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Applications open for TSG Parliament The 37-seat body aims to represent students from various organizations and each graduating class. By FRANCESCA FUREY TSG Beat Reporter


pplications to campaign for seats in Temple Student Government Parliament opened Monday. Campaigns will start Nov. 7 before a two-day voting period on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. The Parliament will have 37 seats for students representing colleges, classes, “special interest groups” and at-large seats unaffiliated with specific groups of students. Each of Temple’s 12 undergraduate schools and colleges will be represented by one seat. The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will each have two seats; transfer and graduate students will each have one seat. Special interest groups will have 10 seats: one each for the Residence Hall Association, students in the Honors Program, students with disabilities, athletes, Greek life, commuters, international students and LGBTQ students. The remaining two will go to multicultural groups. There are also five at-large seats — unaffiliated with schools, colleges or other student groups — for which any student can run.


KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Greta Greiman, with her father Keith, a 2001 alumnus of the Tyler School of Art, enjoys the coloring installation at the PhillyRow exhibition on Oct. 8.

The homes that define Philadelphia Professors and students started a project to highlight Philly row homes. By KAIT MOORE For The Temple News Bryan Satalino was flying in an airplane over Philadelphia when he first thought about how many bricks make up the average row home.

“It was just me ... looking down and seeing hundreds of thousands of row houses,” said Satalino, an assistant professor of graphic design. “You can’t even see where they end. ... It’s just incredible.” “It helps define the city. Unlike a lot of other cities, where it’s a small percentage of [housing], like New York City,” he added. Satalino formed PhillyRow — a program celebrating Philadelphia row homes — in Spring 2016 with Clifton Fordham, an assistant professor of architecture, and Abby Guido, an assistant professor of graphic design. The

program’s goal is to educate community members about the history and design of the row homes, as well as promote civic pride and sustainability. PhillyRow held an exhibition this weekend at Minnow Lane, a restaurant in Kensington. The exhibit was part of DesignPhiladelphia, an annual festival held for designers, architects and creative professionals running Oct. 6-16 this year. The work displayed was a compilation of


Temple represented at new museum The Smithsonian’s new African American museum features several Temple ties. By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor Although she could not read, Harriet Tubman kept a well-worn hymnal close for inspiration. She and Charles L. Blockson, founder of the Charles L. Blockson AfroAmerican Collection in Sullivan Hall, share the same favorite hymn: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Tubman’s 8-by-5-inch book containing the hymn was among more than 500,000 items and artifacts in the Blockson Collection until Blockson donated the book, along with 38 more of Tubman’s belongings, to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Among those were Tubman’s shawl and embroidered collars, which Diane Turner, curator of the Blockson Collection and 1983 anthropology and art alumna, said impressed her the most. “You have this woman who was a little over four feet tall and she was just courageous to go back in the South and help liberate enslaved Africans, but she was still a woman and she liked feminine things too,” Turner said. Aslaku Berhanu, the Blockson collection’s librarian, said Blockson

told her that he thought the Smithsonian Institute was a perfect place to donate Tubman’s shawl, which was given to her by Queen Victoria of England in the 1890s. “He said the reason he donated the items ... was for the public to remember and learn [African Americans’] history,” Berhanu said. In 2009, the Blockson Collection hosted an event for Women’s History Month that displayed all 39 items. Meriline Wilkins, Tubman’s great-great-niece, “bequeathed” the items to Blockson, Turner said. The next year, the items were donated to the Smithsonian. Turner said so many people came to see the items that they could

barely move throughout the exhibit. “Women still aren’t given the credit they deserve, and here you have this woman back in the time during slavery who’s not only a woman, but an African-American woman, who starts out as an ordinary person,” Turner said. “She becomes extraordinary because she takes a stand to do the right thing.” “I think it’s a good example, especially in the times that we live in,” she added. “If you just take a stand and say, ‘That’s not right,’ it really can make a difference.” Turner hopes the donation will help museum visitors know “the


PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Tina Fey talks to students about her career at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7. She received the 2016 Lew Klein Excellence in Media Award.

Tina Fey talks college, career with SMC students Fey doled out advice before accepting this year’s Lew Klein Award. By PAIGE GROSS Managing Editor

CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Aslaku Berhanu (left), the librarian for the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, and Diane Turner, the collection’s curator, oversaw the donation of items to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Tina Fey said her best advice for facing the “real world” postgraduation is to have a sense of humor and a monthly bus pass. “You have a little bit of time to try things as long as you can make your rent,” Fey said. “I felt like moving away from home ... helps you stand on your own and try things you might have been scared to try. So everybody, move away.” Fey, known for her work in comedy and on the shows “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” accept-

ed the 2016 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award and answered questions from students in the Temple Performing Arts Center on Friday morning. About 1,000 students, faculty and alumni attended to talk college life, career advice and what it’s like to be the most famous Sarah Palin impersonator. Fey, a native of Upper Darby, talked about her time studying drama at the University of Virginia, saying that 70 percent of what you learn in college is “living with roommates.” She added that it would be great if everyone could attend college for free because “it opens you up to different ways to look at the world and different ways of thinking.”


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Students were not informed of a new policy for standing in the aisles of the buses going to and from Ambler and Main campuses. Read more on Page 2.

Our columnist argues the university needs more racial and gender diversity among the deans of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges. Read more on Page 5.

Many students in the Tyler School of Art are creating artwork that expresses opinions on social issues. Read more on Page 7.

The men’s crew team, under new leadership and head coach Brian Perkins, is looking foward to a successful season. Read more on Page 18.




Commuters to and from Ambler Campus see stricter policy The policy prohibits students from standing in the aisles of buses between campuses. By KELLY BRENNAN For The Temple News While students stood in the aisles of a commuter shuttle bus leaving Main Campus headed for Ambler Campus, they were abruptly asked to exit the bus due to a new policy about which they said they had not been warned. “It has seemed that Temple did not care for the students that are commuting,” said Thomas Roof, a senior English major. Roof, a commuter student, saw other students being taken off the shuttle buses for standing in the aisle two weeks ago. Temple’s Department of Service Operations implemented the new policy for shuttle buses going to and from Ambler and Main campuses. Students are no longer permitted to stand in the aisle of shuttle buses — a practice that allowed more students to fit in the shuttle despite all the seats being filled. “There is a certain level of anxiety because it could happen any day,” Roof said, “There isn’t a pattern.” Roof, upset about not being informed about the new policy, made a Facebook group called “Temple Commuters’ Union” in order keep other commuters updated on any news regarding transportation and other changes. John Johnson, assistant vice president of Temple’s Department of Service Operations,

said a student who felt unsafe on the shuttle because of the overflow of people standing in the aisle filed a complaint. Johnson said that once his department was aware of the complaint, he was advised by the risk management department to stop students from standing in the aisles of the buses immediately. “Students’ safety is definitely our top priority,” he said. Bryan Karthauser, a senior business management major, said he doesn’t really notice a difference in his safety after the new policy was implemented. Students using the shuttles were not made aware of the new policy until the day it was implemented. “No information was given to the students at all,” said Christopher Tronoski, a junior risk management major. Johnson said his department made the shuttle bus drivers aware of the new policy, who were then responsible for communicating the new policy to students. On Oct. 3, the Service and Operations Department decided to add additional buses in the morning and the evening shuttle departures, creating 35 more seats for students commuting between the campuses. “We believe that should be plenty of seats. It shouldn’t be an issue,” Johnson said. A week after the new shuttle policy was implemented, an email was sent out to Ambler Campus students addressing the issues. “For the safety of all inter-campus bus passengers, Temple can only transport seated passengers. There is no standing allowed on buses

DANIEL SEBASTIAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students board a shuttle bus on 12th Street near Polett Walk on Main Campus Oct. 6. Students experienced overcrowding on university transportation to Ambler Campus.

at any time,” the announcement read. According to the announcement, there would be extra seats provided for the 6:50 and 8 a.m. shuttles from Ambler Campus and for the 4 and 5 p.m. shuttles returning to Ambler Campus starting Oct. 3. “I do like it better than before,” said Lindsay Laird, a senior nursing major. “Now that the shuttle leaves at 6:50 [a.m.], it actually gets you here on time.” Tronoski said he believes changing from shuttle buses, which have little seating and more standing room, to regular school buses that

can allow more students to sit, would solve the problem entirely. “I just wish that it would have been handled better,” Tronoski said. “They don’t tell us about the policy change, and then all of a sudden people are being kicked off.” “We really felt bad for students who were inconvenienced for that week, but once again, we really didn’t have any other choice,” Johnson said. kelly.brennan@temple.edu

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kieran Connolly (left) a sophomore media studies and production major and Rachel Murphy, a freshman neuroscience major joined with students protesting the presence of preachers outside of Ritter Hall, Oct. 4. In response to the trend of religious groups visiting campus in open-opposition to social behaviors like homosexuality, Director of Student Activities Chris Carey made an impromptu decision to commit $10 to diversity programs at Temple for every minute the religious group remained on Main Campus. Carey said the $1,300 committed by Student Activities has been matched by the office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (IDEAL) bringing the total to $2,600. The funds have not yet been allocated to student groups, he added.

Sustainability task force to focus on university waste The task force’s first meeting will be held next week. By LIAN PARSONS For The Temple News Two years ago, Temple’s first composting program debuted in the Student Center to combat food waste and help students be more sustainable in their dining experiences. Reducing food waste is one of the potential issues Temple Student Government’s newest task force will examine during its first monthly meeting Oct. 18. Aaron Weckstein, a junior environmental studies major and TSG’s director of grounds and sustainability, is leading the task force. He said it’s based on the accessibility task force, which is focused on getting specific points on campus fixed immediately for students with disabilities. But “this one is more kind of getting News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

student input on the most pressing sustainability issues on campus,” he said. Students were able to express interest and give feedback through an online form. Their suggestions included adding more recycling bins on Main Campus and using unbleached paper towels and environmentally friendly soap in bathrooms. Jai Singletary, TSG’s vice president of external affairs said the task force’s first meeting next week will be to discuss its initial goals and issues. “[The task force is] designed to foster student engagement outside TSG,” he said. “We don’t want to act as a body that implements policy without suggestions.” The task force will select a few issues, discuss possibilities for change and draft a presentation to take to the Board of Trustees. Weckstein said food waste was one of the primary concerns that came up during the feedback period. He added that he hopes to work with Sodexo to reduce waste.

“With the contract being up, Sodexo is trying to improve their image, at least I hope, because there’s been a lot of feedback from people,” Weckstein said. “I really want to help them make a change.” Kathleen Grady, the director of sustainability at Temple, will also hire a company to conduct waste audits — which analyzes the facility’s waste stream — to help assess what changes need to be made. Suggestions like the option to bring utensils rather than use disposable plastic ones at select dine-in locations on campus are also being reviewed by the administration, Singletary said. Weckstein said he hopes the task force will involve students in collaborating and working across disciplines instead of “sticking with the people you know.” Outreach included speaking to environment-focused classes in the General Education Program and organizations like Students for Environmental Action and Net Impact. “I’m a little concerned about making sure

we get a cohesive message across,” Weckstein said. “We’ll have a lot of voices and that can be hard to manage those if we have a hundred people in the committee and everyone has a different idea.” Singletary said the group is starting out small, with nine active members. “If we did have a lot of students, that’s great but as far as communication and participation, it’s not guaranteed everyone would participate even though they’re there,” he said. A small group means students can “engage in active discussion” Singeltary added. The task force has the potential to start a “culture shift,” Weckstein said. “I love being able to see something take shape,” he said. “It’s about letting the community know that we care about sustainability and it’s not just a buzzword.” lian.parsons@temple.edu

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Training facility still in planning stage The facility next to Temple Sports Complex would shorten laborers’ commutes. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor Temple officials said the university is still negotiating with local labor unions for the potential construction of a worker training facility that would be located at the new Temple Sports Complex. “They’ve left a portion [of TSC] open for the potential user,” said James Templeton, the university’s director of Architecture Services. Members of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity currently train in Exton, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of the office on Wallace Street near Ridge Avenue. The Education and Training Center, founded in 1982, has indoor and outdoor facilities on 88 acres of land to allow trainees to have real-life applications training. “In addition to practical job training, Temple and the council are working together to define additional educational services that will be provided at the facility to council members and the surrounding community,” university spokesman Brandon Lausch said. Courses in the LDC’s apprenticeship program “emphasize the principles of construction, equipment knowledge and operation, materials, site preparation, maintenance and safety,” according to its website. One of the requirements is to have reliable transportation, which is a concern for some, especially for those from the Local 332 and 57 chapters in Philadelphia. “[It’s] not really a problem for those that know how to navigate the public transportation,” said Roscoe Green, the training director in Exton. “It’s just a matter of it being a very, very early ride. We have registration at 7 a.m. ... and for some people in that area, getting transportation that can get them here by 7 may be a difficulty.” A train from Jefferson Station usually takes 53 minutes to get to Exton on weekdays. When SEPTA pulled defective Silverliner V rail cars — about one-third of its fleet this summer — traveling to Exton became more difficult. If located at TSC, the trip would be about four minutes to Jefferson Station. “The major thing was the changes in the schedule, which put them outside of the registration period in the morning and being too late to actually get in the class,” Green added. While the Exton facility will remain open once construction is completed, the LDC hopes the facility will help service more people. The portion of the building that faces Broad Street would host a construction vocations facility. There would also be literacy, General Education Development, English as a Second Language, writing composition and math classes provided by Temple. “For the members that are in [Local] 57 and [Local] 332 and some of the members from [Local] 135 that live in the city, it’s more accessible because of the bus and rail lines and subway lines that run in the city,” Green said. “That location on North Broad Street would be more accessible to them.” evan.easterling@temple.edu Julie Christie contributed reporting.

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A construction worker oversees the building of the new Student Health and Wellness Center on the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

Construction on track for new facility The Student Health and Wellness Center will hold classes and a weight room. By AMANDA LIEN For The Temple News Construction workers are in the middle of pouring the foundation for the new Student Health and Wellness Center on the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue. James Templeton, the university’s director of Architecture Services, said construction of the building is still in its early stages. Near the end of October or beginning of November, students should start seeing the construction of steel frames for different parts of the building. At the beginning of June, Temple broke ground on the center. Designed by Moody Nolan, the same firm overseeing the potential construction of a football stadium near Temple’s Main Campus, the three-story building will be a multi-use facility for athletics and the occupational therapy and physical therapy departments of the College of Public Health. “[The Student Health and Wellness Center] features a number of really exciting program elements,” said Templeton. The building will also have a fitness center for weight training that Campus

Recreation “desperately needs,” Templeton said, adding it will allow them to repurpose their already existing spaces. “I like how the free weight space is being doubled,” said Ronnie Lee Rhodes, an undeclared freshman in the College of Liberal Arts. “[It’s hard] when you go to IBC [Student Recreation Center] and there are so many people there that you can’t even do the workout you were hoping to do.” Templeton also described plans for what he calls “the field house,” a large indoor facility to be used in poor weather conditions with its main entrance on the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue. “The lobby itself is going to have a climbing wall, a juice bar, and lounge areas that overlook the climbing wall,” Templeton said. “We’ll have members of the College of Public Health and Campus Recreation coming through there all the time, so it’s going to be a very exciting space.” “The Health and Wellness Center will be pretty cool,” said Steven Hoffman, a sophomore music education major. “But it occurs to me that all three exercise spaces, IBC, Pearson and this one will be west of Broad Street. Not exactly more convenient.” The facility will have updated laboratories and classrooms. “We worked exclusively with the faculty and administration of the College

of Public Health to design all the spaces in the facility,” Templeton said. “They’ve built in a lot of flexibility.” Some classrooms will have movable partitions that allow them to divide one laboratory into four separate rooms or combine into a single, large space to fit the particular needs of the classes for that day, he said. Designs for the College of Public Health’s wing include lounges and study spaces built into the corridors to allow students to collaborate as well as accomplish individual activities. Templeton said the university worked closely with the Philadelphia Water Department to ensure that any storm water accumulated outside the building will be captured rather than flushed into the storm system. “We have been managing most of the storm water on our campus and all of our sites, which is revolutionary for the city,” said Templeton. “The plaza outside the Wellness Center will actually be permeable pavers. The water just seeps into the earth. It doesn’t go into the storm system.” Templeton said he anticipates the Student Health and Wellness Center will be completed by August 2017, and will be fully operational in time for the Fall 2017 semester. amanda.lien@temple.edu Julie Christie contributed reporting.

North Broad Renaissance begins cleaning efforts The non-profit aims to create business opportunities and reduce crime stigmas. By NOAH TANEN For The Temple News North Broad Renaissance, an organization that aims to “revitalize” the North Broad Street Corridor has begun efforts to clean up the street. Cleaning crews can be found along numerous busy streets off North Broad Street, picking up the trash. The organization has received a positive response to the cleanup efforts, said Shalimar Thomas, the executive director of North Broad Renaissance. North Broad Renaissance is working on plans to turn a vacant lot on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue into an urban garden, as well as maintaining various other vacant lots for future development. The organization finished its first fiscal year this past summer and is focusing on a four-mile stretch of Broad Street between Germantown Avenue and City Hall. “The first year for the organization was just getting established,” Thomas said. “We were moving towards creating our five-year strategic plan.” But before they could create that plan, the organization surveyed the community along North Broad Street on what they wanted to see developed. The organization built its long-term plan, intended to be fully enacted by 2020, on this research. The North Broad Renaissance is having on-

going meetings with police agencies to develop strategies to increase safety along the corridor. The community, Thomas said, also wants improvements to maintenance and landscaping, through green space. “It makes [the street] more inviting,” she said. “They want North Broad to be walkable.” North Broad Renaissance maintains the $12 million light poles running down the center of along North Broad Street. “The North Poles,” were put in as a part of the Avenue of the Arts’ initiative to redevelop Broad Street. Thomas said the Avenue of the Arts’ lack of attention to North Broad Street spurred the creation of North Broad Renaissance to redevelop the area and increase economic opportunities. The light poles were built without any community engagement and received an overwhelmingly negative response, Thomas said. “We didn’t start the North Poles, but we inherited them,” Thomas said. “It’s something we have to deal with. I am confident we can make it work, but we have to figure out a way to use this for the community.” The community also requested a strong focus on communication, Thomas said. “[The community] wanted us to make sure we were communicating with them,” she said. “And they could communicate with us.” “We hit all angles,” Thomas added. “We do [outreach] from a grassroots standpoint. We have a street team out, keeping the community engaged. We also work with the newspapers, TV and radio and our online outreach is mainly done by constant contact. Then we have social media of course, too.” The organization recently offered an internship opportunity for Temple students to

BRIDGET O’HARA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Shalimar Thomas, the executive director of North Broad Renaissance, stands next to one of the “North Poles” that were installed a year ago along North Broad Street.

help out with community and social media outreach. One of the community’s biggest concerns, Thomas said, is cleanliness and safety. “I think it’s about perception,” Thomas said. “What we’re finding out is, through meeting with police agencies, [North Broad] is actually one of their quieter corridors, but the perception is that it’s not safe.” Thomas added she believes that a lack of development and cleanliness along the street contribute to that perception. The community also asked the organization to focus on economic development. The community wants North Broad Renaissance to

be a “job creator” for the community. The organization is trying to attract businesses willing to hire within the North Philadelphia community. “When we did our research, we found that we want to try and attract professional services and small businesses to North Broad,” Thomas said. “We want employers that are going to hire.” Thomas said she believes it’s important for her to recognize that North Broad Renaissance “is not [her] plan, it’s the community’s plan.” “You have to stay true to what the community wants, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. noah.tanen@temple.edu

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Engage in the Parliament Students should join the Parliament to give voice to issues that affect their communities. During the next month, Temple Student Government will ramp up its efforts to promote the campaigns and elections for seats in the group’s Parliament. Applications for the positions opened on Monday, and will be accepted until Oct. 28. TSG leaders said they would be willing to modify the Parliament’s structure if necessary to better represent students. That could mean adding more seats specific to other groups on campus, like ROTC, which we noted last month was absent from representation. Those seats that TSG defines as special interest — the Residence Hall Association, Greek Life, the Honors Program and students with disabilities, to name a few — are crucial to improving dialogue on university issues. The Parliament would establish relationships for those groups to voice issues to

TSG, which couldn’t possibly be in tune with the concerns of every group on campus otherwise. As an example, it would be beneficial to LGBTQ students to have a representative from the Queer Student Union in the new parliament to bring light to the unique issues their specific community faces and to instruct TSG on how to provide support. And we hope the new parliament will help TSG’s interactions with the Board of Trustees, the top decisionmaking body at the university. At the very least, it will give TSG a more extensive group of students to send to the Board meetings. Lastly, it’s important for students to run for these open positions and vote in the election on Nov. 15-16. This is students’ chance to have an impact on the communities they belong to and bring their perspectives to student governance.

Pay attention to commuters The university should be more understanding of the unique difficulties commuter students face. Commuters have been a staple on Main Campus since the university’s inception. Not until recently — the last 20 years — has much of the student population started living in neighborhoods surrounding campus. Yet, recently The Temple News has heard complaints about the lack of available space for students who commute. A new policy that doesn’t allow commuters to stand in the aisles of the shuttle buses between Main and Ambler campuses has also thrown some who depend on that service for a loop. “There is a certain level of anxiety because it could happen any day,” Thomas Roof, a senior English major, told The Temple News about the new policy. “There isn’t a pattern.” Earlier in the semester, locks were cut off the daily lockers in the commuter lounge, affecting students who were leaving belongings overnight — against the lounge’s policy.

While we recognize some students were not following the rules, we also sympathize with commuting students. “It’s hard being a commuter, carrying bags all the time and bringing stuff in,” said Caroline Jones, a junior marketing major. There is a lack of adequate spaces available to commuters on Main Campus. And making it to campus every week for classes already requires an extra effort from commuters. A Temple spokesman told a Temple News columnist this week that an average of 275 people use the commuter lounge each day. Nearly 24 percent of Temple students report that they sometimes commute using SEPTA Regional Rail, according to a survey conducted by the university’s Office of Sustainability. We hope the university can make an extra effort to aid in the comfort of these students who go the extra mile to get their education.

CORRECTIONS A story printed on Oct. 4 on Page 2, with the headline “TSG hosts conversation focusing on police brutality,” misstated the name of an organization that organized the panel. The organization is the Black Law Students Association, Pre-Law Division. 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@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737. letters@temple-news.com

Commuter Lounge could better serve Limited space and poor policy implementation negatively affect the Commuter Lounge experience.


n a late Friday afternoon, the Commuter Lounge is filled with students waiting for their trains home. As I give the lounge a quick glance over, not a single seat is available. I reluctantly resolve to stand against the wall in hopes that someone’s train will arrive soon. The lounge often becomes crowded at peak times of the day, like when people are waiting to catch their train home or at lunch time. ERIN YODER “It definitely fills up pretty quick sometimes,” said Kimberly Federer, a senior speech, language and hearing sciences major. “Sometimes I’ll find a spot on the floor and just hope for the best that it’s not dirty.” It doesn’t seem like the commuter lounge has enough space to keep up with the number of people who use the lounge. A university spokesman said an average of 275 people visit the lounge each weekday. Space constraints, however, are just one way the commuter lounge is not meeting the needs of Temple’s commuter population. In the past few weeks, a new policy in regard to the commuter lounge lockers has been implemented in which any locks that are still on lockers at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays are cut off. The contents of the lockers are then taken to Temple Police’s Lost & Found. This policy aims to keep students from continually using the same locker, so other students have the opportunity to access one. The lounge only has 60 lockers available after all, which again doesn’t seem to meet the daily demands posed by the amount of commuters who use the lounge.

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students open lockers before the lock cut-off policy went into effect.

Even though this new policy is opening up lockers for more students, it has also dissuaded many students from using the lockers that are available to them at all. Some students like Olena Berchuk, a sophomore economics major, fear their locks will be cut off and their stuff removed. “I used to use them every day, but since they installed it I stopped using them,” Berchuk said. “That’s quite a consequence to lose your previous stuff when you have it locked, so I’m not leaving my stuff in there.” The problem with this policy is that locks are getting cut off in the middle of the lounge’s operating hours and, for some, during their school day. The lounge is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Fridays, it closes earlier, at 8 p.m. Senior Director of Student Center Operations Jason Levy, who manages the commuter lounge, said the lock cutoff time of 4:30 p.m. was decided upon based on the hours of the Student Center Operations staff, which are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This policy doesn’t seem fair to students who have classes throughout the day and who may have to be on campus for a night class until 8 p.m. In this scenario, a student would have to run back to the Commuter Lounge on Berks Street near 11th to remove their belongings and lock from their locker at 4:30 p.m., only to be free to use the locker again any time after the lock cut off takes place.

“I feel like less people are using it now because of the fact they take the stuff out and everything,” said Remshah Raza, a junior finance major. The operations of the Commuter Lounge should not be dependent on the hours of the Student Center Operations staff. The locks should be cut off at night when the lounge itself closes. I don’t expect the Student Center Operations staff, however, to be responsible for being on campus this late. The lounge could benefit from having its own staff on site, even if this staff is made up of only one or two employees. Raza said she wasn’t aware which Temple facility operated the lounge. The correct hours that the lounge operates aren’t even listed at the space or online. “I didn’t know the hours sometimes so I Google it, but there’s nothing really on Google now,” Raza said. “I remember asking the custodian. He helped me out with the timing.” Communication is another area in which the commuter lounge could improve. The creation of a Commuter Lounge website or Facebook page could better provide students with the lounge’s hours, as well as any new policy implementations. The Commuter Lounge was created so Temple’s commuter population could have their own space on Main Campus. If the lounge isn’t best serving these students, then improvements are needed. erin.yoder@temple.edu


Millennials not alone in technology use Young people have always relied on new technologies.


y mom often asks me, “Why are you always on your phone?” The reason is because I want to know what’s going on in the world and in the lives of my friends. And I’ve come to rely on my phone to help me easily gather this information. Many members of my generation, known as Millennials — loosely defined as those people born anytime from the 1980s to the mid-to-late 1990s — grew up during the rise of the digital age. This means cell phones, laptops and social media JENSEN play a huge role in TOUSSAINT our daily lives. Many people I’ve encountered from previous generations, who did not grow up with the access to these technologies, seem to have a negative perception of Millennials and our habitual tech use. But many of the negative comments I hear about Millennials are shortsighted. The truth is technology has always been around. It has just become more advanced in the past couple decades as should be expected. Every generation has benefitted from technological advances that existed during their time, and Millennials are no different. “This happens any time technology advances occur,” said Ralph Young, a history professor. “It happened with

the Gutenberg Press and the Industrial Revolution.” The use of technology is not specific to Millennials. People have always been relying on the newest innovations to make their lives easier and to entertain themselves. “There’s a long history of interpretations of technology in American society going all the way back to the first railroads built in the 1830s,” said Kenneth Kusmer, a history professor. “Then you had the telegraph in the 1840s ... then you have ultimately bicycles.” “You have the automobile in 1900,” Kusmer added. “And then you have ra-

hashtag. And while I do understand the concerns I’ve heard, I have a feeling previous generations may have had similar concerns for the young people of their time. Porsche Blakey, an adjunct instructor in the College of Education, said she thinks it is society as a whole that has become too dependent on technology, not just young people. “To just narrow it down to Millennials seems a little bit unfair,” Blakey said. When automobiles were first massproduced in 1900, there were only 8,000

Every generation has benefitted from technological advances.

dio, and ultimately you have the television.” Today we take many of these technologies for granted, but they were groundbreaking and mesmerizing innovations at the time of their creation. The professors I’ve spoken with, however, have had critical reflections on the impact of today’s technology. They said that face-to-face interactions have become harder for younger people to maneuver because of digital communication and that the use of gadgets instead of pen and paper has affected Millenials’ ability to write well. But the benefits of today’s technology, I believe, far outweigh the drawbacks. This technology has also allowed people to do things they couldn’t have done in the past like start a business online or spark social change with a

vehicles with registrations. The most recent data from 2014 shows there were 253 million vehicles registered on the road that year. Society itself became dependent on the technology of the automobile. It seems that it is simply human nature to become attached to new technologies. Clearly, there is no generational problem that uniquely plagues Millennials. Millennials are simply using the technology available to them just like every other generation before them did. Each generation has had to learn how to best use current technology to meet their needs, and Millennials are no different. jensen.toussaint@temple.edu

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Deans need more diversity The university lacks diverse leadership across Temple’s 17 schools and colleges.


emple recently selected a new dean to head the College of Liberal Arts and is currently looking for deans to lead the Tyler School of Art and the Beasley School of Law. With these leadership changes taking place at top levels of university administration, it has become clear that the deans of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges lack diversity. “If everybody looks the same at the top, there’s a certain amount JASMINE FAHMY of blindness to what we need to do as an institution to make sure that everybody has opportunities in the best ways they can,” said College of Public Health Dean Laura Siminoff. Despite the fact that the most recent data from a university spokesman puts the female student population at about 52 percent, there are currently only two female deans at Temple, one of which is Siminoff. The other is Hester Stinnett, interim dean of the Tyler School of Art, who may be replaced when the search is complete. Temple does not fare much better in terms of representation of race, either. More than half of Temple’s deans are white. But about 32 percent of the students enrolled this semester are students of color. “This is a nation where we’re still dealing with the legacy of white supremacy,” said Josh Klugman, a sociology professor who researches race inequalities in education. “It’s not even a legacy, it’s continuing. We still see the effects of segregation by law, and symbolically it’s important to have an equitable representation of the underrepresented.” The lack of diverse representation in higher education, however, isn’t a problem confined to Temple. It is clear that other universities across the nation struggle with this as well. In 2011, 26 percent of college and uni-

versity presidents were women, according to data from Catalyst, a nonprofit aimed at inclusion of women in the workplace. Only 13 percent were people of color that same year. Data from Catalyst also showed that during the 2013-14 school year, 42 percent of newly appointed deans at colleges and universities in the United States were women. Still, the nation’s struggle to hire diverse university leaders doesn’t excuse Temple’s shortcomings. If anything, for a school often dubbed “Diversity University,” this matter is even more pressing. “We can do a lot better,” Siminoff said. “It doesn’t mean that we’re any worse than every other university. We’re just not where we should be.” “We have to be proactive in trying to find people,” Siminoff added. Hiring and recruiting more diverse candidates for dean positions is an essential first step. Last year, only one of the four CLA dean candidates chosen was a woman, and there were no candidates who were people of color. “I think that the issue of underrepresentation is occurring before the candidate pools are being formed,” Klugman said. “I see that the diversity of our hires is pretty close to the diversity of our candidate pools.” Diversity cannot be achieved without a diverse pool to choose from. Siminoff said it is important that dean positions continued to be filled through national searches to work toward diversity. “I think the least we can do is this,” she said. “Searches can’t be refined to the Philadelphia area, even if it is such a diverse area.” As Temple begins to look for candidates to fill the dean positions at the Beasley School of Law and Tyler School of Art, they should, of course, aim to find the best person for the job. But they should also keep in mind that the student body deserves to feel represented by their leaders. With these two positions and any future leadership vacancies, Temple has an opportunity to correct the imbalance of representation at the helm of the university. I hope they choose to do so. jasmine.fahmy@temple.edu @jasmineafahmy

Oct. 9, 1980: There was a debate about the role of the Council of Student Leaders at one of their meetings. The new council was meant to complement the Representative Student Senate. The council acted as a topical organization, looking for solutions to specific problems on campus and recommending proposals to the RSS on how to act. This year Temple Student Government has assembled various task forces to research specific topics like sustainability and accesibility for students with disabilities. These task forces will look for ways the university could improve Main Campus and its resources.


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Finding a friend through a love of letters A student reflects on her love of putting pen to paper and the excitement of corresponding with a pen pal in Chicago. By SIANI COLÓN


was just about to walk back into my room when I heard the sound of the mail slot on my front door open and then shut. “Siani, mail came for you!” my mother yelled out. I rushed downstairs to find an envelope waiting for me. It was from my pen pal, Jasper, in Chicago. We had followed each other on the social networking site Tumblr for quite some time, and after seeing other people post online about having pen pals, we thought we would give it a try. In her first letter to me, Jasper wrote: “The idea of having a pen pal seemed so romantic to me. Even if there’s no love letters exchanged and the correspondents aren’t lovers, there’s something so intimate about writing a letter. I love the modern world, but some things are beautifully old-fashioned.” I felt the same, although my love of letters wasn’t new. I’m a sentimental person, and I have always loved writing my feelings down on paper or penning a personal note to a close friend. When I graduated high school, I even hand-wrote a letter for each of my friends detailing our memories together and wishing them luck as we parted ways to go to different schools. Each letter was personalized with stories and doodles, and my friends seemed to really appreciate them. But mine and Jasper’s letters were different. We weren’t reflecting on a shared past, but instead were getting to know each other for the first time. I learned several fun facts about Jasper from our correspondence. She prefers writing prose over poetry, but find poets fascinating, and she believes the roof deck on her building

is one of the loveliest places in the world. When she’s older, she wants to adopt teenagers so they don’t face adversity as they age out of the system. I also learned a lot about Chicago, too — a city I have never even visited. It’s a lot like Philadelphia actually, with neighborhoods each dominated by a particular ethnic group. There’s even an area there called the Gold Coast that houses families that come from old money. Jasper told me she likes to take long walks downtown on State Street and Michigan Avenue. These streets are mostly filled with stores like the Water Tower Mall and tourist stops like the big metal bean often frequented by tourists. Everything’s more expensive downtown, Jasper said, but Chicago is just generally expensive. Her words helped me glimpse into her life and imagine the city she calls home. I hoped my words did the same for her. In my letters, I described how my favorite season is spring, but I love Philadelphia in the winter because everyone is so excited for Christmas. I shared how my namesake comes from Siani Lee, who was a journalist, and how that’s a funny coincidence because I’m studying journalism too. I update Jasper on how college is going so far — sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. I love sharing these small details in my letters and that personal connection is why I like letter writing. The digital age makes things easier to do, but it’s nice to have something that you can hold in your hand that someone took the time to make. From the word choice to the type of paper it’s written on, everything is thought out and special. The contents in each envelope feel like a personal secret. Even if Jasper and I contact each other outside of our letters, we don’t talk about what we’re going to write. I’m one who can’t help but share spoilers, but when it comes to these letters, I keep my mouth shut. I love the


feeling of anticipation as I wait each passing day wondering if I’m going to receive a letter that afternoon. Would it just be a letter? Or would I receive a personally made short-story, like the one Jasper wrote about a missing girl who didn’t want to be found? What about stickers? Or a playlist? Or Polaroids so I could share in a fond memory with her? The last time Jasper and I corresponded

was mid-September, and I’m currently waiting for her to mail her next letter. While it may be strange to feel close to people you’ve never met and places you’ve never been, I always feel like I have a piece of Chicago and Jasper with me when I think about our letters. And I can’t wait until the next time I come home to find one waiting for me. scolon@temple.edu





Board of Trustees to meet The Board of Trustees will meet for the first time since its “special meeting” held in July to replace former president Neil Theobald. The Board will meet at 2 p.m. in Sullivan Hall in the Feinstone Lounge. The meeting’s agenda will not be finalized until right before the meeting, university spokesman Brandon Lausch said. The proposed on-campus stadium will not be discussed at the meeting.This is the Board’s last scheduled meeting for the 2016 calendar year. - Gillian McGoldrick

SMC to offer class about marijuana and society In Spring 2017, Temple will offer a course focusing on marijuana and its place in society. The class, led by journalism professor Linn Washington and marijuana activist and writer Chris Goldstein, will be a discussion on the drug as a key part in today’s economic, political, and medical sphere. According to Philadelphia Magazine, Washington said the class started out as a course intended for journalism majors. However, it has since evolved into a general marijuana course that will provide students with everything they need to know about the drug. Students who enroll in the class for next semester will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday at the Center City Campus. - Kelly Brennan

Cosi files for bankruptcy, Temple location unaffected The Cosi restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sept. 29, according to USA Today. The fastcasual chain has closed 29 of its 74 stores, but none of its 31 franchised stores, including Temple Dining’s location in Pearson-McGonigle Hall, will be affected. “It won’t affect our operations here at all,” said Richard Green, Sodexo’s general manager at Temple. “It’s going to affect their corporate stores but it shouldn’t affect any of the licensed stores, which is what [Temple has].” Cosi claimed a debt of $19.8 million in their bankruptcy filing and posted a net loss of $3.1 million on its $22.3 million revenue in its second quarter. - Gillian McGoldrick

Temple Director honored for disability mentorship Associate Director of Disability Resources and Services Renee Kirby was inducted into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. The hall is to honor people who are making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities through mentoring and activism. Kirby has advocated for students with disabilities at Temple for more than 35 years, dating back to her days as a student, when she started Temple’s adapted recreation and sports program and founded Temple’s Rollin’ Owls — the first collegiate wheelchair basketball team on the East Coast to be nationally ranked. Additionally, Kirby founded Career Gateway, a professional development resource that gives students and veterans with disabilities access to internship, networking and employment opportunities.


TUPD looking into developing app Temple Police is also considering wearable technology for tracking a student’s location. By HALEY PROCTOR For The Temple News Campus Safety Services has begun to look into developing an app for students to help them get home safely without using a walking escort. Students could enter their beginning location and final destination and then dispatchers will monitor the app to ensure students arrive at their destination within a set timeframe. If a student does not get to the selected location within a specific time, an alert will be sent to dispatchers with that student’s name and location. Then the dispatchers would contact the

student to ensure his or her safety. “No harm, no foul,” said Charlie Leone, the executive director for Campus Safety Services. “That is the type of app students said they were looking for.” Leone said Campus Safety is also looking to have a feature that would allow students to send text messages in emergency situations. The messages would be sent “incognito” to keep students safe while reaching out to Temple Police for help and removing the necessity for a telephone call. TU Alerts will not be administered through the app, Leone said. Instead, it will have general safety tips for users. Leone said he is evaluating the construction and implementation dynamics behind the app. “We’re getting feedback from students and now starting the process to see what apps are out there and then the funding that would be needed,” he said. “The best thing would be that we need to

start getting some information, some proposals from people so we can get an idea of cost factors and that sort of thing.” Leone said multiple apps are under review. Rave Guardian, an app used by the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, is one of the apps the university has started looking into. ROAR for Good, a mobile platform created by Yasmine Mustafa, a 2006 Temple alumna, is also being considered, Leone said. The app comes with a wearable pendant that works as a safety tool for students, showing where they are if they are in trouble. Determining cost, infrastructure, purchasing, and vendors are a part of the process, Leone said. He added the app could be available as early as Fall 2017. haley.proctor@temple.edu

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OCT. 10 Applications open.

OCT. 28 Applications for candidacy are due.

NOV. 7 Candidates are announced and campaigning begins. NOV. 15 AND 16 Voting commences.


SECOND SEMESTER: Voting for 2017-18, campaigning and elections for Parliament is simultaneous with TSG.


By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor Once Parliament is established, the 37 members will vote to elect a Speaker of the Parliament. The Speaker will work with two members of Temple Student Government who have a role in the parliament. Rebecca Gonzalez will act as the Parliament liaison and communicate the agenda set by Parliament for TSG to then carry out. Jemie Fofanah will be the parliamentarian and serve as the expert on how Parliament functions and ensure all rules are being followed, including outlining who in Parliament can serve on which committee. Parliament will have six committees, each made up of six people and dedicated to different functions within the university. There will be a committee on academic affairs, student life, di-

versity and inclusivity, pride and tradition, which focuses on school spirit and cohesiveness, local government and community affairs outside of Temple, and student wellness, which includes students’ physical and mental health. Each committee will have a chair, who is elected by the members of that specific committee. Parliament will meet every Monday at 5 p.m., right after the TSG meetings. The whole Parliament and committees will meet on alternating weeks. The full Parliament meetings will be open to all students. The committee meetings, however, will only permit the members of the committee unless a guest speaker is invited to attend. julie.christie@temple.edu Francesca Furey contributed reporting.

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EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Miu Hirano, a 16-year-old from Japan, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching in four straight games in Sunday’s final.

Ping Pong tournament held in Liacouras Center The International Table Tennis Federation Women’s World Cup of Table Tennis competed at the Liacouras Center from Friday through Sunday. Philadelphia was the first American city to host the Women’s World Cup of Table Tennis. Twenty top female players came together on Friday during opening matches. Among them was Lily Zhang, the top-rated player from the United States. Zhang is ranked No. 100 in the world. Miu Hirano of Japan beat Cheng I-Ching of China, after winning in a four-game streak. Hirano received $45,000, while I-Ching had the runner-up winnings of $25,000. Prize money from the tournament totaled $150,000. - Francesca Furey News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

Seats for groups like commuters, athletes, students with disabilities and the Honors Program are open to students from those groups. To run for the LGBTQIA+ or multicultural seats, a student must be endorsed by a related organization like the Queer Student Union or Queer People of Color. Every student can vote for the LGBTQIA+ and multicultural seats, but other seats are selected by members of the groups they represent. For example, freshmen select the freshman seats and the RHA seat will be selected by RHA. Noah Goff, TSG’s elections commissioner, said it was better to open voting to every student for the LGBTQIA+ and multicultural seats rather than risk “missing any potential voters.” “For most of the seats, you pick your top three choices, but for the larger seats that have more than one person running, you’d pick your top five,” Goff said. If a student’s first choice is eliminated because they did not receive enough votes to win, that vote will transfer to his or her second choice, and then the third and so on. “You can vote how you want to, rather than simply thinking of strategy,” Goff

said. “Say you have a friend who you think is not necessarily going to win, but you also believe one of the other candidates is really strong. You’re able to vote for your friend first … if [they lose] that doesn’t mean your vote was a waste.” Computer Services worked with TSG to build the online ballots so that students can access voting only for the groups for which they are eligible. A senior, for example, would not be able to vote for freshman representatives. “[Computer Services] has been very helpful making sure the way we want to move to an instant runoff election rather than everyone votes for one person,” Goff added. “We’re going to continue working with them to make sure all of the kinks are ironed out … just in case things don’t go as planned.” TSG’s Promotions Manager Kristina Del Mar will help organize efforts to inform students about Parliament, including ‘Meet Your Candidate’ events, which will be scheduled once candidates are announced. In addition to discussing the new Parliament through social media, TSG will canvass at popular sites like the Bell Tower and Student Center to make students aware of the applications and the upcoming election, Del Mar said. “With many people running, that will by itself increase voting turnout,” said

Student Body President Aron Cowen. “People are more likely to know someone running and know about the campaign.” “We’re really hoping that students’ social media presence does a lot towards making students well informed on what the issues are and who’s campaigning for what,” Goff said. Cowen said students who want to run need a GPA of 2.5 or higher, must be enrolled as full-time students, and have no ongoing disciplinary action. “If someone is struggling … I want to make sure that they can focus their full attention on being successful academically,” Cowen said. The seat for athletes will be appointed semester-by-semester, Cowen said. An athlete from a spring sport could be in Parliament in the fall, while an athlete from a fall sport can join Parliament in the spring. “I think that to run for Parliament you need to be someone that’s really passionate and dedicated to their organization,” Del Mar said. “Just by your passion, you can be a member.” Applications for students to run for Parliament can be found at templestudentgovernment.org and must be submitted to TSG by Oct. 28. francesca.furey@temple.edu

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Alumnus devises ‘artistic solution’ to replace closed library Artist and alumnus Nick Cassway has designed an outdoor seating area that will be set up in front of the Tacony Library and Arts Building while the Free Library branch is under renovation.

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Tacony LAB is the temporary solution to a need for community resources as the Tacony branch of the Philadelphia Free Library undergoes an 18-month renovation. Rick Hairston, 46, plays the “Star-Spangled Banner” as he waits for one of the two available computers to open up.


Librarians curated resources to accomodate popular interest. Lester Fluellen, 24, scans the stacks for a DVD.

In a community engagement project, artist-in-residence Mariel Capanna adapted an oral history of the neighborhood into Philadelphia’s first fresco mural.

By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News

ick Cassway wanted to create a piece of art that people could “hang out on.” Cassway, a 1990 painting alumnus, is one of two artists working at the Tacony Library and Arts Building, a collaboration between the office of Councilman Bobby Henon, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Mural Arts Philadelphia. In March, Henon, who represents the city’s 6th councilmanic district, approved the conversion of a former hardware store on Torresdale Avenue near Longshore into the Tacony LAB. The lab was made to replace

the Tacony Library during its 18-month renovation. The Tacony Library has provided curriculum support to nearby schools, after-school homework help, enrichment programs, storytelling events and STEM activities for 110 years. Susan Weber, the manager of the Tacony Library branch, said the lab is only one-tenth of the Tacony Library’s original space and has no reference books. Librarians decided the community would prefer access to fiction books, DVDs and comic books. “All the other libraries that close for renovations just

disappear for a couple of years and the public just has to go someplace else,” Weber said. “But Tacony is a strong, active community and when the leadership of the community went to the councilman’s office, he stepped up and he met the need.” In order to pay homage to Tacony native Frank Shuman, who pioneered solar power in the neighborhood in the early 20th century, Cassway will create a parklet, a small community space built into parking spots along


Guardian editor joins SMC faculty Aron Pilhofer filled the new James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation. By IAN WALKER For The Temple News

Landry Bado, a junior architecture major who was looking at the installation at Tyler, thinks the purpose of the piece was to inspire viewers to “take action regarding social justice issues.” “I think she just wants them to be proactive and fight against those issues,” he added. Scott Gratson, the director of communication studies at the School of Media and Communication and a Ph.D. candidate at Tyler, said he has been involved with campus-wide social justice since he started college. “Even at that point I was involved in

For Aron Pilhofer, solving the journalism industry’s problems from inside a news organization can feel like “putting out brush fires rather than thinking about the whole forest.” Pilhofer, The Guardian’s current executive editor of digital, said he will have a different perspective when he joins Temple in November as the School of Media and Communication’s James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation. This position was created through a $2 million endowment from the Wyncote Foundation, a Philadelphia-based philanthropic organization. The chair is named after the Pulitzer-winning Inquirer journalist James B. Steele in honor of his pioneering use of data analysis in journalism. Pilhofer worked at The New York Times for nine years as a computer-assisted reporter and editor of interactive news. Since moving to The Guardian in 2014, Pilhofer has formed multiple teams dedicated to developing innovative forms of journalism. One of his teams, Guardian Visuals, produced The Guardian’s first virtual reality project, “6x9.” The project uses 360-degree video to simulate the experience of solitary confinement. Carolyn Kitch, chair of the journalism department, said she considers Pilhofer’s digital journalism skills invaluable to students. “The kind of journalism he’s been doing and the type of digital innovation that he has been involved in, both at The New York Times and at The Guardian, represents changes in the field that we think are important for our students to learn about,” Kitch said. Pilhofer said he considered teaching at Temple two years ago, but decided to take his current position at The



KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Trends of social justice in student art have appeared around campus. Kara Springer, a graduate student of sculpture, installed “A Small Matter of Engineering (Part 2),” outside of Tyler School of Art on Sept. 22.

Artists urge audience to ‘do something’ Students are using different art forms to express their social concerns. By DEVON LAMB For The Temple News “White people. Do something,” reads graduate sculpture student Kara Springer’s latest installation, which has been on display outside the Tyler School of Art since Sept. 22. “I think it’s a needed message,” said Jennifer Zarro, a 1999 art history alumna and visual studies professor. “A work of

art that does exactly what art should do, which is to get us thinking about things and looking at ourselves and the world differently.” Zarro teaches two sections of Race, Identity, and Experience in American Art, a race and diversity General Education course at the Tyler School of Art. “It’s only gotten more and more important to make sure we’re talking about race and diversity and to make sure we’re finding ways to understand each other and learn about each other. I think [the race and diversity Gen-Eds] do a good job at that, giving students and even the professors who teach them an opportunity to speak about these issues,” Zarro said.





Students have mixed feelings as many politicians campaign on Main Campus and in Philadelphia.

A landscape architecture alumnus wrote a children’s book telling the story of the bond with his daughter.

A nonprofit focuses on helping people in addiction recovery through cycling.

BeHeardPhilly works to hear the voices and opinions of Philadelphia residents through opt-in surveys.




As Election Day nears, student political interest varies Several political figures have visited Main Campus and the Philadelphia area as Election Day approaches.

MARGO REED FILE PHOTO President Barack Obama stumps for Hillary Clinton at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sept. 13. Political figures across all parties have stopped in the city on the campaign trail.

By ALEXIS ANDERSON For The Temple News Students on Main Campus have had access to political figures over the last few weeks as Pennsylvania remains a battleground in the presidential election. Visitors like Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Republican candidate Donald Trump, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld have all made their way to Philadelphia — receiving mixed reactions from students. “I was here in 2008 and that was pretty extraordinary,” Michael Hagen, a political science professor, said. “There was just a lot of enthusiasm for the Obama campaign, not just for the candidate but also for the message ... and I don’t have the feeling that that’s what’s going on here now.”

I think a lot of kids on campus, from what I can tell, are politically active. A lot of them have a good sense of what is going on, especially in this election. Adam Krizner

With the presidential election less than a month away, politicians and volunteers from both major political parties are ramping up their appearances around college campuses, Temple included. While these activities have caught the attention of Temple students, it hasn’t necessarily energized them. Georgia Mae Lively, a sophomore environmental studies major and an intern for Clinton’s campaign, said she knows people who are voting, even if they’re not excited about the candidate. “I think people are a little disillusioned with [the system],” Lively said. “I do have friends who have volunteered, and know people who are really interested in Hillary who are really excited. But for the most part, the people my age who I’ve talked to are voting for her, but don’t feel great about it.” Lively attended Clinton’s rally in Mitten Hall on Sept. 19.

“I thought it was a really good speech,” she said. “I thought that she did a good job of not talking down and not pandering. I thought she laid out her plan pretty effectively and talked about things that are really important to a lot of people that I know.” Adam Krizner, a sophomore criminal justice major and vice chairman of the Temple College Republicans, attended Trump’s event in Chester Township, Pennsylvania on Sept. 22. Trump also held a private event for local African American leaders at a church in North Philadelphia. “After that rally, I’m actually more supportive of Trump, because he kind of came off as more professional,” he said. “He was much more polished. He wasn’t just saying things off the cuff, he was actually prepared.” Lively feels that although the rallies excited a small number of students, she doesn’t know if the political events have had much of an effect on the student body as a whole. However, she thinks the “increased exposure” from the first presidential debate has. Krizner said when the debate aired, he walked down a hallway in 1300 Residence Hall and heard it “on in every room.” “I think a lot of kids on campus, from what I can tell, are politically active,” Krizner said. “A lot of them have a good sense of what’s going on, especially in this election. I think this is a very unique and crazy election, there’s a lot at stake. … A lot of kids, I think, realize that.” Krizner said Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, excited a lot of students and the “excitement has carried over into the general election.” But those newly energized voters will likely end up voting for the candidate who is the “lesser of two evils.” Hagen said it’s important to get Temple students involved on and before Election Day. “The enthusiasm of young people is what carries the campaign to other places and other people,” Hagen added. Campus has continued to be a hotspot for political organizations despite mixed feelings about the election. Temple’s Democrat and Republican groups provide an outlet for student political involvement, and there’s been no absence of volunteers out registering voters this semester. “This election looks to be close, so every vote is important,” Hagen said. “And that’s especially true in Pennsylvania, which is one of the battleground states in which the outcome appears to be more in doubt than in most.”

MAGGIE ANDRESEN FILE PHOTO Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, visited Mitten Hall last month.

PATRICK CLARK FILE PHOTO Bill Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, held a rally in Morgan Hall on Main Campus on Sept. 29.

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, campaigned at a metal workers’ union hall on Oct. 5 on Columbus Boulevard.


ROB DIRIENZO / THE TEMPLE NEWS U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty at University of the Arts on Oct. 8.


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FEY To the comfort of many students aspiring to follow in her footsteps, Fey said she didn’t appear on television until she was 30, working at a YMCA and attending improv classes in Chicago after graduating college. “You learn how hard it is to have a real job,” she said. “When you get to a better situation, you appreciate it more. I think it’s good to have some regular jobs first before fancy jobs.” Fey said her favorite project to date, is the movie “Mean Girls,” because of its positive message. She starred in and wrote the film, an adaptation of the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman. A student asked if Fey’s work on shows

like “The Daily Show” and “SNL” — where she played Palin, a former Republican candidate for vice president — can affect viewers’ perceptions of presidential races or candidates. “We’re just trying to find what’s funny and what’s true,” Fey said of her time impersonating Palin and writing for the show. “Because it’s only going to be funny to people if it rings true to them. … We don’t sway the election, but we hook into things people are already feeling.” Alyssa Mancuso, a freshman communication studies major, asked Fey who she would switch bodies with for a day. “Dom DeLuise,” Fey answered immediately. “He ate on film a lot and that’s one of my favorite things to do.” “Everyone was asking these really tough questions, so I just Googled ‘funny questions’ to lighten the mood,” Mancuso, a self-proclaimed


“major Tina fan,” said. “She’s incredibly talented, she’s so poised, but at the same time, she’s absolutely hysterical.” Fey told the crowd the biggest “no” she’s experienced was when she auditioned for the “SNL” cast in Chicago and was passed over. She later realized that she was better suited for writing and started working for the show in 1995. Alyssa Jerome, a senior media studies and production major who asked about getting over rejections like those, said Fey is an inspiration for women in media. “She has worked her butt off,” Jerome said. “She’s produced, directed, written. She also started in theater, so I just feel like it proves you can be whatever you want, you can do whatever you want. There’s no set path.” Fey attributed a lot of her attitude and perseverance to her late father, 1966 journalism

alumnus Donald Fey, who died last year. Tina Fey and her brother, Peter, a 1984 radio, television and film alumnus, set up a scholarship in his honor for journalism majors who are military veterans. “He worked nights and went to school during the day,” Peter Fey told The Temple News. “I honestly don’t know how he did it, but this scholarship is such a worthy thing to represent him.” Senior journalism major Ashley Rodriguez was named the first recipient. “I’ve read her resume,” Peter Fey said, “and she’s the ‘right fit’ for the award.” paige.gross1@temple.edu @By_paigegross





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Alumnus communicates disabilities through book Glen Dick released “We Can Go Anywhere: My Adventures on Daddy’s Chair” in August. By JENNY STEIN For The Temple News When Glen Dick was at FOX 29 in August preparing for a televised interview about his new children’s book, his wife Monica Dick said she overheard a reporter say, “I didn’t know people in wheelchairs could

even have kids.” “[I] was like, ‘Wow, an adult thinks that?’” Monica said. “There is so much that’s not known and there’s so much that’s so scary to people, the more conversations that you can have about it and joke around along the way, like [Glen] and I did early on, the easier it will be to accept all different kinds of people, and that’s what really got me excited.” Glen said his wife was one of the people who urged him to pursue publishing. “We Can Go Anywhere: My Adventures on Daddy’s Chair” is about the experiences Glen, a 1995 land-

scape architecture alumnus, and his daughter can have with their imagination, like traveling to the moon or sailing across the sea, he said. The book was published in late August, with illustrations by Glen’s friend Linda McManus. After he finished writing the book as a keepsake for his 6-year-old daughter, Elaina, he realized it could have a positive impact on other families because it could help break down the barriers associated with discussing disabilities, he said. “It would just open up that whole conversation about people having differences and how they don’t nec-


essarily have to be limitations,” Glen said. “People are just people.” Glen became paralyzed from the waist down with limited functioning in his hands, after an accident in Dewey Beach, Delaware in 1995, the same year he graduated from Temple. When a friend reached up for help out of the water, Glen fell headfirst off the dock and broke his neck, he said. Although it was difficult at first, Glen said he managed to hold a positive attitude throughout his recovery. “It’s been 20 years, it’s not a big deal,” Glen said. “I’m living with it, and I have a great life. … Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, you’re so inspirational and strong,’ [but] everybody goes through their challenges in life. I just wear mine on the outside.” He said he finds that most adults are hesitant to address his paraplegia, but is open to conversation on the subject. “Most people in a wheelchair welcome the questions,” he said. After his accident, Glen’s life “had taken on a different meaning,” he said. Although the landscape architecture company, Pennink & Arrimour, that Glen worked at prior to the accident, agreed to accommodate his position, he decided to stay with the company for only three years. Glen wanted to pursue a career that involved children. “I always loved kids,” Glen said. “They gave me such a sense of purpose.” Shortly after volunteering

at Simon Butler Elementary School in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, the school offered him a full-time position as a teaching assistant in the “Resource Room,” a program for students with an individualized education plan. As fulfilling as working with children in a classroom setting was for Glen, he said he always wanted a child of his own. It wasn’t until he met Monica 12 years ago online that his dream became a reality. The couple was married a year after meeting, and their daughter was born four and a half years later. “He is happiest when he is with her,” Monica said. “They have such an amazing relationship because from day one they were a team.” When Elaina was born, Glen resigned from his teaching position to focus on parenting. “Slowly but surely I realize that [parenting] is what I was meant to do, and it’s enough,” Glen said. “I don’t care if I’m not paid for it, it’s the most rewarding job in the world.” Even from a young age, Elaina had more use of her hands than her father, so they would often work as a unit to complete daily tasks. Glen said he believes his daughter actually benefited from their unique relationship, as she learned to follow directions and work with another individual well. Monica and Glen said they thought a lot about other disabled and nondisabled parents throughout the publishing process, and believe that “We Can Go Anywhere: My Adventures on Daddy’s Chair” could encourage individuals to re-think what it means to be disabled. “For those that are in that situation, and it’s a very very small audience, it’s amazing that there’s something now that they can say, ‘Hey look, being a parent in a wheelchair can be a fun thing,” Monica said. “It doesn’t have to be scary or off-limits.” jenny.stein@temple.edu

Cycling for change, recovery Nick Basalyga started a nonprofit recovery program through biking. By MADISON HALL For The Temple News Nick Basalyga said his ride across the country had “many parallels” to recovery. “Recovery is about change,” said Basalyga, who cycled 1,407 miles alone across the United States to raise awareness for recovery from drug addiction. “It’s about being uncomfortable and humbling yourself to ask for help and support to see through those changes and moments of discomfort.” In June, Basalyga started In the Saddle, a nonprofit that focuses on building a fellowship of recovery through cycling, community service and group support. David Chiavacci, a 2010 accounting alumnus and former Temple football linebacker, is the treasurer and secretary of the organization. Basalyga, who has been in recovery for more than six years, received a master’s degree in social work from New York University in 2014. He most recently worked as a primary counselor at a 30-day inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. With a relapse rate between 40 to 60 percent following a 30-day inpatient treatment experience, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Basalyga said he was inspired to create a program where people stayed in recovery. “While working at Marworth Treatment Center in Waverly, PA, I would notice the success that individuals would have while in a structured and safe environment, being supported by peers in recovery,” Basalyga said. He said he wanted to provide opportunities for individuals to stay in recovery through services and activities “designed to strengthen their sense of identity, purpose and belonging.” “From the time I got sober, I changed everything: people, places and things,” Basalyga said. “I began to take up new hobbies and interests and changed my career to social work to be of service to others.”

One of Basalyga’s new hobbies was cycling, which he became an “outlet” during his recovery. Chiavacci, a longtime friend of Basalyga, decided to help with the program in its fundraising stage after seeing his friend’s passion and drive. On July 1, Chiavacci began helping the organization by reaching out to businesses, networking and tracking funding. “It started out as me helping a close friend, but you begin to realize how much drugs and alcohol affect thousands of people,” Chiavacci said. “I could be doing a lot more to help those in need.” Before starting at Temple, Chiavacci came from a sheltered neighborhood in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and said moving to Philadelphia opened his eyes to the effects drugs have on certain communities. As secretary and treasurer of In the Saddle, Chiavacci said he helps Basalyga carry out his mission while also handling financial responsibilities. “In the Saddle has a unique focus on health and wellness,” Chiavacci said. “That’s the main vision.” The program will also include community service, which helps people in recovery become bicycle mechanics and make indirect amends to their community. “We decided to base In The Saddle in Philadelphia for two reasons,” Basalyga said. “The city is very bike-friendly and secondly, it has been impacted greatly by the opioid epidemic,” Basalyga said. During his two-month journey across the country, which started in San Francisco and ended in Philadelphia, Basalyga had time to think about the program and connect with people through recovery. “I never once wanted to give up,” he said. “The ride and this program is bigger than me and I was riding for those who need a program like this.” With plans to begin accepting members into the program in January 2017, Basalyga will spend this fall continuing to fundraise and grow support for the organization. “Even if we help five people to better themselves, it will be well worth it,” Chiavacci said. “I’m looking forward to working one on one with people and seeing them grow week by week.” madison.hall@temple.edu

COURTESY GRAEME ROBERTSON Aron Pilhofer, formerly of the Guardian and The New York Times, is joining the School of Media and Communication staff with an endowed professorship.

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JOURNALISM Guardian instead. David Boardman, the dean of SMC, said he resumed talks with Pilhofer earlier this year. “[The endowed chair] wasn’t specifically targeted that it could only be Aron, but because Aron had emerged as our top candidate previously, we were able to offer it to him,” Boardman said. Pilhofer said the endowed chair’s focus on innovation meshed well with his journalistic interests. “[The] endowed chair [is based] around the kinds of things that I’m interested and passionate about, which is business models, entrepreneurialism within journalism and story forms,” Pilhofer said. David Haas, a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyncote Foundation, said he was excited to help Temple hire a professor like Pilhofer. “When David [Boardman] said we might get Pilhofer, I said, ‘Holy cow, let’s see if we can do that,’” Haas said. “It just seemed to me ... a perfect thing to add to [Temple’s] resources.” Haas and Boardman both serve on

the Board of Managers of the non-profit Institute for Journalism in New Media, which was created in January 2016 by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a Temple trustee. The institute owns the Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com. Boardman said the Institute “has a lot of appeal for Aron in terms of bringing together local media and Temple in exciting ways.” “The Institute is very interested in having people like Aron, of that talent and background, in the ecosystem here,” he added. In addition to his special projects, Pilhofer said he is teaching a course focused on entrepreneurial journalism in Spring 2017. “There are certain advantages to being in a very senior role at a very large news organization like [The Guardian], where you can have impact on an individual newsroom,” he added. “But what excites me about this opportunity at Temple is ... to have a role in helping to train, inspire, teach the next generation of not just journalists, but those who are in the advertising industry, marketing, PR, you name it.” ian.walker@temple.edu





Work and school: a ‘time management exercise’ Some students balance schoolwork and jobs to help ensure financial stability. By VALERIE MCINTYRE For The Temple News Junior media studies and production major Geena Bevenour wasn’t looking for work, but when she had the opportunity, the full-time student decided to take a job as a student worker at the College of Engineering and add 10 hours of work per week to her schedule. According to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, about 14 million college students work and 40 percent of undergraduates work at least 30 hours a week. Many students are taking on the challenge of working part-time or fulltime jobs while keeping up with their studies. “My uncle was friends with the vice dean of the College of Engineering,” said Benevour, who helps keep track of engineering alumni. “So when the opportunity presented itself being a student worker, it was super flexible and so I figured, ‘Why not?’ It was extra cash and something to put on my resume.” Daniel Heim, a junior history and Italian major, works in the Honors Lounge in the Tuttleman Learning Center and said his job helps him pay his rent, buy food and earn spending money. Heim said he doesn’t feel like there are many cons to working and going to school, but thinks “it’s a personal thing.” “If you feel comfortable with what you’re doing, then keep doing it,” he said. “But if you think that you’re too busy and you need a change, then that’s something that you would have to look into yourself.” Junior communication studies major Joey Cruz is a commuter who works in the client relations department at the Continuing Education program based out of Carnell Hall. “I want to say making money is necessary for me, but it’s something I need for transportation and food, because I don’t get a lot of the benefits like someone who dorms at campus,” Cruz said. “I don’t work a lot, but it’s enough to get by for now,” he added. Bevenour, Cruz and Heim all work on campus. Although working as a full-time student can be stressful, Bevenour said she was lucky

enough to organize her schedule to her liking. “I work about 10 hours a week and it is difficult on those days when I have to set my alarm and wake up early to get stuff done because I’m not going to be able to do homework when I work before class,” she said. “It’s definitely a time management exercise.” “Working has helped me with time management, so knowing when to do certain work and study for certain things. I’ve been more lenient on managing on what stuff I’m doing on time,” Cruz said. He added that although having a job has helped him time manage well, it has also caused some stress. “It has definitely added more stress since I’m working and going to school,” he said. “I don’t have much of a social life.” Heim said he sometimes wishes he could finish his homework immediately after class instead of going to work, but it’s “not really a big issue” for him. “As long as you can manage having a job and going to school, it’s good for you,” he said. Bevenour said she finds herself getting overwhelmed with working and studying, but plays club volleyball at Pearson and McGonigle halls to help deal with the stress. “When there isn’t much stuff going on in the offices, I can do school work, but as for

stress, I tend to over-organize myself, so I will stay up late and write out everything I need to do and my stress levels drop once I check off things,” she said. Bevenour added that one of the “pros” of working is hanging out with coworkers and talking about their similar workloads on particularly stressful days. “It’s more relaxed environment for me,

since I don’t have to go to the city and work,” Cruz said. Overall, Heim is glad he decided to take a job as a full-time student. “I think it was a good choice for me to have a job and I think it’s been really beneficial both financially and later careers,” Heim said. valeriemcintyre@temple.edu

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Junior media studies and production major Geena Bevenour works in the College of Engineering as a student employee. Bottom: Junior communications studies major Joey Cruz works in the Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education and Summer Programs at Carnell Hall.

BeHeardPhilly wants to hear the community’s voice BeHeardPhilly is a survey research system that works to gather Philly voices. By LONDON BOGDEN For The Temple News In BeHeardPhilly’s conference room, a stack of flyers reads, “One City, Many Voices.” BeHeardPhilly, the first citywide survey panel in the country operated by Temple’s Institute for Survey Research, was formed last November. The group wants to survey Philadelphians about social issues like trusting government and living a healthier life. Heidi Grunwald, the managing director of BeHeardPhilly and ISR, said BeHeardPhilly is “specializing in urban, transient and hard-to-reach populations” and wants to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in Philadelphia. “Anyone’s voice that is underrepresented gets weighted up, and anyone’s voice that is overrepresented gets weighted down,” Grunwald added. BeHeardPhilly’s survey research system is based on an opt-in approach. By opting-in, people choose to be surveyed by either phone, email or text. Participants can also tell BeHeardPhilly how many times a month they want to be surveyed. The team includes six full-time members, part-time graduate students, phone room interviewers and features@temple-news.com

people canvassing neighborhoods. BeHeardPhilly held its first survey in November in Germantown and had successful response rates, a rationale they used to determine there is a demand for citizens to publicly voice their opinions in Philadelphia, Grunwald said. BeHeardPhilly attracted attention from the city’s government after it had several thousand participating members. For its current project, BeHeard-

Philly’s partnered with Mayor Jim Kenney to ask Philadelphians how they feel about the public services they pay for, like waste management, schools and the water department. BeHeardPhilly also partnered with The Philadelphia Citizen, a civically engaged digital news organization, for polls on the mayor’s soda tax proposal, parking on the median of South Broad Street and the public’s knowledge of poverty in the city. “What they’ve been able to do for

us is very quickly and very efficiently gauge public opinions,” said Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, the executive editor of The Philadelphia Citizen. “They are able to obtain public opinion in a timely manner, so that real change can happen.” In an effort to make the surveys more accessible, the team has launched a bilingual survey for Spanish-speaking citizens. BeHeardPhilly wants to include more languages as well, but it is an expensive process re-

BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS BeHeardPhilly phone interviewer Kayla Johnson completes surveys in the organization’s office in the Entertainment and Community Education Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street. The survey program gathers voices from all across the city to weigh in on social issues.

quiring numerous translators, Grunwald said. The team has been reaching out to groups like 900 AM-WURD, a local African-American-owned-andoperated radio station, and organizations and businesses from Chinatown to gain more access to voices in these populations. “We are trying to forge relationships and partnerships with groups that allow us access to the populations we don’t currently have,” Grunwald said. She added that the organization wants to create an option on their website for researchers and the community groups they partner with to see live survey response rates. BeHeardPhilly has not conducted any surveys in North Philadelphia, but the team has spoken with Temple about a possible survey of community residents involving the $126 million proposal for an on-campus football stadium. As the project grows, BeHeardPhilly has a goal to reach 10,000 Philadelphians and build more efficient technology to make the survey process as simple as possible. The program is creating a captive audience for people who are interested in having their voices heard and participating in other research endeavors, Grunwald said. “Creating this more civically engaged mission has helped people feel part of something bigger than just themselves,” Grunwald added. “This is you, your city, your neighborhood and you have some buy in here.” london.bogden@temple.edu

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PARKLET the street. Cassway designed “The Frank Shuman Solar Art Parklet” in Tacony LAB’s studio, according to Mural Arts Philadelphia’s website. The parklet will be set up in front of the Tacony LAB on Thursday, but will be taken down for the winter in November.

Starting in April 2017, the parklet will be available for public use once again, serving as an overflow space for the library and a public space for pedestrians. The design of the parklet includes a built-in bench, lattices for displaying art and solar-powered USB ports. Cassway said he wanted to incorporate the solar panels artistically, so he created a sun design to be placed on multiple circular panels decorating the outside of the parklet. These panels are also reflective in or-

der to alert drivers at night of the parklets close proximity to the street. “It’s not exactly my artistic forte and it’s not normally what I do professionally as an artist,” Cassway said. “But I thought it was a good challenge to design a 3-D structure. ... Everyone was really into the idea, the councilman’s office loved it and the library loved it as well.” “I would love if the library did more of these throughout Philadelphia,” he added. “It’s a really interesting model.” Mariel Capanna, a painter and Cassway’s studio mate, created a mural on the wall of Marie Huff Hairdressing on Torresdale Avenue near Diston Street. The mural illustrates the working-class history of the Tacony neighborhood and will be the first fresco mural in Philadelphia. “On one side, we are hitting the nail on the head of community history,” Capanna said of the mural’s design. “On the other side, we are representing the present and future of Tacony which emphasizes local recreation and families.” Tacony resident Dianna Gavryleh works for LEAP, a free afterschool program that helps students with their homework. Gavryleh said resources like the Tacony LAB are the reason “people who want to be educated are educated.” “With failing schools nowadays, you can access lots of resources here that schools might not have,” she added. Cassway spent the summer in the studio working on the parklet and creating his own art. While Cassway worked in the studio, he said kids from Tacony would come in to draw and paint alongside him. “There are some kids that come in and sit here for hours just making art,” he said. “The kids saw me drawing all summer long too alongside them, which I think is super important for them to see and know that this is something people can do at any age.” meghan.caroline.costa@temple.edu Brianna Spause contributed reporting.



Temple University Rome professors show their work “Mostra dei Docenti di Temple University Rome,” an exhibition featuring works by visual arts and architecture faculty from Temple University Rome, will start on Tuesday. The exhibit is a joint celebration for Ciao Philadelphia, a citywide celebration of Italian Heritage Month, and Temple Rome’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit will feature sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and architecture pieces and it will be the first time Temple Rome faculty exhibits as a group in the United States. The exhibit opens on Tuesday and will run until Oct. 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The opening reception is on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. -Erin Moran

Media innovators to visit campus for BarCamp The 8th Annual BarCamp will be held this Saturday in Annenberg Hall from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Representatives from media outlets across the country will attend the event and discuss journalism as a changing industry. This year’s keynote speakers are Greg Linch, a data developer at The McClatchy Company; Jess Estepa, a senior digital producer at National Geographic; Emily McManus, the managing editor of TED; and Michael Gold, a social media editor for The New York Times. Previous keynote speakers at the event include Lauren Rabaino, director of editorial products at Vox Media, and Zach Seward of Intelligence from Social Media Analytics at the Wall Street Journal. The event is organized by Technically Media, a media company that was founded by two Temple alumni and produces two niche news sites. It is sponsored by Temple’s Center for Public Interest Journalism and The Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit focused on making the “health of the Internet” a mainstream issue, according to its website. Admission is free for students. - Grace Shallow

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BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Tacony LAB artist-in-residence Mariel Capanna installs a fresco mural on the corner of Torresdale Avenue and Diston Street on Sept. 6. Capanna’s project will be the first fresco mural in Philadelphia done in association with Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE LGBT activism, which was difficult. We’re talking the 80s which was a different era,” he said. “This was Reagan, the beginning of AIDS. It was pretty harsh and difficult to try and create social justice for the LGBT community.” Almost three decades years later, senior glass major Johnny Folliard is still trying to work towards equality for the LGBTQ community. In a performance, Folliard danced naked while junior glass major Sabrina Fasano, among others, threw balloons

at him with fake blood inside. The balloons had derogatory statements toward the LGBTQ community written on them. Folliard said the performance confronted “gay dating apps and how they erode the idea of the LGBTQ community.” “[Johnny’s art] made my mouth drop,” Fasano said. “Johnny’s a really good dancer, but also what he wanted us to do.” Folliard uses his performances to express his political and social concerns. “These performances make up something that functional and design work kind of lacks for me,” Folliard said. “I love blowing glass, that’s how I got into Tyler. It’s one of my passions ... but it’s kind of lacking in a sense that having a pretty

object at the end of the day is just having a pretty object, it’s not fulfilling. … Performance work gives me more of something, something that satisfies something deeper inside.” Zarro said art has always been an outlet to express the “deepest human thought and desires and emotions and narratives.” “Not just visual art, but music and novels and poems and movement and performance and dance,” she added. “I mean those historically seem to be the places that humans, in general, can communicate in very deep, powerful ways.” devon.lamb@temple.edu

On Saturday, the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of South Philadelphia will hold its annual Bloktoberfest on South Street from noon to 8 p.m. The festival is open to all ages and features food trucks, like The Happy Pita and Mama’s Meatballs. Bands, including Swift Technique and Worldtown SoundSystem, will be performing. Metro Kids Club will host events for kids, like face painting and gymnastics. Craft beer will be available at the event, and beer bracelets can be purchased online in advance. Proceeds from beer sales will support neighborhood initiatives like education and public safety. Over the last six years, Bloktoberfest has donated over $130,000 to various charitable causes.

Second Annual Philly’s Cheesesteak festival takes place this Saturday At Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the second annual Philly’s Cheesesteak and Food Fest will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The event will feature over 50 food vendors — including Primo Hoagies and Tony Luke’s — and a craft beer garden. Radio hosts from 97.5 The Fanatic, 93.3 WMMR, 102.9 MGK and 95.7 BEN FM will make an appearance, along with the Phillie Phanatic. Last year’s inaugural event saw several issues ranging from long lines to Facebook protest groups alleging fraud and demanding refunds. This year, general admission tickets are $20. Premium and VIP tickets start at $45 and include access to free samples, Phillies game tickets and early entry to the event. -Grace Shallow features@temple-news.com



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what the professors and two summer interns completed over the summer. It also displayed a Fishtown coloring book designed by PhillyRow. The interns and the professors conducted fieldwork, measured properties and created illustrations. They also researched the history of Philadelphia row homes in libraries, city databases and historical archives. “I researched hundreds of Fishtown row homes that represented the historical timeline of the architecture,” said Julia Lewis, a senior graphic design major who interned with PhillyRow. “Everything from the brick pattern to the doors, windows, and the cornices at the top of the house said a lot about that time period that it was made in.” At the exhibit, PhillyRow displayed infographics about the history of Philadelphia row homes. “I think it’s cool to see on one wall all the different types of row houses in Fishtown itself and also the history of them so you learn it all in one place. Its pretty awesome,” said Troy Hannigan, a visitor at the exhibit and a Fishtown resident who works in architecture and planning. The infographics are a platform that PhillyRow plans to use as a way to help homeowners from all income levels make their existing structure more sustainable by adding things like insulation or changing concrete patios to gardens. “There is no one good point for that information anywhere,” Satalino said. “It’s very fragmented. And we would like to have some general guidebook for this.” Seventy percent of all housing units in Philadelphia are rowhomes, according to the Healthy Rowhouse Project. “We want people to pay attention to [row homes] and look at the different details, see how they’re made and know the terminology around them and to love them,” Satalino said. Row homes are an efficient use of land, Satalino said. The sheer amount of them allows for enough population to support public transport and

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 economic turnover. Fordham added that row homes also contribute to sustainability because they don’t have garages. They instead promote the use of public transport or cycling and walking. “It’s a very manageable housing type for utility uses and for people who don’t have a lot of resources,” Fordham said. “Rather than remove these houses or neglect them, we really have to see them as assets to maintain.” Fordham added that Philadelphia row homes are unique because they were designed for a wide variety of income levels, unlike places like New York City, where row homes were generally built for the wealthy.

In the future, PhillyRow intends to continue its work and have more exhibitions throughout different neighborhoods. Guido said they have researched row homes in South and West Philadelphia. “We would like to take what we have and create a series of prints to show some of these differences we are finding between neighborhoods and create a product that will help promote this idea of civic pride,” Guido said. “We want to show people that where they have lived isn’t boring,” she added. kaitlyn.moore@temple.edu

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Clifton Fordham, a graphic design professor and one of the creators of PhillyRow, colors at the exhibition on Oct. 8.


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“I think it’s important that students have their voices heard. We shouldn’t be told what we want, we know what we want. So, as students, now we can talk to our leaders in our schools and then they’ll be our mouthpiece and they’ll get the message across to whoever’s making decisions with money, allocation of resources, etc. As far as diversity goes, I think that Temple presents itself as a highly diversified campus and we need to lead that way.”


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“I think it’s important because we have so many different groups on campus that do their own thing, whether that’s culturally, intellectually or otherwise and it’s important to hear from every single group what they need and what Temple can provide them. I know that the STARS Program isn’t necessarily working too well with student orgs and stuff like that so I would really like to see this [Parliament] kind of be able to bring the smaller clubs to have a voice and to be able to say what they want to say.”


CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Blockson Collection donated 39 of Harriet Tubman’s personal items to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

truth” about American history, which includes a better understanding of the experiences of African Americans, she said. The museum will cover African American history and culture from slavery to the modern day, including the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. “Unfortunately, for many years there was only one viewpoint that was considered important,” Turner said. “In order to understand American history, you have to see it from different vantage points.” “You have these layers and layers and layers of truth,” she added. “But if you exclude any of them, then you get a

false view of American history.” Turner said Temple was well-represented at the dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. Blockson, along with H. Patrick Swygert, a former Temple administrator and singer Patti LaBelle, who received an honorary degree from Temple in 2010, were all at the event. The museum, which opened on Sept. 24, also features a copy of poet and professor emeritus Sonia Sanchez’s 1970 piece, “We a BaddDDD People.” Sanchez is Philadelphia’s first poet laureate and Temple’s first presidential fellow. Sanchez taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Temple’s English department for 20 years. Other Philadelphia ties in the museum include a display on West

Philadelphia hat-maker Mae Reeves and a money box used by Bishop Richard Allen, a Philadelphia native who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the early 19th century. Berhanu said the donation will lead to more opportunities for collaboration between the Blockson Collection and the Smithsonian and connect the collection to a larger network of institutions and contributors. “You cannot respect people unless you understand their history,” she said. “African American history is American history,” Turner added. “It’s for everyone. Every group of women here in the United States should feel a sense of pride that here’s this woman who stood up for what was right.” erin.moran@temple.edu

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Former Owl gets second straight NFL start Due to injuries in the wide receiving corps, former Temple wide receiver Robby Anderson got his second consecutive start Sunday in the New York Jets’ 31-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Anderson twice, connecting with him for one reception for 10 yards. After making New York’s 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of training camp, Anderson has five catches for 56 yards this season. Anderson finished 2015 as Temple’s leading receiver and amassed 1,730 receiving yards in his college career. -Evan Easterling

CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Defensive Coordinator Phil Snow walks on Chodoff Field during the team’s practice on Oct. 4.

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SNOW Under Snow’s guidance, the Bruins’ defense ranked No. 27 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in points allowed per game, one year removed from ranking No. 86 in that category and allowing more than 30 points per game. “He was the best football coach I’d ever been around,” Rhule said last week after practice. “Phil took one of the worst defenses in the PAC-10 and made it one of the best in one year,” he added. “I just learned a ton from him, not just football, but how to coach, how to practice, how to work.” Snow’s impact on the Owls’ defense in four years has been similar to what he did with the Bruins. Temple’s defense ranked No. 82 in scoring defense and No. 108 in total defense in 2013. Snow’s defenses ranked in the Top 25 of both of those categories over the past two seasons. The Owls’ defense, which sent three players to the NFL after last season, currently ranks No. 39 in scoring defense and No. 18 in total defense. Snow describes the Owls’ defense as “multiple” — their base set up is a 4-3, which uses four linemen and three linebackers, but they can switch up into a 3-4. Anywhere from three to eight players could be rushing the passer at any time. He starts simple, and the playbook builds on itself as the season continues and players get more experience within the system. Former Owl Matt Ioannidis, who is currently with the Washington Redskins, described Snow as a “magician” in 2015

and compared his defensive schemes to an NFL playbook. “He’s a guru if you ask me,” redshirtsenior defensive lineman Haason Reddick said. “The guy understands football.” Snow’s first FBS job was as a defensive backs coach at Boise State University. He’s also had stays at PAC-10 schools like UCLA, University of Washington and Arizona State University, where he was the defensive coordinator for the Sun Devils’ 1996 Rose Bowl team. During his stops, he’s run into some great players. As a defensive coordinator at Arizona State, he coached two PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year winners, Pat Tillman and Adam Archuleta. In his final season with the Sun Devils, he coached future Baltimore Ravens Pro-Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs, who won the PAC-10 Freshman of the Year. “I get a kick out of everybody talking about, ‘This guy’s a great coach,’” Snow said. “He’s probably got great players. The players win football games, not the coaches. Our job is to put them in position to make the play and then they have to make it.” Robert Thomas was the PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Butkus Award when he played for Snow at UCLA during his senior season in 2001. The former NFL first-round pick, who is currently trying to get into coaching as an assistant at UCLA, said Snow certainly deserves some of the credit for the success of his players. “I was a little nasty, but he got it all out of me,” Thomas said. “He really taught me to be a student of the game. … Just making the game slow for me. When the game

was slow for me it allowed me to play fast and use my athleticism to make big plays. I owe a lot of it to him.” Snow’s coaching path has also taken him to football’s highest level, the NFL. From 2005-08, Snow was the linebackers coach for the Lions, where he was exposed to Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense that helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl. Snow, who grew up rooting for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, earned respect there as well. “Now that I look back on it, I’m really appreciative of the type of person he was,” Sims said. “The time he took out to talk to us about individual snippets about the game, how to study.” Over his coaching career, football’s changed quite a bit. Forty years after he started, Snow is still often in the building watching film and working on new ways to stop opposing offenses, Rhule said. Snow’s Arizona State defense used just two defensive fronts and coverages when it went to the Rose Bowl. After facing more traditional, pro-style offenses when he coached in the PAC-10, Snow now encounters all kinds of up-tempo spread offenses that tire defenses out and space the field. He’s adapted. “Things have dramatically changed,” Snow said. “The style of football today, I prefer the old style where you line up and you hit each other and the toughest guy and the guy that’s most disciplined wins. Now it’s all spread and they try to get you tired. But, hey, you know, that’s the game. It changes and you have to change with it.” @Owen_McCue


CONOR ROTTMUND FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior defenseman Matt Mahoney charges past the Villanova defense in the Owls’ 1-0 home win Oct. 4.

ponents to 99 shots, including 46 shots on target. As a comparison, Temple has 202 shots, 80 of which were on goal. “Our job really comes down to making sure the opposing team cannot get clear shots on Cagle,” Creed said. “Sometimes, they will make chances throughout the game and then Cagle will, of course, come up with a big save as he usually does, but our job is to limit those chances and make it difficult for the opposing team to get a rhythm.” While defense isn’t the most glorified position to play in soccer, it has distinct challenges and generally appeals to a certain type of person. The players characterize themselves as tough, aggressive players who will sacrifice their body for a tackle or a stop. Endurance also plays a big role for

Kicker Austin Jones out for season, according to report Junior kicker Austin Jones is out for the season with a torn ACL, as first reported by OwlScoop.com on Saturday. He was injured in the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 34-27 road loss to Memphis on Thursday when he got blocked during a kickoff return for a touchdown. Freshman kicker Aaron Boumerhi, who joined the team as a walk-on in the spring, kicked an extra point and did the kickoff after the injury. Jones had made a Division I high 19 straight field goals going back to last season, before missing two attempts in the second half. He has made 46-of-62 attempts in his career. -Evan Easterling


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Mahoney, redshirt-junior Mark Grasela and junior midfielder Brendon Creed. The five players have shared a lot of experiences and have worked well together in the past. “We’ve all played together for a couple years now,” Mueller said. “We don’t really have anyone new on the backline, so we are all comfortable with each other. We know where each other are going to be, so it just comes down to team chemistry and team communication.” Not only does the backline stay in constant communication, but the players also work closely with Cagle, who will call out commands and observations that give the defense direction. “He plays a big role,” Mueller said. “I mean, he sees everything on the field. He sees stuff we can’t see, players running in behind, so it’s important for him to keep the communication up.” The members of the backline emphasized how important communication is when they play together. Some of the understanding they have with each other happens during practice, where the athletes get to know their teammates’ tendencies on the field and where they can look for a pass or extra help when game time comes. “It’s important to have good communication because we are not four defenders, we are a whole backline,” Moros Gracia said. “I told Creed most of the times I am a player, he’s a player, but when both of us are together, we are three players.” As a unit, the defense has held its op-

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FILE PHOTO Former Temple wide receiver Robby Anderson has started the past two games for the New York Jets.

the defense. Moros Gracia has played every minute of every game, and Grasela, Mueller and Creed play the majority of the games they start. In addition to the physical toll of the position, the athletes must also be strong mentally and stay focused for the entirety of the game. “I think in defenders, it’s 50-50 with the mind,” Moros Gracia said. “When you are a forward and you are tired, you can rest, and if you are unable to score, it is OK. But if you are a defender, you have to keep going all the game because you concede a goal, you can lose the game. So it’s important when you are tired also to use your mind to supply the fitness.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

The men’s and women’s soccer teams both earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Award for the academic performance for the past academic year. The women’s team has earned the recognition for six straight years, and the men’s team has received the honor four years in a row. Since the rule — which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher — was established in 1996, the two teams have been honored with the award a combined 17 times. The women’s team posted a team GPA of 3.51. Temple had 11 players on the President’s Honor Roll, which requires a GPA of 3.5 or above. In addition, they had three players in the Trustee Ten—the top 10 athletes with the highest GPAs. The men’s team had an overall grade point average of 3.28. The Owls also had seven players earn a spot on the Temple’s President's Honor Roll, and one men’s player earned a spot on the Trustee Ten, which recognizes the Top 10 GPAs out of all student-athletes. Athletic Director Pat Kraft has instituted an Owl Scholar Program, where players will wear a special patch on their jerseys to display their success in academics. -Tom Ignudo

4 men’s soccer players earn weekly honors Junior goalkeeper Alex Cagle posted two shutouts and earned American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week. Cagle, who tallied 11 saves this week and has posted four consecutive shutouts was also named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week. Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez was the conference co-offensive player of the week as well as the Philadelphia Soccer Six co-player of the week. Gomez Sanchez netted two goals during the week to help Temple capture 1-0 victories against Villanova and Southern Methodist. Senior defender Matt Mahoney also made it onto The American’s weekly honor roll, and freshman midfielder Zach Brown earned the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week. -Owen McCue sports@temple-news.com





Foran and Meszaros share athletic and career passion The early childhood education majors have spent hours on and off the pitch together. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR For The Temple News Senior forward Katie Foran and senior backer Ali Meszaros connected immediately when they arrived at Temple in 2013. “When we came to Temple, we both said, ‘Hey I remember you from the [field hockey] clinic,’” Foran said. “It was actually really weird.” Four years later, Foran and Meszaros, who have combined to play 110 games in their careers, share captaincy with senior midfielder Paige Gross. They came to Temple as part of a recruiting class of eight players signed by former coach Amanda Janney. With the team having lost 10 seniors from last year’s team including its starting goalkeeper and top three scorers, both Foran and Meszaros understand that they must play an important role. Just like four seasons ago when the senior class first arrived, there are eight freshmen on this year’s roster. “We thought back to when we were freshmen, and we thought about the seniors back then and how we looked up to them and we watched everything that they did,” Meszaros said. “So that put it into perspective for us.” Given the team’s youth and relative inexperience, both co-captains understand that growth as a team will be one of the most important aspects of this season. “We’re a very young team, but we saw a lot of great things that came through in preseason,” Meszaros said. “We’ve seen a progression throughout the season.” The team started the year on a three-game losing streak before getting its first win, then proceeded to lose its next five contests. The Owls have now won four of their last five games. Foran has scored two of the team’s 11 goals in that span. Foran often takes on the role of leading by example, while Meszaros uses a more firm and vocal style in the locker room and on the field.

“I think we definitely balance each other out,” Foran said. “I’m more laid-back and quieter, and Ali is more outspoken. I calm Ali down and Ali sticks up for me.” “[Katie’s] always there to talk to everyone on the team, and everyone respects her and go to her if they have problems,” Meszaros added. Off the field, both players share their appreciation for education and children, which has resulted in them choosing early childhood education as their majors. “My mom’s a teacher and I’ve always gone into her classroom, and I think it’s really cool to get to make an impact on [kids],” Foran said. “I have a lot of siblings in my family, and I also like giving back to the community,” Meszaros said. Meszaros and Foran share many of the same challenges as student athletes trying to balance their athletic and academic lives. Their shared early childhood education major provides for an extremely rigorous schedule every day. “It’s very demanding because we have to go in for field work,” Meszaros said. “We’ll go into the classroom in the morning, then go to practice, then do our homework.” “The teachers at Temple are very

helpful and understand our busy schedules,” Foran said. As they continue their last year at Temple, both players can’t help but look towards the future. “I’m going to move back home and look for a job near Harrisburg,”

said Foran, who is from Dauphin, Pennsylvania, about a 15-minute drive from the state capital. “I have a lot of family there, and I’m very close to them.” “I’m kind of sad, because Katie and I have been taking classes to-

gether and we always wanted to teach together, but I’m going to move away and teach somewhere farther away,” Meszaros said. varun.sivakumar@temple.edu @VarunSivakumar

JULIANA WACLAWSKI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior backer Ali Meszaros blocks the passing lane in the Owls’ 2-1 overtime win on Friday against Old Dominion University at Howarth Field.

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Paige Gross (left), and senior backer Ali Meszaros run off the goal line to defend a penalty corner in the Owls’ 2-1 overtime win against Old Dominion University on Friday.


Asci focusing on team goals after reaching career milestone The junior tallied her 1,000th kill and hopes to win a conference championship. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter Junior outside hitter Irem Asci shows emotion after every play, whether it be pumping her fists after crushing a ball down the line, throwing her hands up after a close call or looking down at the ground for a few seconds after a service error. But in a Sept. 28 game against Connecticut, one play meant more for Asci. In the third set of the match, she finished the 1,000th kill of her collegiate career. More important to Asci was the Owls winning the match. Putting the team first is a quality coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam has noticed from the Ankara, Turkey native. “She felt great about achieving such an accomplishment,” Ganesharatnam said. “But she is like the rest of the girls on the team, putting the team first. Everyone on the team works hard for each other, and it is good to see the success.” This is Asci’s second year at Temsports@temple-news.com

ple. She transferred from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she accumulated her first 383 kills. Since coming to Temple, Asci has led the team in total kills. As a sophomore, she finished the season with 409, almost 100 more kills than second on the team. This season has been no different. Asci has 278 kills, 90 more than the second place player. Asci’s 4.41 kills per set ranks No. 19 in Division I. Asci has had career performances this season, notching career highs in kills with 28 against Connecticut on Sept. 28, and digs with 22 against Memphis. Asci doesn’t believe she deserves all the credit for her start to the season. “We have two great setters that I like working with,” Asci said. “We also have a great serve receive and having that makes everything easier. But I’ve also spent more time this year scouting other teams myself to see what I can do against them.” In the end, Asci only has one goal for the season, finishing off the year on top of the American Athletic Conference. And she has done everything she can to help Temple stay near the top of the conference. Her games against Connecticut and Memphis helped Temple win both matches in five sets and put the Owls

on a three game winning streak. Even though Temple plays a tough conference schedule for the rest of the season, Asci is confident in the Owls’ ability to finish the season on top of the standings. She said she thinks the team has a lot of talent.

“Every game we lost this season was close, and I would consider them to be ‘lucky games’ that could’ve gone either way,” Asci said. “Our goal has always been the top, especially after finishing second the last two seasons. And I have a lot of confidence, I think

we’re one of the top teams and we just need to work together.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior outside hitter Irem Asci returns a serve during practice in McGonigle Hall on Oct. 4. Asci is No. 19 in Division I in kills per set.

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Mauro ‘lucky’ to land Uzbekistani players 3 years ago Yana Khon and Alina Abdurakhimova lived 10 minutes apart before coming to Temple. By GRAHAM FOLEY For The Temple News Juniors Yana Khon and Alina Abdurakhimova have played many important matches in their tennis careers. Their most memorable ones, however, may be the ones they played against each other back home in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. “Yeah, she always won,” Khon said at Thursday’s practice. “No,” Abdurakhimova responded with a laugh. “No, not really.” Abdurakhimova and Khon both grew up in Tashkent. Like many Temple tennis players, they had to leave their homes and live on their own in a foreign country. Luckily, they had each other. “I think it was easy because we came together,” Abdurakhimova said. “That made it so much easier.” The two lived about 10 minutes from each other and did not go to the same school, but they knew each other through tennis and played against each other during breaks from school. Coach Steve Mauro said it was their friendship through tennis that allowed both of them to come and play for the Owls. Mauro had been emailing Khon, who was being recruited by several top programs at the time, about playing for Temple. When he learned about her friend Abdurakhimova and her desire to study actuarial science at Temple, they were both offered spots on the Owls’ roster. The two were with each other when they made their decision to come to Temple together.

PATRICK CLARK/THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior Alina Abdurakhimova returns a serve during practice at the Student Pavilion on Oct. 6. Junior Yana Khon and Abdurakhimova both hail from the same area in Uzbekistan.

“We found out that Temple had two available spots on the tennis team,” Abdurakhimova said. “We found out during practice, and we both wanted to go.” Abdurakhimova and Khon’s relationship quickly changed from two Uzbekistani tennis players who “knew each other but weren’t good friends” to best friends and teammates. The two roomed together freshman year and helped each other through a transition phase that wasn’t easy, Mauro said. “The first semester is a little bit difficult with the language, the expressions we use, the food, it takes them a while to get used to that,” Mauro said. “Usually it takes them

about a semester.” This transitional period for international students is something Mauro is very used to at Temple. In his nine years with the Owls, Mauro has recruited players from across the globe. In the process, he said he has made a lot of friends. “I think we’ve probably been represented by about 30 different countries since I’ve been here so we have contacts all over the world,” Mauro said. “If you named a country, I could find someone to go ask about a player. I’ve been doing it for a while, and I’ve made a lot of connections around the world.” While Mauro has recruited plenty of players from around the world


during his time at Temple, it is still quite unusual for him to find two great players like Abdurakhimova and Khon from the same hometown. Mauro said that their friendship allowed the two to feel more comfortable on the court and adjust to life in Philadelphia smoothly, and he feels “lucky” to have found both of them. Abdurakhimova and Khon both have contributed significantly to Temple on and off the court during their two years as Owls. Khon finished the fall with a 15-3 singles record and played a crucial role in the team’s quarterfinal run at the American Athletic Conference tournament as a freshman in 2014-15. Last year, she finished the season with a 14-3

dual record and was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Abdurakhimova also had a standout 2014-15 season, posting a 19-5 singles record and being named American Athletic Conference CoFreshman of the Year. Last season, she had a 14-7 record overall and was named to the President’s Honor Roll. “They’re two really sweet girls, we’re lucky to have them,” Mauro said. “They do well in school and they do well on the court. If I could have a team full of girls from Uzbekistan, I would.” graham.foley@temple.edu @graham_foley3


Owls’ scoring problems persist The Owls have been outscored 8-2 by opponents in their past four conference games. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Coach Seamus O’Connor knows he doesn’t have the same team as last year. He doesn’t have a supporting cast of nine seniors like he did in 2015. He doesn’t have the scoring support either. The Owls (3-11, 0-4 American Athletic Conference) have been shutout seven times this season. O’Connor said he’s implementing a philosophy of being more consistent on the offensive end in order to pull out some wins in The American. “Right now that’s our biggest problem,” O’Connor said of the offensive struggles. He added that getting more players into the penalty box will create more opportunities for goals rather than taking long-range shots. In Temple’s past four games, they have been outscored by their opponents 8-2. They also rank last in The American in goals and goal per game. Kelly Farrell and Erin Lafferty, who were the leading goal scorers last season, both graduated. The two combined for nearly half of the team’s scoring in 2015. Through 14 games this season, the Owls have been depending on a number of different scorers to contribute. Seven different players have combined to score Temple’s 12 goals. Junior forward Gabriella McKeown, who leads the Owls in scoring with three goals this season, said the team is improving but it’s still not executing properly on offense. “I think we're doing better with creativity and passing-wise, but I think it’s just the final play and the final pass,” McKeown said. “Just having better shots and taking your time when you finish. I think it can be a little crazy when you’re in front of the net with the ball and the simplest shots turn into the hardest. We’re a

young team and again, we’re going to learn from that.” One of the reasons the Owls have switched their methods on offense is because of the play of sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Nash. Nash leads The American with 80 saves this season, already surpassing her total from a year ago. The closest goalkeeper to Nash in The American has 52 saves this season. “When you have a hot goaltender, you got to use her,” O’Connor said. “Right now, she’s really in great form. It allows us, because of how well Jordan is playing now, to take a gamble, play less people at the back and push more people forward.” In the Owls’ American Athletic Conference opener against Memphis, Nash recorded a career-high 17 saves in the team’s 1-0 loss on Sept. 29. Following their conference opener, the Owls led Tulsa 1-0 heading into halftime thanks to a goal from freshman Molly Tobin. It was the first time the Owls were playing with a lead in two weeks since they beat New Jersey Institute of Technology 2-0 on Sept. 18. “Against Tulsa, we scored toward the end of the first half and then they came back in the second half very quickly and scored on us,” redshirt-junior forward Kayla Cunningham said. “So, I think we just need to keep our composure and play our game the whole game.” Through four conference games, the Owls are winless against American Athletic Conference opponents and sit in last place in the standings. Last year, the Owls went 4-4-1 against conference opponents on their way to an appearance in The American’s quarterfinal game. They’ll continue conference play this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against South Florida at the Temple Sports Complex. “We’re not winning as much as I usually win, but I’m really, really proud about this group of ladies,” O’Connor said. “Because we’ve had nothing but problem, after problem, after problem, but they never stopped. … I’ve been really proud of their efforts. They just adjusted.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

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CREW whole new thing. We hit the reset button and it’s just been tremendous ever since.” The past few seasons have been rough for Temple’s crew team. After winning 13 straight Varsity 8 titles at the Dad Vail Regatta from 1989 to 2001, the program was dealt a tremendous blow when former coach Gavin White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002. White retired at the end of last season after a transitional period of “handing over the reins” to new head coach Brian Perkins starting in 2014, Perkins said. “With Coach White leaving and Brian Perkins being kind of the pseudo-head coach for an extended period of time, there was just no real source of leadership,” Hammond said. “And guys really had trouble figuring out who to go to for certain things.” Perkins’ promotion to head coach has brought with it a brand-new coaching style, and a change to the culture by which McKinney was once frustrated. “The best part about it is I’m not handling all of it myself at all,” Perkins said. “We have seven highly qualified coaches

who have really stepped up.” “[Coach] Perkins is letting all the coaches coach, and every coach is giving great input to the boats they’re working with and helping,” McKinney said. McKinney, along with Varsity 8 members Rob Byrne, David Buckley, Austin Dunn and Dante Romeo, have used this opportunity to take on larger roles as leaders of the team. “He’s a very intense competitor,” Perkins said of McKinney. “Everything he does, he does because he wants to win. And that makes him fun to work with.” “The big thing this year is myself and a lot of other guys, we just decided to put the foot down and we’re going to make this our team,” McKinney said. The changes to the team’s culture have already started to pay off. At the King’s Head Regatta on Sept. 25, the men’s crew team took home four victories in the men’s club 8, men’s club 4, men’s open 4 and men’s pairs categories. “I’m amazed at how mature the team is this year,” McKinney said. “We’re a lot more physically mature and mentally mature than we’ve ever been.” benjamin.blaustein@temple.edu







FOCUSED CREW TEAM READY FOR SEASON The team is more committed during Brian Perkins’ first year as the Owls’ head coach. By BEN BLAUSTEIN | For The Temple News


ollin McKinney wasn’t used to losing. After capping off his senior year of high school with a gold-medal finish and national

title in the 2014 USRowing Youth Nationals Men’s Pair event, becoming part of a struggling Temple rowing program was an altogether new and “frustrating” experience, he said. “When I got here, I was kind of used to always performing very well and being coached by guys who had expectations,” said McK-

inney, who now rows in seat 6 of the Varsity 8 boat. “You were supposed to do this and that, and if you didn’t perform it was a problem.” Last season, Temple’s Varsity 8 boat earned a bronze medal at the Dad Vail Regatta and earned a trip to the International Rowing Association National Championships. “There was a group of us who were definitely pretty committed, and those guys found their way into the Varsity 8 last year,” said former

Owl Evan Hammond, who graduated in the spring. “That’s how we ended up having the success we did.” But McKinney said the team’s culture and work ethic were issues over the last two seasons, where some members of the team weren’t “putting in the work” and setting the entire team behind. “The guys just didn’t have good attitudes, the older guys,” McKinney said. “That bad attitude of guys who wouldn’t necessarily put in the work … or they didn’t necessarily listen to what coaches were saying, it was more like a poison for the team. They were great guys, but they weren’t doing

great things for the team.” It took a trip back home to the suburbs of McKinney, Texas at the end of last season to finally get back to his old mentality. During this past offseason, McKinney didn’t practice, didn’t even touch a boat the whole summer. He needåed time to reflect and restore his passion for the sport he loved. “I would say by the end of last season, I felt pretty burnt out,” he said. “I love this sport so much, and it’s given me so much, but it made me not like the sport anymore.” Coming back at the start of his junior year, McKinney sees an entirely different type of program. “I’m blown away with the progress with the team just starting off the bat,” McKinney said. “At the beginning of this season, it was just a


SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Two of the eight-man boats that make up the men’s crew team’s heavyweight fleet row on the Schuylkill during practice on Oct. 5.



Phil Snow: defensive mastermind

Defense finding its rhythm in conference play

Forty years of experience has helped Snow turn the Owls into a top unit.

The Owls’ defense has shut out opponents eight times this season. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Ernie Sims crouched into his stance and backpedaled 100 yards down the field. Then, he backpedaled 100 yards back the other way. When the Detroit Lions rookie was ready to finish the drill, then-linebackers coach Phil Snow — now Temple’s defensive coordinator — was waiting for him, prepared to push Sims to do another rep. Even after Sims’ eight NFL seasons with a number of different teams and coaches, Snow’s attention to detail and willingness to put in extra time with his players are unique. “That’s something through the course of my career, especially at the NFL, you really don’t get,” Sims said.

to coach defense, finding jobs everywhere from small California high schools to the NFL. Snow came to Temple in 2013, after coach Matt Rhule called him up to join the Owls’ coaching staff. Rhule worked as a graduate assistant for the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 when Snow was the defensive coordinator.

Before every game, the Owls’ backline is sure to reiterate the same plan for the game: keep the opponent from scoring a goal. “We say it before every game,” senior defender Stefan Mueller said. “It’s great if we can score a goal, but most important is that we don’t give up a goal because if we don’t give up a goal, we can’t lose.” So far, Temple’s defense has been sticking to its objective. The Owls (8-3-1, 1-1-1) have allowed seven goals in 12 games, averaging 0.58 goals against per match. The Owls’ defense, along with redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Cagle, has recorded shutouts in the past four games and eight total for the season. The usual starters on defense for the Owls are Mueller, seniors Carlos Moros Gracia and Matt Ma-



CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Defensive coordinator Phil Snow shouts instructions during the Owls’ practice at Chodoff Field on Oct. 4.

After spending his playing career as a quarterback at Sacramento City College and California State Hayward, Snow joined the Berkeley High School coaching staff in 1976 and was flipped to the other side of the football. Berkeley’s coach thought Snow’s offensive expertise might help him figure out how to stop opposing offenses. Forty years later, Snow, in his fourth season as Temple’s defensive coordinator, has continued





The women’s soccer team has had trouble scoring this season, especially in its five-game losing streak.

Senior co-captains Katie Foran and Ali Meszaros are working together to help lead a young team while pursuing the same major.

Junior outside hitter Irem Asci is putting up career numbers for the Owls, but is more focused on team accomplishments.

The football team’s starting kicker is reportedly out for the season with an ACL injury. Other news and notes.

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