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VOL. 94 ISS. 4

Through arts, the elderly find healing

Students look to combat sexual assault By LIAN PARSONS The Temple News

By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News

One in four women in college is a survivor of sexual assault. This statistic is one Steven Ritchie, president of Temple’s chapter of One In Four, is determined to change. One In Four is a national organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault. Ritchie interned at Women Organized Against Rape over the summer and found out about a chapter of One In Four at the University of Pennsylvania. “When I saw what One In Four really meant, I was like, why isn’t this common knowledge?” Ritchie said. “It’s an alarming number; you know it’s prevalent, but you don’t know it’s that prevalent.” Ritchie said he was inspired by Penn’s chapter and decided to start one at Temple. The Temple chapter will provide educational sessions and presentations to larger groups. The sessions will define sexual assault and rape, point out signs to look for and teach students how to react as a bystander. “A lot of students don’t realize what sexual assault is,” Ritchie said. “They don’t realize that [it can be] something as little as catcalling.” The all-male chapter will reach out to fraternities and sports teams. “Whenever I talk to guys about sexual assault, most of them don’t know, they don’t think it applies to them,” Ritchie said. “We can appeal to the people [other organizations] we might not reach out to and connect to them.” Mack Caruso, secretary for Temple Student Government, is the vice president of the chapter. “[One In Four] is an actionbased initiative as opposed to awareness-based,” Caruso said. “I’m trying to see if we can have a several-pronged approach to solving the issue.” Caruso said this approach includes awareness, action and training, and applying what participants learned when confronted with a realworld situation. He said he became interested in combating sexual assault when he was an Owl Team Leader for freshman orientation last year. A student

Sometimes, the straight path is not always the best one—or, at least, Dr. Susan Shifrin believes as much. Shifrin is the acting director of ARTZ Philadelphia, a local branch of the “I’m Still Here” Foundation that provides art enrichment to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to her engagement with ARTZ, Shifrin originally pursued a career as a museum curator. After hosting a series of ARTZ workshops at the Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville, Shifrin found her focus: developing specialized programs in hopes of improving the quality of life for Alzheimer’s sufferers. For Rea Tajiri, a professor at the School of Media and Arts, ARTZ Philadelphia made a difference in her life. “Art proved to be therapeutic for my mother-in-law,” Tajiri said. “When I brought her to art museums, I watched her come to life.” Because of her personal experiences, Tajiri pursued an interest in Alzheimer’s-specific community programs. When ARTZ Philadelphia launched a $15,000 Indiegogo campaign to continue and expand its resources throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Tajiri was quick to “join forces” with Shifrin. “[We] became a resource for each other,” Tajiri said. She aided Shifrin in organizing crowd funding campaigns and hopes to complete an artist’s residency with ARTZ.



Associate Professor of Religion, Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez, was interviewed for “Urban Trinity,” an upcoming documentary featuring the Catholic community in Philadelphia.



Dr. Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue, sits in his office. Swidler shared his knowledge of Philadelphia’s Catholic community for the documentary.

“There’s no youth, the Catholic schools are closing, Catholic cemeteries have been sold ... I don’t feel like going to Mass anymore. How can I in good conscience remain a part of it?” - Dr. Terry Rey, associate professor of religion


r. Terry Rey, an associate professor of religion at Temple, likes to think he helped in getting Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia. He was in a group video to invite the pontiff to Philly. “Querido Papa Francisco,” meaning “Dear Pope Francis,” Rey said on film. Now, Rey and Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez, an assistant professor of religion, will appear in the upcoming 6ABC documentary “Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia” by History Making Productions. The three-part film, which is airing the week the Pope arrives, is about the history of Philadelphia’s Catholic community. The first and second parts of the documentary will air Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and the third part

will air Sept. 27 at midnight. Rey was originally called into History Making Productions’ studio on 12th Street near Callowhill to talk exclusively about black Catholics in Philadelphia. He wound up discussing many different subjects, however, and the filmmakers chose to include Rey in not only “Urban Trinity,” but also in their other projects; “In Penn’s Shadow” and “Franklin’s Spark.” Alvarez got involved with the film through Kate Oxx, one of the producers of “Urban Trinity.” She met with Oxx to see if she could write a chapter for a reader Alvarez was creating for her course, “Religion in Philadelphia.” They came to an agreement that if Oxx would write the chapter,


Art proved to “ be therapeutic for

my mother-in-law. When I brought her to art museums, I watched her come to life.

Rea Tajiri | Temple professor


Stop sign missing near Rachel Hall accident City officials said they were unaware a stop sign had been stolen a block from where the former Temple lacrosse player was hit in April. By LILA GORDON The Temple News In April, Rachel Hall was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on Diamond Street near Park Avenue. A block north from where the incident occurred, an intersection is without one of its two stop signs.


Charges dropped against Xi The chair of the physics department was previously being investigated for allegedly giving secret information to China. PAGE 6


Before the sign was reported missing on the southeastern part of the intersection, it was seen leaning to the right after a truck backed into it, said members of Makkah Masjid—a mosque that lies across from where the sign used to be. Three weeks ago, it was stolen, they added. Members of the mosque said a sign is needed because of the number of children, Temple students and community members who cross at this location. The Philadelphia Streets Department told The Temple News last Thursday it was unaware the sign had been knocked down and that the pole was stolen. June Cantor, a spokesperson for the department, said the sign would be put back up in about 10 business days. All regulatory traffic signs are at the top of the Philadelphia



Bloody photo goes viral

A student’s photo of her holding a bloody menstrual cup garnered positive and negative attention worldwide. PAGE 7


Officials said this stop sign on the southwest corner of Park and Susquehanna Avenues will be replaced in 10 business days.


New exhibit open at Paradigm Gallery

“Intersections,” an exhibit featuring the work of street artists Kid Hazo and Joe Boruchow recently opened at Paradigm Gallery in Queen Village. PAGE 9





staff reports | crime

Randolph Sanders awaits fate in Kim Jones case The case’s pre-trial conference has been delayed five times since April 1. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor On Jan. 13, 56-year-old Kim Jones—one of the most beloved members of the Yorktown community, which lies southeast of Main Campus— was murdered on the northwest corner of 12th and Jefferson streets. More than eight months after the incident, the resulting case has yet to reach a trial. According to court documents, the case’s pre-trial conference—where defense attorney Michael Coard will have a chance to review discovery, or information to be presented at trial—has been rescheduled five times since April 1.

Defendant Randolph Sanders remains in custody at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg, according to court documents. He was arrested after confessing to the murder Feb. 1, police said. Cameron Kline, a spokesman for Philadelphia’s District Attorney office, said these delays are not unusual, especially considering the magnitude of the case. “That is not uncommon,” Kline said of the rescheduling. “This is a homicide case, which makes it a complicated case ... there’s a lot of evidence to be reviewed, and a lot of material to be looked over.” “Delays doesn’t mean nothing is happening,” he added. “A lot of it is scheduling conflicts. ... There have been discussions between the District Attorney’s Office and the defense attorney.” Coard is an assistant adjunct professor in the universi-

ty’s department of geography and urban studies. He could not be reached for comment. One Yorktown resident continues to follow the case

at 11th and Jefferson streets— one of eight schools the city’s School Reform Commission approved to close in 2012. “I used to have a crush on

ing six Philadelphia police officers where each was accused of robbing and beating up drug suspects. All six had federal corruption charges dropped

“Delays doesn’t mean nothing is happening. A lot of

it is scheduling conflicts ... there have been discussions between the District’s Attorney’s Office and the defense attorney.

Cameron Kline | spokesman, Philadelphia’s District Attorney Office

closely: Fred Tookes, the pastor of the The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, at 1512 N. Broad St. on the south edge of Main Campus. He said he knew Jones very well when they were growing up; both attended Harrison Elementary School

her,” Tookes said. “Then as we got older, we slowly lost touch with one another.” Tookes added he has been checking on the case because he is a “trial observer” for the Yorktown community. He said he hasn’t been to all five pretrial conferences, because he was witnessing a case involv-

and were acquitted in federal court May 16. Because of that case and several others, Tookes said people might not show up if the case continues to be delayed. “That’s if people remember,” he said. “I expect them to be there, but I can’t be so sure.

.... Our attention span isn’t like it was 20 years ago.” He added he expects parishioners from Jones’ church, the Church of the Advocate, to be present if the case reaches a trial. Kline said he can’t say whether the case’s next pre-trial conference will be rescheduled again, but hopes the proceeding will occur as planned. Tookes said he is still interested in how the case will conclude—he wonders if both the defense and persecution are working toward a plea deal instead of a trial. “I’ve never seen that many hearings, with nothing to come out of it,” he said. The next pre-trial conference is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. before Judge Benjamin Lerner. * T @Steve_Bohnel

Police looking for suspect in two robberies An email was sent out to the entire student body describing two incidents off-campus. By JACK TOMCZUK Assistant News Editor Temple Police will add extra patrols and undercover officers to an area where two robberies occurred last week, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. The suspect in both robberies is

described as a man between the ages of 30 and 40 and was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and blue jeans. Leone said police stopped a man matching this description. The first victim was unable to identify him as the man who took his wallet because he did not get a good look at the suspect, who came from behind during the robbery, Leone added. The first incident occurred Thursday at 8:35 p.m. on Fontain Street near 17th. The suspect grabbed the victim, a Temple student, and took his wallet before escaping west on Fontain Street, according to an email from Temple Police. Leone described the incident as “not your typical robbery” because

no weapon was used and the victim was not attacked. Several hours later, another man was robbed on the same block. Around 2:25 a.m., the victim, who is not affiliated with the university, was approached by the suspect and fought him. After a brief struggle, the suspect put the victim in a headlock and snatched the wallet from his pocket. Again, the suspect fled west on Fontain Street. The second victim was “extremely uncooperative” and “a little intoxicated,” Leone said. “It took us a while to get some information from him,” he added. Leone said the robberies appeared to be random, and he believes

the suspect is “probably someone in the area” because both incidents occurred on the same block of Fontain Street. Police did not send out notifications through the TUalert system, though students received an email Friday afternoon informing them of the robberies and urging them to exercise precaution while walking around campus. “We are reminding our community to be particularly aware of their surroundings while walking,” the message stated. The email message reminded students of services like TUr Door, which is a shuttle that transports students from the TECH Center to their

homes, and the Walking Escort program, which offers students the option of having a member of Campus Safety Services walk them back to their homes. No alert was sent out because the robberies did not rise to alert status, Leone said. In addition, Leone said the difficulty in speaking with the second victim hindered the investigation. Nonetheless, police felt the students should know about these two incidents, which are believed to be connected. * T @JackTomczuk

papal visit

Students trying to rent apartments for papal visit Landlords are discouraging tenants, but said they can’t monitor every case. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News With the papal visit drawing closer, some students are renting out their apartments to the influx of tourists who will flock to the city. City officials said about 1.5 million people are estimated to come to Philadelphia for the week-long event. Pope Francis is arriving for the World Meeting of Families, an event run by the Catholic Church featuring speakers on a variety of family-related issues. More than 110 properties around Main Campus are up for rent on Airbnb, an online platform that allows rental of living space on a nightly basis. Prices range from $25 to $3,000 per night. Some students are offering up entire apartments to visitors, while others are renting out couches in their living rooms. Prices are higher at loca-

tions closer to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the pontiff will celebrate Mass on Sept. 27. One five-bedroom property near Drexel University costs $2,150 a night. The average apartment, however, comes out to only $55 more expensive than apartments in the Temple area. Areas near Drexel and Temple have several apartments listed specifically for the papal visit. Most descriptions include assets the apartments can provide for visitors, such as proximity to events and public transportation. Pope Francis is expected to appear at three events over the Sept. 26-27 weekend. The events are located at Independence Hall and the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Due to the fact that Airbnb pays its hosts directly to their bank accounts, some landlords may be unaware of what their tenants are doing. Star Bocasan Little, the marketing manager for Temple Town Realty, said renters can have guests, and may make the decision to charge those guests on their own. “It’s technically not in the lease,” she explained. “They don’t have to tell us and we

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MOST EXPENSIVE PROPERTY NEAR MAIN CAMPUS can’t keep track.” Bocasan said as long as there are no complaints and they “don’t have to go knocking on doors,” the company does not monitor the tenants’ actions. Depending on the lease, some students can rent out their spaces, while others are held to a more restricted contract. The View at Montgomery rents most of its spaces to students who attend Temple, but does not allow tenants to rent


Several apartments near Temple are available via Airbnb, a house and apartment renting website.

out apartments to others for short periods of time. “If we find out about it, we tell the renter it’s not allowed and take away their guest privilege,” said Genna


Vakin, a community assistant for The View at Montgomery. The View policy dictates that renters are allowed to have a guest stay for three consecutive nights, but must

be with the guest at all times while they are in the building. * T @ChristieJules





Officials enforce vending policy on Main Campus One company was warned by university officials for setting up a beer pong table. By ROB DiRIENZO The Temple News Vendors around Main Campus are being watched closely by university officials after one table was reprimanded for setting up a beer pong table. The food delivery service goPuff had a tent set up near the Bell Tower during the first week of classes when Student Center Director Jason Levy, who also manages campus grounds, intervened. “We don’t allow folks to market firearms, tobacco or alcohol,” said Levy. “Whenever there’s a vendor coming to campus they all know that going in.” Levy said he asked them to take the table down, and he watched as they did. “They said it was just water, but it’s a beer pong table,” Levy said. “It says it’s a beer pong table, people knew it was a beer pong table.” Director of Marketing at goPuff Jacob Levin said the real intent of setting up the table was showing off the artwork painted on it. “It was custom-painted by a Temple student,” Levin said.

“We thought it would be cool to have. We took it down as soon as we realized there was an issue.” Levy said it’s rare that an organization is kicked out, but, when it happens, it tends to be for quality-of-life infractions. “They’re usually random things and we haven’t done it in a while, but there was one group and they would bring a stereo system,” Levy said. “We have a very rigid amplified sound policy for around campus. After a third time, we asked them not to come back.” When the weather is nice, Levy said there are many types of organizations that want to get on campus. “People want to be here,” he said. “They’re paying to be here, and they want to be able to interact with the students and community.” Levin said direct marketing is a key part of their strategies. “Everyone’s immune to billboards and other types of advertising at this point,” Levin said. “Our key demographic is 18- to 24-year-olds. If you want to really reach college students, you have to talk to them one by one and be personable.” Levy said the marketing appeal that campus has does not come without its pitfalls. “The biggest problem we have is with those people with the clipboards asking for your opinion and to talk to them,” he said.


GoPuff is a grocery delivery service that set up a beer pong table near the Bell Tower during the first week of classes.

Everyone’s immune to billboards and other types “of advertising at this point. ... “If you want to really

reach college students, you have to talk to them one by one.

Jacob Levin | Director of Marketing, goPuff

Levy added they are not permitted on campus because most of them do not register with the university. Since Temple is a state-related university and not public, the property is still considered private. “If we see them, we ask them to leave. They’re less

well-regarded by students because they’re kind of annoying, kind of obnoxious,” he said. Levy added they can also just move to a public sidewalk where the university cannot intervene. Organizations that do rent

space out on campus do not generate much revenue for the university, Levy said. “[GoPuff] was somewhere around 150 bucks a day,” Levy said. “Those vendors that sell jewelry or jeans or sports memorabilia in the atrium in the Student Center—

those tables are about $70-90 a day based on the type of organization.” There are separate tiers for for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Student organizations just pay a table delivery fee if the location is not in the Student Center, Levy said. “We just want people to follow the process we’ve put in place,” Levy said. “We want there to be a free flow of information and we want people to have that discourse, but it really is important to us that folks help us manage the process with us.” * T @robdirienzo

learning services

Summer Bridge to be replaced by ‘Temple Option,’ officials say These consolidated programs have sparked debate. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Temple combined two of its academic centers Sept. 1 to consolidate student tutoring and educational resources. Summer Bridge, provided by the Russell Conwell Learning Center, was one of the university’s programs to be replaced or relocated. Another program, Upward Bound, will relocate, but will remain the same. A drastic change is coming for Summer Bridge—a program for conditional-acceptance students meant to prepare them for college. Funding for the three elements of Summer Bridge ended at different times, the final of which was the federally-funded Student Support Services. SSS provided prospective students with intensive academic training during

the course of six weeks during the summer and helped students with low standardized test scores acclimate to college life and learn about the many resources available to them. Students who succeeded academically at the Summer Bridge Program during the summer were admitted to Temple for the fall semester. This past summer marked the last session of SSS for students, as the program is being replaced with the “Temple Option” during the application process. Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones said the program held some “real restriction” for students. “It required students to commute to class at Temple every day,” he said. “We have students who could use the program from Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York. Now they can access Temple through the ‘Temple Option.’” “Temple Option” gives students the chance to write additional essays to accompany their application to Temple in place of submitting low SAT or ACT scores that could


Peter Jones, vice provost of undergraduate studies, discusses the importance of the Summer Bridge program in his office Sept. 9.

keep them from gaining admission. Act 101, a second part of the Summer Bridge Program, lost state funding two years ago. The program helped students with academic and financial struggles. When

I think it’ll be a loss for students. They’re not “going to be prepared or know the resources.” Kayla Boone | sophomore speech major

that program ended, attendance to the Summer Bridge Program dropped from 200-250 students to about 100-170 students during the summer. With funding for both programs ended, Summer Bridge was essentially finished. The third component to Summer Bridge is the Emerging Scholars Program, which provides resources and tutoring for students to use during the school year. ESP is now provided to students through the Center for Student Learning and

Success, the university’s all-encompassing tutoring program. “I think it’ll be a loss for students,” said Kayla Boone, a sophomore speech major. “They’re not going to be prepared or know the resources, and it’ll cause a ripple effect because students are going to help each other.” Boone said without the Summer Bridge Program, she might not have chosen to attend Temple. “I chose Summer Bridge as a growing process,” she explained.

“How are you going to compensate for that full program?” Jones said the transition would not lead to a “passive and reactive” situation, where the functions are in place but just wait for the students to realize that they need the program. “We want to be proactive and strategic,” he said. “We’ll actively seek out students because if we wait, it could really restrict opportunities.” Students who would have previously quali-

fied for the Summer Bridge Program will still be reached out to and connected to academic coaching and tutoring programs. “The quality is here for students,” said Jones. “Rather than having students come here and fail, we’re going to reach out and help them.” * T @ChristieJules




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An uphill battle It’s problematic that Temple was nationally ranked as one of 25 universities with the most student debt. The Temple News consistently addresses tuition, the state budget, debt and student loans in our coverage of the Temple Community. We’ve editorialized on the state budget and commented on our student loans. We’ve cited comments from President Theobald when he explained he is more concerned with student debt than he is with rising tuition. “Debt limits your op-

rowing.” As one of four state-related universities in Pennsylvania, where does Temple fit into this conversation? In 2000, Temple ranked No. 7 on the list, racking up $1.5 billion in debt. Since then, Temple has gone down the list by 11 schools, however increased $4.3 billion in debt, proving recent initiatives and perhaps even Theobald’s arrival at the univer-

Debt limits your options once “ you graduate. ... How long it takes to get their degree is the primary deterrent.

Neil Theobald | university president

tions once you graduate,” he told The Temple News in August. “If you take a look at differences across students and how much debt they take on, how long it takes to get their degree is the primary deterrent.” Last Thursday, the Brookings Institution’s biannual economics journal published a study revealing the 25 “Colleges whose students owe the most, 2000 vs. 2014.” Temple ranked No. 18 on the list in 2014, and No. 7 in 2000. This “so-called student loan crisis” exceeds $1.1 trillion in the US, the study says. It identifies the increase in default as an increase in borrowers attending “for-profit schools and, to a lesser extent, community colleges and other non-selective institutions whose students had historically composed only a small share of student bor-

sity, to be effective. In part, students have to be held responsible for how much they borrow, as well how many additional semesters it takes them to earn a degree. Student Financial Services plays a part in determining if we can take out year-long or semester-long loans, making it easier to over-borrow. The president’s insistence on programs like “Fly in 4” are meant to limit student debt and focus student efforts on graduating in four years. The program was only implemented two years ago, so its benefits are yet to be seen. But the fact that Temple is on the list at all is a problem. The study shows the university’s progress, and perhaps how far it has to go in the conversation concerning student debt.


In the story “Health System agrees to 7-year contract with GE” that ran Sept. 8, the article stated the contract would save Temple University Health System a “guaranteed” $39 million. The $39 million is an estimate, not an exact figure. In the story “Undoing the knots: a city centerpiece” that ran Sept. 8, the pull quote was attributed to Meg Saligman instead of Stephanie Cole. In the story “At Reading Terminal, melting new pairings with old favorites” that ran Sept. 8, Alexander Greene was misidentified as James Lessman in the photo caption. In the story “Taking a hammer to gender sterotypes” that ran Sept. 8 HGTV was inaccurately quoted, telling Beth Allen, “‘If she were 25 and a bikini model,’ she would have the show.” HGTV did not state this to Allen—it was another, un-named producer. In the story “Kerkhoff out for season” that ran Sept. 8, it was reported that Shauni Kerkhoff broke her fibula. In fact, Kerkhoff broke her tibia. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editorin-Chief Emily Rolen at or 215.204.6737.

Mixed feelings for lights on Broad The new light fixtures on North Broad Street could be saying “we’re here” a little too loudly.


he symbolism of light and the lighting of spaces have existed in human building projects for thousands of years, from the lighthouse of Alexandria to Seattle’s Space Needle. What many of these majestic structures seem to declare is: We are here. We are not just existing, but thriving. Philadelphia is building an enormous light system itself. An $8.7 million “improvement initiative” fund is helping build 41 new light towers that will GRACE MEREDITH stretch along Broad Street from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue. names architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the leading designers. They are being managed by the Avenue North Renaissance community organization, which is a recently formed conglomerate of community leaders from North Philadelphia. It seems that all of Philadelphia is experiencing a Renaissance. With its recreational parks, like the beautiful Spruce Street Harbor Park and the desperately needed Dilworth Park, along with the distinct experiences available, think: the Tall Ships Festival and many pop-up beer gardens, Philly is getting hipper by the day. This, combined with media coverage like the New York Times naming Philadelphia in its 2014 list of the Top 3 international destinations, is set to launch Philly out of its traditional underdog status into a cultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. Many people are excited about the lights project, including the Avenue North Renaissance group, which was formed during the Avenue of the Arts 20th anniversary in 2014. The group said they were inspired to change the sharp contrast of South Broad Street, with their many theaters and glittering restaurants, to North Broad’s empty buildings and underutilized spaces. According to, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said during

a press conference in 2014, “On North Broad Street, we’ve been saying for a little while that there needs to be some new direction. This is different than [South Broad]. There is going to be a different focus.” These are fine words, as North Philadelphia is home to many beautiful historical locations, like the Divine Lorraine Hotel and the many historic mansions that stretch to Strawberry Mansion and Germantown. Many citizens, however, are concerned the funds for the light tower project may be misappropriated.

cal residents]. We are watching what you do,” said Erica McGloin, a freshman visual studies major. Her mention of students’ presence in surrounding neighborhoods gets at the point and relays the message through a different meaning as students continue to take spaces formerly owned for years by the same community members. Although Nutter has seemed excited about the physical brightness of the socalled “light towers,” chief engineer of the project Darin Gatti, speaking to CBS Local, insisted their purpose is mostly

This message doesn’t come from the “community the lights will brighten.” During a press conference Aug. 27, decorative: “It’s not meant to light the Mayor Michael Nutter explained the street. It’s an architectural lighting, so it’s funding for the “improvement initiative” reflective.” He also added that the city is came from a mix of state, federal and city adding trees and landscaping to the corrimoney. Like the light projects of old, Nut- dor wherever there is space available. All ter says part of their purpose is to send in all, he stated that the streetscape proj“the appropriate signal that North Broad ect will cost about $11 million. Street, we are here, and we are here in a It may be reflective light, but the 50 big way.” This message, though, doesn’t foot masts will undeniably brighten the come from the community the lights will area. I spoke with Davis Thal, a senior brighten. film major, near the 7-11 on Diamond The top comment on Street and where a string of robberies comes from a reader who says: “These 41 took place over the summer. Thal used light poles will cost $8,700,000 , or a little to live near Diamond Street near Broad. over $212,000 each. Wow! Imagine what Undeterred by the crimes, Thal, said that money would buy for those under- “Wait—isn’t Broad Street already the funded schools. Lighting??! Really?!” lightest street in the area? And traffic will Although I believe the reader misun- be terrible during construction.” derstood the exact appropriation of funds, The architectural firm insists that it may represent an underlying opinion to minimize delays, construction will that there are more pressing matters in mostly take place during evenings and Philadelphia. To some who consider the weekends, but it definitely poses a threat absolute crisis of the Philadelphia schools to commuters, as well as those who rely constantly closing or having funding cut, on bus transportation. it may seem unfair. If the lights’ aim is to make our part Another top comment reads “Bright- of Broad street more attractive, then I er or whiter?” questioning exactly what hope the project achieves that. If, though, message Nutter and the team behind the the project does send the message that lights is trying to send. we are here, unabashedly and trying to A group of students in one of my “whiten up” the neighborhood, the monclasses commented on the new light fix- ey really is better spent elsewhere. tures, which will profoundly impact both Temple’s presence and appearance, re- * marking, that the light sends a message: “We can see you [referring to the lo-


The joys of travel, a story of circumstance


A student takes advantage of an unexpectedly comfortable plane ride.

s a person who often finds myself trapped in transit, stuck somewhere between point A and point B, I’ve familiarized myself with the benefits and drawbacks of the popular modes of travel. Buses: cheap, but seem to inevitably find themselves in the midst of a traffic jam that lasts for miles. Trains: direct, but victim to some of the same unexpected delays as buses. And then there’s airplanes, expensive but relatively reliable and often the only feasible way of travelling far distances. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve faced my fair share of challenges during airplane trips from being forced to grudgingly throw out my full-sized shampoo bottle in the airport security line, to waiting at the gate for indefinitely delayed flights. However, most of the “fun” takes place on the plane. I’m one of those people who seems to constantly find myself with the dreaded mid-

By Mariam Dembele

I’ve heard whispers of what I like to call the “gem of air travel.

dle seat on the airplane. In a window seat, you’re supplied with an ever-changing view of the land and the ocean to help pass the hours stuck suspended above. In an aisle seat, there’s the easy

access to the walkway allowing for quick escapes to the bathroom. Instead I am stuck in the middle, the seat lacking all the perks, squashed between two fellow travelers who are slightly less uncomfortable than I am. As a person familiar with flight, I’ve heard whispers of

what I like to call the “gem of air travel.” This isn’t necessarily some plane that is overly high tech or luxurious, this is usually your average run-of-the-mill plane that for some reason is grossly underbooked. Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to find myself in this circumstance. As I walked onto the plane, I braced myself for the nine-hour journey from Hawaii to Newark, New Jersey. I was crushed to find I was in the middle in a row of three. As the

plane began to fill up, the two seats beside me remained suspiciously vacant. My heart began to race with excitement—the pilot announced to the cabin crew to prepare for takeoff, and I discovered my hopes had come true. I had a full row to myself. Now, the value of these extra seats cannot be un-

derstated. While my fellow plane-mates sat around me, trapped in their allotted 4-by-1.5 slots of space, I was sprawled across a set of three, living the dream. And that’s only where the benefits began. In addition to the added room that on a crowded plane felt like acres of real estate, I found myself with the unexpected perks of the extra pillows and blankets of my absent seat-mates. Stretched out on my new makeshift bed, I felt as

if I was livN ing in the DON lap of luxury with my pillows piled beneath my head and my blankets layered across my body keeping me cozy despite the air conditioning’s relentless chill. I couldn’t hide the smile that inevitably slipped across my face—this is what it feels like to finally make it. NEL A FA







FROM THE ARCHIVES Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010: Temple students and alumni participated in a production of “Tales,” at Philadelphia Book Company. Each year, the FringeArts festival provides a platform for both local and global artists to display their newest and most groundbreaking art, theater and performance in Philadelphia. This year’s Fringe Festival began Sept. 3 and continues until Sep. 19. This week we feature more students and alumni involved in Fringe Fest on page 14.

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Better financial resources needed for Study Away

Look forward to all cultural leaders, Philly


hiladelphia is teeming with diversity of many cultures, religions and heritages, making it a destination for many prominent figures and leaders. The visit of Pope Francis later this month has caused a frenzy of activity and apprehension in the city and the area surrounding it. Issues of transportation, emergencies and masses of people in our city are causing so much havoc that it is drawing attention away from the presence of another cultural icon that will be visiting Main Campus; the Dalai Lama, who will speak Oct. 27th, about “Finding Happiness in Troubled Times: Educating the Heart in the 21st Century” at the Liacouras Center. I understand it can be hard to look past the papal chaos, but why is no one talking GRACE SHALLOW about this? Perhaps some view the Dalai Lama as not being as highly esteemed in a global regard as the Pope. Both figures have far-reaching audiences and followers across

The program should be more upfront about the costs of going abroad.


pending on this and this,’ and weren’t too specific; that wasn’t enough for me and my mother. We needed to know the exact amount and how much we needed to raise and needed to come up so we don’t have any leftover fees when the fall starts.” Connally was awarded two scholarships from outside the university and one from the program. She also raised funds through bake sales and GoFundMe. Senior journalism major Taylor Calta attended the London 2015 spring semester. She said she didn’t apply for any scholarships and paid for her trip with her personal savings and a loan. “I wish I had applied for scholarships because I’m paying for it now,” she said. Calta said the study away office presented all the information well, but she did have to ask for more information concerning exchange rate and personal spending amounts. “What they tell you is really what it is,” she said. “It’s a lot, but it’s worth it.” Lezlie McCabe, associate director for Study Away, said students come into her office, in the midst of the application process, who have no real idea of the costs. The study away office has recently taken steps to “almost force” students to be prepared, McCabe said. The study away website has been redesigned to make navigation easier. Computers have been added to the study abroad office so students can follow along throughout information sessions. Students take a survey that gauges what they are most concerned about when they sign up for an information session. The application itself even asks students how much they think the program will cost and how they’ll be paying for it. “We proactively try to help students understand the costs,” McCabe said. “If we can prevent a problem before it starts, we certainly try to do that. Essentially what it comes down to is I don’t think there’s any way for a student to plan without looking at every funding option.” The problem I faced when staring at

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It’s a shame to not be paying “ enough attention to the diversity offered to us in the form of other cultural leaders.


hen I first went to a study away session on the second floor of Tuttleman Learning Center in my freshman year, I was brimming with excitement and optimism. “I can go anywhere I want,” I told myself. “I can go to London in my sophomore year and South Africa in my summer between junior and senior year and experience those once-in-a-lifetime LIAN PARSONS college things people always talk about!” My naive optimism plummeted when I sat down with my mother this summer, spreadsheets laid out on the couch, to discuss what a semester abroad in London would actually mean for my family and I’s bank account. I was shaken by the numbers those carefully color-coded spreadsheets presented. How could I not have seen this coming? Was this a personal failure to do my research properly, or was it an oversight by the department by not disclosing all the dirty details of the cost upfront? The answer, as it turns out, falls somewhere in the middle. The School of Media and Communication’s website has 150 pages, 120 of which are dedicated to Study Away information. The Study Away information sessions begin with the most basic, “Intro to Study Away,” then filter down to program-specific sessions, into “Financing Study Away” and “Scholarships for Study Away,” each held on a different day. There are academic and financial advisers, pamphlets and printouts. The resources are numerous and, quite frankly, overwhelming. I was swept up in the promise that tuition would remain the same from a semester at Temple to a semester abroad, the fifty plus list of scholarships I wasn’t sure I qualified for, but left with a list of costs racking up and no idea where to start. Senior journalism major Amber Connally attended the London summer program this past summer, said she had similar issues. “I was surprised by the costs because you have to pay out of pocket, you don’t get financial aid, so I had to pretty much raise the money by myself,” she said. “In the beginning, Temple was not clear on how much it was. I had to go to the Bursar’s Office by myself and find out the exact cost, because they kept saying ‘between this and this, and de-

The Dalai Lama’s visit next month deserves as much attention as Pope Francis’.

those spreadsheets is not being unaware of the costs, but rather not knowing what every funding option is. “There’s a lot of [scholarship] money out there that goes unused or without competition,” McCabe said. “I think the school needs a resource for that.” Dana Dawson is program director for scholar development and fellowship advising, but she is only one person working for every undergraduate in the university, not just study away students. What the study away program needs is an adviser specifically for scholarship searching and matching, with a master list of deadlines and clearly explaining eligibility for each financial opportunity. With such a resource, I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed with the 120 pages of Study Away information and seemingly endless application, and the spreadsheets would make my London semester seem less like an impossible pipe dream and more like a goal to be conquered. *


the world. Pope Francis was named Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2013 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, an award The Dalai Lama received in 1989. Pope Francis has been deemed the “Cool Pope” and earned the respect and admiration of the younger generation, due to his activity on social media and leniency with some Catholic traditions, especially when Catholicism is found locally and globally. It’s an exciting time, but it’s a shame to not be paying enough attention to the diversity offered to us in the form of other cultural leaders. The Pope’s visit has been a topic of concern for months— according to, in preparation of the Pope’s arrival, several Philadelphia colleges like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple will not hold classes. No mention of any cancellation of classes regarding the Dalai Lama’s visit has been mentioned, despite it occurring on a Tuesday morning. The date of the Dalai Lama’s visit is also still more than a month away, as Joe Sheridan, general manager of the Liacouras Center, points out: “There’s definitely a lot of attention for the Pope’s visit coming up and that is prior to the Dalai Lama so a lot of that attention will shift to the Dalai Lama after the papal visit is done." I hope he is right. The Dalai Lama arriving does not stem from people lacking appreciation for him, nor him being a less prominent world figure than the Pope. It could also be that the Dalai Lama promotes a lifestyle while catholicism is based on tradition and ritual. I feel it is due to the fact that there has been a lack of media coverage of it. When there are countless articles describing the mania of the pope’s arrival and criticizing the authoritative attempts to crowd control, people are naturally going to begin talking about it. Our city is a cultural petri dish. We will see that in the crowds of people coming to celebrate the Pope's arrival, and again in October when the Dalai Lama brings a different culture. While we will celebrate the pope's arrival, and probably his departure, we should also take note that there are still big things to come for Philadelphia. *





Federal charges dropped against physics chair CRIME

Philadelphia. Bowes, along with his wife Bernadette and three children, will greet the Pope at Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport Sept. 26 when Pope Francis arrives, Brophy said. “The local parishes were looking to see if there are any families close to their parishes,” she said. “And the Bowes were one of the first to come to mind.” Bowes was a member of the Highway Division of Philadelphia Police in September 2008, Brophy said. His partner, Patrick McDonald, stopped 27-year-old Daniel Giddings at 17th and Dauphin streets before a foot chase ensued, 6ABC reported. McDonald was fatally shot on Colorado Street near Susquehanna Avenue, while Bowes was shot in the leg near McDonald’s patrol car on 17th Street near Susquehanna. -Steve Bohnel

POLICE ARREST THREE IN CONNECTION TO ARMED ROBBERY Police have arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Norris Street near 17th early Monday morning—one of whom fired at officers before being apprehended. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said 22nd District officers arrested one of the suspects after he came out of his house on Lehigh Avenue near 15th Street. The second suspect was arrested after he fired shots at officers while they were identifying the first male, he added. A third man was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Sunday because he might be associated with the pair of suspects arrested Monday, Leone said. He and one of the men arrested Monday are juveniles, so their names and information will not be released, he added. Leone said the second man arrested Monday might have been an adult, and is looking into information on that suspect. A TU Alert was sent out about Monday’s robbery at around 2:15 a.m. Leone said that around 2 a.m., a student and non-student were walking on Norris Street when two men approached them. One of the men showed a black handgun and told the two to “give me everything,” Leone said. He added that after they gave the suspects their cell phones, the robbers fled west on Norris Street, and then north on 17th Street. -Steve Bohnel

SEXUAL ASSAULTS REPORTED Two sexual assaults were reported on Main Campus last week involving students. In the first incident, which was reported Sept. 7, a female student reported a sexual assault to Temple Police that occurred Sept. 1 at 1813 17th St. There was alcohol involved and the victim knew the suspect, a male student, said Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. Another sexual assault was reported on Sept. 8. A female student reported a sexual assault to Temple Police that occurred on

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INTERSECTION Streets Department’s priorities, the department said. “We respond as quickly as we can, especially to what we deem emergencies,” said Richard Montanez, the chief traffic street and lighting engineer of the department. After a notifying call is placed to 311, the city’s centralized non-emergency Contact Center, each department—street, gas, light and other utilities—has to mark the area. Due to the large amount of daily traffic issues, making sure the digging will not disrupt another utility takes three days to coordinate, Montanez said. “The utilities [companies] call in to the Contact Center and give the go-ahead, and it takes another day to write the work order and stage the work groups,” he said. Montanez added due to the high volume of calls the department receives, getting to every job request takes time. Because of this, the process of rectifying a dangerous traffic situation takes a couple extra days, he said. There are about 29,000 stop signs around the city of Philadelphia, Montanez said. He estimated there are about 50-60 “emergenADVERTISEMENT

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The Bowes family learned they would be greeting the pope at a Sunday mass.

May 7 on 15th street near Oxford. The victim knew the suspect, a male student, Leone said. Leone added that police are awaiting the victim’s decision on how to best move forward. -Jack Tomczuk

UNIVERSITY NEWS U.S. DROPS CHARGES AGAINST PHYSICS PROFESSOR Xiaoxing Xi, the Temple professor accused of sharing trade secrets with Chinese scientists, had all charges against him dropped last week. The former chairman of the physics department was arrested in May and charged with four counts of wire fraud for disclosing technology secrets to organizations in China. He faced a maximum fine of $1 million and 80 years in prison. The technology prosecutors accused Xi of sharing was about a device he developed to grow superconductive films from magnesium diboride. These thin films allow computers to run more effectively. Xi, a U.S. citizen born in China, came to Temple in 2009 following a stint as a physics professor at Pennsylvania State University.

cy” calls—calls related to regulatory traffic signs—every day. Even though the sign is near two churches, a school and a Rite Aid, Montanez said this increased pedestrian traffic doesn’t speed the process of replacing the sign. “One could cite the urban population surrounding every stop sign in Philadelphia,” he said. But not all accidents are a result of removed and missing signs, Cantor said. She advised the public to be alert when crossing busy intersections in the city. “As the tragedy at Park and Diamond illustrates, even when the engineering solution is in place, safety involves good behavior on the part of the traveling public,” she said. Montanez said the department’s work is ineffective if problem areas aren’t reported, and encourages bystanders to pay attention for any issues they may encounter. “When an error is seen, call 311 and the problem will be corrected as quickly as possible,” he said. *

The Justice Department dropped the charges due to a lack of substantive evidence, according to a report by the New York Times. “I don’t expect them to understand everything I do,” Xi told the Times. “But the fact that they don’t consult with experts and then charge me? Put my family through all this? Damage my reputation? They shouldn’t do this. This is not a joke. This is not a game.” The article in the Times suggests the government is targeting Chinese-born scientists as potential spies. Charges were also dropped in an Ohio case that implicated hydrologist Sherry Chen of stealing information and sharing it with Chinese officials. -Jack Tomczuk

CITY NEWS FORMER COP TO GREET POPE The partner of a Philadelphia Police officer who was killed in the line of duty northwest of Main Campus in September 2008 will represent the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in greeting the Pope when he arrives in the United States. Richard Bowes, a member of St. Christopher’s Church in Somerton, was told the news at a Sunday mass, said Stephanie Brophy, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of

CITY COUNCIL INTRODUCES ORDINANCE FOR GENDERNEUTRAL BATHROOMS City Council introduced legislation Thursday seeking to increase the number of gender-neutral restrooms throughout Philadelphia. First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced the ordinance, which would require current and future privately-owned single-stall restrooms to be designated gender-neutral. “All people, regardless of gender identification, deserve to be able to meet their basic needs with dignity and safety,” Squilla said. “As Philadelphia prepares for the World Meeting of Families and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, both of which will be watched by the world, we should send a message declaring that all people, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, are welcome.” Philadelphia officials will increase awareness about the legislation by using the hashtag #freetoPHL. If City Council passes the legislation and the mayor signs it into law, this hashtag will also be used to alert people which facilities are not complying with the legislation, as well as those who are in compliance. -Steve Bohnel


Steven Ritchie (left), and Mack Caruso co-founded Temple’s One In Four Program.

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who had been impacted by sexual assault gave a speech, and Caruso said her story moved him. Both Ritchie and Caruso are members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. The current 24 members of the One In Four chapter are primarily brothers in the fraternity as well, Ritchie said. “They want to do anything they can to help,” he added. “They’ve been the biggest cheerleaders.” Student body president Ryan Rinaldi said One In Four also has TSG’s support. “It’s really important for


They want “ to do anything

they can to help. They’ve been the biggest cheerleaders.

Steven Ritchie | co-founder of Temple’s One In Four chapter

people to know combating sexual assault is something that’s very near and dear to [TSG] and one of the avenues we explored was One In

Four,” he said. “That speaks volumes for how proactive Greeks are in combating this as well.” The chapter is currently going through training, seeking more members and collaborating with other organizations. Ritchie and Caruso hope members will be as diverse and inclusive as possible. “My other dream for these initiatives is to source talent and find people who are passionate and trusted and can hopefully help to run these things,” he said. * T @Lian_Parsons


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Hangify, ian app that notifies students of campus events, has recently become available to Temple students. PAGE 18

Indonesia Young is the first student awarded the Katz Scholarship, which was created in remembrance of Lewis Katz. PAGE 8


On Thursday, a panel of four small-press poet publishers will discuss matters of aesthetics, politics and poetics at the Tyler School of Art. PAGE 20




Inside the classroom

The sound of protest “Politics and Panpipes: Latin American Protest Music” was introduced this fall as an honors class by Dr. Nancy Morris.


Nancy Morris, a media studies and production professor, started a new honors class this semester that touches on the way music is used for protest.



new media studies and production course teaches students that music can be measured by more than just beats. “Politics and Panpipes: Latin American Protest Music” is a new course started this fall which focuses on how protest music impacts the way people express themselves, particularly in Latin American culture.

The honors class is taught by Nancy Morris, a professor in Temple’s department of media studies and production. According to a press release from the department, Morris taught at the University of Stirling in Scotland for five years, in addition to spending semesters in Spain and Chile since she started teaching at Temple 15 years ago. The course, which is held in the Tuttleman Learning Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, covers a range of materials like Latin American studies, music, history and Spanish,

although the eight students currently taking the course are not required to know Spanish. With an emphasis on the links between popular music and social processes, particularly in the mid-20th century, the course has students learning about how music is used to protest issues like United States intrusion in politics and environmental problems. Morris was the one who introduced “Politics and Panpipes” into the MSP curriculum. She



Law students earn points for grants Since 1992, SPIN has helped law students pursue public interest work. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Lilah Thompson spent this past summer in Washington, D.C. writing legal briefs on behalf of the United States government and studying the nation’s immigration system from the bottom up. Thompson, a secondyear law student at Temple, was able to partially subsidize her summer of public interest work at the Office of Immigration Litigation at the Department of Justice with funds she received through SPIN, or the Student Public Interest Network. “I was moving to D.C.

with, like, no money, and the SPIN honors grant really, really helped me with expenses,” said Thompson, co-president of SPIN. SPIN is an organization at Temple’s Beasley School of Law that fundraises throughout the year to distribute grants to law students pursuing unpaid public interest work over the summer. “It’s meant to sort of like alleviate and encourage people to go into public interest work by receiving some additional funding,” Thompson said. SPIN distributed 24 honors grants this past summer. Thompson said to qualify for a SPIN honors grant, students must collect a minimum number of “SPIN points” throughout the year by attending and participating in events, like special lectures and community service opportunities. “The more ‘SPIN points’ that you have, the more mon-

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Co-presidents of SPIN, Daryll Hawthorne-Searight (left), and Lilah Thompson, speak with Lisa Hurlbutt, director of public interest programs in Sullivan Hall.

ey you can usually receive,” Thompson said. Students must also work to solicit donations from alumni and professors for SPIN’s big online auction in the spring, which is where most of

the organization’s fundraising money comes from. Thompson said SPIN hopes to surpass last year’s $16,533 in honors grants and raise $20,000 to fund students’ public interest work for this


upcoming summer. SPIN’s first fundraising event this year is a fall bake sale in Klein Hall set tentatively for the end of September. There are four levels of funding that students can re-

ceive for their summer public interest work: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These levels correspond to the amounts of $250, $500, $750 and






Freshman receives first ever Katz Scholarship Indonesia Young received a scholarship in memory of Lewis Katz. By GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK The Temple News Last August, freshman Indonesia Young bought her first cell phone. The phone was a reward for how hard she worked throughout her life—and because she just learned she had been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Temple in the fall. Young, a freshman English major, is the first recipient of the Katz Scholarship that was established this past year in memory of trustee Lewis Katz, who passed away in a plane crash in May 2014. This scholarship, which covers all school expenses for four years, is specifically for students from Camden, New Jersey who “embody the values and legacy of Lewis Katz,” said Rachel Lippoff, director of Account Compliance in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Young was born and raised in Camden, and she attended Camden Catholic High School cost-free through the Townsend Foundation. But Young mentioned Camden Catholic is nothing like the city of Camden, as it is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a much wealthier town outside of Camden. “Basically it was like, they had the newest iPhones, their parents were buying them cars,” she said. “I had to work like summers just to buy my first car … and they were getting, like, BMWs!” Since she was 14, Young worked throughout her summers saving for college expenses, before she learned she was awarded the scholarship. Young’s success was largely due to her drive and motivation toward her future, while others around her


Indonesia Young, a freshman English major, holds the letter notifying her of winning the Katz Scholarship beside the Red Owl Statue at Alumni Circle on Main Campus.

made poor decisions, she said. “I was never really a follower, as opposed to the girls that were in my actual city,” Young said. “They were doing their own little thing but I wasn’t down with it at all. ... If I work hard now, it will pay off eventually.” After receiving this scholarship, Young still admitted feeling “survivor’s remorse” after getting out of her impoverished home city, where only 5.5 percent of its adult population has a bachelor’s degree and 50

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Alvarez would do something for her in return—appear on film to discuss the Bible Riots of 1844. It was the first time Alvarez worked on a film. While she said the experience of answering a question multiple times was tiring, she was happy to contribute her knowledge. “I think it speaks to the legacy of Philadelphia as a great, Catholic city,” Alvarez said of Pope Francis’ visit. “The Catholic community in Philadelphia has had strong institutions and a vibrant community, and I think it’s honoring that legacy.” Rey said this visit is going to be very different from the 1979 visit by Pope John Paul II, who he described as “progressive, but also conservative in terms of Catholic doctrine and less accepting of change than Pope Francis.” He also noted the modern Catholic church in Philly has changed, and its decline troubles him. Rey does not think the Pope’s visit will lead to a reversal of the city’s Catholic decline. “There’s no youth, the Catholic schools are closing, Catho-

percent of the city’s children live below the poverty line, according to Hopeworks ‘N Camden. Although Temple had a recent spike in diversity with the class of 2019, Young still finds she is one of few African American students on her floor in the Honors Living-Learning Community in 1300 Residence Hall. “It’s kind of awkward trying to make friends, like d----, I’m the only one here,” Young said. “But I’m kind

of proud of it in a sense.” Drew Katz, Lewis Katz’s son, was unaware of the scholarship named after his late father, but he feels Young is someone who can live up to it. “He would be extraordinarily touched that he was being remembered in this way,” Drew Katz told The Temple News. “And he would be incredibly proud of the first recipient.” “Indonesia is not only an impres-

“The Catholic community in

Philadelphia has had strong institutions and a vibrant community and I think [the film] is honoring that legacy.

Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez | assistant professor of religion

lic cemeteries have been sold and are no longer controlled by the Archdiocese,” he said. “Incarnation of our Lord in Philadelphia was my favorite church and it closed. My wife was fond of it. I was fond of it. I was heartbroken. I don’t feel like going to Mass anymore. How can I in good conscience remain a part of it?”

sive person and a talented student, but she is also incredibly driven,” said Jim Dicker, vice president of institutional advancement. “This relentless drive to push past barriers and achieve her goals is something we admire about Indonesia. With her roots in Camden and her love for Temple, she is an excellent choice to be our inaugural Katz Scholar.” *

Leonard Swidler, a professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue, said Pope Francis’ visit is a way to reach the public directly. “Francis may be using this opportunity like a presidential candidate to go over the heads of the politicians and go straight to the people,” Swidler told the university. “He’s going to have two million people there besides everybody on TV, and if he plays it right, he could create a groundswell for public support for whatever he wishes.” Originally, Alvarez said she agreed with Rey. But she said her stance has changed recently, adding that Pope Francis has, in a sense, put out the welcome mat for Catholics who have felt alienated from the community and softened the Church’s image. “Pope Francis is also particularly concerned with the poor and marginalized,” Alvarez said. “He’s visiting a prison while he’s here, he’s acknowledging that cities like Philadelphia do house the poor and marginalized and he’s acknowledging the Church’s concern for those communities.” *



Marcie Turney, a former Tyler School of Art student, opened a new restaurant in Center City with her partner, Valerie Safran, furthering their expansion on 13th Street. PAGE 10

Temple alumnus David Suender recently created a Kickstarter to provide BMX athletics to low socioeconomic neighobrhoods throughout Philadelphia. PAGE 14





OUTSIDE, IN Public and anonymous art comes together in Kid Hazo and Joe Boruchow’s joint exhibition at Paradigm Gallery and Studio in Queen Village, bringing the city’s streets inside gallery walls.


Kid Hazo’s piece “Unemployed” is currently on display in the exhibit “Intersections” at Paradigm Gallery. The anonymous artist creates work throughout Philadelphia, influenced by the city and its residents.



ike a sandcastle that washes away after a powerful wave, some of Joe Boruchow’s street art can disappear under a new coat of paint at any moment. “They get painted over because they’re not commissioned and probably not legal—well, definitely not legal. So I couldn’t tell you where any are with any degree of certainty,” said Boruchow of his mail-

Alumni, students named art influencers A recent article recognized eight Temple artists. By COURTNEY REDMON The Temple News When senior Cassandra Reffner completed a project for her typography class, she had no idea it would jumpstart her career as an artist. “I did not expect this at all,” said Reffner, who is working toward a graphic design BFA at the Tyler School of Art. “It’s funny, it all started with this one infographic, and I’m like, ‘All I did was make it for a class.’” Reffner’s infographic won the grand prize in Fox School of Business’s Temple Analytics Challenge


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box series—a string of images he recreates onto relay mailboxes using wheatpaste, a flour-based mixture. Boruchow’s art remains preserved off the streets for the next month in “Intersections.” The Paradigm Gallery + Studio exhibit on 4th Street near Fitzwater, features Boruchow’s stark stenciled creations and anonymous artist Kid Hazo’s playful parodies, both of which have been sprinkled onto surfaces in Philadelphia. Although Boruchow and Hazo’s works fall under the umbrella term “street art,” Sara McCorriston,

Paradigm's co-founder and director, advises the art appreciator to acknowledge the diversity and ambiguity the genre possesses. “I’m always hesitant to even use the term,” McCorriston said. “‘Street art’ is good to connect with people and kind of start off on a page everyone can understand from, but it really isn’t all that descriptive.” Boruchow began his interaction with public art



Local music supported through crowdfunding A Temple alumnus founded organization seeks $50,000 for a new music campaign. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News As he sat on a flight from Israel to Philadelphia, David Silver had no way of knowing his newly launched Kickstarter would bring in more than $3,500 in less than a day. Silver’s business incubator RECphilly—which supports local musicians by creating relationships between artists, venues and industry professionals—continued to accumulate donations, ending its first week with almost a third of its $50,000 goal. The Kickstarter quickly became the most popular music campaign on the site. According to RECphilly’s Kickstarter, the organization plans to launch an online network to serve as an “opportunity hub, consistently creating quality opportunities for


Philadelphia musicians both locally and nationally.” The organization aims to create an application where businesses and local artists can exist on one plane to interact and connect with each other. RECphilly was started in 2013 by Temple alumnus David Silver and friend Will Toms to bridge the gap between bands, brands and small businesses. “The Philly music scene is amazing, probably one of the best

in the country,” Silver said. “It’s the structure of our city that needs help. Our mission is to reconstruct a successful music industry.” In order to reach this goal, RECphilly started the Support Philly Campaign to raise $50,000 by Oct. 15. Funds will be split between three major elements: creating a studio space called the RECroom, constructing an online presence for networking and directly benefitting local artists.


As of now, the RECroom studio space consists of an open area with a visual lab, a writing lounge and a demo recording space with secondhand equipment. Upgrades will be made to the recording and visual equipment to make the space more legitimate and attractive for local artists to use. “We’ve identified a handful of musicians, really the top talent that we think can mold Philadelphia’s sound in music moving forward,” Silver said. “We want to be able to give them that opportunity through this research and development phase.” The last third of the Kickstarter money will go to the core of the organizations movement: the local artists themselves. Through different scholarships, RECphilly will give these artists a chance to expand their musical endeavors. RECphilly local artist Luke O’Brien, who performs as Lukey the Bird, said every time he attends an event hosted by the organization, “the crowd is always there because they love music and they love the arts.”






On Locust Street, classic dishes are reborn Former student opened new American restaurant, Bud & Marilyn’s. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News A taste of nostalgia has arrived near Washington Square in the form of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest eatery, Bud & Marilyn’s. The restaurant’s atmosphere stands out from the pair’s other businesses—mismatched plates and wood paneling complete the look of a retro rec room, the inspiration for the design. The venue opened Aug. 26 at 1234 Locust St. in Center City, and serves American classics like fried chicken, cheese curds and desserts that incorporate the lighter side of sweetness. Despite their growing empire, Turney and Safran didn’t begin their working lives as restauranteurs and businesswomen. Executive chef and co-owner Turney studied graphic design at Tyler School of Art and worked at different restaurants around the city before meeting Safran and beginning their business venture. “It was probably my last year at Tyler and everything became computers,” Turney said. “I was like, ‘I’m not sitting in front of a computer all day.’ Val [Safran] was a Spanish teacher and hated it.” Turney and Safran began to open businesses on 13th Street as both business and life partners—first a home goods boutique, then Mexican restaurant Lolita, followed by upscale market Grocery. “We’re two white girls from the Midwest,” said co-owner Safran, 40. “We’ve never had an American

restaurant—we’ve always had these other ones, whether it’s Mexican or Italian or Spanish. Going back to something that is what you grew up on, but updated … it was time.” Bud & Marilyn’s is named for Turney’s grandparents, owners of the Midwest restaurant The Spot in Ripon, Wisconsin. The basement was a converted roller rink and bowling alley. Turney and Safran’s recreation of The Spot isn’t identical, but honors the original atmosphere. “[The Spot] was meat and potatoes,” Turney said. “It’s nothing like my grandfather’s restaurant. The decor is homage to that restaurant but the menu is very different.” Instead, the menu features Friday Fish Fry of beer-battered cod, a “Midwestern thing,” Turney said, paired with a special beer on tap by Yard called Bud's Best Pale Ale. Dessert is a mix of pies, chocolate and Funfetti cake. “A perfect piece of chocolate cake is the perfect ending to a meal,” Safran said. “The Funfetti has the really fun element. It makes you happy. I want to walk into my restaurant and see people who are happy to be there.” Both Safran and Turney said that Bud & Marilyn’s has been bustling since the first dinner service. Philadelphia resident Lindsay Curry, 28, dined at Bud & Marilyn’s on opening night Aug. 26 and raved about Turney’s menu pick: the Nashville Bun. “I think the best thing we tried was the fried chicken slider,” Curry said. “The quality of the chicken was really amazing—nicely fried and not greasy. They had a pickled vegetable slaw and so many flavors going on in a teeny little slider.” Between Turney and Safran’s comfort food and cozy modern midcentury interior design, the pair encourages visitors to come in and stay for awhile.

“We wanted to find things that remind us of the past,” Safran said. “Old records, old glassware, old photos. We have some different landscape photos that you would have seen in someone’s living room in the 1970s.” "The barstools are from the same company as my grandfather's," Turney said. "I can imagine the company getting all of these orders and saying, 'Oh, we're back in style!' and not knowing what's going on." Bud & Marilyn’s is currently open for dinner every night from 5-11 p.m. Turney and Safran said they will soon open for lunch service on select days of the week and brunch on the weekends. *


Bud & Marilyn’s, a bar and restaurant, opened Aug. 26 at 1234 Locust St.


Southern bistro pays tribute to Bourbon Heritage Month I appreciate all the art “ and science that goes into

The Twisted Tail, a bar and bistro, focuses on educating people about whiskey—not just serving it.

making whiskeys. Some are aged longer than I have been alive, and I think that’s something to admire.

By LOGAN BECK The Temple News In 1964, Congress declared bourbon whiskey “America’s native spirit.” Decades later, the Twisted Tail, a bar and bistro on 2nd Street near Lombard, pays tribute to the national spirit by running a series of special events in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month. Bar-goers can experience the Tail’s exclusive deals throughout the month, along with the bar’s atmosphere that blends urban flair with tones of southern hospitality. George Reilly, the Twisted Tail's owner and a master craftsman, began celebrating the heritage of Bourbon at his bar because he feels it’s an important part of the nation’s history. “It’s actually a story in history, a lot of the bourbon distilleries pre-Prohibition were up in this direction in Pennsylvania, definitely in the Philadelphia region,” Reilly said. Though the history of whiskey and bourbon is widely contested by historians, Philadelphia is pioneering the spirits' rebirth. AccordADVERTISEMENT

Zach Grau | sophomore buisness major


The Twisted Tail celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month with an extensive selection of whiskey.

ing to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, distillers made their way to Philadelphia during the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s. When Prohibition swept the United States in the 1920s, many distilleries and whiskeymakers fled to backwoods areas in the South to avoid the authorities, prompting the bourbon

culture to begin once again in Kentucky after Prohibition ended, Reilly said. Ordinarily, the bar offers more than 120 different whiskeys. During September, the Twisted Tail is offering a variety of events catered to helping the public fine-tune their whiskey palettes. Every Friday this month, the bar will offer a free Distiller Series Happy Hour, an informative tasting designed to give guests a chance to taste different spirits, learn each drink's history and how it is crafted. The bar’s most anticipated event is Whiskey Bonanza on Sept. 17, an evening showcasing 70 different whiskeys, as well as a bartender competition with contestants from New York City and Philadelphia. Whiskey-novices and enthusiasts alike can vote on their favorite Bourbon cocktails as well as enjoy live music and food trucks. Sophomore business major Zach Grau learned about bourbon and whiskeys through his uncle, who brews his own beer and whiskey. “I appreciate all the art and science that goes into making whiskeys,” Grau said. “Some

are aged for longer than I have been alive, and I think that's something to admire.” Dan Leiby, a junior business major, spent his summer in Ireland and had the opportunity to tour a number of breweries and distilleries. Although he had some prior knowledge of bourbon, his trip to Ireland helped him gain a deeper appreciation for spirits and how they are made. “I was turned on to sipping it straight, and I've gained an appreciation for whiskey versus the thicker, more syrupy bourbon,” Leiby said. Despite having a taste for the spirit, Leiby feels his opportunities to drink whiskey are limited due to a tight college budget, but would love the chance to hone his palette. Reilly said Bourbon Heritage Month is a good time for college students and whiskey novices to taste samples for free and determine their preferences. “It’s a good educational time,” Reilly said. “We’re not just serving the whiskey, we’re also taking the time to explain things and teach about it so people can enjoy the product and be a little bit more involved with what they’re drinking. It helps the enjoyment of consumption when you know the effort being put into it.” *






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Dr. Dog and Pig Iron Theatre Company presented “Swamp is On,” a psychedelic collaboration of theater and music held at Union Transfer each night last Wednesday through Saturday. The show was part of the 19th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, attracting Dr. Dog fans and patrons of FringeArts. In the show, members of Pig Iron Theatre Company acted as scientists in search of a psychedelic swamp as Dr. Dog performed music about the actors’ journey, which drove the storyline of the collaborative performance. Following the show, Dr. Dog performed its own concert featuring several hits from the band’s newest album, “Live at Flamingo Hotel.”




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Biking provides outlet for youth David Suender aims to raise funds to start a new biking program. By PHYLANDRA MCFADDIN The Temple News David Suender always wanted to work with a youth program—so he’s creating one. Suender is an avid BMX biker who frequently found himself in local low socioeconomic neighborhoods looking for places with rails and ramps where he could ride his bike. Kids would often approach Suender and his friends, he said, asking to hop on their bikes and learn a few tricks. “Meshing that and my passion for BMX is a perfect pairing,” Suender, a Temple alumnus, said. These moments inspired Suender, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in geography and urban studies, to create a BMX program as an outlet for kids. Philadelphia Urban Youth BMX BikeLife Program that gets kids involved in athletics they may not have access to otherwise. Suender plans to use the proposed $10,000

to purchase bikes, ramps, helmets and other safety equipment to get the program up and running. BikeLife was originally created for Suender’s social entrepreneurship class his senior year at Temple in 2013. After working as the assistant to the president at One Day At A Time, a North Philadelphiabased nonprofit servicing lowincome and homeless people who suffer from HIV/AIDS, Suender began to tweak his model. “My employment at One Day At A Time and the support of our organization’s president, Mel Wells, had made everything possible,” Suender said. “Without him, I could not have the resources and support to work on the project.” Nick Bevan, who has ridden with Suender for about 11 years, said Suender finds some interest in BMX at ODAAT events. “Tons of kids were there to take turns riding our bikes,” Bevan said after attending an event with Suender. “It was an awesome time and it was great to see how much interest it generated amongst everyone.” One young boy Suender met is already working towards his first bike. “He said he’s been saving up money,” Suender said. “His mom gave him a little bit, and


David Suender, founder of the BMX Philly Program, meets children at a block party at 18th and York streets Sept. 7.

now he's calling me up to buy a bike.” Though Suender is still building a financial base for the program, the level of enthusiasm from children and adults in the community has attracted the attention of May-

or Michael Nutter, who called Suender after hearing about the project. Now, Suender is planning to meet with Nutter and Commissioner Susan Slawson of the Parks and Recreation Department to further discuss his program’s goals.

Suender hopes to make BikeLife his long-term project with the help of funds from Indiegogo, one of his main sources of profit. As of press time, Suender has raised $1,606 of his $10,000 goal. The campaign ends Sept. 19.

“What I would love to see out of it is kids finding a great hobby to keep them out of trouble, away from drugs and violence,” Suender said. * phylandra.anne.mcfaddin@


At Fringe, a metamorphosis Two Temple grads produce a solo performance play about self-discovery told through the unfolding of a butterfly. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News


Jason Chen (left), and Sara McCorriston, co-owners of Paradigm Gallery, teamed up with street artists to create “Intersections.” The exhibit opened Aug. 28 and will remain open until Oct. 10.

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INTERSECTIONS when, as a young teenager, he dispersed copies of Keith Haring’s “Free South Africa” posters around his school to protest the ongoing apartheid movement on the other side of the world. Years later, the Arlington, Virginia native moved to Philadelphia and plastered his own distinctive creations throughout the city—this time, to advertise the Nite Lights, his rock band. His utilization of homemade stencils soon became a distinctive artistic technique. Today, Boruchow’s work features intricate iconography that often caters to Philadelphian history. His upcoming mural on 33rd and Oxford streets, at the request of the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Civic Association, will pay tribute to local legends including John Coltrane and Dotty Smith. Boruchow makes sure his work is no secret, whether it’s commissioned by the city's Mural Arts Program or inspired by a personal venture. “I’m not trying to be on the down low about it,” Boruchow said. “I’m there doing it in broad daylight.” The second artist featured in “Intersections” uses a different approach. “I’m, like, super low-key,” Hazo told The Temple News. While Hazo’s pieces are recognizable, his face is anything but; the artist keeps his identity undisclosed, making his work both prankish and mysterious.

Hazo installs his art during odd hours of the night, cloaked in a hoodie and mask during a hot summer day, or disguised in Dickie's apparel as the average city worker assembling a street sign. Hazo prefers to leave his persona open to the imagination. “It gives the art more of a focus and attention than worrying about who I am and what I'm doing in my personal life or anything like that,” Hazo said. Hazo’s work satirizes modern Philadelphian culture. For example, his April 1 installation, “Le Poo,” turned Claes Oldenburg’s famous sculpture of a glob of paint into the infamous iPhone emoji outside of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on 15th Street near Cherry. “It becomes this group crowd thing, this inside joke that a lot of people get to be in on, instead of ‘This artist makes this,’” McCorriston said. “There’s a difference there.” Hazo’s featured works include “Queen of Jeans,” a riff on the iconic, recently removed “King of Jeans” sign on East Passyunk Avenue. McCorriston said while Hazo and Boruchow’s styles differ, they inevitably intersect—each artist, through a public mural or an incognito installation, pays a tribute to the city. “I find that more street artists than others concentrate on getting their work everywhere they possibly can,” McCorriston said, “and these artists really concentrate on Philadelphia.” *

Despite being a poet, dramatist and aspiring novelist, Julia Taus does not identify as a writer—but a storyteller. In her most recent project, Taus found herself the subject of the story. For the first time, the Temple alumna, who received her bachelor’s degrees in English and communications, is portraying her written words through theatrical performance in “A Cocoon of Your Own Making,” which debuted in FringeArts Sept. 13. at the Pig Iron Lounge. Told through the experiences of a complex monogamous relationship, the piece illustrates the metamorphosis of a butterfly as a metaphor of self-discovery. “It’s one thing to write the words and hand the paper off … but it’s quite another to stand there and embody those words,” said Taus. “And that’s been the biggest task for me … embodying, owning and not apologizing for them.” The one-woman show is the product of Taus' four original transcendental love poems. Taus never considered the transformation from poetry to performance until she entered a women’s studies course while earning a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania. The class’s concentration on feminist history and theory in theater unlocked a theatrical element in her verses. As the final assignment, Taus entwined these beloved poems, spawning her first play. “When I performed the piece [in class], I could feel the unearthing of the story,” Taus said. “I could feel the power.” Taus’ collegiate assignment embarked on a year-long journey that ended at FringeArts and in the hands of freelance director and alumna Amber Emory. Emory, who worked on developing the directing concentration in Temple’s theater department, wrote an all-female rendition of “Through the Looking Glass,” featured as a reading off-Broadway just after she graduated. Emory also founded and produced Mz. Fest, promoting process-based female centered work. This interest in feminist theater attracted Emory to Taus’ work.

“When I first read the script, I saw the themes of personal self discovery, women’s identity, feminism and the unfolding of the butterfly, but it was written about a male,” Emory said. Originally, the script was more of a narrative centered heavily upon the story of Taus’ companion. As Emory’s ideas gave the piece an empowering perspective, the script shifted its focus toward Taus, pushing her into her own unearthing as a woman.

When I performed the “piece, I could feel the unearthing of the story. I could feel the power. Julia Taus | playwright and alumna

“The butterfly speaks a lot in the story, which is a Julia [Taus] that has opened up to her femininity and reality,” Emory said. “I wanted to take the text and make it more personal, so the audience can have the attachment too, so they can feel the journey of the unfolding too.” For audience members, the butterfly acknowledges pain and provides a silver lining. Despite despair, individuals always have a chance for “new life in the trees,” as quoted in Taus’ poem “Metamorphosis,” the prime inspiration behind the script. An essential aspect of the play is the evolution of love, according to Taus and Emory— though romantic love's evolution does not parallel the development of the butterfly. “I think [romantic love] is just a layer in the cocoon … I don’t think it has anything to do with another human being,” Emory said. Taus and Emory occasionally interpret aspects of the play differently, which sheds new light on the piece, sometimes in ways Taus did not originally intend. When Emory first experienced “Metamorphosis,” she assumed the narrator, who is an insightful butterfly, was Taus speaking to her child self. “When I wrote, ‘Metamorphosis,’ I did think of me but also of other women I look up to,” Taus said. “However, when Amber [Emory] said that, I saw the piece in a whole new way … I never owned that butterfly.” *





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According to the campaign’s webpage, ARTZ now services more than 1,000 people annually with art sessions, museum trips and education, compared to the 200 individuals reached when the program first started. Even small donations less than $50 can help provide art supplies for one session of six to eight people. The campaign closes Sept. 30. As of press time, ARTZ has raised $3,996 of its $15,000 goal. For volunteer Celia Morrison, just one of these sessions can make a difference—for both participants and volunteers. “Every session has at least one moment when someone's perspective is so poignant and meaningful that there are smiles and gasps throughout the group,” Morrison said. “I love it when Susan or the main facilitator has to step back and say, ‘I would never have seen that. Thank you.’” ARTZ plays a significant role in participant’s lives, Tajiri said. Art is not just a luxury, but a way to help stimulate the brain of people with dementia and “bring life to those affected,” Tajiri said.

At this year’s Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater is weaving together more than a dozen of the greatest fights scenes from Shakespeare’s most timeless plays. The showcase, “Kill Will,” features live stage fighting and Shakespearian iambic pentameter. From “Macbeth” to “Romeo and Juliet,” the performance offers 90 minutes of daring battles in Elizabethan English. The showcase is taking place at 211 Sansom St. from Sept. 15-19. Tickets are $15 at the door. -Grace Maiorano COURTESY ARTZ PHILADELPHIA

ARTZ Philadelphia leads conversation about art in the galleries during “ARTZ at the Woodmere.”

Shifrin’s ultimate goal is that Philadelphia will “become a dementia friendly community,” as ARTZ continues to mediate between people with dementia and businesses. That way, Shifrin said, “people with dementia and their families can go wherever they want with dignity and enjoyment.” Shifrin has seen arts’ effect more than once, but an interaction with a couple, an artist and a scientist with dementia, has stayed at the

forefront of her mind. “She said that after his attendance to one of the programs at the Woodmere Museum that she has never seen him come to life like this in a very long time,” Shifrin said. “She said that this program was the one bright light in an otherwise dark journey.” *

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last year. Unlike other students who competed in the competition, Reffner knows more about the art component. Though “big data is becoming a big deal,” Reffner said, the analytics industry is always “going to need designers.” Reffner was one of eight Temple community members—six alumni and two current students—named the biggest influencers of Philadelphia’s “creative class” in a recent PhillyVoice article. After her win, Reffner began taking businesses classes at the Fox School of Business. She is also taking an independent study course this semester “based purely on infographics” in preparation for this year’s competition. While Reffner is not sure what she wants

I had a gut feeling about Temple—more specifically, about Tyler. I saw how good their art program was and I looked at the caliber of the artwork being produced, and it resonated with me.

Cassandra Reffner | senior graphic design major

to do after graduation, she’s glad she chose Temple. “I had a gut feeling about Temple—more specifically, about Tyler,” Reffner said. “I saw how good their art program was and I looked at the caliber of the artwork being produced, and it resonated with me.” Keith Hartwig, 27, a designer and project

manager at Veyko Metal & Fabrication Design, shares similar sentiments. Hartwig, who received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tyler in 2011, said the education he received at Temple “was really invaluable” to what he does now. “But it’s more than just that,” Hartwig said. “It has really been more of the diversity of perspectives I’ve received while at Temple.” Hartwig was selected for last year’s Temple Contemporary Distinguished Alumni program to work alongside famed graphic designer and Temple alumna Paula Scher. Together, they collaborated on “Philadelphia Explained,” a hand-painted map that depicted various parts of Philadelphia. Hartwig is currently an adjunct professor within the Tyler School of Art’s Architecture department. There, he co-instructs the class Introduction to Design and the Environment, and independently teaches Guerilla Altruism, a class that discusses “community, community-sponsored work, and civic engagement through design.” Civic engagement and community involvement are a common thread within the Temple community, especially for Tyler students and alumni. “A lot of my work is very much influenced by the people we’ve worked with and the people we’ve met,” 2012 Tyler alumnus Nate Mell, 30, said. After graduating with a BFA in glass, Mell went to work in a Philadelphia-based clay studio. It was there he discovered his one true passion: ceramics. Today, Mell is the co-owner of Felt+Fat, a ceramics manufacturing company based out of Port Richmond. He spends his days creating custom-made cups, mugs and plates for popular restaurants like Fork and Laurel throughout the city. Mell said people aren’t his only sources of inspiration—Philadelphia as a whole influences his work. “Philly is a good place to be an artist in general,” Mell said. “You can make anything you want in this city, if you know the right people.” *

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40 YEARS OF ART AT CERULEAN ARTS GALLERY IN SPRING GARDEN Cerulean Arts Gallery is hosting a new exhibition called “Looking Back - Moving Forward: 40 Years in Art.” The exhibition seeks to praise art’s development and diversification over the years, capturing the work of five female artists: Alyssa Bennet, Judith Brassard Brown, Arlene Grossman, Joanna Koa and Ann Northrup. The exhibit is open until Sept. 26. The gallery is located at 1355 Ridge Ave. -Drui Caldwell

“DOLLAR STROLL” ALONG BALTIMORE AVENUE University City District and Baltimore Avenue Business Association joined forces to create the inaugural Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Taking place between 43rd and 51st streets on Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the evening’s events will feature $1 deals from neighborhood business and $1 craft beers, as well as shopping, food and drink offerings. Some participating businesses include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, The Nesting House and Milk & Honey Market. -Emily Scott DANIELA AYUSO TTN

RECphilly helps artists make connections with local businesses and venues to build careers.

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To celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day, the Brazilian Day Festival of Philadelphia will take place from Sept. 20 at Penn’s Landing. The event will include food vendors offering a wide selection of authentic Brazilian dishes and showcase a diverse choice of dances like the Samba, Forro and Pagode. -Emily Scott


“As you’re performing, they’re listening,” O’Brien said. “I feel like it’s the perfect home for me. It all just happened so fast, [RECphilly] was taking me under their wing and it really reenergized me as an artist and made me excited about the potential of what could happen.” RECphilly is planning dozens of pop-up performances throughout the city in order to promote and raise awareness for the campaign. Local musicians involved with RECphilly will perform in parks, on museum steps and on Main Campus. The campaign has raised $15,672 of its goal. For Hayley Mansfield, account manager for RECphilly, the Kickstarter is just part of the organization’s future. “The point of it is really to get people excited about what we’re doing and to prove to the city and to investors that what we’re doing is worth contributing to,” said Mansfield. “Having this little jumpstart is really what we need, but we don’t see it as the end.”

The Frankford Hall Oktoberfest block party will return to Philly Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. The event will take place on Frankford Ave. from Girard Ave. to Shackamaxon St., and will offer guests live music, pony rides, festival food and a taste of the new Frankford Hall IPA. The festival is free to attend and pay-as-you-go for attractions. -Eamon Dreisbach

JOSH GROBAN TO PLAY TOWER THEATER Josh Groban will perform at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby tomorrow with special guest Lena Hall. Groban is a multi-platinum artist with seven successful albums. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are available on Live Nation starting at $40. -Eamon Dreisbach




@visitphilly tweeted more than 20 specials occuring during Pope Francis’ visit, including the Il Papa pie at Pizzeria Vetri, a FrancisFurter hot dog at Underdogs and a Mini-Pope Francis cake from Whipped Bakeshop.

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@citypaper tweeted writer Chris Sikich chronicled the entire festival with a dedicated blog about his Saturday highlights, including photos and other media.

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Temple’s Hangify representatives Kevin Foster (left), Daniel Garton, Ethan Dombroski, Jack Sheerin and Ben Math promote Hangify at the Bell Tower last Friday.

New Hangify app for events arrives on Main Campus A new app now notifies Temple students of oncampus events. By LEVI KRUM The Temple News Hangify, an app meant to help students find things to do around campus, has come to Temple. Designed by students, for students, Hangify notifies users about events like concerts, games and parties in the area. The app was developed by students from the University of Pennsylvania. Until recently, the app was used exclusively for Penn students. Now, the app is available to Temple students. Any student with a valid Temple email address can set up an account and start exploring all the events posted, each with their own description and details. Factors like time, price and category can also be used to search for events more specifically. Users can swipe events left or right to show interest or reject it, respectively, and although it is not quite ready, a new feature is set to release soon that will recommend events based on preferences from past swipes. “We just want to help people come together and have fun,” said Sierra Hirt, a Penn student and head of marketing for Hangify. The creator, Penn student Merv Arnold-Lyons, originally thought of the concept for Hangify in the spring semester of his freshman year. Since then Arnold-Lyons has worked with Penn alumnus Scott Kosch, investor and chairman of Hangify, and the

rest of the Hangify team to develop the idea into a successful website for Penn students. Now a senior, ArnoldLyons and the staff at Hangify are rebranding the app with one more crucial addition: a new focus on Temple. “We wanted a school with a large enough size, and a population that could benefit from our app,” Arnold-Lyons said. “Our research showed that Temple has a really good, consistent culture. So we decided to launch here.” In addition to attending events, users can be more proactive with Hangify and create their own events. In a few taps, students and organizations can have their events appear on the app for other students to see. Since its start at Temple, Hangify has held promotional events around campus. There’s a Temple-dedicated Twitter account from Hangify that was created in late August. The Temple marketing branch of Hangify, made up of Temple students, has recently set up promotion tables around Main Campus to give away free merchandise and get the word out on the app. With a successful response from Penn, and now Temple, they plan to expand and improve the app, launch in other schools and have a positive impact by helping college students connect and be involved. “It is great to go to some events and just talk to all the freshmen and hear how they’re benefitting from the app,” Hirt said. “It makes all the hard work worth it.” * levi.bradley.krum@temple. edu



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earned her masters and doctorate degrees in communication studies from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research areas were globalization and international


are no major projects yet for this course, the goal is for students to use the musical concepts they are learning in class to experience the impacts of Latin American music and to understand how the cultures are identified through music. Morris personally finds the history and music of Chile compelling, and is eager about

“So the choices of musical

instruments ... reflect the musician’s desire to use Latin American forms to express their political ideas. Nancy Morris | professor

communication with a sub-specialty in Latin American protest music. “When I was asked to teach an honors class, I proposed focusing it on my favorite topic,” Morris said. In addition to learning about the music, the class studies certain musical instruments and how they are used to communicate messages in individualistic ways. “So the choices of musical instruments, such as panpipes, reflect the musician’s desire to use Latin American forms to express their political ideas,” Morris said. “The musicians also sometimes use rock instruments such as electric guitars, and we examine their reasons for this and what sorts of messages are conveyed by that musical choice.” During the 50-minute class, students listen to songs from a variety of Latin American countries and music genres, like classical and hip-hop. They read song lyrics to understand each country’s history, culture and diversity. “We look at the messages expressed in the lyrics, the way those messages are affected by the political conditions at any given time, and also the way those messages are expressed through choices of instruments,” Morris said. The class is structured as a discussion-based course that focuses on the characteristics of protest music. Although there

all the lessons she has planned for the course. “I hope it generates enough interest that I will have the opportunity to teach it again in the future,” she said. *


Nancy Morris taught at the University of Stirling in Scotland, in addition to spending semesters in Spain and Chile.


”Politics and Panpipes: Latin American Protest Music” teaches students about musical instruments and song lyrics to understand how they are historically and modernly used to communicate messages of protest.


Student receives threats for controversial Instagram photo A photo revealing a student’s menstrual blood brought attention to a feminist issue. By BRIANNA BAKER The Temple News Amid all the graphic content on Instagram—from photographs of roadkill to surgical videos—one photograph from a senior philosophy major has sent the internet into an international frenzy, inciting some violent responses in the process. The post shows “Louelle Denor”—whose real name is being withheld for safety reasons—holding a used menstrual cup with a bloody hand. It was posted to her account four weeks ago. “It’s come to my attention that women are having their accounts banned for showing

likes and 1,000 comments, and was covered by major news carriers like the Huffington Post and Daily Mail. While some reactions have been supportive, others are hateful. “There was the [commenter] who suggested that ‘feminazis’ like me should be sprayed down with ‘male semen’ and then set on fire,” Denor told The Temple News. “A lot of people just wanted me to kill myself.” The attacks have found their way beyond the Instagram sphere, as Denor said some selfproclaimed “men’s rights activists” have attempted to hack her online accounts and continue to send death threats via email. “I think people carry with them a lot of anger, a lot of assumptions, a lot of dissatisfaction with life,” she said. “And I think that sometimes people like myself, who really go ahead and push against the grain of normativity, make ourselves easy targets.” “And then there’s the whole anti-feminism thing,” she added. “Internet culture is very hard on women.” Undeterred by this pushback, Denor con-

“This is very seriously f---ed up. If this was blood from a finger laceration, there’d be no issue.” “Louelle Denor” | senior philosophy major

menstrual blood (and no nudity),” the caption reads. “This is very seriously f---ed up. If this was blood from a finger laceration, there’d be no issue.” The post has received more than 2,000

tinues to defend her reason for posting the image. “We know we have bodies—we know they perform functions,” she said. “But we want to pretend that those kinds of things aren’t hap-

pening, and this is especially the case for women. It’s irrational and irrationality is harmful.” Denor owes her awareness of this issue to other activists, most notably the poet and student Rupi Kaur in Toronto, Canada. Her own photograph of a woman with a blood stain on her pants and bedsheets was removed twice from Instagram in March. “I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak, when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human,” Kaur wrote on her Facebook account. Instagram released a public apology and returned Kaur’s photograph to its website.


Despite this small victory, the aggression geared toward Denor proves the stigma behind such photographs still persists. That is why she continues to bring attention to the issue, by participating in interviews and posting essays on Medium, a blog-publishing platform. “Mostly, I’ve just been continuing the conversation surrounding this particular event,” Denor said. “When this begins to blow over and my life returns to normal, I’ll be starting some new related projects. I’m excited.” “I’m part of a bigger movement of women willing to put themselves out there to defend equality and fairness,” she added. “Change only happens when individuals come together.” *






Office chair relay rolls in the semester The art departments competed in the fifth annual Office Chair Relay Race. By LINDSAY HARGRAVE The Temple News At first thought, an office chair relay race sounds like something roommates might do around midnight in pajamas. But at Temple Contemporary in the Tyler School of Art Sept. 2, the fifth annual Office Chair Relay was a highly anticipated and planned event, complete with a tournament-style bracket, a prized golden office chair, two costumed emcees, ice cream and the marching band’s drum corps. Robert Blackson, the director of Temple Contemporary, laid out the ground rules over a megaphone, “No elbows, no roughhousing. We can disqualify you!” Blackson explained the birth of the office chair relay race came from a discussion about

the floors of the gallery, which are usually meant to display art. “I was having a conversation with a student about how good the floor is, and how the floor’s really smooth,” Blackson said. “We could do a lot with a floor that’s really smooth, so we had these office chairs, and they’re really nice, and they’ve got good wheels on them, so we put two and two together.” The race is popular with students and faculty year after year as an event to get students excited and build comraderie in the art departments. “It’s really just a way of kicking off the semester, getting people to know that we’re here, and that we’re a space that isn’t just about exhibitions and artwork, but that it’s more about programs and events,” said Sarah Biemiller, assistant director of Temple Contemporary. This year, the tournament kicked off with a race between the emcees to demonstrate to the competitors the proper office chair racing technique. Each department had its own team of three or four participants, chosen on a volunteer basis, for a total of eight teams.

To everyone’s surprise, the twoyear champions in the printmaking department lost in the first round, knocking them out of the tournament immediately. The races continued until only the final match-up between the admissions department and the ceramics department, going by the name of Dirt Bagz,


distributed flavors of ice cream like cardamom caramel and blueberry lemonade. Paige Diefenderfer, a senior fibers and material studies major, participated in the race for the first time this year. “It’s just really fun getting to race a wheely chair for your school; it’s not something a lot of

“It’s just really fun getting to race a wheely chair for your school.” Paige Diefenderfer | senior fibers and material studies major

remained. In a heated round of rolling, scooting and batonpassing, the admissions office team consisted of senior facilities management major Dylan Keller, undecided freshman Julia Madrak and freshman architecture major Erin Anagnost came out victorious. The excitement of this event was augmented by the pep of the drum corps adding rhythm inside the gallery, while two vendors from Little Baby’s Ice Cream

people get to do, so I wanted to try it out,” Diefenderfer said. “It’s a really small department,” added Enrica Ferrero, Diefenderfer’s teammate and a first-year graduate student in that department. “So because of that, I feel like it’s important to have a lot of spirit and pride for your department. It’s about the heart you’ve got.” * lindsay.terese.hargrave@temple. edu

The first game room tournament of the semester will be held tonight at 6 p.m. Registration for both the billiards and ping-pong tournaments is open to all students in the Student Center Game Room, located on the building’s first floor. The top three contenders in each area will be awarded Diamond Dollar prizes, along with having their names added to the Wall of Champions. -Olivia Zarzycki

Professors can attend an educational session about theatrical techniques and their use in the classroom on Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The session will be in Room 111 of the Tech Center. Professors can register for the event by visiting Temple’s event homepage and clicking “Don’t Be a Sage, Engage on the Stage.” According to, the session will teach professors theatrical techniques to hold students attention and foster positive classroom environments. -Michaela Winberg


Thursday, a panel of four small-press poet publishers will discuss matters of aesthetics, politics and poetics at the Tyler School of Art. As a part of the Fall 2015 Poets & Writers Series, the event’s panel will include Rachel Levitsky of Belladonna*, Travis and JenMarie MacDonald of Fact-Simile Editions, Stephen Motika of Nightboat Books and Brenda Iijima of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. This event is open to the public, and will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. -Olivia Zarzycki


$1,000, respectively. Jack Farrell, a second-year law student and SPIN’s solicitations co-chair, was also one of nine students awarded a Silver-level honors grant for his public interest work this past summer. He worked with Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. “I was able to work with clients,” Farrell said. “I also did a lot of legal research, so at the same time as delving more into the field I was interested in, I got to apply it with these clients.” “If I could do that for the rest of my life I would be completely satisfied,” he added. Along with giving law students practical experience, summer public interest work also allows students to do good for others. “Public interest work is just something that ... really does start with the heart,” Thompson said. Daryll Hawthorne-Searight, a second year law student and co-president of SPIN, said she is not interested in pursuing public interest work in her future but hopes to do pro bono work. “People don’t stop needing that help, people don’t stop needing that legal assistance,” Hawthorne-Searight said. “It’s just unfair to take that away when I know that I could be doing good.” Hawthorne-Searight, who also serves as SPIN’s community service co-chair, has remained active with SPIN mainly due to the organization’s community service aspect of having held community clean-ups and collection drives. SPIN’s first community service event this year will be a blood drive held on Oct. 20 next to Klein Hall. “A lot people want to get that [legal] experience,” Thompson said. “But they also want to give back to their community and feel like they’re making a difference.”


The Tyler School of Art will offer a free bus to the Whitney Museum in New York, NY. The bus will leave from 13th and Diamond streets on Sunday at 9 a.m., and will return to campus at 5:30 p.m. Though the bus is free, entrance to the Whitney is $18 for students with OwlCards. Open to all Temple students, the event is first-come, first-serve, limited to the first 54 students to register. Students can register online at Temple’s events page by clicking “Free Bus Trip to Whitney Museum in NYC.” -Michaela Winberg


Beginning Monday, students can meet with employers and review their resumes with experts during Resumania!, a two-day event in Room 220 of Mitten Hall. Students and alumni can register for Resumania! at This event will take place on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -Olivia Zarzycki



NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity are sponsoring a competition among colleges to win a guest lecture from former Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson. From now until Sept. 28, students can visit to take online quizzes, watch videos and vote for Temple. Kenan Thompson will visit the school with the most votes. -Michaela Winberg

Law students Lilah Thompson (left), and Daryll Hawthorne-Searight, the co-founders of SPIN, or Student Public Interest Network, prepare for a meeting in Klein Hall.

Voice of the people | JAS KENNA



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Temple’s second annual TUready fair will be held at the Bell Tower today. The event will include free food, a moon bounce, live music and giveaways. The event is open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. -Olivia Zarzycki




“I don’t really like it. You used to be able to get burritos any time of the day, but now you can only get them after four every day.”

“It’s so much better than last year. Going all the way to J&H for fourth meal was a hassle, so this is great.”

“What do you think of Morgan Dining Hall’s addition of a fourth meal?”




“I guess it’s just really convenient cause it adds a meal period late at night so if you have a class that ends at 8:30, you can always stop by Morgan.”





Fernandez wins Big 5 Invitational Cincinnati, sophomore receiver Brodrick Yancy was carted off the field after a collision with junior linebacker Avery Williams. Yancy signaled a thumbs upon his exit. After the game, Yancy had full movement in his arms and legs. “He’s doing fine,” Rhule said during his weekly teleconference. “He came home with us. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play this week.” Yancy played in 11 games last season and totaled 35 yards receiving on six catches, including his first catch as an Owl Nov. 11, 2014. -Michael Guise



The cross country team huddles before the Big 5 invitational Friday at Belmont Plateau. The Owls finished in fifth place.


Senior Blanca Fernandez won Friday’s Big 5 Invitational with a time of 14 minutes, 11.7 seconds. Fernandez, who transferred to Temple in January 2015, was competing in her first cross country race for the Owls. The Leon, Spain native competed as a long distance runner for the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams last year. As a team, the Owls finished last out of the five teams at the meet. The team’s top finishers behind Fernandez were sophomore Katie Pinson at 24th and freshman Alexis O’Shea at 33rd. -Owen McCue


Sophomore outside hitter Izzy Rapacz was named the MVP of the Hilton Penn’s Landing Cherry and White Challenge. Against Binghamton Saturday, Rapacz had 12 kills to help the Owls win the tournament’s championship. During the two-day tournament, Rapacz started all three games for Temple, totaling 34 kills. Senior setter Sandra Sydlik and senior defensive specialist Kayla Yingling both earned all-tournament honors at the

tournament Saturday. Sydlik earned her second all-tournament honor of the season, scoring five service aces in all three contests. Averaging 11.5 assists per set this season, Sydlik earned 52 in Temple’s 3-2 defeat of Duquesne University. In the final game of the challenge, Sydlik collected 37 assists against Binghamton University, combining for 123 on the weekend. Earning her first all-tournament honor this season, Yingling scored three service aces. The Spring Grove, Pennsylvania native totaled 16 digs throughout the tournament. -Connor Northrup


Temple was 10 votes shy of being ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Owls received 38 points, while No. 25 Oklahoma State University received 48 points. Temple was last ranked in 1979, when a 10-2 team under former coach Wayne Hardin was ranked No.17. The Owls are currently undefeated, after beating Penn State for the first time since 1941 in their season opener and defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 34-26 Saturday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. -Connor Northrup


In the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-26 win against

When the Owls host the University of Notre Dame Oct. 31, the Fighting Irish will be without their starting quarterback. The Fighting Irish’s redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire is out for the season after breaking his ankle during the team’s 34-27 win against the University of Virginia Saturday. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Zaire’s ankle was caught under a Virginia defender during a run. The redshirt sophomore was carried to the sidelines and carted off to the locker room. Zaire, who was making his third career start, completed 7 of 18 passes Saturday for 115 yards and a touchdown and rushed 10 times for 87 yards. In relief of Zaire, redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer completed 8 of 12 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Philadelphia native Will Fueller with 12 seconds remaining. The Irish were already without starting running back Tarean Folston, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the team’s opener against the University of Texas. -Michael Guise


Senior defender Erin Lafferty and senior midfielder Kelly Farrell were honored by the American Athletic Conference. Lafferty was named the Defensive Player of the Week, after assisting on a goal in Temple’s 4-0 win last Friday against the University of New Hampshire and scoring two goals in the Owls’ 4-1 win against Binghamton University Sunday. Through eight games, Lafferty has four goals this season, doubling her 2014 total. Farrell was named to the Weekly Honor Roll for the second week in a row. Farrell leads The American in goals with eight and points with 18. The Sicklerville, New Jersey native scored three goals in Temple’s two wins this weekend, scoring twice against New Hampshire and once Sunday against Binghamton. Farrell has scored in all seven games she has played in this season. -Evan Easterling

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time together at each other’s houses off the field. “How we treated the underclassmen this year was different than how the freshmen last year were treated,” Mahoney said. “The freshmen last

The freshmen “ last year kind of felt like they were just their own class, and that nobody liked them.

Matt Mahoney | junior defender

year kind of felt like they were just their own class, and that nobody liked them. [This year], they didn’t feel like they were freshmen, but like they were part of the team.” Solidarity on defense has also made a difference. Last season, Temple allowed 37 goals as a team—an average of 2.06 opponent goals per contest. Through five games this season, the Owls have conceded two goals. “We are older now, and more experienced with the college game,” Mahoney said of the defense. “We brought in Carlos [Moros Gracia] at centerback. He’s the oldest guy on the team and he brings a lot of experi-


Junior defender Stefhan Mueller high-fives his teammates before walking onto the pitch. The Owls defeted Rider 3-1 Sept. 8 at Ambler Sports Complex.

ence and energy. [Brendon] Creed in the back can cover Stefan [Mueller] and myself if we get beat, and there’s just a lot of communication, confidence and trust between all of us.” Coach David MacWilliams is

seeing a more positive, goal-oriented mindset among his team. This mindset can be seen at practices. Although the structure of MacWilliams’ practice sessions remain mostly intact from past sea-

sons, he said this year’s team is going about the drills and workouts with a higher level of urgency and focus. “I think everybody’s kind of buying in,” MacWilliams said. “Training sessions are particularly

intense, and it’s just a whole different attitude with this group. ... The effort is contagious.” * T @dannynewhart





Senior depth playing major role for the Owls Coach Marybeth Freeman expects her 10-player senior class to produce for her team. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News

The first day Marybeth Freeman stepped onto Main Campus last spring, the Owls’ senior class caught her eye. The first-year coach noticed leadership qualities in each member of the 10-player group, which has been together for four years and seen every individual contribute in a game this season. “I was able to see that they are teachers,” Freeman said. “That was refreshing to me because they were starting early. I think from their sophomore and junior years, as they evolved into seniors they did a really good job of teaching the traditions of Temple. They understand that this is the way we have done things, this is why we have done the things that we have done.” All 10 seniors have played the Big East conference schedule at least three times and have played the University of Maryland, University of Delaware and Penn State—nationally ranked opponents on the team’s 2015 schedule—every season since joining the program. “Just the experience of playing against the Maryland’s and the Delaware’s,” fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Mitchell said. “We kind of know their tendencies, know how they play, and just know how we

I was able to “ see that they are

teachers. That was refreshing to me. Marybeth Freeman | coach


Junior Midfielder Paige Gross sends the ball back into play in the Owls’ 3-2 win against Saint Joseph’s Sept. 7. The Owls are 2-4 this season.

should come out prepared against them. It helps us out having the experience.” Three of the seniors have headed the team on offense thus far, including preseason all-Big East forward/ midfielder Alyssa Delp, forward Tricia Light and midfielder tri-captain Sarah Deck. The three seniors are the only players on this year’s 2-4 squad with six or more points. Delp and Deck are first and second on the team in goals with five and four, respectively. “They have been great on offense,” junior midfielder Paige Gross said. “Tricia Light is so aggressive in trying to get something, a corner, a shot. Alyssa Delp is just so smart.


Owls at Monmouth

Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. She really gives up the ball. She really passes to our team, and she rarely lets the ball get by her. Sarah Deck is just a strong leader out there, and she will do whatever it takes to get that ball in the goal. I think that’s something that we need, kind of that aggressiveness on offense.” The two remaining tri-captains, seniors Rachel Steinman and Taylor Shronk, in addition to Mitchell, headline the Temple defense, which is ranked No. 53 among Division I teams in goals against average at 2.83 goals allowed per game. The graduation of Steinman,

Shronk, Mitchell and the rest of the senior class in the spring will leave a void on the 2016 roster, putting in question the team’s experience and leadership ability for next season. “Someone’s going to have to step up, and I know that I have no worries that someone isn’t going to,” Mitchell said. “They are already great individuals, and I think they have learned from us a lot. I mean there’s 10 of us, so there’s a lot to learn from, but everyone has their own kind of leadership and their own niche on the team.” * T @MattCockayne55


Sophomore Maris Stern battles for the ball during the Owls 3-2 win Sept. 7.

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Nate D. Smith and Tyler Matakevich celebrate during the Owls 27-10 victory against Penn State Sept. 5.

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close with each other’s families Smith said. Linebackers coach Mike Siravo has seen the relationship have an impact on the Owls’ defense. “They’re close,” Siravo said. “When you do all this work together, you’re going to get close. Over the last few years, they’ll go at each other. They’ll have those lovers’ quarrels. But they’re always on the same page and at the

end that’s good. That’s what we need.” Smith started his season strong with five tackles and two sacks in the team’s 27-10 victory against Penn State. He followed that performance with one sack and three tackles in the Owls’ 34-26 win Saturday at Cincinnati. While Siravo spent time as Smith’s position coach for two seasons before he switched positions this year, the coach does not take credit for his success. “You wind him up, he’s

going to rush the passer. I’ve never coached him to rush the passer,” Siravo said. “He’s just natural at it. That’s what guys at a high level do. They just have an ability to get to the quarterback and that’s what Nate has inside of him.” Smith excelled at the running back position at Highland Park High School. The defensive lineman prefers the defensive side of the ball because he likes to “hit people,” but he said playing running back as well as basketball and track and field have helped

him at his new position. His overall athleticism caught the eye of at least one teammate. “He’s just an incredible athlete,” junior defensive lineman Sharif Finch said after Smith’s two-sack performance in the team’s first win. “Honestly, that’s my favorite player on the team. Not even myself. Nate D.’s my favorite player.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Owen_McCue

the Owls’ new additions on offense—redshirt-senior wide receiver Robby Anderson and sophomore wide receiver Adonis Jennings. The two have a combined 12 catches for 59 yards and one touchdown. “It’s going to be tough to put seven or eight guys in the box against us,” Thomas said after the team’s 27-10 win against Penn State. “I think [the offensive additions] are a big contribution to us running the ball.” Last season, Thomas carried the ball 80 times for 384 yards. The Elizabeth, New Jersey native has 55 carries through two games this year. Thomas is also averaging 164 yards per game on the ground this season, compared to 32 yards per game last season. Thomas is welcoming the increased workload this season. “I want the ball as much as possible,” Thomas said following the Penn State game. “If it was up to me, I’d probably hand the ball off to myself. But it shows the work that we put in and how hard we train, so I can carry the ball 20-30 times a game.” With less than three minutes left and a 34-26 lead, Thomas committed his lone turnover of the season—a fumble that allowed Cincinnati one more attempt to tie

the game. Following the fumble, senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich intercepted Bearcats junior quarterback Gunner Kiel’s throw in the end zone with 13 seconds remaining, preserving the Owls’ victory. The defense allowed 557 yards of offense but forced five turnovers and held the Bearcats’ offense to two field goals in the red zone. “The game was over and Jahad let that ball get out of his hands, but I’m so proud of our defense,” Rhule said. “[The defense] said, ‘Jahad, we’ve got you.’” More than half of the team’s 613 total yards this season have come from its running backs and the team is averaging 182 yards rushing per game this season. Running the football was a point of emphasis heading into the season. “I was guilty of getting caught in the wave of no huddle offense,” offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said after a practice in August. “But it’s not my mental makeup. It’s not coach Rhule’s mental makeup. It’s not the Temple makeup. … We are making a commitment to running the football and to be a physical and explosive football team.”

* ( 215.204.9537 T @Michael_Guise





ice hockey

Ice hockey club run by current team members The club returned to a player-run organization after its general manager stepped down. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News


Senior setter Sandra Sydlik sets the ball during the Owls’ straight sets win Friday against Montana at McGonigle Hall.

Owls claim tournament title The team won all three matches in the Cherry and White Invitatoinal this weekend. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News As Alyssa Drachslin walked onto Temple’s bus to leave the Seton Hall Invitational Sept. 5, the Owls’ miscues during the event replayed through her head. Temple committed 59 attack errors, 17 serve errors and 18 serve receive errors in the Owls’ 2-1 showing in the tournament. “It was more of a mental loss, the team couldn’t get on the same page,” the senior libero said. “There is always something that is going to be inconsistent during the games, so we just have to work around it.” In preparation for the Hilton Penn’s Landing Cherry and White Invitational this past weekend, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam focused on defensive drills in the team’s practices to help cure the errors that cost the

team at the Seton Hall Invitational. The Owls (7-2) won all three of their games this weekend taking nine of the 11 sets they played at the tournament. The team kicked off the invitational Friday with a 3-0 victory against the University of Montana at McGonigle Hall. The Owls defeated Duquesne University 3-2 Saturday afternoon. Despite the win, which was the team’s first five-set match of the season, the Owls totaled 21 errors. “We are struggling coming out of the second set,” Drachslin said. “We have to get some confidence and keep pressure for the first two or three points and get those on our side. I think that is our weakest spot.” Before the Owls took on Binghamton University in their final match of the invitational, sophomore outside hitter Irem Asci and Drachslin danced to OMI’s “Cheerleader,” as the song blared through McGonigle Hall. With the tournament championship on the line, Drachslin said the two wanted the team to stay loose. “It’s good to get everyone up and going, especially when we are


Senior libero Alyssa Drachslin dives for the ball Friday against Montana.

losing,” Drachslin said. “When we are down our team tries to focus less on the score and more of what we are doing.” As a captain, Drachslin tried not to harp on the team’s mistakes. “It is pretty obvious as a team we were struggling, so we know to hold each other responsible in that aspect,” Drachslin said. “You can’t talk about it too much because we know what has to happen.” The Owls earned 45 digs and committed eight errors in a 3-0 victory against Binghamton, winning the tournament. After two second place finishes in their previous tournaments, the Cherry and White championship was the Owls’ only first place finish of the year. “We wanted to come out and win in our home tournament,” senior defensive specialist/libero Kayla Yingling said. “This tournament was very good for us, but like the tournaments before, we still prepare for the upcoming tournaments.” The Owls limited Binghamton to 23 kills and a 6.3 hitting percentage. Temple also had eight blocks compared to the Bearcats’ four. “Instead of getting blocked once or twice, we kept hitting, using blocks to our advantage,” said sophomore outside hitter Izzy Rapacz, who was named the tournament’s MVP. “The middles really picked it up on blocking and are progressing towards every single match.” The Owls move onto the Big 5 Tournament this weekend, hoping to build off their first tournament win. “What we learned from this tournament is we have a lot of ups and downs and that we tend to keep going with back and forth points,” Yingling said. “The team just needs to stay steady.” * T @ConnorNJ4Life

The ice hockey club is getting back to its roots. Last summer, Jerry Roberts, the Owls' general manager, stepped down from his role at the club to pursue a master's of business administration in corporate finance at Georgetown University. Roberts will continue to serve as an adviser for the club, but his departure opens the door for students to once again take control of the program. “Getting back to student-run is going to take a lot more work out of the officers,” said senior defenseman Patrick Hanrahan, who is in his second year as the team’s president. “We also may extend in the future to non-hockey players to become officers and help with the organization moving forward.”

1990s, it was student run, but the club received help from the university and Campus Recreation. By the mid-2000s the players started to get more involved with the scheduling and operations of the club. As the program grew, the duties became too much for players. “It was really from a financial standpoint that it was very difficult for 18- and 19-year-old kids to understand the complexities of and manage a budget of $100,000 a year,” Roberts said. “There was no time to do it thoughtfully and carefully and teach along the way.” When Roberts began coaching in 2009, he assumed the responsibilities of the clubs operations, like setting the budget and ordering equipment. It wasn’t until near the end of Roberts' coaching career he realized the position was too taxing for one person to do. “One of the things that other

I think we are going to embrace the “ challenges. It’s not going to be easy.” Ryan Dumbach | sophomore defenseman

Hanranhan handles the scheduling, the budget, which ranges from $95,000-$105,00 a year, player dues and keeps tabs on other officers. Senior defenseman Jason Lombardi is serving in his second year as the team’s vice president and is responsible for player registration, medical information and travel itineraries. This year the team is adding two new officers to help with the responsibilities. Junior forward Matt Krulikowski will operate as the Owls' secretary and will handle team and financial records as well as make announcements on behalf of the team. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Dumbach is the club’s treasurer, who will work with Hanrahan on team finances, handle fundraising and alert the other officers of funding needs. “I think we are going to embrace the challenges,” Dumbach said. “It’s not going to be easy, but I think that we have such smart guys that we are ready to handle it.” When Temple's ice hockey club was in its early stages in the

people had discussed was the fact that it is very difficult for a coach to focus on the operational side of the club and the X’s and O’s,” Roberts said. “One of the things we wanted to do in getting a new coach was to minimize the need for that person to handle the operational side.” Roberts served in the role the last two years, but he met with Campus Recreation Sport Club Coordinator Peter Derstine this past spring about stepping away from the club. “I think that was a critical component of the club,” Roberts said about the student-run structure. “That was one of the things I benefited from when I was a student was that development as students had the opportunity to run the organization and then learn from that environment. It is something we got away from over time and is something we want to get back to.” * T @StephenGodwinJr


Following Kerkhoff injury, Nash named new starting goalkeeper Jordan Nash was thrown into the starting lineup after goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff broke her tibia Sept. 4. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News Jordan Nash couldn’t believe her eyes. When senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff went down with a broken right tibia against the University of Pennsylvania Sept. 4, the freshman jumped up from the bench to get a better view of her injured teammate. As Kerkhoff was carted off the field, Nash realized the American Athletic Conference’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year was not going to return to her feet. With 50 career minutes of playing time

under her belt, the 5-foot-7 inch Brick, New against average and 244 saves. Jersey native was inserted into the game in the Nash, rated a three-star recruit by Top 23rd minute, with the then-undefeated Owls Drawer Soccer, will be looked upon to fill the trailing, 2-0, for the first time in five regular void left by the senior. Nash was a four-year season games. starter in goal for St. Rose High School in Nash held the Quakers scoreless while sav- central New Jersey. She helped her team win ing one shot attempt in a career-high 68 min- two state sectional championships in 2012 and utes of action, but the Owls fell 2-1. 2013, and she was named first team all-confer“I just wanted to play my heart out for ence as a senior. [Kerkhoff] in that game,” Nash said. “No Coach Seamus O’Connor said the greatest matter what, she’s always supsimilarity he’s noticed between UP NEXT portive, so that helps a lot and Nash and Kerkhoff is their Owls vs La Salle makes it a lot easier to know work ethics. Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. that she’s behind me.” “She just wants to get betKerkhoff was ruled out for ter all the time,” O’Connor said the year a few days after the injury and plans of Nash. “Shauni was also addicted to training to apply for a medical redshirt after the season. and had to be perfect at everything.” She started 44 consecutive games in net for One weakness Nash hopes to turn into a Temple from her sophomore to senior year be- strength is communicating with her teammates fore going down against Penn. on the field. In 55 games, Kerkhoff has a career reIn her first start as an Owl Sept. 6, Nash cord of 24-25-3 with 17 shutouts, a 1.13 goals seldom raised her voice in 94 minutes of play

as Temple lost to Lehigh University, 3-2, in overtime. “I was actually really nervous to start,” she said. “I don’t want to like disrespect anyone, so I was really nervous to say stuff, but [my teammates] all said, ‘Just yell at us. It’s your job. We’re here to listen to you. Don’t worry about it.’” O’Connor said Kerkhoff, who’s extremely talkative on the pitch, had similar troubles when she was a freshman, and he’s confident Nash, who allowed one goal in 180 minutes this week, will find her voice too. “It’s not something that comes comfortably for a freshman to yell at a senior when you don’t know how the senior is going to react,” O’Connor said. “But I think now she’s seeing that the girls want to win more than anything else.” * T @tom_reifsnyder




Blanca Fernandez finished first at the Big 5 Invitational, Brodrick Yancy is back on his feet after a scary play, other news and notes. PAGE 21

The field hockey team is relying on its 10 The volleyball team won its first seniors to produce on offense and defense this tournament of the season next weekend season. PAGE 22 at McGonigle Hall. PAGE 23 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015


Renewing the connection, on the pitch After a two-win season, the soccer team is using a newfound chemistry in 2015. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News

At the end of last season, Matt Mahoney was in unfamiliar territory. The Owls endured a 2-14-2 record in

2014—the program’s lowest mark since 2006. A season prior, the Owls narrowly missed an NCAA tournament appearance with a 10-4-4 record. For the junior defender and many of his teammates, it was the first time in their soccer careers playing on a team with a losing record. “A couple players last year, their egos were a little bit too big for our team,” Mahoney said. “There was a big difference not only in the age, but the personality and maturity level between

the upperclassmen and the underclassmen.” The Owls lost seven games by one goal and had six overtime losses last season, and had an 0-9-1 record away from home. It was the first time the Owls did not win a road contest since 2007 when the team went 0-6-1 at opponents’ fields. “Every loss last season was extremely difficult,” senior goalkeeper Patrick Lestingi said. “As a team, we felt we were in every single game, and we believed we deserved a better re-


sult when we stepped out on the pitch.” After five games this season, the Owls surpassed last year’s win total with a 4-0-1 start. Mahoney said the Owls have emphasized stronger team chemistry this season. This past offseason, the squad went to dinners together at Olive Garden before preseason action and trained as a group by running together through local cemeteries and spending



The Owls huddle during their 3-1 victory against Rider Sept. 8. It was the team’s third win of the year.

Temple 34 | Cincinnati 26

Thomas, Owls run to victory in conference opener The Owls defeated Cincinnati, the American Athletic Conference’s preseason favorite, Saturday 34-26 with the help of a strong running game and timely defensive stops. The Owls are 2-0 for the first time since 2011, the last time the team went to a bowl game. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor


Jahad Thomas carries the ball during Temple’s 27-10 victory against Penn State Sept. 5. Thomas ranks third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards.


By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

ahad Thomas stood in the red-and-black painted end zone at Nippert Stadium, waiting for the opening kick of the third quarter in the Owls 34-26 victory against Cincinnati Saturday. Cincinnati’s Andrew Gantz sent the ball through the air, and the junior running back positioned himself under the ball to field the kick. Thomas cut to the left, broke two Bearcats’ tackles and sprinted 100 yards to give the Owls a 17-6 lead. The former cornerback has totaled four rushes of 20 yards or more this season—including a 56-yard touchdown run Saturday— helping boost the Owls’ running attack, which ranked No. 115 out of 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams last season. “I thought Jahad played really well,” coach

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Matt Rhule said. “A lot of things were blocked really well, but at the same time he made some plays when there really wasn’t a play there. He bailed us out.” Thomas, who set a new American Athletic Conference record with 342 all-purpose yards Saturday, had a career-high 193 rushing yards and one touchdown against the Bearcats. After two games, Thomas is third in the FBS in rushing with 328 rushing yards. After making the transition to running back last summer, Thomas said a full season at running back in 2014 and an entire summer practicing in the backfield during camp in 2015 was key. “He got his feet wet last year and now you can see the benefits of a full offseason understanding the offense,” Rhule said. “He’s become an impact player.” Thomas also credits his success this season to


the ball as much “asI want possible. If it was up to me, I’d probably hand the ball off to myself. But it shows the work that we put in ... so I can carry the ball 20-30 times a game.

Jahad Thomas | junior running back


Last season, Nate D. Smith’s No. 35 jersey was easy to spot in the middle of the Owls’ defense. Playing middle linebacker, the redshirt senior totaled 71 tackles—the second most on the team. This year, No. 35 is trying to make his presence felt in opponents’ backfields. Smith switched from linebacker to the defensive line before the season to boost the Owls’ pass rush. The transition has proven fruitful; through the team’s 2-0 start, Smith tallied eight tackles and three sacks. “The coaches thought it was a good fit for me,” Smith said. “And honestly, I’m having fun down there.” Injuries to defensive linemen forced Smith to start three games at defensive end in his sophomore season. He is embracing the change in positions once again this season in order to benefit the team. “You can’t be selfish out here because we all have one goal—win championships,” Smith said after the team’s 27-10 win against against Penn State Sept. 5. “For us to obtain that goal we just have to play our role and do our jobs.” Smith’s presence and personality have added value to an Owls team that has set the bar at winning the American Athletic Conference Championship and playing in a bowl game for the first time since the 2011 New Mexico Bowl under former coach Al Golden. In his fifth year with the program, the redshirt senior knows the right thing to do or say to get the necessary performance out of his teammates. “He’s just a character,” Matakevich said. “If you’re having a bad day or anything, you’re not in the mood to go, you just look at him and he just starts laughing. You can’t help but laugh. He’s one of the best friends. … He’s just such a joyful kid to have on this team.” Matakevich and Smith played together at linebacker for most of their careers. The duo has combined for 595 tackles so far. The two players developed a bond during their time at Temple. They call themselves the ‘Bash Brothers’ and are


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Issue for Tuesday September 15 2015

Volume 94 Issue 4  

Issue for Tuesday September 15 2015


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