Top 10 stories of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, the Temple News staff revisits some of A&E’s best stories throughout the year.

“The last step”

In an enterprise, Emily Rolen stepped inside the world of the Senior Choreographic Project, the semester-long thesis for senior dance majors at Temple. This intimate look at the process examined the students and professors behind the dance program, as well as the way the thesis prepares dancers for life after graduation.

“Driving out the Donald”

Crane Arts co-owner David Gleeson purchased a Donald Trump tour bus and transformed it into a mobile art exhibit. Assistant arts & entertainment editor Eamon Dreisbach caught up with Gleeson and Sarah Muehlbauer, a 2010 Tyler School of Art alumna and the project’s social media manager, to tell the story behind the bus and how it’s “throwing a wrench” at the whole political system.

“A stage to call home”

In an enterprise, writers Tim Mulhern and Emily Scott extensively covered the growing trend of house shows, or when students use their homes to host live music. After discussing the DIY (“do-it-yourself”) music scene’s past in Philadelphia, Mulhern and Scott reported on the changes to the community and what was still on the horizon.

“Focusing on the unseen”

Despite no formal photography training, alumnus Shawn Theodore began photographing neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. Now, his urban street work has been on the pages of Ebony and Complex, and both Instagram and The New Yorker have cast him as a featured photographer. Art writer Angela Gervasi profiled Theodore and his love of natural light, shadow, color and people.

“Contemporary witchcraft”

Witchcraft is evolving to meet the modern needs of its practitioners, or so says senior strategic communication student Jessica Castro. Arts & entertainment editor Victoria Mier depicted what it means to be a modern witch for the Halloween issue.

“Undoing the knots: a city centerpiece”

Beneath all the mayhem in preparation for the papal visit to Philadelphia in September, local artist Meg Saligman collaborated with Temple alumni to create a special exhibit at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Angela Gervasi reported on the exhibit and its materials–single wishes, written by participants on pieces of cloth and tied together to create something bigger.

“Live music, alcohol, age: a restrictive combination”

Tim Mulhern discovered a conundrum in Philadelphia’s live music scene: many venues are not able to book all ages shows, according to Pennsylvania liquor laws, creating a less than inclusive environment. However, there are individuals looking to create more all-ages spaces in the city.

“Through mural, a community remembers”

Due to of a $30 million improvement grant, the Norris Homes, an affordable housing community near Main Campus, is to be torn down. With the support of the city’s Mural Arts Program, artist Jennie Shanker designed a mural to remember the houses and the memories of the community that was created there.

“‘Beyond el barrio'”

Writer Grace Maiorano discovered a decades-long relationship between the Temple community and the thriving salsa scene in Philadelphia and beyond. Students, professors and alumni helped the genre grow and expand into mainstream.

“In Old City, Irish music and memory”

At The Plough & the Stars, an Old City pub, Irish musicians play tradition tunes and connect with their heritage. Emily Scott traced the influence of the pub on keeping the city’s Irish music alive.

“Alumnus brings cheese from kitchen to table”

Alumnus and adjunct professor Mike Geno found his niche in Philly’s food culture thanks to cheese. Madeline Presland caught up with the artist and his foodie-themed work, including his speciality cheese paintings.

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