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SPECIAL REPORT PAGES 6-7 In Part III of a series, The Temple News explores how university administration interacts with the North Philadelphia community.
YEAR IN PHOTOS PAGES 8-9 NEWS PAGES 2-3 Some community members are upset about “invite-only” meetings that Temple hosts with residents. Read more on Page 2.
OPINION PAGES 4-5 Our columnist believes a wall painting in Anderson Hall shouldn’t be censored by the university. Read more on Page 4.
FEATURES PAGES 10-13 Graduating art students’ thesis shows feature photography, books and board games. Read more on Page 10.
SPORTS PAGES 14-16 The Temple News reviews the year in athletics, which included a football coaching change. Read more on Page 16. COURTNEY REDMON | THE TEMPLE NEWS
Taking a decentralized approach to community outreach PART III OF A SERIES The university does not offer a centralized method for community residents to access resources and programs. By JULIE CHRISTIE, GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK, ERIN MORAN, JENNY ROBERTS & EMILY SCOTT
t a Board of Trustees meeting on May 2, President Richard Englert spoke highly of the university’s interactions with the surrounding community. There is “a long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership” between Temple and North Philadelphia, Englert said. “That partnership is built on ongoing, open and permanent dialogue with our neighbors,” he added. The nature of this partnership, though, is nebulous. Temple’s relationship with the community has long been a topic of discussions focused on the fact the school is growing and the surrounding neighborhoods are changing. Sometimes, discussions have been heated — a particular focus in the last two years is the potential on-campus football stadium, though other residents told The Temple News that trash and noise are also problems. This semester, The Temple News talked to dozens of people about the nature of community relations at Temple. Last month, Part I of this series discussed how a boom in housing and the increase of students living on campus set the stage for growing tension among some neighbors. Part II, in our previous issue, featured community residents’ stories about how Temple has impacted their lives. After interviewing several administrators and community residents, The Temple News determined the university does offer resources to deal with the most common resident complaints. There are also community programs that provide education, health and wellness and
GENEVA HEFFERNAN & BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Left: Joyce Wilkerson, the senior adviser to the president for community relations and development, connects college and schools with projects in North Philadelphia. Top right: Trash is one of the perennial issues residents have complained about students to the university. Bottom right: Temple Police participated in a career fair at Girard College on Saturday.
legal advice. Many noted, however, that Temple does not offer a centralized way for community residents to access these resources, some of which have diminished in scope and effect since their founding. In Part III of this series, The Temple News details the university’s approach to interacting with the community.
COMMON COMPLAINTS Often, when residents have an issue, they call Capt. Eileen Bradley, Campus Safety
Services’ community liaison. “I feel comfortable in this community,” Bradley said. “So if they have a problem, they’ll contact me. … A lot of the community, they’ll say, ‘Call Capt. Bradley.’” Bradley and Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, said trash is the biggest issue for many community residents. Donna Richardson, the council president of Norris Homes on 11th and Berks streets, said Bradley has been “very supportive of the Norris community” for years. Richardson and the residents of Norris Homes, however, have complained about some
students throwing trash from their cars, leaving broken bottles after parties and urinating on their sidewalks. The Philadelphia Housing Authority project is nestled between the Temple University Regional Rail station and the eastern border to Main Campus.
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President’s condo to be sold for $2.88 million University officials said because President Englert owns his own home, it’s unnecessary. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor The university is in the process of closing a contract to sell its presidential condominium in Rittenhouse Square for $2.88 million, university officials said last week. The condo was on the market for no more than two weeks, said Bill Bergman, Temple’s vice president for public affairs. Market value for one of the 29 units in the building is estimated at $3.1 million, according to the real estate database Zillow. Temple quietly purchased the property in 2001 for $1.25 million to house former president David Adamany and “provide good quality of entertainment for those interested in Temple,” Adamany told The Temple News in 2003. The 3,200-square-foot unit has
three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room and an eat-in kitchen. It is in one of the most expensive buildings on Rittenhouse Square. The unit was initially purchased to provide Adamany somewhere to speak with potential Temple donors, with the intention of Adamany purchasing his own home in the future, The Temple News reported in 2003. Officials quoted in that story said the condo was not meant to be “every president’s residence,” but Adamany and former presidents Ann Weaver Hart and Neil Theobald lived in the condo during their tenures. “The Board felt as though that they would want to have a residency in a different way in the future,” Bergman said. “President [Richard] Englert has a home, there’s just no reason to have this and it was put up for sale and sold very quickly.” Students and faculty members organized protests at the Rittenhouse Square building to voice their concerns to the then-president in the years following the university’s purchase. In 2004, a Temple Student Government-organized protest outside the condo brought more than 100 Temple students to voice their concerns about the declining minor-
BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS The university owns a condo at 1820 Rittenhouse Square that is offered to the president. It is in the process of being sold, university officials said.
ity population. Similarly, unions like Temple’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Temple Association of University Professionals protested in front of the
condo in 2009 after firings of AFSCME workers. Before Adamany, there was no official residence for Temple presidents, and those who held the position purchased their own homes.
“It’s right on Rittenhouse Square, it’s great,” Bergman said. “But we’re moving on.” email@example.com @gill_mcgoldrick
Stadium Stompers want access to ‘invite-only’ Temple meetings A community resident who was not invited was escorted out of a recent meeting. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter
NOAH TANEN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Professor Chang-Hee Won is developing a smartphone case that can identify tumors.
Professor developing phone case that can detect tumors An engineering professor is working to patent the case for use in rural areas. By NOAH TANEN Research Beat Reporter Researchers at the College of Engineering are developing a smartphone case that can distinguish cancerous tumors from non-cancerous ones. The smartphone case will be able to detect “how hard or soft [the tumor] is,” as well as its size, said Firdous Saleheen, an electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate. The sensor, made out of silicon, will indent when pressed against the tumor. The smartphone’s camera then takes pictures of these indentations and sends them to a server, where they are analyzed and sent back to the user with results indicating whether the tumors are malignant or benign. The technology could be beneficial to those without immediate access to a hospital, like those who live in rural areas, said Chang-Hee Won, the lead researcher and an electrical and computer engineering professor. He said the device will be able to screen for breast and skin cancers. It also may be able to do the same for thyroid cancer. Won has been working on developing devices that “characterize tumors” for News Desk 215-204-7419 firstname.lastname@example.org
nearly 10 years, he said. “I’m trying to make it a little more user-friendly instead of a big machine in a big hospital,” Won said. “Something that’s smaller, more compact and more accessible to people.” Won said if the tumor is cancerous, it will be stiffer, and if it’s not cancerous, it will be softer. Cancerous tumors are also often larger than non-cancerous ones, he said. Though Won said there have been no definitive tests yet, his research thus far shows the system can detect the correct size more than 90 percent of the time, and the right elasticity more than 80 percent of the time. Though Won’s technology has proven effective, he said there are challenges in scaling it down to smartphone size. “There’s technical challenges with this,” he said. “Everything is a lot smaller.” He added that figuring out how to send the photo to a server and back has proven to be a programming issue. Won said he’s not sure when or how the product will become available, but that it will be commercialized and distributed by a health care provider. The study is funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Won is collaborating with doctors at Temple University Hospital. email@example.com
The Office of Community Relations has held “invitation-only” meetings with select community leaders this semester, Stadium Stompers members said. Several community residents see these meetings as a negative form of community outreach from the university. A group of around 10 community leaders were invited to a recent meeting, said Capt. Eileen Bradley, the community liaison for Campus Safety Services who also attended these meetings. The meeting included Registered Community Organization leaders and block captains to discuss “student behavior.” Brandon Lausch, a university spokesperson, wrote in a statement that the Community Campus Councils consist of community leaders and university representatives who meet “approximately two to three times a semester.” At these meetings, which take place in Sullivan Hall, members of the city’s Streets Department and other city departments met with community leaders to discuss issues like trash and noise in the community. “The representatives on the councils are community leaders who have shown that they have an interest in engaging with Temple, and they are residents we rely on for taking the pulse of the community and for communicating what’s happening at Temple,” Lausch said. Bill Bergman, the university’s vice president of public affairs, said the Community Campus Councils are part of Temple’s outreach to community residents regarding the proposed on-campus stadium. But the topic had not come up in the meetings. He said because the total concept of the stadium is not yet developed, the discussions with the Community Campus Councils focus on “correcting the problems that already exist.” Kenneth Johnson, a North Philadelphia resident and Stadium Stompers member, briefly attended one of the meetings in March before he was asked to leave because he did not have an invitation. Johnson said he was under the impression that the meeting was open to all community residents before he was asked to leave. No members of the Office of Community Relations were in attendance at the meeting in March, Bradley said. Johnson said officials from the university asked him “how [he] found out about the meeting” and who invited him. Before Johnson left the meeting, he said of-
ficials from the university “assured” him that he would be invited to any future meetings with community residents and the university. He said he has not yet been invited to any community meetings and is unsure if there have been any more meetings. Some residents said these meetings lack representation and transparency. “It presents the idea that something sneaky might be going on, when you have a whole community, and you handpick certain people and don’t put the information out,” Johnson said. “It’s not like they are picking the people who represent the people in the neighborhood because we didn’t even know they were having meetings, so how can these people represent us if we don’t even know these people, who they are, where they’re going, why they’re attending these meetings,” he added. Jackie Wiggins, a Stadium Stompers leader and community resident, also attempted to attend the same meeting and was unable to because she did not have an invitation. “I’m tired of not being able to get into an institution to attend meetings as a Stadium Stomper and a regular citizen and resident when there are always people out front to prevent my entrance,” Wiggins said. “It’s a public institution. Everybody has rules and regulations, but it’s a public institution.” After being told they could not attend the meeting in March, Wiggins and Johnson both said Bradley took them to the Campus Police Substation across from Sullivan Hall on Pollett Walk. “She explained, as far as she knew, what the meetings were about, how people were invited, what they were trying to accomplish and things like that,” Johnson said. Bradley requested their contact information and said they would be informed about future meetings. Bradley said she is unsure how people are selected to attend these meetings. “Sometimes it’s better to deal with a smaller group because when you have a bunch of people screaming, nothing gets done,” Bradley said. “However, I understand [Wiggins’] point. I really do.” Wiggins and Johnson said the university needs to improve its methods of engaging with the community. “From my observation, it just seems like Temple does not want to have a firm grip with the community,” Johnson said. “They just put up a brick wall between them and the community. It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way.” “You don’t do that with closed meetings,” Wiggins said. “You don’t do with just a couple of people. You invite everybody to the table, not just select people.” firstname.lastname@example.org @_KellyBrennan Julie Christie contributed reporting.
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Activate TU: Ready to take on campaign promises next year The team, inaugurated on May 1, is set to begin its plans for sexual assault prevention and a community day. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter Student Body President Tyrell MannBarnes was inducted at the General Assembly meeting on May 1, alongside Kayla Martin, vice president of Internal Services, and Paige Hill, vice president of external affairs. The new Executive Team will soon begin planning ways to make good on their campaign promises, which include increasing awareness of resources for survivors of sexual assault, more student and community interaction and a better relationship between Temple Student Government’s two branches. Activate TU beat Connecting TU to take over TSG’s Executive Branch in a close race in early April. In its platform, Activate TU members said they plan to establish a sexual assault prevention week during the first few weeks of Fall 2017. “We want to create an environment on this campus where everyone understands that Temple Student Government stands against sexual assault and violence,” Martin said. “We’re also working with the administration to make sure they’re backing up this commitment and taking steps to show they’re not standing for sexual assault or violence.” Martin said the new administration and the athletics department will collaborate during the proposed sexual assault prevention week. “They actually came to us,” Martin added. “Through that conversation, we made sure we told them our plans.” Activate TU is also planning a community day for students, student organizations and North Philadelphia residents to “set a tone of being respectful of the community,” Hill said. “I really want us to establish a culture where students really feel like they’re in community with people who live here more permanently,” she said. Hill said she plans to increase community
engagement and find ways to “live harmoniously together” through community service and leading discussions, she added. To increase positive community relations, Hill said Activate TU plans to continue the community meetings Empower TU implemented and involve community members in conversations on campus, she added. TSG’s Executive Branch held two meetings with community residents this year, Jai Singletary wrote in an email. On November 17 and March 2, TSG held meetings at the Amos Recreation Center on 16th Street near Montgomery Avenue that were open to all students and community residents. The gap between meetings was due to a change in the city’s reservation policy, Singletary wrote. The administration will also continue to host forums on national issues that could impact them, like police brutality and President Donald Trump’s January immigration ban, Mann-Barnes said. “We want to be cognizant that Temple seems like a bubble sometimes, that things are happening only on our campus, but there are things all throughout the world that are impacting our students,” Mann-Barnes said. “We want to be adaptive so we can recreate spaces where students feel represented and they have that space to speak about how they feel and to know that TSG supports them,” he added. Martin said the increase in voter turnout during this year’s election was a sign students are getting more informed about TSG. “I think more people ended up learning about TSG,” Martin said. “We want to do the same things we were doing during the campaign season and continuously engage more people than TSG has typically done.” Activate TU also wants to create more collaboration and communication between the Executive Branch and Parliament, starting with monthly meetings with the General Assembly. The GA committee meetings will be co-led by Parliament committee chairs and the directors in the Executive Branch that work in similar fields to give students a chance to meet with them and discuss specific issues, Martin said. “It’s an easy way to encourage collaboration between the two branches because they will have to work together to prepare for the GA committee,” she said. “It’s about figuring
JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes, right, and Paige Hill, vice president of external affairs, will begin working on the initiatives they, with Vice President of Internal Services Kayla Martin, proposed during campaigning.
out how to better [TSG]. Since we have this new branch of government, I think we should start there.” TSG recently finalized constitutional changes that further defined the powers of each branch and the roles of the people working within them. The changes also established
Activate TU’s main campaign point: an Ethics Board that would hold the Executive Branch and Parliament accountable. email@example.com @AmandaJLien Julie Christie contributed reporting.
White nationalist flyers found in Gladfelter, Anderson Police said limited security footage has made it difficult to identify anyone responsible. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor Flyers with slogans from a white nationalist group were found on several floors of Gladfelter and Anderson halls last week. This is the second incident involving white nationalists promoting themselves on campus in a month and a half. Some flyers headed with the phrase “You will not replace us” depicted a white woman holding an infant and included links to multiple organizations with ties to white supremacy. Other flyers named an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has characterized as an “Active White Nationalist Hate Group.” To minimize the spread of hate speech, The Temple News is not naming the group that created the flyers. Temple Police are still in the early stages of an investigation into who placed the flyers within Gladfelter and Anderson, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. He added that because there are not many cameras on the higher floors in either building, it would be difficult for TUPD to pinpoint who distributed the posters. “On the outside there’s a lot of volume coming in,” Leone said. “Nothing that we’ve looked at so far that really was telltale saying, ‘Oh, look we see something unusual, we need to look further.’” Mathias Fuelling, a first-year history Ph.D. candidate, found some of the flyers on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall, which houses the history department. He said they were on a small table near the common area that often has various flyers and pamphlets. “I was a little freaked out,” he said. “For
maybe five or ten seconds, my eyes were probably as big as saucers and I was like, ‘What the hell? What?’” He then reported the flyers to Jay Lockenour, the history department’s chair. “I was just like, ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Fuelling said. “I think this is something that I should inform people about, I don’t think I should just sweep it under the rug.” Lockenour said after learning about the posters, one professor, who is African American, was nervous that the department had been targeted specifically. The professor’s door had been defaced more than a decade earlier. “I teach about Nazi Germany ... this is all very much in my mind,” Lockenour said. “[They] use these tactics to gain some kind of respectability by pretending like they have a presence on college campuses or playing up any connection that they possibly have to college campuses to news sites or other kinds of more respectable venues but it’s still just the same,” he added. “You don’t have to scratch very hard to see them, the violent backgrounds, the racism and all that kind of stuff.” Josh Klugman, a professor in the sociology department, found flyers on the seventh floor of Gladfelter Hall. “My immediate reaction was I knew that it hit Temple,” he said. “I have friends at other universities where this happened. Flyers were posted close to doors of professors who are people of color.” This is the second incident in which a white nationalist group attempted to spread its message on Main Campus in the past month and a half. In mid-March, a Pennsylvania “skinhead” organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center characterized as an extremist hate group posted stickers around Main Campus. “For this semester it’s a little bit unusual to have from this particular [type of] group ... because generally we may see some writings, handwriting or spray paint or marking on the door, something like that that may have a racial,
GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS The flyers were in waiting rooms on several floors of Gladfelter and Anderson halls.
religious overtone,” Leone said. “But this is the first that we’re seeing flyers being posted or the stickers that were posted before.” While the stickers garnered attention on social media, the flyers in Gladfelter and Anderson halls did not draw as much of a reaction. Lockenour said his department considered issuing a response to the posters, but decided not to publicize the organization’s message. The stickers and flyers are part of a new effort among white nationalist groups to target college campuses. Recruitment notices for a neo-Nazi organization were posted around the University of Pennsylvania’s campus late last month, Billy Penn reported.
“They cloak themselves in this free speech,” Lockenour said. “If you’re using free speech to deny the humanity of some other person, that’s not really a fair use of free speech because you’re denying them not only their right to equal and free speech but to their other human rights as well.” firstname.lastname@example.org @ChristieJules
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What I still don’t know The Editor-in-Chief reflects on the unanswered questions he still has from his time reporting at The Temple News. By JOE BRANDT In just a few days, after four years at The Temple News, I’ll graduate. I’ll miss a lot of people here — professors, advisers, classmates, colleagues. I have learned so much, and yet there is so much that I still do not know. It’s not for lack of trying, either, but mostly just because I was told “no.” For instance, how did the Board of Trustees, the pre-eminent decisionmakers here, decide they would schedule a vote to remove former President Neil Theobald from his position this July? Was it truly “unanimous” as Board decisions tend to be? Was it a unanimous decision to cut five sports from the athletic department my freshman year? What has the Board discussed in its executive committee meetings, the minutes for which have not been posted online in 8 years? Can we get some answers? Earlier this year, I learned that trustees who are public government employees might be vulnerable to Pennsylvania’s relatively toothless Right-to-Know law and could be asked to hand over Board records. So I filed a request under this law, asking Lt. Gov. Michael Stack, who has served as a trustee since 2005, for his emails and other correspondence related to the ousting of Theobald. Stack’s office told me no. I appealed. The state Office of Open Records told me no, but in many more pages; basically, Stack serves on the Board as an individual, and when he serves on the Board he magically forgets all the parts of him that are the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, and therefore his office cannot be asked for records relating to Temple. I did not get a firm answer as to whether Stack ever corresponded about Temple through his Lieutenant Governor email account. I got a similar rejection when I asked for records from Ronald Donatucci, a trustee who serves as Philadelphia County’s Register of Wills. Anyway, like I said, I was mostly just told “no.” I am proud to be a Temple alumnus, educated here about interviewing, writing and the role of journalism in a democratic society. (I learned many other things too: a friend of Malcolm X taught my race and diversity Gen-Ed, a Freedom Rider taught me about the culture of the 1960s and a founder of Men’s Health magazine taught me about longform storytelling.) But despite the rich experience I have had here, I am nonetheless concerned that a university can wax poetic about democracy in classes and yet be led so
undemocratically. In all the Board meetings I’ve attended, I cannot recall a single time when a trustee voted against a decision on the agenda. Sometimes, a trustee would ask a question and there would be a quick discussion. That was it. Of course, open deliberation and transparency are key parts of a democracy. And they ought to be part of our bureaucratic island in North Philadelphia, too, so that people like me, about to enter the workforce with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, can rest assured that the money we’ll be paying back for the next decade or two is in good hands. So perhaps more discussion of these transparency concerns will help us get there. One of my last acts as Editor-in-Chief was to help nominate the state-related institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania for the Golden Padlock, an “award” from Investigative Reporters and Editors given out each year to the least transparent agency. In our application, we mention how the Right-to-Know law allows us to be denied access to the records of the trustees’ possible conflicts of interest disclosure forms, records that are required to be kept according to the school’s bylaws. “Journalists cannot successfully file RTK requests to obtain basic information that would allow them to complete their jobs as journalists and hold these universities accountable,” we wrote. While I will miss all the friends I’ve made here, I won’t miss the frustrating rejections. The Temple News has always tried to stay ahead of administrative spin and tell the whole truth. This week, we concluded our three-part series on the university’s relationship with the community and found that despite many administrators telling us otherwise, community residents either don’t use the resources available to them here or don’t know they exist. It’s part of a tradition that began my freshman year to spend the spring semester reporting out a big issue and explaining it cohesively in a piece that runs in the final issue. Though my tenure will end here without some key answers, I am happy to have pursued these questions and I’m hopeful that the next generations of watchdogs will continue to hold officials’ feet to the fire.
Controversy should fuel discussion A painting in Anderson Hall shouldn’t be censored because some are offended.
n the second floor of Anderson Hall there is a painting of Black and white girls arranged in a circular pattern. The Black girls have sad expressions on their faces, with large exaggerated physical features. On their backs, in addition to rinds of watermelon, are fully-clothed white, blue-eyed, blonde-haired girls imagined as angels. This wall painting, titled “D e m o n i z at i o n of Black Girls and CIERRA WILLIAMS Women,” was created in October 2016 by the AfricanAmerican artist Jennifer Cruté, who said her work heavily mirrors her own experiences. The painting is part of the Intellectual Heritage Program’s exhibit “A Cosmic Injustice,” which explores white supremacy and the plunder of Black bodies. “You have to put a jester hat on any oppressor,” Cruté told Bitch Media. “I feel that the skill of dark humor … helps me draw a funny image with a message that may disturb, but will most certainly inform and hopefully educate.” But now Professor and chair Molefi Asante from the Africology and African American studies department is adamant about the removal of the work. He said faculty members and students in his department were upset by it. “The piece may have had different intentions, but in the context of these times it was very insensitive to
Working hard and getting nowhere
A student reflects on her lifelong experience with sexism.
’ve spent a lot of time trying to prove my worth throughout the years. I’ve pushed myself to hone my skills as an artist and a student, and I’m usually proud of the work I produce. Despite that, I have this constant, nagging fear that I won’t be able to succeed in life. What other way should I feel? I’m a woman, after all. I was the only girl growing up in my neighborhood. This meant that I spent the majority of my formative years around boys, thinking I was their equal — one of them. I can remember the precise moment I realized that wasn’t the case I had just learned to ride a bike. I rode it down to the intersection where all the neighborhood boys congregated. Immediately, they be-
In fact, if this painting makes people feel uncomfortable, that is a good thing. Dealing with subjects like racial oppression should make people feel unsettled. And hopefully, people will speak out when they see others misrepresented or dehumanized. Some students, however, still maintain that the artwork is offensive, expressing their frustrations on social media. Unique Ratcliff, a junior journalism major, visited “Demonization of Black Girls and Women” for herself after she saw her friend post a picture of it on Snapchat. “I feel like they had no business posting it in the first place because the piece is very offensive and definitely needs an explanation from the department,” Ratcliff said. “What was the purpose even hanging it up?” Douglas Greenfield, associate director of the Intellectual Heritage Program, does not want to see the painting taken down. “I see this as an issue of artistic freedom,” Greenfield said. “I think it’s a problem to demand the suppression of an artistic statement.” Art is meant to push boundaries and make people step out of their comfort zones. So, it seems as though the piece is serving its purpose. In the upcoming weeks, there will be a meeting among leaders of the Intellectual Heritage Program and Africology and African American studies department alongside Provost JoAnne Epps to discuss the fate of the work. I maintain that the artwork must remain up to safeguard artistic expression and to continue to provoke discussion. After all, that’s exactly its purpose.
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African people and African-American students and particularly to women,” Asante said. “Some students asked us why were they paying tuition to Temple to be mistreated like that.” While I understand that some may be upset by the work, I find it powerful. It provides a visualization of the unsettling effects of white supremacy. And regardless of whether you like the work, it’s important to remember that freedom of expression is a necessary right that should not be restricted just because some viewers are offended. Taking down this artwork would set an unfavorable precedent that would allow for departments and the university administration to censor expression in other ways on Main Campus. “I’m opposed to the concept of censorship,” said Gerald Silk, a modern and contemporary art professor. “Artists should be allowed to express themselves.” “If you oppose one type of work then what’s to prevent you from opposing another type,” Silk added. “When a work moves into the public and produces difficulty, the best way to deal with it is to have a constructive discussion.” Instead of just calling for the work to be taken down, opponents of the piece should join with the Intellectual Heritage Program and host a forum for students to discuss their concerns. This discussion should be not only about the artwork, but also about how to address white supremacy and the stereotypes of Black women and girls. I also think it’s concerning that some want to censor art made by Cruté, who is a Black woman herself. Just because the artwork may make some people uncomfortable, this doesn’t mean Cruté’s thoughts and experiences should be dismissed with the removal of her art.
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By COURTNEY REDMON gan pestering me, jesting and jeering that I couldn’t really ride a bike because I was a girl. I can remember how the word came out, sounding like a slur. I asserted I could and showed them, riding around in circles. They shook their heads and laughed. “If you can really ride that bike, prove it. Race us.” I can still feel the adrenaline, the heat radiating from inside my chest. My cheeks were hot, my brow furrowed in determination. “Fine, I will.” And so we raced around in a circle. I pushed myself, my legs burning and shaking and cramping up. I won by a sizable stretch of meters, but apparently that wasn’t enough. “You cheated,” they accused. “You didn’t actually win.” I was dumbfounded — how could I have cheated when I kept with their pace, neck-and-neck, in plain sight? How could a 9-year-old cheat at riding a bike? Looking back, the situation all makes sense. In their minds, girls just couldn’t do the things that boys could do. Now I’m 22 years old, and I still encounter people who think this way. I regularly experience this same old sexism, just in different ways — it’s subtler and a lot more destructive. Throug h out my entire
college career, I have yet to experience a class when a man hasn’t questioned my intelligence in some way. Recently, a male classmate in my Multimedia Storytelling class questioned my knowledge of Adobe Premier, a video-editing system with which I have experience. When he realized I knew what I was doing, he had to concede, “Oh, you know what, I think maybe she’s right.” But why did he feel the need to challenge my knowledge in the first place? Even the simple act of moving and existing in public spaces reminds me I’m not seen as an equal. Walking on the street, I have to step out of the way of men who are walking toward me. They surely won’t be the first to move, and there’s simply no way I could ever physically stand my ground. They’re usually twice my size. So I move. I move, and I deflect, and I push myself forward. All women do. What other choice do we have? These small, yet consistent incidents in the classroom and in public spaces undermine my value simply because of my gender. And they remind me of that bike race so many years ago. As women, we are constantly underestimated, undervalued and overworked. Many of us are conditioned to accept this as the status quo, and that’s what concerns me most. Being a woman is a lot like competing in a fixed race — no matter what you do, no matter what you accomplish, somehow you always lose. firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘It’s a respect thing’: cultural items are not concert gear Cultural appropriation is never an acceptable way to celebrate at summer festivals.
wo summers ago, I attended the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I met a woman there who wore box braids, a style traditionally worn by Black women in which the hair is parted into individual boxes. But she was white, and she was wearing them just for the festival. People were gushing over how good they looked, but it bothered me that she failed to realize the significance of that hairstyle in the Black community. Box braids are extremely popular and have been worn by African women for centuries as a SIMONE STANCIL way to protect their hair and maintain its health. It’s problematic when white women adopt hairstyles like box braids — a key component of the Black identity — just for fun, especially when Black women are constantly scrutinized for their hair. Cultural appropriation, or adopting elements of another culture and treating them as your own, is a problem. It has become prominent at concerts as people wear clothes and items they wouldn’t normally wear in everyday life to celebrate. As summer music festivals like Firefly and Bonnaroo start to kick off, avid concert-goers need to avoid appropriating other cultures with clothing, hairstyles and tattoos. Instead, they need to educate themselves on the
significance of cultural practices and items so they don’t misrepresent others. “It’s a respect thing,” said Jessica Hamilton, a teaching assistant and graduate student in the Africology and African-American Studies department. “Everyone’s culture has historical legacy and narrative that is not being celebrated.” Headdresses, henna tattoos, dashikis and box braids are just some of the elements often appropriated from other cultures at music festivals. And while festival participants may think they are just expressing themselves or having fun, they may really be making members of a particular culture feel disrespected, disregarded and mocked. For instance, a bindi for some South Asian women is a cultural item that represents the third eye, and is a sign of wisdom and spiritual development. But many of those who decide to wear bindis to festivals clearly don’t know this meaning. For attendees, it’s just another part of a costume. “My mom used to get really weird looks whenever she would wear her cultural items,” said Aishika Jennela, vice president of the Asian Students Association. “So to see that become a trend, and to see others getting praised for something I can’t do myself without getting looks feels very off to me.” Jennela said she has seen people appropriate South Asian cultural pieces like the sari, a
draped garment that is usually embroidered with a theme or story. It’s not fair for people to wear items from another culture for their own personal enjoyment, while simultaneously mocking their origins.
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“It’s like if you were to write a paper that you spent all of this time writing, and you turn it in and you get a C- or even a D, and then someone else turns in your exact paper, and
they get an A,” Hamilton said. Although cultural appropriation is wrong, there is nothing wrong with cultural exchange, sharing in other people’s cultures in a way that they welcome. However, the time and place of such an exchange matters — a festival or a concert is simply not the proper setting. “If someone has a very good friend who happens to be South Asian, from India, or is Hindu and is getting married and they’re a part of the wedding party, if they understood the importance of the henna tattoos ... then they would be able to get that as long as it was being done respectfully,” said Michelle Myers, an Asian studies instructor. “But that’s a call that has to be made by people in the culture.” If people are truly interested in other cultures, then they need to educate themselves about that culture, not simply pick and choose what parts of it they feel like borrowing. There are ways to appreciate a culture without appropriating it, and this starts with having open conversations to enlighten people. If you see someone at a festival this summer or anywhere else appropriating another culture, try to educate them on the cultural significance of the items they may be appropriating. It is vital for people to have a greater understanding of why cultural appropriation should be avoided. email@example.com
Black students need role models in the classroom Temple should recruit more students of color to the College of Education.
rowing up, I had only a small number of teachers who looked like me, and none before middle school. My first Black teacher was Mrs. Skipworth, who taught my seventh-grade science class. I didn’t have my first Black male teacher until ninth grade, and Mr. Coleman ended up being my favorite teacher in high school. A recent study found that it’s important for Black students to have teachers who look like them. Researchers from American University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Davis found that having one JENSEN Black teacher in third, TOUSSAINT fourth or fifth grade reduced the probability of Black boys of lowincome backgrounds from dropping out of high school by 39 percent. The study also found that both Black boys and girls in high school who had a Black teacher had stronger expectations of going to college. “I firmly believe that it’s important to see yourself in your teachers,” said Gregory Anderson, the dean of the College of Education. “Not all of them, because diversity is important, but to be able to see that educators share something in common with their students beyond just the love of learning.” Black students like me and other students of color clearly benefit from having teachers who look like them in the classroom to serve as role models. And Temple has the opportunity to take an active role in encouraging Black youth. The College of Education should work to recruit more Black and minority education majors who, as future teachers, could foster a love of learning among Black pupils. Unfortunately, the College of Education is not producing a racially diverse pool of future teachers. Its student population is 60.1 percent white, according to the university’s 2016 Student Profile. And Black stu-
dents make up only 14.8 percent of College of Education students. Too few Black students are pursuing an education degree at Temple. How can we encourage Black students, especially in a city, like Philadelphia, where African-Americans make up 43 percent of the population, to see education as important in their lives when they don’t have teachers who look like them to convey this? In the Philadelphia School District, grades K-12 are made up of about 50 percent Black students, according to the 20162017 enrollment demographic. Students of color as a whole account for 85 percent of students in the district in the same grades. These students would benefit from having teachers who look like them to increase their confidence in taking leadership positions, and perhaps to push them harder to achieve their full potential. “The rationale is that minority teachers tend to hold higher standards for minority students, as opposed to if there was a non-minority teacher who may be unable to relate to the children’s background,” said Mark Fraser, an adult development graduate student. Fraser added that minority teachers are also less likely to judge or label minority students prematurely if they seem to be struggling. “I think we have a special commitment or responsibility to enhancing the diversity of our students in the school,” Anderson said. “In schools and colleges in general, but particularly in the College of Education. And that’s what I’m trying to do.” He said he hopes to do so by using GEAR UP, a Department of Education program Temple students are involved in that encourages college readiness for lowincome middle school students, and other federal programs as pathways to Temple. Anderson said that some students who benefitted from programs like these in high school might be interested in studying education at Temple, and possibly become teachers themselves. These teachers can in turn encourage the next generation of Black teachers and future Black leaders in all fields. firstname.lastname@example.org
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October 27, 2000: Temple Computer Services strengthened its defense due to an increasing number of computer virsuses. The Melissa virus, known as Melissa.gen.32, was one of the most publicized. It caused problems on Main Campus, preventing computers from starting up. They had to be forced to start up using floppy disks, which is a much slower method. The university used McAfee, a virus detection system, to monitor the computers in Temple’s labs. Last week, Computer Services warned students and faculty not to open emails because they were part of a phishing scam that affected computers accross the world. The emails claimed someone shared a Google Doc with the recipient, but the link actually opened up the account to send more spam. Phishing schemes aim to steal personal information like passwords or credit card information. Students warned others on social media not to open the messages.
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OUTREACH “Temple has to demand [its students] to respect the surrounding communities,” Richardson said. Bradley also leads programs like Adopt-a-Block, in which student organizations clean up trash for an hour every Sunday on a specific block for a semester. Bradley supplies groups like the Temple chapter of the Lions Club — an international community service organization — with trash bags and supplies.
originally included language that would have given more voting power to Temple and landlords. Wilkerson said she thinks this type of legislation has the potential to offer a “coordinated response” to some of the challenges in the neighborhood. Vice President of Public Affairs Bill Bergman said the university tried to talk to students about trash through programs like the Good Neighbor Initiative, a committee that encourages relationship building and links students with civic resources like trash-collection schedules. But
The excess of trash and house parties near Main Campus was discussed by residents and administration over the course of our reporting this project. Both parties expressed concern over student conduct off campus and the desire to hold them to high standards of behavior. While residents can file complaints with university personnel about misconduct, the students are ultimately responsible for their own actions. “There is that competing interest there,” Sean Killion, an associate director in the Office of Residential Life said last month about the relationship between students and longtime residents. “What’s the university’s responsibility? … What is the students’ responsibility?” There are offices and programs in place at Temple to aid the relationships between students and community residents and to facilitate a better relationship between the university and the community as a whole. Temple also offers many programs that provide services or education directly to community residents.
BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Residents of Norris Homes, a housing project that is the eastern border of Main Campus, have expressed issues with students who throw litter or urinate on their properties.
Joyce Wilkerson, Englert’s senior adviser for community relations and development, said Temple tried hiring trash haulers to collect trash left out between city pick-ups, but one of the city’s unions shut them down. “We can’t just pick up trash because we end up running afoul of the city,” Wilkerson said. “Figuring how you get the resources mobilized to address some of these concerns could go a long way to really improve relationships.” Wilkerson said Temple supported the Neighborhood Improvement District legislation proposed in 2012 and 2014 by City Council President Darrell Clarke, whose district includes Main Campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The legislation would collect a fee from property owners to support a nonprofit organization that could hire people from the community to support initiatives like street cleaning and security. The legislation, however, did not get support from the community because residents were concerned Temple was trying to take over the community, Wilkerson said. The proposed 2012 legislation
his conversations with students “really [have] not worked,” he said. He and Leone said to combat the issue, Temple Police issues Civic Violation Notices to households and the landlords of the properties, most of which are rented by students.
Figuring out how you get the resources mobilized ... could go a long way to really improve relationships. Joyce Wilkerson Senior adviser to the president for community relations and development
According to data from Leone, TUPD issued 84 CVNs for qualityof-life issues between August 2016 and April 2017. More than half of the CVNs were trash-related, while the rest were a result of excessive noise. Last year, in response to complaints about student partying, Temple raised the fine for hosts of parties who were charged with underage drinking. The people named on the lease of a house would be fined up to $1,500 each.
But these offices don’t operate under one umbrella, and they’re headed by different administrators. Over the years, they have moved locations and lost space. While some residents told The Temple News that they utilize these resources, others didn’t know how they’d access them if they wanted to.
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS The university’s main point of contact with the community is the Office of Community Relations, headquartered on the second floor of the Entertainment and Community Education Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street. The center, which opened in 2004 under former President David Adamany, also houses 90.1 WRTI-FM and Temple’s Pan-African Studies Community Education Program. The office’s community outreach began as on-the-ground conversations between residents and Tom Anderson, the first director of community relations, when the office was established in 1973. Today, there are four full-time
GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Andrea Swan is the director of community and neighborhood affairs. Swan works with the community through churches, schools and block captains.
employees in the office. Director of Community and Neighborhood Affairs Andrea Swan, who started in 2009, works on community outreach, communicates with elected officials and oversees some of the 300 community outreach programs at Temple. She considers the office a point of contact for “residential stakeholders,” but said she always makes sure to call them “our neighbors.” Swan also speaks with block captains, landlords and tenant associations, she said. Southeast of Main Campus, she works with the Yorktown neighborhood, Norris Homes and Jefferson Manor, an affordable housing development from the city. Swan said her connection north of campus is not as established because many community leaders have died and there aren’t strong homeowners’ associations. It’s difficult to reach community residents west of campus because of the student population, Swan said, but she often makes contact with block captains, faithbased organizations and churches. The university added efforts to recruit high school students from surrounding neighborhoods in 2011. To bring these students to the university, the Temple 20/20 partial scholarship program was created for students living in surrounding ZIP codes. She said there aren’t many formal requirements for the scholarship other than maintaining a 3.0 GPA. “I have encouraged [those] students to see me as a resource,” said Swan, who connects with the students. “I cry whenever one of our kids graduates.” In July 2016, Temple produced its first Community Resources Guide to inform North Philadelphia residents and the Temple community about the resources available to them, including those offered by Swan’s office. Wilkerson said the guide helped consolidate information about programs. “People within the university don’t know what the university’s doing,” she said. “And I think the brochure is a nice start, [but] there’s more of an initiative I think that the university might be able to undertake.” The Office of University Communications issued the second Community Resources Guide to churches, offices of elected officials and residents who contacted Temple asking about its services in the past. The guides, which will be produced
twice a year, are the university’s sole attempt to centralize resources for neighborhood residents. But because the guides are distributed to established community organizations Temple already interacts with, some who are not currently involved might be excluded. Swan said she and her team go out in the community with flyers and their business cards because they know not all North Philadelphia residents have smartphones or use social media. “You can’t let people know about Temple when you are behind a desk,” Swan said. But some residents are not aware
You can’t let people know about Temple when you are behind a desk. Andrea Swan Director of community and neighnorhood affairs
of the Office of Community Relations and other community outreach programs from Temple. Marjorie Lewis, who has lived at 17th and Berks streets for 20 years, and her former neighbor, Krystal Blackman, 25, said they had never heard of the Office of Community Relations, any of its resources or even Eileen Bradley. Blackman said it may be helpful for the office to use posters to reach the older generations and the internet to reach younger people. Lewis said she doesn’t mind the student population surrounding her home. “For me, I’m just sitting here and seeing them walk back and forth,” she said. “I see them going to school every morning. They are pretty good to me. … They are nice people.”
THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE In August 2014, Temple hired Joyce Wilkerson, a former chief of staff to former Mayor John Street and Street’s aide in the 1990s when he was city council president trying to fight the construction of the Liacouras Center at Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. Within the Office of the President, Wilkerson works to create CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Construction waste and other trash is left outside of a rental home on Norris Street near 18th on Saturday. Trash day in the neighborhood near Main Campus, west of Broad Street, is mostly on Monday.
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connections between Temple and the community by linking schools and colleges with projects around North Philadelphia. Wilkerson said she often works with the College of Education, which also has a partnership with Norris Homes. The College of Education works with schools around the city by sending Temple students into classrooms and hosting events, like Edcamp with The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice on May 6. Wilkerson relies on her existing relationships to create connections between the university and the community. She cited her experience in the 1970s with Community Legal Services, an organization that provides free legal assistance to lowincome Philadelphia residents, as an example. In November 2016, Wilkerson re-entered a political role when she was appointed chairwoman of the School Reform Commission, which oversees the Philadelphia School District. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Project HOME, a
BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS President Richard Englert said he regularly walks around Main Campus and the neighborhoods surrounding Temple.
which was founded in 1992. Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, founded in 2012, connects its schools and colleges with nonprofits to support the “health, wellness and stability of the surrounding neighborhoods.” Temple’s efforts are more disjointed, she explained. Penn and Drexel use their centers as the main access point to resources for health, education and the arts. Temple does
BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Bill Bergman, the vice president of public affairs, oversees the Office of Community Relations.
nonprofit that seeks to alleviate poverty and homelessness. “I was at [Clara Barton Elementary School] recently,” she said. “The elementary school had no playground, so I reached out to some folk at Tyler and said, ‘Any chance, you guys would be able to help the principal, who’s shortstaffed, put together a proposal for a playground?’” “As I move around, it’s trying to both provide resources to the community, but also experience for students at Temple,” she added. “So it really is a mutually beneficial relationship that can develop.”
The last thing we would ever need is to have everything ... come up to the president. Richard Englert University president
But Wilkerson said bringing the university and community together shouldn’t rely on her social network. “I’m moving around, I have a lot of relationships, but I think there probably needs to be a more formal structure around it,” she said. “I’ve been in meetings where people say, ‘We just don’t know who to call or how to really connect.’” Wilkerson said other local universities have community outreach centers that allow them “to better leverage their resources.” The University of Pennsylvania engages in service, academic outreach and community development in West Philadelphia through its Netter Center for Community Partnerships,
not have a main access point. Instead, it links residents to sources within each school for residents to contact independently. “We don’t know what we’re doing,” she said. “We don’t know what different people in the university are doing. All together it’s very impressive, but my guess is it could be more substantial.” “I don’t think we get the credit a lot of time because we’re not easy to access,” she added. Twice per week, President Englert said he walks around Main Campus and the North Philadelphia community to better understand the neighborhoods surrounding Temple. He recently visited the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th. Englert said his office tries to “support, encourage and enhance” community outreach by making connections between Temple and North Philadelphia residents. He believes a centralized structure for community outreach would restrict the many programs that schools and colleges create independently. “The last thing we would ever need is to have everything [have] to come up to the president,” he said. “You kill innovation, you kill ingenuity, you kill local autonomy.”
GOOD NEIGHBOR INITIATIVE In 2011, former President Ann Weaver Hart started a task force to address “rising concerns prompted by Temple’s growing residential population,” according to a university release.
It addressed behavior, safety and awareness issues among students living off campus and was made up of students, community residents and staff from Campus Safety Services, athletics, the Office of Community Relations and University Housing and Residential Life. The Good Neighbor Initiative aims to continue the task force’s work. It’s chaired by Lauren Bullock, the Division of Student Affairs’ program director of leadership development, and Senior Associate Dean of Students Michele Goldfarb. The Good Neighbor Initiative created a four-page document called the Good Neighbor Policy advising students to follow city codes and cooperate with neighbors and authorities. It aims to “encourage positive relationships with community members ... [and] gives special attention to issues of noise, alcohol consumption, trash and conduct.” Goldfarb said students are responsible for living up to the policy, and students who violate it may have to go through a Student Conduct Board hearing. Bullock said a Good Neighbor Initiative subcommittee is reviewing the policy to update it from its March 2011 version. There are no North Philadelphia
in resources for students living off campus. The group is working on an online survey that will be conducted through OwlConnect this month. The survey will gauge students’ awareness of trash collection schedules and city ordinances and collect information about off-campus life, like students’ experiences with landlords. “For us, right now, our focus
When [they] walk through Temple as a member of the community, they feel like an outcast. Donna Richardson Council president of Norris Homes
is on painting the picture of what the off-campus community looks like, including students,” Bullock said. “You hear varying perspectives and trying to get to what’s actually happening can be a challenge.” Bullock said the committee’s focus is to teach students how to be good citizens and to provide them with resources to do so. “And I think that in order to do that, you need to be able to learn
challenge.” “No organization’s structure and function is perfectly aligned,” he said. “Function is continuing to develop based on mission.” Others see room for improvement and expansion in their outreach. This summer, Ulicia LawrenceOladeinde, the director of the university’s Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, is going to start workforce development training for students as well as offering courses this summer. She said overall, the university’s human resources department does a “great job” at preparing community residents for jobs at Temple, but job prospects are limited. “How many front line workers can you need?” she said. “You know, you need more skilled workers and that’s the thing, helping people get the skills that they need to get different jobs.” Temple employs 760 community residents from the immediate area surrounding Temple, said Ray Betzner, a university spokesman. Both Sodexo and Allied Universal Security Services employ 40 percent of their personnel from ZIP codes surrounding Temple. In addition to increasing job opportunities for community residents, Richardson would like to see the university become more inclusive of the community. “I wish they would open up and invite the community more with Temple events, instead of saying it’s just a Temple event,” she said. “When [they] walk through Temple as a member of the community, they feel like an outcast,” she added. “But actually Temple has built around these people’s homes and makes them feel so unwanted.” As members of the Good Neighbor Initiative prepare to survey students about off-campus life, the committee is also working to update its website to improve access to resources, like the Good Neighbor Policy.
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residents on the committee. “We’ve talked about that before,” Bullock said. “But there’s never been a decision made either way.” Both Swan and Bradley serve on the committee and share residents’ opinions with the committee, Bullock said. Because Bullock and Goldfarb are new to the committee, they have spent most of this academic year focusing on data collection to better understand the issues and lapses
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about where you live, incorporate that into your daily life and into your education and also engage in some kind of service,” Goldfarb added.
WHAT CAN THE UNIVERSITY DO BETTER President Englert said bringing together structure and function in terms of Temple’s various community outreach resources is an “ongoing
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“I’m grateful to what [Temple is] willing to do, but I pray that they will sit down and see what they can do more,” Richardson said. “And more doesn’t always mean financial. Sometimes more means sitting down and letting someone know their voice was heard.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Employees from zip codes around temple Fewer than 1 in 10 Temple employees are from surrounding ZIP codes.
An estimated 4 in 10 Sodexo or Allied Universal employees are from surrounding ZIP codes.
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Thesis shows ‘reflective’ of students’ artwork, design Art students display the work they’ve done throughout college at thesis shows. By IAN WALKER For The Temple News
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rissy Beck wants her artwork to introduce people to potentially unfamiliar subjects. “I wanted to just create these moments that let you closer engage with things you might not necessarily be able to connect with regularly,” said Beck, a second-year graphic and interactive design master’s student who incorporates a diverse array of topics, like mental health and niche communities, into her design work. From April 26-29, Beck showcased her work in “Engage & Play,” a collaborative thesis exhibition, with second-year graphic and interactive design student Ryan Hewlett. Their show, which was held in Temple Contemporary, concluded a two-month series of exhibitions by 28 master’s of fine arts students. The bachelor’s of fine arts senior also had thesis exhibits. In “Engage & Play,” Hewlett and Beck presented two years’ worth of their designs, with newly finished projects mounted alongside work from their very first months as students. The projects in Beck’s show are diverse — from a board game about operating electrical grids to a poetry book about hot peppers and their “pepperhead” fans. Hewlett said they generated their projects from open-ended prompts
posed by their professors. These prompts either specified some themes of the project, like authenticity, or the medium, like a book. By devising projects through prompts rather than a set of instructions, Kelly Holohan, the head of the graphic and interactive design program, said students have more artistic freedom and can better narrow in on their interests. “We don’t promote a style,” Holohan said. “The style of the work is reflective of the research, whatever is appropriate for that idea, for that audience that they’re addressing.” Beck concluded her exhibit with a personalized project: a short video titled “Sustain: Reflections of a Tired Grad Student.” The video consists of
five chapters — Anticipation, Optimistic Denial, The Grind, Exhaustion and Breakthrough — which Beck said outline her approach to formulating new designs. Even as she neared the completion of her degree, she said each new project offered as many challenges as the previous one. Chris Jorden, a senior photography major, said his senior thesis also related to personal experiences. From April 24-29, Jorden presented his thesis exhibition, “FIN.” in the Tyler School of Art. Jorden, a former movie theater employee, decided to take long-exposure photographs of rows of empty seats at several movie theaters. In his exhibition, he presented four of these
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KYLE THOMAS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Second-year graphic and interactive design master’s student Krissy Beck demonstrates her art project, “Outage” at the “Engage & Play” collaborative thesis exhibition on April 28 in Temple Contemporary.
Providing free health care to underserved populations Kamil Amer founded a student organization that brings together students across the medical field. By PATRICK BILOW Classroom Beat Reporter When he was younger, Kamil Amer’s dad used to tell him he would make a great doctor. When Amer came home from school every day, his dad would greet him by saying, “Here comes Dr. Kamil.” “I knew that this was something that I wanted from a young age,” said Amer, a fourth-year medical student. “I loved math and science, and I wanted to get my family out of our financial mess.” Amer and his family moved to Paterson, New Jersey from Jordan when he was 12 years old, without much money or any knowledge of the English language. “Our biggest struggle was the constant battle we fought against poverty,” Amer said. “My mom worked almost 16 hours a day for our family, and I have always wanted to repay [her] for being our hero.” Amer worked as a tutor 30 hours per week to pay off his family’s debt during his time at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medi-
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To be able to look at my mom and see a smile on her face is what I live for. Kamil Amer Fourth-year medical student
NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Fourth-year medical student, Kamil Amer tutors first-year medical student Walsh Abdelfadel on May 3. In his free time, Amer tutors fellow medical students and gives out free medical screenings to homeless people in Philadelphia.
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After successful study abroad trips during their undergraduate careers, some seniors are leaving the country for graduate school.
An international student received an investment from the Chinese government for her homestay coordinating company.
JAPAN | PAGE 11 A student reflects on how she continued United States political activism even while she studied abroad in Japan this semester.
LIVE IN PHILLY | PAGE 12 The South Street Spring Festival featured food, live music and vendors selling art on Saturday between Front and 8th streets.
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Seniors seek fieldwork abroad Some graduating seniors will continue their studies in Europe and Asia. By QUANG DO For The Temple News During her summer excavation in Romania two years ago, Victoria Szafara found dice made of bones from the second century. The dice became an important addition to a small Romanian museum’s collection of game pieces. Szafara, a senior Greek and Roman classics and art history major, did excavations at archaeological sites every summer in college. She also worked at museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology while school was in session. She decided to move to England to pursue a master’s degree in archaeology at the University of Leicester this fall. “I keep coming back to archaeology,” Szafara said. “I still want to do it more.” Her love for Roman culture prompted her to go to England, where many professors pursue archaeological research and provide more opportunities for excavations and other fieldwork. She said she also wants to study historical interactions between the British and Romans. Hope Watson, a senior kinesiology major, also chose to move to England for graduate school this fall. Despite her major in kinesiology and minor in public health, Watson chose not to become a doctor like many of her classmates. Instead, next year Watson will study epidemiology, which focuses on the determinants of diseases, and biostatistics at the University of Cambridge. “What’s attractive to me is to be the decision-maker in health,” Watson said. “Instead of going into clinical medicine, practicing and being face-to-face with people, I want to go into the technology aspect.” Last summer, Watson traveled to Denmark and Norway to learn about health disparities among indigenous Europeans. She said traveling is “fundamental” to understanding the health care system on a global scale, rather than just a national scale in the United States. Szafara said universities in England do not require as many exams as those in the U.S., which gives students more time to do research and finish their theses. But she added that British professors often offer less support to students, so most students work independently. Taylore Roth, a senior political science major, plans to go to Nanjing University in China after graduation to study international relations. All of her classes will be taught in Chinese. As part of a program offered by Johns Hopkins University, she
will spend a year in China before finishing her studies in Washington, D.C. Roth, who has minors in Chinese and economics, said she developed a love for China at a young age. When she was in middle school, her parents bought her Rosetta Stone, a computer software for learning languages, and encouraged her to learn Chinese. She was put off by the difficulty of learning the language, but she decided to pick it back up during her last year of high school. In college, Roth traveled to Beijing to teach English during the summer after her freshman year and spent her whole junior year in Chengdu, a city in China’s Sichuan province. “[China] kind of chooses me,” Roth said. “I just follow the path.” Studying abroad sounds “glamorous,” but there are challenges, Szafara said. She worries that no one will understand her Philadelphian attempt at a British accent, and she’s still trying to catch up with the culture, she said. “I’m told that [the British] sense of hu-
mor is different from [the United States],” Szafara said. “They’re very sarcastic, which is terrible for me because I never understand sarcasm.” For Roth, the challenges of living in China include pollution and the lack of amenities, she said, especially social media because many websites are blocked or heavily monitored. Still, she said it’s worth the opportunity to learn about the culture. Watson said continuing her education abroad is an opportunity to better understand her studies outside the classroom. “If you just go on vacation or to the tourist sites, you haven’t really tapped in that culture or understood the people there,” Watson said. “Studying abroad would allow you to stay long enough to leave a piece of you each place you go.” firstname.lastname@example.org Editor’s note: Victoria Szafara wrote for The Temple News in 2014. She had no part in the writing or editing of this story.
QUANG DO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Senior kinesiology major Hope Watson will study epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Cambridge in the fall. Bottom: Senior political science major Taylore Roth (left) will study at Nanjing University in China.
Engaging in U.S. politics from Japan A student uses her learned knowledge of Japanese politics to understand the U.S. system. I’ve climbed the Sensō-ji temple steps — where Vice President Mike Pence visited last month — three times. During this semester, which I spent at Temple University Japan, I studied international relations and watched from afar as a new United States presidential administration took power. In the months since January, we have all seen the groundswell in political engagement among Americans. Away from the states, Facebook and Twitter showed me what was going on in real time. As I studied Japanese internaCHARLOTTE MYER tional relations, I paid close attention to Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s relationship with the new administration. A cornerstone of Japanese foreign policy is to keep a strong relationship with the U.S. Our country is also central to Japanese trade: the loss of the Trans-Pacific Partnership now has Japan re-examining its policies. With that in mind, Abe took every effort to personally engage with President Donald Trump. Individual action is not only for heads of state, and there were ample opportunities to engage in American politics in Tokyo. I wrote to my congressional representatives, and I regularly made midnight telephone calls to the field offices at home. I called my legislators. I wrote to their offices. I posted the telephone numbers of my representatives and senators on Facebook. I attended a satellite Women’s March on Washington hosted in Tokyo. Hours before the inauguration, I wound my way through Minato and Roppongi, two of Tokyo’s neighborhoods, with 600 other people. Away from Temple, I couldn’t have my normal discussion of the week’s goings-on with the Political Science Society. Abroad, your circle of friends is smaller than at home, and I found it comforting to take as much direct action as I could, speaking to my representatives directly to voice my opinion about the issues that I cared about. This semester in Tokyo afforded me the chance to see domestic and international policy at work. Personally, I marched, I wrote and I supported my friends at home in their efforts to make their voices heard. The world seems a little smaller now that I’ve done some traveling. I see now that people just want to cherish their communities. I feel closer to my home, but I know that there is so much more to the world than my hometown, or even Philadelphia. I also see that it is so important to stay engaged with my local community’s politics. Even when I’m in Tokyo, I am still from Montgomery County and still from Pennsylvania. I can pick up the telephone and call my representatives. And if I can do it from Japan, anyone can, anywhere. email@example.com
Start-up pairs international students with safe homestays A senior marketing major received a $100,000 investment. By BILIN LIN For The Temple News As an international student, Lei Zhao understands how challenging it can be to find the right place to live. “A lot of my friends had problems with their homestay, and those homestay coordinating companies didn’t really care for them,” said Zhao, a graduating marketing major. Homestay is a popular accommodation among international students that allows them to live with local families when they study abroad. Hang Yuan, a sophomore international business major from China, said he had problems with his homestay when he was in high school. His host family in California wasn’t cooking for him, even though that was a part of the agreement. The agency who introduced him to this family wouldn’t help him resolve the issue. This made Zhao want to create
her own homestay coordinating company that cares more about its clients. Zhao, originally from Beijing, founded the HeyHome Education Consulting Company last summer, which helps Chinese students connect with American host families. The business assists students in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and Emporia, Kansas. Zhao came to the United States in 2012 to study at Emporia State University in Kansas for a year. She took a year off school and then transferred to Temple in 2014. “I learned strategies and skills such as advertising campaign and business negotiation at Temple, and I developed my own marketing research [for HeyHome],” Zhao said. She said she felt somewhat stuck in Kansas and struggled to learn about business. “I just feel international students [have it] very tough in the U.S. and when I came to Philadelphia, I feel like I [could] really do something to help them,” Zhao said. In August 2016, she helped a family friend come to the U.S. for high school and find a homestay. That
was her first client. She kept looking for other opportunities, which led her to a business competition in New York City last summer, around the same time she had her first customer. Zhao participated in the Chunhui Cup, a global competition organized by the Chinese government for Chinese international students to present their ideas on starting a business. Zhao won second place. As a winner, she was brought to China by the competition organizer to meet investors. She traveled to Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen in China and talked to about 10 different investing companies. This January, she received $100,000 from a Chinese investor, who is also one of her distant relatives. Zhao currently has three employees, one of whom is a Temple student, and she hopes to continue to grow her business. She plans to launch a website this August, hire 10 more employees and expand her work to either Boston, New York or San Francisco. So far, HeyHome has helped
11 international students find their homestay in the U.S. Gang Yang, who works for HeyHome as an IT technician, said that Zhao was “born” to be a businessperson. “In my mind, entrepreneur[s are] the type of people who try to do something and change the world,”
said Yang, who is from China. “Even though they are standing in the crowd, you can still see their desire and enthusiasm. When I see her, and working with her, I just know she is this kind of person.” firstname.lastname@example.org
BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Lei Zhao, a senior marketing major, founded HeyHome Education Consulting Company in August 2016. She wants to help international students with their housing in the U.S.
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South Street Spring Festival brings food, music, art On Saturday, South Street between Front and 8th streets was shut down for the South Street Spring Festival hosted by the South Street Headhouse District. In conjunction with the festival, the 700 block of South Street held the 5th annual German Maifest hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz, a German beer hall on South Street near 7th. Live and recorded music stations were set up at the event. Senior journalism major Raina Stewart worked at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tent. John Carson walked around in a shark costume promoting Philly AIDS Thrift, a thrift store on 5th Street near South that benefits local AIDS organizations. There was a variety of food vendors, artisans and craftmakers on every block. The artistans and craftmakers sold jewelry, photographs and an assortment of other products. ADVERTISEMENT
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Organization aims to support Syrian students Temple Refugee Outreach wants the university to provide 10 scholarships to refugees. By AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News More than half of all attacks on schools around the world from 2011 to 2015 happened in Syria, according to Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization. Shiyam Galyon said this number is the reason she, along with other Syrian student activists, started the Books Not Bombs campaign, an initiative to push United States universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students and to join the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. The consortium is a network of colleges and universities that provide scholarships for Syrian students. “There is a spider web of conflicts in the country,” said Galyon, who is the national campaign coordinator for Books Not Bombs. “But the central one that spans off all the other conflicts is between the regime and the civilians.” Temple Refugee Outreach, a student organization that connects students with refugees and immigrants, wants to bring the Books Not Bombs campaign to Main Campus. TRO is collecting signatures to show to Student Financial Services and the admissions office, so the university could consider offering the scholarships for
the 2018-19 academic year. “As students of Temple, we think that some of the seats should go to Syrian refugees who would otherwise have no education,” the Temple campaign organizers wrote on its website. The Books Not Bombs campaign was launched in February 2016 by Students Organize for Syria, a studentled movement to assist people in the country through education, advocacy and fundraising. Galyon and the other student activists created the book campaign in response to the education crisis in Syria. The crisis in Syria has resulted in a “deliberate attack” on schools that are not under regime control, Galyon added. MacKenzie Bonner, the president of TRO and a junior global studies and Spanish major, and Katie Pfeil, a junior marketing major and the vice president of the organization, interned at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, a nonprofit organization that facilitates refugee assimilation, in Rome last spring. “We saw the really impactful experience and we felt a lot of great connections there so we thought that bringing that same type of environment to Temple would be really beneficial,” Pfeil said. They both got in touch with Erin Heald, a junior global studies major who tutors immigrants from Mexico and Southeast Asia. She’s also interested in migratory issues, which inspired her to join the platform. Heald is now the fundraising chair for TRO. “Scholarships are really key,” Galyon said. “Education is the most asked
for thing, after food and shelter from Syrians.” She added that scholarships are sources of mobility and a way to provide a safer environment for the Syrian students to succeed. This semester, TRO held events to raise awareness for the Books Not Bombs campaign on Main Campus. They hosted a Refugee Awareness Week from April 10-14. They’ve also been working with the Nationalities Service Center, an immigrant resettlement organization in Philadelphia. “We’ve done a lot of work and planning with them and we also have members volunteering and interning with NSC,” Heald said. Members of TRO hope to get 1,000 supporters to sign the campaign and get TSG to support their resolution. “We hope that since Temple really prides itself on being such a diverse, accomodable school for everyone, this would be a great thing to have impact and show that you’re really doing something,” Pfeil said. “I feel like seeing a successive small group of refugees, these 10 refugees that would receive the scholarships, that would be really impactful for the larger population of refugees in the city,” Heald said. “It would also just show that there are people that care about their well-being and success. I think that’s probably the most important things for refugees that are already settled here is to know that they are welcome and that we care.”
What was your favorite moment of the school year?
CHANELLE LESTER Sophomore Strategic Communication
My favorite part of the year was the spring fest. It’s like the event they have towards the end of the year just to celebrate. It was last week, I think. Camp TU too, the whole week they had different events. Honestly, I didn’t really do much. I just walked around and looked at everything, so I liked how it was set up. It was kind of a nice stress-reliever because finals were coming up.
BELAL MOHAMED NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Kamil Amer, a fourth-year medical student, started a partnership with other medical students to give free health screenings to homeless people in the city.
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MEDICAL cine. To give back to others, Amer also co-founded the Al-Shifaa Muslim Student Organization, which brings together dental, podiatry, pharmacy and medical students with medical professionals. It offers free health screenings to homeless people in Philadelphia and refers patients to free medical centers for treatment. After high school, Amer received a full scholarship to The College of New Jersey through the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund — which financially supports students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. While away at college, Amer said he didn’t forget about his mother, who was working three jobs and had given up everything for him to go to school. He began tutoring biology students during his undergraduate stud-
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THESIS large photographs, featuring places like Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and Prince Theater on Chestnut Street near Broad. During his years as a movie theater employee, Jorden said he saw some very intimate acts and occasionally even outbreaks of violence. He said he realized chain movie theaters have their own kind of history that rivals the
ies, which helped him review the material on which he was also being tested. After he graduated, Amer took two years off to continue tutoring so he could save money to send to his family in Paterson. “It’s my number one motivator in life,” Amer said. “To be able to look at my mom and see a smile on her face is what I live for.” But Amer still dreamt of becoming a surgeon. After being accepted to Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Amer moved to Philadelphia in 2013. During his second year of medical school, he founded AMSO. It has since seen more than 3,000 patients at community centers and churches like the United Muslim Islamic Center and Masjid Mujahideen in South Philadelphia. AMSO has identified cases of diabetes, foot ulcers, tooth issues and other health issues. “We have been called angels and so many love what we are doing,” Amer said. “We have received so many calls
from community centers asking for us to come back.” “I tell my kids to be like Kamil,” said Dr. Aisha Chaudhry, a podiatric surgeon and 2004 medical school alumna who has worked with AMSO. “He is an exceptional human being who has such a compassion for patients. He’d give any of them the shirt off his back.” As a professional, Amer said he wants to continue his volunteer work by opening up free health clinics and traveling the world to offer medical aid to impoverished areas. “He’s not going to be just an average surgeon because he has big dreams,” Chaudhry said. “He will publish books and push research, and I have no doubt that he will be very successful.” “The main reason I became a doctor is to help people out,” Amer said. “And that is what I will continue to do.”
architectural significance of places like Keswick Theatre, which was designed by Horace Trumbauer, the architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “It almost seems like they probably won’t have history, but a lot of stuff goes on in theaters,” Jorden said. “The project was probably always in my head, it just didn’t come into fruition until recently.” After graduation, Jorden plans to send his photos to additional theaters in hopes of securing new places to shoot. Once he gathers enough photos, he said he wants to compile them into
a book. “I’m going to a bunch of different theaters,” he said. “Senior year, I [didn’t] have the time to do it, but now I do.” Although Beck is completing her master’s degree, she said the process of making art is still challenging. “You figure it out just in time for it to be over,” she said. “Seriously, I don’t know if I fully figured it out until maybe three weeks ago.”
Junior Mechanical Engineering
Well I’m on the soccer team here, so definitely the season. It was a great season in whole, so definitely that. We just had some really big wins, like against Penn State and a couple others. I’m very excited for [next season], that’s the only reason why I want summer to go by very fast.
ANNA HAAG Freshman Africology
I’m a freshman, so this was my first year. I think my favorite part was just meeting different professors and seeing how much they actually care about students learning the material, and that they would take the time to teach them, even during office hours and things like that. [In high school] it felt like a lot of the teachers, they were restricted because they had to teach by the test, and they just didn’t really care. For my Race & Diversity GenEd, I had a really great professor. She helped a lot of her students out after class and would talk with us.
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Athletics decides use for NCAA funds
Dunphy inducted into Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Coach Fran Dunphy and 14 other people earned induction into the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday. Dunphy coached the Quakers from 1989-2006, leading Penn to a 310-163 record in 17 years. Penn won 10 Ivy League titles between 1993 and 2006. Dunphy is the only person to have coached at two Big 5 schools. In his 11 years at Temple, the Owls have made seven NCAA tournaments, recorded eight 20-win seasons and beaten a ranked opponent in each of the last 10 seasons. -Evan Easterling
Director of player personnel hired from D-II school The football team has hired Tom Pajic as its director of player personnel, coach Geoff Collins announced May 1. Pajic replaces E.J. Barthel, who departed in March to become Penn State’s recruiting coordinator. Pajic spent the last five years as the coach of Quincy University, a Division II school in Illinois. Before his tenure at Quincy, Pajic spent eight seasons as the offensive coordinator at Bloomsburg University. Pajic is a 1991 alumnus of Bloomsburg, where he set a school record for most receptions in a game.
The allotment of more than $800,000 will be used for mental health resources. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor Temple will use money allocated by the NCAA to improve its mental health resources for student-athletes, Senior Associate Athletic Director Larry Dougherty wrote in an email. The athletic department will receive $824,147 as part of a one-time $200 million supplemental allocation the NCAA made in mid-April to nearly 350 schools. The funds were apportioned based on the number of athletic scholarships a school offered in the 2013-14 year. The NCAA mandated that schools use the money “for the direct benefit of the student-athlete and their academic success, life skills, career success, health and safety and student-athlete focused diversity and inclusion initiatives,” according to its website. The NCAA encourages schools to use the money by June 30, 2022, and Temple plans to spend
the money over five years. The athletic department intends to supplement its outside counselor coverage and hire a full-time mental health professional to “provide a consistent presence and outlet” for student-athletes, Dougherty wrote. This is intended to be completed during the 2017-18 academic year. The university currently uses three outside counselors — Dr. Caitlin LaGrotte, Dr. Craig Cohen and Dr. Annie Yocum — who are available on a parttime basis. The specifics of spending and whether counseling will be based out of the Student Health and Wellness Center, set to open at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue in Fall 2017, are still being determined, Dougherty wrote. Schools must submit their spending plans to the NCAA within three months of receiving the funding. “Mental health has been an area of high concern for some time,” Dougherty wrote. “With these new resources we are able to address a significant need to benefit our student-athlete welfare.” Yocum, a psychologist based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said she
comes to Temple once a week to provide individual psychotherapy, which can range from consultations to ongoing therapy. She sees students on a referral basis, which can be same-day or within the same week, she said. Cohen, based in Center City, said he sees 10 to 12 student-athletes per week but doesn’t feel overburdened. He said at Temple, athletes typically receive individual counseling in weekly 45-minute sessions. “It’s just a place for them to help organize that in a non-judgmental, supportive, collaborative environment,” Cohen said. “I think it’s a good thing to have resources for the athletes,” he added. “They’re not only dealing with the stress of school and academics … but they’re also dealing with a really stressful experience in their sports teams. The expectations that are put on by their coaches and their trainers, it’s just another added piece that makes their life very quite stressful.” firstname.lastname@example.org @Evan_Easterling
Recruiting class grows to eight incoming gymnasts The Owls announced on Thursday that they’ve added Leah Eller for the 2017-18 season, the latest commit in a recruiting class of seven other gymnasts. Eller’s gym is Hills Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where coach Umme Salim-Beasley and Eller’s future teammate, freshman all-around Daisy Todd, once competed. In 2014, Eller helped Hills capture the team gold medal at the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships. She also won Maryland’s vault title and placed second in the all-around, vault and bars at her regional championships. Temple’s Class of 2021 group now includes Eller, Aryanna Anderson, Kaci Martir, Delaney Garin, Erica Fuchs, Jordyn Oster, Monica Servidio and Tori Edwards. -Varun Sivakumar
JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Graduate student Paige Rachel did not play in Fall 2016 due to her third ACL tear, but became a mentor to younger players.
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Rachel Hall competes in Broad Street Run
While Rachel didn’t end her Temple soccer career as a contributor on the field, she succeeded in the classroom. She graduated with a bachelor’s in advertising in December 2015. She will graduate this
Two years after she faced a life-threatening injury, former Temple lacrosse goalie Rachel Hall was one of 40,000 people to run in the 10-mile race down Broad Street on Sunday. Hall was critically injured in a hit-and run-accident while riding her bike before graduation in 2015. After recovering, she returned to Temple to walk during graduation last spring. The university and the lacrosse team both posted pictures of Hall at the race on their social media accounts on Sunday. -Owen McCue
Multiple teams honored for academic success The NCAA recognized seven Temple athletic programs for their multi-year academic progress rates on Wednesday. Teams needed their APR to be among the top 10 percent in their respective sports. APR represents the number of student-athletes receiving financial aid who are staying in school and maintaining academic eligibility. Men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer all earned the distinction. It was the fourth-straight year the men’s tennis team earned the distinction while the men’s cross country team and women’s tennis team received the honor for the second year in a row. -Owen McCue
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ATHLETICS two seasons. Connecticut, which appeared in the Top 25 polls three times from 2007 to 2010, hasn’t had a winning season since, falling to the bottom of The American’s standings. Next year will be a benchmark of Temple’s success. Without four-year starting quarterback Phillip Walker, firstround NFL draft pick Haason Reddick and others, Collins will have his work cut out for him if he is to maintain the level at which Rhule left the Temple program. Rhule went 2-10 in his first season at Temple. Going on their fourth coach in 10 years, it is unclear whether the Owls can sustain a certain level of success while coaches depart for the greener pastures of Power 5 schools. The men’s basketball team faces similar questions about its stability heading into next academic year, although for a different reason. Coach Fran Dunphy has been a consistent presence on Temple’s bench over the last 11 years, especially compared to the merry-go-round of football coaches. But is that a good thing? Four years removed from a six-year stretch of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, the program looks to
month with a master’s in marketing. Rachel recently accepted a full-time job at MaassMedia, a marketing analytics agency, and will live in South Philadelphia. “Hopefully it’s going to make her a very, very successful and confident person going forward with the rest of her life that she came through with this and
showed herself how mentally tough she was,” O’Connor said. “And showed herself how she can respond to that and how great she can be. Most people don’t come back from one. She’s done it three times.”
have lost a step. Dunphy has led the team to just one trip to the Big Dance since 2012-13. One year after an NCAA tournament appearance, the team went 16-16 in the 2016-17 campaign. The direction of the program is a bit confusing. Temple followed a 9-22 season in 2013-14 with back-to-back seasons of 20 or more wins before last season’s disappointing results. After only sending two teams to the NCAA tournament in 2017, The American is desperate for Temple and the conference’s other traditional hoops programs like Connecticut to rebound from disappointing seasons. The Owls are poised for a potential bounce-back campaign with the return of injured point guard Josh Brown and the addition of a hyped recruiting class. The league hopes to raise its basketball profile with the addition of Wichita State. The Shockers have gone to the NCAA tournament in six straight seasons and have finished in the final Associated Press Top 25 rankings in four of the past six years. Temple’s non-revenue sports are still trying to find their way after leaving the Atlantic 10 Conference before the 201314 year. Temple’s only conference championships since moving to The American are a regular-season basketball title in 2015-16 and the football team’s conference championship win last year.
The women’s basketball team went to its first NCAA tournament since 2011 last season, but is still trying to edge South Florida as the league’s second-best team behind Connecticut. The volleyball team has had three straight 20-win seasons but hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2002. After historic starts by the women’s soccer team in 2014 and 2015, coach Seamus O’Connor’s squad fell back to the bottom of the conference in 2016. The men’s soccer team has yet to translate early-season results to a winning record in The American. Meanwhile, the field hockey and golf teams are still trying to replace former All-Americans Amber Youtz and Brandon Mathews. At the moment, Temple doesn’t have any programs consistently competing at the national level. The football and women’s basketball programs showed this year they might be inching closer. The lacrosse and men’s soccer teams both received votes in national polls. The addition of the Temple Sports Complex may give the field hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams a boost. It will be interesting to see what’s next for Temple athletics.
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4 players hope pro status puts program on the map Three defenders and one forward will play professionally after graduation.
It’s been a dream of mine for years now and being able to make that dream become a reality is amazing.
By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter Matt Mahoney felt strange before the Owls’ spring game against Bethlehem Steel FC on March 4. Instead of suiting up for Temple, like he did for the past four years, Mahoney stood on the sideline for Bethlehem Steel FC, a United Soccer League team. Though Mahoney couldn’t play due to a sprained ankle, the matchup between his old team and his new team was a sign of the end of an era for the defender. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Mahoney said. “I’m happy to get to the next step in my professional career, but I’ll miss the guys that I’ve played with for three, four years now, so I think that’s the saddest part.” Four of seven seniors from the 2016 squad will play professional soccer after graduation. Defender Stefan Mueller signed with Germany’s TB Upshusen, defender Carlos Moros Gracia signed with Sweden’s GIF Sundsvall and Mahoney plays for the Steel, which are affiliated with MLS’ Philadelphia Union. In January, Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected Jorge Gomez Sanchez, Temple’s leading scorer and last season’s Philadelphia Soccer Six player of the year, in the MLS SuperDraft. Gomez Sanchez didn’t make the Whitecaps’ first team and decided to search for a place to play in his native Spain. “I thought I could get a better opportunity and a better contract somewhere else,” he said. Gomez Sanchez’s first choice is to find a Spanish team because it means he would be near his family and friends. If he lands a spot on a Spanish team, Gomez Sanchez will return home after being away for six years. Moros Gracia, also from Spain, signed with GIF Sundsvall in March. Though he is in the country, he hasn’t
Matt Mahoney Former defender and men’s soccer captain
HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Former defender Matt Mahoney stands at the Temple Sports Complex on April 27. He signed a contract with Bethlehem Steel FC in the United Soccer League in March.
played for the team yet, but is excited to start contributing. While at Temple, Moros Gracia helped the back line produce nine shutouts and only allow 15 goals in 18 games. Moros Gracia hopes to bring his passing ability and his fun-loving personality to GIF Sundsvall, but he might have to wait until summer before he can compete. He is happy with his chance to play professionally but said he’ll miss his “family, friends and culture” while in Sweden. “The life is just a surprise,” Moros Gracia said. “One day this club asked me if I could be there in two days. And it was how the opportunity begun.”
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FUTURE East championship game, McDermott felt she had unfinished business. She led the team with 42 goals, 32 assists and 74 points to help it reach its second straight Big East tournament. She also helped lead the
For Mahoney, missing home is less of a concern. Even though Mahoney is from Poughkeepsie, New York, he is playing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, about a 90-minute drive from Main Campus. “It is very awesome that I went to school in Philly and now I’m able to go play for a team near my college,” Mahoney said. “It just shows how much my college helped me.” Last summer, Mahoney interned with the Philadelphia Union. After Temple’s season ended, he reached out to a Union coach who helped him get a trial during the Steel’s preseason camp. After two weeks, the coaching staff told Mahoney the team wanted
team to a 13-2 start, tying the Owls’ start in 1997. Last year, Temple had to place in the top four in an eight-team league. Two more schools, Butler University and a nationally ranked University of Denver squad, joined the conference prior to the 2017 season, making qualifying for the postseason more challenging. The conference’s preseason coaches’ poll picked the Owls to finish fifth in the conference.
to sign him. Mahoney aims to get playing time in pursuit of his ultimate goal: advancing to the MLS. “It’s been a dream of mine for years now and being able to make that dream become a reality is amazing,” Mahoney said. “I’m not quite ready to do real work yet, so the fact that I am able to play soccer and continue doing what I love is amazing.” Mueller, a defender who had 70 career starts, will head to Germany to continue his soccer career. Both sides of Mueller’s family are from Germany, he has a German passport and he can speak some German. His sister lives and plays soccer in Germany while
The team tied its 13-win mark from last season and 2008, when the Owls made their last NCAA tournament appearance. “It’s a really special team,” McDermott said. “Every single person brings so much to the team. Every single day, you don’t know who is going to step up and do something different, and I think that’s what really makes us special.” Temple won eight of its 13 games by two
she attends graduate school. Mahoney hopes high-profile recruits will see the four Owls signed to professional teams and more players will choose Temple. “I think it will put it on the map even more,” Mahoney said. “I think we’ve shown the past four years that we can compete with some of the best teams in the country, and I think it’s only going to make Temple seem more attractive to other prospects that are looking to go to college now.” email@example.com @CaptainAMAURAca
goals or less, including an overtime win against Marquette University and a come-from-behind win against Vanderbilt University. The win against Marquette on March 25 at Howarth Field started a six-game winning streak. Temple made the conference tournament despite having a negative goal differential in league play. “They are believers,” Rosen said. “They believe that anything can happen. They believe in happiness and they believe that the next moment can always be what they want.” McDermott and senior midfielder Morgan Glassford earned first-team all-Big East selections for the second straight year. Glassford led Temple with 73 draw controls in 2017 and graduates with 174 for her career. She became Temple’s all-time draw control leader in its win against Villanova on April 8. Junior defender Nicole Latgis earned allBig East second-team honors. Latgis led Temple with 26 caused turnovers. Temple’s two goalkeepers, Lowell and redshirt-freshman Kelsea Hershey, dealt with the task of filling the shoes of Jaqi Kakalecik, who played in all 19 games last year and ranked No. 8 in Division I in goals against average. “I think they both have a ton of potential,” Rosen said. “For both of them to have had a chance to get in this game [Thursday] and see what they can do against a team like Florida was really great.” As for next year, Rosen hopes to see her team back in the Big East championship game. “This year serves as this interesting bridge of what we achieved last year and a program that expects to get back to a Big East championship every year,” Rosen said. “I think the character and makeup of next year’s team is going to be the result of what they learned this season. The expectations have been raised.” firstname.lastname@example.org
HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Owls celebrate graduate attacker Brenda McDermott’s goal in Temple’s 21-9 loss to the University of Florida in Thursday’s Big East tournament semifinal at Villanova Stadium.
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uring his four-year tenure as Temple’s head coach, Matt Rhule put an emphasis on looking to the future. “What’s next?” was the phrase Rhule coined as the team’s mantra. It meant looking forward to the next play, the next practice or the next game. When Rhule departed for Baylor University in December, he left behind some uncertainty about “what’s next” for the Temple football program. Early in his tenure, coach Geoff Collins is trying to brand Temple as a Top 25 program. Collins is taking over a team that has won 10 games and appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 poll in back-to-back seasons. The program has had six players drafted to the NFL in a two-year span. But success in college football can be fleeting. Just look at fellow American Athletic Conference school East Carolina. The Pirates were a Top 25 team in 2014, but have totaled just eight wins during the past
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After second ACL tear, former attacker moves on Paige Rachel will graduate with a master’s degree after an injury in Spring 2016. By TOM IGNUDO Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Morgan Glassford (right), attempts a shot in Temple’s 21-9 loss to the University of Florida in the Big East Conference tournament semifinal at Villanova Stadium on Thursday.
‘Expectations have been raised’ after 13-win year Temple made the Big East tournament despite replacing most of its starting lineup. By TESSA SAYERS Lacrosse Beat Reporter As time expired on Thursday, Temple’s seniors gathered on the 40-yard line at Villanova Stadium and hugged, enjoying their last moments on the field in cherry and white. For the second straight year, the University of Florida, ranked No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll, ended the Owls’ (13-5, 6-3 Big East Conference) season in the postseason tournament. In 2016, the teams met in the championship game, where the Owls lost 16-4. This year, the Gators bested the Owls, the fourth seed in the four-team tournament, in the
semifinals, 21-9. Coach Bonnie Rosen said Temple played its best team game of the year. “It was an ultimate experience to end your career on,” graduate attacker Brenda McDermott said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Prior to this season, only two of the seven seniors had been regular starters. But after losing 12 seniors to graduation in 2016, Rosen asked the next group of seniors to step up. “They taught me how to win and how to lose and how to do everything as a team,” freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better senior class.” McDermott, who returned for a fifth year of eligibility after she received a medical redshirt for her freshman year, anchored the senior group. She wasn’t sure if she would come back, but after losing in the 2016 Big
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Elaine Byerley saw the injury and felt an urge to vomit. Coach Seamus O’Connor couldn’t believe his eyes. As Paige Rachel went to stop a ball against Lafayette College at the Ambler Sports Complex in the 2014 preseason, she landed awkwardly and tore her left ACL. It was the first of two times she tore her ACL at Temple. The second time was during Spring 2016 against La Salle. “The whole process with Paige has just taken away some of my love for soccer,” O’Connor said. “It really doesn’t make sense. I always tell them like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ I don’t even push my own daughter to do soccer because I’ve seen the bad side of it, and that’s the hard part.” “I just don’t understand it sometimes,” he added. “It’s an unfortunate part of our sport.” Rachel missed her junior and redshirt senior seasons because of injuries. She started 28 out of her first 34 games as an Owl and finished her career with four goals, an assist and nine points. Prior to Rachel tearing her ACL twice at Temple, she tore her right ACL as a freshman at Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. Men’s soccer coach David MacWilliams told O’Connor to go scout Rachel. Despite Rachel’s initial injury, O’Connor said she was all over the field and pretty explosive when he saw her play. With Rachel shooting primarily with her
left foot, she was a big part of the offense on set plays. When Rachel got hurt during Spring 2016, it started a domino effect of injuries on the roster that lingered during the regular season. If Rachel didn’t suffer another injury, she could have helped an Owls offense that finished last in the American Athletic Conference in goals last season. “She was supposed to play a big role on the attacking end of the field for us,” O’Connor said. “It took me awhile to even register that it happened. It just didn’t seem right. These kids are so athletic and so powerful, I expect them get hit by a truck to hurt them, but something like that, it doesn’t make sense because they’re so athletic and so strong and so fit.” After Rachel’s third ACL tear, O’Connor told her with all she had on her plate — like her internship, graduate school, rehab and another job — she didn’t have to come to practices. But that didn’t stop Rachel. She still went to practices and served as a mentor to the team’s underclassmen. She also went to games to watch from the sidelines and occasionally give her teammates advice. While helping the underclassmen, Rachel noticed an issue for one particular freshman. Defender K.J. Waghorne, from Wheaton, Illinois, was homesick and adjusting to life at Temple. Rachel began to help Waghorne transition to Temple. The two started getting dinner together regularly last season, O’Connor said. “I know how hard it is to come in as a freshman out of state,” Rachel said. “Your parents, family and friends can’t always come to everything. Like after games, I know how hard it was. And when I saw she was from Chicago, I knew she was going to kind of go through what I went through.”
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One former defender will play professionally in Pennsylvania, and three other former Owls will play in Europe.
The athletic department will use an allocation from the NCAA over five years to improve mental heath resources for student-athletes.
The women’s gymnastics team added to its recruiting class, Fran Dunphy inducted into Penn’s Hall of Fame, other news and notes.