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VOL. 94 ISS. 11

Adjuncts to cast vote in secret ballot


City to pick new public officials Students said they’re discouraged from voting given the current political climate.

The election determines if adjuncts can join Temple’s full-time faculty union.


By JOE BRANDT Chief Copy Editor


rganizers with the Temple Association of University Professionals are ramping up advocacy efforts ahead of a mail-ballot election for about 1,400 adjuncts to join the union, which represents the university’s full-time faculty. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board announced last week that adjuncts will receive ballots in the mail by Nov. 5. Those are due back to the labor board’s Harrisburg office by Nov. 24 and will be counted the following day. “One box says that you choose TAUP to be your representative, or you can choose ‘no representation,’ a no vote,” TAUP President Art Hochner told The Temple News Friday. “It’s a secret ballot,” Hochner added. “If you put your name on it, they have to get rid of it.” PLRB Hearing Examiner John Pozniak handed down a decision Sept. 29 which allowed adjuncts in the non-professional schools the vote to join TAUP. The ruling also classified department chairs as administrators and not faculty, making them ineligible for inclusion in the faculty union. Since the first rumblings of possible adjunct unionization, organizers and


Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is tackled as he throws the ball Saturday.

UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS The Owls faced Notre Dame in front of a prime-time TV audience and a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor Before coach Matt Rhule could exit his press conference Saturday night after his team’s 24-20 loss to Notre Dame, ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler, who called the game on ABC, stopped him at the doorway. After Fowler exchanged words with Rhule, Kirk Herbstreit, Fowler’s broadcast partner Saturday night, shook hands

with the third-year coach. The rush to Rhule continued when American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco pulled him aside. Rhule and his team were in the spotlight for most of this past week in preparation for their game against the Fighting Irish, the then-No. 9 team in the AP Top 25 poll. Following a week full of attention, Saturday night’s game, played in front of 69,280 people at Lincoln Financial Field,


“This was the moment.” Matt Rhule | coach


‘Go out and do it’ Wolf Blitzer is this year’s Lew Klein Award winner. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News KHANYA BRANN TTN

Wolf Blitzer (right), invited his friend Paxton Baker to answer questions about the media industry Oct. 29 at TPAC.

“If you have that fire in your belly and you want to be a journalist, go out and do it.” Wolf Blitzer | lead political anchor of CNN

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor, has traveled across the world to places like North Korea, Israel and Kuwait. Last week, he made a trip to Main Campus. Blitzer, who anchors “The Situation Room” and “Wolf” on CNN, came to Temple Oct. 29 to receive the 15th Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. Prior to receiving this

award in a ceremony at Mitten Hall, Blitzer participated in a Q&A with students at the Temple Performing Arts Center. “People helped me on my way up, and the right thing to do is help others as they’re trying to decide what to do,” Blitzer told The Temple News. Blitzer spent an hour addressing students, answering questions about everything from CNN’s internship program to more than 40 years of experience reporting on national and international news. He recounted his time reporting from Kuwait in the early 2000s as U.S. troops attempted to capture Saddam



Trustees give to candidates See which university trustees donated to public officials running for office, and how much they gave. PAGE 6


Philly journalism suffering from merger, losses


GameDay arrives in Philly

ESPN’s College GameDay taped its 300th episode at Independence Mall before the Temple-Notre Dame game. PAGE 7


Turnout for today’s mayoral election is expected to be low, despite its high-profile coverage. Seats for City Council and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania are also open for voters to cast their ballot. The five candidates vying for mayor are: Democrat Jim Kenney, Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, Socialist Workers Party Osborne Hart and Independents James Foster and Boris Kindij. All 17 C i t y More information C o u n on selected c i l candidates. seats Page 3 are on the ballot, with 15 incumbents running for re-election. Three vacancies on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will be filled by new justices. “Each of these have different spheres of influence,” said political science professor Michael Hagen. “The Supreme Court elec-






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LIVE IN PHILLY: SOUTH STREET MAGIC South Street Magic held its first annual Halloween show Oct. 30, featuring live tarantulas, disappearing card tricks and exploding light bulbs. Dan Hauss closed the show with his comedic magic act.



Alumnus brings music to prisons Matt Kerr founded Beyond the Bars, an organization that teaches incarcerated youth to play music. PAGE 9





Staff Reports | student organizations

Student political organizations prepare for elections


International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local Union 98 Business Manager John Dougherty meets with Temple College Democrats members during their phonathon Oct. 27. EVAN EASTERLING TTN

The Temple College Democrats believe Kenney will win. By LILA GORDON The Temple News The Temple College Democrats are heavily campaigning and canvassing Main Campus in anticipation of Jim Kenney’s probable mayoral victory Tuesday. The on-campus organization is “dedicated to voter outreach and engaging Philadelphia’s youth with the Democratic party,” according to its website. The student organization has registered more than 150 voters for this year’s general election. Democrats have held the mayoral seat since 1952. Damien Bower, a senior political science major and president of the organization, believes Kenney will continue this pattern and win the race. “Whoever wins the primary tends to win the general election,” he said. “It’s not a really contested election.” Because of this, the College Democrats are mostly focusing on increasing voter participation. This year, the mayoral primaries experienced an all-time low in voter turnout—27 percent of those registered voted in the election. Thomas Caffrey, a sophomore public relations and political science double major and secretary of the organiza-

tion, said the organization has registered about 175 voters. Despite this statistic, Caffrey said there is a lack of voting because it is not a presidential election year, but he predicts “a huge spike in voting” in 2016. The Temple Democrats were concerned by this low voter turnout, Caffrey said. “Usually the people not voting now are young people,

People who “ generally would

vote Democrat are not voting.

Thomas Caffrey | secretary

people in minorities—people who generally would vote Democrat are not voting,” Caffrey said. “Maybe they don’t know about the election, or don’t know to get an absentee ballot.” Students and voters should pay attention to races other than those for mayor, Caffrey said. “There are things like City Controller, all these different positions that are not as glamorous as mayor but they do a lot of work,” he said. “In truth, they kind of impact your life more than said mayor and said presidential candidate.” If Kenney loses the election, however, Bower said the defeat would be the Democratic party’s fault. “If Kenney was to lose

the election, I would have to put it towards arrogance of the entire Democratic party,” Bower said. “It would mean we feel that it’s such a majority in this city, we feel we don’t have to run campaigns.” Caffrey agreed it is likely Kenney will win. He was, however, also impressed with Republican Melissa Murray Bailey’s performance in the mayoral debate on campus Oct. 19. “I was surprised by Bailey, I thought she did an excellent job,” Caffrey said. “One thing Kenney has over her is experience. She’s still young and I think that she will have an excellent career in politics. ... As mayor of Philadelphia right now, I don’t know if she would excel as much as Kenney will.” Both Bower and Caffrey said Kenney has the background to be productive. “The great fault of Nutter’s entire administration is the strained relationship he’s had with City Council,” Bower said. “Kenney’s understanding is seeing what it’s like when the mayor’s office is not exactly cooperative and the result of that will be helpful to him and he will be able to mend the relationship.” “I like someone who comes from a working class and does things within that,” Caffrey added. “I am a fan of people like that more so than people with Ivy League degrees and are kind of disconnected form the middle and lower classes.” * lila.gordon@temple.edu

Republican candidate for Philadelphia City Council at-large Terry Tracy speaks to students in attendance at the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans Fall Convention Oct. 23.

ocratic candidate, Jim Ken-

The Temple College ney. Clark added she appreciBailey’s campaign, which Republicans know ates she believes is important for Bailey’s odds are slim. the city. By IMAN SULTAN EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News As Philadelphia prepares to elect its next mayor on Tuesday, The Temple University College Republicans are mobilizing for the election, but understand the limitations of their efforts in a majority Democratic city. The College Republicans have been active since the 1990s, said Travis Unger, a junior political science and criminal justice double major and chairman of the organization. The organization’s goal is to promote the Republican message in a mostly liberal campus and city. Rachael Clark, a junior political science major and communications director of the College Republicans, said they were making phone calls to voters before their weekly meeting Thursday from 6-7 p.m. The organization has also been doing social media outreach for the upcoming election, Unger said. Clark added canvassing can be frustrating because the only Republican candidate, Melissa Murray Bailey, has a slim chance of winning the mayoral seat against the Dem-

“Obviously it can be frustrating because Jim Kenney and the Democratic candidates have the upper hand, but I think Melissa Bailey has done awesome, especially in the debates,” Clark said. “Kenney didn’t even want to debate her. If you watched the debate with an open mind, she had good input.” The College Republicans are active in the mayoral race, but this election isn’t a top priority for them, Clark said. “For Republicans, the City Council seat matters more, because there’s two minority seats,” she said. “A lot of Republicans are more interested in the City Council race as opposed to the mayoral race.” Gerald Murray, a sophomore history major and secretary of the College Republicans, added he’s interested in the election, but not optimistic about the outcome. “It’s just two liberals running for the same office. There is no second party,” he said. Members of the College Republicans believe it’s necessary to promote their views to show the people of Philadelphia an alternative exists. Daniel McGovern, a sophomore finance major, said it’s important to ask people at polling places how they think the Democratic elected officials have benefited the city.

“How has your economic life changed, how has your block changed, how is the crime in your area?” McGovern said. “It’s not that much better.” Clark agreed, citing a recent class he attended where Kenney spoke to students. “Even today, I have class with John Street, and Jim Kenney came and spoke, and he spieled the exact same things and the exact same ideals and the exact same plans that John Street has been spieling since his time in office,” she said. “How have we done?” Unger said despite difficulties, Republicans must remain persistent. “We’re not going to win a citywide election right away,” he said. “We have to show up and keep showing up and keep changing hearts and minds until more people start to see it.” The organization participated in the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans Convention Friday, Oct. 23, an event involving Republican student organizations and state politicians. “I think it reminded us why we’re in this, and it was just eye-opening,” Unger said. “The candidates are working really hard, and we want to work harder for them.” * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews *Editors note: Rachael Clark is a former freelance writer for The Temple News. She did not contribute in the editing process of this article.

Following the money of every university trustee Five trustees personally donated to candidates this election cycle. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Less than a quarter of university trustees have made personal contributions to candidates running for public office today. A handful of other donors, however, are businesses and political action committees tied to where those respective trustees work. Daniel Polett, a trustee since 1992 and the namesake of Polett Walk on Main Campus, contributed

the most of any trustee, according to city donation records. He gave $2,500 to Kevin Dougherty, who is running for the state’s Supreme Court, and $1,000 to Jim Kenney, the Democratic candidate for mayor. Dennis Alter—of Alter Hall and a trustee since 2012—gave $2,500 to Dougherty. Drew Katz, CEO of Interstate Outdoor Advertising and son of late trustee Lewis Katz, donated the same amount to Andrew Stober, an independent candidate running for City Council. Richard Fox, to whom the university’s business school is dedicated, gave $2,000 to Terry Tracy, a Republican running for an at-large seat in City Council. Other trustees personally donated to Ronald Donatucci, a trustee who is running for re-election for the







city’s Register of Wills. Patrick V. Larkin, a trustee who was appointed by the state Senate in 2004, donated $300 to Donatucci’s committee. Lon R. Greenberg, a trustee who has been CEO of UGI Corporation for 20 years, also donated $150 to the committee in 2012. As for political action committees and businesses, the PREIT-Rubin State PAC gave $2,500 this year to Mark Squilla, a Democrat running unopposed for City Council. Trustee Joseph F. Coradino has been CEO of PREIT since 2012. Cozen O’Connor’s State and Local PAC—the namesake law firm of Chairman Patrick O’Connor—donated the most of any political action committee among the trustees. The law firm has donated $14,200 to Kenney’s campaign.

Dilworth Paxson LLP—the law firm where trustee and former mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz works—has donated a total of $13,500 to two candidates. Kenney was given $10,000 while Dougherty received $3,500. Trustee Leonard Barrack’s law firm, Barrack, Rodos and Bacine, has donated $10,000 to Dougherty through its state PAC. The Comcast Corporation has made several donations to candidates running for office Tuesday. Bret Perkins, a trustee since 2012, is vice president of external and governmental affairs for Comcast. Regarding Tuesday’s elections, the corporation has donated $5,742.92 toward Kenney. * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel





Seats for the mayor, City Council and the state Supreme Court are up for grabs Nov. 3. Below are five selected candidates for mayor and City Council.




Former City Council member, where he was a member of several committees dedicated to public service.

Wants to invest in early-childhood learning, and called for a fair funding formula.

Favors continuing business and wage tax cuts to help bolster local economy.




Wants an outcomebased and transparent budget from the city’s school district.

Favors a “smarter” property tax system along with growing the natural gas industry.

Via Facebook

President of the Americas team of Universum, a consulting service that helps businesses attract workers. Via Facebook

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Current City Council President, serving the 5th District (includes Temple). Running unopposed.

Tracy, a Temple alumnus, is running for an at-large City Council seat.



Wants to fund the city’s schools through selling liens on commercial properties, not through raising taxes.


Favors higher wages for workers, but not an overhaul of the city’s tax system, unlike other City Council members.


Current City Council member and Minority Whip, running for re-election for his at-large seat. EDUCATION

Wants a comprehensive financial and service audit of the school district and not to fund schools through munipical taxes.

Wants to raise an estimated $2 million for schools by closing loopholes for unregistered automobile owners.



Favors using capital financing to return vacant lots to the private sector, attracting manufacturers.

Favors deepening the Delaware River to allow for bigger ships, and adding more high-end retail shops in Center City.


TSG educates students about importance of voting The organization has registered people to vote in today’s elections. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News In the 2014 midterm election, 19.9 percent of people under the age of 30 nationwide voted, according to civicyouth. org. In the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent in the same demographic voted. At Temple Student Government, Aron Cowen, director of government affairs, is determined to raise both of those numbers. TSG has a two-pronged approach to voting, Cowen said. They aim to get people registered to vote and also try to get them in touch with local legislators to show students their votes count. “We ran voter registration drives in dorms and at the Bell Tower,” Cowen said. “We are also hosting a ‘contact your legislator’ drive to show people that their votes really do matter.” Cowen believes voting is an important life skill as well as a responsibility

students should learn during their time at Temple. “One of the things you do after college is vote,” Cowen said. “We have a unique perspective as students and it’s nice to share our perspective.” Cowen said TSG has no preference where students are registered to vote, just as long as they are signed up. In August, Gov. Tom Wolf announced registering in Pennsylvania could be done online. The website, run by the state government, is designed to be simple to navigate, userfriendly and aims to help more people vote. This cuts down on the amount of hassle that goes into voting and makes it “an easy and streamlined process,” Cowen said. Vice President of External Affairs Binh Nguyen said educating students on the voting process is vital. “We want students to be informed in the voting process,” Nguyen said. “We really want students to be informed and active in the community.” Cowen added this education is the key to voting. “I think it’s important for students to be aware what is going on in the world around them,” Cowen said. “Hit Google News for five minutes every day and I

think that makes a real difference.” TSG works with organizations on and off campus to find different ways to motivate students to vote. “We have been working closely on how we can encourage students more and get them registered,” Nyugen said. “We partnered with and got some advice from CEEP [Campus Election Engagement Project]. Along with that, we’re pairing up with Paley Library to try and increase civic engagement with voting.” TSG believes registration is where they can have the largest effect in the voting process because it enables people to vote. Cowen said online registration will increase voting because registering was more difficult before. He added every vote matters in every election. TSG maintains the same goal for each election, regardless of the magnitude. “It’s really important to get involved, your voice really does matter,” Cowan said. So I want to encourage every student to go out and make your voice heard.” * jonathan.irwin.gilbert@temple.edu T @jonnygilbs96


Aron Cowen, TSG’s director of government affairs, uses the state’s registry site in the TSG office Oct. 30.




column | journalism

A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. Emily Rolen, Editor-in-Chief EJ Smith, Managing Editor Joe Brandt, Chief Copy Editor Steve Bohnel, News Editor Paige Gross, Opinion Editor Albert Hong, Lifestyle Editor Harsh Patel, Web Manager Victoria Mier, Arts & Entertainment Editor Tom Dougherty, Web Editor Michael Guise, Sports Editor Jenny Kerrigan, Photography Editor Lian Parsons, Asst. News Editor Margo Reed, Asst. Photography Editor Owen McCue, Asst. Sports Editor Donna Fanelle, Design Editor Michaela Winberg, Asst. Lifestyle Editor Finnian Saylor, Asst. Designer Eamon Dreisbach, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Justin Discigil, Advertising Manager Editor Grayson Holladay, Business Manager Sean Brown, Multimedia Editor Jeanie Davey, Marketing Manager Harrison Brink, Asst. Multimedia Editor

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Consider the full-timers TAUP should inform full-time faculty how adjuncts joining the union will affect them. During a week of reporting on today’s front-page story about developments in adjunct unionization, several faculty members came to our reporter with complaints about TAUP, the union which represents Temple’s full-time faculty. The complaints were about a shift in focus toward unionizing adjuncts and less on issues like healthcare, a perceived lack of communication regarding how almost doubling the union’s membership could affect current members. In previous editorials, we gave a pro-union posi-

several adjuncts at Temple teach with the highest degree in their field. Any faculty who told us the union wasn’t as focused on its current members would later be pointed to a TAUP bulletin advertising gains made in the past few years, including merit pay improvements and guidelines for tenure and promotions. Given our history of adjunct support, we’re not here to decide whether the gains for the full-time faculty are enough. We are concerned about a portion of the faculty who deserve fair pay for educating the next generation of

We are concerned about a “ portion of the faculty who deserve fair pay for educating the next generation of leaders.

tion, and with good reason: adjunct faculty—particularly those who adjunct for a living—can face poverty-level wages, insufficient or no health benefits, and a lack of job security. Unionizing, we felt, was the morally right thing to do if it will definitely bring adjuncts out of poverty. We recognized that the university has touted benefits for adjuncts negotiated without a union, but we nonetheless felt the backing of a formal entity could help hold the university accountable and ensure due process and fairness to career adjuncts. The contrary view, however, is adjuncts are “at-will employees”: contract workers meant to fulfill one or a few specific class needs of a department. The university unsuccessfully argued before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board that it wasn’t necessarily responsible for each adjunct’s rights. The labor board decided that adjuncts ought to be able to vote because they share enough in common with full-time faculty, including the design of courses and writing their own syllabi, and

leaders, though we’re far less certain if a union is necessary. But we do see an evident lack of communication and transparency in the union that’s been lobbying the university for decades. Recruiters soliciting votes in the mail-ballot election, in which only adjuncts can vote, have been described by four different unprompted faculty members as “aggressive.” We’re disappointed at reports of conduct and rehearsed pitches that amount to “you’re either with the adjuncts or against them.” One was told that by not voting, she was keeping adjuncts from a living wage. The truth is, unfortunately, far more nuanced and complicated than that. Faculty have a justifiable right to be disappointed in TAUP for forgetting its current members and focusing too much on the new, and adjuncts have a right to decide if a union is not right for them. We just hope all adjuncts express their views with their votes.


In the story “Reinterpreting purpose, reinterpreting neighborhoods,” that ran Oct. 27, Ernel Martinez was identified in the photo, but the individual pictured is actually Keir Johnston, one of the exhibit’s co-founders. In the story “No. 9 Irish coming to the Linc Saturday” Temple’s ranking in the AP Top 25 was incorrect. The ranking should have been No. 21, not No. 22. 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 Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.

Hold on to good journalists, Philly News will always be needed, despite changing mediums.


s I think about all the great things to look forward to in the coming year in Philadelphia, I have to wonder who will be there to cover it. This past week, Philadelphia Media Network, comprised of the Inquirer, the Daily News and philly. com announced it PAIGE GROSS would be OPINION EDITOR merging its newsrooms. Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher and CEO of PMN told employees Friday in a meeting there will be layoffs. The company is looking to save between $5 and $6 million, of which Egger said is due to a decline in advertising revenue, according to philly. com. As a City Desk intern for the Daily News, hearing whispers among reporters and editors as they filed out of the meeting made me feel a little bit like all of the people who told me not to go into journalism were right. I always had faith in the practice. Informing the public, whether it be on politics, education or smaller issues, is important, I would say. So, so

important. And it is—that’s part of the reason this merger feels so wrong. Both papers will still exist—the Inquirer and the Daily News will still be hosted by philly.com as well as the site producing original content—but there will be layoffs. What is unsettling is that there is nothing new about this situation. For years, newsrooms across the country and world have been cutting their

My colleagues at The Temple News and I contemplated the idea of a society that depends on these sites for their news. The problem with this concept comes from the very nature of these sites as a platform for entertainment and the idea that anyone can be a journalist. While I know journalists who have degrees in science, French and poetry, becoming a journalist means learning AP style, a code of

staffs and trying out cost-saving methods to keep a publication alive. In early October, CNN reported the Los Angeles Times, owned by Tribune Publishing, had finally moved forward in its plan to cut employees with a mix of buyouts and “involuntary reductions.” Tribune Publishing also owns the Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune as well as some regional papers who have all cut their staffs. Journalism has always been a business, one that has unfortunately been joined by sites like the Odyssey and Buzzfeed. While some of these sites try to produce news content, they’re much better known for hosting Gifs and listicles.

ethics, responsible judgment and practicing accuracy. Too many publications disregard one or many of these rules. How news is presented has changed drastically in the last 50 years—the introduction of new technology has brought so many mediums into the world of journalism. In the last five years, even, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope have become tools in newsgathering. These new tools, though, also make it possible for anyone to post news. Maybe the issue is that being an informed citizen isn’t as much priority now as in the past. Maybe people just won’t pay for their news when they can get a half-assed version somewhere else. Maybe it is

Maybe the issue is that being “ an informed citizen isn’t as much a priority now as in the past.”

just too hard to wade through all the bad and untrustworthy sources to find reliable news. While PMA has not given any formal numbers about who could be lost in the merger, it is tough to think about any potential losses. Both newsrooms house talented, award-winning reporters and editors. During the recent papal visit, Philadelphia media set the bar for visiting outlets, reporting across all platforms. Philadelphia will again host national outlets for the July 2016 Democratic National Convention, a time our news mediums should be stronger than ever. The recent loss of City Paper had current and former reporters lamenting its commitment to reporting on Philadelphia in its grimy, glorious state. It’s hard to think we will again be saying goodbye to some of the people who have told the stories of this city. They do it consistently, they do it well, they do it with the best intentions of informing the public. May we recognize who could be lost in the merger of two competing, but very different papers. News will never stop being important, though the platforms in which we consume it will change. I hope the stories Philadelphia reporters told will not fade, even after the newsprint does. * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross



A virtual simulation, in their shoes A journalist gets a new perspective on policing when she tries out a new training tool.

t was the first time I’d held a gun, and it wasn’t even real. Inside Campus Safety Services Headquarters, I stood in front of the newly installed TI Simulator that will be used to train officers to decide when to use a weapon and what weapon an on-duty officer should choose. My original purpose for being there was to write an informational article about the software, but about halfway through the interview, I was asked if I’d like to try it out. I wasn’t about to let an opportunity to use a very high-tech training simulator pass, because who knew when I’d be able to use it again, and also, what could I learn? The first step was holding the mockgun (which controlled the simulator much like a Wii remote controls a video game), something I thought it would be a challenge, but was not too difficult. In Officer Damon Mitchell’s hand, the gun looked normal, like he knew what to do with it. I was told to extend my pointer finger past the trigger so it rested on the unmovable plastic that encased it. This was to ensure officers can quickly pull the trigger while staying safe, and make sure they don’t accidentally shoot something. However, when I took the gun, my finger could just barely reach the trigger, forcing me to use two hands to even maintain a grip on the weapon. Actually running through the simulation made me feel just as weird as the gun I struggled to hold. I was supposed to take charge, introduce myself as an officer and get the situations the program presented me with under

By Julie Christie control. I wasn’t prepared for someone trying to steal a bike to suddenly pull out a gun and shoot me, or for a man to threaten to kill himself if I didn’t back off. Instead of the scenario playing out perfectly like it did in my head, I failed every time. The characters weren’t cooperating because I wasn’t asserting myself enough, and I ended up getting virtually shot and stabbed multiple times. I even

Running through the “ simulation made me feel as

weird as the gun I struggled to hold.


went through the same scenario twice but couldn’t react fast enough, even though I knew what was coming the second time around. Part of me wanted to say it was the lack of reality in the situations that made it so difficult; I knew it was a projection and therefore not real. For a while, I convinced myself if it had been actual human actors, maybe I would have been able to do better and feel a little less ridiculous. But the truth is, I am not a cop. I don’t have what it takes to do what they do in a single simulation, and they do it every single day with real people and repercussions. I’ve seen first-hand the difficult scenarios officers have to deconstruct and react to. When talking with Officer Mitchell and Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, I was told officers have to consider every fact in a situation. They told me about a Temple police officer who had been faced with the choice of using violent force or not. A man was threatening his girlfriend with a gun, and while the officer had a clear line to shoot the man to stop him, he didn’t. Instead he talked the man down. The officer explained his decision to not use his weapon because there were teenagers playing basketball several hundred feet behind the man, and he didn’t want to hurt them accidentally. Standing there, with the false gun barely fitting into my hand, I realized just how difficult it was to be a police officer in the city, which conflicted with my previous conception that brutality was practically encouraged. My opinions are no longer black and white. While officers receive intense, rigorous training to help them learn what to do in any and every kind of situation, that training doesn’t always make real-world decisions easy. * julie.christie @temple.edu



column | ethics

University should prioritize morals over athletic success The university’s choice to clear two football players awaiting trial is a lapse in judgment.


his past weekend, Temple’s football team played Notre Dame at Lincoln Financial Field, and student fans packed the sold-out stadium. And while I, along with many other students, found myself caught up in the excitement of Saturday night’s game, I did not forget about the controversy surrounding two players who regularly take the field. Haason RedJENNY ROBERTS dick and Dion LEAD COLUMNIST Dawkins are currently awaiting trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and reckless endangerment. The two were originally arrested last March, and both players were suspended from playing on Temple’s football team. A month later their aggravated assault charges were dropped, the Student Conduct Board cleared them of their offenses and their suspensions from the team were lifted. But in June, the Philadelphia District Attorney refiled all charges. The university did not reinstate the players’ suspensions. Stephanie Grey, a second-year law student at Temple, said the university’s actions are not necessarily contingent on court proceedings. “What the DA is doing is totally separate from the school’s decisions,” Grey said. “Just because [charges] are [filed] doesn’t mean they're criminals or that they’re guilty.” I am not sure, though, why the university would suspend Reddick and Dawkins after these original charges were filed, but then not suspend the two players again once the very same charges were refiled. Jack Farrell, a second-year law student at Temple, said new evidence is likely the reason for an ADA to re-

file charges in any case. “It’s possible that initially they didn’t have the evidence they wanted, and got themselves some new time, and then were able to gather new evidence and refile,” Farrell said. Taking this into account, it seems to me the refiled charges should be taken at least as seriously, if not more so than the original filings. The fact that the university does not appear to be taking the refiled charges seriously is concerning, especially when considering aggravated assault is a first-degree felony in Pennsylvania, and the fact that the person whom Reddick and Dawkins alleged-

Temple student, just like in Aziz Jalil’s case. While it’s difficult to determine the severity of a sentence prior to the trial, based on the charges, Reddick and Dawkins could be facing a serious sentence. Some might say this difference in response by the university exists because the charges brought against Reddick and Dawkins are said to have taken place off campus, but I have to wonder if their successes on the field are being prioritized over the university’s ethics code. The Student Code of Conduct clearly states that its rules and regula-

I hope Temple officials are not taking “these charges less seriously because of the university’s recent push to promote Temple football.

ly injured is Benjamin Wood, another Temple student. I hope Temple officials are not taking these charges less seriously because of the university’s recent push to promote Temple football—student athletes should not be treated any differently than any other students. Last year, Temple student Abdel Aziz Jalil struck another student at Temple Fest and was charged by the Philadelphia District Attorney for simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. In response, then-Student Body President Ray Smeriglio said Temple would be holding its own hearing on the incident to look for any violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Theresa Powell, vice president for student affairs, also said at the time in an open letter to the Temple community the university would “not tolerate violence of any kind toward members of the Temple community.” The university responded with more vigilance to the charges of Aziz Jalil than to those of Reddick and Dawkins, even though the incident Reddick and Dawkins are accused of taking part in also involved another

tions also apply to “off-campus incidents or conduct that adversely affect the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.” It is disconcerting that these student athletes seem to be treated differently from the way the rest of the student body would be and that these same individuals are representing the university as a whole every time they suit up and take to the field at a game. The university needs to consider the message it is sending by allowing these students to continue playing. Are student-athletes of more value to the university than other students, like Wood? While I have been drawn into the excitement of Temple football’s recent successes, I hope football doesn’t become all-consuming at Temple, because we are not Penn State. We are not largely known for our football team, not yet, at least. And even if we were, shouldn’t the character of student-athletes matter both on and off the field? I think so. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu



column | sexual assault

Off-campus sexual assault bolsters student awareness A highly publicized sexual assault has made Main Campus more alert.


n recent weeks, The Temple News and other Philadelphia media outlets extensively reported on a sexual assault that happened a few blocks from Main Campus involving a student. The environment of college campuses tends to put students in a position that makes it easier to be targeted—it isn’t unusual to see students walking by themselves late at night. While the incident was surely a horrific experience for the Temple student involved, hopefully people will educate themselves and others about safety and preventing sexual assault. It seems, though, this incident has changed the habits of some Temple students already. In a previous article, The Temple News reported a 30 percent increase in the Walking Escort Service, in which a bike patrol officer will walk you to your destination, after news of the sexual assault on Jefferson Street. Many campus organizations ZARI TARAZONA are also taking note and teaching students about sexual assault. In the university’s Fire and Safety Report for the areas around Temple, a graph shows a five-year trend of crime from 2010-2014. Sexual offenses significantly increased between 2012-2013, but between 2013 and 2014, the numbers have not notably increased or decreased. The Temple chapter of One in Four, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault, is in the process of being recognized by the school. Steven Ritchie, the organization's president, said he hopes the chapter will be up and running by this spring semester. Ritchie, a senior criminal justice major, said he grew passionate about helping victims of sexual assault after taking the class “Victims in Society” and interning at Women Organized Against Rape.

Sexual assault should not be “ portrayed as just a women’s issue, since it is in fact, a societal issue.”

At WOAR, Ritchie worked at the 24-hour phone hotline and talked to callers about being sexually assaulted, how their day was going, if they needed someone to talk to, if a friend had been sexually assaulted or if they were considering suicide. Ritchie also emphasized sexual assault should not be portrayed as just a woman’s issue since it is in fact, a societal issue—one that those on Main Campus must prioritize. “It doesn’t make guys ignore it, but it suggests that they don’t have to look into it, like it’s not going to affect them. When they don’t have the facts and statistics it’s not helpful,” he said. “Sexual assault is not a gender issue, it’s a man’s issue and it’s a woman’s issue and it’s every race, gender, it’s everyone’s issue in society,” Ritchie said. Ritchie explained One in Four will be instituting an approach that emphasizes action and awareness. The awareness-based approach is more educational with presentations about what sexual assault is and how to understand it. The action-based approach has the organization’s members completing 15 hours of training so that members can go out and educate others. An important fact that students and community members should realize is that sexual assault comes in many forms and can be as simple as cat-calling someone on the street, an issue many Temple students have dealt with. Ritchie said sexual assault can mean different things to different people. Roar for Good, a social-mission B-Corp dedicated to reducing assaults, empowering women and transforming society was founded by Yasmine Mustafa, a Temple alum and Anthony Gold, a Chairman at the Healthy Humans foundation. On a trip to South America, Mustafa heard countless stories of local women and other travelers that had been sexually assaulted. When she returned from Philadelphia, a woman was sexually assaulted while paying a parking meter. Mustafa and Gold created a product, Athena, which sets off an alarm when pushed and sends the location of the person in danger to their emergency contact list and the authorities. Temple has partnered with Roar for Good, and I hope it will increase the amount of students who walk around with some sort of digital protection. While the university is under some scrutiny for the handling of a recent assault of a Temple student, it seems as though many organizations and students themselves have started to pay attention because of it. Increased education and awareness will not be able to make up for the the experiences for those who have experienced sexual assault, but hopefully it will change the habits and stigmas surrounding it. * zari. tarazona@temple.edu

Oct. 23, 2007: Philadelphia prepared for a new mayor, recognizing the students’ vote will not be highly represented. In this issue, we talked to students and professors about their political involvement in the city and if they planned to vote.

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Last Monday, former Temple employee Andrea Constand filed a defamation suit against Bruce L. Castor Jr. for his alleged remarks against her earlier this year, the Washington Post reported. Castor, Montgomery County’s District Attorney when the case involving Billy Cosby and Constand was filed in 2004, declined to prosecute Cosby for sexual assault when Constand first brought accusations forward. Castor told The Washington Post if Constand had given the same story to him that she gave to the public this year, he would have prosecuted. The ex-district attorney’s comments started after he announced he was again running for Montgomery County District Attorney against Kevin Steele in the election Tuesday, Nov. 3. Constand told The Washington Post she has been “collateral damage for his political ambitions.” Both parties have been accused of using the Constand/Cosby case to their


Bill Cosby (right), spoke at the university’s graduation ceremony in 2013.

political advantage. Constand has until January 2016 to charge Cosby with sexual assault, and then the statute of limitations will expire. -Lila Gordon



granted $10.2 million to help with infrastructure improvements, the Philly Voice reported. The financial award will help offset part of the city’s $35 million endeavor. According to the report, two miles of unused railroad track will be removed and repurposed with landscaping from Girard to Lehigh avenues. A footbridge on Westmoreland Street will be replaced with a multipurpose bridge and a railroad bridge in West Philadelphia will be restored to reconnect The Circuit, a regional bicycle and pedestrian trail network. The improvements will focus on places in North and West Philadelphia, and some were designed with the purpose of increasing “mobility and access, recreational opportunities and neighborhood quality of life,” Deputy Commissioner of the Streets Department Michael Carroll told Philly Voice. Philadelphia has received similar awards in the past that included projects involving Dilworth Park, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, Wayne Junction Substation and Roosevelt Boulevard. Mayor Michael Nutter announced the financial grant Oct. 30. -Julie Christie

The U.S. Department of Transportation

Constant changes to SMC Study Away programs SMC faculty meet regularly to discuss which programs to add and drop. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News In a conference room in Annenberg Hall, School of Media and Communication faculty make decisions regarding the countries students can spend a semester visiting during their time at Temple. Katie Ryan, assistant director of Study Away, said a board of SMC faculty meets frequently to discuss and vote on changing and adding new programs. “We’ve changed a lot in the past couple of years,” Ryan said. Continued from page 1


some adjuncts have held rallies and encouraged the part-time faculty to vote in this election. Tactics have included waiting for prospective voters outside classrooms and even home visits. The adjunct faculty have lobbied for a pay grade above the $3,900-per-course minimum, health benefits and more communication on class schedules before the start of the semester. Shannon Wink, an adjunct in the journalism department who teaches two courses and works for digital news startup Billy Penn, told The Temple News of an encounter with a TAUP recruiter who visited her Fishtown home about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Wink, who changed her last name from McDonald when she married Technical.ly Philly Editorial Director Chris Wink in July, had already been visited twice in the spring semester by recruiters before her marriage and concluded after the second visit that she wasn’t interested, having a secure salary and health benefits from her current job. She asked the union not to contact her again. “My voice is not the same as someone who’s saying, ‘I need health benefits from you, or I need more stability or X number of credits.’ Those are not my issues,” Wink said. “I don’t know why someone who relies on [teaching] for their livelihood would want me to represent them.” She was angry the campaigning had extended to her home and didn’t know the union had been given her

During the past few years, SMC faculty voted to add a wider range of Global Internship options and a semester-long program in Dublin, Ireland, Ryan added. A new program in Arcosanti, Arizona has also been added, but is not running this year due to low enrollment. “We’re constantly evaluating our partners and interests by students and determining whether we should keep the program going if students aren’t interested in doing it,” Ryan said. Despite a few illnesses contracted at the Peru summer Study Away session this past summer, the Peru program is still being evalu-

We’ve changed a lot in “ the past couple of years.” Katie Ryan | assistant director, Study Away

address. Organizers with the American Federation of Teachers told Wink she was likely contacted because there was only a record of a Shannon McDonald, who wasn’t interested in the union. The PLRB gave mailing addresses of all eligible adjuncts to the union following the ruling. “If you thought I was a new person you needed to reach out to, for the love of God, why is showing up at my door your first course of action?” Wink said. “Home visits to eligible voters is a constant for political campaigns,” Hochner told The Temple News on Friday. “It’s going to happen this weekend.” The union has visited hundreds of their houses, he said. He added the union’s common practice is to meet potential voters in classrooms if they don’t have offices on campus. “If we had known it was the same person, we never would have visited,” Hochner said. ‘We’d have known where they stand.” Hochner encouraged anyone who has had an issue with a union recruiter to contact him. “We’ll find out if they did anything wrong,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re not antagonizing anybody, but we want to get the word out too.” * jbrandt@temple.edu T @JBrandt_TU

Editor’s note: Both Shannon and Chris Wink are former editors at The Temple News and donated $500 to our newspaper during their wedding this summer. They did not contribute to the editing process of this article.

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ated for future trips, Ryan said. A program has never been terminated from SMC Study Away, she added. There is no formal reviewal process for the programs, but if issues arise the committee will vote on changes, she said. Senior media studies and production major and SMC Study Away peer adviser James Kenvin attended the London semester the fall of his junior year. “I had the travel bug even before I started traveling, so I always knew that was in the cards for me,” he said. Kenvin studied and interned while in London. While abroad, he had the opportunity to visit nine countries—five of which he visited in the span of seven days. Although he enjoyed his time abroad and used his time there to the best of his ability, Kenvin said the internship program did not meet his expectations. “The advisers that I met with when I was

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tions will have an effect all over the commonwealth, but the Mayor and City Council will have more impact on daily life in Philly.” Hagen said low turnout in general elections is part of a “vicious cycle” of people feeling like their vote is not worth casting and being unaware an election is happening. Hagen added the presidential election is drawing all the attention from the media. “They only hype up the president,” said Amal Saber, a junior psychology major. “If it was in my face more, I’d feel obligated to vote.” Chavely Noval, a junior psychology major, said more could be done on Main Campus to get students involved, like advertising and holding educational meetings. She added issues like the social justice system and education should be the focus in city politics. “[The city] needs to stop closing schools and fix

going all had amazing internships so that kind of made me and many of the other people in my program feel as if all of the internships were going to be our dream come true,” he said. “And that’s not going to be true. My internship wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t my dream internship.” Kenvin added despite not getting his “dream internship,” it was still a learning experience working with people of different cultures. The SMC Study Away program will continue to grow as long as student interest continues, Ryan said. “A lot of our programs come about by student interest,” Ryan said. “So if students are interested in a specific region of the world that we aren’t offering, we can definitely take that into consideration and bring that to the committee as a proposal.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick

Hagen said the act of voting does not take much time or effort, but many people feel as though it is a waste because they believe their vote doesn’t matter. He added this is particularly evident because this mayoral election is very likely to go to Kenney because he is a Democrat, which several local outlets have reported outnumber registered Republicans seven to one. The Democratic Party has maintained its hold on the mayor’s office since 1952. “The main reason people even bother to vote is because it feels like a ritual,” Hagen said. “They feel like it’s their duty or their responsibility and they enjoy it.” Andrew Barron, an undeclared freshman in the College of Liberal Arts who is registered to vote, said he is focusing more on school than keeping up to date on the elections. “If the information was more easily and more approachable, people would care more,” he said, adding politics was a very “dry” topic because little emphasis is put on it. Barron added he would be more likely to “go out

president. If it was in my face more, I’d “They only hype upfeeltheobligated to vote.” Amal Saber | junior psychology major

prisons because it hurts the black community,” Noval said. “The environment of urban neighborhoods needs to be fixed.” Noval and Saber said they did not know about the elections. They are both registered voters in Pennsylvania. Hagen said higher turnout is achieved when there’s more personal contact with people “on the fence” about whether they are going to vote. He suggested students organize and “go knocking on doors” to get others involved as well. “[Temple] should have organizations at the school, like the one for Bernie Sanders,” said Noelle Cress, a freshman advertising major. Cress is registered to vote in Pennsylvania and plans to participate in the elections.


and show his support” by voting if candidates focused more on what people see in Philadelphia, like homelessness and impoverished neighborhoods. “I’m really disenchanted with politics,” Cress said. “Politicians are trying to build a positive image, which makes them a lot like celebrities. What you see isn’t always what you get. They might seem really nice and put together on television, but the moment they get backstage, it’s a different story.” * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



Alpha Sigma Rho held its annual dance competition welcoming fraternities and sororites from all over the East Coast. PAGE 8

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People you should know

From patient to mentee Rebecca Uhl built a relationship with the surgeon who fixed her “sunken chest.” By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor


Jordan Stewart raises her “Temple Made” sign at ESPN’s College GameDay Oct. 31 at Independence Hall.

ESPN’s College GameDay chose Philadelphia for its 300th episode. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News


arly Halloween morning, Temple’s Main Campus was silent. There was not a soul on Beury Beach or anyone sitting on the sides of the Bell Tower could be found.

It was not because of mischief night or the aftermath of a night of wild partying, rather campus was silent as students jumped on buses before dawn outside the Liacouras Center to attend the airing of the 300th episode of ESPN’s College GameDay, live at Independence Hall. The Oct. 31 episode featured a main topic of discussion—the Temple v. Notre Dame matchup that was set to air

later at 8 p.m. on primetime television. GameDay analysts Lee Corso, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard discussed their predictions of the game which ended in a 24-20 loss for the Temple Owls that evening. GameDay came the morning before a home-game record of 69,280 people made their way down to Lincoln Fi-


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After undergoing surgery to have two steel bars inserted into her chest during the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Rebecca Uhl agreed with two rules from her surgeon, Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski. “No skydiving and no downhill longboarding—I think it’s only because she couldn’t think of all the other possibilities,” said Uhl, now a senior marketing major and extreme sports fan. Uhl went hang-gliding this past spring break, and Jaroszewski did not find out about it until she received a photo of the experience. She was “displeased with my reckless tendencies,” Uhl said. Although it started as a patient-doctor relationship between Uhl and Jaroszewski, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, it is now a relationship between mentee and mentor. Uhl suffered from pectus excavatum, a congenital chest wall deformity where the chest presses down on the heart and lungs, which restricts breathing and would lead to


Student organization

Addressing violence in Palestine Students for Justice in Palestine held a fundraiser night for Palestinian youth. By GAIL VIVAR The Temple News


John Basenfelder, a third-year law student, is one of many Temple students who have taken up vaping. Vaping is the common term for using an e-cigarette or vaporizer that heats liquid, which contains nicotine, to produce vapor the user inhales. The practice has been adopted by many former smokers as a healthier alternative to smoking, but some are still skeptical about its benefits.


Tariq Abu Khdeir said the only reason he survived Israeli police violence was because he is American. Khdeir, who was a special guest for Students for Justice in Palestine’s annual fundraiser Palestinian Nights Oct. 24, is just one of the several teenagers and children in Palestine who suffered this brutality firsthand. Many of the victims do not survive, but since this incident was recorded on video, he was rescued by the United States after his video went viral in July 2014. Student organizations like SJP make it their mission to spread awareness about the Palestinian struggle through activism and fundraisers. SJP began its fundraising event with Khdeir’s testimony of his experience with





Greek life

Greek groups dance battle for the title of ‘Undefeated’ Alpha Sigma Rho held its third annual Greek dance competition. By AYAH ALKHARS The Temple News The stage at this year’s Undefeated dance competition was shook so hard during performances that it had to be readjusted in the middle of the event. “It’s extremely overwhelming,” said Anh Nguyen, president of the Alpha Sigma Rho Epsilon chapter at Temple and a junior in international business and marketing. Undefeated is an annual Greek dance competition presented by Alpha Sigma Rho, a multicultural Greek sorority established at Temple

in 2007. Its goal is to promote Asian culture awareness on campus, while also raising awareness for ovarian cancer. This year’s event was held Oct. 24 and marked its third year at Temple. Fraternities and sororities from all over the East Coast traveled to attend the event, which is now considered one of the biggest multicultural Greek dance competitions in the area. According to the event details for the first Undefeated event in 2013, the competition differentiates itself by having no performance theme, allowing groups to implement elements of dancing, strolling and stepping into their routines. This year, Delta Chi Psi, Sigma Psi Zeta, Pi Delta Psi, Nu Alpha Phi and Lambda Sigma Upsilon competed for $400, a trophy and the “Undefeated” title. People started filing in Student


Hostess and Alpha Sigma Rho sister Kelly Tran holds the crowd over as they await the first performance of Undefeated at the Student Center Oct. 24.

Center room 200C at 6 p.m., where the ASR sisters and performers had been practicing and preparing for the opening of the sold-out show since noon. Some even had their first meals of the day backstage 30 minutes before the show began. After ASR’s opening performance, the fraternities and sororities put on their own performances, which were judged by b-boys Dominic DiMatteo, known as “Domkey” and Danny Nguyen, or “Atomic Goofball,” in addition to ASR sister and Temple alumna LaMonica Shultz. To accompany the competitors, dance groups Illusive Soul, By Any Means Necessary and Inspiring Visions all had the chance to perform at the event. Before the winners were announced, a raffle was held to give out gift cards to food trucks around campus and even half of the ticket proceeds. In the end, the brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon were crowned the champions, followed by the sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta for second place and the brothers of Nu Alpha Phi for third place. The judges used multiple categories to award performers points, including costume, performance and energy. Sigma Psi Zeta made its costumes personal by wearing purple bandanas to raise awareness for domestic violence. Nguyen and Shultz both enjoyed everyone’s performances and the diversity of each one. “It is definitely fun to be able to see different types of dances out of what we can do personally and be able to see the beauty of the dance in a wider range,” Nguyen said.


Liz Pham, student and Alpha Sigma Rho member, whips her hair during Alpha Sigma Rho’s opening performance.

“I have to put effort to just contain myself and stay professional while everyone is performing, cause I just want to get up and dance with them,” Shultz said. “But I can't because I have to judge them, which is hard because they're all so great.” Mai Alissa Le, a senior pharmacy major and president of the Vietnamese Student Association, appreciated the welcoming nature of the event.

“I thought it was a well organized event and a unique way of showcasing Greek talent from not only chapters at our schools, but other schools as well,” Le said. * ayah.alkhars@temple.edu

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Hussein, as well as the time he sat down with former South African President Nelson Mandela in what he considers to be his favorite interview. “It was so inspiring to meet [Mandela], to interview with him, to walk around the Presidential Palace there, the residence in Cape Town,” Blitzer said. “Knowing I had been at Robben Island just a couple days earlier, saw what he had gone through that was an inspirational moment for me as a journalist.” He also offered advice to students, telling them to get a well-rounded education by taking courses outside their majors. Blitzer said he prepared for his own career as a reporter not by studying journalism, but by taking classes in political science, economics and sociology. Jon Dowding, a freshman journalism and Spanish major, did not expect Blitzer to lack formal journalism education. “I thought it was really surprising how he majored in history and then [received his master’s degree] in international relations,” Dowding said. “And then he became a journalist without any background.” Blitzer also tailored some of his advice specifically to future journalists in the crowd. “If you have that fire in your belly and you want to be a journalist, go out and do it,” he said. Nerisha Penrose, a senior communication studies major, said Blitzer’s message about passion really resonated with her. “I do get discouraged a lot when people tell me that fashion journalism isn’t going to make me a living, but that’s what I want to do, that’s what I’m passionate about,” Penrose said. “If I put my mind to it, if I work hard, then I should be good.” Blitzer also stressed the importance of “accurate, fair, responsible” reporting to students in the crowd. In response to the fabrication scandal of Brian Williams, last year’s Lew Klein Award winner and an old friend of his, Blitzer told The Temple News that everyone makes mistakes. “I’m happy for Brian that he’s now back on MSNBC, he’s doing a lot of breaking news,” Blitzer said. “He made a mistake. He apolo-


Wolf Blitzer introduces his Q&A segment with Temple students Oct. 29 at the Temple Performing Art Center.

gized for that. You know everybody’s human and we all make mistakes, so we move on.” About half way through the Q&A, Blitzer invited a different close friend, Paxton Baker to take the stage. Baker, president of BET event productions and a Temple alumnus, echoed Blitzer’s message of the importance of passion. He recounted working three jobs throughout college, while also serving as a student disc jockey at a then 24-hour jazz radio station here at Temple. Baker said he spent his time at Temple “learning how to volunteer and applying passion in [his] life.” With their advice about passion and persistence, both Baker and Blitzer seemed to inspire and excite students about their own future media careers. “How [Blitzer] made a point to tell everybody to not give up … to just to keep going for it that kind of gave me hope for the future,” Dowding said. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu T @jennyroberts511


Students take notes during Wolf Blitzer’s Q&A, which featured a discussion on his career, having passion for your work and “accurate, fair, responsible” reporting.



To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, the Rosenbach Museum in the Free Library of Philadelphia opened an exhibit with first editions, letters and more. PAGE 10

Alumnus Jason Evenchik transformed gastropub Growlers into a Mexican restaurant featuring street food and tequila in just four weeks. PAGE 11





Cheesesteak fest: flop for some, fun for others Despite mixed reviews, the first annual festival made a reporter recognize the city’s quirks and personality. The first annual Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival left a bad taste—literally and metaphorically—in some attendees’ mouths, but for others, went in the books as another city tradition. Hosted in Lot K of Lincoln Financial Field’s parking lot last Saturday, the day was a celebration of a Philly food staple as popular as Rocky Balboa and the Liberty Bell. As someone who didn’t grow up here, my first thought of the event was: “Are people really going to pay $40 to stand around listening to music, talking about and eating cheesesteaks?” The part of me that has called the city home for the last three years knew the answer—absolutely. In fact, tickets for the festival, which creators thought would be a “small event” of around 10,000 people, were sold out before some hungry attendees could even ask for them. Philly.com estimated more than 25,000 people were in attendance. While more than 50 vendors were represented last Saturday, many people had a hard time fighting the crowds to stand in line.


Alumnus Matt Kerr founded Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit that brings music to Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center.


The day was a “celebration of a Philly


food staple as popular as Rocky Balboa and the Liberty Bell.

Many vendors catered to the crowd who loves a classic steak with onions and either American or Whiz, but some went a little out of the box. Steve Laurence, owner of Vegan Commissary, said his steaks don’t have an ounce of meat or cheese in them—they’re made of mostly onions, mushrooms, hot peppers and dairy-free cheese Whiz. If for some reason you can’t eat cheesesteaks or you choose a vegan lifestyle, he said, his steaks will get you 95 percent of the way there. “The other 5 percent is up to your imagination,” he added. As someone who loves their steak “wit” onions and American, I’d beg to differ, but it was interesting to see how the Philly classic could be changed to cater to those who don’t vibe with the red meat and cheese formula. Richard Rutenberg of South Philly and his friend Wayne Cherry of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania were drawing people into their booth to learn about the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Museum, a website dedicated to the history of the iconic sandwich. In the future, they plan to make their museum mobile by purchasing a 1950s vintage camper. “Cheesesteaks are a larger draw than the Liberty Bell and Historic Philadelphia,” Rutenberg said, adding that other parts of the world, like Amsterdam, have erotic and hash-themed museums. Fighting the crowds to get to the much-loved Dalessandro’s tent, I could see the obsession with these steaks as hundreds of people stood in line. Steve Dalessandro himself worked near a sizzling griddle to cut his famous steaks into the festival’s one-and-a-half-inch sample sizes. As the loud crowd surrounded him and his staffers scrambled to keep up, I was able to ask him the burning question —“wit” or “witout”? American cheese, “wit” onions and long-hots, Dalessandro said. Leaving the vendor area to explore other parts of the festival grounds was a relief. Along with sampling 10 different cheesesteaks, attendees could partake in cheesesteak eating contests, raffles, carnival games and listen to live music. As I was passing by the stage, the announcer brought up “the big three” in the cheesesteak game— Tony Luke Jr. of Tony Luke’s, Joey Vento of Geno’s


Matt Kerr discovered a lack of music in prisons—and launched a new nonprofit. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News


att Kerr started teaching music in a closet at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Center City, but today his classroom is the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, a youth prison. Kerr, a 2014 history and education alumnus, is the creator of Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching incarcerated youth how to play music. “I wanted to be a music teacher growing up,” Kerr said. “There was never a shortage of music teachers, but a shortage of music programs

and funding for it.” Kerr began as a history teacher at CHAD in August 2014. A member of local band Family Vacation, he noticed the school lacked a music program and decided to create one. One of Kerr’s music students at CHAD told him how important the music program was to her. She told him her mother was a warden at PICC, and wanted to bring the program there. “We talk about prisons and how messed up they are all the time, but you never really think more about it, because you kind of feel powerless,” Kerr said. Kerr began visiting PICC every Sunday in fall 2014. He taught drums, guitar, bass, piano and music theory to a group of eight young men between 14 and 18. “Music gives them creative capabilities that they may not have without the arts,” PICC warden Karen Bryant, who started a choir program at the prison in the beginning of her career, said. With the help of crowdfunding


through Kickstarter, donations from friends and money from his own pocket, Kerr created a band setup to get the students playing music together. One student told Kerr the lessons made him feel young again. “I thought, ‘Oh am I babying you?’ but he said ‘No, I haven’t felt like this in a long time,’” Kerr said. Through research, Kerr discovered an extreme lack of music programs in prison. There are musicians who visit prisons, he said, but those programs lack educators to continuously instruct students. As a result, Kerr turned his project into a nonprofit and created a team for the organization, consisting of friends Eric Ammon and Brian Thomas. “We already have a drive that showed success early on,” said Ammon, the organization’s chief financial officer. “In the next couple years, we plan to expand to other prisons in Philadelphia and other counties, but


Remembrance through artistic remains Caitlin McCormack’s exhibit “Mnemosyne” explores death through crocheted sculptures. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News When it comes to the art of crocheting, Caitlin McCormack prefers skeletons to scarves. For almost five years, the Philadelphia-based artist has woven stiffened string into brittle bones in an intricate exploration of death and grief. “It felt kind of comforting,” McCormack said. “It opened me up to how universal grief is and how everyone shares it.” Currently, McCormack’s delicate anatomical art coils


against black velvet and twists beneath protective shields of glass at the Paradigm Gallery on 4th Street near Fitzwater in a solo exhibition, “Mnemosyne.” The show’s title refers to the Titaness in Greek mythology who represents memory—a source of inspiration in McCormack’s work. “These pieces are tapping into old memories for people but also creating new memo-



Caitlin McCormack stands next to her piece “Summerchest” at Paradigm Gallery Oct. 23.




For student bartenders, a balancing act Student bartenders learn to balance schoolwork and working in Philly’s nightlife. By LOGAN BECK The Temple News


Jeff Kinslow (left), and Allison Cahill play a game of circular billiards at the “Alice in Wonderland” 150th anniversary exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum.

Museum celebrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’ The Rosenbach highlights connections between the famous book and Philadelphia. By SAMI RAHMAN The Temple News In 1928, Philadelphia native A.S.W. Rosenbach purchased an original manuscript of “Alice In Wonderland,” for today’s equivalent of $1 million. As part of the 150th anniversary of the book's release, the Rosenbach Museum, started by Rosenbach himself, is holding an exhibit on the book and its influence on popular culture. “We were thinking about what elements of the work we wanted to look at,” co-curator Kathy Haas said. "We ended up looking at three different angles on both Alice and Carroll.” The first section of the exhibit, “Wonderland Rules: Alice at 150,” focuses on the impact the text has had and why it is still relevant to-


“Before Carroll comes along, you pretty much just have these morality tales that were intended for children,” said Alice Emerson, manager of external relations at the Rosenbach. “If little Johnny does something bad, he gets punished, and things like that.”

delphia philanthropists gifted the book back to its people,” Emerson said. “It was sort of a goodwill gesture after their help in World War II.” The section also features handwritten letters between Carroll and various publishers and colleagues, as well as letters written by Alice

ended up looking at three different “Weangles on both Alice and Carroll.” Kathy Haas | Exhibits co-curator

Carroll changed that notion by emphasizing imagination and turning all of that adult authority into “nonsense.” A second section of the exhibit delves into the connection between “Alice In Wonderland” and Philadelphia. When Rosenbach purchased the book, he brought it back to his collection and made international headlines. After World War II, the book eventually made its way back to British soil. “Rosenbach and other Phila-

Liddell, the daughter of a family friend who was the inspiration for the story. When a young Liddell asked to hear a story on a boating trip, Carroll told the first version of what would come to be known as “Alice In Wonderland.” The final section of the exhibit, “Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk?” focuses on Carroll’s different riddles and puzzles. Carroll’s day job was a professor of mathematics at Oxford, where he went by his legal name Charles

Dodgson. “He loved puzzles,” Haas said. “And he invented a lot of them.” The original manuscript Rosenbach purchased was on display for the first week of the exhibit, but has since been returned to England. A rare first-edition copy of “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland,” as it was originally titled, can be seen in the exhibition. “The first edition was recalled by Carroll because of printing problems, so not very many copies are out there,” Haas said. Instead of recalling the books, the publishing company put in a new title page and sold the books to American readers. The exhibit runs from now until May 15 at the Rosenbach. A fourth section of the exhibit will be added March 26, focusing on the photography of Lewis Carroll. “There have been countless re-interpretations of this story throughout the years,” Emerson said. “But it can always be fresh, and I think that is a testament to the power of the story.” * sami.rahman@temple.edu


Rizzo remembered in biographical play Theatre Exile turned the life and times of the former mayor into a new production. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News “This was Frank…,” said one audience member after stepping out of a “Rizzo” matinee, the show’s world premiere. Through their latest production, Philadelphia-based company Theatre Exile set out to transform the controversies of former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo into a full-length play. Exile commissioned Bruce Graham to create the production using excerpts of “The Last Big Man in Big City America,” by former Inquirer reporter Sal Paolantonio. “We felt the book was a very balanced look at the man,” Exile artistic director Joe Canuso said. Social, political and racial elements surrounding Rizzo during his time as police commissioner and mayor have evoked a spectrum of views by Philadelphians over the past half-century. The play strives to iron out these conflicting perceptions of the controversial mayor with neutrality. “We didn’t want to glorify him, but we didn’t want to say he was the devil,” Canuso said. “We wanted to take a step back and be

objective.” The play is not solely an examination of the man—rather, the production uses Rizzo as a lens to witness the history of Philadelphia. Bookended by the scene of Rizzo’s death during his 1991 campaign, the play flashes back to moments of his personal and public life while tracking major events of the mid to late 20th century, like the Civil Rights Movement, antiVietnam War sentiment and gay and women’s rights reform movements. “The Rizzo years were a very turbulent time in the city. … He was in the middle of all of this change going on,” Canuso said. “And he believed that the way to keep order was to keep the status quo.” Headlines from Philadelphia newspapers were projected above the stage to convey cultural changes unfolding during the city’s tumultuous times. “It’s fascinating to be an outsider and for the play to almost be like an explanation as to why the city is the way it is,” said California native Brey Ann Barrett, the company’s director of new play development. “Why the city almost feels like it’s going through a recovery since then.” To embody the spirit of Rizzo, actor Scott Greer said he approached the role with impartiality when he joined the early stages of the production in 2014. “Everyone has their own Rizzo story,” Greer said. “But in the end, you just have to forget who he

For Stephen Recchia, happy hour is not the tell-tale sign of a long day of school coming to an end—it's when he clocks in. Recchia can be found pouring and mixing at Fado, a popular Irish pub on Locust Street near 15th. If you’re interested, he said he’ll “talk your ear off” about beer, from local brews to European pints. Recchia, a junior film and media arts major, balances part-time schoolwork with full-time bartending. “Fado is pretty much my staple in the industry, but I have worked for Cavanaugh’s River Deck and pull some guest gigs sometimes in the city as well as in the suburbs,” Recchia said. “I’ve done some private event stuff too.” Managing multiple customers has become a challenge Recchia is accustomed to after two years in the industry. “I can take three orders and compliment you on your T-shirt while singing to the new Justin Bieber track,” Recchia said. “I have fun, but try to be as efficient and steadfast as possible.” He didn’t always handle large crowds with such ease. Recchia said the best experience he got was through bar-backing— watching the bartenders work and asking them questions. “You’re not going to become a good bartender by taking a one-week course for $100,” Recchia said. “You need to be covered in beer, picking exploded glass out of your hand while taking three drink orders, all the while having to pee, to be good. You’ll get there with time.” Junior journalism major Shannon Hurley, a bartender at Fette Sau in Fishtown, said one of the biggest misconceptions about student bartenders is they’re only in it for the tips. “That’s a huge part of the job obviously, but speaking for myself, I genuinely love

You need to be “ covered in beer, picking exploded glass out of your hand while taking three drink orders ... You’ll get there with time.

Kathy Haas | Exhibits co-curator


Scott Greer (left) and Amanda Schoonover perform in “Rizzo.”

was in terms of history and what people think and just play the part.” As a native of Atlanta, Greer himself did not have his own Rizzo story from the 1960s and ‘70s. His preparation for the role, however, unbeknownst to himself, initiated two decades ago. In a chance decision, Greer read Paolantonio’s book after moving to Philadelphia in the early 1990s. “I was fascinated with his contradictions even before playing him,” Greer said. “I certainly never imagined when I read the book that I would be playing him.” After receiving the role 20 years later, Greer reviewed several parts of the book in preparation for the show, paricularly segments regarding Rizzo’s relationship with his father. Alongside Canuso,

Greer studied videos of Rizzo, concentrating on his speech pattern and mannerisms. Aside from these technical aspects, Greer and Canuso enriched the play by interviewing individuals who had direct experiences with Rizzo, like former Philadelphia mayor Wilson Goode, former Pennsylvania state senator Vince Fumo and Rizzo’s political strategist Martin Weinberg, who is also a character in the production. “We did not want to have a cartoon of this man,” Canuso said. “Rather than having to look or talk exactly like him, it was more about finding the essence of him ... this truthful and honest sense of him.” * grace.maiorano@temple.edu

talking to people, getting to know them and making them great drinks,” Hurley said. “It bothers me when people think I am being fake friendly just to get a decent tip out of someone.” For Hurley, bartending fell into her lap after a bartender at the restaurant quit. Ten percent of the job, Hurley said, is making the drink, but 90 percent is the social skills that make the customer’s experience enjoyable. Though there is no “typical day in the office” for a bartender, Recchia said the most typical nightlife atmosphere can be seen on Friday or Saturday night around 11 p.m. “Behind the bar, it’s loud and you can’t see that well,” Recchia said. “It’s all a part of the overdrive you’re about to shift gears into. Speed and precision become the policy while clear eye contact and lip reading becomes a skill.” While Recchia enjoys making drinks, he says it’s just as important to be good at networking as it is to make a cocktail. “Sure, you make the meanest alcoholic root beer float, but if you’re only posting your check-ins at work and not out there drinking and meeting people in other bar scenes, you’re not going to be much of name, are you?” Recchia said. * logan.beck@temple.edu




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Bella Vista eatery gets a mezcal makeover New Mexican restaurant La Casa de tu Madre was formerly the gastropub Growlers. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News


Alexis Karris shakes a cocktail at La Casa de tu Madre, which opened Oct. 18.

Alumnus and restaurateur Jason Evenchik set out to perform a task usually reserved for reality TV: flip a restaurant in one month. Thanks to Evenchik's efforts, former gastropub Growlers is now Mexican restaurant La Casa de tu Madre at 800 Fitzwater St., specializing in accessible Mexican street food and tequila. Evenchik, 42, owns a handful of bars and restaurants throughout Philly. The Massachusetts native spent years traveling in Europe, even managing a bar in southern Portugal, before coming to Philly in 2003. Evenchik and his wife, a Paris, France native, planned to only spend six months in the city, but they decided to stay. Evenchik graduated from Temple with a double masters degree in international business and marketing. He began curating restaurants in Center City. In 2006, he opened Vintage, a wine bar at 129 S. 13th St. He also owns bars Bar, Heritage, Time and Garage. Before La Casa de tu Madre, Evenchik teamed up with business partner Jay Willard to open Growlers at 8th and Fitzwater streets in 2012. “I came in and he already had a name and a concept picked out,” Evenchik said. “There was something missing. I wanted to start with a clean slate and with something a little more accessible and fun. The whole gastropub thing— it’s kind of like the vanilla of now. You walk three blocks in any direction, you’re bound to see a bunch of tattooed guys drinking craft beer and eating wild boar sausage.” Last year, Evenchik bought out Willard. Growlers closed Sept. 27. La Casa de tu Madre opened Oct. 18. “We flipped a restaurant in four weeks— that doesn’t really happen,” chef Michael

Thomas said. With sole ownership, Evenchik wanted to recreate the restaurant’s look and menu with his own vision. The restaurant's theme is not meant to be subtle—the interior features vibrant colors, and a giant sugar skull mural keeps watch over the bar area while luchador masks are illuminated under strings of globe lights. As for the menu, Thomas wants to make fun Mexican street food. “It’s close to traditional but there are some things that I didn’t do,” Thomas said. “For example, our mole sauce is vegetarian. There’s no vegetarian mole sauce in Mexico, but I did it so that more people can try it. It’s sweet, rich and hearty. I took all the techniques of making it but excluded the lard and chicken stock.” The bar houses 25 tequilas and five mezcals, liquor made from the maguey plant. Bartender Billy Russell is happy to tell patrons which tequila type and cocktail they should be drinking based on other liquor preferences. “I always tell people to try reposados, which are tequilas aged in oak barrels that used to be used for bourbon,” Russell said. “They’ll age for six months to a year. Reposados are almost like a whiskey. Anejos are more like a bourbon. You get a lot of vanilla and a black pepper spice to some of them.” Cocktail choices include La Yerba—“The Herb” in Spanish—a mojito made with tequila in place of rum and cilantro instead of mint. Russell’s tequila pointers include the fact that a tequila can be a mezcal, but a mezcal cannot be a tequila. And yes, some of the mezcal bottles might contain what is known as the mezcal worm. Yes, they are edible. No, they are not hallucinogenic. The kitchen at La Casa de tu Madre is open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar is open until 2 a.m. daily. * madeline.presland@temple.edu *Editors note: Assistant Multimedia Editor Harrison Brink is currently an employ of La Casa de tu Madre. He played no role in the reporting process of this article.

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Joseph Green, owner of Affinity Confections, features a variety of cupcakes on his menu made from fresh, seasonal goods.

Alumnus applies abstract art to cupcakes Joseph Green recently opened his own bakery and confection company, Affinity Confections. By MELISSA BELLERJEAU The Temple News In December 2013, alumnus Joseph Green launched Affinity Confections, a bakery and confection company tailored toward high-end clientele specializing in cupcakes, bars, tarts, sauces, curds and shortbread—all made inhouse with fresh ingredients. Green, a 2012 business alumnus, said he grew up baking, often with his grandmother. In his younger days, he considered going to culinary school but said he didn't want to be stuck working under someone else. Choosing Temple was a “strategic decision” for Green; he hoped to gain business connections and experience at the university. But as a Fox student, Green discovered much more than business tactics. “I really got into art while I was here at Temple,” Green said. “I really like abstract art. I’ll relate colors and patterns to flavors and textures.” In particular, Green favored inspiration

from artists like Salvador Dali and Banksy, and enjoys applying his artistic tastes to his baked goods. Affinity Confections also has a “heavy fashion influence,” Green said. Like fashion designers have seasonal lines, the bakery has seasonal collections, ensuring freshness and quality. The baking industry is following the trend of consumers pursuing healthier products, Green said, and he is health-conscious himself. By creating his own sauces and curds, Green is able to control the amount of calories in his products. He also focuses on making appropriate portion sizes. While studying at Temple, Green interned at the Night Kitchen Bakery. He credits the internship to “good old networking.” “A friend of mine knew the owner, and I sat down with her and let her know that I wanted to analyze the business structure,” Green said. While at Night Kitchen, he learned about technical aspects of the business, like shelf life and managing inventory, and worked with the restaurant’s pastry chefs. “Joe was very enthusiastic and a hard worker,” Night Kitchen Bakery owner Amy Edelman said. “He asked the right questions, took notes and took the job seriously. Young

people with this attitude are not common.” “It’s a tough business with a small bottom line, and the job itself is very demanding—on your feet for eight to 12 hours, weekends and holidays are often a requirement,” Edelman added. “Internships can help an inexperienced person determine if the industry is a good fit.” For Green, it all comes down to never compromising, he said—something he mentioned in one of Dwight Carey’s entrepreneurship classes where he was asked to give a presentation. Green considers Carey, an assistant professor in Fox School of Business, one of his most influential professors while at Temple. “I discussed the startup costs of opening a bakery and felt that this initial capital outlay would stop him,” Carey said. “It did not. He was able to find a commercial incubator for bakers where you would rent baking equipment by the hour or some other time period. He could then concentrate on developing and selling his products. He did this all on his own, which is typical of his determination to succeed and overcome the odds and succeed.” * melissa.bellerjeau@temple.edu

Steaks and Frankie Olivieri of Pat’s King of Steaks to sing a Cheesesteak Anthem. “So many cheesesteak places, that span across this nation, this is where we make them so well,” Luke sang to a slightly intoxicated, but cheerful crowd. “It is the one food that we all love the most, no sandwich anywhere can even come close.” The ode to cheesesteaks stuck in my head as I experienced the highlight of my day—the largest cheesesteak in the world. The festival honored the sandwich by reclaiming a record previously set by a South Philadelphia native in Tuscon, Arizona, who made a 426-foot steak in 2011. Steve’s Prince of Steaks supplied the meat, cheese and labor to fill the 480-foot Amoroso roll with classic steak. Those who donated to Alex’s Lemon-

killer crowds “andDespite cramped spaces,

the festival was truly a celebration—not just of Philly’s iconic sandwich, but of the city itself.

ade Stand could take a piece home. Despite killer crowds and cramped spaces, the festival was truly a celebration—not just of Philly’s iconic sandwich, but of the city itself. I left feeling like I desperately needed to eat something green and leafy in the very near future, and with a tinge of pride to have partook in the weird, very cheesy, very Philly afternoon. * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @by_paigegross






South Street Magic hosted its first annual Halloween-themed show Oct. 30 in the South Street Magic Theatre at 617 E. Passyunk Ave. Magicians Seth Rovner, Patrick James and Dan Hauss performed in the one-hour show. Rovner, owner of South Street Magic, opened the show with card tricks to engage the audience. Guest magician Patrick James’ performance followed as the lead act. James incorporated antique photographs, specifically one of a woman named Vivian, into his act. James’ performance was centralized around the energy Vivian’s photo conveyed. Some of the magic tricks included preventing water from pouring out of an open water bottle, breaking a light bulb without touching it and placing a live tarantula on a woman’s shoulder. Dan Hauss, a weekly performer at the theater, closed the show with comedic magic acts like placing a twenty-dollar bill inside an unpeeled lemon and pulling a bowling ball out of a laptop-size briefcase. Delaware native Dan Adelman frequents Dan Hauss’ performances. “He’s funny,” Adelman said. “Today he was even funnier. It really helps his magic because he’s funny and it distracts you from what’s really going on.” South Street Magic has been open for more than five years. It doubles as a store and weekly performance venue for magicians.


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we also want to be level headed and not expand too quickly.” Kerr recently has been in talks with Rollo Dilworth, the chair of Boyer School of Music and Dance music education and music therapy programs, about creating a partnership so Boyer students can volunteer with the nonprofit. Beyond the Bars has also recently partnered with Rock to the Future and Settlement Music School to create after-school music programs. “When they leave the prison, they have an outlet now,” Kerr said. Kerr plans to get a recording studio inside PICC to record the students’ music, which will be played on WXPN radio through an additional partnership. The Chester County native said his own experience with music helped him realize how beneficial the program could be.


Matt Kerr hopes to partner with Boyer School of Music and Dance.

The look on a kid’s face—doesn’t “matter about their background— when they jam with someone for the first time is the best. Matt Kerr | Beyond the Bars founder

“The look on a kids face— doesn’t matter about their background—when they jam with someone for the first time is the best,” Kerr said. “I told the kids, ‘All of the stuff you hear on the radio, their emotions, those experiences, none of it is more important than what you are going through. Let’s just find a way to express that.’ I could tell they really stuck to that.” In regards to his upcoming plans, Kerr added expanding slowly is crucial, as Beyond the Bars doesn't yet have the funding to be his full-time job. In time he believes that will change. “These are kids,” Kerr said. “They have done some stuff, but they have such goodness in them. They deserve to have those feelings of self-love and self-advocacy.” * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu


The MathThematic exhibit will remain on display at the Esther Klein Gallery at 3600 Market Street this month. The exhibit features works that explores mathematical aspects of art like geometric patterns and hyperbolic models. The show includes video displays, textile designs and traditional two-dimensional paintings. The show will be on display until Nov 20. -Angela Gervasi


Restaurant and beer boutique Hawthornes at 738 S. 11th St. is hosting a fallthemed block party this Saturday. 11th and Fitzwater streets will be closed off around the Bella Vista restaurant in order to take over the street and celebrate all things autumn and beer. The event is free and drink tickets are $5. In addition to live music from Minka and New Pony, there will be snacks, fire pits and seasonal activities from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Madeline Presland


The Galleries at Moore, located in the Moore College of Art and Design on 19th and Race streets, is currently showcasing the works of 28 artists in “Strange Currencies.” The exhibit examines the socio-political infrastructure of Mexico City between 1990 and 2000. The exhibit is deliberately unconventional, including media like film installations and performance art. “Strange Currencies” will remain on display at Moore until Dec 12. -Angela Gervasi



Caitlin McCormack’s piece “Widdendream” is part of her new show that opened Oct. 23 at Paradigm Gallery in Queen Village.

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ries,” said gallery co-founder Sara McCorriston. “It’s part of this ongoing cycle.” McCorriston and McCormack’s paths first crossed when they were placed in the same costume design class at the University of the Arts. After they graduated, McCorriston gravitated toward curation and went on to create Paradigm with co-director Jason Chen. Shortly after she left the University of the Arts with a BFA in illustration, McCormack found herself grappling with the deaths of her grandparents. The lifechanging turn of events inspired her distinctive artistic voice. McCormack’s grandmother taught her how to crochet years before; her grandfather carved elaborate birds from wood. “I wanted to do something meditative and kind of repetitive

to help me deal with the grief, so I decided to create kind of a synthesis of both of their art forms and that came out of it,” McCormack said. As her grandfather once did, McCormack renders representations of animals, choosing both mythological and real creatures that represent significant events in her own memory. For example, a crocheted sculpture of a kitten’s skeleton on display symbolizes McCormack’s one-year-old black cat that she fears losing one day. “I associate certain events with the squirrel that I saw outside the window when I was having a fight with this person, or the dog that walked down the street when I was coping with this," McCormack said. "My memories kind of cling to whatever animal was present at the time.” After studying and sketching the skeleton of an animal, McCormack begins to crochet parts and pieces using symbolic numbers instead of patterns and fine cotton

string instead of yarn. Just as time and emotion often alter one’s perception of the past, McCormack said she freely allows her “pseudoscientific” work to diverge from anatomical accuracy. “I don’t want to render a spoton representation of the form,” McCormack said. “I want it to be kind of warped by time and memory and my own visual biases.” Although “Mnemosyne” is the third exhibition at Paradigm to showcase McCormack’s crocheted works, both McCormack and McCorriston have noticed a shift in the art form as it has grown and developed. “I think I’ve seen the extent of it and then she surprises me again,” McCorriston said. “Storm of Uncles,” one of the more grandiose pieces in the exhibit, includes a menagerie of skeletons that McCormack has seemingly suspended using carefully calculated cuts of plexiglass. The piece—encased in a glass box more than three feet tall—was a

challenge for McCormack, but has presented a new direction for the artist, who said she intends to experiment with depth and hovering figures. “It’s a piece you stand in front of and observe for such a longtime, and every time I find myself going back and standing in front of it still regularly because there’s so many things I’m feeling about it and taking from it,” McCorriston said. Recently, McCormack has been working through the medium of vintage furniture. Works like “Mansion of Prodigies” displays a hulking crocheted figure atop an antique bureau, with skeletons lurking inside of the chest’s drawers. “The work isn’t made to be seen necessarily—it’s made to be found,” McCormack said. The exhibit will remain on display at Paradigm until Dec. 12.

From now until Sunday, the historic Powel House hosts the Mechanical Theater’s performances of “Much Ado About Nothing.” The 18th century home and surroundings of Society Hill serve as a backdrop to the witty Shakespearean play. The outdoor performances run at $15 a ticket with various performance times. Tickets can be purchased by going to Philalandmarks.org and clicking on the events page. -Emily Scott


The play, “Equivocation,” is running at the Arden Theatre through Dec. 13. In early 17th-century London, an emerging playwright named Shagspeare is given a royal commission to write a historical play about an act of treason. There is, however, something misleading about the government’s account of the event. Shag is now forced with a dilemma— losing his soul in writing a lie or losing his head in telling the truth. Tickets range from $15 to $50. -Grace Maiorano


“Bonnie and Clyde” is playing through Dec. 6 at the Eagle Theatre. The two nobodies from West Texas grab the attention of the nation. The inevitable fate of the dangerous couple gets closer and closer in this musical by Frank Wildhorn, Don Black and Ivan Menchell. Tickets range from $30-40. -Grace Maiorano

* angela.gervasi@temple.edu



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nancial Field for the featured game. This was GameDay’s second time in Philadelphia and first time covering Temple football. “I think we made a really good choice coming to Philly,” Howard told The Temple News before the game. “It’s not often that you get the chance to come here and cover the Temple Owls football so when we have those rare opportunities, it’s important that you take advantage of them.” “I don’t think that they’re afraid of any challenges, this is a game that [Temple players] look forward to playing,” he added. “I think they may embrace the underdog role. Watching them, it seems like they’re just a gritty, resilient team and I respect them, and I like them personally.” The special guest for this episode was Philadelphia’s own Phillie Phanatic. The Phanatic and Temple’s mascot Hooter both came up on stage at one point in the segment to be a part of the analyst’s choices for winners of the days’ games. From Temple’s Diamond Marching Band to students dressed in costumes and cherry and white, the environment outside Independence Hall was filled with school spirit. “The atmosphere seems that everybody is starting to generate a buzz about what Temple has accomplished so far,” Howard said. One of the biggest traditions of College GameDay is signs attendees bring along with them to be seen behind the analysts. One sign a Temple fan held was one that read “In Gingers We Trust,” referencing Temple’s red-haired linebacker, Tyler Matakevich. Another sign referenced popular television show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and read “The Gang Takes on ESPN College GameDay,” which ended up winning an award from Pizza

Hut, a sponsor of the event. Hundreds of other signs were held, including jokes about the show’s analysts, Brian Kelly, the head coach of Notre Dame and John Cena. Lindsay Durkalec, a junior communication studies major, went to GameDay excited about the exposure this event would bring to Temple. “I think it’s pretty awesome that [GameDay] came here to [Philadelphia], because football hasn’t been that big and this is something that is giving us more and more publicity,” she said. Drummer in the Diamond Band Troy Gillespie said he had never seen a turnout like this for Temple football. “This is my senior year, so I’ve seen the ups and downs of this program and to see this happen today is one of the most amazing things possible,” said Gillespie, a senior management and information studies major. Temple alumni and community members also turned out in droves for the full GameDay experience. Nick Jajko, a 2006 alumnus, came with his family. Jajko runs a podcast about Temple football and has had season tickets since 2007. “It’s pretty great seeing everyone coming out and supporting Temple,” Jajko said. “I think college football in the city wasn’t a big thing before this.” Karen and John Henry, parents of two Temple alumni, came out to support their children’s school. “This is wonderful, this is absolutely wonderful—the spirit is great,” Karen Henry said. They both added they have had some lonely times in the stands over the years when Temple football struggled to win. “We’ve had a long, hard road with Temple football so this is the day we’ve been waiting for,” John Henry said. * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple. edu

“I’ve seen the ups and downs of

this program and to see this happen today is one of the most amazing things possible.

Troy Gillespie | senior management and information studies major


The Oct. 31 taping of College GameDay marked its second visit to Philadelphia, the first being for the Harvard—University of Pennsylvania game in 2002.


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the Israeli police. He explained as he was watching a protest take place from an alley afar, two members of the Israeli police came from behind and attacked him viciously. Dina Elabd, a senior biology major and member of SJP, said most of the students at Temple are not as informed as they should be about the

ongoing violence in Palestine. “It would be a surprise to meet someone who actually knows what is happening in Palestine,” Elabd said. “The events that SJP holds make the attendees much more aware of the events in this country.” “SJP is not exclusively just for Palestinians, it is for everyone who believes in this common cause … anyone can be part of this multicultural group,” she added. Kelsey Hollenbach, a senior women’s studies major and vice

be a surprise “Ittowould meet someone who actually knows what is happening in Palestine.

Dina Elabd | senior biology major

president of SJP, said the group aims to hold these types of events once a year. Along with the organized rallies, they also provide teachings and film screenings for students who wish to learn more about these issues. This particular event was targeted to benefit Playgrounds for Palestine, an organization that builds playgrounds for kids in Palestine. SJP provided half of its $2,000 proceeds to this cause. Although the issues were seri-

ous, organizers said the event proved to be inspiring and entertaining. Elabd, who attended the fundraiser two years ago, returned to witness the same passion that inspired her to be a part of SJP. “People get very passionate at these type of events because they begin to reminisce on their culture,” Elabd said. “There’s also traditional dance and traditional food, which reminds them of their country.” * gail.vivar@temple.edu

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later cardiac issues if left untreated. She decided to take initiative her sophomore year to get herself treated, and she eventually found out about Jaroszewski, one of the top surgeons to perform the operation. Uhl flew out to Arizona during the summer and after receiving the surgery, she realized how much the bars made a difference in helping her breathe. But the process from learning

frustrating for Uhl to work with Jaroszewski’s time zone and schedule. Jaroszewski’s pectus coordinator Kelly Myers and nurse Marianne Merritt helped Uhl, and Uhl’s assistant professor of management information systems James Moustafellos allowed her to build the website, drjpectus.com. as a passing assignment for his class. A chance encounter on a plane to Arizona with a patient named Victoria, who was scheduled to be operated on by Jaroszewski, also showed Uhl how she could offer the perspective of someone who had gone

“I couldn’t have picked a better mentor and it just happened by accident.” Rebecca Uhl | senior marketing major

about pectus to getting on the operating table was a overwhelming experience for Uhl because of the lack of clear, concise information. So Uhl, wanting to help Jaroszewski raise awareness for the condition, decided to use her technological and marketing skills to build a website that would inform pectus patients on everything they needed to know before and after treatment. The next six months dedicated to the site were rigorous and often

through the surgery. “I ended up literally walking Victoria to and from the operating room,” Uhl said. “It changed my perspective about things—walking another patient to the operating room and being with them through the recovery. The questions she would ask were the same questions I had.” With a Facebook page and walkthrough videos of what to expect on the day of surgery, Jaroszewski said she’s seen a noticeable difference

with patients. “I see patients that say they would have never come here or gone to surgery without the information that [Rebecca] put out there and made easily available,” Jaroszewski said. On Oct. 24, Uhl held a presentation for medical students on Main Campus that described her reconstructive surgery. Jaroszewski attended the event via Skype for Uhl to tell her story. Uhl is grateful to Jaroszewski, not just for the surgery but for the valuable lessons she’s gained along the way. After not getting an internship at Biomet, the company that produces the bars supporting her chest, Jaroszewski suggested she apply for an internship with Mayo Clinic. Uhl got the position and worked at the clinic this past summer. She now wants to pursue technologybased healthcare marketing. “I couldn’t have picked a better mentor and it just happened by accident,” Uhl said. “For me, if I can help improve the patient experience, if I can help someone be less scared about going to the operating room ... then my job is done.” This upcoming summer marks two big events for Uhl: graduation in May and a surgery to have the bars removed in July. She hopes to then introduce Jaroszewski to an extreme sports trip. “I might be able to get her to go hang gliding,” Uhl said. * albert.hong@temple.edu


Rebecca Uhl (left), received treatment for her pectus excavatum from Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, who is now a mentor to her in pursuing healthcare marketing.


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Vaping culture present around campus and local community


LEADERSHIP Philadelphia recently recognized 120 influential leaders in Philadelphia to be a part of its Core Class of 2016. Fox School of Business Director of Communications and Creative Services Jodi Weisberg made the list at No. 115. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Leadership Philadelphia is a nonprofit founded in 1959 that annually recognizes great leaders who enhance civic knowledge and awareness. -Michaela Winberg


Students can attend the Study Abroad Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tuttleman Learning Center lobby. The fair is geared toward students interested in studying abroad, but do not know where to start. Students will have the chance to meet with staff, faculty and program providers to learn more about each program and financing the trips. For more information about the fair and study abroad programs, students can visit studyabroad.temple.edu. -Andrea Odjemski



Vapordelphia, a smoke shop on 9th Street near South, sells vaporizers and accessories.

Vaping has been a growing trend on Main Campus. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News Smoking cigarettes is nothing new for Temple students, and the community has continued efforts to reduce the practice around Main Campus. But a new player on Temple’s tobacco scene may help do just that: vaping. Vaping is the common term for using an e-cigarette or vaporizer, which heats liquid to produce vapor the user inhales. The vapor, which can be odorless or scented, allows users to get their nicotine without the tobacco. Krysta Decker, a sophomore kinesiology major who smokes, said she sees people vaping on campus “all the time.” Many people have turned to vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, like Colby Meyer, a senior broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media major. He smoked cigarettes for a year, prior to quitting six months ago when he started to vape.

“[Vaping] doesn’t smell and I like the taste, plus, all the health problems with smoking,” Meyer said. Joe Yu, manager of Vapordelphia, a smoke shop on 9th Street near South where students can buy vaping products, is a former smoker, and shared Meyer’s reasons for switching. “I stopped smoking around the time when we opened up the store, which is around like two years ago now,” Yu said. “I was a pack, a pack-and-a-half a day smoker. [Vaping] is definitely a lot better because I can definitely breathe a lot better now ... and I can sleep through the night now and I don’t have to hack up a lung.” Although many start vaping to quit smoking, there are users who see it more as a recreational activity. “There is a recreational side ... there are some [people who vape] that never smoked cigarettes,” Yu said. Yu added the age group for Vapordelphia’s customers ranges from college-aged to people in their 60s or 70s, suggesting a wide breadth of appeal for several demographics. Meyers agreed, saying cigarettes are looked down upon more by the public with the presence of vaping.

E-cigarettes, still new to the market, have not yet faced much regulation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated in an article that “little is actually known yet about the health risks of using these devices.” Bradley Collins, an associate professor in the College of Public Health, believes vaping should not be assumed to be much safer than smoking. “There does not appear to be any evidence that e-cigarettes or vaping is safe,” Collins said. “Many of the same carcinogens in tobacco smoke are also found in e-cigarette vapor, including traces of heavy metals.” City authorities have also expressed concerns about vaping’s health effects and how the city and state should handle taxing such products. In April 2014, Mayor Nutter signed a bill that outlawed sales of the products to minors and prohibited vaping in workplaces, bars, restaurants and similar public venues. Ashley Mease, a senior psychology major at Temple and a student that smokes cigarettes, commented on the role vaping has in society and the appeal of its culture. “It is super trendy—everyone is doing it,” Mease said. * grace.shallow@temple.edu

“[Vaping] is definitely

a lot better because I can definitely breathe a lot better now ... and I don’t have to hack up a lung. Joe Yu | manager of Vapordelphia

The Tyler School of Art will offer two buses this weekend for students to attend events in Philadelphia and New York City. Both buses will leave from 13th and Diamond streets and are first-come, first-served. Friday at 6 p.m., a bus will take students to the First Friday Art Crawl in Old City. The bus will drop students off at the Betsy Ross House on Arch between 2nd and 3rd streets. Riders will be provided a gallery map and listing of art openings in the area. The bus will pick students up to bring them back to Main Campus at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at 8:30 a.m., students can ride the Temple bus to Chelsea art galleries and the IFPDA Print Fair in New York, NY. The bus will drop students off in Chelsea on West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues. At 1 p.m., the bus will leave Chelsea and drop students at the Armory at 643 Park Avenue for the Print Fair. The bus will return to Main Campus at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Print Fair are $10 with an OwlCard, and students can register at events. temple.edu by clicking “Free Bus Trip to NYC: Chelsea Art Galleries and IFPDA Print Fair.” -Michaela Winberg


The Temple University Alumni Association will participate in the Global Day of Service to spread alumni pride and make a difference in local communities. Taking place all day Saturday, the event will feature groups of Temple alumni from across the globe, in places like Hartford, Connecticut, Los Angeles, California and Tokyo, Japan. In Philadelphia, students and alumni will unite to help local charities like the Ronald McDonald House, Philabundance and Philly Urban Creators. To register for the event, students and alumni can visit alumni.temple.edu, click “Events” and click “Global Day of Service.” -Michaela Winberg



John Basenfelder, a third-year law student, vapes outside Barrack Hall before his 5:30 p.m. class.

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On Thursday, students can learn more about Disney Pixar’s latest film, “The Good Dinosaur, “ and its creation. Award-winning character art director Matt Nolte will be showing behindthe-scenes presentations about how this latest film was created. Nolte is known for working on “Cars,” “Ratatouille” and “Brave.” Students can register for the event by tomorrow at the event page on events.temple. edu. -Andrea Odjemski

“Would you have attended College GameDay if it happened in an on-campus stadium?”




“It wouldn’t make all that big of a difference. It saves you a commute there but Lincoln Financial is also a real nice stadium.”

“I think it would’ve been nicer to have the tailgates here but where they want to put the stadium, I don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

“I would definitely go. It saves me the trip [and] I would only need to walk two blocks.”







Owls ranked for 3rd-straight week “I fell down on my head and blacked out a little bit,” Bryant said following the game. Through eight games, Bryant is second on the team in recpetions and yards receiving with 26 catches for 287 yards. The Tampa, Florida native also has one touchdown catch this season. -Michael Guise


The Owls opened their season Saturday with two individual victories at the Temple Open at the Liacouras Center. In a field of 20 teams, senior Fatima Largaespada placed first in foil with six victories in the elimination rounds. Freshman Blessing Olaode went undefeated in the first meet of her collegiate career in the sabre division. In epee, sophomore Safa Ibrahim led the Owls with a second place result, and junior Alexandra Keft finished third. In foil, the Owls had four finishers inside the Top 10. Three Temple fencers placed in the saber, as well as in the epee. -Mark McCormick


The women’s and men’s cross country teams competed at the American Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend. Read online at temple-news.com


After falling to Notre Dame 24-20 Saturday, the Owls stayed in the AP Top 25 Poll. Temple, the No. 23 team in the poll, dropped two spots from last week after Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame, the thenNo. 9 team in the AP Poll. The Owls are one of three American Athletic Conference teams ranked in the poll. Memphis is No. 15, while Houston is the No. 18 team. Temple has been ranked for three consecutive weeks. In the Amway Coaches Poll, the Owls were ranked No. 23, dropping one spot from last week. The team received 164 points, 35 behind No. 22 University of California, Los Angeles—who was ranked No. 25 last week.

Memphis remained No. 16 after defeating Tulane 41-13 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee Saturday. Houston moved up one spot to No. 18 this week after defeating Vanderbilt University 34-0 Saturday at TDECU Stadium in Houston. -Michael Guise


Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Ventell Bryant left Saturday’s game against Notre Dame in the fourth quarter after catching a pass from junior quarterback P.J. Walker. Before leaving Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Notre Dame, Bryant had six receptions for a season-high 91 yards. His previous game high of 41 yards receiving came Sept. 5 in the Owls’ 27-10 victory against Penn State.


Seniors Kelly Farrell, Erin Lafferty and freshman Jordan Nash received American Athletic Conference seasonal honors. Farrell and Lafferty were named to the all-conference second team, while Nash was selected to the all-rookie team. Farrell led The American with 12 goals and totaled 27 points, tied for first with Central Florida’s Carol Rodrigues. Lafferty was selected to the all-conference first team on the heels of setting a program record for games played at 78 and scoring a career-high seven goals. Nash earned all-rookie team honors for her efforts in replacing The American’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, senior Shauni Kerkhoff. Nash had three shutouts and 65 saves. -Tom Reifsnyder

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some old bad habits to be honest,” Freeman said. “We became very individual that game, and since then we’ve realized that when you do play as a team you can be successful, like our last three games. So I would love another shot at UConn.” In the team’s ovetime victory Saturday against Villanova, the squad’s fourth consecutive win, the Wildcats outshot Temple 13-9 and had 17 penalty corners. “We have to play quality defense all over the ball, and it starts with how we press,” Freeman said. “We also need to transition quickly out the back, so we can build through the midfield to get offensive opOwls at Villanova Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m.


Tyler Davis attempts to spike the ball during the Owls’ 3-2 loss Oct. 23 to Houston at McGonigle Hall.

Davis hails from athletic family Continued from page 22


Priot to coming to Temple, Tyler Davis played for Xavier College Preparatory High School and traveled 90 miles every day to compete for the 951 Elite Volleyball Club. “I drove myself to practice,” Tyler Davis said. “It was a three-hour round trip. I would get home at midnight. ... It was self-motivation.” In her first year as an Owl, Tyler Davis played in 22 matches and ranked fifth on the team with 131 kills, averaging 2.22 kills per set. As a sophomore, Tyler Davis played 104 sets and led the team with 318 kills, averaging 3.06 per set. This season, Tyler Davis ranks second on the team with 243 kills, averaging 2.89 kills per set and hitting 24.8 percent. John Davis flew from his home in

Colorado Springs, Colorado to watch his daughter play college volleyball for the first time when the Owls hosted the Alumni Weekend Tournament April 25. “It was unbelievable to see her play and be in the gym,” John Davis Owls at Tulane Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

said. “I wish I could see her play at some of the other schools during the year.” John Davis, who received more college basketball scholarship offers than baseball scholarship offers, said Tyler Davis is different from her two brothers, Cole and Austin. “The passion, the drive, the dedication is something that you are born with,” John Davis said. “You can’t teach it. You can’t coach it. You didn’t have to tell her to leave because practice is soon. She was always ready and

always there.” Tyler Davis’ roommate and teammate, junior outside hitter Caroline Grattan knew her for more than a year before learning her dad played in the MLB. “I didn’t even realize until my sophomore year when one of the Temple baseball players was talking,” Grattan said. “She said, ‘Yeah, my dad played professional baseball.’” Grattan said the motivation from an athletic parent is not exlusive to Tyler Davis. “Genetics wise, we both have talked about this, we both were pushed mentally by our parents to succeed in athletics,” Grattan said. “It’s the young mindset of your dad just pushing you harder that helped her reach this level.”

portunities in our front half.” In their last four wins, the Owls offense totaled 11 goals on 55 shots, an average of 2.75 goals per game and 13.75 shots per game. That mark is better than the one goal per game and 11.8 shots per game the team was averaging in its first five losses in October. With a 10-player senior class, the Owls have more seniors on their team than all other Big East Conference squads, and Foran said the team’s experience from the 2014 Big East tournament will aid them this season. “When you’ve been in that position before I think that you’re more comfortable in it,” Foran said. “As a freshman I was a lot more nervous, but as the years go on you get more comfortable, more confident and know that you should be there. You just don’t really doubt yourself.” * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu

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Forward Sarah Keer defends during the Owls’ 3­-2 overtime win Saturday againt Villanova.




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“We knew how we matched up against them,” redshirt-junior defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike said. “We should have won the game. … It came down to who made the last play.” Fuller got behind senior cornerback Tavon Young and Kizer zipped the pass to the leaping wide receiver in the right corner of the end zone before redshirt-senior safety Will Hayes could make a play on the ball. “It was definitely a play we should have had,” sophomore defensive back Sean Chandler said. “It was on us. It was nothing they did. They

be honest, I felt like we could have “wonTo the game. It was unfortunate that we lost.”


The football team runs on the field Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls were defeated by Notre Dame, 24-20.

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took center stage on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. “It was fun just for Temple, right?” Rhule said. “What I said to the team before our game was this, ‘GameDay and ESPN being there and all that … that was for our fans. That was for our university, who we’re very proud to represent.’” The promotion surrounding Saturday night’s contest was a matchup between two Top 25 teams that was

of 12,000 people. This was the moment.” In Saturday night’s loss, Temple had a platform to prove its legitimacy to a national audience—the Owls stayed in the rankings at No. 23 in Sunday’s AP Poll in spite of the defeat. “They learned that we can play with anybody,” redshirt-junior defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the No. 1 team in the country. ... We can play with anybody. We have a lot of talent, and we have … some great coaches. It’s just the beginning of a great

We didn’t even know how big it was outside of football, outside of the facility. Praise Martin-Oguike | redshirt-junior defensive lineman

Owls at Southern Methodist Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

unexpected prior to the season. The then-No. 21 Owls, who were ranked for the first time since 1979 after not being ranked during the preseason, came into Saturday night’s game with an opportunity to measure themselves against a Top 10 team. “If they’re not sure how good they are, now they know,” Rhule said. “It’s not like we caught Notre Dame at 11 o’clock in the morning in front

team.” The attendance for the Owls’ contest with the Irish was the highest for a Temple Football game at the Linc, breaking the previous record of 69,176 set Sept. 5 in a 27-10 win against Penn State. The team, which watched pieces of ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast Saturday morning, did not realize the magnitude of the events surround-

ing the game. “Just being able to weather the storm and keep noise out, we did a great job of that,” Martin-Oguike said. “We didn’t even know how big it was outside of football, outside of the facility.” The Owls’ 7-0 start prior to their game against Notre Dame was the best in program history. Saturday was the second time since 1979 Temple played a game as a ranked team— the last was Oct. 22 in a 24-14 win against East Carolina. Junior running back Jahad Thomas said while additional attention on the team was frustrating at times, it is a sign of the accomplishments for the team this season. “I’m kind of glad that this week is over, just with all the cameras and stuff in your face after practice,” Thomas said. “But you know as college athletes and just as players, you have to expect these things when you’re winning, being 7-0, when you’re playing a team like Notre Dame. … You just have to embrace it.” The team hopes this moment will not be the crowning achievement of its season. “We worked very hard, so it’s about time we got some kind of coverage,” Martin-Oguike said. “It’s not the greatest thing to happen to us. There’s going to be greater things to come.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue

Ventell Bryant | redshirt-freshman wide receiver

weren’t just way better than us.” The Fighting Irish totaled four plays of 30-or-more yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-run on third down by freshman tight end Alize Jones on the team’s game-winning drive. Notre Dame was 6-for-14 on third down, the second-highest conversion rate allowed by Temple’s defense this season and the second time this season the Owls allowed their opponent to convert more than four third downs. “It was definitely disappointing,” senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “We had them. It was on us.” Despite having fewer first downs, total yards and third down conversions, Bryant said the wrong team was victorious Saturday night. “To be honest, I felt like we could have won the game,” Bryant said. “It was unfortunate that we lost.” The Owls, who suffered their first loss since a 14-6 defeat against Cincinnati Nov. 29, 2014, remain in first place in The American with a 4-0 record. With four conference games remaining, Temple holds a two-game lead over Cincinnati and South Florida. The Owls’ will travel to Tampa, Florida to play the Bulls Nov. 14. “Our goal is to win a conference championship,” Matakevich said. “At the end of the day, that game has no effect on that.” * michael.guise@temple.edu




The Owls stand on the field following their 24-20 loss to Notre Dame Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Forde, track & field team ready to move on Continued from page 22


former senior associate athletic director who oversaw the women’s programs, are being sued along with the university by former athlete Ebony Moore for $10 million in damages on claims of harassment, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. A 2014 investigation by The Temple News into the university’s men’s and women’s track & field teams found that Mobley, who coached men’s and women’s track & field until his resignation in June 2014, was accused of verbal abuse, intimidation and dereliction of his coaching duties. “Two years ago, people were frustrated and sad,” senior jumper Imani Shell said. “The general together happiness wasn’t there. When we were together, it was more complaining, and we didn’t feel great about doing anything.”

Jacques wondered how she was going to fit in with the team. “Freshman year was very difficult,” Jacques said. “I remember talking to my family about it. They couldn’t understand why I was so upset, and I can’t pinpoint what made me upset. I love Temple as a school, but my experience, I wish it was better.” While Foley continued to oversee women’s basketball, crew, rowing and women’s volleyball, Senior Associate Athletic Director Joe Giunta replaced Foley as the department’s track & field administrator July 1, 2014. Giunta left Temple in May 2015 to become director of athletics at Dickinson College. Foley left the university in July to become an assistant women’s basketball coach at Lafayette University under coach Theresa Grentz, who she played for at Rutgers University in the 1980s. “[Foley] just went back to coaching,” Athletic Director Pat Kraft told The Temple News Oct. 14. “I think

we were all surprised.” Another administrator who is no longer with the program is former Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of Compliance and Studentathlete Affairs Sherryta Freeman. Associate Director in-charge of Compliance and Student-athlete Affairs Kristy Bannon Sromovsky replaced Freeman in July after she left the university to be the senior associate athletic director for student development at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s not 2014 anymore,” coach Elvis Forde said. “There is a new person at the helm, a new approach.” This offseason, the Owls brought in seven recruits, three of whom will focus on track events while the other four will run cross country races and middle-distance track events. “We got some good girls,” Jacques said. “Definitely some good assets to the team.” Since becoming coach, Forde has used an “open door policy” at his office. Anyone on the team can stop

ago, people were frustrated and “sad.TwoTheyears general together happiness wasn’t there.” Imani Shell | senior jumper

by and talk to the second-year coach about the team, school or life. “My experiences over the years have given me a level of maturity and understanding that I know the situation is going to be different,” Forde said. “It all comes down to handling each individual situation.” Jacques said it was tough at first to trust Forde after everything that happened during her time under Mobley, but the wait has paid dividends, as she has found the passion for track & field that she lost as an underclassman. “For me and talking to the other girls, they also can relate to me on that,” Jacques said. “I went from loving track to like, ‘Is this what I want

to do?’ and coach Forde made me want to love it again.” As the team prepares for its first indoor meet of the season Dec. 5 at the Fast Time Meet in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Shell said Forde has the program headed in the right direction. “Coach Forde made it clear that he cared about us and wanted us to do well,” Shell said. “Having someone there who wants it for you makes you want it too. The caring changes a whole lot.” * michael.guise@temple.edu







Team’s eye American Athletic Conference tournament The squads will begin tournament action this week with a chance to avenge earlier losses against conference opponents. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News


Junior defender Matt Mahoney fights for the ball during the team’s 3-1 win Oct. 13 against Columbia.

Percentage Index later in the season, and the Owls finished ranked No. 73 in Division I in RPI. Junior defender Matt Mahoney cited the This time last year, the men’s soccer team quality of competition in The American as one went into the conference tournament with a of the reasons for Temple’s performance in 2-14-2 record, and left it with a 5-0 defeat at conference play. the hands of Connecticut. The American had two teams ranked in the This year, the squad enters the tournament Oct. 27 National Soccer Coaches Association with a 10-6-2 record and a chance for revenge of America poll: No. 9 Southern Methodist and against UConn, the team they haven’t beaten No. 11 South Florida. since joining the American Athletic Confer“I think on any given day any team can ence in 2013. win in our conference,” Mahoney said. “Even After a 2-0 loss to Southern Methodist Sat- the two teams at the top that are ahead by a lot urday, the Owls finished the 2015 regular sea- of points, I think on any given day the bottom son in sixth place out of the eight teams in The teams can beat any of the top teams. From third American. place to last place we’re all within three or four “I think it’s been a great turnaround sea- points of each other at the least, so I think that son,” redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex shows how competitive our conference is.” Cagle said. “As much as we would’ve liked to There are 48 teams selected for the NCAA have a better turnout in conference, I think after Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. The the statistical season we had last year this was tournament will begin Nov. 19 at non-predeterprobably one of the best possible outcomes. I mined sites, and the championship rounds are think everyone’s happy with the way we’ve Dec. 11 and 13 in Kansas City, Missouri. turned it around.” Each of the 23 major conference champiThe American Athletic Conference tour- ons earns an automatic bid, and the rest of the nament begins Nov. 7 with the higher seed in field is selected at-large. each matchup hosting the first game. The semiJunior midfielder Kevin Klett said despite finals and finals will be held at South Florida’s the fact Temple may need to win the conference Corbett Soccer Stadium Nov. 13 and 15, re- tournament to qualify for the College Cup, the spectively. Owls will have the same mindset regardless of The Owls will take on No. 3 seed UConn the circumstances. (7-5-5, 3-3-2 in the Ameri“With the competitive can), who defeated Temnature of our team, [RPI] Owls at Connecticut Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ple 2-0 in the teams’ only doesn’t put any more focus matchup this season Oct. 21. on winning with regard to “The whole team feels pretty confident the tournament,” Klett said. “I think even if we that no one team in the conference is better than knew we could get in with or without winning us,” Cagle said. “Even though our record might the tournament we’d still go in with the same not show it, we definitely feel like we were in mentality—to win it.” every game, and for the majority, we were the better team. So, I think we have a strong sense * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu T @danny_newhart we can do well in this tournament.” Conference losses hurt Temple’s Ratings

By DAN NEWHART The Temple News

Coach Seamus O’Connor and his team have hit on all of their targets this year, except one. First on O’Connor’s agenda, the Owls (12-6-1, 4-4-1 American Athletic Conference) defeated city-rival La Salle for the first time in 13 years Sept. 18. Then, the team recorded its first win in five games against Southern Methodist Oct. 22. Temple even managed to accomplish what O’Connor said may have been its most “lofty” goal—to win 12 games and set a new program record for single-season victories. “We achieved so much this year that it’s kind of like putting coins into a meter, like our confidence meter, and now we’re pretty full,” O’Connor said. “Defeating La Salle, defeating SMU, getting 12 wins ... We just feel like we can beat anybody.” Now, the Owls, the No. 6 seed in The American’s conference tournament, will attempt to hit their final target when they take on No. 3 seed Central Florida in the first round in Dallas, Texas, tonight at 7 p.m. The Knights, who are on a five-game winning streak, won The American’s regularseason conference championship in 2013 and 2014. “It’s kind of interesting that two of the hottest teams at the moment end up playing each other because they’re on a five-game streak and then we’re on a three-game win streak, so it should be a very, very good game,” O’Connor said. Temple is 0-2 in the first round of the conference tournament since the inception of The American in 2013. Southern Methodist has been the proverbial thorn in the Owls’ side the past two postseasons, defeating O’Connor’s team 2-1 last year and 3-0 in 2013. O’Connor said beating the Mustangs 3-2 this season—with two goals in the


Kaylee Harner prepares to kick the ball in the Owls’ 3-2 victory Oct. 22 against Southern Methodist. Owls at Central Florida Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.

At the start of the year, we broke “down our targets into smaller, manageable targets. ” Seamus O’Connor | coach

last five minutes of regulation—gave his team the necessary confidence to break through in the first round this year. “At the start of the year, we broke down our targets into smaller, manageable targets, and, so far, we’ve hit every single one of our targets,” O’Connor said. “And then, beating SMU now gives us the confidence that we can go in here and accomplish that other goal we had of winning a conference tournament game as well.” Central Florida has beaten the Owls each of their last three meetings since joining The American. The Owls opened conference play Sept. 24 with a 1-0 loss to the Knights in Orlando, Florida. Central Florida outshot Temple 19-4 and the Knights’ redshirt-sophomore midfielder Kayla Adamek scored the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute. Temple’s loss to Central Florida was the first in a string

of 1-0 defeats to the conference’s Top 3 teams, including The American’s No. 1 seed, Connecticut, and No. 2 seed South Florida. Senior defensive midfielder Shannon Senour said she and her teammates were too passive in their previous matchup with the Knights, and she expects to see a much different strategy from the Owls this time around. “The first time we played UCF, our game plan was kind of just to sit back a little and rest our legs and kind of get a feel for it to see what we had coming at us and, once we went down 1-0, we realized we had to change something,” Senour said. “Then in the second half we were killing it and I think that gave us the confidence that we can definitely stick with this team.” * tom.reifsnyder@temple.edu T @Tom_Reifsnyder


Owls begin prep for upcoming season The men’s and women’s tennis teams will resume play in January 2016. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News After a 155-day offseason, the Owls eagerly waited for their first serve Sept. 19 to begin the 2015-16 season. The Temple men’s and women’s tennis teams concluded their fall seasons 31 days later and are both 2-0 with two individual tournament titles coming from both sides. “I thought we had a really good fall,” coach Steve Mauro said. “We’re still experimenting with doubles teams, but hopefully, we’ll get that figured out by January.” During the men’s first tournament Sept. 25 at the Joe Hunt Invitational, freshman Artem Kapshuk won an individual title in the B singles draw. During the fall, Kapshuk compiled a team high 6-2 singles record and a 3-3 doubles record. On the women’s side, first singles player sophomore Alina Abdurakhi-

mova had the strongest showing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Atlantic Regional Tournament Oct. 1519, where she reached the round of 16 in the 64-player field. In doubles, juniors Mariana Bedon and Dina Karina finished with a 7-2 overall record for the women’s team, including a victory at the Cissie Leary Invitational B consolation. During the fall, the women’s team was without No. 2 singles player, sophomore Monet Stuckey-Willis, who was forced to sit out due to a strained back. “So far [test results] have been negative, but she still has some discomfort in her back,” Mauro said. “I’m optimistic that she’s good to go for January.” The men’s team last made a conference final appearance in 2000, and last won a conference championship in 1985, when the Owls were part of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The women’s team has won three conference championships in the past 12 years, with their most recent victory coming in 2008. They have not passed the quarterfinals of The American conference tournament since joining in 2013. With eight upperclassmen on an 11-man roster, the men’s team’s ex-

pectation and goal is to be in the ITA’s rankings by the middle of the spring season. “We have a good chance to get ranked still,” senior Santiago Canete said. “But the thing is, we play top teams in our conference, so it’s going to be a lot harder to get there.” Last year, South Florida, Memphis, Tulane, Tulsa and Southern Methodist finished inside the Top 50 rankings of the ITA. The first collegiate ranking list for the 2015-16 season by the ITA will release in the first week of January. “We can definitely compete with everyone I think this year,” senior Nicolas Paulus said. “Tulsa, Memphis and Tulane may be a different story, but I think we can get up there with them.” The men will begin their spring season indoors against Villanova Jan. 21, while the women will start at the City 6 Women’s Invitational Jan. 23. “It would be a great thing for our program,” Mauro said. “Temple hasn’t been ranked in a long time.” * mark.mccormick@temple.edu T @MarkJMcCormick


Santiago Canete serves the ball during a recent practice at the TU Pavilion.


The men’s and women’s tennis teams concluded their fall seasons, and look forward to the spring season. PAGE 21


‘A new person at the helm’


The football team remained ranked despite Saturday’s loss, the fencing team opened its season Saturday, other news and notes. PAGE 19

After finishing play in The American, the soccer teams will begin conference tournament games . PAGE 21






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More than a year after The Temple News’ reporting, Elvis Forde’s team has regrouped. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor Inside Sydnee Jacques’ room in University Village, the track & field team came together for its first team meeting of the year. It was the second week of September, and the squad was more than a year removed from the resignation of Eric Mobley, the team’s former coach. Everyone in attendance at the junior hurdler/jumper’s apartment, including 2015 alumna Michelle Davis Timothy, introduced themselves to the freshmen, with the goal of the upperclassmen and underclassmen forming a “big sister, little sister” relationship. “If there was a freshman that had a problem, they can feel comfortable speaking to one person on the team,” Jacques said. “We don’t want to shut them out.” Mobley and Kristen Foley, a



Redshirt-junior linebacker Avery Williams walks off the field following the Owls’ 24-20 defeat Saturday against Notre Dame at Lincoln Financial Field.

Missed opportunities and mistakes hurt the Owls during their 24-20 loss to Notre Dame. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor


ear the back line of the cherry-colored end zone with five white diamonds spelling ‘Temple,’ Ventell Bryant stood with his hands on his helmet as fireworks exploded in the night sky above Lincoln Financial Field Saturday. Instead of celebrating the go-ahead touchdown

catch in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame, the then-No. 9 team in the AP Top 25 poll, the redshirtfreshman wide receiver was lamenting a dropped pass from junior quarterback P.J. Walker. After Saturday’s 24-20 loss to the Fighting Irish—the team’s first of the season—the then-No. 21 Owls said they came up one play short. “We’re not here to lose, and they made one more play,” coach Matt Rhule said. “So we’re going to fight, scratch, claw to make sure we don’t lose anymore.” The Owls (7-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) totaled six penalties for 79 yards—their third highest penalty yards in 2015—including four pass interference calls that resulted in automatic first downs for Notre Dame. One play before the Owls’ lone turnover, a Walker interception with 1:08 left in the game,

Field hockey

Temple was flagged for a 15-yard, personal foul penalty that turned a third-and-two into a thirdand-17. “Penalties killed us on both sides of the ball,” Walker said. “We can’t win games if we are going to have a lot of penalties. … We have to play smart.” The Owls’ defense forced two red-zone interceptions from Notre Dame redshirt-freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer but allowed 467 yards of total offense and 20 first downs. The unit walked onto the field with less than five minutes remaining to preserve a 20-17 lead. Notre Dame proceeded to travel 75 yards on six plays in 2:36 to take the lead on junior wide receiver Will Fuller’s game-winning touchdown catch.



For Davis, athletic roots run deep Tyler Davis’ father and grandfather were professional athletes. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News


Senior forward/midfielder Alyssa Delp (right), defends during the Owls’ 3-2 overtime victory Saturday against Villanova.

Owls headed to Big East tourney after win The team begins conference semifinals play against Villanova. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News The Owls want another chance to play undefeated Connecticut—

the No. 2 team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coaches poll. After the squad defeated Villanova 3-2 in overtime Saturday, Temple secured the No. 2 seed in the Big East Conference tournament and will play the No. 3 seed, Villanova Nov. 6 for the chance to face the winner of top-seeded Connecticut against No. 4 Old Dominion. “We want another shot against UConn really badly,” junior forward


Katie Foran said. “I think everyone is excited to get a chance to play them again and prove what kind of team we are.” During the Owls’ 8-0 loss to the Huskies Oct. 9, they were outshot 30-4, a performance coach Marybeth Freeman called “careless.” “I think looking at that first time we played them we definitely lost focus, and we kind of reverted back to


Playing sports at a high level is a familiar part of junior outside hitter Tyler Davis’ household. The Kansas City Royals drafted Davis’ father, John, in the seventh round of the 1981 MLB draft. He pitched five seasons with the Royals, Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres before retiring prior to Tyler’s birth. During his time in the big leagues, his path crossed with Bo Jackson, one of the few athletes to play multiple professional sports simultaneously. “I asked my dad about Bo Jackson, ‘Did you ever know him?’” Tyler Davis said. “He told me he shared an apartment with him when they were on the Royals, and I was like, ‘Why did you never tell me this?’” John Davis was not the first professional athlete in the Davis family. His father, Millard, played for

the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks during the 1957-58 season. Millard Davis was drafted to the army during the Vietnam War and retired from basketball after one season. The Davis family moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Palm Des-

The passion, the “ drive, the dedication is something that you are born with.

John Davis | father

ert, California when Tyler Davis was in seventh grade. Shortly after, she began playing volleyball after a friend told her to try it. “No one in my family really knew the game and one of my neighbors just told my dad, ‘My daughter is going to this volleyball camp,’” Tyler Davis said. “My dad was like, ‘Oh, I’ll send Tyler up.’”


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