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Impact of party policy showing in first weeks The updated policy increased fines for hosting parties. By EMILY SCOTT & GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News


PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior running back Jahad Thomas rushes for a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the Owls’ 45-20 win against Southern Methodist at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.


bout a month into Fall 2016, the policy changes to off-campus alcohol violations and student behaviors that were enacted last April are starting to impact off-campus activity. The policy, which was implemented during former president Neil Theobald’s tenure, includes increased fines of up to $1,500 for each individual living in a house charged with underage drinking for second

and third offenses. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board monitors parties weekly. A civil violation notice goes to the owner of the property to have them address the issues with their tenants. If the landlord is not compliant and they get additional notices, it can “arise to a higher level” with a rare possibility of a cease and desist notice, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. Even with Theobald’s ousting, Dean of Students Stephanie Ives said the university is still intent on enforcing these policies. Ives said Theobald was a “leader” in changing the policy. “There is absolutely no way that we could do a disservice to our students by turning a blind eye to them


Temple scored more than 40 points for the second consecutive week in Saturday’s 45-20 win against Southern Methodist. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Through its first two games and the first half against Penn State, Temple’s offense struggled to find its identity. The Owls’ offensive philosophy of lining up and trying to outmuscle their opponents just didn’t fit the personnel on Temple’s roster and as a result, Temple ranked No. 124 out of 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in yards per game heading into the Penn State game on Sept. 17. “We realized, ‘OK, we’ve got a lot of good players, let’s use them,’” coach Matt Rhule said the week after a 34-27 loss to Penn State. “We’re trying to utilize the backs, we’re trying to utilize the wideouts in a way to make people defend more field. … We trust our players.” The change has worked. After averaging 276 yards per game in the team’s first two games, Temple’s offense is averaging nearly 400 yards of offense in its last three contests. They’ve put up more than 40 points in their past two wins, including Saturday’s 45-20 win against Southern Methodist. “It’s just us trusting in each other and the coaches going out there and believing in us and giving us opportunities to make plays,” senior quarterback Phillip Walker said. “We told the coaches we want them to trust us and that’s what they’ve been doing.” A sudden explosion of big plays has helped Temple’s offense. In the team’s first three games, Temple had three plays of 30 or more yards — a 36-yard run by redshirtfreshman wide receiver Cortrelle Simpson, a 32-yard catch by redshirt-senior tight end Colin Thompson and a 67-yard catch by redshirt-senior tight end Romond

Deloatch. After having three pass plays of 40 or more yards against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte a week prior, Temple broke off five plays of 30 or more yards against Southern Methodist. Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead had three of them on his way to a 159-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance. “There’s so many guys that were always capable of


City Council to begin gun safety programs Two initiatives announced in past weeks aim to reduce gun violence in North Philly. By MEGAN MILLIGAN & KATE CRILLY For The Temple News

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Ventell Bryant celebrates his 42-yard touchdown catch with redshirt-junior fullback Nick Sharga.

University limits merit scholarships Administrators will decide how many scholarships to award. By JOE BRANDT Editor-in-Chief Temple’s merit scholarship program, which in three years drew thousands of coveted, high-scoring students to the university, will be scaled back after administrators determined the program was not financially sustainable.

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students walk past a fraternity last year. Students who host parties will now be fined $1,500.

Starting with students enrolling as freshmen in Fall 2017, the program will no longer be marketed as extensively, and the university will cap the number of merit scholarships given out each year, Chief Financial Officer Ken Kaiser said last week. The scholarships were first given out to freshmen enrolling in Fall 2013, if they reached certain standardized test scores and high school GPAs. Students were guaranteed one of five tiers of scholarships that ranged from a few thousand tuition dollars to full tuition.

The required scores and GPAs were printed on flyers and handed out at college fairs, as well as posted on Temple’s website. In 2015, the full-tuition President’s Scholar award was given to all students with a high school GPA of 3.8 or greater, along with SAT critical reading and math scores totaling 1420 or higher. An ACT of 32 or higher was also accepted for that award. The score thresholds increased each year as more students qualified for the program.


Two weeks ago, Scott Charles, the trauma outreach coordinator for Temple University Hospital, sat on a bench in Fairhill Square surrounded by kids. He was distributing free gun locks at the park on Lehigh Avenue near 4th Street to promote gun safety. “Look at these kids,” he said. “Can you imagine what would happen if one of them got a gun? That’s why I do this.” The regular service held by Charles fell in line with Philadelphia City Council’s announcement of multiple campaigns to improve gun safety throughout the city. On Sept. 19, City Council announced its restoration of a program to distribute gun locks to gun owners throughout the city. The first distribution event was held Saturday at the Simons Recreation Center in West Oak Lane. City Council will also host a “no questions asked” gun buyback on Oct. 15 at Simons Recreation Center.

Participants who bring their firearms to the event can exchange them for a gift certificate to grocery stores and retailers like ShopRite, Brown’s Markets, Villa, Five Below and Forman Mills. Darrell Clarke, president of City Council, proposed a law in April that requires Philadelphia residents to keep firearms and ammunition locked away and out of the reach of children. Roz Pichardo runs Operation Save Our City, a nonprofit organization. She teaches gun safety, hands out gun locks and facilitates gun buybacks in North Philadelphia. “I think it’s a good initiative,” Pichardo said. “[Gun buybacks] need to be on the streets, all around North Philly.” The gun lock distribution falls under the requirements of a statewide law, which mandates that when a person purchases a gun legally in a store, they are provided with a locking device. But a lot of people in Philadelphia do not obtain their guns in a legal manner, Charles said. “I try to stay in the Temple area but I’ve been all over the city talking to people about [gun locks],” he added. A regular gun lock can cost up to $300, Charles said, but he makes


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Researchers at Temple University Hospital are studying a promising new lupus medication. Read more on Page 3.

Our columnist asks administration to reconsider canceling classes on Election Day so students can vote. Read more on Page 4.

Bri Steves, a senior public relations major, is advancing as a hip-hop artist in Philadelphia. Read more on Page 7.

Freshman midfielder Albert Moreno is one of three players from Spain on the men’s soccer team. Read more on Page 18.




TSG hosts conversation focusing on police brutality Seven panelists from groups across the university addressed the issue on Monday. By JENNY ROBERTS Opinion Editor Protesters interrupted a panel on police brutality hosted by Temple Student Government and other Temple organizations Monday afternoon. TSG worked in conjunction with the Pre-Law Division of the Black Student Association, the Black Student Union and Temple Police. About 200 people attended the public event. TSG Director of Campus Life and Diversity Tyrell Mann-Barnes helped organize the panel after getting the idea from a similar panel he saw during his resident assistant training. “People of color are on social media and there’s a different hashtag about someone who’s been murdered by police consistently,” he said. “It’s something that needs to be discussed.” The panel, which consisted of seven guests, fielded questions from students on issues like police training, implicit bias and crime on Main Campus. After a student at the panel asked about the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police’s decision to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, students began to shout out of turn. Erica Mines, a member of the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice, stood and interrupted the panel.

“There are no good cops in a racist system,” Mines said. She then questioned panelist and Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone about the murder of Joyce Quaweay. Two former TUPD officers were charged with Quaweay’s murder in August. Mines and about six other protesters held up signs for Quaweay. “That case broke our hearts,” Leone said. As students brought up other questions, protesters interjected, leaving little room for panelists to respond. Daniel Jovinelli, a senior chemistry major, asked the panel why disenfranchised people would report crimes that happen in their own community when some police officers don’t report crimes committed by other officers. He never heard a response due to interruptions from protesters. “The protesters were raising important questions, but there’s a difference between raising questions and interrupting answers,” Jovinelli said. Kayla Watkins, a senior film and media arts major, recounted how she and other students she knows have been sexually harassed by or in front of Temple officers. She asked Leone whether officers are trained in how women should be treated on campus. “All he said is, ‘We have a way to report these things,’ not ‘We are working to change the culture that our police officers are helping to enforce,’” Watkins said. “It wasn’t satisfactory at all.” “It’s a system, and we can’t change a system with a panel discussion,” she added. “And a lot of the answers they’re giving, they’re just rehearsed.”

LANI ASSAF FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Erica Mines (right), at a panel on police brutality held Monday. Mines spoke about a woman who was allegedly murdered by former Temple officers.

Watkins said she felt like answers given by the police officers were trying “deflect blame” elsewhere. Mines also criticized the answers given by the panel. She and other protesters formed a panel of their own by standing next to where the official panel sat. Mary Stricker, an associate professor of sociology, offered her seat at the official panel for one of the protesters to take, while she moved to the audience.

“I think that the forum was really successful because people got heard who are not normally heard,” Stricker said afterward. At the end of the panel, Mines apologized to anyone in the crowd who thought she was rude, but said she needed to share her thoughts. Leone thanked Mines for pushing the panelists. “I was uncomfortable,” Leone said. “And that’s good.” jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

Schools search for their deans The Tyler School of Art and Beasley School of Law are searching for permanent deans. By HALEY PROCTOR For The Temple News The university announced Friday the search for permanent deans for the Tyler School of Art and the Beasley School of Law is now officially underway. The Tyler School of Art is on track to name a dean within the coming months after being temporarily halted because of the change in administration during the summer. The committee in charge of finding a dean for Tyler will pick up where it left off, actively reviewing candidates. This will ultimately result in a visit to Main Campus before the end of Fall 2016. Vicki Lewis McGarvey, the vice provost for Temple’s University College, is responsible for staffing Tyler. “We could be looking for a scholar, a Ph.D. in art history who’s a very traditional academic,” McGarvey said. “We could be looking at candidates who are artists, but are very accomplished and wellreviewed artists and teachers who might be less of a traditional academic but have the vision and other qualities to lead the school.” The law school is still forming its search committee. Once formed, the committee will produce ads and a position profile in conjunction with a search firm. During Fall 2016, the search committee will develop a pool of candidates. A new dean is expected to be hired in Spring 2017. “We’re looking for individuals that understand not only the mission of the particular school but also Temple’s mission,” said Jodi Levine Laufgraben, vice provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment and Institutional Research. “We’re looking for deans that understand the challenges as well as the opportunities in that discipline or in each of the respective colleges that we’re searching for.” Laufgraben said Temple uses a standard process to hire deans. Approximately eight to 12 candidates will be reviewed by the search committee and narrowed down. The remaining four to five candidates will have on-campus visits, similar to the ones held in Spring 2016 during the search for a dean for the College of Liberal Arts. After the campus visits, the committee evaluates each candidate based on the strengths and weaknesses they saw. Student and faculty feedback is encouraged, Laufgraben said. The provost website features candidate information during the finalist phase and TUportal provides on campus visit dates and candidate profiles. haley.proctor@temple.edu

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SHEFA AHSAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Jai Singletary, TSG’s vice president of external affairs, is a leader of a task force dedicated to making campus more accessible for students with disabilities.

TSG rolls out task force for accessibility Students with disabilities will be able to experience a ‘more accessible campus.’ By FRANCESCA FUREY For The Temple News Applications will close Wednesday for Temple Student Government’s first new task force, which focuses on accessibility for students with disabilities around Main Campus. Oct. 14 is the set start date for the task force. “The Student Accessibility Task Force essentially is a task force composed of students that are dedicated to campus accessibility awareness,” said Jai Singletary, TSG’s vice president of external affairs. “Especially in the midst of all the construction that’s going on around campus, we want each building, pathway and door to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.” Singletary and Shawn Aleong, TSG’s deputy director of campus life, are the leaders of the task force. The university has to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which makes colleges across the U.S. accessible for students with disabilities. “We don’t want to just meet what’s required, we want to see if we can go above and beyond,” Singletary said. “When we think about the larger scope of enhancing the student experience, we believe we could not ignore [this] and should not ignore [it].” At first, students who wanted to be a

part of the task force had to apply through the TSG website, but the application process was changed so anyone could sign up. “We don’t want to turn down help,” Singletary said. Being ADA-compliant and making sure Temple is completely accessible for students with disabilities was one of the central platforms of Empower TU’s campaign. “[TSG is] starting to carry out the mission that we had set forth on the platform,” Aleong said. He added that Temple needs improvements, like updated elevators and push buttons for restrooms that will open doors automatically. Several advocates at Temple said the elevators should be larger, stop at each floor and must be more reliable, as some are often out of service. He said these changes would make students with disabilities more independent. “When we talk about diversity, we also have to talk about accessibility,” Aleong said. “What this task force will do is let students know that even though they have a disability, Temple does care about how they get to class and how they interact with day to day tasks.” Katherine Gardner, a sophomore communications studies major, signed up to be a part of the task force. She has five different eye diseases and is partially deaf. Gardner said she joined the task force because she wants to make a difference on Main Campus for those with disabilities. “I find myself naturally an advocate for people with disabilities,” Gardner said. “I’m comfortable enough to step up and change

something and raise awareness.” She added while Temple is accessible, which is the reason she transferred here last semester, the university still needs some improvement. “It needs to teach a bit more in the freshmen orientations [about disability awareness],” Gardner said. Nadira Bostic, an undeclared sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, who also has a disability, rated the campus an “8 out of 10” in accessibility. “For the most part it is accessible, but there are some buildings like Ritter Hall that you can’t get into the accessible door without a special ID,” Bostic said. “There are certain spots that aren’t as accessible as they should be.” She said once the campus is made more accessible, it will attract students with disabilities because “they will know they’ll be able to come here.” “Being more accessible is a competitive advantage,” said Aaron Spector, Temple’s director of Disability Resources and Services. “I think Temple already has a reputation for being a very accessible campus.” The Student Accessibility Task Force is planning to work with DRS. “The work of this task force ... can only help us improve that reputation and help with recruitment,” Spector said. “[They] can come to the campus and know that they can be able to participate ... and really be a part of campus life.” francesca.furey@temple.edu

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TUH researchers entering last stage of lupus study The FDA approved the study for its third and final stage, which is now underway. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor Researchers at Temple University Hospital have already started screening patients for the third phase of its clinical trial to develop a new lupus treatment. The autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system cannot tell the difference between healthy and invasive cells. This means the immune system attacks healthy cells, which can cause a whole host of issues from extreme fatigue and hair loss to light sensitivity and ulcers in the mouth or nose. The disease can be fatal. Dr. Roberto Caricchio, an associate professor of medicine is the 1 investigator sex offenses principal and study doctor for the trials being conducted at TUH. Other trials for the same study are being conducted across the country. 2 robbery “We are looking for 10 to 20 patients who have moderate to severe symptoms,” Caricchio said. “We’re screening one patient on Monday ... 3 could aggravated and she start gettingassault the medication as soon as the Monday after the screening.” Caricchio said that because the second phase of the trial went so 4 burglary well, it could be on the “fast-track” for approval from the Food and Drug5Administration. harassment “If phase three is as good as 6 phase two, it will take less time to get final approval,” he said. “This is a very promising time for lupus 6” patients. If approved, the medication Caricchio is testing will only be the fifth 7 one approved by the FDA, he said. The last time a medication was vandalism approved to treat lupus was in 2011, and before that, nothing had been approved since 1955. 8 drunkenness “As a new method, this is the fifth [one approved],” Caricchio said. “That’s why I wanted to participate, to give people in Philadelphia the 8 medication, because no other institution [in the area] is 3 or hospital doing this right now.” Temple was selected 1 as one of the locations for the study, funded by AstraZeneca, an international pharmaceutical company. According to its study record on ClinicalTrials.gov, the study is also being conducted in different 4 laboratories in the United States and also in countries like Argentina, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Caricchio said the study is a “double-blind, ” meaning neither 2 the patients nor the people conducting the study know whether the patients are taking the new medication or a “placebo,” which has no medical effect. This will be used to compare the data collected from both groups impartially. The patients will take the new medication on top of any additional 7 they are receiving for lupus for about 14 months, Carictreatments chio said. The doctors will follow up with the patients for an additional three months until the medication has completely left their system. After that, the double-blind is over, and patients who took the medication will have the option to continue taking it for another two years. To select participants in the trial, Caricchio said the researchers will need to “pinpoint” patients. “One of the criteria is the disease has to be active but not responding to the available treatment,” he said. Caricchio added the laboratory had to go through intense certification in order to be approved to conduct the trial. “We need to be able to understand how to diagnose and we need to be able to understand how the patient fits the criteria,” he said. “The site needs to have labs that can take care of the samples in a particular way.”

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee, visited Main Campus on Thursday. Weld was the governor of Massachussetts in the 1990s.

ONLINE: See our video from the event at temple-news.com/multimedia

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The deanship in the school is named for Lewis Katz, who gifted $25 million to Temple. By NOAH TANEN For The Temple News Last Tuesday in the Medical Education and Research Building on the Health Sciences Campus, Dr. Larry Kaiser was formally named the inaugural Lewis Katz Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Named after the late Lewis Katz, a friend and mentor to Kaiser and former member of the Board of Trustees, the position is the first endowed deanship in the medical school. Katz, months before he died in a 2014 plane crash, left Temple with a $25 million donation, which he intended for the school of medicine. The medical school was renamed after Katz. Kaiser’s position as dean, one he has held since 2011, is now renamed, too, in honor of the trustee.

“Lewis was responsible for a lot of 4 money to the university,” Kaiser said after the ceremony. “The endowment of the dean’s chair will be used to support various programs…a lot of the money we use for student scholarships.” Kaiser is the president and CEO of the university’s health system and the senior executive vice president for Health Affairs at Temple, as well as a professor of thoracic medicine and surgery. In 1992, Kaiser was the first 7surgeon in the Delaware Valley to complete a successful lung transplant, said Amy Goldberg, the Surgeon-inChief in the Temple University Health System. Kaiser’s colleagues, family members and other university administrators attended. Acting President Richard Englert, Lewis Katz’s son, Drew Katz, and Kaiser spoke at the ceremony. The speakers praised Kaiser and the work he has done for the University. Englert said the change is about “connecting Temple’s past with its future,” and the celebration of Kaiser’s newly endowed position was an “opportunity to celebrate and extend [Katz’s] legacy today.” Englert added the university is comfortable


with Kaiser’s ability to lead Temple’s medical school and health care enterprise, adding that he is sure Lewis Katz would be glad to know that Kaiser was receiving this honor. 2 Patrick O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that this first initiation of Kaiser as the Lewis Katz Dean is one further step in sustaining Lewis Katz’s great legacy. “Who better to be named as the Lewis Katz Dean than Larry Kaiser,” O’Connor said. Kaiser founded the Lung Transplantation Program at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2011, he was named the dean of Temple’s school of medicine and the university’s senior executive vice president for health sciences. “Dr. Kaiser is a surgeon’s surgeon,” Goldberg said. “We would let him operate on us and our families.” Stephen Houser, the senior associate dean of research at the Katz school, said Kaiser has been instrumental in moving the university’s research forward. “We have approximately doubled our research expenditures,” Houser said. “I don’t believe any other medical school in the United


States has doubled its research expenditures in the last four years, and Temple has.” Kaiser’s investments, Houser added, were vital to this increase. Drew Katz, who has taken over his father’s position on the Board of Trustees, spoke on behalf of his family. “[Kaiser] is a dear friend of my family, and he is a dear friend to me,” Drew Katz added. Drew Katz said having his father honored by the medical school “means everything to our family.” “Temple gave my father his start in life,” Drew Katz said. He added that he is pleased with the fact that, through the medical school and through Kaiser, his father’s name and legacy will endure. “This day is not really about me,” said Kaiser. “It is about Lewis Katz. One of the great privileges, and indeed honors, of my life was knowing 6 Lewis Katz.” noah.tanen@temple.edu

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Improving accessibility The university’s focus on improving accessibility on campus will benefit students with disabilities. Temple Student Government has formed a task force that will begin working this month to see how the university can be more accessible for students with disabilities. “Especially in the midst of all the construction that’s going around campus, we want each building, pathway and door to be accessible to individuals with disabilities,” said Jai Singletary, TSG’s vice president of external affairs. The Temple News hopes that the university continues to think about the ways in which its facilities can better serve all communities comprising the Temple student body. We were encouraged to see the university make a concerted effort in recent years to create and newly renovate unisex, single-stall bathrooms in newer buildings, like Wachman Hall, to serve Temple’s transgender

and gender-nonconforming students. And the creation of the TSG task force to make Main Campus more accessible to students with disabilities is yet another signal that positive changes will continue. As the university works to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act in buildings it is constructing, the task force will also be examining ways in which buildings already on campus can be improved. We hope the university makes just as much effort to implement positive changes in already existing buildings as they do in those that are now being constructed. And as the university, with the help of TSG, continues to serve the specific needs of various student populations on campus, it is better living up to its commitment to diversity.

Keep guns from children The university should continue its efforts to prevent gun violence among children in the city. In the United States, one must be 18 years old to legally purchase a firearm, but that doesn’t mean children are exempt from the effects of gun violence in Philadelphia. Children are intertwined with firearms in the city, perhaps even more than we realize. Last Friday, philly.com shared a story that chronicled the shootings of four children in five weeks throughout the summer. These incidents are hardly isolated. According to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, nearly 400 children in Pennsylvania under age 20 are treated for firearm injuries each year — and this number doesn’t include children who die at the scene of a firearm accident. Scott Charles, the trauma outreach coordinator at

Temple University Hospital, is working to provide gun locks to North Philadelphia residents and facilitate gun buybacks for those who want to get rid of their firearms. Two weeks ago, he handed out gun locks in a public park, surrounded by children. “Look at these kids,” Charles told The Temple News. “Can you imagine what would happen if one of them got a gun?” Charles also ensures that every gunshot victim treated at TUH receives a free gun lock, no questions asked. We’re grateful for those advocates who are trying to reduce gun violence, especially among children who shouldn’t be handling a gun in the first place. We hope outreach continues at Temple and in North Philadelphia as well as across the country.

CORRECTIONS A story printed on Sept. 27 on Page 1, with the headline “Students protest at Homecoming game,” stated that the Diamond Marching Band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Temple’s football game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The national anthem was played through the loudspeakers. In the caption for a photo accompanying this story, the name of a Black Student Union E-Board member was misspelled. She is Starr Jackson. A news brief printed on Sept. 27 on Page 6, with the headline “Attorney General discusses campus sexual assault,” misstated Josh Shapiro’s political rank. He is the Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@templenews.com or 215-204-6737.


A student reflects on how an instance of street harassment left her feeling uneasy.


t was the first Saturday of the school year, and I was shopping on South Street. I ended up spending a few bucks on a ukulele case, a Ms. Marvel Volume 5 comic book and two pairs of sunglasses — all very important purchases, let me assure you — and I began to head back to the subway. As I was making my way to the northbound Broad Street Line to catch the train to Main Campus, I heard a man call out to me. “Hey, sis!” Now, I have no idea how I knew this guy was talking to me, but I had a good feeling that he was. So I turned around, sheepishly said, “Hello,” and waved at him. And that was supposed to be it. That was supposed to be the extent of our conversation. We had made cordial acknowledgments of each other’s existence as black folks in America, and that is where it should have ended. But that was not the case. At the time, the whole moment had gone out of my mind the second after it happened. I was continuing to make my way down three blocks, thinking about the purchases I had made and whether I would regret them later. Then out of nowhere, I heard someone slightly out of breath come up to my left side. I was shocked to see it was that same man. “Hey girl, wait up.” Now, again, I guess I should have done the exact opposite and sped up, but I didn’t, because I felt like that would be rude. And who knows? Maybe he’d actually have something worthwhile to say to me. “How old are you?” “17,” I lied with ease. I hoped he got the subtext. He did not. He continued to ask me more questions. “Where are you from?” “Somewhere,” I said. “Where are you going?” “Home.” “Why were you on South Street?” “Y’know, just ‘cause…” My heart started to pound a bit because I could see the subway stop in my

By CHINEME ANIAGBA midst, and I didn’t know if he planned to follow me there. I could hear him talking, but his words began to fade before they hit my ears, sounding more and more like background music. “Am I annoying you or something?” he asked.


This, my ears picked up clearly. Oh, so he did notice! He noticed, and yet here he was still uncomfortably close to me, still following me for God knows what reason. But “No,” I thought, “I could use this.” I just had to be tactful. “No, I just want to go home,” I said exasperatedly, making sure to falsely hint that my annoyance and exhaustion were from something else, someone else — surely not him. “Alright then,” he replied. “Be safe.” Then he turned around and walked away. And it should have ended there too. But it didn’t, because even after a few blocks I found myself looking over my shoulder. And on the subway home this uncomfortable interaction weighed on my mind. “Was I too harsh?” I thought as I sat

on the train. I didn’t really know if he had anything sketchy in mind, so acting stiff must have been rude of me. I could have been more upfront from the beginning and told him I was tired and saved us both the energy. Or I could have been more friendly and ended our interaction amicably. Sure, I was annoyed and sort of cautious, as many college-aged girls feel when approached by a strange man — I say “when” because it’s almost inevitable. But still, he was a person who deserved respect. Right? And maybe I should have brought some friends with me so he wouldn’t have singled me out like that. All these thoughts about how I should have been a more considerate and empathetic human being came to me, but another thought from the depths of my mind yelled out, “Was this man treating me with respect?” “No,” I replied back to myself. “He sure was not!” Why did he take my awkward “Hi” as a chance to talk me up? Couldn’t he tell that I wanted to be alone? What did he mean by “Be safe”? Why didn’t I just shut him down? Why was I so scared to shut him down? Don’t I have some respect for myself? My mind spun with all these thoughts as I walked back to my dorm. The happiness I felt on my way to South Street had faded and was now replaced with a headache and a tinge of annoyance. But also in the pit of my stomach, I felt something else: fear. It sat with me as the thought about running into this man on another excursion to South Street. And it unsettled me to a point where I realized that going back there anytime soon wouldn’t be a good idea. And isn’t that the craziest part? That I felt fear? Fear to simply be a pedestrian like everyone else on the street and to enjoy my Saturday. And yet that’s exactly what I felt — it’s exactly what so many women I know have felt. And we shouldn’t have to feel like this. No one should have to feel like this. But, yet, too often we do. chineme.aniagba@temple.edu


Administrators: reconsider voting petition The university should cancel classes on Election Day so students can more easily get out and vote.


ast week, university administration denied the request of a petition signed by more than 780 students to have classes cancelled on Nov. 8, so they can go to the polls and vote on Election Day. Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa Powell told Jamie Schoshinski, creator of the petition, that the university needs to hold classes for a certain number of days and cancellations need to be saved for cases of inclement weather. The university also doesn’t want to set a precedent for other JAYNA SCHAEFFER elections. While I understand that the university has rules to follow, I don’t think such a precedent would be a bad idea. Plus, I think an exception could be made at the least every four years. Schoshinski, a senior English and political science major, said she started the petition because she thinks elections in Pennsylvania are important, and she wants students to take part.

“Before, I was like, ‘I vote because I care,’” Schoshinski said. “And now I’m like, ‘I want everybody else to vote.’” This year, some students, including myself, will cast their votes in a presidential election for the first time. It’s important that young voters form strong voting habits from the start, so they can maintain these habits as they grow older. In the last presidential election in 2012, only about half of young people ages 18 to 29 years old who were eligible to vote actually made it out to the polls. On Main Campus, it’s hard to walk to class without being asked by a volunteer about voter registration. Getting registered at Temple is the easy part — it’s actually voting on Election Day that poses a problem for many students. Michael Hagen, an associate professor of political science, said time is one of the common barriers to voting. “I’m sure that having Election Day off would allow some people to vote who wouldn’t otherwise vote,” Hagen said. “I’m sure turnout would be higher.” Leah Murray, a junior journalism major, signed the petition because she said she could use the extra time on Nov. 8. “I have class from 9:30 in the morning until 8 o’clock at night,” Murray said. “By the time I get home, the polls are already going to be closed.” Murray said she is registered to vote at her home in Northeast Philly because she commutes to Main Campus, and

skipping class to go vote isn’t an option either because she has an exam scheduled on Election Day. Unfortunately, this type of conflict is the case for a lot of students at the university as many commute to school and work in addition to their classes. Sarah Stankiewicz, a senior public health major, also signed the petition. She commutes to Temple and she has an internship this semester. On Election Day, she said her schedule will be booked solid from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. “I will either have to make extraordinary plans to get up early and try to figure out where I’m going or I will probably end up going late to my class,” Stankiewicz said. Students shouldn’t have to choose between being a good citizen and being a good student. “The very least Temple can do is make things a little easier by not jeopardizing our vote with our classes,” Stankiewicz added. This election will have a large impact on our lives as we graduate and enter the working world in the next few years, and students need to have their voices heard. While I am not surprised by the university’s decision, I hope the administration reconsiders or, at the very least, thinks about ways to increase voter turnout in the future. jayna.alexandra.schaeffer@temple.edu

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Don’t dismiss third-party candidates

Bias-reporting system needs improvement

Voters should only vote for presidential candidates who they feel truly represent their views.


hroughout this election cycle, I have heard members of both major political parties voice their disapproval of their party’s chosen presidential candidate. And as an international student, I have watched the events of this election season unfold knowing I won’t be able to vote myself. I understand, however, the frustration of those who are trying to select a candidate. What I don’t quite understand, though, is the number of people who are still willing to vote for either Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump, despite being unhappy with either choice. It’s important for voters to reKEE MIN member that there are other choices in this presidential election. Third party candidates, like Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party, shouldn’t be dismissed. “You always hear that you have to vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Tina Ngo, a junior political science major who ran for student body president on the Take TU ticket last year. “It’s just a false dichotomy. It’s not accurate.” The two-party political system in the U.S. restricts the choices voters have — especially those who don’t quite fit under the Democratic or Republican umbrellas. During the presidential primary elections, independent voters are restricted in their ability to vote in some states, like Pennsylvania. These closed primary states only allow voters who belong to the two major political parties to participate. Even now, months later in the election process, voters are left uninformed about candidates outside the two most popular political parties. During presidential debates, voters are only able to

PATRICK CLARK/THE TEMPLE NEWS Bill Weld, the Libertarian vice-presidential candidate, visited Main Campus on Thursday.

hear from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Third party candidates are left out because the Commission on Presidential Debates requires candidates to poll at 15 percent in five national surveys to participate. “The American bipartisan party system is set up in a way it forces you to pick between either the Democratic candidate or Republican candidate and it doesn’t really allow any freedom of choice,” Ngo said. It is impossible to represent all, or even most, voices with just two parties. There will always be voters whose views won’t quite align with either the Democratic party or Republican party. Freshman actuarial science major Matt Mecca is one such voter. He considers himself an independent and plans on voting for Johnson in this upcoming election. “I am a big fan of his economic policies,” Mecca said. “I also agree with him on certain social issues, such as the legalization of marijuana.” Mecca believes Johnson could gain more votes if the public were more aware of him. “His big flaw is the lack of exposure,” Mecca said. “If you can get him to a level of national recognition, he would propel in the polls quite a bit and contend in the election.” Tara Faik, a junior political science major who was campaign manager for the Take TU ticket, said she is voting for Stein. “I’m voting for her because I’m sticking with my principles,” Faik said. “Jill Stein’s views and perspectives very closely match up with mine, and she’s closest thing to an ideal candidate that I’ve seen.” Even if a voter’s selected third-party candidate doesn’t win the election, increased voter turnout can help that party win future elections. When an independent candidate earns at least 5 percent of the popular vote, that allows the party to qualify for public campaign funding assistance in the future, according to the Federal Election Commission. “There is more to voting than just electing the president,” Faik said. “I think it’s more about your morals and strengthening the party that you hope is going to have more of a say in the future.” By voting for who they truly believe in, voters can send a message that they are not happy with the current two-party system. According to the Pew Research Center, 35 percent of Americans already identify themselves as independents. With more than a third of the population identifying as independents, these voters should see thirdparty candidates as a viable option, instead of casting their vote toward the Republican or Democratic party’s candidates during an election year. For those who don’t feel represented by the Democratic or Republican presidential candidates, I encourage you to be bold enough to cast a vote for a third party candidate this November. That’s the only way to ensure you’ll see candidates who do represent your views in the future. kee.min@temple.edu


Dec. 14, 1967: Sancho Robinson, director of the Commission on Racial Justice, spoke to students and faculty in Peabody Hall about community relations between the university and residents as part of the “Symposium on Racial Justice: Temple University and North Philadelphia.” Speakers suggested students learn about African-American culture to improve race relations within the university and with the surrounding community. Yesterday, Temple Student Government held a panel to discuss race and policing. The panel comes a week after members of the Black Student Union held a peaceful protest against police brutality during the national anthem at the Homecoming football game. TSG collaborated with BSU, Temple Police and the PreLaw Division of the Black Law Students to host the panel. The panel discussed recent incidents of police brutality across the U.S. and how to implement postive change.

Temple needs to make the process of reporting inappropriate comments in the classroom easier.


ne day this semester, my professor was discussing the influence of media on popular figures. They mentioned how Bill Cosby lost his social capital due to his sexual assault allegations. Further into this discussion, my professor made what I thought was an inappropriate joke, telling the class to be careful so that “Bill Cosby doesn’t rape them.” Then a picture of Cosby appeared in the class PowerPoint saying, “Hold your drinks around me.” The entire lecture hall went silent except for a few students behind me who said, “Whoa.” Even though my professor’s comments were not directed specifically toward me, I looked for a way to report this inappropriate incident. But I wasn’t sure if there was a system in place to do so. I began searching, and I found that the process does exist. The reporting process, however, is not made accessible enough to students, and when a student does file a report, their identity may not remain anonymous and the resolution process after reporting is not straightforward. JAYA MONTAGUE The university needs to make reporting inappropriate incidents and harassment in the classroom a lot easier. For students to even be aware that there is a process already in place, they must search online to find the Student Rights section of the Undergraduate Bulletin. “I can’t think of a way to make the process more available except for students to read the Student Rights,” said Shawn Schurr, vice dean for graduate affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. The process in place now starts with contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance on the second floor mezzanine of Sullivan Hall. This step doesn’t seem difficult, but for students like me who have never heard of the office in the first place, it takes some initial digging online. “I had no idea that was an option,” said Aayesha Jan, a graduate student in counseling psychology. Jan said she has not experienced any incidents of bias, but she has seen incidents involving other students. “There have been several cases of microaggressions with students and professors,” she said. “Sometimes it’s like, ‘You probably didn’t mean it, but whoa.’” For students who wish to file a complaint, there is both a formal and informal version of the complaint procedure, both which must be filed within 300 days of the incident. A formal complaint is filed directly to the EOC by a student or professor about any act of “discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation,” according to the EOC’s website. This report cannot be filed anonymously, which may

Students deserve an easily accessible reporting system when they are brave enough to speak out.

prevent some students from continuing with the process at all. An informal complaint, which is separate from the formal complaint, is handled by an ombudsperson through mediation and other offices, like Tuttleman Counseling Services, to resolve the incident. The informal complaint can be either written or given verbally through the ombudsperson — an administrator, staff or faculty member ­— who acts as a liaison between students and faculty in cases of discrimination and harassment. They then work with the EOC office, but can’t guarantee that a report will remain confidential. “If the student comes directly or is referred to me through faculty, I find out their perspective,” said Schurr, who is also an EOC ombudsperson. “To find a resolution I call [the EOC director or assistant director] to get their input to see if I’m getting it done correctly,” Schurr said. “And I try to resolve a complaint through other offices to get the student’s voice heard.” After a complaint is filed, the process that the EOC and ombudspersons take to solve the issue is vague. It is not clear which offices, other than a referment to Tuttleman Counseling Services, that the EOC uses to resolve problems. Not knowing the steps taken in the resolution process prior to reporting may also deter students from coming forward. Situations like mine where the incident is not directed at someone specific can be reported formally or informally. However, Schurr said in these situations there isn’t much that can be done other than offering counseling. While the existence of the EOC is important in keeping students from feeling powerless, only a small number of people are aware it exists. Nadia Vanessa Toro, a junior political science major, said she has experienced having a professor whose sexist comments made her feel uncomfortable in class. She said she knew the university had some type of reporting system in place at the time, but she did not know what the specific protocol to follow was. One way to make the process known is through having an online reporting system, which could be accessible through TUportal. “Everything is available so quickly [online],” Toro said. “It shows on Temple’s part they’re not here to protect us, and we need to advocate for ourselves.” At Temple, the only way to anonymously leave feedback on a professor comes through electronic Student Feedback Forms at the end of the semester, when nothing can be done to correct the situation. With an online reporting system, students could file a complaint anonymously from a computer or cell phone at the time an incident occurs. While Temple is not without a harassment reporting system, it is clear that the system could be improved. Students deserve an easily accessible reporting system when they are brave enough to speak out about something inappropriate in the classroom. jaya.montague@temple.edu





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Cosby is denied access to accuser’s deposition Bill Cosby’s bid to sit in on depositions of his accuser Andrea Constand and Bruce Castor — the former Montgomery County district attorney who declined to prosecute Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting Constand in 2005 — was denied on Monday by a federal judge, according to philly.com. Cosby was charged last year in Constand’s sexual assault. In a 16-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno denied Cosby permission to sit in on the depositions. The judge stated that Cosby can not use Constand’s civil case against Castor as a place to obtain discovery for Cosby’s own state criminal case. Constand’s lawyers said Cosby’s bid to sit in on the civil suit’s depositions was a way to intimidate her prior to the criminal trial. Cosby’s criminal trial in Montgomery County District Court is still set to begin June 5, 2017. - Gillian McGoldrick


Tyler professor dies after battle with cancer Tyler School of Art Professor Nicholas Kripal died on Friday after a battle with cancer, according to Artblog, a locally focused art website. Kripal was the head of the ceramics program at Tyler and the vice president of Crane Arts, a contemporary art venue in Philadelphia. “Tyler has lost a great artist, an inspiring teacher, generous colleague, and dynamic leader in and out of the classroom,” Interim Dean Hester Stinnett wrote in a statement to Artblog. “I will always remember his sense of humor and his gardening skills — Nick grew the best heirloom tomatoes!” Stinnett wrote that Kripal’s art reference architecture and contemporary society’s disposable culture and transformed them into ceramic sculptures. Memorial service arrangements are still pending. Kripal had multiple positions in the art field, including a 1999 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; a residency at the La Napoule Art Foundation in La Napoule, France and three fellowships for the Pennsylvania Fellowship on the Arts. Kripal has had art installations throughout the world in places like Cologne, Germany; Glasgow, Scotland and New South Wales, Australia. - Gillian McGoldrick


SEPTA Regional Rail returns to normal SEPTA Regional rail weekday schedules returned to normal on Monday. SEPTA said this is a return to the normal service patterns before about a third of the Silverliner V cars were sidelined. Customers can now refer to the schedules dated June 19 for all lines except the Media/ Elwyn Line, which has a new schedule. On Monday, more than 50 repaired Silverliner Vs returned to the rail line, according to CBS3. Customers may experience some crowding due to transitioning back to regular service, but conditions should improve throughout the week. “We are excited to bring Regional Rail service back to the level our loyal customers expect and deserve,” SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel told CBS3. - Megan Milligan

Philadelphia Orchestra ends two-day strike The Philadelphia Orchestra ended its almost 48hour strike Sunday after a 73-11 vote for a new contract, the Inquirer reported. On Sept. 30, an audience sat in Verizon Hall waiting for the Philadelphia Orchestra, but the musicians never performed. The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra had been asking for pay increases for years after taking cuts. Incomes for these musicians are very low compared to orchestras of other cities, like Boston and Los Angeles, the Inquirer reported. “The players will be the ones who ultimately suffer on a personal level while the patrons will seek fulfillment elsewhere,” Julie Harrower Diaz, a former fundraiser for the orchestra, told the Inquirer. The contract newly signed contract will not be ratified until the orchestra board and musicians’ union approves it. - Francesca Furey News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

and saying, ‘Oh, we know that you’re struggling with this but we’re not going to do anything about it,’” Ives said. “It is our absolute obligation to create a safe environment.” Leone said the policy was changed after the university reviewed its Good Neighbor Initiative, which works to create positive relationships between students and community members. Ives said the student code of conduct is updated about every two years to stay “current.” “We felt that we should do a little more, so with that we added some of the fines to it,” Leone said. “We have added responsibility to people in the house that are having the issue.” Ives said with about 9,000 students living in Temple’s “immediate vicinity,” she noticed an increase in complaints about rowdiness and harmful behaviors like excessive alcohol use. Betty Hart, who lives on Gratz Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said students leaving trash out after parties and inviting friends from other colleges to socialize in the neighborhood makes her “ready to move.” “They’re always doing too much,” she said. “Those kids are a mess.” Leone added that since the policy changes had only been active for one month in the spring and fall semesters, it has been difficult to see any immediate changes to student behavior. “We don’t really have all that just yet, but we feel that it is definitely helping in getting more information in areas where we are seeing issues,” he said. Richard Bieniek, a junior international business major and a member of Temple University’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu, said he hasn’t experienced much of an impact on the fraternity’s parties. He said their regulations are also strict.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016 “There really isn’t that big of an effect because of Greek life procedure for student activities,” said Bieniek. “If I’m going to have a social event at my fraternity, it has to be registered with the university. You have a guest list of how many people are coming, you are checking IDs.” Ives said the “college effect” — students’ tendencies to exhibit high-risk behavior in the first six weeks of the fall semester — has also made it difficult to analyze the effect of the change in policy. The changed policy includes a community support team made up of trained, screened and paid students who survey the surrounding neighborhood for any sort of safety issues and call Temple Police if necessary. Those issues could be anything and might not be alcohol-related, like a crowded backyard. Leone said the students walk around during peak party hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. He added that the team has been making about a halfdozen to a dozen calls to Temple Police per weekend. “We are trying to address things earlier than before they get too difficult to manage,” he said. He added even though the goal of the policy is not to fine students, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is already having hearings for party hosts who may receive up to a $1,500 fine. Leone said that if a house continues to receive warnings with minimal cooperation, the owner of the property will receive a civil violation notice for the noise or trash violation. The occupants of that house will then be referred to the Student Conduct Board for a hearing. Leone added that Temple Police has referred residents of about a dozen houses in the last month to the Student Conduct Board. Ives said the university also implemented the policy because it wants to avoid student binge-drinking. The policy accompanies other pro-

grams like the mandatory “Think About It” courses and a series of posters the Wellness Resource Center produces throughout the year. Additionally, the Provost’s Campus Health Assessment & Response Task Force was formed in 2009 and meets during the academic year to discuss alcohol and drug use. “It’s using multiple strategies that’s going to make a difference,” Ives said. “What speaks to [someone who doesn’t drink] is very different from what is going to speak to a high-risk drinker. We have to do a lot of different things to reach a lot of different audiences.” The PLCB will sometimes canvass the streets, primarily west of Broad Street, but Leone said that is rare. He added it’s usually to investigate homes where female students have been taken to the hospital and said they only had one drink, but passed out. “We try to balance it and do more street enforcement,” Leone said. “Depending on where the targeted area is or where we have had a lot of issues, we try to look out and see if we have patterns.” Since the beginning of the semester, Temple Police have given out 22 civil violation notices, which is slightly high in comparison to last year, Leone said, but is also skewed since officers are being trained to hand out these violations more often. Leone added Temple Police have seen more “defiance than last year,” with more doors getting closed and less cooperation, which will lead to more referrals than last year. “When you have a house party, what are your choices?” Leone said. “What we’ve found is the civil violation notices are a good alternative, so the officers don’t have to use force, but administration processes it and it’s a civil notice. It’s not criminal.” news@temple-news.com

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GUNS sure every gunshot victim he sees at TUH gets a free gun lock, no questions asked. That was part of his initiative to get gun locks to people who could not afford them or who did not obtain a firearm legally. The initiative started more than a year ago, when Charles received a box of 100 gun locks from Project ChildSafe, which donates gun locks to municipalities to distribute for free. He said he gave a few locks out here and there, but it wasn’t until after he heard about back-to-back accidental shootings involving children that Charles started really going through the gun locks. “To get anywhere with this you need to be on the streets, you have to grind and be real about it,” Charles said. The Philadelphia Police department estimated 213 people have been killed by guns in the city between Jan. 1 through Oct. 2. This is a 4 percent increase from 201 deaths that time last year. Just in North Philadelphia, shootings increased by 44 percent, Charles said. “There are a number of individuals in North Philadelphia who have seen systemic obstacles and challenges just like anyone in any neighborhood,” Charles said. “They’re going to do what they have to do to make ends meet.” “The challenge is that this is an ongoing battle.” news@temple-news.com

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SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarship information for future prospective students will be reworded so that the university does not overcommit to giving out aid, Kaiser said. “I know the news of our budget overrun in scholarships was a cause of concern this summer,” Acting President Richard Englert said during the annual State of the University Address in Mitten Hall last week. “We will not, moving forward, put out a very detailed program that you could look up and determine what [scholarship] you’re going to get,” he said. “In the end, that was the problem. If you take it to the extreme, what if the entire incoming class, all 5,000 incoming freshmen, had 1440 SATs with a 3.8 [GPA]? … They all would

VEENA PRAKRIYA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Gregory Isabella, manager of South Philadelphia gun shop The Firing Line, demonstrates a manual gun lock.

have been here for free. Temple would have been in a very difficult financial situation, having no tuition revenue.” Administrators in the Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment are analyzing data to determine how many of each scholarship — President’s, Provost’s, Dean’s, Founder’s and University — to give out to the next freshman class. An added complication for this year is the new format for the SAT: guessing is no longer penalized, and multiple choice questions have four possible answers instead of five. Scores for the test will likely inflate. Instead of deciding before students apply, administrators will wait to see the likely makeup of the freshman class before deciding how many of each scholarship to award. “It’s going to depend on when you apply, how many applications we get,” Kaiser said.

The merit scholarship program was central to administrative upheaval this summer. In July, the Board of Trustees voted no confidence in President Neil Theobald, saying that he did not tell the Board about a deficit in the program and allowed it to grow to $22 million. To make up for the deficit, administrative offices were asked to cut their budgets by a certain amount rather than raise tuition to make up the difference. “The issue in this budget, ultimately, was the $22 million,” Kaiser said. “But it wasn’t that the money was misappropriated or ‘Oh my gosh, we don’t know where it went,’ or you look around and every dean and administrator is driving a new Lexus. … In a way, it was an unexpected discount that students got to enjoy.” editor@temple-news.com

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Senior breaking into ‘impenetrable’ music industry A senior public relations major excels in her music career as a hip-hop artist. By JENNY STEIN For The Temple News


rianna Stevenson said she has always been interested in pursuing a career in music, but saw the male-dominated music industry as “an impenetrable

wall.” On her first day in the studio, she was hardly addressed and two people did not acknowledge her. “For all they knew, I could have been somebody’s girlfriend or daughter,” said Stevenson, a senior public relations major who performs under the name Bri Steves. “People get so shocked when they see a woman in a position of power who knows what she’s doing.” Steves, a Philadelphia-based singer and rapper, did not feel as though she belonged in the conversation that day, but said she realized being a successful woman artist would make her “unstoppable.” The singer and rapper said she is inspired by artists like Notorious B.I.G., Camp Lo and Joey Bada$$, and she describes her music as “’90s nostalgic.” In the past year, she has opened for the Black Eyed Peas and Ty Dolla $ign as part of a “Rock the Vote” event held at the Fillmore during the Democratic National Convention last summer in Philadelphia. Steves also recently released her latest sinPATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior public relations major Bri Steves mixes a song in her apartment. Steves is an aspiring R&B/hip-hop recording artist.


Alumni help win freedom for falsely convicted

‘It’s On Us’: Combating sexual assault

Two law alumni won freedom for a man who was imprisoned for 40 years.

Temple and Penn State teamed up for a campaign to end sexual assault on campus.

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By MARISSA HOWE For The Temple News

While watching the trial of the landmark United States Supreme Court case that upheld the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Michael Zabel got an idea. News that Miller v. Alabama had been decided popped up on the feed. The court decided that mandatory life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for minors. “I read it for a second and that’s exactly what our client had,” Zabel said. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, I think this applies to Tyrone.’” Zabel, a 2010 Beasley School of Law alumnus, along with Hayes Hunt, a 1997 alumnus, were representing Tyrone Jones on an innocence claim through the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. At the time, Zabel and Hunt were both working at Cozen O’Connor, a Philadelphia-based law firm that Zabel said often partners with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Nilam Sanghvi, a senior staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the Beasley School of Law, said the organization was founded in 2009 to “identify, investigate and litigate potential wrongful convictions.” The have since heard from more than 5,000 people. Jones, one of the nonprofit’s first clients, is one of four people to earn freedom through the program. Sanghvi said when Jones was 16, he was convicted of murder after two false confes-


Avenue near 15th Street that focuses on helping children in the community learn to read and write. Shantel Richardson, Smith’s mother, said her son is just one of “the branches of the [Tree House Books] family.” “My son has been here for so many years, that we are basically a part of this family now,” Richardson added. “It makes it feel like more of a community, and that’s actually what Tree House is all about: family, community and togetherness.” June Bretz, the interim executive director and 1996 international business alumna, and the rest of the leaders at Tree House Books plan to launch additional programs in 2017. One of the programs launching in 2017 is called “Read with Me” and will consist of weekly gatherings between new guardians or parents-to-be with the

“We have a problem,” two students said in unison in a video that aired at Beaver Stadium before the football game between Temple and Penn State on Sept. 17. They appeared side by side, one wearing cherry and white, the other wearing Penn State’s white and blue. The problem, which Temple and Penn State seek to address together, touches every college campus. “One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted in college,” the video continued, “with even higher rates against people who are historically marginalized.” The two universities collaborated to create a PSA as part of the “It’s On Us” initiative, which was introduced by President Barack Obama in 2014 and seeks to combat oncampus sexual assault. Temple has also held several pledge drives to support the “It’s On Us” initiatives at basketball, soccer and field hockey games. The pledge drives will be annual and Temple will produce a new PSA every year. For Natalie Divers, a freshman global studies major, the most striking part of the video was the display of partnership off the field before the video aired at the football game. “In that setting, the rivalry, it’s what’s on



KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Menazz, 8, writes a letter to her siblings at Tree House Books Sept. 28. Tree House Books is launching a new family program to add to its after-school “book camp” programing.

North Philly bookstore to create new family programs Students who were once attendees now help run the after-school program. By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News Nyseem Smith started going to Tree House Books when he was 13. Smith, a senior marketing major, is now a program manager for the Tree House Books after-school program. “Within the last two years, I became the program assistant, so I helped with the curriculum and picking out books,” Smith said. “This year is my first year in the program manager position, which is amazing. I love it so far.” Tree House Books is a used bookstore and literacy center on Susquehanna





A Tyler alumnus is working at Kornberg School of Dentistry as a digital dentistry technician.

SMC students can travel to Arcosanti, Arizona this spring break to learn about a sustainable community.

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WXPN connects Latin artists with audiences Latin Roots Live! is a free concert series highlighting Latin music. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor

KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Andrew Hart, an adjunct architecture professor at the Tyler School of Art, works in the Architecture Building. Hart studied with Franco Possemato in his fourth year while attending Temple University Rome.

Website honors TU Rome professor Franco Possemato inspired students both in and out of the classroom. By WILL STICKNEY For The Temple News Andrew Hart’s first day of class at Temple Rome began with Franco Possemato telling the architecture students, “Grab your coats and follow me out the door.” They crossed the street and sat down in a Roman cafe. The architecture class was taught in the cafe over a cup of coffee, emblematic of the “Franco way,” said Hart, a 2005 architecture alumnus. Every morning, Possemato would ask Hart, “What do you think about architecture today?” “He was really concerned about what your voice was in architecture and what your part is in this much longer tradition of architecture,” he said. “Everyone has a Franco story,” said Hart, who is now an adjunct architecture professor at Temple. Possemato, a former architectural design professor at Temple University Rome, passed away in 2012 after battling liver cancer for several years. He was recently honored by the College of Engineering and the architecture program at the Tyler School of Art with the Centennial Fellow Award, which is given once every 100 years to “the graduate whose profession has brought great prestige to the university,” according to Tyler School of Art’s website. Possemato’s work is also the subject of a new website created by various faculty members from The Tyler School of Art, his wife, Maria Grazia and his son Pompilio. The site contains tributes from former colleagues as well as sketches, models and videos he made, commemorating his talent as an architect. Possemato, a 1981 architecture alumnus, was born in Solopaca, Italy, a few dozen miles from Naples. He left the country when he was seven years old to live in the

Philadelphia area. After he graduated from Temple, he earned his master’s in architecture and building design from Columbia University. Possemato practiced in the United States for only a few years before returning to Solopaca for the remainder of his life. “At the end of the semester oftentimes, students would choose to stay another few months and work for Possemato at his office in Solopaca,” said Hart, who studied under Possemato in Spring 2004. Possemato approached life the same way he approached architecture, with meticulous attention to detail and a great amount of respect for the little things, Hart said. “His work was an extension of his personality,” Hart said. “In order to be good at architecture, you have to be a good person, which means you have to have good friends, good family, eat good food and be in good spaces.” Marc Krawitz, a 2012 architecture alumnus, studied under Possemato and worked for him more recently in the spring and summer of 2011. “Franco just had this magical personality and he was really intelligent and very poetic,” Krawitz added. “My experience there was just very impactful.” Possemato also ran for mayor of Solopaca, but lost, Hart said. Possemato’s colleague John Pron, who taught architecture for 37 years at Temple and taught Possemato, visited him in Italy in 2012. Pron said Possemato told him he had “a touch of liver cancer.” Possemato continued to work and teach until the end of his life, focusing on his students even while battling intensive bouts of chemotherapy, Krawitz said. “Every thought I have about Franco Possemato is filled just with wanting to go back and I really wish he were still around, I really do.” Krawitz said. william.stickney@temple.edu

For Bruce Warren, listening to live music is an “emotional” experience. “It’s joyful, it’s beautiful and it’s moving,” said Warren, a 1979 education alumnus. “When you go to a concert, that should happen. You should have that reaction.” Warren is the executive producer of Philadelphia-based station 88.5 WXPN’s radio show, World Cafe. It presents an eclectic mix of music through means like Latin Roots, a bi-weekly segment on the show that highlights Latin music and brings artists to Philadelphia. With support from the William Penn Foundation, WXPN partnered with AfroTaino Productions to create Latin Roots Live!, a concert series inspired by the radio show’s segment and includes live performances from Latin artists at World Cafe Live on Walnut Street near 31st. This is the second year of the three-year-long initiative. Warren said the segment started because of an emerging audience with an interest in Latin music that was “underserved.” “It started with the recognition that there was some amazing music in the world and how could we do our part to best showcase that,” he added. “There weren’t a lot of outlets for Latin musicians in Philadelphia to showcase their music on a wider platform.” “We live in a musically diverse world and it’s important to showcase all kinds of music,” he added. World Cafe provides artists with a venue and production support, and promotes the events by webcasting performances on VuHaus, a platform to watch music videos. All of the concerts are free to promote accessibility. Rahsaan Lucas, a partner for AfroTaino Productions, said WXPN approached the company two years ago to collaborate on the

concert series. “We said, ‘We can not only deliver what you’re asking for, but we also can see where this could take flight and go to different levels,’” Lucas said. “We have a lot of great stuff planned and it’s only getting bigger and better.” AfroTaino Productions — which formed in 2005 to present more multicultural events — helps WXPN connect with and book artists for the concert series. Lucas said Latin Roots Live! is an “untapped well of cultural influence” that provides Latin artists “a safe space and acceptance.” “There aren’t many outlets that cater directly to their networks, to their talents or to their audiences,” Lucas added. “There’s nothing like being in a space and not having to redefine yourself or explain who you are and where you come from all the time.” Warren said Latin Roots Live! is reflective of WXPN’s overall mission: connecting artists with audiences. “It’s amazing to see the creative energy in the bands,” he added. “You don’t have to speak the language to connect to the music. We’re glad to have that opportunity to bring that to people here in Philly.” In July, Latin Roots Live! presented Nuevofest, a free Latin music festival at FringeArts. Six bands, like the Sexy Zebras, performed and exhibited the “full range of musical flavors and really connected emotionally,” Warren said. By presenting an array of artists, like mambo bands and traditional folk bands, the concert series reflects the diversity of the Latin genre. “We’re not world experts on it,” Warren added. “We can’t think of a better way than this program that sort of represents our ability to sort of make that happen and also to make it happen with a broad range of music, not just a common line.” grace.shallow@temple.edu @grace_shallow Emily Thomas contributed reporting.

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INNOCENCE sions. Although neither his parents nor a lawyer were present, his confessions were used as the sole evidence against him. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 1975. Now, more than 40 years later, Jones is free through the work of the project. Zabel and Hunt began an “emergency petition to vacate his sentence” immediately after the Miller v. Alabama decision. They had it filed in less than a week, he said, and it was one of the first cases to be filed in Pennsylvania under the new ruling. They had been working on a petition under the Post Conviction Relief Act, which allows courts to consider new evidence for potential exoneration, with little success. He called Miller v. Alabama a “happy accident.” “If we could choose which way to have Tyrone released, I’m sure all of us would choose exoneration, including Tyrone,” he said. “However, this way happened first.” Although Miller v. Alabama was decided in 2012, it took Jones another four years to be released this past August. “I can only imagine how interminable that felt to him,” Zabel said. Zabel said Jones had “never been an adult anywhere,” so they also had

to create a life plan in order for Jones’ case to be taken seriously. The PA Innocence Project set Jones up with a room in his sister’s house in North Carolina and an electrical engineering job. After four years of appeals, Jones was finally released. “In this case, [the courts] were satisfied with Tyrone and who he was as a man,” Zabel said. “At the end of the day, he’s earned the right to live his own life and live out the rest of his life in freedom.” Jones is now free, but he’s still on parole, Sanghvi said. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is still working to get him completely exonerated. Sanghvi said they are “probably looking at a pardon petition at this point,” but they are still exploring other options. “He’s been home for less than a month,” Sanghvi said. “So he’s checking in with his parole officer and spending time with his family. He was in jail for 40 years, so he’s learning a lot of things. How to use a phone, how to use a computer, what the Internet is, all those sorts of things.” Today, the Innocence Project will participate in Wrongful Conviction Day by starting a discussion about “what innocence means” by making “Wall of Innocence” signs at law schools around Pennsylvania and encouraging students to tweet to their government officials. Sanghvi said their focus this year is on the “lack of any compensation or reentry services

for innocent people who have been exonerated.” “It’s very troubling that there are innocent people that are convicted. The system’s never going to be perfect, but if we can help people who are in that situation and can shed light on those problems within the system. ... That’s very important to our society,” she said. Zabel said he began working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project while he was at Temple. During his second year of law school, Provost JoAnne Epps, thendean of the law school, told his class that as an attorney, “you have an obligation to help others, regardless of what field you go into. It’s part of the profession.” He said the message resonated with him. “You’re a person for others,” he said. “You’re not just put on this earth for yourself, it’s also to help others. I always felt that at Temple. [It’s] not just to earn yourself a nice car.” “I enjoy a lot of things about my practice [of law], but I know that something like this, to know that I was a part of a team that helped change someone’s life for the better, that’s something that will stay with you long after bonuses for yearly performance or something like that,” he added. “This is something someday I’ll tell my son about and be proud of.” erin.moran@temple.edu






Annual Dragon Boat Festival celebrates Chinese traditions The 15th annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival took place on Saturday in the Schuylkill along Kelly Drive. Visitors were pleased with how the event went this year. The races were held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and more than 120 teams participated. “We all thought it was going to rain today,” Michael Reinhart, 43, said as he watched a race unfold in the distance. “We try to make it out every year, so I’m glad me and my family had a good day today.” Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese sport and dates back more than 2,000 years, according to the Dragon Boat Festival’s website. Currently, it is meant to encourage fitness to all participants, no matter age or ability. “The sport is quite interesting,” Reinhart said. “The teams are all so diverse and I like seeing that.”



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MUSIC gle, “Summer’s Mine,” with an accompanying music video. In Summer 2015, Steves turned down a fashion internship with PR Couture in New York City two weeks before she was supposed to start. During that time, she found herself in the WalkTheSky studio in South Philly and “it just clicked.” “I am so glad that I made that decision and I kept making those decisions,” Steves said. “Everything up until this point has been a choice and I keep choosing music.” Although Steves is dedicated to her career in music, she said she values the time she spends learning about PR, because it teaches her a lot about professionalism and self-branding. “Having PR as a major helped me a lot in terms of learning the other side of the game,” Steves said. “It’s not just about the music or being creative, a lot of it is about the business.” Steves’ producer, Jay Williams, also known as JayTheGreat, said the senior’s work ethic is one of the things that separates her from many other artists in the industry today. Williams first met Steves when she was in the R&B and hip-hop trio Tomboy. When the group broke up, Steves and Williams decided to continue their work together. “Bri has always been talented, and that’s something that I’ve always noticed. … But I think the main difference is her life and experiences,” Williams said. “It’s going to be an upward journey, and she’s done a couple of new things in this past year that have allowed her to come from a different perspective in her music.” Steves said she believes that moving from Delaware to Philadelphia for college has impacted her music, because Philadelphia has given her the independence to express and develop herself. “There wasn’t that pressure to fit into a norm, because there are so many different

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Bri Steves, a Philadelphia-based rapper, records from her home studio. Steves released her latest single, “Summer’s Mine,” with a music video in July.

people in the city,” Steves said. “I got the chance when I came to college to figure out who I wanted to be.” Steves’ mom, Kelly Stevenson, said she watched her daughter’s musical progression over the past few years and believes she has “skyrocketed,” even though her daughter was musically inclined from a very young age. Kelly Stevenson gave 10-year-old Steves a

keyboard for Christmas. She played with it for hours and hours after she learned the different notes, Kelly Stevenson said. “[Her music] has evolved over the years, especially starting from high school going forward. … I’m very happy with where it is now,” Stevenson said. “I’m just amazed with how she has taken off.” Steves believes she has accelerated in the

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Tyler alumnus molds future, skills in dentistry school Josh Hallquist uses skills learned during his time at Tyler School of Art for dentistry. By KAIT MOORE For The Temple News

Josh Hallquist, a 2016 metals/ jewelry/CAD-CAM alumnus, never thought he would be designing dental crowns after he finished college. “Obviously you can go into the jewelry-making field, or product design or some people have gone on to design shoes, basically anything that can be designed on a computer, but I never thought I would end up here,” Hallquist said. Hallquist is participating in the pilot program for a collaboration between the metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM program and the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple. The metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM program teaches students about the history of object-making and the techniques involved in the field. The different fields came together as an unlikely match when Amid Ismail, the dean of the School of Dentistry, noticed a lack of digital dentistry technicians in the field. Before the emergence of digital dentistry, dental crown-making was a lengthy process that could take up to two weeks, Hallquist said. Digital dentistry has moved all processes of the design of tooth crowns to a computer — before the movement to digital dentistry, a dentist would spend hours carving a design out of wax. “Digital dentistry is gaining significant momentum,” Ismail said. “Now all process of the design and milling are done electronically. It makes a big difference in terms of time and efficiency.” Ismail said he knew about the metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM program and wanted to use the skills students learned to speed up the process of dental procedures. Hallquist said students in the program learn primarily through a

WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Josh Hallquist, a 2016 metals/jewely/CAD-CAM alumnus, takes an artistic approach to dentistry at the Kornberg School.

It’s just a more practical form of art because it goes into someone’s mouth.

WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Hallquist uses 3-D dental software to create teeth models for his work.

digital software called Rhino. The jewelry designs completed in Rhino are 3-D-printed and assembled by the student, which is a process not much different from what Hallquist does now as the first digital dental technician at the School of Dentistry. “The idea came that maybe be-

cause we are doing digital designs of teeth…it’s not different from a bracelet or maybe an earring designed by a Tyler digital CAD/CAM student,” Ismail said. Ismail reached out to Tyler’s Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Carmina Cianciulli, who

Josh Hallquist Kornberg Digital Dentistry Technician

recruited Hallquist to intern with a digital dental lab called the Custom Milling Center in Golden, Colorado. The Custom Milling Center owner donated digital dentistry equipment in January to the dental school. For two months over the summer, Hallquist learned how to de-

sign crowns and the milling process of turning digital crown designs into tangible pieces. “It was very successful and we decided to hire him to continue on this pilot and work with faculty at Kornberg,” Ismail said. Hallquist uses the skills he learned from Tyler and the digital lab in Colorado to complete the crownmaking process at Temple’s School of Dentistry. In a digital software program called Planmeca Romexis, Hallquist designs and manipulates a dental crown specially fitted for each patient’s mouth. Next, the design heads to a mill where it is transformed from a digital image to a real-life dental crown for a patient — a process that only takes a few hours. Unlike the jewelry pieces he made during his time at Tyler, Hallquist never gets to see the finished product once a patient has the crown installed. “Although there is a lot less freedom with [crown-making] it’s still art,” Hallquist said. “It’s just a more practical form of art because it goes into someone’s mouth,” Ismail said he is interested to see how things work out with Hallquist’s new digital dentistry position. Once the crown-making process is perfected, Ismail’s goal is to have all the appliances put in patient’s mouths created digitally. “If this model is successful, we basically opened a new line of career options for Tyler graduates in art, so they could become digital dentistry technicians,” Ismail said. Administrators of Tyler and the School of Dentistry plan to continue their collaboration, Cianciulli said. “We are also continuing to look for work to install so that the collaboration is not just in CAD, but across other disciplines,” Cianciulli said. “We have highly accomplished researchers in all of our medical fields at Temple and we have incredibly talented artists and researchers at Tyler so really the sky’s the limit.” kaitlyn.moore@temple.edu

Study Away program brings students to a ‘sustainable community’ The School of Media and Communication is offering a program to Arcosanti, Arizona during spring break. By MICHELE MENDEZ For The Temple News Patrick Murphy, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Media and Communication, said the deserts of Arcosanti, Arizona are a new “means in which to think about things.” “At night, there’s no city lights so you’re looking at the stars and you’re thinking about life on Earth,” Murphy said. During Spring Break 2017, about 15 students will fly to Arcosanti for a new SMC Study Away program. The application closed Saturday. Arcosanti was created in 1970 by architect Paolo Soleri as an urban experiment and embodiment of arcology, a concept Soleri founded that combines architecture and ecology. The idea was to create “a sustainable community,” said Allie Miller, assistant director of SMC Study Away. “They don’t have any air conditioning units, but the way the architect used arches and natural lighting and windows, it created a naturally cool indoor environment,” Miller said. Murphy and Barry Vacker, a professor of media studies and production, will co-teach “Media, Ecology and Technology” on the trip. The three-credit course will focus on the relationship between humans and their natural environment. Key topics will include architecture, sustainability, media, technology and ecology. The cost of housing and accommodations will be included in tuition, along with a meal plan, transportation costs and group field trips features@temple-news.com

to places like the Grand Canyon, the Biosphere 2 and Montezuma’s Castle. Students are required to create a multimedia project based on their experience once the week-long program comes to an end. Although the course will primarily focus on the role of media and how it affects the environment, the study away program is offered to all students at Temple from any college or major. “It’s primarily for students with the School of Media and Communication, but if the students can find a way in which they can transfer their credits into say a business program, tourism, sociology, anthropology, whatever program education they’re coming from, we would certainly work with them to help make that possible,” Murphy said. Miller added that Vacker’s idea behind this program stems from showing how we live in an “illuminated city” like Philadelphia. Abby Moore, a junior media studies and production major, said going to Arcosanti is a way to avoid “sitting around at home” during her spring break. “Instead, I’ll be living in an awesome experimental city, visiting the Grand Canyon and exploring the area,” she wrote in an email. Moore added that she is excited to make the documentary film since “the views around Arcosanti are so gorgeous.” Vacker and Murphy started to discuss the possibility of a study away program in Arizona a few years ago, but due to their conflicting schedules, the program had to be pushed back. The conversation reignited when Vacker visited Arcosanti with a colleague and a student in 2012. Vacker, who visited Arcosanti for the first time in 1999, said the town is a “spectacular desert setting” where he had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world. “It is a walkable small city, with cars kept

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Patrick Murphy is one of two faculty advisers for the Arcosanti, Arizona Study Away program this spring break.

on the outside and plenty of spots for quiet, solitude, conversation and beautiful views,” Vacker wrote in an email. Murphy wants to encourage students to go out of their comfort zones, even if it’s just for a few days, in order to “get away from things for awhile.” “It’s going to be a week of really thinking and then being creative within the context of an environmental community,” Murphy said. “Sometimes you need to step away from your own life to really see it clearly,” he added. Murphy added that this will be his first time in Arcosanti and said he is excited to “be discovering along with the students.” Murphy said climate change is “the defining issue of our times,” and he hopes that the

course will make students consider how important sustainability is in their media professions and everyday lives. “Students will be able to really think about some ways in which they can look at sustainability, their relationship with the environment and their relationship with technology, in ways that will be professionally gratifying, but also personally gratifying,” Murphy said. “This is going to be fun, but it’s going to be more exploratory,” Murphy added. “Really just sort of thinking about life hopefully from one’s own perspective, but in a way that’s big.” michelemendez@temple.edu Emily Scott contributed reporting.

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Learning Japanese culture through music A professor developed a course about popular music in Japan. By ASATA BAMBA For The Temple News After several years of working in finance on Wall Street, Noriko Manabe decided to drastically change careers. In 2003, she began to pursue a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and Music Theory — the study of music in relation to cultures — at CUNY Graduate Center. Manabe, in her second semester at Temple as an associate professor of music studies, developed a course about popular music in Japan. The honors special topics course, Japanese Popular Music, explores Japanese music from 1880 to the present day. Manabe said in order to teach students about Japanese popular music, she first gives them an idea of what traditional Japanese music sounds like. “We talk about ‘shakuhachi’ flute, certain kinds of traditional song and then we talk about Japanese type of drumming as examples of traditional music,” she said. “Then we start talking about how music in Japan became westernized and a lot of the westernization process actually happened

in the school system.” Manabe said Japanese schools typically taught western-style music in the 1910s when music classes became mandatory. Manabe’s class also explores shifts after World War II and other musical genres in Japan like rap, rock, jazz, folk, reggae and techno. Manabe teaches brief lessons on how Japanese music is used in anime and technology, and the overseas reception of Japanese popular music. Manabe, a Japanese-American musician, spent most of her career working in the investment industry. She worked as an analyst covering technology and media industries. Manabe began researching Japanese music, its intersections with politics and social issues and more. She taught a similar course about Japanese popular music at Princeton University before coming to Temple. Matthew Jenkins, a junior film and media arts major in Manabe’s class, said he enjoys learning about the history of Japanese music. He said Manabe also tells her students about related events outside of class, like a ‘taiko’ drumming concert at Rock Hall and a screening of a new documentary about Japanese social movements, “Tell the Prime Minister,” hosted by the Asian and Middle Eastern languages department.

“It’s a subject I didn’t know much about before the class, so I’ve really learned a lot,” he said. “Thanks to the class, a lot of opportunities to learn more about Japanese music and culture have presented itself.” Cynthia Folio, chair of the music studies department, said the class is a good addition to the department’s curriculum. “It underscores the important connections between social events and popular music in Japan,” she said. “Students will develop an appreciation for Japanese music and aesthetics, and understand the effects of westernization on Japanese music.” Next semester, the honors music special topics course is dedicated to Middle Eastern music and will be taught by Joseph Alpar, an adjunct professor. Manabe said it’s different teaching music than teaching people how to listen to music. “But I think it’s also very important to talk about the music in culture,” she said. “How it reflects culture, how people express themselves in culture, how people who are not in the mainstream of that culture try to express themselves as kind of a musical subculture.” asata.bamba@temple.edu



Mural Arts Month to take place throughout October In honor of Mural Arts Month, Mural Arts Philadelphia — the nation’s largest public art program — will host events this month throughout the city. This Friday, “Unsung at the Rail Park,” a one-night installation, will be open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. at the intersection of 11th and Carlton streets. Sound and video artists were inspired by the history of North Philadelphia and collaborated to repurpose a tunnel running under a railroad viaduct. On Saturday, Mural Arts Philadelphia will also host a walking tour from 4 to 5 p.m. through the Spring Arts District led by Conrad Benner, the founder and editor of the Philadelphia-based blog, Streets Dept. The tour starts on Spring Garden Street near 10th. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $5 on Mural Arts Philadelphia’s website.

-Grace Shallow

Tina Fey and alumni to be honored on Main Campus This Friday, Tina Fey will be holding a “Conversation with Students” reception in the Temple Performing Arts Center at 9:30 a.m. Fey is receiving the 16th annual Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. The award is offered to notable media figures and alumni by the School of Media and Communication. At 11:15 a.m. on Friday, the 2016 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards will be held in the Great Court of Mitten Hall. Six alumni, including Philadelphia Daily News’ columnist Solomon Jones, will be honored at the award ceremony for achievements made in their media and communications career.

-Grace Shallow

Fishtown plans annual RiverCity Fall Festival On Saturday, the Ninth Annual RiverCity Fall Festival, which is free to the public, will be held in Fishtown at Penn Treaty Park on Beach Street near East Columbia Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. The RiverCity Festival is organized by the Fishtown Neighbors Association and will celebrate the community of Fishtown with local music, food and businesses. Live entertainment will include local bands like Creepoid, Amanda X and Creem Circus. Family activities also include face painting, field games, derby races and an inflatable obstacle course. -Michele Mendez

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Noriko Manabe, an associate professor of music studies, teaches Japanese Popular Music, an honors music studies course in Presser Hall on Sept. 28.

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COLLABORATION everyone’s mind,” Divers said. “It focuses on that rivalry and on the connections between the schools, and I think that’s pretty effective.” The video highlighted the necessity for everyone to contribute to the resolution of this problem. “[The video] also actually coincided with the second year anniversary of the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign launched by the White House,” said Katie Tenny, the coordinator of Penn State’s bystander intervention initiative, “Stand for State.” “We can reach out to other universities and work with them to see what they’re doing to collaborate and provide more momentum,” Tenny said. “I think that’s important to again show we’re all in this together, we’re not okay with this, and we’re going to take a stand against it.”

Tenny and Penn State’s student government, the Undergraduate Association, reached out to the Wellness Resource Center, led by Interim Director Tom Johnson. “This isn’t a one-campus issue and ideally if a Temple student was on another campus or a Penn State student was on another campus, they would understand that, ‘Hey, that skill set that I have or that initiative that I have to take action doesn’t stop just because I’m not on Temple’s campus any longer,’” Johnson said. In addition to “It’s On Us,” the Wellness Resource Center sponsors and organizes the Clothesline Project and Clothesline Production to combat on-campus sexual assault. The Clothesline Project, which will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Founder’s Garden, aims to support victims of sexual assault and other forms of violence by giving them a chance to express themselves. Individuals can hang a

handmade T-shirt that represents their personal struggles with sexual assault or violence on a clothesline. Clothesline Production, which will take place at the Student Center on Thursday at 8 p.m., is an evening of performances that focus on drawing attention to the issue of violence and sexual assault. Jessica Gray, the coordinator of compliance and student-athlete affairs, said that these initiatives emphasize the importance of addressing and preventing sexual assault. “It was really important to us as an athletic department to stay involved with it and keep our student athletes educated and understanding that this is an ongoing conversation and we all need to address how we handle it,” Gray said. marissa.howe@temple.edu @marissahowe24

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours this weekend On Saturday and Sunday, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists will host Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in Philadelphia. POST features nearly 300 artists over two weekends in October. This weekend, studios west of Broad Street will be open to the public. In addition to the self-guided tour, POST will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at visual art in Philadelphia with exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, artist talks, receptions and guided tours. -Erin Moran

OutFest to celebrate Philly LGBTQ Community This Sunday, the 26th Annual Philadelphia OutFest will take place in the Gayborhood from noon to 6 p.m, spanning 10 blocks. OutFest attracts over 40,000 people and 150 community groups, vendors and partners. Attendees can expect games, music, shopping and live entertainment. The event is the largest LGBTQ event of the year in Philadelphia and the largest event celebrating National Coming Out Day, which officially falls on Oct. 11.

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Politics, leadership for young women The Girls Justice League works to educate young women with workshops. By ALEXIS ROGERS For The Temple News

“What do you think about enforcing stricter rules for off-campus parties?”

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While poking through data about girls in the child welfare system, Clarice Bailey and her sister discovered a lack of resources for young women in Philadelphia. “We didn’t find much of anything except when we talked to girls, they could tell us what they needed,” said Bailey, co-founder and acting board member of the Girls Justice League. The Girls Justice League, was created with the goal of educating anyone who identifies as a woman on issues like education, politics and leadership. The organization, which was founded nearly four years ago, focuses on empowering girls between the ages of 12 and 24 to better understand the world around them, so they can make a difference. GJL is currently working on transitioning the structure of the organization so it will be run by the girls who are involved, Bailey said. GJL also runs The Status Project, a research project that explores the influence of gender norms and gender expectations in society, Bailey said.

The Status Project is made up of four smaller components: socioeconomic status, reproductive health, justice and education. Bailey said each of the four projects has two academic partners and in some cases, a community partner. Temple is an academic partner in GJL’s research, providing graduate students to gather data for the research. There is no application process for GJL, Bailey said. The group meets twice a month on Saturdays and if a girl is dedicated to learning, she is welcome in the organization. “Oppression can affect any girl, anybody that identifies as female, is struggling, suffering, fighting against, railing against oppression,” Bailey said. Many of the girls already involved in GJL bring family members and friends to the meetings, Bailey said. “According to the girls, they have found sisterhood, they have found community, they have found a place where they don’t have to conform to traditional white Western standards of beauty or intellect,” Bailey said. “The girls at GJL are all sizes, shapes, colors, socioeconomic backgrounds and academic privilege. They run the gamut.” Saranjeet Kaur, a sophomore biology major, serves as vice chair of the organization. She first got involved when she was a senior in high school after hearing about the program from a

guidance counselor. “The mission of the organization is to basically empower young females, and the organization’s main goal is to make them more politically, socially and economically more informed about the world around them,” Kaur said. GJL holds several events, including a summer workshop series and a Saturday workshop series that takes place throughout the school year. They also host the Turning Point Conference, a one-day event that features various presentations and speakers. After the workshop series and conference, the girls create presentations on what they learned during the events. “The main goal of the organization is to be taken over by the young girls, because many people believe that young girls aren’t capable of taking on as much, that they are still sheltered,” Kaur said. “But in reality, everything is possible.” Kaur said the organization is always accepting new people and anyone can find a role. “Sometimes it’s kind of astonishing how people don’t know about the world around them,” she said. “And then when they know, they are more empowered to do things, go out themselves, and just do it.” alexis.rogers@temple.edu

“I’ve heard some of my friends talking about it, but I’m not much of a partier anyway. … If it’s not in too direct proximity to the university, it’s not really, I would say, in their scope of responsibility to be charging for people having parties. Even though I’m not much of a partier myself, it’s just something that should be handled with other [authorities] rather than Temple.”

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“I would assume if there were parties off campus, they were getting out of hand because this isn’t like an isolated private campus. If kids are getting drunk and then getting into fights and vandalizing property, the university could be liable. You have to clamp down on it. [The policy] is probably a quick way of trying to fix it. … People are going to party and it’s probably going to get out of hand. [The policy] could discourage a few people.” KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Fayyad and Nalah are members of “Tree House Sprouts,” an after-school literacy enrichment program at Tree House Books.

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“I think it can decrease the rate of criminal behavior. The final purpose is to protect the students. I think it is a good thing. I think they charge a lot though. … If you decrease the frequencies of partying, I think that students’ studying efficiencies will increase. Alcohol is a bad thing if you are drinking a lot. I think it really affects your studying.”


BOOKS youngest members of the Tree House community. These youngest members currently participate in “Tree House Sprouts,” an early literacy enrichment program for children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Through repeated and spoken storytime, the sprouts develop the ability to recognize words and phrases in various texts. Parents and grandparents are welcome to accompany their children so they can read aloud to them. Tree House Books will also be implementing monthly community gatherings at the store, so children and parents participating in Tree House Books

programs can meet one another. Community resident Catima Purnell started to send her grandson Khyair Hyman to the program this year. She said she is already excited about the idea of monthly family gatherings. “It would be very cool to see other kids and other kids’ parents and how they interact with their children,” Purnell said. While the new programs are being planned, Tree House Books is still making strides in bringing families closer and getting kids excited about reading. Bretz said Tree House Books has always been “family-focused” in its work with the surrounding community. “We really try to encourage people

to come in as a family to get books and read up there together,” Bretz said, while pointing to a lofted section in the corner of the store, which has been designed to look like a tree house. Richardson’s younger daughter, Amiyah, is currently attending the after-school book camp program. Richardson believes the camp has motivated her daughter to not only read in school, but also with her family members at home. “She reads every single day, even when we’re walking down the street,” Richardson said. “She reads all the signs and even sounds out each word. Every time I get to hear her read I get so excited.” meghan.caroline.costa@temple.edu

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McGowan a semifinalist for Campbell Trophy

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman linebacker Chapelle Russell sacks Mustangs freshman quarterback Ke’Mon Freeman during the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 45-20 victory.

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DEFENSE Our D-line, I think they dominated the game today and helped the defense play a lot better.” Rhule wanted improvement from his defensive line after only getting one sack against Charlotte. Pressuring Hicks, a young quarterback only making his fourth career start, was a priority for the Owls’ defense, Reddick said after Tuesday’s practice. The defense sacked Southern Methodist’s two quarterbacks four times and routinely pressured Hicks, making him uncomfortable in the pocket. Hicks completed 52.4 percent of his passes, going 22-of-42 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 199 yards is Hicks’ lowest total in his four starts and his completion percentage

was his lowest since his first career start against Baylor University on Sept. 10. Before Saturday, the Mustangs hadn’t reached the red zone since their first drive in the first quarter last week against Texas Christian University. The Owls’ defense only allowed three red zone trips and two offensive touchdowns, which both came after turnovers by the Temple offense. Temple’s defense limited Southern Methodist’s offense to 288 total yards, more than 100 yards below their average coming into Saturday’s game. “Just same old Temple defense,” Deloatch said. “Rushing the passer, trying to get the quarterback. Haason Reddick did a lot with that today. Praise [MartinOguike], Jacob Martin, all of those guys did real good, Avery Ellis, they did good getting to the quarterback and I was just happy to be there to pick the ball up when the ball was on the ground. And I gotta

thank those guys, because if it weren’t for them, if it weren’t for that sack, I wouldn’t have had that touchdown.” After losing to Penn State, the team has won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Owls have won three of their last four games, allowing 18.5 points per game in that stretch. Temple’s defense ranks No. 13 in Division I in passing yards allowed and No. 20 in total defense. “Early in the season we were making a lot of mistakes and now this time we’re really locked in,” Russell said. “It’s conference play and we know what’s at stake and we want to win the conference, so we’re just coming out every day playing as hard as we can and once again we’re having good results.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Brendan McGowan has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy. The Barnesville, Pennsylvania native is nominated for recognition as the “absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation” by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. There are 156 total semifinalists for the award. The 12-14 finalists, who will receive $18,000 for graduate school, will be announced on Nov. 1. McGowan is also a nominee for the Wuerffel Award and is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. The Wuerffel Award recognizes a student-athlete who excels in athletics, academics and community service. The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the “most outstanding center in NCAA Division I-A football,” according to the official website. McGowan has started in 22 games in the past four seasons, playing at various interior line positions. He graduated earlier this year with a degree in finance and is currently a graduate student. -Jay Neemeyer

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Brendan McGowan (right), helps clear the way for sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead’s first-quarter touchdown run on Saturday.

Reddick, Armstead are honored by The American The American Athletic Conference named redshirtsenior defensive lineman Haason Reddick its player of the week after his performance against Southern Methodist in Saturday’s 45-20 win. Reddick totaled four tackles in the game. Two of them were sacks that forced fumbles, and one of the fumbles was returned for a touchdown. Reddick leads The American with seven tackles for loss in the Owls’ 3-2 start. Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead also received recognition for his performance on Saturday. The American named Armstead to its weekly honor roll after he ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the win. He has six touchdowns this season. -Owen McCue


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PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead walks into the endzone in the first quarter following the first of two rushing touchdowns against Southern Methodist at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

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OFFENSE making plays, just giving them the opportunity to make the plays,” Walker said. “Putting the ball in their area, letting them make big plays and big catches or whether it’s handing the ball off.” The Owls don’t have a shortage of players with big play ability. Six different receivers have catches of 40 or more yards this season. Senior running back Jahad Thomas and Armstead both have six touchdowns on the season. Both scored two on Saturday. The key in the offensive turnaround has been finding a way to use them. Rhule tried to ignite the offense on Saturday by

putting dynamic freshman wide receiver Isaiah Wright in the wildcat formation. Wright had two carries for 10 yards on the Owls’ first scoring drive. The Owls have also tried things like using Armstead and Thomas on the field at the same time in two-back sets, and running run-pass options with Walker, or moving Deloatch around the field. “Because we know that coach is 100 percent behind us and he’s letting us play football, now we don’t have to think and worry about messing up,” said Wright, who finished Saturday’s game with seven carries for 23 yards. “It’s just leading to effective play.” Rather than trying to stick with a particular offensive style, Rhule said his team continues to adapt throughout the game.

On Saturday, Southern Methodist tried to take the run away, and the Owls tossed it over their heads. Walker connected with Ventell Bryant for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Then, the Mustangs adjusted to protect against the deep ball. That’s when Armstead and Thomas went to work. The pair of backs combined for 239 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday. Armstead rushed for 95 of the team’s 139 yards in the second half. “We’re just going to take what people give us,” Rhule said. owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue

The men’s basketball team has filled all four spots in its 2017 recruiting class. Justyn Hamilton, a 6-foot-9-inch power foward from Charlotte, North Carolina, announced his committment Monday on Twitter. De’Vondre Perry, a 6-foot-6-inch small forward and guard, became the third player to commit to Temple on Friday. Perry averaged 20.4 points and 12 rebounds per game during his junior season at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. They join J.P. Moorman, a 6-foot-7-inch small forward from North Carolina who announced his commitment to Temple on Twitter on Wednesday, and Nate Pierre-Louis, a point guard from Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey. All four players are ranked as three-star recruits by Rivals.com. -Evan Easterling

Professional tryouts to be held at McGonigle Hall The Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA Developmental League affiliate Delaware 87ers will hold tryouts at McGonigle Hall this week, the team announced on Sept. 21. The tryouts will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and give prospective players an opportunity to showcase their skills in hopes of earning an invitation to the Sevens’ training camp. Registration can be completed online for $150 or on the day of tryouts for $200. The 87ers begin their season on Nov. 12. -Evan Easterling sports@temple-news.com





Mueller, Merton sparking team’s struggling offense The Owls scored four goals for the first time this season on Friday. By JAY NEEMEYER For The Temple News Temple had been waiting for a game like Friday night’s 4-1 home win against Georgetown University. Through the first 10 games of the season, the Owls had only scored 15 goals. Last season, they scored 50 goals in 21 games. The Owls’ offense finally showed signs of life Friday, taking 21 shots on its way to the team’s first four-goal performance of the year. “We had so many shots on goal which is fantastic, and the message at halftime was just to keep chipping away,” coach Marybeth Freeman said after the game. The team (4-8, 1-2 Big East Conference) continued its success on Sunday at Howarth Field, scoring two second-half goals in a shutout victory against the College of the Holy Cross to win its third straight game. Temple is averaging 14.2 shots and 1.75 goals per game so far. They lost three games by one goal early in their season. Just a few more goals per game may help Temple build a winning record. The Owls rank No. 62 out of 78 Division I teams in goals per game. Freeman said the strong defenses the team played early in the season made it difficult to even reach the offensive circle. Syracuse, which beat Temple 8-0 in late August, is ranked sixth in defense. Monmouth

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NASH and she was always there,” Nash said. She added Kerkhoff was a second pair of eyes on the sideline and helped her grow as a goalkeeper during her freshman year. Coach Seamus O’Connor said Nash played well in the loss to the Quakers. In the following game against Lehigh University though, Nash didn’t record a single save throughout the game and let in the game-winning goal in overtime. Nash was very hard on herself after the game, O’Connor said.

She just comes up with big saves, always communicating with us, giving us good feedback. Paula Jurewicz Assistant coach

Nash told O’Connor she was overthinking the game, and it weighed on her mind heavily during her first start, so O’Connor had a discussion with the young goalkeeper at the team’s barbecue after the game. “Don’t overthink it, don’t doubt yourself, don't judge yourself, just do what you can do and this is why we put you out there,” O’Connor said he told Nash after the Lehigh game. “We have complete faith in you. We completely believe in you, we know you’re capable of doing this. It was just a matter of time before you became the starting goalie, so just do your thing.” Nash responded by leading the Owls on a four-game winning streak, including two shutout wins. sports@temple-news.com

University and Penn State are ranked No. 10 and No. 12, respectively, in goals allowed per game. “Look at the number of Top 15 teams that we’re playing,” Freeman said Tuesday after practice at Howarth Field. “They’re Top 15 for a reason.” When Temple does enter their attacking circle, players tend to try for corners rather than taking shots. The team has taken 89 penalty corners, compared to 106 shots on cage. Corners are an offensive advantage, but Freeman wants them

to be a lesser focus for her players. She wants her players to attempt shots as often as possible to create goals. “We’re working on our body placement in the circle, how we can get shots off better, rather than just getting the foul,” senior forward Katie Foran said. Foran emphasized that the team doesn’t want to reduce their number of corner opportunities. “We’re trying to not take away from the corners, but get more shots on the cage in addition to corners,”

Foran added. “She wants us to get as many shots on goal per game as we can.” To accomplish this, senior midfielder Paige Gross said, the team reviews its opponents’ penalty corner defense and makes a gameplan to exploit any weaknesses in it. “Something we have been working on this week is being more aggressive with our shooting and our rebounding,” Gross added. The Owls graduated 10 seniors last year, including eight starting

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Maddie Merton intercepts a pass in the second half of the Owls’ 4-1 home victory against Georgetown University on Friday.

It took a few games for Nash to get comfortable in net, but once she did, Jurewicz said she was one of the best goalies with whom she’s played. “She just comes up with big saves, always communicating with us, giving us good feedback, being positive but also giving good constructive criticism,” Jurewicz said. Nash finished her freshman year with 15 starts, 70 saves and a 1.02 goals against average, which ranks second best in a single season in Owls history. The Owls lost nine seniors and have the most freshmen on the team since the 2013 season. Nash’s experience last year as a starter has helped her become a leader on this year’s young team. On top of that, the Owls have suffered injuries, which has forced O’Connor to change his formation and shuffle his lineup in nearly every game they have played this season. Freshmen K.J. Waghorne, Morgan Morocco and Fran Davis are still nursing injuries this season. O’Connor said the lineup changes are one of the reasons why the Owls haven’t been consistent this season. “She’s done a lot better job of taking a lot more responsibility for organizing not just her position, but all of the players on defensive set plays,” O’Connor said. While the Owls are 3-9 on the year, Nash is putting up career numbers. In Thursday’s 1-0 loss against Memphis, she put up a career-high 17 saves. She also leads the American Athletic Conference with 72 saves on the season. “She’s been a good leader. She’s someone we look at as a potential captain in the future,” O’Connor said. “Instead of looking at what’s going wrong, she’s been trying to focus on, ‘OK, what do we have to do to make it right?’ So she’s got a very positive attitude. And I’ve seen that leadership off the field come and shine through. That’s something that’s been impressive.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

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MORENO Conference) and is the only freshman to do so. “I think he’s different from our other two midfielders,” coach David MacWilliams said. “He has the ability where he can dribble, and he can go by people to create numerical advantages. So he’s one of those guys that can beat guys one-v-one.” So far, Moreno has recorded eight shots and one assist. His assist came in Temple’s 4-0 victory against Fairfield University on Sept. 17 when he crossed the ball in front of the net and Gomez Sanchez kicked it in. Since Moreno started playing for the Owls, he has already begun to improve and adjust to soccer in America, which requires a different style of play than Moreno was accustomed to while playing in Spain. “I think he’s improved on speed of play,” MacWilliams said. “It’s a lot different than what he’s used to in Spain, so I think he is getting adapted to the speed and the college game. Albert is getting better and better each game we play, and I think that’s something that all foreign players need to adjust to because it is such an intense, quickly paced game.” Moreno excelled overseas and was selected to play on the national team representing the Catalonia region of Spain. Despite the success he saw on the national team, he still gets more playing time at Temple, which is part of the reason he chose to come to America. “I thought it could be a challenging opportunity,” Moreno said. “In Spain, it’s difficult to become

players. Last year’s leading scorers were forward and midfielder Alyssa Delp, midfielder Sarah Deck and forward Tricia Light. All three graduated and are no longer with the team. With the exception of goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock, the only freshman to start all 12 games this season is midfielder Maddie Merton. Merton has scored four goals and an assist, including two goals on Friday. Forward Cristen Barnett has appeared as a substitute in all 12 games. Backer Becky Gerhart has also appeared in every game, starting for eight. “There’s eight new people this year,” Freeman said. “It’s a completely different game from high school to college. I think that even though that’s a big jump, they’re doing a job of making that transition.” Junior midfielder Rachael Mueller has scored seven goals so far, and Foran has scored four. With 11 combined goals, Foran and Mueller account for more than half the Owls’ offensive production so far. Merton is now tied for second on the team as a freshman with four goals, following a two-goal performance against Georgetown. Junior forward Hattie Kuhns and sophomore midfield Jessika Daniels have each scored two goals. “I think Rachael [Mueller] and Katie [Foran] have stepped up in those positions a lot,” Gross said of replacing the departed players. “I think our aggressiveness in the offensive 25, we’re a lot smarter hockey players this year.” jay.neemeyer@temple.edu @j_neemeyer

professional. Also, they cannot help the people who want to study, and this opportunity for me is really good because at the same time, I can study and I can play soccer, which is what I want.” Moreno has found both positive and negative aspects of speaking Spanish as his first language. While it sometimes takes him longer to understand or catch on, he has also formed close bonds because of his heritage. Gomez Sanchez, Moros Gracia and Moreno all call Spain their homeland. When together, they can freely speak their native language and talk about things going on at home. “We have a very good relationship between us,” Gomez Sanchez said. “Being from the same country helps, and also he’s a nice guy and I like to hang out with him.” Moros Gracia helped recruit Moreno and talked to him on the phone, explaining what Temple was like and the benefits of being on the team. Now, more than a month into the school year, the two, along with Gomez Sanchez, are like old friends. Moreno claims he can make a tortilla de patatas (a Spanish omelet) better than his Spanish teammates, and Gomez Sanchez poked fun at Moreno’s belief that Catalonia should be independent from Spain. “He’s a nice guy, he’s very smart on the feet,” Gomez Sanchez said. “He’s a tough player because he’s big, plays hard. And he’s my friend.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

CHRIS HOOKS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Albert Moreno goes after the ball in the Owls’ scoreless draw against Memphis on Saturday. Moreno, a transplant from Solsona, Spain, has started every game this season.

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McCullough stays close with program Now living in Philadelphia, ex-Owl Halle McCullough has attended every Temple home game this season. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter

MORGAN HINDMAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The men’s cross country team competes at the Big 5 Invitational on Sept. 9. The Owls placed third at the event.

Young team plans to grow together The Owls don’t have any juniors or seniors on their roster this season. By TESSA SAYERS For The Temple News Being a young team is never easy, especially when the only upperclassman is a first-year graduate transfer student and the only returning athletes are sophomores. That is the situation the men’s cross country team faced coming into the 2016 season. Their 11-man roster is made up of five freshmen, five sophomores and one graduate student. While some teams would struggle with that situation, freshman Kevin Lapsansky said the Owls are using it to their advantage. “I think not having a lot of upperclassmen is beneficial to our team,” Lapsansky said. “We are a lot closer than I thought we would be, time and bondingwise. … We are just kind of a huge pack of kids running around.” That pack of kids has helped the team finish second at the Duquesne Duals, third at the Big 5 Invitational and fifth at the Rider Invitational. “Our freshman group is very independent and they came in and were ready to work hard,” coach James Snyder

said. “If you look at our roster we have had three or four freshmen in our top seven in every meet so far. You would be hardpressed to find another team like that in the country.” The inexperience of running in a large field caught up to the Owls on Saturday, when they finished 27th out of 38 teams at the Paul Short Run. Last year, 11 of the 14 runners on the team were either freshmen or seniors. Graduating four seniors helped make room for incoming freshmen and allowed the returning runners to cultivate the necessary skills to be leaders. “I think last year when it was all seniors and freshmen it helped really prepare us for this year,” sophomore Ben Evans said. “We knew we would be the older kids this year, so we really soaked in everything we could. We don’t necessarily know everything, so we are kind of learning with the freshmen, but we can also help guide them with what we do know.” Evans is one of the sophomores who Snyder wanted to step into a leadership role this season. He is one of Temple’s top runners this season, finishing 11th in the Duquesne Duals on Sept. 3 and 26th in the Big 5 Invitational on Sept. 9, but is now out with a season-ending leg injury. Though he will no longer be able to lead on the course, Evans still plans to help the team. “I’ve been through a lot now, so I can be there for them and tell them my experience and help them out,” Evans

said. “I’m still going to go to all the races I can and just try and help them mentally.” Though the Owls have had to overcome some challenges due to their ages, having a young team has its fair share of positives, Snyder said. Snyder said this year will help strengthen the cross country program, which had struggled to retain runners after the men’s track & field team was one of the seven athletic programs cut in 2014. While the cuts hurt recruitments at first, the cross country team has seen its largest numbers this year since the cut. The team had 10 runners in 2012 and eight in 2013 and 2014, compared to 11 this season. Not only have the Owls brought in more runners since the track team was cut, but they have also brought in some of their fastest. “Some of the freshmen we have brought in this year are faster than any of the freshmen we have ever brought in, even when we had a track team,” Snyder said. Snyder, who has been with Temple since 2013 and was named head men’s and women’s cross country coach in July, places an emphasis on recruiting. “My goal every year I’ve been here is to recruit better and better classes of athletes who can come in right away and train with who we have on the team,” Snyder said. “I want freshmen who can come in and train with our upperclassmen.” teresa.sayers@temple.edu

When Temple plays at McGonigle Hall, there’s always an extra Owl present. Halle McCullough, a 2016 adult and organizational development alumna, analyzes every hit, dig and block when she watches her former teammates at their home games. After graduating, McCullough took a job in Philadelphia, making it possible for her to remain a part of the team. She comes to every home game and talks with the players and their families after matches. “It’s great coming to all the games that I can,” McCullough said. “I know I can’t be in the huddle and hear everything that goes on, but I still live in the city, so I try to get to as many games as possible to still stay as close as I can.” McCullough transferred to Temple from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington after redshirting in the 2012 season. In three seasons at Temple, she played in 103 sets, averaging 1.91 kills per set. Her best season was in 2014 when she played in 24 matches and finished third on the team in blocks. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native felt she clicked better with the coaching staff at Temple and had a better connection with the girls on the team. She enjoyed the closeness of the locker room from which current transfers junior setter Kyra Coundourides and sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak are now benefitting. “I’ve always been from the suburbs, my whole life, and even Gonzaga is like a suburb,” McCullough said. “Moving to the city was different, everything was loud and fast, but with the help of the team, I adjusted as quickly as I could.” The family atmosphere is something coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam has worked on building in his locker room since joining the program in 2011. It has become more evident now with Ganesharatnam just getting married and inviting players over for team dinners; he wants his players to feel at home and be close with their teammates because they’re together so much. “It’s always great to have the alumni, and have them remained involved with the program here,” Ganesharatnam said. “It is especially nice for the current players to see familiar faces in the crowd. And it’s just really great for the program as a whole.” The coaching staff does its best every year to keep former players involved. Every season there is an alumni tournament at McGonigle Hall, where former players can play against the current squad. For McCullough, every game is an alumni game, and a chance to watch her former teammates come together. McCullough is not the only former Owl who still lives in Philadelphia. Former setter Sandra Sydlik, who earned first-team all-conference honors in 2014 and 2015, still works in the area and occasionally attends games. “All of us in the city try to go to games,” McCullough said. “Sandra and me are the ones in the city currently, but last season, before she moved to North Jersey, Jennifer Iacobini would come too. It was just nice to come back, we were all close while we were at Temple, and we try to show that.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer


Owls hope internal competition will bring success Coach Brian Quinn is mixing up his lineup in hopes of improving each golfer. By GREG FRANK For The Temple News The point system is how coach Brian Quinn makes lineup decisions every week. While it’s not complicated, it brings the best out of his players in practice. Quinn notes the scores of all his players in practice rounds leading up to an event. When the times comes, Quinn rounds up his team and points to those that are traveling for the weekend. With a total of eight freshmen and sophomores on the roster of 11 players, several young players are competing for a spot in the weekly lineup of five golfers at each event. The Owls are currently competing in their third event of the fall season in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Already, Quinn has made a lineup change

opting to remove sophomore Gary McCabe in favor of freshman Marty McGuckin. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh features five par-five holes. McGuckin is a big hitter off the tee, which prompted Quinn to bring him with the team to Raleigh in hopes of taking advantage of the longer holes. The goal for Quinn this season is to develop his young talent leading up to the American Athletic Conference Championship in April and to also feel confident about the future of the program. “The most important thing is our conference championship,” Quinn said. “What we’re doing right now is we’re trying to build a great team not only for this year, but for the two years after this year. I’m hoping that in a couple years, we can have one of the best teams we’ve ever had at Temple.” If Quinn is successful in building a great team, it’s likely that sophomores Sam Soeth and Trey Wren and redshirt-sophomore John Barone, will be a part of that team. Soeth, Wren and Barone are one-two-three in Temple’s lineup, respectively.

Wren played every event last season as a freshman, but he said he refuses to become complacent. After seeing McGuckin enter the lineup for McCabe and hearing that redshirt freshman Erik Reisner shot a 69 last week in practice but was held back from the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, Wren said he has plenty of reasons to maintain his work ethic. “I still have to prove myself in practice which is great because it keeps me getting better,” Wren said. “In high school, I knew I was going to play every week and so I didn’t take practice as seriously as I did here.” Without Brandon Matthews — one of the top golfers in program in history, who has graduated and is trying to make it onto the PGA Tour — it’s not as clear who will be the Owls’ best player. “We have six or seven guys that can go out there and be our best player in any given tournament,” Wren added. One of the more experienced players on the roster is junior Mark Farley. Farley, despite having more time in the program than most of the Owls, is currently the four man in the

lineup. “I think it’s best for the team to have as many guys competing for the top five spots,” Farley said. “It just makes me work that much harder. If someone’s outperforming me, they deserve to be in that spot.” Quinn said Farley isn’t quite where he would like him to be. “Mark needs to step up,” Quinn said. “He needs to play a little smarter on the golf course and not make any big numbers. He should be an integral part of the program right now.” But Quinn added Farley’s unselfish attitude is part of what makes this year’s team such a joy for him to coach. “These kids came in together, and they’re going to leave together,” Quinn said. “They’re going to be best friends for life. It’s so much fun for me. In years past it hasn’t been that way because I’ve had some teams where kids do not get along and you’re always having to take care of them.” greg.frank@temple.edu @g_frank6






Moreno newest of Owls’ recent Spanish additions The freshman midfielder is one of three players from Spain on the Owls’ roster. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick sacks Southern Methodist redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Hicks, forcing a fumble in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.


Temple sacked Southern Methodist’s quarterbacks four times in Saturday’s 45-20 win. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor


omond Deloatch couldn’t believe he got a sack. The redshirt-senior tight end lined up at defensive end on the last two plays of the first half in the Owls’ 48-20 win against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Sept. 24. He made an impact again defensively with 11 minutes, 17 seconds left in the second quarter on Saturday against Southern Methodist. Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick sacked Mustangs’ redshirt-freshman quarterback Ben Hicks and forced a fumble. Deloatch scooped up the ball with one hand and carried it eight

yards to the end zone. The score put the Owls (3-2, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) up by 28 points in the first half of their 45-20 victory against the Mustangs at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls scored 21 points off six turnovers to win their conference opener. “I thought the defense and special teams started out really nice for us and allowed our offense to get going,” coach Matt Rhule said. “That’s, you know, a team. Whatever side’s not playing at a high level, the other side picks them up.” Temple fell behind on the third play of the game when Mustangs sophomore defensive back Jordan Wyatt returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. The Owls’ offense benefitted from the turnovers the defense forced. A 27-yard

As the squad prepared for a scrimmage at a cold and rainy 7 a.m. practice, assistant coach James Gledhill instructed all of his players to take a knee. While every member of the team kneeled, freshman midfielder Albert Moreno remained standing and looked around confused, as his teammates jokingly shouted his name in halfhearted frustration. A few seconds later, the Solsona, Spain native took the hint and also took a knee as the team laughed along with him. Along with senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez and senior defender Carlos Moros Gracia, Moreno is one of three Spanish players on the team. “I didn’t understand Gleddy when he said we had to put our knee to the ground,” Moreno said. “It happens to me because Gleddy has an accent, so sometimes, I cannot understand him and [Gomez Sanchez] and [Moros Gracia] have to translate for me.”

He can dribble, and he can go by people to create numerical advantages.

interception return by redshirt-senior defensive back Nate L. Smith, who started at safety in place of injured junior defensive back Sean Chandler, set up the Owls in Mustangs’ territory late in the first quarter. Two plays later, senior quarterback Phillip Walker completed a seam route to Deloatch, who took the ball down to the oneyard line for 34 yards. Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Jared Folks, making his second career start, also had an interception. “Our defensive line kind of dominated up front and that allowed our secondary to play a lot better and allowed the linebackers to make easier reads,” redshirt-freshman linebacker Chapelle Russell said. “If the gap is open, we just shoot it and make more plays.

Switching from Spanish to English is just one of the transitions Moreno has had to make both on and off the field since coming to Temple. As a midfielder, Moreno usually plays alongside senior Kevin Klett and sophomore Hermann Doerner. Moreno has started in every game for the Owls (6-3, 0-1 American Athletic



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Sophomore goalkeeper building on strong freshman season Jordan Nash is following the footsteps of former goalie Shauni Kerkhoff. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Nash expected to be put on ice as a freshman. But that only lasted through four games during her freshman year, when thensenior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff ’s leg got tangled around a University of Pennsylvania defender’s foot, which broke Kerkhoff ’s leg and ended her senior year on the team. “Shauni was always the type of player to get right back up, so it was a little nervewracking for us because we've played in front of her for four years to now having an inexperienced freshman goalkeeper stepping in,” said assistant coach Paula Jurewicz, who

played for the Owls from 2012-15. “But we weren’t really too worried about it because we’d seen what Jordan could do at practice. We were confident in our back-up option.” Kerkhoff became the starting goalkeeper for the Owls during her freshman year in 2012 and ended her career with 56 total starts in net. She is Temple’s all-time leader in goals against average, save percentage and career shutouts. Before ending her season against the Quakers on Sept. 4, 2015, Kerkhoff had seven saves and left the team undefeated until losing to Penn later that evening. Nash said she was nervous entering the game 22 minutes, 44 seconds into the first half against the Quakers, but senior leaders like Erin Lafferty, Jurewicz and Kerkhoff helped her step into the starting lineup. “[Kerkhoff] would just help me on the field and off the field with whatever I needed,


BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore goalkeeperJordan Nash makes a save in the Owls’ 2-1 loss to Tulsa on Sunday. Nash leads the American Athletic Conference with 72 saves this season.





Coach Brian Quinn uses a point system to select the lineup before each tournament as he leads a young roster.

Even after graduating in the spring, former player Halle McCullough has remained close with the volleyball program.

The field hockey team hopes its early season scoring woes can be put behind as it continues its Big East Conference schedule.

An offensive lineman was named to an awards list, McGonigle Hall will be used for NBA D-League tryouts, other news and notes.

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