Florals? Grunge? Stripes? Temple students predict spring 2013 trends… and Miranda Priestly would be proud
By: Taylor Madigan
The wait is finally over and spring is here! It’s time to clean out the closet and start fresh. Fashion magazines and store window displays are filled with the upcoming trends for this anticipated season. The ice queen editor, Miranda Priestley, from the movie The Devil Wears Prada would be incredibly happy this spring as floral is not the main trend. According to Glamour Magazine, bold stripes, statement sunglasses, sporty dresses and many more will be popular. Your very own Temple students spill their style inspiration and share their opinions on what you will see on Liacouras Walk! Spring normally brings bright colors and floral print but Kaitlin Manion, a freshman Journalism major, predicts a more edgy style this season. “I see the glam-grunge trend sticking around as the spring season approaches,” Manion said. “Everyone is embracing their tomboy roots.” In regards to her own personal style, Manion swears that her must-have piece for the spring is a sleeveless button down shirt and oxford shoes. She finds inspiration from fashion blogs and designers. “I look mostly to blogs like Cupcakes and Cashmere, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, designers like Marc Jacobs, and more for style inspirations,” Manion said.For those who are looking to recreate their style, Manion recommends the book “I <3 Your Style” by Amanda Brooks. “It’s a great style book with tons of pictures, style categories, and how to buy clothes that help you create endless outfits,” Manion said. Amber Gilliam, a freshman Strategic Communication major, believes the combination of dresses and ankle boots will be huge this season. “My must-have fashion pieces for this spring would definitely be crop tops, high-waisted shorts, and combat boots,” Gilliam said. Gilliam’s personal style is heavily influenced by 90’s grunge. “I love lots of leather, denim, and Doc Martens,” Gilliam said. Students looking to change their style can find inspiration from browsing through magazines, fashion blogs, and even in the streets. Stores like H&M, Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Forever 21 are good for trendy pieces. Thrift stores are great as well if you are on a budget and are craving a wardrobe makeover. Gilliam’s advice for anyone looking to recreate their style is to focus on what makes them feel comfortable. “Style is about what makes you feel good. It doesn’t matter what’s popular at the moment. If you like it, you will wear it!” Gilliam said. No matter what trends you choose to wear this upcoming season, spring is a new opportunity to start fresh and experiment with different looks. Whether you decide to rock statement sunglasses, a sleeveless blouse, or high-waisted shorts, remembers that style varies from eye to eye. The best advice is to wear what makes you feel confident!
Temple’s ‘Home Girl’ prepares for next chapter in life
By: Dominique Johnson
Originally, Taisje Claiborne had arrived at Temple University as a philosophy major with a love of bio ethics. The idea of becoming a broadcast journalist was the furthest thing from her mind. Moving forward a few years, she finds herself known as HomeGirl Tay, co-host of WHIP Student Radio and The Saga Radio. It was not until taking freshman seminar at the university that Claiborne truly found what she was meant to do. “As far as taking the journalism track, I was in freshman seminar and took this test that showed what major your personality matches best with,” she said. “I’m taking the test and it said I should be a communications major and that’s how I fell into broadcast. I always wanted to be in front of the camera; I was in middle school and did drama club. I guess it was always in the back of my mind, but the test is what influenced my decision and I’ve been pretty pleased with it.” Claiborne had wanted to attend Spelman University and even considered Howard University, but felt that it was too close to home. She decided to attend Temple instead, feeling that it would be a good medium between what she wanted. “I was still going to be able to be around a lot of unique people, but I was still going to get that city environment,” she said. After switching her major to broadcast journalism, Claiborne could see no reason why she could not get involved with WHIP, the university’s student radio station. And so she attended one of WHIP’s meetings and linked up with Bridg’ette Bagner and Saliyma Bey, both students of the university and hosts of what was then a new show called Saga Radio. “I was at the meeting and expressed my interest in being a radio personality,” Claiborne says. “Bridg’ette and Saliyma actually wanted me to intern under them. They had just started this new show called The Saga. I guess I was like their apprentice; I interned under them a good two years and once they graduated they left the show to me.” During her first time on air, Claiborne found herself unbelievably nervous and said nothing at all. “I really didn’t have any confidence, I thought I sounded dumb on air,” she said. “I didn’t have a personality, I just remembered being very laid back, scared to talk. Watching Bridg’ette and Saliyma run the show really inspired me.” Claiborne says that she had to form her on air personality: HomeGirl Tay, a name the most people thought suited her because of who she is, someone who can be called on when a friend is distressed or if they need a shoulder to lean on. She adds that she looks toward a lot of people as her mentors as inspiration, from co-hosts at WHIP to Dyana Williams and Derrick Sampson, both hosts of Soulful Sundays on 100.3 WRNB. “The best thing about working with Taisje is her spirit,” said Marc Gardner, Claiborne’s co-host on WHIP. “She always has a positive and upbeat attitude when doing WHIP. You can tell she loves what she does [on WHIP] because of the amount of time and effort she puts into her craft.” Gardner adds that Claiborne brings a great deal to the table when it comes to WHIP and Saga. She helps promote the WHIP brand, books interviews for Saga, attends numerous events around campus and in the city. Claiborne is definitely a team player and she works so effortlessly to bring almost near to perfection work to WHIP, he says. “Me and Taisje were both a part of WHIP and we had two different shows,” Gardner says. “Our Executive Board for WHIP decided to merge the two shows and Taisje became my new co-host. As soon as I met her I already knew she was going to be a big help not only to WHIP, but to Saga Radio.” In just a few months, Claiborne and others will be graduating from Temple and preparing for a new chapter in their lives. There’s no doubt that she has left a distinct mark at WHIP and is steadily preparing to pass it on to a successor. “After I graduate; I’m applying for jobs,” Claiborne said. “I’m going to give myself at least a year to find a job. If not, it’s off to grad school I’m looking to go to Howard. Marc will still be here so we’re looking for him to take over the Saga.”
By: Kelly McArdle
African American Studies was originally created as an academic field that could serve to combat the traditional euro-centric lens of other social sciences and truthfully examine African American life. Over the past few decades, African American Studies programs have grown in universities across the nation, and have included courses in their curriculums that focus on multiple other fields from history, sociology and psychology to women’s studies. This year, Temple’s African American Studies department has expanded their course base a step further with a crossover course for LGBT—Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender—Studies. For the Spring 2013 semester, the department began offering an upper level course on main campus titled, “The African American LGBT Experience.” Although the course was offered online for a few semesters, this is the first time in its history that students can take it as a standard, in-person course. The class was created by graduate students in the department who felt as though LGBT life was being looked over in academic study, despite its prevalence in African American communities. Currently, it is taught by Jennifer Williams, a PhD candidate in African American Studies. When Williams came to Temple, she was already interested in studying African American LGBT life, but became more intrigued when brainstorming ideas for her dissertation. A colleague suggested that she focus on an aspect of the transgender experience, and although her research eventually took a different turn, she still wanted to become more involved in the topic by teaching. “I knew the LGBT experience course was offered online, but I kind of wanted to change that,” said Williams. “I asked the department to allow me to teach it and they gave it to me starting this semester. I thought it was important that it be taught in-person.” The course listing for The African American LGBT Experience states, “…homophobia, heterosexism, sexism, and racism continue to intersect within the lives of African American LGBTQs, shaping the way in which they are perceived…” and that the class seeks to understand these LGBTQ experiences through an interdisciplinary study. Students taking the class span many majors, from African American Studies to Religion, Finance, and Athletic Training. Despite these differences, however, many seem to enjoy the class. “Everybody gets really involved in the discussions we have here,” said Shani Williams, a junior at Temple. “Some of the stuff we learn is really interesting. We talk a lot about history and how certain ideas come to be defined.” So far this semester, the class has watched a number of films detailing the lives and experiences of African American LGBT people, including Before Stonewall and After Stonewall, Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100, and Paris is Burning. Additionally, it has discussed dozens of works by LGBT scholars like Patricia Hill Collins and Marcus Anthony Hunter, and read the book Perfect Peace by Daniel Black, which tells a fictional story of a gender-bending child in the American south during the early 20th century. As the year comes to a close, students have begun conducting their own research on topics related to African American LGBT studies for a final paper and presentation. Further, they will be introduced to activists and researchers in an upcoming speaker series that Williams has set up for the end of the semester. “I feel like this class is different from any other class I’ve ever taken,” said Fantasha May, a junior. “The movies and the speakers are interesting and everybody is really open. We all bring our own opinions and experiences to the table and we learn so much from each other. I’m gonna miss it when the semester is over.”