Ramona Africa speaks on Main Campus

After almost 30 years, Ramona Africa said she is still fighting for her rights. She is a member of MOVE, a black liberation movement that was known for a “back to the earth” approach to living. This past Thursday, Oct. 31, Africa spoke to a small group of students and faculty in the Klein Law Building on Main Campus.

She said she has argued that she and her family were innocent since the Philadelphia police bombing of a row home where many MOVE members lived in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985.

The bombing killed 11 people, some of whom were children, and destroyed 61 homes nearby, not all of which were associated with MOVE. Africa is the sole living survivor of the bombing. The police force is said to have acted in response to neighbor complaints about the MOVE members.

Africa said the violence started after the death of a police officer. Nine of Africa’s brothers and sisters, which is how she referred to other MOVE members, were charged with third degree murder and conspiracy.

The shot, however, came from upstairs while the residents of the MOVE community were all in the basement, Africa said to the audience on Thursday.

There were series of days that lead up to the bombing where the cops would observe the house and leave peacefully, she recalled.

“If they were trying to arrest us, they would have done that a while ago,” Africa said in her recollections of the police presence prior to the bombing.

Africa insisted during her speech that MOVE is a peaceful organization. The government wanted them gone, she said, because they saw the group as a threat to the things they were doing.

“The goal of MOVE is to be peaceful and be an example,” Africa said.

Rocky Horror comes to The Reel

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” made its October rounds this year, landing a spot at The Reel on Oct. 29. Both the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. showings rapidly sold out, with students crammed into the Student Center’s movie theater.

The production was sponsored by the Queer Student Union, members of which sold prop bags at the door as a means of fundraising. Viewers were armed with rice and toast to throw during the showing, noisemakers and newspapers to hide beneath.

A live-action performance was put on by Temple students in front of the screening of the 1975 film, as is customary for showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Dressed in drag, these students utilized small props in the minimal space to bring the production to life.

“I had heard about the show from my parents,” junior theater major Ian Monaco said. “But this was my first time seeing it with the throwing of the rice and the toast – and it was really hysterical. I definitely didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.”

Audience participation was a key element of the show, creating an interactive experience for viewers and performers. First-time audience members, teasingly nicknamed “Rocky Horror virgins,” were marked on the forehead with a lipstick “V”and asked to dance with the performers.

Alpha Chi Rho loses recognition

Barely a month after recruiting new members and just as the 2013 Greek season begins, the brothers of Alpha Chi Rho lost recognition at Temple. Alpha Chi Rho will join the ranks of other unrecognized and unendorsed Greek organizations on campus, Phi Kappa Sigma and Zeta Beta Tau.

Though unable to discuss the details behind Temple’s decision to no longer recognize Alpha Chi Rho, Interim Director of Student Affairs, Chris Carey said “[Temple has] expectations for how our recognized organizations positively contribute to the university, the fraternity and sorority community, and the surrounding neighborhoods.”

Unrecognized organizations lose their ability to hold social events with recognized Greek organizations, cannot work with National Pan-hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council nor the Interfraternity Council. They also lose their access to school resources and other Greek activities.

Representatives for Alpha Chi Rho could not be reached for comment.

Drag show draws crowd

Tonight, Oct. 7, National Coming Out Week was kicked off by the university’s second annual drag show. A crowd of students, faculty and staff gathered at the steps of the Temple Performing Arts Center before the performance.

The show took months of thorough preparation, organizers said, by a team consisting of members of the Queer Student Union, Residential Life and the Wellness Resource Center. The show was marketed mainly through Twitter, which is how one freshman said she discovered it.

“I saw it on Twitter and though there’s not a lot of schools that would have a drag show,” freshman Juanita Cortes said. “It’s a unique thing I might not get to experience otherwise.”

The show featured a number of performers, including some Temple students. Perhaps the most popular act of the night was Latina Montgomery, a professional drag queen and artist who has performed all over the country.

Latina danced to a soulful song in a blue shimmering floor-length dress. She maneuvered through the audience, generating enthusiastic response.

Each performer offered a different act. Some consisted of drag queens dancing to pop songs, while some featured drag kings chair-dancing or acting out popular skits.

The show was well-received by the attendees who came out for the first event of NCOW. Organizers said they are excited about the success of the show’s atmosphere, intended to be fun and relaxed.

“We’ve already started planning for next year,” organizer and President of Queer Student Union Michael Kovich said. “We want students to enjoy the show and feel comfortable. We’re letting the university know we’re here and together.”

Block profile: 1700 block of North 16th Street

The 1700 block of North 16th Street, located just south of Temple’s outdoor athletic fields, is lined with red brick row homes. On sunny days, residents of the block sit outside with their friends and children, greeting people who walk past.

Erika Jones, a cake decorator at the Fresh Grocer, has lived on the block for three years.

“This block is very convenient, it has the bus that you can catch on either corner,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of little places that you can go around here, especially if you want to eat something fast.”

Rebecca Feldman, a sophomore history major and member of the Temple Equestrian Team, lives on the block with her roommates.

“It’s nice that the field is right there because it’s stadium spotlighting and you can hear the marching band every day, which is cool and annoying,” Feldman said. “It’s only annoying if you’re trying to nap. It’s pretty quiet at night because it’s mostly locals on this half.”

Jones says a lot of families live on the block, in addition to students.

“It’s kind of a mixed neighborhood, you have the regular people, and then you have students. So it’s kind of a diverse neighborhood,” Jones said. “They usually have block parties a couple of times a year and for the most part, people are chill.”

Old-time fight song sung on “Boardwalk Empire”

Fans of the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire” may have recognized a few chords from the fourth season’s premier on Sunday, when one of the characters sang a 1920s era version of the Cherry and White Fight Song.

A scene in Sunday’s episode “New York Sour” shows William Thompson (played by Kevin Csolak), the son of Eli Thompson, apparently returning home to New Jersey from Temple and singing the fight song for his family, including the show’s main character Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi).

The song is a historic incarnation of the modern fight song called “Fight Temple, Fight!” The character sings the lost verse “Fight Temple fight on/ Fight with all your might/ Fight for the Cherry and White/ Keep our colors high/ Roll the ball and hit the line/ All the Temple stars will shine/ Skill and courage win the game/ Fight on Temple fight.”

Later in the scene, Nucky Thompson departs telling William Thompson and his family to “fight for the Cherry and the White.”

The show follows a group of historical gangsters and is set in Prohibition Era Atlantic City, N.J.

New building in the works for TU Japan

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees  has approved a proposal by Temple Education Support Services to prepare and submit a bid for a 50-year lease and construction of a building in Tokyo. The move was submitted by TESS’ Board of Directors for the “Japan Akasaka Building Project” last week.

Student teachers display youth’s artwork at final reception

Tyler School of Art hosted a closing reception Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for student teachers to showcase artwork they have done with their respective K-12 students during the semester.

Student teachers showed off their students’ work, including hand-crafted jewelry, ceramic creations, paintings, sculptures and even strategically designed cardboard chairs.

The final show was put together by the faculty of the art education department and the student art teachers.

According to an email Art Education Program Head Jo-Anna Moore sent out to the art teachers, K-12 students and their families after the event, approximately 400 people were in attendance.

A song to save the birds

Tyler’s Molly Denisevicz won a competition to create a design that will discourage birds from flying into windows. Her pattern is a piece of French music called The Cardinal.

For more on the “Bird’s Eye View” competition, pick up The Temple News on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Doubleheader: Show your Temple Spirit Saturday

This Saturday, Feb. 11 show your Temple spirit by attending the basketball doubleheader at the Liacouras Center. Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will be playing, with the Women’s team starting at 5:30 p.m. against UMass. The Men’s team will take on A-10 rival Xavier at 9 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. And don’t forget to wear your white!

Every Temple student is eligible to receive a free ticket to the doubleheader, as long as tickets last. Just show your ID at the Liacouras Center Student Entrance the night of the games.

For non-Temple affiliates, visit the Temple Basketball website at www.owlsports.com