Violent Statistics


Violent Statistics
VOL. 90 ISS. 6
Law students observe Wall Street
protests during weekend of arrests
The NYC occupation
is influencing similar
Philadelphia plans for
action by citizens.
The Temple News
While most students celebrating the start of the weekend
or preparing for Temple’s football game, several Temple law
students were boarding a bus to
serve as legal observers to the
Occupy Wall Street rallies on
Friday, Sept. 30.
Protesters set up tents in
Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on Sept. 17, and held dem-
onstrations in the nearby financial district. Operating under the
name Occupy Wall Street, the
movement aims to end the corrupt economic practices by corporations in the United States
and financial inequality.
Often criticized as lacking
a focused message, participants
tote signs that address issues
ranging from wealth disparity to
inadequate health care.
“Nobody knows what it’s
about,” said senior social work
major Adam Macguire. “People
are just dissatisfied with the current situation that they’re living in. There isn’t really a set
of demands. It seems like it’s
a really big movement and it’s
unlike anything I’ve ever come
across because there’s not a real
Second-year law student
Diane Akerman said she was
struck by the diversity of the
participants and the organization of occupation.
“There were all kinds of
people there, which I always
think is really great to see,” Akerman said. “It was also really
calm and really well-organized.
At the actual camp they have set
up in Zuccotti Park, they had a
full library and full media center and a cafeteria area. People
in the neighborhood have been
donating food to [the occupiers]. It was really kind of func-
Protestors wield signs on a number of issues while staking out in New York City on Saturday,
Oct. 1. The Occupy Wall Street protests started Sept. 17 and challenge wealth disparity.
Violent Statistics
Temple’s safety report arrives in time for the October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
7 rapes were reported
in 2010 by Temple in its annual safety
*According to 2011 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
1 in 5 young women
have been sexually assaulted while in
*According to the U.S. Department of Justice
Young women ages 16-24
struggle with the highest rates of dating
violence and sexual assault.
*According to the Center for Disease Control
Joel Faltermayer discusses
the need for Temple to
assume responsibility for
its student living near Main
In honor of National Coming
Out Week, students share
personal memoirs about their
experiences within the GLBT
Giovanni’s Room, a gay
and lesbian bookstore in
Center City, has provided a
community center for GLBT
The Owls turned the ball over
four times in their 36-13 loss
to Toledo on Saturday.
The Temple News
Gabrielle Wetzel smiled
in embarrassment when she remembered what happened during her first few weeks at college last year.
“I chose to go to a shady
party,” the sophomore advertising major said. Wetzel said she
was slightly intoxicated when
she headed to the restroom at a
party and almost tripped over a
guy’s shoes.
“I don’t remember everything. It was really quick. He
just grabbed me, grabbed me
by my shoulders, he put me
up against the wall. My girlfriends saw what happened and
came over. They told him to go
[leave],” she said.
Wetzel said she doesn’t
consider being sexually violated, but said the event could
have escalated.
For one in five young women in college, it has. The U.S.
Department of Justice estimates
that one in five women will be
sexually assaulted during their
college years.
Young women ages 16-24
experience the highest rates of
dating violence and sexual assault, according to the Center
for Disease Control.
October marks Domestic
Violence Awareness Month and Clery Disclosure of Campus
Vice President Joe Biden has Security Policy and Campus
acted as a key figure in leading Crime Statistics Act, does not
the Violence Against Women necessarily include all crimes
Act, which is expected to be against Temple students.
renewed this year. Lawmakers
The university includes inare hoping to extend protections formation in the report to meet
to curb sexual violence. Biden the standards of the U.S. Departhas also launched a social me- ment of Education Handbook
dia campaign, 1is2many, to in- under the Clery Act. According
crease student awareness.
to the handbook, Temple “must
disclose statistics for
reported Clery crimes
Biden also
that occur: (1) on
released a
campus, (2) on public
video mesproperty within or imsage, callmediately adjacent to
ing on colthe campus, and (3)
in or on non-campus
people nabuildings or property
tionwide to
that your institution
help bring
owns or controls.”
an end to
Because of the
Kiara Washington / Clery Act, off-campus
heart peer educator residences are not inwomen.
Temple’s 2011 Annual SeCampus Safety Services’
curity and Fire Safety Report daily crime log online provides
was released last week, provid- a broader scope than the annual
ing insight into sexual assault report because it is based on a
and crime statistics on the uni- geographic area not limited to
Clery reportable crimes, but
versity’s campuses.
According to the report, rather all criminal incidents reMain Campus saw three forc- ported to Campus Safety Serible rapes “on campus” and four vices, Charlie Leone, deputy
“off-campus” in 2010. In 2009, director of CSS said.
But Congress is taking
two “on campus” rapes were
reported and no reports were measures to quell college sexual violence. It introduced the
made “off campus.”
But the report, produced Campus Sexual Violence Elimiin compliance with the Jeanne nation Act last spring in an ef-
“There’s a stigma
attached to
sexual violence,
[victims] may
think it’s their
fort to update the Clery Act. The
revisions would allow colleges
and universities to respond more
effectively to campus sexual violence, but is still being tabled.
Still, Temple maintains
a no-tolerance sexual assault
“I think it’s disgusting and
there shouldn’t be any act of
sexual violence on campus,”
said senior broadcast telecommunications and mass media major Kaitryn Wetzel. “If
you’re put [in] the position
where you think you need to be
violent in order to make sexual
advances toward them, you are
a dirty, nasty pig.”
Students who are survivors of sexual assault can visit
Health Education Awareness
Resource Team, a department
within the division of Student
Affairs that addresses wellness
and health education, to consult
advisers for assistance.
“There’s a stigma attached
to sexual violence, they may
think it’s their fault,” said Kiara Washington, a senior public
health major and peer educator
at HEART. “Overall, I don’t
think it’s a huge problem, but I
do believe that these incidents
do occur.”
Temple Police are attempting to combat the factors that
lead to sexual assault, Leone
Complaints about student behavior,
off-campus living lead to task force
Representatives from
across Temple and the
community will meet
to mend relations.
The Temple News
In light of complaints from
area residents about unruly students and days after a bill was
introduced into City Council
that seeks to ban students from
living in areas near Main Campus, a new task force to deal
with community issues and
concerns was created.
The Community and Student Issues and Concerns Task
Force was formally incepted
on Sept. 28 by President Ann
Weaver Hart.
The committee, chaired by
Dean of Students and Associ-
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ate Vice President of Student
Affairs Stephanie Ives, will address student behavior both on
and off Main Campus.
“Temple has really changed
from a commuter school, to
very much a residential campus…we estimate that 12,000
or 13,000 students live on or
around campus,” Ives said.
Hart asked Ives to lead the
meetings, a request that Ives
called “an honor.”
Appointed members come
from university counsel, government, community and public affairs, Campus Safety, Student Affairs (Student Activities,
Dean of Students, Housing and
Residential Life), athletics,
community members, community realtors, and undergraduate
students, according to a letter
from the Executive Office of
the President.
Temple Student Govern-
ment will appoint student representatives to the committee,
one from TSG, and one nonaffiliated student.
According to Hart’s letter, the force is charged with
developing recommendations
for a comprehensive approach
to policies, programming, services, and assessment with
respect to student behavior,
safety, awareness, and related
Student Body President
Colin Saltry stressed the need
for student input on the committee.
“As much as we love the
administration, they don’t live
in this neighborhood,” Saltry
However, Ives said that
challenged by
committee meetings will not be
A task force
open to the public.
was created to better deal with community complaints.
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NYC protests lead to local occupation plans
ANGELO FICHERA TTN (left) / Courtesy James Clark (right)
The Occupy Wall Street protest attracted crowds of people in New York
to challenge wealth inequalities, among other issues. (Right) On Saturday,
hundreds were arrested for occupying the Brooklyn Bridge, as Temple law
students observed as bystanders.
tioning as this communal camp
As the occupation enters
its third week, tensions in New
York City between police and
protestors appear to be increasing.
Four days before the Temple law students made the trip to
New York, a video circulated on
the Internet depicting a police
officer pepper spraying young
women, who appeared to be
protesting peacefully.
This incident and several
other instances of police brutality prompted the New York
chapter of the National Lawyers
Guild, a progressive organization of legal workers, to put
out a call for legal observers to
come and monitor the subsequent protests.
“Legal observers are sort
of neutral third party observers
to the protests. We’re there to
observe and document what’s
going on,” second-year law
student James Clark said. “We
were there, we saw what happened, and we’re available to
write affidavits or testify to it if
“We’re there to make sure
that everybody is acting the way
they’re supposed to, that the
police are acting appropriately
and not encroaching on people’s
rights as protestors, and watching the protestors to see how
they’re acting with the police,”
Akerman added.
Akerman emphasized her
neutrality and stated that the
trip was an opportunity to learn
more about an issue in which
she is interested.
“I went down as a legal
observer because I wanted to
learn more about what exactly
was going on,” Akerman said.
“Rather than jumping in and
aligning myself with the protests, [I wanted to] figure out
exactly what it is that’s happening.”
Clark and Akerman wore
green hats that identified them
as legal observers and were instructed to write down everything they saw occurring during
the protests.
On Friday, demonstrators
marched from Zuccotti Park to
Task force will
meet privately
“The task force meetings
are really working meetings.
We will, however, engage
in a larger consultative process, which could include…
outreach in more public fashions,” Ives said.
Ives added that she didn’t
want to speculate on how the
committee would incorporate
public input because its members have not yet met.
“But because it is important to include a larger consultative mechanism, I can definitely foresee that we would
gather information and feedback in a more public context,
to help us with our information gathering,” Ives said. “We
could have town hall meetings,
we could have focus groups,
we could have individual interviews. It’s just different
methods of collecting qualitative data.”
Saltry suggested the best
way for students to give direct input to the committee is
through TSG representatives.
“That’s why we’re here,”
Saltry said.
Senior religion major
Lindsay Ward said she felt
student input in the committee was a good idea to enhance
communication. Ward lives in
South Philly, and said she had
problematic experiences with
hostile neighbors.
“It’s about blending cultures,” Saltry said.
Saltry said TSG members
discussed the task force at a
monthly meeting with administrators.
“The concerns that both
our students and our permanent residents around the Temple campus face primarily focus on safety issues, and then,
quality of life issues, such
as noise in the middle of the
night, trash, alcohol consumption…those are our jumpingoff points,” Ives said.
The committee’s first
meeting is scheduled for Oct.
11. Interim reports will be given every two weeks, beginning
on Oct. 15.
By Jan. 16, the final report
is scheduled for submission,
according to Hart’s letter.
“It’s growing pains, what
Temple’s going through,” Saltry said. “This won’t stop the
growing pains, but we want to
[resolve] the issue.”
Amelia Brust can be reached at
[email protected].
One Police Plaza, which they
then occupied for several hours.
Clark believes this march was
billed as being against police
brutality and characterizes the
event as calm and peaceful.
“[There were] no arrests
that I’m aware of, [it was] a
very civil affair,” Clark said.
“We got to the police plaza and
everybody sat down and there
were some speeches and everybody walked back to the park.”
This was not the case on
the following day, Clark said.
Clark said that when protestors mobilized Saturday afternoon, the destination of the
march was unclear to many.
When the group of several thousand arrived at the Brooklyn
Bridge, some went up onto the
pedestrian walkway and others
began blocking traffic in the
Brooklyn-bound roadway. Police began surrounding those on
the street, some of whom tried
to climb up iron supports to the
pedestrian walkway to escape
Reports estimate that more
than 700 people were arrested
during the protest.
The majority of those arrested will be charged with disorderly conduct, Clark said. He
went on to question the validity
of those arrests, citing general
confusion and lack of communication on the part of the police.
“The police are saying that
they warned people that if there
was anyone on the roadway that
they would be arrested but it’s
not clear that anybody except
a few people at the front of the
march ever heard that announcement,” Clark said. “There’s
some question as to the police’s
complicity and culpability in the
protestors being on the roadway
in the first place.”
The instances of police
brutality and the recent mass arrests in New York City have inspired the formation of solidarity groups and actions in cities
around the country, including
Occupy Philadelphia organizers held an initial planning
meeting on Sept. 29 at Arch
Street United Methodist Church.
According to the event’s Face-
book page, the meeting attracted approximately 400 people.
“The meeting was more or
less a group of individuals that
came together from Pennsylvania who were discussing locations to occupy and what kind
of committees to make for the
occupation,” Macguire said. “I
attended the meeting because
I’d like to get active in anything
that would stop the inequality of
the income, wealth, education,
access to healthcare, the criminal justice system [and] the dissatisfaction with the way Philadelphia operates, Pennsylvania
operates, our nation operates
within the globe.”
The meeting was conducted in a democratic format, with
every decision voted on by attendees, Macguire said.
“It was very, very democratic, at times almost painfully
democratic,” Macguire said.
“The way the meeting was held
was different than anything I’ve
ever been to before. I was really
curious and that’s why I went
but I may have been even more
confused after the meeting on
what the objective was.”
The group will meet again
tonight, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at
Arch Street United Methodist
Church to vote on a state-owned
location to occupy, as well as a
date and time for the occupation
to begin.
Despite increasing national
interest and the emergent solidarity groups, Akerman said the
movement has been marked by
a lack of coverage by the mainstream media.
“It’s been really bizarre to
watch the media ignore it,” Akerman said. “It’s really strange
to have seen it and then know
that it’s just not being talked
about it at all because it did feel
like there was something really going on. There were a lot
of people there and I wonder
how long it can go on being ignored.”
Kate Kelly can be reached at
[email protected].
Efforts seek to end violence against women
“A lot of our sexual assault
stems from drugs and alcohol,”
Leone said. “That is one of the
elements in the crime of rape. If
someone is totally intoxicated
and you have sex with them,
you’ll be charged with rape because they’re not able to make
students should report sexual
violence immediately, through
campus safety or counseling
services. Temple provides resources to support sexual assault survivors.
However, there is a difference between formal and informal procedures.
Informal complaints to a
university administrator or faculty member are directed to the
Sexual Assault Counseling and
Education coordinator, who can
provide counseling and other
If a survivor chooses to file
charges, he or she must submit a
formal complaint with Campus
Safety Services or the Philadelphia Police Department.
“Imagine if it were a stranger who forced sex upon you and
you had to talk to five or six
other strangers about what happened,” Leone said. “It’s very
difficult so we try to use a lot of
Rape and sexual assault are
notorious for going underreported, however, most instances
of sexual assault on campus
stem from an acquaintance of
the victim. That makes it easier
to catch the attacker, but not
easier for victims to report the
“Regardless of scenario,
we treat it all the same,” Leone
said. “If someone forces sex on
someone, whether it’s an acquaintance or a stranger, we still
do the same process. We really
want to bring this person to justice as quickly as possible.”
For Temple student Tatianna Gratten, violence ensued
when, after a day of drinking,
her 27-year-old ex-boyfriend,
Jeremy Allen Batten, forced her
down and repeatedly punched
her in the throat and head, according to the Daily Local
News in West Chester, Pa.
While Gratten survived the
attack, her psychological and
physical injuries led her to miss
some of her Fall 2010 coursework. She failed two classes
and eventually lost her financial
aid, reports state.
Gratten sued her boyfriend
for the financial losses, and won.
A judge ordered Batten to reimburse her for her lost money. In
total, a judge ordered Batten to
pay $4,733 to Grattan for two of
her courses and for financial aid
lost, and $2,905 to the Pennsylvania Crime Victim’s fund for
her medical expenses.
Sexual abuse doesn’t just
affect survivors, but also drains
the economy. Intimate partner
violence cost more than $8 billion in 2003, according to the
About 75 percent of domestic violence shelters around
the country have seen an increase in the number of women
seeking assistance since the
recession began in September
2008, according to the nonprofit
Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.
Abusers act out on victims
for a slew of reasons, but “economic hardship does not cause
domestic violence,” said Peg
Dierkers, executive director
of the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Domestic Violence. “It
is a pattern of coercive power
and control.”
She said other conditions
going along with the economic
recession like job loss, being
at home more and an increased
loss of control cause abusers to
beat more frequently and often
more severely.
“It’s one of the most complicated crimes that we investigate,” said Philadelphia Deputy
Police Commissioner Patricia
Giorgio-Fox. She said homicides due to sexual violence are
rare to college-aged students,
but do happen.
This time last year, the city
had a total of 22 domestic homicides. For the first eight months
of 2011, that number stands at
18. Giorgio-Fox attributes the
decrease to a new initiative that
started last January.
Philadelphia Police teamed
with Women Against Abuse,
the Women’s Law Project, the
District Attorney’s office and
a University of Pennsylvania
psychologist to tackle the trend,
Giorgio-Fox said.
Giorgio-Fox said the new
program is working, but to ultimately decrease numbers, victims of sexual assault need to
report any abuse.
“We can offer as much advice and counseling and help
and alternatives as possible.
But until the victim decides it’s
time, it’s very difficult to correct
that kind of behavior,” she said.
Although men also fall victim to sexual crimes, women
makeup the majority of statistics. According to the 2010 National Crime Victimization Survey, 15,020 men were victims
of rape compared to 169,370
“There is no such thing as
an innocent bystander when it
comes to the abuse of a woman,” Biden said in his recent
video message. “Assault is assault. Rape is rape. And it’s a
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DADT repeal changes policy, not attitudes
The military’s policy
that banned gays and
lesbians from serving
openly was repealed.
The Temple News
After 18 years, the military’s controversial Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell policy was repealed
on Sept. 20.
The policy, which banned
gays and lesbians from openly
serving in the United States
military, was responsible for
the discharging of more than
13,000 members of the armed
forces for coming out or for being outed while serving since its
Temple’s ROTC program
operates under military policies and, therefore, was subject
to the restrictions on serving
openly that were enforced under
Lieutenant Colonel James
P. Castelli, a professor of military science, said the implementation of the repeal is “not a difficult change for the soldiers on
the ground” and that it was too
early to tell if it would affect recruitment for the program.
Castelli added that “today’s
military is more trained than before.”
“[The] army is very good
at promoting diversity,” Castelli
said. “The repeal of DADT is
an example of the army’s efficiency.”
Under former President
Bill Clinton’s administration,
DADT was enacted in 1993 as a
compromise with the republican
members of Congress to allow
gay and lesbian soldiers to serve
as long as they did not reveal
their sexual preference.
The ban on homosexual
service members began in 1950
with former President Harry
Truman’s Uniform Code of
Military Justice, which, among
other things, set up discharge
rules for homosexual service
In 1982, former President
Ronald Reagan stated that homosexuality was “incompatible” with military service and
that people that engaged in
homosexual acts or stated they
were gay or bisexual would be
At the time, DADT was
supported by some for the inclusive, yet secretive, integration
of gays and lesbians into the
armed forces but was opposed
by others.
Dr. Gregory Urwin, professor of history and associate director at the center for the study
of force and diplomacy, said
“Congress made the law,” and
that, although Clinton vowed to
lift up the ban, he compromised
with DADT.
While some universities
have banned ROTC programs
for certain policies in the past,
Urwin said that there was “never a big effort” on the part of
the administration, faculty, or
students to boycott the ROTC at
“At the time [DADT] was
passed it was progressive. It was
a great step forward,” Jeff Fin,
vice president of Purple Circle,
a GLBT student organization,
This is not the only time in
history when the U.S. military
has made steps toward integration.
In the 1950s Truman ordered for racial integration to
occur. Urwin said that the president was “confident that the
military was going to comply.”
But its integration was not fully
achieved until the Korean War,
Urwin said.
“The military have the
toughest job in the world, [they]
develop their own culture,” Urwin said.
Urwin said the military’s
policies, which may reflect society values.
A March 2011 Pew Research Center Poll shows that
58 percent of Americans said
homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged,
by society.
“I did not have a reaction
[to the repeal,]” said Ashley
Springfield, a junior accounting
major. She added that it was a
“small step toward civil rights.”
But for Fin, the repeal helps
him feel as though “the promise
of equality” is one step closer.
Still, the repeal of DADT
is contingent upon the administration leading the country.
As the 2012 presidential race
gains momentum, some republican candidates have expressed
interest in reinstating the DADT
“[Gay rights are] generational to some extent, but [are]
cultural too,” Urwin said.
The repeal of DADT was
passed by the House of Representatives on Dec. 15 and by
the Senate on Dec. 18. President
Barack Obama signed the repeal
provision into law on Dec. 22.
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Temple ROTC members train at the oval. Although the ROTC
was subject to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, some say the
repeal does not impact the program drastically.
Universities’ admissions seek out students of means, survey shows
To fill budget voids,
colleges are looking
for students who can
pay the full tuition.
The Temple News
With slimmer portions of
expenditures allotted to financial aid, universities are increasingly opting to admit students of
financial means, a Inside Higher
Ed 2011 survey of college and
university admissions directors
The survey, which polled
more than 450 admissions directors and enrollment managers, found that more than half
of admissions officers at public
research universities were paying more attention to finding
students who can attend the college by paying the full price.
Similarly, more than one third
of the officers at four-year colleges said the same.
Twenty-two percent of the
admissions officials at four-year
institutions said the financial
downturn had led them to pay
more attention in their decision
to applicants’ ability to pay.
However, Senior Vice Pro-
vost for Enrollment Management William Black said there
are other methods public universities employ to compensate
for budget cuts, such as recruiting more out-of-state and international students.
“We have rolling admissions, which means that we
make an admission decision
based on a student’s credentials,
inform the student of that decision within four to six weeks,
and only create a financial aid
award for those students who
are admitted,” Black said. “We
do not wait for a student to apply for financial aid to make an
admission decision. Therefore,
we have no concrete information about a student’s family’s
financial situation.”
Economics Professor William Stull said that the influence
of money in admissions is a
“balancing act.”
“Universities have to pay
their bills. When they are short
on money, they gravitate toward
students with the ability to pay.
It’s inevitable–the only thing
that holds them back is their
long-term reputation,” Stull
While both public and
private universities face constrained budgets, education professor Corrinne Caldwell said it
is primarily private universities
that are selecting candidates
based upon their ability to pay.
“Publics do not discount
tuition on a regular
the parents’ ability to pay does
not play directly into any tuition
calculation. Privates set the tuition at a high level, knowing
that they will have to discount
the tuition through many dif-
ferent strategies at about a 40
percent rate overall,” Caldwell
The issue arises when there
are an inadequate number of
parents who are capable of footing the entire or the majority of
the bill, creating the potential
for a deficit. Private universities develop legal methods of
Tour guides show prospective students and their parents
around Main Campus. A new study shows many universities
are looking for students who can pay the full tuition price.
eliminating financially disadvantaged candidates.
“They have all sorts of
ways of screening out students.
If a working class kid has a job
at McDonald’s over the summer, and the affluent kid spent
the summer fence building with
[American] Indians in North
Dakota, immediately, they are
going to turn down the applicant
who wrote about his experience
at McDonald’s,” Stull said.
Stull said that, due to reduced state budgets, public
universities are beginning to
choose more candidates on the
basis of financial privilege to
rectify institutional debt.
Caldwell said this tactic
would “not even be effective”
for Temple. Private schools with such
policies suffer by not having
a “diverse” incoming class,
Caldwell said.
Prospective college applicants also take objection with
this tactic, stating that it will
limit opportunities for their
“To base value solely on
money is a corruption of the
‘American Dream’s’ meaning. Our country is the land of
opportunity, and its education
policy should reflect that,” said
high school junior Liz Jiang.
There are strategies that
can be implemented to prevent
public universities from excluding students of limited financial
means, Stull said.
“Public school admissions
could be contingent upon meeting certain targets of income
classes. State legislators, however, want to get out of business
of higher education,” Stull said.
Still, Stull said financial
decisions can’t overlook figures
like SAT scores.
Despite a typical debt load
of approximately $23,000 to
$30,000, Caldwell said, a college degree may continue to
serve as a catalyst for social mobility, increasing the importance
of colleges finding sustainable
ways to fund the educations of
low-income students.
“College graduation is still
the best predictor of future economic stability and affluence
but not by any means a guarantee,” Caldwell said. “There still
will be mobility, just not with as
much disposable income. One
thing that we know for sure is
that not graduating from college
has even more of a negative influence on every aspect of employment and earnings than it
has ever had.”
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can be reached at
[email protected].
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As National Coming Out
Week approaches Main Campus, this is an opportune time
for The Temple News to remind
students that Temple is a place
where everyone should be able
to be themselves without facing
any judgment for their respective lifestyle choices.
It is commendable that
the university entities such as
Health Education Awareness
Resource Team, Student Activities and University Housing and
Residential Life are sponsoring events geared toward making GLBT students feel more
comfortable on Main Campus
for this week, but just because
NCOW is only one week doesn’t
mean the discussion of GLBT,
and student rights in general,
should end there.
In April of 2010, The
Temple News’ editorial board
published an explanation for
our continued, sometimes seemingly excessive, coverage of
the GLBT community on Main
Campus and in Philadelphia. A
year and a half later, we stand by
our position. The Temple News
considers the GLBT cause the
civil rights movement of our
The college community,
especially in an urban environment, is typically seen as pretty
Darrell Clarke
introduced legislation seeking to ban student
housing in a large area around
Main Campus, a conversation
between two factions of the
North Philly population became
obviously necessary. It became
clear that the students and the
long-time residents living in the
area need to open up communication, some way, some how.
And while members of both
groups need to step forward in
order to mend relations, there’s
one party that has been essentially absent from the conversation: Temple.
have been told time and time
again that some students are a
nuisance to the community, the
university has been successful
in remaining a bystander in the
While efforts such as the
Good Neighbor Policy and the
creation of a new task force,
as reported by Amelia Brust on
page 1, demonstrate that Temple
undoubtedly is tied to its students’ dwelling campus, administrators have had a hands-off
approach to Clarke’s bill.
Holding private Task force
meetings reiterates Temple’s
disregard for the need for an
open forum.
After the bill was introduced, Assistant Vice President
of University Communications
Ray Betzner said the university
did not have a stance on the bill
because it dealt with land not
owned by Temple.
This response paints Tem-
NCOW is important to
promoting a judgement
free atmosphere on Main
friendly and accepting of the
GLBT community. The Temple
News is proud of the Temple
community for maintaining supportive activities like NCOW
and for the various student organizations that pledge their
support for the community and
demonstrate their involvement.
But, we still have a long
way to go. The struggles of
some members of the GLBT
community might not be apparent to everyone, but even in
the most accepting places, they
are still prevalent. The Temple
News accepted submissions
for essays this week, for anyone who wished to share their
thoughts and experiences on the
subject. Members of the community spoke on issues such as
the demeaning nature of phrases
like “the gay best friend,” and
the intolerance those who identify as bisexual still face even
from other members of the gay
Tolerance and equality are
not conditions that will be met
overnight, but little by little,
we’re getting better. This week,
students should remember to appreciate themselves and respect
each other for who they are and
think about the lessons taught
during NCOW for the rest of the
Hopefully, Councilman
Darrell Clarke’s proposed
bill will create a dialogue,
in which adminstators will
actively participate.
ple to be unassociated from the
issue at hand. Yet, the proposed
ordinance specifically singles
out students as being intolerable
Temple doesn’t operate
or handle students housing off
campus, but it’s undoubtedly
linked to them.
With the current bill in City
Council, this is the time when
Temple should publicly stand
up for its students rather than
remain silent.
Students come to Main
Campus knowing that housing
isn’t guaranteed and that living
off, but near, campus is a practical option in order to attend
In addition to working with
community leaders, administrators need to be vocal to politicians and work to help develop
alternatives to a quick-fix ordinance that could have serious
economic repercussions on the
Last week, Betzner said
that the university expected its
students to be good citizens in
the city and that, for the most
part, they are.
This opinion needs to be
voiced to citizens and, more importantly, to City Council. The
efforts underway by the university need to be discussed in an
open forum, not in closed-door
By standing on the sidelines, administrators are publicly denying association from
their own constituents.
Photography student in the city
(Top) Sophomore art history major Amanda Watson takes photos at Master and
5th Streets one morning.
Last week, on temple-news.
com, we asked how do you
feel about Councilman Darrell
Clarke’s proposed bill? Here
are the results.*
He is taking his
frustration out on
I think it’s unfair.
Student’s share
the blame for
community tension.
I completely
*Out of 68 votes
“The conversation
went like this: ‘I
dated a girl like you
before. I broke up
with her.’”
How long will it take you to
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Economic Recovery: Under the Hood
According to EPE Research
Center, recipients of the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act show that those
dollars have helped create or save
approximately 650,000 jobs, more
than half of which were linked
to funds distributed by the U.S.
Department of Education.
Quality educations come with a large price
At first glance,
proposed $60
billion price
tag to revamp
may seem
expensive, but
it is necessary
to ensure the
success of
education in
the future.
n Sept. 8, President Barack Obama
proposed the America Jobs Act, a
bill intended to help spur job growth
in America. Part of the proposal included financial relief for the nation’s troubled
educational system.
The price tag for that section of the bill
is, admittedly, a hefty one. Obama asked for
$30 billion to help stop rampant
teacher layoffs as well as an additional $30 billion for renovations
on K-12 and community college
No one can deny that $60 billion is a large amount of money.
But at the same time, no one can
deny that America’s schools have
a great deal of room for improvement and busting out the checkbook is the best way to right the
It only takes a quick glance at the U.S. Census data concerning the amount spent per student
in each state along with Education Week’s Quality Counts state education ranks to see the correlation. The more you spend, the better the quality of the education will be. That’s simple math.
Apparently, Speaker John Boehner spent
that class doodling in his notebook because he
and other republicans in Congress aren’t exactly raising their hands to sign. Instead, Boehner
promoted a different American Jobs Act: one
that would consist of further tax breaks for the
Boehner justifies such a proposal by saying
that “job creators in America are essentially on
Well, sit down Boehner because there’s a
lesson that you should probably learn. Class is
in session.
It’s already been well established that
money directly correlates to the quality of the
education. So then what does a
lack of money mean? Poor performances in primary education,
of course.
And if a student doesn’t do
too well in school, chances are
that the student won’t be too
prepared for the vastly more
demanding college curriculum,
which means that Temple classrooms could soon be filled with
students who lack the critical
thinking and writing skills necessary to succeed in this environment. Those students are not only unlikely to
do well–they will also miss out on the most important lessons that college teaches: hard work,
dedication and innovative thinking.
This is a shame, since hard work, dedication and innovative thinking just so happen to
be three of the most critical traits a potential
employer would be looking for in a candidate.
They’re also the characteristics employees in
successful businesses usually display. That’s not
a coincidence.
A hard working, dedicated and innovative
“It’s already
been well
established that
money directly
correlates to the
quality of the
employee brings a great deal of value to a business. With that value comes the potential for
expansion (more hiring) and greater financial
incentives (higher salaries).
Wouldn’t you know it, but that sounds like
exactly what our struggling economy could use
right about now.
Sure, it may take a few years to be realized,
but Obama’s American Jobs Act is exactly what
it claims. It’s designed to help create jobs by
making future job-hunters more employable.
Meanwhile, there is Boehner’s plan. He said
that cutting taxes to the wealthy will help stimulate job growth. In theory, he’s absolutely right.
But, then again, if the people that employers
would go to hire aren’t properly educated and
won’t bring much value to the company, then it
will hardly do any good.
Obama’s plan may circumvent the immediate relief in favor of the future, but it does so in a
way that promises much greater success. Boehner’s plan, on the other hand, is short-sighted
and would ultimately be ineffective.
There is no doubt that $60 billion is a big
amount to spend, but the costs to the nation
of not investing that money into the future are
much greater.
Class dismissed.
Zachary Scott can be reached at
[email protected].
Bill fuels misguided neighborhood debate
While many
Darrell Clarke’s
housing bill,
argues this type
of legislative
is needed to
hold Temple
responsible and
for its housing
t seems as if every few months or so, this
tired debate over Temple’s feudal policies
of expansion is given new life in lieu of
yet another shooting, mugging or studentdebauchery run amuck.
Opinions are collected from both sides of
the fence and haphazardly molded into a representation of North Philadelphia’s changing demographic, while Temple releases
rhetorically-promising public relations
blueprints in order to put off making any
tangible moves toward reconciliation. In
the meantime, Saturday nights continue
as usual, with 40-toting swarms of students basking in the dilapidation of the
neighborhoods that remain impoverished.
Though I see that students, residents
and developers alike have been effectively represented in this debate, there is no
question that each is merely voicing their
own logical interests. However, demonizing other parties simply covers up the
true agent of gentrification: the university. While there is no chance that this new
ordinance proposed by City Councilman Darrell
Clarke will be put in place, it should provide a
mirror to Temple’s administration so that they
can begin to clean up their own mess.
For the record, I am absolutely behind any
legislation that humbles a fiscally irresponsible
institution such as Temple. The university’s
refusal to contribute anything tangible to the
debate is completely consistent with its own
interests. The Good Neighbor Policy is simply
a Band-Aid slapped on a gaping wound, which
shows how little thought the university has put
into residential housing.
Frankly, Temple’s
lack of credibility in
neighborhood matters
should void any attempted response to the matter.
What all concerned fail
to realize is that Temple
will continue to generate
income from a changing
demographic, regardless
of students’ residential
decisions. For the majority of students who
remain content with the
novelty of going to class
in pajamas, yet economically or wantonly wish
to move out of Temple’s
dorms, the private development surrounding
Temple offers the only solution.
Everyone knows Temple’s history as the
blue-collar backbone of Philadelphia’s academic network. Like the best parts of this city,
Temple has remained a unique “Harvard on the
nights continue
as usual, with
40-toting swarms
of students
basking in the
dilapidation of
the neighborhods
that remain
Delaware,” without the pretense of false antiquity, alienating class or high tuition. But in the
21st century, the university lost all credibility by
utilizing corporate hiring policies and constructing a poor façade of residential, four year education. And to lose dignity of this magnitude in a
city that snowballed Santa Claus can prove to be
very disruptive to Philadelphia’s economic and
social structure.
In a pursuit to transform Main Campus into
a residential nest of student activity, Temple utterly failed to accommodate students who had
barely left their parents’ house a year prior.
Now, because of this most recent legislative discourse, which plans to “prohibit students
from living in areas near Main Campus,” we
have the opportunity to gauge Temple’s response
to its own expansion and rethink the direction
that this will take us. The source of the issue lies
not with sloppy, underage inebriation, fiscallyminded private developers or with a few communities struggling to unify in the shadow of the
university wrecking ball. The source remains the
institution who can’t manage its own identity in
the 21st century. Clearly, if this school was once
an “Acre of Diamonds,” it has failed to uphold
moral integrity in an attempt to save face.
Joel Faltermayer can be reached at
[email protected].
Health care insurance limits independence
emple alumnus Jimmy Curran, who
was diagnosed with spinal muscular
atrophy, is at risk of losing his eligibility to receive government assistance
when he decides he wants to work.
His job’s insurance plan doesn’t
cover all of his needs. Curran “qualifies
ROBERT for 56 hours a week of aides and nursMAYS ing care–a $185,000 bill paid for with
state and federal money,”
Almunus reported. Unfortunately, with a job CurJimmy Curran ran qualifies for half of the support he is
depends on the currently receiving.
I am disturbed that we live in a
state for health
society that doesn’t want to help those
care insurance who are in need. There is no middle
and home ground for those trying to be indepencare aide, but dent. It’s a game of the haves and have
his decision nots. Both our American health care and
to work may social services system are in dire need of reform.
I have been fortunate enough to have had
limit the
health insurance since my infancy and couldn’t
benefits he imagine my life without it since I am a survivor
receives. of childhood asthma. In college, I have witnessed
many of my friends lose health care coverage as
a result of aging out of the system. The rules sur-
How do you feel about
the proposed bill that
would limit students
from living in certain
areas around Main
rounding who receives health insurance are an
insult and quite contradictory to the American
ideals that we all claim to hold. Land of the free,
but health insurance coverage is not guaranteed
to all citizens?
The United States is
lagging behind many industrialized nations when
it comes to health accessibility for its people. This
is because we do not treat
health care as a human
right, instead it is played
as a dangerous game of
“deserving” versus “undeserving” patients.
The poor are marginalized and the disabled are
forced to make a decision
on whether or not to be dependent on the system.
It’s a vicious cycle and unfortunately that is the
reality for many young Americans in today’s society. I honestly believe that our society doesn’t
really want to see people have a life of testimony,
but instead, a tale of destitute failure–that way
the process of scapegoating can be completed
“The poor are
marginalized and
the disabled are
forced to make
a decision on
whether or not to
be dependent of
the system.”
“I think it’s unfair to the
university. Temple’s
trying to bring a new light
to the community and
turn the neighborhood
around. Temple has a
bad reputation for being
dangerous, but the
housing is slowly making it
a nicer area.”
without any form of self-responsibility.
As a relative of someone who was diagnosed with a disability, I have seen how hard it
can be for a disabled person to live a normal life.
For Curran, he has gone on to do more, despite
his physical limitations. His story is one of triumph and I believe that this is not the end.
Can you imagine being denied Social Security and home care aide because you decide to
work and make more than $2,000 a month? I find
that to be absurd. Do you want him to live below
the poverty line?
The typical societal view for someone using or depending upon social services is one of
shame and disdain. I believe that this will not be
the last we hear about Curran. He is not the only
one suffering from this. As a citizen of this society, you do have a right to question our health
care system.
Robert Mays can be reached at
[email protected].
“So are our
addictive, medically
speaking? Some
suggest that using
iPhones and
BlackBerrys may
tap into the same
associative learning
pathways in the brain
that make other
compulsive behaviors
—like gambling—so
Martin Lindstron, an
Op-Ed contributor,
on New York Times “You Love
Your iPhone. Literally”
“It does mellow
out the triggered
response in a certain
population. But with
some, it made them
very, very paranoid—
it had the opposite
Mary Tendall, a
licensed therapist,
on the in The Washington Post
“Marijuana study of traumatized
veterans stuck in regulatory
“Bicycle riders pose a
danger to themselves
and to pedestrians,
according to the
studies. Bicycle
commuters have
2.3 times the black
carbon, or soot,
in their lungs as
do noncyclists,
according to a U.K.
study whose results
were applied to cities
world-wide. And each
year in New York
state alone cyclists
cause about 1,000
injuries to pedestrians
that require a hospital
visit, 55% of those in
New York City.”
Carl Bialik, a Wall
Street Journal
on “A Different Spring on the
Dangers of Urban Cycling”
“College students
consume Red Bull
Energy Drink because
it works. The benefits
of Red Bull tie
naturally with the
daily activities of
college students as
the product delivers
energy and the ability
to focus.”
A representative
from Red Bull,
in The Associated Press on
“College buzzing about energy
drink sales ban”
“I don’t think the bill
would ever go through.
We just don’t have
enough housing for
Temple students, and I
think the university would
take issue with it.”
“I think we’re making
it better. We actually
take care of the
houses unlike some
of the people around
here, and we bring
money to the area.”
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Lea on “Carrying does more harm than good” on Sept. 29, 2011 at 8:05 am
By reading these comments it just proves how ignorant sociaty can be!! Do the people who posted
carry a gun?? Yikes!! To post such rude comments because someone has an opinion is inappropriate. Those who posted and want to be able to carry a gun are angry and rude. Yep, defiantly someone
I want carring a gun!! My opinion- It is not the gun that kills people, people kill people. Not much is
required to carry a gun, and with the mentality of some people I dont trust them with guns!! I woudnt
trust them with my dog, let alone a gun around campus. Good for you Cary!! Well written and woudnt it
be nice to walk the streets and not worry??
Kevin on “Philly Fashion Week 2011, Versatile styles showcased on catwalk”
Sept. 27, 2011 at 1:16 am
Hello I am happy you made it out again this season!! And I am glad you enjoyed the fashion we presented on the runways, but very organized we where i must say this season!!! Who shows up at 7 and
show starts at 7 Really???? All Promos stated show Doors open at 7 show starts at 8 which it did,
you were not waiting hours for our production to start, and yes the waiting room is for mix and mingle
before the show starts. doors open and we seat our VIP’s and press set up. you seem to always want
to highlight the negative, lol good night T-N!! Somebody needs to attend more shows in person not just
on youtube and TV
Re: City Councilman Darrell Clarke’s misguided proposal
Dear Editor,
Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke has
introduced a new bill in the City Council that would
stop the building of any more off-campus housing for
Temple students in North Philadelphia and this issue
needs to be addressed.
In the midst of an economic downturn that was
instigated by a failing housing market, Philadelphia
officials see the solution to problems as preventing
the construction of housing geared towards students
at Temple. With the excuse of students being “out of
control,” Clarke’s proposal will stunt job creation in
Philadelphia by mitigating construction and associated jobs.
Temple students live in the neighborhoods surrounding campus for several reasons and their benefits
to the community are remarkable. Walking through
the neighborhood west of Broad Street, you see development of new houses that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago. These new houses are
really helping to clean up a neighborhood and community that has been riddled with crime and a lack of
development in recent years. Temple has spurred development in parts of the city that would, otherwise,
be in states of disarray.
On the tax revenue side, Philadelphia greatly
benefits from these new homes and residents because
of an increased tax-base. In a city that is so strapped
for cash that it had to institute rolling brownouts of
fire stations last summer, how could someone support
eliminating an expanded tax base? Looming reassessment will also increase property values, increasing tax
revenues and helping locals who may be concerned
about declining property values in the city. Limiting
student housing will cause an unprecedented rise in
the cost of rent much higher than fair-market values.
If Clarke cares so much about the North Philadelphia community, why would he be willing to stop the
expansion of off-campus housing and replace it with
more drug corners, abandoned homes, vacant lots and
a less-safe community? In supporting this legislation, Clarke is supporting the elimination of jobs in
the construction sector, an increased level of crime in
the neighborhoods surrounding Temple and increasing the financial strain on Temple students who wish
to live off-campus by triggering an increase in rent
Erik Jacobs
President, Temple College Republicans
Creative fundraiser involves selling pies
MANNA kicks-off its annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser Oct. 11.
Opinion Editor
The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood
Nutrition Alliance was founded in 1993 by
members of the First Presbyterian Church of
Philadelphia. Each year around Thanksgiving, MANNA hosts its Pie in the Sky fundraising event. This year will mark the event’s
15th anniversary.
“Pie in the Sky, to sum it up, is a pie
sale,” said Lindsay Cohen, the strategic partnership coordinator of MANNA. “We sell
four different types of pies to outreach to the
co mmunity. We sell three of them for $25
each and one for $50. All of the proceeds go
toward MANNA and our mission.”
The different types of pies include the
signature MANNA-made “Sky Pie,” holiday
pumpkin pie, traditional apple pie and southern pecan pie. Every year MANNA enlists
the help from volunteers in many ways.
“I know a lot of college students like
to get involved with various charities and
various fundraisers and I think Pie in the Sky
with MANNA is definitely a great way to
get involved,” Cohen said. “It’s a fun charity
event. Food and college students go together
well. You know everyone would love to get
pies around the Thanksgiving holiday.”
Anyone can join this initiative as an individual or team seller. Sellers are responsible for promoting the event through social
media sites.
“Rather than having to do volunteer
hours somewhere, [selling pies] is a different
way to get involved,” Cohen said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, MANNA will host
its kick-of party at the Public House Restau-
rant at 1801 Arch St., from 6 p.m. until 7:30
“The kickoff party is a chance for individuals to get involved in MANNA’s Pie in
the Sky fundraiser by becoming a pie seller
or a pie selling team. Becoming a pie seller
is easy and fun–individuals simply sell pies
to their family, friends, co-workers, students,
whoever–and all of the proceeds go directly
toward MANNA’s mission,” Cohen said.
“The kick-off party includes food,
drinks, stories from past pie sellers and volunteers, and of course information and promotional materials will be given out to ease
everyone’s selling efforts,” Cohen added.
“It’s going to be a fun party, and a way of
saying thank you to all of MANNA’s hardworking pie sellers.”
In addition to Pie in the Sky, each moth
MANNA prepares and home-delivers more
than 70,000 nutritious meals to individuals
and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer
or other life-threatening illnesses, serving
Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern N.J.
Through its mission, volunteers have
made and home delivered more than 800,000
meals each year, free of charge, with the help
of a large volunteer base.
MANNA also provides education and
counseling to help clients make the most appropriate nutritional decisions concerning
their well-being while going through medical treatment.
Kierra Bussey can be reached at
[email protected].
Re: DREAM Act facts
Dear Editor,
The ignorance displayed in the recent quarrel
about the DREAM Act that has occupied this space
has me concerned. Select students tackled a piece of
legislation they seemingly know almost nothing about.
While I do appreciate political discussion from all
viewpoints, it is important that political discussions be
based on fact. Without further ado, here are the facts:
The federal DREAM Act was concocted not as a
solution to America’s immigration woes as a whole,
but as an answer to a narrow issue. Legal or not, America has found itself investing in education for undocumented immigrants without anything to show for it. We
can indulge in as many normative statements regarding
immigration as we wish, however, our troubles will not
simply go away. The DREAM Act seeks to give top illegal students a path, though tough, to legality.
The bill only applies to illegal graduates of U.S.
high schools who’ve lived in America for five years
prior to application for eligibility. DREAMers must
exhibit strong moral character and must either gain
entry to a four-year college or join the armed forces.
The current bill does not allow access to Pell Grants or
other federal financial aid services and leaves application of in-state tuition rates up to the states. It also bars
DREAMers from benefits of “Obamacare,” Medicaid,
food stamps and other welfare programs. Application
for the DREAM Act does not act as amnesty and any
insufficient candidates can be deported as a result of
application. Furthermore, completion of the program
only ensures revocable permanent residency, not citizenship, which has further requirements. By some estimates, only 7,000 to 13,000 students would currently
be able to complete the entire DREAM Act and citizenship program.
Finally, some suggest the bill would quickly apply
to “millions” of illegal immigrants. In reality, a UCLA
study projected that the bill would apply to only about
825,000 to 2.1 million people during a 40 year period.
The DREAM Act would increase America’s
skilled labor force and its tax base. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that the bill could produce
$2.3 billion in additional tax revenues during a 10 year
period, while reducing deficits by approximately $1.4
billion. Additionally, the aforementioned UCLA study
projected an increase in taxable income from $1.6 to
$3.6 trillion during a 10 year period.
So, there are the facts. Enjoy.
Joe Hoey
Vice President,
Temple College Democrats
Re: Illusion of Intellectual Freedom
Dear Editor,
The cruelest joke on Temple students is the administration’s illusion of intellectual freedom. But
how can such a fundamental component of a university be illusory?
Temple boasts of its diverse student body from
all 50 states and the globe, proudly voicing that when
looking out onto campus, they see the world. The
administration’s narcissistic celebration of diverse
racial and ethnic groups has ironically turned Temple
into a spectacle, with one of the most bigoted, unilaterally racist, biased administrations in the country.
Regardless of its just-for-show mission, Temple doesn’t celebrate diversity of thought. Such a
celebration is a threat to their version of “intellectual freedom,” which was ripped out from the 1960s
radical agenda-for-change. Temple celebrates–as if it
were some infantile competition to the finish line–the
numbers of different skin colors and shapes of faces,
for these two are easy to exploit. Unadulterated intellectual freedom, however, counters their elitist, socalled “diverse,” socially just curricula, which students should just accept because radicals know what
is better for us, their intellectual prisoners.
However, what good is the celebration of diverse
racial and ethnic groups when Temple suppresses–if
not completely omits–intellectual freedom? Temple
prioritizes racist values over the enrichment that,
with no agenda, diversity of thought offers.
To Temple, we students are impressionable
pawns, whose minds they systematically manipulate,
exposing us to select resentment-driven aspects of
America’s past and present, channeled through their
personal biases, which they present as matter-of-fact.
This is indoctrination and they aren’t embarrassed to
promote and perpetuate it.
It is easy to fall victim to subtle indoctrination.
I did. It wasn’t until months after I had founded the
first version of Temple University Students for Intellectual Freedom that I realized I had unwittingly
written within our mission Marxist lingo and Liberation Theology rhetoric, both of which are anti-American, anti-prosperity and progress, but very much
champions of institutional strength and manipulation
through ignorance and naiveté.
Temple radicals should not use our classrooms
as their political platforms to dictate what and how
we should think. The declaration on the Principles of
Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure declared
in 1915 that the teacher “should, above all, remember that his business is not to provide students with
ready-made conclusions, but to train them to think
for themselves, and to provide them access to those
materials which they need if they are to think intelligently.”
Alvaro Watson, President
Students for Intellectual Freedom
Past volunteers sell pies outside of Liberty Place.
Respect is needed in the community
Linda Rippy suggests that respect would create less tension
between Temple students and community members.
The development of student housing in
the area surrounding Main Campus has provided living arrangements for many Temple students. District Councilman Darrell
Clarke seeks to put a halt to this continued
Last week The Temple News reported
in “Ordinance seeks to remove students
housing tensions” that Clarke, reportedly
cited students’ disrespectful behavior building tension between students and long-time
residents in the community surrounding
Main Campus as a reason for introducing
the bill. This view is also shared by Linda
Rippy, of Wynnefield, Pa. However, Rippy
notes that not all students should be blamed.
“Not all students, but some, are very
disrespectful. They don’t have any respect
for the people that live in the neighborhood,” Rippy said. “It’s all about them. So
I think they should limit it to certain areas.
I live in Wynnefield and it’s the same thing
with Saint Joe’s students.”
In her experience living near students,
she hasn’t had any issues, but she knows
others personally who have.
“I do have friends and relatives that
live in the area and my great aunt moved
because it was too much for her,” Rippy
Rippy said she doesn’t necessarily believe that the development has negatively
impacted North Philadelphia, but reiterates
that students need to be more respectful.
“[The development] has a positive effect, but like I said it’s not all students, but
it’s a few and they make it worse for the
others,” Rippy said.
Kierra Bussey can be reached at
[email protected].
Linda Rippy explains that respect is mutal and needed for community harmony.
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Subreddit competes for No. 1
R/Temple competes with
other schools for the most
popular subreddit page.
The Temple News, a combination of social news aggregation and online forum, bases the popularity of its content
on user votes. To stay relevant, Reddit
separates different topics and groups
into individual forums, or subreddits,
which focus on anything from finance
to flower identification. Temple has
its own subreddit, “r/Temple,” and its
competing with approximately 500
other schools for the position of most
popular college in the Grow a College
Subreddit Competition.
With the help of a small group of
students spreading the word, r/Temple
has grown 31 percent since the beginning of the year, up 113 subscribers
since the end of August.
Sophomore management information systems major John Shaw said
he thinks this growth can be attributed
to word-of-mouth. The group plans on
using advertising techniques such as
QR codes, which will link people who
are genuinely interested to the site.
Shaw took on the leadership position of promoting r/Temple after no
one else volunteered. Although he said
he doesn’t think Temple has a good
chance at winning the title of the most
popular college, he still thinks it’s a
worthy endeavor to build-up an online
community within the university.
“Winning would be awesome,”
Shaw said. “But if we can get a community to form, that would be awesome.”
Topics that have appeared on r/
Temple over the past few weeks include news of President Ann Weaver Hart’s resignation, gripes about
watching Netflix in an over-crowded
Anderson Hall computer lab, various
club announcements and housing advice for incoming freshmen.
“The nature of Reddit is to get
people’s honest opinion on things,”
Shaw said. “Temple really doesn’t
have anything like that.”
Reddit differs from other social
media sites like Facebook and Twitter
because it’s main goal is to encourage
discussion. Shaw said he thinks the
site has potential to act as a strong tool
for community development because
users get to decide what content appears on the front page.
“There was one post where a high
school junior or senior was asking
about Temple to get people’s honest
opinion,” Shaw said. “That was really
Shaw said he thinks club organizations could use the site to promote
events. There have been two Reddit
meetings at Temple this semester. Fifteen attendees showed up to the first
one at Beury Beach.
R/Temple creator Alex Curin, a
junior biology and chemistry major,
said he started up the subreddit more
than two years ago when an initial
search for a Temple page on Reddit
provided no results. Curin said he’s
been largely inactive on the site since,
but likes the way it’s progressing.
“It’s pretty cool in the sense
that people can post about clubs and
events,” he said.
Reddit user and freshman English major Alexandra McGrorty said
she used the site to find out about a
Temple protest of Troy Davis’ execution. She said that while she found this
information useful, the site doesn’t
always provide the most relevant student news.
“There’s some stuff that is useful,” McGrorty said. “It can be a good
information source.”
The competition, which ran from
Aug. 26 through Oct. 24, offers three
ways to win, including best percentage growth, best absolute growth and
administrator’s choice award. Prizes
for the winning college include school
colors on Reddit’s front page for a day
with the school mascot as the Reddit
alien, a large box of mascot designed
alien stickers, a poster customized to
the winning university and a box of
the school’s subreddit QR code stickers.
The website sorts the good content from the bad based on “upvotes”
and “downvotes.” A post with a large
number of upvotes will appear higher
up on the page than a post with downvotes.
The Temple group plans on making the upvote button on r/Temple a
Temple “T” because it looks like an
up arrow and a downvote button a Villanova “V”.
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This week, meet
Brianna Edwards,
the president of
Queer Student
Union, in honor
of National
Coming Out
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Fraternity hosts fifth-annual
dance lesson in Student Center
Lambda Theta Phi
fraternity hosted a
salsa dancing lesson
for students Friday,
Sept. 30, last weekend.
The event comes every
year during Latino Heritage
Month with the goal of raising
awareness of the Latino students on Main Campus. At a
school as large and as diverse
as Temple, Perez said students
can get lost.
Baila Conmigo originated
VICTORIA MARCHIONY five years ago as an accident.
“We wanted to have a Mr.
The Temple News
and Mrs. Latino competition
Friday, Sept. 30, marked in 2007,” De Jesus said, who
the 5th annual “Baila Con- was a brother on campus at
migo” event, presented by the that time. “I was in charge of
brothers of Lambda Theta Phi, it. We had teamed up with Esencia Latina and
Latin Fraternity
the Association of
Latin Students and
had everything toto be held in the
gether. Then three
Student Center
weeks prior, some
things went wrong
from 6:45 p.m.
with contestants
-8:30 p.m., the
and it fell apart.”
event ran late and
Left with a
didn’t start until
room rented and
after 7 p.m.
promotions under“We’re Latway, the groups
in, it happens,”
were under pressaid LTP alumsure to deliver
nus, Miguel Ansomething.
gel De Jesus.
Michael Andino /
“Esencia LaDespite the
owner, esenecia latina
tina is a dance
late start, howgroup, so we just
ever, the event
thought we’d use
engaged a wide
that,” De Jesus
range of guests with food, performances and an interactive said.
After a successful first
dance lesson.
A metropolitan chapter, event, the brothers of LTP
Lambda Theta Phi has only agreed to do it again at the refour brothers currently active quest of Esenecia Latina the
on Main Campus, making an following year.
When the other organievent like this one even more
zations couldn’t participate
challenging to pull off.
“Pretty much everyone last year, the brothers of LTP
shares responsibility,” said fra- stepped up and decided to conternity President Thomas Perez. tinue producing the program on
“It’s been hard, but it helps that their own.
The evening was a tribute
we’ve been with each other for
more than a year. We’ve learned to Latino culture. With authenfrom last year what worked and tic, homemade food from the
mother of one LTP member
what didn’t work.”
“In social
the only
you have is
through your
hands to tell
you how to
and a salsa lesson directed by
LTP alumnus and dance studio owner Michael Andino,
the atmosphere was vibrant
and peppered with enthusiastic
greetings in both Spanish and
English as family and friends
arrived to enjoy.
Every year the event manifests itself differently.
“Last year we did the
Bomba,” Perez said, who chose
the salsa this year because of its
gain in popularity and notoriety.
“We’re open to suggestions.”
The diverse audience may
have been surprising to some,
yet Andino was hardly taken
“Salsa is a melting pot of
people and looking around the
room that’s exactly what I
see,” Andino said.
Even the dance troupe
was diverse, who combined to
make the crowd feel comfortable, if not confident, in putting
themselves out there to learn
how to salsa.
Though intimidating at
first, by the end of the evening
everyone in the crowd was
crammed onto the dance floor,
learning the steps.
The presenters started by
demonstrating their own impressive moves while the audience ate rice, beans and meat
and clapped enthusiastically.
Everyone was then instructed to
get onto the dance floor to learn
the basic forward-backward
step, a turn and a side-to side
step. After some coaching, the
attendees partnered up and
began practicing their social dance skills.
“In social dancing, the only connection you
y o u r
hands to tell you how to react,”
Andino said.
“The reason you swing
your hands is to ask permission
to turn her,” Andino said as he
instructed attendees. “Ladies,
you don’t just want to give it
away, step forward, think about
it, then turn–you don’t want to
be easy about it.”
“My favorite part is the
dancing. It’s rare that y o u
can just let go
and dance,”
Perez added.
After five years of success,
LTP hopes to continue to host
Baila Conmigo in future years.
To submit suggestions or for
information about getting involved, keep in touch with LTP
on Twitter @AlphaRhoLambdas, or email Perez with questions at thomas.perez@temple.
Victoria Marchiony can be
reached at [email protected].
National Coming Out Week Essays
In honor of this year’s National Coming Out Week, to be celebrated on Main Campus from Oct. 5-11, The Temple News accepted personal essays and memoirs about experiences in coming out, relationships with others as members of the GLBT community and why they support the GLBT lifestyle. In addition to the four essays running in this week’s issue, The Temple News
will be accepting submissions to for the entire month of October. For more NCOW essays, see page 17. To
share a story, send an email to [email protected].
Self-acceptance first step in coming out
Stephen Rose
I’m a master of deception
and a fantastic liar. I know this
because I’ve been doing it for
the past 22 years. I learned how
to blend in with my surroundings, how to go unnoticed and
how to cover my tracks. At
times, my shield would crack
and my greatest fear would slip
through–the fear of my world
crashing down around me. This
is also when I learned that I was
hiding behind a façade I knew
was not me. I had a constant
battle going on inside and I was
getting tired of holding it all in.
Around the age of 18, I decided I was done trying to hide
from the important people in
my life and myself. The process
was long. It took four years to
cross the last name off my list of
people to tell. I thought I would
feel complete, yet something is
still missing.
I make up the “B” in
GLBT. Although B’s look different from L’s, G’s and T’s,
they are all letters that make
up one alphabet. That’s what I
thought being a member of the
gay community would be like.
I have learned quickly that the
fear and discrimination of being
bisexual still continues. I continue to suppress who I am. I’m
afraid everyone, including gay
people, will judge me for my
It’s a constant irritation
when both your straight friends
and gay friends ask you, “Are
you still bi?” “You’re not gay
yet, are you?” “Who do you see
yourself marrying?” No, I’m
not greedy or seeking any special attention, I’d rather go unnoticed. I would say my level
of horniness is
at a medium
range. I think
cheating is one
of the worst
things someone can do to
another person.
And don’t even
try to tell me
who or what
I am. I’m not
confused and
I’m not gay.
Funny, no one
has ever asked
me if I was just straight. Coming to terms with who I am has
given me confidence. I know
what I’m attracted to, and it
just so happens to be men and
The only way I can answer
those hurtful questions and assumptions is that I don’t know.
I just know I’m Stephen Rose.
I feel there is a negative connotation to bisexuality, more
than a pride-parade-positive
one. I’ve met many bisexual
people who have felt the same
way–that we are more unique–
which makes it harder for people to accept. Some days I find
myself shocked at how people
still react to sexuality, especially if you swing both ways.
Can someone please explain to
me how a group
of people who
already struggle
with being different are often
quick to judge
one another?
what’s missing:
I feel shunned
straight and gay
worlds, especially when it comes
to dating. It’s because of people
who don’t understand a different sexuality from their own and
these destructive stereotypes
are the reason kids are committing suicide. I know how anyone who is different feels lost
and alone. I was there. I thought
I was so alone that I seriously
questioned whether there was a
place for me in this world and
that it didn’t matter if I was in it
“I’ve met many
bisexual people
who have felt the
same way–that
we are more
makes it harder
for people to
anymore. I know how low and
defeated people feel when they
are continually battling against
the world just to be a part of it.
The bullying and judgement has
to stop. We need to start understanding people as they are and
not who they are or what makes
them. It breaks my heart every
time I hear that another teenager has killed themselves due to
bullying because of their sexual
Unlike the kids who felt so
alone, I came out I found my
true support system in close
friends and family. When you’re
like me you think the worst of
every situation. I regret that it
took me 22 years to finally realize that it isn’t that bad, I’m
not alone and there were more
people like me and people out
there who are accepting.
I wish those kids would
have held on for a bit longer.
It takes one person to realize
someone else’s worth to give
them a glimmer of hope.
The most difficult lesson I
learned is that to be completely
comfortable with yourself, you
have to first accept yourself and
admit that you are different and
nothing will change that. When
that happens, those earth-shattering situations get a lot better.
-Stephen Rose
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RHA, QSU and other
organizations join
hands on Main Campus
to support coming out.
The Temple News
Considering today’s changing times of social acceptance,
Brianna Edwards, a sophomore
advertising major and president
of Queer Student Union, said
that college is the most tolerant
time for those in the GLBT community to come out.
“The community here is
very accepting, although the
media does play a part in how
comfortable students feel as
well,” Edwards said. “During
[National Coming Out Week]
students get to be involved
and send a positive message
throughout campus.”
The Temple community is
also embracing its GLBT students and is hosting NCOW,
which began on Main Campus in 2008, and will run from
Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Oct.
“This area is historically
progressive,” said Brendan
Good, a geography and urban
studies major and the secretary
of QSU. “So even though only
30 to 50 people come out to the
meetings every Monday, in actuality the community is much,
much larger and is made up of
allies and people who show their
support in the littlest ways. QSU
is a small part of [GLBT] life
Programs will be sponsored by University Housing
and Residential Life, HEART,
Student Activities, Queer Student Union, Purple Circle and
Residence Hall Association, to
provide a week of awareness,
visibility and fun for GLTB issues and rights.
This year’s activities will
include a panel discussion led by
members of QSU on how race
and religion affects sexuality,
a tabling day at the Bell Tower
where there will be concessions,
information and T-shirts given
out, and a “Come Out, Speak
Out” night during which students can share coming out stories with others.
Event officials will also
hold a showing and discussion of “Milk,” the movie that
chronicles the life of Harvey
Milk, first openly gay man to be
elected to political office in the
United States.
Ryan Kelly, a freshman philosophy major, said NCOW will
be liberating for him although it
is the kind of thing he has never
“With all the political problems of gay marriage legislation
and Lady Gaga dedicating a
song to gay suicide, I think it’s
important to show people who
may not be exactly like ourselves our support,” he said.
Good said student recruitment through social networking
and events like NCOW allows
Temple’s GLBT community to
be accepted.
NCOW is not QSU’s only
focus at this time. The QSU
Temple Team will be participating in Aids Walk Philly on Sunday, Oct. 16. For more information, go to
Amanda Plaksin can be reached
at [email protected].
Bookstore offers GLBT destination
Giovanni’s Room at 12th and Pine streets is a source of knowledge and a safe-haven for the GLBT community for approximately 40 years.
Arts & Entertainment Editor
“People Were Desperate
For those looking for literature pertaining to homosexuality or written for GLBT people, a search on
Amazon’s online bookstore offers mixed results.
Though a search for ‘homosexuality’ on the site
returns thousands of books, at the top of the list is
“A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality.” Ed
Hermance, the owner of Giovanni’s Room, a gay and
lesbian bookstore at 12th and Pine streets in Center
City, said this book has been the first result in this
search on the site for at least two years.
His explanation of this scenario isn’t simply a
case of a small bookstore owner taking a shot at Amazon’s monopoly on the book-selling industry. Hermance emphasizes the significance of buying books
at a store where the employees have a knowledge of
what they’re selling, especially regarding a topic that
was unaddressed in mainstream literature for so long.
And his explanation for the results that Amazon
offers on the topic, many of which he describes as
“diatribes against homosexuality,” is the difference
between human attention to a subject versus a computer’s.
“There are thousands of books in the store right
now, in our own database we’ve created records for
more than 48,000 books and DVDs [and eBooks],”
Hermace said. “It’s much finer grained categorization
than anyone else is even trying to do, it’s not on the
law of averages, it’s someone who knows something
about the subject organizing the material, there’s human input and Amazon is not human.”
for some reflection of their lives”
Philly’s music scene welcomes its newest venue
The former home to the Spaghetti Warehouse was transformed by R5 Productions into the city’s first mid-size concert venue, Union Transfer. The
inaugural concert was performed Sept. 21, and concerts are booked through December. The venue hosts a variety of genres.
The Temple News
After years of holding shows at various venues
around Philadelphia, the show promotion agency R5 Productions, which operates on a “do it yourself” mentality,
finally opened a venue of its own this month.
The venue located at 10th and Spring Garden streets
had its first show Sept. 21 with headliner Clap Your
Hands Say Yeah.
The venue was once a Spaghetti Warehouse, but R5
bought and renovated it into a new home for shows with
the goal of creating a larger space for live-music shows
in Philadelphia to be held.
Union Transfer can accommodate 600 people and as
many as 1,000 with the stage pushed back.
“We have been doing shows in church basements
and other weird, small spaces for the last 15 years,” said
Sean Agnew, a co-founders of Union Transfer and owner
of R5.
“I always wanted to own our own venue but under
the right circumstances–the room, location sound, etc.,”
Agnew added. “Once it became clear that R5 could team
up with Bowery Presents from New York City and Four
Corners Management from Philly and this location became available, it was a no-brainer.”
Once the location was secured, renovations began to
turn the location into the space Agnew imagined.
“We had to basically tear down everything in the
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News catches
up with Toy
Soldiers, whose
has boosted
their popularity
and notoriety.
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festivities are
going down in
the Gayborhood
as the city
National Coming
Out Day.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, a Brooklyn, N.Y. and Philly-based indie rock band, performs at the first Union Transfer show. The band played for a sold-out crowd on the evening of Sept. 21.
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New venue opens
inside of the building and start definitely brought a new experience
from scratch,” Agnew said. “It was to the area,” said Sean Gavaghan, an
a tough project. There were con- automotive training center student
struction issues here and there, but and Shellac fan. “It definitely has a
nothing major. It’s been surprisingly lot more space than other venues.”
Another Shellac fan, Madeline
Though the space
Hart, shared Gadid achieve their goal
vaghan’s enthusiin having a nicely
asm about Union
sized venue, Agnew
said the purpose of it
atmois what matters most.
sphere was really
“The idea is to
nice and it was a
provide Philadelphia
great size for the
with a next level,
amount of people,”
Hart said. “It’s a
that’s all ages and
lot more open than
that allows 21-andthe First Unitarian
up folks to be able to
Sean Gavaghan Church, but I like
drink,” Agnew said.
both equally.”
“It’s almost a year
Sasha McFadsince we started planden, a Philadelphia
ning this out so the
native who was at
main goal of opening for the fall was the Shellac show, said she was also
excited about the new venue.
Union Transfer caters to vari“It was very nice,” McFadous bands as opposed to one specific den said. “A lot of room to get my
groove on. I definitely like it more
“We are booking primarily na- than Johnny Brenda’s.”
tional bands that can draw at least
Union Transfer is located at
300 people a night,” Agnew said. 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets for
“We are booking all sorts of stuff: shows are sold online and at its box
Hip-Hop, indie rock, country, singer/ office, which is open Friday and
songwriters, electronic–it’s a pretty Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and on
big and varied show calendar.”
the evenings of shows from 5 p.m.
Some attendees at the Shellac to close. Additional inquiries can be
and Helen Money show on Sept. directed to 215-232-2100.
29 gave the new venue positive reAlexsia Brown can be reached at
[email protected].
“I thought it was very nice and it
“I thought it
was very nice
and it definitely
brought a new
experience to the
(Above) Tyler Sargent plays bass for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
(Below) The band performs
the first show at the venue on Sept. 21.
Songs that are ‘too good’ have bodily effect
Fear of Music
Every so often, I hear a
song that is
so good I
want to die.
Generally that
feeling is
for one or
both of the
reasons: A. Kevin Stairiker
It’s a song
that I wish Columnist Kevin
I would’ve
Stairiker explains
or could’ve
been able the feeling of
to write my- hearing a song
self, or B.
It’s a song that’s just ‘too
that holds good.’
that somehow appeal to every part of me as a
music fan.
When I hear a song that falls under either of those two categories, I feel
like a 10-year-old kid who just finished
both sides of a box of Nerds in under
two minutes: rabid, sugar high and experiencing a feeling like death is coming soon.
Thankfully, feelings like these
don’t come often. Rarely does a new
song affect me in ways that I can’t sit
still. When I started listening to the music that currently fills my iPod a couple
years ago, songs like that would hit me
at such a dizzying pace that I always
had big expectations for what I was
hearing next.
Eventually, that brief time period
ended and everything that came afterwards would be held to the same bar
as the incredible songs I heard before.
This leads me to “Miss K.”
Since last year, I haven’t listened
to Deer Tick at all. I was somewhat a
fan after seeing them open for Dr. Dog,
and based solely on that performance,
decided it would be in my best interest
to interview their front man, John McCauley, for The Temple News.
The “interview” lasted roughly
six awkward minutes before it was
mercifully put down. In the following
weeks I would blame it on McCauley’s
unresponsiveness and the fact that my
phone reception was terrible, but eventually I had to admit to myself that it
was because I was (and still am) a terrible interviewer.
After that tragic episode, I swore
off Deer Tick, even though their blend
of Replacements-meets-Buddy-Holly
swagger is located directly up my alley.
And then there was “Miss K.”
I’m still not entirely sure how I
came upon “Miss K.” It probably came
up on one of the dumb music sites I
make a point to check daily.
As Deer Tick’s first single from
their upcoming album, it’s getting the
requisite amount of press that a band
of their growing stature can attain. I
listened to it once and was not struck
by anything. I listened to it a second
time and picked up on some nuances I
missed the first time.
Forty listens later and it had manifested itself from an unassuming folkrock number into a numbing pack of
folk-rock leeches, latching onto my
brain and promising to never release
their hold.
The song itself is a beauty of simplicity, mostly based on a strummed G
chord. Lyrically, it falls under the “you
could be so much happier if you were
with me” umbrella of love songs. What
does it for me is its lyrical melody.
It’s assisted by a keyboard line that
is indescribable in print and the melody
is perfect. It’s perfect because it’s that
rare type of melody that sounds like
it’s been done a million, trillion times
in the past, but hasn’t. It’s catchy without having to pander to a specific kind
of catchiness. It sounds universal, like
it could’ve been something couples
danced to at Sadie Hawkins dances
in the ‘60s, even though it came out a
couple weeks ago.
That, along with the aforementioned G-chord strumming and direct
snare drum hit to keep the song in time
combine to make something rare. This
isn’t a song to sit and thoughtfully ponder. It makes me want to dance in my
kitchen with someone I love. It makes
me want to record a terrible cover version, put it on YouTube, and hope that
someone searching for the original accidentally clicks on mine and enjoys
themselves. Its cliché, but it makes me
feel like I’m living.
The great thing about loving a
song unconditionally is that if you love
it enough, no one can tell you anything
about it that will make you dislike it.
It doesn’t matter if its Keri Hilson’s
“Pretty Girl Rock” or whatever dumb
buzz band’s song is trending on The
Hype Machine this very instant, that
kind of appreciation and adoration for
a song is entirely infallible.
That’s why I try to approach every song I hear with that attitude, that
it could literally be the greatest song
I will ever hear in my entire life. Of
course, that thinking lets me down
more times than not, but the negative
is entirely outweighed by the positive
when universes collide and a song is
just that great.
And to me, that’s “Miss K.” Now
where’s my guitar?
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(Left) Toy Soldiers performs at the WHYY Connections festival on Sept. 3 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. (Right) Lead singer Ron Gallo plays guitar and harmonica in the Kimmel Center.
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Toy Soldiers has come a long way since
The Temple News’ first Street Sounds article on
the “soul n’ blues” band comprised of Temple
alumni. The band was already booking big venues in Philadelphia, and had been picked up by
Derek Dorsey, booking agent for the Fire in
Northern Liberties. Today, the band has been
through a difficult transformation of sorts, and
now centers around lead singer Ron Gallo.
After falling in love with the big-band style
they had achieved in the studio, the original duo
invited 11 new members to accompany them on
the road, not knowing that they would dissolve
the group by the end of the tour.
“Everything crumbled and fell apart,” Gallo said. “It needed to happen, it was a natural
Gallo said the tour turned out to be a defining moment when he told himself, “Hey man,
if you can get through this you can get somewhere.”
After the band broke up, Gallo decided to
continue as the Toy Soldiers with a close friend.
Soon, a group of three more Lancaster-based
musicians had joined the group.
“Things were better than they ever were,”
he said.
So much better, in fact, that Gallo began
songwriting with his bandmates for the first
“I feel like we’re actually a band,” Gallo
said. “It’s just high energy. It’s rootsy–we love
soul music and old blues and all that stuff mixed
with newer things. ”
The comfort between the five-some is obvious from the stage, and shows are characterized
to have an energetic, party feel.
“We feed off the energy [and] most of the
time we end up in the crowd. [We’re] blurring
the lines between audience and band [and making it] one big collective experience,” Gallo
Fun is definitely important to the Toy Soldiers after all its front man has been through.
His goal for his music is simply “to be comfortable and in a good place,” but he said that,
“With the state of the music world you can’t really think ahead or plan anything.”
“The goal is to play every venue in Philadelphia,” Gallo added. “Philly isn’t really an
industry landmark but there are a lot of friendships and collaborations. I like that everybody’s
friends and there’s not really any level of competition.”
The love from Philadelphia music enthusiasts as well as musician friends was this summer when the band played the Second Street
Festival where “a crazy crowd” with “a great
response” marked the pinnacle of the Toy Soldiers’ rebirth.
“Where the band is now–as well as myself–we’ve grown so much. Two years later the
growth is exponential,”Gallo said.
To see them live, check out their show at
Oktoberfest on Oct. 15 on South Street between
Broad and 17th streets.
Toy Soldiers also holds weekly live-video
sessions produced by a Temple intern every
Sunday at 3 p.m. on their website,
Tori Marchiony can be reached at
[email protected].
Courtesy Ron Gallo
Toy Soldiers performs at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pa. The original band members were from Lancaster
and formed in 2007, and has performed in 15 states. Their next show is booked for Oct. 15 as part of Oktoberfest
on South Street.
Bookstore acts as community center for GLBT people since the ‘70s
After opening its initial South Street location in 1973, Hermance is able to recount
the history and growth of the city’s GLBT
community, playing a critical role in it himself for the last 38 years. He recalled the days
when the now-thriving gay community was
forced into the shadows, and the store was of
one of the few gay-friendly businesses, even
at its current location in the Gayborhood.
According to Hermance, other places
that initially offered a similar environment
of acceptance opened the same year, including a gay coffee house, the switchboard and a
Catholic organization for GLBT people.
Hermance said 1973 was a big year in
Philly for gay organizing.
“The switchboard especially provided
a resource but only between certain hours –
we were here seven days a week,” Hermance
said. “In the beginning there really was no
other gay space that was public or people who
would be reasonable to ask questions of. The
bars [windows] were all blacked out, some of
the time you wouldn’t even know if it was a
business, no signs or nothing. In the old days
people were desperate for information, and
for some reflection of their lives. There’s still
so much more than there was [in the past],
we started with a few hundred books because
there simply weren’t any.”
Despite the change of scenery and the
store’s success since then, that’s not to say
there weren’t any obstacles creating the store
that stands today.
“Part of the identity of the store was to
be public, but nobody would rent to us on a
numbered street or trade name street [in the
‘70s],” Hermance said.
After he and his partner briefly operated out of their next location, an old apartment building on Spruce Street, Hermance
said they soon relocated after the owners of
the building hated the store being there, and
eventually said they didn’t want to rent to homosexuals.
“That’s illegal now and basically that
attitude is gone in Center City, but that was
kind of just the reality, they really would only
rent to us on backstreets,” Hermance said.
Hermance explained that buying a property wasn’t really a possibility because of
how little money the store was bringing in.
So when it came time to place a downpayment on the current 345 S. 12th St. property,
the money, and help with the much needed
renovations, came from more 100 members
of the gay community.
Aside from the discrimination that was
common during the time, a second snag in
the growth of the store and gay community,
according to Hermance, was the beginning
of the AIDS epidemic, which he noted when
summarizing the history of the store.
“That was an overwhelming experience
for everyone, especially in the beginning
when nobody at the state, federal, local level
would say anything; the government was
paralyzed,” Hermance said. “There was no
public health info published whatsoever for
years, and during that time the gay community was obviously on its own.”
Hermance said that the Philly gay community, as well as the store’s, response to
the epidemic was to produce small, foldout
booklets with information about how to practice safe sex. Congress condoned it in one
session, the public health clinic at Broad and
Lombard streets was forbidden to give any
out, so people would come to the store, “stuff
their pockets,” and distribute them.
“It’s scary when the government is
against you, not to mention the reason the
government is against you,” Hermance said.
“It was a pretty horrible time.”
But out of adversity came a vibrant
neighborhood center. Today, the community
has rallied around the store once more, when
Giovanni’s was required by the city to put up
$50,000 for repairs and upgrades to the building’s facade. Because of its situation in a historical neighborhood, these general repairs
become very expensive.
Various fundraising efforts and donations
have brought the store close to its fundraising goal. Hermance describes the situation
as “very like those days when people were
renting us the money for the downpayment
on the building, and renovating it, working
like dogs.”
The decline of the publishing industry,
coupled with the rise of Kindles and eBooks,
also is a challenge faced by Giovanni’s Room.
But Giovanni’s has kept with the times and
entered the eBook realm, with more than two
million of them available on its website. And
Hermance said that any book found online
can be called into the store and ordered.
“In some ways the store is still unique
in being a gay business in that what we sell
is gay,” Hermance said. “There’s lots of gay
friendly places and companies that are operated by [GLBT] folks in a way that was unimaginable not so long ago. But this is a store
that is specifically, ‘this is what we do, this is
what we have to say.’”
Though its role continues to change, the
store remains a source of knowledge and acceptance for GLBT people, both in the immediate area and from across the world.
Giovanni’s acts as a tourist destination –
a role that will likely increase with the dedication of a historical marker at the store at
Outfest, on Oct. 9.
Kara Savidge can be reached at
[email protected].
(Above) More than 1000 books and movies line the walls of Giovanni’s Room, a gay and lesbian bookstore. (Below) A flag flies in front of the store, which sits at 12th and Pine streets.
Outfest predicts 40,000 attendees
Outfest celebrations will be from noon to 6:00 p.m. Oct. 9 throughout the Gayborhood from 11th to 13th streets and Walnut to Spruce streets.
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Whether one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or just a proud supporter of the GLBT
community–Philadelphians can take advantage
of Outfest, the world’s largest “coming out”
event, happening Sun., Oct. 9.
As part of National Coming Out Week celebrations being held Oct. 11-17, Outfest is a colorful block party in Philly’s Gayborhood, from
11th to 13th streets and Walnut to Spruce streets.
The event will showcase the gay and lesbian
businesses, bars and restaurants in Washington
Square West. Outfest will be held from noon to
6 p.m.
“[Outfest] gives people an opportunity to
come out of the closet and be around thousands
of other [GLBT] people,” executive director of
Philly Pride Presents, Franny Price, said. This
group organizes Outfest, the PrideDay Parade
and Festival and other Philadelphia pride events.
Outfest was inspired by the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and
Gay Rights on Oct. 11, 1987. Created by Rob
Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, Outfest celebrates coming out in defense to
anti-gay actions. In order
to showcase the vibrant
GLBT community in
Philadelphia, Eichberg and O’Leary scheduled
a block party. The celebration expanded to what
is now Outfest.
“It’s about coming out,” Price said. “It’s a
celebration that just grew and grew and grew.”
Outfest has no shortage of creative attractions, offering everything from a flea market and
high-heel race to the “infamous” penis bagel eating contest.
“The mechanical bull is a big draw,” Price
Twelfth and Spruce streets will be host to a
dance area, and 25 vendors will line the blocks.
A health area will be available for those interested in STD screening and anonymous HIV
testing. Breast exams and chest x-rays will also
be available.
Outfest is also family friendly–a children’s
zone is offered, as well as a pet zone.
The main stage located at 13th and Locust
streets will have continuous entertainment. According to Philly Pride’s website, Mayor Michael Nutter will be speaking from the main
stage. Forty-thousand attendees are expected.
Outfest 2011 has several new attractions.
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be
performing, and a historic marker dedication
will take place at Giovanni’s Room.
Giovanni’s Room is the country’s oldest
gay and lesbian bookstore, founded in 1973. The
dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. at 345 S. 12th
St. Giovanni’s Room is the recipient of the 2011
Gilbert Baker National Out Proud Award.
Jenelle Janci can be reached at
[email protected].
First Friday artists bring varied talents to Old City
Sculptor Steve Blackburn and painter Catherine O’Connell discuss their work, which will be showcased at LGTripp Gallery Oct. 7.
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A performer works tirelessly on a routine so that
on the day of the show their performance appears effortless to the audience. In the shoes of an artist, his
or her performance is the presentation of their work
at a gallery where they can be a part of the audience–
the show takes place every First Friday.
Artists Steve Blackburn, sculptor, and Catherine O’ Connell, painter, will both be showing new,
original work at LGTripp Gallery located 47-49 N.
Second St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
“First Fridays for an artist lets lots of people become exposed to different things that they probably
wouldn’t see,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn returned to art school with the help
of his wife’s support and motivation after a 25-year
hiatus working in the family trade business that included welding. He earned his degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in 2001.
Utilizing the skills he learned from working at
the family business, he creates sculptures by gaining
inspiration from almost anything.
“Looking at shapes, forms and even animals–
when you see something interesting and build off of
what I’ve seen that’s typically how I get inspired,”
Blackburn said.
Looking at the shape of a room or personal experience can become a complex layer of colors or
industrial sculpture.
“It may be cliché, but from my life that
is what I know. This particular body of work
emerged from thinking about childhood memories,” O’Connell said in an email. “Everywhere
I go I’m absorbing­–spaces, colors, shapes, patterns, feelings. I walk and bike around Baltimore a good deal, so my immediate surroundings are really filtering into my drawings and
therefore the paintings. It becomes a visual
journal of my interactions with the city heavily
mixed with memory.”
O’Connell completed her undergraduate
studies at Penn State and participated in Temple’s study abroad program in Rome. She lets
her travels, education and personal experiences
influence her art.
Studying abroad allowed her to be immersed
into a different type of art and lifestyle.
“I think initially the impact was more technical,
but over time the impact has become emotional,”
O’Connell said.
Both artists aren’t hoping that the audience
walks away with an explicit message from their art,
but that they simply enjoy the exhibit and connect to
it on some level.
“These pieces are kind of whimsical–kind of
like my personality. I’m not doing it for the audience to find some type of meaning, but just because
I found it appealing and hope they do, too,” Blackburn said.
“I have no direct or specific intentions when
making my work. I hope that people are drawn
into the work and want to spend some time with it,
whether they like it or not,” O’Connell added. “Perhaps it sparks a memory for them, or maybe it becomes a visual plane to get lost in. my biggest hope
is that there is something unexpected and it grants
the audience some space to think or feel.”
Some other places to visit this First Friday:
Rodger LaPelle Galleries 122 N. Third St. 6
p.m. to 10 p.m.
Muse Gallery 52 N. Second St. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Courtesy LGTripp Gallery
LGTripp Gallery on Second Street in Old City presents a collection of
work from sculptor Steve Blackburn. His sculptures are three-dimensional
constructions made from smaller parts.
Alexandra Olivier can be reached at
[email protected].
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The Ghosts Among Our Graves: A
Paranormal Investigation of Laurel Hill
/ Oct. 8 / 6 p.m. /$30 general, $25 student
/ Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.
Take a walk on the scary side and
join Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators
as they reveal their chilling findings of
Laurel Hill’s haunted history. Participants
will have the opportunity to learn the basics of ghost hunting, as well as types of
hauntings, equipment, space weather and
psychic protection. Then, step into the
shoes of a paranormal investigator and
join the FSPI members as attendees get
led on a real investigation through Laurel
Hill’s most active areas. For someone who
wasn’t a believer of the paranormal before,
this program could change that. And with
Halloween approaching, it’s the perfect
chance to lift spirits–or perhaps the spirits
of those six feet under. Wine and cheese
will be served at the end of the program,
for the sophisticated and legal crowd. Advanced registration is required. It’ll be one
interesting and spooky night worth spending a few bucks on.
35th Annual Russian Festival / Oct.
7-9 / Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday: noon – 4 p.m.
/ FREE / Saint Michael the Archangel
Russian Orthodox Church, 335 Fairmount Ave. /
Music, food, arts and the faith of Old
Russia–it’s free, fun and attendees don’t
even have to be Russian to enjoy the event.
Come out and try traditional ethnic foods,
Russian tea and sweets, homemade pastries and breads, and enjoy live entertainment featuring Russian folk music and a
performance by St. Michael’s Youth Dancers. Explore the church and learn about
Old Russian imports, including dolls, decorated eggs, historic books, art and much
more. This free, three-day event is perfect
for anyone. Bring friends and invite family. Even if you just go for the food, you’re
bound to see something that catches your
eye. So, get out of your little apartment or
dorm room and let some new culture into
your life.
First Person Arts StorySlams: Close
Calls / Oct. 10 / 8:30 p.m. / $10 / World
Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. /
Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
/ Oct. 7 / 8 p.m. /$10 online, $15 at the
door / 257 N. Third St. / phillyncrowd.
Do you have a story to tell? Here’s
your chance. StorySlams are the perfect
way to share a little bit about your life with
everyone else. Here’s how it works: Members of the audience become storytellers
and share true stories from their lives based
on the night’s theme, in this case: “Close
Calls.” Ten people are chosen at random
from those that sign up. Each storyteller
has just five minutes on the mic to impress the crowd with their story. Audience
members are also chosen to judge each
performer on a 10-point scale. The best
storyteller wins the golden ticket–a chance
to compete in the Grand Slam. Performers
in the Grand Slam will compete with other
top storytellers for the honorable title of
“Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.” Sounds
pretty awesome, right? If you have a story
to tell, sign up at the door. As if you won’t
be enjoying the night already, there will be
$3 Yuengling draft specials. Doors open at
7:30 p.m., slam begins at 8:30 p.m.
Grab some friends and head to the Actors Center for a night of laughs with The
N Crowd. The short-form improv comedy
troupe has been entertaining Philly folk
since 2005 with a different show every
week. They perform improv based on suggestions from the audience, so have a few
obnoxious ideas in mind to yell out. What’s
better than watching people make fools of
themselves on command? Doors open at
7:30 p.m. and tickets sell out fast. Lay off
the books and the booze for a night and engage yourself in some legal fun with The
N Crowd.
Shauna Bannan can be reached at
[email protected].
Magic cast onto Main Campus
The Harry Potter club, though not yet registered through Student Activities, aims to
continue the legacy of the novels and movies for younger generations in the city.
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With more than 100 students now
interested, Main Campus’ first Harry
Potter club–based on the seven-part
book and movie series is in the process
of becoming a registered organization
through the university.
The Harry Potter club held its first
general meeting on Sept. 26, at the
Bell Tower. Students gathered around
Hined Rafeh, a sophomore pre-medical major wearing her wizard hat and
batting her wand, talking of her ideas
for the year.
Rafeh, the brains behind the new
organization, said, “We have a lot of
plans, [and] we want to see how this
works out.”
Rafeh began talking about the
club last year with friends she met
in her science classes. With a mutual
love for Harry Potter, they all thought
it sounded like a great idea, but never
thought they would actually follow
through with it.
“We were laughing our butts off
because we were thinking, ‘No way
this would never happen, it’s way too
nerdy,’” Rafeh said.
But as word got out, the idea became more popular, and Rafeh decided
to progress with the Harry Potter club.
After bringing up Harry Potter
in chemistry class, Dr. Andrew Price
agreed to be the group’s advisor.
During the Spring 2011 semester,
Rafeh made a Facebook page to attract members. The group began with
approximately 10 members, but when
Rafeh returned from summer vacation,
the group had expanded to more than
100 members.
“We couldn’t believe it,” Rafeh
The group has not yet been approved through Student Activities, but
if it isn’t, it wouldn’t be because of the
level of student interest.
There were approximately 40 attendees at Monday’s meeting within
the first hour.
“I honestly think if we can have
this many people at every meeting, this
group is definitely going to be a success,” Rafeh said.
[The Harry Potter club] is taking it
to the next level,” sophomore English
and Spanish major Jaleh Najafali said.
“It’s more than just a book club.”
Some plans for the year include a
Halloween party, quidditch team, bake
sales and more. Rafeh said she hopes
to spread the magic to children in Philadelphia by having the group participate in book charities and toy funds.
“We really want to just give other
children the kind of childhood that we
had,” Rafeh said.
Sophomore pre-pharmacy major
Danielle Demauro was voted secretary
of the group because of her strong organizational skills.
“I can definitely keep up with
forms, emails and applications. I can
probably keep it very organized,”
Demauro said.
Demauro, Rafeh and other officers
in the club, plan to sort each participant into Hogwarts houses with strategic quizzes, similar to Pottermore, an
online Harry Potter experience.
“[The Harry Potter books] bring
a group of people that you wouldn’t
think could be friends with each other,
around each other,” Demauro said.
Demauro assured members they
do not have to be die-hard Harry Potter
fans to join the club.
“Now that [the series] is over, this
is a way for us to kind of relive our
childhood, and who doesn’t want to do
that?” Demauro said.
“I think this club is good because
it’s a great place for nerdy people to
get together in a cool setting,” Najafali
Lauren Hertzler can be reached at
[email protected].
Illustration Alexis Sachdev
Remain sensitive to sensitivities
Outside a
corner store one
night, I was explaining a little
about myself to
a guy, and the
went like this:
a girl like you
before. I broke
Dana Ricci
up with her,” he
discusses the
difficulty she
“It was just
faces due
too damn difficult.”
to her food
I was disallergy, and
him (as I so
how to date
those with charmingly
sometimes in meetallergies. ing people) my
food allergies, particularly my allergy
to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in
wheat, barley and rye. It is responsible
for the elasticity in dough and the fact
that myself, and many others with an
allergy or intolerance to it like people
with celiac disease, are “difficult.” This
is because we can’t eat bread, pasta and
baked goods. We usually can’t drink
beer, and gluten is hidden in tons of other unexpected things like soups, sauces
and salad dressings.
Food sensitivities are becoming increasingly common in making people
difficult. There are a number of studies
out there, some estimating that almost
25 percent of adults have some sort
of food sensitivity. In addition to that,
there are many people who have strong
diet preferences, such as vegetarianism.
Eating is a big part of dating. Going
out for lunch, drinks, dinner, cooking a
meal together, having a picnic, whatever–food is a focus of many dates and
get-togethers. If you’re dating someone
with dietary restrictions, there are some
things you may want to consider:
First, do not make the person feel
like their diet makes them tricky, demanding or just plain weird. It’s bad
enough to ask a waitress to ask the chef
for every last ingredient in a dish to assure the meal won’t bring on anaphylactic shock or uncomfortable hours on the
People with food sensitivities don’t
need to be reminded that sometimes
they’re tough to feed. If you’re out to
eat with a diet-sensitive date, you will
probably make them feel uncomfortable if you fuss over asking the waitress
to read all the ingredients in the salad
dressings. If you’re cooking for someone, try not to complain about how you
had to go all the way to the Forbidden
Forest and back to find an egg replacement or xanthan gum.
Second, avoid talking about how
much you love eating the stuff they
can’t. If you really love ice cream and
would much rather be at Franklin Fountain with your lactose-intolerant date,
keep it to yourself. It seems obvious, but
I feel like people try to identify with me
by telling me that they feel bad for me
because they really love pizza–or anything else they like to eat for that matter–and it’s such a shame I can’t eat it.
While sympathy is hit or miss, teasing
people about how much they’re missing
out on all of your favorite foods probably won’t come across as cute.
If you really want to be cute, do a
little research and look for some places
where diet-sensitive foods can be purchased or ordered. One of my favorite
restaurants to go to is Sazón on 10th
and Spring Garden streets. The couple
who owns this Venezuelan restaurant
is really understanding of food allergies and special diets. They have quite
a few gluten-free options and even more
vegetarian options. You can also order
certain things on the menu to fit your
needs, if you just let them know ahead
of time. Also, if you stay away from the
specialty drinks and hot chocolates, it’s
relatively inexpensive. Plus, it’s BYOB.
Another great option is Sweet Freedom Bakery located at 1424 South St.
Everything made in this place is glutenfree, vegan, dairy-free, corn-free, soyfree, refined-sugar-free, peanut-free,
egg-free, kosher and out-of-this-world
delicious. I’ve brought my friends without allergies there and they’ve enjoyed
it as much as they would any other bakery. Plus, they’ve been on the Food Network. Ooh.
People with food sensitivities may
be “difficult,” but understanding what
they can and cannot eat can earn you
major points whether you’re at a restaurant, cooking, or at a bring-yourown-lunch picnic, fitting for any college
Dana Ricci can be reached at
[email protected].
Brianna Edwards
Columnist encourages coming out
Columnist Brandon
Baker encourages
coming out and
applauds Temple’s
strong GLBT and
It isn’t uncommon to hear gays and lesbians of yesteryear recant stories of when they
came out and look back on their college years
as their most productive in the “outing” process. But even as these generations phase out
and new ones move in with changing social
norms and new means of communication, some
things just don’t change.
There is a good reason why these people
reflect on their college years when they consider their coming out stories: the years you
spend in college are some of the most formative
in pinpointing identity and the personality traits
that make you, well, you.
I’ve read countless stories now of youth
that decide to come out at an increasingly
younger age. Some slap on the label as early as
13 years old. While I’m all for raising the rate
of people who come out of the closet in general,
I must say I am slightly irked that today’s youth
feels the need to unnecessarily identify themselves with a group at such an early age.
While a 13-year-old can grasp the basic gist
of whether they like looking up the cheerleaders’ skirts or turning their heads as the bubblebutt football player hustles by, he or she cannot
determine the complexities and gray area that
lie within the nature of sexuality. I cannot truthfully say that my sexual interests have remained
constant over the past year, let alone the past
Nonetheless, if you’re a 16-year-old who
feels comfortable with your sexuality and is
comfortable with talking about it, I would never
discourage such a decision. However, I would
advise those who have since held off on coming
out to consider the point in their lives they currently stand in, and analyze what that may mean
for their future in the GLBT world.
Temple offers something many college
campuses do not: a safe haven when it is most
needed. Through my travels, I still have not
found a university so wonderfully diverse and
willing to bring GLBT issues to the forefront of
the discussion. If you’re gay and closeted, I can
guarantee you relative safety and comfort in an
environment where you won’t just be tolerated,
you’ll be embraced with love.
Coming out as a college student means
opening a door of possibility that may not be
quite as easily opened in the years to follow.
If opening this door now is the equivalent of
stepping out into a sunlit, flower-laden garden,
opening this door post-graduation may mean
thrusting open a jammed door into a messy
bedroom filled with dirty laundry. Your ability
to learn, to grow and to welcome your sexuality and newfound identity is bolstered by the
nurturing people and general community that
surround you.
As Temple’s GLBT community pushes
through this year’s National Coming Out Week,
I encourage the loud and proud to draw on their
coming out stories as a means for inspiration
for those who have yet to find the strength to
turn on their own voice box. Prove to these people my point made from this column, that the
strength and compassion of a community like
Temple’s can overcome any barrier of silence
with a tale of triumph.
Brandon Baker can be reached at
[email protected].
Get off campus
Columnist Matthew Flocco
advises students to explore the
city outside of Main Campus.
In his 15-part
series, Matt
Flocco gives
freshmen a slice
of wisdom each
My absolute favorite thing about studying at Temple is living in Philadelphia. Hands
down. It is actually the reason I chose Temple
over Pitt. As a freshman I went to Drexel, and I
fell in love with this city so much that I couldn’t
look at any other place when transferring.
I mean, there is the University of Pennsylvania, but I would have to live off McDonald’s
the rest of my life to afford tuition.
Unfortunately, because Temple is a bit farther away from Center City, not as many students venture there as often.
As a freshman, exploring Philadelphia is
essential. The city, set up on a grid, is extremely
easy to get around. Most of the best places to
explore can be easily reached by the subway.
Here are the givens that you already should
know about. If you don’t, then we have a problem: Old City, City Hall, Rittenhouse Square,
South Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and
Love Park.
What you may not know is that some of the
best events are held at these places. City Hall
has now been renovated and is home to skateboarders and tourists galore. The best time to
visit is during the holiday season when there
is a tree in the middle and a Christmas Village
out front.
Every student should also go to South
Street. Condom Kingdom is the best. South
Street is like the Venice Beach of Los Angeles.
Every other store is a smoke shop or a sex shop.
Penn’s Landing is one of the best places to
go at night if you are looking for a cheap date.
Just watch out for the smell of weed or couples
vigorously making out. If you are one of those
couples, tell people to watch out for you.
Here are some underrated areas: Fairmount
Waterworks, Fairmount Park, Spring Garden
Street and any of the bridges on the Schuylkill
River. During the day and late afternoon, even
early evening, these places are absolutely beautiful to walk through. At night, just make sure
you’re with friends.
Philadelphia is an absolutely incredible
city to go to school in. Whether you are into art,
music, theater, baseball, football, photography,
pizza, cheesesteaks, Italian food or Chinese
food, there is so much to explore in such a condensed area.
Take advantage of this city. Let your feet
and your instincts guide you. Temple is great,
but only because it’s a part of Philly.
Matthew Flocco can be reached at
[email protected].
The Temple News
Not to be overshadowed
by the endless number of organizations at Main Campus
is the Queer Student Union,
which is deeply involved in the
GLBT community both inside
and outside of Temple. Sophomore advertising major Brianna
Edwards holds the position of
QSU president and is hoping the
organization has an extremely
successful year. The Temple
News sat down with Edwards
to talk about her involvement in
QSU and what events organization members have planned for
the school year and about National Coming Out Week.
The Temple News: When
did you first decide to get
involved in Queer Student
Brianna Edwards: Right
from the beginning when I started college. I was very involved
in high school. I was the Gay/
Straight Alliance president. So,
I just kind of naturally found
this club. I ran for the graphics
and media chair and [by] my
third meeting I got it.
TTN: How did you work
your way up to the position of
BE: Well, I did a lot of
work as the graphic and media
chair, just making sure to be at
all the meetings and all the executive board meetings. We did
a lot of work at the end of the
year with transitional leadership. Our president was stepping down, since he was in his
senior year. The position was
open and I kind of just ran.
TTN: Since being a part
of QSU, what is one of your
most memorable experiences?
BE: Well, I definitely loved
National Coming Out Week last
year. I thought that was a lot of
fun. And our meetings are also
a lot of fun.
TTN: As president, what
preparations did you take for
BE: It’s just been a lot
of reading emails, staying intouch and staying informed
about what is going on. We try
to help out as much as we can.
Rodney Prad is our advisor and
he’s been pretty much leading
the National Coming Out Week
events and scheduling. So, just
keeping in-touch with him. He
usually speaks at most of our
meetings about a couple of
things, too.
TTN: What events did
you participate in during last
year’s NCOW?
BE: Last year, I went to the
coming out stories, where Babel
[Temple’s Poetry Collective]
was there, and then everyone
had a chance to share. I really
loved that.
TTN: Do you plan on
participating in similar events
this year?
BE: Pretty much. I’m definitely looking forward to the
panel. There is going to be a diversity panel. I just know that is
going to be really interesting for
people to hear.
TTN: What message
would you like students to
take from NCOW?
BE: I’d like them to know
that it is OK to be who you are
in Temple’s environment. Even
though there are a lot of people
that don’t necessarily always
see eye-to-eye, I think Temple
has made a pretty great achievement just to be able to host this
event and allow students to feel
comfort in coming out.
TTN: Would you give students similar advice who are
curious in QSU?
BE: Yes. [Last Wednesday]
was actually our student organization fair by the Bell Tower.
A lot of students were coming
up and were like, “What does
the Queer Student Union do?”
And I am just telling them that
we strive to make sure that we
are a part of Temple’s community and that we are a part of
Philadelphia’s community, and
that everyone feels safe, comfortable and that we are trying
to work and make this environment and community a better
Katherine Lynn Perry can be reached at
[email protected].
Better body image eases quitting for smokers
8-Step Program For Learning
To Like Your Looks.”
Participants in the group
were given smoking patches
and attended weekly group sessions and check-ins to observe
behavioral changes and progress.
The workbook is based on
psychological theories and inThe Temple News
depth research in order to help
promote ways to create positive
The Independence Blue body images. Throughout the
Cross Fitness Center was buzz- book, Cash walks his readers
ing with students getting their through eight significant steps
workout on last Thursday after- in order to achieve a positive
noon. As a crowd of girls waited body image. The steps consist
for the group fitness class “In- of keeping diaries and food
terval Blast” to start, Kelsey journals, recognizing what each
Swierczek, a senior finance ma- participant would like to change
jor, looked horrified.
about themselves and changing
“I am scared of exercising life habits through cognitive
because I smoke too many ciga- reconstruction. It also consists
rettes. I feel like even walking of simple exercises in which
up a flight of stairs leaves me study participants were asked to
out of breath,” Swierczek said. complete throughout the eight
“It is hard to quit knowing that weeks.
I will gain some weight back on
Technology also played an
so I continue the habit.”
important role throughout this
Swierczek is one of the study. Napolitano and staff used
many girls on Main Campus technology, such as text meswho feels smoking affects her saging and Blackboard as a tool
physical endurance while exer- to motivate the participants and
interact with each other about
Dr. Melissa Napolitano, their experience. It was a way
clinical psychologist at the Cen- to use the Internet for a resource
ter of Obesity Research and and to share informational tips
Education, who is also an as- on weight loss and give encoursociate professor in the depart- agement to the students being
ment of kinesiology and public studied.
health, said she
At the end of
feels all female
the study, surveys
students need to
showed that 72 perstart somewhere
cent of participants
when it comes to
said that using techexercising.
nology throughout
the study was helpjoined Temple in
2006 when the
Center of Obegroup was “Exersity Research and
cise Intervention.”
The goal of this
established. Her
program was to
interests in pracevaluate the postices have focused
sibility that exBlah / TTN Designers
ercising could be
healthy behavioral changes and another outlet to help females
smoking cessation.
maintain an ideal weight rather
“Smoking cigarettes is a than smoking to keep the weight
way to maintain an ideal weight off.
because the nicotine can curve
The exercise group met for
your appetite,” Napolitano said, 45 minutes and was taught by a
citing the fear of gaining weight fitness instructor. The exercise
that can ensue.
classes consisted of aerobic
“Today, society’s ideal dance among other exercises to
body image is what we see in give each individual a challengthe media,” Napolitano added. ing workout. The instructor also
“Women in magazines and on taught the female students how
television are often what young to target ideal heart rates and infemales strive to look like.”
sure proper intensity of activity.
In 2000, a study conducted Each female participant had a
at Brown University’s School of goal to reach 60 to 85 percent of
Medicine found that young fe- their maximal heart rate based
males who smoke are less satis- on their age, which was recomfied with their appearance than mended by the U.S. Department
non-smokers. These females of Health and Human Services.
suffer from low self-esteem, With a goal of exercising three
dieting behaviors and weight times a week, the participants
were asked to also keep a jourAccording to the “Journal nal of recorded exercises.
of Applied Social Psychology,”
At the end of the eight
20 percent to 34 percent of col- weeks, Napolitano and her college students smoke cigarettes. leagues found that participants
The study also found that 90 in the body image group lost
percent of daily smokers and roughly three pounds at the end
50 percent of social smokers in of treatment compared to only
college will continue to smoke an average of 0.9 pounds for the
after the end of their college ca- exercise group. Of participants
in the body image group, 18.2
Napolitano recently con- percent of them quit smoking
ducted an eight-week protocol compared to 10 percent of the
consisting of two intervention exercise group participants.
groups of female college stuAlthough a small sample
dents ages 18 to 21 who smoked size was studied, it still eviat least one pack per week. The denced that there was progress
study monitored female smok- made. Overall, both groups
ers with two different treat- taught participants how to cope
ments to target ways to enhance with maintaining a positive
a satisfied body image. Napoli- body image in a more positive
tano was assisted by Elizabeth way and gave hope for more
E. Lloyd-Richardson, Joseph L. success in further research.
Fava and Bess H. Marcus.
“I think this study is a great
For this study, 35 females way to show college girls there
were assorted into two groups are other ways to feel better
that represented two different about themselves,” Swierczek
interventions in order to see said. “I also think that regular
what strategy was more effec- exercising would lead me to
tive. These selected females quit smoking because I would
were concerned with their want to stop unhealthy habits.”
weight and also had a smoking
“I quit smoking a long
time ago, but one of the many
The first group, “Body Im- reasons I started the habit was
age Group,” was assigned to because it would keep me from
take on a strategy of self-mon- being hungry when I didn’t
itoring and mental techniques have time to eat,” Amanda Harfor smoking cessation.
vey, a recent graduate from the
The group was guided by School of Communications and
Thomas Cash’s book, “The Theater, said.
Body Image Workbook, an
For future plans, Napolita-
A recent study found
women have an easier
time qutting cigarettes
with an improved
perception of body.
“There will
be cases
someone says
very notable.
You will put
it here.”
no looks forward to continuing
her research with smoking cessation and helping others maintain a positive body image.
“We think it’s exciting to
find ways to make others feel
better about themselves,” Napolitano said.
With a goal to help others find self-happiness and a
healthy lifestyle, Napolitano
said she plans to construct a focus on ways to promote health
on the Internet through social
networks like Facebook and
Tina Diserafino can be reached at
[email protected].
Study proves women have a more difficult time quitting smoking when they maintain a
negative body image, for fear of gaining excess weight.
GBF stereotype deemed wrong
Mark Longacre
One night last semester,
I had a couple of shots in my
system at a party. Needless to
say, I was feeling good. There
was a girl behind me in line for
the bathroom who laughed at a
snarky comment I made about
the clashing, navy blue curtains
and black couch, which got us
talking. She said something
along the lines of, “You are so
cute. I wish I had a gay best
friend like you.”
Wait, excuse me? What is
that supposed to mean? It’s not
the first time I heard the title
‘gay best friend,’ but it was the
first time I had someone say it
to me. At the time I didn’t really care because, let’s face it,
I didn’t really care about anything. But the next day I started
thinking about the idea of the
gay best friend and how demeaning it is.
homosexual men or women will make
friends with the opposite sex
because their personalities are
drawn to each other, and I have
no problem with that. The issue
lies with people who seek out
that token gay best friend or,
in my case, assume a gay man
will automatically befriend you
because of one aspect of his personality.
This girl assumed I would
fulfill this ideal, stereotypical
image of a gay best friend despite knowing nothing about
me, and she completely commodified me based on one aspect of my personality. Rather
than take the time to try to understand what I’m actually like,
she labeled me as gay and as-
sumed I would be her gay best
It’s as if people have this
idea that all gay men are the
same. Gay men are supposed to
like fashion, sex, clubbing and
alcohol, and because some gay
men like those things, all gay
men are automatically a potential gay best friend waiting to be
cast into that role.
Normally, people say they
don’t feel much prejudice being
a gay man in an urban environment in 2011, but I completely
disagree. The gay best friend is
the epitome of stereotyping because it doesn’t allow room for
any individuality. =While some
gay men are interested in fashion, sex, clubbing and alcohol,
some run for Congress and others train for marathons. We are
all very unique, despite being
attracted to the same sex.
What makes the situation
worse is the fact that people
think having a gay best friend
makes them seem completely
accepting of homosexuality, and
they’ll go so far as to introduce
someone as their gay best friend
to show how comfortable they
really are with it.
The gay best friend pandemic of 2011 is similar to the
“Seinfeld” episode “The Outing,” which aired in 1993. The
cast discussed homosexuality,
and after each comment they
said, “Not that there’s anything
wrong with that.” If they said it
once or twice, I wouldn’t have
thought anything about it considering it was a ‘90s sitcom,
but the quote must have been
repeated 15 times. While it was
mostly for comedic effect, the
repetition showed that even
though people act as if they’re
comfortable with homosexuality, deep down they’re actually
The gay best friend is a
very similar concept. There
shouldn’t be a need to say anything about someone being gay
when it’s completely irrelevant.
The awkward emphasis on
Advocating community support
sexuality makes the person introducing their best friend seem
like they’re secretly uncomfortable and must make it known
that their friend is gay. When
a friend of mine introduces me
to someone, they introduce me
as their friend Mark, not their
gay friend Mark. Introducing
me their gay friend marginalizes me into the gay-best-friend
category and puts an emphasis
that isn’t needed on my sexuality, much like the “Seinfeld”
Rather than trying to show
acceptance of homosexuality by
going overboard and making it a
known topic, talk about it when
necessary. I don’t have a problem discussing my sexuality, but
it also doesn’t have to be part of
my title. My friends wouldn’t
introduce me as a gay fashion
columnist, a gay student or a
gay runner, because my sexuality and my titles aren’t relevant
to each other, so why introduce
me as their gay best friend?
The heterosexual community needs to understand that
discussing sexuality doesn’t
mean constantly bringing it up,
but rather, bringing it up when it
matters. If someone were to say
something rude about homosexuality, that’s an appropriate
time to say, “I have a best friend
who is gay,” not “a gay best
friend.” The subtle arrangement
of words changes the meaning
greatly. A gay best friend is a
best friend who fits all the stereotypical gay qualities, but a
best friend who is gay is a best
friend who happens to be homosexual. It shows that while they
are attracted to the same sex,
it’s simply only one part of their
-Mark Longacre
Cary Carr
My best friends are not
only strong, unique and intelligent, but also are dependable
through everything. They have
helped me through my weakest moments and reminded me
that my future is bright. They
never once judged me for my
mistakes, flaws or sensitivity, but instead believed in me
when no one else did. On top
of all that, they are by far the
most wild and hilarious group
of people I have ever known.
The fact that the majority of
them are from the GLBT community only makes me appreciate them more.
I met my circle of friends
in grade school and we formed
instant bonds. We grew up together, too young for sexuality
to be an issue. We didn’t know
gay or straight. All we knew
was that we were the weird
kids, and we cherished it.
When we made it to
high school, things started to
change. My friends began to
find themselves. They started
to come out and openly talk
about their attractions to the
same sex. I didn’t mind that I
was “the straight friend,” because at a time when insecurities were at a peak and a secure
self of identity is hard to come
across, we understood each
other. We helped one another
Unfortunately, we went
to a rather conservative high
school. I started to notice that
people referred to my friends
as “the gay kids.” I listened
to others giving underhanded
comments in the hallways and
saying derogatory terms under
their breath. It infuriated me. I
wondered why sexuality mattered when it had absolutely no
bearing on what beautiful people they were. But the ironic
thing is my friends weren’t affected as much as I seemed to
be. While I was defensive, they
let others’ insolence empower
them. They stayed strong to
who they were, not letting the
ignorance of homophobia intimidate them.
I specifically remember a
time we all went to a nearby
shopping mall.
One of my best
rainbow sweatshirt and pink
shorts. His hair
also had hot
pink streaks in
at the time. He
walked through
head held high,
laughing and
making jokes as
usual. But I noticed something
were staring at
him, pointing
and whispering.
Becoming increasingly
annoyed, I gave these strangers dirty looks, warning them
to look the other way. I felt like
I needed to protect Billy from
their ill-placed judgments, but
in all reality, he didn’t even
notice. He was so comfortable
in his own skin that the people
gawking at him faded in the
Billy’s just one example
of an inspirational member of
the GLBT community, but I
can’t even express how proud
I am of all my friends. Their
struggles and triumphs make
them such powerful and passionate people. They each
have an individual story and
unique obstacles they have
overcome–obstacles that most
of us will never have to face.
When other people didn’t
understand them and questioned them, they remained
sturdy in their principles.
When they were terrified to tell
their families, they found the
courage to do so. They don’t
let what society expects of
them change their plans, and
that’s what makes them role
models to all young people
who ever feared or fear coming out.
I also feel privileged to go
to Temple where
diversity is celebrated, not put
down. I met so
many more GLBT
friends here, including my former
three roommates.
There’s a true
sense of gay pride
here, which needs
to extend beyond
campus, into the
city and across the
The straight
community needs
to come together
and help their
GLBT friends and
family members
in their fight. Being gay friendly isn’t really
an option anymore. It’s necessary to stop the discrimination,
hatred and fear that causes so
many problems in society. As
more members of the GLBT
community come out, proud of
their sexuality, we can all form
an alliance and fight together
not just for gay marriage, but
for equality–something that
is supposed to be guaranteed.
This is the 21st century. Let’s
start acting like it.
-Cary Carr
“We didn’t
know gay or
straight. All
we knew was
that we were
the weird
kids, and we
cherished it.”
Coming out should be done on one’s own time
I came out for the first time
when I was a junior in high
school. Like most things in my
life, it was on a whim and done as
passive aggressively as possible.
I was in the school gym with one
of my friends who was a senior.
She was openly gay and very
easy to talk to about anything. I
started asking her questions
about her coming-out process,
just feigning enough interest to
where I wasn’t sounding like I
wanted coming out advice since I
still hadn’t told anyone I was gay.
After she told me a few details, I started to consider telling
her. Obviously if I told her I was
gay she would keep my secret
safe, and I’d finally have someone to talk about this thing I’ve
been struggling with internally
for basically my whole life.
Rewind to only one year
prior to coming out. I had finally
come out to myself and accepted
that I was gay. I toyed around with
the idea of maybe-kinda-sortapossibly being bisexual, then after about a day of that nonsense I
realized I probably maybe-kindasorta-possibly needed to get over
myself and just accept the facts. I
liked boys and it wasn’t the end
of the world.
So back to one year later
when I’m finally feeling ready to
tell someone I’m gay, I decide to
go about it in my own passiveaggressive way. I really hate having to make emotional, formal
announcements and I cringe every time I watch television shows
and see gay characters come
out in the most emotional ways.
There would be so many tears
and yelling. I didn’t want any of
that, I was going to beat around
the bush and make her ask me.
Very mature, I know.
I started asking her about
how her parents handled it, if she
was still close to her siblings and
if she lost any friends over it. It
seemed like for the most part she
had a pretty good experience.
That’s not to say she didn’t have
any low points.
Many questions and hints
later I finally got her to ask me
about my sexuality. She asked,
“Are you ‘bi?’”
I eventually said under my
breath, “I’m gay.”
It was very surreal because
those words had never really
been spoken–typed in gay teen
chat forums maybe–but never
I was able to tell maybe
two more people that year, and
then most of my close friends
a year after that. Somehow I
even got a boyfriend out of it
my senior year and I was happy at school. I still never had
to have that emotional coming
out, I would just let the rumors
spread and casually mention it
in conversation. Sometimes if
people asked me I would just
say, “I’m not going to lie to
you,” and then walk away, letting them come to their own
conclusions. I was so mature.
It was a good strategy I
had going and I still was able
to avoid drama.
Now that I’m in college I
consider myself to be openly
gay, and am very involved
with a lot of GLBT groups,
even serving on the executive board of one of the Main
Campus organizations.
Deciding to have very casual coming out experiences
has stopped me from coming
out to my parents. I don’t re-
ally want them to know, because
even though I’m ready to tell
them, I don’t necessarily think
they’re ready.
I never thought I’d be able
to tell my parents because I knew
my coming out to them would
probably be what I’ve always
dreaded, very emotional, awkward and probably followed by
a lot of silence. My parents are
actually pretty liberal but very
conservative when it comes to
sexual orientation. They just
don’t understand it, which is OK
because they’re from a different
time and from different countries
than I am.
When my father helped me
move into my place this past June
I was sort of dreading it because
I knew he was going to meet my
friends and roommates who are
all gay. He stayed in the city for
three days, never said anything
and I thought I was in the clear.
My big gay bubble burst a
couple of weeks before the semester started. I received a phone
call from my father at 1 a.m. He
sounded like he had something
very serious on his mind. He
started talking about how after
he met my friends and realizing I
was living with gay guys he had
been bothered by it. He said he
wouldn’t know what to do if I
told him I was gay.
Then he asked me not to tell
My father went on to say he
was ‘old school’ and that it didn’t
mean he didn’t love me, he just
didn’t understand homosexuality.
Oh and he said, “Don’t tell your
mother we had this conversation.”
I told him I understood and
I wouldn’t go into details about
my personal life. I’d basically
just keep doing what I’m doing.
Now when I tell my friends
about my father they ask me if it
upsets me at all that he doesn’t
want to know. It’s actually kind
of a relief. My father still loves
me and supports me in school,
which is all that really matters to
me right now. Forcing him to accept me being gay would be like
him forcing me to deny my sexuality. It’s not right and it’s nice to
have some sort of understanding.
People come out because
they think it’s important for people to know but at the same time
they need to remember it doesn’t
have to be a priority. Even though
I’m still not out to my family, unless they read this essay in which
case, “¡Hola!” it doesn’t mean
I’m any less comfortable with my
sexuality or ashamed of it.
We shouldn’t rush to come
out because it’s, ‘what we’re
supposed to do.’ I’ll eventually
tell my mother, siblings and extended family not only when I’m
ready but when I know they’re
ready, too. It’s not only about
me–their feelings also need to be
accounted for.
Now, this isn’t scripture and
I know other people in the community might have a different
take on it, but this is my formula
and its worked for me so far. I’m
a proud openly gay male, no matter how many people I choose to
come out to.
-Luis Fernando Rodriguez
Field hockey suffers fifth-straight loss
Despite leading at the
half, the Owls fall 3-2
against American.
The Temple News
Field hockey suffered a 3-2
loss to American on Oct. 2 in
Washington, D.C., as Temple
was outshot 3-20 in their fifthstraight loss.
Three minutes into the
first half, Owls’ senior forward
Caryn Lambright was able to
beat Eagles’ sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera to put
the Owls up by one. Despite
numerous shots on goal and a
5-2 margin in penalty corners,
American was unable to capitalize on any of their opportunities
in the first half, allowing the
Owls to keep their lead going
into halftime.
“We had a strong first half,”
coach Amanda Janney said. “We
came out with a lot of intensity.”
In the second period, the
Eagles were able to increase
their intensity on offense. After 44 minutes of play, Eagles’
sophomore forward Jaclyn
Anspach took advantage of a
deflected shot and fired the ball
past Owls’ sophomore goalkeeper Lizzy Millen to even the
The American offense
would continue to strike against
a hapless Temple defense.
Eleven minutes after Anspach’s
goal, senior defender Tatum
Dyer was able to give American
its first lead of the game on a
converted penalty stroke. At the
59 minute mark, the Owls fell
to an even larger deficit when
Eagles’ freshman midfielder
Canon Hirschler scored on a rebound to give American a twogoal lead.
However, the Owls did not
go down quietly. With less than
two minutes left in regulation,
freshman midfielder Amber
Youtz scored on Temple’s final shot of the game to pull the
Owls within one. After removing Millen in the final seconds
to gain an extra attack player on
offense, the Owls were unable
to score again and the Eagles
would go on to win the match,
Janney had some positive
things to say about Owls’ junior
forward Katie Briglia despite
the loss.
“[Briglia] had one of her
best games of the season,” Janney said.
Briglia, who assisted on the
Lambright goal to help Temple
take an early lead, was pleased
with the team’s overall performance regardless of the score.
“Our overall hustle was really strong today,” Briglia said.
“We’ll continue to learn from
our mistakes [to get ready] for
the [Atlantic Ten Conference].”
The Owls, 3-9 in their preconference games, will face
crosstown A-10 rival St. Joseph’s on Friday. The matchup
will be the first of the Owls’ six
conference games this month.
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at [email protected].
(Clockwise from top) Freshman forward Amber
Youtz, sophomore forward Lauren Hunt, freshman
midfielder Nicole Kroener, and senior forward Caryn
Turnovers costly for Owls Runners trek muddy race
The men and women’s
cross country teams
compete at Lehigh.
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Redshirt-senior quarterback Chester Stewart hands the ball off to junior running back Matt
Brown in a series against Toledo last Saturday. Brown rushed for a season-low six yards.
end Adrian Robinson said. “I
know that we will get this fixed.
We didn’t come out and play
like we usually play.”
“I keep hearing questions
about them, but it’s us that
messed up,” Robinson added.
“We didn’t do what we needed
to do and that’s why they beat
Stewart would throw another interception later in the
fourth quarter when the game
was out of hand for the fourth
turnover. Pierce finished with
75 yards on 24 carries and was
held scoreless after scoring
five times against Maryland a
week before. The offensive line
seemed to have trouble opening holes for Pierce and the run
game was abandoned altogether
in the second half as the offense
was forced to play catch up unlike last week when they led the
entire game against Maryland.
“To have a big win like we
did against Maryland, you worry about guys getting big heads
and taking teams lightly,” Owls’
senior offensive lineman John
Palumbo said. “We definitely
didn’t adjust the way I hoped.
“I didn’t see a demeanor in
everybody,” Palumbo added. “It
was kind of flat.”
Addazio emphasized after that game that as tough as
it was, it wasn’t a game that
makes or break the season.
“You have to learn how to
play out front,” Addazio said.
“That’s something I think we
still have work to do on.”
“College football is fragile,” Addazio added. “I tell the
team that all the time. Every
week you have to prepare with a
chip on your shoulder and with
an edge. If you don’t it can be
very humbling.”
With rain blanketing the
Northeast this past week, Lehigh University’s Murray H.
Goodman campus was left with
a soft, muddy terrain. But that
didn’t stop the Owls’ men and
women’s cross country teams
from competing in Lehigh’s annual Paul Short Invitational last
Friday in Bethlehem, Pa.
“That’s why it’s cross
country,” coach Eric Mobley
said. “Everybody has to run in
the same conditions.”
With almost 150 colleges
and nearly 100 high schools
competing, the course’s already
swampy condition was bogged
down by the hundreds of runners who competed there last
“Looking at where most of
our runners were, it probably
slowed them down between 40
seconds to a minute,” assistant
coach Matt Jelley said. “This is
usually a fast course.”
The men’s team, which
competed in the men’s gold 8K
race, finished 44th out of 45 and
had an average time of 27 minutes and 36 seconds. Facing one
of the most competitive and diverse fields of the year, the men
ran with schools such as Okla-
homa, Georgetown and Columbia, who finished first through
third, respectively.
“This is one of the toughest
races of the year,” Jelley said.
“People from all over the country come to run here.”
The mud and high level of
competition were not the only
obstacles for the men Friday.
Sophomore Will Kellar suffered
the beginnings of a stress fracture and was not able to run for
the Owls. Kellar, who finished
second for the men in their
previous meet and senior Travis Mahoney, who is redshirting
this season, left the Owls without two key runners.
“It’s tough when you’re
missing two of your top three
guys,” Jelley said.
The men were lead by
freshman Matt Kacyon, who
finished 226th overall with a
time of 26:35. Kacyon, who attended Whitehall High School,
was familiar with the course.
Whitehall is one of the high
school teams that competes at
the Paul Short every year.
“I’ve run here throughout
my high school career,” Kacyon
said. “I love this course.”
Other top performers for
the men included sophomore
Philip Fanz, who finished 250th
overall with a time of 26:52 and
senior Geoffrey Barletta, who
finished 285th overall with a
time of 27:28.
The women had a recordbreaking performance running
in the women’s Brown 6K race.
Their 32nd finish as a team is
the highest they’ve ever placed
at the Paul Short Invitational.
Highlighting this achievement was freshman Jenna Dubrow, whose individual performance also marked a new
record. Her 40th place finish is
the highest for any Temple runner who had previously competed at the Lehigh race.
“I went out very fast and
strong for the first mile,” Dubrow said, “I think I might have
died a little bit on the back hill
towards the cornfield, but overall I felt good.”
Dubrow continues to make
significant strides in her abilities despite only being a freshman. Her 23:08 time Friday was
40 seconds better than her previous time at the Brother Doyle
Meet of Champions last week.
Also aiding the Owls in
their record breaking performance were sophomores Taylor
Goldsworthy and Erin Casey,
who finished 168th and 183rd
with times of 24:29 and 24:37,
With the top performers on
the women and men’s side both
being freshman, the Owls see
this early success by their underclassmen as a good indicator
for the future.
“They’re able to get a year
under their belt,” Mobley said.
“The better they do, the better
recruits can come in, and the
program keeps going.”
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Owls’ loss timely for Big East limbo
Temple can fill the seats for Big
East play. Considering the fact
that low attendance was one
of the things that got Temple
kicked out of the Big East in
the first place, the two-thirds
empty stadium on Saturday just
doesn’t look good.
I’m not saying Temple
doesn’t deserve to be in the Big
East, because I think they are as
good a choice for membership
as any, but the Toledo game was
the first hitch in what was a virtually flawless football résumé
for this season.
“One game doesn’t define
anything,” Addazio said. “We
have to take care of our business
one week at a time.”
Moving forward, the Owls
have five straight contests to
MAC teams. If Temple really
wants a Big East invite for football, the Owls have to continue
to do their part in their own conference.
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Freshmen Jenna Dubrow and Matt Kacyon led the pack for the Owls last Friday. Dubrow and
Kacyon finished in 40th and 226th places overall, respectively, in the Women’s Brown 6K and
Men’s Gold 8K races at the annual Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh.
Volleyball fails to match the Rams’ blockers
Volleyball comes up
short in fourth set
against Fordham, as
the Owls lose 3-1.
Sports Editor
The Owls’ volleyball team
struggled to find its outside hitters open at the net, as the Rams
set a new school and Atlantic
Ten Conference season match
high with 21 blocks in their
four-set victory.
After the Rams (5-10, 2-1
A-10) took the first two sets 2523, 25-21, and the Owls claimed
the third set 25-18, the Cherry
and White found itself in a
fourth set battle. However, Temple (5-12, 1-3 A-10) allowed
Fordham to rally in the final set,
as the Rams won 25-23.
The Owls entered the match
after defeating Rhode Island the
day before in straight sets. But
freshman setter Tiffany Connatser said the team came out flat
against Fordham.
“I think we definitely didn’t
come out as strong as we did last
[Friday] when we beat Rhode
Island,” Connatser said. “But
I mean, I know everyone was
giving it their all, but maybe
weren’t just 100 percent as focused as we should have been.”
Fordham currently ranks
atop the A-10 in blocks by averaging 3.55 per set. Coach Bakeer Ganes said that he doesn’t
expect his squad, which is
ranked seventh in blocks (1.69
blocks per set), to out-block its
“We knew that going in that
it’s going to be a mismatch,” Ganes said. “But at the same time,
I didn’t expect them to have 21
blocks that’s really good. Even
though we had 14, we still can’t
afford to give anybody else 21
blocks, that’s out of this world.”
A trio of opposing middle
hitters created a challenge for
the Owls’ hitters throughout the
Fordham’s junior middle
hitter Randi Ewing, the daughter
of National Basketball Association All-Star Patrick Ewing, led
the blocking game for the Rams
with two solo and eight assisted
blocks, while sophomore middle
hitters Krissy Buongiorno and
Carina Thompson combined for
17 assisted blocks.
Ewing, who averages the
highest block percentage in
the A-10, Thompson, and Buongiorno consistently lead the
Rams in blocking. Ewing and
Buongiorno, the team’s two
middle blockers have accounted
for a total of 20 solo blocks combined on the year.
“We know everybody we’re
going to play is going to have
more blocks than we do just because of the height difference,”
Ganes said. “So we have to find
a way to kind of reorganize our
offense so we get more opportunities to be one-on-one when we
attack the ball.”
Sophomore outside hitter
Gabriella Matautia had the most
success among the Owls’ hitters
in the game posting 17 kills on
a .152 hitting percentage, while
adding 11 digs. Senior outside
hitter Collin Wallace also had 17
kills with a .120 hitting percentage and tied for a game high 15
Ganes said the Owls tried
to carry momentum from their
third set win, which cut the
Rams’s advantage to 2-1, but
they lost focus in the fourth set.
Temple led 15-11 in the fourth
set, but the Rams came back to
close out the game.
Sophomore outside hitters Elyse Burkert (left) and Gabriella Matautia combine their offensive abilities to account for about
half of the team’s total kills this season. The Cherry and White own a .168 hitting percentage, while their opponents average .222.
“We gave them a run of 10
points, which brought us back to
15-21,” Ganes said. “So that’s
something we just can’t do, no
matter who we play, we can’t allow to give anybody a run like
The fourth set contained
nine tie scores between the
teams, but when the Owls found
themselves down 21-15, Ganes
said he told his team in a timeout that they had to focus on the
next point.
“At that moment we really
didn’t have anything to lose,”
Ganes said. “I think I had used
all of my timeouts, tried different set plays, so I think we just
went for it.”
The Cherry and White
scored several unanswered
points to tie the score at 21. Senior setter Liz Prang entered the
game to serve before the rally
and she delivered with an ace
and two digs.
“We did not want to give
up, we’re not the same team we
were last year,” Wallace said.
“We just came back and we had
some great serves from [Prang]
and we had a couple good kills
and then it just didn’t work out
in the end.”
The Rams scored the final
points with a kill and then a
block against the Owls’ after the
score was tied at 23.
“In that last set I thought
we were really focused, except
for that one lapse of 10 points
for the other team,” Connatser
said. “We definitely lost our focus in passing and hitting and
basically every aspect.”
Connatser completed a
game high 44 assists in the
match, while the rest of the team
combined for four assists.
The next game for the Owls
is away against La Salle at 7
p.m. on Thursday.
“We’re definitely winning
the next game,” Connatser said.
“We’re bringing it next game
and everybody is going to be
ready and it’s going to be intense.”
Macdonald Cup
points out early-season
flaws for the golf team
during last weekend.
We have a very young squad and
we’re starting to play more consistent golf,” Quinn said. “Our
finish was a little rough each
day of the event but we have to
continuously put ourselves in a
position to succeed.”
Sophomore Steve Burak
did exactly that, he finished
seventh overall firing a 36-hole
score of 142. Burak has been a
bright spot early for the Owls,
but his coach feels that he still
has better things to come.
“Steve is a great golfer, for
only a sophomore the kid had to
grow up very quickly,” Quinn
said. “He started off great each
day and struggled a bit down the
stretch, but he was in position to
succeed, which we need consistently.”
Behind Burak for Temple
was junior Devin Bibeau and
sophomore Matthew Crescenzo
who tied for 37th, shooting a
total score of 149, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for the
Owls was freshman Paul Carbone and sophomore Russell
Hartung who shot 152 and 153,
Quinn said he was optimistic about looking forward,
but also realized that many
problems need to be addressed
before the Owls compete in the
Big 5 Invitational Oct. 8-9 at
Plymouth Country Club in Philadelphia.
“We are going to work on
all aspects of our game this
week, the more reps we get, the
better off we are,” Quinn said.
“We need to find a solid fifth
score if we want to be competitive in this tournament, someone needs to come up big, we
can’t continue to lose valuable
strokes out there.”
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Owls’ win boost morale Golf aims for consistency
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The Owls golf team struggled at the Macdonald Cup
this weekend, but coach Brian
Quinn said he knows his team
has the ability to succeed.
Temple finished 10th out of
14 teams at the rain-shortened
Macdonald Cup held at Yale in
New Haven Conn., the event
was only 36 holes rather than
its usual 54 due to heavy rains
occurring last Friday into Saturday. While the finish may not
have been what they were looking for, Quinn said he knows his
team has talent.
“I feel were coming around.
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Women’s soccer falters in A-10 play
Senior midfielder Tyler Witmer jumps for position to win a head ball.Witmer and the Owls
defeated Howard 1-0 last Saturday in their final non-conference game of the season.
about it. We got a little bit of our
play back and I’m ready to go.”
While the Bison had two
shots in the first half, the Owls
stiffened their defense to not allow any shots from their opponent in the second half. On the
attack, the Owls posted seven
total shots in the match with
three being shots on goal.
“I think the guys worked
really hard and we were disciplined today and I think it was a
good way to get back on track,”
MacWilliams said. “We battled
hard and I don’t think we gave
up many chances today. We put
up one in the first half. So I was
pretty proud of the way the guys
fought and they played very
hard today.”
“The second half I think
we did an excellent job of really
controlling the game and they
tried to play a lot of long balls
over top and I think defensively
we really did a great job,” MacWilliams added.
Offensively the Owls’ had
five different players take shots.
Junior midfielder Cody Calafiore made his first start back in the
lineup since sustaining an injury
in the Sept. 11 game at Brown.
“I think we’re still trying
to find it,” Witmer said. “Obviously I don’t think we’re at
our peak yet and again that’s a
good thing because we want to
hit our peak going into playoffs,
so we still have a lot of work to
do. But if we’re winning games
then we’re doing our job.”
MacWilliams said the team
played with discipline against
the Bison and he added that the
Owls regained their composure
after some recently “frustrating
“I think they kind of got
back to the way we should be
playing and how we’re capable
of playing,” MacWilliams said.
“I think today was a big step in
that direction because you don’t
want to have a losing streak going into the A-10s.”
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Women’s soccer drops
first two A-10 matchups last weekend.
The Temple News
This weekend’s road games
proved to be a rough ride for the
Temple women’s soccer team
(3-8, Atlantic Ten Conference
0-2), losing to cross-town rival
La Salle on Friday then again to
A score of 0-5 ended Friday’s matchup against La Salle,
who stands at 9-0-1, 1-0 in the
A-10. Playing at McCarthy Stadium, the Explorers’ freshman
Kelsey Haycook recorded her
first collegiate hat trick, getting past the Owls’ junior goalkeeper Tara Murphy three times
throughout the game.
“Friday night’s game was
a tough one,” senior midfielder
Kate Yurkovic said. “We knew
going into it that it was going to
be a battle.”
The A-10 opener began
with two goals for the Explorers
in the first half beginning in the
seventh minute. Haycook secured the first goal and followed
up with another in the 19th
minute. She scored one more
in the 51st minute before teammates redshirt-senior midfielder
Morgan Golden and sophomore
forward Renee Washington finalized the win, each nabbing a
goal in the 62nd and 64th minutes, respectively.
On Sunday, one goal separated the Owls from defeating
the Fordham Rams as the two
teams faced off in Bronx, N.Y.
this past Sunday.
“Today’s game we did a
lot better. We played awesome
defense we just could not seem
to get a break in the offensive
third,” Yurkovic said. “We
definitely competed, though all
we can do now is focus on this
weekend coming up.”
Not until the 57th minute
did the Rams take advantage of
a break in the back line, when
Rams’ freshman midfielder Jessica Widman set up a chance
for freshman forward Kristina
Maksuti. Receiving Widman’s
pass, Maksuti fired a wide shot,
which glanced off the post and
into the net.
Coach Matt Gwilliam said
he will remain optimistic in his
first season as coach, despite
starting conference play with
two losses.
“A key component of
bringing future success to our
women’s soccer program here at
Temple will be a change in the
culture of the program,” Gwilliam said. “We all just need to
remember that this is a lengthy
process that doesn’t happen
The Owls return home to
Ambler Campus this Friday,
where they will face off against
the Richmond Spiders at 4 p.m.
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Loss not
worthy of
Big East
Toledo derails Owls
Cranney’s Corner
Joey Cranney
Owls miss opportunity to
bolster their résumé for
entry into the Big East.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Chester Stewart scrambles up the middle to pick up yards against the Toledo defense last Saturday at Lincoln Financial
Field. Stewart went 10 for 20 for 173 passing yards with two interceptions, while adding 47 rushing yards on 15 attempts in the game.
Owls commit four turnovers in their loss against
the Toledo Rockets.
The Temple News
Toledo, coming off three tough
losses early in the season, took its anger out on the Owls, who were coming
off a big win at Maryland, by winning
Temple had previously won 11 of
its last 13 home games before Toledo
forced four turnovers and racked up 36
points on the Owls’ defense.
“I think the tale of the game is the
turnovers, which caused us to play on
a long field and them on a short field,”
coach Steve Addazio said. “It forced
the momentum to swing hard on us.
You can’t turn the ball over. We turned
it over four times.”
“I want to give a lot of credit to
Toledo,” Addazio added. “They came
in here ready to play. They played
hard. I give credit to their team and
staff. They were ready to play today.”
The turnovers started as early as
the first quarter when junior punt returner Matt Brown muffed a punt return inside the Owls’10-yard line that
was recovered by the Rockets. Three
plays later the Rockets were celebrating in the end zone.
About two minutes later, redshirtsenior quarterback Chester Stewart
threw an interception intended for
“Mechanics, it’s not finishing
throws,” Stewart said. “The one to
[Brown] was a miscommunication.
As leaders we try to keep our guys up,
but it is definitely a momentum swing
for them to get a short field and quick
“That hurts a team and is hard to
come back from,” Stewart added.
Toledo capitalized on the turnover
and short field again, scoring a touchdown only two minutes later. Stewart
did throw a 55-yard touchdown to senior Evan Rodriguez early in the second quarter and McManus added a
field goal in the same period, but that
would be the last time Temple would
score on Toledo’s defense. The Rockets were up nine points at the half and
15 of their 22 first-half points came off
The second half didn’t provide
much relief for the 21,705 fans in at-
tendance donning mostly pink for
breast cancer awareness. Junior running back Bernard Pierce managed
only four yards rushing in the second
half and when it looked like the Owls
had finally got the big play they needed to swing momentum, Pierce had a
costly fumble at the end of a 35-yard
screen pass in Toledo territory.
It was the third turnover of the afternoon and the defense was unable to
bail out the offense. The defense was
ranked first in the country in scoring
defense coming into the contest, but the
quick-paced Toledo offense seemed to
fluster the defense and moved the ball
seemingly at will while lighting the
scoreboard up for 36 points.
“We didn’t stop them. It’s as plain
and simple as that,” senior defensive
Men’s soccer turns up defense in 1-0 win
Senior midfielder Tyler
Witmer bests Howard’s
goalie for the lone goal.
Sports Editor
The men’s soccer team snapped a
four-game losing streak by defeating
Howard 1-0 last Saturday on the road
in Washington, D.C. before heading
into Atlantic Ten Conference competition.
Senior midfielder Tyler Witmer
scored his second goal of the season
and the game’s lone goal in the 39th
minute of the first half. Witmer received the ball from freshman midfielder Willie Chalfant after a Bison
“It was a perfect ball through the
defenders and the defense was caught
off guard,” Witmer said. “Basically it
ended up being me and the goalie and I
just shot it for the back post.”
The Owls’ defense executed coach
David MacWilliams’ game plan and
held onto the lead for the remainder
of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper
Bobby Rosato did not face a shot on
goal during the game, as he recorded
his second shutout of the year.
With the Owls (4-5) set to open
A-10 play with Richmond on Friday
at Ambler, the team knew it needed to
come away with a win against Howard
(1-7-2) to gain momentum.
“We wanted to do two things,”
MacWilliams said. “We wanted to win
the game and make sure defensively
we were sound. I think going into the
A-10s we need to be defensively sound
in order to win games because they’re
going to be close games. So I think we
accomplished two things today.”
In the recent losses for the Owls,
the team’s defense had issues with
staying under control, Rosato said. He
added that the Owls’ defense was able
to “stick together as a whole” during
the win.
“I think that we were in a little
funk for a while,” Rosato said. “But
coming into [the A-10 schedule]
with a win, with an upward slope,
get momentum. I’m really confident
The men and women’s cross
country teams finished in
44th and 32nd place overall,
respectively at the Paul Short
Invitational last Friday.
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Senior midfielder Tyler Witmer (black shirt) collides with a referee.
Witmer leads the Owls with a team high 12 shots on goal this season.
After defeating Rhode Island
in straight sets last Friday, the
Owls came out flat against
Fordham in a 3-1 loss last
If the Owls want to sit at the coolkid’s table that is the Big East Conference, they have to prove to themselves
and the country that they can take care
of business in the Mid-American Conference.
Recent reports from various news
outlets speculate that, in light of the
recent conference re-alignment going
on throughout college sports, Temple
may be changing homes. The Big East
Conference, a perennial basketball
powerhouse and former home of Owls’
football, lost Pittsburgh and founding
member Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast
Conference in September.
It is rumored that Temple is one
of the teams on the Big East’s list to
replace these two vacancies. Multiple
media outlets have reported that Temple is on the verge of an all-sports invite.
In addition to the Owls’ outstanding history in both men and women’s
basketball, the recent success of the
football team is really what’s driving
these rumors. The Owls played football in the Big East starting in 1991
for nearly 15 years, but were asked to
leave in 2001 and left in 2004 due to
poor attendance and a lack of competitiveness and university commitment to
the football program.
But with the relative success of
the football program through the first
four weeks of the season, including the
Owls’ 38-7 blowout win against Maryland last week, many people now believe that Temple football could compete in the Big East.
However, the Owls’ 36-13 loss
to Toledo last Saturday told a different story. The team that showed up to
play against Toledo didn’t look like the
surging mid-major that could compete
in the Big East, but rather the team that
has never won a MAC championship
during its five-year membership.
If the Temple football program really wants to take the next step, it needs
to consistently play at a high level in
its own conference. Granted, Toledo is
much better than their 2-3 record would
indicate, but the majority of the country doesn’t know or care about that.
All that most people will see is
some team they’ve never heard of just
beat up on Temple in front of their
home crowd. How will the loss look to
the Big East?
Coach Steve Addazio said that
the national attention Temple had been
getting after its Maryland win affected
preparation coming into Toledo.
“We were concerned this week
about our preparation,” Addazio said.
“There were some distractions here,
but you have to learn how to handle
that. That’s my job, to make sure that
you overcome that and come out with a
great level of execution.”
The home attendance on Saturday
was almost as bad as the final score.
If I had a vote on Temple’s Big East
membership, the attendance of 21,705
on Saturday wouldn’t convince me that
FIeld hockey recruited nine
freshmen this year and
several of them are already
making an impact.
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