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Tuttleman to move to new facility The counseling center and Student Health Services will both get larger office spaces. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter



Our eighth annual Movers & Shakers issue showcases students, professors and alumni advocating for change and making a difference in their communities.

uttleman Counseling Services and Student Health Services will relocate from 1810 Liacouras Walk to renovated facilities in 1700 N. Broad St., displacing the Athletics department. Every departmental relocation must have approval from the Board of Trustees, and Tuttleman’s move will be decided during the Board’s March 14 meeting. If the Board approves the move, Tuttleman will relocate in August and SHS will move by January 2018. The move would give Tuttleman a nearly 50 percent increase in office space, from 8,900 square feet to 15,000, as a result of its move to the second floor of 1700 N. Broad St., said Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group. Money for the relocations of Tuttleman and SHS will come from Student Health Services carryover, the CFO’s office, the planning and development fund, and contributions from the Fox School of Business, Ibeh said. Counseling services also made a $250 thousand contribution, he added.





Stadium study on hold; opposition continues Temple’s Project Delivery Group has not worked on the stadium “for months.” By JULIE CHRISTIE, KELLY BRENNAN & JOE BRANDT The Temple News The university’s study into the feasibility of building an on-campus football stadium has been put on hold and administrators did not say when — or if — it would resume, The Temple News has learned. The feasibility study, for which the university had budgeted $1.25 million, was supposed to examine possible designs of a stadium as well as its impact on traffic and the environment. A representative from the Ohiobased architecture firm Moody Nolan, which began the study nearly 11 months ago, said it is “on hold,” meaning that all data collection has ceased. The university said through a spokesperson on Monday that it is still continuing its “community outreach efforts.” “Temple continues its careful efforts to consider the future of a university stadium,” the spokesperson

said. “That decision will be made by what is best for the university and the North Philadelphia community.” Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group, said in August that he was working with Moody Nolan on the study and the results would be finished within a few months. On Monday, when approached by a reporter, Ibeh said he hadn’t worked on the stadium “for months,” adding that his department was no longer involved in the study. In April, Moody Nolan’s CEO and President Curtis Moody told The Temple News that the study would be completed by the end of Summer 2016. The last step of the study was to examine the effect on traffic flows around Main Campus. At a Board of Trustees meeting last year, former President Neil Theobald projected that construction on the stadium would begin in 2017. In the months since, administrators would say only that the study was ongoing, and little else. The university had not publicly set a date for the results of the feasibility study to be presented to the Board, but new football Coach Geoff Collins mentioned that he had seen renderings of the stadium during his first press conference.


HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Alliya Butts drives to the net in Temple’s 66-52 win against Southern Methodist on Wednesday.

Rankings recognize women’s team Temple is No. 23 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Temple’s win against Southern Methodist on Wednesday was more than just another tally in the win column. Not only was it the Owls’ 20th

win, but it was also Temple’s first game as a ranked team since the 2005-06 season. Temple (21-5, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) was ranked at No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll on Feb. 14. And on Monday, the Owls broke into the Associated Press Top 25 poll at the No. 23 spot. “This is what we’ve been waiting for the whole time,” senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald said after learning of the USA Today results. “To know that our hard work is finally paying off and being noticed, it feels great to know that. But

like coach said, just because we’re ranked doesn’t mean we’re going to lax off or just do whatever now. We’re going to keep doing what we have to do and keep getting better each and every day as a team.” The Owls have also jumped in The American’s standings. Temple is in second place, only behind No. 1 Connecticut. Temple passed South Florida, which recently lost to conference opponent Central Florida, after Wednesday’s win. Temple held onto second place


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Temple doctors are concerned about a bill that would involuntarily commit overdose victims. Read more on Page 2.

Temple Student Government makes a vital effort to include more student voices in university discussions. Read more on Page 4.

Temple students make up the most new users from a university on SeekingArrangement.com for 2016. Read more on Page 7.

The lacrosse team picked up a victory in its first game at Howarth Field on Wednesday. Read more on Page 15.





TUH doctors: Legislation could overcrowd rehab beds An amendment introduced by a state representative would add drug overdoses as a medical health reason for commitment. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter Dr. Camille Paglia, the medical director of the Crisis Response Center at Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal branch, said she would feel lucky if she could treat half of the people at TUH who fill the waiting rooms who are seeking rehabilitation from drug addiction. “I can tell you that the hardest part of the whole process is that there are not nearly enough beds for all the people who want detox or rehabilitation,” she added. “It’s the hottest bed in the city.” TUH officials said they are concerned with state Rep. Matthew Baker’s proposed amendment to the state’s Mental Health Procedures Act, which would add drug overdoses as a reason for involuntary commitment, which allows hospitals to admit people to a mental health unit without their consent. Doctors said the act would overcrowd the

limited bed space for detox. TUH is in the North Planning District, serving residents from Hunting Park, Kensington, Feltonville and other neighborhoods. The district was defined by the City’s Department of Public Health as part of the 2016 Community Health Assessment. According to the assessment, the North Planning District had 30.1 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 people, making it the district with the third-highest rate of opioid-related deaths in 2015. The amount of unintentional, opioid-related overdoses surged in 2015, with nearly 700 deaths — twice as many deaths by homicide, according to the Philadelphia Department of Health. Dr. Joseph D’Orazio, a professor of emergency medicine physician at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s opioid task force, said TUH is at the center of treating the opioid epidemic. “Now, [the state] is going to add on this act that we’re going to involuntarily commit people for rehabilitation, but if there are no beds available, where do we put those people? How do we care for those people we are committing?” D’Orazio said. “Do we have enough treatment beds? Probably not,” Baker told The Temple News. “How-

ever, we need to start somewhere to try to save these people’s lives and get help for them.” Baker said that people dependent on drugs cannot acknowledge that they need treatment, and they are immediately released without any more treatment after the overdose. In January, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf requested $10 million from the state legislature to supply emergency responders with naloxone, also known as Narcan, a life-saving drug used to treat overdoses in emergency situations. “We offer the patients treatment, but the reality is most patients will come to the emergency department after they received Narcan,” D’Orazio said. “Immediately, or shortly thereafter, they leave and do not even get all their medical care.” Paglia is unsure if involuntary commitment is effective in combatting substance abuse. “I have seen patients whose family pressured them into treatment, and they kind of reluctantly come here,” she said. “They almost always ask to leave within an hour or two. The time involved to get somebody into a detox can take hours. Somebody who really doesn’t want treatment is not able to tolerate that.” Baker said the amendment will address the concerns from loved ones to a person dependent on drugs who want to see involuntary

Professor: ‘Fight the good fight’ By STEVE BOHNEL For The Temple News Jennifer Lee has two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but doesn’t do math or science anymore. She laughed as she remembered why her career path took such a strange turn. “I think I sort of fell into it by accident,” she said. “I actually thought I was going to go into science, and then realized it was really hard.” More than two decades later, she’s worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, been a farmworker attorney and written several academic articles on immigration and labor law. “I ended up working with a professor as an undergraduate who did a lot of public policy work related to the healthcare field and got interested in public policy issues,” Lee said. That professor, Jim Maxwell, is a key reason why Lee decided to attend Columbia Law School, she said. Now, Lee serves as a clinical professor of law at the Beasley School of Law, directing the social justice lawyering clinic in the Sheller Center for Social Justice, which was formed in Fall 2013 by Provost JoAnne Epps, who was the law school’s dean at the time. At the clinic, Lee has mentored several students, guiding them through real-life cases of underserved clients. The students work on cases surrounding labor or immigration rights and News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com



MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Jennifer Lee, a professor in the Beasley School of Law, founded two clinics for the Sheller Center, a legal hub for social justice inquiry and advocacy.

employment law. The clinic and center are still being fine-tuned, Lee said. She faces several challenges: the need for more students and employees, working out what the clinic’s defined mission is and trying to interact with more community organizations. One area, however, remains a strength: the students’ work ethic. “People just roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty,” Lee said. “They’re not daunted by the amount of work [or] the challenges that they face, they just take them on. Two of those students are Tracie Johnson and Anthony Sierzega, both in their second year at the law school. They were partners this fall in Lee’s clinic, and said her instruction was invaluable to their understanding of how courtrooms work and the real-world law experience that came with it. Johnson said Lee’s ability to mimic the opponent was what impressed her most. “The way she can turn on that role and get very aggressive and give you that worst-case scenario … that is one thing that really surprised me,” she said. “She’s done it so long that she kind of has this wealth of ‘what’s to come,’ or ‘what could possibly happen.’” Both Johnson and Sierzega are still working with Lee this semester because work with a client from the fall has carried onto the spring. Sierzega said Lee is easy to work for and learn from, and is “on top of ” the multiple facets of her clinic and the center. “[Lee] is making sure that all of the students are comfortable,” he said. “It’s real stuff that we’re doing, so it’s just making sure that things are going as smooth as possible and that students feel like they’re not getting bogged down on any issue.”


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Jennifer Lee founded one of the two clinics in the Sheller Center for Social Justice.

treatment for their sibling, child or spouse. “Families and loved ones, who I have been hearing from all over the state, want help for some of these people,” Baker added. Paglia said that an alternative to this amendment would be to license more facilities to treat drug addiction. D’Orazio said he believes there are other ways of stopping the opioid epidemic, like limiting the amount of opioid prescriptions written by doctors. “We need to act just the same way we did for Ebola for this opioid epidemic,” D’Orazio said. “There is a stigma that goes along with a drug-addiction diagnosis, but opioid-use disorder is a disease, just like an infectious disease or chronic medical diseases.” “We’ve got a serious problem in this country and we need to take a look at whatever tools we can to save some lives and get help,” Baker said. The bill is in the process of seeking cosponsorship from another state representative. Baker said that he has not yet faced any opposition to his amendment from anyone else in state legislature, the medical community or constituents.

Lee’s commitment to providing real-life experience partially stems from her work as a farmworker attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina and Denver. She said she learned significantly from driving around between clients and listening to their issues. “It’s really easy, I think sometimes, to get really wrapped up in the law, and the legal system and all the legal claims you can make,” Lee said. “There’s nothing like going out and being there and seeing things with your own eyes and talking to people who are living the experience.” Len Reiser, program coordinator of the Sheller Center, said Lee’s commitment to low-wage workers and immigrants, along with her teaching ability, is what makes her successful. “Teaching students who are actually representing people or organizations is a tricky business that not everyone knows how to do,” Reiser said. “Because the idea is to enable students to take maximum responsibility for basically providing legal services, but still providing the support and the oversight to make sure students are fully prepared for what they’re doing.” Even with all her experience in reading, writing and practicing law, Lee said she still learns from her students, especially given recent news regarding actions by President Donald Trump. “What students have taught me is how to be resilient in the face of challenging times,” Lee said. “Students have to want to fight the good fight, and get out there and make a difference in people’s lives. All of that is really inspiring for me.” steve.bohnel@temple.edu @Steve_Bohnel

John DiMino, director of Tuttleman Counseling Services, said Tuttleman has the funding to hire three new full-time staff positions. There will be a slight increase in the amount of available walk-in appointments available after Tuttleman’s move, which is targeted for the beginning of August, he added. “All our new trainees come in in mid-August and we do orientation, so we’re hoping they actually meet that deadline,” DiMino said. “I wish we were gaining that much [space],” said Mark Denys, the senior administrator of Student Health Services. “We are gaining a little bit, though.” Student Health Services will move to the fourth floor of 1700 N. Broad St., which is currently occupied by the Athletics department. Athletics will move to the Student Health and Wellness Center, which is being built at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue and is set to open in Fall 2017. The fourth floor will have to undergo renovations before Student Health Services can relocate, Denys said. “All the exam rooms need different [wiring] and we need to make sure they’re as private as they can be with soundproof walls,” he said. For the duration of the construction of the fourth floor, SHS will remain in its current facilities in 1810 Liacouras Walk. Student Financial Services and International Student and Scholar Services, which currently occupy the second floor of 1700 N. Broad, will move to a leased space in the Leon Sullivan building, at Broad and Master streets. “We’re going to have a more functional and efficient waiting room that’s hopefully a little bigger and a little more comfortable,” Denys said. “Our clinical space is going to be laid out a little differently.” The nursing exam rooms will be in one area while the doctors and nurse practitioners will be adjacent in a separate area, he added. “Right now, the nurses are seeing the patients all over the place so we’re going to be able to consolidate that, so we’re not having to move people around so many places,” he said. The new SHS building will also gain two new exam rooms, upping the total to 21.

“Personally, I know that SHS has a lot of students every day and the wait times are very long for walk-ins, even for emergencies like mine was,” said Melanie Snier, a freshman chemistry major. Snier went to SHS for an eye infection that resulted in a trip to a hospital in Center City. She said medication SHS provided was ineffective and SHS didn’t have the equipment to perform the needed tests. “[A space increase] would be great,” she added. “I assume that could possibly allow them to accommodate more students at a time.” Tuttleman and SHS’ relocation is part of a larger initiative to find new spaces for every office currently housed in 1810 Liacouras Walk, Ibeh said. Diana Breslin-Knudsen, a senior vice dean in the Fox School of Business, said in July 2016 that 1810 Liacouras Walk would be renovated for Fox’s Centennial Celebration in Fall 2018. As part of the initiative, the advising offices for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology have both been moved to new offices in Paley Library. Students responded favorably to the change of location. “I went to a walk-in appointment [at SHS] back in November and I was seen in like an hour or an hour and a half,” said Camille Nahas, a freshman political science major. “If they need to move to get more office space then that’s a good thing. I don’t see any downside to that.” Alex Guida, the president of Active Minds, a student organization that aims to remove stigmas about mental illness and mental health, said he is glad that Tuttleman is getting more space. “The main thing is … Tuttleman is a huge source of collaboration,” he said. “In the past, they were too busy and didn’t have enough space to collaborate.” “People don’t realize that they can get help here,” he added. “They’re stressed from all these factors … and they keep going and they hold it all in. People need to know [Tuttleman] is there and there’s no shame in going.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien

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Activist group still working for station memorial The Freedom Fighters are trying to create a memorial for civil rights activist Cecil. B. Moore. By NENSEH KONEH For The Temple News The Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, a racial equality activist group based in Philadelphia for more than 50 years, is currently working with SEPTA to create a memorial for the late civil rights leader at SEPTA’s Cecil B. Moore subway station. Creating a memorial for Moore at the station has been a matter of discussion for the Freedom Fighters and SEPTA since Temple decided to rebrand the station in August 2015 as part of its “Take Charge” advertising campaign. The rebranding, which covered the roof of the head house of the north entrance of the station and the outsides of the elevators at both the north and south entrances, was removed in October 2015. Karen Asper-Jordan, one of the members of the Freedom Fighters, said creating a memorial for Moore at the station is important to North Philadelphia’s history. “What we would like to see is a station that shows the history of the struggle in the community, and portrays the history of the civil rights movement,” Asper-Jordan said. The memorial is intended to teach people about Moore and his importance in the city of Philadelphia. “A lot of people don’t know who he is. If we make this a historical station, it will make Philadelphia and Temple proud,” Asper-Jordan said. The group is expected to have a

SHEFA AHSAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, a racial equality activist group, hopes to create a memorial for Moore to be displayed at the Broad Street Line subway station named for him.

meeting to talk about the creation of the memorial in the upcoming weeks. Cecily Banks, Moore’s daughter, said she believes it is necessary to

a lot of people who only know the name because of the street, but don’t have any idea of what’s behind that.” A sample of students seemed to

It’s very important that younger people know the contributions that he’s made. There are a lot of people who only know the name of the street but don’t have any idea of what’s behind that. Cecily Banks Activist and Cecil B. Moore’s daughter

create a memorial in memory of her father and hopes to attend the organization’s future meetings. “It’s very important that younger people know the contributions that he’s made,” Banks said. “There are

be in support of the idea for a memorial. “It’ll create awareness of who Cecil B. Moore is since not a lot of people know who he is,” said Will Foy, a senior therapeutic recreation major.

He added that one of the proposed parts of the memorial, a statue, would grab people’s attention and get them to learn more about Moore. “I have no background on who Cecil B. Moore is,” said Brian Baist, a senior kinesiology major. “I just knew of it because it’s a street name and a popular train stop. Evidently he’s an important person and I feel ignorant to who he is, so a statue could spread knowledge and enlighten people.” Currently, there is no specific date for when the memorial will be created, Asper-Jordan said, but there has been progress. “It started a few years ago,” she added. “When we initially had meetings with SEPTA, people wanted to demonstrate what they weren’t doing there. We still don’t have the statue,

but there are things we are doing to get it.” The meeting is expected to cover the creation of a plaque for Moore outside of the station, getting the station to be renamed solely as Cecil B. Moore station and eventually talking to SEPTA about adding televisions into the station that would not only give travelers information on the train schedule, but also on the significance of Moore himself. Francis Kelly, SEPTA's assistant general manager of government and public affairs, who has been working with the Freedom Fighters, could not be reached for comment. nensehalexiskoneh@temple.edu

Shuttle added to fleet to handle trips from TECH Center The bus will only pick up students from the TECH Center to lower the congestion of requests. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter On Monday, Campus Operations introduced the TECH Express, a new shuttle that will operate in conjunction with Flight. A large number of night-time requests from students at the TECH Center caused Temple

Student Government and Campus Operations to add to the fleet. The shuttle will take students to their off-campus residences or to residence halls. The TECH Express is scheduled to stop at the bus shelter across the street from the TECH Center every half hour, according to Flight’s page on the Campus Operations website. Students can no longer make Flight requests from the TECH Center because they will be able to board the bus without a reservation. The TECH Express will also pick students up from the Temple Sports Complex once every hour and will

drop them off at Pearson and McGonigle halls. “Flight seemingly is not able to cover the large demand we are getting from the student body during the evening hours,” said Mark Gottlieb, the associate director of Operations and Logistics. “Under the current model, we’re unable to respond to those requests in an efficient manner and it was determined by the data that we had one location in particular, the bus shelter across from the TECH Center, that was getting the most calls.” The service will operate from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:30 p.m. to midnight on

weekends for the rest of the semester, Gottlieb said. “Facilities, Campus Safety and TSG have been meeting regularly to look at Flight performance and to find ways of improving it,” Student Body President Aron Cowen said. “We realize that the wait times can become unacceptably long at times and there’s other concerns with the system that students are expressing. We want to make it better.” There were more requests for pickup from the TECH Center than from the nine other top pickup spots combined, Cowen added. TSG’s and Campus Operations’ and solution

was to provide a routine service from the TECH Center on a regular, rotating timeline. “We wanted to try to relieve some of the strain on the Flight system and hopefully reduce response times,” Cowen said. The TECH Express vehicle is a single white van, which will seat 14 students and one driver. “There’s only a certain kind of vehicle we can use in this service given the narrow streets we have to navigate around this campus,” Gottlieb said. “We do have buses that are a little larger that seat about 20 people and we’re prepared to use those if we have to. We can’t use much larger because they simply won’t fit down the streets.” Using a smaller vehicle for this service will enable the TECH Express to move quickly through the streets and will increase the speed at which it can complete routes, Cowen said. “We think the van will be enough but depending on how people respond, we’ve actually worked out some contingencies for how to relieve pressure on the TECH Express van,” he added. The possible plans include increasing the regularity of service to the TECH Center and diverting Flight buses to manage the volume, Gottlieb said. The TECH Express will be reviewed at the end of the semester, and there is a possibility that it will reappear in Fall 2017, he added. “Overall, our priority is finding options for students getting to and from campus safely,” Cowen said. “This is one of the options we have found.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien

AMANDA LIEN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Campus Operations added the TECH Express to the fleet of Flight buses to address the high volume of requests for transport from the TECH Center.

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Tuttleman makes gains Tuttleman Counseling Services’ move will provide more space to help students. Last week, the university announced that Tuttleman Counseling Services will be moving to 1700 N. Broad St. this summer, and gaining a 50 percent space increase for its staff. Student Health Services will also move to the building and will also gain space. Parliament, the legislative branch of Temple Student Government, passed a resolution to suggest this move during their meeting on Jan. 30, asking the administration to take “any steps necessary” to

will also gain more space and a new total of 21 private exam rooms, so wait times can decrease and the number of patients seen per day can increase. This change, in addition to Women Organized Against Rape’s new satellite office, is a welcome one. It seems the university is finally turning the calls for more services — for physical, mental and sexual health — into action. TSG has stressed the need for Tuttleman services

We see this move to 1700 N. Broad as a long-overdue step toward prioritizing mental and physical health on Main Campus. lessen wait times for students seeking counseling. In the past few years, Tuttleman has hired eight full-time staff and a few parttime positions to keep up with the increasing demand for counseling. In conjunction with the move, the center will be able to hire three more full-time staff by Fall 2017, John DiMino, the director of Tuttleman Counseling Services, told The Temple News earlier this month. Last academic year, 3,334 students sought out help at Tuttleman, he said. Right now, the center struggles with seeing all those students on a walk-in or appointment basis, and wait times can be up to five weeks for a non-critical appointment. “If you get people in within two weeks, there’s a 90 percent show rate, but if it’s longer than that, it goes down,” DiMino said. We see this move to 1700 N. Broad as a long-overdue step toward prioritizing mental and physical health on Main Campus. The office is slated to open at the new location in January 2018 and include a larger waiting area and more private meeting spaces for counselors — a change necessary for staff to be able to see more students each day. Student Health Services

to be available to more students each day for years. Parliament, in the form of this resolution, has shown the needs of the student body, and it has worked. Neither of these moves can happen, though, until the Board of Trustees approves them. They are slated to vote at their meeting March 14, and we hope they see the value in health care, too. Alex Guida, president of Active Minds, a student organization that aims to change stigmas about mental illness and mental health, said the move will allow for more collaboration between the organization and Tuttleman’s resources. “People need to know there is no shame in seeking out mental health care,” he said. These changes for the future of Student Health Services and Tuttleman Counseling Services are great steps to helping more students every day, but improving the lives and health of students at Temple should always be a priority of the administration. We hope the Temple community continues to see mental and physical health as essential to a successful student experience.

CORRECTIONS An article that ran Feb. 14 on Page 2, with the headline “Education experts weigh in on DeVos,” misstated Martha Carey’s position. She holds a doctorate in urban education from Temple. An article that ran Feb. 14 on Page 6, with the headline “TUH doctors open new treatment center,” misspelled Dr. Laura Goetzl’s last name. 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. letters@temple-news.com

TSG takes representation seriously The current administration has included new voices in student government.


n a letter penned in 1807 to a fellow politician, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, “The hand of the people ... has proved that government [is] the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.” Now, 210 years later, Jefferson’s statement still rings true. Representative democracies, like the United States, are rooted firmly in the voices of the people, and run by elected officials, who aim to RUTH OSHLAG reflect the voice of the people in their leadership. Representative government is the best way to efficiently include all people in policy discussion that creates real change and allows them to feel invested in the success of government initiatives. I believe this year’s Temple Student Government administration has done a particularly good job getting more students invested in TSG and other university initiatives, and bringing more students into university decision-making processes than before. “I think that the student government at Temple and any university needs to really get students involved in some of these issues [related to school politics], and start getting them to understand that they … need to take these [university] issues seriously,” said Barbara Ferman, a political science professor. The largest change that Temple’s current student government administration has enacted is its creation of Parliament, a 37-student legislative body geared toward better representing Temple’s student body. TSG previously only had an executive branch. With nearly 40,000 students

to represent, it’s not realistic that just one executive office of only a handful of elected students could represent all of the students at Temple. Parliament, through its different chairs and committees focused on specific issues, is a step toward being more representative of all students on Main Campus. Student Body President Aron Cowen stressed that the purpose of the Parliament is to tap into the previously glossed-over opinions of Temple’s many different students. “It’s your voice,” Cowen said. “It’s a good way of bringing together people to have the tough conversations that need to happen.”



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Of the 37 chairs in Parliament, 10 are dedicated to “special-interest” groups. Identifying these areas of interest has been an important step in focusing energy on those who did not previously have a voice in TSG. Alfonso Corona, a freshman marketing and economics major, currently serves as one of Parliament’s two multicultural representatives. “Sometimes the school may not even be aware of some issues that the students might think [about],” Corona said. “We are from the students, for the students. They’re definitely going to have a more truer voice and present more

honest issues.” “[Being] raised in a Hispanic family … [I know it’s] really important for every student to identify with their group that they like to feel at home with,” Corona added. Fortunately, the addition in representation of student voices goes beyond Parliament. TSG also created specialized task forces to concentrate on reform for specific issues, like sustainability and accessibility for students with disabilities. These groups are led by TSG representatives, but made up of qualified student volunteers from outside TSG, sourced from clubs and classes about related issues. The groups thus far have mainly worked to gather data and brainstorm possible solutions to topics of concern related to their task forces. “I think that the people who are on student government should be [using] whatever mechanisms they can use to get more people who are not elected to the student government to be participating in the process,” Ferman said. “A task force is a great way.” But TSG also needs to hear from students who may not be inclined to participate in these new initiatives. They should do so by continuing to hold discussion panels on issues salient to the Temple community. Last semester, TSG organized a panel on police brutality, which allowed students to share their thoughts on the topic. This type of discussion is important for students to be heard. And students should know that sharing a concern is as simple as stopping by TSG’s office, in Room 244 of the Student Center. “We’re always a resource,” Cowen said. “Our office is always open.” TSG has improved its representation of Temple’s student body by inviting more students to participate in the oncampus political process. Now, students should take them up on this offer. ruth.oshlag@temple.edu


Students: buying ethically is imperative Consumers should learn about companies’ labor practices.


y first exposure to the injustices taking place in the global workforce came when I took a class last year called The Legal Environment of Business. We learned about a case study on the shrimping industry, and I found out that most shrimp consumed in the United States is harvested with the use of slave labor in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. This assignment opened my eyes not MATTHEW SMITH only to the unethical business practices taking place worldwide, but also to how my consumption habits might contribute to these injustices. The shrimping industry, of course, is only one of many international industries that uses unethical labor practices. Recognizable companies like Apple and Nike have been accused of allowing questionable labor practices, like child labor and worker abuse. As consumers, it’s our duty to reject companies that use unethical business practices and to search for companies that align with our values. And as college students — some of us making financial decisions without our parents’ help for the first time — we have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a lifetime of ethical consumption. Even small purchasing choices can make a difference, like shopping at small businesses or buying fair-trade certified

products, meaning the producers from developing countries were paid fairly for their work. Mimi Shorokey, a sophomore mathematical education major, is on the board of directors at The Rad Dish Café. She said shopping locally is one way to know where your food is coming from and who is producing it. “During the fall semester and later in the spring, we have the farmer’s market in front of Morgan, which is a really great option,” she said. William Cook, an advertising professor, said students need to “actively search” for brands that use fair labor practices. “You have to make every conscious decision possible to buy products from ethical companies and brands,” Cook added. “Otherwise, you’re no better than the uninformed person down the street.” “It might seem hard, but from food to clothes, if you read the label and do a little bit of research online, you can learn a lot about a brand or product,” Cook added. This is true — with access to the Internet, there is no excuse to be ignorant about where our products come from, who made them and how they were made. But I understand that being an ethical consumer is not always easy. Sometimes, very popular products are made using unfair labor practices. Most people, myself included, own at least one Apple product, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Apple has been accused of using abusive labor practices starting as early as 2010. As recently as 2016, the international watchdog group China Labor Watch has found factories in China producing Apple products where workers are paid low wages and work 80-hour weeks.

“I was not aware, and it does make me feel guilty,” Shorokey said. “It makes me want to shop less from them.” And while it does seem hard to go without an iPhone, there are ways consumers can push companies whose products they like in the direction of ethical production, like protest. This proved effective in recent years, regarding ethical concerns linked to PNC Bank. In 2011, after West Virginiabased mountaintop coal removal companies were found to be detrimental to the environment, many Wall Street banks stopped investing in them. But PNC did not. Students took note of this ethical dilemma, given Temple’s partnership with the bank, and orchestrated a sit-in at PNC’s Main Campus branch. The protest ended with three students being arrested. With more pressure from environmental groups like Earthjustice in years to follow, PNC finally withdrew its finances from these coal removal companies in March 2015 — proof that concerned, vocal consumers can make a difference. The main focus of big corporations will always be profit. That means it’s up to consumers to educate themselves and to keep these companies in check regarding ethical concerns. We need to dedicate ourselves to researching products before we make purchases and only give our business to companies that deserve it. And when we have the chance to speak out against injustice, we need to take it. We might need to alter our spending patterns, join in protests and discuss ethical practices with our friends and family members. Remaining silent allows those in the global workforce to suffer at our hands. matthew.smith0003@temple.edu

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Consider being undeclared Students unsure of what to study should take advantage of being undeclared.


ver since I was in the eighth grade, I knew what I wanted to study once I got to college. I wanted to major in journalism. I wanted to write and travel the world. Or, at least, that’s what I thought I was going to do. When I entered college I did indeed major in journalism, but during my sophomore year, I began to really question if this major was the right fit for me. I thought maybe I was really meant to major in international ERIN YODER business, which I believed would almost guarantee me a job after graduation. Or maybe I was meant to major in Asian studies and pursue a more creative career path. In the end, I stuck with journalism and my passion for writing. But if I had started out as a university studies major — Temple’s term for being undeclared and taking a variety of classes — in the first place, I might not have had to go through so much anxiety while picking a final major. “I think students feel under a lot of pressure to declare their major before they’re ready,” said Neal Conley, the director of the Academic Resource Center. “Students want to declare because they’re nervous that if they don’t, they’re not going to graduate on time.” This definitely isn’t the best way to choose a major and future career path. Entering college undeclared is a more constructive alternative. It allows students to take exploratory classes and feel out different subject areas. It allows them to be more secure in their major choice when they pick one. Students should take advantage of the freedom provided by being undeclared. “Sometimes people have this idea that they’re afraid to declare because they’re going to get it wrong,” said Ruth Ost, senior director of the Honors Program. “So they go and declare something because they thought that was going to get them a

job, when they just need to look around a little bit.” For many students, the thought of starting college without a major seems like a waste of time, almost irresponsible. However, some schools, like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Indiana University Bloomington, require students to be undeclared during their freshman year so they can take their time choosing a major. In Fall 2016, 2,400 students were undeclared. That same semester, 2,700 students changed their major, Conley said. Out of those 2,700 students, 1,400 changed into an entirely different school. In the end, changing to a completely different school could be more detrimental to a student rather than starting undeclared. Renee Johnson, a freshman university studies major, is currently deciding what branch of math or science she wants to pursue in the College of Science and Technology. Johnson said she knows other students at Temple who planned to pursue a science major and ended up changing their minds. “They want to be bio pre-med, and then after taking a few classes they’re like, ‘Maybe this isn’t what I want,’” Johnson said. “They had an idea and now it’s changing.” Being undeclared helps prevent students from forcing themselves into the wrong major, only to end up changing it after they take a handful of classes. Students can take up to 60 credits while being undeclared, which is the equivalent of being a sophomore. Using these credits in the General Education Program allows students to explore different areas of study, hopefully allowing them the time to find one that sticks. They can fulfill Gen-Ed requirements or electives that interest them, without putting them behind on their track to graduate. I hope other students who may still be struggling to pin down their major seriously consider spending some time undeclared, before they end up choosing the wrong major entirely. erin.yoder@temple.edu



October 29, 1965: Cecil B. Moore, a 1953 law alumnus and president of Philadelphia’s branch of the NAACP, called for Temple to establish a mortgage company for residents displaced through eminent domain, which allows the government to buy private property for government use. The university was planning to use the acquired properties for campus expansion. “The university only pays the bare minimum for the property,” Moore said. In 1965, Moore also was influential in protests against segregation at Girard College. The first protests started in May and ended in December. Girard College was finally desegregated in 1968. The Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, a racial equality activist group, have been meeting with SEPTA officials to discuss a memorial for Moore at the Cecil B. Moore subway station. The discussion started with the university’s “Take Charge” branding that decorated the station in 2015. The Freedom Fighters would like the memorial to teach about Moore and his importance to the civil rights movement in Philadelphia.


No longer hiding: Finding strength in the statistics A student discusses her sexual assault and how she decided to stop playing into the stigma that surrounds it.


used to joke about being a statistic. Self-deprecation has always come naturally to me in a lot of different ways, like how I handle breakups, but you wouldn’t think I’d try to find humor in someone assaulting me. One in five women will be sexually assaulted in college, according to a 2015 report from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. More than 50 percent of college sexual assaults happen in August, September, October or November, and students in their first and second semesters of college are at a higher risk of sexual assault than others, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Less than one week into my freshman year — before I had even taken my first class — I was sexually assaulted. It was by someone I knew. Someone I thought might become a friend. I can still recall his Johnson Hall dorm room. We were sitting on his bed and listening to music when he abruptly shut the computer screen. There was silence, and then he forced himself on me. I said “no.” There’s no debating that. I said “no” multiple times, but that didn’t stop him. It took me screaming and pushing him off with all of my strength for him to stop. As a guest in his dorm, I felt

completely trapped. I was able to get out of his room, but I was too scared of getting him — someone who had just committed a sexual crime against me — in trouble. I didn’t know very many people at Temple yet, but that night I was able to make contact with a new friend, who sat with me as I recounted what happened. I remember I couldn’t stop shaking. I hugged myself, acting as my own consoler in a way, but also trying to get rid of the control he had over my body. I slept in a high school acquaintance’s dorm room in Johnson Hall that night. I spared her most of the details. I just told her someone made me uncomfortable, because, in that moment, I felt like telling my side of the story was too complicated. No one was interested in hearing about the freshman who was sexually assaulted days after moving in. “Where did you go?” he asked me the following morning when he signed me out of Johnson Hall. “You made me feel unsafe after I repeatedly told you no,” I managed to whisper. “Oh.” That short-lived conversation is embedded in my memory of that night. His lack of response made me feel like what happened wasn’t a big

By EMILY SCOTT deal, like I shouldn’t take what happened to me so seriously. And so I didn’t. If I played it off as a bad hook up, then it could never be trauma for me.


As my first semester progressed, I found my core group of friends, the

people I consider my best friends to this day. Because we had mutual friends, I often saw my abuser at parties and my friends would even play music at his house shows sometimes. Whenever I saw him, I could feel myself sinking non-consensually into his bed again. But I pretended it didn’t bother me. And with time, I forgot that it even happened, playing into the stigma of shame that surrounds sexual assault. It can be easier to play off sexual assault as “normal” than to get help, because getting help and having someone actively listen to your story is often nuanced and filled with doubt. Last month, Temple partnered with Women Organized Against Rape to open a satellite office on Main Campus, so survivors of sexual assault can visit at any hour of the day. This large and important effort made me start to think about that August day during freshman year again. It took two years for me to understand how much the avoidance of my sexual assault has played into the stigma and victim-blaming linked to the issue within society. I should have reported him to his RA that night. I should have called

Tuttleman Counseling Services the day after. And in the months after, I should have told my friends that it was not OK for them to associate with my abuser. But at this point, I can’t beat myself up for not doing those things, because reporting sexual assault on a college campus is frowned upon at schools across the country — from Baylor University in Waco, Texas to the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, which have both been accused of mishandling sexual assault cases involving their football teams. If more survivors can feel comfortable telling their stories, then there may be less need to treat sexual assault as a taboo topic. It needs to be discussed, and not brushed off in the way I treated my experience. This way, the understanding of “no” and the importance of consent can be at the forefront of the dialogue. There’s strength in being a statistic. I’m not alone, and I never will be. There are hundreds, if not thousands of survivors who walk Main Campus, just like me. Some of them have to face their abuser often, just like me. And this time, I’m no longer hiding from my assault in my own shadow. emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu @emilyivyscott








Tapingo increases service fee for all transactions

Catholic school to relocate near HSC The ground will be broken for Cristo Rey High School later this year. By STEVE BOHNEL For The Temple News

MORGAN HINDMAN FILE PHOTO Students wait in line at Starbucks in the TECH Center in September.

Students noticed a new charge on their normal Tapingo orders last week after the food ordering app Tapingo added a new 59-cent service fee for orders. Tapingo is an app that allows students to place orders with various vendors on and around Main Campus like those in the Student Center Food Court or at Cosí. The new service fee will be deducted from students’ Diamond Dollars if the total cost is more than the equivalent of one meal swipe. This is separate from the existing $2.99 delivery charge and was added last week without most people being aware. “It’s not cheap to set up good service,” said Vivek Wagle, the head of brand and culture for Tapingo. “This helps us to defer costs and maintain good service for students. That’s our number one priority.” Several days after the fee was first charged, Tapingo sent an email to students that said “we wanted to give you a heads up” about the fee. “I didn’t know they’d added a fee,” said Idan Zonshein, a junior neuroscience major who uses Tapingo once or twice a day to avoid waiting in line. He said he’s not sure whether this new fee will affect how much he uses the app. “I wouldn’t mind paying 59 cents to beat the lines and get my food faster,” he added. “I think I noticed the fee last night,” University Studies freshman Max Klemmer said. He uses Tapingo to save time in the morning. “I might use it a little less, but I’ll probably still use it 3 times a week.” Though Tapingo’s contract with the university is through Sodexo, Wagle said that they are committed to working with the university. Tapingo will continue its partnership with Aramark when it becomes the university’s food service provider. - Jacob Garnjost

Aramark to be food provider for 26 Pa. prisons Aramark, an international food services company, has been awarded a three-year contract with 26 Pennsylvania correctional facilities, the Inquirer reported Wednesday. State officials estimated that the new contract, worth an estimated $154 million, will save the state about $16.6 million. It will place Aramark in control of food purchasing, inventory and logistics for the correctional facilities, while the Department of Corrections will have say over menus and staffing. Aramark also recently signed a 15-year contract with Temple in October that will go into effect on May 13. Aramark will replace Sodexo as Temple’s food service provider after a 28-year partnership. Aramark also recently replaced Sodexo as the food service provider at Drexel University.

Just more than three blocks west of the Health Sciences Campus, sits a nearly three-acre lot, covered in dirt, dead grass and other vegetation. But eventually it will be the site of Cristo Rey High School, a Catholic school that now stands about a 10-minute drive north of Temple Hospital Broad Street near Duncannon Avenue. Last year, it graduated its first class of students. This year, all of its seniors were accepted to college. “I’m really stoked about it, I’m happy,” said Sheila Howard, a board member of Tioga United Inc., a nearby residential community organization. “The other thing is it is literally geared toward lowincome, it’s an option … our community doesn’t have a lot of options, and this one is an excellent one.” Admission to Cristo Rey is based on financial need, and those accepted pay most of the approximately $12,000 tuition through work-study programs. Each student participating in this program is assigned to a full-time, professional job where they work one day a week. Philadelphia businesses sponsor these fulltime, professional jobs for the students. Anna Winter, director of communications and community affairs for Cristo Rey, said the school is relocating to allow for a parking lot, a library, an athletic field and other “hallmarks of a high school.” She said ground will be broken at 17th Street and Allegheny Avenue at some point within this year. Other than that, not much else is known. “We own the deed and the land,” she said. “But everything in terms of architecture and similar things are preliminary.” According to the deed, Cristo Rey bought the vacant lot from Zero Two Allegheny LLC for $1.6 million in January 2016. Winter said fundraising footed the bill. Cristo Rey Philadelphia is one of 32 branches of the school throughout the country. The network was founded in Chicago in 1996, and more than 10,000

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Cristo Rey High School will relocate to a plot near Temple’s Health Sciences Campus at 17th Street and Allegheny Avenue.

students attended member schools last year, earning about $44 million through work-study programs. Howard said Tioga United has been heavily involved in the project as well as Councilwoman Cindy Bass, whose district includes the school’s new location. The project is a part of the North District Plan of Philadelphia2035, a citywide development initiative, she added. The new spot for the school is about three blocks away from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. Tioga neighborhood residents were positive about the news. Sean Jackson, 44, hopes Cristo Rey

will allow low-income kids to attend. “People who live here are below poverty [levels],” said Jackson, who lives near 20th and Westmoreland streets. “So it’s tough for us to go, but a school is always a positive thing.” Antonio Reed, a SEPTA worker who lives near Lippincott Street and Park Avenue, said the school is a vital addition to the neighborhood. “If it’s about learning, I’m all about it,” said Reed, 35. “As long as you’re not on the streets, it’s a good thing.” steve.bohnel@temple.edu @Steve_Bohnel

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Judge dismisses defamation suit against Cosby A defamation lawsuit against former Temple trustee Bill Cosby was dismissed by a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday. The suit was filed by actress Katherine McKee, who alleged Cosby raped her in 1974, according to CNN. McKee first claimed Cosby had sexually assaulted her in an article in the New York Daily News in 2014. Cosby later wrote a letter to the paper, claiming the allegations to be false. It wasn’t until 2015 that she filed the defamation lawsuit seeking punitive and monetary damages. The suit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni, who ruled that McKee had not provided enough evidence that Cosby defamed her simply by denying the sexual assault allegations, CNN reported. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. The first person to accuse Cosby of sexual assault was in 2004 by former Temple employee Andrea Constand. Cosby is set to stand trial on June 5 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania for a criminal trial against Constand’s allegations. - Gillian McGoldrick

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MICHELLE GOLDSBOROUGH FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Members of the Stadium Stompers stop traffic at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in protest of Temple’s proposed on-campus football stadium.

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STADIUM “It was beautiful, renderings usually are,” Collins said in December. “They’re really nice and I thought the location, the way they’ve structured the view so that you can see downtown Philadelphia, I thought it was an ideal setup.” He added that an on-campus stadium would be “huge” for the future of the program. The prospect of a stadium has been met with pushback from the Stadium Stompers, a group of students and North Philadelphia residents who have held protests around Main Campus over the past year. About 20 of the group’s members protested on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Wednesday, blocking

traffic in jest of the traffic analysis that was part of the feasibility study. “I think the university has paid about a million dollars to do a traffic study, and we’re saying that we’re going to do one for you for free,” the Rev. William B. Moore, of the Tenth Memorial Baptist Church, said before the demonstration. The protesters chanted as drivers honked their horns and were redirected by police. The Stadium Stompers were there more to disrupt traffic than to conduct a traffic study, said Kenneth Johnson, a community resident and Stadium Stompers member. “This is how it will be if there is a stadium,” Johnson said. “Traffic will be much worse than this if there is a stadium.” After the demonstration, Jacqueline Wiggins, a member of the Stadium Stompers, said that the organization’s next ob-

jective is to speak to President Richard Englert about their opposition to the stadium. Last March, Moody Nolan met with residents who live in the immediate vicinity of the projected site of the stadium at 16th and Norris streets. The firm had also visited campus to speak to residents and observe the flow of people on a weekend. Moore said he’s worried that the impact of the stadium will not stop at the end of the football season. “It’s more than having football games here because they only play 10 to 12 games a year,” he said. “You cannot build a venue of that size and be profitable without having other venues there.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews Evan Easterling and Gillian McGoldrick contributed reporting.

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Alumna strives to keep art ‘mighty’ through grants Erica Hawthorne-Manon’s nonprofit provides micro-grants to Philadelphia artists. By ANGELA GERVASI For The Temple News


ore than a decade ago, Erica Hawthorne-Manon headed into a coffeehouse in search of a comfortable study spot. Instead, she encountered lush velvet sofas, deep conversation, African-American murals and the drifting sound of local music. Hawthorne-Manon, a 2005 master’s of African American studies alumna, said the coffee shop, called Crimson Moon, was a haven that first exposed her to Philadelphia’s pulsating art

scene. “It was a coffee shop, but it was a hub,” Hawthorne-Manon said about the cafe at 20th and Sansom streets. “Like, you could literally come from anywhere and visit Philly and say, ‘you know, I want to find out where the open mics are.’” Now, Hawthorne-Manon not only actively follows Philadelphia’s art, but she also nurtures it. Since 2012, her nonprofit organization Small But Mighty Arts has provided local artists — from photographers to fashion designers — with some of the resources they need. SBMA endows artists with grants in amounts between $150 and $1,000. While

smaller than a typical grant, the money is transferred to the artist sooner than many other grants, about two months after the application deadline. For Pamela Hetherington, a professional tap dancer who owns the company Take It Away Dance, those funds arrived at the perfect time. Hetherington, who organizes free community dance classes, was searching for financial support when she received a congratulatory call from SBMA. “I just, like, dropped the phone,” Hetherington said. “I just didn’t think anybody cared about tap, you know, or like, what I was doing.” Filmmaker Brittany Rafalak needed similar

resources while working on a graduate thesis at the New School in New York City. She commuted to New York City from Philadelphia, looking to find an audition space for her film. The speediness of the grant, which usually reaches artists about two months after the application deadline, encouraged Rafalak to apply. “When there’s really big grants, it’s a lesser chance of getting it because everybody wants it,” Rafalak said. She went on to put the grant toward “Consumption,” her fiction film about food and society.


ELENA IWATA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Erica Hawthorne-Manon, a 2005 master’s of African American studies alumna, operates her nonprofit organization Small But Mighty Arts out of CultureWorks, a collective office space in Center City.

More students becoming ‘sugar babies’ Some students are dating older partners in exchange for allowances or gifts.

Some students and professors think one month can’t sum up Black history.

By ALEXIS ANDERSON For The Temple News At first, Victoria only needed a “quick hundred bucks” to fix her broken cell phone. Her parents wouldn’t give her the money and the typical job application process was too slow, she said. The freshman social work major’s solution was to become a “sugar baby.” Sugar babies are young adults who agree to provide companionship and other services to older partners, called “sugar daddies” or “sugar mommas.” To connect with sugar daddies, Victoria created an account on the website SeekingArrangement.com. The site allows sugar babies to view sugar daddies’ profiles and exchange messages. As of Feb. 9, Temple had 1,068

Exploring narratives of Black history

By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A freshman communications major has been with the same “sugar daddy” in the city since October. She says he gave her a credit card, which she uses mostly to buy jewelry, lingerie and drugs in exchange for her companionship.

students registered on the site, ranking it fifth overall users among U.S. universities. Temple is also number one for the most new sign-ups in 2016 with 296 new members, according to Alexis Germany, the website’s public relations specialist. SeekingArrangment differs from traditional dating websites in that it encourages couples to treat the relationships as business arrangements.

Right away, sugar daddies or mommas explain what they want from the babies, who decide what they are willing to do and what they expect as payment. Germany wrote in an email that the site is “geared for people who want to engage in mutually beneficial relationships” that can “vary from


For Sharon Washington, there is more to African-American history than Martin Luther King Jr. Washington, a public health professor, will show her classes a series of documentaries that relate to African-American history on Feb. 23 and March 2 in Ritter Hall’s Walk Auditorium. Such documentaries will include “The Human Zoo,” a TV mini-series that uncovers psychological dynamics between people who do not know they are being filmed, and “13th,” a film that illustrates the racial inequality of mass incar-

ceration in the U.S. “I hope to generate the start of a conversation and reflection on a group of historically marginalized people,” Washington said. In recognition of Black History Month, many organizations on Main Campus are hosting events to celebrate African-American history and culture. Other organizations on Main Campus are also hoping to use Black History Month to spark a conversation about AfricanAmerican history. Temple Black Law Student Association’s graduate chapter, is hosting an event on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Moot Court Room in Klein Hall. The event, called “BLSA: Minority Report II, will invite faculty and the student body to talk about law school, careers and politics. The Black & Brown Coali-






Temple Music Preparatory Division will benefit from a $2.53 million grant to create more scholarships for its students.

A senior mathematics major uses his knowledge of the subject to practice a 17th-century English art form called change ringing.

Cornelius Moody works with students and North Philadelphia residents to protest against the proposed on-campus stadium.

Grace Ma started the Center for Asian Health nearly two decades ago to help Asian Americans improve their health.




Grant to increase access to classical music education The $2.53 million grant will assist Temple Music Preparatory Divison. By MARISSA HOWE For The Temple News A girl in the back row of the string ensemble quietly raised her hand on Feb. 11 and asked for help tuning her violin. To help her, Adam Barth, a senior music education major and an intern at Temple Music Preparatory Division, walked past students ages 6 through 13 holding violins, violas and cellos with their folders open to “When The Saints Go Marching In.” He was filling in for the ensemble’s usual conductor. This ensemble is part of the Philadelphia String Project, a program in the Music Prep Division. The program, in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, offers music instruction to students from preschool through high school in Philadelphia, including music theory lessons, individual instrumental lessons and string, wind, brass and jazz ensembles. Temple Music Prep is a member organization of the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth, a collective of 15 music education groups in the Philadelphia area that was established in 2012. In early February, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an organization that funds the arts and humanities, awarded a $2.53 million grant to PMAY to increase access to affordable classical music education in Philadelphia. Mark Huxsoll, the executive director of Music Prep, said the program now serves between 230 and 250 students every week from about 90 different schools in the city. “It brings kids from all across the city together who otherwise might not have the access to instruction, but can get that on the Temple campus,” he said. “The Mellon funding that will come to us, our share of that, will help us create scholarships for some

of these students,” Huxsoll said. “After a point, there needs to be a certain amount of input from higher-level faculty and involvement in programs that maybe they couldn’t afford previously and we couldn’t afford to place them in without this kind of grant.” The program funded by the Mellon grant, called the PMAY Artists’ Initiative, aims to recruit about 75 new music students by Summer 2017. Melissa Douglas, the coordinator of Music Prep’s Community Music

Scholars Program, said about twothirds of Music Prep’s faculty members are graduate students. Working for the program provides them with educational experience and allows them to see the musical growth and development of the children they instruct, she added. “The thing I notice is that as more time goes on, the more pride and ownership the kids take over their ensemble and their sound,” Barth said. “That’s been really fun to

watch.” Carol Williams’ granddaughter is a student at James R. Ludlow School, a public school in North Philadelphia, and has been playing the cello for four years. She is also part of a string ensemble at Music Prep. Williams, the principal of the Ludlow School, said the program “really helped build [her granddaughter’s] love for the instrument and her eagerness to participate.” “Like the quote from Dr. Con-

By MORIAH THOMAN For The Temple News To explain the relationship between math and change ringing, Paul Heinsdorf walked up to a chalkboard and began writing out permutations. Permutations — which are the basis of the notes in change ringing — are the ways that number sets can be arranged. Each number is assigned to a bell and the order of numbers tells the participant which bell to ring. Change ringing is the art of pulling ropes to ring bells in different arrangements with a group of people. This practice originated in 17th-century England when it became a popular hobby. The English held competitions to see which group could perform the most enjoyable sounds, according to the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association’s website. “This is heavily mathematics, but this is the wrong way to think about it.” said Heinsdorf, a senior mathematics major. “When I’m in the tower, I end up thinking about it like that, and that always keeps you stuck in whatever permutation you need to be on, but what you’re really doing is looking to see who you’re following at every particular spot.” Heinsdorf was born in Cleveland and moved to Philadelphia in 1989. When he was in grade school, his features@temple-news.com

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MARGO REED FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students from the Temple Music Preparatory Division’s Community Scholars Program rehearsed in Presser Hall on Feb. 11. Temple Music Prep is part of the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth, which recently received a $2.53 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make classical music programs more accessible in the city.

Using math to practice century-old art Paul Heinsdorf is a change ringer at bell towers in Philadelphia.

well, the founder of Temple, ‘You’ve got to look for the acres of diamonds in your own backyard,’” Huxsoll said. “And that’s what we think we’re doing, that all of these children are Dr. Conwell’s diamonds that we’re gathering from our own backyard and taking care of them at Temple.”

mother started change ringing after she inquired about the art form at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill. Soon after, around age 11, he joined her in the bell tower. Now, at 34 years old, he has been ringing on and off since then. Ringing often appeals to people with technical degrees in mathematics, engineering and physics. But it is not limited to the mathematically or musically inclined, Heinsdorf said. He added that people don’t have to be religious to get into change ringing, just patient. “It’s just a matter of time,” Heinsdorf said. “It doesn’t require a whole lot of strength, it requires the dedication … to make sure that you can develop the muscle memory. It’s like the piano. You can practice the piano, but if you don’t like to play then what’s the point?” Unlike the piano, change ringing doesn’t use musical notes. Ringers write and follow a sequence of numbers, which can be arranged in different ways. In January, Heinsdorf ’s church held its annual Quarter Peal Weekend. Change ringers traveled from as far as England to attempt a quarter peal, a technique that takes about 45 minutes to complete. A peal is defined as anything over 5,000 changes, which are the transitions between each sequence of every bell striking once. “At Quarter Peal Weekend, there are a lot of things that people can’t ring in their own churches because they don’t have enough people that know certain things,” said Bruce Butler, the president of The North American Guild


of Change Ringers, which organized the event. Heinsdorf said there aren’t many opportunities to get people from all kinds of professions and walks of life to come together to engage in an activity like this. Because it requires cooperation and working together to pull the ropes, change ringing has a strong community, Heinsdorf said. For many ringers, change ringing ran in the family. They began because their parents rung and their grandparents rung. Heinsdorf said some change ringers have ancestry that can trace back to the art’s origins in England. “There’s the social aspect, the mental aspect, the physical aspect,” Butler said. “Once you learn to ring, you can go into almost any tower in the world and announce yourself as a ringer and you’ll be made more than welcome.” Butler has rung in more than 3,000 churches all over the world, including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, every bell tower in Australia and South Africa and all 52 of the North American bell towers. The community of ringers drew Heinsdorf back to the bell tower in Chestnut Hill over time, when he had the availability. For him, it’s a social group like any other, except it’s based around a lesser-known activity. “It’s something that otherwise, we’d be missing,” Heinsdorf said. “You do it because, if it wasn’t there, it’d be missing and if you don’t do it, nobody else will.” moriah.thoman@temple.edu

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A career of advocating for the ‘taboo’ topics After struggling with her identity, Bernie Newman became a social worker. By CARR HENRY For The Temple News As a teacher in rural Virginia during the 1970s, Bernie Newman saw bright children falling behind in school due to unstable conditions at home. She knew she had to act. “I saw these beautiful babies that were in families where ... the mother was being beaten up by the partner or the children were being neglected,” Newman said. “It just made me feel like I had to learn more.” Newman went on to earn her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. Four years later, she became a social work professor at Temple. Newman is currently the interim chair of the School of Social Work, and she researches issues faced by domestic violence survivors and people in the LGBTQ community — two groups she said are often overlooked. She also works as a clinical therapist at People “R” Us, a group home in North Philadelphia for children who can’t be placed in a regular foster home due to issues like substance use or mental health disorders. Before the home opened its doors to 20 children in December 2015, Newman spent two years working with its founders to develop a therapeutic program to treat children who have dealt with sexual abuse, domestic violence and mental health disorders. “The clock doesn’t matter to her, whoever is in front of her and meeting her at that moment is where she is,” said Melinda Moskal, the residential therapist at People “R” Us. “She’s sat with kids in the hospital all night, gone out of the way to make sure they get to talk to their parents on their birthday and made sure that their case manager was doing what they were supposed to be doing.” Moskal, a 2014 master’s of social work alumna, had Newman as a professor and began working at the home when it opened. “I always find myself looking to her, you know, when I just need a reminder of why I’m in this field and to see someone who really embraces the field of social work,” Moskal said. Newman is currently analyzing the results of her most recent study, which explored new ways to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in domestic abuse survivors. Newman said she wants to develop a discussion-based approach as an alternative to conventional therapy for PTSD,

which forces patients to confront their trauma without allowing them to heal at their own pace. “I think it’s very hard for people to spread themselves out and to pay attention to all areas, [like] teaching, practice and research, but Bernie’s one of the people that does it and does it very well,” said Paul Dannenfelser, a social work instructor who has known Newman since 1994 and collaborated with her on the new study. Her experiences growing up inspired her to study, teach and practice social work. Newman said she always felt out of place as a Jewish girl growing up in Midland, Pennsylvania, a small town of about 2,600 people — especially in high school when she suffered from anorexia and struggled with her identity as a lesbian. “I thought something was wrong with me, and I had all this energy that couldn’t be expressed,” she said. “I didn’t want other girls to grow up like that and I want young LGBT folks to feel good about themselves.” Newman said homosexuality was still “taboo” and misunderstood in some parts of the United States when she was young. At 23 years old, she joined the gay rights movement by protesting in Washington D.C. Since then, she has dedicated much of her professional life to improving social work care for LGBTQ people, including a collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education. The national organization encourages social work education programs to integrate comprehensive lessons about the LGBTQ community into social work curricula across the country. The 2015 Supreme Court decision finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional was a major victory for Newman. She said she never expected it to happen during her lifetime, and after she spent 30 years with her partner Katherine Bezak and raised their son Eric together, the couple was finally married in August 2015. “After working with someone who is very troubled, it’s wonderful to have someone like Katherine to come home to and support me when I’m taking some of it home with me,” Newman said. Although she acknowledged fieldwork can be emotionally taxing, Newman said it’s important to keep moving forward. Next, she hopes to work more with transgender individuals. “I know I don’t change very much, but to have at least some sense of not just sitting by and doing nothing is really important,” Newman said. “There’s lots of work to be done still.” carr.henry@temple.edu

ASH LAVACCA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Bernie Newman is the interim chair of the School of Social Work and a clinical therapist at a group home in North Philadelphia for children who can’t be placed in a foster home, due to substance use or mental health disorders. Newman helped open a breastfeeding lounge in Ritter Annex in October.






Cupid’s Undie Run takes over South Philly event complex The seventh annual Cupid’s Undie Run brought an estimated 800 runners in their underwear to the streets of South Philadelphia on Saturday. Participants arrived at XFINITY Live! at noon to start the day. Cheers erupted outside of the venue as the “undie run” began at 2 p.m. Runners were encouraged to take the mile-long course at their own pace. The run occurs in 38 cities nationwide in February, with the goal of raising $7 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The foundation focuses on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to form in the spinal cord, brain and nerves. According to its website, participants run in their underwear to symbolize that people with NF “can’t cover up their tumors.” The Philadelphia event raised more than $207,000. Continued from Page 7

ARRANGEMENTS platonic mentorships to marriage.” While every relationship on the site adheres to different terms, sugar babies are typically taken out on expensive dates or trips and given money allowances or gifts. A sugar baby’s obligations can range from simply spending time with a sugar daddy to engaging in sexual activities with them. Victoria typically goes on dates with men in exchange for cash or bottles of alcohol. “You have to be assertive,” Victoria said. “You just have to be like, ‘I need $100 in cash upfront if you want to see me.’ Meet them in a public

place, go to a restaurant. I’ve gotten lunch with some and the worst I ever had to do was make out with one in his car.” Ally, a freshman communications major who joined SeekingArrangement last summer, often receives $200 to $300 for going on dinner dates with her sugar daddies. One of Ally’s sugar daddies, who lived in Indiana, was interested in having sex with her. He flew Ally and a friend to Indianapolis, booked them a room in a five-star hotel for the weekend, took the girls out to restaurants and gave Ally $600 spending money. She said she ultimately decided not to sleep with him. “Even though there’s money involved, it’s not like you can’t say no,”

Ally said. “[Sugar daddies] can spend however much they want on you, they can give you everything you want, everything you desire, but you’re still allowed to say no. It’s a really fun, interesting power balance, because the [sugar daddies are] older and they

Even though there’s money involved, it’s not like you can’t say no. Ally Freshman communications major

have more money, but you’re the one in control.” “You’re trying to sell a product, but the product is yourself,” Ally added.

While it’s odd to put a price on her time and energy, Ally said her work as a sugar baby has ultimately bolstered her confidence. “It’s helped me become a lot more comfortable with myself, because I never really liked my body,” Ally said. “I got bullied a lot for it in high school, so to have these older men think I’m beautiful and treat me as such is really empowering.” Victoria, on the other hand, says flirting with older men is “taxing on the body and the soul,” because she doesn’t enjoy spending time with these men and is purely in it for the money. Aside from the draw of extra spending money, Ally said word-ofmouth has created interest among Temple students in SeekingArrange-

ment. The office of the Dean of Students declined to comment on the number of Temple students using the site. Ally said with the influx of Temple students using SeekingArrangement, she hopes people don’t jump to the conclusion that all sugar babies are sex-workers. “I know a lot of sugar babies are judged because [people think], ‘Oh, that’s just being a prostitute for older men,’” Ally said. “And maybe you can be a prostitute for older men, but you don’t have to. It’s all up to you. There’s so much power and personal choice in being a sugar baby.” alexis.s.anderson@temple.edu


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Student stresses organizing, then protesting Cornelius Moody serves on a committee for the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice. By HENRY SAVAGE For The Temple News Cornelius Moody was inspired by Ramona Africa in 2015. The senior neuroscience major first heard her speak at a University of Pennsylvania event about the 1985 police bombing of MOVE, a former West Philadelphia Black liberation and ecology organization. Africa is a survivor of the MOVE bombing, which occurred after tensions rose between the organization and Philadelphia Police. On May 13, 1985, the police dropped a bomb on Osage Avenue near 62nd Street, causing a fire, which burned down two city blocks and left 11 people dead, five of them children. The events that Africa described were never taught in Moody’s 12 years of public school education in Philadelphia, he said. “That immediately changed how I thought of the policing system,” he said. “I was under the impression that the police were nice and they’re here to protect you. What nice police drop a bomb on a residential neighborhood?” “Simply listening to people who have these sort of experiences was enough to

guide how I really felt about things,” he added. Moody, who grew up in South Philadelphia, said he was not fully aware of the complicated system in which he lived. As a young student, he said he encountered “extreme school policing, underfunding of schools” and saw an uneven distribution of resources in the School District of Philadelphia. He now sits on the steering committee for the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice, a grassroots organization that focuses on racial, economic and legal justice reform through community outreach and political education. He is also an active supporter of The Stadium Stompers and participated in the organization’s “Traffic Study” protest Wednesday at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Moody also supports Fight for $15 PA and the North Philadelphia chapter of Food Not Bombs, which shares food that would otherwise be thrown out with the public, regardless of status. The organization also hands out free meals at protests and events. Moody said he wasn’t always so politically active, and at the start he was often misdirected. “I went from not really knowing about what’s happening and thinking protesting was the way to answer things, to immediately seeing how organizing is important to get a better idea of what needs to be

MICHELLE GOLDSBOROUGH FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Cornelius Moody, a senior neuroscience major, voiced concerns about the proposed on-campus stadium during a Stadium Stompers “Traffic Study” protest at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Wednesday.

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ART “Artists are just trying to figure out how to expand their audience beyond just the people, your friends and family and if we can support them in doing that, all the better,” Hawthorne-Manon said. As a writer and actress, she is familiar with the struggles of making projects come to fruition. Hawthorne-Manon, a Kansas City, Kansas native, moved to Minneapolis in 2001 and discovered spoken-word poetry. Craving a city with a faster pace, Hawthorne-Manon left the Midwest to pursue a master’s degree in Philadelphia in 2003. Soon after arriving here, she embedded herself into the art community and fell into rhythm with life on the East Coast. “You can come here and you can make and you can create what you want,” she said. “And that’s what Philadelphia and my time at Temple represented for me.” She began performing in open mics for the October Gallery in Germantown, which showcased African-American art, and Black Lily, a women’s arts initiative that often hosted performances at World Cafe Live. Inspired by Philadelphia’s music scene, Hawthorne-Manon released

“Spoke Inward” — a spoken-word album — in 2006. While a solo album, the work features local artists and musicians Hawthorne-Manon met along the way. “There were times in the studio where I needed background vocalists and there were, like, three of my poetry colleagues or friends, and we were making it happen,” Hawthorne-Manon said. “But that’s how it happens here.” She went on to co-found Spoken Soul 215, an initially small artists’ collective that now hosts Harvest Open Mic, one of the city’s largest performances of its kind, at World Cafe Live. Hawthorne-Manon said the longer she stayed in Philadelphia, the more she noticed a city in artistic flux. “I joke and say I came at the time of the party, that stage where the party was kind of transitioning and ending,” she said. The coffee shop that had once enraptured Hawthorne eventually closed down. The October Gallery moved out of its Old City location. While Black Lily continues as an arts organization today, the venue that once hosted its shows — the Five Spot — shut down after a fire in 2007. But with those endings, HawthorneManon noticed new beginnings — the “emerging, up-and-coming” artists, she said, who are keeping Philadelphia cre-

changed, and how people can approach changing it,” Moody said. In April 2015, Moody experienced political activism for the first time during REAL Justice’s “Philly is Baltimore” event, a solidarity march with Baltimore protests of the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. Since joining REAL Justice, Moody has participated in protests against police brutality and in Black Lives Matter protests. He can often be seen leading chants and demonstrations at protests, like this past summer’s BLM protest, where Moody rode on the back of a U-Haul truck and led the crowd with a megaphone. “The biggest thing I learned is seeing the force of opposition I’ve never seen before,” Moody said. “Because there is a different class of experience when you’re not challenging people’s power.” Wende Marshall, an adjunct anthropology and Intellectual Heritage professor, is a Stadium Stompers organizer who works closely with Moody. She said students should think about how the football stadium will affect the residential community. “Students should go to protests, write to the Board of Trustees and city officials to show their non-support for the stadium,” Marshall said. “Student support is crucial, if students don’t want the stadium, it will never happen.” Moody believes protesting within permitted legal guidelines should not be resisted, but instead should be celebrated because of the First Amendment’s right to assemble. “The police will be really nice to you, or Temple is really nice to you as long as you ask for things that they’re okay with giving you,” Moody said. “When you ask for something, like not having a football stadium on campus or you ask for full accountability for the murder of Joyce Quaweay, then they tend to get a lot more resistant.” Moody said he intends to seek accountability for the 2016 murder of Quaweay, who was assaulted and murdered in her home by two former Temple police officers, in front of her two daughters. There was a protest related to the cause on Feb. 17 at Thomas Paine Plaza titled “Black Resistance: Against Police Terror and State Repression.” He added that Temple students should become more involved and take ownership of the community they live in through organizations like Stadium Stompers. “Not just to work with the organization, but to gain easy connections with other groups and movements the local community actually support,” he said. “If you’re paying tuition to Temple and you’re not holding the university accountable on what they spend your money on, then you’re, like, partly responsible for that.” henry.savage@temple.edu

ative. “I’m really hopeful about where [the scene is] going ... what’s happening and the kind of work that creatives in Philadelphia are doing,” she said. While she had never organized a nonprofit before, Hawthorne-Manon said a combination of persistence, creativity and partnerships helped SBMA materialize. A grant from the Knight Foundation and a partnership with CultureWorks also helped. “For every program and every project, I feel like I’m creating something,” Hawthorne-Manon said. For Hetherington, SBMA’s grant propelled her forward into bigger projects. While her professional company performs at landmarks like City Hall and the Reading Terminal Market, her community classes now receive funding from the city and the state, making tap dance accessible to those who can’t afford classes. Hawthorne-Manon and her mission, Hetherington said, have helped fuel live arts like hers in Philadelphia. “She’s part of the reason that the art scene is so vibrant, I truly believe [in] the last few years,” Hetherington said. “She’s just the forefront.” angela.gervasi@temple.edu



College of Engineering to host multicultural Q&A On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the College of Engineering will host a multicultural Q&A panel, “Insights on Successful Career for Minorities in STEM.” The panel is part of the college’s National Engineers Week programming, which includes other talks, activities and demonstrations about different types of engineering, like civil engineering, robotics and automotive engineering. The Q&A will feature STEM professionals like Ricky Venters from Johns Hopkins University’s engineering department and Joseph Warrick, an electrical engineer at Burns Engineering, a consulting company in Center City. -Erin Moran

Tyler hosts exhibit as part of awareness week events There will be a pop-up exhibit in the atrium of Tyler School of Art from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. “The Art of Recovery” is a collection of work by women in recovery from eating disorders. Presentations will be given during the event by Sondra Rosenberg at 2 and 3 p.m. Rosenberg is the director of art therapy at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. -Grace Shallow

Criminal justice forum to be held in the SERC On Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., there will be a forum about the past, present and future of criminal justice policy in Room 110B of the Science Education and Research Center. Caterina Roman, a criminal justice professor, will be joined on the panel by Evan Sorg from Rowan University and Marsha Levick, the co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center — a nonprofit that promotes judicial fairness and access to legal services for youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems which is headquartered in Philadelphia. -Grace Shallow

Alumnus’ film to be screened in TPAC At 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Temple Performing Arts Center, there will be a screening of “Service to Man,” a film co-directed by Aaron Greer, a 2002 film and media arts alumnus. The film features two students who struggle to find their place at an all-black medical school in Nashville during the 1960s. Before the movie, there will be a gathering at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments and live music played by Boyer College of Music and Dance students. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. The screening is part of the Diamond Screen Film Series as part of the department of Film and Media Arts. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Greer, lead actors, and will be moderated by Film and Media Arts Department Chair Jeffrey Rush. -Moriah Thoman

Alumnus leads design event at WeWork Jude Buffum, a 2001 graphic arts and design alumnus, will lead a “Drink and Draw” event at WeWork, a coworking space in Northern Liberties, on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is sponsored by AIGA Philadelphia, the local chapter for the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Buffum will start the event with a short presentation, which will be followed by drawing and socializing with other designers. Games, paper, pencils and drinks will be provided. Registration is required and free for all AIGA members. It is $20 for all non-members. -Grace Shallow







Working to reduce health disparities Grace Ma aims to decrease health issues among Asian Americans. By QUANG DO For The Temple News

How do Black History Month events on campus compare to your high school’s events?

CHI-CHI ANEMELU Senior Mechanical Engineering

I’m actually not really familiar with the events going on on campus in regards to Black History Month. I don’t know where I can see that information that’s been around, but I’m not familiar with it. But in high school we didn’t really do a lot for Black History Month. I would [like to see more], but I guess I’m just not familiar with things that they’re doing. Maybe I haven’t looked around for it, but I would definitely like to see a lot of stuff going on for Black History Month because I feel like that’s important.

Grace Ma developed her passion for health care while living in China and observing her parents work in the medical field. Now, she works to reduce health disparities, which are preventable health issues that can occur because of lack of resources or social barriers — like a certain group being able to afford better health insurance. She works with underrepresented populations around the world as the associate dean of the health disparities program and a clinical sciences professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Ma is also the founding director of the Center for Asian Health at Temple. She founded the center in 2000 to address “the needs from the community and the growing population of Asian Americans,” she said. “They have culture and language barriers, access barriers in health care,” Ma added. “So that prevents and prohibits them from seeking health care regularly, putting their health at risk.” Many Asian people who come to the United States are unfamiliar with western health care and insurance systems, Ma said, which contributes to those barriers. In 2015, Ma received a Laura H. Carnell professorship, an award that honors faculty members who stand out in research, scholarship, the creative arts or teaching. In the Center for

Asian Health, Ma focuses on community-based participatory research and patient-centered outcomes research, so that patients develop health care practices that work best for them. “We are not just doing research in the lab, but we are doing research with the people and for the people,” she said. “We don’t want a one-size-fits-all program.” Ma focuses on intervention, prevention, early detection and operating screening programs for certain types of cancer, like breast, liver, colorectal and lung cancer, as well as chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, many of which have higher incidence and mortality rates among Asian Americans. The center has expanded to serve other underserved populations with similar health concerns, like African Americans and Latinos. By giving more clinical trials, therapy and medication to diverse communities, the program gives more people access to health care and tackles diseases more comprehensively, Ma said. Ma’s research at the center also focuses on global health, especially in China. She added that learning about health care in China helped her to better understand immigrants’ needs in the United States. Yin Tan, the associate director of community programs at the center, said community engagement and partnerships are important for the center. The center works with community leaders at churches to educate communities about health care and works to include nutritional guidelines in Asian supermarkets around the city. Tan said the center started with 15 partners in 2000 and has since grown to 380, creating a large network on the East Coast from New York to Virginia.

More than 80 programs have been implemented in collaboration with community leaders, like community-needs assessments to identify potential ways to help and pilot studies, which are smaller-scale studies meant to act as a test before a large-scale research project. Aisha Bhimla, a third-year kinesiology doctoral candidate, has been a research assistant and part of the mentorship program at the center since 2015. Bhimla said Ma is her mentor. “I like that the goal of the center is to reduce health disparities,” Bhimla said. “People say that Asians are healthy, but they are actually not. They don’t look at differences in Asian groups, but they put us into one category.” Bhimla said many Asian people are at risk of diabetes, but many people overlook that risk because of the stereotype that Asian people are thin. Ma said the scope of her work is expanding because she is trying to serve more underrepresented populations. “We are part of the endeavor in making this effort moving forward,” Tan said. Ma said she aims to continue promoting the awareness of health disparities in colleges, institutions and diverse communities in her role at the center and as a professor. “We want to use whatever models that have been successful to adapt and transport to other underserved populations, even beyond Asians,” she said. “We need advance the science to increase the quality of health and also the quality of care.” quang.duc.do@temple.edu

EBONEE JACKSON Freshman Business

Well for my high school [John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey], I feel like they didn’t do much to really show Black History Month, but I feel like being in college, it’s definitely a bigger step. You notice it more and it’s more appreciated. It was recognized [in high school] but it wasn’t as widely recognized as Temple recognizes Black History Month. I saw a few events, not as many as I thought I would, but just seeing the few events occur at Temple, it’s really good because Temple’s very diverse and it signifies it everywhere.

RANDY MALVOISIN Freshman Engineering

Actually I’ve never really been a fan of Black History Month because I feel like, all the years of slavery have earned us one month. It feels like people are trying to make up for it, but that’s not what we want. We want equality. We don’t want to be treated like a special cause because we’re not. We’re all people. So I’ve never really been a fan of Black History Month. I see Black people celebrate it, I see why Black people feel the need to celebrate it to show our culture, but I’ve just never been a fan. But I’ve seen enough Black History stuff on campus, I think that should be enough. features@temple-news.com

YUAN GONG FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Grace Ma, the founding director of the Center for Asian Health and associate dean of health disparities program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, focuses on community-based participatory research and patient-centered outcomes research.

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HISTORY tion invited Regina Jennings, a former member of the Black Panther Party, to discuss her experience with students on Feb. 13 in Morgan Hall, while the Black Student Union has posted daily facts about Black History Month on Twitter. “These events are important,” said Reginald Streater, president of BSLA and a second-year law student. “But they should be used, along with Black History Month, to start a year-long, more reflective conversation about Black history.” Washington said Black history is so long and complex that it couldn’t possibly be understood in one month, or even one year. Black History Month can make it easier for people to address a long history of discrimination, Washington said, but oftentimes people would rather recognize Black history through the achievements of prominent figures like Martin Luther King Jr. “We dehumanize these figures, and

Black History Month is now viewed as a ceremony rather than a way of life,” Streater said. “If we don’t view them as people, how could we relate to our own history?” Streater believes that every aspect of African-American history should be taught more in depth, from slavery to segregation and the current battle for equal rights. “African-American history should be taught in terms of the good, the bad and the ugly, not just in terms of the good that prominent figures have done,” Streater said. “It would be ideal if African-American history was viewed in the same light as the American Civil War.” Washington said after she shows the documentaries to her classes, she hopes to start a discussion about how African Americans felt during times of segregation and relate that to how African Americans deal with discrimination today. “We need to make Black history relatable to the current population so that we can have a different conversation about that history,” Washington

said. Streater added that part of the month’s discussion should include modern African-American community residents who fight for equal rights, including Black-affiliated organizations on Main Campus. “There are people making a difference at the grassroots level and they are not always recognized,” Streater said. “Black History Month should also be used as a vehicle to address the work they are doing.” Despite his critiques of the Black History Month narrative, Streater said that it is a month rooted in good intention and that it’s a good start toward a deeper reflection of African-American history. But it’s only the start of what must be a longer conversation, Washington said. “The Black community has a rich and important history,” Washington said. “One that we should be proud of.” patrick.bilow@temple.edu

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Transfer Micek faces former team Sophomore epee Ally Micek came to Temple this year after transferring from Ohio State University. By TOM IGNUDO Fencing Beat Reporter When Ally Micek walked into the Northwestern Duals, it was nerve-wracking. Micek, a sophomore Ohio State University transfer, was getting ready to fence not only her former team, but also her old roommate. Some awkward looks were exchanged, and Micek’s best friend and teammate, freshman epee Camille Simmons, pulled her over to hype her up before going on the strip. Once Micek got on the strip, she

I wanted to prove that I transferred for the right reasons. Ally Micek Sophomore epee

transformed into the fencer Simmons told her she was, as she won 5-0 against her former roommate and teammate,

Buckeyes sophomore epee Emma von Dadelszen. “I transferred for certain reasons, so I felt like I wanted to prove that I transferred for the right reasons,” Micek said. Micek had a 37-19 record at Ohio State as a freshman. But Micek felt like she wasn’t given enough opportunities with the Buckeyes, and she didn’t like the team’s lack of closeness. After Micek wasn’t picked to fence in the NCAA Regionals, she knew switching schools was the right move. Simmons visited Micek in March 2016, and she pushed her to transfer to Temple. While the two sat on a bench out front of Bradley Hall, a residence hall at Ohio State, Micek prepared to send an email to coach Nikki Franke about possibly transferring to Temple. But Micek was too nervous to send the email and saved it to her drafts. Simmons then grabbed the MacBook out of Micek’s hands and sent the email herself. “It was actually kind of a process,” Micek said. “I sent the email and then realized … I had to go through [the NCAA] and my coaches to get a release in order to talk to other coaches.” Once Micek got her release from Ohio State, she weighed out her options and was in contact with Temple, Penn State and the University of the Incarnate Word about transferring. In April 2016, she made her recruit-

ing visit to Temple before she officially committed two months later. Franke tried to recruit Micek to Temple when she was entering her senior year of high school, but she won her over on the second try. “She’s a sweetheart, she’s like our mom away from mom figure,” Micek said. “She takes care of us, she makes sure we’re OK. ... She’s so big on making sure this team is close and keeping everyone so supportive of each other.” Prior to fencing together at Temple, Micek and Simmons fenced with each other at the Alliance Fencing Academy in Houston. The two have been best friends since meeting at the club when they were 10 years old, and they spend the holidays at each other’s houses. As teammates at Alliance, Micek and Simmons would travel all over the country together to fence competitively, and not much has changed eight years later. Micek and Simmons were two of four Owls to fence in the Junior Olympics in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend. Micek placed 81st in the Junior Women’s Epee, while Simmons placed 86th. In the Junior Team Women’s epee, Micek, Simmons and sophomore Fiona Fong placed eighth out of 29 clubs.



DeCosey signs deal with Italian basketball team Former guard Quenton DeCosey signed with Proger BLS Chieti, a team that plays in the Serie A2 league in Italy, on Wednesday. Proger BLS Chieti will be DeCosey’s second Serie A2 team in the 2016-17 season. In 20 games with De Longhi Treviso, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. DeCosey finished his Temple career with 1,513 points in 129 games from 2012-16. During his junior season in 2014-15, DeCosey averaged 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and earned second-team all-Big 5 honors. As a senior, DeCosey averaged 15.9 points and six rebounds per game. He led the Owls to the American Athletic Conference regular season title and an NCAA tournament berth. None of the 30 NBA teams selected DeCosey in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he made the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league roster. DeCosey did not receive a training camp invite. -Alex McGinley

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HOJUN YU FILE PHOTO Quenton DeCosey signed with Proger BLS Chieti this week.


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FOUNTAIN nections in the sports media world from women’s basketball sports information director Lauren Ferrett. She plans to talk to the ESPN commentators after Saturday’s game against Cincinnati in McGonigle Hall. As well as working with Ferrett, Fountain has worked with her adviser to find opportunities like seminars or internships that she can do to increase her journalism experience without taking time away from basketball. Fountain recently hosted Temple Athletics, a show aired on TUTV and available online. “It is awesome, it is my first time ever hosting a show,” Fountain said. “I’ve always learned what it would be like to do it but I never actually had the opportunity before. I was actually able to get eased into it my first show, even though I was nervous because it was my first show, because I was able to interview my coach Tonya Cardoza and my two teammates Fitzgerald and [Ruth] Sherrill.” While working on the show, Fountain has learned more about other sports, giving her the ability to cover topics besides basketball. “My second show for Temple TV, I did fencing, and I was always curious if they really hurt each other during the match,” Fountain said. “I just learned a lot from interviewing coach Nikki Franke, and now I’m going to go to one of their meets.” However, she would prefer to do something covering basketball, especially women’s basketball. She has spent time watching as much professional women’s basketball as possible. Fountain has also picked up a personal hero: LaChina Robinson, who played for Wake Forest University from 1998-2002 before she became an ESPN WNBA analyst. While Robinson is one person Fountain looks up to, she idolizes every woman in the sports world making an impact as a broadcaster or analyst. “I’ve always looked up to the women in sports growing up,” Fountain said. “I saw her put in the work to get where she is and I know that’s what I’ll have to do when I hang it up and I’m ready for that.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

Owls host second clinic The Owls held their second of three weekend winter clinics on Saturday at the Student Pavilion. The clinics are for field hockey athletes of all ages to train on the field with the Temple coaching staff. The final clinic is on Saturday from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the Student Pavilion. Temple also announced that it is holding its second annual 11v11 Club Play Day and clinic for under-14, under-16 and under-19 high school and club teams on April 1 at Howarth Field. Fifteen teams will be admitted per age group and the winners of the tournament will receive T-shirts at the end of the day. Club Play Day costs $600 for teams to sign up and $55 for individuals. -Demetrius Mason


O’Connor adds three more to 2017 recruiting class

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior all-around Sahara Gipson performs on the bars at McGonigle Hall on Feb. 4.

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GIPSON at the time. The mark is still her careerhigh. Once Gipson came to Temple, Salim-Beasley and the Owls’ coaching staff trained her to become an all-around gymnast. In her sophomore season, Gipson won individual event titles on bars and vault at the West Chester University quad meet and won the beam title against the College of William & Mary. “Last year was her first year competing all-around,” Salim-Beasley said. “She was really an event specialist at Rutgers, so coming in last year was her first taste of competing in every event.” She set a career high on bars with a score of 9.75 at the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational in 2016 and finished with an overall average score of 9.667 at the end of the season. Gipson set a career-high score against her former school on the beam with a 9.725 on Feb.

20, 2016. “I wasn’t an all-around gymnast at all freshman year,” Gipson said. “To finally do that last year was great.” This season, Gipson tied her careerhigh beam mark at the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational on Feb. 4 at McGonigle Hall. That same day, she also set a personal record on the floor with a 9.8. Gipson’s all-around score of 38.775 at Towson University’s Shelli Calloway Invitational on Feb. 12 is also a career-high. Gipson said it was her first meet of the season in the all-around. The former specialist is now achieving high marks in several events. “She has done a very good job of fighting into lineup spots, considering that we have a lot more depth this season,” Salim-Beasley said. “It’s a lot more competitive to get into lineup spots. It’s definitely more of an emphasis on consistency this season.” varun.sivakumar@temple.edu

Temple added three more recruits to its 2017 recruiting class last week. The Owls added two defenders and a midfielder. So far, Coach Seamus O’Connor has signed seven recruits: a goalkeeper, three defenders, a forward and two midfielders. The three latest recruits are all from Pennsylvania. Bella Sorrentino, a midfielder from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, played at Archbishop Carroll High School where she was a first team All-Delaware County selection, two time All-Catholic League selection and on the Main Line girls’ soccer team in 2016. She knocked in 36 career goals and dished 13 assists at Archbishop Carroll. Djavon Dupree, a defender from Philadelphia, spent her high school career at Central High School. During her senior year, she had four games where she scored two goals or more. Marissa DiGenova, a defender from King Prussia, Pennsylvania, played high school soccer at Villa Maria Academy. Like Sorrentino, she was also part of the 2016 Main Line girls’ soccer team. She had 15 goals in 19 games and seven assists for the Hurricanes. -Tom Ignudo


Fountain gets Big 5 honor The Big 5 named junior guard Donnaizha Fountain its Player of the Week on Feb. 14. Fountain averaged a doubledouble in the Owls’ games against Tulsa on Feb. 8 and East Carolina on Feb. 11. She had 17 points and nine rebounds against the Golden Hurricane and had 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Pirates. Fountain scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had two blocks on Wednesday against Southern Methodist and scored 22 points in Sunday’s win against South Florida, then ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Fountain averages 14.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 29.2 minutes per game. She is eighth in the conference in rebounds per game and seventh in steals per game. -Evan Easterling sports@temple-news.com





Leisher, Moore, others to compete at championships The American Athletic Conference championships start on Friday in Alabama. By ADDISON HUNSICKER For The Temple News With the indoor track & field season winding down, Temple is taking advantage of the handful of warm days to practice outside at the Temple Sports Complex. Warm weather means that the outdoor track & field season is on the horizon, but the Owls still have to work to do to wrap up their indoor season. The Owls will travel to Birmingham, Alabama for the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday. In last year’s conference championships, the Owls earned 44 team points to finish eighth out of 11 teams and attain their highest finish since joining the conference. Coach Elvis Forde’s team is looking to improve on last year’s showing and has runners capable of finishing in the top three of their events. Sophomore distance runner Katie Leisher has asserted herself as a force in the conference. She broke her personal record in the mile at the Fastrack National Invitational on Feb. 10 and placed first in the 3,000-meter at the Penn State National on Jan. 28 and Towson Invite on Jan. 15. Freshman distance runner Grace Moore has also emerged for the Owls. Moore finished third in the 3,000 at the Penn State National with a time of nine minutes, 52.95 seconds and won the 3,000 at the U.S. Navy Mid-Week on Jan. 19. She also set a personal best in the 1,000 at Friday’s Artie O’Connor Invitational in New York. “Anytime an individual does well, our team does well,” Forde said. “I want to see those individuals who can score points to finish in the top

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore multis Crystal Jones practices hurdles at the Temple Sports Complex last week. Jones will compete at the American Athletic Conference indoor championships this weekend.

three or four of the point scoring in their events.” Though Forde has not finalized the roster, he said Leisher, Moore, sophomore multis competitor Crystal Jones, senior sprinter and jumper Bionca St. Fleur and senior sprinter Kenya Gaston will represent Temple at the conference championships. Leisher went from only competing in four indoor meets as a fresh-

man to earning a spot in the 3,000 and 5,000 at the conference championships. She wants to place in the top three in both events. “I’ve been putting in a lot of miles,” Leisher said. “I’ve been putting my trust in my coach and doing everything he says.” Gaston is used to the conference championship spotlight, as she was a member of the second-place distance

medley relay and the fourth-place 4x400 relay at last year’s championship. This year, Gaston said she will compete in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay. Temple began its 2016-17 season with two first-place finishes at the Lehigh Season Opener on Dec. 2. The Owls have earned at least one firstplace result in every meet since, except for the Fastrack National Invita-

tional on Feb. 10. Gaston, Forde and the rest of the Owls hope for a strong showing this weekend. “This is the meet I’ve been building towards,” Gaston said. “We train for this meet. I want to make finals, leave my mark, and go out with a bang.” addison.hunsicker@temple.edu

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and the year after that. “Coaches speak to me about it all the time,” Dingle said. “I gotta set the tone. It’s not about me. It’s about those guys’ development. … Those younger guys, they’re slowly learning, but each and everyday they’re taking one step at a time and getting to where they need to be.” When the Owls started their season against La Salle on Nov. 11, sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. and freshman guards Alani Moore II and Quinton Rose made up a very untested backcourt. The maturation of the young backcourt appeared headed for a delay when senior point guard Josh Brown returned from an Achilles tendon injury on Nov. 30. But five games later Brown was back on the injury report, and Alston was once again the Owls’ oldest guard. Dunphy said Brown is most likely out for the rest of the year after Temple’s game against Southern Methodist on Feb. 9. Three months and 27 games after the Owls’ season opener, Moore and Alston have combined for 51 starts as the Owls’ primary ballhandlers. Alston has started all 28 of Temple’s games this season. Rose and Moore are both averaging more than 20 minutes per game. “Obviously I’ve gotten more comfortable,” Moore said. “I learned the offense, learned the defense. The more I’ve played, I’ve learned more. The pieces to the puzzle have really just been connecting now.” During the past five seasons, Dunphy has only had one freshman average more than 20 minutes per game, when Brown averaged more than 20 minutes in his first year with the team in the 2013-14 season. The team went 9-22, which is the worst record Dunphy has had since arriving at Temple. The Owls won more than 20 games in each of the two seasons following that year. Moore hopes the growing pains of this season can translate to success down the road for this group. “It gives us a lot of experience because we played in college basketball games, played a lot of minutes,” Moore said. “And as the future comes, we’ll be ready for when our moment is called.”

with a 77-71 win against the Bulls on Sunday. It was the Owls’ second win against a ranked team this season. Since the beginning of the season, Temple’s main goal has been to make it to the NCAA tournament. The team’s national rank, conference record and its 12-game win streak from Dec. 10 to Jan. 25 add to its resume. Temple hasn’t reached the NCAA tournament since the 2010-11 season, when the Owls went 24-9 and advanced to the second round. “I think we really have the pieces to the puzzle to get that done this year,” Fitzgerald said. “I think we just have to buckle down and do what we have to do and we should make it.” The Owls hope to be one of the 64 teams selected for the tournament in March. The first 32 teams earn automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The other 32 teams are considered “at-large” bids selected by a committee. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme projects Temple as a No. 8 seed in the tournament. The bracket will be announced on March 13, and the first round begins on St. Patrick’s Day. The Owls have three regular-season games and the conference tournament, which begins on March 3, as the only remaining obstacles to reaching the NCAA tournament. Coach Tonya Cardoza has confidence her squad will finish strong. “We still have a few more games left,” Cardoza said. “Take it one game at a time and we’ve just got to win the games we’re supposed to win and not have any slip-ups along the way.”

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maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca CONOR ROTTMUND FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Quinton Rose blocks a shot attempt by Connecticut freshman guard Christian Vital during the Owls’ 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center on Sunday.

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Women’s tennis opens conference play with a win The Owls beat Connecticut 4-3 on Saturday to begin play in The American.

next day. The Owls rebounded with a 7-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Upper Dublin Sports Center in Ambler, Pennsylvania on Feb. 10 before they fell to

Georgetown University 6-1 on Feb. 14. Temple’s loss to the Hoyas was its fourth road loss of the year. The Owls are a perfect 6-0 in matches at neutral

By GRAHAM FOLEY Women’s Tennis Beat Reporter The Owls are where they want to be as the halfway point of the season approaches. With 13 of their 23 matches left to play, the Owls (6-4, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) began conference play with a 4-3 win on Saturday against Connecticut. The team is encouraged that it has a winning record despite facing injuries and tough nonconference opponents. “I feel like we’re doing pretty well,” junior Monet Stuckey-Willis said. “There’s always room for improvement but for a half of the season and seeing as though a lot of players are in and out with injuries, we are doing pretty well.” The team began its season with a 6-1 loss at Old Dominion University on Jan. 14. The Owls responded to the loss by winning four of their next five matches, including three wins the weekend of Jan. 27-29. Temple started the weekend with a win against Iowa State University then won two of its three matches at the Virginia Commonwealth University Invitational. Temple has been inconsistent since then. The Owls split their matches against Big 5 opponents Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania, beating the Wildcats 5-0 on Feb. 3 before they lost 6-1 to the Quakers the

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Mariana Bedon volleys at practice on Jan. 11 at the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education facility in East Falls.

sites and at home but winless on the road. “It’s always tough playing on the road because of the different surfaces,” coach Steve Mauro said. “Even though they’re all hard courts, some are faster, some are slower, lighting is different so it’s definitely a disadvantage on the road. I think that plays into effect in the matches.” Junior Alina Abdurakhimova has led the Owls so far, winning seven of her nine matches in the top singles spot. She won four singles matches in three days from Jan. 27-29, including a win against nationally ranked Iowa State senior Samantha Budai. Abdurakhimova was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her performance. “Alina is just a great girl, she has been since the day she got here and we are lucky to have her,” Mauro said. “She could have played at any top university. She takes everything very seriously and she’s very coachable. She’s just been a pleasure to coach for three years.” Temple’s other juniors are also producing. Yana Khon and StuckeyWillis are the top-positioned doubles team for Temple. Khon has a 6-2 singles record out of the third and fourth positions. She earned the Owls’ only singles victory in the team’s losses to Old Dominion and Georgetown. Stuckey-Willis has started primarily in the No. 2 position and has a 5-4 singles record. After suffering from various injuries in previous seasons and over the summer, StuckeyWillis believes her success is a result of staying on the court and playing consistently. “I’ve been more healthy,” Stuckey-Willis said. “It’s been a key for me

to stay healthy, finish out practices, and play in every match.” “Monet has really improved,” Mauro said. “She’s had some injuries she went through this summer with her back and she didn’t play in the fall, but I believe she is determined to do well this year. She could beat anyone in the country on any given day but we’re just trying to work on her staying focused and being consistent when she plays.” Temple has suffered through multiple injuries this season. The Owls’ biggest loss has been graduate student Galina Chernykh, a transfer from the University of Rhode Island and former first-team Atlantic 10 Conference member, who injured her foot in the team’s opening match at Old Dominion. Chernykh was expected to be the team’s top player in singles and doubles. Mauro said she underwent an MRI test on Thursday, and he is still unsure of a possible return. “She’s a big part of our team,” Mauro said. “If we can get her back in the lineup, we should be a strong team. If we had her in the lineup, I think honestly we could have won most of our matches and maybe not lost a match this year.” “If the girls really want it, I think we will be successful,” Mauro added. “We are as good as any team in the American Athletic Conference. ... And I think the four seniors do want it and they want to finish their careers on a high note.” graham.foley@temple.edu @graham_foley3


Lacrosse starts off season in ‘thrilling’ fashion at Howarth The team won its first home game after making the switch from Geasey Field to Howarth Field. By TESSA SAYERS Lacrosse Beat Reporter The Owls stepped on Howarth Field for the first time during the regular season at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Six minutes later, “T for Temple U” echoed through the speakers at the Temple Sports Complex when sophomore midfielder Amber Lambeth scored the Owls’ first goal in the history of the field. Two hours and 10 minutes later, the fight song blared through the speakers again when the team won its first game on the new field. The Owls scored five goals in the final four minutes, 36 seconds to defeat Monmouth University 18-16 and improve to 2-0 on the season. They are now 2-1 after Saturday’s loss to a ranked Princeton University team. “What a thrilling way to start,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “To finally have our first game here and be able to walk away with a win is a wonderful way to celebrate this new facility, and I think it has a wonderful feel to it.” After playing on Geasey Field for 41 years, the lacrosse team is the last Division I program to make the move to the Temple Sports Complex. The field hockey and soccer teams played at the facility in the fall.

Players and fans said the new field — named after Cherifa Howarth, who played field hockey for the Owls from 1994-97, and her husband Greg — provides a better game day experience. New turf, more room for fans and a video scoreboard are some of the enhancements from Geasey. After Lambeth scored her first of four goals on Wednesday, the scoreboard lit up and played a video to celebrate the score. “It was a really cool feeling,” Lambeth said. “I like that we did the videos instead of just a picture, I think that was cool.” Bob Didio, Lambeth’s uncle, has attended games at both Geasey and Howarth fields. While he misses being closer to the action at Geasey Field, he thinks Howarth provides a better overall experience. “This field is fantastic,” he said. “It gets everyone more into it.” When the clock was winding down against Monmouth, a prerecorded video of senior defender Rachel Barile came on the scoreboard and encouraged fans to cheer. The crowd of 364 fans started cheering and stomping their feet on the bleachers. “The ‘make some noise’ stuff we had never seen, so it was kind of distracting,” senior attacker Carly Demato said. “But it was fun.” Knowing that some of the new features could be a distraction, Rosen made sure her team was as prepared as they could be before the game by having her players preview the videos. She said the Owls “played like a pretty composed group” on Wednes-

BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore midfielder Amber Lambeth cradles the ball during the Owls’ 18-16 win against Monmouth University on Wednesday.


In addition to offering a better game-day experience, Howarth Field also provides a better playing surface. The field is made of AstroTurf 12, the same as Geasey Field, but it’s softer because it’s newer. “It’s so much better here,” Lambeth said. “Falling doesn’t hurt as much.” For Kristina Gensler, mother of junior attacker Kira Gensler, the best part about the new complex is the attention the sport is getting. “It’s wonderful,” Kristina Gensler said. “It seems like the sport is being

taken a lot more serious, it feels like we are at an actual place watching an actual game.” Jen Hershey, mother of redshirtfreshman goalkeeper Kelsea Hershey, agreed with Gensler. “The girls sports kind of get pushed by the way,” Jen Hershey said. “But it seems like hopefully they are taking it a little more serious.” After leaving the Ambler Sports Complex, the men’s and women’s soccer teams experienced increased attendance since the opening of the new complex in Fall 2016. Rosen hopes that trend will continue for her

team and that the field will garner more community support. “My hope for our fans is that it becomes a place that they really enjoy to come watch games,” Rosen said. “I would love to get the local community to come out and support us and watch our games and enjoy the sport of lacrosse. It’s a wonderful facility to play in and it’s great exposure for our school.” teresa.sayers@temple.edu







Dunphy’s young roster focused on ‘development’ The Owls have three freshmen playing significant minutes in their eight-man rotation. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor


hen Daniel Dingle was a freshman, his job was to watch and learn. Dingle totaled just 38 minutes in 10 games during his first year on campus in 2012-13. While he paid his dues on the bench, upperclassmen like Scootie Randall and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson showed him the ropes off the court. Now a redshirt-senior, Dingle is averaging 35 minutes per game and has started all 28 of Temple’s contests. “You’ve been through experiences and you’ve learned it,” Dingle said. “And you’re trying to teach the younger guys what to do, what not to do in order to be successful because you’ve learned from your mistakes.” Coach Fran Dunphy has not had the luxury to be patient with the group of youngsters on this year’s team. Temple has eight active players averaging

more than 10 minutes per game: two seniors, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. After last year’s trip to the NCAA tournament, the Owls’ inexperience has been on display. Temple (14-14, 5-10 American Athletic Conference) hasn’t won more than two games in a row since starting conference play. Temple will need to win four straight games in The American’s conference tournament in early March to earn an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament.

I gotta set the tone. It’s not not about me. It’s about those guys’ development. Daniel Dingle Redshirt-senior swingman

In his final season, Dingle still hopes to push his team on a late-season run to the tournament, but he understands he has another job. Like HollisJefferson and Randall did before him, Dingle has to help prepare this team’s freshmen and sophomores for next year CONOR ROTTMUND FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle fights for a rebound in Temple’s 64-63 home loss to Connecticut on Sunday.




Fountain wants to be ‘in front of the camera’ after basketball The junior guard hopes to be a sports journalist covering women’s basketball on television. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior Sahara Gipson scores a 9.725 on the beam at the Feb. 4 Ken Anderson Invitational.

Gipson, Salim-Beasley reconnect at Temple Sahara Gipson transferred from Rutgers University in 2015 to compete for her former coach. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR Gymnastics Beat Reporter When Sahara Gipson transferred from Rutgers University after she walked onto the team as a freshman in 2014-15, she knew who she’d call first. Coach Umme Salim-Beasley worked at Rutgers as an assistant coach from 2012-15 before she got hired as Temple’s coach in April 2015. She had to replace eight graduating gymnasts and had scholarships to award. Gipson, a junior all-around, said having the chance to compete for Salim-Beasley is one of

the main reasons she chose Temple after transferring. “She was familiar with me because I coached her during her freshman year,” Salim-Beasley said. “When I came to Temple, it seemed like it was going be a good fit for her to be able to come along with me.” “The transition from Rutgers to Temple wasn’t necessarily my choice at first,” Gipson said. “My parents were pushing me to make that decision, but after a while it ended up being a really great opportunity.” At Rutgers, Gipson’s specialty was the vault, where she competed in every meet. She scored a 9.85 at the Big Ten Conference Championships on March 21, 2015 to help Rutgers achieve its second-highest program score on vault


HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Donnaizha Fountain drives to the hoop in Temple’s 66-52 win against Southern Methodist on Wednesday at McGonigle Hall.

When local sports reporter and anchor Jamie Apody came to report a story on junior guard Donnaizha Fountain and senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald for 6ABC, Fountain took the opportunity to get some experience in front of a camera. Apody came back to finish the story the next week and let Fountain know that her signoff would be used for the story. Fountain said it made her day. “[Jamie] made me feel really comfortable, I really liked her,” Fountain said. “Wow, I can’t believe I’m going to be on 6ABC, that’s just crazy. I want to do it again.” Fountain is focused on what her career could look like after she is done with basketball, even though she still has WNBA aspirations. She knows that she wants to be involved with sports even when she is done playing, and journalism is how she wants to do it. “My mom actually just asked me if I wanted to be a coach when I was done and I said ‘No way,’” Fountain said. “I want to be in front the camera. I want to be a sports broadcaster, analyst or journalist, anything to do with any sport and a camera.” Fountain has gained valuable con-






The Owls will travel to Alabama this weekend for the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Sophomore Ally Micek got the opportunity to fence against her former team and roommate earlier this month.

After spending 41 years at Geasey Field, the lacrosse team played its first game at Howarth Field last week.

Former men’s basketball guard Quenton DeCosey found a new team overseass, other news and notes.

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