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Pope Francis spent the weekend in Philadelphia, which concluded the week-long World Meeting of Families. Read the story, watch a video of Sunday’s Mass and view a photo slideshow of the weekend at temple-news.com.

TSG committees restructured

Like mother, like daughter Sandra Sydlik gets her ability on the court from her Olympian mother.

By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor In an effort to strengthen communication between student organization representatives and Temple Student Government, TSG’s nine committees have been restructured to help streamline the process at the weekly General Assembly meetings. The committees this year are: university pride and traditions, local and community affairs, campus life and diversity, student affairs, recruitment and retention, academic affairs, grounds and sustainability, government affairs and the newly added campus safety. Each committee is led by a director to facilitate discussions and build relationships. General assembly members will now stay with the committee of their choosing throughout the year with the objective of forming a stronger connection. “[GA members] can hold TSG accountable as to how much progress we’re making, but they can also see the progress that we’re making as conversations go from month to month throughout the year,” Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said. Director of Recruitment and Retention Chloe Adams said as a freshman, she was scared of speaking up. Her goal as director is to retain student interest in TSG and form a better connection with the student body. At the General Assembly meeting Sept. 21, students brainstormed and brought up issues and


By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News When Sandra Sydlik takes the court, her mother, Kathrin, watches from more than 4,000 miles away on a computer in Berlin, Germany. Despite a six-hour time difference, the 1988 East Germany Olympic volleyball player watches her daughter whenever she can. “Sometimes my mom doesn’t know when I have a game, some-

times we are so far from each other,” Sydlik said. “Games will be in the middle of the night and she will try to stay awake.” Kathrin represented East Germany at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and traveled to different countries all over the world. The Berlin Wall separated Germany during that time, only to be taken down a year later. “No one was allowed to leave the communist area and my mom was when she went to the U.S. and played,” the senior setter said. “My dad was not an athlete and was just in Berlin because he could not travel



reshmen are no longer allowed to join Greek Life in their first semester, as a result of the university’s new Deferred Recruitment Policy. The change now requires all potential bidders to have at least 12 college credits and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Previously, students did not need to meet any academic requirements except those set forth by the individual sorority or fraternity. Transfer students are unaffected by the policy, as long as the policy requirements are met. “This lets us evaluate them and it allows them to keep up their grades,” said Dan Roper, the marshal for the fraternity Pi Lambda Phi, and the president of the Temple University Greek Association. “Greek Life has a lot of responsibilities,” Roper, a junior sports and recreation management major, said. “There’s social events, charity work … and we care about our members and have high expectations from our new members and existing brothers.” Julian Aldinger, a junior risk management insurance and finance major and Pi Lambda Phi’s spokesman, said the policy will bring about a “positive effect.” “It will help weed out the kids who don’t really want to join, and Commentary on the new then the ones who reGreek Life guidelines on ally want to join will page 5. stand out,” she added. Megan Patrick, Temple’s program coordinator for fraternities and sororities, said the change will greatly reduce recruitment in the fall, but increase recruitment in the spring. “We now have Greek Life doing what’s called 365 Recruitment, which is them working on recruits throughout the year instead of all at once,” Patrick said. “We have different events going on, like our ‘Meet the Greeks’ and others, depending on the council.” Councils are larger organizations for fraternities and sororities which can determine recruitment dates and quotas. “Some sororities can only have a certain number of new members in a year,” Patrick said. Recruitment dates for different fraternities and sororities will remain unaffected by the new policy, but the various councils maintain their different processes. The Interfraternity Council and sororities in the Panhellenic Association hold their rushing period over set days during the year, with the IFC taking nine days and the Panhellenic Association taking seven. The Panhellenic Association holds its rushing the first week before classes start in January for the



Sandra Sydlik prepares to serve the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Montana.


From a career in medicine to a life as a politician The mayor of Rome held the first lecture for this year’s Provost Lecture Series. By AYAH ALKHARS The Temple News Ignazio R. Marino was a teenager during some big firsts in human history, like when the first man walked on the moon. But for him, the first human liver transplant by Dr. Thomas

Starzl in 1963 had the most impact on his future—as Marino would perform the first liver transplant in Sicily in 1999. “What a time to be young,” Marino the mayor of Rome, Italy, said during a lecture in the Temple Performing Arts Center this past Thursday. Mayor Marino, a world-renowned organ transplant surgeon who practiced for four years in Philadelphia, was the first speaker for Temple’s fall Provost Lecture Series. Titled, “Transplantation: From Surgery to Reviving the Eternal City,” his lecture was about his ca-

What I love the most “ and still love today is the relationship with the patient.

Ignazio R. Marino | mayor of Rome, Italy

reer in medicine and how it eventually led to his involvement in politics. In terms of Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia, Marino talked about the similarities of the pilgrimage many made to Rome during the Pope’s visit last year. He said they had to arrange security for thousands of people who slept on the streets to be as close to the Pope as possible. Marino told The Temple News that he



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staff reports | campus safety

New app a ‘safety tool kit’ for Main Campus Temple is one of more than 250 college campuses to have BlueLight. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor A new smartphone application is being implemented to increase safety on and around Main Campus. BlueLight, created in 2013 by founder and CEO Preet Anand, was introduced to Temple in August after receiving positive feedback from a significant number of students, said marketing intern Cecilia Marshall. “We add campuses to our network based on student need for it,” Marshall said. “Temple was one of the campuses we received a large amount of requests for. So we write down every time someone requests a campus, and Temple was one of those this summer that we were like, ‘Wow, there are so many kids who want to use this,’ so we ended up adding it.” BlueLight’s features include custom alerts to friends and family about where students are currently headed around campus, along with directly connecting callers to

a dispatcher, providing them with GPS coordinates and contact information even if the user cannot speak. “We call ourselves a kind of ‘safety tool kit,’” Marshall said. Our point of BlueLight is putting safety in a person’s hand. ... It allows you to know you’re going to get the fastest help possible on your mobile phone.” Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said Temple Police is always considering partnering with and promoting the use of applications like BlueLight. “It’s in the not-so-distant future that we as police agencies have to look at other means of communication,” he said. “Most people now, along with a phone call, would like to directly get in contact with police and forward information to police.” A key reason why BlueLight has grown in popularity around the country—more than 250 college campuses use it nationwide—is because 911 calls do not always provide an exact location for dispatchers, Marshall said. According to “911’s Deadly Flaw: Lack of Location Data,” a longform article by USA Today that focuses on this problem, the FCC is currently working with major cell

phone carriers to require delivery of location data for 40 percent of cell phone calls by 2017 and 80 percent by 2021. USA Today and other Gannett newspapers and TV stations determined from an analysis of hundreds of local, state and federal documents that users have anywhere from



10-95% LIKELIHOOD OF 911 DISPATCHERS RECIEVING LOCATION FROM CALLERS a 10 to 95 percent chance of 911 dispatchers receiving their location. According to additional survey data provided by Marshall, 89.9 percent of calls sent to public-safety access points are from “callers who are lost or don’t know their exact address or location.” Marshall said this is the

case for many calls due to a variety of reasons: the callers can’t breathe, speak, their house is getting robbed or they are literally lost. BlueLight also differentiates itself from TU Alert—the notification system currently used by Temple Police—by working for the victim itself, and not the entire student body, Marshall said. “There’s the service that tells all students what happens on and around campus,” she said. “We’re the service that helps students when something happens to them.” Although Leone said Temple Police is always considering implementing new services like BlueLight to enhance safety, one aspect is critical to what makes the cut: reliability. “We want to make sure that whatever it is that we use, it’s as useful as it could possibly be, as close to 100 percent as it could possibly be,” he said. “So you really want to make sure you’re vetting it out and that you can hold some company accountable in making sure that it’s working properly.” Leone added that ultimately, the difference between applications and systems like TU Alert is how users sign up for each respective service. “You may opt to not


download the software onto your phone,” he said. “That’s why with TU Alert, unfortunately, we try to take that a little bit out of your hands ... because for the most part, peo-

ple may not want to download the app.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

University officials warn students about danger of laser pointing Temple Police said repremanding those who shine lasers at aircraft is ‘no joke.’ By JONATHAN GILBERT STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News Temple Police have identified a student who may have been responsible for shining a laser at a Philadelphia Police helicopter on Sept. 14. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the student—whose name is not being released because he or she hasn’t been arrested or charged with a crime—is currently being sent through the process of the Student Code of Conduct. He or she is being questioned because he or she admitted to shining a laser the night of the incident, Leone added. Leone said there have been varying stories involving the incident, including the color of the student’s laser. His or her laser is red, while the pilot of the helicopter said he saw a Continued from page 1


spring semester. “If you can’t make

green laser, Leone said. The case is being handled seriously by Temple Police, he added. “It’s a high priority,” Leone said. “This is something we would use quite a bit of resources to try and investigate. We would coordinate with Philadelphia Police and, depending on the circumstances, the District Attorney ... it’s no joke, that’s for sure.” Leone said a similar incident occurred last year when a student shined a laser on the ground. A police car drove by and the beam reflected off the windshield of the car, he said. The student was later identified and sent through the process of the Student Code of Conduct, Leone added. The incident was the first of its kind reported at Temple, said Michael Scales, associate vice president of student affairs. Scales said students were informed of the consequences of pointing a laser at an aircraft in a meeting with the residents of Morgan North’s 25th and 26th floors—the highest residential floors in the building— following the incident earlier this month.

it that week, you have to wait until the next time,” Patrick said. Conversely, the Multicultural Greek Council


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NUMBER OF INCIDENTS RESULTING IN CONVICTIONS said, “As with any incident involving infractions of the student Code of Conduct, the necessary referrals were made and the matter will be addressed according to the code.” The university’s Student Code

and the National PanHellenic Council do not induct their members to the fraternities or sororities in such a formal pro-

cess. “The MGC and NPHC determine their own recruitment dates,” Patrick explained. “We

of Conduct has no statements specifically regarding laser pointers. The FBI reported from 2005-14 there have been 17,000 laser pointer incidents involving aircraft. According to lasersafety.com, there are about between 7-14 incidents reported nationally each day. Out of those 17,000 incidents, there have only been 80 convictions. Shining a laser at an aircraft became a federal offense under the FAA’s Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Under this act, knowingly pointing a laser at an aircraft could result in up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the FBI, the FAA can enforce civil fines of $11,000 for each violation. The harshest penalty for laser pointing was a 14-year prison sentence issued in March 2014 to 26-year-old Sergio Rodriguez after he shined a green laser pointer at a passing emergency transport helicopter near Fresno, California. There is a program offered to alleged offenders before the trial if they agree to follow terms and conditions of probation. If the program is completed, no charges are pressed.

just ask that they notify us of when those are.” According to the Student Activities website, MGC fraternities and sororities have the choice to either “host a Rush, General Information Meeting, or other informational session for potential new members to attend, while NPHC fraternities and sororities participate in an “intake process.” That process allows existing members to select potential candidates at their own discretion. “This [policy] is only going to change the larger recruitment from the fall to the spring,” Patrick said, explaining


The issue has become more prevalent because of the power of current laser pointers on the market. Certain ones available online have a beam that can travel up to 10 miles. Leone said the university would take different actions depending on who reports the incident. “It really depends on who’s making the complaint, and who would be used as a witness,” he said. “Obviously on our end, it could go both ways—through the criminal justice system or through the Student Code of Conduct. So it depends on if and whenever we talk to the people involved.” Ultimately, it’s hard to explain why people decide to shine the laser at aircraft at people in the first place, Leone added. “It’s hard to speak for what people do,” he said. “Sometimes, people do things that just make you scratch your head.” * news@temple-news.com ( 215.204.7419 T @TheTempleNews


Fraternity members laugh at a recent meeting about the new rushing standards.

that Deferred Recruitment doesn’t change the dates. “I see this as a positive effect,” Patrick added. “First-year students have the opportunity to transition, set up classes

and really decide if they want to join this organization for life.” * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules




Late geology professor remembered for always being ‘in the heart of things’ to, at the drop of a hat, change what “He was heknown was doing to help someone.” Dennis Terry | associate professor of geology

Dr. Gene Ulmer was well-regarded by his students and fellow colleagues. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor


Dr. Gene Ulmer was a mentor to students and faculty during his teaching career.

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questions they had about TSG, as well as what they’d like to see throughout the year. Adams said she would also like to see organizations interact with each other. “Being in an organization [can be] frustrating,” she said. “I made it my primary goal to see that the unheard voice is heard.” Director of Campus Life and

TUnity was a “ very good pledge, but it’s time to make that more than words.

Asad Naqvi | director of Campus Life and Diversity

Diversity Asad Naqvi said he hopes to make progress in developing diversity at Temple. “I felt like in the past, diversity has always been marketed to students as some unreachable objective, some standard that would be great but isn’t something we will necessarily reach,” he said. “I think what I bring to the table is action items and steps to reach an ‘optimal level’ of diversity. We may not reach that level while I’m the director here, but it’s time that diversity not be marketed as such an unreachable objective,”

he added. Naqvi’s plans include working with Dr. Carmen Phelps and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, along with building a committee of student leaders who represent a broad variety of organizations. A survey will also be distributed to students to understand what diversity means to “the average owl” and how TSG can improve their experience. “TUnity was a very good pledge, but it’s time to make that more than words,” Naqvi said. “TUnity doesn’t deserve to be a noun, it deserves to be a verb.” The campus safety committee was added because of the often negative perception around campus safety services, Rinaldi said. Committee Director Brett Ennis will serve as a direct liaison between the department and the students. Adopt-A-Block and other community service initiatives will be organized by the local and community affairs committee, led by Committee Director Melonie Collado. Collado will work with Captain Eileen Bradley, project coordinator of campus safety to create and run community events and programs. Rinaldi said organization representatives also have a responsibility to maintain their relationship with TSG. “As a representative, you have a duty not just to be here, but be active as well,” he said. “You should be in constant communication with your governing body.” * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons


Throughout his 45 years working in Temple’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department, Dr. Gene Ulmer was considered an integral part of the department by many of his colleagues. Known for his dedication to students and his work as a scientist, Ulmer’s contributions to aspiring geologists have not gone unappreciated. Ulmer, 78, and a professor emeritus of geology, died Sept. 18. A memorial service will be held Oct. 3 at the Shelley Funeral Home in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gene C. Ulmer Undergraduate Student Support Fund. David Grandstaff, professor of earth and environmental sciences, worked closely with Ulmer for about 25 years on nuclear waste disposal, platinum deposits and mantle conditions. Together they edited numerous scientific journals and traveled to sites of geological interest. Grandstaff recalled one such time when the two visited Mount St. Helens in Washington soon after its eruption in 1980. An airplane flew them over the mouth of the volcano to bring them as close as possible to their test subject. “Gene was not frightened at all. He was more enthusiastic about getting close to the volcano and see-

ing things in action,” he said. “No matter where we went, he was in the heart of things.” Ulmer was also known for the jewelry sale he organized every December. The sale raised funds for undergraduate geology students’ mandatory field camp trips to places of geological interest. The sale was held for about 40 years, Grandstaff said. Ulmer made jewelry or bought from vendors to accumulate pieces to sell in the lobby of the Tuttleman Learning Center. Through his efforts, many students’ trips were funded and will continue to be through Ulmer’s fund. Laura Toran, professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department, said Ulmer’s diligence was always impressive. “Last year, he couldn’t drive, so Dave Grandstaff had to pick him up just so he could come to the jewelry sale,” she said. “Some people, when they retire, they just leave. But he didn’t.” “Curb service” was another one of Ulmer’s signature ways to assist students. He would read students’ papers and answer their questions no matter what, Grandstaff said. “One of the notable things about Gene was that if a student handed in a paper, he would stay up literally all night doing what he called ‘curb service,’” Grandstaff said. “He really cared about his students and was willing to go the extra mile.” “He was known to, at the drop of a hat, change what he was doing to help someone,” Dennis Terry, associate professor of geology, added. Alyssa Finlay graduated from Temple with a bachelor

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of science in geology and religion in 2010 and a master’s degree in geology in 2012. She’s currently a doctoral student in marine chemistry and geochemistry at the University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In a post on the TU Geology Facebook group, Finlay said she decided to become a geologist over the course of a single weekend after she signed up for a field trip to the Adirondack Mountains. She said the last time she saw Ulmer was when he came to give a lecture to the students on a geology camping trip. “Even though he drove all that way just to spend a few hours with us ... that’s just who Dr. Ulmer was,” Finlay posted on Facebook. Ulmer organized a field trip for geology students every fall until he retired, Toran said. “I had no idea he was the force behind it until after he left,” she added. In his spare time, Ulmer enjoyed fishing on the Delaware River, vacationing in a cabin in the Poconos and traveling on cruises. He had four children and eight grandchildren. He also was an ABBA fan and often played their music “at full blast,” Grandstaff said. Terry described Ulmer as gracious, easygoing and well-respected. His affinity for telling stories and offering advice led the department to refer to him as “Mother Goose.” “This place was like his family. He embodied that idea,” he said. “It’s going to be a big hole.” * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

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commentary | Greek Life

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Waste unethical If you’ve ever brought tweeted she brokered a deal Tupperware to the Johnson between Aramark and Project & Hardwick cafeteria to take HOME to make sure leftovers some extra morsels home, we were donated to the homeless forgive you for not eating all and not thrown out. of it. But where was the city’s Your gluttony pales in involvement in these deals? comparison to the amount of Mayor Michael Nutter defood wasted scribed this papal the World Philadelphians should learn Meeting of weekend. how to be sustainable for F a m i l i e s In a city so focused on major events in the future. and the pasecurity and pal visit as the Pope’s a success in speeches during his visit, a press conference yesterday, restaurateurs bring up a valid and he’s not wrong. point: they were told to stock Still, for students reading up and prepare for big crowds this, the not-so-good parts of that never came. this weekend can be a teach“The city scared all of able moment too. Some of our customers away,” restau- you will lead Philadelphia rateur and alumnus Stephen someday, and maybe even Starr told the Inquirer. “This greet the next Pope a few deis unnecessary overkill. What cades from now. For others, should have been a feeling of sustainability might fall into family and community was your field of study. turned into a police and miliAmid all the positive tary operation.” things you’ll hear this week Amid several stories of about the events, let this stick wasted food this weekend: with you: it’s not ethical to Tommy DiNic’s, a staple at waste food, and we should Reading Terminal Market stop doing so. Get involved specializing in roast pork and with sustainability camroast beef sandwiches, on paigns. Write to a city counSaturday tweeted a photo of cilman or to Nutter. Donate about 25 large paper bags full your excess to Philabundance of leftover rolls. They could or get a restaurant to consider only give away about half be- doing the same. fore closing. If this waste bothers you Danya Henninger, a like it bothers us, get up and reporter with Billy Penn, do something about it.

Diversity appreciated

We’re proud Main Cam- take others’ business, so I pus has become a wonderful want to make some food here place for diverse foods. Each that Temple doesn’t have. ... year, more vending options I do unique food … unique that represent ones are like different culmy selftures and her- Variety in food trucks helps point.” itages present The dispread culture through themselves to versity of Main Campus. students and Main Camfaculty. pus’ food This is something the vendors provides students university should not only exposure to different ethnicicelebrate, but also encourage ties and cultures they would to continue. otherwise be unable to expeOur special issue featur- rience, thus making the uniing food vendors on Main versity’s student body more Campus titled “Lunchies” well-rounded and undershowcases trucks like El standing of the backgrounds Guaco Loco and Honey, of its peers. and notes multiple vendors We’re proud of this aswho think the campus could pect of Main Campus’ diverrepresent even more of the sity, and we hope with the world’s cultures. passing of Bill No. 150498, “When I want to start which will create a new a business, I don’t want to vending district, will not make similar food with other obstruct students’ access to trucks,” Tabeteki owner Jeff those varied choices. Ji added. “I don’t want to

CORRECTIONS In the story “University preparing for papal visit” that ran Sept. 22, one of the photos on page 2 was credited as being the Ukranian Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. It was actually St. Peter the Apostle Church. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

‘Rushing’ Greek life: not so fast A new policy will help students adjust to college life before joining.


his year, the university implemented a new policy affecting freshmen planning to join a Greek organization. The policy, announced in February 2015, was enforced for the first time this fall and will require students to have completed 12 class credGRACE SHALLOW its—the minimum for one semester of full-time enrollment—to rush. In years past, students could join a fraternity or sorority as soon as they came to Main Campus. Megan Patrick, program coordinator for fraternity and sorority life at Temple, addressed the responsibility of being in a fraternity or sorority, saying the transition from high school to college should be taken into account before jumping into Greek life. “[Freshmen] think it’s just three years or three-anda- half years,” Patrick said. “But [we’re] hoping [this idea] can change to this is a lifelong commitment and

you’re supposed to remain active your whole life.” Patrick added many freshmen are not aware of the commitment to which they are devoting themselves when joining a Greek organization, one of the reasons Temple followed other schools like St. Joseph’s University and the University of Pennsylvania, which both require interested students at least 12 credits before joining. Francis “Matt” Giampa, a senior sports management

frat.’” Another factor that supports the making of this policy is the academic standpoint of first-semester freshmen who want to join a Greek organization. The university requires a minimum 2.5 GPA when rushing, so the postponement of rushing allows students to build some academic standing before making a timeconsuming commitment. Before instituting this policy, it’s possible unequipped students may have been allowed to join

It’s possible unequipped “ students may have been allowed

to join Greek organizations under circumstances that would fail otherwise.

major at Temple and president of Alpha Tau Omega, said the demand of joining a Greek organization is more than what new recruits initially expect. “When you come in as a freshman you basically assume fraternities are about what you see in the movies,” he said. “They don’t realize the time commitment ... a lot of them just end up disaffiliating because they’re like ‘This isn’t really what I thought it was … They didn’t know any better than ‘I want to join a

Greek organizations under circumstances that would fail otherwise. “Temple cares more about the students’ academic standing before joining an organization,” said Abosede Ibikunle, a freshman university studies major. She added the policy made her think more about Greek life before deciding to join. This is an appropriate response for freshmen who do not yet understand involvement in Greek organizations

is a lifelong duty, even though they only spend spend a few years on a college campus. Every one of the 28 fraternities and sororities at Temple is different, so this policy allows freshmen to research and find the one that suits them best, a reason the culture of Greek life at Temple may improve. Taylor Owens, senior psychology major and president of Alpha Kappa Alpha, agreed: “All of the members will have a better handle on who they are and what they seek for [during] their time at Temple.” Giampa said this policy will make Greek life at Temple stronger because students who have been here longer will have a larger network of their own friends before they join a fraternity or sorority, a trait, he said, could strengthen relationships between Greek organizations. This policy could have a positive effect on freshmen joining Greek life because it provides them an academic incentive and time to adjust to university life before rushing. Hopefully, this policy will also help quell stigmas surrounding freshmen and Greek organizations so they are known less for playing beer pong or attending themed parties and more of what their founding ideals are about—brother and sisterhood, philanthropy, making connections and bettering yourself. * grace.shallow@temple.edu

commentary | gender equality

Newsrooms still ruled by boys’ club Media organizations are disproportionately male, despite women readership and population increase.


’m sorry, I’m not sexist, but periods are gross. At least, that’s what I’ve been told by about half the men I’ve met whenever the subject of menstruation comes up. I didn’t expect it, however, from one of my male coworkers. When I heard the familiar jab at the female reproductive system, I wondered why my newsroom, filled with professional student journalists who strive to represent and inform MICHAELA WINBERG the people, made me uncomfortable. According to the Women’s Media Center, two-thirds of journalism undergraduates in the United States were women in 2013. Why, then, did women make up only about 35 percent of all newsroom staff members the following year? In the 1960s, women struggled to break into journalism. Often, they were confined to copy-editing and fact-checking while their male counterparts were given front-page bylines. According to CNN, the women who worked at Newsweek decided to take this discrimination up in court. The New York Daily News ran the headline “Newshens Sue Newsweek for Equal Rights” in March 1970, the writer “reporting” that the so-called “newshens” were young, and “most of them pretty.” Journalism is still an old boys’ club—women continue to struggle to be heard more than 40 years later. In 2014, about 67 percent of the bylines in The New York Times, and 70 percent of the broadcast reporters at ABC World News were men.

Worse yet than women’s mere exclusion from journalism, when women are welcomed into the industry, studies show that they’re often confined to reporting on “pink topics” or traditionally feminine subjects. According to The Byline Survey of 2012, “pink topics” encompass subjects like women’s health, culture, gender inequality and the four Fs: “fashion, food, family and furniture.” Women accounted for only 13 percent of all coverage of global economic partnerships in 2010, while they covered 43 percent of beauty/fashion content and 58 percent of family content. In other words, out of 1,410 random general interest articles surveyed, cov-

than 1 percent. As a white woman, I fear I won’t be taken seriously in a professional newsroom. I fear I’ll be confined to writing about family and furniture. Statistically, a black woman with identical qualifications has to fear she won’t get a job in a newsroom at all. Luckily, the revolution of online journalism seems to provide more equal opportunity for women. In 2014, 53 percent of the contributors to The Huffington Post, a news source exclusively published online, were women. “We should also be heartened by the increase of women’s presence in new media opinion forums,” wrote the By-

women are welcomed into the industry, “When studies show that they’re often confined to reporting on ‘pink topics.’” ering topics like politics, the economy and education, women wrote only 261 articles, according to the Byline Survey Report. Sure, women have a few more bylines today than in the 1960s—but how much has really changed? Then, women were limited to clipping newspaper stories; now, they’re still divided, keeping the “pink topics” alive. When women are confined to writing about traditionally feminine topics, their voices are not really being heard. The gender-based oppression in newsrooms across the United States has not been solved, it’s just different. Furthermore, racial inequality is intertwined with gender inequality in complex ways. About 31 percent of newsroom staff members across the country are white women, according to the Status of Women in the Media. Only 2 percent are black women, and the rates of representation for Asian and Latina women are worse still, at slightly more

line Survey Report. “It has been much remarked that the Internet and the new media landscape has a democratizing effect: there is a potential for many new voices to be heard, including more women’s voices.” Fortunately, I am one of many women on our staff, more representative of women gaining degrees at Temple and across the country. But, gender inequality persists across many different professional fields, but it’s especially problematic in a profession like journalism. Journalists are expected to fill the “watchdog” role in society, to make sure that the citizens are informed and protected from those in power. Without a truly representative newsroom staff, how can a news outlet ensure that it is protecting everyone? But hey, at least no one will be PMSing in the newsroom. * michaela.winberg@temple.edu




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Quality of air, life tested on Main Campus The demolition of Barton Hall has caused a disturbance to those on Main Campus.


couldn’t tell if I was caught in a mid-afternoon September shower or sitting under a leaky pipe. My old pair of glasses were speckled with water and what looked like flaking skin. I looked up—the sun was bright, the sky was all but clear and no other specwearing comrade seemed to be bothered. I sat between two food trucks on 13th street next to Beury Hall when EMILY ROLEN the answer to my afternoon folly quite literally smacked me in the face. Dust, water vapor and soot from the demolition of Barton Hall across the street was blowing directly into my eyes—thankfully shielded by my glasses—as I waited for my lunch. I was equally damp as I was curious about whether the air we’ve been breathing this fall on Main Campus has been harmful. Surely the dust and chemicals from Barton’s days of science research and testing still remained between its walls? I got closer to the demolition, which has been kicking up dirt since August, and could see the crane spraying water vapor as it tore down a section of the former science building—presumably to keep the dust from blowing into the air inhaled by anyone traveling down the length of 13th Street or Liacouras Walk. The Office of Sustainability connected me with the Clean Air Council, an environmental nonprofit in

Philadelphia that monitors air quality throughout the area. On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. I went to the same spot, between the two food trucks, with the AirBeam which filters the air, tests for humidity, sound, temperature and particle matter, all while graphing and mapping the information through an Android app. Particulate matter—also called particle pollution or PM—is “inhalable coarse particles,” with diameters larger than 2.5 micrometers and smaller than 10 micrometers, according to the EPA’s website on common air pollutants. This pollution can contain acids, organic chemicals, metals, soil and dust particles. Common examples include dust, soot, smoke, water vapor, sand and strands of hair. According to the EPA, particles smaller than 10 micrometers “pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream.” Other symptoms of overexposure to particulate matter include coughing, wheezing and decreased lung function in otherwise healthy children and adults. I circled the demolition site while testing, starting on 13th Street next to Beury Hall. There I received peak readings and the highest other consistent readings while demolition was in process. I noticed dust and water vapor flying in the air, students waving soot from their eyes and construction workers wearing hard hats, protective glasses and breathing masks. At the intersection of Polett Walk and 13th Street I also received high ratings, based on how hard the wind was blowing. Particulate matter dipped when I stood next to Alumni Circle, Liacouras Walk next to Saxbys Coffee and Norris Street next to Peabody Hall. Air quality testing is a tricky business, Engineering and Technical


Coordinator at the Clean Air Council Karl Koerner said. Humidity, temperature, traffic, time and location can all significantly impact a reading, making it hard to receive consistent


and reliable data. “Even if you observe large plumes of dust or bad smells in the air, that’s a valuable observation,” Koerner said. “I think that just sort of seeing, ‘OK now that you know this about your health and how it’s affect-

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fic and inaccessibility for walkers and bikers on 13th Street, especially during times with high foot traffic. The air quality data I collected was not exactly alarming—air quality on campus, in terms of PM, is within the “good” to “moderate” categories

in the air quality index, according to the Clean Air Council and EPA. Understandably, my readings were highest during demolitions, but students were crossing the street, waiting for lunch and biking down 13th Street during those times. Dozie Ibeh, assistant vice president for the Project Delivery Group, said the project couldn’t start over the summer, a seemingly obvious time for the demolition to do most of the heavy lifting. Beginning in March, occupants of Barton were relocated to the Science Education and Research Center and other buildings. The largest of these projects cost the university more than half a million dollars. There were six projects completed before Barton could be cleaned of asbestos and other “hazardous material,” Ibeh said. Since demolition began last month, Ibeh said the university and the demolition has been in compliance with state standards for safety precautions, methods of hosing down dust, fencing the site, inspections, barriers and using flag personnel around the perimeter. Air quality monitors also routinely test for anything alarming in the air like lead and carbon monoxide. Even with the less-than-alarming evidence at the demolition site, it’s truly up to the student body, faculty, administration and neighbors of the university to use social science projects as a springboard to better not only air quality but other issues like idling cars, recycling and trash pickups. “I think that it’s really up to the community,” Koerner said. “It’s about getting everyone involved, getting a community involved and taking their own health into their own hands.”

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Main Campus remains a haven for smokers despite tax and unenforced laws.

FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY Sept. 29, 1965: The Temple News reported on a group of Buddhist monks speaking at Temple. The Liacouras Center was planning the Dalai Lama’s visit to Philadelphia next month, but the visit was canceled last week due to the Dalai Lama’s health issues. He will not be visiting the U.S.

ing you, how do you want to go about this so you have options?’” When there’s demolition, there’s bound to be consequences not only in air quality but also in noise, traf-

lmost a year ago, in September 2014, when Philadelphia added a $2 tax to any pack of cigarettes sold within city limits and almost a quarter of the city experienced a bite out of their wallets. According to data from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey, 22.4 percent of Philadelphians consider themselves regular smokers in 2014 and 2015. The new tax policy was one GRACE MEREDITH of many measures the Mayor Michael Nutter administration has passed with the goal to reduce smoking in Philadelphia. Another includes the city ordinance which essentially states one cannot smoke a cigarettes within 20 feet of a public building. A July philly.com article reported the cigarette tax has generated $50.2 million dollars, all going toward the historically meager and suffering Philadelphia School system—a small but significant dent in their currently lacking budget. On and near Main Campus, however, the new legislation made for a grim day for many smokers. There is an obvious abundance of smokers on Temple’s campus, students and faculty alike, but many flock to the suburbs to get their cigarettes for $6.50 instead of something with a price equivalent to a monthly Netflix subscription.

But there is one law that Temple may not be enforcing, although it could be a gray area. According to Philadelphia City Bill No. 050063 Part A, which concerns restrictions on public smoking, smoking cigarettes is prohibited within 20 feet of “any school or educational or vocational facility.” Under “General Policy Statements,” Temple states its commitment to providing a smoke-free

Many flock to the “suburbs to get their

cigarettes ... instead of something with a price equivalent to a monthly Netflix subscription.

environment in its first sentence. But, outside of every school building, there are both students and professors smoking. First, and perhaps most importantly, this law is obviously not well enforced—or perhaps not at all—in Philadelphia. When I attended high school near Northwest Philadelphia, it was a common stereotype that many Philadelphians smoke, and both then and now it seems in Center City there are people from all walks of life smoking cigarettes, from nurses to executives to students. When considering this, and just based on the fact that I have never seen a Philadelphia police officer ask some-


one to step 20 feet away from a building while smoking, it begs the question: should Temple police be expected to enforce it as well? As of 2010, Temple updated its 2006 policy on smoking, prohibiting it within 25 feet of a main entrance to a building, stricter than Philadelphia’s own 20 foot ban. There was no public data for the amount of Temple smokers, a 2010 American Lung Association reported only 19.2 percent of college students smoked, down from 30.6 percent in 1999. According to the same report, most college student smokers start in high school, are equally likely to be male or female, are predominantly white and are more likely to be social smokers. The Association also reported a higher use of alcohol and other substances among smokers. Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, even smokers. Many people have lost friends and relatives to smoking-related illnesses, and the campus group “Smoke-Free Temple” is quite active, often seen on Pollett Walk, encouraging students to sign anti-smoking petitions. It is understandable why people want Main Campus to be smokefree. Others, however, believe as adults, people should be able to make their own informed decisions. Andrew Royal, a junior art education major said he would not appreciate the enforcement. “I need a cig when I take breaks in the middle of class, and it’s just enough time to have one. The 25-feet rule would inhibit me from doing so.” In a stressful major with a heavy workload, cigarettes can be a vice to alleviate stress. However, only time will tell what social and cultural trends may impact smoking on college campuses, and how acceptable it is. * grace.meredith@temple.edu





University TV station reports on papal visit UNIVERSITY NEWS

schools in Philadelphia alone. According to publiccharters.org, as of 2012, there are around 47,000 charter school students in Philadelphia. Charter schools do not have the authority to levy local taxes and generally rely on school districts for funding. They have few options for revenue sources and access to funding is quickly dwindling, including reserve funds. Section 1725-A of the Public School Code requires school districts to pay charter schools “in 12 equal monthly payments, by the fifth day of each month, within the operating school year.” -Lian Parsons


Along with Neumann University in Aston, TUTV was the only other collegiate station credentialed to provide live coverage of Pope Francis’ appearances in Philadelphia last week. TUTV reporters prepared stories in advance and broadcasted live from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway along with professional media outlets. Associate Professor Paul Gluck, TUTV’s general manager, told the Inquirer as many as 17 student journalists were involved in the coverage. “We can’t think of a better opportunity to show them how to cover a world-class story than when it comes to your backyard,” he said. Lu Ann Cahn, director of career services for the School of Media and Communication and a former NBC10 reporter, anchored TUTV’s coverage. “This might be one of the biggest stories we’re ever going to cover,” senior and broadcast journalism major Melissa Steininger told the Inquirer. “Something we’re going to remember forever.” TUTV is broadcast in Philadelphia on Comcast Channel 50 and Verizon Channel 45 as well as streamed online at templetv. net. -Lian Parsons

NEW DEFIBRILLATOR USED AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL Temple University Hospital is the first in the region to implement a new FDA approved implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system. Patients with an ICD implanted generally have been unable to receive MRI scans because the MRI could cause a malfunction in the defibrillator. ICDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition where the heart unexpectedly begins beating in a very rapid pattern. SCA can be fatal if not treated immediately. An ICD is placed under the skin to track the heart rate of patients who have already had, or are at risk for SCA. If the ICD detects an abnormal rapid heart rhythm it will automatically deliver an electric shock to restore the



Pope Francis greets the crowd Saturday night on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. TUTV covered the World Meeting of Families last week, concluding with the papal visit.

heartbeat to normal. The hospital will use the Medtronic Evera MRI SureScan ICD System. It has been FDA approved to allow for MRI scans on any part of the body. The approval was based on data from the Evera MRI Clinical Trial, which demonstrated the device is safe and effective, because of a very low risk of interactions between the MRI and the ICD. “We are pleased to offer this innovative technology at Temple,” Joshua Cooper, MD, FACC, FHRS, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Temple University Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine said in a press release. “This new device could be a big deal for patients who may benefit from an ICD implantation to deliver life-saving therapy. Many of these same patients may need an MRI at some point in their lifetime and this piece of technology will help break down the barrier between ICDs and MRIs.” The new product will not replace all defibrillators, Cooper said. However, the MRI-safe ICD is an improved option. -Lian Parsons



Charter schools are suffering from lack of funding, the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced in a press release last week. There has been a three-month-long state budget impasse, which has led to school districts across the state reducing or suspending tuition payments to brick-andmortar charter schools. “The Charter School Law does not permit school districts to withhold funding from charter schools in the absence of a state budget,” said Tim Eller, executive director of the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “The bulk of funding for charter schools is funneled through school districts, and with many of them refusing to pay, charter schools are being financially strangled. This is affecting thousands of students who attend charter schools across the state.” Eller added many brick-and-mortar charter schools are struggling to remain open during the budget impasse. There are 86 brick-and-mortar charter


Temple alumni Brad Volm and Bradley Sawhill were involved in a collision between a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle and a bus in Seattle last Thursday afternoon, The Seattle Times reported. Four people were killed, eight others were critically injured in the collision and 20 people suffered minor injuries. A witness described the Ride the Ducks tour vehicle, which was headed north, swerving and hitting an SUV before colliding with and ripping out the side of the southbound bus, The Seattle Times reported. Volm and Sawhill were six weeks into a two-month cross-country roadtrip. They were both rugby players at Temple and graduated in 2014. Neither sustained injuries beyond minor bruising, Gerry Volm, Volm’s father said. “Since graduation, [Brad] has always wanted to do this [trip],” Volm’s father said. Neither of the two went to the ER after the collision. “He’s a pretty humble kid,” Volm’s father added. “As parents we tried to convince him to go to the ER, but he said, ‘No Dad, there are other people who need it more.” Since the crash, a fifth person died from sustaining accident injuries. 13 people are still recovering at the Harborview Medical Center, with four listed in serious condition. -Lian Parsons

Law students comment on Bill Cosby lawsuit Some are divided on whether Andrea Constand has a chance in court. By LILA GORDON The Temple News Andrea Constand is one of the few remaining women who have a chance to take one of Temple’s most notable alumni to court. The statute of limitations has run out for most, but not all, of Bill Cosby’s list of alleged victims of sexual assault. Constand, the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team, accused Cosby of molestation and groping in 2005, one year after the alleged incident. The statute will go into effect for Constand’s in January 2016. Several students in the Beasley School of Law have followed the case closely. Jennifer Caraway, who has worked with homicide cases, said there are several reasons why victims of sexual assault don’t immediately report the incident. “Victims don’t come forward because they are young, their abusers tell them not to and they are scared,” Caraway said. “The statute of limitations should toll for a certain

amount of time.” Because Constand accused Cosby a year after the incident, there was no DNA evidence, and cases lacking DNA are more difficult to indict. Caraway added Cosby’s prominence has made the case much more notable. “If Cosby’s name wasn’t attached this would be swept under the rug and society would not think twice about this,” she said. “This case shows that even allegedly ‘good’ people do bad things and that it can happen to anyone.” Kevin Cunningham thinks the statute of limitations shouldn’t exist when concerning those who have accused Cosby. “If you can establish a case at any point in history, then the statute of limitations should not exist in sexual assault cases,” Cunningham said. When Constand came forward, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor cited too little evidence to prosecute her case, due to her lack of memory regarding the incident. When she was unable to prosecute, Constand filed a lawsuit. Her suit included 13 Jane Doe witnesses, and was settled in 2006. During Cosby’s deposition for this lawsuit, he admitted to drugging

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In 2004 former university employee Andrea Constand sued Bill Cosby. The case was settled two years later.

With dozens of women coming “ forth, that is its own argument.” Imani Hudson-Hill | law student

women for sex—information made public earlier this year. Imani Hudson-Hill said the number of accusers coming forward presents a convincing case in itself. “I guess in that sense

the legal world can be a bit tricky,” she said. “With lack of evidence I can’t necessarily argue. But I think now, with dozens of women coming forth, that is its own argument.”


But Audrey Davis said the circumstances surrounding the accusations seem too believable. “For all the facts to be so similar, I think that shows this isn’t just some random women trying to get money out of Bill,” Davis said. In Pennsylvania, the statute lasts until either 12 years after the incident, or until the victim turns 50. While many of the women cannot press charges, there are multiple defamation suits being filed against Cosby—on the grounds that he called these women liars.

Ben Schulman, believes that although all the accusers have a right to voice their complaints, some may have come forward because of everyone before them. “From the point of view of the law, it’s appropriate,” Schulman said. “If the complaint was large enough, it would have been brought forth at the time. However, maybe these victims have gotten courage by seeing other victims talk about it.” * lila.gordon@temple.edu


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Rich Galassini, a Boyer College of Music and Dance alumnus, donated a digital organ to be used for the papal visit. PAGE 17

Phi Sigma Sigma is holding a fundraising week from Oct. 5-8 where each day, they will be contributing to a different cause. PAGE 8

“SCHOOL PLAY” COMES TO TEMPLE On Wednesday, “School Play,” a live theater piece about Pennsylvania’s public education system, will be at the Temple Performing Arts Center. PAGE 18




Student Organization

For Latino group,Trump’s words spur discussion


Melonie Collado (left) and Nadia Vanessa Toro are the co-presidents of Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos on Main Campus. The group organizes events for all other Latino organizations on campus.

AdEL discussed political issues important to the Latino community. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News


atinos across the nation took notice of the offensive comments Donald Trump made about Mexicans during his presidential campaign announcement

speech. Recently, Temple’s Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos worked to use Trump’s comments to their advantage. AdEL held its Latino Heritage Month kick-off event, “Why Trump is Good for Latinos,” Sept. 16, to provide students with the opportunity to discuss Trump’s comments and to inform them about the issues affecting Latinos in this upcoming presidential election. AdEL’s co-presidents, Melonie Collado and Nadia Vanessa Toro, hoped the name of their event would attract enough

people’s attention to draw a crowd to Room 223 of the Student Center. “I think again a lot of people were so almost like disturbed at the fact that we named our program that,” said Collado, a junior psychology major. Their marketing strategy paid off, because the crowd of about 55 students was larger than the group’s leaders expected. As students crowded around the back of the room, Toro, a sophomore political science major who led the group discus sion, began the event by sharing


the specific comments Trump made during his speech. She also shared a video showcasing Latino journalist Jorge Ramos of Univision, who was kicked out of a press conference after trying to ask Trump a question about illegal immigration policies. “We’re not in a post-racial society,” Toro said. “People of color are still being oppressed every single day, and Latinos are one of those [peoples].” Toro also opened the floor up to dis-


Visualizing a solution “Visualizing Urgency” focuses on issues in Philadelphia, like public school closures. By TATYANA TURNER The Temple News This semester, for the Tyler School of Art course “Visualizing Urgency,” the school’s advisory council raised an important question: “If the walls of Philadelphia’s closed public schools could talk, what would they say?” “Visualizing Urgency,” a two-credit honors course, focuses on a different urgent issue in the Philadelphia area each semester. The course was first introduced in the fall of 2014 to evoke critical thinking and deep discussion about relevant issues. Taught by Robert Blackson, the director of Tyler’s department of exhibitions and public programs, and Sarah Biemiller, assistant director, this year’s class started on Sept. 23. “We focused on learning about refugees from different countries like Syria and how they adjust to the United States, particularly the line agencies that help refugees find jobs and an education in Philadelphia,” Biemiller said about last year’s class. This semester, Visualizing Urgency will focus on the kindergarten-through-12th grade public school system in Philadelphia. The class will visit a Tyler School of Art exhibit called “reForm,” based on the Fairhill Elementary School which was closed in 2013. Created by Pepón Osorio, a professor at Tyler, the exhibit uses items from the school building. “I think it’s really cool that the class is intertwined with

MARGO REED TTN “Visualizing Urgency”, a class run by Temple Contemporary, will feature speakers and discussions about closed public schools. The class is


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co-taught by Sarah Biemiller (ABOVE) , assistant director of Tyler’s department of exhibitions and public programs and Robert Blackson, the director.





Writing on the wall poses questions A new writing wall was created by the Paley Library’s faculty to interact with students. By JACQUELYN FRICKE The Temple News This semester, students in the Paley Library may have noticed something a bit different on one of its walls—a large sheet of white paper that poses a question. With a marker in an attached container, one student took a second to formulate his response to this week’s question: “What favorite game would you love to make a life-size version of?” He scanned the hundreds of other responses and laughed at answers like Super Mario, PacMan and checkers. This writing wall, which was implemented by the library’s faculty to get students more involved, is where students can pick up a marker and record responses to a different question every week. The first week’s question asked, “Where did you travel this summer?” to which students responded with answers ranging from Florida to Kolkata, India. “I came back from a conference with the idea because I had seen that other libraries were doing it,” said Nicole Restaino, manager of Library Communications and Public Programming. “We hired our first full time graphic and web designer, so she had the background to ac-

tually make it look really professional.” The board is located outside the elevators on the first floor of the library, where students can stop by and get an idea of what other students are thinking. Rachel Cox, the graphic and web designer for Paley Library, said the students always read the board intently because they “want to make sure they are not saying something that someone else has already said.” “They are very thoughtful,” said Kaitlyn Mashack, administrative specialist for Paley Library. While the writing mimics the appearance of graffiti, with the occasional off-handed comment here and there, Mashack feels it gives a fun alternative to the usual all-white walls. “We wanted to rebrand it with a border,” Mashack added. Paulina Geiger, a senior English major, said the wall adds some variety and feels it has a potential to make impact. “I think it’s cool that it’s out in the open, whether it be here or somewhere maybe like the Student Center,” Geiger said. “I do think it would be cool if they actually did something with the feedback, though.” Restaino said they are paying attention to the responses, as the questions often have relevance to events going on around Main Campus or what’s happening in the city. “We are definitely thinking about ways that we can use the information,” she said. “We do have our eyes on the radar of what’s happening in the city too. We know that as an urban


A new writing wall in the Paley Library encourages students to voice their thoughts and opinions.

university, Temple students are probably interacting with their external environment.” The board, which will stick around for future classes to use in the upcoming years, is something Restaino feels is a great way to stay connected to the student body and scope out commonalities among the students. “I like that people are reading it,” Restaino

said. “It helps them find out about their community and it is an exchange of ideas. It is a way to put a friendly face on the library. We are interested in what you are doing.” * jacquelyn.taylor.fricke@temple.edu

Greek Life

Sorority aims to break negative stereotypes

Phi Sigma Sigma is holding a fundraising week to help various causes from Oct. 5-8. By GAIL VIVAR The Temple News As one of the oldest sororities on campus with more than 120 sisters, Phi Sigma Sigma wants to prove its sisterhood is more than what the media has portrayed them to be. From Oct. 5-8, Phi Sigma Sigma is having a charitable fundraising week where the sisters plan to raise money for a different cause each day. Monday will be for breast cancer, Tuesday for the annual dance marathon HootaThon, Wednesday for autism and Thursday for Phi Sigma Sigma’s own charity, which is for school and college readiness. The week will finish with a grilled cheese event Thursday night. The sorority aims to help many charities, whether it’s an organization that is dear to them as a whole or personally to a sister who is going through a struggle. “I think that a lot of the good that Greeks do, whether related to Temple or Phi Sig, isn’t recognized as much as one single chapter that commits a bad thing in the media,” said Hannah Casciole, a sophomore media studies and production and public relations double major who is in charge of philanthropy for Phi Sigma Sigma. “Phi Sig means sisterhood,” she added. “I met some of my best friends in Phi Sig and if I did not go out for recruitment I would have never met them.” The sorority strives to live by its motto, “Aim High,” and last year, it was recognized as the sorority with the highest cumulative GPA on campus, and accepted the Collegiate Chapter Award, Collegiate Chapter Sisterhood Award and Collegiate Leadership through Service Award. Phi Sigma Sigma emphasizes leadership hosts other charity events, ranging from “can shakes” to charity walks, like their Light the Night Walk in Center City for leukemia and lymphoma. The sorority’s foundation also gives out merit- and need-based grants, which go to Phi Sig alumna who want to work in leadership and education. To further dispel Greek stereotypes, Casciole and two sisters from Phi Sigma Sigma created a video last semester about the reality of Greek life called “Greek Spectacle,” in which members of sororities and fraternities from Temple raised awareness regarding the amount of work and unity that is involved in joining a Greek organization. “Personally, I know that Phi Sigma Sigma is my home, and plenty of other


Rachel Makar (left), Mackenzie Blue, Lauren Ravitch and Tori Cuccurullo display a poster detailing Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropy events for Oct. 5-8.

people found homes in other Greek organizations,” Casciole said. “That’s why I think you should get to know the organization before judging it.” Gabby Procacci, a sophomore biology major and the head of fundraising for Phi Sigma Sigma, also brought up how these groups are there for each other academically. “We have study groups amongst the sisters and if you ever need help, there’s always someone who is in your major or who could at least attempt to help you,” Procacci said. Casciole understood being part of a sorority is more than just making friends and volunteering, especially when she was consoled by her friends from Phi Sig on the anniversary of her aunt’s death from breast cancer. “Three of my friends from Phi Sig surprised me with two teddy bears and two cards and they were like ‘We got this for you because we were thinking about you.’ … That’s not sisterhood, that’s genuine friendship and I would have not found that if it was not for Phi Sig,” Casciole said. * gail.vivar@temple.edu


Members of Phi Sigma Sigma hold their Greek letters outside a house on Broad Street.



Opera Philadelphia’s new production sets 18th century piece “La traviata” in the 1950’s, focusing on themes like female sexuality and relationships. PAGE 10

The Rrazz Room, a cabaret that opened Sept. 18 in the Prince Theater, aims to bring intimacy back to the city’s musical community with small spaces and artist-audience interaction. PAGE 11






Cult Classic launched a new sociopolitical fashion collection, “Black Like Water.”


By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News

nthony Coleman’s black T-shirt displayed a photograph of Laura Nelson's 1911 lynching in a newspaper-like spread covered in white words. The T-shirt is part of his brand’s new fashion release, “Black Like Water.” A large headline in capital letters across the bottom read, “Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.” The photograph of Laura Nelson's murder is the only surviving shot of a female African American lynching victim. Coleman’s fashion, he said, expresses a “walking metaphor of the contradictions of what it feels like to be in America.” He and Joe Pitts, a criminal justice graduate student, created their brand Cult Classic in 2012 as a “modern Americana lifestyle and fashion brand with a mission to showcase underground creativity.” Coleman and Pitts hosted a fashion release and art exhibit at the James Oliver Gallery in Center City Sept. 1 to launch their new collection, “Black Like Water.” The release featured a collection of shirts covered in an old-school newspaper design, each with its own photograph. The newspaper columns and headlines across the

shirts were replaced with famous quotes from people of color. Each piece had a hangtag with the history of the photograph, allowing each shirt to create its own story. Coleman and Pitts said “Black LikeWater” was designed to be a “wearable expression of the triumphs and hardships of living in a society where injustice and inequality still run rampant.” “I want people to be able to walk around—if they’re brave enough and if they choose to—to be like, I want to

this line is our most “I think socially conscious driven yet.” Joe Pitts | alumnus and co-founder

make a stance and I can do it through clothes and I don’t have to do it through Instagram and stuff like that—this is more in your face,” Coleman said. All of Cult Classic’s collections have different themes, with this particular concept heavily drawn from

Setting the stage for female comedians

racially unjust events throughout American history. “I think this line is our most socially-conscious driven yet,” Pitts said. Along with the historical sources of inspiration, when creating the name “Black Like Water,” Coleman said he thought about the past and a time before mirrors, when people could only see their reflection in sources of water. He then connected it with the idea that identifying as black is portrayed negatively. “I was thinking about water, how it’s good, it’s refreshing to the body, but on the other hand, before mirrors, people checked their reflection in ponds, lakes and rivers and I just thought, yo, if I was black—and if you look up the definition of black it’s negative, the consumption of all light, etc.—what the media might take it as would be that, I’m still black like the water I drink,” Coleman said. For Pitts, as a white man, he thinks it’s important to be “conscious” and “reflective.” “We live in a society where I don’t think people take that step as much," Pitts said. "I think with me teaming up with Anthony, I mean he’s a black man at the end of the day and this is really his creative direction, but I saw the vision and I wanted to help foster it and tell that story because I believe in that drive." The artists showcased in the exhibit knew the theme



The University of Pennsylvania’s new comedy festival challenged perceptions of women in comedy. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News Women aren’t funny—at least, that’s what University of Pennsylvania senior Nina Kao always hears. But Penn’s female comedy troupe Bloomers challenged this idea with an all day comedy festival called LaughtHERfest, encouraging young women interested in comedy. LaughtHERfest was held at Platt Performing Arts House and the Irvine Auditorium on Penn's campus Saturday. The event hosted guests like Vanessa Bayer of “Saturday Night Live” and Aparna Nancherla, a new staff writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” who was named one of Time Out New York’s 10 Funniest Women in New York.



At the Painted Bride, visitors leave notes about personal experiences with trees at “Planting a Forest.”

Telling the city’s stories through nature An exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center showcases Philadelphia’s trees and the stories behind them. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News


Control Top and Low Cut Comedy performed sketches at LaughtHERfest Sept. 19.

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Artistic motivation can be found anywhere. Katherine Heilman found it in a tree wedged between a dumpster and chain-link fence in Kensington. “In the spring, I’m like, ‘How is that tree still alive?’” Heilman said. “And it seems like it’s almost determined to live despite its urban landscape.” Heilman passes the tree each day on her way home from her job at Taller Puertorriqueño, a nonprofit organization in Fairhill that serves as an artistic and cultural resource hub for the Latino community. Heilman snapped a picture of the tree on her


phone and sent it to a high school student she mentors as a message of encouragement. The student, a senior at El Centro de Estudiantes who aspires to attend college as a fine arts major, appreciated the peculiar-looking plant, Heilman said. The photo of the homely tree later became part of the Painted Bride Art Center's "Planting a Forest" exhibit. Dozens of photographs like Heilman's will be on display throughout September. Each tree photographed has a distinctive background story that pertains to the Philadelphia community. The exhibit is part the Painted Bride’s RePLACE-ing Philadelphia project, which aims to “[use] art-making as a lens for viewing the city and its history and re-place-ing established stereotypes with new narratives and understandings,” according to the Painted Bride’s website. For Philadelphia filmmaker Sannii CrespinaFlores, the project served as an opportunity to broaden






Classic opera reborn with modern viewpoints Opera Philadelphia sets famous 18th century “La traviata” during the 1950s and ‘60s. production. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News Giuseppe Verdi never intended for his iconic “La traviata” to be defined by one particular era. Nearly a century-and-a-half later, Opera Philadelphia is fulfilling his dream. The company, which adapts operas for a 21st-century audience, is setting the timeless story during the 1950s and early '60s while preserving the premise, plot and lyrics. Originally performed last year in Bucharest, Romania, world-renowned operatic director Paul Curran is bringing the production to Philadelphia for its United States’ premiere. Although a vintage landscape is painted with Dior dresses and rotary telephones, the original thematic and musical essence still resonates on the Academy of Music’s stage. “We’re modernizing it, but we’re not destroying something about the opera. In fact, we’re maintaining it,” said tenor Alek Shrader, who is playing the leading role of Alfredo. Curran was captivated by the familiarity of “La traviata”’s era and how the conservatism of the 1950s aligns with themes of the opera, like


Lisette Oropesa performs during a rehearsal for “La traviata” at Academy of Music Sept. 21.

virtuous standards for women. Extending beyond the 1950s, gender inequality is a consistent historical issue, allowing the opera to be relevant to present-day audience members. “There are so many topics that are totally relevant today and they’re in this opera that was composed over 200 years ago,” Shrader said. Soprano Lisette Oropesa, who is playing the role of Violetta, said objectification of women has never fully diminished. Violetta’s

sexual practice impedes her romantic relationship with Alfredo, which is the central conflict of the opera. “Sexual deviance is still an issue in modern society,” Oropesa said. “We still have our own inequality issues and are expected to lead a certain life.” While the opera’s feminist elements remain unchanged, other essentials are mended to fit the post-World War II era. In the traditional masquerade scene, cast members wear colorful


For first time, Fishtown to host Night Market

sunglasses to maintain anonymity, rather than the Colombina masks worn in the original opera. Similar to the opera’s subject matter, character development continues undeterred during the 18th to 20th century conversion. “[Paul Curran’s] modernization works, because he makes sure that the story stays in tact … that the characters stay in tact,” Shrader said. Another essential component of “La traviata” is the casting of younger operatic artists, which appropriately suits the envisioned ages of the characters. Oropesa said her youthfulness and relative lack of life experience allows her to relate to Violetta with an authentic approach. For audience members, seeing a real young woman dying on stage intensifies the performance. “With [Alek and I] being younger, I think people will we see a very real picture when they come to the production,” Oropesa said. Although the revamped era creates a new experience for audience members, the contemporary setting is not the opera's sole attraction. “The modernization can be a negotiation to attract new people, but I don’t think you can rely on simply modernizing the piece,” Shrader said. “In a way, it’s an attempt to reach more people, but I don’t think that’s the reason. The opera in and of itself is the reason. … The modernization is almost like a lens.” * grace.maiorano@temple.edu

New production showcases solely Shakespeare fights

Beer, baked goods and other treats hit Fishtown’s streets to end the fifth season of Night Market.

Fringe Arts production highlights William Shakespeare’s best fight scenes.


By REBECCA SMITH The Temple News

The night of Oct. 1 will be an evening to eat, drink and stroll through the heart of Fishtown. Nonprofit organization The Food Trust will end its fifth annual season of Night Market by bringing the street festival to Fishtown for the first time. Local businesses, live music and food trucks will take over Frankford Avenue between Girard and Columbia. “At first glance when you look at the Night Market, it’s a food truck festival,” said Diana Minkus, Night Market manager at the Food Trust. “Food trucks are a big part of it, but it’s about food entrepreneurs across the board.” The food, drink and live entertainment is anticipated to draw more than 25,000 people to Thursday's grand finale in Fishtown, Minkus said. “Once you pop open that window, it’s four hours non-stop,” said food truck owner Marti Lieberman, 26. “When someone asks me what it’s like, I say that you have to work it or you don’t know. It’s high-intensity and fast. You definitely see a change at around 8:30—the people that come to the window, they get a little tipsier with every customer.” Lieberman founded mac ‘n’ cheese food truck Mac Mart in 2013. Her truck resembles Barbie’s vision of a restaurant on wheels—it’s bright pink and features a cartoon blonde woman in a black dress and bright green apron. “It’s kind of like the ice cream shop of mac ‘n’ cheese,” Lieberman said. Though Lieberman and the Mac Mart are veterans of the Night Market, she will not attend Fishtown on Thursday due to a previous catering commitment. “I think the most positive part about [Night Market] is the amount of local participation we have,” Minkus said. “My favorite piece is our ability to highlight an amazing neighborhood in ways that you may not normally be able to experience it.” Minkus said she would patrol neighborhoods slated for Night Market locations to scout local businesses and vendors to participate in the event. Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop at 1255 Marlborough St. opened in July. The owners, two pastry chefs who met in 2011 while working together at Flying Monkey

A new Fringe Arts production by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is not concerned with the playwright's tragic love stories or sweeping epics—but rather the brawls, punches and confrontations. “Kill Will,” written by Derick Davidson and directed by Kevin McGuire, focuses on the forgotten side of Shakespeare: the physical conflicts. From the death of Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” to the ending of “Hamlet,” no punches are pulled as the Bard’s greatest fight scenes are explored. The show ran from Sept. 15-19. During the show, seven cast members show off their fighting and acting chops—a task both physically and emotionally intense, actor and Temple alumnus Steve Wei said. “I have two scenes where I have to come on and basically start crying like that,” Wei said. “Normally in a play you have two hours to build up to that ... but in this play you just come out ... and then you gotta really believe that the guy you’re fighting has killed your entire family. It’s really tough stuff to just kind of drop into so quickly.” Despite the challenges, Wei said his involvement in the piece is "a match made in heaven," citing his past involvement in Shakespearean productions and extensive stage combat experience. “Most recently I did ‘Twelfth Night,’” Wei said. “I was one of the twins in that, and before that, it was ‘Richard III’ at Temple. I was one of the princes. It's kind of a long sort of history with the Bard.” “Kill Will” auditions required actors to display acting and combat skills, Wei said. When artistic director Carmen Khan saw Wei had fighting experience, she asked him to return for callbacks—“basically just a big kind of fight playground day with the choreographer, Mike Cosenza, and it was tons of fun,” Wei said. Once the show was cast, the actors worked “constantly on each of the scenes,” said Wei. “It was incredibly challenging, and just kind of by the skin of our teeth in some points, and sometimes it also felt weirdly comfortable, and like just kind of coming home,” Wei said. “It was an amazing experience.” Wei plays several characters in the show, including Macduff, Laertes and Hamlet, but his favorite scene is in “Romeo and Juliet.” “Even by Shakespeare’s standards, it’s one of his best,” Wei said. “We do the scene where Mercutio dies. Everybody on stage is just so loving and in it with each other, like there’s no fear in that scene, because it means so much to us. It can’t go wrong any night because it’s our favorite.” Freshman liberal arts student Trixie Steiner-Rose, who attended the play, enjoyed seeing “the fun put back in Shakespeare.” “[The show’s] method of inserting comedy into what’s traditionally viewed as depressing was brilliant,” SteinerRose said. “People forget Shakespeare wrote comedies, too.”


Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop co-owner Betty Halpenny stands inside her store, which is participating in the Fishtown Night Market that will close the season Oct. 1.

This event is really important for us to get our “name out, which is why we’re going to throw in everything we can. ” Betty Halpenny | Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop co-owner

Bakery in Reading Terminal Market, will participate in the Night Market. “Collectively, we’ve been baking for over 13 years,” said co-owner and baker Elly Koenig. “We were done with not being our own bosses. We needed each other to [open the shop].” “This event is really important for us to get our name out, which is why we’re going to throw everything in that we can,” said co-owner and baker Betty Halpenny. “Both of us work other jobs right now to keep everything afloat.” Koenig and Halpenny are on neighborly terms with some of their regular customers, interacting with them in the shop itself and through their delivery service, which operates through GrubHub.

This includes taking requests for new baked goods to feature in the shop. “Fishtown people love butter cake,” said Halpenny. Ramona Susan’s offerings at the Night Market will include bags of cookies, brownies and the debut of a pumpkin cupcake with honey whiskey cream cheese icing. “[The icing] is Elly’s favorite,” said Halpenny. “She fought me for it.” The Fishtown Night Market will run Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. * madeline.presland@temple.edu

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Event showcases young designers The 22nd annual Phasion Phest celebrated Philadelphia’s local fashion community. By LOGAN BECK The Temple News


Late Night with Seth Myers Writing Supervisor Michelle Wolf improvs for a packed house at LaughtHERfest.

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“We wanted to highlight and celebrate women in comedy and entertainment,” Kao said. “I think a huge part of this festival is that we don’t need to be talking about [women being funny] that much during the day; we’re proving our point just by doing this, by being here.” LaughtHERfest began with an idea from Bloomers' event coordinator Laura Petro at the end of last year. It quickly took off as the group received overwhelming support from Penn's administration and advisors. After a 30-day Kickstarter, Bloomers received more than $9,000 in donations to fund the woman-centric event. Petro said LaughtHERfest is not about excluding men, but “giving women the first chance, which is usually not the case.” “I actually think that there’s a huge upswing of women in comedy right now,” Petro said. “There are so many female-dominated shows right now that I think look positively towards the future of comedy, but that doesn’t mean we should think it’s not an issue.” “Typically, women have fallen into the margins of comedy,” Kao said. “Usually discrimination against women in comedy and entertainment is not intentional

or malicious; women are just forgotten.” Through LaughtHERfest, Bloomers aimed to bring women into the spotlight by “asking female comedians to perform who maybe wouldn’t be a first choice at most mainstream festivals, and making sure the female groups at other colleges are the first people to be asked the way they are not always asked at co-ed conferences,” Kao said. Sophomore film and media arts major Ruby Wortis, a member of Temple’s comedy show Temple Smash, attended the event and was inspired by seeing other women in the spotlight. “I went home and wrote 15 minutes of stand up,” Wortis said. “I was never the class clown but I’ve wanted to be a comedian my whole life, just very quietly, so seeing girls go on stage for the first time, somebody who says, ‘Yeah I’ve only been doing this for a couple months,’ was really inspiring.” The festival not only allowed female comedians to shine but also gave minorities a chance to perform instead of being written off as “too much,” as Bloomer’s assistant director Angela White describes. “Occasionally—but also too often—we are labeled too angry, our humor too racially charged, our bodies and voices good only for nailing the punchy stereotype,” White


Alana Nacherla performs her improv set as the closing act.

said. But at Bloomers, White said, diversity is recognized as an asset used to “start thoughtful, serious dialogue” with the multiple female comedians of color featured at LaughtHERfest. The event also featured a panel of female comedians, showcasing professionals like Bayer and “Odd Mom Out" comedy writer Julie Kraut. Improvisation and stand-up workshops were also available throughout the event,

ending with a performance series of professionals and student-run comedy troupes from surrounding colleges. “LaughtHERfest is about … just providing that space that being funny isn’t about your gender,” Kao said. “We don’t need to argue about why women are funny; we’re proving our point right now. They’ll make you laugh.” * emily.ralsten.thomas@temple. edu

Models sporting the latest in fall fashion posed as the onlooking guests indulged in light meals and sipped on specialty cocktails in celebration of an annual fashion event. On Sept. 16, the Shops at Liberty Place became a temporary mecca for salons, designers, models and patrons to come together and mingle while participating in a silent auction. Shortly after New York Fashion Week, Philly’s designers set out to bring audiences the 22nd annual Phashion Phest, the brainchild of renowned fashion mogul and SPW Productions president Sharon Phillips Waxman. According to the event’s site, Phashion Phest’s goal is to showcase and celebrate upscale fashion and beauty products that can be purchased in the Greater Philadelphia market. Among more than 20 merchants at Phashion Phest was Salon L’Etoile, a popular salon in Jenkintown that has participated in the event since its inception. For Salon L’Etoile’s owner Jerry Yellin, Phashion Phest is a chance for fashion, makeup and hair trends to come together. “It’s an opportunity for us to kick off Philadelphia fashion,” Yellin said. “We look forward to it every year.” There were also newcomers in attendance, including the creators of ManeStreem, a service that has been described by its creators as “Uber for hair.” Through a phone application, ManeStreem sends stylists directly to customers’ homes based on location. ManeStreem founder and CEO Santos Gonzalez said all of the hair and makeup for the show was done by ManeStreem employees. Though the road to establishing a new company is not an easy one, Gonzalez is

pleased to have had the opportunity to be at Phashion Phest, and believes any young person with an idea for a startup can make it happen. “If you have the passion and ability to dream and work hard, just do it,” Gonzalez said. Student designers were also showcased at Phashion Phest. Temple’s Fashion and Beauty Club President Conor Sheehan seeks to help his fellow students become immersed in the Philly fashion community and was inspired by student work he saw at this year’s Phashion Phest. “It is amazing to see such incredible work by some of Philadelphia's youngest and most talented designers,” Sheehan said. “This talent is no surprise to Philadelphia because Drexel University and Philadelphia University have been named some of the top fashion schools in the entire world by Business of Fashion.” Other students like Maya Rochefort and Keyana Neal, fashion design majors from the University of Delaware, traveled to see work by other student designers. “It’s super exciting to be in a learning environment with other fashionistas like me,” Neal said. Sheehan believes the Philly fashion community is alive and thriving, and deserves to be celebrated. Through this organization Sheehan connects students with industry professionals during bi-weekly meetings, and knows the importance of students attending events like Phashion Phest to get their feet wet in the industry. “In addition to attending meetings, it is also important for students to get out there and network their way into the industry,” Sheehan said. “Once you meet one great person, the doors begin opening up for you.” * logan.beck@temple.edu

Reviving musical intimacy through cabaret The Rrazz Room, a cabaret nightclub, opened Sept. 18 in the Prince Theater. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News A grand piano, vase of roses and a stool sat on the stage the opening night of the Rrazz Room, the room garbed in black except for deep red curtains, tablecloths and the cabaret’s logo projected onto the stage. Broadway singer Karen Mason performed, filling the intimate space with her resonant voice. Rrazz Room founders Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull opened their Philly cabaret location Sept. 18 in the Prince Theater, owned by the Philadelphia Film Society, to bring the intimacy of live music back to the city, Kotonly said. The duo started its career as concert promoters in San Francisco, where they became friendly with the management of the Empire Plush Room, a well-known club. Soon after, Paull and Kotonly were asked if they'd like to take the reins of the Plush Room. “We looked at each other and within three seconds we said, ‘Yeah we could do this,’” Kotonly said. Paull and Kotonly opened the San Francis-

co Rrazz Room in 2003. After ten years, they decided it was time to return to their home on the East Coast. Kotonly saw Philadelphia as a great place for their next venture. “If you asked me what my favorite kind of music is, it’s that classical, soul, R&B and no one does that like the Philadelphia sound,” Kotonly said. “I also think it is an untapped market.” At the time, Philadelphia did not have cabaret clubs. Kotonly said he thinks cabaret

room.” Kotonly also added that having a wellbalanced calendar is important to a successful nightclub. His opening weekend showcased Mason and a drag show from Tony Awardnominated playwright Charles Busch. “There is comedy, there’s R&B, there’s Broadway, there’s cabaret,” Kotonly said. “And I think to run a successful club, you have to appeal to a lot of different types of audiences.” Charles Busch said the low stage of the Rrazz Room added to the positive experience

It’s not what’s on the stage, it’s about the “ environment. I think the best ingredient of this thing is the intimacy of the room.” Robert Kotonly | co-owner of the Rrazz Room

is a misunderstood word. He looks at a cabaret as “more of a space” than a genre of music. Most venues lack the ability to connect with a performer while they are on stage and after the show, he said. “It is not what’s on the stage, it’s about the environment,” Kotonly said. “I think the best ingredient of this thing is the intimacy of the

of his performance Sept. 19. "This is a lovely space. I prefer cabaret spaces with a very low stage so that I'm almost on the same playing field as the audience,” Busch said in an email. “Many cabarets have a high stage and you feel very apart from everyone.” The Rrazz Room’s location in the Prince

Theater was once Morgan’s Cabaret, which closed after its 2013-14 season. “I wanted to pay tribute to what this room was all about when it was in its heyday,” Kotonly said. Senior film major Sammi Begelman is an intern with the Philadelphia Film Society and worked the evening of Mason’s performance as an usher. “I know with everyone sitting at the tables, it just makes it more personal,” Begelman said. “Everyone stayed to talk to her and stuff like that doesn’t happen in the big theater.” The audience’s sentiment toward the opening show also affirmed Kotonly's purpose. “A lot of people came over to me and said ‘Thank you for bringing this art form back to Philadelphia,’ and that made me feel good because I thought ‘Oh wow, maybe we are on to something here,’” Kotonly said. Kotonly enjoys the Prince Theater for the wide variety of artists it showcases. With a 446seat main theater, he hopes the Prince and the Rrazz Room will develop an even larger audience. “I think this building is going to become known as a place where there is a lot of different things going on, so I hope that the Rrazz will add to that,” Kotonly said. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu




“Eternally Rome,” a 13-minute film celebrating Rome, debuted on the walls of the Comcast Center building Sept. 17. The film was created and launched in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. The film’s display stretched 2,100 square feet and featured images of ancient art and architecture like the Colosseum, Pantheon and Vatican City. On Sept. 20, several hundred patrons attended the event, The film ran through Sept. 27, the final day of the papal visit.







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her students’ artistic horizons. “This was just another affirmation in them growing as young artists or them growing as young activists,” Crespina-Flores said. "It was a project that allowed them to open up another part of themselves.” Crespina-Flores works with Do Remember Me, an organization that allows teenagers across the globe to compare and contrast their personal struggles related to objectification of youth via Skype. Crespina-Flores said Do Remember Me creates a sense of camaraderie between students, who often face similar problems. “Our youth here thought they were the only ones who were susceptible to racism, and then they find that that occurs in Brazil, that occurs in Paris, so then it starts a conversation about what you’re going to do about it,” Crespina-Flores said. While walking through the city, CrespinaFlores guided her students in photographing whichever tree inspired them. A student she mentors, for example, submitted a shot of a budding tree that resembled a dancer. For Miriam Steinberg-Egeth, the trees in Rittenhouse Square served not only as a scenic backdrop, but as a teaching tool for her young children. Steinberg-Egeth has been heavily involved with the Jewish community of Philadelphia for almost a decade, working with the


growing as young artists or them growing as young activists.

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On paper leaves, notes of personal experiences with trees are part of “Planting a Forest.”

Center City Kehillah and writing an advice column for the Jewish Exponent, an online faith-based publication. When she wanted to teach her children the story of Tu B’Shevat, a holiday SteinbergEgeth describes as “the first day of the trees,” she hit a bump in the road—every Tu B’shevat

book she could find was made for children with backyards. Living in the city, she realized, could make it difficult to celebrate Tu B’shevat. She decided to photograph her own daughter with trees throughout the city, now featured in the exhibit. The photograph serves as an early product of Steinberg-Egeth’s budding project to create a Tu B’Shevat book for children in urban areas. “It was sort of this quintessential urban nature juxtaposition that I’m always trying to figure out with my kids, like how to get them to have nature experiences,” Steinberg-Egeth said. “Planting a Forest” will remain on display until Oct. 17. * angela.gervasi@temple.edu

The Philadelphia Orchestra will kick off its 2015-16 season tomorrow at the Kimmel Center. The orchestra will perform selections from Disney’s “Fantasia,” which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The concert will be followed by a black-tie dinner gala in the Commonwealth Plaza. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $50. -Emily Scott

NEW INTERPRETATION OF “CATCHER IN THE RYE” HELD AT FRINGE ARTS Experience “The Catcher in the Rye” beyond the boundaries of high school English class through Fringe Arts’ theatrical production of “Holden.” The play follows the story of J.D. Salinger enthusiasts who lurk in the author’s private bunker, coaxing him to write. The show is running Oct. 8-17 at the FringeArts theater space on Columbus Boulevard.

-Grace Maiorano


2012 Temple alumnus Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer will host a garden party from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Powell House in Society Hill to celebrate the growth of their custom ceramics brand, Felt+Fat. Mell and Bauer also plan to preview some of their new work. Food, drink and other treats will be provided by local partners like Food Underground and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

-Victoria Mier


Bloktoberfest will take over South Street West for its fifth year on Friday with live entertainment, food and craft brews. The event is free to attend, and food is pay-asyou-go. Passes for beer purchase are $15 to $30 and are available online or at the door. Individual drink tickets can be purchased at the event for $5. All proceeds from beer sales will help fund neighborhood programs geared toward green space, education and public safety. -Madeline Presland



Cult Classic founders Anthony Coleman (left), DJs with Joe Pitts at the release of fashion line, “Black Like Water.”

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of “Black Like Water,” but didn't see any of the clothing before creating their work. Alumna and artist Jona Shreeves-Taylor featured an untitled piece of a woman inside an inkwell and a poem she wrote on the portrait. “I figured it would be cool if the woman was sitting in an inkwell, because sometimes people try to find the right words to describe how they’re feeling or try to put it into something when there’s not neces-

sarily any right words to express it properly,” Taylor said. The first line of the poem reads, “Sometimes we drown in words, unsaid, unfelt, unheard.” Taylor said sometimes “words get in the way of expression.” “When I’m creating art, it’s just expression,” Taylor said. “Regarding my thoughts on the struggle in society right now, there is a big divide. I don’t want to sound cheesy, but I think through community, unity and trying to build something genuine, anything can really be solved.” * alexa.zizza@temple.edu

Arch Enemy Arts is opening a solo show with painter Maria Teicher. Her work focuses on portraits with unusual and often dark elements. The Old City-based gallery will also host an artist spotlight exhibit on Kelly McKernan and her drawn pieces of ethereal, supernatural women. The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at 109 Arch St. The event is free to attend. -Victoria Mier

ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC ART CREATES NEW EXHIBIT TOUR The Association for Public Art has enacted a series of free audio tours for art appreciators in Philadelphia. Using the “Museum without Walls: AUDIO” app, tourists and residents alike can peruse the city while learning about the history of 51 outdoor statues and sculptures. More than 100 people relevant to the art of the city have contributed to the short but informative three-minute narratives. -Angela Gervasi



@PHLBizJournal tweeted five restaurants in the city made Open Table’s rankings, including Bibou, Marigold Kitchen, Noord, Will BYOB and Vedge.

@StreetsDept tweeted Philly street artist Kid Hazo posted a new piece on “Pope-hibited items,” modeled like an information poster, including quinona, Nickelback, duck boats and inflatable rats.



@PhillyMag tweeted what styles are “in and out for fall,” citing over the knee boots, low-heeled booties and sneakers as in-style. Thin stilettos and riding boots, however, are out.

@uwishunu tweeted Mural Arts Program will hold a launch party Oct. 2 at Building Bok at 1901 S. 9th St., featuring a set by Washed Out DJ with performances by City Rain, the Living Sample and Ben Arsenal.



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Pharmacy students and faculty reach out with health fair Julia Lees organized an annual health fair that informed students about wellness. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor It’s easy to think of pharmacists as people who just count your pills, but Julia Lees said they do much more. “Yeah, we count pills, but also if your doctor prescribes you three medications that all do the same thing for you and they cause your kidneys to fail, we are the ones to catch that,” said Lees, a third year pharmacy student at Temple. “Patients don’t realize how pharmacists can help them.” This misconception about pharmacists is one of the reasons why Temple’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists holds an annual health fair to educate students, faculty and the community about topics like migraines, smoking, sexual health and immunizations. This year’s health fair, held in the Student Center Sept. 18, was organized by Lees, who is the president of APhA. The event, “Giving Back to Temple,” featured science fair-like poster boards that detailed each health topic while students and faculty from the pharmacy department were on hand to give more information. For the students, Lees said it was a chance for them to take what they learn in the classroom and educate Temple’s student community, which could actually use the information given to them for their daily lives, like with nutrition. “We try to cover all the topics that are most common in a patient population,” Lees said. This year was also special for the health fair in that three other organizations involved in clinical pharmacy, consulting pharmacy and hospital pharmacy, participated with their own poster board presentations. Although there was much work that came with preparing for the event, Lees said it was worth the effort to reach out and educate the people who did stop by the health fair. “Even if people said they only looked at one board or if they looked at all of them, it still made a difference to me,” she said. “I was very happy that we were there to give that knowledge to Temple University students and the community.” Lees has been passionate about APhA’s mission of furthering pharmacy students’ impacts ever since she started pharmacy school—she has been involved in a leadership position for APhA since her first year. “I fell in love with the APhA’s message of promoting the pharmacist’s voice as a student,” Lees said. “It’s not just one aspect of healthcare or patient care. It’s everything you can think of. It’s pharmacy laws, policy, international pharmacy. It’s so many opportunities to become involved.” The Philadelphia-founded organization is the largest in Temple’s School of Pharmacy, and Lees hopes future events and initiatives of the APhA will become more available to students and the Philadelphia community. On Oct. 24, the organization will give presentations to high school students as part of “Upward Bound,” where members will cover topics like counterfeit medications, street drugs and allergies. This year, Lees is adamant about educating pharmacy students on the opioid drug called Naloxone, also known as Narcan. This life-saving drug is essentially an antidote to the effects of overdoses on heroin, cocaine or oxycodone. Lees is organizing a training event where students can learn from a specialist about the drug and how to administer it to a patient. For the future, as Lees hands off the presidency to another student, she hopes to get the word out more effectively around campus on the information pharmacy students have to give back to Temple. “We are pharmacy school students,” Lees said. “This is how we want to contribute to Temple University.” * albert.hong@temple.edu


Leigh Webber, program manager of the School of Pharmacy, hands out nutritious food samples during an annual health fair.


Pharmacy students filled the lobby of the Student Center for a health fair run by Temple’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association.


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The organ model chosen for the papal Mass was the Rodgers Infinity 361. It was donated by Cunningham Piano, a piano repair and restoration institution owned by Temple alumnus Rich Galassini.

Donation to the sound of papal visit Alumnus Rich Galassini’s company donated an organ for the recent papal Mass. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News When Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last weekend, it sounded just like the Vatican in Rome. That is in part because the masses held during the papal visit featured an organ like the one the Pope uses at the Vatican. It was provided by Cunningham Piano, a Philadelphia company that specializes in piano and organ sales and restorations. The owner of Cunningham Piano, Rich Galassini, is a Temple alumnus. He first stepped into Cunningham Piano while he was a Temple student, where he majored in music education and vocal performance in the Boyer College of Music and Dance. “I walked through the restoration facility where they do piano rebuilding and restoration, and I was amazed,” Galassini said. “It changed the way I thought about the piano. I never thought I would work there, let alone own the place.” Galassini has been involved in

music for his entire life and participated in various vocal groups during his time at Temple, like the concert choir, graduate conductors choir and the opera program. After graduating in 1987, Galassini considered a career in music education, but soon realized it was not the direction he wanted to pursue after working in a Philadelphia public school for a short time. A “help wanted” ad from Cunningham Piano in a newspaper started it all. He originally planned on working there temporarily until his classical performing career took off, but that temporary period turned into nearly 30 years. It just so happened Pope Francis’ favorite organ to use for outdoor masses is the Rodgers organ, which is a brand Galassini is involved with. The model chosen for this event was the Rodgers Infinity 361 and after some discussion with the local Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Galassini was chosen to supply the organ. “We reached out to Father [Dennis] Gill, the pastor of the Basilica, made arrangements, and here we are,” Galassini said. Since pipe organs are not easily transportable, a digital one is the next best thing because it emulates the sound. Sounds are digitally recorded on a chip within the instrument and can be recalled at any time. The 1,200-pound organ was

used at the Convention Center earlier last week and was moved to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the masses this past weekend. A lot of other opportunities have presented themselves with Galassini’s job as owner of Cunningham Piano. “I even get to meet and spend time with some talented, world class musicians,” Galassini said. One of the most recent musicians to visit the Cunningham Piano showroom was Sándor Kádár, a world class organist from Hungary who was selected to play for the papal masses. Kádár has 20 years of experience playing all over the world and had been preparing to play for Pope Francis since the first rehearsal in July. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Kádár said. Galassini received a once in a lifetime opportunity of his own when he was asked to sing in the papal choir. Chances like these, combined with his love of music, are the reason he enjoys his work, he said. “I love seeing instruments come in and be fully restored, I love helping churches choose the right instruments for their sanctuaries,” he said. “It’s my passion.” * brooke.shelby.williams@temple.edu COURTESY RICH GALASSINI

Rich Galassini also performed with the papal choir this past weekend.

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chose to speak here because he “loves Temple,” and has several friends who are teach at the university. Some of his daughter’s friends attend Temple as well. After witnessing Starzl’s work, Marino also wanted to become a liver transplant surgeon and was lucky enough to study under him in Pittsburgh, where he was very excited to be regardless of how long the work days were. In 1991, Marino and his team performed more than 500 liver transplants and even transplanted the first baboon liver into a human, although that patient later died from hepatitis B. Marino emphasized the importance of human connection with his patients, bringing up a case from 2000 about a woman named Dora, who he treated when she was a girl, and visited him recently in Italy.

“What I love the most and still love today is the relationship with the patient,” Marino said. In 2002, he left his position as professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh to become professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, where he later became director of the division of transplantation. Although he did not think he would ever return to Italy, he left Philadelphia in 2006 and was elected into office in the Italian senate. After he was elected the chairman of the healthcare committee, he did not want to be involved in politics any longer. But in 2013 the election for the Mayoral position of Rome was coming up, and while his family did not approve of the idea, Marino said he ran to oppose someone from the extreme right wing with xenophobic ideals. Deciding to run for office very late, Marino had a short, low-cost campaign based largely on social media. After twoand-a-half months, he won with 64 percent of the vote. In 2014, he recognized same-sex unions, despite the ban on same-sex

marriages in Italy and also pushed other cities in Italy to move toward similar laws. Addressing Temple students, Marino encouraged them to take advantage of their time and learn the most they could in their time here. “You should use to the best possible way your skills,” Marino said. “I did not have a particular talent, but I had perseverance and I wanted to do as much as I could to achieve my goals. I also think that it is very important to study as much as you can;. No revolution will happen without knowledge or hard work, but at the same time I think you should be a little bit rebellious— if somebody tells you that something cannot be done, that is a good time to think, ‘Maybe I could do that.’” “Impossible is not a scientific word.” * ayah.alkhars@temple.edu


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Students in AdEL gathered to discuss Donald Trump’s comments during his presidential campaign announcement speech.

cussion. As expected, many students expressed anger with Trump, but some students also echoed the idea that Trump’s comments may benefit the Latino community. “We don’t thank [Trump] for anything else, but we thank him for raising awareness,” Collado said. “At least he’s getting people together to talk.” Many students also turned the discussion toward the American Latino experience in general. Students like Jaymarie Santana, a junior secondary education and English major, shared their family stories and Latino heritage with the crowd. Santana said while growing up, her mother placed importance on education as a step toward having a voice and achieving the American dream. After graduation, Santana hopes to become a teacher so she can be a role model for young Latino students. “I feel like we need more people of color to be teachers,” Santana said. “I feel like that would improve the education system so much, to have someone that you can look up to, someone who can be an advocate for you.” Many in the room became visibly


Nadia Vanessa Toro gives a speech during AdEL’s event, “Why Trump is Good for Latinos.”

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reForm to come up with a new perspective,” said Olivia Lindy, an undeclared freshman. “I think the exciting part about this class is learning the variety of ways people address the public school system,” Blackson said. “Temple students need to see how the community responds to that challenge.” The course will not only focus on the school system’s present state, but also its history and future. “The system has been around for many years but is going through new changes, like how to fund the schools and how they compare to charter schools,” Blackson added. During the semester, 19 enrolled students, with a variety of majors like English, sociology and dance, will tour learning centers like the shuttered Edward W. Bok Technical High School and Building 21, a non-selective district high school on 7th Street near Norris. These schools will be compared to parochial schools like St. James Middle School on Clearfield Street near 32nd, and students will also study the building structures in these schools and how their spaces are being used. “I live 40 minutes north from Temple and I kept hearing about schools closing and it felt hopeless,” said Rebecca Johnson, also an undeclared freshman in the course. “So to have a class that tries to actively change and bring everyone together to solve this problem

is great. I’m pumped.” Visualizing Urgency requires students to complete two projects for the semester. The first project is a student debate of the Philadelphia public school system, and the second project prompts students to create a new public school system of their own and design its structure. “For many years, Temple has had courses just like Visualizing Urgency and have covered the same topics,” Blackson said. “But it is great to have the Tyler School of Art that offers urgency with newer situations.”



“People of color are


still being oppressed every single day, and Latinos are one of those [peoples].

Nadia Vanessa Toro | co-president of AdEL

emotional while sharing their families’ histories and their own goals for the future. “I’m just happy people felt comfortable enough to say what they had to say,” Toro said. AdEL’s co-presidents concluded the event by encouraging those who can register to vote to do so and provided them with information about “Voto Latino,” a nonpartisan organization that aims to register young Latinos to vote. “I want us to have a voice,” Toro said to the crowd. Santana, who is not currently registered to vote, said she plans on registering within the next few weeks so she can more actively participate in this upcoming presidential election. “We were able to discuss these issues that are very pertinent in the Latin American community and then be able to find solutions, for example voting,” Santana said. “That to me was really important.” AdEL will continue fostering discussion and celebrating Latino Heritage Month with events throughout this week as part of Latino Excellence Week. Collado and Toro also said AdEL’s main priority for the rest of the year will be providing Latino students with a home away from home, as well as a platform for issues they care about. “When you finally have that moment, when you have that chance to physically say how you feel, it’s like nothing else,” Toro said. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

Although the class is held by Tyler, Blackson and Biemiller encouraged students outside of the art programs to take the class. The public is also invited to attend most of the lectures and events. “I hope that the class will continue, but I would like to cover a different topic for next semester that has just as much relevance, and continue to switch up the topics for future semesters,” Biemiller said. * tatyana.turner@temple.edu

Students can learn the etiquette of professional dining at the Etiquette Dinner, hosted by the Career Center tonight at 5:30 p.m. Located in the lower level of Mitten Hall, the event will answer questions like: “What should you do if your job interview or meeting takes place in a restaurant?” Business professional dress is required, and the event will cost $15 per student. Students can purchase their tickets at the Career Center with Diamond Dollars, checks or money orders, but no cash will be accepted. -Michaela Winberg


On Wednesday at 6 p.m., Public Citizens for Children and Youth will bring “School Play,” a documentary-based live theater piece about Pennsylvania’s public education system, to the Temple Performing Arts Center. The play strives to bring a human face to the discussion of public education. This live performance at TPAC will be the final performance before the cast goes on a national tour. Attendees can register for the event at school-play.eventbrite.com. -Michaela Winberg


Thursday at midnight, the month-long Temple Analytics Challenge will begin. Students from any school or college at Temple are eligible to compete in the challenge, and will be assigned various tasks like making sense of big data through graphic design. Sponsored by the Fox School of Business, the event will offer competing students the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in prizes, and will continue until midnight Oct. 30. The event is online-only, and students can learn more by visiting ibit.temple.edu/analytics. -Michaela Winberg


The Hunger Action Community Fair will be held in the Founder’s Garden on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. To help raise awareness about food disparities in the Delaware Valley, representatives from Temple Student Health and the Office of Sustainability will attend the event. Local vendors like the Rad-Dish Co-op, the Food Trust and Fresh Grocer will provide free samples of fresh food for those attending the fair. -Michaela Winberg


Temple Theaters will put on performances of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” at Tomlinson Theater this Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11. Matinees beginning at 2 p.m. will be held Saturday Oct. 10 and Sundays, Oct. 4 and 11; the rest of the shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. The musical comedy tells the story of the search for true love aboard a ship. The show is open to the public as well as Temple students, and tickets are available at the Temple Theaters Box Office in the Tomlinson Theater lobby at $25 for general admission and $10 with a OWLcard. -Lindsay Hargrave


Boyer College of Music and Dance will host the Dance Alumni Showcase in the Conwell Dance Theater on Saturday. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., this event will feature performances by the Florida-based Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater, co-directed by Kristin Bender Polizzi, a Temple alumna and former teaching assistant. Tickets are available for $5 with a OWLcard and $20 to the general public. -Lindsay Hargrave MARGO REED TTN

Sarah Biemiller, the co-teacher of Visualizing Urgency, taught students about refugees last year.

Voice of the People | “ HALEY RAGSDALE


What’s your favorite spot for lunch on campus? BRIDGET DIBELLA




“I like the halal trucks. You get a free can of soda and it’s only $5 so it’s a real bargain.”

“The Wingo Taco truck is probably one of my favorites actually. I get the burritos in there, the Southwest barbecue burrito with bulgogi.”

“I really like the Sexy Green Truck. I usually get the veggie burger or the chicken pesto panini. It tastes fresh.”





Owls’ Oct. 10 kickoff set for noon MEN’S SOCCER OWLS TRIO HONORED BY CONFERENCE

Three Temple players were named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Freshman Belal Mohamed, junior Jorge Gomez Sanchez and junior Matt Mahoney each received weekly conference honors. Mohamed, a midfielder, scored the first goal of his career off an assist from junior midfielder Justin Stoddart in the team’s 4-1 victory against La Salle Sept. 20. In his first year as an Owl, Mohamed has seen action in all nine game this season, including five starts. Along with his goal against La Salle, Mohamed has totaled two assists this season and seven shots in 458 minutes of action. Sanchez scored his team-high 11th goal this season in the 8th minute of the team’s 3-2 loss to Cincinnati Sept. 23. He also assisted Mahoney’s goal in the 19th minute against the Bearcats. Gomez started all nine games this season, totaling three assists and 21 shots on goal in 650 minutes of action this season. Gomez’s 11 goals are second in Division I behind Gordon Wild of the University of South CarolinaUpstate. Mahoney scored his first goal of 2015 and his first since his freshman season in the loss to Cincinnati. Mahoney, a team captain, started all nine games this season and played 796 minutes of action. -Dan Newhart


Temple fans celebrate during the Owls’ 27-10 victory against Penn State Sept. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field.


The Owls’ kickoff against Tulane Oct. 10 is set for noon at Lincoln Financial Field. It will be Temple’s homecoming game and the first time Tulane will play the Owls in Philadelphia. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU or ESPNews, depending on the outcomes of this weekend’s games. -Michael Guise


Temple received 17 votes in the week 5 Associated

Press Top 25 poll. It was the third week in a row the Owls received vores in the poll. Sept. 19 the squad received 20 votes following its 25-23 win against the University of Massachusetts. The Owls also received 38 votes after their 34-26 win against Cincinnati Sept. 12. The Owls, who have not been ranked since 1979, are 3-0 for the first time since 2010, when former coach Al Golden lead the team to an 8-4 record. Temple travels to Jerry Richardson Stadium Oct. 2 to face the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. -Michael Guise


Middle hitter Kirsten Overton was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. This season, Overton has started in all 14 of the team’s matches and has a team-high 46 percent hitting percentage. She averages 3.12 points per set and 2.49 kills per set. In 47 sets, the middle hitter is second on the team in points with 146.5. Senior Alyssa Drachslin was named to The American’s Weekly Honor Roll. In the team’s two victories last weekend, the libero averaged 5.17 digs per set. In 47 sets this season, Drachslin is second on the team in assists with 41. -Michael Guise

‘Wow. Finally my hard work paid off and someone saw it.’” Senior defensive back Alex Wells came to Temple last season In Hayes’ first year at Temple after playing at ASA College in New in 2011, then-coach Steve Addazio York. Wells was impressed but not redshirted the defensive back. As a surprised when he learned of Hayes’ redshirt freshman in 2012, Hayes did journey. not play in any games. “I wasn’t here when he first got In 2013, coach Matt Rhule’s here,” Wells said. “It took me unfirst season leading the til last year to hear his Owls at Charlotte team, Hayes played in full story, but that’s an Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. 10 games tallying 15 amazing thing to do. tackles—mostly on speOne thing about Will cial teams. though, why it all worked out, his Rhule said in the team’s final grind just never stops. … His grind game of the 2013 season—a 41-21 never left. I think his grind is what win against Memphis—Hayes’ play keeps him above everybody else.” on special teams provided a glimpse In 2015, the two safeties have into the significant role he now plays combined for 21 tackles. In their for the team. short time together, Wells and Hayes “Our first year, he really was have developed chemistry in the kind of up-and-down and then we Owls’ defensive backfield. got to the Memphis game,” Rhule “He’s accountable,” Wells said said. “We really challenged him in of Hayes. “It’s kind of good playing the last game of the year and he went next to somebody you know is on out and I thought he played a great their stuff.” game. Just on special teams, but it Defensive coordinator Phil really showed he had some heart and Snow, who also coaches the safeties, came to Temple with Rhule in 2013. Since then, he has worked closely with Hayes. Snow said Hayes’ work ethic and his journey make him a natural leader. “Everybody looks up to Will,” Snow said. “He’s been here a long time. He’s went through a lot. He’s vocal. If you work hard, people follow.” At 23 years old, Hayes is five Phil Snow | defensive coordinator years older than some of his teammates. He already has a criminal justice degree, which he plans on using some desire and that offseason really if he is unable to play football proemerged work ethic wise.” fessionally. Last year, Hayes played mostly The redshirt senior makes sure in a backup role at the safety position to share his path with his younger while also contributing on special teammates. teams. As a redshirt junior, Hayes “I always try to stress work played in all 12 of the team’s games hard,” Hayes said. “Do everything as recording 45 tackles and recovering hard as you can because you never two fumbles. know what coach is going to look at Hayes’ play led coach Rhule to you and say ‘Hey that guy’s going. offer the former walk-on a scholar- You should give him a chance to get ship. out there.’” “My junior year in the middle of the season he pulled me into his * Owen.McCue@temple.edu office and told me,” Hayes said. T @Owen_McCue “And once he had told me, I felt like, Continued from page 22



Sophomore Gabriella McKeown dribbles the ball during the Owls’ 2-1 win against Rider Sept. 1 at Ambler Sports Complex.

The 5-foot-6 inch forward from North Cape May, New Jersey, had nothing to show for her 37 shots in 2014, but made quick work of notching her first career goal with a one-on-one maneuver and finish in Temple’s ningham started 20 games and scored four goals, earning 5-0 defeat of Delaware State Aug. 23. American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team honors. McKeown, who missed two games after injuring her “I definitely thought it was going to right shoulder in a loss to Lehigh University Owls at UConn be a big challenge, so I worked out a lot Sept. 6, started in all 10 games she played this Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the summer before coming here,” Cunseason. She has two goals on 11 shots. ningham said of re-acclimating to soccer. Similar to Falcone, McKeown was re“I know my first couple games were really rusty, but I cruited as a striker, but now switches from offense to was just getting back into it.” defense throughout the game at O’Connor’s discretion. McKeown didn’t play quite as much as Cunningham “I played a little bit last year, but it was just kind of last season, but still managed to appear in 20 games while getting confidence on the field and being able to just take making 10 starts as a freshman. girls one-on-one,” McKeown said. “I didn’t really do that too much last year.” O’Connor has an abundance of leadership from his senior class, but he’s starting to see those same traits trickle down to Falcone, Cunningham and McKeown. “They’re becoming great leaders,” O’Connor said. “They have really stepped up and it’s going to have to be like that. ... It’s just them getting confidence and realizing, ‘I can do this.’” Continued from page 22


I definitely thought it was “ going to be a big challenge, so I worked out a lot in the summer before coming here.

Kayla Cunningham | sophomore forward

* tom.reifsnyder@temple.edu T @Tom_Reifsnyder

looks “upEverybody to Will. He’s been here a long time. He’s went through a lot.




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with my mom.” Last season, Sydlik was the American Athletic Conference setter of the year after tallying 1,203 assists, the most in school history since 2008. Sydlik also ranks 10th in assists in program history with 2,172. After 14 games this season, Sydlik has totaled 536 assists, averaging 11.40 per set. Although Kathrin was a stand-out player in Germany, she never pushed volleyball on Sandra or her younger sister Luisa, who will play for Hofstra University next fall. “It wasn’t really talked about, I mean I knew she played for our country,” Sydlik said. Her mother told her “If you want to play volleyball, you can go try.” The Sydlik name is wellknown in the German volleyball community. Freshman middle blocker Carla Guennewig, who is from Munster, Germany, was familiar with the last name before arriving on Main Campus. “I heard of her mother before,” Guennewig said. “She told me about it, but I knew her sister before too. She is my age and we played against each other in club.” Sydlik began playing volleyball as a nine-year-old in Germany, but said she did not start taking the sport seriously until she was 13. The Owls’ setter said Kathrin offers advice after


Janine Simmons and Sandra Sydlik celebrate during the Owls 3-0 against Montana Sept. 11 at McGonigle Hall.

games, but her mother lets her learn from her own experiences. “She never critiques me,” Sydlik said. “She keeps that really separate. She will tell you, like, ‘That was not your best game,’ but she would never say anything specific.” During her summer break in Germany, the senior captain played beach volleyball once

never critiques me. She keeps “She that really separate.” Sarah Sydlik | senior setter

Owls vs. Memphis Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

a week with her 48-year-old mother and her mother’s former Olympic teammates at a sports center in Berlin. “They have the eye,” Sydlik said. “They feel like they can’t do something anymore and they get all angry and I am like ‘relax.’ I am just running the whole time.” Although her mother continues to play with former

Olympic teammates, Sydlik said this will probably be her last season of competitive volleyball. “I love volleyball, it is my passion,” she said. “I can’t see myself playing like my mom.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

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“He was so calm-headed, especially my freshman year. It was nice to see how a keeper needs to keep a levelADVERTISEMENT

head to get through the highs and lows of the season and even an individual game. It really taught me a lot about the mental aspect of the game.” Freshman midfielder and fellow first-year starter Hermann Doerner has taken notice of Cagle’s emerging leadership skills this season.

Hearing Cagle’s voice through“He leads the team on the field out games keeps Doerner and team- and has the command from his posimates aware of what is gotion,” Doerner said. Owls at Delaware ing on around them and “This is very imSept. 30 at 7 p.m. organizes the back line. portant because he Doerner also feels conhas the best point fident that if and when the defense of view. He sees everything. He had gets beat, Cagle has its back. many great and important saves in a

lot of games. If you know that there is a goalie who saves a lot of shots, you feel better in the game.” * dan.newhart@temple.edu T @dannynewhart






Gennaro hails from family on the water Steve Gennaro’s older brothers competed at various levels of crew. By DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News


The Owls huddle up during their 4-0 loss to Northwestern Sept. 20 at Geasey Field. The team is 3-7 heading into conference play.

Struggling Owls to begin conference play The Owls open Big East Conference play on Friday against Old Dominion. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Last season’s Big East Conference title game loss to Connecticut is still reverberating in the minds of the returning Owls. The 4-1 defeat at the hands of the reigning national champions was the last conference match with former coach Amanda Janney at the helm and all-American forward Amber Youtz leading the front line of attack. Now, first-year coach Marybeth Freeman and her 10-member senior class will try to improve on a disappointing 3-7 nonconference record and win a conference tournament for the first time since the Owls won the Atlantic-10 Conference in 1999. “We can look at what we did last year, try to fix that, and come out strong again this year,” junior forward Katie Foran said. “I just want to get back at UConn for the loss.” Three of the six Big East teams have winning records, including Old Dominion and UConn, who are both ranked in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association coaches poll at No. 15 and No. 1, respectivly. After Georgetown University (5-4) and Villanova (3-6), Temple has the fifth best record in the conference, followed by Providence College (1-9). “Obviously we expect the best out of UConn, Providence and [Old Dominion],” senior forward Tricia Light said. “UConn and [Old Dominion] are ranked currently, so we know they’re going to be tough games, but we know how to beat them, and we’ve done it before. We were so close to beating UConn in the regular season last year, and in the championship, so we know what we’re up against.” This season marks the Owls’ third year in the Big East after they left the A-10 in 2012. Since Temple’s departure from the A-10, the team has a 7-5 Big East conference record, better than all conference foes except UConn and Old Dominion. Light said the two years of Big East experience have given her and her teammates a better grasp on how each conference team plays.


Junior Ali Meszaros prepares to hit the ball in the Owls’ 4-0 loss to Northwestern Sept. 20.

“I think that experience that you get ference [games] and you can say [there is] from being in a conference definitely added pressure,” Freeman said. “I look at helps,” the Annville, Pennsylvania native the eight ranked opponents that we have said. “You know the style on our schedule and I think that of play that the UConn’s, Owls at Old Dominion that’s been pressure throughout Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. ODU’s, Georgetown’s and the whole entire year. I think that all of those teams play. That we have been resilient. I think definitely is going to be a benefit for us, and that we have bounced back, and I think that the senior class has experience in the Big our record doesn’t indicate how many sucEast tournament.” cessful changes we have made.” This season, the Owls are 0-5 against Top 20 teams. They have been outscored * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu 21-9 in those five games. In 2014, Temple T @MattCockayne55 was 2-6 against ranked teams, including 1-3 against ranked Big East teams. “You know, you can look at the con-

Their unisuits were soaked in sweat as they walked through the door. After weeks of practice, the erg room at Pearson Hall has become the home of the crew team. The crew members dedicate much of their time on the ergometer, which measures the rowers' stroke rate over a certain distance. With more than 50 athletes vying for nine seats in the varsity boat, some members of the team couldn’t keep up with the rate set by coaches, causing them to vomit from the demand it took on their bodies. Still, there are a few freshmen who already stand out to the coaching staff, including Steve Gennaro, a Philadelphia native from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School. “He is maybe 160 pounds but ideally a rower would be like 6-feet-6 inches, 200 pounds. But we don't always get ideal people,” coach Gavin White said. “Some of the best stroke men we have ever had have been small people like Chris McCann, Charlie Bracken, those guys just had a motor and work very hard. That’s what I see in Steve.” When St. Joe’s Prep rowing coach Jim Glavin first saw Gennaro in 2011, he was taken aback by his 130-pound frame. “My God, he is the skinniest Gennaro I had ever seen,” Glavin said. “He was very thin and much smaller than his brothers who I had known to be bigger guys.” Wanting to improve his size, Gennaro spent his time on the ergometers during the fall of his freshman year. “The erg sucked,” Gennaro said. “We were just inside on the ergs. We didn’t go out and row. That is the part that everyone likes about rowing, being out on the water, but we were stuck inside, not with the upperclassmen. It was just freshmen and it was just us working out.” As he matured and worked out on the ergs, Gennaro transformed his body and learned the intricate techniques vital to rowing. “We constantly were kidding each other his last three years of him just getting bigger and getting big and strong enough to be a heavyweight,” Glavin said. “He would always come in and I would say things like ‘You still look like a lightweight,’ and he would always flex for me and he would tell me what his weight was and what he was doing weight-wise.” Gennaro continued a long family tradition that dates back to the 1970s, when his parents first attended St. Joe’s Prep. His brothers Michael and Bill attended the school in the early 2000s, where they both competed in rowing. Michael represented USRowing as an alternate at the 2012 Olympics and most recently at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. Bill rowed for Temple from 2004-07 and is now the director of rowing and girls head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor. While at St. Joe’s Prep, which has won 37 Catholic League titles, Steve and his teammates won various regattas, including the Stotesbury Cup his senior year in 2015 where his family watched as Michael presented Steve his gold medal. “[The Stotesbury Cup] was a pretty awesome moment,” Bill Gennaro said. “Steve, at the time, was a lot smaller than the two of us and his size was something that always ‘concerned’ me as I watched him go through high school. But I soon realized his heart and determination would more than make up for that.” * danielle.nelson@temple.edu


Owls’ captain and team president embraces leadership role in final season Patrick Hanrahan prepared for a new role after watching his sister’s athletic career. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News From the sidelines, Patrick Hanrahan watched his sister Brittany on the lacrosse field. The former captain of Saint Joseph's University's lacrosse team has been Hanrahan’s inspiration for this season, as he was selected as a captain of the ice hockey club team. “Just seeing her strive for excellence and pushing others and pushing her team and seeing them succeed made me want to succeed and have that ability to be able to motivate others,” Hanrahan said. “[I wanted to be a part of] getting wins and getting the best out of all your

teammates and not just your teammates, but Lawrence and Trainor helped the first-year getting the best out of yourself.” players with workouts and conditioning, but Patrick played ice hockey at La Salle Col- also offered words of encouragement and molege High School, winning a AAA state cham- tivation. pionship in 2012. Brittany played lacrosse at “[They] took us under their wing,” HanraNorth Penn High School. han said. “[Lawrence] and Trainor were both The siblings—ages 21 and 23—are 23 defenseman, so they showed us the ropes and I months apart, which aided their comthink that also led to and learn Owls at Pittsburgh petitive mindsets. from them to be a leader on this Oct. 2 at 9:20 p.m. “We’re just a very athletic famteam.” ily,” Hanrahan said about his parents, Last season Hanrahan talalso former high school student athletes. “I lied seven goals, 17 assists and 24 points. He think having an older sister that played multi- also played in the American Collegiate Hockey ple sports competitively drove my competitive Association Men's Division 2 All-Star Chaledge as well.” lenge from April 17-19. When Hanrahan arrived on Main Campus Last season, teammates got a glimpse of in 2012 as an 18-year-old freshman, he learned his leadership abilities when he substituted for the intricacies of being a leader from former captain Greg Malinowski when Malinowski defensemen Jordan Lawrence and Andrew could not make practices. Trainor, who helped him and other freshmen “It’s just his demeanor out on the ice,” adjust. said junior defenseman Aron Litostanski, one

of Hanrahan’s assistant captains. “It’s just how he plays. He leads by example [and] he says things on the bench when it’s needed, but most of the time it shows when he is out there playing.” With only 13 of the 32 players from last year’s team returning, Hanrahan, who is also the team's president for the second year, said he will need to accommodate his leadership style to help the younger skaters. “It’s definitely a little bit more work, a little bit added pressure, but I don’t think it’s anything I can’t handle,” Hanrahan said. “To be given that responsibility from the coaching staff and to have them put their trust in me like that, is just added motivation to have us succeed.” * stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr





The football team’s homecoming game time was announced, multiple men’s soccer players were honored, other news and notes. PAGE 19

Patrick Hanrahan found his leadership role The field hockey team is on a threeby watching his sister play field hockey at St. game losing streak heading into conferJoseph’s University. PAGE 21 ence play. PAGE 21 PAGE 22



Men’s soccer

Cagle’s voice leads defense In the team’s first nine games, Alex Cagle has allowed seven goals. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News Two years ago, Dan Scheck manned the pipes for the Owls. With Scheck in goal, the Owls finished the 2013 season with a 10-4-4 record, their best mark since 2008. This season, redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle has helped the Owls jump out to a

that allowed 13 goals in 18 games and 1733 total minutes in 2013, which tied for No. 9 in Division I. Scheck, who senior goalkeeper Pat Lestingi described as an introverted personality, had a work ethic and drive that were apparent to his fellow goalkeepers, but not always to the rest of the team. “To me, Dan was a great player, but as captain of our team people couldn’t always see all his energy,” Lestingi said. “He wasn’t really a vocal, extroverted person. He was more worried about his own game.” Through nine games and 841

a bigger guy, so I have a different “I’mkind of mindset that way.” Alex Cagle | redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper


Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle prepares before the Owls’ 3-1 win against Rider University Sept. 8.

7-1-1 start and the No. 17 ranking the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Sept. 22 poll. While the results have been similar, the two goalkeepers vary in their styles of play. “I think we’re comparable in certain ways and in certain ways we’re completely different,” the 6-foot-3 goalkeeper said. “Dan Scheck was a lot quieter in the goal. He did probably a lot less directing of the defense in front of him than I try to do. I’m a bigger guy, so I have a different kind of mindset that way. I can go up for bigger high balls and go in harder for tackles and stuff like that.” With nine shutouts and 79 total saves on 246 shots faced, Scheck helped an Owls defense

women’s soccer

Hayes expands role as safety in senior season

Gabriella McKeown, Kayla Cunningham and Elana Falcone have totaled 20 points.

By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor


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Sophomores add to offense

Elana Falcone found herself out of breath more times than she would have liked last season. Recruited by coach Seamus O’Connor to play striker, Falcone struggled with her fitness in 13 games as a freshman. O’Connor experimented with putting Falcone on defense during the spring, and the move has since paid off for the Owls. The 5-foot-4-inch Scranton Preparatory School product has recorded a team-high four assists, in addition to four goals, in Temple’s 8-4 start this season. “I was a striker originally, so it’s definitely a different perspective being more in the back of the field, but I really do like it,” Falcone said. “I can see more of the field and I know how to do those little final passes and stuff like that.” With the impending graduation of his nine seniors in mind, O’Connor has been especially

total minutes in 2015, Cagle has allowed seven goals on 78 shots faced. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native has three shutouts, a save percentage of 76.7 percent and Cagle and Temple’s defensive line also rank 33rd in Division I in team goals against average, with 0.74 goals allowed per game. Cagle’s freshman season at Temple was the first time in his soccer career he was not in the starting lineup. While he said it was a new experience, he took advantage of being on the sidelines by observing and learning from how Scheck played. “Freshman year it was awesome having a keeper like Dan Scheck in the goal,” Cagle said.

Transition is a common theme among the three sophomores. Cunningham, who is second on Temple in shots this season with 26, is a redshirt sophomore due to transferring from Indiana University, where she played field hockey during her freshman year. Last season, her first year as an Owl, Cun-

At the start of his college career, Will Hayes went unnoticed. After his career at Howell High School and a preparatory year at Milford Academy, Hayes didn’t receive any Division-I scholarship offers and garnered interest from only two Division-III schools. With limited options, Hayes decided to walk onto Temple’s program. “It was [disappointing] at first, but I knew I could play at this level,” Hayes said. “So, I knew if I worked hard, I could eventually even play some special teams or something and fortunately it worked out for me.” Now a scholarship-athlete and one of the Owls’ starting safeties, the redshirt senior uses past rejection as motivation. “It definitely gives me a lot of energy and a little drive to keep going more,” Hayes said.




Redshirt-sophomore forward Kayla Cunningham chases in the Owls’ 2-1 against Rider Sept. 1.

pleased with the play of his sophomores. Falcone, Kayla Cunningham and Gabriella McKeown have accumulated 20 combined points, with each player making at least five starts this season. “It’s absolutely huge, because you’re still thinking about what’s going to happen in the future,” O’Connor said of the trio’s recent productivity. “Now, every game we play, I’m like, ‘All right, that’s one less player we need.’”


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Volume 94 Issue 6  

Issue for Tuesday September 29 2015

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