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Stadium talks heat up, a mixed reaction Trustees said more information is necessary before they make decisions about an on-campus stadium. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor


The playground on 16th Street near Berks may be affected by the possible construction of a 35,000-seat, $100 million stadium.

If constructed, an on-campus football stadium could affect the Amos Recreation Center and its surrounding neighbors.


By EJ SMITH Managing Editor

few times a week, Krima Stevens brings her 2-yearold son and his cousins to the park near where she grew up. At the Amos Recreation Center, the 25-year-old mother sits and watches her son, Mahni Williams, and the rest of the kids to play, knowing now their time at the park might be limited. This border between Temple’s campus and the Cecil B. Moore Community, however, might be in jeopardy. When Stevens learned Temple administration may need the park as a part of its community-altering plans to build a football stadium on Main Campus, she said she had seen it all. “[Temple] just came in and took over and they don’t care about our viewpoints,” the Willington Street resident said. “They’ve treated us terribly. They don’t involve the community in anything.” Adjacent to the park, a basketball court frequently hosts a handful of teenagers playing pickup basketball. Upon finding out about the university’s proposal for the area, one boy looked toward the center of campus, and muttered a question in frustration: “Why here?” Community members neighboring Geasey Field, a potential location reported by The Inquirer Thursday for the university’s on-campus football stadium proposal, told The Temple News Sunday they haven’t been contacted by university representatives. Some of them don’t mind the prospect of a 35,000-person stadium, but others said it portrayed as the next power move from the university. “[Residents have] mixed emotions,” said Will Mundy, 71, the block captain of Page Street west of 16th. “Some welcome



Michael Thomas, 71, and his great-grandson Tahjmiir Davis,1, often visit the playground.

[Temple] just came in and took “ over and they don’t care about our viewpoints.”


Contemporary witchcraft Witchcraft is evolving to meet the needs of its modern practitioners. By VICTORIA MIER A&E Editor Jessica Castro doesn’t look like a witch—no pointy hat, no wart-ridden nose. Besides the pentagram necklace peeking out from beneath her gray sweater, there’s little indication that Castro’s religious beliefs might lean toward the occult. “There’s a difference between practicing Wicca and label-

SEPTA ads taken down After residents expressed concern, Temple removed its advertising aboveground at the Cecil B. Moore station.

Krima Stevens | community resident

Krima Stevens, 25, looks on at her son, Mahni Williams, 2, who plays at the playground on 16th Street near Berks.


Talks about an on-campus football stadium have escalated among the Board of Trustees after the Owls opened their season 7-0, the best start in the program’s history. The university is “exploring all options” regarding an on-campus stadium—one of which includes a 35,000-seat stadium in the northwest portion of Main Campus, at a cost of about $100 million, a university spokesman confirmed yesterday. In that scenario, it would be built west of Broad Street and north of the Liacouras Center, he added. A multi-use student recreation center is also being considered west of Pearson and McGonigle halls. In May, the board approved $1.5 million for the design of an indoor facility at the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue that could house a workout facility and an indoor track, as The Temple News previously reported. Four trustees on the Athletics committee spoke with The Temple News about the prospects of building a stadium. Drew Katz, CEO of Interstate Outdoor Advertising and member of the board’s Athletics committee, said he is in favor of an on-campus stadium because of the game-day atmosphere it would bring to campus. “My role on the Board of Trustees is to carry out the direction and the wishes of my late father Lewis,” Katz said. “My dad was extremely involved in Temple athletics, loved the university and all of its sports teams and was in favor of a stadium … so I’m going to do everything I can to see to it

ing yourself a witch,” Castro, a senior strategic communication major, said. “One’s a belief and one’s a practice. Not all Wiccans are witches and not all witches believe in Wicca. I pull from both Wicca and witchcraft because I am a practitioner.” By practitioner, Castro means she is a witch who does magic—a blanket term for spells, herb and gemstone lore, Reiki healing, reading auras and psychic abilities, she said. “[Doing magic] feels like I’m tapping into more than just myself, more than just my will, more than just my hopes and dreams,” Castro said. “I’m tapping into energies that are beyond myself … into more of a higher power, and it’s such an electrifying experience.” Castro stumbled upon Wicca at a young age. Raised in a


By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Temple advertisements on the outside of SEPTA’s Cecil B. Moore subway station were removed this past weekend after some community members expressed concerns about them to SEPTA and elected officials. Karen Asper Jordan, head of the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, started efforts to meet with SEPTA officials and called for the removal of Temple advertisements from the station. “That is the Cecil B. Moore station, it’s not a

Temple station,” Jordan said. The advertising at the station was put up at the end of August as part of the university’s “Take Charge” advertising campaign, and included advertisements both above and below ground. Richard Burnfield, SEPTA deputy general manager and treasurer, said the advertising was part of a 12-month contract between the university and SEPTA. After Jordan and elect-



Pieces of a Temple advertisement sit outside the Cecil B. Moore station after SEPTA removed it Saturday.



Weekend welcomes families


The School of Media and Communication will not rescind the longtime NBC anchor’s Lew Klein Award. PAGE 2

The Parents and Family Weekend, held from Oct. 16-18, encouraged families of students to interact with Temple’s Main Campus. PAGE 7

The city’s Mural Arts Program created “La Frontera” to create conversation between North Philly’s Latin American and African American communities. PAGE 9

Brian Williams to keep award


The Essayist: Living in the waiting room

Art installation encourages dialogue




Storefront program halted Several businesses were expecting to be part of a city renovation program. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Businesses near Main Campus were initially part of a citywide program to improve business storefronts. Renovations and improvements for the 1400-1900 blocks of Cecil B. Moore Avenue have been curbed following discussions between business owners in the area. The blocks were eligible for the Storefront Improvement Program, an initiative of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce that helps restore business storefronts throughout the city. According to the Department of Commerce SIP Guidelines, “the purpose of the Storefront Improvement Program is to encourage businesses and property owners … to improve their storefronts, making these areas more attractive to shoppers and growing their vitality and economic performance.” Improvements to the storefronts are required to be visible to the pub-

lic, which includes masonry and brick pointing, moldings, exterior painting, windows, glazing, exterior doors, signage, awnings, exterior façade lighting and see-through security grills. The guidelines also detailed a 50 percent reimbursement for costs up to $10,000 for individual properties and $15,000 for group addresses. Business owners were asked to work with a “relationship manager” to figure out what improvements were needed and permitted. Beech Companies, located at 1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave., is an organization that provides commercial and economic development, neighborhood revitalization and program and project support services. Beech Companies would act as the relationship manager for the businesses near Temple in the case of the implementation. Beech’s website also said the company organizes development on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The company could not be reached for comment. Talib Abdul Mujib, owner of 1617 Barber Shop and Beauty Salon on 1617 Cecil B. Moore Ave. said there was a meeting held by Beech Companies to discuss an “incentive to redo storefronts.” Mujib said at the meeting, business owners were told they would be

reimbursed for half of their expenses, but they had to pay for everything before receiving the money. “It wasn’t much of an incentive,” Mujib said, adding being on a “shoestring budget” made it difficult to do a big change all at once. “I do all my improvements on my own, a little at a time.” Mujib said he would like to see more lights on the block, pointing to a streetlight that had “always been out.” “If you had a brighter street, people would feel more comfortable,” he said. Mujib’s list of improvements included installing trash cans to help with the “serious trash problems,” developing the empty lot across the street and building a ramp to make his business more accessible. “It would be great to see a beautiful street, but who’s it for? Not the residents,” said Négüs Frost, who is in charge of outreach at the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League Division 121 on 1609 Cecil B. Moore Ave. According to its website, UNIAACL is a “governing ruling body … to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world” that conducts work through social, humani-


Several businesses from 1400-1900 Cecil B. Moore Avenue were initially part of the citywide Storefront Improvement Program.

tarian, charitable and educational programs. “It’s about marketing to students and faculty,” Frost said. “This is being done for them, not for my kids, who are eventually going to be priced out because property taxes are going up.” Frost added people living permanently in the area are more focused on surviving than on beautifying the neighborhood, and added the SIP was a form of “serious gentrification.” “Temple is trying to bring University City to North Philadelphia,” he said. “It’s harming us, because they don’t have concern for the people living here, but for the ones coming here for four to eight years.”

Both Frost and Mujib said communication between Beech Companies and local businesses was poor. “They put things up in obscure places,” said Ramisous Maat-Ra, a member of UNIA-ACL. Mujib said a memo was passed out, but “no one came to [him] and asked [him] about it.” Mujib and Maat-Ra also said if Beech offered direct grants to business owners, the incentive for participating would have been stronger. “If I could, I would change everything,” Mujib said. * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules

SEPTA considering alternative discounts for students The School Partnership Program may be partially paid for by tuition dollars. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Educational institutions in the Philadelphia-area could offer discounted SEPTA rates, after a recent online petition. SEPTA’s Youth Advisory Council proposed the SEPTA School Partnership Program on change.org last month. YAC is a Philadelphia-based advocacy organization that advocates for the needs of the 22-and-under demographic to SEPTA leadership, as well as representing those leaders to youth. The initial idea of the program began in September 2012, and the planning process took off last month, said Jeff Kessler, executive chairman of YAC. The SEPTA School Partnership Program has the potential to follow one of two models.

The first is annual unlimited transportation passes, purchased by the university at a discount set by SEPTA and provided to all students. The alternative is that SEPTA sends student usage information to the university, which then pays SEPTA for the accumulated student fares at a discount. The University of Pittsburgh has implemented a similar program where students and faculty can tap their university IDs to “ride fare-free on all Port Authority buses, trolleys and inclines within Allegheny County.” The pass costs $180. There are also different cost structures for how universities would be able to pay for the program. The petition claims the passes would be funded from school budgets, financial aid and university tuition dollars. “It depends on the individual school and how they plan to finance it,” Kessler said. He added schools can pay for the program with endowments, but general funds are the most likely way to finance it. “The cost goes to the university and however the university decides to cover the costs on the back end is up to them,” he said. Kessler said any additional

charges beyond a student’s expected family contributions is covered by a school like the University of Pennsylvania. “Anything that impacts general funds is typically negligible,” he add-

Anything that “impacts general

funds is typically negligible. Individual cost to the student is kept minimal.

Jeff Kessler | executive director, SEPTA Youth Advisory Council

ed. “Individual cost to the student is kept minimal.” YAC is currently bringing university and SEPTA leaders to discuss structure and design a program to get schools on board, Kessler said.

Although the proposal is not yet naming a specific structure for the program, Kessler said the aim is to “maximize what everyone, students, universities and SEPTA would like to see.” “[YAC] is not the decider of the final program,” he added. The program must go through a process of public hearings to be approved by SEPTA, before schools can sign on. Kessler said he hopes the program will be instituted this fiscal year. SEPTA evaluates their budget and structure every three years. Their last review was three years ago, Kessler said. “Now is the time to get a program like this in the works,” he added. Student ID compatibility to integrate payment technology and replace tokens would make the program more convenient for students. SEPTA fares would accept swiping with the magnetic strip on the back of the student ID card to pay the fare, as well as tapping with contact magnetic chips other cards may have. All Temple representatives on YAC have graduated and moved on and YAC is “highly interested in recruiting members from Temple,” Kessler said.

“At this point, given Temple’s size, we want to make sure we have representation from Temple on the committee,” he added. Junior management information systems major Nick Bui, commutes from Olney. He frequently used public transportation in his freshman and sophomore year, but he now has a car. “[The program] would not affect me as much,” he said. “It would be a waste of money, having a car is more useful. I wouldn’t take public transportation over a car.” Jacky Huynh, sophomore engineering major, also has a 30-minute drive from Bensalem, Pennsylvania. “It’s a good idea in general, but it sounds like a step back because people in dorms will start complaining,” he said. “It should be more selective for people who need it.” As of Oct. 26, the petition currently has 1,091 signatures out of the required 1,500. “The petition gives us quantifiable numbers to show interest exists,” Kessler said. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

Williams remains Lew Klein recipient The longtime NBC anchor was criticized for lying during the Iraq war in 2003. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News As Wolf Blitzer is expected to come to Temple this week to accept the Lew Klein award for excellence in the media, last year’s winner Brian Williams still has his name next to the 14th Lew Klein Award, despite recent controversy and his suspension from NBC Nightly News. Wolf Blitzer will come to Temple Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. for a Q&A session with students about his career as a news anchor for CNN, a journalist at the Jerusalem Post and his other news experience. Blitzer was chosen as the 15th Lew Klein Award winner along with five Temple alumni and two Rising Star alumni who will all attend a lun-

cheon to receive their awards. The alumni winners were chosen through nominations and a review process by a board of alumni, administrators and faculty at the School of Media and Communication. Last year’s winner, Brian Williams, will still have his plaque hung outside Annenberg Hall’s atrium with the rest of the Lew Klein Award winners. Shortly after receiving the award last year, it was uncovered Williams fabricated the events of a helicopter attack he claimed he was in during the Iraq war in 2003. Williams said on-air he was in a helicopter that was shot down. He was not found to be in that helicopter, but in a different one that was not attacked. This resulted in his suspension at NBC Nightly News in February. He was eventually reassigned to an anchoring position at MSNBC in midAugust. Rescinding the award from Williams was discussed in SMC, but the award will stay, Dean David Boardman, said. “We had a conversation of, ‘Is there anything we should do about

this?’ And our feeling was, ‘No, we really don’t need to.’ We were recognizing the great work he had done. None of that was negated,” Boardman said. “Certainly there were serious questions about some of what he had done, and I would not defend the exaggeration or even fabrication that he did,” Boardman added. “In fact, had that emerged beforehand he probably wouldn’t have won the award. But to rescind it felt like an unnecessary and high-profile and insulting step that we really didn’t need to [take].” Gabrielle Verzella, a junior media studies and production major and Lew Klein scholarship award winner, will attend this year’s Q&A session with Blitzer. “It’s going to be a good opportunity to network, meet Wolf Blitzer, get a feel of who he is and what he does,” she said. “I’m not too familiar with political media so it’ll be interesting, broaden my horizons.” Verzella believes the award for Williams should be rescinded. “I feel like that probably knocked down his credibility a little bit,” she said. “Being the recipient of


Brian Williams’ Lew Klein Award still hangs on the wall on the first floor of Annenberg Hall.

something that’s supposed to benefit students of media to be honest and passionate about what they’re doing—as opposed to what he did.” Senior advertising major Jenny Lyv, however, said she believes the award should still stay with Williams. “I don’t find any reason for it to be taken away from him,” she said. “He still won it on his own skills and his own efforts and his own hard work.” Concerning this year’s winner, Boardman said the longtime anchor has had a distinguished career. “[Blitzer] really has had a re-

markable career,” he said. “A guy who has been really in the middle of the biggest news stories in the world for 25 years—just story after story after story, many of them quite controversial. And yet he has emerged with a sparkling, sterling reputation.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick




staff reports | temple student government

TSG hosts Big 5 universities on campus tour Student governments discussed issues among all city schools. By COLTON SHAW The Temple News Temple Student Government hosted student governments from the Big 5 Universities in Philadelphia Saturday to discuss issues the schools have in common. TSG led student body presidents and other student government officials from the other Big 5 universities on a tour of Main Campus before having an in-group discussion and a press conference. The press conference was held on the top floor of Morgan Hall, the first student-run usage of the meeting space. The intra-school meeting was also the first of its kind. The idea was first introduced when Future TU campaigned in Spring 2015. Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said the idea garnered positive feedback from other students.

“Students loved the idea,” Rinaldi said. “We can kind of use this network to pick each other’s brains on issues and try to find positive outcomes for our students.” In the wake of recent sexual assaults on campus and President Theobald’s Presidential Report on Sexual Misconduct, the meeting discussed student safety on campuses and the link to undergraduate alcohol consumption. “We talked about things that lead to sexual assault,” Rinaldi said. “There is a campaign we’re going to start here called ‘Define Your Line’ and it’s going to be an educational campaign about realistically defining how much [students] should not drink and define that not by how much they drink, but the things they start doing.” Nick Chingas, president of St. Joseph’s University Student Government, also weighed in. “Drinking too much affects your body the same way, whether you are at a house party on St. Joe’s campus or a bar in University City,” Chingas said. “So it’s making sure that all of our policies are aligned towards helping students, no matter where they

find themselves in our city.” President of Drexel’s Student Government James Gordon saw similarities in the way both his school and Temple are expanding their campuses. “One parallel I saw between Drexel and Temple was construction and improving campus facilities,” Gordon said. “Walking around today, I saw a lot of construction and buildings being restored and we’re seeing a lot of that at Drexel as well.” As universities in the city continue to advance their sprawl, Rinaldi said the leaders discussed ways they looked to combat the downsides of gentrification. “We talked about practices, different things that each university or each Student Government is doing to engage with the surrounding communities and universities on a number of activities,” Rinaldi said. “Whether it be Adopt-a-Block, that we have here at Temple, whether it be physically going out and picking up trash or going around and creating opportunities for students to get involved with local high schools, local middle schools and working with their students and trying to improve community rela-


TSG members hosted student body leaders from Big 5 universities Saturday.

tions that way.” Chingas said the meetings’ locations will likely cycle to other campuses as well. The informal agreement between the leaders was to aim for two to three forums a semester, Gordon said. Jane Meyer, president of the University of Pennsylvania’s Student Government, said the meetings would help to facilitate connections and conversations between the student bodies. “It’s refreshing and often times

very helpful to re-brand your thinking around certain issues or hear ideas that haven’t been brought up before on your campus,” Meyer said. “I learned a lot about exciting new programs and I’m excited to bring that back to students at Penn, student government at Penn and continue that conversation.” * colton.shaw@temple.edu

staff reports | libraries

Library looks to become social-media friendly Temple aims to connect to other libraries with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News At the “I’ve Got a Hunch” meeting last month in Washington, D.C., members of the Association of Research Libraries came together to pitch ideas about the future of research libraries in North America. At the meeting, faculty from about 160 academic research libraries across the U.S. and Canada come together and brainstorm ideas they deem as valuable for the library community. Temple’s Dean of Libraries Joseph Lucia said he sees a valuable connection between soContinued from page 1


it, but most of them don’t. … There’s so many issues we have now, the parking and the migration of students to this area in such droves.” The block currently features a battle for parking between residents and students, and it’s at its height during sporting events at Geasey Field. During a women’s lacrosse scrimmage on Sunday, parents’ cars were parked on the residential street a few blocks away. Sourcing Temple officials and City Council, the initial report from the Inquirer showed the proposed football stadium layout cutting into the park and basketball courts at the recreation center, but a university spokesman said those figures were not necessarily accurate. The spokesman added that no specifics of the stadium plan are definite, and the plan is still under discussion. Even if the park is spared by the construction, Stevens said, the community won’t be the same. “It would be a whole different environment around,” she said. “You can’t expect to just plop something in an environment or an area and just exclude the [people in] the area around. … At some point, there will be some type of altercation or something because you’re not involving the surrounding area.” The center, accompanied by a basketball court and a swimming pool, has operated as a safe place for children in the area to play. Stevens is planning on creating a free nutrition class for children in the next year or so. “This park has been here forever,” Stevens said. “There are kids here, there’s an afterschool program here, there’s basketball games here all the time. It gives kids an outlet.” Michael Thomas, a former resident who was visiting his ex-wife in the area, mirrored Mundy’s thoughts on the influx of properties designated for student housing the Cecil B. Moore Community has seen. A handful of Temple-affiliated proper-

cial media and research libraries in the future. “I just described the concept for an aggregated social media scraping system that would combine that [social media platforms] and put it into an environment where those were interested could watch and there was a live continuous feed,” Lucia said. Lucia said many research libraries across the continent run Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and Instagram accounts to help spread their information and happenings. “[The feed] would allow all of us in the community to have an understanding of what’s going on elsewhere,” Lucia said. He added connecting all the social media outlets with the different libraries in a database or network would be beneficial for the research community. “That would allow us, in real time, to get a sense what the issues are, what the accomplishments are and what the events are throughout the whole North American research library

community,” Lucia said. Lucia added the idea still needs work, but will not be complicated to figure out. Once the libraries are connected, the system would be just for faculty members, but if the network succeeds, Lucia hopes to open the site to anyone. “It would be a system built for members of this community but once we shook it down and felt that it was actually working, it could be exposed to anyone who is interested in things in libraries across North America,” Lucia said. He added people involved in research libraries need to get the project started. “There’s enough people and enough interest that now we need to get together and talk about what sort of environment we put together,” Lucia said. He hopes to have a rough prototype of the idea further along before the next meeting of the Association of Research Libraries in April 2016.

Lucia said the main problem behind the project will be funding and resources to properly build the project. “It’s probably not going to be funded as a commercial enterprise,” he said. The project potentially hinges on partners committing to building it from the ground up. Lucia said it is imperative the Association of Research Libraries uses its connections to begin to build and fund the project. Lucia added this project is key to the future, so different libraries have the ability to see what is happening throughout the U.S. and Canada. “[There’s] potential value to me and others in a research library to see everything that is going on in social media,” he said. * jonathan.irwin.gilbert@temple.edu T @jonnygilbs96

park has been here forever. There are “kidsThehere, there’s an after-school program here, there’s basketball games here all the time. It gives kids an outlet. Krima Stevens | Willington Street resident


Krima Stevens, a resident of Willington Street near Main Campus, frequently brings her 2-year-old son to Amos Recreation Center.

ties now boast realty signs that read “Temple Town.” “Every once in a while, Temple will snatch up a little bit of land,” Thomas said. “Everything around here is Temple. … The community is angry, they have to go somewhere else.” Multiple residents said neighbors in the area and other blocks surrounding campus struggle to tolerate the noise of loud parties on special occasions, but also with noisy earlymorning practices from the marching band. “There was a party in this area with over 100 students in August,” Mundy said. “I’ve

been told that the problem is students from other colleges, but they come here to party. … Various sororities and fraternities have their affairs—they should be somewhere else.” Several community members expressed displeasure with student nightlife in their area, with complaints ranging from empty beer bottles strewn on their properties, to drunk students mistakenly stumbling into their homes late at night. “Drunk [students] walk in our house all of the time,” Stevens said. “So bringing a stadium here where they are going to have pep rallies

and all of the games ... it’s certainly not going to make the area better.” For Stevens, the expected stadium construction is a missed opportunity for the university to communicate with its neighbors. “It’s just not fair.” * esmith@temple.edu T @ejsmitty17 Jenny Kerrigan contributed reporting.



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Looking in the mirror This semester, The Tem- ple Health, the two parties ple News has been critical of who were most impacted by many stories the article’s surrounding We acknowledge and will falsehoods. this univerlearn from our publishing We thanked sity—from them for of an inccorrect article. Haason Redtheir timedick and liness in Dion Dawkins continuing to reaching out to us, and the play while awaiting an aggra- professionalism in how they vated assault trial, to higher handled the situation. administration not publicly Every publication makes acknowledging Agatha Hall’s mistakes, but that doesn’t death. mean we’re above any erNow, it’s time to look in ror, no matter how big or the mirror. small. Because of this, we Last week, we ran a sto- also apologize to our readers, ry on page 2 titled, “Temple who view us as an important Health home care division source of news for not only facing two lawsuits,” which Temple, but also the surwas later retracted from our rounding North Philadelphia website due to several inac- community. curacies. You can find these We won’t forget this armistakes in the corrections ticle. But we also will conbox at the bottom of this page. tinue to report important and Our first job in this busi- accurate information to the ness is to report everything best of our ability, for all of accurately and fairly. Clearly, our readers who view us as we failed those basic journal- a “watchdog” that has served istic principles with this story. the Temple University comThe Temple News apolo- munity since 1921. gized to BAYADA and Tem-

Too close to home In the wake of the an- pact may even be larger than nouncement of a football sta- the footprint of the stadium. dium likely Parking and coming to tailgating, a A Main Campus football Main Campart of colstadium could have too large lege footpus, and in an impact. our role as ball as much journalists as the actual covering the university, we game, is currently in limbo have a lot of questions. in the plans, along with how We’re not alone. the university would handle The stadium, which the general chaos of hosting would seat 35,000 on the a game as large as Saturday’s northwest corner of Main sold-out match-up against Campus, currently occupied Notre Dame right on camby Geasey Field, will be fund- pus—right next to homes, ed through a mix of state and parks and George Washington university money and require Carver High School. some borrowing, the Inquirer We realize the university reported Saturday. is rising in both academic and “I’m optimistic,” Presi- athletic rankings, and we celdent Theobald said in the ar- ebrate that. What sets us apart ticle, but we hope he’s also as a university, though, is how being realistic. While our ingrained in the city we are, football team is having an un- and that includes being incharacteristic winning start, grained in our community. we have speculations about We hope as the universithe effect the stadium could ty goes forward with the planhave on the surrounding com- ning and construction of this munity. stadium, they think of ways The current uncertainties to minimize its impact on the leave us wondering if the im- surrounding neighborhoods.

CORRECTIONS In “Temple Health home care division facing two lawsuits,” there is only one pending lawsuit—the other, an alleged theft. Two sentences in the article were not attributed, and therefore cannot be reported as fact. The incidents in question were cases against BAYADA, not Temple Health. Nurses and home aids are two distinct professions. The article has been removed from our website because of these inaccuracies. The Temple News regrets the error. In “Bailey, Kenney discuss city issues,” it was incorrectly stated the event was the last mayoral debate. The last debate was actually Oct. 25. at 11 a.m. In “Fighting against sexual assault,” the photo cutline states the individual on the left is Alex Polovoy. He is actually Kevin Curran, not Alex Polovoy. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.



Living in the waiting room


A piercing makes a student consider society’s perception of her sexuality.

looked in the mirror a bit longer than usual. Squinting to see past a thin layer of dust and scattered, smudged fingerprints, I angled my chin for a better view. “I love it,” I told the employee at a tattoo parlor on 4th and South Street. Admiring my most recent act of teenage rebellion, I couldn’t stop thinking about how great my new eyebrow piercing looked. I fiddled with it excitedly, even though the piercer told me not to touch it for eight weeks. But staring at myself in the mirror, I saw past my excitement. I understood that I didn’t just get the piercing because I thought it would look cool, but also because I thought it would make me look more like a lesbian. I took a step back from the mirror, and I admitted to myself that wasn’t the case. I am not a lesbian. Why did I want to look like a lesbian? And for that matter, what does a lesbian even look like? I felt guilty for giving into the idea that being queer has one specific face, style or piercing. To clarify, I am attracted to women. I’m also attracted to men, and to people who don’t fit into the gender binary. In my experience, people get it when you tell them you’re gay. Bisexuality, however, makes much less sense.

By Michaela Winberg Aren’t bisexuals just confused, or experimenti n g ?

feels invalid. Because of the societal perceptions of bisexuality, which I’ll admit I ’ v e internalized, i t feels like i t

Isn’t bisexuality more of a waiting room for people who haven’t yet com-


I have two choices: mold to one of “these stereotypes or come out over and over again. ”

mitted to the inevitable gay or straight endpoint? But I’m not living in a waiting room. I’m not gay, and I'm not straight either. I’m bisexual—and trust me, I’m sure of it. Still, I feel uncomfortable assigning myself that label. It feels immature. It

doesn’t capture the depth of my relationships, the people I’ve loved and the people I’ll love in the future. Rather than accepting myself for who I am, I push myself to be someone else, someone whose label feels more legitimate.

Earlier this semester, I mentioned a girl I had dated to a boy I was flirting with. Almost as soon I spoke the words “ex-girlfriend,” I watched his interest in me vanish. This happens all the time. When I talk about my ex-girlfriend to strangers, or even friends, I’m a lesbian. When I swoon over the cute guy that smiled at me in my history class, I’m straight. As a bisexual woman, I have two choices: mold to one of these stereotypes, or come out over and over again. Normally, I acquiesce. ‘Fine,’ I think. I’m gay. I’m straight. I’m whatever they want me to be. As I walked home from the piercing place that night with my friends, I realized I was guilty of trying to fit into the social binary of sexuality, the stereotypes of what it means to be gay or straight, despite knowing with complete certainty that neither of those terms actually fit me. When I look in the mirror, I admire my eyebrow piercing for a few reasons. I love it because it’s different. I love it because it looks great with eyeliner. I love it because even when I wear sweatpants to class, it still looks like I put effort into my appearance. I don’t love it because it defines my sexuality. Only I can do that. * michaela.winberg@temple.edu


Federal money better spent elsewhere A response to “Planned Parenthood essential to college students, recent grads” which ran Oct. 6.


ou can support women’s healthcare without supporting Planned Parenthood. With the recent failed bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate, there has been discussion nationwide on whether the federal government should continue to give tax dollars in grants to the nonprofit organization. A variety of statistics, with varying levels of reliability, have been thrown into the debate surrounding how much of Planned CHRISTIAN MATOZZO Parenthood’s services comprises of abortions. The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List claims 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services were abortion-related in 2013. Planned Parenthood claims only 3 percent of its clinics’ services were abortion-related and tout its other vital healthcare services for women—particularly uninsured women— who would be without healthcare options if it loses federal funding altogether. Who is correct? According to an article in the Washington Post, neither. The article points out inaccuracies in the way both organizations manipulate and present the statistics. “With limited data, there is no accurate way to measure how much of Planned Parenthood’s activities comprise of abortions. Both sides are using meaningless and incomplete comparisons to make their argument, and the public should be wary of both figures,” the article said. If your reason for not supporting Planned Parenthood is a moral one, you’re on the right track—according to Planned Parenthood, 327,653 abortions

were performed nationwide at their locations last year. Manipulation of statistics means we might never know the correct breakdown of funding. But what of those who say Planned Parenthood provides much-needed healthcare services, particularly for those who are uninsured? Let’s break some more figures down, all of them from 2013 for consistency. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, 2.7 million people visit Planned Parenthood clinics annually. According to a

Aside from pregnancy tests, STD testing and pap smears for cervical cancer screenings, it is hard to say what exactly Planned Parenthood is providing for its clients that constitutes health care. There is another option for those who are uninsured and need these services: centers that both provide mammograms and other health care services without providing abortions. We need not be heartless to the plight of the uninsured. According to Democrats for Life of America, in the U.S. there are 9,000

Manipulation of statistics means we “ might never know the correct breakdown of funding.” survey from the Census Bureau, roughly 42 million people, or 13.4 percent of the U.S. population, were uninsured in 2013. If we assume all clients of Planned Parenthood were uninsured, that means between 5 and 6 percent of the uninsured population relies on Planned Parenthood. The total number of visitors: 2.7 million, out of the total U.S. population of 318 million, means less than 1 percent of Americans utilized Planned Parenthood last year, hardly making Planned Parenthood the Mecca of healthcare as it is made out to be. It is also safe to question, what services does Planned Parenthood exactly provide for women that aren’t abortion procedures? In 2011, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards appeared on the Joy Behar Show and claimed that if Planned Parenthood was defunded, “millions of women in this country are gonna lose their healthcare access—not to abortion services—to basic family planning, you know, mammograms.’” But in testimony given at the end of September at congressional hearings, Richards claimed just the opposite. “We do not have mammogram machines at our health centers and we’ve never stated that we did,” she said.

Community Health Clinics that offer medical services to many individuals, including those who are low-income and uninsured, that do not provide abortions. Planned Parenthood has more than 700 clinics across the country, a far cry lower than the 9,000 clinics that don’t provide abortions. The money that is currently used by Planned Parenthood could be used by those health clinics. The government can reach a wider amount of people in need of health services, while protecting the sanctity of life at all stages. There are ways to fund healthcare efforts in this nation to ensure men and women, particularly pregnant mothers, are provided for in the United States. Planned Parenthood is not one of them. Defunding the organization and redirecting those funds to Community Health Centers makes life better for everyone looking for healthcare, including those in the womb. * cmatozzo@temple.edu




column | economy


Philadelphia behind the curve on minimum wage Philadelphia’s minimum wage for individuals working for city contractors is $12 an hour, as of last January, and while this increase is a step in the right direction, the city is not keeping pace with other large citstream of students, profes- ies, like San Francisco, Los Angeles, sors and fast-food work- Chicago and now New York City. ers, among others As for the rest of Philadelphia, donned matching red T- the federal minimum wage remains shirts as they marched through Main stagnant at $7.25 an hour. This stagCampus two weeks ago to address nation is a problem, especially when President Theobald at a Board of taking into account the deep poverty Trustees meeting. that resides in many parts of the city. These marchPhilly.com called our city “the ers were part of a poorest big city in America” in a protest organized 2014 report. by Temple’s chapAnd it’s not so hard to see why ter of 15 Now, a Philadelphia is so poor. Just take a national organi- look at the numbers: zation that fights According to the Living Wage to increase the Calculator, which calculates how JENNY ROBERTS minimum wage to much a person must make to support LEAD COLUMNIST $15 an hour. The group of students had been trying to schedule a meeting with Theobald to discuss raising the wages of Temple workers. This call for action on campus echoes the concerns of Philadelphia’s chapter of 15 Now and other organizations in the city, like Fight for 15 that are currently working to increase the citywide minimum wage. While $7.25 an hour is the feder- themselves based on the city’s averally mandated minimum wage in the age living expenses, a living wage U.S., it is not enough for families to is $23.39 an hour for a single parent survive on, especially in a city like and single child household in PhilaPhiladelphia. It is not a living wage. delphia. Even if this parent is making In the U.S., we need to start taking $12 an hour under a city contractor, better care of our working class fami- that only accounts for about half their lies. living wage. Why isn’t Philadelphia’s govThe poverty wage for this same ernment taking care of its people? family size is $7 an hour, according Each state can increase the mini- to the calculator. Now remember, our mum wage for workers in its state if minimum wage in Philadelphia for it so chooses. For example, Illinois’ everyone else is $7.25 an hour, just a minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, quarter above the poverty line for this Washington’s is $9.47 an hour, and family type. in July, New York approved a raise And with the breakdown of the for fast-food workers to $15 an hour. nuclear family across the U.S., this States and local governments family type is not unlikely. Perhaps, have a similar relationship in that the keep the single parent, but add anstate minimum wage must prevail other child or two. throughout the entirety of that state, Philadelphia needs to increase but localities can raise their mini- its minimum wage to help families mum wage to a higher rate. Seattle’s survive. An increase in the minimum City Council recently voted to raise wage to $15 an hour would help acthe minimum wage to $15 an hour count for inflation and rises in the over the next few years. cost of living. While other large cities throughKate Goodman, a volunteer orout the country have taken notice and ganizer at Philadelphia’s chapter raised their minimum wage, Phila- of 15 Now, says $15 an hour is the delphia has remained behind the bare minimum needed for workers curve. to support a family in Philadelphia.

A 15 Now group on Main Campus shows the city’s discontent.


She also said there is no reason for any worker in the city to be living in poverty. “With the amount of money that big corporations like Comcast and Aramark are making and not paying taxes on, we know the money is there to pay workers more,” Goodman said. Temple has the chance to help lead Philadelphia in this effort. The university could raise its workers’ pay to $15 an hour and could pay adjuncts a fair wage for all the work they do. For those who say this would only cause a spike in our tuition, I’m sure we could find somewhere else in the budget to draw from. Tiara Mitchell, a member of Temple’s chapter of 15 Now, agrees and even has few ideas as to where the university might draw funds from.

This stagnation is a problem, especially “ when taking into account the deep poverty that resides in many parts of the city.”

Oct. 29, 1965: The Temple News released its annual homecoming special issue, looking into the neighborhoods surrounding the university. This insert was one of the earliest acknowledgements of tension between residents and students and the evolving relationship between the two groups. The featured story, was titled “From slum to urban community... the renewal of a neighborhood.”

POLLING PEOPLE Should football players Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick continue to play while they face aggravated assault charges?

66% 34% No


*Out of 200 votes since Oct. 6.

“Tuition has already been rising,” the junior kinesiology major said. “Temple spends huge amounts of money in areas that they could save money, as far as advertisement, as far as real estate and construction.” We need to help our city. Unfortunately, Philadelphia has been lagging behind when it comes to raising its minimum wage and keeping pace with other large U.S. cities. I am hopeful we will catch up eventually, though. Mayoral favorite Jim Kenney has said that he would support a $15 minimum wage once in office. Many Democrats and some Republican presidential candidates have supported a higher wage, with some supporting a $15 wage. In the meantime, advocates of a $15 an hour minimum wage should keep raising their voices, until they see their wages rise, as well. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu T @jennyroberts511

column | gun violence

Gun violence discussion stigmatizes mental illness It is unfair to associate mental illnesses with violent acts.


o far in 2015, there have been 312 mass shootings in the U.S. The deadliest was Oct. 1 in Roseburg, Oregon when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College, killing nine and injuring seven students and faculty members. Mass shootings are defined by the Mass Shooting Tracker as four or more people shot in one event. The dialogue around mass shootings usually revolves around two issues: lack of gun control and mental illness. The side for gun control has several salient LIAN PARSONS points to make, like comparing the number of mass shootings in the United States to Japan’s strict gun control laws and its 1.8 percent of gun-homicides out of total homicides. Mental illness, however, is treated as a scapegoat in these situations. It is frustrating to realize a public discussion about mental illness in America doesn’t usually happen until a tragedy like the one at Umpqua occurs. Mental illness, a term used for chemical imbalances in a person’s brain, can affect many


things, like one’s mood, ability to relate to others and even day-to-day functions. Conditions like depression, anxiety and eating disorders are all categorized as mental illnesses, but the illnesses often blamed for violent behavior are those that lack public information. “Schizo,” “psycho,” “crazy” and “bipolar,” these terms are used as buzzwords, especially

People who lack resources are at a higher risk for unemployment and homelessness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with a serious mental illness. When mass shootings are reported and mental illness is discussed as one of the re-

in situations of mass shootings, and often without people truly knowing what these conditions are and how they impact those who have them. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with mental illnesses are more likely to be targeted for violence than they are to commit it, as well as being at a higher risk for suicide. Mental illness does not discriminate in who it affects, though the risk factors differ, depending on circumstance like genetics and environmental factors. For people who cannot afford healthcare, therapy or medication, mental illness can greatly impact their daily lives. Even for those who can afford it, these treatments are not a cure-all.

sponsible factors, they are talked about as one general diagnosis. Rarely are specific illnesses explained, distictions made, or the side effects of an illness outlined. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, delusions and disorganized behavior according to the Mayo Clinic. To a person with schizophrenia, these symptoms are frightening and often lead to questioning reality and eventual withdrawal. Violence is not a symptom, and people with schizophrenia should not be considered a danger to those around them. As with many other mental illnesses like depression, a person with schizophrenia is more likely to harm themselves than harm others.

People with mental illnesses are more likely to be “targeted for violence than they are to commit it.”

Similarly, bipolar disorder has a wide range of symptoms, mainly characterized by extreme mood swings. According to the Psychiatric Times, people with bipolar disorder can be prone to agitation and aggression, but there is no strong link to violence. Some people who commit mass shootings may experience mental illness, but that does not excuse their actions, nor does it mean all mentally ill people are violent. When talking about a person who commited an act of mass violence, there are many considerations—motivation, previous violent behvior, race and sex— as well as their mental health. When considering race, mental illness is usually only a motivating factor for white men. When acts of violence are committed by black people, they are often labeled as “thugs.” People who are perceived to be Middle-Eastern are labeled as “terrorists.” There is little attention paid to their mental health and they are instead categorized as threats to society based on their race. Mental illnesses are under-researched and there is a significant lack of education and information about them, despite the fact that 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness that interferes with their daily lives. Blaming violence on mental illness is at best, unfair and at worst, it stigmatizes and further suppresses those who want to seek help. * lian.parsons@temple.edu





More than a dozen thefts reported last week CRIME

throughout the past several years. Temple has one of the highest rates of law school applications, with 185 Temple students in the 2014-15 application cycle. Application rates for law school have dropped nationally, and the expected turnaround may help the future of the law school.


From Oct. 19-26, there were 18 reports of theft. Eight of the reports were bike thefts, while one was retail theft at the 7-Eleven at 2034 N. Broad St. Three of the bike thefts occurred on Broad Street. The majority of the thefts were concentrated around 12th, 13th and Norris streets. Bike thefts were more often reported in the afternoon and early evening, while the others occurred later at night. -Lian Parsons

-Gillian McGoldrick



Donald Fey died Oct. 18 at Bryn Mawr of a heart failure. Fey was the father of actress Tina Fey, and a Temple alumnus. Fey was a Korean War veteran in the 1950s before returning to his home city to join the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was also a professional writer for more than 30 years, the Inquirer reported. He primarily wrote about fundraising and lectured on grant writing at many universities and nonprofits. Fey helped to raising more than $500 million for hospitals, schools and public ser-


Anton Moore of Unity in the Community speaks in front of the crowd at a fundraiser for the family of 14­-year-old Duval “DJ” DeShields Tuesday Oct. 20. Read online at temple-news.com

vice agencies, the Inquirer said. In his free time, he also enjoyed painting and creative writing. He is survived by his wife, two children, a sister, two brothers and three grandchildren. Public services for Fey were held Friday. A scholarship in Fey’s name has been established to support returning veterans enrolled in the School of Media and Communication. -Lian Parsons


Beasley School of Law may have an increase in applications this year. According to Kaplan Test Prep, 88 percent of law schools throughout the country believe they may see a spike in application rates this year, making it one of the most competitive application cycles


Temple advertising was removed above-ground at the Cecil B. Moore subway stop Saturday.

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ed officials expressed concerns about the advertising to SEPTA, a meeting was held Oct. 8, at SEPTA’s headquarters in Center City. Both Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters and SEPTA officials were present,

along with other community leaders. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas of the 181st district also participated in the meeting via conference call, Jordan said. “[The meeting] was to give the Freedom Fighters the opportunity to come in and talk to SEPTA and be able for them to tell us what their concerns were,” Burnfield said.

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that a stadium gets built.” Other trustees on the Athletics committee said discussions are still preliminary and they need more information before making a decision. Theodore McKee, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, said the location of a stadium is under discussion, but the board must come first come to a decision about whether it should be built. “I’ve got concerns,” he said. “Assuming Temple doesn’t become a football dynasty … and we build a stadium we can’t fill, or even half-fill, or it was empty during a down time with the program, what does that do to our momentum?” Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall III, vice chairman of Stevens and Lee law firm, said he wants to see a complete plan of the stadium’s design, its purpose, cost and community impact before making a decision.

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Cecily Banks, daughter of the late Cecil B. Moore and a 1976 alumna of Temple’s education program, was also in attendance. “I think the general consensus was that no one objected to Temple branding itself or trying to increase its visibility in some respect,” Banks said. “Our problem was that they did it by obliterating [Moore’s] name and

“The challenge for an issue like this is it’s important to consider a lot of different interests,” he said. The community aspect is “part of our responsibility, so I think it’s very important,” Marshall added. The talks have not been propelled this far based on the team’s success,

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making it appear that that was not an issue.” No Temple officials were at this meeting, nor were they asked to attend, Burnfield said. Following discussions at the meeting, Burnfield said SEPTA decided to remove Temple advertising from the head house of the north entrance of the station and the outsides of the elevators at both the north and south entrances of the station. Temple released a statement in response to the decision to remove Temple advertisements. “Despite SEPTA’s decision, we believe the appearance of the station was significantly improved and that the upgraded condition and profile of the station honored its namesake, the late Cecil B. Moore,” the statement said. Nick Peachey, a senior secondary education major, agrees with the university. “I think it made the area look a lot nicer,” Peachey said.“I think there was probably a better compromise they could have made.” Burnfield said maintaining a positive relationship with the community and its historical figures is important. “We live and work here in the community and we want to be responsive to the overall needs of our stakeholders, whether it’s the community or others,” Burnfield said. He added only the advertising

vania Real Estate Investment Trust, said he is still “open to dialogue” considering whether or not to build a stadium, but added the impact it would have on the community is a vital factor to consider, citing that he attended Temple himself.

We all take our roles very seriously and take a lot of “time to look at this stuff. We sweat the details.” Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall III | trustee

he said. “There are all kinds of issues around sustainability, its impact, cost and where it fits in priority,” he said. “I think we’re kind of a boring group. We all take our roles very seriously and take a lot of time to look at this stuff. We sweat the details.” Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of the Pennsyl-

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave a grant of $1.3 million to the School of Media and Communication to work on a new project that will be researching the best newsroom practices as newspapers become increasingly more digitally-oriented. This project, named the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, will include the Philadelphia Media Network, the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald. These newsrooms will become leading platforms for Temple through their research of new practices for media in a digital age. Temple will produce sample materials for legacy newspapers to use and adapt to the digital world. The project will also create in-class learning materials for students and future curriculum design. Temple will produce extensive reports and studies on its research during this project, along with ongoing coaching to help other newsrooms put the findings into action.

“The community is critical and key and is of utmost importance,” Coradino said. “The community is very important as it related to this kind of a move.” None of the trustees The Temple News interviewed could comment on specifics concerning donations toward the stadium. Restructuring the university’s current rental contract


Our problem “ was that they did

it by obliterating [Moore’s] name and making it appear that that was not an issue.

Cecily Banks | daughter of Cecil B. Moore

above ground is being removed. Jordan said she was told the advertising from below the station was being removed, as well. “Why would we just want the outside taken down and not the inside? That doesn’t make sense,” Jordan said. She added community, SEPTA and university leaders are supposed to meet in the future to discuss other plans with the station. “That station was to be put exactly like it was until we could sit down at the table with everybody,” Jordan said. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu T @jennyroberts511

with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field is a significant factor in the final decision, they each added. A university spokesman said administration has been pleased with current fundraising for a possible stadium. Katz, McKee, Marshall and Coradino expected further briefing on the issue at the next meeting in December, but they weren’t sure how close Temple would be to a definite decision. Katz said recent news about the possible stadium has been coincidental with the program’s success. “I think this has been in the works for a number of years,” he said. “You don’t develop a plan for a $100 million football stadium without taking a very slow and deliberate process, and I think the process is coming together at a time where the team is also performing incredibly well.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



Michael Bavas started an aquaponics garden at Temple Ambler, a system where fish and plants can coexist. PAGE 14

National Coming Out Week featured a panel discussion welcoming back LGBTQIA alumni to talk about life after Temple. PAGE 8


In anticipation for Halloween, professors from the film and media arts department talked about memorable horror films. PAGE 16




BRINGING TOGETHER THE OLD AND THE NEW Jennifer Weber’s “A Hollywood Classic” was chosen by the dance department’s Reflection:Response performance series. By JACQUELYN FRICKE The Temple News


aked in grayscale makeup and decked out in garments of neutral palette, the dancers in “A Hollywood Classic” mimicked a black and white film as they glided onto the stage in the Conwell Dance Theater. “A Hollywood Classic” premiered Oct. 16-17 in Conwell Hall as the dance department’s 2015 Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission, which includes a cash award of $5,000, rehearsal space and production support. Choreographed by Jennifer Weber, a New York-based choreographer and director, the piece was a fusion of jazz elements, hip-hop influences and old Hollywood storytelling created in just two weeks. “It’s like soup—you put it all on the stove and let it cook,” Weber said. “You have to use the best ingredients to get a good bowl.” Reflection:Response is the dance department’s performance and speaker series based on reflecting three different bodies: the experimental, the choreographic and the activist body. “It gives choreographers the time, space and money to just create,” Weber said.

“A Hollywood Classic” was inspired by the work of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who were iconic dance partners in the 1930s and ‘40s, and conveyed a modern-day version of the partnership. “I am always interested in juxtaposing different ideas and eras so it seemed fitting to look at other American dance icons and bring them into the language of hip-hop,” Weber said. The old Hollywood theme was executed through different techniques to make a black and white film come alive on the stage. The performers were masked in grey paint and a screen behind the characters displayed conversation between them like a silent film. No speech was used; the story was told simply through the music and dancing. “The hardest thing was to find the music because we were creating the story as we were writing it,” Weber said. Since there was no talking to move the show along, the music had to mimic speech. A vintage “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift conveyed the atmosphere of desire and


“It’s like soup—you put it all on the stove and let it cook. You have to use the best ingredients to get a good bowl.” Jennifer Weber | choreographer of “A Hollywood Classic”


Skizzo Arnedillo played a modern-day version of American dancer Fred Astaire for “A Hollywood Classic.”

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student organization

The value of family

Global issues come to forefront on Main Campus

Students’ families were able to experience life on campus during Parents and Family Weekend.

Temple’s Model United Nations hosted OwlMUN II, a Model U.N. conference for high school students.


After some time without one, Temple decided to bring back a weekend devoted to family. From Oct. 16-18, parents and family members of Temple students traveled to visit Main Campus for the Parents and Family Weekend. This was the first time in a few years that a weekend has been specifically dedicated for parents and families to spend time with their students. Amber Cardamone, director of Orientation and New Student Programs, was a key leader in the festivities. With an initial push from President Theobald, she wanted to reinstate the weekend because she felt parents should be recognized as part of the Temple community.

A pep rally was held Oct. 16 on Liacouras Walk for the football team and Parents and Family Weekend.

“One of the things we really wanted to focus on was bringing our parents into the overall community of Temple,” Cardamone said. “They are such a huge part of the Temple community and the success for our students.” “It really is an opportunity to bring our parents back to campus and let them know they are part of our community and how much we value them as parents,” she added. Student Affairs and Alumni Relations held the main roles in planning the weekend’s events. Other organizations and groups on campus also were involved like the Student Center, Student Activities,


Greek associations and Temple Athletics. “One of my goals was to make sure that if we are going to do this for the first time and bring this back, then we should really do it right and have lots of opportunities,” Cardamone said. Each day had a highlighted event, including the President’s reception Friday, the tailgate and football game Saturday and the parents’ brunch Sunday. The main goal was ensuring the events appealed to all ages and were family friendly. Other events throughout the weekend included movie nights at The Reel and bus


By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News A faux civil war rages on in California, and the very real dispute between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir region continues as it has for more than half a century. These were some of the pressing global issues students were faced with at OwlMUN II, a Model United Nations conference held for high school students Oct. 17 at the Tuttleman Learning Center by Temple’s Model United Nations team. Nathan Horton, president of Temple’s Model UN and secretary general of the conference, recruited high school students from across the Philadelphia region to come to the conference for its second year in existence. “Getting new schools is always the harder challenge,” said Horton, a junior international business major. “But once they come, they usually stick around.”






National Coming Out Week hosts alumni LGBTQIA alumni talked about life after Temple in a panel discussion Oct. 15. By ROSE DARAZ The Temple News Temple welcomed back LGBTQIA alumni to Main Campus for this year’s National Coming Out Week, and Kate Moriarty was pleased with the progress. “It’s amazing seeing all this—I’m happy,” said Moriarty, a 2010 alumna in women’s studies. “I never doubted this would happen at Temple though, it’s a great place to be. Temple gave me a life [and] it gave me hope for my future.” National Coming Out Week, which took place from Oct. 12-16, is an annual celebration that recognizes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual community. The week consisted of many events for the LGBTQIA community on campus, including the National Coming Out Week Fest, students sharing their coming out stories, the fourth annual drag show and a discussion panel where LGBTQIA alumni talked about life after TemKATHRYN STELLATO TTN ple. Ray Smeriglio (left), Emily Carlin and Halley Balkovic organized the National Coming Out Week panel held Oct. 16 in the Student Center. Although many of the events were open to the public, the alumni panel, Oct. 15 in the Un- in the room. past and was the founder of Queer People of was easy for them to talk about their experiencderground, was private to maintain a safe space Moriarty, one of the panelists for the alum- Color, an organization on campus. es and be real about things,” Gonzalez said. “It for open discussion. ni event, was one of the organizers for the first “I was like, ‘Yes, they finally have some- was a necessary conversation and [informed] “There’s not a lot of opportunity anymore NCOW at Temple when she was the president thing gay here,’” Beckham said. “Even though LGBT students that people are OK when they for people to talk through issues and things of the Queer Student Union in 2009. everyone was really accepting of it, there still graduate from college.” they’re going with,” said Ray Smeriglio, for“It was really hard to put together ... we was like this whole week I can be gay, I can be “It shows some positivity, especially for mer student body president of Temple Student struggled to get people to support us, students myself.” those who are really stressed out right now Government and organizer of NCOW. “There’s and faculty,” Moriarty said. “Its amazing to see Gabriel Gonzalez, senior media studies and about their future, and know that they are able not a lot of times where we can come together how much it’s grown.” production major and the current president of to live normal lives.” in a space with people that understand that can Margo Beckham, a 2014 adult and orga- Queer People of Color, enjoyed the panel and really talk through anythin that’s coming up nizational development alumnus and another felt it was a much-needed talk about the future. * rose.daraz@temple.edu personally or socially, and knowing that it stays panelist, also helped organize NCOW in the “I think they had a good perspective, so it


Reliving childhood through different forms of media A course in the media studies and production department discusses how different media outlets influence children. By TATYANA TURNER The Temple News “Media and Children,” a media studies and production course, allows college students to be kids again. The course focuses on the media and its influence on children 13 years old and younger, said Sherri Culver, the associate professor of Media and Children on Main Campus. “We spend time talking about the areas that parents and children advocates are most concerned with, such as violent content in video games, gender representations and stereotyping,” Culver said.

The writing-intensive course encourages students to step out of their own media preferences and look at what other audiences are watching. “Students often think about the media they consume, the shows they love, the games they play, the apps they download, but they rarely think about other specific audiences,” Culver said. “Kids ... still want to engage with creative and fun content just like we do.” One topic the class delves into is how children rely more on technology, and the advantages and disadvantages of their dependence on devices today. “I learned that children prefer to use their tablet or mobile apps for media instead of watching television,” said Chawntell Jeffrey, a senior media studies and production major. “Today more kids are focused on apps,” said Alessia Colandrea, a senior communication studies major. “I think there should be more of a balance between technology and other things such as exercise.” While there are drawbacks to technology in

children’s lives, there are positives too—technology can be used for educational purposes. Culver, who is also the director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy, makes her students aware of the issues in schools today and how technology could be used to solve them. “Some teachers want students to bring their smart phones in and play educational games in class, whereas other teachers will confiscate a phone if it is outside of a locker,” she said. “I work with teachers often and I try to encourage them to integrate technology with their teaching, and that is a difficult message because schools are telling children not to bring any technology to the class.” “But more innovative education methods are saying that integrating media helps keep kids engaged,” she added. Culver keeps her own students engaged by assigning technology-based homework, like playing a popular kids game and discussing whether the game is appropriate for children under a certain age.

Students must also write a major research paper that focuses on a current issue connected to children of a particular age range. Some of the topics this semester’s students will write about are “The Influence of Disney Princesses on Young Girls,” “Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles: Too Violent for Young Boys?” and “How Growing Up with Celebrities Can Impact Tween Identity Information.” Culver said she enjoys teaching the course and believes it can help students in several different ways. “It opens up other career possibilities and helps them think differently about the media they might create,” Culver said. “And of course, many of the students will become parents at some point in their lives and will need to consider how the media impacts their own children.” “Kids love to learn, and there are some great programs on TV and online that can inspire learning outside of the classroom.” * tatyana.turner@temple.edu


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Elise Hanks launched a Kickstarter to turn her backyard into an herb garden for her company, Terra Luna, and to create a teaching space in her neighborhood. PAGE 10

Quintessence Theater Company incorporates modern elements like EDM and television screens into the classic play “Romeo and Juliet.” PAGE 11






Art installation and bodega “La Frontera,” encouraged immigrant African American and Latin American communities to come together.


Ernel Martinez, one of the co-founders of the “La Frontera,” sits in the bodega created with the goal of building a stronger bond in the North Philadelphia community.



hen Kimyetta Lewis-Issa attended a block party on 8th Street near Susquehanna Avenue, she brought more than a

simple side dish—the Philadelphia native bottled a combination of Ghanaian and AfricanAmerican culture when she supplied a home-brewed ginger tonic. “This is what we have at our house,” Lewis-Issa said. “I want you to have some of what I have in my house.”

Sakibu Issa, who moved to Philadelphia from Ghana in 2008, introduced his wife to the ginger tonic that his grandmother prepared for him in West Africa. Lewis-Issa modified the concoction to make it both medicinal and refreshing. Lewis-Issa was one of several vendors who participated


in the opening of “La Frontera,” one of the latest pieces to emerge from the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source series, which aims to engage people in common-place public art. Categorized as conceptual art, “La Frontera” functions like a co-op, warranting direct


We’re immersed in the “community. If we don’t

include input from the community, we’d be doing a disservice.

Keir Johnston | Mural Arts artist


Museum displays Bram Stoker’s notes The author’s handwritten notes on the famous novel “Dracula” are on display for Halloween. DANIEL RAINVILLE TTN

Ayako Kataoka performs during the NowHere Festival of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement Oct. 23.

Breaking artistic tradition The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia hosted its inaugural NowHere festival to promote improv music and dance. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News Except for a heater’s low hum, the Mascher Space Co-op was nearly silent when Leah Stein asked her students to get into the “listening process of breath and movement.” As the student dancers laid on the floor, they

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exhaled deeply—a sign of freedom to move fluidly. Stein, a professional dancer, was just one presenter at NowHere Festival. Created by the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia, abbreviated as ISOP, an organization dedicated to promoting free improvisational art performances, the festival showcased free improv musicians and artists from throughout the country Oct. 19-25. Free improvisation is the idea of taking the rules—in Stein's case, the choreography or the score—away from the art medium and choosing to work with or against the genre. “Free improv is kind of like an empty canvas— where we create our own behaviors without rules, without anything,” said Eun Jung Choi, an adjunct dance pro-

Modern vampires are often found in middle school romance novels and cable dramas, but this month the origins of the cultural phenomenon reside at the Rosenbach Museum of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Bram Stoker’s original handwritten notes from his classic Gothic horror novel, “Dracula,” are currently housed at the Rosenbach. This month, as part of the Hands-On Tours series, the museum is offering guests an exclusive look at pages of Stoker’s research notes and outlines for his most famous novel, as well as a copy of the first edition. The tour this Friday will allow participants to interact with Stoker’s notes under the guidance of a member of the Rosenbach collections or education staff. Elizabeth Fuller, a librarian at the Rosenbach, said the museum has about 120 pages of Stoker’s notes, dated from as early as 1890 to 1897, just before the book was published. The documents include outlines for the book, notes regarding the content of each chapter, notes from Stoker’s visit to Whitby—where part of the book takes place, lists of characters and vampire characteristics, notes from his research and a log of the novel's events.








Philadelphia kitchens gear up for fall season Philadelphia restaurants offer seasonal pairings and new menus. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News MATT MCGRAW TTN

Elise Hanks, owner of Terra Luna Herb Garden, grows and produces herbs in her Kensington garden.

Urban garden to begin in businesswoman’s backyard An IndieGoGo campaign is underway to support Elise Hanks’ backyard herbal garden business. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News At the corner of Kensington and Cumberland avenues, dirt piles and weeds fill a lot stretching the length of the block. The same scene continues on Elise Hanks’ walk home to Sergeant Street, passing just one fence with purple-and-white trilliums vining across it. A similar view is found in Hanks' backyard— currently just a slab of cement with a few potted herbs and plants bunched up in the back corner. But Hanks has taken the first steps to becoming one of the first green spaces in the East Kensington community. Living in her Kensington home since 2013, Hanks recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help her raise the funds to create an outdoor green space with hanging beds, a composting area and full herb garden in her backyard, designed by Scott Torr of Bluebird Native Plants. So far, she’s raised $1,157, as of Monday evening. Hanks has been in Philadelphia since 2007, after moving east from Colorado to attend Philadelphia University for fashion. “I graduated from fashion school and I kind of knew in my bones that I was not really ready to do that,” Hanks said. “I did work in fashion for a while and then I worked on some farms out West and I realized how much I love farming and gardening. That was kind of the first step where I realized that I needed to do something more in growing things— whatever that means.” The Colorado native began experimenting with different herbs and began creating tinctures—herbs set in vinegar for about a month to be used as a daily regimen—and became hooked. “When I started making the tinctures and some of the products it was such a great feeling having grown something, made a new product,” she said. “Then to give it to other people I just felt so, I don’t

know, it was a lot of pride—I just felt peaceful and I had never felt that way before.” Terra Luna, Hanks’ business, launched officially in 2015. She has been selling her tinctures, smudge sticks, cocktail syrups and oils online from her Etsy account since 2012. Her products are also sold in vintage stores like Ritual Ritual in Northern Liberties and Moon and Arrow in Queen Village. Hanks wants to grow the herbs for her business in her backyard to jumpstart a greener Kensington. Once she has the funding, Hanks hopes to use Terra Luna for community outreach. Next door to Hanks is 62-year-old Christine Mellon, a lifetime resident of Kensington. “We consider this what we call the ‘concrete jungle,’” Mellon said. “You know you don’t see many trees, you don’t see many gardens—not everyone has that privilege of living in the country or the suburbs.” “I love flowers,” Mellon added. “And just seeing people caring enough to put a tree out front or make a garden around it is nice. It dresses up the neighborhood—there’s color and sometimes aroma depending on what they’re planting. It’s just something that’s needed, it’s necessary.” Hanks hopes to turn her backyard into a home base for her business and a place for community. “I want to reach out to people in the community and say, ‘Hey have you ever heard about herbs?’” she said. “Do you want to know how to grow them? Do you want to know how to even just grow them in your kitchen?’” Hanks has reached out to the East Kensington Neighborhood Association and the New Kensington CDC to arrange programs that support her community goals. “I think it’s a good idea that she wants to share because a lot of people want to learn things, but they just don’t know how to go about doing it,” Mellon said. “They don’t have the resources, they don’t have someone they can go to. She’s going to teach people what to do or how to do it, then that grows more interest.” “I want [my garden] to be a space that’s community based and also works for my business,” Hanks said. “I just think there’s such a need for this kind of thing in this neighborhood.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

In September, Starbucks brought back the infamous pumpkin spice latte, a clear indicator autumn had arrived. But for Philadelphia restaurants where seasonality of food is key, pumpkin is a lot more than a syrup. At West Philadelphia restaurant Marigold Kitchen, located at 501 S. 45th St., the pre-fixed menu starts and ends with courses featuring pumpkin and walnut. The $90 blind tasting menu is served Tuesday through Saturday. This dining style means there is not an à la carte menu for guests to select options, or to predict what course will come next. Instead, a printed menu is presented to guests at the end as a way to preserve the memory. “We try to keep everything secret,” general manager and 2012 alumnus Christopher Albert said. “It’s part of the lure of coming here. The chefs pull from a lot of different origins. Modernist is the category they would fall under—they use French, New American, and molecular gastronomy techniques.” Albert graduated with a history degree and is now part of Marigold’s staff. The entire staff is under age 30 and introduced the innovative blind tasting menu to Philadelphia's dining scene in 2013, with renowned Italian restaurant Vetri soon following suit. “We’ve made a tradition with messing around with pumpkin in unconventional ways,” Marigold Kitchen's chef and co-owner Andrew Kochan said. “We’ll find really good cauliflower—you just can’t say no to it. We make a gel right now using raisins and brandy. [We] puree and strain it. One of the bigger things that we wanted to play around with this year is browned butter. It’s addictive. And strangely enough, my favorite thing on Earth is a good mushroom.” Kochan said that, surprisingly, mushrooms aren’t featured on the secret menu. As for a protein, Kochan would only give one hint: “Quack quack.” Morgan’s Pier, an outdoor beer garden at 221 N. Columbus Blvd., is also taking the seasonal changes into account. The venue extended its season to Oct. 31 and the kitchen focuses on using seasonal produce. “I get excited because it’s time to cook brussels sprouts and beets again,” said chef de cuisine Kyle McCormick.


At Marigold Kitchen, chefs adapt the menu with the changing seasons.

“As far as the menu goes, we did go for an Oktoberfest feel to the menu with kielbasa and sauerkraut. At a place like this, we get all manner of people, so it’s hard to generalize. I think people are excited when they see warm beverages and heartier foods like stews and beans.” At Bufad Pizza at 1240 Spring Garden St., the menu includes an unconventional hearty protein—rabbit. “First we rub the rabbits down with a mixture of garlic, herbs, salt and pepper,” executive chef Lauren Weitman said. “It gets braised in chicken stock and all the meat gets pulled from the bone. We start the ragu—there’s pancetta, sautéing some fennel. We put the rabbit back into the pot with the braising liquid. Then there’s white wine and tomato that goes into the ragu and that’s slowly simmered for another two hours.” For Swiss Haus Bakery at 35 S. 19th St., pumpkin is best utilized in dessert. This fall, they’re offering pumpkin cookies, cheesecake, whoopee pies and rolls. “We have pumpkin rolls by the slice,” owner Josh White said. “It’s a pumpkin walnut cake with cream cheese frosting. There’s no real season for cakes. It’s not so much about the weather changing as it is different events throughout the year.” White launched a cookie business in 2013 as an entrepreneurial venture while attending business school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylania. As online demand grew, he took over the existing Swiss Haus Bakery at their Center City location. There is a sense of consistency in seasonal changes. When there’s a chill in the air, people always look for heartier meals, richer spices and of course, pumpkin. “When you’re making dishes, you’re always thinking of what you’ve done before and what you’ve seen before,” McCormick said. “It’s not like things are exactly the same, but you’re always thinking of the past when moving forward.” * madeline.presland@temple.edu


Morris Gallery returns to Academy of Fine Arts The historic art gallery relaunched after a five-year hiatus earlier this month. By IMAN SULTAN The Temple News Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumna Mia Rosenthal never anticipated showing her artwork at her former university, where she saw art shows as a student. Now her solo exhibition “Paper Lens” is displayed at PAFA’s Morris Gallery. The gallery relaunched earlier this month after a fiveyear hiatus, aiming to showcase modern artists and commission them to make new, original artwork. “It’s great to be the first artist of the reopening,” Rosenthal said. “When I came as a graduate student, I had no expectations and I just wanted to learn. It really was a journey.” The exhibition consists of drawings on paper, a medium that reflects Rosenthal’s journey as an artist. Rosenthal wanted to be a painter when she first came to PAFA, but her craft took an unexpected turn, she said.

“It was just this idea like, ‘Man, it would be so amazing to study painting and really see what I could do with it,’” she said. But after coming to PAFA, Rosenthal quit painting and started working on paper. Her adoption of this particular art medium was the prelude to “Paper Lens,” which is also the first solo museum exhibition of her career. The Morris Gallery proved an ideal location for Rosenthal’s show because it enabled her to experiment and pursue original work in the context of contemporary art. “I’m used to showing in more commercial galleries,” Rosenthal said. “But it’s exciting to have the platform to do something I haven’t done before and [to] experiment, and you may not have the same freedom in a more commercial setting.” The drawings in the exhibit are inspired by science—specifically, Rosenthal’s visit to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the largest machine in the world—and work to connect the universe to aspects of everyday human life. Morris Gallery curator Jodi Throckmorton encouraged Rosenthal’s project. “I asked Mia, ‘How does someone that does observational drawing make work out of something we can’t see? How does that look like?’” Throckmorton said. The Morris Gallery’s theme this year fo-

cuses on how artists portray the invisible. “It was something that kept coming up for me,” Throckmorton said, adding that working with Rosenthal also inspired what she wanted to curate for future exhibitions. “It wasn’t like Jodi came to the studio and

This is a good way to “ represent contemporary art to people who aren’t looking for it. Mia Rosenthal | artist

was like, ‘Oh here’s your show, which fits my already solidified theme,’” Rosenthal said. “It really developed at the same time.” Throckmorton said she wanted Rosenthal to make new and creative art, a trend for exhibitions that will follow at the gallery. “I do like to commission artists to do new things and to really be experimental,” Throckmorton said. “And that’s one of the ways I think the Morris Gallery can make a difference in Philly.”

The gallery first opened in 1978 to display the work of contemporary artists based in Philadelphia, but expanded to include distinguished artists like Nan Goldin, Laylah Ali and Robert Ryman. The gallery closed in 2010, before relaunching Oct. 9 with Rosenthal’s show. The gallery was an agenda-setting force in the contemporary art scene, Throckmorton said, and she wants to bring that back, whether it’s in Philly or on a national level. “[When] people want to see contemporary art at PAFA, you’re used to going to the new building,” Throckmorton said, referring to the Samuel M. V. Hamilton building, which was acquired by PAFA in 2002 and houses contemporary art. “It’s a chance to get a wider audience interested in contemporary art.” “This is a good way to present contemporary art to people who aren’t looking for it,” Rosenthal said. “You think of Philadelphia, and you think a historical city. And to show contemporary art in the mix, I think, is really important.” Rosenthal’s “Paper Lens” will be on display until Jan. 3. Future artists scheduled to show their work include Emil Lukas, Alyson Shotz and Fernando Orellana. * iman.sultan@temple.edu





Theater company reinvents the classics Quintessence Theatre Group uses symbols of contemporary lifestyle in their production of “Romeo & Juliet.” By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News The beats of electronic dance music are just as welcome during a rave as they are during a Shakespearean monologue at the Sedgwick Theater in Mt Airy. This synthesized style of music is the soundtrack of Quintessence Theatre Group’s depiction of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” which fuses 20th and 21st-century life. The play creates a paradoxical atmosphere with Elizabethan language, 1920s art deco architecture and onstage televisions. Quintessence adopted the Sedgwick, previously closed from 1966 to 1995, in May 2010, shortly after the group was founded in 2009. The company’s founder and artistic director Alexander Burns felt Philadelphia was lacking a regional theater dedicated to classic dramas. “There are many incredible actors in Philadelphia who have experience and skills to do the classics,” Burns said. “But there just is not a place here in which it is curated and focused on and developed.” Quintessence aims to translate the timeless works of playwrights like Shakespeare, Machiavelli and George Bernard Shaw for a contemporary audience while preserving the authentic text.

The group has a core ensemble of nine people and works in repertory—running more than one play a week during a timeframe of one to two months. “By switching the plays back and forth, it keeps everything incredibly alive and immediate,” Burns said. The group's name comes from two different references of quintessence—one from “Hamlet,” a Shakespearean play that examines the center of humanity, and the other a belief from the Elizabethan era about the fifth element or stuff of the ether. “I like that we have this word that means heavenly substance and also the purest form of something,” Burns said. “Because Shakespeare, to me, is the purest form of English language.” In their sixth season, the ensemble converts Shakespearian tragedy through the reflections of today’s civic, social and cultural aspects. 12 consolidated televisions act as the epicenter of Quintessence’s “Romeo & Juliet,” serving as a modern platform of news media for the citizens of Verona. “In their time, huge announcements would have brought the whole town together, and for us, we have TV and internet,” said Carolyn Fast, the show’s production stage manager. “And that’s one thing that is done so well here … integrating what’s at the root of these classic texts and having some aspect that a modern audience can really connect with.” The collection of screens set scenes for the audience with dimly lit phrases revealing time and place. Transitions in the play are heard through an original EDM score created by renowned cinema, television and Broadway composer Steven Cahill. According to Burns, EDM mirrors the steady tempo of drums Shakespeare used amid scene transitions of plays 400 years ago. Aside from being a production tool, the music also emulates poetic syllables of the text.


Emiley Kiser, as Juliet, Connor Hammond, as Romeo, star in Quintessence’s rendition of “Romeo and Juliet.”

“[EDM] is perfect for Shakespeare, because the beat is very much like the beat of iambic pentameter … it gives an energy that’s needed in terms of the theatrical event,” Burns said. These musical transitions are meant to intensify the audience’s perspective, enabling them to see and feel the “full force of the poetry” at the same time, Burns said, because the play has been condensed from five acts to two. “Audiences know when they come here they are not going to sit back and have a passive experience,” Fast said. “There is something so necessary in the work we’re doing here, something that I’m not finding in other places … a dedication to the text.” * grace.maiorano@temple.edu

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Christian family, she always felt she didn’t quite fit in. She preferred the outdoors to church and enjoyed “one-on-one conversations” with God, whom she perceived as a woman. When she found Wicca, it felt right—particularly the worship of a female deity known as the Goddess. Wicca also boasts much less rigid rules than Castro’s religious upbringing. Wicca is not based in Satanic rituals, human sacrifice or other bloody acts—at the mere mention of such things, Castro sighed heavily before bursting into laughter—but instead connecting with the Goddess, nature and oneself. “Having a relationship with the Goddess is like having a relationship with the mother of all,” Castro said. “She has given birth to the trees, birth to the flowers and animals, and

minimize what happens for your ill,” Katsikis added. “The role of a witch is to always do the best they can in anything they do and emphasize the energy around them.” What it means to be a witch is changing, said Katsikis and Mystickal Tymes co-owner Eric Lee, or at least it is for the practicing group at the shop. “The evolution of witches is happening,” Katsikis said. “Which is cool,” Eric Lee added. “We’re taking it up an octave in our practice as well. We’re doing things that are not the norm.” Magic is changing because the basis of how much an individual needs has changed over time, Katsikis said. Humans need less and less in a modern environment. “We no longer want for as much as our primitive man did,” he said. “The practice of worshipping in the old world gods and the methods and modalities of that worship changed.” For the witches at Mystickal Tymes, rituals are no longer for a good harvest, but


Jessica Castro, a practicing Wiccan, uses an athame and wand to channel energy in nature.


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“The evolution of witches is happening.” Nick Katsikis | practicing witch

everyone and everything that has ever walked the earth comes from her.” Castro’s beliefs, as well as modern Wiccan, neo-Pagan and other similar systems, are quite different from traditional witchcraft, said Linda Lee, an adjunct professor in Temple’s Intellectual Heritage department and a folklore expert. “When we talk about historical witchcraft, European witchcraft and American witchcraft, we use these terms as if they mean one thing,” Lee said. But there is a wide array of contemporary neo-Pagan, Wicca and other witchcraft in the United States, Lee said, each with varying geographical areas. The practice of Wicca as a religion is not really something that existed in earlier times like it does today, but “the folk beliefs that feed into our ideas about witchcraft are beliefs that have existed alongside of mainstream religious beliefs all along,” she added. Historically speaking, witchcraft is the utilization of old-world folk practices to manipulate an outcome in the favor of the person practicing, said Nick Katsikis, a practitioner at Mystickal Tymes, a New Age Wicca and Pagan store in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The owners also offer a teaching group called the Circle of Ancient Paths. Because folk traditions like harvest celebrations are no longer relevant to today’s society, Katsikis said, “we’ve had to adapt what witchcraft is in the modern day.” “It’s an evolving practice,” he said. “But it’s a way of life, not just a religion.” “Witchcraft is the action by which you maximize what happens for your good and

instead a good job, finding the right love or keeping family safe. For Castro, being a modern witch means being an urban one—which isn’t as radically different as one may think. “The resources that an urban witch might have to a suburban witch might be way different, but their intentions are the same,” Castro said. “They want to create change in their own lives. They want to empower themselves.” Urban witchcraft is utilizing energies, elements and tools within the city to create that change, she said. Castro often makes use of any connection to nature within Philadelphia, whether it be a public park, small grove of trees or an abandoned house filled with what other people perceive as weeds—but might be wild plants unavailable in herb shops. Witchcraft is a way of life—it’s about intention and visualization, Castro said, and allowing herself to “radiate positivity and love” through a connection with the divine she could not find in another belief system. “People come into this because of interest,” Eric Lee said. “Because of dissatisfaction with the status quo of faith practice. They’re seeking information that is not being fulfilled by traditional religions. People are tired of being sheep.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu T @victoria_mier_

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Goldilocks Gallery held a punk and visual art show Oct. 23 featuring bands Diet Cig, Fern Mayo, Hello Shark and Tiny Sachi. Located on Chestnut Street near 8th in Center City, the space includes two floors of studios and a public gallery for musical and visual art shows. Artwork of Charles Hedges, a senior film and media arts major at Temple, was displayed. Patrons could purchase beer and hard cider during the performance. Gallery owner Kamal Lamoza prefers to describe the gallery as a performance venue. Lamoza purchased the space in August 2011 and has since developed it into an artist residency program. Lamoza rents rooms to practicing artists for no longer than one year. Hedges occupies one of the rooms at Goldilocks Gallery. He describes Goldilocks as, “a space for all kinds of creative pursuits.” The show was the first to be assembled by Hedges and his roommates, but they plan on putting together more shows in the future. While artists work and live at Goldilocks, Lamoza displays their work to expose it to the public.

Student and alumna to star in feature-length horror film “A Place In Hell,” premiered at the Philadelphia Indepedent Film Festival Oct. 25. By MADISON HALL The Temple News For one screenwriter, horror is a group of film students on an abandoned, snow-covered farm shooting their final video project. When they realize they aren’t alone, the group learns what it means to be truly afraid. Six film students team up, rent a van and travel to a halloween attraction farm that's closed for the winter to shoot a horror film. They set up their campsite to begin shooting and the terror begins, as a cold case involving a serial killer resurfaces. In his first feature film, writer and director David Boorboor drew

inspiration from the early 1880s story of the Corpse Collector, Harrison Graham, to create the storyline for “A Place in Hell.” The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival premiered the film Oct. 25 at the University of the Arts’ Levitt Theater on Broad Street near Pine. While casting for the film, Boorboor, a 2001 Rowan University film alumnus, discovered the talent of students Brooke Storms and Caroline Elizabeth. Boorboor has previously worked with Temple students and said the university is “a rich place with a strong film department.” Both Storms and Elizabeth auditioned for roles and starred in the film, which meant learning to balance acting and school. Storms, a junior, and Elizabeth, a 2015 public relations alumna, met two years ago while taking the “Art of Acting” course at the Center City Campus. Boorboor first met Elizabeth at the Walking Fish Theater in Fishtown and was inspired by her

performance, later creating a character based on her personality. Elizabeth was cast as Lizzie Davis, the boom operator in the group of film students. She wanted Storms to have the

of horror. “My character is really in touch with nature, so I spent a lot of time outside in the grass meditating,” Storms said. Filming began at Creamy Acres

was so close. Filmmaking is a “Everyone collaborative project. Every single person matters.” Brooke Storms | student and actress

same opportunity and sent Boorboor a tape of Storms’ acting. “The best part of the acting class was meeting Caroline,” Storms said. “She gave me this opportunity and willingly helped me learn.” Ultimately, Storms received the role of Kait Bloom, a character with a positive outlook on life and a hatred

Farm in Mullica Hill, New Jersey in January 2014, the second semester of Storms’ freshman year at Temple. Storms said a friend told her, “‘You can't take the role and quit school,’” but Storms could not pass up the opportunity. For three weeks, the cast members spent 16 hours a day filming

scenes. “It was 10 degrees and I would film and then go back to the hotel to work on homework,” Elizabeth said. For both Storms and Elizabeth, it was an opportunity to learn and grow professionally. Lewis Smith and Noree Victoria, two experienced actors among the cast, gave advice to the aspiring actresses. “Everyone was so close,” Storms said. “Filmmaking is a collaborative project. Every single person matters.” In the fast paced environment, Storms and Elizabeth learned to improve more than their acting skills. “I learned camera functions and where I fit into the frame,” Storms said. Without Temple, both Storms and Elizabeth said they would never have had the opportunity to star in a feature film. “Temple is a school built to give opportunities,” Storms said. * madison.hall@temple.edu


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RABBI DANIEL LEVITT as the new Executive Director at Hillel at Temple University Hillel’s Mission

Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Hillel’s Vision

We envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

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Asimina Chremos (left), and Elliott Levin perform during the NowHere Festival.

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fessor who will perform in the festival. ISOP co-founder Flandrew Fleisenberg attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which was informative in finding free improvisation, he said. “I was coming from a place of creative expression, which allowed me to be freer with music,” Fleisenberg said. Last year he worked with Steven Tobin, curator of Fire Museum Presents, a show promotion company for experimental and psychedelic music. “We decided to make a larger organization out of it and work with others in the community who are key stakeholders of free improvisation and people interested in arts and cultures,” Fleisenberg said. The ISOP team is comprised of ten musicians, dancers and artists, including Temple faculty Choi, Catherine Pancake and Adam Vidiksis. The festival began Oct. 19 with a dance workshop held at Mascher Space Co-op and a music class at Iron Factory in Kensington. Later, the two classes combined to unite the mediums of sound and movement, and the movers and musicians chose to work with or against each other without choreography or a prepared musical score. Pancake, an assistant professor of film and media arts, was one of the percussionists involved in Saturday night’s performance. Pancake implemented electronic elements including field recordings of natural gas fracking from a film she's currently working on. Pancake said one of the most interesting aspects of free improvisation is letting go of the structure that comes along with musicality.

“You need to learn to let go of structures and put yourself in the moment with other players,” Pancake said. Pancake said that unlike performing traditional musical scores, free improv is about challenging oneself to connect with other players. The film professor added the festival helps with her visual stimulation as a filmmaker. “It has been great because I am just in contact with so much aural stimulation, which helps me with my visual projects and helps me be a better filmmaker in terms of joining sound and visual together in filmmaking,” Pancake said. Pancake was also involved with a panel discussion Oct. 23 in Tuttleman Learning Center. The panel, which included musicians and dancers from NowHere, discussed the meaning behind the art form. She said the panel will hopefully serve to help students in the Center for the Arts unwind from the mastery of their skill. “It’s always nice to let that go and have a moment in which we can come together and talk about something that is about freedom in the moment and releasing ourselves creatively,” Pancake said. Fleisenberg hopes this festival will leave a lasting impact and expand the free improvisational community in Philadelphia. “We don’t want to be too ambitious, but we want to measure our success in that did we inspire a conversation? Did we connect with the community? We want this to be a longtime effort,” Fleisenberg said. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

interaction with its audience. Residents can fill out a survey in exchange for mock currency, which allows them to purchase food items ranging from Goya black beans to Lewis-Issa’s ginger brew. “You walk around North Philly, you see people selling things from their porches, from little tables they might put out on a corner, from the back of their cars, what have you,” La Frontera co-creator Ernel Martinez said. “But this is a space where they could actually set up shop and promote their business, sell their goods.” The block party featured local merchants, community organizations and an eclectic cluster of artists. Colombianbased music group M.A.K.U. Soundsystem blasted Afro-Latino beats while a local barber offered free haircuts. Amidst the organized chaos, Mural Arts Program founder Jane Golden spoke enthusiastically of “La Frontera” and the mission of Open Source. “When people say, ‘Who’s your audience?’ we have a quick answer: everyone,” Golden said. Open Source is the largest project facilitated by Mural Arts to date. It has commissioned 14 artists from around the world and organized 40 events throughout the month. “We’re immersed in the community,” Mural Arts’ facilitator Keir Johnston said. "If we didn’t include the input from the community, we would be doing a disservice.” Johnston and Martinez facilitated the project in an effort to bring together the Latino and African-American communities of North Philadelphia. The survey questions attendees complete in exchange for currency focus upon the story of each resident’s migration to the city. “If we highlight those nar-

ratives and then expose some of the similarities between those different perspectives, that becomes a bonding agent within the community,” Martinez said. Johnston said while “La Frontera” is new to the community, it isn’t unfamiliar. Flanked with a neon “open” sign and ornamented with a sheet of thick glass that separates the cashier from the buyer, the structure resembles a bodega, a staple in North Philadelphian culture. “You see your neighbors in an environment like this but you don’t really engage with them openly in this space, it’s very much in passing, and we wanted to kind of again create the environment but reinterpret the meaning, reinterpret the purpose, reinterpret how you engage with the space,” Johnston said. While other Open Source artists have come to the city from places as distant as France and South Korea, Johnston and Martinez have spent years in North Philadelphia. The multimedia artists are part of Amber Art and Design, a Port Richmond-based arts coalition. They spent six months in an artist residency program on N. Alder Street—blocks away from the perimeter of Main Campus. “We’ve done our due diligence and research within this community,” Johnston said. In the past, the duo created a mock restaurant that gave residents meals in exchange for recipes. Currently, their ongoing podium project promotes the voices of residents through social media. “We started talking about how identity of community changes—it’s by institutions like Temple,” Martinez said. “It’s by these influx of immigrants. It’s constantly in flux. So we’re trying to capture a moment in time where it is today.” * angela.gervasi@temple.edu

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“They document Stoker’s process in writing the novel,” Fuller said. “The sources of many of his ideas, the way he shaped and re-shaped its structure and the characters and events he considered but decided not to put in.” Fuller said the exact pages featured in the tour will vary, “partly to avoid exposing the same pages to light and handling all the time, partly because some pages are at times in use for exhibitions or research, and partly just based on what the presenting staff member finds most interesting at the moment. There's so much in them we can never say it all every time, so we like to change it up periodically.” Presenting staff members try to include

pages from all of the different categories of notes they have available, so guests can expect to see everything from general outlines to notes about early vampire books and articles that Stoker used for inspiration. While Stoker did not invent the vampire, “Dracula” defined modern vampire fiction and influenced the horror genre in the literary, film and theatrical worlds. Stoker’s notes provide a glimpse into the creation of the modern vampire. “[The notes] show how he gathered ideas for his vampire not only from the traditional vampire lore of Eastern Europe, but from descriptions of other supernatural beings at far distant times and places,” Fuller said. According to Fuller, the notes, as well as other items from Stoker’s personal library, were

sold after his death in 1912. Bookseller James F. Drake was the first to bring the materials to America, and they changed ownership several times until 1970, when the Rosenbach purchased them from the firm of Charles Sessler of Philadelphia. While there is currently no exhibition on display during regular hours, visitors will have another opportunity to view Stoker’s notes, along with other “suitably scary” materials, on Halloween at the Rosenbach’s Literary Costume Party. Due to the larger number of guests and presence of refreshments, partygoers will not have the same hands-on experience, but can get a close-up view of the materials and ask curators questions. * erin.moran@temple.edu

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a Halloween-themed party at its weekly “Art After 5” celebration Friday. The event will feature DJ Diamond Kuts, a Philadelphia-based artist who has toured with renowned musicians like Nicki Minaj. Students from Philadelphia University will showcase creative costumes based on artwork in the museum itself. The night of fashion, music and art is free with museum admission and will run until 8:45 p.m. -Angela Gervasi


“Pressure Points,” a group exhibit featuring 27 artists from around the country, is currently on display at the Savery Gallery on 11th Street near Carlton. The show strives to explore and question the different paths and aspects of the print medium, and includes modernized and traditional methods of printmaking. The exhibit features the work of Amze Emmons, an associate professor at the Tyler School of Art who teaches and practices printmaking. The exhibition will remain on display until Nov. 20. -Angela Gervasi


Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Disgraced” runs through Nov. 8 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The performance paints a portrait of Amir Kapoor, a Pakistani-American lawyer and his wife Emily, a painter influenced by Islamic imagery. Set amid a dinner party on the upper west side of Manhattan, the performance’s plot centers around the state of Islamic culture. Tickets are $15-73. -Grace Maiorano


South Street bar Tattooed Mom will host a free reading tomorrow featuring ghost stories from Temple and Rutgers-Camden students. The event will also feature a costume contest and Halloween-themed drink specials, including a Pumpkin Bumpkin cocktail. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the reading will begin at 8 p.m. The event is 21 and over. -Eamon Dreisbach


Wales-based artist Joanna Gruesome will perform at PhilaMOCA Thursday. The five-piece band is currently on a North American tour and will be playing with Aye Nako, King Of Cats and Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-12. -Emily Scott


”Bullets Over Broadway,” a play based on a film co-written by Woody Allen, will take the stage at the Kimmel Center today through Sunday. The play follows the story of a young playwright who takes a deal from a mobster for financial reasons. Tickets range from $2095. -Emily Scott



@uwishunu tweeted a guide to the annual festival, highlighting top film picks like “Anomalisa,” “Room,” “Broolyn” and “Where to Invade Next.” Tickets are available from $5-13.

@pennmuseum tweeted a new book by Drs. Jen and Josef Wagner, will be released Nov. 1, that tells the story behind the journey of the museum’s granite sphinx to Philadelphia.



@PhillyEntertain tweeted Steve’s Prince of Steaks and Amoroso’s Bakery created the largest cheesesteak at Philadelphia’s inagural festival, measuring about 480 feet long.

@phillymag tweeted the best places for pick-your-own-produce near Philadelphia, including pumpkins at Active Acres Farm in Bucks County and apples at Linvilla Orchards in Media.










Student spotlight | brandon study

Nonprofit aims to be more than a ‘crutch’ Brandon Study co-founded an organization that helps artisans in developing countries. By GAIL VIVAR The Temple News During a local church service Brandon Study attended, the preacher asked, “What are you using your life for?” Study realized he wanted to take philanthropic action by cofounding Into the Nations, a nonprofit organization geared toward helping and empowering artisans in developing countries, with his mother Sandy Study and sister Kali Coble. “I really want to use my life as leverage to help other people since I have been blessed with an education and an opportunity to make a change,” said Study, a junior entrepreneurship major. The first campaign of ITN is called “May You Find Rest,” where the goal is to help Amparo del Carmen Valle Velis, a hammock weaver in El Salvador, whom Study met three years ago

in an artisan market. Since the moment he met Amparo, Study knew he wanted to help her. Amparo’s family was known as the “hammock family” in her town, but her hammock business was not enough to support her family. This past August, Study and the team from ITN traveled to El Salvador to aid Amparo. The support included the reconstruction of her home with a new roof and a newly installed water filter, as well as a pair of glasses for herself. The labor from those five days in El Salvador was grueling, but Study said it was a significant experience for himself and the two friends who helped him work on Amparo’s roof. “As you could tell, I’m not a professional roofer—I’m a college business student,” Study said. “But even though it was a difficult process, it was rewarding to tighten that last screw to the roof. It was probably one of the most impactful moments of my life because she kept thanking us for fixing her home so it could be strong and safe. There’s no greater feeling than knowing you were part of something like this.” Along with the international work, Study is a full-time student who finds the time to balance the work from ITN and his classes. Study credits the Innovation Entrepreneurship Institute

from the Fox School of Business for providing valuable experiences and sessions, like the Be Your Own Boss Bowl, which is an annual business plan competition. Study was a finalist with his friend, and it gave him a perspective of what he wants to do in the future. Although ITN helped Amparo and her family last August, the group plans to support her business throughout its development. ITN’s mission is to be more than an organization that helps just once. After a business plan is developed, ITN works with the artisans to achieve the best for their business. Currently, ITN is helping Amparo by setting up distribution channels for her hammock business at artisan markets. “People ask, ‘Why don’t you just give money?’” Study said. “As an organization, we’ve come to realize that the best way to impact people is to empower them by creating their own change and checking on them periodically.” “What we did for Amparo last August was just step one of the process and by walking alongside her, we will build her up and help create a suitable business for her,” he added. * gail.vivar@temple.edu

Growing interest in sustainability and horticulture Ambler Aquaponics started in 2013 and is now expanding its work. By ALEX CASPER The Temple News


The Diamond Gems performed at the pep rally for the football team Oct. 16 on Liacouras Walk.

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tours around the city. Cardamone said the university wanted parents and students to be able to engage in the surrounding areas and experience the culture of Philadelphia. “That is such a crucial part of what makes the Temple experience what it is, the culture and the community around us,” she said. Sam Baker, a sophomore in the Tyler School of Art, got to spend the weekend with his mother, Judy Baker. Judy Baker said she was most excited for the football game against Central Florida and being a part of the weekend overall. “Well, I think [the weekend] means becoming more involved with Temple, and we love Temple, so it’s exciting to become a bigger part of it,” Judy Baker said. The weekend also gave Matthew Keck, a freshman economics major from California, the opportunity to visit with his

parents for the first time since he came to Temple. His family was unable to attend Move-In Day due to the distance and looked forward to spending time with their son and attending the football game on Saturday. “We hadn’t come to drop him off for school, so we wanted to see the campus,” said Keck’s mother Brenda Keck. Cardamone said Parents and Family Weekend is very important for “giving back to our community and having that pride in who we are as Temple Owls.” The Office of Student Affairs hopes to create more initiatives for parents and family members to engage in the university and the surrounding city. They are looking for feedback in order to better the event in the future. “We hope that it was a successful weekend for everybody and we are looking to only improve for the future,” Cardamone said. “Hopefully in the future we are able to accommodate more families.” * alexis.rogers@temple.edu


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Wear a costume that promotes your ability to see and move. Be aware that some people may take advantage of being unrecognizable so you may need to make a quick exit. Pay attention to your surroundings. Do not allow others or electronic devices to distract you when walking. Trust your instincts. If you feel alarmed, scared or creepy in any situation, get your friends and leave. If you go out, go with people that you know and trust. Avoid being alone or isolated with “any creature “- who you don’t know or trust. Return home with the same people you went out with and walk in well-lit areas. Watch out for your friends, and don’t be afraid to intervene if a situation appears to be distressing for your friend or you—get to a safe place immediately.. Do not accept beverages from people you do not trust. Make sure you watch the drink being prepared and that you never leave it unattended. Realize that alcohol influences decision-making and could jeopardize your personal safety. Review the alcohol policy and adhere to all state, local and University regulations.


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Although Michael Bavas says his tilapia would taste delicious in Temple’s cafeterias, they are not on the menu. Instead, they’re used in an aquaponics program he founded in 2013 at the Aquaponics Research Lab at Temple Ambler. Aquaponics is a gardening practice similar to hydroponics, which is gardening without soil that flushes water and fertilizers through the roots. An aquaponics garden flushes water from a fish pond through the roots of the plants, taking a second step toward sustainability. The plants filter the water while the fish provide nutrients to the plants. Last September, the horticulture program accredited an aquaponics course called “Introduction to Aquaponics,” taught by adjunct professor Tom Bilotta at Ambler during the fall. There is also a non-credit online course of the same title. Bavas, a senior technical support specialist, was interested in starting an aquaponics garden for Ambler’s horticulture program after he learned what it entailed. “I’ve always had interest in the environment and I used to garden—that’s how I found out about aquaponics,” Bavas said. “One day I asked the president of the campus if I could use the basement, where the garden is located. He told me he didn’t have a problem with it.” The garden grows tomatoes, okra, oregano and basil, while the stock tanks hold two species of tilapia: blue Nile and Mozambique. Tilapia are known for easy breeding and reproduce multiple times per year, which makes them ideal for aquaponics gardening. “We constantly are donating [extra tilapia] to help start up other gardens,” Bavas said. The new course attracted a few Montgomery County Community College transfer students, along with a few veterans. Navy veteran Kieran Quinn currently studies in a Temple dual admissions program at MCCC and plans on transferring to Ambler in the fall to study in the program. “I volunteered with Anne Brennan [horticulture supervisor] in the Arboretum a few times this summer and took the noncredit aquaponics course,” Quinn said. “That convinced me to seek a career in aquaponics and sustainable food systems. Since late August, I have volunteered in the aquaponics lab at least twice a week.” The program is looking into several different expansions. “We are currently expanding the lab to test different set ups, such as a dual root zone system,” said Connor Fleming, president of the Aquaponics Club at Ambler. “It’s a way to incorporate nutrients needed for fruiting plants, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, that are toxic to the fish without actually harming them.” Bavas said they are also working on introducing other aquatic species like prawn, a type of shrimp. In addition to a greenhouse, the program is looking for programming and engineering majors to help expand by developing different nutrient-measuring tools that can benefit the setup. They are also looking for education majors to give tours to high schools and other education programs visiting the facilities. “The program had been visited by over 200 high school students the past month,” Bavas said. “Now their classes are talking about starting their own gardens.” * alexander.casper@temple.edu



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Rachel Guest (left), who played Ginger Rogers, dances with Skizzo Arnedillo, who played Fred Astaire, in “A Hollywood Classic.”

longing between Ginger and Fred. An intense hip-hop song blared loudly when they had their first fight. Jazzy love songs conveyed the sense of romance. The story was told through the tone and type of the song. “I am hoping that people just have a good time,” Weber said. “I want them to fall in love with the characters falling in love.” In a question-and-answer session after the show, the producers of the performance discussed how it was a blending of all their ideas mixed with hard work that created their success. Performers and audience members alike walked away from the production with new perspectives. “If I had to pick a motto, it would be to collaborate, not separate—col-

laboration is huge,” said David Heller, a doctoral student in dance at Temple and performer in the show. “I was mesmerized by the stylistic components and the evident passion in the artists’ faces,” said Anisa Eshraghi, a freshman biochemistry major. “I was stunned, as a violinist, by how the dancers were able to create a 45-minute piece and make it flow as one. I am used to segmented performances, so it was really a display of talent.” * jacquelyn.taylor.fricke@temple.edu




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more than blood and gore

Among the costumes and trick-or-treating of this Halloween season, it’s the perfect time to be scared. So, we asked some professors from the film and media arts department:

“What are some memorable horror films?”


“It’s a horror movie that kind of transcends the genre. ... And the soundtrack to the movie is one of the creepiest soundtracks I’ve ever heard in my entire life.”

PSYCHO (1960)



Temple’s Benefits department is holding its second Financial Wellness Fair today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will focus on increasing students’ financial literacy with skills like budgeting, handling debt, investing and planning for life events like retirement. Attendees can also learn about financial information security from organizations like Ceridian Lifeworks, Wageworks and Liberty Mutual. The fair will take place in the Great Court in Mitten Hall. -Albert Hong

Each fall and spring semester, Temple’s Office of Leadership Development hosts a free catered lunch for students and Philadelphia leaders. This event gives students an opportunity to share a meal and a conversation with local leaders. Members of Rad-Dish, a student-run co-op at Temple, will be talking about their organization and goals to expand health and wellness in the area. The lunch will take place tomorrow at noon in Room 235 of the Student Center. For more information, contact Lauren Bullock at 215-204-7145. -Tatyana Turner

“You want to look at horror films? ‘Psycho.’ Because it’s organized fear. ... That film still scares the hell out of people. There’s a difference between organized fear and guttural, exploitative fear.”

- David Parry, professor




- Catherine Pancake, assistant professor



“I suppose I prefer a much more subtler, more nuanced approach where you may not feel truly terrified when you’re in the movie theater, but once you leave and walk away, it sort of lingers on the mind.”


Students can watch an interactive showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Reel Thursday through Saturday. Co-sponsored by Temple’s Queer Student Union, the show will feature a shadow cast perfoming in front of the movie. The audience can also buy prop bags for $3 to interact with the actors. There will be showings Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and midnight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2 with an OWLcard at the Reel Box Office. -Andrea Odjemski

- Dan Friedlaender, adjunct professor


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This year, 268 students participated in OwlMUN II from 12 different Philadelphia region high schools, including La Salle College High School, Avon Grove High School and Kennett High School. “Each one or two [students] are given a country to represent,” Horton said. “And when everyone comes together, you get that organization in the U.N.’s body.” In each conference committee, students debated with each other and sought out solutions to the problems they faced by amending and passing resolutions. Liam Haffey, a junior at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, represented Russia in the “Security Council” and won that committee, which discussed military issues like the dispute over control of an island in the South China Sea. “Russia basically wanted China to lease the island from the countries who were also claiming it because they allied with China,” Haffey said. Haffey was able to get his resolution passed, he said, with added amendments suggested by other countries.

He also worked with the United States throughout the day, which he said was difficult in terms of being someone raised in the United States, but having to work toward Russian policies and goals. “The U.S. is a free market economy, which is something as a U.S. citizen I would agree with, but Russia doesn’t,” Haffey said. “So I kind of had to go against what I would originally believe to support [Russia’s] policy.” Horton said one of the main goals of Model U.N. is to encourage students to learn about life and government in other nations. “Too often we don’t know enough about other cultures to effectively help assist them with what they need done,” Horton said. In addition to the high school-style committees, which are rooted in fact and allow for preparation ahead of time, OwlMUN II hosted college-style committees, which pose problems to students that are likely to change throughout the day and are sometimes rooted in fiction. “[We are] pushing our college-style crisis delegates to the test,” Horton said. “We want to see how fast they can react, how fast they can come up with solutions.” Noah Goff, a general body member of Temple’s Model United Nations, chaired the college-style crisis committee, “Collapse of

the United States, 2050,” which set up a scenario where the U.S. suffered an economic and subsequent structural collapse. Throughout the course of the day, Goff said, students adapted to new information, which is introduced “constantly,” and changed their modes of attack. “More than half of the day everyone was very pacifist,” said Goff, a freshman biology and political science major. “They were very keen on keeping diplomacy, which was really interesting. We weren’t expecting that from high school students.” “Once they began to take into consideration the more militaristic nature of some of their regions, they changed and that was pretty impressive,” he added. Next year, leaders of OwlMUN II hope to attract similarly impressive students in even larger numbers, potentially drawing from schools in New Jersey and further north in Pennsylvania, to come to Temple’s conference to debate and come up with solutions to world problems, both real and fictitious. “Encouraging Model U.N. with high schoolers ... makes us better global citizens, rather than just citizens of our own country,” Horton said. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

Starting Thursday, Blackstone LaunchPad will have a series of workshops that will assist students with storytelling. Flying Kite Media, which features participating student entrepreneurs in its weekly magazine that covers local companies and institutions, and Blackstone LaunchPad aim to help students communicate more efficiently with persuasion and business tactics. The first workshop will take place at the Student Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Students must register to attend these workshops. For more information, contact Julie StapletonCaroll at 215-204-2499. -Tatyana Turner


Thursday at the Temple Performing Arts Center, Wolf Blitzer will speak with students in a question and answer session before accepting the 2015 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. Blitzer is CNN’s lead political anchor and anchor of “The Situation Room.” He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Buffalo and an M.A. in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He also received a Golden CableACE award for his coverage of the Persian Gulf War during his time as CNN’s military affairs correspondent. The conversation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. -Albert Hong


A number of Halloween-themed events are set to take place Friday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can stop by the Tyler School of Art to make a Halloween mask. Crafting materials and face paint will be provided, in addition to free refreshments. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Atrium Climbing Wall in Pearson Hall will host a Halloween party where students can celebrate the day before the festivities. There will be prizes for the best costumes, as well as rock climbing. No registration is necessary but attendees must have Rec Center access. -Albert Hong JENNY ROBERTS TTN

Brianna Ziegenhagen, vice president of Temple’s Model United Nations, serves as the chair for the Council of Aurors, a committee rooted in the fictional world of Harry Potter.





Miami fires former Temple coach Washington Redskins because of a knee injury. In 2010, the Owls’ defensive back was named to the All Mid-American Conference First Team after totaling 74 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Jarrett was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 54th overall selection of the second round in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was released by the team Sept. 11, 2012. -Michael Guise


After a winless start through seven games, Central Florida football coach George O’Leary retired Sunday, ending his 12-year coaching tenure with the Knights. The Knights fell to Temple 30-16 Oct. 17. O’Leary, 69, finishes his coaching career as Central Florida’s second winningest coach in program history with an 81-68 record. He also lead the team to seven bowl games, winning three—including a 52-42 win against No. 8 Baylor University in the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. Quarterbacks coach Danny Barrett was named the team’s interim coach. O’Leary entered 2015 as the longest tenured coach in the American Athletic Conference and the seventh longest in college football. Since starting his career at Georgia Tech in 1995, O’Leary has a 133-101 record, with 11 bowl appearances. JD MOUSLEY TTN

The football team participates in a drill during a recent practice at Chodoff Field.


The University of Miami anounced Sunday that football coach Al Golden was fired after five years with the program. The former Temple coach was dismissed after the Hurricanes lost 58-0 to No. 3 Clemson University Saturday. It was the largest margin of defeat in the program’s 90-year history. Golden coached the Owls for five seasons from 2006-10 and finished with a 27-34 overall record. In 2009, Golden led the Owls to a 9-4 season record. The Hurricanes tight ends coach Larry Scott was named interim coach. -Mark McCormick


The football team was ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 poll Sunday. After being ranked No. 21 in the poll for the first time

since 1979 last week, the football team received 307 points, the third most for teams in the American Athletic Conference. Memphis, ranked No. 16, received 660 points and Houston, which ranks No. 18, received 441 points. The Owls moved up two spots to No. 22 in the Amway Coaches Poll after being ranked No. 24 last week. Memphis and Houston were ranked No. 16 and No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll, respectively. Saturday, the Owls will host Notre Dame, ranked No. 9 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll, at Lincoln Financial Field. -Michael Guise


The New York Jets announced the release of safety Jaiquawn Jarrett Saturday. Jarrett was listed as doubtful on the Jets’ injury report before Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. The former Owl missed the Jets’ Oct. 18 game against the

-Michael Guise


The Cleveland Cavaliers waived guard Dionte Christmas Friday, trimming the preseason team roster down to 16. The former Owl signed with the Cavaliers Oct. 10 and appeared in the team’s final four preseason games, averaging 6.8 points, 1.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. His best scoring night came against the Milwaukee Bucks, where he scored 10 points on 75 percent shooting in 17 minutes. Christmas was waived along with forwards Jack Cooley and Austin Daye and guard D.J. Stephens. The 6-foot-5 inch Philadelphia native was attempting to make his return to the NBA since the 2013-14 season, when he played for the Phoenix Suns. -Mark McCormick

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Fans celebrate Sept. 5 during the Owls’ 27-10 win against Penn State at Lincoln Financial Field.

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games in 2015, Notre Dame is 6-1, with its lone loss coming Oct. 3 against No. 3 Clemson University, 24-22. “It’s exciting for people in the area,” Rhule said. “It will be a great day.” The Owls enter the game 7-0, the team’s best start in program history. Since last season, the Owls have won eight consecutive games. “We are excited for Notre Dame to come to Philadelphia this weekend,” Rhule said. “It’s a great nonconference game to measure ourselves against one of the top teams in the country.” The Owls last faced Notre Dame in 2013 during Rhule’s first year as coach. At Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, the Fighting Irish tallied 543 yards of total offense on their way to a 28-6 victory. Rhule and the Owls finished 2013 2-10 and 1-7 in American Athletic Conference play. Junior running back Jahad Thomas and junior quarterback P.J. Walker did not play in the game two years ago. Redshirt-senior wide receiver John Christopher and redshirt-junior wide receivers Samuel Benjamin and Romond Deloatch caught three, two and one pass, respectively, while eight current Owls’ recorded a tackle on defense. “They are very similar,” Rhule said. “A lot of our kids played in that game, and we played some of their

best players. Any time you face someone before, it helps you.” Notre Dame junior linebacker Jaylon Smith, an Associated Press Second Team All-American in 2014, recorded one assist in the 2013 matchup. This season, Smith has 56 total tackles, including six tackles for loss. “Jaylon Smith, we played against him as a freshman, and he’s probably one of the Top 10 players in the country,” Rhule said. “He’s a dynamic linebacker.” The Fighting Irish’s senior defensive lineman Sheldon Day also played against the Owls in 2013, recording one total tackle. “Sheldon Day, when we played them two years ago, I thought out of a heralded offensive line, he was the best player we faced,” Rhule said. Saturday’s matchup at Lincoln Financial Field will be the third time since 2013 the Owls sold out the Linc, including the team’s 27-10 win against Penn State Oct. 5 and the fourth time since 2007. “Football wise, it gives us a chance to show recruits all across the country what is exactly happening here,” Rhule said. “Obviously we want to play well, that will impact that even further. When they see the atmosphere, the crowd, the support we are getting, it really authenticates what we are trying to tell the recruits.” * michael.guise@temple.edu



na. It was the first 100-yard receiving game for an Owl this season. After missing last season due to academic issues, Anderson has paid close attention to Jackson’s words. “Coach [Jackson] can tell you, I’m always writing notes,” Anderson said. “I’m always asking him questions, learning new things, taking all his coaching and not taking anything for granted.” Jackson said Anderson is still regaining abilities he lost from the missed time last season. The first-year coach continues to work with the wide receiver in order to refine his technical skills, like route running. “He’s starting to get it and get back into his groove,” Jackson said. “Like I told him, I said, ‘Hey man, you missed a whole year of football. You just got in training camp, so it’s a process.’ … I try to talk to him about the individual process. It’s one step at a time.” Nine different wide receivers have caught passes for Temple through the first seven games of the season. Four wideouts have snagged four or more passes in at least one game this season. Redshirt freshman Ventell Bryant, who is second on the team in catches with 20 for 196 yards, caught five passes for 40 yards in a touchdown in the team’s 30-16 win against Central Florida Oct. 17. Freshman Adonis Jennings and Christopher combined for 11 catches and 134 yards receiving in the Owls’ 25-23 victory against the University of Massachusetts. “Every week it’s been a new guy that’s stepping up and making some plays for us,” Jackson said. “They know how deep the room is. I con-

stantly remind them how deep the room is. It forces each guy to come out and practice everyday as hard as

They know how “ deep the room is. I constantly remind them.

Frisman Jackson | wide receivers coach

Owls vs. Notre Dame Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

they possibly can.” Junior quarterback P.J. Walker’s completion percentage has increased from 53.3 percent in 2014 to 59.6 completion percentage this season. Out of Walker’s 112 completions, no receiver has caught more than 30 percent of them. “There’s no go-to-guy,” Anderson said. “I believe all of us are go-toguys. They can call any one of us in to make a play. We’re a wide group. Everyone does different things better.” Walker, who’s 130.7 passing efficiency is No. 61 out of 107 qualified Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks, said he is confident in all of his targets. “When you have a group of guys that are that good, that can make plays, you’re going to give them opportunities,” Walker said. “Get them the ball in their hands.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu






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said. “I got my whole tuition paid for, I got insurance covered when I needed it. I’ve got academic support, so there is a value there. Let’s not think this is just, ‘Hey, they’re here.’ No, there’s an intrinsic dollar amount that is invested in these athletes, which is great.” Kraft said Temple’s stipend— tied with Tulsa and Tulane for the smallest out of 11 numbers available for American Athletic Conference teams, according to CBS Sports—and other amenities the university has available to students is sufficient. “I think the line is where it is, I think that’s it,” Kraft said. “Allow us the ability to take care of their needs. You gave me a $5,000 check when I was at Indiana, I was going to go to the mall. That’s totally different. It’s about giving them what they need, and I think that’s taking care of those needs. There’s this whole talk, the O’Bannon case, and all that is just talking about the paying of athletes. That’s not right.” U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former University of California, Los Angeles basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 former players in August 2014, saying the NCAA cannot prevent athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likeness. The ruling struck down existing NCAA regulations that prohibited players from receiving anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools. A March 2014 Washington Post poll found 33 percent of the public supports paying college athletes, while 64 percent oppose. Almost three-quarters of those opposed said they were “strongly opposed.” Nineteen percent of those surveyed are strongly supportive of paying college athletes, compared to 47 percent strongly against. “Right now it seems like all the power is shifting over to the players,” women’s soccer coach Seamus O’Connor said. “And as coaches, we’re losing a lot of our power, like it’s just becoming a player-centered world, and I think if we start paying them now … it’s just going down a dark road. I feel quite comfortable with the system we have now. I feel that scholarship is getting paid.” An October 2013 survey by NCAA survey expert John Dennis found similar numbers, with 69 per-

television revenue and their ability to create their own legislation. The deal also includes an Under Armour concept store, which should open in the next month in Morgan Hall, Kraft said. “We need to be proactive in getting folks wearing our gear,” Kraft said. “Now it’s happened, timing is everything, right? ... It was important for us to set up a store like a spirit store.” Universities in The American sponsored by Under Armour include Cincinnati, Navy and South Florida. The other eight schools in the conference are sponsored by Nike. According to the Portland Business Journal, Cincinnati and South Florida’s 2015-16 total contract value with Under Armour are worth $4.9 million and $1.725 million, respectively. Nike’s contract with Connecticut and Houston for the 2015-16 season are worth $2.825 million and $500,000, respectively. Details for the other eight teams are not available. More than 40 teams in the Power 5 are represented by Nike. Adidas represents the second most schools with 12, Under Armour is third with eight and Russell Athletics is represented by one Power Five School. Of the eight Division I universities partnered with Under Armour that have details available, according to the Portland Business Journal, four had 2015-16 total contract values of more than $3 million. Of the 44 Division I universities partnered with Nike, according to the Portland Business Journal, 12 have a 2015-16 total contract value of more than $3 million.


Before the addition of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American was part of the six power conferences of the Football Bowl Subdivision. With the start of the playoff, the conference was lowered to the Group of 5 outside of the power conferences, which shares one automatic spot in the New Year’s Six Bowl games. The Group of 5 includes Conference USA, the Mountain West, Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences. Kraft said there is one distinction between Temple and the Power 5 schools. “They got great TV dollars, and that’s the difference,” Kraft said. “People can say what they want and say we aren’t Power 5, but all I know is we went and beat a Penn


cent of the public and 61 percent of sports fans oppose paying college athletes. “It’s an ongoing debate,” Kraft said. “It’s a national debate. It’s a debate by sometimes people who are not in the weeds and not in the trenches and know what’s really going on.”


In September, the university announced a 10-year extension of its partnership with Under Armour. The Baltimore-based company will continue to provide uniforms, apparel and footwear to the university’s 19 varsity sports teams. The Inquirer reported the deal is worth $30 million over 10 years, but Kraft declined to give specifics and noted the deal is among the Big 12, Big 10, Pacific 12, Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences—referred to as the Power 5 due to their larger

State team that is Power 5.” The Lafayette Journal and Courier reported in April 2014 the Big 10 expects 11 of its 14 schools to receive approximately $34.1 million from the conference’s television contract during the 2015-16 season, while SEC schools received more than $31 million each for the fiscal 2014-15 year. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said eight of the conference’s 12 schools received $27 million each in 2014-15. In 2013, The American signed a seven year, $126 million TV contract with ESPN, which will run through the 2019-20 season. “The only reason I compare to [the Power 5] is because they are winning and I want to win. … Football is the cream of the crop,” Kraft said. “That’s who you want to compete with.” Despite receiving less money, not being able to unilaterally change


Athletic Director Pat Kraft addresses the atheltics committee of the Board of Trustees in Sullivan Hall on Oct. 12.

rules and benefit from a weighted voting system on legislation covering the 350 Division I schools, like the Power 5, Kraft is not worried about Temple’s conference alignment. “Am I scared of that? Absolutely not,” Kraft said. “When it gets down to legislation, it’s the same thing. It helps us all because it’s cleared up the murkiness of rules that we would have wanted, and now, they have the power to go do it.”


Last week, reports emerged that the Board of Trustees were in serious fundraising talks for an oncampus football stadium. As the Inquirer first reported Friday, the university is three-quarters of the way to its $100 million mark for funding a 35,000-seat stadium. The university’s goal is to have the stadium open in 2018 in the northwest corner of campus, according to the report. Geasey Field, which is home to the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, is a potential area for the stadium to be built. “[An on-campus stadium] has not been discussed,” Kraft said Oct. 14. “That’s way above my pay grade. I think that’s an institutional decision. I think we explore different opportunities. We try to look and see, but right now, no it’s not, and it hasn’t been discussed at that level.” “I am truly not involved in that discussion. … Look at what’s happening at the Linc right now,” Kraft added. “Things are great. … I gotta stay focused. I can’t worry about all of that stuff right now.” Kraft said despite the teams moving from Geasey Field, the area will still be used by Temple. “It becomes another recreational and practice space for us,” Kraft said. “We are not short of field space.” The Inquirer also reported funding will come from university donations and an expected $20 million in capital funding from the state, originally committed by former Gov. Tom Corbett. Gov. Tom Wolf expects to honor the commitment. “If it was up to me, I’d be out there somewhere digging,” Kraft said. Kraft confirmed the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams will be moving to the old site of William Penn High School next fall. They will be joined by the women’s and men’s soccer teams and the track and field team. “They’ve started tearing it down now,” Kraft said. “We will be ready for fall.” The men’s and women’s soccer teams have played at Ambler Sports Complex since the 2004 season

and the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams have called Geasey Field home since 2009 and 2010, respectively. “This will make it easier for everyone,” Kraft said of the move to the property at Broad and Master streets. “It’s much needed.”


Two years ago, Temple joined a newly formed American Athletic Conference. Six of Temple’s team sports compete in The American—women’s and men’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, football and volleyball. In the program’s inaugural season in The American in 2013, those teams went a combined 26-49-4 (33 winning percentage). Last season, those teams totaled a 48-31-2 record (59 winning percentage). So far in 2015, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and football are 17-12-1 in conference play (57 winning percentage). “What I look for is continued progress,” Kraft said. “Are we going backward or forward? I think you see us moving forward in our programs.” In its first season with the conference, the football team went 2-10 overall and 1-7 in The American. Through seven games in 2015, the football team is undefeated for the first time in school history, ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 1979 and 4-0 in conference for the first time since joining The American. “There is a lot of energy, and that shows the power of college football,” Kraft said. “College football draws a lot of eyes and draws a lot of attention and it brings a lot of people out of the woodwork.” In its previous two seasons, the football team was 8-16 overall and 5-11 in conference play. Since 2010, which includes three seasons in the Mid-American Conference, the Owls were 36-31 coming into 2015. “Winning is a marketing tool that we haven’t been able to successfully do for an extended period of time,” said Larry Dougherty, the senior athletic director for communications. “There is more buzz now around Temple football than there has ever been in the history of the sport.”


At the end of its 2014 season, the field hockey team sat at No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coaches poll. In her 10th season with the program, coach Amanda Janney led the Owls to a 14-7 record. She compiled a 114-94 record in her 10 years with the team. After bringing the program to national prominence, Janney left her

position in February for the same job at Indiana University of the Big 10 Conference, which finished 9-8, including a 1-7 record in Big 10 play in 2014. The department hired Marybeth Freeman, formerly the coach at Columbia University, as Janney’s replacement. Freeman has a 6-12 record in her first year. “I don’t like to talk about personnel, but I think it was the challenge of going to the Big 10,” Kraft said of the reason for Janney’s departure. “She had been here for a while, but I don’t know. … I’m happy with who we have.” Kristen Foley, a senior associate athletic director who oversaw the women’s programs, left Temple in July to be an assistant women’s basketball coach at Lafayette University under her former coach Theresa Grentz. Foley, former track and field coach Eric Mobley and the university are currently being sued by former athlete Ebony Moore for $10 million in damages on charges of harassment, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination, as reported by The Temple News in August 2014 as a part of a seven-month investigation. “[Foley] just went back to coaching,” Kraft said. “I think we were all surprised.” The university fired nine-year women’s gymnastics coach Aaron Murphy in March. Murphy was being investigated by the university for “violations of athletic department policy.” The reason for Murphy’s firing was never released by the university. Kraft told The Temple News he could not comment on personnel issues. He did speak generally about why the program decides to move on from its coaches. “Sometimes it doesn’t work, whatever the reason might be,” Kraft said. “You always want stability, but you want stability at a high level. You want stability that’s moving in the right direction. But we’re no different than any department in the country. We’re no different than any job or business in the country. You need to use that as an opportunity to bring the situation higher, raise it up and get potentially a better person, hopefully a better person that can do that.” * sports@temple-news.com

Tom Reifsnyder contributed reporting.





field hockey

College an option for tennis amateurs Four Owls previously played at the International Tennis Federation’s Futures level. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News In May, freshman Artem Kapshuk competed in his second professional tournament in the International Tennis Federation Futures Tour in Ukraine in doubles. His total payout for the week was $64, split between him and his partner. “You really have to invest a lot of money and travel a lot,” senior Santiago Canete said. “You have a lot of pressure out there too because you’re either spending your parents’ money, and if you don’t do good, you went there for nothing.” Student-athletes who play tennis in professional tournaments, like the Futures event, are prohibited from wearing any college apparel on the court and must use their prize money toward trip-participating expenses in the tournament. If an incoming college player competes in a Futures tournament before enrolling as a student, he or she must sign an NCAA agreement that states they didn’t use the money for personal use before being admitted to the team. Canete and senior Nicolas Paulus competed in Futures tournaments before coming to Temple in 2012. Kapshuk and freshmen Uladzimir Dorash both played in 2015. In comparison to professional golf, the 250th ranked golfer made $1,049,549 during the 2015, while the 250th ranked tennis player has made $61,236. “It’s a pretty tough sport to become professional in out of college,” Paulus said. “Maybe if you’re really good, you can get near the Top 700. It’s really tough to make money out of it and eventually a living out of it in the long run.” Futures tournaments are the lowest-tier event in professional tennis. They are the precursor to Challenger tour tournaments, which are the middle tier, and eventually the Association of Tennis Professional World Tour. To gain entry into Futures tournaments, competitors must have either a high ITF juniors rankings or be given a wildcard entry into an event. “I was 16 years old then, when I played my first time, and it was an interesting experience,” Dorash said. “I decided to focus on my junior career more because it is much harder to compete at that level and have fun.” The average total prize purse for Futures tournaments range from $10,00015,000. Players who lose in the first round receive between $100-150. Paulus, who played in one career doubles event in a Germany F4 tournament, made the semifinals and received $195. He is the only current Temple player to have a professional ranking, which peaked at 1,326 in 2012. “The environment in Futures is different because everyone is from somewhere around the world,” Paulus said. “Everyone is on their way to getting better.” Five players who played college tennis are currently inside the ATP singles Top 100 rankings. In doubles, there are two inside the Top 50. “It definitely depends where you’re going,” Paulus said. “In the NCAA, there haven’t been a lot of people in the Top 100, so it shows the quality of level to get there. You can certainly see a comparison there.” Neither Paulus nor Canete foresees a future in playing tennis professionally, but both could play again to relive the competitive setting. “I don’t have expectations to play professional at all,” Canete said. “I would do it again maybe for fun because we have played tennis all of our lives. It’s kind of sad after this year to stop like this and be done.” * mark.mccormick@temple.edu T @MarkJMcCormick


The field hockey team stands at Geasey Field during the squad’s 3-1 win on Senior Night agasint Georgetown University Friday.

Owls vying for conference tourney spot The team’s game at Villanova will decide its postseason fate. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Winless in Big East Conference play and riding an eightgame losing streak, the Owls traveled to Norfolk, Virginia Oct. 20 to face Old Dominion University, the No. 12 team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coaches poll. Despite allowing 21 shots and 11 penalty corners, the squad defeated the Monarchs 1-0 for its first victory since a 4-2 win against Monmouth University Sept. 18. With the win, the Owls also moved from last place to a fourway tie for third place in the Big East Conference standings. “Not only was it a huge conference win, but it was a huge win in the NCAA,” coach Marybeth Freeman said. “I mean they were ranked No. 12 when we played them, and they were ranked No. 11 prior to us going down there. … It was a double dose of beating the No. 12 team in the country but also winning against a strong con-

ference opponent.” Friday, the Owls secured their second Big East win with a 3-1 victory against Georgetown University to even their conference record to 2-2 and move into a tie for second place in the Big East. Despite a 6-12 overall record, if the Owls win their last conference game—a matchup with Villanova Oct. 31—and Providence College loses its season finale against Old Dominion Oct. 30, the team will be awarded the No. 2 seed at the Big East Tournament MARGO REED TTN Nov. 6. Alyssa Delp runs during the team’s 3-1 win against Georgetown Friday. After her team’s victory against Georgetown, senior forward Tricia Light said the Owls three goals or more six times. Op- in the front field, which we’ve must finish the regular season ponents outscored Temple 29-11 been really diligent in working on strong. during that time period. In their as well.” “It’s just going to help our last three wins, the Owls have Despite the potential Big confidence moving scored eight goals East tournament implications surOwls at Villanova into the Big East tourwhile allowing two. rounding Sunday’s game against Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. nament,” Light said. Freeman said in the Wildcats, senior midfielder “Obviously, the losing order for the Owls Alyssa Delp said the team is treatstreak hurt us a little bit, but the to win their final game, the team ing the matchup like any other. [Old Dominion] win and [George- must continue to improve its de“We’re going into the [Viltown] win kind of have us on that fense, which will translate into lanova] game on Saturday just upward path again. We know what more offensive chances. knowing that we need a win,” it feels like to win again.” “That was really the deciding Delp said. “We’re just going to The team followed its vic- factor for us against Old Domin- come ready to go. ” tory against Georgetown with a ion,” Freeman said. “We had prob4-1 win against Lafayette College ably the best team defense that we * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu Sunday. have played all season. … On the T @MattCockayne55 During the team’s eight-game flip side of that is really being able losing streak, the Owls allowed to capitalize on our opportunities

men’s soccer

College Cup hopes fading late in season The team is currently ranked No. 77 in RPI. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News As the Owls walked off the field Oct. 21 following a 2-0 loss to Connecticut, they knew they had their work cut out for them for the rest of the season. The loss to the Huskies followed a 2-0 loss to Tulsa, which dropped Temple’s Ratings Percentage Index to No. 83 out of 206 Division I teams. Forty-eight teams are selected for the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship, or College Cup, with 24 conference-tournament champions earning automatic bids. The rest of the teams are selected at-large based on RPI and strength of schedule. Despite a 3-1 win Saturday against Cincinnati on Senior Night, senior midfielder Josh Tagland said Temple’s margin for error has significantly decreased if it hopes to reach the College Cup. “We need to win the conference tournament to get into the NCAA tournament,” Tagland said. “We understand there’s a little


Carlos Moros Gracia attempts a penalty kick Saturday in the team’s 3-1 win.

more desperation now to try to “In the second half, five minwin, not that there wasn’t before. utes before [UConn] scored, we We have enough players that are had a really good scoring opporcapable of putting the ball in the tunity I think we should’ve taken back of the net advantage of,” Owls at Southern Methodist and step up.” Cagle said. “A big Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. In each of point we made is their last three that we have to games, the Owls, who have a No. finish those chances. When you 77 RPI, have outshot their op- have so many opportunities, esponents. In the Senior-Day win pecially against a good team like against Cincinnati, Temple logged UConn, you definitely have to 20 shots, including 10 shots on take advantage.” goal. Prior to the Tulsa loss, the Redshirt-sophomore goal- Owls won two games in a row—a keeper Alex Cagle said while it 4-0 win against Memphis Oct. 10 has been encouraging to see the followed by a 3-1 victory against team creating offensive opportuni- Columbia University Oct. 13. ties, the coaching staff put an em- Those wins were preceded by a phasis on finishing following the four-game winless streak spanloss to UConn. ning nearly two weeks.

Temple lost 3-2 to Cincinnati Sept. 26 and played the University of Delaware to a 0-0 draw in double overtime Sept. 30. South Florida topped the Owls 1-0 Oct. 3, and Central Florida defeated Temple 3-1 Oct. 7. “The confidence isn’t quite where it was at the beginning of the season when we were 7-0-1, but it’s getting up there,” Cagle said. “We have to be smarter when we’re pressing, press harder and definitely be more disciplined in the back, so we don’t give up those odd-man breaks.” The Owls have one game remaining in the regular season, an Oct. 31 matchup in Dallas, Texas, against Southern Methodist. The team is currently in sixth place in The American with a 2-5 record and six total points. Temple can finish as high as third place with a win against the Mustangs and losses from Tulsa, Central Florida and UConn. “I think [Cincinnati] was a good start to get us back on track,” senior midfielder/forward Jared Martinelli said. “Hopefully we’ll get a win next week to get some momentum going and get a win in the conference tournament.” * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu


The field hockey team’s game Saturday against Villanova will determine if the team makes the Big East Tournament. PAGE 19

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Al Golden was fired as the University of Miami’s football coach, the football team is ranked No. 21 in the AP poll, other news and notes. PAGE 17

The men’s soccer team is in sixth place in the American Athletic Conferece with one game remaining. PAGE 19




WATCHING OVER THE TRANSITION Newly-appointed Athletic Director Pat Kraft updated The Temple News on the status of the university’s athletic department Oct. 14.


at Kraft took a seat behind his new desk for the first time and was overwhelmed with emotion. The former deputy director of athletics looked at the cherry and white walls that made up his new office as the university’s athletic director thought of his father, who died two years ago. “I had that moment where I was like, ‘My goals are to be there and be where I am now,’” Kraft said. “I had that zen moment, and I thought about my dad, and I’m going to do what’s right. I’m going to be me.” Kraft replaced Kevin Clark, who was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in May after two years as the head of athletics. Both came to Temple from Indiana University, where President Theobald was formerly a senior vice president.

By MICHAEL GUISE AND OWEN McCUE The Temple News “It’s a lot of responsibility. … But you groom yourself for a position,” Kraft said. “I’m fortunate to have really good people around me, so it makes that easier.” Now five months into the job, Kraft sat down with The Temple News Oct. 14 to discuss the state of athletics at the university and plans for the future.


When Pat Kraft was an undergraduate student-athlete at Indiana, his education was enough for him. Kraft, who played football at his alma mater, told The Temple News while he’s against paying student-athletes, compensation to provide for what student-athletes “need” is acceptable. “I’m not in support of paying athletes,” Kraft said. “ I got my degree paid for, and I am in support of supporting them,

though. ... So I am in support of giving them the resources they need.” All full-scholarship athletes on Temple’s 19 Division I sports receive $2,500 in cost-of-attendance stipend that provides funding to help pay the costs of living on a college campus. The funds are intended to cover costs apart from the athlete’s full scholarship. At a public meeting of the Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee Oct. 12, Kraft said the university’s cost-of-attendance stipend is not the maximum the department could provide to its athletes. He told the trustees the low amount preserves the department’s ability to call on the NCAA “student aid fund” for student-athletes who have emergency situations. “They’re students,” Kraft



is the cream of the “Footballcrop. ” Pat Kraft | athletic director

I’m not in support of paying “athletes. I got my degree paid for.” Pat Kraft | athletic director

Are we going backward or “ forward? I think you see us moving forward in our programs.” Pat Kraft | athletic director



NFL vet Jackson leading receivers

No. 9 Irish coming to the Linc Saturday

Wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson played six seasons in the NFL.

The Owls will play their first ranked opponent of 2015 this weekend.

By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor When wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson says something to his wideouts, they listen. The Owls’ wide receivers like to pick the brain of the first-year coach and former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets wide receiver. “They’ll come in sit in my office and ask me, ‘Coach what do I have to do?’” Jackson said. “‘What did you do to get where you were?’” A six-year NFL veteran with the Browns and Jets, Frisman collected 40 catches for 490 yards and one touchdown in his professional career. He started his college career as a quarterback at Northern Illinois University and then transferred to Western Illinois University in 2000. In 2001, his last season with the Leathernecks, Jackson caught 55 passes for 1,041 and seven touchdowns. “One thing that’s good about him

By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

Anderson caught eight passes for a season-high 126 yards and a touchdown in Temple’s 24-14 win Thursday night against East Caroli-

When Temple, the No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll, hosts No. 9 Notre Dame at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, it will be the first time two nationally-ranked college team will match up in Philadelphia. It will also be the first time the Fighting Irish play in Philadelphia since they defeated the Naval Academy 58-27 on Oct. 30, 1993. “I’m excited for Philadelphia,” coach Matt Rhule said. “I’m excited for our fans. It should be a real great atmosphere this Saturday night at 8 o’clock.” The game, which will be ESPN’s featured game of the week on ABC, is the team’s first contest against a ranked opponent since defeating East Carolina 20-10 at the Linc Nov. 1, 2014. Through seven




Redshirt-senior wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass from junior quarterback P.J. Walker Oct. 10 during the Owls’ 49-10 win against Tulane.

to the players. He’s been in our “He’s a player’s coach. He relates shoes” John Christopher | redshirt-senior wide receiver

is he’s a player’s coach,” redshirt-senior wide receiver John Christopher said. “He relates to the players. He’s been in our shoes. He’s been at the next level where a lot of us aspire to be, so it’s good to hear and learn from


him.” Redshirt-senior wide receiver Robby Anderson has 31 catches for 388 yards and five touchdowns in the Owls’ 7-0 start—the team’s best start in program history.

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