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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

BEHIND JENNA BURLEIGH’S DEATH The student was found dead after disappearing near Pub Webb early Thursday morning. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK News Editor

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n Wednesday night, Ed Burleigh ate dinner with his daughter, junior film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh. When they finished, she asked him to drop her off at a friend’s house near Main Campus. Burleigh was just about to finish her first week at Temple, after transferring as a commuter student from Montgomery County Community College. She was going out to have fun with friends at Pub Webb, a bar on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street. This car ride with Burleigh would be the last time her father saw his 22-year-old daughter before his “beautiful Angel Jenna” was “in Heaven,” as he later wrote on Facebook. Burleigh went missing early Thursday morning. After a regional search, she was found dead in a storage container on Saturday afternoon, more than 100 miles away from Temple.

MISSING Burleigh was reported missing to Temple and Lower Salford Township police by her father on Thursday evening after he discovered she hadn’t attended her class on Thursday. She hadn’t been

seen since 2 a.m. that morning near Pub Webb. Temple Police launched an investigation into her disappearance with Lower Salford and Philadelphia police. Burleigh’s sister, Janelle, posted a photo on Facebook asking anyone who had seen her sister to call her or her dad, leaving his phone number in the post. The post was shared more than 22,000 times, and a separate notice was sent by Temple Police to all university email addresses asking for information about her disappearance. Her brother was seen on campus hanging up homemade “missing” flyers on Friday. On Friday, a resident in an apartment on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue told police he came home to cleaning products and what looked to him like someone had attempted to clean up blood, according to 6ABC. This information led police to obtain a search warrant for the apartment, about a block away from the bar where Burleigh was last seen.

INVESTIGATION Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple student, lives in the apartment that police searched. It was his roommate who found the blood. Security footage obtained by police showed Burleigh leaving Pub Webb around 2 a.m with Hupperterz, who last took classes at the university in Spring 2017. In his apartment, police found blood on a sink, the apartment’s rear door and on a trash can lid. They also found 10 to 15 pillow case-sized bags of marijuana and

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jenna Burleigh, a junior film and media arts major, was reported missing on Thursday. Her family hung “missing” posters around Main Campus, like outside Ritter Hall, last week.

$20,000 in cash, police told the Inquirer. Temple Police first made contact with Hupperterz by phone and asked him what he knew about Burleigh’s disappearance. He said he was “so drunk” when he left the bar he had no memory of who he had been with, Philadelphia Police Department Officer Tanya Little wrote in the police report. Hupperterz was taken into

custody for questioning after being found more than 100 miles away from Main Campus in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. This is where police would later find Burleigh’s body, stowed away in a storage container in a shed on his grandmother’s lakefront property. While in custody, Hupperterz admitted to “elements” of the crime, said Philadelphia Police Capt. John

Ryan in a press conference on Saturday. On Sunday, the Wayne County coroner reported that Burleigh died from blunt force trauma and strangulation, according to the Inquirer. Police believe Burleigh was killed in the 16th Street apartment. Hupperterz allegedly moved her body from the apartment in a

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TAUP, Temple sign contract It took the two more than a year to negotiate a contract to include adjunct faculty for the first time. BY JULIE CHRISTIE Enterprise Editor

back Delvon Randall said. “It was embarrassing to me, and I blame it on myself. I mean, I don’t really feel too different because we beat ourselves. It’s our fault.” Collins and Randall each said the defense “missed fits,” meaning players hit the wrong gaps when they pursued the ball carrier. Temple was replacing seven starters on defense, including three

The university and its faculty union, Temple Association of University Professionals, reached a tentative agreement last week after 15 contentious months of contract negotiation. The new contract creates a single contract for fulltime and adjunct faculty and outlines a two-year plan for incrementally increasing the base wage for adjuncts per credit hour. The contract was approved by TAUP’s executive board on Wednesday and must be ratified by current and prospective members of the union. Steve Newman, the president of TAUP, said while he would like to have the contract ratified in September, the union is still determining what adjuncts are eligible to ratify it. He said it was a “complicated” process because there is no specific list of adjuncts who can vote. “This is, while not a perfect deal, a good deal and an excellent first step,” Newman said. “It lays the groundwork for the steps we want and need to make in the future.” Adjuncts voted to join TAUP in December 2015, which represents about 1,300 full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals, like lab technicians and academic advisers, in schools that enroll undergraduate students. If the contract is ratified by the adjuncts, about 1,400 part-time faculty will be added to the union.

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HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior defensive back Sean Chandler (center) forces Notre Dame junior running back Josh Adams (right) out of bounds in the Fighting Irish’s 49-16 win.

‘Embarrassing’ debut for defense Geoff Collins’ defense allowed 422 rushing yards in his debut. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coach Geoff Collins raised both of his arms in the air after Temple stopped the University of Notre Dame on fourth down in the

third quarter. But besides that stop, Collins didn’t have much to be excited about in his coaching debut at Temple after being blown out by the Fighting Irish, 49-16, at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. The Fighting Irish gashed Temple’s defense for 422 rushing yards and had three players who racked up more than 100 yards on the ground in their season opener. “This loss hurts,” junior defensive

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Temple administrators will travel to Harrisburg this week to attend a press conference about campus sexaul assault. Read more on Page 3.

Our columnist argues that Temple should provide free tampons and pads. Read more on Page 4.

A senior political science major is campaigning to rename Taney Street. Read more on Page 7.

Ventell Bryant, the team’s leading receiver in 2016, didn’t play in Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame. Read more on Page 16.


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RESEARCH

TUH leading ‘network’ of emergency-care trials Temple University Hospital is one of 11 national “hubs” leading emergency-care trials. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor

A clinical coordinating center at the University of Michigan and a data coordinating center at the Medical University of South Carolina will also work on the trials in addition to the 11 regional hubs.

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Dr. Nina Gentile strives to prevent lifethreatening health conditions, but prevention “only goes so far,” she said. “If we know what the right thing is to do, and we do it early, then more power to us and more power to the patients,” she added. Gentile is leading Temple University Hospital’s participation in the National Institutes of Health emergency medicine clinical trials network as part of a five-year contract. TUH is now one of 11 regional hubs to operate Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network, or SIREN.

WHAT IS SIREN?

After funding for the trials is divided among the 11 hubs, the clinical coordinating center and data coordinating center, TUH receives money for each trial. The sum and source of the funds depend on each individual study. Funding for the upcoming SIREN trials based at TUH comes from two places — the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Most upcoming SIREN trials tend to focus on treating heart, lung, blood and neurological conditions, Gentile said.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

SIREN’s goal is to rapidly implement clinical trials to test early treatments for heart, lung, blood, neurologic and traumatic injury conditions. As a regional hub, TUH will coordinate clinical trials in emergency medicine at TUH and other network sites in the greater Philadelphia region. Trials can take place in emergency departments, intensive care units and trauma centers — essentially any part of a hospital that deals with the earliest forms of emergency care, Gentile said.

Almost every clinical SIREN trial is “multi-disciplinary,” Gentile said. For example, a patient enrolled in a SIREN clinical trial could have treatment start in an ambulance or emergency department and end up in the hands of a neurosurgeon, with all of these caregivers being a part of a trial. Either way, emergency treatment trials “involve a whole team of people,” Gentile added. TUH will also team up with hospitals, medical centers and trauma centers in Phila-

delphia and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which include some of the most “active and busiest” hospitals in the region, Gentile said. The Temple SIREN network will work with Reading Health System’s emergency department in Reading, Pennsylvania, Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and all level-one trauma centers in Philadelphia, like Einstein Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania Health System. “If you can picture in your mind’s eye, we really include the busiest and the most concentrated in terms of population and density, in the area,” Gentile said.

WHO WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TRIALS? The first two SIREN trials are not “Exception from Informed Consent” trials, in which physicians can delay a patient’s consent to treatment because the nature of their injuries prevents them from providing it. These types of trials must follow certain U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards. Instead, patients enrolled in the first two SIREN trials will be asked for consent prior to enrolling in the trial, but EFIC “is the reality” for emergency care research, Gentile said. In order to conduct an EFIC trial in the TUH hub, subjects must be in a life-threatening situation where it is necessary to test treatments to an injury in order to determine what is the best treatment for the injury. It is possible that future trials in the SIREN hub

could be EFIC trials. To conduct one of these trials without consent, obtaining consent must not be possible, the subject must benefit from the research and physicians must determine if the research could not be done without an EFIC trial. If all of these standards are met, physicians can begin preparing for an EFIC trial. Hannah Reimer is the project manager for Temple SIREN, leading community consultation efforts for trials in and outside the network. Notifying and creating a dialogue with the North Philadelphia community is the key aspect of EFIC trials, Reimer said. Reimer’s primary way to educate the public about EFIC trials is by attending health fairs and community meetings. She said she also uses social media and press releases to share information about upcoming trials. “When I first started hearing about EFIC trials, you pause for second and think, ‘How can you do research on somebody without their consent?’” Reimer said. People often raise their eyebrows when Reimer does community consultations about EFIC trials, she added. Once she explains that there is no other way to study certain treatments, people understand why delaying consent is important. “We need to know how to [take] care of people who can’t speak for themselves, who can’t consent to participate,” Gentile said. “Otherwise, we’re just doing the same thing over and over again without knowing whether we’re doing it right or wrong.”

WHAT’S NEXT? Gentile said there are a number of studies currently “in the pipeline.” But right now, TUH is preparing for the first SIREN trial at TUH, which will study the benefits of early hyperbaric oxygen therapy — when the oxygen in the blood is increased by 100 percent — in patients with traumatic brain injury, Gentile said. TUH will team up with surgeons and experts in the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Most of the hospitals within TUH’s SIREN network will also participate in this trial, Gentile said. The network is generating ideas for diseases we see every day, Reimer said. “People have to know that we’re using tremendous expertise to treat conditions I find near and dear to my heart, which is the recently ill, the really sick, the severelyinjured person,” Gentile said. “Without this type of network in place, it’s tough to piece together the best way to treat people.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

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TSG’S Parliament prepares for its second year The representative body’s leaders are making changes to its internal operations. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Parliament, the representative body of Temple Student Government that was created at the beginning of last school year, is preparing for its second semester in session ever. Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz, who is responsible for ensuring Parliament follows its bylaws, is training new representatives for their first official meeting on Sept. 18, when they will elect the Speaker of the Parliament. The Speaker is responsible for making sure that debates in Parliament are orderly and follow the guidelines in the bylaws, like following the set speaking limits and maintaining the correct speaking order. The Speaker also appoints committees and sets each meet-

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ing’s agenda. Parliament has not established this year’s committees, which will take on issues that affect student life, because a Speaker must be elected first. An emeritus steering committee, comprised of last semester’s committee chairs, has been appointing Parliament members during the summer to seats that have remained open, like for the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts and the College of Engineering, after students applied. Committees will be formed after the Speaker’s election on Sept. 18. They vary from Academic Affairs to Student Life to Wellness, among others. Freshman elections were originally scheduled for last weekend but were pushed back a week because Computer Services was unable to provide an updated list of all registered students, which made it impossible for the Elections Committee to determine if all candidates were eligible for the seats. There are four vacant seats

left in Parliament: transfer, graduate, Fox School of Business and athletics. Kurtz said he is waiting until a new steering committee is established to focus on filling those seats, but won’t begin until after current Parliament members are trained. “It’s somewhat unfortunate because these seats won’t be filled in time for those students to become committee chairs, but they’ll still be able to represent the student body in their individual capacity,” he said. Parliament cannot hold another election to fill seats that were left vacant after yearly Parliament elections in the spring, according to its constitution. But Kurtz is trying to keep students involved in the selection of their representatives, while still maintaining the appointment process set forth in the Constitution. An open hearing for students to submit questions for representatives is one possibility, he said. Kurtz plans to use his previous experience as the Tyler School

of Art representative to address aspects of Parliament’s inner functions that weren’t well-explained to members. “I want to make sure that, right off the bat, Parliament members know who the [executive] directors are and the aspects of campus that they direct,” he said. “The Speaker and I will be very meticulous about what gets on the agenda and what doesn’t,” Kurtz added. “If there is a resolution that comes down the line that is not constitutional, we won’t allow it to the agenda until I meet with the Parliament member and we figure out how to make it constitutional.” The feasibility of each resolution will also be evaluated before it is put on the agenda. “That’s not to say that the Speaker and I will be teaming up and blocking a whole bunch of stuff on the agenda,” Kurtz said. “We’ll be checking each other and working with the representatives who are bringing these resolutions forward.”

If representatives feel they need another voice involved in this process, Kurtz will include Auditor General Morrease Leftwich in discussions. Mandatory attendance at committee meetings was not strictly enforced last semester, Kurtz added. This semester, attendance sheets will be passed around to ensure that committees will have the minimum amount of members present to vote on resolutions. “Hopefully, from these changes, people can expect a more effective legislative body,” Kurtz said. amanda.lien@temple.edu @AmandaJLien

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Temple takes on sexual assault in Harrisburg University officials and TSG members will go to the Pennsylvania Capitol for an “It’s on Us” conference with Gov. Tom Wolf. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News An “It’s On Us” press conference with Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera will be held on Wednesday, and Wolf extended a special invitation to Temple students, staff and faculty to attend. The university will provide 100 interested students with excused absences and free transportation for a trip to the Capitol at 10 a.m., returning at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. The It’s On Us campaign was launched by former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden in 2014. It encourages students to actively combat sexual assault, rape and rape culture on college campuses.

Legislation aimed at enhancing college and universities’ efforts to eradicate sexual assault and rape will be introduced at Wednesday’s press conference. Senior Adviser to the President for Compliance Valerie Harrison will accompany students to Harrisburg alongside Senior Adviser to the President for Government Relations George Kenney, who was formerly a state representative for more than two decades. It’s On Us focuses on educating students about consent, increasing bystander intervention and providing survivors of sexual assault with support. Harrison said Pennsylvania was the first state to sign on to the initiative, and Temple partnered with Wolf to be active and engaged throughout the whole process. Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes will deliver a speech about combating sexual assault at the press conference. MannBarnes is also the vice president of the student organization Student Activists Against Sexual Assault.

Following the press conference, students will have the opportunity to meet university trustee and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and visit the floor where the General Assembly meets. “This is a topic that we want more students to engage in,” Mann-Barnes said. “This is something that we should all be engaged with so that we can all prevent it from happening in the future in a process of supporting, empowering and listening to survivors.” “[Temple has] reorganized and centralized and strengthened our efforts around eliminating sexual misconduct in all forms,” Harrison said. She added Temple has launched greater efforts to eliminate barriers to reporting incidents. Students can now report sexual assaults online with the option of remaining anonymous. The university also provides 24-hour transportation, counseling and medical assistance to survivors of sexual assault. Women Organized Against Rape, a sexual assault re-

sponse and support unit based on Main Campus, also has a 24-hour hotline to report or discuss a sexual assault. WOAR’s hotline can be reached at 215-985-3333. Efforts are also being made to make marketing, promotional materials and education regarding rape and sexual assault more inclusive to the whole student body. This will be done by incorporating people of different races and genders, making it more diverse. Following the press conference, Temple Student Government will hold events from Sept. 11-15 with the intention of educating students about sexual violence and encouraging them to condemn it. The week will include one event about preventing sexual assault per day, like giving students training in bystander intervention and selfdefense. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but Mann-Barnes said TSG finds it important to take an early, proactive stance against sexual violence on campus rather than a reactionary one.

“The majority of sexual assault reports take place within the first several months of a person’s time on campus,” Mann-Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that when you first step foot on this campus...wherever you’re from, you realize that TSG, one of the largest organizations on campus, is taking a stand against rape culture in a very intentional and meaningful way.” “Thousands of students that never would have known about this topic are going to have access to [education] and that means so much to me,” he added. “This is like my passion project.” Students can sign up to attend the It’s On Us press conference through the Google Form shared on TSG’s social media pages. laura.smythe@temple.edu @lcs_smythe

BOT to vote on recovery housing in December The student advocating for recovery housing hopes to raise $100,000 to support the housing before the vote. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News The Board of Trustees will put on-campus recovery housing to a vote this December. If passed, students who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction will have the option to live in on-campus housing with other students in recovery. George Basile, a former member of Temple Student Government’s Parliament, proposed the recovery housing bill to TSG’s legislative branch in March. Since Parliament’s unanimous approval of the bill, which called for an “exploration” of the housing option, Basile has networked with possible donors to fund the program. Donors and donor amounts will be finalized depending on the results of the vote in December, he added. He expects to reach a goal of $100,000 of investment promises from donors before the BOT vote to secure the program passing. “We’re in the long haul for this one,” he said. “I don’t see this being an extremely expedient process, but I do believe it’s an important one.” Universities like Penn State, Rutgers and Drexel offer recovery housing to students. Although not all are the same, most include live-in recovery staff, 12-step meetings and counseling services for students in recovery. Basile said he hopes that recovery housing would first be funded by donors and eventually be funded by the university. TSG is no longer involved in recovery housing efforts because the program is not a part of TSG’s platform and Parliament is out of session, said Brianna Cicero, the deputy director of Parliament communications. The recovery housing program would select students through a series of interviews to determine if the students are a good

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ADJUNCTS Over the next two years of the contract, the adjuncts’ minimum pay set per credit hour will increase by more than 15 percent. At the moment, adjuncts are paid a minimum $1,300 per credit hour that they teach — meaning a three-credit course would earn them $3,900 total. In the first year of the tentative contract — during the 2017-18 academic year — adjuncts would receive a $125 raise, making the minimum $1,425 per credit hour. Then in 2018-19, the contract would add another $75 raise, putting the minimum at $1,500 per credit hour. This means in 2019, adjuncts would be receiving $4,500 for a three-credit

fit for the recovery community. The students must agree to follow the rules of the housing, which includes staying sober and attend counseling, Basile said. Like the process of gender-inclusive housing that was implemented this year, if students meet the qualifications, they will go through the same housing process as all other students living in on-campus housing. Basile plans to have University Housing and Residential Life provide resident assistants in the housing, but also add live-in staff who are trained to assist in recovery methods. Because Temple does not offer recovery housing, many students in recovery live in Northeast and South Philadelphia in offcampus recovery homes, Basile said. Alex Tillery, a sophomore global studies major, inspired Basile to create his recovery housing bill after learning about Tillery’s living situation. Tillery, who is in recovery, commutes to Main Campus from supportive housing in South Philadelphia. At the recovery house, Tillery said he follows a daily routine, like making his bed every morning and having a curfew —“simple things to condition [himself] to live like a healthy person,” he said. Tillery attends student-led Temple Student Recovery meetings at Morgan Hall South, where discussions about recovery and addiction are held. “It’s nice to know that more and more recovery options are popping up on campus,” he added. Basile said this housing is cost-efficient because students can utilize existing resources, like Tuttleman Counseling Services. The program could also utilize students in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine to work in the recovery housing, which also allows medical students to gain experience in their field. “We’re exploring different housing options to group them together, like blocking

course. The individual colleges can choose to give adjuncts a higher per-credit pay as a result of the university’s decentralized budget. Each school will be responsible for finding the money to pay for the raises, which will apply to all faculty, whether they are in the union or not. For several months, the two sides debated what kinds of protections the adjuncts would have under the new contract. The current contract is set to expire in October 2018. “Almost all of [the contract] was difficult to negotiate,” said Sharon Boyle, the associate vice president of Human Resources and the university’s chief negotiator. “We had to have a lot of intense and detailed discussions.” She added that both sides had the same

BRIANNA SPAUSE / FILE PHOTO George Basile, a senior political science major, sits outside the 1940 Residence Hall on Liacouras Walk, home of the Healthy Lifestyle LLC.

off a level of one of the dorms or finding an apartment one block off campus,” Basile said. Basile said he wants to help students looking to further their education while recovering from addiction because he witnessed his father struggle with addiction. “We not only want the students to know that their campus is looking out for them, but that they are entitled to the university life we all deserve,” he said. Right now, the university does not offer housing specifically for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The Healthy Lifestyles Living Learning Community in 1940 Residence Hall teams up with the Wellness Resource Center to offer

students housing that focuses on health and well-being. Though it encourages clean living, the LLC is not just for students living with addiction but also for students wishing to live a more reserved, healthy university life, Basile added. “If we’re going to be the leading university for helping students, we need recovery housing,” Basile said.

overall goals but different perspectives on how to achieve them.

it,” Boyle said. The contract will also include a set policy for adjuncts to complain about any contract violations and the arbitration process for those grievances. It will also define adjuncts’ rights to academic freedom. Several committees will be made as a joint effort from the university and TAUP to examine affirmative action, office space and job security for adjuncts, said Jennie Shanker, TAUP’s vice president. “We’ve gotten a foot in the door,” Shanker said. “It means a lot just to have a contract.”

We had to have a lot of intense and detailed discussions.

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During Spring 2017, several Letters to the Editor were written and published in The Temple News by Boyle and members of TAUP, publicly debating about the contract negotiation. “Even though it seemed contentious, it was a process and we needed to go through

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Remembering Jenna The Temple community has expressed its sympathy online and by planning vigils. The Temple News staff was saddened to hear about the death of our fellow student Jenna Burleigh on Saturday. We began reporting about Burleigh’s disappearance on Friday, and as a staff, we hoped Burleigh would be found safe, as did many in the Temple community. As details emerged suggesting that Burleigh had been murdered, we tried to do our best to cover this story ethically and with compassion for Burleigh and those who knew her. And we hope we did. We were touched by the Temple community’s response to Burleigh’s tragic death. When Burleigh’s sister asked for help finding her on social media, the post was shared 22,000 times — many times by Temple students

and faculty. Already, Temple students have planned three separate vigils for Burleigh this week. We hope this outreach provides some comfort for Burleigh’s loved ones. As we’ve learned more about Burleigh from the social media posts of her friends and reporting from other publications, it has become clear that she fit right in here at Temple. Her activism on social justice issues and her passion for equality — especially regarding the rights of women and LGBTQ people — clearly align with the values of the Temple community. Even though Burleigh only spent about a week at Temple, we will certainly feel the absence of one of our fellow Owls.

TAUP agreement reached We hope that the administration and TAUP make strides in future negotiations. The university came to an agreement with the Temple Association of University Professionals after a debate that lasted 15 months. The deliberation focused on protections for adjunct faculty and how they would fit into the new contract. Now, full-time professors and adjuncts are included in one consistent contract, with a two-year plan for increasing the base wage per credit hour for adjuncts. There will also be a section of the contract that allows adjuncts to report contract violations. It’s satisfying to know that common ground has finally been reached in applying a contract to both full- and part-time faculty — especially since the road has not been a smooth one. The Temple News staff was concerned last spring when a series of Letters to the Editor was sent to our publication: two from Sharon Boyle,

associate vice president for human resources and the university’s chief negotiator, and one from Wende Marshall, an adjunct in the Intellectual Heritage department. These letters made clear the tension and disagreement between the two groups. A unified faculty is essential to the functionality of a university, so both sides need to be willing to work together. While recent agreements are promising, we hope the administration and TAUP can continue to make strides in future contract negotiations. Because in 2019, Temple and TAUP will have to sit down at the negotiation table again. If the past is any indicator of how these two organizations will act two years from now, then we will have to prepare for another long, difficult fight. But we certainly hope that’s not the case.

CORRECTIONS A photo that ran on page 8 with the article “Sophomore takes the lead on a march for Black women” was miscredited. It was taken by Cacie Rosario. A photo that ran on page 10 for the same story was also miscredited. It was taken by Antionette Lee. In a story that ran on page 6 titled “TSG to begin new peer mentorship program,” the number of program applicants was misstated. The program received 75 applicants, not 30. 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 Michaela Winberg at editor@temple-news.com or 215-2046737. letters@temple-news.com

Buddhism: religion, not decoration People should take the time to learn about Buddhist symbols before using them as decoration.

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s a freshman, I’ve spent the past few weeks getting used to my new home at the Edge and visiting other students’ dorm rooms. It’s been an exciting and eye-opening experience so far, but there is one issue I’d like to address. In a short time, I’ve already seen tons of tapestries hanging from students’ walls and Buddha statues sitting atop desks. Being a Buddhist myself, I’ve come to question whether any of these people actually know anything at all about my religion. LAUREN PIONTKO Buddhist symbols are not simply decoration for your living space. They have religious significance. Being a Buddhist is about using positive energy from within and releasing it to yourself and those around you. Buddhists believe in self-fulfillment and the journey to achieving it through peace, meditation and self-reflection. If people wish to decorate using elements from Buddhism, they should, at the very least, educate themselves on Buddhist religious beliefs, or refrain from using these items at all. Munti Rath, the chief monk at Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple in South Philadelphia, said there’s a concern when non-Buddhists purchase spiritual items. “People should not do this if they don’t understand and they don’t know the meaning of it,” Rath said.

Rath said by displaying a religious symbol or object purely for decoration, there’s a chance somebody can accidentally represent something that doesn’t align with their own beliefs. I’ve seen many students using mandala tapestries as wall decorations without knowing that each design has a significant meaning. For example, mandalas with concentric circles are meant for meditation. While meditating, Buddhists find it helpful to focus on the center of the circle to maintain concentration. Tapestries depicting a sun and a moon symbolize two opposites coming together. If students choose to hang tapestries, they should at least choose carefully with the understanding of what their specific tapestry means and its purpose. Marielle Halper, a junior communications major, isn’t a Buddhist, yet she still found it crucial to read about Buddhist beliefs after purchasing the two Buddha heads that she uses as decoration in her living space. “I used to read up on some of the Buddhist laws, so I’ve familiarized myself with it, and I do love the laws and what they say,” Halper said. “Even if it was just simple Buddhist quotes, sometimes I just found that they really helped me with everyday life.” But this isn’t always the case. I often see people not only with wall hangings but also with symbolic jewelry like bracelets and necklaces depicting Buddha’s face. One of the most sacred symbols of the Buddhist religion is “om,” which is often used as a mantra during meditation practices. Om represents everything in life: past, present and future. This symbol is important to my mother and me, so much that we even got matching

tattoos of “om” over the summer. When I see those who are nonBuddhist using this symbol without knowing its true meaning, it’s discouraging. Students looking to learn more about the Buddhist items they may already possess could visit a meeting of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist Philosophy Club, a student organization on campus. Dawn Lomden, the Taleo system administrator in the human resources employment department, serves as the adviser of the club. Lomden said that not everyone who takes part in the SGI Buddhist Philosophy Club practices Buddhism. But students all come to learn about Buddhist symbols, talk about peace and create art. “It reflects our commitment to a culture of peace, and it includes many artists who are not Buddhist,” Lomden said. “We generally dialogue about different topics, like, ‘Do we believe we can create a culture of peace?’ We talk about of course the Buddhist perspective, and of course everyone’s welcome to share their perspective.” Using religious symbols as decoration without knowing much about them takes away meaning from those who actually use these symbols as a source of worship. That’s why I’m asking that if you have symbols or decorations that represent the Buddhist culture in your living space, take the time to gain a basic understanding of Buddhism and make sure you agree with the beliefs you’re representing.

lauren.piontko@temple.edu

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recently had to make a quick trip to Target to pick up extra tampons. As that was the only thing I was picking up, I asked the cashier not to give me a bag because I didn’t mind carrying my one item out to my car. “Everyone knows that women get their periods,” I thought, “no big deal.” But to my surprise, I was shot with a couple dirty looks and a few eye rolls on my walk to the car. Menstruation is a completely natural bodily process for half the population, MONICA MELLON but it has been overly scrutinized for decades. And in addition to the societal shame, another burden that comes with having a period is the price tag. Those who menstruate have to come prepared with their own menstrual supplies in public places and in some states — luckily not Pennsylvania — pads, tampons and menstrual products are not treated as medical goods, meaning they are not exempt from state’s sales tax. Charging people for having a period is counterproductive to accepting menstruation as a natural process. And that’s why I believe

Temple should start offering free sanitary products to students. “This is something that makes people happy to be there and feel safer being there and feel supported by their institution or place of work,” political science professor Taylor Benjamin-Britton said. “Temple should want to provide that for their students.” Offering free sanitary products would help limit extra costs to students, as well as create a more open, comfortable place for all students to feel welcomed and accepted. Many universities across the country — including the University of Maryland, the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities and Brown University — already offer free menstrual products in men’s and women’s bathrooms. Paying for sanitary products can be a burden for some people financially. Offering free period supplies is something that schools, cities and states can to work toward free sanitary products on a national scale. It’s time for Temple to join this movement. In 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to offer free menstrual products to women and girls in public schools, shelters and jails. “If it can be [a burden] for some parts of society, then we as a society should make sure that everybody doesn’t have to deal with this discomfort,” Benjamin-Britton said.

By offering free sanitary products, students who menstruate will have a more comfortable learning environment. With all of the extra stress surrounding school and studying, students don’t need that added concern of finding creative alternatives to pads and tampons or doing without when they can’t afford menstrual hygiene products. Temple already offers discounted condoms at the Wellness Resource Center — 10 condoms for one Diamond Dollar. With this policy, the university is making strides in accepting sexual activity as a normal human process — and it is time we do the same with menstruation. Providing low-cost condoms is progressive and important, however, Benjamin-Britton said, it may be more important to provide sanitary products for low cost, or no cost. “They should be provided equally, reasonably easily and cheaply,” Benjamin-Britton said. It is time for Temple to be the next university to eliminate the stigma surrounding menstruation by making sure its students don’t have to pay the price for their periods.

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rowing up Jewish in the New Jersey suburbs, I was encouraged to be curious about other people’s religions, and I found that strangers were often curious about mine. I was told that questions were OK, but my taught BENJAMIN WINKLER parents me to bristle at any inquiry that would make me the face of my faith. These were questions that started with “Why do your people…” or “Why do Jews…” This was because I could never answer for a community of millions with a tradition stretching back millennia. I could only answer for my own practice. Similarly, I could never answer for the variety of experiences in the LGBTQ community; I could only ever talk about my own sexuality. With increased LGBTQ

visibility in the media, education, and everyday life, many wellmeaning people have trouble determining when and how it’s appropriate to ask someone about their sexual orientation or gender identity. Growing up, I heard the same pointed questions and hesitation about my religion. It’s important that we don’t shy away from talking to one another, especially from asking each other about our different identities. But it’s also important to keep in mind that just as no Jewish person can speak for their entire religion, similarly no LGBTQ person can speak for their whole community. To generalize the entire LGBTQ community into one set of experiences is stigmatizing. A genderqueer sophomore today may have a different perspective on current events than a man who marched with ACT UP, an organization formed in 1987 that strives to fight HIV/AIDS, or a family raising a transgender child. Historically, being able to openly discuss sexuality was essential to the gay liberation movement of the 1960s. From Oscar Wilde to the Mattachine to Stonewall to our current debates about trans military service, the point is naming our desires and

our identities. People have fought to give voice to these questions and to answer them proudly. But knowing how to talk about these questions in a way that reduces the stigma of living in a cis- and heteronormative society is key for both the LGBTQ community and allies alike. Ericka Borrero, a sophomore psychology major, said it was difficult to come out as bisexual to friends and peers at first. “Because Temple has this atmosphere, I’m not afraid or timid or anything, but I feel like if I were to come across somebody in a different atmosphere, I might be hesitant,” she said. “It took me a while to be comfortable with [my sexuality] myself, but once I became comfortable, it became easier to share it.” For LGBTQ people, every new interaction with a professor or peer can feel like repeating the coming out process and not knowing how it will be received. “Because we live in such a heteronormative society, just not assuming that everyone is a cis-het person is important,” Borrero said. “Not having the information about people around you can be very closeting. You don’t even think that people could identify different.”

It can be difficult to ask about someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation. These questions should be in no way stigmatizing, but they need to be approached with a modicum of tact. If you’re concerned about someone’s pronouns or how they identify, it’s better just to ask. If the question is of a more personal, intimate nature, you might want to consider whether you would want this same question asked of you, or whether you are treating this LGBTQ person as a tribune or as an individual. One of the most important ways that the university can provide a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community is to take a look at the policies we practice. Heath Fogg Davis, a political science professor, the author of the recent book “Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?” and a member of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, is transgender. He said while he felt Temple was making progress on trans-inclusive policies, the changes were not enough. “I don’t think that genderneutral restrooms go far enough. I’m interested in transforming more bathrooms into gender

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neutral ones,” he said. “The single user option is an accommodation. The intentions are good, but it doesn’t go far enough.” Davis added that he thinks faculty and administrators should add their preferred pronouns in their emails. This would be a precursor to Temple adopting the practice of a “pronoun check” on the first day of classes, he said. The universality of this approach is important in order not to single out those students who would make a request for their preferred pronouns to be respected. It’s important as an ally or even as a member of the LGBTQ community to consider things from the perspective of those who identify differently than you do. The best way to do that is and always has been talking to people, as a first step towards implementing inclusive policies. Asking the sort of questions that see peers as individuals, with an exclusive perspective on their own identity, is key.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

A student describes her first run from Peabody Hall to the Philadelphia Art Museum last semester.

have never really thought of myself as a runner. I am someone who enjoys physical activity and exercises, like dancing and doing yoga. But before last semester, I had never enjoyed going for a long run. I constantly blamed it on my lack of stamina and short attention span. For years, I attempted to stay in shape by running on the treadmill, the elliptical and various other machines that got me nowhere, with nothing except a world of frustration and horribly sore knees. Last year, when I was a freshman at Peabody, I overheard a floormate bragging to her friend about this “amazing, beautiful, scenic,” run she had taken to the Philadelphia Art Museum the day before. She described the view from the steps and how stunning Kelly Drive looked with the flowers in bloom. With such an impressive review, I decided I had to attempt this seemingly perfect route. The perfect day came. It was about 72 degrees and sunny with a pleasant, warm breeze that begged me to come outside. I slipped into the appropriate attire: some leggings, an old, red T-shirt that reads “Lenape Track & Field,” which I chose to fool those around me — I didn’t attend Lenape High School, nor did I run track — and my beat up, white Adidas training sneakers. After fumbling to untangle my “non-tangle” headphones and make it down the steps without my nervous legs giving out on me, I took a deep breath and started off on my way down Broad Street. After the first three blocks, my wheezing and red face gave me away as the girl who was trying to be a runner but obviously was not. Even with the

BY ALLISON QUINN concerned glances from those around me, I continued down Broad Street past Morgan Hall and watched my form in the reflective windows of the downstairs food court. I didn’t look too pathetic. So I carried on. I jogged past Fresh Grocer where an older woman in a green minivan almost hit me as she pulled into the parking lot. Then, I went a little bit farther and crossed the street by the Dunkin’ Donuts on Broad and Parrish streets. I jogged in place as I waited for the light to turn because I had seen other people doing the same thing and assumed the jog-in-place was protocol. Luckily, I made it across without facing another near-death experience. I made it to the intersection at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, where two roads split and traffic lights faced in uncertain directions. I maneuvered through the stopped cars and looked down Fairmount Avenue. I was immediately intimidated. The end was nowhere in sight. I seriously considered calling it a day and walking home to eat a snack and watch some Netflix from my comfy bed. But I was in too deep and I was dedicated to completing the mission. As I jogged down the sidewalk, I tried to take in my surroundings and focus on not lip-syncing Drake’s “One Dance,” which I had turned up loud enough to drown out the sound of my own wavering breaths. I spotted a dog walker with three dogs: two labs and one unidentifiable breed that looked like a mop. I wondered if they’d been

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traveling as long as I had been. I passed Tela’s Market & Kitchen near 19th Street and thought about all the times I sat in there to enjoy my favorite veggie chili. Couples and families filled the tables both inside and outside of the adorable corner spot. I noticed them, while I hoped they wouldn’t notice me and my lobster-red face that, by then, matched my shirt. I crossed 19th Street and fiercely concentrated on my footwork on the cracked sidewalk. The uneven, jagged sections of cement where roots of trees had lifted from below the surface created an extra challenge. I’m known to be clumsy, so it took some serious focus not to lose my footing and roll an ankle. Before I knew it, I was in front of OCF Coffee on the corner of 21st Street and Fairmount Avenue, right across from Eastern State Penitentiary. OCF is my happy place. I found it years before I came to Temple, and started making weekly trips from my home in New Jersey to get my favorite caramel latte and sit in the window to watch the dogs and their people running by. Now, I was the one being observed. With only a couple of blocks left until I reached my final destination, I took a couple of deep breaths and picked up my pace. It was now in my field of view. I could see the vibrant garden and stone wall that lined its side and the Rocky statue standing tall in its bronze glory. The air smelled crisp, and a faint aroma of lilac floated by. I took the steps two at a time on the way up until I reached the front of the building with its white columns stretching seemingly to the sky. I turned around and looked over the vast landscape of this beautiful city. I sat down and the steps, and the cold stone sent a chill up my spine. I caught my breath as I ogled at the fountain and the city skyline in the near distance. I had finally made it to the “amazing, beautiful and scenic” Art Museum destination that I had set out for. After a final glance at the picture perfect view, I started off to retrace my steps and head home.

allison.quinn@temple.edu @ALLIE_gator12

June 13, 1972: 2,000 members of the LGBTQ community marched from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Hall to show onlookers that LGBTQ people are just like everyone else. A serviceman is pictured holding a sign with a message about being discharged from the military for his sexuality. This week, a columnist writes about how these types of instances in the past contributed to the freedom that we have now to talk about sexuality and gender. He writes that people should feel comfortable discussing gender and sexuality, but be careful not to generalize the LGBTQ community. CARTOON

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A TIMELINE OF JENNA BURLEIGH'S DEATH For three stressful days, police, friends and family searched for Jenna Burleigh after she went missing early Thursday morning. Jenna Burleigh was last seen near Pub Webb at about 2 a.m. Security footage showed Burleigh and former student Joshua Hupperterz, 29, walking to Hupperterz's apartment on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, where police believe she was killed.

Jenna’s body was transported in a storage container to Jenkintown, where Hupperterz’s mother owns property. Her body remained there overnight.

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Ed Burleigh, Jenna's father, reported Jenna missing to Temple and Lower Salford Township Police Thursday afternoon.

Hupperterz moved Jenna’s body in the storage container again, this time using the car service Lyft, to his grandmother’s property in Wayne County.

Police obtained a warrant and searched Hupperterz’s apartment. They found blood on the sink and a trash can lid, along with $20,000 cash and 10 to 15 “pillow-case size bags” of marijuana Friday night.

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Police searched the home of Hupperterz's parents. Police spent part of the morning looking at a garage in the back of the house.

Hupperterz was taken into custody for questioning but not charged.

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Police find Jenna’s body in the storage container in a shed on the Wayne County property.

Hupperterz was charged with murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse and drug-related offenses on Sunday morning. He was arraigned and held without bail.

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BURLEIGH storage bin to his mother’s home in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania where it remained overnight. On Friday, he used the car service Lyft for a ride to his grandmother’s Wayne County property, where he allegedly hid Burleigh’s body in a shed. Hupperterz was charged with murder, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence and other drug-related offenses on Sunday.

THE SUSPECT Leading up to Hupperterz’s charges, his neighbors and former fellow students have characterized Hupperterz as “friendly,” but always off-putting. Hupperterz was one of the first people junior philosophy and psychology major Sharmila Choudhury knew in Philadelphia. She’s known him for about three and a half years and visited his previous apartment multiple times with friends. He’s always made her uncomfortable, she said. “I’m not surprised that he did this because he made me feel sick to my stomach when I was in his presence,” she said. Choudhury said she thought he had “unhealthy behaviors” and alleged he dealt drugs. Sometimes he would offer her drugs, which she said she’d always decline. Choudhury added that Hupperterz consistently verbally sexually harassed her, and she endured offensive comments

whenever she was near him. These would include frequently commenting on her sister’s physical appearance to make Choudhury uncomfortable. He didn’t just have problems with women — he was often “arrogant and narcissistic” toward other men, Choudhury said. “I just feel so awful that Jenna had to be the victim of all this,” Choudhury said. “It breaks my heart because...this beautiful girl, who just transferred to Temple University a week ago, bright, ambitious, motivated, passionate, and he had to ruin that for her.” “She had her whole life ahead of her,” she added. Junior athletic training major Natalie Abulhawa said she often caught Hupperterz lying. Abulhawa lived across the street from Hupperterz last year near Main Campus and she saw him “every day,” she said. Hupperterz always gave her a “bad feeling” and he often asked her to come over and hang out with him. She always declined. Hupperterz told her he was a member of Temple’s men’s soccer team. He was never listed on a men’s soccer roster during his time at Temple, according to OwlSports, the university’s official Athletics website. He also told Abulhawa that his father was a professional soccer player. According to a report by the Inquirer, the man authorities believe to be Hupperterz’s father was killed in 1993, when Hupperterz was 4 years old. Octavio Celso Hupperterz was shot in the back of the head and found

wrapped in a trash bag with his hands tied in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Hupperterz, 29, was a junior advertising and risk management major at the university. He transferred to Temple in 2014 from Lackawanna College, according to the Inquirer. Hupperterz’s murder charges are not his first encounter with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. Court records show he was convicted twice in the past after pleading guilty: once in 2011 for possession of drug paraphernalia and in 2013 for theft from a motor vehicle. “For [the suspect] to be somebody that I saw so frequently, was always talking to, would always ask me to hang out with him, it was just really weird,” Abulhawa said.

UNIVERSITY REACTION “We are devastated and heartbroken to hear that her life has been cut short,” Temple Student Government wrote of Burleigh in a statement to the Temple community on Saturday. President Richard Englert also released a statement, updating students about Burleigh’s death. He said students who are affected by this “tragic event” should utilize Tuttleman Counseling Services and gave his “deepest sympathies” to Burleigh’s family. Although there was no specific action by the university following Burleigh’s death, TSG and students are organizing vigils and memorials to honor her life.

Salvatore Mirando, a senior musical theater major, organized a small gathering near the new owl statue on Polett Walk near Liacouras on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. He encourages students to bring candles, flowers and stop for a moment of silence for Burleigh. “I didn’t know Jenna, but I know a lot of people have been asking for something to happen,” Mirando said. “I really wanted to get the ball rolling.” The Temple Progressive NAACP will host a memorial service for Burleigh on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the skate park at the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Broad Street. TSG and Student Activities will also host a vigil for Burleigh on Thursday, but have not determined the time yet, Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes said. A resident from Burleigh’s hometown, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, started a GoFundMe campaign to support the Burleigh family. So far, it has raised more than $5,000 for the Burleigh family. In a statement, TSG praised Burleigh for her social activism, which aligned with issues that members of the TSG administration “hold close” to their heart. “She spent much of her time combating racism as well as defending rights for the LGBTQIA+ community,” it read. Kelly Brennan contributed reporting. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick

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eorge Basile is no stranger to political activism. Last year, he called for an expansion of Tuttleman Counseling Services and campaigned for on-campus recovery

In 1857, Taney authored the Dred Scott decision, which said that Congress had no power to abolish slavery and that Black people could not become American citizens because slaves were considered property. “This is not someone worth celebrating, let alone having a street named after,” the petition read. It was considered a

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housing as a member of Parliament. Now, the senior political science major is taking his activism beyond Main Campus. “My parents raised me to understand that people are coming from different aspects of humanity, and some of those were born out of systemic biases,” he said. “My action was really born out of that.” This August, he started a Change. org petition to rename Taney Street, which is named for Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney.

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The street commemorates Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the Dred Scott decision.

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Festival gathers Middle Eastern, North African creatives YallaPunk celebrated artists like Maryan Captan, a 2011 English alumna. BY ANGELA GERVASI Features Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Honeybees gather on their hive frame at Glen Foerd in Northeast Philadelphia on Aug. 30. This hive frame is one of many that 2014 horticulture alumnus Sam Torres maintains.

In Philly, beekeeping thrives The 2014 horticulture alumnus will speak at the Philadelphia Honey Festival on Sunday. BY IAN WALKER Assistant Features Editor

Before tending to about 500,000 honeybees, Sam Torres ignites a clump of paper kindling inside his hand-held bee smoker. He then squeezes the bellows until smoke begins to stream from the nozzle. The smoke, Torres said, masks the bees’ alarm pheromones, preventing the colony from signaling to one another to defend the hive. While this precaution may suggest to some that bees are

aggressive animals, Torres said he has dedicated his career to proving this popular assumption false. “My main goal in life is to take away the stigma that everyone has of bees and being stung,” said Torres, a 2014 horticulture alumnus. “It’s just this idea that we have that they’re just these creatures that want to kill us.” Torres, owner of the honey company Keystone Colonies Beekeeping, will convey this message in his educational talk, “So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?” at the eighth annual Philadelphia Honey Festival on Sunday. Founded in 2010, the threeday festival promotes the work of Philadelphia beekeepers and honey producers, in addition to raising awareness about bees’ environmental

significance. Torres will speak at Bartram’s Garden in southwest Philadelphia at 1 p.m. during the festival’s last day. His bee products, which include raw honey and beeswax candles, will also be available for purchase. Torres maintains an apiary, or collection, of 12 hives at Glen Foerd, a public waterfront park in East Torresdale, where he also works as a horticulturalist. Each hive consists of several rectangular frames slotted into a small wooden box. His thousands of bees live inside the honeycomb grids of each frame, with a single hive producing up to 100 pounds of honey per year, he said. On Thursday at 5:30 p.m.,

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Maryan Captan wears a tattoo just below her elbow. “either&or,” it reads. “It’s sort of this gentle reminder that, like, you can never be one thing or the other,” said Captan, a 2011 English language and literature alumna. The subtle inscription serves as a symbol of Captan’s identity. Now a Philadelphia-based poet, she still remembers her first home in Cairo. ”I’ll never be either Egyptian or American, I’ll always be both, but there is no binary identity,” she added. On Saturday, Captan participated in YallaPunk, a threeday festival that showcased artists of MENA — Middle Eastern and North African — descent. Shrouded in red light, Captan recited her poetry, touching upon memory, family and heritage. “My handwriting resembles my mama’s more and more every day / My English bears the curves of Arabic, though I didn’t learn the Arabic alphabet until I was 20,” Captan read to a silenced crowd at The Barbary on Frankford Avenue and East Allen Street. “I inherit her scribbles,” she added several lines later. Rana Fayez, an Arab-American writer, organized YallaPunk to refute negative stereotypes surrounding people of MENA descent. Instead, YallaPunk aims to celebrate the community’s artistic achievements. Captan remembers encountering those stereotypes after 9/11 when she was a teenager— hearing comments that her parents were capable of bombing people. “It just mattered that my parents spoke Arabic, and that was, like, menacing,” she said. Captan, who left Egypt when she was 5, said migration

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A 2003 master’s of acting alumna directed “Seventy IV Seconds...to judgment,” a play about race and police brutality.

Dave Patten has directed music videos for Meek Mill. Now, the 2010 film and media arts alumnus will release his own movie.

Jackie Fisher, the executive director of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, taught a free salsa dancing lesson on Friday.

Sahara Gipson, a senior media studies and production major, worked for Boxgirls South Africa this summer to empower young girls.


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‘Seventy IV Seconds’ play to debut at the Arden Playwright Kash Goins’ newest work addresses race, law and police brutality. BY REBECCA SMITH For The Temple News Seventy-four seconds passed between the time Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled 32-year-old Philando Castile over and fatally shot him five times in July 2016. After hearing about the incident in St. Anthony, Minnesota, Philadelphia playwright Kash Goins felt haunted. Soon, he began crafting a script for his newest play “Seventy IV Seconds... to judgment.” It will play at the Arden Theatre from Wednesday to Sept. 26. The play is the second in a series of works by Goins that look at the United States justice system from an African-American perspective. The first work, “V to X,” examined the way laws are applied and enforced, enabling mass incarceration in for-profit prisons. When 2003 master’s of acting alumna and acting and musical theater professor Amina Robinson was offered a job directing “Seventy IV Seconds,” she had no idea what was in store. Initially, Goins told Robinson she would be directing a production of “12 Angry Men,” a 1950s movie about a deadlocked jury. She soon found out that Goins had written an original piece — one that questions the U.S. justice system. “He said, ‘Oh yeah, and I’m actually writing a piece.’ He had a completely new piece of theater,” Robinson said. “Seventy IV Seconds” follows the story of six jurors deadlocked on a second-degree murder case. In the fictitious case, an officer stopped a driver and his mother. Shortly after an altercation, the mother is fatally shot. “It speaks to how quickly we are able to pass judgment and make life-altering decisions,” she said. “It speaks to ingrained biases that we hold. … It questions the fairness of our justice system.” The piece “touches on a really timely subject,” Robinson added. She said that during the

rehearsal process, topics would often pop up that she could “relate to things that were on the news yesterday.” Robinson said the timeliness of the play made it “easier for the actors to connect” to the material, and also challenged actors to confront their own internal biases. Robinson said working on the production allowed her to use her platform to promote change. “I think a lot of times we sit down, and sort of feel helpless and wonder what we can do,” she said. “This moment is allowing me to feel like an advocate of change.” Goins was influenced by incidents similar to the police shooting of Castile while writing the play, including the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, he said.

anyone’s part,” she said. “I think that the current state of our country is directly tied to people’s inability or lack of willingness to talk to one another,”

Goins said. “I want people who wouldn’t normally talk to each other to do just that.” rebecca.smith0003@temple.edu

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“The most potent motivator” was the story of Kalief Browder, Goins said. Browder spent three years on Rikers Island, a maximum security prison, without being convicted of a crime. He endured nearly two years of solitary confinement, as well as the abuse of both officers and inmates. He committed suicide years after his release. But the murder of Castile haunted Goins “even a little deeper,“ he said. In November, Yanez, who shot Castile while his girlfriend and her daughter were in the car, was charged with three felonies. In June, he was acquitted of all charges. Goins said he wants to leave the audience asking big questions. “Why can a life-taking event occur between two strangers in a minute or so?” Goins said. “Why can jurors see evidence that suggests that a crime has occurred and return a verdict of not guilty?” Robinson hopes the show will motivate audiences to take a fresh look at the justice system and

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TANEY landmark case because it established the federal government’s stance on slavery. The Dred Scott decision was overturned in 1868 when the 14th Amendment gave all people born in America, regardless of race, legal citizenship. “I wondered, ‘How come we have a street named after the guy who wrote the Dred Scott decision in a city that prides itself on very progressive ideals?’” Basile said. In his petition, Basile proposes an alternative namesake for the street: Mo’ne Davis. Davis, a former pitcher for the Taney Dragons, led her team to victory in the 2014 Little League World Series when she was 13. She was the first African-American girl to play in the Series. Basile said he chose her due to her close connection to Taney Street and Philadelphia. “I was floored by Mo’ne in 2014 when she took down batter after batter in the Little League World Series,” he said. “I want to shift reference away from Justice Taney and to greater figures like her.” Basile’s petition has garnered 274 signatures of its 500-signature goal as of Monday. Basile has also been contacted by Mayor Jim Kenney, who voiced support of

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explore their own biases. “It takes effort to dismantle the system we are living under. And that’s not something that can happen with complacency on

RAMATA KABA / THE TEMPLE NEWS 2003 master’s of acting alumna Amina Robinson is the director of the play “Seventy IV Seconds... to judgment.” The play will debut on Wednesday at Arden Theatre.

RAMATA KABA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kash Goins, writer of “Seventy IV Seconds... to judgment,” overlooks rehearsal the week before the premiere.

the petition in an email that Basile posted on social media. But the battle is far from over. North Taney Street runs through the 5th Council District, and South Taney Street runs through the 2nd. To rename the street, Councilmen Darrell Clarke of the 5th District and Kenyatta Johnson of the 2nd District would have to pass an ordinance in the city council. In an effort to officially change the street’s name, Basile emailed Gov. Tom Wolf, and Sen. Bob Casey and asked them to help with his efforts. “Sen. Casey has been an advocate for issues affecting people of color, especially in Philadelphia, and Gov. Wolf has an incredibly progressive agenda that would include a name change like this,” Basile said. The average time for a change like this is between three and four months, but that’s a hopeful estimate, Basile said. “I definitely think it will get done,” he added. “At what point, I’m not sure, but definitely within this year.” Jess Gates, who has lived on North Taney Street with her husband since 2013, said that the name of her street has always made her uncomfortable. “This isn’t the city of brotherly love,” she said. “As a Black woman, I feel unwelcomed by the name. The history is shocking to me.”

“I’m glad this student is doing this,” she added. “When I get home, I’m going to make sure everyone around here signs [the petition].” Kat Burlingame, who signed Basile’s petition, has lived on North Taney Street for two years. Shortly after she moved there, she researched its name — and was bothered by her findings. “I’m a librarian, so naturally I hit the archive, pouring over old maps, census data and newspapers. I found zero significant connection between Taney and the city of Philadelphia,” she said. “For all it seems, Taney never even set foot in Philly.” “An address is a personal thing,” she added. “I’m constantly writing and typing ‘Taney’ on forms. It irks me, and I’m a white person. I can only imagine how much it could bother someone who has been negatively affected by the legacy of Judge Taney’s decision.” Last winter, Burlingame used an online message board to pitch her neighbors an idea: changing their street name to remember someone with a connection to Philadelphia. “Boy, did they care,” she said. “There was support, but also a lot of pushback. The debate got a bit nasty. I was confused as to why this caused so much passionate disagreement from non-Taney residents.” Basile said he has received some backlash

from people accusing him of trying to “erase American history” after he published his petition. ”I think we can learn from how Justice Taney so heinously wrote the Dred Scott decision,” he said. “We just don’t want that reference on the streets of Philadelphia.” Another online petition, established on MoveOn.org last July, calls for Taney Street and Taney Park to be renamed for Octavius Catto, a Philadelphia activist who was shot dead in 1871 while he was rallying for the right of African-Americans to vote. The petition fell shy of its 100-signature goal, collecting 77 names. Burlingame signed that one, too. “I’m happy with any change to honor a more locally significant person, especially if that person represents the diversity and positivity of our community,” Burlingame said. “Mo’ne Way? That has a nice ring to it.”

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Film alumnus to release indie film based in Philly Dave Patten lives in Los Angeles but his work is often inspired by his time spent in Philadelphia. BY IMAN SULTAN For The Temple News A couple is out late at night when a pair of masked gunmen appear and demand money. When the couple refuses, one of the men shoots them dead. Later, the gunman finds out the South Philly Italian mob is after him for the murder: he has to outsmart them to escape with his life. This is the synopsis for Dave Patten’s first film “Backfire,” which was entirely filmed in Philadelphia and will premiere at The Ritz East Theater in Old City on Oct. 5. Patten, a 2010 film and media arts alumnus, said he wanted to make an entertaining film with the city as its backdrop. “It’s a crime drama, so it has a thriller-y aspect to it,” Patten said. “It’s not going to win any Academy Awards, I know that, but I think whoever watches it will have fun, and it’s a huge shoutout to Philly and the culture.” Patten works in Los Angeles as a full-time filmmaker, but he co-founded the film and production company South9 Entertainment as a senior at Temple. By directing music videos for hip-hop artists, he established himself in the entertainment industry. Patten shot videos for Meek Mill, a rapper from North Philadelphia, after 2011 broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media alumnus Abdul Q, better known as his stage name DJ Damage, connected him to the music scene in Philadelphia. “I had shot a music video for another group called the Paper Department,” Patten said. “So that was the first time I met [Meek Mill], which was on set, shooting a music video. And then he saw the video, he liked it and hit me up to do the rest of his videos.” “That’s kind of where everything started,” he added. Patten said Meek Mill was a hard worker and always open to Patten’s ideas. In the music video for the song “Believe Me,” Patten sings alongside the rapper, while the video he directed follows detectives monitoring a drug deal. “He definitely let me spread my wings in terms of the

contexts I would come up with and pitch to him,” Patten said. “I think to this day, I’m still the only person who’s gotten him to put a shirt and tie on in a music video.” As Meek Mill’s fame grew, Patten found his work getting more attention and publicity, which kickstarted his own career. “In two years, we went from zero to 60 million views,” he said. “That was when Meek was blowing up. He brought a lot of eyeballs to my work.” Patten’s music video repertoire now includes Wale, Rick Ross and E-40. While he now lives in Los Angeles, he tries to incorporate Philadelphia into his work as much as he can. Q said Patten is one of the few people whose work truly represents Philadelphia. “It’s about always being themselves and not trying to be someone else, not copying or trying to resemble somebody else’s sound,” Q said. “They’ve just been true to themselves, and that’s what really embodies Philly.” Now, Patten is anticipating the release of his first feature film, which he said is a dream for anyone working in the industry. “It’s always been a goal, just takes a while to get there,” he said. While “Backfire” is an independent film, what it lacked in money it made up for in the passion of its cast and crew members, he said. Patten said the film had a very small budget, but what it lacked in money it made up for in passion from its casts and crew members. “And we got it done by the skin of our teeth, and a lot of big favors, and a lot of help from the great cast and crew, which was willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears to get it done.” Josh West, a 2014 political science alumnus and a cowriter of “Backfire,” said they faced challenges on set but pulled through because of Patten’s direction. “I saw how Dave was able to manage different personalities on set,” West said. “There were high-stakes shooting moments and conflicts between actors, but we got through it.”

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I guess Honors Dissent in America would be my favorite class. ... We were talking about like Puritans and like religion and persecution in England and how that ultimately created the start of America.

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Freshman Political science and sociology My favorite class so far would be Honors Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences … We’ve been talking about how statistics are used misleadingly in a lot of like social ways to promote issues or make them seem like they’re not very important.

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So far, it’s How to Make Your Dream Furniture. … You use [a] table saw to cut wood and use glue to just as you can see from the title, to make furniture. COURTESY / CHRISTOFFER MEYER Dave Patten, a 2010 film and media arts alumnus, will release his first movie, “Backfire,” next month at The Ritz East Theater.

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First Friday kicks off at Piazza with free dance lesson Hundreds of people brought their dancing shoes and gathered at the Piazza’s debut of its monthly First Friday Salsa Night last weekend in Northern Liberties. Jackie Fisher, the executive director of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, gave a free salsa dancing lesson. Fisher taught the crowd the basics of salsa dancing before the musical group Siempre Salsa Philly took the stage. The group aims to expose more people to original salsa music through a variety of educational and entertainment events.

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EVENTS Film professors present double feature Film and media arts professors Elisabeth Subrin and Lauren Wolkstein will each present a film on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Temple Performing Arts Center. Following the free screening, Subrin and Wolkstein will hold a Q&A session. Subrin’s film, “A Woman, A Part,” follows a successful television actress who abruptly quits her job to reconnect with old friends in the New York City theater scene. In “The Strange Ones,” which Wolkstein co-directed with filmmaker Christopher Radcliff, two cross-country vacationers encounter mysterious events. The screening is part of the Diamond Screen Film Series. -Ian Walker

Student debuts play at Philly Fringe SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple horticultural alumnus, Sam Torres pulls a hive frame out of one of the many beehives he maintains at Glen Foerd in Northeast Philadelphia. Hundreds of bees swarm on the frame and upon the many other hives.

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BEES members of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the educational nonprofit organizing the festival, will conduct a demonstration of one of Torres’ bee colonies at Glen Foerd, the site of the festival’s first day. During his Sunday presentation at Bartram’s Garden, he plans to teach attendees the basics of how to purchase and manage a bee colony. Though he considers it a fulfilling activity, Torres said maintaining beehives is an intensive process that requires switching between several different roles. For example, each time he enters a hive he acts as a “detective.” He carefully examines the honeycomb, the hexagonal structure containing the brood — a group of bees in the early stages of life — and stores of pollen and honey, looking for any signs of disease. “If I find something wrong, then I have to diagnose it, I have to be the doctor,” Torres said. “Then I kind of have to be the nurse and treat that situation.” Though Torres said interest in locally produced honey has greatly increased over the last few years, he added that most consumers still know very little about how their food is cultivated.

“I’d say there’s a huge disconnect between urban life and natural consciousness,” Torres said. His desire to teach people about the agricultural process drives Torres’ educational programming, he said. This summer, he taught a series of workshops on beekeeping at Glen Foerd. He also ran educational programs and conducted honey tastings at a farm on 8th and Poplar streets run by Teens 4 Good, a youth urban farming organization in Philadelphia. Like the young students he teaches at the farm, Torres grew up in Philadelphia without access to many sources of nature. “I think that the lack of green space in Philly is what always drew me to wooded areas,” Torres said. “I’ve always felt like I was in a concrete jungle.” Following his passion to college, Torres spent much of his time at Temple in the greenery of Ambler Campus, which is home to the horticulture program. But even as he studied the natural world through his botany and chemistry courses, beekeeping was not a part of the curriculum. Each time he passed the campus apiary he felt intrigued, but didn’t feel like he had a gateway to approach the subject, he said. Then, in his third year, Torres finally received an invitation. “One day, someone I had class

with was like, ‘Hey, do you wanna come check out the beehives?’ and I was like, ‘That’s so awesome, I’ve always wanted to,’” Torres said. “I fell in love. I was just hooked.” Despite discovering his new interest, Torres found there were no beekeeping classes offered at the time, and he signed a petition to start a course. The following year, he enrolled in Introduction To Beekeeping. His instructor for the class, Vincent Aloyo, recently joined Torres at the University of Delaware for the annual Eastern Apicultural Society conference. Aloyo, an adjunct horticulture instructor, said Torres was one of his most enthusiastic students. “When he finished [his final exam], he said, ‘This is the best course I have ever taken!’” Aloyo said. “So I knew he was a beekeeper.”

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Senior theater major Lyell Hintz will make his Philadelphia Fringe Festival debut this weekend at Gershman Hall on Broad and Pine streets. The play he wrote, “Simone RPT 8,” will open on Friday at 5 p.m., with following shows at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. “Simone RPT 8” follows a woman “as she is prepped to have her personality extracted for mass consumption, within a world that normalizes genetic modification,” according to the play’s description on Fringe Arts’ website. -Ian Walker

Free admission to Philly museums on Saturday

Nonprofit Campus Philly will host its annual CollegeFest event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students from Philadelphia-area universities can present a student ID at the Campus Philly tent at Dilworth Park to receive a wristband providing free all-day admission to 14 local museums and cultural sites. Participating museums include The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Attendees can ride the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop for free until 6 p.m. to visit attractions. Giveaways, games and food will also be available at Dilworth Park. -Alaina DeLeone

Provost Epps to speak at women’s networking brunch The Temple Women’s Network will host its fourth annual women’s networking brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Court in Mitten Hall. Provost JoAnne Epps will speak at noon. Toiletry donations will be collected at the event for Project ALOE, a nonprofit organization formed by alumna Jumoke Dada that provides college-bound women with beauty supplies and mentorship. People interested in attending the brunch can register for $25 on the Temple Univeristy Alumni Association’s s website. SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Hundreds of bees swarm one of the many beehives that Torres maintains on the Glen Foerd property in Northeast Philadelphia.

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At home and abroad, empowerment through fitness Last summer, Sahara Gipson worked as an intern for the organization Boxgirls South Africa. BY BEN COLLINS For The Temple News For Sahara Gipson, a member of Temple’s gymnastics team, fitness can be empowering. Gipson enjoys empowering others, too — like young girls trying to attend school in South Africa. This summer, the senior media studies and production major traveled to South Africa through Student Athletes Abroad, an education program that pairs student athletes with internships in different countries. While living in Cape Town, Gipson worked as a marketing intern for Boxgirls South Africa, a nonprofit organization that teaches boxing to young girls as a mechanism for self-defense. “Together, women and girls are fighting against gender-based violence and other barriers to progress in their communities,” Boxgirls’ mission statement reads on its website. About one in five women over the age of 18 have reported abuse from a partner, according to a study released by the South African Medical Research Council in May. “We aren’t trying to make them the best boxers ever,” Gipson said. “Just empower them.” Now, thousands of miles away from Cape Town, Gipson seeks to empower women on Main Campus as well. She works as the event coordinator for Temple’s branch of Pretty Girls Sweat, a national

women’s fitness organization. Like Boxgirls, Gipson said, Pretty Girls Sweat aims to provide a safe space where women can exercise together. At Temple, the group conducts different fitness activities, from running and cycling to Muay Thai kickboxing. “Not everyone has time to go to the gym, or feels comfortable going,” Gipson said. Boxgirls was established in Germany in 2001, when the organization began training girls in inner-city Berlin. Recognized by the United Nations as a model project for physical education, Boxgirls launched in Cape Town in 2009. With other interns, Gipson taught the South Africa-based Boxgirls team to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Instagram and Facebook. The Boxgirls team itself has only seven operating members. Most of them use nothing more

than a pen and paper to record and evaluate the Boxgirls program, Gipson said. Gipson also developed a social media campaign using the hashtag #boxgirlstrong to promote the organization’s social media presence. During August, National Women’s Month in South Africa, Gipson encouraged Instagram users to post pictures of strong women and tag Boxgirls’ account. “Things that come easy to us aren’t necessarily easy for them,” Gipson said. While Gipson’s role at Boxgirls South Africa was temporary, she said her work was helpful for the organization’s continued success. “Our goal was not just to put these [digital] systems in place, but to ensure that they would continue after we left,” she added.

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KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior media studies and production major Sahara Gipson wears her Boxgirls T-shirt at her gymnastics practice in McGonigle Hall on Aug. 31.

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YALLAPUNK was difficult for her. “Depending on where you’re from, coming to small-town Pennsylvania from one of the most insane cities in the world like Cairo, that’s not just a culture shock but it’s like, it’s like going from Earth to Mars,” she said. At YallaPunk, she said she hoped to meet people with back stories similar to her own. The festival was comprised of creative and educational events, ranging from conferences to concerts to comedy sets. Jake Al-Dookhi, a 2017 advertising and media studies and production alumnus from Kuwait, found out about YallaPunk online. “I’m Arab so I was like, ‘Yeah, this is a really cool idea,’” Al-Dookhi said. He reached out to tell his older sister, only

ANGELA GERVASI / THE TEMPLE NEWS Maryan Captan, a 2011 English alumna, performs at YallaPunk, a festival celebrating Middle Eastern and North African creatives at The Barbary near Frankford Avenue and East Allen Street this weekend.

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to discover that Alyssa Al-Dookhi, a Philly-based comedian, was already planning to perform. Laughter and applause rang throughout The Barbary as Alyssa Al-Dookhi, described her life as a Kuwaiti woman. She talked about life in her native country, recounted the mispronunciations of her last name and poked fun at mainstream stereotypes. “It’s amazing how often I will tell someone that I’m Arab, and their first response is, ‘Oh my god, shut up. I love hummus,’” Alyssa Al-Dookhi said. “Oh really, ‘Kelli with an i?’ Do you hear me complimenting the mayonnaise of your people?” she added. Fueled with quick punchlines and theatrical impressions, Alyssa Al-Dookhi performed minutes after Captan, who silenced the room with her reading. “It was amazing,” Alyssa Al-Dookhi said. “I never really get to see spoken word like that and certainly not from people who I identify with.” Hours before reciting her poetry, Captan taught a creative writing workshop at the Crane Arts Center on Master and American streets. The workshop focused on the writer’s ability to paint memories. Captan’s memories of her own hometown are scattered — an earthquake that shattered her family’s apartment complex, candy in her grandmother’s pockets, cousins teaching her to belly dance. “This is the beauty of memories, that it will always fail you,” she said. After her father completed a visa process that took eight years, her family migrated to Pennsylvania. Captan still remembers boarding the plane a month after turning five years old. She thought the trip to America was a birthday gift. The culture shock was jarring: Captan, whose young childhood was spent in the desert, had never seen grass before. She remembers not yet speaking English in her kindergarten class. Her teacher held her hand at recess and practiced the language with her. While shifting from speaking Arabic to English, she became fixated on written and spoken word. In 2008, she transferred from Penn State to Temple, taking as many writing classes as she could. As a writer, Captan has traveled to Vietnam and Portugal. She regularly works with Philadelphia youth. But before YallaPunk, she had never participated in a MENA-specific arts event. She had never heard of one. “It’s the first time that I’ve done a festival where I feel like I can just completely be myself,” Captan said.

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Freeman: ‘We want to compete’ Temple scheduled five teams that finished in the Top 30 of the 2016 Ratings Percentage Index to start the season. BY GRAHAM FOLEY For The Temple News The Owls are not ones to back down from a challenge. Just ask coach Marybeth Freeman. The field hockey team starts its season with five games against opponents that finished in the Top 30 of the Ratings Percentage Index last season. The Owls are 0-3 so far, after Friday’s road loss to Penn State, ranked No. 7 in the Aug. 22 National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Owls have back-toback games against tough opponents this weekend, including a matchup against No. 14 Northwestern University. It seems like a daunting schedule for a team that finished 7-12 last year. But Freeman wants these marquee matchups. She schedules tough opponents during the nonconference season to help her team improve. “Why not play against the best to see what we need to do?” Freeman said. “I’d rather do it early and compete and learn versus learn the hardest way, which is the last game of the season.” “I’m not interested in working our butts off on a daily basis and killing teams 9-0, we want to compete,” she added. “If we have to take some hits along the way to learn lessons so we can execute when we need to later in the season, that’s what I’m willing to do. And I feel very passionately about that.”

Her players have certainly bought into this idea. Senior forward and captain Hattie Kuhns believes these games against strong opponents are beneficial in the long run. “I think it’s really big for us, that she schedules games like this so we can learn,” Kuhns said. “If we go out there and we just kill a team that’s not good as say Penn State, we’re not going to learn anything. So after games like this, we’re really going to break apart everything that goes on on the field, good or bad, and then come back and use it for another hard opponent next week.” Under Freeman, the Owls are 2-12 with a -48 goal differential in regularseason games against ranked teams. Their two wins came against fellow Big East Conference school Old Dominion University in 2015 and 2016. Temple won both games by one goal. Freeman, who started coaching at Temple in 2015, said she plans to continue making the team’s schedule this way every year. She wants her players to consistently be challenged early in the season. “I could schedule a lot differently, but it’s not in my makeup to do it,” Freeman said. “I know it’s hard to wrap minds around, but I just need everyone who is affiliated with the program, players, alumni...to continue to support the way we are doing it because we will reap the benefits of it.” After a preseason scrimmage with No. 6 University of Maryland, Temple started its season with back-to-back home losses to St. Joseph’s and Bucknell University on Aug. 25 and Aug. 27, respectively. The Hawks beat the Owls 4-1

and Bucknell won 3-1. St. Joseph’s finished 19th in last season’s RPI and Bucknell finished 29th. The winless Owls face Northwestern on Friday and Kent State University on Saturday. Northwestern finished 2016 ranked No. 16 in the RPI, and Kent State finished ranked 28th. Freeman believes come Big East tournament time, her team will be poised, experienced and ready to go. Last season, Temple started off the season by playing tough nonconference teams like No. 2 Syracuse University, No. 18 Penn State and No. 10 University of Delaware in its first five games. By the time the Owls took on No. 13 Old Dominion University, they were prepared and pulled off a 2-1 upset victory in overtime. “That game against [Old Dominion] we were just building and building and that was pretty much the turning point,” Kuhns said. “We came out here, we beat [Old Dominion], and that was it, guns blazing for the rest of the season.” “As good as the teams we are playing against are, it really comes down to us and how we’re going to be able to execute under pressure,” Freeman said. “I think the plans we have in place are solid. There are some adjustments that we will be making, and we’ll be making them because we know our players are able to adapt. It’s going to be more about us, and that’s really what I’m concerned about going forward.” graham.foley@temple.edu @graham_foley3

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PATRICK CLARK / FILE PHOTO Former quarterback Phillip Walker (center), throws toward former running back Jahad Thomas in Temple’s loss to Penn State in 2016.

Former Owls affected by NFL roster moves When the NFL’s 32 teams had to cut their preseason rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday, Phillip Walker found himself among those waived. After cutting him on Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts signed the former Owls quarterback to their practice squad on Sunday. Walker completed 17 of his 39 pass attempts for 147 yards during four preseason games. He threw a touchdown in the Colts’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. Walker took over as Temple’s starter during his freshman season in 2013 and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. He signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May. Former running back Jahad Thomas, former wide receiver Brandon Shippen, former linebacker Avery Williams, former center Kyle Friend and former defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike were among those waived. The Pittsburgh Steelers added Friend to their practice squad after they cut him. Former defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis will play his second season with the Washington Redskins, and former linebacker Tyler Matakevich made the Steelers’ roster for the second year in a row after the team selected him in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. Former Owls cornerback Tavon Young will miss the 2017 season after tearing his ACL on June 1. He made 53 tackles in 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. - Evan Easterling

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Fifth-year defender makes conference honor roll JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior backer Nellie Doyle sends the ball upfield in the Owls’ season-opening loss to St. Joseph’s on Aug. 25 at Howarth Field.

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JOKINEN for just the first three or four years of his life, he made some of his best memories in Finland. He has a tattoo on his forearm of the outline of the country filled in with the blue and white cross pattern of the nation’s flag and the Finnish coat of arms near his bicep. When Jokinen was 15 years old, he earned selection to the Finnish National Team. He became the top scorer in his age group. Jokinen still has his “completely

shredded” cleats from that game, he said. Jokinen started playing soccer at 5 years old when he was in England. His friends invited him to play for a local team, and he began scoring “anywhere from five to 10 goals a game,” he said. Seventeen years of experience and integrating his European style of play in the United States has helped Jokinen finetune his skills and score often. Jokinen scored in Temple’s seasonopening loss against Saint Joseph’s. Scoring is what keeps him passionate about playing. The feeling of scoring a goal is

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RECEIVERS “He makes plays every single time the ball is in his hand. I think he’s going to be on the field more often now, and I’m excited for it.” During the drive when Wright had two catches for 35 yards, Marchi took two shots at the end zone. On first-and-10 from Notre Dame’s 25-yard line and third-and-4 from Notre Dame’s 19, Marchi attempted to complete passes to Kirkwood in the back left corner of the end zone. Both fell incomplete.

unlike anything else, he said. “I mean you can’t not have a smile on your face,” Jokinen said. “It’s a team sport, obviously. You’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for your team. And then looking around, seeing your whole team cheering with you, it just makes you so happy, and it’s pretty much the reason I play.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

As they looked to respond to a quick Notre Dame touchdown, the Owls gained 34 yards on seven plays during their first drive of the game. Marchi’s throw on third-and-8 from Notre Dame’s 43-yard line toward redshirt-junior wideout Brodrick Yancy was off target and fell to the turf. “I missed a couple of throws, some routine throws,” Marchi said. “On offense we did well, defense we did well. I think we have to execute a little more on offense and help the defense out and stay on the field and get them some rest.”

Redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela made the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday. He scored the game-winning goal, the first of his college career, in the 43rd minute of Thursday’s road win against Villanova. Redshirtsenior goalkeeper Will Steiner stopped Grasela’s initial shot on a penalty kick, but he scored off the rebound. Grasela started all 18 games in 2016 and has started all four games this season. Grasela, redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Cagle and sophomore midfielder Nick Sarver are tied for the team lead with 388 minutes played. -Evan Easterling

Dropped passes nearly took away any hope Temple had for a comeback early in the fourth quarter. Kirkwood dropped balls on the first and third plays of the frame with the Owls trailing 35-10. Redshirt-freshman tight end Kenny Yeboah dropped a would-be touchdown while wide open in the end zone four plays later. He dropped to both knees behind the back left corner of the end zone and pounded his fists on the turf. “It was just the first game, but definitely got to score in the red zone, a lot of missed

opportunities,” Kirkwood said. “But I think we did an OK job as an offense for our first time together with a new quarterback, Logan Marchi, I think he did a great job, and I’m just ready to have our group back for next week.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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VOLLEYBALL

Assistant’s international ties help draw talent Akiko Hatakeyama developed connections while playing professionally in Europe. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter The 13-player volleyball roster consists of players who come from five different states and six different countries. For coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam and his staff, this diverse group is in no way a coincidence. Of the eight American players on the team, there are no Pennsylvania natives. Former middle blocker Kirsten Overton and former outside hitter Caroline Grattan were the only two players from in state last season. The absence of in-state players isn’t because the coaching staff doesn’t try to recruit locally, assistant coach Ren Cefra said. But players from Pennsylvania have big-name programs like Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh to choose from as well. The Nittany Lions won four straight NCAA titles from 2007-10 and claimed back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. On Friday, Penn State, then ranked No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, beat then topranked Stanford University.

Pittsburgh reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004 last season and has won 73 games in its last three seasons. Temple has won 62.8 percent of its games during Ganesharatnam’s six-plus seasons, which started in 2011. The Owls have won 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons, but haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2002. High-level volleyball talent has historically come out of the West Coast and Midwest, Ganesharatnam said. Most of the time, prospects from the Northeast commit to Penn State and other schools in Power 5 conferences, he added. With a limited talent pool in the Northeast, Temple has made an effort to find ways to attract prospects from around the world. Recruiting overseas, however, comes with its obstacles. “International clubs put a lot of time, effort and funds into training prospects,” Ganesharatnam said. “They’re not just going to give them away. They have to trust you and understand that you’re going to make [the prospects] better and possibly send them back after they graduate so they can become professional players.” Temple’s primary way to gain trust from international programs is through associate head coach

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and recruiting coordinator Akiko Hatakeyama, who played professionally across Europe while also coaching club teams and summer camps. Her connections to professional and club circuits in Europe are a valuable advantage Temple uses to attract international players. Hatakeyama, a 1999 alumna who played volleyball, is appreciative of the opportunities Temple offered to continue her athletic career. She hopes recruits realize they can have the same opportunity if they play for the Owls. When it comes to stateside recruiting, the coaching staff primarily attends national competitions to scout players from around the United States. During the summer,

Hatakeyama, Ganesharatnam and Cefra traveled to Florida and Minnesota to survey talent. In June, Temple’s coaching staff attended the 44th Amateur Athletic Union Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Prospects who are 18 years old and younger showcased their skills for 12 days. A week later, the staff traveled to the 2017 Girl’s Summer Junior National Championships in Minneapolis to look for future Owls. The trio also visited Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Georgia during this year’s recruiting process. Hatakeyama said one of the main reasons recruits consider Temple is it is in a major city like Philadelphia.

“All the players that play here wanted to come to Temple,” Hatakeyama said. “Even though they’ve had other choices, they chose to be here. Being in a big city, it’s easier for them to travel and experience opportunities.” The coaching staff continues to scout players every chance it gets. With the rising popularity of club and AAU tournaments, the recruiting process has become much more advanced for Ganesharatnam and his staff, Ganesharatnam said. The team has started recruiting incoming classes for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. So far, the Owls have one verbal commitment from the high school class of 2020 and Ganesharatnam hopes to garner more. “Being able to have student athletes who come from all sorts of different backgrounds and different areas of the country working together towards a common goal of being successful is a great thing,” Ganesharatnam said. “I think Temple University is a great institution because of the diversity it resembles, and at times like this, we are very proud of representing the university with the team we have.” austin.ampeloquio@temple.edu @AustinPaulAmp

CROSS COUNTRY

Owls have ‘no excuse’ not to place at conference meet The American Athletic Conference championship will be held at Belmont Plateau in October. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter Graduate student Marc Steinsberger and freshman Kristian Jensen held hands as they crossed the finish line to celebrate their strong start to the season. The cross country team started the season on a strong note by placing first in the women’s and men’s races at the Temple Invitational on Friday at Belmont Plateau. Steinsberger and Jensen placed second and third, respectively, in the men’s first team win in more than a year. “For us it was an opportunity to race on the course and see where we are and to use this as a stepping stone for where we want to be for the [American Athletic] Conference Championships in October,” coach James Snyder said. The Owls kicked off the season on their home course against East Carolina, Tulane and Southern New Hampshire University. The Pirates and Green Wave will return to Belmont Plateau for the American Athletic Conference Championship on Oct. 28. Temple’s goal is to reach the podium at the conference championship. And the Owls have an advantage for the conference championship, because unlike any other teams in

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RUSHING linebackers, and the team “missed fits” from the opening drive onward. It only took Notre Dame 33 seconds to travel 70 yards and find the end zone on its opening drive. Fighting Irish junior running back Josh Adams bounced a carry to the left side for a 37-yard touchdown on the second play of the game. Adams led the Fighting Irish in rushing yards with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Junior running back Dexter Williams piled up 124 yards on six carries. Notre Dame averaged 9.6

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The American, they train at Belmont Plateau regularly. The Owls will also race at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 7. “I believe we have the most talented group on the men’s and women’s side we’ve ever had,” Snyder said. “Where that puts us in October remains to be seen. Both the men and women have a shot in being in the top three, and that is something we have never done before.” “We can train here, we can practice here, we know what it is like,” sophomore Millie Howard said. “So for it to be on our home course just adds excitement to all of us.” Snyder told his teams to take a more controlled approach to the race on Friday, and it was successful.

I believe we have the most talented group on the men’s and women’s side...ever.

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS The men’s cross country team ran together for most of its Temple Invitational race at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park on Friday.

JAMES SNYDER

CROSS COUNTRY COACH

Howard finished second in the women’s 6,000 meter with a time of 22 minutes, 8.1 seconds. Three of her teammates placed shortly behind her as Temple claimed four of the top 10 spots. Nine Temple men placed in the top 15 in a field of 41 runners on Friday. The Owls took spots seven through 13. Sophomore Kevin Lapsansky ran the 8,000 in 26:48 to

yards per carry in its win. Notre Dame junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush and Temple redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi both made their starting debuts on Saturday. Randall said Wimbush’s ability to scramble and make plays with his feet kept the Owls on their toes throughout the game. Wimbush rushed for 106 yards and completed 17-of-30 passing attempts for 184 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Wimbush led three touchdown drives that took less than 75 seconds. “So just on the rock backs, not fitting it exactly the way we wanted

place seventh, and freshman Anton Harrsen finished just more than four seconds after him. “Training on this course shows us where we have to push, where we have to restrain ourselves a bit,” Jensen said. “We can see many of the other runners dying out in the last two miles where we just kept going.” Temple’s runners are looking forward to the opportunity to host The American championship meet at Belmont Plateau. De-

to and then against good players, it bounces, bounces and they’re able to hit the home run with it,” Collins said. “I didn’t think we tackled the way that we have all preseason, running our feet, grabbing cloth, all the things we preach.” “There’s some times that once the game starts slipping away or once a big play starts happening, you start trying to make up for it by being too over aggressive and not rely on your fundamentals and technique and I thought that happened at times [on Saturday],” Collins added. Sophomore linebackers Sam Franklin and Shaun Bradley and redshirt-freshman linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley all started

spite a strong first meet at home, the Owls know they have work to do to achieve their goals. “We have a talented team, plus we have the home court for the conference meet,” Steinsberger said. “So we want to finish in the top three. This year there is no excuses for us.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

for the first time on Saturday. Last season, the group mostly saw action on special teams. All three players are making the transition to playing linebacker. Franklin and GrahamMobley played defensive back in high school, while Bradley played defensive back and was a firstteam all county running back at Rancocas Valley High School in New Jersey. Throughout the preseason, the coaching staff touted Bradley as the leader of the young group of linebackers. After accumulating seven tackles, Bradley is ready to move on from the loss against the Fighting Irish. He said some of the

big rushing plays the Fighting Irish had can be attributed to he and the other linebackers getting used to the speed of Division I football. “We had all new linebackers in there, so the speed of the game changed,” Bradley said. “Getting to the gaps is a little different. I think once we fit the gaps and we do what we’re supposed to do and execute it, we made the play. But plays like that where we didn’t, missed fits, we were out of our gaps a little bit and it broke.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

In third college season, forward finds back of net Kerri McGinley has two goals and an assist in six games for Temple this season. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter When Kerri McGinley scored a goal off a rebound in the 66th minute of the Owls’ overtime win against Fairleigh Dickinson University, a weight was lifted off of her shoulders. The junior forward, who set the all-time goals record at St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, found the back of the net for the first time in her college career during the team’s season opener on Aug. 18. McGinley didn’t waste a lot of time scoring a follow-up goal either. She netted the Owls’ lone goal just three games later in the team’s 2-1 overtime loss to Lehigh University on Aug. 27. Through six games, McGinley is tied for the team lead with five points. “Once I scored the first one, it gave me more confidence to be myself on the field again,” McGinley said. “[Coach Seamus O’Connor] keeps on telling me that he’s seeing the old Kerri back.” After playing her freshman season in 2015 at Marist College, McGinley had second thoughts about playing a few hours away from home. McGinley chose to leave Poughkeepsie, New York and return home to Philadelphia by transferring to Temple. McGinley played in 17 of Marist’s 20 games in 2015. A nagging high ankle sprain she suffered in practice just two days before the start of the 2016 season kept her out of all but nine games. The injury was an obstacle O’Connor said forced McGinley to participate in a smaller role than originally expected. “Kerri would’ve been our best forward

Kerri would’ve been our best forward last year. SEAMUS O’CONNOR

WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH

JAY NEEMEYER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward Kerri McGinley battles with Mount St. Mary’s University freshman forward Amanda Britain during the Owls’ 2-0 win on Sunday at the Temple Sports Complex.

last year,” O’Connor said. “Unfortunately, even though she tried extremely hard to fight her way back, she couldn’t get back to her 100 percent fitness level last season.” McGinley spent her summer rehabbing and doing workouts to avoid any possibility of not being at full strength for the start of the 2017 season. She is the fittest she has ever been, O’Connor said. McGinley’s efforts to remain healthy and in shape date back to middle school, when she ran track in the offseason in preparation for fall soccer season. She was a yearround athlete, but her primary focus was always soccer. “Kerri is very much the same person and player she was back then as she is now,” said

junior defender Katie McCoy, who played club soccer with McGinley. “She has always been someone who runs through every ball and will knock anyone down.” Starting in middle school and continuing until the end of high school, McCoy and McGinley were teammates on UGH Fevernova, a club soccer team based in Oakford, Pennsylvania. The two went separate ways for a season when McGinley went to Marist and McCoy went to Temple after they graduated high school. When McCoy heard McGinley started to consider transferring, she immediately began to campaign for the longtime teammates to reunite. “Our dads are really good friends with

each other,” McCoy said. “As soon as I heard from my dad that Kerri wasn’t really into it at Marist, my first instinct was to tell her to come to Temple.” “I was really pushing for it the whole time,” McCoy added. “Ultimately, I think she wanted to come to Temple anyway.” Sure enough, when McGinley decided to leave Marist, the first coach she contacted was O’Connor. “I think I really wanted to come home to Philly because I’m from here,” McGinley said. “I was on the fence about it at first but now I’m really happy at Temple.” danielwilson20@temple.edu @Dan_Wilson4

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

After one-year hiatus, Owls take trip abroad Temple beat three teams during a preseason trip to Italy and France. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Field Hockey Beat Reporter

LAUREN FERRETT / COURTESY The women’s basketball team visited the Eiffel Tower and other tourist attractions while in Europe in August.

The women’s basketball team originally planned to travel to Europe and play in three preseason games against club teams in August 2016. But then in July of last year, a terrorist attack occurred in Nice, France. More than 80 people were killed by a driver who sped through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, a French national holiday. Following the attack, the team was advised by Temple officials against international travel for the rest of the summer, said Lauren Ferrett, associate director of athletic communications for women’s basketball. With the trip scheduled, the Owls had already accumulated the funds for the trip through different fundraising events and planned for it in the team’s budget, Ferrett said. A year after the scheduled tour in Europe, the team arrived in Rome on Aug. 15 and spent four days there before going to Paris from Aug. 19 to 23. Because the team traveled in Summer 2017, the tour will be counted as part of the 2017-18 academic year. Per NCAA rules, teams are only allowed

one international tour every four years, which means Summer 2021 is the next time Temple can play abroad outside the regular season. After a tour of Vatican City in the Italian heat, Temple played its first game in the preseason tour against Radivoj Korac, a Serbia-based professional team, on Aug. 17. Temple won the first game of the showcase 84-44. In the rematch on the next day, the Owls won, 77-43. “Knowing we were playing professional teams and doing well, it gave us a lot of confidence coming back and playing in college,” senior guard Tanaya Atkinson said. “Knowing in Europe they don’t have college teams, just pros, it helped our confidence, and just playing together so early on in the year helped us figure out each other’s style of play faster.” After Rome, the Owls flew to Paris for their last game of the trip. Paris was most of the team’s favorite stop, Atkinson said, and visiting the Eiffel Tower was the highlight of Temple’s sightseeing in the city. “Paris was definitely my favorite spot we were in,” freshman forward Mia Davis said. “The Eiffel Tower was so cool, and to be on a trip like this my freshman year, it was something else.” The third game proved to be the Owls’ toughest, as they trailed 46-40 at halftime. But after coming back to take

the lead in the third quarter, Temple held on to finish a perfect 3-0 in the European tour, defeating Sceaux 8878. During the three games, Davis was the standout for the Owls. The freshman led Temple in scoring in two of the three games and averaged a teamhigh 15 points per game. Davis also had a double-double in every game, averaging 12.7 rebounds. “Being the leading scorer shows they have confidence in me and shows I fit in with my role with the other players,” Davis said. In 2011, the national sports media company Sporting News sampled 27 schools that went on European tours from 2006-10. For the season following the tour, the teams had an average win increase of about two games from the previous season. Had Temple won two more games last season, it would have won 27 games for the first time since the 200405 season, the second campaign in the Owls’ stretch of eight NCAA tournament appearances in a row. “Two more wins from last year would be huge,” Atkinson said. “We had a really good season and we’re hoping this preseason can help us build to the next one.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

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SPORTS

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FOOTBALL

For Bryant, loss ‘hurt to watch’ from afar Redshirt-junior wideout Ventell Bryant didn’t make the trip to the University of Notre Dame for Saturday’s 33-point loss. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Moments after the end of Temple’s game against the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, Ventell Bryant tweeted. “That game was on me,” the redshirtjunior wide receiver wrote. But Bryant never stepped on the field on Saturday. He didn’t travel with the rest of the Owls for the team’s 49-16 loss. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi, who made his first career start, didn’t have his leading returning receiver at his disposal. Former linebacker Avery Williams had the same sentiments after Temple’s seasonopening loss to Army West Point in 2016. Williams was upset that Temple allowed 329 rushing yards to Army’s triple-option offense. Bryant was upset that he couldn’t help his team. Coach Geoff Collins said the team tried to get Bryant ready to play but knew he wouldn’t be available on Friday. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury intermittently since spring camp. “That one hurt to watch, but I’ll be ready next week,” Bryant tweeted. Without Bryant available, Marchi completed passes to nine different receivers and targeted 10. Redshirt-senior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood became Marchi’s mosttargeted receiver. He attempted to link with Kirkwood 11 times, connecting on four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

HOJUN YU (PHOTO), COURTNEY REDMON (DESIGN) / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman tight end Kenny Yeboah pounds the turf in frustration after dropping a potential touchdown in the fourth quarter of Temple’s 49-16 loss on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

After outscoring Temple 21-3 in the first quarter, the Fighting Irish scored their fourth touchdown on their first drive of the second quarter. On the ensuing drive, Marchi rolled to his right and hit Kirkwood for a 17-yard gain on the first play. He threw a 12-yard pass to Kirkwood for Temple’s first touchdown 10 plays later. Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Wright

led the Owls with four catches for 79 yards, five more than he had in 2016. The most receiving yardage he had in a single game was 30 against Tulane on Nov. 19, 2016. He took the field after a run by redshirtjunior running back David Hood at the fiveminute, 50-second mark of the first quarter. Wright caught a pass and evaded a tackler to gain 10 yards then hauled in a 25-yard re-

ception along the right sideline to get Temple into Notre Dame territory. The drive ended with a 36-yard field goal by senior kicker Austin Jones. Wright accounted for three of Temple’s eight pass plays of 10 or more yards. He brings energy to the team, Kirkwood said. “Isaiah Wright is very versatile,” he said.

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MEN’S SOCCER

Finnish forward uses European strategy on offense Senior Joonas Jokinen leads the team in shots through four games.

I’ve been talking with the coaches, and we set a goal of 10 goals for the season. But I kind of want to see if I can break that. JOONAS JOKINEN

SENIOR MIDFIELDER AND FORWARD

JAY NEEMEYER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder and forward Joonas Jokinen catches his breath during a break in play during Saturday’s game against Rider University at the Temple Sports Complex.

BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

To learn more about senior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen, the first thing to do is ask him to pull up his right sleeve. As he folds the sleeve of his shirt, more and more tattoos appear. He has at least 19 tattoos, according to his own count, of various sizes and significance, wrapping up and around his right arm. One of his smallest tattoos sits near his inner elbow and can be easily overlooked. It is a group of five tally marks, signifying every place Jokinen has lived. He was born in Finland, moved to England, then Switzerland, went back to England and then moved to Italy. His most recent tally is for the United States to represent his time at Temple, which began in 2014. Last season Jokinen played with former forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez, who was Temple’s top scorer with 14 goals. Through four games, Jokinen leads the team in shots. “I have to fill the Jorge void this year, so I’ve been talking with the coaches, and we set a goal of 10 goals for the sea-

son,” Jokinen said. “But I kind of want to see if I can break that.” “He has a high soccer IQ, so he understands things about the game,” coach David MacWilliams said. “He’s one of the best players that I’ve seen that makes proper runs off the ball.” Jokinen and German junior midfielder Hermann Doerner each said American soccer is more physical and tends to rely on strength and fitness, while European soccer focuses more on strategy and thinking one step ahead of the play. Jokinen tries to anticipate the action to get an edge on the opponent’s back line by making runs off the ball. But in his college career, Jokinen has found that talent, strategy and practice can only take him so far. Jokinen has struggled with injuries throughout his career at Temple, and he has yet to play in every game during a season. Most recently, he has had trouble with his hamstring. Last season, Jokinen played in 14 of 18 games due to injury, and in 2015 he appeared in just 13 of 19 games. Sometimes Jokinen is “too quick for his muscles,” MacWilliams said. Jokinen has started all four of Temple’s games this year, playing an average of 74.3 minutes per game. Though Jokinen lived in Helsinki

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After not scoring in her first two collegiate seasons, Kerri McGinley has two goals in six games for the Owls.

The Owls use international connections to land recruits as they compete with Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh and other Power 5 schools.

This week, the Owls end a stretch of five games against teams that finished in the Top 30 of the 2016 Ratings Percentage Index.

After being waived, former quarterback Phillip Walker signed with the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad, plus more news and notes.

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