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‘DRIVING OUT THE DONALD’ Crane Arts co-founder David Gleeson transformed a Donald Trump tour bus into a mobile art exhibit.



Ayan Coleman, 7, rehearses for the Nutcracker Oct. 25, which will be performed in December by the International Ballet Exchange and children from Wissahickon Dance Academy. The International Ballet Exhcange provides ballet instruction to children in local schools. Read more on page 11 and watch online at temple-news.com


Businesses favor stadium Several businesses near Main Campus support an on-campus stadium. By LIAN PARSONS STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News As discussion for a possible on-campus football stadium continues, local businesses are assessing the potential effects to their establishments. John Athanasiadis, manager of Philly Style Pizza & Grill, located

at 2010 N. Broad St., a half-block from the proposed site, said an oncampus stadium would be “a really good idea.” Athanasiadis predicted an increase of customers to food trucks and restaurants surrounding Main Campus, especially on game days. “[Game attendees] are all going to want something to eat,” he said. “It would be a direct positive impact in the increase in business. … I wouldn’t lose money.” Zelided De la Cruz, senior environmental studies major and employee of Martin’s 5 n 10, a general store on Broad Street near Susquehanna Avenue, also said a stadium


would draw more customers to the area. “Anytime there’s an attraction, an addition to an area, you usually hope there’s an addition to business, and I think there will be,” she said. “Because you’re going to have people not from Temple to come and watch the games. For instance, maybe students’ parents, or you could have people from Center City who want to watch a cheaper, more convenient game than going down to AT&T Station to watch the Phillies or something. It’s closer to you, and cheaper than an NFL game.”


By EAMON DREISBACH Assistant A&E Editor

n the parking lot of the Crane Arts building on American Street near Master, David Gleeson sits amid piles of scattered pipes and vinyl wrapping inside a dark blue, visibly aged tour bus. Garbed in orange corduroy pants and a black jacket, he sports a peculiar assortment of political memorabilia—the most prominent article being a red trucker hat with a duck silhouette plastered over the words “Make America Great Again.” As the mantra scrawled on his headwear suggests, the T.Rump bus is the latest mobile exhibit from the Crane Arts co-founder, which utilizes a bus from Donald Trump's campaign to critique the candidate’s political



Police: crime up compared to October 2014

Mothers in Charge, formed 12 years ago, is an all-women organization advocating for safer communities. BRIANNA SPAUSE TTN

Temple Police reported an 18 percent rise in incidents from last year’s Halloween.

Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and national executive director of Mothers In Charge, created the organization in 2003.

In the 1990s, Dorothy Johnson-Speight joined a support group of parents who had lost their children after her own daughter died of bacterial meningitis. Many other parents in the meetings said their children were killed in violent incidents. She regularly brought her then nine-year-old son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson to these meetings. “I used to take him to the meetings with me and I just always prayed ‘God please don’t let anything happen to him,’” she said. “I see all of these mothers who have lost children to violence.” In 2001, 24-year-old Khaaliq was shot 17 times and killed in a conflict about a parking space. After another young man was shot dead in her community shortly after her son’s death, Johnson-Speight had enough. This death led her to a “vision” of mothers in the community asking their sons to put down their guns. This “vision” became the North Philadelphia organization Mothers in Charge, created in


David Gleeson, co-founder of Crane Arts, hits Donald Trump themed golf balls off the T. Rump bus, a former Donald Trump campaign bus.

Mothers aim to end violence By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News

stance. Used as a party bus by its former owners, the vehicle’s sides now display massive banners inscribed with the phrases “T.Rump” and “t.Rutt”—a nod to renowned artist Marcel Duchamp’s porcelain urinal. A former avid golfer, Gleeson has also made a habit of hitting a Trump branded golf ball off the roof of the bus at the end of each day on the road, honoring the exhibit’s theme of “driving out the Donald,” he said. As part of the exhibit, Gleeson encourages spectators to throw shot glasses filled with punch at the bus, an act he hopes will make for a lighthearted method of venting political

May 2003. All members are local women and advocate against violence in cities. Since its founding, Mothers in Charge has expanded to ten chapters across the country. The organization offers grief support for women who have lost a loved one. This support group meets weekly at the Philadelphia chapter headquarters at 1415 N. Broad St. Other programs Mothers in Charge offers include advocacy for victims of violence, youth mentoring programs, programs for those incarcerated for violence and re-entry and aftercare services for those already a part of the prison system. Johnson-Speight—who was recently chosen to be a member of mayor-elect Jim Kenney’s public safety committee on his transition team—said the program “Thinking 4 A Change” teaches inmates in prison that changing mindsets are the driving force behind changing behaviors. The rate of offender re-entry for those who graduate from the program is 25 percent, which is


By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Halloween weekend had an almost 18 percent increase in reported crime from last year’s Halloween, close to October’s overall 17 percent increase from 2014, according to data provided by Temple Police. The data also showed a crime spike every weekend, the highest happening in conjunction with home football games this year. The three most common crimes during October included underage consumption and possession of illegal substances, harassment, and thefts and robberies. Criminal mischief, which includes crimes like the destruction of property, vandalism and graffiti, was also common. Between 2014 and 2015, specific crimes occurred at the same rates, but the overall number of incidents increased. The largest jump between this year and last year was in bike thefts, which went from a total of 16 in 2014 to 31 this



TUPD vehicle ignites at BP gas station A Temple Police car caught on fire around 2:45 p.m. Monday south of Main Campus, 6ABC reported. PAGE 6


Foot truck bill hurts campus landscape


School principal wins award


Lisa Kaplan, a Temple alumna, was recognized for her work at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. PAGE 7

The Plough & the Stars hosts weekly Irish music performances, inviting any musicians with an interest in the genre and its heritage. PAGE 9

Old City pub hosts Irish music





staff reports | campus development

Verdant Temple plan focuses on greenery, lighting, central quad The university’s landscape plan could cost at least $50 million. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Even though new buildings have been constructed and several others have been renovated as part of the university’s Visualize Temple initiative on Main Campus, Margaret Carney knew the redesign of the campus wasn’t complete. “When I looked around after the [Science Education and Research Center] was finished and some of these other projects were done, what was really not here was that connective tissue that pulled all the buildings together,” Carney said. “Every building was going to look ad hoc until we really pulled them all together.” That “connective tissue” was revealed Oct. 30 in the university’s master landscape plan, Verdant Temple. The plan is a comprehensive account of how Temple will redesign major walkways and landscaping areas throughout Main Campus over the next couple of years, which includes a new quad north of the Bell Tower, stretching to Norris Street. Carney, the university architect,

said drafting Verdant Temple began before Visualize Temple, and cost about $800,000. In addition to beautifying the campus, it seeks to fix utility lines, improve the quality of lighting on campus and add signage to make moving between locations easier. The “tipping point” of starting the plan, however, was improving stormwater management, Carney said. “We have combined sewers where wastewater and stormwater are all going into the same sewer system, and as development continues up here, there are more people, so there’s more waste going into those lines,” she said. “The system eventually is not going to be able to hold all of that, so that’s a health issue. That’d be a disaster.” Along with improving all the technical problems on campus, Carney said the new quad, bordered by Liacouras Walk to the south, Norris Street to the north, 13th Street to the west and 12th Street to the east will be a key addition to campus.


The quad would lie next to the new library, bounded by the Bell Tower to the south and Norris Street to the north.

Baldev Lamba, chair of the university’s landscape architecture and horticulture programs, said he is the lead instructor in a studio class responsible for creating designs for the new quad. He added he and his eight students are scheduled to make final presentations of their designs Dec. 11. Lamba said the importance of the quad is not only bringing people together in a central place, but also re-thinking how to renovate an urban college campus. “The normal process is that we take green spaces and put buildings in them,” he said. “Here, we are do-

Every building was going to look ad hoc “ until we really pulled them all together.” Margaret Carney | university architect

ing the reverse—we are taking out buildings and putting a green space back in there. I see that as turning back the clock.” Recently, a part of Verdant Temple was completed as construction was finalized on Liacouras Walk between Alter and Wachman halls, Carney said. The project included installing a new walkway, lighting and mini green-spaces, and is a microcosm of the entire plan, she added. “We picked that space because it was so harsh. It was all concrete,” she said. “The only green space in there were those three or four potted plants right down the middle, which was pretty sad.” Finding unexpected obstacles underground caused delays in the project, from finding an old water tank to steam lines in poor condition, Carney said. She added while this may be an issue when other areas are excavated, even the most meticulous preparation can not prevent surprises.

“You just have to have a contingency in the budget to cover everything you think you might run into,” she said. “If something in a drawing wasn’t built the way it was drawn ... it changes everything in the design.” In terms of the total cost of the plan heading forward, Carney said the university could easily spend at least $50 million on Verdant Temple. Much of that is making long-term investments to ensure repairs are more cost-efficient and that Temple will look beautiful for several years, she added. “Money and cost is always a huge influence on the decisions we make,” she said. “Long-term benefit from a cost standpoint is really important to us as an institution, so making that capital investment now to save us money in the long-term is a worthwhile investment.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel


FBI: HSC bank robber arrested Ismail Bakr allegedly took $9,355 from a PNC Bank in July. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor A man who allegedly robbed a bank on the Health Science Campus has been arrested and is awaiting trial in the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. On July 22, Ismail Bakr allegedly robbed the PNC Bank of about $9,355 on Broad Street near Westmoreland, according to a criminal complaint submitted Sept. 22 by Special Agent Percy Giles of the FBI. Bakr, 25, is a resident of North Philadelphia. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone previously told The Temple News the amount stolen was $12,000. Bakr entered the PNC Bank around 2:30 p.m. and brandished

a gun at a teller, verbally demanding $20,000, according to the criminal complaint. The teller gave Bakr $9,355 before he fled the branch south on Broad Street. Exactly one week later, Bakr robbed a Wells Fargo Bank of $380 at 2843 N. Broad St. Bakr made a final attempted robbery at another Wells Fargo Bank at 417 W. Olney Ave. Sept. 2. Leone said Temple Police assisted in the initial investigation of the PNC Bank robbery, but the FBI did most of the work in the case. The FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force responded to each of the robberies and reviewed surveillance footage from each bank. Video and images of the offender were released to news outlets and to social media to identify him, the criminal complaint said. “Video’s been amazing on the investigative end of things,” Leone said. “It gives you a clearer picture than if you were just given a verbal description.” Leone added Temple checked its

surveillance cameras nearest to the PNC Bank, but did not find anything conclusive. A concerned citizen contacted the FBI and Giles reviewed evidence, including Bakr’s handwritten demands of the two Wells Fargo bank robberies, the criminal complaint stated. Members of the VCTF interviewed bank tellers Sept. 1 at the three banks and showed them photos of suspects. Each teller selected Bakr’s photo and said they recognized him, the complaint said. According to the complaint, investigators interviewed Bakr’s father, who said both he and his wife own a handgun. He added he brought a lockbox containing both handguns to his brother’s house. Bakr’s uncle turned over two Smith and Wesson handguns. Bakr’s father said the handguns were inaccessible prior to Sept. 2. The Sept. 2 robbery was the only one of the three where a handgun was not displayed. Investigators also searched Bakr’s phone. In it, they found he had


The FBI reported Ismail Bakr robbed this bank July 22.

searched “Philadelphia bank robberies,” according to the complaint. According to a criminal docket report filed Oct. 22, Bakr was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with armed bank robbery, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and attempted bank robbery. He is represented by Rossman Thompson, a public defender who declined to comment. Bakr pled not guilty on all counts

in a hearing Nov. 4, according to court records. Attorneys have 14 days to file pre-trial motions, meaning arguments to keep certain evidence out of the trial or certain people from testifying in court. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons Steve Bohnel contributed reporting.


Low voter turnout as Democrats dominate city elections A local ward leader said Election Day was slow as many students were unregistered. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Democratic candidates were nominated in every election last Tuesday, with Republicans taking only two City Council seats. The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners reported Jim Kenney fulfilled predictions for his mayoral victory with 85.38 percent of the vote, while his Republican competitor, Melissa Murray Bailey received 13.22 percent. The indendent candidates, James Foster, Boris Kindij and Osborne Hart, received a combined 1.36 percent of the vote. The Office also reported a 25.65 percent voter turnout for the elections—less than

300,000 people cast their votes on Election Day. “It was kind of slow,” said George Brooks, the Democratic Ward Leader of Ward 47, one of the four wards around Temple. “A lot of students don’t say they live here, so they’re not registered. They don’t look at it like it’s their home.” Brooks has been a ward leader in his community for about 20 years and said he is “proud” of the candidates who won the elections. “These were really great candidates,” he said. “They’re bright, approachable and they’re going to make a change. They didn’t run for the sake of running.” Brooks said the candidates’ accessibility made his job as a ward leader easier and more effective. When an issue arises in the community, ward leaders are asked to go to elected officials and get consideration for a solution from the city. He added a good relationship with City Council made him a better liaison between the community and the council to fix problems. “A lot of people in my ward can’t read or





VOTER TURNOUT write,” Brooks said. “When someone has a problem, I can get it done. I write the letters because they can’t. Sometimes they don’t even know. It’s sad to see people uninformed on their state of living because it’s been like that for generations.” Brooks added he was excited to have a

mayor like Kenney because his background was of someone who “gets it.” “He grew up in the neighborhood,” Brooks said. “He’s going to make some change because he knows what needs to be done. He listens and isn’t all over the place.” Although there is already ongoing development in the city, Brooks said he would like to see City Council and the mayor make a larger effort to reach out and create more jobs. The unemployment in Philadelphia was at 7.4 percent in June. “There are so many programs to help people,” Brooks said. “We need to get that out there because young people don’t know about it. They think they’re doomed at 21.” Republican ward leaders near Temple could not be reached for comment. * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules




Longtime bike shop relocates Neighborhood Bike Works closed its North Philadelphia store. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News Neighborhood Bike Works, a longstanding community bike shop, has combined with its larger location in West Philadelphia. The nonprofit on Susquehanna Avenue near Broad Street officially closed its doors in North Philadelphia and moved to its sister location on 3939 Lancaster Ave. Oct. 31. Before the move the company had two shops, one at the location north of Main Campus and one in West Philadelphia. The company’s management said it was best to merge. “We felt that we needed to be realistic to make a big impact,” said Executive Director Erin DeCou. Neighborhood Bike Works aims to get the most community involvement out of making one bike shop on Lancaster Avenue. The space on Lancaster allows the organization to be more flexible and affect the com-

munity around it. Despite disappointment about Neighborhood Bike Works leaving West Susquehanna Avenue, DeCou said there are plans being discussed for another bike shop to open this winter in the same location. The new shop will be for-profit, DeCou added. Since starting in the basement of Saint Mary’s Church, Hamilton Village on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus 20 years ago, it is now more accessible to the community. Neighborhood Bike Works runs several youth and adult programs and apprenticeships to teach people about cycling. Its youth programs are offered after school and give students bicycles if they work for them. The programs aim to teach the students the value of hard work and a sense of self-sufficiency, as well as how to repair the bikes. During the past year, however, Neighborhood Bike Works scaled back its youth programs. The adult workshops aim to connect the community through races and teach adults how to repair their bikes. DeCou said the move to a single location was necessary because the organization needed to focus on one space. Neighborhood Bike Works hopes to stay at its current location


Neighborhood Bike Works, a bike repair shop on Susquehanna Avenue near 15th Street, moved to 3939 Lancaster Ave.

for the long run and DeCou said she does not see them moving any time soon. The location in West Philadelphia is a prime space for helping community building and growing relationships, she added. “You are able to engage with the community while biking,” DeCou said. DeCou’s chosen method of

transportation is by bike, and Philadelphia is a great city for cycling, she added. Cycling is less expensive than having a car and can cost less than SEPTA. DeCou advocates safe biking, like following laws, obeying signs and being aware of one’s surroundings. Drivers also must improve their awareness throughout the city to pro-

vide the safest environment possible, she added. “There’s enough positive benefits of cycling that it’s worth working toward a safer streetscape,” she said. “Cycling can be a really powerful way to get around the city.” * jonathan.irwin.gilbert@temple.edu T @jonnygilbs96

New online course about sexual misconduct released

By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News A third installment of the online course “Think About It” has been released to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students, who are required to complete the course by Dec. 1. This is the first time upperclassmen students have received this course. After Dec. 1, if students do not complete the course, a hold will be placed on their accounts, according to an email memo sent Nov. 2 by Stephanie Ives, associate vice president and dean of students. As of Nov. 5, 10 percent of students have completed the course. All freshmen and transfer students must complete “Think About It” parts one and two before they arrive on campus. Those first two Continued from page 1


October. The highest rate of crime both years was between the month’s final weekend and Halloween. Executive Director of Public Safety Charlie Leone said Temple Police had help from the Philadelphia Police Department and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for Halloween weekend. The three departments have combined forces a total of five times this year. “We have more resources this semester,” Leone said, adding the trends of the past three years have helped prepare the department for what to expect. Patrols during Halloween weekend were doubled this year to deal with the combination of the TempleNotre Dame football game and the holiday. “Saturday was a particularly heavy night,” Leone said. “Everybody was leaving at one particular time, at around 12:30 [a.m.], 12:45 and they were already in costume from the game, so they went to party. And then with daylight savings, they got an extra hour.” Leone said there was a new jump of activity on Gratz Street near Berks with large parties. As more Temple students take up residence on the block and fewer long time community members live there, the number and magnitude of parties has increased, Leone said. Temple Police interfered on Gratz last weekend when more than 300 people crowded the streets. “People were throwing bottles and

programs focus on sexual misconduct, unhealthy relationships and safe partying. “Think About It: The Way Forward” focuses on sexual misconduct, dating violence and stalking. “The goal is to make sure all students understand what sexual violence is and the different components of domestic violence and stalking and cyber stalking,” said Ives. “They need to understand so they’re equipped to intervene.” Ives said the program takes about 30 minutes and does not need to be completed in one session. Students are able to save where they are and return later without losing their progress. “Think About It” was introduced to students five years ago. Temple’s Presidential Committee on Campus Sexual Misconduct added the course for upperclassmen this year because one program before freshman year “wasn’t enough,” Ives said. In May 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced an investigation into Temple’s handling of sexual assault and harassment. Temple was one of five trash,” Leone said. “A car was damaged— people were hitting the windows and making dents in the car.” Leone said there were no other “major issues” due to the heavy presence of enforcement, adding he was glad nothing big happened to take away from the “positive spotlight” of recent weeks. “Our goal isn’t to go out and do a certain number of citations,” Leone said. “As always, it’s to make sure the students are safe, and it all goes back to personal safety. Be safe in social settings, have a buddy system, that sort of thing.” Over Halloween weekend, Temple Police sent out tweets with the slogan “Don’t Stall, Just Call,” to increase awareness of medical amnesty. Efforts to raise awareness of the service have increased during the past two years. Leone said most people who called medical amnesty were sent to the hospital, including around 12 students who were ejected from Lincoln Financial Field during the football game against the University of Notre Dame. “We work closely with security [at Lincoln Financial Field] because it’s a university-sanctioned event,” Leone said. He added holidays tend to change crime patterns, and Halloween is no exception. “Criminals love anonymity,” Leone said. “They love coming out and taking advantage of wearing a mask.”

universities in Pennsylvania under investigation out of the 55 listed colleges and universities. Since April 2015, that number has increased to 106 colleges and universities. Ives said the investigation is still ongoing. “Think About It” does not collect any data other than students’ learning outcome, Ives added. It focuses on what questions students answer incorrectly and why. “It helps inform us as to the effectiveness of the program,” she said. She added if the program seems to be incapable of teaching students, the university would look into finding a different program and whether it needs to provide more resources toward support programs. Data gathered from past years have also influenced the university’s actions, she said. “This is the most efficient way to reach 38,000 students on multiple campuses in different time zones,” Ives said. Ives said she has received some mixed reviews of the program from students. “I had one student tell me he was really glad to see this because he has sisters,” she said. Ives has also been told by some older stu-

dents, however, the program “doesn’t speak to them” based on their age. She added students also mentioned the program increased their stress because finals are approaching. “Sexual violence is the most under reported crime, college campus or not,” Ives said. “To know it has happened and they didn’t report it or get support is devastating.” Temple Student Government is also focusing its efforts on increasing awareness of campus resources for students, including collaborations with events like Take Back the Night and programs like the Wellness Resource Center. “We’ve done things as students, and now we’re doing them as Temple Student Government,” said Binh Nguyen, TSG’s vice president of external affairs. Nguyen added a major part of combating sexual misconduct is educating students about these current resources. “The Wellness Resource Center isn’t in a very well known place,” she said. “The number one thing people want is resources.” * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules

Crime Rates in October 25


Number of Incidents

“Think About It: The Way Forward” is the course’s third part.





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29% Alcohol/drug citations

28% Alcohol/drug citations

2015 37% Harassment


Robberies and thefts 39%

2014 19% Harassment


* julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules

Temple Police reported an increase in overall crime from last year, but specific crimes occurred at about the same rate.




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Misguided priorities The university would be wise to dedicate resources to align with its mission statement instead of a bigtime college football program. Temple’s foundation can’t be seen while walking on campus. It wasn’t a building or a walkway that built this university, it was a principle: the prioritization to serve the Greater Philadelphia area and encourage diversity. These principles can be found in the university’s mission statement, and can also be seen in its early-1900s advertisement—signed by Russell Conwell himself—which was geared toward “working people,” trying to motivate them to attend a university catering to its community. The university’s reported proposal of a $100-million football stadium questions the principles that it was built upon—the same principles that led to the modern ad campaigns boasting of “Powering the City” and “Self-made, Phillymade, Temple made.” Chairman of the Board of Trustees Patrick O’Connor told the Inquirer the money for the stadium would come primarily from donations, stressing that the Board does not want to use student tuition for the stadium. Whether that is achieved or not, a 35,000-person stadium not only defies the servitude of the Greater Philadelphia area by infringing on an already overextended border, but also deprioritizes the low-income students that the university was created to serve. According to 2013 data compiled and compared by ProPublica—a nonprofit, investigative news outlet— Temple ties for last with Villanova among the six largest Philadelphia-area universities in providing for low-income students through Pell Grants, Discount of Total Cost and other measurements. This is a far cry from a university which originally established a night department designated for students getting off work late. In an op-ed submitted to the Inquirer, President Theobald said the $100 mil-

lion raised for funds is not flexible toward other university endeavors. Perhaps it is idealistic to believe Temple could raise a similar amount in the name of providing for low-income Philadelphians, but it would be a much better sign than witnessing a university consumed with bigtime college football. Universities should not be revenue-generating establishments, they should not designed be to line pockets. Temple’s mission statement mentions diversity, community and disregards economic status. Temple’s mission statement more closely aligns with focus on historical sports in Philadelphia like basketball, track & field and rowing. But over the last two years, we’ve seen the university shift from its historical sports, attempting to cut crew and rowing, and successfully cutting men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. The football program once hosted legendary Glenn “Pop” Warner, but has reached the postseason just three times since his departure 76 years ago. Athletic Director Pat Kraft told The Temple News “football is the cream of the crop,” and said he was interested in competing with the top football programs in the country. But the fundamental issue lies within the abandonment of principles, the same ones that built the university. This is a nationwide issue. As student debt continues to grow, colleges and universities continue to raise tuition. We understand football drives revenue, but revenue should never influence the decisions made by institutions developed to serve the community they are rooted in. We want to see colleges and universities stick to the values that created them. This is a university designed for the working person, and we’d like it to stay that way.


In the story “Listening to voices unsung” that ran Nov. 3, Matt Kerr was identified as a Chester County native, but he is actually a native of Philadelphia. In the story “Adjuncts to cast vote in secret ballot” that ran Nov. 3, ballots were said to be sent out Nov. 5, the ballots were actually sent out Nov. 9. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. 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 Editorin-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

Moving food trucks hurts business, diversity on campus Many trucks, especially those on 13th Street, will be uprooted and assigned a new permanent spot.


ain Campus is undergoing a facelift with the demolition of former Barton Hall and the exterior renovation of the Temple Performing Arts Center, among other spots. The food truck scene on campus will also experience changes, caused by a bill that will create a “food vending district” effective next spring. Food trucks will only be allowed in a certain “box” sectioned off by Diamond, 10th, Oxford and 16th Street. No trucks will be allowed GRACE SHALLOW to park or operate on 13th Street. After hearing about this ordinance, I wondered how fair this bill is for the food truck owners on 13th Street whose businesses will be uprooted, like Long Nguyen, owner of the Fresh Smoothie Truck for the last 20 years. “It’s going to affect business. I really don’t know how big [the effect will be],” said Nguyen when asked what he predicts will happen after having to move his truck’s location from 13th street near Norris. He also expressed concern about losing regular customers because he would not be in his normal spot. Adif Goxhaj at Ray’s Lunch Truck on 13th Street near Polett Walk, who has inhabited the spot for six years, expressed similar concerns. “I thought I was going to be okay where I am now,” he said, shrugging in exasperation. “The students… they know me.”

Nothing will fully prepare food truck owners for their relocation, especially considering the poor communication the university had with food truck owners about the migration of their livelihood. “[The university] let us know in the last minute. I was not happy at all,” Nguyen said. Teresa Dinh from Tommy’s Lunch Truck on 13th Street near Norris summing up the relationship: “I do not agree. I have to,” she told me. The university’s reasoning for the new ordinance is mainly safety reasons, as Beverly Coleman, the assistant vice president for Community Relations and Economic Development, told The Temple

but I think their presence has more benefit than cost and is a reflection of the diversity on campus Temple constantly boasts about. “Temple University is committed to building a diverse educational community. … Our policies, practices, and programs exemplify our commitment to civility, non-discrimination and pluralism, encouraging dialogue that builds meaningful and collaborative relationships throughout the university,” reads the university’s diversity commitment statement. “A diverse, international student body” is also one of the six commitments listed by President Theobald on his web-

News in October. This concern was confirmed by Jane Roh, spokeswoman of City Council President Darrel Clarke, who originally sponsored the bill. She told philly.com in June that Clarke supports the school’s “efforts to create a safer, more orderly environment for students and all others on or near Temple’s campus.” Much of this is attributed to location—food trucks are crowded outside of buildings, blocking foot traffics and exits—and their immobility. “What’s frustrating is their business is on wheels and could move, but they just set up camp here,” Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations told The Temple News in April 2015. “They become permanent fixtures.” I agree that food trucks being “permanent fixtures” could be inconvenient,


presence has more benefit than cost and “is aTheir reflection of the diversity on campus Temple constantly boasts about.”

I think the administration is overlooking the variety of culture presented by food trucks on campus, like Tabeteki on 13th Street near Norris, which serves Japanese cuisine, and El Guaco Loco on Montgomery Avenue between Broad and 13th Streets, which sells traditional Mexican dishes. By rearranging the trucks, Temple is leaving owners in limbo and shortening the impact of other cultures on campus. The limit on food vendors—50 spots will be available—also deters future food truck owners, who could widen the breadth of diversity in food choices, from making Temple their home. The presence of diversity in food by food trucks needs to be celebrated, not shuffled into a box. * grace.shallow@temple.edu



June 24, 1976: The Temple News published a look into the American perception of politicians. Following the Watergate scandal, American students looked for a more down-to-earth leader who better represented the people.



column | athletics

Athletic department and fans: proceed with caution Temple’s administration should make sure to avoid the mistakes of previous big-time football schools.


or 24 hours, Temple was Philadelphia’s team. On Oct. 31, the Philadelphia sports world revolved around the Owls. Thousands of people showed up to College GameDay Saturday morning on Independence lawn and a sold-out crowd packed into Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night. The game received a 3.9 overnight rating, meaning approximately 4.5 million households watched the game. “Our university OWEN MCCUE was in the national spotlight,” President Theobald said in an email to students following the weekend’s events. It was Temple’s moment to experience what it is like to be a big-time football program. With an average attendance of 24,143 over the past three years and a 12-23 record during that time period, no one would have called Temple a “football school” coming into this season. Temple isn’t tearing down Penn State’s door, which draws more than 100,000 people per game. Temple is not its American Athletic Conference opponent Cincinnati, which owns a 35,000-seat stadium, and has made several appearances in the Top 25 in the last 10 years and has been to eight postseason bowl games since 2006. But with a renewed focus on the football program this year, there is a greater emphasis from the athletic department and the university in general

to push Temple closer to that direction. There are dangers of putting too much focus on the success of a university’s football program. Penn State saw this four years ago, when a culture revolving around football allowed the team’s defensive coordinator to slip through the cracks and later be convicted on 45 child sex-abuse charges over 15 years. Recent opponent Notre Dame also displayed negligence in exchange for wins, when its athletic department allowed two players to compete in the national championship game amid sexual assault allegations in 2012. Other less serious offenses spurred by a desire to win football games include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s academic fraud scan-

Kraft said. “It brings a lot of people out of the woodwork.” Two weeks ago The Temple News confirmed the university was considering a 35,000-seat, on-campus stadium, an idea the university community can’t agree on yet. “When my wife and I go back to Penn State, and my friends go back to Penn State, we usually go back to a football game,” football coach Matt Rhule said last week in a response supporting an on-campus football stadium. A winning football team and a fan base that supports it does not equate to scandals and a loss of priorities, but the millions of dollars tied to wins and losses in college football can cloud moral judgement. Teams playing in college foot-

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dal where tutors completed coursework for students. Temple’s football program has never been placed on NCAA probation. Athletic Director Pat Kraft said he wants his program to do things the “right way.’” “I expect excellence,” Kraft told The Temple News in an interview last month. “I want people to expect excellence. We’re going to do it the right way. We’re going to be compliant. We’re going to have great academics.” Looking at the mistakes from other programs that put football at the forefront of their universities’ missions, Temple should be aware of its goals. “College football draws a lot of eyes and draws a lot of attention,”

ball’s postseason can bring in anywhere from $325,000-$22 million this year. If Temple receives a bid to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the football team could bring in $18 million of revenue for the university, if the payout matches last year’s total. Temple football is not and probably never will be at the level of other universities, but as Theobald, Kraft and others tied with the university attempt to draw a greater following and make football a larger priority, they need to know the risks and learn from the mistakes other schools have made. * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue

column | ECONOMY

Higher minimum wage not sustainable A response to “Philadelphia behind the curve on minimum wage” that ran Oct. 27.


bout a month ago, I sat in the back of the Wendy and Solomon Luo Auditorium in the recently-dedicated Katz School of Medicine, surprised by an interruption in a Board of Trustees meeting. With President Theobald minutes into his regular address to the board, 15 Now members started shouting their displeasure with Theobald and the university because they hadn’t sat down to discuss STEVE BOHNEL the prospect of raising the minimum wage. It takes guts to interrupt a Board of Trustees meeting at an institution of this size. As they continued on with their protest, however, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the fact they were arguing about something that never made any sense to me: raising the minimum wage. The idea of raising the hourly wage for workers is an issue with plenty of arguments from both sides, making it hard to decipher what is true and what isn’t. According to a letter to President Barack Obama last year signed by more than 600 economists nationwide, an increase in the minimum wage would stimulate the economy while keeping a

substantial amount of minimum-wage workers. “Research suggests that a minimum-wage increase could have a small stimulative effect on the economy as low-wage workers spend their additional earnings, raising demand and job growth and providing some help on the jobs front,” the letter reads. It is a possibility that even if no jobs are lost, it would be harder for employers to hire new workers, given the added costs of the raise in minimum pay. According to a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago study, a 10 percent raise in minimum wage would lower the number of low-skilled workers by 2-4 percent, along with total restaurant employment by 1-3 percent. One of the main arguments 15 Now activists frequently discuss is the impact a minimum wage increase would have on poverty. “Our current welfare programs spend about $1 trillion per year and are lifting about 40 million Americans out of poverty. That is $25,000 per person, still much too expensive, but a bargain compared to $110,000,” a Forbes.com article said. It’s important to note that economies in cities are vastly different, so it can’t be guaranteed that a rise in minimum wage solely in Philadelphia—or even at Temple—would have similar costs to a national increase. Moritz Ritter, an assistant professor in Temple’s economics department, believes that while living on the current minimum wage is difficult, raising it isn’t the ideal answer because some businesses would be impacted more negatively than others. Ritter said it’s “very hard” to live off minimum wage, especially in a large city.


“So maybe you should do some redistribution [of wealth], but there are better ways, in my opinion, then raising minimum wage … so we should have a more generous income tax credit that would be paid over a much broader tax base,” he said. Ritter added that 15 Now’s proposal is unique because it wants the minimum wage to be more than double that of Philadelphia’s current wage. This could have an unprecedented effect on jobs, he said. “In the past, we have seen small increases in minimum wage, and typically what people find is the employment effect is small,” he said. “So if you go from, like, $8.25 to $12.50, that’s a much bigger jump, so we may actually end up losing jobs.” It was clear from my conversation with Ritter that this topic was an easy target, yet an extremely difficult one to debate—given hundreds of scenarios, raising the minimum wage could solve poverty or crush the local job market, all depending on the specifics of each business and how it operates. For 15 Now to argue that everyone on campus deserves $15 an hour, however, seems excessive. Does a job at Paley Library warrant $15 an hour? What about one in Campus Recreation? Or the TECH Center? To me, it doesn’t. There are, however, exceptions to the rule, but it isn’t necessarily a minimum wage issue. Because of this, I advise 15 Now to leave the issue of raising the minimum wage up to the city of Philadelphia, and not to a university that has enough issues to combat already. * steve.bohnel@temple.edu


column | sociology

Recognizing biases: important first step in correcting them To achieve social equality, people must be aware of their own social prejudices.


tapped my pen between my ring finger and the corner of my desk, wondering if the answers to an especially difficult political science test would come to me any time soon, or if I should just admit defeat and hand it in with about a quarter of the answers missing. I sighed and refocused, looking back down at the question that was giving me trouble. “Scholars have found that voters tend to hold a governor accountable for the state’s economy only if:” I realized it had to be option B, “if his party controls the legislature.” As I circled the answer, I was given pause. “If his party controls the legislature”? His party? Of course, women are perfectly eligible to be elected governor in this country. Men are not the only people who hold executive leadership positions within their states. According to my political science textbook, since 1974, MICHAELA WINBERG 26 women have been elected governor in the United States. Why, then, would my professor use such an exclusive gender pronoun when referring to such a broad executive leadership position? I scanned the rest of the exam, and she didn’t seem to refer to the governor exclusively as male in any other question. It must have been an accident, but I was still disappointed. Statistically, my professor’s use of the male pronoun wasn’t that far off. In 2009, only eight women served as governor. In 2013, that number dropped to five. So that year, 10 percent of governors were women, while they made up about 51 percent of the country’s population. A woman has never been the president of the United States, and as of May 2015, only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies were lead by female CEOs.

don’t even notice that we look “atWecertain groups in very specific, harmful ways.”

But that’s exactly the problem—her generalization is common. It’s not unusual for our internal prejudices, perhaps even those that we’re not aware of, to accidentally come out. And it doesn’t just happen with gender pronouns. It happens across other platforms of prejudice, like inequality based on race, sexuality and socioeconomic status. In my sociology class, I learned about a study conducted by researchers Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan in 2004. This study revealed when employers received resumes with identical qualifications, they were 50 percent more likely to hire a person with a “white-sounding name” over a person with a “black-sounding name.” Oftentimes, we don’t even notice that we look at certain groups in very specific, harmful ways. I, too, am guilty of subconsciously clinging to prejudices I know are untrue and unfair. When I decided on Temple during the spring of my senior year of high school, I started hearing warnings from everyone. My mother told me never to dangle my wallet around my wrist. My sister, a Philly native, told me to be careful off Main Campus, and especially while walking down Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By move-in day, I was nervous. My family had me sufficiently worried about the community surrounding Temple. When I walked around off campus, especially late at night, I found myself clutching my wallet when I saw anyone who looked like a community resident, rather than a student. It took me a few weeks to realize I was only worried about my possessions when black people walked past me. This is an example of my own social prejudices, and it’s a manifestation of systemic racism in my thought processes and actions. Though it’s not necessarily my fault society encouraged me to internalize that stereotype, it is certainly my responsibility to correct it. According to the same lesson by my sociology professor, the best way to continue to fuel inequality is to pretend it doesn’t exist. For example, he said people often claim we live in a “color-blind, post-racist society.” Not only does this hinder our progress in achieving equality, it also breeds a new kind of racism, one that denies oppressed groups access to resources because the privileged groups think they should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and succeed without help. To really solve social inequality, we have to admit our own prejudices to ourselves. We must constantly be on the lookout for these warped perceptions. When I was honest with myself about the racial biases had internalized, it became far easier for me to begin to move past them. Now more than ever, it’s important that we think clearly and logically about the stereotypes we’ve been socialized to believe. We’ve got to start untying the knots of these complex prejudices— those that empower the privileged and oppress others—from the inside out. * michaela.winberg@temple.edu





Theobald writes op-ed about on-campus stadium UNIVERSITY NEWS

Temple’s Board of Trustees has not even authorized the hiring of an architect. Central to our decision-making will be conversations with the North Philadelphia community. Those conversations are just beginning.” -Steve Bohnel


A Temple Police vehicle caught fire at a BP gas station on Broad Street near Girard Avenue around 2:45 p.m., 6ABC Action News reported. Witnesses told 6ABC two Temple Police cars were filling up at the pumps and one of the cars began to drive with the nozzle still attached. The pump was yanked over and ignited the tank, as well as the other police vehicle. “So he left the nozzle inside the car, nozzle fell down and so did the pump,” Junaid Javed, co-owner of the gas station, told 6ABC. “Caused a spark, and then fire.” Police reported the fire was extinguished within ten minutes, but the McDonald’s next to the gas station was evacuated. No injuries were reported. The police vehicle was towed and the incident is currently under investigation. Javad told 6ABC the estimated damage may cost more than $20,000 and he does not know how long it will take to repair the pumps. Temple University told 6ABC the officer will remain on duty, but will not drive while the incident is being investigated. -Lian Parsons


President Neil Theobald wrote an op-ed



President Theobald wrote an op-ed in the Inquirer supporting an on-campus stadium.

in the Inquirer Monday about why the university should build an on-campus stadium. Theobald cited several reasons why a stadium would be a positive addition to Temple, from adding thousands of jobs to creating a game-day atmosphere on Main Campus. Former Gov. Ed Rendell said on WPHTAM radio last week, “The $100 million would not be available to Temple for anything other than a football stadium.” Part of the funding would be shifting “rental payments for Lincoln Financial Field to mortgage

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below the national average of more than 50 percent re-entry rate. The organization re-hired some of the women who graduated from the “Thinking 4 A Change” program while incarcerated. Sherrelle Mack of Feltonville was hired after being incarcerated for 11-and-a-half months from 2013-14. Mack has received training and acquired many certificates though the program, and now works inside prisons facilitating “Thinking 4 A Change.” “I’ve done so many things that I couldn’t imagine myself doing without the help of Mothers in Charge,” she said. “This

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De la Cruz added more customers could mean greater recognition for the business itself. “Around the area, there isn’t a general store. ... If people see we carry painting supplies, plumbing and other stuff, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that was here,’” she said. “So they’ll come by here, instead of going to Walmart or something.” Raziyah Jones, manager of Mecca Unisex Salon on 1428 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave., hopes a stadium would “bring the whole community together,” as well as expand Mecca’s reputation. “It will bring a lot of different people [to the neighborhood] and be very cultural,” Jones said. “It will have a very good impact on business because we’re a very well-known barbershop.” Jim Kim, owner of D&J Hardware on 1525 Cecil B. Moore Ave. for 26 years, said he hadn’t previously known about the stadium. Kim said the stadium would help businesses like restaurants because of the increase in potential customers, but it is unlikely a hardware store like his would see the same benefits. Beverly Scott, assistant manager

payments for our own stadium,” Theobald wrote. The president acknowledged the stadium’s impact on the surrounding community. Theobald added Chairman of the Board Patrick O’Connor said university trustees “look forward” to working with City Council and neighbors to the university. Theobald said discussions about the stadium are still in the preliminary stages. “We are at the beginning of this process,” Theobald wrote. “Fund-raising to date suggests the idea is financially feasible, but

is my family. I have so many people here who have pushed me to my potential, and I know that without them I wouldn’t have made it this far.” Mothers in Charge also sponsors various legislation, including one petition that would label homicide as a public health epidemic. This petition has support from across the country, but has not received endorsement from Philadelphia Congressmen Chaka Fattah and Bob Brady, Johnson-Speight said. Mothers in Charge has also made donations to the family of Duval DeShields, a 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed on 10th Street near Thompson last month. The organization has found support from State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, whose 181st district covers North Philadelphia along Broad Street. Thomas said he wishes the Mothers in Charge pro-

at Pearl Theatre at 1600 N. Broad St. said changes to business would depend on the selection of movies playing on the day of a game. Films for adults and college students are often viewed in the evenings, while children’s movies see an increase in daytime sales. “I don’t think [a stadium] would hurt,” Scott said. “Actually, it might add to [business] … because now, when there’s a game, and the college kids go away to the game, we feel it here. So if they’re still right here in

bring “a lotIt would of different

people [to the neighborhood] and be very cultural. It will have a very good impact on business.

gram could be “duplicated in every section of the city.” “We can’t stop everything but we want to create a climate where people think twice about engaging in senseless violence,” Thomas added. Johnson-Speight said she is very proud of the programs Mothers in Charge has developed and hopes more people will hear about the organization. “It takes a long time to get over the death of a child,” she said. “It’s not even in the natural order of things. We shouldn’t be burying our children.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick

the neighborhood, they might come watch a movie and go see a game.” A stadium could also add to the concern of sufficient parking and disruptive traffic in the neighborhood. “On [game days], I’d definitely need more staff,” Athanasiadis said. “Orders would increase on Saturday, and maybe even Friday. … Delivery drivers wouldn’t be able to drive as much [and] deliveries would probably be a problem on Saturday because of traffic.” “Parking would be an issue,” he added, though he also noted parking is “always an issue anyway.” Despite the potential positive impacts on businesses, De la Cruz does not feel as optimistic toward a stadium’s effects on the community. “On the positive side, you have more reason for people to come, so maybe community members might go watch Temple football,” she said. “A stadium is huge, so it’s going to take up a lot of space that people are fighting for.” * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews

Raziyah Jones | manager, Mecca Unisex Salon


Managers at several area businesses, including Martin’s 5 n 10 and the Pearl Theatre, said an on-campus football stadium would probably improve business.


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The Katz School of Medicine has discovered a molecule that selectively kills BRCAdeficient cancer cells, according to a Nov. 5 press release. BRCA cells “serve a vital role in preserving the integrity of the genetic code.” Dr. Richard Pomerantz is an assistant professor of medical genetics and molecular biochemistry in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research at the School of Medicine, as well as a senior investigator of the study. Prior to this discovery, there were very few ways to selectively eliminate BRCA-deficient cancer cells, and doing so would affect a patient’s resistance to treatment drugs. The new findings were published online in the journal “Chemistry and Biology.” The research could have “therapeutic implications” for cancers of the breast, ovaries, lungs, prostate and pancreas, as well as for leukemia. Funding for the study was provided by grants from the National Institute of Health, the Katz School of Medicine startup funds and the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award. -Lian Parsons



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Temple Health’s Block-By-Block program visits community members personally to ask about health issues. PAGE 14

Jazz Lives Philadelphia is a new student organization working on concerts and educational programs focused on jazz. PAGE 8

MOSLEY PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Today through Friday, Center City Campus will display the work of John W. Mosley, an African-American photographer in Philadelphia. PAGE 16





Dealing with issues their own way


Ndidi Anyaegbunam, a 2003 Temple alumna, works as a Programme Officer for the United Nations.

Ndidi Anyaegbunam from the U.N. visited Main Campus. By MICHAELA WINBERG Assistant Lifestyle Editor


hen Ndidi Anyaegbunam spoke with students last Monday and Tuesday during her visit to Main Campus, they didn’t just want to hear her speak—they wanted to be her. “That was probably the most common response I heard from students,” said Scott Gratson, the director of the communication studies program. “‘I don’t want to just be in touch with her, I want to have her life. That’s what I want to do with my career.’” After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple in 2003, Anyaegbunam went to Harvard Law School and landed a job as a Programme Officer developing policies at the United Nations. “Sometimes, when you look at just a name and a bio, you think, ‘This person has it all

figured out,’” Anyaegbunam said. “So my favorite thing when I go back [to Temple] is to say, ‘No, I didn’t have any of it figured out. I was exactly like you guys. I was sitting there wondering what the heck I was going to do and making wrong decisions.’” Now, Anyaegbunam works in the Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, on “all issues with Africa’s development,” like food security, poverty eradication, gender equality and youth employment. She’s currently working with the U.N. on Agenda 2063, a 50-year plan for peace and development in Africa. “Because these issues are so incredibly complex, and because the world and its development is constantly changing, what happens is you’re always learning,” Anyaegbunam said. “You never know enough. There’s always new information, a new reality.” Anyaegbunam’s learning began her freshman year at Temple in 2000. A student in the honors program, she said she found the most value not in her easiest classes, and not in her hardest classes, but in the classes that fell into a unique sweet spot—those that challenged her




Lisa Kaplan is the principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary School on 12th Street near Latona.

Lisa Kaplan was recognized for her work as a principal. By JACQUELYN FRICKE The Temple News Glowing from the light streaming through her office windows in Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Lisa Kaplan sat calmly during a hectic day, even with her radio buzzing about Jim Kenney, the newly elected mayor, visiting the school in an hour. Kaplan, a College of Education alumna and principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary on 12th and Federal streets, was recently awarded the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education by thebestschools.org, a school-ranking organization. The award recognizes principals who have succeeded in providing opportunities for students and excelled in their careers. “I always say, ‘It can’t get any better,’ but then something like this happens,” Kaplan said. “To become a nationally recognized person … I

am so overwhelmed by it. I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.” Kaplan never takes full credit for the award, rather she acknowledges the effort put forth by her staff and community members who volunteer their time. “What’s really been incredible is that everybody takes pride in this award,” she said. “It’s not just about me—the city of Philadelphia is taking pride in it, the community is taking pride in it, the kids and the parents are taking pride in it. That’s really what made it happen.” Her efforts came from a strong internal passion to see change and growth for Andrew Jackson when she arrived in 2010 to a struggling, dilapidated school. “My sense of urgency coming into principal here was really, really high,” Kaplan said. “I was almost tenacious in what I envisioned the school to be, and I really rallied the community to change the perception of the school.” “At the end of the day, if people walk by the building and it doesn’t look so great, and they don’t get a good feeling about it, they are not going to want to walk in the door and regis-


Films and discussions bring community together An annual summit focuses on AsianAmerican issues. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor An audience watched in silence as Maya Yu Zhang argued about her decision to be a filmmaker with her Chinese mother over a Skype call. “You don’t even pretend to be supportive,” said Zhang, a Bryn Mawr College alumna. “Why should I pretend?” her mother replied. “I’m just firmly against your choices.” This translated dialogue was the centerpiece of Zhang’s short film, “My Sister Swallowed the Zoo,” which was one of the shorts featured in the third annual Philadelphia Asian Pacific American Youth Summit at

the Student Center Oct. 31. Focusing on themes of “Journey,” “Community,” and “Identity,” this year’s summit used films, from a collaboration with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival to start discussions about issues and concerns of the Asian American community. Students from different backgrounds and groups like the Temple Asian Students Association talked about topics like cultural influences and generational differences between them and their parents after the films. “Looking at the films we saw today, these are all films that help people to affirm their identities through the discussion and sometimes through the films themselves,” said Rob Buscher, the festival director of PAAFF which takes place Nov. 12-22. Zia Zuik, a 2014 film and media arts alumnus who created “Escape,” a film based on a true story about paramedics who helped hide an illegally immigrated family during a police

are all films that help people to “Theseaffirm their identities.” Rob Buscher | festival director PAAFF



Filmmakers Maya Yu Zhang (left), and Zia Zuik talk before a showing of short films at the Philadelphia APA Youth Summit in the Student Center Oct. 31.

raid, felt the use of visual mediums brought out individual experiences. “While we were talking about issues going on in the community, there was also a very personal touch to go along with it, which I appreciated,” Zuik said. “D.Asian,” a film that dealt with identity, personally affected Jillian Hammer, advocacy coordinator for Temple ASA and PAYS discussion

facilitator, for her experience with “wanting to be white” when she was younger. “With me growing up as an Asian adoptee and having a white family and growing up in a white town … I think that that one was the one that spoke to me the most, because it was sort of about wanting to fit in and self-identify,” said Hammer, a junior graphic and interactive design major.

PAYS was started in 2013 by Temple alumna Melody Lam, who was also president of Temple ASA at the time. One of the goals for PAYS was, and is, to help the community connect with each other and expose each other to valuable resources. “One of the reasons I put this together is so I can pass off this knowl-






Student group wants to bring jazz back to forefront Jazz Lives Philadelphia aims to promote jazz. By DELIALAH BURNS The Temple News A group of Temple students believes jazz should continue to nurture its roots in Philadelphia. “We really want people to know that jazz lives,” said Sarah Leonard, a junior finance major and saxophonist. This is why Leonard and Josh Lee, a senior jazz performance major with a saxophone concentration, formed Jazz Lives Philadelphia, a group on Main Campus that recently became an official nonprofit organization. Leonard is the executive and co-artistic director of the group and Lee is the managing artistic co-founder. The other co-founders of the organization are Eric Montague, a senior marketing major; Matt Campbell, a senior media studies and production major; Morgan Warner, a junior music education major with a concentration in violin and Rebecca Winkler, a junior anthropology major. With most of these students playing their own instruments, they came together with a passion for jazz with programs planned for the upcoming spring semester and summer.

“Right now, we are all kind of wearing many hats because we have so many things we are working toward to start our first concert series and to start our education program,” Leonard said. Although Lee and Leonard agree talent is present in the city, they recognized their shared passion and goals for wanting to “revive” Philadelphia’s jazz scene, Leonard said. “We want to emphasize that there are still a lot of very talented musicians in Philly right now—our aim is also to showcase them as well,” Leonard said. Leonard and Lee have both been involved with music their whole lives. Lee was inspired by his father who was a musician. They hope to share this love and knowledge with those who may not have had the opportunities they did by bringing educational programs into local schools. “We fell in love with music at a young age, and that’s because we were introduced to it, but unfortunately, I think a lot of children today don’t know what jazz is,” Lee said. “So part of our mission ... is to spread the knowledge of jazz—just knowing it is half the battle.” Lee hopes to put on a summer series of concerts at a number of different venues like First Friday events in Old City, art galleries and beer gardens. These events will aim to earn funding through donations for the organization. “We want to try to think


Josh Lee (left), and Sarah Leonard, are co-founders of Jazz Lives Philadelphia.

“We want to emphasize that

there are still a lot of very talented musicians in Philly right now—our aim is also to showcase them as well.

Sarah Leonard | junior finance major

outside the box in terms of what’s going to get people to come out,” Leonard said. “We don’t want to limit ourselves in any way.”

Through the group’s Facebook page, word of mouth and networking, they hope to garner support from anyone willing to help out.

“We definitely hope that students can come to the concert and we can use students who play music, play jazz in our concerts,” Lee said.

“We just really want to see a revival of the scene,” Leonard said. * delialah.burns@temple.edu


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Santucci’s, a local pizzeria, opened a new location on North Broad Street, an area previously seen as a hit-or-miss for other restaurants in the neighborhood. PAGE 10

Black and Nobel on Erie Avenue near Broad Street creates a welcoming space for neighborhood residents to engage in reading classic novels and the work of local authors. PAGE 11






Musicians gather around a pair of tables at The Plough & the Stars to perform Irish music. The restaurant hosts Irish music performances every Sunday night from 5-9 p.m.

In Old City, Irish music and memory The Plough & the Stars, a restaurant and pub in Old City, hosts public Irish music performances to celebrate the heritage of Philadelphia’s musicians and music-lovers.


By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News

he seven musicians didn’t have much elbow room around the small, short tables. An orange glow danced out from the fireplace, casting a shadow behind Uilleann pipe player John Donnelly. Traditional Irish songs echoed through the pub, reminding the musicians of their heritage. The Plough & the Stars, a restaurant on 123 Chestnut St. in Old City, hosts traditional Irish music sessions Sunday nights. As natives from the country immigrated to the United States, so did the music, said 1998 exercise physiology alumnus

I can’t remember the rock ‘n’ roll “songs I used to play. Out of all the

kids in my family, they say I am the only real Irish one. Warren Burke | musician

John McGillian, a returning performer at the Plough. Ireland native Marion Ryder and husband Jerome Donovan opened the traditional pub in 1997. Ryder celebrates her Irish heritage at the restaurant, incorporating options into the menu like Guinness casserole. In past years, she celebrated Bloomsday, a holiday in June honoring Irish writer James Joyce. Several of Ryder’s employees are also from Ireland—some permanent residents, others studying abroad in university programs. Ryder grew up in Dublin and played the accordion as an adolescent. To open an Irish restaurant, the co-owner knew there


Vending stories Style and color, a sign for voters instead of snacks ART

The “Next Stop: Democracy!” initiative set out to improve low voter turnout.

The Head & The Hand Press created a vending machine that distributes books.

By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News When Angela Miles walked through East Falls last Tuesday, she was delighted to watch residents heading toward the polls and peering at a “Vote Here” sign she’d created outside the local library. A Philadelphia-based graphic designer and stained glass artist, Miles accented the piece with campfire-colored slices of glass. “I wanted there to be a sharp color and a brightness to it, especially on a beautiful day like [Tuesday],” Miles said. Both eye-catching and sun-catching, her sign stood accompanied by two others. They varied in color and style but all proclaimed the same message: “vote here” on one side, and the Spanish translation, “vote aquí,” on the other. “The result is this incredible public art that’s also very functional,” said Lansie Sylvia, project director of “Next Stop: Democracy,” an organization that worked to increase voter turnout through public art. During Election Day, signs similar to Miles’ flanked 20 different voting booths citywide. Miles saw the project as an ex-

By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News

ample of the connection between art and change. “In a lot of ways it’s public service,” Miles said. “It wakes people up, it invites people in, it’s peaceful. If it’s unsettling then it’s to spark a conversation.” Pennsylvania law states that 10 feet away from the polling room, people can display any kind of information they want. “Usually people exploit that for partisan purposes, to help, just hand out flyers about certain candidates and to encourage people to vote a certain way,” Lansie said. “But as a nonpartisan program, [we were] just there to help people find where they’re going.”

Nic Esposito didn’t anticipate a book the size of a bag of potato chips would be his publishing company’s biggest move in the Philadelphia literature scene. “This is the weird thing about how business projects work—sometimes the thing that you don’t think is going to be the big piece ends up becoming just that,” said Esposito, the founder of The Head & The Hand Press. “The whole idea of The Head & The Hand came about from two things,” Esposito said. “One is how interesting the publishing world is, and how lacking the publishing world is in Philadelphia. I mean, if you really want to succeed in this business, you have to get into a good M.F.A. program, or go to New York and try to get into the scene there.” Neither option appealed to Esposito, so he stayed in Philadelphia and started his own nonprofit publishing company. A few years after the birth of The Head & The Hand, Esposito




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Local pizzeria expands to North Broad Santucci’s and other openings may change North Broad Street. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News A third generation of restaurant owners have expanded their family business to a location that has been hit-or-miss for other eateries in the past. Alicia Santucci co-owns the newest location of Santucci's Pizza with her brother, Anthony. The new location at 655 N. Broad St. opened last month. The siblings are the third generation to run the restaurant enterprise started by their grandparents in 1959. Other family members own the other three Philadelphia locations. The siblings also own the Santucci’s at the corner of 10th and Christian streets. But there is one thing in common at all Santucci’s locations—all the pies are square and made using Alicia’s grandmother’s recipes. “If you travel to Italy and visit a traditional trattoria or pizzeria, you don’t see pizza made the way it is here in the United States,” Alicia Santucci said. “My grandmother’s story is that when they were growing up in Italy, the women wanted to make pizza, but they only had cookie sheets. That’s what created the square shape of the pie. And where they’re from in Italy, in the mountains close to Naples, the cheese goes underneath the sauce.” Unlike the Bella Vista location, which is a 40-seat BYOB, the new location has a full bar and sells six-packs of beer to go. The amount of customers coming to the location by the Italian Market made the Santuccis consider expanding further, as the Bella Vista location delivers only to Center City and South Philly. For Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan, a standout restaurant is Marc Vetri’s Osteria, which opened in 2006. LaBan noted this restaurant is the anchor for the restaurant scene of North Broad Street. “They probably see the growth of residents,” LaBan told The Temple News. “Santuc-


Waitress Sweeny Hunt serves Santucci’s famous original square pizza at the new location.

travel to Italy and visit a traditional trattoria “orIf you pizzeria, you don’t see pizza made the way it is here in the United States. ” Alicia Santucci | co-owner


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Santucci’s open kitchen design allows customers to see their food as it is prepared.



Annual variety show explores political satire 1812 Productions’ show focuses on the presidential election. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News

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ci’s is a neighborhood space. The square pies are relatively unique in this town. Osteria is a completely different type of pizza place. Santucci’s is the kind of thing that locals can go to.” In March 2014, Stephen Starr pulled the plug on the giant illuminated crab that once hung at the corner of Broad and Mt. Vernon streets for his seafood restaurant Route 6. The building now houses jazz restaurant South, as well as event venue Vie. “It’s been a precarious stretch as you’re evolving a neighborhood into a dining destination,” LaBan said. “Maybe the neighborhood wasn’t ready for more than that. In the last year, there’s momentum turning again.” If all goes according to the city’s plan, restaurants on North Broad Street will no longer be an anomaly. Last month, the city concluded the installation of 41 new 55-foot light masts along North Broad to brighten the area as part of a $8.7 million plan to revive the area. “Broad Street has always been this weird in-between,” LaBan said. “I have a theory that Philadelphians like to eat in neighborhoods. You think of East Passyunk or Queen Village or Rittenhouse. People don’t really live on Broad Street. The only concepts that work are national chains or steakhouses. Every other concept has failed.” The latest addition to North Broad Street isn’t a showy restaurant meant to be a destination. Being a well-known neighborhood pizzeria is what allows Santucci’s to not only stay afloat at its three other Philadelphia locations, but also thrive and expand. And the third generation of owners don't plan to slow down any time soon. “Our family is growing,” Alicia Santucci said. “The next area we’re looking at is Manayunk or somewhere on the Main Line. With there being a third generation of owners, there will be a few more Santucci’s opening.” Santucci’s Pizza North Broad is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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After watching the nightly news, Dave Jadico sometimes scribbles a new verse of lyrics and lines on his palm. His tendency to impulsively rewrite is an occupational hazard of performing in 1812 Production’s political comedy, “This Is The Week That Is.” The show opens Nov. 27 at the Plays & Players Theatre. Jadico, the external relations director for 1812 Productions, has performed in every show since the company’s creation a decade ago. Approaching the opening of its 10th consecutive year, the variety show encompasses a series of sketches that reflect both local and national, political and social movements of the past year. “Depending on what is happening in the world, the show is constantly being rewritten and updated,” Jadico said. “It’s that live, dangerous nature of not being sure what is going to happen next.” The show follows a similar structure to Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, poking fun at government and society, but because of its theatrical foundation, extravagant costumes and musical numbers are also part of the performance. “SNL sometimes does random sketches, while everything we do is all topical to what is going on right now, so it’s a little more politically and socially charged,” said Jennifer Childs, the show’s creator and 1812’s producing artistic director. The show is set on a traditional stage and performed for a live audience. The intimate setting invites audience interaction—in certain scenes, like the newscast segment of the second act, individuals leave their seats to be interviewees in the broadcast. “One thing we constantly ask ourselves is what makes our political humor different,” Childs said. “And what we have is you … in

the room with us and making you part of the experience, so it’s a vastly different show every night.” Along with audience response, the show’s direct dependency upon breaking news causes roughly a third of the material to be altered over the course of its five-week run, entailing a series of night-to-night changes ranging from reworked song lyrics to full costume revamps. During a past show, dancing stem cells and an armed octopus turned into Barbra Streisand and Woody Allen. With the presidential election approaching next November, 2015 has been an extraordinary source for satirical material, Childs and Jadico said. “This particular year is where there’s a lot of characters … a lot of personalities, because there is a wide pool of people vying for the presidency,” Jadico said. “And people are aware of this wide spectrum of individuals because they’re in the press so much.” While this year offers a hotbed for political substance, it also proposes significant controversial topics, like race relations, gun violence and same-sex marriage. With extensive media coverage on these events, they’re difficult to avoid while collecting material for the show. 1812 Productions approaches these sensitive topics by considering the responses of policy makers and the media. “When you take a look at how people react to these things, that is where satire often lies,” Jadico said. Although the writing staff is “pretty liberal,” they try to maintain an “equal opportunity offender,” Jadico said, keeping the content balanced between poking fun at Democrats and Republicans. The humor surfaces from whoever is grabbing the public’s attention. The show naturally receives some criticism. But as a political humor show, these are expected consequences. “We get at least one complaint, one, ‘I’m offended’ comment every year, and we’re worried if we don’t,” Childs said. “If we don’t, we haven’t done our job.” * grace.maiorano@temple.edu




Bringing literature to the community Bookstore Black and Nobel offers a literary and cultural haven. By AYAH ALKHARS The Temple News MARGO REED TTN

Coralie-Michele Francois, a teacher at the International Ballet Exchange, leads the rehearsal school students.

Through ballet, reviving the arts The International Ballet Exchange provides local schools with instruction. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News Nancy Malmed thinks liberal arts programs have been neglected in Philadelphia public schools for far too long—and the situation is getting worse. As one of the first alumna of Temple’s dance program in 1970, she has spent her life studying and performing various dance genres, with a passion for traditional Russian-style ballet. For Malmed, classical ballet inspired her dedication to sustain children’s dance education. Throughout her career, she has seen schools cut performing arts programs and even close down altogether. She believes public schools in Philadelphia have continually underserved their students with these administrative decisions and Watch the International budget cuts. “They have a certain Ballet Exchange online amount of money and they at temple-news.com/ prioritize how they want to multimedia. use it,” Malmed said. “Arts has always been the orphan—it’s always getting cuts.” As executive director, Malmed helped establish the nonprofit International Ballet Exchange, abbreviated as IBE. The program provides dance classes to students in Philadelphia. Through its for-profit sister school Wissahickon Dance Academy at 38 E. School House Ln., IBE works with elementary and high schools every year to incorporate students in performances with the Donetsk Ballet, a world-class dance company. In 1993, Malmed took a group of students to the city of Donetsk—a present day war-zone—for a two-week ballet program with the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine. “The training was so unbelievable and so far superior than anything I had ever been exposed to,” Malmed said. “Because it’s considered such prestige in their country to be invited into these dance schools, the work ethic is incredible.” “Over there you have to be invited, you have to have the right body type, you can’t have bad feet—in our country, anybody can do it, and we’re lucky because we can give the exposure to everybody,” she added.


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concerns. “Even in a sphere like politics, art can really play an important role in trying to counterbalance some of the vitriol and divisive behavior that can so often frustrate us,” Gleeson said. “The fact that this is a campaign bus that’s being used differently and in an artistic way could help to let people do a very simple, physical expression of something that’s really cerebral and emotional.” The decked-out bus is one piece of a larger—and equally politically fueled—exhibit in the works at Crane Arts titled “America on the Rag: Absorbing the Blood and Bile of Donald Trump and His Magic Sword.” The exhibit focuses mainly on Trump’s controversial comments regarding women throughout his recent campaign, featuring pieces like a Spanish sword shoved through a ballot box and a decapitated Trump mannequin golfing. The front of the bus is covered in similarly motivated images: a painted badge displaying the words “The Scrotal Majority” twists Richard Nixon’s famous quote to promote the idea of the male majority population supporting women’s rights, Gleeson said. Gleeson acquired the bus from a mechanic in Des Moines, Iowa via Craigslist Oct. 17 at the suggestion of fellow artist Mary Mihelic, whose work

In 1999, the program officially began in Philadelphia as a residency program with local schools. Every year the Donetsk Ballet performs a classic rendition of "The Nutcracker," and a spring performance of ballets like "Carmen" and "Alice in Wonderland." “Our focus is education—we’re trying to get ballet into the masses, to people who wouldn’t ordinarily study or have exposure to classical ballet,” Malmed said. This year, the IBE is working with George Washington High School and James G. Blaine Elementary School, allowing open auditions and incorporating students aged five and up to dance the children’s parts for its production in the spring. Michele Sorkin-Socki, a dance teacher of 13 years at George Washington, faced her first curriculum changes this year due to recent budget cuts. Previously, the school offered dance classes from beginner to advanced levels. But this year, the entire dance curriculum was cut. Sorkin-Socki now teaches geometry and continues her after-school dance program on a volunteer basis. “I think it’s a tremendous loss—at Washington specifically—but also throughout the whole district,” SorkinSocki said. “Because of the financing the school district is experiencing, they have to make changes and usually the arts are first to go.” George Washington was one of few public schools left in Northeast Philadelphia with extensive liberal arts opportunities including instrumental, vocal music and dance programs. “By not having the class during the day, it takes away from the students who aren’t dancers but want to experience dance,” Socki said. “It made our school different and stand out from the other high schools in our area throughout the city, so it was a loss to the students.” IBE’s program also works with students from Wissahickon Dance Academy, who help teach the rehearsals in preparation for the upcoming Nutcracker performance Dec. 19 and 20 at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Coralie-Michele Francois, a junior biology major at Drexel University and member of Drexel Dance Ensemble and Wissahickon Dance Academy, is a first-year teacher for the IBE. Francois plans to teach dance classes and believes providing dance education to students is important. “I feel like you can learn so much from dance, especially ballet because you learn structure, discipline, and it shows you how to be creative,” Francois said. “Dance is a big part of building your creativity, so it’s very important for kids to have in every school.” * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu

centers around global feminism. Before its return to Philadelphia Oct. 23, the bus made a pit stop at a Chris Christie rally in Newton, Iowa, a move that Mihelic believes is essential in promoting the exhibit’s message. “Speaking to the converted isn’t really what we want to do,” Mihelic said. “Of course, we could go to a Hillary rally and we’ll have a blast. Everyone will love us, but if you’re in a red state, you’re really challenged more in a way that’s interesting. I think we actually get more out of it from listening to the other side, in a way.” Gleeson hopes to bring the full exhibit to the Concept Art Fair in Miami, Florida from Dec. 1-6. Other tentative plans for the bus included a trip to the Rockefeller Center in New York when Trump hosted Saturday Night Live and a “universal U.S. constitution,” which will allow passersby to write a line of the constitution in a language of their choosing, in response to Trump insulting Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish to Breitbart News. Sarah Muehlbauer, a 2010 Tyler School of Art alumna, caught wind of the exhibit through fellow alumna artists working at Crane Arts. Currently in charge of social media and video promotion for T.Rump, Muehlbauer thinks the bus has the potential to spark an increased interest in politics within the Philadelphia community. “I think it’s really easy to just get lost in how dry politics is, and to really not feel like you have much power or

The scent of African black soap and oils wafts out the doors of Black and Nobel, welcoming visitors climbing the steps to the bookstore. Located on Erie Avenue near Broad Street, Black and Nobel specializes in African-American literature and culture and sells religious texts, literary classics and modern and classic poetry. The store opened when Hakim Hopkins started selling books as a street vendor in 2004. After hitting a rough patch in his life, Hopkins used books as a resource and decided he wanted to sell them to others. He enrolled in a Temple program that helped him attain a vendor's license. “It helped rebuild me,” Hopkins said. But one of the hardest sells, Hopkins said, is a book sell. Hopkins describes the community around Black and Nobel as a troubled one that struggles with crime. But the bookstore, he said, acts as a literary and cultural haven for those around the neighborhood, offering access to everything from Shakespearean classics to books published by local authors. Black and Nobel also ships books to prisons. Hopkins said he sees it as a way to help the community and show that no matter what someone has done, they always deserve the chance to educate themselves. The store began shipping to prisons in 2005 as a way to bring families back together. “There was a need for it, crimes are at an all time high,” Hopkins said. “Although people committed crimes, they still had families, they had children and parents, they had cousins, and nieces and nephews. People came here ... to ship out to their loved ones.” “Because everyone is entitled to mistakes and most people in there are convicted of drug crimes, and when you are alone in prison you have no distraction. It’s you and the books, people gained knowledge of


Hakim Hopkins owns the Black and Nobel Book Store at 1409 Erie Ave.

self through books,” Hopkins added. “It can change your life.” A variety of books are shipped to incarcerated individuals, Hopkins said, from spirituality to self-improvement to cookbooks. Black and Nobel ships nationally, but most of the time, books are ordered by local city jails. Hopkins wanted to turn people who are not drawn to reading into avid readers. He said he is touched whenever a customer who seems reluctant the first time comes back fully ready to read. Hopkins thinks his success in pushing people to become avid readers has allowed Black and Nobel to flourish while other local bookstores have not been so lucky. Abu Halima, a customer who lives near the bookstore, often brings his daughter into the shop. He said Black and Nobel is “a great place to show our cultural background in a time where our culture is represented in such a negative way.” “It is necessary for people to have literature that they relate to and work their imagination since childhood by having parents read to them at bedtime, or them reading on their own,” Hopkins said. “It gives a voice to the voiceless,” customer Aliyah Um Mahmoud, 39, said. “It carries books and music from the people who live around the area. The people around here can relate to those books. My child can relate to these books. No other mainstream books can show you the experiences of those who live in the situation that North Philly is in right now like the books written by those in and from North Philly.” * ayah.alkhars@temple.edu



David Gleeson drives golfballs printed with Trump’s face off his campaign bus.

control or connection over it,” Muehlbauer said. “But if somebody can do a project like this that sort of throws a wrench at the whole thing, everybody can kind of loosen up and feel like they can have a shared experience around the issues.” “One of the things I really like about Philly culture is it’s political and personal at the same time,” she added. “This is definitely on the far side of the political, but also striking a note with the whole social activism art scene.”

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Paddlers competed in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival on the Schuylkill River at Kelly Drive near Montgomery the morning of Nov. 7. Dragon boat teams are made up of 25 members: 20 paddlers, one drummer and four alternates. Teams registered for the event in the morning and raced throughout the day in the tournament-style competition. Some teams came in uniform and others dressed in costume. The Villanova River Cruisers, a group of women from Villanova University, dressed up as religious figures for the event. Trudy Pacella, the drummer for the boat, dressed as the Pope while paddlers, Susan Hill (bottom, left) and Marybeth Avioli wore monsignors’ costumes. Men, women and co-ed teams raced in the event. All co-ed boats included at least eight women paddlers. Competitors’ family members and friends waited in tents dedicated to the racers and lined along the river. Vivian Flick, 2, cheered with her mother, Vanessa, for the DLL Group team competing in the mixed race.



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needed to be a music element. “We’ve had live musicians since the beginning,” Ryder said. Several of the musicians from the pub's Nov. 1 performance were exposed to the works of traditional Irish tunes at a young age. “I am the last of six kids who grew up playing accordions, whistles and banjos,” McGillian said. “I had no choice.” McGillian was one of three accordion players for the evening’s session. With parents from counties Tyrone and Donegal, music was played every night for years in his household, he said. South Philly resident Warren Burke has only been playing Irish music on his guitar for a few years. Burke, whose parents are from Ireland, was a fan of rock music, but fell in love with the sound after hearing an Irish song during a session.


John O’Malley, an alumnus, has been playing Irish Music for 18 years. He graduated from Temple with a Master’s in Educational Psychology in 1993.

“I can’t even remember the rock ‘n’ roll songs I used to play,” Burke said. "Out of all the kids in my family, they say I am the only real Irish one.” Most Irish tunes are played in sets of three. McGillian and the other musicians played a set of reels, a type of Irish dance music, titled “The Silver Spear,” “Cooley’s” and “The Maid Behind the Bar.”

John O’Malley, an alumnus and former adjunct professor, said he finds Irish music’s tempo as a healthy medium in comparison to other genres. “The blues pull it back and old-time music pushes it forward,” O’Malley said. “Irish music’s tempo is right in the center.” The Plough is one of few places that holds Irish music sessions in Philadelphia. The average

size of a session is usually around seven, Donnelly said, but there are 40 different musicians who attend the sessions at the Plough. O’Malley said these events are not “jam sessions” because the tunes are memorized. “You absorb the tunes,” McGillian said. “If you came here every Sunday to drink beers and you didn’t even like Irish music, by your fourth Sunday, you’d be tapping your foot and whistling to one of the tunes.” O’Malley said Ryder once told him the sessions will be at the Plough as long as the restaurant is open. “A lot of people are maybe second or third generation and feel a connection here,” Ryder said. “They have a little piece of Ireland and that is what we really wanted to bring here.” * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

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several pop-up performances throughout the city. Schools and civic groups, however, found the idea of live music, dance and comedy too partisan and turned the organization down, allowing for only one performance to take place on Tuesday. “We heard from one school, ‘We just feel like encouraging people to vote is a little too political for us,’” Lansie told Newsworks. “That was something we heard from sponsors and potential partners. Just the idea of a getout-the-vote effort felt too political.” While the signs received enthusiasm on social media, the voter turnout evaded the hopes of “Next Stop” when it did not improve. According to the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners, the voter turnout dipped from 27 percent in 2014 to less than 26 percent in this year’s Nov. 3 election. Hopeful for an increase in voter turnout, Lily Meier positioned her sign at a location near her workplace, so that she could check on it throughout Election Day. An architect and collage artist, Meier contributed a piece based on a 1950s advertisement for housewives. “I think this project was a really good reminder to me and hopefully also to the people who see the signs that the option that we have to vote should be celebrated and recognized and really not taken for granted,” Meier said.

came up with his company’s next “big piece.” He was joking around about a vending machine company his cousin had inherited and how the business wasn't what it used to be. “It was the same thing about books, and he made a joke that we should team up and sell books out of vending machines,” Esposito said. “I thought it was a cool idea so I said, 'Let’s do it.’” Now, one of Esposito’s chapbook vending machines is located in Elixr Coffee Roasters on the corner of Walnut and Sydenham streets. The coffee shop tries to “cater to every community,” Elixr manager Tom Cladec said. “The vending machines offer a unique way to do that.” 2011 education alumnus Patrick McNeal's work, “You Champion,” was featured in the first round of chapbooks. “Head & The Hand offers a space,” McNeal said. “A physical place, which is very important for writers to come and exchange ideas. Meeting folks from all different walks of life who share that one interest which is literature and writing prose or poetry. They’re just super hospitable.” McNeal was already a published writer by the time he connected with The Head & The Hand, but was still excited about being featured. “It used to be my favorite thing when I would have people in the city to be like, ‘Hey let’s go see my book, it’s in this super rad vending machine,’” McNeal said. Esposito is determined to maintain relationships with his writers and represent their work as genuinely as possible. The Head & The Hand is in the works to publish its fourth series of chapbooks for the vending machines in the spring. “We try to never call our writers local,” Esposito said. “Because I feel like that connotes that people are less than. I never want to say, ‘Oh, these are stories written by high school kids, or these are stories written by adults.’ Because that implies that they will write in a certain way. It’s hard because we don’t want to put people in boxes. We represent writers of all different ages. We want people to get discovered and hone their craft in the city that they come from.”

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Through a submission process, 60 different artists worked on the signs, contributing their own distinctive styles. Isaiah Zagar, founder of the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, submitted a sparkling mosaic piece, while anonymous street artist Kid Hazo provided a signature parodic infographic. Andrew Jackson Turner, an illustrator who recently moved from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, contributed an American flagthemed piece. Turner said Philadelphia’s community-based attitude helped make “Next Stop: Democracy!” possible. “I mean, the sign project would not have been able to work in New York in the way that it could in Philadelphia," Turner said. "It’s just a scene that really embraces its artists, that really embraces movements in a way that is community-driven and really grassroots.” The project, equipped with artists, statisticians, musicians and managers, displayed an eclectic network of contributors. “Next Stop” collaborated with research faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to calculate a socioeconomically diverse set of locations. Conrad Benner, a local digital curator of street art, played a role in the movement by helping to create what Lansie referred to as a “robust” social media presence. Aiming to give the city a celebratory vibe on Election Day, “Next Stop” also planned


Philadelphia recently became the first World Heritage City in the United States, joining 266 other locations worldwide like Paris and Rome. This new title recognizes Philadelphia’s contributions to the world’s culture and heritage due to sites like The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The decision was officially made Nov. 6 by the 13th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. -Victoria Mier


Johnny Goodtimes hosts a free night of Quizzo at the Market & Shops at the Comcast Center Tuesday evenings. Participants form teams and compete to win $100 gift cards to spend in the shops at the Comcast Center, including Termini Brothers Bakery and DiBruno Bros. cheese market and gourmet grocery. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. -Madeline Presland


Publisher honors the city’s authors

Signs outside the Winchester Recreation Center encouraged voters to cast their ballot.


In a one-woman adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” society’s fears of fundamentalism are explored on stage. A Christian theocracy overthrows the US government after an orchestrated terrorist attack. Amid the turmoil, a young woman is forced to become a Handmaid in order to increase population growth under the new dictation. The play is running at the Curio Theatre Company through Nov. 14. Tickets are $15-20. -Grace Maiorano


In the exhibit “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life,” the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates portrayals and interpretations of still life by American artists. The 130 paintings take visitors on a journey that begins in the 1700s and leads to the 1960s, revisiting artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and the Philadelphiabased Peale family along the way. The chronological display coincides with scientific milestones in American history as new objects are invented and are inevitably painted. The exhibit will be on display until Jan 10. -Angela Gervasi


New York-based Mitski will be playing a sold-out performance at PhilaMOCA Nov. 10. The artist received acclaim for her late 2014 release “Bury Me at Makeout Creek.” PWR BTTM, Palehound and i tried to run away when i was 6 will be opening for the performance. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. -Emily Scott


The Fine Arts, Art Education and Photography and Digital Arts students of Moore College of Art and Design will host a public event for students to sell their artwork Nov. 13. All proceeds will go to the artists. The event is free and will take place in Sarah Peter Hall at Moore from 6-9 p.m. -Emily Scott



@phillyinsider tweeted the new bar opened in Center City by the same team behind McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park. Tap & Kitchen will be simple, with 24 taps and a menu simliar to McFadden’s.

@PhillyEntertain tweeted “A Christmas Story, The Musical” is premiering Tuesday. Ardmore native Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the score for the Walnut Street Theatre production.



@uwishunu tweeted a list of bands coming to Philadelphia in November, including AWOLNATION’s Nov. 10 show at the Fillmore and My Morning Jacket’s Nov. 19 show at the Tower Theater.

@panaritism, Maria Panaritis, an Inquirer reporter, tweeted a photo of the American flag unfurling by Independence Mall during the first parade meant to celebrate the city’s veterans.



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Addressing communities’ health one block at a time Block-by-Block is a Temple Health research initiative that reaches out to North Philadelphia residents. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Mariana Pardes’ two worlds—academic research and direct social service—became one when she joined Temple Health’s Block-byBlock initiative as a researcher. “I think it’s rare to be involved in applied research and to have both the community engagement and the real possibility that it’s going to change people’s lives in some direct and immediate way,” Pardes said. “So it combines both those worlds for me.” Pardes serves as a field research specialist for the Temple Clinical Research Institute, alongside a team of three other researchers who have been canvassing the streets of North Philadelphia since August to ask residents about their health statuses and concerns. Dr. Susan Fisher, the initiative’s principal investigator, started a similar program at the University of Rochester but brought the project to Temple after noticing similarities between the communities surrounding the universities. “The idea in Rochester and here was, describe the health of the community, identify gaps in care to the community and also inform the community about the resources at the hospital,” Fisher said.

The Block-by-Block initiative also focuses on informing residents about clinical research opportunities, Fisher said, so that they can participate in studies, and in return Temple can work to provide care for their demonstrated health needs. Amie Devlin, research program manager, said that researchers targeted 11 zip codes in Strawberry Mansion, North Philly, Germantown and Kensington, asking residents older than 18 about their health, doctor visits and interest in health resources. The participants will be contacted every six months with follow up questions, so researchers can see any trends in the target population over time, Devlin said. “If we can find ‘X’ number of people that have asthma, that shows that there’s a need for an asthma clinic in the neighborhood,” she added. There is no specific research question that has been posed at this point. “We also want to be able to have a big pool of data that people can, if they want to investigate some research, they can make a case for it,” Devlin said. Fisher said the gathered data will be available to researchers at Temple and eventually any researchers in Philadelphia. Besides tracking data, researchers want to identify any specific healthcare issues participants may be dealing with and provide them with resources. “If they say that they’ve been prescribed medicine and they’re not taking it, we ask them the reasons why they stopped taking it,” Devlin said. “So if it’s cost or it’s confusing, we can look at that and maybe make refill instructions

easier and just see what kind of needs that are out there.” To find out these needs, researchers have been reaching out to community members by setting up informational tables at community events like the Haunted Playground Halloween event recently held at Hartranft Community Center. Anthony Jackson, a volunteer organizer at the center, has been coordinating events with Block-by-Block and the community. He said community members have been receptive to the research team. “They’re very receptive, even with the interviews that the Block-by-Block program members do,” Jackson said. “As soon as one person’s done, there’s another waiting to sign up or find out a little bit more information.” Jackson said it is important the research team goes to community members, instead of having the community members come to Temple’s hospital or campus. “The resources are being brought to them, so it makes it a lot easier,” Jackson said. Pardes said the university’s presence offcampus is essential to this project. “Everybody knows Temple’s right around the corner, but how many people really come out of the hospital and talk to them face-to-face and really see them, really get to know them?” Pardes said. “I think what’s special is we’re meeting people on their terms, in their neighborhoods, in front of their homes, hopefully in their living rooms.” * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu T @jennyroberts511


Rosemary Jackson (left), a field research specialist, talks to a community member.

“If we can find ‘X’

number of people that have asthma, that shows that there’s a need for an asthma clinic in the neighborhood.

Amie Devlin | research program manager of Block-by-Block


New center to provide for uninsured residents The North Broad Physical Therapy Center opens January. By JENNY STEIN The Temple News Temple’s health community is using physical therapy to reach out to local neighbors. The North Broad Physical Therapy Center, or the NBPTC, a pro bono clinic led by Temple students, will open in January to neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. The center will be located on the third floor of Jones Hall and will provide physical therapy treatment for residents who have limited to no health insurance. Matthew Johnston, a thirdyear student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has been working alongside other students throughout the development of the project, and he feels the center will have a necessary impact on the surrounding community. “I think education and health literacy is really important,” Johnston said. “Just showing the people the resources that are out there, not only for physical therapy, but for other services. From back pain to heart and lung conditions, you name it and we probably can treat it.”

“We’re just getting the word out that we can make a difference,” he added. The NBPTC is run by students from the College of Public Health and guided by faculty members and alumni. There are currently 22 organizational and administrative board members, and once the center opens, volunteers will work in teams of three, composed of first, second and third-year students. Students at the center will gain real-world experience as they rotate through the responsibilities of running the center, like registration, reception, providing services and ordering supplies. Dr. Laura Siminoff, dean of the College of Public Health, understands the significance of immersing Temple students into the Philadelphia community in an impactful way. “The center is great for a variety of reasons including, number one, that we’re providing needed therapeutic services to people who don’t normally have access to valuable physical therapy services,” Siminoff said. “Secondly, it’s providing our students with an opportunity to not only practice their skills and provide services, but they’re also getting real-world, real-life experiences on how to manage and run a physical therapy clinic.” Johnston and his fellow students have also gone through the

process of fundraising and grantwriting. The NBPTC will continue to raise money through its campaign on Temple’s crowdsourcing platform OwlCrowd, which will run through Dec. 7. The campaign has raised 76 percent of its $5,000 goal, as of Monday evening. Initially, the campaign was used to jumpstart the creation of the center, but it will also help to cover costs that come with time and expansion of staff. “I think the sky’s the limit and this can really evolve every year,” Johnston said. “We’re excited to get the medical and occupational therapy students on board, as well as other people in our college and other universities.” Members working with the NBPTC said they are grateful for the many donations made by alumni. All of the equipment in the center has been donated by physical therapy alumni. Johnston, along with students and faculty members, is eager for the NBPTC to open shortly after winter break. “We’re excited to just get the doors open, start meeting people and have an impact on our community in a positive way,” Johnston said. * jenny.stein@temple.edu


The North Broad Physical Therapy Center will be located on the third floor of Jones Hall.


Pixar artist Matt Nolte holds up a poster for the latest Disney Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur” in the Tyler School of Art, where he gave a presentation Nov. 5.

Pixar comes to Temple Matt Nolte, a Pixar artist, spoke to students about “The Good Dinosaur.” By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor For Matt Nolte, the character art director for Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming film “The Good Dinosaur,” getting to draw dinosaurs was a dream come true for him. “I’m a total dinosaur nerd,” Nolte said. He talked about his infatuation with dinosaurs during the ‘80s and his work on the latest Pixar film in a behind-thescenes presentation at the Tyler School of Art Nov. 5, as part of a nationwide college campus tour. In “The Good Dinosaur,” releasing Nov. 25, the asteroid that supposedly causes the extinction of the dinosaurs never hits Earth, and life goes on as dinosaurs continue to inhabit the world. When Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, is suddenly separated from his family, he meets a human friend Spot and tries to survive as he makes his way back home. Nolte said he had been drawing ever since he was little, with the constant support of his father and mother, who was an artist herself. “I really just loved it as a kid,” he said. “I just wanted to draw … so I just drew all the time.” He attended junior college in Idaho and later graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with an animation de-

gree. He eventually caught Pixar’s attention, secured an internship with the studio and started animating “Cars” in 2004. Eleven years later, Nolte has worked on films like “Ratatouille” and “Brave,” the first Pixar film to star a female protagonist, Merida. With his work in “The Good Dinosaur,” Nolte stressed how collaborative the movie-creating process is, like with animators bringing his 2-D character drawings to life. “Because it’s a collaborative art form, not all of the pressure is on me,” he said. “The pressure is equal on everybody. We have our pressure when we’re designing, but if we do our best to make it relatable, other people will do their best at a certain stage to make it relatable too.” And working at Pixar, he said, is not an impossible task. “I love [talking to college students] because I feel like, hopefully I can help them realize that these things are possible, because I was a scared college student,” he said. “I never thought I’d get this job.” Alan Ming Au and Julie Lam, both junior graphic design majors, skipped an art history class for the presentation and felt it was worth learning about what goes into a Pixar film. “I thought it was amazing how he showed us the facial features of the two main characters and just how much movement and detail goes into going from a neutral expression to happy, angry, sad,” Ming Au said. “Movies aren’t just [artists]—they have other people to convey those emotional stories,” Lam said. “I think that was the best part about it.” * albert.hong@temple.edu


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edge and the community connections to a new generation,” said Lam, now a consultant for management and technology consulting agency Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. It is why Lam continues to coordinate and plan PAYS, as well as support Temple ASA, in hopes of continuing to foster the relationships she helped make between PAYS, ASA and other community organizations. “I would like to see more community organizations be a part of it so that students and leaders of the Asian American community, and even the Philadelphia community in general, can build an established relationship with each other,” she said. The passing down of connections and experiences is representative of the way many Asian-American students have ben-


efited from their parents’ hard work. Keith Mui, a Drexel alumnus and national conference assistant chair of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, wants people to think about this big picture. “Having people volunteer their time and give back to the community through these efforts is what is going to benefit our next generation and so on,” Mui said. For the future of PAYS, Lue Vang, senior biology major and current president of Temple ASA, and Melissa Ly, senior media business and entrepreneurship major and former ASA president, plan to expand and reach out for more student involvement. “I think being a senior now, I get to do a lot more of the connecting and I feel like just having the right people to help the right students,” Ly said. “I can really help out in that part.” * albert.hong@temple.edu BRIAN TOM TTN

Jillian Hammer leads a discussion on three short films for PAYS 2015 at the Student Center Oct. 31.



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Student takes second in design contest By ASH CALDWELL The Temple News

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and left her thinking about the issues she discussed long after class ended. “Temple is really good about encouraging you to learn for the sake of learning, and experience for the sake of experiencing,” Anyaegbunam said. Gratson taught one of these courses, “Argumentation,” which he said is one of the most difficult courses taught at SMC. “[That class] deals with current events, effective writing, effective speaking, constant test-taking,” Gratson said. “For Ndidi, it was kind of like reading the back of her hand.” Gratson added she was one of the only students who delivered an “absolutely, pristinely perfect performance,” even catching him on a grammatical error on one of his exams. “That is a role model right there,” he added. “Temple has done much more for me than I ever did for it,” Anyaegbunam said. “I owe it to the student body to pay it forward.” During her visit to Temple last week, Anyaegbunam spoke in a “Philosophy of Law” class and Gratson’s “Rhetorical Criticism” class. She also gave presentations about law school, working at the U.N. and her time on Temple’s debate team. “Debate represents some of the best things at Temple: diversity,


Nhat Nguyen stands beside his design which won him second place in BLT Architects’ Student Design Competition.

His father encouraged him to pursue architecture, he said. “He said that was always his dream, but he never had the chance to do it because of the Vietnam society at that time and financial concerns,” Nguyen said. Although he didn’t initialy expect to win, Nguyen took the challenge of the competition because participants would automatically receive a $10 gift card to Starbucks. In addition to the gift card, the first place winner earned a paid internship at BLTa and $1000, second place won $500 and third place won $250. While Nguyen didn’t credit any professors or friends with influencing him to join the competition, he said he tried to “apply what I learned in these past three years to the competition.” After he graduates, Nguyen plans to work at BLTa for a few years and then return to school for his master’s degree. He also said if he finds out about other local competitions, he will make sure to join them. His advice to other architecture students is to “never stop doing what you like,” and encourages them to submit an entry for the next BLTa competition. “In architecture, never think about not designing,” Nguyen said. “You get so much experience for your resume, and even if you don’t win, you still get a cup of free coffee.” * ashley.caldwell@temple.edu

competition, intellectual rigor, and it also represents a fighting spirit,” Anyaegbunam said. “Ndidi is willing to help us,” said Anh Nguyen, a sophomore journalism major and vice president of finance of Temple’s Debate Society. “That creates a sense of family and belonging for the whole team. ... She spoke to us as a friend to a friend, not as a mentor to a mentee.” After her graduation from law school, Anyaegbunam struggled with rejection. She encouraged current students never to shy away from rejection, explaining that it’s a necessary step in getting your dream job. “Anybody whose job you want, anybody whose path you admire, the vast majority of them are sitting on a mountain of ‘noes’” she said. “Build your own mountain of ‘noes’ on the way to your ‘yes.’” “Nobody writes in your obituary the jobs that you didn’t get,” she added. “What they write about are the things you did do. They write about the yeses.” As far as Anyaegbunam’s obituary is concerned, she’s not quite sure what will be written there yet. She is certain she wants to make a positive change and be happy. “There’s a certain level of wanting to have ultimately left the world a little bit better than I found it,” Anyaegbunam said. “If that’s done, I’ll throw myself a little party, and everyone can come.” * michaela.winberg@temple.edu

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ter their babies,” she added. The school went from a dark, empty building to a school filled with art and inspirational quotes on the walls like, “To get what you never had, you have to do what you’ve never done,” and “This generation plants the trees for the next generation’s shade.” Kaplan wanted the children to be in a school they could be proud of. “We worked really hard for a visible change,” she said. “I love the arts, so we really tried to bring the arts into the school. I feel that they should not have any less than a kid going to a private school.” Even with setbacks like budget cuts, the school facilitates children’s interests and needs with a play dome and basketball court to use outside. It also has a computer lab with Mac desktops and a library. “I am really relentless in my ideas of what should happen with kids,” Kaplan said. “I am not willing to wait, nor do I feel that they should be responsible for what is happening in the political realm with school budgeting.” The students and staff

expressed their gratitude to Kaplan for the school’s recovery. “She is a really good principal,” said Julia Yedra, an eighth grade student. “There would be no music program without her. Even outside of school, she is really easy to talk to and very compromising.” “I have spent eight years here—our mission is to do more and provide more,” said Chris Argerakis, a music teacher. “I am incredibly proud of Lisa.” For Kaplan, it is all about the students and improving their lives. “The thing is, I never say ‘No,’” Kaplan said. “It is a lot of work for me, but at the end of the day, my question is, ‘Is it good for the kids?’ and if it is, we are going to find a way to do it.” “She is an amazing person,” said Kelli Mantell, AmeriCorps VISTA program worker at Andrew Jackson. “She exudes this friendly presence, yet she maintains respect as a disciplinarian. She is a woman in all respects.” * jacquelyn.taylor.fricke@ temple.edu

Voice of the People | PATRICK WALTON


From today through Friday, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection will display the work of John W. Mosley, an African-American photographer who documented AfricanAmerican life in and around Philadelphia from the ‘30s to the late ‘60s. Some of the subjects he captured on film include Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Robeson, Cab Calloway, W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes. The free exhibition is at Center City Campus, in partnership with the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance’s Professional Development Training Institute. -Albert Hong

Architecture student Nhat Nguyen won second place for his redesign of the Leon Sullivan H. Service Center.

Nhat Nguyen, a senior architecture major, recalls being in an architecture class when an unknown number called his phone. He didn’t answer it, but he later checked the voicemail. To Nguyen’s surprise, it was the administration from Philadelphia-based architectural firm BLT Architects, also known as BLTa, who called to let him know he won the second place prize of $500 in their fifth annual Student Design Competition late September. “I was shocked,” Nguyen said. “I didn’t think I was going to win because the competition is so big.” Nguyen was in so much shock that he played the voicemail again to make sure he was one of the winners. Then, he went home and told his family. “I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t yell, I couldn’t do anything because I was in class,” Nguyen said. “But when I told my family, they were all excited.” The competition, which is held for students enrolled in an accredited architectural program, gives students the opportunity to put their architectural skills to use by creating a new design for a building BLTa will soon reconstruct, according to the BLTa website. This year, students had to redesign the Leon H. Sullivan Service Center, a mixed-use center on Broad Street near Jefferson that hosts several community support organizations. Nguyen said students from all over the East Coast, especially graduate students, enter this competition. Because he didn’t know much about the city, the surrounding area and the cultural context for the center, he had to research the area so he could develop a design that would fit the requirements of the competition. “I had to visit the site and look for things around it like the sun, the students, the street and much more,” Nguyen said. Nguyen’s design was built around the focus of utilizing the space for more student housing. Nguyen has been drawing and designing homes and buildings since he was young, and he was always told he was really good at it.




Tomorrow in Gladfelter Hall Room 107, comic artist and educator Melissa Hamilton will discuss themes of pain, loss, death and grief through the visual medium of comics and graphic novels from the past and present. She will also talk about whether comics can aid grief as she reads from her soon-to-be-published graphic novel, “Bookends,” a story revolving around the loss of her parents to cancer. The event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is required at events.temple.edu. -Albert Hong


Professor of keyboard studies Dr. Joyce Lindorff will hold a workshop presentation tomorrow in the Rock Hall Auditorium about composing for the harpsichord, an instrument that produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. She will discuss the challenges and rewards of composing 21st-century music for an instrument that was most popular during the 16th through 18th centuries. She will also be performing pieces from Michael White, Donald Crockett, Hans Werner Henze and Boyer doctoral student Sabrina Clarke. The event is free and open to the public. -Albert Hong


Tomorrow from 5:40 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 3:40 to 5 p.m. at the Paley Library’s Digital Scholarship Center, a Jeopardy Challenge will be held covering the basic principles of academic honesty, citation, copyright and fair use. The workshop will be set up in the classic question-and-answer format with prizes for the winners. The event is free and open to the public to those who register online at events.temple.edu. The Digital Scholarship Center is located on the ground floor of the Paley Library. -Albert Hong


Justin Slocum Bailey, a teacher and scholar of Latin and other languages, will host a presentation Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. about the modern use of the Latin language. Bailey grew up in Vienna, Austria, and is the founder of the Indwelling Language, a collection of resources and habits centered on the joy of learning languages. He will share research and resources that allow the teaching and studying of Latin in the 2010s to be enjoyable, by using techniques to take advantage of the resources and incorporate them into curricula. The free presentation will be held in the Weigley Room on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall. -Albert Hong

“What could the city do to get more students to vote in local elections?” ROCHELLE BENKERT




“If I had heard more about it, I would definitely be more into it … I didn’t really see a lot of it in my everyday routine.”

“I guess making it more relevant to college-age students around campus.”

“I’m surprised that Temple didn’t have more people on campus trying to get people to vote.”





Owls increase ranking in AP Poll Memphis is in third place in The American’s West Division, one game behind Navy and Houston. The Owls are two games ahead of second place South Florida in the East division. -Michael Guise



The volleyball team celebrates Oct. 23 during a 3-2 loss to Houston at McGonigle Hall.



The Owls were ranked No. 21 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and USA Today Amway Coaches Poll. It was the Owls’ fourth consecutive week as a Top 25 team. The Owls moved up two spots from last week after a 60-40 win at Southern Methodist Friday night to improve their record to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Along with the Owls, three other teams in The American were ranked in the AP Poll. After defeating Memphis 45-25 on Saturday, No. 22 Navy earned its first ranking of the season. Memphis, who is ranked No. 25, fell 10 spots after the loss and Houston

moved up two spots to No. 16 after defeating Cincinnati 33-30 Saturday. The last time Temple was ranked for consecutive weeks dates back to the 1979 season, when the Owls finished 9-2. With a win Saturday against South Florida, the Owls will claim the East Division’s title, earning a spot in The American’s inaugural championship game Dec. 5. -Mark McCormick


The Owls’ American Athletic Conference matchup Nov. 21 against Memphis at Lincoln Financial Field will kickoff at noon. The game, which will air on an ESPN Network, will be the Owls’ second against a ranked opponent this season. The team lost 24-20 Oct. 31 to then-No. 9 Notre Dame at Lincoln Financial Field.

Four Owls received Big East Conference postseason honors Sunday. Senior midfielders Alyssa Delp and Sarah Deck earned All-Big East First Team honors, while senior forward Tricia Light and senior goalkeeper Haley Mitchell were named to the All-Big East Second Team. Delp was a unanimous first-team selection after being named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2014. She was also unanimously awarded All-Big East Preseason honors. The senior finished first on the team in goals with 16 en route to compiling 37 points. Deck totaled eight goals this season and also recorded 20 points, while Light totaled a team-high seven assists this season. Mitchell, who received Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2015, totaled 117 saves. -Matt Cockayne



Senior setter Sandra Sydlik was named to the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll. Against Houston and Tulane this week, Sydlik totaled 81 assists and two aces, both team highs,in seven sets. Sydlik totaled six digs In the team’s 3-0 win Nov. 8 against Houston and 19 digs in the team’s 3-1 Nov. 6 defeat to Tulane. In 90 sets this season, the senior setter has 993 assists and her 11.03 assists per set ranks No. 30 in Division I.

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Senior sabre Olivia Wynn competes with a teammate during a practice at McGonigle Hall.

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but if one got injured, it would have been really tight. Nobody would have had a break.” For the last seven years before the switch, Wynn only fenced foil. She attempted epee on the strip, but never competed with it. When Wynn switched to sabre, she thought it was going to be a short-term transition to help the team.

Sabre is just so fast, and you “don’t really get a break.” Olivia Wynn | senior sabre

“Whenever I watched it, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I would never want to do that,’” Wynn said. “I was always saying I would switch back to foil and that this was just temporary.” The difference between the sabre and the foil is that in sabre opponents can score by using the edge of their blade and point. Anything above the waist is a target area for an opponent to slash, while in foil, points are scored from the tip of the blade from around the torso and groin. The presentation of the sabre has a slight curve to its blade, while the foil has a rectangular blade and weighs

less than a pound. “I’m pretty fast, and I think my speed has really helped me adapt,” Wynn said. “I didn’t like the blade coming near my head. I wasn’t used to just seeing a weapon coming at you instinctually. Sabre is just so fast, and you don’t really get a break, and you have to know what to do.” Wynn posted 29-14 dual meet record in sabre last year after going 17-10 in foil at dual meets during the 2013-14 season. As Wynn adjusted to her new weapon, she did not produce her best result until the end of the 2014-15 season at the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championship Feb. 28, where she was a finalist and finished eighth overall. As a sophomore, she had an eighth place finish in foil at the tournament. Franke said the senior, now a year into sabre, will continue to improve her results before the end of her final season. “She has a very good understanding of the game, and it was just a matter of her learning the new nuances as opposed to foil,” Franke said. “She’s going to definitely be better this year than she was last year.” Before she steps off the strip for the final time as an Owl next March, Wynn hopes to earn an individual win in sabre. “It’s weird,” Wynn said. “I never thought I would like sabre.” * mark.mccormick@temple.edu T @MarkJMcCormick

working on next year?’ and I’m like, ‘Yep, it started last night,’” O’Connor said. “They’re like, ‘You’re not even sad this morning?’ and I’m like, ‘Nope, I’m on to the next season.’” While O’Connor has found solace in looking forward to next year, a third of Temple’s roster has played its final game in cherry and white. The Owls lose nine seniors— Shauni Kerkhoff, Brendi Ernst, Shannon Senour, Kaylee Harner, Paige Rachel, Kelly Farrell, Paula Jurewicz, Erin Lafferty and Taylor Trusky—from their 12-win team, which set a program record for single-season wins. “As much as we love sports, and as much as we want to win, it’s about what these ladies are going to become when they leave Temple, and this senior group is just going to be some amazingly successful people,” O’Connor said. “I firmly believe that sports don’t teach you character, it reveals your character … and the character of these seniors is unbelievable.” Farrell, a striker, and Lafferty, a defender, were No. 1 and No. 2 in goals scored for the Owls this season as both earned all-conference second team honors. Farrell tied for first in the conference with 13 goals while Lafferty scored seven goals and set a program record for games played at 79. “It’s such an amazing feeling and I am the luckiest girl to be able to say that I was a part of this legacy,” Farrell said. “I am happy I was able to play against some of the best girls in the country with such a hardworking and dedicated group of girls.” Temple will need to replace its entire back line as Senour, Harner, Jurewicz, Lafferty and Trusky. Each started at least 18 games on defense this season. O’Connor said sophomore Delia Trimble, who saw action in 12 games this season, will step

-Michael Guise

into a major role for the Owls’ defense in 2016. “She was stuck behind Erin and [junior defender] Taylor [Matsinger] this year,” O’Connor said. “Unfortunately for her, Erin and Taylor never got hurt and played really well all year.” Offensively, the Owls return six of the team’s Top 10 goal scorers from this season, including redshirt junior Gina DiTaranto, junior Elaine Byerly, sophomores Elana Falcone, Gabriella McKe-

I am the “ luckiest girl to be able to say that I was a part of this legacy.

Kelly Farrell | senior forward

own and Kayla Cunningham and freshman Sarah McGlinn. Temple also returns freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash, who stepped in when Kerkhoff broke her leg in a loss to Penn Sept. 4. Nash earned all-rookie team honors from The American and posted a 1.02 goals against average with 70 saves in 19 games. “We’ve got a bright future ahead of us,” O’Connor said. Byerly, the Owls’ only nonsenior captain this season, said she is grateful to Temple’s nine seniors for teaching her how to become a better leader. “It was great just watching them and learning how they act in situations, and I can learn from them and see how I’m going to step up again next year and kind of lead the team,” Byerly said. “It’s tough to see them go, but when one door closes, another one opens, and we’re all getting ready for our futures.”




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Walker a push that was missing last season, his first as the Owls’ full-time starting quarterback. “That’s something that I probably lacked last year,” Walker said. “Not thinking, ‘Oh I’m going to lose my spot, lose my job or anything like that.’ Just going out there and having Frank be behind and be probably the most competitive guy on the football field, it makes me the most competitive guy on the football field.” First-year quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas has worked closely with both players this season. Thomas, the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons from 2012-2014, joined the Owls’ coaching staff in March. He’s noticed the connection between Walker and Nutile while working with the two quarterbacks. “You kind of lose sight that he’s a young quarterback, too,” Thomas said of Walker. “He played as a true freshman, so a lot of people lose sight that he’s really in that same world as Frank. … Obviously he has a unique position because he’s the guy, but I think they have an awesome relationship in the meeting room. Frank has been really a benefit for him. They bounce ideas off of each other watching film.” During his time with the Falcons, Thomas coached three-time Pro-Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan, a native of Exton. Ryan passed for 4,500 yards or more in all three seasons under Thomas. Walker said the presence of the former Falcons’ coach this season has been a driving force in his development. “He expects perfection and that’s just his mentality,” Walker said. “That’s his motto. … We’re not satisfied with average.” Throughout his career, Ryan has averaged 6.4 yards rushing per game. Walker has 81 yards rushing this season and 737 yards rushing through 30 career games. Rather than force Walker to make plays inside the pocket like Ryan, Thomas has encouraged the junior to use his natural abilities. “P.J. brings that athleticism that’s unique, that you can’t coach,” Thomas said. “He can do things off-schedule that maybe Matt couldn’t do, but you just have to play to those strengths

You kind of lose “sight that he is a

young quarterback too.

Glenn Thomas | quarterbacks coach


P.J. Walker has thrown for 1,769 yards passing and 14 touchdowns in nine games this season. Owls at South Florida Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

and understand the differences and try to coach toward those differences.” Walker, who dislocated his shoulder Sept. 5 against Penn State, has been more reluctant to run this season than in years past. He rushed 90 times for 332 yards in nine games as a freshman in 2013. As a sophomore, he ran 106 times for 324 yards. “I think the way he can throw first, and he can still make plays with his feet is huge because a lot of guys now can just run it and can’t really throw,” Nutile said. “But he he’s a true thrower first, and he can also make plays with his feet which is so rare to find.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue


Quarterback P.J. Walker prepares to receive a snap during a practice at Chodoff Field.

Big East title game ends in Owls’ loss Continued from page 20


13-5. The team earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after defeating Villanova 3-2 in overtime Oct. 31 on a goal from sophomore

class that is on track to graduate in the spring, were named to the AllBig East Tournament team after the loss. “Obviously, you never like to lose a game like this,” Freeman said. “But you can’t have this loss over-

to execute, and we “We were justdidgoing that.” Tricia Light | senior forward

midfielder/forward Maiyah Brown. In Temple’s semifinal match against Villanova last Friday in the opening round of the conference tournament, senior midfielder Alyssa Delp’s goal with 1:29 left in regulation tied the game at one, sending the game into overtime. With 1:38 left in the first overtime period, senior forward Tricia Light made a diving shot to end the game and help her team advance to the tournament’s championship game. “I think it was just a lot of persistence,” Light said Oct. 31. “We needed to win, and we knew how to win. I don’t think we were too anxious about it, and we knew what we needed to do. We were just going to execute, and we did that.” Sunday, Temple surrendered five goals to UConn in the first 15 minutes of the championship match. The Owls scored two goals before the end of the first half, one from Deck and another from Delp, and added another in the second half but fell 7-3 to the reigning national champions. Light, Deck and Delp, three members of the 10-member senior





2.38 2015 GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE look everything that we’ve been able to accomplish this season. … Our composure has developed so much that it put us in a position to win.” * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu T @Matt Cockayne55


Junior backer/midfielder Ali Meszaros makes a pass during the team’s 3-2 win Oct. 31 against Villanova.





Men’ soccer

MacWilliams’ squad awaits postseason fate The Owls lost to Connecticut in the team’s opening round game of The American’s conference tournament. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News


Sophomore forward Eric Graham skates during the Owls’ 9-1 loss to Penn State Oct. 17 at the Flyers Skate Zone.

Owls slated against tougher northern squads down stretch The ice hockey club plays four teams located in New York state or farther north. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News Four of the final eight games on the Owls’ schedule in 2015 will come against teams north of Pennsylvania. Sunday, the ice hockey club defeated Canisius College, 6-5, from Buffalo, New York and the team is scheduled to play Syracuse University Nov. 13 and a pair of games against the University of Rhode Island Dec. 11 and 12. “We definitely want to come in and be very mentally focused,” sophomore defenseman John Kumpf said. “Playing these northern teams is going to be a lot more difficult than what we are seeing. They are going to be fast-paced games with more hitting. We just have to buckle down and

Playing these “ northern teams is

going to be a lot more difficult than what we are seeing.

John Kumpf | sophomore defenseman

Owls vs. Syracuse Nov. 13 at 9:20 p.m.

play their style.” This season, Rhode Island, Syracuse and Canisius have a combined record of 16-24-1. Rhode Island was ranked No. 23 spot in the ACHA Division I rankings Nov.


Forward Stephen Kennedy and forward Devin Thomas battle for the puck in practice.


“I don’t think you can look at their records,” coach Roman Bussetti said. “You need to look at their schedule and see who they played. If they are losing to [Division 2] and [Division 3] schools, then yes, that is something to be worried about. But if they are losing to top [Division 1] schools, then it is just good hockey.” Since 2010, the club is 1-5 against teams in New York or farther north. Opponents outscored Temple 25-18 in those games. “Outside of our league, we are trying to expand into strong competition for non-league games that can give us a good test and a good matchup, so that we can measure up against some of the best teams in the country,” senior defenseman Patrick Hanrahan said. Redshirt-sophomore forward Kenny Orlando skated for the University of New York at Canton, which is an independent at the NCAA’s Division III level last season. Orlando experienced the northern culture of hockey with SUNY Canton. His former squad played against teams in the State University of New York Athletic Conference. “It’s kind of a different atmosphere of hockey, so I think they have different

views of how to play the game,” Orlando said. “If we are struggling a certain way against the northern teams, it’s probably a certain style that they are playing, [instead of] one kid beating us or two kids beating us all game. It’s kind of a different look at the game as compared to the south or the different regions where they play.” Bussetti played NCAA Division III hockey at New Hampshire College in 1991 and transferred to play ACHA Division 1 hockey for West Chester University in 1993. Bussetti and his teammates at New Hampshire had access to their on-campus home ice rink. He said the atmosphere surrounding the Division III program was different from the culture of Temple’s club team. “New Hampshire was NCAA, so we were on the ice six days a week,” Bussetti said. “The NCAA mandated that we had to be off one day a week, but other than that, it was a lot more commitment from those guys. A lot more commitment. At West Chester, it was a little more laid back.” * stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr

Until Monday, the men’s soccer team’s season will hang in the balance. Temple’s 4-0 loss to Connecticut on Saturday in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament eliminated the team from the conference’s automatic College Cup bid. Temple (10-7-2, 2-6 The American) has the No. 78 Ratings Percentage Index currently out of 206 Division I teams, and the Owls’ chances of being selected next week to the 48-team field of the College Cup are low. Through eight games this season, the team’s record was 7-0-1, and the Owls were ranked as high as No. 17 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. “I think we lost some confidence toward the end of the year,” coach David MacWilliams said. “It’s tough. … I thought at the beginning of the year we were playing with a lot of confidence, and we had some tough losses that hurt us.” In Saturday’s game against UConn, the Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute of play when UConn freshman defender Simen Olafsen scored his first goal of the season on an assist from junior midfielder Kwame Awuah. The Huskies put in three more goals in the second half to seal the victory and move on to the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. MacWilliams, who notched his sixth 10-win season Oct. 24 against Cincinnati, said Temple did not create enough scoring opportunities for itself in the loss to the Huskies. “They definitely outplayed us,” MacWilliams said. “We had some opportunities, but they’re a very tough team to break down. You can’t give a team like that any gifts … and that’s what hurt us.” The Owls scored 31 goals this season, more than doubling their 2014 total of 13. Temple’s 35 assists are tied for the No. 18 ranking in Division I. Temple will lose four seniors to graduation this offseason: forwards Jared Martinelli and Dalton Andrusko, goalkeeper Pat Lestingi and midfielder Josh Tagland. Of that group, only Martinelli saw more than 100 minutes on the field this season. “We’re really optimistic moving forward,” redshirtsophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle said. “We only lose two or three real seniors that played a lot this year, and we feel like since we’re a pretty young team that having this season under our belts and gaining maturity means we’re at a huge advantage going forward.” Ten of the team’s 11 starters return next season, with Martinelli the lone starter not set to return. Junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez’s 13 goals are tied for No. 6 in Division I. Freshman midfielder/forward Belal Mohamed, junior midfielder/forward Joonas Jokinen, junior forward Justin Stoddart and junior forward Carlos Moros Gracia combined for 11 goals and 11 assists this season. “I think our team has some great confidence,” junior defender Matt Mahoney said. “At the beginning of the season, it showed a lot more than when we got into conference play, but our team has confidence in its ability to score goals. The ability that we have to play soccer is also really a confidence booster going forward.” * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu T @dannynewhart


Sydlik, Owls using practice to prepare for end of conference slate The team has six games in the American Athletic Conference remaining on its 2015 schedule. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Dressed in black compression pants and a long sleeve Temple shirt, Sandra Sydlik prepared for practice at McGonigle Hall last Tuesday afternoon. After a 9-5 record in 14 American Athletic Conference games and facing six more contests against opponents in The American before the end of the regular season, Sydlik and Temple are focused on practice. “I think you have to practice 100 percent to play 80 percent,” the senior setter said. “You

never really play at 100 percent, I think that is think we can change our approach for the next just kind of a rule.” games and refocus.” The Owls, who are in second place in The While currently in second place in the conAmerican, have not won back-to-back games ference, Temple will play Connecticut Nov. 18 since a 3-0 loss to Southern Methodist, the No. and Southern Methodist Nov. 22. Both teams 1 team in The American, Oct. 2. defeated the Owls in their previous matchups. Temple has not Sophomore middle dropped consecutive blocker Janine SimOwls vs. Central Florida contests this season eimons said getting Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. ther. through the team’s final “Every team got better and every team is six games will be Temple’s toughest test of the better than last year, so we need to take oppo- season. nents just as serious as if it was SMU,” Sydlik “The middle of the season is kind of a difsaid. “We need to play every game like it’s our ficult point, just because you have to stay real last.” motivated,” Simmons said. “We want to focus With six conference games remaining, Sy- on the aspects of practice and wanting to get dlik said the team must stay focused on improv- better, so when we play teams again, we don’t ing its 9-5 conference record. plateau. So we show we are getting better as “I think we have to think now more game well.” by game and not look at big picture,” Sydlik Simmons, who did not play in Temple’s said. “We obviously had our goal to win con- 3-0 win Sunday against Houston, said Temple ference and be in the top three, but I definitely is currently struggling with capitalizing on key

moments in the team’s matches, which is hindering its ability to win the contest. “Right now some of our problems lie with putting balls away,” Simmons said. “Sometimes there are really long rallies, and we can’t put them away. And we will hit it at a person rather than in a spot, so I think things shift around with what we need to work on.” Temple plays five of its final six games at McGonigle Hall, where the team is 10-3 this season. The team will start its stretch of five-consecutive home games against Central Florida, who the Owls defeated 3-0 Sept. 27, Friday. “I think we are all at the same page,” Sydlik said. “We are all staying together even after some unfortunate losses, but we still stay together.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu


The ice hockey club has four games against tougher opponents in the northern part of the country in its final eight games. PAGE 19




The football team is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 Poll, four field hockey players received honors, other news and notes. PAGE 17

After a 9-5 start in conference play, the volleyball team has six conference games remaining. PAGE 19






Wynn gels in second season at sabre spot Olivia Wynn switched to sabre in 2014 after previously fencing foil. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News

ing, a 58.8 completion percentage and a 14:4 touchdown to interception ratio. Last season, Walker completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 2,317 yards passing, totaling 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. “I’m just being smart with the football, and I’m not trying to do to much with the football,” Walker said last Tuesday. “Making the throws when I need to, tucking it down, throwing it away when I need to. Things like that. It’s what I didn’t do last year.” The presence of Nutile, who redshirted last season, behind him on the depth chart has given

As Olivia Wynn began her junior year in 2014, she made a decision off the strip that would benefit her team as a whole. Wynn, now a senior, changed weapons from foil to sabre, a blade she previously never used. “Last year, I was fencing basically to save my life,” Wynn said. “Almost everything was instinct.” Coach Nikki Franke asked Wynn, who spent her first two years competing in foil, to make the transition to sabre last fall due to a shortage of athletes at the weapon. “We gave her the option if she wanted to try it,” Franke said. “She seemed to be very well-suited for sabre. At the end of the fall, she said she preferred it.” On the roster last year, the team had seven foils and four sabres, which influenced Wynn to move to the new weapon. Because of Wynn’s adjustment and the addition of several freshmen, the team’s 2015-16 roster is more balanced. There are six sabres, including Wynn, five epees and six foils. “It wasn’t my first choice,” Wynn said. “We had enough sabres,




Junior quarterback P.J. Walker evades redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Freddie Booth-Lloyd during a practice at Chodoff Field last Tuesday.

Walker credits success to new faces Quarterback Frank Nutile and QBs coach Glenn Thomas have helped P.J. Walker this season.


By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor

very Monday through Thursday night, junior quarterback P.J. Walker and his backup, redshirt freshman Frank Nutile, show up to Edberg Olson-Hall around 6


For two-and-a-half hours, the pair sets up in the film room at the team’s practice facility, often fueling up on whatever food they can get their hands on. “Me and him will come down here for a couple hours a night and just get ready for the game,” Nutile said after last Tuesday's practice. “Last night, we had some nice powdered doughnuts, so that was big time.” In Friday’s 60-40 win against Southern Methodist, Walker completed 18 of 25 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns along with 49 yards rushing and one rushing score. This season, the junior has 1,769 yards pass-

women’s soccer

field hockey

O’Connor begins prep for next year

Owls lose to UConn in championship game The team finished the year after a loss to Connecticut in the conference championship game, ending Marybeth Freeman’s first year at the helm. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News

After winning 12 games in 2015, the squad must replace nine seniors. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News Hours after Temple, the No. 6 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament, lost to No. 3 Central Florida, 2-1 last Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, Seamus O’Connor woke up with a smile on his face. By the time the Owls (12-7-1, 4-4-1 American Athletic Conference) headed downstairs from their hotel rooms for breakfast Wednesday morning, O’Connor was already fiddling with the depth charts for next season. “The girls were laughing at me and saying, ‘You’re already



Senior midfielder Shannon Senour heads the ball in the Owls’ 3-2 win Oct. 22 against Southern Methodist.


After her team’s 3-2 overtime win against Temple Oct. 4, Liberty coach Jodi Murphy had something to say to the struggling Owls. Murphy told the Owls—following their fourth straight loss—that she was expecting some upsets from them in the future. More than two weeks later, the team started a five-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory against Old Dominion University—the then-No. 12 team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The streak culminated Sunday with a 7-3 loss to No. 2 Connecticut in the Big East Conference Tournament, which ended the team’s season with a 8-13 record. “We’ve been saying, ‘It’s not where you start, but where you finish,’” coach Marybeth Freeman said. “Last time we played Connecticut, we were 3-8. [Sunday], we had a really good team push on both the attack and the defense. We really kind of honed in and made things more detail-oriented for us, and that was able to put us in position to win the game.” Senior midfielder and tri-captain Sarah Deck, who finished the season second on the team with eight goals, said the team’s win against Old Dominion, the squad’s lone win against a ranked opponent, was the turning point in its season. “I think we kind of came together as a team,” Deck said. “We had phenomenal team defense, and just the confidence of knowing that your teammates have your back, during every single play and spread out in the games, is great. We really just connected.” During the team’s five-game win streak, the Owls outscored opponents






“We are going to have to prove that we belong at the top.” Quenton DeCosey | senior guard

A lengthy absence The Owls look to earn a postseason birth for the first time since the 2012-13 season. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor


very day this summer, Quenton DeCosey and his teammates woke up at 7 a.m. After their 8 a.m.class, the senior guard and the rest of the team walked across campus to McGonigle Hall to begin a 9:30 a.m. workout in the team’s weight room. After winning 26 games last season and missing the NCAA tournament, the Owls spent the summer on Main Campus working out three times a day. “You can see the benefits,” DeCosey said. “We have to learn more about each other, and that chemistry this summer will carry out on the court this season.” The Owls have not made an appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2012-13—the final year of six consecutive appearances made by the team. Temple finished 13-5 in American Athletic Conference play last season and entered the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. After an 80-75 win against Memphis in the quarterfinals of the tournament, the team lost to Southern Methodist 69-56 in the semifinals—the third time the Mustangs defeated the Owls last season. This offseason, in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, Temple was projected to finish sixth in the 12 team-league. “I saw that they had us ranked sixth, but me and my teammates feel the same way— we think we are at the top of the conference,” DeCosey said. “We are going to have to prove that we belong at the top.” The Owls return nine players from last year’s squad and bring in four freshmen, three of which are guards. With the graduation of Will Cummings— last year’s leading scorer—the squad is looking to replace the all-conference guard who averaged 14.8 points per game last season. Junior guard Josh Brown is slated to step in for Cummings and be the team’s lead guard. “I expect a lot from Josh,” junior forward Jaylen Bond said. “He’s one of the hardest workers on the team. I feel like he is going to be a great point guard for our team.” Of the five guards returning, DeCosey was the lone player to average double figures in scoring in 2014-15. The next highest was Brown, who averaged 6.3 points per game last season. The group scored 918 combined points last season in 2,831 minutes of play last season. “We have a lot of depth,” DeCosey said. “We look really good in the backcourt with me and Josh. I think we are solid. We are going to be able to compete with any team’s guards.” Joining DeCosey and company in the backcourt are freshman guards Trey Lowe, Levan Shawn Alston, Jr. and Ayan Nunez de Carvalho.




Games to watch | Men PAGE B2

North carolina (nOV. 13)

at WisCONSIN (dec. 5)

Temple’s nonconference The Owls start off their season schedule continues with a trip with a matchup against the to the University of WisconsinUniversity of North Carolina at Madison. The Badgers, No. 17 Chapel Hill at the Veterans in the preseason AP Top 25 Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Poll., advanced to the National The Tar Heels are the No. 1 team Championship game last year. in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll.

connecticut (feb. 11)

No. 20 Connecticut is the only American Athletic Conference team in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll. The Owls, who will also face the Huskies Jan. 5, defeated UConn twice last season.


Villanova (feb. 17)

SMU (Jan. 23)

Last season, the Wildcats were The Owls lost to Southern ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 Methodist three times last Poll when they beat the Owls season. The Mustangs won the 85-62. Villanova came in at American Athletic No. 11 in the preseason poll Conference’s regular season this year, potentially setting up and postseason titles in 2015. another Top-10 matchup. Continued from page B1



Junior guard Josh Brown is prepared to start after serving as the team’s sixth man last season, where he averaged 6.3 points per game.

‘There is definitely a lot of pressure’ Josh Brown prepared this summer to replace guard Will Cummings. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor As the summer sun shined on the streets of Philadelphia, Josh Brown sat inside the film room of the basketball facility on the third floor in McGonigle Hall. With clips of former Temple guards on repeat, the junior guard began to hone the intricacies of being the primary ball handler in coach Fran Dunphy’s offense. “I watched a lot of film,” Brown said. “A lot of of former point guards, especially Will [Cummings], Juan Fernandez, even some Khalif Wyatt. I worked on every aspect of my game.” Whether it was in the film room or on his laptop at his room in Johnson Hall, Brown was preparing to be the Owls’ new starting point guard in 2015 after the previous year’s campaign ended in the 60-57 National In-

vitation Tournament loss against the University Miami at Madison Square Garden in the Final Four. “As soon as we lost to Miami, everyone was like, ‘All right, this is your team now,’ and in my head I’m like, ‘This is my team now,’ Brown said. “We are going to go as far as I lead them.” The team lost Cummings to graduation in May and Brown is expected to fill the void he left behind. Cummings averaged 14.8 points per game and 4.2 assists per game last season—both team highs. He was the 50th member of the program to score 1,000 points. He also led the team in 10 different statistical categories last season, including field goals and minutes per game. “There is definitely a lot of pressure,” Brown said. “But I feel like pressure excites you. Of course I’m nervous because of the pressure, but there is something about the pressure that makes you want to prove doubters wrong.” As the team’s sixth man last season, Brown scored 6.3 points per game and dished out 1.5 assists per

game. Brown appeared in all 37 of the Owls’ games and was one of five Temple players to total more than 800 minutes played in 2014-15. Cummings played 750 minutes or more three times in his career, finishing last season with 1,224. Brown has played 750 or more minutes once in his two years as an Owl. “I tried to get in tip-top shape,” Brown said. “I have to play a lot of minutes. I worked on my body, so I can be stronger and take more hits.” Along with improving his endurance, Brown participated in basketball workouts with Graduate Assistant Manager John Linehan and former Graduate Assistant Manager Jimmy Fenerty. “He’s been working hard since day one,” senior guard Quenton DeCosey said. “He’s been looking real solid.” Brown also sought the guidance of assistant coach Aaron McKie. After a three-year career as an Owl from 1991-94, McKie played 13 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia native joined Temple’s coaching staff Aug. 21,

2014. “It’s been incredible,” Brown said. “Ever since he came in, I’ve been all ears, just trying to suck in all the knowledge I can.” Besides helping him on the court, Brown said McKie has aided his transition into being the team’s new leader off the court. “On the court, I was always mature,” Brown said. “A lot of your teammates watch how you are off the court. … If you carry yourself in a mature manner, they see that.” Brown also learned from the two years he spent with Cummings, who was a team captain last season. “During my sophomore year, watching him and every now and then he’d pull me to the side in practice and that was really helpful,” Brown said. “Starting off on the bench last year and watching him, I learned a lot from that.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise

Lowe, from Ewing High School in New Jersey, was ranked No. 127 in the Rivals 150 2015 prospect rankings and Alston, the No. 111 ranked player, joins the team after being named the 2015 Gatorade Pennsylvania State Player of the Year. Carvalho, who graduated from Escuela Normal Superior Jose Maria Torres in Entre Rios, averaged 10 points per game for Argentina’s national team at the FIBA U17 World Championships held in Dubai, UAE. “I was really impressed by the freshmen,” DeCosey said. “I heard they were good, but once I got on the court with them, I saw they were really good.” The Owls open their season on Friday with a matchup against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 Poll. They will also play No. 17 University of Wisconsin on Dec. 5 and participate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Nov. 19-20, 22. “It will be great for us,” Bond said. “We will play against a lot of great opponents prior to coming into conference play. Hopefully we can come out with some wins.” In conference play, the squad will play No. 20 Connecticut and Cincinnati, the No. 3 team in the preseason coaches poll, twice—along with a home matchup with Southern Methodist, The American’s preseason favorite, Jan. 23. “This year, we are going to do a lot of great things,” Brown said. “It starts with our first game, and we are going to compete every game.” On Nov. 1, the team scrimmaged West Virginia University in Frederick, Maryland at Hood College. The Mountaineers, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season, defeated the Owls 85-74. “As a team we played really well,” DeCosey said. “It was a great test for us. … They got after us every play.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise

Freshman guards transition to college basketball Levan Shawn Alston Jr. and Trey Lowe were two highly ranked recruits. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor Team Final Basketball’s American Athletic Union program has had some talented players put on its blue, neon yellow and black Nike uniforms. Former Philadelphia-area prospects and current NBA players Tyreke Evans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dion Waiters and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson all came through the Phillybased organization. In 2014, Levan Shawn Alston, Jr. and Trey Lowe suited up for Team Final with several other top high school prospects including Lowe’s cousin and Syracuse-commit Mal-

achi Richardson, ranked the No. 35 high school prospect by Rivals.com, Villanova-commit Donte DiVincenzo and Saint Joseph’s-commit LaMarr Kimble. “At practice all the time it was very competitive,” said Lowe, now a freshman at Temple. “We were always going at each other no matter who was guarding us.” Alston and Lowe both came to Temple ranked as three-star prospects by Rivals.com. Rivals listed Aslton as the No. 111 player in the country while ranking Lowe No. 127. Alston, the son of former Temple player Levan Alston Sr., played at the Haverford School, and USA Today named him Pennsylvania’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Lowe was a 2,000-point scorer for Ewing High School in New Jersey. After playing together on Team Final, the two decided to attend the same college. Along with Temple, Alston and Lowe said other schools

they could have played together included Virginia Commonwealth University, Penn State, the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University and Marquette University. Coach Fran Dunphy’s signing of the pair marked the first time since 2003, when center Wayne Marshall and small forward Dion Dacons committed, that Temple had multiple players ranked in the Top 150 by Rivals.com in a recruiting class. “I thought it was going to be a little shaky because we were one of coach Dunphy’s best recruiting classes and some people on Twitter predicted us to start and things like that,” Alston said. “I thought that some seniors wouldn’t like that, but they’ve taken us in with open arms.” Upon their arrival with the Owls this summer, Alston and Lowe were overwhelmed by the physicality of Division I basketball. Both long and wiry athletes, Alston described himself and Lowe as “real skinny” before they joined

the team. On the Owls’ roster, Alston is listed at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, while Lowe measures 6-foot-6, 165 pounds. “I got pushed around a little bit,” Lowe said. “But once I got used to it, I started pushing back, and I started playing more physical and being athletic. That’s the kind of player I am—a smooth athletic player.” Senior forward Jaylen Bond said the two freshman have impressed him as they adjust to the physical play. “That is definitely a transition that they will have to go through,” Bond said. “But they’ve been doing a great job of it. They compete everyday.” The talent level of their teammates is something the two freshmen had to get used to in practices and scrimmages this summer with their new team. Both Lowe and Alston had to transition from being the primary scorers on their respective high

school teams to playing a complementary role for the Owls. “On your high school team, not everyone is a Division I player, but here you have five Division I players on the court,” Alston said. “So you have to get everyone involved and everybody can do the same thing, so you have to show everybody’s talent.” Spending time with players like Richardson, DiVincenzo and Kimble on Team Final helped aid in this aspect of the game. “If I didn’t play with these guys on AAU, the adjustment to this wouldn’t be as fast as it is,” Alston said. “Because playing with guys like [Lowe], we had about four Top 100 players on our team, so we all wanted to score the ball. I learned how to play with good players.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue



at RUTGERS (noV 22.) After a 33-point loss Dec. 10, 2014 to Rutgers last season, the Owls will travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey with a chance to avenge their second highest margin of defeat in 2014-15.

at fSU (DEC. 6)

Games to watch | WOMen at ECU (jAN. 30)

The Owls travel to face Florida Temple and East Carolina split State University, the No. 7 their season series last year. The team in the preseason AP Top Owls won the first meeting 7925 Poll. The Seminoles are 69 Feb. 28. The Pirates won the coming off a 32-5 season and rematch 77-71 in the an Elite Eight appearance. quarterfinals of the conference tournament.



at USF (FEB. 27)

Connecticut, the No. 1 team in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll, will travel to McGonigle Hall after defeating the Owls by a combined 68 points in the team’s two meetings last season.

Temple’s final away game of the regular season is against South Florida, the No. 20 team in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll. The Bulls finished last season 27-8.

Owls have eyes on NCAA tournament

Butts taking on role as floor general

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With the departure of Tyonna Williams, Alliya Butts is the lead guard. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Alliya Butts could only think about one thing. After losing 66-58 in overtime to West Virginia University in the 2015 Women’s National Invitation Tournament semifinals. “I thought, ‘What can we do next year with more people and more depth?” Butts said. “I want to be a better leader and a better point guard for my team.” The sophomore guard, who averaged a team-high 12.3 points per game last season, steps into the lead guard role this season after Tyonna Williams graduated last spring. Williams led the Owls in assists in 2014-15 with 124. Butts already has some experience leading the offense. She started the team’s final 25 games last season after coming off the bench in the Owls’ first 12 contests. “It’s not easy coming from high school to college because it is a whole different atmosphere, and the game is so different,” Butts said. “I had to adjust. It took me a while.” The Edgewater Park, New Jersey native credits her successful transition from high school to college to Williams and junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald. “They helped weigh in and show


Sophomore guard Alliya Butts will take over for Tyonna Williams this season as the lead guard for the Owls.

me what it takes to compete at this level,” Butts said. “I respect that, and I thank them for that.” Last season, Butts collected 76 assists, 72 steals and two blocks. She totaled six games with five or more assists and 18 games with one or fewer assists. Williams totaled five or more assists seven times and failed to record more than one assist in five of the team’s 37 games. “I need to be the point guard and make the plays,” Butts said. “And I need to lead defensively as well as on the offensive end.” After her inaugural NCAA season, Butts earned an invitation to train at the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado for four days. There, Butts received guidance from former Owls’ and current South Carolina coach Dawn Staley. “It was a huge learning experience, and I got to see how they play,” Butts said. “I can bring that back here and learn from them like working on defense.” Butts played 899 minutes last season, the fifth highest on the team. Fitzgerald said the biggest difference

in Butts this year is her fitness. “Last year, she wasn’t making sprints and stuff,” Fitzgerald said. “She came a long way. Last year it was like, ‘Come on Alliya, what are you doing? Get your head together.’ Now she is a totally different player. She’s ready.” Last season, Butts shot 33.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line, fourth and second highest on the team, respectively. She also led the team in scoring nine times. “She is a better shooter and a better player because she is working on her game, trying to help everyone else,” Fitzgerald said. “She has a lot to develop on, but she has done good so far.” The aggressive style the sophomore brings to the court is the reason why coach Tonya Cardoza is having Butts call the plays and control the game with Fitzgerald. “She plays like a guy in a sense,” Cardoza said. “Some of the things she does on the court just wow you. It is not her trying to show off, it’s just what she does and how she plays.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

“We don’t have scrubs on this team,” sophomore guard and transfer Donnaizha Fountain said. “We have the skill and the endurance to go longer now. We’ve finally got a rotation this year.” The Owls lone senior is guard Erica Covile, who was second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game last season. The 6-foot-1-inch Detroit native was also recently named captain Nov. 4 following a team practice. “It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Covile said. “But it’s exciting to be the only senior and the one with the most experience on the team. We were in the NIT Final Four last year, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be in the NCAA Tournament.” Fountain and junior forward Ruth Sherrill will be active for the Owls this year after sitting out during the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The team also added transfer Ugo Nwaigwe, a graduate center from Wagner College who has immediate eligibility this season. At Wagner in 2013-14, she was No. 4 in Division I with 3.8 blocked shots per game and the North East Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Owls, who allowed 65.2 points per game last year, are hoping the 6-foot-3-inch center, who was averaging 6.6 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Seahawks last season before leaving the team in December, will provide the Owls with a defensive boost around the rim. “Ugo’s a hard worker, and

she’s going to be a really good defensive stopper,” sophomore guard Alliya Butts said. “She’s also going to be able to look to score sometimes, too.” During the offseason, Cardoza stressed capitalizing on turnovers and protecting under the basket. Opponents outrebounded the Owls 19 times last season, including 11 times in conference play. “A big concern for us now is on the defensive side and making

exciting to be “theIt’sonly senior.” Erica Covile | senior guard

sure that we’re all in sync communicating with each other trying to do the best job,” Cardoza said. “I feel like if we’re a better defensive team, we’re going to have a really good season.” Cardoza said the Owls, who have not reached the NCAA Tournament since the 2011-12 season, believe if they win more games in nonconference play this season, an invitation to the tournament will come. “We don’t want to get in a situation at the end of the year where someone is wondering whether to put us in [the NCAA tournament],” Cardoza said. “We want to make sure that we handle our business so that when it’s time for that, we’re a no-brainer.” * mark.mccormick@temple.edu T @MarkJMcCormick

Transfers add depth to roster after mandatory year on bench Transfers Donnaizha Fountain and Ruth Sherrill formed a bond after sitting out last year. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News


Donnaizha Fountain (left), and Ruth Sherrill are eligible to play after sitting out last season.

While their teammates traveled to away games during the 2014-15 season, junior forward Ruth Sherrill and sophomore guard Donnaizha Fountain were forced to stay behind. Due to an NCAA rule that prohibits transfer students from traveling with the team, the two spent most of their time away from the squad together on the practice floor. “We just bonded over those times, we’d be in the gym,” Sherrill said. “We’d be doing extra workouts with o.ur conditioning coach. We’d be doing extra basketball workouts. We spoke into existence what we wanted next season. We knew we were going to do this. ... We were going to do great things, and that made us push each other so much more.” Before transferring to Temple in 2014, Sherrill played 49 games in the first two years of her college career at Hofstra University. In her sophomore year, Sherrill had seven starts in 29 games averaging 5.8 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Fountain spent her freshman year at Georgia Tech University, where she averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 21 games. Both players cited “unhappiness” as the reason they decided to transfer. “Being a student-athlete, being a scholarship basketball player, basketball is your whole entire life at school,” Sherrill said. “So if you feel like that aspect of your life is lost or not there then it really has an effect on everything that you do.” Fountain said the coaches who recruited her to the Yellow Jackets left within the first week she got there, starting a year in which she didn’t form a relationship with the new coaching staff and was “too far from home.” Her connection with Temple’s coaches, which began when she was recruited out of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, drew her back to Philadelphia, much closer than Georgia to her hometown of Roxbury, Massachusetts. “Before college was in my rear view or front view, Temple was just loving,” Fountain said. “They were open arms. The coaches were like family, and that’s a big thing. We’re like a family here.” Sherrill said the top-to-bottom recruting effort from players and coaches helped develop chemistry between and the squad. “I felt connected to [the coach-

es] right away, and the team as well,” Sherrill said. “I really jelled with them. There was more of a chemistry with the players and coaches than I had ever felt before. I felt right at home.” The Owls return seven players from last year’s team. All of them played in 25 games or more in 201415. Out of those returnees junior centers Safiya Martin and Taylor Robinson are the only front court players. Sherrill and Fountain, both six feet tall, bring a versatile presence to the roster. “They play with a lot of intensity, a lot of passion and a lot of toughness that definitely is going to help us,” Cardoza said. “Both of them can rebound the heck out of the ball, both can be pretty good defenders for us and they both can score. They just bring a lot, and that added depth is definitely going to be where we really need them.” Cardoza has also noticed the close relationship the two transfers share, and she thinks it can help the team this year. “Because they were left behind on trips, they were the two that didn’t get to travel, you know, they were always together,” Cardoza said. “So I definitely feel like there’s a special bond between the two of them. * mattthew.cockayne@temple.edu T @MattCockayne55




A BETTER SHOT Alliya Butts and the Owls look to take the next step this season after a WNIT Final Four appearance in 2014-15.

After advancing to the semifinals of the WNIT last season, the Owls return four starters and add four transfers to the team.


By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News ollowing a 20-win season and a finish in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament semifinal, the team’s first postseason appearance since 2012, the Owls have gained respect among the coaches in the American Athletic Conference in their third year. This season, the Owls were picked third in The American’s coaches preseason


poll behind Connecticut, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 Poll and defending NCAA Tournament champion, and No. 20 South Florida. “It’s a credit to the work that we did last year,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “But we can’t take that as where we’re going to finish.” Cardoza’s squad went 4-9 in nonconference play last year. Temple will face Rutgers University and No. 7 Florida State University this season. The Owls lost to the Scarlet Knights 88-55 and the Seminoles 66-62 in consecutive games last season. “Every nonconference game for us is important,” Cardoza said. “We played a lot of these teams last year, and we didn’t fare so well. I’m hoping with how we ended the season, we can start a little bit better than we did last year.” The squad returns four starters from last year, losing guard Tyonna Williams to graduation. The team also added two freshmen and four transfer. The team’s total roster is 14 players, which is the most since the 2007-08 season.


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