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BSU members sat during the national anthem at the Homecoming game. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor While scrolling through social media last week, Ashlei Gentry found herself needing to call her mom. “Mommy, there’s another one,” she said. Gentry, the president of the Black Student Union and a senior political science major, told her mom about another policeinvolved killing of an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There would be two more in this same week: Tawon Boyd in Baltimore and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Students from BSU stood for the alma mater song at the Homecoming football game against University of North Carolina at Charlotte at Lincoln Financial Field. As the Diamond Marching Band began to play “The StarSpangled Banner,” all BSU members in attendance sat in protest. They plan to sit during the anthem at every game for the rest of the

Local businesses, students and community members have complained about George Smith Towing. By KELLY BRENNAN For The Temple News

KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Black Student Union E-Board members Celine Corbie, Star Clark and Lauren Smith sit during the national anthem at Temple’s Homecoming game to protest oppression of people of color in the United States.

football season. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was thrown into the spotlight last month when he did not stand for the national anthem the team’s preseason games. CNN reported that Kaepernick will continue to kneel to give a voice

to people of color who experience oppression in the United States. But Gentry said BSU isn’t just copying Kaepernick. “People are going to assume we’re not standing because Colin Kaepernick isn’t standing,” she said. “We’re not standing because the system is inherently racist.”

Recent killings of black men by police and more insight on specific verses of the national anthem led BSU to consider sitting during the national anthem at Temple football games. They first considered it for the season-opening game against

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For city biking, access a necessity Cycling has become increasingly popular at Temple. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News Some nights, Gabriella Upadhyay leaves her house at 3 a.m. to bike down to the Schuylkill and clear her head. “It’s quiet at night and it helps me think,” she said, recalling another time she spent the early morning biking to Spruce Street Harbor Park to watch the sunrise. “I really like to go places that make me feel small,” she added. “You see things that you just don’t see when you’re walking or taking the subway.”’ The junior geography and urban studies major started riding bikes as a child, but became more interested in cycling after buying a bike on Craigslist last semester. She said not only does taking a bike to classes save her time and money, it serves as her daily exercise. “I bike to class every morning and I feel awake and motivated,” she said. “And it’s fun.”

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ROTC receives special training Temple’s ROTC program received a special training session from U.S. Army Under Secretary Patrick Murphy early Friday morning. The program, a routine physical readiness training, included exercises like pushups, pullups and running. Murphy regularly leads the training with ROTC programs in the cities he visits. He stopped at Temple as one part of his trip to Philadelphia last week.

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nable to retrieve her impounded vehicle, Cynthia Floyd, a North Philadelphia resident, returned to the parking lot on Oxford and Carlisle streets, from where her car had been towed earlier that day. Floyd tried to make sense of what had went wrong. From where she entered the lot on its south side, the sign indicating its rules is only printed on one side, facing inward. Floyd entered from the side that the sign’s printing was not on, leading her to unknowingly park without paying. “I can’t get it back today at all because I don’t have the money for it,” she said. George Smith Towing Inc. tows from that parking lot, which has become a site of frustration for people throughout the community. The lot, which has more than 100 usable parking spaces, is located between the Avenue North shopping complex and The Edge apartments near 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Because there are only a few small signs and one kiosk to pay their parking fee, many do not realize they must pay to park. Tow trucks from the company cycle through the parking lot daily and tow cars, whether the cars are not displaying a slip from the kiosk or their paid time has expired. Last Tuesday evening, three George Smith tow trucks were in the lot at the same time. The frequent towing has created animosity between the towing company and people attempting to park. Some business owners have complained to their elected representatives about the lot, and one owner said he advises customers to avoid parking there. The lot belongs to Tower Investments, a private development company that owns Avenue North and several other properties in the city. A Tower Investments representative, reached by phone last week, de-

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Students began a petition asking university administration to cancel classes on Election Day this year. Read more on Page 2.

Our columnist argues those protesting racial inequality during the national anthem are displaying patriotism. Read more on Page 5.

Temple Police partnered with the Lutheran Settlement House to help end domestic and sexual abuse in the city. Read more on Page 7.

The football team won its homecoming game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Read more on Page 18.

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Students petition to cancel classes The petition calls for the university to cancel classes on Election Day. By AMANDA LIEN For The Temple News “We, the students of Temple University, are requesting that classes be canceled on November 8, 2016 because of Election Day.” This Change.org petition, addressed to Acting President Englert and Temple administration, has accumulated more than 740 signatures since its creation two weeks ago. The idea came to Elijah Zimmerman, a senior electrical engineering major, while he was engaged in conversation with friends. “A group of us on campus were concerned about the future of our world,” Zimmerman said. “We’d been discussing how we as a student body can make a bigger impact on our political system.” While the petition’s concept was Zimmerman’s idea, it was senior English and political science major Jamie Schoshinski who took action. She wrote a brief statement, addressed it to Temple administration and created the petition on Change. org. “I just really wanted to do it because the elections in Pennsylvania are so important, both at the presidential and at the state and senate levels,” Schoshinski said. “I feel like a lot of our younger generation that doesn’t see the importance of [elections].” “Beyond that, also, it is difficult for people to get to the polls, or at least make them a priority, when they have classes all day,” she added. Many students who signed the petition and share similar views posted comments to add their own perspectives. “It would really help voter turnout,” Andrew Pitt, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, wrote on the petition’s webpage. “Many people have competing obligations, including work, and unfortunately for everyone, making it to the polls is generally lower priority for people who need the money or can’t miss a shift. Many people I talked to this election cycle didn’t vote in the primary for exactly this reason.” “Responding to this petition would help students whose permanent address is elsewhere, say, at a parent’s home, to be able to go to the polls,” said Kevin Arceneaux, a political science professor. “I think a centralized push among the student body is beneficial when it comes to providing voting

information in a way that’s accessible,” Arceneaux said. “That means you’ve got to post it everywhere.” Temple’s administration has never addressed cancelling classes on an election day in the past. In 2012, the university worked with Student Activities and the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based organization that aims to educate people on local politics and elections, to direct people to nearby polling places. “It’s honestly weird that an answer has never actually been given because it’s such a huge issue,” said Patricia McNamee, a freshman media studies and production major, who signed Schoshinski’s petition. “Many students work and then have night classes or others have class all day in general,” McNamee added. “Also, commuters have an even harder time balancing classes and voting. I personally can’t vote in the morning and I’ll only have a few hours to hopefully make it to the polling place.” Zimmerman said he’s skeptical that the administration will seriously consider the petition. “I do not have enough faith in our administration to believe they will listen to us,” he said. “I do, however, believe this will be a window into bigger opportunities for the student body to be more involved and mobile as a unit.” Other students have their doubts. Melissa Ng, a sophomore fine arts major, said she feels “that classes would not be canceled if the petition is submitted unless there is a large amount of people who sign it. The university has many other problems to deal with so this may not seem important in their eyes.” According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement — a Tufts University research initiative that studies young people’s engagement in politics — people between ages 18 to 29 make up 21 percent of the eligible voting population, totaling about 46 million people. CIRCLE said lack of knowledge on how to register to vote was the main reason for low turnout among young voters. “I would say the tricky thing for universities is that they’re non-profit organizations, so they can’t take a partisan position,” Arceneaux said. “Students would have to figure out who to vote for and how to vote but I think it’s completely within the university’s position to say, ‘Here’s how to register to vote. Here’s how we can help you make this happen.’” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien

LINH THAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Stadium Stompers chanted “Temple Made, Gentrification” as they walked toward Sullivan Hall during Homecoming celebrations last week.

Protest interrupts Homecoming Stadium Stompers disrupted the golf cart parade and pep rally Friday. By FRANCESCA FUREY For The Temple News As a group of dancers began to perform for the Homecoming Parade in front of the Bell Tower, the Stadium Stompers walked down Liacouras Walk, toward a pep rally at the Bell Tower, holding a large banner that read “Down With The Stadium.” The group, made up of students and community members, chanted, “Temple Made, Gentrification” and “No new stadium in our community,” causing surrounding Temple students to become confused. Some students began to yell profanities and tried to get in the way of the activist group. Police officers both on foot and on bicycles stood nearby, prepared to block the protest if necessary. “We were aware of the protest and had a heads up,” said Ed Woltemate, captain of the Investigations Unit for Temple Police. The officers’ presence did not quell the crowd which began to increase its negative reaction towards the Stadium Stompers. “This is not the time for it, this is our Homecoming,” said Terri Harris, a 54-year-old alumna. “I come to every Homecoming game. This is upsetting and they shouldn’t be doing this.” The Stadium Stompers stood in front of the DJ booth at the base of the Bell Tower while continuing to chant and hand out flyers. Students ripped them in front of the protesters. Others argued with the members and were stopped by police officers from blocking the protest. The music blasted even louder as the next round of dancers came out for the pep rally. “I was a little upset because I felt bad for the groups performing at the time,” said Taylor Howett, a junior and early childhood development and special education major. She and Janie Klein, a junior education major, drove the golf cart for Best Buddies, an organization that helps people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities get integrated employment or leadership positions.

“Since we are in a student organization, we support the others here today,” Howett said. “I was disappointed they came during our Homecoming celebration.” The Stadium Stompers began their protest just after the judging of the golf carts commenced. “Overall, I just think it was a very inappropriate event [to protest at],” Klein said. “We’re coming together as a student body to be happy and enjoy our homecoming and it was just disrespectful.” “I think that their protest is valid, but I don’t really have a stance [on the stadium],” Howett said. “I understand that it would have a great affect on the community around us. I do believe that their voices are not always heard and they need to be respected.” Most students in the crowd booed at the activist group and cheered for the student performances and the DJ. “The purpose of the Stadium Stompers is to prevent the Temple University stadium from being built in our community,” said Ruth Birchett, a member of the group who has certificates from Temple in child care and perspectives on violence. She believes that the new stadium will cause parking problems and erode the sense of community surrounding Temple’s Main Campus. “The goal wasn’t to interrupt, the goal was to educate,” Birchett added. “We understand that every semester new students come into the school and we want to educate [them] about ... the unfairness that their university is inflicting on our community.” Many of the people who protested during the parade were students. “Students need to realize that this issue isn’t really about us hating football or Temple,” said Becky Cave, a sophomore psychology and Spanish major. “It’s about the relationship between the university and the community members that have been living here for 30 to 40 plus years.” A main point the Stadium Stompers expressed was that Temple students do not realize what they are doing to the community around them. “[Students] live here for four to five years and they leave, but the people who raise their children here and that grow old here will have to deal with [the stadium] as long as it stands,” Cave said. francesca.furey@temple.edu

Closing arguments coming in trial for student’s 2015 murder Prosecutors say that Brandon Meade murdered Agatha Hall last year. By JULIE CHRISTIE & JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News On Monday, Brandon Meade sat through the final day of testimony for the trial in which he is charged with the murder of Agatha Hall. Hall, a 22-year-old Temple student and Meade’s girlfriend, was found dead in her apartment on Park Avenue near York Street in August 2015. Her death was initially ruled a suicide, but further investigation from the city medical examiner’s office determined her death to be a homicide. On Sept. 15, 2015, PhilaNews Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

delphia Police arrested Meade and charged him with Hall’s murder. On Monday, the last day of testimony, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notarstefano returning Ann Marie Barnes to the witness stand. Barnes is a firearms examination specialist for the Philadelphia Police Department who served as an expert witness. Barnes, continuing her testimony from Friday, explained how Philadelphia Police determined that the bullet hit Hall from between 15 and 22 inches away. Notarstefano argued that distance is too far for Hall to have shot herself. Barnes said she conducted a test analysis herself by firing the same handgun and brand of ammunition recovered from the scene. Starting from 4 inches away, Barnes said she fired the handgun at a piece of paper, moving back two inches and firing at a new sheet until the stippling, or gunpowder residue,

patterns left on the paper were consistent with the marks left on Hall’s face from the gunshot wound. Barnes showed the judge and jury each of her test sheets that showed how she arrived at her conclusion. Once the handgun was fired 24 inches away from the paper, Barnes said the gunpowder pattern appeared too light and was spread across too large an area to remain consistent with the marks on Hall’s face. Barnes said she viewed the medical examiner’s photos of Hall and also examined her body, using a template to map out the stippling pattern. Barnes said her opinion was formed by a combination of quantitative and eye-to-eye measurements. Barnes also told the court on Friday that she could not “determine if the casings [found at the scene] did or did not get discharged from the recovered firearm.”

Aside from the bullet fragments recovered from Hall, there was one bullet recovered from the wall of the room where police found her body. Notarstefano then called Detective Nathan Williams to the stand to confirm the dates and details of his reports and investigation for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Unit. Evan Hughes, Meade’s attorney, began his defense by bringing Carl Leisinger III, a private ballistics consultant, to testify as an expert witness. Leisinger, who has 28 years of experience as an expert in ballistics, disagreed with Barnes’ testimony, saying the bullet wound and stippling were “oblong.” Leisinger added that Barnes fired at the paper straight on, and not from an angle, which he said was how the bullet entered Hall’s head. “The reason is we’re not comparing flat to flat,” he said, adding while the test sheets are flat, the victim’s

head is not. “I would say it’s much closer than 15 inches.” Leisinger approximated Hall had been shot from between 4 and 8 inches away. He filed his report based on examining photos provided by the medical examiner’s office and photos of Barnes’ test sheets. Leisinger did not examine Barnes’ test sheets in person until yesterday when he was in the witness box. Meade chose to exercise his right not to testify, but friends and family still took the stand as character witnesses, saying Meade was “law-abiding and peaceful.” After the final witness concluded testimony on Monday, Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi ended the session. Closing arguments in the case will be held Tuesday morning. news@temple-news.com @thetemplenews

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Under Secretary of Army visits Temple ROTC program Patrick Murphy regularly conducts training programs for ROTC. By BRIANNA CICERO For The Temple News The sun had not yet risen when Temple ROTC cadets lined up across Geasey Field at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for their Friday physical readiness training. The only light was coming from the field’s lights as the cadets waited for what was to come. U.S. Army Under Secretary Patrick Murphy, the force’s secondhighest-ranking civilian official, led a physical readiness training session with the staff and cadets of Temple’s Army ROTC program last Friday. Murphy visited Temple as part of his trip to Philadelphia. He regularly conducts PRT with Army units when he is traveling. The training program, planned about a week in advance, was not considered too out of the ordinary. “The Army ROTC program at Temple regularly conduct Physical Readiness Training on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings,” Lt. Col. Gregory J. Nardi, a professor of military science at Temple, wrote in an email. The PRT started out with the cadets taking their usual formation in groups lined up across the field, accounting for everyone’s attendance, before moving into the scheduled training. The cadets then split off into

SHEFA AHSAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS U.S. Army Under Secretary Patrick Murphy, speaks after a training session for Temple’s ROTC program Sept. 23 while he was in Philadelphia.

groups moving from exercise to exercise in the company of Murphy. The exercises included activities like pullups, pushups, lifting, running and squats. “Today it was a great PT session with the future leaders of our Army,” Murphy said. “And to see the Diamond Battalion here grow 20 percent in the last few years, to see so many of these cadets earn scholarships, and that are going to be leaders of character for a lifetime of service, is pretty inspiring.” After the attacks on 9/11, Murphy served two overseas deployments

— one in Bosnia and Herzegovina and another in Iraq. In Iraq, he lead a Brigade Operational Law Team. His service earned him a Bronze Star, which is awarded to U.S. military members who achieved heroic or meritorious actions. Murphy was also the first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress when he represented the Eighth Congressional District of Pennsylvania from 2007 until 2011. Murphy was accompanied by Marcus Allen, a Temple alumnus and current CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA. Allen is an

Army veteran, and participated in the PRT with the cadets. “It was great to have someone who has such an influence and who is also a Temple alumnus come out and see what we’re all about here at Temple ROTC,” said Bryce Claudio, who is studying criminal justice and law and is in the university’s ROTC program. Many cadets said they were thrilled to have the opportunity to have a training session in the company of Murphy. “It was awesome,” said Olivia Das, a biophysics and geology major.

“I did not mind waking up early at all. This was great ... I love experiences like this.” Allen appeared not only to do some PT, but also to try and encourage some of the male ROTC members to become a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We always have a deficit of Big Brothers,” said Calista Condo, a school-based enrollment specialist and supervisor for Temple’s student board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “So we have a lot of Little Brothers on a wait list waiting for their Big Brothers. But for some reason men don’t volunteer as willingly as women do. We’re here today to try to maybe help bridge that gap, show ROTC that they could be involved.” There are a total of 275 Army ROTC programs throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The Army ROTC program prepares the cadets to be Officers in the U.S. Army, and more than 70 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve come out of the Army ROTC program. “This is our 100 year anniversary of Army ROTC,” Murphy said. “To see a great program like here at Temple do so well year after year warms my heart, considering I grew up in a rural house in Philadelphia and a lot of these young guys and gals are from my neighborhood.” bcicero@temple.edu

Temple organizations host environmental roundtable IDEAL and the Office of Sustainability discussed environmental justice. By JACOB GARNJOST For The Temple News

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Yuri Persidsky uses a specialized microscope in his lab to look at living tissue as it grows.

Doctors take on new HIV study The doctors recieved a $3.25 million grant for their research. By NOAH TANEN For The Temple News Two researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine have joined forces and begun a study on the effects of tobacco smoke and opiate usage on HIV patients. Doctors Yuri Persidsky and Thomas Rogers were awarded a $3.25 million grant last month from the National Institutes of Health to fund their research. Persidsky is the chair of TUH’s pathology and laboratory medicine department, and Rogers is the director of the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research in the medical school. “The real novelty in this project is that we’re trying to model the human situation,” Rogers said. “A high percentage of individuals infected with HIV are cigarette smokers, and there is also a fairly high frequency of intravenous opiate drug abuse.” The doctors anticipate that tobacco smoke, opiates and HIV could elevate or intensify the effects of the disease, especially in the brain, Rogers said. The hypothesis they’re testing is that when the three components are all together, the virus will affect patients more intensely. Persidsky said he and his colleagues plan to put together sophisticated chambers which allow them

to expose mice to cigarette smoke. The space should be mostly ready in a week or two. The mice have humanlike immune systems that are infected with the real human immunodeficiency virus, Persidsky said. A hypothetical patient who has been smoking or abusing opiates likely has been doing so for years, so the tests must reflect that. “What we’re trying to do is set up a set of experiments that will mimic that as closely as we can,” Rogers said. “We can’t conduct these experiments for years on animals, but we can conduct these experiments for several weeks.” “We hope to have some meaningful data collected by early next year,” Rogers added. The researchers have both medical students and postdoctoral fellows who will be helping to conduct the study. Up to this point, Rogers and Persidsky said only some research has addressed issues surrounding the effects of opiates on HIV patients, but there is little known about the effects of tobacco smoke on HIV. “I don’t think anyone right now is really looking into that,” Persidsky said. Persidsky and Rogers call this the first time there will be an opportunity to combine all these aspects in an experimental situation and hope that they can address many clinically significant questions that have yet to be answered. “We have to do a lot of work,” Rogers added. “The upside is that we have an opportunity to learn a lot that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.” noah.tanen@temple.edu

In the first of a series of collaborations between Temple’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, the Office of Sustainability and Paley Library, students, faculty, and community members came together to host a roundtable on environmental justice. People came from organizations like Philly Thrive, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Serenity Soular, the Philadelphia Streets Department and the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council. “The goal was to dialogue together to find solutions,” said Kathleen Grady, director of Sustainability at Temple. The department is in charge of maintaining the university’s environmental obligations and furthering Temple’s goal to become carbon free by 2050. The office does this through programs like the roundtable held Thursday and a Fruit Tree Adoption program that will be held in November. “Temple students have gotten a bad rap in the community, but there is a real energy in the student body to have an impact,” she said. One solution suggested during the group portion of the program was to find ways to involve Temple students in things like the Philadelphia Streets Department’s SWEEP initiative. According to its website, SWEEP is a “city-run program created to educate Philadelphia citizens about their responsibilities under the Sanitation Code.” The idea proposed during the roundtable would have students working directly with the Streets Department and community to keep the sidewalks and streets clean. “We’re always in education mode

first,” said Kerry Withers, an enforcement officer for the Streets Department. “Dumping in the North Philly area is out of control. [Students are] not the only people that are here.” Doryán De Angel of TTF Watershed Partnership warned of the dangers of stormwater runoff in the local water supply. “When all that rain water is flowing and rushing into the storm drains, it carries with it all the trash, all the debris, all the chemicals and pollutants,” De Angel said. “[These are things] that are on our streets, on the roofs, on the area around us, and this flows into the creek.” Also in attendance were representatives from Philly Thrive, a local environmental justice nonprofit, whose “Right to Breathe Campaign” aims to oppose measures to turn Philadelphia into an energy hub. North Philadelphia resident Bernadette Williams got involved after losing her mother, brother and sister to cancer that she said was tied to water pollution from a nearby oil refinery. Thrive has been fighting to stop its expansion. “I found out when I was 40 years old that I had asthma, and I couldn’t understand how,” Williams said during the roundtable. “And it’s because I used to live in South Philly right where they want to expand the refinery and the electric company has substations. Right in that area there’s a lot of people with respiratory problems. This is everybody’s problem. We all need to breathe.” “Events like this are a really good opportunity to step out of that role as just a Temple student,” said Faithe Beadle, a sophomore psychology and human development & community engagement major. As a member of IDEAL’s Student Advisory Coalition, she acted with other Temple students as facilitators for the night’s discussion. “We all go to school here in North Philly, but we forget that this is someone’s home,” she said. jacob.garnjost@temple.edu

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Know your resources Take advantage of the lessons “Think About It” has to offer about college life. Once a year, the university asks incoming freshmen to complete the online course “Think About It,” which is one of several programs with information to combat sexual assault, dating violence and alcohol and drug abuse. Last year, Dean of Students Stephanie Ives implemented a transcript hold to encourage more participation in the course. Several students were unable to receive their transcripts until completing it. Some complained. This year, students said they were not aware of the program or were not reminded to complete it by email or in their orientations. Some said they did not receive the email introducing them to the course. We recognize the program takes a chunk out of students’ lives, but the material in it is of utmost importance.

Though material may appear in classes, Temple students aren’t required to receive any instruction besides of freshman orientation which mentions sexual misconduct, education on drinking and how to handle social situations. “Think About It” offers important lessons for students about conducting themselves on and off campus. The program can show students how to be more responsible in their social lives, an imperative part of students’ experiences here. The university offers similar information taught in the “Think About It” course on the site, sexualmisconduct. temple.edu. Students who have slipped through the cracks and have not completed the “Think About It” program, should recognize that it is in their best interest to seek out this information.

Protect the environment Students need to be more aware of their impact on the environment. At a r o u n d t a b l e discussion last week, Kathleen Grady, the director of Sustainability at Temple, said students get a “bad rap” when it comes to taking care of their environment. She isn't wrong — students need to focus on living as sustainably as they can, whether they live on campus or off. It doesn’t need to be through grand gestures like building gardens, but in small changes to daily habits. Save plastic containers from takeout and use them to store leftover food. Find out if and how your building recycles. Make sure the trash bags you use are strong and won’t break when you leave them out for the garbage trucks to pick up. If rotted food and household chemicals manage to get

onto the sidewalk, they will contaminate runoff water in the city. Students need to be aware of their waste and keep their homes, buildings and blocks as environment-friendly as possible. Not only will this protect the environment more, it will foster cleaner streets and better living environments for everyone in the community. “There’s a real energy in the student body to have an impact,” Grady told a collection of university and state organizations who will help set up a network of students to keep the blocks around Main Campus clean. An environment is simply the place we live, and keeping those places clean and sustainable contributes to a better city overall.

CORRECTIONS In the story “Globally-known conductor joins staff” that ran Sept. 20 on Page 7, the subhead of the article misstated the name of the college conductor André Raphel is joining. It is the Boyer College of Music and Dance. The name of the college was also misstated in the article. The headline misstated Raphel’s job status; he is joining the faculty of the college, not the staff. A photo caption misstated the name of the orchestra Raphel is joining; it is the Temple University Concert Orchestra. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737. letters@temple-news.com

Living between two continents A student reflects on splitting her time between Ireland and America. By EMILY SCOTT

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oaked by an Irish downpour, my bangs stuck to my forehead. It was a rainy day in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. But the temperature was an above-average 20 degrees Celsius, so it called for an outdoor celebration at the Haddington Hotel that overlooked the sea, the light waves crashing along each wing of the pier. I was in Ireland for the summer to study abroad and visit my boyfriend, who is an Irish citizen. On this particular summer day, he and I were with his family, celebrating his grandmother’s 80th birthday with a meal out. While we waited for our table, we sat out along the restaurant’s beer garden. There was a lack of open picnic tables, but my boyfriend’s mother and his three sisters saw a table with only one man sitting down. Naturally, they walked over and asked to join him at the table. If it were me, it would take minutes of contemplation before I would muster the courage to ask a stranger if this family of eight could join him at his table. What would we talk about? Would we be a disturbance? This type of interaction between strangers is quite common in Ireland though, as the Irish have an honest, friendly manner about them. I’ve struggled for awhile to put my finger on what exactly creates this, but as a country that has struggled through colonization, famines and most recently economic strife, their perseverance and happiness have pulled them through. It felt like hours that the Dunne sisters sat, chatting with the man, who was an Australian sailor. He listened to the sisters as they shared stories about the way their parents met, their father’s butcher shop and growing up in Ireland. I can’t recall an instance of sharing such personal stories with anyone so quickly in the United States. And upon sharing this memory with my American friends, it became clear to me that none of them would be able to fully grasp the extreme friendliness of the Irish and their easygoing nature.

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There was actually quite a lot about my time in Ireland that became hard for me to convey to my friends here in Philadelphia. No one in Philadelphia would ever understand why I had a sudden urge to drink five to 10 cups of hot tea with milk per day, or what a “spice bag” is. No one in Philadelphia would ever understand how I started to enjoy the rain in the city and didn’t mind wearing a rain jacket nearly every day in July. And there were even fewer people who could ever understand what it’s like for me to split my life between two oceans, two continents, and to never have anyone be able to fully grasp my life in the other. Coming back home to Philadelphia at the end of this summer, I experienced a “reverse” culture shock. After spending nearly every waking minute with an Irish man, I forgot what people like me, Americans, liked to talk about, their sense of humor — I couldn’t hold a conversation with any of my friends. I felt like an outsider. “How was Ireland?” a friend would say. “It was great, yeah,” I would say as my nerves would take over. Neither photos, letters nor conversations would ever do my experience in Ireland justice. I felt really quickly that my friends got tired of hearing about a trip to a country they’ve never been to.

And that’s OK. It’s recently become clear to me that it’s OK to have these separate, equally important experiences. And I’ve also realized that there are important parts of my Philadelphia life that my Irish friends will never understand either. They probably will never understand what it’s like living in the U.S. They probably will never understand our country’s university culture or the spirit that comes along with college sports. They probably will never understand the idea of having a gun problem in their country. One of my Irish friends, Isaac, wrote an epic poem titled “Wasteland, 42” that he shared with me while I was abroad. It’s about moving out of his first college home, a place that I also lived in this summer that was the epicenter of many drunken, happy memories. “There is a definite mutual smell in the air of reminiscence. Some of the Wastelanders have lived here twice the time you have, You cannot imagine how this feels for them.” Leaving a home, no matter how temporary, is hard, but I’ll always have “Wasteland, 42” for me to look back on when no one else around me can understand my saudade for Ireland. emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

CLASSROOM

Professors: balance campaign coverage All candidates’ campaigns should be welcome in classrooms.

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ear the end of my political science class, students began putting away their belongings prematurely, like students often do. “Don’t pack up, we have a speaker!” my professor yelled over the sounds of ruffling papers and zipping backpacks. A campaign staff member from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign took over the classroom. She spoke proudly of Clinton and her platform. She discussed the success of the DemoGILLIAN cratic National ConMCGOLDRICK vention. She even showed a full powerpoint presentation quite similar to the stump speech Clinton gave to students last week in Mitten Hall. As the staffer finished up, she asked for students to volunteer with the campaign and passed around postcards for students to sign, pledging their vote to Clinton. As my professor began wrapping up class, my immediate thought was: “When will Donald Trump’s campaign staff or any other campaigns come in and speak with us?” I consider most of my viewpoints to be liberal. But it’s wrong and even dam-

aging for a professor not to be balanced in allowing campaign staffers into the classroom. A lot of student opinions are formed in the classroom, as we learn more about the world around us. With a presidential race as important as this one for our generation, it’s important for students to see the full picture so they can make an educated decision on the candidate they want to vote for. While professors aren’t required to be balanced, they should recognize their influence over students. “On an introductory level, professors are the biggest factor other than upbringing,” said Austin Severns, Temple College Republicans chairman and junior supply-chain management major. “That’s why you see a lot of people change their political ideology when they leave home for the first time, particularly [at Temple].” “Other than your parents and where you live, teachers have most of the influence,” he added. Pat Amberg-Blyskal, a political science professor, has always avoided being partisan in the classroom. Amberg-Blyskal worked for 30 years in public service at the federal level and had to abide by the Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibits most federal government employees from engaging in political activity at work. “You never speak about political parties or candidates,” Amberg-Blyskal said. “You have to be extremely clear that there’s no partisan politics in the workplace.” “That 30 years predispositioned me

to my conduct in the classroom, so I strive to speak to critical thinking,” Amberg-Blyskal added. Because it may be hard to get both sides of a political campaign to come and speak to classes, political science professor Conrad Weiler said many professors may not get involved with political campaigns at all. “I think you are taking a risk, because then someone from the other side will hear about it,” Weiler said. “It is risky, it’s no question. You could appear on someone’s blog or on a list of ‘liberal professors.’ You do have to be careful.” My political science professor told our class that Trump’s campaign staffers could come and speak to us if they wanted to do so. But it’s the fact that the two most prominent campaigns weren’t just automatically represented in our classroom that concerns me. Before coming to Temple, students often haven’t been exposed to views outside of those represented in their communities. With access to this election’s political campaigns in the city, students should be able to hear from both of them. “It’s impossible to not have values, to not be partisan,” Amberg-Blyskal said. “But regardless of those values, of those partisan inclinations, my thought process is that the critical, analytical thinking are important.” Maybe it’s the journalist in me, but I’m going to continue to expect balance from professors. Students must be left to form their own opinions, or it will begin to damage the political process. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

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DIVERSITY

‘The Get Down’ models diversity on screen Other TV and Netflix shows should provide more substantive roles for people of color.

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s someone who is of Latino heritage, I rarely see characters I can relate to on screen. But with Netflix’s new show “The Get Down,” I found myself connected to one of the main characters named Mylene Cruz. Her Puerto Rican heritage and her uncle’s pride in their culture reminded me of myself and my own family. This type of connection is rare for me to form with characters though. Often, other shows don’t include people who look like me or speak the same languages as me or even have some of the same experiences that I do. And this often makes me feel like an outsider. According to a study conducted at the University of Southern California earlier this year, only 5.8 percent SIANI COLÓN of characters in both television shows and film were Hispanic, despite the U.S. population of Hispanics being nearly 20 percent. “The Get Down” is different, though. The show, which depicts the birth of hip-hop during the late 1970s in the Bronx, has a cast in which all the main characters are African-American or Latino. More shows should follow suit and work to include

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casts that are as diverse as people are in real life so that everyone can see themselves represented in some way on their favorite shows. Stefanée Martin, a Temple theater alumna who graduated in 2012, plays Yolanda Kipling on “The Get Down.” She said the diversity of the cast on the show differs from how many other shows categorize diversity. “It’s really a mix of different ethnicities,” she said. “Plus, there are white characters. There’s much of a mix.” “I think that’s a huge difference,” she added. “Even the ‘diversity’ on television or major shows are like, ‘Oh, we’ll have a Black character’ or ‘This is a Black show with all Black people.’ That’s kind of what we’re calling diversity.” Martin believes having characters of all backgrounds on screen is crucial for viewers, especially for communities that are often left out. “It’s very easy for a certain group of people to be invisible,” Martin said. “‘The Get Down’ is important because it reminds people that these people exist in the world — Black people, Puerto Rican people, Latino people, young people.” Clearly, representation on screen has some catching up to do with reality. But when people of color do end up on shows, sometimes their portrayals are problematic, as well. Stereotypical roles for people of color, like housekeepers, gang members and drug dealers can paint whole communities in a negative light. And at other times, people of color are only used as comic relief or to act as a support for the main, white character. “Latinos are usually portrayed as minor characters with heavy accents, and the focus is mostly on sex appeal,” said Karla Duran, a senior finance major and the president of Temple’s Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos. “This most definitely affects the public’s view of us because it contributes to the isolation, discrimination and over-sexualization of our culture.” “The Get Down,” however, veers away from stereotypes and instead highlights the importance of well-developed friendships among young people of color. “Growing up, you see your friends or see yourself as invincible when you’re at a certain age, which is so refreshing,” Martin said. “It’s so pure and innocent.” Udochi Ekwerike, a sophomore film major, believes representation especially matters for youth needing role models. “The Lizzie McGuires and Sabrina the Teenage Witches of the world were so much fun to watch, but they also were a main source of my insecurities of the color of my skin and my kinky coily hair growing up,” Ekwerike said. “I feel like if I had a character to look up to besides the lone Raven Baxter, maybe I could’ve skipped out on the feeling of not feeling enough.” I remember how I felt growing up and noticing a lack of Latina actresses on TV to look up to and admire, and I don’t want any other children to feel that way. It’s not fair for people of color at any age to feel left out when looking for entertainment. Hopefully, with more and more shows like “The Get Down,” people of color will more often see themselves in the characters they watch on screen. And in turn, TV and Netflix shows will better represent communities as they truly exist in reality. scolon@temple.edu

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Oct. 8, 1985: The band Kool and the Gang performed at Homecoming, playing their hit song “Celebration.” Last year, Fetty Wap headlined the Homecoming concert, but this year there was no show. The Main Campus Programming Board tweeted that there will instead be a “welcome back” concert held during the spring semester.

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t last week’s Homecoming Game, members of the Black Student Union sat during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police brutality and the recent killings of three unarmed black men during interactions with police. They were following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand during the national anthem since the middle of August. “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told reporters after a game, according to NFL.com. Kaepernick and others following his lead have been criticized for their protests, which have been called unpatriotic and insulting to the military. These protests, however, are not a disgrace to our country, nor to the soldiers who protect it. They are representative of the freedom of expression we have in America as protected by the First Amendment. “The basic notion of American freedom is individual freedom,” constitutional law profesALEX VOISINE sor Burton Caine said. “The First Amendment says that the government ‘shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.’ That implies that any form of protest that is recognizable ought to be done.” Caine said there have often been confrontations throughout history about how citizens can protest symbols of national identity. Some of these have even played out in court. The Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson declared flag desecration as a legal means of protest and the case West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette offered students protection from being forced to salute the flag or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Ralph Young, a history professor who wrote the book “Dissent: The History of an American Idea,” said protesting symbols of national identity is important because it forces governments to seriously think about whether or not they are upholding the values that those symbols stand for. “When people protest against symbols of America, they’re trying to put America’s feet to the fire, so to speak, saying that America needs to live up to its values,” Young said. “That’s why they’re doing things like burning a flag, sitting through a national anthem, or refusing to do the pledge of allegiance.”

These types of protests are meant to shape our national identity for the better.

These types of protests are meant to shape our national identity for the better. Still, there are some people who get upset by such forms of protest, seeing them as attacks on national identity. From my time spent studying abroad last school year, this type of reaction seems to be uniquely American. In both Spain and Italy, I never once heard a pledge of allegiance or national anthem, and I didn’t often see national flags. In Spain especially, the people I met were proud of being Spanish, but also deeply critical of Spain. In the U.S., however, many people aren’t readily willing to acknowledge how our country may not be living up to the values we proclaim to be central. And challenging national symbols can seem to many like an attack on national identity itself, rather than a critique of our current situation. It’s unfortunate that in America, some have come to define being unpatriotic as simply challenging the racist, discriminatory institutions that exist in our country. Paul Crowe, director of Temple’s pre-law program, said patriotism at its core means respecting the laws and values laid out by the Constitution, and one of the most central of these values is the freedom to express and dissent. “Patriotism is loyalty to the Constitution,” Crowe said. “But the Constitution says that you can be unpatriotic. So the right to speak your mind, even if it appears unpatriotic to the majority, is a quintessential American value.” Aside from being central to the Constitution, expressions of dissent have historically been catalysts for positive change. “Women fought for the right to vote, abolitionists protested against slavery, civil rights activists protested against the Jim Crow laws, and gay rights activists had enormous success with the legalization of gay marriage,” Young said. “There probably hasn’t been a week in American history when people haven’t been protesting.” Kaepernick’s protest and the protests by others, like the BSU have been successful in keeping the conversation surrounding racial discrimination alive, and most importantly, they’ve done it peacefully. To all those who consider Kaepernick and others’ protests to be unpatriotic: read the Constitution. Perhaps even exercise your own right to dissent, but stop attacking the rights of others. These athletes clearly care enough about America to want to make it more equal for all by demanding an end to racial inequality. I would call that level of dedication deeply patriotic. I’m not sure the same can be said for those who stand up for the anthem, but who don’t stand up in the fight for equality. alex.voisine@temple.edu

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Lack of completion on ‘Think About It’

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Attorney General discusses campus sexual assault Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania, spoke about sexual assault prevention on college campuses during a conference call with student journalists on Sept. 22. “We must ensure that survivors of sexual assault can receive critical support services on campus,” said Shapiro, who chairs the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He added that the commission has been doling out money to campuses across the state to encourage the creation of “safe spaces” for care. While Temple has several “points of entry” into reporting sexual assaults, like Tuttleman Counseling Services and the Wellness Resource Center, there is no space on any of the university’s campuses dedicated solely to caring for sexual assault victims. In student government elections this spring, several platforms advocated for more coordination of Temple’s sexual assault response resources, some suggesting the creation of a sexual assault and dating violence center. When prompted by a reporter, Shapiro also suggested a change in approach in how rape kits are administered to Temple students. Currently, students must be picked up in a police car and driven to Philadelphia Police’s Special Victims Unit in Hunting Park to have the medical examination following a sexual assault. Shapiro said universities need to give students “a safe space, whether it’s a safe-feeling car ride or whether it’s giving them the care and attention they need to feel comfortable reporting. ... I would encourage Temple and any other institution to try to think of ways to make sure that students can access counseling, and medical care, in the most comfortable, private, compassionate manner possible.” - Joe Brandt

Students recieved few notifications about the ‘Think About It’ program. By JENNA SONG For The Temple News Despite the level of importance the university is placing upon the online course “Think About It,” several students couldn’t recall the mandatory program. “Think About It” is an online course that teaches college students about safe sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol, said Tom Johnson, the assistant director of the Wellness Resource Center. The program is designed to help students figure out how to manage the new party culture as they go through the transition from high school to college. The program is administered through the Wellness Resource Center, located in the lower level of Mitten Hall. The WRC sends out emails to new students to take the lengthy “Think About It” course every year. Incoming students were required to complete the online course by Sept. 6 by the Dean of Students office. If students do not complete the course, a hold can be put on their account. This hold would prevent students from being able to request a copy

of their transcripts. Many colleges inform their students about sex and college party culture through various services and programs. Several colleges throughout the country use Campus Clarity’s “Think About It” programs. Local universities are educating their students on issues surrounding partying and sexual assault as well. Drexel University provides counseling for relationships and sexuality, while the University of Pennsylvania uses a program called Penn Violence Prevention, which serves as a preventative education office for sexual assault. Philadelphia University combats sexual assault and dangerous party culture through its Student Health Services office. “I can’t speak to what specific colleges utilize this program, but many universities utilize online training modules to educate their student body,” Johnson said. Johnson added that Temple started using “Think About It” in 2013. Incoming students were sent a notification about the program to their Temple email address before beginning the Fall 2016 semester. Several students did not receive an introductory email about the “Think About It” courses — just an email stating the deadline was approaching to complete the mandatory program. “They didn’t mention it during orien-

tation,” said Marisa Duca, a freshman environmental studies major. “I didn’t know about it before I got an email. I only got one email about it. I think they should’ve said something about it during orientation.” Despite originally not knowing about the “Think About It” courses, Duca said she enjoyed the things she learned from them. Julie Gang, a freshman natural science major, said it wasn’t mentioned in orientation and she only got one or two reminders leading to the the deadline. Johnson said he was aware students were not receiving the introductory emails. “I imagine some individuals may have technical issues and we direct them to work with the company to help resolve those issues,” Johnson said. “I had some technical difficulties so, I had to do it later in the semester because they had to set it up for me,” Elaine Vallejos, a junior mechanical engineering major, said. “I got several reminders about it. It was mandatory.” “‘Think About It’ is just one part of a whole host of online and in-person programs and workshops the university offers to address these topics,” Johnson added. jera.song@temple.edu

TRIAL

13 women may testify against Cosby in June This month, Montgomery County prosecutors have selected 13 out of the nearly 50 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault to testify against Cosby at his trial in June, according to the New York Times. The women have agreed to come forward and testify in court at the trial but Montgomery County District Judge Steven O’Neill has yet to rule whether the women will be allowed to do so. Cosby’s legal team is fighting to block them from appearing in court, arguing it goes against Pennsylvania court practice to allow accusations of prior illicit behavior to be introduced in a case. But the judge will consider allowing it because the accusations illustrate a historic trend of similar misconduct. Prosecutors claim that this new evidence should be allowed because of this exception, while Cosby’s legal team plans to demonstrate how the women’s testimonies do not meet the criteria for inclusion. The 13 women are refusing to comment on the situation to ensure they do not jeopardize the outcome of the case. - Noah Tanen JOE BRANDT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students, businesses and community members have complained about the towing practices of George Smith Towing in the parking lot behind Avenue North.

UNIVERSITY NEWS

Gov. Bill Weld to campaign for Gary Johnson this week Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential nominee, will hold a rally at Morgan Hall Room 301 on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to campaign for the party. Weld is running with presidential candiate Gary Johnson, a former Governor of New Mexico. This is the first campaign stop in Pennsylvania for the Libertarian candidates. The doors for the event open at 2 p.m., and there is no cost to attend the event. However, RSVPs are strongly encouraged because admission to the event is running on a first-come-first-serve basis. -Brianna Cicero

Pennsylvania Innocence Project gets new location The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, headquartered in Philadelphia at Temple’s Beasley School of Law, opened a new location at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Law students and community members will now be able to fight to exonerate people who have been wrongly convicted and prevent wrongful convictions from happening in the first place. Similar to the Temple office, the Duquesne office will have law students vetting cases to prove innocence. The official launch will be held Tuesday with a celebration where community leaders, law students and business officials can hear about the project’s mission. - Megan Milligan News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

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TOWING clined to comment about the complaints regarding the towing company. “It’s not just, ‘The company shows up and steals your car,’” said a truck driver for George Smith Towing, who did not give his name because of a company policy barring employees from speaking to reporters. “That’s not how it works. Everything is done through a process.” He said George Smith Towing is lawabiding and follows every necessary procedure when removing an illegally parked car. Before towing, drivers are expected to take photos of the car they are about to tow, notify police radio and provide them with the reason why the car was parked illegally, the driver said. Once this is completed, the driver can tow the car. The company tows to its lot in Southwest Philadelphia, charging customers a $175 towing fee and an additional $25 for each day the car is stored there. “I didn’t pay the parking [kiosk],” said David Gongora, a freshman biology major. “So I just parked there and didn’t really see the signs. This is the first time I’m ever driving around here.” Without seeing the George Smith Towing signs in the lot, Gongora parked, went to class and when he returned, his car was being towed.

“For some reason [the kiosk] is hard to find,” Greg Brown, from Germantown, said after paying to park. “They have to get it away from the dumpster.” At times, the kiosk is unable to accept payment. A sign on the kiosk instructs drivers to avoid parking in the lot if the kiosk is not accepting cash or credit cards, or risk being towed. If someone returns to find their vehicle attached to a George Smith tow truck, the owner can pay the towing fee in cash directly to the driver, or their car will be impounded. “He didn’t let me pay with credit card, so I had to run to the ATM, cash out [the fee] and pay him there, or else I would have had to go all the way across the city to the impound,” Gongora said. Businesses near the parking lot are upset with the practices of George Smith Towing as well. “They’re towing cars all the time, and there is no place to park,” said John Adams, an employee of New Barber’s Hall, a bar on Oxford and Carlisle streets. “It happens every day.” Other businesses warn customers of issues with the parking lot. Mike, a manager of Pizano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Grill down the block from New Barber’s Hall, said he tells customers to avoid the lot completely. He declined to give his last name. “They get towed no matter what,” he said. “Even if they pay, the meter expires and one minute later the company will

get notified by text message so they tow it right away.” Adams said New Barber’s Hall has raised concerns about the company’s tactics to state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, who represents the 181st legislative district. Adams added that he is unsure if Thomas’ office is taking action. Charlotte Greer-Brown, a legal assistant in Thomas’ office, said she has received constituents’ complaints about their cars being towed from the parking lot, but couldn’t discuss specific incidents. This is not the first time George Smith Towing has faced complaints. PhillyVoice reported last month that the towing company was accused of setting up a “baitand-trap” towing scheme in South Philadelphia. The story said tow truck drivers were accused of putting up “no parking” signs that had not been approved by the city. The signs were used to justify towing from spots on Broad Street which many residents thought were acceptable places to park. In 2009, City Controller Alan Butkovitz reprimanded the company for “excessive towing fees and excessive storage fees.” When asked about the allegations against his company, George Smith, owner of George Smith Towing, said: “You can call my lawyer.” After several calls, the company did not provide its attorney’s contact information. kelly.brennan@temple.edu

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On campus, a shift to storefronts Several new storefront food options have popped up around Main Campus. By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor

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rue to its commuter school roots, Temple has a long history of onthe-go food options like food trucks and The Wall — the cemented food court near Anderson Hall. Recently, new storefronts that offer takeout like honeygrow, Insomnia Cookies and Blaze Pizza have increased the access to food on Main Campus. Unlike food court options at the Student Center and Morgan Hall, the new storefronts around campus don’t take student meal plans. Like food trucks, they provide easy lunch op-

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Three generations of ‘making it different’ Richie Jr.’s grandfather started the business as a food cart that opened on campus in 1952. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor Richie Jr.’s day starts when his alarm goes off at 3:15 a.m. Richie Jr. is the owner of Richie’s, one of the storefronts on The Wall on 12th Street near Polett Walk. He often opens before the sun rises and is a familiar face to most on Main Campus. In 1952, Richie’s grandfather was taking English classes offered in Paley Library and noticed there was a lack of snack and coffee shops on Main Campus, so he opened a small food cart on 13th Street. Richie Sr. took over the truck in 1975 and the restaurant established a storefront on Main Campus in 1996. Richie Jr.’s parents continue to work on campus in Richie’s Lunchbox, a food truck located on 13th Street near Norris. Richie Jr., who took over the shop in 2000, said being the face of a business with a generational past has been an “amazing journey.” He was born in Temple University Hospital and said Temple “is in [his] blood, [his] DNA.” “I tell everybody I’m born on campus, grew up on campus, do everything else on campus. My goal is not to die on campus,” he added. During the school year, Richie’s is open six days a week and offers an array of options including salads, sandwiches, burgers and coffee. This year, he added iced coffee, available

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Richie expanded his menu this year to serve iced coffee in French vanilla, hazelnut and caramel flavors.

in flavors like french vanilla, caramel and hazelnut, to the menu because of customer demand. By 4:30 a.m., Richie Jr. said he’s on campus to ensure the local ingredients he uses, like eggs and bacon, are being delivered properly and he can start to prep for the day. Throughout the day, Richie Jr. said the shop has hourly rushes, due to classes ending, until early evening, when his staff starts cleaning up for the night. He said he typically gets home around 10:30 p.m. “Then it’s 3:15 all over again,” he said. “There’s no time really to stop. It’s just mind over your body. It’s just really kicking butt. There’s no slow speed. We’re just constantly going.” Richie Jr. said he is “everyone’s competition” and that he serves hundreds of customers a day.

“I don’t even know how many cups of coffee I sell,” he added. “I just can’t keep track. My whole goal for the day is to make it through the day, make everybody happy.” Richie Jr. said he caters to “everyone in the Temple community,” including students, faculty and alumni who return to campus. For him, the customers are the “adrenaline rush” that get him through the day and keep him “on [his] toes.” “I do it for the love of the customers. I really do,” he added. “It’s what pushes me to come up with different things and different ideas. Temple loves to hear that. Temple loves to keep the people together. … It’s been exciting everyday.” Josh Josephs, a senior risk management and insurance major, has

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Richie Jr. is an unmistakable character in the university’s food culture. He mans his shop at The Wall on 12th Street with personality, six days a week.

been going to Richie’s since his freshman year. When Josephs visited Richie’s for his second time, Richie Jr. remembered he had ordered a pork roll breakfast sandwich on a kaiser roll the first time — the sandwich that would become Josephs’ “usual.” “It was loyal customer service,” Josephs said. “He always makes it fun and enjoyable.” Despite the success of Richie’s on

Main Campus, Richie Jr. said he has not considered expanding to other college campuses. “You come to Richie’s, the owner is here,” Richie Jr. said. “I care about everyone here. That’s the big thing.” “I make it different than anyone else,” he added. grace.shallow@temple.edu @grace_shallow

Bringing a Philly classic to Main Campus Siddiq’s Water Ice has been serving Temple’s community for 21 years. By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor Siddiq Moore said if he can’t be the “McDonald’s of water ice,” he would settle for Burger King. Moore, founder and owner of Siddiq’s Water Ice, recently celebrated his 21st year on Main Campus and he is working on opening a storefront in West Philadelphia. He started attending Temple in 1993, studying elementary education and then business. In between classes, Moore worked at a former food truck called Jeff the Chef. In 1995, Moore officially opened Siddiq’s Water Ice as a stand on campus and by 1997, he stopped attending Temple as a student and decided to focus on his business. “Water ice is a Philadelphia tradition, so I looked at that, looked at my market,” he said. “I was like, ‘You know, this would do good here.’” Moore, a Philadelphia native, said he uses real fruit as an ingredient because he is “health-conscious.” “Other water ice is really concentrated and that stuff gets on your hands and it stains your hands for two days,” he said. “So my thing is, you can imagine what it’s doing to your insides.” Some of his flavors include strawberry daiquiri, cantaloupe, white grape, kiwi and mango berry. “You aren’t going to get red lips and blue tongues,” he added. In July, Siddiq’s Water Ice was the winner of Billy Penn’s Ultimate Frozen Treats competition, beating out Center City gelato shop Capogiro, Rita’s Water Ice and 30 other stores. There were public taste tests at Liberty Place and he was then presented with a trophy outside of City Hall. Moore decided to open a stand at features@temple-news.com

Temple because he already had a “big network” from being a student and food truck worker. He added he has seen how much Temple’s food truck district and businesses has grown over the last 21 years. Captain Eileen Bradley, the community liaison for Campus Safety Services, said she is “very happy” to see how much Moore’s business has grown over the years. “He cares about the students,” Bradley said. “Even at the community events we run, he is always promoting Temple University.” Bradley added that he has worked the neighborhood barbecues, her annual children’s party and the “Avenue of the Treats” for Halloween. Moore is hoping to make his business into a franchise. His flagship location will be at 60th and Irving streets in West Philadelphia. “Even with my product, it’s a real fruit product, you would think it would be in Center City, Fairmount or other places like those, but my thing is, ‘why can’t West Philly have quality stuff?’” Moore said. Moore is usually on Main Campus Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the weekends, he is a vendor at different festivals and events. The stand’s season runs from late April to the second week of October, he said. His storefront, which he hopes to open by late November, would allow him to sell water ice year round. He said he hopes to add funnel cake, grilled chicken salads, soft serve and vegan ice cream to the menu. Moore also works with Sayre Health Group, a primary and preventative care center in West Philadelphia. They work together on the annual Dawah Day and Community Health Fair, which includes a moon bounce for children and a chance for them to have a “good interaction” with police as well as health screenings run by Sayre. The Sayre Health Group also agreed to paint a mural on the build-

KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Siddiq Moore owns a popular water ice cart, which he has set up at the corner of 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue for more than 20 years.

ing with the theme of “real fruit and higher education,” Moore said. “My intention is to have my logo on the building, but also a big tag that reads Temple University, Drexel University, University of Penn[sylvania,] Community College [of Philadelphia,] so what happens is people will go and be inspired to go into higher education,” he said. With his first storefront location, Moore hopes to bring positivity to the West Philly community. “Somebody has to be a champion for the people, so my thing is that Siddiq’s Water Ice should be the champion for the people and be the anchor store in the community,” Moore said. emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu @emilyivyscott

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‘Traditional Korean’ food trucks for students Cha Cha and Korea House aim to represent Korean food well on Main Campus. By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor John Song said he grew up with “traditional” Korean food. “I live in an environment where Korean food is traditional,” Song said. “[Other Korean restaurants] cater towards college students, they like salty foods, they like really flavorful foods so ours is ... healthier than regular food.” Song, the son of Korean immigrants, is the cashier at Cha Cha, a Korean-Japanese fusion truck located on Montgomery Avenue near 13th Street. Several food trucks on Main Campus, like Cha Cha and Korea House, work to bring the traditional Korean styles to the university. John Song, a 2016 management and information science alumnus from Drexel University, said his mother and father, Sun and Chong Song, came from South Korea in their mid-30s. Before John Song was born, Chong Song was a chef for several Korean restaurants throughout Philadelphia. When John Song was 8, his father opened his own Korean barbecue restaurant in Upper Darby called Nagwon Garden. Then his parents bought the truck in the early 2010s. “He wanted to make even more money, so he decided to invest in a food truck and that was a good idea,” John Song said. “It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of Korean food trucks that stick to Korean roots food-wise.” Some of their most popular items include “Donkas,” which is a Japanese adaptation of a marinated pork cutlet and the pork barbecue. The most important part of “Galbi,” beef short ribs, is that they’re marinated in a pear juice-based sauce. “We marinate that in sugar, and other ingredients and let it marinate for awhile until it soaks up all the juice and then let it give itself its own flavor,” John Song said. He added that Americans aren’t

used to the smell of dishes like “Kimchi,” fermented cabbage. “They’ll smell Kimchi and they’ll move away from it because it has a certain smell that you aren’t used to in American traditions,” he said. Some new items on the menu this year include “Tteokbokki,” which is a rice cake “drizzled in a spicy sauce” and “Kkanpunggi,” which is fried chicken “doused in a sweet and spicy sauce,” he said. Operating a food truck doesn’t require much English, John Song, whose parents have a language barrier, said. “Students will understand gestures like “No. 2,” they don’t really need much,” he said. On Norris Street near 13th sits Korea House, another Korean food truck working to preserve traditions. The truck opened in May 2015 on Main Campus. Erica Kim, a 2013 international business and risk management and insurance alumna, is the daughter of Sooja Kim, the owner of Korea House. Erica Kim, speaking in translation for her mother, said her parents aren’t “foreign” to selling food on the street. When Sooja Kim and her husband first arrived in America in 1988, they had a fruit salad truck in Center City. Sooja Kim also isn’t foreign to working on a college campus. She opened Nara Japanese Restaurant on University of Pennsylvania’s campus, which closed in 2014. “I think my parents enjoy it when students try Korean food,” Erica Kim said. “Some students are trying it for the first time and they really enjoy it.” She added that a big aspect of Korean food entails a “fermentation process,” with spicy red pepper paste and soy bean paste. “To make those ingredients it takes a really long time, there is a lot of work that goes into it,” Erica Kim said. “They are all about getting the word out on Korean food and I guess everybody is starting to pick up and enjoy it too.” emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu @emilyivyscott

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS John Song works in Cha Cha, a Korean-Japanese fusion food truck, which serves students on main campus every week day.

ERIN MORAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Roya Weidman, a senior glass major, orders yang nyum tofu from the Korea House truck on Norris Street near 13th.

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An evolution of food near Main Campus 1960spus food

Start of on-cam advertisements The first food truck came to Main Campus in the early 1960s. Originally, the trucks would park on 13th Street, west of Paley Library.

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The Owl’s Nest ­­— a takeout food stop in the spot now occupied by Philly Style Pizza & Grill — applied for a beer license in the early 1980s, causing protest from a number of Temple students and members of the nearby Berean Presbyterian Church and Messiah College. “We think any increase in drinking in the student community is an adverse affect,” said Donald Wingert, director of Messiah College. Maxi’s, a bar that also serves pizza and sandwiches, opened in 2005 on Liacouras Walk. Main Campus now also has a number of bars nearby, including Draught Horse on Cecil B. Moore Ave. near Broad Street and Master’s Bar and Restaurant on Carlisle Street near Oxford.

October 1995 Construction of The Wall begins Seven food trucks, including Richie’s and Eddie’s Pizza, were located where Tuttleman Learning Center is now before construction of the building began. The trucks would become the first restaurants to occupy The Wall on 12th Street near Berks. Construction of The Wall finished on Dec. 1, 1995 and the businesses officially opened on Dec. 4. A grand ceremony for the space was held in the beginning of the Spring 1996 semester.

September 2001 Cafeteria added to Student Center Construction of the Student Center’s original framework was completed in 1971. In 2001, renovations to the building worth $14.2 million were completed, including the addition of a 700-seat food court.

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Unrest about lack of grocery stores The Temple News reported that Genuardi’s, a supermarket in Philadelphia, offered a grocery delivery service to Temple students who lacked a grocery store near Main Campus. To the right is a blurb commenting on the lack of fresh groceries available near Main Campus for students without a meal plan to purchase. The Fresh Grocer, in Sullivan Progress Plaza just south of Morgan Hall, now offers a variety of groceries like fresh meat and produce.

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STOREFRONTS tions for students between classes. For students like Niki Green, a senior architecture major, the new storefronts are convenient for eating on campus without a meal plan. “I’ve never had a meal plan,” she said. “I transferred in so it was nice to have real options for food on campus immediately.” Honeygrow, which was founded by Temple alumnus Justin Rosenberg in 2012, opened its Temple location on Sept. 19. Jen Denis, the chief brand officer at honeygrow, said the company saw a need for more permanent food options on campus. “From what I’ve observed, it seems like for a heavily collegiate-populated area it has a lot of year-round students and faculty,” Denis said. “So unlike other college campuses when it totally dies off in the off-season, there’s still a vibrant North Philly community that keeps all of the businesses there alive and well.” “What is great about college campus locations is the amount of busy periods we have is more consistent because students get out of class at all different times,” she added. “Students have long days and long nights so they’re hungry. We can serve them at any time of night or day, not just lunch or just dinner.” Insomnia Cookies’, honeygrow’s neighbor,

moved from their old food truck location on Montgomery Street near 13th to its new permanent storefront on Aug. 10. Courtney Altamura, senior marketing manager for Insomnia Cookies, said Morgan Hall seemed like a “good central location” due to its proximity to Main Campus and the Cecil B. Moore subway station. She said the new location means a larger staff and a larger menu, featuring products Insomnia fans may be familiar with from the Center City location that weren’t on the truck’s menu. “We had been looking for some time for a permanent retail location near Temple’s campus because with the food truck we had limited hours and didn’t offer full products that other locations had,” Altamura said. “Now we are able to have ice cream, cookie cakes and are definitely able to be more efficient with our deliveries.” But for Johny Thai, the owner and manager of Orient Express on The Wall, the new storefronts may threaten his 25-year-old business. Thai said Orient Express opened on Main Campus in 1991, but moved to The Wall in 1995. He said there were very few food trucks on campus when he first started his business. “With not that many trucks around us or not that many restaurants around here, we did very good,” he said. “It’s been a couple years now where it’s started to go downhill.” Thai said competition with the food trucks is difficult because there are so many of them

and they don’t have to pay real estate taxes like he does for his spot at The Wall. He said the new storefronts have started to affect his business. “It’s down a little bit. It’s still okay,” he said. “We can pay, we can work.” Nazim Shega, who has run Brother’s Pizza Truck on 12th Street near Norris for 10 years, said he doesn’t mind the competition with storefronts. “[People] still come,” he said. “It’s not the same amount of people, but they still come. I don’t have negative feelings about nobody, but it’s just competition.” Gabriel Elko, an employee at The Creperie truck, said he doesn’t feel too much competition from the new storefronts on campus. “I’ve noticed the storefronts being there, but I wouldn’t say it’s affecting us so much,” he said. “I think we’re established enough. We’ve been here for 14 years. We have a bit of a reputation too so I think that helps.” “I think it helps that we’re near Tyler, we have a lot of good foot traffic,” he added. “I also think the Chipotle and the honeygrow, they’re a little off the beaten path in my opinion. I think we’re more focused towards closer center Temple so I think that does help us.” Glynnis Cowley, a senior theater major who frequents food trucks, agrees with Elko. “I think [the storefronts are] good,” she said. “I literally never think about the ones in The View, though. I just don’t ever go there so I

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guess they’re good for people who live there and are around there often, otherwise I like stick to food trucks mostly.” “Food trucks can kind of haggle, like you see the halal trucks kind of fighting over sometimes. If one raises their price a dollar, no one goes there anymore,” Green said. “I think there’s like a functioning self-sufficient food truck ecosystem happening.” Although many students like Green and Cowley mostly stick to food trucks, some students, like Sydney Read, a freshman art history major, think there’s room for all the different food options on campus. “I feel like [storefronts] are for if you have more time, but if you’re on-the-go then you go to the other ones,” Read said. But for storefronts like honeygrow, the new locations on campus were the natural next step. “It just feels like homecoming for us to come to Temple’s campus and have our 10th location right there in the heart of the new Morgan Hall,” Denis said. erin.moran@temple.edu Emily Scott and Grace Shallow contributed reporting. Editor’s note: Glynnis Cowley wrote an article for The Temple News in 2014. She had no part in the writing or editing of this article.

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Activism on campus:

Students uniting through ‘solidarity’ Activism is a fixture of some students’ college experiences. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor

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or Tina Ngo, activism is a “part of [her] identity.” “I don’t see it as a hobby,” said Ngo, a junior political science major. “I don’t see it as something whenever I’m free I can attend to. … It’s how I see the world.” Ngo is a member of both Temple’s 15 Now chapter, an organization fighting for a $15 minimum wage with chapters nationwide, and Stadium Stompers, a group formed last year in opposition of the proposed oncampus football stadium.

She said Temple is a “hotspot” for student activism because of controversy over issues like the stadium and the resources Temple offers victims of sexual assault. In Fall 2016, Temple’s campus has been the host of multiple protests, like the Stadium Stompers’ disruption of the golf cart parade, which was held in honor of Homecoming Week, on Friday. Charlie Leone, director of Campus Safety Services, said Temple’s size and proximity to Broad Street are factors that explain why activism is prevalent on Main Campus.

He added that handling activism on campus is a balance between allowing people to exercise their First Amendment rights and preventing protestors from hindering the rights of others, like walking in public areas. Each protest is handled on a case-by-case basis depending on factors like the sensitivity of the protest’s subject matter, its location and how many people are involved, he said.

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PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Activists gathered at the intersection of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue for a protest advocating raising the minimum hourly wage to $15. The protest was organized by 32BJ SEIU, a union representing security officers in Philadelphia.

Professor performs in new opera

TUPD partners in campaign against violence Men Can is raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse in Philadelphia.

Opera Philadelphia debuted an adaptation of a Lars von Trier film last week.

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By IAN WALKER For The Temple News Once people hear that the opera “is a strong statement story” and “not just a bunch of people in helmets with horns,” Marcus DeLoach thinks they will want to see it. DeLoach, an assistant professor of voice and opera at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, acts in Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of “Breaking the Waves,” an adaption of Lars von Trier’s 1996 film. “Breaking the Waves” is set in Scotland in the 1970s. The story follows Bess, a woman from a secluded Calvinist community, who struggles with her husband Jan’s recent paralysis. In the opera, Jan encourages Bess to find other partners. DeLoach plays the Minister, the leader of the church elders. “My part is very much about upholding what the church believes in,” he said. “This particular group of Christians is very much dedicated to the word that is in the bible, ex-

from a place of goodness. ... He’s watched her have this sexual awakening,” Mazzoli said. “He also knows about her extreme loyalty to him and that she will only leave his bedside if she can find love with another man.” The Calvinist principles that drive Bess’s inner conflict are reflected in the opera’s lighting and set design. “[The chorus of men] have this very thick, heavy silhouette onstage that very much establishes the Calvinist feeling of these elders. … It kind of feels like the church with

Beth Stelson, Lutheran Settlement House’s manager of community programs and evaluation, believes engaging men in a non-shaming space and talking about what healthy relationships look like is an important step to end domestic violence. The Lutheran Settlement House and the Temple University Police Department are calling upon all members of the community, especially men, to stand up and talk about domestic violence. “We have an issue of domestic violence at the university, that’s not specific to Temple, but it’s actually a national crisis,” said Joe Garcia, who has worked for Temple Police for 28 years. “It involves domestic abuse, but also sexual assault as a form of domestic violence.” Garcia, Temple Police’s deputy chief of administration and a lifelong North Philadelphia resident, has spearheaded the partnership between the Temple Police and Lutheran Settle-

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COURTESY DOMINIC M. MERCIER Marcus DeLoach (left), a professor of voice and opera, performs in the show “Breaking the Waves” at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center.

actly what the word is.” While DeLoach said that some people may perceive him as a villain in the opera, he thinks that von Trier, the director of the original film, would disagree. “[Von Trier] would say that I am just one of the people in the story who is trying to do what is good,” DeLoach said. In a panel discussion after a screening of “Breaking the Waves” at the PFS Roxy Theater, the opera’s composer, Missy Mazzoli, reinforced DeLoach’s sentiment about the goodness of all the characters. “My interpretation is that [Jan] is acting

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Temple students from several schools helped with the construction of a tiny house.

A class on Ambler Campus teaches horticulture students about gardening medicinal plants.

A freshman received a scholarship given to students who have received an organ transplant.

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‘Tiny house’: a big project for Temple Community Garden The tiny house at the TCG is meant to promote sustainability. By BRITTANY FULWIDER & ERIN MORAN The Temple News In January 2015, a team of students competed in an architectural design contest for the future building of a sustainable tiny house. The tiny house, located in the Temple Community Garden (TCG) at the corner of Diamond and Carlisle streets, was a dream for the future, but now that future is here. Kathleen Grady, the director of sustainability, said representatives from the Fox School of Business, College of Engineering, Tyler School of Art, the geography and urban studies department and the former School of Environmental Design formed an interdisciplinary committee to discuss a collaborative sustainability project in 2014. Now, after two years of designing, planning and construction, the tiny house is nearly complete. Blake Larson, a senior engineering major who worked with the engineering team, is interested in energy and energy conservation. While working in the Office of Sustainability, he has seen the tiny house bring many different people together. “This building is a result of Temple University coming together from different disciplines and working towards a common goal,” Larson said. Seven teams of five students competed to design the tiny house in a one-day event. The teams were given an objective to design a sustainable tiny house that would be judged by a jury. The winning team was awarded $1,000 and the second-place team got $500. Alex Burchman, an electrical engineering major and member of the winning design team, is interested in the future of electrical energy and

technology within the tiny house. The tiny house was designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as the budget allowed and includes a green roof, a composting toilet and all sustainable building materials, like cork siding. Grady said the house is “entirely off the grid” because it is powered by solar panels. “This is important because it advances the adoption of technology like solar panels and solar thermal into the local community,” Burchman said. Once the house is complete, Grady said, it will be used for sustainability demonstrations, TCG meetings and demonstrations about locally grown food and will serve as a model for future affordable housing. “If we just had it for [demonstrations for classes], it would kind of be a waste of space,” Grady said. The tiny house will serve as a meeting place for the community to learn about growing their own food, and employees of The Rad Dish Co-Op Cafe will give lessons on cooking with fresh produce. “People have for decades been disconnected from fresh food and have just been eating processed food, so now when they grow an eggplant, no one knows what to do with [it],” she added. “We’re going to be doing demos on ‘How do you make this yummy?’ and getting people excited about preparing the vegetables they’re growing.” The tiny house will also serve as a miniature greenhouse, so TCG will be able to begin growing vegetables earlier in the year. The tiny house was under construction this summer by a construction class taught by Robert Shuman, an architecture professor. The team hopes to have it ready by early November. “Very few of [Shuman’s students] had construction experience, so it’s a really great way to get them to think about the complexity of an architecture project and really to see what that reality looks like, and meanwhile

BRIDGET O’HARA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A tiny house is under construction at Temple Community Garden, at the corner of Diamond and Carlisle streets. The tiny house is a result of an architectural design contest.

the engineering students are making sure that all the systems are working,” Grady said. Grady said a major goal of the tiny house project is to “shift the paradigm of how design work is completed” and involve multiple disciplines in the design and construction process. “[This project] addresses public health issues, it addresses environmental issues, it addresses design issues and policy issues,” she said. “Instead of having everybody working in their silos, if you bring everyone together you may be able to find a design that will achieve your sustainability goals, but at a reduced price,” she added. “This building is a result of Temple University coming together from different disciplines and working towards a common goal,” Larson said. features@temple-news.com

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New class teaches Ambler students ‘botanical traditions’ A class on Ambler Campus focuses on gardening plants for food, medicine and dyes. By JENNY KLIMOWICZ For The Temple News Students on Ambler Campus have been planting, weeding and harvesting medicinal herbs in its new botanical garden this semester. The garden is part of Temple’s new “Botanical Traditions” class, offered for the first time this fall at Ambler Campus. “Botanical Traditions” is an elective in the landscape, architecture and horticulture program, which is now a division of Architecture and Environmental Design at Tyler School of Art. The horticulture program is mainly taught on Temple’s 187-acre arboretum on Ambler Campus. Charlene Briggs, an adjunct professor in the department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple’s Ambler Campus, teaches the class and works with students on how to identify and prepare plants that have traditionally been used to make food, medicines and dyes. “Students will learn how to grow the plants, harvest them and use them, so they can do this at home in their own garden,” Briggs said. Briggs has been practicing botanical medicine for more than 35 years and has her own integrative medicine practice called Botanical Energetics. She was inspired to develop the class after a push from honors students in Temple’s civil and environmental engineering department, who were excited to learn more about the traditional uses of plants. Temple’s “Botanical Traditions” class is one of a small number of university herbal programs offered throughout the country, Briggs said. The class also puts a focus on safety. “Just because it’s an herb and it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe,” Briggs said. “We have a focus on how to identify a plant and make sure we know what it is.” Students need to check several sources and be 100 percent sure of a plant’s identity before preparing anything from it, she said. The class is timely because there is a renewed interest in bringing integrative, holistic medicine in the United States, Briggs said. “People have used plants for food and medicine forever. Eighty percent of people in the world still use plants for their major mode of healing,” Briggs said. “We’ve gotten away from that in this culture.” Students will be making medicinal preparations, food and dyes from the plants in the 35by-16 foot garden that Briggs constructed herself this past June. Motherwort, mint and rosemary are some of the medicinal herbs growing in the garden right now. The garden has plants for every system of the human body, Briggs said. Students will be designing the garden and planting more medicinal plants throughout the semester. “The course is really about holistic medicine,” Briggs said. “There is no reason why herbal medicine can’t be used side-by-side with conventional medicine, as long as you have trained practitioners in it.” Nicole Toro, a junior horticulture major,

took the class because of her interest in holistic alternatives to modern medicines, she said. “I’m skeptical of modern medicine and I was really interested in knowing about safer, more natural alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines that can have a lot of side effects,” said Toro, who suffers from migraines. “I am really looking at the holistic side of everything.” For junior horticulture major Marla Cornwell, the course has inspired a career path. “Before I took the class, I was trying to figure out which avenue of horticulture I wanted to go down,” she said. “I really think this is where I’d like to go, helping people with the connection of plants and how much they can do for us.” Students will be adding to the garden throughout the semester and it will eventually expand to 35 feet by 85 feet. Later in the semester, a field trip is planned for Barefoot Gardens, a working herb farm near Doylestown, where students will learn about harvesting, drying and processing herbs for market. “Everything is totally hands on,” Briggs said. “We are working with the plants and outside every class.” Currently, the class has only one section, which is offered in the fall semester due to weather and seasonal harvesting of flowers and herbs, which are in full bloom this time of year, but Briggs said she hopes to expand to spring in the future. “My students are learning how to be agents for change starting with their own lives and extending that wisdom to the community and world.” COURTESY CHARLENE BRIGGS

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Philly Fashion Week showcases local, global designers Philly Fashion Week, founded and produced by Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott, celebrated its 11th anniversary this season. The weeklong festivities began on Sept. 19 with “Chic: The Pool Party,” a swimwear and lingerie fashion show at the Monarch Philly and closed on Saturday with the Runway II Show at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The week’s events featured collections from a variety of fashion designers and artists. Friday’s Runway I lineup included KE’ Collection, Milano Di Rouge, Burning Guitars and These Pink Lips, among others. Temple sophomores Colin Camerota and Elizabeth Heron had front row seats to Saturday’s Runway I show, thanks to their friend Sydney Ferrara, a sophomore media studies and production major who was blogging during Philly Fashion Week. “You never know what to expect,” Heron said. “Each designer’s set had a completely different mood and look to it. Milano Di Rogue’s set reminded me of Kanye’s Yeezy shows, but the choreography was a really cool twist to it.” ADVERTISEMENT

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ACTIVISM “We train to deal with crowds and things of that nature, but a lot of it is about being fluid,” Leone added. “If something should kick off, you have to be ready to keep everybody safe. It can get pretty heated out there.” Leone, who has worked in CSS since 1985, said students “have always been involved,” but he’s seen more activism on campus recently because of discussion about the stadium. Jared Dobkin, a senior political science and geography and urban studies major, has been a mem-

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Local activists and politicians spoke to a crowd, which gathered at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue to fight for a $15 minimum wage on Sept. 15. Sharif Street (top), a Democrat running for State Senate, attended the event.

ber of Stadium Stompers since the group’s first meeting in November last year. He said the interaction between residents of the North Philadelphia community and students makes the group a “wonderful organization.” “This university was built to primarily serve the community. That was Russell Conwell’s vision,” he said. “It is a community and student group united to seek the change they want to see in this neighborhood and in this university.” Protests and marches, Ngo said, are not “all there is to activism,” although they may be the only aspects bystanders see. Preparation for activism events begins with attending preliminary meetings and reaching out to other organizations in hopes of collaboration. Dobkin said activism can’t be achieved “through one means.” Dobkin is also a member of Temple’s 15 Now chapter and Babel, Temple’s student poetry collective. He said he sees spoken word as a vehicle to convey ideas that may be overlooked otherwise. “A lot of [Babel’s] art is radical in that nature. [It] is seeking change and is working for activism,” Dobkin added. “My family in Babel are seeking to have their voices heard.” Uniting with other members through “solidarity” is what Dobkin said motivates him to continue participating in activism. Dobkin, who grew up in Germantown, said he was always interested in activism, but did not have an “outlet” to act on it before coming to college — a stage in his life that he coined as a “new time of discovery.” Ngo said activism on a college campus is a chance for her to use her “one voice” to make a difference. “It’s about leaving the classroom and finding how real world issues tie in with what you’re learning on campus and how you can be a part of the change that’s taking place,” Ngo said. “It’s about how they apply to real life.” grace.shallow@temple.edu @grace_shallow

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Freshman receives scholarship for transplant recipients Abigail Byington received a scholarship for organ transplant recipients. By VALERIE MCINTYRE For The Temple News When Abigail Byington was nine years old, she got a papercut on her knee that wouldn’t stop bleeding. “I had to go to the ER,” Byington said. While there, the doctors learned that she had Alpha-1. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disorder in which the body doesn’t make enough of the protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. Byington had a liver transplant when she was 15. Byington, a freshman visual studies major, received the Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship. The four college students who receive the scholarship each year are transplant recipients, and are awarded $2,500 for each year in school. Byington plans on using the scholarship to pay for school. Jessica Beth Schwartz, for whom the scholarship was founded, was a former journalism student at Temple. She received a heart transplant when she was 14 years old and passed away when she was 23 years old before she graduated.

Janice Schwartz, Jessica’s mother, said Jessica was born with a congenital heart defect. A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart and it is present at birth. It is also the most common type of birth defect. “She had her first surgery when she was 10 months old,” Janice Schwartz said. “A lot of kids have their surgeries when they are young, but not all of them.” Her daughter went on to graduate from Abington High School in 1998 and spent two years at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She then transferred to Temple as a part-time student. Janice Schwartz started the scholarship fund in Jessica’s name after she passed away in 2003. “She liked Temple and she was doing really well,” Janice Schwartz said. “She majored in journalism because she wanted to share her story.” Janice Schwartz said her daughter spoke a lot about the need for organ donors and educating the public as well. They would speak at high schools and fairs about the ethics of organ donation. “When you have a chronic illness you try to live as normal as possible,” Janice Schwartz said. Byington said Alpha-1 is hereditary. When Byington was a kid, she

said she could function normally, but she would get sick easily. “When I would get sick it would knock me out for longer, but that’s the only effect I had when I was little,” Byington said. After her liver transplant, Byington tried to live as normally as possible. “I was thankful for what I had,” Byington said. “I knew there would be a solution.” Byington discovered the Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship while researching and was referred by her doctor. She thought Jessica’s story was inspirational, but sad. Michael and Susan Byington, Abigail’s parents, said it is a “blessing” for Abigail to receive the scholarship, but also for the liver transplant as well. “It hasn’t been an easy road, but Abby has always been strong, brave and independent,” Susan Byington said. Abigail Byington said she thinks Jessica Schwartz’s story is “hopeful.” “It’s relatable, but at the same time sad because of the outcome,” she added. “It’s definitely an honor, because Jessie went to Temple and her story is really moving and inspiring.” valeriemcintyre@temple.edu

SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman visual studies major Abigail Byington recieved a scholarship at the 14th annual Jessie’s Day on Sunday.

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BIKING As biking becomes more popular for students like Upadhyay and for people throughout the city, accessibility and events like Philly Free Streets are in higher demand. On Saturday, 10 miles of road along the Schuylkill and the entirety of South Street were shut down to cars, allowing people to walk, bike and skate in the streets. This time people, not cars, filled the streets with bicycles and skateboards weaving in and out of the crowds. Along the route, people participated in dozens of activities and games held throughout the event including riverside yoga, salsa dance lessons and a Mural Arts mural maze. After the excitement over the open streets from the Pope’s visit last year, Open Streets PHL was created as a nonprofit that works to help bring more open streets to the city. With their advocacy, the City of Philadelphia put on Philly Free Streets as the city’s first open streets event. Upadhyay said while most parts of Philly are relatively bike-friendly, more effort could be made to encourage “people-powered transportation,” a term used by the new city initiative, Philly Free Streets. While open street programs are held throughout the country and world, Philly Free Streets, run by the city’s Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems, teamed up with different city departments, like the Philadelphia Water Department, the city’s Mural Arts Program and the Office of the City Representative, to create an event that encouraged Philadelphians of all ages to spend their morning car-free. “We want to promote walking and biking as a mode of transportation,” said Charlotte Castle, a transportation planner at OTIS who graduated from Temple with a master’s in geography and urban studies in 2015. “We’re getting people out of their cars and physically active in their day-to-day life in order to improve the health of our community.” Cyclists also have to deal with the pitted roads and potholes on and around Main Campus, as well as having to get accustomed to biking in an urban environment, something Upadhyay found “tricky” at first, but soon grew used to, she said. Xavier Nogueira, a sophomore geography and urban studies major, had little difficulty transitioning to biking in Philadelphia since he grew up riding in Washington D.C. As a freshman, Nogueira said he wanted to continue his love for biking. He joined the Temple Cycling Club and features@temple-news.com

NISA CHAUDHRI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS On Saturday, 10 miles of Philly streets were closed to cars and open for people to walk, run and bike.

became the club’s vice president this year. Temple’s Cycling Club hosts different rides during the year that take the club throughout the city and have the opportunity to compete in races all along the East Coast in the spring semester. For Nogueira, south of Center City is the best place to bike because it has several wide streets with bike lanes and smoother pavement. He also agreed with Upadhyay that biking around campus can be difficult at times. “Cities would definitely be great if they were designed to promote exploration and visiting of areas,” he said. “Moving forward with urban planning and what not I think that should be the goal of every city, to create a place where people want to be in the street.” Nogueira said people’s experience in the city is “completely dictated” by cars. “Walking and biking is completely external, the feel of the city, the sights and sounds, that’s what’s building your experience,” he added. “With biking ... you can intimately experience large parts of the city in an afternoon or on your way to work. I see it as a daily adventure.” emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu

NISA CHAUDHRI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Philly Free Streets came to fruition following Philadelphians’ excitement over the streets in Center City being shut down for the Pope’s visit last September.

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A 21st-century approach to publishing A senior English major makes and publishes handmade books.

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By WILL STICKNEY For The Temple News Joshua Dale named his publishing company after a major road that runs by his house, and the meaning the road holds for him. “The open road aspect mirrors a choose-your-own-adventure story, or plotting your own course,” said Dale, a senior english major. Last November, Dale opened Thirty West Publishing House, a DIY publishing company based on Main Campus, in an effort to distribute his work and the work of other local artists and writers. Dale had a stand at PHILALIA, a fair held in Tyler earlier this month where local bookmakers and independent publishing companies sold their products. Thirty West will host a poetry contest open to the public for the next few weeks. Dale wrote his first poem in 2003, when he was 12, about how much hope and possibility is present during the moment a clock strikes midnight. Dale started self-publishing after he collaborated with a California-based vanity press, a type of publishing house where authors pay to have their work published. These vanity presses, Dale quickly discovered, were focused more on profits than engaging with the artists and the art directly. He soon left that to form his own publishing company. Dale prefers Thirty West’s “handmade chapbooks” because they foster a more intimate relationship with the text. “Our goal is to leave a lasting impression with our literary artists, as well as those that appreciate the craftsmanship of handmade goods,” Dale said in an email. This approach is far different than that of the vanity presses, in which authors send their work, receive limited

“Love Wins” author to speak on Main Campus

WILL STICKNEY FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior English major Joshua Dale started a “micropress” that specializes in handmade books.

feedback and often pay exorbitant sums of money to have their work published. For Dale, this meant not only writing all of his work but also hand-binding every book and reaching out to local artists to help with cover design. Dale’s most recent piece, “Transdifference,” came out in August and is a collection of prose, poetry and “stream-of-consciousness” short fiction. All of Dale’s work is published in limited edition batches — about 50 copies each. Dale’s “stream-of-consciousness” approach starts with daily journal entries, in which he jots down words and phrases, without piecing together a real narrative and without employing a traditional linear structure. Dale adds little touches to enhance the overall reading experience. The limited edition prints of “Transdifference” have coffee stains, cigarette burns and wax spilled on the pages. The books are bound by single strings made of hemp and the covers are made of pine fiber paper. “Transdifference” feels and looks ex-

actly like a journal and is intensely personal by design. The production effects used enhance the themes of the text itself. “I think Thirty West is doing something important by getting back to an outlet for artists to share their work in a more community formal manner which is rarely seen on social media,” said Thom Young, the author of “Don’t Wish Me Luck,” a book Thirty West published last spring. “The artist is part of the process, not an outside observer, and that’s important for authenticity.” Jessica Barros has been helping Dale with the visual components of the chapbook, like the cover design and illustrations, and said Thirty West’s team consists of “artists who respect and value the craftsmanship and process of building a book into a masterpiece.” “To witness the final product fulfilling the pinnacle of the literary artist’s design, that feeling is what’s truly satisfying,” Barros added.

Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, will give a lecture about her book, “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality,” in the Annenberg Hall atrium today at 2:30 p.m. “Love Wins” revolves around the true story of a gay couple in Ohio who had to move to Maryland in order to marry and receive the same health benefits offered to married straight couples. Cenziper’s book reveals the personal stories behind the landmark court case that ultimately won marriage equality. -Erin Moran

Author Ann Beattie to read stories in Gladfelter Hall As part of the College of Liberal Arts’ Fall 2016 Poets & Writers Series, Ann Beattie will read her work in the CHAT Lounge on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Beattie has written seven novels, nine short story collections and a novella. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her latest collection of short stories, “The State We’re In: Maine Stories,” came out in August. -Erin Moran

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Professor leads Dissent in America teach-in on Friday On Friday, Alexandra Guisinger, a political science professor, will lead a Dissent in America Teach-In. “The Year America Turned Against Free Trade: Clinton, Trump and Trade in the 2016 Elections” is co-sponsored by the Dissent in America speaker series, the political science department and the Temple Forum on International Organizations and Global Governance. Guisinger’s teach-in will take place at the women’s studies lounge, in Room 821 of Anderson Hall, at 2 p.m. -Erin Moran

Dance alumni performing at Conwell Dance Theater

RITAPA NEOGI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Joe Garcia, Temple Police’s deputy chief of administration, holds a #MenCan2016 poster advocating against domestic violence.

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CAMPAIGN ment House’s Men Can (Prevent Family Violence) Campaign, a movement that started about four years ago to raise awareness and start conversations about domestic violence among men in Philadelphia. “There has to be a shift in the paradigm of domestic abuse,” Garcia said. “We need to empower our women and help our men, because these abusers don’t wake up on a Tuesday and feel good about beating their women, it’s more than that.” Stelson said Men Can is encouraging discussion among men in all communities of Philadelphia to stand up against domestic violence. “For a long time it’s been formally attached to the women’s movement, which has made huge strides in provid-

ing services for survivors and making our community safer, but all members of the community need to be embracing and discussing it,” she said. Omar T. Woodard, an adjunct professor in the Fox School of Business, is trying to help build the movement. Utilizing social media campaigns and an upcoming rally on Oct. 5, he hopes to gather a lot of support. “I think that the issue of domestic violence is on all of us. It’s not a women’s issue or a men’s issue, this is a human issue,” Woodard said, noting that the city received about 100,000 domestic violence calls in 2013. Garcia, who received an award this year from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said the majority of domestic abuse incidents go unreported. “70 percent of domestic violences are underreported,” Garcia said. “The victim feels unsupported, so you have domestic

and sexual abuse but the victim doesn’t want to come talk to the police.” Garcia said he encourages more students to report instances of domestic or intimate partner abuse. Supported by TUPD, Men Can is currently performing a social media photo challenge that asks men to post pictures with a #MenCan2016 template that can be found on their website. They will also host the Men Can Rally Against Domestic Violence on Oct. 5 at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, which will include live music and guest speakers. “Domestic violence is an epidemic,” Woodard said, “in our communities and our nation, but certainly in Philadelphia. Whether you’re a man or a woman, whether you’re gay or you’re straight, it doesn’t matter. Its an issue that impacts all of us, and specifically families.” henry.savage@temple.edu

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., three dance alumni from the Boyer College of Music and Dance will perform in an alumni dance showcase at Conwell Dance Theater. The showcase will feature performances from Erin Cairns Cella, a 2009 dance alumna; Caitlin Quinn Pittenger a 2011 performance and choreography alumna; and 2010 dance alumna Teresa VanDenend Sorge. Tickets cost $5 with an OWLCard and are available online and at the Liacouras Center box office. -Erin Moran

PA Horticultural Society’s pop up coming to a close This Friday is the last day the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will offer its pop-up garden, which began in June, near the intersection of South and 15th streets. The pop-up garden began in June and is open to the public seven days a week. Drink and food­­­­ ­­­­­­­­­­— including options like artichoke salad and sangria — offered at the garden are provided by Khyber Pass Pub, on 2nd Street near Chestnut. -Grace Shallow features@temple-news.com


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“What do you think of students sitting during the national anthem?

the stone walls [of the set],” said Adam Rigg, the show’s set designer. Rigg said Bess’s sexual awakening is conveyed visually through costuming. Bess begins the opera in a “heavy wool coat with thick boots” but by the end she is dressed in “bright red and orange and rust-colored hot pants, and a loose-fitted linen shirt.” “[The characters] all start together on this one space on stage, and then Bess keeps jettisoning off like a comet out of that visual world,” said Rigg. Royce Vavrek is the librettist, or lyricist of the opera. He spoke during the panel discussion about the quirks of adapting an opera from a film. “Because music adds so much space, it was important for me to really condense [the screenplay] and to

make sure that I had allowed room for Missy’s music to really be the dramatic engine of the piece,” said Vavrek. Mazzoli said that the opera needed to use arias, songs with a solo singer and musical accompaniment, to mimic the emotional effects of the film’s closeup photography. “There are so many amazing closeups in this film…You zoom in on [Bess’s] face and she’s having sex with Jan and you just see this true love in her eyes, but how do we show that in music?” said Mazzoli. “We started thinking of the aria as the close-up.” For Rigg, the translation from film to opera actually altered his perceptions of the characters. “There’s something about the sensitivity of a musical experience…even the characters that in the film are difficult to relate to, I find in the opera very easy to sympathize with and much simpler to understand,” he said.

Despite these many changes, DeLoach insisted that “the story you see in the movie is the story you get in the opera.” “I’m very encouraged by the way they’ve translated it, because it seems just as natural in this genre of opera as watching the movie did,” said DeLoach. Beyond “Breaking the Waves,” DeLoach said he thinks the recent explosion of acclaimed television dramas indicates a positive future for opera. “You think about the way that TV has improved, how sophisticated a new drama on TV is in the way it’s delivered these days. I think the audiences for that are potential audiences for new operas,” he said. “People want to see smart stuff. So I’m very enthusiastic about the future of contemporary opera.” ian.walker@temple.edu

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I feel like it’s an appropriate way to express frustrations with the current situations in our country and I think it’s better than protesting or rioting. No matter what type of person you are, what type of walk of life you’re in, you can still be a target just for being black. And it’s the same that no matter what walk of life you’re in, no matter how big or small you are, you can still make a difference by protesting that way.

GIANNINA RAGODO

Junior Biology

DRUI CALDWELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Marcus DeLoach plays the Minister in “Breaking the Waves,” which debuted on Thursday and will run through Oct. 1 at the Kimmel Center.

I feel like anyone has the right to express the frustrations that they have. ... I feel if it was anyone else under that microscope, they would have done the same thing. I think the only difference [between Colin Kaepernick and student protesters] would be [Kaepernick’s] platform. I feel like him being a figurehead, like people know him, he’s a famous person, he has more of a social responsibility.

ELAN JACKSON

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I think it’s perfectly justified. I think one, it’s an expression of their First Amendment [rights]. Two, I think there are a lot of social issues that are going on in this country and as we’ve seen throughout the last couple of years or so, there’s still a lot of unjustice and racism that does go around. So I think this is a good way to bring light to it, because it’s usually on a bigger stage like football games, somewhere where everyone’s watching.

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PROTEST Army, but did not want to disrespect the West Point team. “[Recent police shootings] make me aware of my blackness, I guess you could say,” Gentry added. “You empathize and you’re like ‘That could be me. That could be someone in my family.’ That’s how I look at it. That could be them. This is really close to them — that’s my brother.” “As a nation, we’ve definitely reached a tipping point,” Gentry added. BSU has nearly 200 members. Many of these members attended Saturday’s Homecoming game and sat during the anthem, along with nonmembers and non-black allies that chose to protest the anthem along with them. Sophomore film and media arts major Jazz Milligan is not a part of BSU, but said she planned to sit no matter who else around her was. “It’s just like the national anthem is like equality and freedom for the fallen,” Milligan said. “Unarmed men get shot every day, so it’s not really free and I can’t stand for an anthem that promotes a false idea.” Jalen Johns, a freshman media studies and production major, is also

not a member of BSU and did not stand for the anthem. “I’m just not proud of where our country is right now,” Johns said. “And I’m not willing to support that.” Kourtney Thompson, a sophomore advertising major and BSU’s marketing and promotions chair, said she was surprised to see so many people take the protest seriously. “Being on social media all of the time because that’s a part of my job to just monitor, you see that there’s a lot of negativity toward the movement,” Thompson said. “A lot of people feel as though it’s disrespectful. So I was proud of the fact people actually took us seriously and are doing something to make a change.” Tom Leonard, a sophomore human development and community engagement major, stood during the national anthem but said he respects students’ protest of the anthem, though he doesn’t agree with it. “[Police brutality] is an issue that we need to talk about,” Leonard said. “I might not necessarily agree with it because it is the national anthem and people have fought and died for it and everything, but I respect where they’re coming from.” Pete O’Neill, a 1975 alumnus and former Temple football player, said it was students’ “prerogative” to sit during

the national anthem. “I stood for the national anthem, that’s my prerogative,” O’Neill said.“If they feel they have a right to petition it that way, then go right ahead. That’s their right.” Protests have been underway in Charlotte since the death of Keith Lamont Scott by police. Gentry said the protest at the Charlotte game was an accident, but is a great coincidence. Students at Charlotte, which is three miles from where Scott was killed, have been protesting through “die-ins” in the school’s student union building and have engaged in other forms of protest against police brutality. Charlotte redshirt-senior offensive lineman Jamal Covington was a part of the protests at his school and said he was unaware of BSU protesting the anthem during the Saturday game but supported their right to protest. “Everyone has their right to express their voice and what they feel and I feel as an American citizen,” Covington told The Temple News. “You have that right to express how you feel non-violent as long as it’s not causing any harm to anybody.” gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick Evan Easterling contributed reporting.

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CHARLOTTE through the early part of the second quarter, but went 4-for-7 the rest of the way. It was a much cleaner game for Temple, compared to the team’s performance against Penn State when it committed 13 penalties. The Owls only committed one penalty in the second half and one offensive penalty in the entire game. For the second year in a row, the offensive line did not allow Charlotte’s defensive unit to get any sacks. The Owls’ quarterback had no turnovers for the first time this season. Walker

completed 15-of-26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He frequently operated out of a single-back shotgun set in the first half. He also got the chance to roll out of the pocket and throw on the move a few times. Walker rolled to his right and threw across the field to senior running back Jahad Thomas for a 44-yard completion that set up Armstead’s touchdown run three players later. “He’s a senior now, feeling more comfortable now, just getting his feet set,” Thomas said. “When you don’t have people breathing down your neck all the time, you can be comfortable out there. I’m quite sure that’s the reason why he’s playing so well these last two games.” Temple begins conference play on

Saturday against Southern Methodist, a team that allows an average of 449.8 yards per game. The Owls had to score 60 points to beat the Mustangs in Dallas last year. Temple is averaging 20 points per game in its losses and 43 points per game in its wins. The team is looking for more consistency going forward. “We had some ups and downs but that’s part of football,” said redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Brodrick Yancy, who led the Owls with four catches, 70 yards and a touchdown. “So I think we’re finding our team, finding out who we’re really are, so we can be ready to play the conference.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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Legendary crew coach earns presitgious honor Former Temple men’s crew coach Gavin White has been named the USRowing 2016 Man of the Year. White retired in May, but will remain in a part-time role as Coach Emeritus. During his 37-year tenure as the Owls’ head coach, White’s Varsity 8 boats won 20 Dad Vail Regatta titles, including 13 consecutive titles spanning from 1989 to 2001. His teams earned invitations to Great Britain’s Royal Henley Regatta seven times, with the Owls qualifying for the grand final in 1984. Before he started his career as a coach, White rowed for the Owls from 1971-73, winning the club’s Most Valuable Rower Award in his senior year. White was inducted into the Temple Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 for his contributions as both an athlete and a coach. USRowing will honor him at its annual awards ceremony in December in Springfield, Massachusetts. -Kee Min

KARA MILSTEIN FILE PHOTO Gavin White coached the men’s crew team for 37 years before retiring in the spring.

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Baseball alum receives community service award Former Temple pitcher Matt Hockenberry was one of the five players presented with a Phillies Minor League Community Service Award at Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. He received the award for having the highest amount of community service hours among players on the Phillies’ Class A Advanced affiliate Clearwater Threshers. Hockenberry had a 3-1 record and 1.71 ERA in 44 games this season with Clearwater and the Reading Phillies, the team’s AA affiliate. In his senior season at Temple in 2014, he earned a 5-6 record and posted a 3.18 ERA to earn all-Big 5 honors and finish in the Top 10 in school history in games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. The Phillies selected the right-hander from Hanover, Pennsylvania with the 262nd pick of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. -Evan Easterling KHANYA BRANN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Matt Rhule leads his team out of the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field before the Owls’ 48-20 win against Charlotte on Saturday.

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PASSING Walker exited the game early in the third quarter, but he connected with seven different targets by completing 15-of-26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. It’s the second time Walker has thrown for more than 250 yards this season. Four drives after the Jennings touchdown, Walker rolled out to his right and linked up with redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Brodrick Yancy on a 40-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-7 Owls with 4:26 left in the second quarter. “Brodrick is someone who has played as a freshman,” Walker said. “Sophomore year he got hurt and redshirted. I think that this year he put it together and is starting to become that leader for that group.” Yancy led all Temple receivers with four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in Temple’s homecoming victory. Redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood hauled in two catches for 45 yards and redshirt-senior tight end Romond Deloatch caught three passes for 40 yards. Yancy said the Owls’ deep group of receivers brings out their best skills on the field.

“We all make each other better,” Yancy said. “We push each other every day in practice. One guy makes a play, we all look at each other like, it’s a brotherhood for us.” Yancy, who entered this season only having eight catches for 46 yards, has already surpassed his career totals. He only played four games last season after suffering an injury on special teams against Cincinnati on Sept. 12. Through four games this season, Yancy is tied with two other players for second on the team in receptions and tied for first on the team in receiving touchdowns. “It helped me,” Yancy said about being out with an injury. “I was able to study the playbook more and know what every position got as a receiver, and it helped me get more stronger in the weight room and faster in my ability.” In Temple’s past two games, the team has moved the ball for 554 yards through the air without one of Walker’s top wideouts, redshirt sophomore Ventell Bryant. Bryant suffered an injury in practice and hasn’t played since the Owls’ loss in their home opener against Army on Sept. 2. Rhule said in his press conference last week that he expects Bryant to miss another two to three weeks.

Bryant’s 39 receptions last season ranked second best on the team. He also had 579 receiving yards and three touchdowns. “I think [Walker] is hitting stride, we’re getting him in rhythm, he’s got some guys who can get open,” Rhule said. “You know Ventell still isn’t out there. He’s probably our most accomplished wideout. But he’s developing some nice weapons, he’s doing a nice job.” The Owls start American Athletic Conference play against Southern Methodist this Saturday at noon at Lincoln Financial Field. Last season, Walker threw the ball for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the Mustangs in a 60-40 victory. In four games this season, Southern Methodist has the worst passing defense in the American, allowing 301.8 yards per game. “I think the record should be different but there are learning curves to this game,” Walker said. “We just have to keep going out there and building as a team. That was the first four games and now we have a whole new season to play. We are 0-0 and now it’s conference play.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

FOOTBALL

Matakevich returns to Lincoln Financial Field Tyler Matakevich, last year’s Bednarik Award winner, returned to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday for the first time since joining the Pittsburgh Steelers. The seventhround draft pick did not make any tackles, but saw time on defense and special teams in the Steelers’ 34-3 loss to the Eagles. Matakevich had 15 tackles in the preseason to make the Steelers’ 53-man roster. He is currently listed as the backup left inside linebacker on the team’s depth chart. In four seasons at Temple, Matakevich had 493 tackles and seven interceptions. He is one of seven players in Football Bowl Subdivision history to have 100 or more tackles in four consecutive seasons. -Evan Easterling

Ex-Owls Young, Anderson make impact on Sunday A week after converting the first defensive PAT of the 2016 season, Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Tavon Young recorded his first professional interception. With his team trailing 17-16 late in the fourth quarter, the Temple product picked off Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles at the Baltimore 23-yard line and returned the ball six yards. The Ravens would later kick a field goal to win 19-17. Another former Owl made a professional first on Sunday. New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson hauled in his first NFL reception, a 28-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter to set up the Jets’ lone score in their 27-3 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Anderson would later add a six-yard reception. -Marco Cerino sports@temple-news.com


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WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Former dancer becomes collegiate runner ‘by accident’ Freshman Millie Howard has earned Top 10 finishes in two races. By TESSA SAYERS For The Temple News Millie Howard became a runner by chance. Now, the Temple freshman aspires to run in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Not only was her start in the sport accidental, but she also never pictured herself as a runner. She was a serious dancer before her start in track, training six or seven days a week. Her competitive running career didn’t start until her freshman year of high school. “My friend actually dropped out of the 1500-meter race before it started and asked me to do it instead,” Howard said. “I did it by accident and actually enjoyed it. A coach from school picked me up and that’s how I started.” Most Division I athletes have been training in their sport since they could walk, but the North Yorkshire, England native is a little bit different. While Howard’s running career started later than many of her peers, it didn’t take her long to catch up. This summer, she earned a gold medal in the 800-meter in the Eng-

land Schools Championship, and a bronze medal in the England Athletics Under 20 Championship, also in the 800-meter race. Her late start to running also helped her stay in the best shape to compete at the collegiate level. “I think it is crucial for an athlete to be in a position to run their best races in their early 20s, and not be burnt out or injury prone,” said Kieron Hall, Howard’s previous coach. “Millie has positioned herself in the top few athletes in the U.K. … And therefore is in the position we wanted at this stage.” Howard started out as a middle distance runner, putting most of her focus on the 800-meter. She only got involved in cross country to help keep her in shape for track, but her ability to compete in multiple track and field events was one of the things that made her stand out to coach James Snyder. Another thing that stood out to the Snyder was Howard’s times. “We looked online at the stats and times and saw that her times kept dropping with every race,” Snyder said. “With some runners you see their times stay the same, but for Millie they kept dropping and that really interested us.” After realizing what Howard could contribute to the team, Snyder reached out to her on Facebook. While the decision to move across the world was not an easy one for Howard, the coaching staff along

with everything Temple and Philadelphia had to offer made it hard for her to say no. “Philly is similar with some of the cities back at home, I thought it would be a great place to live,” said Howard, an economics major. “The facilities here are amazing, along with the Fox School of Business.” Though her time at Temple has been short, Howard has already made her presence on the team known. Howard came in 10th overall and in third among Temple runners in her first race of the season. She also came in sixth overall and in second among Temple runners at the Rider Invitational, the first 6K of her career. “Her talent speaks for herself,” Snyder said. “She is incredibly hardworking and someone who has come in right away and has exceeded my expectations in cross country, which really isn’t her primary sport.” Her strong start in cross country gives the coaching staff nothing but excitement to see what she does in indoor and outdoor track this coming season. “Looking at what she has [accomplished] in cross country, if she is more comfortable on the track, then I think the sky could be the limit,” Snyder said. teresa.sayers@temple.edu @TessaSayers11 MORGAN HINDMAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman Millie Howard runs at the Big 5 Invitational on Sept. 9, where she finished 10th.

FIELD HOCKEY

International freshmen fitting in on young roster The Owls’ freshman class features a player from Northern Ireland and a player from New Zealand. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR For The Temple News On a team where 17 of 21 players are Pennsylvania natives, Kathryn Edgar and Maddie Merton’s hometowns stick out on the Owls’ roster. Edgar, a native of Craigavon, Northern Ireland and Merton, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, were both intrigued by going to college in America, but the freshmen midfielders took different paths to Philadelphia.

The upperclassmen have worked so hard to make us feel welcome to the team. Kathryn Edgar Freshman midfielder

The Edgar family name is synonymous with athletes. Edgar’s father and brother were soccer players and her mother and two sisters were field hockey stars. Edgar first picked up a hockey stick when she around five or six years old. “I had the choice to pick field hockey or Irish dancing, so I’m very glad,” Edgar said. “My mom used to play hockey, so I thought, ‘I’ll just copy my mom.’ I’m so glad I did.” Merton emerged in New Zealand’s field hockey program much more recently. Her athletic career began with tennis and netball, a sport derived from sports@temple-news.com

basketball that is immensely popular in New Zealand. Without ever having watched or played a game of field hockey, Merton was encouraged to try out for a team, becoming the first person in her family to play the sport. She started playing when she was in year seven in school in New Zealand, the equivalent of sixth grade in the United States. The United States immediately appealed to both Edgar and Merton, who wanted to continue their field hockey careers and go to school, something that isn’t available in Auckland, Merton said. Once Edgar and Merton decided to attend school in the U.S., they were faced with the decision of which university they wanted to play for, and coach Marybeth Freeman’s role in the recruiting process convinced them to choose Temple as their homes for the next four years. “Right from the start from our first conversation, you just feel her energy, her vision of what she wanted,” Edgar said. “She was straightforward, and anything you asked, she gave loads of information on.” Their teammates have also played a fundamental role in helping the players adjust to their new lives. Edgar and Merton are part of an eight-member freshman class, which has led to a smooth transition. “We were here about three weeks before classes actually started so it gave us quite a bit of time to transition into the training and ease into classes,” Merton said. “The upperclassmen have worked so hard to make us feel welcome to the team, since day one,” Edgar added. “We all joined together, and we’re like a family.” As they continue to welcome this next chapter in their lives, both Edgar and Merton have positive feelings on their first few months in the United States. “It’s nice to be in a different environment, especially for college and meeting new people,” Edgar said. varun.sivakumar@temple.edu @VarunSivakumar

JULIANA WACLAWSKI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior setter Kyra Coundourides (left) and sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak direct their teammates before a serve.

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TRANSFERS Croatia, the nation’s capital where more than 690,000 people reside. International students, especially from non-English speaking countries, can have a tough time transitioning to the United States. But at Temple, Deak has the benefit of playing with junior outside hitter and Serbia native Dara Peric. The two have a similar cultural background and speak the same language, which Deak said has helped. “The transition to Iowa was definitely the harder transition, coming [to Temple] reminded me of home, being in the city and having everything close,” Deak said. “It’s been easier communicating with Dara, we speak the same language, and we have a level of trust since I’ve come here.” Another factor that was in the decision to transfer was the educational opportunities. Both Deak and Coundourides thought coming to Temple would help both on and off the court. “I thought Temple gave me the best chance to get the best education I could in the United States,” said Deak, a former second team all-academic middle blocker at Iowa Western Community College. “I came to America because it gave

me a chance to continue my volleyball career, but it has also given me a chance to look at my future after volleyball.” This season has been different for coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam, who only brought in one freshman recruit after graduating four seniors. Instead, Temple is relying on the production of transfers like Deak and Coundourides. Deak has been a disruptor as a middle blocker. She is third on the team in blocks with 44, and she has added nine service aces. She is sixth among American Athletic Conference players in hitting percentage and fifth in blocks. Coundourides established herself as the starting setter for the team, leading the team in assists with 465 on the year. She is third among players in The American in assists. Coundourides has 19 kills, and has also added 111 digs, tied for third. “I’ve felt like the coaching staff has had a lot of confidence in me, which has given me a boost,” Coundourides said. “I still go out there playing one match, one set, one point at a time. We hold each other accountable and that helps us play better as a team.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

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MEN’S SOCCER

Gomez Sanchez, Jokinen shoulder offensive load The two players have accounted for 75 percent of the team’s scoring this season. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez said his on-field connection with junior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen is genetic. The two have combined for 12 of the team’s 16 goals so far this season. Jokinen and Gomez Sanchez’s chemistry on the front line has resulted in at least one goal for the Owls (5-3, 0-1 American Athletic Conference) in six of their eight games. “They’re getting a better understanding all the time,” coach David MacWilliams said. “They read one another well, they know what each one’s tendencies are, and they know what their strengths are. They’ve been very good together.” Gomez Sanchez has the most points on the team, with nine goals and three assists through eight games. His 1.13 goals per game is second in Division I. Gomez Sanchez is also second in Division I in total goals and points per game. “It feels good, but it doesn’t mean anything if you start in conference and you stop scoring,” Gomez Sanchez said. “So I think you need to keep it up to be in the top scoring group.” Jokinen ranks in the Top 10 for most assists. He has recorded five assists and three goals. Even though Gomez Sanchez and Jokinen score a majority of the goals, they attribute their success to the work of their teammates. “I think it feels great, but I think all the team has to feel the same feeling,” Gomez Sanchez said. “We play as a team, and I think that feeling of scoring has to be translated to all the teammates.” The set-up starts as soon as the Owls get the ball. Senior defenders Matt Mahoney and Stefan Mueller, playing as Temple’s two main outside backs, use their speed to get up and down the sideline quickly to create a numerical advantage for the Owls on offense and put pressure on the opponent’s defense. “I think in all, our offense is not just Jorge and Joonas,” MacWilliams said. “It’s a combination of the way we play, the way we get our outside backs going forward. We get a lot of guys in motion that create those scenes and opportunities for Jorge and Joonas, and they’ve done a great job of finishing and finding one another.”

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen dribbles through the midfield in the Owls’ 3-2 loss against Drexel on Sept. 13.

The Owls are now preparing to enter American Athletic Conference play. Their conference opener against Connecticut resulted in a 1-0 loss. Last season, after a record-breaking start, Temple crumbled when it reached conference play, finishing with a 2-6 regular season record in The American. When the Owls hit conference play last year, they had scored 18 goals in eight games. In their nine games against teams in The American, they scored 10 times. Despite the scoring deficiency in the second half of last season, MacWilliams is optimistic about his team and his athletes’ abilities to continue scoring. “I think we’re a little bit more mature,” MacWilliams said. “We added some pieces. We added [freshman midfielder Albert Moreno], who I think can help us offensively, and again, I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now, and we feel that we can go against any team in the country and score goals.” The team will rely on Moreno and senior midfielder Kevin Klett to help out on offense. Klett has scored once and Moreno has an assist. The other Owls that have scored this season are freshman forward George McGee, sophomore midfielder Hermann Doerner and senior defender Carlos Moros Gracia.

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez cuts around defenders in the Owls’ 3-2 overtime road loss to Drexel on Sept 13.

“I think a big part of conference play is being able to get opportunities on set pieces,” MacWilliams said. “We look for a guy like Carlos or [redshirtjunior defender Mark Grasela] to get on the end of things in the set pieces.” While some of the goal-scoring chances can be practiced, a lot of the

goals scored come from quick thinking during game time. This skill is something Jokinen and Gomez Sanchez have developed in their two seasons together. “It’s difficult to really practice finishing,” Jokinen said. “You can’t really practice the situations that are

going to come about in a game, so you’ve just got to get in as many reps as possible to try and emulate different scenarios and just practice finishing from different areas.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Freshman Keitel reminds O’Connor of former defender Coach Seamus O’Connor said freshman Emily Keitel plays like ex-Owl Erin Lafferty. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Coach Seamus O’Connor packed his bags on a blistering cold day in December and drove to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to scout a particular player. His wife didn’t understand why he was making the trip, since he had a 7 p.m. flight booked to London. O’Connor was willing to risk missing his flight to make the recruiting trip. He had his eyes set on a certain player, but freshman Emily Keitel stole his attention instead.

“I was like, ‘Holy smokes, who the heck is this kid?’” O’Connor said. “Then I started really recruiting her hard. It was literally just luck that I happened to be watching one kid and she went up against Emily that day. And Emily dominated her.” While watching Keitel play, O’Connor saw similarities to former defender Erin Lafferty’s game. Lafferty started in all 79 games from 2012-15, finishing her career with the most games played in school history. She became a reliable scoring threat in her senior season, converting all four of her penalty kick attempts and tallying a career-high seven goals. In eight games, Keitel has one assist and 671 minutes played. While Keitel may not be at Lafferty’s level yet, O’Connor saw things in her at which Lafferty excelled, like heading the ball and her ability to strike the ball. Both players also stand

at 5-foot-9 inches and play the centerback position. Once Keitel moved to Temple in June, Owls’ strength and conditioning coach Sam Whitney got her started on the same training model he used to build Lafferty. O’Connor said it’s usually pretty difficult for freshmen to get adjusted to the speed of college level soccer, but the early training has helped Keitel become an immediate impact player for Temple. “[Whitney] had a great platform with Erin Lafferty, who was a tremendous center back and Emily is kind of our new Erin Lafferty,” O’Connor said. He added that Whitney worked on Keitel’s speed, her jumping and her ability to head the ball. O’Connor said that bravery is another trait Keitel and Lafferty share. In the game against Princeton University on Sept. 9, Keitel’s brave play forced her to exit a game early.

A ball was kicked to midfield as Keitel contested a Princeton defender for a header. While making a play on the ball, she collided heads with the defender, which left her lying on the ground. O’Connor ran out to the field with the trainer, and everything looked OK until he saw the other side of Keitel’s face. There was a deep gash on the left side of her face right above her eyebrow. O’Connor said it was the most blood he’d seen in a long time. Keitel left that game to get seven stitches in order to stop the bleeding. “She put her face out for the team,” freshman midfielder Morgan Morocco said. “That definitely shows a lot of leadership.” Keitel went on to miss the next two out of four games. She missed the game against Binghamton University because of the stitches, and missed

the New Jersey Institute of Technology game because of a nagging knee injury. O’Connor said Keitel is a vital part of the Owls’ success and that he wanted her well rested for American Athletic Conference play. The Owls, who finished 4-4-1 in The American last season, start conference play against Memphis this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at The Temple Sports Complex. Temple (3-7) has lost five of its last six games. “She has soccer IQ, so she knows what’s going on all over the field,” Morocco said. “She’s definitely one of our biggest assets to the defense. She talks, she gets the ball out, she communicates.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5

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FOOTBALL

Owls rout Charlotte in Homecoming matchup Temple defeated the 49ers 48-20, on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor

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eading into Saturday’s Homecoming game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, coach Matt Rhule said allowing big plays on defense and offensive line play were the biggest issues through the team’s first three games. When sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead bounced a run up the middle to the outside, stiff-arming a defender on the way to the end zone for a third quarter touchdown, senior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins and redshirt-senior offensive lineman Brendan McGowan high-fived and celebrated at the five yard line. The touchdown, which put the Owls up by 31 points at the time, was a minute detail in the Owls’ 48-20 win, but was a sign of improvement. “That was the most we’ve ever rotated our offensive line, ever,” Rhule said. “We played Jovahn [Fair] at the guard, we played Jovahn and [Matt] Hennessey. At the other guard we played Brian Carter and Adrian Sullivan and we rotated Jaelin Robinson on the second or third series at tackle and the fifth series. We feel like that depth is coming and those guys are going to be really good, so you kind of have to live with some things.” Behind the Owls’ offensive line, the team rushed for a season-high 210 yards and four touchdowns against the 49ers. The unit also limited the impact of redshirt-senior defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi, whom Rhule called an NFL player last week. The 2015 secondteam Conference USA selection had two tackles against Temple. Despite being a 27.5-point favorite, the

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior running back Jahad Thomas evades the grasp of a tackler in the Owls’ 48-20 Homecoming win against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Saturday.

Owls trailed 7-3 after the first quarter. The team moved the ball successfully on its opening drive, but had to settle for a field goal by junior kicker Austin Jones after a false start by Dawkins slowed momentum. The 49ers defense forced a three-and-out on Temple’s next possession. The Owls set the tone for the rest of the game on the first play of the second quarter.

FOOTBALL

Senior quarterback Phillip Walker, who missed the previous play after leaving with an injury, connected with junior wide receiver Adonis Jennings on a 51-yard post route for a touchdown. Temple scored 28 points in the quarter and never trailed after that point in the game. “I think our practice as an offense is getting better, and I think we are going to be a lot better

towards the middle of the season, as the season goes on,” Walker said. “Just because you know, we’ve got so many weapons on offense and so many guys that can make a lot of plays and it shows.” The Owls started 1-for-5 on third downs

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VOLLEYBALL

Transfers playing right away Iva Deak and Kyra Coundourides are contributing for the Owls. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman wide receiver Freddie Johnson carries the ball in the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 48-20 win against Charlotte on Saturday.

Quarterback finds form Phillip Walker threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s homecoming game. By TOM IGNUDO For The Temple News After tossing an incomplete pass to freshman wide receiver Randle Jones, senior quarterback Phillip Walker was lying down on the field about 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Walker got off the field on his own power but sat out for one play. In his first play back under center, Walker faked a handoff to senior running back Jahad

Thomas and tossed a 51-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Adonis Jennings to put the Owls up 10-7 in the second quarter. Walker’s pass to Jennings started a run of 28 unanswered points by Temple that led the team to a 48-20 victory against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to improve to 2-2 on the season. “We knew going in they were going to pack the box,” coach Matt Rhule said. “So we were able to hit some big plays on them. Even the [naked bootlegs] can be big plays, and as a result I thought it was good to see us get the I [formation] run game going. ... But I think obviously the play action and guys being able to protect it and then him being able to go get the ball there. That was a great job by Adonis.”

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Before a weekday practice began, the volleyball team waited near the locker room in McGonigle Hall, laughing and talking about classes and plans to hang out after practice. The atmosphere around the team is one of friendship, and that atmosphere is what drew junior setter Kyra Coundourides to Temple.

While being recruited away from Virginia Tech, the constant interaction with her future teammates made her transition from rural Blacksburg, Virginia to Philadelphia easier. Coundourides has enjoyed her time exploring Philadelphia, after seeing Cleveland as a kid growing up in Brunswick, Ohio. “There is always something going on, and I’ve just been trying to learn about the city,” Coundourides said. “The city has so much history, and it’s really fun just exploring it and learning as much as you can.” City living isn’t new to sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak. Deak grew up in Zagreb,

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JULIANA WACLAWSKI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior setter Kyra Coundourides guides the ball to sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak in the Owls’ loss to Tulane on Friday.

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BRIEFS | PAGE 15

A December recruiting trip landed women’s soccer coach Seamus O’Connor a freshman defender similar to one of his past players.

Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez and junior midfielder Joonas Jokinen lead the men’s team on offense.

Freshmen Maddie Merton and Kathryn Edgar are the only international players on the Owls’ roster.

Former Temple football player returns to Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles on Sunday. Other news and notes.

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