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University looking at food vendors Sodexo’s contract is set to expire in June, and other food providers are bidding to take it. By WALTER JAMES For The Temple News With Sodexo’s contract set to expire at the end of the spring semester, Temple is considering other food service providers’ bids to take over the university’s dining services. The Purchasing Department will present its decision to the Board of Trustees in October, officials said. Sodexo, a food-service company based in Buffalo, New York, is the current provider for dining services across campus. Dining Services provides food in every location that accepts meal swipes. Its nearly $24 million contract is set to expire in June 2017, said Licelis Lamboy Brewington, one of Sodexo’s general managers at Temple. But before the 10-year contract is up, the university’s Office of Business Services issued a request for proposals from food service companies over the summer, and the Purchasing Department is set to make a decision within the next month. From Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria to Morgan Hall, Sodexo provides dining services at 17 locations on three of Temple’s campuses, said Michael Mahaffey, Sodexo’s resident district manager. Sodexo has been Temple’s provider for 28 years. “We want it to go to 38,” Mahaffey said.

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BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior kinesiology major Ajee’ Wilson competed in the 2016 Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Track & Field team.

WILSON EMBRACES RIO OLYMPICS EXPERIENCE Senior Ajee’ Wilson ran for the United States in Rio de Janeiro this summer. By CONNOR NORTHRUP For The Temple News

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uly 28 is Ajee’ Wilson Day in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Monmouth County Freeholders awarded Wilson’s mother, Tonya, with a certificate representing the day dedicated to her daughter. “It was pretty exciting for all of us,” said Serena DiMaso, a county freeholder.

“It is just so awesome to have someone you can touch, in the surreal sense, be a part of something so special. To know someone who conquered that dream is pretty, I don’t know, I am at a loss of words because it is that special and that emotional.” Wilson was absent from the ceremony. Instead, she was preparing to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. DiMaso, who has lived in Monmouth County for 25 years, taped Wil-

son’s races on her home television and watched the Olympian compete. Wilson, a senior kinesiology major, ran 1:59.75 in the first heat of the semifinals on Aug. 18 in Rio. She missed out on the women’s 800-meter final. “It is such a competitive event and on any given day, anyone of us could have made the finals,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t say I am completely over it, but it is easier

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Temple Police call center gets an update Along with brand new equipment, TUPD also hopes to get accredited. By NOAH TANEN For The Temple News

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dan Baker, who earned a Master’s degree in educational media from Temple in 1972 has been the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for the past 45 years.

The voice of Philadelphia sports A Temple alumnus is the announcer for the Phillies. By BREANNA PEGULA For The Temple News Dan Baker’s first job at a TV station was in the mailroom. Baker, who earned his master’s in educational media in 1972, began working at the now-defunct Channel 48 in Philadelphia in the

NEWS | PAGES 2-3, 6 Temple Student Government will announce the final details of its parliament this week. Read more on Page 2.

late 1960s. After a career change, he started announcing for Philadelphia sports teams, like the Phillies and the Eagles, for more than four decades. The South Philadelphia native moved to New Jersey at age eight, but he became even more of a fan of Philadelphia sports teams. He rode the bus to attend as many Philadelphia sporting events as he could. “My love for Philadelphia did not cease when we moved across the river, if anything it grew,” Baker

said. Roger Gordon, a retired education professor who taught Baker at Temple, said he not only had a strong work ethic, but also a contagious personality. “I kind of always thought there was something special about Dan,” Gordon said. “That’s the thing, he absolutely took what I taught him and applied it to the real world.” Baker is the longest tenured public audience announcer for

OPINION | PAGES 4-5 Our columnist argues gender-neutral housing options available next year are an important step toward inclusivity. Read more on Page 4.

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In the Campus Safety Services office on Montgomery Avenue near 12th Street, dispatchers work day and night, monitoring about 700 security cameras around Main Campus, taking and responding to emergency calls, interfacing with the Philadelphia Police Department and sending out TU Alerts when necessary. Joe Garcia, the deputy chief of administration, said Temple Police

decided to upgrade its communication facilities with the coming of such a large freshman class. The renovation, which has been in progress for the past year, will be completed in the next few weeks. The new facility will feature more workstations, new monitors and updated software for the dispatchers to work with. Garcia said the new equipment is “top shelf ” for employees and dispatchers to use within the call center. Everything is new and improved. The large room is covered in screens and brand new desks, each boasting their own high quality computer systems. Even the room’s colors have changed. Garcia said the cool green

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GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Joe Garcia, Temple Police’s deputy chief of administration, will oversee the re-opening of its call center at a new location on Main Campus.

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An alumna co-founded the a lab in North Philadelphia to preserve memories of the neighborhood’s residents. Read more on Page 7.

The football team bounced back from its season-opening loss with a 38-0 win against Stony Brook University. Read more on Page 18.


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With new leadership, TSG attempts inclusivity TSG’s parliament system is coming soon, and leaders said they would be willing to change its structure if asked. By JULIE CHRISTIE TAYLOR BERKOSKI The Temple News Temple Student Government will finalize the structure and details of its newest and most ambitious initiative, a 36-seat student parliament. The finalized structure will be announced later this week, said Student Body President Aron Cowen. He stressed that the parliament will be dynamic and adapt to students’ needs as the year progresses. In August, Cowen said the main goal of parliament was to be “equitable and [have] roughly the same number of seats per group” represented. The only exception to this standard falls in the section of parliament referred to as “Special Interest” with the seats for multicultural organizations. Multicultural organizations can fill two seats. The Residence Hall Association, commuters, athletes, Greek Life and disabled students each have their own seats as specialinterest groups. “‘Multicultural’ is the only special interest group with more than one seat, so we’ll get lots of voices,” Cowen said. The multicultural organizations can include, but are not limited to, members from groups like the Black Student Union, the Queer Student Union, Hillel, the Newman Center or ROTC. But would two seats be enough to represent so many groups with such large populations? “That’s a tough and fair question,” Cowen said. “The thinking is more along the lines of, ‘Let’s at least make sure they have two seats.’ We want to make sure there’s a bottom floor rather than a cap.” He added that there are also five at-large seats that students from an unrepresented multicultural groups could run for. “We tried to get seats for students who have a really unique experience at Temple,” Cowen said. “The commuter’s experience is a really different experience. We wanted to give seats to people that have been historically underrepresented.” Kelly Dawson, one of TSG’s vice presi-

dents and the former president of BSU, said there were some groups they hadn’t considered giving an individual seat in the parliament, but would consider doing so in the future. “We didn’t try and prioritize a certain group,” she said. “We know there’s a large group of people here and they have a specific group of needs, so we’re open to adding more. Essentially, there’s no way to include every single facet. I mean honestly though, ROTC is a significant group of people that I would think we would consider adding in. And I don’t think we actually thought about that [at first].” “It’s hard to really know what exactly the right number is,” Cowen said. “I can only hope the parliament will thrive, you know? You learn by doing. We’ll make modifications as we go. This is going to be a living structure.” Dawson said it would be “impossible” to have a completely perfect parliament right away, but added that having something to represent students “is a lot better than what [TSG] had last year.” Residence Hall Association president Kelsey Mallon said she hopes a member of RHA will run for the organization’s seat in parliament. “This will offer a new, unique opportunity for a resident to get involved on campus and represent the RHA as a whole,” she said. But Mallon said she doesn’t believe two seats is enough to represent all the multicultural organizations on campus. “Since Temple has such a diverse student body, the parliament should reflect that by offering more seats in the parliament to represent the different perspectives of the students in all multicultural organizations,” she added. “One of the reasons why I was hesitant about being in TSG was because I didn’t feel represented,” Dawson said. “I was not going to run because I thought, ‘Wow, I don’t know anything about TSG at all. I don’t even feel like they represent me. Maybe it’s just not for me.’” “But now I’m on the administration and I am so glad to be able to give people the opportunity to feel represented.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews Gillian McGoldrick contributed reporting.

SEATS IN TEMPLE STUDENT GOVERNMENT PARLIAMENT The initial setup of parliament has not yet been finalized.

SCHOOLS There are 13 seats for each school with undergraduate students.

CLASS There are two seats per graduating class, plus one seat each for transfer and 5+ year students.

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Isabella Jayme said Take TU ran on principles of fairness and raising awareness in the 2016 TSG election.

Take TU is the only ticket that is not represented on the new administration’s board. By FRANCESCA FUREY For The Temple News Members from almost every ticket that ran for Temple Student Government last year are present in the current administration, except for one: Take TU, which presented an anti-statusquo platform to students. Of the four tickets, Empower TU won the general election, and hired students who ran in Believe in TU and Owl Opportunity. Student Body President Aron Cowen told The Temple News in August that each ticket was invited to apply for the positions within TSG administration. “I don’t think any of [Take TU] was approached [formally] for a position, but we did acknowledge that we could apply for positions on the Parliament,” said Tina Ngo, a junior political science major who ran as president for Take TU. “I don’t know if we would have gotten [the position].” Members of the other tickets could have also applied for a position as a director for various programs and outreach around the university. Ngo said she was approached unofficially to apply for Director of Local and Community Affairs, but did not remember who offered it. She did not apply. She said her main focus was being involved in the community through activist groups like the Stadium Stompers, a group made up of students and community members that is opposed to the construction of the proposed on-campus football stadium. “I just didn’t think that I would have been able to do much with TSG,” Ngo said. “I didn’t want to position myself where I would have to work on something I didn’t believe in.” “I would consider having my voice heard,” said Jared Dobkin, a senior political science major who ran as vice president of services for Take TU. “But I don’t think I would consider a position.” Dobkin added that he never had “illusions of winning” the election in April. Dobkin said he believes that building community power and being involved in activist organizations is more important than a position on TSG, adding he would not have had the time to hold a position

due to his two jobs and classes. “We were seen as antagonizing, but really we just wanted to give a wakeup call to what we thought was going on in TSG,” said Isabella Jayme, a junior human development and community engagement major who ran as vice president of external affairs for Take TU. “How we believe that they weren’t doing a fair enough job of representing everyone in the school.” “I think it was a good opportunity to shape the conversation around what students care about,” he said. Take TU’s platform focused on community issues like the stadium and Temple’s involvement in a Title IX investigation. “If I were to behave a certain way, I don’t believe in that,” said Ngo about being a director in TSG. “I think professionalism is ‘BS’ as long as you’re getting the job done.” “Basically, one of the big skills you need is good team management because you’re given a focus area,” said John Jasionowicz, TSG’s director of campus security and safety. “And you may not be president or vice president, but you have a very vast area of expertise.” Jasionowicz ran for president on the Believe in TU ticket. Jasionowicz and Alexa Monteleone — one of TSG’s social media managers who ran as Believe in TU’s director of communications — said they believe the executive board chooses candidates who are the most skilled and experienced for the position and could bring the best possible outcome. “They had a lot of applicants this year and it was up to the executive team to sit down with each student and decide who was qualified for each position,” Monteleone said. “Empower TU encouraged everyone from all teams to apply for positions ... and right now I’m very happy with the role I’m serving and the people I’m working with.” “It’s [Take TU’s] decision if they want to participate,” Jasionowicz said. “If they don’t want to be on the team directly, per se, they can still be on the Parliament. If they don’t want to be on the Parliament, they can still come to meetings with all of the other organizations.” “It’s best to hear voices from all different campaign groups because I think we all brought our own unique dynamic to the table,” Monteleone said. “The voices of [Take TU] needs to be heard because we are a student body and that’s what TSG is supposed to represent.” francesca.furey@temple.edu

SPECIAL INTEREST There is one seat for each group represented as ‘special interest’ and two designated to multicultural clubs.

AT-LARGE There are five seats ‘at-large’ for any student in the university to run for. SASHA LASAKOW |THE TEMPLE NEWS

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BOT to hold first committee meeting of the year The Executive Committee is expected to discuss philanthropy and faculty governance this week. By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News With the advance of this academic year comes the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee. The committee’s meeting on Thursday is open to the public. Discussions over the controversial proposed football stadium will continue this year, but the topic is not expected to be addressed at the upcoming meeting, said Brandon Lausch, a university spokesman. The Board is broken into a number of committees that address specific items throughout the university. With 14 committees, the Board focuses on anything from academic affairs and athletics to budget and finance. The Executive Committee is one of these branches and meets during the months that the full board does not meet. The primary function of this committee is to receive and address information on various topics. “The meeting of the Executive Committee is not to be confused with ‘executive session,’ which is a term to describe a private meeting among members of a governing or legislative body,” Lausch said. “Temple board committees meet in an executive session before the public portion of the meeting. “For the upcoming meeting, the Chair of the committee has asked for an update on philanthropy” and on the Faculty Senate, Lausch said. He described philanthropy as “the fundraising from private donors.” Temple recently announced the results of fundraising from last year, surpassing its goals for fundraising and raising $79.1 million. The Faculty Senate is a meeting of faculty from all university schools and colleges. Together, they voice their collective vision for

WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Michael Reed, who graduated from Temple with a degree in political science in 1969, joined the Board of Trustees in July.

Temple, as stated in their website. The Faculty Senate and its committees have the responsibility of acting as advisors to the administration of the Board of Trustees. The president of the Faculty Senate, Michael Sachs, could not be reached for comment. “Dr. Sachs had written a presentation for the meeting and had it advised by the other two Senate officials: Vice President Elvis Wagner and past president, Tricia Jones,” said Susan Dickey, the secretary of the Faculty Senate. “All members of the senate were sent an

invitation to the upcoming meeting and are expected to be there,” Dickey added. Those who will be in attendance are all sitting members of the Executive Committee, which is comprised of elected members and those that are appointed by officials of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The committee is chaired by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who played a part in the reinstatement of the rowing program in 2014. Daniel Polett vice chairs the committee and Patrick O’Connor, chairman of the BOT, acts as an executive official.

“Most members typically attend the meeting,” Lausch said. “President [Richard] Englert is also invited to attend all meetings of the board and its committees.” The public is invited to attend the portion of the meeting that is open to community members, students and teachers. The duration of the meetings vary based on the number of items on the agenda, how long any presentations will last and how much discussion takes place. patrick.timothy.bilow@temple.edu

TUPD investigating harassment cases Englert returns to Officials said because of increased awareness, reporting could rise. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor Temple Police responded to 17 counts of harassment in the past 11 days according to crime logs posted on TUPD’s website. Of the 17 incidents, 12 remain open. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said in most cases of harassment, Temple Police get a call. “Most times we get called, but this past week, police were in the area and

we got flagged down,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a woman walking alone and there’s a man following her and he starts saying some things that made her feel uncomfortable. Area patrol was going by and stepped in.” Leone said there most likely has not been an uptick in harassment due to anything other than the fact that people have returned to campus. He added that there is much more reporting of harassment simply because people are more informed, meaning there are more reports in general. “It’s prevalent in that it’s a low-level crime, so reporting has become better,” he said. Leone said harassment falls under a whole “gamut” of things — from domestic issues to shoving to saying

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things that cause a person alarm. He added it can also happen anywhere, including between students or people in the street. In Pennsylvania, harassment is legally defined as hitting, kicking and shoving, following a person, communicating with lewd, threatening or obscene language or in an anonymous way or at an inconvenient time all falls under the criminal charge of harassment. Harassment by communication, which the law states is when someone is harassed through social media, texting or by telephone, is more prevalent now because that is how most people communicate, Leone said. He added that depending on the form of harassment the complainant was subjected to, they have the option to file a private criminal complaint through the District Attorney’s office. “Especially if this is a relationship issue, we can get them a protection from abuse order,” Leone said. “I don’t usually see a lot of violence, but I do see persistence. A lot of it comes in the form of relationship harassment. After a breakup, one doesn’t stop calling the other or trying to talk to them even after they were asked to stop, and it can get alarming for that person.” Two of the past 17 counts have resulted in protection from abuse orders. Three of the cases were “exceptionally cleared,” meaning students were referred to the Student Conduct Board. Leone added that most of the time harassment stops once the harasser knows police have gotten involved. “We always document harassment in case it doesn’t stop, and we need to file charges,” he said. “No one should be harassed. If you’re being bothered to the point where you feel alarmed, you should call. Off campus and on campus, we’ll call to follow up. There’s lots of support for you and we investigate thoroughly.” julie.christie@temple.edu

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In an interview with The Temple News, Richard Englert said he feels students don’t think he’s important. By THE TEMPLE NEWS STAFF Richard Englert, Temple’s acting president, told The Temple News Editorial Board last week that students don’t need to be concerned with his role at the university. In an interview at his office in Sullivan Hall, Englert told The Temple News that as acting president, there is “no difference in authority” compared to his predecessor, Neil Theobald, who is now on faculty in the College of Education. The Board of Trustees dismissed Theobald as Temple’s president in July, over concerns about a $22 million deficit in a merit scholarship program and his decision to fire the former provost, Hai-Lung Dai. In the interview, Englert mostly discussed how he was introducing himself to students, faculty and administrators, and ensuring that the year started off smoothly — shepherding along some construction, ensuring that residence hall move-in was planned for. Later in the year, he said, he may have to make some decisions about the potential on-campus football stadium, but not until a study into its feasibility is completed. Read more from the students we talked with in our Features section. VOICES | PAGE 14 Later, the conversation turned to the administrative transition, which Englert said he wanted to be “smooth.” Englert said he felt students likely wouldn’t feel much of a difference. But he balked at a question on whether or not there was enough communication from the top about the changes. The Board of Trustees sent two emails to students this summer that mentioned the leadership change, one on the day the Board voted “no confidence” in Theobald and one, days later signed by Englert, telling students he was honored to “step into the role of acting president.” “This isn’t false modesty,” Englert said. “Students aren’t really that interested in me, who’s sitting in this chair. They’re interested in the faculty, their classes, what the campus looks like.” “I never cared who was president,” Englert later added. “And I haven’t heard of any students not coming here because of [the changes this summer].” editor@temple-news.com @thetemplenews

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Confidence needed to lead Acting President Richard Englert doesn’t believe students think he’s important, but he is. The Temple News met with Acting President Richard Englert on Thursday afternoon to ask him some of our questions. We walked away with more — the most burning of which is, ‘Why does Englert think he’s unimportant?’ “Students aren’t really that interested in me or who is sitting in this chair,” he said, adding that they were more interested in the faculty, their classes and what the campus looks like. But the president has a direct influence over all of those things. He appoints deans and has power over faculty tenure. He carries out the will of the Board of Trustees, which oversees everything from educational policies to construction and programs at the university. The president also oversees the offices that are responsible for construction and development

throughout the university. The president is, in fact, a vital part of Temple. To think that the person who sits behind that desk is anything but, limits progress before it can even take place. “You think a president says, ‘OK, let’s do this,’ and therefore everybody runs and does it? No way,” Englert said. “The reality is you have to get people to generate ideas. You have to get buy-in.” That may be the case for the beginning of an initiative, but it takes a president to implement those ideas, to bring them into reality. And with so much going on at Temple, from community tensions to a recently unionized faculty, it’s clear there is still much more work to be done. “I would never want to start an initiative that dies because I leave,” he said. However, not trying to means failure by default.

Representing students Temple Student Government’s parliamentary system has room to improve. Temple Student Government will be finalizing the details for its 36-seat parliament this week. TSG Student Body President Aron Cowen proposed the parliamentary system when his ticket Empower TU ran for office last spring. Some of his opponents at the time claimed the new system couldn’t be fully representative of the university’s student body and that too much time would be needed to adjust to the system. While an adjustment period seems natural for any worthwhile initiative, The Temple News shares concerns that the parliament in its current state may not be equipped to represent the student body. Currently, only two seats have been allocated to multicultural organizations, like the Black Student Union, Hillel and ROTC. It doesn’t seem as though two seats will be nearly enough to represent all faiths, ethnicities and affinity groups

on campus. “The thinking is more along the lines of, ‘Let’s at least make sure they have two seats,’” Cowen said. It would also make more sense for the ROTC to have its own seat apart from multicultural organizations, just as the Residence Hall Association and Greek Life do. Kelly Dawson, vice president of TSG, said ROTC is among the groups on campus that TSG would consider giving its own individual seat in the future. “You learn by doing,” Cowen said. “We’ll make modifications as we go.” We find it reassuring to know TSG leaders have acknowledged concerns about the setup of the parliament and are willing to make changes to it in the future. It’s expected that there will be some initial kinks to work out when a bold change like the parliamentary system is instituted. We’re glad leaders are listening to concerns that have been raised.

CORRECTIONS In the story “Fringe Festival show challenges an art form” that ran Sept. 6 on Page 11, Keila Cordova’s dance company is called 954 Dance Movement Collective, but it is actually called 3 Pony Show/ Keila Cordova Dances. The story also stated that her partnership with Temple started three years ago; it was five. In the story “Vita and the Woolf: Creating an ‘eclectic’ sound” that ran Sept. 6 on page 8, it was stated that Adam Shumski joined Vita and the Woolf in 2015, but he actually joined in 2014. 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@templenews.com or 215-204-6737.

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Gender-neutral housing offers inclusion Jaen, who identifies as transgender, decided to live in a single suite in Morgan Hall North during his freshman year because he was in the process of transitioning. With gender-neutral housing, students who are gendereginning next school year, gender-neutral housing nonconforming will no longer have to isolate themselves from will be available for students living on Main Cam- other Temple students out of fear. There will also be less of a pus. I’m glad Temple will be joining the 205 colleges chance of encountering a transphobic roommate in genderacross the country that have already introduced this neutral housing. gender-inclusive option. “If I could choose gender-neutral housing and even get a TSG President Aron Cowen said the university’s gender- random roommate through that, I feel like I would have been neutral housing feasibility study is almost done. This inclusive able to make better connections with people,” Jaen said. housing option is an ongoing project that the past two TSG Jaen also said transgender students like himself, who in administrations were working toward, he the past had to opt for a single room under Temple’s current said. housing option, had to pay a steep fee, as a single room is more “Some projects take time, but I think expensive than a room shared with other students. we can go the last mile here,” Cowen “It was almost $7,000 a told The Temple News. semester,” he said. “I’m goGender-neutral housing ing to be in debt for the rest will benefit transgender of my life because of that.” students on Main CamJaen was going to pus who may have live in Johnson & HardJAYNA SCHAFFER previously been wick Residence Hall, a forced to live less expensive option, but with students of a gender with because single rooms in which they do not identify. J&H are connected to This is the scenario other suites and its bathAlex Honoré, who identirooms are communal, it fies as transgender, expewasn’t possible for Jaen rienced during their freshto live there while tranman year living in 1940 sitioning. Residence Hall. A gender-neutral “Being lumped up in housing option will althe category, ‘That’s a girl’s low the university to room,’ and ‘Those are the stay true to its mission ladies’ made me so uncomof affordability by keepfortable in my body,” said ing transgender stuHonoré, a junior physioldents from paying high ogy major and member of dorm prices or legal the club Queer People of fees. It will also better Color. serve the diverse student Honoré said for them population the university to live with male-identifyprides itself on. ing students, they would “G e n d e r- n e u t r a l have had to officially housing would bring so change their gender many more students to COURTNEY REDMON | THE TEMPLE NEWS marker on all Temple Temple,” Honoré said. documents, which re“They’d be like, ‘Wow, quires an expensive legal process. this is a university that supports the community and wants to “That would take hundreds of dollars and force me out to help in the way that it can.’” my family, which is an unsafe situation for me,” Honoré said. It is hard to transition to college, and it can be even harder Luckily, the implementation of gender-neutral housing to make the transition to openly identifying as another gender next school year will allow for transgender students like Hon- and using a new name. Let’s lighten the burden for those gooré to avoid legal fees and, perhaps more importantly, the pos- ing through these transitions by allowing them some leeway in sibility of unsafe situations. choosing where to live and who to live with. “I wanted to have roommates, but there was always going to be some type of altercation,” said Joaqín Jaen, a sophomore jayna.alexandra.schaffer@temple.edu neuroscience major and the events coordinator of QPOC.

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Safe sex less accessible to students The WRC only allows students to purchase condoms with Diamond Dollars.

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t the start of the semester, the Wellness Resource Center changed its policy regarding the method of purchase it accepts for sexual health products, like condoms and lubricants. While the WRC still sells condoms for only 10 cents each, it no longer accepts cash payment. Purchases must be made exclusively using Diamond Dollars, Samantha Tatulli, the healthy lifestyles program coordinator, told The Temple News. MATTHEW KECK The WRC’s new payment system may prevent students from practicing safe sex. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, using a condom during sex is important for preventing both unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STDs. Previously, students could buy condoms from the WRC with cash after simply showing their OWLcard to the cashier, and transactions were not recorded to a specific student. Now when a student buys condoms with Diamond Dollars, however, their purchase will be recorded electronically in the Diamond Dollars account section of their TUportal. Tom Johnson, interim director at the WRC, said nothing about the transaction would reveal that a student purchased condoms through his or her Dia-

mond Dollars account. “That was something we made sure about when we went to make the switch,” Johnson said. “That it wouldn’t show up as like, ‘condom sale.’” It is comforting to know my Diamond Dollars account would only read “Wellness Resource Center” and not “condom sale,” but I still think the electronic tracking of the purchases still poses some problems. If parents see the phrase “Wellness Resource Center” show up on their child’s Diamond Dollars account, they might be concerned for their child’s health and subsequently ask what they spent money on. Although this phrase is not as blunt as “condom sale” would be, it still has the potential to put students in the uncomfortable situation of explaining what they purchased to their parents. Because of this possible scenario, the WRC’s new system could become a barrier for some students who need birth control products. Another potential barrier to buying condoms at the WRC is the simple fact that a lot of upperclassmen at Temple do not use Diamond Dollars once they move out of Temple’s residence halls. As a sophomore who no longer lives on Main Campus, I personally don’t see the need to have Diamond Dollars, since I no longer have a meal plan or pay to do my laundry in a dorm. John Lucas, a sophomore tourism and hospitality management major, has bought condoms at the WRC before, but was unaware of the change in its purchasing policy. “That’s kind of annoying,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d use Diamond Dollars again, since I moved out of the dorms.”

In order to buy condoms, students will have to make a transfer to their Diamond Dollars account ahead of time. This slight barrier could lead to some people simply opting not to buy condoms from the WRC, or at all, making safe sex less accessible. “Some people don’t carry cash, so when we accepted cash you could argue the same thing,” Johnson said. “Every student has a student ID, and therefore has access to Diamond Dollars.” It’s true any student at Temple has the capability to pay through these means, and the issue of using exclusively one currency is not new. This take on the issue, however, ignores the important upside of paying with cash: the purchase is not recorded and students maintain their privacy. Lucas said despite the inconvenience of using Diamond Dollars, he will still continue purchasing condoms from the WRC. “I’ll still go to the Wellness Resource Center,” he said. “It’s just not really ideal.” I’m worried that others will not follow Lucas’ lead though and take safe sex precautions. Perhaps, they may be embarrassed their parents will see they spent money at the Wellness Resource Center or they will be too inconvenienced to buy the resources they need before they need them. Making options for safe sex available to students can only be beneficial when students feel comfortable accessing these resources. The WRC’s new Diamond Dollars payment system unfortunately limits this access. MatthewKeck@temple.edu

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UChicago gets it wrong on safe spaces

Alumni engaging, attracting students

Safe spaces and trigger warnings encourage intellectual discussion, not limit it.

Alumni have been getting more involved in the university than in past years.

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n late August, administrators from the University of Chicago penned a letter to the university’s incoming class, condemning the usage of safe spaces and trigger warnings within the institution. The letter reads, “We do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.” Many criticize our generation for similar reasons, like being ‘too politically correct,’ but I don’t think being considerate of other peoJASMINE FAHMY ple’s life experiences prior to entering a classroom is such an extreme practice. Creating a safe space in the classroom is dependent on individual professors though, which makes gauging where Temple stands in this practice difficult. Tiffany Rowland, vice president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, thinks Temple could use some improvement. “In our meetings we talk about our experiences in college,” said Rowland, a senior media studies and production major. “And we know for a fact there are a lot of professors who are directly not sensitive to traumatic subjects.” Triggers are anything that may set off a memory for someone and transport them back to a time of trauma. FMLA asks members at the beginning of the year to list subjects that may be triggering for them so others are aware of these triggers and use warnings before discussion. “It’s not like trigger warnings are new,” Rowland said. “They tell you on ‘Game of Thrones’ if a [sexual assault] is

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going to happen.” If popular TV shows are making use of trigger warnings, what’s the harm in professors doing the same? A warning does not mean the content of the lecture or class discussion will change. When students request the use of trigger warnings, often it’s not because they want to shy away from the conversation or shut down a topic altogether. It’s because they want to be forewarned. Then they can prepare themselves to participate openly in discussions and share their experiences, which could have been traumatic. Psychology professor Lalain Williams uses trigger warnings in her syllabus and said professors need to be “cognizant in the classroom.” “If I know I’m showing pictures of women who are pro-anorexia because we’re talking about eating disorders, there are going to be students, both female and male, in the class that are recovering,” Williams said. Williams said it benefits her students to warn them about the potentially harmful topics being discussed, and has even been able to learn from students who were adequately prepared to share their experiences within the classroom.

“I had a student who was brave enough to tell us about her walk with eating disorders,” Williams said. “And she even talked about how the pro-anorexia images were triggering. … I know I’m doing a disservice if I don’t say, ‘This might be problematic.’” Clearly, trigger warnings and safe spaces can contribute to the type of academic inquiry and free expression in the classroom that the University of Chicago claimed the warnings limit. Trigger warnings and safe spaces don’t hinder discussion or academic freedom, but instead open up new viewpoints to highly sensitive topics. The use of a trigger warning simply gives those suffering notice of the topic at hand. And in giving students this warning, they’re also given the option to prepare and speak up to educate others. There’s nothing wrong with students wanting to go somewhere they feel safe and welcomed, and with widespread use of safe spaces, campus will become a healthier place for students in need. jasmine.fahmy@temple.edu

FROM THE ARCHIVE

April 21, 1987: Temple Student Government candidate Peter Scarselli suggested a runoff vote between the three tickets that ran for office. Ticket leaders, including Scarselli, were seeking the position of TSG executive director. Scarselli’s ticket came in second. The ticket led by Jon Libby won the election by only five votes. TSG’s constitution stated a plurality was needed to win the election, but Scarselli argued that the margin was too slim to constitute a plurality. This year Aron Cowen took office as TSG president after his ticket Empower TU, won the general election last spring against three other teams. There are members from every ticket that ran last spring — except Take TU — working in the current administration.

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ike many students at Temple — nearly 35 percent of the 2015 freshman class, to be exact — I am a first-generation college student. So when I first learned my aunt, whom I greatly admire for traveling the world and showing off her acting chops on Broadway, went to Temple, I was intrigued. Later, I found out that my favorite high school English teacher was an alum, too. People I respected went to Temple. People doing amazing things went to Temple. So I wanted to go to Temple. “Our alums can be ambassadors, as students are looking up and saying, ‘OK, well that’s someone I admire and they went to Temple,’” said Vice President of Alumni Relations Ken Lawrence. “And [it’s important] for the students to have someone they can talk to about the colMELANIE REHFUSS lege, someone who actually went there.” Alumni are clearly essential in attracting incoming students, and luckily the alumni network at Temple is becoming increasingly active. Alumni scholarship donations reached $15.6 million in 2016, which is more than double from the $7.6 million donated in 2015. Those funds will be essential in maintaining the university’s commitment to affordability, especially as the university’s popularity continues to grow. Temple alumni haven’t always been this active in the university though or quite so willing to make donations. Last April, university CFO and Treasurer Ken Kaiser

I’m glad the university has been making an increased effort to connect with students once they leave Main Campus.

told The Temple News the university’s commuter culture has impacted past alumni involvement. “You commute, you graduate, you don’t hear from Temple for 15 years and you kind of lose touch,” Kaiser said. “It’s almost like a lost generation. And there’s people that have graduated that are billionaires that we probably haven’t been able to connect back with.” Lawrence said even among alumni who graduated more recently, contact is sometimes lost because a portion of students don’t provide the university their contact information following graduation. The Temple University Alumni Association, which was formed in 1927, has more than 319,000 alumni. Since some alumni don’t leave contact information, this number is somewhat inflated. Only about half of that number are actually active reachable members, Lawrence said. Homecoming, which will begin next week, is a nowweeklong event that has the potential to draw out more alumni. Lawrence said there was a 43 percent increase in alumni attendance at homecoming between 2014 and 2015. And the prospect of a possible on-campus football stadium could serve as another means of attracting alumni back to Main Campus more regularly for games and bolstering school pride. “I think, when our alumni come back to campus and see the great changes that have taken place, it just helps get them more excited and more engaged with the university,” Lawrence said. It’s clear that recently graduated alumni are staying connected to the university already. First time participants made up 62 percent of the attendees at alumni events throughout the past year. The effort to engage students and young alumni is relatively new, however, having been implemented only a year ago. “After convocation, the post-convocation barbeque for the freshman class was sponsored by the Temple University Alumni Association,” Lawrence said. “So even before classes start, we want students thinking, ‘OK, at some point, four years from now, I’m gonna be an alum.’” I’m glad the university has been making an increased effort to connect with students once they leave Main Campus. It’s likely future alumni will attract the next generation of college students to consider Temple, just like past alumni did for me. melanie.leigh.rehfuss@temple.edu @melanierehfuss

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Cosby recieves trial date after several delays A judge assigned to Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case set his trial date last week to no later than June 5, 2017. The actor entered the Pennsylvania courtroom with an aide directing him. His new legal team, including lawyer Brian McMonagle of Philadelphia, said that Cosby is blind. Accommodations for his disability will be made for him when he is on trial. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in Philadelphia, in 2004 according to Constand’s claims. She is one of the several women who have accused him of sexual assault. For the trial, the prosecution requested testimony from 13 of the women who have come forward. A recorded call between Constand’s mother and Cosby where she questioned Cosby about the drugs given to her daughter was discussed at the pre-trial conference. Because of Pennsylvania’s wiretap law, which requires consent to record a conversation, and the fact that Cosby was unsuspecting of recording, the defense is asking for the recording to be removed from the evidence. Cosby’s legal team is also requesting the trial to be held in another county due to a bias in the prosecutor, who called Cosby a sexual predator last year. -Francesca Furey

Child abuse cases increase 40 percent state-wide Reported child abuse cases increased by 40 percent and are straining Pennsylvania’s resources of county district attorneys’ offices, the Inquirer reported last week. Since 2014, when new legislature was passed that expanded the legal definitions of child abuse in the state of Pennsylvania, the number of reported child-abuse cases has sharply increased. While advocates say the legislative overhaul was necessary to prevent instances of child abuse, prosecutors all over the state are struggling under the increased workload. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania approved over two dozen new child-abuse legislatures after the scandal involving Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Victim advocates claim the overhaul was essential in responding to the needs of child victims. Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, told the Inquirer that while she understands the new pressures that Pennsylvania prosecutors are facing, she also wants it known that the measures taken by new legislation have been proven very effective. -Amanda Lien

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UberPool rolls out 99-cent deals for rides on campus Since rolling out UberPool, a cheaper ridesharing alternative to its regular service, Uber has been looking for ways to attract more consumers by offering cheaper rates. Uber’s newest campaign, which will last throughout September, is geared specifically toward Temple students. According to Uber’s website, all UberPool rides that begin and end on Temple’s boundaries will cost students just 99 cents. To qualify, the beginning and end of a trip must be within the boundaries of Susquehanna Avenue, 16th Street, 10th Street and Oxford Street. Riders must also select the UberPool option on the app, as regular Uber rides are not eligible for the discounted fare. There is no promo code needed — the app will detect if riders are on Temple’s campus and the fare will be automatically discounted. -Amanda Lien

UNIVERSITY NEWS

Temple University Hospital to be honored at City Hall Temple University Hospital, TUH-Episcopal Campus and Jeanes Hospital will be honored at City Hall on Sept. 14 for their efforts to serve local and fresh nutritious foods to prevent and reduce chronic diseases in their patients, employees and visitors. The hospitals are being recognized for meeting standards for salt, fat, sugar and fiber in their foods served in part of a voluntary program called “Good Food, Healthy Hospitals.” The program is led by The Common Market, a local nonprofit, and the Philadelphia Health Department’s initiative, “Get Healthy Philly.” TUH is the first Philadelphia hospital to complete the “Good Food, Healthy Hospitals” initiative. This was achieved by increasing low calorie beverages, including more fresh salads and low-sodium soups and deli meats. -Gillian McGoldrick News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A Sodexo employee waits for students to select food during breakfast in the Esposito Dining Hall.

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SODEXO Before putting out the bid, Temple hosted tours of the dining locations. Mahaffey said five companies participated, including the three largest food service providers in the United States: Sodexo, Compass and Aramark. He said Sodexo and Aramark submitted proposals, made presentations and cleared the bidding state, putting the decision in the hands of the university’s purchasing department. “We’re in the process of being assessed, so we won’t know until they vote on that,” said Brewington, referring to the purchasing department’s vote to select a provider. The selection process begins with a request for proposal, which is a formal document that outlines questions and requirements a buyer like Temple might have. Vendors respond with the details and pricing of their services. “Temple’s RFP to choose the best dining services provider is ongoing,” said Michael Scales, associate vice president for Temple’s Office of Business Services in an email. “Until it is complete and a contract is finalized, we must maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the procurement process.” Would Sodexo’s long-standing relationship with Temple work in its favor for a renewed contract deal? For Mahaffey, it’s a double-edged sword. “Aramark didn’t serve anybody a burnt piece of toast yesterday,” he said. “We may have. In our business, we use the saying, ‘We’re only as good as your last meal.’ Anyone who’s not here can say everything’s perfect.” Mahaffey said Temple had two broad criteria in their request for proposals: service to students and financial return to the university. To ensure student satisfaction, Sodexo conducts focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys, and works with Cherry Consulting, Temple’s student-run marketing consulting team with the Fox Continued from Page 1

TUPD accent walls produce a calming effect, much needed in an otherwise stressful job. Garcia explained that the dispatchers have yet to become acquainted with the new equipment and software, but he is sure that adapting will not be too intense of an undertaking. “It’s upgraded software,” he said. “It’s like your email, when the style of your email changes all of a sudden it looks different so you get frustrated because you liked the old way, but then you find out that it’s easier now, so we’re making it better for our dispatchers.” “It’s just a little different and they have to get adjusted to that,” Garcia added. In the new facility, the communication team will be transforming their leadership methods, focusing on professional development and mentoring, departing from the conventional supervisory leadership model, to ensure that the dispatchers are successful when doing the oftenstressful work. The department is also working on achieving more exclusive certifications that demand high quality training stan-

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Michael Mahaffey (left), and Richard Green discuss the state of Sodexo’s contract with the university.

School of Business to determine student needs. Richard Green, another of Sodexo’s general managers for Temple, said Cherry Consulting has helped advise Sodexo on “communications to the students and how we work to getting information out to them.” The results of this market research have been rewarding, said Mahaffey. “We sell, at this point, over 3,500 off-campus meal plans,” he said. “It’s one of the highest numbers in the country. I always say students vote with their feet. They walk in and eat with us. And you wouldn’t get those numbers if people weren’t happy.” He cited changes at Morgan Hall as an example of success. “When that first opened three years ago, it was all retail, and the students said, ‘No, no, we want all-you-care-to-eat,’ so we converted the second floor,” Mahaffey said. “Hugely successful. It’s led to a lot of that sign-up meal plans.” In its presentation to Temple’s Business Services, Sodexo outlined a grand vision. “Our goal is to completely renovate

the Student Center dining options as it’s a little old and a little dark on that second floor,” Mahaffey said. “[We want to] bring new concepts and new life to a central location that’s very important to students.” Mahaffey said Aramark has probably made similar points in their presentation, but he believes Sodexo has an edge because they can begin the renovation earlier. “We can begin it during the school year,” he said. “Anyone else’s contract wouldn’t start until July 1.” A spokeswoman for Aramark declined to comment. In the longer term, Sodexo has its sights set on the opening of a new Rec Center next year, the new library in two years, and the potential for a football stadium. Each of these projects could include spaces to sell food. In the meantime, Sodexo awaits Temple’s decision. “We look forward to continuing the partnership serving our students,” said Brewington. walter.motoi.james@temple.edu

dards including an accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Receiving the accreditation is an intensive process, Garcia said. “[CALEA] comes in and tears the whole place up,” he explained. “They really scrutinize everything you do … there are not a lot of police departments that are accredited, so we just want to be among the best.” The department is also considering new methods of communication, like adapting Twitter as a means of alerting the community to things like construction and traffic. Garcia said the department will pursue grants to help fund these transformations. “What we want to do is provide the university with the very best service possible,” Garcia added. “We want everyone to know we’re legitimate, we want everyone to be proud of the police department that protects them, we want people to say, ‘I go to where we have the largest university police department in the country, and by the way they’re certified.’” noah.tanen@temple.edu @njtanen2

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PRESERVING MEMORIES OF NORTH PHILLY

An alumna uses Afrofuturist principles to preserve memories of area residents. By IAN WALKER For The Temple News

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n the wall of Rasheedah Phillips’s office, a quote from Malcolm X asserts the necessity for black people “to be given the rights of a human being.” The criminal justice and Beasley School of Law alumna said she embraces this message in her professional and creative work. Phillips, an Afrofuturist, started the collaborative art and ethnographic research project “Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly.” “Community Futurisms” aims to document the memories of residents of the Philadelphia neighborhoods Sharswood and Blumberg as they are transformed by a Philadelphia Housing Authority redevelopment project. The term Afrofuturism was first coined by cultural critic Mark Dery. According to his essay “Black to the Future,” the word describes fiction that “addresses African-American concerns in the context of twentiethcentury technoculture.” Since 2008, Phillips has worked for Community Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal representation for low-income Philadelphians.

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Documenting LGBTQ presence in video games A professor created an LGBTQ video game archive. By HENRY SAVAGE For The Temple News Adrienne Shaw worked in her local grocery store and played video games in her spare time after she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. This focus on video games was hardly unproductive for her. “As soon as I started grad school, I started focusing on games, because when I applied to Penn they really were interested in my focus in video game studies,” she said. Adrienne Shaw is treading on unprecedented territory when it comes to her largest pursuit, the LGBTQ Video Game Archive, a resource for the history of the LGBTQ community in video games. “I always had an interest in questions of representation, mostly LGBTQ representation, but also representation of women and

racial minorities,” Shaw said. The archive, which has been a workin-progress for longer than a decade, documents any gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer men and women, as well as non-gender-conforming content, in video games that have been made from the 1980s to now. Shaw has written peer-reviewed articles like “Putting the Gay in Games: Cultural Production and GLBT Content in Video Games.” She also authored the book “Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture.” Shaw, who served as co-chair of the International Communication Association’s LGBTQ Studies Special Interest Group from 2011 to 2015, noticed in the years of her research that most people didn’t know about when the LGBTQ community began to appear in video games. “People would ask me about the history of queer content in games, and I would answer, ‘Nobody really knows,’” Shaw said. “There are lots of lists online, like Wikipe-

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BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Vegan and gluten-free dining options are now more readily available thanks to the opening of the Happy Hippy, above.

Being vegan on a city campus Students find ways to eat vegan on campus with an increase in healthy food options. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News

ALLAN BARNES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Adrienne Shaw plays on her Playstation 2 in her office in Annenberg Hall.

Nora Wilson, who has been vegetarian since she was 11 years old, never thought it would be possible for her to become vegan. Wilson is among a number of Temple students who have found ways to cut meat and animal products from their diets on a college budget. Wilson, a sophomore graphic design major, became vegan last April and said besides craving the occasional slice of pizza, she doesn’t “miss much.” “I don’t even think about it really,” Wilson added. “It’s pretty second nature to me and it’s not even been a year.” Like Wilson, sophomore Carolyn Bresnahan had a similar experience transitioning to

a vegan lifestyle, not realizing how simple the change really was. “It’s definitely something you have to do your research on,” Bresnahan said. “But it can be inexpensive as long as you shop in the right places. … You can still live a fully nutritious life and you can thrive off it.” While some vegans like Wilson and Bresnahan have had an easy transition, many people view veganism as inaccessible for college students. “I think people have a weird idea that being vegan is very expensive,” said Wilson, whose diet consists mostly of beans, rice, fruit and pasta. Bresnahan lives off a $50 weekly budget for groceries, buying mainly raw foods like fruits, grains and beans. While fresh produce can be cheap at most stores, she adds that processed and packaged vegan food can be much more expensive, like vegan meats and cheeses and prepared meals. Wilson said while veganism has become a rising trend, students are doing it for many different reasons. Animal welfare is the reason

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Philly Peace Day promotes positivity through events and workshops in the city.

Pearl Theatre, on Broad Street near Oxford, has been taken over by AMC Theatres.

An alumna is the co-founder of a Fringe Festival workshop focused on fashion.

An alumnus presented his experimental film at the 2016 Fringe Festival.


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FringeArts: Alumni share their art in festival Two artists teamed up for an interactive workshop display at the Fringe Festival to help women share their stories. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News When Linda Dubin Garfield first attended the Fringe Festival in 2005, she knew she had to be a part of it. With the 2016 Fringe Festival kickoff last Friday, Garfield, a 1982 educational psychology alumna, put on her 11th show, a recurring workshop called “Clothing: Stories From the Closet.” Garfield is collaborating with Philly artist Susan DiPronio at the Book Trader in Old City. The show focuses on how each person has a story to tell through the clothes they wear. Participants can come to any of three workshops held throughout the month, where art supplies are provided to make and decorate a 5-by-7-inch portrait as well as write a memoir piece on the back. The portraits can either be taken home or kept as part of the display. The display will consist of Garfield’s mixed media projects, DiPronio’s photography and the handmade portraits. Garfield and DiPronio hope that through the freedom and simplicity of the crafts, participants can share their stories and grow from the experience. The pair of artists encourage anyone to wander into their workshops, like Phyllis Barsky, who moved to Center City last June and saw the exhibit listed in the weekend paper under free Fringe Arts events. Barsky used the materials to recreate a dress she recently bought. “As I’m making it I’m realizing that I’m making it in the style of a drawing that I made for my parents when I was a child,” Barsky said, recalling seeing the drawing pinned on the closet door of her mother’s bedroom everyday. “I wasn’t expecting this,” Barsky said of the interactive workshop. “It’s getting in touch with a certain creativity that I don’t exercise all the time ... and just being reflective is something that in the rush of everyday life we don’t always have.” The artists view the display as a group activity rather than just individuals making their own projects, which creates a sense of community and fuels discussion that helps participants work through their problems. Garfield noted the diversity of people that can come together under shared experiences. “One of the things I love about it is ... here you have six or eight or 10 strangers sit down and start doing arts and crafts and it’s so relaxing,” Garfield said. “People start to talk about ... real things ... and they never would have crossed paths.” “Personally I think it’s always good to know that there are other people who have the same issues,” she added.” “It gives you some support and it’s really a great tool for helping people get to know each other. ... There’s a lot of power in art.” This year’s display is not the first time the duo have worked together, collaborating first in 2006 on a workshop titled “Invisible/Invincible Women: Portraits and stories of women of a certain age,” which won the pair an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation to continue their work. Each year at the Fringe Festival, Garfield puts on a different themed workshop, the proceeds of which are donated to a different organization pertaining to the theme. This display benefits the New Day Drop-In Center, which provides clothing and basic needs to victims of human trafficking. The artists have managed to donate over $1,000 to the center so far, hoping to receive more donations during the workshops and throughout the festival. “Everyone has a certain amount of baggage that we deal with,” DiPronio said. “When you use art to express that and relive it it’s very cleansing and it creates a place where you can grow out of whatever negativity you’re in.” “If you ask kindergarten kids how many people are artists, everybody in the class raises their hand, but if you ask 12th graders how many people are artists, you’re lucky if you get one,” Garfield added. “Having people interact and do art ... it touches that spark of creativity in them.” emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu

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ALICIA KAY FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS John Tarquinio, a media studies and production alumnus, produced a short experimental film that is featured in the 2016 Fringe Festival.

An alumnus draws attention to Philadelphia’s oddities in human nature. By JENNY STEIN For The Temple News John Tarquinio spent nearly a month going through VHS-Cs that captured his family’s Christmas gatherings from 1999 to 2003 before he re-recorded and edited them into a 48-second sequence. Set to music originally created by Connor Jude, the viewer is left with an image of Tarquinio, a 2016 media studies and production alumnus, at age nine, blissfully launching himself into two feet of snow. “To remember something, and to try to experience it again, can just bring you sadness, but sadness isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Tarquinio said. “To avoid talking about anything sad will leave you, in my opinion, with this disillusion that everything is okay.” The experimental video, “Extension of Self: Disillusions of Happiness” includes three separate episodes, all focused on the theme of the discontent produced by nostalgia. The episodes were shown at CRUXspace, a new media art gallery, on Friday, alongside approximately 25 other artists’ pieces. It will be available to the public by appointment until Sept. 24. “That’s what I meant by ‘extension of self,’” Tarquinio said. “This is a good way of speaking about all of these things without everyone being like, ‘Oh, are

A former Temple student is the director of production for FringeArts. By BROOKE STORMS For The Temple News Former Temple student Derek Hachkowski gets jobs because of his reputation, not his resume. After attending Temple for three years, Hachkowski dropped out in 2001 because he already had a part-time job as a technical director at Ursinus College. He was so heavily involved with Philadelphia’s professional theater community that school became a distraction, he said. Now, Hachkowski works as the director of production for FringeArts. Hachkowski said he learned technical skills in college, but the biggest thing he picked up from Temple was networking. “I’ve virtually never applied for a job because of networking,” he said. Hachkowski added that he’s “not sure if he has ever hired someone from a resume.” He said usually someone is recommended to him and most of the people working for him are freelancers. Hachkowski got his start with FringeArts while he was still a student. His first introduction to the company was when he and a friend went to see a Fringe Festival show. A little more than

you okay?,’ like yeah, I’m fine.” The piece was included in the gallery as part of the opening of Digital Fringe, a show CRUXspace created in collaboration with Fringe Festival that features “artists who incorporate performance and digital media into their practice.” Andrew Zahn, director of CRUXspace, and Kim Brickley, lead curator, worked with Fringe to put together a piece that incorporated a wide range of videos. After Zahn viewed Tarquinio’s piece, he invited him to be part of Digital Fringe. “It just happened to work perfectly,” Zahn said. “We semi-curated the show by inviting certain artists to submit to it, and I thought [Tarquinio’s] piece worked really well because of the performative elements.” Last year, Fringe Festival’s digital portion was only available to the public online and included pieces from 15 artists. Many of the artists reached out to Jarrod Markman, the Fringe Festival coordinator, hoping to have a space to celebrate each other’s work, so Markman began working with CRUXspace. “I think it’s great that we have artists of [Tarquinio’s] caliber joining Digital Fringe,” Markman said. “I think specifically the content he’s created, the relationship between motion and stillness, is really interesting on a digital platform and it’s an example of work that we would love to continue to have in the Digital Fringe portion of the festival.” Tarquinio graduated in July, after finishing an independent study, for

which he created his video. Tarquinio studied communications at York College of Pennsylvania before transferring to Temple in the spring of 2014. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Tarquinio said a few aspects about Philadelphia intrigued him. “I never thought I would actually end up in Philly, but I absolutely love it, and the city engulfs me,” Tarquinio said. “It does weird things to my state of mind, just being so close to so many different types of people, but it’s interesting what I can bring out of it, like this film.” In his experimental video, Tarquinio included a scene on the subway to draw attention to the oddity of the social phenomenon that takes place. “Riding a subway is so strange to me,” Tarquinio said. “We display such an incredible amount of trust in sitting on a train with a stranger. You have no idea what anyone is going to do. Everyone actually has the physical capability of doing anything, and I feel like we brush off the amount of trust we give everyone, but it’s incredible.” Tarquinio’s work continues to be molded by those surrounding him, even after his pieces are finalized. “The viewership of it is just as incredible as the film-making aspect,” Tarquinio said. “Someone watching it and then telling me what they thought is just as big as me shooting everything and then putting it all together, so it’s really a community effort.”

10 years later, Hachkowski was laid off from a job in Center City. At the same time, a permanent position at FringeArts was open and he was happy to take it. Hachkowski was always encouraged by his parents to do something that he enjoys but is also monetarily rewarding. He’s been working in theater since he was 12 years old and started working in production during middle school. “Theater has always been a part of my life,” he said. For someone who has worked for “almost every professional theater in town,” as Hachkowski said, he’s “not a huge fan of commercial theater.” He said he enjoys FringeArts because “you’ll never see something twice.” “Every show is vastly different from the previous one,” he added. In Hachkowski’s line of work, “keeping everyone happy” is a daily challenge, he said. His department handles the coordination of finances, schedules, staffing and equipment. He is the logistical component that matches an artist’s vision, needs and desires with the company’s resources. He said it’s “a lot of work,” but he finds it fun and rewarding. FringeArts started 20 years ago as the three week-long Fringe Festival, presenting theater, dance, music and visual art productions all over Philadelphia. By 2013, the founders and organizers of the festival realized there was a lasting hunger for innovative, artistic work and formed a permanent, year-round com-

pany. “You have to keep innovating and shifting what you do to keep current. Art changes all the time,” Hachkowski said. Hallie Martenson, the communication director of FringeArts, said that it is an “artistic, cultural and economic catalyst of Philadelphia.” This is partially because, as Hachkowski said, the company “presents stuff that no one else would” and is “totally the non-mainstream.” Hachkowski added that he likes FringeArts because it’s “innovative, fresh and not recycled over and over.” However, he sometimes misses “creating from scratch.” Melanie Leeds, FringeArts’ associate production manager, works with Hachkowski in the production department and says that she is the “people person” while he oversees the entire physical production. He uses his “technical knowledge and long term thinking” to make artistic goals more feasible. Leeds added that the collaborative nature of theater “never seizes to amaze [her].” “It takes a community of people,” she said. “Some people have master’s degrees and some people haven’t graduated and they’re doing the same work. You’re as good as the work you do in the theater.”

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Once a year, a biker gang of a different, more harmonious nature rides through the streets of Philadelphia. Following eight years of unadulterated tradition, Philadelphia once again hosted the annual Naked Bike Ride on Saturday. Philly Naked Bike Ride “aims to promote conscious fuel consumption, positive body images as well as cycling advocacy,” according to its website. The event was free to both watch and participate and all levels of nudity are welcomed. “It builds community and promotes openness, and I think we need more of that right now,” Jared, a nude participant said. In line with tradition, a diverse community came out to support the event. Families, business professionals and college students alike showed support for riders. Amy Peters of New York and Haley Wallace of Michigan both waited outside Rittenhouse Square to witness the bike ride for the first time. They said they found themselves impressed with the level of positivity promoted by both the riders and reciprocated by the spectators. ADVERTISEMENT

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Pearl Theatre thanks North Philly ‘for 10 great years’ The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North was replaced by AMC North Broadstreet 7. By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor Pearl Theatre at Avenue North suddenly closed at the end of August, leaving only a final goodbye message glowing on the marquee: “Thank You North Philly For 10 Great Years!!!!” Known to students for its sixdollar ticket deal on Tuesdays, the theater served as an entertainment hub for students and community residents alike. When the theater opened in December 2006, it was the first movie theater to open in North Philadelphia in nearly four decades. Now, an AMC Theatre occupies the sevenscreen theater in the Avenue North complex on the corner of Broad and Oxford streets. Ryan Noonan, director of corporate communications at AMC Theatres, said the former Pearl Theatre changed hands in late August and reopened on Sept. 2 as an AMC Theatre.

Nicetown-Tioga resident Donna Smith said she has been going to the theater about three times per month for years. “[Pearl Theatre] was blackowned,” she said. “Now I don’t know if a black man will still be owning it.” “It changes things,” she added. “It changes a lot.” Michael Campion, the new general manager of the AMC location, confirmed that the theater will no longer be black-owned. He said the company’s theaters are not franchised, so AMC North Broadstreet 7 is now owned by AMC Theatres alone. Campion, who has been with AMC for 10 years, said that AMC interviewed all of Pearl Theatre’s former employees and rehired the ones they thought would be the “best fit.” He said they extended offers to approximately 20 percent of Pearl Theatre’s employees. Campion said he does not know how long the switch to AMC has been coming, but as a resident of Northeast Philadelphia he thinks the change will be beneficial for the community. “I think it certainly will help,” he said. “Any type of business willing to set a standard and expectancy and put in the effort and hard work will

NISA CHAUDHRI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Pearl Theatre closed on Aug. 29 due to an acquisition of the building by AMC Theatres. The doors reopened on Sept. 2 as an AMC theater.

pay off in the community.” Noonan said AMC is “planning a full theater renovation,” which includes all-plush power recliner seating; new presentation equipment including new speakers, sound systems and screens in each auditorium; remodeled restrooms; new carpets and

fresh paint. He said the renovation will also include expanded food and drink options and they are exploring the option of adding a full bar. Noonan said AMC anticipates that renovations will begin in early 2017, but there is no official start date. Although Smith thinks the

change in ownership changes the theater’s presence in the community, she said she will continue to go. “As long as I can still go in and see a movie, I’m still okay,” she said. erin.moran@temple.edu

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COURTESY DEB SCHELL Peace Day Philly gears up for its sixth year with events around the city. A drum circle leads the tradition at Yoga for Peace at Independence Mall, Sept. 21, 2014.

Promoting ‘positive peace’ in the city A former Temple student founded Peace Day Philly, which is in its sixth year. By LONDON BOGDEN For The Temple News When Lisa Parker first saw the 2008 film “The Day After Peace,” in which one of the characters starts a global “Peace Day,” she decided to make some change. The former Temple student is the founder of Peace Day Philly, a local initiative of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. The week-long event, which runs from Sunday to Wednesday, focuses on topics like peace education, community building, meditation and mindfulness, Parker said. “We are a pro-peace organization,” Parker said, “meaning, we’re about building positive peace.” When Parker attended Temple from 198384 as a psychology major, she utilized the Tuttleman Counseling Center, which helped her to prioritize her wellness. “If we don’t have personal peace, we can’t spread peace,” Parker said. She later transferred to Simmons College in Boston, where she graduated with degrees in psychology and human services in 1986. After working as a social worker for at-risk children and Southeast Asian refugees for seven

years, Parker earned her master’s in social service in 1993 from Bryn Mawr College. In 2011, Parker began the evolution of Peace Day Philly, which started with three “free diverse peace programs” according to the website. Today, it includes more than 30 new programs that coincide with her event, like “Yoga for Peace” and “An Interfaith Peace Dialogue.” Parker said the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia “were definitely key to launching her effort.” The association helped bring volunteers and gave her the push she needed to get into leadership. “It was one of the first times in my life that my inspiration was stronger than my fear,” Parker said. By the end of 2013, Peace Day Philly became a nonprofit organization and established a presence on social media. On Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, Mayor Jim Kenney will speak. Temple Professor Emeritus and Philadelphia’s first poet laureate Sonia Sanchez will perform a poem. “I think the key to Peace Day Philly’s work is we have a broad outreach, meaning we try to engage diverse organizations,” Parker said, “including, education, social service and government.” Peace Day Philly’s main impact in Philadelphia neighborhoods has been increasing awareness of positive peace. “Instead of focusing on reducing something negative, we focus on encouraging things that are positive where people can connect to one another,” she said. “We are really happy

with the fact that people who would never interact with each other are interacting.” Parker’s team of advisors, known as “the core team,” are key to helping her with the yearly event. “Peace Day Philly is important to Philadelphia because it offers people from diverse communities the chance to work together to promote peace in our city, but also within the individual and on the world stage,” said Hugh Taft-Morales, a member of the event’s advisory board. Parker said “all levels of peace are important.” Peace Day Philly is about personal, local and global peace and the events intend to connect each of these levels. This year’s Peace Day Philly event will feature a new program called “We Grow Where We Are: Photos, Paintings, and Words by Syrian Refugee Youth” on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Rittenhouse Square. The new program is about Syrian refugee children and the experience of living in a refugee camp, Parker said. All of Peace Day Philly’s events are free, Parker said. “I never wanted money to be a barrier to things being accessible,” Parker said. “Anyone can be a peace builder, and you can use the global day to either create or engage in activities related to peace.”

Pennsylvania in the MLB. He has worked as the public address announcer at the former Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park. He has also announced the World Series five times, along with two MLB All-Star games and three National Football Conference championships. Baker is a 1968 education alumnus from Rowan University. During his time there, he started working at Channel 48 and recorded statistics for regular-season football games as well as Big 5 basketball games. “I’d sit next to these announcers and I thought to myself, ‘Boy, maybe if I pay close enough attention, I could be doing what they’re doing,’ and eventually, it did happen,” he said. He said he began perfecting his announcing skills by recording audition tapes of himself recreating play-by-plays, which he sent out to different professional sports teams, radio and TV stations, only to receive rejections in response. Baker continued to work at Channel 48 and eventually graduated from the mailroom to the engineering staff, giving him the chance to announce in front of an audience for the first time. He started out filling in for announcers at wrestling matches and automobile thrill shows. In 1972, he became the Phillies’ announcer. Baker was a full-time teacher in the Philadelphia School District until 1980, but he ended his 12-year teaching career to focus on announcing. Baker began to fill in at the Philadelphia Eagles press box in 1968 and continued to work there until he was let go by the team in 2014. Mark DiNardo, the director of broadcasting and video services for the Phillies, has worked with Baker for 11 seasons. With 25 years of experience, DiNardo said Baker’s professionality, along with his knowledge and passion for the game, makes him an icon “not only for our sport, but for Philadelphia sports.” “He is a true, old-school guy,” DiNardo added. “He treats people with dignity and respect.” Baker said he gives credit to his parents who implemented proper speaking skills in their South Philadelphia row home and brought him to his first Phillies game in 1954. He first heard of the open position as an announcer for the Phillies during his time with the Eagles. In the fall of 1971, Baker interviewed with Bill Giles, then-vice president, who went on to be a co-owner of the Phillies. “And that was the catalyst for all of the nice things that ever happened to me,” Baker said.

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VIDEO GAMES dia, but nobody researches them. So I waited a long time to see if anyone would ever do it and they didn’t, so I did.” Recently, Shaw created a curated master list that will allow her to produce statistics on games with LGBTQ representation, she said. With her research, Shaw said that people can see the long history of these types of characters and possibly make game designers create more in-depth, less archetypal LGBTQ characters. “For the industry, having a well-rounded character in a video game that was successful, would give them permission to have better characters,” Shaw said. “A lot of it is, it’s risky. They’re afraid if they have well-rounded queer

characters, that people won’t buy the game.” A large part of Shaw’s findings have shown that LGBTQ characters have already been in games for decades, yet a lot of gamers don’t realize it. “Every time a new gay character shows up in a game, people are like, ‘Oh! This is groundbreaking,’” Shaw said. “It can’t always be groundbreaking. … The ground has been pretty broken.” Chris Persaud, a junior sociology and French major who assisted Shaw with research this summer, said the archive uncovers LGBTQ characters in all sorts of games — even his old favorites. “It’s been fun to kind of be surprised,” Persaud said. “There’s gay characters in games that I played years ago and just never remembered about it, until the research.”

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Depending on the game’s writers or whether the game came from a different country and was adapted to American style, the existence of LGBTQ characters can sometimes be hard to recognize, Persaud said. “There are games I’ve done this summer that took two hours to research and some that took 40 hours,” Persaud said. “Games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘The Elder Scrolls’ are huge and have been going on for a long time. They tend to have more LGBTQ characters, and more content in general.” Shaw said she receives financial support for her project from Temple’s Digital Scholarship Center, which helps her pay research assistants like Persaud. “One of the things that stood out in Adrienne’s project is that she’s doing an analysis,” said Peter Logan, the academic director of DSC.

“She’s not just creating an archive for others to analyze. She’s creating a database for her own analytical purposes.” Shaw encourages gamers to interact with her website and also add their own entries, making the archive an all-in-one LGBTQ database for all gamers. While the 1980s and 1990s list are considered complete, Shaw is still working on compiling games from the 21st century. “I would like the archive to be an all-encompassing resource for information about not just LGBTQ game content, but information about players, fan groups, alternative gaming as well,” Shaw said. “I would like to have it be a ‘Digital Museum of Queer-Related Game Stuff,’ than just about the game content.” henry.savage@temple.edu

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MEMORY But in 2011, Phillips began to extend her advocacy beyond her role as an attorney. She formed The Afrofuturist Affair, an art collective dedicated, according to its website, to using “Afrofuturism and Sci-Fi as vehicles for expression, creativity, education, agency and liberation in communities of color.” Phillips said her work with The Afrofuturist Affair focuses on implementing Afrofuturism as a practical tool to help ordinary people. The organization hosts workshops and events that showcase Afrofuturist art and black science fiction. Black representation in science fiction influences people’s perspectives on “their ability to change or create what their future is,” Phillips said. Phillips and Philly-based artist Camae Ayewa are collecting oral histories for the “Community Futurisms” project in a rented space called the Community Futures Lab on Ridge Avenue near 22nd Street. The storefront resides just blocks away from the demolished Norman Blumberg Apartments. Phillips considers recounting memories to be a practical form of time-travel often featured in Afrofuturist literature. “I relate [time-travel] very closely to trauma and PTSD, like it brings you back to those feelings, those memories,” Phillips said. “It’s not this thing that you need a degree to do or you need to build

a machine that’s never going to be built to do.” Ayewa sees the project as a concrete way to connect with people experiencing the effects of gentrification. “It’s important for us to document. I feel like there’s so many different buzzwords in academia, but we really need to hear from the actual people living in these communities,” Ayewa said.

I relate [timetravel] very closely to trauma and PTSD, like it brings you back to those feelings, those memories. Rasheedah Phillips Co-founder of Community Futures Lab

Phillips and Ayewa have already interviewed a dozen Sharswood and Blumberg residents at Community Futures Lab. The lab is also home to a library and various workshops. Some events held there include a community clean-up day and an avant-garde film screening. Over the summer, several people, including University of Pennsylvania students, interned with Phillips.

“One of the reasons I jumped at it was because Rasheedah and Camae are very amazing artists,” said Joyce Hatton, an intern originally from North Dakota. Phillips said she wants Temple students to become involved in her project especially “because of how close the space is to Temple and because of, quite frankly, Temple’s participation in what is going on in North Philadelphia.” Phillips said Temple’s changing culture is detrimental to the integrity of the university. She believes the university should focus more on students from Philadelphia. “There was a sense like [Temple] was a people’s school, that you as a Philadelphian who went to a poor, stupid high school could go to and actually get a good education,” said Phillips. While Phillips loved her time at Temple, she faced many challenges as a teen parent living with her child on Main Campus. “I had a lot of professors who were understanding and caring,” Phillips said. “But also, I had a lot of challenges and a lot of fights to be able to do things like live on campus with my child.” Phillips said she thinks the Community Futures Lab could benefit from a collaboration with Temple. “Temple has archives with all types of things in it that would be useful to the project,” said Phillips. ian.walker@temple.edu

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John Coltrane exhibit opens in Blockson gallery On Tuesday, the exhibit “John Coltrane: A Love Supreme” will open in the Blockson Collective of Sullivan Hall at 2 p.m. The exhibit, which explores Coltrane’s history as a Philadelphian saxophonist and composer, is being opened in commemoration of his 90th birthday. The documentary short “John Coltrane House: Giant Steps of Philadelphia” will be also shown at the opening of the exhibit. The short was produced by the Coltrane House Film Committee and the Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Community History Program. This event is a part of Temple University Libraries’ ongoing “Beyond the Page” public programming series. -Grace Shallow

Festa di Roma celebrates Rome’s 50th anniversary Festa di Roma, a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of Temple’s Rome campus, will be held in Tyler School of Art’s lobby from 4 to 5:30 p.m on Wednesday. The event will feature the Postcard Project, a compilation of miniature artwork from the Tiny Biennale and Rome Sketchbooks, and work from Tyler students who previously studied abroad in Rome. Festa di Roma is an annual program that hosts events on the Temple Rome campus and Main Campus. Events will continue throughout the school year, ending with a threeday reunion and celebration in Rome in May.

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Ohio Composer C. Spencer Yeh to speak at art school On Wednesday night., C. Spencer Yeh, an artist and composer based out of Cincinnati, will be speaking in Room B-04 of the Tyler School of Art at 6 p.m. Yeh is currently active as a solo and collaborative artist. His primary project is Burning Star Core, a compilation of experimental music. Yeh is speaking as a part of the Critical Dialogue series presented by the Painting and Sculpture Department in Tyler School of Art. Until November 30, a new artist will be speaking to students every Wednesday at 6 p.m. -Grace Shallow

Dancers to perform “Anywhere” in Conwell Hall MORGAN HINDMAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Happy Hippy founder and co-owner Justine Carmine serves healthy food options that appeal to the growing population of vegan students at Temple. The food stand is locted in the Student Center.

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VEGAN change for dietary reasons, environmental reasons or just to be trendy. “Honestly I don’t really care what those reasons are, because it doesn’t matter why you’re doing it,” Wilson said. “The effects are the same whether or not it’s for a diet or anything else.” While Wilson finds eating vegan relatively easy, she said eating on Main Campus can be “a little tricky,” so she usually packs a meal. The sustainable, vegan-friendly food company Happy Hippy is hoping to change that. It was started by Justine Carmine and Nicole Beddow, a 2013 history and secondary education alumna, as a company aiming to make fresh, healthy food accessible for everyone, including college students. The duo made their debut at Temple last January when they sold pre-packaged foods at the Student Center and in Morgan Hall. This year, Happy Hippy has expanded with a stand at the Stu-

dent Center, serving hot, fresh food and smoothies. “There’s a connotation that healthy food and vegan food are gross and it’s not appealing or going to be satisfying,” Carmine said. “I want everyone to see that it is accessible. … It’s all about putting the food in people’s mouths and having them see for themselves.” In the coming years, Happy Hippy is looking to expand within Temple at Tyler School of Art and the School of Medicine, as well as at other Philadelphia schools and in wholesale at Whole Foods. Carmine, excited about the expansion, said going vegan and eating sustainably is generally growing in popularity. “The awareness is there now, especially with students,” she said. “Which is why I love working with students, because [they] are so aware of what you’re putting into your bodies.” “[Students] are definitely the next generation where you’re going to be super aware and it won’t just be a trend, it’ll be a lifestyle, and the more people who

feel it in their bodies, the better,” Carmine added. Bresnahan attributes the trend partially to the use of technology and social media, saying sites like Facebook and Twitter help create dialogue and spread awareness about issues like animal welfare. “It’s one of those things where a lot of people don’t want to hear about it, but since social media is something so prevalent in our society, it’s becoming more known whether you want to know about it or not,” Bresnahan said. Carmine also hopes for Happy Hippy to serve as a resource for students to help spread awareness about the benefits of going vegan, as well as being a healthy food option. “Out of everything I’ve done, [going vegan] is the best thing I could have done. … I feel great and I have so much energy,” she said. “This shouldn’t even be a trend. This should be a lifestyle.” emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu

The Conwell Dance Theater will host “Anywhere,” a dance performance, on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “Anywhere” features five performers dancing to Henryck Górecki’s “Symphony No. 3.” The performance was choreographed by Kathy Westwater, the 2016 recipient of the annual scholarship presented by Temple’s Reflection:Response Commission. The Reflection:Response Commission wants choreographers to consider connections between the mind and body. The scholarship includes a $5,000 cash award, access to rehearsal space during the summer and the opportunity to perform on Main Campus. -Grace Shallow

African-American studies conference in Center City The Kwame Nkrumah Conference, which is co-hosted by Temple’s Department of Africology and African American Studies, begins on Friday afternoon at Lincoln University’s Center City campus. The event will last until Monday and is under the direction of Zizwe Poe, who received a Ph.D. in African American studies from Temple in 2000. Poe is now a professor at Lincoln University. Molefi Kete Asante, the chair of the department of Africology and African American studies, will be presenting at the event as well. The conference will bring together scholars and policymakers to discuss Pan-African ideology in a time of globalization and ways to provide opportunities for the development of Africans worldwide. -Grace Shallow

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“Students aren’t really that interested in me or who’s sitting in this chair. They’re interested in the faculty, their classes, what the campus looks like.” — Acting President Richard Englert We asked students: do you care who the president of the university is? And what do you think about Englert’s statement?

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I feel like that is also kind of crazy to say as a president, but at the same time I can see definitely where he’s coming from. I think before you asked this question none of us knew his name. I don’t think that students really care who is in that position just as long as they abide by what the majority of the student body really asks for. I feel like that’s all that matters really.

SAHAR SIDDIQI Junior English, Information Science & Technology

I guess[the quote] is true. ... I guess everybody was interested when Theobald got fired because [it was a] big scandal, but then no one really cares who this one is. I’ve never seen him.

KALI TAYLOR Senior Media studies and production

I think that’s trash. When I heard there was a $22 million deficit from the issues with Theobald, now it’s affecting the honors college, and that kind of is a big deal to me because I pay a lot of money to this school and I’m going to be graduating soon. This is going to be my alma mater, if we have a crappy president and a crappy system … It’s the most important position here. It’s the president, it’s the face. Did he really say that?

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[Englert’s quote] probably is true, but I think they should be. They should be more interested because obviously who’s at the top of the whole organization is pretty important. They have to shape policy and probably handle our finances and stuff, so that should be one of our concerns.

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I’m new here, but for the time being I don’t really see how who the president is affects me on a personal level. So I don’t want to say that I don’t care, but it doesn’t have anything to do with me really.

PARICHHYA LUITEL Senior Chemistry

Yes I care. Everybody should care about who the president of Temple is because he’s the one representing Temple and that’s basically the first person the public sees when they think about Temple.

ADAM BERSHAD Junior Sport and recreation management

I think the president can make, I guess longterm changes that can affect day-to-day life, but not your average day-to-day life. I’m not thinking of what the president is doing on my average day at school. But for example, last year the president added the bell in one of the buildings on Liacouras Walk. And that kind of adds, like, I know it’s the time of the day. So that kind of adds to it over time but your average day-to-day the president doesn’t do much.

ARYAN SHEKARABI Junior Neuroscience

I know Temple is large, but they don’t make themselves available. Like, I don’t really know who the Board of Trustees are. I just know we have a president, that’s it. Like, we get emails, but they seem like these really standard emails. Like somebody just wrote this template for him and he just put his name at the bottom.

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RONNIE BOLDEN

It’s kind of like, who’s the CEO of a certain company. Obviously if you have a bad CEO, your company’s going to s---, right? So that’s a bad thing that he just said.

SAMIYAH ABDUL-FATTAH Junior Asian studies and pre-health

I think it depends, because I would actually like to know who the president is. If something is going on at Temple and we don’t know the president, like how are we supposed to ask what’s going on if we don’t know who that president is?

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SPORTS BRIEFS BASKETBALL

Full men’s and women’s schedules released The American Athletic Conference announced matchups Thursday and Friday. The men’s and women’s basketball teams now have their full schedules for the 2016-17 season. The men will play six teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016, including nonconference matchups against Yale University and Big 5 rivals Saint Joseph’s and national championship winner Villanova. Temple will open its conference schedule at home against Cincinnati on Dec. 28. The Owls return three starters from last year’s regular season title-winning team, but have lost three of their four leading scorers.

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior defensive lineman Averee Robinson (center) celebrates the Owls’ 38-0 win against Stony Brook on Saturday.

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TURNAROUND tournament. “We were not a fresh team out there, we worked this week,” Rhule said. “But I hope you saw a team with a lot of energy, a lot of juice and did enough to win the football game.” The on-field result on Saturday looked much better. Temple held Stony Brook to 133 total yards on its way to a shutout. Stony Brook ran for 49 yards after Temple gave up 329 yards rushing to the Black Knights on Sept. 2. On offense, Temple’s rushing attack, led by sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead, ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Owls also won the turnover battle 4-1.

“I feel like the old us,” Walker said. “I think that last week was a minor setback of who we are.” While there is rarely much to complain about in a 38-point shutout win, the reality is that Stony Brook is a Football Championship Subdivision team. Temple will really see if it has overcome the problems of its week-one loss when it travels to State College to face Big Ten Conference member Penn State this weekend. There are still problems Temple needs to fix before it plays the Nittany Lions, who lost to the University of Pittsburgh this weekend. One week after Walker was sacked four times, he was sacked two more by Stony Brook and pressured on several other throws. Walker also completed less than half of his passes for the second straight game.

Dropped passes have also been a problem. For the second straight game, a dropped pass led to an interception by the opposing team. The Owls beat Penn State for the first time since 1941 at Lincoln Financial Field last season. On Saturday, they’ll try to beat their in-state rival at Beaver Stadium for the first time. “Obviously they’re a tremendous team, a Big Ten team and it’s always a challenge to play,” said Rhule, who played with the Nittany Lions from 1994-97. “Especially when we play there.”

JENNY KERRIGAN FILE PHOTO Graduated guard Quenton DeCosey led the team in scoring last year.

The women’s team, which lost in the WNIT quarterfinals to the University of Michigan last season, will play 13 of 29 games at home this season. Coach Tonya Cardoza’s team will face a tough American Athletic Conference schedule. Five teams from the conference including Temple qualified for postseason play, most notably national champion Connecticut. Temple is currently scheduled to play three games on national television, with more dates to-be-announced at a later date. The Owls will face five NCAA tournament teams from last season, including DePaul University, which reached the Elite 8. -Evan Easterling

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ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Two promoted to new roles Tim Theiss and Scott Walcoff have been promoted to senior associate athletic director positions, athletic director Pat Kraft announced last Tuesday. Theiss, a 2008 sports and recreation management alum, has been working in the athletic department since 2011. He began as a business manager before being promoted to associate athletics director for finance and administration in 2014. Walcoff has been working for Temple athletics since 2005.

-Evan Easterling

Six people to join Temple Athletics Hall of Fame

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead (center) led the Owls in rushing Saturday, finishing with 14 carries, 48 yards and one touchdown.

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BACKFIELD who was recruited as a wide receiver, into the game against Army, but did not. He made sure that he and offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas got Wright touches Saturday. Wright finished as the team’s second-leading rusher Saturday, carrying the ball seven times for 42 yards. He got three straight carries with four minutes, 20 seconds left in the first quarter, taking the ball 25 yards from the Seawolves’ 30-yard line to the 5-yard line to set up a touchdown pass to Keith Kirkwood. Wright’s play impressed Armstead, who also saw time as a true freshman last season. “He brings a lot that I see in myself,” Armstead said. “He’s a great back and he showcased it today. He’s just gotta get some more confidence, and he’ll be a great

back for us.” “Isaiah is somebody that I just want to take under my wing and really help so he can be the best that he can be,” Armstead added. Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Cortrelle Simpson, who often plays scout team quarterback when the team is preparing for an option-style offense, also contributed to the rushing attack. His 36yard run on an end around, coupled with a personal foul penalty, moved the ball into the red zone to set up Armstead’s tiebreaking touchdown in the first quarter. Simpson finished with 40 yards rushing on the day. Rotating running backs helped Temple keep its players well-rested on a hot day and kept Stony Brook’s defense guessing. “All of our running backs know what to do, we were fresh out there just rotating us in and out,” said sophomore running back Jager Gardner, who had four carries

for 15 yards. “It’s like a five-headed bull.” “It’s hard for the defense to key on one person, so I mean getting us in and out of there like that I mean it’s hard for the defense to get to us,” Gardner added. After beating Football Championship Subdivision opponent Stony Brook, the Owls face a bigger test on the road against in-state rival Penn State. The running back rotation could change depending on player availability. “It kind of depends on Jahad [Thomas]. … I thought Jager [Gardner] ran the ball well, [redshirt-sophomore running back David Hood] got some yards,” Rhule said. “We got a bunch of guys who can run the football so I think it kind of depends on who’s healthy and who’s not.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

Temple’s Athletics Hall of Fame will add six new members when it inducts the class of 2016 on Sept. 23, athletic director Pat Kraft announced Friday. The class includes four All-Americans: women’s lacrosse player Kerry Paul Asbury, cross country and track star Bill Mahoney, golfer Kevin Kleir and women’s basketball player Candice Dupree will be honored. Asbury, a two-time All-American, led the nation with 62 goals during her senior season and helped lead the Owls’ lacrosse team to two NCAA tournament appearances from 1989-93. Mahoney became the first All-American in men’s cross country history in the mid-1960s. Kleir, a four-time All-American, led the Owls to the NCAA tournament four years in a row from 1979-82. Dupree, a three-time WNBA all-star, finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in field goal percentage. The class also includes Art McCall, who made three NCAA Championships in wrestling in the 1950s, and Lynn Greer, who finished his basketball career as the school’s second all-time leading scorer. The induction ceremony will be at the Student Pavilion at 7 p.m. next Friday. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the football team’s homecoming game on Sept. 24.

-Evan Easterling

FOOTBALL

Team hires new on-campus recruiting coordinator Former Rutgers University and University of Massachusetts running back E.J. Barthel will join the Owls’ staff as an on-campus recruiting coordinator, the team announced Wednesday. Barthel spent three seasons with the Scarlet Knights before playing two years at UMass and graduating with a sociology degree in 2008. He served in a similar role at Rutgers from March 2015 to Jan. 2016. Temple has signed several former Rutgers recruits including freshman wide receiver Isaiah Wright and quarterback Anthony Russo. -Evan Easterling sports@temple-news.com


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FIELD HOCKEY

Freshman goalkeeper impressing as Owls’ starter Maddie Lilliock has started all six of the team’s games in goal. By NICK HAAS For The Temple News There was an open competition for the Owls’ starting goalie spot this summer after last year’s starter Haley Mitchell graduated as a fifth-year senior. Mitchell had to wait until her fifth year to start for the Owls in goal, but freshman Maddie Lilliock came to Temple with her eyes on the starting position. After Lilliock and sophomore Chloe Johnson battled for the spot throughout the summer, Coach Marybeth Freeman informed Lilliock right before the first game of the year against Syracuse University that she had earned the job. She has yet to relinquish it through the team’s first six games. “I’m really dedicated to field hockey,” Lilliock said. “I’ve been hitting the gym, going to different field hockey practices, getting lessons. Now that I get to work with Marybeth it’s even better, because she’s a fantastic goalie coach.” Lilliock attended Lower Dauphin High School, where she was a dualsport athlete, playing field hockey in the fall and softball in the spring. She was an all-state second baseman and played for the club field hockey team West Chester Eagles, where she competed at national indoor tournaments and showcases. The Palmyra, Pennsylvania native didn’t start playing goalkeeper until her freshman year of high school when Lower Dauphin’s coach asked her to try the position. She committed to play for former coach Amanda Janney at Temple a year later as a sophomore. When Freeman took over the Owls’ head coaching position in 2015, she and the rest of her coaching

staff went through the process of revisiting and reevaluating each recruit. When it came to Lilliock, there was no doubt they would honor the previous regime’s offer. “After we met with Maddie, we thought she would be a good fit for what we were trying to do,” Freeman said. “Because of her skill level, we welcomed her with open arms.” Freeman played goalkeeper for Old Dominion University from 19982001 and helped the Lady Monarchs

win two national championships. She said she’s liked what she has seen from her freshman goalie. Lilliock notched her first win on Sept. 4 against La Salle, stopping 10of-12 shots. Her 8.67 saves per game ranks No. 7 in Division I and her 52 saves is second among Big East goalkeepers. “I like her agility, and her reaction skills, [her] reaction time is top notch,” Freeman said. “I think she does a great job on second efforts. Her

athleticism overall and knowledge of the game, at this level as a freshman, is really impressive.” Freeman prefers to keep an open competition at every position from game to game. The players find out who is starting just prior to game time. But it appears Lilliock has locked down the starting job. The first game of the season was against the defending national champion Syracuse, which ended in a blowout 8-0 loss.

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PATRICK CLARK /THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock follows the play as the Owls clear the zone in a Sept. 2 game against Penn State. The Owls lost 8-1 in the home opener at Howarth Field.

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WILSON to accept it.” Wilson’s goal coming into the Olympics was to make the 800 final and win a medal. The Neptune, New Jersey native finished with her slowest time in her last five races leading up to the semi-finals. She finished third her in her semifinal heat and did not have a time fast enough to qualify for the finals. South Africa's Caster Semenya eventually took the gold medal in the event. If she could go back, Wilson said her approach would stay the same. “It was disappointing, but I did what I was supposed to do,” Wilson said. “To come up short, I was disappointed, but later I was proud of myself and happy I could just make it there.” She booked her spot on the United States team by finishing second at the U.S. Olympic trials on July 4. Wilson was the only athlete from Temple at the Olympics. Mark Mendeszoon, who is a 1993 School of Podiatric Medicine alum, went to Rio as a personal physician.

Wilson was not the only member of Team USA from Monmouth County. Swimmer Connor Jaeger, track and field’s Robby Andrews and fencer Monica Aksamit are all from the same county as Wilson. She is one of 38 Olympians from New Jersey. Most countries bring a box of small lapel pins with them to the games.Wilson recalls some of the best times coming from the dining hall in Olympic Village, trading pins with athletes from other countries. She started with 10 pins and finished with 26. After missing the opening ceremony, Wilson attended the closing ceremonies as rain came pouring down on athletes and performers. Wilson is not waiting for the next Olympic Games, but is focusing on the rest of her season. She did not leave Brazil with a medal, but has memories both she and Monmouth County can remember. “Once you walked down and saw all the countries with their flags, you forgot about the rain.” Wilson said. “It was a great experience.” connor.northrup@temple.edu @ConnorNJ4life

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Temple Sports Complex’s soccer field can seat up to 500 people. The new, on-campus facility eliminated the 45-minute commute required in previous years to attend soccer matches at Ambler Campus.

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BRIANNA SPAUSE /THE TEMPLE NEWS Olympic semi-finalist and senior kinesiology major Ajee’ Wilson runs professionally with Juventus Track club, and was sponsored by Adidas as she ran in the 2016 Olympic games.

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The coach did not waver in her trust with the young goaltender and sent her right back out to start against Saint Joseph’s, Penn State, La Salle, University of Delaware and Drexel. “I know that she is just going to keep getting better and be a huge asset to our team,” senior midfielder Ali Meszaros said.

Dan White said. “It will make the home of the Owls a very difficult place for away teams to get points.” In 2015, the largest home crowd the Owls drew was 700 people in their homeopening win against Penn State. This season’s home opener against Manhattan College drew 878 people. More than 1,000 people were in attendance for the game against Big 5 opponent Saint Joseph’s. The bleachers were completely full, and spectators sat on the grassy areas around the field. “Last year, it was a little bit, I wouldn’t say depressing, but depressing, when we got a big game and we get a big result, but there’s no one to really celebrate it with

you,” junior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen said. “Now, the only thing I would ask for are some bigger bleachers, so we could get some more people coming to watch our games.” The fans watching the games include current Temple students, Temple graduates and high school athletes scouting their college options. Many had not been to a game at Ambler, but already have attended a game this season. “I mean the first game, we had to sit on the bleachers, floor, but I’m so happy for the team,” freshman Jess Zimmerman said. “It’s a nice way to take up an afternoon. Doesn’t take up too much time, but it’s still fun.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

McKeown grows into leadership role on young team The junior forward leads the team in scoring and points. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Once junior forward Gabriella McKeown intercepted a crossing pass in overtime against Rider University on Sept. 1, sophomore defender Kelcie Dolan knew the game was over. McKeown then dribbled up the field, faked out a defender and booted a shot past Rider’s goalkeeper to seal Temple’s second win of the season. It’s the shot coach Seamus O’Connor wants McKeown to take all year long. “What we’ve kind of thrown on her is, ‘Hey,

you can’t be giving this ball up, you have to take the shot,’” O’Connor said. “You can’t be giving it to somebody else. So soon as she won it, she was gone. And she knew she had the responsibility to take that shot.” With the Owls losing their two top scorers from last season, McKeown is beginning to fill that void. The North Cape May, New Jersey product leads the Owls in goals, points and shots through seven games this season. McKeown also had a combined 58 shots in her first two years at Temple. “Very few players are two-footed like she is,” O’Connor said. “She can hit it just as hard with her left foot that she can with her right foot. That tells me she’s worked on her game … being able to play with both feet was something that impressed me.”

But scoring goals wasn’t something McKeown just started doing on North Broad. Her roots go back to her high school, Lower Cape May Regional in South Jersey. McKeown broke Lower Cape May’s record for all-time goals with 90. In her junior year, she also broke the singleseason record for goals scored with 34. “Gab McKeown could have probably scored close to 150 goals,” said Brett Matthews, McKeown’s high school coach. “She could break a girl down, create for herself,” Matthews added. “Any time she touched the ball she was a dangerous threat.” McKeown led Lower Cape May to its first ever Cape Atlantic League Division in 2012 and Cape Atlantic League National Conference Championship in 2013. Dolan, now a teammate, played soccer at Absegami High School, a 45-minute trip up the

Garden State Parkway from Lower Cape May. The two Owls faced off against each other throughout high school because Absegami and Lower Cape May were both members of the Cape Atlantic League. Dolan said McKeown’s speed created problems for her on defense. “It was always a battle,” Dolan said. “Always going hard on each other.” At the time when the two played each other, they were both committed to Temple and would often chat after games about their future as teammates. McKeown originally wasn’t supposed to play soccer at Temple. She was committed to Iona College in New Rochelle, New York during the fall of her junior season. After a coaching change, McKeown retracted her commitment in November 2012. She committed to Temple once she bought into O’Connor’s program in December. “I really liked coming to school where you always had something prove,” McKeown said. “The team is really realized on heart, hustle and hard work, and I really like that.” When O’Connor attended the Disney Soccer Showcase, a tournament held in Bay Lake, Florida at the ESPN Wide World Sports Complex where young players get the opportunity to experience national competition, McKeown stood out among the competition. “Her attitude,” O’Connor said. “That combined with her athletic ability … you can’t coach that stuff. That’s the little bit that’s different.” O’Connor said McKeown’s attitude is something he’s witnessed grow every year since she arrived at Temple. Temple has the most freshmen on its roster since the 2013 season after the Owls lost nine seniors from last year’s team. McKeown is starting to assume a leadership role and hold people accountable for their actions on the team. McKeown, who captained Lower Cape May for two years, knows how to leave her mark and lead her teammates, Matthews said. “By the time she became a senior, she owned our team,” Matthews said. “All the girls looked up to her, all the girls respected her, all of them listened to her. She was really just a great role model for our team.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu

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Junior forward Gabriella McKeown dribbles the ball in the Owls’ 2-1 win against Rider University at Ambler Sports Complex on Sept. 1, 2015.

VOLLEYBALL

Serbia’s silver medal in Rio gives Peric national pride The medal has given the junior outside hitter a boost of confidence. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter Dara Peric couldn’t stop smiling. But when she looked around the room at her teammates, the expressions on their faces were a bit different. The Serbian women’s volleyball team competed in the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro, earning a silver medal. That medal run included a win in the semifinals against the United States. Peric, a Serbia native and one of the Owls’ junior outside hitters watched the five-set match with some of her teammates, who were mostly cheering for the United States. After Serbia clinched the final set with a two-point victory, Peric celebrated her home country’s win, while her United States’ teammates sulked after their country’s loss. “This is a sense of pride that I’ve always tried to have,” Peric said. “I think [sophomore Iva Deak] has it too because not everybody actually knows where Serbia, or Croatia is, they still think I’m from Russia or something.” “And for us to compete on the international stage gives me a lot of pride,” Peric added. “And it was just an acknowledgement that [Serbia] can play volleyball on the same level, or even better than teams like [Brazil and the United States].” Coming to the United States from a different country can be tough for anyone. At Temple, Peric is about

4,600 miles away from her home in Belgrade, Serbia. But over the summer Peric was able to feel at home while she watched the Olympics. Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam has noticed extra pep in Peric’s step since the Serbia victory. He could see what it meant for her, and even the other international players, to see teams competing and beating the United States. The United States is the only nation to medal in beach or indoor volleyball at every Olympics since 1984. “You could see she was smiling more the few days after the match [versus the United States],” Ganesharatnam said. “It was a pretty big deal for her, and for her pride and joy in her country.” The silver medal in the Olympics moved Serbia from sixth to third in the world, according to International Federation of Volleyball.

Peric said she made sure to not let the win get to her head. She knew that her teammates are a part of her extended family, and didn’t want to seem disrespectful. “I wouldn’t call it bragging rights going around here,” Peric said. “It’s been more of a joke going around being able to have the pride I do, and overall it’s just been fun.” Being busy with practice, Peric was not able to watch every game. But she made the most of the games she could watch, taking away as much as she could. “I was only able to watch four games, but I was able to learn a couple of small things to help my game,” Peric said. “It is a little weird, watching them because they’re professionals, and we try to act like we are too.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior outside hitter Dara Peric (right) goes up for a block with teammate Kirsten Overton.

ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior outside hitter Dara Peric spikes the ball in the Owls’ loss against Cleveland State on Friday.

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FOOTBALL

OWLS BACK TO THEIR OLD SELVES After a long, hard week of practice, the Owls earned a shutout victory Saturday. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood crossed the goal line in the third quarter for his second touchdown in the Owls’ 38-0 win against Stony Brook.

Four different running backs saw action in a 38-0 win against Stony Brook University. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor As Temple’s offense racked up four first-half touchdowns against Stony Brook University, the team’s leading rusher last season watched from the sideline.

Senior running back Jahad Thomas, in full uniform on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, sat out for the second straight game with a dislocated thumb. “I wish he was out there with us at this time, especially last week, and especially this week because I want him to enjoy this win as much as we did, and I think he is,” senior quarterback Phillip Walker said. “He’s still rooting for us, and helping us on the sideline. He’s talking to the running backs.” The running backs who played in Thomas’ place helped the team accrue 177 yards rush-

ing and two touchdowns in a 38-0 win against the Seawolves. The Owls averaged 4.5 yards per carry and gained 58.8 percent of their total yards on the ground. Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead, who started for the second straight week in Thomas’ place, led the Owls with 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Eight different players carried the ball for Temple, including freshman Isaiah Wright. Coach Matt Rhule intended to get Wright,

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Preparation for Temple’s 38-0 win against Stony Brook University on Saturday started eight days earlier, at the team’s practice facility late on a Friday night. After a 28-13 loss to the United States Military Academy where the Owls’ defense was chewed up and the Temple offense was shut down, the team was searching for answers. Senior quarterback Phillip Walker sat in the Owls’ locker room at EdbergOlson Hall going over the missed plays he could have made. Redshirt-senior linebacker Avery Williams found a spot on Chodoff Field to sit alone and process what had just happened. “This can’t happen again this season,” Williams said was the message that he relayed to the team. “We’re too good of a team and we worked too hard.” The Owls’ reboot from the Army loss started on Sunday when the entire team watched the game film together instead of breaking off into position groups to critique the performance. The team then practiced on Monday, which coach Matt Rhule said was the best practice he has seen in the past three seasons. “You really don’t get that [loss] out of your system until after that first day of pads,” redshirt-senior linebacker Stephaun Marshall said. “You watch the film, see the corrections and then you gotta move on.” The tone of Monday’s practice continued throughout the week, as the Owls had an unusually tough stretch of practices, which featured back-to-back days of live scrimmaging. Rhule gave the team a day off on Wednesday when the team groomed its competitive spirits with a ping-pong

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MEN’S SOCCER

New complex, new crowds The team has seen uncharacteristically large crowds at its first four games at the Temple Sports Complex. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The new Temple Sports Complex has brought several teams to the same location and given soccer a home on Main Campus.

After senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez scored the go-ahead goal against the University of Pittsburgh on Sept. 2, a faint “T for Temple U” chant began in the stands. When the game was over, the squad walked across the field and waved to acknowledge the spectators’ support during their 2-1 win. They received a standing ovation in return. While at some of Temple’s sporting events, fan participation like this is common, it is something relatively new for the soccer team, which used to play its home games at the Ambler Sports Complex. “Although we’ve had home games, we really haven’t had the chance to play in front of our student body because, you know, we’re so far off campus,” coach David MacWilliams said. “This is a tremendous feeling for our kids.” Ambler is about 45 minutes away from Temple’s campus, which made it difficult to attract fans, particularly from

the student body. But the new complex, just three blocks south of campus, has made attending games more accessible for students. In the four games played at home for the Owls so far this season, the total recorded attendance is 3,050. The combined total for all nine home games last year was 1,697. “We play on Main Campus, so it’s something we can do,” recent Temple alum Pan Karalis said of the increased student attendance at games. “We have access to it. It’s not like when we were at Ambler, you know. Who’s going to drive 45 minutes?” Players said the bigger turnouts at games allow for a more energetic environment and help establish a home-field advantage. “The atmosphere at games will definitely give us more energy and determination on the field,” senior midfielder

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Serbia native Dara Peric was excited to watch her country’s national team earn a silver medal at the Olympics this summer.

Junior forward Gabriella McKeown is having a breakout year as the women’s top goal scorer. She has three goals.

Freshman goalie Maddie Lilliock stayed committed to the Owls after a coaching change and has started every game this season.

The athletic department announced six new inductees to the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame, other news and notes.

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