Mohamed Elshazly–Gone but never forgotten

55-year-old Mohamed “Mike” Elshazly passed away last Monday due to complications in surgery and terminal glioblastoma.

El-shazly was the father of four children: Amanda Elshazly, Nicholas Elshazly, Adam Elshazly and Sophie Elshazly. He was the husband of Sara Elshazly, eldest brother of six children, son of Afaf and Ref’at Elshazly, an uncle to clowder of children and a friend to many.

Although his life was short, Elshazly contributed a lot to the people around him, both close and distant. His love, affection, kindness and generosity were confirmed by a great number of family members, friends and even distant relatives.

Elshazly’s mother reminisced the wonderful moments that were given to her by her son, and admitted that, of all her children, she had always been particularly fond of him. His gentle nature was a constant comfort to her, and after the death of her husband, he took care of her as well as he could.

Even after he fell ill, Elshazly still went out of his way to show his love for the people around him. Despite his sickness, he, along with his wife, drove four hours simply to attend his niece’s graduation party, still bearing a heartwarming smile.

His funeral took place last Tuesday in Long Island, New York, and people both near and far came to honor his memory. His family, friends and acquaintances lined up side by side to pray for his forgiveness and granting of paradise.

As an attest to how wonderful a person he was, more than forty people made the prayer and said their final goodbyes as he was lowered into the ground.

Despite the heartbreak of his passing, he has far from disappeared.

Not being present is not the same as being gone, and he is one of the few people on earth who are gifted with living on forever in the hearts and memories of the people who loved him, and will always love him.

A Mouth to Remember

Adil El-Kamhawy shoots his mouth off for a living. He gives his opinion when it isn’t wanted. He’s more passionate about games than anything else, and he’s one of the top sports radio show hosts in Egypt.

El-Kamhawy owns two hours a day on Korat Elnaharda, which is a station dedicated to Egyptian soccer game coverage and sports-related news. While most other radio personalities working for the station tend to only do sports reports and game coverage, El-Kamhawy dedicates about an hour of his show to trash-talking about soccer players, coaches and even fans.

“They hate me for it, but they love me for it. Soccer fans like to be angry, and I like making them angry,” El-Kamhawy said.

“El-Kamhawy began working at Korat Elnaharda in 2007, right after he finished studying journalism at Cairo University. He began his career as a field reporter for small, unpopular soccer teams’ games. He spent his early career writing statistics reports and creating prompts for the stations’ hosts. Three years later, he got his first chance on the air two days after he turned 23.

“We had him filling in for the show’s regular, and he really surprised us. He said some things that many people wouldn’t dare say, but he had everyone laughing. That’s a good thing, to get Egyptians to laugh. They hated him and his opinions, but they wanted to hear from him again. He was different, and that’s the key,” said Adam Shaher, one of the station’s managers, said.

El-Kamhawy said that he became a sports journalist because he loved soccer, but couldn’t be a soccer player.

“I didn’t have the talent, or the agility or the body type,” El-Kamhawy said. “At least when I talk about soccer, my career doesn’t end when I’m forty.”

A few years after El-Kamhawy got his own slice of Korat Elnaharda air-time, he received a several violent threats from two fans of El-Zamalek soccer team. They had been brought on by a comment El-Kamhawy made about the team’s star player, Ahmed Hassan Kamel.

“I said that Kamel’s a second-rate player. He was a midfielder for Al-Ahly and they got rid of him. Everyone knows that the two teams absolutely hate each other, but Al-Ahly is a better team. Zamalek fans don’t like to hear people say that out loud,” El-Kamhawy said.

El-Kamhawy has been on the receiving end of a lot of hatred, but he shrugs it off as something that is “typical to the business.” When asked about how he feels about other sports journalists, El-Kamhawy shook his head and laughed:

“They hate me enough as it is.”

Caught Green-Handed

Orange may be getting some hype lately, but green is really the new black. Temple’s Office of Sustainability has come up with a new incentive to fix the trash problem on and around the campus: the Caught Green Handed campaign.

Despite the numerous labeled recycle bins scattered all over Temple campus, waste still ends up in all the wrong places. A seemingly simple concept is continuing to be ignored by students.

Instead of berating all the perpetrators, students who are caught putting their trash in the appropriate bin will receive a prize. It will be a week-long campaign with one lucky winner chosen each day, in effect Sept. 16–20.

“We wanted something that would be fun for students that could encourage them to use the recycling,” Kathleen Ament, a junior environmental studies major, said. “A lot of times when you try to have a very specific event, you might not get as wide of an audience as you could with a program like this.”

The coordinators of the campaign will stop each person chosen and explain the program to them while demonstrating the new recycling bins. After being thanked for their consideration of the environmentally-friendly amenities, students will RECEIVE a free shirt bearing the logo of the Sustainability Office.

The campaign was initially launched to raise awareness of the new recycle system on campus. Instead of having a separate can for paper, plastic and other trash, one bin is now in place that can take all recyclables. Rather than remove the old ones and buy new ones, the old cans have been kept and the labels were changed.

Instead of having each one specify the kind of recyclable items it takes, all of them are now simply labeled “recycle.”

“It’s to decrease confusion,” Ament said. “A lot of kids go to throw things out and can’t figure out which bin to throw it in because it has both plastic and paper on it. They end up just throwing it anywhere. You’ll see it on the floor, in the grass and even around the trashcan. Now all recyclables go into one bin and are separated later.”

Even though the program is geared toward Temple students, if a chosen recycler is simply from the community, they still receive the shirt. The goal is to make everyone at Temple, both students and visitors, aware of the new recycling efforts being made by the university.

With this new recycling program, it costs less per ton to remove recycling than it does to remove waste from the campus, giving the university an opportunity to use the funds more effectively.

Ament believes many students don’t see the value of their individual efforts.

“A lot of people believe that their contribution on a small scale doesn’t really make a difference,” she said. “They figure that the one bottle that goes in the wrong place won’t make a true impact on any recycling or waste disposal problems.”

She said that, in reality, trash that is disposed of correctly or incorrectly directly affects the cleanliness of the campus.

The campaign was an idea created by a team of students and Temple faculty in the Office of Sustainability. The purpose of it was to educate Temple students about recycling through rewards.

The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 as an effort to create a greener campus and promote environmental care. All of its campaigns and projects are funded by the university, and collaborations are made with other offices and organizations to advance these efforts.

The campaign is being promoted all across the campus by flyers hung in various buildings and dorms. It has also been endorsed on the Office of Sustainability’s Facebook Page and Twitter account, and details are featured on their website.

“Pax” the Rugby star Della Fera

With a roaring crowd ringing in her ears, Emily “Pax” Della Fera’s body crashes into her opponent, dragging her to the ground and creating the perfect moment in a perfect rugby game.

“Managing to tackle someone to the ground is the best part of the game for me,” Della Fera said. “In the least violent way you can think of, of course.”

Della Fera is a loosehead prop for Temple University’s Women’s Rugby team. She has made one try and 12 tackles this season, and nine tries and 31 tackles in her entire rugby career. Altogether, Temple’s team has made 29 tries and won four out of 14 games in the 2013-2014 season.

“Pax is a natural team leader,” said Madeline Luebbert, a fellow Temple rugby player. “She is intense, positive and supportive of us all. She never quits and motivates us all to work as hard as she does.”

She was dubbed “Pax” on her first day of practice, after she was accidentally elbowed in the nose by one of her teammates.

“I started bleeding really hard, so I stuffed a tampon up my nose,” Della Fera said. “That’s where it came from. It’s short for ‘Tampax.’ It happened more than once, so the nickname stuck.”

Della Fera’s interest in sports began at a very young age. She grew up with three brothers who loved football, and two of them were part of their high school team. Since there was no woman’s league, she attended every game and even helped them practice at home.

She had her first experience with rugby at West Chester University in 2009. Her roommate was part of the university’s women’s team and invited her to attend a practice a few months into her freshman year.

“It’s much different from football,” she said. “Because people don’t really know very much about it, it’s kind of more down to earth. When I first started, I felt so lost on the field. It was like learning a new language.”

When she transferred to Temple University as a sophomore, she was far from done with the game. She researched women’s sports on campus and came across Temple’s rugby team. She applied for a spot and the coach gave her a shot shortly after.

“Since her first day, Emily has shown enthusiasm, diligence, loyalty and leadership that has aided our team in a successful progression this season,” said the team’s coach, Tara Way. “She stands out as a leader on and off the field. The team really looks up to her for knowledge and inspiration.”

A year after she joined Temple’s team, Della Fera suffered a severe shoulder injury and had to be carried off the field. Her shoulder was torn in three places and she had to undergo surgery to sew it back together. She has sustained several minor injuries as well.

Della Fera is a Spanish major and English minor in her senior year at Temple. After receiving her diploma in May, she hopes to travel and teach English in either Mexico or Italy. She has no plans to play rugby after graduation.

“I won’t pursue it professionally after I graduate,” Della Fera said. “But I’ve made memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will always be Pax, the loosehead prop, at heart.”