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Aramark slated to replace Sodexo Food service will have the chance to stay at the university. By JULIE CHRISTIE News Editor


emple announced last week that after 28 years with Sodexo, Aramark will be the university’s new food service provider. The contract with Ara-

mark will begin on July 1, 2017. After the announcement was made, Richard Minter, the assistant manager for the Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United — which includes Local 274, the union that represents most food service workers at Temple — held an emergency meeting to discuss the main concern of workers at Temple: Would they be able to keep their jobs? “Current dining employees will have the opportunity to continue their employment,” Karen Cutler, Aramark’s vice president of corporate

communications, told The Temple News last week. “There’s just a basic screening process that we always do.” Later, in a statement, Cutler wrote that Aramark is “committed to working with the union regarding the current collective bargaining agreement, wages and benefits for existing union employees.” Michael Scales, the associate vice president of business services, said that in similar situations, when other universities change their food service


JAMIE COTTRELL FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Joyce Badolato, a Sodexo worker of 12 years, prepares a bowl of vegetables at Wok Star in the Morgan Hall Food Court on Oct. 14.

Former provost sues ousted president Hai-Lung Dai is accusing Neil Theobald of slander, libel and misrepresentation. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior music education major Anthony Huntington plays trombone during halftime of the Owls’ 45-20 win against Southern Methodist at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 1. The Diamond Band has received buzz from major recording artists in recent weeks.

Diamond Marching Band on the rise Recording artists have reached out to the band about its performances. By MORIAH THOMAN For The Temple News Gideon Park, a freshman neuroscience major and trumpeter in the Diamond Marching Band, was broadcasted to 1.7 million Twitter users on Oct. 3 — for 10 seconds. The marching band performed a Panic! At The Disco medley featuring the songs “This Is Gospel,” “Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time,” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and

“Victorious,” during the halftime show of the Oct. 1 game against Southern Methodist University. The band tweeted a shout-out with “#CherryOn” and Park made it into the last 10 seconds of the video, now viral among Panic! At The Disco fans. “You have no idea, I screamed when I saw it,” said Alison Hopkins, a freshman journalism major and trombonist in the marching band. “They are my favorite band of all time, and when I saw that we were doing a Panic! At The Disco show ... I just knew from the start that we were going to get some attention for it. So I was really excited.” This was not the first time the Diamond Marching Band gained

widespread recognition. It impressed musical artists Bastille and Paramore in 2014 and made appearances in the films “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the remake of “Annie.” “It’s cool we’re getting recognition, and I feel like we’ll get more because of all the hard work we put in,” Park said. “Being optimistic, people like Temple’s band a lot now, so I feel like it's going to grow and get better.” Matthew Brunner, the band’s director, said many of the students came from rigid musical backgrounds and were taught not to move around while they play. But the life that the band brings to popular pieces like Panic! At


Former provost Hai-Lung Dai has filed a lawsuit against former university president Neil Theobald. Dai’s civil suit, filed Sept. 21 in the Court of Common Pleas, accuses the former president of libel, slander and misrepresentation, according to the case’s docket. The most recent action is a delivered writ of summons — a document initiating legal proceedings — presented to Theobald. Theobald removed Dai as provost in late June, allegedly for allowing the university’s deficit in merit scholarships to grow to $22 million. Because of Theobald’s handling of the merit scholarship deficit and firing of Dai, the Board of Trustees voted in mid-July to remove Theobald from his position as president. Before agreeing to leave his position as president, Theobald emailed the Board of Trustees and Temple’s Human Resources department, stating he believed his ousting was because he refused to cover up sexual

harassment allegations against Dai, according to Philadelphia magazine. But calls to Theobald and Dai’s lawyers did not reveal what statement is being contested. Theobald’s lawyer Raymond Cotton, from the Boston-based Mintz Levin firm, declined to comment. And Dai’s lawyer Patricia Pierce, a partner at the Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores law firm, did not return several messages requesting comment. In July, a few weeks after he was fired as provost, Dai told the Inquirer that the allegations of harassment were “complete and utter fabrications.” “I will not rest or retreat until I have pursued every avenue available to me, including through a court of law, to restore my good name,” Dai said in a statement to the Inquirer. Dai is still listed on Temple’s website as the Laura H.


Reading Viaduct Rail Park: ‘Three miles of opportunity’ The Rail Park was recently funded by a $3.5 million grant. By CARR HENRY For The Temple News

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Brad Baer, former adjunct professor of design and entrepreneurship, stands at the overgrown site of the old Reading Railroad in Callowhill which will be transformed into a walkable urban park. Baer is a board member of Friends of The Rail Park and head of its communications committee.

Hilda Bacon wants the construction of The Rail Park to inspire community development, not just “create a space.” “It will allow people to travel from community to community in an easy, comfortable way just to be able to enjoy the space and enjoy other communities they might not be aware of,” said Bacon, a 1995 masters of education alumna. Bacon is a board member for the Friends of The Rail Park, a local

nonprofit that is determined to transform the Reading Railroad into a green space called The Rail Park. Winding through 10 neighborhoods and 50 blocks, The Rail Park will be divided into three distinct sections including the Viaduct, which is supported by bridges; the Cut, which is near street level and the Tunnel, which is entirely subterranean. Michael Garden, the co-vice president of the Friends of The Rail Park, said phase one — developing the Viaduct — should be finished within a year. After years of fundraising, a recent $3.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has provided the group with enough money to start construction on phase one of the park.

Bacon was inspired to help with the project after touring the site. Since getting involved, Bacon has raised money and awareness for the park by organizing fundraisers, including a benefit concert by her siblings, the Bacon Brothers — actor Kevin Bacon and musician Michael Bacon, this past February. Garden said The Rail Park will be “a park for all people in every possible way.” He added that The Rail Park will touch a wide variety of communities in Philadelphia including Brewerytown, Fairmount Park and Northern Liberties. “We envision that as the park traverses through each of those neighborhoods, the designs and the character of those sections are


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SEPTA’s unionized workers agreed to strike next month if a contract is not renegotiated before Nov. 1. Read more on Page 6.

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a student reflects on her experience with partner abuse. Read more on Page 5.

Roneisha Smith-Davis, a 2012 early childhood education alumna, opened a nonprofit dance studio. Read more on Page 12.

Despite inconsistent play, senior quarterback Phillip Walker owns several school passing records. Read more on Page 20.





Outreach to students continuing for Parliament Despite promotions on social media, some students said they were not aware of an upcoming election. By FRANCESCA FUREY TSG Beat Reporter Temple Student Government began accepting applications for Parliament seats last Monday, but a week after the official announcement, several students had not heard about it. Parliament has 37 seats, and although some can only be voted on if the student is part of a specific group, several seats can be voted on by any Temple student. Applications for Parliament seats close on Oct. 28, and the candidates will be announced on Nov. 7 before a two-day online voting period on Nov. 15 and 16. Jordana DiPaolo, a senior advertising major, said she had never heard about applications or the voting process for Parliament. “I don’t know if it was in an email,” DiPaolo

said. “I would have [seen] it.” DiPaolo added she hadn’t seen any flyers about Parliament, nor has anyone made an announcement about the group in one of her classes, which is how she said she hears a lot of information. “I’m an advertising major and you definitely need to promote [events],” she said. “You’ll be seeing a lot of stuff on our social media platforms,” said Kristina Del Mar, TSG’s promotions manager. “We’ll be having different events throughout campus just to remind people to get out and vote.” One of the events will include a meet-andgreet with the candidates for students. “[TSG will] have all of the different candidates running speak so the people that are voting can have a better understanding of what the candidates stand for,” Del Mar said. Since Oct. 11, TSG has tweeted advertisements about Parliament membership and has also encouraged applying in its Twitter bio. Other than announcing details about Parliament at the general attendance meetings, Twitter is the main form of promotion the student government has used to inform students about running for a seat.

DIAMANTE ORTIZ FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A water fountain on the ninth floor of Ritter Hall has residue coming from the spout and all over the basin.

Other students said they hadn’t seen much publicity for Parliament. “I’ve never heard of [Parliament] before,” said Dave Brook, a junior accounting major. “I bet if I asked a bunch of people, they wouldn’t know either.” Brook said that he is not “up-to-date” with TSG. He said that there was a possibility he might have known about Parliament if he was “notified with a campus-wide [email]” on the subject. “Maybe [TSG] only advertises it at certain events,” said Audrey Kim, a freshman undeclared business major. Kim said she did not know about Parliament and has not seen any promotions for it. She said she believes that TSG could have been targeting a specific audience. “I don’t think I would have found out,” said Danielle Boni, a freshman advertising major. “Maybe [TSG] should put posters around because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poster for that.” She added that sending an email out would be a great way to know about Parliament. “A lot of people check their emails every

day. I go through [all of my emails] and click on them,” she said. “I heard about Parliament for the election,” said Sam McMinn, a sophomore community development and philosophy major. “I haven’t heard any progress.” Despite not knowing about Parliament, some students said they would still consider voting. “I think I would [vote for Parliament],” DiPaolo said. She compared voting for Parliament with voting for Homecoming. Someone in one of her classes announced that they were running for Homecoming court. DiPaolo “never thought [she] would have voted” if not for the promotion. “I would vote because it matters,” Boni said. She said that Parliament would represent students with different interests and let their voice be heard. McMinn also said he might “give it a look.” “[Parliament] seems like a good idea, we’ll see where it goes,” McMinn said. “Who knows, it might be a horrible idea.” francesca.furey@temple.edu

MAX SIMONS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS A rooftop garden in the Architecture building is one of several projects handled by the Office of Sustainability in moving towards the goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.

Water quality safe, but Temple working toward a not up to EPA standard carbon-free campus in 2050 The Temple News conducted a test that showed high levels of chlorine in drinking water. By DIAMANTE ORTIZ For The Temple News On the ninth floor of Ritter Annex, two water fountains have yellow-brown residue around the spout. The residue stains the base of the mouthpiece and the basin. When water first started coming out of the fountain, it was tainted a light bluish-green color for a few seconds before becoming clear. Last month, the Inquirer reported that colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are not legally required to test its water for contamination after Rowan University found elevated levels of lead in its water. After learning of the lead in Rowan’s water, Temple began retesting its water to make sure it was safe, the Inquirer reported. “I’m from Albania, and you can drink the water from a waterfall, it’s very clean,” said Kristi Bezhani, a junior global studies major. “And here, it’s not like that. It tastes like sour, salty, rusty metal, like when you go to water fountains.” The Temple News conducted a water test using a kit purchased from Inlet Innovations, a Florida company that sells one of the highest-rated water testing kits on Amazon.com. Using a sample from the water fountain in the lobby of Johnson and Hardwick residence halls. The kit had test strips that would test for lead, bacteria, pesticides, iron, copper, the acidity, the ability to neutralize acid, hardness, chlorine, nitrates and nitrites. The results came back negative for lead and pesticides and News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

only trace amounts of bacteria were found. The nitrate, pH, copper and iron levels all fell below the maximum contaminant levels allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water. Chlorine levels appeared at 5 parts per million, one part above the EPA allowed level of 4 ppm. The hardness of the water came out to 200 ppm, which is four times the EPA allowed maximum of 50 ppm. The level of nitrite, at 5 ppm, exceeded the EPA’s guidelines to keep nitrite at less than 1 ppm. The Inquirer reported that Temple is part of the city’s water system, which is supplied by the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. According to the Philadelphia Water Department’s annual Drinking Water Quality Report, which collected data from 2015, Philadelphia’s water shows no violations or any unsafe contaminants. Bill Jalbert, the director of facilities at Temple, said that if faucets are turned off for long periods of time, like on holiday breaks, the water that comes out sometimes looks brown because of high mineral buildup in the water. Lok R. Pokhrel, an assistant professor of environmental health at Temple, has conducted research on water quality, but not specifically at Temple. “Tap water has its own issues,” he said. “And bottled water has its own issues. Some say bottled water is not sustainable either. Some recent surveys have said that bottled water is more contaminated, like maybe, four times more contaminated than the toilet seat. … There are issues on both sides. Temple having old buildings may have several lead pipings.” “It is also advised that you should wait five minutes to let your water run, so it can be clean,” Pokhrel said. diamante.emilia.ortiz@temple.edu

To reach a net-zero carbon footprint, the university has multiple initiatives. By MEGAN MILLIGAN For The Temple News An increase in programs and events focused on sustainability at Temple have aimed to raise awareness about the university’s impact on the environment. In line with this way of thinking, Temple has promised to be carbon-neutral by 2050. “Carbon-neutral means that the heat and electricity needed to run the building does not generate carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions onsite,” Robert Ryan, an engineering professor at Temple, wrote in an email. In order to be carbon-neutral, the university has to have a net-zero carbon footprint, said Kathleen Grady, the director of the Office of Sustainability. “Our campus’ biggest carbon footprint is energy, the heating and cooling of buildings,” said Laura Toran, a professor in the Earth and environmental science department. The office has a climate action plan, which Grady said includes “retro-fitting” older buildings on Main Campus to make them more energy efficient. The new buildings are being designed to achieve LEED certification. The United States Green Building Council, an organization dedicated to increasing sustainability in buildings, designed LEED certification to evaluate the environmental performance of a building, according to its website. Ryan is the leader of the engineering team of the Tiny House project, which was designed by Temple students over a year ago. It’s being built by students and faculty from landscape, horticulture, architecture and engineering. The Office of Sustainability is collaborating with several academic departments on the project. The tiny house is carbon-neutral, Ryan said,

adding that it is “off-grid” — meaning it relies on no electrical power. “The only power it has is from the solar panels installed on the roof,” Ryan said. “The only source of heat is by the sun warming barrels of water which will then radiate their heat into the building.” The tiny house, on Broad and Diamond streets, will be used as a meeting space, and is available for tours to interested students. It also holds food demonstrations, and is a spaced used to teach people about gardening. “I think it’s a really fun project to have so we can teach people about green design on campus,” Grady said. Going carbon-neutral would also mean taking a look at the way students get to campus, Grady said. “Temple is located in an urban area, wellserviced by transit,” she said. “Philadelphia is also one of the greatest cities in the country to bike, because it’s very flat.” Temple was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bike-friendly university, but it is still working to improve, Grady said. Last year, Temple added more than 200 bicycle racks on Main Campus, and in January, the university will build covered bicycle storage on Main Campus, she added. The Office of Sustainability is also working to give students access to inexpensive bicycles by collecting abandoned bicycles and selling them at lower costs, after holding them for a year to make sure nobody claims them, Grady said. She added that students also get a discount at Indego Bike Share. At the start of the school year, the office gave free breakfast to bikers, who rode past the Student Center. It is also working to inform students about bicycle safety through urban riding classes. Grady said it’s important to note that these aren’t just the efforts of the Office of Sustainability, but of the whole university. megan.milligan@temple.edu

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Toomey and McGinty to debate in TPAC next week Their race for U.S. Senate is the most expensive in the country for this election. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK Assistant News Editor The most expensive Senate race in the country is happening in Pennsylvania, and it will make one of its final stops at the Temple Performing Arts Center next Monday. Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey will debate Katie McGinty, the Democratic nominee, at 7 p.m. in TPAC. 6ABC’s Jim Gardner will moderate the debate. As of Oct. 17, more than $92 million has been spent by the candidates and outside sources, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in elections. The next most expensive Senate race, in New Hampshire, has a price tag of more than $77 million so far. This race, along with other highly contested races, can change which party controls Congress. Toomey and McGinty are currently neckand-neck according to the most recent poll,

from Bloomberg on Oct. 13. According to the poll, McGinty leads with 47 percentage points and Toomey trails by two, with 45 percentage points. Michael Hagen, a political science professor studying this election, said it’s unusual for Senate races to be so close after an eight-year president, because often more people of the opposite party are elected. But that’s for a normal election cycle, he said. Because of the nature of the presidential election between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, there has been less media coverage devoted to legislative elections. “It’s a race that wouldn’t be close without Donald Trump,” Hagen said. “It’s conceivable that we could have a Republican president and a Republican House [of Representatives],” he added. “It’s also conceivable we could have a Democratic president and a Democratic House.” “Those two outcomes would produce very different federal government policies over the next four years and take the country in very different directions at a time where there’s a lot of concern of the direction of the country,” Hagen

said. Over the next six years, hot-button issues, like America’s relationship with Russia, climate change and the country’s healthcare system are all due to be voted on in Congress, Hagen said. “The votes we cast here in Pennsylvania will have a very big impact on how the government addresses those issues,” Hagen added. There are weaknesses in both candidates, he said. McGinty is not very well-known throughout the state and while Toomey has been in office, he has voted conservatively for economic and social issues that may not align with all Pennsylvania voters. “McGinty has been able to keep it closer because partly the national mood has been less supportive of Republicans than it otherwise would be,” Hagen added. Students in Temple College Republicans and Temple College Democrats plan to attend Monday’s debate to support the candidate of their respective parties. Thomas Caffrey, who works on the McGinty campaign as an intern and is president of Temple College Democrats, said his organization will be working on getting out the vote for the Nov. 8 election.

Before the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania passed last week, Temple College Democrats had been focused on registering as many people as they could. The focus now turns to making sure people go and vote for McGinty and Clinton, he said. The group will canvass with the McGinty and Clinton campaigns in North Philadelphia in the coming weeks. Temple College Republicans have done similar work for the Toomey campaign. Members have made calls for Toomey and Republican nominee Brian Fitzpatrick who is running for Representative of Pennsylvania’s 8th legislative district, said Austin Severns, the chairman of Temple College Republicans. Most of the focus of conversations for Temple College Republicans are on the presidential debate Severns said, but members are optimistic about Toomey beating McGinty in November. The debate, sponsored by 6ABC and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters, will be broadcasted live and is the last debate between the candidates before the election. gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

Water main breaks, floods Main Campus

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS University officials rushed to fix a broken water main at 13th and Norris streets on Wednesday which caused flooding on main campus and cut water service to Peabody Hall temporarily. The main broke between 9 and 9:30 a.m., traffic was diverted and students had to wade through ankle high water following the incident. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the Philadelphia Water Department was on the scene at around 10 a.m. to address the issue. “It just broke underground,” said Bill Schweizer, a facilities manager at Temple. “Years and years of overhead traffic” could have caused the flooding, he said. A university spokesman said water was restored to Peabody Hall at 11:30 p.m. The patch of pavement on Norris Street where the water cracked the pavement is still cordoned off with cones.

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Don’t limit conversation College students should make gender and domestic violence a year-round discussion. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and through stories in this week’s Opinion section, The Temple News tried to open the discussion about issues surrounding gender violence, like partner abuse and sexual assault. We hope reading what our writers had to share on these subjects encourages others to speak up. Do not be afraid to talk about and educate yourself on these issues. Whether you have ever been in any type of abusive relationship or know someone who has, discussion will hopefully help others come forward, seek help and tell their stories. No one should ever be subject to a relationship or situation where they are emotionally or physically abused, and no one should ever feel ashamed to have been in one. The strength it takes to talk about gender violence of any kind is

hard to comprehend, and nothing about that should be overlooked or discredited. People do not choose to be in an abusive relationship or situation, and we cannot ever blame them for being in one. Instead, we should help them to find the strength to recover. Don't just limit your involvement in discussing these issues to October. Gender violence doesn’t take a break every other month. These issues deserve attention throughout the year. Use this month as a way to renew awareness and spread knowledge with your peers. If you, or someone you know is a survivor of gender violence, please reach out for help. The university has resources for students, and they should be used. Contact Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234, or reach out to Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866723-3014.

Improvement needed on LGBTQ issues When it comes to the rights of LGBTQ students on Main Campus, we recognize the strides Temple has made. Just three years ago, then-President Neil Theobald mentioned LGBTQ students for the first time ever in a presidential inaugural address. At Temple, we have groups like the Queer Student Union and Queer People of Color, which aim to create a helpful community for LGBTQ students at Temple. But we also understand that we have not secured all the necessary rights for LGBTQ students here at Temple — in fact, we have much to improve on. We hope for more careful use of gender pronouns in classes. We hope for the successful formation of Students for Trans* Awareness and Rights, which applied for student organization status over the summer. We hope for mandated Safe Zone training for all professors, to better educate faculty about LGBTQ issues. Ultimately, we hope for

a designated LGBTQ or gender and sexuality center on Main Campus, like those at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State and Lehigh University. “It’s 2016, and frankly, LGBT centers were a given in 1993, so the fact that we’re still well behind the times is kind of shocking,” Scott Gratson, director of communication studies in the School of Media and Communication and chair of the LGBTQ Faculty Concerns and Issues Committee, told The Temple News. “We still have a very, very long way to go to come close to our peer institutions.” We hope the university can get there in the near future. Hopefully the new Temple Student Government Parliament will help, which features one seat to represent LGBTQ students. Perhaps with this voice, devoted specifically to an LGBTQ student elected by the student body, Temple can continue to improve the representation and rights of LGBTQ students on Main Campus.

CORRECTIONS In an article that ran on Oct. 11 with the headlne “Tina Fey talks college, career with SMC students,” Ashley Rodriguez’s major was misstated. She is a communication studies major. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joe Brandt at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737. letters@temple-news.com

Voters in this state may decide the outcome of the presidential election.


ennsylvania has long been known as a battleground state in presidential elections, and this year is no different. This election cycle, both Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump have been fighting to claim the 20 electoral votes that are up for grabs here. They are smart to spend their resources here, because it’s likely the outcome for the candidates in the Keystone State ZACH KOCIS will mirror the national results, said political science professor Kevin Arceneaux. “Campaigns tend to think that if they’re going to push the election one way or the other, they can make up ground in Pennsylvania,” Arceneaux added. In a recent New York Times interview, David Rothschild, head of the election-forecasting site PredictWise, said Pennsylvania would be the tipping point in the election. “It has been the state to put Hillary Clinton over 270 electoral votes, should she win all of the other more likely states for her,” Rothschild wrote in the article. “Conversely, it’s also the state that would put Trump over the hump, if he wins all of the states that are more likely for him.” Currently, election data shows Clinton leading in Pennsylvania. According

to RealClearPolitics, a nonpartisan po- campaign resources to Pennsylvania. litical website, Pennsylvania polls He’s drawn large crowds for ralshow Clinton at about 48 lies in Ambridge and Manpercent with Trump comheim, and in early Seping in at about 41 pertember, he visited the cent — but this doesn’t Greater Exodus Bapmean competition in tist Church in North the state or nationally Philadelphia to meet is over. with African AmeriMichael Hagen, can voters. an associate professor “His strongest of political science, said base of support from it’s too soon to predict polling is whites, who are H A N LA anything, because the gap male and do not possess a LE P SAK OW | THE TEM often closes between candidates college education,” Arceneaux as the election nears. said. “So if you think about Pennsylva“There’s another debate ahead, nia, voters who fit that profile tend to there’s, you know, presumably more live in more rural parts of the state that WikiLeaks and revelations ahead so have been affected by the shift away from there’s still time for things to start shift- manufacturing.” ing the other way,” Hagen said. Examining past presidential elecThe race remains competitive, and tion trends paints a brighter picture for it seems likely candidates will continue the Democrats in Pennsylvania. In every to devote resources to campaigning in presidential election going back to 1992, Pennsylvania until the end of the elec- the Democrats have won Pennsylvania tion, as they’ve devoted so many re- with a majority of the vote. sources already. But Hagen added more information According to Bloomberg Politics, will likely surface and affect the outcome Clinton has spent more than $83,000 on in November. He also warned not to disTV ads in Pennsylvania during just one miss the importance of the last presidenweek in October, and has been mobiliz- tial debate. ing volunteers to knock on doors, call “I think all of the votes count,” Haconstituents and register voters. gen said. “And it’s going to be close, so Clinton campaigned in Philadelphia I think casting a vote in Pennsylvania last month with a speech in Mitten Hall, is more consequential than in other big and throughout the campaign she has states where the result is a foregone conhad other Democratic politicians cam- clusion.” paign in the city on her behalf: PresiAs a Pennsylvania voter, I know my dent Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle vote carries a lot of weight in this elecObama, Vice President Joe Biden and tion, and I hope other Pennsylvania Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine voters, especially my fellow classmates, stumped for her in Philly. realize the opportunity we have to affect Despite having a smaller ground change with our votes. game and fundraising budget than Clinton, Trump has also devoted some of his zach.kocis@temple.edu S

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Professors: ask preferred pronouns Students should feel their preferred pronouns will be respected in the classroom.


t’s about midway through the fall semester, and it is likely some students are still being misgendered in their classes, or haven’t been asked about their preferred pronouns at all. For transgender students and students who are gender-nonconforming, classroom settings can be particularly stressful and anxiety-inducing. These students often worry about whether professors will respect their preferred pronouns in class and how they should even begin to approach the subject of pronouns with proJENNY ROBERTS fessors. OPINION EDITOR “I don’t usually email teachers saying these are my pronouns,” said Rose Gebhardt, a second- year visual studies major, who identifies as agender, meaning they don’t have a gender. “To be very frank, doing that kind of thing requires a lot of effort and it causes a lot of anxiety on my side.” Professors should make it easier for students like Gebhardt by making an effort to ask students about their preferred pronouns at the beginning of each semester. And Temple as a whole should provide professors with the resources to learn how to respect students’ preferred pronouns and gender identity. Training to help professors learn about LGBTQ issues, including pronouns, would be a good start. Mandating that professors ask about pronouns without giving them the information to understand why they’re asking would not foster respect or even a safe classroom in some cases. “I don’t want them to ask because they were told they have to,” said Michelle Scarpulla, a professor in the College of Public Health. “I want them to understand why it’s important to ask and

then how to be respectful and use those pronouns respectfully.” I understand asking students their preferred pronouns and being sure to use them correctly may take some extra effort on the part of faculty, but it is not too different from the extra effort many professors already put into learning students’ nicknames. In her classes, Scarpulla has each student write their preferred pronoun on an index card at the beginning of each semester along with other personal information. “Every semester somebody will look at me and say, ‘Thank you for asking that. I wish more people would do that,’” she said. Jasper Saah, a sophomore history major, who identifies as gender fluid, said they bring up their preferred pronouns with professors on their own. But based on which class they’re in, Saah might not even inform the professor that their pronouns are they/them. “Depending on the professor and how I gauge the room to be will affect whether or not I make a request to bring it up,” Saah said. “Sometimes if I am in a big class I just let it go and try not to think about it.” If preferred pronouns were added to Temple’s systems like the Self Service Banner, TUportal and Blackboard, students like Saah wouldn’t have to worry about deciding whether to tell professors their preferred pronouns. Instead, professors would have access to this information through Temple’s various systems before class even starts. Gebhardt said they’ve had experiences where they’ve told professors their preferred pronouns, and the professor forgets to use them correctly. “Like they won’t say anything in regards to if it’s a problem or something, but they will just not remember,” Gebhardt said. And while intending to respect a student’s preferred pronoun and just forgetting to use it may seem less malicious than an outright refusal to try, both cases can negatively impact students. Gebhardt said constantly reminding professors of their preferred pronouns

can be exhausting. “I get misgendered every single day of my life,” they said. “People calling me, ‘she/her, she/her, that girl, that woman, that lady’ kind of stuff, and sometimes I’m like, ‘whatever,’ and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m so tired. Please make it stop.’” Students shouldn’t have to suffer like this, especially in the classroom where they’re trying to learn. Scott Gratson, associate professor of instruction in strategic communication, works with the LGBTQ community at Temple and will serve as the faculty leader for an upcoming transgender advocacy group on Main Campus. He said students have shared their experiences of being misgendered by other professors with him. “I’d love to believe that it’s only because they’re forgetful,” Gratson said. “The students seem to have a different reaction.” “Ultimately, Temple has a policy that says, ‘We will not discriminate in terms of gender identity and expression,’” Gratson added. “That’s part of our nondiscrimination clause. Why that cannot transfer into the classroom, I have no idea.” Gratson said in his classes he includes a section in his syllabus that encourages students to reach out to him to indicate their preferred pronouns. Perhaps, this type of section could be added to the list of topics that are required to be on all syllabi, like the university’s policy on academic freedom. Clearly, there are a number of logistical ways in which the university could make it easier for professors to access students’ preferred pronouns. But access to this information means nothing if professors do not actively try to use students’ correct pronouns. Ultimately, it is an understanding of gender and its complexity that needs to be fostered on campus. And I hope professors and the university can work together to create this understanding. jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

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‘I am not ruined’: on abuse and recovery During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a student recounts her experience with partner abuse. By ERIN MORAN


met my first love in a middle school health class. He sat behind me and one day, he came into class wearing a cast on his arm. I asked if he was OK. We became fast friends. I was 12 years old. I was 14 years old and just weeks into our four-year relationship when he began to subtly control my behavior. I’ve been asked by new friends, therapists, dates and even my family why I didn’t leave before things “got bad.” I know when they say “before things got bad,” they really mean “before he started to hit you,” as if the years of emotional abuse don’t matter when compared to the subsequent physical and sexual abuse. But my abuser snuck up on me. He held my hand through two major surgeries, my mom’s second divorce and the crippling anxiety and depression that stemmed from my mother’s suicidal ideation. He brought me hot chocolate to school in the morning and drove me home every afternoon. We did all the “first love” things you’re supposed to do when you’re 14. My partner and I were so inseparable that many of our friends no longer knew us apart. I hardly knew us apart. He could manipulate me into anything and it was normalized by everyone around me. When I cancelled on my friends because he was jealous, no one questioned it. When he yelled at me for crying and made me feel like my emotions were completely illogical and invalid, no one questioned it. When he shoved me against the lockers in the crowded hallways at school, no one questioned it. “That’s just how they act together,” they’d say. So at age 17 when I drank more than he wanted me to at parties and he dragged me down the stairs to hit me in the basement, no one questioned it. When he threatened to kill me in my own kitchen while my parents were away, no one questioned it. When I finally got out of the relationship, just weeks before my 18th birthday, I went to a party. Our friends found me later, completely unconscious with my abuser on top of me. No one questioned it. “That’s just how they act together,” they’d say. I don’t forgive my abuser, and I don’t forgive my high school friends, although I usually pretend I do. I think I’d have an easier time facing them if I would have received help sooner, but there was nowhere for me

to go. Even as someone who was already in therapy for depression and anxiety, I struggled to find the specialized care I needed. I spent the second half of my senior year of high school in and out of intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for adolescents. At almost 18, I was one of the oldest patients in the groups of teenagers, who discussed family problems and behavioral issues at school. I was certainly the only patient struggling with PTSD triggered by domestic violence. When I got to Temple and tried to organize specialized counseling at the Tuttleman Counseling Center, I was shown to a self-help center with workbooks specifically about PTSD for veterans. And despite countless searches for domestic abuse support groups in the city, I have always been discouraged by their descriptions, which were almost always targeted toward either married women with abusive husbands or teens who experienced sexual assault. The lack of options for me has often made me feel isolated. But I know I’m not alone. I know there are college girls like me out there. Although I initially struggled to find resources specifically for partner abuse survivors, I was lucky enough to eventually find a therapist in Center City who specializes in trauma. The other day she told me that if nothing else, she wanted me to leave my session each week believing a little more truly that although my trauma changed me, it did not ruin me. Writing this, remembering how little time has passed since I thought I would die at the hands of my abuser, I think I am beginning to believe her. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I feel it’s important that I share my story. In this month, especially, it’s important we all realize that many of us have internalized ideas about what abuse looks like, what victims and abusers look like and what recovery should look like. I know my abuser doesn’t look like an abuser any more than I look like a victim. I’m not even close to the end of my recovery. I struggle with PTSD every day. I have regular nightmares, flashbacks and violent hallucinations, and I struggle with eating and sleeping. But I’m excelling in college when just three years ago, I thought I would never be stable enough to go away to school. I have friends who validate my experiences instead of making excuses for people who hurt me. I have a boyfriend who warns me before violent scenes in “Game of Thrones” and understands why sometimes I just can’t be touched. I have a mother who is learning not to feel hurt when I don’t feel safe in our home. I have a long way to go, but I am not ruined. And that is not nothing. erin.moran@temple.edu

March 7, 1990: Students asked food truck vendors on Main Campus to stop using styrofoam containers due to health and environmental concerns. Styrofoam is made from the chemical Polystyrene, which cannot be safely disposed of, and is not biodegradable or recyclable. The Temple News reported that in 1986 the Environmental Protection Agency ranked Polystyrene as No. 5 on a list of chemicals producing the most hazardous waste. Recently, the university has increased sustainability efforts on campus. The Office of Sustainability has a climate action plan that includes making old buildings on campus more energy efficient and creating new buildings that are LEED-certified. Temple has also pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, meaning the heat and electricity used in university buildings will not release carbon dioxide emissions.

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Men need to join conversation Sexual assault isn’t just a women’s issue.


his school year Temple teamed up with the “It’s On Us” campaign. Initiated by President Barack Obama in 2014, the campaign aims to end sexual assault on college campuses, and it specifically strives to include men in the effort. It’s important that “It’s On Us” and other campuswide efforts continue to include male students in the conversation surrounding sexual assault, which often is only addressed as a women’s issue. “The ‘It’s On Us’ campaign is specifically targeting JAYNA SCHAFFER men and trying to get them involved,” said Molly Sapia, a sociology Ph.D. student who is researching “It’s On Us” and its progress on college campuses nationwide. “Since we all live in this culture ... it does affect all of us.” The university has worked with “It’s On Us” to raise awareness about sexual assault throughout this semester, and I hope events continue throughout the rest of the year.

If only about half the population is working to end sexual assault, we will not see change.






If only about half the population is working to end sexual assault, we will not see change anytime soon. We need everyone to join in this fight. “The reality is, we have a lot of men in power, so the more that they talk about it, the more it gets brought to light,” said Silvie Drouillard, community outreach worker for Women Organized Against Rape. Lately, some poor male role models have downplayed the importance of consent. Almost two weeks ago, a 2005 video of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went viral. In the video, Trump is heard using vulgar language and suggesting he doesn’t need to obtain consent from women because he’s famous. Later, he justified his actions by claiming his

words were just “locker room banter.” It is important that men, especially leaders, do not normalize this type of language or demonstrate this type of behavior. “That candidate has raised the bar, or lowered the bar, on what is acceptable in public discourse and it’s really unfortunate,” said Laura Levitt, a professor in the gender, sexuality and women’s studies program and religion department. Highly publicized instances like this make it even more important that men, especially male students, are included in the fight to end sexual assault. “We want to not only raise awareness, we want to be able to stop it,” Drouillard said. “That way, it stops happening. That people understand what consent is, that people understand what it means to respect boundaries, and be safe.” Additionally, men are often excluded from these conversations because society has made many feel like they can’t speak about these types of sensitive topics. “The thing for men that’s hard is that they’re taught not to have these type of difficult conversations or to break some sort of ‘bro code,’” Sapia said. Men should feel obligated to speak out, not only because they can intervene when they see sexual assaults occurring, but also because they too can be sexually assaulted. While many may have heard the statistic that one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college, it is also a fact that one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted during their college years, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “Men can certainly be sexually assaulted, and they are,” Sapia said. “Not statistically as often as young women are, but for a man who is sexually assaulted it could potentially be even harder for him to try and get help.” “It doesn’t strip away your traditional manhood, it’s just one of those things that, once again, you were in a vulnerable state and somebody took advantage of you,” said Lee Cannady, education and training specialist at WOAR. Regardless of gender, it’s necessary that we respect all survivors and include everyone in the conversation surrounding sexual assault. Anyone can intervene when they see someone taking advantage of another person or promoting rape culture, and it is important that they do. I hope “It’s On Us” stays active throughout the entire school year and encourages discussion on Main Campus, especially amongst male students, to eventually end sexual assault. We need everyone to speak up in this fight, but first we need to make it easier to do so. jayna.alexandra.schaffer@temple.edu






Reverend appointed to commission

SEPTA workers vote to strike in November

Rev. Michael Robinson will serve on the Commission on African-American Males.


Unionized SEPTA workers voted on Sunday to strike in November if contract issues are not worked out before then, the Inquirer reported. The Transportation Workers Union Local 234 — which represents more than 5,000 workers, including bus, trolley and subway operators — will authorize a strike if the representatives cannot come to an agreement on a new contract. Jamie Horwitz, a union spokesman, told the Inquirer that members of had unanimously decided to authorize the strike. Some of the issues that would be covered in the new contract are health care, wages and pension. The strike will begin if negotiations are not completed by the end of the day on Oct. 31, when the current contract expires. - Francesca Furey

St. Malachy Catholic School expands St. Malachy Catholic School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday for its new building for students. The school, on Thompson Street near 10th, is an Independence Mission School. Mayor Jim Kenney and Bishop Michael Fitzgerald of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spoke during the event. Students gave the speakers a tour of the new facility, as well as gifts for their visit. Independence Mission Schools are part of a network of 15 independent and tuition-assisted schools that serve more than 5,000 children living in Philadelphia.

By AMANDA LIEN & SONNY MAZZONE For The Temple News Mayor Jim Kenney announced his appointment of the Rev. Michael Robinson of to the Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males on Tuesday. Robinson is the director of community outreach with the Office of Human Resources at Temple and serves as the senior pastor at Greater Enon Missionary Baptist Church at 22nd and Berks streets. Established by former Mayor Michael Nutter in 2014, the commission was brought together to address issues that African American boys and men face in Philadelphia. According to a recommendation report written in 2014, the purpose of the commission is to “address the systemic issues facing the African-American community in our great city.” The commission was not originally a permanent committee, but after Nutter’s recommendation to put it on the ballot in the 2016 general election, it became a

permanent, 30-seat committee. “[Robinson] goes above and beyond,” said Ernest Alston, the human resources coordinator. “I’ve seen him go downtown and buy kids T-shirts for jobs.” Alston described some of Robinson’s involvement in the community, including working with juvenile offenders to expunge their criminal records and instructing an eight-week workshop aimed at teaching, resume writing, interview preparation and other employment skills. “He is a model of integrity in the African-American community particularly among African American men,” said LaTroy Dixon, a minister at Robinson’s church. “I’ve known him for 10 to 15 years and he is the same person now as he was when I met him: consistent and with integrity. He believes in speaking positively to African-American men in the community.” Robinson said he plans to use his experience in education and employment to further the efforts of the commission. “[The commission will] provide services and information to promote African American male achievement in the city,” Robinson said. He added his focus will be on issues like jobs and education during his time on the commission.

“I appreciate the vote of confidence by Mayor Kenney in recommending and appointing me to MCAAM,” Robinson wrote later in an email. “Education, employment and family values are important issues that I’ve championed most of my life and I intend to leverage my success in those [areas] to advance the mission and objectives of MCAAM.” The commission has plans in place to form policy recommendations in the areas of education, criminal justice, communication, economic development and health. The commission will work closely with the mayor and the community to put those plans into action. Using his experience at Temple, Robinson said that he will work to “impart information on financial aid to help [African American men] succeed at not only the high school level, but at the collegiate level.” “The public and media needs to focus on African American males really performing significant work in this city,” Robinson said. “I hope to play a small part and contribute where I can.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

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PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Former university president Neil Theobald addresses the state legislature in Harrisburg on March 2. BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse on July 7, 2016.

Decision on accusers’ testimony coming soon Hearings for evidence in Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault have been ordered for Nov. 1 and 2 and Dec. 13 and 14, the Inquirer reported. The hearings will determine if jurors will be allowed to hear Cosby’s admissions about his sexual past, as well as the testimonies of 13 women who say he drugged and assaulted them over a period of decades. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill’s order did not specify whether he will require the women accusing Cosby to testify in the pretrial hearings. He will, however, consider whether their value to the prosecution outweighs their potential damage to the defense’s case, according to the Inquirer. Cosby’s defense asked the court to reconsider allowing the case to proceed, saying that the allegations against Cosby are too old to allow for a proper defense. - Amanda Lien


Planned Parenthood head to speak on Main Campus President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards will speak on a panel today about what’s at stake in the upcoming November election in room 217 of the Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Richards will be joined by a faith leader, and Alhambra Frarey, a family planning fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and Cardine Cylkowski, of the Mazzoni Center, which provides health care for LGBTQ people in Center City. They will discuss access to LGBTQ and reproductive health care. Richards has been president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006. - Gillian McGoldrick News Desk 215-204-7419 news@temple-news.com

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ARAMARK providers, the retention rates of employees is usually more than 90 percent. Minter said there was fear among food service workers at Temple because they were unsure how the transition would affect their jobs, but that the union was prepared. “This isn’t new to us,” Minter said. “Often on a university’s campus, it’s not unlikely that at some point in a worker’s tenure there will be change. … What’s important to us is remaining in continuity with our contracts.” Minter added that the contracts the union has with Sodexo are meant to protect the workers if the food service provider changes. He said Local 274 holds contracts with Aramark in other places, so the corporation is not foreign to the union. About 90 percent of Temple’s food service workers, or more than 400, are part of Local 274, said Richard Green, one of Sodexo’s general manager at Temple. About 50 student workers, the 18 managers and 25 supervisors that work in Temple’s dining services are not unionized. “Everybody’s worried about their positions,” Green said. “[Sodexo’s] been

KARA MILSTEIN FILE PHOTO Former university provost Hai Lung Dai speaks at the grand opening of the Science and Engineering Research Center on Oct. 10, 2014.

summons naming former President Neil Theobald in this matter,” Kevin Feeley, the Board of Trustees’ spokesperson, wrote in a statement in response to a request from The Temple News. “The University is not named in the filing, and no Complaint has been filed yet.” Feeley added that the Board will not comment further at this time. Pierce requested an eight-person jury

after filing, the docket shows. The status recorded on the document that the court is still waiting to arrange a case management conference, where the two parties would set a timeline for further proceedings.

here almost 30 years, so people are worried about how they’re going to move forward.” “We have workers there with 35-plus years of seniority,” Minter said. “People don’t know what’ll happen tomorrow.” Scales said the transition from Sodexo to Aramark “begins now.” “[This] involves us discussing everything for a successful launch on July 1,” he said. “That’s everything from working with employees to capital projects, marketing and looking at meal plans.” Scales added that “capital projects” would still move forward, like the planned renovation of the Student Center’s dining area before Fall 2017. “In essence, there will be enhancements,” he said, adding that while meal plans could be re-evaluated, the switch to Aramark will not affect Diamond Dollars. Scales said the decision process took into account each company’s response to the request for proposals issued by the university. The university chose Aramark because the company showed “creativity, innovation, a commitment to sustainability and fit to Temple,” Scales said. A group of 26 people helped advise the university on which food service provider to choose. The group included students, staff, faculty and members of Temple Student Government. They then

heard each company’s pitches that were competing for the contract with Temple, Scales said. After that, the committee sent in their evaluations, which the university took into consideration. Within the group, the recommendation to go with Aramark was “near-unanimous,” Scales said. “We were very excited about ... the amount of energy and research about who we are and where we’re going,” Scales said. “That they had knowledge of us as an institution ... it was compelling and hard to say ‘no.’” Aramark, which has been based in Philadelphia for more than 55 years, was ranked No. 1 in its industry in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Scales said details of the contract would be “getting more concrete” in the next 60 days. “There are still a lot of details to fill in,” he said. “The reason this takes a long time is you have to take a lot of consideration. It needs to be done in a thorough and comprehensive way that respects both institutions. … I know we’ll get it done.” Scales said he could not discuss financial aspects of the university’s agreement with Aramark.

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For students studying abroad, ‘world is open’ Students are choosing non-Temple study abroad programs to visit less traditional locations. By KIMBERLY BURTON For The Temple News Taylore Roth, a senior political science major, spent Chinese New Year with a Tibetan family and participated in their holiday traditions from start to finish. “[It] was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had,” she said. Roth, who also has minors in economics and Chinese, spent her entire junior year in Chengdu, China. “Temple doesn’t have any programs in China and my minor is Chinese, and I really wanted to learn Chinese,” she said. “I needed to pick an external program.” She went overseas with University Studies Abroad Consortium, a nonprofit that runs through the University of Nevada, Reno. “It was also just extremely affordable compared to the other programs,” she said. “I actually saved money by going there.” Differences in teaching styles also swayed Roth to do an external program instead of direct enrolling. “With the American program, we were able to have a lot of conversations, debate and free flow of ideas,” Roth said. “A Chinese program with a Chinese professor would have just been us listening and taking notes.”

We were able to have a lot of conversations, debate and free flow of ideas. Taylore Roth Senior political science major

Roth, like many students, said she’s had “lifechanging” experiences while studying abroad. Although Temple has programs in Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK, some students, like Roth, choose programs outside the university. Michelle Isel-Margolis, the program manager for the Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses, said the most popular official Temple study abroad locations are Ireland, England and Western Europe, but there is “a growing popularity” for programs in Latin America and South Asia. Many students have picked programs outside of Temple for a wider selection of locations or less expensive programs. Liam Eifert, a junior film major, is planning on spending Spring 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. “I have always been into the outdoors, mainly skiing and snowboarding,” Eifert said. “What got me into being a film major in the first place was I watched a lot of ski films [and] what came up a lot in these films was Vancouver.” Eifert struggled to find a program that worked for him. “I knew I wanted to go to British Columbia but there weren’t any study abroad programs, even externally, so I had to direct enroll,” he said. For some students, participating in an external program or exchange help meet needs that official Temple programs can’t. Isel-Margolis said nearly 1,100 students study abroad each year. During the 2015-16 school year, including summer sessions, 191 students partici-


JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS “Philadelphia: Take a Seat” is a yearly installation at Temple Contemporary, running from Sep. 28 to Feb. 10. The exhibit assembles chairs donated from 75 local organizations to symbolize the diversity of the social and cultural organizations in Philadelphia and remind visitors of those organizations’ mission statements.

Exhibit asks city to ‘take a seat’ A Tyler School of Art exhibit creates a bond between city nonprofits and the university. By EILEEN WICKLINE For The Temple News


wo years ago, Sarah Biemiller and other officials from Temple Contemporary asked 75 organizations if they could borrow one of their chairs. These chairs hang on the wall of Temple Contem-

porary in the Tyler School of Art. Desk chairs, bean bag chairs and medicine balls are among the available seating options, which visitors can grab off the wall to sit in the gallery. In its annual exhibition, Temple Contemporary — a gallery open to the public within Tyler — is exploring what it means to become an ally in its exhibit “Philadelphia: Take A Seat.” “This is the second year we’ve been using those chairs,” said Sarah Biemiller, assistant director of exhibitions at Temple Contemporary. “When we used to have lectures we used to have 100 folding white chairs. We decided to start thinking about a different way of seating [for

our events], but also bringing attention to the different [organizations] that are working in Philadelphia.” “We asked [75] organizations if we could borrow one of their chairs, they all agreed and so we borrowed a chair from each organization,” Biemiller added, “We subsequently wrote a tag that describes their mission which is attached to their chair and all the chairs are hung on the wall.” Some of the organizations involved in this project are Clay Studio, Neighborhood Bike Works, Poetry Project and the Franklin Fountain. All of these organiza-


LGBTQ inclusivity: ‘a long way to go’ Temple isn’t on par with other state schools regarding LGBTQ resources. By ALEXIS ANDERSON For The Temple News Three years ago today, then-university President Neil Theobald said in his inaugural address, “We have an open and proud LGBT community.” This is the first time the LGBTQ community was mentioned in a Temple presidential address, said Scott Gratson, director of communication studies in the School of Media and Communication and chair of the LGBTQ Faculty Concerns and Issues Committee. Since then, a number of new resources have become available for LGBTQ students on campus. One new resource, first provided by the Wellness Resource Center during Fall 2014, is the “Student Guide to LGBTQIA Life.” The guide contains “helpful terms,” events and safe spaces in Philadelphia and on Main Campus, as well as LGBTQfocused offices, departments and student organizations. The guide also includes information specifically for transgender students, like

how to change one’s name in Temple’s system and the locations of gender neutral bathrooms on campus. The Wellness Resource Center hosts several programs, but the largest and most popular are Queer Lunch, OuTu, National Coming Out Week and Lavender Graduation. Queer Lunch is a monthly event when LGBTQ students eat together and discuss a topic relevant to the LGBTQ experience, OuTu is a Welcome Week event that introduces new students to the LGBTQ resources on campus, National Coming Out Week is an annual set

of events that celebrate coming out, and Lavender Graduation is a spring ceremony that highlights the accomplishments of LGBTQ graduates. Another key resource is the Safe Zone initiative. Safe Zone trainings are four-hour workshops that educate students and faculty on different aspects of the LGBTQ community, so they can become better “allies.” Sheena Sood, the gender and sexuality inclusion program coordinator for the Wellness Resource Center, helps coordi-


GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Queer Student Union leaders gather for a group picture at the Queer People of Color and QSU Free Food and Fun Friday event on Oct. 7.





A professor will show her film at the 25th annual Philadelphia Film Festival.

A journalism professor and marijuana-legalization advocate will teach a course on the drug in the media.

A 1996 alumnus owns a food truck that sells Midwestern-style cheese curds.

Good Good Comedy Theatre held its first show in its new space Friday night.




Professor’s film shows ‘21stcentury issues’ A film and media arts professor created a film that discusses sexism in the film industry. By EMILY THOMAS For The Temple News David Brown recalls watching the screening of “12 Years A Slave” at the Philadelphia Film Festival three years ago. After it ended, he stood in the lobby of the Kimmel Center and processed the power of the film with other viewers. “We’re having these sometimes very difficult conversations about race and power and privilege with people who were strangers before they saw the film ... that all of a sudden formed a community to have a dialogue about it,” Brown, a professor of strategic communications, said. It’s this type of dialogue that the Philadelphia Film Society hopes to continue during this year’s festival, which runs Thursday until Oct. 30. More than a dozen theaters across the city will screen nearly 100 films in a variety of genres, from feature films up for Oscar consideration, to independent films produced by local filmmakers. Elisabeth Subrin, a film and media arts professor, will show her full-length feature film, “A Woman, A Part,” that first debuted January 2015 after being accepted into the Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs. Subrin said she aims to reveal an often overlooked issue within the film industry at this year’s festival with her film, which had its world premiere this past January at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and follows the story of a strung-out Hollywood actress who leaves her successful, but repetitive role at a popular television show. The actress tries to rediscover her authenticity in New York and reconnects with two friends from her old avantgarde theater group. “I just became more and more interested in narrative storytelling,” Subrin said. “So much of what I’m interested in is talking about people’s complex emotions that are hard to articulate. … My protagonist is questioning what it means to play other people and in a certain way how she’s become the character she portrays in the film.” Both Subrin and her protagonist, 44-year-old Anna Baskin, decided to rediscover where their artistic expression originated. For Subrin, that meant moving away from her usual work as a visual artist and creating her first full-length narrative film. The film went into production with more than 50 percent of the production crew and 80 percent of the film’s cast being women. Two of the four principal roles in the film are women of color, according to a press release from Subrin. “A lot of the actors in interviews have talked about the impact that it had on set, in an environment like this,” Subrin said. “When you take away ‘bro culture,’ there’s so much love on the set and people are just so much happier.” “I didn’t anticipate that phenomena,” she added. “I was just trying to give women opportunities and have a more gender-based and racially diverse environment, but it had a really huge effect on the energy on set.” The problem with this marginalization, Subrin said, is that it ends up forcing actresses into repetitive, cliche roles with little to no complexity. Women generally pay minor, unimportant roles, “or if they’re the protagonist, they’re usually fetishized both by the writing and the camera,” she said. “There’s never been a narrative feature film to my knowledge that more explicitly explores the psychological consequences of an actress playing a sexist role on a television show,” she added. “The main problem about women in the film industry is that they are so marginalized as writers and directors that their perspective on being women is not represented through the roles they’re playing.” The problem can also be seen on Main Campus, Subrin said, in the low number of female students in her film classes. Subrin teaches the Women Film/Video Artists course at Temple, screening more films by women and encouraging female students to speak up in class. “I’m not the only one doing this,” she said. “My department is really committed to trying to change those statistics and cultivate and nurture more women students and a more racially diverse student body.” While Subrin stresses the importance of more women in film, she said she understands the difficulty in pushing for political change, describing the film as a “first-step film.” “People don’t change overnight,” she said. “I don’t want them to walk away with a mission statement. … What I want most is for people to have feelings about the film and be moved by it and have an experience of the complex layered characters going through complicated 21st century issues.” Subrin’s goal of adding a unique female voice in an industry so dominated by men is similar to those of the Philadelphia Film Society, which screens films like “A Woman, A Part” in order to get some dialogue started about these difficult issues. “That’s one of the things I love about film in general,” Brown said. “As an art form, it tends to be one of the few mediums that enables you to express ideas and capture the human condition in ways that no other medium can.” emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu


PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS A marijuana leaf pin adorns Chris Goldstein’s lapel. Goldstein is the Philly420 columnist for Philly.com and will teach the “Marijuana in the News” course next semester with Linn Washington.

SMC offering news course on marijuana A professor and marijuana activist are teaching a course about marijuana in the media. By IMAN SULTAN For The Temple News Ten years ago, Linn Washington never thought he would be able to teach a course about marijuana. Now, he’s getting ready to teach “Marijuana in the News,” a journalism elective to be offered in Spring 2017 to any undergraduate. The course will offer an understanding of marijuana through the lens of news and media coverage. The course targets communications students, but it’s open to all students, who may or may not encounter marijuana in their professional field after graduation, Washington said. “At the very least, it will offer students an awareness of the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis,” Washington said. “What we intend to do is examine this issue from policy implications to legal implications, and historical and sociological and pop culture aspects of it.” Chris Goldstein, a marijuana policy expert and columnist for Philly.com and deputy director of the city’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will teach the course alongside Washington.

Goldstein said it’s important to educate students on marijuana, especially now that it’s being decriminalized throughout the country. “Marijuana is part of the fabric of American culture and society,” Goldstein said. “And with its decriminalization and legalization, it’s even more important to educate students. Journalists especially need to have a knowledge of the drug because they might cover it in their reporting.” He added that they will educate students on marijuana through a medical and healthcare perspective as well. Washington said they will also look at marijuana’s significance to political science, criminal justice, law and business. “The Harvard Law School, the premier law school in the United States, has a class on taxation and marijuana,” Washington said. “And Hofstra Law School deals with it in the business context. The legal industry for marijuana is $51 billion. That’s a lot of money.” “Regardless of what your major is, there’s going to be a need for understanding for this,” he added. Sierra Morris, a sophomore criminal justice major, said she’s interested in taking the class. “Marijuana is a slightly controversial topic right now. For our generation, it’s something that’s pretty normal,” she said. “It would be interesting to speak with adults, because adults have different perspectives about it too.” Morris also found the class relevant

to her major because of incarceration due to marijuana-related offenses. “People are being put away for marijuana, compared to bigger crimes, such as murder or rape,” she said. Kayla Watkins, a senior film major, said the class would help her postgraduate plans in filmmaking. “My filmmaking focuses mostly on disenfranchised communities, lower-income women and people of color,” Watkins said. “I think this would obviously be a part of it.” Washington said the decriminalization of marijuana possession in Philadelphia, which occurred in October 2014, was legislated “in part because of the racist enforcement” of drug crimes in the American criminal justice system. “Prior to this, thousands of Blacks would be arrested for possession. On the other side, the arrest rate for Whites was around 600 [per year],” he said. “And it is acknowledged the races use marijuana on equal basis, Whites a little more, so why would you have that kind of disparity?” Washington said he anticipates high enrollment for the course and he hopes students take it seriously. In anticipating possible criticism for the course, Goldstein said he isn’t worried. “I know I can count on the support of young people,” he said. “We hope it’s going to be engaging.” iman.sultan@temple.edu

Center gets grant for kids coding Coded By Kids is on track to reach 300 students weekly throughout the city. By KATE CRILLY For The Temple News Sylvester Mobley said he finds it necessary to start creating diversity in the coding field and separate out “common discriminators such as race and gender.” Coded by Kids, a nonprofit founded by Mobley, a 2007 finance alumnus, just received a $17,500 grant from AT&T to teach children how to code. Mobley, the nonprofit’s CEO will use the grant in North Philadelphia, beginning a coding program for kids at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center on 22nd Street near Sergeant. Coded by Kids is a program designed to ensure brighter futures for kids from low-income households through science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. The Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in Mt. Airy will also host an iteration of the Coded By Kids program. Due to a recent expansion, Coded by Kids will offer 14 coding classes throughout the city, making it Philadelphia’s largest youth coding program, according to a press release. Mobley launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to launch 12 new classes by 2017.

“The key mission of Coded by Kids is to remove the barriers to high-quality tech education to underprivileged groups,” Mobley said. Through this program, Coded by Kids employees work together using their technological expertise to teach kids the educational opportunities in web and mobile web application design and development. Coded by Kids just turned 3 years old, after Mobley founded the organization inspired by his experiences teaching children in recreation centers throughout Philadelphia. The group has trained more than 90 children throughout the city. Mobley said in Pennsylvania school districts, there is no dedicated funding toward computer science programs unless the district has a partnership or a grant. There are also no specific requirements for computer science teachers to have a background in coding. “We are giving these young individuals the opportunity to become their own producers, and empower them to get the skills and resources they need to start developing within their communities,” Mobley said. “Becoming involved with this organization gave me an opportunity to bring students legitimate, high-quality tech information, and the basic building blocks of creating a website or even an app,” said Maggie Deptola, the operations manager of Coded by Kids. “This could empower young, molding minds to do a lot of

things, even creating a website that sells a product that would benefit their communities.” Barbara Bell, director of the afterschool activities at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center said her students are extremely excited for the project to begin. “It’s just what the kids of the community need in order to advance themselves and break those barriers that they are faced with every day,” Bell said. “The kids are always anxious to get on the computers, so this program will be perfect for them to actually utilize the technology for a greater purpose.” Mobley said this program can ensure underprivileged youth have access to a higher tech education, regardless of their economic bracket or where they live. Coded by Kids looks to provide students with a free source of education in tech programs to fully prepare them for the workforce and to gain a successful future within the economy. “We are continuously looking for volunteers to become a part of this movement and help its funding campaign so it can continue to develop further,” Mobley said. “It is possible that what they are learning in these computer tech classes, is something they could teach other members of their families and spread the education,” Bell said. “I think they will absolutely love it.” katherine.crilly@temple.edu

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Alumnus brings Midwestern specialty to Philly An alumnus switched careers from education to open a food truck. By WILL STICKNEY For The Temple News A sign taped to the window of The Cow and The Curd reads: “It is not a mozzarella stick.” Rob Mitchell, a 1996 education alumnus, owns The Cow and The Curd, which is a food truck that exclusively sells fried cheese curds. Cheese curds are the solid parts of milk left over after cheese has curdled. Mitchell has curds shipped in from the Midwest, which he then coats in a beer batter and fries. Customers can choose from three dipping sauces and several choices of craft beers that pair with each sauce. The Cow and the Curd started in Philadelphia as Stella Jeanne’s Festival Foods in 2009 — a concession stand that was named after Mitchell’s daughter. Mitchell was a full-time teacher for 16 years and opened the concession stand as a way to supplement his income during the summer. Eventually, the business started to prosper and Mitchell stopped teaching in 2011 to dedicate himself to working at the concession stand. The fried curd was a popular item on Stella Jeanne’s menu. Laura Windham, Mitchell’s wife who grew up in the Midwest, introduced cheese curds to him and pointed them out as a way to distinguish themselves in the competitive concession industry. After launching The Cow and The Curd, Mitchell and Windham spent time in Wisconsin, eating at bars, restaurants and anywhere they

could find fried cheese curds. Mitchell said he wants to make the aesthetic of his truck stand out and make customers think about an “1800s Midwest dairy farm” when they see it — that vibe begins with the painting of a cow and a chicken sitting on a 19th-century bicycle in a field, reminiscent of a dairy farm. “Even though they know they’re seeing it for the first time and they know it’s a new truck, I want them to think it’s been around for 75 years,” Mitchell said. “Trucks have this opportunity with their aesthetic value to really reach out and grab somebody and connect emotionally.” Oscar Marin has been working with Mitchell for the past year, starting at one of the Stella Jeanne’s stands and working his way up to managing The Cow and The Curd. Marin said he has 12 years of experience in the food industry, but he had never worked in the mobile food industry until last year. “I never in my life have worked this hard in a kitchen than in this truck,” Marin said. “When you’re working on the food truck, you can actually see people within seconds take the first bite and really enjoy it.” “Working on the truck is just one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” he added. Mitchell’s passion for food trucks doesn’t end with The Cow and the Curd. He is the president of the Philly Mobile Food Association, which coordinates local festivals and promotes food trucks. Mitchell also serves on the board of The National Food Truck Association and is the secretary of the New Jersey Food Truck Association. Mitchell played for Temple’s football team as a tight end from 1991 to 1995. He was named to the Big East All-Academic Team and nominated

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rob Mitchell (right), a 1996 education alumnus, brought a Wisconsin comfort food to Philadelphia in 2013. His manager Barbie Marshall made it to the Top 4 on the 10th season of Hell’s Kitchen.

for GTE Academic All-American twice. The truck is present at all of Temple football’s home games. Mitchell credits much of his success in business and education to his time playing for the football team. “Playing football was probably the most pivotal experience of my life,” he said. “I figured if I didn’t quit at the end of training camp, I could get through anything.” “I’m very grateful to Temple,” Mitchell added. “I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. I wouldn’t be the business owner I am, the teacher I was, the coach I was or the dad I am to my kids without that experience.” william.stickney@temple.edu

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Mitchell affectionately calls the cheddar cheese curds “squeaky cheese,” and is quick to remind customers, “It’s not a mozzarella stick.” The Cow and the Curd food truck makes appearances at special events, like the Chinatown Night Market on Oct. 13.






BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Roneisha Smith-Davis demonstrates proper technique during Tuesday night tap class at B’Ella Ballerina. Smith-Davis, a 2012 early childhood education and teaching alumna, founded the dance academy in 2013 to create a solid foundation for arts in North Philadelphia, for which she saw a pressing need during her time at Temple.

Dancing for Philadelphia kids one step at a time An early childhood education and teaching alumna offers free kids’ dance classes at her studio. By TAKORA MCINTYRE For The Temple News Roneisha Smith-Davis had a dream in 2013, leading her to quit her job. A life-long dancer, the 2012 early childhood education and teaching alumna decided to open her own dance studio in North Philadelphia. Smith-Davis was able to fulfill her dream by opening B’Ella Ballerina Dance Academy, a nonprofit dance studio in the Callowhill neighborhood. The studio has more than 100 students and four instructors who specialize in tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop, according to its studio’s website. Growing up, Smith-Davis said she always had an itch to dance. Her great-grandmother Ella-Mae Smith, who passed away in 1998, called Smith-Davis a “virtuoso” dancer since she was 3. Ever since, Smith-Davis said she has followed her heart and danced. The road was not easy, Smith-Davis said. “In 2012, I tried out for the Los Angeles Lakers dance team. Out of 500, I was the top finalist,” she added. “I just dropped everything and quit my job and moved out there.” The only reason Smith-Davis didn’t make the Laker Girls, the official dance team for the Los Angeles Lakers, is because they told her she didn’t look the part, she said. “My skills were there, my talent was there, everything was there, but when it came to my looks I didn’t compare to everyone, so I took that note and turned it into a positive thing.” This “positive thing” became her interest — to start B’Ella Ballerina Dance Academy, “where every ballerina is beautiful inside and out,” she said. After getting rejected from the Laker Girls, Smith-Davis wanted to make sure that no one felt the way she did when she was told “she did not look the part.”

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Smith-Davis teaches dance to students of all ages, and has incorporated adult dance education classes into her studio.

Marguerite Prosser, her aunt and public relations and marketing manager, plays a huge role in making sure the business side is all set, Smith-Davis said. “I told her, ‘Whatever you need me to do, I will do,’ ‘cause I love her,” Prosser said. B’Ella Ballerina Dance Academy held a fundraiser event last month. The fundraiser, “Love for Logan,” was in honor of Logan Gibbs, a dance student at B’Ella Ballerina Dance Academy, who passed away from brain cancer on Aug. 24. Gibbs was SmithDavis’ younger cousin. She was diagnosed in February. Members of the community and the dance academy helped Smith-Davis throw the event in honor of her younger cousin. “Logan was just in our winter show in January, so when she got diagnosed it was like a shock to all of us,” Smith said. “When she passed away, it was something we all wanted to do for her.” takora.mcintyre@temple.edu @Takora_McIntyre

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Khaliyah Fearrington, 10, takes back-to-back dance classes on Tuesday nights at B’Ella Ballerina dance academy. First, she practices poise in ballet class, ending her night with an energetic tap lesson.


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Entrepreneurial women to speak at Alter Hall

JACOB MCGLEW FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Chairs hang on the walls of Temple Contemporary as part of the “Philadelphia: Take a Seat” exhibit. The yearly installation, running from Sep. 28 to Feb. 10, assembles chairs donated from 75 local organizations to symbolize the diversity of the social and cultural organizations in Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, the 17th Annual League for Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference, “Climbing the Chromosomal Ladder: Creating Your Own Domain” will take place on the seventh floor of Alter Hall. The conference will feature several alumnae and prominent entrepreneurial women in Philadelphia. This year’s keynote speaker is Lori Bush, who earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Fox School of Business in 1985 and became a leader in antiaging skincare. The conference is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. -Erin Moran

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EXHIBIT tions can be read about on the tags that have been added to the chairs. Cycles PHL, a bike shop at 15th Street and Susquehanna Avenue that works with Neighborhood Bike Works, teamed up with Temple Contemporary to offer free tune-ups to Temple students last month. “It was cool to pair with Temple Contemporary and to see students take interest in not only the free tune-ups, but also our shop,” said Jake Kenney, owner of Cycles PHL. “The event was a good way to connect the community of North Philly with Temple students.”

Biemiller said that throughout the history of the gallery, relationships between organizations in the city have been formed and strengthened. She added that since the relationship between the organizations and Temple Contemporary, were so strong, they all were willing to donate chairs for the exhibit. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Temple Contemporary is open to the public. “We get to interact with the different people from the community that come in and they become part of the exhibition,” said Alexandria Bingham, a junior art history and anthropology major who works on and contributes to the gallery. Biemiller and her team believed that

the chairs would not only be a good way of logistically seating people within the gallery for those public events, but also for people to become informed. “When people come to attend our events they can pull a chair off the wall and have a seat,” Biemiller said. “And hopefully then read some of the mission statements of some of these great organizations.” “It’s a way for us for us to not only celebrate the great work that is being done in the community,” Biemiller said. “But also creatively sit people who come to visit our exhibits and events.”

Sustainival celebrates Campus Sustainability Day In honor of Campus Sustainability Day, the Office of Sustainability is holding Sustainival, a sustainable carnival, on Wednesday by the Bell Tower. The carnival will include a second-hand clothing and student art sale, carnival snacks and climate fortune-telling. Students and student organizations will have tables to sell their “used treasures” or, for the Office of Sustainability’s ally organizations, to promote their groups. The carnival will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Erin Moran


Social justice-focused poet, alumna to read at TUCC Emily Abendroth, a 2004 masters of poetry alumna and Philadelphia-based writer, artist and anti-prison advocate will read her work on Thursday at TUCC. Her creative work often revolves around force, power and individual and collective resistance strategies. Her poetry is often published in limited-edition chapbooks, which are small, handcrafted booklets. Abendroth was also named a 2012 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow and a 2013 Pew Fellow in Poetry. She is a co-founder of Address This!, an educational project that offers social justice-focused classes to incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania. The reading, which is part of the MFA in Creative Writing Program’s Poets & Writers Series, is at 8 p.m. in Room 222 of TUCC. -Erin Moran

Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill

COURTESY TAYLORE ROTH Taylore Roth (right) and her friends wear traditional Tibetan robes in preparation for a Losar, or Tibetan New Year, celebration in Sichuan, China. Roth spent Losar, a 15-day festival, with Nomchan (center left) and his family.

On Friday and Saturday, fans will celebrate the the sixth annual Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill for 10 blocks along Germantown Avenue from Rex Avenue to Mermaid Lane. This year, six blocks will be closed to cars, from Rex Avenue to Willow Grove. The festival will include the Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, the Potter Pub Crawl and themed shows like “Defense Against the Dark Arts” classes and “Sorting Hat” demonstrations. The festival and the Quidditch tournament are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses and restaurants in the area will offer Harry Potter-themed merchandise and food, like butterbeer, Bertie Bott’s Beans and “Muggle’s Brew.” -Erin Moran

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ABROAD pated in external or exchange programs instead of official study abroad programs through Temple’s Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses. Isel-Margolis works with students who choose external study abroad programs or do exchange programs with schools around the world. Emily Daniels, a senior German major, participated in an exchange program with University of Tübingen in southern Germany. By doing a direct exchange, Daniels said she was able to take classes with German students and really learn about their culture. She said one of the most difficult

parts about adapting to Germany was making friends. She said German students tended to have close-knit groups of friends and for a while, she was “just an acquaintance” to them. “They’re not just going to call anyone their friend,” Daniels said. “But when it’s all done, you have friends for life.” In addition to meeting new people, studying abroad can be beneficial to students’ performance in the classroom and their resumes. Studies by University of Texas at Austin, University of Georgia and University of California, San Diego show students who participate in study abroad programs are more likely to have higher GPAs following their time abroad and are more likely to graduate college. According to IESabroad, two-thirds of stu-

dents who have studied abroad found jobs within two months of graduation. The number of students studying abroad has been increasing nationwide. According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, during the 201314 school year, the number of United States students studying abroad for credit increased by 5.2 percent. “I’d say that there has been a little bit of an increase,” Isel-Margolis said. “Not a huge jump in numbers, but there is definitely an increase in interest in nonTemple programs.” “If you can find classes that suit you academically, the world is open to you,” she added. kimberly.burton@temple.edu

New mural honors Philly jazz musician, Eddie Lang As part of Mural Arts Month and Ciao Philadelphia, Mural Arts Philadelphia will dedicate a mural to Eddie Lang on Sunday. Lang, a Philadelphia-born guitarist known to some as “the father of jazz guitar,” was a central figure in Philadelphia jazz in the 1920s. The dedication of the mural, on 7th and Fitzwater streets, will feature food, dancing and jazz and swing music. This event is part of the Eddie Lang Day celebration, which hosted a gala fundraising event at the Kimmel Center on Oct. 2. The dedication is free and open to the public. The ceremony will take place from noon to 2 p.m. -Erin Moran





Professor aims to educate Philly kids through art Renee Jackson joined Tyler School of Art’s faculty this semester. By PATRICK BILOW For The Temple News Renee Jackson said, “art is so much more than making something beautiful.” Jackson joined the Tyler School of Art as a professor of art education this semester. She said she hopes to replicate the work she has done in her hometown by exposing kids in Philadelphia to art. Jackson worked for Culture for Kids in the Arts, a nonprofit based out of Ontario, Canada dedicated to making arts programming more accessible to children in the city. “Our belief is that the arts are important to human development,” Jackson said. The organization was founded by Vitek Wincza and Victoria LongWincza in 1999. Wincza migrated from Poland as a professional dancer and toured across the United States and Canada. He said he fell in love with Hamilton, a city in Ontario, Canada, and decided to stay. He said he was amazed, however, that art was not as available to kids in Canada as it was in Poland. “It’s all about the children’s voice,” Wincza said. “We want them to be imaginative and use their imaginations as a guide. It’s really all about the experience.” In order to strengthen the organization’s mission, CKA created a

COURTESY RENEE JACKSON Tyler School of Art professor Renee Jackson worked with the organization Culture for Kids in the Arts this summer in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Artasia, a visual arts project that brought youth arts education programs to summer camps and YMCA centers across Canada.

program called Artasia. According to CKA’s website, Artasia is a “multifaceted city-wide visual arts project” for which CKA partners with education and community organizations to bring arts programming to sites across the city, like summer camps or the YMCA. Artasia reaches nearly 500 kids every summer through about 18 different sites in the Hamilton area. “We want to take the kids art seriously, not in a strict sort of way, but in way that we display the art as

professional art would be displayed,” Wincza said. Jackson worked closely with Wincza and Long-Wincza to teach individuals how to help kids interact with art for Artasia. “My vision would be to replicate this apprentice-mentor model in other communities,” Jackson said. “It’s not impossible that I could begin to grow something in Philly.” “We work very closely with community organizations, and the model that we practice should be shared,”

Long-Wincza said. Jackson has a doctorate in education and a master’s in art education from Concordia University. During her time at Concordia, she was involved with the university’s Technoculture, Arts and Games Research Center — an “interdisciplinary collaboration in digital game studies and design,” according to its website. Jackson’s dissertation also focused on creating video games. She said her vision would be to apply her research about video games

to the youth in Philadelphia under a possible Artasia program and the first step would be to work in collaboration with the local schools with the possibility of developing a video game lab to create games in social change for kids. “It’s important to observe the context of these schools and to be important to that context,” she said. “Art is part of who we are and our hope is that every kid can experience that.” patrick.timothy.bilow@temple.edu



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‘A platform for comedians you’ve never heard before’ Over 40 comedians came together to celebrate the opening of the new black box space. By REGGIE RUFF For The Temple News What used to be an empty storage space on 11th Street near Race is now a black box theater — an empty space, painted black, allowing attention to be totally on the performers. Good Good Comedy Theatre officially opened on Friday with a soldout performance appropriately named “The First Show.” Aaron Nevins and Kate Banford, the co-founders of the club, said they originally created a comedy festival, Five Dollar Comedy Week, in August 2014. During the week-long festival, the duo performed a series of comedy shows, which turned into the formation of Good Good Comedy group. Over the course of a year, the group went from producing comedy shows once a week to producing 30-40 shows a month. The theater expects to host about 90 shows per month. “We are both excited and relieved that this comedy club is finally opening because it’s been about a year in the making,” Nevins said. “The process of opening a business is a much more longer and drawn out process than anybody could ever anticipate.” The sold-out show on Friday night featured more than 40 comedians from all over Philadelphia, including sketch artists and stand-up comedians. Each act featured a comedian performing a “first” at the Good Good Comedy Theatre, like being the first to eat dinner onstage.

BRIDGET O’HARA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The Good Good Comedy Theatre sold out its opening night and featured prominent comics from across the city on Oct. 14. The theater is on 11th and Race Streets.

Prior to the start of the show, a line of people waiting to enter the comedy club stretched down the street and around the corner. “They were able to cultivate this huge audience at these weird spaces all over town that weren’t official,” said Drew Castellano, a comedian who performed Friday. “Now that there’s a dedicated space, it’s really awesome.” Good Good Comedy signed a lease for an empty building in Chinatown in December 2015. “It’s in the middle of everything,” Banford said. “It’s in a popular area. We are near almost everything, including both the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines, which will bring us a lot of good business.” Banford said she and Nevins want to “create comedy that appeals to all types of people.” They also want the theater to be a tool to engage Philadelphia with comedy. They plan to offer regular comedy and performance classes at the club. Alex Grubard, a 2016 English

alumnus who has been working with Good Good Comedy since the group formed, said the club will “take all the resources that Philadelphia has to offer and increase them exponentially.” “It will give a platform for comedians you’ve never heard of before,” Grubard added. “There will be a number of comedians working in this comedy club in a few years [that] will be huge. Mark my words.” Nevins said the addition of Good Good Comedy Theatre will be a huge boost to the underground Philadelphia comedy scene. “I feel that Philadelphia is in need of more smaller stages like this one,” Nevins said. “This is a really intimate black box theater, and I feel that it expands the opportunity to perform and get ideas out there that wouldn’t be able to get put out anywhere else.” reginald.valentino.ruff@temple.edu Bridget O’Hara contributed reporting.

BRIDGET O’HARA FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Local comedian Julia Celley performs during Good Good Comedy Theatre’s sold-out opening night on Oct. 14.

Tyler to host lecture on Abu Ghraib A lawyer and former professor will discuss advocacy for torture victims. By IAN WALKER For The Temple News Daniel Heyman first heard about the Abu Ghraib torture victims in March 2004 from an article in The New Yorker. One year later, Heyman started to record dozens of their stories. The Abu Ghraib torture scandal consisted of physical and sexual abuses committed by U.S. military personnel against detainees at Abu Ghraib, an Iraqi prison near Baghdad. Heyman, a former professor in the Foundation Program at the Tyler School of Art, first travelled to Amman, Jordan, in 2005 to create prints and paintings documenting the testimonies of the victims. He was invited on the trip by Susan Burke, a lawyer who represented the victims in lawsuits against U.S. military contractors. Burke began counseling victims in the spring of 2004. On Thursday, Heyman and Burke will present a lecture at Temple Contemporary, a gallery in the Tyler School of Art, about their experiences in the Middle East. Burke and Heyman met in the fall of 2004 through a mutual friend, Brian Wallace, then-curator at Moore College of Art & Design. “[Wallace] told me, ‘Oh, there’s a person I know … and she’s leading this case about torture, you really should meet her, you guys would have so much to talk about,’” Heyman said. “So he introduced us over dinner one night.” “We really ended up forming a very close friendship and partnership, and he came with me repeatedly as we went over and interviewed a signifi-

cant number of Iraqi victims,” Burke said. Heyman said he hoped to create art for the project “that could be disseminated rather widely.” He decided on drypoints, a printmaking method using etched copper plates, as his medium. Heyman initially intended to etch only pictures into his copper plates, but he realized during his first interview with the victims that he should include their testimonies, too. “[Their testimony] was their portrait as much as anything else,” Heyman said. “What they were telling me was so much about who they were … that I just started writing from the very first moment into the copper plate.” Heyman’s etched words curved and inverted around the faces of the Iraqis, making the text difficult to comprehend. He said obscuring their testimonies was a deliberate, symbolic choice. “To live through being tortured is horrible, so … to have really easy access where you can [read their stories] like you might look at something on a shelf in a grocery store, I didn’t want that to happen,” Heyman said. “And I also thought what they were saying sometimes was so incredibly crazy, that the visual had to reflect that, that this was not the straight, organized, gridded world of contemporary society.” Heyman said that he eventually accompanied Burke on five more trips to Istanbul, Turkey to create portraits. Two of those visits were devoted to meeting families of victims of the Nisour Square massacre of 2007, a slaughter of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. During the week of the lecture, several of Heyman’s drypoint etchings and watercolors from his Istanbul Portfolio will be installed in Temple Contemporary. Sarah Biemiller, assistant director of exhibitions at Temple Contemporary, said the multidisciplinary nature of Burke and Heyman’s work will give

their lecture “a whole different dimension.” Biemiller said she contacted representatives from both Tyler’s printmaking program and the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Beasley School of Law to inform students about the upcoming lecture. “Our goal here is to bring in other departments within Temple, it’s not just about art students,” Biemiller said. “We’re really interested in engaging with multiple partners throughout the university.” But despite the multidisciplinary emphasis of their work, Heyman said he thinks artists cannot act as lawyers, nor create equally impactful societal change. “I have come to the conclusion that the kind of art that I do is very slow, and doesn’t really … affect ongoing, short-term political debate. But what it can do is witness things for history,” he said. “So I kind of felt that my role was to gather up information that counteracted a more government-organized history of what happened in Iraq.” “Susan’s work actually can have an effect,” he added. “A lawyer can take actual government officials to trial for committing war crimes or directing illegal acts, but an artist can’t do that.” Burke said she thinks nothing has truly succeeded in convincing Americans to oppose torture — not her work as a lawyer, nor Heyman’s work as an artist. “Collectively, we have not been able to persuade the American public that torture should not be a tool of U.S. policy. Neither the art nor the lawsuits nor all the efforts of many other people [have succeeded],” she said. “So I think it’s important to continue to [challenge] the violence being inflicted on innocents abroad, and continue to try to educate people about why that is antithetical to American values.” ian.walker@temple.edu

PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS A warning sign hangs on a chain link fence barring entrance to the overgrown Reading Railroad in Callowhill on Oct. 15. The former railroad is now being transformed into a walkable urban park similar to Manhattan’s High Line.

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PARK influenced by the specific communities, so it’s something that we’d prefer to celebrate rather than whitewash over,” Garden said. He added that the expansive track, which spans three miles, will serve as a gathering place for Philadelphians and visitors from around the world. The park will not only feature pedestrian walkways and bike lanes, but also spaces for eateries, public art, education and cultural events. “To me, it’s an opportunity to use something that’s been there forever and just find new spins on it and ways to really bring it back to life,” said Brad Baer, a board member for the Friends of The Rail Park. Baer, a former professor of design and entrepreneurship, has led the organization’s communications committee for the past year. “The groundbreaking of phase one is a really important thing because some people have supported us for years now and this is sort of a key moment because it means that this is happening,” Baer said. “I think it’ll be really good for people to see shovels in the ground and hopefully that will help raise money for the future phases even more quickly.” He added that the entire project could take a decade to complete. Garden said to ensure the community’s voice is heard, local residents are welcome to participate in panels where they can collectively decide the design of each section of the park. “The Rail Park touches upon community, social engagement. It touches upon the environment, architecture, history, health and wellness, education, you name it,” Garden said. “It really speaks on a lot of different areas of interest.” christopher.carr.henry@temple.edu




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“What resources do you know of for the LGBTQ community on campus?”

BRIANNA DENT Freshman Media Studies and Production

I think that Temple does a good job of advertising for them. I don’t know everything that they have to offer, but I’ve seen they have a lot of clubs and organizations for that community. It’s important because outside of this environment, people in that community can be ostracized and so if they can have a space where they go and they can talk about things, I think that’s great.

nate programs for LGBTQ students. Sood said new programs like Queer Lunch and Safe Zone are possible because there are now “resources to fund a position on campus” that focuses on LGBTQ issues. The two largest LGBTQ student organizations on campus are the Queer Student Union and Queer People of Color, which was established in Spring 2014. Over the summer, a new organization, Students for Trans* Awareness and Rights, began applying for organization status. Despite the new resources and groups provided for LGBTQ individuals, Temple is still catching up to other Pennsylvania colleges. Campus Pride, a national organization that seeks to develop programs and services for LGBTQ students on college campuses, maintains an index of the country’s most inclusive campuses. Both the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State appeared on Campus Pride’s 2016 list featuring the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses, while Temple does not appear in the index at all. One disadvantage Temple has when compared to Pennsylvania schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, and Lehigh University is its lack of a designated LGBTQ or gender and sexuality center. “It’s 2016, and frankly LGBT centers were a given in 1993, so the fact that we’re still well behind the times is kind of shocking,” Gratson said. “We still have a very, very long way to go to come close to our peer institutions.” Aside from an LGBTQ center, Jamya Day, president of QPOC, said she thinks Temple can improve its inclusivity by introducing more LGBTQ organizations and programs on campus. “Whenever somebody needs to talk to somebody queer it’s either QPOC or QSU and I don’t mind being an advocate for the queer youth on campus, but I can’t be the mouthpiece for everyone because everyone identi-

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 fies differently,” Day said. “I was just looking at Penn’s website, and they have LGBTQ [organizations] for every intersection you could possibly think of,” Day added. “So I think having more [organizations], especially aimed more towards different races, different religions, different majors even, could be really helpful for a lot of students.” Sood said funding is an obstacle when trying to implement new programs. “The budget that we work with, I think we do amazing things with it,” she said. “But I also think that the money is already allocated, so any new ideas don’t necessarily always get funded.” Day said one way to improve

inclusivity in the classroom would be “to have all professors go through mandatory Safe Zone training.” In terms of pushing for university-wide changes, Gratson said students must “not stop talking about this” and remember that there is no “quick-fix solution.” “Now that LGBT issues are getting some modicum of attention and we’re starting to see positive movement, [there is] the response of, ‘Oh, why are we always talking about this?’ But overall, the silence is still deafening,” Gratson said. “A couple of voices might be an improvement from silence, but there’s still a long way to go.” alexis.s.anderson@temple.edu

GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Queer Student Union President Max Schmidt (right) and Secretary Cody Peck dance at the Queer People of Color and Queer Student Union Free Food and Fun Friday event on Oct. 7.

HARSHIT KUMAR Junior International Business

I think that, overall, there are very good resources for the LGBTQ community. They provide a sense of inclusion within the society. It makes their lives a little bit more easier. It’s hard as everybody knows, especially for the LGBTQ community. That inclusion makes it a little bit easier because you’re here with friends and you meet other people who are like you. That makes it more a family, you could say. There’s support all of the time.


Junior Criminal Justice

I know that there’s definitely [Queer People Of Color]. I definitely know that Temple has a lot of resources for the LGBTQ community, even within the student body. … There’s definitely room for improvement for the LGBTQ community. With National Coming Out Day, that was good. I saw many people coming out and their stories being told, but I think Temple could do better for the LGBTQ community by offering more resources and more awareness.


GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Queer Student Union Public Relations Coordinator Jennifer Lawrence (center) gives introductions at the Queer People of Color and Queer Student Union Free Food and Fun Friday event on Oct. 7.

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BAND The Disco’s “This is Gospel” comes from the students’ ability to go beyond hearing the music and truly feel it, he added. “It’s stand still, don’t move, just play,” he said. “Probably toneproduction wise, that’s better. But there’s something missing when they do that.” “I would say, ‘Just would you move around a bit, move to the music,’ and they would do it,” he added. “It would sound so much better because they’re now feeling the music a little bit more. And they can really put their heart into it.” Before they get to really put their

heart into the music, the members have to put in the time at practices to memorize the formations and dances. In addition to three days of practice every week during their season, the students practice on their own to memorize the music. Hopkins said once game day comes around, the band’s routine is a mixture of serious preparation and game-day excitement. “We all just kind of get excited, talk to our section, like, ‘You know, oh my God, it’s game day, I hope we win,’” Hopkins said. “It’s just really exciting.” While everyone in the band has different experiences during their performances, Brunner said they all are part of a group that is a major contributor to school spirit at Temple. “[My favorite part about

marching band is] the music, and how everyone really likes the shows that we put on,” Park said. “And the friends you make in marching band, we become like a small family.” Brunner said the band, the football team, the cheerleaders and the dance team all support each other to create the exciting gameday atmosphere every game, not just for the more popular games when attendance reaches 10,000 students. “I wish we could get that crowd every single game,” he added. “We need to do more to get all [Temple] students on the same boat where everyone’s supporting each other and helping each other.” moriah.thoman@temple.edu

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WALKER defenders miss, roll right and fire a bullet on the run down the field for a first down. There might not be a better microcosm of Walker’s career than Saturday night’s 26-25 win against Central Florida. Before the game’s final drive, the senior quarterback had completed just eight passes and hadn’t yet reached 100 yards passing. Then he pulled out some magic. Starting at his own 30-yard line, Walker needed to move Temple 70 yards in 32 seconds without any timeouts. To begin the drive, he hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Ventell Bryant on three straight throws, moving the Owls down to the Knights’ 8-yard line. He hustled the team down the field and rather than spiking the ball, capped off the drive with a beautiful touch pass to redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood for the game-winning score. Walker’s performance this year has been about as up-and-down as Saturday night’s game. He’s completed more than 60 percent of his passes twice and also

completed less than 50 percent of his passes three times. He has thrown 10 interceptions, two more than last year’s total, with five games left in the season. Still, Temple is sitting at 4-3 and at second-place in its division, with a good shot at going to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Last year, while the defense got most of the credit, Walker played through a dislocated shoulder and helped lead the team to 10 wins. Temple would not have been 7-0 and ESPN College GameDay likely would not have come to Philadelphia if Walker hadn’t led a field goal drive with less than two minutes left against the University of Massachusetts three games into the season. Throughout this season, some Twitter fans have called for freshman quarterback Anthony Russo, who was recruited by top football schools like Penn State and Louisiana State University, to be brought into the game. With a suspect offensive line and wide receiving group that has struggled with drops at times this season, who knows how Russo would potentially hold

S P O RT S up in this offense. Walker, who has been able to use his athleticism to escape pressure on several occasions, has been sacked 18 times. Over the past four seasons, only Western Michigan redshirt-senior quarterback Zach Terrell and Central Michigan redshirt-senior quarterback Cooper Rush have started more games than Walker. Walker came out of high school ranked as a two-star prospect by Rivals. com. Ninety-seven quarterbacks were ranked higher than him. A few like Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Jared Goff of the University of California, Berkeley, are already in the NFL. Many others have barely seen action in a college football game. Temple fans should appreciate the last five games of Walker’s career. It might have been a bumpy ride, but right now, he might be the best quarterback the program has ever had. owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue



Rhule to testify against former Penn State coach Football coach Matt Rhule will be one of the witnesses in a defamation, misrepresentation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State that began on Monday, according to multiple reports. Mike McQueary, a former assistant coach for the Penn State football team under Joe Paterno, is suing the university after he was not retained when Bill O’Brien became the team’s head coach in 2012. McQueary claims Penn State discriminated against him for cooperating with prosecutors in the sexual abuse case against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach, according to a report from StateCollege.com. McQueary also alleged that comments from the university’s former president and athletic director hurt his chances to land another coaching job. ESPN.com, sourcing Penn State lawyers, reported Monday that Rhule is expected to testify against McQueary. Rhule became Temple’s head coach in 2013 and did not add McQueary to his coaching staff despite the two playing together at Penn State from 1994-97. -Owen McCue


3 teams fight for conference postseason spots this week The Owls have matchups in three sports this weekend that could be significant in determining their playoff position. The football team plays South Florida, which leads the American Athletic Conference’s East Division, Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls are now in second place in the division and need two wins to gain bowl eligibility after their last-second come-from-behind road win against Central Florida on Saturday. The field hockey team plays Quinnipiac University on Saturday at Howarth Field. Quinnipiac is in fourth place with a 3-2 record in the Big East Conference, one spot ahead of Temple. The top four teams qualify for the Big East tournament, hosted by Temple at Howarth Field in early November. Temple has made the tournament every year since leaving the Atlantic-10 after the 2012 season. The men’s soccer team faces Tulsa, the defending conference champion, Saturday night at the Temple Sports Complex. The Golden Hurricane are two points ahead of the Owls in the conference standings. All eight teams qualify for the conference tournament, but the top four teams get to play at home in the quarterfinal round. Temple has three conference games remaining. -Evan Easterling

CACIE ROSARIO FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Jared Folks watches a play develop during practice at Chodoff Field on Oct. 11. Folks has started the Owls’ last four games.

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FOLKS He received offers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and visited Connecticut before committing to Temple on July 1, 2013. It took more than three years for him to play in his first regular season game when he recorded two tackles in the team’s win against Stony Brook University on Sept. 10. Folks redshirted his freshman season in 2014 and injured his shoulder about two weeks before the Owls’ season-opener against Penn State on Sept. 5, 2015, forcing him to undergo season-ending surgery. He called the experience “devastating,” but used it to prepare for this season. Folks has put on more than 20 pounds since coming to Temple and learned from the veterans on the defense, like one of his high school teammates, senior defensive lineman Averee Robinson. “Averee definitely has been a big motivator for me,” Folks said. “Just staying in my ear, making sure I’m doing what I have to do. And [senior linebacker] Jarred Alwan, he’s like a big brother to me. We’re like family, and I trust him and he trusts me. It’s just like blood couldn’t make us closer. He’s really been a big help for me, especially on the mental part, just knowing what I got to do and having confidence.” Robinson, who hosted Folks on his official visit in January 2014, remembers having to “get mad and start going hard” against Folks in practice in high school, even though Folks hadn’t had his growth spurt yet.

“Him and Averee would have battles,” Headen said. “I mean every day at practice, and you know when he was young like his freshman year, sophomore year, Averee would just keep pummeling him and he would just come back for more. But I think it made him a better player and it really helped Averee get to where he needed to be.” “For somebody to be able to do that at that young of an age, and like once he hit his growth spurt, I knew that he was going to be something special,” Robinson said. During his first game against Stony Brook, the speed of the game was fast, Folks said, but defensive coordinator Phil Snow told him to treat it “like practice, except they’ve got different colored jerseys on.” He got his first career start two weeks later against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at Lincoln Financial Field, where he recorded three tackles. He had an interception in the team’s win against Southern Methodist on Oct. 1 and recorded five tackles against Memphis on Oct. 6. “This is like his first year really playing, getting some experience under his belt. … He’s doing well,” redshirt-senior defensive lineman Haason Reddick said. “He’s still got some progress to make, still some plays out there that he can make, but with time and experience he’ll get that down.” Coach Matt Rhule scheduled a meeting last Tuesday night with some of the young linebackers on his team like Folks, freshmen Shaun Bradley and William Kwenkeu and redshirt-freshmen Jeremiah Atoki and Chapelle Russell to show them a game from the 2013 season. In a conference matchup against

Central Florida, then-ranked No. 17 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Owls had a seven-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Knights’ quarterback rolled to his left to throw a 30-yard pass downfield to a receiver who made a one-handed catch in the end zone for the game-tying score. The Knights eventually won the game on a last-second field goal. Rhule was upset with then-redshirtfreshman linebacker Avery Williams, who missed a sack and “just stopped.” “I just want guys like Chapelle and Bradley and Kwenkeu and Atoki and Folks to realize, like, when you go out there as a redshirt-freshman or redshirtsophomore, you’re going to make mistakes,” Rhule said. “There’s going to be times like you feel like you let everybody down, but you just keep improving.” The young defense held Memphis’ Top 10 offense to two touchdowns and two field goals, but got hurt by big plays. On redshirt-junior running back Doroland Dorceus’ 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Folks had a chance to make a play to stop the run for a short gain, but missed the tackle. “Folks has had some really good moments, he’s picked some passes off, he’s done some really good things,” Rhule said. “Just a couple plays here and there that we need him to improve upon, like that one touchdown, that can get him to the next level. Because I think that Jared has a chance to be an all-conference type player.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

CHRISTOPHER HOOKS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS The field hockey team has won four of its last six games, but lost two straight. The Owls have an important Big East matchup Saturday.


76ers to hold open practice on Main Campus The Philadelphia 76ers will hold an open practice Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Liacouras Center. The team’s dancers, mascot and Phlight Squad, a trampoline dunk team, will be in attendance. Fans can register online at Eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free event. -Evan Easterling

4 games added to men’s basketball TV schedule Temple announced Friday afternoon that four games were added to its TV broadcast schedule. The Owls’ game on Nov. 17 against the University of Massachusetts and the their game on Jan. 7 against East Carolina will be shown on The Comcast Network. Comcast SportsNet will broadcast Temple’s game on Dec. 3 against Penn and its game on Feb. 5 against South Florida. Each game will be either broadcast on television, or accessible through a mobile streaming platform like ESPN3. -Evan Easterling sports@temple-news.com





Leisher, Moore fueled by their race day routines The Owls’ two top runners listen to music and eat a particular meal before every race they run during the season. By TESSA SAYERS Cross Country Beat Reporter Before the American Athletic Conference Championship on Oct. 29, one of the biggest races of the year, sophomore Katie Leisher and freshman Grace Moore will prepare in their own ways. The night before the race, Moore will do what she always does: Make sure all of her clothes are laid out so she is ready to go. “I always set everything out to make sure I’m ready,” Moore said, “It’s something I’ve been doing since high school.” The next day she will put on her lucky headband, the one she always wears, and she will listen to her music, which consists of mostly Eminem, to get into racing mode. “Listening to music and wearing the same headband has always been a superstition of mine,” Moore said. She also makes sure she eats a piece of toast with peanut butter and banana right before the race. Leisher doesn’t worry as much about her clothing and music. She just makes sure she eats the same thing for breakfast after her morning run. “Yogurt, granola and a waffle,” Leisher said make up her pre-race meal. Moore and Leisher’s pre-race preparation seems to be working. Moore finished first at Saturday’s Leopard Invitational, hosted by Lafayette College, and Leisher crossed the finish line eight seconds later to place second. The runners have the same way of getting ready physically, but they have their differences when it comes to the mental aspect. Physically, they both participate in a two-mile “shakeout” run before the race to help get them warmed up. Then, they stretch and continue to warm up with the team. Once she is physically prepared, Moore uses techniques she was taught to get ready mentally. “I warm up to physically prepare myself, but I have been told to visualize to mentally prepare for a race,” said Moore. “So I do that just to see how everything is going to turn out, and to set a plan for myself before the race.” Visualizing the race before it happens also helps Moore stay strong mentally throughout her run.

I always set everything out to make sure I’m ready. It’s something I’ve done since high school.

Grace Moore Freshman cross country runner

“During a race, what is going to get you through it is being mentally tough,” Moore said. After Leisher prepares physically, she reminds herself to maintain her form. “I always tell myself to focus on form,” she said. “If my form crumbles, then my race is going to also crumble.” During the race she does her best not to think about anything other than the runners in front of her and trying to catch up with them. Though they have different routines, both seem to be working for Moore and Leisher, who have been Temple’s top two female runners this season. Moore and Leisher started the season with a strong start at the Duquesne Duals, finishing first and second for Temple and second and fourth overall, respectively. They both also had solid performances in the Big 5 Invitational. Moore finished first for Temple and fifth overall. Leisher was close behind and captured a second place finish for Temple and finished sixth overall. Moore then sat out their next race, the Rider Invitational, because of an ankle injury. But Leisher stepped up and finished first for Temple and fourth overall. Both were back a couple weeks later to race in the Paul Short Invitational. Leisher and Moore both finished in the top 150 out of 403 runners, coming in 54th and 134th place, respectively. Moore, Leisher and three other Owl runners will compete against the best runners in the conference at The American’s championship meet. Though the stakes and pressure may be higher for the runners, their pre-race rituals will stay the same. teresa.sayers@temple.edu


ZACH FISCHER FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior outside hitter Tyler Davis taps the ball over the net in the Owls’ straight sets loss to South Florida at McGonigle Hall on Oct. 14.

Seniors set sights on first career NCAA tournament appearance The group hopes to lead the team to its first tournament berth since 2002. By KEVIN SCHAEFFER Volleyball Beat Reporter After a last-second meeting with coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam before practice, seniors Tyler Davis, Caroline Grattan and Kirsten Overton ran to the locker room to get as ready as quickly as they could. As seniors, they want to lead by example, which means being one of the first players on the court for practice. The seniors have transitioned into a new role for the season. In previous years, they didn’t have to worry about some of the things they do now, like setting an example for the underclassmen on the team. “It has been interesting, it’s been a fun change for all of us,” Davis said. “All of us seniors talked about it. We’ve transitioned to be able to put our individual goals to the side for the bigger goal as a team.”

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HAIR of the coaches, not from our team, but at Temple, when he sees me, he calls it ‘the best hair on campus.’ And I’ve had a lot of people stop me on the street and tell me they like it.” While haircuts may not seem like something that would encourage teambuilding, for the Owls, hairstyles often play a role in bonding among athletes. Jokinen said his basement has been converted into a barbershop of sorts, as he offers haircuts for all his teammates. His clients have included Mohamed, senior defender Tanner Giles-Tucker and junior midfielder Matt Sullivan. Since switching up hairstyles is not for everyone, this is a fairly select group from the team that enjoys experimenting with their hair. “It’s more of a little group thing,” Jokinen said. “I think we’re the only ones who have the sense of humor to really mess around with our hair.” Klett, Mohamed and Jokinen have some of the most distinct hairstyles on the team, but that doesn’t mean others aren’t willing to try something new with their hair. Last season, the group dyed Giles-Tucker’s naturally blonde hair and eyebrows a shade of black, something Jokinen and Klett hope to bring back at

The seniors look to be the class that leads Temple to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament for the first time since 2002, when the Owls made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen round. That tournament run included an upset win against 13thranked Penn State and is the farthest the team advanced in the tournament in school history. This season has looked promising for the seniors to reach that goal, as Temple has received some national recognition for its play. The Owls are No. 66 in the Oct. 17 Division I Ratings Percentage Index. When the rankings first came out on Oct. 10, Ganesharatnam was the first one to text his team through its group chat and let his players and assistant coaches know where they stood compared to other teams. The seniors know the Owls’ ranking could earn them an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if they don’t win The American. “In the previous seasons, I never really looked at the rankings,” Grattan said. “But when we found out that other teams in the conference were around Top 50, it made us think that we’re on that level too.”

As well as being leaders off the court, the seniors look to be vocal leaders on the court during matches. Davis, an outside hitter, and Overton, a middle blocker, have been key contributors throughout the season. Davis, who has played all 18 matches, is third on the team in kills. Overton has started 17 of 18 games, and is first among players who played at least 60 sets, with a 35.7 hitting percentage. Grattan plays her role off the bench, averaging 1.1 kills per set in nine games, one of which she started. The seniors said the most important thing is leaving a lasting impact on the team. They want to be a part of the Temple volleyball family, and hope the impact they have can help in the future with a culture that they helped create, which includes winning, but also being a close group of friends. “We’ve learned a lot in our four years here, and we’ve just tried to apply it the best we could,” Overton said. “I think the seniors before have taught us well, and I think we’re some pretty good leaders, we might even be the best.”

some point this year. Mohamed helps Klett with the upkeep of his mullet, so the two have spent lots of quality time together. Mohamed will shave Klett’s sides regularly and Klett assists Mohamed with any dyeing necessities. “He went to a barbershop and got it done first, so I’ve just been fixing it up,” Mohamed said. “But I love it. I don’t know what everyone else’s opinion is on it, but I like it.” Even though there are mixed opinions on the mullet, it still holds favor among the Owls. Both Jokinen and Mohamed said they would choose Klett’s mullet if they had to switch hairstyles with someone on the team. Klett, however, would go in a more traditional route and switch with coach David MacWilliams. MacWilliams’ deep brown is styled in a traditional, short and professional manner. Klett believes he will never be able to attain his coach’s hair color. Klett admitted the mullet needs to go at some point, but he is waiting until the end of the season to switch it up. At this point, the mullet, which requires close to an hour of daily upkeep, has its own place on the team. “It kind of has taken on a new role,” Klett said. “I’ve heard that announcers have referred to me just as ‘mullet’ in games, so I think, yeah, I’m going to

leave it for the rest of the year.” Not only have announcers latched onto the mullet as the midfielder’s defining characteristic, but so have fans. During one of Temple’s games, opposing fans chanted “12 has a mullet” from the stands. Klett isn’t bothered by the chants or jeers and sometimes doesn’t even notice them, but Mohamed hears shouts and even songs about his man bun and interprets them differently than Klett. “It takes the focus off other players and puts it on me, so I use it as a positive thing,” Mohamed said. “It brings attention to me so if scouts were to come to the games, I’m who they’re looking at.” Jokinen, Mohamed and Klett all see hairstyles as a unifying force in soccer and that there are trends to the cuts of soccer stars. While Jokinen and Mohamed’s hair encapsulates the current hairstyle trends in soccer including the European cut, man bun and shaved designs, Klett isn’t counting out mullets as a possible trend. “I’m trying to start a new trend,” Klett said. “Get it back up again. I don’t know if it’s caught on, but if in like a couple years, you see mullets, remember that it started out there on the field.”

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Owls ‘ready to go’ for final three games of season Temple has won four of its last six games to fight for a spot in the Big East tournament. By VARUN SIVAKUMAR Field Hockey Beat Reporter On a typical afternoon at Howarth Field, coach Marybeth Freeman’s whistle signals the end of practice for 21 student-athletes. The entire team reconvenes on the field before heading back into the locker room. The team has relied on team chemistry and leadership in its recent turnaround, one that has seen the Owls win four of their last six games. Strong defensive play and dominant goalkeeping by freshman Maddie Lilliock has sparked this strong run by the team. In her last five games, the Palmyra, Pennsylvania native has only allowed an average of 1.6 goals per game and has posted a 71.4 save percentage to keep her team in the game. “[Lilliock] is very present and doesn’t let adverse situations affect her going into the next game or the next situation,” Freeman said. “She’s really owned it, which we couldn’t be prouder about.” When the Owls upset Old Dominion University, then ranked No. 13 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, on Oct. 7 at Howarth Field, Lilliock made a clutch save in overtime on a penalty corner opportunity for the Monarchs. About one minute later, junior midfielder

Rachael Mueller netted the gamewinning goal. While the defense has played a major role in the turnaround, the offense’s recent resurgence has been instrumental. After scoring 12 goals in their first nine games, the Owls have 13 goals in their last six games. The recent scoring outburst has helped the team stop its five-game losing streak and win four of its last six games. “It’s definitely tough to get into the swing of things when you’ve had a couple of losses,” senior forward Katie Foran said. “But once we started winning, it really gave us the confidence back that we needed.” Temple is relying on its upperclassmen to lead a team that lost 10 seniors from last year and has eight freshmen on its roster this season. Senior co-captains Foran, back and midfielder Ali Meszaros and midfielder Paige Gross understood that they would play an integral role in the development of the team. Meszaros leads field players in minutes played, and Foran is tied for second on the team in goals with four, two of which are game-winners. All three captains have started all 15 games for the Owls this season and are leaders in the locker room. “I really look up to all three of them,” Lilliock said. “They’re doing a really good job at leading the team and we know that we can always fall back on them.” “They bring three different personalities to the table,” Freeman added. “The other 18 individuals are going to find someone in those three that they can relate to because they are so different.”

The Owls look to build on their recent success with a strong finish that will earn them a berth in the Big East tournament, which will take place at Howarth Field in early November. Two of their remaining three games are in conference. “It’s just a matter of working really hard to win these next couple of games.” Lilliock said. “We have a lot of positive energy and we’re ready to go.” varun.sivakumar@temple.edu @VarunSivakumar

CHRISTOPHER HOOKS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Maddie Merton sends in a ball during the Owls’ 3-2 loss against Villanova on Oct. 15 at the Proving Grounds.

CHRISTOPHER HOOKS FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior backer Ali Meszaros fights to maintain possession of the ball during the Owls’ 3-2 loss against Villanova on Oct. 15 at the Proving Grounds.


Home crowds make club sports athletes ‘feel special’ Eight club teams are enjoying the new Temple Sports Complex. By MICHAEL ZINGRONE For The Temple News This fall, Temple unveiled the Temple Sports Complex, which became the new home to five Division I sports — but they aren’t the only one who use the new fields. Also claiming a much needed new home are eight different club teams: men and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee, field hockey and track & field. “It’s a blessing and we couldn’t be more grateful to have an opportunity to play on a field like this,” said Nick Trzesniowski, a senior on the men’s soccer club team. “It’s a beautiful gift for my last season after playing the last three seasons on Geasey.” “Not only am I excited, the team as a whole just got that more pumped for the season to come,” he added. The new facility, at Broad and Master streets, features a turf soccer field and a turf field hockey and lacrosse field. An outdoor track, which is open to the public, forms a ring around the soccer field. Practicing has been easier for the club teams with the addition of the new fields. The men’s and women’s soccer clubs practice on the soccer fields, while the ultimate frisbee, field hockey and the lacrosse clubs practice on the other turf field. In previous years, teams had to share space at Geasey Field or the Oval on 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue, now the site of the Student and Health and Wellness Center, which is currently under construction. “I love that we finally can practice

on a whole field by ourselves,” said Emily Larson, a senior on the women’s lacrosse club team. “Not only is it more fun, we also have valuable field space to get better. The more field space we can get, the better, especially with a sport like lacrosse.” Teams practice on weeknights in a time slot from 6-11 p.m. The complex’s bright lights also offer the team’s the ability to play night games.

“The floodlights are awesome,” said sophomore women’s club soccer player Caelan Anderson. “I love them. I feel like I’m on a real soccer pitch and it just makes the games that much better.” The Temple Sports Complex has much more room than the Oval and Geasey Field, and the teams don’t have to share the fields with other teams during practices.

“Playing ultimate frisbee is always better on a big field,” said Adam Novak, a junior on the men’s team. “Especially this field, looking at the size and the space, it really makes it an enjoyable experience.” The new facility also gives club teams an opportunity to play games on campus for the first time. In previous years, teams played all their games on the road.

The women’s lacrosse club played its first home game on Oct. 8 “We have actual home games now,” said senior club lacrosse player Samantha Hogan. “We just had our first home game and parents, friends and some students came to watch. It definitely makes everyone on the team feel special to have a crowd”. michael.zingrone@temple.edu

BRIANNA SPAUSE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Men’s ultimate frisbee is one of the club sports that has been granted access to practice at the new Temple Sports Complex. Different club teams practice at the facility each night of the week.







Walker’s heroics another chapter in historic career Quarterback Phillip Walker led a touchdown drive with 32 seconds left in Temple’s 26-25 win against Central Florida in Orlando.


By OWEN MCCUE Sports Editor

ith five regular-season games left in his Temple career, it’s still hard to tell how Phillip Walker will be remembered as an Owl. Statistically, the senior is the best quarterback Temple has ever had. He’s quarterbacked the Owls to more wins — 24 to be exact —than any other signal caller. He owns almost every major school passing record, including career yards passing (8,955) and career passing touchdowns (62). Walker’s also frustrated Temple fans with 41 career interceptions, third most in school history. His passing efficiency has ranked closer to the bottom than the top of Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks throughout his career. The fourth-year quarterback will make some plays that will make you scratch your head, like when he escaped pressure and tossed the ball into double coverage instead of throwing it away on Saturday night. But then he’ll make a few


PATRICK CLARK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior quarterback Phillip Walker drops back to pass at Beaver Stadium in the Owls’ 34-27 loss to Penn State on Sept. 17. Walker, who is the university’s all-time passing leader, has five games remaining in his college career.



Folks boosting linebacker corps Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Jared Folks had 10 tackles against Central Florida in Saturday’s 26-25 victory. By EVAN EASTERLING Assistant Sports Editor

his inspiration. Klett sports a strawberryblond mullet with the sides of his head partially shaved. “It’s really just this luscious mane that I just let flow as I’m out there running,” Klett said. “It’s all business in the front and party in the back.” Klett recognizes that his hairstyle is somewhat unconventional, but is proud of it nonetheless. “I actually was not expecting any compliments, but a lot of people have told me that they really like it,” Klett said. “One

Susquehanna Township High School football coach Joe Headen used to tell college coaches visiting on recruiting trips to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that Jared Folks was “probably one of the most underrated kids” in the state. Folks, now a redshirt-sophomore linebacker at Temple, had eight sacks and an interception in his junior season to help lead Susquehanna to a district semifinal, but did not receive any offers from colleges that year. That changed after a workout attended by about 10 college recruiters in Spring 2013, Headen said. Folks’ speed in the 40-yard dash impressed coaches. “That evening, no lie, we got done with practice at like five [o’clock] and by seven o’clock the offers started rolling in,” Headen said. “I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. … And then he came to Temple’s camp and he ran a 4.5 [40-yard dash] and by that time, it was a frantic pace. It was exciting for him, especially for a kid that worked hard for it and he deserved every offer he got.” Three and a half years later, Folks is contributing to an Owls’ defense that ranks ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in third-down conversions allowed and 17th in total defense. He has recorded 26 tackles, intercepted one pass and started each of the last four games. Folks made a career-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the Owls’ 26-25 win on Saturday to help the defense shut out Central Florida for more than 42 minutes. Headen moved Folks around the field during his sophomore season, playing him at defensive line, linebacker and sometimes at defensive back. Between his junior and senior seasons, Folks had a growth spurt and “his athletic ability sort of all came together,” Headen said.



GENEVA HEFFERNAN FOR THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Kevin Klett kicks the ball into Drexel’s zone at Vidas Field in the Owls’ 3-2 overtime loss on Sept. 13.

Men’s team catching eyes with hairstyles Kevin Klett’s strawberry blond hair has earned him the nickname ‘Mullet.’ By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter It started out as an innocent conversation. One night during a team dinner, several players were joking around about hairstyles. Two hours later, senior midfielder Kevin Klett and sophomore midfielder

Belal Mohamed found themselves in junior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen’s basement with a package of silver hair dye. “Yeah,” Klett said. “I’m not really sure how we got to that point.” While their attempt at silver hair didn’t turn out as planned, it doesn’t mean their hairstyles don’t stand out. Mohamed, who normally has dark hair, now has bleached his hair and often wears it in a man bun. Jokinen has a similar style with the sides of his head shaved but a streak of longer light-blonde hair in the middle — he cites rapper G-Eazy as





Freshman Grace Moore and sophomore Katie Leisher owe some of their success to their prerace routines.

Coach Marybeth Freeman’s squad is trying to overcome a slow start to reach the Big East tournament for the fourth straight season.

The team’s three seniors are trying to lead the Owls to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 14 years.

Three teams have home games this weekend with conference postseason implications. Other news and notes.

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