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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921.

Amos rec center loses open space

TUPD uses anti-overdose medication

Dust and noise from the Student Health and Wellness Center construction are also issues.

Officers began carrying Narcan in February, and used it for the first time last week.

By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter

By EMILY SCOTT Features Editor To assist with opioid overdoses on or around Main Campus, all Temple Police officers began carrying naloxone last month. Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a medication that blocks the effects of opioids and is used in emergencies to save people who have overdosed. The drug can be administered through a patient’s nose, vein or bone. Temple Police administers naloxone through a nasal spray, said Denise Wilhelm, deputy chief of operations for Campus Safety Services. Temple Police used naloxone for the first time last Wednesday, when officers successfully revived a 23-year-old man who was found unresponsive in his car on Diamond Street near 15th, police said. In his 2017-18 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed an extra $10 million for first responders and law enforcement to carry naloxone. “With the opioid epidemic nationwide, it’s a very beneficial tool for our officers to have, not only for our student population, but for the community we serve, that we are able to assist people if needed,” Wilhelm said. She spearheaded the efforts to have officers trained this year to administer the drug in emergency situations. From 2014 to 2016, Temple Police saw an increase in drug-related medical assists on and off Main Campus, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. In 2015, one student died suddenly due to alcohol poisoning and in 2016, three students died due to unknown drug use, according to data from Temple Police. Temple Police also saw a nearly 50 percent increase from 2014 to 2016 in drug-related medical assists outside, which means either on the sidewalk or inside a vehicle. In 2016, there were 48 outside drug-related medical assists — three of them were individuals affiliated with Temple. Also in 2016, there were 26 drug-related medical assists indoors. Nineteen of those 26 people were affiliated with Temple, Leone said. In November, all Temple Police officers

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After cuts, athletes take different paths EVAN EASTERLING/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Misha Kustin practices on the high bar in Pearson Hall on Dec. 16.

When their sports lost Division I status, coaches and athletes had to choose whether to remain at Temple or find new schools. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor


t was the final study day of Fall 2013, but studying seemed pointless to Misha Kustin. Kustin, then a freshman on the men’s gymnastics team, found out that day that his sport would be cut. Softball, baseball and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field were also set to be eliminated. Crew and rowing were also cut, but were later reinstated when an agreement was reached to renovate the East Park Canoe House along the Schuylkill River Trail at no cost to the university. The men’s gymnastics team practiced in almost complete silence that day in Pearson 143, working to make the most of the time it had left. “It seemed like everywhere I went there was just this dull, numbing silence surrounding me and everybody

was feeling the same way,” said Antone Wright, a senior on the men’s gymnastics club team who was a freshman in 2014. “Everybody was feeling that kind of like, you know, this deep emotional punch in the chest.” The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation to cut the sports after a sevenmonth analysis of the university’s athletic budget, facilities and the cost to upgrade them. Title IX spending imbalances played a part in the men’s sports cuts, according to a university release. Student-athletes received an email informing them of a mandatory meeting in the Student Pavilion on

Paper snowflakes and crafts made by children line the windows inside the Amos Recreation Center, on 16th Street near Montgomery Avenue. Past the snowflakes, the partial structure of the future Student Health and Wellness Center towers over the center and blocks the view of the surrounding area. “There is just so much going on,” said Jocelyn Marrow, an employee at the center’s after-school program. “When that building goes up, we won’t be able to stand here and look out the window and see the open space.” The Student Health and Wellness Center being built on 15th Street near Montgomery Avenue and is set to open for Fall 2017. The structure takes up the land that once held an outdoor track, that Temple owned and made available for student and public use. The center’s programs are continuing and the playground is still in use, but the construction creates loud noises and raises dust outside, Marrow said. She added that the children at the afterschool program had been able to use the field, which is now the building site, before construction began. “It was cool because the kids could go around [to the field],” she said. “They would run around the track and get their exercise in. A lot of people did.” Now, the children only use the basketball courts and playground equipment. “The playground is fine,” said Eileen Bradley, the community liaison for Campus Safety Services. “The playground will stay open and hopefully, it will be better.” Cameron Walker, the center’s director, and Marrow oversee roughly 20 children enrolled in the after-school program. Children receive help with their homework, cre-




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GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS The Amos Recreation Center on 16th Street lost access to the grass field that is now a construction site.

Resources, support make ‘a world of a difference’ Following NEDA Week, students and staff reflect on resources for students with eating disorders. By ERIN MORAN Deputy Features Editor fect.

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sarah Madaus, a sophomore journalism major, said she felt the services for eating disorders were disconected on Main Campus.

Sarah Madaus always wanted to be per-

It started in elementary school, she said. She always had to have perfect grades. But as she got older, Madaus said her perfectionism “[turned] into something more.” “That aspect of being perfect leads into everything else,” Madaus said. “I wanted to be perfect in academics, but I also wanted to

have the perfect body and eat the perfect diet so I could just be this really fascinating, wellrounded person.” Madaus, now a sophomore journalism major, developed orthorexia nervosa — an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy eating and exercise, according to the National Eating Disorders Association — during her junior year of high school. According to the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts, 20 percent of college students said they have or previously had an eating disorder. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week ended on Saturday, and groups around Main Campus held events to raise awareness. Temple’s Delta Phi Epsilon chapter hosted its annual National Association of Anorex-

ia Nervosa and Associated Disorders awareness week with body positive events like “No Makeup Monday.” Last week, the Wellness Resource Center set up tables to distribute information about resources for students struggling with eating disorders. Despite outreach efforts by different groups, Lauren Napolitano, the coordinator of the eating disorders unit at Tuttleman Counseling Services, said it’s difficult to keep students who struggle with eating disorders in treatment — whether that means individual therapy, group therapy, meeting with the nutritionist at Student Health Services or a combination of those methods. Madaus said during her senior year, she packed the exact same lunch every day be-


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Many students aren’t happy about the College of Public Health’s policy change for repeating classes. Read more on Page 2.

Our columnist argues that state legislators should vote against a proposed Pennsylvania abortion bill. Read more on Page 4.

The Tyler School of Art will offer art therapy as one of its majors beginning in Fall 2017. Read more on Page 7.

The men’s basketball team will play its first game of the conference tournament on Thursday. Read more on Page 18.




College of Public Health alters repetition policy The school will no longer allow students to repeat a course more than two times. By LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News The College of Public Health sent out a notice on Feb. 16 informing students of a policy change that will prohibit them from taking the same course three times beginning in this year’s Summer I session. This differs from Temple’s current universitywide Repeating a Course policy, which allows a student to retake a course two times, for a total of three attempts at a course. Under CPH’s new ban on third attempts, students who do not pass a course requirement for their major within two attempts will be forced to change their major to one for which the failed course is not a requirement. This may or may not be within their original college at Temple. The new policy was signed into place by Jennifer Ibrahim, CPH’s associate dean for academic affairs. “The reason for the change is that the college has found that third attempts at a course are generally unsuccessful and actually harms students by lowering their GPA and impedes progress towards graduation,” the policy reads. Lindsay Raab, CPH’s assistant director of advising, distributed the notice to students via email. Raab’s email said the policy change is “an effort to ensure students are making satisfactory and timely progress toward their degree.” “We’ve added a number of additional advisers and part of the idea is all of the intentional intervention we were doing with the advisers on the third attempt are now being shifted to the second attempt,” Ibrahim told The Temple News. Some students are worried how the new policy will affect their futures. “I think it’s stupid,” said freshman Hannah Funk, who is undeclared but intends to pursue a major in CPH. “I’m in anatomy right now, and it’s not going well.” She said one or two attempts may not be enough to pass the college’s anatomy courses, which are required for majors like health information management, nursing and kinesiology. “The sciences here are already harder, so if you take a science, the amount of work they already give you is high,” said Abriana Outen, a junior therapeutic recreation major. “I’m taking a few really hard classes right now, so it’s tough to balance everything, and then to be worrying that you can’t retake [a course] at another time isn’t helpful,” said Maria Li, a junior kinesiology major. Still, other students thought the policy could be beneficial. “I feel like it’s alright because you really don’t want a public health professional taking a class that they can’t pass,” freshman nursing major Katie Iannotta said. “It weeds out the fact that maybe it’s not the path for you if you’re taking a class for the third time.” Ibrahim said students can contact her or Raab with any questions or concerns about the policy change.

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS The university advertises on billboards around the country. Above, the digital board at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS A SEPTA bus displays a Fox School of Business recruitment ad on Lyceum Avenue near Ridge in Manayunk on March 3. Temple ads are commonplace in the city.

University aims to attract high school students sooner in college searches In the past few years, the university has increased its advertising presence. By JACOB GARNJOST Campus Beat Reporter Temple’s marketing department is looking at ways to appeal to students earlier on in the college search process through the use of websites like BuzzFeed. The university hopes to raise the interest and reputation of the school, and in turn raise the value of education for its students, said Emily Spitale, the associate vice president of strategic marketing and communications. Temple’s marketing is shifting its focus to high school freshmen and sophomores, who are just beginning to consider college. Temple’s budget for marketing in 2017 is nearly $10.8 million, slightly less than the previous year’s budget of nearly $11.8 million. This goes against the current trend among universities, most of which are increasing spending on student recruitment,

Inside Higher Ed reported. “The message to students earlier in high school is different,” Spitale said. In 2015, Temple’s marketing department noticed that prospective students were increasingly engaging with sites like BuzzFeed. Temple reached out to BuzzFeed for potential collaboration, and the result was “13 Reasons You Should Live In Philly At Least Once In Your Life,” a piece of sponsored content aimed at attracting high school students to Philadelphia for college. Sponsored content is an advertising technique used to reach people who are resistant to advertising. A company or institution will pay a website or other publication to put out something that resembles their normal content, but is aimed at attracting consumers. “It’s been around forever,” said Joseph Glennon, an advertising professor. “Back in the ’20s and ’30s, Michelin tires started the Michelin Guide, which rated restaurants and hotels to encourage people to drive their cars. And if you drove your car, you used up tires.” Glennon said Temple runs more local TV ads than other schools, but is otherwise on par with normal university advertising

techniques. He said it makes sense that Temple is looking to aim its marketing at a younger audience. “Most of our brand associations are made when we are very young,” Glennon added. “The sooner you can put yourself in front of an audience, you can have a longer conversation with them and you can also beat someone else to the punch.” Jay Sinha, a marketing professor, raised the question of the effectiveness of Temple’s marketing strategy to his Consumer and Buyer Behavior class. He said that his class found a lot of places where the university could improve, like better use of social media and more personal connections with accepted students. “The goal of a college’s marketing department should be to attract students and cater to the needs of current students,” Sinha said. “Based on what my students have told me, I would say we are performing at a suboptimal level.” “Everything we are doing to get our name out there raises our reputation and that raises the value of the degree,” Spitale said.


TSG, Faculty Senate seeking ‘open lines of communication’ Both groups will increase meetings through the rest of the semester. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter Representatives from Temple Student Government and the Faculty Senate have been meeting to discuss a cooperative approach to issues that affect both students and faculty so that TSG has a stronger voice in faculty matters. According to a report submitted to Parliament by graduate student representative Jeff Fonda, Faculty Senate President Michael Sachs said he would like to see more TSG involvement in the Faculty Senate. “It would be nice to have some regular, maybe once a semester, meetings between the Faculty Senate leadership and the Temple Student Government leadership,” Sachs said. “Just News Desk 215-204-7419

to share what current issues are, just to see what each other’s plans are and if there are ways we can help each other.” Sachs occasionally meets with Student Body President Aron Cowen, but the Faculty Senate has little interaction with TSG outside those meetings, he added. “There are parts of Faculty Senate that pertain to students that I believe it would be great to have a student on,” Cowen said. “I think it would be good just to increase some understanding in both directions and increase student’s understanding behind academic decisions that students don’t appreciate. I think it’s a win-win.” “With the formation of Parliament, it just seemed organically to come up as a good idea,” Sachs said. “Certainly, open lines of communication and a potential for working together is always a good idea.” Temple’s Faculty Senate holds two different types of meetings: university Faculty Senate meetings and Representative Senate meetings.

The university Senate meetings are held once at the end of each semester and are open to all faculty. Representative Senate meetings are held monthly from September to March and are open to all members of the faculty, but only members of the Representative Senate are eligible to vote on issues brought to the Senate’s floor. The Faculty Senate also holds weekly steering meetings, when faculty representatives from each school meet and make recommendations and proposals. Sachs extended invitations to members of Parliament and the executive branch to attend two of the meetings in April. “I would certainly like to encourage some more connections and contact with Temple Student Government just to make sure everyone knows what’s going on and there’s a mutual understanding,” Sachs added. According to Fonda’s report, Sachs believes that the Faculty Senate has “lost power and influence in the last few years.” He added that often, Temple’s administration will move ahead

with some initiatives without first consulting the Faculty Senate. Cowen is hoping to bring members of TSG into Faculty Senate meetings to build understanding between faculty and students. “We want to be good representatives of students and be serious about the responsibility we have to adequately represent 30,000-plus students,” Cowen said. A search committee for Temple’s next president will be formed in 2018, Sachs said, adding that he hopes there is a student on that committee. There are no further details on the formation of this committee at this time, he added. “Overall, we’re just trying to encourage continuing positive interactions and working together when we can,” Sachs said. @amandajlien @thetemplenews





Students volunteer to clean vandalized Philly cemetery Hillel at Temple University organized a trip to Mount Carmel Cemetery. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter Police responded to a report of vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery in West Philadelphia last week after a total of 460 headstones were toppled and defaced, according to reports by NBC 10. The next day, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia issued a request for financial assistance and volunteer help. Members of Hillel at Temple University responded, reaching out to members of the student body. “We got in touch and asked for a time slot [to volunteer],” said Max Buchdahl, the president of Hillel at Temple. Buchdahl said the group was able to bring 15 students to volunteer to help maintain the cemetery. “We weren’t able to actually clean the stones,” he said. “That’s the work of trained stone masons, so a lot of what we did was cleaning up some of the trash around the cemetery.” In the week before, several other Jewish cemeteries were vandalized around the country. Mount Carmel Cemetery is the first in the Philadelphia area to be vandalized. And the day after the incident at Mount Carmel, several Jewish community centers were called with bomb threats, the New York Times reported. The incidents drew a response from several local politicians and the Anti-Defamation League. Among the 15 students who volunteered was Student Body President Aron Cowen. “We felt it was important to show solidarity,” he said. “That kind of hate just isn’t tolerated.” Students who weren’t previously involved in Hillel at Temple also expressed

interest in volunteering in the cleanup efforts, he added. Volunteers were split into groups of two or three and were tasked with mapping the fallen headstones, as well as helping with general maintenance of the grounds, Buchdahl said. Masons will begin repairs on the headstones over the next few months, he added. Prior to the cleanup efforts, Hillel at Temple held a meeting where students were encouraged to come and share their feelings about the vandalism. “A lot of people, I think, were shocked by the sheer effort that went into doing this,” Buchdahl said. “This wasn’t just some people who went in the middle of the night and kicked stones.” “This was some serious effort with serious equipment,” he added. “They could’ve been sitting on their couch watching TV, but they put hours of effort and manpower into this destruction. A lot of people commented on that because when you’re there you get a sense of the kind of effort that had to be put in to do what they did.” The restoration efforts were put on hold on March 2 as the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia organized a Stand Against Hate rally on Independence Mall. Politicians including Gov. Tom Wolf and Jewish leaders attended, as did Buchdahl and some members of Hillel at Temple. “It’s important for us to hold onto this feeling and remember how terrible we feel,” Buchdahl said. “More likely than not, other communities will be feeling what we’ll be feeling in the coming months and years and we have to remember how we feel now to help better serve those communities in the future.” There is a $69,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people behind the vandalism of Mount Carmel cemetery.

By STEVE BOHNEL For The Temple News The Office of the Provost is considering changing the structure of Fall Break, which has been a full week of no classes for the week of Thanksgiving for the past three years. All students and faculty members accessed a mandatory poll after logging into their TUPortal accounts about two weeks ago. Its choices included keeping the current structure, only having Thursday and Friday off or having a four-day weekend in mid-October in addition to having Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off during Thanksgiving week. Betsy Tutelman, the senior vice provost for strategic communications, said the poll was introduced to gauge how the university community felt about the current break. “The provost and some of the senior leaders, in consultation with the Faculty Senate and others, just thought it might be interesting to see what people felt,” Tutelman said. She added that other university schedules nationwide were considered as models when creating the new options in the poll. Results will not be disclosed until Provost JoAnne Epps discusses them with the Faculty Senate and other faculty members, Tutelman said. Multiple students who spoke with The Temple News last week said they would prefer keeping the current weeklong break.

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AMOS ate arts and crafts and play on the playground equipment and basketball courts. “The kids haven’t complained, because kids are kids,” Marrow said. “They’re going to keep playing, figure out something to do. It’s just noisy and dusty.” “The building is operating and none of our programs are having problems with the construction,” Walker said in a statement from Philadelphia’s parks and recreation department. “It’s just Temple expanding. It is what it is.” The new center will contain an outdoor track

that will be open to the public, according to a university statement released last summer. Marrow said she would like to see improvements to the playground to match the state-of-theart building that will stand right next to it. “Dress [the playground] up too, so it can model that,” Marrow said. She added that when new university buildings are being constructed, she sees it as “breaking the community up.” “It’s frustrating when [the building] doesn’t have anything to do with you,” she added. @_kellybrennan

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University polls students and staff about Fall Break Administrators are considering changing when the break is scheduled.

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Children at the Amos Recreation Center on 16th Street near Montgomery Avenue used to have access to the field that was the Oval. but is now the construction site for the Student Health and Wellness Center.

“I think it’s kind of nice to just power through the semester up to a point and get a nice long break,” said Jeb Taylor, a sophomore psychology major. “As opposed to getting two shorter breaks that kind of break it up … and a lot of people probably wouldn’t get the opportunity to go home for Thanksgiving.” One of those students affected would be Abigail Whitehead, a sophomore political science and global studies major from Dickson, Tennessee. Whitehead said a change to the schedule would prevent her from making the long commute. “It would still be nice to have two separate breaks, but I’d rather go home,” Whitehead said. Kareem Johnson, a psychology professor, would like to see a change. He voted for the October long-weekend option, citing the mental break it would provide for students earlier in the semester. He said he understands why students would want to travel home during break, but added winter break starts soon after finals. “The problem is Thanksgiving is so close to Christmas that you’re already going to have that extended time to go home with family,” said Johnson, who has been at Temple for 11 years. “The earliest parts of the semester are where you need the mental adjustment. You came here, you gotta adjust out of your summer mode.” Tutelman said Epps and other administrators from her office will discuss the results this week with faculty and decide whether they will change the schedule in the near future. @Steve_Bohnel


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Keep information public The university’s public records should be as current as possible.

Do you know that President Englert is making $625,000 this year? We do, because we asked, and a university spokesman was forthcoming with the information. But what about a professor whose salary is paid with your tuition? If you attended a public university in Pennsylvania, you could look up the salary of any of your professors, the school president, or even a food service worker at under the employee salaries page (choose “State System of Higher Education”). But Temple — despite the slogan “Philadelphia’s Public University” used mostly in 2013 and 2014 — has a very limited display of professor pay. Temple is actually a staterelated university (a legal designation that effectively means “somewhat public”). This makes the university less subject to scrutiny than fully public universities under the state’s right-to-know law. Compared to Kutztown University or West Chester University, Temple has far greater leeway when it comes to making information publicly available. Neither Englert’s salary nor the salary of his many vice presidents are posted under

the “public information” heading on the university’s website. There is a list of Top 25 salaries of employees who are not officers or directors (which the right-to-know law does require). The most current Top 25 list available online includes salaries from the calendar year 2014. The list includes former football coach Matt Rhule; it will take years before coach Geoff Collins’ salary is made available. Pay for officers and directors is reported on the university’s IRS 990, which is posted each May with information for the previous fiscal year. So, this May, the public can look up what former president Neil Theobald made in the calendar year 2016. Interested citizens are left knowing what someone used to make, and can never know what a university official makes at the moment of inquiry — ­ the delay in reporting information means none of this information is current. Of course, the law permits the university to post outdated information. For the sake of transparency, the university should willingly update salary information prior to required deadlines to recommit itself as “Philadelphia’s Public University.”

Continue asking for input When the university polls students, it’s better able to serve the population. The university’s method to garner student input about Fall Break through a poll on TU Portal is a creative way to hear student voices. While students aren’t required to answer the poll question, they must do so to access their TU Portal account. This makes students more likely to participate and the poll more effective. The Temple News is glad the university has increased its effort to receive student input, and hopes this is not a onetime interaction. It is essential for Temple to include students when it comes to decisions that directly affect them. While the decision is not made directly through votes, it’s important for the university to show they value student opinions. Temple should make student input a norm in its

policy making, but it cannot stop there. It is essential that the university is transparent in how student input will be weighed by decision-makers. Mandatory surveys should be quick, simple and important. This most recent survey through TU Portal is an example of that, and this method should be used more often. Perhaps specific schools and colleges on campus could utilize polling through TU Portal as well, as a way to make decisions that will affect specific groups of students. The Temple News hopes the university will be responsible with all student input it gathers and continue to do so — whether it is related to Fall Break or not — and seriously consider student responses.

CORRECTIONS An article than ran on Feb. 28 on Page 8, with the headline “Temple students serve as counselors at charter school,” misspelled Dave Shahriari’s last name. An article than ran on Feb. 28 on Page 1, with the headline “Treating an epidemic,” mistated the drug Dr. Daniel del Portal prescribes. He prescribes naloxone, the antidote for an opioid overdose. 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 or 215-204-6737.

Medical input needed on abortion bill The State House should vote against the proposed abortion bill next Monday.


ast month Pennsylvania legislators excluded input from the medical community on a proposed abortion bill — they purposefully chose not to hear medical opinions prior to voting. The abortion bill, also known as Senate Bill 3, was passed with a Republican majority in the Pennsylvania Senate on Feb. 8. If it’s passed next Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives vote, it would ban most abortions performed after 20 weeks, except in the case of medical emerZARI TARAZONA gencies, which do not include rape or incest. Currently, Pennsylvania cannot restrict abortions before 24 weeks. The bill would also criminalize dilation and evacuation, abbreviated as D&E, which is the most common, safe method to perform abortions after 16 weeks. “It’s clear that their agenda is not about women’s health and safety here,” said Maggie Groff, the vice president for external affairs at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Their agenda is to deny access to abortion services.” Gov. Tom Wolf said he would veto the bill, but there may be enough votes in the legislature to override this action. In moving this bill forward, legislators have relied more on partisan beliefs about abortion than medical facts. This shows a high level of indifference for the women who legislators claim to protect. I urge the state House to not pass this bill and to recognize the importance of

the medical community’s input in future health care legislation. According to legislation that came out of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States, states can’t ban abortions before the fetus is able to survive birth, which is usually after 24 weeks. But some legislators use gestational age, determined by the first day of a woman’s last period, instead of the age of the fetus, as an underhanded way to ban abortions earlier on. “They’re counting that as part of the pregnancy even though they’re not pregnant at that point in time,” said Mitchell Sellers, a political science professor. “So that’s how some of the states have actually dropped it to 20 [weeks].” Sen. Michele Brooks of Mercer County, the bill’s sponsor, cited a new study on fetal viability, which argues fetuses have a higher chance of surviving at 22 to 24 weeks. That’s why the bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Dr. Enrique Hernandez, an OB/ GYN and reproductive sciences professor, said the study is not unique — it is already widely known that about 25 percent of infants can survive after 23 weeks gestation, but 90 percent of them have moderate to severe impairment. “They’re using an argument that is partially correct, but doesn’t take into consideration all the nuances of that,” Hernandez said. Sen. Brooks wrote in the bill that “this legislation also helps protect the health and well-being of a pregnant female.” I don’t see how Brooks thinks this bill can protect anyone’s health if medical opinions were ignored, especially because this bill would ban one of the safest options for some women seeking an abortion: D&E. “The bill is banning that particular

procedure that is the safest and the most commonly used procedure after about 15 weeks gestation,” Groff said. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there were 31,818 abortions performed statewide in 2015. Only 380 of those abortions were done after 20 weeks, but about 60 percent of them were a D&E procedure. “[It] seems like people are going out of their way to pick at things that aren’t the most prominent issues that are currently happening around reproductive health,” said Maegan Tomasello, a master’s of music therapy student. “I believe a woman should have the choice to have an abortion when she wants to, and especially in cases like rape,” said Courtney Idasetima, a junior media studies and production major. “Women should have the option to get it at any time.” If this bill is really about women’s health, then the Senate Judiciary Committee should have also wanted input from the medical community on D&E. Instead, in the language of the bill, legislators refer to the procedure as “dismemberment abortion,” which is not a medically accepted term. State legislators should not use made-up terms when crafting bills. This is why members of the medical community needed to be present to correct these mistakes. But in this instance, they weren’t. Legislators need to include the medical community when drafting legislation about reproductive rights. And we as Pennsylvanians need to hold our legislators accountable and not allow them to ignore medicine and science in their policies.


The lessons I was supposed to learn A student reflects on her father’s battle with cancer and their relationship.


he night I found out my father had cancer, my mom did most of the talking. She counsels hospice patients for a living, so when she sat my older sister Kayla and I down on our parents’ bed one night four years ago, I wasn’t looking at my mother — I was looking at Joyce Baker, the social worker. She admitted that my father’s overnight hospital stay that week was not due to pancreatitis, as she had previously told us. The doctors had found a mass: nonHodgkin lymphoma. “If you’re going to have cancer, this is what you’d want to have,” she continued. It’s treatable. Most cases aren’t even terminal. Kayla and I turned toward my father to see if he shared this outlook, but he had his back to us, watching football on the TV in the corner. He looked over his shoulder to give a small smile. We weren’t convinced. I felt numb as I went to brush my teeth, searching my eyes in the mirror for a hint of a tear. I was about to step into my bedroom when my mom stopped me. “It’s OK to let it out,” she said, and that was enough to open the floodgates. To this day, I wonder if my dad could hear me as I sobbed on my mom’s shoulder, the light from the TV flickering through the hallway. It wasn’t a surprise to me that the man at the center of it all chose to sit on the sidelines. He struggles to connect with my sisters and me, and he seems to think that the few interactions that bonded us to him when we were toddlers — ruffling our hair and calling us names like “Butterbean” and “Poogie” — are enough now. There’s love there, but there’s a wall, too. In the few years prior to his diagnosis, my mom had lost her mother, father and sister to their own battles with cancer. During the aftermath of each, when the rest of us were comforting one another, he was out back repairing the lawn mower.

By BRIANNA BAKER My dad continued to work on little, productive tasks like this throughout his chemotherapy. On his bad days, he’d sit in bed on the computer, scrolling through eBay for transmissions and exhaust pipes. On his good days, he’d roll out his Harley and spend hours in the yard dismantling its framework. I assumed this was his way of playing handyman with his emotions — hammering away the fear. Little did I know, these projects were


something more. “They were long-term things,” he told me much later. “Something to keep me alive for another year. That way, I didn’t have a choice. I had to finish.” It was reassuring to see him tinkering away, as always. From Kayla’s and my perspective, things didn’t seem too bad. Our visits to the hospital were infrequent, at his insistence. He claimed it was so we could focus on schoolwork, but I think he didn’t want us to see the version of him that paled under fluorescent lights and shrunk inside of a shapeless, floss-green gown. When we did stop by, all of us tried to keep up family dinner conversation. I’d

offer him a bite of the chocolate cake I grabbed from the cafeteria and frown when he said no, because refusing food was so unlike him. Still, he could sit up in bed. He could joke without having to catch his breath. As it turns out, times like these were rare. It wasn’t until two years later that my mother told me about the moment when she thought my dad might not make it. She decided to take a slice of pizza from a party she attended to my father in the hospital. Less than an hour into her visit, he got violently ill. His heartbeat climbed, his fever rose to 104 degrees, and he lost control of his bowels. As my mom looked on, she recalled with horror the hospital’s rule against feeding patients food that’s reached room temperature. My sisters and I were sheltered from all this. There were hints of his struggle, though, the biggest of which were the tears. Prior to his diagnosis, I had only seen my dad cry once, maybe twice. But when he departed on his overnight hospital stays, he would put on his coat and grab his bag, looking like he was off on a business trip, until he turned to me with tears in his eyes. Soon enough, I grew accustomed to feeling him shake as he hugged me goodbye. The news that the tumor had finally disappeared was delivered tentatively. My mom was sure to tell us that it could always come back. Now, more than four years later, I’m afraid that I haven’t learned the lessons one’s supposed to from near-death experiences. When my dad and I are alone in the kitchen together, I look at my phone instead of asking about his day. I forget to appreciate the fact that he’s here to ask why I don’t want to go to law school or to wake me up on Sunday mornings as he fires up the power tools outside. But every time I hug him before returning to school, he wells up. In those moments, I know he hasn’t forgotten a thing. @thetemplenews






Intentions matter for service Students should evaluate why they choose to do service.

February 13, 1985: A Pennsylvania law forbade state money from funding abortions. The Temple News reported that as a result, abortion clinics said the number of women seeking abortions had increased prior to the Feb. 15 cutoff. Pro-choice groups reported getting calls from women who were worried that abortions were no longer available at all. Next Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote on an abortion bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The cutoff is currently 24 weeks. The bill would also ban dilation and evacuation abortions, which are the most common method used for women seeking abortions after 16 weeks. FALL BREAK POLL

MORTY KEITH FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Office of the Provost is deciding whether to change the structure of fall break.


ver winter break, my sister often complained about how all of her college classmates were in different countries. She said they were either studying abroad or had opted to go on service trips as a cheaper alternative to visiting other countries or regions. When service trips are used for personal gain like this — whether it be to take advantage of the service location or to pad one’s resume — participants lose focus on the true meaning of volunteering and giving back. As spring break approaches and the summer EMMA LAWRENCE months follow soon after, students should remember to participate in community service with the right intentions: to serve the needs of the specific communities where they are working. “I feel like it’s our responsibility to give back because a lot of us come from places from some type of privilege,” said Shali Pai, a junior sociology of health major. “I think it’s a good way to center yourself and do things that are very rewarding that benefit other people.” Pai went to Appalachia as part of a trip through Temple’s Honors Program to work on construction projects for struggling communities in Kentucky. She also went on a service trip to Peru through the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children. Dustin Miller, a junior secondary education major, is the fundraising chair for Temple’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an on-campus organization that builds homes for families in Philadelphia. This year, the group is going on a service trip to North Carolina over spring break. “It’s not just a tourist trip, or something that students are going on for spring break,” Miller said. “There is very real impact [in what] we’re doing. First and foremost it’s a volunteer-

ing trip … and were going to help people.” I hope all students have this mentality when they participate in service trips. Students need to be fully invested in the mission of service trips and dedicate themselves fully to tasks at hand and to the people they’re serving. Students won’t be able to prioritize the communities they’re serving if they’re more focused on padding their resumes or their Instagram accounts. Donna-Marie Peters, a sociology professor, is the program director of the Jamaica International Service Learning and CommunityBased Research program, a summer service trip for which Temple students teach English to Jamaican children. She said the program’s application process works to weed out students who may not take the service aspect of the trip seriously. “If they go on a trip like this and they expect it to be a vacation that they get course credit for, I think [that] is disingenuous,” Peters said. “We don’t advertise as such. We don’t promote that.” Students should also volunteer throughout the year, and not just for a week when they have the chance to travel. No matter where you live, there is always a need for service within your community. There are numerous service opportunities within Philadelphia alone, from organizations like HIAS, which works to resettle refugees in Philadelphia, to Project HOME, which helps provide opportunities for Philadelphia’s homeless population. “It’s definitely important to put your interests into something that you love and care about,” Miller said. I hope as students prepare to go on service trips next week or pursue service opportunities for the summer, they think about the ways they can best create a more permanent impact through their service. They should never lose sight of the true meaning of service: helping others.


Discussion amongst students imperative for learning To understand different perspectives, students should share opinions — even if they may be controversial.


efore I came to Temple, I didn’t know much about social issues like gentrification and race relations, but through productive classroom discussions, I’ve developed a greater understanding and concern for problems like this that we face as a society. The classroom should be a place where people are able to voice their opinions, while being conscious and respectful of other people’s beliefs and circumstances. Although certain subjects like politics, religion and race may be hard to talk about, they need to be discussed to facilitate any kind of new learning. “There are certain kinds of classes that, by virtue of ZACH KOCIS their subject matter, necessarily require exposure of students to controversial issues and questions on which there will be within the classroom, particularly in a diverse community, substantial amounts of disagreement,” said Mark Rahdert, a constitutional law professor. The whole point of college is to broaden one’s mind through new and potentially unfamiliar experiences and to interact with people who may have differing viewpoints. This can hopefully help students become more wellrounded human beings. As a journalism major, part of my job is to talk to people. Through these interactions, I’ve gained new knowledge and understanding of viewpoints different than my own. This type of communication — questioning and thoughtfully listening to each other — needs to be facilitated in classroom settings, too. But for each of us to learn from each other, students need to push themselves to be vocal about important issues in the classroom. Without sharing our views, we can’t possibly understand someone else’s experiences. Still,

some students feel uncomfortable discussing certain topics. “Since I am white, I feel a little uncomfortable discussing things like systematic oppression,” said Lindsey Clutter, a freshman political science and theater major. “But people need to learn about things that make them uncomfortable or else terrible things like Trump’s presidency happen.” Joseph Wolfram, a sophomore biology major, said he feels uncomfortable sharing his opinions on subjects like abortion and transgender issues. “Political correctness limits conversations,” Wolfram said. “I don’t want to offend anyone with my opinions, so I just keep them to myself.” It’s important to talk about tough issues. This is the only way we can understand each other’s perspectives and learn new information that may change our minds. Professors also play an important role in encouraging this type of discussion in the classroom. Anna Peak, an Intellectual Heritage professor, said she requires participation in her classes, which forces students to share and be engaged. “You have to be willing to really engage with your opinion, defend your opinion, learn more about the context and be willing to change your mind about things,” Peak said. “It’s possible for an instructor to be so set on forbidding so many things, you know, ‘You can’t say this, you can’t say that,’” Peak added. “Not even in terms of word choices but even opinions that you can or can’t express. That’s obviously not going to express a real dialogue either.” Professors have control over discussions and subject material in their classes, but if they’re teaching contentious topics, they ought

to take extra steps to make everyone feel comfortable enough to contribute. Rahdert said Temple’s academic freedom policy encourages open dialogue in classroom settings.







“If you look at the statement of principles, it supports free inquiry and free expression with certain qualifications,” Rahdert said. “And the qualifications have to do with civility, they have to do with respectful exchange.” Fear of a negative reaction from professors and fellow students alike can act as an inhibitor to personal growth because then classes can turn into echo chambers, where a dominant viewpoint is often shared and nothing new is discussed.

“People are so fearful of saying anything that they say nothing,” Peak said. “I know from reading people’s quizzes, or their written responses, or journal entries, or whatever I might be assigning that semester, obviously people have strongly held views. But they don’t want to do it in front of their peers.” Adam Krizner, a sophomore criminal justice major, said he feels compelled to soften his opinions in his law enforcement classes when discussing controversial subjects, like race relations or police brutality. “If I were to voice my opinion, I would do it in a way that’s not going to be blunt and edgy so that people don’t get as fired up about it,” Krizner said. “When people get emotional about certain topics, it’s hard to have a civil debate with them.” If students feel unable to express their own opinions in the classroom for fear of being shot down, that’s not healthy for classroom discussion and learning. Civil debate is key to working through sensitive issues, especially after college. If we can’t discuss societal problems within the classroom, how can we even begin to try to resolve them once we graduate? One of Temple’s strengths is its diversity — students and faculty come from all different backgrounds. But diversity of thought matters too, especially for students to understand other’s viewpoints and circumstances. In order for students to learn and grow, they must be able to discuss sensitive topics in the classroom, without fear of disagreeing with the professor or other students. Free academic discussion is essential to becoming a more wellrounded human being.




Peabody hall closing next year


Peabody Hall, the freshman residence at Broad and Norris streets, will not be available for student housing next year as the university decides what to do with the property, a spokesman wrote in a statement Thursday. The university closed access to the housing website Thursday, with plans to re-open it on Friday with The Edge on 15th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue listed as additional residential housing.

Cosby jury to be chosen outside Montgomery County A judge ruled last week that the jury for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will be selected from outside Montgomery County, where the trial will take place, according to People magazine. Cosby’s attorneys requested that the trial to be moved out of Montgomery County and for the jury to be selected from outside that area, however the judge ruled that the trial will remain in Montgomery County. Cosby will be tried for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former university employee Andrea Constand in 2004, the magazine reported. The trial is set to start on on June 5. - Kelly Brennan

Business graduate pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme A 2005 business administration alumnus pleaded guilty last week to charges relating to a $54 million Ponzi scheme, the Inquirer reported. Troy Wragg, 35, was indicted in 2015, six years after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Mantria Corp., his real estate and energy firm, . Wragg testified in federal court last Thursday that Mantria lied about having “ground-breaking technology” and ample land for their proposed project. The report noted that the Tennessee land on which the project was supposed to be located was still a “strip-mined wasteland.” Wragg, who pleaded to charges including conspiracy and securities fraud, became the second defendant to admit guilt in Mantria’s collapse. Amanda Knorr, 33, pleaded guilty last year. Wayde McKelvy, 54, was Mantria’s pitchman to investors, and is scheduled to stand trial in September. Court filings indicate that Wragg’s firm failed to develop much real estate or grow a substantial energy firm, the Inquirer reported. Wragg could spend a maximum of 20 years in prison, and is expected to be sentenced after McKelvy’s trial. - Steve Bohnel

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NARCAN began an online training program through the state’s Department of Health. The program taught the officers that naloxone blocks opioids from slowing down a person’s respiratory system. Wilhelm added that officers will be trained bi-annually on administering the drug, just like the officers are with First Aid and CPR training. After the online training, all officers received hands-on direction in January from Temple University Emergency Medical Services, a student-staffed emergency response organization. The team responds to emergency situations, in conjunction with TUPD on or near Main Campus. “Our TUEMS students brought down a mannequin head and then we brought trainer naloxone syringes,” Wilhelm said. “So each officer learned how to administer it through the nasal cavity, so they got the actual hands-on experience as well.”

Taylor Spoon, the director of TUEMS, said the student-run emergency response team started carrying naloxone last fall, but has yet to administer it. She added that having TUPD carry naloxone will be a major assistance in saving lives. “I think it’s really great, because we’ve carried it, but there’s only so much we can do,” said Spoon, a junior biology major. “It’s my job to save someone regardless of the circumstances, and I really believe Narcan is a great tool in saving people and keeping them alive.” The officers are also trained to look for the warning signs of an overdose, like dilated pupils or nearby drug paraphernalia, and to begin treating the situation as a medical condition. “While they are keeping the airway [open] and respirations going, they would administer the naloxone,” Wilhelm said. “But it is critical … that they look at the medical part first to ensure that we keep this person breathing, keep their circulation going and then you would administer the naloxone second.” Each officer will carry two vials of

naloxone to be administered as a nasal spray. The second dosage would be administered to a person if there is not a reaction within two to five minutes. Wilhelm added that the officers’ immediate protocol would be to call the Philadelphia Fire Department, so by the time the officers would start the second administration of the overdose drug, an ambulance would be on the way or on location for support. Paramedics have the ability to implement naloxone through a vein. “There’s an epidemic going on in this country and it’s important that we have the tools to help with that, regardless if it’s student-based or community-based,” Wilhelm said. “It is our responsibility to assist with this and hopefully save some lives by having this readily available.” “Having Narcan within those first 10 minutes could potentially save someone’s life,” she added. @emilyivyscott


University breaks record for freshman applications Temple received 36,840 applications for Fall 2017, a 6 percent increase from last year’s applicant pool of 34,504, according to a university release. The university’s applicant pool has broken its record number of applicants for the last four consecutive years. Academic successes, campus improvements and increased athletic achievements have driven the spike in Temple applicants, according to the release. Temple has recently committed to renovating its facilities, including the ongoing construction of a new library, the relocation and renovation of 1810 Liacouras Walk and renovations to Conwell and Carnell halls. The release also cited the university’s efforts to limit student debt through the “Fly in 4” program, an initiative to ensure undergraduate graduation in four years as an incentive for applicants. This year, 3,100 newly admitted students and their families attended Experience Temple Day, an event where prospective students to explore the university’s campus. This was a 400-student increase from last year’s first Experience Temple event. - Laura Smythe


LUCY THORNTON FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple Police Officer Gina Ferzetti keeps Narcan in her police vehicle in case she needs to treat an overdose victim on the job.


Park proposed to be built over I-95 gains funding The William Penn Foundation committed $15 million to fund a new Center City park to be built along the Delaware River on top of I-95, Philadelphia magazine reported. Other contributors to the project are PennDOT, which pledged $100 million, and the city, which Mayor Jim Kenney said will be allocating $90 million. The project is estimated to cost $225 million. There are currently $205 million in funds for the project. The proposal for a new park follows a long string of efforts to connect the city more closely with the river, Philadelphia magazine reported. These efforts include Spruce Street Harbor Park, new walking and biking trails, as well as new programming at Penn’s Landing. Creators of the the new park hope to bring civic activity and economic development closer to the Delaware, a goal previously blocked by the presence of I-95, Philadelphia magazine reported. Developers hope to solve this by building over the interstate and allowing people to easily and safely access the river.

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‘Looking around at all your memories’

Rewriting an ‘intersectional’ history

A student and her family lost their North Philadelphia home to a fire last month.

Students and faculty members discuss the importance of National Women’s History Month.

By CARR HENRY For The Temple News On Feb. 11, Aiyana Mobley had about an hour left of work at Planet Fitness in South Philadelphia. Her father interrupted the shift with a phone call. “Your house is on fire,” he said. Mobley chuckled, assuming this was another one of her dad’s usual pranks. He repeated himself and told the 21-year-old to call her sister, Tasia. “He sounded serious and it scared me a little bit, so I FaceTimed my sister,” said Mobley, a senior psychology major. “When she answered, all she did was flip her camera around to let me see the house.” In the weeks since their home was lost on that Saturday afternoon, Mobley and her family have worked to rebuild their lives with help from the Temple community through donations to their GoFundMe page, which as of March 6 had nearly $9,300. Although flames quickly consumed the row home on 18th Street near Huntingdon and most of its contents, Mobley’s younger sister Tasia and her brother Fajon managed to escape unharmed, along with two of his friends who were visiting at the time. “After hours of going through all the ashes and all the dirt and the house that’s torn apart now, we were done, and my mom went back into the house,” Mobley said. “She didn’t really want to go just yet, because you’re looking around at all your memories.” Of all the possessions destroyed that afternoon, Mobley said she misses family photos and their memories the most. “There have been so many graduations in that house,” Mobley said. “So many proms have been sent off in that house, babies’ first Christmases, a lot of great things happened in that house, you know, so it’s hard to let go of.” Mobley said she won’t allow this tragedy to interfere with her education. After she graduates this May, she will become the first member of her entire extended family to receive a college degree. After a decade in their home, the fam-

By MEGAN PLATT For The Temple News

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Lisa Kay, head of the art education program, examines student’s artwork during the Introduction to Art Therapy class on Feb. 28. Students in the class created journals as a way to express themselves.

Giving stability through art The Tyler School of Art will offer an art therapy major starting in Fall 2017. By KAIT MOORE For The Temple News


isa Kay and a young brain-tumor patient twirled their fingers in the air to color an imaginary canvas. It was the only art they could still create as the boy’s dexterity diminished. She still recalls her work with the boy at Mercy Hospital St. Louis as a defining moment of her 35 years in the field. “I learned a lot from him,” said Kay, the head of Temple’s art education program. “Art helped stabilize and create some sort of normalcy in his life when he knew he was dying.” Nearly 30 years later, the arts education and community arts practices department within the Tyler School of Art is planning to offer an art therapy major starting in Fall 2017. According to the American Association of Art Therapy, art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process as a way to heal and promote mental health. Before working as an art therapist, Kay worked as a graphic designer. “I realized something was missing from my life,” she said. “I wanted to work with people.” Kay wasn’t sure how she could combine her love of art and working with people until she


Media studies and production instructor Kristine Weatherston said she began to identify as a feminist in high school when she tried to audition to be a greaser in the musical “Grease,” but was told she was not allowed to audition for a male part. When she went to college and started taking women’s studies classes, she began to understand more deeply the discrimination against women as well as the “race disparity within the gender discrimination,” she said. “How easily we forget history,” she said. “How easy it is to forget that white women couldn’t vote until 19[20], and that women died and were beaten for that.” “[But] history isn’t about white women, but all women,” Weatherston added. “Black, brown and every color in between. We can look at history from all these different lenses and it gives us this breadth and this space to do that and to expand our knowledge. ... We can rewrite it as an intersectional history.” March is National Women’s History Month, dedicated to celebrating the legacy and accomplishments of women throughout history. According to the National Women’s History Project, an organization that started in 1980 to “[write] women back into history,” this year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” The theme is meant to acknowledge that “women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid,” according to its website. “As a full-time working mom, I believe that when women do better, everyone does better,” Weatherston said. “So if I make the same amount of money as the men that I work with, that means that I can take care of my family better and that means that my son is being provided for in a different way.” “That means that he sees his mom working and getting paid what she’s worth,” she added. “And then I am raising a generation, a son that is a feminist and will fight for the same things that he sees me fighting



Gender-inclusive housing aims to make university ‘a safe space’ Incoming and current students can sign up for Morgan Hall, Temple Towers, White Hall and 1940. By ALEXIS ANDERSON For The Temple News When Alec, a freshman psychology and English major, moved to Temple last semester, he was met with an unaccepting female roommate. Alec, a transgender man, said it was an “uncomfortable” situation. His roommate would be mad when he changed in the bathroom instead of in the room in front of her, he added. “I didn’t want to come out while sharing a room with a girl, especially considering I knew how she felt about LGBT issues,” he said.

He said gender-inclusive housing would have been better for his mental health. Alec struggled with depression and self-harm as a teenager and he relapsed last semester, partially due to his living situation. He also failed two classes, which he attributes to the breakdown of his mental health. “It’s generally bad not being able to be yourself,” Alec said. “It’s great that [Temple is offering gender-inclusive housing] because I don’t want anyone to have to feel like I did. You should be able to come out as soon as you can, just because the transition process is easier the sooner you start.” Students will have access to genderinclusive housing for the first time in Fall 2017. This new option allows students to live in dorms and share bathrooms with any other student, regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. Online it is offered in select rooms in Morgan Hall and Temple Towers for upperclassmen and White Hall


BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Owl Ambassador Kelly Anne Young, a sophomore tourism and hospitality management major, leads a guided tour for prospective students. The university’s new option for gender-inclusive housing is discussed when asked about during tours.





A program at Temple teaches high school students about topics like race and social class through documentaries and PSAs.

A new club on Main Campus brings students together to talk about Armenian culture and history.

A religion professor discusses the intersection between race, religion and gender in her class.

Joseph Schwartz, a political science professor, is the vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.




High school students teach educators The University Community Collaborative expanded its programming last year with the formation of the POWER Returners. By AYAH ALKHARS For The Temple News In a classroom at Temple, India Fenner asked her students if anyone ever experienced police brutality. Several students raised their hands. One said she was in seventh grade when she saw an alleged incident of police brutality, Fenner said. Fenner, a freshman political science and African American studies major, was a POWER intern — a program for high school juniors and seniors that teaches students about topics like race and class through collaborative, project-based learning. The program is run by Temple’s University Community Collaborative, which has several programs designed to teach high school and college students leadership and awareness of political and social issues through media production, internship opportunities and peer education activities. The center’s POWER internship program expanded in Spring 2016 with the formation of the POWER Returners, a 20-week social justice internship for college students who are former POWER interns and wanted to continue the work. “We’re learning more about how to be educators toward teachers and other students,” said Fenner, now a POWER Returner. “It helped me become a better person.” During the initial internship program, the high school students learn how to edit video, audio and operate multimedia equipment. They produce short documentaries, public service announcements and podcasts about social issues like politics, race and class. “It’s not that I wanted to come back,” Fenner said. “It was that I needed to because this was the first and only place that I could express myself on issues I face as a Black female on the daily basis.” The program had two groups of returners: one in October and one in February. The POWER Returners create more content and present it to high school and college students through screenings, and also help the interns create content. “Our aim is to take the media that they created and bring it out into the world in a way that educates others,” said Nick Palazzolo, the POWER internship coordinator and a second-year master’s of secondary education student. “The students are really engaged with the returners.” Previous videos they’ve screened focused on topics like civil rights groups and the impact that rapper Kendrick Lamar’s music has on raising awareness about African-American issues. “Those screenings have an impact because they raise awareness around the strength and expertise of our young people,” Palazzolo said. The returners hosted a workshop at Central High School in the Logan section of Philadelphia in January to discuss “identity erasure,” which is when oppressed histories are denied or ignored in history or literature curriculums in school, Palazzo said. The group created a 14-minute documentary about the same topic last year that featured Philadelphia high school students talking about their own experiences with erasure. One of the students featured in the video, Bersabeh, said she moved to the United States from Ethiopia as a child. She said she heard comments like “You’re not African” and “You talk white” growing up in the U.S., and they erased her identity as an African woman. “I don’t identify as African American,” she said in the video. “Reason number one being African Americans don’t share the same culture as an African person.” The POWER program meets once a week. With Palazzolo’s help, Adesh Dasani, a former facilitator for the group and a senior political science and economics major, created an 18-week curriculum for POWER Returners. Facilitators are student volunteers who teach interns about social justice issues and audio-visual editing, Dasani said. Dasani said there are 12 weeks of political education, and returners discuss civil rights issues every week. Students are also assigned books to read and discuss by authors like James Baldwin, a novelist, poet and essayist who was renowned for his writing about race, spirituality and humanity. The POWER program is a place where students can “talk about their opinions [and] create content around important issues to them,” Dasani said. “POWER is a space that lifts up the expertise of youth voices and equips them with the tools to become the masters of their own stories,” Palazzolo said.

DRUI CALDWELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS POWER interns present the videos “For the Love of Self Love” and “Police Brutality in the Media: Through Our Eyes” during a POWER Returners program focused on social justice at the Tuttleman Learning Center last month.

NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Daron Pogharian (left), a freshman information science & technology major, and Tsoline Karakelian, a senior business and legal studies major, wear their Armenian Youth Federation apparel on Beury Beach. Pogharian is the club’s secretary and Karakelian is the president.

Giving Armenian students ‘a voice’ Armenian students started a club to celebrate their culture. By AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News For Tsoline Karakelian, being Armenian is more than just “having a last name that ends with ‘ian’” like the Kardashians. Karakelian, a sophomore business and legal studies major, is the president of the newly formed Armenian Students Association of Temple University. The organization celebrates the culture of the country that lies between Europe and Asia. The group plans to listen to Armenian music, learn about the nation’s history, talk about current events in the country and attend Armenian events around the city. Michele Bahtiarian, a sophomore biochemistry major and the club’s vice president said its goal is to keep Armenian identity alive. “We want to bring Armenians together to keep our language alive, keep our culture alive, keep our food alive in

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HOUSING and 1940 Residence Hall for freshmen. Morgan McGillian, a genderfluid freshman computer science major and the membership director for the Queer Student Union, is “overwhelmingly happy” about Temple’s new gender-inclusive housing option. “Finally we’re giving people who have a gender nonconforming identity a place where they can belong that’s not just with whatever their assigned gender was at birth,” McGillian said. “They can finally be with the gender that they are most comfortable with. ... I think that’s absolutely amazing and it’s about time.” Tali Eldering, a junior sociology major, is skeptical about Temple’s motivation for introducing gender-inclusive housing. “I think it’s a really good idea, but it also seems to me to be like a selling point,” said Eldering, a transgender man. “Temple sort of stays away from having any active participation in trans life, or in general in queer life, so I don’t want to say it’s not a good thing, but it is frustrating when it seems just to be trendy.” Niki Mendrinos, a senior associate director in Undergraduate Admissions, said while the new option is not a speaking point during campus tours or information sessions for incoming students, Owl Ambassadors are expected to mention it if asked about gender in regards to housing. Lilly Zimmerman, a senior at Downingtown STEM Academy who committed to Temple with an intended major of cellular and molecular neuroscience, said that while she is not looking to live in gender-inclusive housing, she has “friends going to other schools who wish they had an option like that.”

a different country,” Bahtiarian said. Maintaining Armenian identity is important to all of the current club members. The group gives students a way to celebrate their culture while they’re away at college and celebrate the country’s holidays together. Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day — a national holiday in Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a territory east of the country, observed on April 24 — commemorates the Armenian Genocide, which started in 1915. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the genocide by the Ottoman Empire. The genocide also led to Armenian migration to other parts of the world, including the United States. Mardo Yeremian, a junior biology major and a member of the club, said the day of remembrance is important to the club members, and the group is working to plan events as April approaches. “It shows the resiliency of the Armenian people,” Yeremian said. “That we are still here and we still have a voice.” “Our Armenian Apostolic religion is our main driving force and we have

been fighting to get back compensation for all that has been taken from us since the genocide,” Bahtiarian said. “Our lands, our churches, intelligence and people.” Karakelian said although the club is meant to celebrate Armenian culture and history, all students are welcome to join regardless of whether they are Armenian. “I went to Armenia last summer and there are people who have moved there that aren’t even Armenian,” Karakelian said. “It’s not just us who love Armenia. Other people also love Armenia.” She said she wants other people to learn about the culture, explore the history and try traditional Armenian food. She plans to have a special food meeting so group members can try boreg, which is flaky dough stuffed with mixed cheeses and spices, Lahmajoun, which is the Armenian version of pizza, and manti, or dumplings. “Temple students will definitely see us a lot more on campus,” Karakelian added. “Our flags and our voice.”

Her friend Leo is transgender, and he prefers to be around other transgender individuals. This option would allow him to live in a more comfortable space and “have the full college experience without having to worry,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said this housing doesn’t only appeal to transgender students. She said if she met a group of friends who were different genders, but felt that they would “live well together,” she’d take advantage of the gender-inclusive option. Temple is following in the footsteps of other Pennsylvania universities: Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University already offer gender-inclusive housing. Henry Sias, a transgender law clerk in the Court of Common Pleas, said gender-inclusive housing at Temple speaks to Philadelphia “being ahead of the curve on inclusiveness and antidiscrimination.”

“I’m glad to see Temple adopting policies that will implement Temple’s anti-discrimination commitments in concrete ways,” Sias said. “Destigmatizing measures make it more possible for trans people to access public spaces, educational opportunities, jobs and all sorts of necessary resources that help us to participate fully in our communities.” Zimmerman said the new housing option has come at a crucial time, when the rights of transgender people are being questioned in the public sphere with last month’s reversal of federal memos permitting transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities. “Especially right now when things are not going great for the LGBT community, it’s so nice to see this victory,” Zimmerman said. “And even though not everywhere is going to be a safe space, Temple is making a safe space for people to be.” Eldering said while the new housing policy is a good first step, Temple needs to provide more resources for LGBTQ students. He said there isn’t a designated LGBTQ center, he cannot change his name on his student ID and he must email his professors individually each semester to inform them of his proper name and pronouns. McGillian hopes gender-inclusive housing will be available in all residence halls in the future. “It sounds like Temple has been listening to students and making decisions about housing with students’ expressed needs in mind, which is democratic and great to see,” Sias said. “Most important is for universities to continue to listen to LGBTQ+ members of their community in order to address their needs. I’m sure Temple will continue to lead in this regard.”

BILIN LIN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Tali Eldering, a junior sociology major, is skeptical of Temple’s motivation for introducing gender-inclusive housing. @thetemplenews




Gender and religion: Going through ‘uncharted waters’ A professor teaches a course outlining how women are seen in religion and in the Bible. By PATRICK BILOW Classroom Beat Reporter Nyasha Junior first learned about the Bible during Sunday sermons as a child. Now, she uses it as a textbook in her classroom. “I think that it is important to provide an environment to question the Bible,” said Junior, a religion professor. “Many students may not have had the opportunity to ask these questions, especially those who have a Catholic background where the Bible can be taught as a singular meaning.” Junior has studied how women react and relate to the Bible. She teaches the graduate course Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation, which explores women’s depictions in the Bible. She also wrote “An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation,” a book published in 2015 that discusses how Black women commonly teach and interpret the Bible outside of academia. Junior said she was inspired to teach religion as a graduate student at Princeton University when she was introduced to women in the Bible who she hadn’t learned about before. “A lot of what I did was uncharted waters for me,” Junior said. “The women I read about in the Bible interested me and inspired me to take a feminist approach to the Biblical text.” She said some women have important roles in the Bible but are still rarely mentioned when the text is being taught, like Sarah, the wife of Abraham who is one of the first patriarchs of Judaism. Junior said the text discourages women from being involved in religion since it prevents

them from taking leadership positions in the church. Today, in Catholicism, women still can’t be priests. Laura Levitt is a religion, Jewish studies and gender professor who focuses on the culture surrounding the practice of religion and how women are involved. “People think that feminism is somehow antithetical to religion, but that simply isn’t true,” Levitt said. “Women play a role in religion, and the work of feminist religious profes-

sors is to encourage the study and interpretation of the role that they play.” Junior said her work asks the question, “How can reading and looking at contemporary issues alongside the Biblical text help us understand what is going on in the lives of women?” “I don’t like to point these issues out to students at first,” Junior said. “I tell the story and ask, now where do you see this today?” Junior said there are several stories in the Bible depicting violence toward women. She

said reading 2 Samuel 13:14, in which a woman is raped, sparked discussion about on-campus sexual harassment in her class. “The issues we discuss are relevant and important,” Junior said. “It’s important that everyone has some understanding of ancient religious texts.”

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Nyasha Junior, a religion professor, teaches the graduate course Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation. She said women have important rolls in the Bible that are often overlooked in religious studies.






Record shop hosts concert for Pennsylvania music festival Creep Records hosted a concert in its newly expanded space on Friday. The shop, at the Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties, held a fundraiser concert for the Groove in the Grove Songwriter Festival, which will be held in Hackettstown, New Jersey in June. There was a $5 suggested donation, but concertgoers were not turned away due to a lack of funds. The concert featured psychedelic-funk group Mercury Retrograde, funk-fusion band and indie rock group Sitting in Cars. All of the bands are from Philadelphia and have members who are current students or alumni. “We added the new side space for events just like this,” said Will Angelos, a Creep Records employee about the expanded venue space. “We used to have events in our tiny record store, but we wanted to add more space to have a welcoming place for everyone to come and enjoy live music.” “We made this concert free because we wanted to have it as a pre-game for everyone to come out and then still have a fun Friday night,” said Dan Snyder, a 2016 music technology alumnus and frontman of Mercury Retrograde, who organized the show.




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Political science professor is a ‘lifer’ in activism career Joseph Schwartz has been involved in politics since the 1970s. By KASHIKI HARRISON For The Temple News Joseph Schwartz’s career in activism began as a high school student at an anti-Vietnam War protest in Washington D.C. in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, he is the vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America — the largest socialist organization in the United States. “I was very concerned about inequality in America, particularly along the lines of race and class when I was growing up in the Bronx,” Schwartz said. Schwartz is a political science professor, the former department chair and the former director of the Intellectual Heritage program. He won the Temple University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. Schwartz is also a member of the Temple Association of University Professionals — a union of faculty members that negotiates collective bargaining agreements and is working toward better pay, benefits and working conditions. He said providing fair pay for adjunct and non-tenured professors is a struggle at universities across the country. Schwartz said the Democratic Socialists’ progressive political goals, like single-payer healthcare and equal pay, makes the group different from traditional Democrats. Democratic

Socialism “attempts to expand democracy from the political sphere into the economic sphere,” he said. “What touches all should be governed by all,” Schwartz said. He said Democratic Socialism got attention during Sen. Bernie Sanders’ run in the 2016 presidential election. Now, Schwartz is involved in building a post-Sanders movement

with the DSA that advocates for the election of progressive candidates on the state and local level through social movements. At the DSA, Schwartz is currently focused on defending immigrants’ rights, fighting the Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and funding policies for public education — all things he

thinks aren’t being pushed far enough by the Democratic Party. He has been involved in political organizations since he was an undergraduate at Cornell University in the 1970s when he joined the New American Movement — a socialist organization that formed in 1972. He took two years off from his doctoral studies at Harvard University to become the

MICHELLE GOLDSBOROUGH FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Political science professor Joseph Schwartz advocates for causes like single-payer healthcare, civil liberties and fair pay for adjunct instructors and non-tenured professors at Temple.

first campus organizer for the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, an organization that merged with the New American Movement in the early 1980s to become the DSA. Instead of the traditional setup where each student sits at an individual table or desk that faces the professor, the students in Schwartz’s classroom all share a conference table with him. There is no hand-raising in his class, and he said he strives to create a discussion-based environment. Taylor Taliaferro, the president of the Political Science Society and a senior political science major, said she enjoyed being a student in Schwartz’s Introduction to Political Philosophy course. “It’s very relaxed, but it’s still stimulating at the same time,” Taliaferro said. “He’s still able to cultivate a very comfortable classroom, and he allows everyone to speak their mind on topics.” Maya Jackson, a senior political science major, said Schwartz is “knowledgeable in everything that he teaches” and he’s “one of the most understanding professors.” After being offered to teach at Washington University, a private institution in St. Louis, Schwartz said he chose Temple because it is a public university in an urban setting. “I’ll be a lifer,” Schwartz said. “I’m 62 and I don’t have any plans to go anywhere else. … I’m very happy here, I have a family here and I’m very committed to the Democratic mission of Temple.”



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WOMEN for and working for every day.” To celebrate Women’s History Month, a group of Paley librarians hosted the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Friday. This was the second time that Temple and other universities nationwide hosted the event, which was organized by Art+Feminism, a global organization made up of librarians, students, scholars and artists who work to bring inclusive narratives about art and feminism to Wikipedia. Less than 10 percent of the content on Wikipedia was created by people who identify as women, so Friday’s edit-a-thon is meant to organize women and help them add to the website. Librarian Kristina DeVoe said this gender gap not only provides skewed perspectives, but also misses an entire world of topics, like the focus of Friday’s event: Philadelphia women within the art world. Jill Luedke and DeVoe, two librarians from the reference and instructional services department at Paley, agree that it’s empowering to create a Wikipedia page about a local woman’s work. “You can contribute to Wikipedia and that’s your mark on the world,” DeVoe said. “I think part of [Art + Femi-

nism] is increasing awareness of those kinds of women that might have disappeared into the digital sphere. You can write them back into history, so to speak.” Other feminist organizations on campus, like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, think one month is not enough to recognize the entire history of a gender. Martha Sherman, a junior public health and political science major, said women’s history is usually left out of textbooks. As the public relations chair for FMLA, she hopes to raise awareness about the contributions women have made to global society by working with two other Temple organizations, She’s The First and Generation-United Nations, to host a women’s international panel. The panel will take place on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the women’s studies lounge in Anderson Hall. Speakers like Linda Chavers, an Intellectual Heritage instructor with a Ph.D. in African American studies, and Rorng Sorn, the director of immigrant affairs for the Philadelphia’s behavioral health department, aim to inspire women to take on roles in international advocacy. Donnalyn Pompper, a strategic communication professor, said Women’s History Month should serve as more of a call to action than a celebration. It’s an annual reminder of

the hard work gender equality requires daily, she added. “Making all of that history fresh with women and reminding adults of the contribution that women have made is a good thing, of course,” she said. “But I can’t help but reflect on the fact that if genders were equal, we wouldn’t need to designate March as a Women’s History Month. We use the 31 days of March to draw attention to important women, but if gender equality was a reality we would have an appreciation for women and girls every day.” Marlo Brooks, a sophomore strategic communication major and the co-events coordinator of the Temple University Black Public Relations Society, thinks Women’s History Month is important for both personal and professional development. TUBPRS is planning an event for the end of March about the importance of personal branding for women. Brooks said it’s inspiring and motivational for young people to see women from similar backgrounds in positions of power and sharing great ideas. “That’s the key to the future,” Weatherston said. “It’s not about what the politicians are doing. It’s about what we are doing with boots on the ground.”


What do you think of Temple Police now carrying the antioverdose drug, Narcan?

ZACHARY CONNER Freshman Accounting

I think that’s a positive thing because I read reports in nearby Upper Darby that police started using that a little while ago. I saw multiple stories of people that had been brought back to life and maybe they wouldn’t have if ... police didn’t have [Narcan] at their disposal. I think that’s good, especially because of the growing drug problem in the city and just in general.

KIANA BLACKSHAW Sophomore Tourism and hospitality management

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior psychology major Aiyana Mobley’s home caught on fire on Feb. 11. The rowhome on 18th Street near Huntingdon where she lived with her siblings and mother was completely destroyed.

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FIRE ily had to spend their first night in a homeless shelter. “I think the most important part was having some place to sleep every night and not worrying about where everybody was gonna be,” Mobley said. Mobley’s mother, Kimberly Mayo, tried to find a rental home in the days following the fire, but she discovered that her identity was stolen and someone had racked up thousands of dollars in debt, which ruined her credit score. Several realtors refused to show her homes until one finally agreed to help with her situation. “Even though you’ve been through a tragedy, a lot of people don’t care or they don’t have the time,” Mayo said. “Nobody showed me what was on my credit and messing me up, so they just kept denying me and I didn’t know why.” While recovering from the disaster, the single mother said she only missed two days of work between her jobs as the lead cook at TouchDown Club at Lincoln Financial Field and as a chef at the DoubleTree Hotel near the Philadelphia International Airport. Exactly a week after the disaster,

the family was able to move into a new house because of the $5,000 donated through the GoFundMe account up to that point. Mayo estimated that about 70 percent of the donations are from people who are affiliated with Temple. Rachael Stark, the associate dean of students, also reached out to the family after their loss. “I just want to ensure that students know that the Dean of Students office

So many proms have been sent off in that house ... a lot of great things happened in that house ... it’s hard to let go of. Aiyana Mobley Senior psychology major

is somewhere where they can turn when they’re going through challenging times,” Stark said. “I think a lot of times, folks don’t think of Temple as being able to provide any support or resources, but we can.” Since coming to Temple in 2011, Stark has served as chair of the university’s CARE Team, a group of therapists and administrators that works to identify and support students like Mobley

who are experiencing hardships. Mobley said she and her family members are grateful for the assistance they’ve received from Temple and the College of Liberal Arts. This includes $2,000 that the family received from the Student Emergency Aid Fund, which Mobley herself has previously fundraised for as a part of the Senior Class Gift Committee. “It really does make me happy to see how much help we’ve been getting from our community,” Mobley said. “If you do good to the community, the community will do good to you and you both can thrive.” Mobley said she greatly appreciates the support that Temple students, faculty and administrators have shown her family as they continue to rebuild their lives. She added that she hopes the university’s generosity can also be extended to other struggling residents in their neighborhood as well. “It’s important to me that if Temple is sitting here in North Philadelphia, a really beautiful community, then they should take more pride in it in it,” Mobley said. “Because you’re not just in Philadelphia, you’re in North Philadelphia, and great things grow here.”

I guess it’s a good thing, just in case it were to be an emergency situation, at least they have that with them. I think it’s important because drugs are definitely a thing in college and to not be prepared for these instances, that would be irresponsible in a way. You can’t stop people from doing something, so it’s just best to be prepared.

LEVI MEADOWS Sophomore Chinese

I think it’s a good idea. There’s an opioid epidemic recently and I’m from Ohio and it’s really taking off there, like it’s the epicenter of this epidemic. Why not have Narcan? It’s a college campus, there’s a lot of drugs and it could save people’s lives. It could be too late if they have to wait until they get all the way to the hospital or the ambulance. Why wouldn’t they have it?




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RESOURCES cause she knew exactly how many calories it had. She followed “fitspiration” accounts, which idealize exercise and dieting on Instagram. She also spent hours at the gym each day. She suffered panic attacks if anything interrupted her exercise, like a text from her parents asking her to leave the gym early or unexpected dinner plans.

That aspect of being perfect leads into everything else.

Talk on censorship, press to be held in Gladfelter There will be a discussion about how censorship affects the freedom of the press in Gladfelter Hall’s Welgley Room 914 on Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sam Lebovic, an assistant history professor at George Mason University, will host the discussion. Lebovic wrote the book “Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America,” which is about how journalism has changed in the 20th century and large media outlets’ fight against government interference in their reporting. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by Lebovic. -Grace Shallow

Reverend from Charleston to discuss loss, gun violence On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Bright Hall on Ambler Campus, Rev. Sharon Washington Risher of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church — where Dylann Roof killed nine parishioners during 2015 — will present “Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores Loss, Faith and Forgiveness.” Risher’s mother, two of her cousins and a childhood friend were killed during the shooting. Risher is a chaplain and trauma specialist at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She is also a national spokesperson for Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense in America — two organizations working to decrease gun violence. The event is free, but registration is encouraged.

Sarah Madaus Sophomore journalism major

Her family eventually noticed her struggling and she began to see a therapist, but when she came to college, she did not continue her therapy. During her first semester, Madaus gained some weight and began to struggle more, so she decided to try to seek counseling at Tuttleman in Spring 2016. With only a few months left in the academic year, Madaus found it difficult to start counseling due to long wait times. She only had two appointments, she said, and they were with different people, so she felt like she didn’t get anything out of it besides “telling [her] sob story.” “It was hard because I didn’t really find a connection with someone and I didn’t really make that relationship,” Madaus said. The eating disorders unit at Tuttleman is comprised of Napolitano, three other full-time therapists and one part-

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017 time therapist. In addition to individual counseling services, Napolitano leads an Eating and Body Image Concerns group at Tuttleman on Wednesday afternoons. She said the group is open at the beginning of each semester, but after a few weeks it closes in order for the group to remain consistent for the rest of the semester. Students who struggle with eating disorders are also often referred to Lori Lorditch, the only dietitian on Main Campus. Lorditch works at Student Health Services and said about 25 percent of the students she works with struggle with eating disorders. In Fall 2015, Lorditch and the eating disorder unit started meeting once per month to discuss cases and treatment plans for the students with whom they work. Both Lorditch and Napolitano previously worked at The Renfrew Center, a national eating disorder residential facility. Lorditch said at Renfrew, it was easier to communicate with therapists and give more comprehensive care because they all shared a space. “It’s a little more difficult now,” she said. “With scheduling it’s hard to communicate sometimes directly with therapists. They also have a lot of part-time therapists up there too, so sometimes their hours don’t line up with mine.” Madaus said she would like to see a comprehensive center dedicated to eating disorder recovery on Main Campus. “It’s important to have … a nutritionist that’s also talking to you as well,” Madaus said. “And maybe a personal trainer … just incorporating all of the elements, because I think you can’t just have a counselor when it’s an eating disorder. They’ll talk you through it, absolutely, but you also need [more] help.” Drexel University and the University

of Pennsylvania both have eating disorder centers to train doctoral students and to conduct research projects. Outpatient care and other services at the centers are not free and usually do not accept insurance. Lorditch said she sometimes posts fliers for paid research studies at Drexel’s Delta Clinic. She is also in the process of working with Drexel to collaborate on updating the Body Project, a four-week body positivity program last offered to Temple students in Fall 2016 through the Wellness Resource Center. Temple Eating Disorders, a research center in the psychology department, conducts similar research projects, but Lorditch said the center does not work closely with her or the eating disorders unit. Lorditch said she thinks Temple has great resources for students struggling with eating disorders, but the team is talking about ways to bring the resources together. She said an ideal “next step” would be a six- to eight-week program during which students have access to the full eating disorder team and other doctors from SHS. “It just makes a world of a difference when [students are] able to feel physically better in their bodies based on eating well and eating the right amount,” Lorditch said. “That kind of satisfaction is really rewarding.” “We prioritize so many other things before ourselves,” Madaus said. “Yourself is what’s most important, and not your physique. It’s more about how your mind is doing, how your soul is doing and then that’s when your body will follow.” @ernmrntweets

-Grace Shallow

New York jazz band to perform in TPAC On Thursday, the Temple Performing Arts Center will host musician Ryan Keberle & Catharsis as part of an ongoing concert series called The Rite of Swing: Jazz Cafe. Keberle is a New York City-based jazz musician who has performed along stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys. He also played in Saturday Night Live’s house band. The performance starts at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, and drinks will be available for purchase. -Patrick Bilow

Foundation to hold domestic abuse workshop

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore journalism major Sarah Madaus has dealt with an eating disorder since her senior year of high school. When she arrived at Temple, she found it difficult to find the right, continuous resources.

One Love Foundation — an organization that raises awareness about domestic abuse — will host a workshop about relationship violence in the Wellness Resource Center on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. For the first part of the workshop, participants will watch a research-based film about relationship abuse, then participate in a discussion about the warning signs of abuse and tips for a healthy relationship. Then, there will be a discussion for students who want to get involved in the foundation’s work.

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-Grace Shallow

Ambler students showcase work at flower show “Nieuwpolders: Regenerating the Dutch Custom of Land Recovery,” an exhibit built by landscape architecture and horticulture students from Ambler Campus for the Philadelphia Flower Show, opens on Saturday and will be on display until March 19. The exhibit explores how the Dutch’s environmental strategies can be applied in Philadelphia. The flower show, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 12th and Arch streets, has an overall theme of “Holland: Flowering the World.” It focuses on the country’s horticulture, like tulips and daffodils. -Grace Shallow

ART came across a book called “The Psychology of Children’s Art.” She was fascinated by the parallels across cultures when it came to children’s visual development. From there, she started to volunteer at a children’s hospital. The same ideology — that art can help enhance life for those in pain — is what she hopes the program can teach students in the school. Although students must receive a master’s degree in order to practice as an art therapist, Kay said the program will help prepare students who are interested in a graduate program. For students who choose not to pursue graduate school, the program could still lead to several career choices, with opportunities in nursing homes, community art centers and rehabilitation facilities. Tamryn McDermott, the director of admissions at Tyler and a 2005 master’s of art history alumna, saw interest in an art therapy program while she visited local high schools to meet with prospective students. “We suggested students to apply for

the visual studies major and psychology,” McDermott said. “But … so many students had an incredible interest in pursuing art therapy, so adding this just naturally fell into place.” Incoming freshmen have already been accepted into the program and paid their deposits, McDermott said. To apply, students must submit an art portfolio that shows potential to develop the skills necessary for art therapy. Requirements for the major include classes in studio art, psychology, art history and art therapy. The art therapy classes will include guest speakers, self-expressive art and fieldwork. Students who are interested in transferring into the major can speak with advising in the spring about applying for the fall semester, McDermott said. Art therapists are trained to interpret certain signs in a client’s artwork that can be an indicator of certain mental health issues. As undergraduate art therapy students, however, they will not learn how to make mental health assessments on clients by interpreting their artwork. “They will be exposed to it, but they will not learn it here,” Kay said. “It’s not in their realm of practice.” Students will instead be exposed to

a strong foundation in art courses and an opportunity to shadow an art therapist as part of their capstone course. The school currently offers Introduction to Art Therapy, which is taught by Kay. The class includes group art-making exercises, said Caroline Kline, a non-matriculated student enrolled in the class. The class created a combined mural project which featured artwork from each student. Kline said projects like this helped tie together required readings. “We learned how a combined mural could be a way for art therapists to assess how a person may be relating to other people,” Kline said. On Tuesday, Denise Wolf, an instructor in Drexel University’s Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program, will be speaking in Room B086 in Tyler. Her lecture, “Answered: Burning Questions About a Career in Art Therapy,” will run from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Kay said art therapy can be difficult to study and practice, but ultimately it is rewarding. “You need to be out there doing some work to see if you really do like this,” she said. “This is not easy. It’s painful to see people in pain.” @thetemplenews



Lambeth becomes scoring machine after goal-less freshman campaign



Cardoza named co-Coach of the year by conference The American Athletic Conference named coach Tonya Cardoza one of its two Coach of the Year recipients at a Friday press conference. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma also won the award. Cardoza coached Temple (24-7, 13-3 The American) to its seventh 20-win season in her nine-year tenure and became the Owls’ all-time wins leader this season. Cardoza has now won coach of the year awards in the Atlantic 10, Big 5 and The American. Last week, Temple was ranked both in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll for the third time in program history. The Owls earned their first national rank since the 2005-06 season. They fell out of the AP rankings after Saturday’s loss to South Florida. -Evan Easterling

KAIT MOORE FILE PHOTO Coach Tonya Cardoza (right), advises senior center Safiya Martin.


Mahoney signs pro deal ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore midfielder Amber Lambeth attempts to split the University of Maryland, Baltimore County defense during Saturday’s win.

The sophomore midfielder has 14 goals in seven games after not scoring any last season. By TESSA SAYERS Lacrosse Beat Reporter When Amber Lambeth was in fourth grade, she told her mom she wanted to play lacrosse. At first, Lambeth’s mom didn’t know anything about the sport. But soon Lambeth received two lacrosse sticks from her mom’s best friend, who played lacrosse in college. Her mom quickly went from not knowing what lacrosse was to becoming an essential part of her game. “I would play in the house with my sister,” the sophomore midfielder said. “And I would make my mom come outside with me and play.” Lambeth’s mom passed away at the end of her senior year at Souderton Area High School, right before graduation. While her mom is no longer on the sidelines at games, Lambeth continues to play with her in mind. “Her mom was a huge part in supporting her,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “And I know every day that she is out on the field it’s also to represent her mom, and that’s a big part of what makes her who she is.” At the end of her first year at Temple in 2016, Lambeth still hadn’t scored her first college goal. She tallied one assist and played in 11 of the Owls’ 19 games. Lambeth went into the offseason

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NCAA against Houston on Saturday. “At the end of the first half was when I really got going,” Fitzgerald said. “My shots weren’t really falling in the beginning and I was cold, but at the end of the first half I started going to basketball and had some momentum. By the second half I was just hot and I just rolled with it.” As the Owls were down by five with 53 seconds remaining in Saturday’s semifinal against South Florida, Atkinson was called for her fifth foul. She looked at the referee, trying to plead her case, but the call stood. Atkin-

knowing the team was graduating 12 seniors, including four of the team’s top five scorers. If she was willing to work for it, there would be an opportunity for her to assume a larger role in 2017. “I think last year was just a learning year for me,” Lambeth said. “I knew my first game in fall ball of last year that this is a whole other speed, and I wasn’t ready for the speed.” “I knew I had to put in time because there were really talented freshmen com-

She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fast, she’s smart and she’s an all-around hustler on the field. Rachel Barile Senior defender

ing in,” she added. “I didn’t take it for granted. I took advantage of it.” Lambeth focused on improving her speed and her stick skills, and the work paid off. Lambeth started all seven of Temple’s games this season and leads the team with 14 goals. She has three four-goal games, accomplishing the feat in the Owls’ wins against Rutgers University, Monmouth University and Lafayette College. She also has two assists. “I didn’t know last year that this year was going to be like this,” Lambeth said. “She holds herself to a really high standard,” senior attacker Brooke Williams said. “She gets frustrated when she’s

son crouched down, hitting her hands on the court. Cardoza hugged her before she took her place on the bench, fighting back tears when the camera zoomed in on her face. Atkinson could only watch as Temple’s chances of going to The American’s conference tournament final for the first time ended with a 63-58 loss to South Florida. The 64 teams in the NCAA tournament field will be announced on ESPN on March 13. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme projects the Owls as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament after Saturday’s loss. Cardoza had hoped that the team’s performance in the conference tourna-

not performing the way she wants to. That is something I really appreciate from her as a teammate because it shows the accountability and the leadership piece and that’s something we use a lot every day to make us a better team.” When Lambeth was a senior captain at Souderton Area High School in 2015, she led her team to the third round in districts. It was the furthest the school had ever been. She tallied 182 goals and 61 assists in her high school career. She was a firstteam Philly region U.S. Lacrosse AllAmerican as a senior. “Leadership comes naturally to Amber,” said Leah Goodwin, one of Lambeth’s high school teammates. “I grew up playing lacrosse with her and she always led. Amber was someone I could go to on or off the field for advice and I could always rely on her to be honest with me.” Now, in her sophomore year, Lambeth has once again stepped into a new role of not only starting, but also turning into one of Temple’s biggest threats. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fast, she’s smart and she’s an all-around hustler on the field,” senior defender Rachel Barile said. “She’s one of our biggest threats attacking.” But Lambeth is still focused on improving. “I want to perfect what I have now and work on what I can get better at,” Lambeth said. “And have different options, not just be a one move player.”

Senior defender Matt Mahoney signed with Bethlehem Steel FC, the United Soccer League affiliate of the MLS’ Philadelphia Union. The contract, announced by the team on Friday, is pending league approval. Mahoney first joined Steel FC on a trial on Feb. 1 during the team’s preseason camp. In his four-year career with the Owls, Mahoney played in all 73 games, scored three goals and dished four assists. He spent the last two years as a team captain, helping Temple to back-to-back 10win seasons and an undefeated home record in 2016. -Evan Easterling


Rapacz earns U.S. national team tryout Junior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz participated in the USA Volleyball National Team Tryout from Friday to Sunday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U.S. Collegiate National Team offers three competition options. The team will take a group of 12 athletes on its Tour of Thailand from May 19-30 and its Tour of Europe from July 5 to 16. Team USA projects to take 36 athletes on its USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships run from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis. Rapacz earned first-team all-American Athletic Conference honors in 2016. She played 118 sets and was second on the team in kills per set. Rapacz was one of 238 high school and college athletes selected for the tryout and one of 51 outside hitters. The team will be selected at the end of the month and those selected can begin training in Anaheim, California this spring. -Evan Easterling


Conference officials consider adding new team


ment could possibly move the Owls up to as high as a 4 or 5 seed, but the loss to South Florida cost her team another resume-boosting win. Temple is in a lot better shape than last season when the Owls ended the year ranked No. 55. The Owls end the season ranked No. 18 in RPI. The team also has four Top 50 RPI wins, including victories against South Florida and DePaul University. The Bulls are ranked No. 29 in the RPI and DePaul is ranked No. 17. Last season, Temple had two wins against the Top 50.

High-ranking American Athletic Conference officials are considering adding Wichita State University to the league, according to a report from TMG College Sports on Thursday. Wichita State president John Bardo and members of the Shockers’ athletic department declined to comment to the site. Wichita State’s men’s basketball team clinched its sixth straight NCAA tournament berth by winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Sunday. The Shockers reached the Final Four in 2013. Wichita State’s women’s basketball team made three straight NCAA tournaments before going 8-22 last season. The American has 11 members for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s tennis and volleyball. Navy joined The American as a football-only member for the 2015 season to bring the conference’s membership to 12. -Evan Easterling @TTN_Sports





for Cut athletes: teams gone, but relationships remain CUTS | PAGE 1 Dec. 6, 2013. Kevin Clark, the former athletic director and current executive vice president and chief operating officer, delivered the announcement in less than three minutes. “It was, to me, being told like your child just died,” said Kustin, now a senior mechanical engineering major. “I don’t want to put it that bad, but like this is my dream coming true, competing in D-I gymnastics, and it just felt like it was snatched away from me.” “It was just like a bomb just dropped in the Pavilion when they told us,” said Jimmy Kerrigan, then a sophomore baseball player who later transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University. “Everybody was really just kind of in panic mode.” Coaches left for other jobs while studentathletes had to decide whether to stay at Temple or transfer to another school to compete. Students who were freshmen then are now mostly seniors, preparing to graduate after a different journey than they once expected. ‘NOT THE TRADITIONAL PATH’ Simon Mathews didn’t expect to pitch on Feb. 13, 2015, the night of his first game with Georgetown University, but he said he was still a little “afraid” as he sat in the bullpen at Wake Forest’s David F. Couch Ballpark. After Temple announced it was cutting its baseball program, Mathews, then a freshman geography and urban studies major, used winter break to reconnect with schools that recruited him while he was in high school. Once the season began and he started pitching poorly, he said, the only school that was still interested in him was Georgetown. In 12 games with Temple in 2014, he had an 0-7 record and an earned run average higher than 10. Mathews called himself the “worst pitcher” in Division I. Georgetown coach Pete Wilk and former pitching coach Erik Supplee didn’t care about Mathews’ statistics from his freshman year, Mathews said. Wilk and Supplee offered him a scholarship. Their trust paid off. Mathews finished the 2015 season with a 3.57 ERA to help the Hoyas reach their first Big East tournament since 1986. Last season, he was the team’s Saturday starter during league games and led the team in innings pitched. He started 13 games and won five of them, posting a 2.45 ERA. Mathews, now a senior, is a team captain and earned preseason all-conference distinction. “It’s not the traditional path through college athletics, certainly not through college baseball, but it’s certainly been a fun one and certainly helped me get better,” Mathews said. Kerrigan was the second batter for Virginia Commonwealth to step to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to face Mathews on that February 2015 night. The year before, the two were teammates. He went 1-for-2 against Mathews, getting an infield single in the seventh inning for his first hit as a Ram. Kerrigan led the Rams in on-base percentage and stolen bases in 2015 to help Virginia Commonwealth win the Atlantic 10 Conference and reach the Super Regional round of the College World Series. He was tied for the team lead in doubles, RBI and stolen bases last season, helping the Rams reach the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinal. Kerrigan grew up in South Philadelphia and is a 2012 alumnus of Saints Neumann Goretti High School, which won three Philadelphia Catholic League titles in his career. He was in former Owls’ coach Ryan Wheeler’s first recruiting class. “I look back, I’m like, ‘I wonder what it would have been like to just kind of stay around here and kind of be the leaders of a team, like

with those guys junior and senior year, and kind of see where we were going in a new conference,’” Kerrigan said. “I’m not mad,” he added. “I mean, it worked out. I got a ring out of it so, and I got to meet some new people and get to go to VCU and just like go see different places and stuff, so that’s been nice.” Once he realized he’d have to transfer to continue his baseball career, Kerrigan sent emails to every school on Temple’s 2014 schedule, including Radford University and St. Joseph’s, both of which he visited. He considered staying in Philadelphia and transferring to St. Joe’s, but decided to head to Richmond, Virginia instead. Temple and Virginia Commonwealth’s campuses are similar, he said, and when he visited toward the end of Spring 2014, “it just felt right.” Kerrigan has used all four years of his NCAA eligibility and will graduate with a health, physical education and exercise science degree in May, after taking an extra two semesters of classes. He will intern with Rams’ Director of Sports Performance Tim Kontos as he pursues a career as a college strength coach. On Dec. 13, 2016, Kerrigan signed a contract to play professionally in Missouri with the River City Rascals. The Rascals play in the Frontier League, based in the Midwest and unaffiliated with MLB. He said he’ll report to spring training in late April. “I’m excited to get started,” Kerrigan said. “It’s an opportunity for sure. You gotta take advantage of it.” MORE THAN TEAMMATES Murray State University’s softball team traveled from Kentucky to Conway, South Carolina in mid-February 2015 for a weekend slate of four games. The Racers’ last game was against host Coastal Carolina University. When Coastal Carolina sent Kelsey Dominik to the mound to start the game, Kaylyn Zierke didn’t mind that she wasn’t in the lineup. She didn’t want to hit off her old teammate. In 2014, Zierke was a freshman and Dominik was a sophomore on Temple’s softball team. “I would have went up and probably would have never took the bat off my shoulder,” Zierke said. “But she probably would have walked me, because we both have that same feeling.” Dominik started in all 45 games at either pitcher or first base, finishing tied for second on the team in RBI. Zierke started in 44 of the Owls’ games, including 34 at catcher. She caught 15 of Dominik’s 20 starts on the mound, including Temple’s American Athletic Conference tournament game against the University of Louisville. Zierke said the two remained training partners even after they transferred to different schools. Dominik is still one of her best friends. Zierke remains close with several of her former Temple teammates. In Summer 2015, Erin Drennan, Jessica Haug, Amanda Gatt and Zierke took a trip to California to visit Toni Santos, who started 39 games as freshman in 2014. Santos is currently a senior outfielder for the University of the Pacific, near California’s Bay Area. They spent about a week living in Santos’ house, hanging out and sightseeing, Gatt said. Zierke, Santos, Gatt and Cassidy Trause, all freshmen in 2014, shared a suite on the fourth floor of Morgan Hall South. Drennan lived across the hallway and Haug lived upstairs. “It wasn’t just like we were teammates,” Gatt said. “We definitely became like very, very close friends, so it was very tough to leave everyone.” After starting all but one game for Temple, Zierke only started 17 of Murray State’s 57 games in 2015. She leaned on her old teammates for guidance. “A lot of people don’t understand what exactly happened,” Zierke said. “So when you

transfer they’re like, ‘Oh, you probably left because something was wrong with you.’ And I was like, ‘No, my team got cut.’ … No one knows what it feels like except for the people that actually went through it.” Zierke returned to Philadelphia in 2015, this time to St. Joe’s. Her former coach at Temple, Joe DiPietro, contacted Hawks’ assistant coach Brooke Darreff — a graduate assistant for the Owls in 2012 — to see if they needed a catcher. St. Joe’s played Drexel University — where DiPietro is in his first year as an assistant coach — last fall, and will face the Dragons again in May. Dominik, now an assistant coach at La Salle, will share the field with Zierke again on April 26 when the Explorers host a doubleheader against the Hawks. Zierke enters this season after earning first team Atlantic 10 distinction in 2016. The difference between her 2015 and 2016 seasons was the opportunity to play, she said. She started in all 52 games of St. Joe’s run to the Atlantic 10 championship. She wrote “TUSB” on her wrist before every game. “I took a different mindset that year, and I just played for the girls that aren’t playing anymore,” Zierke said. “Because we have players that quit their teams, leave their teams, go back to Temple, everything like that. If that Temple thing never happened, they would still be playing at Temple. So it’s more like that mindset of ‘play for them.’” Gatt is one of those students who isn’t playing anymore. She transferred to Siena College, near her hometown of Voorheesville, New York, for the 2014-15 academic year. She earned second team all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors while at Siena, winning 10 games on the mound. But Gatt wasn’t as happy as she was at Temple. She quit the team in the fall of her junior year and without her softball scholarship, decided to transfer to the University at Albany, where her father works. She graduated from Albany in December with a psychology major and sociology minor. In January, Gatt worked two part-time jobs, including giving softball lessons, while she applied to graduate school. “It wasn’t so much about the college experience anymore,” Gatt said. “It was kind of picking a school to finish my education.” Haug always wanted to go to either Penn State or Temple. The opportunity to play college softball swayed her toward Temple. After the softball program was cut, Haug transferred to Penn State Abington. Instead of softball, she tried out for the women’s basketball team despite not having played since her sophomore year of high school. She played nine games as a sophomore in the 2014-15 season for a Nittany Lions’ squad that played in the Division III tournament in Oregon. She now has a second shot at Division I softball this season at Penn State’s main campus. She transferred to University Park in Fall 2015 and played club softball before she walked onto the Nittany Lions’ roster in Spring 2016. Gatt and others ask what could have happened if their teams had all four years. Instead of heading into their senior year together, the freshmen from the 2014 softball team now communicate through a group chat. “It’s more of a stability here, but it’s not the same that it was at Temple,” Zierke said. “It’s just something that I kind of like had to let go and get over.” A SECOND CHANCE Pat Krall stood in line with his mom and girlfriend waiting to get inside the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta in June 2016 when he got a phone call. It was a scout. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 28th round of the MLB draft. Instead of signing a professional contract, Krall decided to return to Clemson University in South Carolina to finish his college career,

which began at Temple and took him to two different schools with three different coaches in his first three years. After the cuts were announced, Krall talked to then redshirt-senior corner infielder Robert Amaro’s dad David, who played baseball at Duke University. “‘Treat this spring year like an opening tryout, like for high school almost,’” David told him. Proving himself wasn’t anything new for Krall. When he was in high school, he received offers from Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools at the Division II level, like Millersville University and West Chester University, but Temple was the only Division I school to offer him a spot. The cuts were almost like a second chance out of high school. In 16 games as a freshman in 2014, Krall held opponents to a .181 batting average in 27.1 innings pitched to win co-Big 5 Rookie of the Year. Krall went from pitching in front of crowds of mostly parents in Temple’s 2014 home games to playing in front of thousands. While Temple averaged less than 200 fans in its 16 home games in its final season, Clemson averaged 4,664 fans at its home games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2016. The size of crowds had him shellshocked at first, Krall said. At Temple, Krall was one of four freshmen and two transfers, but at Clemson, he was one of the more than 10 new players on the roster fighting for playing time. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re kind of on the team, because of roster spots,’” Krall said. “It was kind of like, ‘If you don’t perform, you’re going to have to look elsewhere to play if you really want to play.’” He led the team in appearances in his first year with the Tigers in 2015, and only allowed four of the 23 runners he inherited to score. The 6-foot-6-inch lefthander followed up his 2015 season with a 10-2 record and 1.67 ERA in 26 relief outings and three starts in 2016. His ERA was less than one and his strikeouts-to-walks ratio was four to one in his relief appearances. When Krall was at Temple, the Downingtown West High School alumnus’ mom could easily make it to games. But when he made his first-career start at Clemson on Mother’s Day 2016 against North Carolina State University, his mother, Sharon, was in the stands to watch him pitch for only the fourth time in the 2016 season. She watched him earn a complete game victory. Krall has made his mark on Clemson’s record books. Using craftiness and deception instead of overpowering hitters, he finished seventh in Division I in ERA and 10th in walks and hits allowed per innings pitched in 2016, while also winning the team’s most valuable pitcher award. He ranks ninth in Tiger history in appearances and became the first Tiger to win ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also became the first Clemson relief pitcher to earn first-team All-America honors since 1995, when Scott Winchester, who pitched in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds from 1997-01, did it. This season, Krall is a full-time starting pitcher for the first time. He hopes he can carve out his own big-league career. “Just looking at what I’ve done from high school to now, there’s no doubt in my mind I can make it all the way,” Krall said. “With the right guidance, I think I could do it. … So I’m really looking forward to just saying I play at that level and if I ever do reach the big time show, being able to talk to friends like, ‘Yeah, one of us did make it, guys.’” @Evan_Easterling In our March 21 issue, The Temple News will highlight the athletes who stayed here when their sports were cut. @TTN_sports





Salim-Beasley’s team continues breaking records The Owls have topped their program record for team score four times this season. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR Women’s Gymnastics Beat Reporter When coach Umme Salim-Beasley gathered her team together after its meet on Feb. 19 in New Hampshire, she knew that there was cause for celebration. “Umme got us together and said that she could have shed a tear because that was the most fought-for meet she’d ever watched in her life,” sophomore co-captain Breahna Wiczkowski said. Temple broke the 194-point mark for the first time in program history in its meet against the University of New Hampshire. “It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that you’re a part of history,” Wiczkowski said. “It really motivates us to know that even on days that aren’t our best, we can still break records.” Following that meet came another program record score. The Owls scored a 194.9 on Wednesday in Maryland. For the fourth time in their last six meets, the Owls topped a previous program record. “I think that breaking the school

record was a goal that [the team] had for this year,” Salim-Beasley said. “From that point on, our goal has just been to improve from one week to the next, and it just happens to be that we’ve broken school records.” “When I go up to do my routine, there’s so much to think about that I can’t think about [records] at all,” senior co-captain Briana Odom said. In those four meets, the team has only placed first once, at the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational in McGonigle Hall on Feb. 4. In the other three meets, the team has placed fourth, second and third. In the first meet, Temple lost to Towson University, West Virginia University and the University North Carolina. After that, the team lost a dual-meet to New Hampshire. The team took third behind the University of Maryland and New Hampshire on Wednesday. Temple won its dual meet against Cornell University on Saturday. “After the [New Hampshire] meet, we all just came together, and we were proud that we broke the 194 mark,” Odom said. “It wasn’t about taking second to New Hampshire. It was that we had done our best throughout the season and in our program’s history.” “It was a little weird to get the 194 and be excited about that and still get second,” Wiczkowski said. “But at the same time, it’s more about what we can do as a team beating last

JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior all-around Sahara Gipson scores a 9.275 on the bar at the Feb. 4 Ken Anderson Invitational in McGonigle Hall.

week’s team.” Salim-Beasley, her staff and the gymnasts understand that there is always room for improvement, especially on a team on which six out of the 19 athletes are freshmen. “I think that we have to keep things in perspective,” Salim-Beasley said. “Yes we’ve broken the school record, but we’re capable of so much more and it’s important that [the

team] understands that each time out is a new opportunity.” The Owls will compete against the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on March 10 before returning to North Broad to close out the regular season in their third and final home meet on March 12. After that, it’s on to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Cham-

pionship, hosted by Brown University. “To improve, we have to stay consistent to what we are doing,” Odom said. “I think that a 195 is in our very very near future.”

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GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior sabre Victoria Suber (left), avoids her partner’s weapon at practice on Wednesday.

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FENCING going forward, but we knew that it was something that could happen,” Keft said. “So, we just did what we had to do and fence like we always do and it came into fruition.” The trio of Owls entered this season as squad leaders of their respective weapons. Kemnitzer is the foil leader, Suber is the sabre leader and Keft is the epee leader. Temple lost a half-dozen seniors last season, which left a void. Suber, Kemnitzer and Keft met for squad meetings to discuss what skills they needed to better on a weekly basis after practice in coach Nikki Franke’s office in Pearson Hall. Suber said it became easier as the season went on to talk to her younger teammates and hold them accountable. But the group of seniors knew what they wanted to do as squad leaders. They wanted to emulate traits that former squad leaders Demi Antipas and Fatima Largaespada brought to practice last season, like open communication and team friendships.

“Having those connections and those friendships and that stability outside, it makes it easier to come to practice and give it 100 percent,” Kemnitzer said. Suber, a Lexington, Massachusetts native, said she wasn’t even sure if she was going to go to Temple. She was hoping to enroll at Penn, but she also applied to Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After two visits to Temple, Suber wasn’t just sold on the fencing program, but also on Philadelphia. She said the city felt like a natural fit. “This senior class is so committed to this team and they so easily put the team in front of themselves, they are so unselfish, and that’s one of the characteristics of this group,” Franke said. “They care about the team, they care about each other and they are just committed to the team’s success in addition to their individual success. And that is very special, not everybody is like that.” @Ignudo5

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AMERICAN Owls will need to pick up a semifinal win followed by a championship victory to punch their NCAA tournament ticket. Temple hasn’t yet shown that it is capable of winning the conference tournament. The Owls are 0-7 against the league’s top four teams, and this year, Temple has only won back-to-back games once since starting play in The American. But the Owls will make some conference history if they can pull off the feat. “I feel like we didn’t play our best basketball in conference play,” redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle said. “I feel like we defeated ourselves. Credit to SMU and Cincinnati and UCF, those guys. They definitely came and played their best basketball and beat us, but I think our best basketball has yet to come.” In The American’s first three years of existence, only one team seeded seventh or worse advanced past the quarterfinal round. Tulane picked up two wins and advanced to the semifinals as the No. 10 seed last year. The lowest seeded team to win the conference tournament is Connecticut, which won as the fifth

We’re trying to win every single game that we play. More than that, we’re trying to win every single possession that we play. Fran Dunphy Coach

seed last season. Temple has advanced to The American’s semifinals in each of the past two years. The Owls were the No. 1 seed in last year’s conference tournament after winning The American’s regular-season title. After a quarterfinal win against South Florida, Temple lost to UConn 77-62 in the conference semifinals. In 2015, Temple was seeded fourth. The Owls beat Memphis before losing to Southern Methodist in the semifinals. “Being an underdog, we’re not expected to do anything,” sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. said. “Last year we were expected to win. I think we play better when we’re not expected to win.” @Owen_McCue






Conference tournament starts on Thursday The Owls play East Carolina in the first game of the American Athletic Conference tournament. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor After a two-year hiatus, the Owls returned to the NCAA tournament last year when they were awarded an at-large berth. Despite two early Top 25 wins against West Virginia University and Florida State University, Temple’s 2017 resume won’t be enough to get the Owls into this year’s 68team field. The Owls (16-15, 7-11 American Athletic Conference) will need to win their conference tournament to earn an automatic qualification into the tournament. This means Temple will have to win four games in a row if it wants a chance to continue its season. “We’re trying to win every single game that we play,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “More than that, we’re trying to win every single possession that we play. That’s the mindset that we’re in.” Temple enters the tournament as the eighth seed. The Owls will play their first tournament game against the ninth seed, East Carolina, on Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. The two teams split their two games against each other in the regular season. Temple picked up an 81-62 home win on Jan. 7. The Pirates won the second meeting, defeating the Owls 78-64 in Greenville, North Carolina on Feb. 15. If Temple can handle East Carolina, the Owls will play Southern Methodist, The American’s regular-season champion. The Owls lost 79-65 in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 4. Temple fell again 66-50 in the second matchup on Feb. 9. After a win against the Mustangs, the


HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald drives past a Southern Methodist defender in the Owls’ 66-52 win on Feb. 15 at McGonigle Hall.

THE WAITING GAME The Owls will have a week until their NCAA tournament fate is decided. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS & KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporters


fter losing to South Florida in last season’s American Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, Temple was unsure of its postseason fate. For a week, the Owls practiced not knowing if they were headed to the NCAA tournament — their coveted objective — or the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. When the 64 teams in the NCAA tournament were announced on Selection Monday last year, Temple was not one of them. “We control our own destiny, and I don’t

think we did enough,” coach Tonya Cardoza told The Temple News after learning her team’s fate last March. On Sunday, the Owls faced South Florida in the conference tournament semifinals and lost once again. However, with a 24-7 record, a handful of top wins and a strong Ratings Percentage Index ranking, the Owls feel they can sit a little easier this year. “We’re feeling more confident this year, knowing the work that we’ve done,” Cardoza said at a press conference after Saturday’s loss to the Bulls. “But a win [against South Florida] would’ve really put us over the edge for a better seed.” Temple entered the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed, receiving a bye for the first round after a 13-3 conference record. It is the

highest seed the Owls have earned since joining The American. On Friday, the conference recognized the team for its strong season. Senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald was named a first-team all-American Athletic Conference selection, and junior guard Alliya Butts earned a second team selection. Junior guard Tanaya Atkinson won The American’s Sixth Player of the Year. Cardoza was named The American’s co-coach of the year with Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. She is the first person besides Auriemma to win the award. Fitzgerald scored 30 points in Temple’s opening-round conference tournament win



Senior trio helps guide team to record-setting season Sabre Victoria Suber, epee Alexandra Keft and foil Kristen Kemnitzer are leaders of their squads. By TOM IGNUDO Fencing Beat Reporter

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior epee Alexandra Keft (right), takes a break at practice on Wednesday in Pearson Hall.

Victoria Suber took her attention off the foil and sabre strip for a brief second and glanced at the epee strip. She noticed senior epee Alexandra Keft lying on the ground with her leg elevated getting her ankle taped by her trainer. Suber didn’t know what happened, but shortly after refocusing on the foil strip, the senior sabre heard applause from her teammates and the Senior Day crowd at McGonigle Hall. Keft rolled her ankle with the score tied at 13 against Princeton University, ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Coaches Poll. On her way back to the strip, she focused on just getting one more point, and did so to

knock off Princeton 14-13 at the Temple Invitational on Feb. 26. “I try not to think about winning the match,” Keft said. “Instead, I just focus on getting that one touch and that just brings me down from this level of anxiety to calm and focused and to just get the job done.” Keft finished with a team best 8-1 record at the Temple Invitational, where Temple defeated No. 4 Penn 15-12. The Owls went 2-1 against ranked opponents as they fell 16-11 to Penn State. The Owls finished their dual meets 34-9 — the most wins in program history. They broke the 28-8 record set in the 2013-14 season. Keft, Suber and senior foil Kristen Kemnitzer were freshmen that season. Keft said breaking the program’s record for wins wasn’t one of the goals the Owls set at the beginning of the season. But Keft and the rest of the Owls realized that it was achievable after they went 11-1 at the Northwestern Duals in February to improve to 25-8. “We didn’t really think about it too much






Coach Umme Salim-Beasley’s team has broken the program record for all-around team score four times this season.

Check out the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament bracket to see which school Temple plays first.

Sophomore midfielder Amber Lambeth, the team’s leading scorer, thinks of her late mother every time she steps on the field.

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This year’s insert is all about choosing your own adventure.


fter working 35 hours in a stuffy, small office on Dublin’s north side, I yearned for the chance to relax and have a pint of Carlsberg beer with friends. I interned at a newspaper in Dublin this summer and I quickly found my “place” to drink a pint. The Workman’s Club faces the River Liffey, a waterway that divides the city’s north and south sides. The darkening blue sky and street lights reflected on the river, leaving me relaxed and warm after the seven-hour day. It wasn’t necessarily the Carlsberg that made me feel warm. It was the end-of-day sunlight waning in through Workman’s secondfloor windows, brightening the checkered linoleum floor. It was the familiarity and personality of the bartenders. It was my friends, whose laughter echoed through the relatively empty bar. What I really enjoyed about Workman’s was its flexibility. After 9 p.m., the club was packed with young Irish faces, and even visitors like me. On the first floor, you could catch local or international artists playing in a cabaret-like room with maroon walls. In contrast, on the second floor, you’d find a DJ playing pop and EDM tracks, with bar-goers jumping and stirring. The movement could be felt from the first floor. There’s a theme here — a loose one — but it’s all tied together through individuality. It’s not always about the Happy Hour deals, or a tasteful whiskey sour, but often it’s about the warm feeling you get after you find your place to relax after a long week of work or classes. Temple’s nearly 40,000 students all have different interests and quirks. In this year’s Bar Guide, The Temple News gives an inside look into the city’s top bars, whether you’re interested in music, good food, dancing or dive bars. Whatever fills you with warmth on your days off, there’s a place for you here.


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The 700: a regulars’bar by day, dance club by night Ukiah Carbone-Gambon, a regular at The 700, said the Northern Liberties bar is the closest he’ll ever come to being in the TV show “Cheers.” “I can just walk in and [the bartender] will have a drink ready most of the time and everybody knows each other, everybody supports each other and it’s the motley-est crew I’ve ever met,” Carbone-Gambon said. “I’ve met some of the most wonderful people ever here.” The 700, on 2nd Street near Fairmount Avenue, is often screening soccer games on the ground floor. There’s a set of regulars, including Carbone-Gambon, artists, contractors and the “Happy Hour Hen,” who sells fresh eggs harvested from her farm in South Jersey on Thursdays. On weekends, though, the second floor opens and the bar becomes a club. “Once Friday night, Saturday night rolls around and it’s like 10, all the kids start lining up and they all want to go up to the club, which is the dance floor,” Carbone-Gambon said. “So that’s the other big appeal. That’s one of the best parts about this place, is that it changes its face, it becomes a whole different thing. So us older heads, we don’t mind getting out and letting the kids go.” Oona Jones, a bartender at The 700 since 2008, said the bar “has a corner-bar feel, but then it has the

frat house element upstairs.” She said the low prices, the Northern Liberties location and the dancing attract college students from all over the city. The bar serves more than 80 bottled beers, including beer from local microbreweries like Philadelphia Brewing Company, Sly Fox and Yards. “On the weekend it gets very young and fun and very old-school, like hip-hop and dance,” Jones said. “And they’re always busy, it’s crazy.” Carbone-Gambon said the bar’s versatility is what makes it “one of the most special places” in the city. “It’s not like anything goes here, but it’s a very supportive community,” he added.

-ERIN MORAN Menu highlights Philadelphia, Sly Fox & Yards beers: $4 Cocktails start at $4.50 If you’re interested in The 700, try these Howl at the Moon The Barbary Rumor

ANGELA GERVASI FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Ukiah Carbone-Gambon, a frequent patron ofThe 700 on 2nd Street near Fairmount Ave, reminisces about his time at the Northern Liberties bar.

London Grill: American-style dining and domestic drinks

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS The Fairmount Special (top), which includes sausage, fried tomatoes, spicy mayo, Asian cole slaw, cheese and bacon served on an English Muffin is a Happy Hour deal at the London Grill. Palm, a Belgian ale, is one of several craft beers offered at the restaurant, along with more than 400 bottles of liquor.

John Bradley’s favorite dish at the London Grill is the signature London Burger with a fried egg. “Once you start eating it, there’s no stopping,” said Bradley, the bar’s manager and a 2014 finance alumnus. “Once it’s cracked, it becomes a mess.” London Grill is a restaurant and bar on Fairmount Avenue near 23rd Street. The building has been a bar since 1843, but 1981 English and communications alumna Terry Berch McNally and Chef Michael McNally took ownership of the bar in 1991. When it first opened in the 19th century, it was called the Golden Lager Saloon, Bradley said. Paris Wine Bar, London Grill’s sister restaurant opened next door in 2012. The Frenchinspired space serves local wines. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere extends from the restaurant and bar areas to its outdoor seating. Ronald Turner, a senior architecture major and waiter, said a lot of college students visit the bar regularly. “I think a lot of people are looking for that kind of place that’s away from campus, something that’s a different atmosphere,” Turner said. “It’s just the perfect spot to get out and do your thing and not feel the weight of school or anything like that.”

Bradley said the Szechuan duck spring rolls — which have been on the menu for 20 years — are the best appetizer on the menu. The London Grill has an extensive back bar. It’s known for craft beers and cocktails, like the sweet tea vodka, house lemonade cocktail and the Chocolate Cherry Love Child, made with cherry vodka, chocolate bitters, Yards Love Stout and Coca-Cola. One of the bar’s specialty beers is Stoudt’s Willie Sutton lager, which was named after a resident who lived across the street from the London Grill. “We do have one of the most extensive back bars in the city,” Bradley said. “We have hundreds of bottles behind there. So if you came in and wanted something, more than likely, I could make it.”

-MORIAH THOMAN Menu highlights Szechuan duck spring rolls: $13 London burger: $13 Beer Bucket Special: 4 craft cans for $15 If you’re interested in The London Grill, try these Silk City Taproom on 19th Good Dog Bar @thetemplenews




Locust Rendezvous: an unchanging atmosphere The inside of Locust Rendezvous looks the same as it did on Michele Recupido’s first day behind the bar 27 years ago. Recupido is the general manager of the dive bar, which is nicknamed “the Vous,” on Locust Street near 15th in Center City. She said the nostalgic atmosphere created by the wood paneling, black ceiling and twinkle lights is intentional. “We make everyone feel real at home,” Recupido said. “If you’re here and in 45 minutes time you say to somebody, ‘This place reminds me of...’ we hooked you.” Recupido said college students are attracted by cheap drink prices — none of the bar’s “Back to Basics” bottled beers are more than $6. Two beers and one

shot are featured each week at reduced prices. The Vous also hosts Quizzo every Wednesday night. The bar’s food is 80 percent homemade, Recupido said. The crock of French onion soup, made with applejack brandy and red wine, is “absolutely killer,” she said. Over the past three decades, Recupido said she’s seen the neighborhood change a lot, but the bar has developed a regular set of faces that staff members see every day. “We’re a constant in the transient Center City,” Recupido said.

-GRACE SHALLOW Menu highlights Crock of French onion: $4.95 Weekly featured craft beers: $3.50 a pint Weekly featured domestics: $2 a can If you’re interested in Locust Rendezvous, try these Oscar’s Tavern Bob & Barbara’s Lounge Tattooed Mom

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Locust Rendezvous, a dive bar on Locust Street near 15th, opened in 1989. General Manager Michele Recupido, shown taking a customer’s order, said the bar tries to preserve the same look it had when it opened.

Bourbon & Branch: live music and‘grandma’ s cooking’

LUCY THORNTON FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Garage, a sports bar in Fishtown, offers more than 400 types of beer and whiskey. The bar also boasts that it has the largest collection of canned beer in the city.

Garage: hundreds of beers‘for everybody’ The original Garage bar, located in South Philly near Geno’s Steaks, began as an auto-body garage. The owners bought it, renovated it and turned it into a carthemed sports bar. The Fishtown location, on Girard Avenue near Frankford, opened in August and has a similar vibe. The sports bar has nine flat-screen TVs, a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling and a built-in food truck. The food truck is actually a full-service kitchen that food vendors and catering companies can rent out for the night. On Thursday, BAO Wow WOW, an Asian fusion vendor, served Chinese buns, or steamed bread filled with meat, from the truck. John Anthony, a junior exercise and sport science major, worked as a barback and a member of security for three years at the South Philly location. When the Fishtown location opened over the summer, he became a bartender. “On the weekends, it’s definitely very busy,” Anthony said. “We

do a lot of volume on the weekends. Weekdays, little bit of a more mellow crowd, depending on whether or not there’s a show down the street at The Fillmore.” Anthony said he often sees his classmates at the bar. Students enjoy coming to Garage Fishtown because “there’s a lot of vibes here that are pretty cool and they’re a lot different than up near campus,” he added. He said a lot of people come to watch sports or play pool, but the bar’s skee ball machines also draw a crowd. On Friday nights, Anthony said the bar has a “house party vibe.” Anthony’s favorite thing about the bar is its wide selection of beers. Garage only carries canned beer, like Blah Blah Blah IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery and Guava Islander tropical IPA from Coronado Brewing Company. “That’s kind of our thing,” he said. “We have over 430 different kinds of beer, so we have something for everybody here.” “I like helping people with discovering new beers,” Anthony added. “That’s kind of fun to me.”

The food at Bourbon & Branch is perfect if you miss your grandma’s cooking, Larissa Karan, the bar’s services manager, said. Bourbon & Branch, on 2nd Street near Fairmount Avenue, is a restaurant and live music bar. The Northern Liberties bar focuses on cooking delicious food at low prices, accompanied by musical performances every night. “It’s super casual and very comfortable,” Karan said. “It’s just a good place to chat with the people who work here, hang out with your friends, eat delicious food and, of course, drink.” The restaurant menu at Bourbon & Branch is inspired by southern Creole cooking, which Alex Carbonell — the executive chef and owner — became interested in after he started cooking Cuban “comida criolla,” or local cuisine, when he was growing up in Florida. Carbonell took over the restaurant in 2014 and renamed it Bourbon & Branch after his wife’s favorite drink. He has opened five restaurants so far in his career. Until 2 p.m. on weekends, the downstairs restaurant serves Southern-style brunch. The menu features a $14 eggs benedict topped with pork that is slow-smoked for 30 hours. The dish is served with Texas Toast, poached eggs, roasted tomato and a beer-cheese sauce to tie it all together. It also has a Quizzo night every Monday, when customers can win $50 in cash by competing in the trivia game and a finalist can win $500 at the

end of a tournament. Karan said the upstairs section of Bourbon & Branch has shows almost every night, including hip hop, comedy, indie and drag shows. Bourbon & Branch began hosting singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore, a 2010 film and media arts alumnus, as an artist-inresidency last week. He will play on Thursday and again on March 16. Kingfisher, a jazzrock fusion band made up of Temple students, will play on March 24. The bar also has a large selection of bourbons, fitting with its name. It also offers specialty drinks like “The Flaming Ricky,” which has pitted cherries flambéed with raw sugar, St. Germain liqueur, cardamom-infused gin, lime and Angostura, a botanically-infused alcoholic mixture. At Bourbon & Branch, happy hour is on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, another happy hour goes from 9-11 p.m. and features $5 whiskey cocktails.

-TAYLOR HORN Menu highlights $5 bar snacks during Happy Hour Bang Bang (buffalo) chicken sandwich: $13 Most bourbons between $4-6 If you like Bourbon & Branch, try these Johnny Brenda’s Ortlieb’s Kung Fu Necktie

-ERIN MORAN If you like Garage, try these Xfinity Live Fox and Hound Chickie’s and Pete’s Menu highlights Happy Hour 5-7 M-F: $2 Hamm’s and Narragansett cans $4 pickleback shots $1 off all draft beers

NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Heart Harbor, an electroacoustic solo artist, performed on Thursday at Bourbon & Branch. Heart Harbor is a stage name for Kerry Hallet, a 2007 art history alumna.




The New Barber’ s Hall:‘We cater to everybody’ Glittery posters line the walls at the New Barber’s Hall, advertising sauteed crabs and 25-cent chicken wing deals. It’s only 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, but friends are already starting to unwind, laughing together as 50 Cent plays from the jukebox. In just a few hours, it will be karaoke night, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. General Manager Charlotte Adams, whose uncle is the owner, said customers come out every Tuesday for the 25-cent chicken wing deal, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight when a customer buys a drink. Barber’s Hall opened on Oxford Street near Carlisle almost 40 years ago. Adams said the bar still serves the same clientele — North Philadelphia residents — but as Temple has developed, the staff has seen more students come in, too. “The clientele is getting bigger,” said Adams, who has worked at the bar for 30 years. “[It’s a] mixed clientele. We cater to everybody.” She added that the bar often hosts sorority meetings once or twice a month. Now, patrons are coming from all over the city — not just North Philly — for birthday parties and weekly events, like karaoke night and Ladies’ Night every Thursday. John Adams, Charlotte Adams’ uncle, has been coming to Barber’s Hall since it opened. He said the family-like atmosphere and weeknight events keep him coming back after all these years. “You could have a lot of fun here, and they have specials on drinks and activities like happy hour, karaoke night, parties,” the Northern Liberties resident said. “We are one family,” Charlotte Adams said. “Everybody gets along. We help one another.”


SYDNEY SCHAEFER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The New Barber’s Hall, on Oxford Street near Carlisle, has been in business for nearly 40 years. Charlotte Adams, the general manager, said the crowds — a mixture of students and North Philadelphia residents — have gotten bigger over the years.

Student bartending: a‘humbling experience’ Some students work full-time as bartenders after class to make extra cash. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor Making a drink for someone is a lot like comforting a little kid. “You’ve got to be able to read people,” said Halle High-Benson, the head bartender at Pub Webb. “You have to know how and when to talk to customers.” High-Benson, a senior sport and recreation management major, is one of several students who bartend after class to make extra cash — despite long hours, lengthy lists of drinks to memorize and constant hard work. When she was 19, she walked into the bar on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street and asked for an application. A manager sat her down for an interview and hired her on the spot. That weekend, she started training on Pub Webb’s back bar, when her drinking knowledge didn’t stretch much further than Vladimir vodka — a liquor sold for $12 a handle. When her boss asked her what type of liquor Jameson is, she balked on the answer. “I was like, ‘oh my God, I cannot do this,’” she said she remembered thinking that night. Now, High-Benson works at the bar four days a week from 4 p.m. until it closes at 2 a.m., clocking in about 40 hours a

week on top of a full-time internship for the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League team. She said she averages about four hours of sleep a night, but her love of interacting with people makes the long days and nights worth it. “I love just coming in here, being around the atmosphere and the people I work for, who are like my best friends and like my family,” High-Benson added. Colin Pawlowski, a senior media studies and production major, said he’s a hard worker in all capacities of his life, which makes bartending a natural side job. Pawlowski has worked at Punch Line Philly, a comedy club and bar in Fishtown, since it opened in July 2016. He started working in the restaurant business during high school, and eventually worked as a barback — a bartender’s assistant who completes tasks like restocking ice and alcohol — at shows at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park. One weekend, after the band Phish performed at the venue, he walked home with $700 and said he knew he had to stay in the business. He said working late hours as a bartender is good for college students because it allows them to go to classes and get homework done during the day. He added that everyone should work in customer service at least once. “It’s a humbling expe-

rience,” Pawlowski said. “I have learned so much from people who are completely different than I am through working outside of school. … You’re also serving people from all over the place.” It’s also taught him life skills like being a leader and being quick on his feet, he said. High-Benson said working at Pub Webb taught her skills transferrable for her career, like counting money and time management. Nate Webb, a 2005 business alumnus and one of the co-owners of the bar, said High-Benson was one of the youngest people the bar has ever hired. He added that bartenders must work efficiently to make the night go smoothly, but they’re also the face of the business.

“It’s important for the bartenders to be nice, but also stern in the way they manage their role at the business,” Webb said. “They’re the first faces you see when you walk in, so the initial impact of customers coming in is dependent upon the bartenders.” High-Benson said working behind the bar taught her skills transferrable for her career, like counting money and time management. But bartending has helped her push and challenge herself to be the busiest person she knows, she said. “I’m always pushing, always running,” she said. “It helps me thrive.” @Grace_Shallow

COURTNEY SUMMERS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Halle High-Benson, a senior sport and recreation management major, pours a drink at Pub Webb on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street on Saturday. @thetemplenews

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