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At TUH, treating people, not ailments Temple’s hospital is integrating humanities into health care. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor


ichael Vitez carries a quote in his wallet from author William Faulkner’s 1950 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature. It reads, “[Man] will prevail … because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s duty is to write about these things.” “Good stories build community, help people heal,” said Vitez, the director of narrative medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. “[It’s] cathartic for people to share their story. … They can change the world.” Vitez joined the school’s faculty in April. He writes stories about patients at Temple University Hospital and helps students and physicians reflect on the demand of the medical field through writing. Narrative medicine is one of several initiatives medical students and professionals are integrating into their practices to make them more personable physicians. Along with Vitez’s arrival at the school, six new electives were offered that tapped into the humanities through mediums including art, photography and cooking.

Pulitzer Prize, Vitez bred a passion for writing human interest stories. Vitez said leaving the Inquirer after a buyout was “the hardest decision [he] ever made.” But his love of storytelling persists. In his new role, Vitez said he has tried to create a “storytelling culture” at TUH to emphasize that patients are more than their ailments. “There are incredible stories in every room of the hospital,” Vitez said. “There’s incredible compassion and heroism and dedication and sorrow and all these great human emotions. … I think that people don’t stop and celebrate that. They’re very clinical.” Vitez found one of his stories sit-


TAUP, Temple negotiating 2018 contract Officials say the addition of adjuncts to the contract will affect negotiations. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Naomi Rosenberg, an emergency room doctor at Temple University Hospital, published an essay, “How To Tell A Mother Her Child Is Dead,” in the New York Times in September.

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GRACE SHALLOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jonathan Thomas, who is blind in his left eye, uses a magnifying glass to assist him as he draws.

Temple’s faculty union is still negotiating a contract with the university to include adjunct faculty in its collective bargaining agreement. The Temple Association of University Professionals began negotiations with the university in May, leaders said, and the process is taking longer than usual because they have never worked part-time faculty into a contract. In December 2015, more than 600 parttime faculty voted to join the union, which until then had only represented about 1,300 full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals, like lab technicians and academic advisers, from the schools and colleges that enroll undergraduate students. The vote decided that 1,400 part-time faculty would be included in the union. TAUP will begin representing adjuncts in October 2018, when the contract they are negotiating comes into effect. Now, Temple and TAUP are negotiating a single contract to represent both full-time and adjunct faculty. While much of the negotiation focuses on the incorporation of adjuncts into the contract, the differences between how full- and part-time faculty are paid or earn preference through seniority could have an unforeseen trickledown effect. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board told TAUP that “regular” part-time faculty must be represented by the contract, but did not specify what makes a part-time faculty member


Owls win first championship in 49 years Struggles for votes still affect TSG

Temple defeated Navy 3410 on Saturday to win its first major conference title.

Some students said they didn’t vote for Parliament because they didn’t know enough — or anything —about it.

By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor Phil Snow had faith in the beginning, even when most didn’t. The Owls’ defensive coordinator told alumni during the summer the team would be better than last season. Despite losing three defensive starters to the NFL Draft and its leading receiver, Temple set the bar high to beat its historic 10-win season in 2015 that tied the mark set by the 1979 team. “They all looked at me like I was crazy,” Snow said. Wayne Hardin, who coached Navy from 1959-64 and led the Owls from 197082, was on the field for the coin toss before Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship between the two teams. Hardin and former players like Tavon Young and Saledeem Major watched Snow, coach Matt Rhule and the rest of the Owls do something no Temple team ever has before: win a major conference title and have back-to-back 10-win seasons. The Owls added to their resume when


Penn State, the No. 5 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Temple will return to Annapolis, Maryland to play in the Military Bowl against Wake Forest University on Dec. 27. One reason Rhule said he chose the matchup was to play a school from one of the Power 5 conferences. The Demon Dea-

In an election of 37 student representatives for Temple Student Government Parliament, voter turnout was lower than its leaders expected. Only 1,102 out of more than 32,000 eligible full-time students voted in the two-day election. This brought turnout to 3.4 percent, a sharp decline from the 12.7 percent turnout in March’s NEWS general elections. This marks the second ANALYSIS year of declining voter turnout for TSG. TSG broke a six-year record for highest voter turnout in 2015, with 17 percent of students turning out to elect former TSG president Ryan Rinaldi. After the success in 2015, TSG set its sights on 25 to 30 percent voter turnout for the 2016 general election, but fell short. Despite the decline in the previous election’s turnout, TSG Elections Commissioner Noah Goff said in November that TSG was hoping for between 35 and 40 percent voter turnout for Parliament. “Relative to the frankly over-optimistic projection I had at the beginning, [voter turnout] was really low,” Goff said.



GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior defensive back Cequan Jefferson celebrates a Navy fumble at the end of the first quarter of the conference championship game on Saturday.

they earned the No. 24 spot in the College Football Playoff Rankings on Sunday. After the game, Rhule called The American “the sixth power conference” and said the winner of the conference should play in a New Year’s Six Bowl. He used the nationally televised broadcast to make a case for Temple, noting that the Owls’ three losses are all against bowl-eligible teams, including Big Ten champion

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The city’s soda tax, which begins Jan. 1, will not immediately affect the cost of meal plans, but could in the future. Read more on Page 2.

This week’s special issue, The Essayist, features five personal essays on identity, loss and societal strife. Read more on Pages 4-5.

An alumnus reflects on his first year as a Pennslyvania Supreme Court justice. Read more on Page 7.

The men’s basketball team is on a 5-game winning streak, and senior guard Josh Brown returned to the lineup. Read more on Page 20.




Sugary drink tax could affect future meal plans The university’s main beverage distributor, Coca-Cola, is suing the city over the tax. By WILL BACHA For The Temple News The soda tax that Philadelphia City Council approved in June will go into effect on Jan. 1, which could hike up the cost of meal plans for the 2017-18 academic year. The tax will increase the price of sugary drinks, like sodas and sports drinks, by 1.5 cents per ounce. According to the tax’s official website, the money from the tax will fund early childhood education in the public sector, with an emphasis on Pre-K education and recreational programs, as well as libraries and other community schools. PhillyVoice reported in June that the tax is expected to generate $91 million in revenue each year. Ken Kaiser, the university’s CFO and Treasurer, said the cost of meal plans will not increase for Spring 2017. “The university would absorb any added cost for the spring in its budget this year,” Kaiser said. “In no way would the cost for the spring then be added into the rates for future years. The cost would be covered by savings in other

areas of the housing operation or through reserves housing has for one-time, unforeseen needs.” Still, for the upcoming academic year, students may see an adjustment to their meal plans. Michael Scales, the associate vice president for business services, wrote in an email that the university is working with Aramark, soon to be the university’s food service provider, to figure out how meal plans would change after the tax. “[We] will look at several variables such as price indexes and consumption to determine the rate for 2017-18 meal plans should the tax be implemented,” he wrote. The tax also comes on the heels of Temple’s July agreement to replace Pepsi and name Coca-Cola as the university’s beverage distributor. The company now owns and operates all of Temple’s vending machines and soda fountains in residence and dining halls. Coca-Cola, along with most other big names in the beverage industry, opposes the tax, and is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the city contesting the legality of the tax. The Philadelphia Business Journal reported that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied requests to hear the case immediately, meaning the city’s Common Pleas Court must make a ruling before the case can be heard at a higher level. “The Coca-Cola Company opposes the Philadelphia beverage tax proposal because it

KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coca-Cola is one of several leaders in the beverage industry that filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia for the soda tax that was passed in June. The tax will take effect on Jan. 1.

unfairly targets one product, disproportionately impacts low-income communities and hurts small businesses,” said Lauren Craig, a CocaCola spokeswoman. “Singling out one product category is an unreliable way to fund important local initiatives like Pre-K education.”

She added that the company will work with local businesses, restaurants, grocers and citizens as well as other large beverage companies to fight the tax. will.bacha@temple.edu


Recreation centers hoping for city funding, renovations Philadelphia’s Rebuild program could bring the centers “into the 21st century.” By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter Mayor Jim Kenney spearheaded a $500 million Rebuilding Community Infrastructure project — otherwise known as Rebuild — that is set to start work on parks, recreation centers, libraries and playgrounds throughout the city this spring. Recreation centers near Main Campus still need financial help — from interior repairs to getting internet access, the centers need to become more modern. But neighborhood recreation center leaders in North Philadelphia have different views on the project’s benefits to their centers. The project will be funded by $300 million in bonds, revenue from the beverage tax that will go into effect on Jan. 1 and federal, state and local grants, said David Gould, Rebuild’s deputy director of community engagement and communications. It aims to create jobs and revitalize community recreation centers through structural and maintenance improvements. Philadelphia has more than 400 possible sites that Rebuild could target for improvement. The Rebuild team will use data gathered in early 2016 to determine which centers most need improvement. Gould said he will direct the most resources to those recreation centers. To determine which sites are selected for revitalization, the sevenyear project will consider multiple factors, like the condition of each site and its surrounding neighborhood, according to Rebuild’s website. Rebuild administrators will also consider the neighborhood’s poverty and crime rates and health in their choice of recreation centers. Cameron Walker, the director of Amos Recreation Center on 16th Street near Montgomery Avenue, said he heard about the project but isn’t sure if Amos will see the benefits. He said workers from the city rarely reach out to the recreation center when it comes to improvements to the facility. “No one ever comes down [to

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Amos],” Walker said. Last February, when Kenney released the proposed budget for Rebuild, The Temple News reported that the two-room facility was without internet and had a crack in the wall. “This building needs to be brought into the 21st century,” Walker said last week. When a problem needs to be fixed, it could take a week or as long as a year for something to be repaired by the city, he added. Walker oversees nearly 20 children in the center’s after-school program, and another 40 to 50 children who regularly use the playground and basketball courts. Jocelyn Marrow, an employee for the center’s afterschool program and the block captain of the 1700 block of North 16th Street, said she would like to see improvements for the building’s electric, heating and lighting. She said she’s worried that because it is so out of date, Amos will be gone at some point. “Our kids will have to travel miles just to play basketball,” Marrow said. “What about this side of the neighborhood?” Gould said one of the project’s goals is to ensure neighborhoods that

have been underserved get the highquality facilities they deserve. “Who’s to say that we’re going to get the funding?” asked Marrow. “When will this get to us? We need it today. We needed it yesterday.” Dana Clark, the director of 8th and Diamond Recreation Center, said the smaller playgrounds are often overlooked when it comes to funding because they lack extensive programs and facilities. Clark said he would like to see

changes to the playground area and upgrades to the inside of the oneroom recreation center. Rebuild is still planning its methods of community outreach, but Gould said each site will have a “community engagement approach” tailored to each specific community. He added that this could include door-to-door canvassing, community meetings, surveys, apps and block parties. Clark said he recognizes it could

take time to see improvements to his recreation center — but he’s willing to wait. “I’ve learned to have patience,” Clark said. “I’m not turning down anyone who wants to help this place. I want to be able to come back here after I retire.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sarah Clark works with students every other week in the community garden at 8th and Diamond Recreation Center. The playground is one of the community recreation centers that could benefit from the Rebuild Program.

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Two professors labeled ‘radical’ by conservative organization The student-run group Turning Point USA created a professor“watchlist.”

By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor The conservative organization Turning Point USA named two Temple professors — along with about 200 others across the country — on a “Professor Watchlist” last month. Political science professor Joseph Schwartz and higher education professor Sara GoldrickRab were named to the list for separate incidents that received media attention. On its website, TPUSA said it believes “students, parents and alumni deserve to know the specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” The watchlist featured Schwartz on its homepage after a 2013 incident at a Temple College Republicans event with a representative from the Pennsylvania Right to Work Defense and Education Foundation. When the representative declined to answer questions from a Democratic Socialist student in attendance, Schwartz yelled at the representative and said, “Oh come on, f---ing a--. I believe in the religion of foul language.” Schwartz, who later apologized to the College Republicans, was featured in a Fox News opinion piece — which is how TPUSA found and decided to include him on the list. Matt Lamb, TPUSA’s director of Constitutional Enforcement and Transparency, said TPUSA members feel Schwartz would be unable to teach a labor policy class neutrally, which is why he was named on the list. Goldrick-Rab is listed on the site for a 2015 tweet, in which she wrote there were many similarities between Adolf Hitler and Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin. Goldrick-Rab said for her, the list is nothing new. “People often try to shame others whom they disagree with,” she wrote in an email. “What’s happened here is that [they’re] putting me on a list of those whose ideas they don’t like, as a way of trying to silence my work.”

Schwartz said although he is a Democrat, he encourages students to challenge his views. “I not only encourage, I very actively promote that conservative students or students who disagree with me try their arguments,” he said. “A lot of students would say that I’m much more rewarding of and excited about smart students who make rigorous arguments, who disagree with me, than I am of students who make lazy arguments and don’t really do the readings and think that if they write what I say in class, I’ll be pleased. I’m not.” Since the list was posted last month, Lamb has collected submissions through his site’s “Submit a Tip” form about other professors whom his readership deems “radical.” But he said he hasn’t received submissions about any other Temple professors. Gregory Anderson, the dean of the College of Education, said he is “disheartened” by the watchlist. “There’s a chilling effect in terms of inquiry and freedom of expression and speech,” he said. “And these are essential principles and goals in a democracy. It concerns me these kinds of lists exist in ... the United States.” Anderson added that he thinks the list is ironic. “Under the guise of freedom of speech, if you have a particular perspective, [TPUSA] would like you to have less freedom of speech,” he said. “My concern about the list is that it presupposes that if you have a particular political view that somehow in class, [a professor] can’t teach students different views than their own.” He added that he has never seen a teacher at Temple who was unable to teach students with different political views. Lamb said professors teach students to ignore conservative opinions, like the support of gun rights or opposition to abortion. He said that those views have been labeled “racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic, whatever the buzzword of the week.” But Schwartz said he is committed to civil and political liberties. “Conservative students should feel comfortable defending their views and expressing their views in classrooms and on college campuses,” he said. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

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PARLIAMENT He added that overall voter turnout for Parliament does not reflect the individual turnout for each seat. Since some seats were open to more students, they would have higher turnout than the overall average for Parliament, he said. This, however, was not the case. The School of Social Work, which has about 870 students enrolled according to Temple’s 2015 student profile, had 5.7 percent turnout. But the Fox School of Business, which enrolls more than 8,000 students, had 3.4 percent turnout. “Looking at that yields better ideas of where to target the get-out-the-vote effort,” he said. Some students said they never voted in the election because they didn’t know enough — or anything at all — about Parliament. “I knew Parliament elections were going on,” said Will Poole, a freshman neuroscience major. “But I didn’t really know anything about them. I’m not exactly sure what Parliament even does.” “I didn’t know about Parliament elections and I didn’t vote because of it,” said Joshua Litus, an undeclared sophomore in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality

Management. “Had someone told me about it, or if I had seen a banner somewhere, I probably would’ve. As a student, I think my voice counts as much as anyone else’s.” For the week leading up to elections, candidates were able to campaign for seats in Parliament, but were held to a $25 spending limit for advertising. TSG held two “Meet the Candidates” events and shared voting information via social media. “One idea we have was to hold a kind of branding workshop for the candidates, teaching them how to spread the word on their end,” said Kristina Del Mar, TSG’s promotions manager for Parliament. “TSG reaches a lot of people, and if candidates knew how to reach people, I think the word would get out more.” She added that because Parliament will continue to get recognition, voter turnout “can only go up” in years to come. “I do wish we were able to do more,” Goff said. “Obviously, there’s a limit in how much time TSG has to actually get out the vote. For an election that wasn’t within our normal election time and was in a shorter period, I’m actually happy with the voter turnout numbers.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

VOTER TURNOUT IN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS Even though all full-time students were eligible to vote for Parliament, only 1,102 of more than 32,000 did.



Football to play at the Linc for 2018 season Temple is still finishing its feasibility study for an oncampus stadium. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor Temple’s football program signed an agreement to extend its ability to play home games at Lincoln Financial Field into the 2018 season, the Inquirer reported on Thursday. The current contract was set to expire after the 2017 season, but in August 2015, Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles, who play at the Linc added an agreement that allowed Temple the option to play at the stadium in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. On Thursday, the university exercised its option for the 2018 season. Under the current contract, Temple pays $1 million annually in rent to the Eagles, a figure that would triple if Temple accepted

the Eagles’ proposed lease for 2018 through 2022, said university CFO and Treasurer Ken Kaiser in April. Temple does not receive any parking or suite revenue from its home games, but gets 10 percent of concession sales. Temple is still waiting on the feasibility study for a potential $126 million, 35,000seat on-campus stadium as an alternative to playing at the Linc. Moody Nolan, an architecture firm based in Ohio, began the study in April, after the university named the firm as the stadium’s main architect. The Board of Trustees approved an additional $250,000 toward the study in July to increase the study’s funding to $1.25 million. A 15-member task force of faculty, administration and students has suggested alternative uses for the site including event space and a dining facility open to students, faculty and parents. evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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A new haircut allows a student to feel more like herself.

he day after I cut my hair, people wanted to know whether I was gay or was going to kill myself. For most of my life, my hair reached down to the middle of my back — on the rare occasions it came out of my usual ponytail or bun. One April night during my sophomore year of high school, I tagged along with my mother to see her hairdresser, Cindy. I had grown up knowing Cindy, and it was she who would cut my hair into a short pixie. We handed Cindy a photo of Emma Watson, whose look I was hoping to mimic, and she was more excited than I thought someone could be about cutting hair. She told the other hairdressers, and some patrons overheard as well, and I saw them all decide to stay for however long it took to change my look. I didn’t expect it to take two hours, but it did. She spent a good 30 minutes at the very end picking up and cutting what seemed like individual strands of hair to get the perfect style. “I’ve never seen a big cut like this,” I overheard in the salon. “Wow, she’s brave. I could never do that.” By the end, they had all gathered around my chair to watch. I had never felt more in the spotlight than in that moment. Cindy told me to move my head and look at the different angles to make

The next day in school, it took my friends a few moments to understand what I had done. They squinted at me, saying there was something different. No one realized what it was until one of them finally screamed that I had cut my hair. sure I was happy with it. My neck cracked Then came the questions why. because I had been holding it still for so “Because I never use it,” I would relong. ply. Somehow I already felt And I really didn’t. It wasn’t thick or lighter. a nice color, and it couldn’t hold My hair no longer curls or survive a straightener, weighed me down, so it always sat tangled at the top of my head. But through the rest of the day, I noticed the looks and heard the whispered conversations that people thought were quieter than they actually were. A lot of people told me I looked like Anne Hathaway, and asked if I cut my hair to look like her in “that musical SASHA LASAKOW | THE TEMPLE NEWS about sad people.” A few people were rude enough to actually walk up to me and ask if I was a lesbian now. A couple teachers told me to and I suddenly realized stay after class and asked if I was doing I could recognize the OK. They had noticed my drastic change person I was seeing in in appearance and wanted to make sure the mirror. everything was OK at home. I got out of the seat I told them everything was fine, and and walked over to my mom, I was happy. I wasn’t having any kind who was the only person in the whole sa- of identity crisis. If anything, I was now lon who didn’t watch. There were cries of, more sure of my identity. My mom was “Here she comes! Oh, you won’t believe right. what you see.” It was when I started to really feel She looked up from her magazine like me. and smiled. julie.christie@temple.edu “You look like me, now,” she said. I nodded. @ChristieJules “But you look like you more.”


Loving the woman nobody likes A young woman explains how Hillary Clinton became her personal and professional role model.


woke up last week from yet another dream about meeting Hillary Clinton. While I’ve been in her vicinity a few times, I haven’t been able to shake her hand or thank her like some lucky women have. But in a few of my dreams, she’s been an arm’s length away. While reporting on the Democratic National Convention this past summer, I realized it was a good thing I wasn’t too attached to any candidate. I knew where I stood on the political spectrum, but I hadn’t found a candidate who really fit. That week I watched as emotions drove the actions of protesters, delegates, volunteers and even the candidates themselves. On the last day of the convention, I snuck into a suite in the Wells Fargo Center with a friend and fellow journalist. It was the first time either of us had sat down in hours, and we decided we would listen to Clinton’s acceptance speech before tracking down delegates and writing our last stories. When Clinton took the stage that night, wearing an immaculate white pantsuit, she spoke about what it’s like to be a woman in government. She talked about how it feels always being surrounded by rooms full of


men, and how she “gets that some people just don’t know what to make of [her].” My friend and I cried like thousands of other women — and plenty of men, too — in the arena that night. I remember I felt two inches taller that night, talking to delegates and pushing through crowds like my gender was a badge of



honor. Following the convention, I learned as much as I could about Hillary Clinton. I read the transcript of the com-

mencement speech she delivered to her graduating class at Wellesley College in 1969. At only 21 — the same age I am now — she spoke about empathy, power, responsibility and the fight for equality in the United States. Later, when she married Bill Clinton, she decided to keep her maiden name, Rodham, because that’s how she was known to colleagues and clients at her law firm. In her role as first lady, she stayed actively engaged in the organizations she supported and pointed her husband in the directions she saw fit. She was sure in her stances on human rights and wore the label of a feminist while it was still a deeply dirty word. During her campaign for president, she was called out as not nice enough, feminine enough, for “yelling” or being “too aggressive” in her speeches. She’s been chastised for smiling too much or not smiling at all. She was criticized for her looks before, during and after her time as first lady. Her status as a mother and grandmother has been talked about as factors in whether or not she’d be too emotional as a leader, and yet, she’s been called emotionless. Clinton took the term “nasty woman,” meant as a stab at her character by her opponent, and made it a proud identifier for strong women everywhere. The term clicked for me. Finally, there was a woman out there, like me, who didn’t seem to

care if someone liked her, or thought she was nice, so long as she was getting her job done. And she wanted to be president. To me and a lot of my friends, our gender isn’t just something that decides how we get dressed in the morning. It decides how we see the world and the issues in it. And that’s why, physically and emotionally, I feel different about Hillary Clinton than I do about Donald Trump. I can recall the lurch in my stomach when I first heard Trump say he could just “grab [women] by the pussy,” if he wanted to, or that motherhood inherently makes a woman a worse employee to a company. It’s the same feeling I had when was harassed a few weeks after the election by a group of large, old construction workers on my way to class. During times like these, I’d much prefer to think back to Clinton’s speech at the Wells Fargo Center, when my heart felt so full of love for myself and for other women like me. I guess that’s why, after a bad day, I often see Hillary in a dream. Each time, she’s happy to see me. She gives me a hug and reminds me to hustle and not take anyone’s s--t. And to maybe wear a white pantsuit while doing it. paige.gross1@temple.edu @By_paigegross

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An ode to self love: reflecting on my Blackness A student retells the struggles of affirming her identity as a Black woman. By CHINEME ANIAGBA


or the past two months, I’ve been listening to Solange’s new album “A Seat at the Table.” Her musical expression of Black frustration, healing and identity has been playing like a soundtrack to my life. When I hear lyrics like “Don’t touch my pride” and “They say the glory’s all mine,” I’m filled with an unmatched empowerment. The album has made me think about what it means to be Black in society, but also has encouraged me to reflect on my own personal struggles with my Blackness — an identity I have sometimes struggled with. When I was 8 years old, I moved from Queens to a mainly white neighborhood on Long Island. At my new elementary school, being Black and outwardly proud — something that once came so easily to me — became harder. I remember my fifth-grade teacher telling me how ridiculous it

was that former male slaves were given the right to vote before educated white women. She directed it toward me, prompting me to choose between our shared womanhood and my Blackness. I remember feeling conflicted, since I wouldn’t have been able to vote either way. I remember when Barack Obama first won the presidency in 2008, I heard a bunch of unwanted racial comments from my classmates. “The White House is not so white anymore,” they whispered, thinking I wouldn’t hear. I always felt like I somehow had to defend all things Black to anyone who wanted to denigrate them. I found myself trying to convince people that Black was good, using characteristically Black cultural icons like rap music or “The Proud Family,” the only Black children’s cartoon on the air at the time.

I can still remember how hard a time I had telling my teacher and classmates I watched the movie “The


Color Purple,” not to mention “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and a slew of

Confessions from a technician

A pharmacy technician reflects on how her job has made her think about addiction as a societal problem. By CHELSEA WILLIAMS



’ve been a pharmacy technician for about two years, and through working with patients as I type up their prescriptions, count their medications and answer their questions, I’ve encountered everyone from cancer survivors to those just released from minor surgery. While their conditions are different, they all have one thing in common: dependence on prescription pain medication. Before I became a technician, I never had experience with addiction, or the people who were addicted to drugs. It wasn’t until I started working at a pharmacy in Center City that my viewpoint on addiction began to take shape. At this job, I discovered how scary addictions can be. Down the street from the pharmacy is a methadone clinic, where people who are addicted to prescription opioids can receive counseling and prescriptions for methadone drugs, which can help them cut back on their opioid dependencies. But often they struggle and sometimes fail to recover from their addictions. My interactions with these patients have shaped the way I view addiction in America. I’ve learned how to identify the signs of withdrawal from drugs, a skill I thought I would never need. It’s easy to spot the shaking of their bodies, the empty, crazed look in their eyes and the quick mood swings. In the first few moments of patients appearing at the counter, I can tell if I will fill their prescriptions or not. There’s a fine line between needing a life-saving medication and needing to get a “fix.” About four months ago, a man came into my pharmacy with three prescriptions for three different control medications — two for pain and one for anxiety. I discovered that he picked up those same medications two days prior at a different pharmacy. When I told him we would L A S A KO




not be filling the medications, he told me he was going to “wait for me after work.” Hours later when I was leaving, I noticed him hanging around the store. And on any given day, at least 10 people will come into my pharmacy asking for packs of needles. These people always pay in cash, never want a plastic bag or receipt, and more often than not I can see the needle marks on their arms and fingers. These types of occurrences are daily, and they’re not unique to my pharmacy — they’re widespread. And although it’s difficult to see people struggling with addiction, I can’t enable their habits. As a technician, I, along with my fellow coworkers, am the one who is in direct contact with patients. Even though the pharmacist has final say over which prescriptions we fill, it’s our instincts that keep medication from people who are clearly abusing it. I might have a duty to my patients to fill the prescriptions that keep them alive, but filling a script knowing they are addicted is only enabling them and supporting their dangerous habits. It’s scary to see what people with addictions are going through, seeing that they’re shopping around for doctors and pharmacies, and knowing there isn’t really much as a tech I can do to help them. While we can ban a patient from filling at our pharmacy, and we can inform one of their doctors what is going on, there is no way of sending out a city-wide alert to be aware of these patients. When I became a technician, I promised I would help everyone, no matter their condition. And while I wish I could keep that promise, there are just some people to whom I have to say no. Although I know that they are sick and are trying to survive, I cannot allow my feelings of wanting to save everybody matter when the signs of addiction are in front of me. In practice, I wish it was easy to be able to help everybody, but prescriptions are not necessarily always the answer. There is only so much power I hold standing behind a counter. If we want to change how we view addiction as a country, we need to first acknowledge our growing dependence on drugs. chelsea.nicole.williams@temple.edu

1990s Black sitcoms. It made me feel alone. Somehow, admitting to doing “Black” things felt equivalent to admitting guilt to a crime. To what crime, I don’t know. Once I moved on to high school, things were supposed to change for the better. There were more Black people in my grade, and I knew I had to have them as my friends. I was eager to be their friends. I needed that validation. I craved it. But I never got it. I was rebuffed a lot. I was never given a reason why, but I knew why. People told me I was shy and awkward, I spoke “too white” and I didn’t know music all too well. Simply, I wasn’t Black enough. I always had difficulty making friends, but this time I felt like not making friends with other Black people took something away from

me, made me less than. I internalized that. If I was not the right kind of Black, who was I? These feelings of Black inadequacy stuck with me, and remain today. When I am with Black people, I am afraid of being too weird and awkward. When I am with white people, I am afraid of being too angry and expressive. Being too Black, not being Black enough — I now know those definitions are arbitrary and no one can define my brand of Blackness or take it away from me. But sometimes it’s easy to forget. To help me remind myself, I think of lyrics from Solange’s song “Rise.” “Walk in your ways so you won’t crumble, Walk in your ways so you can sleep at night, Walk in your ways so you can wake up and rise!” To walk in my ways is to accept my full self, my full Black self. chineme.aniagba@temple.edu

Time is catch ing u p w it h u s A young woman shares how her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis has allowed her to reflect on their relationship. By CIERRA WILLIAMS


he day before my 21st birthday, I received a FaceTime call from my mother. We were talking for a while about my birthday plans when the conversation took a turn for the worst. With solemn eyes, she looked at me and said, “Your grandmother has Stage 4 cancer. It’s in her lungs, hip and liver.” That call shattered my world.


My grandmother and I are best friends — it’s always been that way. When I was younger, we would sit side-by-side in the kitchen and she would tell me stories. She told me about the 57 years of hard work and reward that have come with being married to my grandfather. She reflected on what it was like going to a segregated high school in West Philadelphia during the 1950s. But her favorite stories to tell were the ones about family members I never met. Growing up, I spent most of my time nestled closely under my grandmother’s wing while my parents were at work. Emulating her behaviors became habitual. It was she who first inspired me

to color-coordinate my outfits to match my mood, and to drink coffee each morning while I read the paper. I remember how she has always been there for me. When my parents forced me to go to summer camp, she would pick me up after I faked some mysterious illness. Then we’d go back to her house and sit in that same kitchen and watch TV. The idea of my grandmother growing old never crossed my mind. I have always seen her as invincible. But as I have aged, so has she, and now at 75, it seems time has caught up with her. Watching her navigate her recent diagnosis, I have realized our roles are now reversed. I’m no longer able to call on her to get me out of situations I want to avoid. Instead, now she calls on me to be there for her. At first, this switch was harsh. We spent a lot of time arguing as I tried to get her to accept the doctor’s orders and the fact that she was now living with cancer. I wanted her to do whatever it took for her to get better, as if Stage 4 cancer was just going to disappear. I know she will not be here forever and my present duty is to make sure that we spend as much time together as possible, like we always have. We talk on the phone every day about my future plans and her hopes for me, and she still tells me some of those same old stories I have heard since I was a child. Even though I want to ignore the fact that our time together is limited, it is a fact I must face, and in recent months has become more apparent than ever. But no matter what happens, I will always be grateful for every memory we have shared together. She will always be my grandmother and my best friend. cierra.williams@temple.edu




North Philadelphia now health zone


Minors assault students In two separate incidents, three students reported being assaulted by a group of teenagers early Saturday morning. An Allied Universal bike officer reported a group of about 15 minors near 15th and Fontain streets, Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, wrote in an email. He said a male student told TUPD that the group assaulted him, but police later determined the group had just shouted obscenities at the student. TUPD sent a TU Alert to students at about midnight, “immediately” after the first report, Leone said. Leone said the minors traveled west, and a male and female student reported being assaulted by minors on 18th Street near Fontain. They were robbed of a wallet, which was recovered after a male minor was arrested and positively identified, he added. Leone said no serious injuries were reported. - Julie Christie


Endowment exceeds $500 million after donations Temple’s endowment, funded through private donations, reached more than $500 million by the end of October for the first time in the school’s history. A portion of the total $513.6 million endowment can be invested into student scholarships and other areas in which the donors see fit, according to a university release. Gifts make up a large portion of the entire university’s endowment. At the end of the fiscal year in June, the university doubled the funds for student scholarships and surpassed its fundraising goal, raising $79 million. By allocating the funds to hedge funds and emerging markets and creating unrestricted funds, the university has been able to grow its endowment significantly since the beginning of the academic year, the release said. - Kelly Brennan

Recount underway in 75 Philadelphia districts Last Friday, an official recount of 75 Philadelphia voting divisions took place at the voting machine warehouse in Nicetown, the Inquirer reported. Representatives of the Democratic, Green and Republican parties each received 25 voter machine printouts to cross-reference with the cartridges. This determined whether or not votes were counted accurately. Supporters of the Green Party wanted a forensic audit of the voting machines, which the city commissioners denied. Green Party officials said they have testimony from computer scientists that voting machines can be hacked, according to the Inquirer report. City commissioners disagree, saying that since voting machines are not connected to the internet, hacking would be impossible. The recount continued on Sunday morning, where representatives from each party were invited to view the recounting of provisional, absentee, overseas, and military ballots. - Amanda Lien

Results of Northern Iowa’s presidential search to be announced Tuesday The university that is considering hiring former Temple president Neil Theobald will announce its decision Tuesday, according to its Twitter account. Theobald visited the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, last week, meeting several components of the university administration and dining with members of UNI’s presidential search committee. Theobald told The Temple News in August that he is a faculty member in Temple’s College of Education, and on a year-long sabbatical. He resigned as Temple’s president after disagreements with the Board of Trustees, stemming from a $22 million shortfall in the merit scholarship program. According to a Des Moines Register article about Theobald’s bid for UNI’s presidency, he said at a UNI forum that he left Temple over disagreements of principles. One disagreement, he said, was that Temple’s Board asked him to hire a dean without faculty input. The Register also reported that Theobald was not asked about his departure from Temple’s presidency at the forum. The Iowa Board of Regents, which will pick UNI’s next president, begins a meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday after closed-door deliberation on Monday. - Joe Brandt

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The agencies responsible for the zone aim to address and eliminate barriers that “super utilizers” face — like poverty, unemployment and food insecurity. The focus of the health committee, at first, will be to address the needs of By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK those who use the health system most Assistant News Editor frequently, Freeman said. “If people need to access the health Temple is teaming up with city and system through the emergency room that state departments in the North Philadelfrequently, the questions arise: ‘Are we phia Health Enterprise Zone, a project really delivering optimal care to that paaiming to combat health disparitient population? What are we ties in the area of the city deemed missing? What are the unmet most in need. social needs? Transportation? People living in the “zone,” Are their utilities turned on? which encompasses ZIP codes Are they hungry?’” Freeman between Spring Garden Street added. “There are certain soand Cheltenham Avenue, expecial determinants that we may rience poorer health during their or may not be addressing as a lifetimes, like shorter lifespans city that contribute to health The ZIP codes that will be targeted and increased obesity, a press reoutcomes.” stretch from Cheltenham Avenue to lease from the state government Researchers are identifying said. the 100 adults and 100 children Spring Garden Street. “This is all about health, not who most often visit hospitals about health care,” said Dr. Kathin these ZIP codes so they can leen Reeves, the senior associate drive down health care costs dean of health, equity, diversity for the rest of the city and can and inclusion at the Lewis Katz determine through data if their School of Medicine. work is successful. “The idea here isn’t just The zone and its partto make health care betnerships were announced in ter,” she added. “It’s to October, but little has been look at all the barriers announced since. Temple’s that exist to people education and health subliving in North committees have begun Philadelphia. meeting internally, It’s to look at and meetings will all of the barstart among the riers to living partners in a healthy life the subin the enterprise commitzone and work totees across ward giving people the state afthe capacity to truter the holidays, ly be healthy.” Reeves said. The identiAt the kick-off fied health issues event in October, a have resulted in representative from the the Health state’s health department Enterindicated to Jeff Moran, prise Zone Philadelphia’s departp r o j e c t ’s ment of public health four subdirector of commucommittees: nications, that the state education, health, does not have a “detail pictechnology and ture” of the city’s public health decommunity, all of partment’s role in the Health Enterprise which can contribute to Zone. a person’s health, Reeves “We believe, regardless of what hapsaid. pens in the health enterprise, this is the SASHA LASAKOW | THE TEMPLE NEWS If disparities exist in any of these right thing to do and we have to do it,” aspects of a person’s health, there is a Reeves said. “We’re moving forward, reseries of social determinants of health, “The medical field is the last one to gardless.” called unmet health-related social needs, realize this is what works,” she said. A news release from Temple said that must be addressed, said Dr. Susan Thirteen percent — nearly 300,000 “community stakeholders” will work Freeman, the chief medical officer of the people — of all Medicaid users in Penn- with the Chamber of Commerce of Temple University Health System, who is sylvania live in the identified ZIP codes, Greater Philadelphia to ensure more emworking on the health subcommittee. the release said. The federal government ployment opportunities are available in President Richard Englert was slated states that small groups of people who the zone, with initiatives beginning as to chair the education subcommittee, but seek health care very often in one area early as January 2017. asked Reeves to take his place. can drive up the cost of Medicaid, and It is still too early to tell the amount Reeves said the disparity in life ex- subsequently how much people pay in of money Temple will invest into the pectancy among different ZIP codes in taxes to support the program. Health Enterprise Zone as part of its the city was one of the driving forces that These “super-utilizers” frequently go partnership, university spokesman Branstarted the project. to the hospital due to various illnesses don Lausch said last week. “Your lifespan can be predicted by and injuries. your ZIP code,” Reeves said. “If you live Reeves explained that people with gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu in the Strawberry Mansion area of Phila- jobs have higher qualities of life and can @gill_mcgoldrick delphia, your lifespan average will be 20 monitor their health on a precautionary years less than if you live around the Lib- basis instead of trying to fix the problem erty Bell.” after it has gotten serious.

The programs will combat things like obesity and frequent hospital visits.

The state will provide schools within the Health Enterprise Zone with $1.5 million to ensure students have access to higher quality health care. Temple will advocate that all schools provide vaccines, behavioral health care and traumainformed teaching, Reeves said. The project aims to create one of the first health care approaches that is precautionary about health issues, instead of dealing with problems once they have already happened, Reeves added.


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TAUP “regular,” said TAUP President Art Hochner. “That makes it hard to negotiate over salary,” he said. “The number of people counted as ‘regular’ would change the calculation of how much they earn.” Hochner said creating space for private offices for adjuncts and establishing a “career ladder,” or how employees get promoted over time, are important parts of the negotiations. He added that the primary goals of negotiations are to encourage adjuncts to remain at Temple, and to make sure they don’t worry about losing their jobs. “At the surface it seems simple,” said Sharon Boyle, Temple’s associate vice president for Human Resources and a member of the university’s negotiation

team. “But we’re dealing with a whole new faculty, and it’s far more complex. How do we fold 1,400 part-time faculty into a contract designed for [about 1,300] full-time faculty?” She said every adjustment to the contract will have a “ripple effect” because while a proposal would create two new full-time positions, it would replace four part-time positions, in the end taking away two positions. Boyle said the university is taking time to ensure that none of the decisions in the negotiation have unintended consequences. If the negotiations were rushed, she added, it would open the door for complaints and grievances, which are time consuming, costly and not good for the university’s relationship with faculty. Boyle said Temple is looking at contract agreements at Rutgers University and the Community College of Philadelphia as examples during the

negotiations. Rutgers has full- and parttime faculty represented by the same union but in separate contracts, and CCP has a faculty union that includes adjuncts. But the PLRB told TAUP that all faculty have to be represented under one collective bargaining agreement, said Paul Dannenfelser, an adjunct instructor of social work in the College of Public Health and one of the faculty members representing TAUP during the negotiations. “We’re making progress,” he said. “It’s slow and steady progress.” “Adjuncts already do so much in teaching,” Dannenfelser added. “We have to make sure that their needs are represented too.” julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules

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Reflecting on home across the pond A student contemplates events like the U.S. presidential election while studying in London.

PATRICK CLARK FILE PHOTO Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty was sworn in at his inauguration on Jan. 5 at the National Constitution Center. One year later, the 1985 political science alumnus is working toward expanding veteran’s courts.

Alumnus discusses PA Supreme courtship Growing up in an urban environment helped him better understand the people he serves.

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ow about the view?” Justice Kevin Dougherty said as he looked out over City Hall, the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River from the wall of windows in his 41st-floor office in Center City. The small window in his former office in

City Hall faced a 7-Eleven. Dougherty, a 1985 political science alumnus, was the first person in his family to attend college. He commuted to Temple from South Philadelphia and worked several parttime jobs to pay for school and subway fares. On Jan. 5, he was sworn in to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania after serving as a judge for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia from 2001 to 2015. One year later, Dougherty talked to The Temple News about the first year of his 10-year term. “It all started as a result of paying that fare, getting on that subway and getting off at Columbia Avenue,” he said, referring to Cecil B. Moore Avenue, which was renamed in 1987. Dougherty was the administrative judge

of the Philadelphia Family Court Juvenile Division from 2005-14, which processes cases involving minors accused of committing crimes, neglect and abuse allegations, truancy petitions and adoptions. There, he was known for being tough on minors who committed crimes, but dedicated to helping them find help. “It’s so easy for us to look at people through the eyes of how we were raised,” he said. “But the fact that I’m sitting here and that you’re sitting here means that something went right in our lives. And there’s a lot of people that don’t have that rightness.” Dougherty is the former co-chair of the Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Col-


It’s an inevitable question that friends and family will ask me once I return home from London later this month. “How was your trip?” And to everyone who asks, I’ll give the same brief answer: “It was the trip of a lifetime.” Yes, it’s a cop-out response. But how do you explain traveling to 10 European countries and living in a city more than 3,500 miles away for over three months? During this trip, I’ve STEVE BOHNEL attended multiple English football matches and I’ve stepped foot in dozens of breathtaking cathedrals and churches. It wouldn’t do those experiences justice if I tried to pinpoint my favorite moment of a semester overflowing with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. The whole trip in itself is one of my favorite memories. But if there’s one thing I always thoroughly enjoy — even across the Atlantic — it’s aimlessly walking around. In order to try to fully answer that question, I reflected numerous times on my walks in London and other parts of Europe like

It’s easy to glance over these events when you’re thousands of miles away, and to focus on your journey.

In current politics, students talk collaboration Student organizations want to collaborate in promoting peace in the city. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News Leidy Torres knew she wanted to voice her political opinion as Election Day drew closer, but without U.S. citizenship, she had to make other plans to represent herself. When Torres was offered the chance to speak at an anti-Trump rally held at the Bell Tower on Nov. 19, she jumped at the opportunity to send a message to her fellow students. “I needed to do something to make sure my voice was heard somehow,” said Torres, a junior psychology major. “Because even though [Trump] won, it doesn’t mean that we have to just stand back and pray for the best. We have a voice. … It’s very important for us now to stay together.” Torres spoke at the rally representing the Asociación de Estudiantes Latinos, which functions as the umbrella group for other Latino student organizations on Main Campus. AdEL works to unify Temple’s Latino students with the Latino community in Philadelphia, Torres said. “I wanted to talk about the importance of being united and the importance of being able to protest, but without having to do it

violently,” she said. “We need to protect our community and we need to protect each other.” Other student organizations, like Temple College Democrats, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Fight for $15, an organization working to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, worked together to organize the student-run rally in opposition of the election of Donald Trump. Since Election Day, several hate crimes

have taken place in the Philadelphia region, including an anonymous target of AfricanAmerican freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania on GroupMe, a smartphone messaging app. As rallies and hate crimes continue, some student organizations believe the solution in this current political climate is working together.


Dublin, Barcelona and Krakow. One of those was a couple weeks ago, when I took the subway down to the River Thames, and popped above ground near the Shard, an impressive building that stretches 72 floors up into the sky. I continued west along the Thames River path, and observed the slow current of the river as I plodded along its south bank. My life, recently shaped by a love of reporting — and now mostly exploring, since late August — has seemed to fly by pretty quickly since the start of college. But walking around, even in completely foreign cities, slows things down, if only for a brief period of time. As I passed notable landmarks on the walk, like the St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, I started to feel a little guilty. The polarized political climate, along with a significant story of students attacked right off Main Campus in October, seemed like hell for people back home, compared to all the fun I was having over in Europe. It’s easy to glance over these events when

ELENA IWATA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Protesters march for a $15 minimum wage at the intersection of Broad Street and Girard Avenue on Nov. 29.






Temple held its first hack day in the Student Center, which lasted 12 hours.

An advertising student is offering free wedding photography for LGBTQ couples before Jan. 20.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosted a transgender artist’s U.S. solo exhibition debut. The exhibit runs through March.

Dr. Marla Wolfson is working with Professor Emeritus Thomas Shaffer to build on Temple’s large patent portfiolio.




Chorus provides safe space for LGBTQ community The Philadelphia Voices of Pride unites LGBTQ and ally vocalists. By CARR HENRY For The Temple News Daniel Schwartz wants to provide a safe space for LGBTQ people in Philly. Schwartz, a 2009 percussion performance and 2011 master’s of choral conducting alumnus, is the artistic director of the Philadelphia Voices of Pride, which he said is the only chorus in the city that unites vocalists from all parts of the LGBTQ community. The choir has an upcoming concert on Saturday at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and Lud-

low streets. A few members of the Spruce Street Singers — a former gay men’s chorus in the city — founded the organization more than 10 years ago. Schwartz said the 45-member ensemble has always aimed to represent and strengthen Philly’s LGBTQ community as a whole and show support for other minority groups as well. “I think it’s important to bring all of those different groups, bring gay men, lesbian women and transgender folks, and also allies together,” Schwartz said. Schwartz said he started working for the Philadelphia Voices of Pride after he finished his master’s degree five years ago because he wanted to get more involved in the community. Gay and lesbian choirs first formed during the 1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic as a way to raise aware-

ness about the disease and also give LGBTQ people a place to feel secure during the difficult period, Schwartz said. “There are still people that are looking for safe spaces, especially younger people, who are more recently out of the closet who don’t feel totally comfortable yet expressing themselves in a regular chorus,” he said. “They do feel much more comfortable to come and be around other LGBTQ people.” Schwartz said the election of President-elect Donald Trump has caused some LGBTQ people to “feel like minorities again” after years of social progress, and groups like the chorus could provide some of them with security and acceptance. “I’m worried that we are more susceptible to, perhaps, being targeted by hate groups or just for lack

of a better word, bullies,” said Kirsten Schaney, the choir’s president. “It’s a community unto itself, and we definitely welcome people who are straight allies,” Schaney added. “That’s not an issue for us, but it’s a place to feel safe. It’s become a real family for me. The people that are in the chorus are also some of my best friends.” Schaney said she’s concerned that the chorus — a nonprofit organization — could potentially lose an important annual grant from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund after Trump is inaugurated. “The [idea of a] Trump presidency has definitely scared a lot of people, I know, myself included, and we do want to sing songs that reflect a sense of community,” said Caroline Edgeton, the group’s marketing chair. Edgeton said she and her husband initially auditioned for the cho-

rus in 2013 because of their passion for music, but added that they love the inclusive community they found in the group. Although the choir’s upcoming concert will mainly feature songs about the holiday season, Edgeton said their concert this May will address “social injustices” relating to not only the LGBTQ community, but also the Black Lives Matter movement and the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. “We’ve been trying to re-evaluate the role of a choir that’s so inclusive of everybody,” Edgeton said. “Especially in light of recent events, we are focusing our spring concert on that.” carr.henry@temple.edu

Technology community unites at Local Hack Day Two student organizations hosted Temple’s first ever Hack Day. By TAYLOR HORN Online Beat Reporter Vuk Petrovic has participated in more than 20 hack days in his life. On Saturday, students from regional universities gathered in the Student Center for the 12-hour Local Hack Day, an opportunity to brainstorm and create new life “hacks” with technology. One hundred and eighty-six students registered for the event, and participants came to Temple from other schools including Drexel University and Lehigh University. “Local Hack Day is a worldwide event,” said Petrovic, a senior computer science major and one of the 15 event organizers. “All around the world, local communities are getting together to organize little, mini hackathons to bring their community together and celebrate technology.” The students were put into teams of four to create technological projects, like web apps, mobile apps or hardware hacks. “You’re just taking a bunch of different technologies and figuring out an innovative way to use them,” Petrovic said. For Local Hack Day, students created “life hacks” — they worked quickly to create something that improves lives, is interesting or gives people a new way to think about technology. “The purpose is to unify the community so people can learn technology, get out there, get some experience, see what it’s like to work in a real world setting and also be able to talk to actual experienced engineers from real companies and network,” Petrovic said. This was Temple’s first time host-

ing a Local Hack Day. The event was organized by two groups: TUDev, a program that works with student organizations and the Computer & Information Sciences department to get more students interested in coding and technology, and Temple’s chapter of the IEEE, a national organization that works to build connections among student engineers. Investment management companies like SEI Investments, Vanguard and Guru sponsored the event. Jae Kim was excited to attend the event because of potential networking opportunities with sponsor companies. “You meet new people, employ-

ers and you learn new things,” said Kim, a junior computer science major. “You come here on your spare time, and it shows that you actually care about what you do and that you’re interested in what you do.” Fnu Frangky, a junior computer science major, said he came to the event to learn things that aren’t on his syllabi. “Most of this material that we’re taught at school are just concepts, but we’re doing practical things here,” he said. “It’s a good way to learn.” At the end of the event, participants presented their creations like they would at a science fair. Students had all of their hacks lined up and

judges took notes. The finalists received prizes from the sponsors, like an SEI prize, a Guru prize and a Vanguard prize. They were announced at the front stage. The two groups that won the SEI prize were Pink Hat, comprised of Mohammad Alqudah, Daniel Bubovoy and Nermin Shaban, and SSM, which was made by Joshua Lloret. The winner of the Guru prize was the group MedUber, with members Jinzhu Deng, Sarah Lehman, Dusan Ramljak, Sergei Iakhnitskii and Stephen Osei-Akoto. The winner of the Vanguard prize was a team called Virtual Service Dog, with Triston Simons and

Jamie Chang. “I’ve heard stories where hackathon projects have actually turned into start-ups and turned into realworld products,” Petrovic said. “It’s really exciting.” TUDev plans on having a larger, 24-hour hackathon in a couple semesters. “This [event] is incredible,” he added. “This is our chance to get our name out there and make a nice thing for the Temple Community.” taylor.suzanne.horn@temple.edu

COURTESY SHAIL SHETYE Local Hack Day was held on Saturday in the student center, the first-ever hacking event Temple has hosted. More than 180 students from different schools in the area participated.


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Photographer offering wedding photos for LGBTQ couples An advertising student is photographing LGBTQ weddings for free before Inauguration Day. By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News This past election day, Corey Michener didn’t assign any homework to the reading and language arts middleschool students in her Trenton, New Jersey classroom. She encouraged the young girls in her class to stay up late and watch history — she was sure the United States would elect its first female president that night. But the following day, Michener called a co-worker on the phone and confessed she couldn’t face her students after being shocked by the results of the election. “I am concerned that everything the LGBTQ community has fought for would be reversed,” said Michener, a 2011 secondary education and English alumna. For Michener, the result of the election came with the fear that getting married would not be as easy, or even possible after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The President-elect told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace in January that he would aim to appoint Supreme Court justices that could overturn the ruling making same-sex marriage federally legal. He has since stepped back from those remarks.

Michener met her fiancee Amber Cineus in 2013. The couple has been engaged since July 2015, and their original plan was to marry in Summer 2017. Ian Shiver, an advertising student and the owner of Viva Love Photography, offered to photograph the weddings of any LGBTQ couples who wanted to get married before the presidential inauguration free of charge. Michener and Cineus were one of the first couples that Shiver photographed. The day after the election, Michener and Cineus went to City Hall and applied for a marriage license. “We had to play it safe,” Michener said. “Amber and I want to be able to tell our kids that we were married under an administration that truly cared about how important marriage is to us.” While wedding dress shopping with her mother, Michener received a message from Brendan Lowry, a 2011 communications studies alumnus who runs a popular Instagram account called Peopledelphia, to let her know about Shiver’s photography offer. “I didn’t feel right charging anything for a decision made out of fear,” Shiver said. After the election, Shiver said many of the LGBTQ couples he spoke with were very emotional. After he made his offer, he realized there are many more couples than he thought who wanted to get married before Jan. 20. Shiver said he’s most excited to

capture the moment when LGBTQ couples sign their marriage documents. After that, he is open to taking photos throughout the city in an effort to make the special day seem more like a wedding. Both shoots are included in his offer. “I wanted their weddings to be something they could be proud of,” Shiver said. After hearing about the offer, Michener called her fiancee at work and together they decided to reach out to Shiver. “It seemed like perfect timing,” said Michener, who was worried she wouldn’t find a photographer for her wedding before Inauguration Day. “He seemed to speak to us and what we were doing.” Not only did Shiver offer free photography to Michener and Cineus, he also found a minister who was willing to marry the couple free of charge. “I don’t think people realize how expensive weddings can be,” Michener said. “We are so grateful for Ian and what he has done.” This December marks the anniversary of when Michener and Cineus first started dating, and with their anniversary will come the date of their wedding ceremony. “We are ready to take that next step,” Michener said. “We want to achieve that American dream, with kids and a marriage,” she added. “I won’t feel comfortable until that paper is signed.” patrick.timothy.bilow@temple.edu

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MEDICINE ting on a padded bench in the Tioga Lobby of TUH next to a box of worndown markers, colored pencils and erasers. Jonathan Thomas was the subject of “The Artist in the Lobby,” a story Vitez published in August for the school of medicine on their Medium account — a website for writers and editors to share and create content. Thomas started drawing in the lobby every weekday about 15 years ago. He told his doctors in the ophthalmology ward, which specializes in eye disorders, that he was an artist, and they asked to see his work. Since then, he has drawn pictures of patients, nurses, doctors, their family members and pets — all based off photographs. Thomas, who is blind in his left eye, uses a magnifying glass to help him as he works. He said his “fascination with the pencil” began when he was 7 years old and his father gave him a Batman comic book. Thomas said he has few close relationships with family and friends — he calls himself “a stray to a bunch of wolves” in the world. He finds solace in drawing and interacting with people at the hospital. “I found out that there are people who really care,” he said. “The hospital is supposed to be a caring place with a bunch of caring people, not a place where people stereotype. Evil begins evil and good begins good. It spreads. It’s contagious.” Dr. Naomi Rosenberg, an emergency room doctor at TUH and a professor of medicine, published an essay, “How to Tell a Mother Her Child Is Dead,” in the New York Times in September. Vitez encouraged Rosenberg to send it to the publication. The essay outlined Rosenberg’s experience as a doctor helping family

GRACE SHALLOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jonathan Thomas draws portraits based off photographs given to him by staff members in the hospital.

members dealing with the aftermath of trauma. She wrote the piece at a writing festival in Iowa this summer after presented with the prompt, “Tell someone how to do something you know how to do.” Rosenberg heard a response from the newspaper in 42 minutes, and the piece was the “most viewed” article on its website on Sept. 5, Vitez said. But online popularity was never the motivation for Rosenberg’s story. “Writing has always been one of the great tools that we have to think about and express where we live or the places that we care about,” Rosenberg said. “I think we can’t ever underestimate the importance of using our voice to talk about the things that we see and are happening.” In the emergency room, Rosenberg said she is exposed to the “themes of humanity,” like life, death

and change. She added that the patients in an emergency room don’t An Exploration of Narrative Medicine start their days Students interviewed patients and tried to answer the question, “What is narrative knowing they medicine?” This course was taught by Michael Vitez. will be patients, and doctors never Humans of North Philly know who will This class was inspired by the popular blog Humans of New York. Students went into check in. the neighborhood surrounding the hospital to take headshots of residents and get a “Medicine is a brief story. Vitez also helped teach this course. discipline and a field Exploration of Meaning Through Stories made up of human A clinical psychologist used fiction, poetry, philosophy and religion to help stories,” she added. “The students think about the meaning of their medical work and sense of purpose. humanities have shown Reflections on Gross Anatomy us for a long time how Douglas Reifler taught this course for first-year medical students to take to tell stories, how to listen while studying Human Gross Anatomy. Through reading and writing, to a story and how to pick students reflected on the experiences they have dissecting cadavers. up on things that are relevant Artful Thinking and important details in people’s The course took place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students stories.” observed paintings and “shaped clinical skills” through discussion about visual art, Reifler said. Scott Shore taught this course. HUMANITIES IN THE CLASSROOM My Daughter’s Kitchen For eight weeks, students met with Maureen When Dr. Douglas Reifler meets Fitzgerald to learn how to cook a healthy meal. patients, he asks questions about their Reifler Every recipe made during the course served educational backgrounds, where they said all of the at least six people, took about an hour to come from and what their families electives shared one make and cost no more than $20. are like ― characteristics that “make a goal: making students person a person,” he said. better physicians by tapping “In my case, humanities are into the emotion of the medical applied in every interaction I have field. Sensitivity helps students better dean with my patients,” said Reifler, the understand patients and themselves, of the associate dean of student affairs at he said. school, hired him in the medical school and a physician at “Learning and practicing August 2015, and assigned him the TUH. medicine are both very stressful,” he task of developing a curriculum This semester, the concept was said. “If you feel like stress has some to form students’ “professional manifested in medical students’ purpose and you’re accomplishing identities.” Implementing the curricula through six electives: An something by going through it, you’re humanities was a natural choice, Exploration of Narrative Medicine, much more likely to be satisfied with Reifler said. Humans of North Philly, Exploration it and adapt well to it. … If not, it’s In Human Gross Anatomy, one of Meaning Through Stories, easy to get demoralized, depressed, of the first classes taken as a medical Reflections on Gross Anatomy, Artful burnt out.” student at Temple, students unzip Thinking and My Daughter’s Kitchen. Reifler said Dr. Larry Kaiser, the a body bag, take out a cadaver — a corpse used for medical study — and make dissections. Reifler taught Reflections on Gross Anatomy, which allowed students to reflect on their experiences in the class through writing and reading. “It’s designed to help them … underscore their empathy for their cadaver and think about the life and the history of the cadaver, while at the same time recognizing that their task is dissection,” he said. “They need to be able to do both if they’re going to be successful as a physician in the long run.” Scott Shore, the associate dean of graduate and special programs in the medical school, taught Artful Thinking this semester at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Medical students examined paintings from several genres and discussed what they saw by writing what they thought a figure in the painting was thinking or a question they had about the piece. Shore also piloted Art in Medicine: Observation and Drawing, a drawing class taught in the Tyler School of Art and offered to “Career Changers” — participants in the program who are interested in a career in medicine, but have not taken the science courses required for admission to medical school.

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GRACE SHALLOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS Inquirer Food Editor Maureen Fitzgerald (left), and first-year medical students Bushra Anis and Khea Tan examine a recipe before cooking.

Gauging the students’ skills of observation — a characteristic necessary as a physician — was a goal in both courses, Shore said. He added that he intended the drawing class to foster an appreciation for the human body among students before they were face-to-face with a cadaver during Human Gross Anatomy. “The beauty of medicine is that it has a huge science component and a huge medicine component,” Shore said. “Many students find that [the humanities are] a wonderful distraction from having to learn all that heavy duty science that they do every day and use the other side of their brain.” Maureen Fitzgerald, the food editor at the Inquirer, taught the elective My Daughter’s Kitchen, in

which five medical students learn how to cook healthy meals to serve six people with ingredients that cost no more than $20. The elective is an extension of the My Daughter’s Kitchen program at Vetri Community Partnership, a Philadelphia nonprofit that encourages healthy eating. With the help of 70 volunteers, Fitzgerald teaches young kids in 35 schools across the region the same basic cooking skills she teaches her medical students. “Cooking is such a lost art for all aspects of society,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s everywhere. People’s lives are so busy and people have just lost the skill.” “These medical students have to be able to talk to their patients

about healthy eating,” Fitzgerald added. “If they don’t know how to cook themselves and how to feed themselves, they’re going to have a hard time talking to patients about doing it.” Hilario Yankey, a second-year medical student, said chopping vegetables was a therapeutic escape from his classwork every week. He said he’ll apply the things he learned outside the classroom to eat healthier, especially with his favorite recipe — fish tacos with baked sweet potato fries. “It is true that if you don’t have a lot of time you go for a burger or something that is not healthy, but she’s teaching us a lot of things that are very quick, but at the same time, very healthy,” he added. “Sometimes you need to be doing something, but not doing what you are used to.” The Health Sciences Campus is just making room for medical humanities, but Reifler has been interested in the concept since he was an undergraduate. He studied biochemistry and English at Harvard University during the late 1970s. “A lot of my own satisfaction comes from feeling like I had very effective tools to help medical students go through medical school in constructive ways and come out wiser, more aware of themselves and better-adjusted,” Reifler said.


Avenue. On Jan. 18, 1892, Russell Conwell re-named the building the Samaritan Hospital and proclaimed it would serve people no matter their financial status, race or religion. Next year will mark the 125th year that the hospital has served the community. According to its website, TUH now houses 722 beds and had more than 200,000 outpatient visits during 2015. According to the hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, the hospital is also located in a federally designated “medically underserved area,” defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration as an urban area where “residents have a shortage of personal health services.” The assessment also said two-

thirds of the families in the hospital’s service area live in poverty, which is higher than the overall poverty rate of Philadelphia. More than 80 percent of inpatients receive Medicare or Medicaid. “I feel like [narrative medicine] is a great opportunity to try to somehow improve life here, improve care by writing about this world,” Vitez said. “People feel a real special mission to serve this community.” Rosenberg said doctors can relate to every patient based on emotion — an experience that is shared among people of different races, religions, genders and financial statuses. “You’re involved with people at a time in their life where something’s happening to them, oftentimes bad, that they won’t ever forget,” she added. “All of us have the experience of being scared, not knowing what’s happening to us or not knowing what’s happening to someone that we love.” Thomas, TUH’s weekday lobby artist, lives on Erie Avenue and is a former patient. He said there is a divide between “the worlds of patients and doctors.” Reifler said connecting students with nearby residents is often difficult and vice versa. Thomas added that he thinks focusing on medical humanities is a wonderful solution to bridge the gap by teaching tolerance. “You have to be patient with a patient,” Thomas said. “That’s why they’re called patients.” “The doctors need to know what’s wrong with a person, what’s on their mind,” he added. “A lot of people keep stuff in. They gotta let it out. … That’s what health care is about.” grace.shallow@temple.edu @Grace_Shallow

THE PATIENTS THEY SERVE When TUH opened, there were 20 beds for patients in a three-story house on Broad Street near Ontario

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Michael Vitez, the director of Narrative Medicine, has introduced storytelling to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

More than a century at Temple university hospital Since its expansion at the turn of the 19th century, TUH has gone through several changes, like the opening of the medical school.

In 1898, the Samaritan Hosptial expanded and took up the building next door. It was named Greatheart Hospital and served as a maternity department initially.



Temple opened a medical school in 1901 because people complained to Conwell that the existing medical schools at the time were too expensive and discriminatory toward women, African Americans, Jews, new immigrant groups and working students. The classes were offered six days a week from 7 to 10 p.m.


Samaritan Hospital officially merged with Temple in 1906.


In February 1929, William Parkinson was appointed director of Samaritan Hospital. During his term, the name of Samaritan Hospital was changed to to Temple University Hospital. Next year, construction for a new medical school building began at the northwest corner of Broad and Ontario, containing research laboratories, student lockers and lounges, faculty offices and conference rooms.



Source: “Temple University : 125 Years of Service to Philadelphia, the Nation, and the World” by James Hilty Photos courtesy: Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries (left), Temple University Health System






Exhibit on gender and masculinity opens at PAFA Last Saturday, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosted the opening reception for “Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures,” the first solo museum exhibition in the United States created by Cassils, a transgender multimedia artist from Montreal, Quebec. The work featured blended mediums like audio, sculpture, photography and projection to illustrate concepts of gender and masculinity. Emily Vey Duke, a patron of PAFA, described Cassils’ work as “a nuanced and complicated response to violence against transgender people.” These themes of violence are a huge part of Cassils’ work, with one section of the exhibit displaying a 2,000-pound mound of clay that Cassils “fought.” Photographs documenting this fight lined the walls of the gallery. Cassils described the exhibit as “an exploration around the ideas of pushing back on the sort of binary notions of gender.” “[It is] to hyper-perform the ideas around masculinity, to kind of showcase its production as something that is structured as opposed to naturalized,” Cassils said. “I see a lot of my work speaking to performing and exploding certain pre-conditioned ideas around bodies.” “Melt/Carve/Forge” will be on display at PAFA until March 5, 2017. features@temple-news.com

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Through late snacks, students help others Student organizations are raising money for charities through food vending. By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News When police officers showed up to the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club fundraiser last year, Emma Palacio thought they were in trouble for selling hot dogs without a permit. “He took out a piece of paper and wrote something down, so I thought it was a ticket,” said Palacio, a junior architecture major and the assistant captain of the team. “Turns out he was just messing with us.” The police officer wrote down his contact information, hoping the club team would schedule a pickup game with his department in the near future. Many student organizations have found that selling cheap food on weekend nights attracts more customers than traditional food fundraisers, like bake sales during the day on Main Campus. Despite the scare with the police, members of the women’s frisbee team raised $160 through their $2 hot dog fundraiser — which lasted from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on a Friday night. The money raised was enough to pay for the team’s travel expenses to and from away games.

Phi Sigma Sigma hosts a similar event every semester, during which they sell grilled cheese sandwiches for $1 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m on Diamond Street near Carlisle. At their last grilled cheese fundraiser in October, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma raised $800, which went to the Kids in Need Foundation, a charity that provides school supplies to underprivileged students. Phi Sigma Sigma President Alison Razzi, a senior advertising major, was in charge of greeting people and collecting funds for this year’s event. “Hosting the event on a Thursday night brings in a lot of students,” she said. “Our house is right off campus so it’s a good location.” Phi Sigma Sigma receives all the ingredients for its fundraiser by donation, including cheese from Richie’s Deli and Pizza on The Wall. The sisters also design and post flyers on social media to spread the word about the event, which helped bring in “a really good turn out,” Razzi said. She added that the next grilled cheese fundraiser will be held in March. Delta Zeta also hosted a late-night snack sale in an effort to attract more students. “DZ Mac ‘n’ Cheesy” is held at least once per semester and typically lasts from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Last year, the sorority set up tables at the corner of 16th and Berks streets and the corner of Norris and Broad streets. “There are tons of hungry college

students waiting to stumble upon a table selling their favorite midnight snack,” said a junior marketing major Sarah Misiano, who is in charge of fundraising for Delta Zeta as the Ways and Means co-chair. At Delta Zeta’s last “Mac ‘n’ Cheesy” event on Nov. 10, the sisters raised $200. All of the proceeds went to Hootathon, Temple’s dance marathon that raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Misiano said she is looking forward to future Delta Zeta fundraising events next semester, including another Mac ‘n’ Cheese sale. The Delta Zeta sisters also recently hosted their annual Wing Bowl with the brothers of Kappa Sigma on Nov. 29th from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Kappa Sigma House on Broad Street near Diamond. It was $10 to participate in the competition and $5 to eat. All of the proceeds raised were donated to the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign. “We love hosting this fundraiser because it has become one of our most wellknown events and people love coming out to support us,” Misiano said. meghan.caroline.costa@temple.edu Editor’s note: Michaela Winberg, the supervising editor of The Temple News, is on the Women’s Ultimate Club Frisbee team. She played no role in the reporting of this article.



TU Press hosts talk about crime at Eastern State Jennifer Murphy, a 2008 sociology alumna and criminal justice professor at Penn State University Berks, will host a lecture on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eastern State Penitentiary. The discussion is part of Eastern State Penitentiary’s programming titled, “The Searchlight Series: Conversations About Crime, Justice, and the American Prison System.” Murphy’s talk, “Jennifer Murphy: The Enduring Stigma of Drug Addiction,” will focus on her study, “Illness or Deviance?” that was published by Temple University Press. In her study, Murphy investigates different perspectives on addiction and how the justice system handles it. The talk is free. -Erin Moran

Visiting professor to lead lecture about Africa Elizabeth Schmidt, a Loyola University history professor, will lead a lecture on foreign intervention in Africa on Wednesday in room 914 in Gladfelter Hall. The lecture will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. During the lecture, Schmidt will talk about her new book, “Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror.” The book examines the history of foreign involvement in postcolonial Africa, spanning from the end of World War II until 2010. Schmidt argues in her book that interventions with humanitarian justifications often caused harm instead of improvement. Copies of the book will be available at the event. -Ian Walker

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EUROPE you’re thousands of miles away, and to focus on your journey. But these are issues that will remain when I return to Philadelphia, and I must be prepared to re-enter that atmosphere after being away for more than three months. Another lesson I learned, from talking to several Europeans throughout my time here, is to always keep an open mind. Media in the United States portrayed Brexit as a negative event, but I learned from multiple people in England that there were legitimate reasons they voted to “leave.” Perhaps more surprising, I met someone not much older than me who was fine with Donald Trump winning our election over Hillary Clinton, despite the British media’s criticism of the President-

elect. That lesson also applied more directly, with the 22 other students from Temple who had chosen to spend this fall across the pond with me. They come from different backgrounds within the School of Media and Communication, but their willingness to leave the United States for a country five hours ahead is what will link us for the rest of our lives. And I hope the Facebook chat keeps going, because I don’t want to give up the shenanigans of our uncensored group chat. Returning back to my walk, I passed underneath the Westminster Bridge, and when I came out on the western side, Big Ben started chiming, as he always does at the top of the hour. This time, he did it once, to indicate 1 a.m. Throughout this walk, I was starting to feel somewhat homesick. My brother, sister and mother only have my photos

to be connected to what I’m experiencing, but to them, those snapshots provide small glimpses into the entire experience I’ve had over here, which has been extraordinary from Aug. 31 to now. I want to pay tribute to my mom in a practical sense, since she is significantly helping me finance this trip, as she has done throughout my time at Temple. But more than that, she has supported me through some seemingly irrational decisions. She’s emailed me during the past couple of weeks to check in and tell me how proud she is of me, and always makes sure I’m OK, no matter how much is on her plate. And as great as this trip has been, those emails represent some of the best moments. steve.bohnel@temple.edu

Taller Puertorriqueño, a Latino arts organization, will open its new cultural center on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The new El Corazón Cultural Center is on 5th Street near Huntingdon in Fairhill. The new cultural center will have a larger gift shop, an outdoor sculpture patio, a large exhibition gallery, dance and theater studios, classrooms with new art technology, an outdoor play area and rental spaces for events and performances. The opening ceremony will give guests a first look at the new building. -Erin Moran

Music groups to host annual holiday concert The Temple Performing Arts Center will host its sixth annual family holiday concert on Friday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The Temple University Jazz Band and the Temple Symphony Orchestra will join various choirs to perform popular holiday songs. The jazz band is directed by Terell Stafford, a jazz studies professor, and will be conducted by Thomas Fairlie, the founder of the Temple Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free to all ages and no tickets are required, but seating for the performance is limited. Students are encouraged to bring family members and younger children to the event. -Meghan Costa


Female a capella group to perform at Rock Hall

STEVE BOHNEL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Palace of Westminster lies on the banks of the River Thames in London and serves as the meeting place for the British Parliament.

Singchronize Female a capella will host its end-ofsemester concert on Saturday at the Rock Hall Auditorium. The group will perform a capella versions of songs by musical artists like Ariana Grande, Evanescence and Sara Bareilles. Every song in the group’s setlist this semester was arranged by members. Singchronize is Temple’s only all-female a capella group and is comprised of 14 singers. The concert is free and tickets are not required. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. -Erin Moran



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PROTESTS “We should be afraid of this rhetoric, not saying that blind fear is good but … when people are saying horrible things about women and black people and immigrants, we need to believe them. When they say horrible things about what they want to happen in this country, I believe that they mean that.” On Nov. 29, police shut down Broad Street from Girard Avenue to City Hall as protesters streamed down the road, part of a day of action organized by Fight for $15 in which thousands participated in walkouts and protests across the country. Similar to the City Hall rally,

The more disjointed we are, the more we silo ourselves to our own issues. Martha Sherman Public relations chair, FMLA

the Main Campus protest focused on showing support among minority groups and other marginalized people, and stressed the importance of unifying under one group, something Torres and other members of Temple’s student organizations think the school needs to do more of. Martha Sherman, a junior public health major and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance public relations chair, said Temple should partner with more social justice groups like Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15. “The more disjointed we are, the more we silo ourselves to our own issues,” Sherman said. “If we don’t take an intersectional approach to it, then not as much will get done. We can’t ignore the other issues, because there are Black women and Muslim women in [the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance], and they deal with issues that we need to work on all together.” As many Trump opposers focused on voicing dissent for the U.S. political system and the presidentelect, representatives from various organizations on campus like FMLA stood up at Temple’s rally to remind the crowd that despite its differences, they all share a common goal.


“Throughout history it has been shown that the best way for an oppressor to achieve their goal is to separate everybody by whatever differences they think they have,” Torres added. “If we stay united and look past our differences ... then maybe we can get somewhere and make a change.” Speakers at the Main Campus rally ended on a hopeful note, focusing on the steps Temple’s organizations can take together to help protect marginalized students and promote progressive change. “Once everyone regrouped [from the election], we’ve been focusing on where can we go from here,” Sherman said. She added that she believes now more than ever is the time for Temple and its social justice organizations to come together in order to have their voices heard, and to stop the spread of hateful rhetoric. “We need to be here to support each other, not just in our movement, she added. “But also to recognize that people are here to support you, people are going to stand up against the rhetoric that has been discussed.” ert@temple.edu

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Doctor’s patents ‘hit the bedside’ Dr. Marla Wolfson is working on building her patent portfolio. By EILEEN WICKLINE For The Temple News Adriana Mancini embodies the success of Dr. Marla Wolfson’s work. At the time of her premature birth, Mancini weighed less than two pounds and was administered the chemical perfluorocarbon, which holds three times more oxygen than air, to help her breathe. This was a main focal point of Wolfson’s research. Mancini graduated from college last year. “I feel fortunate to see a number of our developments to hit the bedside,” Wolfson said. “Not everyone can say that is the result of their research.” Wolfson received her bachelor’s of physical therapy in 1975, master’s of physiology in 1982 and Ph.D. in respiratory physiology in 1985. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Wolfson is now a professor of physiology, pediatrics and medicine at the school.

Wolfson has 14 patents, one of the largest patent portfolios at Temple. A patent portfolio is intellectual property that the creators would like to continue to research, but they need to secure it to lock down funding, she said. “It’s a way of expediting an idea from the bench to the bedside,” Wolfson said. “When [the] industry is interested in your ideas, they need to have some protection so they can get return on their investment. They get protection of the idea as they put in more and more funds.” Wolfson first received a patent in 2012, when she used perfluorochemical — which inflates the lungs during low-pressure situations — to treat altitude-related health problems in the lungs. Wolfson’s research on the chemical was featured in the New York Times in 1989 and contributed to several medical textbooks. Wolfson’s research has received grants adding up to about $4.5 million. “The main goal is to make sure the highest amount of drugs goes into the lungs instead of missing the target,” Wolfson said. Wolfson developed the portfolio in collaboration with Thomas Shaffer, a professor emeritus of physiology and pediatrics. Shaffer has been working

with Wolfson since she was a graduate student during the late 1970s and early ’80s. Out of 46 graduate students and 50 fellows at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Shaffer said Wolfson was one of his most successful students. “I give her a lot of kudos to innovative work with patent portfolios,” he added. “She puts in a lot of work to bring her work to the bedside.” Wolfson also helped develop the use of helium gas in ventilators, instead of the traditional gas mixture used, to treat lung injuries in premature infants. Now, Wolfson is researching the development of different therapeutic techniques for the prevention of chronic lung disease, a condition caused by damaged tissue in the lungs that leads to difficulty breathing, in premature infants. After working in the medical field for more than 40 years, Wolfson said she’s still inspired to keep creating and inventing. “The inspiration for all of this is to more effectively treat patients,” she said. “Whether it’s therapeutic or economic. To reduce the burden and improve their quality of life.” eileen.devlin.wickline@temple.edu

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DOUGHERTY laborative, which was created when Philadelphia received a grant to participate in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, an interdisciplinary effort to reduce youth violence in cities around the country. Caterina Roman, a criminal justice professor with more than 25 years of experience working on youth violence policy, was Dougherty’s research partner during the two-year project. “He’s a very strong leader,” she said. “When he was the head of the family court, he was very much a big supporter of any type of alternative sentencing. He was always looking for innovative ways to keep youth out of the criminal justice system.” “In theory, juvenile justice systems should be restorative and focus on rehabilitation,” she added. “[He wanted] to keep kids out of being labeled delinquents.” Dougherty still considers himself social justice-oriented. He attended the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., now known as University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. “My reality was to pursue public interest law,” he said. “How can I use the skills that I’ve acquired to make life better for somebody that has it less than I? … What direction am I walking? The path of business and Wall Street? Or do I continue walking the path of North Philadelphia helping the homeless and the most-risk and vulnerable families?” “I haven’t gone too far,” he added. “As we often say in our family, one way that we won’t forget where we came from is that we never leave.” Dougherty said it was a challenge switching from affecting individu-

als’ lives in the trial court to affecting the whole state with his decisions. He said the new role taught him “you never get tired of learning.” He and his colleagues each review approximately 300 requests for appeal per year. They read through the files and write a justification for whether the Supreme Court should hear the case. He is also responsible for reviewing the other justices’ decisions, various administrative duties and travelling around the state when the Supreme Court is in session six

times per year. Next week, he will hear 23 cases in Harrisburg. Shane Carey worked on Dougherty’s campaign and later became his administrative aide. Carey started working for the court the same day as Dougherty and said he has seen him grow this year. “I would say by May is when I really saw [Dougherty] feeling really, really confident and assertive in what he was doing,” he said. “That learning curve that they said was going to

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016 take two or three years, I would say he mastered in five months.” His personal goal for the remaining nine years of his term, however, is to advance specialty courts. In particular, he wants to expand veteran’s courts and educate the judiciary about young veterans’ mental health and employment needs. “My history in family court has always been to fight for the at-risk, the vulnerable and the underdog,” he said. “Well these guys and gals fought for us. Isn’t it about time we start

fighting for them at home?” “If you’re going to enter the law, you have to remember the law affects everyone,” he added. “It touches every race, creed, orientation, you name it. There’s not an individual in Pennsylvania that will not somehow feel the effect of a decision I and my colleagues make.” erin.moran@temple.edu @ernmrntweets

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CHAMPIONSHIP cons belong to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wake Forest started the year 5-1 but lost five of its last six games to close out the season. All five losses came to bowl eligible teams, including Florida State University, the University of Louisville and Clemson University, all ranked in the College Football Playoff. The Demon Deacons will play in their first bowl game since the 2011 Music City Bowl. “We’re looking forward to the whole experience and it will be a very challenging game,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. “Temple’s had an outstanding year. Matt Rhule has just done a phenomenal job of rebuilding that program.” The Owls avenged their loss to Houston in last year’s conference title game with a 34-10 win against No. 19 Navy. Temple scored 24 first-half points and limited the second-ranked rushing offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision to 168 yards. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo minced no words. “They beat the crap out of us. … It was like they hit us with an overhand right with their offense and we could not respond,” he said.

As the players, clad in their championship T-shirts and hats, celebrated on the field after the game with confetti raining from the sky, senior linebacker Jarred Alwan walked around smiling and hugging teammates. He wore a WWE championship belt with the Temple “T” on the sides as he paraded around the field. Redshirt-senior defensive back Nate Hairston said when the offense and defense compete in practice, the winner gets the belt. On Saturday, players passed the belt around after winning a conference title instead of a drill in practice. The seniors continued winning after enduring mediocre seasons early in their careers. They’ve won 20 games in the past two seasons, the best stretch in program history, and will be the first to play in back-to-back bowl games. “[What] we planned to do so many years ago finally happened and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” said redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick, who had his first career interception on Saturday. “I just thought about everything that we went through and what it took to get to this point and understanding the work we put in, the relentlessness we had to have, the countless mornings we woke up early for practice or to do an extreme workout,” Reddick added. “Just to be here right now and I look back and think it was all worth it.”

Even though they were walking to the same room, senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald and senior center Safiya Martin split in different directions. Fitzgerald wanted to prove that her route to their room was faster than her teammate’s. As both athletes speed-walked to their room, Martin started to film Fitzgerald’s antics. “She was recording me, like, ‘Look at this competitive person, look how competitive she is, she’s really racing me to get to the room,’” Fitzgerald said. “But yeah, I won.” Ever since Fitzgerald started playing basketball at 5 years old, she has been competitive on the court and carries that personality trait with her off the court. So far, Fitzgerald has averaged 17 points per game, 3.4 points more than last season. The statistics alone don’t show Fitzgerald’s value when Temple is losing in the fourth quarter or needs a boost to gain momentum. “The one thing about her is she’s a fighter, she’s a competitor and she really wants to win, so she’s going to try to do everything in her power,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “When she’s on the court, she wants the ball in her hands, and that’s something that some people shy away from.” When the Owls played Quinnipiac University on Nov. 27, Temple barely pulled off a three-point victory, largely thanks to Fitzgerald and junior guard Alliya Butts’ performance as the clock winded down. In the final two minutes, Fitzgerald hit a jumper to give the Owls a one-point lead. One minute, 12 seconds later she assisted Butts’ 3-pointer to give Temple a three-point lead. Fitzgerald then drew a foul with 19 seconds left and made both free throws to secure a Temple win. “She has a huge role,” Cardoza said. “She’s one of our leaders, she’s someone that we depend on for a lot, to be the hardest worker, to be the best defender, to be that extension of the coaches, and she has to score too.” Fitzgerald started all 30 games and was the Owls’ top scorer as a freshman in the 2013-14 season. She has been a significant contributor ever since. Because of her talent and her experience, Fitzgerald is closing in on several Temple records. She ranks third in career assists. If she matches her 186 assists from last season, she’ll own the record with an 82-assist cushion. Fitzgerald currently has 444 career assists and needs to surpass 507 to hold the top spot.

Senior quarterback Phillip Walker completed 16-of-25 attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns to win the game’s Most Outstanding Player Award. Alwan led the team with a season-high 13 tackles, stepping up after redshirtsenior linebacker Avery Williams got ejected for targeting in the second quarter. Senior running back Jahad Thomas ran for 62 yards and scored the Owls’ first touchdown of the day. As he talked to reporters after the game outside the south end of the stadium, his mother, Connie Thomas, stood nearby, wearing a customized jersey that let everybody know who her son is. She watched as her son and Walker replicated their high school careers, struggling in the beginning, but ending with a championship. “You think about all the moments, when we was 2-10 and 6-6 and not be able to go to a bowl game and them feelings of being in the locker room after losses,” Jahad Thomas said. “You don’t want to experience that again and to be in the situation that we were today, to be able to come back here again after losing last year, you know, the feeling is unbelievable.” evan.easterling@temple.edu

She also ranks sixth in total points with 1,373. If she continues to average 17 points per game in the remaining 23 games, she’ll pass Candice Dupree for second place all-time. As Fitzgerald continues playing this year, the records aren’t the first thing in her mind, but she does hope to etch her name into the history books. “I want people to remember my name here,” Fitzgerald said. “I want something to represent me, like, ‘Feyonda did this, or Feyonda was known for this.’ I want my name to remain alive here.” Fitzgerald’s shooting has been the most noticeable improvement in her career. She is shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range through six games this season after shooting 26.8 percent last year. Her free throw percentage has improved to 84.2 percent and she is shooting 37.5 percent from the field after shooting 34.2 percent in 2015-16. “She’s definitely grown in a sense, I mean, she’s always worked hard from day one,” Cardoza said. “From her freshman year, she shot the ball a lot. She probably felt like she had to win it, and I think now, she’s confident that she can make the pass to Alliya [Butts], she can dump the ball down here to this guy, that she doesn’t have to be the guy to win the game.” When Fitzgerald came to Temple, the Owls had just come off a 14-18 season, and she was relied upon heavily. She led the team in field goal attempts, with 149 more shots than the next player. A lot of the time, she felt it was in her hands to take the final shot and either win or lose the game by herself. Now, that’s not so much the case. “There will be times where I could do something to open up a teammate and dish it to them because I’m confident that they will knock down the shot,” Fitzgerald said. “But before, when I first got here, I would rather take the shot myself. I mean, I would still rather take it now, but if I have to, I will pass it because I trust them to knock down the shot.” Fitzgerald hopes she can help the Owls qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011, when a streak of eight straight appearances ended. This goal stems not only from wanting the experience for herself and the team, but also because it could give her the exposure she needs from WNBA scouts. After college play finishes, Fitzgerald hopes to move on to play in the WNBA. She knows she will have the support of her family as she tries to go pro. “My dad’s been there, along with my grandmother, throughout all my years, from toddler to recreational basketball, to [Amateur Athletic Union], to high school and middle school, to college,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s the one who motivates me to be better, he wants me to be great.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Matt Rhule, Athletic Director Pat Kraft, and defensive coordinator Phil Snow hoist the American Athletic Conference Championship trophy Saturday.

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Owls hope to top last year’s 8th-place finish Coach Elvis Forde’s team looks to improve its standing in the American Athletic Conference. By TESSA SAYERS For The Temple News When preseason workouts got tough, senior sprinter and jumper Bionca St. Fleur reminded herself this is her last year, and she will never be a college athlete again. “I came into this season with a whole new mindset,” St. Fleur said. “It’s great to know this is my last year and we want to go out with a bang, so I’ve set goals for myself and I want to place high in conferences.” St. Fleur put that new mindset to work at the first indoor track & field meet of the season on Friday at Lehigh University, where the Owls notched 15 Top 10 results, including two first-place finishes. Last year, Temple finished eighth out of 11 teams at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. “We want to improve on our finish in the conference,” coach Elvis Forde said. “That’s the primary goal. We feel our job is to get them ready and get them prepped, and their job is then to execute in the way that we have prepared them.” St. Fleur came in 12th in the 200-me-

ter preliminaries and missed the cut for the finals by four places. She also came in second place in her second event, the long jump. In her rookie season, Sylvia Wilson took home gold for the Owls in the 60 hurdles. The Owls’ biggest challenge will be replacing distance runner Blanca Fernandez, who graduated. Fernandez was part of the Owls’ second-place distance medley relay team at the indoor championship and competed in the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. “We don’t have a heavy hitter like we had Blanca,” Forde said. “I don’t think you can ever replace someone who did that, but we hope someone will come along who will in time be well-respected in the conference and by their peers. We feel Millie Howard, Sylvia Wilson and Crystal Jones can do that.” Howard, a freshman, started her career at Temple with the cross country team. She finished 20th in the conference championship in October and 74th in the regional championship in November. “I’m really excited to see Millie this track season, because we recruited her primarily as an 800 runner,” junior distance runner Katie Pinson said. “She ran some really impressive times and she prides herself on being more of a track girl.” Sophomore Crystal Jones made a name for herself when she came in fourth in the high jump at the indoor champi-

onship last year. “Crystal Jones always surprises me,” St. Fleur said. “I’m really excited to see what happens this year with her. She’s a go-getter at practice, she’s always getting after it. I’m excited to see how far her training and her motivation for herself gets her.” The Owls lost four athletes to graduation, but added nine freshmen, one walk-on and a transfer student coming into the 2016-17 season. The track & field team also hired assistant coach Tramaine Ellison, a 2004 kinesiology and exercise science alumna who focuses on coaching the jumping events. “Sometimes being male, having a female is nice to soften things up,” Forde said. “I’m very excited that she has chosen to come back to her alma mater and has that cherry and white bleed, it’s making a world of a difference.” Forde, who is in his third year as head coach, is looking for newcomers to step up and seniors to be leaders. “I’d like to see that senior group that I found here upon my arrival to really go out with a bang,” Forde said. “They did some good things last year and by doing that we will see our team improve from where we have been the past two years ... but they have to grab the bull by the horns and say, ‘Hey, let’s go. I’m going to put you all on my back, you know this is our last year.’”



Owls record milestone home win over weekend The Owls’ 70-62 win against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday was their 200th all-time at the Liacouras Center. It was Temple’s third Big 5 win of the season and fifth win in a row. Temple is 3-1 at home this season. The women’s basketball team is 132-63 in the building and the men are 200-63 all-time. Temple is playing its 20th season in the Liacouras Center, which opened in 1997 as the Apollo of Temple, before being named after former university president Peter J. Liacouras in 2000. The Owls have 14 wins against nationally ranked teams in the Liacouras Center, including the inaugural game against No. 18 Fresno State University. Temple gave Southern Methodist, then ranked No. 8 in Division I, its first loss of the season in January at the Liacouras Center. -Evan Easterling

teresa.sayers@temple.edu HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Alani Moore II dribbles in the Owls’ season-opening win against La Salle in the Liacouras Center.

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BLACKHAWKS “I was sort of skeptical of the news until Patrick Hanrahan, who played with [Semborski], sent me a picture of him in warmups,” he added. “The second I saw the helmet and pads, I knew it was him. I couldn’t believe it.” Semborski, a 2015 sports recreation management alumnus who played goalie for Temple for four years, signed an Amateur Try Out contract with the Blackhawks Saturday morning. He suited up for Chicago after two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford suddenly had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling became the starter against the Flyers. The Blackhawks could not sign their goalie coach, Jimmy Waite, because as a former professional his salary would have counted against the team’s salary cap. Roberts said professional teams usually keep a list of local goalies that played high-level juniors or in the NCAA that can suit up in case emergencies happen. Semborski was on the ice Saturday morning at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, where he works as a hockey program coordinator. As he walked off the ice, Barry Hanrahan, the Flyers’ assistant general manager, asked him how much playing experience he had and told him Chicago needed a goalie. Ten minutes later, at about 11 a.m., he got a call from a number with a Chicago area code, and Semborski knew he was about to live his dream. At the time, he had no idea how the Blackhawks picked him to suit up. But he later figured out Pat Ferrill, the senior vice president at Skate Zone, was responsible for getting his name out to the Flyers. “They were just asking me if I could do it, and what time I could be there and where to go,” Semborski said. “He was telling me, ‘Call when you’re close, and we’ll come out and get you to sign some papers for us, and we’ll get you going for warmups.’” Fresh off highway traffic, Semborski arrived at the Wells Fargo Center around noon sporting a Temple hockey beanie hat, a Snider Hockey long sleeve T-shirt and workout pants. When he came out of the locker room, he was wearing a Blackhawks jersey, skating around in warm-ups on the ice he always dreamed of playing on. “I got the news at about 12:30 and went right to the broadcast,” said Hanrasports@temple-news.com


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COURTESY ZACK HILL/ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Former club ice hockey player Eric Semborski sits on the bench at the Wells Fargo Center before Saturday’s Flyers-Blackhawks game after signing an Amateur Try Out contract with Chicago.

han, a former teammate and club president. “I watched that game and stayed tuned the whole time.” Semborski, who hadn’t played a game of competitive hockey in about a year and a half, said every player on the Blackhawks graciously greeted him,

The second I saw the helmet and pads, I knew it was him. I couldn’t believe it.

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and Darling showed him the ropes. He showed Semborski how he likes to prepare for games and what drills to expect in warmups. Darling would face five shots, then wave his hand and call Semborski into the net to finish out the drill. Semborski saved a shot from right winger Patrick Kane, the NHL’s point leader last season, who scored the gamewinning goal against the Flyers in the

2010 Stanley Cup Final. Then, the Blackhawks’ players started bombarding the former Owl with shots. Roberts estimated the average shot speed Semborski faced in warm-ups was probably around 80 mph compared to 50-60 mph at Temple. The warmup shots were the only ones Semborski faced. Darling played most of the game until being pulled in the final minutes for an extra attacker. As Semborski packed his bags after the game in the visitor’s locker room, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville approached him to thank him and shake his hand. He also gave him one of Crawford’s goalie sticks signed by every player and every member of the coaching staff. As Semborski walked up to his car in the parking lot, Flyers center Claude Giroux pulled over his car, rolled down his window and discussed the experience of playing a game in the NHL. Semborski also talked to Flyers general manager and former goaltender Ron Hextall in the lot. “It was cool to be in the NHL for a day,” Semborski said. “It was pretty special. I’m just thankful I was able to do it.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @ignudo5

The American Athletic Conference announced its postseason honors last Wednesday and nine Owls earned recognition. Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick and senior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins earned first team honors. Reddick set a conference record in tackles for loss. He started his Temple career as a walk-on. Dawkins earned second-team honors last season and is projected as a third-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft by CBS Sports. Five players earned second-team honors. Senior running back Jahad Thomas missed the first two games of the year, but currently has 19 total touchdowns, only two behind senior quarterback Phillip Walker for the team lead. If he runs for 82 yards or more against Wake Forest University in the Military Bowl, he’ll have back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. Freshman kicker Aaron Boumerhi has made 11-of-13 field goal attempts and 27of-28 extra points after replacing injured junior kicker Austin Jones. Redshirt-seniors Praise Martin-Oguike and Avery Williams and junior defensive back Sean Chandler represented the Owls’ defense on the list. Redshirt-senior tight end Colin Thompson and redshirt-senior linebacker Stephaun Marshall earned honorable mention. Marshall is tied with sophomore defensive back Delvon Randall for first on the team in tackles. -Evan Easterling


Owls go undefeated in Sacred Heart tournament The Owls went 4-0 at the Sacred Heart Tradition Tournament on Sunday at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Temple beat Sacred Heart, Vassar College, New York University and Harvard University. The Owls lost to Harvard in their last three meetings at the tournament. Three first-year athletes helped lead the Owls to their win. Freshman sabre Malia Hee went 9-0 for the Owls. Freshman foil Alexa Prasher went 9-1 in her bouts. Freshman Kennedy Lovelace went 7-1 in foil. -Owen McCue

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WIN STREAK points per game. Not only does Enechionyia play a strong offensive game, he has increased his defensive production. He averages three blocks per game and has already pulled in 63 rebounds. Still, Dunphy recognizes the forward’s game will not always be perfect. “He’s had a great first eight games,” Dunphy said. “It’s going to come because teams are going to be playing him differently each and every game. They’re going to double-team him, they’re going to throw their bigger guys at him. He’s got to learn to be an even better basketball player.” Last year, Temple went 4-4 in its first eight

PAGE 19 games. This year the Owls are 6-2. With their win against Penn, the Owls are 3-0 in Big 5 play with a game against Villanova remaining. Temple finished 2-2 against Big 5 teams last season. Sophomores guard Shizz Alston Jr., center Ernest Aflakpui, and redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle have also picked up some slack. Aflakpui averages 6.5 rebounds per game. Last year, he registered only two per game in limited minutes. “Ern’s getting better,” Dunphy said. “That’s what he needs to do. He needs to do it at both ends as well, but I thought he gave us some really good minutes.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Josh Brown played 14 minutes in Wednesday’s win at St. Joe’s, his first game back from Achilles tendon surgery.

Senior point guard returns Josh Brown played his first games of the season against St. Joseph’s and Penn this week. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Josh Brown sat on the floor near the end of the Owls’ bench at Hagan Arena, stretching out his left leg with a green resistance band. For the first 13 and a half minutes of Temple’s 78-72 win against St. Joseph’s on Wednesday night, the senior guard stayed put in the same spot, waiting for his return from an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in May. The moment came at the 6:29 mark in the first half. After six months of patience, he was back on the court. “After I had the surgery, I just told myself, ‘I can’t be down,’” Brown said. “Especially for this team, I thought I had to come back, we have a lot of young, talented guys. I just had to keep my head down, plus my teammates, they helped me out.” Brown first got the news he was cleared to play when he talked to doctors after practice on Nov. 28. Two days later, he played 14 minutes, totaling four points, two rebounds and an assist against St. Joe’s. His first shot of the season was a 3-pointer from the left wing. He came off a screen, got an open look and sunk it. “There’s a different feeling on the court,” junior forward Obi Enechionyia said on Wednesday of Brown’s return. “There’s security on both sides of the ball. For him to come back from that injury, it’s great. When I saw him hit his first shot, that felt pretty good. I was pretty happy for him.” Brown played 11 minutes in Saturday’s 70-62 win against the University of Pennsylvania. He scored five points and grabbed four rebounds. “There are going to be moments in the

game where I want to get Josh out there,” coach Fran Dunphy said on Saturday. “I don’t think he played great today, but he did do a couple of really good things. He’s working at it, there is a lot of rust on that body with the injury he has come off of. I’m proud of him as an individual, how he has handled his situation.” As the Owls’ starting point guard last season, Brown averaged 8.3 points and 4.9 assists per game and added 41 steals. Brown had 161 assists compared to 46 turnovers. It was the eighth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in Division I. Brown missed the Owls’ first six games of the season. Temple went 4-2 during that stretch. In Brown’s absence, sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. and freshman guard Alani Moore II were the Owls’ lead guards. Alston is averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. He also has 19 steals. Moore is averaging 8.5 points and 2.4 assists per game. They’ve also combined for just 13 turnovers in eight games, or 1.6 turnovers per game. “Josh taught me a lot, whether it be over the summer to now,” Moore said after Saturday’s game. “It’s just good to see him out there, he brings a lot of leadership and security both offensively and defensively. Just playing with him helps out a lot. Me, him and Shizz can have two of us on the court at once and it gives us a lot of options.” During his postgame press conference, Dunphy pointed to a moment in Wednesday’s game where Brown’s calming influence really showed. Brown called out a set called “Texas” that helped settle the Owls down and get a basket during a critical possession in the second half. “We’re just different with him handling the ball,” Dunphy said. “He made a great call when he got in in the second half that just settled us terrifically. It’s nice to have him out there.” owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue

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WALKER going to give you a shot and it’s going to hurt,’” senior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins said. “He’s like, ‘I don’t care, whatever it’s gonna take to win this game, I’m going to do it.’ P.J. was just bought in. He was in ‘just win’ mentality, so he didn’t want nothing to come in the way of us getting the championship.” “P.J. was not missing one snap, one play of this game for his life,” Dawkins added. Walker completed nine of his first 11 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns against Navy on Saturday. He hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Ventell Bryant for a 22-yard touchdown to go up 14-0. Early in the second quarter, he tossed a 56yard touchdown pass to redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, who hauled in five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown on Saturday, to give Temple a three-touchdown lead. “Since my first days here, P.J. has never quit,” Kirkwood said. “Even when he’s hurt, he’s still gonna play, no matter what. He could be sacked, banged up, he’s still going to make plays, and he trusts that he has great receivers to make plays. And we do that for him.” Walker was also terrific on third down, especially on the Owls’ first drive. He hit junior wide receiver Adonis Jennings for four yards on 3rdand-3 to start the drive. Walker found Kirkwood past the first down marker on 3rd-and-6 to move the chains again. After Kirkwood dropped a nice throw by Walker on 3rd-and-7, Walker went right back to him on fourth down for the conversion, which

set up Temple’s first touchdown of the game. Almost as important were the throws he didn’t make. When the Owls took a large lead on Saturday, Walker didn’t force any passes into double coverage or take unnecessary risks. He didn’t throw an interception for the third straight game, and fifth time in six games. The Owls are 12-0 over the past two seasons when Walker doesn’t throw an interception. “Offensively, we got off to an explosive start,” Rhule said. “[Walker] made some big-time throws. Once we got the lead we just tried to control the clock.” The NCAA’s formula for passing efficiency rating takes into account pass attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdowns and interceptions to evaluate quarterbacks. Walker’s 140.9 passing efficiency rating ranks No. 41 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Walker engineered a 70-yard comeback drive against Central Florida with 32 seconds left on Oct. 15, and since then he’s passed the ball much more efficiently. During the past six games, Walker has completed 62 percent of his passes and thrown 10 touchdowns compared to two interceptions. His passing efficiency over that period is 164.4, which would be No. 9 in the FBS. “He’s the quarterback of our team, leader of our offense,” redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick said. “Since the first day I’ve seen Phillip throw the ball, I always knew the guy was special. … He’s got something in him. He wants to compete. He’s a great competitor, a great leader.” owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue


Despite strong start, Cardoza unhappy with team’s defense The Owls still have areas to improve on after winning four of their first six games. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter As she paces around her coach’s box during games, coach Tonya Cardoza tries to push her team to play better defensively, talking individually with junior guard Alliya Butts and senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald to explain her expectations. So far, Cardoza’s talks have not been enough to resolve Temple’s defensive issues. The Owls are allowing 67.2 points per game through six contests, including a season-high 83 in their loss to University of Florida, then ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25, on Nov. 19.

Out of 344 teams in Division I, Temple ranks No. 228 in points against and No. 225 in field goal percentage against, allowing opposing teams to shoot 42.5 percent from the floor. “We’re just not a good defensive team in the halfcourt right now,” Cardoza said. “We’re not giving effort, and we don’t have the discipline that we should. And it is giving other teams easy looks and makes the game easy for them.” While playing with four guards on the floor, Temple has become a jump-shooting team. Butts and Fitzgerald have been relying on the 3-point shot to keep the Owls in games early in the season. Butts and Fitzgerald both make an average of two threes per game. Temple is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range, which is No. 107 Division I. The Owls average 6.2 threes per game. But while Temple is shooting well from behind the arc, the team’s field goal percentage is just 39.8 percent, which ranks No. 217 in Divi-

sion I. “We know that some nights our shots aren’t going to be falling, and we need to pick up our effort on the defensive end in, or we’re in for a lot of trouble,” Cardoza said. Temple is looking to two freshmen to bring a change to the four-guard lineup. Center Shannen Atkinson and forward Shantay Taylor have slowly seen an increase in minutes from game to game, and they’ve played together at times. Atkinson played five minutes against La Salle and didn’t play against Florida, but she has played at least 12 minutes in the team’s last two games. Taylor played five minutes against Florida and 16 minutes in the team’s loss to Harvard University on Thursday. Though the guards have been the focal point so far, Cardoza hopes the two bigs can add a presence in the paint. Since the beginning of the season, the core of Butts, Fitzgerald, and junior guards Tanaya Atkinson and Khadijah Berger have been im-

portant. The four had started every game before Berger came off the bench Sunday against the University of Vermont. Berger is the only one of the four to average less than 30 minutes. The other three have played at least 35.4 minutes per game. The fours have combined to score 77.4 percent of the Owls’ points. They are also in the top four in assists per game and four of the top six in rebounds per game. Fitzgerald is the team’s scoring and assists leader. “I’ve just stayed focused on whatever my team needs me to do to help win each game,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m just going to make sure I stay tuned in, and stay involved in every game whether I’m making shots or not to just make sure I’m being the good leader I need to be.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer







Walker plays through pain to deliver championship Senior quarterback Phillip Walker played with an injured foot in Saturday’s conference title game.


By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor

fter Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship win against Navy, senior quarterback Phillip Walker stood next to coach Matt Rhule around the 25-yard line at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Walker was already wearing a championship hat and T-shirt. Before the season started, Walker said he wanted to be called “Phillip” instead of “P.J.” because Phillip sounded more mature. But he didn’t mind as his teammates chanted “P.J.” when he held up his Most Outstanding Player Award. Four years earlier, Rhule and Walker both made promises that this day would come. At his introductory press conference in December 2012, Rhule told Temple fans he would bring them a championship. Two months later, Walker signed his letter of intent to Temple and made Rhule the same promise. “I told coach Rhule before I got here that it was going to happen,” Walker said of Temple’s first conference championship since 1967. “That was the process of me just trusting, to keep doing what I was doing and go out every day and bring my effort and energy every day and hopefully everyone else will follow.” At last Tuesday’s press conference, Rhule said Walker was questionable for

Saturday’s championship game. Walker entered the trophy room at Edberg-Olson Hall to talk to reporters after practice with a bulky gray walking boot on his right foot. He missed a drive during Temple’s division-clinching win against East Carolina on Nov. 26 after suffering the injury. Still, Walker was insistent that he was going to play. He’d played through an injury before. In 2015, Walker separated his left shoulder in Temple’s season opener against Penn State and didn’t miss a game, posting career numbers throughout the rest of the season. He played through pain again on Saturday, throwing for 199 yards and two touchdowns to help deliver the Owls a win. “I was telling him, ‘They’re


PHOTO: GENEVA HEFFERNAN | ART DIRECTION: COURTNEY REDMON / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior quarterback Phillip Walker (left), and redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood hug after a touchdown in Saturday’s 34-10 win against Navy.


Dunphy’s squad on 5-game win streak The Owls stayed undefeated in the Big 5, beating St. Joseph’s and Penn last week.


Ex-Owl spends day in the NHL against Flyers The Chicago Blackhawks gave Eric Semborski a 1-day contract for Saturday’s game in Philly.

By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS For The Temple News In the middle of Temple’s win against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, junior forward Obi Enechionyia switched shoes. During the first half, Enechionyia wore bright red kicks, but after going 0-for-9 from the field and scoring his only two points off free throws, Enechionyia came out for the start of the second half wearing white shoes. Whether it was the change of wardrobe or not, the forward’s game picked up significantly in the second half. He scored 10 points off five field goals, helping the Owls pick up their fifth straight win of the season. Temple seems to be buying into the mindset of doing whatever it takes to win, whether it is switching shoes, playing freshmen or overcoming an 18-point deficit to upset a ranked team. After losing three starters from last year’s squad and losing sophomore guard Trey Lowe to a redshirt year, Temple needed some underclassmen to step up. Senior Josh Brown was expected to be the starting point guard for the second straight year, but Brown missed the first six games of the season while recovering from Achilles tendon surgery. He returned in a limited role against St. Joseph’s on Wednesday. Coach Fran Dunphy counted on freshman guards Alani Moore II and Quinton Rose to pick up some of the scoring in Brown’s absence. Last season, Brown aver-

By TOM IGNUDO For The Temple News

player,” Penn coach Steve Donahue said. “He figures out how to get baskets.” Rose was particularly productive during Temple’s two games in the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off on Nov. 24 and 25. He scored 26 points in Temple’s 89-86 victory against then No. 25 Florida State University and had 12 points against then No. 19 West Virginia University. It was the first time Temple had back-to-back wins against teams Top 25 teams since 2001, when the Owls advanced to the Elite Eight. Temple opened last season with three of its first four games against Top 25 teams, including No. 1 University of North Carolina. The Owls went 0-3 against the Tar Heels, Butler University and the University of Utah. Enechionyia has taken on a significant role, leading the team with an average of 19.9

Former Temple club ice hockey coach Jerry Roberts couldn’t believe what he was watching as he sat in section 125, row 15, seat 12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the American Athletic Conference Championship game between Temple and Navy. But it wasn’t the passes he saw senior quarterback Phillip Walker make against Navy’s defense to lead the Owls to their first major conference championship in football history. While holding his 18-month-old in one hand and his cell phone in the other, Roberts scrolled through a slew of texts. Roberts’ former players were sending him pictures and GIFs of Eric Semborski, a former Temple goalie, skating on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center. Semborski suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks as an emergency goalie against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday with the words “Philly Proud” and “Temple Tuff ” on the back of his mask. “There’s a lot of fake news on social media now, and when you hear it, this seems really far-fetched,” Roberts said. “Because in order to be in a situation where you need an emergency goaltender, a lot of weird things have to happen.”



GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple defeated St. Joseph’s 78-72 on Wednesday at Hagan Arena. The Owls have won five games in a row.

aged 8.3 points per game. This season, Moore is averaging 8.5 points per game and has started in every contest for the Owls. Rose

Quinton Rose is going to be a good player. He figures out how to get baskets. Steve Donahue Penn coach

has an average of 12.1 points each game. “Quinton Rose is going to be a good





Senior men’s basketball player Josh Brown totaled 25 minutes in his first two games of the season in two Owls’ wins this week.

Senior Bionca St. Fleur hopes to lead the Owls’ young team to a high finish in the American Athletic Conference.

Senior women’s basketball guard Feyonda Fitzgerald has built trust in her teammates in her four years with the program.

The men’s basketball team picked up its 200th win at the Liacouras Center in Saturday’s win against Penn, other news and notes.

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