Hart attends final board meeting as president

During her last Board of Trustees meeting as president, Ann Weaver Hart thanked the Board of Trustees for its support and expressed confidence in Temple moving forward, today.

“It has been truly an honor to be president of Temple University,” Hart said. “I know that you are all committed to a bright future for this incredible institution.”

“As my last president’s report, I want to thank you for the privledge of being part of this wonderful team and assure you that I have great faith and confidence that this institution will continue to nurture and advance the values and accomplishments that make it the great institution that it is,” Hart added.

The Temple News has requested an interview with Hart multiple times since the last board meeting in March, and has received no response.

After Hart’s speech, the board announced the extension of the Temple Association of University Professional’s contract through October 2014. According a press release, the extension will go into effect when the current contract expires this October.

The board’s committees then unanimously approved a slew of recommendations from the various committees.

Among the approvals were four projects recommended by the facilities committee. The projects included interior lighting upgrades to various buildings that would cost up to $2.86 million, as well as a roof replacement to McGonigle Hall that would cost up to $2 million.

The board also approved a recommendation from the aumni relations and development committee that would authorize the naming of the Glass Studios at Tyler School of Art for Irvin Borowsky and Laurie Wagman.

Philly Roller Girls to bout in Liacouras Center

The Philly Roller Girls announced on their website last Thursday, April 19, their plan to host four bouts this summer and fall at the Liacouras Center – July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.

PRG co-general manager Jocelyn Jenik said in the article that the venue move from Class of 1923 Arena will allow the league the potential to host more spectators. “It’s a venue that will allow us to bring derby to more fans, which is important in a sports-minded city like Philadelphia,” she said. “The Liacouras Center is a dream venue for us.”

Students at Temple tried to start a derby organization registered through the university last Spring 2011, but were not granted Temple affiliation after Campus Recreation capped the limit on sports clubs, citing lack of funding and personnel resources.

In an April 2011 article, Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young told The Temple News that even if the cap were to be lifted, associating roller derby with Temple would be “pretty shaky.” He said an analysis of the liability, risk management and safety would be conducted.

“As a prudent administrator in an educated environment, does it make sense to give these students more support to go and do something pretty foolish?” Young told The Temple News. “Now, I’m not saying roller derby is foolish, I’m saying there’s a place for it where they do it downtown. It doesn’t have to be a Temple thing.”

The students involved still stay active in the derby world without a Temple affiliation by volunteering at local matches and holding group workouts.

Temple News invades Spring Fling

Has one of our staff members tried to force a Temple News upon you yet at Spring Fling? If not, stop by The Temple News’ booth to voluntarily pick up an issue so we can stop bothering you. They make great umbrellas for this drizzly day. This green guy knows what’s good for him.

Freshman pitcher nearly completes no-hitter in loss

First year pitcher Patrick Peterson threw eight hitless innings


The Temple News

Entering his sixth start of the season for the Owls, freshman Patrick Peterson was 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA. His sixth start against Saint Louis on Saturday, March 24 came as a surprise to many, nearly making Temple baseball history.

The Bear, Del. native had a perfect game through 6.2 innings until surrendering a walk in an eight pitch at bat. Through the first eight innings of the game, Peterson gave up no runs and no hits. It was not until the first batter of the ninth when freshman leadoff pinch hitter Mike Vigliarolo doubled to kickoff the ninth.

Peterson was removed after the double, in which he was followed by redshirt-senior closer Brian Sustersic. A wild pitch and a walk lead to a bases loaded, bottom of the ninth scenario in which coach Ryan Wheeler turned to redshirt-junior closer Steve Visnic. A game-winning base hit by junior outfielder Alex Kelly led to a heartbreaking loss for the Cherry and the White.

Peterson’s nearly historic day ended with a stat line of 8.0 innings, one hit, one run, and 10 strikeouts in the 2-1 loss at Saint Louis.

John Murrow can be reached at john.murrow@temple.edu.

Baseball: Owls get late rally, but Explorers hold on for win

By Samuel Botwinick

The Temple News

What looked like it might be a blowout early on ended up being a close game, with the La Salle Explorers edging out the Owls in a 9-7 victory at Skip Wilson Field at Ambler Campus.

The Explorers’ early outburst came in the first and third innings, with junior shortstop Joe Bennie driving in two runs with an RBI double in the top of the first.

The top of the third proved to be an eventful inning for both Owls’ senior starting pitcher, Dan Moller and fellow freshman pitcher Adam Dian, who proceeded to walk several batters, including throwing a wild pitch that led to a run.

The Owls began to regain momentum at the top of the ninth, thanks to the bats of redshirt-senior third baseman Steve Nikorak, junior designated hitter Elijah Yarborough, senior second baseman Foster Dunigan and redshirt-junior first baseman Matt Elko. Elko came up with a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Owls within one run.

Another contributor for the Owls was freshman relief pitcher Eric Peterson, who was able to neutralize the bats of the Explorers. Peterson pitched a career-high six innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits, while notching a career-high of five strikeouts.  His only blemish was a solo shot yielded to Explorers’ sophomore center fielder George Smith Jr.

Peterson was confident in his “stuff” today and he was pleased with the way he pitched.

“I thought I threw pretty well today,” Peterson said. “I hit my spots. I was able to get out batters, so hopefully I’ll be able to gain confidence off that and move on to the next game, I guess.”

Reigning Atlantic Ten Conference Player of the Week, Nikorak, was the primary source of offense for the Owls, driving in two runs and collecting two doubles in the process. Nikorak contributed on defense as well, when he made a catch that prevented the Owls from giving up potential runs in the top of the seventh.

He explained what was going through his head when he attempted that catch.

“ Well, I was just trying to get over to that dug out and try to find the fence, and it worked out from there,” Nikorak said.

Coach Ryan Wheeler put the game in a nutshell.

“I thought it was sort of a tale of two games,” Wheeler said.

The Owls look to rebound today as they travel to Penn to take on the Quakers.

Samuel Botwinick can be reached at samuel.botwinick@temple.edu.

Owls clinch No. 1 seed in overtime thriller

The men’s basketball team defeated Massachusetts 90-88 in overtime on Wednesday night, clinching the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Ten Conference Tournament and at least a share of the A-10 regular season title.

Temple (23-6, 12-3 A-10) honored graduate center Micheal Eric, redshirt-senior guard Ramone Moore, senior guard Juan Fernandez and senior guard Jake Godino in a ceremony before the game for senior night.

Eric, Moore and Fernandez all scored in double digits, and Godino made his first career start. Eric tied a career high with 19 points and added 15 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Owls’ junior guard Khalif Wyatt paced Temple with 26 points, including 17 from the free throw line. Wyatt scored Temple’s last seven points to clinch the win in overtime.

Listen to post game audio from Wyatt, Eric and coach Fran Dunphy. Check back with The Temple News for a full game recap.

Fran Dunphy

Khalif Wyatt, Micheal Eric

The Temple News recieves interesting letters

A crate of mail arrived at The Temple News office this afternoon. While this is normally a very uneventful occurance, today’s batch of mail included the following:

-An unsigned letter in which the author calls Americans “totally stupid people who elect moronic criminals.” The author, who TTN assumes is Russian, describes his uncle who “died a wealthy man” from reporting people to the Cheka (The now-defunct Soviet Union equivalent of the CIA) as “subversives.” Americans will be meeting this same fate of the people his uncle reported in six years if they keep being stupid, the author said.

-Not one, but two identical letters from the same author imploring TTN to investigate the events behind 9/11.

-A flyer for a student cartoon contest. The contest’s theme: 9/11.

-A letter from a Craig White, who said he used to preach “the Word of God” in front of Temple’s student activities center from 1993 to 2003. He is currently serving time in a correctional facility in Cresson, Pa. where he writes that his civil rights are being violated because he is unable to get out of prison on parole.  His crime, in his words, was “my choice to commit at deviant offense against a teenager.” A quick glance at his court docket shows he was convicted of soliciting prostitution and attempting to lure a child into a motor vehicle in 2004.

-A lengthy and comprehensive two-part letter from a Curtis Thomas in which he addresses the following:

  • He wishes to become columnist for TTN with the title “Truthful Slave Narratives.” 975 percent of what he writes will be true, said. He intends to write about life at the “Slave Plantation at Greene” which, judging from the address Thomas provided, is a correctional facility in Waynesburg, Pa. His fee is $500 an article.
  • He said he never committed any crimes although he admitted he was convicted of assault and battery in 1976 when “a cat” tried to steal his leg brace while he was washing his leg.
  • He was kidnapped at gunpoint in 1974. He has since spent his life in Pa. prisons.
  • Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett and his wife received two puppies upon becoming governor and held a statewide contest to name them. “F––– both them damn dogs!!!” he said.
  • He recommends the movie “Matilda.” “Get the DVD,” he said.
  • He referenced a scene in “Matilda” where she rides a red wagon to the library. He too had a wagon, except his had wooden slats on the side to carry stuff. One day in 1964, he was playing with his wagon when two men pushed him in his wagon into traffic on the 1400 block of South Street. He was hit by a motor vehicle.
  • He solicited the help of his friend and former South Philly politician Vince Fumo to try and get him out of prison. Fumo has yet to respond to his requests for aid.
  • His lawyer is a racist.
  • All he requests of his “enslavers” is a new leg brace, a cane and pair of blue dungaree pants.
  • He has solicited his column services to other newspapers in order to earn money to get the three aforementioned items.

While The Temple News would love to assist Mr. Thomas in his quest for blue dungaree pants, he is not a Temple student and thus is ineligible to become a columnist. His fee is also a little steep.

The Temple News will investigate all claims brought to our attention.

A sampling of some of the letters mentioned in this post.

Now more than ever…teach!

On February 8th, help Teach For America start a national discussion. Post to your Facebook wall: Current research suggests that only 8% of children growing up in poverty will graduate from college by the age of 24. You have the power to change this. Apply by this FRIDAY at www.teachforamerica.org!

There are many organizations dedicated to service, but Teach For America is specifically dedicated to the service of closing the achievement gap. I decided to join the movement and hope that others will be encouraged to join as well.

Kierra Bussey can be reached at kierrajb@temple.edu.

SOURCE: http://postsecondary.org/