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Englert, others to testify for more funding at capital He will travel to Harrisburg and ask the state to restore Temple’s 2008 funding levels. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor

Earlier this month, one of Dr. Daniel del Portal’s patients sat where his addiction to opioids began: an emergency room. The patient, who was prescribed opioids as a painkiller, had overdosed on heroin and landed in del Portal’s care at TUH.

President Richard Englert will travel to Harrisburg on Wednesday to request the university’s state funding to be restored to its highest appropriation, which was $187 million in 2008. In September, the university requested nearly 19 percent more than they received last year, Ken Kaiser, the university’s chief financial officer told The Temple News. In his budget released earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed about $150 million for Temple with no funding increases for all other state-related universities: Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University. The presidents of these universities will accompany Englert to advocate for their funding before the Senate Appropriations Committee. One of Wolf ’s platform promises was to reverse funding cuts to higher education, but the university’s appropriation has not yet been restored to the full amount since it was cut from $172 million to $139 million in 2011. Temple received a 5 percent funding increase in the 2015-16 budget and a 2.5 percent increase in 2016-17. Pennsylvania ranks 48th in the country for funding to state and state-related colleges and universities, outranking only Arizona and New Hampshire, according to Politifact. Englert will also ask for $5 million to go to opioid research in Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Substance Abuse Research. The university received a $2 million grant from the state last year for traumatic brain injury research, which was later followed by a $20 million grant from the Department of Defense for the research of the subject. Another effort to increase funding include this year’s Owls on the Hill, an event for students, alumni and educators to knock on their elected officials’



BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Tiffany Joseph holds her first chip from Narcotics Anonymous. On Feb. 16, Joseph said she was more than 60 days sober after battling a 12-year heroin addiction.

TREATING AN EPIDEMIC Temple University Hospital and North Philadelphia organizations are fighting opioid addiction in the city. By GRACE SHALLOW Deputy Features Editor


n Dec. 1, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office received reports of 12 deaths caused by unintentional overdoses — the most recorded in one day in the city. The overdoses were clustered in North Philadelphia and Kensington, according to Philadelphia’s public health department. Over the next few days the city saw more deaths. From Dec. 1-5, 35 people died from opioid overdoses. The fatalities weren’t isolated incidents. In 2016, more than 700 people died from opioid overdoses in Philadelphia — about two and a half times more than the number of homicides in the city last year. Opioids — a group of drugs that includes oxycodone, heroin and morphine — act on the nervous system to relieve pain. But they can also be overprescribed to patients or sold illegally, contributing to a national problem that Mayor Jim Kenney addressed by establishing a task force on the issue last month. Through medical guidelines, educational programs and community effort, Temple University Hospital and the North Philadelphia community are responding to the opioid epidemic. Community organizations, near this cluster of incidents, offer holistic care through programs focused on physical, mental and emotional health. TUH has combatted the issue of opioid overprescription since 2013, along with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.


GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Emergency room doctor Daniel del Portal says he prescribes opioids at least once a shift at Temple University Hospital.



TSG voting takes in-person approach With the addition of Parliament, TSG is trying to increase voter turnout after a year of low engagement. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter Applications for the Temple Student Government elections opened last week, with campaigning set to begin in the middle of March. Noah Goff, TSG’s elections commissioner, and TSG’s elections committee are working to increase voter turnout for this year’s election. “We’re working hard to get as many applicants as possible and then, beyond that, working with members of Parliament to really try and get out the vote that way,” Goff said. “It helps that we have a 30-odd person body to help promote and get out the vote, as well as work with candidates to make sure their voices get heard.” The election committee’s main responsibility is to work with Parliament members to ensure that questions about the Elections Code are handled in a timely manner, Goff said. The committee will provide counsel on the interpretation of the Elections Code, as well as any potential infractions, he added. “The only people who applied [for the elections com-


Bringing the ‘magic’ to team’s brand A graduate student is the first S.W.A.G. coordinator in college football. By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor Outside Dave Gerson’s office, where his name tag is supposed to be, is a yellow sticky note. Scribbled on the note is the word “SWAG.” Gerson, who has been with the football program for the past six seasons, was a graduate assistant in football operations for former coach Matt Rhule last year. On Feb. 13, coach Geoff Collins made him the first S.W.A.G. coordinator in college football. “I don’t know who did it, but it’s funny because I’m the one who makes the name tags around here,” Gerson said of the sticky note. “I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I kind of like it. It’s different.” Gerson’s official title is multimedia coordinator and specialist with advanced graphics — or S.W.A.G. for short. His role is to “develop and showcase an array of graphic designs for social media usage” and “personally assist Collins in showcasing Temple Football to fans and

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS S.W.A.G. Coordinator Dave Gerson stands beside one of his favorite graphics in Edberg-Olson Hall.

recruits,” according to a university press release. Gerson said he considers himself the “lens” through which Temple fans and recruits view the program. Collins calls him the “front door to the inside of Temple football.” “Everybody’s got that position, but I wanted something that would stand out,” Collins said. “The word ‘swag,’ we create swag or he creates swag. How could I get

that without it being so over the top? Specialist with advanced graphics. I thought it had a nice little creative ring to it.” Collins’ vision of a S.W.A.G. coordinator began in 2007 when he was the director of player personnel at the University of Alabama. When he walked into the video room during one of his first days in the building,


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A resolution to keep the Cecil B. Moore community clean from student trash has yet to be enforced. Read more on Page 3.

During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a student writes an essay about her eating disorder. Read more on Page 5.

A group of architecture professors and alumni created an exhibit that compares Rome and Philadelphia. Read more on Page 7.

The men’s basketball team celebrated Senior Day with a double-overtime win on Saturday. Read more on Page 19.





Faculty Senate discusses budget, safety and politics President Englert talked about the budget and immigration restrictions. By LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News Temple’s Faculty Senate held its second meeting of the semester on Friday, where members discussed the budget, the university’s emergency management program and immigration. President Richard Englert attended the meeting to talk about Pennsylvania’s appropriation, which contributes approximately $150 million to Temple, which makes up about 12 to 13 percent of the university’s budget. Without this funding, the university may have to fill a gap in its budget, perhaps by increasing tuition costs, said Faculty Senate President Michael Sachs. Gov. Tom Wolf ’s budget proposal recommended that Temple’s appropriation stay flat, meaning the state’s contribution to the budget will neither increase nor decrease from last year. Englert will travel to Harrisburg on Wednesday to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask more funding. Englert also said Temple’s decentralized budget model will be reviewed over the course of the semester with the help of “sources outside the university.” The current system allows schools and colleges to collect and allocate their students’ tuition revenue, instead of the central administration. Englert said he hopes the review will provide a “fair look at some of the challenges” schools face

under this model. He added that this would help define how schools were affected differently by the decentralized system. Sarah Powell, the director of emergency management, presented the features of Temple’s emergency management program, which are procedures put in place to help faculty and students respond to emergencies on Main Campus like an active shooter situation. She said by June 30, Temple will have emergency management teams stationed in every building on Main Campus. These teams will be trained to help execute safety procedures in the event of a lockdown, shelter-in-place or active shooter scenario. A shelter-in-place drill will occur on campus on April 6, which will then become an annual university-wide drill on all campuses, Powell said. She added that in a shelter-in-place procedure, people are expected to seek indoor shelter that is away from windows in order to avoid harmful environmental conditions like biohazard spills. “The main goal of the upcoming shelter-in-place drill is to raise awareness about that necessary action so that if our community receives a TU Alert to shelter in place, they can react quickly and are clear about what to do,” Powell said. “I don’t know how much [emergency response] information is shared with the students, and hopefully we can make students aware of what measures have been taken to feel as safe as possible,” Sachs said. Faculty members also voiced their concerns about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. When Englert was asked what he

would do if government officials asked him for the names of undocumented students, he said it is “hard to answer hypotheticals.” “We are a public university,” Englert said. “As a public university, I have certain responsibilities as concerned to laws and the state.” Englert added that he could not share his political views, but recognized international students’ contributions to the university and Temple’s commitment to diversity. The Faculty Senate presented a statement prepared by the Faculty Senate’s Committee for International Programs at the end of the meeting that calls for Temple leaders to stand up to any threats to diversity. “Temple University should be vigilant to any threat to diversity, since such threats weaken our ability to fulfill our mission and are ultimately divisive,” the statement reads. The statement also urges Temple’s administration to recognize the impact of recent national actions on the university community and speak out against Trump’s executive order. “I hope [Englert] recognizes we are not dealing with hypothetical situations, that we are actually dealing with bills in front of our legislators at the moment,” said Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor and member of the Committee for International Programs. “I think we should be in a proactive rather than reactive mode,” he added. The Faculty Senate voted unanimously to send the motion to Englert and Provost JoAnne Epps. laura.smythe@temple.edu

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Last week at a Faculty Senate meeting, President Richard Englert discussed his plan to go to Harrisburg on Wednesday to advocate for an increase in Temple’s budget from the state.

Scholarships to rise for ROTC An executive order will add thousands of active-duty military and increase ROTC funding. By AMANDA LIEN TSG Beat Reporter

ASH LAVACCA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Students and adjunct professors gathered at the Bell Tower on Friday, as the Temple Association of University Professionals staged a protest. Jennie Shanker (right), a member of the TAUP’s Executive Committee, speaks of her experience as an adjunct professor of community arts at the Tyler School of Art.

TAUP protests lack of resources for adjuncts The demonstration focused on the lack of offices and facilities for adjuncts. By DIAMANTE ORTIZ For The Temple News The Temple Association of University Professionals held a demonstration at the Bell Tower Friday to highlight issues that adjunct professors face at Temple. The organization created a mobile office designed by TAUP members to bring attention to the lack of office spaces available for adjuncts. “I’ve been a professor at Temple for 15 years, and I’ve had instances where my students need to talk to me privately,” said TAUP Vice President Steve Newman. “They’re going through a really difficult moment in their personal lives that’s affecting their performance.” He added that under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, it is unethical and “possibly illegal” to talk about personal matters in shared offices, which many adjuncts are forced to use. The mobile office will move between the Tyler School of Art and the corner Warnock Street and Montgomery Avenue, News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

Newman said. More than 600 part-time faculty voted to join TAUP in December 2015. Until then, TAUP represented 1,300 full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals, like lab technicians and academic advisers, from the schools and colleges that enroll undergraduate students. The vote allowed 1,400 part-time faculty to join the union. Friday’s event included TAUP’s Executive Committee members, who are in charge of negotiating the terms for the union’s contract, Donald Wargo and Jennie Shanker. State Rep. Chris Rabb, who was a former adjunct professor of strategic management at the Fox School of Business, was also present. “I don’t care if you have a Ph.D. or a GED, no one deserves a poverty wage,” Rabb said. “I let my students know in 2015 that I wasn’t using the classroom as a way to get out votes or get out money, but I wanted to let them know that I was tired of being bullied, that I was tired of listening to the status quo, that I was going to be part of the solution.” According to the 2016-17 Temple Adjunct Faculty Handbook, “resource limitations do not permit the assignment of offices, telephones [or] computers … to all adjunct faculty members. However, colleg-

es and schools are encouraged to provide such resources to the extent possible.” Newman said TAUP is hoping to educate students and faculty about adjuncts’ desire for a new contract, adding that they can advocate and try to persuade the administration to compromise on some issues. “The students, because they’re paying tuition, actually have power to support the adjuncts in their campaign to get a fair contract,” said Heather Squire, a geography and urban studies second-year graduate student and member of Temple University Graduate Students Association. “They have a lot of power.” “We can’t have second-class faculty,” Rabb said, adding that adjuncts need proper facilities and resources, and fair compensation and benefits. He said that this would help adjuncts better fulfill student needs. “I think the question that comes down to it is, ‘What kind of Temple do you want?’” Newman said. diamante.emilia.ortiz@temple.edu

The United States Army will need to add 6,000 active-duty members by October in accordance with an executive order from President Donald Trump. On Main Campus, members of the Army ROTC, a college program that prepares college students to become military officers, will not be put on active duty, though. “Yes, we get a lot of students from Temple that are interested because of the benefits, but I don’t think the law will affect anything,” said Sgt. 1st Class Gilberto Irizarry, a U.S. Army recruiter. “Our mission, more or less, has stayed the same so it’s more or less the same amount of push.” “There’s really a lot of positives to [the law] and it’s started already in the form of increased scholarships for students,” said Marc Young, a recruiting operation officer at Temple’s ROTC office. “Which means we’re bringing more students to Temple.” He added that he didn’t yet know exactly when the scholarship increase would take place, nor did he know how much scholarship money would be added. Currently, members of Temple’s Army ROTC may be eligible for two-, three- or 3.5-year scholarships. Benefits from these scholarships include full paid tuition, a $350 to 500 monthly stipend and room and board. About 60 to 70 students out of 120 ROTC cadets at Temple are on a scholarship from the ROTC office, Young estimated. Most members of the active-duty military do not come from ROTC programs at universities, so the country-wide increase in active members wouldn’t affect Temple’s ROTC, Irizarry said. “Students from Temple do come into the Army Reserves because they’re looking for the extra money to pay for their education,” he said. “But most of the activeduty members are high-schoolers who just got out of school and are looking to join the army as active members.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amdandajlien

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City resolution to reduce student trash, partying delayed Residents and students recognize the impact of students living near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By KELLY BRENNAN Community Beat Reporter Philadelphia City Council is holding off on plans to address the impact of Temple students living offcampus on long-term residents, a spokesperson for City Council President Darrell Clarke said. The Cecil B. Moore and Temple University Special Services District, which was authorized in a March 2015 resolution, focused on off-campus living issues like litter, underage drinking, excessive partying and lack of parking. This has “created neighborhood conditions that challenge the quality of life for long-term resi-

dents,” according to the resolution. “While there are no immediate plans to create the Temple University Special Services District at this time, the Council President, university officials and neighborhood organizations continue to work on encouraging balanced growth and enhancing the quality of life for students and residents alike,” Jane Roh, Clarke’s director of communications, wrote in an email. When implemented, the services district will be a “tightly structured sustainable plan to address qualityof-life issues,” according to the resolution. Until Clarke’s office puts forward a plan to create this district, these issues continue to trouble residents and students in the areas surrounding the university. Jocelyn Marrow, block captain of the 1700 block of 16th Street, is responsible for the upkeep of the block, but said it’s difficult due to off-cam-

YUAN GONG FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Jocelyn Marrow became the block captain of the 1700 block of North 16th Street three years ago.

pus student housing. Trash and loud partying are some of the problems Marrow said she deals with as block captain. “They’re children just out of high school going to college,” she said. “They don’t have a clue about what they’re doing because they’re used to mommy and daddy taking care of them all the time.” Trash and noise are especially troublesome on the weekends, Marrow added. “They party hard,” Marrow said. “There are plenty of beer bottles, pizza containers and cups that kids leave out here. We had to clean up vomit on the steps one day because of the hard partying [students] do.” The resolution was intended to include neighborhood and student involvement in addressing these issues, according to the document. The proposal for the neighborhood is not common for the city. The Old City Special Services District was established in 2013 for business improvement in the region, but the Temple district does not outline that it will do the same. “It’s definitely the students [who create trash],” said Patrick Walsh, a senior finance major who rents an apartment on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 18th Street. “I see empty beer cans everywhere.” Walsh added that he is unsure if much is being done about the trash problem on his block. Kelly Ballard, 43, who lives on Willington Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said she has seen an increase in loud partying and trash on her block in past years. “Students are tearing up the properties when they’re intoxicated,”

YUAN GONG FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Sanitation pickup left a trail of trash on the sidewalk on Montgomery Avenue near Sydenham Street.

she said. “It’s crazy. They need to do I.D. checks more because students aren’t just drinking, they’re doing drugs all the time.” Maddie Wexler, a senior political science and strategic communications major, has rented on Willington Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue with her roommate Katie Johnson, a senior kinesiology major, for three years. Both students agreed that the trash problem on the block is from students.

“Students, excluding ourselves because we’re clean, are really clumsy with their trash,” Wexler said. “They let the trash cans roll and fall over.” “We just have to brainstorm on how to fix this, not just complain about these problems,” Marrow said. kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

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Planning meeting discusses student engagement

mittee] were members of Parliament, but we have great, qualified people from there who want to help shape the next wave of applicants and make sure we have the best selection possible,” Goff said. In an effort to encourage students to vote, there will be voting booths in the Student Center atrium on April 4 and 5. Members of the committee will be present to answer voters’ questions, Goff said. “We are working to figure out exactly what electronic devices we’ll be voting on, but we’ve got it all set so we’ll have those physical locations for voting,” Goff said. “We’re hoping it’ll be a good reminder, especially for people who know the elections are going on but don’t necessarily know how to vote. This will give them the opportunity.” According to the Elections Code, any Temple student is eligible to vote in the Executive Election, but voter eligibility for Parliament is more limited. All students are eligible to rank their top five picks, in order, for the at-large seats. All students are also eligible to vote for the LGBTQ+, multicultural, commuter and transfer representatives. Students from each undergraduate school and college are eligible to vote for their school’s representative. Prior to the voting days, TSG will host two debates, when the candidates for executive positions will accept student questions. There will also be an additional “Meet the Candidates” day where Parliament candidates can meet with their constituents, Goff added. Last year’s TSG election turnout had a 12.72 percent voter turnout. That election, which did not include voting for Parliament candidates, fell short of former Elections Commissioner Gaelen McCartney’s goal of 25 to 30 percent turnout. Parliament’s elections, which took place in Fall 2016, had about 3 percent voter turnout. “I definitely think there will be a significant increase [in voter turnout] compared to the fall election,” Goff said. “The reason for that being, first of all, it’s a longer election period. We will have the polling booths, we have our full normal elections with our full executive team working very hard as well as the entire field of Parliament candidates trying to get their message out there and get voters to vote for them.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @amandajlien

The City Planning Commission is encouraging more Temple engagement. By JACOB GARNJOST Community Beat Reporter The Philadelphia City Planning Commission hosted a community planning meeting for the North district on Thursday, which is home to Temple University Hospital and the Health Sciences Campus. This meeting was the first of three meetings that the city planning commission will hold in the hopes of better involving the community, including Temple students. The public meeting attracted more than 100 people who live and work in the community. Ashley Richards of the Philadelphia Planning Commission and Harry Tapia, a controller for the Spanish language community organizing group HACE, hosted the event. It was the first meeting of its kind to use a bilingual presentation. After the initial presentation on the existing conditions of the district, participants were broken into groups with facilitators to do planning exercises about the district. To Richards, the idea of finding focus areas was the most important. These are areas where the planning commission can try to create things like transportation hubs. “These are areas that often have zoning issues,” Richards said. “We ask people, ‘If we had to pick an area to spend public dollars, where could we spend it that would be serving the public best?’” Many of the attendees said they feel Temple and its students should be more active in the community. TUH is one of the largest employers in this district and the Health Sciences Campus takes up a large portion of the district. “It’s time for the younger generation to get involved in this community,” said Bernard Williams, a recent graduate of the Philadelphia Citizen Planning Institute, which educates on neighborhood planning. He helps run the consulting firm Making Our Lives Easier. “[Students] live here and they need to

RAMATA KABA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Community residents were encouraged to share their ideas for structural improvements that would affect transportation and recreational space at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Thursday.

know where they’re living at, who the people are.” Laura Spina, the director of the city planning division, wanted to make it clear that the public meeting is open to anyone living or working in the community, including students who live there. But it’s not just students that Spina said she hopes could be more involved. She, along with many others at the meeting, said they want to work more with the hospital, especially with the City Planning Commission. “I think that being a part of events like this would be helpful to them bridge their relationship with the community,” Spina said. “Part of that is that we’re are able to create a neutral ground. That’s a part of our job as the planning commission: to be facilitators in the community.” “Temple University is one of the largest landowners in this area and they’re expanding,” said George Acevedo, a 1993 civil engineering alumnus who grew up in North Philadelphia. “They need to do more cooperation and outreach and investment in the neighborhoods that are directly around them.” Acevedo sees a growing problem with

the way Temple works in the area around its campus. He said that when Temple got its own police force, it left a high crime rate area right around Temple that Philadelphia Police had to manage. He thinks the university has to remember that there are neighborhoods around them. “Things have gotten better, but they aren’t constant,” Acevedo said. “Look at what Drexel is doing: they took an underused area at 12th and Wallace [streets]. Drexel University is nowhere near there. They paid millions of dollars to build a health center that provides free health services in that community. Now they’re adding on an addition, because it’s so needed.” “Temple is a beacon in this community,” said Vincent Rivera, a former professor and architect. “Temple has an opportunity to use the city as a learning laboratory for its students. The university should use the students to do outreach into these communities.” jacob.garnjost@temple.edu

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TSG encourages voters Temple Student Government needs to increase turnout to accomplish long-term goals. Last academic year, Temple Student Government’s Elections Commissioner Gaelen McCartney said he hoped 25 to 30 percent of students would cast their votes for this year’s ticket. But voter turnout landed at about 12.72 percent of students — less than half of TSG’s goal. Since then, TSG has tried to increase student involvement. One way was through Parliament, which was created to better represent students through 37 legislative seats for different colleges and special interest groups. The turnout for this year’s TSG elections — set to take place in April — will decide more than just the 201718 TSG administration. This election is essential for TSG to actually accomplished its goal of getting more people involved in student government and better representing the student body. The voter

turnout for this election will either demonstrate the effectiveness or the failure of TSG’s outreach. This year’s Elections Commissioner, Noah Goff, said there will be voting booths in the Student Center on April 4 and 5, and members of Parliament’s Election Committee will be present to answer questions. This is a far more involved strategy than last year’s online-only voting method. “We’re hoping it’ll be a good reminder, especially for people who know the elections are going on but don’t necessarily know how to vote,” Goff said. We hope students will vote in the upcoming TSG election, because student government decisions impact students’ lives on a daily basis. As students, to see change on Main Campus, we have to help create it.

Respect your body Don’t be afraid to seek help if you are struggling with an eating disorder or body image issues.

Athletes: prepare for life after sports Temple has put a necessary emphasis on academics for student-athletes.


ast fall, student-athletes broke the school record for the highest cumulative grade point average in any fall semester, earning a 3.10. This was also the 10th consecutive semester that Temple’s athletes recorded a cumulative GPA over a 3.00. This performance is impressive given that student-athletes have tight schedules — bouncing between classes and practice and completing homework can be stressful. But it’s imperative for athletes to perform well, both in their respective sports and within the cl a s s ro om , VARUN so they can SIVAKUMAR find careers in their chosen fields after graduation. The university and its athletic program have emphasized academics and should continue to do so. “If you look at pro sports, like the NBA, the odds of getting drafted are not very good,” said Justin Miller, senior director of the Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. “It’s about saying, ‘Eventually everyone’s career ends,’ no matter what sport, so it’s making sure that the student-athletes have a plan B and that they’re doing it the right way.” The Resnick Center, established in Fall 2014, is an integral component of the athletic program’s success and preparation for life after college sports because it serves as an academic support system for student-athletes, offering oneon-one tutoring, exam preparation and homework help. “We advise students from freshman year with major requirements, and this continues until they are juniors and seniors and [we] help develop career strategies,” Miller said. “We want to give student-athletes someone they can reach out to, get answers, assistance or anything else that they need.” The fact that Temple dedicates an

entire department to helping its athletes in the classroom shows a true commitment to education, which is necessary to further students’ success in their lives after collegiate athletics. Sophomore basketball player Ernest Aflakpui said at first he was intimidated by what his schedule might look like with both his commitments to basketball and academics. “When I came to college, I thought it would be impossible,” he said. “[Temple] has done a great job of making it easier.” Aflakpui credits the Resnick Center with navigating the responsibilities so far. NCAA athletes have various GPA

subject area as freshmen, they automatically get tutoring.” In some cases, it may be difficult for athletes to prioritize academics over their respective sports, especially while dreams of playing as professionals can overtake their academic aspirations. “If you play at this level, if you don’t think about [pro sports], you have to think again,” Aflakpui said. “If we break it down to the individual student, and we make [a degree] something they feel is attainable, and they start building some success, they become engaged students,” Miller said. This is a vital component of collegiate athletics because while many student-athletes dream of competing at the professional level, the rate of such success is incredibly low. An NCAA report in 2016 said about 1 percent of collegiate football and men’s basketball players play in the NFL and NBA. Therefore, it is critical that studentathletes are aware of the importance of their education. “I meet with the academic advisor on a weekly basis and every test, paper, project that they have, I always know,” Salim-Beasley said. “There’s never really a point in time in the year that I don’t know how they’re doing in the classroom.” “They come to college to be students first,” she added. If Temple hopes to continue its academic success among student-athletes, it must continue to prioritize academic assistance and supportive coaching NEWS E L P M TE W | THE staffs. After all, there is a life after A S A KO L A H S SA sports for all of Temple’s student-athletes. requirements. After a student-athlete’s “After our four years, or however freshman year, he or she need to have at long we stay here, we’re really going to least a 1.8 GPA, Miller said. The NCAA appreciate them for the rest of our lives GPA requirement becomes progressively because they’re putting us on track,” higher each academic year as students Aflakpui said. advance in academic standing. Temple’s athletic department and its The cumulative GPA of Temple’s student-athletes deserve credit for the student-athletes has continued to sur- academic success of Fall 2016, and hopepass the NCAA minimum for the past fully this success continues this spring. five years. varun.sivakumar@temple.edu “We do require [athletes] to do a certain amount of study hall hours their @VarunSivakumar freshman years,” women’s gymnastics Editor’s note: Sivakumar has accepted a job coach Umme-Salim Beasley said. “They as a subject tutor at the Resnick center. also have access to tutors and in any core


This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. According to the information provided by the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, 15 percent of women ages 17 to 24 have an eating disorder and 20 percent of college students have or have had an eating disorder. Fifty-four percent of men are unhappy with their appearance, according to MEDA. College can be a stressful time for students that can contribute to eating disorders due to factors like fear of the “freshman 15,” the nature of cafeteria food and difficulties adjusting to a new environment. The Temple News encourages students to eat healthy and exercise to help maintain their physical and mental health. And if you are struggling with an eating disorder, we hope you find the strength to reach out to

friends, family members or professionals for help, especially during this week. As an option for those seeking help, Tuttleman Counseling Services offers an Eating and Body Image Concerns group counseling session on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m., which is led by Dr. Lauren Napolitano, coordinator of Tuttleman’s Eating Disorders Unit. For students struggling with body image, we urge them to focus on self-improvement rather than comparing themselves to societal ideals of beauty. Being healthy may not always look like the images we are bombarded in popular culture. We call for students to respect their own bodies and to lift up others during this time in students’ lives when they may be more susceptible to body image issues and eating disorders.

CORRECTIONS An article that ran Feb. 21 on Page 1, with the headline “Tuttleman to move to new facility,” misstated where Student Financial Services will move to. SFS will relocate to the ground floor of Carnell and Conwell halls in May. An article that ran Feb. 21 on Page 8, with the headline “Grant to increase access to classical music education,” mischaracterized the make-up of the faculty for the Community Music Scholars Program. Graduate students make up about two-thirds of the organization’s faculty. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737.


Free-response exams benefit CST Science majors learn more from test questions that require written responses.


s a biochemistry major, I often take classes in the physics and chemistry departments. In these classes, when it’s time for an exam, I usually hear students ask, “Do we have to know that equation?” or “Will calculators be allowed for the exam?” But the most predominant question I hear asked by students in the College of Science and Technology is, “Will the exam be multiple-choice or free-response?” In most of the classes I have taken AMER HAFFAR in CST, exams have been offered in a multiple-choice format, with limited freeresponse questions that require students to write out an explanation to answer the question. But I think free-response questions are actually more effective in testing students’ knowledge and encouraging them to learn the details for scientific processes. Rhonda Nicholson, a biology professor who has taught for the past 10 years, agrees that free-response exams are a better means of testing students. “It makes the students be able to understand the material and be able to think,” she said. “Because with a multiple-choice test, the answers are right in front of you. It’s like leaving the keys in a

Mercedes-Benz. With free-response, you either know it or you don’t.” When students answer free-response questions, they must learn to clearly and comprehensively demonstrate their knowledge on a subject, rather than just memorize and regurgitate information. “Multiple-choice exams are kind of useless,” said Subin Siby, a junior biology major. “They limit you to recall instead of knowing things. A multiple choice problem makes it easy to guess. Freeresponse questions are more applicable to what you do and are more useful to solving complex problems.” It’s important that students aren’t just choosing a correct answer by chance, and that they can explain the reasoning behind their answer. Guessing in real life situations won’t cut it. “Free-response forces you to have a deeper understanding of the content,” said Maksim Bakrenev, a senior neuroscience and Spanish major. “And beyond that, it forces you to apply it to new situations, which is useful in a lab setting or any environment in life”. When I took Organic Chemistry during my sophomore year, I benefitted most from testing opportunities that included free-response questions. I was able draw out reaction mechanisms and visualize the movement of electrons — clearly something that cannot be done on a multiple-choice exam. Nicholson said she relies more often on free-response exams in classes like Biology of Cancer. “It’s not just short answer,” she said. “I also have data that I have my students interpret and I do put information that

they have to respond to, and they have to know their first principles to be able to do that.” Multiple-choice exams waste a precious opportunity for students to demonstrate the real extent of their knowledge to their professors. Multiple-choice exams also do not allow students to earn partial credit. Instead, points are awarded on a winnertakes-all basis. The sciences can be difficult. These points can be important for students in CST to maintain their GPAs. Aliza Abezis, a junior biology major, said she benefits from free-response examinations because she’s allowed to “put down as much information as you know, and pick up as many points as you get.” Regardless of the logistical benefits of testing, if students in CST are pursuing a career in research, education or the medical field, they’ll need to be able to apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations outside the classroom. And as future scientists working to address the world’s problems, they’ll need to reason and communicate clearly to find solutions and articulate them to the global population. Free-response exams allow them to gain practice honing the communication and writing skills necessary to be able to do this. Ultimately, CST majors benefit when they are asked to thoroughly understand and subsequently communicate their scientific knowledge. Free-response exams are the best way to achieve this. amer.haffar@temple.edu

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‘At the end of the day, no matter what you call it, I have it’


During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a student recounts her struggles with an eating disorder.

here isn’t a specific name for what I have. Some use blanket terms like anorexia or bulimia. Professionals call it “EDNOS,” meaning “eating disorder not otherwise specified.” Some people in recovery choose to personify it and call it “Ed.” Me? I don’t know what to call it. I do know though, that at the end of the day, no matter what you call it, I have it. It’s hard to put a finger on when my body image issues began. For a majority of my youth, I was overweight and at risk for obesity. There were a lot of factors that went into this: I hated exercising, and like any kid, I had little to no self control. I still don’t. I love to eat. If I could, I’d never stop eating. As a kid, I actively planned my every meal, prayed for my every snack. I was picked on pretty frequently in elementary school, but I’d always managed to brush it off. But as I grew older, I began to internalize what people were saying. Things reached a boiling point the summer before 10th grade. A boy I had a crush on prank-called me with his friends and said disgusting things about my weight. For the rest of the summer, I seriously reduced what I was eating. When I eventually mustered the courage to weigh myself, I’d lost weight for the

first time in my life. And just like that, my eating disorder manifested. I want to make one thing clear: I didn’t choose this. Nobody chooses to have an eating disorder. It’s not a decision someone makes, and it’s not something many even really recognize until it’s too late. In that way, it’s like quicksand. I was vulnerable and confused, and I was heavily restricting my diet, obsessively counting calories, weighing myself two to three times a day. In less than a year, I lost about 70 pounds and shrunk from a size 14 to a 00. I was severely in denial. I was weak and tired and irritable. My hair thinned, my nails got brittle and I’d wake up with random bruises all over my body. I fainted and went to the hospital on multiple occasions. Still, I saw the side effects of my extreme weight loss as a fair price to pay for acceptance. The less I ate, the less I weighed. And with this weight loss, the more people seemed to like me. The bullying stopped — people didn’t look at me with disgust or laugh at me or whisper behind my back. And I was more comfortable going out and doing things than before I had lost the weight. My confidence, as superficial as it was, rose substantially. I can’t begin to describe how

By COURTNEY REDMON deeply unsettling it feels to have an eating disorder — one that formed in the wake of weight-related bullying — positively reinforced once




ith the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education earlier this month, the state of our nation’s public school system has become a hot topic of discussion. DeVos has been a proponent of “school choice” — the allowance of public education funds to follow students to schools that best serve their needs, whether they be public, private or charter schools. But DeVos has not been clear about how she plans to fund public schools. Growing up in Philadelphia, I have seen what a public school system in need of funding looks like. It means a lot of budget cuts and school closings. And as a RICHELLE KOTA result, students here have had to suffer through overcrowding and make due with limited resources. Parents in Pennsylvania have turned to charter schools as another option for their children’s education for the past 15 years. Charter schools, which are privately run, but publicly funded, were developed in the early 1990s as a way to test out educational innovations. Many charter schools adopt specific curricula as part of this focus on innovation — some include performing arts, language immersion and science, technology, engineering and math. While charter schools may seem like a viable option for parents in Philadelphia, these schools draw attention and funding away from neighborhood public schools that desperately need support and state-allocated money to survive. Philadelphia charter schools should be closed so the city can invest funds in fixing its public school system and so all children have equal access to a good education. “You have some charter networks and they truly are serving the kids and their community,” said David Bromley, an adjunct professor of urban education and the founder of Big Picture Philadelphia, which is part of a national network of schools that serves at-risk youth through educational experiences. “However, you have other charters that are just ... trying to figure out how to milk the system.” Charter schools receive funding from the state on a per-student basis. For every student enrolled, charter schools in Pennsylvania receive about 70 to 80 percent of the determined normal per-student expenses from the school district. This can range from $6,000 to $30,000 per student. On average, per-student reimbursements to charter schools account for about 5.4 percent of Pennsylvania school budgets. This becomes prob-

helped me bridge the communication gap between my parents and me. And with a lot of therapy, practice and self control, I began to recover. I know my eating disorder has taken a toll on them, and I know it still does. They still worry — they poke and pinch me and ask me how I’m doing every so often. But they seem to focus more on the physical — how I look, what I weigh, what I’ve been eating — and they don’t seem to grasp the psychology of it. That said, they’ve admitted to not fully understanding everything I’ve been through — and am still going through — but they tell me that they love me no matter what. And that’s all I care about. I’ve never completely “recovered” from my eating disorder the way one might from a cold or a broken bone. I’ve learned to manage it, and maybe if I’m lucky, forget about it for a little while. But it’s always there, and sometimes I still struggle with my eating disorder. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I only have one shot at life, and I can’t waste it by destroying my mind and body just to appease others. courtney.redmon@temple.edu


Charter schools draw away funds City charter schools should close so public schools can use their funds to create improvements.

I started looking more like society’s standard of healthy, thin, pretty or whatever you want to call it. This new attention encouraged my dangerously unhealthy and self-destructive habits. By the time I left for college in Washington, D.C., where I attended school before Temple, I was still recklessly in denial. I convinced myself that somehow I’d be fine, that the eating disorder would just miraculously cure itself. Unsurprisingly, that isn’t what happened. The fall semester of my sophomore year, I reached an all-time low: 89 pounds. That was when I broke down and finally told my parents. I immediately took a leave of absence and traveled home to see a slew of doctors and therapists. The first psychotherapist I met with told me she wouldn’t treat me because I weighed less than 110 pounds. She said I was a liability because I might “stroke out.” She then chastised my mother for being negligent — or at the very least, ignorant. “You should have known better,” she told my mom. I had never seen my mom look so defeated, and I had never felt so guilty. My parents were crestfallen, and it was all my fault. Luckily, I eventually found a counselor that

lematic as public schools lose this money on a perstudent basis, but still need to pay for fixed expenses, like building maintenance and staffing salaries. But funding discrepancies aren’t so straightforward. “At the secondary level, Philadelphia neighborhood schools actually get quite a significant amount more funding than charter schools,” Bromley said. “The elementary district K-8 schools are the ones that really, funding-wise, have gotten the short change.” This is still an issue because K-8 schools are the backbone of children’s education, since they study there during their formative years. If students don’t receive the necessary funding and resources to succeed early on, I don’t think it’s fair to expect more funding in high school to have a dramatic impact on their achievement level. Sarah Cordes, a school leadership professor in the College of Education, said some families lean toward charter schools because they provide them with options, like uniquely tailored curriculums. But charter schools become troublesome when only certain families have access to these options. Cordes said access can depend “on whether you are able to actually get your kid to the charter school.” “Do you have transportation to get them there?” she said. “Is there space in the school? Is your kid going to get counseled out of the school because of behavior issues?” Socioeconomic status often determines a child’s access to high-quality public and charter schools. It’s not fair for those who lack resources to be without access to a good education. “If you don’t have the means to do that you are sort of … to an extent trapped,” Cordes added. Attending a public school shouldn’t leave students and parents feeling trapped, but poor resources due to a lack of funding, among other factors, can do just that. This is unfortunate given the whole idea of a public good is to provide for the welfare of the general population. When families are strategizing to find ways to avoid accessing the public good that is our public education system, we need to rethink how the educational system is operating — who it is favoring and who is losing out. We need a system that can raise all children to be equally informed adults. But when funding is redistributed and resources in the public schools are scarce, this equality of education can not be achieved. And the truth is, our public schools won’t achieve this equality or increased levels of success while it continues to maintain charter schools. richelle.kota@temple.edu

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Dec. 4, 1975: Students voted to preserve the student senate by a margin of 14 votes in a turnout of 1,364 student voters. The issue was voted on because of arguments erupting at senate meetings. In this election, students also voted to popularly elect senate officers. Last week, applications opened for the upcoming Temple Student Government election, which will be held in April. Noah Goff, TSG’s elections commissioner, said the current administration is working to “get out the vote.” One effort to increase turnout is the presence of voting booths that will be in the Student Center.






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Judge rules in favor of Temple in Title IX case A judge denied an appeal filed by Ebony Moore, a former member of the women’s track & field team, who accused Temple of violating her Title IX rights, PennRecord reported. Moore’s lawsuit was filed against Temple, former track and field coach Eric Mobley and former athletic administrator Kristen Foley, mainly accusing Mobley of “verbal abuse, intimidation and dereliction of his coaching duties,” The Temple News reported in an investigation published in 2014 called “Pain and the Game.” Moore alleged that she was bullied and harassed by teammates and coaches during her time on Temple’s track and field team, PennRecord reported. She also alleged that she was sexually harassed on Temple’s grounds. In May 2011, Moore was given a letter stating that her athletic scholarship had not been renewed. She filed a grievance with Temple and was offered another scholarship so she could complete her education. She argued in her suit that her athletic scholarship was revoked in retaliation for her complaints about discrimination and harassment, The Temple News reported. The judges ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to link the revocation of her scholarship to her complaints, The Temple News reported in January. Her suit was filed past the two-year statute of limitations for Title IX claims, making it unable to move forward.

doors in Harrisburg, is tentatively set for April 24, said George Kenney, the vice president for government affairs. “We want everybody to be a lobbyist,” he said. If Temple receives flat funding for the 2017-18 budget, Kaiser said it is the same logistically as a funding cut, because of inflation. “When there isn’t enough funding, students suffer the most,” Kaiser said. “Everything’s up for grabs.” Kaiser said he is unsure if there will be an increase in tuition if the university receives flat funding from the state. But most often, if there is not enough

funding, tuition will go up and the university is forced to look elsewhere for “new revenues,” Kaiser said. Cutting administrative jobs is also up for grabs if there isn’t enough funding, he added. Last year, Temple’s administration planned the budget around a 5 percent increase in the state appropriation, but only received a 2.5 percent increase. Although the university asked for a full restoration of funding from Corbett’s 2011 cut, Kaiser said Temple has still been planning for a flat increase, which the university was allotted this year. “We have to get used to not depending on the state,” Kaiser added. Last year’s eight-month budget impasse, which threatened to close schools, didn’t hurt Temple much operationally, but was an “inconvenience,” Kaiser said.

February 2011 Former Gov. Tom Corbett proposes $675 million in cuts to higher education, including a 50 percent cut in funding to Temple.

june 2012

JUNE 2013 The university gets no increase in funding for 2014-15, and gets $139 million in state appropriations.

JUNE 2015 Gov. Tom Wolf is in office and gives Temple a 5 percent increase. The university’s state appropriation is nearly $143 million.

Cosby prosecutor allowed to use testimony in June

Financial struggle and decline in enrollment could lead to closures of several state universities, the Reading Eagle reported. In coming weeks, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education plans to look into combining degree programs, bettering universities’ marketing and possible school closures. Cuts to state aid and dropping in-state high school graduation rates are main factors of Pennsylvania’s hurting university system, the Eagle reported. It is also increasingly difficult for rural campuses like Mansfield University and Clarion University attract students with options like staterelated Temple and Penn State, which have higher enrollments. On Thursday, university system Chancellor Frank Brogan testified before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees that the school network requires change to improve financial viability and ensure its future. State aid decreased by 20 percent during the last several years since its peak in 2008. The state now only provides 25 percent of university budgets, and the average cost to attend a university has increased 50 percent in the last eight years, the Eagle reported. - Laura Smythe News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

State legislature approves a more than 19 percent cut to Temple’s appropriation, taking it from more than $172 million to barely $139 million for 2011-12.


- Noah Tanen

Some universities could close from low enrollment

June 2011

The university’s appropriation remains at $139 million.

The Beasley School of Law announced this week that it is considering A. Benjamin Spencer, a professor from the University of Virginia School of Law, as the new dean. Spencer, an expert in the field of civil procedure and federal jurisdiction, has worked as a professor, associate dean for research and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and is a member of the American Law Institute. There will be an open meeting for law students on Thursday from 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. in the Moot Court Room in Klein Hall, followed at 9 a.m. by an open meeting for Beasley School of Law staff, in the same room. Later, at noon, there will be a presentation and lunch for faculty in the main room of Shusterman Hall, along with several small group meetings with Spencer.



Due to cuts in the state budget in 2011, Temple’s state funding is still $30 million lower than its highest in 2008.

Law school announces dean candidate meeting

- Kelly Brennan


State appropriation over the years

- Amanda Lien

The prosecutor in former trustee Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will only be allowed to call one additional accuser to testify against Cosby, a Montgomery County judge ruled last weekend. The prosecution expected to call 12 other accusers to testify against the comedian to show the jury alleged past behaviors of Cosby, the Inquirer reported. Judge Steven T. O’Neill stated that calling 13 accusers could prejudice the jury in the sexual assault trial. The trial could be a “he-said, she-said contest” between Cosby against the central accuser, former Temple employee Andrea Constand, the Inquirer reported. Cosby returned to court on Monday to continue arguments regarding his request to change where the trial will take place. The trial is set to begin in June.

The university had to dip into a line of credit with several banks to stay up and running, he added. The state appropriation to Temple is mostly used to provide a discount to instate students. “The state appropriation helps keep Temple’s key goal of affordability and accessibility,” Kaiser added. “Every year, we have the lowest base tuition of all staterelated universities.” “We’re appreciative of flat funding,” Kenney said. “We hope people reach out to their elected officials and further the brand of Temple.”


Corbett proposes to cut Temple’s funding by 30 percent for the next year, which would bring it to less than $100 million for 2013-14.

JUNE 2014 The university’s state funding gets another cut in Corbett’s last budget proposal, giving a 11.8 percent cut to all higher education spending throughout the state.

JUNE 2016 After an eight-month budget impasse, the university is given a 2.5 percent funding increase, pushing state appropriations to about $150 million.

The university is slated for about $150 million in state funding for a second year in a row. Total lost since 2007-08: $36,666,000 SASHA LASAKOW | THE TEMPLE NEWS


TUH uses technology to diagnose lung cancer The equipment is a less invasive method and has higher diagnosis accuracy. By NOAH TANEN Research Beat Reporter New technology to diagnose lung cancer is being tested in clinical trials at Temple University Hospital. The Archimedes System, developed by Broncus Medical Inc. “performs virtual bronchoscopic navigation,” which helps doctors reach possible tumors in hard-toreach parts of the lung, said Dr. Gerard Criner, chair of the thoracic medicine and surgery department at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. This technology allows allows for a more accurate diagnosis. “It allows you to create an artificial path through the lung tissue,” Criner said. “It gives you navigation to go off-road or off-airway, and to avoid blood vessels.” Patrick Massetti, manager of Sales and Clinical Operations at Broncus, is working directly with Criner and TUH to implement the technology. Massetti said the system scans and then digitally recreates a model of a patient’s lungs.

Criner said the technology helps avoid procedures less likely to diagnose cancer and surgeries that could lead to more side effects or higher mortality rates. One of the big differences between the Archimedes System and other methods is that the technology doesn’t require any chest incision, Massetti said. Due to the complexity of other methods, namely a procedure called transthoracic needle aspiration, more time is needed to recover, and complications from the chest incision and interference from ribs are more likely than Archimedes, Massetti said. The system is also able to gather larger samples than TTNA, Massetti said. “With a bigger sample, [doctors] can do additional testing, and they can possibly find which medicine is best suited for that particular patient,” Massetti said. “The larger the sample you have, the better your testing capability is going to be.” Previous forms of therapy would make a correct diagnosis about 67 to 71 percent of the time, while Criner said Archimedes is closer to 85 percent. The trial is “phase IV,” which means that the technology has been FDA-approved and is commercially available, but the clinical value of the technology remains unproven, Criner said.

“Hospitals, before they purchase, want to see data to find out how much better, or how much safer this is than the current technology ... so that is what Dr. Criner is participating in right now,” Massetti said. TUH and other hospitals around the world provide feedback to Broncus regarding the system. Although the company was considering offering TUH a loaner system for the trial, TUH opted to buy it outright, allowing them to use the technology on patients outside of the study, Massetti said. Massetti said purchasing the technology allows the hospital to treat anyone they think could benefit — not just the people included in the study. “We work pretty closely with the company,” Criner said. “There are some refinements that we are asking them to put into the software that would make it more practical to use.” “[The Archimedes System] affords the possibility in the future to not only diagnose, but treat a lesion without having to undergo other types of treatment,” Criner said. noah.tanen@temple.edu

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Experiencing ‘extraordinary’ cities Architecture professors and alumni created an exhibit that connects Philly and Rome. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News


hen Michael Villegas traveled to Rome in 2009, he felt small. The 2010 architecture alumnus spent his spring semester studying architecture in Italy. He walked to class every day surrounded by buildings hundreds or thousands of years old, which he said made the historic sections of Philadelphia seem like “kid stuff.”

“When you’re trying to be a better designer and challenge yourself, knowing that stuff exists is enough to … push you to research more ... and not accept subpar design,” Villegas said. “It completely changes your perspective on your daily life here and what you might want out of your life,” he added. “Because it gives you a much more wellrounded understanding of how you fit into the world.” In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Temple University Rome, Villegas and six other architecture alumni and

professors are planning an exhibit and talk series at the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Bella Vista. The exhibit will highlight connections between Philadelphia and Rome and will include their original work, influenced by 18th-century Roman engraver and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Architecture instructor Kenneth Jacobs helped organize the display, titled “Yo, Piranesi!” which will open on Wednesday and run through March 12. The artists each created a series of collages


How can it respect the values and images of the past, and how can it celebrate a present as important as the past?

ERIN MORAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Students, alumni and faculty volunteers meet on Ambler Campus on Saturdays to help Montgomery County residents file their tax returns.

Volunteers help Ambler residents file taxes

John Pron Retired architecture professor

Accounting students and alumni are assisting with tax filing every Saturday morning until April 8. By PATRICK BILOW & ERIN MORAN For The Temple News

KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS John Pron, a retired architecture professor, is involved with “Yo, Piranesi!” an exhibit at the Da Vinci Art Alliance that draws connections between Philadelphia and Rome through 18th-century Roman architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Pron sits in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art holding a T-square, an architectural drawing tool. The museum is a discussion point in the exhibit and talk series.

Studios allow professors to go digital Two production studios opened in the Bell Building earlier this month. By TAYLOR HORN Online Beat Reporter Daniel White thinks courses at Temple should be accessible to all students, regardless of where they live. At a ribbon-cutting event on Feb. 1, Provost JoAnne Epps unveiled two new digital production studios on the fourth floor of the Bell Building. Professors can use the studios to film online lessons and other digital content for their courses. White is the director of the Office of Digital Education, which was created in 2014 to increase the number of online courses available at the university and online course enrollment. The office spent two years creating digital production rooms so professors could create content easy to upload for their online classes. White said some professors use the rooms for the entire development of some online courses. Others just want to reserve a studio to record short digital content for

their classes. In the past, professors would have to use their own webcams or laptop computers to record videos, White added. The main digital production studio includes a wall-to-wall green screen background, several cameras, teleprompters, LED lights, sound-proof walls, an overhead document camera and a mixing board. Lance Holbert, the strategic commu-

nication department chair, is working to create an online version of the master’s in communication management program for Fall 2017. “Our transfer of the existing M.S. in communication management program to be fully online does allow for a global audience,” Holbert said. “No longer do


KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Meg Sova, who works in the Office of Digital Education, adds special effects to class videos in postproduction. The office opened two studios earlier this month to create content for online courses.

Sandra Diaz, a teacher’s assistant from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, doesn’t feel comfortable using computers and she was worried she would mess up filing her taxes online. Then, she said, a friend recommended she use Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. VITA is a nationwide organization regulated by the IRS that works with families that make less than $53,000 a year. Each Saturday since Feb. 4 and until April 8 — 10 days before Tax Day — students from the Fox School of Business commute to Ambler Campus to help people in the area file their income tax returns for free through this program. Steven Balsam, an accounting professor and the supervisor of Temple’s VITA program, said several of his accounting students approached him in 2006 with interest in starting their own program after a member of the IRS spoke to one of their classes. “I thought it was a great idea,” Balsam said. “I am a firm believer in experienced learning.” Now Temple’s VITA chapter is celebrating its 10th anniversary. There are 60 IRS-certified student volunteers for the Ambler Campus VITA program and 13 alumni who are certified public accountants. With roughly 400 clients a year, Balsam said the students are getting great industry experience. “Most of our organization consists of students, and nearly all of those students are pursuing a career in accounting or public accounting,” Balsam said. “Accounting is a very marketable job to have and this program has given many students the necessary experience to be in that field.” Alex Kamaratos, a senior accounting major and student volunteer, was referred to the program by his Intermediate Accounting II professor. “I think it’s a good deal because I’m learning something and I’m getting course credit too for it,” Kamaratos said. “It’s a good way to start to get your feet wet in applying what’s going on in our federal income tax class,” Kamaratos added. “It means a lot more when it’s somebody who can’t afford the service, so it’s good that you can help them out while also getting them a better return than they would maybe going somewhere else.” Montgomery County residents can make ap-






Student organizations and interns are working at TECH Freire, a new charter school near Main Campus.

A new contemporary art exhibit at the Barnes Foundation features work by more than 50 artists.

Two alumni encourage teenagers to build photography skills at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Temple has a new, year-long research partnership with the Wagner Free Institute of Science.




Temple students serve as counselors at charter school Reflecting on their past experiences helps with counseling high school students. By IAN WALKER For The Temple News Behrad Emami, a former classical guitar teacher, said his lessons with unprepared students at a music shop often morphed into something like a therapy session. “They would often disclose personal concerns so the music lesson would take on a pseudo-psychotherapeutic quality,” said Emami, a 2010 classical guitar performance alumnus. Now a second-year graduate counseling psychology student in the College of Education, Emami is one of several graduate students interning at TECH Freire Charter School as a counselor to students. The school, on Broad Street near Susquehanna Avenue, is an offshoot of the Freire Charter high school and middle school in Center City. TECH Freire opened its doors in September 2016 to high school freshmen and sophomores. TECH Freire is a college preparatory school like the original Freire Charter schools, but with an added emphasis on computer science and entrepreneurship education. TECH Freire’s CEO, David Shahrairi, said it is legally required that at least 60 percent of the school’s students live in Strawberry Mansion. “We wanted to be more in the community that we were serving as opposed to bringing kids into Center City, which has its own merits and problems,” Shahrairi said. Laura McClinton, the school’s director of student and family counseling, oversees a group of interns, four

of whom are counseling psychology students at Temple. Two other Temple students in the master of social work program intern for Jennifer Cadieux, the school’s 10th-grade academic adviser and director of operations. Both groups of students fill different roles at the school, said Cadieux, who received a master’s of social work from Temple in 2007. While the social work interns provide guidance to TECH Freire on academic and social issues, the counseling psychology interns work with students who have mental health concerns. McClinton said she wants interns to view their work as more than just a part-time job. “What we try to do here is create an environment where they’re very much a part of our school community,” McClinton said. “We want them to be really invested in the process and jump into classrooms.” Shahrairi said Emami is valuable to TECH Freire students. Emami was born in Iran in 1981, only two years after the Iranian Revolution and during the Iran-Iraq War. He said the period was marked by political tumult and bonding moments with his family. “Reflecting on those years has been very productive for me ... as a developing counseling psychologist,” Emami said. Emami added that people often incorrectly think immigrants from underdeveloped countries are relieved when they arrive in the United States. “I think students who have experienced some kind of transition, I could help them having experienced immigration myself,” he added. Compared to Emami’s musical and cultural experiences, intern Anastasia Halbig approaches counseling from a different angle: athletics. Halbig, also a second-year graduate counseling psychology student, was a gymnast as an undergraduate

student at Rutgers University. She now works as the graduate assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics team at Temple. Halbig said there are parallels between her work in athletics and counseling. “I work with collegiate athletes and you find that there is a very heavy mental side to sport,” Halbig said. “So I almost feel like I’ve been [a counselor] for a while now.” In addition to the group of counseling interns, two student organizations are planning to establish

programs at TECH Freire. The Fox School of Business’ Entrepreneurial Student Association will form an entrepreneurship club at the school, Shahrairi said. Another group, TU STUDY, will offer tutoring sessions to interested students beginning in March. TU STUDY, an acronym for Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth, currently conducts tutoring sessions in English, math and science at the Queen of the Universe Catholic Parish in Levittown, Pennsylvania. TU STUDY Vice

President Timur Rusanov said tutors may need to develop more computer skills to assist students because of TECH Freire’s focus on technology. “It’s interesting seeing students getting an experience I wasn’t able to in high school,” said Rusanov, a junior cellular and molecular neuroscience major. “If we find they need help with something like designing a [computer] program, I think our organization is very willing to learn … stuff that isn’t exactly school topics.” Like Emami, Rusanov was also born outside the U.S. and emigrated from Uzbekistan when he was 5 years old. He said reflecting on his experiences of cultural transition motivates him to provide educational support for others. “As a first-generation student, if you don’t have that initial support coming from your family or from some other resources, it’s very, very critical that there be some kind of program in your institution, whether your school or your community, that can offer you extra help,” Rusanov said. “So when I heard of this opportunity [at TECH Freire], I felt that I should contribute what I can as someone who’s been through a lot of these problems.” Shahrairi said the interns actually have the potential to be more helpful than a single full-time employee. “One full-time employee, there’s no way you could really do any genuine work with kids because your time would just be spread too thin,” Shahrairi said. “But this allows us to expand our capacity and do meaningful work.” ian.walker@temple.edu @ian_walker12

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OPIOIDS “That’s a story we hear on a daily basis in the emergency room,” said del Portal, an emergency care physician at TUH and an emergency medicine professor. “It’s really unfortunate. We have to be really careful about what we prescribe to relieve patients’ pain.” More than 1,000 people nationwide are treated in emergency rooms every day for the misuse of prescription opioids, and one in four people who are prescribed the drugs for non-cancer pain struggle with addiction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s health protection agency. Pain is subjective, which del Portal said makes it difficult to treat. He added that some patients may come into the hospital expecting an opioid prescription because they’ve heard it’s the most effective way to relieve pain. When del Portal treats emergency room patients addicted to opioids, his personal role in combating the opioid epidemic becomes more real. “The havoc that drugs like heroin wreak on patients is awful, and it’s not like anything else,” del Portal said. “Emergency medicine is fast-paced. We see many patients in rapid succession … but it puts it into perspective for you the risks of those [opioid] medications and whether that risk is appropriate.” In April 2013, to prevent

GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Daniel del Portal says he often hears stories of opioid addiction that begin with an emergency room prescription. Because of this trend, he is careful to consider the risks before prescribing opioids to the patients he serves.

dental, neck, back and chronic noncancer pain conditions. All of the physicians surveyed for the study voluntarily implemented the guideline, and 97 percent said it helped them talk to patients about the possible consequences of opioid prescriptions, according to the study. Del Portal keeps printed copies of the guideline in his jacket when he makes his rounds in the emergency room. He said discussing

One in four people who are prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain struggle with addiction


overprescription, TUH released a pain treatment guideline for emergency room doctors that details the do’s and don’ts of prescribing opioids. According to the document, conditions like dental care or migraines can be treated with

The havoc that drugs like heroin wreak on patients is awful, and it’s not like anything else. Dr. Daniel del Portal Emergency care physician and professor

something besides an opioid, like an anti-inflammatory medication. Del Portal served as the principal investigator for a study about the guideline’s effectiveness in December 2015. He and a team of three other emergency medicine physicians found the guideline had “immediate and sustained impact” on the decrease in opioid prescription for features@temple-news.com


the guidelines with patients is worth “spending an extra few moments on.” “Certainly it’s faster to write a script for the strongest thing you have and have the patient go home happy that they got the strongest thing,” del Portal said. “But [it’s] not necessarily the right thing for the patient, and they may not even understand the risk that it is involved with that decision that was just made.” Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing is an organization dedicated to reducing the prescription of opioids through education and advocacy for legislation. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, who received his medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine in 1999, is the group’s cofounder and executive director. Kolodny said he worked with patients addicted to opioids for the first time as a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine in a neighborhood “devastated by drugs.” Physicians’ awareness is essential to combat the epidemic, he added. “Whether it’s in an emergency room or an outpatient clinic, we need to stop exposing patients to opioids when it’s unnecessary,” Kolodny said.

Dr. Joseph D’Orazio is an emergency medicine professor at the medical school, a medical toxicologist at TUH and a member of Kenney’s opioid task force. He said methods like TUH’s guideline is a step in the right direction, but there needs to be more done to limit the prescribing of opioids. He said patients who are addicted are often treated at TUH for an issue caused by addiction, like an infection stemmed from intravenous drugs. Doctors need to focus on addiction more directly and not as a “secondary diagnosis,” D’Orazio said. Before patients are given prescriptions, D’Orazio said they should be screened to see if they are predisposed to addiction, which can be determined by factors like genetics or past traumatic experiences. He hopes to implement an “opioid use disorder service” at TUH that would provide inpatient treatment to patients with addiction and help them transition to outpatient services once they’re discharged. It would be a collaboration between himself, a psychiatrist, a social worker and a pain specialist. “Temple is at the center of Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic,” D’Orazio said. “We need to be at the forefront of this problem.” EDUCATING ABOUT ADDICTION

cigarette smoke. Rawls’ childhood interest in his father’s addictive tendencies developed into his studies as a medical professional. Now, he works in the Center for Substance Abuse Research, which is based out of the medical school and studies the biological causes and effects of addiction. The center

Temple is at the center of Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic. Dr. Joseph D’Orazio Toxicologist at TUH

sponsors research and educational programs about addiction, and it is composed of 30 faculty members from 11 departments in the schools of medicine and pharmacy and the College of Liberal Arts. When he goes to Harrisburg on Wednesday, President Richard Englert will ask the state government for $5 million to fund opioid research at CSAR. The center’s education programs target graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Two years ago, Rawls created

the Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership to educate a younger demographic: students in sixth-through-12th-grade classrooms across the country. The programming teaches students about the biological roots of addiction, and recently received a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As part of the program’s curriculum, planarians — a type of worm — are given drugs like caffeine in the lab so students can see the effects of withdrawal, relapse and tolerance. Rawls, a former high school teacher, said the use of live animals is engaging and sets his program apart from other drug education programs like Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a police-led national effort discouraging illegal drug use. Rawls said SEADAP is increasing students’ knowledge about the science of addiction. The curriculum is practiced in more than 100 classrooms across the country, including two at Central High School, on Olney Avenue near Broad Street. Van Truong and Michelle Thornton, two science teachers at the high school, were trained in the program’s curriculum this summer, and will begin teaching it next month. Thornton said students from the high school will present information gathered during SEADAP’s experiments at Temple in April. Posters — including one with the inflated head of rapper Rick Ross on a tiny body above the words “Chem Boss” — line the walls of Truong’s classroom. She said she hangs them to help the students connect science to their everyday lives, keeping them “invested” in their education. Thornton said SEADAP helps inform students about everyday decisions they make, like choosing whether or not to drink caffeine in the morning. She added that she notices students streaming through the school’s front doors with a Red Bull energy drink or coffee every day. Many of the students in the school’s chemistry and pharmacology classes hope to work in health care, Thornton said. “They can go home and tell their parents about it, tell their friends about it,” Thornton said. “It’s ownership, and they feel that they have actually done something Continued on next page

Growing up, Scott Rawls was fascinated by cigarettes. It wasn’t a rebellious urge to smoke or the bitter scent tobacco gives off when burned that attracted him. He was curious about why his dad couldn’t stop lighting up. “This was a guy who fought in the Korean War, a tough guy,” said Rawls, a pharmacology professor. “But he could not kick the nicotine habit.” His father eventually died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease better known as COPD that can be caused by

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 meaningful.” Rawls also teaches the Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse course at Temple’s medical school, which is taken by graduate students, medical students and psychology students. It studies addiction from a biomedical standpoint by talking about the neurological pathways affected by the disease and relating it to different classes of drugs, like opioids. Steven Simmons, a third-year biomedical sciences doctoral student, has researched addiction for seven years. He said his work with Rawls as a part of the Center for Substance Abuse Research helped him understand addiction more holistically. He added that a passionate role model, like Rawls, encourages a student to keep pursuing work in the field. “Understanding ... and appreciating that can lead to some terrific introspection and discovery,” Simmons said. Rawls’ educational and research efforts are all based on one core ideal: addiction is a disease, not a moral failure. He said if the neurons and cells of your brain are the pixels on a TV screen, addiction scrambles them up and turns them into a staticky channel without cable. He hopes his program can “unscramble” those cells. TREATMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY On Tiffany Joseph’s ankle, the name “Kathy” is tattooed in a scraggly, handwritten font. Joseph tattooed herself in honor of her best friend, Kathy — who was like a sister to her — after she watched her die of a heroin overdose. Joseph also used heroin for more than 12 years. “That’s how powerful the drug is,” Joseph said. “I couldn’t stop even after I saw that it took someone I loved away.” Now, Joseph is more than two months sober. Joseph is a patient at Pathways


BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Opioid treatment experts meet at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 22nd Street on Thursday.

to Housing PA, a center in the city’s Logan neighborhood that provides housing, mental-health counseling and other services for the homeless and people with addiction. Pathways is one of six centers in Philadelphia to receive a Centers of Excellence grant from Pennsylvania as part of an initiative by Gov. Tom Wolf. The centers encourage addiction treatment based on behavioral health, primary care and medication-assisted services. The Stephen Klein Wellness Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 22nd Street also received this grant, in addition to the Wedge Recovery Center on Broad Street near Venango, about a block from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. All of the centers will administer the drug buprenorphine, known under the brand name Suboxone, which is prescribed to lessen opioid dependence. Dr. Laura Goetzl and Dr. Mary Morrison, two professors at the

medical school, will collaborate with Wedge to offer treatment specifically for pregnant mothers addicted to opioids. In addition to medication, Morrison will provide mental health screenings for patients. Morrison said addiction is often coupled with mental health disorders, like anxiety or depression,

I couldn’t stop even after I saw it took someone I loved away. Tiffany Joseph Person in recovery

and proper psychiatric evaluations can help a patient remain on a path toward treatment. Goetzl, who will act as Wedge’s primary obstetrician, said medication-assisted treatment is not

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Laura Goetzl, TUH’s director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, helped launch a center that will address opioid use in pregnant women.

often offered to pregnant women out of fear that treatment will harm the fetus. But refusing to treat pregnant women neglects the patients who need it the most, she said. “Advocating for pregnant women is a justice issue,” Goetzl added. “Pregnant women don’t have the types of services available to them that non-pregnant women do. … It’s always frustrating and feels predatory.” The center hopes to treat 300 patients a year. Other centers in North Philadelphia, however, offer even more services to combat opioid addiction. At the Klein center, there’s access to legal guidance, stress reduction programs and behavioral health services. At Pathways, it’s a “housing-first model,” meaning patients are provided a place to stay in combination with treatment. On Broad Street near Huntingdon, the organization Sobriety Through Out Patient offers counseling for mental

health issues and addiction, alongside programs like music and art therapy. Vince Faust is the wellness coordinator at STOP, but he also works with clients as a therapist and emergency worker. He said every aspect of a patient’s life is important when treating addiction — right down to what they’re wearing. He sends clients to The Thrifty Irishman, a thrift shop in Port Richmond, when they need new clothes. If they show the store’s owner, Rob McCormack, or any of his employees Faust’s business card, they get free clothes, shoes and blankets. “Look good, feel good,” Faust said. “If you don’t treat the whole person holistically, you can’t treat addiction.” The centers all hope to collaborate more in the future and refer patients to one another. At the height of her addiction, Joseph said she would be on a train to Kensington to find heroin by 9 a.m. every morning, unsure if she would leave the neighborhood alive or dead. Earlier this month, though, at 9 a.m., Joseph clutched her purse with a neon orange chip clipped to it. It’s imprinted with the emblem of the recovery group Narcotics Anonymous. She sat across the table from her doctor Lara Weinstein and Matt Tice, the director of clinical services at Pathways, who helped her find safe, sober housing. She talked about her future. Joseph said she hopes to wake up tomorrow. She hopes to call her son, who she has not spoken to in four years, soon. Moving forward, she hopes for nothing but the best. “All I have to say, honestly, is that I’m so grateful for everything that’s happened,” she added, crying. “I got a new life. I don’t ever want to go back to being that person.” grace.shallow@temple.edu @Grace_Shallow

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Tiffany Joseph, 32, a patient at Pathways to Housing PA, receives Suboxone treatments from the pharmacy at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center.

pennsylvania efforts on preventing, treating opioid addiction Gov. Tom Wolf proposed $34 million in his 2016-17 budget to recognize 50 Centers of Excellence.

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Wolf hosted a discussion at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine with legislators, local leaders and medical professionals on how to continue fighting the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.

Wolf announced 25 additional Centers of Excellence to be opened in the state by Jan. 1. Six of these are in Philadelphia.

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Wolf’s administration introduced opioid prescribing guidelines for emergency rooms and non-cancer chronic pain patients.

Wolf signed a package of bills that enforced stricter guidelines on opioid prescribing in medical facilities like emergency rooms and nursing homes. It also established curriculum requirements for safe opioid prescribing in medical schools across the state.

FEB. 2017 He announced plans to allot an additional $39.9 million toward fighting opioid addiction in the 2017-18 budget.







Barnes Foundation exhibit celebrates 19th-century French life The Barnes Foundation hosted a party on Friday celebrating the opening of its latest art installation: “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of the Flânerie.” Guests were welcomed to view the exhibit a day prior to the official opening and encouraged to dress in either 19th-century or contemporary attire. Food and drinks were served and accompanied by live music. According to the Barnes’ website, the exhibit showcases the work of more than 50 artists. The artists are referred to as “flânerie,” which means “idling behavior” in French. Utilizing scavenged supplies found on the streets to create their work, the collection reflects issues including racism, gender politics and globalization. Performances will take place in the streets surrounding the Barnes for the duration of the exhibit. According to its website, the street performances are meant to engage and invite “the general public to step into the position of the flâneur and share their perceptions of everyday urban life via social media.” The exhibit will be open to the public until May 22.



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TAXES pointments to come to Ambler Campus on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. to get help filing their tax returns. Balsam said he has worked with some of the same clients for years. Despite the fact that many of the VITA student volunteers take classes on Main Campus, the program does not assist families in North Philadelphia. Balsam said there are already several similar programs in Philadelphia, and

the IRS deemed the community around Ambler Campus as an “untouched area,” meaning there are no similar programs in the region. Balsam added that the program has grown since it first started, but he is concerned that he may have reached full capacity. “I’d love to expand,” Balsam said. “However, travel is difficult for security reasons because we would have to use a trusted network to file and there would have to be more supervisors, whom are hard to find.” Diaz said her first experience with

F E AT U R E S VITA was positive and she would “recommend anybody to come here.” “It was easy, [the volunteers] took the time to explain everything and I actually got a refund,” Diaz added. “[The students] were very polite, pleasant and respectful. And if I had any questions, they didn’t mind going over the answers, so I could ask them over and over the same question and I didn’t feel stupid.”



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Tyler School of Art to host Mardi Gras celebration The Tyler School of Art will host its annual Mardi Gras celebration and Spam-carving contest on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free slices of the traditional Mardi Gras dessert “king cake,” or cinnamon coffee cake. Organizers will also provide Mardi Gras beads and masks for decoration. The carving contest will begin at noon and participants will each be given a carton of Spam, or extra firm tofu for vegetarians, to carve into a Mardi Gras-themed object. The winner of the contest will be awarded a trophy. Participants are encouraged to register for the contest on the Tyler School of Art’s website. -Ian Walker

Student organizations to join national campaign

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PRODUCTION students have to come to Philadelphia to complete the degree.” When the online program is complete, Holbert will teach the required organizational communication course for the program. The seven-week course will consist of multiple 10- to 12-minute video presentations each week, which Holbert will record in the digital production studios. Professors like Holbert who want to develop full online courses will spend a few weeks conceptualizing and planning the course with staff from the Office of Digital Education. The digital lesson plans can then be recorded in the studio for $56 per hour. White said professors usually get funding to cover this cost from the deans of their respective colleges. “Our primary charge is to help the university develop high-quality, acces-

sible online degree programs and help the university itself move forward with the quality assurance of interesting courses as well,” White said. “I have seen the studios at various construction phases,” Holbert said. “It has been amazing to see the development of this campus resource.” White said the overhead demonstration camera could help professors get creative with their teaching approaches. “The art history group has thousandyear-old books that they want to bring in here and show people how the paper is made or the different illustrations,” White said. “The athletic training group, should they want to show the beauties of a perfect ankle wrap, they could do that right here with this demonstration camera.” Meg Sova, the office’s online learning video specialist, can also add special effects to the videos in post-production, White added. There is also a smaller studio that professors can reserve if they want to quickly

create content for free. The second studio has a green screen background, sound-proof walls, one camera, a microphone and a teleprompting option. A student employee will oversee the production and help guide the professor through a small orientation. If the professor has extra time during their reservation block, they can edit their content in the studio as well. White says there has been a lot of interest in the studio from different schools, especially from the School of Media and Communication, the College of Education, the Tyler School of Art and the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. “The studios are leading-edge spaces from which quality online education products can be produced,” Holbert said. “It is nice to see this type of high-end investment by the university.” taylor.suzanne.horn@temple.edu

From Wednesday through Friday, disability education groups like the Academy for Adult Learning, Temple University Best Buds, Athletes Helping Athletes, Special Olympics Temple University and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will participate in a national campaign called “Spread the Word to End the Word.” The groups will be at the Bell Tower from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all three days. “The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed),’” the campaign’s website reads. “Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory.” The campaign will ask people to pledge to stop saying the word as a starting point toward fostering more accepting attitudes for all people. The campaigners will be distributing bracelets and handouts to those who pledge to use respectful, people-first language. -Taylor Horn

Comic book store to host book club meeting Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, a comic book store in Kensington, will host its monthly book club meeting on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. During the meeting, participants will discuss “March: Book One,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ graphic novel and memoir. The book, which was written by Lewis — a Democrat who represents Georgia — and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell, is a first-hand account of Lewis’ experiences as a civil rights activist. The shop, on Frankford Avenue near Huntingdon Street, is owned by Ariell Johnson, a 2005 accounting alumna who was the first Black female comic shop owner in Philadelphia. The store is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The book club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is free to attend. Books may be purchased at the store. -Erin Moran

‘Passengers’ to be screened at The Reel “Passengers,” a science fiction film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, will be playing at The Reel in the lower level of the Student Center from Thursday through Sunday. There will be two showings of the film each day: at 7 p.m. and at 10 p.m. “Passengers” received two Oscar nominations. Tickets for the movie cost $2 with an OWLcard or $4 without one. The concessions stand at The Reel will sell popcorn, nachos, candy and beverages and accepts cash and Diamond Dollars. -Erin Moran

Tyler to host discussion about ‘creative life’

KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Office of Digital Education showcased its new multimedia studios at an open house on Thursday. The space includes a wall-to-wall green screen background, several cameras and teleprompters.

The Tyler School of Art will hold a panel discussion, titled “Living a Creative Life,” on Friday at noon in the Architecture Building. The panel will discuss the creative industry and how to be successful as an artist. Gerard Brown, the chair of the foundation department, will lead the discussion. Speakers include Sharon Louden, the editor of a series of books called “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” Hrag Vartanian, the editor-in-chief and cofounder of the art publication “Hyperallergic” and Deana Haggag, the executive director of The Contemporary, an art museum in Baltimore. -Moriah Thoman features@temple-news.com




Alumni bringing education to the forefront of photo center Josh Brilliant and Juliette Cook work at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, which provides education about photography. By ADRIANA IMHOF For The Temple News Amber Rivera never thought college was in her future — until she enrolled in the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s teen program. Now, she’s a senior at the University of the Arts studying photography. “If [college] is what you want, we are going to get you there,” said Josh Brilliant, a 2008 Temple film and media arts alumnus and the center’s education coordinator. Brilliant is one of two alumni working at the center on American Street near Master. PPAC is a nonprofit that encourages the study and practice of photography in Philadelphia through educational opportunities for people of all skill levels. Juliette Cook, a 1992 painting alumna and the development director at PPAC, wrote a proposal for a $20,000 grant that the center received from The National Endowment for the Arts last month. The grant was matched by funding from the Lynne and Harold Honickman Foundation. Brilliant writes the curriculum for the teen program and runs it with the help of two teaching assistants. About 75 students meet at the center Monday through Thursday for the program, which is free and open to any student at a public school in Philadelphia. Participants learn the basics of photography and are provided equipment to do their own work. Brilliant said he takes the time to meet each student and learn about their interest in photography and art. “I feel like I give as much as I can, but [the students] give so much more back,” Brilliant said. “To see what they are coming up with and the creativity and the way they are thinking

about pictures makes the whole day worth so much.” Cook said she focuses on fundraising and the growth of PPAC through grant-writing and “conveying the organization’s potential to funders, press and stakeholders.” “It involves telling the stories of the individuals that we impact,” Cook said. “Just sort of showing that when someone supports the organization that it’s really making a difference in people’s lives and telling the story of how art can make a difference.” The grant will support a month-long residency program at the center for three artists. “The grant is very impactful on many levels,” Cook said. “When other funders see that

we are funded by The National Endowment of the Arts, it’s kind of a seal of approval. It’s a way that we can go to a funder and say, ‘We just got half of what we need to do this amazing program, and the National Endowment for the Arts is supporting it. Will you bring the other half to the table?’” Brilliant and Cook said they both recognize the power of education and photography, and Temple shaped them into the artists and educators they are today. “The diversity that is offered there is really outstanding,” Brilliant said. “For me, getting that access to all these different perspectives and learning more about everybody’s different worldviews and cultures really shaped me in a

way that I honestly wasn’t expecting when going there.” Cook said interacting with her peers at an institution like the Tyler School of Art showed her that creating art is a “collaborative experience.” “The experience of art is something that happens between at least two people, between the maker and the viewer or the person experience,” Cook said. “You have to know how to communicate and collaborate.” adriana.imhof@temple.edu

NICK SEAGREAVES FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Josh Brilliant, a 2008 film and media arts alumnus, views Hrvoje Slovenc’s illustration on display at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Brilliant is the education coordinator for the center, which recently received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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University partners with the Wagner in research alliance

BRIANNA SPAUSE/THE TEMPLE NEWS Librarian Lynn Dorwaldt flips through an archive of Joseph Leidy’s 19th-century drawings of microscopic organisms at the Wagner Free Institute of Science last week. Leidy was a paleontologist who served as the institute’s president after the death of William Wagner, its founder.

Four fellows are using the Wagner’s collection of artifacts and its library for their research. By MORIAH THOMAN For The Temple News Natalia Vieyra enjoys researching in the archives of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, rifling through bits of other people’s lives that have long past. Vieyra is one of four fellows in a research alliance between Temple and the Wagner that began in August. “[The Wagner is] stunning,” said Kenneth Finkel, an American studies professor who helped create the partnership. “It’s mind-blowing. It’s an experience you don’t usually get, and making the most of that experience, not just going in … is the challenge.” Temple is working with the Wagner, on Montgomery Avenue near 17th Street, in a year-long research alliance. The alliance includes one year of funding for students and faculty members to complete research projects based on the Wagner’s collection of artifacts and its library. “The overarching goal is to just promote research in the humanities and arts because it’s an underfunded and underutilized scholarly area,” said Lynn Dorwaldt, the Wagner’s librarian. The partnership began when the provost’s office requested 2015 proposals for grants toward arts and humanities research. Finkel decided to design a project that offered fellowships to eight students and faculty members at Temple. The Wagner, founded by William Wagner in 1855 to provide free science education to the public, has developed over time into a large science collection and research archive. The research alliance consists of two rounds of fellowships over one year with research projects in the arts and humanities. The first round — which began in August and ends in May — of fellowship recipients includes Emily Cobb, a metals/ jewelry/CAD-CAM and visual studies instructor; Jena Osman, an English professor; Randall Rook, a 2016 master’s of city and regional planning alumnus and Vieyra, a second-year art history doctorate student. As the librarian and archivist, Dor-

waldt works closely with the fellowship recipients to help them find resources at the Wagner. Her extensive knowledge of the collection is helpful in the search for relevant research materials, Vieyra said. “I have a pretty intimate knowledge with the history of the Wagner, but yet I still find out new things all the time,” said Dorwaldt, who has worked at the Wagner for 15 years. “I think [that] is one of the exciting things about working here.” Vieyra’s research project, “Under the Skin: Anatomical Illustrations and the Aesthetics of Medical Knowledge,” involves looking at anatomical textbooks and illustrations. She is researching how the illustrations in the Wagner’s 19th-century anatomical textbooks are modeled after what scientists considered healthy human bodies seen in classical art, not real human bodies. Right now, Vieyra is only using the institute’s anatomical textbooks, but she is working with Dorwaldt to find more relevant materials. She first heard about the alliance when it was being promoted at the Tyler School of Art. Vieyra said she appreciates the convenience of her research only being a 15-minute walk from Main Campus. While she doesn’t use the collection on display in her research, she appreciates the ambiance of doing research in the archives. “[The illustrations are] not necessarily realistic,” Vieyra said. “It’s kind of an intersection between art and science, because scientists are literally looking at art to make models, not human bodies as they really exist.” The next round of fellowships began with two open houses held Feb. 9 and 15, which included a tour of the Wagner and an introduction to the resources available. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 3. The second round’s projects are due in August and there will be a project summary event held in September for all of the 2016-17 fellows. Dorwaldt said she hopes to get more proposals for the second round of fellowships. In the future, she hopes the alliance between Temple and the Wagner Institute goes further than the one year of fellowships. “If I do one good thing at Temple, I’d like it to be the thought that my teaching was good,” Finkel said. “I think this relationship is a legacy that we all should hope for and work toward.” moriah.thoman@temple.edu

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Would on-campus voting booths increase voter participation in TSG elections?

AKASH DESHPANDE Sophomore Finance

I don’t really know, it depends on how much the [election] affects me. … I don’t think I see enough voter outreach. I didn’t even know it was happening. I feel like there should be more awareness about the election in general, so then students know what it’s about and who they’re voting for.

to express their personal memories of the trip from Philly to Rome. Piranesi, who lived from 1720 to 1778, experienced Rome in a very pivotal time for architecture, said John Pron, a retired architecture professor. The modern Neoclassicism movement had just begun and was paralleled with a new appreciation of Rome’s ancient ruins. Instead of pillaging the old buildings, Romans were now preserving them, he said. This created an interesting balance of old and new in the city, Pron said, which Piranesi latched onto in his elaborate etchings of Rome. Using his technical skills to celebrate the city’s past and present, Piranesi “raised the standard for what extraordinary experiences cities could be,” said Pron, who taught at Temple Rome in 1996 and 2012 and visited several other times during his career. “Piranesi also connected vastly different eras in Rome’s long history,” Pron said. “He clearly celebrated the present Baroque city, while incorporating the major monuments of the Roman Empire long gone.” The architects involved in the exhibit hope to challenge the way Philadelphians look at their own city by echoing Piranesi’s idea of incorporating the past and present. Jacobs said this idea came through in the movie “Rocky,” when the titular character climbed the old steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and looked back at the modern city behind him. “Getting people to think about their surroundings in a different way is good because you come up with ideas and strategies that you might not have

unless you put yourself in a different place,” Jacobs said. “[Art is] an easy ... non-threatening way for people to put themselves in a different place.” Villegas’ interpretation of Piranesi’s work compares the ancient ruins of Rome to what he sees as Philly’s version of ruins: old sports arenas. “Philadelphia is a sports city before anything else,” Villegas said. “Most people would consider [stadiums] eyesores, but if they’re important enough and they sit there long enough they become memorials.” His collages combine Piranesi’s etchings of Rome with photos of Philadelphia’s demolished arenas — like Veterans Stadium, the Spectrum and John F. Kennedy Stadium — as a way to preserve them as symbols of the city. “We don’t get the benefit of ruins in modern society,” he added. “So how can we celebrate and preserve these historic venues for so many Philly sports fans in one image, as Piranesi did for ruins in Rome?”

Each artist had a different interpretation of the connection between the two cities, and on Saturday, an Artist’s Talk will be held for each of the architects to discuss their work. Piranesi’s vision of Rome — one that celebrates old and new and combines the high-brow with the low-brow — makes him the “perfect” artist to represent Temple Rome, Pron said. There’s already a large, framed map of Rome etched by Piranesi that hangs in the lobby of Villa Caproni, the main classroom and studio on the Rome campus, Pron added. “Philadelphia is a city of great uniqueness, with a strong and important past, and a dynamic present,” Pron said. “And also a city with a bright future … like Rome, how can it respect the values and images of the past, and how can it celebrate a present as important as the past?” emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu

KIERAN LYONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS John Pron, who taught architecture at Temple for more than 30 years, draws comparisons between Philadelphia’s architecture and that of 19th-century Rome.



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I think it would make more people vote. … I think they do enough outreach, but it’s just a matter of getting people involved and making sure that everyone knows. They do a pretty good job of that, but just a little bit more exposure would help. … I think it just gives more options.

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Rosen, staff key to continued success The Owls’ coaches were coBig East Conference Staff of the Year in 2016. By TESSA SAYERS Lacrosse Beat Reporter Temple made history in 2016 when it finished second in the Big East Conference tournament. The Owls finished third during the regular season after being chosen to finish sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll. The team was led by coach Bonnie Rosen, associate head coach Jennifer Wong and assistant coach Claire Hubbard. Rosen and her coaching staff were recognized for their hard work when they were named the conference’s co-staff of the year, sharing the honor with the University of Florida’s staff. It was Rosen’s first coach-of-the-year honor since she won the Atlantic 10 Conference’s award in 2008, when the Owls made their last NCAA tournament appearance. “When you get a coaching award, it is a reflection of the success of your team and that’s what you look for as a coach,” Rosen said. “Last year we won and we did it as a huge team effort and it was really wonderful to have our colleagues recognize the accomplishments of the team and the players who were on our team.” Former attacker Rachel Schwaab, who led the team in goals last season, said the award was well-deserved. “It was really awesome for them to finally get credit,” Schwaab said. “I know they won’t talk about it that much. It was awesome to see them get that accolade and I think just the season in general deserved that award.” The coaches’ jobs extend beyond the field. Rosen has had nine players earn the

Inquirer’s Academic All-Area honor and has had 42 players named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s academic honor roll. “The biggest thing I feel as a coach is that the competitive Division I lacrosse experience has the ability and should be something that enhances the higher education process,” Rosen said. “For me it goes hand-in-hand with academics. So to me doing both well is what we strive for.” Rosen has also gotten her team involved in the community through Friends of Jaclyn, an organization that connects children who have brain tumors with collegiate sport teams to help improve their quality of life. The coaches lead by example by getting involved in the local lacrosse community. Wong serves as the chairperson for the IWLCA outreach committee that focuses on diversity and minority development. “Bonnie made me take over the committee to improve the number of minorities getting into coaching and staying involved in coaching,” Wong said. “It’s been great for meeting people. And it’s been really nice to hear the stories and share in their own professional development and journeys.” Each coach took a different path into lacrosse and to Temple. Rosen started playing lacrosse when she was in seventh grade and started coaching at camps when she was in college. She came to Temple in 2006 after serving as Connecticut’s coach for 10 years. Rosen started UConn’s program in 1997 and coached the Huskies to eventually become a Top 20 program. Wong started playing lacrosse during her freshman year of high school and played goalkeeper at Connecticut under Rosen from 2001-05. She always aspired to be a coach.

“The funny story is I actually dreamed of coaching when I was younger instead of being the professional athlete,” Wong said. “So I think it is something that has always been in me and something that I was interested in.” After coaching Rutgers University’s goalies and defense for two years, Wong made the move to Temple in Fall 2007 to get her master’s degree and serve as Rosen’s graduate assistant coach. She was promoted to associate coach in 2010 after a one-year stint as the head coach at Immaculata University. Hubbard started playing lacrosse when she was 4 years old and came to Temple in 2015 to start her coaching career after playing at Stanford University from 2007-10. “To be perfectly honest my connection came after meeting and speaking with Bonnie,” Hubbard said. “I thought it would be a great first step for me in terms as a mentor who could help me start my coaching career.” Rosen is the Owls’ fourth head coach since the program was started in 1975 by Tina Sloan-Green, who won two national titles and led Temple to nine NCAA tournament appearances in her tenure. In comparison, Temple’s football team is currently on its 27th head coach and fourth in the last 10 years. “I knew the history of Temple lacrosse well from my college days and of the success of the program,” Rosen said. “It’s very rewarding to be a part of the success and history of the program and to be able to move that forward has been just a real honor and continues to be something I couldn’t be happier about.” teresa.sayers@temple.edu @SayersTessa



Temple receives FBS team of the year award The Eastern College Athletic Conference named Temple the 2016 Football Bowl Subdivision Team of the Year at the 2017 Eastern College Football Awards Banquet on Thursday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Owls won the award for the second year in a row. Temple (10-4, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) had a historic season after winning 10 games in 2015 and has now won back-to-back East division titles. The Owls have also played in back-to-back bowl games and had back-toback 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. Temple earned Associated Press Top 25 rankings in both seasons, peaking at No. 20 in the week leading up to its conference title loss to Houston on Dec. 5, 2015. -Evan Easterling

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FILE PHOTO The Owls celebrate their conference championship win on Dec. 3.


Season ends in first round of ECHA playoffs The Owls’ (7-28, 2-11 Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association) season came to a close on Friday after their 5-1 loss to Navy in the quarterfinal round of the ECHA playoffs at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania. Navy struck first on a breakaway goal with 13 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first period. The Midshipmen scored two more goals and extended their lead to 3-0 in the second period. Navy continued to pour it on in the final period, scoring two more goals until Temple scored with 6:22 left. Jack O’Hear scored two goals and had an assist for Navy. The 2016-17 season was the Owls’ second at the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. -Adam Miller


Temple to host conference academic symposium

ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Bonnie Rosen watches her team from the sideline during the 14-13 win against St Joseph’s on Wednesday.

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GYMNASTICS “It feels like we’re the last of an era,” said Wright, a senior kinesiology major. In December 2013, the Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from former Athletic Director Kevin Clark to eliminate the men’s gymnastics program along with six other Division I programs, two of which were later reinstated. The Temple News previously reported that the cuts saved the university an estimated $3 million to $3.5 million. Temple Gymnastics appealed to the Board, but the program was officially terminated on July 1, 2014. “I’ve worked on this a lot, but I still have this bitter resentment towards Temple,” Kustin said. “All I wanted in high school was to compete in college gymnastics. I accomplished that goal, I made the team, and then Temple said, ‘Sorry, no more.’”

During Fred Turoff ’s tenure as a Division I coach from 1976 to 2014, the team won 18 conference championships and produced 34 All-Americans and five NCAA champions. From 2012-14, the NCAA honored the program for its outstanding academic performance. “[The university] decided they were going to cut the program, despite the fact that we were the academic leaders, we were successful, we had outstanding senior athletes and we brought in more tuition than the cost of the program,” Turoff said. He has served as the volunteer head coach since the university eliminated the program. The club team cannot pay him for his services per Campus Recreation rules, Turoff said. “Temple certainly didn’t appreciate loyalty or success or compliance,” he added. “They discarded me.” Temple originally stayed in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference following its demotion, but the ECAC kicked

Temple out at the end of last season. “The important thing for us, because season averages don’t count anymore, is to be in great shape for March when the [USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships] come,” Turoff said. The Owls’ last meet of the season is the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs Championships in early April. When asked about watching the “last real freshman class,” compete in its final competition, Turoff refused to get sentimental. “It’s the same thing as when any of my seniors leave,” Turoff said. “I’m sad to see them go, [but] I’m happy that they’re graduating, that they found something good to do with their time here.” “Definitely a learning experience,” Wright said of his four years on the team. “But I probably wouldn’t change any of it.”

Temple will host the inaugural American Athletic Conference Symposium on March 23 and 24 at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing on Christopher Columbus Boulevard near Walnut Street. The consortium, founded in 2016 as an initiative by the conference’s 12 members, has a core focus of researching and creating programs that focus on student well-being, according to a conference release. More than 60 faculty members, administrators, students and staff from the conference are expected to attend. There will be keynote speakers and discussions on topics like mental health, concussions, eating disorders and nutrition. Teams composed of people from various schools will form to pursue educational and research opportunities, and five $10,000 grants will be awarded for further research at the end of the semester. -Evan Easterling


Freshman Todd earns another ECAC honor Last Tuesday, and for the fourth time this season, freshman all-around Daisy Todd took home the Eastern Conference Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award. Todd’s all-around score of 38.775 against the University of New Hampshire, then ranked No. 27 in the RoadToNationals.com Top 25, was the third highest score and helped the Owls surpass the 194 point mark for the first time in program history. Todd’s 9.825 on bars against the Wildcats matched the career record she set on Jan. 29 against the University of West Virginia and on Feb. 12 against Towson University. She has placed in the top three in all but one of Temple’s meets this season. -Varun Sivakumar







Freshman class having fun, working hard for Franke Sabre Malia Hee leads a group of freshmen who has helped Temple set a program wins record. By TOM IGNUDO Fencing Beat Reporter In Nikki Franke’s 44 years of coaching at Temple, she’s witnessed her fair share of freshman classes. This season’s group of freshmen provides a nice balance for Franke — one minute they act immature and joke around with each other, and the next they get their game-faces on and stay attentive in practice. “What is really nice about this group is number one, they keep me laughing,” Franke said. “They’re very funny. But also they work very hard and they never complain.” “And for a coach, that’s really a joy,” she added. “It kind of keeps you going because they don’t underestimate their opponents and they don’t overthink about themselves and so they have a very good balance. Their heads aren’t too swelled. They know they have a lot of work still to do.” While several of Temple’s five freshmen have stood out, sabre Malia Hee has put up better numbers than all but one freshman in the past six years. With a 70-13 record, Hee has set the record for most wins by a sabre in

a single season. Sabre Kamali Thompson set the record in the 2010-11 season with 55 wins. Only two Temple freshmen have put up 50-plus wins in a single season in the past six years. Junior epee Safa Ibrahim posted a 72-28 record in the 2014-15 season, while epee Rachael Clark went 53-21 in the 2013-14 season. Franke said Hee was one of the most heavily recruited fencers in her class. Hee received attention from Ohio State University, the University of Notre Dame, Penn State and Duke University, all of which are ranked in the Top 10 of the CollegeFencing360. com Women’s Coaches Poll. Temple is ranked seventh. Hee started her freshman campaign with an early-season first-place finish at the Penn State Open on Nov. 19. Hee knocked off two consecutive opponents 15-14 to win the tournament, including Penn State senior sabre and three-time All-American Teodora Kakhiani in the semifinals. Freshman Kerry Plunkett tied for third in the sabre competition. College fencing is more of a mental game than club fencing, Hee said. But senior epee Alexandra Keft said that’s one of the reasons why Hee can outmaneuver opponents on the strip this season. “She’s just relentless,” Keft said. “I think when you see her fence, she’s intensely focused. And it doesn’t matter if the other person gains a point. She’s able to refocus really quickly which is something you develop later

VEENA PRAKRIYA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman foil Kennedy Lovelace (left), faces her opponent from Brown University at the Temple Invitational in McGonigle Hall on Sunday.

on in your game. So to see a freshman be able to take it on that quickly, and not let anything rattle her, like she’s been able to bring her mind straight back and that’s really cool to see.” Freshman foil Kennedy Lovelace went 12-3 at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Invitational on Feb. 11 tying for the most wins of anyone at the meet. The Owls broke their singleseason program record for wins at the meet. The team knocked off No. 1 Princeton University during Sunday’s Temple Invitational.

Two weekends ago, the Owls sent two freshmen, Lovelace and epee Camille Simmons, to the Junior Olympics in Kansas City, Missouri. Simmons placed 86th in Junior Women’s Epee, while Lovelace placed 37th in the Junior Women’s Foil. The Owls improved to 34-9 on Sunday at the Temple Invitational at McGonigle Hall. Lovelace led the foil squad with a 10-5 record on the day. Hee went 7-3 on the day, while Plunkett went 8-4. Keft, the epee squad leader who

will graduate after this season, said she is glad to know the team will be in good hands. “It’s still a really young team, so they still have a lot to learn but they’ve seen what we expect of them throughout the season and the type of atmosphere we want to continue with the program,” Keft said. thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5


Former guard Covile adjusts to playing in Romania The former Owl is playing for the Romanian team Phoenix Galati. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Erica Covile looks at the time, sees it is four in the morning, and decides it is about time to go to bed. While it might seem like a late night for most people, it feels normal for Covile. She hasn’t quite adjusted to the sevenhour time difference between Romania and Philadelphia. “I have been here for seven months and I still go to sleep every day at 4 a.m.,” she said. The former Temple guard is in her rookie season playing professionally for Phoenix Galati, a professional basketball team based out of Romania. Out of the 15 players on the roster, six are from the United States, eight are from Romania and one is from Australia. One of the biggest differences culturally between the United States and Romania is how she is perceived because of her skin color. Ninety percent of the people in Romania are either Romanian or Hungarian. “One thing that I see almost ev-

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RECRUITS ing class. Nate Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot4 guard from Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, and De’Vondre Perry, a 6-foot-6 forward at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, are the other two signees. All four players are ranked as four-star recruits by ESPN and three-star recruits by Rivals.com. Moorman, who signed with the Owls on Sept. 28 and helped his team win a state title on Saturday, is already thinking about playing on North Broad. “I’m probably the most upset every time Temple loses, because I wish sports@temple-news.com

ery day is everyone staring at the Black Americans,” Covile said. “They stare at us so hard that it feels like they’re burning a hole in us. Also, since our skin color is dark, they automatically think we are from Africa.” Sometimes, to get a break from Galati, Covile and a teammate drive about three hours to Bucharest, Romania’s capital. While on the trip, Covile shops, visits the Therme Spa and relaxes in the city, which she said has aspects of American life. Phoenix Galati is 10-11 this season. Covile has played in all 21 games. The skills Covile picked up at Temple have helped her contribute to the team and establish herself as an elite player. Covile leads the team in rebounds and steals, with 9.6 and two per game, respectively. “She is a little bit ‘all-around’ type of player,” coach Eugenio Manuel Ferreira Rodrigues said. “Defense, rebounding and scoring have been her biggest and strongest weapons which is exactly what we expected from her.” Covile ranks second on the team in scoring, adding an average of 15 points per game, just behind former Houston Baptist University forward Shanice Steenholdt’s 17.4 points per game. Covile’s stats don’t come as much of a surprise to Rodrigues, as the guard set records in her four years at Temple. In her senior season, Covile became the fourth Owl to reach 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 150 steals in her career.

I was out there to do whatever I can to help,” Moorman said. Pierre-Louis said he’s had a basketball in his hand as long as he can remember. His dad Frantz played internationally in Italy, Austria and the Philippines, and Nate said he spent the first six or seven years of his life living abroad. He had a hoop and a basketball in each place. Nate’s passion for the game continued in the United States. He and senior guard Josh Brown, who is also from New Jersey, worked out together when Brown was a high school sophomore and Nate was a sixth grader. Nate also went with Brown on trips to play Amateur Athletic Union games. Nate said he hasn’t beaten his dad, who has a four-inch height ad-

“She’s definitely the most versatile player on the team and her style of play is fast, hard, yet smooth,” said Phoenix Galati guard Jeanette Jackson, who played at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. “She plays hard, she’s unstoppable, she shares the ball, she rebounds, she does it all.” Covile is still adapting to the style of play in international basketball. The only physical difference is that a player must dribble the ball before taking their first step, but rules aren’t the only thing that determines how the game is played. “Like all the Americans, she still needs to understand what’s Europe all about, our civilizational differences and of course, the different type of basketball that is played here,” Rodrigues said. “Once she’s got it, she will be totally adapted to play in Europe.” Despite some adjustment to the new culture, Covile enjoys Romania and is excited that she can play her favorite sport as her job. However, there are things she misses about the United States, particularly her Temple team. “I miss playing and competing with my sisters, and I most definitely miss playing for coach [Tonya] Cardoza,” Covile said. “The coaches that I had for the last four years molded me into the player [and] person I am today and I’m forever grateful for that.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

vantage, in a game of one-on-one. But the games are teaching moments, just like when he calls Owls’ assistant coach Aaron McKie for advice after games. “He plays well above the rim, he shoots it pretty well and he never takes a play off, which I think is probably his greatest attribute,” Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff said. All four players will add athleticism and flexibility to the Owls. Perry averaged a double-double as a junior, as well as 5.1 assists. He called himself a “big, athletic wing-guard” who likes to take advantage of mismatches. Perry scored 21 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, dished five assists and swatted five shots on Feb. 7 to help Baltimore Polytechnic beat Patterson,

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FILE PHOTO Former guard Erica Covile drives to the net against the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 21, 2016.

a Top 10 team in Maryland. His profile on Hudl.com, a site high school athletes use to showcase their highlights, notes that he plays all five positions. Hamilton received invitations to two USA Basketball camps after averaging 9.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a junior. This season, he averaged 11.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He said he tries to model his game after five-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who can score in the post and is shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range this season. “I’m wishing to add on just like defense, strong rebounds, just being like really active,” Hamilton said. “When that happens, only good things tend to happen.”

“I know that just doing one thing is not going to help the team win,” Perry said. “You have to do multiple things and growing up being versatile, that helps a lot.” Pierre-Louis has known freshman guard Alani Moore II and sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. since middle school. He can’t wait to step on the Liacouras Center floor for the first time during the regular season. “It’s going to be a special night because it’s going to be the start of something special,” he said. evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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Robbins, Williams and Dingle shine in Senior Day win The three seniors helped lead Temple to a doubleovertime win. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor When Mike Robbins checked out of the game with 13 minutes, 15 seconds left in the first half, the student section chanted his name. The senior guard got his first career start on Senior Day and came out strong. On the Owls’ first possession, he passed the ball to senior forward Mark Williams for a left-wing 3-pointer. Robbins made a reverse layup after a baseline drive at the 18:28 mark. The former walk-on hit a left corner 3-pointer with 15:35 left to give the Owls a 13-point lead, their largest of the game. Robbins and Williams combined for 13 points in the opening 4:25 of the Owls’ 86-76 double-overtime win on Saturday at the Liacouras Center. Robbins finished with seven points, one short of his career-high eight, which he set in December against DePaul University. “When we were walking out underneath the basket to shake the coaches’ hands [before the game], they had my jersey framed along with Dan’s and Mark’s,” Robbins said. “Just seeing the No. 22 in the frame really let it sink in on me.” Williams received a standing ovation when he fouled out of the game with 2:27 left. He finished with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. “It’s like you’re about to move out

of your childhood house,” Williams said. “You just look around and just get that last feeling.” Williams started his first game since the Owls’ matchup with West Virginia University on Nov. 25. Williams hit back-to-back baskets in the paint during the first overtime to give Temple (15-15, 6-11 American Athletic Conference) a 69-66 lead. He then batted a loose ball ahead to give Temple possession with 5.4 seconds left. Williams hit freshman guard Quinton Rose on a backdoor cut early in the second overtime to start a 7-0 Temple run. Williams had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first half. With 16:23 left in the half, he passed up a 3-point jump shot and dribbled to his right to feed junior forward Obi Enechionyia in the post. Enechionyia hit the post fadeaway and Williams got one of his three assists on Saturday. He added six rebounds and two blocks. “I think he can look back on a game like today and say to himself, ‘I had a phenomenal impact in a game that we needed to win,’” coach Fran Dunphy said. While Williams usually comes off the bench, redshirt-senior swingman Daniel Dingle has been in the starting rotation all season. He scored six points in the first half and grabbed five rebounds. He ended the day as one of the Owls’ four double-figure scorers with 13 points to go with eight rebounds. Senior guard Josh Brown was noticeably missing, sitting on the bench in a black suit instead of being on the court. He injured his Achilles tendon in May 2016 and missed the

HOJUN YU FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior guard Mike Robbins makes a layup in the first half of Temple’s 86-76 win on Saturday against Tulane at the Liacouras Center.

first six games of the season while he recovered. He averaged 7.2 points per game and shot 52 percent from the field in six games but hasn’t played since the Owls’ loss to Villanova on Dec. 13. “He brings a lot to our team,” Williams said. “He’s been a very proactive teammate. So even though he’s not physically out there on the court, he’s constantly in guys’ ears, myself included, [and] especially the young guys.” The Owls will not graduate a


Owls prep for conference tourney Temple locked up the No. 2 seed for the event in Connecticut. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter After the officials missed a seemingly obvious travel call against Connecticut that led to a Huskies’ 3-pointer in Wednesday’s game, coach Tonya Cardoza paced the sideline looking at the ground. She knew her team was in for a long night against the top-ranked team in the country. For the first six minutes of the game, Temple did not trail by more than seven points. But after junior guard Tanaya Atkinson converted a layup and a free throw, Connecticut outscored the Owls 78-37 in the final 35 minutes to win 90-45. The Huskies dominated all facets of the game against Temple, outrebounding the Owls by 14 and forcing 26 turnovers — almost double the Owls’ season average. Temple (23-6, 13-3 American Athletic Conference) won five games in a row before the matchup with the Huskies on Wednesday night. The last time the Owls lost was in the first matchup against Connecticut on Feb. 1. The Owls bounced back on Saturday against Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats 88-64. Atkinson recorded a career-high 30 points, rebounding from her game against Connecticut, where Cardoza said she “stunk up the joint.” “It was really important for us to bounce back in this game,” Cardoza said. “After we had the loss up in Connecticut it was big for us to win and pretty much secure the second seed in the conference tournament.” The Owls continued to recover from the loss to UConn with a 66-60 win against Central Florida in their

KAIT MOORE FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Tanaya Atkinson shoots a free throw during Saturday’s win against Cincinnati.

last regular season game on Monday. Temple played its last home game of the season on Saturday. Seniors Feyonda Fitzgerald, Ruth Sherrill, Safiya Martin and Monasia Bolduc were honored before the game. During the game, Fitzgerald became the first in Temple history to tally 600 career assists. Fitzgerald made four of her six 3-point attempts in the second half and scored 16 of her 18 points. “I started seeing the floor a lot better in the second half,” Fitzgerald said of the Cincinnati game. “I was able to have a better feeling of what was going on and my shot started to fall.” “It was bittersweet,” Fitzgerald said. “I mean it was an honor and as a team we’ve accomplished so much here, I just don’t want it to end.” The conference tournament begins on Friday with games involving the six through 11 seeds. As the No. 2

seed, the Owls have a bye and will play their first game on Saturday against the winner of the game between the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds. The second seed means Temple wouldn’t have to face Connecticut until potentially meeting in the tournament championship. Because the tournament is at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, about 30 miles from Connecticut’s campus, the Huskies will have home-court advantage in any game they play. Last season, Temple advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament before losing to South Florida. If the Owls and Bulls win their first two tournament games this year, they’ll meet in the semifinals once again. kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

1,000-point scorer for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Former guards Quenton DeCosey and Will Cummings both accomplished the milestone. This senior group has combined for two NCAA tournament appearances, one National Invitation Tournament semifinal and three 20-win seasons. Temple’s postseason hopes this year aren’t as bright, but the Owls could still reach the NCAA tournament if they win The American’s endof-season tournament.

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SWAG Collins spotted graphics hanging on the wall created by one of the young members of the staff. They were the works of Buddy Overstreet, whose title was creative media specialist. Collins liked what he saw in Overstreet’s designs. He would bring Overstreet ideas, and Overstreet would turn them into graphics to mail out to recruits. Sometimes it would be something as simple as putting the Nike swoosh on a picture of a recruit and sending it back to him. Collins only spent one year at Alabama, but Overstreet’s role continued to grow before he left in 2012. Overstreet started his own company, which focuses on graphic communications and branding. He has worked with top football programs like the University of Notre Dame and the University of Florida. “I’d like to think that I was the original S.W.A.G. coordinator at Alabama,” Overstreet said. “It’s only fitting that he was able to get some buzz and really legitimize that position because it really is an important role. It sets the tone for what you want to do and pushes your message.” “He kind of got my brain going with, ‘If we’re going to send stuff out, we need to make it look right and appeal to these kids,” Overstreet added. “Because that’s the message he wanted to send. We’re marketing to 17 to 18-yearolds. We need a different look. He really kind of empowered me to do that.” Before he was Temple’s S.W.A.G. coordinator, Gerson was Temple’s “superfan.” When he was 13 years old, he began making YouTube videos and started a website analyzing the football team’s games and recruiting. His familiarity with the Owls’ coaching staff, like former coaches Al Golden and Matt Rhule, eventually landed him a job when he began attending Temple

“This game, it meant a lot for us, for myself, Mike, for Mark, just us as a unit, as a whole,” Dingle said. “Finally, it’s been awhile since we got a homecourt victory. It feels good. And now we’re playing [South Florida on Sunday] next and we got the conference tournament. This hopefully gives us some momentum.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

in 2010. Gerson started out as a video assistant the same year. His career in graphics began when Rhule took over the program in 2012. He graduated with a degree in marketing in 2015 and has stuck around as a graduate assistant. “When coach Rhule came back he said, ‘We gotta get you involved in some recruiting,’ because I knew him for a long time,” Gerson said. “I dove into that a little bit, whether it be social media and stuff. Then I started playing around with graphics right around then, playing with Photoshop.” Collins and Gerson have worked closely together since Collins was hired in December. Collins texts and calls Gerson with his next set of ideas. He’ll describe what he wants designed, send a picture or sometimes draw one of his infamous doodles, similar to what he did with Overstreet at Alabama. Gerson’s job is to turn that into something that will attract Temple recruits and fans, or an illustration to hang in the practice facility that delivers a message to the Owls’ players. One design the two are particularly proud of is an image of football players on the practice facility of Chodoff Field painted on the side of a SEPTA train. The slogan, “#Temple MADE” and “#Temple TUFF,” runs across the top and bottom of the graphic. It hangs next to a window in one of the stairwells of Edberg-Olson Hall. Often when someone walks by, a SEPTA train is passing on the train tracks outside. “He’s the brains behind it, and he says that I’m the wizardry behind it, like the magic,” Gerson said. “My little visions of things, he took to an even higher level than I would have even imagined,” Collins said. owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue






Incoming recruits hope to start ‘something special’


Nate Pierre-Louis

The Owls have four recruits rated four stars by ESPN. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor

De’Vondre Perry

J.P. Moorman



wo years ago, J.P. Moorman would have described himself as a “role player” or “average player.” But Freddy Johnson, who has coached basketball at Greensboro Day School in North Carolina for the last 40 years, ranked Moorman among the Top 10 players he has coached. The list includes former North Carolina State University guard Justin Gainey, who ranks 14th in school history in assists and Thomas Roberts, the sixth-highest scorer in the College of William & Mary’s history. To be mentioned among those names, Moorman had to become more athletic. He lost 25 pounds after his sophomore season and grew an inch. He drank only water for a month and was usually the only person in the exercise room at his apartment complex when he worked out in the morning. Temple’s coaching staff watched the 6-foot-7 forward on Jan. 15 against South Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti High School. Moorman scored 26 points against Neumann-Goretti, which features Villanova signee Dhamir CosbyRoundtree and University of Kentucky commit Quade Green, the No. 22 player in the ESPN Top 100. Five days before, Moorman earned a nomination for the McDonald’s All-American game. On Thursday night, Moorman was on his way to High Point, North Carolina to watch 6-foot-10 forward Justyn Hamilton play in Independence High School’s road playoff game. Moorman and Hamilton are half of the Owls’ incoming recruit-



Antone Wright: ‘It feels like we’re the last of an era’ The remaining members of Temple’s former Division I gymnastics team had their last home meet on Feb. 18. By BEN BLAUSTEIN For The Temple News Misha Kustin sat in the bleachers of McGonigle Hall as a wide-eyed recruit, nearly finished with his senior year of high school and eager to jump into competition at the college level. Nearly four years later, the mechanical engineering major and six other seniors competed against the University of Washington on Feb. 18 at McGonigle Hall. It was Temple’s only home meet of the season, and the final home meet of the seniors’ careers. Temple lost to Washington by seven points but set a new season-high. The night was highlighted by a ceremony honoring what Kustin calls “the last real freshman class.” Kustin, Wayne Conley, Patrick Henley, Jordan Motter, Casey Polizzotto, Jakob Welsh and Antone Wright were freshmen on the 201314 men’s gymnastics team, the final Division I squad before the university eliminated the program.


GENEVA HEFFERNAN/THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Casey Polizzotto puts chalk on the parallel bars before performing at the men’s club gymnastics team’s only home meet on Feb. 18 at McGonigle Hall.





The women’s basketball team earned a blowout victory at its last home game against Cincinnati during Saturday’s Senior Day celebration.

Former guard Erica Covile is adjusting to cultural differences as she plays professionally in Romania for Phoenix Galati.

The team honored its three seniors during Saturday’s 86-76 double overtime win against Tulane at the Liacouras Center.

The football team was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference team of the year, other news and notes.

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