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THE MUSIC ISSUE OUR ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921.



VOL. 94 ISS. 26


Faculty discusses stadium Professors want more answers from administration about the university’s $126 million plan. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor



Violinist Herbert Light has played with The Philadelphia Orchestra for 56 years. His son, Jonathan Light, is chronicling his father’s work in a documentary.


TSG voter turnout falls short of goal Turnout this year dropped to 12.72 percent, after 17 percent of the student body voted in 2015. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News



A look at off-campus road work

Work by construction crews has caused traffic and parking issues on streets near Main Campus. PAGE 2


Buskers essential to Philly’s scene



The facility will be built behind Pearson-McGonigle Halls.

New multi-use facility to be built

Voter turnout in last week’s Temple Student Government elections dropped after a record-high turnout was last year. Turnout was still ranked second-highest since TSG began tracking it in 2004. Last week, students cast a total of 4,112 votes, resulting in a 12.72 percent voter turnout. This was 467 fewer votes than the 4,579 votes in 2015, which resulted in a 17 percent voter turnout, according to data provided by Director of Student Activities Chris Carey. Data also showed voter turnout had been on a steady decline from 2009 until the 2015 elections. Before the dramatic spike in turnout in 2015, the elections from 2004 to 2014 had an average 2,572 votes cast each year. The highest was in 2009 with 3,945 votes and the lowest ocurred in 2007 with 1,252 votes. Last year, former Elections Commissioner Inella Ray told The Temple News TSG was aiming for a 20 percent voter turnout in the 2015-16 elections. This year, Elections Commissioner Gaelen McCartney set a goal of 25-30 percent voter turnout. All four tickets canvassed on Main Campus during the two days of voting last week, asking students if they had already voted and if not, they handed out paperwork with the link that led to the voting website. McCartney said party platforms

ast month, associate computer science professor Paul LaFollette and law professor Mark Rahdert publicly voiced their opinions about arguably the most pressing issue facing Temple right now. Each longtime faculty member wrote articles in the Faculty Herald—a monthly publication for university faculty members—that called for more open discussion from the Board of Trustees and administration. Their concerns are with the university’s proposed $126 million, 35,000-seat football stadium, a topic that has been of major interest to the university community for several months. LaFollette, who became editor of the Herald in July 2014, believes the university has already made a decision concerning the proposal. “It’s becoming more and more obvious that this is going to happen,” he said. “There has been very little interaction with the faculty, on the part of administration, about this.” LaFollette’s front-page article from last month, “The Ethics of Encephalopathic Rou-

The Board of Trustees recently approved construction of the $28.5 million project. By OWEN McCUE The Temple News At a March 15 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a $28.5 million indoor recreation, athletics and College of Public Health facility. This facility will be built at the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue, behind Pearson-McGonigle Halls. The new building will contain an indoor recreation and training center, a large athletic and recreation practice facility and physical therapy/occupational therapy classrooms and labs for the College of Public Health. Funds from the project will come from university bonds and the College of Public Health. The College of Public Health will contribute $8.5 million to the project, which will cover the portion of the facility it will use. Currently, the College of Public Health does not have a facility on Main Campus for its physical therapy and occupational programs, both of which are graduate programs. Students travel to the Health and Sciences Campus to do the labs. “We have been in desperate need for clinical classroom DONNA FANELLE TTN

New policies for alcohol violations The Student Conduct Code has been changed regarding parties and alcohol off campus. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor In a response to student partying offcampus, university officials announced today changes to the Student Conduct Code and increased patrols during “peak party times,” along with more collaboration with city and state government. In a release, President Theobald said the administration understands partying is a part of college life, but added students must be responsible and respectful of the communities around Main Campus. “We cannot condone disrespectful and disruptive behavior by a relatively small number of students, nor can we ignore an increase in the number of students hospitalized and injured during events involving alcohol,” he said in a university release. The release lists several changes that would be implemented immediately—including the increased patrols, which will consist of



Kingfisher mixes jazz and rock


The ‘jam fusion’ student band is made of eight musicians, including a full horn section and two pianists. PAGE 7

Philadelphia musicians are gravitating toward smaller, homier recording spaces, set up in basements, bedrooms and other living spaces. PAGE 9

A new trend in recording studios






Road work impacting nearby streets The work is part of a citywide capital improvement project aiming to improve about 3,000 miles of underground pipes. By ZARI TARAZONA The Temple News During the past few weeks, road construction has affected much of Berks Street near 17th. Many nearby residents, however, said they are unclear of what the construction is for. Barry O’Sullivan, director of corporate communications at Philadelphia Gas Works, did not have an estimated cost of the capital improvement project, adding the purpose of the construction is to upgrade the main natural gas pipes that run underneath the streets and provide natural gas to neighborhoods and around the city. “What we’re doing now at PGW is upgrading the natural mains throughout the city so there’s about 3,000 miles of that in total,” O’Sullivan said. “We are currently in a project where we are replacing about 1,500 miles of that. This project in and around Temple is part of that larger replacement and upgrade.” O’Sullivan said this is a project that will continue for about 40 to 45 years in Philadelphia, but the construction at Berks Street should finish in the next couple of weeks. He

added he did not have a specific date of completion. Ally Adonizio, a senior public relations major, lives on Berks Street near 18th. It’s a one-way street with twohour parking that is currently closed off, and closure leads to many drivers backing out of the street once they reach the road block, she said. “Berks is the closest allday parking so with that street down you have to go to further places to park which is inconvenient,” Adonizio said. Dianna Johnson, a sophomore accounting major, lives on the 1800 block of 18th Street. She said her block was closed off at 18th Street and Montgomery Avenue about a week ago because of drivers trying to move past the construction at Berks. “When they were digging out the trench they had three big machines, they needed somewhere to park it, so they literally parked it in the intersection of 18th and Berks,” Johnson said. Maric Kusinitz, a sophomore geography and urban studies major said her apartment’s water had been turned


Dianna Johnson, a sophomore accounting major who lives on 18th Street, walks by construction near her apartment.

off once from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a notice was put on the door that same day—once it was back on, her roommate Jonah Amedeo noticed a change. “It came out yellow, I filled out about three glasses yellow before I got to clear water,” Amedeo said. O’Sullivan said this would not have been done by the PGW workers at the construction site.

“We wouldn’t ever have to cut off people’s water services to do our work, as far as I know,” he said. Nearby residents also said trash pickup has been affected by the construction. June Cantor, a public relations specialist for the Philadelphia Streets Department, said she has not received reports about late pickups around 17th and Berks streets. These reports can be made

by calling 311 or the Streets Department, and that report will then go to a sanitation supervisor who monitors the block’s trash collection. O’Sullivan said PGW puts individual notices on residents’ door handles that explain the project and the date construction begins, in addition to posting information on and pgworks. com. Kusinitz, however, said

she received no physical flyers or handouts concerning construction. “We just literally never got anything on our door ever regarding the construction or when it was going to start, when it was going to finish or what they were actually doing,” Kusinitz said. *

Paying for a $126 Gordon running against million stadium Fattah, others for Congress Brian Gordon wants to invest more cash in schools and less in jails. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News Brian Gordon, a Philadelphia native and and current Lower Merion Township commissioner, is running for the state’s second Congressional district, which includes most of Main Campus and the entire Health Sciences Campus. Gordon is currently running against Democrats Dan Muroff, Dwight Evans, Republican James Jones and Democrat Chaka Fattah—who has represented the district since his election in 1994. Gordon said the reason he decided to run on this campaign was due to a lack of action on issues in the district. “In terms of this district, the three top issues to me are poverty, poor public educational options— inconsistent public educational options there are some good some bad—and … violence,” Gordon said. “So the reason I decided to run was because I felt I had the skills and ability and the track record to make a serious stance on addressing those issues.” Gordon, who was born at Jefferson University Hospital, attended an alternative high school on Chestnut Hill called the Miquon Upper School. He later attended Emory University, Cornell University and the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in Industrial Labor Relations in 1982. He also enrolled into the University of Wisconsin and received a

law degree, which led to him working as a union-side labor lawyer in Seattle for the Machinist Union and Building Trades Union. Gordon said he learned one of the key points of his campaign while taking a macroeconomics class at Temple during his junior year of high school from a chart called “gun versus butter” in his Samuelson economics textbook. “Butter is from the Great Depression days where there was soup kitchens and only so much public tax dollars to go around,” Gordon said. “So it’s a choice between soup kitchens versus war. So the modern equivalent of what we’re taught in the ‘70s is, ‘Do you invest in education, roads, bridges, schools, libraries or do you invest more and more money in defense?’” Gordon wants to make more money available by ending the era

’Do you invest in “education, roads, bridges, schools, libraries or do you invest more and more money in defense?’

Brian Gordon | candidate, 2nd Congressional District PA

of mass incarceration and investing the funds in education. “I would decriminalize marijuana statewide to get rid of an entire class of expensive courts, prosecutors, police and incarceration

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that really has very limited effect on public health,” Gordon said. He added he would reduce prison sentences for drug use and addiction to treat it as a disease. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, it costs taxpayers on average $31,286 to keep an inmate in prison per year. In addition, the state of Pennsylvania currently has 84,538 people incarcerated, according to The Sentencing Project. Gordon is also an advocate for community policing to make neighborhoods safer. After two black males were questioned and detained for shoveling snow from a neighbor’s driveway in Lower Merion in February of 2015, Gordon responded by reaching out to the NAACP, members of the community and police to have an “open dialogue on race and policing.” “The meeting was crucial in terms of getting race relations quickly to the front burner in Lower Merion, where it’s been worked on ever since,” Gordon said. “The police have done things like weeklong courses in race relations, racial sensitivity, excusing bias and other issues to make sure in their work they’re policing without bias.” Along with federal racketeering charges against Fattah, Gordon believes his ineffectiveness to improve the living conditions of the people living in his district are what can help him take his seat. Fattah could not be reached for comment. Residents of Pennsylvania’s second congressional district can cast their votes in the primary on April 26. Gordon also plans to make a trip to Temple to promote his campaign before the primary. * T @Ignudo5

Besides fundraising, The Temple News takes a look at how university officials would pay for the proposed on-campus football stadium at Geasey. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor

Outside of a $50-million target for donations, funding for the proposed $126 million on-campus stadium would come from state funding and diverting the money Temple currently uses to rent Lincoln Financial Field for the football team’s home games. President Theobald told The Temple News in February that former Gov. Tom Corbett committed $20 million toward the stadium in 2014. Gov. Wolf’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment. “There’s a distinction between money the state commits for construction and for the budget the governor announced,” said Ray Betzner, associate vice president for executive communications, of Corbett’s promise. “The commonwealth appropriations we receive from the state is to help in-state students. … You can’t take money from the state and use it for other purposes.” Betzner added diverting rent for the Linc to pay for a stadium is like buying a house and using the usual rent for an apartment to pay off the mortgage. The university pays about $1 million per season to play at the Linc in its current rental agreement with the Eagles. The lease ends in 2017 with option years for 2018 and 2019. In an interview with Temple Student Government last month, President Theobald said the money from the Linc’s rent will be bonded during 30 years. “We can take what we pay now and then we wouldn’t be subject to rent increases going forward,” he


said. “The cost of building is less than the cost of renting.” Theobald added that the cost of the bond would be fixed for 30 years at less than the rent for the Linc. The rental agreement has been extended for two more years and the rent is projected to increase after the current agreement expires. Theobald told The Temple News this will save $3 million a year in the first seven years, which would be available for paying off debt, scholarships or other buildings. “[The Eagles have] made it clear there will be no changes in their offer,” he said. “And they could be right, they know a lot more about stadiums than I’ll ever know. And they say this is the right price … but we have an option that will cost us $3 million a year less that we’ve got to consider.” The university is considering financing the proposed stadium with a $72 million bond, Theobald said. Faculty Senate President Tricia Jones said university CFO and treasurer Ken Kaiser will explain more financial details about the proposal at a Faculty Senate meeting April 21. In an interview with Temple Student Government, Theobald said any building project on campus has construction built into the costs. Each project includes a 5 percent payment within the construction costs for upkeep. * T @Lian_Parsons Steve Bohnel contributed reporting.




State rep candidate to fight for community areas of that project,” Walker said. He added his consistency and commitment are reasons why he believes this election cycle will be different. He plans to take over Thomas’ role through his “grassroots” campaign strategy and talking to as many people as he can. “I’m knocking on doors, talking to people—everyone that I can talk to,” Walker said of his campaign. “My goal is to touch every door in the whole district.” “I believe that the community is worth fighting for,” he added. “I feel that I can really make a significant change in this area.” Walker was born and raised on Cleveland Street near 18th, and said he has strong ties with many community organizations. He holds relationships with the Church of the Advocate, “Stadium Stompers” and is a part of the Police Advisory Commission for the 22nd district. Walker is a 2000 biological science alumnus of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, as well as the CEO of Cleveland Community Center. The nonprofit organization is for North Philadelphia boys 8-18 years old to participate in initiatives to improve the community. One of its largest initiatives is shoveling snow for elderly residents. When asked how he would work with Temple if elected, Walker said he believes elected officials have the authority to have conversations with the Board of Trustees and President Theobald. “I believe that sometimes the message [from Temple] is not shared and that’s where a

Kenneth Walker, Jr. believes the university needs to improve community relations. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Kenneth Walker, Jr. believes the North Philadelphia community is in a crisis. “We have schools being closed, schools being demolished for tracks, students being taught out of 10- and 20-year-old books and many blighted homes in the community,” he said. “It’s a very impoverished area … I just feel like, ‘Where are our elected officials?’” Walker ran in 2012 in the 197th district, but after redistricting in 2013, he is now running for the 181st district’s seat in the state’s House of Representatives against Democrat Curtis Thomas, who has been representing the district since 1989. Walker’s platform focuses on a fairer education system, raising minimum wage and adding more programs to combat recidivism for ex-offenders. He has also attended every “Stadium Stompers” meeting, and said he stands with the community in opposing the university’s proposal. “I feel obligated to get the message out to the residents that live directly and surrounding

I believe the “ community is worth

fighting for. I feel that I can really make a significant change in this area.

Kenneth Walker, Jr. | candidate for the 181st district


Kenneth Walker, Jr. has run in state elections since 2012, and wants to improve community relations with Temple.

lot of the conflict comes in,” he said. “I would make sure there’s clarity on what the residents and the community want and what any other entity may want as well and find a medium.” Pat Simmons, a resident on Bouvier Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Walker’s consistent appearance at “Stadium Stompers” influenced her to support him. “He’s a young person,” Simmons, said. “I think we need some new blood [in office].” Walker’s name will be on the ballot against

Thomas’ on April 26. “I’m very passionate,” Walker said. “I respect my community and I believe I have proven myself to be consistent and persistent and committed to this cause.” * T @gill_mcgoldrick

New bill to help homeowners, neighbors If passed by the mayor, residents could permanently cap their property values. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News City Council recently passed an extension to a program that aims to help residents being pushed out of their homes by increasing property taxes. The bill is awaiting approval from Mayor Jim Kenney. If passed, the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) will allow homeowners who live in areas with increasing development to cap the value of their property until that homeowner either moves residency or dies.The program currently allows people to use LOOP for 10 years. “What the program does, is for longtime homeowners, it freezes the evaluation of their homes,” said Malcolm Kenyatta, a 2012 Temple alumnus and the member engagement coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “[Property assessment] is determined in part by your neighbors. If the house next to you is worth more, that gets factored into your property value.” Kenyatta said the program helps senior citizens, who are most affected by increasing property taxes. “A house bought in 1950, the property val-

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CONDUCT a “community support team” that will work with Campus Safety Services and patrol offcampus neighborhoods on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, said most of these patrols will occur west of Main Campus, from 15th to 19th streets and Susquehanna Avenue to Jefferson Street. He added the department has been discussing the changes with university counsel, the Dean of Students’ Office, Temple Student Government, other administrators and landlords during the past few years. “It’s not something that happened overnight,” Leone said. “We’ve tried it in various incremental steps. We tried extra enforcement, we tried working with landlords and student groups … and unfortunately, [in] one way it does end up coming to enforcement, looking at the Student Code and seeing if there’s anything we can do in that aspect to help as well.” One change to the Student Conduct Code will be higher fines for students with multiple alcohol citations. According to the previous code, second and third offenses

ue goes up from, say, $15,000 to $100,000. But the wage hasn’t gone up, so people can’t afford their taxes anymore,” he said. In some areas of North Philadelphia— including the 1600 block of North Bouvier Street—property values have jumped from $13,000 in 2013 to more than $99,000 in 2014. He added the bill has the most impact in areas where there are a lot of new buildings, and he said he is very sure the homes in North Philadelphia will be affected by the proposed bill change. But, he added, there are different ways to define gentrification. To determine eligibility, homeowners can look up their addresses online and see if their property value has tripled since 2003. If they fall within the other requirements for LOOP, like having ownership of the property since 2003, homeowners can then fill out an application for the program. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, the sponsor of the bill who has championed the program EVAN EASTERLING TTN among his constituents in the 2nd district, said Property values on this block of North Bouvier Street rose from about $13,000 to more than $99,000 in an opinion piece for the loss in from 2013-14. revenue from higher property taxes is “a small price to pay to ensure smart development and to retain lifelong homeowners in Philadelphia.” taxes or have to leave their homes,” Johnson ment from Manasterski he is “looking forward “We must ensure that longtime residents said. “This is one of those instances when City to Mayor Kenney approving the bill.” are not left behind, so that the families who Council asks itself, ‘Where do you have to “We’re looking at the thing we love about have been here for generations are able to stay. pay?’ We have a moral obligation to make sure Philadelphia in the first place,” Kenyatta said. I will continue to advocate for development people can stay in their homes.” “We cannot lose that understanding of our without displacement,” Johnson said in a stateJohnson added the bill may be proposed neighborhoods and their character while we ment provided by his spokeswoman Kaitlyn as part of the larger budget City Council and grow into a 21st-century city.” Manasterski. Mayor Kenney are working on passing, but is * “You are going to have a loss in city rev- confident it will go through. enue, but also when people can’t pay their Johnson agreed, saying in an emailed state- T @ChristieJules

would result in a $500 fine and suspension or expulsion from the university, respectively. Now, the fines have been increased to $750 and $1,000 for second and third offenses, according to the release. On the third offense, students could be suspended or expelled for additional charges like disorderly conduct or property damage. The Student Conduct Code will also be changed to include penalties for students who host parties off-campus—not just those who have been drinking. “Any resident (i.e., anyone who lives at the residence, or whose name is on the lease) of a house where a party is being hosted may be charged with a violation of the Student Code regardless of whether they were at the party,” the release read. Those found in violation of the code could be fined up to $1,500 for each resident of the “party house,” according to the release. The state’s Liquor Control Board will also regularly monitor parties, predominantly on weekends, that serve alcohol, and issue fines for underage drinking and those who charge people to attend parties. * T @Steve_Bohnel

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space for our physical therapy and occupational therapy programs,” said Laura Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health. “We will be able to provide our really, really outstanding clinical faculty and our great students with really first class space for clinical education.” “It’s critical for our programs,” she added. Construction for the project will begin in May and is projected to be completed in 14-16 months, setting the completion date somewhere between July-September 2017. The new facility will be used for academics and athletics, and recreational use by students. There will be a climbing wall, juice bar, large fitness center, classrooms clinics and a large indoor turf field. A plaza and jogging track with protective guard rails will make up the exterior of the structure. Dozie Ibeh, associate vice president for the university’s Project Delivery Group, said other specific details about the project are still being discussed, and should be available by of mid-April. Temple’s athletic teams and club sports currently share the Student Pavilion for practice space. The university spent $290,000 to turn the Student Pavilion into a 32,000-square-foot indoor practice facility in 2013. Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Operations Jim Creedon told The Temple News in 2013 there were financial and logistical problems for constructing a new building for athletic purposes. Temple is also set to open two fields and an athletic facility at the former site of William Penn High School in August. The university spent $15 million to buy the property, and the project will cost an estimated $22 million. * T @Owen_McCue




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Students, get engaged Last week, despite four nia both saw higher turnouts tickets running for student than in previous years—Penn government, saw about only 12.72 Students who didn’t vote gave 50 percent percent of up their ability to change the of students Te m p l e ’s voting in future of the university. student body its last turned out to vote. election, the Daily PennsylWe, along with the vanian reported. Temple Student Government While this year’s turnout hopefuls, were optimistic that is still the second-highest remore students would take ini- corded since 2004, the group tiative to choose which plat- of 4,112 students who did form appealed to their wants vote certainly don’t represent and needs. Temple’s total population, “Ideally, we’d be at 100 especially since the student percent,” Gaelen McCartney, body has grown about 1.2 TSG’s elections commis- percent from the last academsioner told The Temple News. ic year. “But realistically, we’d like to We’ve said it before, and see like 25 to 30 percent.” we’ll say it again: participatCandidates were optimis- ing in elections is the way to tic as well. Aron Cowen and have a hand in deciding the Kelly Dawson of the winning future of the university. Not Empower TU ticket cited only was it important, it was Penn State’s turnout of about easy—voting took a matter of 38 percent, saying there was seconds. no reason Temple couldn’t Those who are unhappy compete with that statistic. about current circumstancOther schools like the es and decided not to vote University of Pittsburgh and wasted an opportunity to see the University of Pennsylva- change.

Pass housing bill In the past couple of plan is only allowed to be inweeks, City Council passed accurate up to 15 percent bea bill that extends a “gentri- tween what the assessed value fication proof what the Mayor Jim Kenney should property is tection” proprioritize this bill for long-time and what gram. Changes the market residents’ sake. to the Longvalue is,” time Owner Occupants Pro- Butkovitz told The Temple gram, or LOOP, would al- News in 2013. low homeowners who live One of the blocks near in neighborhoods with in- Main Campus impacted is creasing development to cap the 1600 block of North Boutheir property value until they vier Street. Several property move or die. The bill is cur- values on that block jumped rently awaiting Mayor Jim from $13,000 to more than Kenney’s signature. $99,000 from 2013-14— We encourage Kenney more than a sevenfold into pass this bill, as it will crease. City Council member help low-income homeown- Kenyatta Johnson is the sponers throughout Philadelphia sor of the bill and said allowlike those in the surrounding ing longtime homeowners to communities around Main retain their properties is vital. Campus. “We must ensure that The Temple News previ- longtime residents are not ously reported in March 2013 left behind, so that the famithat a new property tax sys- lies who have been here for tem—the Actual Value Initia- generations are able to stay,” tive—was expected to dras- Johnson said in a statement tically change the property provided by his spokeswomvalues and taxes near Main an Kaitlyn Manasterski. Campus. We agree with Johnson. The switch was ques- In order to preserve the histioned by City Controller toric communities surroundAlan Butkovitz, who said ing Temple, and ensure lowproblems popped up when income families the right to the new tax rate was off by their homes amid increasing 30 percent of the properties’ property values, Mayor Kenoriginal market prices. ny must prioritize this bill. “Under the law, the entire


In the story “Candidates at odds over TU Alerts, TSG structure” that ran March 29, Believe in TU was incorrectly referred to as “Believe in Temple.” The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.

usic issue

column | Music scene

Busking: concerts on the sidewalk Busking is an important— and often overlooked—part of the Philly music scene.


he Kimmel Center’s celloshaped, crimson-curtained Verizon Hall boasts the talent of Philadelphia’s greatest musi-

cians. So do the gritty, underground corridors of Suburban Station. As a city student, my travels to and from high school on the subway were always musical, even when I forgot to bring my iPod. The sounds of buskers—musicians who perform publicly ANGELA GERVASI in exchange for tips— echoed amid rushing passengers. It felt faintly magical to walk through Suburban and hear the traces of a trumpet or the breath of a guitar floating through the air. I never thought about the faces behind those instruments and voices until a friend and I, juniors in high school, met Calvin. Calvin’s sparkling singing voice captured our attention as we wandered through a drafty hallway that led to City Hall. He sat, a baseball cap perched on his head, a keyboard balanced precariously on his lap. We stopped to talk to him—he didn’t seem much older than us. He made us laugh and wrote a song for us on the spot. Weeks later, we ran into him again, as Philadelphia is often not as vast as it seems. This time, he was with his young daughter, Aaliyah—he’d named her after the late singer. “I’m always going to be there for her,” I remember him saying about his

daughter. A cluster of flowers he’d bought for Aaliyah sat next to the two of them. Three years later, Calvin’s presence, voice and story still resonate with me. Whenever I pass a street corner of vibrantly noisy drummers, I can’t help but imagine the other stories of Philadelphia’s buskers. One of those buskers is alumnus Julian Root, who began playing angry punk rock songs on his guitar in Suburban Station—not far from where Calvin often performed. Root, then 18 , would soon realize he had to play more uplifting music

with a thumbs up, you feel like you belong,” Root said. Root said a busker’s success doesn’t depend on perfect musical technique; playing with blatant bliss is more significant than executing a flawless falsetto. This rule, Root said, has been universal throughout the places where he’s busked—everywhere from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Austin, Texas and New Orleans. Currently, Root is continuing his musical pursuits as a professional banjo player in Guatemala. Busking out in the

to capture the attention of his impromptu audience. “The most important part of busking, as I see it, is to spread the joy that I feel playing music to the unsuspecting passersby,” he said. After starting in Suburban, Root expanded his stomping grounds when he moved several blocks over to Rittenhouse Square: this time, to play bluegrass music on a banjo. The instrument, charmingly outlandish against a dense urban backdrop, garnered attention and tips. Root said he received countless donations other than money in exchange for his music, like fruit, beer and women’s phone numbers. Anthony Riley, a well-known Philadelphia busker who was once a contestant on The Voice, helped teach Root to overcome the challenges of street performance. “As soon as you get through your first tune, and someone drops a buck in your case, or just walks by and smiles

open has thickened his skin as an artist. “As you get accustomed to people just walking by without a glance, it steels you for the reality that the majority of people simply don't care—and that's OK,” Root said. While it’s easy to speed through the city past a busker, try lending a listening ear once in awhile. When Riley died last year, Root composed a song for his friend and mentor that outlined the mission of a busker: “In the winter, when it was cold, he’d just sing in a sweater; His job was important, and he worked hard—making you folks feel better.” And I hope stories of the city’s buskers continue to drift through Philadelphia, the way Calvin’s voice once brightened a dirty train station.

Whenever I pass a street corner of vibrantly “noisy drummers, I can’t help but imagine the other stories of Philadelphia’s buskers.”

* Editor’s note: Julian Root wrote for The Temple News during the 2007-08 academic year. He had no part in the editing process of this column.


An abandoned piano, a late Sonata


A piano on the side of a road becomes one of a student’s first loves.

he first time I saw my piano, it had been abandoned. It was left curbside on a shady suburban street, too old and out of tune for its owners to put up with it any longer. The day we took my piano home, my dad strapped it on the back of his green Chevy pickup truck that’s older than me. As we drove, I stared out the back window, willing the cables to hold their tight grasp for the four blocks left on our trip. With every bump or turn, the keys shook softly and I could already hear music tinkling out. When we put the piano in my dining room, it fit perfectly between an old chair and lamp, as if the piano was meant to come to us by a cosmic force. The piano was by no means in mint condition: the ivory on the keys was chipped and jagged, the pedals squeaked every time you pushed down and the wood was faded and discolored. Something about the piano’s imperfections were endearing to me in the way an old man’s calloused and wrinkled hands do not convey weakness. Being weathered does not make something useless; it shows experience, wisdom and resilience. The first time I played on a real piano, my clumsy fingers slipped on the smooth ivory. The first time I played a real piano, I discovered how the nooks and crannies of my house could echo sound in a way I hadn’t realized before when I practiced on an electric keyboard. The first time I played a real piano, I found out what it feels like to make an inanimate object breathe and convey more through melodies than any words ever spoken. Needless to say, I was hooked. My grandma taught me my first song. I would drum out the lower chords as she filled in with the rest of the notes, nodding her head and singing along. As a little kid, I was always amazed at that superpower my grandma had. She could look at a

By Grace Shallow page covered in black ink blots and transform it into something wonderful. When I told her I was learning to play, I remember the way her hands wrapped around my arms. I remember her smile. I remember her asking when the recital was—months away at that point—so she could write it down on her calendar. I remember her showing me the sheet music

she had collected over the years, saying she would teach me all of it. The first classical, challenging piece I ever learned was “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. My fingers fumbled almost as often as they did when I first learned to play. It took weeks of mastering crescendos and difficult chords before I could finally run through the song without stopping from a bout of frustration. I played and practiced so often I caught my mom humming the opening notes of the song as she drove me around or cooked dinner.

When I sat down at the annual piano recital in a cramped room of a piano store in Cherry Hill, I looked down at the keys. Those ivories were pure white and smoother than any I had ever played on. The black frame of the piano was so glossy I could see my reflection staring back at me. The perfection was daunting and part of me missed the jagged and discolored keys I was used to. As I played “Moonlight Sonata,” my fingers slipped on the smooth ivory, but found their groove by the end of the first two stanzas. The music echoed in all of the nooks and crannies of the small room as I made another piano come to life. That was my last recital. After that day, practicing the piano felt more like a distraction than a hobby, and I eventually stopped playing. My piano’s discolored wood started to collect dust and became more of a decoration than an instrument. This past winter break, the long, boring days in my house had me roaming aimlessly. I found myself sitting at the piano bench again. I pulled out crinkled music sheets and prepared for the frustration of relearning my most challenging piece. As I started, my fingers moved effortlessly. It was the best “Moonlight Sonata” I ever played. *





In the mix: Philly’s contribution to jazz Hearing old stories from her family prompted a student to learn about the history of Philadelphia’s jazz scene.


By Jaya Montague

rowing up in Philadelphia, I heard stories from older relatives about what it was like to live in the city when music was at its high point. They’d tell me about opening the door and playing the record player loudly so that the sound could travel into the street. It was one of their favorite memories. Many of my relatives also reflect on the impact that jazz had on the young black teenagers who would spend their paychecks on records. Philadelphia has a long and rich history, but there are aspects of this history that are lost walking down the sidewalks of the Avenue of the Arts. As a student at the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts, I walked along Broad Street everyday to get to 15th and noticed the many bronze plaques of musicians lined up the streets near the Academy of Music. Some names are recognizable like Philadelphia’s more famous DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots, but others I didn’t recognize like Clifford Brown or Stan Getz. I knew of New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz music and of the popular Cotton Club in Harlem, but the presence of jazz in Philadelphia was nonexistent to me. But like many urban cities, Philadelphia was and remains one of the cornerstones for jazz music. I was even ignorant that one of my favorite singers, Billie Holiday, was born and raised here until her teenage years. I was shocked. I thought many of the jazz musicians that I listened to were from the South and made their way to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles for their claim to fame. Many artists like John Coltrane, who moved from North Carolina to North Philadelphia in 1943, laid their zoot suits and voices in venues all over the city. Coltrane, a saxophonist

whose career spanned from 1955 to his death at 40 in 1967, was one of the most controversial figures not only during his time, but in the genre as a whole. Coltrane, a heroin addict and alcoholic, overcame his addictions through converting from Christianity to explorations of Hinduism, Zen Buddhism and Islam. With his songs titled after spiritual practices within these religions, he became canonized as a Saint in the African Orthodox Church. His home on 1511 N. 33rd St. is now a National Historic Landmark known as the John Coltrane House. Dizzy Gillespie, another migrant to the city from South Carolina, became one of the most prolific trumpeters in the genre with his bent trumpet. The 45-degree trumpet horn came from a time when he performed at a party for his wife and dancers fell onto it. Known for his inflamed cheeks when he performed, he pioneered many techniques in trumpet playing. I didn’t know the importance of North Philadelphia in the jazz movement. Columbia Avenue, which is now Cecil B. Moore Avenue was one such place to hear musicians and their horns. My aunt told me jazz made North Philadelphia a lively place with weekly spriging of clubs and bars along the strip. Another popular area for the jazz scene was South Philly. The Standard Theater, which from 1915 to 1930 stood on the 1100 block of South Street, highlighted black performers and jazz musicians. While it was primarily an African American genre of music during this time, there was a wave of Italian South Philadelphians producing and creating jazz music, too. I found out that the members of Union


Local No. 274 of the American Federation of Musicians were responsible for the creation of one of the f e w

jazz clubs that remain in operation. According to the Pennsylvania Historical Society, “The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and the Performing Arts was established in 1966 as the social arm of Local No. 274, the Philadelphia Black musicians union, which

Philly music education out of tune


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Basic music programs are required, but not prioritized by Philadelphia schools.

April 28, 2009: The Temple News presented its first Music Issue, called “Musically Speaking.” The special issue featured music made by Temple students, alumni and Philadelphia bands. This year, The Temple News published its eighth annual Music Issue. In each section of the paper, we feature those trying to leave their mark on the scene and issues the city faces when it comes to making music.

was in existence from 1935 to 1971.” The club, which is located on 738 S. Broad St., boasts members like the Heath Brothers and Benny Golson who continue to produce music. What I found especially interesting was Philadelphia Music Historian Jack McCarthy’s description of teenagers involved in the Philadelphia Jazz scene going to Music City: “On Tuesday evenings in the mid 1950s, young jazz enthusiasts from all over the city would gather inside the popular music store. ... Some came to jam, while others sat back and listened to intimate performances by major players of the era.” Jazz became prevalent in Philadelphia through the large amounts of African Americans traveling from the South up to the North during the early to mid-20th century. Hearing stories about how my grandmother’s friends would make singing quartets and play the trombone in West Philadelphia made me curious about the “Philadelphia Sound.” “If you weren’t down, you were square,” I learned. These discussions of jazz inspired me to explore what some consider a lost form. Through the jazz radio station sponsored by Temple, WRTI (90.1 FM) to the annual Center City Jazz Festival, Philadelphia has kept the history and culture of jazz alive. For me, listening to jazz is an experience that is not created by one person. There is the singer, the instrumentalists and the people around me enjoying the music that makes jazz a community and a group of artists.

n recent years, schools in the city have downsized key staff positions or shut down altogether in the face of harsh budget cuts. The effect of poverty on Philadelphia’s local revenue is causing an even greater challenge to the district. When facing budget cuts, music programs are among the first to take a hit. “Do I need anything to teach music?” asked Michele Zoeckler Odhner, a 2010 alumna who teaches music at Gilbert SpruDARRYL MURPHY ance Elementary, a K-8 school in Northeast Philadelphia. “No, because I can make music with my body. We can sing. We can dance. We can move. We can use body percussion. Do you need anything more than a pencil and a piece of paper to teach math? No. But everything else that you can use, all of the tools beyond that, that is where kids are able to excel quickly, much more quickly and get inspired beyond what’s right in front of them.” She also said, like other schools in the district, Spruance has eliminated aides and other part-time positions—monitors for recess, lunchrooms and hallways— and downsized its staff. The team of counselors went from three to one for 1,500 students in order to stay within a reduced budget. Odhner is carrying the same workload as the counselor, as she is the only music teacher. “I asked to teach in a half-a-year rotation,” Odhner said. “Because I’ll be able to see all of the kids for music every year, instead of picking and choosing what grades.” Unfortunately, beyond her class, every student isn’t guaranteed much more in the way of music.

Odhner said, a strings teacher and a band teacher instruct a select few students once a week. The school’s limited selection of instruments, 30 stringed instruments and 15 band instruments, doesn’t allow for a “come one, come all” approach. Unless students are willing to purchase their own instruments, they are turned away. “The difference between the way the funding works in our state is not fair,” Odhner said. “Throw a stone into the suburbs and those kids have full sets of band instruments to borrow at school and an extra one to take home and practice on.

of the King of Prussia school district, generating more local tax revenue for its students with a median income of about $40,000 more than Philadelphia. In addition, schools in the suburb receive a significant boost in revenue from King of Prussia Mall. I concur that something is unfair, but it is more than state funding. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, Reading, Allentown and Philadelphia, have the highest concentration of underfunded districts in Pennsylvania, while the surrounding areas are much less severe. In fact, Read-

Unfortunately ... every student isn’t “ guaranteed much more in the way of music.” So, in Pennsylvania we don’t have fair funding, period.” A major issue that comes to the surface in Pennsylvania is the effects of poverty on school funding. Districts with high poverty rates and high rates of renting don’t generate enough local revenue, which provides most of the school funding. Meanwhile, wealthier districts are able to invest more. Odhner welcomes the idea of another music teacher, but she is not alone in the classroom. She has assistance from her student teacher, Dave Hodgson, a senior music education major. He started student teaching at Upper Merion High School, then transferred to Spruance earlier this year. “They had everything that you could need,” Hodgson said. “If you needed support you got support. Spruance, the classes are much larger. I’m just teaching general music at Spruance. It’s a lot more to deal with behavior-wise, resource-wise. Developing things that you know the students will enjoy is a lot harder.” Aside from the behavior, the contrast can be accounted to Upper Merion, part

ing and Allentown are the worst in the country. The student spending disparity between these districts and the more affluent can range anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 per pupil. Still, many teachers and staff members remain diligent in doing their best for the children. “Bottom line any teacher who is still working in this district, we are here for the students because they’re going to keep showing up,” Odhner said. “No matter what I am doing the kids are going learn something new that they never knew before.” I tip my hat to the teachers and staff like Odhner, who continue to find a way to manage the turbulence with the student’s best interest in mind, but it is difficult not to be skeptical about how much good it will do until Pennsylvania and Philadelphia do more for its schools—and its students. *





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buted yesterday and will run through the end of the semester. Rinaldi said Flight provides an average of 3,900 rides during a full week, or about 550 rides per day. He expects those numbers to rise during finals week.


Temple Police banned the guest of a student from campus after they received a report of a sexual assault March 24 in Peabody Hall. An 18-year-old female student was assaulted by a 22-year-old male on Feb. 13, according to Temple Police. The man, who was identified, is not associated with Temple. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the man touched the student inappropriately and then attempted to continue sexual contact, but failed. He added the student does not want further involvement from Temple Police. -Julie Christie


-Dominic Barone

SEN. SANDERS TO HOLD RALLY AT LIACOURAS CENTER Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a rally at the Liacouras Center tomorrow. The event is free to attend, but admission is on a firstcome-first-serve basis. Doors open at 5 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to sign up at -Lian Parsons


Amos Recreation Center is one recreation center near Main Campus that needs city funding.


The 8th and Diamond, Amos, Penrose and MLK recreation centers are still waiting on funding from Mayor Jim Kenney’s $600 million proposal for parks, recreation centers and public libraries. Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for Kenney, said in an email that money from the proposal will be part of the 2017 fiscal year, which begins this July. The Penrose Recreation Center on 12th Street and West Susquehanna Avenue had its monthly event meeting on March 23 to talk about fundraising and highlight community involvement. Judy Newton, a 20-year-old community member at the meeting, said city funding would bring additional volunteers and structure to Penrose and other centers’ activities. “More people would come in without the [recreation center] problems,” she said. “We don’t have enough resources or enough hands, and doing more for the kids

will bring more of the community out.” Jeff Murray, a volunteer at the MLK Recreation Center, is behind Kenney’s proposal. He agreed that Philadelphia’s public spaces need to be updated. He added, however, he is confident the funding will arrive later this year. “We have organizations and discussion groups that have sat down with [Kenney] and I know that’s one of his main goals. It’s to improve the city,” he said. -Dominic Barone

The insititute is comprised of 31 academic institutions and 16 industry partners, like Nike and Microsoft. Twenty-six startup incubators and venture capital groups have also committed support to the cause. The research includes prototyping new materials for new uses spanning from everyday consumer products to protective armor as well as healthcare and architecture. Many Temple faculty members will participate in this research effort. -Dominic Barone



Temple was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to be a partner in a $75 million national research institute dedicated to U.S. textile manufacturing uses. Temple Now reported the partnership was established with the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a resource center for industry and government agencies for the development of new fabrics, fibers and materials.

Flight, the newest shuttle service for Temple, is adding a temporary vehicle in response to an increase in demand. “It’s experiencing almost double the demand,” said Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi. “That’s why we added the van temporarily until a permanent fix is made next semester.” The vehicle is called the Temple Express, and it picks up at the Tech Center every halfan-hour from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. It de-


A California judge postponed Bill Cosby’s deposition in a lawsuit indefinitely as a result of the comedian’s ongoing criminal case in Montgomery County. Judge Craig Kaplan said the deposition would violate Cosby’s right to not incriminate himself, Reuters reported. The lawsuit in California comes from Judy Huth, who accuses Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 15 years old at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Dmitry Gorin told Reuters the delay in California could lead to similar situations in other lawsuits taking place around the country, including one in Massachusetts, where eight women are suing Cosby for slander. The delay in Cosby’s California deposition will not stop the depositions from other witnesses, including Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine. -Julie Christie

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Empower TU, consisting of Aron Cowen (left), Jai Singletary and Kelly Dawson, won this year’s TSG election with 32 percent of the student body vote.

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could have had an effect on voter turnout. “The interest level of students could have increased because the candidates pushed areas that are really important right now,” he said. “It could have brought people out to vote for that, but also caused them not to vote.” McCartney added an increase in student population, and therefore eligible voters, could have also had an effect on turnout. Undergraduate enrollment increased 1.22 percent from 28,408 students in the 2014-15 academic year to 28,754 students in the 2015-16 academic year. He said this year’s voter turnout of almost 13 percent still fell above the national average of 10-

11 percent. Temple, however, fell below the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania in voter turnout this year. The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper, reported a 15 percent voter turnout in its student government elections this year. Pitt has an undergraduate population of 17,694 students, about 61 percent of Temple’s undergraduate population. Pitt’s voter turnout increased from 11.8 percent last year, according to the Pitt News. The University of Pennsylvania, which has 24,876 undergraduate students, had a 39 percent voter turnout in its 2015 Undergraduate Assembly elections, the Daily Pennsylvanian—the school’s student newspaper—reported. This year, turnout increased to 50.88 percent.

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Tykee James, campaign manager for Empower TU, the ticket that won this year’s election, said the issues the candidates focused on were what encouraged students to vote. “The debate the day after they announced platforms and the day before voting really helped [inform students],” he said. James added the budget impasse in Harrisburg brought visibility to TSG because students wanted to know how the new government would work with administration to fix the budget. Ben Palestino, TSG’s executive communications director, said in an email Empower TU will be inducted into office April 18. * T @ChristieJules

lette,” focuses on the dangers of concussions in football, and asks university officials to further discuss the consequences of head injuries before continuing on with stadium talks. He wrote another article recalling the Faculty Senate’s decision to vote for the elimination of the football program altogether. The piece notes the football program’s struggles during the 1980s, and the faculty strike in 1990, as well as a few reasons why in May 1991, the Senate voted 73-5 to end Temple’s football program if the department could not “diminish the program’s recurring deficits.” “The faculty has never been enthusiastic about putting money into sports at Temple,” he said. “And they were particularly not enthusiastic at that time … the climate at that point was largely that we were in financial trouble, and the faculty felt that money spent on expensive sports like football was not being as well-spent if it were spent on more academicallyorientated things.” LaFollette also published a Q&A with Church of the Advocate Rev. Renee McKenzie about the stadium. McKenzie told LaFollette that “she has never seen people on the west side of Broad Street, in this area, to be so incensed.” “I knew there was discomfort in the community about the increasing student presence, but I had not heard it expressed that strongly,” LaFollette said. Rahdert, a professor who has taught in the Beasley School of Law for more than 30 years, said university officials need to review the football program’s history before coming to an ultimate decision. “There have been attempts in the past to elevate football at Temple to the college big-time,” he said. “The efforts in the past were not successful, and costly to the school … we may roll out a big plan and it may not work.” Rahdert’s article, “Show Us the


Numbers,” calls on administration to be more transparent about how the stadium proposal’s $126 million price tag was reached, along with projected stadium revenue. He said that the university has to be aware of the opportunity costs of building an on-campus stadium. “When a school is historically a resource-poor institution, we have to be careful with how we spend our dollars,” Rahdert said. Faculty Senate President Tricia Jones said she was initially against the stadium proposal when it became news in late October. She added that as discussions about financial implications have continued, she has become more open-minded. Jones said President Theobald answered several questions about the stadium at the Faculty Senate meeting March 23. She added that former mayor and adjunct professor John Street was also at the meeting, and supported the administration for its ongoing discussion. An issue forcing the university to make a decision, Jones said, is its current lease agreement at Lincoln Financial Field. President Theobald told The Temple News in February that the Eagles have “made it clear” they would not be willing to decrease the price of the lease. The lease ends in 2017 with options years for 2018 and 2019. “If the lease ends now and we don’t build a stadium, what do we do?” Jones said. Jones, Rahdert and LaFollette all said polarized views from those for and against the stadium have created difficulties with having a constructive dialogue about the issue. “It would be better if people sat down and talked to each other than if they simply sat down and talked to themselves,” LaFollette said. “It can often be like the MSNBC crowd talking to themselves, and the Fox News crowd talking to themselves, and not much conversation between them.” * T @Steve_Bohnel


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Jazz that ‘appeals to everyone’ Kingfisher is a ‘jam fusion’ band with eight members, including a full horn section. By MICHAELA WINBERG Lifestyle Editor One of Rodney McGhee’s favorite performances with his band, Kingfisher, was at a house show on Park Avenue. The band was per-


forming for a tightly packed crowd, and it got so hot in the basement that everyone started to sweat. “I couldn’t play my trombone, because the sweat was in my eyes,” said McGhee, a junior trombone performance major. Sweat dripped from the railing, and some of the band members took off their shirts. “I could hardly see,” said Marc Jaffee, a junior English major and the band’s guitarist. “That’s the only time I’ve ever played just to get through it. I was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of this alive, somehow.’” “I just felt the energy,” McGhee added. “I

felt like the crowd was just loving it. And we were feeling it, because we were literally on fire. It was fantastic.” Kingfisher is made of eight students— seven of them attend Temple, and one goes to school in New Orleans—and it’s one of few student bands with a full horn section. Drawing inspiration from artists like John Bonham, Frank Zappa and John Coltrane, Kingfisher’s sound can be described as “jam fusion” with bits of jazz and rock mixed in, said Ethan Fisher, a sophomore jazz performance major and one of



Kingfisher plays ‘jam fusion’ music, which is a combination of jazz, rock and other influences.

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David Lu will perform his senior percussion recital on April 18.


Andrew Shaw performed his voice performance senior recital last Wednesday.


Jean Lin will perform her senior piano recital on April 15.

BOYER STUDENTS SHOWCASE MUSICAL TALENT Students perform senior recitals to complete their studies at Boyer. By BROOKE DAVIS The Temple News


ach year, seniors in the Boyer College of Music and Dance majoring in any type of instrumental or vo-

cal performance will perform one final, cumulative recital at Temple. This gives students an opportunity to showcase the development of their musical abilities, as well as their potential as professional musicians.


David Lu likes to think every musical genre and artist he’s been exposed to has influenced his own music, but this is especially true, he said, when it comes to The Beatles and Pink Floyd. “I did a lot of transcribing of

their music when I was beginning my music studies,” said Lu, a senior music performance major with a concentration in percussion. “What these artists were able to do with sound and with recording technology was unprecedented at the time. I think a lot of their influence is still evident in today’s popular music.” On April 18, Lu will perform his senior recital in the Klein Recital Hall of Presser Hall at 7:30 p.m. The night’s repertoire will feature a variety of songs to showcase Lu’s musical progress, including a timpani

concerto, a violin piece transcribed for xylophone and a snare drum piece accompanied by an electronic playback. “I would say the recital is half split between electronic accompaniment and real accompaniment by people,” Lu said. With graduation approaching, Lu said he’s realizing how quickly time is flying and said leaving Temple is bittersweet. “I don’t think it hit me yet, honestly,” he said. “It’s kind of weird to say that after this recital, I have a few


weeks and then I’m graduating.”


Originally, Joshua Lee wasn’t going to pursue a career in music. “I was going to do engineering,” said Lee, a senior jazz performance major with a concentration in saxophone. “But I played at this one Temple concert with my high school, and I was accepted into the jazz program, so that’s how I’m here.” Lee’s father was a musician, and


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Music professor has global repertoire Mitos Andaya Hart taught music in South Africa and Australia. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News



Temple students and faculty took part in the fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a one-mile walk around Main Campus to raise awareness about sexual violence and sexual assault. Female volunteers distributed heels and held signs of encouragement during the walk. “It’s hard to miss a 6-foot-2-inch linebacker walking to class in high heels,” said Katelyn Greco, a senior psychology major and member of Alpha Xi Delta.


When Mitos Andaya Hart looks back on her arrival in Durban, South Africa, to teach music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she remembers people walking around with plastic bags strapped to their feet in place of shoes. “On one side of the hill, you would see these great big mansions with gates,” said Andaya Hart, now an associate professor of choral music at Temple. “The other side of the same hill you would see these squatter camps where people were living in boxes and no electricity. We are so much more well-off in America.”

In South Africa, Andaya Hart said people expressed their appreciation for music far differently than many Americans do—people sang and danced as they walked the streets of South Africa. To them, music was an essential part of their daily routine. “Music has made me aware of how diverse our world is,” Andaya Hart said. “People are coming from so many different backgrounds, so many different situations, so many things. Everyone has their own story and everyone has their own battle.” Andaya Hart also taught in Australia at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide before returning to America and receiving her doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Kansas. In 2012, Andaya Hart began working at Temple full-time as the associate director of choral activities. She is also the conductor of Temple






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Former student top Billboard artist Elizabeth Mencel sings with The Chainsmokers on the song “Roses.” By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News Elizabeth Mencel, known professionally as ROZES, thought The Chainsmokers were hitting on her when they first messaged her on Twitter. “I thought it was a fake account,” Mencel said. “They messaged me and said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’” But the American EDM DJ duo was more interested in Mencel for her talent—they asked the 22-yearold singer-songwriter to write for them. Mencel composed the song “Roses” with The Chainsmokers, and she said she didn’t think it was going to go anywhere—but it did. The song reached No. 6 on the

BillBoard Hot 100, and No. 1 on BillBoard’s Hot Dance/Electronic chart for the week of Jan. 9, 2016. “It was such an organic process,” Mencel said. “It was easy only because we got along so well.” Mencel’s career first started in 2014, when she was featured on Australian DJ Just A Gent’s song “Limelight,” which she also wrote. “When you’re in the music industry, you make random connections,” Mencel said. “That’s how The Chainsmokers heard of my voice.” The songwriter’s love of music emerged long before she found success with The Chainsmokers. At the young age of 3 she began singing in her church’s choir. At 6 years old, she started taking formal music lessons. “Music was my second language, the only place where I belonged,” Mencel said. “It was my life.” In 2015 Mencel attended Temple for one year as a journalism major, and she said it was the “best year” of her life. Mencel attended community college prior to Temple, so it was her

first real college experience, she said. The freedom of exploring the city without a curfew from anyone was a constant adventure, she said. “We were freshmen as juniors in college,” she said. “I made so many friends who I still talk to this day. … It’s definitely a time in my life I’ll never forget.” During this time, she was constantly missing school to travel for music. It started with just leaving Fridays open to commute to New York, but it ended up being so time consuming she needed to leave college altogether. Being in the music industry at such a young age is strange for Mencel, because she deals with issues she wouldn’t have had to encounter if it wasn’t for her career. “I deal with adult problems, but I’m still like a child,” she said. “I didn’t know music would take off this fast.” When the hit song “Roses” came out, Mencel said she finally felt accepted within the music industry,

and other artists started to look at her more seriously. Mencel became a real musician, “not just an indie artist that would remain undercover,” she said. Still, it’s frustrating for Mencel that she received validation from the music industry only after she had a Billboard hit. “It sucks I needed that kind of credit, because I always knew I had it in me,” Mencel said. “But it’s also amazing, because it’s opened a million doors of possibilities for me.” Mencel recently visited Main Campus for an interview and performance with Temple Talk, a talk show hosted by Temple students. Marissa Giletto, a junior journalism major and co-creator, executive producer and host of Temple Talk, was “looking for someone that could really bring in an audience,” Giletto said, so she reached out to Mencel’s manager. People were lining up outside of Annenberg Hall’s Studio 1 before Mencel even arrived, Giletto said.

“She was very funny and captivated the audience,” Giletto said. “It was the loudest applause we’ve ever had.” When the Temple Talk team was interviewing Mencel, Giletto said viewers “really see her personality.” “She was our friend, not just a guest on our show,” she added. Mencel said it was “weird” being back in the same building where she used to take classes. “I walked there as a student, nervous for class,” she said. “Here I was walking the hallways as someone completely different.” Mencel is currently working on another album and plans to sign for a record deal, as her immediate goal is to have her own song on the radio within a year. As for long term goals, Mencel plans to eventually have multiple Grammys. But it’s “day to day in this industry,” she said. *

Students spin the wheel for national competition Two Temple students were featured on ‘College Road Trip Week’ in Los Angeles. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor When he was in elementary school, Matthew Velasquez would always go to his grandparents’ house after school in the afternoon while his parents were still at work. And every night at 7 p.m., his grandfather would watch the TV game show “Jeopardy!” immediately followed by “Wheel of Fortune.” “I would just see it on the TV at dinner time or while I’m doing my homework,” said Velasquez, a sophomore tourism and hospitality management major. “They’d be watching ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ so I would watch it with them.” Velasquez’s grandmother was always particularly fond of “Wheel of Fortune,” he said. “I told her, ‘You love Wheel of Fortune,’” Velasquez said. “She’s like, ‘Yeah, it really makes my day.’” Recently, Velasquez competed on the same game show he first came to enjoy on those daily visits to his grandparents’ house. Serving as a contestant on last Wednesday’s episode, Velasquez was one of two students who represented Temple as part of the show’s “College Road Trip Week,” which exclusively features college students as contestants. “It was just an honor to be representing Temple, especially the School of Tourism and Hospitality,” Velasquez said. “I just felt myself like kind of a leader in representing the school.” Saskia Kercy, a sophomore economics and global studies major, also competed on the episode that aired March 29. “I thought it was cool to have multiple people representing [Temple],” Kercy said.

Kercy and Velasquez did not know each other, however, prior to flying to Los Angeles for their respective episode tapings. “I did not expect to see anyone else from my school,” Kercy said of the taping day. “It was nice being able to talk to somebody.” Before competing on the show, Kercy and Velasquez both had to complete several stages of application requirements, including an inperson audition in October at The Westin Philadelphia, a hotel in Center City. Velasquez was out with friends when he found out he would definitely be on the show. “I was just really excited,” Velasquez said. “I know people saw me jump up and down, being really excited. I was like, ‘This is an amazing opportunity.’” Kercy and Velasquez were later notified that they would fly to California to tape their episodes in mid-February. Kercy made her first trip to Los Angeles for the show’s taping. She said one of the highlights of her experience out west was meeting the game show’s co-hosts, Vanna White and Pat Sajak. “I love Vanna,” Kercy said. “Seeing her in real life was like, ‘Am I even real? Is this happening right now?’” COURTESY MATTHEW VELASQUEZ “When I was playing, I would be able The “College Road Trip Week” episodes of “Wheel of Fortune,” featuring two Temple students, aired to stand next to Pat Sajak,” she added. “We last week. The students flew to Los Angeles to film the episodes in February. hugged a couple times and he was shaking my hand, talking to me, and I was just like, ‘Wow, I’m next to Pat Sajak. That’s like, crazy.’” He found success during the competition, lege. Kercy ended up coming in last place on her he said, by continually buying vowels. Velasquez said he walked away from episode, being beat out by both a student from “Even though it costs money, they help fig- “Wheel of Fortune” with more than just prize Brooklyn College and another student from ure out where things go in the puzzle,” Velas- money, though. He gained a newfound sense of Bradley University. Kercy still walked away quez said. “And then when you spin, you’re confidence. with $4,100 in prize money. able to call more logical consonants.” “I just feel more confident engaging with “I swore I was going to do like so great, “It was a very close match,” he said of the other people now thanks to this experience,” he like, ‘I’ve got this, I’ve been watching this for- competition. “I was in the lead up until the very said. “It really helped me in every aspect.” ever,’” she said. “Then the wheel was just not last round.” “It was actually the best experience of my nice to me. I just got bankrupt over and over.” Velasquez ultimately won $8,450. life,” he added. “It tops off all the other experiVelasquez came in second place during With his prize money, Velasquez plans to ences.” his episode, in which he competed against two spend some of his winnings during a vacation students—one from Rowan University and one back to Los Angeles this coming spring. He * from The University of Texas at Austin. also set aside some money to help pay for col-




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ILL DOOTS, a local band, collaborated with the Wilma Theater in its production of “An Octoroon” to not only write music, but also perform onstage. PAGE 10

2013 Tyler alumna Reece Ford designs jewelry inspired by music, often listening to different genres on different days of the week to craft her work. PAGE 11





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Alternative rock band Howlish performs at The Aquarium, a basement venue near Main Campus, on March 25.

A changing landscape for local music Many musicians are turning toward small recording studios in personal spaces.



acob Ewald of Modern Baseball prefers a homier space for recording his band’s music, somewhere “you could leave something in the fridge,” he said. The recent Drexel University graduate was used to practicing music in professional studios the school provided for students, but

stumbled across something completely different: a studio that shares a wall with a metalworking facility. The studio, called the Metal Shop, started out completely raw, but after the band’s renovations, turned into a laidback and comfortable recording studio. The band found the space last May, and asked the landlord if they could get a month of free rent to use that time to renovate the space. “It ended up being six months,” Ewald said. “But the Metal Shop has been in the landlord’s family for years and years, so as long as someone is using the space to make art, she doesn’t really care.”



Local musician Sachi DiSerafino plays an acoustic guitar at his apartment in Point Breeze.

Philadelphia is fostering a growing psychedelic scene influenced by the ‘60s. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News While recording one night, Jacob Rosati, producer for Philadelphia band Howlish, wanted to re-record a guitar solo to make it sound like “wriggling worms.” The solo, which made it onto the last track of the band’s LP, “0uter,” parallels a sub-genre of music that celebrates bizarre and off-kilter sounds: psychedelic rock, a movement which dominated the late 1960s and ‘70s and is seeing a resurgence in Philadelphia’s underground music community. Psychedelia emerged out of the folk rock and blues rock movements of the mid-1960s in the United States and Britain, drawing from influences like folk, soul and rock to create a diverse genre that captured the younger generation. Shaped by groups like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and the Beach Boys, psychedelic rock reached a peak in 1969 with the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. The seven-day long music festival is widely regarded as one of the most pivotal moments in American rock history. Justin Bennie, keyboardist and vocalist for Philly psychedelic band Motherer, said the late 1960s were “the golden era of psy-


‘Folklore, anecdotes and all kinds of stories’ Local band Tutlie was featured on NPR’s website. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News Vocalist Jessie Radlow’s career began with a light-up Casio keyboard. At eight years old, Radlow began singing, playing and writing music with the help of her new keyboard. She joined her first band at age

16, then formed her own in college. She met multi-instrumentalist and producer Asher Brooks during their time at West Chester University and formed the band Tutlie five years ago, incorporating numerous musicians and instruments throughout their collaborations. As an anthropology major in college, Radlow was always inspired by other people’s stories. In Tutlie, she allows her imagination to run wild and incorporates her love for human interest through musical storytelling and fictionalization. “I use a lot of characters in my head and


characters that I base off who I know in my life, and I turn them into fictional characters that I want to get to know and that I really get to appreciate—flaws and all,” Radlow said. Brooks said he thinks Radlow likes to “invent a world and fill it with people and characters that are both her and other people, but told through the lens of a larger narrative.” “I love different interpretations, just like with folklore, anecdotes and all kinds of stories, tall-tales, lessons, even spirituality,” Radlow said. “Everything comes from something of ancient times and gets passed on through generation after generation.”

“This is my folklore,” she added. In addition to Radlow (vocals/keys) and Brooks (guitars, bass, trumpet, percussion and keys), the six-piece orchestral group is made up of Rebecca Katz (vocals), Greg O’neill (guitar), Greg Diehl (bass) and Mark Cruttenden (percussion). Tutlie’s music, described as an unclassified genre, is influenced by a culmination of sounds ranging from baroque, classical and jazz to orchestral-pop, indie-rock and chamber-pop. The band experiments with instruments






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An orchestra’s history‘through one person’s eyes’ Herbert Light has played for 73 years. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News In his senior year of high school, Herbert Light turned down a basketball scholarship so he could play the violin. “My senior year I was center on my high school basketball team,” Light said. “[The scholarship] was very tempting, but violin had taken hold by that time.” And the violin kept its hold on him—today, at 79 years old, Light has been playing the violin for 73 years. Light began playing violin at the age of 6, but it wasn’t until he started training when he was 13 with David Madison, the former assistant concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, that he began to realize the love he had for the instrument. “The greatest thrill is

when emotions crawl up and down your spine because of what you’re playing, and that still happens,” Light said. His youngest son, Jonathan Light, a freelance filmmaker, wants to capture that thrill in a documentary film called “A Dream Fulfilled.” The film will chronicle his father’s career and the history of The Philadelphia Orchestra “through one person’s eyes,” Jonathan Light said. Jonathan Light said he had always wanted to complete a piece in “tribute” to his father and his career—despite the fact his father “doesn’t understand the attention,” he said, and was “very puzzled” at the idea of a film about him. “I never looked upon it as a job,” Herbert Light said in a trailer for the film. “Being in such a great orchestra for such a long time invokes many great memories of wonderful soloists and wonderful conductors.” He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960 after finishing his service in


Herbert Light began playing violin when he was six years old.

the U.S. Army. He had been drafted into the army soon after beginning his studies at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He decided to audition for the U.S. Army Band in the string section. Herbert Light was accepted and sent to Washington, fulfilling his army duties through music. He was even able to play for the then-president, Richard Nixon. Upon White’s return to the Philadelphia Musical Academy, two vacancies in The Philadelphia Orchestra were announced. “I had to give it a shot,” he said. “This was my lifelong

dream. I had been inspired by [Madison] who used to be in the orchestra. He used to take me to concerts all the time, and I just fell in love with the group.” Without much time to practice, Herbert Light auditioned for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra two days before his audition in Philadelphia, solely as a practice run. He doubted he would receive the position, but ended up getting offers in both orchestras. He chose his lifelong dream—The Philadelphia Orchestra. “When I was offered this job and entered the orchestra,

it was the greatest moment of my life,” Herbert Light said in the preview for the documentary. “I have a lot of memories of these greats of the past who are sort of indelibly imprinted in my mind,” he added. Herbert Light said he once “accidentally” had lunch with famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, who had been guest conducting with the orchestra during a train ride on a tour headed to upstate New York. “I was late getting into the dining car,” Herbert Light said. “Finally, there was a seat that opened up. I was ushered into that seat, and I looked up and there was Stokowski right in front of me.” He said he was about to get up to leave him alone, but Stokowski asked him to stay. “It was legendary,” he added. Despite his years of experience, Herbert Light remains humble, according to his colleagues. He is well known by staff and patrons at the Kim-

mel Center, the current home of the orchestra. “He’s someone you want to have a cup of tea with,” said Richard Montgomery, who has been an usher at the Kimmel Center for 14 years. “The crowd knows him,” Montgomery added. “Some people want to meet some of the orchestra members. He’s one of the guys I’ll go to.” “Philadelphia was the place as far as I was concerned,” Herbert Light said. “It’s a wonderful thing to earn a decent living while playing music, and doing what you love. I’ve been very fortunate in that.” Light has no immediate plans for retirement, but he knows it approaches along with his 80th birthday. “As our former concertmaster Norman Carol told me once,” he said, “‘There is life after the Philadelphia Orchestra.’” *

Supporting refugees with art, music, theater Local artists held a benefit event March 28. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News Angela Smith, a local performer, found that many members of her theater community felt helpless when they turned on the news. As a group of artists, Smith knew they had no shortage of talent, but individually they struggled to find a way to use those skills to help people in need. After a mass Facebook invite that spread around the city’s artist community, followed by weekly meetings at Smith’s house, the group created “The Art of Giving,” a small benefit event to support refugees in the Philadelphia area. On March 28, a group of 22 artists and several organizers and supporters came together in the lobby of The Drake Theater to sing, act and crack jokes to raise money for JEVS

Human Services, a social services nonprofit based in Philadelphia. Katherine Shinholster, director of corporate and foundation relations at JEVS, said “The Art of Giving” was JEVS’ first event of this type. “In the artist community, there’s huge resources of talent and performers and we thought maybe we could come together and have some sort of night where we could transfer that into helping people by raising money,” Smith said. “Artists don’t make any money, but they’re also some of the most giving people in the world,” said performer Hannah Van Sciver. “I think it’s actually because they don’t make any money, they know the value of being given.” All of the proceeds from ticket sales, the raffle and refreshment sales were donated to JEVS Human Services. InterACT Theatre Company even donated its space, the newlyrenovated ballroom of The Drake located at 1512 Spruce St., to the cause. Smith said they raised nearly $700, excluding online donations.

Shinholster said “The Art of Giving” specifically supported JEVS’ Center for New Americans, which aims to place refugees from all over the world into jobs in America. She said the money raised at the event will go toward educational books for learning English, clothing for refugees and their families and gift cards with which refugees can buy groceries and other necessities. JEVS will also put the donation toward informational trips to museums and venues around the city to help refugees learn about the city they are living in. The evening included an eclectic mix of theater, poetry, original and cover songs and comedy. Griffin Stanton-Ameisen and Jared Delaney from the theater group Revolution Shakespeare turned Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” into a folk tune while actor Brendan Norton read Christopher Robin’s will, which featured characters like Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Eleni Delopoulos covered Pete Seeger’s “What Did You Learn in School Today?” and dedicated the performance to her 2-year-old son.

She said she wanted to get involved to set an example for her child. “I have a kid and I want him to grow up accepting everybody and hopefully doing better things for the world than our generation is,” she said. “We’re trying, but I just feel like it’s important to walk the walk.” Smith said many artists, students and refugees attended the initial planning meetings for the event, but numbers began to dwindle. Smith’s friend, visual artist Irra Vinokur, helped organize and sold concessions at the event. Vinokur came to the United States as a refugee from Ukraine when she was 11 years old. “I’m a white woman from the Ukraine and I am a refugee,” Vinokur said. “I’m not an American citizen, but I don’t have a very strong accent, so everyone kind of shuffles me along and I really feel that what we need for the refugees to really flourish and contribute to our society in Philadelphia is to integrate and to welcome them.” “They are the hungry, they are

Fusing conceptual music and theater ILL DOOTS brings hiphop to a pre-Civil War play. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News The jazz-infused hip-hop group ILL DOOTS started as a college dorm room jam session. Today, the local band is challenging musical norms by performing with acoustic folk groups, solo DJs and the Wilma Theater. ILL DOOTS took part in the latest production at the Wilma, Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ “An Octoroon.” In the antebellum Deep South, new slave owner George takes over a late relative’s plantation and ends up falling in love with Zoe, an “octoroon,” referring to a person who is one-eighths black. When a rival neighbor attempts to win over Zoe, the two lovers fight to keep their family property. The play is a reimagined script of Dion Boucicault’s original 1859 production. Though set in the pre-Civil War Era, director Joanna Settle’s version has a modern take with live music, courtesy of ILL DOOTS. The group’s music is inspired by producer J Dilla and The Roots. “Hip-hop was the structure that we were working with,” said member Scott Ziegler. “But now there is no structure. They rap and sing, and we play hip-hop. We just will take it wherever it goes.” “We started making music out of my

dorm room,” Ziegler said. “By the end of the first semester of our first year of school, we were making music five days a week.” Since graduating in 2013, ILL DOOTS has continued to play together. Last year, it got its first theater break in a University of the Arts production of “Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments” at Flashpoint Theatre. Settle, currently the director of “An Octaroon,” was also the director of “Hands Up.” Before the show had ended, she was ready to work with ILL DOOTS again. “This collaboration with ILL DOOTS, our second project in less than a year, is one of the most meaningful creative exchanges of my career,” Settle said. “The band’s musicianship is unstoppable, but it’s their conceptual work that knocks me out. They are all the way awake and ready to fly anywhere.” Typically, composers and musicians aren’t as involved in the show as actors, but ILL DOOTS wanted to have a hand in each step. “It wasn’t very traditional,” Ziegler said. “We don’t have any charts for the music. In that sense I imagine it’s very different for the theater world. But that’s very much how we work regularly. It was more collaborative and alive.” “It was draining because the material was so intense, to be working on every day,” McCree said. “In that sense it was really hard. In the sense of making making the music, that was the easiest part about it.”

Performing in a theater instead of a music venue was an unusual and sometimes difficult experience for ILL DOOTS. During a scene involving a slave auction, the band members were required to shout out bids on the characters. “It was really hard to do that,” McCree said. “It just feels really weird. Because you’re betting on people and even though we are acting, I don’t know how much it really is acting.” “Something that Joanna [Settle] was saying was that there sort of is a part of people’s brains, a base part of yourself that would do this,” Ziegler said. “Where do you have to be coming from, yelling these numbers out, in terms of functioning in the story? And it just feels real f---d up. Us being dressed in modern clothes in that scene was a deliberate image of the manifestations of this still today.” “I think it makes it challenging for people to watch, and exciting for other people to watch, for those reasons,” he added. ILL DOOTS wants to continue working in the theater scene, reaching out to new audiences and demographics. “An Octoroon” has even inspired the band to possibly develop its own work similar to Settle’s vision. “Honestly, our next collaboration could go anywhere,” Settle said. “Maybe a new story, from the band? I don’t see any limits on what ILL DOOTS can do.” *

the poor, they are the starving,” she added. “They have come to our shores. It is our responsibility to take care of them, point blank. We’re America, let’s back ourselves up.” Because all performers donated their time, Smith said they were free to do whatever they wanted, making for an open-format evening of entertainment. “It’s cool to be asked, actually,” Van Sciver said. “It’s cool to be asked to perform. As an actor who usually has to audition, it’s nice to be given the opportunity to be giving of yourself.” “These are real people,” Vinokur said. “These are the people that drive change and have ideas. These are the people who in five or 10 years will go on to influence minds and ideas and we’re all local, we’re all here because we want to be here, we want to support the arts, we want to support our community.” *


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Film festival calls for women’s representation The Moore College of Art and Design held MooreWomenArtists. By MORGAN SLUTZKY The Temple News


Reece Ford designs jewelry inspired by the music she listens to.


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Music, colors inspire local jewelry designer Alumna Reece Ford prepares to showcase her latest jewelry collection. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News As an undergraduate studying fiber art at Tyler School of Art, Reece Ford was not always interested in doing the same thing as her classmates. For one decomposed basket weaving assignment, she said she took home extra materials and came back with a “thing.” “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” Ford said. “I just wanted whatever I was making to be functional and the class kind of went crazy, so I kept making pieces and I kept making necklaces.” “The one thing I couldn’t do was I couldn’t replicate the same thing,” she added. “I tried to make the same necklace over again and it just wasn't working, so that was one piece of that puzzle that I just thought, ‘You know what, that's fine,’ because that's very much so like me.” Lorraine Glessner, one of Ford’s fibers professors, said it was not unusual for Ford to take the techniques she was taught and make them her own. In one of her classes, Glessner was teaching a lesson about using wax to create patterns on fabric, but Ford wanted to learn a specific wax technique: batik. “She took the process I was teaching and made it into almost a traditional batik process, but not,” Glessner said. “She just took it and made what she wanted it to be. She had done this beautiful sample with it that just had depth and color and layers and it was just gorgeous and it stood out among all the other students' work for that particular assignment.” The 2013 alumna developed her process of making one-of-akind pieces and turned it into a jewelry collection called Voro Mana, a play on the Italian phrase for “work week.” Ford said the collection revolves around the idea that “no two days are the same,” just like no two of her pieces are the same. Voro Mana stems from the relationships Ford feels between the days of the week, music and colors. She said her uncle, a holistic doctor, taught her that certain colors should be worn on certain days of the week and Ford attached her own feelings, music and meanings to each day. “If I’m [working with] black I'm usually in a jazz mode, or sometimes I'll even listen to classical music or metal,” she said. “It's not being stereotypical, it's just also how I feel that day. I have realized that the colors in conjunction with the music definitely influences how the piece is going to be made.” “Music heavily influences what I do because when I’m making something, I can’t really watch anything visual, I have to listen to music,” Ford added. “Music has rhythm, it has motion, even if you don’t see it. That's how when you dance, you’re


Reece Ford keeps her research and notes handy while she’s working.

dancing to the rhythm of the beat. That's kind of what my pieces are doing. They’re dancing to the rhythm that I was listening to that day.” Music and colors help Ford create pieces for Voro Mana, each of which corresponds to a day of the week and has an individual number based on when she made it. She said every piece reflects the kind of music she listened to while making it. Ford’s designs are structured by the fibers she made them with, but they appear to flow and dance the way her favorite songs do. The curvy, tangled statement necklaces all have a similar design process, but each one is a little bit different, depending on Ford’s mood. “There are certain ones where I was into metal and I can tell that I was listening to metal music because the shapes will be different than if I was listening to jazz or Rihanna or Beyoncé. It’s a very different flow that moves through each piece,” she said. Ford is a member of RAW, a national art collection that showcases local artists in different cities and provides networking opportunities, shows and other perks like headshots and product photography. Voro Mana will be featured in a RAW “Signature” showcase on April 20 at the Trocadero Theatre. “She’s into a lot of stuff,” Glessner said of Ford. “She has a very eclectic life. She just has an energy and a presence. She has a presence and it’s not authoritative, but it’s just dignified. She’s dignified in her presence.” Although Ford focuses on fiber arts and design, she is also a model. Ford said she models for professional designers, her friends’ vintage clothes and, most recently, vintage lingerie. “It made me have a new appreciation for myself, one that is a different gift than the pieces that I make,” she said. “I hope that I can influence other people of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities to embrace who they are. With my art, that is what I want to do.” *

Debra Zimmerman still remembers the first time she saw a documentary created by a woman. “That experience of seeing experiences on screen that reflected my life was really transformative,” said Zimmerman, the executive director of Women Make Movies, a nonprofit organization that addresses the underrepresentation of women in the film industry. “I wanted to do something to make sure there were more images like that on screen.” This past weekend, Moore College of Art and Design continued the legacy of women visual artists and filmmakers by holding the MooreWomenArtists Film Festival. Zimmerman helped to co-curate the festival, sending the college a list of suggestions for films to screen. Roy Wilbur, the director of marketing and communications for the Moore College, said the name of the festival was derived from the website, which was created last year to be an online space for women artists to discuss their ideas, experiences and histories as women artists. “It’s sort of a play on words, you know, ‘Moore women,’ but also more women, to really focus on women artists and opportunities to raise the profile of women artists out there working, because a lot of them are not getting their due in terms of the work that they’re getting or the pay that they’re getting and so on,”

Wilbur said. “So this festival really just came up as an idea to really, once again, continue celebrating our legacy [as a women’s college of art] but also focusing on that as well.” Over three days, six different films were presented, all created by women about women artists. The only exception was the last movie “Alice Neel,” which is about an alumna from the college and was directed by the artist’s grandson, Andrew Neel. “It’s also an opportunity here at the college to really give our students a chance to look at the lives of other artists who are working out there and learn from their experiences,” Wilbur said. “And so it’s really tied to the education that we’re giving our students as well.” “Conjure Women,” directed by Demetria Royals, documents the artistry of four African-American women artists. “Learning to Swallow,” a documentary directed by Danielle Beverly, follows an artist as she learns to live with the physical consequences of her suicide attempt. Wilbur said he met Zimmerman beforehand to discuss how the organization could be more involved with the MooreWomenArtists website, when the idea for a film festival became more realistic. Zimmerman then sent her suggestions and the movies were narrowed down. Each screening was preceded by an introductory speaker, who had some form of connection to the films they were introducing. Zimmerman presented “Guerrillas In Our Midst,” a film directed by Amy Harrison, and “The Heretics,” created by Joan Braderman. Both of the films Zimmerman introduced were products of the Women Make Movies production system program, which was created in the 1980s to help give women the

tools, skills and information they would need to get their films made. “‘Guerrillas In Our Midst’ is about the work of the Guerrilla Girls, a really amazing group of women who are trying to get the art world to be more cognizant of the inequities facing women artists,” Zimmerman said. “And even though the film was made quite a while ago it’s still very relevant. Unfortunately things haven’t changed all that much.” Diane Burko, an artist who spoke before the screening of “Alice Neel,” said she met Alice during the women’s movement in the 1970s. She felt her personal experience with the women’s art movement would be appropriate for the discussions the movie would prompt. “When I was in my 20’s I organized an all-city festival in Philadelphia which was called ‘Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts,’” Burko said. “And it was called FOCUS and that was a city-wide event where universities, museums displayed art by women artists.” It’s important for women filmmakers and artists to make films and art about women, Zimmerman said, because “it’s a corrective to the way that women are represented both in art and in film.” “If there was a more accurate representation of women in the films that were made by men, it might be less important … but when men represent women it’s through their eyes,” she added. “Just like when women represent men, it’s through women’s eyes. So because of that and because women’s issues, especially in documentary, are not covered in mainstream media, it is important for women to focus on that.” *

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The band redid the floors, painted the walls, added sound proofing and spent three-and-a-half hours getting a couch up the stairs. Unlike its student spaces at Drexel, the band didn’t have to pack everything up before it left the Metal Shop. “It’s the little things that make it more homey, a more relaxed recording environment,” Ewald said. These recording spaces can sometimes be inconvenient, like when they’re next to working facilities. But they can also create opportunities for young musicians like Ewald, who don’t have the money to record in a professional studio with professional equipment. Musicians across the city are turning toward recording studios in homes, basements and other small, more intimate places. Before Ewald moved to the Metal Shop, the band recorded in Michael Jordan (House), a DIY space. Michael Jordan (House) took the name of the Chicago Bulls star during its early days hosting basement shows, said tenant Nick Bairatchnyi, who records there for his band The Obsessives. At the house’s first-ever basement show, the people who originally lived there “said you could get in for $5, or if you brought a framed picture of Michael Jordan,” Bairatchnyi said. “When I look up at the front door, there’s seven pictures of Michael Jordan.” The studio inside Michael Jordan (House) is as simple as it gets: a laptop plugged into a tiny box with cables criss-crossing all over the basement. “We bought the cheapest thing we could get to record live instruments,” Bairatchnyi said. “We pirated software and just slowly figured out how to use it.” The Obsessives go to professional studios when they record for


Sachi DiSerafino (left), and Arthur Shea of Joy Again listen to a recording.

official releases because the members feel it’s easier to just focus on the music rather than the engineering behind it. But Bairatchnyi feels a certain energy in Michael Jordan. “Everything sounds [worse], but the recordings I’ve recorded in here are the most sentimental to me,” he said. “It’s exactly what we did, a perfect snapshot of whatever the moment was.” “It seems very honest, because we don’t have the resources to make it sound special,” he added. “It seems very real.” When Bairatchnyi recorded the upcoming track “Now She’s Smoking,” he knew exactly where to go to get the perfect sound and vibe. “The best vibe is in this little bathroom because the light comes down so nicely through the window and makes the room glow,” Bairatchnyi said. “The recording just stands out, because you can hear the sound in the room in it.” Evan Bernard, band member of the superweaks, records in a multifaceted communal warehouse called Big Mama’s, where he also finds his own vibe. Bernard views Big Mama’s as a “musicians headquarters,” he said. “Whether it’s various types of fine art, or people focusing on their bands, it’s an in-house space to do whatever you need.” Big Mama’s holds a fully functioning screen printing studio, a woodshop, a film lab with a dark

room and a recording studio, which is run by Bernard and bandmate Chris Baglivo. What differentiates Big Mama’s from regular recording studios is that it’s all in one room, with no separate control room. It has sort of “unique sound,” Bernard said. When Bernard talked to Larissa Sapko of Loose Tooth about why she wanted to record in Big Mama’s, she said, “I don’t know, it’s kind of cluttered and unpredictable,” Bernard said. “I know those terms sound bad or negative, but there’s a lot of bands going in and out of that space,” Bernard said. “It’s always abuzz with a certain energy, and I think that’s what she meant.” “Along with the fact that there’s gear everywhere,” he added. Ewald was used to recording in nicer studios in college, but strongly encourages all musicians to record anywhere “because even in places that aren’t professional, you can still learn so many things,” he said. Ewald still remembers listening to the first album Modern Baseball made in the Metal Shop studio. “We turned off the lights and sat on the couch and listened to it with the whole band sitting in the same place we spent a lot of time on this project in,” Ewald said. “It was a very mushy moment.” *





Philly Pillow Phight, an event held annually on International Pillow Fight Day, returned to Washington Square Park on Saturday. Caleb Derby, the event’s organizer, said the Philadelphia chapter of the pillow fight only drew small crowds before he took over last year. This year, a crowd consisting of college students, parents and children filled the park. “Everybody needs an outlet to have a lot of fun [and] interact with strangers in a pleasant way,” Derby said. Kyle Levonian, a recent Temple alumnus, discovered the event on Facebook and attended for the first time. He created his outfit from multiple pillows. “[The pillow fight] is just something entertaining and funny so I decided to put a whole bunch of pillows on myself,” he said.


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chedelic rock.” “[Motherer is] definitely more influenced by interesting songwriting than textural craziness … the idea of interesting changes and things that come more from the Beatle-esque tradition,” Bennie added. A second wave in psychedelic rock and folk came in the 1990s with the popularity of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, which produced artists like Of Montreal, The Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel, which all shared an admiration for the sound of ‘60s psychedelia and modernized traditional folk and rock sounds. Some popular artists, like Animal Collective, took an experimental approach, combining psychedelic rock sounds with other genres, while more psychedelic pop artists like Tame Impala directly emulated the sound of the ‘60s. “We all appreciate what Tame Impala is doing with psychedelic pop,” said Jacob Folk, bassist and vocalist for Motherer. “They’re making psychedelic relevant again.” While Motherer draws influence from the psychedelic rock of the 1960s, Howlish looks to the neo-psychedelic movement of the ‘90s, incorporating a variety of sounds inspired by groups like No Doubt, Warpaint and The Antlers. “We usually call it ambient rock because we want to keep in mind that it’s OK to not be playing a trillion notes, it’s OK to leave space between notes as long as there’s that sonic texture,” said Howlish vocalist Mark Watter. “Everyone likes really different stuff,” he


Sam Huntington of The Original Crooks and Nannies performs at the Aquarium.

added. “I think the drums play a big part in tying the various influences together … I think we’re lucky that we don’t have to sound like any certain genre.” The freedom within the psychedelic genre serves as an appeal to younger artists and a reason behind its revival today. Philadelphia artists like The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile gained mainstream success with their signature sounds derived from the neo-psychedelic movement, which encourages experimentation alongside today’s advanced technology. “The Internet can now move music around in such a way and I think it’s the freedom of not being constrained to really expensive studio time or feeling like you have to use the best equipment all the time to get the best sounds,” Watter said. “Even with free software, if you spend enough time on it, you can make it sound like studio quality … you can make these sounds with anything now.” “Psychedelic rock has always been about experimenting in the studio and using studio techniques,” Bennie added. “And that, due to


technology now, is more affordable than ever and now kids our age can do that realistically.” To Howlish, Motherer and many other psychedelic inspired groups, it comes as no surprise that Philadelphia has become increasingly involved in the growing psychedelic movement. “Philly is a great town to be doing this kind of thing in,” Watter said. “The music scene is growing rapidly … and Fishtown is exploding with talent and vibrance and excitement, everyone is always outside doing exciting things and it’s awesome that that is what Philly is.” However, Folk said, it’s taken more time for the community to support the psychedelic movement, noting that finding other psychedelic bands to book shows with can be difficult at first. The size of the underground movement is made up for by the freedom and supportive environment that psychedelic rock has created in Philly. “It’s the kind of music that focuses on being a little weird while completely normal at the same time, he said. “The psychedelic aspect frees you up to do whatever you want.” “I think psychedelic rock kind of sets that template, the idea to be able to do something weird and still have people get down to it,” Bennie added. “[Philly] isn’t overflowing with psychedelic bands but it’s growing and recently I’ve been seeing more bands that are more like our sound,” Folk said. “We’re building this little psychedelic community.” *

Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week will hold its first “Full Figured Fashion Show” hosted by Queen Size Magazine tomorrow. The runway show is a new addition to Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week, an annual fashion event sponsored by Mercedes-Benz that supports small businesses and local designers in Philadelphia. The Full Figured Fashion Show will take place at Ivben Studios 3 at 3401 I St. and will feature brands like Love Lace, TNT Boutique and Ruby Couture.

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On Friday Arch Enemy Arts hosted an opening reception for a solo exhibit by artist and illustrator, Mab Graves. The show “Atomic Candy Cosmonauts,” which features nearly 30 brand new original pieces, will run through April 30. Graves is known for blending real science and science fiction elements in her work. Her work is regarded for new and recurring characters who are depicted going on adventures in the cosmos. The gallery is located at 109111 Arch St. -Erin Blewett

The Last Shadow Puppets return to Philadelphia on Sunday to play a sold out show at Union Transfer. The group’s first release, “The Age of the Understatement,” reached the top of the charts in 2008, before an abrupt eight-year separation. Now back with a new sound, The Last Shadow Puppets have begun a sold out tour across the U.K. and the U.S. -Emily Thomas




Jessie Radlow, keyboardist and vocalist of Tutlie, rehearses April 3. Tutlie was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in February.

think on such a grandiose “Welevel, it’s ridiculous.” Jessie Radlow | vocalist

“The song is smartly written, intricate and it’s just gorgeous,” Brooks said of their decision process for the NRP submission. “The chords that Jessie wrote, especially the way the vocals harmonize, just seemed like a perfect fit for an echoing basement, to really let those parts speak without anything else in its way.” Although Tutlie didn’t win the contest, they were chosen in NPR’s later released article, “10 More Tiny Desk Entries We Loved.” Brooks said with thousands of entries in NPR every year, Tutlie was shocked when they were

chosen as one of the top 10 additional entries. With such a big sound—using eight people and multiple instruments—the group didn’t think it would be the best fit for a “Tiny Desk” contest. “We think on such a grandiose level, it’s ridiculous,” Radlow said. “Sometimes we think so big that it’s really impossible to do all the things that are in our heads, so it’s nice when we are able to do it,” she added. “NPR was a chance for us to do what we wanted.” *

The Smashing Pumpkins will perform at the Tower Theatre on Friday as a part of its In Plainsong Tour. For the tour, the band is moving away from its traditional alternative rock roots and gunning for an electro-acoustic sound. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-215. -Eamon Dreisbach


Nonprofit ROAR for Good will host a free screening of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary following instances of sexual assault on college campuses, at Temple’s Center City Campus tomorrow. ROAR for Good aims to reduce the amount of assaults through wearable safety-based jewelry for women and educational programs. The event is in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which runs throughout April. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:15 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach


The Lantern Theater Company is performing William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It “ until April 17 at St. Stephen’s Theater. In the play Rosalind, one of Shakespeare’s most memorable heroines, finds herself in the wild Forest of Arden. Disguised as a boy, she is able to find independence and love. The performance will take place at 923 Ludlow St. -Katelyn Evans



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like guitars, percussion, keyboards, pianos, vibraphones, trumpets and harps. Brooks describes Tutlie as “a rock band with more diverse arrangements and instruments you may not expect from a rock band.” Recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, Tutlie submitted a newly released song, “The Bison,” filmed by Philadelphia videographer Bob Sweeney. The song was an eightperson performance with vocals arranged by Radlow. She also played keyboard and harmonized with Katz and additional vocalist Steph Pez. Other band members structured the music, including Brooks playing trumpet, Diehl on bass and Cruttenden on percussion. Additionally, the song featured Sam Gutman on vibraphone and Liz Ciavolino on the harp. Filmed in Radlow’s basement, a small, dark room with a harp wedged under the staircase and Christmas lights draped around the percussionist’s shoulders, the band’s performance of “The Bison” had a dreamy quality. The ballad’s powerful vocals and soft, sultry harmonization created a peaceful atmosphere that fit the vibe of the setting. The band originally performed the song at Everybody Hits, batting cages on Girard Avenue near 6th Street, that transform into a DIY venue at night.








Sustainability from a ‘beautiful perspective’ As part of RecycleMania, the Office of Sustainability held the Trashion Show on Thursday. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Ven Stahl recently made a dress and matching handbag composed of painted place mats, cut-up aluminum cans and rolls of plastic, instead of the traditional flowy fabrics and expensive decorative ornaments. “Everything, including the dress form it’s on, is trash-picked,” said Stahl, a senior fibers and material studies and art history major. Stahl is used to working with recycled materials, he said. “In a lot of my own work, I tend to use discarded or recycled material because that's what is available to me,” he added. “I think that we waste so much and we need to be more conscious about that.” Stahl created the dress for “Trashion Show,” the sustainability-themed fashion show hosted by the Office of Sustainability on Thursday in Alter Hall. The show featured wearable clothing made out of recycled materials, all of which were created by students in Body Art & Adornment, a class taught by adjunct assistant professor of crafts Tim Belknap. The recycled creations were then put on mannequins for display. “We want to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Temple’s Director of Sustainability, Kathleen Grady. “Not just recycle.” Grady said the Trashion Show could help viewers understand materials they usually see as waste from a “beautiful perspective.” Some of the clothing pieces utilized plastic bags, pages from books, old bed sheets and Continued from page 7


University Singers, TempleTen and PhilHarmonia. Andrew Shaw, a senior voice performance major, was a freshman the year Andaya Hart began her first year teaching at Temple and spent his first three semesters singing in TUS under her direction. “Her passion for music and singing inspires the same in her students,” Shaw said. “The thing I appreciated most about her was the fact that she did a lot of demanding repertoire. She always knew how to push us musically to make us get better and show off our abilities and accomplishments.” “Even now that I am no longer a member of the choir, every time we run into each other, we’ll have a conversation,” Shaw said. “She’s very invested in each of her students outside the ensemble. She has grown to be a musical mentor for me.” Sophomore music education major Alessandro Siravo, who used to sing in TUS, said Andaya Hart’s conducting style is “infectious.” “When someone in front of you on the conductor podium is working


Ven Stahl made a dress out of discarded materials for the Office of Sustainability’s Trashion Show.


Claire Pope, a student worker in the Office of Sustainability helped organize the Trashion Show.

so hard toward a certain sound and a certain style and cares so much about it, the students also care about it too,” he said. Andaya Hart said even more than the exposure to foreign musical tech-

“Music has made me aware of how diverse our world is. People are coming from so many different backgrounds.

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niques and instruments, she values the “people experience” she gained by teaching students in different countries.

“I just developed people skills,” she said. “I am realizing more and more how amazing the power of singing together can be. That’s something that never changes. … It is the human factor, how it feeds the soul.” “It sounds cliché, but music does not have boundaries.” True to her international experience, Andaya Hart’s teaching style also has very few boundaries—in her classes, she teaches students a variety of subjects, like jazz, modern and early Baroque and Renaissance music. “She’s had a lot of experience teaching music that’s not normal Western music,” Siravo said. “I think that’s given her an appreciation for music that’s not necessarily typical, but still has a lot of educational value.” Andaya Hart said for students, singing as a group comes with a sense of belonging, and she wants her students to experience that in her choir room. Bonds formed by making music together grow the conductor-tostudent relationship as well as relationships between students. “There is an exchange,” Andaya Hart said. “It is not a wall. They teach me things as I teach them things.” *


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used denim. The works featured will be judged by a panel of artists from RAIR, an artist-in-residency program based out of Philadelphia focused on bringing awareness to sustainability efforts through art and design. The winner will receive a Mac computer from Temple’s Computer Recycling Center. Temple’s Office of Sustainability organized the Trashion Show as the final installation of a series of RecycleMania, an international eight-week competition among universities geared toward reducing waste and increasing recycling. This is Temple’s eighth year participating in the sustainability initiative. “We are constantly surrounded by litter in the city of Philadelphia, and we just kind of become immune to it,” Grady said. “We want to reclaim trash as a resource.” Claire Pope, a junior social work major and a student worker in the Office of Sustainability, helped organize the Trashion Show and some other RecycleMania events, like a clothing swap and a box fort competition. “Hopefully, we will reach people who don’t know about creative sustainability,” Pope said. Winners of RecycleMania are selected based on the number of pounds of waste and recycling processed over the eight-week period. Grady is given the numbers from Temple’s recycling and trash vendors on a weekly basis. “Our goal this year is to recycle 350,0000 pounds,” Grady said. Despite its name, RecycleMania is focused on attracting attention to many other environmentally friendly habits besides recycling, like turning off lights and unplugging electronics that aren’t in use. “So that’s part of what we’re doing,” Grady said. “Getting people to rethink their consumptive patterns and rethink what is trash.” *

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growing up, he often heard his father’s music around the house. Eventually, he took it up himself. He played saxophone throughout grade school and high school before coming to Temple. Now, four years later, Lee will perform his senior recital on Friday in the Klein Recital Hall of Presser Hall at 7:30 p.m. “It happened so quick,” he said. “I wish I could do it again.” The performance will include original tunes and arrangements written by Lee, as well as famous pieces, like the gospel hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” John Coltrane’s “Fifth House” and Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma.” “It will be a tribute to my teachers, my family, people who are important to me,” Lee said.


Andrew Shaw got his start in music in the fifth grade, in his hometown boy’s choir. “From there I just really grew in classical music,” said Shaw, a senior baritone voice performance major. “Then in high school, I did theater because it was just sort of a natural progression for me from music. Going into college, vocal performance was a marriage of two things I enjoyed.” Last Wednesday, Shaw performed his senior recital at Rock Hall, singing a variety of works from Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ottorino Respighi and George Butterworth. “There’s no particular theme to the recital,” he said. “It’s just a lot of really well-written music that I’ve grown to appreciate over the past year or two.” Shaw said he feels a little overwhelmed by the idea of graduating, but eager nonetheless. “On one hand, it’s really cool to feel like I’ve grown this much and gone this far, but at the same time there is the question of the future,” Shaw said. “What happens next? I guess I’m a mixture of excited and anxious to see what the future holds.”


Christopher Schelb first became involved with music by

chance in middle school. “I was told I needed to play an instrument, so I picked up the flute,” said Schelb, a senior music performance major with a focus in flute. The instrument ended up growing on him, and he continued to play throughout high school. Later, he decided to pursue a music degree in college. His performance’s repertoire will feature various pieces of contemporary classical music, which is the genre Schelb said has influenced him the most. “I’m playing six pieces,” Schelb said. “One is ‘Cassandra’s Dream Song’ by Brian Ferneyhough. The second piece is ‘Falsa Lectio’ by Dmitri Kourliandski, and the remaining are four pieces by Salvatore Sciarrino.” “Right now, I’m mostly interested in the composer Salvatore Sciarrino,” he added. Tomorrow, Schelb will perform his final senior recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Klein Recital Hall of Presser Hall. As for graduating, Schelb is looking forward to finally being finished.


Jean Lin was only 6 years old when she started playing music. “I just started taking lessons,” said Lin, a senior piano performance major. “My brother started before me, so then I wanted to try it too.” Lin will perform her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. in Rock Hall on April 15, playing pieces written by famous composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin and Sergei Prokofiev. “A lot of composers are a great inspiration to me,” she said. “My favorite composer is Beethoven. Also, I’m inspired by my past and current professors, and my friends and colleagues who also play piano.” After the recital and graduation, Lin hopes to earn her master’s degree in piano performance. “I’ve been applying and auditioning for schools, but I didn’t make a final decision yet,” she said. “Most likely, I will be at Temple.” *





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Promoting local music on the air Eric White is the program director at WHIP, Temple’s student radio station. By JENNY STEIN The Temple News For Eric White, a sad truth about being a musician is accepting that many musicians live in poverty their entire lives. “We don’t do this for the money,” the junior journalism major said. “We do this because we love it, but the thing is, we don’t like to do it in front of nobody.” As a program director at WHIP, Temple’s student radio station, and bass player of the band Furthermore., White understands the role that promotion plays in the success of local musicians. “I think it is my duty [to promote local bands],” White said. “I know plenty of bands that work way too d--n hard and don’t get the credit that they deserve.” WHIP works to recognize Philadelphiabased artists through many of its weekend shows, like “Under The Radar,” “Philly Rap Fix” and “Bell Tower Hour.” “Bell Tower Hour” is geared toward musicians working with Bell Tower Music, Temple’s student-run, nonprofit record label. The band Magda Meringue is the current focus of Bell Tower Music, and its members will be interviewed by WHIP on Saturday as part of “Bell Tower Hour.” The band members will promote its upcoming show at Time Restaurant, where its latest EP will be released. “Fuzzy Logic,” available for purchase April 14, is a product of Magda Meringue’s relationship with Bell Tower Music. “This is the first opportunity that we have had to really get our music out there, and have anybody express interest in it,” Jules Keller, the band’s keyboardist and singer, said. “[Bell Tower Music] has been promoting [Magda

Meringue’s music] really heavily, which is really my first experience with that really.” Drummer Austen Travis said the promotional efforts of WHIP, Bell Tower Music and other organizations that recognize local musicians are especially useful to Philadelphia bands. “There isn’t a large intermediary industry in Philadelphia,” Travis said. “There aren’t a lot of publicists, booking agents or managers, so bands either have to completely do it themselves or they have to seek out these agencies that are sending them across the country.” The challenges that come with a lack of professional promoters, like not making enough money through ticket sales to cover the cost of the venue, has given rise to DIY shows in Philadelphia, White said. “You basically do all of your promoting through word of mouth,” White said. DIY shows, also known as house shows, are typically held in basements, are BYOB and charge around $5 per person.

“I think some of the best shows we’ve played have been at house shows, because everybody’s into it and we can go and be ourselves,” White said. Though the presence of house shows has increased on Main Campus, White said he understands “many people would rather spend 50 bucks to see a well known act, in the back row, than go spend $3 at a house show.” But with the promotional efforts of groups like WHIP, White hopes Philadelphia’s music scene will continue to develop, and live up to meet the level of the musicians’ talent. “We’re like the little brother, but we’re like the little brother that’s finally going to kick some a-s some day,” White said. * Editors note: Eric White is a former freelance photographer for The Temple News. He did not contribute to the editing process of this article.


two pianists in the band. “It’s new music that pulls a lot of different influences,” Fisher said. “I think Kingfisher could do a sit-down type show, and a show where everybody is dancing.” “That’s why we like to call it jam fusion,” said David Frebowitz, a junior glass blowing major and Kingfisher’s bassist. “Because calling it jazz fusion would be like implying that we are jazz. We play jazzy music, but we play it very much like a rock band.” Kingfisher has played a diverse set of gigs: Berning Man, a benefit concert for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and a 50-year-old’s Mardi-Gras themed birthday party. “I feel like Kingfisher appeals to everyone, and not just college students,” McGhee added. “It’s just good music, good musicians.” Jam band culture is growing at Temple, Jaffee said. When the band first came together, it used to open for punk bands at house shows. But now there are more


“It would probably be Nas because of his cool style, and I like how his message speaks about where he comes from.”

Campus Recreation is holding a life-size battleship competition today from 7-10 p.m. in Pearson Hall. The competition will take place in the shallow end of Pool 31. Teams of three and four will compete to trying to sink opponents’ canoes in double-elimination, tournamentstyle rounds. The last canoe floating wins. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to compete. -Grace Shallow


Temple’s Career Center will host a Criminal Justice Fair tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. in the Great Court of Mitten Hall located at 1913 N. Broad St. Students and alumni are welcome to talk with representatives from more than 45 different law enforcement agencies and government programs. Representatives from Pennsylvania’s Innocence Project, the Department of Homeland Security and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office are some of the organizations that will be in attendance. -Erin Blewett

There will be a screening of the film “Perfect Strangers” on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in TV Studio 1 of Annenberg Hall. The film follows characters Kathy and Ellie, one in need of a new kidney and the other determined to offer hers as a transplant. The film explores what motivates people to act with compassion. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with director Jan Krawitz at 2:45 p.m. Krawitz is a 1979 Radio Television Film alumna. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Media Studies and Production and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. -Jenny Roberts



Eric White, program director at WHIP radio, promotes music made by students and Philadelphians.

venues and shows off campus that better fit Kingfisher’s sound. Along with the culture, Kingfisher’s popularity has grown, too. Sometimes if a few members have to miss a gig—it’s hard to get all eight people together at once, Jaffee said—the audience members will start to sing along with the missing horn melodies. “And that’s when you crack a good smile,” Jaffee said. “Because that’s cool as heck.” Kingfisher is big on improv, McGhee said, and they’re not over-rehearsed. Each performance is different, and is particularly impacted by the crowd’s reactions. One of the band’s songs, “Dahlia,” has three different endings alone. “When you’re improvising, it’s a direct connection from your inner thoughts right to your instrument,” Jaffee said. “If it feels good, you’re good.” Though the band’s performances are “more than half” improv, Fisher said, its writing style is still distinct. Since the band added horns, and because several band members are music majors, they focus more on the technical aspects of musical theory in their songwriting.

Jaffee kicks off most of the band’s songwriting, and the rest of the band members tie in their respective instruments. “I come in with the main ideas,” Jaffee said. “And we all have the stapler guns,” Frebowitz added. Last summer, the band recorded its second EP, “Whatever Works.” All eight members spent three hours in a studio in Boyer playing the EP’s four songs over and over again to get them just right. Afterward, they went back to Jaffee’s house. In the early June heat, the band members crammed into his bedroom and listened to every single take of each song and picked their favorites. “It was exhausting,” Jaffee said. “We kept running out of his room for air,” Frebowitz added. Now, the band members are working on a third EP, but they’re in no rush to finish. They have three new songs in circulation, and they’re hoping to have six on their next EP. All eight members of Kingfisher rarely get to play together, Jaffee said. But since they came together two years ago, it’s al-



“I love Local Natives so much, like man, they’re dear to my heart. Their music is like, really well thought out.”

Jon-Paul Dyson will lead the discussion “From Monopoly to Mario, Preserving the History of Play” on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Paley Library’s lecture hall. Dyson is the director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and vice president for exhibits at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. During his talk, Dyson will discuss games as historical, cultural and aesthetic artifacts. He will also discuss some of the exhibits he has curated, like “Atari by Design,” “eGameRevolution” and “Pinball Playfields.” -Jenny Roberts


The Intellectual Heritage Program will sponsor a screening of the film “Titus” on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge in Room 821 of Anderson Hall. The 1999 film, directed by Julie Taymor, is based on William Shakespeare’s play “Titus Andronicus.” The film follows Titus as he returns home after a war spent battling the Goths only to find his family in turmoil. Anthony Hopkins stars in the film as Titus, alongside Jessica Lange, who plays Tamora, Queen of the Goths. -Jenny Stein EVAN EASTERLING TTN

Kingfisher has eight regular members including a full horn section and two pianists, five of whom are pictured.

ways been a natural connection. “When we all finally come together, there’s no fumbling or anything,” Jaffee said. “It’s just like, ‘Here we are. Let’s play.’ And it’s great.” * T @mwinberg_




‘Jam fusion’ group grows following Continued from page 7



Student organization Grassroot Soccer will be holding its second soccer tournament of this school year on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Geasey Field. The tournament aims to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. HIV impacts more than 36 million people around the world, according to UNAIDS. Teams of five will compete and those still interested in registering a team should send an email to -Jenny Roberts

“Who is your favorite musical artist and why?” RAFAEL DORACIO


“Kendrick Lamar—I like the lyrics, especially the lyrics. Of all the current rappers, I think he’s the best one.”





Cummings, Vipers end regular season son to Risk Management. Before coming to Temple, James spent two years as athletics business manager at La Salle, where he was responsible for executing the daily business operation for La Salle’s athletic department. -Michael Guise


High school football coach George Curry, 71, died on Friday. Curry was a former Temple football player, who played for the Owls from 196467. He began his high school coaching career at Lake-Lehman High School in 1967. Over 46 season as a high school football coach in Pennsylvania, he totaled a 455-1025 record. He is the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history. The former Owl was diagnosed with ALS in August. He continued to coach at Berwick High School this past season. Curry totaled 400 of his 455 wins at Berwick. USA Today named three of Curry’s Berwick teams National Champions. He also won six state titles. -Owen McCue JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

Former guard Will Cummings drives to the basket in the Owls’ 73-67 win against Bucknell University on March 18, 2015 at the Liacouras Center.


Former Owls’ guard Will Cummings is winding down his first professional season. The 6-foot-2 inch guard played 49 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season. Cummings finished second on the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game behind Montrezl Harrell, who averaged 24.3 PPG in 12 contests. The former Owl also led the Vipers with 4.8 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game. Cummings participated in the Feb. 13 NBA D-League All-Star Game, where he totaled 11 points, five assists and two steals. The Vipers finished their regular season with a 128-121 win against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday. The team now plays the Austin Spurs in the first round of the NBA Development League Playoffs. -Owen McCue


After scoring her second goal in Saturday’s loss to University of Florida, No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association poll, senior attacker Brenda McDermott left the game with an upper body injury. The Harleysville, Pennsylvania native collided with a Gators defender as she released her shot, which tied the game at 9. It was her first game back for the Owls since sustaining an ankle injury in the team’s loss to the University of Delaware on March 16. “Brenda’s had to weather a lot of injuries and hopefully it’s once that she can still push through but we’ll know a bit more in a little bit,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. McDermott has started 10-of-11 games

for the Owls and is fourth on the team in goals, second in assists, and third in points. Rosen said McDermott will be evaluated by a doctor this week. “We’ll have to see,” Rosen said. “We’ll know a bit more when she gets back.” -Evan Easterling


Vinnie James was promoted to assistant athletics director for business operations, the university announced on Friday. James, who joined the athletics staff as the athletics business manager in July 2014, will manage and oversee of all operating budgets for the departments’ 19 sports programs and administrative areas. He will also assist with the budget planning process and serve as the athletics liai-

Kirkwood eyes impact after injury Continued from page 20


Despite his inexperience on the football field, Kirkwood turned down scholarship opportunities to play basketball at “a majority of the Ivy [League],” Lehigh University, Davidson University, Monmouth University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Jacksonville University to play football at Hawaii after consulting his football coach Mark Ciccotelli. “My high school coach believed in me,” Kirkwood said. “He knew there was something special, and I believed in him. We got together, even though I had a few basketball scholarships, and thought football was the right way to go.” In his one season at Hawaii, Kirkwood appeared in seven games, totaling 250 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He had a teamhigh 20.8 yards per catch average. “I think he can translate what he did at Hawaii here,” senior quarterback P.J. Walker said. “We just get the ball in his hands. He’s a fast kid that can make plays. He can run.

We just need to give him the opportunity to make plays.” While missing 13 games last season to injury, Kirkwood said he learned the team’s playbook with the help of Christopher off the field and former cornerback Tavon Young on the field. “Just lining up with guys like Tavon, a big-time NFL prospect, got me better,” Kirkwood said. “I was able to learn defensive schemes from meeting with him also. It just helped me on the offensive side.” Kirkwood also hopes to translate his basketball abilities on the field this season, as the Owls must replace 123 receptions from last year’s team and 10 of the team’s 20 receiving touchdowns. “Keith’s a basketball player with tremendous physical upside playing football. … He hasn’t taken that next step to be a killer, a get on the field and take every ball,” Rhule said. “But he’s slowly getting there.”


The men’s crew team grabbed a first place victory on the other side of the country this weekend. After two days of racing, the Owls’ varsity 8 boat won the gold in the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego on Sunday. Temple’s team of Dante Romeo, Charles Anderson, Collin McKinney, David Buckley, Austin Dunn, Evan Hammond, Brian Reifsnyder, Robert Byrne and Tom Robbins was named Ash Cup Champions after finishing with a time of six minutes, 23.67 seconds. Second place Purdue University finished almost three seconds behind the Owls followed by Santa Clara College and the University of British Columbia. The team has four more events listed on its spring schedule, starting with the April 16 SIRA Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. -Owen McCue

he can translate what “heI think did at Hawaii here. We just

get the ball in his hands. He’s a fast kid that can make plays. He can run.

P.J. Walker | senior quarterback


Senior quarterback P.J. Walker runs sprints at the end of a recent practice at Chodoff Field.

* T @Michael_Guise


Coach Matt Rhule addresses his team following a recent practice.




Men’s team transitioning to new territory after cuts Continued from page 20


as an “unattached” participant even when not funded by Temple. If they compete unattached, the athletes must find their own transportation and are not excused from classes like they would be if affiliated with Temple. The runners also can’t qualify for the NCAA championship meets and are not allowed to compete in the American Athletic Conference Championships. “We might not have an official track team, but we still officially compete during the track season,” freshman Tyji Mays said. “We still race and we’re still confident, good runners.” The only postseason meet the team can participate in is the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championship. “It’s been a transition,” senior distance runner Will Maltin said. “We had a team my first two years here, but we are lucky enough we have the opportunity, since the school supplies us with five meets

outside our normal cross country season.” These restrictions can deprive some athletes of an opportunity to compete at a higher level. Senior Alex Izewksi had times that could have qualified him for nationals had there been a Temple team. While there are downsides to the technicalities that keep the ath-

We might not have “ an official track team, but we still officially compete during the track season. We still race and we’re still confident, good runners.

Tyji Mays | freshman

letes from competing in more races or highly competitive races, the Owls still find benefits to the situation. “It’s a little bit different, but it’s not a negative feeling,” Mays said. “It’s like, OK, I only have five chances to go on the track and show people that Temple, you can’t sleep on us. I’m not deterred by it. I’m motivated by it.” From March 25-26, the team competed at the 21st Annual Monmouth Season Opener in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Several Owls set personal records including Mays, with a time of eight minutes, 59.02 seconds in the 3,000 meters, and freshman Ben Evans, who finished second in the 5K with a time of 15:17.71. “I am a huge advocate for having a men’s track team, but it doesn’t make us any less of a good program,” Mays said. “I think it’s important just to show that when we do get those opportunities to race on the track that we can compete with anyone.” *


Junior Praneeth Gottipati runs around the track at practice.

Paulus close to finishing historic career Continued from page 20

alongside Canete and senior Hicham Belkssir. As a duo, Belkssir and Paulus have combined for 22 of Paulus’ 40 career victories during his career at Temple. “We understood each other on the court,” Belkssir said. “He’s a great baseline player. That really helped me a lot. He was making balls and I’m moving into volley.”


three matches left in the regular season. Paulus also joins Rams, Mansur Gishkaev and Kacper Rams as Owls who have posted 15-or-more wins in three different seasons since 200809. Rams captured 23, 18 and 23


NO. 2







Senior Nicolas Paulus returns a shot during an Owls’ practice at the TU Pavilion last week.


wins during his tenure as an Owl, while Gishkaev racked up 16, 17 and 18 wins. Kacper Rams posted wins of 16 or more three times during his career at Temple. “All year I saw him playing aggressive, and I think that’s what helped him,” freshman Artem Kapshuk said. “I saw a lot of matches when he was down first set against good opponents, and then he came back in the second set. So he’s a real fighter.” Coach Steve Mauro said Paulus’ strength is his ability to rebound after losing a set, which the coach said was on display on Feb. 13 against East Carolina when Paulus lost his first set 6-2 and rebounded by winning the next two sets 6-2, 7-6 to win the match. “If Nick loses the first set, in his mind he still knows that he can win the second set,” Mauro said. “A lot of players they lose the first set and all of the sudden they get down and they don’t have any chance. No matter what the score [is], he’s a fighter on the court. It’s a great attribute that he has.” Paulus also ranks tied for seventh all time in doubles wins amongst Owls since 2001 with senior Santiago Canete with 40 wins. His highest win totals occurred during his sophomore and junior years where he posted 15 and 12 wins

Even with all the success on the court, Paulus said his goal this season is to have more success in the American Athletic Conference tournament. When the Owls were in the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2012-13 season, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The Owls are 1-2 since the 2013-14 season in The American’s conference tournament. In the 2013-14 tournament they were knocked out by the University of Louisville, 4-0. Last season, they beat Connecticut 4-0 and then lost to South Florida in the second round in 2014-15. Paulus is 1-3 in doubles during conference tournaments and 3-2 in singles. “I don't necessarily think that you gain something from being better than your teammates because in the end it comes down to the team wins,” Paulus said. “You’re not going to be measured in how good your singles record is, you’re going to be remembered as how good your team record is.” * T @Ignudo5





Glassford, mother share athletic bond Junior Morgan Glassford’s mother played field hockey at Bloomsburg University. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News

When Morgan Glassford played sports as a child, a familiar face roamed the sidelines. Whether is was on the soccer field or the lacrosse field for Brandywine Majors club team, Glassford’s mother Betsy—a former player on the 1987 Bloomsburg University field hockey Division III NCAA championship team—was coaching her daughter. “She was a big influence on me,” Morgan Glassford said. “She played in college and she obviously coached me throughout everything, so she was always outside practicing with me, having a catch with me. It was awesome.” Through 11 games this season, the junior forward has a team-high 55 draw controls. Her 5.40 draw controls per game ranks No. 1 among Big East players and No. 9 in Division I. In the Owls’ final nonconference game of the season, Glassford had a career-high 10 draw controls to help the team earn an 18-3 win. “Having her on the circle this year is definitely a benefit. ... This fall we were really connecting together and then it just grew over win-



Junior midfielder Morgan Glassford (center), defends during a recent practice at Geasey Field.

ter break and then into [the] season,” said senior defender Summer Jaros, who takes a majority of the Owls’ draws. “It’s nice. I can trust her. I put it somewhere, I know she’s going to get there.” Glassford plays an all-around game, ranking third on the team with eight caused turnovers, while tying for fifth with 13 goals.

The junior, who has played in every game since joining the team out of Strath Haven High School in 2014 season, is one goal away from tying the career-high 14 she scored in her freshman and sophomore seasons. “She’s got great speed through transition and when she has time and space in the offense, she tends to shoot the ball and score goals for

us,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “I think we have so many other people that right now are doing a lot of our scoring that the ball is not in Morgan’s hands that much to score goals … She’s doing all the other little things for us that are making the team function.” Along with her mother, Glassford’s father, Scott, attended Bloomsburg, where he played tennis and played in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships in 1987 and 1989. After playing for the Brandywine Majors, Morgan Glassford is now a coach for the 2018 team, alongside Swarthmore College coach Karen Borbee and her mother. Borbee and Betsy Glassford previously coached Morgan Glassford on the 2013 Brandywine Majors team. “I’ve always wanted to be a coach,” Glassford said. “I’ve always looked up to my coaches, so I wanted to be looked up to as well. I think I got a phone call one day and they offered it to me … I love doing it.” The coaching experience also will allow Glassford to be with her mother again on the lacrosse field. “It’s awesome,” Glassford said. “We just get each other, especially because she coached me so I know what she wants, she knows what I want, and it just works perfectly.” * T @Evan_Easterling

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For Diamond Marching Band, performance ‘has a purpose’ The marching band plays during multiple sports teams’ home games. By LIAN PARSONS The Temple News At the Diamond Marching Band’s practice at the Oval, nearly 200 water bottles line the sidelines waiting for their respective owners. Band camp, a week-long practice, begins a week before the start of the fall semester. David Gough, the cymbal section leader of the drumline, said the group practices from 9 a.m. until midnight on some days in preparation for the upcoming football season. “It’s your whole world at that point,” said David Gough, the cymbals section leader of the drumline. “I had no idea what else was going on in the world other than waking up and playing music.” During football season, the band—led by Matthew Brunner— practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Oval, located between 15th and 16th streets and Berks Street and Montgomery Avenue. Each practice begins with a warmup run around the track, followed by stretching, jumping jacks and pushups, said Jesse Dooley, a dance captain and trumpet player. All 200 members receive schol-

arships for being part of the band and perform at every home football game at Lincoln Financial Field, as well as one or two away games. “There’s a lot of people who don’t know the first thing about sports, they just want to see Temple win,” Gough said. “Getting to go on the Eagles’ football field to perform is really cool. … I got chills just marching onto the field for the pregame show [against] Notre Dame.” For women’s basketball, the band is split into the Cherry Band and White Band, and play at alternate games. The band goes to three volleyball games, and each member is required to attend one. It also performs at showcases for high schools two or three times a year. During basketball games, the band performs at halftime and timeouts, and players are required to have previously been a part of marching band to participate. “The band gets pretty intense during basketball games,” Gough said. “Basketball is a little more exciting and intense because we’re closer to the playing surface.” Gough said football games are the most performance heavy, with drum breaks following each down, leading “T for Temple U” chants during timeouts and after every touchdown, as well as playing specific songs during points of the game. The third quarter is the “dead quarter,” and it’s the band’s job to keep the crowd’s energy up, he added. “Everything we play has a pur-


Temple Diamond Band drumline performs during halftime of the football team’s win against Memphis on Nov. 21, 2015.

pose and has to do with the atmosphere and feel of the game,” Gough said. The band also performs at halftime, which involves a dance break. As a dance captain, Dooley works with a committee that choreographs dances and teaches them to the band. “It’s a lot of discussion of, ‘Can everybody do this?’” He said, “we have to make it all accessible for everyone in the band.” Though band members are encouraged to be sportsmanlike, they

can sometimes get carried away and shout during the games out of enthusiasm or frustration, Gough added. “I don’t think I’ve met people outside the marching band who love Temple as much as we do,” Dooley said. The band’s relationship with the teams is that of mutual respect and is highlighted when the football team sings the alma mater with the band, Dooley said. “It’s a really nice moment because it’s a really cohesive moment

and we feel the appreciation they have for us,” he said. “There’s no better feeling going off the field, especially when you get crowd reactions,” Gough added. “The band has a real place in the university for the whole sporting atmosphere. … We’re not the best band in the country by any means, but we have fun.” * T @Lian_Parsons


Sophomore rediscovers game early in spring The biggest thing “that a Division-I Mark Farely finished 19th at the Furman Intercollegiate last week. By GREG FRANK The Temple News Mark Farley’s confidence took a hit this past fall. In the team’s season-opening tournament of the 2015-16 season, the Hartford Hawk Invitational, the sophomore carded a 29-over par, finishing in 99th place. It was the only event Farley participated in during the Owls’ fall season after appearing in four fall tour-

naments in 2014. At the Furman Intercollegiate from March 25-27, Farley tied for 19th out of 115 golfers at his first tournament of the spring—89 spots higher than when he tied for 108th at the event as a freshman. “In the fall I just got out of rhythm and it snowballed into a bad semester on the course,” Farley said. “[Furman] was huge for my confidence. It’s really encouraging because all winter I’ve been working at it.” Farley and the Owls hope to continue their momentum from Furman after a sixth place finish as a team. In the fall, the team carded two Top-10 finishes in six events. The Owls had nine Top-10 finishes in

college golfer has to realize is to be patient.

Brandon Matthews | senior

2014-15, including two tournament wins. At the team’s first event of the spring, the squad tied for 16th at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate. “The biggest thing that a Divi-

sion-I college golfer has to realize is to be patient and enjoy the process,” senior Brandon Matthews said. “Even the best players in the world struggle for most of the year,” Matthews added. “What they’re showing on TV every week is the guys that are playing really well in that particular event.” Coach Brian Quinn said Farley’s results came from an improved approach to his game following the fall semester. “He was definitely the star of the week,” Quinn said. “He’s working a little harder. I think he’s only scratching the surface. If he continues to work really hard on his game, the sky’s the limit for him.” Along with an improved work

ethic from Farley, Quinn said he has been impressed by freshman Trey Wren. Wren participated in all six of the team’s tournaments in the fall, finishing in the Top 50 three times. In the team’s two spring events, the freshman finished tied for 82nd and tied for 21st at Furman, a careerhigh finish. “Trey Wren is probably five shots better per round than when he came to Temple University,” Quinn said. “I have to tell him to leave. He is everything you want in a student athlete.” * T @g_frank6


After struggling in the fall season, Mark Farley and the golf team are hoping to turn around their performance in the spring. PAGE 19



Brenda McDermott injured her upper body in Saturday’s 10-9 loss to the University of Florida, an update on former guard Will Cummings, other news and notes. PAGE 17

As a child, junior forward Morgan Glassford was coached by her mother on the lacrosse field. PAGE 19





Former hardcourt star aims for breakout 2016 Redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood chose to pursue football over basketball. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor While walking out of the tunnel at Aloha Stadium for his first college football game at the University of Hawaii, Keith Kirkwood’s eyes met the University of Southern California players standing on the field. After playing high school football for one

season at Neptune High School in New Jersey, the size of the Trojans’ players struck the now redshirt-junior wide receiver. “I remember to this day walking out of that tunnel and seeing huge guys from USC, 5-star athletes,” Kirkwood said. “[For] me playing in a small town in the Jersey Shore, it was a big jump.” In his second year as an Owl, Kirkwood, who transferred to Temple before the 2015 season, eyes a larger role in the team’s offense after an injury in the season-opening game against Penn State forced him to miss the final 13 games of the 2015-16 season. “I’m truly going to make a tremendous impact, as I’m able to be flexible on the field,” Kirkwood said. “I’m able to play inside slot and

on the outside. I think this year is going to be big for me.” The Owls lost three of their team’s Top-5 leading receivers to graduation, including leading receiver Robby Anderson, the lone Owl to catch 40 or more passes in 2015. Along with Anderson, the departure of wide receivers John Christopher and Brandon Shippen and tight end Saledeem Major subtracts 1,531 of the 3,037 yards receiving last season. “He’s a physical mismatch,” coach Matt Rhule said. “It’s hard to find guys that are 6-[foot]-4 and run 4.4’s. He’s one of them.” “Not only is the stage set for Keith, but we need him to play at a high level,” Rhule added. In his senior year at Neptune, Kirkwood

decided to play football after only playing basketball for the previous three seasons. In his lone season on the football field, Kirkwood totaled 33 catches for 737 yards and seven touchdowns. On the basketball court, Kirkwood led Neptune to a Group III state finals appearance as a junior, averaging 16.8 points per game and 14.3 rebounds per game in the tournament. He was also named to the Shore Basketball Coaches Association Class B North Second team and All-Monmouth County Second Team. After his senior year, he was nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Boys High School Basketball team.

track & field


Without full support, men’s team competes The men’s track & field athletes can run in five events paid for by Temple. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News When recruiting highschool runners, assistant distance coach Steve Fuelling has an uncommon pitch. As a coach on the men’s track & field team, Fuelling has to sell his plan to potential Owls despite having the men’s team cut in 2014 along with four other Division I programs. “When you don’t have the pressure to put points on the board at the conference level, you can really focus on training and build your base on the indoor season, which is actually a more similar training schedule to high school,” Fuelling said. Since the squad is no longer a Division I team, the university will pay for each athlete to run in five meets, but the runners can still compete in meets GENEVA HEFFERNAN TTN

The men’s track & field team runs on the Oval during a recent practice.


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Paulus climbing up Owls’ record books Senior Nicolas Paulus grabbed his 68th career victory this weekend. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News After defeating Coppin State University sophomore Gabriel Franca on Tuesday, Nicolas Paulus continued his climb up the record books. With the victory, Paulus totaled his 66th all-time singles win as an Owl, which ranks second in singles since

2001, trailing Filip Rams’ 75 wins. “You don’t come here to lose, obviously,” Paulus said. “So you wanna leave a mark, you wanna leave something that’s going to be remembered. You want people to remember you.” During his freshman year, the Rheinau, Germany native led the Owls with 15 singles wins. He also finished the season by winning seven of his last nine matches. Following his freshman campaign, Paulus posted 19 and 18 singles wins as a sophomore and junior, respectively. This season, Paulus is 16-14 with




Nicolas Paulus hits a forehand return shot during a recent practice.

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Volume 94, Issue 26  

Issue for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Volume 94, Issue 26  

Issue for Tuesday, April 5, 2016.


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