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WISHES, HOPE FOR PARIS Study Away students react to the recent attacks in Paris. By PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News


Chloe Tinchant, 21, a native of Lyon, France, helped organize Saturday night’s vigil for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

A vigil was held at LOVE Park Nov. 14. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News


delie Revolle was in the supermarket when she learned two of her friends had been killed in the deadliest attack in France since World War II. “They were at the concert,” Revolle, a senior finance major

and French native, said. The Bataclan, a 1,500-seat venue that hosted the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal Friday, was one of several sites subject to terrorist attacks that shook Paris this weekend. The reported death toll varies among international media outlets, but most confirmed at least 120 people died in the attacks, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility this weekend. The BBC reported at least 80 people were killed at the concert. “I feel terrible for their parents,” Revolle said through her

tears. “I just hope their bodies look good, so they can get what they deserve.” She and several friends gathered with Philadelphians, French natives and sympathizers to show support for France at a vigil held in LOVE Park Saturday. Several mourners arranged tea-light candles in the combined shape of the Eiffel Tower and a peace sign and hung the French flag from the LOVE sculpture. Wooden boards, tables and their bodies blocked



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LONDON—It was a pre-booked ticket to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter on Sunday that separated junior Samantha Rand and her friends from choosing to go to Paris this past weekend—a weekend that ended in tragedy for the country. On Friday, a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital left more than 120 dead in the most violent incident Europe has seen in more than a decade, the Associated Press reported. While the events unfolded, Temple’s safety procedures responded quickly. Study Away students received emails from SMC Study Away or Education Abroad, individual programs and from academic directors to check on their whereabouts, tell them about what was going on and what they should do if anything happened in their host countries. No Temple students on Study Away programs found themselves amid the chaos, but five who are studying in France through external programs and one Temple Rome student who was visiting Paris that night have been accounted for and are safe, a university spokesman said. The spokesman added 173 students studied in other European countries this semester are also safe. Study Away students in Europe said the events are, if anything, “surreal.” Some found themselves in the City of Light just a few weeks ago, while others booked trips earlier this week to visit during the holiday season. Many found themselves on the receiving end of “Are you OK?” messages from family and friends. Rand, a film major on Temple’s London Study Away program, who visited Paris last week, was one of them. “While we were hanging out at the pubs, my parents were texting me like, ‘You need to go home right now,’” she said. Julia Jaspers, a junior art history major in Temple’s Rome program, said she kept following



Theobald: community outreach starts now I think we are “ extremely accessible

President Theobald talked to The Temple News about an oncampus stadium.

here. We provide opportunities for lots of students.

By EMILY ROLEN EJ SMITH The Temple News It’s been a waiting game since Temple announced a plan for an oncampus football stadium in October. Information has been minimal, plans are continuously described as “proposed,” and concrete logistics concerning construction can be described as wholly premature. But in the past few weeks since the announcement, it’s fairly apparent students, neighbors of the university, members of administration, staff and faculty have concerns: where such a facility will fit into the Cecil B. Moore Community, its expense (and if it would affect student tuition), parking, noise control, lighting problems, how much use a stadium would get after football season and disruptive construction—the list of speculations seems to be endless at

Neil Theobald | university president

think we are extremely accessible here. We provide opportunities for lots of students, and we do it by not discounting a higher tuition, but by hopefully keeping our tuition as low as we can. To me, that’s the core of our university.”


President Theobald talked to The Temple News in September.

this point. To answer a few questions, President Theobald sat down with The Temple News the morning of Nov. 13 for the second time this academic year to give a portrait of the stadium,


Police investigating sexual assaults

Two sexual assaults were reported to Temple Police during the past two weeks. PAGE 6


University should follow city with LGBT office


Amos Recreation Center (above), and Geasey Field.

based on available information. In response to a Nov. 10 editorial, “Misguided Priorities,” the president said Temple’s mission statement has always been to serve the working class. Theobald said tuition has been

up 2.3 percent—faster than the rate of inflation—since he arrived at Temple three years ago, while state financial support has gone down. “This is something I feel extremely strongly about,” he said. “I



Jessie’s Day is an annual fundraiser held in remembrance of Jessica Beth Schwartz, a former journalism student. PAGE 7

Local filmmaker Jason Sherman launched a Kickstarter to create a documentary about the neighborhood’s history. PAGE 9

Fundraiser honors late student

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The stadium was first presented to the Board of Trustees in October, Theobald said. “We weren’t far enough along in terms of fundraising to actually go beyond that,” he said. “Obviously, I don’t want my bosses to read about it in the newspaper and say, ‘What is it






Potential stadium may affect student housing Off-campus apartment complexes and leasing companies could be impacted by an on-campus stadium. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Anjolic Rodriguez is no stranger to the Temple community. Rodriguez, an alumna with a degree in human resource management, has been property manager at Diamond Green Apartments at 1000 Diamond St. since May 2012. Her business is one of several apartment complexes and leasing companies that could be impacted by the possible construction of a 35,000-seat football stadium worth an estimated $100 million. Rodriguez said she supports the possibility of a stadium. “I think we should,” she said. “Our whole place being here is to help the kids and provide housing ... what better way to get attraction than a huge stadium?” The Temple News contacted several other apartment complexes and leasing offices to discuss the possibility of an on-campus stadium. Some managers didn’t know the on-campus stadium was being discussed by the university—including Ozana McMillan, property manager of Kardon Atlantic Apartments at 1801 N. 10th St. for about a year. McMillan isn’t sure of whether she would prefer a stadium for business., an apartment leasing company located at 1414 W. Oxford St., leases several


Kardon Atlantic Apartments complex, located at 1801 N. 10th St., could be impacted by the proposed stadium.

properties around Main Campus. Matan Brenner, who said he has been sales manager at for about the past threeand-a-half years, favors an on-campus stadium. “We’re witnessing here the past few years of development of the whole area,” he said. “A lot of it is due to the development of Temple University simultaneously, so I think it would be another great addition to what’s going on.”

Law professors discuss Kane case Kathleen Kane, a 1993 Temple Law alumna, is facing perjury charges. By LILA GORDON The Temple News Attorney General Kathleen Kane has recently been criticized across Philadelphia for allegedly lying under oath and leaking information to the media. The 1993 Beasley School of Law alumna is facing charges for obstruction and perjury, currently has her law license suspended and could possibly lose her job. Her story has been followed closely by the Daily News and the Inquirer. Conrad Weiler, lawyer and emeritus associate professor of political science, said he attended law school with Kane, but never interacted with her. “The press does not like people who they feel have not been truthful,” he said of the case. “I think they were really praising her in the beginning and now it’s sort of like buyer’s remorse in a way.” The Inquirer reported that during her campaign and after the election, Kane cited many issues she had with the previous way cases were handled in her office, and noted the Philadelphia legal world is “a boys’ club.” “I have the impression that Kane is the object of a political plot to discredit her because she is the first woman and the first Democrat elected as the Pennsylvania Attorney General,” said Burton Caine, a law professor who specializes in constitutional law and the First Amendment. Weiler disagreed with Caine, citing Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman’s involvement in the case. “It can’t just be her enemies are out to get her,” he said. “It’s another female district attorney who indicted her. It’s not entirely sexist if Risa Ferman is the one who brought charges against her. ” During her campaign, Kane

primarily emphasized what she believed was a mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky case, the Inquirer reported. She did not believe a grand jury was necessary, and prosecution should have been handled immediately. When Kane took office, some employees left and others were fired. She petitioned the Supreme Court to remove Barry Feudale, the judge who oversaw the Sandusky case, from office on the grounds of being unfit for the job. “It is unusual to petition for the removal of a grand jury judge,” said David Adamany, former university president and Carnell professor of law and political science. “She may have given a reason, and it does not mean it can’t be done. But it is not the common practice.” In March, the Inquirer reported in 2014, Kane believed Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo, members of the Pennsylvania prosecutor’s office, leaked information to the Inquirer about a sting operation. Kane did not pursue corruption charges, claiming the sting was racially motivated. The Inquirer also reported Kane maintains she did nothing wrong in her prosecution of the case; however, a preliminary court hearing in August determined she did have sufficient evidence to take it to trial. “It seemed like a wonderful success story when she was first elected,” Weiler said. “She took a stand, and refused to enforce laws against gay people. Then somehow all these things started to happen. I don’t know if it’s self-destruction, or her enemies are out to get her.” Later in 2014, Kane had her office drop a sting operation from 2009 on the grounds of political corruption. Fina and Costanzo had pursued this case, under then-Attorney-General Tom Corbett. Kane released information in what she called a “memo” about the case to the Daily News under the context of “right to know requests.” Members of her office who had been involved with the operation accused Kane of leaking grand jury information about the operation to the press, and later accused her of lying under oath about it, the Inquirer reported. *

Another company, North Broad Living, owns more than 60 apartments in eight different buildings, according to its website, including some in Elmira Jeffries, formerly a university-affiliated housing complex at 15th and Jefferson streets. Jenna Staico, a manager of North Broad Living for the past six months, said she was in favor of a stadium but was concerned about its impact on the community. “We’ve played at The Linc,

which has always worked out,” she said. “If we build a stadium right in the heart of North Philly, different types of people might come. I have mixed emotions.” Staico said it’s still too soon to see if the company’s leasing prices would be affected. More of the impact could be seen while a stadium is being built, she added. In terms of what generally affects housing prices, both Staico and Brenner said the time of year deter-

mines how well business is doing, along with how much their companies can charge per property or room. Rodriguez believes the construction of a stadium would benefit smaller landlords more than apartment complexes like Diamond Green Apartments, because of the placement of their properties and increased demand due to less crime. “They’re scattered, plus crime might go down,” she said. “So if you’re on that side of Broad Street and now you have this big beautiful stadium there. ... Now you have increased security in that location versus what used to be there,” he said. “A lot of it is due to the development of Temple University simultaneously, so I think it would be another great addition to what’s going on.” Kwesi Daniels, a graduate student in the department of georgraphy and urban studies, said an on-campus stadium would affect the local economy. “New construction creates a new market,” Daniels said. “Taxes would go up because land would be more valuable ... I don’t see how it would be any different from gentrification.” * T @Steve_Bohnel Lian Parsons contributed reporting.

Students call for justice The Million Student March occurred Nov. 12. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Students gathered to march to Sullivan and City halls Thursday as part of the Million Student March and to deliver a list of demands to Temple administration. Million Student March was a nationwide movement for students to demand debt forgiveness, free tuition and a $15 minimum wage for all university workers. The protesters also delivered a letter with Temple-specific demands to Special Assistant to the President William Bergman. Seven requests were outlined and explained in the letter. The protesters first demanded the university “respect the rights of Adjunct professors and all other workers to unionize.” Starting Nov. 9, adjunct faculty have been given the opportunity to cast anonymous votes on whether or not they can join the full-time faculty union at Temple. David Chatfield, an adjunct professor at Cumberland Community College and Lincoln University, has been working with the adjunct faculty at Temple and United Academics of Philadelphia to organize the unionization and delivered a speech at the rally. “Adjuncts have been terribly abused by Temple,” he said. A university spokesman said in an email that “Temple University treats all of our employees fairly and provides competitive compensation. No full- or part-time regular employee at Temple makes less than $15 an hour.” The spokesman added student workers receive varied hourly wages and contracted employees are not included, as their salaries are set by the independent contractors they work for. Lydia Lynes, a senior social work major and policy director at Student Activists for Female Empowerment, drew up the demand for an expanded sexual violence support center on campus. “The Wellness Resource Center doesn’t have continuous access, it’s


Erica Mines chants “Missouri, we are with you” at the Million Student March Nov. 12, which started at the Bell Tower and ended at City Hall.

overbooked,” she told The Temple News. “They can’t do justice to everything thing they do because they have so many services.” The letter delivered to Temple administration also demanded the university follow all recommendations set by the Title IX investigation, which has not yet concluded. Divestment from Israel was brought forth by the Students for Justice in Palestine at the rally. They demanded Temple sever all ties with companies that support or benefit from the “illegal military occupation of Palestine.” They also called for the univer-

It’s time for “ Theobald to put

students and education in front of profit.

Anthony Monteiro | former AfricanAmerican studies professor

sity to involve itself in endeavors to support Palestinians and to criticize U.S. Foreign Policy. Former African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro also delivered a speech to students gathered at the Bell Tower. He brought forth the demand to rebuild the liberal arts program and for Chairman

of the Board of Trustees Patrick O'Connor to resign. Monteiro said because O’Connor is representing Bill Cosby in court, he is making Temple unsafe for women, gay people and transgender people. He also criticized the proposed construction of a football field, saying the idea was “dead on arrival.” “It’s time for Theobald to put students and education in front of profit,” Monteiro said during his speech. An increased investment into the surrounding, non-Temple community framed the last two demands from protesters. “Theobald and the trustees need to make a full relationship with the community before building the stadium,” said Isabella Jayme, a junior communications major and president of Temple Socialists. “We need a pathway project for Philly citizens so they can access higher education.” Jayme added Temple’s Good Neighbor Policy is ineffective because it only encourages students to be a part of the community and does nothing to create action. She added Theobald and the Board should attend community meetings to learn about the issues citizens face and Temple’s involvement. “Temple gets people from all over the country and the world,” Jayme said. “But those who live only a couple of blocks away can't get an education.” * T @ChristieJules




Officials: ‘momentum’ drives Legislation could affect increase in 2015 applications local public housing A record number of students attended the Open House Nov. 8. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News During the past two years, applications to Temple have greatly increased as the university looks to expand its brand through advertising, athletics and other sources. As of Nov. 11, the 28,800 applications received is up 12.5 percent from 2014, and 54 percent from 2013, Director of Admissions Karin Mormando said. The new statistics come a year after the admissions office launched the Temple Option, which allows students to send short answer responses in the place of standardized test scores. So far this year, the amount of students applying

with the Temple Option is up 7.5 percent compared to 2014, Mormando said. “Temple’s been in the news a lot for a lot of good things,” she added. “For athletics, for changes in rankings—a lot of talk of this ‘momentum’ and that is certainly something that will benefit [admissions] in the long run.” Along with the number of applications, 6,000 prospective students attended Temple’s Open House to learn more about the university—a new record, said Senior Associate Director of Student Services Dr. Niki Mendrinos. Students from around the country attended Temple’s Open House Nov. 8, and additional prospective students have been attending information sessions in the Tech Center’s Welcome Center. Nathan Kudlapur has applied to Temple and attended an information session last week. “I was very drawn to the







Application rates have increased 54 percent since 2013.

support they have for applying to medical school and Temple having their own medical school and just all of the facilities and opportunities they have here,” said Kudlapur, a senior from Logan High School in Logan, Ohio. “I had already applied before all [the football press], but that just improved my opinion.” Griffin Hanson, a junior at Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire who will not be applying to Temple in this application cycle, visited Temple for an information session last week. “I really like the sports teams here, and during a college fair one of the admissions guys really hooked my eyes on how great Temple is, so I just wanted to come and check it out,” Hanson said. Callie Dydo, a junior at Lancaster Area High School, said she came to visit the university because of the positive experiences family and friends have had at Temple. Although November is still early in the application cycle, Mormando said the profile of the incoming class looks strong. “It’s a very exciting time for Temple,” Mormando said. “When we talk about momentum, [admissions is] one of the definite beneficiaries of the academic success that we have or the athletics, it will definitely influence prospective students’ view of us.” Applications close March 1, 2016. * T @gill_mcgoldrick

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill expanding PHARE Nov. 4. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Recent legislation passed by Gov. Tom Wolf could have an impact on local public housing. On Nov. 4, Wolf signed an expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, which provides funds to support affordable housing. The expansion of the act, abbreviated as PHARE, would increase the Housing Trust Fund’s revenue to include money from transfer taxes, allowing all 67 counties of the state access to that money, Joe Ostrander a contractor for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania told The Temple News. Previously, PHARE only received money from Marcellus Shale drilling impact fees and 37 counties had access, Ostrander added. According to the press release, $34 million in PHARE funds have helped more than 4,000 families, as well as veterans, the elderly and disabled. PHARE seeks to provide resources like home rehabilitation or repairing homes, rental assistance and development. Nora Lichtash, an alumna and executive director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, said North Philadelphia properties have increased in value over the last 15 years. “In 2000, you used to be able to buy a property for $40,000,” Lichtash said. “That property would be $120,000 today.” She added property values have seen a 200 percent increase from 2000 to 2012. Much of this is due to newly built and renovated student housing in the neighborhood. “Properties that are newly constructed sell for more,” she said. “[Community

members] have been under a lot of pressure to afford to stay in their homes.” The Women’s Community Revitalization Project is a women-led, community-based development organization. It was “deeply involved to campaign to pass PHARE,” Lichtash said. Members voiced their concerns through community organizing, phone calls to legislators in Harrisburg as well as to constituents, petitions and educating community members about affordable housing. “There is a tremendous need for affordable housing,” Lichtash said. “The fact that there will be more resources … is very important.” Both additional resources and funding make developing and renovating businesses easier. Lichtash added more choices in affordable housing may also increase the opportunity for students and recent graduates to live in North Philadelphia, while maintaining the current community. “[New resources] ensure that folks are not pushed out or displaced and I think that will make a real difference,” she said. Kwesi Daniels, a graduate student in the department of geography and urban studies, said the development shouldn’t go toward student housing. “You want to make sure the allocations are going toward the [intended] populations,” he said. “It can open up opportunity for areas that are high-need who wouldn’t usually have access to the funding.” The funding will not come for another year-and-a-half, said Liz Hersh, executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. “This is one step there and other steps that need to be taken,” Lichtash said. “Our city and our neighborhood isn’t strong unless we have folks who have choice.” * T @Lian_Parsons

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you’re talking about here?’” We know the proposed stadium will cost $100 million—$70 million will come from what was already being paid to the Eagles to play at Lincoln Financial Field, Theobald said, while the other $30 million will come from fundraising. And that fundraising, he said, is in “very good shape.” Special Assistant to the President Bill Bergman said no one has “signed the dotted line,” but there have been “handshake agreements,” Theobald added. The money spent on building a stadium could not be allocated to another area of the university, but rather just pushed back into the budget for renting time at the Linc. “There’s no other use you can make of that [money],” he said. “Either you’re going to pay the Eagles a large amount of money, or you’re going to build it on campus. There really isn’t a third option.” At this point, Theobald said his primary concerns include parking, traffic, noise and lighting. He hopes to have these questions answered, as well as questions concerning funding, before the Board’s December meeting. During that meeting there will be a “full-sum discussion” to talk about what’s viable financially for a stadium, he said.


Residents who lived near the proposed site of the stadium told The Temple News Oct. 26 they were concerned the stadium could infringe on the border between residents and university grounds. “Basically, that’s where there is space,” Theobald said of the outskirts of campus. “Our goal here was to stay within our own footprint, and the nature of these things are that the

center tends to be [where] there’s already a lot of things there, and around the edges are where there is less. So I think that’s just kind of a natural organic growth of any organization, is from the center out. We don’t, in any way, impinge on anyone’s property—it’s all within our property. … But we’ll listen to that and hear those concerns.” Will Mundy, 71, and the block captain of Page Street west of 16th, told The Temple News some of the residents he’d spoken with are concerned with the existing problems the border has. “[Residents have] mixed emotions,” Mundy told The Temple News Oct. 27. “Some welcome it, but most of them don’t. … There’s so many issues we have now, the parking and the migration of the students to this area in such droves.” Theobald projected the university brings about 20,000 people to campus every day, so a stadium, he said, “would be an extension of what we already do.” Multiple community members added the lack of communication from the university has raised tension. University representatives reached out to community members for the first time last week, Theobald said. “Several private dinners” have been held with non-student members of the Cecil B. Moore Community to inform representatives about the possibility of a stadium, Bergman said. Public sessions between the university and the community will be held in coming weeks, he added, but specific dates and times were not given. The Amos Recreation Center—a basketball court, park and community center—sit directly adjacent to the current proposed site of the stadium. Sourcing Temple representatives and City Council, the Inquirer reported in October the proposed layout would cut into both the basketball court and the park.

Moving the center could be an option, Theobald said. Bergman said, however, the university is “doing everything we can to leave that there.” “Part of the design process is to

an 8-2 record. In October 2014, then-deputy director of athletics and current athletic director Pat Kraft told The Temple News the department’s goals

program around basketball, there simply isn’t enough revenue around that to do it. Football because of TV revenue and marketing and all the things that come with it. … [Foot-

There’s no other use you can make of that [money.] Either “ you’re going to pay the Eagles a large amount of money, or you’re going to build it on campus. There really isn’t a third option.” Neil Theobald | university president

do everything to save that,” Bergman added.


Theobald said representatives with The Linc have expressed interest in hosting the football team for high-profile, sell-out games like against Pennsylvania State University and the University of Notre Dame. Theobald said the 35,000-seat stadium proposed would be sufficient in space, regardless of team success, though the team could renovate it if more seats were necessary. Citing the closer proximity to the student housing, Theobald expected the average turnout to be upheld regardless of the football team’s performance, estimating the team’s average attendance at The Linc between 25,000 and 30,000. “There’s been absolutely zero design done,” Theobald said. “I know I was at Ohio State two years ago, and they filled in the endzone with seats. … That’s one you’d have to come to when you got to it.” The stadium proposal comes at a historic time for the program, which currently sits atop its division in the American Athletic Conference with

were to obtain national relevance in all of the department’s sports, regardless of how long it takes. “Our goal obviously is to win [The American] championship, but our eventual goal is to win the national championship,” Kraft said. “Now that can take time, but the way that you have a successful department is when everybody in winning.” Kraft replaced Kevin Clark as athletic director in May, recently reinforcing his desire to see the football program reach the highest level. Clark is now the university’s executive vice president. “I want to win,” Kraft told The Temple News Oct. 14. “Football is the cream of the crop. That’s who you want to compete with.” While the stadium proposal brings attention and benefits to the football program, Theobald said the decision to move the team back on Main Campus doesn’t mean pushing the focus on football to the forefront. “Are we Ohio State? No. That is not our goal,” Theobald said. “We are a very good academic university that plays a high level of football.” “Financially, football drives the bus, there’s no doubt about it,” he added. “If you try to run an athletic

ball] is the piece you really have to pay attention to, because that’s what allows you to do what you want to do here. So that’s what it does for us more than us trying to be a national power or anything.” Since its conception in 2014, The American has trailed the Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Pacific 12 conferences— referred to as the “Power 5” conferences for television contracts that are the biggest in college sports and their ability to create their own rules without approval from other conferences and the NCAA. Both Kraft and Theobald said they are content with the conference they are in—Theobald for academic reasons, and Kraft for the opportunities the conference provides the football team. “I think the current conference we’re in works out very well,” Theobald said of The American. “Other than the Big Ten, it’s the top academic conference in the country. … It’s a good fit for us. We’re trying to do this the right way.” * T @TheTempleNews




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A promising response In response to our Nov. sponse to our editorials and 10 editorial, “Misguided Pri- coverage from our president. orities,” President Theobald As the watchdog for this reached out to our editor-in- community since 1921, it’s chief. The subject line of his our job to ask questions, but email read, “Could we meet we know that not every questo discuss Open communication benefits tion is anstadium proswered— administrators, media and posal?” especially students. There from a were a few university things, he said, that needed to that serves more than 37,000 be discussed. students. It’s encouraging to The Temple News has see the president and univerbeen covering the proposed sity administration reaching plan for an on-campus foot- out, even when we don’t ask ball stadium for the past few them directly. weeks, working off informaWe value communication from community mem- tion between student journalbers, businesses, trustees and ists and administration, just other students. It wasn’t until as we admire communication the president wanted to sit between professional journaldown with us to discuss the ists and government officials. proposed plans that we were We hope students read and able to give the Temple com- are better informed by these munity direct information. opportunities to sit down and During a time when have a discussion. Moving students across the coun- forward, we’ll keep asking try are criticizing their uni- questions, and it’s promisversities on restricting their ing to know we have a pretty First Amendment rights, we good shot at getting them anthought this couldn’t have swered. been a more appropriate re-

Increased camera usage could lead to needed criminial justice reform The “Ferguson Effect” keeps law enforcement and policy makers on their toes.


BI Director James B. Comey spoke to a crowd at the University of Chicago’s law school last month on the “Ferguson Effect”—an idea that draws upon our current age of smartphone cameras and easy Internet access to claim many people are using these tools to scrutinize policing excessively. “A chill wind has blown through law enforcement over the last year, and that wind is surely changing behavior,” Comey said. Due to constant smartHUMZA ISMAIL phone vigilance, police officers are supposedly less incentivized to do their jobs. The lack of aggressive policing would then cause crime rates to rise. It draws its namesake from the town of Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer. Brown’s death prompted nationwide protests and—the theory proposes—an uptick in crime within the municipality. Comey’s remarks about a “Ferguson effect” are only attempts to derail important conversations our nation is having, namely regarding criminal justice reform and police brutality. Because of the nationwide discussion sparked by victims of police brutality

Thinking of Paris

Here at The Temple understand the magnitude of News, our job is to present in- such an event—but cannot formation we deem important begin to imagine what the and relevant to families and you. Some stofriends of the The Temple News ries, however, victims are thanks reporters and first experiencing. are more difficult to report responders for their service. We comthan others. mend Paris’ This weekend, multiple first responders for their media outlets have reported work in such a traumatizing more than 120 people were situation. We applaud the killed in several terrorist at- individuals willing to share tacks in Paris, with scores their stories of horror as the more critically injured. In events unfolded. Finally, we this week’s paper, we tied this thank reporters on the scene national story to a vigil held for documenting one of the Saturday night at LOVE Park, deadliest attacks in Europe in along with work from one of more than a decade. our reporters studying abroad While we’re running stoin London this semester. ries today based on events that Most importantly, The happened more than 3,700 Temple News stands with miles away, we urge you not and sends our deepest condo- to forget about these attacks, lences to all those personally and to continue thinking of affected by the attacks Friday. those impacted around the As the deadliest incident in globe by Friday’s incidents. Paris since World War II, we

CORRECTIONS In “A lengthy absence,” that ran Nov. 10, the men’s basketball team was said to have been out of the postseason since the 2012-13 season. The team played in the National Invitation Tournament last year, which is a postseason tournament. In “Longtime bike shop relocates” that ran Nov. 10, it was stated that Neighborhood Bike Works has been cutting youth programs. While this is true in North Philadelphia, the organization has expanded it programs throughout the city. Also, a youth team participates in races, not those involved in the adult workshops. In “Style and color, a sign for voters” that ran Nov. 10, artist Jason Andrew Turner was misidentified as Andrew Jackson Turner. In “Student takes second in design contest,” that ran Nov. 10, the redesigns students submitted to BLT Architects’ competition were hypothetical. BLT Architects does not actually redesign the specified building. 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.

like Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, dashboard and wearable cameras are used more frequently in U.S. cities. “There’s no doubt that we would be benefited from having dashboard cams,” said Drew D’Amore, a sociology and psychology professor, regarding the use of cameras. “And I don’t buy the argument that people don’t like doing their job on camera, because everyone has to do their job on camera. Even if you’re not literally in front of a camera, if you’re a teacher for example, you’re going to be observed at some point in your career. It’s part of your feedback.” During an annual convention in Chicago held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police the week after Comey’s speech at the University of Chicago, the FBI Director reiterated the feelings he described at the university. President Barack Obama gave a speech at the convention as well, addressing the FBI Director’s concerns, where he dismissed the theory, noting the POLICE lack of evidence supporting it; indeed, the U.S. is enjoying a decades-long downward trend in crime rates. Comey admitted his ideas were purely speculation, but even so, a high-ranking official publicly speculating about such a hot-button issue must be a means to some end, data or not. President Obama continued, saying that anecdotes are not sufficient bases to drive policy or to feed political agendas. In Philadelphia, some

cops have noted their behavior changes due to increased camera usage. While Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said there isn’t data to support the theory, an anonymous officer recounted his first incident of being recorded to a Daily News reporter last week. The officer was called onto a SEPTA bus to remove a disruptive woman. “I told her, ‘I don’t want to use force,’” the officer said, then 45 percent of the bus riders pulled out their cameras and began filming, the officer told the Daily News. It’s been suggested that criminal justice reform seems like a big priority to the President during his time in office. Obama notably said in July, during a visit to a federal prison, that he would have been in jail had his family not been there to support him. During his 2008 campaign, he shared experiences he had with marijuana and cocaine as a young adult. To add to this, the President publicly supported a bipartisan bill entering the Senate in early October, that proposes shorter mandatory minimum jail sentences and makes said minimums applicable to fewer crimes, among other additions. Both parties have advocated for criminal justice reform. The bill traveling through the Senate process seems to have a brighter future than its older sibling; a similar bill proposed in June is still the subject of fiery debate between the aisles in the House, which looks like it will be stuck at committee for a while longer. In U.S. cities, using surveillance to combat police brutality is gaining more backing by the day. Comey’s attempt to throw criminal justice reform efforts offtrack in Washington D.C. may stir up the process, but support for body and dashboard cameras remains on an upward trend, a theoretically positive step for any police force. So long as we stay involved, keep having our important discussions and dodge those that try to slow or distract us, progress isn’t just possible—it’s bound to happen. *


column | Security

University responds to concerns with heightened building security It’s good to know the university takes our security seriously.


e don’t just see the presence of police and security as students—it is part of our educational experience. If you go to class, you interact with multiple security officers a day, and it would be almost impossible to function on campus without an OWLcard, which is required at all entrances to most buildings. Though some buildings still lag behind, Temple has done a good job making sure its buildings are safe. In October 2013, an 81-year-old professor was assaulted and robbed in his office in Anderson Hall. The Temple News followed the case, reporting that authorities learned the offender entered the building on the second floor, where no security officers were checking IDs. The Board of Trustees then approved a $300,000 upgrade to the doors in Anderson, adding alarms and closing all GRACE MEREDITH “convenience doors.” Safety remains a top priority for students and faculty alike, so much so that the Executive Director of Campus Safety Services, Charlie Leone, and his team employ a group of student “Quality Control Representatives” who monitor day-to-day security at Temple. Leone explained there are 20 anonymous students who are tasked with trying to slip past security posts in buildings without showing an OWLcard, checking if they are able to get by, how pleasant the guards are and if they would be able to talk their way in without identification. The guards know these students exist, but don’t know when or where they will be checking. The students submit 300-400 electronic reports per week. This student task force is one of the ways Temple security is trying to reduce crime rates, Leone said. During peak class hours, an additional “rover” guard in the building is stationed at the ID checkpoints so there are two guards checking IDs. Anderson and Gladfelter halls were the main focus in the in-

creased security, and theft in Anderson has been reduced from eight thefts last year to none so far this year. Security officers couldn’t comment on the activity of students or their habits when it comes to their role in the security of the buildings. Leone also assured me the new library would have extraenforced security, including state-of-the-art equipment like an electronic guest registry and two entrances with around-theclock guards. When asked what he believes is the biggest threat to on-campus safety right now, he said in buildings where there is more free time, like the Student Center or Paley Library, students are more subject to theft, mostly because people are more likely to leave their belongings unattended.

always trying to do better “andWe’re we always need feedback.” Charlie Leone | Director, Campus Safety Services

At the end of our conversation, I personally felt safer after learning about how seriously Temple takes security. Leone also invites all students to reach out for comments or suggestions for his staff. “We’re always trying to do better, and we always need feedback,” he said. I’m hoping the buildings constructed on Main Campus will take a note from newer buildings like SERC, that have turnstiles that require swiping a OWLcard for access. I also encourage students and faculty to give Leone and his team feedback on how we want our campus to be secure. It’s a good position to be in when our university takes security as seriously as they do. Let’s capitalize on that and continue the idea ourselves. * Paige Gross contributed reporting.




column | LGBTQ affairs


Temple lacks administration for LGBTQ community on campus City Hall just got a permanent LGBT office— now where is Temple’s?


Nov. 20, 1997: The Temple News, published a travel issue, telling the stories and experiences of studying and traveling abroad. Yvette A. Nuñez reported from Paris during her semester abroad. In our current issue, The Temple News, including a reporter abroad, reported on the attacks that shook Paris Friday and the support that rallied in Philadelphia this past weekend.

GBTQ youth have found comfort in urban areas like San Francisco and New York City, dating back to the time of the late 1950s and ‘60s. Today these cities still serve as safe havens for LGBTQ citizens because of their continued ties to activism and community building, as well as their access to legal protections. And with Philadelphians having recently voted in favor JENNY ROBERTS LEAD COLUMNIST of a measure to make the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs a permanent fixture, Philadelphia has improved its rank among these LGBTQ friendly cities and has made a historic move in recognizing the unique struggles of LGBTQ Americans. Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and an LGBTQ activist, told PhillyVoice this is the first LGBT government office made permanent in the U.S. “It’s never been done before,” Segal told PhillyVoice. “It’s not only revolutionary, it's pioneering.” When looking back, I believe this move will have helped Philadelphia take its place on the right side of history—the one in which citizens fight for the rights of other citizens. Morgen Snowadzky, recipient of the Marc David LGBTQ Scholarship, which is focused on LGBTQ advocacy, said she was happy to hear Philadelphia became the first city in the nation to make this historic move. “I think it’s really exciting that that’s history that’s being made by Philadelphia,” said Snowadzky, a senior women’s studies major. “And not that other cities aren’t doing similar work, but that it’s really neat that we are dedicated to the permanency of that.” In making the Office of LGBT Affairs permanent, the city has renewed its commitment to efforts that make equality a reality for all citizens. Since the creation of the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 by an executive order handed down by Mayor Michael Nutter, the city has made impressive strides

toward inclusion of LGBTQ citizens. In 2013, legislation was passed “to provide for equality of treatment of all persons in the City of Philadelphia regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.” This legislation allowed transgender and gender non-conforming citizens to use public bathrooms reflective of their gender identity, and also granted protections and rights for life partners, prior to the legalization of gay marriage this past summer. Last month, a bill was passed calling for single-occupancy bathrooms to remove “men’s” and “women’s” signs in an effort to be more gender-inclusive.

solely to the concerns of the LGBTQ community. A concentrated safe space, where there is some sort of full-time staffing dedicated to helping these students is necessary. This staff doesn’t have to be large and this space doesn’t have to be flashy. I think one or two full-time staff members and a single room in the Student Center could be a good starting point. In the absence of such a space, student groups, like Queer Student Union and Queer People of Color have been creating temporary safe spaces for students at their meetings. These groups offer students a support system, but as Gabe Gonzalez, president of QPOC, said, there

Director of LGBT Affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick backed this move. She told PhillyVoice last May this legislation needed to be passed. “You have to have a statute regulating this stuff because people won’t just do it on their own,” Fitzpatrick said. These types of legislation are necessary in the fight for equality for LGBTQ citizens, because while prejudices cannot always be defeated and egalitarian beliefs cannot always be enforced, legislation can be. I am glad the permanency of the Office of LGBT Affairs, led by Fitzpatrick, will allow for continued governmental advocacy. I think it is the university’s turn to take official steps toward advocacy for the community. Temple is still lacking an LGBTQ resource center dedicated solely to aiding its students. With Temple embracing the phrase “Philly Made” in advertising, shouldn’t the university follow the city’s lead and dedicate a space for the LGBTQ community? Of course, the university does have some resources for LGBTQ students, but they are simply not enough. Tuttleman Counseling offers counselors for LGBTQ students and the Wellness Resource Center offers LGBTQ programming, as well as Safe Zone training, but neither of these offices are dedicated

is only so much students can do for other students. “We’re more of a healing space,” said Gonzalez, a senior media studies and production major. “I feel like there is no action-oriented area for affairs for LGBT students.” The type of space that Gonzalez describes is necessary to help students sort out administrative issues, like changing one’s name in Temple’s files or dealing with instances of homophobia inside the classroom. These are the types of issues that resources and aids out in the city simply cannot help students fix; students need help from within the university. Other universities, like the University of Pennsylvania, have made a space on its campus for these kinds of resources. While it is clear Philly has taken a laudable step in supporting the LGBTQ community, Temple could still be doing more. And if we are going to consider ourselves “Philly Made,” I think we should be.

prejudices cannot always be defeated “While and egalitarian beliefs cannot always be enforced, legislation can be.”


Editor’s note: Morgen Snowadsky was previously a freelance writer for The Temple News. She played no role in the editing process of this article.

column | international students

Temple: take opportunity to learn from international students Students have mixed reactions about what could help.


s an international student, I’ve heard it all. “Your English is too good for it to be a second language,” is one, or more shocking, “So did you go through female circumcision back home?” My replies to those statements would be thank you, and no. Late in December 2013 I landed in Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C., my first time in the United States. I come from Kuwait, in AYAH ALKHARS the westernmost part of Asia, and the northeastern part of the Arabian peninsula. My first language is Arabic, but we learn English and French in school. When some people learn I am a Kuwaiti national I sometimes am asked how I cope with the war back

home. I’ll reply, but I know they’re wondering about the Iraq war of 1990, which ended in 1991, five years before I was born. Some will wonder about ISIS’ presence in Kuwait, which is ridiculous—Kuwait is 350 miles away from any area under the group’s control. I understand people aren’t going to know everything about my country. It’s a very small country—even smaller than New Jersey. But I have noticed something: administrators I’ve dealt with, and several of my classmates, don’t know much about countries outside of the U.S., which makes me wonder: are the international students and students of different backgrounds actually making a significant impact on the school? Will each group of people be an exclusive group, where they let their culture and history “live” or will they share it with people from outside? Rana Alamri, a junior information sciences and technologies major from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, feels like this is true of her country too. “Sometimes Americans can be very ignorant, most of the time,” she said. “I like them, but it’s ridiculous. Like, ‘Oh you drink oil, you have oil money, you must be rich!’ which I am not, or ‘Where is Saudi Arabia?’


or questioning whether I was allowed to talk to men or not.” Thao Duong, a freshman chemistry major from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, said he has also found difficulty interacting with American friends. “There is still space for Temple to create a diverse, yet not segregated campus,” Duong said.

the Asian Students Association, have been working to break that self-segregation. Their events promote Asian culture across campus and boasts members from all over the world, including foreign exchange students from the United Kingdom. “Our number one goal in Temple ASA is to provide a safe and wel-

Are the international students and “students of different backgrounds

actually making a significant impact on the school?

You might have seen or noticed this phenomenon on Temple’s Main Campus, where students of a certain race will stick together, especially international students. It’s important to keep in mind that some of these students come from a different culture and might be extremely overwhelmed by how Americans act around each other, so they will resort to interacting with people from their own country. Some student organizations like

coming space for all students to be themselves and grow together,” said Lue Vang, a senior biology and teaching major and President of ASA. “There’s an atmosphere where new members can feel that they truly matter and where they know there are other members who would sincerely like to meet them.” Some students said they want to be segregated because of their differences from American students. Alamri feels like teachers do not take

her situation under consideration as an international student. “I have difficulty writing a full English paper for my Gen-Ed classes,” she said. Alamri added she would like to see more classes geared toward the needs of international students. Hameedah Taqi, a freshman biology major agreed, asking for more classes for non-native English speakers. Alamri added the activities that are supposed to help international students mingle with domestic students could be better advertised. She also said she doesn’t ever fear wearing her hijab on campus and hasn’t faced discrimination for doing so. “People fear what they don’t know and they tend to label people and stick them into categories, it is much easier to give common judgement than try to understand something,” she said. Temple’s campus has been advertised as diverse, and it certainly is. The mix of international students can offer a lot to the university, but it might take a while for all students to come to that understanding. *






Six Philadelphia landmarks lit up with with blue, white and red in honor of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, according to a Billy Penn report. The Lit Brothers Building on Market Street near 8th, displayed columns of blue, white and red in the pattern of the French flag. The Cira Centre featured an Eiffel Tower outlined in a peace sign, as well as the French colors. Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River was highlighted in an alternating sequence of blue, white and red. A vigil was held at LOVE Park Saturday night, organized by the French Consulate, where mourners gathered to light candles, sing the French national anthem, display signs and grieve together. New artwork reading “Paris” in large blue, white and red letters appeared at Graffiti Pier. The Philadelphia skyline also reflected French colors.

“I hope that when I come back for Christmas that our country will have the same magic and the same happiness we had before.” Adelie Revolle | vigil attendee

-Lian Parsons


Temple Police are investigating two sexual assaults that were reported in the past two weeks. The Nov. 2 incident at 1300 Residence Hall was reported Nov. 11, according to Temple Police’s crime log. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the incident was “initally reported by a third party,” and that police spoke with the 20-year-old female student, who declined to give a description of the suspect or any other information. “We had gotten basic information from a friend who told a Resident Assistant,” Leone said. “But as far as talking with the complainant, she doesn’t want to tell us anything.” A second incident was reported Nov. 7, the same day the alleged incident occurred, according to the crime log. Leone said this incident occurred at an offcampus apartment along the 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue. A 20-year-old female student and her friend were leaving a party when they invited two men back to the student’s apartment, he added. One of them “inappropriately touched” the student, Leone said. Both men left, and the student’s reported the incident to Temple police, he added. -Steve Bohnel


Four more women filed defamation lawsuits against Bill Cosby Nov. 13, ABC News reported. They each claimed Cosby sexually abused them and his representatives defamed them by declaring their stories lies. Barbara Bowman, Angela Leslie, Louisa Moritz and Joan Tarshis are seeking compensation by claiming their defamation by Cosby’s representatives prevented them from leading their lives normally. Bowman alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her multiple times in 1985 when she was 17 years old. Leslie claims Cosby assaulted her in 1992 when she met him in his suite in Las Vegas. Moritz alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1969, in a dressing room of “The Tonight Show.” Tarshis claims she was 19 years old when Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1969. All four women said they have changed their habits in public, have been accosted by strangers and have faced public ridicule since coming forward. -Lian Parsons


Adelie Revolle, a senior finance major, attended the vigil Saturday night at LOVE Park with a group of transfer students from France. Revolle, from Lyon, lost two friends in the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday.

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the wind from blowing out the small flames. About 30 feet from Philadelphia’s annual Christmas Village, several personal wishes were pinned to a wishing wall set up for the display, most of which were messages for Paris. Phrases like “Pray for Paris,” “World Peace” and “Love for Paris” were scribbled with crayons and markers on napkins, receipts and tissue paper. Chrysanthemums and candles laid underneath it. As some people lit candles and battled the wind to keep them burning, others stood silently, holding onto one another to mourn and fight the cold. Whispers of French were audible, save for when the clock at City Hall began to toll at 8 p.m. The crowd grew silent. Following the moment of silence, faint piano emerged, playing the opening notes to John Lennon’s “Imagine.” It came from the back of the crowd, where a man stood staring at the ground with a portable speaker and a

single candle between his feet, the French flag wrapped around his shoulders. “My first reaction was: not again,” said Gaelle Durand, from Le Havre, France, who helped set up the candles beneath the LOVE sculpture. Ten months ago, Durand said, “We had Charlie Hebdo, and now this.” Durand learned about the vigil from the Consulate General of France in Philadelphia. “We are just empty,” she said. “A part of us is in Paris, but physically, we are here.” Several Temple students from France attended the vigil, including senior international business majors Margot Nerguisian and Camille Marquet. “I feel so powerless,” Nerguisian said. “When I looked at the news, I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.” “We’re still in shock,” Marquet added. Fifteen minutes into the vigil, observers began to sing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” Afterwards, people stood together in silence, occasionally offering words of comfort to one another. Around 9 p.m. observers began to trickle

* T @JulesChristie

Aaron Windhorst contributed reporting.

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newsfeeds of the attacks hours after they happened. “A reason I went abroad was to get away from the daily violence of Philadelphia, so hearing about this horrific tragedy makes the horrors of the world feel inescapable,” she said. There’s been mixed reaction—some students said they’re more apt to stay away from large group events during the last few weeks of their programs, while others said there’s no sense in staying in and worrying about hypotheticals. Sheryl Kantrowitz, the program adviser for Temple’s London group this semester, said she was in immediate contact with Temple’s SMC Study Away offices to get any additional information on next steps, if needed. She said directors teaching in any of the university’s away programs receive safety training on what to do during emergency situations—not just catastrophic events, but natural disasters and even injuries to students. The thorough emergency procedures were taken on after Temple study abroad students found themselves in London during the July 7, 2005 underground bombings that left 52 dead, said Jack Klotz, the group’s adviser that summer. It was the student’s first day on the program, Klotz said. Many were flying into London’s airports as reports of the attacks came in. “While things were happening, students were pretty isolated compared to how you guys feel today,” he said. “Even being able to touch


London illuminated the London Eye with the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the country.

base with someone at home was really, really challenging.” Klotz said Temple has formed an intimate relationship with International SOS, which connects businesses or organizations that have international travelers with medical, clinical and security assistance. Klotz also advises any student studying, or planning on studying abroad, to review the U.S. Department of State’s “Worldwide Caution” message, register with its “Smart Traveler” program and Temple’s travel registry. Students studying through Temple’s London or Dublin program with the Foundation for In-


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away. The candles remained lit, and the surrounding buildings still shone blue, white and red lights on their facades. “We made a part of France here, to show our solidarity,” Durand said. “We’ll be like this for a long time.” The Associated Press reported France had bombed several ISIS sites in Syria in the days following the Paris attacks. Revolle said additional conflict is not the solution for France. “I wish we weren’t going to war,” she said. “That’s not the solution.” Any threat to France is “coming from the inside, not the outside,” she added. But Revolle hopes her country will return to normalcy soon. “I hope that when I come back for Christmas that our country will have the same magic and the same happiness we had before,” she said.


ternational Education should remember to fill out travel forms whenever they’re planning on taking a trip. “We prepare our program directors to know that they are the primary coordinator of these emergency responses on the ground and there are all these things in place,” Klotz said. “And, it’s a big part of a program director’s responsibility.” * T @PatriciaMadej Albert Hong contributed reporting.


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ENGAGING CONVERSATION Angela Washko, a Tyler School of Art alumna, returned to campus to talk about her projects. PAGE 16


Paley Library will host a “Crunch Time Clinic” for research and writing help through Thursday on the first floor of the Paley Library from 2-6 p.m. PAGE 16




Student organization

Community orchestra makes music easygoing OWLchestra, a community string orchestra run by students, welcomes anyone to play in a stress-free environment. By ANDREA ODJEMSKI The Temple News Amanda Roth learned last semester that starting an orchestra wasn’t as difficult as she thought it would be. At the first rehearsal Jan. 22 for OWLchestra, a community string orchestra at Temple, Roth, Isaac Young and Rick Henry, all senior violin performance majors, were astounded by the amount of people who were interested in joining their program. “We were like, ‘Yeah we won’t have a lot of people,’ and we actually had so many that we ran out of music and had to quickly print more,” said Roth, violinist and cofounder of OWLchestra. Now with 47 members, OWLchestra held its first concert of the semester Nov. 5 in the Temple Performing Arts Center. The community orchestra played an hour’s worth of classical music including “L’Inverno,” Antonio Vivaldi’s win-

ter concerto of “The Four Seasons” and Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” This semester, the community orchestra had plenty of new members join. Roth said she always expects the worst with member attendance, but is always ecstatic when she sees the amount of people who want to join. “We often just sit back and say, ‘Wow, we started an orchestra,’” Roth said. “It’s crazy.” OWLchestra was something Roth, Henry and Young all thought was necessary on Main Campus— there was a community band and community choir, but there was no place for string players. OWLchestra was their way of making music accessible to students who did not have as much time to be in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, but still wanted to make music a part of their daily lives. The orchestra is open to Temple students regardless of their majors,



Alloyius Mcllwaine created an abstract painting that was a part of the silent auction for the “Jessie’s Day” fundraiser.

SCHOLARSHIP GIVES HOPE TO TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS “Jessie’s Day,” an annual fundraiser, honors a late Temple student’s dream of graduating by awarding transplant patients academic scholarships.


essica Beth Schwartz, a former Temple journalism major, lived for eight-anda-half years after her heart transplant. After her death in 2003 at the age of 23, her mother Janice SchwartzDonahue and sister Laura Schwartz collaborated with the Gift of Life Donor Program to start a scholarship fund for transplant recipients in her honor. Money is granted to help other young transplant recipients in the Philadelphia area make the most of the extra life they've been given. The 13th annual “Jessie’s Day” fundraiser, held Nov. 8 at the Independence Seaport Museum, was organized to raise money for the fund and encourage more people to become organ donors.

By BRIANNA BAKER The Temple News Jessica Schwartz was born as a “blue baby,” referring to the blue complexion of a newborn from lack of oxygen in the blood. She had a congenital heart disease in which her pulmonary artery and aorta were reversed, and underwent her first open-heart surgery at 10 months old. After living a healthy 14 years, she went into chronic congestive heart failure. She needed a transplant, which, fortunately, she received. “I’ve never seen someone more excited,” Laura Schwartz said. “There was just pure joy because it was going to save her life.” With this joy came a sense of responsibility. Jessica Schwartz’s donor was a 16-year-old boy who died



“Part of the idea

of becoming a journalism major was, ‘I want to write my story and tell everybody what I’ve been through.’

Janice Schwartz-Donahue | mother of Jessica Beth Schwartz


Students and faculty learned to do the “Whip and Nae Nae” at the Student Athlete Talent Showcase Nov. 11 in Annenberg Hall.

Showcasing talents outside the lines A showcase of student-athletes’ talents took place in Annenberg Hall. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News At the Hidden Talent Showcase hosted by the School of Media and Communication, Nov. 9, Dean David Boardman and students could be found whipping, sexy walking and dropping for the audience. Teresa Tham, a junior communication studies major, had the entire room dancing to DLOW’s “Bet You Can’t Do it Like Me” in a dance class at the lasagna dinner-andshow event featuring SMC studentathletes and their hidden talents.

With around 110 people in attendance, the showcase began, like all athletic events, with a musical introduction. But this musical introduction was done on the bagpipes by junior media studies and production major Andrew Rodriguez, who has also been an SMC peer mentor to student-athletes. From a magic show to a dance class, the evening was filled with diverse groups of students, from rostered athletes to intramural participants. “It’s the very notion of the athletics community was expanded,”





Solving problems with innovation and ideas The Innovative Idea Competition had 12 finalists pitch businesses. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor Sabrina Zouaghi’s mother has Parkinson’s disease, and her daughter wants to find a cure. That’s why Zouaghi, a freshman biology major, came to Temple this semester from Algeria to study science. But she realized in her “Creativity and Organizational Innovation” class that the goal was out of her reach at the moment. Her professor encouraged her to do the next best thing: find a way to improve Parkinson’s patients’ quality of life. Because a symptom of Parkinson’s disease is body tremors, Zouaghi pitched her idea of SelfStabilizing Gloves at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute’s 18th annual Innovative Idea Competition Nov. 11 at Alter Hall. She won a total of $1,000 from earning second place for the undergraduate award and second place for the people’s choice award. “Because I wanted to find the solution, I was more serious—it wasn’t just about doing the homework,” Zouaghi said. Set up like ABC’s “Shark Tank,” this year’s competition had 12 finalists pitch their business ideas to a panel of four judges, made up of angel investors and last year’s IIC grand prize winner Bethany Edwards, who founded her company Lia Diagnostics this past March. With two minutes to present and three minutes of Q&A from the judges, presenters pitched ideas ranging from a gamingdating hybrid app to sustainable dyes made from plant material.

The competition, open to undergraduates, graduates, faculty and alumni, accepts submissions from all majors. With 351 submissions from 12 schools and colleges at Temple, the amount of submissions grew by 39 percent this year, said Ellen Weber, executive director of IEI. “This is a really good entry place for someone who’s interested in learning about entrepreneurship but isn’t sure,” Weber said. Much of this growth came from promotion on campus, with some gen-ed courses requiring students to participate in the competition. “That’s what we’re trying to do, is have a bigger impact,” said Robert McNamee, managing director of IEI and assistant professor of entrepreneurship. “Gluing together the academic courses with competitions like this is, I think, a really great way to engage the students.” Stephen Peduto, a freshman biomechanical engineering major, came up with Quick Stabilizing Carbon, a speedier solution to casts and splints for broken bones, as a class project with his partner. He decided to submit the idea to the competition on his phone in the middle of a class. Peduto won the Anne Nelson Grand Prize of $2,500. “We didn’t really realize the scope or the nature of the competition until we got that email saying we were finalists,” Peduto said. Other competitors like Olawunmi Thomas-Quarcoo, a first-year MBA student, came back to school with the intention of becoming their own bosses. She said she appreciated the judges’ feedback on her pitch, Ka Bom Designs, an online marketplace for fashion designers combining African fashion with American styles, which won a total of $1,000. “Ka bom” means to join together in Twi, a language spoken in her family’s home country of Ghana. “I always knew I wanted to do


The 2015 Innovative Idea Competition, an annual business pitch event, took place Nov. 11 in the Underground Commons of Alter Hall.

something to give back to my culture,” Thomas-Quarcoo said. “We decided that we wanted to use fashion to kind of shed light on Africa … and something that we loved: African fashion.” Séverine Bandou, an innovation management and entrepreneurship graduate student, won $500 for her pitch, Myjé, a hair fragrance for women with textured hair that is often too difficult to wash regularly. Hailing from Paris, she used her eight years of experience in the cosmetics industry to come up with a solution for something she deals with herself. “I need to create value for the customer,” Bandou said. “So it pushed me to pinpoint a real problem that [curly haired] girls have.” As a judge, Zachary Thomson, vice president and managing director of Thomas Family Holdings, found an idea like Bandou’s to be the most effective. “The trick is to make sure that you aren’t innovating just to innovate, but you’re innovating because


Judges Zachary Thomson (left), Glen Gaddy, Fred Berg and Bethany Edwards listen to a pitch by one of this year’s Innovative Idea Competition finalists.

you’ve identified a problem to solve, and most importantly, because it’s something you’re passionate about,” said Thomson, a 2011 alumnus. Zouaghi, as well as many of the other competitors, plans to enter next semester’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl, a business plan competition where ideas will need to be more fleshed out. She wants to collaborate with a

designer and engineer to build a prototype of her gloves, in hopes she can build a working device for Parkinson’s patients like her mother. “My mom will be the first one to try it on,” she said. *


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The Clay Studio in Old City’s new exhibit “Fellowship in Clay” features the ceramics work of prior professor Rudolf Staffel, Robert and Paula Winkour and William Daley. PAGE 10

Leah Walton recently received a Barrymore Award for her work in the 11th Hour Theatre Company’s comedic musical, “Field Hockey Hot.” Walton earned her master’s degree at Temple this year. PAGE 11




The road to Frankford Avenue’s past In “The King’s Highway,” local filmmaker Jason Sherman hopes to showcase Northeast Philadelphia as an important historical area with stories reaching back to colonial days. By SAMI RAHMAN The Temple News


he King’s Highway—better known today as Frankford Avenue—is the oldest continuously used road in the United

States. “It was a series of roads that started out as Indian paths,” said Anthony Waskie, who teaches German in the French, German, Italian and Slavic languages department. “It was originally used to connect the colonies.” Jason Sherman, a filmmaker and resident of Holmesburg, launched a Kickstarter last month to help fund “The King’s Highway,” a documentary about

the road and Northeast Philadelphia's historical relevance. The paths were transformed into the

II, but the road was used extensively in the Revolutionary War against Britain. “Without this established road net-

Without this established road network, it “ would have been much harder for the American armies to march up and down the East Coast.” Anthony Waskie | assistant professor of French, German, Italiand and Slavic languages department

first super-highway when William Penn settled in Pennsylvania. It was named The King’s Highway, after King Charles

work, it would have been much harder for the American armies to march up and down the East Coast,” Waskie said.


Waskie, also a Civil War historian at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum in Frankford, has been interested the Northeast’s cultural importance for a long time. “The oldest bridge in America is the Pennypack Bridge on Frankford Avenue, and it dates all the way back to 1690,” Waskie said. “Not many people are aware of that.” The documentary aims to educate people on the little-known history of Northeast Philadelphia in an entertaining way. “The entire history of Philadelphia seems to be so rooted in Center City,” said alumna Jennifer Laumeister, the



2007 alumnus Erik Burling, co-owner and teacher at Roots Philly Yoga Project, leads a class at his studio in Spring Garden. Before opening the studio, Burling was a news anchor in New York City. Today, Burling offers free yoga classes every month to those in recovery from addiction or homelessness.


‘Street finds’ inspire local artist

Uncovering North Broad’s history

Amy Orr’s “surprise art” on poles around the city is made from discarded objects.

Hidden City Philadelphia recently offered a tour of North Philly’s historical site. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News

By LINDSAY HARGRAVE The Temple News Amy Orr is a graffiti artist, but her medium is not the typical spray paint on urban walls, but various “street finds”— keys, small toys, cut up credit cards and beads—bound to traffic poles by metal wire to create what she calls “surprise poles.” “My background is in textiles ... and I kind of work on this the same way I would work on a quilt,” Orr said. “I’m taking pieces of accumulations that people have and trying to configure them into a new life. These ordinary street signs are then transformed into little public quilts, made of the essence of the city itself.” Orr is drawn to the idea of displaying her work on the streets, where most of her materials are collected. “I’ve got jars and jars of street finds,”

School of Art, by the Bell Tower and at Broad and Diamond streets. “I want to engage people and make them think, because it’s often about repurposing these little remnants that everybody has, and to think a little bit about art, and how we can reuse and how things can be remade into something that gives it a second life, which art often does,” Orr said. “This is kind of like the anti-craft,”

As raindrops dribbled off the slick brownstone exterior of Freedom Theatre, Gail Leslie, one of the theater’s guides, quickly waved the tour group inside and out of the rain. “It’s a very comfortable spot,” said Leslie, whose father, Robert Leslie, founded the performing arts program at the Freedom Theatre in 1968. Freedom Theatre, on 1346 N. Broad St., was the first stop on Hidden City’s North Central Philly Lost & Found walking tour, led by Judith Robinson. The tour, designed to highlight the hidden history of North Philadelphia, also included historical sites that many Temple students see daily, like the James Craven House on Broad Street near Jefferson, Temple's Conwell Hall and the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th. “Can you just imagine in those days, when this was the promenade of Broad Street?” Robinson asked, passing around old photographs of the ritzy clubs that lined the major throughway in the early 20th century.




Alumna Amy Orr creates themed “surprise poles,” such as the personal piece by her home.

she said. Her work ranges from themed poles—one covered in buttons in the “Fabric District” on Fourth Street between South and Christian streets, another located outside the zoo decorated with plastic animals and a third dressed in plastic eyes outside of her eye doctor’s office—to pieces simply celebrating items found in the street. Orr’s work on Main Campus focuses on things left behind. Her four “surprises poles” are located outside the Tyler






A different kind of Thanksgiving meal Broad Street Ministry provides sit-down meals to the needy. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News In Center City, one nonprofit organization is providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, but for Jessica Paschke, it shouldn’t just happen during the holidays. “We are going to try and offer the perspective that holiday giving should be a season,” said Paschke, corporate and volunteer relations manager for the Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative. “If the goal is to be truly altruistic, it happens a lot more than just those two special days.” At 315 S. Broad St., red doors open into a lobby. The path down a flight of stairs leads to a room where people are welcome to stay and socialize in addition to collect their mail, pick up toiletries or take out books—making it feel like a lobby or lounge of a dorm hall. But the Broad Street Ministry is a church that feeds the needy in addition to providing services like mail collection. Ascending a flight of stairs leads to a grand hall complete with stained glass windows and hundreds of paper swallows that appear to float in the vast ceiling. On the floor, tables are arranged with assigned numbers in addition to plates, glasses


Executive chef Steven Seibel prepares meals for Broad Street Ministry’s sit-down style soup kitchen.

and silverware. Here, anyone who needs a meal can come in at the scheduled meal times and eat for free as a part of the Breaking Bread program. The same rules apply for meals surrounding Thanksgiving. The Ministry, however, is not open Thanksgiving Day. Opting out of making turkey dinner for their guests ensures the guests will get more of what they need. “Christmas and Thanksgiving are huge days for other places,” executive chef Steven Seibel said. “We had an issue of people coming in who were so full—some of these people never know when their next meal is going to be. So it’s [a mindset of] ‘pack in as much as you can,' and people were getting sick. So we decided the best option was do to a Thanksgiv-

ing brunch the eve of.” Food-focused nonprofit Honey’s Angels is sponsoring the Ministry’s Thanksgiving brunch for the first time this year. Seibel wasn’t ready to announce the menu yet, but said that they always try and incorporate traditional Thanksgiving flavors, including breakfast bread pudding stuffing with cranberries. “We try and keep it festive,” Seibel said. The Ministry’s attention to elements of service is focused on running a program that doesn’t trigger emotional distress or violence. Food is served restaurant style, from the back of the room to the front of the room. Guests are welcome to stay as long as the dining room is open. Instead of waiting in line, volunteers take

on the role of servers to provide table service. “There’s a specific way of doing things to reduce stress on our guests,” said regular volunteer and Temple Owls Community Choir singer Jeannine Baldomero. “You feel love boiling out of your heart. I tapped into a love that I didn’t know I had and a compassion that I didn’t know I had. It’s a reward I wasn’t expecting to get.” “Time and time again, if you sit down and have a chat with someone, they are so grateful at the end,” Baldomero added. “There’s this incredible bonding that happens. For some people, that might be their only conversation that day. They’re feeling very isolated in their situations.” In order to respect guests’ privacy, The Temple News was not able to speak to guests while they were dining. But as she was leaving, one woman hugged Seibel and thanked him for the meal. “My culinary background is a labor of love,” Seibel said. “I love to cook and I love that, but honestly if I wasn’t cooking, I would be doing something with [social services] anyway. It just makes sense.” Breakfast is served Mondays at 8 a.m. Dinner is served Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Lunch is served Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 11:45 a.m. Seibel said Thursday is their busiest day of the week. Thanksgiving Brunch takes place at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 25. *

Through yoga, a community heals Roots Philly Yoga Project reaches out to individuals struggling with homelessness and those in recovery. By CASEY MITCHELL The Temple News Erik Burling used yoga to escape from his busy career as a news anchor in New York City. “It’s helped me transition in form, from jobs, from cities and to figure out what I’m supposed to do and how I’m supposed to help,” Burling said. “As a yoga teacher, I wanted to share that with other people.” The 2007 alumnus opened Roots Yoga with his wife Lauren in July after leaving his job in New York City. Though he never saw himself becoming a yoga instructor, during his career shift Burling found increased flexibility in his schedule that allowed him to start practicing yoga. Alongside daily classes for members and walk-ins, Roots Yoga sets aside at least two days a month to host free classes for community members who are currently homeless or have experienced homelessness, employees who support the homeless, like case managers and social workers, and those active in addiction recovery programs. He turned to yoga during his time in broadcast as a way to heal his body from the mental and physical stress induced by his career. “When I was working in news, my roommate at the time said ‘Hey Erik maybe you'll open a yoga studio one day,’ and I thought, ‘No way that’s going to happen,’” he added. When he worked as a manager of men’s homeless shelter, Burling built a makeshift yoga studio in the basement to make the practice accessible. For Burling,

the Philly Yoga Project is a culmination of his two passions—social work and yoga. Burling and Erin Nowak, a volunteer teacher at Roots, also drew inspiration from the Bethesda Project, which they worked on together. The Bethesda Project is a Philadelphia based initiative that provides shelter, housing and programs for homeless men and women. Nowak and Burling stress how yoga is a practice focused on progression in skill and the transition from the physical to the spiritual. These themes are also central to recovery program agendas and applicable to those transitioning out of homelessness. “I love the idea of changing something from the inside out, and for me, yoga is the methodology for trying to achieve that,” Nowak said. The last free outreach class was held Nov. 9 and the next is Nov. 23, followed by three consecutive Monday classes in December. “I’d be interested in taking another one of these classes. I’ve done yoga in the past and it works well for me,” said Jessica, a first time attendee. She heard about the class from a member in a recovery program and wishes to remain anonymous. “Without a doubt we’re going to keep offering our space,” Burling said. “We’re also thinking of going out to different locations to teach and make the classes more accessible. After that, they may take the initiative to come into the studio and experience the studio environment and vibes. We want to plant the seed of yoga into their lives, but not force it on them.” “We’re not a part of their recovery. We’re a little bit of a break from their recovery, so they can come here and breathe, get a little bit of physical exercise in,” Nowak said. “What’s most important is getting people to sit and close their eyes—they don’t even realize that.” *


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The Clay Studio displays Rudolf Staffel’s photographs and memorabilia.

‘A legacy of extraordinary pieces’ Two professors are honored in a new exhibit. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News

In 1940, young Texan artist Rudolf Staffel couldn’t believe that Boris Blai, then the dean of the Tyler School of Art, invited him to teach ceramics at the lush campus in Elkins Park. Thirty-eight years later, Staffel advanced the craft arts programs at Temple and left behind a legacy as the school’s first ceramics professor. Today, The Clay Studio at 139 N. 2nd St. in Old City celebrates Staffel’s work alongside three other influential Philadelphia ceramics artists in “Fellowship in Clay,” an exhibit running through Nov. 29. Along with the work of Staffel, who passed away in 2002, the exhibit showcases works by Paula and Robert Winokur. Robert Winokur took over for Staffel as Temple’s ceramics professor while Paula Winokur taught ceramics at Arcadia University. “Fellowship in Clay” also displays the works of William Daley, a contemporary of Staffel’s and former professor at the University of the Arts. “All four of these people were in this small Philadelphia craft community, they were all educators so they talked, they shared ideas, they spent time together,” said Jennifer Zwilling,the studio’s curator of artistic programs. “That’s another important thing about the show—it really was a fellowship. They’re all kind of helping each other and supporting each other as part of that community.” The Clay Studio opened “Fellowship in Clay” in collaboration with Craft NOW, an organization which helps support and showcase Philadelphia's craft art community.

Each artist has a very distinct style which can be seen within the exhibit, including Staffel’s renown work involving porcelain and light interaction. Until Staffel, not many craft artists worked with porcelain as their artistic medium because of its fragility. “He tries to capture the beauty that he sees in the natural world with light and capture it somehow with this opaque material,” Zwilling said. “Not only was he a wonderful teacher as a one on one person, but in the larger world, he had a huge influence on studio pottery in general because his work gave permission to other potters to start using porcelain.” Paula Winokur, who taught under Staffel at Tyler, was very close to him throughout her life. “His work was always about experimenting. His pieces are very magical, I think,” she said. “There are a lot of people who had him as a teacher who would say he was very influential, but I think ultimately the work is the important thing. He left a legacy of extraordinary pieces.” By showcasing Staffel’s work alongside the Winokurs’ and Daley’s pieces, the Clay Studio is helping to preserve this legacy and educate younger artists in the Philadelphia area. “I think it’s incredibly important for these young artists to be really aware of the history of their own field,” Zwilling said. “It will not only make their work more rich, but it will encourage them, seeing the depth and breadth of artists who’ve had longer careers.” “I always think about the fact that Philadelphia is so full of historical sights,” Zwilling added. “All you have to do is walk through the streets of Philadelphia and you’re going to experience some sort of craft art, whether it’s a contemporary thing or something that was made almost 300 years ago.” *





Theater alumna wins Barrymore Award Leah Walton rediscovered her love for comedy in Philadelphia. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News


Producer Harrison Kendall and director Brian Sullivan are making a feature-length documentary on firefighting culture.

In documentary, ‘honest stories’ of firefighters Drexel University students are currently producing a documentary about the culture of local firefighters. By ASH CALDWELL The Temple News They eat sleep and breathe fire—but the stories of those firefighters may go untold. “The general public doesn't know what goes on behind the scenes and how all that stuff happens,” said Brian Sullivan, film and video student at Drexel University. Sullivan is the director for “Behind the Bay Doors,” a documentary meant to tell the stories of local firefighters. The film is an extension of a short documentary project he completed for a class earlier this year. Sullivan, a firefighter in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, filmed other firefighters in his hometown earlier this year for a class video project. “The response from the short film was so great,” Sullivan said. “When I was in LA, people were telling me ‘Why don’t you focus on this in long-form?’ For what we wanted to do, what we wanted people to see, the short film didn’t do it justice.” Sullivan initiated a fundraising campaign for $25,000—enough for good equipment, secure spaces and the crew's pay, he said—to complete the film. “In one word, the fire service culture is brotherhood,” Sullivan said. “It’s one of those things that it is its own family. It's like your second home. Everybody's involved and it's not just one area, it's all over the nation." "It's the good times, the bad times and many different components to a family that's bigger than ourselves," he added. His crowdfunding initiative has raised $3,932 after firefighters and their friends and family donated, Sullivan said. Even if the $25,000 goal isn't reached, Sullivan and his crew will keep whatever money is raised to pay the

remaining costs to complete the film, along with payments for the crew. Harrison Kendall, a Drexel University student studying film and one of three producers for the documentary, originally joined Sullivan as sound director. “I worked on a project with Brian before,” said Kendall, who does not have experience as a firefighter. “I did audio for a narrative he did. I was excited to come aboard and learn about the fire service.” Sullivan carefully chose his crew because he doesn't want to market the documentary as a student film—he wanted it to be taken seriously. “I wanted 100 percent control of training a crew from the ground up,” Sullivan said. “I personally handpicked every single crew member from producers to director of photography to sound to editors, and more.” Sullivan and Kendall are still in the process of reaching out to different fire departments, but have secured one so far. The main goal, Sullivan said, is “to bring the fire service into the public light.” “We want to tell honest stories about real people and hopefully shed light on the risks associated with being in the fire service,” said Kevin Quinn, another producer working on the film, in an email. Sean MacIntosh, the director of photography for the film, said ever since Sullivan came to him with his idea, he wanted to be involved in any way he could. “I have always had a great respect for firefighters,” MacIntosh wrote in an email. “I felt that this project would enhance my understanding of what they actually did day in and day out.” For Kendall, being part of the film means gaining experience working on a feature-length piece and telling “the stories of people that would otherwise go untold." “If you don’t know, you won't know,” Kendall said. “They eat, live, and breathe fire. If you don't sit down and talk with them, you won’t understand what they're everyday life entails, you know, preparation techniques, organizations, everything.” *

Before moving back to Philadelphia, Leah Walton hadn’t hit her stride in comedy. “Although I always did comedic work, it didn’t really gel for me until I moved to Philly and the work kind of found me,” Walton said. The actress received her masters in acting this year, and recently won a Barrymore Award for her supporting role as as an evil headmistress in 11th Hour Theatre Company’s original comedic musical, “Field Hockey Hot.” As this is her second Barrymore nomination and first win, Walton’s achievements reflect her artistry in the local theater community. Since moving to the city on a whim 11 years ago from upstate New York, Walton said Philadelphia helped her work evolve through the dozens of productions she participated in. “This community is filled with the most talented people … to be included in this community and then to be honored by it means the world to me,” Walton said. Before Philadelphia, Walton cultivated her skills by studying drama at Ithaca College. Her passion for performance, however, did not surface until she received training through study abroad programs in Moscow, Russia and London, England. Not too long after graduation, Walton found herself straying from her acting aspirations. “I think I felt a little disenchanted with some of the things I was doing,” Walton said. “But, then I just realized that my heart’s desire really lies in theater work and in speaking to an audience.” A college friend encouraged Walton to move to Philadelphia— rekindling a purpose Walton had discovered across the world not too long before. Auditioning for shows at companies across the city, she participated in a wide scope of productions and styles like musicals, plays, comedy and puppetry. Experimental work in Philadelphia eventually led her to perform Off-Broadway, when she was cast in FringeArts show “The Giant Squid” with the Berserker Residents theater

troupe. After seeing the comedy-horror, New York based theater company Ars Nova commissioned Walton and three others to write and produce an original play “The Lapsburgh Layover.” Walton received praise from The New York Times for her comedic talent in the play. “[The FringeArts show] really showed the power that Philadelphia performers have on a national stage,” Walton said. “The things that happen here go other places. People want to see the work Philadelphians are making.” Along with performance opportunity, Philadelphia offered her academic opportunity—both as a student and an educator. In 2012, she began pursuing her master’s degree in acting at Temple. As a seasoned actress, Walton was attracted to the program's specialization for mid-career professionals. The program shifted Walton’s concentration to the script of her performance, shedding new light on how she approaches the text, vocals and speech. “Delivering heightened language is much easier now that I’ve had a really intensive education at Temple,” Walton said. Her studies at Temple also reignited her use of Michael Chekhov Technique, an acting approach based in working with imagination and personal life experiences. After utilizing the method during college, she stopped working with it for a while until she was reintroduced during a course with David Ingram, the head of theater studies and an associate professor of film and media arts. “One of the first things Chekhov’s says is, ‘Everything you do on stage, you should do with a sense of ease,’ and to be reminded of that was very helpful for her,” Ingram said. “She found the inspiration in it again.” The master’s degree would not only refine her practice of theatrical text and speech, but also provide her with credentials to teach in higher education. In her inaugural semester, Walton is teaching a course on Michael Chekhov Technique to sophomore theater students at the University of the Arts. Although Walton has experience in many theatrical genres, she said she shines in comedy and depicting characters like the evil headmistress in her Barrymore-winning role. “I love to hear people laugh,” she said. “It feeds me.” *

In new exhibit, a familial connection explored A mother-in-law and daughterin-law explore women’s roles as artists in a collaborative exhibit. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News For Jaimee Newman, meeting her boyfriend’s mother for the first time wasn’t terrifying, but instead it was exhilarating. “We instantly connected—obviously because we’re both artists—and I’ll just never forget that day,” Newman said of Joye Schwartz, her artistic counterpart and mother-in-law. Upon their first meeting, the connection between Newman of New Jersey and Schwartz of Elkins Park expanded until the two became an established pair of Philadelphia-based artists. “Jaimee has my paintings in her home and I have her paintings, and it’s a very positive interaction,” Schwartz said. Their first official art show, “Her. She. We: A Dynamic Exhibition of Love and Family” displays the culmination of their artistic collaborations at the Da Vinci Art Alliance at 7th and Catharine streets. The lineup of still life, landscape, abstract and figure paintings showcase creations that vary from boldly colorful to whimsically wispy.

“We thought that it was somewhat of an unusual situation to have a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law or a mother-daughter, you know being so close as far as artists, yet we’re in the same family,” Schwartz said. When her son, Jeremy Schwartz, was accepted into Drexel University’s nursing school, his then-girlfriend, Jaimee, moved to Philadelphia with him. The transitional time in her life is explored in the exhibit. “I just decided it would be the next natural step to cohabitate with one another,” Newman

bling in art courses, attending the Cheltenham Arts Center and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and teaching students in local high schools. As a result, Schwartz’s son had been used to spending time around artists when he met his future wife. “When he met Jaimee, he was very respectful and positive towards Jaimee's painting,” she said. “And I think a lot of that was because he grew up that way.” Upon Schwartz and Newman’s first intro-

We thought it was somewhat of an unusual situation “to have a mother-in law and a daughter-in-law ... being so close as far as artists, yet we’re in the same family.” Joye Schwartz | artist

said. “It was the best move of my life and so I’m here, I’m a Philadelphian, and I still have Jersey plates.” Schwartz experienced life-changing transitions as well. With a master’s degree in audiology and her instructional certification in deaf education, she was forced to quit her sciencebased job when three of her children contracted chickenpox simultaneously. She began dab-

duction, the pair instantly escalated from discussing art to creating and critiquing it together, text messaging each other images of their finished works. They painted the same model in dissimilar styles, resulting in two figure paintings that now hang on the walls of the East Passyunk gallery. Despite working and curating closely together, both artists found the collaborative

process more natural than challenging. “The only [challenge] is finding a parking place,” Schwartz said when asked whether or not it was difficult to create an exhibit with her daughter-in-law. When describing the overall theme of “Her. She. We,” Schwartz extracted themes from “A Room of One’s Own,” an essay by renown author Virginia Woolf. In the piece, Woolf discusses the importance of a woman possessing her own space, stating famously “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Both mothers, daughters and wives, Schwartz and Newman stressed the significance of a woman owning her own space to create art, whether it be a novel or a painting. “To give the mother that space of her own, that room of her own so that she has that time. You know, to be herself and to be that other identity,” said Schwartz, who converted her own garage into a home studio. Both artists also stressed the necessity of support from others—especially family members. “It’s important to support each other, it’s a way to express yourself, and I think your loved ones and friends need to support each other in doing any kind of creative art,” Schwartz said. “Whether it’s painting, music, whatever. I think it’s really important.” *




The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Plaza opened Nov. 13 for the 2015-2016 season, offering public skating until Feb. 28. During the winter months, the public space is transformed into a place for winter recreation. “Learn to Skate” classes, available to new skaters, provide instruction in fourweek segments. Elva Luo (top, left) finds her footing on the ice, and Rebecca Sim and Alex Ki (top, right) prep for a selfie. Anja Hutschenreiter (bottom, right) guides Anja Kawald across the rink. The Rothman Cabin is a new addition to the ice rink this season. The hospitality tent is located on the north side of the rink and will feature a menu including burgers, french fries and hot chocolate. A full calendar of seasonal events has been planned for the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. Nov. 27, the ice rink and SEPTA are hosting Santa Claus in a family-friendly event, including an ice-skating parade with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. SEPTA will have specially decorated trains to transport visitors to the event. The rink will be open New Year’s Day 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for visitors to enjoy skating and the Mummer’s Parade. The Rothman Cabin will host Center City District Sips and Skate, offering beer, wine and hot beverages to skaters.



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film’s producer. “And there is so much more outside of those well-known places.” “The Pope just spoke here, presidents have spoken here, and it’s about time that the importance of this area was shown,” Sherman said. The documentary comes at a time when demolition of historical sites in the area is starting to upset residents and people who have been working their entire lives to preserve the Northeast, Sherman said. One of these demolished sites was the Jolly Post, a tavern dating back to the 1600s, which was torn down in 1912. “Name a member of the Continental Congress, and they had passed through that building,” Sherman said. All that remains now is a plaque.

Though the need to share the importance of the area has always been pressing, only now is there a way to share it. Affordable technology, Sherman said, has enabled history to be told in a way that can reach most people. “The technology makes it much more accessible for younger viewers,” Laumeister said. The idea for the film came July 22, a date Sherman still remembers. “I was in front of my house, and I saw a story in the newspaper about Roland Williams, a local historian,” Sherman said. After making a few calls, Sherman began to learn more information about the historical significance of the place he called home. Shortly after, he began work on the film. “Jason has always been a self-starter, he takes a lot of initiative,” Laumeister said. While the Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its $10,000 goal—with $12,197 currently pledged—the film needed more finan-

cial backing to show at film festivals and have DVDs produced. The Kickstarter ended Nov. 16. “Something important like this should have gotten more support on Kickstarter,” Sherman said. But the documentary is just the first step in a process that Sherman hopes will bring much needed tourist support and attention to the area. Ultimately, he would like to have a bus tour that shows off Frankford and the King's Highway to visitors, he said. He hopes that the film will shed some light on a forgotten, but vital, part of American history. “I would say it’s the single most important documentary about this area,” Sherman said. “I’m honored to be a part of it.” *

Artist decorates signs across city ORR



New York City artist Frankie Cosmos will take the stage at First Unitarian Church Nov. 21. The four-piece band, fronted by Greta Kline, is releasing “Fit Me In,” a followup EP to their lo-fi debut album, “Zentropy.” All Dogs and Eight will open the show. The concert starts at 8 p.m and tickets are $10. -Emily Scott


For the rest of November and throughout December, InLiquid will showcase Smashed Label’s works in the exhibit “xFree?.” Crae and Corei Washington, an artistic pair of brothers from Delaware, make up Smash Label. Together, they explore themes like social acceptance, conformity and mental liberation. Their works are displayed through graphic design and wall murals and often include bold, colorful imagery that mimics raw urban graffiti. The exhibit will remain on display at the Crane Arts Gallery at 1400 N. American St. until Jan. 1. -Angela Gervasi


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she added. “I try not to make any rules.” This spontaneous nature is not the only central aesthetic principle of her project—growth is also an important component. Orr’s first decorated pole is a street sign outside her home and studio in West Philadelphia, decorated from top to bottom with wire, toys, strings, beads and other trinkets. From there, she began decorating poles in places relevant to her life and childhood growing up in Philadelphia, like her regular trolley stops to her old elementary school. Now, the locations are less personal, but engage more actively with the community. “I try to put them in a location and then also somehow relate them to the people who might be nearby, who might enjoy them,” Orr said. “The places are all related to me as much as they are to every Philadelphian.” Orr hopes to expand her project more than ever with the help of four Tyler interns. She plans to put up multiple surprise poles in locations including Fourth Street, South Street, Old City and the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. “I think it brings attention to the small details,” said intern and senior fibers major Anna Harland. “Instead of being focused on our phones or distracted by a test or something, I’ve noticed people who walk by and they’ll stop and turn around and take time to just get lost in [Orr's] piece.” Orr has an ever-growing following of graffiti artists on her Instagram account and with the expansion of her project, more and more people are engaging with her art in public spaces. While the placement of her artwork may be technically illegal, no one has ever bothered Orr while displaying it—not even police officers. “I really like the posts that say ‘no stopping here,’” she said. “Because you just have to stop.”



Hidden City Philadelphia runs tours at forgotten locations throughout the city.

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Robinson, a longtime North Philadelphia resident and member of Hidden City, wanted her community to be recognized. After 30 years in real estate, Robinson retired and started training to be a docent, a gallery tour guide. Founded in 2005 under the name Peregrine Arts and changed to Hidden City in 2010, the organization hosts tours and events to showcase the lesser-known stories of Philadelphia. Each tour focuses on a specific neighborhood, street or other theme in order to recognize forgotten places throughout the city. Besides North Central Philly Lost & Found, recent tours include Mostly Manayunk, Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Forgotten Chestnut Street. “We really want to show that we care about our neighborhood,” she said. Robinson hopes the tour group left with a new understanding of North Philadelphia's roots. North Central Philly is home to historical sites like Sullivan Progress Plaza, the first African-American-owned shopping center in the country and the Charles Ellis House, which is still owned by the followers of Father Divine, the owner of Broad Street’s iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel.

“Father Divine didn’t believe in heaven, his idea was to have heaven on earth,” said Peter Woodall, outreach director of Hidden City. “What better way than with a mansion?” It is those small, forgotten details within Philadelphia's history that excite Hidden City's members, tour guides and guests. “I hope that [attendees] appreciate that this was a beautiful, historic community,” Robinson said. Many of the tour’s attendees live in other neighborhoods in Philadelphia, but Vicki Demarest has lived in the area for more than two decades. “As somebody who lives here, it’s great to see some of the background of Broad Street,” Demarest said. “It’s changed a lot over the past hundred years, and even over the past 20, 25 years. It’s been kind of a revelation.” Robinson believes that the neighborhood will continue to change for the better. “Although it’s seen better days, we're looking toward a bright future,” she said. “This includes the institution that is an anchor of our community, Temple University, and all the homeowners who have weathered the storm through all the changes over the past 60 years.” *

In “Lights Rise on Grace,” issues of sexuality, family, culture and race clash on stage. In this production, three estranged lovers, Grace, Large and Riece, take a chance on each other for the sake of holding a family together. The production, named Outstanding New Play at the New York Fringe, is running at the Azuka Theatre on 1700 Sansom St. through Nov. 22. Tickets are $30 and $10 with a student ID. -Grace Maiorano


Psychedelic folk-rock group My Morning Jacket will perform at the Tower Theater Thursday. The group released its seventh studio album “The Waterfall” in May to positive critical acclaim. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. -Eamon Dreisbach


The Painted Bride Art Center on Vine Street near 3rd is currently celebrating and exploring imagery of the human body in its collaborative exhibit, “Body Language.” The exhibit touches on a number of distinct themes concerning body image, including societal standards for the feminine body and the effect that social media has on body image. The exhibit features the work of 2006 Tyler alumna Lauren Rinaldi. “Body Language” will remain on display at the Painted Bride until Dec. 19. -Angela Gervasi


Philadelphia’s annual Asian American Film Festival runs through Nov. 22. The festival will feature screenings of about 70 movies at several locations in the city, including a series of short films celebrating Asian heritage at the Asian Arts Initiative on 1219 Vine St. and the ‘mockumentary’ “East of Hollywood” at the International House of Philadelphia on Chestnut Street near 37th. General admission is $8 and all-access badges for the festival are $100 and $80 for students and seniors. -Eamon Dreisbach

Alumna Amy Orr creates “surprise poles” with found objects.



@phillyinsider tweeted LaBan’s story on the best brewpubs in the city, including newcomers Crime & Punishment in Fairmount and 2nd Story Brewing in Old City.

@muralarts tweeted the new mural was dedicated Nov. 14 at Ladder 16, honoring the fallen firefighter. Nathaniel Lee created the mural based on a portrait by Jesse Gardner. Goodwin was killed in the line of duty April 6, 2013.




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@EFactoryPhilly tweeted the artist’s upcoming stop on The Fire the Flood Tour with Blind Pilot has officially sold out. Vance Joy’s hit song “Riptide” gained him widespread acclaim.

@uwishunu tweeted the top 15 specials for this Thanksgiving, including Di Bruno Bros. at multiple city locations, Percy Street BBQ in Center City and Tela’s Market and Kitchen in Fairmount.




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Janice Schwartz-Donahue, Jessica Schwartz’s mother, started the “Jessie’s Day” fundraiser with her daughter, Laura Schwartz, in 2002.

in a car accident, and she was determined his gift would not go to waste. As an active volunteer for the Gift of Life Donor Program, she traveled to various high schools and colleges telling her story and advocating for more organ and tissue donations. It is a cause her family continues today. “In Philadelphia, there are about 6,000 people on the list, and 20 people die in the United States every day waiting,” Janice Schwartz-Donahue said. “So that’s very important to us, knowing that there are 123,000 people nationally on the list. That’s what we get on our soapbox about.” In addition to activism, Jessica Schwartz took up art to reflect on her condition. Her colorful and abstract self-portrait is now the logo for Jessie’s Day. “The psychologists had a field day with [her art], because it was very much like looking through someone’s soul and seeing what they were going through,” Laura Schwartz said. “When she didn’t know how to express herself, that was her voice.” Before transferring to Temple, Jessica Schwartz spent two years studying at Harcum College, where she was an editor of her school newspaper. That inspired her to channel

her creativity into a new medium. “Part of the idea of becoming a journalism major was, ‘I want to write my story and tell everybody what I’ve been through,’” Janice Schwartz-Donahue said.

“I think funding

is universal support to tell [transplant recipients] not to give up.

Lindsay Truesdale | scholarship recipient

Jessica Schwartz enjoyed her time at Temple, where she wrote poetry and articles for The Temple News. She was only one credit shy of advancing to her senior year when complications sent her back to the hospital, and she was bedridden for the last six months of her life. “I hated school, and Jessie was the opposite of me,” Laura Schwartz said. “She wanted an education.” Jessica Schwartz’s inability to realize her dream of earning a diploma inspired her family to help other

transplant recipients achieve what she could not. They learned during her college application process that no Pennsylvania-based scholarships for such students existed. But now with the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial, more than $100,000 has been donated to help nearly 50 students. Lindsay Truesdale received $2,500 as one of three recipients this year, and will attend the University of Tampa in the spring to study biology. “I was really grateful,” Truesdale said. “It made me realize that I do have the same potential to be great. I think funding is universal support to tell [transplant recipients] not to give up.” This year “Jessie's Day” featured a live band, free food from local restaurants and a silent auction. Despite the charity’s success, Jessica Schwartz’s mother and sister said they are not satisfied. They hope future events will raise even more money so they can give larger scholarships, and spread enough awareness to cut down the number of people on the organ transplant waiting list. “We owe it to her to do this forever and make it bigger every year,” Laura said. “She was such a largerthan-life person.” *


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Sean Hawkins performed two of his own acoustic songs Nov. 11 at the Student-Athlete Talent Showcase.

said Scott Gratson, director of the communication studies program. “I just think it brings everyone together, an event like this.” Musician and singer Sean Hawkins, who is a coach for a soccer team in Whitpain Township, performed two of his original songs for the crowd. “It was a cool spread of people,”said Hawkins, a sophomore communication studies major.”I’m in the process of recording an album, so it was nice to get a little bit of publicity going.” A quieter moment occurred when the teary-eyed Khalif Herbin, a junior communication studies major currently inactive on the Temple football team, read his poem “Nameless” to the crowd. Sophomore Brett Smulligan, a communication studies major, was required to attend the event for one of his classes, but was pleasantly surprised. Smulligan and Hawkins both said they would attend again in the future. Smulligan

hopes future iterations of the program will focus on the talents of the entire student body, not just student athletes. Women’s rowing captains and seniors Aimee Meissner, a media studies and production major, and Lily Papaleo, a strategic communication major, performed a magic show for the audience. “Most of the time, we’re so caught up in our own groups that we don’t take the time to interact with other students and see what they’re all about,” Meissner said. “But seeing students and faculty who are really interested in what we do outside the classroom was refreshing.” “An event like this shows that the student-athletes are just so multi-layered and complex,” Gratson said. “Most important to me as a teacher is to see them as scholars, as people, and to find out about their craft and everything else that they do too, beyond their craft.” “I think an event like this allowed me and others to do that.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple. edu

Renowned journalist visits campus for advanced screening of ‘Spotlight’ “Spotlight” tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church. By ASH CALDWELL The Temple News The latest film from writer and director Tom McCarthy places the important of the truth front and center. “Spotlight,” screened at the Pearl Theatre Nov. 11, is based on the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church and the subsequent coverup by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002. “The stories we did were very important to us,”the Globe’s editor-at-large Walter Robinson told The Temple News. “It never occurred to us that someone would make a movie about how journalists make the sausage.” Robinson was part of a four-person team

of journalists called Spotlight, which investigated a number of stories for the Boston Globe. Robinson was the editor of Spotlight during the Catholic Church investigations. Robinson is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film, with Mark Ruffalo playing Mike Rezendes, Rachel McAdams playing Sacha Pfeiffer, Liev Schreiber playing Marty Baron and John Slattery playing Ben Bradlee, Jr. “The story’s had an enormous impact farther than anything we imagined,” Robinson said. “We started out looking at one priest. It’s extraordinary.” The movie, Robinson said, focused on the first story that was uncovered, but the team wrote 600 stories in 2002. He said McCarthy set out to make a film about journalism, but he let audiences see what happened to thousands of children through a reporter’s eyes. “It’s important to remember that this is more about children and what happened [to them],” Robinson said. More than 50 Temple students attended the free screening and Q&A afterward. “I want to see this for the investigative

side,” said Trenae Nuri, an alumna. “I took an investigative journalism course at the New England Center for Investigative Journalism and I want to see how they took on such a controversial case.” She also said this film helped her understand how the investigation was funded, the feedback they received and how much it takes to complete an investigation of this magnitude. Dean David Boardman, who moderated the screening and Q&A, said the film company Open Road Films reached out to him and asked if he’d be willing to screen the movie. “They’re doing this for a lot of colleges and universities,” Boardman said. “And [Robinson is] a great friend of mine, so I thought, ‘Why not get him out here for a Q&A?’” Boardman hadn’t seen the film and was glad to see the students’ responses and interactions with Robinson. “This is exactly what I hoped for,” Boardman said. “That we would have a wonderful turnout, that the film would be great and that our students would ask wonderful questions.” Boardman also stressed that he wanted stu-

dents to be reminded of the power of journalism and how it can “right wrongs in a way that nothing else can.” After the film, many students asked Robinson questions like, “What would have happened if your source never confirmed the list that you had?” Many students said they loved the film and are inspired to continue pursuing journalism. “I really enjoyed the film,” said Nydja Hood, a sophomore journalism major with a broadcast focus. “It helped me realize why I decided to go with journalism in the first place.” Hood added she was especially inspired by Robinson, and she hopes to “make waves” in the journalism industry just as he has. “There are many challenges out there for reporters,” Boardman said. “But it’s worth it.” * Editor’s note: Nydja Hood is a former freelance writer for The Temple News. She did not play a role in the editing process of this article.


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GLOBAL TEMPLE CONFERENCE Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:00am – 4:00pm Howard Gittis Student Center, Second Floor • Plenary Session: Europe’s Migration Challenge (led by R. Daniel Kelemen (Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University) and Michael Scullin (Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia and Counsel to the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter). • Global Information Fair and Poster Session • Temple student, faculty and staff research, programs, and creative activities from around the world

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Alumnus creates feminism forums Angela Washko visited Temple for an artist’s residency. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Angela Washko, a globally recognized writer and artist, spent about a full year in correspondence with “the Internet’s most infamous misogynist.” Washko, a Tyler School of Art alumna, returned to Main Campus Nov. 5 and 6 to share her performance art piece, “Tightrope Routines,” which is based off her communication with the Internet personality, who remains unnamed for privacy reasons. A notorious pick-up artist, he published his techniques for picking up women in a book titled “Banged.” “I became active as a feminist-identified artist after years of working with a variety of tactical media and culture jamming artists who I learned a lot from, especially about the potential for what art could be,” Washko said. “I was trained at Tyler primarily in areas of painting and photography, but I knew I felt more comfortable working in social justice, education, communityoriented work and activism.”

One of Washko’s focuses is facilitating conversations between feminists and groups hostile toward them. “Tightrope Routines” largely deals with combating many of the stereotypes often related to the feminist community, which were exemplified in her interactions with the misogynist. “I had decided that I wanted to find the perspectives that were missing from his books and essays online—the perspectives of those on the receiving end of his pick-up strategies,” Washko said. “I wasn’t looking to expose anything, but rather to get a sense of how it works and is responded to by the parties being picked up.” “After he saw my call for women, I realized that the project would benefit from an attempt on my part to ask him about his motives and practice, and that this could be the opportunity to have a civil conversation across perceived communities that most often exchange attacks,” she added. “I wasn’t in it to convince anyone of anything.” Washko has been able to share her art, along with her messages, at venues around the world, including the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland and the Foundation Vasarely in France. Students who attended her performance at Paley Library


Until Thursday, Paley Library will host a “Crunch Time Clinic” for research and writing help for students. The tutors are Temple University librarians and Writing Center tutors, and can offer extra help in subjects like identifying sources, searching databases and creating citations. Located on the first floor of the Clinic will be open to students from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-in tutoring, or they can make an appointment at by clicking “Crunch Clinic.” Sessions last up to 25 minutes. -Michaela Winberg COURTESY ANGELA WASHKO

Angela Washko conducted a Skype interview with “the Internet’s most infamous misogynist” in January 2015.

took notice of Washko’s respect for each side of the argument. “One thing that really stuck out about the performance for me was that she acknowledged the flaws of the design on her project,” said Shelby Schwing, a junior psychology major. “That was one of the most interesting aspects, especially when you’re dealing with a human subject.” Washko is also known for creating the “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft,” a way to promote discussions regarding gender in the popular, multiplayer online game. She is committed to remaining respectful of all arguments, while still publicly maintaining her beliefs. Washko hopes to engage both male and female play-

ers in the conversations, whether it be associated with her video game audience or that of “Tightrope Routines.” “I thought one of the scariest things is that [the misogynist is] not alone—he actually had a pretty good amount of supporters,” said Ray Calhoun, a junior information technology science major. “It seemed like his forum was thriving, and if I took that much flack from anyone, I would probably never go on the Internet again.” “I could not stand it at all, so the fact that someone was able to endure something like that was incredible.” *


The Senior Class Gift Student Task Force will celebrate National Philanthropy Day tomorrow with study snacks. The group will discuss philanthropy at Temple and its effect on the student experience. Students can come to the TECH Center lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m to grab some snacks and learn more about university philanthropy. -Michaela Winberg


Tickets to see “The Book of Mormon” go on sale tomorrow at noon. They can be purchased at the Reel Box office located at the Student Center. Tickets are $10 each and an OWLcard must be presented at the time of purchase. Each OWLcard is allowed to purchase two tickets. which are on a first come first serve basis. The show will be held at the Forrest Theatre on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. -Alexis Rogers


As part of an initiative called Fulfill, Temple Contemporary will offer locally sourced meals served in dishware made by Tyler students Thursday at 6 p.m. Dishes and napkins are given as souvenirs to take home. The event asks for a $15-25 donation, and all funds will go toward three organizations: Building 21, which helps secondary education meet the needs of all learners; La Finquita, an urban farm that grows produce for a food pantry and soup kitchen; and Morris Animal Refuge, which provides innovative animal care and adoption services. -Brianna Baker



OWLchestra performs during its fall concert Nov. 5 at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

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as well as any members of the community. It is meant to be a place where anyone can play an instrument in a low-stress environment. The Nov. 5 concert featured a special guest performance from Temple alumna Sarah Kenner, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in violin performance. Now she studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Kenner performed a solo during “L’Inverno.” She thinks OWLchestra’s inclusivity is

what makes it special. “It seems like a very welcoming environment and they like to include everybody,” Kenner said. It was also important for the orchestra to be able to perform in TPAC, for which Roth thanks Temple faculty and staff because it helped the group become the ensemble they are today. “The fact that we are performing in TPAC, where all the other ensembles perform, I think really solidifies us as a legit ensemble,” Roth said. OWLchestra will continue its rehearsals during the second week of the upcoming

spring semester, Thursdays in Presser Hall at 7:30 pm. The group’s next concert is scheduled for April 14. With the orchestra growing each semester and two concerts under its belt, the group realizes it will continue to grow and be successful. “I think that’s very important for people who do not get to make music as often—to have an environment where you feel safe and where you feel free to just express your musical self,” Kenner said. *

Voice of the People | CHLOE PINERO


Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the first annual Brain Preparedness Research Day will take place on the 27th floor of Morgan Hall. The day will focus on different facets of brain fitness, including injury, injury prevention and recovery. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research Administration, School of Medicine and the College of Public Health. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their own research. -Albert Hong


The Paley Library presents “Clue” Friday. Students will be able to watch a screening of the movie at 4 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. The mysterycomedy is similar to the classic board game, where several guests visit a mansion and soon after arriving, find the host of the party dead. The characters are then forced to find out who among them is the killer. The screening is built on the library’s Games Without Frontiers program themes. Free popcorn will also be provided. -Andrea Odjemski

“What are your plans for fall break?” KALI BUSHEY




“I’ll be working a lot for my art internship and restaurant job.”

“I’ll be celebrating my first Thanksgiving in the United States.”

“I’m going to two concerts over the fall break!”






Owls unranked after 44-23 defeat coming off the emotional high of our finish last week.” The Owls’ final meet of the season will be in the IC4A Championships Nov. 21 in the Bronx, New York. -Maura Razanauskas


Following the team’s 44-23 loss Saturday to South Florida, the football team is unranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time since Oct. 18. The Owls received 13 votes, which was 31 votes behind the No. 25 team, the University of Mississippi. American Athletic Conference foe Memphis also was not ranked in the poll after losing to No. 16 Houston 35-34 Saturday and Navy is No. 19 after a 55-14 victory against Southern Methodist Saturday. The Owls are currently one game ahead of South Florida in The American’s East Division with two games remaining. Navy and Houston are tied for first in the conference’s West Division.


-Michael Guise


Coach Fran Dunphy officially announced the signings of point guard Alani Moore and small forward Quinton Rose Wednesday. Both players are ranked as 3-star recruits by Moore, from Hyattsville, Maryland, is No. 138 in Rivals’ national rankings. Last year, he played at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland where he averaged 17.4 points per game. He will play at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Wash-


The Owls’ defense celebrates during a practice Tuesday at Chodoff Field.

ington D.C. in 2015-16. Rose, from Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, New York, averaged 15.4 points per game last season. -Owen McCue


The Owls finished 15th out of 25 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion-

ships Friday at Princeton University. Senior Matt Kacyon led the way for the Owls, finishing 29th with a time of 31 minutes, 40 seconds in the 10K race. Junior Stephan Listabarth was the second finisher for the Owls, finishing 57th. Seniors Alex Izewksi and Will Maltin, as well as freshman Johnathan Condly were the other runners to score for Temple. “The guys did OK,” coach James Snyder said. “We had higher expectations especially

Shannen Atkinson and Shantay Taylor signed letters of intent to play for coach Tonya Cardoza and the Owls for the 20162017 season. Atkinson, who attends Smithfield High school in Smithfield, Virginia, is a 6-foot-4inch center who played in the Boo Williams AAU Invitational last April, the same tournament where junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald and sophomore guard Khadijah Berger played. In her junior season, Atkinson averaged 17.5 points per game and 12.8 rebounds per game while earning Conference 19 Player of the Year and Group 4A All-State honors. Taylor, a 6-foot-3 inch-forward from Columbia, South Carolina, averaged 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds to help lead Spring Valley High School to a South Carolina Class 4A State Championship in 2015. Taylor earned All-Region and All-State honors last season, after averaging 1.9 blocks and one assist. -Connor Northrup

women’s basketball

Depth plays role in Owls’ season-opening victory Fourteen players appeared in the team’s 97-91 win against the University of Florida Friday. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Following the team’s 65-42 victory Nov. 7 against Bloomfield College, coach Tonya Cardoza was thinking about practice. Nine of the Owls’ 14 players saw action in the exhibition game and Cardoza said it was because of the team’s habits in the practice gym

on the 3rd floor of McGonigle Hall. “I think those guys didn’t enjoy sitting on the bench,” Cardoza said. “When practice came around this past week the intensity level of our entire team definitely picked up.” In the team’s 97-91 victory Friday against the University of Florida, 11 players received playing time, and seven totaled 10 or more minutes. “You saw a lot more people playing,” Cardoza said. “We needed those guys to come in and play minutes for us.” Sophomore guard Khadijah Berger, who did not play in the team’s exhibition, saw 23 minutes of playing time filling in for sophomore guard Alliya Butts, who suffered from cramps in the third quarter.

“With [Berger’s] work ethic in practice, she was rewarded with playing time,” Cardoza said. “She gave us good minutes.” The team’s depth also played a key role when junior center Safiya Martin picked up two fouls in the first quarter. She was replaced by forward Monasia Bolduc, a transfer from Walters State Community College, and graduate center Ugo Nwaigwe, from Wagner College, who combined for 19 minutes, four points and three rebounds. “If Safiya doesn’t get in foul trouble, Ugo probably doesn’t play,” Cardoza said. “And it’s just because it’s a security blanket with Safiya. I know she’s going to grab every rebound. Her getting in foul trouble made me have to go to the bench, and I feel they handled themselves

well.” The squad’s other two transfers—sophomores Ruth Sherrill and Donnaizha Fountain— combined for 10 minutes after combining for 39 minutes, seven rebounds and five points against Bloomfield College. “Me and Donnaizha are the same type of player, so I know if she is there, she can back me up,” sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson said. “So, last year it was like if I wasn’t doing my job and having a bad game, I feel bad for my teammates, but I now I can just pat her on the back.” *

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Sophomore guard Alliya Butts drives the ball Friday during the Owls’ 97-91 win against Florida at McGonigle Hall.

Liacouras Center] where we shoot the ball well.” In the win against Florida Friday night at the Liacouras Center, Temple showed it was a different team offensively. Junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald scored a careerhigh 32 points, while Butts and sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson contributed 20 points each. During the Owls’ 18-2 run against Florida in the second quarter, Butts and Fitzgerald scored 15 of the team’s 18 points. “When Feyonda and Alliya are shooting the ball like that, it’s just tough for anyone to guard,” Cardoza said. “I think they are the two quickest people on the court every single game, and no one should be able to press us with those two handling the ball.” Fitzgerald, who started 12 of the team’s 37 games last season, averaged 11.1 points per game, the third highest on the team last season. After her career night against the Gators, the junior said she expects her offensive production to increase this season. “I had to work on my

mid-range,” Fitzgerald said on practicing over the offseason. “That is my bread and butter. When I’m at the spot, and I’m open, I just shoot it.” During the 2014-15 season, Temple ranked No. 62 out of 343 Division I teams in 3-point field goal percentage and second among teams in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls ranked No. 128 in Division I in points per game. Atkinson, who started all

When Feyonda “and Alliya are shooting the ball like that, it’s tough for anyone to guard.

Tonya Cardoza | coach

37 games as a freshman and averaged 10.6 points per game last year, is hoping to bring more energy on the court. “I get yelled at for celebrating a little bit,” Atkinson

said. “So when one person gets pumped up, we all get pumped up.” Friday’s win marked the first time the Owls eclipsed 90 points since a 95-48 win against the University of Rhode Island Jan. 14, 2009 in Cardoza’s first season as coach. Since taking over in the 2008-09 season, Cardoza has led the Owls to 36-11 record at the Liacouras Center. “Maybe it’s something in this building,” Cardoza said. “But you don’t want to give up 90 points unless you are scoring 90-plus. Hopefully that will be the last time we give up 90 points to a team.” When the Owls return Wednesday for their second game against La Salle, they aim to continue their early shooting success and have more players on the bench provide scoring options to ease the load on the starters. “Every game we approach, we have to approach it like it is our last game, and it is the most important game on our schedule,” Cardoza said. “We have 29 regular season games, and not one of them is more important than the next.” *




Women’s soccer

With new outlook, Kerkhoff ‘grateful’ for broken leg Shauni Kerkhoff ’s seasonending injury led to her pursuing a post-graduation program for next year. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News

The wind was just loud enough to mute her daughter’s screams, but Patti Kerkhoff knew something wasn’t right. When she looked down from the bleachers at her youngest of three children, Shauni Kerkhoff, who was lying facedown across the grass on the University of Pennsylvania’s home field Sept. 4, Patti wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. “I’ve always told her, ‘Unless you’re profusely bleeding or something, or your body is pointing the wrong direction, I’m not going to panic,’” she said last week. Temple’s senior goalkeeper collided with Penn’s freshman midfielder Allie Trzaska as

the two were racing toward the ball, which was played between them in the box. Patti Kerkhoff waited patiently for her daughter to rise back to her feet, but when she saw her daughter’s face turn “beet red,” she and another parent hustled down to the field. “I had a feeling when it happened that, ‘This is bad, and she’s probably out a few games,’” she said. “And then when I got to the sideline, and I saw her … I knew it was probably over.” After kneeling down to ask her daughter if she was OK, Patti turned to the Owls’ graduate athletic trainer, Erika Johnson, for more answers. “I remember her asking, ‘Erika, what happened?’ and Erika said, ‘I think she broke her leg,’” Shauni Kerkhoff said. “And when she said that, my mom started tearing up.” Later that night, the American Athletic Conference Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year found out she broke her tibia. With her mother by her side, Shauni Kerkhoff was escorted from the field to the Hospital of the University of the Pennsylvania. She arrived at 8 p.m., entered surgery at 1:30 a.m. and finished at 6:30 a.m.

Shauni Kerkhoff said the surgeon’s initial diagnosis gave her hope she could return in time for Temple’s Senior Day game at home against Houston Oct. 25, but that dream was crushed when she attended her first post-op appointment. Within the first two weeks following her surgery, Shauni Kerkhoff said she hit rock bottom. The 5-foot-7-inch Westerville, Ohio native, who said she can’t go a day without exercising, fell into a depression due to her lack of mobility. “She was really lost for a while,” Patti Kerkhoff said. “And the hardest thing as a parent is just seeing her like that.” But then, she discovered a positive side. As a freshman, Shauni Kerkhoff “fell in love” with Temple’s ProRanger Program, a partnership between the National Park Service and Temple, which trains and employs law enforcement park rangers. She was studying kinesiology but switched her major to criminal justice to apply for the program. But the government shutdown in 2013 put the program on hold. ProRanger’s application process opened back up during her junior year, but she chose to

stay on her “4+1” accelerated master’s track in criminal justice research. A few weeks after her injury, ProRanger returned, and with a recommendation to the program’s director from Justin Miller, Senior Director of the Resnick Center for StudentAthletes, Shauni Kerkhoff was offered an accelerated track for the program, which strictly accepts sophomores and below. “This is going to sound so demented when I say this, but I’m grateful that I broke my leg,” Shauni Kerkhoff said. “Because had I not, I wouldn’t have pursued my dream job.” The night she broke her leg, Shauni Kerkhoff said she considered pursuing a redshirt. But her decision to join ProRanger ended that pursuit, as she finished her career on the field and took the first touch of the second-half kickoff on Senior Day, forfeiting her eligibility. “I think she just was excited to move on with that part of her career,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “It’s sad that she’s not coming back, but I just want the best for these kids, and I know she’s going to be so successful.” *

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coach James Snyder said. “It means a lot to our program, and I love to see kids doing things they didn’t even think they could accomplish.” Her time of 20:52 Friday at Princeton was Fernandez’s secondslowest out of four 6K races this season. Fernandez said the cold weather and 23 mph winds affected her time. “The wind makes it so hard,” Fernandez said. “Nobody wants to lead because you just get all the wind, which makes it a slower race. It was a lot slower than I was expecting.” Despite winning the race, Fernandez said she was not confident in her running abilities while on the course. “I suffered a lot in this race,” Fernandez said. “My head was telling me I wasn’t going to make it to nationals, so I was really fighting against my head.” Fernandez will compete in the NCAA Championships Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is looking to complete her goal of being named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American. The senior runner must place in the Top 40 of the field in order to achieve this feat. “I’m excited because I will be able to run against really good girls and see what level I am on compared to them,” Fernandez said. As a team, the Owls finished 23rd out of 30 teams at the MidAtlantic Regional. Besides Fernandez, no other Temple runner finished inside the Top 140 of the 200-competitor field. Junior Megan Schneider—who finished 144th—was the team’s second highest finisher, while freshman Katie Leisher finished 153rd after crossing the finish line with a time of 24:21.09. * maura.lyn.razanauskas@temple. edu


Freshman forward Ernest Aflakpui makes a move during the Owls’ 91-67 loss Friday to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Coleman finished the game with a careerhigh and a team-high 19 points in 21 minutes played in the Owls’ 91-67 loss. “I think he has these kind of games in him,” Dunphy said. “He can get hot, and he’s earned that right.” In the first half, Coleman scored 16 points on 4-of-8-shooting. He also was 6-of-6 from the foul line. Coleman accounted for 44 percent of the team’s total points scored in the first half. Coleman was the only Owl to score in double figures in the first half and senior guard Quenton DeCosey’s seven points were the second highest total behind Coleman. “I felt like I was always confident,” Coleman said. “A couple shots went down, and I started feeling good, so I tried to carry that momentum throughout the game.”

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of opposing quarterbacks, Temple’s defense had problems defending pass throwers who can also run with the football. In Temple’s past three contests, the starting quarterbacks have totaled 696 yards passing, 335 yards rushing and eight total touchdowns. “It’s always an issue,” defensive coordinator Phil Snow said. “Any time a quarterback runs the football, it adds an extra blocker.” In Temple’s 44-23 loss to South Florida Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Flowers ran 18 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. It was the third time in a row this year an opposing quarterback rushed for more than 90 yards against Temple. Last season, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who ran for 173 yards and two

Coleman was named a starter this season after the departure of guard Jesse Morgan. Last season, Coleman appeared in 27 games after having to sit out due to NCAA rules after transferring from Clemson University. He averaged 3.6 points per game in 11.4 minutes of action per game last season. Friday was the first time in Coleman’s Temple career that he played more than 20 minutes and the fourth time as an Owl he scored in double figures. Coming into the game, Coleman’s career high at Temple was 14 points, which he scored against Central Florida Jan. 28. “He’s worked really hard at it,” Dunphy said. “He’s really come ready to go.” Coleman shot 45.5 percent from the field against the Tar Heels. For the game, Temple shot 38.7 percent from the floor while allowing North Carolina to shoot 50.7 percent from the field. “We take something away from every game,” Coleman said. “That is what film is for. ... We’ll

touchdowns, was the only quarterback to run for more than 50 yards against the Owls’ defense. “It’s kind of difficult,” Alwan said. “The quarterback creates a whole‘nother gap for us.” When Notre Dame, the then-No. 9 team in the AP Top 25 Poll, came to Lincoln Financial Field Oct. 31, Fighting Irish sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer completed 23-of-36 passes for 299 and one touchdown in addition to 143 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. In Temple’s 60-40 win against Southern Methodist Nov. 6, Mustangs’ junior quarterback Matt Davis had 167 yards passing and a passing touchdown, and he added 17 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. “At the end of the day I thought we were in position to make every tackle [against Southern Methodist],” coach Matt Rhule said last Tuesday. “[Davis] made some great runs, and

we weren’t able to tackle in space. We have to tackle in space. Guys have to make that oneon-one tackle.” Kizer broke away for a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Notre Dame’s 24-20 win against Temple after he faked a handoff to his running back. Big plays like Kizer’s run have been common in recent weeks. Flowers had a 68-yard touchdown pass and sophomore running back Marlon Mack had rushing touchdowns of 57 and 48 yards, respectively. Davis had a 48-yard run, and a 30-yard touchdown pass. “The biggest thing it does, option football, … is it puts everybody singled up,” Snow said last Tuesday. “So if one guy misses a tackle, it can be a big play.” The Owls face redshirt-junior quarterback Paxton Lynch and Memphis Saturday at

see our mistakes. See some good things that we did, some things we can build on and learn about going forward.” The Owls also received contributions from freshman Levan Shawn Alston, Jr., Lowe and Ernest Aflakpui. The trio totaled 46 minutes Friday, scoring 22 points. Alston scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. “I thought they were fearless,” Dunphy said. “They enjoyed the moment. I thought they did a good job, all three of them.” Lowe scored eight points while Aflakpui grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of play. “It was a tremendous learning experience,” Dunphy said. “For those three guys, especially. * T @Michael_Guise

Lincoln Financial Field. Lynch has 235 yards rushing this season. He had seven carries for -1 yards in Memphis’ 16-13 win against Temple last year. Temple ends its season at home against Connecticut Nov. 28. Huskies’ redshirt-sophomore quarterback Bryant Shirreffs has 134 rushing attempts this season for 422 yards and three touchdowns. The Owls, who current have a one-game lead over South Florida in The American’s East Division, could potentially face a mobile quarterback if they reach the conference championship game. Navy and Houston, the two leaders in the West division, both have quarterbacks with more than 800 yards rushing this season— Reynolds for Navy and junior Greg Ward, Jr. for Houston. *





Seniors’ bond extends off the court Senior captains Sandra Sydlik and Alyssa Drachslin have played 84 games together. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News While the volleyball managers set up the nets in McGonigle Hall for a Nov. 3 practice, Director of Operations Ed Lowery asked “Where is Sonny and Cher?” Senior libero/defensive specialist Alyssa Drachslin and senior setter Sandra Sydlik, who have played 85 college games together, share the role of captain for the 2015 season. Lowery gave the duo the nickname “Sonny and Cher,” because of the time they spend together. “I think all of us seniors have become really close, but Sandra and I have been playing together on the court since freshman year,” Drachslin said. “Off the court, she is one of my best friends.” The duo has led the Owls to an 20-8 record and an 11-5 conference record, which ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. Six regular season games remain for the seniors, who are the only remaining players from the 2012 freshman class. This year, Drachslin leads the Owls with 494 digs, ranking No. 37 in the NCAA in digs per set with an average of 4.94.

“It’s definitely weird,” Drachslin said. “You have seen it all the years before with girls leaving before you, and you’re like, ‘That is so sad, what are they going to do?’ It is just a lot different.” Drachslin befriended former Temple middle blocker Annemarie Boehm from Erlangen, Germany in 2012. Through Boehm, Drachslin became friendly with Sydlik, a Berlin, Germany native. “I really appreciate the level attitudes that come in from the global and international attitudes,” Drachslin said. “I think, as an American, I have traveled some growing up, so I got to see different cultures. So I can really appreciate that from Sandra and other international students.” Sydlik recently hit the 3,000-assist mark, putting her No. 5 on Temple’s all-time assists list. Sydlik has totaled 1,076 assists this season while averaging 11.21 per set. The senior setter balances being friends and teammates with Drachslin. “We never really take breaks, it is volleyball 24/7,” Sydlik said. “I think we are both on the same page, which definitely helps, so when we talk it is in a professional way, but we can separate on and off the court pretty well.” Houston defeated the Mustangs 3-0 Sept. 25 in Southern Methodist’s only conference loss of the season. Southern Methodist swept Temple 3-0 Oct. 9 in Dallas, Texas. Temple’s season goal is to win The American, but the Owls currently sit behind Southern Methodist (23-3, 13-1 The American) in the



Sandra Sydlik sets the ball for freshman Carla Guennewig in the Owls’ 3-0 win against Central Florida.

conference standings. The Owls rank No.90 in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Ratings Percentage Index. The Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament consitsts of 64 teams. Senior defensive specialist Kayla Yingling said despite the team’s RPI, Drachslin and Sydlik are leading the team in the right direction. “They work really well together,” Yingling said. “They are the ones who are on the court the whole time. Alyssa is more outspoken. When we are looking for someone to say something, she sets it up right away. Sandra is quieter. She says things when she needs to.”

The team’s final home game is Nov. 22 against Southern Methodist at McGonigle Hall. As the team’s goal of winning the conference fades away with six games remaining, Drachslin and Sydlik are focused on enjoying their time on the court. “Four years together through this whole experience is kind of an inseparable bond,” Drachslin said. “Being bonded as teammates is a type of relationship that is hard to explain, but being true friends on a team is impossible to explain.” *

Ice Hockey

Matthews having Sophomores increase ice time in 2015-16 ‘worst semester’ Five sophomores on the ice hockey club have combined of college career for 19 goals and 38 points. The senior has been competing for a professional career. By GREG FRANK The Temple News Brandon Matthews’ fall semester has been as demanding as a professional internship. After a junior season where he set a new schoolrecord for stroke average at 71, and he tied the program record for wins with eight, Matthews began his pursuit of a professinal career by competing for his PGA tour card. “He’s experiencing two worlds,” coach Brian Quinn said. “He’s experiencing the world he knows at Temple and how he lives as a tour player. This is like an internship for him right now.” In order to obtain a PGA tour card, a player must first apply for entry to qualifying “school,” a common name for a series of preliminary tournaments. There are a series of fees that range from as low as $2,500 to as high as $6,000, depending on the stage. Matthews had to compete in the pre-qualifying events in September before participating in the first stage, which was held in October. The second stage was held Nov. 10-13 in Brooksville, Florida, where Mattthews finished 56th out of 77 golfers. The senior did not advance to the final stage, Dec. 10-13. Matthews needs to finish in the Top 25 of the final stage to earn a spot on the tour, the PGA’s developmental circuit. “It was a great experience,” Matthews said “I feel like I belong out there. I will draw from the experience in the future and allow it to help me grow and develop as I continue my golf career.” This fall, Matthews also participated in the Western

Refining All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas Nov. 7-8, finishing 13th out of 22 golfers with a five-over par 218. The event followed the team’s final event of the semester, the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite in Stockton, California Oct. 29-31—where Matthews tied for 40th in the 88-player field. Matthews withdrew from the team’s first event in Hartford Sept. 21-22 due to a back injury and missed the Wolfpack Invitational Oct. 5-6 due to competing in the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying school at Pine Mountain, Georgia. Matthews was the only amateur in the 77-player field at the first stage and tied for 14th with an 11-under par. “This is a big change in his life coming,” Quinn said. “There’s so much going on in his mind. This kid has so much greatness in him.” The senior started and finished four of the team’s six events this fall. In those four tournaments, his stroke average was 73.5. He had just one round lower than his 2014-15 stroke average of 71. “This was the worst semester I’ve had at Temple,” Matthews said. Last season, Matthews had a stretch where he won three straight tournaments. The senior did not crack the Top 5 in any of the four events he completed this semester, finishing in the Top 10 twice. The senior’s last tournament title was April 12 at the Princeton Invitational. “It was just a tough semester for me, and I really haven’t been playing the best golf at all,” Matthews said. “I’ve been trying to block things out as best as I possibly can. ... Maybe I just need to take some time off and that could be it.” * T @g_frank6

By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News When the Owls ended their last practice of 2014-15 Feb. 16, a few players remained out on the ice. As their teammates retreated to the locker room, then-freshman forwards Devon Thomas, Eric Graham, Alex Kempinski and freshman defenseman Ryan Dumbach lingered at the Flyers Skate Zone. “It sounds cliché, but it’s definitely something winners do,” Kempinski said. “It’s something the best players have lived by the old saying that says, ‘Five minutes extra before the game and five minutes extra after the game adds up over a season.’” Now sophomores, Thomas, Graham, Kempinski, Dumbach and forward Joey Powell have seen the extra work pay off this season, as each of them has either surpassed or matched their 2014-15 goal total halfway through this year. The group totaled 11 goals, 22 assists and 34 points last season and have 19 goals, 19 assists for 38 points midway through 2015-16. Powell leads his second-year teammates with seven goals and seven assists

for 14 points after scoring six goals and notching 11 assists last season. He returned to the team’s top line this year with senior forward Stephen Kennedy. “Joey’s a good player,” Kennedy said. “He’s got a good hockey IQ. He’s like me. We’re not the fastest skaters, but he’s good at getting to the right places at the right time.”

filling voids “thatThey’re we needed from last year.” Stephen Kennedy | senior forward

Thomas, Graham, Kempinski, Dumbach and Powell have made up 35 percent of the team’s scoring through 14 games. Their minutes were restricted during their freshman seasons due to the squad’s 12 upperclassmen, who claimed most of the playing time. “They’ve definitely stepped up in all essences of their games,” Kennedy said. “They’re taking on a leadership role. They’re putting more points on the board when needed. They’re filling voids that were needed from last year, but overall they’ve stepped up when they needed to. And as long as there is progression every year they come here to play, the team


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should be OK.” The team’s veterans consider Graham one of the Owls’ most improved starters. He tallied two goals and five assists for the team, compared to two goals and three assists last season. Graham’s evolution was on display Nov. 8 against Canisius. Graham made a mistake halfway through the game that led to the Golden Griffins taking a twogoal lead. He lost some shifts because of the mishap but came back to score the game-winning goal. “I was obviously fired up about it, but then he came back and scored that sixth goal,” coach Roman Bussetti said. “It’s one of those things where he knows he fixed the mistake he needed to.” Dumbach has risen to the distinction of one of the team’s top-tier defenseman, tallying five goals and four assists. Kempinski is lauded by the upperclassman as a third-line grinder. He has three goals and two assists after not scoring a goal last season. Thomas, who plays on the same line as Graham, has two goals and an assist. “It’s been leaps and bounds with our sophomore class compared to last year,” junior forward Aron Litostanski said. “They’ve really grown into themselves, and there’s a bright future for them in their junior and senior years.” * T @StephenGodwinJr


Senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff did not pursue a final year of eligibility following a season-ending injury. PAGE 18



The football team was knocked out of the Top 25, the men’s and women’s basketball teams signed new recruits, other news and notes. PAGE 17

Seniors Sandra Sydlik and Alyssa Drachslin have bonded together during their time at Temple. PAGE 19




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Devin Coleman earned his first start with the team after suggesting his place in the lineup to coach Fran Dunphy this offseason.

By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

uring the summer, Fran Dunphy approached Devin Coleman with a question. “Who do you think should start in our lineup?” the Owls’ coach said. The senior guard named four players and then, shyly mentioned him-

“We talked about [the lineup] for a stretch,” Dunphy said. “He sheepishly said ‘me’ at the end of it. I appreciated that. There is a level of confidence and humility. While his teammates huddled around Dunphy on the sideline at Alumni Hall Friday night, Coleman sat in a navy blue chair on the bench. With the Owls trailing in the second half against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 Poll, the senior guard was substituted out and replaced by freshman guard Trey Lowe. Coleman would not step foot on the floor again, as calf cramps prevented him from playing the final 15 minutes of the game.

Cross country


Devin Coleman holds his follow through as he watches his shot during the Owls’ 91-67 loss Friday against North Carolina at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.


women’s basketball


Blanca Fernandez qualifies for NCAA Championships The senior runner is the first woman in program history to qualify for the event. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News In the waning moments of the 6K race, Blanca Fernandez made her move. After chasing the lead for 5.8 kilometers at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional, the senior runner pulled ahead of Princeton University senior Emily de La Bruyere to win the NCAA Championship with a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. “I love that feeling when you cross the finish line and say to yourself, ‘I did it,’” Fernandez said. It was the sixth consecutive victory this season for the Leon, Spain native, who finished 1.6 seconds before de La Bruyere. She previously claimed the title Oct. 31 at the Ameri-

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Sophomore guard Alliya Butts celebrates with sophomore guard Khadijah Berger during the Owls’ 97-91 win against Florida Friday.

Owls’ offense shines in win

can Athletic Conference Championships to become the first conference champion in program history, with a season-best time of 20:06. “Winning this race was awesome,” Fernandez said. “I knew it could happen, but I was not expecting it.” Last spring, Fernandez was the first Owl to represent Temple at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship since 1987. With the victory Friday, Fernandez became the first women’s cross country runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division Cross Country Championships. “Who knows the next time this might happen?”

When Temple struggled on offense last year, the squad turned to then-freshman guard Alliya Butts or then-junior guard Erica Covile to make a play. This year, with 14 players on the roster, the Owls can rely on any of their teammates to make a bucket. “We might not be able to score sometimes, and that’s going to happen, but we’ve got to make sure that we’re not allowing teams to score as well,” coach Tonya Cardoza said following the Owls season-opening 97-91 win against the University of Florida. “I feel like there is a lot of games we play [at the




The Owls scored 90 or more points for the first time since totaling 95 in a 2009 win. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News

Opposing quarterbacks have rushed for 90 or more yards in the previous three games. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor

Freshman wide receiver Cortrelle Simpson stood in the backfield about five yards behind the center ready for the snap. Simpson called out a cadence and then rushed for a few yards off the right side of the offensive line during last Tuesday’s practice at Chodoff Field. As he had several times this year, the wide receiver ran scout-team quarterback for the Owls to help prepare for South Florida sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers, who came into Saturday’s game with 657 yards rushing. “He helps out a lot,” said junior linebacker Jarred Alwan, the team’s second-

“Any time a quarterback runs the ball, it adds an extra blocker.” Phil Snow | defensive coordinator

leading tackler, after last Tuesday’s practice. “He’s probably better than some of the quarterbacks we’re going to play. … He’s fast. He’s quick too.” Despite the use of Simpson to prepare for the speed


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