sacred word.” The exhibit draws interest for its inclusiveness and visual appeal. Beautifully illuminated manuscripts line the display cases, with intricate texts and impossibly complex designs, which took months to create by hand. Vibrant pictorials tell stories with colorful pictures, recounting tales of gods and goddesses, world creations and holy figures. “The thought actually crossed my mind, that if the Pope were to come here and see this display, he would really embrace it,” Pollock said. *




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“Sittin In’,” a monthly performance showcases local Philly talents. By LOGAN BECK The Temple News Under dimmed lighting, audience members listened to funky, upbeat music by Illvibe Collective. People met and greeted, getting out of their seats to shake hands with one another, quietly chatting as they awaited the main event. When 9 p.m. rolled around, featured performer and host for the evening Julie Dexter, an award-winning British singersongwriter and producer, took the stage. Dexter made an entrance as a keyboardist, drummer and bassist played alongside her on the stage. During Wednesday’s performance, the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza replicated a jazz performance for its free monthly show, “Sittin’ In.” Anthony Tidd, the director of the Creative Music Program at the Kimmel Center, said “Sittin’ In” has been a monthly tradition at the center for three years now. “The object of ‘Sittin In’ is to help keep the current live music scene in Philly alive,” Tidd said. “In addition to that, I am trying to bring folks to the Kimmel who might not come or play there often.” Dexter specializes in jazz, R&B, world music and soul, but the center prides itself on showcasing a laundry list of genres, institutional marketing manager Sophia Konopelsky said. “[Our talent] ranges anywhere from jazz performers, R&B artists, folk artists and Latin artists,” Konopelsky said. “It’s really a broad range of performers.” For Tidd, the most valuable aspect of the event is the variety of different artists. “The nature of the event is that, although it has a core audience, it also pulls different crowds, depending on who is hosting,” Tidd said. “One night might be


Julie Dexter performed free-form jazz and scatt at the Kimmel Arts Center Sept. 8.

a salsa dance vibe, the next might be big band jazz. ... It’s always changing, hence the hashtag ‘whoissittinin.’” In addition to recruiting monthly talent, Tidd said “Sittin’ In” also gives local artists the opportunity to perform a jam session. Brandon Wallace, who performs under the name Iron-M.I.C., heard of the jam session through advertisements at the Kimmel Center, and jumped on the opportunity to hear a multitude of different genres for free. Wallace, who was also in the audience last Wednesday, danced in his seat along to Dexter’s scatting. Last month, Iron-M.I.C had the chance to perform in his first jam session. “It really helped solidify my niche in knowing what my specialty is,” Wallace said. In addition to “Sittin’ In,” Wallace has also been involved with a weekly ka-

raoke night at Maxi’s, a pizzeria and bar on Main Campus. Tidd said the center often sees college-aged students performing at the jam session, hoping to make their mark and be recruited for their own feature performance. “Many of the musicians who play the jam sessions are U-Arts and Temple students,” Tidd said. “Also students from the Creative Music Program, CAPA and Temple have been featured hosts of the night. We even did an all youth ‘Sittin’ In’ a couple of months back. Even the DJ was a high school student.” The Kimmel Center will host upcoming ‘Sittin’ In’ sessions Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. *

a “good time,” Weinman said, “with no judgment.” David Pasbrig, a professor in the Boyer School of Music and Dance, performs regularly for the company. “I like what [Weinman] is trying to do,” Pasbrig said. “She is trying to bring more music to more people that aren’t necessarily in the habit of going to these types of concerts. She has made it accessible and inexpensive, but not of low quality either.” As an accomplished pianist and performer, Pasbrig has more opportunities to perform with Aurora Classical. Pasbrig said performed more before the recession of the past several years, which has “really taken a hit on classical music.” Weinman, a former singer in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s vocal ensemble, also spoke to musicians' hardships during the recession. She said they were “booked solid” in 2008. “The following year was much different,” Weinman said. “The Philadelphia Orchestra almost went bankrupt.” Weinman said the arts have “never recovered,” and musicians “still feel like it is the recession.” Weinman teaches singing and used to teach as many as 10 students a week—but that number has dwindled. For Weinman, “It’s more important than ever to start this company right now.”

Aurora Classical recently put on its debut concert Sept. 13 at the Hotel Brotherhood as part of the Fringe Festival. Titled “Bon Appetit,” the humorous piece took on Julia Child’s popular cooking shows. Audience member Dawn George said the show was “a great way to break through

She is “ trying to bring more music to more people that aren’t necessarily in the habit of going to these types of concerts.

David Pasbrig | Temple professor

that barrier and share the richness of classical music.” For Weinman, if just one person comes to an Aurora Classical show and decides to buy a ticket to the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center or similar venues, their “work is done.” “What we want to do is make classical music alive again,” Weinman said. *


Sculpture show features stories of working class A new display opened at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a Kensington gallery. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News

Sturdy, speckled rubber boots climb a short flight of stairs and ascend toward the ceiling of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. The highest pair of shoes, suspended in the air by thin wire and dotted with duct tape once belonged to Butch Price, a shipyard owner and operator. Artist Brian Wagner said Price had a habit of taping the boots to his jeans while cleaning ships on the Gulf of Mexico after the British Petroleum oil spill. “[Butch and his wife’s] resilience in spite is so humbling to me,” Wagner said. “They just keep on working, kept on doing, kept on living.” This month, the Sculpture Gym, a gallery, studio, and hub for art classes that includes a gym-like membership policy, pays homage to the unsung hero with its exhibition “Sweat and Blood,” a conceptual display of work apparel and equipment. “[The laborer is] so unappreciated and overlooked, but he’s so vital to our society,” director Abbey Gates told gallery goers when the exhibition was unveiled on the first Friday of the month—a tribute to Labor Day weekend. The exhibit displays the life of the worker firsthand using his own apparel and equipment. Wagner, along with former gallery owner Steven Earl Weber, collected the broken-in materials used in the everyday lives of butchers, coal miners, welders, painters and other blue collar figures. To acquire the materials—and the stories that went with them—Wagner and Weber found and interviewed unsuspecting workers whenever they could. After each worker donated time and clothes to the artistic cause, he received a new American-made replacement for his old equipment. The artists displayed the work deliberately to sanctify the life of the laborer. Gates likened a faded work shirt, spread wide and flattened beneath a sheet of glass, to the iconic Shroud of Turin. To the side of the gallery’s entrance, an upside-down miner’s cap, nailed to a vertical slab of wood, holds a puddle of water—reminiscent of an offering of holy water one would encounter in a church. “That sold it for me," Gates said. “That was just the coup de grâce.”


Abbey Gates, gallery director of Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, discusses Blood and Sweat, a conceptual piece currently on display.

About nine years ago, Gates began college at the University of Delaware with a focus on graphic design. Instead, she finished school as a sculptor, working with a ceramics professor. Her former professor, featured artist at the Gym, Weber, became her colleague and introduced her to the Sculpture Gym. Gates said she became enamored with the physical labor that came with creating three-dimensional art. “You hold it more personal, I guess ... you’re putting yourself out there because this took sweat and blood,” Gates said. While Wagner and Weber focused upon laborers rather than

fine artists, Gates said a link between the two exists. It’s not uncommon, Gates said, for an artist to pick up a second or third job to maintain financial sustainability. The artist is the laborer—they take time out of their lives to have an artistic mindset, to want to create a message and put something out into the world that takes a step beyond, “‘I’m going to go do my job and go home,’” Gates said. The exhibit will run until Sept. 25. *




Crowds gathered along Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy Sept. 17 for the Street Fare, a night festival featuring music, art and food. Formerly known as the Mount Airy Night Market, the Street Fare offered popular food trucks such as the Tot Cart and Undrgrnd Donuts along with stands from neighborhood restaurants like the the Trolley Car Diner and Jyoti Indian Bistro. Aside from the cuisine, attendees had the opportunity to shop at stalls and enjoy music sets from four bands on two separate stages.








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cartoons and video games. In college, he discovered Egon Schiele, an artist that remains an inspiration. “His paintings are so unfiltered, just raw arrogance and passion,” Eckman-Lawn said. “I am also still inspired by comics and illustration. I love Moebius. His work makes me so jealous and inspired.” A Philadelphia native, Eckman-Lawn believes his surroundings have largely impacted his aesthetics. The “amazing collection of styles and architecture” and “the history of buildings” throughout the city inspire his work. Glasheen, a fellow artist and friend of Eckman-Lawn, said the artist's subject matter is “dark, but his personality is light.” From an artist’s perspective, Glasheen wants Eckman-Lawn to be known for his hard work and character. “He spends hours, days, weeks, creating a new body of work that tells a personal story,” Glasheen said. Using Adobe Photoshop, Eckman-

Lawn creates detailed layers of art. The process starts by collaging old mechanical drawings or etchings of Victorian-era clothing, then painting portraits and burying them under the collaged elements. Next, he saves six or seven layers of the designs in different states, prints them on thick paper and cuts out sections one layer at a time. EckmanLawn then layers the pieces in a frame to give it a diorama-like feel. As for the artist’s future, Eckman-Lawn anticipates using a wider variety of material with more painting and drawing on each separate layer. Although his work is personal, Eckman-Lawn also tries to convey mystery or implied history, something he describes as “finding a cryptic note in a library book.” “A respected artist told me she got lost in my smaller pieces,” Eckman-Lawn said. “Like the room disappeared and she could exist in the space I created.” * madison.hall@

In preparation for the papal visit, Robert Indiana’s iconic “AMOR” sculpture will be installed at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps. “AMOR” directly resembles the iconic “LOVE” sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, which was also designed by Indiana. The new sculpture translates to “love” in Spanish, in honor of Pope Francis’ native language. The installation’s official unveiling will be held at 10:30 a.m. today. -Eamon Dreisbach


Exhibit director Kate Glasheen discusses Eckman-Lawn’s newest cut-paper pieces.

hours, days, weeks, creating a new body “He spends of work that tells a personal story.” Kate Glasheen | exhibits director


Federal Donuts’ critically acclaimed fried chicken sandwich, originally only available at its Spruce Street Harbor Park location, is now a permanent menu option at all four of its outlets. The new addition features a fried boneless chicken breast between two Martin’s potato rolls, topped off with dill pickles, american cheese and Rooster sauce. The sandwich costs $6.75. -Eamon Dreisbach PATRICK CLARK TTN

Alex Eckman-Lawn’s second exhibit opened Sept. 11 at the Art Dept. on Berks Street in Fishtown.

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grow as an actress. In a rural community where both the theatrical opportunities and mindset were limited, she felt different from everyone. But Hearn's passion could not be contained, and the first traces of her method acting, a technique she continues to practice, surfaced amid three contrasting roles she inherited during her senior year of high school. Cast as a middle-aged man in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Hearn channeled her energy into mastering Brooklyn dialect and a masculine walk in order to fully conquer the essence of her character. “This was one of my first impulses as an actor, rather than just getting direction and taking it,” Hearn said. She delved much deeper to harness these raw instincts through method acting courses Temple

The Comcast Center’s massive Comcast Experience video wall will display “Eternally Rome”, a new short film inspired by the World Meeting of Families, every day this week through Sunday. The film is 13 minutes long and will play at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., excluding 5 p.m. on weekdays. The movie celebrates Catholic tradition using shots of historical Roman landmarks. The Comcast Center is located on 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The film is free to attend. -Eamon Dreisbach

provided. Shedding old layers of herself, Hearn noted an internal change toward positive choices in her acting before she started getting parts. These choices entailed willingness to be vulnerable. During her junior year, Hearn was given the role of Kit in Temple’s main stage production of “Top Girls.” Donna Snow, the head of undergraduate acting at Temple, directed the play. “Anna Lou worked tirelessly on those scenes with Angie [Kit’s mother] in and outside rehearsal,” Snow said. “Every rehearsal, you could see changes and where things had grown, and there was a lot of experimentation.” The emboldening character of Kit preluded other roles of young women Hearn would come to play, which she describes as intensified forms of herself—something easy for her to access. Hearn said she is "always living on high stakes," and those are the roles she is cast in—because she knows how to "need that

I knew this was “ someone I wanted to be in the same room with for four months.

Tina Brock | theater director

need.” In Hearn’s latest endeavor, she takes on the role of Queen Marie in Eugène Ionesco’s “Exit the King” with the experimental theater company, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, through FringeArts. Hearn’s commitment—maneuvering through the audition with a broken foot—and connection to the character were particularly striking to director Tina Brock. “Despite her difficulty in

walking and moving, she committed to the text, to the emotion and to the experience,” Brock said. “I knew this was someone I wanted to be in the same room with for four months.” Hearn exposes her character's vulnerability in order to reveal the underlying complexities—she wants audiences to find comic relief in Marie's absurdity, but to also be moved by her sincerity. “I believe her methods help her work to be consistent and ever-evolving within the framework of the parameters established in rehearsal,” Brock said. “I would describe her performances as having what James Joyce refers to as a ‘radiance,’” Snow said. “A beautiful, talented young woman who has a unique combination of wisdom and innocence and a work ethic that is unparalleled.” *


Los Angeles artist FIDLAR will perform with Dune Rats at Union Transfer Thursday. The prominent skate punk band dropped their second studio album, “Too”, earlier this month to favorable critical reviews. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the show will begin at 10:20 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach

PARADIGM GALLERY TO HOST AGRICULTURE-THEMED EXHIBIT Starting Thursday, the Paradigm Gallery will feature “Subsidized Starvation”, an art exhibition showcasing the works of Abby Elizabeth. The exhibit’s theme revolves around sustainable food sources and the effect industrialized farming has on the environment. “Subsidized Starvation” will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will run until Oct. 17. -Eamon Dreisbach

MOTÖRHEAD TO PERFORM WITH ANTHRAX AT TOWER THEATRE Legendary heavy rock band Motörhead will play at the Tower Theatre tonight alongside fellow metal acts Anthrax and Crobot. Since its formation in 1975, Motörhead has released 23 albums including its latest project “Bad Magic.” Tickets are available via Live Nation for $56. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach



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Uniting different cultures and religions The Dialogue Institute held a workshop about finding peace within multiculturalism. By ALEX CASPER The Temple News Philadelphia is the cradle of religious freedom, with the Bill of Rights being written here 224 years ago. Since then, the city’s religious diversity has augmented, and Leonard Swidler, a religion professor at Temple, found the opportunity to use peace against religious conflicts when he came to the university 49 years ago. With Temple’s support, he opened the Dialogue Institute in 1978, a center on Main Campus that promotes intrareligious, interreligious and interideological dialogue around the world. The institute recently held a free workshop Sept. 17 at the Tuttleman Center, titled “Dialogue Across Difference: Skills for Peacemaking and Global Citizenship.” The workshop, which was in collaboration with this year’s Global Philly, a month long initiative to help spread the reputation of Philadelphia as a global city, was hosted by Swidler and Rebecca Mays, the Dialogue Institute’s executive director. It featured guests of many different cultures and religions coming from a wide variety of places like the Philadelphia suburbs, Quebec, London, Senegal and even a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. “It was definitely enlightening,” said Will Oughton, a sophomore computer science major who attended the workshop. “I got to meet people I

“We began to do

things to put into action the theories we were publishing in the scholarly journal.

Dr. Leonard Swidler | founder of Dialogue Institute

would have never have gotten to meet anywhere else and experience different religions. Our differences make us similar.” The Dialogue Institute was founded as an extension of the peer-reviewed Journal of Ecumenical Studies, which Swidler and his late wife started to work on at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. First published in 1964, it addresses dialogue between people of all different kinds of religions and is referred to from all over the world. Swidler explained the genesis of the journal, and the institute, came ADVERTISEMENT


The Dialogue Institute drew a diverse crowd from around the world when it hosted a discussion at the Tuttleman Learning Center Thursday to speak about the global dialogue surrounding religion.

from his time in Germany during the 1950s. “I was doing research for my doctorate of dissertation on a dialogue that started in Germany after World War I that was between Catholics and Protestants,” Swidler said. “So I had my foot in the door of intra-Christian dialogue. Then the Second Vatican Council happened just as I had finished the dissertation, and it didn’t stop at Catholic and Protestant dialogue but went to dialogue with Jewish, Muslims and Atheists. When we returned to the U.S., we both got jobs teaching at Duquesne. The thought came to her that there was no scholarly journal devoted to dialogue among religions so we should start one.” Dialogue is the cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions and beliefs, he said. “We began to do things to put into action the theories we were publishing in the scholarly journal,” Swidler added. “So eventually I decided that we should create an institute that would have a formal name and do the stuff we were working on out of pocket.” Today, the institute has a budget of nearly one million dollars, which it uses to house 20 Middle Eastern and 20 Southeast Asian students every January and July, as well as hold workshops to help combat the differences between different religions. By working together peacefully in the group, individuals are able to find a common ground with each others: ideologies using dialogue. The institute is looking to expand the number of staff in the near future and expand the understanding of dialogue in the community by hosting


Sarah Evers, a student, chats with Rebecca Mays, the Dialogue Institute’s director.

more workshops. “The world has always needed dialogue, especially after 9/11,” Swidler said. “Now the leaders of the world are recognizing that we need dialogue. Muslims are heavily involved in dialogue now—15 years ago you could count them out.” “We are looking to expand not only for the need of dialogue, but without it, we would destroy ourselves,” he added. *

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“The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue” is one of 70 books written by Dr. Leonard Swidler, founder of the Dialogue Institute.




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dress that question was to continue making their archives, well, archive-able,” Blackson said. “These organizations usually aren’t able to think about the history of their organization because of all their events happening every day, so this was an opportunity for them to pause and pull out some of the objects which would have otherwise just been lost in history,” he added. The Restoring Ideals project is currently working on a live conservation of a historic 19th century flute clock from the Franklin Institute, of which its music hasn’t been heard in more than 100 years. “We went to the Franklin Institute and asked them what would be an interesting object they would like to see conserved and they chose the flute clock as something valuable and interesting for the people of Philadelphia to recognize as an important object from their history,” Blackson said. The conservation is taking place now Wednesdays and Fridays in the Temple Contemporary gallery on the ground level of the Tyler School of Art. Conservation woodworker Scott Kip and horologist Randy Cleaver are working together on the restoration process to bring the clock back to life. Cleaver already fixed the pendulum in the process to get the clock ticking again while Kip is working on the music mechanism by reconstructing the 100 wooden pipes inside. When finished, the clock will sit atop an 8-foot tall German chest which holds long weight-driven cables that allow the bellows to provide air and winds to play the pipes. Kip said the cylinder inside has pins that record and play different musical pitches. The tunes are played manually by winding a crank that causes


Randy Cleaver, horologist, works on a 19th century flute clock in Temple Contemporary as part of the Restoring Ideals project.

the clock to trigger the barrel organ and play music through the pipes. “It’s mechanically recorded music, sort of like a music box—a very old music box,” Kip said. Kip figured out there’s about nine different songs recorded on the barrel and he said if time allows, he would like to try and create his own pitches of music within the pipe organs. “There’s five cylinders with, I think, about nine tunes on each one, so I’d like to maybe make a few reproduction cylinders and put my own tunes in to make it play something else,” Kip said. The date for the finished product is estimated to be January 2016. Blackson said Temple

Contemporary has worked with a range of other objects through their collaborations with local organizations, accumulating many artifacts important to the community. “We were able to get some of the very first issues from The Public School Notebook and restore those,” Blackson said. “There was also great things from other organizations such as the Attic Youth Center,” he added. “We got the first flag they flew as part of an [LGBT] adolescents’ march for coming out. It’s just been such a beautiful range of objects that we’ve conserved here in the gallery space at Temple Contemporary.” *


Randy Cleaver (left), horologist, and Scott Kip, conservation woodworker, will be restoring a flute clock from the Franklin Institute live in Temple Contemporary through January 2016.

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Emily Murphy (left), and Alex Cove act out a scene for “Daycare After Dark: Movies That Traumatized You As A Kid.”

as funny and diverse as possible,” said Glatfelter, a senior media studies and production major. This is the first year Insomnia Theater is officially adopting the practice of having one “giant overarching theme with little different prompts” for each group of writers, directors and actors. This method was given a trial run last semester during Insomnia Theater’s two spring performances, and the


Jillian Klimko (left), Jess Baar and Ash Miller perform the roles of female prisoners as Jess Varughese, in drag, plays a CIA agent in disguise for “Dear CIA: Gritty British Prison Dramas” during the Insomnia Theater show in the Student Center Underground Sept. 19th.

club officially adopted the theme strategy starting with this performance, their first of the year. “We used to pick just one word and have everybody use that as their central theme,” Glatfelter said. “A lot of people found that it was kind of limiting; a lot of the shows were too similar.” Leah Murray, a sophomore journalism major and a director for the Netflix Spectacular, participated in Insomnia Theater’s productions last year when every group was still sharing one singular word for their theme, like “crash” or “light” and putting their own spin on it. “I was a writer for when they only had the general theme,” said Murray, also the club’s finance director. “There was only so much we could do.” Murray said individual theme prompts make it easier for students to take their productions in different directions, while still staying under the show’s main umbrella theme. “You can just go crazy,” Murray said. “And as a writer you don’t really have to worry as much in the writing room if someone is doing the same thing as you.” The differing theme categories for this year’s Netflix Spectacular resulted in skits with storylines ranging from what happens when an undercover CIA agent finds himself in a women’s prison to how a Canadian transfer student might deal with rude American classmates.

Glatfelter praised the creativity of the writers, along with their casts. “They took [their themes] in new and different ways than I even expected them to,” Glatfelter said. “I was really happy to see that originality play in.” Morgan Ash, a senior film and media arts major, served as a writer in the group creating a “Goofy Pubescent Dance Musical.” “We kind of based it off of the background characters of early 2000s Nickelodeon shows,” Ash said. The variety of prompts allowed for more diverse performances but left some groups with a more difficult and time-consuming writing and production process. “I think we had an added challenge, because we had to create a song and put it in our play,” Ash said. “So we were the last group to finish [writing] in the wee hours of the morning.” “But I think we ended up getting a pretty good song out of our project,” he added. Insomnia Theater plans on implementing this theme strategy for the rest of their shows throughout the year. “There was a lot of variety,” Glatfelter said. “I think the audience really appreciated it.” *

*Editors note: Leah Murray was a former freelance writer for The Temple News. She did not contribute reporting to this article.






Students volunteer for “Undy 5000”


Today at 3 p.m., Jacob Hashimoto, an artist who uses traditional kite-making techniques and forms for his 3-D wall works, will talk about the process for his new installation in Temple Contemporary. -Albert Hong

An organization of pre-med students supported the annual 5K to help raise awareness for colon cancer.


By HENRY SAVAGE The Temple News When it comes to raising awareness for colon cancer in the annual “Undy 5000,” it doesn’t matter what the walkers wear—be it boxers, capes or costumes. Having celebrated its eighth year on Sept. 12 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Undy 5000 is a walk/run fundraising event where runners compete against each other in their undergarments and other various apparel for the CCA, or Colon Cancer Alliance. Supporters from all over came to raise awareness, including Temple’s own SNMA-MAPS, or Student National Medical Association-Minority Association of Premedical Students. The student organization is a pre-professional health organization established in 1964, and Temple’s chapter is dedicated to encouraging students of color to get involved in medical and scientific careers. Elifnaz Okan, senior biology major and SNMA-MAPS’ community service chair and secretary, said the group aims to give members experience with seeing the survivors of the diseases and disorders they read about in their books. Starting with raising awareness for colon cancer, the organization plans to be a part of a different walk each month to support patients struggling with different diseases like lupus and Alzheimer’s. For the Undy 5000, there were sponsor and information tents on the grass field next to Paine’s Park, with an inflatable colon attendees could walk through. Meanwhile, teams of underwear-clad families, friends and survivors warmed up for a 5K that meant more than just a race. It was a day for those affected by colon cancer to come together and celebrate their surviving loved ones, while also remembering the people they’ve lost. Alex Mateo, the husband of a colon cancer survivor, was at the Undy 5000 cheering for his wife and taking pictures of the event. “My wife, three years ago, was diagnosed,” Mateo said. “It was something that she just wasn’t feeling right, went to the doctors and they caught it early enough.” According to the CCA, nearly 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and the disease claimed more than 50,000 lives in the U.S. in 2014. Speakers from the CCA at the event stressed the importance of early diagnosis being the best way to beat this deadly disease. With more runs and awareness events for colon cancer planned, the organization

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done with your education, you needed to go home.” Ting’s father, who graduated from medical school in 1943, served in the U.S. military during World War II. The Second War Powers Act of 1942 allowed him to stay in the country since it stated that foreign nationals on active duty were automatically considered citizens. As a professor, he urges his students to know about their “immigration story” and the importance of studying their family history. According to, 27 per-

To celebrate the opening day of the “Uncommon Core” gallery in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, the Tyler School of Art will offer free coffee and cookies to attendants. Tomorrow at 11 a.m., students and faculty are encouraged to visit the gallery, which features artwork by Temple’s medical school graduate students. -Michaela Winberg


Tomorrow at noon, the “Beyond the Notes” concert series will begin at Paley Library. Tomorrow’s session will feature “Domestic Tranquility,” with animation and music created by Maurice Wright, a professor at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch to the event and enter this year’s Beyond the Notes trivia contest. The next session, “Musical Gems in a New Setting with Jeffrey Solow (cello) and Elise Auerbach (piano),” will take place Oct. 21 at noon. -Michaela Winberg



The “Undy 5000” is an annual walk/run where runners wear undergarments, costumes and other apparel to raise awareness for colon cancer.

hopes people can start to learn the necessary knowledge to diagnose and treat their cancer early on. Altogether, the fundraiser brought in more than $47,000 in donations according to the CCA, and a large amount of the proceeds will go to support screening navigation programs at the Abramson Cancer Center, of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The rest will go toward national prevention, research and patient support initiatives for the CCA. All the Temple students who were at the race to volunteer their time in the preparation and running were pre-professional health students, that in time will also meet people struggling with colon cancer.

“Most doctors and medical professionals are constantly exposed to people at their worst times in hopes that they can aid them to going back to their best,” Okan said. “However, participating in these walks lets us see all of the wonderful people who have been treated and cured, so it gives us a little glimpse of hope.” Their next walk will be the Lupus Loop Oct. 25 which is a walk to raise money and awareness for the autoimmune disorder Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. *

Jan Ting | Temple law professor

tion. “We’re in a democracy and the American people need to make up their minds about what they want,” he said. “For this reason, immigration is a hot issue because it is too hard of a choice to make.” “We are having a big immigration debate in our country

because people only have two choices, but they do not like either one of them,” Ting added. “They do not like open borders, but they do not like enforcing a numeric limit on how many immigrants we should allow in the country.”

The Student Center and Sodexo are teaming up to host dinner and a movie night on Thursday. Dinner will be provided by Sodexo and held in the Underground at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of “Magic Mike XXL” in The Reel at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and are available at The Reel Box Office, which is open Wednesday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. -Michaela Winberg

On Saturday, The Boyer College of Music and Dance will hold free introductory music classes for adults and dance classes for children. These classes will take place at Temple’s Center City Campus and they will be offered through Temple Music Prep, which is the non-credit division of Boyer. To register for the free classes, participants can visit, click “Courses” and search “MUSPREP0005.” -Michaela Winberg


Career Week will begin on Monday with Career Fair Prep and a university-wide Job & Internship Fair. Students can visit different stations at the event to meet with employers and learn about job interview preparation, like what to wear and how to research for the interview. The event will take place in the Student Center atrium from 4 to 5 p.m. -Michaela Winberg

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Voice of the People | MEGAN SABATINO



“I’m an academic, and you are supposed to write about what you are teaching in order to make your teaching better.” cent of Americans do not know where their family lived before they came to the U.S., and only 50 percent of American families have ever researched their family roots. Recently, immigration has become a trending topic among the 2016 Presidential candidates, as well as a national conversa-

As a part of the Fall Provost Lecture Series, Mayor of Rome, Italy Ignazio R. Marino will visit Temple Thursday. There will be a reception with refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in Mitten Hall, and then Marino will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Temple Performing Arts Center. Marino was a world-famous organ transplant surgeon who practiced in Philadelphia for four years, among other cities in the United States and Italy. In 2013, Marino was elected Rome’s mayor. The mayor’s lecture is entitled “Transplantation: From Surgery to Reviving the Eternal City.” Seating for this event is limited, and students are encouraged to register early at by clicking “Provost Lecture Series: Mayor of Rome, Italy, Ignazio R. Marino.” -Michaela Winberg

“What are your plans for the Pope’s visit?”






“I’m just kinda hanging around the city, not really doing much. … If it’s crowded, I’m staying on campus.”

“I was going to go downtown and try to take crowd shots for fun.”

“No immediate plans, I’m really just happy for the day off that we are getting!”






Overton, Asci honored following tournament Top 25 college football poll after their 25-23 win Saturday against the University of Massachusetts. Temple tied with Auburn University for the 33rd-most votes in the poll. The Owls have not been ranked since 1979. Last week , the team received 38 points, 10 shy of No. 25 Oklahoma State University. It is the program’s first 3-0 start since Temple finished 8-4 in 2010 under Al Golden. -Owen McCue



Junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez colides with a Penn State player during the Owls 2-0 win Sept. 4 at Ambler Sports Complex.


Junior middle blocker Kristen Overton and sophomore outside hitter Irem Asci earned all-tournament honors at the Big 5 Invitational over the weekend. Overton started all three games for Temple, totaling 28 kills and 17 blocks. The Royersford, Pennsylvania native’s 58 hitting percentage was the highest hitting percentage of the tournament. In Temple’s 3-0 defeat of La Salle at The Palestra Friday, Overton earned nine kills with a 75 hitting percentage. She then totaled six kills on nine attempts in the Owls 3-0 victory against the University of Pennsylvania Saturday.

In Temple’s only loss at the Invitational—against Villanova—Overton tallied 12 kills. Asci, who leads the Owls with 176 kills this season, finished the weekend with 44 kills. Asci averaged 4.40 kills per set throughout the tournament, the highest average at the Invitational. -Connor Northrup


After Temple, the No. 23 team in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American coaches Sept. 15 poll, defeated Villanova Sept. 16 and the University of Pennsylvania sept. 18 to move to 6-0-1 on the season, three Owls earned weekly conference honors. Junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez was named the American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Sanchez tallied one goal against the Wildcats Wednesday and had a hat trick againt Penn. With 10 goals this season, Sanchez is second in Division I behind University of South Carolina Upstate’s Gordon Wild. Junior defender Carlos Moros Gracia earned Defensive Player of the Week, and has helped solidify a Temple back line that has surrendered three goals in seven games this season—an average of .43 goals per game, which is ranked No. 10 in Division 1. Gracia also recorded his first career goal against Villanova, breaking a scoreless tie in the 69th minute of play. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle was name to the weekly Honor Roll. The first-year starter has allowed three goals on 64 shots faced this season and has recorded three shutouts. Cagle had seven saves on 17 shots against Villanova and held Penn to two shots on goal in Sunday’s 3-0 win.

-Dan Newhart


The Owls (3-0) received 20 vote in the Associated Press

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Penn State. Last season's highest attendance at a home game was 333 at the Owls' 2-1 overtime loss to Tulsa Oct.25. “When people are able to come out and watch and see us and how good of a team we are, I think it just brings them back wanting to see more,” MacWilliams said. “I think we’ve gotten back to two years ago when we were very difficult to break down. We frustrate teams, and it’s tough to get many chances on us.” With 2014 fresh in their minds, the players are making sure to stay motivated and avoid complacency

When people are “ able to come out and


Freshman midfielder Sarah McGlinn celebrates with senior midfielder Kelly Farrell during the Owls’ 3-0 win against La Salle Sept. 18.

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sophomore defender Elana Falcone (4). Farrell, who transferred from Old Dominion University before the 2013 season, leads The American in goals scored. The Sicklerville, New Jersey native scored in a career-high, seven straight games to start the season and currently has two more goals than she did in 2014. Farrell has found the back of the net in all but one of the games she played this season. “I feel like we’re just way more focused this year,” Farrell said. “We know what we have to do, and it’s a lot of the girls last year and we want to leave a memory. A lot of people are gunning for us and we have a target on our backs, so we just have to keep rising.” Temple’s nine-member senior class has given

the team a veteran leadership presence this season, but O’Connor said the play of the underclassmen has given him hope for the future. Falcone and fellow sophomores Gabriella McKeown and Kayla Cunningham have all made impacts, combining for seven goals and 20 points. Freshmen midfielder Sarah McGlinn has three goals and freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash has 23 saves since replacing injured senior Shauni Kerkhoff, The American’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Nash is 4-1 with two shutouts in five starts since relieving Kerkhoff, who was ruled out for the season after breaking her right tibia against the University of Pennsylvania Sept. 4. “It’s going to be terrible losing the seniors, but the sophomore class is just phenomenal,” O’Connor said. “Sarah, Jordan and the freshmen are starting to contribute too, but I feel really good about the future now because those sophomores

have really stepped up.” Last year, the Owls lost their final two games before conference play after a program-record seven consecutive wins to start the season. Temple enters its conference opener on the road against Central Florida Thursday with momentum after defeating La Salle for the first time since 2002 and taking down Saint Joseph’s Sunday to cap a four-game winning streak. “The biggest difference from this year to last year is I feel like we’re going to score every game,” O’Connor said. “I feel like we’re in a better position now going into conference than we were last year.”

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watch and see us and how good of a team we are, I think it just brings them back wanting to see more.

David MacWilliams | coach

despite the strong start. “We know the season we had last year,” Mahoney said. “We are always bringing up in training that we are creatures of habit as coach Mac says, so we have to train how we play games, otherwise there will be a let up.”





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Walker once again led his team onto the field needing a game-winning drive—this time with his team down by one with 1:16 remaining. Starting from Temple’s 35-yard line, the junior quarterback completed six of his nine passes, marching the Owls 50 yards in nine plays to set up the game-winning field goal in the team’s 25-23 victory against the University of Massachusetts. “We push practice to that pace right there,” Walker said of the late-game drive. “I felt like we went out there and that

been on “theWe’ve wrong side of some of these games.

Matt Rhule | coach

was the slow part. Practice is 10 times harder, 10 times faster.” The Owls’ past two con-

tests in their 3-0 start—the team’s first since 2010—have been decided in the waning moments of the game. In 2013 and even early in 2014, the outcomes in those types of games were similar to the Central Florida loss. Temple went 1-8 in one-possession games during its past two seasons. “We’ve been on the wrong side of some of these games,” coach Matt Rhule said. “And this is two weeks in a row it came down to the last play. ... That’s what college football’s like. You’re going to play 60 minutes. It’s what it is.” The team made plays during the final moments in its 34-26 win against Cincinnati Sept. 12 and the victory against UMass Saturday in order to secure wins. Senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich intercepted Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel in the end zone Sept. 12. Redshirt-senior safety Will Hayes helped set up Walker’s drive Saturday by returning a blocked PAT 99 yards for a two-point play. Going back to the team’s final game in 2014—a 10-3 win against Tulane—Temple is 3-0 in its last three contests decided by eight points or fewer. “I was proud of our team last year like at the Tulane game we were able to find a

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kickers in field goal percentage. “The offseason helped a lot,” Jones said. “I got a lot better as a kicker. I matured a lot and coach Rhule told me to step my game up and I did.” Jones, who Marshall calls “surefoot,” credits his success to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Tom Bradway, who is his holder on field goals this season. Former quarterback Connor Reilly was Jones’ holder last season because Bradway, who transferred from Lafayette College before the season, was forced to redshirt due to NCAA rules. “He’s improved my game a lot,” Jones said. “The biggest thing is Connor is 6-foot-2 with big hands for a quarterback. Tom is about 5-foot-7 with small hands, so the weight of his hands helps a lot.” The other sophomore specialist who played a role in Saturday’s victory was punter Alex Starzyk, who totaled seven punts inside the 25-yard line. On the season, Starzyk is averaging 41.62 yard per punt this season, including four punts of 50 yards or more. Last season, Starzyk had seven 50-yard-plus punts

teams is a big part of “theSpecial game. Offense and defense are only two-thirds of the game.

Will Hayes | senior defensive back

and averaged 38.41 yards per punt, which ranked No. 99 out of 108 FBS punters. “Kicking is something people don’t expect us to be good at,” Matakevich said. “But Austin’s doing a tremendous job. Alex Starzyk is doing a tremendous job punting the ball. Special teams are really helping us.” Ed Foley took over as the special teams coach prior to this season, replacing former coach Tyree Foreman. Hayes said the results have manifested on the field due to a new emphasis. “Special teams is a big part of the game,” Hayes said. “Offense and defense are only two-thirds of the game. You still got special teams, so we take that very seriously in practice every day.” The work the Owls’ special teams unit put in this summer and continues to put in this season has not gone unnoticed by teammates. “I think they’re the hardest working group on this team,” Walker said. “You know you got a lot of guys who’s giving it their all just to play special teams. You respect those guys because that’s a dangerous part of the game and that’s an important part of the game.”

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Junior quarterback P.J. Walker evades a UMass defender during the Owls 25-23 win Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

way to win,” Rhule said. “It was kind of a similar situation [Saturday], so I think our kids are just growing up where they’re finding a way to go make plays at the end.” The Owls have 20 seniors and 24 juniors on their 2015 roster. The upperclassmen have made sure the underclassmen understand it took




some bumps and bruises during the last few seasons for Temple to start this year 3-0. “We’re trying to develop that into their minds,” said Walker, who threw for a career-high 391 yards Saturday. “Like you all have to realize that we’ve been through so much.” Two young wide receivers

caught passes during Temple’s game-winning drive Saturday. Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Ventell Bryant caught two passes for 15 yards, and sophomore wide receiver Adonis Jennings, a transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, snagged one ball for 12 yards on the drive. “That’s them growing up

right there,” redshirt-senior wide receiver John Christopher. “That doesn’t just happen on Saturdays. That’s because of the work we put in during the week.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Owen_McCue




cross country

Teams compete in third meet of 2015 season Three upperclassmen finish in the Top 25 for the Owls at the Main Line Invitational Friday at Haverford College. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News Alex Izewski, Matt Kacyon and Stephan Listabarth have a habit of finding each other on the cross country course. “When we are out here on the course it’s kind of just find a white jersey and just pull each other along,” Izewski said. “That’s kind of strategy when we come to these races.” The Owls placed fifth out of seven teams at the Main Line Invitational Friday. Izewski finished 10th out of 150 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 57 seconds. Kacyon placed 17th and Listabarth finished 25th with times of 20:07 and 20:24, respectively. “Me, Matt and Stephan had a plan to get out hard, so we were out pretty quick through our first mile," Izewski said. "So that was kind of game plan and then just sit up front and stay with the top pack throughout the race and we pretty much did that for most of the laps, so it went pretty well.” Listabarth, a junior transfer from Vienna, Austria, began his career as an Owl with a first-place finish at the Duquesne Duals Sept. 5 with a time of 26:09. Fifthyear seniors Izewski and Kacyon finished

the Duquesne Duals in fifth and ninth with times of 26:22 and 26:38.2, respectively. Izewski dashed to a fifth place finish in the team’s next race Sept. 11 at the Big 5 Invitational held at Belmont Plateau with a time of 19:13.5. Kacyon finished 10th at the event and Listabarth finished 11th. “[Kacyon and Izewski] are guys who have been here through four different coaches, a lot transition," Snyder said. They are guys who have come out on the other side and they’re running the best they’ve ever run right now.” Listabarth has been in the United States for three weeks and Snyder said his successful transition to the team can be credited to his teammates. “They’ve been a great welcoming group,” Snyder said. “I feel Stephan is just one of the guys now. There’s no difference. Culturally, I’m sure the food is a little bit different and there are things that need to be adjusted being away from home for the first time, but he’s adjusting pretty well.” Listabarth is only one of the new additions on this year’s team, as the Owls also feature seven freshmen. “It’s a big change for us older guys,” Izewski said. “We went from six of us, to adding Stephan and then adding seven freshmen. It’s a lot better because now we actually have depth and now we can let them know what college running is like. It’s been nice because now we have a lot more depth than we ever had before.” * T @StephenGodwinJr

Blanca Fernandez has firstplace finishes in both of her first meets in 2015. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News

first season was crazy.” Last year, Fernandez earned second team allAmerican honors in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. She broke Temple’s record in the women’s 800-meter, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000. She was also the first Owl in 28 years to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June, finishing the 1,500-meter preliminary race in 4:19.62, breaking her own school record of 4:19.86. In the school’s history, Temple has never had a woman from its cross country team qualify for the cross country NCAA Championship, but Snyder said Fernandez might be the first. “I think she has a very good chance at being at the front of that race,” Snyder said. “The expectation for her is to be an all-American this fall.” In Spain, Fernandez dealt with humid conditions during her running career. She said the warm weather of the past two weeks improves her performance. “I feel much better in these conditions,” Fernandez said. “It is much easier and what I am used to. The weather was also good last week, but less cooler.” Snyder is confident Fernandez’s results will improve as the season goes on, and he suspects she has already set a good model for the team’s future. “She’s national class, and I would probably go so far to say she’s one of the best athletes to put on a Temple uniform regardless of sport,” Snyder said. “I think she is going to stand by the time she finishes here as one of the greats.”

Three weeks into the cross country season, Blanca Fernandez has proven she can succeed on any surface. In her first year on the Owls’ cross country team, the senior has back-to-back first place individual finishes at the Big 5 Invitational and Main Line Invitational. In the last two weeks, she topped Villanova’s six-time All-American Angel Piccirillo and Ashley Montgomery from the University of Pennsylvania, who qualified for the 1,500-meter at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2014 and 2015. “She’s gone up against a very good field,” assistant coach James Snyder said. "With a couple of girls from Villanova who have been there before, she took the win. That’s just the type of athlete she is and an indication of the type of training she’s put in since she’s been here.” Fernandez, who is from León, Spain, transferred to Temple in January 2014. She competed in the Under-23 division at the national level before coming to Temple. This fall, she is adjusting to a different course length during collegiate cross country races. “We’re used to 8K and here it is 6K,” Fer* nandez said. “The races in my country are much more different. We don’t have too many girls on T @MarkJMcCormick our team under 23, so we run against seniors. The


Owls prepare for conference play The volleyball team eyes its first American Athetic Conference title since joining the conference in 2013. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Days before the start of American Athletic Conference play, Janine Simmons stood alone on an empty McGonigle Hall gym floor before practice. The senior middle blocker worried the mental errors Temple committed in its 9-3 start may prevent the team from reaching its full potential throughout the season. The Owls tied for second in The American last season and hoped for first heading into 2015, but Simmons is unsure about the team's fate. “You don’t know how ready you are in conference until you play in conference,” Simmons said. “We will be able to tell after that first weekend against South Florida and Central Florida.” The Owls begin conference play Sept. 25 against South Florida with the goal of winning a conference title for the first time

since they were the Atlantic-10 Conference champions in 2007. Last season, the Owls averaged 2.24 blocks per set and 17.54 digs per set in conference play and want to prioritize defense after averaging 2.2 blocks per set and 14.5 digs per set in non-conference action. “I really hope we are making improvements, we have glimpses of being the really good team that we have, but then there are times where we don’t perform where we need to be,” Simmons said. “I think it is going to come down to how consistently we are when it comes to conference play this year.” After finishing with a 15-5 record last year in The American, which currently has no teams ranked in the Top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches poll, the Owls were picked to finish third in the conference's preseason coaches' poll. “I think honestly—I don’t want to talk smack here—but, the conference does treat Temple like, ‘Oh, it’s Temple,’” junior middle blocker Kirsten Overton said. “We are the only team that has the most returners, yet we are still ranked third. That is just the extra step we need and motivation we need.” The Owls can also fulfill their other goal—making the NCAA tournament—by

winning The American. “We don’t want to rely on an at-large bid,” Overton said. “This conference is very evenly matched and I think it’s something very pronounced, anyone could win on any given day.” Since leaving the A-10 for The American in 2013, Temple’s conference record is 24-14. Although Temple found some success in The American in 2014, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam said the squad needs to continue to improve in order to fulfill its goals. “We had a tremendous season last year, but at the same time we want to always achieve more than the previous season,” Ganesharatnam said. “But that doesn’t always mean it is going to happen. A lot has to come together for us to reach the top.” Ganesharatnam described The American as a physical conference. He said the team will need to bring in a certain quality of athletes in order to compete with the top teams in the league. “You can’t do that in a year,” Ganesharatnam said. “It goes into the process of recruiting. It takes the right kids who are physically suitable for this conference.” *


Janine Simmons hits the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Navy Sept. 29.

Field Hockey

Owls struggle to retain national ranking in first year with new coach After a 3-5 start to the season, the field hockey team is unranked for the first time since September 2013. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Temple dropped out of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coaches’ poll last week for the first time since September 2013. The Owls lost three of their last five matches. Through eight games this year, the team has one fewer loss than its 2014 regular-season loss total. “It’s definitely disappointing,” senior captain and midfielder Sarah Deck said. “But we knew this was going to be a year of transition with [coach Marybeth Freeman] coming in, and we knew we lost some good talent last year. With that, I personally like being in this position because being the underdog is an advantage. People don’t expect much of you, and we’re sitting in that spot right now.” The Owls rank in the Top 30 of Division

I teams in offensive statistics like assists per game, goals per game, penalty corners per game and points per game among Division I teams. However, Temple has not been as efficient as it wants on offense, putting 49.2 percent of its shots on goal and scoring at a 19.2 percent clip. In contrast, the Owls’ opponents have put 63.5 percent of their shots on goal and scored on 22.5 percent of their shots. Deck said offensive efficiency has been a point of emphasis from the coaching staff recently. “The last three days, we have done the same drill in practice involving possession because that is a big part of our efficiency,” Deck said. “When we are [up the field] it’s great, but actually getting it up there has been the problem. The possession passes through the midfield is something that we have been focusing on, and we will continue to work on.” Through the first eight games of 2015, the Temple defense has allowed an average of 5.5 penalty corners per game. In 2014, the team allowed 4.9 corners per contest. Additionally, the Owls' 2.88 goals against average ranks outside the Top 50, while every other school in the Big East Conference is ranked inside the Top 50.

We knew this was “going to be a year of transition.” Sarah Deck | senior midfielder

The Owls were outscored 17-6 in the four Top 20 matchups and with four potential Top 20 games left on its schedule, Steinman said the team needs to do a better job of capitalizing on offense. “We were always in those games,” Steinman said. “We competed well with them. I think we are playing good hockey. We can see it in film, and it’s just finishing our plays and capitalizing on the other team’s mistakes.” With a contest at No. 19 James Madison Friday and Temple’s Big East opener against No. 15 Old Dominion University Oct. 2, Freeman said the Owls must focus on improving their 3-5 record. “In times of adversity, when you have lost games, it’s important that you look at what you didn’t do well and apply it to the training for the following week,” Freeman said. “You have to understand that sometimes the chips aren’t going to fall your way. … There’s not a lot of time to hold grudges and dwell on the past. You really have to keep a clear, level head to move forward in the future.”

Senior backer Rachel Steinman insists the back line of the squad has continued to get better, emphasizing communication as one of the immediate needs. “We have been improving throughout the season for sure,” Steinman said. “Communication is always key. We see everything on the field, we see everything in front of us. We need to be the ones that are directing our midfield and our forwards. [We just need] more direct communication and we’ll be fine.” So far this season, the Owls have had trouble against ranked opponents. The team is 0-4 against Top 20 teams so far this season losing to the University of Maryland, Penn State, the * University of Delaware and Northwestern Uni- T @MattCockayne55 versity.


Senior Blanca Fernandez won her second meet of the season, while the men’s team finished in fifth place. PAGE 21 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015


The volleyball team is 9-3 entering American Athletic Conference play against South Florida Sept. 25. PAGE 21



Two volleyball players honored following Big 5 Invitational, the football team lost 14 votes in the AP Top 25 Poll, other news and notes. PAGE 19



Temple 25 | UMass 23

Walker, Owls ‘growing up’ in their 3-0 start Junior quarterback P.J. Walker orchestrated a game-winning 50-yard touchdown drive in the Owls’ 25-23 win Saturday. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor Two years ago, P.J. Walker watched helplessly from the sidelines as Central Florida kicker Shawn Moffitt chipped in a 23-yard game-winning field goal with no time on the clock. One minute earlier, Walker took the field with the two teams tied, hoping he could put the Owls in position to kick the game-winner. The then-freshman quarterback completed one of his two pass attempts, but the Knights forced Temple to punt. Twenty-eight seconds after Walker walked off the field, Moffitt hit the field goal to take down the Owls 39-36. “I felt like my freshman year against UCF we had a chance to go out there in the twominute [offense],” Walker said. “I wasn’t really prepared for it. But you know, I think as I get older, as I grow, things just start slowing down for me.” In Saturday’s game at Gillette Stadium against the University of Massachusetts,


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Offense the catalyst to Owls’ early success Through the squad’s first 10 games, the women’s soccer team has outscored its opponents by 23 goals. BY TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News As coach Seamus O’Connor watched Temple shut out La Salle 3-0 Friday, the difference between his current group and last season’s team became clearer than ever. The coach scanned the field, looking from player to player, and then turned to the Owls’ bench for a final introspective glance at his team. “We have more goal scorers than we’ve ever had in the history of this program,” O’Connor said. “The team we were last year, one goal was like, ‘Oh my god, this is a miracle,’ and this year it’s like, ‘No, we have to go score.’” In 10 games of non-conference play, Temple (8-2) outscored its opponents 31-8. Last year, the Owls entered their first American Athletic Conference match with a 7-2 record and a 17-8 scoring advantage against their non-conference opponents. “We want to win the conference and we want to be in control of it,” O’Connor said. “So we have to go and score more.” Ten of Temple’s 24 players who have taken the field in 2015 have scored at least one goal. Seven of those 10 players have already set or matched career-highs in goals for a single season, including senior midfielder Kelly Farrell (11), senior defender Erin Lafferty (5) and


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Redshirt-sophomore Leon Johnson celebrates the Owls 25-23 victory against UMasss at Gillette Stadium Saturday.

The Owls remain undefeated after Austin Jones’ last second 32-yard field goal against Massachusetts.


By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

tephaun Marshall stood on the Temple five-yard line, eyeing the ball as it bounced toward him. The redshirt-junior linebacker picked up the football after it was blocked on the University of Massachusetts’ extra point attempt. Marshall ran with the ball until he

reached the 10-yard line, where UMass senior defensive back Kelton Brackett began tackling him. Before Marshall was brought down, he lateraled the ball to senior defensive back Will Hayes, who ran more than 80 yards with the ball for a two-point conversion to bring the Owls within one point of the Minutemen, 2322. “That was the biggest play of the game,” senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “If you look at the game, blocking that kick, if they kick that ball, we are down four. We had to score. That proves to you how key of a play that was.” After the offense turned the ball over three times, and the defense allowed 438 yards, the Owls’ special teams unit made key plays to

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help the team win its third game. On Temple’s game-winning drive after Hayes’ PAT return, sophomore kicker Austin Jones kicked a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining to secure the team’s 25-23 win. “I’m really proud of our special teams,” coach Matt Rhule said. “That is two weeks in a row that they made some big plays for us.” Through three games, Jones is 7-for-7 on field goals, including two kicks of 40-or-more yards. Last season, Jones was 13-for-22 with two made field goals from more than 40 yards out. As a freshman last season, Jones ranked No. 102 out of 114 Football Bowl Subdivision


Owls land Top 25 spot behind defense The men’s soccer team is ranked in the NSCAA poll for the first time since 1997. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News For coach David MacWilliams, attention comes with the territory. After defeating Yale 2-0 Sept. 13, Temple moved to No. 23 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Sept. 15 poll—the team’s first appearance in the poll since 1997. “Any time you get some national recognition, you get a bull's eye on your jersey,” MacWilliams said. “But we’re going to have to deal with that. I think [the ranking] is a credit to the players and how hard they’ve worked and how hard the staff has worked during the offseason to get things right and move in a positive direction.” The Owls, who finished 2-14-2 in 2014 and placed last in the American Athletic Conference with a 1-6-1 mark, received three votes in the Sept. 8 NSCAA poll after defeating Penn State— ranked No. 13 in the Sept. 15 poll. Temple also has wins against

Manhattan College and Rider University. The Owls defeated the University of Pennsylvania Sunday to move to 6-0-1 overall. Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper and first-year starter Alex Cagle said the key has been Temple’s defensive consistency. Through seven games and 666 total minutes, the Owls have conceded three goals averaging 0.43 goals against per game—which is ranked No. 10 in Division I. “[The defense] has really been locking it down and not giving opposing teams too many shots on target or offensive chances,” Cagle said. “It’s really helped the whole team because we can rely on the fact that we know we have a little bit of protection and can take risks up top.” Junior defenders Matt Mahoney and Carlos Moros Gracia and sophomore midfielder Brendon Creed, among others, make up the Owls' back line. “I think the team's confidence is at an all-time high,” Mahoney said. “Not many teams in the country are undefeated up to this point, and I think it's something we're very proud of.” MacWilliams said fans are starting to get excited about the soccer program again. Seven hundred people attended the team's victory against




Alex Cagle passes the ball against Villanova Sept. 16. The Owls won 2-1.

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Volume 94 Issue 5  

Issue for Tuesday September 22 2015

Volume 94 Issue 5  

Issue for Tuesday September 22 2015


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