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TUPD ups security after mob attacks

Credit rating could boost investment in health system

After the mob last Friday, students, TUPD and residents share their thoughts.

Officials are hoping TUHS’s rating will also boost the university’s credit outlook.



n Oct. 21, nearly 200 minors gathered on North Broad Street for what they called a “Pearl Theater Meetup” on Instagram. The gathering quickly turned violent, and by the end of the night, several students — and a Philadelphia Police horse — were assaulted. Temple Police arrested four minors that night, and seven reports were filed with TUPD: two robberies, two cases of harassment and three cases of aggravated assault. This past weekend, both Temple and Philadelphia police presence increased on North Broad Street and on the side streets west of Broad, including Oxford Street to Montgomery Avenue, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. “There has been more of a police presence on Temple’s campus and more security guards by the doors to enter a building,” said Sheridan Milazzo, a junior tourism and hospitality management major. “I know there was the assaults on Friday on Broad Street, and I think they are trying to increase security for those reasons.” “As the fall progresses, we shift to more police anyways,” Leone said. “It gets darker sooner.” Leone added that SEPTA Transit Police monitored the subways this past weekend and gave TUPD a “heads up” if there were large groups of minors traveling northbound on the subway, whether or not they ended up on Main Campus. “The majority of teens were just running around,” Leone said. “People have this vision that it was all 200 teens, but there were little pockets that gathered where people got hurt.” He added that police would not be able to take action against bystanders because they weren’t involved in the crime. Leone said the investigation into the violence on Oct. 21 is still underway, and through security footage from local businesses and residences, TUPD has been able to identify “a couple” more people that participated in the mob. He added that arresting minors can be difficult, and local schools have been cooperating with TUPD’s investigation. “We can’t scoop a bunch up and then take them in,” he said. Police have to follow a very strict


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Wanda passed away soon after. For Deloatch, then 18 and in his second semester of college, it was a difficult time. “She pretty much got me here to Temple,” Deloatch said. “That was the main thing, coming out here at a young age and losing your mom at a young age, that’s kind of hard. That’s kind of like my career had a downfall, but I knew coach Rhule was like, ‘I promised your mom that I’m going to make sure your son graduates.’” Over the next four years, Rhule was hard on Deloatch. “Why aren’t you doing this? Why aren’t you doing that?” Rhule would often say when he didn’t like something the young wide receiver was doing. Rhule punished Deloatch when he was late to practice. He’d threaten suspension, in an effort to keep Deloatch on the right path toward fulfilling Wanda’s wish.

Moody’s Investor Service — an organization that assesses the financial risk of investing in institutions — upgraded Temple University Health System’s credit rating by one level two weeks ago. The report, released on Oct. 20, said TUHS was upgraded because it had a second consecutive year of being “marginally profitable.” TUHS moved from Ba2, which means that the investment could carry a risk for loss, to Ba1, which tells investors that TUHS’s financial outlook is stable. “As the Health System’s credit rating improves, it signals to those that purchase the Health System’s bonds that [it] is getting financially stronger and will be in a better position to repay its debt,” said Robert Lux, TUHS’s senior vice president, treasurer and CFO. “A rise in rating is a signal to the market, the market being everything from the financial markets to our competitors to possible organizations that would want to do business or partner with the health system, that the health system is getting stronger and performing well financially,” said Ken Kaiser, the university’s CFO and treasurer. He said that banks are now more willing to invest in the health system. The credit rating for TUHS affects the rest of the uni-



HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior Romond Deloatch leads the Owls onto Lincoln Financial Field before Saturday’s 34-13 win.

With Rhule’s help, Deloatch carries out mother’s wish Romond Deloatch graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Matt Rhule was at Elizabeth High School recruiting Phillip Walker and Jahad Thomas when he got a phone call from Romond Deloatch. Deloatch’s mother, Wanda, was sick. She was dying of cancer. Just months earlier, Rhule had watched his wife, Julie, lose her mother to a different form of the same disease. Rhule called Wanda, who he’d grown close with while recruiting Romond two years prior. She had Rhule make her a promise: Take care of her youngest son, the baby of the family, and make sure he gets his degree.

30 years of community music education Charles Parker is a decades-long fixture at the Center for Gifted Young Musicians. By IAN WALKER Arts Beat Reporter Although Charles Parker Jr. is a music educator, his job is a lot like that of a doctor or pharmacist, said his colleague, conductor Aaron Picht. “He has to diagnose, and then he has to prescribe,” Picht, a conductor

in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, said on how Parker organizes students into chamber ensembles. “He has to figure out, ‘Oh, these guys are at about the same place musically and they’ll get along.’” Parker is the coordinator of chamber ensembles at the Center for Gifted Young Musicians, a position he has held since the advent of the center in 1986. The center is housed within Temple Music Prep, a division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance that offers non-credit music and dance programs to the public.


WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Center for Gifted Young Musicians has offered non-credit music and dance programs to the public through a partnership with Temple Music Prep since 1986.

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SEPTA workers went on strike Tuesday, forcing the university to launch private shuttle services for students, staff and faculty. Read more on Page 3.

Our columnist argues Temple Student Government needs to improve Flight quickly so students have a safe way to and from Main Campus. Read more on Page 5.

The first Poe Arts Festival included a lecture from an American Studies professor. Read more on Page 9.

Women’s soccer player Kayla Cunningham started her college career playing field hockey in Indiana. Read more on Page 20.








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Building security, company undergoing changes After a merger in August, AlliedBarton is now called Allied Universal. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor An article published by Temple’s chapter of the student website The Tab alleged security officers in nine university buildings failed to stop a student showing a gift card instead of an OWLcard. Since then, two officers were fired, including one whose photograph was taken and featured in the story. Students said they have seen more scrutiny when entering buildings around Main Campus. “They are a bit tight on presenting our IDs in the Engineering Building,” said Shanay Sparrow, a sophomore business major. “[The security guard] asked me, because I hold my ID in the back of my phone, she wanted me to take it out of my case and present it to her, rather than showing it to her in the back of my phone.” Sara Newman, a freshman dance major, said a security officer in her dorm was more vigilant than usual. “I live in White Hall, and I think it was a new security guard swiping IDs, and she actually looked at my ID and my picture to see if it was me and my friend when we walked in,” Newman said. “I only go to two buildings for my classes, and the Engineering Building always checks IDs and makes you sign in when you don’t have it. In Pearson, there are always the same guards, and you just walk by and hold it up.” After The Tab’s post was published on Oct. 20, Gene Cummings, the district manager for Allied Universal at Temple, worked with Temple Police and Campus Safety Services to go through surveillance and review the performance of security officers. The Tab wrote that there were nine buildings with security issues. Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, said only two of those locations had officers who were disciplined. He said two security officers were fired and another received a written warning. Leone said the layouts of the entrances

were too wide, so officers couldn’t properly examine IDs, because students were walking by from far away. He added that Campus Safety Services is refining the technology at entrances where students have to swipe their IDs. “The officer was actually doing what they were supposed to do, but because we had the area so wide, it is making it difficult for them to do their job,” he said. Leone said Campus Safety Services is working to help officers whose setup put them at a disadvantage, like having an entryway that was too wide, and bring people closer to the desk officers were stationed at, so they can more closely examine the IDs. He added that even the desks the officers used might be changed to make their jobs easier. The recently added security posts in the Student Center, however, are not related to the review of building security. Leone and Cum-

mings both said they had been working with Student Center Operations to set up spots for security officers at both entrances of the Student Center since this summer. Leone said it was to address concerns of people coming into the Student Center during the evening who should not be. He said while the officers don’t check IDs because the Student Center is still a public building, the security officer would act as a deterrent for some people. Students may also notice a change in the security officers’ uniforms over the next six days, Cummings said. The change, which started on Friday, was the result of a merger between AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America in August. “Most of these changes related to the merger are financial changes, liability, risk management, those types of things are more on the corporate level,” Cummings said. “But down here at the operational level, there are not going to

be any changes.” He added that the security officers would be getting a 50-cent per hour raise starting Jan. 1. The raise is part of a collective bargaining agreement with the security officers’ union and what was AlliedBarton, Cummings said. Currently, officers start at $10.25 per hour but those who have been there longer are in the “high 11s,” Cummings said, and the raise would push their hourly wage to more than $12. Bike patrol officers for Allied Universal are currently paid $14.70 per hour because their jobs require more training and come with higher risk, Leone said. With the raise, bike patrol officers will be paid $15.20. julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules Kelly Brennan and Francesca Furey contributed reporting.

KARA MILSTEIN FILE PHOTO AlliedBarton bike patrol officers stand post on 16th Street near Berks in Spring 2015. The campus security organization AlliedBarton is now named Allied Universal after a merger with Universal Services of America.

Domestic violence survivors learn about housing rights Many of the resources for domestic violence survivors go unused. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter Tuesday marks the end of October and Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Rasheedah Phillips, a 2008 Beasley School of Law alumna and the managing attorney for Community Legal Services, which provides free legal service to over one million Philadelphians, held the first workshop in a monthly series about housing rights and barriers for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors last week. At the Community Future Labs on Ridge Avenue near 22nd Street, a

small group of about five community residents gathered for the presentation. Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault struggle with maintaining stable housing and seeking housing, Phillips said. “Housing is the stabilizing factor for everything,” Phillips added. “If housing is unstable, everything is unstable.” The barriers that most survivors face in regard to housing include criminal records, evictions and financial issues. North Philadelphian survivors are not short of these barriers, Phillips said. Survivors of domestic violence often also have criminal records, Phillips said, but that’s because many of these people act in self-defense against their abuser. She added that survivors struggle with financial issues, too, like poor credit and evic-

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Rasheedah Phillips, a 2008 Beasley School of Law alumna and the managing attorney for Community Legal Services, speaks at a workshop about housing rights and barriers for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

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tions, long after experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault. According to the National Housing Law Project’s “Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence in Applying for Housing manual,” survivors “often have criminal history related to selfdefense, coercion, or duress.” When a public housing group or landlord sees these types of reports, they are likely to deny these survivors affordable and stable housing, she added. Phillips said the legal protections in place for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often go unused. “There are laws that protect domestic violence and sexual assault survivors,” Phillips said. “Most people don’t know this.” The Violence Against Women Act protects domestic violence and sexual assault survivors from being denied housing because of criminal records, evictions and other events that normally occur in an abusive relationship. This law only applies to those seeking public housing. People seeking private housing can still have their past held against them by their landlords. There is not much housing protection for survivors in private homes, Phillips said. The Philadelphia Fair Housing Ordinance provides a step by step procedure for tenants in private housing to break leases due to domestic violence incidents or sexual violence. A survivor may break a lease with proof of domestic violence or sexual assault without facing any financial consequences.

However, ordinances like this do not exist in many other places, so survivors in private housing can still be subjected to discrimination, Phillips said. Survivors in public housing can be granted emergency housing transfers, but there are instances where transfers are denied, Phillips said. If an emergency transfer cannot be granted, Philadelphia has only seven shelters in the greater Philadelphia area specifically for women experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault, including Women Against Abuse and the Lutheran Settlement House. According to Women Against Abuse, there was a 50 percent increase in calls to their domestic violence hotline in 2015 compared to 2014, when survivors made 14,661 calls. But they have only one shelter in Philadelphia specifically for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. There is a reason most homeless shelters are occupied primarily by women and children, Phillips said. There have been 15,751 requests for safety that had to be denied because of the lack of space in shelters specifically for survivors of abuse, according to the WAA. The shelter at WAA provides survivors with 90 days of housing, food and emergency funds. The organization also provides transitional housing for up to 18 months in which survivors and their children can reside. The Lutheran Settlement House also provides transitional housing for survivors. However, domestic violence and sexual assault and under-reported

due to fear and isolation, Phillips said, leaving these resources underutilized. Community residents in attendance were aware that domestic violence is a problem in Philadelphia, but were not aware of the barriers survivors face in regards to housing. “My wife informed me [of the event], but I came to get an understanding of what’s happening,” said Herman Arce, 54, who lives on Sharswood Avenue near 24th Street. “I want to get more details about what this means and pass that information along.” He said he and his wife wanted to learn more about the housing barriers for survivors of domestic violence. “I wasn’t aware of the ground work and legal stuff,” said Geoffrey Volcovici, 25, a resident of Mt. Airy Avenue near Mansfield. “There are resources out there available for people who are experience [domestic violence] and [sexual assault], as well as people who are experiencing housing issues,” Phillips said prior to the workshop. “This space is a resource. There are protections out there.” In November, CLS will hold its second workshop covering housing rights for tenants in public and private housing. “Housing is a basic human right,” Phillips said. kelly.brennan@temple.edu

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SEPTA strike: University set to launch free shuttle service Temple and SEPTA have advised students to use different methods of transportation until the strike is over. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor

ABBIE LEE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Pellets from a paintball gun mark the wall of a house on Diamond Street near 16th. On Sunday afternoon, a teenager was arrested for shooting paintballs at passersby.

Students hit in paintball shooting off-campus Police arrested one teenager Sunday evening after he shot a paintball gun from his window on Diamond Street. By KELLY BRENNAN & JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News A Temple student was shot by a teenager with a paintball gun on Diamond Street near 16th on Sunday afternoon, police said. A Philadelphia Police spokeswoman wrote in an email that 22nd District police officers responded after two 21-year-old men were shot with paintballs from a house they were walking past. Four male teenagers were removed from the house from where the paintballs were being shot. One of the teenagers was identified to be the shooter of the paintball gun, and taken into custody, wrote Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services in an email Sunday night. The other three teenagers were released. According to Philadelphia Police, the 16-year-old teenager was charged with aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault and recklessly endanger-

ing another person. Melissa Mulholland, a sophomore advertising major, said she and her friends heard a noise and saw the paintballs hitting the wall of murals across the street of the minor’s residence. “One of our friends was hit in the back of his ear, and he started running,” Mulholland said. The rest of the group of students started running away from the area where the minor was shooting the paintballs, she said. Mulholland said her friend then called police after he was shot with a paintball. The shooter “was just some little kid,” said Elwood McGinnis, a junior computer science major and friend of the injured student. The teenager was shooting the paintball gun from a second-story window of a house on Diamond Street, he said. McGinnis added the friend who was shot with a paintball walked up to the resident’s door and wanted the person with the paintball gun to come out of the apartment. “The kid opened the door and shot [at] him again,” McGinnis said. Although the teenager opened fire again, the complainant was not hit again, Philadelphia Police said. A TU Alert was sent to students around 3 p.m., warning of increased police activity in the area. This was not the first paintball shooting

in the area. On Oct. 1, social media was active with students who said that they had been shot by paintballs around Berks Street between 18th and Gratz, which is seven blocks away from the paintball shooting on Sunday. Hannah Pittel, a sophomore journalism major, said she was standing on the sidewalk near Berks Street and Gratz last month when she heard the screech of tires and saw a black car stopped in the street. “The window rolled down and I just got shot,” Pittel said. “For a split second, I thought I was shot for real.” Pittel said she was hit twice in the chest and once in the wrist, and had trouble breathing the next day because of the injuries. She did not report the paintball shooting to police because she saw other people that had posted about it on Facebook. “It definitely didn’t make me feel too keen on the tension between locals and students,” Pittel said. “I didn’t really know how bad it was until the recent events with the [mob] and the paintball shooting and the clowns and everything. … I didn’t really know it was to that extent, that they would want to scare students like that.” news@temple-news.com Abbie Lee contributed reporting.

Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents trolley, bus and subway employees, went on strike Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., with talks continuing through the morning. Nearly 29 percent of faculty and students rely on subway, bus or trolley routes to get to and from Main Campus, according to a 2015 transportation survey conducted by the university. The last time SEPTA workers from Local 234 went on strike in 2009, it lasted six days. “For travel within the City of Philadelphia, the only service option will be Regional Rail,” SEPTA wrote in its 2016 Service Interruption Guide. Temple students, faculty and staff can ride on additional shuttle routes to get around the city, wrote Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Clark in a message to students. The shuttle service will take students, staff and faculty between the university and North, West and South Philadelphia. The private service began Tuesday and will run every day from 6 to 11 a.m. and resume at 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. The shuttles will not be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or after 10 p.m. The service will pass stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Students traveling east and west must transfer at City Hall near the Masonic Temple on Broad Street near John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The shuttles are labeled in their windows with signs that state “Private shuttle, Temple and hotels.” An OWLcard or Health System ID must be presented when boarding. Besides the private shuttle service, Temple offers parking rates for $8 per day in Lot No. 7 on Norris Street near 11th and 15th Street Lot on 15th Street near Montgomery. Limited parking is also available in Liacouras Garage on 15th Street near Cecil B. Moore. The strike will not affect Temple’s existing shuttle routes between Main, Health Sciences and Ambler campuses. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick

Getting out the millennial vote on Main Campus Some students might encounter problems with their registration. By FRANCESCA FUREY TSG Beat Reporter One week before Election Day, some students still don’t know if they are registered to vote. Since the beginning of the semester, students have been presented with multiple ways to register: they could have gone online, sent paperwork to the Philadelphia County Board of Elections in the City Commissioners office or registered at one of the many pop-up tables that had been scattered across campus until Oct. 11, when voter registration for the November elections ended. Kevin Santoni, a senior management and information systems major, and Gina Messick, a junior advertising major, both said they registered online — and Messick also changed her address to Philadelphia using a form her roommate gave her. “We really encouraged students to stay on campus to vote. ... It increases the convenience factor,” said Collin Wardius, a freshman philoso-

phy and economics major who interns for Hillary for America and sat at the pop-up tables to get students registered. The tables were set up by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “It’s also important to notice that Pennsylvania is a swing state ... therefore [the students’] votes are more meaningful when it stays in Pennsylvania,” Wardius said. “I think it’s is a good thing,” Messick said. “[The tables] can get annoying, but it’s important enough that it didn’t bother me.” Messick said she didn’t check her registration status after sending in the form. “I didn’t know I needed to check,” she added. Though he didn’t register through the tables, Santoni said that he didn’t really care about the presence of the tables because he knew he was already registered. “The goal of the registration tables was to ensure that every student at Temple was able to vote at their student address,” said Wardius, who has volunteered and interned for Hillary for America in Philadelphia since the beginning of the semester. “That was achieved mostly by just being out there as often as pos-

sible,” Wardius said, adding that the pop-up tables were an efficient way to get students registered. “We can ensure, for the most part, that the information is accurate and that it will be filled out in a manner that is accepted by the Board of Elections.” Wardius said he thought students did not take advantage of online registration. “It is imperative that the forms are filled out properly,” Wardius added. “Small errors in the forms do occur at times, just from misspellings or unclear handwriting.” Depending on the error, some students may be left unable to vote on Election Day. Wardius said it was the Board of Elections’ responsibility to make sure Temple students were registered rather than the registration tables. “It’s not really up to us to get those voters in the system,” he said. “I think there are always going to be troubles with penmanship that we might not recognize and that voters might not recognize at the time they’re signing up. Therefore, I don’t think it so much falls on us as [it] does ... the Board of Elections.” He added that “errors are inherent” in the registration process. Each day after tabling on cam-

pus, the registration forms were given to the Board of Elections the next day. Wardius said he did not know who was responsible for delivering the forms to the board. While organizations for the Democratic Party have been focusing on registering students, Temple College Republicans have been focusing more on traditional canvassing methods to engage voters. Because the Republican National Committee and the Pennsylvania

GOP don’t target heavily Democratic areas, Temple College Republicans have spent their time canvassing neighborhoods, making phone calls and attending events for Republicans, said Austin Severns, chairman of Temple College Republicans. “Why would we go to Temple and register 100 people in a day, just for 90 of them to be Democrats?” Severns said. francesca.furey@temple.edu

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman economics and philosophy major Collin Wardius holds a “Students for Hillary” sign at a Hillary Clinton campaign office at 1514 Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Oct. 27.

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Be a prepared voter Students should learn about local candidates and polling locations by Election Day. Since election day is only one week from today, The Temple News wants to remind the Temple community of the importance of voting in national, state and local elections. Whether you vote in advance, cast a ballot by mail or visit a polling place, we ask that everyone takes a few moments this week to plan how to vote. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers citywide, many students reregistered to their residences near Main Campus, and others learned how to vote early or mail-in ballots. We hope voters check their polling location, which can be done at philadelphiavotes. com, and make time in their schedules to go next Tuesday. Aside from the presidential race, voters can weigh in on the next United States Senator to hold a seat in Pennsylvania. Last week, Democrat Katie McGinty and Republican incumbent Pat Toomey debated for the last time at the Temple Performing Arts Center, talking about issues like affordable education, gun

violence and the economy. Voters will also be able to vote for one of two candidates, Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican John Rafferty, to replace Kathleen Kane who resigned as Attorney General in August. Democrat Dwight Evans and Republican James Jones are running for a seat in the House of Representatives for the Second Congressional District, which includes Main Campus, to replace Chaka Fattah, who resigned in June. Other positions are open, like auditor general, state treasurer and all state senate seats. Voters will also be able to weigh in on the issue of raising the maximum age for State Supreme Court members from 70 to 75, PhillyVoice reported. There’s only one more week to learn about these candidates and make decisions on who will best represent your interests. Visit vote-pa.org to learn more about polling locations, absentee ballots and candidates. Polls will be open across the state from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Stop saying ‘juveniles’ The connotation of a word is just as important as the definition. The mob attacks that occurred on Oct. 21 sparked conversations across Main Campus, but, within our newsroom, the use of the word “juvenile” dominated many of our staff discussions. Ultimately, we decided to use the term “minors” in our brief and main articles documenting the mob. While the TU Alert sent to students did say juveniles, we recognize the connotation that comes with the word is not representative of the people who made up the mob. Juvenile is commonly used by police to refer to anyone under the age of 18, and because of this, the word has a connotation that it refers to children who are criminals. Minors, on the other hand,

has no other meaning than that a person is under the age of 18. It has no positive or negative connotation. “People have this vision that it was all 200 teens [that hurt students], but there were little pockets that gathered where people got hurt,” said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. To use juveniles in our coverage of the mob would imply that all of the minors were somehow doing something criminal, which is inaccurate and irresponsible. When discussing the events of last week, please be conscious of the connotation behind such words, recognizing terms may indicate meanings beyond what is said.

CORRECTIONS In the caption for a photo that ran Oct. 25 on the front page, a student’s name was misspelled. Her name is Heather Fass. In the caption for a photo accompanying the story “Flight users still seeing issues” that ran Oct. 25 on Page 3, the month that Flight was introduced was misstated. The shuttle service was introduced last March. In the story that ran Oct. 25 on Page 3 with the headline, “Food contract to add retailers, affect current ones,” Alex Brannan’s last name was misspelled. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737. letters@temple-news.com

Closing the chasm between past and present While studying abroad, a student feels a connection with her Italian ancestors.


s my friend and I sipped coffee and chatted about school, my great-uncle walked into the cafe. Out of context, that sounds possible. Maybe even normal. But I knew it couldn’t be true: my uncle had died five years ago from a combination of disease and old age. Even if he had been alive, he’d lived in a small town in South Jersey. I was almost 4,500 miles away in Palermo, Sicily. Still, I couldn’t stop staring at the old, weathered man as he approached the bar and ordered. His beaked nose and large ears were the same features that had given my great-uncle his distinctive, friendly face. This was happening a lot. I am studying in Rome for the semester, and more and more people have looked like family. A man walking through a busy town square resembled my grandfather. A professor reminded me of my Aunt Marie. I half expected them to turn and speak to me with the crackly accents of South Philadelphia I was so used to hearing. But of course, these people were not who they resembled. And they spoke Italian — a language I’m still in the early stages of learning. Growing up, I was always proud to mention I was Italian. It was more interesting than saying I was white. It made me think of lovely, steaming homemade

By ANGELA GERVASI food and bright green hills studded with terracotta-tiled roofs. It was charming. It was romantic. But over time, I learned to say instead that I was Italian-American, tacking on the undeniable fact that I wasn’t from Italy. My great-grandparents had been the ones to emigrate. They arrived in America through Ellis Island, creating a chasm between themselves and the boot-shaped country they had left. They learned English. They assimilated. Quickly. Somewhere along the line, we began mispronouncing our last name. I didn’t realize this until visiting Italy for the first time. The “a” in “Gervasi” was, in fact, a long, relaxed exhale. And the “r” was supposed to roll the tiniest bit. It actually sounded musical when pronounced correctly. It sounded like true Italian. Suddenly, I was annoyed. Why would you mispronounce your own name? I wished my great-grandparents had passed down the Italian language. I wished, selfishly, that my ancestors hadn’t tried so hard to assimilate, that they’d kept a little more from Italy than pasta and “baccalà” recipes. I couldn’t be angry. For people like my great-grandparents, immigration wasn’t an effortless transition into a multi-ethnic melting pot. It was difficult

ANGELA GERVASI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Lucia Tatasciore and Florindo Nasuti, the author’s great-great grandparents, met near this balcony.

and blunderous, filled with discrimination and microaggressions. That was why my great-grandmother’s name gradually morphed from “Anna” to “Annie.” That was why it didn’t matter whether “Gervasi” was pronounced correctly. I couldn’t be angry. It made more sense to be thankful. By moving from the tiny hill towns of Italy to Philadelphia, my great-grandparents had only been trying to make life better for themselves — and, in the long run, for me as well. I couldn’t be angry. But luckily enough, I could reconnect. The same month I visited Sicily, my mother visited Rome. We took a rickety bus to the town of Lanciano, Italy, where our distant cousins lived. For the first time in my life, I met my family in Italy. Lucio Sideri, a distant cousin, was a smiling, kind-eyed man who seemed to know everyone he encountered in Lanciano. Excited to talk about our family’s story, he led us through the town. He showed us the centuries-old fountain where Lucia Tatasciore, my great-great grandmother, had washed clothes early in the morning. He showed us the balcony on which Lucia had been standing when she met Florindo Nasuti, a laborer from a nearby village who would later become her husband. He showed us Florindo’s childhood home, where he had lived in poverty before coming to Philadelphia. The one-story brick building sagged in in the middle, eclipsed by overgrown sheaths of ivy. Inside, dust particles glowed in the dusky sunlight. Abandoned. Empty. Humbling. I stared at the sorry building. I now knew the story: once Lucia and Florindo had fallen in love, Lucia’s affluent parents disowned her, prompting the couple to begin a new life in America. They were rebellious and determined. And they were part of my family. And suddenly on that tiny, rocky hill, things clicked, ever so slightly. Italy was now a little bit more than a distant land, a beautiful country, a mispronounced last name. angela.gervasi@temple.edu


Carbon neutrality reduces climate change The university’s carbon neutral pledge is helping to protect the planet.


emple signed the Climate Leadership Statement in April 2016, a statement that declared the university’s goal of maintaining carbon neutrality, meaning the university aims to have a net-zero carbon footprint, by 2050. “For all greenhouse gas emissions, we’re going to offset them someplace else,” said Kathleen Grady, director of sustainability. I am ZACH KOCIS encouraged that Temple is working to support positive changes like this one, both for Main Campus and the environment as a whole, because climate change is a serious threat to our planet. This threat is caused in part by the emission of greenhouse gases like carbon, which contributes to global warming and raises global temperatures, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a panel under the umbrella of the United Nations that studies the effects of human-induced climate change on the environment, found that if carbon emissions were to continue unchecked by reduction programs, the temperature of the Earth would rise two to three degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century.

With this short of a timeline, action needs to be taken promptly because such rapid increases in temperature can lead to the extinction of entire species and extreme changes in weather. Jessica Miller, an assistant professor of geography and urban studies, said rising global temperatures would ultimately cause sea levels to rise as well, which directly affects human civilization. “We talk about the potential for more desertification or for larger storm systems, different types of storm systems that move



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in as a result of climate change and warm water off the coast for instance,” Miller said. These impacts on our planet are impending. And although Temple’s 2050 deadline may seem far away, Grady said it’s actually a pretty ambitious target date. “I think that’s super soon. It’s a really aggressive date,” Grady said. “We are a massive institution. Our carbon neutrality is a lot more aggressive than some other universities.”

I’m glad administrators recognize the race against time our planet faces and realizes our institution can play a role in preventing further climate change. Grady also said Temple will consider the environment in more ways than just achieving carbon neutrality, like increasing the use of renewable energy in buildings on Main Campus by retrofitting buildings to run efficiently on sustainable energy and constructing new buildings with highest LEED certifications, a status that determines how environmentally friendly a building is. Temple’s plan focuses on both the shift to sustainable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions in other ways, like encouraging the use of bicycles and public transportation and limiting waste from water bottles and other trash. And it’s important that students look to contribute individually in these ways as well. “I think the challenge here is that we need to, in order to make change at the level that we need to make change, we need to make institutional change,” Grady said. “We need to make individual change, and then we need to make change in the way we even think about how we make decisions and how we frame conservations.” Climate change threatens our everyday life. Temple’s commitments to climate action, and specifically its goal of reducing carbon emissions, are good first steps to limiting our impact on the planet. And ultimately, it’s up to us to follow through with Temple’s plan and commit to supporting our environment, too. zach.kocis@temple.edu

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Flight: still a work in progress for TSG Problems with Flight have left some students without a safe way home.


ast March, former Temple Student Government President Ryan Rinaldi first introduced Flight, a university shuttle system that uses the app TapRide to help students request rides to and from Main Campus. But now months later, Flight is still not running smoothly. Current Student Body President Aron Cowen said his administration is “working behind the scenes” to fix Flight’s problems, but many of the complaints students have now are the same as those from last semester. While I’m glad TSG is aware of students’ complaints about Flight, the JAYNA SCHAFFER problems with the shuttle system are deterring students from trying to use the app and leaving some students without a safe way to get home. I urge TSG to act more quickly on improving the app’s system. Jason Thakkar, a senior marketing major, said he would like to depend on Flight for a ride, but it’s not reliable. “I’ll submit a ride, and it just won’t get accepted,” he said. “One time I waited for it, and they couldn’t find me so I just cancelled the ride and walked home, so they’re pretty useless.” Thakkar said he would like to see improvements for Flight, especially in light of the Oct. 21 mob attacks on North Broad Street near Main Campus. With heightened safety concerns at Temple following these attacks, it’s even more important students find a safe way home. But Flight still leaves some students outside waiting, which is my biggest concern with the app. A service that is supposed to provide safety shouldn’t be leaving students to fend for themselves. Maura Robinson, a junior kinesiology major, said she watched as her friend tried to get on a Flight shuttle bus when other students were getting dropped off. “She hadn’t put in her drop off location yet, but she figured, ‘Oh it’s right there, I’m sure they’ll take me there as long as I tell them where I’m going,’” Robinson said. “You would think, since it’s a pro-

gram that’s supposed to keep people safe, they would just let her come on the bus,” Robinson added. “And the guy said, ‘No you can’t come on the bus,’ and drove away.” No student should be turned down for a ride home, especially late at night. Nirjal Patel, a third-year dental student, said he also has not been let on a Flight bus before. “The driver won’t let me on the bus because he hasn’t accepted my ride,” he said. “But I submitted it.” While students shouldn’t expect a Flight bus to stop mid-route and pick them up, drivers should make exceptions in cases like these ones when they could easily make sure students gets home safely. “When we were training the drivers it was, ‘You know, make sure they’re in the system,’” Cowen said. “We might have

A service that is supposed to provide safety shouldn’t be leaving students to fend for

been a little too over-stressing that part.” “I can’t think of any good reason to leave a student to walk alone at night,” he added. “I think that this is where we show some flexibility and we say, ‘Well you’re not on my app, but hop in.’” Cowen said TSG will continue to work on improving Flight with increased training for drivers and “secret riders” who will use Flight at different hours to rate “the speed that they were picked up, professionalism [and] a variety of metrics.” “I’ve been to a couple TSG meetings when they’ve talked about it,” Robinson said. “So hopefully they’ll get it figured out.” It’s reassuring that TSG is aware of the problems with Flight and is working to correct them, but I hope improvements are made sooner rather than later so students can feel safe navigating Main Campus and surrounding areas. jayna.alexandra.schaffer@temple.edu

October 7, 1980: Vice President for Financial Affairs James Logan said the university would ensure security measures were taken at Gladfelter Hall, which was new at the time, due to increased crime at the building and across campus. He said these measures would be implemented without regard for the cost. That same month, The Temple News reported that the university authorized the hiring of 15 more building security officers and approved a plan to issue all students a photo ID card. Recently, students told The Temple News that they’ve noticed a heightened awareness among security guards following an article published by Temple’s chapter of The Tab, an student website. The Tab alleged that security guards in nine buildings on Main Campus allowed a student to enter using a false identification card. Of the 13 buildings tested by The Tab, only two had security problems, said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. Seven of the buildings were said to have poor design at the entrances including wide pathways that made it difficult for security officers to see students’ OWLcards.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student reflects on being racially profiled after the mob attacks. Late on Friday, Oct. 21st, my two friends and I were walking back from the Independent Blue Cross Student Recreation Center after a fun night of basketball. As we went outside into the dark night, however, our good time was quickly interrupted with loud screams and abrupt shouts. We were shocked to see huge crowds of teens fighting amongst themselves and acting hostile. More surprisingly, it stunned us to see some of them running away from the police, pouring into the streets that I was reluctant to cross. Yes, I must confirm, this was the same night that chaos broke loose on campus. Even though we received the TU alert that “large groups of juveniles” were on Broad Street before we left, it seemed that nothing could prepare us for this. Hesitant to head back, we wondered if it was safe to walk down the street flooded with these mobs of kids in our way. I mean, we didn’t know what might have happened to us. We didn’t know students were being assaulted. Not long after, we concluded that we should still go because we couldn’t really gauge how long they were going to lurk around for. And plus, we were fairly strong, capable guys that could hold our own. There were three of us; we had each other’s backs. There was no avoiding them either. At least from what I could tell, there was about 100 un-

familiar kids and teens roaming Temple. Avoiding eye contact, we tried to pass the crowds as quickly as possible so playing it safe seemed to be the best bet. They were rough kids, as you could imagine. If we looked at them “the wrong the way,” something rash could have happened. You know. Fortunately for us, the turmoil subsided a little by the time we finally got on North Broad Street. Feeling hungry, we were now off to Wendy’s not too far from the corner we were on. As we approached, we saw two police officers and what my friend assumed to be the manager of the restaurant all guarding the entrance. But we didn’t pay it any attention. I mean, why would we? We were just three college students who wanted burgers and some fries. Right? So, we were about to walk in when the manager smiled and blurted something like, “Sorry guys. We’re closed for the night.” Her smile wasn’t inviting, but rather smug. Condescending, even. I tilted my head, confused. “Oh okay, I understand,” my friend replied, really not knowing what was happening at all. Forced to leave, we returned back to the street corner trying to rationalize what just happened, still keeping the Wendy’s in view. How are they closed? There were still people inside, we thought. Almost immediately after, my heart dropped. I saw a group of white students enter the Wendy’s with no problem. With no halts at the door. With no questions asked. So let’s put this into context. Why were

three black students denied entry into a public restaurant without an explanation? Why were white students automatically given the benefit of the doubt? Irritated and annoyed, we concluded that the manager and the officers thought we were affiliated with the same group of teens that was fighting earlier just because we looked like them. Just because we were black. We approached Wendy’s again. This time, we had our Temple IDs out just to prove that we are students. For some reason, the manager seemed to be just as aggravated as us in our return. Even when I tried explaining to her that we were students, she unwillingly let us in and snickered something along the lines of, “Don’t start any problems tonight, alright? Behave yourselves.” What was I even doing wrong? Behave myself? We ignored her and continued to walk in. So why am I “complaining?” We got in anyway, right? That’s not the point. How can a “manager” generalize a race of people? Apparently, a racist one can very easily. The officers next to her were equally as guilty by playing bystander, refusing to investigate further. Looking back on this, maybe I should have challenged her and called her out right there. Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s impossible to argue with ignorance and incompetence, you see. So, do I want students to boycott the Wendy’s on North Broad and ruin their business for racially profiling black students? Well, not

necessarily. I want to dig a little deeper into this issue. This only goes to show that these are the ugly attitudes and truths that some establishments have on campus toward African Americans. How can Temple be coined a diverse and culturally accepting community when the reality for black students suggests otherwise? I shouldn’t have to wear a Temple hoodie every time I go outside for people to know that I go here. Even in the events of the attacks on campus, some establishments on campus continue to be divisive and bigoted. It’s truly unacceptable. This is what I want to shed light on. But what would I know? I wouldn’t want to “start any problems.” Brandon Walker is a freshman university studies major. He can be reached at brandon.123@comcast.net.

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Judge to determine if witnesses can testify Bill Cosby will return to the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday in his latest attempt to avoid trial for the 2005 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Montgomery County District Judge Steven T. O’Neill will hear arguments in the two-day pretrial hearing on whether the prosecution can use 13 witness accounts of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, according to USA Today. The prosecution aims to use these testimonies to show Cosby, 79, had a pattern of sexually assaulting women throughout his life. A damaging deposition of Cosby — in which he acknowledged obtaining drugs he intended to use on women — will also be deemed usable or not usable in the trial. Cosby’s lawyers filed a 13-page brief Thursday, arguing that Cosby cannot properly defend himself because his is unable to identify the 13 accusers because he is blind and his memory has “substantially declined,” PEOPLE magazine reported. The trial is tentatively set to start June 2017.

versity, even though the two are technically separate. The rating still affects the rest of the university because the medical school is connected to the health system. “The university has what’s called a ‘negative outlook’ on our rating and as a result of this rating, we will be asking Moody’s to reexamine Temple’s rating,” Kaiser said. Temple has had a negative outlook from Moody’s because of TUHS’s “weak operations and marketing challenges” as well as the budget impasse that worried administrators throughout the 2015-16 academic year. “The support TUHS receives from the Commonwealth is proportionate to

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 aid for providing charity health care,” Kaiser said. “That won’t change, no matter what.” Moody’s most recent report said funding from the state of Pennsylvania, the large size of the clinical health system and the close working relationship with the university were the reasons for the upgrade. The plans that were put in place over the past several years to improve the financial rating are being expanded upon, Kaiser said. “The cornerstone of the plan was, and is, hiring top-flight physicians who bring very complex and high-acuity practice,” Kaiser said. “In other words, if you go to the doctor and you have a cold or you broke your arm, that’s pretty routine. Acuity is a measure of the complexity of the case, so to speak. If you look at a

heart transplant or something like that, that increases the profile of your health system. The cases are very complex and it shores up the finances.” According to Moody’s report, “the stable rating reflects an expectation of continued positive operations.” “Working very closely with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple Health has clinically strengthened a number of high-profile clinical programs, like cardiac services and oncology,” Lux said. “As a result of these investments, the Health System has seen growth in patient volumes and enhanced revenues. Along with that, expense control and continued support from the Commonwealth have allowed us to earn a modest profit.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien

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Man arrested on Main Campus for sexual assault A female student reported being sexually assaulted on Oct. 25 after going to Germantown for dinner with a man. Lawrence Lyell Reed Jr., 26, of West Oak Lane, was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with rape, false imprisonment, aggravated asault and related offenses. Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services said the student and Reed had dinner and then went back to his apartment, where she was assaulted. On the afternoon of Oct. 28, the student told Temple Police she saw Reed delivering packages. Leone said he was stopped by TUPD outside of 1300 Residence Hall, where the student identified him. - Julie Christie


Report: lead paint poisoning children in city An extensive investigation by the Inquirer published last week revealed Philadelphia’s risk of lead poisoning among children is twice the national average. Because homes in the city were built before the 1978 lead-paint ban, people are still living in houses with the toxic material, the Inquirer reported. In many cities around the country, public health officials intervene in a situation when a child’s lead-level increases even a small amount. But according to the Inquirer, Philadelphia only recognizes lead poisoning when it reaches Level 10 — a level that causes irreversible damage to children. Landlords in Philadelphia, by law, are expected to prove that their properties are lead-free or lead-safe, but many do not meet the requirement and rent out their apartments anyway. The unsuspecting families only find out about the lead in their homes because doctors discover the high levels of lead in their children’s blood. - Kelly Brennan

MICHAELA WINBERG / THE TEMPLE NEWS Philadelphia Police officers mounted on horses stand on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Broad Street as part of increased patrol on Oct. 28.

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procedure when dealing with minors, Leone added, like parental notification and meeting requirements when holding them. “You don’t want minors getting abused in any way, shape or form,” he said. TUPD has received messages from nearly 100 families of students asking what happened that night, but have received no additional complaints from students who were injured but had not immediately reported it. Leone added that in the community, residents have said that the mob on Friday scared them, and they felt it could have just as easily been their kids who were hurt instead of Temple students.

“We know there’s a need for more police presence in this city,” said Roz Walker, 53, who lives on Oxford Street near 29th. “What happened was something terrible. … The media doesn’t always report on the good things that happen in this neighborhood.” “The city and politicians are all ready to cry out that what they’re doing is ‘for the kids,’ but I don’t see much going to the schools,” she said. “When you take things [like vocational programs] away, it’s going to get bad.” “[The kids] are mad. There’s nothing in the community for them,” said Lekisha Robinson, who stood outside TLO Event Complex on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Willington Street before performing in a charity show Saturday evening. With her stood Ronald Vaughan, who was also waiting to perform in TLO.

“I really believe if you don’t give kids something to do, things like [the attacks] happen,” Vaughan said. “But with all the attention it’s getting, I don’t think it’s going to happen again.” Robinson said she believes the attacks could have been prevented if there were more police, citing her background as an officer in the United States Air Force. “A lot of that was lack of Temple security,” she said. “They’re supposed to be strolling by at least twice every hour, and if there are 200 kids, police should be all over that to break it up.” julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules Francesca Furey contributed reporting.


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Film finds ‘crossroads of street culture’ The short film “Print Shop” draws attention to the practice of making “Rest in Peace” T-shirts in highviolence areas. By JENNY STEIN For The Temple News

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Leah Hillegas, a sophomore strategic communications major snaps a picture of stir fry at the new Honeygrow on Main Campus for her food-inspired Instagram account, @TempleFoodies.

Getting to ‘try something new’ Some Temple students have created food accounts on different mediums. By TAYLOR HORN For The Temple News


hen Andi Odjemski was a child, she always wanted to go to culinary school. “I've just always really loved food,” said Odjemski, a sophomore commu-

nication studies major. “I loved making food, loved trying new food, loved taking pictures of food, even just looking at food.” Although she did not end up at culinary school, Odjemski, along with some other students, have found a new way to share their love of food through social media. Odjemski and her friend, Julia Ostrovsky, a sophomore advertising major, started an Instagram account called City of Fooderly Love in August to share their passion for food. Currently, they have close to 100 followers and all the photos they post are of the food they have tried just in Philadelphia. Odjemski

and Ostrovsky post pictures of brunch food they've had in neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Chinatown and Rittenhouse. “I just hope that people get joy out of it,” Odjemski said. “Because that's what food brings for me. It brings me so much joy.” Other Instagram accounts like Temple Foodies and Spoon University - Temple, the official Temple chapter of college-based food blog Spoon University, have become popular among Temple students and have racked up thousands of followers.


‘Build-your-own’ pho comes to Main Campus A former smoothie truck owner opened a branch of the Vietnamese restaurant Pho Hai Saigon last month. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor Linda Trinh said Pho Ha Saigon specializes in comfort food. Trinh is the manager of the restaurant’s newest branch, which opened on Oct. 10 under the Edge on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street. The restaurant has two other branches, one in South Philadelphia and in Lawncrest. “It’s cold outside today and I just want to eat something to warm me up,” said Edith Tang, a sophomore accounting major. Tang said her favorite dish from Pho Ha Saigon is the “pho ga,” or pho with chicken. Pho Ha Saigon serves “authentic” Vietnamese food, Trinh said. Temple’s restaurant offers staple items from the other locations’ menus. Trinh said the dish they’re best known for is “pho” — a noodle soup served with a choice of meat, rice or egg noodles, chicken or beef broth, Thai basil, scallion, cilantro,

SELF-LOVE | PAGE 8 So Worth Loving’s campus representatives work to promote self-love and positivity.

bean sprouts, lime and jalapeno. Students can also customize traditional dishes with build-your-own options for “pho” and “vermicelli” — a rice bowl served with a choice of meat, lettuce, mint, cucumber, homemade pickle daikon, scallion olive oil and peanut topped with fish sauce. There is also a build-your-own option for rice platters. The restaurant offers the choice of peanut sauce, hoisin sauce and fish sauce to accompany its dishes, all of which are

made fresh in house and on a daily basis, Trinh said. Ha Diep, Trinh’s mother, created all of the recipes offered at the restaurant’s locations. Before becoming a co-owner of Pho Ha Saigon, Trinh said Diep operated a truck selling fruit and smoothies on Main Campus when she moved to America from Vietnam in 1986. “She wanted to come back somehow


GRACE SHALLOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior finance major Suny Lin, (left) and Edith Tang, a sophomore accounting major, eat “pho” together for lunch at Pho Ha Saigon on the first floor of the Edge last Friday.

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During Christian Nolan Jones’ high school career, he said he saw a new face from his community reflected on a “Rest in Peace” T-shirt nearly every other week. “These things really do happen,” Jones, a filmmaker, said. “It is a great phenomenon in the Black community, but to a broader degree, nobody really knows about the practice of ‘Rest in Peace’ T-shirts.” “Print Shop” is about Ishmael, a 17-year-old aspiring to be a high-fashion designer who makes and sells “Rest in Peace” or “Free My Homie” T-shirts. Ishmael faces a moral conflict when he realizes he is only profitable when a member of his community is either murdered or incarcerated. Jones directed and co-wrote the short film “Print Shop” with Sean Valentine. The 30-minute film, shot primarily in North Philadelphia, is set in the early 2000s. Ishmael is played by David Glover, a 2016 theater alumnus who is currently a graduate student studying acting at New York University. Outside of his time in the army reserve, which Glover joined during his freshman year at Temple in 2011, attending NYU is the first time Glover has lived outside North Philadelphia. Glover said he was able to help Jones revise the script to make the film a more authentic representation of the area. Glover was cast for the role in December 2015 after receiving an email sent to Temple’s theater students about the film. Although Glover was unable to make the original audition, Jones offered to hold a separate audition for Glover because “[Glover] had the look for the part,” Jones said. “David is a very well-trained and calm actor,” Jones said. “We hadn’t had anybody up until that point that really was able to match the look with some sort of talent or enough experience to carry a 30-minutelong film.” Jones, Glover and producer Gil Taveras identify with different parts of Ishmael’s character since they were all raised in urban environments. “I feel like Ishmael is a person that’s at the crossroads of street culture, and the bigger picture of where you see yourself,” Taveras said. “Sometimes you have to try to do both to get there.” Jones said growing up in a low-income area in Atlanta limited his career options, but he was ultimately able to pursue filmmaking. After high school, Jones attended Howard University, but lost his scholarship after the first year because he was unable to maintain the scholarship’s required GPA. Jones said he tried to appeal to the scholarship committee once his GPA was higher, but his appeal was declined. A professor encouraged Jones to apply to the NYU film program, and received the necessary financial aid after explaining his financial situation to Joe Pichirallo, the chairman of the film program at NYU. “I would say that [Ishmael and Jones’s circumstances] were largely similar in that I was an artist in a community that didn’t really appreciate art,” Jones said. “I kind of had to figure it out on my own.” Valentine introduced “Print Shop” to Jones in April 2015. Valentine and Jones wrote the draft together and made trips to Philadelphia before deciding to move to 21st Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in November 2015 to shoot the film. “Print Shop” has not yet been released to the public because the team is hoping to spread the word about the film through private screenings and develop it into a full-length film. “I don’t think the full message was really achieved




Student-athletes raise money for the Ronald McDonald House through the Show Your Stripes campaign.

For class volunteer hours, some students helped plant 20,000 flower bulbs for the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show.




New student organization sends message of self-love Temple’s So Worth Loving campus representatives are promoting positivity and selfacceptance. By ALEXIS ANDERSON For The Temple News Among friends, Brianna Mullins said she is known to be “aggressively positive.” Mullins, a senior social work major, became the first representative for Temple’s chapter of So Worth Loving — a blog focusing on selfempowerment — last year. This year, Mullins was joined by Taylor Leonardo, a junior advertising major. So Worth Loving first started as a blog created by Eryn Erickson, an Atlanta-based musician and art director. The blog posts stories submitted by the public about people’s journeys to establish self-worth. Erickson quit her full-time job, turned the blog into a company and now sells clothes, jewelry, pins and stickers with messages geared toward positive self image. The company also hosts events where Erickson opens pop-up shops, discusses issues like self-love and tells her story of escaping a toxic relationship and redefining herself afterward. The company began its campus representative program during Fall 2015. Mullins said she and Leonardo are working to create a group based on So Worth Loving’s mission to provide a “positive community and outlet for people.” Mullins wanted to become a campus representative to spread self-acceptance. In elementary and high school, Mullins said she suffered from an eating disorder. “I’ve been in recovery for three years, and companies like So Worth Loving and Aerie and

big public [figures] that are like, ‘You are okay... you’re worth loving,’ were a big part of me being able to be okay with myself,” Mullins said. Mullins and Leonardo held their first So Worth Loving event at the Bell Tower on Oct. 12. They spoke with students who were interested in the club and gave out letters with handwritten, positive messages on them. Amanda Nowell, a senior criminal justice major, attended the event. She said the positive posts on Temple’s So Worth Loving Instagram account spoke to her because she had a “really rough year” and recently suffered a loss in the family. Nowell was particularly interested in the handwritten letters. She said she felt “one little note might get [her] through the day.”

Nowell added that the positive messages spread by So Worth Loving are important for college students because “you never really know what someone else is going through.” “I sent [the note I got from So Worth Loving] to everyone on my Snapchat like, ‘Just in case you’re having a bad day,’” Nowell said. “People wrote back to me, ‘I was having a really bad day, thank you. I really needed that.’” Mullins and Leonardo have only been representing So Worth Loving on campus for less than a year, but Mullins said she has already seen the brand’s presence on campus have a positive impact. “We wrote little handwritten notes and put them in envelopes and just walked around campus handing them out. The reactions we got

were awesome,” Mullins said. “One girl cried. … One girl looked up and had the biggest smile on her face, and I was like ‘This is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.’” Mullins and Leonardo hope to organize a “Coffee and Conversation” night at Saxbys on Liacouras Walk for students to talk about their experiences learning to accept themselves, hopefully around finals time, Mullins said. “I think a lot of people are still trying to figure out where they fit in or where they want to go in life,” Mullins said. “It’s really stressful, and I just think that if people realize they’re worth something, then everything will fall into place.” alexis.s.anderson@temple.edu

CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore social work major Brianna Mullins (left), and junior advertising major Taylor Leonardo, representatives of Temple’s Chapter of So Worth Loving, hold motivational quotes in Tuttleman Learning Center on Oct. 26. So Worth Loving sells clothes and other accessories printed with messages geared toward positive self-image.



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Poe Arts Festival honors writer’s influence

JENNY CHOI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Ken Finkel, a professor of American studies, lectures about Edgar Allan Poe and urban anxiety in Philadelphia during the 19th century at the Poe Arts Festival on Friday.

An American studies professor gave a talk about Poe’s relationship with Philadelphia. By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor Philadelphia doesn’t own Edgar Allan Poe entirely, Ken Finkel said, but in the “age of anxiety” in the mid-19th century, when gangs like “The Spigots,” “The Rats” and “The Garroters” ruled the streets, Poe was the spokesman for the city. Finkel, an American studies professor and a 1974 art history alumnus, held a discussion titled “Poe’s Philadelphia: Exploring Urban Anxiety,” at the first Poe Arts Festival on Oct. 28. Finkel’s lecture contextualized Poe’s six-year stay in Philadelphia, often regarded as his most prolific time period. Poe invented the modern detective story, started a lecture series based out of his home and wrote stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” while he lived in the City of Brotherly Love. “On one hand, Philadelphia was referred to as ‘Athens of America,’ but on the other hand it’s this incredible, disastrous urban place [full of] fear and anxiety and riots and poverty and abuse,” Finkel said. “And Halloween is a great time to bring that and Poe is a great way to bring that.” The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and the German Society of Pennsylvania hosted the event to celebrate the writer and his influence on multiple genres of art. The festival included after-hours tours and readings of Poe’s stories in the Poe House at 7th Street near Spring Garden, and performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, music and food at the German Society building across the street. Bill Bolger, a 1975 art and architectural history alumnus, historian for the National Park Service and organizer of the Poe Arts Festival, said the event was meant to increase awareness and interest in the Poe House through art and culture. Alaina McNaughton, a 2015 history and American studies alumna and a communications intern for the National Park Service, helped run the event. She said the art exhibits and film showings were her favorite parts of the festival. She started volunteering at the Poe House during her senior year of college and is now writing her thesis about how the National Park Service can improve youth engagement as she pursues her master’s of public history

at Temple. “I like [Poe] and I like Philadelphia and I like that he was here,” she said. “I’m interested in that time in history so that’s why I started volunteering.” Bolger met Finkel in 1974 in an American studies summer course at Temple. Finkel said the pair had “interesting parallel thinking about the oddity of the city, the strangeness of Philadelphia.” He invited Finkel to speak at the festival. Bolger said in addition to the fear and anxiety in Philadelphia in the mid1800s, Poe was inspired by locations like new cemeteries and Eastern State Penitentiary. In the late 1980s, Bolger and Finkel advocated to preserve Eastern State Penitentiary. They helped convince former mayor Wilson Goode to preserve the prison because they thought it — and the city that inspired Poe — had as much value and power as the writer himself. “I can’t claim I have a connection to Poe, what I do have is a connection to Philadelphia in that period,” Finkel said. “And that’s like right smack in [Poe’s] period. ... We knew there was a value in preserving and interpreting the complex and conflicted city of that era. And look at Eastern State’s big success, people respond to that.” Two cemeteries in particular inspired Poe: Monument Cemetery, formerly located at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue until Temple purchased the land, and Laurel Hill Cemetery in North Philadelphia. “That’s the city of Poe,” he added. “But it’s also the city that Philadelphia was. Poe gets to be the point person.” Since Poe’s death, other writers, musicians and artists have been inspired by his work. Among them are David Plunkert, a Baltimore-based illustrator whose Poe-inspired drawings were on display at the event, and Helen McKenna-Uff, a park ranger and actress who has been portraying Poe for 17 years. Bolger said the festival was meant to celebrate his influence and bring more people out to the Poe House. “When you have Poe representing [Philadelphia] for us it’s like, you can’t ask for a better spokesperson,” Finkel said. “Poe immediately gets a reaction. Even if they haven’t read Poe, they know this is a guy who understood terror and fear and was not shy about sharing it.” erin.moran@temple.edu @ernmrntweets JENNY CHOI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Edgar Allan Poe-inspired beverages were sold at the Poe Arts Festival. Middle: Helen McKenna-Uff recites “The Bells” in character as Edgar Allan Poe at the Poe Arts Festival held at the German Society of Pennsylvania on Friday. Bottom: Elizabeth and Matthew Johnston enjoy Edgar Allan Poe-inspired drinks.






East Passyunk Fall Festival takes over South Philly streets Residents and business owners of South Philadelphia came together on Saturday to celebrate Halloween and the fall season at the East Passyunk Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday. East Passyunk Avenue was blocked off at Tasker Street to make room for the myriad of festivities like pumpkin decorating, live music, a costume contest and a craft show. Attendees were treated to food from Stogie Joe’s, the Pub on Passyunk East, Mamma Maria Ristorante and Weckerly’s. Families and their dogs dressed up for the annual costume competition and won prizes for their ghoulish get-ups. The Breslin family had a winning costume featuring a burning building, a firefighter, and a dalmatian. Alumni Parker Shelton, Jeremy Stock and Adam Baldwin enjoyed a local craftsman’s tent. The festival provided families a safe space to trick-or-treat, with all of the local businesses on East Passyunk giving candy to any children who came to their door. “By having these events, it bring people from far and wide,” said Pam Zenzola, executive director of the Passyunk Business Improvement District. “With all of our events, the goal is to just show people who we are. People think we just have restaurants but there’s so much more to the avenue.” ADVERTISEMENT


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on campus,” Trinh said. “It’s reminiscent of her past. She started out with nothing and it grew more and more.” The name of the restaurant is a play on Diep’s first name and the Vietnamese city she grew up in — Ho Chi Minh City, which is also known as Saigon. Pho Ha Saigon’s two other locations are fullservice, sit-down restaurants. Trinh said, to appeal to college students and create a more modern feel, the location on Temple’s campus offers touch-screen kiosk ordering. Trinh said Pho Ha Saigon has “something for everyone.” There are vegetarian options, like smoothies and vegetable summer rolls, and ingredients that typically cause allergic reactions are kept separate


from others in a “mindful” process, Trinh said. Amanda Nguy, a sophomore neuroscience major, is a cashier and hostess at the restaurant. She said the kiosk service and customers’ ability to customize their orders makes the restaurant ideal for people who have never eaten Vietnamese food. Nguy is half-Vietnamese and said Pho Ha Saigon stays true to the style of traditional Vietnamese food. “Spreading cultural awareness is always a good thing,” she said. “It’s definitely a lot more comforting to know there’s a place I can stop by during the week when I’m here if I was feeling homesick,” Nguy added. “There wasn’t a spot [before] where I was like ‘This is something my family would make.’” GRACE SHALLOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS Pho Ha Saigon serves the traditional Vietnamese dish “pho” with a choice of meat, rice or egg noodles, beef or chicken broth, scallions, onion, bean sprouts, Thai basil and jalapeno.

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Spoon University - Temple was started by junior advertising major Jamie McNulty along with her friends Sabrina Dobosh, a junior finance major, and Maxie Ehrlich, a junior advertising major. McNulty is the marketing director and Ehrlich is the editorial director of Temple’s chapter, which is one of more than 200 chapters at colleges around the country. Just more than a year ago, McNulty, Dobosh and Ehrlich reached out to the community manager of Spoon University to start the account. They needed 325 signatures to prove the demand for a chapter at Temple. The team has expanded its chapter to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They now have more than 1,700 followers on Instagram. “When people are looking for somewhere to eat, they search on Instagram because they want to see pictures,” McNulty said. “I want to capitalize on that.” “We created a platform that unites people by showing them where to go,” McNulty said. “Temple is so large. Even though we’re only a mile from the city, it can be kind of daunting because there’s so many options, especially if you're a freshman. You don't know where to go.”

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Leah Hillegas, sophomore strategic communications major has gained more than 2,000 followers since she started her Temple Foodies Instagram account last summer.

One of the largest Temple foodie accounts is Temple Foodies, which now has 2,000 followers. Leah Hillegas, a sophomore strategic communications major, runs the account. “Before Temple, I used to hate trying foods. I didn't have a great relationship with food,” she said. “But then when I got here I started to hang out with new people, and my

boyfriend made me try a lot of new foods.” “I started to like going out and I started to try more, and then I was like this would be really cool to showcase it,” she added. “It'd be cool to have [the account] be Temple themed.” Hillegas tries to post twice a day. Half of the pictures she posts are her own and the other half are pictures

her account was tagged in. She said it’s important to her to show people what Philadelphia has to offer within an affordable budget. “There’s so much more to see,” she said. “You're wasting your time just staying on Temple's campus the whole time.” “We don’t want you going to Applebee’s,” McNulty said. “Try some-

thing new, go somewhere good.” taylor.suzanne.horn@temple.edu Editor’s note: Andi Odjemski previously wrote for The Temple News. She had no part in the writing or editing of this story.

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Student-athletes ‘show their stripes’ Student-athlete enrollment in the Show Your Stripes initiative tripled this year. By DEVON LAMB For The Temple News Student-athletes were able to form a sense of community between their athletic teams and the city of Philadelphia by wearing red-and-white-striped socks, said Lea Millio, a senior history major and secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. As part of the Show Your Stripes campaign, student-athletes broke out their striped socks and wore them around Main Campus on Oct. 14. Student-athletes could purchase a striped scarf, tie or pair of socks for $10. Proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House, an international organization that houses families of children who are seriously ill and staying in Philadelphia hospitals. The teams involved in the campaign raised $1,630, roughly tripling last year’s donation, said Jessica Gray, the compliance and student athlete affairs coordinator. Millio said the increase in participants was largely due to social media. “Putting out the pictures for all the student-athletes to see really encouraged the other teams to join in,” Millio said. Briana Odom, a senior psychology major and gymnastics representative for SAAC, said the Show Your Stripes event served as “a conversation starter” among student-athletes. “It’s a fun way that we can raise mon-

ey, but we can also bring awareness to what we’re doing it for,” Odom said. “The big thing is when we wear them around they want people to come up and ask you … and then we can reinforce [the campaign].” “The message behind it and the mission of Ronald McDonald House is something that anybody could want to be a part of and support,” Gray said. “It’s really easy to just buy a pair of socks and it’s bigger than just buying a pair of socks.” Junior sociology major and rowing representative for SAAC Ciara O’Sullivan said that an event like Show Your Stripes creates a community between everyone involved in athletics. “It’s really fun because a lot of the advisers and the strength and conditioning staff and the athletic trainers, everyone else would get involved too,” O’Sullivan said. “You can pick out who’s a student athlete because they’re wearing the socks,” said sophomore social work major and gymnastics team member Breahna Wiczkowski. “It’s a fun way to interact with people you might not always talk to in your classes or just see around campus. And when it’s two or more people wearing the same socks in class, people are more likely to ask what’s going on.” SAAC brought Show Your Stripes, along with several other fundraisers and community service opportunities, to the student-athletes’ attention. O’Sullivan called SAAC “the connecting point between teams and the administration.” “We really push to get our studentathletes in the community. … It’s like this big umbrella of SAAC,” Odom said. “We do so many things, our meetings are like

two hours long sometimes. We do community service, we do student athlete affairs, and we also try to reach out to the general population of this campus.” Gray said the Ronald McDonald House is “near and dear to [her] heart.” “I’ve always been familiar with Ronald McDonald House being a local Philadelphian, and I know I’ve had friends and family members who have had to use the resources,” Gray said. “I really just think it’s great to support a local organization that obviously has an expansive reach.” The connection between athletics and the Ronald McDonald House does not end at wearing funny socks. Millio said she and other members of the rowing team get to be “guest chefs” and prepare and serve meals for the families using the facilities at the Ronald McDonald House. “[The families] are all really happy they have food made for them, especially by a group of people they don’t know, and they’re very thankful and it’s very meaningful for us,” Millio said. O’Sullivan highlighted the importance of the continuous relationship between the Ronald McDonald House and the rowing team at Temple. “It’s so important to bring attention to [the house] and all the good work that they do,” O’Sullivan said. “For you to be able to go to Ronald McDonald House and interact with those children and those families on that level,” Gray said. “And then be able to go to Shriners and decorate the kids lounge for Halloween, and then go talk to a veteran at the Veterans Affairs Office, you’re getting a lot of different experiences.” devon.lamb@temple.edu



Craft NOW Philadelphia returns for second year From now through Dec. 3, Craft NOW Philadelphia will showcase craftsmen around the city. Artists, galleries, museums and universities will participate and host events, exhibits and demonstrations. This year’s theme, “AnalogDigital,” will focus on new trends and technology that affect craftsmen. Craft NOW will coincide with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, which will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Nov. 10 - 13. Highlights of Craft NOW include ceramics demonstrations at The Clay Studio and Craft NOW Create, a family-friendly event at the Kimmel Center. Craft NOW has partnered with Old City’s First Friday to offer specials at bars and restaurants around Old City starting Friday through Dec. 2. -Erin Moran

TMSA to host Try on a Hijab Day on Wednesday In celebration of Temple Muslim Students Association’s Islam Awareness Week 2016, the organization will host Try on a Hijab Day on Wednesday. The event is in collaboration with The Muslimah Project, a student organization that works to create intercultural and inter-sectarian unity among young Muslim women, according to its website. According to the Facebook event page, the purpose is to allow students the opportunity to wear a hijab and ask questions about the hijab and Islamic culture. Students from the Temple Muslim Students Association will be in front of the Student Center from noon to 4 p.m. -Emily Scott

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New classes prepare for ‘changing world’ Temple is offering classes focused on modern technology. By CARR HENRY For The Temple News Dana Dawson said there’s an “experiment” happening at Temple, but she didn’t mean one involving lab coats and goggles. Dawson, the assistant director of the General Education Program, created a new course, “Demystifying Technology.” The computer literacy class is currently in its first semester and can fulfill either the Human Behavior or Science & Technology requirement. It’s one of several experimental courses launching at Temple that prepare students for a rapidly changing world. Dawson said that although Temple already has excellent courses on technological literacy, this is the first to feature six professors from several different colleges, each of whom teaches a separate two-week micro-course on topics ranging from the technical side of the digital age to its cultural context. She said modern technology is a complex, ever-changing subject and “the modular nature of this course allows it to reflect that multifaceted aspect of technology in our lives.” “I like that Temple is integrating more new courses because a lot of ad-

vertising and what’s in the world now is moving more towards digital and social media,” said Briana Lafferty, a senior advertising major. Rafferty is one of the first students to take Social Media Marketing, another experimental course which started at Temple this semester. Matthew Ray, the professor of the class, said students study the role of social media in advertising and current events. Ray, a 2003 journalism and political science alumnus, has worked in the social media industry and taught a similar program at University of the Arts. He said he couldn’t resist the opportunity to teach Social Media Marketing at his alma mater. “Social media is a huge field, and you’re going to see colleges grasp with that in the same way that colleges have programs in multiple classes devoted to radio, broadcasting, television and print,” he added. “We’re going to see that unfold at Temple, but this is just the beginning.” Because the subject is so new, Ray said there is no set lesson plan and “students who take it this semester are definitely contributing to what the curriculum will look like next semester.” Lafferty said she likes how the class stays relevant by incorporating current events into lessons every day, instead of following a rigid syllabus. “Something could happen overnight and the next morning you’re going to be talking about it,” she said. Ray said no matter what careers they pursue, it’s important for students to un-

derstand social media, to “speak the language and be able to build relationships with people within their company that are going to be doing social media, in whatever form that is.” Starting Spring 2017, Temple will offer students another new elective, Marijuana in the News, which will be taught by Linn Washington. Washington said Temple will be the third university in the nation to offer a journalism course focusing on marijuana. The course won’t just be worthwhile for journalism students, he said. It’s also meant to provide “an understanding that could be applicable if they’re in advertising, if they’re in public relations, if they’re in business, if they’re in criminal justice, if they’re in medicine.” “Students need to have a better understanding of this subject, which has been shrouded in misunderstanding for decades,” he said If marijuana becomes legal nationally, Washington said it could transform into a $50 billion industry by 2020. He said students should be prepared to work in such a drastically changing environment. “It speaks highly of the culture at Temple,” Washington said. “Professors have the opportunity to create coursework that fits in with the cutting edge of whatever the particular subject is.” christopher.carr.henry@temple.edu

This Thursday, the Office of Sustainability will host “Sexual Politics of Meat,” a lecture by Carol Adams on popular culture images and its relation to sexism, racism and speciesism. This program is part of the library’s “Beyond the Page” public speaker series. Adams, a writer, feminist and animal rights activist from Dallas, is the author of books like “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory” and “The Pornography of Meat.” In her books, she often suggests a connection between the oppression of women and of animals. She was also inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2011. Adams has presented her “Sexual Politics of Meat” slideshow at universities across the country. The event will take place in Paley Library Lecture Hall at 2:30 p.m. -Emily Scott

Last Tyler field trip of the semester to New York City The Tyler School of Art will host its last field trip of the semester on Saturday to the Editions/Artists Book Fair and the International Fine Print Dealers Association — a nonprofit of expert art dealers that hosts exhibitions and programs — Print Fair in New York City. This year’s fair gathers over 40 exhibitors from around the country, Europe and South Africa, according to its website. The fair will take place from Thursday to Sunday. The fair has been New York City’s main showcase for the discovery of new prints and artists’ books for several decades. The bus will leave from 13th and Diamond streets at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will take students to the Chelsea gallery district. At 1 p.m., the bus will leave Chelsea and take students to the Armory for the print fair. The bus will then leave at 5 p.m. to return to Tyler. The bus and the Artists Book Fair are both free. The Print Fair is $10 for students with an OWLcard. -Emily Scott





“Have you noticed increased security around campus since the mob attacks?” COURTESY NICHOLAS VALLERIO For an Entrepreneurial course, Temple students Suliman Aljarbooa, Duy Quan, Muhammad Alkurdi and Nick Vallerio planted flower bulbs throughout Center City on Oct. 20.

Entrepreneurial students volunteer, plant 20,000 flower bulbs for a cause


Sophomore Media Studies and Production

Especially Friday night after what happened last week, I definitely noticed walking back from work there were a decent amount of cops on Cecil B. [Moore Avenue] and on Broad Street too. I definitely feel like I’ve noticed them, but I don’t feel like they’ve been in my face. Not that that’s a problem, I’m sort of indifferent. ... Subconsciously I felt a little more secure. It’s not like they really got in the way of anything. … I think it reflects that the university is aware of what’s going on.

NATALIE CORBETT Junior Psychology

I have noticed an increase in security. I think that’s good in light of things that have been happening. I don’t think it’s unnecessary, but it’s a good precaution. … It definitely makes me feel better about walking home, especially if it’s at night, but we also have the Walking Escort [service]. I think Temple definitely has an air of safety. I think there’s always room for improvement, but I don’t think there’s anything else they could necessarily do, except increase patrols.

Some business students have helped plant bulbs for the upcoming flower show. By KIMBERLY BURTON For The Temple News Months before the event is set to occur, Brendan Malm, a junior marketing major, has already decided he’s taking his grandmother to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Along with Malm, senior biology major Nick Vallerio, junior management information systems major Muhammad Alkurdi, senior biology major Duy Quan, senior entrepreneurship major Suliman Aljarbooa and junior entrepreneurship major Nick Canonica are all students in professor Jean Wilcox’s Entrepreneurial Marketing class. The class requires groups of students to pair up with a charity or nonprofit organization. Malm and his classmates were among 150 volunteers who planted nearly 20,000 flower bulbs on Oct. 20 to celebrate the announcement of the 2017 show’s theme: “Holland: Flowering the World.” With help from Philadelphia volunteers, members of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society planted the

bulbs to begin preparations for the show, planned for March, according to the press release. “The planting of the bulbs along the parkway this year was in correspondence with announcing our theme for the flower show,” said Sam Lemheney, the chief of shows and events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “It will also carry on our tradition of beautifying the city and is something that will help carry the theme of the flower show beyond the ten days it runs.” The bulbs were donated by Breck’s, a company that exports Dutch bulbs to America. “Holland is definitely known for providing flowers to the world, tulips and bulbs, and other flowers through their flower auction,” Lemheney said. “The thing we really want to stress in all of this is so much more than bulbs. [Holland is] really innovative with green and sustainable designs and we want to make sure we showcase that.” The bulbs were planted at the Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Square, the Rodin Museum gardens, the Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park, JFK Boulevard west of 20th Street, the PHS Headquarters and Gas Station Garden at 20th and Arch streets. “We did a survey in the beginning of the year to gauge our interest in different things and we all agreed that art was something we prioritized higher

up than the other students,” Malm said. The students said their classmates chose organizations like Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and Cradles to Crayons, but the PHS piqued their interest. “We just talked with each other and decided that PHS sounded like a good organization to work with,” Malm said. Alkurdi said the group dug at least 200 holes for bulbs. Even though the bulb planting is complete, their work isn’t over. “I think really we go up until the end of the semester to try to raise as much money or volunteer as many hours as possible,” Vallerio said. “Then we do a final presentation [to show] what we achieved and accomplished to help this organization.” The group will also have a table set up in Alter Hall on Wednesday to raise awareness for the PHS. For some of the students, this volunteer experience may lead to their first time going to the flower show. “It is next year, so I don’t know if we would all go together, but it is pretty popular. All my family members go,” Vallerio said. “I’ve personally never been to one so who knows, maybe I will.” kimberly.burton@temple.edu

BIANCA TAMURA Sophomore Marketing

I haven’t noticed more [security]. To me, it’s the same to be honest. Considering what happened last Friday, I really think they should increase the security and have it at every corner. It hasn’t changed. … I’d feel more safe [if they increased security]. I know they can’t stop 200 kids because that’s literally ridiculous, but sometimes when I’m walking by myself at night, I don’t see any security guards around and I’d really like to see them more.


COURTESY NICHOLAS VALLERIO Pennsylvania Horticultural Society volunteers and Temple students Nicholas Vallerio, Duy Quan and Suliman Aljarbooa plant flower bulbs along JFK Boulevard in Center City on Oct. 20.

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fully through the piece, because it is a short film,” Glover said. “There’s a lot more information to get, and there’s a lot more that could be put in in order for you to really capture what the essence of the film is. But, I do think that it fights hard to prove what the message is.” The ending scene of “Print Shop” shows dead members of Ishmael’s community wearing all of the “Rest in Peace” T-shirts he made, with the exception of one. In the crowd, Taveras plays an extra and wears the “Rest in Peace” T-shirt of his best friend Christopher Richards, who was killed in 2013. “Since Chris couldn’t be there, I just kind of wore it for him,” Taveras said. Richards’ mother first learned her son was a part of the film in September when she attended a private screening in New York. “She was so happy, because in a way I kind of made this for him,” Taveras said. Jones said he worked on the film to “hint at a bigger picture of mass incarceration and industrialism.” “What inspired it was real life situations and real life people that are victims to their communities,” Jones said. “It’s more than the names we see. … It’s a very real issue.” jenny.stein@temple.edu

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The center was formed when Boyer merged with the New School of Music in Philadelphia. The New School’s 50 full-time students and four full-time faculty members were incorporated into a new department of ensemble and orchestral studies. Within this department, the New School Institute was formed to maintain student records, archives and special ensemble initiatives, said Richard Brodhead, the director of the New School Institute and former acting dean of the Boyer School of Music and Dance. Nancy Hess, then-director of Temple’s Music Preparatory Division, hired Parker as the chamber ensemble coordinator in response to “the huge influx of really talented young musicians” from the New School’s preparatory division, Parker said. “Before [the New School merger], there was an orchestra, there was some chamber music that was a part of Temple Music Prep, but the level of playing skyrocketed that one year,” Parke said. Since the center’s inception, Parker has seen many of his students develop into his professional peers. Alumni include members of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as violinist Sarah Chang, a Juilliard student at age six and New York Philharmonic soloist at age eight. Picht said he views Parker’s dedication to the students as instrumental to the program’s continued success. “It’s unusual to find a professional musician who deeply cares enough about grooming and helping young talent that they’re going to spend every Saturday afternoon doing this kind of thing,” Picht said. “A lot of

people teach for money and I know that [Parker] teaches for the love of music and of the kids.” Within the last 15 years, Parker has seen some changes in the lifestyles of his students. Fewer are homeschooled, Parker said, which was once a common practice “to give them more time to practice and to focus on their music.” Mark Huxsoll, the executive director of Temple Music Prep, said another change has been scheduling. Rehearsals, which are usually planned for Saturday afternoons, now have to compete with other student activities. “The competition [for time] is not with other music institutions necessarily, but … science fairs and ro-

botics competitions and debate clubs and [athletics],” Huxsoll said. The quality of music education in public schools has also suffered, Parker said. “When I was growing up [in Havertown], my township had six elementary schools. Each elementary school had an orchestra. It was just such a fertile ground for music,” Parker said. “Now they have barely one orchestra in the school district.” For him, this decline has affirmed the importance of the center. “Now, there are very few other options for [serious students],” Parker said. “The school system can’t really provide what we can and I would not be surprised if our students start

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 coming from further distances.” Despite the cutbacks in funding for public school music programs, Parker said the center’s commitment to preserving Philadelphia’s musical heritage persists today. “When I was a kid, names like Jascha Brodsky, Orlando Cole, they were the gods in Philadelphia of music,” Parker said, referencing members of Philadelphia’s Curtis String Quartet. “It’s a heritage, it’s a lineage, and I think that’s what we are trying to keep.” Parker studied with Ivan Galamian, “the greatest violin teacher in history” said Robert Mann, a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Many music programs can-

WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Kaito Mimura, a sophomore at Princeton Day School, plays violin during a Young Chamber Orchestra practice at Center City Campus on Oct. 29.

not claim similar historical connections, Picht said. “[Parker] is very articulate about carrying forward the knowledge that he received from such a famous pedagogy,” Picht said. “I see [Parker] as that living link between … all the luminaries who were associated with Temple Prep and the next generation.” While only a small percentage of his students continue to study music at conservatories, Parker said his program still benefits the students who choose different careers. “Especially in this day and age, it’s not that easy [to have] a career in music. But there’s no reason you can’t give everything you’ve got to the study of an instrument because you will have that with you your whole life, whether you’re a doctor or playing in an orchestra,” Parker said. Two high school seniors at the Center, Jason Vassiliou and Rachel Lim, are beginning to apply to music schools. Vassiliou, a Conestoga High School student, is applying to both universities and music conservatories. “Jason has been Jason for a decade. He’s always been very serious. He composes, he does everything in music and does it all very well,” Parker said. Parker’s relationships with his students often extend far beyond their years spent at the center. “It’s fascinating for me to go to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert and say, ‘Oh, I remember him when he was eight in our program,’” he said. “It’s been a great deal of fun to have worked with these little kids and now perform with them as adults.” ian.walker@temple.edu @ian_walker12


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A month-long approach to the creative writing process National Novel Writing Month challenges writers to complete a novel in 30 days. By MADISON HALL For The Temple News In 2004, Elayna Mae Darcy, a 2013 film and media arts alumna, published her first book at age 14 — after writing it in just one month. Now Darcy works as a municipal liaison of the PhillyWrimos, a group of writers who participate in National Novel Writing Month, which is every November. The nonprofit goes by NaNoWriMo and provides a different approach to the creative writing process and begins today. PhillyWrimos and other writers around the world will each try to complete a 50,000-word novel in just one month. “There’s no wrong way to do it,” said Sebastian Castillo, an English professor. “Practical constraints like deadlines are frequently the most useful tools to help writers complete a task.” PhillyWrimos has nearly 400 novelists registered for NaNoWriMo this year. The organization is expecting 500,000 people worldwide to participate, according to its press release. Last year, 40,000 people met the goal of 50,000 words. Participants from Philadelphia are just as colorful and artistic as Philly itself, said Jules Staples, another municipal liaison of PhillyWrimos. “The people I’ve encountered over the years have been some of the nicest and brightest,” Staples said. PhillyWrimos aims to make writing both fun and challenging through community encouragement, she added. “That’s what I love most about this region,”


Staples said. “It’s so difficult to find such a melting pot of talent, experience and levels of interest anywhere else.” “Without the Wrimos over the years who have been there to encourage me, ideate with and just listen, I wouldn’t be the writer I am to-

day,” Darcy added. Her first short story, “Continuum,” which tells the story of a girl who plays a video game that lets her choose a new reality, is set to be published next month by Nerdist Industries and Inkshares.

The group hosted a kick-off party at the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia last Saturday. The party included a social mixer as well as writing workshops and seminars to prepare participants for the month ahead. “November is a manic blur of writing,” Staples said. “By the end of the month, we all emerge blurry-eyed from our writing caves and try to reacquaint ourselves with society again.” Staples has participated in NaNoWriMo for 11 years and has published a series of fantasy novels under the pseudonym Peter Dawes. Her series, “Vampire Flynn,” begins inside a coffee shop located near Temple University Hospital. Although Castillo said “the writing process is different for everyone,” PhillyWrimos wants to move writers one step closer to a finished piece of work, no matter whether they reach 50,000 words by Nov. 30. Although NaNoWriMo has official rules, including word count, Castillo said novel-writing is still very open. “It could take a few weeks, a few days, probably a few hours or minutes too,” Castillo said. “There’s no standard for what constitutes a novel.” Every Saturday in November, PhillyWrimos will hold write-ins, or writing groups, to encourage writers to make progress on their manuscripts. During the write-ins, there will be “word sprints” to challenge writers to see how many words they can write in a certain amount of time. “We want people to show up and create with us,” Staples said. “We love to share our knowledge of the writing process with both hobbyists and professional writers.” “NaNoWriMo reminds you that at the end of the day,” Darcy added. “No excuses are good enough to not try.” madison.hall@temple.edu



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basketball preview With absence of ‘bona fide scorer,’ Owls seek more balance on offense Junior forward Obi Enechionyia is the only returning player who averaged more than 10 points per game last season. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor


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our seasons ago, Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points to help lead Temple to a win against North Carolina State University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After two years out of the tournament, Temple finally returned last season, although the Owls’ first tournament win in three years eluded them. Quenton DeCosey did his best to channel Wyatt’s level of play, scoring 26 points, but the University of Iowa’s Adam Woodbury ended the team’s season with a putback layup at the buzzer. DeCosey graduated in the spring, leaving Temple without a “go-to-guy” as it tries to get back to the postseason and earn its first NCAA tournament win since Wyatt left four years ago. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, redshirt-senior guard Daniel Dingle, senior forward Mark Williams and sophomore guard Shizz Alston, Jr. will be asked to carry the offense. “We don’t have that bona fide scorer,” Williams said. “There's going to be nights when I have to pick up the scoring load, Obi has to pick up the scoring load, Dan, Josh and [Alston] and so forth. But I think that’s a positive for our team because any night, it could be the next guy.” Wyatt shot more than 500 times and averaged more than 20 points per game when he led Temple to a 24-10 record in 2012-13. The Owls averaged 72.2 points per game, which ranked No. 59 in Division I. Temple’s offense has struggled



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PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior forward Mark Williams (left), sophomore center Ernest Aflakpui and redshirt-senior guard/forward Daniel Dingle pose at a practice on Thursday in Pearson Hall. The three are expected be in the team’s eight-man rotation this season.




Healthy Aflakpui provides low post presence The sophomore center is fully recovered from the right meniscus he tore as a high school senior. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor This summer, for the first time in nearly two years, Ernest Aflakpui went home. When he was 15 years old, the sophomore center left his home in the Sakumono section of Accra, Ghana to live with a host family in the United States and pursue basketball and academic goals. Aflakpui earned first-team allPhiladelphia Catholic League honors after his junior season at Archbishop John Carroll High School, but he tore his right meniscus early in the 2014-15 season. The injury continued to affect his mobility and limit how much he could play in his first year at Temple. He no longer uses the bulky brace he had to wear on his right knee. As he’s prepared for this season, he’s been feeling more comfortable on the court. “You can go in traffic and try to jump, like rebound and stuff like that, that you don’t really have to think about what’s going to happen,” Aflakpui said. “Most of the time, it just makes you play your game. You don’t think about anything, you just think about what you want to do. You don’t have to worry about your knee or whatever’s hurting.” Aflakpui is one of the players coach Fran Dunphy will look to fill the void left by Jaylen Bond’s graduation last spring. Bond led the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and was the team’s third-leading scorer in the 2015-16 season. Bond was also “a great guy who everybody looked up to,” said senior forward Mark Williams. Aflakpui considered redshirting last season, but ended up playing in 18 of the team’s 33 games. He started six games in a row from Jan. 13-31, including a road game against East Carolina where he had season-highs in points and rebounds.

“Very physical, he’s got great size, good screener,” East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo said of his memories of Aflakpui. “He got a start against us and I was impressed with his physicality and ability to rebound the ball.” Aflakpui said that he has been working on scoring and rebounding in traffic and defensive positioning. He has also been practicing jump shots from within 15 feet of the basket. “If we can get him to have a move or two down there, he doesn’t have to be [Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame center Hakeem] Olajuwon,” Dunphy said. “I just want him to be Aflakpui. But I want him to be able to pass the ball out, repost again and really be a threat down there for us. But he has to finish plays and that’s what he’s working on right now. He’s been shooting the foul shot pretty

good, which is what I’m encouraged by.” Joining Aflakpui in the front court are Williams, junior forward Obi Enechionyia and freshman Damion Moore. Enechionyia was the team’s second-leading scorer last year. He said he is working on scoring off the dribble, after being more of a catch-andshoot player last year. Williams made 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts last season and averaged 3.6 points per game. Moore said he came into Temple around 210 pounds and has bulked up to 225. He added that he’s benefitted from practicing against Aflakpui everyday. The Owls have a “bad taste” in their mouths after losing to the University of Iowa on a last-second shot in overtime in the first round of the

NCAA tournament, Enechionyia said. Adam Woodbury’s secondchance shot after an offensive rebound gave the Hawkeyes the win. Temple was ninth of 11 teams in the American Athletic Conference in rebounding margin last season, but should be helped by its size. The Owls have five players listed at 6-feet8 inches or taller, including Moore, who is listed at 6-feet-11 inches and thinks he could still grow one or two more inches. “I think we can go down low a little more,” said redshirt-senior guard and forward Daniel Dingle, who will also play some in the front court. “I think it’s been a trend where we tend to shoot a lot of jump shots and play around the key, but guys like Ernest, he does a great job ducking in guys, so I think we’re going to go down there a little more this year.”

Dunphy said he is not set on a lineup yet, but will “play eight guys a lot of minutes.” If there’s one thing fans can expect from the Owls this year, it is toughness, a trait associated with the program since John Chaney roamed the sidelines from 1982-2006. “I just think about the grit and determination,” said Lebo, a Carlisle, Pennsylvania native who grew up watching Big 5 basketball. “You talk about a program that really takes on the city and what the city of Philadelphia means. … You think about toughness. You think about grit. You think about doing the little things to make yourself successful.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore center Ernest Aflakpui played in 18 of the Owls’ 33 games last season, including a stretch of six straight starts in January. He’ll play a bigger role for the team this season.

Brown not ruling out return to court this season Senior guard Josh Brown is making his way back to the court after surgery on his Achilles tendon. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor He heard the pop, felt the pop, and then his mind went blank. Playing a simple pickup game with his teammates in late May, Josh Brown’s Achilles tendon gave out, and his senior season was suddenly in question. “When it happened, everything went out my head,” Brown said. “I didn’t think about anything. I remember how it happened, when it happened, but I don’t remember exactly what I was thinking.” The senior point guard underwent surgery on May 25. He couldn’t do much physical activity for about five months, but now he’s back on the court, undergoing rehabilitation and doing individual drills. Coach Fran Dunphy said while Brown has looked good taking shots and performing other basketball activities, he’s “a long way” from determining his status for this season. “The window is definitely not shut,” Brown said of a return to the team. “Like I said before, I’m working hard everyday and trying to see what happens.” sports@temple-news.com

Brown played in all 33 games last season, starting 32 of them. He averaged 8.3 points per game and 4.9 assists per game. The senior totaled 161 assists compared to 46 turnovers last season, a ratio that ranked No. 8 in Division I. Brown impressed opponents with the maturity of his old-school game. “He’s just a true leader,” East Carolina senior guard Caleb White said. “He never led them in scoring,

probably never led them in any real statistical category, but you can tell he really makes that team go.” If Brown can’t go this season, what will Temple miss? “They definitely lose a lot of leadership on the court,” said Houston sophomore guard Galen Robinson, Jr. “But they have a great coach, so they should be able to adjust without him.” Without Brown, Temple’s primary ball handler will be sophomore guard Shizz Alston, Jr. He played in

31 games last season, averaging two points and 10.1 minutes per game as a freshman. His role will be much more essential this season. “I don’t want to be without him on the floor,” Dunphy said. “That’s where he is right now. I think he’s got to play each and every bounce for us.” Even without the Brown injury, Alston knew his role would expand as one of the team’s only returning guards. He said the biggest adjustment he’s had to make is trying to fill

Brown’s on-court leadership role. “I prepared that way all year,” Alston said. “Not saying I was ready for him to get hurt, but I was ready to step into that position. I just thought I had to become more of a leader. Josh is a great leader. He’s been here four years, so in my second year I have to become a leader.” Freshman guard Alani Moore will join Alston in an inexperienced backcourt. Moore was ranked the No. 140 recruit in last year’s class by Rivals.com. After Brown went down, Dunphy had a number of conversations with Moore — the most he’s ever had with a freshman guard in his 27-year career. “We’re really needing him to step up here,” Dunphy said of Moore. “He’s really been thrown into a situation that wasn’t my first choice but it’s what it is.” Even though he’s not on the court all the time, Brown has been helping guide Alston and Moore as they learn how to run the team. “Both of them kind of come over and ask me questions,” Brown said. “Right now, I’m here as a helper whenever they need me, but I’m just focusing on working hard, my physical therapy and I’m just trying to get back on the court and help them in that sense.” owen.mccue@temple.edu

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Freshmen Atkinson, Taylor give boost to front court ESPN.com rated both players as three-star recruits coming out of high school. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Standing just more than six feet tall, Erica Covile was usually the tallest player on the court for Temple last year. With a talented group of guards and lack of effective post players, the Owls often put a five-guard lineup on the court last season. Coach Tonya Cardoza said that will not be the case this year. “That was something we started doing when we were trying to figure out what worked last season,” she said. “And it worked because those five guards were our best players.” Two new freshmen have added size and depth to Temple’s frontcourt. Freshmen Shantay Taylor and Shannen Atkinson are the new faces looking to make an impact on Temple’s 2016-17 season. Taylor stands at 6-feet-3 inches and Atkinson is 6-feet-4 inches tall. “I’m just focusing in practice, learning the offense, learning the plays,” Atkinson said. “I’m just doing

everything I can to be ready for the season and help the team.” Low post defense and rebounding are two of the weaknesses Cardoza hopes Taylor and Atkinson can help neutralize. The Owls ranked No. 44 in Division I with 41.4 rebounds per game last season, but they also gave up more than 13 offensive rebounds per game. “I think I can help a lot rebounding,” Taylor said. “I love to attack the glass, especially the offensive glass. So I definitely think I can really help the team.” Temple’s four returning starters bring a veteran presence. Over the offseason, junior guard Tanaya Atkinson worked on her game to complement the new bigs and help give Temple an advantage in the low post. “She’s a matchup nightmare at the four,” Cardoza said of Tanaya Atkinson. “If they put a big on her she can blow by them and score, or if they put a guard on her she’s worked on her post game and can score from there.” Scoring from the low post is a focal point for the team this year. Cardoza is looking to have reliable post scorers she can give the ball to get a bucket. In Temple’s 77-76 loss to the University of Michigan in last year’s Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal, the Wolverines

outscored the Owls 42-34 in the paint. ESPN.com ranked Shannen Atkinson a three-star recruit and gave her a 90 out of 100 rating. Her recruiting profile describes her as an “agile left-handed finesse post” player. The site also rated Taylor a threestar recruit and gave her a rating of 88, describing her as an “agile, athletic interior prospect” who “brings

developing offensive arsenal.” “Our post players have developed and we think we can get a lot out of them,” Cardoza said. Adding size is not going to detract from Cardoza’s biggest emphasis as a coach. Temple likes to get out and run on the fast break and push the ball whenever possible. “I think I fit in well with the guards on the team,” Shannen At-

By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Freshman Shannen Atkinson will watch “Empire” with her teammates, but if the squad decides to watch “American Horror Story,” she’ll probably opt out. She’s not a fan of the show, as horror is not her favorite genre. When they’re not in practice or at a basketball function, members of the team will often hang out in each other’s rooms and watch TV or chat over a meal in a dining hall to solidify their relationship as a cohesive squad. This season, the Owls are returning four of their five starters after graduating only Erica Covile last year. With such a large proportion of athletes returning, the team is finding its groove. “All teams aren’t perfect throughout the year,” said junior guard Tanaya Atkinson, who isn’t related to Shannen. “We’re going to have that breaking point, and I think when you have the team chemistry off the court, you know how to approach one an-

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MAGGIE ANDRESEN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman Shannen Atkinson (right), is one of two three-star recruits joining the Owls’ front court.

Leaders bring Owls together in preseason By becoming closer to one another, the players hope to develop on-court chemistry.

kinson said. “All the guards are really quick and run, and that is something I like doing. I think I can run the floor really well and give the guards an option to pass to on the break.”

other to the point where you won’t take anything too personal, but you know it’s for the right of the team and what you need to say to help them instead of break them.” There are five seniors on the team, including guard Feyonda Fitzgerald, who earned first team preseason all-conference honors. Fitzgerald started all 35 games last season and averaged 13.6 points per game, second to junior guard Alliya Butts. Coach Tonya Cardoza will look for Fitzgerald, the only senior starter, to help lead the team and aid the transition of the three freshmen. So far, Fitzgerald and the other upperclassmen have done a good job incorporating the freshmen onto the team. “I mean we’re really close, like there’s a lot of laughs,” said freshman forward Shantay Taylor. “It’s like when we get on the floor, we’re hard on each other and we push each other, but once we’re off, we’re all close. Everything is not personal, we’re just trying to help each other out and make sure we make it to the NCAA tournament.” Taylor was initially worried about how the transition would go from high school to college, especially because she is shy. “I feel like I’m a part of the team now,” Taylor said. “At first, I was kind of distant, but they did a great job of welcoming me in and making me feel at home, so it’s good.”

As the Owls began their warm-ups at practice this week, laughter echoed through the gym. Cardoza hadn’t even arrived to practice yet and the team was already stretching out and getting loose. Tanaya Atkinson acts as almost another coach for her teammates. She and Fitzgerald both see value in leading by example and being strong role models for other members of the team. “Making sure we’re setting examples on and off the court as well,” Fitzgerald said. “Trying to tell them what to do, we have to do it before we can tell anybody what to do.” The upperclassmen on the team also check in with the new players when it comes to managing the workload of new classes and college life in general. For Shannen Atkinson, the extra guidance made her feel more comfortable in her new environment six hours away from home. “It makes me feel good just knowing that somebody’s looking out for me and making sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “I feel like I fit in well with the team.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

MAGGIE ANDRESEN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman forward Shannen Atkinson (left), junior guard Khadijah Berger (middle) and senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald battle for a rebound during practice at Pearson Hall on Friday. The Owls will look to Fitzgerald to lead the team this season.

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over its past two seasons. Temple ranked No. 211 in scoring offense for the 2014-15 season and No. 266 last year. Last season, coach Fran Dunphy said he liked to give his team a lot of freedom out on the floor. He hopes improved decision making can lead to better shots this year. “We have to pass the ball a little bit more than we have in the past,” Dunphy said. “Make that extra pass and act like we’re a really good basketball team.” Enechionyia is the Owls’ highest returning scorer. He finished second on the team in scoring at 11 points per game last season. Senior guard Josh Brown will be out to start the season as he recovers from an Achilles injury. Sophomore guard Trey Lowe is taking a redshirt year after he was injured in a car accident in February. Dingle, Williams and Alston are the team’s next three top returning scorers. Dingle led that group in scoring at 4.4 points per game last season, but they’ve all shown flashes of offensive potential. Williams had 16 points against Central Florida and 11 points against South Florida last season. Dingle had his best games in marquee wins against Cincinnati, Southern Methodist and Connecticut, scoring 14, 15 and 14 points, respectively. Alston scored 12 points against the University of North Carolina and 11 points against the University of Wisconsin, which both finished the season ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll. “They have so many guys that you really don’t gameplan for that hurt you,” East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo said. “Williams will get you eight points. Dingle will get six, eight points. Collectively, as a group, that’s where they really hurt you. … They’ve got great balance.” Dunphy said he will most likely stick to an eight-man rotation this year. Freshman guards Alani Moore and Quinton Rose will likely be involved and could offer some scoring. The key to his team’s success this year, Dunphy said, will be finding someone to replace guard Devin Coleman, who played the role of sixth man last season. After starting the team’s first 12 games of the season, Coleman came off the bench in 19 of Temple’s last 21 games. He averaged 9.2 points per game and led the team in made 3-point shots, like when he made all seven attempts in the Owls’ win against then-undefeated Southern Methodist. “We’re going to have to get this year’s Devin Coleman for us, who bought in, probably was a starter, but bought in to coming off the bench to give us a little bit of a spark,” Dunphy said. “That guy, this year’s Devin Coleman, he’s probably not going to start a lot of games, but he’s going to finish just about every one.” owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue





‘Every game matters’ for return to tournament The Owls haven’t been to the NCAA tournament in the past five seasons. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS & KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporters


one-point loss ended the Owls’ season last year in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal round against the University of Michigan. While the Owls had success in the postseason, they had hoped for a better outcome. They missed heading to the NCAA tournament by a narrow margin. An American Athletic Conference title win would have earned them an automatic bid, but the Owls lost to South Florida in the semifinals. This left their postseason fate in the hands of the NCAA committee as the Owls waited to see if their 20-11 record, among other factors, would be enough to make it into the national championship tournament. “Obviously, they didn’t feel like our resume was good enough,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We controlled our own destiny. We just felt like we let opportunities slip away early on in the season.” This season, the Owls hope to stay focused and remain on course to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011, starting with their first game. “The mindset has to be the way we start our season,” Cardoza said. “Making sure that every time we step on the floor, that every game matters. Every game is important.” Cardoza’s squad has four of its five starters returning from last year, which is the most returning members she’s had since being hired as head coach for the 2008-09 season. The four starters include guards senior Feyonda Fitzgerald and juniors Alliya Butts, Tanaya Atkinson and Donnaizha Fountain. Largely due to the experience of the team and its postseason run last year, Temple was picked to finish second in The American in the preseason coaches poll. It is the highest preseason ranking awarded to the team since joining The American. Connecticut, which won its fourth consecutive national championship last season, was picked to win the conference. The coaches picked Temple to finish ahead of South Florida, which reached the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament. “Preseason rankings don’t mean a thing,” Cardoza said. “It’s all about what you do throughout the season, and that’s the most important thing. But yes, we have the respect of others because of what we were able to accomplish last year and hopefully we can exceed our expectations, and our expectations are really high.” Butts was the only unanimous first team all-conference selection. She led the Owls last season in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. Along with Butts, Fitzgerald was awarded first-team honors. Fitzgerald finished the season with 186 assists, the most on the team and second-most in a single season in program history. This year, Fitzgerald, as the only returning senior starter, plans to lead the squad to an NCAA tournament berth and consistent season. “It’s my senior year,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m just going to do whatever I have to do to help my team win each and every game and give it all I’ve got.” While the Owls used a five-guard lineup last season, it is not a formation Cardoza anticipates keeping this year. Temple brought in three freshmen, two of whom are taller than six feet. Cardoza hopes the addition of taller players on the court will help the Owls improve on their weaknesses from last year. “There were a lot of games where our post defense wasn’t good,” Cardoza said. “Sometimes we want to hurry up and make things happen or hurry up and win, instead of just taking each possession one possession at a time. And a lot of that comes with growth. Last year we had a lot of times three sophomores on the floor. So just that experience in itself I think will definitely help.” sports@temple-news.com

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“I was really kind of a disciplinarian,” Rhule said. “And I always justified it in my mind like, ‘Well I promised her he would get his degree.’” Deloatch said while his mother isn’t with him physically, she’s stayed with him spiritually throughout his career. His Instagram account handle, @_ mommasboy11, is a tribute to her. Four years after Wanda passed away, Deloatch got his degree in criminal justice in May, making good on his mother’s wish. “It’s probably been one of the more gratifying things in my career because I fulfilled a promise to his mom,” Rhule said. “But really he did.” With promises met, Rhule has taken a different approach to coaching Deloatch this season. Every morning the two eat breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and go over the daily practice schedule. They’ll sit and talk for about half an hour. “This year, you know, he and I had a moment where, like, we just said, ‘Let’s try something different,’ and like, I just really got to see him and he got to see me,” Rhule said. “We’ve always had kind of a close

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SPECIAL TEAMS option to “mix it up.” The Owls have struggled with kickoff and punt coverage all year. Rhule said the team was experiencing “growing pains” on special teams after its loss against Penn State. The Owls allowed a 35-yard kickoff return and were flagged for an additional 15 yards on the opening kickoff. They allowed a 29-yard punt return later in the first quarter. Temple’s special teams problems reappeared in the following weeks. Memphis redshirt-freshman wide receiver Tony Pollard returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Owls on Oct. 6. Redshirtsenior defensive lineman Praise MartinOguike’s running into the punter penalty extended a Memphis drive late in the loss. The team nearly allowed another kickoff return for a touchdown Oct. 21 against South Florida. Just before the half, Bulls junior running back D’Ernest Johnson reached the Owls’ 32-yard line before freshman defensive back Linwood Crump made a touchdown-saving tackle. Boumerhi’s kick on Saturday not only deterred a long Bearcats’ return, but it also

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CHAMPIONSHIP held us back from reaching full potential,” Snyder said. Also keeping the women from reaching full potential was the unforeseen injury of freshman Grace Moore, one of Temple’s top three runners. “We had a bit of an unfortunate situation with Grace Moore where she actually passed out about 200 [meters] before the finish,” Snyder said. “That had a pretty drastic effect on our performance. But it’s nobody’s fault, just the bad luck that sometimes happens in championship racing.” Moore ended up finishing 72nd overall and came in fifth for Temple. Freshman Millie Howard finished 20th overall. Sophomore Ashton Dunkley and senior Megan Schneider finished 62nd and 70th, respectively, to fill out the remaining spots of the women’s team’s top five. Continued from Page 22


The players will have little time to find their way out of their recent slump before the Owls host the Big East tournament. The Owls finished the season 6-5 in front of their home fans, and have won five in a row at the complex just off Broad Street. As the final seed in the tournament, the Owls will take on top-seeded Con-


relationship because we went through all that together right. Now, it’s like he’s like my peer.” “We had a rough up-and-down,” Deloatch added. “But now we’re getting back on that page and me and coach Rhule have that good chemistry. And I’m proud to play for him.” Deloatch has blossomed into a twoway contributor this season. Playing primarily at wide receiver throughout his career, Deloatch was used mostly in goal line passing situations last year. In the spring, Rhule called Deloatch into his office and asked if he might want to play defensive end. It wasn’t a new idea. Deloatch had been flipped to the defensive line as a sophomore when he showed up late to practice. It was supposed to be a punishment, but he ended up playing well at the position. However, Deloatch rejected a permanent position switch. “I was young-minded,” Deloatch said. “I had dreams to play receiver in the NFL, and I was like, ‘That’s what I’m going to do.’” When Rhule brought up the idea again this spring, Deloatch’s response was different. Heading into his final season, goals of winning an American Athletic Conference championship had taken

precedence over his NFL dreams. “Coach was like, ‘If you want to play at the next level, you might want to think about something else,’” Deloatch said. “I was like, ‘OK.’ I just thought about, I just want to help my team out, and it wasn’t just about me.” Deloatch added some weight before the season to prepare for defensive end. He weighed 214 pounds last season and is listed at 245 pounds on this year’s roster. The added weight also turned him from a receiver to a tight end. Through eight games he has 212 yards receiving — more than any other season in his career. On third and long, he comes in on defense to rush the quarterback. Even though his role is limited to specific moments in the game, he has four sacks. “Romond has a natural ability to kind of rush the passer,” Rhule said. “It’s not just, ‘Oh he’s fast,’ or ‘Oh, he’s this.’” “When I was in New York we had Jason Pierre-Paul who could kind of naturally get guys off balance with his length and speed,” Rhule added. “And Ro’s got that same sort of movement that really kind of affects offensive tackles.”

set up sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead’s second touchdown of the day four plays later to cap off a streak of 17 straight points for the Owls. Along with the kickoff recovery on Saturday, a blocked punt gave Temple good field position to help set up 10 of its points. “That’s two momentous changes of field position, and also we stole a possession,” Rhule said. “When we play these offenses, we’re always trying to win time of possession and try to steal a possession, and if you can do that, you have a good chance of winning.” The blocked punt came after Cincinnati’s game-opening drive. Redshirtsenior defensive lineman Avery Ellis blocked a punt for the second straight week. The play gave the Owls the ball in Bearcats’ territory and led to a Boumerhi field goal. Ellis said he learned his technique from redshirt-senior defensive lineman Sharif Finch, who has five career blocked punts. Temple entered play Saturday tied for the most blocked kicks since 2013. “I think any time you block a punt, you increase your percentage to win,” Ellis said. “So it’s always big to make a big play on special teams to put our offense in better field position.” Despite allowing some long returns,

the special teams unit has made gamechanging plays throughout the year, starting with the season-opener against Army West Point. Finch blocked a punt in the second quarter that led to a field goal by junior kicker Austin Jones. After a drive stalled in the fourth quarter of the Penn State game, junior punter Alex Starzyk’s rugby-style kick hit a Nittany Lions’ player in the back. The Owls recovered the ball at the 1-yard line and scored a touchdown three plays later. Rhule called Starzyk the “MVP” against Stony Brook University on Sept. 10 for pinning the Seawolves inside their own 3-yard line twice. Temple is tied for first in the Football Bowl Subdivision with three blocked punts and ranked 27th in punt return defense. “At first it was terrible, man,” said redshirt-senior linebacker Avery Williams. “They didn’t really understand that special teams is one of the major parts of the team. But I felt like [Saturday] they were on their A-game and they felt like, ‘If we go down there and we get the ball back for our offense, then we’re going to do our thing.’”

This was Howard’s first conference championship meet. “I really think Millie, somebody who is still getting acclimated to a 6,000-meter race from being more of a middle-distance runner, raced like a veteran today which was fun to see,” Snyder said. The men’s team also saw success due to their younger members stepping up and racing like veterans. Temple’s top five runners finished in the Top 50. Steinsberger and sophomore Johnathan Condly, who finished 21st overall, were the only non-freshmen among the group. Freshmen Kevin Lapsansky finished 22nd overall, Zach Seiger finished 27th overall, and walk-on Donovan Mears finished 43rd overall. “I talked to John, Kevin and Zach about trying to progress through the race and to move to the field and to close it up really well and I thought they did a great job of that,” Snyder said. “Donovan, a walk-on, is a guy who every week and every race continues to step up. He

ended being our number five guy when we needed him, so that was really important too.” Steinsberger was also satisfied with the underclassmen’s performance. “John and Kevin did a really great job today,” Steinsberger said. “We hoped we could finish in the top three, but if you consider how young our team is, I am really satisfied with how we did.” The Owls are already looking forward to their next race, the NCAA MidAtlantic Regional Championships, which will take place at Penn State on Nov. 11. Snyder said he doesn’t know who will compete on the seven-man rosters, but it will depend on who is still coming forward and training well in the next two weeks. “Our goal at regionals is to give it our all,” Leisher said. “It could be our last race. We will just continue to train and get better.”

necticut (18-1, 7-0), who is ranked fifth in the Oct. 25 Ratings Percentage Index. The two teams will play on Friday at 1 p.m. The Huskies outshot the Owls 28-2 in their 6-0 home win on Sept. 23. The other conference semifinal will feature Providence (13-5, 5-2) and Liberty (7-9, 5-2). The Owls went 0-3 against the tournament field in regular season play, losing by an aggregate score of 16-2. In what will be the final games for the Owls’ four seniors, backs Michelle Walsh and Ali Meszaros, forward Katie Foran

and midfielder Paige Gross will play an integral role in helping the team move past its slump in the week leading up to the team’s first playoff match against Connecticut. “We know that [Connecticut] is a good team, but I think we can beat anyone,” Foran said.



Big East tournament to be held at Howarth Field For the first time since joining the conference for the 2013 season, Temple will host the Big East Conference tournament. Temple (7-11, 3-4 Big East) will play in the first semifinal match at 1 p.m. on Friday at Howarth Field against Connecticut. The Huskies are the top-seeded team in the tournament and No. 5 team in the Oct. 25 NCAA Field Hockey Ratings Percentage Index. The Owls have lost to Connecticut in the postseason tournament in each of the past three seasons, including in the final round in 2014 and last year. The other semifinal match will be at 4 p.m. between No. 2 Liberty University and No. 3 Providence College. The winners of each game will play in the Big East final on Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games will be streamed on the Big East Digital Network. Students of schools in the Big East Conference receive free admission by showing a valid school I.D. Tickets are $7 for people 13 and older and $5 for people 12 and younger, and can be purchased online or by calling the Temple Athletic Ticket Office.


-Evan Easterling


JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior midfielder and forward Maiyah Brown (right), dribbles the ball at a game against Quinnipiac University on Oct. 21.


Former Owl signed to New York Jets’ practice squad

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JD MOUSLEY FILE PHOTO Former Temple offensive lineman Kyle Friend (center), was signed to the New York Jets practice squad last week.

The New York Jets signed former Temple center Kyle Friend to the team’s practice squad, the organization announced last Wednesday. The four-year starter for Temple signed with the Jets in May as an undrafted free agent before being cut from the 53-man roster in August. Friend played in 22 offensive plays in two preseason games with New York. Last season, Friend helped the Owls to a 10-4 season, but tore his MCL in the team’s 24-20 loss to the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 31, 2015. The injury limited him to 10 games in 2015, the lowest total of any season in his career. Friend played 45 games in his career and, along with Tyler Matakevich, is the only three-year captain in program history. -Connor Northrup

Boumerhi wins conference award for second time


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Freshman kicker Aaron Boumerhi was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following his perfect performance in Temple’s 34-13 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. Boumerhi converted two field goals and made all four of his extra point attempts. Both field goals came from within 30 yards. Boumerhi also won the award last week after Temple’s win against South Florida on Oct. 21. He made three field goals and five extra points in the game against the Bulls. Since coming into Temple’s 34-27 loss to Memphis on Oct. 6 after junior kicker Austin Jones’ injured his knee, Boumerhi has yet to miss a kick. He’s converted all seven field goals and all 12 extra points that he has attempted. -Owen McCue sports@temple-news.com





Mueller brings competitiveness, consistency to squad Senior defender Stefan Mueller has only missed three games in his four-year career. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter Whether it’s a table tennis match with his roommates or an intense soccer game, senior defender Stefan Mueller loves winning. He also hates losing, which can be difficult when he’s involved in a four-person table tennis tournament with his equally competitive roommates on the soccer team. “None of us like to lose,” senior midfielder Dan White said. “That’s what makes our house so much fun together, because no matter what we’re doing, we’re being competitive with each other.” Even though the verdict is out on who has won the most table tennis games, Mueller’s drive to succeed has taken him far on the soccer field. Mueller started in all of the team’s 18 games his freshman season. Since then, he has only missed three games in his four years as an Owl. “I think he’s just about started every game, except when he was injured, so he’s been a big part of the defense for those four years,” coach

David MacWilliams said. “I think you’ve got to be tough mentally. To start in all those games, you’re going to have injuries to wrap, so if you’re banged up, you’re going to play.” A staple on the Owls’ defense, Mueller, an outside back, also brings a unique trait to the backline. He is left-footed, which is a commodity for Temple and will make him even harder to replace after he graduates. Right-footed players may feel less comfortable in a position on the left side. As one of just a few left-footed guys on the team, Mueller is able to play on the left side and use his dominant foot. Even Mueller’s pre-game ritual stems from this characteristic. “I always put my left cleat on first, then my right, left shin guard on, right shin guard,” Mueller said. “It’s always left to right, I guess just because I’m left-footed. I always just make sure it’s ready first.” Despite having a defensive role on the team, Mueller tries to take a more aggressive style on offense, especially by sending crosses into the box. This season, he has recorded an assist to bring his college career total to four assists and one goal. Mueller is from East Northport, New York, but his grandparents were born in Germany. His favorite soccer player is Germany’s Philipp Lahm. He tries to model his play after the Bay-

ern Munich right back. “His consistency is probably the biggest thing about him,” Mueller said. “I think you need to play well game-in and game-out, and it’s big for the team if you can do that.” The senior defender’s consistency has helped the Owls achieve a 32-30-10 record in his four seasons. During this time, Temple had three seasons with 10 or more wins and was ranked as high as No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches poll last season. That was the first time the Owls had been in the Top 25 since 1997. For Mueller, one of the best parts of achieving these goals has been working alongside his teammates, particularly White and senior defender Matt Mahoney, who are the other two seniors that have been on the team all four years. “It’s really fun this year,” Mueller said. “I’ve been with this group of guys four years now, I really know how they like to play, so it’s really comfortable now. Especially playing a lot my first three years, it’s natural now, playing with this group of guys.” Graduating will be an adjustment for Mueller, who said he will miss his teammates and playing the sport he’s loved since he was four years old. “It’s been a good four years, but you’re always going to miss these days, being with the

same guys for four years, so it’s definitely bittersweet,” Mueller said. Mueller hopes to continue playing in some capacity after he leaves Temple. As for his years as an Owl, the outside back hopes to leave behind an ideal of what a Temple player should be. “I hope to be a role model for the guys coming up,” Mueller said. “Hopefully when our freshmen become seniors, they’ll be talking about myself and the rest of our class.” MacWilliams said he will be sad to see Mueller and the other seniors leave after this season. The senior class is a tough one to replace, and for a coach in his 17th season, the four years together seemed to have flown by. Not only will MacWilliams miss the talent and experience of the seniors, but also the personality each athlete brings to the team, including Mueller’s mellow, even-keel disposition. “I have enjoyed coaching him,” MacWilliams said. “He’s a very quiet individual, but we’ve joked with him and had fun with him. I’m going to miss Stef and his hard work and his effort, knowing that I can pencil him in and he’s going to do a solid job.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca


Switch to soccer benefiting Cunningham and Owls Kayla Cunningham transferred to Temple after playing field hockey at Indiana University. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter As a freshman member of the field hockey team at Indiana University, Bloomington, Kayla Cunningham counted down the days on her calendar until she could go home. Every practice, Cunningham would look at the men’s and women’s soccer field, remembering her days at Whitehall High School in Lehigh County, where she helped lead her team win the district finals. Before leaving for her second semester at Indiana during winter break, tears ran down her face. She knew she couldn’t stay at Bloomington for four years. “Being the oldest of five really makes you a lot more homesick, too, because you’re used to having siblings around you all of the time, your parents, and I’m really close with a lot of friends from home,” Cunningham said. “They would get to go visit each other at colleges and I was just stuck in Indiana, so it was really hard for me.” Cunningham comes from a family filled with athleticism, especially among her three sisters and brother. Her oldest sister, Kourtney, is a sophomore forward on Rider University’s women’s soccer team. The two squared off against each other on Sept. 1 in New Jersey, where the Owls won 1-0 in overtime. Kayla Cunningham’s two other sisters, Kylee and Cassidy, are both still in high school. Kylee Cunningham, a senior at Whitehall, and Cassidy Cunningham, a junior, both play soccer, field hockey and run track. Kylee Cunningham also plays basketball. Tyler Cunningham, who is in seventh grade, wrestles and plays football. Kayla Cunningham said growing up in a competitive household groomed her into the player she is today. “That’s the only thing I knew growing up, was like to be a competitor,” Cunningham said. “I always wanted to win. I remember playing


GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior forward Kayla Cunningham dribbles the ball in the Owls’ 1-0 loss to Connecticut at the Temple Sports Complex Oct. 22. Cunningham gave up field hockey at Indiana University, Bloomington to play soccer for the Owls.

kickball outside with our neighbors. I would get so mad and competitive if we weren’t winning. It would cause a fight in the neighborhood. My sister would be like, ‘Kayla, it’s OK. Calm down.’” At three years old, Kayla Cunningham’s father, Timothy, who is the wrestling coach at Whitehall, had her practicing with the team until the end of practice at 6 p.m. Kayla Cunningham participated in the team’s drills like conditioning, running and even began challenging her father’s wrestlers in push-up contests. Timothy Cunningham said his daughter did 99 push-ups in a row at five years old. “She could always do more push-ups than any of my wrestlers,”

Timothy Cunningham said. “Like she would compete with them, and she would never stop until the wrestlers gave up. She would say, ‘I’m not going to give up, so you might as well give up.’” On Whitehall’s girl’s soccer team, Cunningham was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region, All-State and Lehigh Valley Conference MVP. She also broke District 11 soccer records by scoring 166 goals and racking up 82 assists. As a member of Whitehall’s field hockey team, she was a two-time LVC MVP, all-state and three-time LVC all-first team. She was recruited by soccer programs like Vanderbilt University, American University, the University

of Michigan, the University of Miami and the University of Oregon. For field hockey, she talked to Penn State and was recruited by La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Drexel University, Lehigh University, Lafayette College and Indiana. A fallout with a club soccer team hurt Cunningham’s confidence on the soccer field. As a result, she decided to play field hockey at the collegiate level. But when she decided she wanted to switch back to playing soccer, she had confidence she could pull it off. Coach Seamus O’Connor, who saw Cunningham play while scouting senior center midfielder Elaine Byerley, agreed. “I knew it from talking to her and talking to her family it wasn’t go-

ing to be a problem,” O’Connor said. “She’s just a very hard worker and I knew she was going to put the time in to get better and to work on her foot skills. She’s just a natural athlete. She can pick up any sport and be good at it.” Since coming to Temple in 2014, Cunningham has seven goals, four assists and 18 points. This year, she’s tied for second on the team in goals and points. “She’s blossomed in terms of leadership, this is the most I’ve heard her talk this year,” O’Connor said. “I hear her more in practice, and I think going forward into next year, I expect to see it more in the offseason, too.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

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Ganesharatnam moving Owls toward tournament The team has won four straight games and is third in the conference standings. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter When coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam took over Temple’s volleyball program in 2011, the Owls finished the season with an 8-20 record and No. 246 ranking in the end-of-season Rating Percentage Index. Since that season, Temple has won at least 18 games every season, and has been ranked as high as No. 48 this season. Temple has not made the NCAA tournament since 2002, but this year’s Owls are determined to be the team to break the streak. A tournament appearance would be the first in Ganesharatnam’s career. “I think it would be a very emotional day if we made the tournament,” senior middle blocker Kirsten Overton said. “They took all our [NCAA tournament] banners down from before, so it would be really nice to put one back up for him and for us.” Overton has spent four seasons playing for Ganesharatnam and has seen the growth of the program. In her first year, Temple finished in the middle of the American Athletic Conference. Temple finished third and second in The American the previous two seasons, and is currently in third place this season. “It has been amazing, everything he’s done for us,” junior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz said. “He’s built this gym into something it wasn’t just a few years ago. He always fights for us because Temple doesn’t always get a lot of credit for everything.” When Ganesharatnam earned the

head coaching job in 2011, the team used a shared locker room facility, he said. He worked with administration to get a facility “to provide the necessary privacy and space” for players. The new locker room helped with recruiting, Ganesharatnam said. He said he likes to cover the entire country when recruiting — and some areas in Europe. Ganesharatnam has had players from Hawaii, California and Colorado in his tenure. He’s also gotten players from Germany, Turkey, Serbia and Croatia to come to Temple. By putting more time into recruiting, Ganesharatnam said he doesn’t get a lot of sleep. But the larger talent pool has helped the team’s improvement. “It’s a lot of work, in recruiting and developing players, to create a culture to help be successful,” he said. “Volleyball is the ultimate team sport, everyone is dependent on teammates to execute so you can do your part. Team chemistry is something we constantly nurture and try to excel at on a consistent basis.” The Owls have also shared a bond together on and off the court during Ganesharatnam’s tenure. The team stays connected with group chats and has team dinners. Having a close-knit unit is something Ganesharatnam takes pride in because he knows it helps on-court chemistry as well as the atmosphere around the program. “We really do a lot of research in order to get the right kids, with the right mindset, with the right character, so we can keep creating the culture we’ve created so far,” Ganesharatnam said. kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer Evan Easterling contributed reporting.

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Owls break their huddle during their 3-2 victory against Memphis on Friday at McGonigle Hall.


Equestrian club makes riding possible for city students The group travels more than an hour to get to practices at Jentri Stables in Bucks County. By ADDISON HUNSICKER For The Temple News Members of Temple’s equestrian club have had some unusual experiences while horseback riding. Vice President Teresa Leo once rode a horse that did not have any ears, and co-captain David Michelin, who is six feet tall, is often stuck riding horses significantly shorter than him. Still, no one on the team has fallen off a horse in the Owls’ four competitions this season. “If someone does fall off, it’s not that unusual,” said club member Emmi Lewis. “At every show, one or two people fall off. Stuff happens. Horses act up.” Every week, the equestrian club travels to Jentri Stables at Stepping Stone Farm in Furlong, Pennsylvania for individual lessons. The onehour-and-15-minute trip to the Bucks County stable is not easy to make, especially since each member has to schedule around their classes. The equestrian club accepts riders of all skill levels in both the English and Western disciplines, but the Owls primarily focus on the English discipline. In the Western discipline, the saddle is larger, and riders can spend longer periods of time riding the horse. Members of the team said the Western discipline was the easier of the two, but the Owls do not currently have a Western riding team. “We’ve had a couple of people interested in the Western team,” co-captain Olivia McDowell said. “A lot of the Western shows are on the same day as the English shows, and since so many of us are English riders we have to pick because David and I can’t be two places at once.” The club competes in Zone 3, Region 5, against Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Washington College, Salisbury University

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior co-captain David Michelin leaps into fifth place at the Drexel University IHSA Hunt Seat Show at DREAM Park on Oct. 25 in Logan Township, New Jersey.

and Valley Forge Military Academy. The club is part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The Owls are a smaller team compared to the other schools, and fall in the middle of their zone in terms of skill level, Michelin said. Attending lessons is required to be a member of Temple’s equestrian club, but the club does not require showing, which is when members of the club are judged on their riding. Several members have no interest in showing, but attend meetings and lessons, Leo said. There is one exception: the Temple home show, scheduled for Sunday. “When we have our home-hosted horse

show, every single person, whether they compete or not, has to be there,” McDowell said. In equestrian, the riding levels go from walk/trot to open, with novice and intermediate levels in between. The Owls currently do not have an open rider, which is the highest level one can compete at during a competition. Finding someone to replace the team’s open rider who graduated in the spring is the team’s “main goal,” McDowell said. The Owls’ home-hosted show is the next competition on the schedule. While the Owls compete as a team, success is based on individual performance.

Individually, members are looking to advance to the regional show. McDowell made it to regionals last year and hopes to do the same again this year. Michelin is making it his personal goal to point out of both of his divisions, from novice to intermediate, to get to regionals. “We’re really passionate about it,” Michelin said. “As much as it is a club sport and we want everyone to participate, we’re really serious about it.” addison.hunsicker@temple.edu @AddHunsicker11







Special teams unit getting over ‘growing pains’ The Owls blocked a punt and recovered a kickoff in their 34-13 win against Cincinnati on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.


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reshman kicker Aaron Boumerhi’s kickoff went straight into the turf and began to bounce down the field. “What’s he doing?” coach Matt Rhule screamed into his headset. The ball then bounced past two Bearcats before Temple junior defensive back Cequan Jefferson recovered it, giving the Owls possession at Cincinnati’s 18-yard line. “Great job,” an elated Rhule said. The play was one of two special teams plays Temple (6-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) used in its 34-13 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. The win made the team bowl-eligible. “If you don’t make a play on special teams or don’t change the game for like our defense or offense, it’s a problem,” Jefferson said. “We are big on special teams, so we make sure we get the job done for coach Rhule.” Boumerhi began squibbing the kickoffs after Cincinnati junior running back Mike Boone returned one 60 yards in the first quarter. Rhule said although he would rather kick the ball deep, the fact that his team had been struggling with kick coverage made bouncing the kickoffs a good

SPECIAL TEAMS | PAGE 19 BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior defensive linemen Avery Ellis (left), and Praise Martin-Oguike celebrate Martin-Oguike’s sack in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 34-13 win against Cincinnati. Ellis blocked a punt for the second straight week.



Temple limps into Big East tournament The team will play at home against Connecticut on Friday. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR Field Hockey Beat Reporter

Owl to finish in the Top 10. He was also the third Owl in three years to be named to the all-conference team. The men’s team, which finished sixth in 2014 and fourth last year, came in fifth at The American’s championship this year. The women’s team came in eighth place, their highest finish ever at the championship. “It’s not where I thought we could have been, I was really gunning for the fifth or sixth spot, but us not finishing business

When the Owls (7-11, 3-4 Big East Conference) began play in Lynchburg, Virginia on Friday, they knew they had already clinched a berth in the Big East tournament since Old Dominion University lost to Providence College earlier that afternoon. Head-tohead tiebreakers against conference rivals Old Dominion and Quinnipiac University earned the Owls the fourth seed in the tournament. Even though the team had already clinched a playoff spot, falling to conference rival Liberty University by seven goals wasn’t the way coach Marybeth Freeman and the team wanted to finish conference play one week before the Owls kick off the Big East tournament at Howarth Field. After winning four consecutive contests from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7, Temple lost three of its last four games before its home win against Lafayette College on Sunday. The team’s losing stretch included a 1-2 record in Big East matchups against Villanova, Quinnipiac and Liberty. In the four-game stretch, the team averaged 1.25 goals per game. They were shut out in two of those games. The coaching staff and players understand that they must improve their execution if the team is to be successful in bringing a Big East championship to North Broad Street. “We had a really poor defensive game [against Liberty],” Freeman said. “That really lit the fire under our players to make that a priority.” The team allowed 3.75 goals per game in the four games before Sunday’s win. Temple allowed one goal per game in four contests from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7.



PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS The men’s cross country team runs during an Oct. 26 practice at Belmont Plateau. The men’s team finished fifth out of nine teams in the conference meet.

Steinsberger and Leisher top list of finishers at conference championship Both teams competed at The American’s final meet on Saturday. By TESSA SAYERS Cross Country Beat Reporter On her last lap of the race, sophomore Katie Leisher could hear coach James Snyder yelling “14, 15,” letting her know what place she was in. That was all the motiva-

tion she needed to pick up her pace and finish well. Leisher was Temple’s top runner, finishing 14th overall at the American Athletic Conference Championship at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. She secured a spot on the all-conference team. Graduate student Marc Steinsberger joined her on the all-conference squad on the men’s side. The all-conference awards go to the Top 15 runners in both the men’s and women’s races. Steinsberger was the men’s top runner and finished ninth overall. He was the only



Men’s defender Stefan Mueller is a constant presence on the Owls’ backline, having played in every game except three in his career.

Women’s forward Kayla Cunningham started as a college field hockey player, but transferred to Temple to play soccer.

VOLLEYBALL | PAGE 21 In all but one of Bakeer Ganesharatnam’s seasons as coach, the Owls have won at least 18 games.

BRIEFS | PAGE 19 Former Owls’ center Kyle Friend joined the New York Jets’ practice squad last week. Other news and notes.

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