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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016 VOL. 95 ISS. 9 @thetemplenews

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Apartment building proposed for south of Main Campus A developer’s proposal calls for 180 apartments and 4,000 square feet of street-level retail space. By PAIGE GROSS Managing Editor


17-story, mixed-use building has been proposed for an empty lot on Broad Street near Master, documents submitted to the Civic Design Review board show. The building, which would sit at 1324 N. Broad St., is described as a “new multi-family residential development” in the submission plan to the board. The board’s review will give the public a chance to comment on the project’s proposal and compare it with current building standards on Nov. 1. A development group, named after the address of the proposed building, 1324 N. Broad LLC, has identified Cecil Baker + Partners as the architect for the project. The plan proposes 180 residential units, a 13-car garage, about 4,000 square feet of retail space, a gym and a 77-bike storage room. Apartments vary from studio spaces to three-bedroom units. A spokesperson for the architecture firm said the project is in the development phase and declined to comment further. The Freedom Theatre, a historic African-American theater, currently stores its set-building materials on the lot where the proposed building would be. The theater’s nonprofit, New Freedom Theatre Inc., sold the lot to 1324 N. Broad LLC last year for $2.2 million, city property records show. Sandra Haughton, the executive producing director at the Freedom Theatre, said an apartment complex could bring in new audiences and make more people aware of the theater’s productions.


HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Owls’ sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead runs for a 76-yard touchdown in Friday’s 46-30 win against South Florida at Lincoln Financial Field.

RUNNING OVER THE BULLS The Owls rushed for 319 yards in Friday’s win. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor When he turned around after his postgame interview and saw which player was standing behind him, coach Matt Rhule couldn’t contain his excitement. There was Temple’s curly-haired, guitar-playing fullback Nick Sharga, pa-

tiently waiting to talk to an ESPN reporter about Temple’s season-high rushing performance after Friday’s nationally-televised 46-30 win against South Florida. “It was a cool experience,” Sharga said. “But I just go out in the game and try to do my best and hopefully things work out.” Temple ran for a season-high 319 yards on Friday, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Rhule said the redshirt-junior fullback was the “key” to the Owls’ ground game. Sharga was Temple’s only two-way

player last season, seeing action at fullback and linebacker. This year, he has a simpler role sticking to just fullback. Although he ran three times for nine yards on Friday, Sharga’s job most of the time is to find a defender and hit them — like he did on a game-changing play in the third quarter.



More coverage of Saturday’s game.

Senate candidates debate at TPAC Katie McGinty and Pat Toomey argued about student loans and women’s rights. By MICHAELA WINBERG Supervising Editor

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior journalism major Heather Foss poses with the Temple Temperors, a trio of Temple football fans who have made a tradition out of tailgating in costume in Lot K outside of Lincoln Financial Field. At right, freshman Chris Kugler takes a photo.


The final debate between Sen. Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty at Temple Performing Arts Center Monday captured the energy of most other national and state elections currently underway. The candidates for the United States Senate clashed on the debate stage about issues like gun violence, the economy, systemic racism and women’s rights. Philadelphia residents and about 150 Temple students were in attendance. While the candidates debated, Toomey twice attempted to deny McGinty’s statements by calling them “another one of those ‘brother didn’t go to college’ stories” — referring to McGinty’s claim that she


Students shaken after mob attacks Four arrests and several police reports were made Friday night. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor Multiple students were hurt and businesses had to close Friday evening due to a “flash mob” of nearly 200 minors that flocked North Broad Street near Main Campus, police said.

Two Temple Police officers sustained injuries in altercations with minors. They were not seriously injured and are recovering, one from a fractured hand. One juvenile punched a Philadelphia Police horse in the face, but the horse is OK, Charlie Leone, the director of Campus Safety Services wrote in an email to The Temple News. Temple Police arrested four minors in three different incidents, Leone said. Two were arrested for assault, while the other two were arrested for robbery. Seven total reports of assault and rob-

bery were filed that night. An Instagram post for a “Pearl Theater Meetup” incited the minors to gather along Broad Street. The meetup spread through social media, telling them to see “Ouija: Origin of Evil” at AMC 7 on Broad and Oxford streets at 6:45 p.m. Throughout the evening, the minors split into smaller groups — some committed assaults or robberies and ran from police — between Jefferson


BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Democratic senatorial nominee Katie McGinty (left) and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey debated for the last time at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Monday.

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Food retailers like Cosi and Tony Luke’s will stay on Main Campus despite the change in Temple’s food service provider. Read more on Page 3.

A student reflects on growing up with parents who are both nurses in a personal essay. Read more on Page 4.

Several professors and alumni have a strong connection to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read more on Page 7.

Coach Brian Quinn and the golf team will have their own oncampus facility by next semester. Read more on Page 18.




Possible SEPTA strike may affect Temple commuters More than a quarter of faculty and students would be affected in traveling to Main Campus. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor

CONOR ROTTMUND FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Construction workers lift scaffolding at the construction site at 16th and Oxford streets last week.

Construction site on Oxford will turn into apartments There is no timeline for when the construction at 16th and Oxford streets will be finished. By FRANCESCA FUREY TSG Beat Reporter Across from a four-story building that has been under construction for five years, churchgoers at the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church walk by for the 11 a.m. service without a second glance. “[This building is] going to be great,” said Michael Davis, a member of the church. “We’re going to open venues to give out clothing.” Davis said he believes the clothing donations will help Temple students. For several years, the large building on 16th Street near Oxford has been under construction. Mel Glover, a bicycle patrol officer for Campus Safety Services whose patrol includes the block where the construction has been taking place, said construction had stopped some time in 2015 before resuming in March 2016. According to Licenses and Inspections records from the Office of Property Assesment’s website, the first permits for construction were filed in 2011. Construction workers at the site did not say when the building would be completed. “They’ve been doing construction for a while,” Glover said. “If Temple owned [the property], it would’ve been done already.” The construction workers said the building would become apartments, but declined to comment further. They said the contractor would be able to provide more information, but when he arrived at the construction scene, he declined to answer any questions or give his name. The OPA’s website shows that the building is owned by 1534 N. 16th Street Acquisition LLC. The website does not list contact information, like phone numbers,

for any of the businesses listed with properties. There are six reports of violations, adding up to 15 separate accounts. Seven were reported in 2012, five in 2013 and three in 2015. Three reports showed violations of the vacant property standard set by the city, which declares that all vacant properties should be clean and safe, so it doesn’t harm those walking by. One violated a scope code, meaning construction workers did not maintain the minimum conditions and responsibilities required. According to Philadelphia’s Property Maintenance Code, “All premises, whether occupied or vacant, shall be maintained in such repair and in such safe and sanitary condition that no physical damage shall be caused to any adjoining premises.” The building also violated an electrical code, in which it did not meet the standards for lighting, ventilation or plumbing. The work site violated the facilities code, where it is required that all areas of construction need one water closet, one lavatory and one drinking facility. There were three violations on exterior properties. Two were not detailed, but one reported a hazard on site because the walkway, stairways or driveways were not clear for workers. In addition, four violations were listed under the workmanlike building code, which requires the building to be “executed in a skilled manner,” according to the maintenance code. “[The building] isn’t causing any problems,” said Tracy Johnson, a resident of 16th Street near Oxford. He said that the construction had not been affecting the surrounding community and that the noise was not loud. Johnson said the possibility of Temple students moving into the building when it is completed “won’t be anything different than it is now.” “[The building] is helping the community out,” Davis said.

Students may be forced to find alternative routes to commute to and from Main Campus next week. SEPTA workers have unanimously voted to strike on Nov. 1 unless a contract is agreed upon. About 5,000 SEPTA employees who operate the bus, trolley and subway systems are part of the Transit Workers Union Local 234, which announced the possible strike on Oct. 16. “As with any potential disruption to public transportation services, the university is actively monitoring the situation and discussing ways in which we could augment services to help minimize effects for members of the Temple community,” wrote Brandon Lausch, a university spokesman, in an email. “We will continue those discussions over the next week so we are prepared to respond if the need arises.” Andrew Busch, a public information manager for SEPTA, said a “Service Interruption Guide” will be posted later in the week if the union and SEPTA do not reach an agreement. The guide will show alternate routes and services that will still be available throughout the city. He said in the event of a strike, people should expect the Market Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, bus routes and trolley routes within the city would halt operations. The Regional Rail, suburban bus route and the suburban trolley lines would not be affected, he added. A 2015 transportation survey the university conducted showed that nearly 29 percent of students, faculty and staff commute by subway, bus or trolley. Busch said because most of the Silverliner V cars that were pulled off the tracks in July are back and that the schedule has returned to normal, Regional Rail should not face any issues in the event of a strike. “There isn’t much more we can do to mitigate those services that would be out,” Busch said. “But

you certainly don’t have to worry about anything happening this week.” A spokesperson for the union said the strike was a result of three major issues: pension, health care and the safety of the workers. He said SEPTA wanted to cut pensions for operators but increase pensions for managers. SEPTA had promised to take that out of the contracts two years ago, but have failed to do so, he said. The spokesman added that SEPTA was proposing to take the workers out of their current health care program and place them into a “far inferior one.” He said that based on the nature of the work that the union members do, they need adequate health care. Finally, the spokesperson said, the union wanted SEPTA to reevaluate its system for scheduling bus drivers — right now, they are on-call at any time of the day to maintain “flexibility.” “It disrupts peoples’ sleep schedules,” he said. “A driver could be called in at midnight, and then 8 a.m. the next day, and then 4 p.m. the next afternoon.” He said SEPTA should divide the shifts into a daytime and nighttime schedule, which would reduce the number of accidents. Since negotiations began in July, the members of Local 234 were told to prepare for the possible strike, and then voted unanimously Oct. 16. to authorize it. “Right now our focus is on the ongoing negotiation,” Busch said. “We hope that we’ll be able to reach an agreement before the strike happens.” “Any time there’s a contract negotiation, the discussion is centered around pay, healthcare, retirement and pensions,” he added. “But the details of those we leave at the negotiation table.” In 2005, when Local 234 workers went on strike for a week, Temple provided free bus shuttles for commuters as well as discounted parking, The Temple News reported. The university had been planning transportation alternatives in the event of a strike for a year in advance, Mark Eyerly, the chief communications officer for Temple told The Temple News in 2005. For updates on the negotiations, Busch said to monitor local media and the SEPTA website. @ChristieJules

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She said since the review of the plan is next week, she hasn’t made up her mind about the proposed adjacent property. “The Freedom Theatre is a national historical landmark,” Haughton said. “So whatever they do, it won’t really impact us, or at least it’s not supposed to.” In 2014, the university released “Visualize Temple,” a plan for the construction and revitalization of Main Campus, which expresses a need for more housing available to students. It listed a need for 1,170 new beds and 2,443 “demo and replacement beds.” University spokesman Brandon Lausch told The Temple News that the project is being privately developed. “As far as I’m aware,” he said in an email, “we are not involved.” In the past decade, Morgan Hall and Apartments@1220 North Broad — a hotel-turned-apartment complex which houses and advertises to students — have become on- and off-campus options for student housing, as well as a few others. The plan proposal compares 1324 N. Broad as being similar in size and purpose to these options. The proposal for 1324 N. Broad also mentions other similar development projects, like the Divine Lorraine on Broad Street near Fairmount Avenue. If it is approved, 1324 N. Broad would fit with the City Planning Commission’s district plan of revitalizing the “Lower North” district, which runs from Lehigh Avenue to the north, Poplar Street to the south, Fairmount Park to the west and Front Street to the east. The CDR board will review the plan for the building on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street. The review is open to the public. COURTESY CECIL BAKER + PARTNERS @By_paigegross

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Food contract to add retailers, affect current ones Cosi and Tony Luke’s are among the retailers to remain, despite the change in food providers. By AMANDA LIEN For The Temple News Temple recently signed a 15-year contract with Aramark effective July 1, 2017, ending Sodexo’s 28 years as Temple’s food service provider. The new provider means food retailers franchised with Sodexo may change. Retailers like Tony Luke’s and Cosi will remain university dining options because of their “loyal ties to the city and to the brand,” said Michael Scales, associate vice president for the office of Business Services. Aramark will change Sodexo’s Fresh to Go locations in Annenberg Hall and other university buildings, but what will replace them is still unclear. Aramark will also change dining hall retailers. “The best way I can explain it is some of the retailers will remain,” Scales said. He added that Aramark has not yet begun

planning with Temple for new retailers. “The current contract that we’re operating under with Sodexo ends on June 30, 2017,” Scales said. “At the close of business on that day, Sodexo will walk away from the job and Aramark will begin planning and preparations for new retailers on campus.” “We will be speaking to franchise [representatives] to help with the transition,” said Vanessa Kukulski, retail manager of Cosi, a retail location on Main Campus. “Some of our current employees are unionized, so they will have the option to remain at the university.” Drexel recently made a similar change. According to an article published in The Triangle, Drexel’s student newspaper, Sodexo will no longer manage dining services at the university effective Dec. 10, 2016. The termination ended a 21-year partnership. They have not yet named a new food service provider, although the article said that administrators hinted Aramark would succeed Sodexo on Drexel’s campus. Drexel’s Office of Business Services declined to comment. “[Retailers] are going to be up to Aramark,” said Alex Brennan, president of Temple’s chap-

ter of the American Marketing Association. Brennan, who worked with Cherry Consulting, Temple’s student-led advertising firm to promote events and engagement with student dining services. “We can assume that they’ll be using the same spaces and adding some new ones. We worked with Sodexo to help them understand the university. If there was an opportunity to work with Aramark, we hope to go the same way.” Scales said that Aramark’s proposal impressed the university. “I think [it was] their overall strategy and approach to our campus and the fact that there was a true desire to want to partner with the university,” Scales said. “Their headquarters are in Philadelphia and that knowledge of the city resulted in a great response.” “There will be a lot of communication with students and a savvy approach to the meal plan based on past trends,” he added. “I cannot talk about the financial aspect right now, but I think the overall value that the Aramark deal will have on food service across campus and on student life was very creative.”

“If we worked with Aramark, we hope to have student input on any new retail locations,” Brennan said. “The likelihood is that we probably won’t be working with Aramark before new retailers are put in place,” said Ethan Greenstein, director of Cherry Consulting. “Aramark will do that on their own. We’re likely to have no say in what they do.” Greenstein said members of Cherry Consulting hope to work with Aramark in the same way they have worked with Sodexo. Kukulski was mindful of the impact the shift in retailers and employees may have on students as a result of the Aramark acquisition. “They won’t have the familiar faces that they might be used to,” she said. “If someone, a regular, comes in here to get, say, a mocha and our current employees know them on sight and know how they take [their drink], it may be an adjustment for both of them to get used to new people that they might not know.” @amandajlien

SMC begins program at Harrisburg Campus Incoming SMC students can begin their degrees at Harrisburg Campus.

By KELLY BRENNAN For The Temple News

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Flight, the Main Campus student shuttle service introduced in September, is still experiencing issues with pickups, leaving students frustrated with the service.

Flight users still seeing issues After being introduced in Spring 2016, students still suffer from long wait times. By HALEY PROCTOR For The Temple News Too many cancellations and long wait times have caused Campus Safety Services and Facilities Management to address continued dissatisfaction with Flight. Flight was introduced in March 2016 to give students the option to get a ride directly from campus to their home without having to walk. The service almost immediately faced issues with slow arrival times. Associate Director of Operations and Logistics at Temple Mark Gottlieb said TapRide, the app that students use to order Flight, uses algorithms to distribute services. “The trips are distributed by algorithm to gather the most efficient use of the vehicles that are on the street,” Gottlieb said. “The trips are randomly assigned by a software system to ensure that both students and drivers are doing the least amount of time in transit and for that matter to ensure people that are waiting for buses have a chance to get picked up as quickly as possible.” The average wait time for Flight is five to 10 minutes — a reasonable length, Gottlieb said. Students, like Andrew Dada, a sophomore bioengineering major who lives on Main Campus, have experienced much longer waits, though. “It’s not efficient enough,” Dada said. “They come at a slow time. Sometimes the bus drivers malfunction. The ride itself is fine but the system is bad.” “It’s incumbent upon the university to provide a workable service,” Gottlieb said. “When we’re seeing that service levels are not where they should be, it’s a point of concern. We are concerned and working hard to make sure the bus company that provides

service to the university is living up to their obligations.” Improvement measures are being studied by DoubleMap, the company that owns Tapride, Gottlieb said, but the study is still in its beginning stages. Eileen Bradley, the project coordinator for Campus Safety Services, said she would like to better understand the complications associated with Flight. “We decided that we wanted to get a better evaluation of how the program was working,” Bradley said. “We’ll see what trends are there and how we can fix it because I want this to work for the students.” Eight students selected by Campus Safety Services will act as “secret shoppers” to test the shuttle service and submit a Google Apps electronic report, Bradley said. A weekly briefing will inform Campus Safety on the trends of Flight. This will help to evaluate the strengths, weakness and major factors causing problems, she said. Flight has five buses in circulation to service 2,000 rides per week, a slight increase in use from the old system, Gottlieb said. He added that there are not enough buses to function as quickly as Uber. On-demand shuttle services are not new to universities around the country. University of Michigan and the University of Florida both use DoubleMap. The University of Pennsylvania has its own evening shuttle service for its students and faculty. Rides that originate from the university’s main campus take students to another on-campus location, like a transit stop or drop them off-campus. On-demand shuttles transport students between off-campus locations within service boundaries. The shuttles are called at a hotline, where students tell the dispatcher where they are and where they need to go. Flight replaced two previous transportation systems at Temple. TUr Door, which was for off-campus students, took students from the bus shelter on 12th Street near Polett Walk and dropped them off at their doorsteps. OWLoop, for on-campus students, picked students up from the same place and dropped them off at their residence halls.

A new program in the School of Media and Communication allows waitlisted applicants to spend their freshman year at Harrisburg Campus. All students who finish their freshman year are guaranteed a spot at Main Campus the following year. The school will officially announce the program tomorrow at a ribboncutting event for the Harrisburg Campus’ finished renovations of the library, office and reception area, turning the space into a student and faculty learning and technology center. SMC will not raise or lower their academic requirements to apply there, said Donald Heller, the school’s senior vice dean for finance and administration. But he added students who have higher GPAs and SAT scores have a better chance of attending Main Campus their freshman year. The school’s decision to join the program at Harrisburg is primarily due to lack of space on Main and Ambler campuses. “Main Campus has been getting full, and we have a lot more students who are on the waitlist who are qualified to attend Temple,” said Vicki McGarvey, acting director of Ambler Campus. “We just don’t have any more space.” Students who are otherwise qualified are waitlisted or denied admission due to the cap on how many students they can bring in, Heller said. The “Freshman Year at Harrisburg” program for students throughout the university officially started four years ago but only offered general education classes, McGarvey said. SMC plans to create a course schedule within the program that includes the school’s core courses, which are applicable to any major, Heller said. He added that major requirements outside of the school are still being figured out for the freshmen program. Harrisburg Campus will provide staff for these courses, but SMCtrained advisers have not been added to the campus program yet. SMC is looking into either staffing SMC-trained advisers to work at Harrisburg Campus, or sending the Main

Campus SMC advisers there. With the rollout of this new program, Temple is looking to forge a hybrid-schedule model — students will have a mix of in-class and online courses. Heller said SMC’s program intends to benefit two types of students: those from the Harrisburg area, and those who may not be ready to live in a city. “If you look at some students, they’re just not ready to leave home,” Heller said. “I think that a lot of students from rural areas might have some reservations about coming to a large city.” “Part of the reason to go to Temple is to experience the city,” said Connor Fundyga, a senior media studies and production major. “In terms of getting used to the city, it was important that I experience it at the age that I did.” Harrisburg Campus does not offer on-campus housing, but off-campus housing is available in the city, McGarvey said. Students who participate in the new program will pay Temple’s base tuition rate, rather than the increased SMC tuition rate, McGarvey said. The base tuition rate for an in-state student is $7,692 per semester, whereas SMC’s charges $8,448 per semester. Besides lower tuition, SMC is looking into more financial incentives for students to participate in the program because students do not have access to the same amenities as students on Main Campus, Heller said. Main Campus offers many SMCrelated student organizations that give students the opportunity to get involved in during their first semester at Temple. Organizations like this are not accessible at Harrisburg Campus, but student organizations for freshmen specific to the campus will be developed, McGarvey said. Some current SMC students are torn whether they would have attended Harrisburg Campus. “I wouldn’t want to go there,” Nahomy Galan, a senior media studies and production major, said. “[Harrisburg] seems too far away.” “I would still apply,” said Nydja Hood, a junior journalism major. “At least I would have the option to go to Main Campus.”

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Alerts should be more timely A TU Alert from this weekend didn’t inform students soon enough. For the past two weekends, large groups of minors have gathered on North Broad Street. This past Friday night, Temple students were attacked by some of these minors. Some students have posted on social media criticizing Temple Police for the delay in sending out its TU Alert on Friday night around 9:30 p.m. However, the first group gathered on Broad Street hours earlier at 6:45 p.m. and the first of three assaults was reported at 8:30 p.m., according to a statement from Temple Police that was sent to students, faculty and staff on Monday. The Temple News often hears students questioning why TUPD doesn’t alert them of certain crimes or incidents after they have passed. In

those cases, the incidents don’t meet the requirements to elicit a TU Alert — which are reserved to alert students of ongoing, immediate danger to the community. The incidents that occurred Friday, however, should have elicited a more prompt warning. The fact that these alerts weren’t sent out in a timely manner left some students unaware of a potentially dangerous situation and may have furthered confused students about the actual requirements for TU Alerts. Students should inform themselves about the protocol for sending out TU Alerts and only criticize TUPD when applicable. But TUPD should also work to limit confusion by being prompt in informing students of threats to their safety.

From the hospital to the home


A student reflects on having two nurses as parents.

ospitals have always smelled like home to me. The scent reminds me of the way my mom’s scrubs smelled when she’d return home from long shifts at work. I’d lie with my head in her lap, and on especially tough days, she’d scratch my back. Both of my parents have been nurses for decades. They both know the routine of washing their hands every time they leave a room, the way the beeping of machines eventually fades to background noise and the soreness of one’s body after not finding time to sit for hours. I’ve only been an observer and an outsider of their vocation. Through eyes tainted by the haze of long, lazy sleep, I’ve seen the stain left on the kitchen table by my dad’s brimming coffee mug that he would finish before the sun got around to rising. I know the definition of “tired to the bone,” because I’ve seen it reflected in his eyes when he has to set his alarm for another early morning, and I hear it in my mom’s voice when we talk over the phone before her next late-night shift. Throughout my childhood, my mom and dad raised me the way many other parents do. They participated in the nightly ritual of goodnight kisses


and calmed nightmares. They were there throughout the morning flurry of packing lunches before the bus rounds the corner and I could find them cheering on the sideline of every lacrosse game. But unlike others, I was lucky enough to have the steady hands of two nurses to guide me and two experts in managing life-or-death crises by my side during each of these moments. It takes a special type of person to constantly be at beck and call without the glamour of a white coat. One must be especially altruistic to remember to check vitals and crack a comforting joke in the same breath. Growing up, even after seeing people’s worst days, my parents were able to come home and ask me how mine went. My scrapes and cuts stinging in the summer air were the least of the injuries they’d tend to that week. And the tragedy of any bad grade I had gotten on a test was the furthest thing from my dad’s latest case in the cath lab. During an interview with Michael Vitez, the director for narrative medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, we

talked a lot about how medicine, above all, is a profession of serving people. And while discussing this, so many things made sense about my upbringing. During those exchanges after long nights, my parents taught me determination. They taught me support, whether it be from a respirator or a familiar face at a school function, is essential in life. As a sophomore in college, I’m still baby-faced in comparison to a world growing seemingly more callous every day. I’ve faltered and stumbled and had my own fair share of self-doubt. During this semester, I’ve felt especially homesick some days. When I sit at my desk attempting to get work done, I often catch myself staring at pictures of my family from years past — days when my “Take Your Child to Work Day” story was the best out of the entire class. Nostalgia sets in, but so does comfort. My home, with its warm windows, is just over the bridge. And after every stumble and hardship, I know the place to check in. @Grace_Shallow

Consider past SEPTA strike Temple should consider implementing a shuttle service if SEPTA workers strike again. Nearly 11 years ago, SEPTA workers went on strike over issues like pay, health care and pensions. The strike went into effect early on a Monday morning, when the workers’ union and SEPTA management could not iron out an agreement before the deadline, Nov. 1. Temple had plans in place so that students, faculty and staff could get to their destinations. The university ran seven shuttles along Broad Street from 5 a.m. to midnight each day of the week-long strike, accessible to anyone holding a valid OWLcard. This year, another strike is possible because of disagreements over the same issues, spokesmen for the union and SEPTA said this week. The workers in question are involved with SEPTA’s buses, subways and trolleys. A university survey about transportation showed that nearly 29 percent of students, faculty and staff commute by these three transportation options.

If the strike does indeed go into effect next Tuesday, the university ought to run a similar shuttle system. And professors should be sympathetic to commuting students by offering extensions and leeway on assignments where feasible. Currently, a university spokesman said Temple is monitoring the situation to see if services will need to change. Earlier this month, we wrote an editorial about how the university needs to better accommodate the needs of commuters. If SEPTA workers do end up striking, the university will have an opportunity to show a renewed commitment to Temple’s commuter community. One potential way to help accommodate commuters on an increasingly residential campus would be to reinstate the shuttle routes from 2005, and help ensure that they get the same treatment as students who can walk or bike to class from a place around campus.

CORRECTIONS In a brief with the headline “3 teams fight for conference postseason spots this week” that ran Oct. 18 on Page 17, the men’s soccer playoff qualifications were misstated. Only the top four teams qualify for the conference tournament. In the article “Professor’s film shows ‘21st-century issues’” that ran Oct. 18 on Page 8, the film premier date of “A Woman, A Part” was misstated. The film premiered January 2016. 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 or 215-204-6737.



May 25, 1977: SEPTA Chairman James McConnon said that if SEPTA didn’t receive state funds to help cover its $11 million deficit, then the city’s bus, subway and train systems would shut down by the end of June. The Temple News reported that this shutdown could affect the university’s commuter population, which composed 85 percent of the student body at the time. Temple’s commuter population may be affected by limited transportation options once again as SEPTA workers have plans to strike on Nov. 1 unless a contract is agreed upon. If the strike occurs, then the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, bus routes and trolley lines would not be accessible. The Regional Rail, suburban bus routes and suburban trolley lines, however, would not be affected.

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any voters have been caught up in following the latest news surrounding the 2016 presidential election. With the release of leaked emails, allegations of a rigged voting system and fears of possible Russian involvement in the election, there is definitely a theatrical appeal to this campaign season. This drama contributes to the false sense that determining the person who holds the presidency is the most important decision to be made in November — and unfortunately it keeps voters from closely following state and local elections, too. ALEX VOISINE “If you look at voter turnout, you know by default that people pay more attention to politics during presidential years,” said Sandra Suarez, a political science professor. National estimates show that in the absence of a presidential election, voter turnout for midterm elections drops by about 20 percentage points, resulting in a 40 percent overall turnout. But local and state government officials have a much more direct impact on citizens of

those local and state jurisdictions, so it’s even more important voters research these candidates. I hope voters expand their focus to elections beyond the race for the presidency. Pennsylvania voters will cast their ballots for candidates to represent the state’s Congressional districts, the state attorney general, treasurer, auditor general and one of the state’s senators. In the past few weeks, senate races in Pennsylvania and various other swing states have actually started to heat up. A Monmouth University poll predicted a tie in the upcoming Pennsylvania senatorial race between Democratic candidate Katie McGinty and Republican candidate Pat Toomey. This Pennsylvania Senate race, along with Senate races in three other swing states, has the potential to shift control of Congress from the Republican party to the Democratic party. A FiveThirtyEight poll found that there is a 57 percent chance the Democrats will have a net gain of four seats in the Senate, allowing this switch to occur. The results of the Senate race in Pennsylvania and other battleground states will clearly have a strong impact on policy and legislation over the next four years, yet the presidential election still dominates national attention. This tendency to focus more on the incoming president and less on other candidates can have negative impacts on the way people vote.


TUPD app will improve safety Campus Safety Services will be more accessible to students through their cell phones.


ampus Safety Services is looking into a possible safety app to implement as early as Fall 2017. Efforts like this are necessary to make students feel safe on Main Campus, especially when there is a heightened perception of crime at the university. While the crime rate of offenses per 1,000 students at Temple is actually lower than at some other Philly schools, according to BillyPenn, the perception of crime is often aggrandized due to crime in neighborADRIAN CORBEY hoods surrounding the university. “We’re trying to build a robust and diversified system to allow students to reach us,” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. The app would include a texting feature so students would be able to text Temple Police in emergency situations and would also have a GPS-tracking system to monitor students as they walk home, ensuring they reach their destination safely. While TUPD will retain its existing services, like the Walking Escort Program and the Bluelight emergency notification system, I think TUPD’s extension of security protocol to a smartphone app is a big step in the right direction. “I like the app,” said Andrew Daughenbaugh, a freshman architecture major. “It makes [TUPD] more accessible. It can’t hurt to have it, and it’ll definitely be an improvement.” A campus safety app would be a convenient alternative to the more conventional ways to contact TUPD, and its accessibility may be essential when students need to get in touch with emergency services while in difficult situations. The texting feature specifically would allow students to reach out for help when they might not normally feel comfortable doing so, like during an

active-shooter situation or when surrounded by peers. “Students say that sometimes they may see something at a party, and they don’t want to be conspicuous and make a phone call,” Leone said. Nathaniel Snyder, a freshman history major, agrees that this feature of the app could be “useful” to students. “You could be discreet in a dangerous situation,” he said. “I think that that’s a really good feature.” But Snyder is more skeptical of the GPS-tracking feature, which would serve as an alternative to the current inperson Walking Escort Program. “You can’t really replace that with an app,” Snyder said. “One is a physical person.” Toree Weaver, a sophomore journalism major, said she often use the current Walking Escort Program last year to get home after visiting friends who lived at The View. She doesn’t think the GPS-tracking feature will be as effective as current protocol. “To use the app you’ve gotta look down and you can’t see what’s around you,” she said. “I need a person with me. No way I’m using the app.” But the GPS-tracking feature would serve as an alternative for students who, unlike Weaver, do not feel comfortable using the current escort program. The app would afford peace of mind to these students who wouldn’t normally call a walking escort, allowing them easy contact with a TUPD dispatcher if needed. It’s also important to remember that the GPS-tracking feature only supplements existing features. “This is all about enhancement, not replacing anything,” Leone said. The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which have just slightly higher crime rates than Temple per 1,000 offenses, already utilize an app called Rave Guardian. This app is currently under consideration by TUPD as one of the possibilities for Temple to use. “We always like seeing what’s good out there,” Leone said. Ultimately, I hope whichever app TUPD chooses will prove useful as a tool for students to get in touch with officers, and that its implementation will foster further discussions about campus safety for the future.

Straight-ticket voting, or voting solely for the members of your affiliated party, often occurs when voters don’t research candidates in other races. This may lead to voters selecting candidates who don’t actually represent their interests. “Ideally people are researching who they are voting for,” said Mitchell Sellers, an assistant professor of political science. “But that’s rarely the case.” “The fact that we have a symbol indicating

I hope voters expand their focus to elections beyond the race for president.

partisanship results in people voting based on partisanship,” Sellers said. Unfortunately, voters largely ignore the policy positions of other candidates, forgetting that the president’s ability to make decisions depends largely on cooperation from other branches of government.

“Every branch needs to agree for anything to happen,” Suarez said. “So, all of the legislation, as far as the Constitution is concerned, has to originate in the House and the Senate.” Officials in the legislative and judicial branches of government also work to keep the president in check. “They’re responsible for oversight in the other branches of government, so if there was corruption in the executive branch, for example, they’d be responsible for reviewing that and possibly impeaching,” Sellers said. “Congress can challenge Executive Orders in court,” Sellers added. “They can say that the President overstepped their boundary, and have the courts rule whether or not they actually had that authority.” Congressional elections select officials who will collectively have large amounts of power like this, but unfortunately voter turnout often remains low. This needs to change if citizens want policies enacted that truly reflect their views. Showing up to vote on Election Day is one thing, but showing up to cast an informed ballot for all levels of government is quite another. Take some time to read about all of the candidates you’ll be seeing on the ballot on Nov. 8 and make an informed decision about which ones you think will do the job best.




Remove marijuana from Schedule I, legalize nationally The drug does not meet the criteria to remain banned.


ast Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of marijuana being decriminalized in Philadelphia, making it the largest city in the United States to do so. And since the drug’s decriminalization in 2014, marijuana possession arrests have decreased by about 80 percent, keeping about 7,000 people from entering Philadelphia’s criminal justice system and saving the city about $9 million, according to a report from Philadelphia and its citizens have clearly benefited from decriminalization. The rest of the country should learn from Philly’s example. Marijuana should, at the very least, be decriminalized in all 50 states, and eventually legalized altogether. “There is a widespread perception that marijuana is illegal and should stay illegal,” said Linn Washington, a journalism professor who will teach the class “Marijuana in the News” next semester. “Politicians see themselves as losing very valuable political capital by standMATT REGO ing up for legalization.” “There is a mantra and mindset in politics that you have to be tough on crime,” Washington added. But luckily there seems to be a shift in this attitude occurring across the country. Washington, D.C. and 25 states have already legalized marijuana for medicinal use, and two states — Colorado and Washington — have both legalized marijuana for recreational use. Still, marijuana remains listed as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A Schedule I drug must meet the qualifications of “having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use … under medical supervision,” according to the DEA. Perhaps this classification is outdated. Half of the states in the country allow marijuana to be prescribed to treat diseases and medical ailments, and not a single death caused by overdose of marijuana has been

reported, according to the DEA’s factsheet on the drug. And according to a 2014 CDC report, less than 12 percent of total marijuana users were deemed dependent on the drug — not a number large enough to constitute what I think is a high potential for abuse. While the DEA may still list marijuana as a Schedule I substance, government leaders may be signaling a necessary change in this regard. During his presidency, Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 774 federal inmates charged with non-violent, drug-related offenses. Six of these sentences for marijuana-related offenses were commuted just this month. “I think within his heart he knows that keeping it on Schedule I and under prohibition is the wrong thing to do financially, scientifically, criminologically,” Washington said. Marijuana clearly should no longer retain Schedule I status. And the current ban on the drug doesn’t seem to be detracting people from marijuana use anyway — a Gallup poll that was released last week states that 60 percent of Americans support legalization. Just last week, about 300 people gathered in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to smoke marijuana in celebration of the city’s decriminalization of the drug two years ago. This “Pop-Up Weed Garden” was organized by local activists, including Chris Goldstein, who will help Washington teach his class next semester. Clearly, marijuana use is growing in popularity and becoming more widely accepted by the general public. Washington said he’s heard about more and more students who smoke, as well. Marijuana legalization would allow people who are already using the drug to do so legally, and would additionally benefit the U.S. economy and our criminal justice system. These benefits, however, can’t be enjoyed nationwide if states and even cities vary in their laws regarding the drug. Philadelphia has benefited from decriminalization. Now it’s time other cities and states make this leap too. And hopefully in the near future marijuana will be completely legalized throughout the entire country. @MattRegoTU




Stadium Stompers screen documentary


TUHS increases credit stability rating Moody’s Investor Service, which provides credit ratings, research and risk analysis, announced on Oct. 20 that Temple University Health System increased its speculative rating, which tells investors the financial stability of an entity. TUHS’ raiting was increased and the outlook was marked as stable, meaning the rating will likely not decrease soon, according to a report the credit service released Thursday. “The upgrade to Ba1 reflects durability of TUHS’ financial turnaround,” the report read. “The rating also acknowledges the health system’s large size, clinical diversification, its role as a safety net provider for the City of Philadelphia, as substantiated by historically sizable funding from the Commonwealth and close working relationship with Temple University.” The report said the rating was still “constrained” due to an above-average number of people using Medicaid and heavy reliance on supplemental funding.

The documentary highlights Temple’s relationship with North Philadelphia. By DIAMANTE ORTIZ & NOAH TANEN For The Temple News On Saturday, the Stadium Stompers, a group of students and community residents that oppose the construction of Temple’s proposed football stadium, screened a documentary titled, “Up With the Community!” The film was made in collaboration with the Media Mobilizing Project, an organization that uses media and art to

intervene and support social justice issues that affect the Greater Philadelphia region. The seven-minute documentary was made over the course of three months, said Elías Gonzalez, a filmmaker on the project and a 2016 media studies and production alumnus. The film features videos of student and community protests and interviews with community leaders. It also shows collaboration between Temple students and community members. “I think our goal was that this wasn’t for Temple, this was for the community members,” Gonzales said. “This wasn’t something we wanted to present to Temple to convince them not to build a stadium, it was to empower the community.”

- Julie Christie


City begins health collaboration in North Philly On Thursday, state officials announced a collaboration aiming to improve the health of residents in North Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported. The collaboration, called the North Philadelphia Enterprise Zone, spans north from Spring Garden Street to Olney Avenue and west from Frankford Avenue to Germantown Avenue. About 31 percent of the population in that zone is below the poverty line, the Inquirer reported. Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Ted Dallas told the Inquirer he wanted to find another way to give health care to the residents of North Philadelphia. One of the priorities of the initiative is to familiarize the staff of hospitals and emergency rooms with the children and adults who visit hospitals the most due to “complex needs.” The collaboration is not limited to health systems. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is granting $1.5 million to aid Philadelphia’s community schools initiative. The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia is also trying to increase employment in the enterprise zone. - Francesca Furey

Poll shows public safety to be city’s main concern The latest poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts reported that residents of Philadelphia find public safety to be the biggest problem of the city. The group polled 1,601 Philadelphians, and 44 percent said they are most concerned about public safety, 20 percent said education was a concern and 10 percent cited the city’s high poverty rate. Despite the increased homicide rate this past year, overall crime in the city has decreased, according to Philadelphia magazine. However, the increase in gun violence could have led to the rising concern for public safety in the city. Residents’ confidence in police to treat black and white citizens equally increased 5 percent from last year, but 37 percent of those polled said they have “just some or very little confidence” in police relations. Mayor Jim Kenney told Philadelphia magazine that those numbers are reflective of the national attitude toward police when the poll was taken in early August — around the time of many highly publicized cases of police brutality. The city is not seeing the same levels of violent crime compared to other urban areas, Kenney said, and the city will be looking into various methods to address the issue of crime and public safety. - Kelly Brennan


Former Attorney General sentenced to prison Kathleen Kane, the former attorney general for Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail yesterday, the Inquirer reported. She was convicted of perjury and obstruction after leaking confidential grand jury materials to the Philadelphia Daily News. Kane did not resign until a jury found her guilty in August of the felony charges, according to CNN. A statewide election on Nov. 8 will decide who replaces Kane. Democrat Josh Shapiro, who chairs the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican from Montgomery County, are running for the position. - Julie Christie

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BRIDGET O’HARA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Stadium Stompers held a community film screening featuring three short documentaries centered around community development in cities on Oct. 22.

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ASSAULTS and Norris streets and between Broad and 17th streets, Leone wrote in an email to students Monday afternoon. The first assault was reported at 8:30 p.m. Students received a TU Alert around 9:30 Friday, telling them of increased police activity along Broad Street near Main Campus because of large groups of minors present. Sophomore finance major Christina Lauletta went to St. Mary’s Hospital in Bucks County after being assaulted by 20 to 30 minors on Oxford Street near Broad around 8:30 p.m. Lauletta, along with two of her male friends who are also Temple students, were kicked, punched and pushed to the ground during the attack. She sustained excessive bruising, but was not severely injured. The Dunkin Donuts on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Broad Street locked its doors as minors “charged” the store, effectively keeping them from coming inside, said Deborah Bowens, the store’s

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DEBATE was the first person in her family to go to college. Politifact reported in June that her brother attended La Salle University in the 1970s. McGinty slammed Toomey in return for an alleged false advertisement his campaign ran about her. Outside of TPAC before the debate, Planned Parenthood hosted a protest denouncing Toomey. Attendees held cardboard cutouts of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s face and chanted things like “Fire Toomey.” Toomey supporters also gathered before the debate, silently holding signs in support of the incumbent senator. Morgan Lepre, a freshman legal studies and political science major who’s planning to vote for Toomey, was broadcasted live on 6ABC when she asked the candidates how they would provide relief for college debt and student loans. “They were going around asking students if they wanted to ask a question,” Lepre said. “They said it was for the candidates, but I had no idea it would be broadcasted live. I was shocked.” “It was really cool because I went up to Toomey after to shake his hand, and he recognized me,” she added. McGinty told the audience that there are “things we can do right now, today, to

Gonzales also wanted the film to emphasize the history of disputes between North Philadelphia and Temple, while creating a call to action on the issue of community relations. “This is something that has been happening, and people have been fighting against this for centuries,” he said. Ruth Birchett, a longtime community resident featured in the documentary, claims that Temple’s stadium proposal is going back on charette agreements made with community residents in North Philadelphia, in the 1960s and ‘70s. Fellow for the Media Mobilizing Project and 2010 master’s of fine arts alumnus Josh Graupera said his new life living in North Philadelphia has helped him see how the traffic would affect places other than west of Broad Street, the proposed site of the stadium. “I saw this wonderful opportunity for people to come together and have a say in what the neighborhood should look like,” Graupera said. Graupera hopes the documentary will help students and faculty gain a better understanding of the effects of the stadium and hopes for a more “community centered narrative” based on “the way that [the stadium] looks from the outside of campus.” The video can be viewed on the Media Mobilizing Project’s website. @TheTempleNews

manager. The store stayed closed until the minors were gone. An employee at 7-Eleven on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street said the store had products stolen and had to escort customers out of the store for crowd control. Management in the store later allowed a few customers in at a time. The store did not file a police report for the stolen items. That evening, students were returning from the Temple football game at Lincoln Financial Field against the University of South Florida when the minors were gathered along Broad Street. Melissa, a junior accounting major who asked her last name be withheld for fear of retaliation, said she was chased by eight to 10 minors, one of whom slapped her in the face, causing her to lose hearing in her left ear for more than a day. Melissa said she did not file an official police report, but rode along with an officer who attempted to chase her assailants. Lauletta’s father, Joe Lauletta, a 1989 business administration alumnus, said he visits his daughter often at school. “She’s pretty street smart,” he said. “I

didn’t have any concerns at all but now I’m hearing so many ‘I told you so’s.’” “I want to know why the [TU Alert] wasn’t sent earlier,” he added. Loretta Pragel, the mother of another Temple student who was assaulted by the same group of minors as Christina Lauletta, said she is considering removing her two sons from Temple after one was assaulted Friday night. “I want to pull my kids out,” she said. “I’m terrified for them.” “[The assault] was completely unprovoked,” Melissa added. “I really think they were just targeting Temple students for the hell of it.” The intent of the Pearl Theater Meetup was not to initially to hurt Temple students, Leone said Monday evening. “It sounds like they were just trying to get everybody together,” he said. “But when kids get together, especially a couple hundred, it can turn into something like this, unfortunately.”

bring down the cost of college.” McGinty advocated for lower interest rates on student loans and affordable access to community college. She also stressed the importance of job training and apprenticeship programs for students who don’t choose a four-year university. Toomey countered with the recommendation that students fund their education the same way he did: by working through college and earning Pell Grants. “Students need to bear some of the burden for their education,” Toomey said. Debate moderator and 6ABC anchor Jim Gardner also asked Toomey about his lack of endorsement of Trump, who Toomey said was “badly flawed.” However, Toomey said he was in favor of Trump’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “I’ve criticized him repeatedly,” Toomey told the audience. “He’s said some terrible things.” Austin Severns, the chairman of Temple College Republicans, said he doesn’t see a problem with Toomey’s lack of endorsement for the presidential candidate. “You shouldn’t expect a politician running for reelection to take a stance on Donald Trump,” said Severns, a junior supply chain management major. “[Trump] has strong points on general issues, but he has super weak points in terms of sentiment from the American people.” Lepre said she’s worried about party

unity, and “not having Hillary Clinton in the White House should be a greater priority” for Toomey. McGinty, who would be the first female senator from Pennsylvania if elected, told the audience she supported equal pay and abortion rights. She knocked her opponent, saying he would punish women who got abortions. “Katie McGinty stands up for what people believe in,” said Thomas Caffrey, president of Temple College Democrats. “There are a large number of issues where you can tell she listens to her three young daughters.” But Toomey never actually advocated for punishment. “There are good people on both sides of this issue,” Toomey told the audience. He added that he is pro-life, except in “particularly excruciating circumstances” like rape or the danger of a mother’s life. Caffrey volunteered at the debate, and was standing backstage when the two candidates walked out to begin. “It was an incredible experience,” said Caffrey, a junior strategic communication and political science major. “[Temple is] able and capable of holding something like this. It’s one of the most largely watched debates in the country, and that speaks to the capacity and potential Temple has.” @gill_mcgoldrick @mwinberg_ @thetemplenews





‘A dream come true’ for Boyer musicians Alumni and professors from the Boyer College of Music and Dance work with the Philadelphia Orchestra. By DEVON LAMB For The Temple News


hris Deviney’s mother and grandmother saw his interest in music blossom when he was a toddler, “pull[ing] pots and pans from underneath the stove and play[ing] with wooden spoons” to make music, Deviney said. Now, as a percussion professor and principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Deviney said his dream of being “in the best orchestra that [he] could possibly get into” has come true. “I used to go to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts every single week for two years. So I really got to know the

orchestra, the styles of players and that’s the orchestra I knew more than any other,” Deviney said. “Coming back after all those years later and playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra is really kind of my dream, my dream come true in a way.” Deviney is one of several professors who teach at Temple on the side to supplement their careers performing in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jeffry Kirschen, a French horn player in the Philadelphia Orchestra, developed an enthusiasm for the orchestra when he was a child growing up in Northeast Philadelphia. “I had interest in other orchestras I’d heard on recordings, but the Philadelphia Orchestra was one that I could actually see live,” Kirschen said. The proximity added a certain excitement to the group, he added. Kirschen, a 1975 music performance alumnus, teaches private lessons to horn majors at the Boyer College of Music and


WENDY VAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS José Ortiz-Pagán, a 2011 master’s printmaking alumnus, sits in the Fleisher Art Memorial, where he currently is an exhibitions coordinator.

Alumnus tackles ‘lifeless environments’ in artwork A 2011 printmaking alumnus moved from Puerto Rico to earn a masters degree. By LILLIAN LEMA For The Temple News

ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Jeffry Kirschen, a Philadelphia Orchestra French horn player and 1975 music performance alumnus, practices at Rock Hall on Oct. 21.

The first advice José Ortiz-Pagán was given when he moved to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico was “give yourself three months ... you’re going to hate it.” “The first three months you’re going to hate Philadelphia and after the fourth month, you’re going to start loving it,” the 2011 master’s printmaking alumnus said. “Whenever I had a chance to go back to Puerto Rico ... I just went as fast as I could for December vacation, but then when I was in Puerto Rico I started to miss Philly,” Ortiz-Pagán said. Originally from the small industrial town of Guayama, Puerto Rico, Ortiz-Pagán moved without his family to Philadelphia in 2009 to attend the Tyler School of Art, despite his original interest in an art school in Chicago.

“At the time I didn’t know much about the Tyler School of Art and I went to [an art] fair to meet another school, which turned out to be disappointing,” Ortiz-Pagán said. “As I was walking out something told me to check this school out because many people seemed to like it.” He received a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from University of Puerto Rico. It was the art program and the Temple’s campus in Rome, which he attended his senior year, that convinced Ortiz-Pagán to come to Temple. Currently, Ortiz-Pagán is the exhibitions coordinator at Fleisher Art Memorial, an arts organization that offers free workshops near Washington Square West, and working with the community to develop other exhibition programs. He organizes lectures and exhibitions in which the community determines the topic, like the “Day of the Dead.” On Nov. 1, Fleisher Art Memorial will have its fourth “Day of the Dead” celebration, which was created with the help of the community and the committee “Calaca Flaca (Skinny Skeleton).” Last month, Ortiz-Pagán’s work was exhibited at


Exhibit that Blockson co-curated shows city’s ‘cultural fabric’ John Mosley took more than 300,000 photos of the Black community during the 20th century. By WILL STICKNEY For The Temple News The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill houses a collection of photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr. casually lounging on the beach in Atlantic City, student protests in Philadelphia, jazz performances and children attending church services. The collection, “A Million Faces: The Photography of John W. Mosley” opened last month and is on display until Jan. 16. The exhibit was curated in partnership with Temple’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, which is located in Sullivan Hall and houses more than 500,000 artifacts of Black culture. The exhibit explores Mosley’s life through his work and, by extension, the lives of his subjects. Over the course of his career as a photojournalist, Mosley estimated that he photographed more than a million faces at Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City, a segregated beach for African Americans until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the 1930s to the late 1960s, Mosley took more than 300,000 photos of the Black community in Philadelphia, while working for a number of the city’s newspapers. He also served as the art director and photographer for The Pyramid Club, a social organization for Black men in Philadelphia. Mosley photographed the events held at the club and compiled them in annual publications. SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection helped produce the exhibit “A Million Faces: The Photography of John W. Mosley.”






A man attempting to make 10,000 friends has spoken to several people on Main Campus.

The Wellness Resource Center and Student Health Services collaborated on a revamped version of the Body Project.

A senior risk management and insurance major is the founder of a theater company in Manayunk.

After an awkward encounter, a student helped spark a campaign to honor a professor’s commitment to dialogue.




Norristown native attempts to make 10,000 friends To reach his goal, Rob Lawless has met with students, professors and alumni. By DYLAN LONG For The Temple News Rob Lawless is on a quest to make new friends. Inspired by the “10,000 Hour Rule,” made popular in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers.” In the book, Gladwell states that 10,000 hours of practice in a particular field makes one an expert. Lawless is trying to rack up 10,000 hours of personal time with complete strangers. “If I make an average of three new friends a day, it should take me about 10 years to meet my end goal,” he said. Lawless has made his goal of making 10,000 friends a full-time project: Robs10kFriends. After being laid off from his job at a data analytics company, he decided he wanted to regain the sense of community he felt in his life while attending Penn State. “Whenever I would walk around campus, I’d always see people I knew, and would always get a ‘Hey, what’s up man,’ from a bunch of different people,” he said. “When I left school and went into the real world, I lost that sense of community, so this is my way of recapturing that.” Although Lawless said he’s naturally outgoing and social, the project has still been tough to handle. “It’s been exhausting, but it’s an exhaustion that I like,” he said. “It’s truly non-stop though, all the way. I

usually meet with three to five people a day, and go back home in between each person to write a little story about my time with them.” “I end up having just enough time to get to each person and back home to write about it, and then when I’m finished for the day ... [I] talk to everyone who I still need to schedule with until I fall asleep,” he added. “It’s constant, but it’s worth it.” Lawless often meets his new friends at coffee shops around the city. Sarah Matheny, a sophomore risk management and insurance major, met Lawless at One Shot Café in Northern Liberties. Theresa Regan, a journalism pro-

fessor, met Lawless at La Colombe in Fishtown. “I was instantly greeted with such a warm and excited energy that it made the whole hour or so that we spent hanging out really fun and easygoing,” she wrote in an email. “It felt as if I had known him for much longer than a few minutes.” Hannah Burns, a sophomore international business major, is another one of the new friends Lawless has made. “[He was] attentive to detail and would repeat things I mentioned one time and ask more about it,” Burns said. “I felt like we both shared so much information in that one hour

... so many things I shared are things even my friends at Temple have yet to learn about me.” Lawless said his favorite part about the project is connecting other people. “I really like to know people and I like to connect other people,” he said. “If I meet two people and I see that they’d be a good fit to connect with each other and they wouldn’t cross paths otherwise, I get to say, ‘You guys should meet,’” “I feel like when I’m finished with this project, I’ll be doing that full-time,” he added. “You come meet this person. You go meet that person.” With now more than 430 “new

friends” since he started the project in June, Lawless is showing no signs of slowing down. “I’m a very adventurous person, and this project allows me to be adventurous,” he said. “I get to travel all over the place meeting new people, and everyone is always different ... Back when I was doing consulting, it was getting to be a bit monotonous. With this though, you never know what’s gonna happen next, or what the next person will hold.”

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rob Lawless (right), speaks with sophomore psychology major Samantha Porter on Liacouras Walk on Oct. 19. Lawless, 25, is on a mission to meet 10,000 new people.

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Senior opens theater company, takes on biggest project Anthony Hillanbrand has been involved with theater since he was 12 years old. By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News When Anthony Hillanbrand realized some of his family was unable to afford music and acting classes, he thought of a solution. When he was a sophomore at Temple, Hillanbrand created ASH Theater Company, a local nonprofit organization that uses performing arts as a source of community development. Hillanbrand, a senior risk management and insurance major, has been involved in theater since he was 12 years old. He is currently producing an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Next to Normal.” The show will play until this Sunday at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk. “Next to Normal” tells the story of Diana Goodman, a mother struggling to control the effects her worsening bipolar disorder are having on her family. The program started out in a local church, but quickly outgrew its venue. In 2014, Hillanbrand’s program moved to the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. For a small fee, the program hosts open auditions for their shows. Hillanbrand said a theater company is “the hardest business to run” and that producing “Next to Normal” is the biggest project he’s taken on so far. He believes his business and risk management classes have provided him with enough skills to manage. “There is so much involved in running a theater company,” Hillanbrand said. “There are sets, costuming, the licensing fees, the rental space, the pit and the performers, so it’s a lot. It’s kind of tricky, you have to be creative. So the classes that teach creative business and strategic planning have really come into play and helped me tie everything together.” “Producing this musical was really a sacrifice of my social life sometimes,” he added. “But I am determined to do well in anything I

do, so I’m willing to give up my weekends and free time.” Hillanbrand said he decided to produce the musical, written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, after seeing their other musical, “If Then,” on Broadway. He said he was drawn to their contemporary music style because he thinks it “relates more to people” than traditional theater. He brought in some people living with mental illnesses to speak with the cast and crew during the production process. The experience helped them understand how to accurately portray mental illness through their work, he said. Abby Hemmler, a junior fashion and design major at Drexel University, was involved with costume design for the show. She helped create costumes for the six characters in the mu-

sical. “There is a color progression based on psychology throughout ‘Next to Normal,’” Hemmler said. “So getting the outfits to work with which color they have to be was really hard to line up. It took hours of going through the show again and again just to make sure it worked.” Goodman, the main character, experiences the most drastic costume changes during the show in order to reflect her character’s manic and depressive states brought on by bipolar disorder. Jen Jaynes, who received a master’s in theater from Villanova University in 2013, plays Goodman. After working on “Next to Normal,” Jaynes spoke with her friends and relatives and learned

that many of them were taking medication for mental illnesses. “Doing this show has really opened my eyes and made me realize why some people I know are the way they are,” she added. Hillanbrand said he hopes his production will spread awareness about mental health to the surrounding community. After seeing the opening night, Manayunk resident Maddie Dillion thinks it will. “This show is going to help a lot of people understand what living with a mental illness is like,” Dillion said. “I think that’s great. Understanding often leads to empathy.”

MONTANA BASSETT FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Anthony Hillanbrand, a senior risk management and insurance major at Temple, monitors construction of a set at the Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center in Manayunk on Oct. 20. Hillanbrand founded ASH Theater Company and is currently preparing for their production of “Next to Normal.”

Wellness Resource Center ‘revives’ the Body Project The Body Project aims to help female-identifying students challenge the ‘thin ideal.’ By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor Although the Wellness Resource Center has hosted the Body Project before, Allison Herman, a program coordinator at WRC, called this year’s project a sort of “revival.” The program, which wasn’t held last year due to staff changes, will be offered to femaleidentifying students who are 17 or older, and is designed to help students challenge ideas about the “ideal” body. This year, there will be three groups meeting once a week for four weeks on different weekdays. In the hour-long meetings, which will include discussions, roleplays and at-home exercises to better apply the project’s message into students’ lives, will be led by WRC staff members and Lori Lorditch, the nutritionist for Student Health Services. “It’s built around the idea of this theory of cognitive dissonance,” Herman said. “We experience dissonance if our beliefs and actions don’t align.” Herman said the Body Project, which was developed by Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin and the Oregon Research Institute, is a preventative program meant to reduce the risk of negative self-image and eating disorders. By creating cognitive dissonance in the discussion-based groups, students will be better prepared to reject those distorted perspectives, she added. “The idea is that if we can produce a little dissonance around some of the values that society tries to put onto individuals about how their bodies should look, then maybe students will start to change their beliefs about that and then start to change their actions,” she added. Herman said the “thin ideal” is a major focus of the Body Project, but she added many body image issues facing college students aren’t necessarily about being “rail thin.” There are “all

different aspects to your appearance,” she said. “In every body type, there’s some kind of unrealistic expectation that it’s supposed to be perfect in some kind of way,” Herman said. Herman said nearly 150 female-identifying students responded with interest in the program during the first day the invitation was sent out via email. They have kept the groups limited to eight people, so only 24 students can participate in the Body Project. She added that the Wellness Resource Center has seen that body image is a “salient issue” for students and they wanted to try to begin giving students an outlet to talk about it. Amanda Czerniawski, a sociology professor and former plus-size model, said college students make up a “pivotal age group” for body image, making programs like the Body Project important. “It’s a time of exploration, stress, uncertainty,” she said. “[They] don’t need the extra stress of worrying about one’s looks. There’s enough stress on college students right now.” College students are the group that commercial advertisers are targeting, she said. “Ultimately we see all these images that are impossible to achieve and yet we are supposed to try,” she added. “We are doomed to fail. Do [they] need any more sources of failure? [They’re] worried about grades.” Czerniawski said she estimates 60 to 70 percent of women wear a size 12 or larger, but those same women only make up approximately two percent of media images. The “invisible majority” often receives “distorted perceptions” of what their bodies should look like, she said. Body positivity isn’t just about size, she added. Embracing other facets of body diversity, like disabilities and different races and ethnicities, all go into the body positivity movement. “We have to remember our bodies have a function,” she added. “We live in our bodies, we use our bodies. They’re not just these things to be passively looked at.” @ernmrntweets COURTNEY REDMON | THE TEMPLE NEWS




Harry Potter Festival draws fans of films and books



Cauldrons bubbled and butterbeer flowed at this ​past ​weekend’s Harry​​Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill. With attendees including​children and families to college students, the festival featured circus performances, improv acts, live​​readings from the book series and free hayrides. “This is Bookie,” said young Alex Prince,​​holding a realistic version of the Monster Book of Monsters, which students at Hogwarts, the school where the Harry Potter series is set, are required to read. “He eats people for lunch.” Hired wizarding​​world lookalikes traversed the festival​,​​costumed as characters like Dolores Umbridge, Rubeus​​Hagrid and Albus Dumbledore. Kassandra Rivera and Chris Monaco were chosen to represent​​Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin​, respectively​. “It’s been fun​. W​e were so happy to be hired​​this year,” Rivera said. “I loved how the town of​​Chestnut Hill morphed into so many people’s Harry Potter fantasies​,” said Laura Bonanni, a senior early education major. “​ ​I will definitely be back​​next year​.” @thetemplenews




Disability mentor honored for her accessibility work Renee Kirby was recently inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor To show his fraternity brothers what it’s like to use a wheelchair, Blaise Coco, a finance and international business alumnus who is quadriplegic, borrowed the wheelchairs used by the Rollin’ Owls — Temple’s first wheelchair basketball team — and he rode down Broad Street shoulder-to-shoulder with members of his fraternity. “It was probably the simplest, most inclusive act of just taking two different thoughts about what disability is and making them one,” said Renee Kirby, the associate director of Disability Resources and Services. Kirby said she has heard a lot of stories about students with disabilities making a change during her 35 years at Temple. She recently was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. In her position, Kirby oversees the supervision of disability coordinators. The DRS office works with roughly 2,700 students to ensure they receive full access to the university, be it through accommodations or extracurricular activities, Kirby said. Aaron Spector, director of DRS, and Trenaya Reid, a 2016 political science alumna, nominated Kirby for the Hall of Fame. Reid, who is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration at the University of Central Florida, said Kirby taught her how to be an advocate and stand up for herself and other students with disabilities. “She helped me reach that point of confidence to be an advocate and also to be a mentor since she was a mentor for me,” said Reid, who was an intern for Kirby and hopes to work as a human resource manager or in a diversity and

inclusion department. “I am always humbled when people say what their experience was with me because I am not thinking about that when I’m in mentor mode,” Kirby said. “I’m just trying to help students.” Before graduating in 1984 with a degree in therapeutic recreation, she started the Rollin’ Owls, and the university hired her to work in DRS after graduation. Her first connection to DRS was through an internship she had as an undergraduate. “As an athlete with a disability myself, I wanted to support people and help other individuals with disabilities,” Kirby said. “Therapeutic recreation gave me both the modality and the access to recreation and sports to help individuals recover from various traumas in their life or development issues associated with disabilities.” She said that having a disability herself brings her closer to the challenges that students with disabilities face every day. A lot has changed in terms of access for disabled students since she was in school, Kirby said. “I became disabled over four decades ago,” she said. “The disability laws have changed and that now provides much access in areas like technology, physical access, access to information, communication and those pathways that were almost literally closed when I first got into the field.” The emergence of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 have also helped protect individuals with disabilities and give them access to employment, public accommodations and state and local government services, she said. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is two times that of the national unemployment rate, she added. Forty-six percent of students with disabilities are unemployed post-graduation, Kirby said. “Part of the reason for that is students with disabilities weren’t as prepared in certain

disciplines as their counterparts to enter employment, for various reasons, just receiving educational support in high school when they could have been working or they may have had multiple surgeries while growing during their formative years,” she said. Kirby created Career Gateway, a professional development resource that pairs students with disabilities with internships, to help change this statistic for Temple alumni. “We pair with the Career Center as well as other schools and colleges to help students access all that Temple offers in career development,” said Kirby, who also earned a master’s in sport administration from Temple in 1992. October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Kirby said there is a lot of activity focused on the hiring of people with disabilities, which includes getting students registered for the federal Workforce Recruitment Program. She started Temple’s branch of the WRP 20

years ago, which also helps disabled students get full-time internships and jobs with federal employers throughout the country. Kirby said each year DRS offers 12 to 15 disabled students paid federal internships. She added that the honor made her think of her former academic adviser and mentor, John Noisette, a former therapeutic recreation professor and coach for the Rollin’ Owls who passed away in 2008. “I met him when I was in a rehabilitation center as a teenager and the work he did here for me and for other kids as well, it really changed my life and I really wanted to duplicate that in some way,” Kirby said. And his mentoring led her to mentor others. “I consider myself a seed planter and once the seed is planted, I always tell my students to blossom and plant more seeds so it just continues,” she added.

DAVID BLOCK FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Associate Director of Disability Resources and Services Renee Kirby (right), works with her intern Vincent DuShey Davis, a senior public health major, at the Main Campus DRS office on Oct. 19.





Temple Temperors show off crowns at football tailgates Two alumni and a Penn State alumnus dress up as kings at Temple football games. By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News With robes fit for kings and the crowns to match, the Temple Temperors gathered before the Owls’ game on Friday against the University of South Florida. Three years ago, Rick Kristoff, Mark O’Donnell and Bob O’Connell were walking through the streets of New Orleans before a Temple football game against Tulane University. The friends stumbled across three red crowns at a hat store that would have been perfect for the game, but Kristoff and O’Connell were turned off by the price. “If you aren’t going to get them, I’ll buy them for you,” O’Donnell told the other two. With that, a tradition was born. Since that game at Tulane, the Temperors have traveled all over the country with red robes, crowns, homemade staffs and chalices that were made for tailgating. Their mission is simple: “Have fun, and promote Owl pride,” O’Connell said. Kristoff, O’Donnell and O’Connell have known each other since going to school together at Harry S. Truman High School in Bucks County. After high school, Kristoff, a computer science alumnus and O’Donnell, a business administration

alumnus, graduated from Temple in 1990. O’Connell is a 1990 Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus. The Temple-Penn State rivalry within the group “makes for goodnatured banter,” Kristoff said. O’Donnell is going on his 25th year as a Temple football seasonticket holder, while Kristoff bought his first season tickets four years ago. Together, the trio has been going to Temple games for years and they always look for an open section where they can sit together. Although he is a Penn State alumnus, O’Connell said he loves Temple football and both of his kids also attend Temple, but when Penn State comes to Lincoln Financial Field, he wears blue and white with no crown. Along with the capes, the kings bring food, family members and hoverboards to their tailgates. “It’s like we are in our college years again,” Kristoff said. “As soon as the gates open, we come in.” During Friday’s tailgate before the game against South Florida, the Temperors cruised around Lot K on their hoverboards with chalices in hand and their robes flying behind them. “What would be amazing would be to do a girl-on-fire kind of thing, from the Hunger Games, where we set our robes on fire and ride the hoverboards all over,” Kristoff said. The Temperors often greet several visitors at their tailgates on game day. During Friday’s game, they stood by their coolers, high-fiving students, yelling “Let’s go Temple” and taking pictures.

“You should have been here last year at the Penn State game,” Kristoff said. “We must have taken 600 pictures.” Students, parents and families often come up to the Temperors’ tailgate asking for pictures, some even offering gifts like beer to the trio. As a line started to form for pictures at their tailgate O’Connell said, “Yeah,

this happens quite often.” “The kings to me represent the spirit of Temple where all alumni are warmly welcomed back and can have a great time interacting with current students,” said undeclared freshman Giancarlo Casas, who spotted the Temperors at Friday’s game. Each year the Temperors add something new to their wardrobe to

entertain fans. First they only wore hats, then added robes, then Kristoff made wooden staffs for the trio. They added lights to their crowns and bought the hoverboards this year. “We have no plans of stopping anytime soon,” O’Donnell said. “This is too much fun.”

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cherry Crusade President Olivia Ashley (left), and junior psychology major Shannon Austrie (right), a Cherry Crusade member, pose for a selfie with Temple Temperors Rick Kristoff and Bob O’Connell in Lot K outside of Lincoln Financial Field before the Owls’ 46-30 win on Friday.



For mobile-friendly version and our Presidential guide, see To volunteer, visit: • •

Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted? Campaign Finance: Support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?

Katie McGinty (D)

Patrick Toomey (Incumbent – R)





Campaign Finance: Support Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?

No. Supports consitutional amendment to overturn.


Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?



Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere? Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally? Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? Financial Regulation: Support the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and increases regulation of Wall Street corporations and financial institutions?

Immigration: Should America’s 11 million undocumented residents have an earned path to citizenship? Iran: Support the US-Iran treaty that limits Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions? Iraq: Should the US recommit significant additional ground troops to Iraq to combat the success of ISIS?




Yes. Viewed Supreme Court decision to allow this as “great news.”





Marijuana: Support efforts to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Minimum Wage: Support raising the federal minimum wage? Prisons: Switch money from prisons to preventive

Katie McGinty (D)

Patrick Toomey (Incumbent – R)





No. Prefers a focus on other options that could prevent the need for ground troops.

No. Supports air strikes and arming local forces.

Yes. Supports medical marijuana legalization + recreational decriminalization.

History of opposition, but openness beginning in 2015 to medical marijuana research.

Yes. Supports $15 per hour.

No. Believes it will eliminate a lot of jobs.


Currently unclear. Clearly opposed 15 years ago.








No. Voted against restoring proposed cuts.


No. Pledged to keep seat open until after 2016 election.





No. Supports extending early voting days and eliminating voter ID laws.

Yes. Defended PA voter ID law that was later struck down by a court, arguing that requirements were minimal.3

measures like education and social services? Renewable Energy: Support government mandates and/or subsidies for renewable energy? Social Security: Support full or partial Social Security privatization?

Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage? Gun Control: Support enacting more restrictive gun control legislation? Healthcare: Support repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Healthcare: Did you support shutting down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare in 2013?




No. Selective support of greater restrictions.1

No. Helped expand state Medicaid coverage under Affordable Care Act.


No. Implied in other statements & positions.

Yes. Raised some questions about shutdown but voted for it.

Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?


Immigration: Support the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought into the country illegally to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?2


Student Debt: Support refinancing of student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners? Student Financial Aid: Should federal student financial aid, like Pell Grants, be increased?


Opposed Obama’s Executive Order giving legal status.

Supreme Court: Support Senate hearings to consider Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland? Taxes: Signed Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to oppose any tax increases to raise revenue? Taxes: Increase taxes on corporations and/or highincome individuals to pay for public services? Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements or reduced registration times, @thetemplenews



Campaign honors a commitment to dialogue “10 for LEN” raises money to recognize a professor’s 50 years at Temple. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News Leonard Swidler, a professor in the religion department, can always find an opportunity to bring people together, even when he’s literally knocked off his feet. On his way to teach his World Religions class on Sept. 20, Swidler, 87, was knocked down by sophomore business major Tim Cornwell, who was riding his skateboard down Montgomery Avenue. After getting up, the professor introduced himself and the two chatted. A few hours later, Cornwell made a $10 donation to Swidler’s nonprofit, the Dialogue Institute, as an apology. The Institute, which runs programs and workshops centered around interreligious and intercultural dialogue between young people and professionals, turned this small story into their newest campaign, “10 for LEN.” The campaign encourages people to donate $10 or more to recognize Swidler and his commitment to promoting respectful dialogue across religions and cultures. Since then, “10 for LEN” has raised $400 in donations, which will go toward keeping the Institute running and paying its staff. “[But] what’s even more important ... is making a connection with people who obviously are seriously enough interested in the arena of dialogue among religions and ideologies to reach out and respond in this concrete way,” Swidler said. “This gives us another whole network to work and promote positive actions,” he

added. “And these are clearly people who are self-motivated and action-oriented.” Swidler and his wife Arlene originally created the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in 1964 as the first peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on interreligious dialogue. Swidler brought the journal to campus in 1966 and is celebrating his 50th year here. The Dialogue Institute, which he founded in 1978, was a way to put the journal’s theory into practice. The organization runs programs about interreligious dialogue, which en-

It takes the approach of beginning to teach people how to cultivate relationships across differences.

Tim Emmett-Rardin Director of marketing and development for the Dialogue Institute

courages cooperative and constructive interactions despite religious differences. Programs include the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders, which brings 20 students from the Middle East and Southeast Asia to Main Campus to study religious pluralism and American democracy each summer. “We have students who go back with action plans into those communities in

Indonesia and Thailand, Egypt and Lebanon,” said Tim Emmett-Rardin, the director of marketing and development for DI. “They have this ripple effect of impact in their local communities and effectively they become advocates for religious pluralism and religious freedom in places where it doesn’t exist.” “[Dialogue] is generally more preventative,” Emmett-Rardin said. “It takes the approach of beginning to teach people how to cultivate relationships across differences ... where there’s not an inclination to connect with somebody.” “We’re really trying to alleviate that and empower people to have the skills to ... figure out ways that they can work together,” he added. “In order to prevent deeper conflict and violence, which we know is happening every day in places all around the world.” The organization saw Swidler and Cornwell’s story as an opportunity to achieve their goal of reaching past differences to make connections with others. “Both Professor Swidler’s reaction and Tim’s generosity and desire to reconcile reflects what we try to be about,” Emmett-Rardin said. “And the work we do through dialogue training and through bringing people together across difference.” “To build a society, especially those of us in the world and in our neighborhoods who are living in separate silos isolated from each other, have to realize that we can’t live that way anymore and we have to listen to each other, the first step to loving each other is listening to each other,” Swidler said.



Intellectual Heritage to screen “Poto and Cabeno” At 5:15 p.m. today, the Intellectual Heritage Program will screen the documentary “Poto and Cabeno” in Room 821 in Anderson Hall’s Women’s Studies lounge. The event is free for all students. The documentary follows the story of two 10-year-old American twin girls, Poto and Cabeno, who spoke their own language. It is speculated that the creation of the twin’s language developed as they moved from place to place growing up and being exposed to different languages. -Kait Moore

Divine Lorraine Hotel’s signs will be re-lighted A sign-lighting ceremony for the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street near Fairmount Avenue will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. A block party in celebration of the signlighting will feature food, music and games like corn hole. Proceeds from the block party will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. The sign-lighting ceremony was originally planned for September, but was pushed back because EB Realty Management, the development firm renovating the Divine Lorraine, was not yet granted permit approval from the city. -Grace Shallow

QSU to perform ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ The Queer Student Union will screen and shadow-cast “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the Student Center this week. In the shadow-cast, members of QSU will act along with the movie as it plays on the screen. This cult classic will play at The Reel on Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and midnight and Saturday at 8 p.m. . Students can buy tickets in advance at The Reel’s box office in the Student Center. Tickets are $2 for studens with an OWLcard and $4 for the general public. Prop bags will be sold for $3 for audience interaction. Costumes are encouraged. -Devon Lamb

First Poe Arts Festival to be held this weekend

ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Boyer alumnus Jeffry Kirschen, who plays in the Philadelphia Orchestra, remains connected to the school by holding private lessons for horn players.

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ORCHESTRA Dance because “it’s somewhat of a responsibility to pass on wisdom and success that works for us as professionals,” he said. “The things that we do on a regular basis we learned to do, somebody taught us how to do it, and the people I teach want to do the same,” Kirschen added. During Kirschen’s time as an undergraduate at Temple, he struggled to choose between different majors in departments like music and the sciences, before he decided to follow his passion of music. “It’s very exciting to recreate great works of art, just like an actor would perform Shakespeare,” Kirschen said. “We

as performers love to play the orchestral works.” Deviney studied at Temple in the late 1980s under Allan Abel, who was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the time. Deviney said Abel had a reputation of preparing his students for national auditions. “That’s why I came to Temple, to study with him,” he added. Now teaching side-by-side with his old professor, Deviney said he “feels a strong connection to Temple.” Deviney compared teaching at Temple to “mystery-solving.” “The challenge becomes trying to reach those students in different ways rather than just giving them all the same answer or the same suggestion,” Deviney

said. Kirschen believes teaching is beneficial to both the student and the teacher. “It helps me also as a performer to kind of think of a solution to a problem one of my students is having,” Kirschen said. Kirschen emphasized the importance of the orchestra in Philadelphia’s community and said people need to have culture and diversity in their lives. “You have a need for culture and arts. Reading, writing, literature, visual arts and film, poetry and music, they’re all part of our lives.” “Without music,” Kirschen added, “people would not enjoy life.”

The National Park Service and the German Society of Pennsylvania collaborated to present the first Poe Arts Festival. The festival will be held this Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the German Society of Pennsylvania on Spring Garden Street near 7th. The night is a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe and will include performances and talks focused on his contributions to American literature. Visitors can also expect recitations of Poe’s work and tours of the Poe House on 7th Street near Green. Food and Raven Beer, a Poe-inspired brew, will also be available. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Poe Arts Festival’s website. -Grace Shallow

Philadelphia rowing race, festivities begin Saturday On Saturday and Sunday, the 45th Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, a two-day rowing race, will take place on the Schuylkill along Kelly Drive. More than 7,000 athletes from college and high school crews — including Temple’s men’s crew and women’s rowing teams — will compete. More than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the Regatta, according to its website. The event is also accompanied by festivities at The Three Angels Statues on Kelly and Fountain Green Drives. Visitors can expect options for food and drinks, vendors and live music. There is no cost to watch the races, which take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -Alexis Anderson



“Do you think a Temple Police mobile app would be helpful to you?”


Sophomore Geology

I think it’ll be pretty useful. We wouldn’t have to pay the police officers to go with [students who use the Walking Escort Program] all the time, it’d just be the app. The police would be notified right away with the app, so if students were in trouble they’d be able to tell the police right away. ... I think it’s more beneficial [than the current system].


SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS John W. Mosley was a self-taught photographer who documented Black life in Philadelphia from the 1940s through the height of the Civil Rights movement.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Blockson has curated his collection since 1984, and said Mosley was a fixture in Norristown, where Blockson grew up in the early 1930s. “He would carry two or three cameras with him and he was there everywhere,” Blockson added. Blockson has written more than a dozen books about Black history during the 20th century including “The Journey of John W. Mosley,” which is about Mosley’s career. Diane Turner, the curator of the Blockson Collection and a 1983 anthropology and art alumna, first encountered Mosley’s photographs when she worked with Blockson as a graduate student scouring through archives and choosing photos to be shown in the collection. “It was a lot of fun and I find [Mosley] fascinating,” Turner said. “If you

see some of his images, you can tell that he was always the observer.” Turner also wrote an academic paper on Mosley entitled, “John W. Mosley: Cultural Warrior.” In the paper, Turner writes: “I consider Mosley as a cultural warrior because as a photojournalist he had great vigor, courage and dedication, aggressively documenting Black life in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.” A lot of Mosley’s photos were also taken in his own community. The photographs in the exhibit were donated to the Blockson Collection in 1991 by Mosley’s sister-in-law Clarence Still. Of the 3,000 photographs she donated, 100 are on display in this exhibit. Mosley primarily used two cameras, a large, boxy Graflex and a smaller, more portable Rolleiflex. Two of these cameras are on display in this new exhibit. The technology Mosley used was relatively primitive, and he only took photos with black-and-white cameras.

“He was really present at such a large range of events,” said Rachel McCay, the assistant curator at The Woodmere Art Museum. “He just took photographs everywhere. While some were certainly reproduced in the paper, there are others that he just took because he was attracted to whatever he was looking at.” McCay said they tried to include images from every decade that Mosley worked. She added that almost everyone who was active in the social life of the Black community during that time knew Mosley. “He was interested in capturing the vitality of Black life in all of its aspects including professional occupations, artistic expressions,” McCay said. “He was really celebrating what the Black community had achieved and all of their contributions to the cultural fabric of Philadelphia.”

MACKENZIE GASPER Junior Journalism

I definitely think it’s beneficial for students, but I also think it can possibly lead to some profiling of certain individuals, which isn’t cool. My mom would really love it if I downloaded it, for sure. I definitely think it’s much easier to text if you’re feeling unsafe. I definitely think that’s a lot easier than calling and having to wait. I think it’s more instant.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Mosley’s photographs line the walls of the two-story exhibit at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. The exhibit will run through Jan. 16.

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Sophomore Biology

I think that would be really helpful for students, especially like nighttime where most problems happen and there’s a lot of accidents or students getting robbed or different people that walk around campus. So I think it would be really helpful for student safety. ... We always have our phones with us all the time, rather than just having those [Bluelight emergency stations] and having to press the help button. I think it’s easier with an app, and it’s way faster.

the Latin American art gallery, RACSO Fine Arts. The collection was inspired by his political roots and activist character. “I’m still an activist for immigrant rights and one of the flags that caught my attention was the one with the Benjamin Franklin print of the snake cut into pieces, ‘Join or Die,’ Ortiz-Pagán said. “For me, it was just an excuse to take it out of context and talk about colonialism and depression … It’s this snake cut into pieces, which made me interested in the concept of cutting a body in order to send a political message.” At 14 years old, he became interested in mediums like graffiti and skateboard art. During his youth, he would accompany his parents to the factories in Puerto Rico where they worked. Ortiz-Pagán said the factories

seemed almost like “lifeless environments” for his parents and family members. This would become the inspiration behind his work. “A lot of my work has to do with postcolonialism and rust. … It’s like the artwork performs itself. … It’s moving all the time. … It’s dying,” Ortiz-Pagán said. “Rust relates to the structures I saw as a kid and using rust comes from the idea of using an aesthetic in my art work that anyone could read no matter where they came from ... and rust gives you that,” Ortiz-Pagán said. “It doesn’t matter where you come from because when you see something rusting down and falling apart, you know that it was a message that it didn’t work, it’s dying.” Through his years at Tyler, OrtizPagán said he had many faculty members that helped him grow as an artist, like Gerard Brown, the chair of the foundation department at the school. Brown said Ortiz-Pagán’s work is intense, due to his strong attention to

detail. “At the time, he was making these woodcuts that were really just astonishing,” Brown said. Although his artwork is inspired by postcolonialism, Ortiz-Pagán said he wants his artwork to mean more than just a political message. He said he wants to convey a message that involves hope in achieving personal dreams. “We can be whatever we want and … if you believe in that, I would like to believe the universe arranges itself in a way that supports what you want to do,” Ortiz-Pagán said. “I hope people do see the political issues through my work, but also that whatever you want to do in life is possible … and a lot of the messages seem to be negative when you look at my work, but it comes from that aspect of being very optimistic of the future.” @thetemplenews

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RUN GAME Followed by sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead, Sharga ran out to the right and set his sights on South Florida senior defensive back Johnny Ward. Sharga pummeled Ward, knocking him to the ground and clearing the way for Armstead to sprint down the sideline on the way to a 42-yard touchdown run, which gave the Owls a lead they never relinquished. “By the end of the third quarter, he has guys falling to their knees and they’re scared to make contact with him,” Armstead said. On Friday, the defenders who avoided Sharga’s blocks had to deal with Armstead, who was lowering his shoulder and seeking contact just like his lead blocker. His 210-yard, two-touchdown performance was the first 200-yard game for a Temple back since 2012. With the game already in hand late in the fourth quarter, he was dragging defenders on his back for first downs. “Powering guys in the first and the

second quarter, just coming in and headhunting basically, not shying away from contact,” Armstead said of what led to a successful game. “By the end of the third or fourth quarter, they don’t want to tackle me.” Senior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins said the difference in Temple’s rushing attack on Friday was all 11 members of the offense playing together. Dawkins helped open up a hole for Armstead to the left side on the running back’s 76-yard touchdown run. When everyone picks up their blocking assignment, then all the back has to do is make one or two guys miss for a big play, Dawkins said. “It’s showtime from there on out,” he added. Following a redshirt season in 2014, Sharga’s teammates voted him as one of the Owls’ toughest players last season, which is why he wears one of the team’s single-digit jerseys. During his postgame press conference, Rhule said Sharga has been playing with a partially torn ACL this season, comparing him to the X-Men character Wolverine.

S P O RT S “He’s got regenerative powers or something,” Rhule said. Sharga’s hard-hitting blocks fit right into the way Temple plays. Rhule emphasizes the ability to run the ball, specifically late in games. The Owls outrushed South Florida 84-24 in the fourth quarter. “I think it really suits our play style well,” Sharga said of his physicality. “Our big thing is just finishing the game the best we can. I think just wearing teams down by running the ball at the end of the game really helps our offense out.” The run game helped Temple in more ways than one on Friday. By running the ball, Temple controlled possession and kept South Florida’s offense, which came into the game averaging 44.1 points per game, from finding a rhythm. The Owls held the ball nearly twice as long as the Bulls. “Part of trying to stop these offenses, is running the football,” Rhule said. “That possession time … that keeps a great offense off the field.” @Owen_McCue



Upperclassmen catching attention from NFL scouts Scouts representing six professional teams and a representative from the Senior Bowl visited Lincoln Financial Field to evaluate talent during Friday’s game against South Florida, the Inquirer reported. Five NFL teams and the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes sent scouts to the game. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. considers senior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins to be the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the upcoming draft and said he “has a chance to be a first-round pick depending on how he works out at the combine.” CBS Sports projects senior running back Jahad Thomas as either a seventh-round selection or undrafted free agent and predicts that redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick will be taken in the third or fourth round. Junior defensive back Sean Chandler is projected as a sixth-round talent. The NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia for the first time since 1961 from April 27-29, 2017 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. -Evan Easterling

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick (right), is projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick by CBS Sports.


HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior running back Jahad Thomas runs for one of his two touchdowns during Friday’s 46-30 win against South Florida at Lincoln Financial Field.

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BRYANT last-second road win against Central Florida on Oct. 15. He led the Owls with five catches for 94 yards, including three straight on the final drive to set up senior quarterback Phillip Walker’s game-winning touchdown pass. Bryant played in the season-opener against Army West Point, but missed the next three games with a shoulder injury. Since returning to the field on Oct. 1 against Southern Methodist, he has 18 catches for 322 yards and a touchdown. He has increased his receiving yardage every game this season, culminating in his career-high performance on Friday. His previous career-high came against the University of Notre Dame last season when he caught six passes for 91 yards. Bryant is the first Temple receiver this season to have more than 100 receiving yards in a game. “I definitely felt like these past couple

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NFL make it to the NFL with going to Temple.’ People might have doubted that before. … Four guys from one class making it to the NFL, I think it’s huge for the program and the university.” Young has played in all seven of the Ravens’ games this season, and got his first start on Oct. 16 against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, where he made a diving interception that circulated the internet. He made his second-straight start on Sunday against the Jets. Young made a season-high six tackles, including two against Anderson. He has 20 tackles and two interceptions already in his career and credits the Temple program for his quick transition. “The way they coached us, the way they taught us to study film, it helped prepare me,” Young said. Matakevich, who is affectionately called ‘Dirty Red’ in Pittsburgh, also said

games I’ve been playing to the level I’ve been playing in the offseason and I’m glad that I’m getting into that form as the season is going on,” Bryant said. After redshirting in 2014, Bryant played in all 14 games last year and finished as the team’s second-leading receiver behind Robby Anderson, now with the New York Jets. “I knew that Robby was a great player, but I knew that he was going to need someone to be a counterpart for him like a Batman, Robin type,” Bryant said. Bryant wouldn’t call himself the new “Batman” after Anderson’s graduation, but expressed gratitude for what Anderson taught him. “He’s someone I look up to,” Bryant said. “I’m glad that I was able to be a part of his life and I’m glad that he showed me what he did and we talk frequently, just about NFL, just about football, just how to run your routes, when to expect the ball from the quarterback, coverages, just everything, man. I love him.” Bryant said he noticed Anderson’s

passion for football last year and felt like he “needed to take that extra step” and be a leader for the younger players. After wearing No. 87 last season, Bryant earned the right to wear a single-digit number in August when his teammates voted him one of the toughest. After his injury, Bryant said he has gotten used to playing with extra padding on his shoulder. “He’s been hanging in there,” Walker said. “He gets angry when he doesn’t make the right route or he slips or something. You can see it in his face. It bothers him. He put a lot of his game on display [Friday] and he did his thing. He went out there, ran crisp routes, caught the ball really well and made some big catches.” “I think he’s going to continue to ascend, because he’s really starting to figure out how to be a good player, how to be a great teammate,” coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s really growing up in front of us.”

the standard to “do a little extra” set by coach Matt Rhule and his Temple coaching staff helped prepare him for the NFL. He plays on all four special teams units. While he’s seen limited action on defense in seven games, he filled in at linebacker and totaled nine total tackles against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 16. Anderson has seen significant action due to a depleted Jets receiving unit that lost Eric Decker for the season. The former Temple wide receiver has a catch in the team’s last five games and has started the last four contests for New York. Anderson had a season-high 41 receiving yards against Baltimore and added a 30-yard run. “When I first came into Temple in 2011, there was a flow of guys going to the NFL and making things happen,” Anderson said. “It did hit a little bit of a drought, but I feel like it’s back on the rise and me, Tyler and Tavon have really opened back up those doors and shed some light onto the program.” The group has stayed close to the

Owls’ program even after graduation. Young checks in with his former teammates whenever he can. Matakevich has watched all of Temple’s games this year. He stayed awake in the Steelers’ hotel room during the Owls’ Oct. 15 game against Central Florida watching senior quarterback Phillip Walker, who has adopted Matakevich’s old No. 8. He woke up his roommate when Walker tossed the game-winning touchdown. Anderson went to the Owls’ season opener with Jets’ teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, another Temple alumnus. He hopes to return to the team at some point this season to share his NFL experiences. “That’s my family forever,” Anderson said. “I want to talk to the team and teach them some things that this time last year I had no idea about and just give them a little insight.” @Evan_Easterling @Owen_McCue

Teams to host Cherry and White night on Thursday The men’s and women’s basketball programs will hold their annual Cherry and White night Thursday in the Liacouras Center. The new student sections, the Cherry Zone and the White Zone, will be debuted. There will be live music and performances from the Diamond Gems, pep band and cheerleaders. Students can also get free t-shirts and food and get a ticket to the football game against Cincinnati on Saturday. Attendees can also participate in games and contests, including the chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes. The free event starts at 7:15 p.m. The student entrance at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue will open at 6:30 p.m. and the IBC Student Recreation Center entrance will open at 7 p.m. for the general public. Both teams have their first home games against Big 5 rival La Salle. The men face the Explorers on Nov. 11 in the Liacouras Center and the women have their home-opener on Nov. 14 in McGonigle Hall. -Evan Easterling


Conference commisioner wants new TV deal American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco told reporters that realignment is “the business of college sports” before the football team’s win against South Florida on Friday. He is relieved that his conference will remain intact now that the Big 12 announced that it is no longer considering expansion. Aresco, who said the majority of the conference’s schools were considered for expansion, is looking to take advantage of the newfound momentum and negotiate a bigger television deal with ESPN. The current contract expires after the 2019 football season and 2019-20 basketball season. Several schools were intrigued by joining the Big 12, one of the Power 5 conferences, because the conference offered each school an additional $20-25 million per year in revenue. He believes The American deserves to be included in a new Power 6 group because teams in the conference have beaten Power 5 teams. Central Florida beat Baylor University in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and Houston beat Florida State in last year’s Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl. In men’s and women’s basketball, six teams recorded 20-win seasons last year. Connecticut’s women have won four straight National Championships. The American has schools in several top television markets, including four in the Top 10. -Serenity Bishop





Owls focusing on one game at a time as playoffs near The team is in sixth place with two games left in The American. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter As the Owls head into the final games of their regular season, coach David MacWilliams believes the best approach is to play through the last matches game-by-game. Temple (9-5-2, 1-2-2 American Athletic Conference) is sixth in the conference standings. In order to advance to the conference tournament, the Owls must be in the top four teams in The American. MacWilliams said he wants his team to focus on the challenges at hand rather than looking too far forward. “You’ve got to look at the first one, then we’ll look at the second one,” MacWilliams said. “But the first one, if you don’t win the first one, then the others don’t matter.” Conference play has been a challenge for the Owls since joining The American after the 2012 season. Temple earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament in 2013, but lost to South Florida in the quarterfinal round. In Temple’s two-win season in 2014, the team only won one of its eight conference games before losing to Connecticut in the playoffs. Last season, after going 7-0-1 in their first eight games, the Owls ended with a 10-7-2 record. Six of the team’s losses were in The American. In three seasons in The American, Temple is 0-3 in the postseason tournament and has been outscored 10-0 in games against South Florida, Connecticut and Central Florida. Throughout conference play

this season, Temple’s scoring has decreased. After averaging 2.29 goals per game in their first seven games, largely due to senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez and junior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen’s productivity, the Owls have only scored two goals in five conference games. “When you have a guy like Joonas that’s been out for some of those games, it makes it very difficult because he’s been a big part of our offense,” MacWilliams said. “We haven’t found as much goal-scoring from other areas that we definitely need.” Jokinen missed four games with a lower-body injury before returning to the lineup on Saturday in the Owls’ 1-1 draw against Tulsa at the Temple Sports Complex. Temple ranks last in goals and points in American Athletic Conference games. Gomez Sanchez scored nine goals in the first seven non-conference games, averaging 1.29 goals per game. He has scored only once in the five conference games thus far. “When he’s a big part of our offense, then they’re going to focus on him,” MacWilliams said. “If I am playing against Temple, I’m going to focus on Jorge, too, so we need to find other ways to score. We’ve talked about set pieces being another way that we can score goals, and we haven’t been a great team on offensive set pieces and that really needs to change.” With opponents zeroing in on Temple’s leading scorer, MacWilliams is relying on other players to step up. Senior defender Matt Mahoney scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 18 in Temple’s win against the University of Delaware, in which each point was scored by a different player. From the start of the season, the team’s goal has been to qualify for

JULIANA WACLAWSKI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez races toward the ball in the Owls’ 2-1 win against the University of Delaware on Oct. 18.

the NCAA tournament. Temple can qualify either by winning the conference tournament or by earning one of the 24 at-large bids, which will depend largely on the team’s Ratings Percentage Index ranking at the end of the season. The Owls’ first test is to make it to the conference championship, which isn’t an easy task to accomplish, as The American boasts several strong teams, two of which are ranked in the Top 40 of teams in the RPI. Despite this, the team is still confident in its ability. “I think it’s in our own destiny still,” Mahoney said. “If we get in the conference tournament, it’s only two games to win and with our conference, anything can happen, so I think

our chances are still good.” In order to have a chance to compete for The American title, Temple must find success in its final games. “They’re must-wins for us since we have lost some of them,” freshman midfielder Zach Brown said. “But I think we’ll be alright in them because we’re a pretty good team right now and if we keep playing well, we’ll win.” Having lost two conference games going into its final two matches puts Temple at a disadvantage. Three of the Owls’ first four conference games were on the road, making winning more difficult for a team that hasn’t lost at home. “We’re kind of chasing things because we didn’t have two home, two away, we had one home and three

away, which is a disadvantage,” MacWilliams said. Despite the lack of home field advantage while starting conference play, Mahoney says Temple’s 1-0 road victory against Southern Methodist on Oct. 8 shows the team can win away from the comfort of the Temple Sports Complex. “We know the last three years we’ve been in the [The American] we haven’t won an away game,” Mahoney said. “It’s definitely been in the back of our minds. Getting the win this year though, I think, for the years to come, shows that we can win away.” @CaptainAMAURAca


Johnathan Condly balancing life as D-I athlete, ROTC member The sophomore has earned three Top 25 finishes while completing military training. By TESSA SAYERS Cross Country Beat Reporter Wake up at 5:30 a.m., go to ROTC physical training, then go to 16 credits worth of classes. Next, go to cross country practice from 2:30 to 5 p.m., go home, do homework and go to bed. On top of that, add a military science class and a leadership lab once a week, and cross country races on the weekends. That is the average week for sophomore men’s cross country runner and ROTC cadet Johnathan Condly. Condly admits that balancing school, ROTC and cross country gets difficult sometimes, but he said he overcomes the challenges by focusing on what is important to him. “It’s a lot of doing the right thing, and a lot of time management,” Condly said. After coach James Snyder saw Condly run in the state meet during his senior year of high school, he knew he wanted him on his team. “Coming down the home straightaway, he closed the top guys really well, and he put himself in a position to be great,” Snyder said. The Owls started intensely recruiting Condly in the fall of his senior year while he was already in the process of applying for ROTC. In Novem-

ber 2014, Condly officially committed to run for Temple. It wasn’t until about six months later that he knew he would also be joining the ROTC program. Though he committed to run before he became a part of ROTC, joining the military was something Condly always wanted to do. “Hearing my sister talk about ROTC when she was thinking about applying in high school was really what got me thinking about it,” Condly said. His sister is now a cadet in the ROTC program at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the National Guard. Condly is also following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served in the Army. Condly began the admissions process to attend the U.S. Military Academy, but opted for a traditional four-year university instead. Joining the ROTC program was a good mix of both military training and the “normal college experience,” Condly said. His desire to participate in the ROTC program did not affect Snyder’s decision to offer him a spot on the cross country team. Condly’s first visit with the cross country team also included a visit to the ROTC office, which Snyder helped coordinate. Unlike some athletes, it wasn’t his size or build that made Condly stand out to Snyder, but his toughness and strong work ethic. “Shape, size, color, none of those things really matter in this sport, it’s about how hard you work,” Snyder said. “You put in the time and energy and show up to compete, and you can be pretty special. Johnathan is living that right now.”

Snyder said Condly came into his freshman year as the slowest runner on paper, but finished fifth out of eight Temple runners in the conference championship. He missed a month of cross country last June due to ROTC, but has caught up to his teammates and is now running toward the front of Temple’s pack. “It has become a joke that after every race you can find Johnathan off to the side throwing up,” Snyder said, “He gets physically sick because he gives everything during a race.” Condly’s best race of the season was at Lafayette College’s Leopard Invitational on Oct. 15, when he finished second in a field of 86 runners. He has earned two other Top 25 finishes this season, placing 15th and 23rd at the Big 5 and Rider Invitationals, respectively. Temple is now looking for him to step up at the American Athletic Conference Championships, which will take place at Cincinnati on Oct. 29. “I’m really excited for our conference meet,” Condly said. “I think we can do really well as a team, so I’m excited to see how we all run out there.” “He is a leader on Temple’s campus today and is showing all the promise and potential to be a great leader in our Army in the future,” said Lt. Col. Greg Nardi, who has been an ROTC Professor of Military Science at Temple since 2013. “I have no doubt in my mind that Johnathan will be an incredible soldier one day,” Snyder added.

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FACILITY golf program but with athletics as the whole,” Quinn said. “We have to get out there as an athletic department and let people know where we’re going.” “Some of the universities we compete at have golf courses on their campus,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications Larry Dougherty. “So we’re trying to enhance all of our sports and this can really Continued from Page 18

POSTSEASON three straight goals to pick up a 3-2 victory against the Bobcats. Coach Marybeth Freeman’s team has now won five of its last seven games. The Owls would be hard-pressed to pick a better time to go on this run. The team has its eyes on a berth in the Big East Conference tournament, which will be hosted by the Owls on Nov. 4 and 6. Only four of the eight Big East teams will play in the tournament. With the win against Quinnipiac, Temple advanced to 3-3 in conference play, leaving it tied for fourth in the conference. Only Connecticut, sitting at 16-1 on the season and 6-0 in conference play, has clinched a playoff berth at this point. The story of the Owls’ recent success has been strong defensive play. Temple’s opponents have scored 12 goals in the Owls’ last seven games, which is fewer than two goals per game. In comparison, teams scored 40

help golf.” Dougherty added that his belief in Quinn makes him confident the team will make strides in the right direction in the coming years despite the departure of its most accomplished player in program history after Brandon Matthews graduated last spring. “They have a young team now that Brandon graduated, but Brian’s a great coach and this will only help him,” Dougherty said. @g_frank6

goals against Temple in its first nine games. “We really made [individual defense] a priority,” Freeman said. “We surrounded our training programs around that [last week].” The Owls play their last Big East game on Friday against Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is 4-2 in conference play, currently holding the No. 2 seed in the conference standings. A win secures a spot in the Big East tournament, but a loss could keep the Owls out of the conference postseason. Last year, Liberty beat Temple 3-2 in double overtime at Geasey Field. “Going down to Virginia to play at Liberty is going to be tough,” Freeman said. The Owls will finish off the regular season on Sunday at Howarth Field in a nonconference bout against Lafayette College that could either be a tuneup for the Big East tournament or Temple’s last game of the season. @thetemplenews






Team helps only freshman adjust Dana Westfield was the only member of last year’s recruiting class, the smallest class of coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam’s tenure. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter

BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward Gabriella McKeown fights for a loose ball in the Owls’ 1-0 loss to Connecticut at the Temple Sports Complex on Saturday.

An unplanned ‘rebuilding year’ The Owls still see a bright future despite their struggles this season. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter It’s been a long season for coach Seamus O’Connor. After tough losses, he goes home and stuffs himself with gummy bears and ice cream until he gets a headache. At 3-14, Temple is off to its worst start since O’Connor became coach in 2013 and the worst start as a team since 2008. “It’s been really one of those years, it’s heartbreaking,” O’Connor said. “They give their best every single game. So, we just try to teach them and they can only control what they can control and learn from every single game.” The Owls fought for 102 minutes against South Florida until they lost 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 13. It was the eighth one-goal loss for the Owls this season. The team lost another one-goal game to Connecticut, then ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches As-

sociation of America poll, on Saturday at the Temple Sports Complex. After a record-setting season in 2015, the Owls retooled their roster with 11 freshmen. But O’Connor wasn’t expecting to take a step backward in the final season for players like midfielder Elaine Byerley and Taylor Matsinger. “I didn’t want it to be a rebuilding year,” O’Connor said. “I don’t want Elaine’s last year to be a rebuilding year, Taylor’s last year to be a rebuilding year. … It’s been disappointing because I expected to win and get into the playoffs.” After losing nine seniors, the resurgence the program made under O’Connor has lost momentum. In the 12 years before O’Connor became head coach, the Owls only had four seasons where they had more than five wins. They never won more than 50 percent of their games in that 12-year span. Besides this season, O’Connor’s team has improved in the win column in three consecutive seasons. The Owls racked up six wins in 2013, 11 in 2014 and 12 in 2015. Redshirt-junior forward Kayla Cunningham, who played on the team in 2014 and 2015, said this season has

been discouraging, but there’s reason to be hopeful for next year. “Honestly, it sucks really badly,” Cunningham said. “I think this is a rebuilding year for us. We have a lot of young players and next year, I think that all of the mistakes that we are making are very fixable. So, I think next year we can learn from those and we’ll have an older team and I think it will show on the field.” With the 11 freshmen and multiple injuries to starting players, O’Connor has been forced to shuffle the starting lineup nearly every game. Fifteen different players have started at least one game this season. But he too, like Cunningham, is optimistic about the team’s future. “I think for the future we look really, really good,” O’Connor said. “We’re young, we’re learning a lot, I think the team is growing this year. I love their honesty. We do something bad, they learn from it and they move forward. … There’s no finger-pointing, there’s no, like, trying to blame. It’s a team.”

For the first time since Bakeer Ganesharatnam took over as coach in Spring 2011, there is only one freshman on the Owls’ roster — outside hitter Dana Westfield. Instead of bringing in a full recruiting class of high school seniors, Temple added two transfers with Westfield. “We’ve known this was gonna be a complicated process for a couple years,” Ganesharatnam said. “The whole team has helped out with her transition. [Westfield] has been working hard in practice every week to get adjusted to college volleyball.” Sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak and junior setter Kyra Coundourides are the other new faces on Temple’s team this season. Both transferred to Temple, so they have experience balancing school and volleyball. Because there is no one going through the same transition as Westfield, she has used the whole team to help her. “When we first got here for summer practice Kyra really helped me since we were some of the new faces at practice,” Westfield said. “But since classes started and I’ve gotten to know everyone, they’re all open to helping me with questions I have.” Westfield grew up in Champaign, Illinois, home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her time there, she grew tired of the area. When she had to decide where to attend school, Westfield wanted to go somewhere where she could explore and find new things to do. “Coming here to Temple, there is always something going on,” Westfield said. “That was something I had to get used to. In Philadelphia, I can actually do stuff in my free time, where if I stayed at the University of Illinois I’d just stay at home more.” After committing to Temple in her junior season of high school, Westfield had to make a decision on what her major was going to be. Since Temple has more than 140 majors, she had plenty of potential educational pathways. Ultimately, she chose to major in education. “I had periods of time when that is all I wanted to do was being a teacher, since my mom is also a teacher,” Westfield said. “So I’ve always had the urge to be a teacher, especially seeing teachers every day at school I always knew that was something I could do.” Westfield has yet to see game action this season. But the freshman takes pride in being vocal on the bench, as well as taking in what happens on the court. The tougher practices and learning from the starters has made her transition into college easier on the court.




Lineups for spring still unclear after fall season Coach Steve Mauro won’t know his doubles pairings until January. By DAN WILSON For The Temple News Two months before the spring season, Vineet Naran doesn’t know who his doubles partner will be. When January comes around and the men’s tennis team begins competition again, the senior still might not know. Naran’s doubles partner last season was Hicham Belkssir, who graduated last spring. Together, Naran and Belkssir posted a 12-8 record. Naran has played 75 doubles matches during his Temple career, with eight different partners and anticipates playing with a ninth this spring. “I’ve played a little bit with the other senior, Filip Stipcic,” Naran said. “But we’re getting some new players in January, so I think we’ll wait until then to see how everyone fits together.” Naran and Stipcic have only played two matches together in their careers. The duo won both. Stipcic is

PATRICK CLARK/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Vineet Naran returns a volley during an Oct. 12 practice at the Student Pavilion.

the only remaining rostered player with whom Naran has played doubles. “When you’re playing with someone you really know well, it’s usually better,” Naran said. “There’s a bunch of examples of when I’m playing with someone I know well, I know where he’s going to go with his shots and I can move accordingly on the court. Doubles is a team sport.” Choosing doubles partners is

just one of the many decisions coach Steve Mauro is used to making at this point in his career. College tennis matches are made up of six singles and three doubles matches. Teams receive one point for every singles win, and one point for winning two out of three doubles matches. The first team to four points wins the match. This means that there are 12 starting roles to fill. Entering his 12th season as

coach, Mauro tries to find pairs that will work well together and give the team its best chance at winning. Mauro said he has to find someone to play at the baseline to complement Naran’s aggressive play at the net. “When I pick doubles teams, it’s also about personalities,” Mauro said. “I try and find guys who will push one another. It has a combination of personalities and playing style, so I’m

still really not sure what it’s going to be for January.” Mauro said he’s waiting until January because he might not know what kind of players he has until then. Last year, sophomore Florian Mayer joined the team just for the spring season. “In tennis, your season doesn’t start until January and even a lot of the coaches I know around the country are bringing in new players [in January],” Mauro said. “So it’s pretty common in college tennis.” It also helps to wait because some players are inexperienced when it comes to playing doubles. The doubles format isn’t popular among young tennis players in the United States, Mauro said. Recruits usually come to Temple after playing only in individual tournaments like the Owls competed in this fall. “A lot of American kids especially don’t play a lot of doubles, it isn’t offered at a lot of tournaments so it’s basically singles play,” Mauro said. “It takes usually a couple of years for players to get used to playing doubles at this level, so we try to do a lot of drills to get guys used it.”







Golf team to practice in new campus facility The golf team is set to have its own facility in the Student Pavilion by next semester. By GREG FRANK Golf Beat Reporter

and 115 yards in the team’s win that moved Temple into first place in the American Athletic Conference’s East Division. Bryant also played well against the Bulls in last year’s matchup in Tampa, finishing with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas got Bryant involved early on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field. The wideout caught two passes for 45 yards on the Owls’ game-opening field goal drive. Bryant caught three more passes in the second quarter, including a 36-yard grab along the left sideline with less than 20 seconds left that set up a field goal by freshman kicker Aaron Boumerhi before halftime. Bryant also played a key role in Temple’s

Brian Quinn is no stranger to the Temple golf program. The Owls’ coach is in his 11th season at the helm and was a four-year letterwinner at Temple from 1987-90. Quinn’s team is in transition, with several underclassmen as mainstays in the lineup, but Quinn said he remains optimistic about the future of the program. Part of Quinn’s optimism is rooted in the fact that the athletic department will open a golf facility in the Student Pavilion on 15th and Berks streets during Spring 2017. The facility will be about 2,000 square feet and include a virtual simulator, specialized netting for swing practice and a putting green, Quinn said. The addition of this facility follows the completion of the Temple Sports Complex at the beginning of this semester. The features of the planned golf facility will be similar to BQ Academy in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, which Quinn owns and where the team currently practices. The convenience of having the facility on Main Campus will make life easier for the players. “In my 11 years [as coach] at Temple University, this is the finest thing that anyone has ever done for the program,” Quinn said. Funding for the facility will be 100 percent donation-based, Quinn said. He paid for the team’s uniforms out-of-pocket during his first year as coach, welcomes fundraising with open arms. “We’re trying to get people to see what we’re doing here at Temple not just with the



HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Ventell Bryant evades South Florida defenders as he runs downfield following a reception in the first quarter of the Owls’ 46-30 win on Friday.

Tampa native Bryant exacts revenge The redshirt-sophomore wideout’s career night helped the Owls beat South Florida. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor


riday’s matchup against South Florida had a little extra importance for Ventell Bryant. The redshirt-sophomore wide receiver is from Tampa, Florida and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, which is about a 20-minute drive from South Florida’s campus.

After only catching six passes as a high school junior, Bryant had a breakout senior year with 11 touchdowns and 756 receiving yards. rated him as a two-star recruit, and he received four offers including one from in-state Florida International University. He was disappointed to not receive the same attention from his hometown school. “Coming out of high school, it would have been nice to have that USF offer,” Bryant said. “I think about it all the time, every time we play them. They didn’t offer me. So I’ve gotta show them that they should have, and this game I felt like I did that.” Bryant started on Friday in place of injured redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Marshall Ellick and made the most of the opportunity. He led all Owls receivers with five catches



Owls in NFL ‘huge step’ for program Tyler Matakevich, Tavon Young and Robby Anderson are realizing NFL dreams. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Robby Anderson kept looking over at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sideline, trying to find his former Temple teammate. Anderson’s team, the New York Jets, was playing Tyler Matakevich and the Steelers, a meeting between two members of last year’s historic Temple team that tied the program record for wins in a season. Though the former teammates never matched up on Oct. 9 at Heinz Field, Anderson posted a picture on Instagram of himself and Matakevich together on the field afterward with the caption: “Beating the odds became natural to us la familia.” Matakevich and Anderson, along with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young, are three Temple rookies seeing playing time early in their NFL careers. After beginning the season on the practice squad, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis is now on the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster and has played in five games. A Temple player hadn’t been drafted since 2012, until Young Ioannidis and Matakevich were selected in June’s NFL Draft. Along with Anderson, who joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent, the four players make up half of the former Temple athletes currently playing in the NFL. “It’s just a huge step for this program,” Matakevich told The Temple News. “Now everyone has the opportunity to see, ‘Hey, I can


JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock lays out to block a shot in the Owls’ 3-2 win against Quinnipiac University at Howarth Field on Friday.

Freeman’s team peaking at right time Temple needs a win on Friday to clinch a spot in the Big East tournament. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR Field Hockey Beat Reporter As soon as the ball hit her face, Katie Foran fell down onto the turf at Howarth Field.

While the training staff was attending to the senior forward, her teammates, in shock after seeing one of their leaders injured, were forced to regroup quickly, down a goal to Quinnipiac University in Friday’s Big East Conference game. Without Foran — one of the team’s three captains — senior midfielder Paige Gross was the one to carry the team forward. Gross was vocal in the huddle following Foran’s injury, re-

minding the Owls to keep their focus on the game. “I just told them that we needed to [win] for Katie,” Gross said. “I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that we needed to do this one for her.” In a game it likely needed to stay in contention for a spot in the Big East tournament, Temple responded to Gross’ message, scoring the game’s final






The men’s soccer team is two spots out of the American Athletic Conference playoff race with two games left to play.

With the potential for roster additions, coach Steve Mauro is waiting to make lineup decisions for the spring season.

The women’s soccer team is having its worst season under Seamus O’Connor after back-to-back years with double-digit win totals.

Sophomore runner Johnathan Condly has to balance a busy schedule as a Division I runner and ROTC member.

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