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TU Police: crime has decreased By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News


Students trek down Polett Walk toward Anderson and Gladfelter halls on Saturday during Winter Storm Jonas. The snow started Friday night and blanketed campus with 22.4 inches by Sunday morning. Jonas is the fourth-largest snowfall in Philadelphia history. Read more on pages 3 and 14.

Dunphy’s team upsets unbeaten After postponement, the men’s basketball team defeated No. 8 SMU. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor As Quenton DeCosey made his way through the swarm of students on the court after Temple’s win against undefeated Southern Methodist on Sunday at the Liacouras Center, he couldn’t help himself. Wearing a grin from ear-to-ear, the senior guard greeted every person blocking his exit path from the floor af-

ter the Owls’ 89-80 victory against the No. 8 team in the AP Top 25 poll with a high-five or handshake. Sitting at the podium next to teammate Devin Coleman in the Al Shrier Media Room after the game, DeCosey explained that the third win against a Top 10 team in his four-year career, a game in which he scored 19 points, may have been the sweetest. “It’s right up there,” DeCosey said. “I think this one I contributed a lot more than the other ones, so I think this is probably number one.” Coach Fran Dunphy’s team could not figure out the Mustangs last season. Southern Methodist defeated Temple three times last season after the Mus-



The basketball team celebrates with students following its 89-80 win against Southern Methodist on Sunday.

It was surreal. I was just so happy “ that we were able to get this win.” Quenton DeCosey | senior guard


A new way home

“You’ve got to get it together,” her mother said. “Mom,” Bartley said. “I’m going to get it together.” Bartley was addicted to crack cocaine. She hadn’t been home since she left at age 19 to join the military. “I stayed away from my mom because I thought I was a disappointment to her,” she said. “Finally, one day, I was walking along the Boulevard and Adams. I had my crack pipe in my hand and I just took it and stepped on it. My brother somehow pulled up on me, divine intervention, and he was like, ‘Faith, what’s wrong with you? You know Mommy is dying? She ain’t going to be here long. What’s wrong with you?’”

Hospital testing for herpes cure

Graduate and undergraduate students are using similar techniques as those trying to find a HIV cure. PAGE 2


“Pay it Forward” not sustainable



hen Faith Bartley finally returned home at 45, her mother gave her the sofa, a SEPTA pass to look for work and a pack of cigarettes.


Data from Temple Police shows reported crimes are declining from the beginning of the academic year. Last year, crime peaked in October and dropped to its lowest in five months during the winter break. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the trend is nothing unusual. “October is a high crime month because it starts getting dark earlier,” he said. “And people are out because it’s not too cold yet.” Leone added it’s “quieter after Thanksgiving” because the type of crime tends to change from alcohol citations to crimes of opportunity. These crimes can include pickpocketing and identity theft, and they increase during the holiday season because people are buying things and donating, he said. Thefts, robberies and burglaries made up 37 percent of the 983 crimes reported between July 31, 2015 to Jan. 17. Many of these crimes occurred during weekdays. Twenty-one percent of all thefts, robberies and burglaries were stolen bikes, 8 percent were retail theft, 5 percent were thefts from cars and 3 percent were stolen autos. The rest were unspecified thefts at 44 percent, robberies at 10 percent and burglaries at 9 percent. “[Thefts happen] when people feel comfortable where they are, like the library or on a bench on Liacouras Walk,” Leone said. “They leave to go to the bathroom, print something or get up to talk to their friends and when they come back, someone has taken their phone or bag.” He added there is an increase of situations where people plug phones into an outlet, leave for a period of time and find the phone is gone once they return. “Sometimes we get lucky, and we do find some of it,” Leone said, adding apps like “Find my iPhone” help to find missing phones. Leone said, however, that some


Faith Bartley organizes monthly “Ladies Night,” meetings for women in re-entry to provide a sense of community and support.


Alumna explores redlining Lisa Nelson-Haynes held a storytelling workshop about gentrification for residents of Point Breeze on Jan. 16. PAGE 7

Bartley made it home in June 2009. Her mother passed away from liver cancer just three months later at Temple University Hospital. “She died in my arms at Temple,” Bartley said. “She looked in my eyes and was like, ‘Faith, just get it together.’ I was like, ‘Mom, I got it, I’m going to do right.’” The story is still painful for Bartley to tell. Her voice cracks. Her hands shake. But she still tells it; in fact, it’s hard to estimate how many times she’s told her story to the women of the North Philadelphia community who attend the People’s Paper Co-Op event, Ladies Night. Part of the Village of Arts and Humanities, the co-op is an initiative designed to help community members with re-entry after incarceration by providing support and expungement programs. Ladies Night focuses on women in re-entry, giving them a monthly forum to meet and talk with similar women and create


Philly locals remember Bowie

Lifelong fan Pat Brett and former WMMR radio host Michael Tearson recall how David Bowie found a source of inspiration in the city. PAGE 9






Researchers aim to find cure for herpes When you’re a “ child, your parents

The group is using the same technology that was used with HIV.

kiss you, your family kisses you and you can be infected.

By LILA GORDON The Temple News A team at Temple University Hospital may soon develop a cure for a disease that affects almost one in six 14 to 49-year-old Americans: herpes. The team—led by Dr. Pamela Roehm, the principal investigator— is working to reduce the viral infection by using the same technology a separate team of researchers used to successfully disrupt the gene sequences for HIV in 2014. Graduate and undergraduate students involved in the testing use a “tool” called CRISPR/Cas9 to eliminate one of around 78 essential proteins that make up the herpes virus. Lifan He, a first-year graduate student in the Health Informatics program, said CRISPR/Cas9 contains the instructions and the tool to cut out a specific protein in the herpes gene sequence, ICP0. While eliminating ICP0 means the infection and its effects are greatly reduced, there are other parts of the herpes’ DNA without which herpes will not survive. The team has not eradicated any of these genes yet; but they are working on different targets for Cas9. He added the team has successfully eliminated the protein ICP0 from herpes’ gene sequence in the simplest platform of research: human cell lines. “Once CRISPR/ Cas 9 is in the cell, it works like scissors,” He said. “We cut out ICP0 and once we cut it out, the whole viral infection is reduced.” Team members said as this research progresses, if other proteins respond similarly to ICP0, an eventual cure could be found for herpes. This team is currently working with herpes simplex Type 1, which is often the strain that causes cold sores

Dr. Pamela Roehm | principal investigator


Dr. Pamela Roehm talks about her team’s testing for a cure for herpes in her office Jan. 21.

around the mouth. The Type 1 strain now commonly manifests as genital herpes as well, Roehm said, because of changing sexual practices, including the increase of oral sex. Both Type 1 and Type 2 have similar gene sequences, and CRISPR could eventually be used to treat Type 2 with some genetic modifications, He said. “The target I am working on now, which is not ICP0, can potentially beat Type 2 and Type 1 at the same time,” He added. Roehm said she is interested in finding a cure for herpes simplex Type 1 because it is a common disease. “When you’re a child, your parents kiss you, your family kisses you

and you can be infected,” she said. “The disease often remains dormant for years and this is actually the preferred situation. If you do not acquire the disease as a child and come in contact with it later in life, you don’t have the immunity with which to fight it.” Roehm is an otolaryngologist and neurologist, working with the head, nose and throat—the areas that can be affected when the dormant herpes virus is reactivated. These areas are also affected with rare diseases like delayed facial palsy and Bell’s palsy when the virus reactivates, she said. Herpes simplex Type 1 and Type 2 are rare viruses—humans are the

only species affected by them. “With the eradication of herpes simplex in humans, it would mean eradication of the virus completely,” Roehm said. Roehm added herpes, however, is a “selfish” set of genes, with the sole purpose of replicating and the team of researchers is working to disrupt its gene sequence, which would ultimately lead to a cure, instead of treatment. Initial research involved testing ICP0 on the cell lines—and because the work has been successful at this level, the team is moving on to deceased rats. The team is now working with primary neuron cell culture, which

means they are now working with neurons in the brain. This level of research is much more complicated than the singular cell line, as they are working with actual subjects instead of home grown cells. Additionally, once the team figures out how to insert Cas9 into the rat’s brain, it still means work to come as a living brain functions differently than a dead one. “Because it is a tumor cell line, it is not as natural as primary cell culture,” He said. “And primary cell culture is not as natural as a live animal, which is not as close as human.” *

Cosby case continues after Faculty Senate motion His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week. By STEVE BOHNEL LIAN PARSONS The Temple News More than a month after the Faculty Senate passed a motion calling for the Board of Trustees to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, no public action concerning it has been taken by the university’s highest governing body. A university spokesman told The Temple News Friday that he is “unaware” of any discussion among the Board of Trustees about the motion. The Temple News reported last month Cosby was arraigned on charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault where the victim is unconscious or unaware that penetration is occurring and aggravated indecent assault where the person impairs the victim. The defendant in the case is Andrea Constand— former director of operations for the women’s basketball team—who alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Cheltenham house in 2004.

Marina Angel, who is teaching at Temple’s Japan Campus this semester, drafted the motion. She said action on the motion is delayed, which is expected. She also criticized Tricia Jones, the Faculty Senate president. “The Senate President [Tricia] Jones is an apologist for the administration,” she said in an email. “Nothing will happen until I return.” Jones said via email that she was “unaware that of any further action that has been taken on this matter by any party including the Faculty Senate.” In response to Angel’s comment, Jones said in a telephone interview Monday that once the motion was passed last month, it was immediately sent to Temple administration. “The [Faculty] Senate has done everything it can to bring these issues forward. … We also do not try people in the media,” she said. Angel said that if no action is taken by the board, another motion could be drafted by the start of Fall 2016. “The first motion condemned [Chairman of the Board] O’Connor and Cosby and asked that the Honorary Doctorate be revoked,” she said in an email. “This one will censor O’Connor and demand his removal from the TU

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Board.” More than 30 other universities have revoked Cosby’s honorary degree, including Boston University, Drexel University and New York University. Cosby’s Feb. 2 preliminary hearing was postponed following a Sept. 23, 2015 email from Bruce L. Castor Jr., a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, to then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, the Inquirer reported. In the email, Castor said he struck a deal 10 years ago to never criminally prosecute Cosby for the 2004 Constand allegations. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill wrote an order that stated he would only hear arguments on the new defense Feb. 2, but on no other matters raised by the Cosby case, the Inquirer reported.


Cosby’s next scheduled court date is Feb. 2. A Faculty Senate motion was passed last month calling for his degree to be revoked from the university.

O’Neill to proceed with the preliminary hearing instead of hearing the defense motion. No non-prosecution agree-

ing. O’Neill turned aside this request, the Inquirer reported. Cosby’s attorneys, Brian McMonagle and Monique

Senate has done everything it can to “The [Faculty] bring these issues forward.” Tricia Jones | president, Faculty Senate

First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County Kevin Steele, however, asked

ment between Cosby and Ferman ever legally existed, Steele said in the defense fil-


Pressley have asked that O’Neill throw out the aggravated indecent assault charge

altogether. McMonagle and Pressley claim Castor provided Cosby with a legally binding non-prosecution agreement and filing the charges would violate this agreement, the Inquirer reported. Castor is expected to testify in Cosby’s defense in the Feb. 2 hearing. Cosby is facing between five to 10 years in prison if convicted. * T @TheTempleNews




Students voice opinions about Monday classes Several traveling to campus said commuting took longer than usual. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor In the aftermath of the fourthlargest snowstorm in Philadelphia’s history, students who traveled to Main Campus Monday told The Temple News their opinions of the university’s decision to hold classes as scheduled. Before those interviews, Temple tweeted Sunday afternoon that classes would be held as scheduled. Several students responded by criticizing the announcement, citing unpaved roads and sidewalks and overall safety hazards of commuting. A university spokesman provided a statement to The Temple News regarding the university’s decision to open Monday. “Temple’s operations team worked tirelessly during the weekend to ensure the university could open, and classes could be held, as scheduled Monday,” the statement read. “We arrived at this decision by



monitoring the progress being made to clear our campuses and by contacting outside agencies, including SEPTA, to get updates on their plans and schedules. While we understand commuting after the snow storm can pose challenges, we felt that Temple could resume normal operations. We do everything we can to open and provide the educational opportunities our students are here for.” One student who disagreed with the university’s decision was Nicole Jackson, a senior horticulture student. “For them to not give us a delay, or a day off is absolutely unacceptable when there is 20 inches to 30 inches in some areas,” she said in an email. “I missed my morning class and quiz due to my one-way street being blocked with snow, broken down cars, and idiots who just wanted to park in the middle of the road.” But several other students interviewed yesterday said while they disagreed with the university’s decision, they understood why it was made. Jonathan Eskow, a senior computer engineering major, said he lives in South Philadelphia near 22nd Street and Snyder Avenue. He added that his street still hadn’t been plowed by Monday morning. “I see why [the city] would fo-


Mike Gatta, junior marketing major, shovels snow Monday near his apartment on 17th Street near Montgomery Avenue.

cus on major throughways,” he said. “In general, I think Philly focuses on Center City and throughways while leaving the surrounding neighborhoods unkempt.” Another section of the city that contained many unpaved streets was Northeast Philadelphia. Candice Barnhill, a senior kinesiology major, said she usually takes a SEPTA bus from Frankford Transportation Center to 33rd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, but it was suspended Monday morning. In order to come to campus, she had to take the MarketFrankford Line to City Hall, and then take the Broad Street Line to Main

Campus. “I didn’t think [the university] would cancel,” she said of the decision. “But they’re out there still working, while we’re trying to get to class. A few students commuting outside of the city said there were delays on SEPTA trains, but added it was manageable. Dan Lapsley, a sophomore math and physics major and Warminster native, said there was a 15-minute delay on his commute. “It’s kind of two-sided,” he said in the commuter lounge Monday. “Now that I’m here, I’m fine. … I

don’t know how safe it is if you’re driving or taking a [train] line that’s not reliable.” One student, Emily Vanmatre, said classes should have been delayed. She said her shuttle from Ambler to Main Campus usually takes 50 minutes—on Monday, it took 80. “It’s really slippery, and I don’t think [the university] should have opened on time,” she said. * T @Steve_Bohnel




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Don’t dismiss Cosby In this week’s issue, We understand the we report about a court case Board of Trustees is a that dominated headlines busy group. But the longer before more than a foot of they delay a discussion, snow hit the more Philadelit could It’s irresponsible for the phia. t a r n ish Board of Trustees not to W e the uniprioritize this case. suspect v e r s i t y ’s you may image— have heard of Bill Cosby, which could be worsened the longtime comedian who by a “guilty” verdict in the is arguably the university’s Cosby-Constand case. most well-known alumnus. Some decisions warDozens of women came rant a lot of time. We’ve forward with allegations stated before that the that he drugged and/or sex- board’s choice to move ually assaulted them—one slowly when discussing a of those accusers is Andrea possible on-campus stadiConstand, a former univer- um is commendable. This sity employee. Faculty Senate motion, Last month, the uni- however, should not be igversity Faculty Senate nored. passed a motion calling for Many developments Cosby’s honorary degree in the case have occurred to be revoked, partially as since the faculty senate a result of this case. Both passed its motion, but that Faculty Senate President doesn’t mean the trustees Tricia Jones and a univer- can’t have a discussion sity spokesman recently about a court case that acsaid they were “unaware” cuses Cosby of a crime of any discussion among that, if he is convicted, university trustees about could land him five to 10 the motion. years behind bars.

Consider closing The blizzard of ’96 in tion. Members of our own Philadelphia was devas- staff stumbled into work tating— with stories more than of fender Administrators should 2,000 tons take into account travel b e n d e r s , of snow feasibility for everyone on d e l a y e d w e r e trains, slipMain Campus. dumped ping on ice into the and naviSchuylkill. On Jan. 11 of gating through unplowed that year the New York streets in other areas of the Times reported the city re- city. ceived almost 30 inches, a While we don’t expect city record. the university to take into This past weekend we account every possible obreceived over 20 inches. stacle for commuting stuWe’re 11 inches short of dents, faculty and staff, we setting another record, but do expect the university to the effects of Winter Storm recognize where individuJonas proved to be a chal- als coming to Main Camlenge for Philadelphians pus are coming from. commuting to work and As a commuter school, moving their bur- school, it’s fair for us to ied cars and trying to shov- ask—not for a day off el their front stoops. with every blizzard—but Monday morning for cautioned to be exerhad its challenges for the cised in regard to turbulent large commuter popula- weather.

CORRECTIONS In the story “Program focuses on innovation for plays” that ran Jan. 19, the story was incorrectly attributed to Jenny Stein. However, the story was written by Albert Hong. In a story titled “Mothers aim to end violence” that ran in print Nov. 10, it was stated Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson was shot 17 times. He was actually shot seven times. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news.

More than just a football program We have many other accomplishments to be recognized for.


hen I sent my application to Temple last year, I had a few things in mind about the school. I knew it had a reputation of being unsafe. I knew Temple offered many opportunities for journalism students in the city. I knew there was a diverse student body. I never thought, however, of Temple as a “football school.” President Theobald, in a recent oped for the Wall Street Journal titled “Football and the Goals of Higher Education,” wrote GRACE SHALLOW about why Temple, LEAD COLUMNIST associating itself with success in football— particularly to incoming students—would benefit the university. “A well-run football program can create innumerable benefits to a national university,” he wrote. “Temple football also provides high visibility that benefits the entire university.” After reading this, I wondered what the possible downfalls and benefits of a new on-campus stadium would do for Temple’s image. Karen Clarke, vice president of Strategic Marketing, agrees with Theobald’s point. “Getting the attention on a national stage gives us the opportunity to tell stories about Temple that otherwise might not ever get through at all,” she told the Temple News. What type of visibility would Temple gain from a successful football program? Would the school be further recognized for academic accomplishments or mainly associated with the football culture that precedes other schools, like Penn State?

“I want to win. Football is the cream of the crop. That’s who you want to compete with,” Pat Kraft, Temple’s Athletic Director, told The Temple News in October. Penn State is known for its football program and the pride of its alumni and students. But that’s all I know. I associate Penn State with beersoaked tailgates and blue-painted fans screaming fight songs. I have little-to-no knowledge of what academic or financial aid opportunities are available for Penn

bald laid out at the beginning of his presidency to “power Temple’s future.” Those commitments include affordability, having a diverse student body, powering the city, promoting entrepreneurship and “telling the Temple story.” That story, Clarke said, is making messages stick. “When you can generate enough momentum and buzz that people start to say, ‘Wow, I’m not sure exactly what’s happening but something is going on at Temple,’” Clarke said. “That has a power-

The Temple story without a die-hard football “ culture is fine, if not better for the university.” State’s students. As a Temple student, it makes me cringe at the thought of Temple having the same image. Theobald’s main point in the op-ed is football will help Temple get recognized and increase application rates. “Our applications are up another 12 percent from last year’s record, and I expect another highly diverse, academically talented class to enroll in the fall. Unlike schools that are struggling to fill seats, interest in Temple is at an all-time high and football has played a role in that rise,” he wrote. Karin Mormando, director of admissions, explained reasons why potential students and their parents choose to apply to Temple. “It’s a lot of things. Location, definitely. Students really like our city location without a doubt. Academic programs are going to be important to a student. Those are probably the first things to get a student here on campus,” West said. “Parents are going to be focused, and the students to a certain extent as well, on resources and affordability.” Listening to Mormando’s answer reminded me of the six commitments Theo-

ful impact. Football is the front door for a national audience of Temple University.” I think the Temple story without a die-hard football culture is fine, if not better for the university. In a November interview with The Temple News, Theobald said having a high-profile football program “is not our goal.” Before Temple’s successful 10-win season this year, the school was nationally recognized as a place of exceptional higher education. On Theobald’s own website, he refers to Temple’s surge in rankings on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list, the Beasley School of Law named one of the Best Graduate Schools, and the 53 newly-hired tenured and tenured-track professors to “enhance our academic reputation,” among other accomplishments under the “Telling the Temple Story” tab. I do not deny football is an effective way to get people to pay Temple the attention it’s due. I just hope the other attractive aspects of Temple—the location, city, experienced faculty and diverse student body—are not forgotten amongst the fight songs, tailgates and halftime shows. *


From the outside of the inside


A girl chronicles some of her experinces as an Asian-American that doesn’t fit certain sterotypes.

n the Chinese restaurant across from my dorm, Chinese volleys rapidfire back and forth in the kitchen. Steam rises from the woks, flames flare on the stove. I stand at the counter and stare down at the menu, contemplating what to order. “Excuse me,” I say, my voice already pitched too high. “Do you have tofu and shrimp?” The guy at the cash register looks at me as if I’ve suggested drinking orange juice after brushing my teeth. “Shrimp and tofu?” he asks, his nose wrinkling. I feel my face turn red and my hands twist in my pockets. “Never mind,” I mumble. “I’ll just have chicken and tofu.” I sit on one of the chairs by the door, waiting for my order to be called and looking around at the other customers. Clusters of students sit at the tables, an abundance of food spread out in front of them. They serve themselves, scooping chicken and pork out of huge bowls into their own smaller bowls of white rice. A girl holds her soup close to her face, spooning broth with one hand and slurping noodles from her chopsticks with the other. I am on the outside of the inside of their world–the chatter is in Chinese, and the laughter is about jokes I do not understand. I sit quietly, feeling the

By Lian Parsons exact inverse of the way I feel when I’m the only non-white person in the room. In here, I am the only Chinese person who isn’t really Chinese. I don’t stand out because I look different, but because I don’t know how to blend in. My chopsticks skills are average and despite it being second nature to the rest of the people in this restaurant, I have never had the coordination to drink soup with one hand and eat noodles with the other. I embarrass myself when ordering food, as if it should be obvious to me that shrimp and tofu don’t go together. I was raised culturally by middle-class white American parents. And, like them, I see Chinatown as a place to eat food that isn’t five-minute take out and buy cheap bok choy—often my place setting includes a set of chopsticks, and theirs do not. The other students in this restaurant make me feel like I received an invitation to a party, but never knew the address. I rarely find myself in a situation where most of the people in the room are other Asians. When I do, it’s as if I don’t know how to act. In a group of people who were raised in culturally Chinese households, I resemble them far more than I do my parents and most of my friends, but it’s as if I’m sitting behind a

glass wall, spectating, the last one to understand the jokes. In these groups, I am often quiet, knowing that as soon as I open my mouth, I’ll give myself away. Math wasn’t my strongest subject in school and when the study groups formed, the other kids quickly learned I was the odd one out, that last Asian kid in the class to understand the concept. “Why aren’t you good at math?” Stanley Wong asked me in fourth grade as I was sharpened my pencil carefully, watching the shavings fall onto my paper. It was covered in the erased frustrations of long division. “I’m just not, OK?” I snapped back. “I suck at math, and I don’t get it.” “But you’re Asian,” he said. “All Asians are good at math.” “Well, I’m not.” My eyes filled with angry tears and I looked away quickly, humiliated. “Shut up, and leave me alone.” Stanley turned to Wilson Chen and they both snickered under their breath, their own pencils quickly scrawling the answers. On the playground, I approached three girls from the English as a Second Language class jumping rope. One offered it to me and frowned when I didn’t understand her words. She sighed before

switching to English, then back to Chinese again, calling to her other friends, leaving me feeling a little bit confused, very stupid and wondering what was wrong with me. My friends in eighth grade liked to call me things like “banana,” “Twinkie,” and “Whasian,” things that meant “yellow on the outside, white on the inside.” It was easier to laugh and accept it than to explain why I didn’t meet their eyes when I did. My brother doesn’t have a problem straddling both sides of the hyphenated AsianAmerican. He and his friends call themselves “The Rice Boyz.” He puts on his best “immigrant fresh off the boat” accent—“Fri’ ri’ one dollah”– and asks if I can do it too. I say I can’t, when what I really mean is I won’t. I have learned what to expect from people, but most have never learned what to expect from me. There is a disconnect between what I look like and who I am—sometimes they overlap, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but most of the time it does. I am a cultural dual citizen and while I wait for people to figure out what they can expect from me, I sit quietly on my side of the glass wall, from the outside of the inside, looking in. * T @Lian_Parsons





column | media

Investigating has to start somewhere If journalism students don’t learn to investigate, who will be the watchdogs of tomorrow?


Feb. 18, 2014: The Temple News reported on the number of school closings, class cancellations and accumulating costs of the year’s inclement weather. Winter storm Jonas, which hit Philadelphia this past weekend, forced the university to reschedule two basketball games, stop running the TUr Door and Owl Loop buses and cancel Free Food aFun Friday. The university operated as usual yesterday.

column | tuition

Proposed tuition plan not very cost effective After further inspection, subsidized payment may be problematic.


ast month a petition was started on calling for the “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” higher education tuition plan to be put to a vote in Pennsylvania. As of Monday evening 1,993 supporters have signed this petition, but my signature will not be among them. “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” is a tuition plan based off a model currently being piloted at JENNY ROBERTS Portland State LEAD COLUMNIST University in Oregon. The plan has attracted attention from various other states, including Pennsylvania, for its potential to quell the nationwide buildup of student debt. But under further scrutiny, I don’t think this plan can possibly serve as the cure-all solution many students, including myself, had hoped it could be at first glance. The current Oregon tuition plan calls for students to pay no tuition while enrolled in school at public institutions. Three years later, students graduate, they begin paying somewhere between 3-5 percent of their annual income toward their tuition without interest accumulation. Each generation of graduates would finance the expenses of current students through their annual payments, while simultaneously paying their due, and thus the cycle would continue. Pennsylvania’s proposed plan differs from plans in other states. The initial few billions of dollars would come from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas, an entity more personalized to our state. Then, instead of graduates paying out of their income for a set period of time—like 25 years as is proposed in other models—Pennsylvania graduates would pay an annual sum to their alma mater every year until their borrowed amount was paid off in full. This way higherearning graduates wouldn’t pay out more over a set period of time than their less affluent peers. Everyone would pay their equal share. Pennsylvania’s version of “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” seems promising, maybe more so than versions of this plan in other states. And so the plan would go on year after year without a hitch, graduates pay-

ing back their owed tuition while simultaneously paying it forward to benefit current students, until tuition goes up. When university costs rise and tuition as a result increases as well, who pays more? It wouldn’t be fair to ask graduates to pay back more than they owe to finance current generations, and asking current generations to pay the difference up front would defeat the plan’s entire purpose—delaying tuition payment. We can’t predict the changing of variables that may affect this plan’s future success. Dr. Douglas Webber, an assistant professor of economics, said this is a concern with any plan that tries to subsidize the cost of education. “You can’t just assume that you’re going to change a policy and everything else is going to stay the

don’t want to participate in this.” “They may indeed, depending on the plan and how it’s proposed, need other financial means to support additional college costs, such as room and board,” Ikpa added. It turns out this plan may end up costing students more, especially low-income students who may be attracted to a more affordable school like Temple. Webber, who testified before the Senate about student loan issues, said a plan like Temple’s ‘Fly in 4’ program is better suited than “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” to alleviating student debt, specifically for lowincome students. Webber explained it is the category of students who don’t graduate—but accumulate debt—who “overwhelmingly” default on loans. “They accumulate debt, but they


same,” Webber said. “People are going to respond to that and that’s going to change the effectiveness of the plan.” Perhaps, we’ll say tuition doesn’t increase, but graduates stop making their payments. Graduates don’t have to pay during times of unemployment or if they continue their education after the undergraduate level, according to the plan. How does the lack of funds collected during this period of time affect current students? The state would have to somehow make up the difference. Dr. Vivian Ikpa, an associate professor of educational leadership, said she supports a tuition plan to alleviate the burden of debt on students, but she too believes the “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” plan may have some unintended consequences. “States may be encouraged to kind of defund many of the needbased grants to throw the money into this program,” Ikpa said. “And that way a lot of students, especially lowincome students, may decide they


don’t have that degree that helps their earnings later on,” Webber said. “So programs like the Temple ‘Fly in 4’ program that is trying to increase college persistence rates and help people to graduate is a far more effective plan at reducing college debt.” It turns out Temple is taking on college debt more effectively, according to Webber, than this proposed statewide plan. As for now, it seems to me the best way to limit college debt is to make sure to graduate as quickly as possible. Knowing this, I’m trying to cut down on costs and potential debt by graduating a year early. Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, but making sure not to overstay one’s four-year welcome is key. Regardless of personal tactics to cut costs, I think it is clear the “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back” tuition plan is not as straightforward of a solution as we all may have hoped. * T @jennyroberts511

ome might say it was a sign from above that an investigative reporting class I hoped to take this semester was canceled due to low enrollment, forcing me to replace it with a class on the business of journalism—where we pick apart the decline in newspaper readership and examine what’s next for news. “If you are interested in registering for another course, please register at your earliest opportunity,” read an email from the journalism department, which arrived on a Wednesday in mid-November. “We do apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for your understanding.” Investigative reporting has been taught by Professor Linn Washington, a former reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Tribune. And while the class has ran with as few as four students in the past, the only other person I know who signed up for the class this time was my roommate, who serves as the News Editor of this JOE BRANDT fine publication. If some cosmic force (or Edward R. Murrow’s ghost) is trying to send me a message through my class schedule, it’s that investigative reporting and finance are linked. And it’s well-documented that even as the behemoths of American media continue dogged investigation, plenty of local outlets have had trouble keeping up with it. Some of the most inspiring and meaningful pieces of journalism come after months of stressful negotiating with sources who may want to be anonymous. Preparing an earthshattering investigative report is best left to journalists who have tact and experience—but that needs to come from somewhere.

We should be the Fourth Estate, and “ this role presents itself most clearly when investigative reports shake institutions to the core.

I only watched from the periphery and checked the spelling and grammar in a round of editing “Pain and the Game,” an award-winning piece in The Temple News which followed a seven-month investigation into abuse and neglect in the track & field program. But I could see the dedication to excellence brought by the piece’s authors, who each served a year as editor-in-chief here. In the weeks following publication, an administrator whose leadership was challenged in the piece was removed from overseeing the track & field program, and the team now has a new coach. The cancellation of Investigative Reporting is coincidentally tied to the Academy Award-nominated film “Spotlight,” which portrays the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. A few hours after I learned the class was canceled, the staff of our paper met with Walter Robinson, the Pulitzer-winning editor portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film. And there’s a local tie too. Philadelphia Media Network—the parent company of the Inquirer, and the Daily News, where I was an intern for six months—made headlines this month for a new arrangement that will bring the company under a nonprofit dedicated to new media. As the arrangement is still new, it’s hard to gauge its benefit, though I’m optimistic about its potential benefits for the city: PMN could likely use some nonprofit magic to boost investigation after 46 journalists were laid off on Nov. 4. Through all the struggles with ownership, however, journalists at the company have continued to pursue tough stories like the Porngate scandal, the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and the government moneypit that is City Commissioner Anthony Clark. All of these are examples of local reporting that can effect change— and have inspired me. Journalists are supposed to be watchdogs for government and institutional corruption. We should be the Fourth Estate, and this role presents itself most clearly when investigative reports shake institutions to the core. “We’re a watchdog not just on government but on corporations, on powerful people who really shape the direction of our society,” Washington said. But with all this humdrum about the importance of that work, the art of the investigation has “really been devalued,” Washington told me when I met with him to talk about the class. “We focus on shorter and shorter stories and more superficial content.” And cuts to staff have exacerbated the problem: in an ideal world, the investigative reporters would be some of the most experienced on the staff, but sometimes years of guaranteed raises and benefits can make the most senior reporters the most expensive and an unfortunate target for owners cutting costs. Nonprofits and journalism ally institutions are fighting to preserve the investigative reporting that has made this country great, and public officials more fearful of those who seek truth. But we as students ought to do our part to support it too. A start for Temple’s journalism majors would be to join Washington’s class en masse next semester. Another possibility is to join Investigative Reporters and Editors, as so many of my professors have advised. Whether it be enrolling in classes or practicing the art of investigation through an internship, we, as student journalists looking to be the next watchdogs, need to ensure this craft isn’t lost to history. * T @JBrandt_TU





Police: recent homicide still being investigated CRIME MEADE, SANDERS AND BROWN CASES ALL YET TO REACH TRIAL

One of three homicide cases involving the Temple community is scheduled to head to trial. Brandon Meade will receive a trial date Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. Meade is accused of murdering his girlfriend and Temple student Agatha Hall, staging it to look like a suicide. Attorney Evan Hughes could not be reached for comment. Both Randolph Sanders and Dimitrius Brown are still in the pre-trial phase of their cases. Sanders is accused of killing community leader Kim Jones and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 12. Brown is accused of killing 14-year-old Duval DeShields and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 27. -Julie Christie


Philadelphia and Temple Police are still investigating the murder of Antonio Miller. The 25-year-old was found in an empty lot shot in the head three times on Edgely Street at around 4:40 p.m. Jan. 16. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said investigators are focusing on why Miller was murdered with the hope that it will lead to who killed him. “It didn’t look like a robbery, and the age difference was odd. The victim was older but the offenders were younger,” Leone said. Police said they do not have much information on the three suspects. They were all young men between 15 and 20 years old and were wearing all black clothing at the time. -Julie Christie


A Code Blue was declared on Jan. 17 and will remain in effect until further notice in Philadelphia. During a Code Blue, transportation and emergency shelter are provided to all homeless people. Homeless are transported and housed by Project HOME. The Code Blue extends from homeless people to abandoned animals that are left in the cold. Code Blues are announced by city government when temperature, wind chill and precipitation result in a temperature that feels like or is equal to 20°F. To call for assistance for a homeless person, the Project HOME outreach hotline is 215-232-1984. To report a sick or injured stray dog or cat, ACCTPhilly can be reached at 267385-3800. -Gillian McGoldrick


Both Philadelphia and Temple Police said they are still investigating the death of 25-year-old Antonio Miller, which occurred in this lot near White Hall.


The totals for Winter Storm Jonas that brought large amounts of snow to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York broke records for some of the largest snowstorms in the cities’ histories. Philadelphia’s total snow was 22.4 inches, approximately 1 inch away from being the third-largest snowstorm in its history. The storm broke records in Baltimore as the largest snowstorm in the city’s history and within Washington D.C.’s top five recorded. Philadelphia’s largest snowstorm on record occurred during the Blizzard of 1996, when the area received 30.7 inches of snow. - Gillian McGoldrick


Former police commissioner Charles Ramsey is returning to his native police department, Chicago Police Department after eight years as police commissioner in Philadelphia. Ramsey began as a police officer in Chicago, then left in 1998 to become police chief of Washington D.C. police department. After nine years in that position, Ramsey came to Philadelphia. According

to department statistics, both homicide rates and violent crimes decreased since his arrival. Ramsey is returning to Chicago to advise and make recommendations to aid the Chicago Police Department in regaining the public’s trust after protests broke out following the shooting of an AfricanAmerican teenager by a white cop. USA Today reported hundreds of people protested after a video was released, which appears to show Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. The city had initially resisted releasing the video—taken from the dashcam of a police car—referencing the ongoing federal and state investigations into the incident, USA Today reported. -Gillian McGoldrick


Poverty rates have increased in Philadelphia, and a resulting food insecurity has increased the amount of children enrolled in Pennsylvania’s food stamp program, The Notebook reported. More than one in three children in Philadelphia lives in poverty. The number of children enrolled in the food stamp program in Philadelphia increased by

10,000 from January 2015 to November 2015. Federal school lunch and breakfast programs largely address these issues and are accessible to children in public schools who receive food stamps. -Gillian McGoldrick


Perjury, obstruction and related conspiracy charges against former president of Penn State Graham Spanier and former vice president Gary Schultz were thrown out by three judges in the Superior Court. Spanier will still be charged with failing to report abuse and endangering the welfare of children, the AP reported. Former Athletic Director Tim Curley had charges of obstruction and related conspiracy dropped as well. The AP also reported the decision came after the court ruled former General Counsel for the university Cynthia Baldwin’s testimony should not have happened. Judge Mary Jane Bowes said Baldwin did not clearly relay her representation of the university and not individuals. -Julie Christie

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people will sell the stolen phones or reacclimate them for their own use, severely lowering the chances of recovery. Reports of burglary increased at the end of Thanksgiving and winter break with students returning to their homes or apartments to find their belongings had been stolen. Leone said the mild weather during early January was a factor that increased the number of students outdoors. He previously told The Temple News several burglaries that happened during winter break could be related. He added there has been an increased concentration on robberies, which has helped Temple Police reduce the total number. Leone said between 2014 and 2015, robberies have gone down 15 percent but arrests were “much higher.”

When students returned from winter break, alcohol and drug citations spiked during the long weekend. From August 2015 through January 2016, alcohol and drug citations made up 28 percent of the total reported crimes and occurred most often on weekends. The other most common crimes included harassment at 13 percent and assaults at 6 percent. The number of aggravated assaults and sexual assaults—both felonies—totaled at 15 and 16 incidents respectively. Leone said sexual assault has decreased 30 percent after high numbers in 2013 and now lower numbers in 2015. He credited the initiative brought on by the sexual misconduct committee. “We still have to do a lot more,” Leone said. “But we’re changing the culture, which is good for us as an institution.” * T @ChristieJules DONNA FANELLE TTN

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JONAS HITS MAIN CAMPUS Students found different ways to deal with the record-setting snowfall throughout the weekend. PAGE 14

EIGHT-HOUR SHOWING AT PALEY Boyer faculty and students will begin a non-stop marathon concert tomorrow at 10 a.m. PAGE 16






Alice Gabbadon, 74, holds a picture of her brother, Charlie, from 1987. South Philadelphia residents will discuss their experience with gentrification in their neighborhoods as part of the Redline Project.

Lisa Nelson-Haynes held a storytelling workshop at The Dixon House in Point Breeze on Jan. 16.


Visual documentarian, Donnell Powell, takes a photo of Damon Roberts during the Redline Project workshop on Jan. 16.

By MICHAELA WINBERG | Lifestyle Editor

lmost 30 years after it was taken, Alice Gabbadon still keeps a photo of her brother, Charlie, and two of his friends. The three men are pictured sitting on the corner of 22nd and Greenwich streets in Point Breeze, where Gabbadon and her family spent their entire lives. Now, she sees people on the same corner buying and selling drugs. “He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead,” she said, gesturing purposefully to each subject in the photo. “All because of drugs.” Gabbadon has lived all her life in Point Breeze, and she said her neighborhood is changing in more ways than just the influx of drugs. “I’d love to see my neighborhood come back,” she said.


Feminist artist took residency at Tyler Artist Allyson Mitchell led a discussion as part of her week-long residency. By ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News Four months before beginning a weeklong residency at Temple, Canadian-born artist Allyson Mitchell flipped a classic Halloween activity on its head with the creation of the first lesbian feminist haunted house—aptly named KillJoy’s Kastle. Mitchell’s residency, which included a discussion of her work in Temple Contemporary on Jan. 21, was the first collaborative project she has been able to work on since the taxing haunted house, which

drew crowds of more than 5,000 with showings in both Toronto, Canada and Los Angeles, she said. Working in partnership with graduate students from a variety of departments within the Tyler School of Art allowed the group to explore its interest in politicized art and textiles. During the discussion, Mitchell delved into the political and often controversial nature of some of her work, in particular, “Ladies Sasquatch,” an installation featuring six large-scale sculptures of “she-beast” creatures in poses inspired by portraits from a 1976 issue of Playboy Magazine. One of the pieces from this collection, “Shebacca,” is currently on display in Temple Contemporary. “I started thinking about the construction of gender and the construction




Canadian contemporary artist Allyson Mitchell spoke at Temple Contemporary Jan. 21. Mitchell took residency at Tyler School of Art from Jan.18 to Jan. 22.




SMC professor recognized for music career Christopher Harper will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Walking up imaginary stairs in his Annenberg office, Christopher Harper sings The Temptations’ “My Girl” a capella. Mimicking the 1960s’ music video, he is transported back to his high school days as the lead singer of his rock ‘n’ roll cover band, The Trippers. Harper, a communications law and international journalism professor, will need his voice as he takes off to perform during a six-hour concert along the shore of West Okoboji Lake in Arnolds Park, Iowa. He will be in-

ducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame on Sept. 4, 2016 in honor of his performance as the lead singer of his band from 1965 to 1968. The induction ceremony will take place at The Roof Garden of the Arnolds Park Amusement Park, where the “Super Bowl” Battle of the Bands took place—and where Harper’s band, The Trippers, won in 1967. “It’s kind of aghast to get recognized for something that you did almost 50 years ago,” Harper said. “So it’s really cool, it’s a nice feeling.” Harper started teaching at Temple 11 years ago after a career in journalism, working for outlets like ABC News, The Associated Press and Newsweek. Though he had a successful career in journalism, like many college students, Harper said he didn’t know what direction to take with his career while he studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the early 1970s. “I had absolutely no idea what I

wanted to do other than to play rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. The Trippers covered and recorded six songs from bands like The Doors and The Byrds, in addition to some Motown songs. The band also recorded its own original song “Have You Ever?” that eventually peaked at No. 99 on Billboard’s Top 100 list. “We lived in the middle of nowhere,” Harper said. “We lived in flyover country, and you essentially existed on the magic carpet ride of rock ‘n’ roll. It was the radio station, not the TV, that was critical to a lot of our lives.” The group received frequent airplay from radio stations like KLOH, which airs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Harper attended high school. During their high school careers, Harper said that The Trippers made about $300 per night and played three nights a week. “Plus—we got the girls,” he said. Senior journalism major and

TSG Vice President of Services Brittany Boston had Harper as a professor for Journalism and the Law last semester. She said Harper never told the class of his rock ‘n’ roll days. “I’m shocked, but it’s definitely very believable,” Boston said. “I know he must’ve stole the show plenty of times and had a sold out audience and kept the party going.” The Trippers opened for rock and roll legends, like Neil Diamond and The Lovin’ Spoonful. During these

shows, The Trippers often played for crowds of about 5,000 people, at the same venues that names like Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly had their starts. “It’s really cool standing in front of a bunch of people who are actually applauding, clapping and screaming at you,” Harper said. *


Christopher Harper, a journalism professor at Temple, points to himself (left), in a photograph of his high school band, The Trippers. Harper wrote “Flyover Country,” a book about his high school class.

EMT students gear up for ‘mayhem’ TUEMS partners with Twin Valley EMT Training Center. By GAIL VIVAR The Temple News According to Jennifer Hervey, the CEO and owner of Twin Valley EMT Training Center, pink should be every Emergency Medical Technician’s favorite color. While instructing an EMT class provided by the Temple University Emergency Medical Services and Twin Valley EMT Training Center, Hervey explained to her class of 26 students that pink skin means a patient is in normal condition, rather than blue skin, which means the patient is not breathing. “It’s one of those classes that are worth taking,” said Heather Law, a freshman biochemistry major currently enrolled in the class. Some of the students who have completed this course helped during the Amtrak train derailment in May 2015, and others assisted during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in September. “The students who were aiding the victims of the Amtrak train derailment were contacted by me, and the first thing they told me was that if it was not for the mock emergency situations that Twin Valley and Temple EMS created, they would have not been prepared for this type of situation,” Hervey said. “We would create these situations and cause as much mayhem as possible if they would ever have to encounter it.” After completing this 200-hour hybrid course hosted on Main Campus, each student is eligible to take the Pennsylvania State certification exam, which includes a written exam through the National Registry

of EMT’s—that’s the first step to becoming a certified EMT. Students complete 100 hours of this course online, and the remaining hours are completed in class to learn hands-on skills from instructors, like how to find a patient’s pulse. “The two agencies TUEMS and Twin Valley EMT Training Center work together for this course,” said Danielle Thor, director of TUEMS and a senior kinesiology major. “The student volunteers that make up TUEMS and cover Main Campus respond to emergency calls and are the group that you could work for by taking this class.” Once they finish the course and earn their certifications, Thor said about half the students end up working for TUEMS. The other half are usually recent graduates who begin work in the private sector. “I took this course knowing it would be a great experience for a student like me who plans to attend medical school in the future,” Law said. But not all students who take this course plan to join the medical field. The class is open to all students during the fall and spring semesters, and it has received students from majors like social work and economics. In the summer, the course is open to the public. Yanna Savkova, a senior nursing major, is the education officer and field training officer with TUEMS. She teaches alongside Hervey and other TUEMS instructors, and works closely with the students who have been certified. “I see the drive and the passion from these students to aid other people and as cliché as it sounds, none of us would have wanted to be here if we did not have that,” Savkova said. *


Heather Law (left), a freshman biochemistry major, learns to measure blood pressure with Kelly Montgomery, a freshman chemistry major at an EMT class taught by Twin Valley EMT CEO and owner Jennifer Hervey.




Conrad Benner’s street art blog, “Streets Dept.,” celebrated five years with a special exhibit at Paradigm Gallery, featuring some of Benner’s favorite artists, like Ishknits. PAGE 10

In an effort to provide more representation for women and transgender comedians, a group of Philadelphia comics joined together to launch a new festival, The Bechdel Test Fest. PAGE 11





Pat Brett met David Bowie when he was in Philadelphia recording “Young Americans” in 1974.

Bowie’s legacy, lasting in Philly By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News

The day David Bowie invited Pat Brett and her friends into Sigma Sound Studios for an early listen of the artist’s ninth studio album, “Young Americans” was the best day of Brett’s life. “Even better than the day I got married,” Brett told The Temple News of the special moment in 1974. Brett, along with thousands of teens across America during the 1970s, was a “Bowie kid,” utterly devoted to Bowie and his music. Brett and her friends would wait outside a hotel where the artist stayed or a studio where he recorded to get his autograph. Decades later, the “Bowie kids” of Philadelphia responded to the Jan. 10

death of their icon with tribute shows and memorials across the city. Venues like The Electric Factory, The Theatre of the Living Arts and The Tower Theater, where Bowie recorded “David Live,” all displayed signs in memory of him. Tim McCloskey, a writer for Philadelphia magazine and an avid Bowie fan, saw a need for a city-wide celebration of Bowie back in 2011. That year, McCloskey started a petition on Change. org asking the mayor to declare a ‘David

Bowie Week’ in July. The petition did not receive much attention until now, 5 years later. As of Monday afternoon, the petition has amassed 605 signatures. McCloskey hopes the petition will create enough momentum for the mayor to declare a week-long tribute for Bowie, an artist who had an immense appreciation for Philadelphia.



Collective ‘breaking into’ city’s art scene A new group femme. collective aims to bring some girl power to the dance community. By PAIGE GROSS The Temple News When Jackie Fetzer chose to study her doctorate in literature at Temple, she didn’t realize she’d be spending more time in dance classes than in lecture halls. New to the city and wanting to meet new people, Fetzer, who currently teaches English 802, signed up for a once-a-week ballet class with no experience. A year later, the Philadelphia transplant now attends a different dance class seven nights a week. “I’m not even a great dancer,” Fetzer said. “But at least I’m enthusiastic.” That enthusiasm is why Fetzer’s ballet instructor, Loren McFalls, asked her to join femme. collective, a woman-centric organization aiming to share and develop local artists’ work.




Dancers rehearse a routine to be performed at femme. collective’s showcase event, “cherchez la femme.”





Through city’s murals, a legacy lives on Mural Arts hosted a tour on civil rights for Martin Luther King Jr. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News A vintage trolley furnished with wooden benches carried visitors through the African American Iconic Images Tour, showcasing 12 local murals dedicated to past and present civil-rights heroes in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The city’s Mural Arts Program partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia for the mural tour, which included sites around 7th and Arch streets, along Ridge Avenue and on Chestnut Street. “This is the first year we partnered with the African American Museum for this particular event,” said Ellen Soloff, the director of tours and merchandise for Mural Arts, who added that the event has been running for about five years. “We tweaked the tour a bit to highlight civil rights, freedom and equality, which seemed fitting.” Although subject matter differed among each mural, they all maintain a common theme relative to civil rights movements in Philadelphia and Dr. King. “A committee was put together, and they looked at all of the murals with an African-American theme and images,” Soloff said. “Then, based upon location and artistic beauty, murals were chosen for the tour.” One such mural was “Ridge on The Rise,” created by Eric Okdeh at 2125 Ridge Ave. in 2004. “The mural itself covers the idea of bridging the past and the future,” said Susan Lemonick, a veteran tour guide for Mural Arts. “What this artist did was interview residents of the Ridge Avenue area about the important figures and events that built Ridge avenue’s past. The mural was designed to recognize the collective soul of the area. The central figure is Pearl Bailey, a symbol of the strength of the renaissance of North Philadelphia.” Soloff said the murals all “pay homage to MLK in terms of subjectmatter and the figures that appear in those murals.” “A few murals actually depict Dr. King himself, and the ideals he stood for,” she added. Ebony Lee attended the tour with her father, My-Ron Hatchett and


Emprisia Lee photographs a mural at William D. Kelley School in Brewerytown, as part of Mural Arts’ tour of murals focused on civil rights leaders.

her two sisters. “Just thinking about everything that took place before us, before my parents and my grandparents, it all just makes me so grateful for what we have today,” Lee said. “I think I’ve been saying this all day, but we are filled with pride,” she added. “That is one word that keeps coming to my mind today, being prideful and really humbled.” Soloff said Mural Arts chose to host the tour because “it was important to do our part to commemorate MLK.” “Since our work is tied to social justice, it seemed like a fitting tie-in,” she added. Lee said the focus on civil rights within the tour is still a relevant topic today, considering the current global climate. “You see what’s happening in Syria and other countries,” Lee said. “It’s not only about the past, it’s about the message. I think what he taught is still so relevant today. When you think of Martin Luther King Day it is a reminder that still lives on. It makes you question whether you did your part to continue that.” Soloff believes the tour’s message expands beyond just Philadelphia.


Emprisia Lee (left), and her sister, Ebony Lee, take a selfie in front of the Henry Ossawa Tanner mural by Keir Johnston.

For Hatchett, King’s sacrifice was something everyone has benefited from. “Not just black people, but peo-

ple around the world have benefitted from what he taught,” he said. “That people should be judged by the content of their character. It is what’s

inside that counts, not your exterior. That message is worldwide.” *

Exhibit celebrates blog’s fifth year anniversary Since 2011, Streets Dept. has been documenting Philly’s street art and culture. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News For Conrad Benner, Philadelphia cultivates graffiti artists who create powerful displays of art on the walls of the city. But no one was talking about. In 2011, he started a blog to document it. Five years later, the blog has been featured in Time Magazine and named one of Philadelphia’s “Best Blogs for Travellers” by The Guardian. Appropriately named Streets Dept., the blog is celebrating its fifth birthday with an exhibition at Paradigm Gallery and Studio. The show, “#StreetsDeptTurns5,” opened Friday. “[Streets Dept] was basically me answering the call of, ‘Why is there not a media outlet in the city that’s covering this thing that’s clearly exciting and crazy?’” Benner said. “I’ve loved street art my whole life, I’ve been a lifelong Philadelphian and it’s essentially me celebrating, documenting and archiving street art in Philadelphia over the years.” The blog has grown during the last five

years to include a variety of types of street artists, including muralists, sticker artists and yarnbombers—graffiti completed with knitting and yarn instead of paint—like Ishknits, an artist who has worked with Streets Dept. since its beginning in 2011. Benner described the showcase as “essentially the greatest hits of Streets Dept.” The exhibit features ten artists Benner has worked with over the past five years, including Ishknits,

she added. “But I feel that [Benner] has an extremely positive impact on the street art community in making people feel like they can be a part of it … he is very supportive and very positive.” Ishknits first got into contact with Benner after she saw his work posted on the blog and asked him to photograph her 2011 installation on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line: wrapping multicolored patchwork of yarn around seating

people don’t feel included in street art, then “If where ... are they going to make art?” Ishknits | street artist

who focuses in yarnbombing. “There’s a lot of content out there and sometimes it's unnecessarily critical, which makes the street art world very exclusionary,” Ishknits said. “And the fine art world is already very exclusionary and a lot of people feel like they don’t fit in and I actually get really upset when people start critiquing street art and making people feel like they don’t fit in.” “If people don’t feel included in street art, then where ... are they going to make art if they don’t feel included in fine art and street art?”

on the train cars. “[Streets Dept.] is probably the best thing to happen to me as a street artist,” Ishknits said. “Being able to develop a relationship with somebody who’s able to capture the work, it’s very transient, especially since yarn bombing can just be cut down … but he’s able to capture the work so perfectly.” “He was able to get his pictures onto some internationally known blogs for street art,” she added. “So it actually sprung us both into the international street art realm.”

Benner worked with Paradigm Gallery for the exhibition, hoping to bring together the street art community. “I don’t normally curate shows like this, I’m more of a digital presence,” Benner said. “So it’s exciting … to have a place where we can all come together, people who read my blog, the artists, people interested in buying the art where it would be hard to do so otherwise.” The gallery’s setting also offers a new environment for pieces to be displayed. Rather than working on abandoned buildings and bike racks, the artists have a chance to display their work on the gallery walls. “It’s a hard thing to come to terms with,” Ishknits said. “I generally work with the environment, and when I go into a space with walls, it’s not very intuitive for me. I’m usually working with structures and sculptures so, it’s a really different framework for me to work with.” “It definitely changes the work, it makes it different,” she added. “I don’t make street art for the gallery. I make art for the gallery.” In the future, Streets Dept. may expand its coverage to include street art in other countries and another exhibit for its 10th anniversary, which Benner hopes will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “I love Philly,” Benner said. ”I’m just looking at ways that I can lend my voice.” *




Breaking gender barriers through comedy Local comedians created a new festival to highlight women and transgender comics. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News For comedian Beth Eisenberg, the most important reason for women to be involved in Philadelphia’s comedy scene is so they can “find the right man to marry.” Eisenberg is just ridiculing sexist beliefs about women and men, of course—particularly ones that prevail in the comedy world. Eisenberg said it’s important to realize “women are people” with “the same perspectives and talents,” which is why she created The Bechdel Test Fest, a new festival created by local female comedians looking to give women a platform to be recognized for their work. “The festival came out of a couple of people saying, ‘Hey, this is cool,’ and I jumped on to help with fundraising,” said Eisenberg, who performs under the name Betty Smithsonian. “It was a very, very collaborative effort.” Eisenberg launched an Indiegogo campaign to cover the costs of the festival, and ended up raising enough money to not only run the event, but donate to charity as well. “We raised over $2,000 with our [Indiegogo], and individual and corporate sponsorships,” Eisenberg said. “We only needed to reserve the space and buy T-shirts for the performers, so we get to make donations to Ca-

reer Wardrobe and Dawn’s Place.” The Bechdel Test Fest will be the first annual comedy event celebrating women and transgender comedians. What started with a small group of female improvisation comedians in 2014 has grown into a full-fledged festival, which will showcase improv, sketch and stand-up. There will be about a hundred comedians performing, Eisenberg said, including Kate Banford from Good Good Comedy and the awardwinning duo Proper Dodgy. “We wanted to include as many performances as possible, so we aren’t doing any workshops,” Eisenberg said. “But we have money reserved for next year to fill up a workshop. Someone with a bigger name that will bring in a lot of people.” Though the organizers and participants aim to open doors for women and transgender comedians, they also hope to remind festival goers why comedy is so important. “In this culture, white middle class America, there is this really intense experience of what’s happening on the planet all the time, and it can be graphic and explicit and violent,” Eisenberg said. “Comedy helps us process this. My friend says she can just go to rehearsal, and not talk about work or life—she can just be there. For me, my experience is that comedy helps me reset. Comedy wakes me up.” Eisenberg said the festival will “strengthen the comedy scene of Philadelphia within the lens of gender equality.” “The point of Bechdel is to open up this space for all women and transgender across the country,” she added. “We need to celebrate this very strong community—we are all each other's biggest fans.”

The point of “ Bechdel is to open

up this space for all women and transgender across the country. We need to celebrate this very strong community.

Beth Eisenberg | comedian

The more women seen on stage, being supported, the more other women will feel inspired, she added. Eisenberg hopes the festival will be a “clear example of what’s to come in the future for the female comedy world.” “Go to any comedy club, turn on any stand-up comedy channel and you'll see that they are dominated by men,” said Diane Bones, a Temple Writing Humor professor. “Events that encourage women to shine provide them with the extra nudge to blossom.” Comedy is no different than any other business, Bones added, and women are still pushing through the glass ceiling. Exposing women to “smart humor from other confident women” will inspire them to share “their unique, quirky, funny view of the world,” she said. “Bottom line, stand-up com-


New play tackles how women are ‘disposed’ in Philadelphia theater A local actress shares her personal story in “The It Girl.” By GABRIELLA MIELE The Temple News Amanda Schoonover’s biggest concern in theater and film is how women become disposable when “the next big thing” comes along. Schoonover, a University of the Arts alumna and Barrymore Awardwinning actress, is drawing upon her

ver Theatre at 1512 Spruce St. Geffers caught Schoonover’s eye in 2006 when they worked on the play “Killer Joe” together. “She got on my radar because she has this particular skill set in visual storytelling that made her what I needed to create this story,” Schoonover said. “She understands what it’s like, especially in the Philadelphia microcosm, to be an ‘it girl.’” Allen Radway, the artistic director of “The It Girl,” said for female actors, it can be hard transitioning from a younger actor to a middleaged actor because the roles become narrower and less dynamic. “There are better ways to repre-

been men,” Radway said. “Clara was the number one box office draw and we don’t really know her.” That lack of female representation in characters is one of the main issues addressed in the play. “That was one of the reasons Simpatico produced the show,” Radway added. “The industry doesn’t credit actresses’ veteran chops and only allows them to be given certain roles.” For Radway, “The It Girl” is an opportunity to remind people “that women are not [but should be] represented in the theater.” The pieces Simpatico Theatre Project produces usually specialize in “giving a voice”

doesn’t credit actresses’ veteran chops and only “The industry allows for them to be given certain roles.” Allen Radway | artistic director of “The It Girl”

own feelings of expendability for Simpatico Theatre Project’s latest production, “The It Girl.” The ‘it girl’ theory, Schoonover said, is the idea that “young women in the theater are used and exploited by the industry, and as they grow into their own, they are then being replaced by younger versions of themselves.” Schoonover serves as the cocreator and main inspiration for the play, and said she was Philadelphia’s “it girl” from 2005-08. The play, directed by 2009 directing alumna Brenna Geffers, premiered Wednesday at The Drake Hotel’s Louis Bul-

sent women, other than a prostitute or the kooky aunt,” Radway said. “The It Girl” is the first performance in the new theater space at The Drake. Because the theater was still undergoing construction, Radway said the set design had to be carefully constructed. The crew chose an Elizabethan-style mobile theater to make quick adjustments easier. “The central piece for the set was the screen for the silent movie,” Radway said, referring to Clara Bow, a 1920s silent film actress and the first character introduced in the play. “There have always been funny women in film, just like there have

to underrepresented populations, he said, and are “not necessarily mainstream.” “This story speaks about how women are dynamic,” Radway said. “Now, the industry is just looking for other women who will play ‘the good girl game’ and do what they want.” “I don’t understand what’s happening with the theater community,” Schoonover said. “It’s like we are asked as theatre-goers to see plays based on men and what it’s like to be a man and never get the insight of women’s lives.” * gabriella.margaret.


Diane Bones teaches a humor writing course and sees women struggling in the industry.

edy—the rawest and purest form of humor—demands guts, originality and intelligence to truly captivate an audience,” Bones said. “If you can

make a crowd laugh and think, gender should be irrelevant.” *

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“Anyone who followed [Bowie] knows that there are three or four places that really impacted him, McCloskey said. “Philadelphia is one of them … he spent time here recording to get away from where he was. Philadelphia’s WMMR used to be a very powerful radio station, one of the most influential radio stations in the country, and they were one of the first stations in America to show support for David Bowie.” Former WMMR radio host DJ Michael Tearson worked at the station that helped Bowie’s career take off. After Bowie’s death, Tearson put together a tribute podcast for Bowie as part of his Marconi Experiment show, which airs weekly on WMMR. The 90-minute show features songs from the artist’s studio albums, as well as live versions and songs released under Bowie’s side project Arnold Corns. “I just thought that this was a mercurial, incredibly creative person from early on,” Tearson said. “Then it all broke out of Philadelphia worldwide off the stage at the Tower Theater, and we at WMMR were very much at the eye of the hurricane on that.” “We were the ones who were wailing on that record and it was catching on in Philadelphia like crazy,” he added. “Those shows at the Tower Theater were the first place where he found an audience that was completely sympathetic

to his vision, which is why he kept coming back.” Brett, who followed Bowie extensively and saw him live more than 150 times, remembers his shows in Philadelphia as “a lot more special than most places. He showed an outpouring of love for Philadelphia.” Most memorable was his ninth studio album “Young Americans” which he recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in 1974. After Sigma Sound closed in 2003, the 6,200 master tapes from “Young Americans” were donated to Drexel University’s Audio Archives as part of its Sigma Studios collection. In addition to the master tapes, two reels from that same studio session were sent to Drexel to be digitized by Toby Seay, project director of the Audio Archives. The tapes remain in Drexel’s archives as an important part of Philadelphia and Sigma Studio history. “Philadelphia was always very much a lucky charm city for [Bowie], this is where he really took off worldwide and he had a real appreciation of that,” Tearson said. “The Bowie-and-Philadelphia relationship was so deep and positive for him and for the city and the recognition that we got from him, it would be most appropriate for the city to recognize that.” *





Red Bull Sound Select presented “Philadelphia,” a show curated by JUMP Magazine on Thursday at The Foundry, the bar and performance area in the newly established venue, The Fillmore. The show featured local bands Queen of Jeans, who released their debut album on Jan. 22, and Weekender, who also released a new album this month. Miriam Devora, leader of the group Queen of Jeans said the group was very excited to play its first big show to what was its biggest crowd yet, with more than 100 people in the audience when the group took the stage. Vacationer, the headlining Nu-Hula band took the stage last, keeping the crowd singing along with songs like ‘Trip,’ ‘Great’ and ‘Good As New.’ A minor amp power failure occurred at one point, causing the band to lose sound, but the audience sang along to finish the song. Lead singer of Vactioner Kenny Vasoli, who is also a member of pop-punk band The Starting Line, said of The Fillmore at 29 E. Allen St., “It’s my first time here, a lot of mad props!”






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The group was founded with ideals of the early-1990s musical Riot grrrl feminist movement in mind and welcomes anyone who loves to perform and make art, full or part-time. “I realized this movement was a part of the music scene,” McFalls said. “And I wondered, ‘Why don’t we have something like that? And also why don’t all the artists have something like that?” The collective wasn’t intended to be primarily female, but McFalls said after she talked to some of her artist friends about forming a group for people who aren’t full-time or professional dancers, singers and artists, the goal of female empowerment was an obvious one— and one the city is currently lacking. The group is looking forward to presenting its first collaborative event Saturday, a vocal showcase called Fierce Grrrls at Bourbon and Branch at 705 N. 2nd St. Next month, the collective will perform “cherchez la femme,” a dance performance that features elements of poetry and visual art at the Performance Garage. Since November, the collective has brainstormed and practiced the dance performances for “cherchez la femme” every Monday night at 954 Dance Movement Collective on 8th Street near Girard Avenue. These practices are usually laid-back and “bohemian,” McFalls said. The show will let each performer explore their own story, rather than following a plot line, but all feature “a sprinkling of girl power.” There are several professional dance companies in Philadelphia, like BalletX, McFalls said. Few, though, cater to those who haven’t been performing since childhood. She added that many of the performers, herself included, work full-time jobs and dance during their free time to relieve stress and show another side of themselves.


Bistro Romano at 120 Lombard St. will host an interactive mystery dinner show on Jan. 29. Thirty guests can enjoy a fourcourse dinner, hors d’oeuvres and a show presented by the Mystery Dinner Theatre. This weekend’s upcoming production, “Murder in Dixie,” is the story of a wealthy boy from the Main Line and a poor Southern girl. Tickets are $48.95 and cover the reception, dinner and show. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. -Shealyn Kilroy EVAN EASTERLING TTN

Sarah Calvanico (front), and Julia Bryck rehearse their dance routine for femme. collective.

The collective is also working on funding the shows through an Indiegogo campaign and ticket sales, so performers are compensated, something that rarely happens for non-professional performers, McFalls said. As of Monday afternoon, the campaign has raised nearly $800 of its $4000 goal. Fetzer said the theme of the shows—empowering women performers and artists—was not only a good literal and literary theme, but it’s also one Philadelphia needs brushing up on. “It’s one thing to read and write about it,” she said. “There’s a lot of people like me, would-be artists—especially female artists, who have a harder time breaking in.” Along with providing entertainment and exposure for artists, the members of the collective want to partner with nonprofit organizations to help educate audience members about Philadelphia and women’s issues. The upcoming show tackles topics like loneliness, humor and growth—both personal and physical. The largest group number and fi-

nale of the show, Unladylike, is a performance about women’s role in society. Because of the range in topics, McFalls hopes the audience walks away with the simple realization that “these women came together to make something awesome.” She hopes the collective will grow after these performances, possibly collaborating with other companies and participating in festivals like FringeArts. McFalls added that she would also consider buying a permanent space to give the group some roots. “Hopefully we can pull off small showcases each month,” McFalls said. “Eventually we’ll have an army behind us.” Fetzer said the goals of the collective and what she hopes it will do mirrors the thinking of one of her literary favorites, Virgina Woolf. “Look what we can produce,” Fetzer riffed, “when we have the means and space to do so.” *

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art related to their journey. Bartley—also in re-entry— was approached by El Sawyer, the operations director at the Village, about joining the co-op after she quit her job as a waitress. She thought she’d just be selling books outside Temple with the co-op. Then one day, when she was standing outside, waiting for her clothes to dry, Sawyer told her there was much more to the job. “So I said, ‘OK, let me put my clothes in the dryer and I’ll run to the Village and see what it entails,’” Bartley said. “I’ve been here ever since.” Now a fellow at the People’s Paper, Bartley held the first Ladies Night in early fall of 2015. The co-op partnered with InLiquid artist Cathleen Cohen to create an art exhibit surrounding the event, which opened Jan. 14. As part of the special collaboration, Cohen, a watercolor artist and the education director at arts organization ArtWell, created portraits of the women. Cohen was attracted to the Ladies Night project because it allowed her to experiment with the crosspoints of art and social activism. “You know, there’s always an element of expressing yourself, but that’s not always communication with other people,” Cohen said. “More and more, I’m very interested in the social aspect of it. Not just a communication, but art as a tool to something else as well. I’m more interested in social change or growth and communication, what we can do as a commu-


Participants created paper from their pulped criminal records.

You kind of get to know people “ through doing their portraits. You see so much in how they hold their head, or a look in their eye.

Cathleen Cohen | watercolor artist

nity.” Cohen started attending Ladies Night in August 2015, spending time with the women and taking photos of them, which she used to complete the portraits. “You kind of get to know people through doing their portraits,” Cohen said. “You think you do. You feel close with them, you get to appreciate them. You see so much in how they hold their head, or a look in their eye.”

Cohen’s portraits hang in a long hallway at Crane Arts, unadorned by frames, embraced only by thick, white matting. The images are intimate—women laughing, some looking away, some meeting the viewer dead-on. The medium of watercolor, Cohen said, only affords the artist so much control—working with watercolor allows for discovery. Trying to capture strangers in portraiture was difficult, she said, but

the experience allowed her to walk away with more confidence in her own work and a knowledge of the community. “I learned about their desire to really work together and bond together and keep moving forward,” Cohen said. When the women visited the exhibit, Bartley said, they were ecstatic to see their portraits on the wall. Cohen had already offered to let the women keep their portrait, but one attendee of Ladies Night wanted more copies of the portrait to hang in her home. “Everybody wanted to take their portraits home the first night of the exhibit,” Bartley said. “They were standing there like, ‘Look, look at me! I look like Oprah from The Color Purple!’” “A lot of them hadn’t been to an art show before,” Cohen said. “I could see their excitement. As an artist, that meant a lot to me, because they were looking at it and talking about themselves being proud.” Though the exhibit at InLiquid will close March 4, Ladies Night will continue. Bartley’s already seen a change in herself— not to mention the difference in the women attending. “They learn how to get along with each other, how to galvanize and come together as women in our community,” Bartley said. “They borrow from each other mentally. They absorb. It’s powerful.” *


London-based alt-pop duo Oh Wonder will play a sold-out show at Union Transfer tonight. The group first gained attention with the release of its self-titled debut album in early 2015. Their first ever TV performance occurred last Wednesday on Conan when they performed their new song ‘Lose It.’ The show will be the pair’s first time playing in Philadelphia. -Emily Thomas


In conjunction with the Courtyard by Marriott, InLiquid will present the work of Lorraine Glessner until Feb.16. Glessner is known for envisioning everyday industrial landscapes in creative new ways. Her pieces incorporate a variety of mediums including wax, paint, collage and organic materials. Her work is created with the intention of making viewers contemplate their relationship with their surroundings. The exhibit is located at 1001 Intrepid Ave., and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. -Erin Blewett


New Mexico native Ryan Bingham will perform at the Theatre of the Living Arts on Sunday. The singer-songwriter gained widespread attention after the release of his 2009 album, “Roadhouse Sun.” New age swing rock band Bird Dog will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. -Eamon Dreisbach


Reading Terminal Market will hold its monthly movie night tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. This month’s movie is the 2014 film “Chef,” a comedy starring Jon Favreau about a former chef who creates his own food truck in an attempt to get back into the food business. Snacks will be available at several stalls, including Bassetts Ice Cream, Old City Coffee and Flying Monkey Bakery. Future screenings will show titles like “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Burnt,” and “National Treasure.” -Eamon Dreisbach


InLiquid’s exhibit featuring physical manifestations of facts revealed in redacted public documents will leave Crane Arts Friday. Inspired by federal reporting on children and institutions that govern child welfare, the display uses music and textbased artwork to explore issues of privacy and information control. Featured artists include musician Mike Brenner and percussionist Hoagy Wing. Additionally, a panel discussion addressing the exhibit will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach



@the_barnes tweeted its First Friday event, “Affairs of the Art,” will take place Feb. 5. The Valentine’s Day inspired event will feature a trumpet performance by Jumaane Smith. Tickets are $25.

@phillymag tweeted a list of the city’s bars with fireplaces for “grown-up snow days,” including Martha in Kensington, St. Stephen’s Green in Fairmount and Devil’s Alley in Center City.





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@visitphilly tweeted a list of free events in the city during the winter, including the new Speaker Series at the Franklin Institute, Scratch Night at FringeArts and Free at Noon Fridays at the World Cafe Live.

@IngaSaffron tweeted her article about the mansions near Main Campus. Just a block south of Main Campus, on 16th Street between Oxford and Master, are a dozen Victorian, Italianate and Beaux-Arts homes.




Students withstand record-setting storm






Students endured this weekend’s historic snowfall. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor Caroline O’Brien celebrated her 20th birthday this past weekend. It would have been the first birthday she spent with her girlfriend of just under a year, but because of this weekend’s blizzard, O’Brien’s birthday date had to be put on hold. “We were going to get lunch [Saturday], going into the city, but that had to be cancelled,” said O’Brien, a sophomore psychology major. “Because she commutes, I unfortunately wasn’t able to celebrate with my girlfriend,” O’Brien said. Emma Palacio, O’Brien’s girlADVERTISEMENT

friend, was at home when SEPTA shut down over the weekend due to the blizzard that dropped 22.4 inches of snow on Philadelphia, making it the fourth largest snowfall in Philadelphia history, according to 6ABC. “I couldn’t get there because I live at home,” said Palacio, a sophomore architecture major. “It kind of sucks.” SEPTA’s regional rail was suspended on Saturday, but the MarketFrankford and Broad Street Lines were still running. “So basically if you didn’t live within walking distance of the Broad Street Line or Market-Frankford you were stuck,” Palacio said. Although Palacio couldn’t make it to campus on Saturday, O’Brien still had friends over at night to celebrate with her. They hung out and ate pizza, O’Brien said. “We had quite the adventure going to Philly Style,” O’Brien said. “It was very cold and very windy.” Students who live on or near

Main Campus found it difficult to travel during the snowstorm, and O’Brien wasn’t the only student snowed in on her birthday. Tori Zienkiewicz, a junior kinesiology major, turned 21 last Friday, and she was forced to change her birthday plans. “I went to a bar Thursday night into Friday morning, but other than that I did not go out at all this entire weekend, which was not the plan,” Zienkiewicz said. Zienkiewicz tore her ACL during winter break and is still on crutches. She said she’s not sure how she will make it to classes or around campus with all the snow. “I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet,” Zienkiewicz said. “It’s going to be very interesting.” Natalie Crane, a freshman undeclared major, said the snow didn’t cause any trouble for her over the weekend. “We mostly planned to stay in and watch movies,” Crane said.


“We knew that we were going to be stuck in so we planned to stay in,” Crane added. “We only could really eat in the Morgan dining hall, because we didn’t think we really wanted to trek across campus to anywhere else.” Aria Principato, a junior economics major, also spent most of her weekend inside due to the snow. “We stayed inside all day,” Principato said. “All we did is eat pizza.” Principato is used to the snow, because she is from the Poconos, but

like other students, she was surprised by the amount Philly received over the weekend. “I didn’t think we would get as much they said,” Principato said. “Whenever they make a forecast it’s always overpredicted and everyone just freaks out about it,” Palacio said. “I didn’t really think it was going to be this bad.” *




Fundraising for children: an ‘eye-opening’experience The Temple chapter of Love Your Melon raises money for children battling cancer. By CASEY MITCHELL The Temple News When Molly Gaughan and Amanda Nowell visited the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey with their friends, they met a little girl named L.J. Gaughan, a junior early childhood education major, said she was tearing up when spending time with L.J., who suffers from cancer. The experience was “really eye-opening,” Gaughan said. “L.J. sang ‘Fight Song’ in front of everyone and she knew every word,” Gaughan said. “You wouldn’t know she had cancer by how she acts, running around and having so much energy.” “[L.J’s] been battling cancer pretty much her entire life, but it doesn’t even phase her,” said Nowell, a senior criminal justice major and co-founder of the group. “She was dancing like crazy and loved her beanie. It was a life-changing night for sure.” Gaughan and Nowell visited the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Camden, New Jersey, with the

Temple chapter of Love Your Melon, an apparel brand that doubles as a national student organization and has been on Main Campus since October 2015. Love Your Melon has a mission to donate a handmade beanie to every child battling cancer in America. For each $30 hat purchased, Love Your Melon donates another to children in hospitals. Half of the proceeds from hat sales go to the Pinky Swear Foundation and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. Love Your Melon’s Temple chapter has already sold 492 hats and was featured on FOX29 in an interview with Jenn Frederick. “When you go to checkout, there’s a little drop-down box that says, ‘Select a Campus Crew,’ so for every product bought in our name, it gives us a credit,” said Abigail Green, a junior nursing major and secretary of the Temple chapter. Once a chapter accumulates enough credits, it becomes eligible to earn more visiting privileges. The Temple chapter recently gained the privilege of going on a house visit to spend time with a child battling cancer. At the Ronald McDonald House visit where Gaughan met L.J., the Temple chapter helped children make superhero masks and threw a dance party. Their next goal of 500 credits will allow the team to visit children at a hospital, like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The crew has sold 492 hats, good for 492 credits.

In addition to selling beanies, the crew plans to continue holding events, like a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Nov. 18, 2015. The fundraisers help to purchase hats to sell on campus and will be donated to cancer research foundations. The crew also plans to participate in the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which supports the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, on April 2. The Love Your Melon brand began as an entrepreneurship class project between two students at the University of St. Thomas in 2012. Today, more than 7,500 students are involved in the mission at about 500 different colleges. The members have been working on becoming an official club and chose Sue Stamps, an adjunct professor in the College of Education, as their advisor. Although only 20 students can be admitted to a Love Your Melon crew like Temple’s, each year graduating students can be replaced with newcomers. The Temple chapter also has an active wait list, which allows students to get involved with the organization’s events. “We’re just excited to be able to sell on campus,” said Erin McComb, a junior nursing major and co-founder of the group. “We’re trying so hard to be an official campus club, so we can have tables and fundraisers here.” *


Co-founder, Amanda Nowell, displays the brand logo sewed into every Love Your Melon beanie.


Love Your Melon crew members, Amanda Nowell, Molly Gaughan, Erin McComb and Abigail Green wear beanies made by Love Your Melon. The beanies are sold on college campuses nationwide to raise money for children suffering from cancer.

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of beauty,” Mitchell said. “I went to sasquatches as a place to think about wild, undomesticated gender and ways of being in the world.” Mitchell and other members of the residency group used these ideas surrounding gender, sexuality and the body as a way to look at depression and the importance of taking time for oneself. The group used the book “Depression: A Public Feeling” by Ann Cvetkovich as a basis for its exploration of the topic in a four-day intensive workshop, which incorporated getting to know one another’s art and working through some of the book’s main ideas. “I think it’s really important, especially in the winter time when things can feel slowed down and maybe even demoralizing or just gray or blue or low,” Mitchell said. “Not that we try to avoid that, but that we come together and try and maybe share that experience, and by being together publicly and sharing our experiences we can feel less alone in that.” Through a mix of both public

and private practices, like nightswimming in a hotel pool, the group grew more comfortable with one another, Mitchell said, and had more meaningful discussions. “I’ve reconnected with ideas and with a broader and more thorough understanding of my practice as an individual, but also within a community that I have a body, I have feelings and these are all just as important as going to get materials or thinking of ideas for my thesis show,” said Teresa Cervantes, a member of the residency group and a graduate student in Tyler’s sculpture program. Cervantes and other graduate students in the group said the opportunity to work with Mitchell could not have come at a better time, as many of them are in the middle of working on their thesis projects, which can be extremely stressful. “We had a lot of time to reflect and talk about our ideas and talk about our work and step outside for a little bit,” said Amy Cousins, a printmaking graduate student and project member. “There was also just a lot of laughing and moving of our bodies, and I did end up feeling more relaxed, even though I haven’t been able to work on my stuff.” Students said listening to Mitchell talk about the complexities of her

work got them thinking about how they can improve and grow as artists, even after graduation. “I feel like I learned a lot about the depths of research you can go into making art and how you can famil-

iarize yourself with aspects of yourself to push deeper into bigger things in the world to create and influence what you’re making,” said Isaiah Gaffney, a senior communications major and art minor. “I think that’s

something I can take and make fun, cool things and concepts [with] and keep learning.” *


Tyler students listen to Allyson Mitchell discuss her art on Jan. 21 in Temple Contemporary.





The Leadership Development Organization is holding a Lunch and Learn event in Room 223 of the Student Center tomorrow. This Lunch and Learn session has been created in honor of National Mentorship Month. From noon to 1 p.m., this event will offer free lunch to all attendees and will provide advice about how to find or become a mentor. -Gillian McGoldrick



Olivia Haynes, 16, is a student volunteer and the daughter of Lisa Nelson-Haynes. She helps Kim Smith, 48, tell her story during the Redline Project workshop at the Dixon House in Point Breeze.

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To discuss gentrification and the change she’s experiencing in Point Breeze, Gabbadon attended a roundtable storytelling workshop on Jan. 16 headed by Lisa Nelson-Haynes, the associate director of the Painted Bride Art Center and a Temple alumna. Nelson-Haynes brought the group together as a part of her upcoming independent project, titled Redline Project. It strives to tell the stories of a gentrifying neighborhood—both from the perspective of the long-term residents and those new to the area. This workshop was the first of three planned for the project. Other attendees included residents of the Point Breeze community, local real estate agents and 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Three interns from Temple are on board with the project. Sophomore journalism majors Angela Gervasi and Emily Scott and junior journalism major Brianna Spause have been working with Nelson-Haynes to tell the stories of gentrification in South Philadelphia. “They seem to get automatically what I’m doing,” NelsonHaynes said. “They got the tone that it was supposed to be. … I have to say, they nailed it. They nailed it 100 percent.” Nelson-Haynes said the final product of Redline Project will have a digital and physical component. All the participants’ stories will be recorded and posted on the project’s blog, as well as set up as exhibits in the neighborhoods where the workshops took place. “I’ve always felt like it’s important to capture people’s stories, their personal narratives,”

Thirty faculty members and students from the Boyer College of Music and Dance will put on an eight-hour, non-stop performance of sonatas written by Domenico Scarlatti, an Italian 18thcentury composer, in the Paley Library lecture hall. Faculty and students will perform Scarlatti’s music on piano, harpsichord and guitar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. -Jenny Roberts


Tomorrow from 3-3:50 p.m., a Foundation of Study Abroad Session will be held in room 200 of Tuttleman Learning Center. For students looking to study abroad, this required first step will go over the basics including when, where and how students can study abroad while fulfilling “Fly in 4” requirements. Students can register for the event at, but walk-ins are also welcome for the event. -Casey Mitchell DANIEL RAINVILLE TTN

Visual Documentarian Donnell Powell takes a photo of Mary Bell, 83, at the first Redline Project workshop.

Nelson-Haynes said. “I’ve been dreaming about this for awhile now.” Her interest in Point Breeze began at a young age. As a child, Nelson-Haynes lived in Delaware County with her family, but she spent the weekends in South Philadelphia. “It was a warm and inviting community of folks, whereas where I lived at the time in Delaware County, it was more of an all-white neighborhood,” she said. “There weren’t a lot of black folks around. I grew up having a strong affinity for that South Philly community.” After she graduated from Temple in 2000, Nelson-Haynes gravitated toward South Philly. But when it came time for her and her husband to buy a home, she had been priced out of the neighborhood. “I started to see the change down there,” she said. “You could see gentrification happening.” Marjorie Jones, a partner with Redline Project, said her block in Point Breeze on Ellsworth near 17th, used to host

about 90 percent African American residents. After some moved out or passed away, developers came into the neighborhood, flipped the homes and sold them for three times the amount they bought them for. “People are frustrated with that,” Jones said. “I’m passionate about the long-term residents. They’re being pushed out of their homes for a measly amount of money.” But Jones said change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and she supports change that benefits the long-term residents, too. “What was is no longer the way it is,” she said. “Change is constant. As long as it’s for the betterment of the community and for the area, I’m not opposed to it.” Another partner with the project, Michael Bell, said he can see the benefits of gentrification in Point Breeze. He’ll know for sure, though, whether the newer residents value the community when he sees where their children go to school. “Are they going to send

their kids to the neighborhood schools?” he said. “That’ll be the real test, rather than trying to find a private school. If their kids are going to the public schools, then they believe in them. We’ll see.” The next workshop will be held in the Graduate Hospital area of Southwest Center City on Feb. 6, and the third will be held in Grays Ferry in March. NelsonHaynes said her goal is to finish the project in April. “I’m really grateful that people are stepping up and saying, ‘I want my voice to be heard,’” Nelson-Hayes said. “‘I want you to understand what my commitment is to this community.’” “This is how community continues,” she added. “You know, a sustainable community.” * Editor’s note: Angela Gervasi, Emily Scott and Brianna Spause have all contributed to The Temple News. They played no part in the reporting or editing of this story.


Temple will host its very first Women’s Empowerment Workshop on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. hosted at Temple’s Center City campus, the program was created to remind women of their influence and strengths. Lu Ann Cahn, the School of Media and Communications’ director of Career Services, will be featured as one of the keynote speakers. Registration is $125, which includes lunch and refreshments. The first 25 to register will receive a free copy of Cahn’s book, “I Dare Me.” -Paula Davis


Temple’s Free Food and Fun Friday will be hosted in the Student Center Atrium on Friday, after to being rescheduled due to snow the prior week. This Free Food and Fun Friday will include carnival games, a balloon maker and a cotton candy machine. This event will run from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. -Gillian McGoldrick


On Sunday, students can join the Watch Party for Temple’s next Mandarin broadcasters for the men’s basketball team. Beginning at 1:30 pm in Morgan Hall, the five contestants will face off during the Temple vs. University of South Florida game, in hopes of becoming the next broadcaster. Out of the five contestants, two will earn a spot. Students can register for the event by emailing by the end of the day. -Gail Vivar



Mary Bell (center), tells her story for the Redline Project workshop on Jan. 16.

Voice of the People | SONYA GROHOWSKI


“I wasn’t able to go into work because of the snow.”

“I did absolutely nothing and that was because of the snow. It forced us to study.”



Monday is the last day students can apply for May 2016 graduation. All candidates for a degree this spring must complete their graduation applications using the Self-Service Banner. Students who apply after the Monday deadline may not have their name in the Commencement Program Book or receive graduation-related documents. Students can contact their advising office with any questions. -Michaela Winberg

“How did the snow affect your weekend plans?” DANIELLE JUSTICE


“I couldn’t go out, but it wasn’t a big issue because I had food poisoning.”





Anderson, Friend compete over weekend from 1973-92, compiling a 207-62-4 record. During her tenure, the 1994 Temple Hall of Fame inductee won three Division I NCAA Lacrosse championships and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title. She also led the Owls to 11 consecutive Final Four appearances and a 19-0 record in 1988. In 1992, Green co-founded the Black Women in Sport Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to increase support and involvement for black women in sports. She also currently serves as the Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Temple. -Mark McCormick



Robby Anderson catches a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Temple’s 49-10 win against Tulane on Oct. 10, 2015 at the Linc.


Robby Anderson and Kyle Friend participated in all-star games this weekend. In Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Anderson played for the East Team, coached by Charlie Weis. The wide receiver caught one pass for 12 yards and was third leading receiver on the East squad behind Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Brown and the University of Miami wide receiver Rashawn Scott. Anderson and the East squad lost to the West, 29-9. Friend participated in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The offensive lineman was on the National team, coached by for-

mer NFL head coach Mike Martz. Martz led the National team to a 18-17 victory against the American team.


-Michael Guise


On Friday, Tina Sloan Green received the 2016 Spirit of Tewaaraton award from the Tewaaraton Foundation, joining former Penn State lacrosse coach Candace Finn Rocha and Maryland’s Frank Urso. Green was head coach of the women’s lacrosse team

The Temple women’s basketball team postponed its game against Houston, which was originally scheduled Saturday. The decision to halt the game was due to the incoming winter storm and a state of emergency declared by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The announced makeup date is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at McGonigle Hall. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Owls defeated the Cougars 75-66 on Jan. 2 in Houston. -Mark McCormick


Senior guard Devin Coleman was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Coleman finished 8-8 from the field Sunday making seven 3-pointers in Temple 89-80 defeat of Southern Methodist, the No. 13 team in the AP Top 25 poll. It’s the first time a Temple player finished 7-7 from behind the 3-point line since Pepe Sanchez on Feb. 16, 1997. -Connor Northrup


Extended practice periods stress details The women’s basketball team has stayed after practice to perform drills this season. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News Before Tanaya Atkinson leaves the practice floor in McGonigle Hall, the sophomore guard steps up to the free-throw line. Atkinson, who has a 50.7 percent average from the free throw line this season, does not walk out the doors of the facility until she makes 50 free throws. “When I’m playing in the post and I get fouled, I can’t finish,” Atkinson said. “My problem is that if I can’t hit these free throws, it’s really a waste.” Since a 69-67 loss at Southern Methodist on Jan. 5, when the Owls converted 12-of-27 free throws—their worst performance all season—multiple players have stayed after practice to make at least 50 free throws before exiting the gym. The Owls have shot less than 70 percent from the free-throw line in 11 games this season, including the last six games. With hopes of an NCAA tournament berth still in play, the Owls have focused on details like foul shooting in practice to prepare for a late-season run. “If we want to win we have to make sure we’re in tune,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “It’s about being focused and paying attention. We have to do the little things.” Continued from page 20


running the show. But not just that, I wouldn’t have gotten better.’” “In Roxbury, it’s almost like we are family,” Cardoza added. “Not because it is close-knit, but because it’s relatively small, especially if you are into sports and are pretty good.” As a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Fountain considered playing for Cardoza.

Junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald, who has a 79.3 percent free-throw percentage this season, hasn’t stayed after practice to work on her foul shooting. Instead, Fitzgerald has worked on her midrange game. The 5-foot-7-inch guard has made 35.2 percent of her shots this season, the lowest percentage among Temple’s starters. “Whether it’s my pull up jump shots, inside jump shots or 3-pointers, I’ve just been working on my game all around,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve been more focused.” During the extended-practice periods, the Owls said they have developed a better chemistry. All five starters are averaging more than eight points per game in the regular season and have totaled more than 50 points each in conference play. “I think everybody knows exactly where they want the ball and when they should get the ball,” Atkinson said. “How we all feel is if somebody has the hot hand, we should be giving it to them.” Connecticut, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll, is the only undefeated team in the American Athletic Conference. Temple is 5-2 and tied for second in The American with Tulane and South Florida. Despite 11 wins this season, the Owls haven’t notched a Top 100 RPI win since a Dec. 2, 2015 victory against Villanova, which is ranked No. 61 in the RPI. The Owls still have a chance to earn marquee RPI wins with two matchups each against No. 36 South Florida, No. 66 Tulane and a home game against No. 3 UConn before the end of the regular season. “We need just about every game from here

When it came time to choose which school she would transfer to after leaving Georgia Tech, Fountain decided on Temple because it was closer to home and fellow Roxbury native Cardoza was someone she could trust. “She is a legend back there, and I told her I want to be like her,” Fountain said. “I want to be the 21st-century Tonya Cardoza, or even better.” In summer 2012, Cardoza first saw Fountain play at the AAU in Orlando tournament in Orlando, Florida.


Sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson converts a layup during the first quarter of Temple’s 60-54 loss to the University of Pennsylvania at McGonigle Hall on Jan. 21.

on out,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re working harder to try and prove everyone wrong.” The Owls will go on a two-game road trip this week with a Tuesday game at Tulane and a Saturday contest at East Carolina. Temple owns a 4-5 away record, but the team is 7-2 at home, including 3-0 in conference home games. “There’s definitely a home-court advantage for us and everyone loves playing at

The Owls’ coach never met Fountain until she became interested in recruiting the 6-foot guard due to a breakout senior season at Cambridge Rindge and Latin in 2013, when Fountain averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds and was named to the ESPN Boston Super Team. “I didn’t know her back then,” Cardoza said of the 2012 tournament in Orlando. “I just knew her when she was a stud.” Fountain arrived at Temple on July 5, 2014, but she missed every game due to NCAA transfer rules.

home,” Atkinson said. “When you’re traveling, you’ve got to wake up early, and do a lot of movement rather than waking up for class and clearing your head.” * T @MarkJMcCormick

While the Owls traveled to away games, Fountain and Hofstra University transfer, Ruth Sherrill stayed behind. As Temple played, Sherrill and Fountain sat together and watched on a television or computer. “We both came from a place where we weren’t very happy and were uncomfortable,” Sherrill said. “Then you find a home and it makes you open up not only as a basketball player, but as a person.” This season, Fountain has started in 12 out of 18 games, averaging 8.8

PPG. Fountain is second on the team in rebounds with 110. After sitting out the 2014-15 campaign, she is treating this season like her first year of college basketball. “I found myself questioning if this is what I want to do multiple times because I was so stuck on ‘basketball is my life,’” Fountain said. “I never thought about life without the ball.” *





Catholic League background builds recruiting base Eighteen rowers on the crew team roster have Catholic League experience. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER The Temple News After rowing on the Schuylkill River for Roman Catholic High School, Tyler Judge felt ready for the transition to college rowing. The sophomore credits his preparedness to rowing in the Philadelphia Catholic League. “I truly feel like we had the best coaches,” Judge said. “We were also prepared, and we always went out ready to prove that we were the best on the water every time we were out there.”

The PCL consists of 18 Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia area, six of which have rowing teams. Of the 54 rowers on the 2015-16 team, 18 attended a PCL school. Last season, there were 16 former PCL rowers. “The [Catholic League] is starting to make a name for itself in the rowing community,” sophomore Andrew Grochowski said. “You are starting to see Catholic League teams finishing at the top of regattas with teams from California and other respected leagues.” Assistant coach Brian Perkins brings a PCL reputation to the team. Perkins graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1988 after winning a national championship as a senior captain. He also helped St. Joe’s Prep win the 1987 Stotesbury Cup Regatta and rowed at the Henley Royal Regatta, an annual rowing event held on the River Thames in England.

“Coach Perkins knows the area as well as anyone around here, so he knows where to find local rowers,” said senior Brian Reifsnyder,

The [Catholic “ League] is starting

to make a name for itself in the rowing community.

Andrew Grochowski | sophomore

who rowed at Father Judge.“Since he went through some similar experiences he helped make the transition into college rowing easier.” In December 2013, the universi-

ty announced the decision to remove the Division I sponsorship of seven varsity sports, which included the crew and rowing teams. Two months later, the Board of Trustees approved a motion to reverse the university’s decision to eliminate the two teams, which maintained the squads’ Division I status. With the construction of the East Park Canoe House expected to be complete this summer, Reifsnyder said the team is headed in the right direction. “Ever since the program was reinstated, we’ve felt a lot of things starting to go our way, with the roster size increasing and the new boathouse going to be completed soon,” Reifsnyder said. “I used to think that the Ivy League was the top for rowing, but we have one of the best rowing coaches of all time, and with the new recruits, I think Temple’s future is bright.” Roman Catholic crew coach

Zack Coons, who has four alumni on the Owls’ roster, said the recent investments have shined a new light on the Owls’ program. “Traditionally [Temple] was seen as a huge powerhouse in the area,” Coons said. “Now with the program reinstated and the new boathouse, I think kids are seeing the future of crew at Temple.” During the fall season, the Owls claimed 13 first place finishes and totaled five gold medals in four events. “I feel honored to be a part of this team especially being able to get on the water and help win as a lightweight,” Judge said. “It definitely feels good to be a part of this up and coming program as we try to build something great.” * T @_kevinschaeffer

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scored seven points on 3-of10 shooting from the field. Since Coleman began coming off the bench in the Owls’ 55-53 Jan. 6 win against Connecticut, Temple has won five of its last six games and

There’s “ nothing cheap

about any of the balls that went into the basket. They were dead in the hoop.

Fran Dunphy | coach

Coleman is averaging 15.6 points per game. “That is the big thing, when we went to him and said we were going to do this, I said ‘I think we are going to have you come off the bench because you could be a big spark for us,’” Dunphy said.

“He has never mentioned it or brought up about not having to start. He just wants his team to win.” The win against Southern Methodist marks Temple’s third victory against a ranked American Athletic Conference team after beating thenNo. 23 UConn and then-No. 22 Cincinnati on the road. “He was great, and if you are going to win a game like this against this good of a basketball team or program, you are going to have to have special performances and his was certainly special to me,” Dunphy said. “There’s nothing cheap about any of the balls that went into the basket. They were dead in the hoop.” Coleman is shooting 37.3 percent from the field this season. He is averaging 10.1 PPG, the second highest on the team behind DeCosey’s 15.8 PPG. Sunday was also the third time in the last six games Coleman has totaled five-ormore 3-pointers. “He was playing H.O.R.S.E,” Southern Methodist coach Larry Brown said. “You are going to have a hard time winning games when someone shoots like that.” *

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tangs trailed at halftime in all three games. The last victory came in The American Athletic Conference tournament semifinal on March 14, 2015. The Mustangs’ halted the Owl’s hopes of an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament with a 69-56 win. “That probably kept us out of the tournament last year,” DeCosey “So it definitely motivated us to just come in and seal the victory.” When the Owls’ 12-point lead in the second half of Sunday’s game dwindled to four, it looked like Temple hadn’t exorcised its demons from its three losses to the Mustangs last year. But after a Dunphy timeout, Temple regrouped and responded, scoring 24 of the game’s next 33 points to build a 19-point advantage with 5:28 left in the contest. “We had that stretch in the second half of all three games that we just, we didn’t weather the storm,” Dunphy said. “Obviously we had to weather the storm here today, they cut it to four. … We got ourselves back together again. I think that’s the important thing.” The Owls had to wait an extra day for their revenge at the Mustangs—the last unbeaten team in Division I—due to the inclement weather caused by Winter Storm Jonas. An announced crowd of 6,096 people braved the snowy roads to watch the Owls’ matchup with the No. 8 team in Division I. Most were jam-packed under the large yellow owl eyes hovering over


Senior guard Devin Coleman stands during the Owls’ 89-80 win against Southern Methodist on Sunday at the Liacouras Center.

Temple’s student section. After the final buzzer sounded, the students in attendance stormed the court, celebrating the team’s first Top 10 victory of the season—Temple’s seventh in eight years—with an “I believe” chant on top of the Temple “T” at midcourt. “It was surreal,” DeCosey said. “I was just so happy that we were able to get this win... I was happy for the fans that came out and supported us with this bad weather. … I was just happy we could get a win for them.” In the 2015-16 season, the Owls have been tested by ranked opponents. Six of their 18 games have been against Top 25 teams. The Owls are now 3-3 in those contests and 3-0 in their last three games against ranked teams. “Thank god I don’t have to play Fran again,” said Souther Methodist

coach Larry Brown. “I looked at their schedule, the people they had to play this year. I think it prepares them for games like us, quality teams.” Temple is now 11-7 overall and tied for second in The American with a 5-2 mark. The Owls have trips to East Carolina (9-11, 1-6 The American) and South Florida (4-17, 1-7 The American) looming this week. “We played so many good teams early on and, we couldn’t find any kind of rhythm,” Dunphy said. “And now we seem to have one, but we’re going on the road two times this week, so we better have a good rhythm and have an understanding of how hard this is going to be.” * T @Owen_McCue

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“She missed a lot of last season because of the injury, and so with her being able to train all fall and get in all of the competitions, that’s helped with building the confidence.” Keft is hoping to return to the regional competition for a third consecutive year. Having qualified for three consecutive regional competitions and NCAA Championships, Largaespada is making sure she sets a good example. “I just feel like the environment that we have on the team really helps,” Largaespada said. “If I’m working hard, she’s going to see that I’m working hard, so she’s definitely going to work hard.” Keft fenced both foil and epee until she was 14, when she decided to focus on her stronger weapon. Yves Auriol, who coached both the University of Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s fencing programs, coached Keft at the Fencing Academy of Nevada, helping her transi-

tion to strictly epee while keeping foil fundamentals. “Foil is the first weapon, the original weapon, so a lot of the footwork that you find in epee is from foil fencing,” Keft said. “And also just general point work, helping me keep on target and everything, that comes from foil. There were some things that really helped.” Prior to fencing collegiately, Keft competed at the junior national level. Before Keft walks onto the strip, the junior epee recalls her time at the Junior North American Cup in Nov. 2014. At the event in Louisville, Kentucky, Keft finished seventh in the junior women’s epee. “I remember really wanting it, so trying to recreate that mental game,” Keft said. “It was a very close bout too, being able to stay focused with the large crowd always in your ears. Recreating that bout is good. That helps a lot.” * T @Evan_Easterling


Senior foils Demi Antipas (left) and Fatima Largaespada spar during practice on Jan. 20.




Odom pleased with her path Briana Odom picked gymnastics as her sport at an early age. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News Briana Odom grew up idolizing her older brother, Brandon. The junior all-around from Waldorf, Maryland did everything Brandon did, including playing recreational football. Eventually Odom’s parents felt it was time for her to branch out on her own. She got involved in swim-

I think Bri is a “ great example of

leadership for this team as well as a perfect example of what the program should follow.

Victoria Reggiani | junior all-around


Junior all-around Briana Odom performs on the balance beam during a recent practice.

ming, girl scouts, dance, ballet and gymnastics. No matter which activity she took part in, one thing she did stood out in her mind. “At the end of the day my parents asked me which one I wanted to do, and it was gymnastics,” Odom said. “It wasn’t even a thought, because I would compete in those other things and be doing cartwheels and stuff.” Odom stuck with the sport through high school despite a busy schedule. She would get out of school around 3 p.m. After, she would have

a short period of free time before the start of gymnastics practice with Unique Sports Academy in Waldorf. Practice let out at 9 p.m., and with homework and studying, sleep sometimes did not come until around 1 p.m. “With all the projects, I would end up staying up really late,” Odom said. “That would probably be the hardest thing about gymnastics.” Despite those long days, latenight dinners and sleep-deprived nights, Odom found gymnastics was the sport she wanted to pursue collegiately after being a five-time level 10 Maryland State and Regional Championships qualifier and qualified for the Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament. When Odom joined the Owls as a walk-on in 2014, she competed in all of the team’s 13 events, including the United States of America Gymnastics Nationals, where she earned first team All-American honors. This season, Odom was named one of the squad’s three captains. “It was clear when we came in as a new staff that she took on that leadership role,” coach Umme SalimBeasley said. “She leads by example, so it was very obvious she was going to come in and be a leader in any way possible.” Recently at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 17, Odom set career highs with a score of 9.8 on her floor routine and an overall score of 38.875 to help the Owls secure a third-place finish. Odom was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference gymnast of the week on Jan. 19. “I think Bri is a great example of leadership for this team as well as a perfect example of what the program should follow,” junior all-around Victoria Reggiani said. “In gymnastics there’s always a warmup period, and if things aren’t going right she’ll keep her cool. But when it’s competition time and time to make it count, she pulls through for the team at all times.” * T @dannynewhart

Freshmen making impact under Forde this season The addition of 12 freshmen have aided the Owls’ performance in 2015-16. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News

Coach Elvis Forde said the key to the Owls’ success this season relies on 12 athletes. Of the 29 Owls on the 2015-16 roster, 12 are freshmen. The second-year coach is counting on the team’s newcomers to consistently score points and add depth to the track & field team, which is still in a rebuilding phase. “The freshmen will really help our cause this year,” Forde said. “The biggest thing for them is they got to be fearless. I don’t want there to be any intimidation on the team because confidence is key.” Nine of the 19 Owls who competed at the Great Dane Classic in Staten Island, New York on Jan. 16 were freshmen, and the firstyear athletes combined for five of Temple’s 22 points at the meet. On Jan. 22, nine freshmen competed in the Gotham Cup in Staten Island, New York and the first distance medley relay of the season was run by four freshmen at the event. “I feel like the freshman class now, we’re bringing something good to the team, and it will help us a lot,” freshman Crystal Jones said. Jones has competed in each of the Owls’ meets this season, competing in several events including the high jump and the 60-meter hur-


Junior Kenya Gaston and freshman Aliya Sharp cool down following a practice.


Junior Simone Chapman hurdles during a recent practice in the Student Pavilion.

dles. Jones also holds the team record in the high jump for this season, jumping 1.7 meters at the Lehigh Fast Times meet on Dec. 5, 2015. “She is an outstanding jumper who will definitely make her mark in the conference,” Forde said. “She has all the tools to do very well.” Freshman mid-distance runner Maya Halprin-Adams, who specializes mainly in the 1,000- and 800-meter, owns a team best in the 1,000 with a time of three minutes, three sec-

onds and 50 milliseconds. She is focusing on that race to prepare for racing the 800 later in the season. First-year distance runners Alexis O’Shea and Kate Leisher own team best times in the 800 and the mile with times of 2:18.50 and 5:17.86, respectively. Sprinter and hurdler Sylvia Wilson is the other freshman to hold a team record in her event, finishing the 60 hurdles in 8.59. Last season, graduate senior Blanca Fernandez, a United States Track and Field and

Cross Country Coaches Association All-American, competed on the national level in the NCAA Division I Championships for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. “In the future, we hope that we don’t have to rely on just one person to give us a name,” coach Elvis Forde said. “And I want to believe that the Sylvia Wilson’s and that Crystal Jones and that group will help us build upon that and not count on Blanca all alone.” Halprin-Adams and Jones both said the upperclassmen have been welcoming and helpful in the transition to college athletics, which includes adjusting to workout schedules and new training techniques. Forde sees a strong team dynamic and connection among the years as an important aspect to getting results in meets. “We all came in together, nervous, but we are all making our mark as the season goes on,” Halprin-Adams said. *




Robby Anderson and Kyle Friend participated in all-star games, a former lacrosse coach was honored, other news and notes. PAGE 17

The women’s basektball team has spent extra With the help of her older brother, Britime following its practices to improve its play ana Odom found a love for gymnastics. this season. PAGE 17 PAGE 19 PAGE 20





Keft returns from injury After a shoulder injury last season, Alexandra Keft has fenced in six events in 2015-16. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News


Senior guard Devin Coleman attempts a shot during the second half of Temple’s 89-80 win against Southern Methodist on Sunday.

SPARK OFF THE BENCH Devin Coleman scored 23 points in the Owls’ 89-80 win against Southern Methodist. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News


s Devin Coleman and coach Fran Dunphy stepped away from the crowd of students on the floor at the Liacouras Center, attempting to do an interview on the sidelines near center court, they were interrupted. The fans lingering on the floor after storming the court following the Owls’ 8980 win Sunday against Southern Methodist surrounded Coleman and broke out into an

“MVP” chant for the senior guard. Coleman scored a career-high 23 points on Sunday, converting all eight of his field goals the No. 8 team in the AP Top 25 poll, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season. “I can’t describe it,” Coleman said. “When I thought I had an open look, I put it up there, and it went in.” At the 10:47 mark in the first half, junior guard Josh Brown dished the ball to Coleman on the left wing, where he converted his first 3-point basket of the night. Coleman totaled seven 3-pointers on Sunday. One game after shooting 3-of-8 from the field with three misses from 3-point range in Temple’s 62-49 win against La Salle, Coleman hit a Temple milestone. The senior tied Pepe Sanchez’ school record for 3-point field goal percentage in

women’s basketball

Fountain, Cardoza share hometown roots Donnaizha Fountain has formed a bond with Tonya Cardoza after transferring. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News As a freshman, Donnaizha Fountain walked through the main campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta during the summer of 2013, looking for assistant coaches Sam Purcell and Sytia Messer. As the now-sophomore guard walked through campus, she couldn’t find them. Purcell accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Louisville, and Messer became an assistant coach at Baylor University, leaving Fountain at Georgia Tech without the two coaches who recruited her. “I didn’t know they left until I got there,” Fountain said. “[Georgia Tech] thought they pulled one over our eyes. No one notified


me.” In her 2013-14 season at Georgia Tech, the Roxbury, Massachusetts native played 216 minutes in 21 games, averaging 3.3 points per game. After losing trust in Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph because of Purcell’s and Messer’s unannounced exits, Fountain transferred to Temple. Coach Tonya Cardoza also grew up in Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston. She played for Boston English High before making it to four NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball tournaments and appeared in the 1991 Final Four with the University of Virginia. With the connection, Fountain now has more confidence in the second coaching staff she chose. “I felt like [Joseph] didn’t know what to do to reach my full potential,” Fountain said. “And I look right now, watching their games and I’m like, ...‘One, I’m glad I got out of there. Two, if I was still there I would be


a game. Sanchez went 7-of-7 from 3-point range in Temple’s 85-82 loss to the University of Rhode Island on Feb. 16, 1997. Coleman did not shoulder the offensive load by himself on Sunday. Five of his teammates finished the game with eight points or more, including senior guard Quenton DeCosey, who scored 19. “The last thing you want to do is when you get hot you take bad shots,” Coleman said. “You kind of take yourself out of that zone. The key for me was to trust my teammates and find my shots and that’s what I did.” Coleman started Temple’s first 12 games, scoring in double figures four times. His last start came on Jan. 2, when Temple lost 77-50 to Houston at the Liacouras Center, when he


While dealing with a back injury last season, senior foil Fatima Largaespada often saw junior epee Alexandra Keft in the training room. A nagging shoulder injury forced Keft to miss the last three meets of her sophomore season before she competed at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/ South Regional, placing ninth in epee. “I had to modify my game,” Keft said. “I couldn’t keep my arm up all the time, so I had to find a different way of fencing, so I would lower my arm and work on counterattacking. … I’ve been able to bring that back into the game now as another thing I can add to my toolkit. So it was a blessing in disguise kind of deal.” Keft said the shoulder injury forced her to incorporate more footwork into her game, which has carried over into this year. “Because you can’t do so much, now you have to set up more of your attacks with your legs,” Keft said. “So you’ve got to work on feinting, so trying to draw your opponent out and just moving around on the strip so they don’t know where you’re going to be next and trying to catch them on that.” After missing time last season, Keft is healthy, practicing and competing regularly. She has fenced in all six of the team’s events this season. Keft posted an 11-1 record at the Jan. 16 Penn State Invitational, earning three wins each against Columbia University, No. 2 in the Coaches Poll, and No. 8 Penn State, the two teams in the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championship. The 5-foot-7-inch junior defeated two AllAmericans, Penn State sophomore Jessie Radanovich and Columbia sophomore Mason Speta, to help the epee squad go undefeated and contribute to the team’s 4-1 performance. named Keft one of its Primetime Performers for the week of Jan. 1117. “She can compete,” coach Nikki Franke said.


I wouldn’t have “gotten better.”

Donnaizha Fountain | sophomore guard


Donnaizha Fountain stands during the Owls’ 60-54 loss to the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 21.

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Volume 94, Issue 17  

Volume 94, Issue 17  


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