Archive for February, 2008

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

Jazz it Up

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show, spring will arrive early this year in the chilly Philadelphia region. Inspired by New Orleans, the warm and tropical climate of the Big Easy will bring lush garden landscapes to the Philadelphia Convention Center. “Jazz it Up”, the official name and theme of the show will run from March 2 through March 9.

Jazz has inspired the show’s creators to design the scenic and colorful landscapes, which in turn they hope will encourage flower show goers to “jazz up” in their own gardens. The exhibits will focus on New Orleans’ Garden District, French Quarter, backwoods and bayous.

Already in its 179th consecutive year, the Philadelphia Flower Show is considered to nationally be one of the best and most renowned events of its kind. Over the course of its annual eight-day run, it attracts around 250,000 guests. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to view meticulously fashioned landscapes, hear the Crescent City’s jazz tunes, participate in competitions and learn beneficial information from the experts.

Not only is it a vast scene of colorful beauty, the Philadelphia Flower Show is also a fundraiser, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s most significant annual benefit. According to Laura Bateman, PHS’s head of public relations, Each year, the Philadelphia Flower Show raises $1 million for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s outreach programs. These programs include Philadelphia Green, which works year-round to improve parks, public landscapes, vacant land, community gardens and commercial districts throughout Philadelphia and beyond. More than 6 million square feet of vacant land has been improved through this work. The Philadelphia Green is the largest and most comprehensive urban revitalization program in the nation.

This year the country’s top landscape and floral designers will cover the show’s vast 10 acres with displays that include a massive archway of larger-than-life floating piano keys, musical notes and a waterfall. The central feature of the show is show designer, Sam Lemheney’s masterpiece, the “Rhythm Rooms Jazz Club.” Street dancing and parades will lead attendees from the “Rhythm Rooms Jazz Club” through the show and towards the Bourbon Street Stage, where New Orleans headliners, such as Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and local jazz greats (such as Dave Posmontier) will perform on two stages throughout the week. Legends Stage, the show’s second musical venue, will feature local talent, such as Sam Ruttenberg, Denise Bruckno, the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, the UCC Brass Band and the Crosstown Brass Quintet, who will perform classical to contemporary jazz.

New to the show this year is a competition in which students from the University of the Arts have created costumes based on the “Jazz it Up” theme. Floral designers will create arrangements based on the costumes that will be judged on their creativity and interpretation. Moreover, there is a new dog show, where dogs made of topiaries will be on display.

The community can further get involved in this year’s festivities in the amateur division, made up of local gardeners and clubs, which will compete in hundreds of categories such as: jazz inspired arbors, entryways, window boxes, miniature settings and potted plant competitions.

However, if visitors are not interested in competing, but rather in learning, there are a multitude of different resources to check out. For example, the PHS Village will display various programs and activities in which youth, volunteers and garden enthusiasts can get involved. Other exhibits will emphasize the significance of greening and utilizing state-of-the-art, sustainable techniques in urban and suburban rural environments. Experts will also be on hand, leading a number of presentations on topics that can be applied at home, such as flower arranging and organic gardening. A complete schedule of the events can be found online.

There is something for everyone at the Flower Show, if the gardens, competitions, and presentations aren’t for you or you just want to bring a souvenir and some of the show home, shopping is another way to spend your day, “jazz(ing) it up”. The show will feature over 150 vendor booths with Southern-inspired garden décor, jewelry, crafts and glassware, as well as quality tools, sculptures, plants, artwork, bonsai, orchids and cut flowers.

Escape the cold a little earlier this year— visit the Philadelphia Flower Show to absorb the beauty, experience great entertainment and support a worthy cause. According to Beitman, The return on the Flower Show is huge and reaches far beyond the more than $30 million generated for the city during the eight days of the show. From the international visitors and thousands of volunteers who make this horticultural event work, to the quality partnerships with other organizations and businesses, all unite behind a passion for greening and horticulture that improves our quality of life.

Tickets range from $17-28. Student tickets are available for $17 for students, ages 17-24, with a valid student ID and proof of age. This offer is only available at the show’s box office. Student tickets reserved online and must be picked up at the show’s will call window during public hours.

You can contact Kim Sorren at

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

It goes on and on…

The Flyers are in one of the biggest funks ever. It’s not as bad as last year when they lost 12 straight, but the losing streak is at 10 games right now.

On Tuesday in Ottawa, it looked like the Flyers were going to turn a corner. Their power play continued to struggle as the Senators scored a short-handed goal. Late in the second, the Sens got a nice deflection for a 2-0 lead. Kimmo Timonen kept the Flyers in the game and scored in the last minute of the second period. They got the game-tying goal early in the third, as Scottie Upshall scored on a deflection of his own. The game went to a shootout after a thrilling overtime. The Flyers horrendous record in shootouts continued, as Danny Briere lost the puck on the final attempt.

The Flyers 2006 first round pick made his NHL debut on Tuesday. Claude Giroux was recalled from his team in Canada, the Gatineau Olympiques. He was only allowed to play two games before he had to be returned to Gatineau. He did take the first shootout attempt against Ottawa, but missed. He averaged about nine minutes of ice time in two games.

On Thursday, the Flyers had one of their worst performances during this losing streak at home against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks were playing their fourth game in five nights, but it sure looked like it was the Flyers who were playing this many games. The Flyers were outshot terribly in the first, but only gave up one goal. Mike Knuble scored on a three-on-one to tie the game.

There was a scrum at the end of the second period that resulted in 10 minute misconducts for both Riley Cote and Upshall. This resulted in two early goals by the Sharks in the third period, one of which deflected off of Briere. He was booed every time he touched the puck for the rest of the game. The final score was 3-1 in favor of the Sharks. The Flyers remain winless against San Jose in this millennium.

Former Flyer and current Shark, Jeremy Roenick, a fan favorite, was honored before the game with a crystal for his 500th National Hockey League goal. He is the third American to achieve the feat.

While it was one of their better performances, Saturday was one of the most disappointing games of this losing streak. The Florida Panthers were 1-2 against the Flyers this year. Panthers’ back-up goalie, Craig Anderson, had a stellar game and was only beaten once as a result. Briere scored a power-play goal late in the second to give the Flyers the lead. It looked to be the end of the streak but Florida scored with 3.7 seconds left in the game to tie it. In overtime, Randy Jones took a penalty and seconds later the Panthers captain, Olli Jokinen, blasted a shot from the blue line past Antero Niittymaki to win the game, 2-1.

The Flyers tinkered with the roster a bit this week, as they made two trades. They acquired defenseman Jaroslav Modry from the Los Angeles Kings for a draft pick. Modry is a veteran who will help while Derian Hatcher recovers from injury. They also traded Jim Vandermeer to the Calgary Flames for a draft pick. This was to clear roster space since they had too many defensemen.

It was announced this week that Simon Gagne will be shut down for the rest of the season after his latest concussion. Also, Mike Richards will be out three weeks with a torn hamstring.

You can contact Colin Fry at

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

Online Internship Fair Extended

Campus Philly’s Online Internship Fair has been extended until Friday, Mar. 7. The fair was originally intended to last only until Feb. 29, but due to the overwhelming response from employers, Campus Philly has decided to extend the fair for one more week.

“We’ve been very pleased to see how much interest this has generated among employers,” says Karen Sugarman, a consultant for Campus Philly. “We’re happy to extend the fair to give additional employers more time to make their opportunities available.”

The fair, which can be accessed at, is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are available at for-profit, nonprofit and public sector organizations for the summer and fall of 2008. As of Wednesday, Feb. 27, over 500 internship opportunities had been posted from over 200 different organizations, with still more flooding in. Campus Philly expects the list of employers to steadily increase, continuing all the way through to March 7.

One of the opportunities available is an internship through the Mayor’s Internship Program. Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, this is an eight-week summer internship intended for undergraduates. Participants gain experience through providing research, administrative and staff assistance to high-level city managers.

Mayor Nutter himself has declared his support of the Online Internship Fair.

“We need to get individuals who go to school here, to stay here,” said Mayor Nutter, in a press release. “Too many students are taking their skills learned here to other cities. The goal of the Campus Philly Online Internship Fair is to retain these future leaders and assist them in building lasting careers in Philadelphia.”

Campus Philly expects more than 2,500 students to participate in the fair. Participating companies include the Philadelphia Zoo, WHYY, NFL Films, the Franklin Institute, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.

The purpose of the fair, according to Jon Hermann, Campus Philly’s executive director, is to make it as easy as possible for college students to connect with employers from the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region. Students can log on to the site whenever it’s convenient for them.

Even after the fair is over, students can still find internships any time at Campus Philly’s career website, However, the wide range of employers that is available through the fair will only be accessible until March 7. Sugarman advises students to register as soon as possible since many internship opportunities are being filled each day. The sooner you register the better chance you have of getting the internship you want.

The fair is free for all students and employers. To register and find your internship, log on to

You can contact Matt Lettieri at

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

My First Paycheck

Have you ever had trouble finding a part-time job? Austin and Celeste Lavin have and they decided to do something about it.

Last July, the brother-sister combination launched a web site called myfirstpaycheck.comthat lists local part-time job openings for the Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C metropolitan regions. The idea came to the duo based on their own experiences when entering the job market.

“When I was 16, I saw that there was no real good way of applying for jobs and I thought that there should be a better system,” says Austin Lavin, CEO. “I thought about it for a long time and I actually bought the domain name for the site, but nothing really happened with it. When my sister turned 16, we had a couple conversations and realized that the same problems were still in play – that people didn’t know how to find their first jobs and there still was no resource.”

Employers post their job openings directly to the site, along with contact information so people can apply. In addition to giving people job options, the site also provides tools such as interviewing tips, a resume builder, a cover letter guide and on-the-job tips. The site, which is based just outside Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township, was originally created to help teens in high school, but it can be very beneficial to college students as well.

“College kids need a place to find those jobs, too,” says Lavin. “About half of the Philadelphia college students have jobs while they’re in school and they’re not all internships. They’re working at part-time, hourly jobs to make ends meet and get spending money. Especially if you aren’t local and don’t have a base of friends or family to ask, there’s no way of getting those types of jobs, until”

The 23-year-old Lavin has undertaken the site full-time and while it’s still in its pre-revenue stage, the Penn graduate is intent on building it up little by little.

“I don’t really make very much money right now and there’s no guarantee that this will be a success,” he says. “It would be easy to quit and go do something else, but I keep plugging away at it. We want to build up traffic and build up a brand. It‘s a great opportunity for me, because how many 23-year-olds get to be their own boss? As long as I keep my focus, I’m going to make myfirstpaycheck.comthe biggest web site that every teen in America goes to when they’re trying to find their first job.”

In addition to being a great resource for people seeking jobs, the web site is just as helpful for those seeking employees. The site provides a valuable service to companies who have to hire for part-time jobs. Lavin says that many people don’t realize how hard it is to hire.

“It’s my job to let people know how we can help them,” he says. “Companies are really grateful to have a service like the one we provide.”

The main types of employers that have posted jobs on the site are retail shops. Lavin says that camps often use the site to look for summer-time workers, and in Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute and the Museum of Art frequently look for employees through the site as well. There are also many volunteer opportunities available.

“People are trying to figure out the best ways to get involved in the Philadelphia community and they don’t know how to,” Lavin says. “People will post volunteer opportunities on the site all the time.”

Lavin works with a few other people on the site, most of whom are college students. He is committed to his job, but knows that life could take him in any number of directions in the future.

“If you told me I was going to be doing this 12 months ago, I don’t know if I would’ve believed you,” he says. “If you tell me what I might be doing 12 months from now, I don’t know if I would believe you, either. I try to become very involved culturally in Philadelphia and I like to help the city in other ways when possible.”

For Lavin, the real goal isn’t necessarily getting people employed, but rather, inspiring them to make things happen for themselves.

“Getting people jobs is great and it’s important. It’s a valuable way of giving back,” he says. “But I think more importantly, we provide people the tools to be proactive themselves. We’re a great example of what teenagers or college students and young adults can go out and do if they try. If I can encourage others to try and to start their own companies then that would be a huge success.”

For more information about the site, or to find your own part-time job, visit

You can contact Matt Lettieri at

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

The Loved Ones

On Sunday night, Philly locals and Fat Wreck artist, The Loved Ones played an album release show at the First Unitarian Church. The show started strong with three talented opening bands that were all relatively local, hailing from New Jersey or Philadelphia.

First was Amateur Party, who play indie rock that is almost reminiscent of Bear Vs. Shark. Then came The Ergs, who have previously opened for The Loved Ones and from the crowd’s response, they probably could have headlined a show at the same venue. They played about 30 minutes of old school, late 80s/early 90s punk rock. Finally, The Gaslight Anthem took the stage and had, perhaps, the best response an opening band could have. Most of the audience was really into them and could sing along to every one of their songs.

The Loved Ones set up quickly and got right into the opening anthem of their new album Pretty Good Year.Immediately after lead singer Dave Hause played the first chord and sang the first lyric the crowd rushed the stage and did not let up until almost two hours later, when the show let out.

The band played music from both of their albums and several songs from their original EP. They were showcasing all of their talent; from fast punk anthems such as 100K, and Living (Will Get You Dead), to slower, sometimes piano driven songs like Brittle Heart or Selfish Masquerade, and songs that have been described as ‘Blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll,’ such as Louisiana and The Bridge.

Prior to the song The Inquirer, which deals with feeling helpless in the modern political system, the band divulged that they support Barack Obama with an anti-Hilary proclamation. Two songs after that, the band played The Bridge, which, according to Hause, deals with not knowing what you’re going to do with your life – this seemed to resonate with the crowd.

The only low points of the show were during Brittle Heart and Selfish Masquerade, which were the slowest songs of the set. After the eight prior songs that had a lot of energy from both the band and the crowd, the audience seemed a little uneasy with the slower tempo. However, it picked right back up again with Suture Self, which succeeded in bringing the energy level.

The entire show was a family affair for Hause. His sister played keyboard for the songs requiring pianos, and his younger brother, who looked like he was in his teens, played guitar for Louisiana. During that song, Dave actually picked his brother up on his shoulders, and he played guitar from up there. Prior to the song, he mentioned that the song was not only about Louisiana, but about places that the government doesn’t pay attention to and in his opinion, this includes Philadelphia.

The concert seemingly ended on that note, and the lights and house music came on. However, the fans did not look like they had any intent to leave and The Loved Ones actually came back for an unplanned encore. They talked about what songs to play for a second and started to play Sarah’s Game, followed by Candy Cane, from their first EP, and ended the show with I Swear, which Hause dedicated to his wife.

This was an amazing show. The audience could tell that the band was really happy to be in their hometown and they responded better because of it. These guys put so much energy into their shows that it would be hard for an audience not to respond well.

It was interesting that a band that had yet to say anything political was so outspoken at this show, but it seemed like the audience received it well. Aside from the minor tripping point of the slow song, the show went off without a hitch. It’s probably safe to say that most, if not all, of the people in the room hope that The Loved Ones are a staple of the Philly punk scene for many years to come.

You can contact Chris Banks at

February 28th, 2008 by Campus Philly

The Other Boleyn Girl Preview

Before Elizabeth made her infamous reign as Queen of England, there were the Boleyn sisters, who nearly tore the county apart.

The movie, based on the best-selling book by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girlproved to be an intense history lesson, mixed with an overly prominent dose of daytime soap operas. Most of the excitement in this movie is due largely in part to the beauty of Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, who play the Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne, respectively.

The sisters are urged by their power-hungry father and uncle to win over the attention of the King of England, played by Eric Bana, whose wife failed to provide a male heir to the throne.

Anne, being the older sister, is regarded as more beautiful and is quickly picked without her consent, to seduce the King on his weekend visit to the Boleyn family estate. Inexplicably, her beauty fails to capture his attention and a hunting trip gone wrong leaves the King injured and in the care of shy Mary, who timidly heals his wounds.

Although Mary has plans to marry and move away to the countryside, she becomes the King’s mistress against her will, prompted by her father and uncle once again. Somehow her mother’s feminist beliefs and ideals didn’t quite fit in with the time period and her words had no effect on the fate of the girls.

This elicits the start of Mary and Anne’s sibling rivalry for the attention of the King and ultimately, the title of Queen.

Mary develops true feelings of love for the King, while Anne is too caught up in finding any way of getting rid of her sister and the current Queen Katherine of Aragon.

Even though the central theme of The Other Boleyn Girlis the bond between two completely opposite sisters, the notion of sisterhood is often forgotten throughout the movie, especially by Anne, who only cries out to Mary when she is in distress.

The Other Boleyn Girlfeatures nearly every aspect of an overly dramatic movie, including deception, sex, death, power and even the suggestion of incest. Although it tries hard to convince the audience that history may have actually been that exciting, there is an element that makes it seem exaggerated and unbelievable – also known as Hollywood.

The Other Boleyn Girlwill be out in theatres on Feb. 29.

You can contact Janna Manjelievskaia at

February 26th, 2008 by Campus Philly

Clark Park Farmer’s Market

Couples strolling in the park, families with sleds out for a morning adventure and students walking their dogs—these are the crowds present on Saturday mornings at the Clark Park Farmer’s Market.

Clark Park was established in 1895 and is a beautiful nine-acre park with over 300 trees, central to Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. On Saturday mornings, the park is bustling with patrons out to do their grocery shopping for the upcoming week. The goods offered at the Farmer’s Market are all products of local farmers and artisans that vary greatly in variety and type. These goods include: fresh baked Amish pastries and breads, honey, organic fruits, vegetables, milk, and yogurt, free-range beef and fudge made from local goat milk.

The Clark Park Farmer’s Market is now in its 10th year and is located at 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. It is one of the few markets open year-round, impressively continuing through Philadelphia’s cold winters. The Clark Park Farmer’s Market is in partnership with The Food Trust and The University City District. They organize farmer’s markets to help assist children, adults, and families consume fresh and nutritious food. Furthermore the market itself has improved the community as it attracts patrons to socialize weekly at this neighborhood event, strengthens the market for local farmers, and improves the environment.

The Food Trust was founded in 1992 as a response to present-day phenomenon of diet-related disease. The Food Trust’s goal is to create strong communities through healthy foods. In order to combat malnutrition, the Food Trust has partnered with teachers, health practitioners, food retailers, nutrition educators, policy-makers, grassroots leaders, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, and nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurs. In addition, The Food Trust works closely with community organizations, educational programs, hunger relief agencies and public policy-makers. With the aim of extending the supply of healthy food to low-income communities, The Food Trust practices advocacy, creates model programs through research and has many programs one of which includes the farmers’ markets initiative.

The Food Trust furthermore advocates the importance of farmer markets as a means of supporting local farmers, as well as promoting important environmental issues. As a result of the diminishing in local markets and consequential reduced profits, farmers have had little choice but to sell their land resulting in a great decrease in farmland throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The loss of farmland hinders the community on a larger scale, as the lands are used for development and not only greatly effect the farmer’s pocket and the local economy, but also the decline in rural communities, loss of habitat for wildlife and loss of lands to urban sprawl. Through farmer markets, the Food Trust can impede this trend.

Landon Jeffries, The Food Trust representative at Clark Park explained that in 2006 the Clark Park Market sold about $350,000 dollars worth of goods, “For a lot of our vendors, farmer markets are their primary means of income.”

The Food Trust’s farmer markets can be found in neighborhoods throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Food Trust Staff attends the markets and set up their own booths. The booth provides informal educational information, which offers nutritional information, as well as information about the food available at the specific markets. In addition, culturally appropriate healthy food preparations and recipes are offered for the products being sold that week. Price, and food sold are deigned to meet the needs of the market customers.

By visiting a farmer’s market, you can personally interact with the individuals whom have grown your food. According to Maura Goldstein, an important member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Farmecology program dedicated to brining more locally grown food to Penn’s Campus, “I think it’s important to buy local because you get to see the face behind your food and you know that you’re paying that person directly rather than sending your food dollars through a complex supply chain.”

Angela, a vendor, sold delicious artisan fudge called “Betty’s Tasty Buttons for Enjoyment”. She explained that she and the company’s creative director and owner, Elizabeth Begosh, personally make and package their fudge products from local goat cheese. “Betty’s Original” the first recipe they sold, originally belonged to Begosh’s grandmother, Betty. Now they have created their own company with many other fantastic recipes. Currently their fudge products can be purchased at farmer’s markets as well as other stores located throughout Philadelphia. Angela says, “Hopefully we’ll have our own store soon.” One thing for certain, is that the publicity and business from the Clark Park Farmer’s Market are helping the business reach its future goals.

The Clark Park Farmer’s Market hours of operation are from May through November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from December through April.

You can contact Kim Sorren at

February 26th, 2008 by Campus Philly

The Big Five of Philly: Week 16

La Salle (12-13 overall, 6-5 Atlantic 10)

On Monday, the Explorers pulled a big upset, beating St. Joseph’s 90-89. Sophomore guard Kimmani Barrett drove to the basket with 20.6 seconds remaining and made the game-winning lay-up. Senior guard Darnell Harris led La Salle with 21 points, while making five 3-pointers to become the Explorers all-time leader in that category, according to the Associated Press. St. Joseph’s had won the prior eight meetings between the two teams.

La Salle hosted Dayton on Thursday and won in overtime, 81-78. Harris had 26 points for the Explorers, who had lost 12 of the last 13 games they played against Dayton. La Salle trailed 78-73 with 53 seconds remaining in overtime before Harris hit two consecutive 3-pointers to give them the lead for good. Dayton senior guard Brian Roberts, who scored 30 points, had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but missed on his 3-point attempt.

The Explorers will play Sunday at Duquesne, Wednesday at Fordham and will play at home Saturday against Rhode Island.

St. Joseph’s (16-8 overall, 7-4 Atlantic 10)

The Hawks only game of the week was their 90-89 loss to La Salle. Senior forward Pat Calathes had 26 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Darrin Govens added 26 points of his own, a career-high. There were eight lead changes and five ties in the second half of a game that the Hawks lost, despite shooting a blazing 63 percent from the field.

The Hawks will play at Rhode Island on Sunday and at home against St. Louis on Thursday.

Villanova (17-9 overall, 7-7 Big East)

On Wednesday, Villanova hosted West Virginia and blew them out by a final score of 78-56. Junior guard Dwayne Anderson scored 17 points and made 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Freshman guard Corey Stokes added a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats, who, despite their up-and-down season, are now 10-0 at the Pavilion. ‘Nova’s defense held the Mountaineers to just 36 percent shooting and 2-of-20 from 3-point range while forcing 13 turnovers.

On Saturday, ‘Nova hosted No. 13 Connecticut and got a huge win by the score of 67-65. Stokes and sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats with 18 points each. The Huskies had an opportunity to tie the game with 6.4 seconds remaining, but junior guard A.J. Price missed one from the foul line. ‘Nova, after enduring a five-game losing streak, has now won four out its last five games.

The Wildcats will host Marquette on Monday.

Temple (14-12 overall, 7-5 Atlantic 10)

The Owls traveled to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday and won 96-82. Senior guard Mark Tyndale had a great all-around game with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Junior guard Dionte Christmas and senior guard Chris Clark each added 20 points for Temple, who led by as much as 19 in the first half until the Bonnies cut the lead to four with roughly 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Owls then went on a 23-9 run to win the game.

On Saturday, Temple hosted Fordham and lost a tough one, 78-76. The Owls trailed 60-45 with 12 minutes remaining, before coming back to tie the game at 68-68 with 4:18 to play. Tyndale, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds, stole Fordham’s inbound pass and called timeout with under 10 seconds remaining before missing a jumper that would‘ve sent the game to overtime. Christmas led the Owls with 20 points, while senior guard Marcus Stout had 31 points for Fordham.

Temple will host Charlotte on Wednesday.

Penn (10-16 overall, 5-4 Ivy League)

The Quakers visited Dartmouth on Friday and won handily 88-62. Senior guard Brian Grandieri led Penn with 15 points, while making 7-of-9 from the field. The Quakers began the second half with a 24-8 run to blow the game wide open. The loss was Dartmouth’s seventh in a row overall and 23rd in a row to Penn.

On Saturday, Penn traveled to Harvard and lost 89-79. Grandieri scored 19 points for the Quakers in the losing effort. After being down 67-48, Penn pulled within eight late in the second half but could get no closer.

The Quakers will play at Yale Friday and Saturday.

You can contact Matt Lettieri at

February 26th, 2008 by Campus Philly

Sixers: Week 17

The five game winning-streak ended on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Philadelphia 76ers were dominated by the Timberwolves and suffered a crushing loss, 104-88.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 17 points, while Andre Miller wasn’t too far behind him with 15 points. Thaddeus Young had a decent game with 12 points.

The team’s concern was less about the loss and more about the 27 games remaining in the season. They will need to play well to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Last week, the Sixers were tied with New Jersey for the seventh spot.

The next game of the week came against the New York Knicks. This game was one of the most painful to watch this season. At one point, it appeared that no one really knew how to play basketball. There was humiliation, but thankfully, it was on the Knicks’ side. The Sixers had it easy, scoring 100 points in the first three quarters. The final score was 124-84.

The star of Wednesday night’s game was Willie Green, who scored 21 points. Young also had a great game, with a career-high of 20 points. Iguodala added 19 points to the 40-point blowout against the Knicks.

The Sixers attempted to carry the high they felt after Wednesday over into the next game against the Orlando Magic, but the fire didn’t last. The Magic won 115-99 on Friday night.

Orlando had a great game, which was unfortunate for Philadelphia. While the Sixers couldn’t really manage to make a three-pointer, the Magic had no problem from three-point-range.

The Magic had a good lead for the entire game; not once did the Sixers have the lead. At one point late in the fourth, there was a glimmer of hope for the Sixers. They attempted a strong comeback, but couldn’t take the lead.

The Andre duo of Miller and Iguodala both had 25 points, while Green added 21 points.

Overtime was the key for the Sixers on Saturday against the Miami Heat, where they won 101-96. For another night in a row, the Andres, Iguodala and Miller, matched in points scored during a game. Both had 24, while Green added an additional 14 points.

With 1:26 left, Louis Williams sank two free throws to pull the Sixers within one at 96-95. Iguodala then made a three-point play with 1:08 left and gave the Sixers the lead by 2 points. Finally, Iguodala made a basket with 37 seconds on the clock, giving the Sixers another win for the week. The final score was 101-96.

The Sixers get a little time off until Wednesday night when they will go against the Magic here in Philadelphia.

You can contact Noelle Roby at .

February 26th, 2008 by Campus Philly

New Africa Center

In 1991, Abdul Rahim Muhammad founded the New Africa Center at 4243 Lancaster Ave. The idea was to provide West Philadelphia’s Black Muslim community with a cultural center to preserve its cultural heritage and to inform anyone interested in this group’s historic experience.

It would be wrong, however, to assume that the New Africa Center is in any way exclusionist. In fact, the Center’s mission statement states that it seeks to “to foster intergroup awareness, respect, tolerance and multicultural understanding.” Indeed, Rahim is extremely welcoming of people outside of the Black Muslim community, because he feels that multicultural understanding works both ways.

With this goal in mind, Rahim has developed a Black History lecture series, where several leading Muslim scholars speak to their community about a number of subjects, including post-traumatic slavery syndrome, the experience of Muslims in West Africa or the history of enslaved Muslims in America.

Additionally, Rahim’s Center is a treasure trove for historians interested in the Black Muslim experience. Rahim has collected vast amounts of pamphlets, publications and photographs that trace the history of Islam in America. His collection of Nation of Islam material is particularly vast and well kept. Moreover, Rahim is always happy to share his archives and is always thrilled to talk about his experiences and insights with anyone willing to listen.

In addition, the Center is not only an academic hub for Black Muslim scholars, but for the community at-large. Rahim hopes to empower the community by means of a number of workshops that teach computer skills, Arabic, ballet, arts and crafts, etc. In his ideology, Rahim has borrowed heavily from Marcus Garvey’s idea of “doing for self,” an idea that the Nation of Islam (of which Rahim was a member) would then flesh out. The main tenet of Garvey’s doing-for-self ideology was that Blacks needed to empower their communities by building businesses and universities, because this was the only way for them to successfully compete in Western society and attain equal status.

The Nation of Islam followed in these footsteps by creating its own school system and launching nation-wide corporations that provided Black communities with bakeries, butcheries, newspapers, laundry services, restaurants, etc. Rahim’s project has similar goals, even if on a smaller scale, and he particularly hopes to have an impact on younger generations by equipping them with important skills and giving them a sense of belonging to a community.

Anyone interested in learning more about the center and the kind of programs it offers, is welcome to give Rahim a call (215-222-0252) or pay the New Africa Center a visit.

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