TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 VOL. 95 ISS. 12
A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. FOOTBALL
DAVID ADAMANY 1936-2016
Fans should be excited about football season
Adamany, former president, dies at 80 He served as Temple’s eighth president from 2000 to June 2006.
Attendance is down, despite the team’s chance to win a conference title.
By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor
avid Adamany, Temple’s eighth president, died Thursday at the age of 80 after a short illness, according to a university news release. Adamany was named president in 2000 after Peter Liacouras’ 18-year stint as president. He continued the capital projects started in Liacouras’ time, said James Hilty, the university’s historian. During his tenure, Adamany oversaw the construction of 1300 Residence Hall in 2001 and helped preserve the Temple Performing Arts Center. In 2003, the American Institute of Architects designated it as a Landmark Building. In 2006, Adamany’s last year as president, he oversaw the construction of the TECH Center. Adamany graduated from Harvard College in 1958 and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1961. Before coming to Temple, he spent 15 years as the longest-serving the president of Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan. “He was a hardworking, caring, and thoughtful leader at Detroit’s largest university,” former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer told The Temple News. “He cared deeply about students, faculty … He always found a way to give back to the community. He was a remarkable role model.” At the request of Archer and former Michigan Governor John Engler in 1999, Adamany returned
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OWLS’ SEASON OFF TO 1-1 START Freshman guard Alani Moore drives to the basket in the first half of the Owls’ 97-92 win against La Salle on Friday at the Liacouras Center. He became the first freshman guard to start a season opener since 2003. On Monday night at home, the Owls fell to the University of New Hampshire, 57-52.
It took three games for all the buzz following a 10-win season in 2015 to fade. Army West Point sucked the life out of Temple fans by running for 329 yards in the Owls’ seasonopening 28-13 loss. Two weeks later, Penn State held off a late comeback to beat Temple 3427, and push off any potential re-excitement of Temple’s fan base. After Temple fell to 1-2 OWEN MCCUE three weeks into its season, SPORTS EDITOR some were already willing to throw the season in the trash. The lack of interest showed with a dip in attendance. In 2015, more than 69,000 people showed up for games against Penn State and Notre Dame. Without any marquee matchups this season, a drop in attendance was expected. After 34,005 people came to see the Army game, the Owls have yet to eclipse 30,000 fans at a home game this season. Last year, they did that five times. The only 2015 home game with less than 30,000 fans in attendance was the game against Connecticut during Thanksgiving break. But why? The Owls are 7-3, sitting atop the American Athletic Conference East Division standings with a very good chance at going back to a conference championship game. Even a shot at heading to a New Year’s Six Bowl is not out of the question if Temple wins The American and a few other teams lose. Yes, this year’s Army loss didn’t look good,
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Finding a solution in North Philly, beyond STEVE GENGLER FILE PHOTO David Adamany (right), sits with Howard Gittis, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees, at a press conference in 2006.
Alumna discusses ‘locker room talk’ through theater Underbite Theatre Company’s latest play addresses the presidentelect’s rhetoric toward women. By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News Shelli Pentimall Bookler, a 2013 playwriting alumna, said she was “shocked, stunned, ashamed, embarrassed, enraged and disgusted” to discover that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States on Nov. 8. “It’s so hard to believe that a racist, sexist, narcissistic, unqualified child could possibly become the representative of the United States of America,” Pentimall Bookler added. On Nov. 4, Pentimall Bookler oversaw the performance of “Incident: The Consequence of Locker Room Talk” at The Rotunda on Walnut Street near 40th. Pentimall Bookler is the co-founder and artistic director of Underbite Theatre Company, a nonprofit
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Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, teaches urban communities about the Second Amendment. By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor One night at the Eagle Bar on Germantown Avenue near Erie, a man stopped Maj Toure in the middle of Broad Street and pulled out a gun. “He pulls his gun out and goes, ‘Yo, can you sign my gun?’” Toure said. “He had a metallic sharpie and he wanted me to sign his Glock.” The man went on to tell Toure that he saw his informational YouTube videos, and learned more about firearms through them. Toure, a longtime North Philadelphia resident, is the founder of Black Guns Matter, an organization that works to educate people in urban communities on their right to bear arms through training and education. He’s currently on a tour of 13 cities, including Atlanta and St. Louis. In Philadelphia, Toure said people will often approach him on the street to tell him how he helped educate them on their firearm rights. “That’s empowering,” Toure added. “That’s training a person to be responsible and a citizen, a strong, well-armed citizen.” The idea for Black Guns Matter came to Toure when he began to notice that many
BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Longtime North Philadelphia resident Maj Toure founded Black Guns Matter to educate urban communities on their right to bear arms. At Friends of Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia on Nov. 8. Toure said he identifies with the Black nationalist because of his social justice work.
of his friends were “catching the same cases,” meaning they were arrested in similar instances for gun possession. He realized many of his friends or acquaintances were not informed about gun rights and the affordability of getting a firearm registered. He created Black Guns Matter to put people on the path to self-empowerment through knowledge of gun rights and safety. “A person who can’t defend their rights
has none,” Toure said. “That is why it is about people control, not gun control.” Toure said about 25 people regularly attend his workshops in Philadelphia, hosted at the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street. Toure said he has always had a love for
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Temple Student Government’s sustainability task force has plans to make Main Campus paper towel free. Read more on Page 3.
Students should understand how the university’s TU Alert system works before criticizing some of its functions. Read more on Page 4.
A former professor and his wife wrote a book about living through World War II in the Philippines. Read more on Page 13.
Junior guard Alliya Butts likes to prank teammates off the court, but is all business at game time. Read more on Page 18.
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Students fearful after man trespasses on property The man was watching them through their windows from inside a gated alleyway. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor There’s now a dark navy curtain taped around Daecia’s window, effectively covering it and preventing her cat from looking out, like he loves to do. The curtain is there to stop someone else from looking in. Daecia, a senior secondary education and English major, filed a report with Temple Police after her neighbors knocked on her door at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning and told her that they saw a man standing in the shadows of an alleyway between her apartment building and the rowhouse next door. Although her blinds were down, Daecia said there was a small gap at the bottom. “‘I could see your legs, so he could probably see more,’” she said her neighbor told her. The Temple News is withholding Daecia’s last name for her protection. “I was in total disbelief because I had just gotten out of the shower and I was disgusted,” she added. “He definitely saw me naked.” Daecia’s neighbor, a junior advertising major whose name is being withheld at her request, said the man was on a fenced-in balcony several
feet above the alleyway, looking into the windows. Daecia’s neighbor said when she and her roommate called 911, they asked police to send someone as soon as possible. After 45 minutes, law enforcement had not arrived, so they called Temple Police’s general hotline. TUPD wrote a report of the incident and told Daecia she should tell her landlord about the problem. Daecia said Philadelphia Police arrived an hour after the 911 call, but did not come up to the property. Instead, they stayed in their cars and blared the horn until she and her neighbors came out of the building, she said. “They were snickering at us,” Daecia’s neighbor said. “They were treating us like stupid girls who had a guy looking in their window. It made us feel so unsafe. … They told us they had more important things to do.” “I told them, ‘Thank you for making me feel safe, because you did absolutely nothing. You didn’t even get out of your car to look at my apartment to see my window where he was looking at me,’” Daecia said. “They didn’t do anything, they just left.” Philadelphia Police did not respond to The Temple News’ request for a police report of the incident. Daecia’s neighbor said Philadelphia Police did not take an official report of the incident. Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, said the only call they
received came in at 1:45 a.m. and lasted about three minutes. Officers were dispatched to the house four minutes later. “[The caller] said they had been waiting for a long time,” Leone said, adding that the caller said they had called 911 first. He said depending on the nature of the 911 call, they get categorized by the call taker and are then sent to a dispatcher. Leone said the call might have gotten pushed back by more urgent calls, so it would not have reached the dispatcher until later. Daecia’s neighbor added that she and her roommate hadn’t realized 911 and the TUPD hotline are separate. The next day, Daecia said she went to Temple Villas, the property management company for her apartment, and they instructed her to go to the police. When Daecia told them she had already done that, they told her that she could notify the company’s maintenance staff. “Her verbal report was written down, logged, processed, administrative staff were consulted, and the head of maintenance was sent to check on the security of the windows in question,” a Temple Villas representative wrote in an email. “We do our best to inform tenants of the nature of our responses, sometimes that communication isn’t immediate.” Leone said the best way to deter people from entering any property is to make sure there are bright lights, cameras and a clear pathway in the back of the house.
“Lighting is really important,” he said. “If you don’t want to spend the money on constant lighting, get motion sensors. They’re less expensive.” Leone added that Temple Police have videos on their website that instruct people on how to secure their windows and property. “I know it’s not that hard to get back there but it is difficult,” Daecia said. “There are measures that Temple Villas has, that they went through to make sure that we are safe. There are gates, there are barbed wires, there are bars on the windows. So I’m even more disgusted with the fact that he’s obviously done this before, for him to know how to navigate back there and for him to peep through my window.” Daecia’s neighbor said that she wanted to know how he got into the alleyway and was able to climb up onto the balcony. “What else would he do if he was willing to go that far to look in our windows?” Daecia’s neighbor said. “I’m scared to sleep by myself anymore. My pillow is right next to my window, and it was open [that night].” “I’m still not OK that my privacy has been invaded, it’s disgusting on all levels,” Daecia said. “I feel violated, because I don’t know how long it’s been going on. … He probably saw things. He’s seen too much already.” firstname.lastname@example.org @ChristieJules
Defense Department awards $20 million The money was awarded to Temple to fund research into brain injuries and create new materials. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor The Department of Defense awarded Temple $20 million to fund research and create new materials to reduce traumatic brain injuries. This is one of the largest donations in the university’s history. The two-year award is a cooperative agreement between Temple and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, which involves experts from four schools and colleges at Temple as well as the University of Southern California, University of Southern Mississippi and the University of North Texas. Research began immediately after the award was finalized, said Michele Masucci, the vice president for research at Temple. It took several years to attain the award, she added. Temple will act as the “financial agent” for the award and divvy out funds to the different schools, colleges and universities involved in the study, Masucci said. The researchers will study the brain injuries of Temple’s athletes at the Division I and intramural levels to better create protective materials. The research will begin at the molecular level. From there, researchers will test specific compounds to eventually create new materials for the U.S. Army, law enforcement and “society at large,” Masucci said. The products the university eventually hopes to create could be anything from a vest, inserts into boots or gel in a helmet to reduce brain injury. The multi-disciplinary approach on Main Campus will include experts from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Engineering and the College of Science and Technology. The materials team will be made up of CST and the College of Engineering, while the brain injury research will occur in the College of Public Health, Katz School of Medicine and College of Engineering. “The really great thing about this grant is it will go through the entire continuum from designing molecular compounds, to prototyping new materials to using them, to creating those materials applying them and evaluating their effectiveness and actually helping to prevent injury,” Masucci said. “This pioneering research by some of our most highly regarded faculty supports the protection of soldiers and also has potential for broader applications,” said President Richard Englert in a statement. “Temple’s research enterprise is clearly on the rise, and this is a tremendous example of what our expertise can do to improve lives.” A past grant from the Department of Energy for Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics and Chemistry John Perdew and CST Dean Michael Klein’s research in computational and molecular science and theory played a huge part in Temple receiving the award, Masucci said. Englert first mentioned the award at the October Board of Trustees meeting during his University President’s address, but it had not been finalized until last week. email@example.com @gill_mcgoldrick
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JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Changes to the city’s zoning code proposed by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission could prohibit multi-family dwellings from being built across Lower North Philadelphia, including in Yorktown, where an ordinance already bars property owners from converting the housing to multi-family units.
Zoning changes could affect local renting The City Planning Commission’s plan would discourage landlords from renting to students. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter The Philadelphia City Planning Commission plans to revise the city’s zoning code — beginning with the portions that apply to North Philadelphia — as part of the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan. One proposed change to the zoning code, which could come in 2017, could affect the types of renters or buyers for properties around Temple. The zoning changes will prohibit multiple-family dwellings from being built, thus taking away the incentive for landlords or developers to build houses marketed toward Temple students, said Nick Pizzola, vice president and treasurer of Temple Area Property Association, a group of landlords who represent developers in the area around Main Campus. The plan aims to remedy the issue of vacant buildings and struggling commercial districts, according to Philadelphia2035’s Lower North District Plan. Philadelphia 2035 is the city’s development plan to invest in neighborhoods and compete in the global economy. In August 2012, the City Planning Commission started a four-year process to
rezone the Lower North Philadelphia district. This has been the first rewrite of the zoning code in 50 years, according to the Lower North District Plan. These changes are to “set clear rules and expectations about land use, preserve neighborhood character, protect open space and encourage investment and jobs,” according to the plan. It cited Temple’s rapid expansion into Lower North Philadelphia as a contributing factor to conflicts over parking, overcrowding and the scale of new buildings in the area. According to the plan, student housing is causing conflict with “code enforcement.” Currently, landlords are allowed to develop multiple-family dwellings that are marketed toward Temple students looking to live off-campus. The updated zoning code would bar landlords and developers from building multi-family homes and will need to keep them as single-family homes. “It takes away the incentive for landlords to rent to multiple students,” Pizzola said. Renting to three or four students in a single-family home does not provide enough financial incentive for landlords, Pizzola added, versus being able to collect rent from eight or 10 students in a multiple-family dwelling. In 2011, landlords ran into the same issue when City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed a bill that would prohibit further building of multiple-family dwellings in the Main Campus area. The bill did not advance, Jane Roh,
the director of communications for Darrell Clarke, wrote in an email. However it did lead to the proposal for a North Central Neighborhood Improvement District, which would have charged fees to landlords who rented multi-family units. The community opposed the formation of the district, and the bill once again did not advance, she wrote. “The Council President is in constant communication with Temple-area residents, university officials, and students, and will continue to work with them to help encourage development in a responsible manner,” she added. As of now, landlords have not faced any zoning changes that affect their business. Uncertainty over whether the changes will be implemented are causing concern, Pizzola said. “Everything is in limbo,” he added. Peter Crawford, a member of TAPA, said that Clarke’s bill from 2011 was only introduced to alert people of the tensions between students and community residents. Temple instituted the “Good Neighbor Policy” shortly after the ordinance was created in 2011 to combat to issue of community and student tensions due to excess trash in the streets, loud parties and other off-campus student activity. The new zoning changes have the same objective of Clarke’s bill from 2011. email@example.com @_kellybrennan
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SEPTA’s departure from tokens to affect nonprofits These nonprofits are unsure how they will distribute SEPTA Keys. By AMANDA LIEN Research Beat Reporter In August, SEPTA announced its plan to begin replacing its current fare, tokens, with electronic payment kiosks and plastic cards. This plan has raised potential issues for nonprofits who give out tokens as part of their services. “We give tokens to people for getting to key appointments, like doctors and clinics,” said Rachel Falkove, the executive director of the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network in East Mount Airy, which helps homeless families access support and services. “We give them tokens so they can go to the welfare office, so they can discuss their benefits,” she said. “If they can’t afford to get there, they lose their food stamps. There are many factors relating to transportation that can really set a family back.” Because nonprofits do not distribute cash for bus, subway and Regional Rail fares, tokens are their goto for helping people get around the city. While transportation isn’t seen as a basic need, it is essential for people to get around the city in order to help achieve upward mobility, added Falkove, a 1972 master’s of urban studies alumna. “For the most part, not having tokens is going to be a challenge for nonprofits who give out tokens to students for transportation, and also for the students themselves,” said Carrie Kitchen-Santiago, executive director of the Community Learning Center, an adult literacy nonprofit on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue. Tokens will be replaced by SEPTA Keys, which are cards with electronic chips that can be scanned at turnstiles and reloaded with cash or credit cards. Once tokens are phased out, SEPTA will not provide an op-
tion for paying for rides that doesn’t involve a credit card, debit card or cash payment. “That will be difficult,” Falkove said. “Agencies can’t give out cash, but they can give out rides. I’m hoping that it’s an issue that SEPTA and affected agencies are going to be able to solve. We’re going to have to get very creative and remember that we have a lot of people who don’t have cash to buy electronic cards.” SEPTA first attempted an electronic payment system in 2007, and later awarded a $130 million contract to fund the switch. But the switch was delayed several times. Because the transition is not complete, as well as SEPTA’s lack of resources for nonprofits, many organizations have not yet adapted to the change. “I am familiar with the system that SEPTA is proposing,” Falkove said. “I believe it is similar to the ones in [Washington D.C.] and in [New York], which seems to work well in both places. The problem is that I don’t know what the nonprofits in those cities use to assist people with transportation help.” According to the Community Transportation Association of America, which documents low-income options for public transportation, New Jersey Transit sells reduced-fare passes to social service organizations that help lower-income people commute. The change to SEPTA Key “has been so long in coming, that we have really put it out of our minds,” said Sister Connie Trainor, the executive director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center in the Kensington area, which helps immigrants acclimate to moving to the United States. “And because the whole change-over sounds rather complicated, we just haven’t dealt with it yet.” “We’re still in the planning stages,” Falkove said. “I don’t know how it’s going to play out but, until we see what kind of system they’re envisioning, I know it’s going to be hard to make a plan.” “It’s hard to know [what to expect] because SEPTA’s just not
PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior psychology major Mo Jason inserts a SEPTA token into a turnstile at the Cecil B. Moore station at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Nov. 13.
communicating what’s going on,” Kitchen-Santiago said. “Our plans all depend on what they’re implementing and how much time we have before they phase it in.” Andrew Busch, a spokesperson for SEPTA, said it will take a while for the tokens to be completely phased out and that there is no set date for when tokens will stop being sold. “We’re working with organizations and businesses that buy tokens in bulk for their people to use,” he said. “We want to figure out a way to provide the information so they can continue to do the same service they do today.” Busch said the transition would be a very gradual process because SEPTA “doesn’t want to leave anyone behind.” “I’m sensing that we’ll have some wiggle room,” Falkove said. “When the new system comes out, then we can react and ask how we can make this work.” firstname.lastname@example.org @amandajlien Julie Christie contributed reporting.
Stadium task force on hold while study being conducted The feasibility study, which has no set completion date, will help the task force decide what steps are next. By AMANDA LIEN Research Beat Reporter A task force made up of Temple administration, faculty members and students has ceased meeting for the time being, its members said, because little information has been released about the proposed oncampus stadium since the summer. The 15-member task force first convened last spring to brainstorm alternative uses for the stadium space. Members of the task force came from the College of Public Health, the Provost’s Office, Facilities Management, the athletic department, Temple Student Government, Student Affairs and the Tyler School of Art. “The task force has completed its work as of now,” said Jeremy Jordan, the director of the Sports Industry Research Center and the university’s faculty athletics representative. He added that the task force submitted a report detailing recommended uses for a stadium to the President, Provost, Board of Trustees, the deans of each college and school as well as the Faculty Senate and Temple Student Government. “Those recommendations were multipurpose academic spaces, space for lecture halls or smaller classes, event space, a research center, particularly for use in the new concussion study and a dining facility open to students, faculty and parents, which is something we don’t currently
have,” he said. “In my mind, the most important thing we plan to do is use it for events for the high schools nearby,” said Student Body President Aron Cowen. Cowen added that the stadium could be used for high school graduation ceremonies and football games. Until the feasibility study is complete, Cowen said the task force cannot accomplish much else. In July, the Board of Trustees approved an additional $250,000 for the study, bringing the total spent on the study to $1.25 million. Staff from Moody Nolan, the firm conducting the study, looked at other designs of stadiums in urban areas to get ideas on how to keep the noise level low and keep the community involved. They plan to combine the study’s results with feedback from the community while creating plans for the stadium. “Once the study is in, we’ll look at the totality of the data and move from there,” Cowen said. “The study doesn’t really have a deadline. … It’ll be over when they get all the data they need.” In August, Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group, told The Temple News that the Board of Trustees had not set a date for the study to be delivered. Representatives from Facilities Management, the athletic department, Student Affairs and the Tyler School of Art could not be reached for comment. A representative from the College of Public Health declined to comment. email@example.com @amandajlien Julie Christie contributed reporting.
PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS SEPTA announced its plan to phase out the token payment system in favor of electronic payment kiosks in August. This plan has raised potential issues for nonprofits who give out tokens as part of their community services.
TSG to replace paper towels throughout Main Campus The sustainability task force is planning to install hand-dryers around campus. By FRANCESCA FUREY TSG Beat Reporter Temple Student Government plans to remove paper towel dispensers and old hand-dryers from all Main Campus buildings as early as Summer 2017. A student-led sustainability task force met on Nov. 9 and inspected Paley Library, Tuttleman Learning Center and the Student Center to see what most needed to be replaced. There are a total of 55 paper towel dispensers and eight old hand dryers that TSG plans to remove. “[Paper towels] are a very noticeable waste,” said Aaron Weckstein, TSG’s director of grounds and sustainability. “You could see how much paper towel waste gets amassed in the trash cans every day when you walk in the bathroom.” Though the sustainability task force is working with the Office of Sustainability, “it’s more of the students who wanted to get this done,” Weckstein said. “We wanted to make sure we had as much student involvement as possible.” Newer buildings on campus, like the Science Education and Research Center, do not have any paper towel dispensers in their bathrooms. “I’m personally passionate about sustainability,” said Mattie Cohen, a senior geography and urban studies and Spanish major and a member of the task force. “I’m looking at energy policy and urban growth [in my classes] ... so with these systems we already have built, we need to do our best to make them more green,” Cohen said. Weckstein said the paper towel dispensers will be replaced with automatic hand-dryers, which are
more efficient and sanitary and create less waste, he said. Weckstein and Kathleen Grady, Temple’s director of sustainability, said they did not know how much an automatic hand-dryer costs. Weckstein said he knows TSG has the budget to replace dispensers with hand-dryers. “The [total] cost will be dramatically decreased, if we’re replacing old dryers with the new ones,” Weckstein said. “A good thing about the [newer hand dryers] is that they are very easy to take care of and they don’t require a lot of maintenance.” Weckstein said the switch to hand-dryers would reduce paper towel waste, bring Temple closer to carbon neutrality and save time and energy spent by facility staff. According to a study by the University of Buffalo, Dyson Airblade dryers produce 42 percent less carbon dioxide than paper towels. Airblades are in some university buildings, like the TECH Center. “We will also need to gain approval for the hand dryers from the building management for each proposed location,” Grady wrote in an email. “It affects me personally in the way I think it affects everyone else personally,” said Alex Mark, a freshman global studies major in the task force. “It has consequences in the long term with these environmental issues.” “I think we should switch because it’s such a small thing to do,” said Caroline Muehlbronner, a freshman media studies and production major and a member of the task force. “In a progressing world where resources are getting scarcer and scarcer, it’s nice to know that there are so many other options.” “It’s really a win-win for everyone,” Weckstein said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continue practicing tolerance When on or around Main Campus, be respectful and acknowledge each others’ differences. It’s been one week since ballots were cast in the United States presidential election and Donald Trump became the nation’s president-elect. Since then, there have been a range of emotions on Main Campus. Some have been celebrating his victory, while others expressed disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s loss. Some students expressed their feelings in peaceful protests on Main Campus near the Bell Tower last Wednesday and in various protests across the city last week. Jesse Council, a sophomore marketing major, said at a rally on Wednesday that many people he knows feel distraught. “I know too many different types of people and a lot of them are discouraged,” Council said. “A lot of them feel like they’re not being heard.” Others are hopeful when they think about the future of the country under Trump’s leadership. “I don’t agree with everything Trump said or what he’s been accused of doing,” said sophomore media studies and production major Allison Reitenbach. “But I believe in the government system …
and the representatives … that they’ll work as a whole.” We recognize that the outcome of this presidential election is an emotional one for some, and last Wednesday we urged members of the Temple community to take care of their mental and physical health as well as their physical safety. We’ve seen reports of hate speech, racist rhetoric, violence and clashing ideologies across the country in the last few days. While members of the Temple community don’t have to agree with people who think differently than they do, they should recognize and value that these differences exist. While on or around Main Campus, be tolerant of others’ feelings and opinions. After all, tolerance and freedom of expression are the principles on which our country was founded. We admire that the conversations and expressions following Trump’s election have been largely respectful. These reactions have been productive and thoughtful. We hope they continue to be this way the rest of the semester and as Trump unveils plans for the nation.
SEPTA should help homeless SEPTA should help nonprofits continue to provide fare assistance to the disadvantaged. SEPTA’s transition to SEPTA Key — a new system that will require plastic cards to be used as fare payment for all services next year— will also raise issues for nonprofits that dole out tokens to the homeless and economically disadvantaged. Nonprofits cannot give out cash for fares, but they can give out tokens, which are used for one ride on SEPTA’s subways, buses and trolleys. A report in our news section this week notes that access to public transit is important for economically disadvantaged people to get to medical appointments and other public welfare appointments. A SEPTA spokesman said the shift is still in the early stages and SEPTA is working with organizations that buy tokens in bulk. “We give them tokens so they can go to the welfare office, so they can discuss their benefits,” said Rachel Falkove, the executive director of
the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, in East Mount Airy. “If they can’t afford to get there, they lose their food stamps.” Small assistance in physical mobility can, in the long term, help social mobility. That’s why it’s important for SEPTA to ensure that fare assistance programs can continue in the SEPTA Key era. New Jersey Transit sells reduced-fare passes to social service organizations to help lower-income people commute. SEPTA, however, is not listed in a registry of fareassistance programs from the Community Transportation Association of America. In Philadelphia, fare assistance falls to nonprofits. The implementation of SEPTA Key has been trumpeted as a belated upgrade to a more modern system. We hope that it can help local nonprofits continue with fare assistance.
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Students: understand TU Alerts Students should learn how the TU Alert system works before criticizing it.
he night of the mob attacks on Oct. 21, I had been out a few blocks from my apartment walking to get food from Pita Chip when I found myself in a sea of madness on North Broad Street. While I talked to my mother on the phone, I saw young adults arguing with police officers and trying to force their way into local businesses. I didn’t have a clue what was happening because a TU Alert hadn’t yet been CIERRA WILLIAMS sent to students and faculty. The delay in receiving a TU Alert caused confusion among students — but it isn’t an isolated issue. I have heard various student complaints about the university’s TU Alert system before that night, too. But I think many of these complaints are unfounded, and result from a lack of basic knowledge about how the university’s TU Alert system functions. Complaints are often about the vague language used in alerts, or the lack of alerts for certain crimes at all. “I think TU Alerts should be more prompt and more detailed instead of just saying, ‘Police are responding,’” said Jordan Peterson, a freshman media studies and production major. “We get more alerts about the Health Sciences Campus than we do about Main Campus,” said Candy Wright, a junior marketing major. “And a lot of things oc-
cur on Main Campus that they just don’t report.” Students need to understand that TU Alerts are only sent out to students and faculty if the reported crimes meet certain guidelines. Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, said a TU Alert is only sent out if there is an ongoing threat to students’ safety. “We look at the crimes which would have an imminent danger to you: Is there a gun? Is there a knife? Is there a serious assault?” Leone said. “If an apprehension [of a suspect] was made the threat’s not there,” Leone added. “But if it’s ongoing where the person has left the area then there’s a chance you could be subject to harm, so we put that out.” Leone said students are already bombarded with information. Although some students have complained about certain incidents not being reported, Leone wants to avoid an overflow of alerts. The scarcity of alerts is what makes them effective. Junior marketing major Alia Abu Marzouq said she opted to stop receiving TU Alerts for about three months because she was getting so many. Students can “opt out” of receiving TU Alerts directly to their phone through Self Service Banner on TUportal, but cannot stop receiving alerts sent out via email. “I was sick of constantly getting vague alerts,” she said. “But then I realized I was out of the loop and would be out in certain situations and wouldn’t know what was going on.” If alerts were sent out more often, students would likely tune out the information, which defeats the point of the alerts in the first place. Reda Nicholson, a senior speech,
language and hearing major, also said she thinks the alerts are too vague. “I had to stop getting TU Alerts because they always came after the fact and never gave me what I felt was enough information,” Nicholson said. But alerts aren’t supposed to update students like a news outlet would. They are just supposed to warn students of possible danger. Students do not need to know every single detail of an incident to know they should avoid an area. “Our goal is to keep you safe and put out as much information as we can at the time to keep you safe,” Leone said. “We’ll never get into that long type of thing with all of the details.” Leone said that in recent years, the TU Alert system has seen some improvements. For example, alerts used to have to be approved by the university president before being sent out, but this practice was amended to save time. There is room to further improve the TU Alert system. But more importantly, communication must be improved between students and Temple Police about how the alert system fundamentally works. Leone said he is working with Temple Student Government to find out what could be improved. And TUPD is assembling a list of answers to frequently asked questions about TU Alerts to help students better understand the system. This communication between students and TUPD is essential for our safety, and for further improvement to the system. It is important that TUPD remains receptive to feedback and that before students go straight to criticizing the TU Alert system, they are properly informed about how it works. email@example.com
Closer to paradise: life as an environmentalist A student reflects on growing up in Florida and how her experiences living along the coast inspired her love for the environment.
had the fortune of being raised in paradise. My hometown of Punta Gorda, Florida showed me every day was a miracle, and it was because of my time there and the relationship I built with the world around me that I decided to become an environmentalist. Growing up in Punta Gorda, it was not uncommon to see the neighborhood bobcat on the way to school or to stop driving to help a turtle cross the road. In my community, wildlife lived so close to us that they didn’t fear human interaction. For years there was a family of rabbits that lived in the woods behind my house. Frequently, we would leave produce for them, and in turn they would play right at our pool gate. These early experiences living on the Florida coast taught me that as humans we are not separate from the environment, we are part of it. But in Summer 2004, a handful of days before my 10th birthday, Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, hit my small coast town, destroying my home, my sense of security and my view of the world around me. We often had hurricanes in Florida, but not many so severe. Before Charley, the last major hurricane to hit land was in 1992. Charley was the first major hurricane of the 2004 season, where the unseasonably warm waters caused storms to veer into the Gulf of Mexico and hit southwest Florida. I lived through four hurricane seasons before Charley, but this was the first hurricane I experienced where I saw how the waters of the gulf could level an already flat area and cause flooding up to the rooftops. Hurricane Charley made me realize how fragile the world around me truly was. I was living in a rural coastal society where it didn’t seem wasteful to have cars as the main mode of transportation,
By CHELSEA WILLIAMS or to run the air conditioning 24/7. Just because we were so connected to the environment didn’t mean we were actively trying to protect it. It wasn’t until after Charley came through that I realized that maybe our way of living had partly caused the destruction we experienced. The destruction of this ecosystem
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caused many native Florida species to flee our side of the gulf in order to survive. The tree loss in my community was great enough that local and migratory birds flew farther south to find habitable areas. Some species of wildlife have yet to return, and the interaction between animals and humans I once cherished became sparse. When Charley hit, I started to more
deeply understand the world in which we live. I was so insulated in my community that the world never felt unsafe, but then everything I knew got wiped away by the hurricane. Suddenly my world didn’t seem safe, and even now 12 years later, I still have nightmares about the storm. I still hate the smell of pine. My home was surrounded by Florida pine trees, and now every time I smell pine I remember the scared girl I was, standing in my driveway after the storm passed, the sound of ambulances in the distance, the smell of pine fresh in the air. It is in the memory of Charley and the fears I faced that I am constantly reminded to protect the environment from the type of devastation I saw following the storm. As an environmental studies major, my focus is on the interaction between humans and the world, and how we can change our policies to protect the environment we are destroying. And when I graduate next year, I plan to go to law school, so I can one day help implement policy to conserve and protect the environment I grew to love in Florida. My world might have been destroyed years ago, but it has since been rebuilt and evolved. It’s time society changes its ideas on environmental policy, so we can protect the environment, and communities we love. I grew up in paradise, and now I’m trying to make sure that everybody else does, too. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Japanese major needed to prepare students for TUJ Italian Cinema and Literature, and there is already an Italian major on Main Campus. Even though Temple has campuses in both Rome and Tokyo, there are more classes offered in Italian than there are in Japanese. It seems unfair to favor one campus over the other, especially when spent the last academic year at Temple’s students studying abroad at either campus could campus in Japan, and it was one of the best benefit from cultural classes. decisions I’ve ever made. I enjoyed learning Florin Evanko, a 2016 Asian Studies alumna, about Japanese culture by taking classes like studied at TUJ for a semester. She said many of her Prejudice and Discrimination in Japan, which cen- fellow students at TUJ came with some misconceptered around societal issues in the country, like how tions about Japanese culture. women are treated in the work“When they go in they don’t necessarily know, place. unless they’ve been studying Japanese culture, and While in Japan, there were they have no clue,” Evanko said. “Like, ‘Yay Japan! many other classes I wanted to It’s an amazing fantasy land where everything is take, but I didn’t have the time. perfect!’ There are a lot of people who go to TUJ I was hoping to take them once from Main Campus or from America who have that I returned to Main Campus, but attitude.” the university doesn’t offer them Many students also lack practical knowledge of here. Japanese culture, like how to use chopsticks or the I couldn’t find any classes common Japanese protocol of standing on the left ERIN YODER that more deeply explored as- side of escalators so others can walk past. pects of the Japanese language, like oral intensives, In order to combat misconceptions about Japaclasses in which everyone is required to speak only nese culture and to provide students with practical in Japanese, or courses that studied Kanji, Chinese knowledge before studying abroad, Japanese culcharacters adopted by the Japanese. ture classes should be developed by the Asian StudMain Campus lacks variety in the types of Jap- ies program. anese classes offered in the Asian Studies program, These classes — focused primarily on cultural and it lacks a Japanese major altogether. Temple awareness — could be added to the Japanese curshould consider creating a Japanese riculum if a major were developed. major because it has a campus “While I would like to take located in Japan — the first some more non-language classAmerican university to do so es for Japan, there’s not a lot of— and students have a desire fered here,” said Michelle Park, to study the language. a senior psychology and phi“There’s a very strong losophy major with a Japainterest in studying Japanese minor. nese, if you just look at There is also room to the number of sections improve the Japanese lanof Japanese that run guage classes offered on this campus,” on Main Campus. said Louis ManJapanese is a hard gione, director of language to learn, the Asian Studies and more practice program and an asis always helpful, sociate professor. Evanko said. There are currently “I hardly ever tried 10 language, two special as hard for any of my othtopics and three indeer classes as I did for JapaCOURTNEY REDMON | THE TEMPLE NEWS pendent studies sections of nese,” Evanko said. “For any Japanese on Main Campus. other class that I had to take In total, there are 160 seats curI was like, ‘Well, this takes a backrently filled in Japanese-related course this semes- seat because Japanese is the one class I really have ter. to study for to be able to pass.’” Mangione said there’s no single reason why the Students shouldn’t have to go to TUJ to access university hasn’t yet created a Japanese major. more Japanese classes. A Japanese major would also help students A Japanese major should be offered on Main prepare for their time abroad at TUJ. They would Campus to give students the opportunity to learn have the opportunity to take more classes about about Japanese language and culture. I hope the Japanese culture and learn the language before they university will consider investing its resources in a leave Main Campus. Japanese major. Students have already demonstratStudents who plan to study abroad in Rome ed their interest, and now the university should be don’t face the same lack of programming. These responsive. cultural classes are already offered for students looking to study abroad at Temple Rome. Students email@example.com can take classes like Italian Culture through Film or
The university should create a Japanese major to accompany Temple’s campus abroad.
May 17, 2000: A trustee search committee recommended David Adamany to serve as university president following the retirement of Peter Liacouras, who served as Temple’s president for 18 years. Adamany was chosen from a pool of 11 candidates. He became the university’s eighth president when he took over for Liacouras in August 2000. Before coming to Temple, Adamany served as the president of Wayne State University in Michigan and the interim CEO of the Detroit School District. On Thursday, Adamany died at the age of 80 after a short illness, according to a university release. During his time as president, Adamany preserved the Temple Performing Arts Center and also oversaw the creation of the TECH center. He served as president of the university until 2006, but remained at Temple as one of the university’s chancellors and as a professor at the Beasley School of Law.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student reflects on what Donald Trump’s presidency means for journalists. President-elect Donald Trump attacked many groups during his campaign, but one more incessantly than the rest — the media. He famously declared, “I am not running against Crooked Hillary, I am running against the crooked media,” during a speech in Fairfield, Connecticut. With that in mind, I wonder, ‘What will it mean to be a journalist during a Trump presidency?’ For Trump to declare the press as his biggest adversary is problematic because the press functions as a watchdog, holding the three branches of government accountable. As a journalism major, I question what the future holds. How are we supposed to do our jobs effectively with a president and administration that will fight us every step of the way? Since being elected, Trump has already broken protocol, denying requests for a press pool to travel with him to the White House. During the campaign, he regularly described the media using words like, “disgusting,” “corrupt” and “biased.” At an event in Florida, he pointed at reporters and called them “horrible people.” Will this
be a typical day at work for me in the future? Trump tweeted in August, “It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!” His comment appears to show a lack of understanding of the First Amendment and its broad protections against government interfering with the press. It also shows that his definition of false includes anything that isn’t flattering. Trump told his supporters in Connecticut that the New York Times was “going to hell.” He said, “Maybe we’ll start thinking about taking away their press credentials,” adding, “When they write dishonest stories we should ‘be a little bit tough’.” And it wasn’t just the New York Times. Trump’s campaign put many media outlets on a blacklist, denying them press credentials to his campaign events. Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish broadcasting station was first. Politico, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post followed. Trump made his ongoing battle against the media personal. After FOX News commentator Megyn Kelly pressed him on his insulting comments about women, Trump told CNN, “There
was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” And it didn’t stop there. He called Kelly a “bimbo, a loser, crazy, hostile, unprofessional, and overrated.” During a rally in Miami with more than 4,000 supporters present, Trump complained the media wasn’t reporting the size of his rallies. “There’s something happening. They’re not reporting it,” he said pointing at NBC reporter Katy Tur. “Katy—you’re not reporting it, Katy.” His supporters became agitated, turning to her, booing her, calling her out by name. The situation was tense enough that Secret Service felt compelled to protect her by escorting her to her car. This is an example of Trump’s ability to incite violence from his more extreme supporters, even unintentionally. An Anti-Defamation League investigation revealed that hundreds of journalists have suffered online abuse from members from the alt-right, supporting Trump. At a Minnesota rally, supporters were photographed wearing T-shirts that read, “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” implying that journalists should be lynched. These T-shirts and the ideas they represent are terrifying. This wouldn’t be the first time we have been threatened. Journalists have faced violence
in recent history. They have been killed by the Russian government, ISIS militants, Mexican drug cartels. Around the world, the safety of journalists has never been certain. But now, I fear that our safety on home soil is at risk, too. More importantly, I have a greater fear than the one that exists for my safety, personal well-being and that of my colleagues. I fear our profession, one that’s sole purpose is to inform the public is at risk and consequently, so is our country’s democracy. Melissa Bellerjeau is a sophomore journalism major. She can be reached at melissa. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students share mixed reactions after election
Anti-Donald Trump protest planned at Bell Tower Students plan to gather for a demonstration of solidarity against President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday at the Bell Tower from 7 p.m. to 9. The demonstration, titled “No Tolerance For Hate: Solidarity Against Trump” has 140 Facebook users who say they will attend. More than 520 people have expressed interest in the event. - Amanda Lien
TUH, St. Christopher’s Hospital to donate food Temple University Hospital will collaborate with St. Christopher’s Foundation to bring fresh food to local families. The program, Farm to Families, has been working to bridge the gap of poor health outcomes from diseases in families due to a lack of access to fresh, healthy food since 2010. Farm to Families provides residents in North Philadelphia who attend TUH to receive a box of fresh fruits and vegetables and a reduced cost. Patients can also be prescribed “Fresh Rx,” which is a prescription for discounts on fresh produce on a weekly basis. The program works with community-based organizations to provide food and nutritional education to North Philadelphia residents as well. Temple Pediatric Care Center is already involved in the program, but the program is new to TUH.
The results sparked protests throughout the city, but not all students agree with them. By KATE CRILLY & JULIE CHRISTIE For The Temple News After Donald Trump was elected president on Nov. 8, Temple students gathered to protest on Main Campus and across Philadelphia. Protesters stood in solidarity with minorities, LGBTQ people, women and other groups who feel disenfranchised by the President-elect’s campaign rhetoric. But not all students are against Trump’s election. “I’m so proud to say that my firstever vote in an election went to Donald J. Trump,” said Alexis Zimmerman, a freshman advertising major. “It was a close, shocking race but I knew the silent majority would pull through. I’m really looking forward to what Trump’s next four years entail.”
Zimmerman said she believes if the country accepts the results of the election and gives Trump “a chance, his presidency can be a great one.” “We really aren’t all bad people, I swear,” she said. Teodora Campbell, a senior kinesiology major, said people would be safer with Trump as president instead of Clinton. “Hillary Clinton has put our national security at such a high risk, specifically with unsecure servers in foreign nations, speaking about confidential things that cannot be put out in the open,” Campbell said. “Donald Trump will run the American economy like a business because he is a businessman, and that is certainly not a bad thing. We are in so much debt and he knows how to make money.” Jose R. Mangual, a sophomore theater major, organized a protest on Friday from the Bell Tower to City Hall. He called it the “I Promise March,” which focused protesters on spreading the message that they would support minorities. “We want people to be aware that we are all humans and equal and that our goals today to peacefully protest do make sense and deserve to be respected,” he said. “To lead a peaceful protest in person
is different than protesting on social media, because in person we can’t be ignored and blocked. They see what we are standing for and we stand together to have our voices heard.” “I don’t think we should create problems without knowing exactly what Donald Trump has in plan,” said Katie Brinkman, a junior theater major. “I think it‘s important to peacefully protest, which is exactly what we are doing today. There is no reason for violent protesting. We need to spread love and not hate and work with the [President-elect] and be open to him because he is deserving of that. We need to stand for love and stand together.” “It was a peaceful crowd and they were chanting and upset obviously, but there’s been no disruption yet,” said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services about the protest of more than 2,000 people on Wednesday night. “It was peaceful, so there was no cause for alarm. Protests are good, and if they stay peaceful, it’s better.” email@example.com @TheTempleNews Brianna Cicero contributed reporting.
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American College’s Alumni Hall of Fame inducts trustee
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Phillip Richards, a Temple trustee and 1962 alumnus, will be inducted into The American College’s Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday in New York City. Richards will be inducted for his experience and commitment to the financial services industry at his Minneapolis-based financial planning firm North Star Resource Group, according to a news release from the firm. Richards was awarded an honorary doctorate degree and spoke as a commencement speaker in June 2016. Richards founded North Star and served as CEO for 46 years. He is now the firm’s executive chairman. The American College’s Alumni Hall of Fame, established in 2005, selects its inductees based on the person’s integrity, professionalism, volunteerism and dedication to education, according to its website. - Kelly Brennan
Flash mob hits Center City Six people were hurt in a flash mob Saturday evening in Center City. Police told the Inquirer that a small group of minors separated from a large crowd wandering the area and started to attack people on 16th Street near Walnut. The attack occurred a little more than three weeks after a similar attack left students and police officers hurt on Main Campus on Oct. 21. A 55-year-old off-duty Philadelphia Police officer and his wife were injured in the attack. He was punched multiple times. Investigators will be looking through footage from surveillance cameras to identify the minors in the attacks. Police arrested two 16-year-old boys. - Francesca Furey
Police search for masked man who robbed store Temple Police are searching for a man that robbed a T-Mobile store on Broad Street near Allegheny Avenue at the Health Sciences Campus on Sunday. No injuries were reported. Students recieved a TU Alert at about 6 p.m. on Sunday. The man entered the store, showed a handgun and took an unknown amount of cash, Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, wrote in an email. He added that the robber wore a mask and fled south on Broad Street. Leone said that cameras in the store and subway will be checked. - Julie Christie News Desk 215-204-7419 firstname.lastname@example.org
EVAN EASTERLING / FILE PHOTOS TOP: Freshman theater major Kaytiona Golomb, was one of more than 2,000 protesters who gathered against President-elect Donald Trump at the intersection of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Nov. 9. Some protesters stood on top of a flatbed trailer outside the Dunkin Donuts of Broad Street near York.
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to educational leadership after two years of retirement and spent one year as the interim chief executive of Detroit Public Schools Community District. “[Adamany] meant a lot to the city of Detroit, Wayne State University and the Detroit Public School students during his time with them,” Archer added. After years of planning capital projects with Liacouras, the university hired Adamany, who brought those plans “on the drawing board to fruition,” Hilty said. “I don’t think people knew the warm side [of Adamany],” President Richard Englert told The Temple News. “He was fair, very honest, hard driving, direct. There’s no doubt about it that you knew where you stood with him. … He was a really fun human being to be around, and I don’t think a lot of people saw that.” Englert said he and Adamany became good friends over the last four years, when they both served as chancellors for the university and sat in adjacent offices. “He had a good sense of humor,” En-
glert added. “He just delighted in talking about everyday things like vacation and art.” Hilty, who was the dean at Ambler Campus while Adamany was president, said he remembered one night when administrators and a prospective employee went out to dinner. “We happened to choose a restaurant that David had just walked into before us,” he said. “And he came over and sat at our table and gave a great pitch to the recruit, who ended up choosing Temple.” Englert said Adamany was instrumental in creating Temple’s policy and review procedures. They worked closely on both, he said, because Englert was the vice president for administration and then the deputy provost under Adamany. He added that Adamany’s focus was on building a system to make decisions in the right way for the right reason. However, Adamany faced controversy while at Temple and Wayne State when dealing with faculty unions. Hilty said Adamany came to Temple with a reputation for strong financial management and as a “no-nonsense” administrator. He said faculty were expecting the
same type of leadership they had heard about from Adamany’s reputation at Wayne State. Even though there were two faculty strikes before his arrival, Adamany was able to negotiate a contract with faculty, and continued to compromise throughout his presidency, Hilty said. After stepping down from Temple’s presidency in 2006, Adamany became one of the university’s chancellors and stayed on as a professor in the Beasley School of Law. “He was committed to high educational standards and, as a lawyer and political scientist, was a champion for interdisciplinary education,” Provost Joanne Epps said. “He was a giant who really had a major impact on the university,” Englert said. “He used to like to eat in [Johnson and Hardwick cafeteria], just so he could see students and talk with students.” “He’s a special man and a great loss.” email@example.com @ChristieJules Amanda Lien and Kelly Brennan contributed reporting.
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Engaging business diversity at Italian Market The 9th Street Stock Exchange encourages local businesses to showcase each other’s items. By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News
mong the bouquets she was preparing to sell, Cookie Cilibti, the owner of Betty Ann’s Italian Market Florist, kept a disco light from Casanova Music Center in her store last week. “I love this project,” Cilibti said. “My customers are confused when they see the disco light, but I like explaining to them what 9th Street Stock Exchange is all about.” The art exhibit, funded by the Mural Arts Program, is a rotation of products among eight different businesses within the Italian Market on 9th Street near Christian in Bella Vista. Jon Rubin, a South Philadelphia-based artist, and Theresa Rose, the project curator and a 1998 art education alumna, introduced the exhibit to the market in mid-October. The goal, Rubin said, is to encourage businesses to interact with one another while recognizing and celebrating diversity. This project will run through Dec. 7. Some of the business involved in this art project range from Molly’s Books & Records, which sells rare and dated books and records, to Betty Ann’s Italian Market Florist, to a business called Alejandra Boutique Inc., which sells Colombian-made jeans. By the end of the two months, each participating business will have sold each other’s products. “Each business recognizes that they are selling on someone else’s behalf,” Rubin said. “What has emerged is a unique ecosystem that offers a collaboration of culture and products.” As the project curator, Rose said she works on the floor and regularly interacts with the eight businesses. “Each store is definitely excited to sell each other’s products,” she said. “9th Street Stock Exchange mixes up the everyday,” Rose added. “It has encouraged the shop owners to meet other
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CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Tyler School of Art professor and Nigerian-born painter Odili Donald Odita maintains a studio at the Crane Arts Building in North Philadelphia.
Professors’ art comments on cultural, racial complexities Using various art mediums, identity is explored on Main Campus. By IAN WALKER Arts Beat Reporter Odili Donald Odita sees more than color and geometric shapes when he looks at one of his murals. As a Black artist, he said painting them is a “political act.” “[In] the early 20th century, Black artists didn’t have ownership of anything … except for maybe their own experience,” Odita said.
Odita, a painting professor, is one of several Temple professors who examines racial and cultural identity through art. Odita paints abstract art, a genre he said has historically diminished the accomplishments of Black artists. “Black artists were seen to have more strength if they spoke about their particular plight as seen by the greater public, the greater intelligentsia,” Odita said. “If the work didn’t look like it spoke about Black issues or civil rights issues, then it wasn’t relevant.” Although many curators valued only this narrow expression of the Black experience, Odita said some white artists achieved success by appropriating Black visual styles.
According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, a resource for critical essays and chronologies, European cubist painters like Pablo Picasso were influenced by the “highly stylized treatment of the human figure in African sculptures.” “If you look at early Cubism, it’s almost like a straight one-on-one copy of African masks,” Odita said. While Cubists drew inspiration from African art, Odita said they presented their work as solely a modern creation. By doing so, they erased “the locality, the local politics, the local identities, the local histories that are at
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Food drives remind students ‘we’re in this together’ Some student organizations have given back to the community for the upcoming holiday season. By CARR HENRY For The Temple News
Alumni help create library music program MARGO REED FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Perry Genovesi, a 2008 English alumnus and music librarian, searches through books of music. The Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central branch now offers instruments and sheet music for members to rent.
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No matter how many food drives she organizes, Rochelle Davis said she is still “always scared that people won’t give.” Davis, the executive assistant to Dean David Boardman in the School of Media and Communication, also serves as chair of the SMC Cares Committee. The committee, made up of a dozen SMC faculty members, aims to foster a sense of community within the SMC faculty and also give support to local neighborhoods. Davis said she’s currently raising donations for the organization’s second annual food drive. The SMC Cares Committee will collect nonperishables until Wednesday using a donation box in Annenberg Hall. This year’s donations will go to the Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond streets, which will then be distributed to those in need. “I think it’s important for Temple to give back to the
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Five students created a documentary about comfort in everyday items. Read more on Page 8.
A doctoral candidate won the first Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Temple in 10 years. Read more on Page 11.
A biology professor discovered brine pools in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more on Page 11.
A former professor wrote a memoir about living in the Philippines during World War II. Read more on Page 13.
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KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS “Mine,” a student documentary, explores the complexity of “comfort objects” like stuffed animals. Junior media studies and production major Jenny Choi uses Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the documentary on Nov. 8.
Student documentary explores ‘comfort objects’ While filming a documentary, students learned about their own childhood quirks. By KAIT MOORE For The Temple News Ross Weisman has a basket full of stuffed animals in his closet, and he sleeps with them regularly. “Comfort objects” are stuffed animals, blankets or any other item that makes a person feel safe. It wasn’t until he started a documentary on the subject that Weisman realized his stuffed animals don’t make him “crazy” — they might actually be a normal and healthy thing. Weisman, a junior media studies and production major, is in the media studies class, Genres of Media Production, taught by professor Kristine Weatherston. The course is divided into different sections like documentary filmmaking, augmented media and sports production. Weisman and four other media studies and production majors, Jenny Choi, Colin Pawlowski, Brian Ziff and Nailah Adam, are part of the documentary section. The group has been working on a documentary called “Mine,” which focuses on comfort objects, since September. Each of Weatherston’s students was required to pitch an idea for a documentary, then students voted on which ones they liked best. “[Comfort objects] was the one that stuck with me,” Weisman said. “In the back of my mind, I always kind of wondered [when], going to summer camp, why I was the only boy that had a plush dog or something with me.” Pawlowski, a senior media studies and production major, originally wanted to follow Philadelphia comedians, but when he
heard Weisman’s idea, it resonated with him. “Just the idea of comfort in itself … I think that was the most exciting thing about it,” Pawlowski said. “It was scary to think of something like that.” He said the topic of comfort changed what he thought would be a fun project with friends to a documentary exploring important issues. “Comfort is just this huge umbrella of so many different things we could talk about and that’s exciting, but also that leaves us with a duty to cover stuff that really needs to be covered,” he added. “I felt like I have a duty now.” The class was then divided into four groups of five, and each spent the semester working on their topic. Weisman’s group took his pitch and settled on the title, “Mine.” As the group continued the production process, the subject continued to evolve and grow deeper than they originally expected. The group interviewed psychologists, people who struggle with mental illness and directors of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, which works with children who are survivors of sexual abuse. “When you talk to people about these subjects, you can see the intensity on their face as well as our faces,” Pawlowski said. “It’s as much of a learning thing for us as a therapeutic thing for the people we are talking to.” Throughout their interviews, Weisman said he was surprised to discover how common comfort objects were, and how different they could be for different people. The group met with Marsha Weinraub, a psychology professor, who said that for millennials, the most common comfort object is likely the smartphone. “Going into this, I only thought of stuffed animals or a blanket,” Weisman said. “I never really thought about just anything that makes you comfortable.” Weinraub told the group that comfort objects derive from the attachment a child
forms to their mother in early life. The comfort object develops as an extension of that attachment, which can help people venture out of their comfort zone, she added. Through their research and interviews, they found that comfort objects were a healthy way for people to feel safe, especially after experiencing trauma. “Speaking from personal experience, as a child I would have all these night terrors about death and the beyond,” Weisman said. “And just having something to hug and not judge me is a really great thing.” In examining their own experiences with comfort objects, Weisman and Pawlowski both discovered things about themselves that they said helped them better relate to their subjects. For a group exercise, they each wrote a biography about their own comfort object, and Pawlowski touched on a story he said he had never told anyone before. Pawlowski shared that he would pull the fur off of a childhood teddy bear and roll them into balls or “people” that he would then drive around in a toy Volkswagen car. “I’m kind of learning about myself,” he said. “It’s really cool that we get to talk about taboo things … maybe like, let’s learn from this.” “Mine” will screen on Dec. 20 and is open to the public in Annenberg Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Weatherston said she is always impressed by the quality of the students’ work, even after nine semesters of teaching the course. “They realize that [in] this course, that they have so much potential to make an impact,” she said. “By creating an actual documentary that not only their friends and family will see, but potential employers and audience members who will be affected by the messages they’re creating.” firstname.lastname@example.org Editor’s Note: Jenny Choi is a photographer for The Temple News. She played no role in the editing of this story.
firearms, especially since they have been a part of American culture since the 18th century. He also enjoys the artistry of shooting. He added that he believes that individuals in urban communities have never been fully aware of their Second Amendment rights, and the lack of education dates back to the Emancipation Proclamation. After the Civil War, Toure said the United States government created laws specifically to prevent African Americans from arming themselves. “All gun control laws are a direct result of those rules being created for newly freed or newly liberated by their own hands, people of African descent,” Toure said. Today, Toure said this is still happening, but being marketed in a different way. He said the government is using “different tactics” to prevent gun ownership and education “for different demographics” and in urban communities. “Malcolm X was a patriot, Dr. King was a patriot,” Toure said. “These are great, historical figures who put their lives on the line for a greater purpose ... because that is not marketed that way to the urban demographic, hell yeah guns have been left out of the conversation.” During his tour and workshops in Philadelphia, Toure said he will give attendees a “philosophical understanding” of the Second Amendment, attempting to explain its meaning, dispel any myths and also share conflict de-escalation techniques. Toure said the de-escalation techniques are essential, because most of the time conflicts do not need to end with a firearm. His program also helps break down the different types of firearms, from revolvers to semi-automatics to shotguns. He also said he will have a National Rifle Association-certified instructor from each respective city to share Second Amendment education. Outside of the workshops, Toure also hosts speaking events. He’ll be heading to the University of Southern California in December. “This is my life,” said Toure, who is an NRA member. “I have given myself to this, and the scary part is we see historically what happens to people like me who give themselves to these types of things, mysteriously they get shot or some s--t, but I am going to still do what I am doing.” Aaron Smith, a professor in the Africology and African American studies department, met Toure 10 years ago when the gun advocate was well-known for rapping on the subway. Smith said this type of knowledge is especially important now in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, during a time when stop-and-frisk policies and mandatory minimum arrests are implemented. “We don’t need people who otherwise would’ve been free to work and contribute to their families getting locked up for a mandatory five or 10 years simply because they didn’t know the rules of fire gun ownership or transportation,” Smith said. “That’d be a tragedy and people should definitely get educated.” In light of the mob attacks near Main Campus on Oct. 21, Toure said everybody in the surrounding community is accountable. “If all of those kids were in the gym, boxing, shooting sports, at the gun range, they wouldn’t have been organizing that way,” he added. “You gotta give children direction and we’re leaving them. And I say we because this is our community.” email@example.com @emilyivyscott
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shop owners.” Molly Russakoff, who owns Molly’s Books & Records, made room among her classic books for necklaces from Chocolate Arts & Crafts. She said the project has been a nice break from her day-to-day responsibilities. “Everyone is so focused on their business,” she said. “It’s nice to connect with the other owners.” Since it was founded in the late 19th century, the 9th Street Italian Market has featured primarily Italian businesses. There is still an Italian presence on the north side of the market, but in recent years, the market has seen a growing population of Spanish businesses and
on the south side, Rubin said. The cultural diversity at the market is what inspired Rubin to introduce his project. Now, Rubin said he thinks the 9th Street Stock Exchange could be implemented on a larger scale. “We are working on a project that will be funded by the Guggenheim that is based on similar premises in New York City,” Rubin said. Cilibti said the project has helped her recognize the diversity of her neighboring businesses and the products they sell. “We are so much more than just the Italian Market we used to be,” Cilibti said. email@example.com
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When the doors officially closed in 1999, the future of the Divine Lorraine Hotel was uncertain. The massive hotel sat vacant for nearly 16 years, becoming a haven for graffiti artists and an impromptu shelter for some. On Nov. 9, residents gathered on Broad Street near Fairmount Avenue as the iconic red sign was relit. Developer EB Realty Management hosted a block party in celebration of the soon-to-be reopened Divine Lorraine. The historic hotel-turned-apartment-complex has been in the midst of modern renovations totaling $44 million this year. Despite being pushed back three times due to rain, attendees braved the weather to witness the sign light up again for the first time in more than 40 years. Kyle Sutera and Gina Fortune of Francisville said that they had been waiting a long time to witness the sign fully aglow and they weren’t going to “let a little rain stop [them].” “This sign lighting represents years of hard work by so many to bring this building back,” said Ed Casella, a regional property manager with EB Realty. Food trucks lined the street for people to enjoy. Guests enjoyed free popcorn provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. Laura Leibert, a Temple alumna, brought her family to witness the historical event. The sign was lit just after 6 p.m.
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Fulbright fellow to study language, trade A doctoral candidate is the first student in a decade to win the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. By MARISSA HOWE For The Temple News
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Professor finds deep-sea brine pools Erik Cordes discovered a large brine pool that resembles an underwater lake. By MORIAH THOMAN For The Temple News In second grade, Erik Cordes was assigned a marine biology project, where he collected fish, squid and jellyfish off his grandfather’s boat in Gulfport, Mississippi and pickled them in jars. Cordes said he drew a phylogenetic tree to examine the organisms’ relationships, based off of one he found in a book. “I always knew that I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I didn’t really know what that meant, probably until almost [graduate] school,” said Cordes, a biology professor at Temple. After that project, his passion for deep-sea organisms grew and he went on to discover brine pools never before seen by humans in the Gulf of Mexico. His discovery of an underwater river in 2014, along with Steve Auscavitch’s discovery of another brine pool nicknamed the “Jacuzzi of Despair” in 2015, are some of the largest, deepest brine pools discovered in recent history. Brine pools are small areas of water where high-density sea water comes up through the seafloor, said Auscavitch, a biology doctoral student who was on board the cruise that discovered the “Jacuzzi of Despair.” Brine pools are common in the Gulf of Mexico, but this one was
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the foundation [of African art],” he said. In contrast to this approach, Odita creates his abstract murals to reflect the local culture of where they are exhibited. One of his works, the ‘Forever’ Mural, represents the endurance of New Orleans through periods of calamity, like the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At the end of December, the ‘Forever’ Mural will conclude its five-year display in the lobby of the New Orleans Museum of Art. The mural consists of three separate panels, each one an arrangement of colorful shapes. At the center of the piece, abstract rays of color converge to suggest a dancing figure in the white space. Odita said he placed this image in the mural to highlight the significance of masquerade and Mardi Gras celebrations to New Orleans’ culture. Keith Morrison, a painting professor, also explores cultural identity in his artwork. He describes himself as a “hybrid person,” which he said is a result of growing up in Jamaica. “Many of my white friends were
unusually large — Auscavitch said they often see shallow brine pools less than a meter deep, while this pool resembled an entire underwater lake. The nickname “Jacuzzi of Despair” refers to its warm temperature, and high salinity, compared to the cooler surrounding seawater. The students and researchers from Cordes’ lab at Temple, along with Scott Wankel, chief scientist of the cruise that discovered the “Jacuzzi of Despair,” visited the pool on the 2015 cruise with diagnostic instruments to measure the various biological and chemical properties around the pool. These pools are some of the most extreme environments on Earth with four to five times saltier water than the surrounding ocean, some of the saltiest waters on the planet. “Brine pools are really interesting places, they have a lot of microbes that live there that don’t live anywhere else in the world, in any other habitat.” Cordes said. “It’s really just a totally unique and alien world. There are a lot of things that we can learn from studying the organisms that can survive in the brine pools and right on the edge that help us learn more about the possibilities for life on Earth, and other places also, other planets.” Cordes was born in New Orleans, but he grew up just outside Boston. His love for deep-sea life developed more than 20 years ago during an internship his last semester at Southampton College, a division of Long Island University in New York, in which he organized jars of invertebrate for the college’s collection. He realized that many of the jars
born in the same place that their grandfathers were born,” he said. “For Black people, it’s incredibly unusual. … From slavery, families were split apart, languages were changed.” Morrison’s figurative paintings often illustrate the cultural misunderstandings wrought by slavery and migration. For example, his 1991 painting, “Tombstones” depicts a Black gang in African masks alongside an arrangement of gold chains and sneakers. “A lot of kids misunderstand what African culture is,” Morrison said. “They wear African garb as style without knowing exactly what it means. Then they put it together with fancy jewelry, which is almost like a contradiction.” Although “Tombstones” received some criticism for its negative portrayal of young Black people, Morrison said the painting’s purpose was to show “the social [and] political confusion” he experienced while living in inner-city Washington, D.C. Jessica Hamilton, a jewelry artist and Africology and African American Studies doctoral student, said she thinks Black cultural representation is also important in wearable art. “I am very much interested in this idea of tacit revolutions, this
were missing names. They were new species that no one had ever seen before, Cordes said. “They all came from this collection from the deep sea off the coast of San Francisco, and I just thought that was awesome, and that was it,” Cordes added. “I only wanted to work in the deep sea after that.” Although he said he wanted to travel and research California beaches, he was required to spend many of his days as an intern organizing formaldehyde-filled jars in a warehouse before he could develop his own projects. Cordes began working in the Gulf of Mexico when he started his biology doctorate program at Penn State in 2000, which he completed in 2004. “Dr. Cordes is probably one of the foremost researchers for deep sea biology,” Auscavitch said. “He’s focused on trying to understand how deep sea organisms are impacted by humans ... and also trying to understand what causes deep water organisms to occur where they exist.” “In my lab, the students are really the ones that lead the research.” Cordes said. “I’m writing proposals and helping to write papers, but they’re what really come up with a lot of the ideas, develop their own studies for their Ph.D., write their own papers, collect all their own data. It’s the stuff that got me excited about science, that’s why I’m trying to make sure they have a place to do the same thing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
When Melissa Krug was a child, her family bought handmade work from Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit that sells work from artisans around the world. The products arrived wrapped in newspaper pages from all over the world. That early exposure to different written languages sparked Krug’s interest in linguistics. “I was already interested in languages, so sometimes when they used the newspaper to wrap products up, I got to see the different languages,” said Krug, a doctoral candidate in linguistic anthropology. When Krug studied anthropology as an undergraduate, she studied in Ecuador, which affirmed her interest in the Andean region. Now, Krug has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and in January, she will travel to Lima, Peru to begin her 10-month research fellowship. She is the first scholar from Temple in 10 years. Krug already spent a month in Peru this summer to familiarize herself with her subject of research, gain experience with fair trade organizations and begin to learn Quechua, one of Peru’s three official languages. “The Fulbright-Hays is a specific initiative that is funding dissertation-level research that focuses on area studies or language,” said Barbara Gorka, the director of scholar development and fellowships advising at Temple. Krug will spend her time abroad conducting research about how the fair trade organization, which she wants to remain private for the sake of her research, impacts Quechua artisans through observation, interviews and questionnaires. She will also study the Quechua business practices and language. “I am interested in how processes of fair-trade socialization and involvement influence their enactment of identity as indigenous, or as members of other social groups,”
Krug said. The fair trade organization that she will work with is “trying to promote all the principles of fair trade: a fair wage, no child labor, empowerment of women, sustainable practices and encouraging use of indigenous cultural practices and artisan techniques,” Krug said. The Quechua language is currently experiencing a decline in usage, Krug said, in part because it is an indigenous, non-dominant language in a nation where most citizens speak Spanish. She is interested in how fair trade influences the language specifically, and if fair trade is contributing to the decrease in its use. “Some of the varieties of Quechua are being lost as people are becoming more integrated into different economies and they're moving to the cities, and especially it's because they're stigmatized for speaking Quechua,” Krug said. Applying for a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship often takes about a year to complete, requiring multiple letters of recommendation, transcripts and application papers describing the nature of the applicant’s research. “Applying forces you to consider, you know, why is your research important, what are you trying to accomplish and should anyone care,” Paul Garrett, the director of graduate studies for the department of anthropology and Krug’s adviser. “It put your interests in a bigger perspective in that way.” This fellowship will enable Krug to conduct her research, write her dissertation and complete her doctorate degree by 2020. Other Temple students have also participated in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Last year, five Temple students received Fulbright student grants and have either started or soon will begin to conduct research in places like Vietnam and Ukraine. But Krug is one of few Temple students to receive the FulbrightHays Fellowship. “Melissa is the first Temple student to get a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in a decade,” Garrett said. “The last was in 2006. So I'm very proud of her accomplishment in that regard.” email@example.com @marissahowe24
idea that I can wear something and it feeds the imagination, it feeds cultural connection, it feeds expression,” Hamilton said. “So you can have, for example, a button of an ‘ankh,’ [the ancient Egyptian symbol for ‘life’], that could represent Egypt, but also represent you and your connection to the continent [of Africa].” Hamilton designs large, crystalbased jewelry. She compares her work to “amulets,” ornaments that provides protection from harm. “A lot of my work is … beyond just being a piece of jewelry, but something that empowers, inspires or helps people to amplify whatever it is that they need to in their lives.” For Morrison, Black art needs to express complexities and contradictions because they define the AfricanAmerican experience. “I think any people, Black people, white people, Asian people, have within them confusions, and anxieties and uncertainty,” Morrison said. “All the people that I’ve known have contradictions, confusions and I think Black people are deserving to have those as much as anyone else.” firstname.lastname@example.org @ian_walker12
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Instrumental music program hits city’s Free Library The Free Library launched a pilot program to rent instruments to the city’s residents. By LINDSEY GLASSBERG For The Temple News Brandon Waddington said he first started to play the drums when he was just a kid. “[It was] just to help me sort through my emotions and the benefits I don’t even think I can quantify,” said Waddington, a former English major at Temple who plans to return next semester. “And I just wanted that same feeling and benefit, you know, for other people to feel the same way that I felt.” Waddington, a digital resource specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Nicetown branch, recently had an idea — stemming from his experience with musical instruments — that sparked a pilot program at the Parkway Central branch. On Sept. 26, the Parkway Central branch’s music department launched the Musical Instrument Collection, which allows people to rent out instruments from the library free of charge. It began with a contest, Hatching Innovation, held each year for library employees to voice their ideas for new programs, which are proposed to the strategic initiatives department. The department was developed to help serve the growing needs of an urban community. Each year, it receives grants from donors in order to create engaging library programs. “The main library put out a call for suggestions and new ways we could benefit the community and reach people,” Waddington said. “Really just [to] try to be a positive influence, and so I thought about ways music could be beneficial to people.” Waddington’s winning idea, proposed in 2015, allows members to borrow musical instruments from the library.
After the funding was in place, Perry Genovesi, a Parkway music librarian and 2008 English alumnus, helped design the program with Waddington. “We talked to some other librarians who were lending [instruments] in the [United States] and in Canada ... just to feel out some of the problems they encounter, how they announced it,” Genovesi said. “So when we applied for the grant, we won the money and opened up a round of instruments, all of which are kits.” To rent out an instrument, library card holders must be at least 18 years old and in good standing with the Free Library, with no significant fines on their account. Genovesi said each instrument comes with everything necessary to
play — an electric guitar kit, for example, will contain an amp and guitar picks. “The philosophy behind this is, we want somebody to be able to borrow [instruments] and more or less be ready to go, be able to play a show, be able to practice with friends, be able to learn a song,” Genovesi said. Currently, the collection includes string instruments that can be rented for up to three weeks, like an electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo and ukulele. The Free Library also provides self-teaching resources, including a collection of sheet music, music theory books and online video instruction. Waddington said he hopes the program will give people who other-
wise would have never had access to instruments, the opportunity to play. “I would say [the program] skews heavily towards beginners, like folks who are just so excited to play electric bass for the first time,” Genovesi said. “You can come in and play this instrument for the first time without having to, you know, spend money.” The program originally began with six instruments and will soon be up to eleven. Waddington said he hopes to expand the program to different neighborhood branches and to keep growing the library’s collection of instruments — specifically, Genovesi said the Free Library is in need of left-handed instruments. The library accepts donations of any instruments still in good shape, he added.
“There has been a lot of public support, from what I hear there’s been a lot of offers of donations and things like that, someone even offered to donate a piano,” Waddington said. “We’re very plugged into the Philadelphia music community, a certainly very versatile community,” Genovesi said. “It is certainly excellent to take this relationship further by providing the tools for the community and for Philadelphia at large to use and benefit from it.” “We have the tools for folks to learn whatever step they’re at,” he added. email@example.com
MARGO REED FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Perry Genovesi, a 2008 English alumnus, hangs a guitar for people to check out on Oct. 8 at the Philadelphia Free Library. This is the first free instrument rental program in Philadelphia.
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Recalling memories: a ‘therapeutic’ process A former professor and his wife wrote a book about living in the Philippines during World War II. By DEVON LAMB For The Temple News More than 70 years later, F.T. Marquez can still remember the color of the dress that his friend wore when he arrived at her home while fleeing from the Japanese: dark blue. F.T. Marquez, a retired advertising professor at Temple, and his wife, Ely Javillonar Marquez, co-wrote “Childhood Memories of a War-Torn Philippines,” which was published in February and chronicles their accounts of growing up in two separate parts of the Philippines during World War II. “We thought it would be a good idea to write what we can remember,” F.T. said. “Retirement time is a good time to reflect on the past and write it out.” The co-authors have two different experiences of the same Japanese occupation in their country. Ely said her northern village, San Fernando, did not have nearly as many problems with the Japanese as Bacolod City, where F.T. grew up. The couple met while they studied English at the University of the Philippines. Ely graduated in 1955 and F.T. graduated in 1956. Later, they came to the
United States together and studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for graduate school. F.T. said the setting of the book was “a very exciting period in [his] childhood.” He thought their personal accounts of the war would be interesting to historians and soldiers who fought in the Philippines. Ely said the couple’s account of living in the Philippines during World War II is something that “you don’t find in the textbooks.” In the book, F.T. was able to recount nearly every detail from his childhood in the Philippines — even the weather from days when he was eight years old. He described the morning the Japanese ships docked near his home as “picturesque.” F.T. returned to Bacolod City in 2015, but said it was difficult for him to recognize. Some of the streets where American troops marched looked familiar to F.T., but many of the buildings have changed since the American troops left in November 1945. F.T.’s fondest memory from the wartime was when American soldiers stayed in his old school house and played movies every Saturday night for the kids in his village. “After the war, I became some kind of a movie addict,” F.T. said. “I think I got this addiction from watching the movies that the American soldiers showed in my elementary school.” F.T. said they benefitted from being able to speak with each other and review
each other’s work. “He stays in his part of the house to write and I stay in my part of the house,” Ely said. Michael Maynard, a professor of advertising who worked with F.T. during his time at Temple, said it was no surprise when he learned F.T. wrote a book that was about “something that’s closer to his heart, his background.” Maynard added that F.T. was a natural leader and a loyal faculty member during his time at Temple. “He’s very much of a gentleman, very sensitive to other people’s opinions,” Maynard said. “We looked to him as a spiritual leader of the group.” F.T. taught at Temple from 1977 to 2007. “One does not stay in a place for three decades unless the person likes and enjoys what he is doing, and that is how I feel being at Temple,” F.T. said. F.T. added that he wanted to be a writer since he studied English at the University of the Philippines, and writing is the “common denominator of all the studies that [he has] done” in English, advertising and marketing. F.T. said writing the memoir was “therapeutic.” “It’s an experience that wants to come out, something that’s been bottled up all these years,” F.T. said. “Writing the experience let go of some pent-up emotions.”
PhillyNORML to host postelection forum on campus PhillyNORML will host a post-election forum, “Marijuana in America,” from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday in the atrium in Annenberg Hall. Journalism professor Linn Washington and marijuana policy activist Chris Goldstein will moderate the event and will be introducing their new class for the Spring 2017 semester, Marijuana in the Media. PhillyNORML is the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The forum will discuss how cannabis reform won big on election night when voters chose to fully legalize marijuana in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Medical marijuana was also legalized in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Montana. The event will also discuss the roots of cannabis prohibition, the cannabis reform movement and how the press is providing coverage on topics surrounding marijuana legalization. -Meghan Costa
Religion professor to discuss gender violence The College of Liberal Arts is hosting another installment of their Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series with a lecture from religion professor Anne Létourneau. The topic of the lecture is “Biblical Beauties: Femininity, Sexual Fantasy and Violence in the Hebrew Bible.” It will focus on violence in the Bible and its relation to gender from an aesthetic point of view, the role of feminine beauty in violent biblical plots, and the intersection of power and beauty in regards to gender in the Bible. The lecture will be held on Thursday from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the CHAT lounge on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall. No tickets or registration are necessary. -Devon Lamb
FMLA will host annual tampon drive at Bell Tower
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community as a former resident because a lot of people in the community have looked at the placement of Temple as kind of intrusive,” Davis said. “If there’s a need and people express those needs, then we should step up,” said Bill Cook, an advertising professor and a member of the SMC Cares Committee. Cook said the food drive is an opportunity to “get more connected to the community” and continue the volunteer work he did as an advertising and German major at Temple before he graduated in 2010. As the university expands and changes, Cook said it’s even more important that Temple does its part. “We’re seen as an island here in North Philadelphia, and when I was a student here, we had poor university-community relations,” he said. “They were very strained.” “If we’re going to be an important part of this community from an employ-
The Temple Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is hosting its annual tampon drive at the Bell Tower with Temple’s chapter of She’s the First, Student Activists Against Sexual Assault and the Black Student Union. The groups are accepting donations of both individual tampons and boxes of tampons on Thursday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. Donations will benefit Project SAFE, an educational organization that works to give women working in sex and drug trafficking the health and social resources they need, according to its website. -Erin Moran
ment aspect, we also need to help this community fix some of its problems, and one of those problems is chronic hunger,” Cook added. The committee is one of several groups at Temple organizing food drives to give back to Philadelphia this holiday season. Michael Molz, a senior criminal justice major, said he organized a food drive with Temple’s chapter of Army ROTC to reduce hunger this Thanksgiving. The food drive, which Molz said is an annual event, started on Nov. 1 and will last until Nov. 29. He said that with so many families struggling to eat this time of year, “food’s a great thing to give to them and make sure people aren’t hungry on Thanksgiving.” Molz said throughout the month of November, the 128 cadets in Temple’s Red Diamond Battalion are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items, which will eventually be donated to a larger food drive at XFINITY Live! from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
The food drive, “Camp Out For Hunger,” is hosted by WMMR’s “The Preston and Steve Show.” The donations will go to Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization. Molz said prizes, like sweatshirts, will be awarded to ROTC members who donate the most food who are the top two donors. Although the competition is limited to ROTC members, Molz said anyone who would like to donate can drop off nonperishable foods at the ROTC office in the basement of Ritter Hall. Davis said programs that benefit Philadelphia are important because the university is “smack dab in the middle of a community and they kind of feel protective of what they believe is theirs.” “If Temple is sharing what they believe is theirs, then it’s only right of Temple to kind of work with them and give back,” she added. “Just to say, ‘Hey, we’re in this together.’” firstname.lastname@example.org
New piano professor to perform faculty recital Sara Davis Buechner will perform her debut faculty recital on Friday in Rock Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Buechner, a piano professor at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, is also considered to be one of the leading concert pianists of this decade. Her active repertoire of more than 100 concertos includes appearances as a soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras. She found success early in her career with a gold medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition as well as a bronze medal in the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. In honor of Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni’s 150th birthday, Buechner will be performing Busoni’s Seven Elegies, the Bach-Busoni “Goldberg” Variations and Liszt’s Six Paganini Etudes in Busoni’s edition. -Patrick Bilow
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“What do you think of the recent protests in reaction to Donald Trump winning the election?”
SIYI FU Senior Film
It’s hard to say because I’m not a U.S. citizen so I don’t have the right to vote. If I had the right to vote, I definitely would’ve voted for Hillary. I think the good thing about America is you can have your voice be heard. So the thing I’m worried about is, could the protests really work? … Should all the Americans and international immigrants maybe gather together to just support the country? … I think a lot of people just got their hearts broken.
NAMAN SHARMA Freshman Undecided
I see where people are coming from [by protesting] but I don’t think it would change anything. I get that people are trying to express anger and stuff, but … I personally myself wanted Hillary. … I feel like [other government officials] should listen to the protests. I’m sure now that Trump is the President-Elect, people just have to trust him. Nothing’s going to change. So, they just need to trust and believe. I’m sure everything’s going to be fine.
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dedicated to producing plays that promote social change. Funding for the production was made possible by the Puffin Foundation, an organization that provides art grants. Underbite initially planned to show “Incident,” a play about sexual violence, during Spring 2017 — but then Pentimall Bookler listened to Michelle Obama’s New Hampshire speech on Oct. 13. “She was talking about the hurt and the pain that women feel in hearing all of this ‘locker room talk,’ and I just got so upset and angry by that,” Pentimall Bookler said. After realizing how strongly “Incident” related to the current political dialogue, Pentimall Bookler decided to add the subhead, “The Consequence of Locker Room Talk.” She also added specific remarks that Presidentelect Donald Trump has made about sexually assaulting women to the lines of the male characters in the play. In response to Trump’s victory, Pentimall Bookler said she plans to make statements about him in her next play, “Shaming,” which is still in the early stages of the writing process. Pentimall Bookler said it will be told from the perspective of five women who feel they have been shamed for their choices or actions, and how this shaming reflects on their own selfimages. “I think there is room to make a statement on how Trump has made fun of persons with a disability, prisoners of war, women who are not ‘beautiful’ by beauty contestant standards and women who are considered ‘nasty’ for asserting their opinions.” Pentimall Bookler said she started the theatre company because she has “always believed in the ability of art to create change.” “We pursue this avenue as a means of social awareness, education, inspiration and transformability,” she added. In 2014, Underbite produced “Snyder v. Phelps,” a musical about the controversial 2011 Supreme Court case ruling against the Westboro Bap-
tist Church. The Court ruled in favor of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to protest military funerals while holding signs that say “Thank God for 9/11,” and “God hates f--s.” Pentimall Bookler originally wrote “Incident” in 2013 when she was a graduate student at Temple. She said she got the idea for the play from watching Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film “Rashomon,” which depicts various characters telling contradictory and self-serving accounts of the same incident. “I wanted to show more of the relationship between the language choices someone makes, what that says about them in terms of personality and behavior and how that behavior can lead to an action,” Pentimall Bookler said. This plot device, known as the
sault. “Pretty much every woman I know, me included, has experienced some sort of violation,” she said. “So, I combined a lot of stories and perspectives that I’ve heard and then created the voice of Amy, who pretty much speaks for all of the women and men who have been sexually assaulted.” Actor and 2010 Stephens College theater alumna Austin Stanton plays Amy, the survivor in “Incident.” Stanton said it was not hard for her to prepare for the role because she knows so many people who have been impacted by sexual assault. “This is a topic that affects so many people because the stereotypical rapist is not someone who jumps out of the bushes, it’s people you know,” Stanton said. Michael Bee, a 2012 Temple theater alumnus, plays C.J., one of the
We pursue this avenue as a means of social awareness, education, inspiration and transformability.
Shelli Pentimall Bookler 2013 playwriting alumna, co-founder of Underbite Theatre Company
“Rashomon Effect,” reminded Pentimall Bookler of the events that typically unfold after someone is sexually assaulted. “Normally in the case of date rape, a ‘he said versus she said’ situation is created,” she added. “So I wondered, what if there [are] three assailants in a sexual violence situation? Will their perspectives differ? And how do their perspectives differ from the survivor’s?” To understand the perspective of a male assailant, Pentimall Bookler read Joseph Koenig’s and Sylvia Levine’s book “Why Men Rape: Interviews With Convicted Rapists.” The book helped Pentimall Bookler come up with the reasoning behind her characters’ actions. Pentimall Bookler said she didn’t have to work as hard to understand Amy, the only female character in the play and a survivor of the sexual as-
three male assailants that attack Stanton’s character, Amy, in “Incident.” Bee said he normally acts in “cheesy comedies,” but when he finds work that is relevant and meaningful to him, like “Incident,” he completely immerses himself in the project. “I attribute some of my passion for work like this to Temple and to my own personal interest in social justice,” Bee said. “This is the one thing I love about theater, that it can create social change.” Pentimall Bookler said that despite the results of the elections, the company will continue to promote social change through their plays. “We strive to create a dialogue about what is relevant in our society and will continue to be fearless in doing so,” she said. email@example.com
WHITNEY CHRISTIAN Junior Strategic Communication
I think everyone was really upset at the protests and they’re really going hard for what they believe in, so I respect it. … I think protesting is so you will make a difference. If you don’t protest, you’ll never know if you make a difference or not. So it’s important to stand up for what you believe in. If you don’t, then nothing will ever change at all.
VEENA PRAKRIYA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Michael Bee (right), a 2012 theater alumnus, and Austin Stanton rehearse a scene from Underbite Theatre Company’s latest production “Incident: The Consequence of Locker Room Talk,” on Nov. 9.
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ATTENDANCE but the loss against Penn State was probably expected and looks even better now that the Nittany Lions are in the Top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Temple was an underdog in its loss to Memphis. But Temple beat South Florida, arguably the best team in The American, and so far has handled everyone else on its schedule. ESPN ranked Temple No. 64 in its preseason Football Power Index and gave the team an 11.7 percent chance to win The American. The Owls are now No. 47 in the FPI and have a 53.9 percent chance to win the conference. They’re actually outperforming expectations, if those ex-
pectations were realistic, calculated ones. In its 69 years, the Temple football program has 16 seasons of seven or more wins, eight seasons of eight or more wins and just five seasons of nine or more wins. Only five of those seven-win seasons came after 1990. Since 1989, Temple has won four games or less 19 times, including a winless season in 2005. The Owls were removed from the Big East Conference in 2004. It wasn’t too long ago when the team only won two games in 2013. Maybe winning 10 games and going to a bowl game became norms under coach Matt Rhule, but right now that type of season is an outlier. The Owls have won 10 games twice and gone to just five bowl games in school history. Temple has never played in back-to-back bowl games.
S P O RT S With seven wins, it’s likely Temple ends up in a bowl game again this year. If the Owls can win their last two regular season games, which they’ll be favored in, they’ll give themselves a shot at 10 wins once again. Forget the loss to Army, forget the heartbreak against Penn State, Temple fans. Your team is having another historic season, the kind of season that hasn’t come around too often at Temple. There’s no guarantee this type of success will happen next year or the year after that. Enjoy it. firstname.lastname@example.org @Owen_McCue
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SPORTS BRIEFS CLASS OF 2017
Owls ink recruits on National Signing Day Several new recruits from the Class of 2017 committed to play for Temple on National Signing Day last Wednesday. The women’s basketball program signed five recruits, including Desiree Oliver, who is ranked as a four-star, Top 100 recruit by ESPN. The cross country and track & field programs added McKenzie Gelvin, who will compete in the 400-meter and 800-meter. Coach James Snyder also added Noah Curtin, who won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 1A cross country championship on Nov. 5. The women’s gymnastics team signed three athletes, including Virginia all-around champion Delaney Garin and 2016 Maryland State Gymnast of the Year Jordyn Oster. The volleyball team, which only added one freshman before this season, signed two recruits from the Class of 2017. The field hockey team will add six recruits, including two ranked among Max Field Hockey’s Top 100 recruits. Dallas, Pennsylvania native Taylor Alba is ranked in the Top 50 and midfielder Dani Batze is in the Next 50 list. -Evan Easterling
WBC champ headlines boxing night at Liacouras Philadelphia native Danny Garcia’s non-title bout against Samuel Vargas headlined a night of boxing at the Liacouras Center Saturday night. The WBC Welterweight champion improved to 33-0 with his victory in the seventh round. -Evan Easterling
NISA CHAUDHRI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The restoration of the East Park Canoe House was scheduled to be completed before the start of the crew and rowing teams’ fall seasons. The facility is still unfinished, although Temple’s Director of Regulatory Compliance & Special Projects Tom McCreesh said the project is close to completion.
HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Lightweight Joseph Serrano crouches in his corner in between rounds. He lost his professional debut in the first fight Saturday night.
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injury and Lowe redshirting this season. Before Friday, Alston was the only available Temple guard who had started a game. The only other guard with Division I experience was senior Mike Robbins, who has only played 14 games in his two seasons. Two freshmen played more than 25 minutes in Friday’s Big 5 matchup, which is one of the hardest environments for a freshman, Alston said. He started in last season’s sold-out game against Villanova at the Liacouras Center. Alston didn’t score and had two turnovers in 14 minutes. Alani Moore and Quinton Rose had more success against La Salle. Moore became the first Temple freshman to start a season-opener since Williams, and the first Owls’ freshman
guard to start a season opener since 2003. Moore scored eight points, collected two rebounds, added an assist and had no turnovers in 30 minutes. Rose relieved Moore at the 12-minute, 59-second mark of the first half. Rose had 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks in his first college basketball game. Both players made impact plays and had moments where they looked inexperienced. Moore made his first two shots, including a 3-pointer where he pumpfaked to get the defender in the air and moved around him to get the open shot. He helped the Owls get out to an early eight-point lead. Redshirt-senior guard and forward Daniel Dingle said Moore “set the tempo” in the game. Rose came in the game and took shots on his first two offensive possessions. He sunk his second attempt, a midrange jumper that came after a crossover and drew some “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. Later in the first half, he played
good help defense to block a shot from Explorers’ junior forward Yevgen Sakhniuk and set up a layup by Alston. Dunphy liked how Rose read the play for the block, but also said the 3-pointer he took with 7:22 left in the first half that got blocked left him wondering what Rose was thinking about. The Owls’ coach said the situation isn’t ideal, but the young guards both offer athleticism and shooting ability to the team. “Last year, we had much different depth, so out of necessity you’re going to them,” Dunphy said. “Are you showing more confidence in them? Probably you are as a basketball coach and you’re living with some of the mistakes that they make. But they’re seemingly ready.” email@example.com @Evan_Easterling
Owls earn end of season honors from The American Four Owls received American Athletic Conference honors on Wednesday for their play in the 2016 regular season. Senior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez and senior defender Carlos Moros Gracia both made first team allconference. They are the first Owls to be selected for the honor since Temple joined the American in 2013. Gomez Sanchez, who was a unanimous first-team selection, led the Owls in scoring with 14 goals and three assists. He also led The American in points and goals. Moros Gracia contributed on the other end of the field as a part of Temple’s backline that recorded nine shutouts. He also finished the season with a goal and an assist. Junior midfielder and forward Joonas Jokinen nabbed a second team all-conference spot. In 14 games, he had three goals and six assists. Jokinen’s 0.43 assists per game ranked second in the conference. Freshman midfielder Albert Moreno made the allrookie team. Moreno tallied two assists and started in 17 of Temple’s 18 games. -Maura Razanauskas
Assistant coach wins national diversity award
PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Quinton Rose attempts a layup on Friday against La Salle. Rose was named the most recent American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
Volleyball assistant coach Ren Cefra was named a recipient of the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association Diversity Award. Each year, the AVCA names 10 award recipients who are awarded full registration to the AVCA Convention in mid-December. At the convention, Cefra and the other winners will participate in coaching education programming, mentoring and networking functions. Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam and assistant head coach Akiko Hatakeyama are previous winners of the award. Cefra is originally from Honolulu. He had various roles at Minot State University, the University of Nevada, St. John’s University and Chaminade University before coming to Temple. -Owen McCue firstname.lastname@example.org
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Owls hope Teefy’s training readies them for spring The Owls’ program includes cardio exercises and golfspecific training. By GREG FRANK Golf Beat Reporter Even though the golf team is finished competing until March, in some ways, the Owls’ season is just beginning. Temple played in the final event of its fall season on Nov. 5 at the City 6 tournament in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania. All the players said their biggest goal was to build momentum throughout the year, in preparation for the American Athletic Conference Championship in May. The recently completed fall schedule of events is just one way the Owls can do so. In both the fall and spring seasons, and during the bulk of its offseason, the golf team is busy training in the basement of McGonigle Hall with the university’s Director of Olympic Sports Performance, Tim Teefy. The team spends three days each week in one-hour training sessions with Teefy, and exercises range from deadlifts to squats to bench pressing. While each session is only an hour, the Owls value their time with Teefy just as much as their time with coach Brian Quinn. Sophomore Trey Wren was one of Temple’s most consistent players in the fall and did not hesitate to credit the workouts with Teefy. “It’s just as important as what we do in practice,” Wren said. “If we’re not in good shape it doesn’t really matter how we’re practicing and how we’re swinging because we’re not going to be as good as we can be if we’re not doing what we need to do in here.” Teefy graduated from West Virginia University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports management. In 2008, he earned his master’s in kinesiology and exercise physiology from West Chester University. Teefy arrived at Temple in January 2015 after he spent three years at Villanova as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Wildcats. Prior to Teefy’s arrival at Temple, the golf team did similar workouts. But Teefy tweaked the team’s workout schedule to involve cardio exercises, which help the Owls build stamina to get through their 36-hole days in an event. The focal point of the Owls’ workouts with Teefy is the Titleist Performance Institute, which uses
JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Director of Olympic Sports Performance Tim Teefy conducts strength and conditioning training for the golf team in the basement of Pearson Hall.
video to evaluate golfers’ swings. The Titleist Performance Institute is an approach to golf fitness that focuses on specific exercises to address specific swing characteristics that are causing problems, according to its website. Teefy said that the implementation of his workout program with the golfers was a result of a discussion he had with Quinn to ensure that the golfers were getting the most out of their time with him. “I went and talked with coach about getting a little geared towards what golfers need,” Teefy said. Temple’s roster this season is full of young members. There are a total of eight freshmen and sophomores on the 11-man roster. The workouts are new to lots of players, including Wren, who said he has noticed improvement in his game as a result. “I feel like I have a little more control with my body and my golf swing,” he said.
Before he came to Temple, sophomore Sam Soeth spent time at Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy, which also follows standards of The Titleist Performance Institute. While his routine has not changed, he said his game has certainly improved. “It was the same exact thing so things are no different,” Soeth said. “Since I’ve been here I’ve probably gained about 10 yards just from strength and 100 percent it has helped my balance and mobility and all of those combined, that’s all the golf swing is.” Teefy works with 14 other varsity sports teams at Temple and with golf entering the offseason, he focuses on increasing the amount of training the athletes are doing when they aren’t in season. “We don’t really ever change how we work as far as the mentality and the approach but my job is to dictate volume and intensity with things that are going on throughout the year,” Teefy said. “When they get into their offseason
they’re not spending so much energy on the course so now we can focus a little more on our energy in here so we’ll be able to try and focus on some of the things we want to enhance going into our spring season.” Teefy added that he benefits from spending time with the team on the golf course during practice rounds. It has helped himself get familiar with the next wave of Owls. “To see them out on the course compared to seeing them in here or seeing them walking around the streets of Temple’s campus is a little bit different, so then that allows me to figure out what motivates them and help them accomplish any goals that they may have,” Teefy said. The Owls will take some time off before concluding the fall semester with their regular workouts with Teefy, which will resume at the beginning of the spring semester. email@example.com @g_frank6
Women’s team ends season with historic finish at regionals Both teams placed 19th at the Mid-Atlantic regional meet on Friday. By TESSA SAYERS Cross Country Beat Reporter Even with two of its top runners battling injuries, the women’s cross country team finished its 2016 season on a high note at Friday’s NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet at Penn State. The Owls’ 19th overall finish was the program’s first-ever Top 20 finish at the event. “Our goal all along was to crack the Top 15,” coach James Snyder said. “So we did not achieve that. But this is the best cross country team we ever had here at Temple, based on our finish at the conference and regional meets.” Sophomore Katie Leisher was the only Owl to finish in the Top 50, finishing 31st. Her finish was the second highest for a Temple woman in program history. The highest finish was last year when Blanca Fernandez came in first place. Freshman Millie Howard came in 74th place to join Leisher in the Top 100. Leisher and Howard are two of the three runners who made up Temple’s top three this season. The third spot was typically filled by firstname.lastname@example.org
freshman Grace Moore. Moore sustained an injury at the American Athletic Conference championship on Oct. 29 that continued to affect her on Friday. She finished fourth for the Owls and 150th overall. Graduate student Emily Nist had been battling a nagging hip injury that limited her to only three races prior to the regional meet, but she stepped up to fill Moore’s spot. Nist finished with a personal best time of 22:58 to finish 128th overall.
Friday’s race was her first time running a 6K in less than 30 minutes. “I was glad we sent Emily out on a high note for her, which was finishing her first college cross country race under 30 minutes,” Snyder said. The men’s team, which will finish its season with the IC4A Championships on Nov. 19, also finished 19th and had to deal with the loss of a top runner. Around the four-mile mark, graduate student Marc Steinsberger
started experiencing tightness in his lower back and hamstrings and had to pull out of the race. Steinsberger, who was named to the all-conference team at the conference championships, was a favorite to be named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Regional team, and even make the cut to compete at the NCAA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. “It was definitely a big hit to our team score and where I thought we could be overall,” Snyder said. “Some-
PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman Grace Moore (left), sophomore Katie Leisher and freshman Millie Howard practice at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 26.
times unfortunate things happen ... but losing Marc definitely took a huge toll on our team standings.” Sophomore Johnathan Condly stepped up after Steinsberger’s injury to finish 85th. Condly was one of two Temple athletes who ran in the regional meet last year. The other runner, sophomore Tyji Mays, came in third for Temple and 103rd overall. Freshman Kevin Lapsansky came in second place for the Owls and 95th overall in his first college 10K. With the season winding down, both the men’s and women’s teams will get a couple weeks off before they start training for indoor track. Once the fall season ends, some members of the women’s cross country team join the women’s track & field team. The men’s team competes individually, after the men’s track & field program was one of the seven teams cut in 2014. Snyder is also looking toward the future. Two runners committed to Temple on Friday, including Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A State Champion Noah Curtin. “We are going to take some time away,” Snyder said. “They’re just taking some time to relax and recover, and then we get ready for a big push because the indoor season will be here before we know it.” email@example.com
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Ibrahim comes from Westbrook’s recruiting pipeline Two alumnae from Westbrook’s program encouraged the junior epee to come to Temple. By TOM IGNUDO Fencing Beat Reporter Before every match, junior epee Safa Ibrahim makes sure she has French vanilla coffee and oatmeal in her system. She also jumps rope to calm herself down for three minutes. Then, after this strict routine, Ibrahim talks to her teammates to keep her mind off things until she is called to face an opponent. Sophomore epee Quinn Duwelius said while Ibrahim is a pretty reserved person, her mindset changes on the strip. “I remember watching her fence and getting her touch and she screamed and just destroyed this girl,” Duwelius said. “Then afterwards, she was just chilling like nothing happened. So that’s kind of the way she goes about life in general. She just kind of sits there and is very low
key in the background, but then when she gets put into a situation like fencing, she’ll turn into a completely different person.” Ibrahim began competing at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, a fencing club in New York City, when she was 13 years old. Coach Nikki Franke has a long relationship with Westbrook. The two were both teammates on the United States fencing teams in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Ibrahim isn’t the only talent she has recruited from Westbrook’s club. Kamali Thompson and Epiphany Georges, who both competed at Westbrook’s club, were both fencers at Temple. Thompson fenced at Temple from 2008-12, while Georges fenced from 2010-14. Ibrahim said Thompson and Georges encouraged her to talk to Franke and join her on North Broad Street. “That was good because I had a little bit of insight of what Temple’s like and what the team represented,” Ibrahim said. Prior to living in the Bronx, Ibrahim lived in the north side of Chicago, where her cousin, Zainab Abdullah, introduced her and her brother, Ayyub Ibrahim, into fencing at age 9.
But Ibrahim only fenced for about a week in Chicago. She and her family were forced to move after her father, Mohamed Ibrahim, got a teaching job at Landmark High School in New York City. Ibrahim and her brother went on about a four-year hiatus from fencing until her mother, Haqikah Abdullah, stumbled upon Westbrook’s club while searching the internet for afterschool programs. At Westbrook’s club, Ibrahim and her brother learned fencing styles from Dwight Smith and Ben Bratton. Smith was a member of the 2004 U.S. National fencing team and won seven bouts in the 2009 NCAA Championships. Bratton, who is ranked the No. 5 fencer in the United States and the No. 49 fencer in the world, became the first African-American fencer to win a world championship title as a member of the U.S. Men’s Epee team in 2012. “She comes from a very well-known club in New York,” Franke said. “I was familiar with a lot of people at the club and had seen her at many of the national tournaments. That’s where we do most of our recruiting.”
Alliya Butts chases all-time 3-point record in 3rd year with Temple Junior guard Alliya Butts scored her 1,000th career point Monday and is fourth in school history in made 3-point field goals with half of her college career left. Tyonna Williams set the career record for 3-point shots, making 171 of them from 2011-15.
Ibrahim and Ayyub Ibrahim have both translated the skills shown to them at Westbrook’s club into collegiate fencing careers. Ayyub Ibrahim fenced four stops down the SEPTA Regional Rail at the University of Pennsylvania from 2012-16. Ayyub Ibrahim finished with a 29-13 record as a freshman. He was also first team All-Ivy League his sophomore year and placed 11th at the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. As a freshman, Ibrahim was Temple’s top performer, posting a 72-28 record in dual meets and finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships. In her sophomore season, she was the Owls’ top finisher by placing 17th in epee at the NCAA Championships. “I think she’s gotten more confident,” Franke said. “I think she has definitely gotten more organized and is really starting to develop as a leader on our team and someone who is well respected by her teammates.” firstname.lastname@example.org @Ignudo5
Sophomores ease into new roles Carla Guennewig and Hannah Vandegrift are leading off the court. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter
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Butts’ goal this season is to keep improving with every opportunity, she said. In the offseason, she worked on her mid-range game and tried to improve her 3-point jumpers. She has also been taking on a leadership role slightly different than her role last season. Butts is still leading by example, but this year she is being more vocal during practices and acts as almost an extension of the coaching staff. “She’s in her junior year now,” Fitzgerald said. “I think she’s becoming a better leader. She’s starting to speak up more because I know before, she wouldn’t speak up. She would always tell me something that she’d think was a problem, and I would make her speak up, but now she’s doing it more on her own, so I think that’s a big part.” Butts and the team hope to reach the NCAA tournament after barely missing it last year. Last season, Temple finished No. 69 in the Ratings Percentage Index,
but only the top 64 teams advance to the NCAA tournament. Temple was instead selected for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, where they advanced to the quarterfinal round.
I think she’s becoming a better leader. She’s starting to speak up more. Feyonda Fitzgerald Senior guard
Butts plans to accomplish these goals with the support of her family — she knows she has the encouragement of her parents and two younger sisters. “They watch me play and they always pushed me to play at the next level,” Butts said. “That’s a blessing. Not everybody can make it this far and overcome obstacles.”
Butts’ family was also by her side when she signed her letter of intent to play at Temple, declining offers from Hofstra University and Virginia Tech. She chose Temple largely because she wanted to play in Philadelphia and stay close to her home in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, about 20 miles from Main Campus. She said signing her letter of intent is one of her best memories. Butts was a top prospect in the Class of 2014, ranked No. 85 overall and No. 20 among guards by ESPN. “I felt like I didn’t want to disappoint anybody,” Butts said. “It got to the point where I had to just shut everybody else out and pick it how I wanted to pick it.” “I just adore the kid,” Cardoza said. “Her freshman year, watching her from then to now and how much confidence she has in herself, in her team, and she’s a winner. She’s trying to do things to make sure that we win and that’s the attitude that we like to have around here.” email@example.com @CaptainAMAURAca
Sophomore middle blocker Carla Guennewig and sophomore setter Hannah Vandegrift have helped new faces on the team adjust to life at Temple — both on and off the court. Guennewig, from Münster, Germany, used her transition from Europe to the United States to help sophomore middle blocker Iva Deak, who is from Croatia, with the same transition. “We [international players] often go through the same troubles, the same experiences, and we even have the same classes sometimes,” Guennewig said. “So we are able to talk to each other and help each other, which probably isn’t a problem for the people who can speak English fluently.” Likewise, Vandegrift helped junior setter Kyra Coundourides learn the ins and outs of Temple’s offensive system. As soon as practice started in the summer, Vandegrift showed how the team runs certain plays, sets up its defense and other key facets of the way the team plays. With only one freshman on the roster, everyone on the team has chipped in to help outside hitter Dana Westfield become accustomed to college. But the sophomores have given her advice based on what they experienced when they came to campus for the first time just a year ago. “I think we’ve done a good job with the new girls, since we recently just went through that process,” Guennewig said. “We tell them what to do, what our coaches expect from all of us and we expect as teammates.” Other than helping others coming to the team, Guennewig and Vandegrift are settling into their increased roles in their second year on the team. Both have felt some added pressure, academically and athletically. “I think we almost feel more pressure on the court than off the court,” Vandegrift said. “I think we’ve become ready for everything on the court, and we’ve become used to how we play and how we practice. But I at least feel a little more pressure off the court.” On the court, both Guennewig and Vandegrift have seen action in 27 sets. At 6-foot-2 inches, Guennewig is one of the taller players on the team. She often comes in to add size to Temple’s front row block. She has eight blocks in her limited action and offensively has 21 kills and four aces. Vandegrift’s time on the court has been mostly in the back row, helping with the defense. She’s usually on the court at the same time as Coundourides, which gives the team a two-setter look and makes it harder for opposing teams to take the setter out with a serve. This helps Temple get better looks offensively. Vandegrift has 91 assists, which ranks second on the team, as well as 31 digs, three kills and one ace. “You really learn to play your role on the team, now that we’ve been here for a year and we are not the young players,” Guennewig said. “We don’t have to look for how everything looks anymore. And now we know how the season goes, and what to expect and it is a little bit easier to our mindset right for the end of the season.” firstname.lastname@example.org @_kevinschaeffer
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Alliya Butts ready to lead Owls The junior guard is a jokester off the court, but is already among the school’s all-time leaders in 3-pointers. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter
n unsuspecting Tonya Cardoza walked into her office. She headed over to her desk, but as she went to sit down, she jumped back, surprised. After she realized what was going on, Cardoza’s surprise transformed into amusement. Junior guard Alliya Butts had been crouched down under her coach’s desk, waiting to scare her. “Everything is a joke with her,” said senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald. “I can never be serious, she always wants to play. Even in practice, she’s looking at me, giving me little faces, just playing instead of focusing, but you’ve got to love her.” “They just know I play too much,” Butts said. “I do a lot of things. My go-to is probably sneaking up on someone or taking someone’s phone, hiding it, turning it off.” Despite Butts’ antics off the court, she is focused when competing. She was Temple’s top scorer last season, averaging 15.1 points per game, 6.6 of which came from 3-pointers. Butts made 77 3-pointers last year to lead the team. Her 149 career 3-point field goals rank fourth in Temple history after just her first two seasons. “I think maybe mid-point through the season, she really turned it up, and I think she’s just rolling with it now,” Cardoza said. “I don’t think she feels like because she led us in scoring, she has to lead us in scoring this year. I think she knows her role and she’s just going to play it to the best of her ability.”
BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Alliya Butts shoots a jump shot in the Owls’ 86-70 win against St. Joseph’s on Friday at Hagan Arena.
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Young backcourt stays unrattled in Big 5 season opener Three Temple guards combined for 34 points in the team’s overtime win against La Salle on Friday. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor Mark Williams remembers looking up at the sold-out crowd at The Palestra before the Owls’ season opener against the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He was a freshman about to start in his first college basketball game in a Saturday night Big 5 matchup. He wanted to take in the moment. “I just was like, ‘I’m here,’” Williams, now a senior forward, said. “That’s when it really stuck in with me that this was the arrival.” Sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. had a similar experience playing in front of 7,768 fans on Friday against Big 5 rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center. He made his fourth career start and impacted the game on both ends of the floor. Alston had three steals and scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and overtime to help the Owls get the win. "That’s what I came to Temple for. … Big 5, Friday night, doesn’t get any better,” Alston said. “You can’t get this at any other school.” Alston started 1-for-4 from the field and 0-for-2 from the free throw line before his layup with 4:56 left in the first half. He finished the night 0-for-5 from 3-point range and shot less than 33 percent from the field. Alston recognized he wasn’t shooting well, so he tried to make an impact defensively. He got his second steal of the night with 1:35 left in overtime and scored a layup to put Temple up by seven points.
PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. takes a jump shot in the first half of the Owls’ 97-92 overtime win against La Salle on Friday at the Liacouras Center.
He stole the ball again with 14 seconds left in the game and made three of his last four free throw attempts to close out the game. Alston also had one of his two blocks in overtime. “He’s got a better sense of who he is right now,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “It was not an
easy freshman year for him, and then [sophomore guard] Trey Lowe gets hurt and [senior guard] Josh Brown gets hurt and he’s our only really experienced guy at all and he doesn’t have a lot of experience. But I think he picked up a lot tonight. I think he really came of age. Now as we
move forward, he’s going to be expected to do even more for us.” Dunphy has to rely on a young backcourt with Brown recovering from an Achilles tendon
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A strength and conditioning program with an emphasis on cardio is helping golfers improve their scores.
Despite injuries, both teams earned 19th place finishes at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet on Friday at Penn State.
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Several teams announced their recruiting classes and four men’s soccer players earned conference honors. Other news and notes.
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