Features

Newcomers culprit to first year crimes

So you got into college. Congratulations. Now try not to screw it up. Remember how cool you were in high school? Nobody cares, buddy. The slate is clean. That means you can make yourself into whoever you want to be, and honestly, isn’t that what college is all about?…

Wishing we knew this four years ago

Throughout the next four years at Temple, you’ll often find yourself cursing your lack of street smarts and real world knowledge — things you wish they told you at orientation in place of “don’t look at your watch when a stranger asks for the time” to avoid a mugging – the real deal, a brochure equivalent to a best-selling novel.…

A rare and special case

Kaddish Poznan is a failure, an utter, complete miserable failure. But he is also a determined failure, a proud failure, and above all else, a lovable failure. He has already suffered through years of failure, and is ready to suffer through years more; he is a tenacious failure.…

Building a bond through art

In response to the disproportionate amount of minorities in the United States prison system’s inmate population, particularly those from the Latino community, visual artist and Temple art professor Pepon Osorio crafted Badge of Honor in 1995.…

Part Six: A night at the Ridge Avenue shelter

(Originally published in the 4/24 issue) I jerked up from the 7-Eleven table and looked at my situation, temporarily blurred from sleeping in drool: for three frozen nights I escaped the cold, risking my life – or at the least, proper function of my extremities – and all I could think about was my hair.…

Profile: Student sheds stigma of homelessness

(Orginally published in the 4/17 issue) About 19 years since listing Temple as a prospective college, Louis “Butch” Edinger was still deliberating. He was still scared of rejection, too, even after ebbing to utter homelessness for four years, a number providing only context for the countless nights spent sleeping on the floors of abandoned rowhomes, strewed with syringes, feces and debris.…

Part Five: Fighting the cold, ill advances

(Orginally published in the 4/10 issue) Drifters, dreamers, mountain men, schemers. Romantic ideals of life on the range planted themselves deep within my youth and had blossomed since. Solitary field trips began and ended with kicking a pebble down an empty road, careful though not to step on the sidewalk cracks.…

Part Four: Homeless say city can do more to help their cause

(Orginally published in the 3/27 issue) The wind was cold and stinging at 1:20 a.m., Monday, March 5.So were the cops. Moments after the transit police had gutted Market East Station, hurling the homeless lives at the mercy of a quasi Code Blue chill, an overlooked homeless couple propped open the door.…

Part Three: Police evict residents from homeless hub

(Orginally published in the 3/20 issue) I overstayed my time at the Homeless Hilton and figured to check out with my belongings. However, a problem emerged from the corner of Market East Station’s lobby in full embodiment: a shifty homeless man was already checking out my stash.…