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As coach is investigated, Owls compete The women’s gymnastics team hosted a meet last Saturday, days after the announced suspension of Aaron Murphy.


temporarily assumed the head-coaching duties in an interim capacity. While Mattocks Bertotti assumes the head coaching position, the coaching staff will be supplemented by former Temple men’s gymnastics athlete and coach Bill Roth, who has stepped in as interim assistant coach. Murphy, a former athlete who competed for longtime Temple men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff, is currently in his ninth season as head coach. Prior to his current position, he served as an assi-

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ess than a week after learning head coach Aaron Murphy was suspended pending an investigation into possible violation of athletic department policy, the women’s gymnastics team posted a seasonhigh score in its final home meet of the spring semester. In lieu of Murphy’s absence, assistant coach Dierdre Mattocks Bertotti has

sant coach for the men’s program, which was cut last year. The athletic department declined to provide specifics as to what sparked the investigation, and did not provide a timeline other than to say it was “ongoing” and involving “personnel issues.” Murphy’s suspension was announced nearly eight months after the resignation of former track & field coach Eric Mobley, who is being sued alongside the university and Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley for $10

million by a former athlete due to negative experiences of competing in Temple’s athletic department. In August, The Temple News published the findings of a seven-month investigation into Mobley’s program uncovering a years-long pattern of abuse and neglect that the administration overlooked for years. Despite the absence of Murphy and the ensuing shake-up the coaching staff saw, fifth-year senior Jasmine Johnson said the team’s attitude improved.


FROM THE INSIDE OUT After participating in a prison exchange program, Frank Campanell changed his life.


Coach Aaron Murphy was suspended last week.


University expects level state funding An administrator expects Tom Wolf ’s first budget to focus on K-12 education. JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News


Frank Campanell participated in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program seven years ago, shortly before he changed his major from biochemistry to criminal


JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News

rank Campanell feels at home in prison. He grew up on a horse farm in rural Maryland and had never entered a prison prior to enrolling in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a criminal justice course through the College of Liberal Arts, when he was 22 years old. “For some reason, I felt like I

The experience ... fundamentally “changed the way I saw myself. ” Frank Campanell | alumnus

belonged in that space, and I didn’t really feel like I belonged in many spaces,” Campanell, now 29, said of being in prison. Campanell said his involvement with the Inside-Out program, which

places undergraduates in a class with inmates, altered the course of his career and his life. After the program, Campanell switched his major from biochemistry to criminal justice and devoted his efforts to helping incar-

cerated youth and adults. “The experience, as a whole, fundamentally changed the way I saw myself in relation to the world,” said Campanell, who is now a program associate at Inside-Out. “In every way, shape, or form – it really changed me.” The Inside-Out program, which was founded at Temple and has been modeled around the world, is a semester-long course in which half the class is made up of college students



For adjuncts, future remains uncertain The PLRB will conduct a hearing on March 19. PATRICIA MADEJ JOE BRANDT The Temple News A conference call scheduled on Feb. 10 to discuss an election for

unionizing adjunct professors was canceled after university officials “raised technical and legal objections,” said Art Hochner, president of the Temple Association of University Professionals. Adjuncts filed for authorization cards in mid-December with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to unionize for TAUP, which represents

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about 1,400 full-time faculty members, not including those who instruct in the health professional buildings. “[The university doesn’t] seem to want the adjuncts to unionize,” Hochner said. “This is simply about giving adjuncts the chance to vote. Temple doesn’t have to do anything but let them have their self-determination.” Senior Associate University Coun-

sel Susan Smith, who is regularly involved in legal disputes involving faculty, said in an email that the conference call was canceled after Temple raised issues. “Temple raised questions about the role of UAP because that union is identified on the signature cards that adjuncts were asked to sign in support



A supercomputer for faculty

A snowy day at the Bell Tower

Blending hip-hop and jazz

The Owl’s Nest offers 40-gigabit speeds, useful to researchers who need to process large amounts of data at reasonable speeds. PAGE 6

The Snowboarding Club hauled seven tons of snow to Main Campus for its Bell Tower Rail Jam event, held annually. PAGE 7

Ethan Fisher, a freshman jazz performance major, composes his own original hip-hop beats. PAGE 10

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Inclusive sexual education

Next month, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will decide whether to approve Temple’s request for a 5 percent increase in state funding in a budget hearing for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Under the current budget, Temple’s Commonwealth appropriation stands at $139.9 million – an amount that has not increased in three years. If approved by the state legislature, Temple’s proposed 5 percent increase would represent a boost of about $7 million. Regardless of whether the proposal is approved, students should expect a tuition increase for next school year, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasure Ken Kaiser said. “[The 5 percent] would potentially mitigate some of the tuition increase but it wouldn’t How Governor forestall one,” Tom Wolf will Kaiser said. “I address these would expect that we would issues during increase tuhis first term. ition, but I think that we can expect that every year.” In addition to possibly reducing a tuition increase, the $7 million would be invested into initiatives established by the various schools and colleges at Temple, Kaiser said. Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, which are state-related schools like Temple, are also asking the Commonwealth for increases in funding. Pitt has asked for a 14.7 percent increase in state appropriations, a request that Kaiser said is unreasonable. “Our approach is, ‘That’s never going to happen, so we should ask for something realistic,’” Kaiser said. Temple’s state funding was cut




Stiff week of competition ahead





Student Health Services prepared for measles virus An SHS administrator said high vaccination rates make an outbreak unlikely. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News


Dr. Jaynee Reeves-Baptiste illustrates the steps to prepare a vaccine.

Last December, a visitor to Disneyland theme park was suspected to have started the spread of the measles outbreak that now has the country worried about the disease, and whether or not vaccinations for it should be required. For now, Temple is preparing in the event that the outbreak reaches Main Campus. Mark Denys, senior administrator of Student Health Services, said that Temple receives advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Any time [the CDC] issues any kind of warning, advisory, or infomation, I get it immediately,” Denys said. “We’re also very in touch with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey joined medical experts at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday to address efforts to vaccinate Pennsylvania residents against measles. He said 49 counties in the state have kindergarten vaccination rates below 95 percent. Pennsylvania, at 85.3 percent, has one of the lowest kindergarten vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella in the country. However, Pennsylvania health officials say that children are not required to be vaccinated until they are

6 years old, which is when most children start first grade. Student Health Services would work on an immunization policy and protocol if an outbreak were to occur, Denys said. He also said there are four principles for dealing with diseases or outbreaks. “Treat those who are sick, keep anyone else from getting sick, communicate and educate,” Denys said. “From a public health perspective, we’re prepared for any outbreak that comes up.” Temple has a population of around 25,000 undergraduate students on Main Campus alone, which leads to the potential for disease to spread rapidly. Many public high schools require students to be vaccinated against measles. While Temple does not require students to be vaccinated, it is recommended. Denys said 97 percent of New Jersey residents and 87 percent of Pennsylvania residents are vaccinated against measles, which would keep the infection relatively contained in the event of an outbreak. “We’d have to identify anyone who isn’t vaccinated … so if they did come here, we’d try to take care of anyone who’s sick [and] keep them from getting anyone else sick by offering the vaccine,” Denys said. Student Health Services offers the measles vaccine for $55. The cost of the vaccine is not reduced because SHS does not have the ability to bill insurance companies, Denys said. Vaccinations are highly recommended by medical professionals to prevent individuals from getting sick and also pre-

vent the spread of disease. Melissa Degezelle, a single mother and adjunct professor for the Mosaics I course, said that she chooses not to vaccinate herself or her daughter. “A lot of people that I know don’t do it because they understand the viruses and illnesses and getting through those with their children and their families more than they trust and understand the long-term potential side-effects of the vaccines,” she said. Although she does not choose to get vaccinations, Degezelle said that since she does not have health insurance for herself, the cost for even a “booster” shot is expensive, even if she wanted one. “The measles is not a concern for me,” Degezelle said. “I do think that adjuncts, like any other person who works at Temple, should be covered and have health insurance so that there is a choice. “At this point I don’t have that choice because it would just probably cost too much money for me,” she added. “It would be nice for me to have choice in the matter of whether I seek out any additional vaccines or not.” Though precautions are being taken, the measles outbreak is not likely to spread to Temple. “Right now, it’s just surveillance,” Denys said. “It’s difficult to know until it happens, but you just have to be prepared for any contingency.” * T @Lian_Parsons



Ken Lawrence became Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs in September 2008.

Lawrence reappointed to Judicial Conduct Board Gov. Tom Wolf appointed the Temple administrator to a board tasked with reviewing ethics complaints against state judges. VSEVOLOD LESKIN JOE BRANDT The Temple News Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday appointed a Temple administrator to a higher position on a state ethics body. Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, was named vice chair of the Judicial Conduct Board, Chief Counsel Robert Graci said in a press release dated Feb. 11. Lawrence had previously served as secretary of the board. Former Gov. Tom Corbett appointed him to the board in September 2013. “I am honored by the opportunity to serve and grateful for the confidence of the Board,” Lawrence told The Temple News via email.

As vice chair, Lawrence will fill in for the chair on occasion, he said. The Judicial Conduct Board hears ethics complaints from the public and conducts investigations of judges in various roles throughout the state. It has the authority to investigate complaints of misconduct against those who serve on the Supreme, Superior, Commonwealth and Common Pleas courts, as well as Philadelphia Municipal and Traffic Court judges and Magisterial District judges. Lawrence is Temple’s chief political lobbyist. He also is the supervisor for the office of Community Relations, which plans events for and holds meetings with the neighborhoods around Main Campus. “I could be in Harrisburg one day, meeting with state legislators, talking

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about our appropriation, I could be in Washington D.C. the next day talking about research funding with our congressional delegation or I could be in City Council meeting with council members and talking about new buildings,” Lawrence said in an interview prior to the news of the announcement. “And then there’s the community aspect of it too, going out to neighborhood meetings and things like that.” As a lobbyist, he said he stresses the university’s research and international appeal in talks with politicians. “A lot of what we do is share the success stories of Temple,” he said. Lawrence holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Temple and a master’s degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. As a student, Temple po-

litical science professor Robin Kolodny said Lawrence was ambitious. “Nearly every class period, [Lawrence] stayed after to ask a follow-up question and I could also count on him to participate in class,” Kolodny said in an email. “Then, as now, [Lawrence] was focused on his goals and worked hard to achieve them.” He’s also active on social media and has made a select few hashtags his trademark, including #owlgladiatorinasuit and #themindofken. “I try to educate through my Twitter account, I try to share information,” Lawrence said. “But I do try to have fun with it.” * ( 215.204.7419 T @TheTempleNews



Professor aims to disinfect surfaces


Morgan flooded, students relocate


William Wuest says his proposed cleaner is 10 to 100 times more potent.

The burst of a sprinkler last Friday caused water damage on the 11th floor of Morgan Hall.

MARYVIC PEREZ The Temple News A Temple chemistry professor is part of a research project developing a non-toxic disinfectant 10 to 100 times more effective than that of current leading brands. Dr. William M. Wuest’s proposed product – which he said would cost less to produce than other disinfectants like Lysol – can be cost-effective for health care providers like hospitals and nursing homes, and could potentially deal with bacteria that have become resistant to cleaning products after excessive use. When he joined the chemistry department in 2011, Wuest was given a university start-up grant to initiate the research. He has since partnered with Dr. Kevin Minbiole, a Villanova University chemistry professor, and the team was recently recognized with grants that can assist in taking the cleaner to the market. Last month, the University City Science Center awarded an initial grant of $100,000 marking the team as one of four from 68 candidates to receive this grant in the Philadelphia region.Temple will also aid the research by matching this amount with a $100,000 grant. “Some of that money is going to [Minbiole] to work on his end, some’s going to a small company to test our compounds, and the rest is staying here, where my students will be working on testing the compounds up at the medical school,” Wuest said. Minbiole could not be reached for comment. The team also plans on petitioning a request for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further finance the tests. The search among hundreds of compounds to battle bacteria that are immune to cleaners began about a year and a half ago when the team applied a compound research to biofilms, where invulnerable bacteria find refuge, Wuest said. “We applied this [compound research] and saw this worked better than anything that’s ever been discovered,” Wuest said. “[We] started realizing that our compounds are very similar to Lysol, and started looking at tackling some of the claims Lysol makes.” Graduate students at Villanova and Temple have also taken part in the lab and have written papers on the development. Wuest said the chemical structure of his compound makes it more effective. While Lysol disinfectant has one “warhead” – a molecular component that kills bacteria – and a positive charge of one, Wuest’s proposed disinfectant has triple the charge and two “warheads.” Though their structures are similar, Wuest said the disinfectant is different enough to claim patent rights to and have easy access to maneuver. Before it can launch in the next one to two years, the compound needs to be tested for production, along with a series of Environmental Protection Agency testings. “We are pretty close, it’s just a matter of now doing the dirty work of coming up with a formulation and being able to put it on a wiper, put it in a bottle, seeing how effective it is … and then seeing how it compares to what's already in the market,” Wuest said. He’s also talked about his product in schools around the region like Haverford, Drexel and Lehigh University. There is not yet a set price to be put in place and a definite name has yet to be decided, Wuest said. He added that the team hopes to produce other forms of the product in the future. *

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Students gathered at the Bell Tower on Thursday to mourn three Muslim students killed at the University of North Carolina.

I have to keep my faith in the community ... we’ll continue to “ live our lives the way we want and practice our faith the way we want to. ” Yafa Dias | student, Community College of Philadelphia


Student Kelsey Hollenbach (left) and alumna Amira Masood held signs displaying the names and photographs of the victims.

Students mourn lives lost in UNC-Chapel Hill shooting A vigil for three Muslim students was held Feb. 12 on Main Campus. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News A crowd of around 100 students gathered at the Bell Tower at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to commemorate the lives of Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 – three Muslim students killed near the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus on Feb. 10. The alleged shooter, Craig Stephen Hicks, is facing three accounts of first-degree murder. Hicks was a neighbor of the victims. Police say there was allegedly an ongoing parking dispute, but members of the Muslim community have expressed concern that the shootings were inspired by Islamophobic sentiment. The vigil was organized by Yafa Dias, a student at the Community College of Philadelphia and Rose Daraz, a journalism and political science major at Temple. “A bunch of students made the event on Facebook because we felt we had to pay our respects,” Dias said. Candles and roses were provided for attendees. Students also brought

posters that expressed solidarity with the victims. “We are all one here,” Dias said when she addressed the crowd. “I stand here today because I could have been one of them. It’s not fair. They didn’t get to live yet.” The vigil opened with a passage from the Quran, read by biology major and senior Abdulrahman Nazif. An Imam from the MAS Islamic Center of Philadelphia spoke to the

The victims were “already having a huge impact ... they had so much potential for more.

Abdulrahman Nazif | senior biology major

crowd, while Nazif translated. “There has never in Islamic history been something where someone has been hit because of his race, religion or color,” he said. “That’s not what Islam is … we want the same respect for us.” The Imam led a prayer, followed by a moment of silence. A last prayer was delivered before the crowd dispersed. Dias expressed to the group her

A sprinkler head near a window on the 11th floor of Morgan Hall North froze and burst around 7:45 p.m. Friday, causing flooding throughout the building that displaced students from the 24 rooms on the floor for the weekend and Monday, leaving some water pooling on lower floors that evening. A university spokesman told The Temple News that alternative housing was offered for students who needed a new place to go. Information on submitting claims for damaged property was relayed, he said. A maintenance crew responded on Friday with dehumidifiers and vacuums to handle the water. When administrators got word of the flood, all resident assistants not on duty were called back to the building and told to examine their floors, said Kelly Buckner, a sophomore biology major who works as a resident assistant on the eighth floor. “There was at least an inch of water in the lobby and in the laundry room,” Buckner said. “In the room across from mine, there was about an inch of water covering the whole [room] … it was pretty hectic.” She said she was tasked with checking for damaged property and making sure residents had somewhere to stay. “I ended up leaving before people started sleeping in the lobby,” Buckner said. “But most people also found places to stay, whether it was in other dorms or in other rooms in the building.” Residents were told to take pictures of any damaged property, Buckner said. According to the Office of Housing and Residential Life’s policy, “The University assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property, including theft. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that the student contacts an insurance agent concerning possible protection against such losses or obtain coverage under a family homeowner’s policy.” Jade London-Johnson, a sophomore English major who lives on the 10th floor of the building, said water came into her room through the air

Most people also “ found places to stay,

hope for the future. “We stand here today because we care, we believe in a better future, and we can only do that if we stand together, respect each other, and see each other as one,” she said. Odai Abushanab, a second-year dental student, said he recognized many parallels between himself and Barakat. However, he said he is not afraid to continue his own life as he did before. “I have to keep my faith in humanity … we’ll continue to live our lives the way we want to and practice our faith the way we want to,” he said. “There’s always light. … Thanks to anyone with social media, anyone can tell their story.” Nazif said the media coverage of the shooting reinforced the American ideal of freedom of religion for him. “The publicity of the incident at UNC Chapel Hill is important to me as an American Muslim because it tells me that America supports the rights and freedoms of people to practice religion,” Nazif said. “What saddens me most is that the victims were already having a huge impact on the society around them and they had so much potential for more.” A similar protest took place at City Hall on Monday to bring attention to Islamophobia.

vent on her roommate’s side of the room, but not on hers. “It was the same way for my suitemate,” she said. “Nothing on my side got wet at all.” Overall, the room “is in good shape,” she said. Students were advised to wash affected fabrics to avoid issues with mold. Four elevators were out of service immediately following the incident, but two were brought back later that night. The remaining two in the building were out of service but crews were working to bring them back to operation as of 3:30 p.m. Monday, a spokesman said. Crews were also working on pipes to prevent future incidents, the spokesman added.

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whether it was in other dorms or in other rooms in the building.

Kelly Buckner | sophomore resident assistant

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Choosing health

A measles outbreak is not nated in 2013-14. And while particularly likely at Temple, many high schools have rules but students and staff should requiring vaccination, Temstill be conple does not scious of – though it is College students should how their take advantage of accessible recommended. own preIf a risk of health services by getting outbreak ocventative vaccinated if they are not curs, it stands health meaalready. sures will to reason that affect others the university around them. With students will create a new vaccination living in close quarters in policy to address the situation, residence halls and generally but any students and staff who sharing spaces, it is imperative are not vaccinated for measles, that the university community mumps and rubella should maintain a stable, high vaccitake preventative action before nation rate in order to prevent such regulations are required. any possible outbreaks of disMost immunization shots ease. can be procured through StuIn light of recent outdent Health Services, which breaks of the measles in Caliis highly accessible to Temple fornia, Senior Administrator of students. The measles vacciStudent Health Services Mark nation is $55 – a small price Denys said Temple would take to pay for lifelong protection action to form an immunizaagainst infectious disease. Dr. tion plan if the university were Thomas Fekete, Infectious informed of a risk of outbreak Disease section chief at Temby the Center for Disease Conple University Hospital, said it trol and Prevention. This type is “prudent to vaccinate when of protocol would involve health is good and the immune treatment, prevention, comsystem is strong.” It is also, he munication and education, said, the time to take advanhe said. Hopefully, if risk of tage of student independence disease does arise in the area, at the start of adulthood, reenough members of the Temgardless of familial situations ple community would already that may have caused students be vaccinated and no serious to be unvaccinated. outbreaks could take place on Anyone who is healthy Main Campus. and able to be vaccinated on Pennsylvania has one of Main Campus should consider the lowest vaccination rates it their responsibility to the of the 50 states, where only health and safety of the entire slightly more than 85 percent community to be vaccinated. of kindergartners were vacci-

Rethink Williams’ award

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July 20, 1965: The university became a state-related institution through legislation passed by the House of Representatives by a 199-5 vote. Student concerns revolved around the tuition raise that would follow this change. These stories were published during the 1965-66 academic year. Now, despite a request for 5 percent increase in state funding, students should again expect a raise in tuition in the coming years, according to an interview with Ken Kaiser.

Commentary | sexual education

Inclusive sexual education lacking on Main Campus

Temple should adopt a required curriculum that focuses on the sexual identity and social aspects of sex.


was running down the steps of the subway and out of the cold, dreary day when my friend came out to me. I remember first thinking, “There’s only 30 seconds until the train comes” and a very close second, “Did she just say she was pansexual?” We made the train with a bit of running on the way to meet up with some other friends, but all I could do was repeat the word over and over in my head. Wikipedia, PAIGE GROSS thankfully, knew what it meant, and I surveyed the entire article in the few minutes the subway took to get from City Hall back to the Cecil B. Moore station. I felt dumb, really, relying on a website to tell me about the experiences my friend had gone through – almost like I had failed her. I realized I was one of the millions of others who had no idea what the term meant, probably because my sexual education had failed me. Later, when I had the time to talk at length with my friend, I unloaded a million questions. Pansexuality is a term chosen by some individuals, my friend explained, who find themselves romantically or otherwise interested in same-sex, opposite-sex, transgender and and gender non-binary partners. My friend explained that her comfort in the term comes from its “pan” prefix, inclusive in nature. I, as a cisgender, heterosexual woman, will never be able to understand the hardships and complications that come with being accepted in a society that thrives on neat, clear boxes. I fit very ideally into those boxes, as did many of the people I had learned about in school up to this point. Perhaps this was why we weren’t educated on those who aren’t defined by common terms – it goes against the conformity that the public education system thrives on. I wondered when this gap in learning started, mainly because I attended a public

school that offered many opportunities for sexual education. I enrolled in a human sexuality class at Temple this semester and for the first time in my education, my peers and I began to have in-depth conversations about sexuality in terms of identity. My professor, Amanda Czerniawski, recently asked the class to consider the type and amount of sexual education we received and design the ideal environment and curriculum for learning about sex. It didn’t take long to realize that most of us in the room had never learned about sexual identities in a formal setting unless they had taken some sort of a sociology course. Most of us that had didn’t do so until college, and even then, it wasn’t in the form of a required course, but some sort of elective. In Pennsylvania, no sex education is required; it is decided at a local level, as is what topics should be taught. When dis-

Czerniawski acknowledged that learning about identities is not as cut and dry as being able to identify all of the parts of the reproductive systems, but they are just as significant. “Something that is lived and experienced cannot be put in an infographic or chart,” Czerniawski said. “The relationship aspect of sexuality is often left out of sexual education.” I was astonished when I realized that there was no required course to educate the masses at Temple about a community that is struggling at gaining allies and facing problems of blatant discrimination in many states, Pennsylvania included. While Temple does a great job on imprinting the importance of consent and safe sex during freshman orientation, as well as in the residence halls, sexual education for college students should extend much past these topics and become more inclusionary, especially in a time where

I was one of the millions of others that had no “ idea what the term meant, probably because my sexual education had failed me. ” cussing this with my classmates, we realized that while many of us had some form of sex education, it was purely biological and stressed reproductive health. When I talked to my friend about this, she described discovering the term for her sexuality on Tumblr. “I saw a text post about hotlines you could call if you needed support or information about different sexualities,” she said. “From there, I Googled it, and thought, ‘Well, that’s me.’ I always knew I wasn’t straight, but I knew I wasn’t gay either.” My friend suggested that if sexualities were introduced as human experiences instead of just purely the chemical interactions and biological reactions, they may have found the term they use to describe their sexuality much sooner. “It would help so many people,” she said. “We’re introduced to sexuality in terms of categories – gay, straight, maybe bisexual, depending on where you grew up. What happens if you realize you aren’t any of those things?”

previous reporting by The Temple News acknowledges the strain that simple ignorance sometimes puts on the LGBTQ community here. While several classes offered at Temple study human experiences and look specifically at how sexual identity affects those experiences, only the handful of students that enroll in these courses receive this information. To not acknowledge a hole in the system at Temple, a university that prides itself on understanding the diversities of its students, seems unwise. A required curriculum surrounding types of identities – ethnicities, sexualities, gender, class – would greatly improve the quality of life for many students on campus and better acquaint the university as a whole to the many facets of the human experience. * T @By_paigegross




Commentary | public health

Vaccination debate raises on-campus concerns Americans should consider vaccination part of their civic duties.


rofessor Conrad Weiler can remember a time, while he was growing up, when everyone was petrified by the idea of polio. It was summer – pools closed, children did not play outside. The public lived in fear of contracting the debilitating illness, and many did. When the vaccine for the disease came out, he said it “felt like a miracle.” No American millennial has experienced the anxiety that Weiler, a political science instructor at Temple, witnessed and felt at a young age. This, and the eradication of many other infectious diseases, is all thanks to the sophistication of today’s science of medicine – of our ability to vaccinate. America is a country that upholds individual freedoms. ERIN EDINGERTUROFF This ideal is seemingly the only valid argument presented by those critics of vaccination, whose voices have surfaced in a recent vaccination debate. The concept of a debate on the topic already seems ludicrous, given the established scientific evidence that there is no clear link between vaccination and autism. Instead of speculating and perpetuating irrational fears surrounding medicine, Americans need to consider the facts. We know that vaccination prevents diseases like measles, which the Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared eradicated in America in 2000 but has since seen outbreaks in 2014-15 in areas like California. We know that people are protected by a medical phenomenon called “herd immunity,” meaning that if at least 95 percent of the population is vaccinated, a disease outbreak is, for all intents and purposes, impossible. Perhaps most importantly, given the recent flurry of attention to vaccination, is that we know there are some people with weakened immune systems who cannot be vaccinated due to their compromised health. Those are people – children, often – with leukemia and other cancers, or autoimmune diseases. That’s why, as Weiler said, the topic of vaccination “should be much less political than it is.” Since there is no federal law mandating that parents vaccinate their children, Weiler reviewed state-level statutes on vaccination with his American State and Local Politics course once he noticed the current attention to the topic. According to the National Vaccine Information Center, many allow for religious and personal exemptions, along with medical – 48 states allow for religious exemptions and 17 allow for “philosophical, conscientious or personal belief exemptions.” The upsetting irony of those allowances is that medical exemptions require proof from a doctor. Religious and personal reasons only require the beliefs to be “sincerely held.” The only states that do not allow for religious exemptions are Mississippi and West Virginia – unsurprisingly, the CDC reported 99.7 percent of Mississippi schoolchildren were MMR vaccinated in 2014. And no outbreaks of measles in that state have circulated national media channels.

The federal government cannot disregard rights that give citizens the option not to vaccinate.


Dr. Thomas Fekete, Temple University his month, the vaccine debate has Hospital’s Infectious Diseases section chief, been kicked back into the news said those questioning the safety of vaccinacycle, which has been an ongoing tion seem to have “an exaggerated fear of risk” debate stretching back as long as based on a feeling, not an informed opinion. vaccines have been around. A recent measles While he said he does not want to disrespect outbreak in California turned Disneyland into anyone’s personal decisions, he thinks healthy a biological hazard and left infants exposed to people “owe [vaccination] to other people as the virus in a daycare in Santa Monica. well as ourselves,” and as far as I’m concerned, Speaking for many conservatives, New that means regardless of their religion or Jersey Governor and potential presipersonal misgivings. dential front-runner, Chris ChrisDONNA FANELLE TTN It is important to let people think tie, who, a few weeks ago said, for themselves and make their own according to the Washington choices. But are people who choose Post, that he supports vaccinato exempt themselves from vaccitions. nation for non-medical reasons truly “I also understand that parthinking? Or are they acting upon a ents need to have some measure of feeling, like Fekete suggested? It certainly choice in things as well, so that’s the seems to be the latter. When the health of balance that the government has to deour country’s children is a major component, cide,” Christie said. don’t we all, as citizens, have an obligation From a liberal standpoint, look to to make a logical decision that protects our the administration of President Barack younger generation? Obama. In a White House In a period of dramatic press conference on Feb. political polarization in this 3, press secretary Josh country, it’s unfortunately Earnest said, “He was not surprising that figures like clear that we don't need a Chris Christie and Rand Paul new law, we need people have interjected their support of to exercise common sense.” individual freedoms into a topic that, Earnest said the President encourfrankly, has no business being divided ages all parents to vaccinate their into right- and left-wing arguments. It children. is socially irresponsible to disregard the With both sides in agreement, safety of those who cannot be vacciwho says bipartisanship is dead? nated, even if they would like to be. We Parents are and have always have to, as Fekete said, “look at the bigbeen CEOs of families. Every day, ger picture.” That’s not an anti-Ameritheir struggle involves making the can idea. If we can unite as a nation in best decisions for their children and the interest of national security during family while simultaneously keeping times of war and conflict, why can’t we the whole show running, which is come to a consensus that vaccination is no easy feat, as anyone with a toddefending our national health? dler will attest to. When making any On any college campus, where stumedical decisions, which can often dents live in close quarters in university have serious implications, parents residence halls, the value of vaccination take executive action in what they is clear. Imagine the chaos and panic on think is best for their children. If a Main Campus if Morgan Hall erupted parent is misinformed, or is informed with measles because no students were but has a hesitation on the time frame vaccinated – I’d rather not. that a medical procedure is to be Sometimes, Weiler said, “there are carried out, isn’t it their job alone certain public goods that cannot be proto make the executive decision for vided by individuals on their own free their child? The president believes will,” meaning, in the case of vaccinawe don’t need new laws, and Christion, the public good of protection from tie agrees. infectious diseases will deteriorate if it Even stepping away from the is left up to each individual to contribinformation about the medical effects ute to majority vaccination. Though I of vaccines, which have overwhelmwould argue in its defense, perhaps endingly shown that vaccines do not cause ing religious and personal exemptions is autism and are safe, the fundamental arextreme. Regardless of whether any new laws gument for mandatory vaccines is that are enacted, though, any naysayers should some people believe that the government stop considering vaccination to be a political knows how to best raise your child and choice and consider it a citizen responsibility. should make medical decisions for them. We, as Americans, are lucky to have the freeIt is a position made out of fear of our own doms we do. But those freedoms will prove neighbors, who we believe cannot possiuseless unless we utilize them responsibly, not bly be reasoned with to make the best deselfishly. cision for society and thus, must be forced to make the right choice. It is an easy trap to fall in to. The Cen* ter for Disease Control and Prevention reT @erinJustineET ports that diseases like measles have made

somewhat of a comeback in America since 2000, when the organization declared the virus eradicated. A study done by Pediatrics, a medical journal, found that the areas with the lowest vaccination rates were predominantly upper to middle class, white and liberal. The lowest vaccination rate in California was in San Francisco’s East Bay area, in which 10.2 percent of all children were unvaccinated. Many of these parents unfortunately fall into believing debunked and outdated studies linking vaccines to autism. The problem of under-vaccination comes when parents exempt their children from the mandatory public school vaccination program for philosophical or religious reasons. The knee- WILLIAM RICKARDS jerk reaction to this type of information has brought hostility toward the parents. Their decision is seen as not only irresponsible, but a personal affront to the rest of society. While that is to be acknowledged, the idea of forcing parents to vaccinate their children is like taking a sledgehammer when the situation calls for a scalpel. With such a pertinent and important issue such as public health, can Americans really afford to make this a polarizing issue? Should we force the hand of some parents, who are now a small minority, at the risk of emboldening negative sentiment against vaccines because of governmental heavy handedness in invading the personal lives and challenging the autonomy of a parent? Or does another way exist, one to combat misinformation and let Americans come to this important medical decision for their children on their own? More than anything, we need to offer understanding and not demean when handling talks of vaccination. The rights of those who legitimately object to vaccinations on religious grounds must be protected as well. “Herd immunity” – the idea that if enough people are vaccinated, an outbreak is impossible – in theory, protects those who object just enough to hold back an outbreak. But that can only happen when vaccination levels are reached. More than a mandatory program, other alternatives need to be explored and discussed to boost vaccination rates. Increased availability of vaccines and possible incentives for vaccinating are only a few alternatives to reach those goals. While the kneejerk reaction to empower a central government when crisis arises seems alluring, it carries with it all the flaws and issues of liberty that comes with strong centralized power. The media firestorm has created a vitriolic environment around this issue. A better way to solve this problem exists, and it begins with a voluntary and open discussion, not a mandate and condemnation. *

Commentary | city living

Taxi cabs: reckless drivers or economic opportunists? Cabbies, with possible monetary reward, choose between being civic or speedy drivers.


ate at night on a Wednesday, I make my way out of the law library, down to Broad, cross the street and hail a cab. Or at least try – it’s not so easy. Finally, one appears. He’s headed north, on his way home after leaving the last of his clients downtown. But my waving hand and the fare it promises is too much to resist. He U-turns. I jump in. KEVIN TRAINER “Fitler Square,” I say. He speeds away. At first blush, the business model for a cabbie is relatively simple: He – and they are almost all he – who spends more of his day with a passenger in tow will be the wealthier cabbie. But cabbies are not paid linearly;

while each 10th of a mile traveled or 38 seconds lingered earns a cabbie 10 cents, a passenger is charged $2.70 offthe-bat. Thus, a cabbie who spends his shift driving just one passenger will make less than another cabbie who solicits 10 clients for 10 one-tenth portions of his shift. This model makes sense, of course. Cabs were born and now live in urban America, where traffic snarls. If cabbies were not compensated a minimum sum or for time spent lingering, a trip across town would be worth only the distance traveled, a paltry sum. Nevertheless, the situation presents a quintessential economic optimization problem: How exactly should your cabbie drive? My route home provides the setting for a perfect experiment. On Spruce and Pine streets, as you may know, the traffic lights are timed such that the driver who averages 20 mph will meet only greens. Stay disciplined and traveling across town becomes crossing the Red Sea. I’ve driven this stretch before and can tell you that the synchronization is

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good government nudging: it promotes good public policy – slowing cars – while preserving freedom – go faster than 20 if you want to – and does nothing to diminish the utility of the activity in question: the cost of driving slower is the benefit of avoiding red lights.

The situation “ presents a problem:

How exactly should your cabbie drive?

But how would a cab navigate these streets? Assume my cabbie turns onto Spruce just as the first light is turning green. My destination is just before the Schuylkill River, about one mile. One option would be to drive at 20 miles per hour and make all the lights. If he did so he would make 10 cents for each one-tenth of a mile, or $1, plus the $2.70 paid up front for a total fare –

excluding taxes and surcharges and the like – of $3.70. But that’s not the only way he could drive. In fact, the pricing structure encourages him not to. Think of it this way: if my cabbie, instead of driving 20 miles per hour, averaged 30, he would still travel the one mile from Broad Street to the river in the same amount of time and still make the $1. But now that he is no longer complying with the government’s sensible nudge – driving 20 miles per hour to perfectly make each light – he will be stopped at each of the 10 lights, just about equally spaced at one-tenth of a mile intervals, and linger for at least some period of time greater than zero. Imagine two cabs: the 30-mileper-hour Speedster and the 20-mileper-hour Optimizer. The Speedster, racing ahead, will be forced to wait at each light for the Optimizer to catch up. And, as the nudge has presupposed, once the Optimizer arrives, the light turns green. Doing a little math, the Speedster will have to wait six seconds at each red light, or about one minute across 10 lights.


Finishing the problem, the Speedster, because he raced ahead and lingered at each red light, will be compensated for his inefficiency: 20 additional cents for the 60 seconds lingered. Thus, his earnings will increase from $3.70 to $3.90, or about 5 percent. On a yearly salary of $50,000, the 5 percent margin represents a $2,500 bonus. You could have a few fun nights at the Draught Horse with that kind of inefficiency. What does this say about taxi cabs? One possibility is nothing: I’ve simply discovered a strange quirk in an otherwise sensible system. But another possibility is something more. The something more is that incentives and nudges are omnipresent and unavoidable, and amazingly interesting. Some are good, like slowing cars and conserving fuel. Some are bad, like speeding cars and burning fuel. And some, oddly, are both. *





helping the Democratic National Committee make its decision. Rendell said the projected cost of the convention would be $84 million, according to Philadelphia 2016, the nonprofit organization that is coordinating funding for the event. He added that nearly $5 million has been raised, and the organization has another $12 million in pledges. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told the Inquirer that hosting the DNC and Pope Francis – who will visit Philadelphia in September as part of the World Meeting of Families – within a 10-month span won’t require specific security measures. “They’re different, but crowds are crowds,” Ramsey said. “You learn every time you handle a large event, whether it’s the pope or the DNC. You get better at handling it. And we’re pretty damn good at handling these things.” -Steve Bohnel


Longtime NBC anchor and reporter Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay for his actions concerning false reports about his role in a helicopter during the Iraq War in 2003, the New York Times reported. Williams, the managing editor for “NBC Nightly News,” received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award from Temple in September for his success in the field of journalism. Throughout a Q&A session with Temple students at Tomlinson Theater, Williams talked about various experiences during his career, including his time reporting in Iraq in 2003. While students in attendance expressed approval in what Williams had accomplished in his career, Temple journalism professor Christopher Harper told the Inquirer last week that NBC was at fault for Williams’ mistake. “NBC has not monitored the crossover between Brian Williams as news anchor and Brian Williams as entertainer,” Harper told the Inquirer. “NBC is in the crosshairs because it has made more mistakes than CBS, ABC, or CNN.” An investigation into Williams’ reporting is ongoing. -Steve Bohnel


A five-year, $7.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will allow researchers from Temple’s School of Medicine to examine how HIV-1 and cocaine interact to cause brain impairment, according to a university press release. The leader of the study will be Kamel Khalili, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and director of Temple’s Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center. He said he’s been interested in how HIV impacts the body since it was first discovered. “I have been interested in the centralnervous-system impact of HIV-1 since the very first days of the disease,” Khalili said in the release. “We realized that the impact is not as simple as the virus directly infecting neuronal

Brian Williams visited Main Campus on Sept. 26 to receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award.

cells, but rather a series of highly complicated events that lead to neuronal injury and death and ultimately dysregulated brain function.” Last July, The Temple News reported that Khalili had led and successfully achieved an effort in developing a technology that destroys the HIV-1 virus from human cells in a laboratory – the first time such an accomplishment had ever occurred. Past research conducted in Khalili’s lab suggests that cocaine causes the virus to disrupt neuronal cell function and even kill neuronal cells. He said that although the grant was given to his team to specifically focus on damage to the central nervous system caused by HIV-1, the research could lead to more treatment options for those with neurocognitive disorders. “This area of AIDS research is very novel, and we are just scratching the surface in terms of scientific information and knowledge,” Khalili said. “Through this grant, we hope to answer several important questions that could help in the next phase for the development of

therapeutic molecules.”

LIORA ENGEL-SMITH The Temple News Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer types a few lines of code into his Linux computer and an array of red, yellow and white graphs appear on the screen. The program, which he calls his “big brother tool,” helps him remotely monitor the Owl’s Nest – Temple’s first supercomputer. Kohlmeyer said that the Owl’s Nest is modest as far as supercomputers go. “It depends on perspective,” he said. “Different people that talk about this computer have seen different size computers. I've been fortunate to have experience to have run on extremely large [computers].” In essence, the Owl’s Nest is a collection of computers hooked to one another. With a cluster of 180 computers, the Owl’s Nest is approximately 650 times smaller than Oak Ridge National Labora-

tory’s Titan, the second-largest supercomputer in the world. Still, the Owl’s Nest cluster is a powerful research tool at Temple, enabling scientists to model molecules and weather patterns, study quantum mechanics and analyze genomes. Kohlmeyer, who is the associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, built the Owl’s Nest in 2011. Today, he and his colleagues maintain the system and train and assist around 200 scientists who use it in their research. “If you have a fast Ethernet switch at home, you would have a connection that would allow you to send one gigabit per second,” Kohlmeyer said. “The technology that the cluster has allows you to send 40 gigabits per second.” The cluster allows scientists to process large amounts of data more efficiently. While a single computer might take weeks to process a large dataset on its own, the Owl’s Nest circumvents the problem by dividing large datasets into smaller ones and assigning them to different computers. The comput-

ers continue to communicate with each other to prevent inconsistencies. “If you would do it on a single computer, it could take years or decades, but if you can break it down so that you can run it on hundreds of CPU cores, things become feasible,” Kohlmeyer said. But computers produce a lot of heat, so the cluster’s computers are arranged on racks that are connected to fans to keep the cluster cool. “It’s pretty noisy because all the machines have to have lots of fans,” Kohlmeyer said. “We live in an age of ‘big data,’ all fields have access to big data these days, the chemists, the physicists, and now the biologists,” said Dr. Rob Kulathinal of the College of Science and Technology. “A lot of people do simulations [using Owl’s Nest].” Kulathinal and his team use simulations to study evolutionary biology. Craig Stanley, a senior graduate student in Kulathinal’s lab, said the supercomputer helps increase the capability of


A Washington State Senate bill would accredit adjunct faculty members at colleges as public school substitute teachers, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. State Sen. Christine Rolfes, a sponsor of the bill, wrote that “there are hundreds of highly qualified part-time college instructors with degrees in math, science, English, history, and the arts who would step in and help if their qualifications were better recognized and the process streamlined.” The bill was drafted in response to the widespread shortage of substitute teachers in the state of Washington. Rolfes and other sponsors of the bill argue that it is “absurd” for the state to require college instructors to obtain formal teacher training to qualify as public school substitutes. Rolfes told the Chronicle that “a lot of work” still needs to be done to the bill, which is scheduled for its first Senate-committee hearing next week. -Allan Barnes

-Steve Bohnel


The Inquirer reported Friday that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be hosted in Philadelphia in July of that year. The city’s bid beat contenders Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio. Mayor Nutter said Philadelphia will be on a global stage when the convention rolls around next year. “This was a rigorous, grueling, and appropriate process for the kind of decision the DNC had to make,” Mayor Nutter said following the announcement last Thursday. “This is a very serious matter. The world watches what happens in American politics.” Former Gov. Ed Rendell told the Inquirer that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, was key in

Supercomputer offers 40-gigabit speeds for university researchers Owl’s Nest can process massive amounts of data.



what Temple’s scientists can now achieve. “This allows us to really push the edge on how we analyze data,” Stanley said. “Instead of analyzing two genes like I would have done in my master’s [work], we analyze three hundred genomes at the same time.” But, like all computers, Kohlmeyer said the Owl’s Nest is not immune from becoming obsolete. “The pressure to buy new hardware is always there because people want to run more [data],” he said. “People are still using it well, but specifically since Temple had a lot of new hires from groups that use computers in their research, and there’s also a move toward using computers in what you would call nontraditional HPC [High Performance Computing] fields, we need more capacity,” he added. Kohlmeyer said he plans to begin finding funding sources for a new supercomputer next fall. *

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by around 20 percent, or $32 million, in 2011. Kaiser wants to begin to rebuild what was lost with the proposed 5 percent increase, but he said he does not think the state will accept Temple’s request. Kaiser said he expects new Gov. Tom Wolf will “focus his first-year budget on Kthrough-12.” However, others believe Wolf will make the effort to increase funding for institutions of higher education. Dr. G. Terry Madonna, a prominent Pennsylvania political expert and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said Wolf made education a “huge issue” during his campaign. “The question is: How big of a priority does Wolf make [funding for higher education]?” Madonna said. “I’d be stunned if funding doesn’t increase.” He added that the obstacle is the state legislature, which, despite Wolf’s resounding victory against former Gov. Tom Corbett, is still heavily Republican. Ben Waxman, a spokes-

man for Sen. Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania’s seventh congressional district, said voters issued a “mandate” when they elected Wolf, a Democrat. He said elected officials are feeling pressure from their constituents. “A lot of representatives have schools in their district,” Waxman said. “[Their constituents] are putting pressure on lawmakers.” Sen. Daylin Leach’s spokesman, Steve Hoenstine, said that students are facing tremendous challenges when they graduate. “When students graduate from Pennsylvania schools, they face burdensome debts,” Hoenstine said. “They’re getting a bad deal.” Kaiser said decreased or flat funding keeps that burden on the students. “Our goal is to keep that tuition increase as low as possible,” Kaiser said. “To do that, we like to look to the commonwealth to provide some level of additional funding.” The budget hearing for state-related universities for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 is March 24. * T @JackTomczuk


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of possible unionization, but UAP is not a party to the petition that ultimately was filed last December,” Smith said. She said the PLRB will likely discuss that claim at the hearing. Sharon Boyle, associate vice president for human resources operations, said the university called the PLRB representative, but made the union “aware of the matters that need to be resolved.” “We indicated that there were matters to be resolved through hearing,” Boyle said. The next step toward potential unionization is a hearing scheduled for March 19 with the PLRB in Harrisburg, where the university, adjuncts and adjunct representatives will be able to discuss differences of opinion. Until then, a rally and vigil “in support of a collective bargaining election for

adjunct faculty” will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Hochner said the event is being held

Temple’s “ administration is

delaying the process because they don’t respect us.

an open letter written to The Temple News from the Temple Adjunct Organizing Committee

to “get Temple’s attention so [that] maybe they’ll change their mind.” Also, that Wednesday, Feb. 25, is “National Adjunct Walkout Day,” when adjuncts at schools like the University of Ari-

zona and Ohio State plan to leave class. The event’s website does not disclose whether Temple adjuncts plan to participate in that event. A group of adjunct professors who make up the Temple Adjunct Organizing Committee released a letter to The Temple News explaining its viewpoint on the situation. “Unfortunately, Temple’s administration is delaying the process because they don’t respect us,” the letter reads. “Provost Dai continues to send misleading and offensive emails to adjunct faculty discouraging us from unionizing. His actions show that he regards us as nothing more than cheap labor. If Temple’s administration values education, they will remain neutral and let us vote yes or no to have a union now. This is a matter of simple justice.” *

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Teach for America looks to Temple for contributors Temple is a main recruiter for Teach for America, a nonprofit national organization that places students and professionals in schools in the country. FINNIAN SAYLOR The Temple News


Ty Siravo jumps onto the rail during the final round of the Bell Tower Rail Jam on Feb. 13.

For snowboarders, a Bell Tower takeover Main Campus turned into a snowy terrain park last Friday.



n Feb. 13, the Bell Tower was flooded with seven tons of snow. The central location on Main Campus became a snowboarding terrain park for the day, equipped with blaring electronic music as snowboarders and skiers performed tricks on various equipment.

The Bell Tower Rail Jam, an event the Snowboarding Club tries to host yearly, invites skiers and snowboarders to compete in a “rail jam” – a competition in which contestants attempt tricks along the rails and boxes provided by Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the largest in the state for skiing. This year was the fourth time the club has hosted the event. From the first round of the contest, a smaller group is selected to compete for gift card

prizes in the categories of “best trick” and “most impressive fall,” separated by the apparatus used to compete. Snowboarding Club members said they hope that such a public display will bring awareness to the club and encourage more members to participate in its other trips and events. “A lot of times, it’s hard to raise awareness for such an out-


Temple is teaching its students to teach for America. The university is among the top contributors of students for the Teach For America program, a national nonprofit organization that works to place students and professionals in teaching positions across the country and strives to create a school system that provides all children – regardless of income or location – with a quality education. This year alone, there are 33 alumni working through the organization at schools across the country. Temple appears on the Top 25 list of contributors on a regular basis. Last year, more than 100 Temple students applied for the national program. “Where you grow up should not determine the quality of education that you get, but in so many communities across the country that is the case,” said David Peters, a TFA employee. TFA also partners with AmeriCorps, a federal community service organization, and with local and state governments to find and place qualified candidates in teaching positions, where these individuals – also referred to as “corps members” – become employees of the school districts in which they teach. In this school year alone, 10,000 TFA teachers are instructing 750,000 students in classrooms and schools across the United States. TFA is organized into 52 different regions, and each region caters to the specific needs of the geographic area in which they work. Peters has worked as a recruitment manager in the Philadelphia office for two years. A former AmeriCorps member himself, Peters taught special education math in an all-boy’s high school in West Philadelphia. In his current capacity, Peters is in contact with Temple students interested in pursuing a career through TFA. He recognizes “the spirit of unity through diversity,” which he believes is component that makes Temple students especially suited for TFA. “I count my lucky stars that I’m able to work with Temple,” Peters said. “The students at Temple’s campus are unbelievable. They are some of the most talented, interesting, passionate students I’ve ever had the chance to work with.” TFA maintains certain core values that are expected of its applicants: transformational change, leadership, team effort, diversity, respect and humility. Temple alumna Elaine Salanik said she finds diversity to be just one of the values she encounters everyday in her teaching experience through TFA. Salanik is currently teaching in Clarksdale, Mississippi at Sherard Elementary School, a rural school in a lowincome area of the South. Before moving south to Mississippi, she attended summer training, organized by TFA, in preparation for her coming school year. “We spent a lot of hours this summer learning to teach across racial and cultural differences,” Salanik said.


A mission to heal for free

Al-Shifaa, a Muslim-run student organization, provides health screenings for underprivileged citizens. JANE BABIAN The Temple News Temple-affiliated organization Al-Shifaa doesn’t think healthcare needs to come with a steep price. The name of the organization, which means “the healing,” is exactly what president Taha Mur said Al-Shifaa sets out to do. The group recently started a partnership with a Philadelphia outreach program named FeedPhilly to run Muslim-run health screening initiatives that serve underprivileged and homeless people in the city. FeedPhilly is a social humanitarian project started by American Muslims for Hunger Relief that, according to its website, feeds

about 700 to 1,000 underprivileged people in the area. “It wasn’t until I volunteered at FeedPhilly one day and realized they attract the audience we were looking for – that’s when our partnership began,” Mur said. Al-Shifaa, which previously worked with only medical students, is expanding to include students at Temple’s dental, pharmacy and podiatry schools, all of which will provide services in the community outreach program. “Our goal is to provide them basic healthcare – to connect them to the healthcare community and health care services,”

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Hamna Zafar (left) and Tasha Mur are active members in the organization Al-Shifaa.





English group gathers to read ‘Ulysses’ Three English professors are leading a group that meets weekly to read and analyze James Joyce’s dense novel. COLTON SHAW The Temple News


El Faust, a performer in The Vagina Monologues, reads a monologue about a female laywer-turned-sex-worker in “Woman Who Like to Make Women Happy.”

On ‘V-Day,’ women unite for feminism The Vagina Monologues, held annually, is a source of empowerment for women. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News The first time Alesandra Bevilacqua, a survivor of sexual assault, saw a flier for The Vagina Monologues, she said it spoke to her. The event is a series of monologues written by Eve Ensler, who conducted various interviews with women, during which she asked them many questions about vaginas. On the weekend of Feb. 12-14, Temple students performed the monologues at the Underground. “These are real women saying these things,” Bevilacqua, a senior Spanish major said. Bevilacqua said she saw The Vagina Monologues as a way for her to begin recovery and empower herself. Topics covered by the performance included pubic hair, sexual assault and violence, sex work and dangers faced by the transgender community. The audience was told in advance that while some monologues would be funny and light-

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Mur said. Mur said the group received funding from the School of Medicine after he spoke with staff members who were excited about the project. Al-Shifaa provides a wide range of services at FeedPhilly’s monthly events to promote health. “A person would just come for a hot meal but [they now have] the option for a full health screen as well,” said Kamil Amer, vice president of AlShifaa. At events, medical students check vitals and blood pressure and give basic health care tips and education, while podiatry students focus on foot, hip and knee care. Pharmacy students educate patients on prescription and supplemental drugs and vitamins and dental students provide various dental services and give out toothpaste and toothbrushes. “We always have one Temple [University Hospital physician] attending who comes to supervise and if we do find anything they’ll know exactly what to do,” said Salman Aziz, medical chair. Students also advise people on how to deal with simple health issues. Hamna Zafar, Al-Shifaa’s media outreach coordinator, said the screenings help people in small, but important ways. “Helping them for one day for 30 minutes, it’s not going to change their health all around,” Zafar said. “But it might give them the initiative to see a primary care doctor regularly.” Expanding access to health care

hearted, others would be serious and perhaps hard to watch. “Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome on stage,” said Kate Schaeffer, the producer of The Vagina Monologues and health educator at the Wellness Resource Center. Schaeffer has helped to produce the event at Temple since 2009 and said that nearly every year she has been a part of the show, it has sold out or come close to selling out. Profits raised by The Vagina Monologues have always benefited organizations that aid women, Schaeffer said. This year, collected profits will go toward Take Back the Night, an organization that “is a beacon of light for millions” of women who have been sexually or domestically abused. This April, Temple will be participating in Take Back the Night to demonstrate support for survivors of abuse. V-Day, a movement inspired by The Vagina Monologues, strives to end violence against girls and women, and Schaeffer said women are suggested to hold the performances in February. “[February] encompasses highvolume awareness times,” Schaeffer said. Members of the cast said some

students have expressed discomfort surrounding themes of the monologue or even the use of the word “vagina.” The cast feels that it is important to discuss topics covered in The Vagina Monologues and that everyone, men included, can learn from them. “It is important for everyone to be conscious of women’s issues in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable,” Jamie Swanton said. Swanton, a senior social work major and women’s studies minor,

It is important for everyone to be “ conscious of women’s issues in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable. ” Jamie Swanton | senior

said The Vagina Monologues are a way for her to involve herself with issues she feels are important. “I’m a feminist, so I really involve myself in the feminist movement in Philadelphia,” Swanton said. The performance, held on Feb. 12, filled almost all seats in the Underground in the lower level of the Student Center. Students laughed at

isn’t the groups only goal – Mur said members also want to “heal” the image of the Muslim community. “Muslims in the media are represented by a fringe minority that really doesn’t portray the true values of Islam,” Mur said. The organization wants to show first-hand what the true value of Islam is, Mur said, and what the Muslim community is all about. While Al-Shifaa is representative of Muslim medical students, Mur said the group won’t exclude someone from another faith. “I think a lot of our students tend to be Muslim because we are trying to do this in the face of Islam,” Zafar said. “We’re just trying show a different face of Islam – it tends to be Muslim students who are passionate about it.” Al-Shifaa currently has 14 core members and a roster of about 40 other student-volunteers waiting to be a part of future screenings. Mur said other Philadelphia medical schools, like Drexel and Thomas Jefferson University, reached out to the group in hope of joining their community efforts. “We are attached to Temple, but we are [also] more inclusive of other schools,” Mur said. The student health care organization has seen a lot of success so far, Mur said, estimating members have treated more than 100 patients. AlShifaa members plan on consistently partnering with FeedPhilly to provide screenings. “One day we’re going to be the group that people come to for recognition,” Zafar said. *

jokes cast members made, like the comical retelling of a sex worker’s experience with other women, but also held a respectful silence during difficult stories, like the retelling of a transgender woman’s experience of losing her boyfriend through violence. As the cast members took their bows, the crowd applauded loudly and many gave them a standing ovation. “It was a moment, for me, that really released a lot of stuff that I

was holding onto,” Swanton said. Bevilacqua said it is important to her that the money raised through the event goes directly to support other women who have survived assault or abuse. “There are hardships you’ll probably never face and hardships you’ll face every day as a woman,” she said. *

James Joyce’s epic resizing and retelling of the Odyssey, “Ulysses,” has plagued English curriculums since its publishing in 1922. A feat of experimental fiction, “Ulysses”planted the Irish flag in the avant-garde literary landscape of the time, but the book’s stream-of-consciousness style and esoteric references have given it a reputation of trudging difficulty. For five years, professors Elizabeth Mannion, Samuel Delany and Sheldon Brivic have run a “Ulysses” reading group to help dispel notions of the book’s difficulty and to guide interested students through its inner workings. The three English professors have lead the group in various combinations over the years. This semester, however, all Elizabeth Mannion | professor three will be attending to offer their insights and analyses of the work. Mannion believes that while there is no getting around the size of the novel, the complexity and the work required to nestle into its pages have been overstated. “Everyone says it’s hard – it’s not,” Mannion said. “Joyce gave you everything you need. One of the things I feel really passionate about is that if somebody tells you a text is hard, right away your whole posture changes towards it.” “So the idea here was for all of us to get together every two weeks so it doesn’t become like work, you’re not getting graded,” she added. “You just come in and casually talk about it.” The fall group read the first three chapters, and the spring group, with 15 members already, will start from the fourth chapter. As of now, the group meets every other Wednesday, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 1006 in Anderson Hall. Deftly crammed with allusions, symbols and literary slights-of-hand, “Ulysses” has begged annotation and analysis on top of discussion and meditations on themes and ideas present in the book. In addition, Mannion said it begs to be read more than once, as there is much that could go unnoticed and unappreciated the first time one reads it. Senior English major Kenny Roggenkamp will return to the group this spring. On his third go-around with the novel, he brings a familiarity with “Ulysses” that not many students can claim. “Professor Mannion once said to me, ‘Ulysses’ is like a big hug,’” Roggenkamp said. “And I didn’t understand at the time, but it’s true. In spite of the intimidating nature of the length, in spite of the intimidating nature of all of the footnotes because of all of the references Joyce is making, it is a really good story.” This group lends itself to edging in the scope and bringing the epic down to size. “There’s Latin and Italian everywhere, and Joyce is using so much language to describe everyday things,” Roggenkamp said. Mannion said students are often nervous to read the book because they are frequently reminded of its difficulty, or that it’s “on every single list of the ‘most important novel of all time.’” She said students are either extremely nervous or excited to read it. In the past, the interest in the novel has rested within the bounds of the English Department, but the group is open and welcomes students from a variety of majors and interests. “When you sit down with someone like Mannion or [Delaney], who brings Walter Pater to the table and all the intertextual references that Joyce is playing with, you start to get a better sense of why ‘Ulysses’ has survived so long, and it takes some of the difficulty out of it too.” Brivic, who earned his Ph.D from the University of California Berkeley, is a Joyce scholar. “To study ‘Ulysses’ with a group is good because you get the interaction of different people, everyone has a different idea of what’s going on,” Brivic said. “One person might know something about a religion, another about history and so forth, all with different personalities, and they can contribute.

Everyone says “ it’s hard – it’s not. Joyce gave you everything you need.


Hamna Zafar is the public relations media outreach coordinator for the organization Al-Shifaa.



The Districts, Pine Barons and The Lawsuits played a soldout show at Union Transfer on Feb. 14. PAGE 12

In light of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, a columnist’s picks for who should win in the major categories. PAGE 13



Searching for substance Jazz performance major Ethan Fisher is finishing an EP that blends both his jazz and hip-hop compositions. | Page 10



At the Academy, an opera debut

Artists use art on road to recovery

At the Academy of Music, “Oscar” made its East Coast premiere

“The Art of Recovery,” an art therapy exhibition, is raising awareness for eating disorders at the New Leaf Club in Bryn Mawr. ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News


uring her stay at the Renfrew Center, where she was recovering from an eating disorty, artist and Fairmount native Aimee Gilmore was presented with a limitless array of art materials – including everything from watercolors to clay to magazines for collaging. The colorful tools were usually accompanied with a simple prompt for the artists. Often, the prompts guided patients

to create visual representations of their eating disorders. Although Gilmore found it challenging to talk about her struggles in the traditional therapy setting, she discovered solace in discussing her artwork with other patients. “Because of the language of art, it didn’t feel as overwhelming or as scary,” Gilmore said. As a child, Gilmore said she was constantly coloring, sewing, creating and crafting. Prior to beginning art therapy treatment, she viewed art as a


Because of the language of art, it didn’t feel as overwhelming or as scary. Aimee Gilmore | artist



Employee Shatyra Jones prepares a latte at W/N W/N, a cooperatively owned coffee bar on 931 Spring Garden St.


A democratic coffee bar

Fledgling worker co-op cafe W/N W/N calls itself the first eatery of its kind in Philadelphia. EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News


Artist Aimee Gilmore is showcasing her work as part of “The Art of Recovery” exhibit, which opened on Feb. 2 and is hosted by The Renfrew Center Foundation.

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After passing through a pink door tucked beneath subtle neon letters that mark the entrance toW/N W/N coffee bar, a space is revealed that resembles a charming clubhouse just as much it does a cafe. The mismatched chairs and scattered knickknacks that line the walls of the eatery’s interior – a rose gold clock and a worn magnifying glass among the collection – create an environment eerily reminiscent of the business practice the spot has chosen to adopt: individual pieces working together equally in pursuit of a common goal.



David Levy snapped his fingers and listened to the echo reverberate throughout the theater. The chandelier hanging from the painted ceiling at the Academy of Music was the only thing left breathing among the recently buzzing seats. The senior vice president of artistic operations at Opera Philadelphia looked out at the empty balconies and dimming lights of aisle seats. He snapped again. Levy stood at the “sweet spot” and smiled with satisfaction when the echoed snap came back to him – he explained that the spot was the best place for singers to hear themselves at the Academy of Music – it was the perfect spot at the opera. In its East Coast premiere at the Academy, the 2 hour, 20 minute opera “Oscar,” had been on the stage only minutes before. “If you’re willing to let it wash over you,” Levy said, “it will really take you to a different place.” The show tells the story of the latter part of poet, playwright, novelist, journalist and public personality Oscar Wilde’s life. Wilde, remembered for being

a homosexual writer, was condemned for his sexuality and placed in prison for “gross indecency,” where he spent two years of his life. Wilde was later released from prison and died at the age of 46 alone in Paris. The show was co-commission and co-produced with The Santa Fe Opera, an outdoor theater, and ran until Feb. 15 at the Academy. Levy said that opera, as an art form, “is a music

If you’re “ willing to let it

wash over you, it will really take you to a difference place.

David Levy | senior vice president of artistic operations, Opera Philadelphia

storytelling spectacle.” By combining storytelling at the theater, music from the symphony and dance from the ballet, Levy said the opera heightens all three of the experiences. “Opera explores all of these things and really takes the time to do it,” he said. The opera showcased new performers to Opera Philadelphia’s repertoire, including David Daniels,





‘Haunted’ club promotes local entertainment The Ruba Club Studios in Northern Liberties was once a speakeasy during prohibition and is rumored to be haunted. ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News The black metal barred windows match the gate at the top of the alley where the 100-year-old Ruba Club Studios sits in a residential block of Northern Liberties. RUBA, which stands for Russian United Beneficial Association, was originally a social club for Russian immigrants in the 1900s that provided life insurance policies and other benefits for its community. Rumored as a speakeasy during prohibition with tales of haunting ghost stories, the vintage club has been sitting at 416 Green St. since 1915. Between four and five years ago, Ruba focused its efforts on promoting the local entertainment scene in Philadelphia, while still upholding the aspect of Russian culture. The bi-level nightclub with cabaret-style bars, stages and a ballroom area features burlesque shows, tango lessons, comedy, rock operas, rock bands, open-mic nights and more. Ruba will celebrate its 100th year with a birthday party on Feb. 21, featuring The Slicked Up 9’s swing band and DJs on each level of the club, from 9:30 p.m. until closing time at 3:30 a.m. Although the nonprofit social club was originally Russian membership-only, it’s maintained the tradition with an annual

membership fee of $35, open to anyone. But the club still holds many public parties and events, like the upcoming birthday celebration. What once held Russian operas, weddings and other cultural events is now transcending Russian culture into Philadelphia’s historic nightlife scene. “Our mission is to do more for the arts and entertainment scene in Philadelphia,” said Paul Impellizeri, an event manager for Ruba. That mission has also included honoring the father of G. Rich Goldberg, the Ruba Club president. “Part of our mission has also become about physics,” Impellizeri said. “The president’s father was a physicist, so we donate money to the Philadelphia Foundation, including the proceeds from the bar.” The club is covered in historic artifacts from the Russian community found in the attic of the club, including original photographs of theater productions, artwork, pianos, pool tables and vintage knickknacks like typewriters and cameras. Impellizeri said the club has become a different type of scene in recent years, but much of the history is still unknown. “There’s a lot in the middle that’s blurred because there’s documentation of it forming and merging in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but there’s a lot of gaps that we are trying to fill in,” Impellizeri said. “But I guess in the ‘90s the Russians were renting out the space to get more income because the taxes were going up, so they would have rock shows,” he added. Impellizeri also explained the many tales and legends


This year, the Ruba Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

he heard about Ruba’s history. “From what I heard, Ruba was like the Studio 54 for the Russians back in the day,” he said. “I remember an older man who came here as a kid said that.” Ruba aims at working with the community by incorporating various aspects of local arts and entertainment, including joining with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival every year and featuring artists like Philadelphia legend John Faye. Aside from the rock shows and local artists, Ruba’s classic burlesque shows maintain the social club’s cabaret-nightclub feel. Lil’ Steph’s burlesque show and the Milonga Qilombo tango class are among some of the favorite events held. *

For skeeball league, it’s more than just a game The Philly Skeeball League has been meeting since 2011. CHRISTIAN MATOZZO The Temple News In a dimly lit corner of Buffalo Billiards, a bar in Old City, the Philly Skeeball League meets, where skeeball aficionados clad in matching orange T-shirts spend every Thursday night rolling away,

“SkeeZeeTop.” Hesson said that part of the appeal of the league is its non-competitive nature. “It’s just fun,” Hesson said. “Some are competitive, but most aren’t. Come and have a good time and meet some cool people.” Hesson mentioned that the league is not without its highlight reel of exciting games. “I’ve seen people shoot 100s with their eyes closed, or behind the back,” she said. “There have been finals

Growing up near Atlantic City, my aunt used to train me in skeeball. She was very excited when she heard that I joined the league. Obie O’Brien | skeeball player

a beer in one hand, ball in the other. In the league, teams of four or more players compete in a 12-round, head-to-head match, where they employ a vast amount of strategies. “I hold two balls in my hand at all times,” said Fred Hovermann, a longtime member of the league. “You have to be at the perfect drunk level,” Hovermann’s teammate, Obie O’Brien, said. “You can’t play sober, you can’t play passedout drunk, it’s got to be just right. Just like Goldilocks.” According to skeeball. com, the history of the game itself is planted in Philadelphia, where it was invented in 1909 by Princeton University graduate John Dickinson Etses. The game quickly became popular and Skee-Ball Alleys started being produced in 1914, with the first ever national skeeball tournament being held in Atlantic City in 1932. Philly Skeeball League founder and organizer Nicole Hesson, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, returned to her hometown to earn her graduate degree in education administration at Temple in 2011. She was given the job of bringing the skeeball league from a group in Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. That summer, the Philly Skeeball League was born. Today, the league is comprised of more than 50 skeeballers on six different teams, with pun-filled names like

where it comes down to the last roll and people have won by 10,” O’Brien added. O’Brien, an engineer who works at The Navy Yard, has been playing skeeball since he was a kid. “Growing up near Atlantic City, my aunt used to train me in skeeball,” O’Brien said. “She was very excited when she heard that I joined the league.” Hesson said the league has done more than just bring lovers of skeeball together, but true love as well. “We actually had … a couple that used to play skeeball, they had a baby,” she said. “The Philly league is good at making love connections. You’re in this really fun thing, you’re in a bar, you’re in your mid-20s and you’re drinking. Something’s going to happen.” Hesson said she first started playing skeeball competitively in the United Social Sports Skeeball league in Washington D.C., having found it through a Groupon ad. “I met a lot of cool people while playing [skeeball] in D.C.,” Hesson said. But a love of skeeball isn’t what initially led her to the league. “I kind of wanted to meet guys,” Hesson said with a laugh. “But I didn’t meet any guys because all of the people on my team were girls.” *


Ethan Fisher, a freshman jazz performance major, is a vibraphone and keyboard player in the Boyer College of Music and Dance.


Connecting jazz and hip-hop Jazz music student Ethan Fisher is finishing up a new EP. TIM MULHERN The Temple News Ethan Fisher’s desk is covered, not by class assignments and required textbooks, but instead by a keyboard, two large speakers and his laptop. The freshman jazz performance major is putting the finishing touches on an EP that will feature his original hip-hop beat compositions. In addition to composing music, Fisher, a vibraphone and keyboard player, performs in Philadelphia-based jazz and hip-hop groups. His love for music began on the cusp of his adolescence and developed as he grew older. “After a while, pop music didn’t do it for me anymore,” Fisher said. “I was looking for something with more substance. It started with pop and hip-hop, then I started diving deeper and found underground hip-hop, jazz and classical music too.” Fisher’s latest composition, which features traditional hiphop instrumentation paired with orchestral horns, is a testament to his wide range of influences. As a Boyer College of Music and Dance student, Fisher said he is inspired by those that have come before him and are now making a name for themselves in the jazz scene in Philadelphia. Fisher cites Chelsea Reed, of Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, as a friend and inspiration.


Fisher formed The Vibe Plus Five, a jazz group, after arriving at Temple last semester.

Fisher formed The Vibe Plus Five, featuring freshmen Chris Lewis, Liam Werner, Josh Fisher, Panayiotis Dimopoulos and sophomore Jon Tomaro, shortly after arriving at Temple. The group frequents local venues, including Time Restaurant, where it won the jazz division of the PHL Live competition in the fall. “Right now, I’ve seen how the jazz scene is in Philly,” Fisher said. “I’ve been playing a lot of jazz and I know the people and how it works. I’ve just started getting into the hip-hop scene, so I don’t know the size of the venues for independent, experimental hip-hop groups. I see all the rock house shows, and it’s massive. It’s way bigger than jazz.” Fisher said compared to jazz, hip-hop for him is a much

more independent process. “In jazz, I am a team player,” he said. “You are only going to sound as good as the weakest guy in the group. Everyone needs to be on board and together. With [making beats], it is my process.” Fisher and his twin brother Josh, bassist for The Vibe Plus Five, collaborate on many of his compositions. Fisher’s roommate, freshman Matt Scaramozzino, is designing the artwork for the EP. “I’ll have a sample start as the inspiration to get me going,” Fisher said. “Once I start, I’ll usually cut out the sample because I’m trying to be samplefree. I want to use the knowledge I have to play a lot of [the music] live.” Creating music in a world connected through social net-

works means Fisher has a large platform to share his music. He mentioned he uses Soundcloud to post new compositions, and plans to launch a Bandcamp profile soon. “Social media is the only thing that has given me the power to put out music,” Fisher said. “It has given me an online portfolio that anyone can check out — that is all that I need.” As a jazz and hip-hop musician, Fisher added he wants to continue to blend the two genres. “I’m trying to make music that is more positive, original and more interesting,” Fisher said. “I hope to bridge the gap between jazz groups and hiphop beats.” *




Comedy series brings Philly to the screen

“All Over It” is a new comedy web series set in Fishtown. The series premiered on Feb. 2 and was shot in Girard Hall. KELLEY HEY The Temple News


Co-owner Tony Montagnaro (left), co-owner Max Kochinke, employee Shatyra Jones, and co-owner Mike Dunican work at W/N W/N, a new cooperatively owned coffee bar on 931 Spring Garden Street, which opened in December.

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Celebrating its grand opening the weekend of Jan. 22, W/N W/N is the only restaurant in Philadelphia run as a worker cooperative, an unconventional business model in which all employees hold equal responsibility and make democratic decisions in the restaurant. Originally set to open in Detroit, the humble café took root at 931 Spring Garden St. at the suggestion of an owner of local bike shop, Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles. Tony Montagnaro, a 2013 Temple graduate and one of the 12 co-owners who currently share a stake in the cafe, said that a desire for an unconventional work environment was a driving factor in the project’s inception. “What ended up really uniting everyone over the project was this excitement about being able to run a food and beverage establishment democratically, and be actually sourcing exclusively local food,” Montagnaro said. Weekly meetings are held to allow coowners to voice their concerns about the business, and all decisions are passed via unanimous vote. Although all co-owners hold the same position on the hierarchy, separate meetings are held with different members of the eatery to focus on specific areas of the business like marketing or art and design. New employees are given a six-month training period before they can request to be a co-owner, in order to allot time for possi-

ble new staff to bond with existing partners. W/N W/N’s menu ties into the idea of creating a solidarity economy – an economic model that seeks to increase the quality of life for a community through for-profit businesses. To work toward this goal, the coffee bar sources its food and vegetables directly from farms in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Coffee is directly sourced as well, with farmers bringing in beans everywhere from Costa Rica to Indonesia. Organic meats and greens are also a high priority, ensuring that the amount of chemicals and pesticides in W/N W/N’s ingredients are kept to a minimum. Co-owner Alden Towler, who networks with local farmers in addition to doing his own foraging and gardening for the business, believes that homegrown meals are an essential part of food service. “One thing I’m really passionate about is the relationship between food and health,” Towler said. “For me, making food is really about trying to create something that’s not only delicious, but is going to be really good for people and the planet.” Breakfast selections in the store include full service coffee and espressos, egg sandwiches, various pastries and a sauerkraut pancake, exclusive to the café. Afternoon dishes focus mainly on sandwiches and house-made breads, with a full bar available during the evening hours. W/N W/N is also taking an eco-friendly approach to maintaining business. Waste management and energy usage are tailored to diminish environmental damage, and all

compost and food waste is deposited at a local farm. Even the furnishings within the shop, with the exception of the 100-yearold chestnut wood bar back, are made from salvaged materials and construction leftovers from the space’s previous occupants. Peter Frank, the executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, said he supports the endeavors of pioneering businesses like W/N W/N throughout the city. “I think it’s important to the community to have a business like this that can be anchored here,” Frank said. “Because the ownership is shared amongst people who work here and live here, they’re not going anywhere. They’re only going to try to grow and serve the community in bigger and better ways.” W/N W/N is bringing local musical acts the first Friday of every month, in addition to sporadic performances, ranging everywhere from DJ nights to ambient brunches. Montagnaro and the rest of the W/N team hope to maintain the values within the business they’ve created in the foreseeable future. “I just would like to see [W/N W/N] maintain, and support all of the people who help make it what it is, I think that’s what’s most important to me,” Montagnaro said. “If it can support its employees, owners and the environment and local ecosystem, I think that’s a success.” *

RECphilly fills in the gaps Temple alumnus David Silver developed the Broad Street Music Group and RECphilly. CHELSEY HAMILTON The Temple News Broad Street Music Group, founded and owned by Temple alumnus David Silver, is a music booking and showcasing agency that has been providing quality performance opportunities for local up-andcoming artists for the past two years – an industry that Silver said Philadelphia had previously been lacking in. Silver, who graduated from Temple in 2013 majoring in advertising and entrepreneurship, launched Broad Street Music Group in 2012 with the help of his longtime friend Will Toms, a 2013 communications and economics graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the past couple of years, BSMG has thrown more than 130 shows and spotlighted more than 1,200 local artists. Silver and Toms said they always planned on working together professionally in the entertainment industry. “We have similar mindsets,” Silver said. “When we both graduated, he moved back to Philly, and it wasn’t even a question of if we were going to pursue this together.” The two came up with the idea after Silver started hosting open mic nights called Broad Street Music Lounge in the basement of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, at Temple to raise money for the fraternity’s philanthropy. The shows started getting packed with nearly 100 students every night, so Silver decided to move the shows to a local bar on Monday nights. Soon after, they were hosting four

shows a week at different local bars in the city, all to provide performance opportunities for local musicians. When Toms moved back to Philly, he immediately got on board. In May 2014, Silver and Toms launched a record label that represented four of the local artists they discovered through BSMG, and re-branded to RECollective Records. “RECollective Records answered a lot of questions that came up with BSMG,” Silver said. “Out of all the artists we’ve spotlighted, we picked four that we thought had

We noticed that “ there’s plenty of talent

and reputable venues, but the problem is lack of cohesion.

Will Toms | co-founder, RECollective Records

the ‘it’ factor to really make a significant impact on the Philly music community and to make an impact on music in general.” The four RECollective Records artists are Christian Express, Faylin Johnson, Milton and Patrick Donovan. “They’re each Philadelphia-based and have a soul R&B sound,” Silver said. The duo also launched its city-wide initiative called RECphilly, with the goal of filling the gaps in the music industry that Philly artists see too often. “We noticed that there’s plenty of talent and reputable venues, but the problem is lack of cohesion among these businesses that could be a music industry,” Toms said. “There were talented musicians that wanted to go national, but didn’t have the resources

at their fingertips or didn’t know how to market themselves.” Toms calls RECollective Records “a bunch of hungry, ambitious millennials who are looking to change the music industry with our hard work and determination.” “Instead of letting these great artists run away to other cities like [New York] or [Los Angeles], we decided to become a meeting ground,” he added. “Our mission is to be multipliers for the industry and have artists and other small entertainment businesses come to us so we can connect them and use the resources and knowledge we have to provide opportunity and guidance.” Silver said the Philly music industry hasn’t been thriving since the late 1980s, and its goal is to change that. “Everyday we connect these people together through meetings with booking agents, employers, press outlets, distributors, venues and more,” Silver said. “We want everyone to be on the same page of what we’re trying to do for the Philly music scene.” Silver and Toms have the opportunity to put a national spotlight on Philly’s music scene at the SXSW Festival – one of the biggest music, film and technology conventions in the country – in Austin, Texas. They put together a lineup of artists that impressed the booking agency at SXSW, and after Silver’s persistence, they offered them a stage at the festival this March. “For us to be able to get a space down there and represent Philly at one of the biggest, most influential conventions in the world and to be able to extend that opportunity to people in our network, means a lot to us,” Toms said. *

For five days in Summer 2012, Ted Pauly and Melissa Silverman travelled from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to a loft on Sixth Street and Girard Avenue that housed a creative collective, gallery and batting cages. The Girard Avenue loft, also known as Girard Hall, was the main filming site for “All Over It,” a fictional comedy web series set in Fishtown. “All Over It” focuses on the fictional group, The Batatat Collective, comprised of artists who live together and try to sell their creative ideas for money. The series was created, written and directed by Pauly and Silverman, college friends who also worked together for MTV. The show was originally meant to be a 22-minute pilot. After workshopping the show, Silverman and Pauly decided to split what they had filmed into short episodes and post it on their own online. Episodes of “All Over It” can be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo and on the series’ website. The first episode premiered on Feb. 2 and since then, four more episodes have been posted. The series will have nine episodes in total. “I think [the series] kind of reflects the way [Silverman] and I work,” Pauly said. He explained the two would work on creative ideas together and eventually thought of an idea for a show about a group of people living together “longer than normal.” When the pair originally wrote the show, they did not have any one particular place for the setting in mind. “Our producer brought up the idea of Philly and we jumped at it,” Pauly said. Pauly grew up outside of Philadelphia in Wayne, Pennsylvania and always had a love for the city. “Philly was like 'it' for me,” Pauly said. “That’s where I wanted to be.” Silverman grew up in New York City, but said she appreciated what Philadelphia had to offer. “Philly really resonated and made perfect sense [for the show],” she said. Life imitated art as many of the residents of the Girard loft were actually part of a creative collective. Some of the

was like ‘it’ for me. That’s “Philly where I wanted to be. ” Ted Pauly | co-creator

residents even helped out on set, including Temple alumnus Jacob Kindlon. Kindlon, a film major, was a script supervisor and production assistant on set. “It was pretty amazing at that time,” Kindlon said. “Definitely the biggest set I had ever worked on up to that point, and as script supervisor I got to see every single second of it.” As a member of a creative collective, Kindlon said he appreciated the series’ authenticity. “Our way of life was super similar to the scenes depicted in the series,” he said. To fill the roles of the eclectic artists that make up the show, Pauly and Silverman held casting calls in New York. “Each person we ended up with was made for the part,” Silverman said. Silverman said the cast members were all talented improvisers and often did not stick to the script. “A fair amount of [what is] funny about the show is improv,” Silverman said. “Our [director of photography] would have to hold back laughter.” Chris O’Brien, a New York improviser and actor, plays Mike, the leader of The Batatat Collective. “Everyone is irresponsible in this loft, and he is the responsible one trying to get them all together,” O’Brien said. The cast also includes H. Jon Benjamin, who is known for voicing the title character in FOX’s animation comedy “Bob’s Burgers.” “He was amazing, easy to work with and hilarious,” Pauly said. “He is the kind of person that doesn't need direction." Pauly said the shooting schedule was very ambitious and a “race to the finish everyday.” “There is always that tension, like, ‘Are we going to get everything done?’” Pauly said. However, Silverman said shooting was overall a very positive experience. “People really had fun,” she said. “It was inspiring to be around our cast, who always kept their energy.” Pauly said reception for the series has been positive so far. “We have gotten a decent amount of press,” he said. “It feels like it's still early going on, but we are just knocking on wood and hoping people continue to like it.” As for the future of the series, Pauly and Silverman said they would be interested in making more episodes if it continues to be well-received and the cast is willing. The two have other creative ideas that they are considering developing down the road, but are proud of their work on “All Over It.” “We spend our days working on our own ideas, and it's great to have something we created and finally get to share it,” Silverman said. *





The Districts, Pine Barons and The Lawsuits played a sold-out show at Union Transfer on Feb. 14.

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comfortable pastime rather than a career option. “It was a hobby, but I never studied in any sort of a class environment before,” she said. Today, Gilmore’s “hobby” is a full-blown profession, with her BFA in 3D fine arts and a minor in textiles from the Moore College of Art and Design. Gilmore is one of the featured artists at “The Art of Recovery,” an ongoing exhibition devoted to showcasing the works of women struggling with or recovering from eating disorders. At the New Leaf Club in Bryn Mawr, where the exhibition is located, Gilmore will present a lecture on Feb. 23 discussing her personal path to recovery as well as the artistic inspiration that flourished during her treatment at the Renfrew Center. “It was really the catalyst to starting my career as an artist,” Gilmore said. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Renfrew Center has treated more than 65,000 women suffering from eating disorders since its initial commencement in Philadelphia. Its various locations now stretch from Atlanta to Boston to Los

Angeles, and the foundation has treated international patients as well. Before Renfrew established its Roxborough location in 1985, there was not a single residential facility devoted to the treatment of eating disorders in America. Early on, Renfrew’s specialized, intensive treatment differed vastly from the regime that patients underwent in hospitals. Wendy Cramer, Renfrew’s professional relations representative, said before the creation of facilities like Renfrew, those suffering from eating disorders were sometimes force-fed, monitored or placed in a psych ward, devoid of personalized treatment. “I think what makes us so unique is the fact that we don’t just put a Band-Aid on the symptom; we really focus on helping women understand the issues,” said Cramer, a graduate of Temple’s master’s program in counseling psychology. The Renfrew Center entails both group and individual counseling sessions for women dealing with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Renfrew’s services and faculty also provide psychological support for patients enduring ailments ranging from depression and anxiety to post traumatic


Aimee Gilmore’s work is being featured as part of “The Art of Recovery.”

stress disorders and addiction problems – diseases that often possess comorbidity with eating disorders, according to Cramer. Along with traditional verbal psychotherapy sessions, Renfrew possesses a cluster of nonverbal therapy programs involving the creative arts: movement and music therapy, psycho-drama and the art therapy that changed Gilmore’s life. Years later, Gilmore is freely talking about her work as well as her pathway to recovery in front of audiences – this is neither her first time presenting her story or showcasing her art with the Renfrew Center’s exhibitions, which are free and open to the public. The exhibition will display Gilmore’s 2013 piece, “50 Worries.” The project began with Gilmore sending herself a hand-written letter once a week, each message stating a worrisome thought – some worries were trivial, while some loomed dauntingly. After compiling the letters, Gilmore wrote them out all at once with a fine-point Sharpie over an intimately close photograph of her own face. She compares the messages to a combination of battle scars and bodily adornments worn by different cultures. “The more that I thought about the piece, I thought that it made sense to wear these worries,” Gilmore said. “50 Worries” is one of more than 30 pieces, all created by women who have battled eating disorders, that comprise the exhibition. Each work contains a statement written by the artist, explaining and clarifying the message of her art. “The art is very compelling,” Cramer said. “I have seen grown men who have never been exposed to mental health issues literally cry looking at some of the art and reading about the artist’s journey. It’s just really amazing, very moving work.” Cramer will be introducing the speakers on Feb. 23 during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about identifying, perceiving and finding treatment for eating disorders. Although research and resources have grown in the past several decades, there are still common misconceptions about eating disorders. Cramer said she especially recognizes the assumption that eating disorders solely affect white, upper and middle class teenage girls, although in reality, the disease impacts all genders, socio-economic back-

grounds, races and ages. She added that women over the age of 30 are beginning to make up a large portion of those suffering, according to Cramer. Cramer also pointed out that eating disorders possess the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disease, whether those deaths come from medical complications or suicide. “These are very complex and complicated patients and

they don’t resolve quickly,” Cramer said. “These are longterm issues.” Another misconception about eating disorders, Cramer added, is the supposition that those diagnosed with eating disorders will never recover. Cramer insisted that recovery is possible, which is why she believes in the importance of proper, thorough treatment. Gilmore said she realizes

that the first piece she created in art therapy, a rolling landscape, was centered on hope. “It was very uplifting and beautiful and serene, and looking back on it now I can see that my will and drive to recover was there,” she said. “Even though it didn’t seem like it was, it was in me somewhere.” *


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who played Wilde. Daniels, a counter tenor – the term for a male who sings in falsetto or in a female range – started the show with a single spotlight on him in front of the red and gold curtain. In his high register, he sang, “Ladies and gentlemen! I congratulate you on the great success of your performance, which persuades me that you think almost as highly of the play [“Lady Windermere’s Fan”] as I do myself. Together, we have borne witness to an Immortal occasion.”


This is Moore’s fifth nomination, and it’s the one that should earn her a win. “Still Alice” was a well-produced film, but it was Moore’s harrowing performance as a doctor, mother and wife going through Alzheimer’s disease that made the movie so compelling.

------------------------------------BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR J.K. SIMMONS | “WHIPLASH”

As Temple film professor Leann Erickson put it to me, if Simmons doesn’t win, “something is very wrong with Hollywood.”

------------------------------------BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS PATRICIA ARQUETTE | “BOYHOOD”

One of the most special aspects of “Boyhood” was Arquette playing the mother that raises the main protagonist through the many trials and tribulations that life throws at her family.

------------------------------------BEST DIRECTOR RICHARD LINKLATER | “BOYHOOD”

The achievement of making a film like “Boyhood” – and doing so in such an effective manner – warrant a victory for Linklater.


The script for “Birdman” is original, funny and moving, and the writing team nailed the dialogue in what was an unconventional but brilliantly executed story.

------------------------------------BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY JASON HALL | “AMERICAN SNIPER”

----------------------------------BEST PICTURE “BOYHOOD”


------------------------------------BEST ACTRESS JULIANNE MOORE | “STILL ALICE”

This year’s field – which has gained some controversy for not including David Oyelowo for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” – is difficult to pinpoint. But Keaton’s acting in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” was career-defining, special and the most worthy of the Oscar.

some of my selections for who should.

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A new exhibition, “Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano” opened Feb. 16 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition highlights the work of the Kano painters, who were established in the late 15th century and noted as artists from “the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history.” The exhibition will feature gold leaf folding screens, ink paintings and other large works. The exhibition, which features more than 120 pieces, will be on display until May 10. -Tim Mulhern

A Preview

uring an evening in May 1929, a little less than 300 individuals gathered in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a private awards ceremony that celebrated a year of cinematic achievements. There were no envelopes revealing the winners, as they were informed months earlier. There was no red carpet, either, in what still was a movie-town in its youth. There was, however, a series of statuettes depicting a knight clutching a downward-pointing sword and standing upon a reel of film. Legend has it that the librarian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thought the figure, which was designed by MetroGoldwyn-Mayer art diAVERY MAEHRER rector Cedrick Gibbons, bore a resemblance to her Uncle Oscar. And so it went: the award found its name, and a tradition was born. On Sunday, that tradition is set to continue. Millions upon millions of Americans – from Temple to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between – are likely to tune in to the 87th Academy Awards this weekend. Whether you’re watching for the red carpet or the speeches, the movies or the host – if you’ve seen some of the films, all of them or none of them at all – the Oscars remain Hollywood’s grandest and most celebrated night of the year, and one of the biggest television events of the year. Alumnus William Goldenberg is among those we’ll be looking out for during the telecast. A graduate of the Class of 1982, Goldenberg received a Best Editing nomination for “The Imitation Game.” He won his first Oscar in 2013 for his work on “Argo,” when he actually defeated himself in the category as he was also nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty.” In addition to Goldenberg, there are several other nominees whose work during the past year deserves praise and recognition. Only some, though, will leave the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard with the golden statuette in hand. Here are

Richard Linklater’s masterpiece, which he filmed over the course of 12 years, is unlike anything I – and many others – have seen on the big screen before. Watching Mason and his family, all played by the same actors, age throughout the picture was an experience that I won’t soon


forget. There are other standout nominees in this category, including “Selma” and “Birdman,” but in defining what was the best overall motion picture of the year, none of them deserve it more than “Boyhood.”

The theme of immortality was sprinkled throughout the performance – the symbolism of Wilde as a Christ figure was unmistakable. In fact, the ending scene even reveals Wilde in an all white suit after his death, against a drab set and characters dressed in black, thanking the audience for making his name and work immortal. The show was told by the ghost and omniscient character, Walt Whitman, played by Dwayne Croft. Croft, a booming baritone, made his Opera Philadelphia debut as well. Whitman and Wilde met in 1882 when Wilde was nothing more than a celebrity lecturer in America. By the time Wilde’s life

Hall’s script turned into one of the most surprising box office success stories of the year, and while some critics have gone after its historical inaccuracy, the movie is powerful and effective in its portrayal of war, along with the toll it can take on a soldier and his family. * T @AveryMaehrer

took a turn with his meeting of his famous lover Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie to those of his time, Whitman would be dead and Wilde would be very famous. Levy, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, said he grew up as part of the opera. His parents and grandparents were an integral part of his love for the art growing up. At the age of 6, Levy said he was already an extra in “The Magic Flute,” an opera composed by Mozart. “So many of my colleagues are always saying, ‘I got involved when I was young,’ and I think that is so true for people who are working in the opera now,” Levy said.

As a show comprised of sung dialogue and arias, duets and ensembles with rarely any spoken dialogue, Levy said that the historical elements of the opera have begun to change for modern audiences. At the Academy of Music, subtitles were displayed on stage, even though all of the music was sung in English. “It’s one of those things, that the more you put into it, the more you’re going to take out,” he said. * T @Emily_Rolen

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@thephillyvoice tweeted on Feb. 13 that the annual amateur sex-film festival starts its 2015 tour with Philadelphia on Feb. 21 at Union Transfer. Exploring all types of sexuality, HUMP! was started in 2005 by Dan Savage, who promotes positive discussion on sexuality via his written column, “Savage Love,” and activist efforts with the “It Gets Better Project.”


@NextCityOrg tweeted on Feb. 12 that “Indego,” the new name for the city’s bike-sharing program, is set to launch this spring with 600 blue-andwhite bikes along with 60 initial stations spanning from South Philadelphia to Main Campus.

Foobooz will host its annual Philly Cooks event Feb. 18 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The event will grant participants access to the food of more than 30 participating restaurants in the Philadelphia area. General admission tickets are available for $100 via The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. All in attendance must be 21 or older. Exclusive tasting tours are also available, in which event-goers are given exclusive access to some of Philadelphia’s top rated restaurants. The tours will run Feb. 16 and 17, where access will be granted to three restaurants per tour day. -Eamon Dreisbach


Every Friday night through the rest of February and March, the 400 Ranstead St. location of the Ritz at the Bourse movie theater chain will be hosting midnight screenings of some nostalgic classics. On Feb. 20, the Ritz will be showing 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with special live shadow cast Transylvania Nipple Productions, who will act out the whole movie and sell prop bags for $2. For those brave enough, the $10 screening also includes a lingerie contest. -Albert Hong


Rex 1516, a Southern-inspired restaurant on South Street, is headlining the Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 17 with some special items, like gumbo with house-made andouille, shrimp po’boy and its Citywide Burger served on a king cake roll. Refreshments include its $6 passion fruit Hurricanes made with aged rum, passion fruit, cranberry and orange and lime juices The restaurant will be open from 5-11 p.m. -Albert Hong


Philly Muffin baker Pete Merzbacher will share his culinary talents on Feb. 25 with a sourdough bread-baking demonstration at Reading Terminal Market. Hosted by Fair Food, the class will teach participants the basics of bread crafting from the ground up. In addition to complimentary drinks, event-goers will also be sampling sweets courtesy of Philly Muffin. Additionally, participants will be granted all the ingredients needed to bake their own bread upon leaving as a parting gift. Tickets will cost $35, and the event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach

HART TO BE FIRST COMEDIAN HEADLINING AT STADIUM @LFFStadium tweeted on Feb. 14 that Philadelphia native Kevin Hart will be bringing his stand-up comedy to Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 30, as part of his North American “WHAT NOW?” tour. The comedian’s stadium show at the Owls’ and Eagles’ field will be the first time a comedian has headlined an NFL stadium. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 20.


TechnicallyPHL tweeted on Feb. 11 that a Twitter and Instagram user by the name of “@FindMePhilly” has been giving away $100 every day to anyone who can track him down in various parts of Philadelphia, using his photo and video posts as hints. People have 13 minutes to find the donor when he posts a new picture from a new location.


@GlobalPhila tweeted on Feb. 14 that the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year kicks off on Feb. 18 with the Midnight Lion Dance.




Organization works to keep fathers in the lives of children researchers collected data from fathers who participated in the program to assess changes in father-child relationships. One of the programs funded, Developing All Dads for Manhood and KEELAND BOWERS Parenting, was created by the Center The Temple News for Urban Families and Dr. Bright Sarfo. The Fatherhood Research and DADMAP teaches fathers a curPractice Network is rethinking what it riculum based in behavioral theory means to be a father. and is geared towards low-income, A collaborative effort between African-American fathers. Temple and Denver’s Center for PolThe DADMAP program runs for icy Research in Denver, Colorado, 12 weeks with a curriculum designed the Fatherhood Research and Practice to “support child support compliance, Network investigates fatherhood pro- fatherhood involvement, co-parental grams and their effectiveness. operations and workforce readiness,” “The three main goals are to pro- said Sarfo, the lead investigator. mote the rigorous evaluation of fatherThe program aims to teach Afhood programs, inrican-American crease the capacity males how to comof fatherhood probat racial oppresgrams around the sion and discusses country and to pro“the concept of the vide a place for the African-American dissemination of male” as well as the information for efconcept of mascufective fatherhood linity. Maggie Spain | Bawmann Group practice and evaluaNow out of the tion research,” said early trial stages, Dr. Jay Fagan, cowith the help of the director of the Fatherhood Research FRPN, DADMAP hopes to become and Practice Network. fully operational very soon. Fagan, a professor of social work “The FRPN has to make sure the at Temple, founded the five-year na- I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed,” tional project, which is funded through Sarfo said. “[They are] very present the U.S. Department of Health and and open ... [and] continue to be helpHuman Services, Administration for ful.” Children and Families and the Office The FRPN works closely with of Planning, Research and Evaluation. fatherhood programs in an effort to The FRPN works to foster respon- create other helpful and effective prosible fathers, co-parenting, healthy re- grams across the country that hope to lationships and economic security. benefit fathers and their children. The FRPN also works with agen“We have monthly site calls, cies in order to improve the ability of meetings to monitor the projects and fathers to “support themselves and provide support,” Fagan said. their children and families economiFagan said the FRPN is concerned cally, increase parenting time and sup- with the ultimate well being of chilport stable and positive co-parental dren. With a well-experienced team, relationships and healthy relationships the network works to partner fathers … [and] increase positive father en- with organizations that will ensure gagement with children,” according to healthy childhoods for their children. its website. The organization plans to conThe organization currently works tinue to give out grants for deserving with roughly 40 leading fatherhood re- fatherhood programs well into the fusearchers and practitioners. ture. “A lot of effort is put into father “We have two more rounds [of involvement in the child’s life,” said grants] that we will be giving out in Maggie Spain, vice president of The September of 2015, as well as SeptemBawmann Group. ber of 2016,” Fagan said. With an accrued grant of $350,000, the FRPN recently funded * four projects. In the four projects, which employed randomized-controlled trials,

A Temple-affiliated organization analyzes father-child involvment.

A lot of effort is put into father involvement in the child’s life.


Frank Campanell sits at a JusticeWorks YouthCare meeting, where he works with adolescents currently on probation.

Student inspired by inmates public also plays a role in dehumanizing the incarcerated. Campanell said he often thinks of an exercise created by his instructor, Lori Pompa, the director of Inside-Out. and half is made up of prisoners. Students travel to the prison for a Pompa wanted students to “imagine seminar class once a week. There are being defined by the worst thing you no tests – students write papers and ever did in your life – that’s how priscollaborate for a group project toward oners feel.” “It’s wrong, on every level, to the end of the semester. judge somebody by something you Campanell said his interaction think they did, by one moment in with the inmates in the class shattered time,” Campanell said. the common perceptions the public has Campanell of prisoners. said his time at “Some of the peoGraterford made ple were the smartest, him think about most eloquent, eduthe importance cated people I ever met of “language and in my life,” Campanell labeling” and said. “People were auhow they affect thentic in a way most prisoners. people outside of prisCynthia Zuidema | Temple alumna “One of the on are not.” biggest things Jonathan Mcis labeling [someone as a prisoner] Intyre was one of the incarcerated students Campanell connected with at and having the stigma associated with Graterford Prison. McIntyre was serv- those labels,” Campanell said. “After ing a 12-year term for attempted mur- those physical bars and shackles are der, assault and firearms and narcotic released from you, you have figurative ones that you have to battle.” trafficking. In addition to his role at the Inside“He wasn’t scared to say what was Out Center, Campanell works as a famon his mind,” McIntyre said of Camily resource specialist at JusticeWorks panell. “He was genuine.” YouthCare in King of Prussia, where The two connected intellectually, he helps youth in the juvenile and prisMcIntyre said, and worked together on on systems to stay out of trouble. the final group project. Since being reHowever, Campanell said he beleased in 2011, McIntyre has been purlieves that simply preventing recidisuing a degree in sociology at Temple. vism sets the bar too low. Both McIntyre and Campanell “I think most people judge success said they believe inmates are often in this country for anybody getting out dehumanized. McIntyre said during of prison to just not reoffend,” Camhis stay, the prison staff did not view panell said. “I think that’s stifling bethe prisoners as people, but as objects, cause that dismisses the opportunity to while Campanell said he believes the have anything else for the rest of your Continued from page 1


[Inside-Out] “changed my

career path. It was life-changing.

life.” Like Campanell, Cynthia Zuidema’s interest in helping prisoners also began at Inside-Out. Before signing up for the program, Zuidema said she had no knowledge of the criminal justice system and lived what she calls a “sheltered lifestyle.” “I learned about prison by being inside one,” she said. Zuidema is now working as the Reentry Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She helps incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society after being released. “[Inside-Out] changed my career path,” Zuidema said. “It was lifechanging.” Zuidema said prisoners face a plethora of issues when they leave jail, like healthcare, family issues, employment, education and mental health. “It’s everything we take for granted,” she said. Zuidema, who worked for InsideOut for four-and-a-half years before landing her current job, called Campanell “extremely driven” and said he “pours himself into his work.” Ultimately, in Campanell’s mind, Inside-Out is about bringing people – sometimes very different people – together. “We’re not here to help anybody,” Campanell said. “We’re not here to teach. We’re not here to do charity. We’re not here to change the system. We’re here to work with people and to educate and humanize individuals.” *

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doors club in the middle of the city, so this helps us get our name out there,” said Shawn Wilson, junior business major and public relations and events chair for the club. Increased participation is not the only reason the club hosts the rail jam. “It’s so much fun to shut down the middle of campus and build a terrain park,” said Veronica Miller, vice president of the club and senior public relations major. To gather enough snow to allow smooth riding, club members rented a U-Haul truck the night before the event and drove to ice rinks in the city. Seven Springs supplied the equipment and members assembled the park overnight. Riders dropped in from an 8-foot scaffold down a ramp and were able to choose whether to attempt tricks on the rail or the box. More than 25 riders competed and a crowd of students willing

they [were] having fun.” To her, the best part of the competition was the diversity of equipment available. “I really like how they have the rail and the box,” Hughes said. Once the competition ended, there was an open ride period where competitors were free to use the equipment. The jam was sponsored by major companies, like Monster Energy Drink and Buckman’s Ski Shop, as well as The Creperie. The sponsorships helped to allow students to enter the competition for

free. Wilson said he thought of the idea for the event after witnessing a similar snowboarding competition held in a vacant lot. “It’s always a lot of fun to see people who ... just have no idea what’s going on, and they’re just so confused, and other people, they’re so stoked on it,” Wilson said. *

much fun to shut down the “It’s somiddle of campus. ” Veronica Miller | senior

to brave the wind and cold gathered to watch. The event even drew riders and spectators from outside of Temple. “I felt like people really liked it,” said TJ Troope, a competitor and junior business administration major at Delaware County Community College. Troope added that he appreciated not having to drive two hours to a mountain to snowboard. Taylor Hughes came to watch her friends, who are students at Temple, even though she is not a Temple student. “I think it went really well,” Hughes said. “They [looked] like


Nick Yomey rides the rail as students look on at the Bell Tower Rail Jam, organized by the Snowboarding Club, on Feb. 13.







AROUND CAMPUS A TEMPLE TOAST In celebration of Russell Conwell’s 172nd birthday, Temple will be hosting Temple Toast, a series of events happening all day Tuesday around Main Campus. The 24-hour birthday party will be coupled with an online campaign for donations to the university. Parties will happen throughout many Main Campus buildings Tuesday, including the Fox School of Business, the College of Science and Technology and the Howard Gittis Student Center. -Jessica Smith



Freshman media studies and production major Dan Ray moments after he scored a half-court shot that won him $10,000.

Student takes ‘a long shot,’ scores Freshman Dan Ray recently made a $10,000 half-court shot during a home basketball game. EMILY SCOTT The Temple News When Dan Ray was picked to shoot the half-court shot for $10,000, he told a girl sitting behind him he would split the prize with her if he won. Little did Ray know, he would end up being the first Temple student to make the shot in the contest’s history. The media studies and production major with a business minor came to Temple from Cumberland, Maine for Philadelphia’s “large job market.” “I was looking to go out of state and blaze my own trail,” Ray, a freshman, said. On the production track in the MSP program, Ray said he would

like to write, produce and organize nightly news. Ray lives in the School of Media and Communication Living Learning Community and is a weekly anchor for Temple Update and a regular production assistant on the show. On Feb. 1, Ray and a friend attended the women’s basketball game against the University of Connecticut. “We thought it’d be a cool experience to go see them play,” Ray said. Ray said he didn’t plan to stay for the entirety of the game because of homework. He also wanted to watch and support the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl that night. But because UConn’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 overall nationally, Ray said his friend made him stay. The freshman MSP major was sitting at the end of a row in the Liacouras Center stadium seating. Ray was approached by Temple Athletics marketing interns and was asked

filming it “forI was him, but my

jaw pretty much dropped, and I was dumbfounded.

Jonathan Gilbert | freshman

to take a shot after halftime at halfcourt for a prize of $10,000. “I never played organized basketball in my life,” Ray said. Back at home in Maine, Ray has a basketball hoop in his driveway and said he has made half-court shots while playing with friends before. Still, he said he thought it was “going to be a long shot.” Ray said he wanted to take the shot “for his family.” He plans to use the $10,000 for college tuition. “I was pretty much in shock,” said freshman journalism major Jonathan Gilbert, who attended the

game with Ray. “I was filming it for him, but my jaw pretty much dropped, and I was just dumbfounded.” The arena erupted, Ray said, and he took a lap around the court. A photo of him screaming has turned into an Internet sensation on Reddit. “I’ve never been the focus of attention like that,” Ray said. Ray told his parents by sending them the video recording of his shot with a text that read, “Hey I just won ten grand.” Ray was soon bombarded by text messages. The freshman MSP major hasn’t received the check yet, but isn’t too concerned, he said. “I honestly don’t care, because it’s all going toward my tuition anyway, because I don’t need the money at all,” Ray said. “Just knowing it is there is a good feeling.” *

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In an effort to better prepare the teachers for their classrooms, TFA works to prepare their students and professionals through summer training. Nora Reynolds, a teacher for Education for Liberation Here and Abroad is also a former corps member. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Temple, where she is re-

searching urban education. Through TFA, Reynolds taught first and second graders at PotterThomas Elementary School near Temple’s Main Campus. As a native Philadelphian, Reynolds insisted TFA place her in

a Philadelphia school. During her time as a corps member, Reynolds learned the importance of “personal” education policy, an idea that influences her teaching and research today. “I fell in love with my 32 first-

We spent a lot of hours this summer “learning to teach across racial and cultural differences. ” Elaine Salanik | Temple alumna

grade students,” Reynolds said. As a professor, Reynolds said she praises the College of Education and its commitment to real life, hands-on experience for its students. Reynolds said the Urban Education department frequently advocates for direct interaction with the local public schools of Philadelphia. “I feel very lucky that the Urban Education department very much recognizes the work of ‘doing,’” Reynolds said. *

The Tyler School of Art will be celebrating Mardi Gras in the Tyler building Tuesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy free King Cake and coffee while participating in the spirit of Mardi Gras. Free masks and beads are offered to all attendees. At 11 a.m., there will be a Spam & Tofu carving contest, with a prize awarded to the winner. The Mardi Gras celebration is free, but anyone looking to participate in the carving contest must email Kari Scott in advance, at This event is sponsored by Tyler Student Life and is open to all students. -Jessica Smith

SERC TO HOLD STUDENT AND ALUMNI NETWORKING NIGHT The Student and Alumni Networking Night will begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Science Education Research Center Lobby. Alumni will help students build their networking skills, professional connections and confidence as they prepare to set out in today’s job market. All alumni participants will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad mini. All student participants will be entered into a drawing to win several awards, including a $500 gift certificate to Macy’s. This event is worth 10 Leadership Diamond Points. Both students and alumni are asked to register through the Career Center website prior to attending the event. -Jessica Smith

TYLER STUDENT LIFE OFFERS FREE BUS TRIP TO ACC CRAFT FAIR There will be a free bus trip to Baltimore ACC Wholesale Craft Fair Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The bus will depart from 13th and Diamond streets and will leave Baltimore at 6 p.m. to return to Philadelphia at approximately 7:30 p.m. The trip is open to all Temple students, but Tyler students are especially encouraged. This is an excellent opportunity for any Tyler student who is thinking of selling at small galleries in the near or distant future. Tickets are available at the front desk of Tyler School of Art. This trip is sponsored by Tyler Student Life. -Jessica Smith

DISCUSSION CENTERS ON BAKER KLINE’S ‘ORPHAN TRAIN’ There will be a discussion held tomorrow from noon to 1:30 p.m. about this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train.” The story follows Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen being sent around from one unstable foster home to another. The novel depicts an era in which thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest. The discussion will take place in the ground floor lecture hall of Paley Library. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


“How are you dealing with the cold weather?” ALEXA BRICKER TTN

“Terribly. I’m trying to bundle up as much as possible, but it just seems to keep getting colder.” TATIANA DRY


“Trying to wear extra layers and trying to stay warm and healthy.”

“I’m handling the cold by drinking a lot of tea and walking very [quickly].”









Runners surpass school records

shrined in the Gloucester County Hall of Fame on March 24, it was announced Thursday. He spent the 1979 and 1980 seasons with the team. He’ll be honored for his career at Pitman High School, where he was a standout football player and wrestler. His accomplishments in high school included his participation in the first New Jersey North-South all-star football game, along with a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association state heavyweight wrestling championship in 1979. -Andrew Parent


Freshman guard Alliya Butts was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week Monday for her performances against Tulsa and Houston last week. It marks her second time this season winning the award. In a 75-67 loss to Tulsa on Feb. 10, Butts scored a teamhigh 17 points and added two assists and two steals. On Feb. 14 against Houston, she scored a team- and game-high 22 points and had six assists in a 72-60 victory. In 14 games since entering the starting lineup on Dec. 28, 2014, Butts has averaged nearly 16 points per game. The Edgewater Park, New Jersey native is averaging 13 points per game and has posted double-figure scoring marks in 10 consecutive games. -Michael Guise COURTESY MICHAEL SCOTT

Graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez has earned wins in each of her first two meets with the Owls.


Temple’s newest track & field athlete, graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez, shattered Temple’s indoor 3,000-meter record at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University last Friday. Fernandez established a new record mark of 9 minutes, 16.24 seconds, finishing in eighth overall. First-year coach Elvis Forde said he was impressed with Fernandez’s performance, which could allow her entry into the NCAA National Championships. “[Fernandez] had a really good run,” Forde said. “[She] really put herself in the position to get a chance to be in the NCAA [championship]. It will just be a waiting game now until that selection process begins.” However, Forde will give Fernandez one more opportunity to improve her time further and qualify for the national meet, as she’ll travel to Notre Dame on Saturday to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational. “We will run her one more time over at Notre Dame next weekend to see if she can get in automatically,” Forde said. “They only take so many people to the event, so we’re going to keep our fingers crossed for her and hope that things go well.” -Tyler Device


Sophomore Bionca St. Fleur also set a new all-time mark for

the university on Friday, as she finished the 200-meter dash in 24.30 seconds, shattering a 21-year-old Temple record. With the record-breaking time, St. Fleur finished the event in 12th overall. The previous Temple indoor 200-meter dash record of 24.50 seconds was set by Toya Adams back in 1994. “I was actually really surprised,” St. Fleur said. “I always wanted to go sub-25 [seconds], and before I got on the [starting] line, all [coach Elvis] Forde was saying was, ‘You need to break 25.’ I think I had great preparations, just with all the workouts that coach Forde has been putting us through.” St. Fleur also said she feels like she is following the path of a fellow runner, Jamila Janneh, who also holds Temple records of her own. “I know [Janneh] broke a record her sophomore year, too,” St. Fleur. “I feel like I’m following in her footsteps, and [she’s] inspired me to just do the best I can and put on for Temple track.” -Tyler DeVice


A member of the Temple team that went to the Garden State Bowl in 1979 will be honored next month. Former Temple defensive tackle Matt Lauck will be enADVERTISEMENT


Interim head coach Dierdre Mattocks Bertotti (right) was promoted from her position of the women’s gymnastics team’s assistant coach after head coach Aaron Murphy was suspended by the athletic department.

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“Morale was definitely higher than usual this week,” Johnson said. “It was great. It’s been really refreshing. It’s almost like the stress has been lifted off of us. We don’t feel a heavy burden on us.” “I’ve never seen the girls so relaxed before a meet, so I really want us to keep this happy, positive vibe,” she added. In Mattocks Bertotti’s first week in her new spot, the transition was smooth for both players and coaches. “It went very smooth, the transition was somewhat easy,” Mattocks Bertotti said. “[At the start] it was just a lot going on. … [But] practice will go back to normal this coming week, we’ll have four to five days of practice.” While players declined to comment on the specifics of Murphy’s suspension through an athletic spokesperson, Johnson said the presence of a new coach also motivated the team in its final home meet. “[Working with Mattocks Bertotti]

was a really great dynamic,” Johnson said. “I’ve never seen some of the girls come in so happy and eager to work. What got us going [last Saturday] is that we knew we had a different atmosphere. We have a new coach with us and we wanted to do really well, and as soon as we came out in warmups, it went great.” Roth, who competed for Turoff in the 1990s before competing at the Olympic level, joined the team last Thursday. Gymnasts was noted by players for his high energy-levels. “[Roth] has a lot of energy,” sophomore all-around Briana Odom said. “I think that it will help us a lot moving forward, even if we’re feeling a little bad in practice … he’s got so much energy that when you look at him, it radiates off of him and you get a little bit of energy. … Just having him in there to distract us and get us back into the game helps a lot.” Roth, a former assistant coach for the men’s team and also formerly a head coach of a gym school he owned with his wife, has coaching experience in various capacities. While Roth has experience and an

allegiance to his former school, the interim assistant coach said his new position is more for helping out rather than searching for future employment with the team. “I look at this job as a way to an awesome opportunity that gave both my wife and me so much,” Roth said. “Having the opportunity to come back to give back by coaching is awesome. … I’m just here to bring a neutral aspect to things.” “Before I would even consider something like [a full-time coaching position] I am going to enjoy this experience,” Roth added. Headed into a full week with the new coaching dynamic, Mattocks Bertotti is optimistic things will fall into a routine as the Owls prepare for their next meet at Ursinus on Sunday. “I think some of the [positive attitude with the team] was from Roth,” Mattocks Bertotti said. “He’s very energetic he’s a good motivating speaker. So having him in the gym helps a great deal.” * ( 215.204. 9537


Senior guard Will Cummings led the way for the men’s basketball team in a pair of wins last week, and it helped earn the Jacksonville, Florida native his first career American Athletic Conference Player of the Week award. The honor, announced by the conference Monday, comes after Cummings led the Owls with 21 points, five assists and four steals in the team’s 75-59 defeat of Cincinnati last Tuesday. He followed Tuesday’s showing with a 17-point game this past Saturday in Temple’s 66-53 victory against East Carolina. He added seven rebounds and six assists in the win, the Owls’ seventh straight. He’s averaging 13.7 points per game in his senior season, along with 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 25 games played. After suffering a left-leg muscle strain against the University of Tulsa on Jan. 10, Cummings has started each game since he missed Temple’s 84-53 road loss at Cincinnati Jan. 17, and logged 40 minutes against the Bearcats last Tuesday, his first time playing the entirety of a contest since his injury. -Andrew Parent



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Temple coach Fran Dunphy draws up a play during a timeout during the Owls’ 75-59 win against Cincinnati. Dunphy is in his ninth year as Temple’s head coach.

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as coach – two with Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference – and 15 NCAA tournaments develops, perfects and stands by. It’s also the method he has enforced during his team’s current seven-game winning streak, one that has whipped up talks of Temple’s potential participation in mid-March basketball. “I know, it’s really boring,” Dunphy said of his game-by-game approach after the Owls’ eventual defeat of the Bearcats. “But it’s coach speak and that’s what it is. We’re not good enough to think anything further than the next step along the way.” “Are we playing pretty well? Yeah, we’re doing OK,” Dunphy added after Temple’s 66-53 defeat of East Carolina Saturday. “But we have to protect how we’re playing. … That’s all you can think about, the next step along the way. If you do a good job, then everything

else will take care of itself.” With 19 wins, Temple has more than doubled its win total from last season, a 9-22 campaign in which it finished second-last in the American Athletic Conference and allowed 78.1 points per game, good for 330th in Division I. The Owls have tightened up defensively for much of the season, as they’re averaging 60.0 points allowed through 26 games, which ranks 35th in the country. The additions of transfers Jaylen Bond, Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman, along with freshman and top forward reserve Obi Enechionyia, have helped. Bond’s 8.3 rebounds per game leads the conference by a considerable margin, with Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis’ 7.1 rpg being the closest behind him. Morgan and his 12.8 points per game have helped add a spark in Temple’s 3-point shooting game since he and Coleman regained eligibility on Dec. 18. Seven games through the course of a month have re-energized the program and revived Temple’s chances of an NCAA tournament bid after it missed

out last year for the first time since the 2006-07 season. But, Dunphy’s players can’t worry about that just yet.

We’re not good “enough to think

anything further than the next step along the way.

Fran Dunphy | coach


Owls at Southern Methodist Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

“We just try to do a good job in going to the next game and not worrying about what we did in the previous game, and taking the same importance into each game,” senior guard Will Cum-

mings said. “We beat Cincinnati, and that’s a big game, but we had to beat East Carolina, because if we drop [that] one, that’s a bad loss. ... We try to approach each game with the same importance.” The Owls notched Dunphy’s 496th career win Saturday when they topped the Pirates (11-14, 4-8 The American), bringing Dunphy within four wins of 500 for his coaching career. He could reach the feat before the regular season concludes. By that point, the possibility remains that his team’s place in the field of 68 could be further assured before the conference tournament kicks off on March 12. The Owls have put themselves in position to dance in March, but don’t tell it to their coach. He’s not looking past Thursday’s visit to SMU. After all, it’ll be Temple’s biggest game since East Carolina. * ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23

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Temple now sets its sights on an upcoming road trip to Southern Methodist and Tulsa, The American’s first and second seeds, respectively. When the Owls played the two teams at home, they squandered a double-digit second-half lead in both games to find themselves in the loss column. This without the services of their leading scorer and point guard, Cummings. The senior suffered a leftleg muscle strain against Tulsa and was limited to 14 minutes. In the next game against SMU, he played 27 minutes, but scored a season-low one point. SMU coach Larry Brown said he felt bad for Cummings, because he could tell he wasn’t healthy. Now the team has a chance for redemption. “Everything happens for a reason,” junior forward Jaylen Bond said. “If we had [Cummings], we would have competed a lot better in the games.” The team is also expected to get back its lone freshman, forward Obi Enechionyia. After suffering a right-ankle sprain in practice, he missed the Owls’ last three games. Enechionyia has been the Owls’ most productive post player off the bench, and will be expected to contribute in stopping SMU forward Markus Kennedy, who scored 21 points against Temple in the prior meeting. “[Enechionyia] could have played had we needed him today,” coach Fran Dunphy said following the ECU game. “There was no reason to push


Senior guard Will Cummings shoots the ball during the Owls’ 75-59 win against Cincinnati. Cummings scored 21 points in the win.

it. We are going to need him on Thursday and Sunday and hopefully that extra rest will be good for him.” While the team said it is taking each game one at a time, the big picture is that Temple responded to three straight conference wins with a seven-game winning streak. If Temple is successful on its road trip, its winning streak since Jan. 22 will match its win total from last season. In addition, contingent on the result of other conference games, the Owls could reclaim

possession of first place in the conference.

“And that’s all we are thinking about.”

We know how good these two “ teams are and we have to play our best basketball. ” Fran Dunphy | coach

“We know how good these two teams are and we have to play our best basketball in order to win the game,” Dunphy said.

Temple is currently projected for a No. 10 seed in the midwest region of the NCAA tournament by ESPN bracketologist

Joe Lunardi. Dunphy, though, said he doesn’t focus on the projections and that he didn’t want his players to mention the NCAA tournament, saying, “If they do, I will lose my mind.” When asked what his goals were on the upcoming road trip, Cummings’ answer was clear. “Two wins,” he said. * T @ibrahimjacobs

of UMBC last Wednesday led to the Owls’ initial push into the extra period. Her three goals, one draw control, one caused turnover and an injury scare midway through the game made for a memorable afternoon, especially considering it was her first as an NCAA Division I athlete. With another tally against St. Joseph’s on Saturday, Barretta has four goals in her first two games. “It’s amazing,” coach Bonnie Rosen said of Barretta’s performance Wednesday in a postgame interview. “We had a lot of freshmen that got a chance to play [Wednesday], and Nicole Barretta being in our first game, stepping up and putting some big goals in for us really helped with the momentum. She had a little bit of an injury mid-game, came back and toughed it out. I was really happy with how she did.” In high school, Barretta had no intentions of coming to Temple. A native of Exton, which sits roughly 45 minutes west of the university, Barretta didn’t want to attend a school so close to home, at first. Rosen, though, helped change her perspective. Late in Barretta’s high school career, her dad met Rosen at a lacrosse recruiting seminar, and immediately wanted to introduce Temple’s ninth-year women’s lacrosse coach to his daughter. “I came here for the coaching staff,” Barretta said. “The first time I met Bonnie, I loved her right away.” A four-year varsity letter winner and two-time captain of the Downingtown East High School girls’ lacrosse team, Barretta was named to the All-Ches-Mont League first team twice, as well as the first team as a senior. She scored 93 goals and added 44 assists as a senior, and also holds Downingtown East’s record for goals with more than 300. Barretta’s team finished as a state finalist in her freshman year, ending with a record of 25-2, and qualified for the state playoffs again as a senior in 2014. She attributed the main difference between high school and collegiate play to the pace and quickness of the game. “[It’s] the speed and just the overall skill of the other girls,” Barretta said. “I mean every day at practice, I’m just amazed by some of the plays people make and it’s just crazy how fast girls are. I used to play midfield in high school and I was faster, and now I’m in the back.” Barretta’s teammates have noticed her offensive skills. Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan described Barretta’s shot as “the sickest she has ever seen,” while junior attacker Rachel Schwaab called her impact player. “[I want] to play a lot, and not even just play, but make an impact, whether that’s scoring or feeding and giving assists,” Barretta said. “A team goal would be to win the Big East [Conference]. That would be fun.” If her first two games were any indication, Rosen said Barretta’s early-season performance will be crucial in dictating her minutes for 2015. “Offensively right now, we’re looking to play a lot of players, so, [early on], it’s going to be about Nicole maximizing her time,” Rosen said. “I’ve been really impressed with the maturity that she has had as a player, as a freshman wanting the pressure situations. I think what we learned about her from the fall is that when we need a goal, she wants the ball in her stick. You can’t ask for more than that from an attacker.” *




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nis team with me,” Khon said. “Alina knows Russian, so it will be easier to communicate and adapt to this type of environment because someone speaks the same language as you.” For most international students, the language barrier in the U.S. can present its share of challenges. As both freshmen speak Russian as their primary language, the daily transition off the court, let alone on the court, proved difficult. “My first semester here was hard,” Abdurakhimova said. “For the most part, I had absolutely no clue of what the professors were saying and that was hard for me to take.” While the process of learning a new language can be challenging, Khon and Abdurakhimova said time has only helped. “Learning English is still a learning process, but we can understand most of what people are saying now,” Abdurakhimova said. “It is just hard for us to express how we feel.” With a 10-player roster that consists of six international athletes, coach Steve Mauro said he created a rule to help his international students adjust to speaking English. “We have a team rule that when you are around the team you must speak English,” Mauro said. “That rule helps them because the constant influx of English forces them to understand it and, after a semester or so, they begin to.” Abdurakhimova and Khon


Freshman athlete Yana Khon (left) high-fives teammate Alina Abdurakhimova during practice at the Legacy Center, the Owls’ practice facility.

both said their first moments in Philadelphia were shocking. Cultural behaviors exhibited by those around them, they said, were some that they would never see in their home country. “People have more freedoms here at Temple than they would in Uzbekistan,” Abdurakhimova said. “The way people dress and the way people have

their hair colored was different for me, and I think for [Khan] as well, because we are expected to act a certain way, which isn’t what happens [in Philadelphia]. People speak loudly and quite honestly that would not happen at home … we are allowed little self-expression.” Education was the main focus in Uzbekistan, as both Khon

and Abdurakhimova never combined athletics with education at once back home. At Temple, though, combining both education and sport is part of the daily routine. “It was hard to adapt to the education system here,” Khon said. “Back home we would only play tennis or go to school, not both. So it has been tough

trying to get all of our assignments done when we are always practicing. It was hard to combine everything instead on focusing on one aspect at a time.” Now living together, Khon and Abdurakhimova have found the friendship they hoped for on their journey to the states. “Our relationship has grown into a close friend-

ship,” Khon said. “Now that we live together and see each other everyday, we have bonded throughout our time here and that would have been hard if we were in different places. I’m glad Alina is here with me.” * T @DaltonBalthaser

track & field

LaRoche excels in multiple events during senior year Mondays are for hurdles and lighter jumpKiersten LaRoche, a senior, set ing, she said. Tuesdays feature longer runs a school record in the women’s for the 800-meter run, while still working on pentathalon in the Patriot games. sprint mechanics for the hurdles. Shot put is

TYLER DEVICE The Temple News Kiersten LaRoche’s track & field roots run deep. Her family has an athletic history, as her mother and brother are once competed in the sport. It was their influence, LaRoche said, that drew her to the track at an early age. “My family, they were very heavy in track ever since I can remember,” LaRoche said. “Literally, ever since I can remember, I’ve been around the sport of track & field.” The Bowie, Maryland native started competing year-round in multiple track & field organizations when she was young, which helped introduce her to a wide range of events offered in youth-level track & field, like hurdles, the long jump and sprinting. Now one of Temple’s most decorated athletes, LaRoche said she began to wonder how far her early talents could actually take her while competing in her early years. “When I was [younger], I used to do [Catholic Youth Organization] track, and in the summers I would do competitive track, which is [USA track & field] for the [younger] kids,” LaRoche said. “Maybe at the age of seventh or eighth grade, my mind was there that I wanted to go to college and compete, but I didn’t know too much about it. I knew that I wanted to make a further career [in track & field].” LaRoche soon entered Bishop McNamara High School and continued competing in multiple events. However, she said she began to sway away from hurdling after her freshman year in order to focus on other areas of the sport. This decision did not sit well with LaRoche’s high school coach, Keith Chapman, who advised her to shift back into multiple events once again, in order to improve her stock with collegiate recruitment. Now as Temple’s standout multi-event performer, LaRoche already claimed a win in the women’s pentathlon on Jan. 30 at the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Virginia. The performance was enough to break her own pentathlon school record, which she set in 2013. The women’s pentathlon consists of five very contrasting events – the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run – and LaRoche said she practices them in her typical week.

handled on her “lighter days.” The routine, she added, has become clockwork. “If practice starts at [3 p.m] normally for other [athletes], I’ll come in either an hour or an hour and a half prior just so I can have that shot-put time and that warm-up time to finish at five o’clock,” LaRoche said. “For me, it isn’t that big of a deal just because I want to be good at it, so if I have that block of time to do that from 2 to 5. It’s time I’m willing to give up so I can improve on what I need to improve on.” First-year coach Elvis Forde said the dedication LaRoche has shown in his inaugural season with the team could lead her to big things. “Obviously she has a love for [track & field], and that’s an important ingredient if you’re going to be a multi-athlete,” Forde said. “I would like to see her to continue to work hard, but more than anything else, I would like to see her just compete and not overthink the performances that she [has]. I think sometimes she becomes cerebral in terms of over-analysis, and I always say over-analysis sometimes leads to paralysis.” Forde is not alone in recognizing LaRoche’s commitment to the sport. Senior Hollis Coleman, one of LaRoche’s teammates and her roommate, also attested to her work ethic both on and off the track. “She doesn’t come home until 2 in the morning because she’s in the library all night,” Coleman, a sprinter and jumper, said. “And [at] track, she comes an hour early and stays just as long as everybody else, so I guess the results she has been getting so far just show how hard she is working.” LaRoche said she someday hopes to compete for the Olympic team of Trinidad and Tobago, her family’s native country. Having competed in the Olympics himself, Forde said LaRoche’s dream is not too far out of reach. “I’m always going to say you [have] to have your dreams and have the expectations, and sometimes you keep your dreams to yourself and you just go chase them,” Forde said. “If she has [the Olympics] as one of her dreams and expectations, then all the kudos goes to her.” *


Sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald handles the ball in the Owls’ 72-60 win against Houston Feb. 14.

As season’s end approaches, Owls continue spotty play

guys, that is tough on a body, especially throughout the entire season,” Cardoza said. Sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald, who said the team worries about being tired too much, knows the Owls are not as focused as a team fighting through the schedule’s home stretch needs to be. MICHAEL GUISE “I think we are just in one of our little moThe Temple News ments where we’re just not clicking right now,” Fitzgerald said. “We are clicking as a team, but The women’s basketball regular season spans we are not doing the little things that coach asks of three months and a total of 109 days. us or the little things that we need to do to win … But, for many, it feels much longer. With prethat’s just showing that we really don’t care about season practices and drills, the preparation for the winning right now,” Fitzgerald said. season lasted for months. Fitzgerald also understands that fatigue Now, as the team begins to approach the end comes with being a student-athof the regular season, the effect of lete. Balancing time in a busy UP NEXT a long season is beginning to show class and basketball schedule is on the Owls (12-14, 8-5 The Amer- Owls at South Florida what a student-athlete must do. ican). Feb. 22 at noon “There are no days off,” For a team that only fields Fitzgerald said. “Of course we eight players, the physical and mental labors of are going to be tired, we are student athletes … the season begin to take its toll and, as senior Tybut that’s no excuse.” onna Williams put it, become “unbearable.” With five regular-season games remaining, “I think it just happens with a young team,” including back-to-back road games at South FlorWilliams said. “You reach that block midway ida and Southern Methodist near the end of the through conference play. Winning gets hard, esmonth, Williams said the team must put its battle pecially for young kids that haven’t been through with fatigue behind it. it before.” “You have to find a way to get yourself out of The Owls had three games from Feb. 7-14 – that mindset and prepare yourself to play a basketincluding road games at Tulane and Tulsa – and ball game and endure another body beating and dropped from third place in the American Athletic mental beating all over again,” Williams said. Conference to fifth during that stretch. But Williams also understands that as the Williams said the Owls, who entered the team’s lone senior, she has a unique role to play. road trip as winners of four of their previous five “The only way we can get out of this is leadgames, have not been themselves of late. ership,” Williams said. “With me being here and “Everyone wasn’t physically and mentally going through it for multiple seasons, [junior there all the time when we needed it to be,” Wilguard Erica Covile] being here going through it liams said. … it’s a matter of us pulling together.” With a short bench and a team of six underclassmen, coach Tonya Cardoza understands that * her group is in an unorthodox situation. T @Michael_Guise “When you are only playing seven or eight

Three weeks away from playing in the conference tournament, the squad remains below .500.


Senior Kiersten LaRoche, who competes in multiple events, won the pentathlon during the Patriot Games last month. PAGE 19

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The women’s basketball team hasn’t yet shaken off its inconsistency, despite the end of the regular season approaching. PAGE 19

Blanca Fernandez eclipsed the school’s 3,000-meter record, Matt Rhule hires a new coach, other news and notes. PAGE 17





Junior guard Quenton DeCosey dribbles during the Owls’ 75-59 win against Cincinnati. The Union, New Jersey native is averaging 12.7 points through the first 26 games of the season.

The Owls will face No. 25 Southern Methodist and Tulsa in two conference games next week. IBRAHIM JACOBS The Temple News


ith two home victories last week, the Owls pushed their winning streak to a season-high seven games and stand alone in third place in the conference. They now face their last road test of the season – all with Selection Sunday

less than a month away. By following up a 16-point drubbing against Cincinnati on Tuesday, with an 11-point win against East Carolina on Saturday, Temple (19-7, 10-3 American Athletic Conference) is poised to make an NCAA appearance after not having its named called for the first time in seven years last season. The team’s most recent win against ECU

came in a trap-game situation. The contest against the sub-.500 Pirates fell in between the Owls’ biggest conference win of the season, and a road trip against the top two teams in The American. With ECU’s RPI of 229, a loss would have been Temple’s worst of the season, and a black mark on its resume for an at-large selection. “We just try to do a good job of going into a game and not really worrying about what we did


Dunphy an unsung factor in turnaround The ninth-year Temple coach’s demeanor has aided the Owls in their seven-game streak.


The freshman attacker’s four goals is currently tied for the team lead through two games. MATTHEW COCKAYNE The Temple News JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

Freshman attacker Nicole Barretta cradles the ball during the Owls’ 10-9 overtime win against UMBC. Barretta has four goals in her first two games as an Owl.

paces later, she had a clear shot and whipped her stick through the air from five yards out, launching the ball into the top-right corner of the net for her second goal of the game. Less than two minutes afterward, she did

it again, this time using the turf to bounce it through UMBC sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Gielner’s legs for the go-ahead tally. Barretta’s crunch-time heroics in Temple’s season-opening 10-9 overtime defeat


women’s TENNIS

Uzbekistan natives share improbable journey Alina Abdurakhimova and Yana Khon did not become friends until days before their departure for freshman year. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News At a breakfast table in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Alina Abdurakhimova didn’t consider the person eating alongside her – Yana Khon – to be a close friend.

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men’s basketball

Barretta off to hot start early in Owls’ season

With less than nine minutes remaining in her first career game as an Owl and her team trailing by a goal to University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Nicole Barretta cradled the ball in her stick pocket to the left of the UMBC net. The freshman attacker took her first step and bodied up a defender. Three swift

the previous game,” senior guard Will Cummings said after the Cincinnati game on Feb. 10. “Taking the same importance into each game. We beat Cincinnati and that’s a big game, but then we have to come in and take care of [ECU] because if we lose, it’s a bad loss. If we want to accomplish our goals, we need to take care of the lower teams in the conference and the bigger teams.”

In fact, the two barely knew each other. Abdurakhimova did know about Khon’s tennis abilities, they rarely spoke off the court. During this meal, though, the conversation turned to tennis, specifically the collegiate game in the United States. Abdurakhimova knew she would be attending Temple in Fall 2014, but was unsure of Khon’s plans until that morning. “During breakfast, through conversation, we realized that we were both going to play tennis at Temple,” Khon said. “It was

such a weird coincidence.” “[Yana and I] just knew of each other, but we weren’t friends,” Abdurakhimova said. “It was kind of funny when [Yana and I] discussed our college choices, and we both realized that we were going to the same place.” More than 6,000 miles away from home, the pair has helped each other adjust to a new country. “I was happy when I found out that someone I knew would be on the ten-



efore the men’s basketball team tipped off against the University of Cincinnati last Tuesday night, Fran Dunphy spent some time as a video-interview guest on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Philly Sports Talk. Toward the end of the segment, the show’s host, Michael Barkann, asked Temple’s ninthyear coach to repeat after ANDREW PARENT him, “This is Temple’s biggest game since?” “Biggest game since Memphis,” Dunphy said, referring to Temple’s most recent win to that point, a 61-60 road triumph against the Tigers on Feb. 7. “Biggest game since Memphis?” Barkann repeated back, while laughing. “Yes, Sir.” Dunphy could have pointed to Temple’s contest on Dec. 22, 2014 against the University of Kansas, then ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Owls won that game in a 25-point thumping at the

Wells Fargo Center. He could have answered with the Owls’ 57-53 road win against Connecticut, a conference opponent and the defending national champion, on Dec.

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in position to dance in March. But don’t tell it to their coach.

31, or a matchup with conference leader Southern Methodist at the Liacouras Center, which featured the return of former Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown. He didn’t, because that’s not what Dunphy does. Dunphy, in his 26th season as a Division I coach, refuses to look too far behind or ahead. It’s a mindset that a veteran of 11 conference championships


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