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Stadium discussion still paramount By PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News



forum about a potential $100 million on-campus stadium, limited to students, President Theobald, Athletic Director Pat Kraft and Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi was forced to end early after protests broke out among the crowd. The Q&A, held by Temple Student Government and moderated by Rinaldi at 4 p.m. in the Student Center, attempted to address questions submitted over a two-week period by students concerning finances, impact and community. A TSG spokesman said the event had about 250 confirmed attendees. Less than half an hour into the discussion, students began to chant phrases like, “Where is the community?”, “Stop the stadium, raise the wages” and “Community says no to the stadium.” The issue of an on-campus stadium has raised questions since it was proposed to the Board of Trustees in October 2015. Any plans are in the very preliminary stages—not even the location has been deter-



(TOP): TSG held a forum with President Theobald and Athletic Director Pat Kraft to address student questions. (BOTTOM): Glenda Bryant, a Temple student and community member, speaks to administration and the crowd.




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‘Leaving her behind’

Remembering a devoted friend

A freshman left her home in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and continued her education in the U.S.

Steven Shedrick, 58, was found dead in his car by police last Thursday on Main Campus.

By MICHAELA WINBERG | Lifestyle Editor It was around 4 p.m. when the ground started to shake. Nagiarry Porcéna-Ménéus was in seventh grade, playing volleyball with her friends at school. The earth “was moving in waves,” she said, as dust rose around her. “There was a clock,” she said. “I kept watching the clock. There was complete silence. Everything stopped moving.” Blinded by the dust, Porcéna-Ménéus prayed with her classmates on the ground. When the dust settled, she saw collapsed buildings—the neighboring church had turned to rubble. People ran from the building, covered in blood. The silence lifted and people started

shouting. “That never occurred to me, in my mind, that an earthquake would happen in Haiti,” said Porcéna-Ménéus, now a freshman geography and urban studies major at Temple. When the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in 2010, Porcéna-Ménéus was one of 1.5 million people initially displaced. She fled the natural disaster in Haiti and moved to the United States. Porcéna-Ménéus is a refugee. Refugees are people attempting to escape persecution or danger within their home country by temporarily relocating to another country, said Lilah




Ebony Moore is a former thrower at Temple.

Playing the ‘waiting game’ The Temple News revisits the case of Ebony Moore, a former athlete suing Temple for $10 million. By STEVE BOHNEL MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News A little more than a year ago, Ebony Moore stood inside the Genova Burns law office in Camden, New Jersey, waiting to be deposed. Barred from bringing family members because they were named as witnesses, Moore stood alone on Jan. 9, 2015 until she was ushered to a room. As she opened the door, her eyes met former university track & field coach Eric Mobley, who sat at the conference table near a window. After seven hours of questioning, Moore was free to leave Genova Burns and return to her hotel room. “I remember walking out of there thinking, ‘I could go to hell for a few hours because that is what it felt like,” Moore said. Mobley resigned as the university’s track & field coach in June 2014 after being at the helm of the program for six years. He, along with former Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley—who was

Nagiarry Porcéna-Ménéus holds a photo of herself and her mother, Gina PorcénaMénéus, at her elementary school graduation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


Student attacked off campus

Philadelphia Police said the attack on finance student Amine Aouam was not a hate crime. PAGE 2


Stadium talks far from over

Many voices bounced off the mural-painted walls in the Church of the Advocate on Jan. 28. Those voices—comprised of students, alumni and faculty—were united in discussion about the consequences and effects of one of the most important decisions the university currently faces: the possibility of building a stadium near Main Campus. The organization that led the group, “Stadium Stompers,” gathered approximately 50 people at 1801 Diamond St. to discuss possible ways to make a statement in response to the Board of Trustees’ ongoing talks about a proposed oncampus stadium, and to explain why it shouldn’t be built. Community members at the meeting planned different ideas for protest outside of the Student Center Monday, preceding Temple Student Government’s student forum. Members received petitions calling against a new stadium to be returned at the next “Stadium Stompers” meeting on Feb. 11.


Hoverboard ban on campus Students weigh in on the administration’s recent ban of hoverboards on Main Campus. PAGE 7

By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Ken Daskus remembers many things about Steven Shedrick—including that his name became a sort of saying around the university’s print center. “There are so many little anecdotes,” Daskus said. “People would do stuff and it’d be, ‘That’s a Shedrick,’ you know, or, ‘You’re getting Shedricked.’” Daskus had known Shedrick for seven years, three of which were spent working together in the Wachman Hall Digital Print Center. The Temple employee of 31 years was found dead in his car early Thursday morning on Montgomery Avenue near Broad Street. Police do not know his official cause of death, but do not suspect foul play. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said there will be a complete report in a few weeks. Steven Shedrick was a man who cared about his work, his church and his family, Dakus said. He led the male choir at his church and represented his coworkers in the Union at District 1199C. Shedrick worked as the copy center operator in the Digital Print Center, where he was known for his dedication to the many organizations in his life. “He’d get here at 6 a.m. and park right across the street so he wouldn’t have to walk far because of his knee problem, even though he wasn’t supposed to be on campus until much later,” Daskus said. “He cared. He would come in early to do stuff he knew needed to be picked up first thing, because he wanted to make sure it was in on time. I’d come to work, and he’d say, ‘You’re late.’ And I’d say,



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Ban on Yik Yak unlikely University officials said it will remain on campus, despite a recent letter suggesting universities, which follow Title IX guidelines, ban the app. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News


The Uptown Theater, located at 2240 N. Broad St., has been shut down since 1991.

Future for Uptown Theater uncertain, $7 million needed Although some renovations have been made on the interior, those working on restoring the theater said a lot more work needs to be done before reopening. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Yumy Odom moved to Philadelphia in 1998, long after the Uptown Theater’s heyday ended in the 1970s. “I know the history of it, but I’ve never seen it really alive,” said Odom, chair of the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation. The UEDC has been seeking to restore the theater since its purchase in 2002 and actively began renovations in 2011. The Temple News last reported on renovation progress in September 2014. Though a little more than a year has gone by, it doesn’t seem like much has changed on the building’s exterior. The main impediment has been funding, Odom said—of the total $8-10 million needed, only about $3 million has been raised. The current phase of the project is fundraising to repair the roof and the tower of the theater, projected to be completed by the end of the first quarter, said Linda Richardson, president of UEDC. Work on the tower was halted because of delays with the last contractor, Odom said, but he hopes to see “real changes in the theater this year.” Renovations like repairing the seats in the theater, restoring the eroded gild, cleansing water damage and clearing out mildew will make

the building operable again. Fundraising efforts like an annual event with CBS3 and a garden party collaboration with the African American United Fund and East Coast Black Age of Comics help to reach the goals in the renovation process. Additional funding comes from proposals, outreach to public sources, private investments and corporate fundraising. Asking celebrities for assistance is not easy, Odom said. “You can’t always have a campaign asking for money,” he said. “A lot of people don’t really appreciate this is where they got their start.” The UEDC also runs the youth program Uptown Youth Got Talent Initiative, which organizes field trips and holds sessions to teach young people how to run a business in the entertainment industry, Odom said. During this year, a communitybased radio station, WJYN, will be launched and broadcasted from the Uptown’s tower. It will feature music and talk shows run by local participants. The theater will also be open for tours on select days in the spring and summer. Long-term goals like installing a proposed dance studio, a virtual museum and a gift shop will help “reactivate” North Philadelphia and create about 200 jobs, Odom said. “This building is the economic fulcrum for North Philly,” he said.

“North Philly is in need of economic build up to address blight.” Richardson said she is optimistic about the project moving forward. “We’ve been the last Art Deco movie theater to survive intact,” she said. “We’ve been able to do something that other well-funded projects have not.” Richardson added restoring the Uptown is part of preserving the history of rhythm and blues in which many acts got their start, as well as offering a mid-sized performing arts venue for film showings and performances, owned by the African American community. “[The theater] is an eyesore for most people, especially folks who want to see it become something,” Odom said. “It’s a very empty feeling people have.” Richardson said the UEDC is not interested in selling the property. “Most people who have approached us have wanted to make parking lots … shenanigans like that,” Odom added. “It’s really a slap in the face for what the Uptown is. They don’t see value in what is American history, Philly history, but also African-American history.” Richardson said the Uptown will be fully operational by the end of 2017 if funding is in place. * T @Lian_Parsons

Last month, a small nonprofit digital rights group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education of Civil Rights. In it, they argued universities that follow Title IX restrictions should ban Yik Yak, an app that allows users to anonymously post messages within a certain location. Temple is required to follow Title IX regulations—but despite the growing controversy about the social media app, university officials do not believe Yik Yak will have to be banned here. Sandra Foehl, the director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and the university’s Title IX coordinator, said the university has fielded complaints about cyber bullying, but she has not heard of any direct complaints about Yik Yak itself. “I am certainly aware that there have been instances of cyberbullying on other media, and the university responds to concerns from students,” Foehl said. At other universities, the use of Yik Yak has led to sexual and racial harassment of professors and students alike: at Clemson University, a group of students called for banning it after they felt threatened due to racial comments posted on the app, the Huffington Post reported. On Main Campus, Yik Yak has been more positive than anything else, said Temple Student Government’s Deputy Communications Director Nicole Handel. “When looking at the Yik Yak feed I saw more positive things that people are saying than negative,” Handel said. The app can be beneficial because it helps people who have never been to Temple learn about the university, Handel added. The anonymity of the app can also be used to seek advice if users are too embarrassed to ask questions in person, she said. “[Yik Yak] promotes organizations and different things to do around campus,” Handel said. Despite the positive benefits, the anonymity is also where problems arise at the other universities because the lack of accountability leads users to feel free to say anything. Both Handel and Foehl said banning the app would not solve anything in the long term. Foehl be-

lieves banning Yik Yak would just temporarily solve the problem. “I’m not sure that shutting it down will help,” she said. “It will just pop up somewhere else.” She added when Peter Liacouras was president of Temple, he combatted hate speech with more speech. It was a policy that stuck with her,

I am certainly “ aware that there

have been instances of cyberbullying on other media, and the university responds to concerns from students.

Sandra Foehl | director of Equal

Opportunity Compliance, Title IX coordinator

Foehl added. “Years ago, President Liacouras responded to concerns about hateful speech in the community and said at any university, the appropriate response to hate speech is more speech, responsible speech, measured speech and informed speech,” she said. Foehl added if Yik Yak was banned on campus, there would be a lot of debate and conversation about the decision. “A hallmark of this university’s campus is encouraging the exchange of ideas, encouraging debate and encouraging a back and forth and I think the university would be reluctant to shut that down,” she said. “I think the university would look for other alternatives.” * T @jonnygilbs96

Police: Attack on student not a hate crime Amine Aouam was attacked in Center City Jan. 17. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Amine Aouam woke up in Jefferson Hospital at 3 a.m. and couldn’t remember his name, where he was or how he had gotten there. He was attacked just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 as he was walking along Sansom Street near Broad, Philadelphia Police said. Three days later, Aouam, a senior finance student at Temple, contacted Philadelphia Metro and told them his

story, emphasizing his belief that he was the victim of a hate crime. “I know the area, people know me and I’m open to everybody,” Aouam said. “I was walking with my friends to Wawa, and we are all from Morocco, so we were speaking our language. We were walking towards a group of people and one woman heard us speaking a different language and she looked curious, so I said, ‘Good evening,’ [in Arabic]. Then a man, maybe five feet away, started yelling at us and I told him to chill out, cool down. He hit me in the neck and back of the head, and I passed out.” Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien said in an email police could not find any video

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footage of the incident, but are still investigating what happened. Aouam added the attack had “nothing to do with”

attacked him had yelled, “Take that s--- and shove it up your a--,” after he had spoken Arabic.

I get told to go back home, I’ve “ been called a terrorist. It’s not their fault they’re ignorant.” Amine Aouam | finance student

the group of people he and his friends had spoken to earlier. “Based on interviews with the complainant and the witness, due to their statements or lack of hateful language, this was not a crime based on ethnicity,” O’Brien said. Aouam said the man who

He believes he was attacked because of what he looked like and how he spoke. “The worst part is now I’m scared to walk alone, even around my work,” Aouam said. “I don’t talk to people anymore, when I get home I lock my house because I’m


afraid he will try to come back to hurt me again.” He added his first thought was to call the media. “I want to be an example,” he said. “I want to tell people to be friendly, to read and learn to have more knowledge.” Aouam said he has hired an attorney and is also reaching out to groups like the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, D.C. The ADC describes itself as “a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent” and preserving culture and heritage. “[This attack] makes me feel like I’m a foreigner again, like I can’t talk anymore,” he said. Aouam moved from Morocco to the United States six-

and-a-half years ago. He added he has faced discrimination before, but no violence until now. “I get told to go back home, I’ve been called a terrorist,” he said. “It’s not their fault they’re ignorant. It hurts, but that’s not a big deal because it’s your belief.” “We don’t have to have a conflict because we’re different,” Aouam added. “We’re all human. I have two eyes, one nose, five fingers on each hand, just like you,” Aouam said. “Besides, different is good. We can share information and learn.” * T @ChristieJules




Work continues on North Broad North Broad Renaissance is trying to improve local business. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News


The new library will feature open spaces and a robotic-arm retrieval system.

New library aims to boost academia More renderings of the building were released. By STEVE BOHNEL LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Joe Lucia understands why some may question why Temple is building a new library. “A lot of people ask you in a digital world, why are you building a library?” said Lucia, dean of libraries at Temple. “It’s expensive … people wonder why you build a building like this when there are other issues on campus.” Lucia is referring to Temple’s new library, a 210,000 square-foot facility estimated to be completed by mid- to late 2018. The project will cost $190 million, $140 million of which will come from state funding. Last week, Snøhetta—the architecture firm tasked with designing the library—released more renderings of the facility, further showing the interior of the building. Nathan McRae, the project manager from Snøhetta, said University Architect Margaret Carney had the “vision” for the library, and that the building shows Temple is willing to further invest it its infrastructure. “More and more people are using notable and distinctive architecture to help with recruitment and make the statement that they’re willing to invest in education,” McRae said. Carney said she had a lot of help from other administrators and Snøhetta in designing and planning the building, and that the library represents the changing environment of higher education. “It’s just so different than it was 20 years ago,” she said. “A library is that one place where that group work is done … they want to be together and have the technology at their fingertips.” Plans for the new library include variation in small study rooms and large collaborative spaces, which

includes a large study area open 24 hours a day, with an adjacent cafe and event space nearby, Lucia said. Lucia said the study rooms— around 50 of varying sizes—will be able to be reserved by students through a mobile app. The library will also feature “immersive visualization spaces:” rooms with hightech display screens to do work involving large-scale research and work with manipulating data, he added. Carney said the importance of these study spaces is significant because it will provide university commuters with more options to meet and collaborate. Along with the spacing, another aspect of the library is wooden domes that help define the entry to the new building, McRae said. “They’re pretty unique in their geography and form,” McRae said. “The domes are the primary and unique device of the building.” Lucia said another distinctive part of the building will be the robotic arm retrieval system—a device that will take books from 150,000 square feet and reduce their footprint to a three-story space of 15,000 square feet. “We’re not in a moment at Temple where we’re ready to get rid of our print collection,” he said of the new technology’s impact. Lucia said plans are still being formed for how the university will use Paley Library once the new library is completed. The building, after renovations, could be used for more class or study space, he said. Besides the new architecture, the renderings distinctly show how light will be important to the new structure. Lucia said this factor shows how libraries are evolving and how the new building will be different from Paley. “I think the place of light in a library experience is very important,” he said. “Paley was kind of about making a closed box where you interact with the books on shelves.” * T @TheTempleNews

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“Stadium Stompers” leader and 2015 alumnus Pele IrgangLaden told The Temple News there was no formal invitation sent to Temple’s administration or Board of Trustees to attend Thursday’s meeting, but there were requests to TSG to circulate the information about the meeting. Meeting attendees addressed several issues a stadium could create, including parking, noise and tailgating. They argued these factors would be disruptive to community life. IrgangLaden said the decision against a stadium would not fix all of the problems in the ADVERTISEMENT

The North Broad Renaissance has extended its mission from beyond adding new light poles to a whole revitalization of Broad Street from City Hall to Germantown Avenue—a task that will include projects focusing on maintenance to improving safety. The lights added to the center medium of Broad Street were initially part of an extension of Avenue of the Arts, until the organization dropped out. Executive Director of North Broad Renaissance Shalimar Thomas said the project, called “Illuminating North Broad,” is not yet complete and his organization plans to install new light bulbs to make the structures brighter. Thomas said North Broad Renaissance will work with a consultant—who will be hired by mid-February—to develop a five-year plan that will illustrate how the projects are executed as well as their impact on the surrounding community. “We don’t want to have action without any specific plans,” Thomas said, adding feedback from businesses along Broad Street is essential. “I’d love to see more green on Broad Street, but businesses didn’t want trees because it could block people from seeing their stores or take up space on the sidewalk,” she added. North Broad Renaissance has Continued from page 1


mined, though Kraft said Geasey Field is a projected site during the forum. Some students, however, have advocated against its potential construction. Protesters rallied outside Sullivan Hall on Dec. 8, 2015 before a Board meeting where members were scheduled to discuss details of the stadium. Even Mayor Jim Kenney told Temple administrators they must address the needs of the community before moving on with concrete plans in a private meeting held in December 2015. After Rinaldi made attempts to calm the audience down, the proposed hour-long discussion ended about 15 minutes earlier than planned, moments after Glenda Bryant—a 54-year-old social work major who was born and raised in North Philadelphia—spoke out as an advocate for the community. “It’s just shameful to me that

relationship between Temple administration, but it would be a step in the right direction. “A stadium is a symbol of Temple saying, ‘We can do whatever we want and we don’t really care about the consequences,’” he said. Some community members stated during the breakout session they were worried they could lose their homes to eminent domain. Charlotte Savage, the block captain of Page Street between Norris and Diamond streets, said her taxes this past year more than doubled, and believes it is due to Temple’s recent growth west of Broad Street. “My neighbors have been on my block, some of them 40, 50 years,” Savage said. “I have two retired school teachers, and a lot of


New light bulbs will be placed in the light poles by the NRB.

about 145 stakeholders located on North Broad Street that include churches, residents and businesses that give feedback to the nonprofit. The organization’s website provides directions for applying to be a stakeholder, and Thomas added anyone could join at any time. “A lot of people think that a stakeholder can only be a business leader, but it can be anyone,” she said. “We want to hear their voice, what challenges they have, what was a success.” Thomas added a focus of the organization is to make sure “anyone who lives there now can stay.” Anthony D. Bonner, a stylist and manager for Asanti Hair Studio at 1220 N. Broad St., said the revitalization would still “come with a price.” “In a major metropolitan area like this, [gentrification] may have to happen,” he said. “It’s an inevitable part of the process, but it’s not the reason or purpose. They should have some kind of effort to make sure the people who have been here for generations get to stay here.” Bonner entered business on

Broad Street almost four years ago after a year of working in the area. He said he could “feel what was coming” and “got in right at a good time.” Bonner said he would like to see parks built in the area because playgrounds are necessary near daycares. “The kids deserve a place to play away from the adult stuff they see on the sidewalks,” he said. He added retail stores like the ones in Center City would also be beneficial to the community. Thomas said in addition to the stakeholders, many people affected by the organization’s projects are community members living on streets adjacent to Broad Street. She added while they cannot necessarily be a part of stakeholder meetings because they are not directly on Broad Street, they can still ask for information on developments and projects. “I just don’t want to see the people who’ve helped make this neighborhood get pushed out,” Bonner said.

in your feasibility studies, we’re not included,” she told The Temple News after she left the meeting. “You know, we’re people. We are people. Stop acting like community is some abstract thing. That’s all I’m saying.” Community members were not allowed into the forum; only students with a valid OWLcard. Any protesters were removed by security. Rinaldi said he expected the protests and met with Zoe Buckwalter, president of Temple’s chapter of 15 Now, prior to the forum to see if protest efforts could be minimized. “I asked the tough questions,” he said. “I asked the questions the students submitted, and that’s my job, so I can say I did my job, but it’s a shame that an organization that has been literally shouting for this opportunity to ask questions to the president, to meet with the president and the athletic director, to take that opportunity and then shut it down.”

ing forward, invitations will be extended to the community to join in town-hall style meetings with Theobald and Kraft, he said. Kraft also said he expected protesters to attend the forum. As to if the strong reaction changed his mind: “Not at all.” Kraft added he “believes in” the stadium. “I think what we wanted to do when [TSG] asked us to speak was to have that dialogue and to have it voice your opinion,” he said. “That’s what this is about. Not everyone is going to agree, not everyone’s going to disagree. Some people want it. But at least we were able to get that out there, so I thought it was good.” Theobald announced during the forum that the Board of Trustees would hold a public meeting Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor called the meeting, a university spokesman said.

Rinaldi said the community wasn’t invited because TSG’s first priority is to make sure as many students could get in as possible. Mov-

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senior citizens on fixed income, pensions. Where’s the money supposed to come from with that kind of increase?” Savage added recent foreclosures have occurred on her block, and her home was vandalized by a student in the past. She said cups are frequently littered on her block after parties. She described evenings after concerts or events are held at the Liacouras Center as “hell” and expressed concern for what nightlife would be like if there were a stadium built. Adjunct anthropology professor Wende Marshall attended the meeting on Thursday and helped lead parts of it. “I think Temple is a malevolent force in the community and I’m really excited to see that

* T @ChristieJules

community members are fighting back,” Marshall said. “The community members should have a right to determine what their neighborhood looks like and not be swallowed up by Temple.” “Temple’s not being straightforward with the community,” Savage said. “[As community members], we’d like to be heard. We’d like to be more involved and I think we have that right to be involved. It’s almost like Temple thinks we don’t exist.” “Will we win? All I can do is pray about it and be active in it.” * T @gill_mcgoldrick




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Disappointing dialogue Since the stadium proposal emerged in October 2015, our staff has reported on community concerns, administration plans, student feedback and given historical context.

ministrators and community members. President Theobald told The Temple News in November the university was just starting its community outreach, but we have yet to

Both university administrators and protesters need to take constructive steps to generate productive dialogue about the stadium proposal. At December’s Board of Trustees meeting, we saw protesters at Sullivan Hall met by university police officers and barricades. The small number of protesters allowed in the meeting—who quietly waited until the meeting was over to begin their demonstration—saw their concerns fall upon deaf ears. The group of five, consisting of four community members and one student, was the elephant in the room, the recipient of a handful of smirks and uncomfortable looks, but not much else. We hoped yesterday’s open forum for students would foster a better dialogue between students, community members and university administrators, but we were left with the same concerns from both sides of the spectrum. In our initial reporting, Temple Student Government told The Temple News an “overflow” problem was the reasoning behind its decision to barr community members from the open forum between athletic director Pat Kraft and President Theobald. Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi told a member of our staff that TSG “represents the student body only.” But following the Board meeting on Dec. 12, 2015, Rinaldi told The Temple News he was talking with university administrators daily about concerns community members communicated to him. It’s a good thing Rinaldi is speaking on behalf of the community, but skirting that responsibility during the public forum is not a productive step in fostering a strong dialogue between ad-

find a local resident who has heard from a university representative, including Will Mundy, the block captain on Page Street west of 16th, who lives within spitting distance of the are in jeopardy. Our concerns don’t stop with the university, though. There are many strides the protesters can take in order to make constructive dialogue more feasible. Outside of the Board of Trustees’ meeting, protesters passed out fliers with incorrect information on them, addressing issues that lost focus on the stadium—namely police brutality and minimum wage. Some protesters outside of the meeting aggressively pushed against fences. During the forum, protesters again brought up issues of minimum wage and used profanity toward both administrators. By losing focus, making mistakes, appearing disorganized or becoming physically aggressive or profane, the protestors eradicate voices they are attempting to validate. The university should take protestors seriously, but those voices need to have a focus first. Whether they believe a higher minimum wage and police brutality is related to the stadium or not, university administrators aren’t interested in that discussion when the topic of the stadium is at hand. If this stadium construction is to be a compromising, beneficial step for the university and its surrounding community, an open, constructive dialogue is critical. To restore order there needs to be progressive steps made by all sides.


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Stadium talks too segregated Temple has yet to hear from students and residents at the same time.


n the last few days, voices from both sides of the current proposed oncampus stadium debate got much, much louder. Last Thursday, a group called the “Stadium Stompers” held an open meeting at Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near Gratz to let community members, students and anyone else who wanted to come air grievances and make a stand on why a stadium would be a bad idea. PAIGE GROSS OPINION EDITOR “A stadium is a symbol of Temple saying, ‘We can do whatever we want and we don’t really care about the consequences,’” Pele IrgangLaden, a “Stadium Stompers” leader, told The Temple News. Community resident Charlotte Savage, who serves as the block captain of Page Street between Norris and Diamond streets told The Temple News she thinks the university isn’t being straightforward with residents, saying, “It’s almost like Temple thinks we don’t exist.” Yesterday, Temple Student Government hosted a forum for students to ask President Theobald and Athletic Director Pat Kraft questions about the possible stadium. Students had to register for the event prior to the start and OWLcards were checked twice upon entry to the event. Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi began the forum explaining that previously submitted questions had been organized into topics of finances, university priorities, community impact and logistics of a game day. Twenty minutes into the forum, groups of student protesters stood up and shouted chants like, “Community says no to the stadium, students say no to the sta-

dium,” and “Students stand with the community.” Theobald and Kraft attempted to answer questions amid chants and yelling, but 45 minutes into the one-hour forum, Rinaldi shut it down after telling student protesters multiple times, “I hear you.” This conversation won’t be productive until the university facilitates an event for students and members of the community to voice concerns at the same time. It seemed like half of the students

find it unsettling “I students and

community members are still missing many details on the most basic questions.

were yelling that they wanted an opportunity to bring community members and students together, to which Theobald responded, “I will recommend to the board that we figure this out, we will find out what they want,” before making a decision. It was made clear yesterday that administrators have been forced to slow down the stadium talks until they can get other key players on board. Mayor Jim Kenney met with Theobald and the Board of Trustees in December to talk details, telling the Inquirer he feels the community has been disrespected in the past. Kenney also said he favors Temple playing at Lincoln Financial Field, despite disputes over how much Temple should be paying to play at the Linc saying, “[The Eagles] are not ... as community-committed as the Phillies, Flyers and Sixers are.” While both sides of the stadium debate continue to be clear about their stances, much of the details about the stadium

remain foggy or undiscussed. As a student journalist, I find it unsettling that students and community members are still missing many important details about the most basic questions. The forum seemed to confirm this, repeating questions that we have already reported answers to. We are still left wondering about plans for construction, how many jobs, if any, would be available for community members or Temple graduates, how community members will be included and how close we are to a decision, to name a few. We have far too many to list. A poll hosted on our site from October through the end of January, with the question, “Would building the proposed football stadium along Broad Street near Norris be a positive step for the university?” received some of the highest number of recorded responses ever: 412 (53 percent) voters responded yes and 369 (47 percent) voted no. While I recognize this poll is not a perfect representation of the student body, it does show our readership is divided in its thinking. Another concern, made clearer at yesterday’s forum, stems from the fact that the university has yet to host an event where both community members and Temple students and faculty are able to discuss their ideas. While the board makes some decisions privately, this decision will affect the public. Many believe the football team had one of its best years ever in 2015. Others say this past season was a fluke and the team might have trouble filling a couple thousand seats, let alone the proposed 35,000. Some say it could drive up alumni involvement, but at the steep cost of more community degradation. No matter your stance on the possibility of this on-campus stadium, this past week has made clear that Temple has a long way to go before it’s able to say a decision has been made with consideration of both students and community members. * T @By_paigegross


Sexual assault: a learning curve


A student shares her experience with sexual assault and how it made her see the world.

learned a lot about sexual assault when I was seven, because that’s when it happened to me. I found out about indecent exposure, masturbation and what a penis looked like. It wasn’t a very dramatic experience. At a small petting farm near where I lived, a nice man asked me about my favorite chicken before he pulled out his penis and masturbated in my face. Seven-year-oldme was embarrassed for the man because he had his privates out, so I walked away to give him privacy. That night, while we were brushing our teeth, I told my brother what happened and he said I should tell our parents. They were very calm about it, and I only guessed it was serious because they canceled the play date I had with a girl down the street. Instead, they set up an appointment at the police station. I essentially did the same things there as I would have at my friend’s house. The officer gave me some paper and a box of eight crayons from a bucket he had behind his desk. He asked me to draw a picture of what happened. I drew a chicken coop, a spotted chicken, and a gray-haired man in a brown shirt and blue jeans. When I showed him the picture, he asked my parents if they could please leave and let me talk to him alone because I might be embarrassed to say certain things in front of them. When the door shut, he said, “That picture you drew, the man looks a lot like your dad.” “It wasn’t my dad.” He asked me again, and I said no again. The officer wanted to know why I was so sure, and I explained that my father had been in the car driving to the farm to meet us when it happened. After that, the officer kept the picture, gave me a stuffed panda bear and a tour of the station at my request, my parents and I went to get ice cream and it was over. When I was 11, I learned about guilt. I kept on thinking about how he had gotten away because I didn’t scream or couldn’t

By Julie Christie describe his face as well as his penis to the police. I decided I was to blame for everything he did and responsible for making it possible for him to get other victims after me. My mother tried to tell me that what happened to me was not my fault, but that was not my issue. What happened to me

would be two girls in each class. People either say I’m a survivor because I can talk about it, or I’m a victim because I still feel guilty. It’s more complicated than that. I can’t just wake up one day and feel better about everything. Even though it has almost been 12 years, I think about the reality of my sexual assault every day. Sometimes there are good days that allow me to remember it and then get on


was a chance encounter because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, which I fully understood and fully accepted. The victims that came after me were my fault. In high school I learned I was not alone, and I quickly began to see my world as a place where children getting molested was inevitable. Freshman year, my best friend was groped by her church leader on an airplane and a girl in my English class was removed from her foster home because her guardians were making her perform oral sex. Sophomore year, my friends were having sex with their boyfriends because they would threaten to break up otherwise. Junior year, I found the statistic that one in six women would be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. I counted the number of girls in each of my classes, and figured out how many of us would fill the statistic. Including me, it

with my life, and then there are bad days that have me counting the number of people I see on the sidewalk, making note of any distinguishing features. Survival means something different to everyone. It can be an open and honest discussion, or it can be a refusal to acknowledge it ever again. I get to decide how I feel about my assault and what that means, nobody else. I didn’t have control over what happened to me when I was 7, or what happened to my friends in high school, or what happened to anyone else, and as much as I hate that I can’t have enough control to stop it, I know that I can’t. What I do have control over is me, and that’s OK for now. *



column | education

Transferring a viable option for degree-seekers To avoid acquiring debt, students are turning to community college before Temple.


came back from winter break a few weeks ago to new classes, old friends and financial aid requirements. As I looked over my bank statement, I thought about how different my life post-graduation would be if I had acted on my original plan to go to community college for two years as a way GRACE SHALLOW to save money. LEAD COLUMNIST Community college is not an efficient choice for all students. A recent study, released this month by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, said 14 percent of community college stu-

“There has been research that’s shown people who have very high debt levels are much less likely to go into jobs that have a public research focus and are much more likely to go into jobs that are higher paying that do not have benefits necessarily for all of society,” he said. “Additionally, the more people that have student debt has been shown to delay things like starting a family or getting married. There are all sorts of major life events that are delayed or altered,” Webber said. Hoelzle thinks Temple students are persistent enough to overcome the national financial struggle for college students. “The type of student in general that comes to Temple [has] a grit factor,” Hoelzle said. “We have a lot of students who work hard to get to the point where they are and that, I think, are really committed on time when they come to Temple as a transfer. That is something else that sets you apart from other schools.” Reading the study for the first

A college-educated student with no “ debt has about seven times the wealth accumulation of those with debt.” dents nationwide transfer to fouryear schools and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. This statistic shocked me. I wondered how Temple’s transfer graduation rates fared compared to the national average. According to Karin Mormando, director of admissions, Temple’s four-year graduation rate for students who transfer from community college is 60 percent. “In our general area [there isn’t] a school that’s like Temple that has the affordability option,” said Desiree Hoelzle, associate director of transfer admissions. According to the College Scorecard by the U.S. Department of Education, Temple has the lowest average annual tuition compared to other Philadelphia schools like Drexel University, Philadelphia University and the University of Pennsylvania. The “Fly in 4” program also encourages affordability—if students sign up and follow the program, there is no penalty for not finishing your degree in four years and Temple will pay for remaining coursework. The study also said students of a low economic status typically have lower graduation rates. Dr. Douglas Webber, an associate economic professor, explained how a student’s financial situation can affect their schooling. “The more debt that students have adds to stress and an inability to have enough money to keep paying for college,” Webber said. “You might be trying to work the same time you’re going to college but that cuts into the time you spend on school. There’s a lot of ways debt can affect students even when they’re in school.” A study by the Pew Research Organization said a college-educated student with no student debt has about seven times the wealth accumulation of those with student debt.

time worried me because community college is a good option for many reasons, some of which Kathleen Rafferty, a senior economics major who transferred to Temple from Bucks County Community College, told me about. “I went to community college because I didn’t have too much of a dream school,” she said. “I just knew that I wanted to do business. I got to work a lot and saved a lot of money.” Community college is less financial commitment for students, allowing them more flexibility with their schedules and choices. “There is a push in this country that everybody should have a four-year degree. I just don’t think that is necessarily the case,” Webber said. “The problem is if people start out at four-year university and decide it’s not for them, they’ve spent a lot of money to find that out. Some students are put in a better position to succeed if they start out in a two-year program.” The availability and benefits of community college are comforting for high school seniors, but the high tuitions of the four-year schools they will be transferring to are not. Experimentation in education reform in certain states like Oregon is a step, but I think the problem of the costs of four-year schools is overshadowed. Education is essential to the success of our country’s economy and workforce, but tuition rates are still a problem and students are struggling to graduate. Beginning a degree at a community college or trade school is a very viable option for students looking to save money, especially when coming to a school like Temple, which has managed to become such a successful environment for transfer students. *




Dec 2, 2014: The Temple News reported that former member of the Board of Trustees and famed alumnus, Bill Cosby, resigned amid the renewed allegations of sexual assault. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in Norristown, where he was originally charged with felony indecent assault charges for allegedly assaulting Andrea Constand, former coach of the women’s basketball team.

column | immigration

Immigration reform justly reinstated in Philadelphia The acceptance of undocumented immigrants should be a societal norm locally and federally.


ormer Mayor Michael Nutter—recently hired by the Department of Homeland Security—repealed his executive order that made Philadelphia a sanctuary city in December of last year. Thankfully, newly elected mayor Jim Kenney reversed Nutter’s repeal on Jan. 4, 2016, making Philadelphia a sanctuary city yet again. This means requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Philadelphia Police Department to relinquish undocumented immigrants into their custody can now be denied, unless the person has committed a first or second-degree felony. ZARI TARAZONA Cindy Zhou, a former Chinese citizen and freshman nursing major currently enrolled at Temple, lived with her grandparents in China for 10 years while her family immigrated to the United States. After her parents obtained green cards, they requested for her to come to the United States during President Bush’s first term. She received a call in the summer of 2009 to come in, have her papers reviewed and leave China for the United States. It is unjustified how something you can’t control— your place of birth—could cause a long-term separation from your family. As a country, we should not exclude people from the rights that were given to us by chance; or refuse to help the undocumented immigrants who are already here. In November 2014, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to put into effect Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents. This program would give approximately four million illegal immigrants who are parents of legal citizens or residents an opportunity to avoid deportation for a renewable three years and obtain work permits, but the act is hanging in the balance. Jaicha Valerio, a freshman biology major, was born in the Bronx, New York after her parents and sisters left the Dominican Republic. Valerio’s grandmother is currently trying to come back to the United States after being deported due to an expired Visa 16 years ago. Valerio’s mother is a current resident, but her Visa expires in March. “Shes running out of time to decide to study, she doesn’t speak very good English, so she’s really nervous about taking the test and failing and it expiring right there,” Valerio said. Although gaining residency status in the United States is a possible step to citizenship, it is not a secure one. If the DAPA program is finally passed it would help many illegal immigrants avoid being subject to deportation for three years or more if renewed again. After 26 states filed a lawsuit, the Supreme Court is evaluating whether or not President Obama’s executive order to enforce DAPA oversteps his presidential power. David Allen, a professor in the sociology department

who teaches Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S., told me how undocumented immigrants pay taxes and contribute to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, even though they do not benefit from it. Philadelphia transitioning back to a sanctuary city also prevents ICE from using the police as a tool to target a relatively small number of undocumented immigrants are found breaking the law. “If we look at crime rates, police records, if we look at prison populations,” Allen said. We know how many migrants there are in the country, we know how many undocumented migrants there are in the country, because many of them are paying taxes, which is part of the reason why we know. Their population in the prisons is disproportionately lower than their population size so they’re not big contributors to crime.” Without the protection of a sanctuary city, undocumented immigrants are left vulnerable to ICE if they commit a petty crime. Unlike any other citizen, these

It is unjustified how “ something you can’t control–

your place of birth–could cause long-term separation from your family.

people have more to lose. “Cities are recognizing that we need these people,” Allen said. “We depend upon these people so we want to make them feel safe. That’s in essence what they’re doing by declaring the city a sanctuary city.” Giovanny Zapata, a pre-med major whose parents immigrated from Colombia, considers himself an advocate for the cause. “I am in support of Philadelphia being a sanctuary city only because immigrants have this stigma that they’re here only to steal from Americans, like their jobs. But what they’re actually doing is creating jobs for Americans,” he said. The stigma that immigrants steal jobs from Americans—known as “the Lump of Labor Fallacy” according to a New York Times article—is based on the notion that there is only a certain amount of work to be done. The theory also explains that one can only get a job by taking it away from someone else. Although this act will prevent many undocumented immigrants from being targeted by ICE, I hope Mayor Kenney and the federal government keep fighting for undocumented immigrants—not just for the sole reason of helping the economy, but to give immigrants the human rights they are living without. *



NEWS BRIEFS UNIVERSITY NEWS The university’s endowment rate increased by 3.06 percent from 2014-15, according to data from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute. These numbers are higher than the national endowment return average of 2.4 percent, a decline from 2014’s endowment return rate of 15.5 percent. The lowest endowment return rate in the past 15 years was reported to be in 2009, with an endowment return rate of -18.7 percent. Temple’s full endowment for the 2015 fiscal year was $386,230,000. Harvard University had the largest endowment of $3.4 billion. -Gillian McGoldrick



Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in Norristown. Former university employee Andrea Constand has accused Cosby of sexually molesting her in his Cheltenham home in 2004. The Temple News reported in December that Cosby was charged with felony indecent assault charges, the first criminal charges pressed against him since dozens of women have accused him of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. is expected to be a key witness at the hearing today, the Inquirer reported. It’s unclear how long the hearing will last, and neither prosecutors or Cosby’s lawyers have given a witness list, the Inquirer reported. Constand had initially filed a civil suit against Cosby in March 2005. Parts of it were unsealed last summer before criminal charges were filed in December. -Steve Bohnel


Philadelphia City Council is going to launch an investigation into the city’s water testing methods done by the Philadelphia Water Department. The water sampling methods used by the Philadelphia Water Department don’t properly illustrate the level of lead in drinking water and could mask the sort of problems suffered in Flint, Michigan, medical ethnographer, Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou told The Guardian. The Water Department gave faulty instructions to residents to find out about lead poisoning involving removing the faucet’s filter from the nozzle in a term known as “pre-flushing.” The Environmental Protection Agency advised against this testing method because it does not find the highest lead levels. “It’s irresponsible, it’s immoral and it’s putting people’s lives at risk,” Lambrindiou said to The Guardian. “It misleads the public into thinking they will be OK with corrosion control treatment.” -Jonathan Gilbert


A new Pew Charitable Trust study found tenure for Philadelphia councilmen has decreased while their average salary has increased. The study compared the average time served, salary and gender ratio of the City Council in 2010 to the same categories in 2016 for 15 different cities across the country, the Inquirer reported. For 2016, Philadelphia ranked third in the longest tenure for city councilmen at 8.2 years, beaten only by Chicago and Baltimore. The city also ranks third in average salary at $132,789, trailing behind Washington and Los Angeles. Women make up 35 percent of City Council, placing Philadelphia behind Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington. The 2010 study showed Philadelphia had an average 15.5 year tenure, an average $121,107 salary and women made up 41 percent of the council. -Julie Christie


‘What are you talking about? I’m a half-hour early.’” A press release from Temple described Shedrick as a “well-respected delegate of District 1199C,” the union where he represented clerical employees at Temple.

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hired as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Lafayette College in July 2015—are co-defendants in a lawsuit involving Moore, a former thrower on the team. The Temple News made multiple attempts to contact Mobley and Foley for comment last week. Neither could be reached for comment. Moore had to decide on whether she wanted to represent herself or hire a lawyer. But as the deadline to choose closed in, she decided to continue without one. “When I graduated, I tried to move on and I couldn’t move on,” Moore said. “Upon the statute of limitations, I had to make a decision if I was going to wonder my entire life or if I was going to get closure and make the university have some accountability for, not only how they treated me, but for how they treated other athletes as well.” Along with representing herself in the case, Moore is taking classes at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She said she is taking science classes to strengthen her GPA after her “breakdown” affected her average at Temple. Moore also took the MCAT—a national standardized test designed to measure medical school applicants’ knowledge of science concepts, problemsolving and critical thinking skills, and writing ability—on Saturday with her twin sister, Amber. Moore said she wants to be a doctor. The Temple News previously reported in August 2014 that Moore was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by Melissa Crookshank, M.D. at Temple University Counseling Services, based in Tuttleman Hall. Moore, however, was diagnosed in June 2015 with “Persistent Depressive Disorder with Anxious Distress, Moderate,” “Panic Disorder” and “Adult Psychological Abuse by Non-Spouse or Non-Partner” by Mark D. Ackerman, Ph.D after undergoing five psychological evaluations, the results of which Moore provided to The Temple News. “I’m very reclusive still,” Moore said. “I’m apprehensive of going out into public and making new friends. But I’m working on them.” According to federal court records, Moore filed a motion for summary judgment of her case in May 2015. The motion states several employees who were at the university have left since she initially filed a lawsuit in 2013. “President Hart has since left Temple University,” the motion reads. “Valerie Harrison is no longer with the university. Bill Bradshaw, the former athletic director, is no longer with the university. Defendant Foley is no longer the athletic director over track and field and Defendant Mobley has since been fired from his position as head coach of track and field.” The Temple News previously reported Mobley resigned as the university’s track and field coach in June 2014. The motion also cites several pieces of evidence why Moore was abused during her time at the university, including an email from Emmanuel Freeland, who competed on the track team with her from 2009-11. The email, in which Freeland criticizes Mobley for his “ill treatment” while participating with the team, states Freeland attempted to meet with Mobley to discuss potential issues. “In closing, I only wrote this letter because you never set up this meeting,” the email reads. “I would have said all of this to your face like a man, but since you couldn't set up a time for us to talk I had to get this off my chest so I could move on

Shedrick was also known for being supportive of students he interacted with. Daskus, the network document production coordinator at the Digital Print Center, said Shedrick “always took the student’s side” when it came to funding. “He was a big believer in not passing the cost onto students,” Daskus said.

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Eric Mobley (right), resigned as university track & field coach in June 2014.

and have closure so you knew how I felt about this situation. I'm just disappointed because I just thought we had a better relationship than what it really was.” “Pain and the Game”—The Temple News’ seven-month investigation detailing stories of abuse and neglect among several other track and field team members when Mobley was coach—was also included in the motion. Moore claimed the university improperly used Valerie Harrison as a panel member in the NCAA athletic aid appeals process. “According to Temple University, the appeals process is to consist of a panel of ‘three (3) University faculty members or administrators outside of the Athletics Department as determined by the director of student financial services,’” the motion reads. “Those three members were present (Marylouise Esten, Johanne Johnston and Jeffrey Montague) but Valerie Harrison was also present and participated avidly as a panel member as well.” Moore—who sometimes suffers panic attacks in the shower—said she is depressed, at times, and has been prescribed Alprazolam. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and relive everything and how I got to this point,” Moore said. “It’s kind of hard, but I’m still trying.” On Dec. 5, 2015, Temple Compliance tweeted, “Student-athletes, don’t forget to ‘Stress Less’ this Wednesday!” This event, hosted by the Compliance and Student-Affairs Office, was designed to help students rewind and relax with chair massages, refreshment and therapy dogs. Events like this were not around when Moore was at Temple from 2009-12 and increased attention to student-athletes is one of the many changes that the former thrower has noticed. “The department seems to be more transparent,” Moore said. “They are firing coaches now. They are investigating claims of other student athletes. The track team now has a new coach, and they seem to be happy with him.” In October, Mobley and Foley filed a reply—under attorneys James Bucci and Casey Langel—to Moore’s summary judgement. In it, they state that some of Moore’s Title IX claims are obstructed by the statute of limitations. “It is undisputed that Plantiff’s remaining claims under Title IX (Counts III - V ) … are all time-barred since they are based on conduct alleged to have occurred more than two years before Plaintiff filed the Complaint on July 29, 2013,” the document reads. They also claim that Moore’s argument that the Appeals Panel of the university discriminated against her “fails to survive summary judgment.” “Plantiff does not attempt to present any facts to support a claim that the members of the Appeals Panel discriminated or retaliated against her, nor can she. Instead, Plaintiff simply disagrees with the

Shedrick’s sister, Barbara, works as an administrative assistant in Human Resources in Mitten Hall.

It’s kind of nerve“ wracking. Every time

I get a letter from the courthouse I think, ‘This is it.’

Ebony Moore | former thrower

Appeal Panel’s decision because it … was not favorable to her.” When reached at his Camden office last week, Bucci declined to comment on the case. Since the defense’s filing, the judge in the case, Mitchell S. Goldberg, issued a civil action in December that Moore’s motion for summary judgment is “denied without prejudice”—meaning the case is on hold for now, but can be re-visited in the future and may still head to trial. A university spokesman told The Temple News the university denies any claims made by Moore in the case. “Temple denies that it has caused Ms. Moore harm or acted inappropriately and believes the Court has basis to dismiss this case based on the filings,” the spokesman wrote in an email. “In the event the motions are denied, it is likely a date will be set for trial.” Moore said she’s unsure of when the next step in the case may be. “Its pretty much wide open,” she said. “They don’t tell you how long. … It’s just a waiting game.” “It’s kind of nerve-wracking,” she added. “Every time I get a letter from the courthouse I think, ‘This is it.’ But I want to know.” Whether Moore wins her case or not, she said she is happy with her decision to pursue legal action because of the positive effect for the individuals that came to the university after her. “Somebody has to do it,” Moore said. “Now student-athletes, especially at Temple University, will probably be less apprehensive. I did some things and nothing came of it. I definitely think the future student athletes will benefit from this. It’s been tough, but I’m glad that I did it.” The university spokesman said Temple will continue to let the court decide the case. “While it is not typically the university’s practice to address matters currently in litigation, it is important to note that Temple denies any wrongdoing in this matter and will let the judicial process decide this matter,” the spokesman said in an email. * T @TheTempleNews

Daskus said family was incredibly important to Shedrick, and he would go to a “huge” family reunion in the

a big believer in not passing the “He wascost onto students. ” Ken Daskus | employee, Wachman Hall Digital Print Center


South every year. “You know, he was starting to think about retirement,” Daskus said. “If you asked him to do something, he’d do his best to get it done.” Shedrick’s family could not be reached for comment. * T @ChristieJules

The Owlery


The features blog of The Temple News



Happy Hippy is now being served in the Student Center and Morgan Hall food courts. PAGE 15

Carlos Johns-Davila co-founded Pitch, Please, an a capella group geared toward LGBTQIA advocacy, this year. PAGE 8


On Thursday at 4 p.m., the Stella Elkins Gallery at the Tyler School of Art will open a new exhibition titled “Bodies.” PAGE 16




Boards Overcoming addiction: banned on a journey to graduation campus The university-wide hoverboard ban began along with the spring semester. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor Nicholas Anderson said he believes hoverboards are “the future.” “It sounds ridiculous, but like it’s literally a vehicle,” said Anderson, a sophomore journalism major. “It can go 15 miles an hour in three seconds. You can just travel for so long, so far, so fast.” But at the start of the spring semester, administration banned this futuristic mode of transportation on Main Campus due to safety concerns related to fire and fall hazards. Jim Creedon, the senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, released a statement on Jan. 8 announcing the new ban. The statement includes a link to a December 2015 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, detailing the safety risks associated with hoverboards. The fire hazard posed by some hoverboards, Creedon said, is the main safety concern of the university, in addition to lesser concerns, like pedestrian safety. “These things are going to be charged in a classroom, they’re going to be charged in a hallway,” Creedon said. “We’re very concerned about the uncertainty of the safety of these.” Chris Barnes, the director of opera-


Alumna Chelsey Cain flaunts her medals from both marathons and triathlons. She began training for races during her 18-month sentence in prison.

Chelsey Cain graduated last Thursday after spending nearly two years of her life in prison.


efore her graduation on Thursday, Chelsey Cain went to buy a bag of dog food for her 4-year-old bulldog Smeagol. After carrying the bag to her car, she sat in her driver’s seat and started to cry as she tallied the number of tickets she had for graduation friends and family. She had six people coming to support her, a number that left her awestruck. Hours later, she nervously stood on a step leading to the main stage of the Temple Per-


‘Built upon diversity’

People looked “ at me like a junkie,

or a felon. I was determined to prove people wrong.

Chelsey Cain | 2016 alumna


Church is ‘sanctuary space’ for stadium talks Students and community members met at the Church of the Advocate to discuss the proposal. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News



forming Arts Center, ready to accept her diploma. She climbed the stairs and received her psychology degree to the cheers from her supporters, and threw up a peace sign. For that day, her criminal record didn’t matter. It didn’t weigh her down. Cain, 31, was arrested in 2009 on four felony charges after she was caught stealing guns and selling them in exchange for drugs. Her drug abuse started in high school. It quickly escalated to prescription drugs, like Percocet and Vicodin, before switching to OxyContin, heroin and cocaine. Her addiction,


Students and professors commented on the 2016 Academy Award nominees.

Since the list of nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards was released on Jan. 14, some have argued these nominations are missing something: diversity. Of the 20 actors and actresses nominated for an Oscar, not a single nominee is a person of color. This is the second year in a row the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been criticized for choosing allwhite nominees. A hashtag that was used to express the lack of nominees of color in 2015 has resurfaced this year—#OscarsSoWhite was posted more than 5,000 times and has reached more than 76 million people on social media. Some actors, directors and musicians who were invited to the Oscars, like Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, have publicly

By EJ SMITH Managing Editor

A sign placed on the striking red doors of the Church of the Advocate reads, “Sanctuary Entrance.” The Church is a space North Philadelphia residents and Temple students felt safe to share their concerns about the possibility of an on-campus stadium for Temple’s football team. It is here, on the corner of 18th and Diamond streets, that the newly-minted “Stadium Stompers” hold its bi-weekly meetings. On Jan. 28, members of the “Stadium Stompers”


met to further discuss the possibility of an on-campus stadium. “They are ravishing a neighborhood and a community for their own purpose, and it worked,” said William Mundy, the block captain of Page Street west of 16th. Rumors of a new stadium for Temple’s football team gained traction last semester. “It is just undemocratic,” said Anna Barnett, a junior women’s studies major. “Even if it is something we supported, we want students, workers and community members to have input into what happens at the university—which we don’t.” “They didn’t even


The Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond streets hosted a discussion about the proposed stadium.

really tell students,” Barnett added. “We went to community members, and knocked on the doors of

those who live where the stadium is supposed to be built. Some of them had no idea what was happening.”

Glenda Bryant, a 54-year-old senior social





March for Bernie Sanders fills Center City streets Philadelphians rallied to support the presidential candidate this past weekend. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News “Tell me what democracy looks like!” A leader yelled. “This is what democracy looks like!” Responded a crowd of about 500. This chant was among many heard last Saturday at a march in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Presidential Election. The “March for Bernie” began at City Hall, and marchers made their way to Rittenhouse Square and back. Sanders supporters filled 18th and 19th streets and John F. Kennedy Boulevard for the length of four city blocks near Rittenhouse Square. The march came after a rally, during which politicians and union leaders stood up to support Sanders as a presidential candidate for the 2016 election. “It is fitting that we hold this rally in the birthplace of [the American] revolution,” said Jed Dodd, general chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division, to the crowd during the rally. “Bernie Sanders has called for a political revolution. … We will fight to ensure that the tremendous wealth that we produce in this country is used for the needs of the people and not the billionaires and their political servants.” Dodd also told the crowd that his union unanimously voted to endorse Sanders in the upcoming presidential primary on April 26. Alyssa Almeida, a freshman music therapy major and a co-founder of the organization Temple University Students for Bernie Sanders, said she attended the march because she supports Sanders as a candidate. “[Sanders is] a true progressive candidate,” Almeida said. “He’s true to his policies, and he’s very honest.” Almeida said Sanders appeals to young people because despite being 74 years old, “[Sanders has] been going out to marches since the ‘60s doing the kind of thing—he’s kept this youthful spirit.” John Fetterman, who is mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and currently running for U.S. Senate, attended the march. “We’re feeling the Bern in Pennsylvania!” Fetterman said to the crowd. During the rally, delegates collected sig-


Bernie Sanders supporters march from City Hall toward Rittenhouse Square on Jan. 30.

natures from Pennsylvania residents to get the 2,000 signatures necessary for Sanders to be on the Pennsylvania primary ballot. Voter registration forms were also available for eligible Pennsylvania residents who had yet to register. As supporters marched, many armed with posters, the crowd drew in passers-by from the streets to join the march. Justin Miller, a 26-year-old resident of Center City, stood outside on 18th Street and watched the march with his friends. “Their passion and enthusiasm is kind of infectious, I won’t lie,” Miller said. “I’m very centrist, but I think their passion is really cool.” “The reason why I want to organize for Bernie is that he speaks for all of us,” said South Philly resident and march organizer Amanda McIllmurray. “He really is talking about the issues that need to be spoken about. For example, I had to drop out of college because I was paying for it by myself and I couldn’t afford that anymore, and I’m not the only person that had this happen.” “He’s inspiring the younger generation,” said Kaitlyn Grey, a sophomore criminal justice major and Temple College Democrats member. “And I think that the younger generation is a demographic that’s been told that as we grow up we could do anything. But when we actually grew up, we found out that that wasn’t neces-


President of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals Patricia Eakin speaks to Bernie Sanders supporters about the importance of unions.

sarily the case.” “Bernie is trying to speak to that and agreeing with what we’re saying are the reasons why it’s so hard for us to make it,” Grey added. “He’s raising in the polls [in New Hampshire and Iowa], but people are celebrating too

soon,” Almeida said. “You can’t celebrate before you hit the end zone. People have to keep volunteering and spreading the word about him.” *


A capella advocacy: raising student voices Pitch, Please is an LGBTQIA advocacy group new to Main Campus this year. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News

Carlos Johns-Davila never agreed with the exclusive viewpoints that were promoted during his Catholic school upbringing. “I never felt that there was really any support for LGBTQIA groups,” said Johns-Davila, a junior music composition major. “Their voices were so undermined. I always thought that when I got to college or when I was able to, I would show my support as an advocate.” To bring his goals of advocacy to Temple, Johns-Davila co-founded Pitch, Please with former member and senior Mitchell Rankin-Wise. Pitch, Please is Temple’s newest a cappella group and it strives to support the LGBTQIA community. “Doing it through song is a very cheerful, light-hearted way to express something really deep,” JohnsDavila said. The main goal of Pitch, Please is to promote acceptance and positivity through music. Everyone is welcome regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

“It gives a new home to those who identify with the LGBTQIA community and want to sing in a safe space,” Johns-Davila said. “A lot of people come in very nervous and scared, and it’s heartwarming to see them take down their walls and start to feel welcomed.” Sophomore music education major Jessica Gann said she decided to audition for Pitch, Please this past fall because of its LGBTQIA-positive reputation. “I like singing, and I always wanted to be in an a cappella group,” she said. “LGBT advocacy is important to me. I’m gay, so it’s nice to be

in a group where that’s normal.” Though strides have been made on a national scale for the LGBTQIA community, like the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, Pitch, Please sets out to shed light on the challenges that remain. “There are still problems with negativity,” said Alexa Solar, a junior music education major and the music director of Pitch, Please. “We try to advocate acceptance and loving people for who they are, and we try to display that message through music.” Pitch, Please shows its support by performing songs that are either

related to LGBTQIA advocacy or originally performed by artists associated with the LGBTQIA community. One of the first songs they ever performed was “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry. “It was the first arrangement I made for the group,” Solar said. “It’s kind of our staple song because it’s about being who you are, accepting yourself and accepting others.” The group often performs at events hosted by Temple’s Wellness Resource Center, like AIDS Awareness Day and Lavender Graduation, an event that recognizes and celebrates graduating seniors of Tem-

ple’s LGBTQIA community. They also perform during Serenade at the Alumni Circle with other Temple a cappella groups on the first Thursday of every month at 10 p.m. The members of Pitch, Please see music as an effective way to empower the LGBTQIA community and initiate positive change. “The power of music is underestimated in my opinion,” Solar said. “It’s helped me personally through a lot of dark times, and I want other people to feel how I felt through music.” *


Alexa Solan leads a rehearsal for Pitch, Please, Temple’s a capella advocacy group for LGBTQIA awareness on Thurs. Jan. 28.



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Revitalizing music, engaging students

Two nonprofits supplemented music programs in schools. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News


chools across the city are falling silent as music programs are dropped from curriculums. “Music is culture,” said Michelle Frank, who teaches vocal music at the Franklin Learning Center, on 15th Street near Mt. Vernon. “When we learn about music we are learning about the history of our people and how to pass on who we are as a race. When we take that away from students and we don’t make that a part of their everyday learning, their education is just not whole.” Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit, is currently helping to fill in the gaps missing from Philadelphia’s public schools. The Franklin Learning BRIANNA SPAUSE TTN

An eleventh grader Rosana Abalos practices the chord progression of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.” Her music education is made possible by nonprofit Little Kids Rock.

With new talk show, an opportunity for Philly pacemakers

Panel discusses women in music Equality in the music scene has been a recent issue.

Alumna Syreeta Martin created and hosts a live talk show, intended to raise community issues and inspire viewers. MARGO REED TTN

By KAITLYN MOORE The Temple News Syreeta Martin moved from Delaware to Philadelphia in 2006 with a dream of sharing other people’s stories, while carrying a one-year-old on her hip. A nontraditional journalism student, Martin was busy being a mother, juggling multiple part-time jobs and attending school full-time. Originally, the 2012 alumna’s focus was magazine writing, but she decided to create a blog as a way to share her experiences. “It was a very challenging time, though it also had its rewards,” Martin said. “[The blog] was my space to be able to process the things I was experiencing while hopefully inspiring someone else in the process.” Eventually Martin’s focus turned toward the community, as she covered local events and hosted her own. But then something changed. “Writing for me, it just wasn’t the same,” Martin said. “There was something else missing on the creative end.” Instead, Martin was entranced by the idea of a talk show. Her ideal show would feature a sit-down dinner, a nod to her love of food. But the transition wasn’t easy—especially because Martin had to be on camera. “I thought I could have a similar if not greater impact [than Oprah],” Martin said. “[But] I thought, I do want to make this transition from behind a computer screen to on camera.” “I didn’t feel confident,” she added. “At heart, I’m a writer. I wanted to go somewhere comfortable. I knew I would be comfortable in a restaurant.” When the East Eden Vegan restaurant reached out to Martin in 2014 and offered her a space to host events, the talk show “Sincerely Chosen” began. With the start of their second season, the “Sincerely Chosen” team now hosts the live show at Pub Webb at 1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The show premieres every third Wednesday of the month complete with dinner, live performances and interviews.



Alumnae Emma MacDonald (left), and Gracianna Coscia rehearse with fellow alumna Julee Mahon.

A year later, new Coaction production In a new original production, Coaction Dance Collective aims to reach out to the community and promote all art forms. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News For the members of Coaction Dance Collective, dance isn’t just following a “five, six, seven, eight”—it’s an expression based off the body language and emotions of each dancer. Gracianna Coscia, Emma MacDonald and Julee Mahon, three 2013 dance performance and choreography alumnae created the collective with a mission to inspire other artists to be creative, with all art forms. After working on artistic collaborations and facing selfproduction challenges for more than a year, Coaction Dance Collective will perform its second original production, “Whole: Without Any Parts Missing,” on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the MAAS Building on 1325 N. Randolph St. as a “celebration of local art in Philly.” Its first production, “The Long and Short of It,” premiered Oct. 11, 2014, incorporating a wide range of music, poetry, visual galleries, vendors, collaborations with local performers and donations for a featured nonprofit organization. The upcoming show plans to uphold the collective’s origi-



By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News At the Kelly Writers House, Fran Blanche told an audience that on stage, women have “guitar face.” “Get over it,” she said. Blanche, the founder of Frantone Electronics, a guitar-pedal engineering company, was serious. She was answering a question about how male guitarists like Jimi Hendrix are idolized for passionate facial expressions while playing their instrument, but women guitarists are often looked down upon for “giving it their all.” Blanche took part in “Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music,” a panel held Jan. 27 at the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House. The panel was meant to open up the conversation of visibility, but lack of equality, for women and other marginalized groups in the music industry. The panel featured music industry figures like Camae Ayewa, Diane Foglizzo, Maria Raha and moderator Cynthia Schemmer. Amanda Silberling, a sophomore English major at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted the event. Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Silberling

found out about Kelly Writers House, a community art space on Penn’s campus, during high school—and it became part of the reason she chose to attend the university. Silberling said she has always had an interest in music and writing. In ninth grade, she combined those interests and created a music blog dedicated to indie rock band the Arctic Monkeys. She would stay up late to watch their music videos drop, blog about

As a writer, I “ definitely make

it my mision to write about musicians who are not men or not white or not straight.

Amanda Silberling | music journalist

new music and make GIFs. “As I got older and got more interested in journalism, I was like ‘Wait a minute, I can go to concerts, write about them and be a professional music fan girl? That’s amazing,’” Silberling said. Now, she writes and photographs for sites like Rock






For new cafe, a focus on the neighborhood Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder opened the Hungry Pigeon Jan. 18. By SHEALYN KILROY The Temple News


Jordan Spector typically paints athletes like former linebacker Tyler Matakevich (above). Spector produces prints and T-shirts of his work.

After injury, alumnus rekindles passion for art Jordan Spector found a passion in art alongside his work in physical therapy. By HENRY SAVAGE The Temple News Jordan Spector had all but abandoned his passion for art during his time at Temple, instead focusing on kinesiology and playing widereceiver for the football team. After suffering a concussion, everything changed. “I got a concussion mid-season, and in high school I had three,” said Spector, a 2015 kinesiology alumnus. “In football you get to a certain number where you run the circumstance of brain damage.” A doctor advised him to stop playing football. “Once football ended, I finally started to pursue things closer to my artwork,” he said. “Soon a friend would tell me, ‘You should never waste your talent,’ and it kind of hit me and flipped the switch on.” Before attending Temple, Spector had been drawing since the day he “could pick up a pencil.” Spector’s high school art teacher, Pat Rampulla of Upper Moreland school district, remembers him as “a quiet art

student who went about creating his artwork.” “He created a terrific piece of artwork which I admitted in the Montgomery County High School annual art show,” Rampulla said. “Our high school never takes first place in the drawing/painting category, but Jordan took first place. What an accomplishment for him and he made our school proud.” After graduating high school, Spector had to focus on his career and found less and less time for art. “When I came to Temple, I lost touch with my artwork, and didn’t get back in touch with it until my junior year,” Spector said. He didn’t return to his art until his accident, but once Spector started drawing again, he didn’t stop. Today, Spector mainly paints football players, like Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich, but he also enjoys creating portraits of famous individuals like Albert Einstein and Rocky Balboa. Spector also has an interest in Temple-themed art. He recently completed a piece showcasing the Philadelphia skyline with a Temple logo and owl. “Why not mix football and art?” Spector said. “I’ve done portraits, family portraits, abstract stuff people have asked for, a cheesesteak restaurant and I recently did a piece a week and a half ago that

will be showcased at the Super Bowl.” Jordan knew combining his two passions would help him find his way. “My inspiration comes from what’s currently going on in the sports world, like a player I really like in the NFL or whatever sport I'm watching,” Spector said. “Or something in my life that inspires me, like in pop culture.” “I like to see the satisfaction of the customer,” he added. “The fact that people are willing to pay me for my artwork is the coolest thing in the world to me.” As of now, Spector is commissioned to create a painting of Mike Ditka and Ron Jaworski for the annual “Ditka and Jaws—Cigars with the Stars” night in San Francisco. After meeting a member of the NFL Alumni Foundation during an Eagles game, Spector was asked to create a piece for the event’s silent auction. For the future, Spector looks to put both of his passions at the forefront of his life. “I’m very focused on art and my career, and I’m going to do all in my power to keep working on both,” Spector said. “When I’m in graduate school I’m going to try to work on more commissioned pieces. It will be tough, but I’m up for the challenge to build my artwork and art business.” *

A chandelier made of rusted bird cages hangs over a family-style table—large enough to seat 10—in Queen Village’s newest eatery. The nod to birds and community-style dining are integral parts of the Hungry Pigeon on 743 S. 4th St. The cafe held its grand opening on Jan. 18. The two chefs at the helm, Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder, wanted to create a neighborhood spot with a delicious, but accessible, menu. While maintaining a menu of recognizable and familiar items, the restaurant’s namesake—pigeon—is also a dining option. “It’s a beautiful little bird,” O’Malley said. “We wanted to incorporate it into a pot-pie, but it has such a nice, poultry taste that we roast it and serve it rare.” The eatery’s name is derived from its location. After learning Fabric Row—a section of Queen Village on 4th Street between Monroe and Pemberton streets—was once infested with pigeons, the chefs decided to ground the name in local history. Born in suburban Maryland, O’Malley came to Philadelphia to attend culinary school at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. O’Malley worked at Center City’s ¡Pasión!, now-closed, where he met Schroeder, a Detroit native. Both chefs worked alongside Guillermo Pernot, the force behind Cuban restaurant and rum bar Cuba Libre. For O’Malley, working at ¡Pasión! was “a powerful and important time.” “I learned that to be a chef, the flavors have to be good and the food approachable,” O’Malley said.

Schroeder later opened the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze, as well as the South Philadelphia Tap Room. After taking an interest in the pastry field, O’Malley moved to New York City and worked at Balthazar Bakery, later transferring to its factory. Pastry factory had it’s compromises, O’Malley said. “We joked at Balthazar that the only people who knew what a real Balthazar croissant tasted like were the bakers,” he said. “Schroeder and I agreed that this isn’t how we eat,” O’Malley added. “We wanted to create a place based on how we eat at home.” For O’Malley, Philadelphia was the perfect spot in comparison to New York City. He said the audience would be receptive to a restaurant with good food that welcomes patrons in jeans and T-shirts. The Hungry Pigeon’s menu reflects that goal. The chefs created their own version of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin for breakfast. O’Malley creates pastries by hand, using whole fruits and sparse amounts of sugar. Despite opening just a few weeks ago, employee Christina Heppard said the Hungry Pigeon already has regular customers. On Jan. 28, Heppard brewed coffee for neighborhood guests while fellow employee Riley Duffie took a hot chocolate order for a small child who tugged on her mother’s pant legs. “The local guests have been saying, ‘We needed a place like this,’” Duffie said. “Love,” said Pete Mattis, who works across the street at ZAKTi Fitness Studio. “Best croissants ever.” The chefs were happy to return to Philadelphia. “We’re glad to be back,” O’Malley said. Hungry Pigeon is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight Friday. The cafe serves breakfast starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. *

Stories of Victorian love and lust in local cemetery Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Feb. 11 event examines love and lust in the Victorian age. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News Ladies in the 19th century didn’t carry around beautiful fans just because of the heat. “It was used to flirt,” said Alexis Jeffcoat, a 2006 psychology and European history alumna. “You held the fan differently to gesture flirting with someone—whether they could approach you, or go outside on the back porch to know you better.” Jeffcoat is in charge of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Valentine’s Day-themed “Victorians After Dark,” which aims to reveal the details of love and lust in the 19th century. After years of managing events at Laurel Hill, she decided to create her own version of Laurel Hill’s production “Love Stories of Laurel Hill”—including teaching attendees how to flirt, circa 1900. The night will feature tales of Victorian love and betrayal, some of which were experi-

enced by individuals buried at Laurel Hill. The tour was inspired by another event previously held at the cemetery, but “Victorians” promises to have “a lot more lust and a lot more scandal,” Jeffcoat said. “It’s an offshoot version, as in these are the more juicier stories of love and lust and illegitimate relationships that we were able to find,”

Having Jeffcoat back has been nice for current staff at Laurel Hill, Stern said. “We used to do the programs together, that’s why it’s fun for me, anyways, to work with her,” Stern said. “It’s great to work with people who care so much for Laurel Hill.” “I still love the place,” Jeffcoat said. “The cemetery is a great place to be mindful. I do this

of the stories I tell is what happens when a “Onegirl’s honor is taken, and a man refuses to marry her. It turns out very, very ugly. ” Alexis Jeffcoat | Laurel Hill Cemetery tour guide and 2006 alumnus

said Beth Savastana, the program and volunteer coordinator of Laurel Hill Cemetery. “We’re trying to reach a younger audience.” Jeffcoat was in charge of researching the information behind the event, including looking at old notes and previous tours, Savastana said. Jeffcoat said she does “the fun part” and tells the stories, but the “puppet master” is Emma Stern, the director of programs at Laurel Hill.

tour, and then I generally come back for one of the Halloween tours.” “Alexis Jeffcoat is just a natural storyteller, very entertaining,” Savastana added. Jeffcoat promises a fun night, sharing bits of risqué love stories. “As a lady in the 19th century, you were supposed to have your honor,” she said. “So if your honor was ever violated, the right thing

to do was for someone to marry you. One of the stories I tell is what happens when a girl’s honor is taken, and a man refuses to marry her. It turns out very, very ugly.” The event will take place inside the cemetery’s original gatehouse, Savastana said, which might make the event more accessible to those wary of walking around a cemetery at night. “Victorians would think it’s strange how we act about cemeteries,” Jeffcoat said. “You bury someone and put up a headstone and leave. They were like public parks. You went and saw your neighbors and planted flowers. If you wanted to go outside on a walk, you went to the cemetery.” Though guests will come to learn how love and flirting differed in the 19th century, Jeffcoat said visitors might be surprised at the similarities. “We think that we can’t possibly relate to sitting around with dresses buttoned to our necks, so I love that moment where everyone thinks, ‘Wait, they’re just like us,’” she said. Cocktails and desserts will be served. The event’s first showing begins at 6:30 p.m., and the second begins at 8:15 p.m. *





Artist’s unlikely combinations create unusual perspective Alumnus Brad Carmichael creates pieces using abstract and classical techniques. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Brad Carmichael wants to be considered the Michael Jordan of painting. “I want to be a painter like Michael Jordan plays basketball,” said Carmichael, a local visual artist, painter and sculptor, and a 2007 painting and drawing alumnus. Carmichael’s work combines abstract and classical painting, using one to amplify the other and create a cohesive work. Similar to his art, Carmichael’s life in high school was a combination of different worlds. “I was all over the place,” Carmichael said. “I played sports year round, I was into music and art as well. I did football and track. I had a scholarship somewhere for football, but yeah I chose the artistic path.” Carmichael was part of the last graduating class to attend the Tyler School of Art’s former campus in Elkins Park. “You would write your own curriculum for some classes,” Carmichael said. “During the foundation program, the dropout rate was insane. I think I stayed up three days in a row once. That’s about when you start hallucinating.” The rigorous program and opportunity to try different mediums allowed Carmichael to figure out what his style and passion was. Prior


Alumnus Brad Carmichael sits in front of his latest works, “I Walk the Streets at Night.”

to arriving at Tyler, Carmichael wasn’t quite sure. “It just kind of developed while I was there,” Carmichael said. During his time at Tyler, Carmichael was greatly influenced by his late professor, Frank Bramblett. “He pretty much taught me how to paint, specifically the method and approach I use,” Carmichael said. “It didn’t matter much that I was a student and he was a professor. We would often run into each other on campus and talk until we were both very late for wherever it was

we were supposed to be. I guess he may have been a mentor. If he was anything, he was a good man and a great artist.” The curriculum at Tyler encouraged exploration, exposing students to new mediums they did not typically work with. Carmichael attributes his innovative style to the multifaceted programs offered at Tyler. He experimented with encaustic art, or painting with wax and then sealing the work with a heat gun. “That’s why my work is a little eclectic,” Carmichael said. “Sometimes it was too many

choices, but I liked to mix stuff.” “I plan on going back [to encaustic] eventually, but it’s just not where I am right now,” he added. “My work is a bit of exchange, connection and separation among different things,” Carmichael said. “You have things like Greek mythology, which is a part of human history, and I like to relate that to present day things, such as music. So I’m thinking, rock ‘n’ roll and Greek mythology. Now we’re cooking.” Carmichael continued his art education at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in order to procure a Master’s in fine arts. He worked closely with a drawing professor, Michael Moore, during his time there. “He’s a person that surprises you with everything he has to say through art, things that he might not be able to say in person with words,” Moore said. “That is a really important part of him. That for me was the big surprise when I really got to know him.” Jed Williams, owner of his self-named gallery on 615 Bainbridge St., featured Carmichael in one of his past exhibitions. The 2015 show included Carmichael and three other artists, focusing primarily on emerging artists. “I think he is one of the more talented artists I have shown,” he added. “I see in his work a full range of color,” Moore said. “One of the things I liked is that he used a quote from Georgia O’Keeffe on his Facebook which was really wonderful. She said, ‘I found I could say things with colors and shape that I couldn’t say any other way—things that I had no words for.’ I think that is how he comes across to me.” *


(LEFT): Teacher Michelle Frank (left), coaches Roberto Dominguez. (RIGHT): Ninth grader Bryan Serrata-Peralta begins to practice chords on the guitar.

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Center, along with seven other Philadelphia public schools and two Atlantic City schools, received instruments earlier this month as part of a $30,000 donation from Little Kids Rock made possible through BeachGlow, another nonprofit organization focused on raising funds for youth-related causes through contemporary music. The instruments are part of the new music program Modern Band, which was implemented as part of the 10 schools’ curriculum. The Kunkel family, the Philadelphia natives who founded BeachGlow, decided to hone in on the city, President Gerard Kunkel said. Kunkel said he is excited to be working in Philadelphia. “From what we understand the [district’s] budget was cut from $1.5 million to $50,000, so they’re relying extensively on outside donation and private communities,” Kunkel said. Organizations like Little Kids Rock and BeachGlow have become some public schools’ last chance to create fulfilling music education programs in districts where arts programs are the first to go when budgets get tight. “I think the partnership between BeachGlow and Little Kids Rock is so beautifully connected,” Kunkel added. “We’re both intersecting at this concept of modern music being a stimulus to not only help create a charitable community but also to help stimulate youth both in music education … and in education overall.” BeachGlow was started in 2011 by then16 year-old Dane Kunkel, who had the idea for BeachGlow Music Festival, a day-long festival on the Atlantic City beach to raise money for a particular charity. This year, the $30,000 raised at the fest was given to Little Kids Rock to fund Modern Band. Rather than replacing the previous music programs in the schools, Modern Band works alongside them to encourage more kids to get involved with music. “There’s choir, jazz band and marching band,” Little Kids Rock communications officer Keith Hejna said. “But traditionally there’s no popular music band so that’s what Little

Kids Rock has created over the past 14 years, and we call that Modern Band.” The program consists of three parts: a new curriculum rooted in popular music genres of the past 60 years, training for all music teachers involved with the program and instruments needed for the curriculum, including drum sets, electric and bass guitars, keyboards and microphones. The program comes at no cost to the district, students or teachers. Modern Band aims to expose students generally interested in traditional or classical music to the genres. “It helps us reach more kids,” Frank said. “With [Modern Band], we can have two programs operating alongside one another, for kids that are already interested in music and for the kids who just really love music and want to find a way to start playing quickly.” The benefits of the Modern Band program go well beyond music education, including “getting kids in touch with their creative side, building confidence, getting them to come to school,” Hejna said. Music education also helps kids graduate, with an American Music Conference report stating that children involved in music are 52 percent more likely to attend college than those who are not. Frank has already noticed positive impacts of music education in her students. “I see that kids are excited to come to school, they come when we have a special rehearsal or event,” she said. “It encourages attendance and attendance leads to better achievement which leads to graduation.” BeachGlow will donate all the money raised at its upcoming 2016 festival, which has expanded to two days in hopes of raising more money. “If you don’t have students that want to be there and are in a position where they are trying to be the best they can be, you’re just not going to get there as a school,” Frank added. “With [Modern Band], I know they look forward to [school] and they want to participate in it and in our school especially the students are feeling an incredible amount of school pride, which makes kids want to be there, and that’s a pretty big battle, especially in schools in Philadelphia.” *


Julee Mahon (left), a dancer in Coaction Dance Collective, rehearses with Gracianna Coscia.

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nal mission to engage the community by utilizing various art mediums and local artist collaborations. Some of those artists include Boyer alumnae Molly Woytowicz and Joanna Martin. The production will also feature a donation jar for Street Tails Animal Rescue in Northern Liberties, where Mahon used to volunteer. The women will feature three original and individual works and premiere their very first collaborative piece. They plan to use separate soundscapes reflective of each dancer’s personal connection to symbolic sounds in their life. “The soundscapes will be three very separate solos, but then we’re going to come together with a unified piece of music, and perhaps, the soundscapes coming in and out to see how these three different daily lives can mesh together, to kind of symbolize how our styles are meshing together,” MacDonald said. Coaction’s dance style is heavily influenced by the modern technique dance genre with choreography based on expressive movements, but open to improvisation as well. “With this type of dance, we’re improvising with the timing because it’s not like we have a ‘five, six, seven, eight’ to follow—which we

don’t want to do anyway— but because of that, things are definitely going to shift and change,” MacDonald said. For the upcoming show, Mahon said the group is brainstorming tools for audience interaction. “We have this idea of using chalkboards, maybe throughout the entire show to have people write down a word that reminds them of their own personal stories, then we’d use them for our final piece to outline the space and move around with,” Mahon said. “It also goes with the theme of our photos: a cityskyline in chalk,” she added. MacDonald said the last show was a big production, but this time, they plan for a more intimate setting and personal connection to the audience. “We’re keeping it a little more simple and clear, because we have the audience engagement which allows them to feel more comfortable and share their stories while we share our stories on stage,” she said. The dancers’ plan to take a new spin on their personal narratives in the first performance, expressing feelings inspired by family, heritage and social and political issues. Mahon’s piece plays with a variety of music and her story incorporates four other dancers, intertwining their

personal stories with her own. Coscia’s story in her original performance featured her mother’s poetry. Her new piece will feature a live presentation from her mother, symbolizing a personal connection with her life as a poet. “It’s her stories and poetry, so it’s a play between my relationship with me and my mom, but also my relationship to her words and to the stories themselves,” Coscia said. MacDonald also plans to use an original theme influenced by her Cuban-American heritage. “My theme is related to two different kinds of worlds. One is my heritage, the struggle of the revolution from my grandparent’s view, then the other is about the current struggles we’re having here today in America,” MacDonald said. She plans to incorporate photography in her solo to illustrate the pre-revolutionary story of her grandparents’ lives through printed pictures. “We’re into experimenting with so many different things, whether it be poetry, research or different processes, we’re all still just trying to find our way,” McDonald added. *





Reading Terminal Market is opening the Center Court as a theater for guests as part of a monthly film event, Movies at the Market. Reading Terminal will be playing a new movie every month from January to May. Movies at the Market was introduced this year to allow the community to gather in the evening. On Jan. 27, Reading Terminal showed the comedy-drama, “Chef.” Assistant general manager Chris Gowen said the program aims to attract families and college students to the event. The market closes at 6 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.







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As guests pile in, the chief operating officer, Zuri Stone, also known as DJ G33K, sets the tone for the evening. “Based off of who the crowd is or who walks in the door that night, I start to develop what I am going to be playing,” Stone said. “I’m kicking it off, we got some music going, then at a certain point when we are about to start the show we have live entertainment for a 15-minute set.” Once the guests settle in, they sit down to a dinner while listening to the evening’s interview. “It is electric,” said Andrea Lawful-Sanders, a previous interviewee and education consultant. “Lots of anticipation for who the guests are going to be when they come into the room. There is expectation. People are expecting that they won't be disappointed, and they never are.” “All of the interviewees’ stories in itself have something to offer you,” Martin said. “Whether it's giving you a different perspective, or inspiring you or empowering you in some way, that's what you're able to get here.” Interviewees range from celebrities to politicians to everyday people, but they are all chosen based on their role in the Philadelphia community. Regardless of the featured subject, Martin tries to keep the community in


Whether it’s giving you a different perspective, or inspiring you or empowering you in some way, that’s what you’re able to get here.


Reading Terminal Market celebrates Chinese New Year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m this Saturday. Partnering with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the market will honor the Year of the Monkey with decorations, food and vendors including chef Joseph Poon and Sang Kee Peking Duck House. -Shealyn Kilroy

Syreeta Martin | “Sincerely Chosen” creator and host


Syreeta Martin, a 2012 journalism alumna, films her talk show at the Pub Webb Live.

mind. Last show’s guest, state Rep. Brian Sims, has announced he will run for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s Congressional seat. “I had to ask [Sims], ‘The second district is mostly African American, how are you going to make sure you are properly serving this community?’” Martin said. Between the entertainment, guests can take a dance break and network with the interviewees. Martin wanted to create a show that allowed audience members to connect with influential community members. “Her interviewees are pretty accessible. They will stop and exchange cards with guests,” Lawful-Sanders said. “It’s great.” Since the show’s first episode, “Sincerely Chosen” has donated a portion

of its profits to local charities and employed local youth as the show’s production assistants, Martin said. “It’s a win-win situation for every person involved, and that's what’s important to me,” Martin said. “It's about having everyone who comes feeling better than when they first came in.” Because “Sincerely Chosen” is still growing, the future remains open, Martin said. The goal is to go national, but there’s a certain local, homey feel Martin hopes to maintain. “I never want to lose the in-person restaurant experience,” Martin said. “The fun and challenging part is thinking about what this will be like 10 years from now.” * kaitlyn.moore@temple. edu

Kid Cudi comes to the Fillmore this Monday as part of the U.S. tour for his fifth studio album ‘Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven,’ which was released in December 2015. A departure from his previous work, the album is inspired by ‘90s grunge rock and was described by Cudi as alternative. Cudi dedicated the project to those struggling with mental illness around the world. Tickets start at $50, and the show begins at 10 p.m. -Emily Thomas



Syreeta Martin created her own talk show after graduating in 2012.



Maria Raha (left), and Cynthia Schemmer talk before the panel.


A large crowd filled the Kelly Writer’s House for the women in music panel.

Shreds Magazine and guitarist of Radiator Hospital, designed the discussion as a Q&A and asked the panelists about being a woman and a feminist, and how they have or have not seen growth in acceptance of female musicians. “Being a woman and a mu-

To celebrate National Soup Day, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar’s owner Dave Macgrogan will have all five Harvest locations give free cups of locally-sourced butternut squash soup. The restaurant’s Philadelphia location, 200 S. 40th St., is open from 11-2 a.m. on Thursday. -Shealyn Kilroy


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On Philly, The 405, Bandsintown and She Shreds Magazine. She began working with Kelly Writers House during her freshman year and is now the web master. While working there this past summer, the idea for “Shifting the Gaze” came to mind as another student was brainstorming for their own panel. “I immediately thought that it would be cool to do a panel about women in music,” Silberling said. Silberling said she has experienced some of her own hardships as a woman music journalist. While photographing a concert over the summer, Silberling was questioned by a group of inebriated men about her legitimacy as a photographer. But the majority of her interest in creating the panel stems from the way she has seen musicians written about in the media. “As a writer, I definitely make it my mission to write about musicians who are not men or not white or not straight, and in a way to write about them as people, instead of saying something like, ‘This chick band is so cool,’” Silberling said. As the moderator, Schemmer, the managing editor of She


sician, I don’t everyday identify that way or feel strongly tied to either of those identities on any given day,” said Foglizzo, program director of Girls Rock Philly and guitarist of local band Trophy Wife, during the panel. While deciding on the pan-

elists, Silberling was reading “Cinderella’s Big Score,” which focuses on women in punk music. When she found out the author, Raha, worked at Temple, she decided to include her in the panel. Raha is the director of content strategy in the Department of Strategic Marketing and Communications, and has been following artists like Bikini Kill and SleaterKinney since their beginnings in the ‘90s. “There was kind of this tie between the politics I was learning in college in women’s studies and the music I liked to listened to,” Raha said. “It all just dovetailed at once when I was really starting to identify with feminism.” Melanie Hsu, who teaches upright and electric bass for Girls Rock Philly, said she attended the panel since music is the majority of her “headspace.” “There were moments that felt raw, and things that people usually feel there isn’t space for were given space to be challenged,” Hsu said. “In the years that I have begun to think about gender in music, it has become a lot more nuanced.”

The 3rd Street Gallery will host The Rutgers Camden Department of Fine Arts’ new gallery “Mixed Use: Extending The Terms,” starting Friday. Rutgers Camden faculty, students and alumni created the exhibit. The show is meant to show viewers how the teaching at Rutgers Camden has extended beyond a classroom setting. It also aims to showcase the large range of teaching styles in relation to painting, sculpture, animation, photography and graphic design. The exhibition will be accompanied by a month’s worth of lectures from Rutgers staff. 3rd Street Gallery is located at 45 N. 2nd St. in Old City. -Erin Blewett


The Bacon Brothers’ and Districts’ frontman Rob Grote will play a benefit show on Thursday at Union Transfer in support of the Center City District Foundation and Friends of the Rail Park project. The project aims to create a three-mile long park along the Reading Viaduct and City Branch section of the former Reading and Philadelphia railroad. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35125. -Emily Scott


A Black Artists Matter panel will take place on Saturday at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The program will look into the complications of being an AfricanAmerican artist in Philadelphia in the 1960s and 1970s. Panelists, which include artists Moe Brooker, Martha Jackson Jarvis and Charles Burwell will speak with A.M. Weaver. The event is $15 and begins at 2 p.m. -Emily Scott




@visitphilly tweeted a list of some of the city’s best ramen joints, including Center City’s Nom Nom Ramen, Cheu Noodle Bar, Hiro Ramen’s MSG-free offerings and well-known Morimoto in Center City.

@UndrgroundArts tweeted First Person Arts’ “Ex-Files” Story Slam, a storytelling event about failed relationships, will take place on Feb. 14. 10 audience members will be selected to tell their stories.



@XFINITYlive tweeted a large crowd was “rolling in” on Sunday. The yearly Winter Jam concert featured artists like Elle King, Andrew McMahon and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

@phillyinsider tweeted a new restaurant is opening at 1206 Frankford Ave. The restaurant Root is the creation of two chefs, Greg Root and Nick Kennedy, and will feature Italian, Spanish and American food.



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Law school dean named ‘most influential’ JoAnne Epps named one of “Top 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education.” By BRETT LANE The Temple News


Dean Joanne Epps of Beasley School of Law sits in her office in Klein Hall.

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CAIN she said, cost her nearly $1,000 a day. Her hair started falling out, she stole to maintain her habit and oftentimes she chose another fix over having enough gas to drive herself home. “Once you’re in the throes of addiction, that’s your life,” she said over the phone. “You literally live for that. … You don’t care where you get high, you could get high in a McDonald’s bathroom or right in the car. If you’re sick, you’re definitely shooting up in the car. You don’t care if people are going to see you.” Then, Sept. 3, 2009, she was arrested by a detective and faced four felony charges, 11 misdemeanor charges and up to 15 years in jail. The same detective who arrested Cain pleaded her case and helped get her sentence reduced to 18-36 months in state prison. Cain went through her detoxification period in a “daze” that, to this day, she can’t remember. All she remembers is that she was afraid her cellmate would harm her and that she lost more hair. Her mother, Judith, had never seen her daughter in such a state. Her body was frail, her skin was green and she was “shackled,” she said. Cain believes the experience— while hellish—saved her life. “I was on death’s door—no doubt about it,” the Delaware County native said. “I was surrounded by dangerous people. If I hadn’t gotten arrested, I probably would have died in the near future. … I needed to get in big trouble, not just a 30-day spin. I needed a big crime that would force me to get myself together.” Judith said the judge who convicted her daughter echoed this sentiment. “Her father asked the judge, ‘Did we do the right thing?’” Judith said. “And the judge said, ‘Yes, you did. She would have been dead in a couple of weeks.’” Cain spent the majority of her prison time in a minimum-security correctional facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. She estimates between 30 and 35 women shared a cell with her while she served out her sentence with up to three roommates at a time. She began working out in her cell, using only four floor tiles to avoid disturbing her cellmates. “I was like that Terminator chick,” Cain said. “It helped me focus on myself. Those environments lack self-esteem and lack motivation.” Now, Cain has completed multiple distance races, including a triathlon

and several marathons. Cain earned high clearance and could eventually order items with money her parents sent her, due to her good behavior. One day, an inmate asked Cain to order items for her, and when Cain refused, the woman attacked her in an area where surveillance cameras wouldn’t record them. These fights became a common occurrence for Cain, but she didn’t fight back. She knew defending herself would only lead to an extended sentence. “I wasn’t going to call my family and tell them, ‘I engaged in stupid, childish activity, and I’m not coming home as soon as you think I am,” she said. In June 2011, Cain was sent home. With felonies on her record, she struggled for months to find work, but she found a full-time job in January 2012 and re-enrolled at Delaware County Community College. “I felt like I had a lot to prove to society,” Cain said. “People looked at me like a junkie, or a felon. I was determined to prove people wrong.” During her time in community college, she moved into her own apartment with her boyfriend, Matt Montones, adopted Smeagol as a sickly 4-week-old puppy bred for fighting and progressively increased her course load. Montones said despite the added pressures of living without her mother, Cain stayed disciplined. “She was on school full-time, worked 40 hours a week and trained for a marathon,” he said. “She’s just always done more. She never cheats herself out of anything.” In 2013, Cain finished her spring semester and began applying to universities. She took the fall semester off, applied to Temple and received her acceptance letter during her time off. “It meant so much for me, being accepted,” she said. “I didn’t think any university would ever accept me.” Now graduated, Cain is planning a trip to China, the next trip of many she’s taken since completing her parole in 2014. She is exploring options for graduate school, looking to eventually be in a position to help reconstruct programs for inmates struggling with drug addiction or violence-prevention. “I was able to empathize and communicate with almost all of my cellmates,” she said. “I have first-hand knowledge on what does and doesn’t work. … At one point, I said, ‘Hey, maybe I could do this on the outside.’” *

JoAnne Epps stepped foot onto Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1969 with modest expectations. “I thought I was going to be a professional secretary like my mother,” Epps said. Now Dean of the Beasley School of Law, Epps was named in National Jurist magazine’s list of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education” last month for the fourth consecutive year. Epps will also receive the 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award this Saturday from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession for her work to encourage change in promoting “a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession.” “It feels good to have work that I do judged as having some meaning,” Epps said. “It’s certainly an honor, but it’s also the kind of thing

that makes you worry about when you fall off the list.” Her time at Temple began in 1985 when Phoebe Haddon, thenprofessor at the Beasley School of Law and now the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, recommended Epps join Temple’s faculty. “I encouraged her hiring,” Haddon said. “I thought highly of her, and I thought of her as a leader.” After accepting the teaching position, Epps rose through the ranks. She was named associate dean to Robert Reinstein four years later, a position she held for 19 years. “When she started as an associate, the reason I selected her, she has several qualities, some of which are remarkable,” Reinstein said. “She’s really smart and has excellent judgment. I quickly realized I could delegate a lot of my problems to her.” When he stepped down from his position, Reinstein recommended Epps as his replacement, and she was named Dean in 2008. In the months following her promotion, Epps faced unique obstacles due to the economic recession that same year. Some of the problems Epps and the law school faced were a smaller job market, a shrinking applicant pool and fundraising issues. “The law school has done quite well, despite all these tremendous

external problems,” Reinstein said. “We really trust her and know she’s going to act well for the law school.” “Law schools must be innovative and ready to change,” Haddon said. “She’s been an effective leader. She encourages and tolerates change. I would imagine she is able to help her faculty appreciate that change is necessary.” “She’s been a fabulous dean,” Reinstein added. “She instituted new programs, she hired some really great new faculty members.” Since 2010, two years after Epps became the dean, the Beasley School of Law has gone from being ranked 72nd in the nation up to 52nd in 2015, according to Epps also makes it a priority to connect with the students in her school. This year, in addition to serving as dean, Epps taught a class for first-year law students. “It allows me to reach a quarter of each first-year class,” she said. “It also lets me do what a law school does—teach. I think it is important for the leader of [an] enterprise to do what the enterprise does.” “I’m just happy to be able to share my passion of law for the next generation of students,” Epps added. *


Sophomore journalism major Nick Anderson rides his hoverboard off-campus on Montgomery Avenue near 9th Street Jan. 22. Temple recently prohibited the use of hoverboards on all university campuses.

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HOVERBOARDS tions for Sodexo at Morgan Hall, instituted his own hoverboard ban at the Morgan Hall cafeteria last semester due to his concerns that hoverboards posed a fall hazard. Barnes had trouble enforcing this ban, though, and he asked the university for assistance at a housing meeting. “They weren’t seeing it as a major problem at first,” Barnes said. “As it became more mainstream and the problems across the nation with these hoverboards with fires and everything else going on, they saw it was a real issue and had to be dealt with.” Since the start of the spring semester, some off-campus establishments frequented by students have also banned hoverboards. Both University Village and Tropical Smoothie Café joined the university in banning hoverboards for safety reasons. Anderson, who got his hoverboard last November, said he doesn’t agree with the new university-wide ban. “I feel like there’s a lot of dangerous things,” Anderson said. “If you’re going to ban something because of the risk of the hoverboard catching on fire I feel like there’s a million other things that we should be banning.” Anderson said he believes it should be the responsibility of

students to do their own product research to ensure their brand of hoverboard doesn’t pose a fire hazard. Donnaizha Fountain, a junior media studies and production major, also believes the fire hazard issues related to hoverboards are linked only to certain brands. “It can go either way because it’s so many different brands, where you can’t detect which ones are catching fire,” said Fountain, a member of the women’s basketball team. “I say it’s the cheap ones.” Fountain received her hoverboard as a birthday gift last August. “It feels good riding to class,” she said. “Honestly, you get an extra couple minutes of sleep in the morning.” Fountain rode her hoverboard on campus throughout the entire fall semester and stored it in her dorm, but she said she understands why the university ban was put in place for the spring. “You can’t really say, ‘Oh, the cheap ones are banned and the expensive ones aren’t,’” she said. “So I honestly, I agree with it. If they’re catching fire and everything it’s the best thing to do to keep everyone safe.” “God forbid mine was to catch fire,” Fountain added. “You know that would ruin everyone’s room and stuff.” Paige Dadich, a sophomore speech pathology major who lives

on campus, said she disagrees with the university ban of hoverboards in on-campus housing. “We’re all adults,” she said. “Most if not all of us are 18 years or older. We came to college, and we live here to have our own freedom.” “I think that it’s one thing to say we can’t have them on campus, but to say that we can’t have them in our campus housing is a little ridiculous,” Dadich added. The university-wide hoverboard ban applies not only to oncampus housing and other campus buildings, but also to public streets and sidewalks that run through campus. “You can’t say, ‘You can’t bring it in, but you can ride it down Liacouras,’ because what are you going to do when you arrive at the door?” Creedon said. “It’s easier just to tell people, ‘Look, don’t run these things on campus.’” For those students caught with hoverboards on campus, Creedon said they will be warned about the university policy and asked to comply. “At this point, I don’t expect them to be confiscating anything, unless someone really pushes the issue,” Creedon said. “And I don’t think our students are the type that are going to push an issue over something like this.” *





Vegan, gluten-free foods served on campus Happy Hippy foods are now offered in the Student Center and Morgan Hall By CASEY MITCHELL The Temple News


Students participate in guided yoga led by Happy Hippy’s owner, Justine Carmine, during the Happy Hippy premiere event in the lower level of the Student Center.

Justine Carmine experimented with vegetarianism her entire life, but a threeday all-fruit diet with a yoga program inspired her to go vegan—and to spread the word about it. After leaving her corporate job as an administrator, Carmine founded Happy Hippy, a vegan and gluten-free food catering and distribution company. As of the first week of the spring semester, Happy Hippy’s pre-packaged foods are now sold at Temple’s Student Center and Morgan Hall food court. Carmine’s business venture started out as a shared plan with alumna Nicole Beddow to start a self-sustainable, vegan-friendly food truck on Main Campus. But the same day Carmine applied to be a mobile vendor in Philadelphia, Drexel University contacted her about selling her food through Sodexo in ready-to-go packages for students. “I don’t think there’s a better place for me to get a following than a college campus,” Carmine said. “The change starts with students. When you’re in college, you not only pick where you want to go with your life, but also what your lifestyle will be. You grow into the person you’re meant to become.” After Carmine and Beddow teamed up with Blackstone LaunchPad, a program that helps to develop entrepreneurs and aid startups within the Temple community, Happy Hippy foods became available at Drexel and Temple’s campuses, fulfilling the founder’s initial goals for her company.

Despite expanding the catering company to include distribution, Carmine still produces all of Happy Hippy’s food with the help of alumnus Nicholas McNamara, who graduated from the Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2015. Students who follow meat-free and gluten-free diets are happy to see their options expand on Main Campus. “Coming into college I knew I wanted to try to maintain the mostly plant-based diet I ate back home, but I’ve basically just been eating salad and cereal,” said Pearl Joslyn, a freshman theater and history major who follows a vegan diet. “I’ve definitely seen a lack of fresh, healthy, filling meals that don’t have some kind of meat or dairy.” Carmine views healthy living as a lifestyle, and she incorporates fitness into her company through free outdoor pop-up yoga and wellness classes. These classes will return to Main Campus in the spring and summer, along with a “food tricycle,” which will serve smoothies and on-the-go treats. As for the future of the company, Carmine hopes to have her foods served at even more universities and to eventually branch out to whole sales in grocery chains, like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. She’s also still interested in pursuing one of her original plans for Happy Hippy—going mobile by running a food truck. “In the end, it’s not about me or Happy Hippy, it’s about the individual person with a story,” Carmine said. “I just want to be there for people, engaging with them and seeing their reactions when they eat my food and say, ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe it’s vegan and gluten-free!’ Those are the moments that reassure me that I’m doing what I set out to do.” *

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Glenda Bryant, 54, attended the community and student discussion about the proposed stadium on campus. Bryant, a senior social work major, is a committee member for “Stadium Stompers.”

“Even if it is something we supported, we want students, workers and community members to have input into what happens at the university.” Anna Barnett| junior women’s studies major


Students and community members met at the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th.

work major, said she is not happy about the idea of a stadium built so close to her home. She thinks Temple “doesn’t care” about the surrounding community. “This matters to me,” she said. “I’m a Temple student and a community member. Of the two, I’m more of a community member that cares about Temple not building this stadium. They don’t care about involving the community.” “They don’t care about talking to them, it’s like we don’t even exist,” Bryant added. “That’s what bugs me the most.” The exclusion of students, faculty and community members from the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8 was a particularly sensitive subject. “The justification that they used for that was that it’s a capacity issue, but they very purposefully host the meeting in very small places,” said Pele IrgangLaden, a 2015 Jewish studies alumnus and a leader of the “Stadium Stompers.” IrgangLaden said he believes a public university in the community can be a great resource—as long as it has the best interest of the community in mind. Associate Vice President of Executive Communications Ray Betzner said Temple has actively considered the community throughout this entire process. “There is a commitment on the part of the university to continue to talk with residents and

to hear what their concerns are,” Betzner said. Betzner added the project is still in its preliminary stages and has yet to be approved by the Board of Trustees. “Quite frankly, we are looking for some of those answers too,” he said. “I’ve heard the claim that we are not sharing the answers. The fact of the matter is that we are still developing the information.” Some of those in attendance, like IrgangLaden, said Temple’s community relations are the worst they’ve ever been. Betzner believes the opposite. “I’ve been here for 12 years, and in my view, I believe that the relations between the university and the community are actually improving,” Betzner said. “We have a Community Relations Office which we didn’t have previously. Folks know who to call if they have any concerns about things that are going on in the neighborhood.” Although the two sides have opposing views, both believe their cause is in the best interest of the surrounding community. “We believe that Temple has the ability to be a great institution,” IrgangLaden said. “Only if they start respecting the community, and really serving the community as the public institution that it is.” *





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Thompson, a second-year law student specializing in immigration and refugee law. “Most people want to go back to where they’re from,” Thompson said. Amidst the chaos, Porcéna-Ménéus and her younger sister started on a two-hour walk back to their house. She wanted to stop and find her mother Gina, whose workplace was not far from her school, but she was told to keep walking. “It felt like I was leaving her behind,” she said. “I wanted to make sure my parents were OK, but at the same time, I was afraid to find out the truth, if they were alive or not.” Her house remained standing, but she couldn’t go inside. She and her sister slept in the street that night, surrounded by what she said felt like a “community” of people displaced by the earthquake. When her father, Arry Joseph came home, he was alone. Porcéna-Ménéus still hadn’t seen her mother in a few days. “He didn’t want to overwhelm us,” she said. “He told me, ‘Mommy is fractured badly. She’s at the hospital.’ … Little by little he told us what happened, until he finally just told us the truth.” Her mother didn’t survive the natural disaster. On the way home from the cemetery, her father told her there was an airplane leaving at 10 p.m. that day. He had already packed their bags. Porcéna-Ménéus and her sister were going to the United States, and he was staying in Haiti with their house, a symbol of their life before the quake. The military plane she boarded didn’t have seats. Haitian citizens squeezed together on the floor for the six-hour flight. “It was shaking a lot,” Porcena-Ménéus said. “That reminded me of the earthquake. Everything reminded me of the earthquake.” “I was scared to die,” she added. Porcéna-Ménéus may be a refugee, but that isn’t all she is, she said. “I immigrated to another country because of my safety, so yes, it is a word that would describe my experiences,” Porcéna-Ménéus said. “But normally, I don’t like to give my experiences a word, to define it, to categorize it, because that would be like limiting my experiences.” According to the Pennsylvania Refugee

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announced they will boycott the event, condemning the academy for its lack of diversity among the acting nominees. With this pushback against the academy this year, there has been more attention than ever on social media, and it has brought conversation to some Temple students. “[Lack of diversity in nominees] is part of the system and it’s going to continue until all of those older people are wiped out and fresher ideas and younger people are on the scene,” said senior theater major David Lawrence Glover. Gina Williams, a sophomore theater major, said she thinks boycotting the predominantly white academy is understandable. “‘Birdman’ won [Best Picture] last year because of this,” Williams said. “It’s about the midlife crisis of a white, middle-aged man. … That’s the majority of the people in the academy, so that’s the only one that they could actually relate to.” Sophomore acting major Riley Zalewski said she believes the boycotts “are a bit much,” but she


Temple Student Affairs and Leadership Development will host a seminar and panel discussion today titled, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” for Black History Month 2016. Notable artists and activists like reporter Quincy “Q-Deezy” Harris from Fox 29 News, Evita Kaigler, Esq. and Dice Raw from The Legendary Roots Crew will discuss the power of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the road to social justice for black communities. The event will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Temple Performing Arts Center. -Brooke Williams


Nagiarry Porcéna-Ménéus lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti until she was in the 7th grade. She holds a photo of herself and her mother at her elementary school graduation ceremony.

Resettlement Program, Philadelphia County plans to resettle 159 refugees from October 2015 to September 2016. The resettlement of refugees in America is “a large-scale problem,” Thompson said. She estimates only one percent of refugees actually get resettled to another country. Among other factors, Thompson said political climate often plays a role in the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States during any given year. After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, people feared terrorism more than usual. In 2001, the refugee cap was supposed to be set at 70,000 people, but Thompson said only about 22,000 refugees actually came to the United States. “Political figures and media can really affect what we do now, in terms of perception and what society thinks,” she said. “These aren’t terrorists,” Thompson added. “They’re people who had to leave everything they had and have nothing. We should help them, because that’s the right thing to do.” Porcéna-Ménéus was already an American citizen when the earthquake struck Haiti—she was born in Brooklyn and moved to Haiti while she was an infant—and she had a passport. Without one, she wouldn’t have been

understands why people are upset about the lack of diversity in the nominations, she said. “We’ve come so far as a country, and you would think that at this point that there would be one person [of color] or more represented at the Oscars,” Zalewski said. “It’s kind of ridiculous.” At Temple, in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, 599 of the 912 students were white, according to Temple University’s Student Profile conducted in 2014. Only 367 students were women. TFMA film and video production professor LeAnn Erickson has been trying to combat this statistic through “Real Girls,” a program that targets more than 60 high schools within an hour drive of Philadelphia to recruit girls and students of color to attend Temple. “Different academic areas attract a different kind of demographic,” Erickson said. “I have been very upset for years at the skew of white and male in film and media arts. We can b---ch at the Oscars all we want. …But if something’s been always white and male, how will you ever break that cycle? My feeling is that we’ve got to go down the chain here.” The academy responded

able to board the plane to the United States in the first place. Her citizenship made getting into America happen more quickly than it can for other refuges. “A lot of people end up in refugee camps and sit in refugee camps for 12 to 24 to 30 years until they’re resettled,” Thompson said. “I can see myself in the traumatic experiences they’re going through,” Porcéna-Ménéus said. Some things still remind Porcéna-Ménéus of the earthquake in Haiti. She’s prone to scare at the sound of a loud noise or a knock—but it doesn’t scare her enough to stay away. She visited her house in Haiti two summers ago, and every summer before that. “I can still feel [my mother’s] presence now, in the house,” she said. “It’s like the stories that we shared play over and over.” Porcéna-Ménéus said she plans to return home again. “I definitely want to go back,” PorcénaMénéus said. “To live.” “Haiti itself is a very important place for me. It’s home.” *


“I don’t have a huge opinion on it. I do think it will disrupt the community a little bit.”


The Temple Theaters will begin showings of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a play written by William Shakespeare and directed by James J. Christy, on Wednesday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. After the first showing, a reception will be held with the play’s cast and crew. This work is often considered Shakespeare’s first comedy. Tickets can be purchased at the Temple Theaters box office or online at tfma.temple. edu. Showings will continue until Feb. 14. -Casey Mitchell


The Blackstone LaunchPad will host an intellectual property information session on Thursday with attorney Pat Kelley, who formerly served as the acting director of intellectual property for a major pharmaceutical company. Kelley will be leading a discussion on how to file for a patent, copyright and trademark. The information session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the LaunchPad office in the lower level of the Student Center. -Jenny Roberts



Film major Kayla Watkins shares her thoughts on diversity in the Academy Awards in Annenberg Hall Jan. 26.

to the boycotts with significant changes for the next few years. Those who are in the academy no longer have a guaranteed lifetime membership and the academy will double its memberships of women and minorities. Glover said he isn’t sure these measures will fix the problem. “It is like trying to put a bandaid over a wound that is fresh,” he said. “We need to let it heal a little bit more then try to find creative measures as to fixing it.” “I’m not going to say that I think that it will change the repre-

sentation of the groups [of nominees],” Glover said. “I think that it will help the decisions be made by an audience that has different perspectives than just older, white male.” “This is a country of diversity, built upon diversity,” said Jon Diaz, a senior theater major. “And people want to see all of that. The world is a beautiful mixture of colors and should be represented in the media we consume.”



“I think it’s a great thing. The rental pricing of the Eagles stadium is too high.”

The first “How Did They Make That?” digital scholarship discussion will be held in the Digital Scholarship Center of Paley Library on Thursday at 2 p.m. Specific digital projects will serve as examples for discussion. The tools and materials necessary to create these projects will also be discussed. These monthly forums will examine specific projects and how they contribute to the questions of digital research. These discussions will continue to be held every first Thursday of the month from February to April. -Jenny Roberts


In conjunction with Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts will host The Chris Oatts Group, a jazz band of four members: a pianist, drummer, bassist and saxophinst. This performance is part of the Rite of Swing Jazz Café, a weekly event held in Temple’s Performing Arts Center. The event will take place on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. -Erin Blewett



Tomorrow at 11 a.m., there will be free cookies, coffee and tea at the Tyler School of Art’s Stella Elkins Gallery, which showcases student artwork at Temple. Tyler will host this event weekly until the end of the school year. On Thursday, a new exhibition, “Bodies,” will open at 4 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibition is centered around human bodies and their interaction with the world around them. -Brett Lane

“How do you feel about the on-campus stadium proposal?” BRONA RANIERI


“It’s ridiculous. It really takes away from the community feel.”





Matakevich totals 8 tackles in Senior Bowl TRIO OF OWLS PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL

Tyler Matakevich, Tavon Young and Matt Ioannidis participated for the North team in the Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Matakevich recorded a game-high eight total tackles for the North Squad, which lost 27-16 to the South. The former linebacker also led the North with four solo tackles along with Stanford University linebacker Blake Martinez. Young totaled three solo tackles, along with four total tackles. The former defensive back also recorded a pass breakup. Ioannidis, a former defensive lineman, posted one total tackle. -Michael Guise


Former Owls Will Cummings and Michael Eric were two of the 24 players named to the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game on Feb. 13. The game, which is at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum, will be televised on NBA TV and NBA TV Canada. Cummings and Eric will play for the East squad. “I am so happy for both Will and Mike on being named All-Stars,” coach Fran Dunphy said in a university-issued statement. “Both are having great seasons in the league and are fine representatives of Temple basketball and their families, on and off the court. I could not be prouder of them.” In his first year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cummings is averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 assists and 2 steals per game. While at Temple, the guard averaged 10.4 PPG in 120 career games. Eric, who was named to the All-Rookie Second Team with the Canton Charge, is averaging 12.4 PPG and 2 blocks per game with the Texas Legends. Before joining the Legends, Eric spent two seasons playing in Europe with Panelefsiniakos B.C. of the Greek A1 league in Greece and New Basketball Enel Brindisi of the Lega Basket league in Italy. -Michael Guise


Former linebacker Tyler Matakevich stands on the sideline during the Owls’ 27-10 win against Penn State on Sept. 5 at the Linc.


Both sophomores Kerry Arone and Gina Tucker remained sidelined due to injury for Temple’s quad meet Jan. 29 at West Chester University. Arone, who competed in all four events for the Owls, has been sidelined since she dislocated her thumb in an exhibition session prior to Temple’s Jan. 15 victory against William & Mary, last season’s Eastern College Athletic Conference champions. Arone scored a season-high 9.675 on bars in Temple’s Jan. 10 meet at Kent State University, which tied for the second-highest individual bar score behind sophomore Sahara Gipson’s 9.7. Prior to the Owls’ meet at West Chester, the coaching staff received an X-Ray of Tucker’s foot, which revealed a fracture.

Tucker has participated in three of four events this season, posting a team and career-high 9.7 for her vault routine Jan. 10 against Kent State. -Dan Newhart


After undergoing surgery for a torn Achilles, freshman defender Taylor Gooch is out for the season. The Milton, Delaware native won three state championships, including one alongside Temple teammate junior attacker Anna Frederick in her sophomore year, at Cape Henlopen High School. -Evan Easterling

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“It was scary,” Aflakpui said. “I didn’t know. I was thinking ‘Am I done? What does this mean?’” “There were some really tough days and some days where, even someone as strong as Ernest and as faithful as Ernest, had to kind of question, ‘What’s going on here? Why me?’” Archbishop Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk added. “But he kept plugging through.” While at Archbishop Carroll, Aflakpui lived with Sean and Jennifer Finnegan and their four children. Pat Finnegan, a senior marketing major at Temple, remembers Aflakpui sitting on the couch, unable to do anything. “He was all right with it for a little bit, then you could start to tell he started to get real anxious, really, really anxious, just kind of like moaning around,” Finnegan said. “But right when he was able to start moving again, he was off, always doing something.” When he arrived at Temple in July, Aflakpui did physical therapy in the morning at Edberg-Olson Hall and worked with assistant athletic trainer Shawn Cameron while the team did conditioning drills later in the day. Doctors cleared the freshman center to play before the start of the Owls’ season in mid-October 2015, and Aflakpui played in five of Temple’s first 12 games, totaling more than four minutes once. Coach Fran Dunphy approached him with the idea of redshirting. “It just didn’t look like he was making the necessary progress, so I just talked to him about the possibility of maybe doing it,” Dunphy said. “I said, ‘Just think about it.’” After the team’s Jan. 2 loss to Houston, Aflakpui came into Dun-


Freshman center Ernest Aflakpui boxes out Mustangs’ redshirt-senior forward Markus Kennedy during the Owls’ 89-80 win against Southern Methodist at the Liacouras Center on Jan. 24.

phy’s office with an answer. An MRI showed his knee was completely healthy, and he had no intentions of sitting out the rest of the season. “I told him I wanted to play,” Aflakpui said. “He was like, ‘Great.’ If I wanted to redshirt or play it didn’t make a difference. Whatever I wanted to do he was right behind me.” Since his conversation with Dunphy, Aflakpui has started in every game for the Owls. In the team’s

past five contests, he is averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, including an eight-point, 10-rebound performance in Wednesday’s loss to East Carolina. “Most of the time he looks pretty good,” Dunphy said. “But you can see there’s times where he favors [his knee] just a little bit, as you would would expect somebody coming off that serious of a knee injury.” Aflakpui, a former soccer player, began playing basketball as an eighth

grader in Ghana after his cousins pushed him into the sport because of his height. Aflakpui’s injury came three games into his senior year at Archbishop Carroll, his fifth year playing basketball. The center scored 16 points in all three contests and said he was playing the “best basketball” he ever played. Finnegan recalls watching Aflakpui play in a game before his senior season against Thon Maker—

a 7-foot center, currently ranked as a five-star recruit by “He had a really good game against him, and that one I was like ‘He’s made a lot of improvements,’” Finnegan said. “I thought he was going to have a huge season.” * T @Owen_McCue




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an opportunity to face No. 5 Northwestern, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 3 Princeton University and No. 2 Notre Dame. On day one of the tournament on Saturday, the Owls lost to both the Wildcats and the Buckeyes 18-9, but won their four other bouts, including a 14-13 victory against University of California-San Diego. On Sunday, the Owls were defeated by Princeton and Notre Dame 16-11, bringing their weekend record to 8-4.

“We’re not there yet, and I think that showed this weekend,” coach Nikki Franke said. “We just have to go back and work a little harder and kind of get focused on the specific things we need to improve on in order to get the kinds of results that we want against these top ten teams.” On Jan. 16, The Owls earned a 4-1 record at the Penn State Invitational, defeating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Haverford College and Yale University, in addition to their win against Penn State. At the meet, the epee squad totaled a 5-0 record, led by junior Alexandra Keft and sophomore Safa Ibra-

was to be Top 7 or a little “One of ourbit goals higher than that.” Fatima Largaespada | senior foil

him—who had a combined record of 22-4. “At the beginning of the season, we set goals and one of our goals was to be Top 7 or a little bit higher than that. … I feel like it’s mostly to know that Temple is here, Temple is good, and Temple is here to beat everyone who is in front of us,” senior foil Fati-

ma Largaespada said. Temple’s lone loss came against then-No. 2 Columbia University, the defending Division I champions. Keft and Ibrahim were each 3-0 to help the epee squad earn a 7-2 victory. Columbia’s first team All-Ivy junior foilist Sara Taffel and three time All-American senior Jackie Dubrov-

ich each went 3-0 to help the Lions’ foil squad earn an 8-1 victory. The Lions’ foil squad has a 17-1 record against Temple in two meets this season, helping the Lions earn two 15-12 wins over the Owls. “Their foil team is extremely strong, and that’s really what hurt us the most, but they have six girls that are all ranked in the Top 10 in the country,” Franke said. “The sabre went 4-5, it was very close. So we just had to pick up some more foil bouts to help out sabre and epee that did their job.” *

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continue to work hard, so I could get into good schools.” During a race that season, St. Fleur was anchoring the 200-meter relay for the team when she pulled her hamstring mid-race. Despite the injury, St. Fleur endured the pain and finished her leg, winning the relay. “After that, a lot of people would have stopped, but at that point we were already winning,


Junior Bionca St. Fleur trains during a recent practice at the Student Pavilion

so I didn’t want to stop,” St. Fleur said. “Athletes are taught to operate under a little duress in regards to the level of pain tolerance,” coach Elvis Forde added. “She has a very high level of pain tolerance.” Hours of rehab and dedication that came from a passion for the sport helped nurture St. Fleur back to running condition. “She’s a very determined person, and that’s one of the qualities that has carried her through to this point,” Forde

said. “She wants to be better, and she works hard.” St. Fleur holds the records at Melrose in the long jump, the 100 and the 200. After her senior season in 2013, she was named Middlesex All-League, and the Boston Globe awarded her All Scholastic honors. While St. Fleur, who set the school-record time in the 200 on Feb. 14, 2015, at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational, went into her freshman year at Temple with lots of excitement, she was dis-

appointed with how things were going under former coach Eric Mobley, who resigned later that year surrounding abuse and misconduct accusations. “It almost made me never want to run track ever again,” St. Fleur said. “I was thinking about quitting. I decided to stay because I was hoping we were getting a new coach. My family has always believed that if you have a gift, a talent, you don’t waste it.” *

Bionca St. Fleur (middle) and teammates warm up during a recent practice.


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the poll. “Last year, as a Division II club, we played a lot of Division I teams like Penn, Drexel, Rutgers and Penn State,” senior co-captain and president Max Malloy said. “They’re all Division I teams, and they’re good Division I teams, but you know we have Navy on our schedule. We have Hofstra, UVA, North Carolina, so pretty much our strength of schedule just skyrocketed compared to years before.” Under Berkelbach and Ruder, the Owls won the Liberty Conference last season, outscoring their opponents 183-66. The Owls also had 10 players named to the Division II all-tournament team. Thenjunior Ryan Flynn was also named the Final Four MVP. “The returners and some of the new guys we’re bringing in this year are awesome,” Malloy said. “We have size, we have speed and our depth at defense is fantastic. … One of our strong points is definitely our team’s focus. When we are focused, I think we are unbeatable. We’re just a phenomenal team.”

With the move to NCLL Division I, the Owls have increased their fundraising because of the travel expenses their schedule requires. The club receives $3,000 each year from Campus Recreation and supplements its finances with a website created last year that sells backpacks, jackets and hats along with other team gear. “We have seen a big jump in fundraising because more kids are interested in buying gear, which we use for funds,” senior defender and co-captain Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “With being a better team and a more popular team, more people buy gear.” Malloy said the website has made $1,200 for the team so far. “With that money it makes going down to the University of Virginia and North Carolina possible,” Malloy said. “Now we have the money to fund that trip.” This past fall, Temple played in the Kelsey Klassic Tournament in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where they faced Penn State, the University of Delaware and the University of Vermont. The squad split itself into two teams, one

with the seniors and sophomores on the roster and the other with the juniors and freshmen. The team with the seniors and sophomores lost all three of the games it played, while the juniors and freshmen won two of the three matches. The

club also faced the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University, losing to the Quakers and beating the Scarlet Knights. “Since we won a national championship last year doesn’t mean that we’re coming into this season thinking we are

going to win the DI championship this year,” Malloy said. “We understand. This fall we took a couple losses, and I think that was great. It was good that we lost, so we know what it feels like as a team to lose because we haven’t done it in the last 21 games. I think

we understand that there are going to be some losses, but that it’s only going to make us better.” *


Coach Chris Berkelbach (middle), talks with his players during a recent outdoor practice at Geasey Field.



women’s basketball


women’s basketball

Losing streak halted with back-to-back wins After falling to Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania, the Owls defeated conference foes Tulane and East Carolina. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News


Freshman guard Deja Reynolds stands on the team’s practice floor at Pearson Hall.

Philly guard stays home Freshman guard Deja Reynolds from Imhotep Charter High School is the lone Philadelphia native on the Owls’ roster. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News Before Deja Reynolds takes the floor every home game, she scans behind the Owls’ bench in search of her mother. No matter the result, or even if the freshman guard doesn’t step onto the court, her mother stays until the final buzzer sounds. “My mom is my only family,” Reynolds said. “She’s never going to miss a game.” Reynolds, the only freshman and player from Philadelphia on the Owls’ roster, verbally committed to Temple in October 2013 after making an unofficial visit with coach Tonya Cardoza and the team as a junior at Imhotep Institute Charter High School. The visit only lasted a few hours, but right as Reynolds left the doors of Pearson Hall, her decision was made. “She went downstairs to the car and told her mom that this is where she wanted to go to school,” Cardoza said. “She was one of those kids who wanted to be close to home and have her family come to games.” Cardoza kept an eye on Reynolds before she attended high school when she was a member of the Amateur Athletic Union team Philly Triple

Threat. After Reynolds switched to a different AAU age level, Cardoza lost contact with the guard until her sophomore year at Imhotep, when Reynolds traveled to Washington, D.C. for an AAU tournament and recruiting coordinator Way Veney noticed Reynolds during the game. “When Way told coach Cardoza about me, she was like, ‘That was the player I was telling you about,’” Reynolds said. “Ever since then, they didn’t forget me.” In high school, Reynolds became the first girls basketball player at Imhotep to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. She also led the Panthers to Public League Class AA titles her junior and senior years, snapping a 14-year skid for Imhotep. Before the start of the regular season, Cardoza considered redshirting the 5-foot9-inch guard for her to learn from the sideline and have four more years of eligibility. Due to the chance of injuries occurring during the season, Cardoza decided against it because she didn’t want to have a depleted guard lineup at any stretch of the year. “It’s not something we normally do for players anyway,” Cardoza said. “I want her to still have in-game experience, and you never know what’s going to happen.” Reynolds has seen action

in eight of Temple’s 20 games this season, scoring six total points and averaging 6.3 minutes per game in the contest she’s appeared in. “If I really pushed myself like I’m supposed to, I would be out there,” Reynolds said. “From first quarter to the fourth, to the last minute, I’m still eager to hit the floor.” Sophomore guard Donnaizha Fountain, who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, knows the troubles Reynolds has faced this year. “She’s learning patience and is being a student of the game,” Fountain said. “Last year, our freshmen weren’t able to be real freshmen a lot of the time because they were needed. She has a chance to learn from our skilled point guards.” Although she sits toward the end of the bench and is put in the game when the outcome is nearly decided, Reynolds still receives praise from her coach. “Probably her biggest thing is that she’s still used to being in high school, where you can just go through the motions a lot of the time,” Cardoza said. “She has the talent and skill level, but it’s the work ethic she has to improve on.” * T @MarkJMcCormick


As Temple pulled up to a chain link fence at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, Louisiana, players stepped off the bus and walked toward a Signature Flight Support plane. Before getting on the plane, Khadijah Berger received a phone call from her mother, Jurea Berger, congratulating the sophomore guard on the team’s 72-54 victory against Tulane. “She called me like 15 minutes before we got on the plane and wouldn’t even let me get on the plane,” Berger said. “Our family members were calling us and be like, ‘Oh my god, you guys played so good. If you play like this all the time, nobody could stop you.’” The Green Wave came into last Tuesday’s game 15-5 and 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference. Tulane had lost once this season at Devlin Fieldhouse before falling to the Owls. “It is the biggest win of

the season,” Atkinson said. “We were all family and were hungry, and we all wanted to eat together.” In early November 2015, the Owls set their goal to appear in the Division I Women’s College Basketball Tournament in March. After defeating the Green Wave, Temple snapped a twogame losing streak to Connecticut, ranked No.1 in the AP Top 25 poll, and the University of Pennsylvania. With nine regular season games left, Temple—which has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2001—is third in The American standings behind No. 20 South Florida and Connecticut. “I feel we have a really good chance of making the tournament,” Berger said. “Towards the end of the season last year, we really picked it up and came together. We mapped out what we had to do to accomplish our goals and I think we are doing that now and are focusing on all the little things and have a good chance of making the tournament.” No. 20 South Florida will travel to the Liacouras Center on Feb.6. The Owls will travel

to Tampa, Florida for a Feb. 27 game against the Bulls in their second to last contest of the regular season. “South Florida just lost to Memphis, so our conference is all messed up now, so I think we are still in a pretty good position,” sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson said. “We still have opportunities to play against Connecticut, even if we play it close it can get us in a good position.” Temple lost to UConn on the road 104-49 on Jan. 16 and will host the Huskies on Feb. 14 at McGonigle Hall. Temple is 7-2 in conference play, with losses to Southern Methodist and UConn. At this point last season, Temple sat at 6-3 in The American, eventually missing out on the NCAA Tournament and earning an appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. “The team is very unpredictable, and that’s why Tulane was such an amazing win,” junior forward Ruth Sherrill said. “Our standard for our last 10 games will be up to that par or better.” *


Donnaizha Fountain drives to the rim in the second half of team’s 60-54 loss to the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 21 at McGonigle Hall.

Mid-January win boosts Owls The Owls finished second in Saturday’s quad meet at West Chester University. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News


Kayla Kennedy dismounts off the balance beam during practice.

Following an 0-2 start, the Owls faced a near 300-mile trip to Williamsburg, Virginia to face the reigning Eastern College Athletic Conference champions, William & Mary College. The last time the teams faced off on March 16, 2014, the Tribe defeated the Owls 193.375-189.525. Temple hadn’t defeated William & Mary since the 2012 season. Shortly before the meet started, sophomore Kerry Arone dislocated her thumb in an exhibition session and was unable to compete. Arone has competed in all four events, served as the anchor on bars and has a season-high all-around score of 37.45 earned Jan. 3 against Central Michigan University.

Despite the challenges, the Owls earned their first victory of the season, defeating the Tribe 190.15-190.05. “Beating William & Mary was a really big victory for us,” said freshman Breahna Wiczkowski, who scored a 9.65 on beam versus William & Mary. “It felt really, really good. Kerry got hurt during warmups, and bars was our first event, so it shook us up a little bit. We were really able to pull through that and the team was able to regroup after what happened.” On Friday, the Owls finished second at the West Chester quad meet, defeating Ursinus College and Centenary College. The Owls finished with their highest team score this season, 191.375, on Jan. 17 at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. The team took third place, finishing behind George Washington University, ranked No. 11 in the Jan. 26 GymInfo NCAA gymnastics poll, and Cornell University, which finished with a score of 194.025. “The confidence really shows through the energy the team has,” Wiczkowski said. “Our meet [at George Washington] the energy was through the roof. Everyone was cheering, we had our whole team there, we were loud and

energetic. Once you have the energy of your teammates behind you it makes your skill so much easier to do.” Before the team’s victory against the Tribe, the Owls fell to Kent State University on Jan. 10. The bar team led Temple in scoring against the Golden Flashes, finishing with a total score of 47.45. Arone and junior all-around Briana Odom each earned individual scores of 9.675 on the bars, and sophomore Sahara Gipson landed a career-high 9.7 on her routine. “It’s never easy to be the away team because you’re at a disadvantage not knowing the arena and not really being familiar with the equipment,” coach Umme Salim-Beasley said. “You have to make quick adjustments. Kent State had a very bouncy floor, so you have to be able to adjust so you’re not flying out of bounds on your landing.” *




Tyler Matakevich recorded eight tackles at Saturday’s Senior Bowl, Will Cummings and Michael Eric will participate in the NBA D-League All-Star game, other news and notes. PAGE 17

Umme Salim-Beasley’s team is gaining After a two-game losing streak, the confidence after a win against William & Mary women’s basketball team won two following an 0-2 start. PAGE 19 games in a row last week. PAGE 19




men’s basketball

track & field

St. Fleur inspired by family Bionca St. Fleur finds motivation from her grandparents, who came to the United States from Haiti. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News

buckled a little bit,” Aflakpui said. “It ended up being a torn meniscus in my right knee.” The Accra, Ghana native had surgery four days after the injury, but one month later, problems struck again when he discovered an infection in his knee. The setback required additional surgery and forced Aflakpui to drain the area three times per day.

Bionca St. Fleur’s grandfather came to the United States with $100 in his pocket and a desire for a better life. He left his wife of two days in Haiti to establish his stake in the United States. About a year later, the junior sprinter and jumper’s grandmother joined her husband, and the two worked tirelessly to raise their two daughters. Their story of hard work has been St. Fleur’s inspiration in running and life. “My grandparents worked so hard to get here, so I have to take advantage of anything I can,” St. Fleur said. “They are such a big influence, and they have always pushed us to do things.” This motivation from her family has helped St. Fleur realize her potential and find strength throughout her running career thus far. St. Fleur was initially involved in swimming until her sixth-grade gym teacher noticed her athleticism during a game of capture the flag. She grew to love track & field and found success in the sport. She attended Melrose High School in Massachusetts where she helped lead the team to two undefeated seasons her junior and senior year. “Junior year, I was crazy about going to college for track,” St. Fleur said. “That’s really when you show coaches what you can do. At the rate I was running, I knew I was doing well but needed to




Freshman center Ernest Aflakpui played a season-high 25 minutes in the team’s 64-61 loss to East Carolina last Wednesday.

Aflakpui’s long road to recovery Freshman center Ernest Aflakpui tore his right meniscus in his senior year of high school.

By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor


rnest Aflakpui and Archbishop John Carroll High School’s basketball team had one more practice before a trip to Fort Myers, Florida for the City of Palms Classic Basketball

Tournament. The Temple commit and the rest of his team were finishing a transition drill at the end of a Dec. 14, 2014 practice, when Aflakpui went up for a rebound and collided with two teammates. The 6-foot-10-inch center landed awkwardly on his right leg and collapsed to the floor. “I messed up my footing, so it kind of

Men’s club lacrosse


No.10 Owls face top teams The fencing squad faced four ranked teams in a tournament this weekend. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News Despite a No. 10 ranking in the Jan 15. Coaches Poll, the Owls were without a win against a ranked opponent two months into the season. With losses to No. 6 Ohio State, No. 4 Harvard and then-No. 2 Columbia on their resume, the Owls came into the Jan. 16 Penn State Invitational with the opportunity to knock off No. 8 Penn State. At the meet, the team defeated Penn State 18-9, earning its first win against a ranked opponent this season. “I think we’ve had a big moral boost,” junior epee Alexandra Keft said. “We’ve been doing very

well this year, so we’re continuing that drive and determination to beat all those other teams because we beat Penn State, and they’re pretty highly ranked. So we have other teams that we’d like to beat that are in front of us so that we can get ahead in the rankings.” Due to the fourth-largest snowfall in Philadelphia history, the No. 10 team in the Jan. 29 poll postponed its scheduled bouts for Jan. 23 against No. 5 Northwestern University, host No. 9 the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Duke University and John Hopkins University. Instead, the Owls focused their attention to the Northwestern Duals on Saturday and Sunday with



another national championship, “We want this time DI instead of DII.” Tom Shute | junior defensive midfielder


The men’s club lacrosse team participates in a drill during a practice at Geasey Field.

Lacrosse club team looks to defend title The reigning Division II NCLL champions are making the jump to Division I in 2016. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Tom Shute has high expectations for the men’s club lacrosse team. After defeating Binghamton University on May 4, 2015 at Penn State Lacrosse Stadium to claim the National College Lacrosse League Division II title, the junior defensive midfielder

has similar goals this season. “We want another national championship, this time DI instead of DII,” the junior defensive midfielder said. “If we don’t make it to the national tournament, we will be very disappointed.” The team, coached by former Rutgers University club lacrosse member Chris Berkelbach and former Temple club lacrosse member Ian Ruder, moves into Division I of the NCLL after finishing last season 21-0. The squad opens its season March 12 against the University of Delaware. The Owls were ranked No. 9 in the NCLL Preseason Division I Top 20. They will face six teams ranked in the Top 11 of


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Volume 94, Issue 18  

Issue for February 2, 2016.

Volume 94, Issue 18  

Issue for February 2, 2016.


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