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HootaThon: A ‘humbling’ 12-hour day for charity


The student-run fundraiser surpassed its $400,000 goal. By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. (left), and junior forward Obi Enechionyia walk off the court after Thursday’s 66-50 loss to Southern Methodist at the Liacouras Center

Enechionyia: ‘I can get back’ The junior forward has struggled after a strong start to his season. By EVAN EASTLERING Assistant Sports Editor


bi Enechionyia’s first sports memories happened on the soccer field. He started out as a goalkeeper and eventually became a forward. He wanted to score.

But in eighth grade, he started a growth spurt that took him from 6 feet tall to 6-feet-8-inches within two years. He played pickup and rec-league basketball, but decided to play seriously. Enechionyia remembers not being able to make a left-handed layup and scoring in the wrong basket during one of his first starts. “I look back and laugh at it now, but at the time it wasn’t really funny,” the junior forward said. Enechionyia wanted to earn an athletic scholarship and worked on his game to become a Top 100 pros-

pect. Earlier this season, he distinguished himself as one of the best players in the American Athletic Conference. He won the NCAA. com Player of the Week Award for the week ending Nov. 27 and averaged 21 points per game through the Owls’ first seven games, including the Owls’ win against St. Joseph’s on Nov. 30, when he tied his careerhigh mark of 26 points for the third time. He said it was his best game of the season. Fox Sports Radio host Jason


Brian Cupitt wiped a tear from his eye on stage on Saturday when he held up placards that showed the organization raised more than $404,000, surpassing this year’s goal by more than $4,000. “I think for me what makes it worth it, is seeing the actual impact that we have,” Cupitt, the executive director of HootaThon and a senior strategic communication major, told The Temple News. HootaThon, a 12-hour dance

marathon to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, took place in the Liacouras Center for the first time instead of in Mitten Hall, where it was previously held. In 12 hours, HootaThon raised more than $34,000 from walk-in donations, raffles, merchandise sales and social media fundraising. The event is affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which sponsors student-run charity events at colleges and high schools to benefit children’s hospitals. HootaThon’s donation will go toward helping children and families at CHOP with pediatric cancer. Gaelen McCartney, a 2016 fibers and material studies alumnus, helped kick off the first HootaThon in No-


BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS The Morale Team leads HootaThon dancers in a group dance in the Liacouras Center on Saturday for the fourth annual 12-hour dance marathon.


Gender-inclusive housing now an option for students Students will be able to live together regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter University Housing and Residential Life now offers gender-inclusive housing for students applying to on-campus housing options for Fall 2017. Laura Randolph, associate director of Residential Life, and Kevin Williams, director of Residential Life said the applications were made available to students on Monday. The option gives more freedom for students to live in suites or apartments on campus no matter their biological sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. “It’s really been many years in the works,” Randolph said. “When TSG and [Residence Hall Association] approached us saying, ‘We need this, this is an accommodation that our students are asking for,’ that’s when we started talking with administrators and junior staff to find what we could do to make this happen.” Gender-inclusive housing will be available for upperclassmen in Temple Towers and Morgan Hall, while freshmen and incoming students will reside in White Hall and 1940 Residence Hall, said Kelsey Mallon, RHA’s president. TSG worked with students to find out what they wanted for gender-inclusive housing, then relayed that information to the departments at Temple that were also pushing for it, said Titus Knox, TSG’s direc-


ELENA IWATA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Mofiyin Obadina (right), a fourth-year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, demonstrates how to use an electrocardiogram machine.

Exposure to medicine through practice Medical students are hosting workshops for middle school students in the city. By TAYLOR HORN Online Beat Reporter When Jonathan Ragheb attended high school in northeastern Ohio, he shadowed health care practitioners at local hospitals and fell in love with practicing medicine and

helping others. “It was always interesting having such a close relationship with the patients and other people,” said Ragheb, a fourth-year medical student practicing internal medicine. “[I wanted to] actually change their lives for the better.” Ragheb, the community service chair for Temple Med Student Government, partnered with It Takes Philly and the Opening Doors Foundation. The partnership gives middle school students the opportunity to take a daylong field trip to Temple and

participate in a series of five workshops designed to excite them about the possibility of pursuing a career in medicine. On Jan. 20, 18 middle school students from Dunbar Promise Academy, on 12th Street near Montgomery Avenue, took a field trip to the medical school to try out these new workshops. Temple had 32 students from Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus, in West Philadelphia, visit on Wednesday. They


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Tuttleman Counseling Services will move this summer with a 50 percent space increase. Read more on Page 2.

Tapingo, a mobile food odering app, needs to improve its services to truly offer convenience to students. Read more on Page 4.

Professors hope to partner with local schools and organizations to expand the university’s ASL program. Read more on Page 7.

The fencing team picked up its 30th victory on Saturday to set the program’s single-season wins record. Read more on Page 16.





Parliament passes resolution to improve Tuttleman TSG has already been working on improvements for when the counseling center moves locations this summer. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter Parliament, the legislative branch of Temple Student Government, passed its first binding resolution during its meeting on Jan. 30, which calls for the expansion of Tuttleman Counseling Services and asks Temple administration to “take any steps necessary” to lessen wait times at Tuttleman. “We want to set up a hiring schedule over the next four or five years so we can be prepared when it comes to the forthcoming years,” said George Basile, Parliament’s junior class representative, who introduced the binding resolution to the floor. This summer, Student Health Services and Tuttleman Counseling Center will both move to 1700 N. Broad Street, and receive a 50 percent increase in floor space, said Student Body President Aron Cowen. “They’ve been hiring new staff at the center, but they end up coming short on the estimates for the next year,” Basile added. “We’re going to try to get a better projection about what’s going to happen.”

To pass a binding resolution, at least threequarters of present Parliament members must vote to pass it. After the resolution receives the needed vote, it goes to Cowen, who is required to provide Parliament with regular updates as to the resolution’s progress. “This was actually a great resolution to start with,” Cowen said. “It was something that we had already done a lot of legwork on so we could quickly come back with, ‘You flagged this issue, you wanted something done on this, and here we are’ two weeks later.” “Something that we found is that Tuttleman has the funding for additional staff,” Cowen added. “It just didn’t have anywhere to put them.” Tuttleman’s current office space, at 1810 Liacouras Walk, will become an extension of the Fox School of Business. Renovations will begin in time for the school’s centennial celebration in 2018. “The binding resolution really was the last piece of the puzzle to get everything approved and finalized,” Cowen said. “I think the resolution called on us to alleviate some of the waittime problems that Tuttleman had and I think this is a huge step in that direction.” Parliament’s Speaker, Jordan Laslett, who was elected on Jan. 30, is in charge of monitoring the new binding resolution. “As the Speaker, it’s my job to follow it until there’s action on it,” he said. “Parliament’s going to want to know what happens to the things it passes. I’m going to be following it until I get a

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Tuttleman Counseling Center will move its office from 1810 Liacouras Walk to a larger space in 1700 N. Broad St. this summer.

clear statement as to what’s being done, how it’s being done and why it’s being done.” Thomas Roof, Parliament’s representative for commuter students, was the only member to vote against the binding resolution. “I think we’re not really going to have divisions as far as helping students,” he said. “We’re all going to want to help the students and I want Tuttleman to be better, I just felt the way we went about doing it was improper.” “I would have liked to see a report on the conditions of Tuttleman,” Roof added. “I just felt a little uninformed about it. I had heard that Tuttleman wasn’t doing well but again, that’s

hearsay. I wouldn’t have been able to make an informed decision.” Future binding resolutions may not have as quick of a turnaround, Cowen said, adding that this resolution was an exception because TSG had already started working on the issue months beforehand. “In this case, the binding resolution said to find a way of increasing capacity at Tuttleman,” he said. “We have found a way.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien


Sanctuary status could limit funding to city The state Senate passed a bill to remove funding from sanctuary cities. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter The Pennsylvania state legislature has considered two bills since President Donald Trump began his administration: one that from the state Senate that proposes to strip funding from sanctuary cities in the state, and another from the House that would do the same to colleges calling themselves “sanctuary campuses.” This has left university and city officials unsure the future of funding for Temple and Philadelphia. The exact amount of funding that would be taken away is unclear, said Miriam Enriquez, the director of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “We are sort of in a waiting game right now,” Enriquez said. “[We’re] waiting to see what directives come down, to see how the [Pa. Senate bill] develops and weighing what our options would be.” George Kenney, senior adviser for government affairs at Temple, wrote in an email, “This remains a very fluid situation. We will continue to monitor it to determine what impact, if any, will be felt by Temple.” Jennifer Lee, an assistant clinical professor at the Beasley School of Law, said there could be an issue with state funding if Temple decides to become a sanctuary campus. The university is state-related and receives state funding every fiscal year. In July, the university received a 2.5 percent increase in state funding, but Gov. Wolf ’s budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year had no increase in state funding for the university. The Temple News reported in December that 900 students, staff and faculty signed a petiNews Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

tion for the university to become a sanctuary campus, which was sent to President Richard Englert and Provost Joanne Epps. State Rep. Jerry Knowles, a Republican from the Reading/ Wilkes-Barre area, introduced legislation that would stop state funding for campuses that do not comply with federal immigration laws. “Turning a blind eye to illegal conduct for the sake of making some kind of political statement on this nation’s immigration policy endangers the lives of those that the institution should be protecting,” Knowles wrote in the proposed bill. The University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College announced that their campuses would become sanctuary campuses in December. “If Temple were to have those policies, then they would have funding pulled [if the legislation were to pass], which would be quite devastating to Temple,” Lee said. Enriquez said city officials are evaluating their options if the state Senate bill passes through state congress, or if they receive a directive from the president’s executive order. Lee said Trump’s executive order to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities will lead to “long legal battles” because of the constitutionality of the order, but it will not be the same at the state level. “It looks like it might be permissible for states to yank funding,” Lee said. “So, the question is, what sort of impact that is going to have? A lot of resources come to municipalities from the state.” Enriquez said funding from the state helps run anything “from law enforcement funding, bicycle and pedestrian safety to HIV prevention and parks and recreation.” “Cutting any of that funding would affect every Pennsylvanian and Philadelphian,” she added. kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

PATRICK CLARK FILE PHOTO Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education, said she thinks public universities are intentionally under-funded while tax money goes to forprofit universities.

Education experts weigh in on DeVos Education Professors discussed what DeVos could mean for Temple and the city. By JACOB GARNJOST & LILA GORDON For The Temple News The United States Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos last week as the Secretary of Education, which will put her in charge of federal assistance to public colleges and universities, including Temple. DeVos’ position also puts her in charge of federal regulation of the public school system. Before being chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Department of Education, DeVos spent years and millions of dollars supporting programs that promoted school choice and charter schools, according to her website. School choice programs allow parents the option to choose between home, charter, private and public schools. DeVos has also supported school vouchers, which are city dollars children receive in order to attend any school, whether it be independent, private or public. DeVos has pushed to make education mimic a free-market economy, which stops education from looking like “a giant monopoly” to education economists who share her similar views, said Will Jordan, an urban education professor at Temple.

“Maybe I am old fashioned, but democracy depends on a high-quality education system,” he said. “But the conversation is changing. It’s a private commodity now. We want it for ourselves. We want it for our kids.” “As somebody who studies educational policy, one of the things people need to realize is that good policymaking is really hard to do,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a higher education professor. “We don’t need just well-intentioned people, we need smart people with experience in education.” Goldrick-Rab said privatization of public higher education is a serious problem that has only started to change in the last 50 years, when the U.S. started investing in public education. But this system has begun to fall apart, Goldrick-Rab said, as states begin to pull money from public colleges and universities. She said this has gotten even worse with the rise of forprofit colleges, like the University of Phoenix. “When schools look like they can’t do their job, it’s not an accident,” Goldrick-Rab said. “It’s intentional underfunding. And in the meantime, taxpayer money is going to for-profit universities.” During her confirmation hearing, DeVos said while “somebody has got to pay” for higher education, she hopes to work with lawmakers to make college more affordable. “We have this idea in America, we all believe in options,” said Maia Cucchiara, an associate urban education professor. “We all want to have choices. I think choice is a good thing, but you need to have systems in place to make

sure the choices are solid.” The privatization will manifest as an expansion of charter schools with fewer and less strict regulations, said Martha Carey, an education professor. DeVos was chairperson of the American Federation for Children, which promotes school choice across the country. In Spring 2016, she argued against a bill in the Michigan State House that would give the state control over charter schools in Detroit. Charter schools differ from public schools because they receive public funding from the state, but are privately run. “If charter schools had a record of doing a better job educating all kids than public schools, then that would be a really good argument for widespread education,” Cucchiarra said. “Some do better, some do worse, but they tend to educate a more advantaged part of the population. They educate kids whose parents had the resources and capacity to get them out of the public system.” Cucchiara said a lot of people in the U.S. believe the public school system is failing. “The problem is, charter schools have taken a lot of kids, but they take the easier kids,” she said. “Then public schools are left with tougher kids to educate and fewer resources and then everyone says the public schools are doing horribly.” “But there is another way of thinking about it,” Jordan said. “Education is a public good.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

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State funding remains level The state budget proposal does not increase funding for Temple or other staterelated schools. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor Gov. Tom Wolf announced his 2017-18 Executive Budget last week with no increase in appropriations for Temple. Wolf ’s budget proposal outlined about $150 million for Temple, the same amount the university received in 2016-17. None of the other state-related universities, which are Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University, received budget increases. In his budget address, Wolf said he cut $2 billion in spending without a “broad-based tax increase.” On March 1, President Richard Englert and the presidents of the other state-related universities will travel to Harrisburg to meet with and testify before the Senate Finance Committee, said university spokesman Ray Betzner. Englert has testified in Harrisburg for Temple’s budget before, when he served as interim president in 2012 between former presidents Ann Weaver Hart and Neil Theobald. “He knows what to expect,” Betzner said. “He is a very strong advocate for Temple and wants to make sure the value of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania is known to the committee.” It has not been determined yet if Englert will ask for an increase in funding from the proposed 2017-18 amount, or if he will advocate to the committee to keep the originally proposed amount, Betzner said. In an email to students on Feb. 6, George Kenney, Temple’s senior adviser for government affairs, told students to advocate to make sure the university gets enough funding. “In the coming weeks, we will keep the Temple community updated on the budget and how you can add your voice in support,” he wrote. “It will be important that your elected representatives hear from you about the value Temple provides its students and the Commonwealth.” The email also gave students the option to sign up for Temple Advocates Legislative Outreach Network, a group of students and faculty that reaches out to state and local legislators to advocate for Temple’s funding. The budget still needs to be passed by the state legislature, a long-fought battle last year after stalling deliberations resulted in an eight-month budget impasse. Theobald and representatives from last year’s Temple Student Government traveled to Harrisburg to attend the appropriation hearings. Theobald and other representatives from state-related institutions testified that if the budget was not passed by June 30, the universities would face serious repercussions. At the end of the impasse, Wolf still didn’t sign the budget but allowed it to pass to keep the state running. The impasse would have resulted in the reshuffling of university expenses and caused Temple University Hospital to suffer financially, Ken Kaiser, the university’s CFO and treasurer, told The Temple News in March 2016. Most of Temple’s state funding goes toward the discount in-state students receive off their tuition, which adds up to about $10,000 off for instate students, Betzner said. The state constitution requires that a budget is passed by June 30. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick

COURTESY LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Temple researchers made advancements in identifying early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, under the direction of Dr. Domenico Praticò and his team in the Center for Translational Medicine.

Doctors pinpoint early symptom of Alzheimer’s Students are excited about the study, which could help family members with the disease. By NOAH TANEN Research Beat Reporter Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine believe they have pinpointed one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The information, uncovered by Dr. Domenico Praticò and his research team from the Center for Translational Medicine, could be beneficial in developing treatments and improving chances for early identification of Alzheimer’s disease, which destroys memory and other mental functions. “There have been several studies indicating that a deficit in glucose levels in the brain is a risk factor of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” Praticò said. “But nobody knew exactly how this happens.” The study was twofold, Praticò said. First, the study investigated whether low glucose levels in mice impaired their memory or learning processes. Second, the scientists tried to understand the mechanisms behind the correlation between glucose levels and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. “The brain is a very peculiar organ because it demands a lot of blood and energy compared to other organs,” Praticò said. “At the same time, it’s able to produce energy for its functions only

using glucose. The brain is always in this fragile equilibrium, and anytime that glucose level shifts, it’s bad for your brain.” The study compared two kinds of mice: genetically modified mice that were treated with a specific compound that blocked glucose from entering their nervous systems and mice that had normal levels of glucose in their brains. At the end of the eight-week treatment, Praticò said the mice with glucose deficits had an impairment in their ability to learn and remember tasks. The mice lacking glucose had nerve cells that struggled to communicate with each other, and that this was due to cells accumulating a compound that is toxic to normal function, Praticò said. This compound, the researchers found, was called phosphorylated tau, a protein that tangles and kills nerve cells and is known to be very toxic. When the brain is deprived of glucose, an enzyme is released to create the protein. “We were able to dissect the mechanism by which a chronic deficit in glucose can trigger this cascade in events which culminates in Alzheimer’s disease,” Praticò said. Praticò said this new information will help develop preventative treatments and help doctors identify if an individual has a high risk of Alzheimer’s disease. “Having this knowledge now, we can imagine a scenario where we can prevent that cascade of events that ultimately would result in the disease,” Praticò added. This prospect has excited Temple students

who have seen Alzheimer’s disease affect their family members. Sierra Volkert, a sophomore exercise and sports science major, has a grandmother who was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago. She said when she heard about the research done by the Katz School of Medicine, it “hit close to home.” “It’s that much greater hearing that my school is advancing this research, since someone that I love is affected by the disease,” Volkert added. Kerianne Mullen, a freshman early childhood education major, also had a grandmother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who passed away two years ago. “It’s really exciting to know that people care enough to spend their time on finding more information about the disease,” Mullen said. “My family struggled a lot seeing my Grandmom suffer from this horrible disease, and to know that people want to help someone like my Grandmom is really touching.” Despite the discoveries the researchers made, the study is far from over. “Science always has to move forward,” Praticò said. “The word ‘end’ doesn’t apply.” The researchers plan to test their results on a different mouse model, as well as begin experimenting to see if this new knowledge can help reverse damage caused to the brain after Alzheimer’s disease has completely developed. noah.tanen@temple.edu

TUHS joins national primary care program The partnership program will provide stable primary care to North Philadelphia residents. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter Temple University Health System joined the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program, a national primary care initiative aiming to improve the care of patients, which top officials at TUHS said will help improve the health of those in primary care. CPC+ is a five-year model designed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to enhance a patient’s primary care by providing greater access to physicians and preventative services. There are nearly 2,900 primary care participants in CPC+, and the first round of participants in the state will be from the greater Philadelphia region. Primary care is the most basic version of health care, with a single physician working with a patient from first contact through their continued care with any undiagnosed symptom or health concern, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Steve Carson, vice president of clinical integration at TUHS, said although the program is not intended to add to the patient population, “if you can deliver care in a higher quality, lower cost environment [of primary care], it would allow repurposing of dollars at the federal and state level toward improving that access.” Patients already receiving primary care are

the target group who will see the improvement in care management, Carson said. With the additional resources from CMS, physicians will be able to invest in improvements to their practices. This will allow them to pay more attention to preventative care, while also paying attention to a patient’s lifestyle choices, such as better attention to weight, exercise and diet. The program will also help “break down barriers” for patients, said Dr. Marc Hurowitz, the CEO of Temple Physicians Inc., TUHS’s network of community-based physicians. TUHS will improve the logistics of health care, like getting patients to their appointments. Physicians must help their patients pass clinical barriers, like knowledge of medications, diets and symptoms, said Bethann Joniec, a care transition navigator for TUHS. There are several social barriers that must be dealt with as well, she said, like transportation and finances. Joniec added she sees many patients having issues with care management because of these barriers. “[Patients] don’t know what follow-ups are needed or if their medications are at the pharmacy,” Joniec said. “People can’t afford food. A lot of people cannot manage their lives and need oversight. If we can provide that oversight, we can improve their outcomes.” As TUHS reaches the goals set by CMS, the organization will provide TUHS with monetary incentives in order to “make investments that will improve quality of care and reduce the number of unnecessary services their patients receive,” according to the CMS website. CMS has selected various measurements

for TUHS to monitor through the first year of the program. These measures were identified as true measures of TUHS’ quality of care, Carson said. The various measurements include monitoring blood pressure on patients with hypertension, reducing or eliminating medication being prescribed to patients and providing cancer screenings to identify diseases early. “[CMS Initiatives] are really modeled to be tested to see if you, as a physician practice or a health care organization, can really improve and influence the outcomes of care and also influence the cost of care,” Carson said. The program officially began on Jan. 1, but is being gradually implemented with different steps of the program, Carson said. With weekly meetings with CMS, TUHS is in the process of informing patients of the initiative, while also educating physicians and staff of the initiative as well. Over the course of the year, CMS will monitor the practices and potentially select this practice for a randomized visit, Carson said. “[This program] is really focused on how do we engage the patient in their care, their satisfaction with the care overall, and are we meeting our quality objectives?” he said. “These pilot programs are helping us identify more effective ways to spend that cost, reduce cost, but at the same time making sure that we are delivering care in a quality way.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

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Invest in schools The state appropriation for Temple will not help make the university more affordable. The 419th page of Gov. Tom Wolf ’s budget stresses a commitment to “access, affordability and performance in higher education.” But the numbers tell a different story. Wolf, in his new budget for the next fiscal year, has asked the state legislature to keep Temple’s appropriation flat, at about $150 million, asking the university to do more with less. That appropriation doesn’t even cover the cost of inflation. The state’s public universities, which are struggling with enrollment, are getting an $8.9 million increase, while the Higher Education Assistance Agency, which helps Pennsylvania students pay for college through scholarships and grants, continues to receive much less than in 2015-16, before nearly $40 million was cut from it. And state funding for higher education is still at levels much lower than before the 2008

recession. Wolf should fight to raise the appropriations for staterelated universities, of which Temple is a part, to ensure tuition is kept at a reasonable level. If Temple is left with financial need due to the state appropriation, it will either increase tuition or cut services, both of which would negatively impact students. In his previous budget, Wolf asked the legislature for a 6.5 percent tax on Marcellus Shale fracking to generate state revenue, but the plan was later abandoned when the Republican-dominated legislature vowed to not raise any taxes. This year, Wolf has said little about fracking except as a driver for job growth. He has instead sought to cut spending by about $2 billion. But while Republicans rejoice at budget cuts, students may have to foot the bill.

Feeling at home in dorms Gender-inclusive housing is important for making LGBTQ students feel safe and welcome. Temple opened a genderneutral option for on-campus housing for Fall 2017, allowing students to live in a suite or apartment no matter their gender identity, expression or sexual orientation. This is a positive step forward for the university in regard to LGBTQ issues. Students deserve to have access to housing on Main Campus that allows them to room in an environment that guarantees respect for their sexual or gender identity. This also creates an experience for LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ students to learn from each other in an environment other than academics or student clubs. And more importantly, it normalizes the idea of acceptance and coexistence for all students. The Temple News hopes that the university makes sure students who live there feel safe, and provides any other necessary forms of support

for LGBTQ students as well. Everyone deserves to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin and in their own rooms. Creating genderinclusive housing is essential to ensuring that. But Temple shouldn’t stop there. The university has to make sure it continues to expand options for LGBTQ students with more safe spaces and safe opportunities around campus. The Temple News also encourages students at Temple who are straight and cisgender — meaning their gender identity is the one commonly associated with their sex — to be allies to LGBTQ students and increase awareness of the resources available. Mutual trust and respect are essential to being inclusive, and it’s up to everyone at Temple to ensure that this happens not only in dorms, but across campus.

CORRECTIONS An article that ran Feb. 7 on Page 11, with the headline “Breastfeeding-friendly space opens on campus,” mischaracterized a 2014 Philadelphia law. The law allows women to pump at work. Breastfeeding in public was already allowed. An article that ran Feb. 7 on Page 8, with the headline “Dance professor preserves breakdancing history in film,” misstated Sherril Dodds’ position. She is the former chair of the dance department and a professor. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737.


Tapingo fails to cut wait times The mobile ordering app must improve its services to offer convenience.


aking 18 credits this semester doesn’t allow me much spare time to sit down for a meal, so I enjoy being able to pick up food quickly at establishments on Main Campus using Tapingo, a food-ordering app partnered with Sodexo. With the app, students can order food and pay directly from their phones. Just last week, I ordered a margherita pizza from Cosi using Tapingo. I had a lot of homework that night and didn’t want ZACH KOCIS to waste time standing in line. But while I was waiting for my order confirmation, the app’s server crashed, forcing me to waste valuable time walking to Cosi to order in person. Besides server crashes, Tapingo has other problems, too, like inaccurate wait times, erroneous orders and printer problems, which occur when the order printer is not turned on at the food service location. These problems can cause delays and make the app frustrating to use. By bringing Tapingo to Main Campus in the first place, Sodexo recognized two important things: students are using their devices for more daily activities, and most students’ schedules are increasingly busy. But as of now, the app isn’t effective because of its various problems. In order to sustain student usage, both Tapingo and Sodexo must make marked improvements. First, Sodexo must work to provide more realistic estimates of wait times. Tapingo orders are often running be-

hind, especially in high-traffic locations like Cosi, Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Yet the service has been operating at Temple since September 2016, so one would think these locations would be accustomed to the influx of orders. Aramark, which will replace Sodexo at Temple in June, will continue to take Tapingo orders. But Aramark will need to improve on the handling of this influx. Richard Green, one of Sodexo’s general managers at Temple, said that oncampus locations try their best to balance Tapingo and walk-in customers. “If you’re extremely busy, and you get a bunch of Tapingo orders, it’ll take a little bit longer than normal, than what the app tells you,” Green said. For students who plan to pick up their food at a certain time, it can be inconvenient and disruptive to wait longer than expected, especially if they only have a short gap between classes. Leanne Herzberger, a freshman therapeutic recreation major, said when she has used Tapingo to order from Benny’s Steak Shop in the Student Center this semester, it has been extremely slow. “It takes even longer for them to collect all the sandwiches from the stations and bring them up front,” Herzberger said. “It’s very difficult now to get something in between classes, where this wasn’t a problem before.” During the fall semester, there were almost 1,300 Tapingo orders each day, Green said. Sodexo expects the app’s usage to grow by 15 to 30 percent over the course of the spring semester. With such heavy usage, it’s not hard to see why many locations have a hard time keeping up with orders. Still, Sodexo should work with Tapingo representatives to revise their estimated waits, or hire more staff in order to deal with the obvious increase in orders. Marvin Manalo Jr., a freshman biol-

ogy major, enjoys the convenience of being able to skip the line by ordering from an app, but agrees there are a few bugs that need to be fixed. “Sometimes there are days in which I’m attempting to order food through the app, and the restaurant I’m trying to order from is ‘closed’ on the app, when it’s actually open,” Manalo said. “That happens more times than I’d prefer.” Green attributes that problem to issues between the app and the university’s network. If Tapingo updates the system on its end, Green said, the food service workers on Main Campus must make sure each location’s Tapingo system is up and running on their end. “It’s just a learning process for our staff to make sure, every Monday morning, things should be turned off and turned on again, all the printers need to be rebooted and up to date with their software,” Green said. These issues aren’t limited to Temple. Sodexo offers Tapingo at 850 colleges across North America, including Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Customer reviews of Tapingo posted on the App Store found that other college users echoed many of the complaints I’ve heard from Temple students: long wait times, incorrect orders and restaurants being closed on the app when they’re actually open. None of these issues are catastrophic, but fixing them would make a noticeable difference for Tapingo users. Tapingo and Sodexo should work together to fix these problems so Temple students can have a more enjoyable Tapingo experience. Until then, they aren’t living up to their slogan: “Wait less. Live more.” zach.kocis@temple.edu


Beyond the Africa we imagine

On a trip to Morocco, a student realizes stereotypes about Africa are misleading.


he feedback from the loudspeaker echoed with a sharp crack, and then began the call to prayer. Beautifully and loudly, the almost melodic merging of syllables and sounds rang across Marrakech, Morocco and awoke me from my sleep. As the sun rose and people knelt in prayer, I left my hostel and began my journey into the western Sahara. Although I was born in Liberia in West Africa, this was my first time back to the continent in 18 years. I was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and decided to take a weekend trip to Morocco. When I imagined what I might encounter, my American sensibilities took hold, and I could only call to mind exotic animals and people from a faraway land. The Africa many Westerners imagine is one of poverty, children with flies swarming around their eyelids and villages making human sacrifices — a stagnant, stale and reductive identity of a varied and huge continent. These images exist in some places. That is true, and I have seen it, but that isn’t all of Africa. By the time my journey ended, I had seen the heart of Morocco. It was rooted in a simplicity and humility that radiated to the corners of the country — not the stereotypes I had imagined. When I passed through the city of Marrakech, I encountered liveliness, not sadness — market stands littered the medina with people trying to draw me in with their anacondas, herbs and henna

By RICHELLE KOTA stations. When I trekked through the mountains, I met local men who knew eight languages and the history of their entire villages — where I naively didn’t expect to meet people who were so educated.







And when I walked in the desert, the sand dunes like pillows beneath my feet, I noticed the silence and an enduring sense of warmth. I had never believed in spiritual retreats before, but feeling the weight of my minisculity in the Sahara made me a believer. The crackling of the fire was the

only sound for miles, and the lights from the stars shined on all of us. Mohammed, the camp site’s owner, began to talk about his simple life in the desert and the companionship he shared with his donkey. The blue fabric from his head wrap fell at his feet as he smoked a rolled cigarette and continued to tell us about his life for hours, as the night and the desert embraced us. When I left the desert the next morning, everything stayed with me except my footprints, which washed away with the waves of sand that blew over them. There are the things I now know about the desert and Africa that I didn’t know before — the mystical, the magical and the dream-like. As I climbed the steep mountains, gazed at the narrow roads and befriended playful children — those abundant, devastating images from UNICEF commercials had disappeared. Honestly, I thought I would see people I could pity in Morocco. But what I saw contrasted sharply from the images I had pictured of dirt roads and people wearing rags. There was no lack of civilization. Instead, I found joyful, kind, loyal people and a lovely, simple way of life. The value of a good life in the United States can be measured in what we individually possess, but a woman in Marrakech told me that the value of a good life in Morocco is having something to eat, something to wear and people to love. There is so much value in the Moroccan way of life — so much good and beauty and love — that exists beyond the stereotypes we associate with the Africa we imagine. richelle.kota@temple.edu

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Lawmakers: safeguard health insurance for young adults The dependent child coverage provision should remain intact regardless of any new health laws.


ince the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, I have been able to live with the comfort of knowing I was protected — I would be able to stay on my parents’ health insurance plan until I turn 26 as part of the dependent child coverage provision. The ACA, also known as “Obamacare,” is not universal coverage, but it subsidizes the cost of insurance for those who cannot afford it. It also mandates that people buy insurance, or else pay a fine. The law has had its fair share of controversy, as conservatives claim coercing Americans to buy insurance is unjust. But one of the most popular LUKE MOTTOLA aspects of the ACA, regardless of party affiliation, is the dependent child coverage provision, which allows young adults like myself to stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26 years old. According to a December poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 85 percent of Americans, including 82 percent of Republicans, have a favorable opinion of this mandate. It has been a comfort knowing that despite any potential financial crises I might experience as a student, or as a recent graduate, I wouldn’t have to worry about having health insurance. But with the swearing-in of a new president and some new members of Congress insistent on repealing the ACA, it feels like that comfort isn’t so secure — despite the fact that recent polls have shown the ACA has higher approval ratings than ever. The dependent child coverage provision both eases the burden on people during a financially stressful period of their lives, and makes for a healthier, more insured population. This is a law that specifically helps college-aged adults, and Republican and Democratic legislators alike should make it a priority to preserve this provision, whether it remains in the ACA or a different, future health care plan. “It was offered because of the changing nature of the workforce, and the probability that a 22- or 23-year-old person graduating from college might not be presented with a full-time job that had benefits,” said professor Robin Kolodny, the political science department chair. Jed Cainglet, a freshman computer science major, is currently insured through his parents, and he said he supports the dependent child coverage provision. “It’s extremely helpful for students who, after

graduation, are still looking for a job,” Cainglet said. “It gives us time to prepare to get our own insurance.” This is what makes the provision so valuable: people who formerly fell through the cracks, too old for their parents’ plan but too young to buy their own, can now more easily be insured. Megan Lehman, a freshman biology major, is currently insured through her parents. “Right now, I work to pay for school,” she said. “I’m planning on going to more school after this. I don’t think I would be able to afford [health insurance].” In 2008, when the ACA was being drafted, adults ages 18 to 25 had the highest uninsured rate of any age group in the country at 27.6 percent. By 2016, the rate had fallen to 14.8 percent. This sizable dent in the uninsured population should be proof enough that this provision is worth keeping. But despite the added benefits for young people, many Republicans have been insistent on repealing and replacing the ACA, citing rising premiums and a lack of competition between insurance providers. This potentially puts those covered by the dependent child coverage provision at risk, as the future of the ACA is called into question. It’s not clear what a new health care plan would mean for young adults or if there would be a gap in coverage as a new plan is instituted. Health insurance can be expensive and confusing — especially for financially insecure young adults. If the ACA is repealed, and young people need to find a different way to be insured, many will likely forgo insurance altogether. “The annual screening for things like your cholesterol and blood pressure will be lost,” Kolodny said. “If someone was going to develop a problem that was going to turn into something more significant, you’ve given up the opportunity to catch it in a visit.” The provision doesn’t exclusively help a largely uninsured population receive health care. Catherine Maclean, an economics professor, said it also has positive effects on the health care market. “The dependent coverage mandate brings young people into the market,” Maclean said. “Those people are on average healthier, have lower health care expenditures, and are less likely to get sick.” The health insurance market is complex and unpredictable. But on all counts, the dependent child coverage provision is valuable to citizens and insurers alike. Even if the future of the ACA comes into question by Republican lawmakers, the dependent child coverage provision should remain safeguarded for the sake of young people.



Feb. 10, 1977: The Temple News was the only morning newspaper to print in the city. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News did not print as employees continued to strike. About 800 reporters, editors, advertising salespeople and other employees participated in a walk out the previous day when their contract expired. Under a newly proposed contract, workers would have had to pay for health care benefits, which they previously did not have to do. On Thursday of the same week, picketers from the Inquirer and Daily News blocked the distribution center of The Evening Bulletin, leaving the city without news from Philadelphia’s three major daily newspapers. In response, The Temple News printed an expanded issue on Friday, Feb. 11, 1977, to include local, national and international news in addition to its normal coverage.


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Skills needed, college attendance not required A college education isn’t the only way to find success after graduating high school.


’m still not sure if I want to pursue a career in business or media after I graduate, but I’ve always known that a traditional, fouryear university was the best way to pursue either of these fields. For others, though, attending college isn’t necessary — or even the best option — for them to reach their career goals. There needs to be more conversation among parents, educators and young people about avenues for success that don’t require a four-year college degree. Trade or vocational schools are other options after high school, and so is jumping right into the workforce. “There is this ethos that everyone should get a college degree,” said Douglas Webber, an economics professor. “While it’s unquestionable that, on average, that’s good advice, everyone isn’t the avBRANDON erage person.” WALKER “It’s not the right advice for absolutely everybody,” Webber added. Kyle Blessing, a former music composition major, recently decided to take a leave of absence and pursue music on his own. After he attended Temple for five semesters, he decided college wasn’t the best choice for him. “I was already doing a lot of music stuff

outside of school which I was doing well,” Blessing said. “I just felt that more and more, I wasn’t doing what I wanted to be doing.” “Every time I’d be in school I’d feel stressed, and I would feel like I wasn’t producing as good music,” he added. “Basically, I felt like I could do better work on my own.” Blessing teaches music lessons, interns with Bowerbird, an arts management company in Philadelphia, and has a job booking shows and running studios at the venue The Fire. Clearly, a degree isn’t always necessary to pursue work in one’s desired field. William Stull, the economics department chair, agrees there are other paths to success that don’t require a college degree. “If [people] have the wherewithal to start a small business, you can make good money and live a respectable life without having to go to college,” Stull said. “There are electricians and plumbers that make good money, and we need those people.” Acquiring knowledge is necessary for all career paths, but a college degree is not the only way to gain expertise in a subject. “What we’re really talking about here is skills,” Stull said. “One way to acquire a certain set of skills is to go to college. Working in trades is another way to do it.” “But you can’t just loaf around,” Stull added. “You have to acquire skills that somebody is going to pay for.”

Many students are pressured by their parents to attend a traditional, four-year university. Oftentimes, these pressures don’t allow room for negotiation. This harvests the idea in adolescents that everyone must go to college. “I really understand parents’ concern



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ab out their children and wanting them to go to college, because they’re very worried,” Stull said. “They look at the outside world and see this big split between the income distribution. Most of the people above the line are college graduates.”

Alex Carpenter, a freshman psychology major, said her parents allowed her to choose if she wanted to go to college. But as far as her future career was concerned, no one ever asked her what she really wanted. “I changed my mind a lot growing up about what I wanted to do,” Carpenter said. “But it just so happened that every single one of those things called for a college degree.” “There is this stigma that college is a status symbol and that it’s the best thing you could shoot for as a high school graduate,” Carpenter added. “And then you’re seen as a lower ability if you choose a technical school. I don’t think that’s true. Frankly, we need intelligent people in every type of career.” Carpenter is right. Young people need to find a field they love — whatever it is — and dedicate themselves to doing that job to the best of their ability. Thus, parents and educators should emphasize acquiring skills, not simply earning a college diploma. When college is continuously presented as the only choice, students feel limited or guilty if it isn’t the right fit for them. Instead, when students are presented with reliable information about all the options for pursuing a career, they can make better decisions for themselves in the long run. brandon.walker@temple.edu





TUH doctors open new treatment center


Student who sued parents for tuition loses in court decision Caitlyn Ricci, a 2015 Temple alumna who sued her parents in 2014 to pay her tuition, lost the suit Friday after a three-year legal battle, 6ABC reported. The suit against her divorced parents would have ordered the two to contribute to Ricci’s tuition at the university. Ricci filed the suit in 2014, and a New Jersey judge ruled in favor of Ricci, the judge ordered her parents to pay $16,000 toward her out-of-state tuition. However, her parents refused and appealed. According to 6ABC, Ricci’s relationship with her parents during her teenage years had many issues. The parents stated that they were willing to pay for in-state tuition in New Jersey, but not out-of-state tuition at Temple. - Kelly Brennan

Students offer tax help to residents Accounting students from the Fox School of Business are offering to assist community members free of charge with filing their tax returns. The school’s students have been doing this for the past ten years. Temple’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is operating every Saturday from Feb. 4 to April 8 on Ambler Campus from 12 to 5 p.m. Last year, the program’s 379 clients received $437,000 in tax refunds issued by the Internal Revenue Service and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue after filing their taxes with Temple accounting students. Clients must meet some criteria to qualify for the free service, including an annual household income no more than $54,000. The students who offer their services must go through several weeks of training in order to volunteer for the program. - Noah Tanen


Penn State bans drinking after death Penn State banned fraternity parties from serving alcohol last week, following the death of a student. Timothy Piazza, a sophomore engineering major, fell down a stairwell while intoxicated during a fraternity party at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, off Penn State’s University Park campus. Members of the Beta Theta Pi didn’t call for help for Piazza until 12 hours later, the Inquirer reported. Piazza was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and was later flown to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday morning. The fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, has since been suspended by the university. University officials didn’t give a timeline for the ban, but said it will remain in effect until new policies and procedures involving the oversight of fraternity activities can be put in place, the Inquirer reported.

The center will focus on combating opioid addiction among pregnant women. By MEGAN MILLIGAN For The Temple News To combat the rising rates of opioid addiction in North Philadelphia and the lack of treatment facilities for pregnant women, doctors from Temple University Hospital are working to create a treatment program to address both issues at once. Dr. Mary Morrison and Dr. Laura Goetzl are working together to ensure that pregnant women addicted to opioids get the best care possible. Goetzl and Morrison have teamed up with Dr. Laura Hart and the Wedge Recovery Center, a center for mental health and drug treatment, to create a caring environment for these women. “Prior to this initiative there was only one program that treated pregnant women and that was the [Maternal Addition Treatment, Education and Research] program at Jefferson,” Goetzl said. “Now we have three coordinated efforts across the city for women to turn to.” The Temple/Wedge Opioid Treatment Program will provide 300 women each year with prenatal care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, pain management and drug testing. The group received a state grant of $500,000. “Because of the opioid epidemic, the state is looking to expand treatment,” Morrison said. “We put together a lot of parts that haven’t worked together to make it easier for the pregnant women to move on.” The women can go to the Wedge Recovery Center at 2009 Broad St. for an evaluation

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HOUSING tor of student affairs and former president of Queer Student Union. “When we heard that there was an initial need for gender-inclusive housing, that got sent to the higher-ups so they can understand what students are looking for, what they’re interested in and that’s kind of how TSG works with a lot of initiatives,” Knox added. In 2014, the RHA’s community council representatives circulated student petitions that requested gender-inclusive housing. “That was the big year when it was student-run because they were going off student

by TUH and Wedge doctors. They will then see Morrison for their personalized psychiatric routine and Hart for medical care. The center will also take patients from West Philadelphia until another center opens there. The women are part of a buprenorphine treatment plan, which tricks the brain into thinking it’s receiving opioids, so the withdrawal symptoms stay away, Goetz said. She added that it stabilizes the women emotionally and physically and steers them away from dangerous lifestyles that can be associated with drug addiction. It can keep the baby stable as well, because addiction and withdrawal can hurt the baby or even cause it to be a stillborn, Goetz said. There is also an anesthesiologist on duty to control pain during pregnancy, birth and

postpartum, covering every aspect of the women’s health care. “Our main goal is to get them through pregnancy, but we try to get them into a medical home, and they continue for treatment with Wedge after pregnancy,” Goetz said. The center will also try to keep families together and women safe by incorporating their families into treatment as well, so they can heal as a family, Goetz said. “It could be really important, because we’re seeing so many people die, with a pregnant woman you have another life at risk,” said Goetzl. “Pregnancy is a great window to approach women about opioid use, they’re usually highly motivated [to stay clean].” megan.milligan@temple.edu

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Laura Goetzl looks at a fetal heartbeat in the Maternal-Fetal Center at TUH on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

interest,” Mallon said. “But the past two years, it was mainly the professional staff in Residential Life who were trying to push through the Provost’s to the Board of Trustees.” In December 2016, Trustee Loretta Duckworth announced that gender-inclusive housing had been approved by the Board of Trustees, concluding the two-year push. “For our first year, we have a select group of rooms,” Randolph said. “Students will complete the regular housing application and a special gender-inclusive housing application as well.” After gender-inclusive housing is fully implemented, TSG officers will communicate with students to get feedback. “We’re going to be working closely with the students just to see how they react to all the information, like if there’s any pushback,

any confusion, that they understand the process and how it works, and just answering any questions they may have about the proposal,” Knox said. “I was a part of Temple’s Queer Student Union and working directly with students who want gender-inclusive housing the most kind of helped me to get an idea of what they were interested in, what they want and how they wanted it to happen,” Knox added. Eventually, RHA’s goal is to add genderinclusive housing to all residence halls, Mallon said. “I think this is definitely a stepping stone to have this whole thing work out.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien


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Pa. Supreme Court won’t yet hear soda tax case The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied an application from the city to make a final decision on the legality of the city’s sugary beverage tax on Monday, the Inquirer reported. This is the second time the state Supreme Court decided to not make a ruling on the case. The court denied the American Beverage Association’s request in November 2016, the Inquirer reported. The lawsuit between Philadelphia and residents, businesses and organizations is currently waiting in the Commonwealth Court with an expedited schedule, but both parties expect the suit to continue on to the state Supreme Court, the Inquirer reported. Both applied for the state Supreme Court to hear the case and make a decision. The city said that the lawsuit is slowing down programs that the tax was implemented to fund, like pre-kindergarten expansion and funding parks and recreation centers around Philadelphia. - Julie Christie

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Fighting to preserve a neighborhood Students from a Gen-Ed course created an exhibit that highlights the city’s Sharswood section.

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS The opening event for “Searching for Sharswood: Resilient Voices from North Philadelphia” was held in the Architecture Building on Feb. 7. The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance co-curated the exhibit and hosted a Q&A panel with students involved in the project from Temple, the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia University.

By IAN WALKER Arts Beat Reporter


ndrew Hart believes “the greatest laboratory” lies beyond the confines of a classroom. “Getting students out of the classroom into real-world situations is the best form of learning,” said Hart, a visiting architecture professor who promotes this philosophy in his Guerrilla Altruism class. The class is named after a phrase coined by former architecture professor Scott Shall. The phrase represents the intersection of social justice and communal leadership of guerrilla groups. The course introduces students to strategies used by contemporary artists and activists globally, like Banksy as well as the work of local organizations like Sharswood’s Community Futures Lab. Students then design their own projects to address social and environmental issues in Temple’s surrounding communities, Hart said. Several of Hart’s Guerrilla Altruism students created projects now displayed in the exhibit, “Searching for Sharswood: Resilient Voices from North Philadelphia.” The exhibit, which also features work from University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia University students, will be housed in the lobby of the Architecture Building until Friday. The exhibit consists of several posters highlighting student work in Sharswood — a Philadelphia neighborhood undergoing a massive Philadelphia Housing Authority redevelopment project — which ranges from community service projects to architectural designs for energy-efficient, low-income homes. The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, a branch of the architectural advocacy group the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, helped design the exhibit. Following the exhibit’s conclusion at Temple, it will be moved to Penn and then Philadelphia University. After, the posters will be divided among businesses in Sharswood and Brewerytown. In Fall 2015, Hart, a Young Friends member and the co-curator of the exhibit, taught his first section of Guerrilla Altruism, a course Shall first developed in Spring 2010.


Professor’s disorder research honored Beth Pfeiffer will receive the A. Jean Ayres Award this semester. By MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News For some people diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, walking down the street means suddenly hearing every noise at once — every car horn, every conversation, every ringtone and every click of high heels hitting the sidewalk. Individuals with sensory processing disorder could be “easily distracted or bothered by noise,” or “might not like the feeling of certain clothing,” said

Beth Pfeiffer, an occupational therapy professor. “The sensory environment is so impactful,” she added. “Any time you go out, any time you are in a stimulating environment, that impacts your behavior and everything you do.” Pfeiffer said she wants to help those most affected by sensory processing disorder: individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The American Occupational Therapy Foundation announced in January that Pfeiffer will receive the A. Jean Ayres Award at the foundation’s annual conference and centennial celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The convention will take place March 30 to


‘Big hearts’ working to promote ASL Professors hope to work with local schools to help Temple’s sign language program grow. By RUTH OSHLAG For The Temple News In this classroom, the lesson can’t be recorded on paper. Instead, American Sign Language instructor Meghan Rainone gestures in the air in front of her, her face and hands negating the need for speech. The ASL program in the College of Public Health has grown from offering one basic course in 2013 to nine last semester. The courses are already exceeding capacity, and the program is looking to expand, both by adding more classes and teaching new material. The department is considering adding a course about deaf culture, which “centers on the use of ASL and

identification and unity with other people who are deaf,” according to the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. Rainone added that she hopes to develop ASL courses specifically catered to future careers, mainly in the healthcare industry. “[Teaching ASL] without that indepth culture, it’s almost impossible to get the full scope,” Rainone said. “They

both go hand-in-hand.” Rainone said the reception of the program has been wonderful, but the program needs more instructors and classroom space that’s large enough for students to be able to see their classmates and teachers sign at the same time. Students who complete the


ASH LAVACCA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students from Talking Hands, a student organization that educates students about American Sign Language, sign the letters “ASL” at their first meeting in the Student Center last month. Some members hope to become interpreters.





An alumna co-founded a restaurant pop-up that brings traditional Colombian dishes to Fishtown.

The Office of Sustainability is starting new conservation efforts on Main Campus, like RecycleMania.

A florist hosted a Valentine’s Day bouquet demonstration in the Rothman Institute Cabin at Dilworth Park on Saturday.

An alumna connects young people with mentors as the executive director of the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center.




Graphic design alumna starts Colombian pop-up Usaquén in Fishtown serves traditional Colombian food as well as fusion dishes. By TAYLOR HORN Online Beat Reporter When she moved to Philadelphia for college, Samantha Schlegel immediately took an interest in food. “There were a lot of foods that were new and different to me at that time and ever since then I’ve loved learning about more and different types of food and cuisine and cultures,” said Schlegel, a 2009 graphic and interactive design alumna. Schlegel is now the co-founder of Usaquén, a Colombian pop-up restaurant housed in Fishtown’s Philly Style Bagels once or twice a month to serve traditional and fusion Colombian dishes. One of Usaquén’s most popular traditional dishes is the fried Colombian coconut rice. The pop-up also serves fusion dishes like rice and chicken cooked in Coca-Cola chicken stock or Hawaiian empanadas made with pineapple and chicken.

Schlegel said Usaquén offers customers the opportunity to try traditional Colombian food in Philadelphia — for which there aren’t many other options. “What we’re trying to offer is traditional Colombian food with our own creative flair put into it to make it a little bit more modernized for the foodies and the diners here in Philadelphia,” Schlegel said. The name of the restaurant comes from co-founder and chef Mel Tenorio’s childhood home, Usaquén, a residential neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital. Schlegel and Tenorio visited Cali, Colombia together for three months last year. “Every day [in Colombia] you can see something new in the grocery store that you don’t know or you go into a restaurant and there’s a menu with words that you don’t know,” Schlegel said. “So it’s a lot to take in, but it’s definitely great.” Schlegel has worked in the food industry on and off for 10 years. She started when she was 16 years old as a dishwasher at a restaurant and continued to work at restaurants while she attended Temple. Although she pursued a degree in graphic design, Schlegel graduated from the Tyler School of Art during the 2009 financial crisis —

SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Mel Tenorio and Jeremy Quattlebomb, Usaquén’s cooks, prepare food for guests at a First Friday pop-up at Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown on Feb. 3.

when the art industry felt uncertain to her — so she continued to work in restaurants. “[Temple] said this [was] the worst year for entry level jobs in everything, including design, and you were seeing a lot of companies getting rid of their art departments,” Schlegel said. She lived in France for three years after she

SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Samantha Schlegel, a 2009 graphic and interactive design alumna and Usaquén’s co-founder, makes a coconut limonada drink for customers at the pop-up’s First Friday event at Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown on Feb. 3.

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MEDICINE plan to host about 30 students from another to-be-determined school on Feb. 27. “A lot of the schools in Philadelphia may have a difficult time getting their students exposure to these types of fields or any professional field,” Ragheb said. The day begins with an introduction to medicine and science by doctors, Ragheb said. After that, students split up into smaller groups and rotate between each of the five workshops. One workshop allows the middle school students to give an ultrasound to a Temple student volunteer. Additionally, students get to study brains that were donated to Temple for science education. Other workshops help students learn CPR and study skeletal structure, bones and fractures. Lastly, there is a workshop on the human heart and how students can prevent heart disease at an early age. It Takes Philly, which partnered with Temple to create the workshops, was created five years ago by Dr. Ala Stanford, who is the first AfricanAmerican female pediatric surgeon educated and trained in the United States. Stanford was a pediatric surgeon at Temple before the university shut down its pediatric hospital, said Kamau Stanford, her younger brother and an It Takes Philly board member. “What she sought to do was to find the lowest performing middle school[ers,] particularly eighth graders, and create a program that would put examples in front of them like features@temple-news.com

doctors, lawyers, engineers,” Kamau Stanford said. “That way they might be able to develop a blueprint for success.” They decided to set examples for eighth graders in particular because they believe eighth grade is the year when many students begin to think about their life and career goals, Kamau Stanford said. Ala Stanford reached out to Temple to help create these medical workshops in order to give middle school students role models.

“Once you’ve seen somebody who’s actually done it, you can converse with that somebody and they can tell you how they did it, all the ups and downs and what it might take,” Kamau Stanford said. “Kids will say ‘I want to be a doctor,’ so when we work with our students … we talk about what that really means and how to actually make that happen.” Glen Martin, a first-year medical student, is part of the Opening Doors Foundation. He said that the workshops were a great way to bring the

was accepted to a teaching assistant program. After that, she moved back to Philadelphia and eventually met Tenorio. Together, they started the pop-up in October. The menu for Usaquén changes with every pop-up event. The influences come from their own experiences in Colombia as well as some of Tenorio’s mother’s recipes. “We talk around ideas about what is typically Colombian and how people might enjoy that here or how we can make it a dish that’s something that Americans would like,” Schlegel said. Carlos Lopez and Olivia Holdsworth live in South Philadelphia, but said they have been to Colombia and love Colombian food. They visited Usaquén at its latest pop-up on Feb. 3 after a friend recommended it. “This is the first time that we’ve come [to Usaquén],” said Lopez, who is from El Salvador. “So we’re very excited, we’re always looking for food [in Philadelphia].” Schlegel and Tenorio aspire to turn their pop-up into a brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia. “We want to be a restaurant,” Schlegel said. “We’re already actively investigating potential locations for a restaurant.” The owners love the joy their customers get out of trying new and surprising foods, like Colombian-style chorizo hot dogs or cheesesteaks. “That’s just fun about what we do,” Schlegel said. “[We’re] surprising people with how good something can be that they’ve never had before.” taylor.suzanne.horn@temple.edu

community together and show kids that science education can be fun. Martin, along with first-year medical students Rebecca Lin, Yangyang Shi and Bobak Pousti, helped create the medical workshops. “I think it was good because we were able to keep [the middle school students] engaged and they were able to learn a lot and have a fun time while doing it,” Martin said. “They learned some pretty amazing stuff still happens in medical school, so hopefully that part of learning in-

spires them to pursue a similar path in medicine.” Martin and Ragheb both said they are eager to continue the workshops and hopefully make them an annual addition to the medical school’s programming. “That’s my hope,” Ragheb said. “That it will continue for several years after I graduate this year.” taylor.suzanne.horn@temple.edu

ELENA IWATA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Middle school students from Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia practice CPR in the Medicine Education and Research Building on Wednesday.

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University creates new sustainable programs, events The Office of Sustainability started a new “gray water” conservation system. By QUANG DO For The Temple News Kathleen Grady, the director of Temple’s Office of Sustainability, said the nature of her work has been “changing” since the office was created in 2008. Grady has been developing new environmental programs, projects and competitions around Main Campus. Since last semester, the university has made steps to make on-campus buildings more sustainable. Last summer, the university began installing new water bottle refilling stations in every building’s lobby. More refilling stations on upper floors are on the way, Grady said. “Students don’t have to buy single-use water bottles, which helps the environment, but also helps their pocketbook,” she said. Newer buildings — like Morgan Hall, Wachman Hall and the Science Education and Research Center — were designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, a sustainability rating system for buildings. A new “gray water” system, which uses recycled rainwater for irrigation and flushing in public restrooms in order to save water, was installed in Morgan Hall, Pearson and McGonigle halls and Montgomery Garage.

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Temple is also the only school in Philadelphia that has an on-site solarpanel system, which harnesses energy for the Edberg-Olson Hall football complex on 10th and Diamond streets, Grady said. Although older buildings can be more challenging to make sustainable, the university has started investing in ways to make the older buildings more energy-efficient, like adding the new water stations. This semester, Grady is collaborating with Paley Library, Temple Contemporary, the College of Liberal Arts and the Division of Architecture & Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art for a year-long program called Seeing Stories: Visualizing Sus-

tainable Citizenship, during which artists and activists can use any platform to “help us imagine what a sustainable future would look like,” she said. This semester’s biggest competition, RecycleMania, is an ongoing chance for Temple to compete with other schools and universities “to see who can reduce less and recycle more,” Grady added. The recycling event started on Feb. 5 and will continue until April 1. Other upcoming events include documentary screenings about the environment, giveaways from the Temple Office Supply Swap and dumpster and cardboard design competitions. Student involvement could lead

to the success of the Office of Sustainability, Grady said. For the last two years, Kelsey Mallon, the president of the Residence Hall Association, has been working with the Office of Sustainability to make residents aware of their environmental impact. Every residence hall has one sustainability representative who organizes monthly environmental events. Posters about energy-saving tips and recycling boxes are posted around residence halls, Mallon added. Residents are encouraged to request their own recycling bins online or trade in any recyclable materials for free reusable bottles provided by RHA.

“It’s like education, but they also get something for recycling,” said Mallon, a junior environmental studies major. Students have various opportunities to gain “tangible experience” with sustainability, Grady said. Activities vary from planting trees with Temple Community Garden to making organic food with the Rad Dish Co-op Café to building sustainable structures, like the tiny house on Diamond Street near Carlisle. Grady said the knowledge that students learn is essential for the future of environmental sustainability. She added that she expects them to be leaders who go on to “[spread] the word out” and create a “ripple effect” of environmental awareness. “The biggest impact we can have is educating people on sustainability and climate change, and the roles that individuals can play in that,” she added. “Whether it’s changing their everyday behaviors or advocating for climate action.” Grady said her mission has become more and more challenging, because in addition to raising awareness about the environment, she now helps design sustainability programs around the university. She said she aims to add “more depth” to sustainability on Main Campus. “We have to make sure that when we talk about sustainability, it’s not just about environmental sustainability, but also about equity and social justice,” Grady said. quang.duc.do@temple.edu

EMILY SCOTT /THE TEMPLE NEWS BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS On Saturday, about 600 students gathered in the Liacouras Center for HootaThon, a 12-hour dance marathon to raise funds for children and families with pediatric cancer. This year, the organization raised more than $404,000, surpassing its goal.

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PHILANTHROPY vember 2013. He said he was excited to see the event move to the Liacouras Center this year. “It took me about 30 minutes to even enter the Liacouras Center because I was so emotional,” said McCartney, who now works as the dance marathon manager for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “I dreamed about it being in here freshman year and … I’m so proud of the student leaders and what they’ve done the last few years.” In his position, McCartney helps 20 schools in the northeast region start dance marathons to raise funds. He said he likes that the funds raised for the Children’s Miracle Network stay local to the community in which they are raised. “[It] means the funds that we’re raising, especially here at HootaThon,

is coming from people in the community who really just want to support the local hospital,” he said. Cupitt said about 600 people showed up to dance on Saturday. For MaryAnn Thackrah, a junior psychology major and the 2017 director of finance, HootaThon hits home. When she was a child, her sister was diagnosed with diabetes at CHOP, and she said she was able to see the hospital’s Department of Child Life’s work, like art therapy and disease education. She added that the department taught her how to give a shot on a rubber doll and “made [her] comfortable with the equipment,” in case her sister ever needed help. Thackrah said she has spent the last year working on allocating funds to other HootaThon committees. The committee members’ year has also been spent fundraising in various ways, like canning at concert tailgates in the city and restau-

rant fundraisers at places on campus like Potbelly. When dance marathon season approaches, Thackrah said HootaThon pushes for student organizations to host fundraisers. InMotion Dance Team raised the most per person, with each of the 16 members raising $240. The dance team hosted “Operation Collaboration,” a fundraiser in Spring 2016 that featured performances from other dance groups. They asked people to donate at the door and sold T-shirts. “It’s fantastic because we only require a $100 minimum [per person,]” Thackrah said. “Collaborating with everyone is a huge thing.” To keep people motivated over the 12-hour period, Cupitt said they have a director of morale and a committee dedicated to getting people “hyped up.” “We do a morale dance every hour, which helps as well,” said Cupitt who added that they also have themed hours, like Disney hour and super-

hero hour. Thackrah wore a cape that said “FTK” and Cupitt dressed up as a character from the Pixar film “The Incredibles,” dubbed with a Children’s Miracle Network logo. They also had pediatric cancer survivors come and tell their stories, including Courtney Simmons, a senior nursing major at St. Joseph’s University who has been speaking at HootaThon since its first year. Maeve Sears, a senior risk management and insurance major who danced at the event, said the day puts everything into perspective for her. “When you’re having a bad day or if I am complaining about my back, it’s actually ‘you are so lucky,’” Sears said. “Some kids can’t do it and then all of the [miracle] kids who come and talk about the stuff they’ve been through is really humbling.” When Thackrah found out that they surpassed the $400,000 goal, she threw a wad of money in the air in excitement. Last year’s goal was

$215,000, which they exceeded by about $65,000, she said. Thackrah will serve as the executive director for next year’s HootaThon. She said she hopes to continue the concept that collaboration between everyone involved is key. “It starts at the top,” Thackrah said. “So setting the examples for the people I oversee, and the people they oversee and then the dancers ... because we can’t do it without them, so it is important that we are all in the same boat and pushing for [the same] goals.” emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu @emilyivyscott Grace Shallow contributed reporting.






Florist hosts holiday bouquet presentation at Dilworth Park Floral stylist Shawn Alexander Graham led a demonstration on how to craft Valentine’s Day floral bouquets on Saturday in the Rothman Institute Cabin at Dilworth Park. Graham created four designs using local flowers and inexpensive decorations. “I’ve always found how different colored roses signify different meanings interesting,” Graham said. “Pink signifies affection and I always create a pink bouquet for my daughter this time of year.” Viewers could also enter a raffle for a chance to win a flower arrangement made during the demonstration. Attendees gathered to watch and ask Graham questions about how to properly care for their flowers. Graham said the most important aspect to having flowers live longer and bloom fuller is to cut the stems on an angle. This allows for the flowers to soak up the water easier and not lay flat against the surface of the vase. Another tip was to cut the green leaves off the stems to allow the water to travel to the flower and not the leaves. There will be events on Valentine’s Day at Dilworth Park in honor of the departure of the LOVE sculpture, which is being sent off for repairs, the Inquirer reported Friday. Continued from Page 7

LANGUAGE ASL courses, levels one through four, receive an American Sign Language Certificate that shows “competence in expressive and receptive language skills as well as knowledge of Deaf Culture,” according to the program’s website. Rainone added that Temple is considering a partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia’s interpreter training program. Rainone said she also hopes to work with North Philadelphia residents to expand ASL and deaf culture education. ASL instructor Jonathan Hartmann said Temple is collaborating with the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, a nonprofit that serves as a primary resource for deaf education and advocacy in the tri-state area, to have deaf events on Main Campus. He added that he will put in whatever work it requires to continue the growth of the program. “We … have big hearts,” Hartmann said. “We’re willing to make compromises for the students.” Shelby Northup, a senior speech, language and hearing science major, said she would have been at a disadvantage without basic ASL communication skills going into audiology, the branch of medicine concerning hearing, as a career. “I will come in contact with clients in the future who use ASL,” Northup said. “That’s everything, their whole life … I’m not just in a language course. I’m gaining a life skill.” Students are completely immersed in the language courses since two of the professors are features@temple-news.com

deaf, Northup said. “If you have a question, you have to say it in ASL,” Northup said. “Having to sign with my teachers has made me more comfortable taking the courses.” Erica Wiler, a senior speech, language and hearing science major, is the president of Talking Hands, Temple’s ASL club. The club is open to sign-ers with different levels of experience,

and it allows them to practice their language skills through events like silent dinners. She said the club is a great way for students to practice ASL outside the classroom. “It’s opened up my eyes to a whole different world,” Wiler said. “You have to completely shut down every single thing that you know about language. … You’re using different motor systems completely.”

Although excited by the program’s growth, Rainone said she’s not surprised. “Most of the [students] say that it’s a beautiful language … and it’s just different, completely different, than spoken language,” she said. ruth.oshlag@temple.edu

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students enrolled in American Sign Language II with Meghan Rainone, an ASL instructor, practice signing their names at the start of class last month in Ritter Annex.

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Master’s student makes impact in city politics The former student body president works for an organization that promotes millennial issues in the city. By HENRY SAVAGE For The Temple News As a teenager, Darin Bartholomew wasn’t interested in aiding state governors in election campaigns or sitting on the boards of prominent political organizations. But today he does just that, and he works to bring millennial issues to the forefront of politics. Bartholomew, who was Temple’s student body president in the 2013-14 academic year, is a board member of Philly Set Go, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization that tries to bridge the divide between millennial issues and local politicians. He is also the executive chairman of the Republican Party in the city’s 5th Ward, helping his party’s candidates in local elections. The second-year IT auditing and cyber security master’s student didn’t enter politics until his second year as an undergraduate at Temple. Originally, computers brought Bartholomew to Philadelphia, where he received his bachelor’s in management information systems from Temple in 2014. What started as a social activity for Bartholomew evolved into a passion for politics when a friend invited him to some on-campus political events. “If I didn’t go to that first College Republicans meeting, I wouldn’t have gotten into the political side of things,” Bartholomew said. “If I had never taken my friend up on their offer to bring me into student government, I never would have been involved in government, as I am now.”

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THERAPY April 2. Each year, an individual who has conducted research or theory testing in occupational therapy receives the award. The foundation’s CEO, Scott Campbell, said priority is given to nominees who have worked with sensory processing. The late Ayres, the namesake of the award, created the sensory integration theory, which explains how the neurological processing of sensory information affects a person’s behavior. Ayres worked to help those diagnosed with sensory processing disorder as an occupational therapist. Campbell added that the award is given to “somebody that actually moves the field forward by what they do, as opposed to just doing what everybody else is doing.” “Many of my mentors were trained by Jean Ayres,” Pfeiffer said. “She is certainly foundational to sensory integration work.” In 2007, Pfeiffer began a sensory integration study to measure the effectiveness of sensory integration intervention, a form of therapy in which children interact with various sensory activities while the therapist observes their responses. The

Within the city’s Republican party, Bartholomew is organizing a committee for the upcoming elections for the Philadelphia County Board of Elections in May. Mike Cibik, a 1981 master’s of taxation law alumnus and vice chairman of the Republican Party of Philadelphia, said Bartholomew is invaluable to him. “He is a person that just takes initiative on ideas that we have and follows through,” Cibik said. “In the nonprofit system, there’s volunteers, so some lack that. With Darin, I don’t see that problem. He gets things done.” In the past, Bartholomew worked as the travel aide to Gov. Tom Corbett during his 2014 election campaign. While he served as student body president, he held a press conference with Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey about the importance of low interest rates on student loans. Co-founder and Chairwoman of Philly Set Go Gabriela Guaracao met Bartholomew before the organization started in 2014, and she said that among the board members, he is the most involved and vocal in Philadelphia Republican politics. “Darin’s role is a board member, but he also uniquely assists us, as being an un-

official ‘liaison’ in many ways to the city’s Republican Party, since he is so involved,” Guaracao said. “In terms of the board, he involves himself a lot in advocacy and marketing issues, because Darin is fairly savvy when it comes to social media, he has a lot of opinions on that.” Philly Set Go works to help elect officials that will take millennial issues, like affordable higher education and income equality, into consideration. The organization’s most recent successes came in 2016 with the election of two Democratic state representatives who the organization endorsed: Morgan Cephas and Jared Solomon. Bartholomew’s volunteer work includes engaging millennial voters on both sides of the aisle. “It’s easy to sit back and complain about the problems,” Bartholomew said. “But it’s another thing to get involved and say, ‘I’m trying to help get this person elected because they’re going to stand up for us, and make our lives better.’” “For me, being politically active is taking responsibility for the city I live in,” he said.



Annual Black history forum to be held in Ritter The 14th Annual Underground Railroad & Black History Conference will take place on Wednesday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Walk Auditorium of Ritter Hall. It will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Africology and African American studies department’s doctoral program. The event features speakers from Howard University, Villanova University and Temple. It is open to the public, and registration begins at 1:30 p.m. -Grace Shallow


Talk with Provost Epps to be held on Thursday

NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Darin Bartholomew, a second-year IT auditing and cyber security master’s student, serves on the board of Philly Set Go, which brings issues like affordable higher education to the forefront of politics.

activities could enable children to regulate their behavioral responses when presented with sensations or situations they find unpleasant or painful. In Pfeiffer’s study, 37 children ages 6 through 12 received this treatment. “For example, if they are engaged on a swing and they are hypersensitive to sounds, they might blow a kazoo or play a tune while swinging,” said Kristie Koenig, who worked on the study with Pfeiffer. Koenig also taught occupational therapy at Temple, but left after Spring 2007 and is now the chair of occupational therapy at New York University. “There was very little work that was being done targeting the special needs population,” Pfeiffer said. “The prevalence kept increasing … I really wanted to be able to help that population.” Pfeiffer also conducted the study with Moya Kinnealey, a former occupational therapy department chair, and Megan Sheppard, a 2009 master’s of occupational therapy alumna. “At the time, Beth was able to do a very well-designed, randomized and controlled trial of intervention,” Koenig said. “We did not have lot of high-quality studies then, which is why Beth’s study was so innovative.” Pfeiffer and her colleagues concluded

that the children’s abilities to regulate their emotions in response to sense-stimulating activities significantly improved after the study. However, they also encouraged other researchers to create future studies with larger sample sizes. One of Pfeiffer’s regular patients, Nathan, has also benefitted from sensory integration intervention. Nathan, now 8 years old, began seeing Pfeiffer for therapy when he was three. “She’s really helped us bring Nathan to begin to understand and do some therapy techniques to manage his sensory system,” said Michelle Doherty, Nathan’s mother. “Nathan is in a much better place now than he was in the beginning.” Although Nathan has improved, Doherty said their relationship with Pfeiffer will most likely be long-term because Nathan’s sensory processing disorder is “something that will always be a part of him.” “Beth is wonderful,” Doherty added. “We love her and I can’t say enough about how much she’s helped not only Nathan, but our whole family.” meghan.caroline.costa@temple.edu @Meg_costa19

NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Lafrance Howard (left), the department coordinator for the College of Public Health, occupational therapy professor Beth Pfeiffer and Katherine Foster, the college’s student services coordinator, review notes in a meeting in Jones Hall at the Health Sciences Campus on Wednesday.

Temple University’s Black Public Relations Society will host “A Conversation with Provost JoAnne Epps” on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the atrium of Annenberg Hall. Epps will discuss her appointment as the first Black female provost, facilitated by TUBPRS faculty advisor and strategic communication professor David Brown. The talk will be followed by refreshments and networking. Registration for the event is required. -Grace Shallow

Wellness Resource Center hosts “Vagina Monologues” Starting on Thursday, the Wellness Resource Center will host its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” in The Underground of the Student Center. The show is a series of monologues based on playwright Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Interviews” with women all over the world. The production, which is entirely performed and directed by students, will take place Thursday through Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night and the 90-minute performances will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now in the Wellness Resource Center for $7 or at the door before the show for $10. -Erin Moran

National Engineers Week kicks off on Monday On Monday, National Engineers Week will begin with several events happening on Main Campus until Feb. 24. National Engineers week — which happens every February — is a celebration of engineers making a difference in the world. The week is an attempt to create dialogue about the importance of engineers and bring engineering to educators, kids and parents, according to DiscoverE’s website. The Society of Automotive Engineers will display a formula racing car in the lobby of the Science Education and Research Center on Monday at 10 a.m. Several society members will be available to discuss the processes of the car and its setup. In Room 102 of the Engineering Building, 1983 electrical engineering alumnus John Helferty will moderate a discussion titled “Lessons Learned at Lockheed Martin: Opportunities, politics and other nuances of succeeding in a highly competitive industry” at 4 p.m. Helferty is also an electrical and computer engineering professor at Temple. The discussion will include Edward Neel, a 1988 electrical engineering alumnus, John Stetson, Jr., a 1999 master’s of electrical engineering alumnus and Kevin Horan, a 1989 mechanical engineering technology alumnus. Neel works in program management at Lockheed Martin, Stetson is a Lockheed Martin Senior Technical Fellow and Horan has worked for more than 30 years in project management programs within the company. -Emily Scott





For mentoring, going ‘beyond the schools’ An alumna is the executive director of a program that provides support to mentors. By MADISON HALL For The Temple News

“What did you do during Welcome Week question question?”

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As a mother to a 3-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl, Abigail Ellis often thinks about the potential in every child. Ellis, a 2006 master’s of social work alumna, is the executive director of the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center, an organization that provides training, professional support and leadership to mentoring programs around Eastern Pennsylvania to help reach the maximum number of young people. Ellis works to provide children ages 7 to 17 with a mentor outside their own families. “So many people see the need in their community so they start a mentoring program, but there’s a lot of research and evidence to what makes a good mentoring program,” Ellis added. “We know mentoring done well can be transformational for kids.” Ellis began mentoring in college through internships at Episcopal Community Services and Philadelphia Safe and Sound, two programs that help

children in Philadelphia. Ellis said because she grew up in the suburbs, she did not have an understanding of urban issues until she began to study sociology as an undergraduate at Penn State in 1995. It was then that she learned about barriers that many kids face and started to believe in mentoring as a supplement to education, she added. “A true education is going to go beyond the schools and the subjects that all our kids have to be tested on at the end of every year,” Ellis said. “They need to understand the world in many ways in order to thrive.” Ellis believes a good mentor is someone who uses the “developmental approach” to help empower a mentee and recognize the potential, opportunity and strengths of children and their communities. A poor mentor uses the “prescriptive approach” — seeing only the barriers a child faces and trying to fix them. Ellis teaches mentors to recognize both approaches and to use the developmental approach when tackling problems. “I think Abby is phenomenal leader,” said Ashley Bell, the partnership liaison at MPRC. “One thing that I admire about her leadership is her willingness to let each of us have a voice in matters concerning the program.” Ellis said Emeka Nwadiora and

Marsha Zibalese-Crawford, both professors in the College of Public Health, played a great role in her work at Temple. “[Ellis] demonstrated an ability to organize people, utilize practice and administrative skills and communicate processes,” Zibalese-Crawford said. “She displayed an unusual awareness of topics on social and political concerns.” Ellis worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 12 years and started the organization’s first school-based mentoring program before going to graduate school. Now she helps mentoring programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters learn best practices and receive professional support through the MPRC. “We really want to help develop mentoring programs and mentors to use the research and evidence-based practices that are out there to help empower youth, advocacy, connect people in the field and form peer support,” Ellis said. “Mentoring is different than tutoring,” she added. “Mentoring programs are trying to develop all of those skills that go along with being successful in school … advocating for yourself and your education, life skills and character development.” madison.hall@temple.edu

While personally I’m a little sad that it happened too late for it to be of any effect for me, I’m actually really glad about it. I was also kind of delighted about the language used specifically in regards to gender identity, sexuality, all that and not just focused on, ‘Hey it’s co-ed housing.’ It’s, ‘Hey, it’s very specifically for queer students here on campus.’ ... It’s definitely not enough of a step, it’s a good step. I would like if they followed in CCP’s footsteps with gender-neutral bathrooms, but, I guess, little by little.

REBECCA LUNDY Senior Voice performance

I definitely think it’s great, I mean people who don’t identify as their assigned-at-birth sex were previously restricted. That could have been a dangerous or uncomfortable situation for transgender or nonconforming students and I think it’s way better that the university trusts them to make their own decision. I think it’s a step in the right direction. I think there’s still a lot of things that could be done, but I think in terms of housing that’s a really great step.

ANDREA CHESTNUT Junior Graphic design

I think it is an improvement or a push forward because of the fact that everything is just so broad now in life and gender is changing and it shouldn’t be an exclusion just because of your gender. So I do think that’s an improvement. I think it can possibly be abused, or be a good help, for us to integrate between genders. … It could become a distraction and then sometimes it might not be. I think it’s worth the risk.


CONOR ROTTMUND FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Abigail Ellis (center), a 2006 master’s of social work alumna, holds a meeting with her staff at the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center on Broad Street near Sansom on Friday.

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EXHIBIT “The concept [of the course] was to get students out into the community, identify an issue and then try to come up with a viable solution to that issue that they could enact within the timespan of one semester,” Hart said. He decided to center his students’ projects on Sharswood, his own neighborhood. He said he thinks students have a civic duty to perform activism. He added that a student who attends college here becomes “a citizen of Philadelphia. “Rather than just maybe learning about the history of things, you can go out and interact with the history, maybe impact the design, do something that makes a difference,” Hart said. When Hart asked his students to propose projects, Madeleine Frazier, a sophomore psychology major, chose to create a collaborative community newspaper, Sharswood News. Though Frazier initially enrolled in Guerrilla Altruism to fulfill the General Education Program Human Behavior requirement, she realized while interviewing Sharswood residents that it connected with her psychology studies. “I’m interested in people, I’m interested in behavior,” Frazier said. “That definitely tied in with our proj-

ects and gave me a personal drive to do something for the people.” Joshua Jankus, a sophomore chemistry major, said the course helped him engage with Philadelphia issues beyond Temple’s borders. “It’s easy being on a college campus in the middle of North Philly to want to hide from the city,” Jankus said. “Having that community outreach, that sort of perspective, it’s influenced the way that I look at modern issues on the campus, for instance the football stadium.” “The community is smart, and they’re motivated, and they deserve just as much of a say in everything as we do,” he added. At the opening of “Searching for Sharswood” last Tuesday, Jankus and Frazier spoke on a panel with other featured students. Kat Engleman, another panelist and a third-year Penn landscape architecture graduate student, spoke about her decade of work in community organizing. She is working to rebuild North Philly Peace Park at 22nd and Jefferson streets, which had to move across the street to make way for PHA’s redevelopment efforts. As a member of the student group Diverse Design, Engleman helped develop a new design for a community garden and one-room schoolhouse in the park. Last July, she said the group held a landscape build to create new

planters, seating and greenhouses for the garden. Engleman added that they also wanted to incorporate African-American aesthetics into the design of the schoolhouse. “Most designers are not Black, and they’re also not Black women,” Engleman said. “So we felt like it was really important not only for us to do that work but also to be working in an allBlack community, to be trying to figure out what the design aesthetic and history could be for this new space.” Through wood panels — which will create gaps in the wall that allow for light to be let in — she said the design will mimic how African weaving techniques filter light to create interesting shadows. For Hart, Sharswood is an ideal template for Guerrilla Altruism and other student activism because it encompasses so many different subjects. “It’s a multifaceted issue that has to deal with economics, culture, geography, jobs, history, architecture, built infrastructure,” Hart said. “If there’s a topic that you’re interested in, it’s definitely occurring in that neighborhood.” ian.walker@temple.edu @ian_walker12

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Pettway returns to track after absence Junior sprinter Re’ona Pettway walked onto the team this fall after three years away from the sport.


Ajee’ Wilson, a kinesiology alumna, broke the U.S. women’s indoor 800-meter record at Saturday’s New York Road Runners Millrose Games at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. She finished the race in one minute, 58.27 seconds to break the mark set by three-time U.S. indoor champion Nicole Teter in 2002. “This has been a progression to get where I am,” Wilson told the Associated Press. “Of all the Millrose Games I’ve run in, it’s fun to see how far I’ve come.” Wilson competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August and was a silver medalist at the World Indoor Championships in March. She finished the 800 in 1:59.75 to place third in her semifinal heat in Rio but missed out on qualifying for the final. -Evan Easterling

BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior sprinter Re’ona Pettway practices at the Temple Sports Complex on Wednesday.

adjust to the competition level that she’s missed out on since high school. “Joining the team for a year is just like being a freshman,” Forde said. “You’re learning everything from scratch, and it can take a year to adjust.” Walk-on life has been an adjustment for Pettway, who said time management has been the most difficult aspect of being a Division I athlete. “I have a set time where I have to be at practice and I have to go to the weight room,” Pettway said. “Before making the team, I could go to the weight room at night or I could run early in the morning.” Pettway competed in the team’s season opener at Lehigh University on Dec. 2. She finished the 400-meter in one minute, 7.16 seconds. In mid-January, the Owls competed at the U.S. Navy Mid-Week, where Pettway was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team, which ran a 4:03.2. She finished 39th in the 400 at the Fastrack National Invitational on Saturday in Staten Island, New York. Right now, Pettway’s main goal is to

gain more confidence by the time outdoor conference competition starts. She wants to be on the 4x400 A-team relay for the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, which are from May 1214 in Houston. “As long as you’re performing in practice and you’re performing in meets, the way you got on the team does not matter,” Pettway said. Forde commends Pettway’s effort in practice every day and can see that she’s getting better each week. Forde emphasizes progress when it comes to the junior walk-on, and he said her potential is determined by the improvements she continues to make. “If I was a guessing guy, I would guess that she will be around next year because of her effort and attitude,” Forde said.

BRIANNA SPAUSE FILE PHOTO Ajee’ Wilson competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and set a U.S. women’s indoor 800-meter record on Saturday.


Steinsberger sets school record at New York meet Graduate student Marc Steinsberger competed in the 3000-meter at the Fastrack National Invite on Friday in Staten Island, New York. He finished the race in eight minutes, 17.01 seconds to place 10th. His time set a new school record in the event, beating the mark set by 2012 All-American Travis Mahoney. Steinsberger finished ninth at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship in October and placed sixth in a field of 190 runners at the IC4A Championships on Nov. 19.


-Evan Easterling


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FENCING season, beating the previous record, set in 2013-14, by two wins. The Owls (30-8) are No. 7 in the CollegeFencing360.com Women’s Coaches Poll. “We had to change our mental game a lot,” Kemnitzer said. “We had to learn how to adapt to our opponents and capitalize on our own strengths. So we spent a lot of the time in practice finding out goals of what we wanted to accomplish that day and working entire practices on those things.” The Owls went 5-1 on the first day of the Northwestern Duals, including a 21-6 win against then-ranked No. 4 Ohio State University. Temple could not win both of its matches against ranked teams, as it lost 15-12 to No. 3 University of Notre Dame. Temple swept its opponents on day two, including three wins with a victory margin of 21 or better. It marked the first time since 2003 the Owls left the Northwestern Duals with one loss. Since the New Year, the Owls are 2-4 against ranked opponents. Temple hasn’t been beaten by more than five in those contests. “I think that they are more determined,” coach Nikki Franke said. “They know that these are very strong teams and they have to be able to win some of those matches. We lost some very close 14-13 matches, and we have to turn that around. And they understand that.”

SPORTS BRIEFS Alumna Wilson breaks U.S. women’s track record

By ADDISON HUNSICKER For The Temple News A week before women’s track & field tryouts, junior walk-on sprinter Re’ona Pettway hadn’t decided if she would try out for the team. Pettway was discouraged after she didn’t make the team her sophomore year, but coach Elvis Forde told her to try again. “I was really upset,” Pettway said. “I didn’t think I would try out again. My coach back home told me that if I wanted to keep running at a competitive level that I would have to try again.” Pettway thought she left track behind after high school, and she came to college thinking she had to find a new passion. She was a three-sport athlete at Hackensack High School in New Jersey, competing in track, soccer and basketball. She ran in the 4x100-meter at the Penn Relays as a junior and was on the 4x100 and 4x200 Bergen County championship teams. Pettway never considered continuing her athletic career in college, but she said she always had her eyes on Temple because she liked being in Philadelphia. She focused on academics as a freshman and finished the year with a 3.7 GPA. Even with the academic success, something didn’t feel right. “I felt like I had too much time on my hands since I wasn’t practicing,” she said. Pettway’s mindset about track quickly changed after she met Forde while working out by herself. She said he told her to try out for the team. At that point, Pettway didn’t know how much training it would take to make the team. Once she went through the tryout process, she understood that her training would have to intensify. She joined the local Moore Elite Track & Field Club to work on her strength. Pettway injured her hamstring during her senior year of high school and needed to regain lower-body strength to compete at a high level. “I have a lot of respect for somebody who will dedicate themselves to get better and make the team,” Forde said. Forde took notice of the improvements Pettway made since getting cut and decided to give her a spot as a walk-on in the fall. Pettway said she struggled to keep up with endurance workouts early on, but she gradually improved and started to


Seventeen teams from the American Athletic Conference, including both Temple squads, received 2016 Division I Cross Country Team Academic Award recognition from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday. In order to qualify, teams had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The men’s GPA was 3.45 and the women recorded a 3.47. The USTFCCCA gave the distinction to 431 teams, 242 for women and 189 for men. -Evan Easterling

MEN’S BASKETBALL COURTNEY SUMMERS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman sabre Kerry Plunkett (left), and senior sabre Victoria Suber practice on Wednesday night.

Temple’s freshmen have been a tremendous help to its success so far this season. Freshman sabre Malia Hee finished a team-best 20-3, at the Northwestern Duals, while freshman sabre Kerry Plunkett finished 16-5. Hee and Plunkett also had top performances for the Owls at the Philadelphia Invitational, and freshman foil Kennedy Lovelace finished with a 10-5 record at the event. The three freshmen combined to go 25-4 on Saturday. “On the sabre squad, Malia Hee and Kerry Plunkett are definitely two people who have really shown a lot of talent and have taken on big schools and have been put in to start at big schools, and they have not shown an ounce of fear,” sophomore epee Quinn Duwelius said. “They just do

their jobs.” Next on the schedule for the Owls are the Junior Olympics in Kansas City, Missouri from Friday to Monday. Sophomore epee Fiona Fong, freshman epee Camille Simmons, sophomore epee Ally Micek and Lovelace will fence for Temple. “We’re going to have a tough week of practice,” Franke said. “We still need to work on our footwork, we need to work on our change of direction and explosiveness,” she added. “So those are some of the things [we need to work on], and our tactical situations.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu

Rose pick up another conference award Freshman guard Quinton Rose earned his fourth American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honor for his performance in Temple’s two games last week. Rose averaged 15 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals during the week. The freshman started the week by scoring 12 points and tallying four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Temple’s 66-50 loss to Southern Methodist on Thursday. He got his first career start in Sunday’s win against Memphis. Rose scored 18 points and went 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the game. On the season, Rose is averaging 10 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Rose has scored 10 or more points in four of his last five games.


-Owen McCue






Frederick sisters have uncommon connection on field Freshman midfielder Lizzie Frederick will play with her sister, senior attacker Anna Frederick, this year. By TESSA SAYERS Women’s Lacrosse Beat Reporter When freshman midfielder Lizzie Frederick scored her first goal last fall, one of her teammates celebrated a little more than the others. Lizzie’s older sister and teammate, senior attacker Anna Frederick, went crazy. “It was the first time she had ever been on the field and she went in on attack for a second and she cut and scored and I was so proud of her,” Anna said. “It was so awesome.” That was the first time the sisters had played with each other since 2013, Anna’s senior year and Lizzie’s freshman year at Cape Henlopen High School where they won the Delaware Lacrosse State Championship. “It was my first state championship and it was her last one,” Lizzie said. “It was a really close game and just really intense and fun. Just getting after it with each other was probably my favorite memory.” The sisters started playing lacrosse when Anna was in fourth grade and Lizzie was in second. Because of their age difference, they didn’t get to play with each other until high school. After Anna graduated, Lizzie had a year by herself until their younger sister Katie joined her on the high school team. “I was honestly very jealous of her the last couple of years being with our other sister,” Anna said. “It was kind of sad to watch them get to do all these things together.” Luckily for Anna, Lizzie decided to join her at Temple and carry on the legacy that started with their grandfather, Dave Frederick, who played football for the Owls in the mid-1960s. “When I was first getting recruited I was like, ‘Well I don’t want to go to Temple. I don’t want to go to the same school as my sister,’” Lizzie said. “Now I’m super thankful that I came here and my sister is here.” Lizzie has already seen the benefits of playing with her sister. She is currently working her way back from an ankle injury that has kept her from practicing this spring. She didn’t play in the Owls’ season-opening win against Rutgers University on Saturday. Anna, who had to miss her sophomore sea-

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Lizzie Frederick (left), committed to Temple to play alongside her sister, senior attacker Anna Frederick, after winning four high school state titles.

son because of a torn ACL, has been a constant source of support. “She is able to relate to how I feel not being able to play,” Lizzie said. “She just keeps things positive.” Because of Lizzie’s injury, the sisters’ bond hasn’t been noticed on the field as much as it has been off it. “I know that when one is absolutely having a hard day the other is always there for them,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “They just care about each other and they come from an amazing family that knows how to take care of each other, and you see that a lot.” Rosen is excited to see how that bond will transfer to the field.

She’s seen sisters play together before. Last year, twin sisters Megan and Nicole Tiernan combined for 50 goals, and Kari Longstaff started every game on defense while her twin sister Avery scored 10 goals. “I think that’s one of the most exciting things we have is to be able to see that sistersister connection on the field a lot,” Rosen said. Redshirt-freshman defender Taylor Gooch has seen the Fredericks’ connection on the field. Gooch went to high school with the sisters. She was a sophomore when Anna was a senior and Lizzie was a freshman. “Since they’re sisters, their connection is different than an average player,” Gooch said. “Whenever someone would do something well

the other one would be much happier.” In 2016, Anna played in 17 games and scored 11 goals on 19 shots. Both sisters were four-time state champions in high school and were named to the allstate team their junior and senior years. “High school was so much fun being together and winning a state championship together,” Lizzie said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else, and just being able to continue that here, it’s nice.” teresa.sayers@temple.edu

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McIntyre tweeted on Nov. 30 that Enechionyia was the “buzziest NBA draft name” three weeks into the season. CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein called Enechionyia the “best shooting big man that Fran Dunphy has ever coached” the next day. In 13 conference games, the 6-foot-10-inch forward is averaging 10.5 points and shooting 36.4 percent from the floor. Sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. surpassed him as the team’s leading scorer on Jan. 25. “Everything I shot went in the basket,” Enechionyia said of his earlyseason stretch. “I know I can get back to that point again. … I felt really comfortable. I think teams got used to how I played and got more prepared to guard me. But I know I can get back to that point.” “It’s not really a big deal to me that I fell off a little bit, had a couple bad games.” In high school, Enechionyia played one-on-one games with his older brother Nnamdi, a redshirt-junior swingman at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, and his younger brother Chuchu, a freshman guard and forward at Virginia Military Institute. Nnamdi said the three were so competitive that games usually ended with one brother throwing the ball at another. Nnamdi was sitting a few rows behind Temple’s bench at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to see Obi score 16 points, grab eight rebounds and block six shots against Florida State University on Nov. 24. Obi shot 53.8 percent from the floor,

35.6 percent from 3-point range this season, which ranks No. 159 in Division I. Temple has 651 attempts from 3-point range in 26 games, an average of more than 25 attempts per game. As of Monday, only 32 other teams have attempted more 3-point shots than the Owls. Of those teams, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (22-5), the University of Akron (21-4) and Belmont University (18-5) are the only three teams currently projected to reach the NCAA tournament. The other 29 teams had a combined record of 369-403. The Owls are 11-2 when they shoot better than 36 percent from 3-point range and 3-10 when they don’t. “We have shooters on this team and when the shots don’t fall, it’s tough to win,” junior forward Obi Enechionyia said. “But I think we have the players that have the ability to get to the basket.” A product of the Owls’ shot selection is the lack of free throws the team attempts. Temple makes 71.7 percent of its free throw attempts, but the Owls rank No. 313 in free throw attempts. Dingle has attempted 106 of the team’s 435 free throws. Enechionyia leads the team with 59 made threes and is making 37.8 percent of his attempts from long range. The 6-foot-10


GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward Obi Enechionyia dribbles in the first half of Thursday’s loss to the Mustangs.

which included two makes in three attempts from 3-point range. “He has a lot of athleticism, but what he has really worked on since he started playing is his jump shot, and I think that makes a huge difference,” Nnamdi said. University of Notre Dame junior forward Martinas Geben played with Obi in Amateur Athletic Union basketball and against him in high school. Geben said Enechionyia was more of a slasher back then but still could shoot from the perimeter. “Shooting is by far the most useful skill in the game of basketball,” Geben said. “So when you can do it consistently and make shots and have the athleticism that Obi has and the other physical abilities that he does, it makes him an extremely dangerous player to play against on the court.” Obi is averaging more points, rebounds and blocks than last season. Southern Methodist coach Tim Jankovich said stretch fours like Enechionyia are valuable because they

space the floor and let teams run pickand-pops outside. Enechionyia had 11 rebounds on Thursday for his fifth double-digit performance of the season, something he only did once last season. After he shot 3-for-11 from the field against Southern Methodist, Enechionyia said he sometimes settles for jump shots and should try to attack the basket more. But eight of his 10 field goal attempts in Sunday’s win against Memphis were 3-pointers. After his hot start to the season, Enechionyia is ranked as the 57th-best junior in Division I on DraftExpress. com. “I mean for a shooter, sometimes you get in a slump, you know,” Nnamdi said. “Things happen, but it always comes back. I know he shouldn’t be worried, nobody should be worried. I think he can do the same thing on the NBA level, eventually to be honest.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

forward has attempted 40 free throws in 26 games this season. In comparison, freshman guard Alani Moore II, standing at 5-feet-10-inches, has shot 39 free throws. Dunphy has mentioned throughout the season he’d like to see Enechionyia drive to the basket more often in order to get more shots at the foul line. “I know for myself, I don’t do that enough,” Enechionyia said. “Sometimes I settle and I know I have the ability to get to the cup and draw a foul so you know personally, I know I need to do that better and as a team as well.” “I don’t think we draw enough fouls so the only way to do that is to attack the basket and that gets them in foul trouble and makes the game easier.” Temple attempted 13 free throws in Thursday’s loss to Southern Methodist. The Mustangs attempted 25 shots from the foul line, making 10 more free throws than the Owls. Against Memphis on Sunday, Temple showed improvement in that category. The Owls attempted 20 free throws, making 12. “We just gotta be aggressive,” sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. said Thursday. “That [Southern Methodist] team was real aggressive. Everybody looked to score and that’s what we have to do. Everybody has to be aggressive on our team.” owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue

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No rest for Owls despite back-to-back blowout wins Temple won two games by more than 20 points last week. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Even on Thursday’s snow day, when the rest of Temple was closed, the women’s basketball team made it to McGonigle Hall to go through a light shootaround. “We kinda wanted a day off to relax with the snowstorm, but we’ll rest later,” junior guard Donnaizha Fountain said. “It was cool being able to walk into an empty building and just get back to the lab and get to work whether it be shooting, ball handling or defense.” The snow day came a day after the annual school day game, when kids from around the city take a field trip to watch the Owls. Temple beat Tulsa 70-43 at the Liacouras Center. Senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald nearly recorded the first triple-double in program history, finishing one rebound and two assists shy of the feat. “The kids were great, the atmosphere was crazy, they didn’t care who scored if it was us or Tulsa they went nuts,” Fountain said. “The game is my favorite game of the season. I love giving the kids something to look forward too, to just give them a chance to see a Temple sport live in action.” Temple’s win on Wednesday tied the team for second place in the American Athletic Conference standings after South Florida lost to Memphis on Feb. 5. The Bulls hold the tie-breaker due to their head-to-head win on Jan. 29. Temple (19-5, 9-2 The American) won its third straight game, 76-43, Saturday afternoon against East Carolina. The Owls beat the Pirates for the second time this season. Fitzgerald led the Owls’ offense, finishing with 21 points and six assists. Fountain added a double-double in the win with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Temple led for almost the entire game, never trailing by more than two points. Temple has now swept the

YUAN GONG FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald shoots a free throw during Temple’s 70-43 win against Tulsa on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center.

season series against four different opponents in The American. “We know how well we’re doing because of the people we hear talking about us,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “But, like we have all year, we’re just focused on one game at a time. Because we still have to win games.” Temple scored just 18 points

in the first half of its losses to South Florida on Jan. 29 and Connecticut on Feb. 1. Since the first half of the Connecticut game, Temple has outscored its opponents in every half. In games against Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina, the Owls scored 44, 40 and 46 points in the first half. “That is our goal, to come out

from the jump and throw the first punch in the game,” Fountain said. “We can’t wait till the third or fourth quarter to get going, like in that Connecticut game, we came out in the second half very aggressive, and we just want that intensity every game.” There are only five games left in the season, all against teams in The

American. Two of the games are at home where the Owls have a 9-2 record. kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer


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KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Tonya Cardoza leads discussion in the Owls’ huddle before their 97-69 loss against Connecticut on Feb. 1 at the Liacouras Center.

the cheerleading squad and encouraged her to try it. After high school, she went on to play for the University of Virginia with former Temple coach Dawn Staley. After briefly playing professionally in Spain, Cardoza came back to the United States and coached at Connecticut under head coach Geno Auriemma for 14 seasons, when the Huskies went to the Final Four eight times. “It helped a great deal, just being able to be around Geno and his staff for that long and learning from him and how he has built the program and what it takes to be successful,” Cardoza said. “I definitely think I took a lot of that from him. Early on, I just paid attention to the little things.” Now that both Auriemma and Cardoza coach in the American Athletic Conference, they face each other at least two times each season. “You look at their team and you look at the way they play and how hard they can be, and she’s won an awful lot of games here,” Auriemma said after the Owls’ loss on Feb. 1. “Those kids played with a certain competitive spirit and that’s a direct reflection of Tonya and her coaching.” Cardoza passed Staley as the Owls’ all-time wins leader on Jan. 1. She’s added 10 more victories since,

bringing her total to 183 wins. After taking over for Staley in 2008, Cardoza led the Owls to threestraight NCAA tournament appearances. The Owls haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since the 2010-11 season, when they finished 24-9. Cardoza started her career with four 20-win seasons before back-toback losing seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. She now appears to have the program back on the upswing with two 20-win seasons and deep runs in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament during the last two years. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme projects Temple (19-5, 9-2 The American) as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament. “Of course it’s exciting because coming in, they didn’t have the best record, but going off what the coaches said and just who they are as people, we knew the program was eventually going to get better,” senior center Safiya Martin said. “When you have amazing coaches, like they’re very positive and things like that, so you just kind of listen to what they say and they believed in us. So we believed in them and when you believe in each other, this is what happens.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca







CARDOZA TURNING PROGRAM BACK AROUND After two losing campaigns, coach Tonya Cardoza has her team on track for its third straight 20-win season.

By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter


s Tonya Cardoza got older, her career aspirations of teaching elementary-school students in a classroom changed to guiding young adults on the basketball court. The road to becoming the Owls’ head coach wasn’t always on Cardoza’s map. But it became a perfect mixture of her two loves after she developed a passion for basketball in 10th grade. “I went to school to become a teacher and ended up finding a different way to teach,” Cardoza said. “Not so much in the classroom, but my classroom is my basketball court. It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do, and loving basketball, being able to do both is even greater.” Cardoza made the switch to basketball during her freshman year of high school when a club coach saw her on


AMERICAN | PAGE 15 KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Tonya Cardoza (right), advises senior center Safiya Martin during the Owls’ 97-69 loss to Connecticut on Feb. 1 at the Liacouras Center. The Owls have won three straight games since their loss to the Huskies.



Shot selection key for Owls Only 32 teams have attempted more 3-point shots than the Owls. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor

COURTNEY SUMMERS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore epee Quinn Duwelius (right), scores a touch on sophomore epee Ally Micek during a recent practice.

Owls set team wins record The team improved to 30-8 to surpass the 2013-14 team’s win total. By TOM IGNUDO Fencing Beat Reporter After their 2-3 performance at the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 21, the Owls felt like they were in a mental fog they couldn’t break. Senior foil squad leader Kristen Kemnitzer and her fellow squad leaders, senior epee Alexandra Keft and senior sabre Victoria Suber, met with their coaches following the

event. The coaches told them to write down what they thought the team needed to work on in practice. Leading up to the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 4 and 5, the squad leaders hung up their notes on the walls, so they could refer back to them during practice. The Owls responded to their performance at the Philadelphia Invitational by going 11-1 at the Northwestern Duals — their winningest weekend of the season. Temple continued its dominance on Saturday with a 5-0 performance at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Invitational. The Owls have set a program record with 30 wins in a


Quinton Rose’s twohanded fast break dunk was supposed to shift the momentum in Temple’s direction. The highlight play by the freshman guard gave Temple a two-point lead against nationally ranked Southern Methodist as the Owls tried for a much-needed Top 25 win. Then, the wheels came off. From the 10:44 mark in the first half to the the 1:19 mark, the Owls missed 11 shots from the field and scored just one point: a free throw by redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle. “We had a number of turnovers, we also had missed shots that were pretty clean,” coach Fran Dunphy said after Thursday’s game. “We had another couple of forced shots that we can’t get into that kind of out of character stuff. We have to really pay attention to detail.” During the Owls’ stretch

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle attempts a shot in the Owls’ 66-50 loss to Southern Methodist on Thursday.

of offensive ineptitude, Temple attempted and missed five 3-point shots. The Owls (1412, 5-8 American Athletic Conference) were 3-for-14 from 3-point range in the first half and finished the game 8-of-30.

In Sunday’s win against Memphis, Temple made 10of-23 3-point attempts, shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc. The Owls are shooting






The women’s team picked up two blowout wins last week to tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference standings.

Sisters Anna and Lizzie Frederick are playing on the same team together for the first time since high school.

After an unsuccessful attempt last year, junior sprinter Re’ona Pettway walked on to the track & field team this fall.

Graduate men’s cross country runner Marc Steinsberger set a school record this weekend, other news and notes.

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