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The 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report shows an increased in reported rapes and disciplinary actions.


A student details her experience walking 500 miles alone on the Camino de Santiago.


A lab, founded by a kinesiology professor, studies collegiate and professional athletes’ injuries.


The Owls have a tough conference stretch looming as they attempt to qualify for a Bowl.



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Temple College Republicans and Temple College Democrats are ramping up engagement activities as the midterm election approaches. Read more on Page 4.

OPINION A lead columnist argues the #MeToo Movement should include restaurant employees, who experience the most sexual harassment of any job. Read more on Page 9.

FEATURES A student was selected for a seat on Hillel International Student Cabinet. Read more on Page 14.

INTERSECTION Experts say that students training to be a first responder can take on “vicarious trauma” that can take a toll on their mental health. Read more on Page 17.


Five newcomers to women’s tennis are looking to make an immediate impact in both singles and doubles. Read more on Page 24.





Reported rapes and disciplinary actions increase

Temple Police’s annual report detailed statistics of crimes that occurred on and around campus in 2017. BY LINDSAY BOWEN News Editor


emple Police released its 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to the Temple community on Friday, detailing information about crime off and off campus as required by federal law. According to the report, the number of reported rapes on campus doubled. There were 12 reported rapes in 2017, while there were six reported rapes in 2016 and seven in 2015. There were five

reported instances of fondling in 2017, one incident in 2016 and four instances in 2015. The report includes universitywide crime statistics, emergency response procedures and fire statistics for 2015, 2016 and 2017. It also outlines safety and sexual misconduct policies and programs for safety awareness and crime prevention. The increased number of reported rapes may be a result of Title IX initiatives for the Temple community, wrote Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, in an email to The Temple News. The university offers an online anonymous reporting system for confidential reports, and it partnered with Women Organized Against Rape, a

Philadelphia-based nonprofit, to offer an anonymous 24-hour hotline for a sexual assault crisis. WOAR also has satellite office on Main Campus for students to access. “As a community, we continually look for ways anyone surviving a sexual assault can confidently report,” Leone wrote. Overall, there are 54 total on-campus Clery crimes in 2017, while there were 26 Clery crimes in 2016 and 40 in 2015. The Clery Act is a law that requires universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to publish an annual public safety report. The act defines Clery crimes to include murders, hate crimes, sex offenses and domestic violence. There were zero reported murders

on campus and off campus in 2017, despite police believing Jenna Burleigh, a Temple student who was murdered in Fall 2017 in Temple Police’s border, was killed in the apartment of Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple student, on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The murder was not listed on the crime report because it was not located in the Clery Geography for reporting crimes, Leone wrote. Any non-campus crimes are reported in buildings or properties owned by the university or a student organization recognized by the university. On-campus non-Clery crimes like harassment, theft, drunkenness, simple assault and vandalism decreased from REPORT | PAGE 5

Construction progresses on Norris Apartments


The Norris Apartments units are lived in the Norris Homes development expected to be completed in No- for 30 years. “We’ve been waiting for it.” vember 2019. In April 2018, PHA began BY AMANDA ZAJAC For The Temple News The Norris Apartments on Norris Street near 11th is undergoing a fivephase redevelopment which will result in 297 new units, a community center and parking. The apartments are set to be completed in November 2019. The development is funded by a $30 million North Central Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority. “It feels good,” said Donna Richardson, the president of Norris Community Resident Council, who @TheTempleNews

to demolish the Norris Homes Development. On Sept. 10, Temple University President Richard Englert and other local officials broke ground on the third phase of redevelopment. The Norris Homes was built in the 1950s as an affordable housing development for low-income residents. The 147 units had not undergone a major internal or external renovation since it was built. Ninety of the 297 units will be allotted for people with income less than 60 percent of the area median income, wrote Nichole Tillman, executive vice president of communications of PHA, in an email to The Temple News. Former Norris residents have the right to return and do not have to apply

RYAN ENOCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Units in the Norris Apartments on Norris Street near 11th are slated to be completed in November 2019 as a part of a five-phase redevelopment project.

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Student political orgs prep for midterm election Ahead of midterm elections, Temple College Republicans and Democrats rally votes for their respective candidates. BY HAL CONTE For The Temple News Leading up to midterm elections on Nov. 6, the Temple College Democrats and Temple College Republicans are actively trying to garner votes for their parties’ candidates. College Democrats are holding protests, canvassing and rallying to increase voter turnout, while College Republicans are also working to promote their party’s candidates. Christina Borst, the president of Temple College Democrats, said the organization has been focused on getting young people to vote in the midterms. Recently, the organization has registered people to vote on the subway and participated in rallies for #VoteThatJawn, a city-wide campaign to register students and youth to vote. “The midterms have overwhelmingly been overlooked by young voters,” Borst

said. “People don’t think their vote will have an impact, and that isn’t true.” The Temple College Republicans has been focused on getting the word out about their party’s candidates, said Chris Smith, the organization’s president. The organization is canvassing, phone banking and handing out pamphlets to support the local candidates in the party. Smith said that in the past few years, he has been most upset by protests at major universities, which have attracted national attention. “On most college campuses, most of the student population is pretty far to the left,” Smith said. “When we saw things like what happened in [University of California] Berkeley, where conservative students were attacked, it woke a lot of us up to intolerance toward rightleaning opinions.” University of California, Berkeley scheduled several conservative speakers in 2017, but most were canceled due to safety concerns. At the speeches that did happen, left-wing students protested to the point that speakers, like Milo Yiannopoulos, were unable to be heard, the New York Times reported. Temple College Democrats has directed most of its efforts toward

electing congressional representatives, Borst said. Temple College Democrats collaborate with Pennsylvania Democratic organizations that help to campaign for candidates running for local and national offices. The student group is advocating for Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat running in Pennsylvania’s 6th District in Berks and Chester counties — one of the many districts redrawn earlier this year after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined the old congressional map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The new map substantially increases the likelihood of Democratic victories in many districts across the state, the Washington Post reported. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined the lines were drawn to give an advantage to Republicans. “If [Houlahan] wins, she’ll be the first woman to hold that seat in our district’s history,” Borst said. “[Pennsylvania] doesn’t have any women in Congress, it’s really important that we get women into Congress.” Smith said his organization is working to support U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican running for

Congress in Pennsylvania’s 1st District located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and Pearl Kim, a Republican running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 5th District located in parts of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Smith said he’s seen an increased amount of Republicans and Democrats are getting involved with politics. “There’s been a lot more political momentum on both sides,” Smith said. “It’s a battle between two giants.” Dakota Deyoc, a junior music technology major, said he hasn’t noticed on-campus activism as a commuter but hopes those who may protest on campus will be civil in their debates. “I’m just hoping that we get some open-minded people in there,” Deyoc said. “I love a good protest,” said Osimiri Sprowal, a senior Africology and African American studies major who is a socialist. “I’d say I’m politically active. I’m definitely going to vote in the midterm. The last election was bleak.” hal.conte@temple.edu

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Christina Borst, president of Temple College Democrats, stands on Polett Walk Chris Smith, president of Temple College Republicans, stands on Polett Walk on on Sept. 28. Borst is trying to get students to vote in the midterm election. Sept. 28. Smith is phone banking and canvassing to garner Republican support. News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com




to move back in, Tillman wrote. The apartment development is the third phase of the five phases of construction, which will take five years to complete. The new units will include a modern exterior with amenities like central air, open floor plans, interior storage, washers and dryers and modern kitchens. The 10,000-square-foot community center will include after-school spaces, a computer room, library, kitchenette and office space for the Norris Resident Council. “We’re thrilled to see the renewal of this neighborhood as we work toward building a stronger, safer, more vibrant and sustainable community,” PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah said in a release in September. In 2015, the Norris Resident Council approached Temple about the idea of running its own community education program with support from the College of Education. Later that year, Temple and the Norris Resident Council partnered to create a community-led education program, which is staffed by residents of the Norris community. Temple purchases curricula, focused heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and manages financial aspects of the program, said Meghan Raisch, Temple’s education engagement specialist. Professional development workshops for residential staff are co-designed by Temple and the Norris Resident Council. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 REPORT

The number of disciplinary actions and referrals on campus increased from 373 in 2016 to 536 in 2017. Disciplinary action is required when a student violates the university’s Student Conduct Code by committing plagiarism, cheating, stealing, disorderly conduct and illegal possession or use of alcohol and drugs. There were eight reported hate crimes on campus in 2017, with two race-motivated incidents, one sexual orientation-based instance, three ethnicity-biased crimes and two with national origin. @TheTempleNews

“What we did differently, is created the service together with the community,” Raisch said. “We have moved from having a transactional relationship to a proactive and collaborative one, with the university in an equitable partnership that we’re really proud of.” Since the community-led educational program’s launch, it has doubled in size, growing from 20 to 40 students and from four staff members to eight, Raisch said. The College of Education is committed to financially supporting the initiative and keeping the program community-led after families move into the new apartments, she added. “We are always looking for ways we can connect the needs of residents, the students in particular, to campus opportunities,” Raisch said. “This is a great way for us to get the word out about programs on campus and increase the college-access pipeline starting in pre-K.” Richardson said she hopes the relationship between the university and Norris will continue to thrive. “I would like for people to not look at us as if this is a sad thing and call us ‘poor people,’” Richardson said. “This has been something that this community has needed and deserved.” “These people deserve to take pride in their homes,” she added. “With the help of Temple, people are receiving the education that they need, and I think that’s comfortable for any parent to know that their children will be well off.”



Last year, there were three reported fires in on-campus student housing, including a cooking fire in Kardon Atlantic Apartments on 10th Street near Montgomery Avenue in May 2017 that resulted in $12,000 in property damages. A trash can fire in Morgan Residence Hall caused $3,500 in property damage in December 2017. The number of reported thefts decreased from previous years. In 2015, there were 248 reported thefts, 193 thefts in 2016 and 161 thefts in 2017. lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow

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Greek life policy attempts to enforce safe drinking Fraternities and sororities must provide wristbands to 21-year-old attendees at social events. BY GRETA ANDERSON Deputy Investigations Editor Since the death of 19-year-old Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza in February 2017, there is a national push for universities and Greek life headquarters to monitor chapters’ alcohol consumption and activities more closely. Piazza, who was hazed by fraternity brothers and forced to drink heavily, died of severe head and abdominal injuries. All of the organizations that oversee Greek life nationally have determined that heavy drinking has played a major role in recent fraternity hazing deaths, USA Today reported. This semester, to combat heavy drinking and misconduct, Student Activities now requires Temple University fraternity and sorority chapters to register all social events that involve alcohol with the university. Last year, events, where attendees could bring their own alcohol, had to be registered with Student Activities. Those hosted by third-party vendors were not required to be registered, according to the 2017 Social Event Policy. Greek life conduct was under scrutiny last academic year. Kappa Delta Rho was investigated, and ultimately cleared, for alleged unspecified hazing activity in February. Later in April 2018, Temple’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi was suspended pending an investigation into excessive alcohol and drug use at the chapter. Now, chapters must distribute wristbands provided by the university to 21-and-older attendees of social events hosted at a chapter house. Host chapter members may not purchase and serve alcohol to guests, and are required to have one sober member for every 15 guests at a social event with alcohol. The university has increased its News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

efforts to combat misconduct, namely heavy drinking, which has led to more serious conduct violations seen across college campuses. UNIVERSITY POLICY CHANGES According to the university’s 2018 Social Event Policy, chapters are permitted to hold two types of social events with alcohol: an event in conjunction with a third-party venue that is licensed to serve alcohol, or a chapter party, where registered 21-andolder attendees are permitted to “bring your own alcoholic beverages,” or BYOB. Alcohol is not permitted at recruitment or rush activities associated with any chapter. The new policy now requires

chapters to register events at least two Mondays before the planned event. Under the 2017 Social Event Policy, fraternities and sororities had to register all parties at least two days in advance. Greer said BYOB events take place at a chapter’s house, and 21-and-older attendees must wear wristbands. They then redeem the alcohol they brought from a member of the host chapter, who redistributes alcohol at a “redemption station,” or bar. Greer wrote in an email to The Temple News that he went to various offcampus sorority and fraternity houses the first weekend of registered social events, which began Sept. 21, to see whether chapters were compliant with the new policies. He said one organization was hosting an unregistered event, and he

asked for it to be shut down. “[The members of the organization] were compliant,” Greer wrote. “No law enforcements [sic] were called. We have a good relationship with our current chapters and they are compliant when they know they are in the wrong.” The university’s updated social event policy is more rigid than it was in past years, said senior advertising major and public relations minor Sam Sauls, who is a former member and Spring 2018 social chair in Temple’s chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. Sauls said that last semester, event lists were submitted much closer to the date of the event, and in his experience, the fraternity allowed others not listed inside the registered events. “The new social rules are a lot











































stricter,” Sauls said. “With the new social rules, everyone who’s over 21 has to have a wristband. [With] the old social rules, it wasn’t that. It was just that if you were 21, you were eligible to bring in one six-pack of beer.” The wristbands, now distributed by Student Activities, have six removable tabs on them and are designed to count each 21-and-older attendee’s consumption of a six-pack of beer. Greer said the tabbed wristbands encourage social event attendees to bring beer rather than hard liquor, though liquorfree events are not an official university policy. Greer said any ban on hard liquor at chapter houses must be done by the owner of the property. Some national fraternity headquarters put complete alcohol and substance bans on their chapter houses, like Phi Delta Theta, which established alcohol-free housing in 2000, and Beta Theta Pi in 2004. LIQUOR-FREE EVENTS In late August, the North-American Interfraternity Conference announced that alcohol products with more than 15 percent alcohol by volume will be banned from all of its members’ chapters and social events unless a licensed thirdparty vendor serves the liquor. The ban, which will be fully implemented in September 2019, applies to all members at chapters under the national organization, even if members are over 21 years old. However, implementation of the ban will vary depending on property ownership of chapter houses. The NIC encompasses 66 international and national headquarters including some chapters at Temple, like ATO, Pi Lambda Phi, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Mu and Kappa Delta Rho and the suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi. Kappa Sigma does not belong to the NIC. “Nearly all hazing and overconsumption deaths in the past two years have involved students consuming high-percentage alcohol beverages,” the NIC wrote in August in an explanation of the policy. “The Conference felt it was critically important to act with one voice to effectively implement an industry-


wide standard.” All but one of Temple fraternities’ chapter houses are owned by private landlords, meaning the NIC policy does not apply directly to their houses, Greer said. One chapter house at Temple, Sigma Alpha Mu, is owned by the alumni of the chapter, but not the national fraternity, Greer wrote in an email. For these chapters, the NIC policy is a guideline, rather than enforced protocol. “It’s who owns the property that matters,” Greer said. “So if it’s a private landlord...he or she can [determine] what the residents in the house can and cannot do. [I] fully support that they should be hard-liquor free because we see a lot of our issues with hard alcohol. We don’t necessarily see as many of those issues with beer or wine.” SOCIAL EVENTS BYOB practices mean that Greek life members –– who are not licensed to bartend, serve or buy alcohol in quantity at chapter houses –– are monitoring 21-and-older attendees’ redemption of their own alcohol, rather than serving it, Greer said. The redistributor is typically a “sober monitor,” a member of the organization who is expected to remain sober throughout the event. The updated social event policies also require one sober monitor for every 15 guests present, Greer said. Greer said chapters are required to create a list of attendees, then chapter leadership must review risk management policies in a meeting the week of each social event, which is when they also receive the wristbands. Before a chapter’s first planned event each semester, Greer completes a walk-through in the house or venue where the event will be hosted. The lists may be updated until 24 hours before the event, Greer said. For registration last year, chapters were required to send a representative to a one-time risk management workshop. Junior mechanical engineering major Kyle Lawrence, who has been president of Omega Psi Phi since April 2018, said the new policies were reviewed in Student Activities’ president’s retreat at the beginning of the semester. “More or less, it’s just for our safety

and for Temple’s safety, just to make sure that we limit the incidents as much as possible, try to keep everybody safe and be aware of who is drinking and make sure people are old enough and drinking responsibly,” Lawrence said. “The whole idea behind it is just for the community to be safe. ...Have fun, but also be safe at the same time.” Open parties, described in the university’s 2018 Social Event Policy as “those with unrestricted access by nonmembers of the fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present,” are not registered and not

issues and reporting the in and out times of registered guests, he said. “[We’re] having a conversation of, ‘What happened at your event?’” Greer said. “We can help them to work through it as opposed to me hearing it either from the police department or Student Conduct. We want to help them before it gets [to] that place.” Sauls said ATO heard more from police than the university when the fraternity hosted social events before the policy was implemented. “We didn’t really get into trouble with Temple too often,” Sauls said.

permitted by the university. “There’s no open parties,” Greer said. “They’re not allowed through any of our registration process. If they are happening, they are against the Code of Conduct.” The list of attendees records names and ages and determines how many wristbands for 21-and-older attendees are given to the chapter. Chapter leadership then gives wristbands to listed 21-and-older attendees. Each Greek life member is responsible for the actions of his or her invited guests. “All we can do is assure that we are educating them on what their roles are,” Greer said. “…Ignorance does not mean that it’s not a crime. Ensuring that [Greek life leadership is] educated on the rules themselves, is the best that I personally can do to ensure that we are doing what is best and safe, for our members and guests.” Social events at houses are permitted to be either chapter house mixers, which include only members of two organizations, or invitational and date functions, where each member is permitted to invite any two people. Following the event, the host chapter is required to send an email to Greer and its local chapter adviser, communicating whether there were any

“Mainly Philly [police] would come. They’re also pretty lenient with that stuff, which is nice, as long as you’re not all being a--holes and no one’s dying. If everybody looks 19 [years old] in there, different story.” The redistribution of alcohol back to 21-and-older attendees, and all of the university’s social event policy, is aligned with the Fraternal Information and Programming Group’s guidelines for risk management procedures. Nationally, 56 fraternities and 30 sororities that are members of the FIPG use its risk management documentation and educational resources. The university has increased its number of check-ins with chapters to be more proactive in preventing misconduct at Greek life social events. Greer said that the university communicates policies as effectively as it can to fraternity and sorority leadership and trusts leadership to conduct social events. “We want to assure that the onus is on the chapter themselves, that if they decide to break the policy, then they need to know what the repercussions are,” Greer said. greta.anderson@temple.edu @gretanderson

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Keep empowering survivors Last week, Temple Police released its annual 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to the Temple University community. The document showed that the number of reported rapes on campus doubled from six in 2016 to 12 last year. Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, wrote the increase may be a result of Title IX initiatives like the university’s confidential online reporting system and a 24-hour hotline through its partnership with Philadelphia-based nonprofit Women Organized Against Rape.

not be the right step or comfortable for everyone, especially because it involves recounting a traumatic event. Nevertheless, we encourage the university to continue its efforts to provide sexual violence prevention and education resources and increase outlets for survivors to report and heal from their trauma. Friends and loved ones of survivors, be an ally and advocate, but don’t overstep your boundaries as to take agency away from a person who may feel it has been stolen from them. Though some survivors across the country might feel more empowered to access resources than in the past, in part due to the #MeToo Movement, sexual violence is still happening. We hope to see a day when the number of instances of sexual violence in Temple Police’s annual report is zero.

The possibility that instances of rape on campus have increased is troubling and disturbing. More reporting, however, shows people feel comfortable accessing on-campus resources to recover from sexual violence and hold those who commit it accountable. We understand that reporting may EDITORIAL

New party rules only go so far This semester, Student Activities implemented a policy that requires all fraternities and sororities to register social events where there will be alcohol and to distribute wristbands to attendees who are 21 or older. Mat Greer, the program coordinator for fraternity and sorority life, told The Temple News he increased check-ins with fraternities and sororities in an effort to prevent any misconduct from occurring at social events. These changes come amid a national push to regulate and monitor Greek life. Temple University and others institutions across the country are taking the necessary steps — although far-fetched for how current parties are regulated — to keep students involved in Greek life safe. After 19-year-old Pennsylvania State letters@temple-news.com

University student Tim Piazza tragically died at a pledge event in February 2017, universities must implement more of these policies to stop a death like Piazza’s from happening again. “We want to assure that the onus is on the chapter themselves, that if they decide to break the policy, then they need to know what the repercussions are,” Greer told The Temple News. But Temple’s rules can only do so much. It’s up to students involved in Greek life to take these rules seriously and implement them at their parties, which we find unrealistic for current party culture here. Temple representatives can’t be at every social event on campus, and at the end of the day, students attending these events need to follow these regulations and speak up when they see wrongdoing and misconduct.


Walking 500 miles alone

A student reflects on the mixed reactions she received when planning to travel alone. BY PAVLINA CERNA For The Temple News


hen I told my family and friends that I was going to spend the whole month of July alone in Spain to walk the nearly 500-mile long Camino de Santiago all the way from Saint-Jean-Pied-dePort, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I received varied reactions. Some were positive and supportive, but many times I heard, “It is dangerous for a girl!” “You can’t walk alone!” “What if someone rapes you over there?” “Can’t you at least go with a friend?”

Have you ever been told that you can’t do something because you’re a woman? If I’d gotten discouraged when people doubted my abilities as a woman this summer, I would’ve missed out on the walk of a lifetime. I was raised in an environment where I had a curfew much earlier than my three-years-younger brother because “he cannot come home pregnant.” My last partner criticized me for being too independent because I often rejected his help. Growing up in a society that strives for equality, yet still comes short of reaching it, I almost let these attitudes get to me. And now my own loved ones were telling me I couldn’t walk alone because of my womanhood. Thankfully, I’m more willful than fearful. Nothing motivates me more SPAIN | PAGE 11





#MeToo includes restaurant workers, too

The restaurant industry needs society, cisgender men are born with a Sex-based discrimination in Pennsylvania to eliminate its rape culture, and level of privilege. They need to utilize men can help make that happen. their privilege to speak out in support In 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission remuch as they can. In our patriarchal


of the victims of sexual assault and harassment in the food service industry. It is more than just “locker room talk.” It’s the unwarranted sexual advancements by coworkers, the crude comments by customers who control tips, and the sexualization of young female employees by the entire staff that make restaurant jobs dangerous. Nadine Rosechild-Sullivan, a gender, sexuality and women’s studies professor at Temple University, was the target of rampant sexual harassment by customers when she was a server during high school. “One of the things I came into contact with regularly was customers hitting on me, making rude comments, pointing to their crotch or to my chest,” Rosechild-Sullivan said. “There was still two-fold pressure on me to be nice to those customers, both from the management telling me to be nice and from the fact that I was working almost exclusively from tips. So I had to make that customer happy if I wanted to go home with any money. I would go home literally feeling like my face was frozen to a false smile.” Rosechild-Sullivan was sexually assaulted when she was 17 years old. Today, she teaches about her experiences and has written extensively about being a survivor of sexual assault. As college students, we play an enormous role in the food service industry, whether it’s as consumers or as employees. We consistently go to restaurants where power dynamics exploit workers of all genders. “In situations where someone is employed by someone else or managed by someone else, there is always the potential for the person with greater access to money, power or corporate pull to take advantage of that and use that as collateral for the person who’s being harassed to not speak out,” said Morgan

ceived 1,293 complaints of sex-based discrimination filed in Pennsylvania. Those complaints comprised about 29 percent of all EEOC charges filed in the state that year.

Number of Sex-Based Discrimination Charges in Pennsylvania

On Sept. 18, restaurant workers from McDonald’s restaurants across the country walked out in protest during their lunches. This was the nation’s first multi-state protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, according to its organizers. It was in response to the restaurant chain’s alleged lack of action, after 10 employees filed complaints to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May stating that their company ignored the c o n s t a n t harassment they underwent, the TYLER PEREZ LEAD COLUMNIST Associated Press reported. The public consciousness of toxic masculinity and sexual harassment has increased significantly, and the #MeToo movement has quickly grown as a widely discussed social movement. Still, the food service industry has yet to catch up with the progressive reform of the #MeToo movement. The Restaurant Opportunities Center United found in 2017 that the single-greatest source of sexual harassment charges filed from 2005 to 2015 by women to the EEOC came from the restaurant industry. According to Harvard Business Review, 90 percent of women in the restaurant industry experience sexual harassment. Many men, as consumers or workers, feel a self-endowed ownership over women’s bodies, which is a blatant reason behind toxic masculinity within the industry. This is why it’s so important that men speak up against this injustice as











Source: United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission FY 2009 - 2017 EEOC Charge Receipts for Pennsylvania• MYRA MIRZA | THE TEMPLE NEWS

Slutzky, a senior journalism major and the public relations chair of Feminist Alliance, a student organization. A study the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology published in 2003 found that 75 percent of people who reported sexual harassment were retaliated against, which causes countless sexual misconduct cases to go unreported because the victims cannot risk losing their income or putting themselves in potential physical danger. Businesses, especially restaurants, need to invest in human resource managers who are willing to fight against this fear and bias, listen to the concerns of their employees and educate all personnel on sexual harassment and rape culture in the workplace on a regular basis. “We need to make it clear that we give a priority to the victim’s statements, that we do investigate and we do make sure that people have due process, but that we are highly likely to take this

victim’s word, and to listen to and really hear them,” Rosechild-Sullivan said. “Then victims will be far more likely to come forward.” Men need to stand up for those with silenced voices. Cisgender men and other people with privilege need to report sexual misconduct when they witness it and ensure that swift action is taken against those who engage in inappropriate behavior. Customers need to immediately inform the restaurant’s corporate management, and if they see no action being taken, they need to take their purchasing power elsewhere. As participants in the restaurant industry, we need to recognize that the #MeToo movement is an intersectional fight across socioeconomic classes as we address and fight against sexual misconduct in the food service industry. tyler.perez@temple.edu @perezodent





Save money, experience more with bike riding Students who bike on and around Main Campus can save money and get more out of living in Philadelphia.

are a bike and a helmet. “[The rides] are no-drop, so we don’t leave anyone behind,” Coyne said. “We go as slow as the slowest person wants to go.” In addition to leisure, biking provides an efficient way to get where you need to go. Public transportation requires waiting to board and waiting at stops, and the city’s traffic entails constant stop and go. I work at Temple University Center City. It took me one day of taking the subway to realize I couldn’t rely on public transportation to get to work on time. Now, it only takes me 15 minutes to get there by bike. That’s half the time it took by subway. Not to mention, I save $4 each time I bike to work instead of taking the subway. Kakada Tuot, a freshman information science and technology major, lives off campus and rides his bike to and from class each day. He often travels to places like Fairmount Park often and finds that biking saves him a lot of money. Tuot said students will save $25 a week by choosing to bike to class instead of riding the subway. He appreciates biking not only for the savings, but also because it keeps him active. “Say you don’t feel like working

out,” Tuot said. “Then there you go, there’s your workout.” A lot of students want to reap the benefits of biking but may be hesitant to bike through the city. That’s understandable, because pedestrians and cyclists represented 45 percent of traffic deaths in Philadelphia in 2017, according to the Bicycle Coalition. When I first brought my bike to school, I was a little nervous to ride in a large, busy place. Coyne said he wants to ease these concerns by teaching students to bike smartly so they can enjoy riding. Main Campus is a welcoming environment for bikers, and the university has a large presence of riders. Best College Values, an online resource that helps students choose schools and learn how to finance their education, ranked Temple No. 4 on its list of the top 40 bike-friendly campuses. The list is based on “cycling options, bike paths, free/value of biking…and embracing cyclists at all ability levels.” I’ve come to learn that riding around campus and through the city is a great way to experience new things. You’re missing out if you don’t give it a try. rbur@temple.edu


I liked Philadelphia as soon as I came to Temple University. I was excited to explore the city and see all that it had to offer. But it wasn’t until I brought my bike to campus during the spring semester of my freshman year that I truly fell in love with the city. Riding a bicycle through Philly provides a whole new way to get to know the city that all students should experience. Navigating the RAE BURACH streets of cars and LEAD COLUMNIST people forces you to learn the geography of the city, and it’s a great way to uncover hidden gems that could be missed via car, bus or subway. During my first semester, I rode public transportation to visit spots like Chinatown, Independence Hall, Rittenhouse Square and University City. When I brought my bike to school and went on my first ride — to Chinatown,

then Independence Hall, then west on Walnut Street all the way through Rittenhouse Square and over the Schuylkill River to University City — I realized how much I’d been missing. When I’m riding the bus or subway, I miss a lot of scenery in between my starting point and my destination. I can’t slow down to admire a nestled alleyway or a small, detailed mural. I appreciated my journey so much more when I rode my bike. There are so many more accessible places to visit when you’re on a bike. My thoughts about public transit were Broad Street Line-centric, and that mindset really limited the places I could visit. Ricky Coyne, a sophomore economics major, works in the Office of Sustainability as the coordinator of Bike Temple, a program that promotes biking and bike safety. “It’s the best way to actually see the city,” Coyne said. “I want more people to experience the joy of riding.” To do this, Coyne has pioneered Bike Temple’s group rides, which happen every Sunday morning when the weather allows them. Future ride destinations include Bartram’s Garden, Fairmount Park and Laurel Hill Cemetery. The only requirements to participate








Having a ‘major’ wake-up call

A sophomore public health major describes how she found the right academic path. BY CHRISTINA MITCHELL For The Temple News

Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fascination with parasites and the diseases spread by them. I’ve always wanted to study infectious diseases, but I wasn’t sure where to start. So, when it was time to choose a major and apply to Temple University, I fell into a panicked frenzy. Rushing myself to meet the impending deadline, I chose public health based purely on my intuition and without doing any research into the major. I had no idea if studying at Temple would help me end up in medical school and become a doctor who specializes in infectious disease. When I went to Experience Temple Day, an opportunity for accepted students and their families to explore academic and residence halls and Temple’s curriculum, the College of Public Health presented about the disciplines I found fascinating. It included epidemiology — the study of disease control — and biostatistics. It felt like a good sign to me. But I still felt a little apprehensive about my pressured decision to study public health. The daughter of two blue-collar workers, I knew nothing about becoming a doctor, much less going to medical school and what it entails. I was concerned about my choice of major and thought maybe a broader science like biology would


better prepare me for the Medical College Admission Test to get into medical school. I wished someone would’ve told me exactly what I needed to do to end up where I wanted to be. I started evaluating my options over and over again in my head. Should I become a biology major and subject myself to at least four years of medical school to ultimately live out my dream diagnosing and treating people with diseases? Or should I try to find an easier route? I made a horrible mistake by deciding to switch to a biology major on a pre-med track. I had been warned that biology pre-med was a “death sentence” and that the first year is the toughest year because a department might want to weed out students who aren’t ready for what’s ahead. But my pride didn’t let me listen, and I went into it with high hopes. I had always been a straight-A student, and I had been accepted into the university’s Honors Program. My first semester went by pretty smoothly. I finished with all As and Bs, and I had a 3.7 GPA — high enough to make the Dean’s List and not bad by biology pre-med standards. I thought maybe I had made the right decision. I hadn’t. In my second semester, despite studying harder than I ever had before and participating in class every day, I couldn’t pass my exams. I tried to stay optimistic during the rough start of the semester, but when I received an email from the university about my unsatisfactory grades, I knew I needed help. My ego took a huge blow, as

I realized my workload was just too heavy. I took it as a wake-up call to study even harder and meeting up with classmates to learn from them. After all-nighters at the TECH Center and going to my professors’ office hours, I was able to get myself passing with one C+ as my lowest grade. But the crippling insomnia and anxiety didn’t feel worth it. I just knew it shouldn’t have to be this hard. Rather than continuing to force myself to be a pre-med student, I swallowed my pride and switched back to public health. I finally feel at peace with my studies. I have just enough free time to socialize and write for The Temple News. And my classes are engineered toward epidemiology — the study of diseases that I am so passionate about. I felt like a quitter at first, but now I feel like I’m finally on the right track. My parents even noticed a difference in my mental health, and I’m fortunate to say they’d be proud of any path I chose. Right now, my main goal is to earn my master’s degree, so I can become an epidemiologist working for a government agency. Someday I might even go for a Ph.D. While I was reluctant to switch my major, I’m glad I tried different things until I knew what I liked and didn’t like. I don’t regret changing my major the first time to biology, because I needed to experience it before knowing it wasn’t for me. As I like to say, better late than never.

than being underestimated, and to be able to prove people wrong just felt like a bonus to my upcoming adventure. I flew to a small town in France where not many people spoke English, and I was alone. I took several buses from there to get to my starting point. Each night, I found a hostel and slept in a room full of strangers. I crossed the Pyrenees mountains by foot, through areas so rural there was no cell phone signal and sometimes no civilization. To avoid the heat, I walked in the dark right before sunrise. I did it alone, and I made it out alive to the surprise of those who doubted me. I used my common sense on the Camino, just like anywhere else. I didn’t go home with a stranger. I stayed on the path, and I didn’t hang out in alleys at night. But I didn’t do this all because I’m a woman: I did it because I am a cautious traveler, regardless of my gender. My summer trip is not going to change the world, but it is a little piece of the larger picture. I’m not the first, nor the last woman to walk the Camino de Santiago. But people’s reactions to my summer whereabouts raise a bigger problem. How do we raise another generation of Amelia Earharts, Susan B. Anthonys or Marie Curies, when we keep telling girls that certain activities and jobs are not made for them? I’m proud of myself for not letting these negative voices change my mind. Spending the summer alone made me realize that I’m a woman, and women can do anything. pavlina.cerna@temple.edu






Kinesiology department lab studies athletic injuries A kinesiology professor founded a lab that collects data on collegiate and professional athlete performances. BY TYRA BROWN For The Temple News As a baseball player through high school, Stephen Thomas was inspired to study athletic training and sports medicine once he got to college. “It was easier for me to understand the anatomy and how it works and the mechanics,” said Thomas, a kinesiology professor. “Not to mention being a fan of baseball and seeing young athletes get an injury that literally ends their career. And they had huge potential.” In 2014, Thomas created the Ad-

aptations to Repetitive Motion and Stress research laboratory, which studies athletes who play sports that involve overhead motion, like baseball and swimming, and tries to prevent overuse injuries related to those sports. The research emphasizes athletes’ shoulders. “I got drawn to the shoulder because of baseball,” said Thomas, who is also a 2006 athletic training master’s alumnus. “It was easier for me to understand the anatomy and the mechanics.” The lab focuses on athletes who constantly repeat the same muscle movements during a season, which causes a lot of stress on their bodies. The researchers’ ultimate goal is determining how to achieve optimal recovery, Thomas said. The ARMS lab at Temple is part of the Penn Throwing Clinic, a service that helps athletes prevent injuries and

enhance their performances. Undergraduate and graduate students join doctors from all over Philadelphia and New York to work in the lab. John Kelly, a clinical orthopedic surgery professor at the University of Pennsylvania, works as the lab’s director. Kelly has about 30 years of practice studying shoulder and sports injuries and said he’s enthusiastic about the lab. In 2000, Kelly worked in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, where he met Thomas. “I love Stephen Thomas and all of the work that we have done,” Kelly said. “The research that we are currently doing is groundbreaking.” “We optimize their performance and recognize what factors will put the throwers at high risks,” Kelly said. “By looking at certain powers, we can asso-

ciate them with risks of higher injuries. Our job is to identify these patterns and correct them as soon as possible.” The lab’s extensive study is opening doors in the medical field, Thomas said, through new discoveries like deeming some current injury treatment methods ineffective. The ARMS lab takes a deeper look into the athletes’ movements, figuring out exactly how they affect athletes and then figuring out injury solutions that work. “With baseball players, we have been able to identify that they lose certain motions and internal rotations as they throw,” Kelly said. While the lab works with active athletes, it doesn’t research Temple’s student-athletes because the university no longer has a Division I baseball INJURIES | PAGE 14


Program accommodates people with disabilities in museums, art exhibitions An occupational therapy professor directs research to improve public experiences for people with autism-spectrum disorder. BY EMMA PADNER For The Temple News Hearing sounds in only one ear. Blurred central vision but crisp peripheral vision. Difficulty blocking out background noise. Many people with autism-spectrum disorder experience these and other struggles associated with hypersensitivity or decreased sensitivity to sensory information like sights and sounds that can features@temple-news.com

make it difficult to enjoy being in public. This is why occupational therapy professor Roger Ideishi started a program that makes art organizations and spaces, like theaters and museums, more inclusive for people with disabilities. Ideishi directs the faculty research program, which doesn’t change the content of exhibits or performances, but makes sound and light settings more gradual and provides staff trainings on accommodating people who have disabilities, like letting individuals know exactly what to expect in a public space. The program focuses on people with autism-spectrum disorder, but also helps

COURTESY / RYAN BRANDENBERG SENSORY | PAGE 15 Roger Ideishi, an occupational therapy professor, directs a program that improves experiences with theaters and museums for people with disabilities. temple-news.com






South Philly SausageFest donates to community street cleaning program

The fourth annual South Philly SausageFest, which took place on Saturday along West Passyunk Avenue near Broad Street, featured puppies, beer and smoked sausages. The Newbold Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit, organized the event. Proceeds went to the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program, which cleans the commercial corridor on Snyder Avenue and West Passyunk Avenue from Broad Street to 18th Street. Live music, local, seasonal craft beer, craft vendors and an array of restaurants serving sausage dishes attracted Philadelphians from across the city. “Beer and sausage, what’s better than that?” asked Emily Orton, who lives in Point Breeze. Orton and her partner, John Bonner, were celebrating their anniversary at the event. Attendees could also adopt dogs from the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which caught the attention of many, like Fishtown resident Peter Fulton and his friend and West Philly resident Mary Stiger. “We’re a huge fan of dogs,” Fulton said. “Dogs and beer, a great combination.” @TheTempleNews





Student joins Hillel International Student Cabinet A junior public health major will have international influence after years of involvement with Temple Hillel. BY KATIE SCHRECK For The Temple News Despite enjoying vacation in Israel over the summer with Meor, a campus Jewish organization, Naomi Pitkoff still couldn’t stop worrying whether she’d be one of 19 students chosen throughout the world for the Hillel International Student Cabinet. “I was really excited to be selected,” said Pitkoff, a junior public health major. “Since I was in Israel, I had thought I missed a call or email, but when I found out, I was really honored.” Global Jewish organization Hillel International started the student cabinet in 2016 as a way to mentor Jewish college students and receive their input. Pitkoff is the first Temple student the cabinet has chosen to serve on the prestigious board. Hillel International is present on more than 550 college campuses in 17 different countries, including Brazil, Russia and Canada. It creates a large network of young Jewish students on campus to meet and participate in various activities. The student cabinet connects Jewish college students internationally through a global Hillel network. “The student cabinet allows Hillel International to directly benefit from perspectives and opinions of Jewish college students from around the world,”


team. Instead, players from other universities like Penn participate. Some minor-league players come to the clinic as well, and major-league players play a crucial role in Thomas’s study. Through his lab work, Thomas has a personal affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies and regularly attends spring training with the team.


HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Naomi Pitkoff, a junior public health major, is one of 19 students in the world selected for the Hillel International Student Cabinet.

said Sheila Katz, the vice president of student engagement and leadership at Hillel International. “If we are in need of a student perspective, our cabinet is the first we call on.” Pitkoff said she is excited about the nomination because she hopes to meet new people, gain greater leadership skills and help other Jewish communities. She has been actively involved in Temple’s Hillel chapter since the start of her college career in 2016. From Summer 2008 to Summer 2014 , Pitkoff attended Camp Ramah, a Jewish sleepaway camp in the Pocono Mountains, as a camper and returned as a staff member every summer beginning in 2016. She is now a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, a Jewish sorority. These experiences connected her with other Jewish community members and inspired her to get involved internation-


He said the ARMS lab collects data on professional pitchers because they are the best player population to target and a good starting point for his research. “You can always trickle back to the youth, high school or college,” Thomas added. “But if we are going to see differences, it is going to be in these professional athletes because their volume and tendency is higher than anyone else.”

Thomas’ research constantly evolves, and the lab’s workers believe the clinic has a bright future. Ryan Paul, a junior exercise and sports science major who pitches for Temple’s club baseball team, started working at the lab during his freshman year. He said the research brings a broader understanding to the sports medicine field by analyzing several different aspects like structural adaptation, ligament and tendon studies.

“I wanted a bigger opportunity,” Pitkoff said. “I love being involved in Temple’s Hillel, but also want to impact other communities by being on the cabinet.” During her freshman year, Pitkoff attended Hillel’s “FreshFest,” a student orientation that helps Jewish students meet each other and get to know Hillel International before school starts. It included early move-in and social activities. Since then, she’s been heavily involved including attending Hillel events like weekly Shabbat dinners and went on Temple’s Birthright trip to Israel after her freshman year. As a sophomore, Pitkoff worked at Hillel as Temple’s campus engagement intern, connecting with Jewish students not yet involved with Hillel by creating

programs for them. Pitkoff organized several outreach events, including a student social for Sukkot, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness that occurs in fall. Pitkoff is the president of Temple Hillel’s Jewish Education Board until the end of the semester. The international student cabinet’s application process is highly competitive, Katz said. Students must fill out an application, submit a letter of recommendation from a professional who can vouch for their leadership skills, have other students endorse their leadership skills and then interview with the organization. “The way we select them is meant to bring in the greatest diversity we can within our movement,” Katz said. “We intentionally build [the cabinet] so we can hear from different types of students on how things are going on their campuses from different perspectives.” Susan Becker, the director of Jewish life at Temple Hillel, said Pitkoff’s cabinet appointment is significant. “I’m excited for Temple to be represented, but also for her to have this opportunity,” she said. Pitkoff will meet with the student cabinet for the first time in Austin, Texas, from Oct. 14-16 to discuss Hillel’s presence on their campuses. “After being involved in Temple’s Hillel, I really look forward to seeing where this cabinet position takes me,” Pitkoff said. katie.schreck@temple.edu

For Thomas, his personal connection to sports makes the work even more meaningful. “Any way that I can allow athletes to see their full potential and eventually not have that sport come to an end for them is the motivator,” he said. “Having gone down that road, definitely hits home for me.” tyra.brown@temple.edu




provide accommodations for people with hearing disabilities and people who use wheelchairs. Joanna Reed, a graduate occupational therapy student who participates in the project, said she grew up going to dance and symphony performances with her family. “Families with kiddos with autism or families where someone is a wheelchair user, they should get that same kind of enriching experience that we all have,” she added. After events, graduate students in the project give attendees materials encouraging them to leave feedback on accommodations. They also create pre-visit materials, often in collaboration with the art institutions they are helping, that range from phone apps to brochures and paper guides that are distributed to families and children before shows. The students also send follow-up surveys asking for tips on how to improve future sensory-friendly performances and understand if families thought the performances were successful and why. “To prepare themselves for the ex-

perience, they can learn about where quiet spaces in the [museum] might be, who the different people are...that will be there and will be talking to them, like the person that takes their ticket,” Reed said. “We create tailored guides to help them, so [their] mom or dad can prep them for the experience.” Ideishi has been working on the program across the country for more than a decade. He began his clinical work in preschool and primary school classrooms and found the strategies he used, like scripting and practicing behavioral skills, were very similar to art-based theater strategies. Scripting uses pre-written scripts to guide the students in behavioral and verbal responses to a situation, which is similar to following a script during a theater performance. In his research, Ideishi has worked with Philadelphia institutions like the Walnut Street Theater on Walnut Street near 8th, to make them more accessible. His project has also worked in other areas like Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Ideishi said because organizations all over the country were implementing sensory-friendly systems, Philadelphia establishments like The Franklin Insti-

tute and the Philadelphia Zoo soon followed suit about six years ago. “That’s when things started to happen in Philadelphia,” he added. “Now... Philadelphia is one of the leaders in this area.” In September, Ideishi’s program worked with organizations participating in the Fringe Festival, an annual arts festival. During the festival, FringeArts held two theater performances that offered accommodations for people with hearing disabilities. On Sept. 7 and 8, Reed participated in one of the plays, “The Accountant,” by providing captions during the performance, which also offered sign language interpretation. These accommodations helped audience members who were deaf, or had other hearing disabilities, enjoy the show. Ideishi said he has found transforming art spaces to become more sensory friendly is relatively easy and inexpensive. Christina Neroni, a graduate occupational therapy student who works with the program, said organizations often reach out to Ideishi to find out how they can make their spaces and programs more inclusive.

DOMINIQUE CARTER Senior communication studies major


What do you think about Greek life’s alcohol policy changes?

It’s good to try something, because of the issues that have been occuring, not just here, but on campuses nationwide. If this doesn’t work, we can always implement something else.

EVA HENNESSEY Freshman tourism and hospitality management major

It’s kind of unnecessary. I think college parties are just supposed to be relaxed and chill. Nobody wants to deal with that.


Neroni said program participants will turn up an organization’s lights, lower the sound and keep theater doors open so people can feel free to go out into the lobby and take a break from crowds and performances. As people with disabilities sometimes find it difficult to sit still, the theaters will often allow audience members to walk around in the audience during a show to help them focus. The project’s research plays a crucial role in ensuring public spaces are inclusive and considerate of different needs. It mostly indicates that parents feel isolated from their communities, and are often on “high alert” while in public to make sure their child was not disturbing others. Ideishi said that now, with more organizations looking to become more sensory friendly and the help of his team, families can go out in the community, relax and enjoy the arts together. “Some of the youth and young adults who have disabilities, some of the things that they’ve said is, ‘I get to be who I am,’” Ideishi said. “Why shouldn’t we as a society want that for everyone?” emma.padner@temple.edu

RHIANNON BARONE Sophomore psychology major It could be effective, but people are still going to drink under age. If it really does get actively enforced, people will just find other places to go party.

CHRISTIAN GATMAITAN Sophomore physics major I think they’re good ideas. I don’t think they’re going to work. I don’t think they’re going to be able to make sure that all of Greek life follows those rules.





Professors to build new microscope with NSF grant Two chemistry professors received a $1 million grant to explore molecules in new ways. BY CARLEE CUNNINGHAM For The Temple News


he first microscope invented in 1590 opened up a world of scientific exploration. Now, two professors are taking the technology to the next level with a National Science Foundation grant worth more than $1 million. Chemistry professor Eric Borguet will use the three-year grant to build an advanced nonlinear optical microscope, which will allow researchers to see molecules close up in ways they never have. Borguet leads the project with Hai-Lung Dai, a Laura H. Carnell professor of chemistry and vice president of the Office of International Affairs. They received the grant on Monday. “We both had worked hard on this,” Borguet said. “We and a number of people in our group, graduate students and senior personnel, were very keen on this for a variety of reasons.” Borguet, Dai and their post-doctoral researchers, doctorate and undergraduate students will spend the next year and a half constructing the microscope. Borguet and Dai each run individual research labs, but the two labs will collaborate on the microscope project. Ph.D. students will help build the microscope and conduct research as part of their theses. Borguet is also a deputy director of Temple’s Center for the Computational Design of Functional Layered Materials, a research center funded by the United States Department of Energy. His research examines the boundaries between different materials, like solids and liquids. These boundaries, often called interfaces, can only be seen using very specific microscopes – like the one


Borguet’s team will use the grant to build. Borguet’s lab focuses on examining the physical and chemical processes that happen on the materials’ surfaces and interfaces. “We are interested in understanding how charge develops on a surface, why certain ions stick to surfaces, understanding how water is structured at those surfaces,” Borguet said. Dai’s laboratory focuses on the same types of boundaries, but between biological cells instead of types of matter. He examines how molecules get transported in and out of biological cells at their membranes. Borguet said most microscopes cannot clearly see different parts of a biological cell, like what’s on the inside versus what’s on the outside. “The membrane is really too thin,” he added. “It’s essentially more than 1,000 times thinner than the size of the cell.” By using nonlinear optics, Dai said he and Borguet can look at molecules moving in and out of cells and examine those molecules at the cell’s surface. “If you develop a drug, [you need to know] whether the drug can go to the target cell and enter that cell,” Dai said. “[We can look at] efficiency of uptake and applications of understanding the pharmacology.” The NSF is a federal funding agency that supports approximately 24 percent of federally funded academic research in the United States. The three-year grant is the only award worth more than $1 million that was given in NSF’s chemistry division this year, Borguet said. “It’s a validation of the work that Dr. Dai and I have done,” he added. “These are peer-reviewed grants, which means that our peers have acknowledged that we’ve done a good job in the past.” NSF grants are highly competitive, as is most research funding. Borguet said only about 20 percent of applicants succeed in getting grants of this caliber. In 2017, about 23 percent of NSF grant proposals succeeded in securing funding.

COURTESY / GREG FORNIA Hai-Lung Dai, a Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry and the vice president for international affairs, is one of two professors to receive a grant to build an advanced nonlinear optical microscope.

The microscope project includes several other faculty members who hope to benefit from the technology, including assistant physics professor Darius Torchinsky. Torchinsky is a physicist who examines the electronic properties of different materials. Torchinsky can use the microscope’s nonlinear optics to better understand how electrons in these materials function. “With these topological materials, some of them don’t even have a linear response to light,” Torchinsky said. “You need to probe them...to see what is characteristic about them from an electromagnetic point of view.”

For Temple, this grant has the potential to improve the university’s research reputation. Torchinsky said Temple can get lost among top research institutions on the East Coast, like Penn and Princeton University. But Torchinsky also believes the university can compete with the other institutions, and this NSF grant will help. “Temple really punches above its weight in terms of the research that’s going on here,” Torchinsky said. “For sure it will help raise the profile.” carlee.cunningham@temple.edu @carleeinthelab




Content warning: Page 9 includes a graphic description of suicidal ideation that might be upsetting to some readers. MENTAL HEALTH

Broken, beaten, but undefeated

A student reflects on their experience with depression and anxiety, while looking forward to a change in mental health. BY ANAYA CARTER-DUCKETT Intersection Editor Mental health is not something people talk about enough. It’s stigmatized in a negative way, and that stigmatization is what makes it “taboo topic.” These are my brutally honest, uncensored recollections of how depression and anxiety affect me. This isn’t to induce pity, nor is this a cry for help. The goal is to give people who don’t have depression or anxiety a perspective of what it’s like. I always get to the point where I just feel tired. Between fighting myself to physically get out of bed and calming myself down after blowing a single comment out of proportion, I am physically and mentally exhausted. I am fighting my own brain every millisecond of every minute of every Godforsaken day and it is so God Damn Exhausting. In my experience, that is anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression aren’t feelings. They are states of being. I never feel depressed or anxious, but rather I am depressed or anxious. From a scientific perspective — shout out to being a biochemistry major for two years — depression and anxiety are opposites. In the simplest terms, bypassing the chemicals, depression slows everything down while anxiety speeds everything up. @TheTempleNews

If I had to characterize depression and anxiety, they are two raggedy, filthy, petty haters. They say things that clearly are not true, but still make you react. They hate in different ways, but their goal is ultimately the same: To ruin my life. They constantly mock me as I stare at myself in a mirror. My depression is more blunt and will say things like, ‘Oh, you are too fat.’ My anxiety is more passive-aggressive, so it will say, ‘Are you sure that is something you want to wear?’ They constantly try to tell me I am worthless. Depression would say: ‘No one cares about you,’ while anxiety would say, ‘Everyone is pretending to like you, you know.’ I either grow numb to the feeling of having my mental stability chipped away or get so used to feeling like shit I don’t notice anymore. I get to the point, on so many occasions, where I am just so done that I want to die. The never-ending hell that is my life is nothing compared to just Dying. My experience with wanting to die comes in the form of casual suicidal thoughts. I don’t know how to describe them other than a voice whispering things like, You know what would be fun? Falling down a flight of stairs and breaking your neck. Let’s get hit by a car. Though I have contemplated ending my life, my anxiety has always stopped me. The thought of living past a suicide attempt and having to face everyone I


Vicarious trauma: how first responders absorb patients’ experiences also experience this.

Soomin Seo, an assistant Vicarious trauma experienced by first responders is some- journalism professor at Temple, said she felt pressure as a young journalist times not discussed.

BY CLAIRE WOLTERS Assistant Intersection Editor


ike a contagious disease, “we pick up on another person’s emotions in a twentieth of a second,” said Sandra Bloom, an associate professor of health management and policy at Drexel University and a 1975 Temple University doctorate of psychiatry alumna. For first responders or people who administer care to trauma survivors, this emotional exchange may result in vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma, also known as secondary traumatic stress, is the trauma absorbed from engaging with a survivor. Often, this can take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite its prevalence, Bloom said vicarious trauma is less talked about in the workplaces it manifests — including hospitals, prisons, police departments and news organizations — which she said are dubbed “macho” professions. She added that emotions are historically labeled as feminine. “It’s a huge disability in the culture because emotions are not gendered,” Bloom said. Students training for future careers as first responders can

to bottle up emotions to appear strong. “I did not want to admit I was traumatized,” said Seo, who spent the early part of her career as a police beat reporter. “I’ve seen some pretty gory stuff. ...It took a very long time to realize how big of a toll this was taking on my life.” Bloom described vicarious trauma as a gradual “burn out,” which first responders may not initially feel. From 1980 to 2001, she developed a psychiatric inpatient program for trauma-related emotional disorders called the Sanctuary. The programs operated under Bloom’s Sanctuary Model, a theorybased approach, trauma-informed approach to treating people who have experienced trauma. From working with patients in the program, Bloom said she experienced this burn-out. “I never thought I could get burnt out,” Bloom said. “But that exposure took a toll on my mind and body. Only in retrospect could I see that toll.” Bloom created The Sanctuary Model as a community-based approach to trauma and has authored multiple books on trauma. In some cases, she said that too much trauma exposure can lead to desensitivity. Jim MacMillan, the assistant TRAUMA | PAGE 19






‘OMG I’m so OCD’

A student with OCD explores what people think OCD is and what it actually is. BY JUSTIN OAKES For The Temple News It would be impossible for me to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say, “I’m so OCD,” because like to keep their house clean or they do things in an orderly manner. By saying this, it’s clear to someone with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, like myself, that they do not have OCD. OCD is a disorder that causes a person to have recurring thoughts and obsessions which often force one to act compulsively and repeat illogical or irrational actions, according to the United States National Library of Medicine. My introduction to OCD was a series of random thoughts depicting grotesque violence toward my friends and family. These thoughts were terrifying, and I thought that I was crazy at first. I sought out a counselor, unsure and uneasy of what might come of it. She explained that these intrusive thoughts were, though frightening, extremely common among people with OCD. They also tend to be even more frightening because people with OCD obsess and fixate on them. Another common misconception that the statement, “I’m so OCD,” implies is that all people who stick to

rigid routines have OCD. People living with OCD don’t just want to stick to a routine or behavior — we have to. For people living with OCD, this is not just uncomfortable. It’s debilitating. These OCD behaviors, routines and rituals are caused by irrational thoughts. For instance, my fear of germs has caused me to wash my hands until they bled and I, at one point, would refuse to touch a menu at a restaurant because I was terrified of catching a life-threatening disease. I get why so many people think about OCD the way they do. I understand that society is conditioned to believe that OCD is this quirky thing that just turns people into germaphobes or neat freaks. I get it, because before my diagnosis, I thought the same things about OCD. And people with OCD can be, and often are, germaphobes like me. However, being a germaphobe is oftentimes an easy oversimplification of what it means to have OCD. People who have OCD don’t always fit society’s stereotypes. OCD is not a feeling, but a disorder that someone has. I, and others like me, are not defined by our OCD; it’s just something that we have. As with any other disease or disorder, it’s important to learn the facts. I hope anyone reading this will do just that. Taking the time to learn and understand is the best way to help fight the stigma surrounding this disorder. justin.oakes@temple.edu


The Andromeda galaxy

A student describes how his mental health disorder spirals around his brain in a poem. BY JUSTIN OAKES For The Temple News Sometimes I feel like The Andromeda galaxy, A collection of millions of suns And billions of planets Falling into itself While simultaneously Exploding outward Every which way It pleases. I’ll be like Andromeda For a bit Before becoming Milky Way, Just another Million suns And Billion planets All jumbled around And bound to die In this life Or The next, Spiraling out of control Tightening, Expanding, Imploding, Exploding. They say we’re all made up of Star dust. Perhaps that old adage Could explain My spiraling brain. Maybe obsession

Is just a leftover relic From the golden age Of nebulae, A simple spiraling caricature Of the universe itself. Maybe obsession is its own Tiny universe. Maybe I’m just crazy. Who gives a shit anyway? We spiral And Spiral And Spiral And find ourselves Right Back where we started. Maybe obsession is just A symptom of being In a world where there’s so much To obsess over. Maybe obsession is just Our own inevitable downfall That gets us nowhere. Maybe I’m just trying To be some damn old poet Trying to make sense of My damn old poet brain. Trying. Trying. justin.oakes@temple.edu

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director of external affairs at the Klein College of Media and Communication, worked as a photojournalist during 9/11 and the Iraq War. At times, he said he was desensitized to the trauma he was experiencing. “It probably happens to lots of people, and it’s not good,” MacMillan said. He regained sensitivity to trauma before the war in Iraq. MacMillan stressed the importance of talking and seeking professional help if needed. “The trauma experience can do great harm, but it can also leave one more resilient if they process or transform the experience and heal,” MacMillan said. “And I did, eventually.” Brett Kelly, a junior nursing major who works with trauma survivors in his nursing clinical and interned for Bridging the Gaps, a Philadelphia-area camp for children who are recently experiencing homelessness, said he was emotionally affected by his work. “Dealing with multiple kids really gets into your head because you feel like you can’t make a difference,” Kelly said. “Really, you can make a difference. It just takes some time talking.” Kelly held debriefings with a group of Temple representatives working at Bridging the Gaps, which he says helped to put these feelings into perspective. Lizzie Birmingham, a junior


care about gives me so much anxiety. That anxiety has been enough, in the past, to deter me from ending my life. I guess that is the only thing my anxiety is good for. Having anxiety and depression is not something I am proud of. They’re not something I like talking about because I am ashamed to have them. Writing this definitely made me sick to my stomach. However, I did want to share this. Mental health is something that needs to


psychology major, also works with trauma survivors in her job at the Philadelphia location of Gaudenzia Addiction Treatment and Recovery on Spring Garden Street near 13th, where she assists patients recovering from severe drug and alcohol addictions who come directly from prison. Gaudenzia also has alcohol and drug addiction treatment facilities in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Other than personal conversations with her boyfriend, Birmingham said she is instructed to leave her emotions at work. Doing so is easier said than done, she added. “I spend 20 hours a week with them,” Birmingham said. “I get so attached. They are like a family, so it’s hard to just leave it at work. The other night, I just got in my car, crying.” While engaging with a trauma survivor, Bloom recommended devising a five-step safety plan to best take care of yourself and others. If either person needs a break, she suggests pretending you are getting a phone call or leaving to buy coffee for both people. “Ideally, you want to prevent trauma,” Seo said. “That’s rarely possible. Realistically speaking, you are talking about [taking care of yourself] after. It’s a good idea to sit down with friends over coffee, not over alcohol, and really talk it out.” clairewolters@temple.edu

be addressed and talked about. I should not feel ashamed to talk about my depression and anxiety. I should not be pitied for talking about it either. Fighting anxiety and depression is something that makes me stronger than I will ever realize. I have felt broken and beaten by life so many times, but the fact that I am still here makes me feel Undefeated. anaya.carter-duckett@temple.edu

Mental Health Services for Temple Students Tuttleman Counseling Services Website: counseling.temple.edu/ Location: 1700 N. Broad St., Second Floor Phone: (215) 204-7276 Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership Website: diversity.temple.edu Location: 2026 N. Broad St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Nutrition Services Location: 1700 N. Broad St., Fourth Floor Appointments: Make an appointment through Student Health Services’ online portal or over the phone. Phone: (215) 204-7500 DMAX Club at Temple University Facebook: www.facebook.com/dmaxclubtemple Meetings: Mondays at 6:30-7:30 p.m. SAC 205 Women Organized Against Rape Website: www.woar.org 24-hour Hotline: (215) 985-3333 CARE Team Website: careteam.temple.edu Temple University Disability Resources and Services Website: disabilityresources.temple.edu Location: 100 Ritter Annex, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue Appointments: Call in advance to schedule. Phone: (215) 204-1280 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Student Health Services Website: www.temple.edu/studenthealth Location: 1700 N. Broad St., Fourth Floor Phone: (215) 204-7500 Hours: Open Monday through Saturday. Wellness Resource Center Website: wellness.temple.edu Location: Mitten Hall Lower Level, 1913 N. Broad St. Phone: (215) 204-8436 Hours: 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday intersection@temple-news.com




Campus experts reflect on mental health during midterms Students can access different mental health resources during stressful transition periods, experts said. BY LAUREN REMY For The Temple News The most stressful parts associated with a college semester are the two weeks before school, the first week of school, midterms and finals, said Susan Hogan Willson, a student service coordinator at Temple University Disability Resources and Services. “All of these are times of transitions,” Willson said. “Preparing for a big exam or combining a whole bunch of complex ideas are things people maybe haven’t done before. It is a learned skill to be able to navigate their work and management

their time, and I think that really impacts students.” It is important for students to recognize these especially periods of their time at school, and that they can access on-campus resources to help alleviate stress they cause, campus advocates and experts said. The Wellness Resource Center is an on-campus facility that teaches time management and other skills to help prevent stress in college. By providing information, coping skills and interactive programs, such as their peer-education program. They even sell condoms and other sex safe products. The WRC’s goal is to empower students to be proactive in caring for themselves. “College poses a unique challenge because it’s a time where there is a lot of stress from school on top of everything else,” said Janie Egan, the mental well-being program coordinator for the WRC.

DRS also promotes the mental welfare of students who seek help. The DRS offers registered students support plans for work and accommodations for tests or assignments. To register, a student must provide documentation and consult a DRS employee about appropriate accommodations. Students who are not registered with DRS can still benefit from its services. Willson said non-registered students can attend “walk-in” hours at The Rad Dish Cafe, receive peer mentoring or be redirected to other better suited on-campus service for their needs. “If they’re experiencing anything that is a barrier to their success in a classroom, then they should talk to us about that because we can help remove the barrier,” Willson said. To be evaluated for a specific mental health diagnosis or medication, students can visit Student Health Services on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Ave-

nue. In some cases, SHS may refer a student to Tuttleman Counseling Services or an on-site nutritionist. Dr. Maria Pellecchia, the assistant clinical director of SHS, said she recommends each individual finds their own self-care routine. She suggested paying special attention to sleeping, dieting, staying away from drugs and alcohol and creating lifelong coping skills that students can use after their time at Temple. “Sometimes we forget about the lifelong coping mechanisms because we just focus on just a semester at a time,” Pellecchia said. Above anything, she encourages students to reach out for help. “It’s very important for that individual to understand how stress affects him or her,” Pellecchia said. “Everybody experiences stress at a different level.” laremy@temple.edu






bowl game for the first time since 2014. “The first five games, our team has battled we’ve learned something new every single game,” coach Geoff Collins said on Monday’s American Athletic Conference media call. “The lessons that come from playing tough opponents and be put in tough critical situation help a program help a team for the future.” “Our conference is really good,” Collins added. “We know the teams we got coming up, especially this week, are very talented are very well coached. We have to use those lessons we’ve learned in the first five games to play at a really high level.” East Carolina (2-2) will come to Philadelphia on Saturday with a statistically improved offense and defense from last year. The Pirates have gained 449 yards per game while limiting opposing offenses to 307.8 yards per game. The Owls’ offense averages 357.4 yards per game, while their defense allows 386.2

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yards. The Owls are difficult to defend because of the various formations they use on offense with senior running back Ryquell Armstead, graduate student wide receiver Ventell Bryant and junior wideout Isaiah Wright, East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery said during Monday’s coaches’ media call. The Owls’ red-zone defense ranks first in The American through five games this season. In 20 opponent possessions inside its 20-yard line, Temple has allowed 13 drives to come away with points. Starting with East Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 6, Temple’s next five opponents – Navy, Cincinnati, and Central Florida – have recorded points on more than 86 percent of drives that reach their opponent’s 20-yard line. “I love their linebackers, [junior Shaun] Bradley and [redshirt-junior Chapelle] Russell,” Montgomery said. “They provide a lot of pressure and stress in the run game also in the passing game. They are very active in their defensive

secondary, and up front, they have a lot of size and a lot of skill.” Temple enters Saturday with four touchdowns from special teams plays. The most recent came against Boston College when redshirt-senior fullback Rob Ritrovato forced a fumble on a kickoff and redshirt-sophomore linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley returned the ball 19 yards for a touchdown. “On special teams, they just continually apply pressure,” Montgomery said. “Everything they do is about adding pressure. And that is not necessarily defensively by adding five or six, seven-man pressures. It’s just the people that are coming, they always pressure you in a lot of situations.” Temple’s most challenging portion of the season awaits after its game on Saturday. The Owls will travel to Maryland to face Navy on Oct. 13, play Cincinnati at home, then have road games against Central Florida and Houston before facing South Florida at home for their last home game of the season on Nov 17.

Last season, Temple went 2-3 against those teams with losses of more than 25 points to South Florida and Central Florida. Navy, Houston, Cincinnati, South Florida and Central Florida rank better than Temple in turnover differential, total yards per game and points per game. East Carolina and Connecticut also rank higher than Temple in total yards per game. “Conference play is an exciting time,” redshirt-sophomore center Matt Hennessy told The Temple News on Sept. 18. “All these teams, we know each other from playing last year. …We may be different teams year to year, but we still know and remember each other. It’s conference play, so things begin to heat up.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone





Temple falls to City Six rival Penn on Sunday The team’s record is 2-9 after it lost its third game on Sunday. BY JAY NEEMEYER Field Hockey Beat Reporter Temple University’s field hockey team (2-9, 0-3 Big East Conference) lost 3-0 to Penn (5-5, 1-1 Ivy League) on Sunday at Ellen Vagelos Field on Penn’s campus. This was the third consecutive game the Owls lost this season. The Quakers outshot Temple 23-1 in the Owls’ City Six loss. The Owls struggled to consistently get the ball to the offensive circle, and they did not record their only shot until there were less than three minutes remaining in the

game. Penn junior back Alexa Schneck opened up the scoring on the Quakers’ first shot of the game off a penalty corner in the fourth minute. Schneck’s opening goal was the only tally on the scoreboard until sophomore midfielder Erin Kelly found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Kelly later assisted Schneck’s second goal of the game in the 61st minute. “To come out here and miss out on opportunities we had, as a coach, it’s not something that you want to have your team do,” said Temple coach Marybeth Freeman. The Owls looked disconnected during the game partly due to Penn’s aggressive pressure. When Temple

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman back Claire Thomas advances the ball during Owls’ 3-2, double-overtime loss to Providence College at Howarth Field on Sept. 21.


gained possession, players often could make an initial lateral pass, but not make a third pass to carry the ball upfield. Penn held junior midfielder Kathryn Edgar, who recorded 17 shots in Temple’s three games prior to Sunday, without an attempt. The Quakers also limited junior forward Lucy Reed, whose only shot attempt was blocked. Reed usually carries the ball to a corner and works along the back line into the circle, but she was held back for most of the game. “Penn joined well together,” junior back Becky Gerhart said. “I think we could have [used our teammates] more.” Freeman adjusted the defense during the game. Freshman back Claire Thomas, who has been a starter since the

Owls’ Aug. 31 game against Penn State, played only 24 minutes on Sunday. Freeman moved sophomore midfielder Taylor Alba to defense in Thomas’ place on the right side and later shifted her to the center. “Taylor’s been really versatile for us,” Freeman said. “I think that she did a good job stepping into that role and she made some really key saves.” Senior goalkeeper Chloe Johnson recorded 11 saves. Sunday marked the sixth time this season Johnson has recorded double-digit saves in a game. Temple will face Georgetown University (8-3, 1-2 Big East) Friday at Howarth Field. jay.neemeyer@temple.edu @neemeyer_j

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore midfielder Taylor Alba controls the ball during the Owls’ 3-2, double-overtime loss to Providence College at Howarth Field on Sept. 21.




Owls aim for first NCAA tournament bid since 1985 Temple looks to win their conference for an automatic bid to NCAA postseason play. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter


fter Temple’s 1-0 victory against Central Florida on Sept. 21, senior midfielder Hermann Doerner talked to the Knights’ captain. Central Florida’s captain told Doerner his team anticipated a fight against the Owls and was impressed with their play. Coaches voted Central Florida No.1 in the preseason American Athletic Conference poll, while Temple came in at No. 6. Now, the Owls (3-5-2, 1-1 The American) are one of five teams tied for third place in the conference standings with five points, while there are two teams tied with four. The Owls found themselves in this position with a win against the Knights and a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday in Ohio. Before this season, the last time Temple opened conference play with a win was in 2014


souri State University who is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine. “The school and the facilities are so cool. ...It is pretty easy for me to get used to it, and all of the other girls are really nice and the coaches help a lot,” Chen said. Chen and Doroshenko won a doubles match against Pollner and Princeton senior Catalina Vives, 7-6 (3). Chen finished with a 2-2 record in doubles and a 2-1 record in singles play at Princeton. The duo also competed at the Cissie Leary Invitational hosted by Penn from Sept. 21 to 23. They reached the semifinal round of the competition, which

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when it beat Cincinnati, 2-0. “We’re happy, and we definitely hope that no team underestimates us,” Doerner said. “We got off with a huge win at home, starting off the conference well, so we’re definitely excited to try to keep that momentum going.” The conference opener began a socalled “sub-season,” coach Brian Rowland said. All teams start conference play with a 0-0 record, regardless of their record in non-conference games. Conference standings are only affected by schools’ performances against other schools in The American. “In conference, everyone knows the win is more valuable than a win in another game,” Doerner said. “It’s definitely more intense.” Of the eight teams in The American, the six with the most points in the regular season will advance to the conference tournament. Last season, only four teams moved on to the tournament, including Temple. It entered the tournament as the fourth seed after finishing 4-3 in The American. The Owls faced Southern Methodist in the first round of the tournament last year and lost, 4-0, ending their hopes of

advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985. This season, Temple’s goal of reaching the NCAA Tournament remains unchanged. To accomplish this, the Owls will have to either earn one of the 24 atlarge bids or win their conference tournament, which would give an automatic bid for qualification. Since the Owls have only played two conference games this season it is too early to determine whether they will receive bid, as they have eight games remaining, with five of them being conference matchups. “We’ve all got one state of mind to win everything,” junior defender Akeem Prawl said. “Hopefully, we win all the conference games and stay on top.” Still, the Owls know reaching their goal won’t be easy. Five of the eight teams in The American have received votes or been ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Poll at some point during the season. “Our conference is really strong,” Rowland said. “I believe in our group, and I think being able to test ourselves against good opponents in our conference is certainly why a lot of the guys are here.”

The Owls added 17 new players this offseason and returned just 12. Some of the team is accustomed to the elevated play of conference games, but more than half the team saw its first conference action less than two weeks ago. Rowland, a first-year coach, is also new to The American. He previously worked as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, which is in the Big Ten Conference. “Getting to know the conference is good learning for me, to get familiar with some of the venues and some of the opponents will only help,” Rowland said. “I’m excited to get to see some of these teams in person and start to get a feel for the conference more intimately.” Just as Rowland prepares for the remaining five conference games, the team, including the new players, understand the importance of these games to achieving its goals. “I’m really excited, and we hope to do our best,” Prawl said. “I’m going really hard.”

featured Penn, Penn State, Drexel, Columbia University, Cornell University and Princeton. Surikova, a native of Lipetsk, Russia, also made the semifinal round of the doubles competition at the Cissie Leary Invitational with junior Kristina Titova. In their first competition, Surikova and Chen earned a doubles victory on the second day of the Princeton Invite in a doubles match against Penn freshman Melissa Plambeck and sophomore Jimena Rodriguez-Benito. Suirkova also won a singles match against Syracuse University senior Libi Mesh. Tian is originally from Changsha, China, where she became a celebrated tournament champion. She also attended IMG Academy, a boarding school in

Bradenton, Florida that blends athletic and academic development. She earned her first win on the last day of the Princeton Invite by beating Tigers junior Tiffany Chen after winning a tiebreaker, 10-2, in the deciding third set. Before coming to Temple, Xiang went to the University of Central Arkansas. She went 13-7 in singles as a freshman. As a sophomore, she posted a 13-6 record in doubles. In addition to the newcomers, Temple has four returning players this year — Titova, junior Cecilia Castelli, senior Alice Patch and sophomore Oyku Boz. The team believes that despite having players from diverse backgrounds they are working well together. While

arriving for the second day of the Cissie Leary Invitational, the Owls laughed and made jokes following their individual performances. “Everyone is getting along pretty well,” Boz said. “We have a very good team. We are coming strong, better than last year for sure.” The Owls will return to Penn on Friday to Sunday for the Penn Invitational. “For sure we are going to perform well,” Chen added. “I have confidence.”

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‘Well-rounded’ newcomers diversify skills on court Three freshman and two transfers joined the team this season. BY SEAN MAC DONALD Women’s Tennis Beat Reporter When looking to add recruits for the 2018-19 women’s tennis team, Temple University coach Steve Mauro sought “well-rounded” athletes who can play both singles and doubles. All five newcomers fit what Mauro wanted for his team, he said. Oleksandra Doroshenko and Chunan Xiang joined the team as junior transfers. Stefaniya Surikova, Yining Tian and Ruoyu Chen are the three freshmen who are part of the 2018 recruiting class. Three of the players — Xiang, Tian and Chen — are from China. All five newcomers have played in at least one doubles and singles match this season. “We are really excited about the girls that we have,” Mauro said. “They DESIGN BY CLAIRE HALLORAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS have been working really hard in pracPHOTO BY SEAN MAC DONALD / THE TEMPLE NEWS tice, and they have had good perfor-

mances so far.” After going 10-8 last year, Temple hopes to win the American Athletic Conference this season. Last season, the Owls went 2-1 in regular-season conference play before losing, 4-0, to Southern Methodist in the first round of the postseason tournament. “Between all five of them, I think they have a good chance to start matches,” Mauro said. “It is going to be a work in progress because we still have a lot to do if we want to win a championship… but we really like our chances this year.” Chen, a native of Shanghai, was Temple’s first signing of the 2018 recruiting class. She won the under-10, under-12 and under-14 Shanghai Championships, and she won the U16 championships in 2016. Chen won her first two matches for the Owls. She defeated Princeton University junior Gaby Pollner, 6-3, 6-1 on Sept. 14 at the Princeton Invitational. Her second win came alongside Doroshenko, a transfer from Southeast MisADDITIONS | PAGE 23

Freshman Yining Tian awaits a serve at the Cissie Leary Invite at Penn on Sept. 22.

Owls head toward tough conference schedule ANALYSIS

Temple football must win four of their last seven conference games to become bowl eligible. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Co-Sports Editor Temple University’s football team has made it through its first five games with a 2-3 record. All three losses were by 10 points or fewer, including Saturday’s 45-35 defeat by Boston College. With seven games left in Temple’s season, the Owls’ remaining schedule is a grueling conference slate. Temple will sports@temple-news.com

play Central Florida, which is currently ranked 12th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, and three other conference opponents that have received votes to be ranked since the preseason. The Owls went 3-4 last season against the seven teams – East Carolina, Navy, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Houston, South Florida and Connecticut – left on their schedule. If Temple were to repeat that performance, they would finish with a 5-7 record, which would leave the Owls in danger of missing a

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Graduate student wide receiver Brodrick Yancy (left) drops the ball in the end CONFERENCE | PAGE 21 zone during the Owls’ 31-17 win against Tulsa on Sept. 20 at Lincoln Financial Field. temple-news.com

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