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TO STAY The Owls will play at Lincoln Financial Field for five more seasons after Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles reached a contract agreement on Monday. Read more on Page 5

WHAT’S INSIDE OPINION, PAGE 8 A columnist urges students to be aware of the signs of dating violence and emotional and mental abuse. SPORTS, PAGE 23 Temple club ice hockey’s starting goalie was injured. Now, two freshmen have to step up to help the team clinch a playoff spot.

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Ari Goldstein sexual assault trial begins The other survivor alleges in FebThe former Alpha Epsilon Pi ruary 2018, while she was in a bedchapter president faces 14 room inside AEPi’s fraternity house sexual assault-related charges.


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Content Warning: This story mentions details of alleged sexual assault, which may be upsetting to some readers.

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Jury selection for the trial of Ari Goldstein, the former president of Temple’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi who is accused of sexually assaulting two Temple students, will begin Tuesday. The 23-year-old will be tried on 14 charges related to two separate incidents that occurred while Goldstein was president of the fraternity. Temple suspended AEPi from campus in April 2018 after Philadelphia Police began investigating the fraternity for multiple reports of sexual assault. Goldstein was initially arrested on sexual assault-related charges in May 2018 and arrested again in August 2018 after the second survivor of sexual assault came forward. Goldstein paid 10 percent of a $2 million bail in May 2018. He later paid 10 percent of a $1.5 million bail in August 2018 when he was arrested on additional charges. According to a sworn affidavit, one survivor alleges that in November 2017, Goldstein invited her into a bedroom inside the fraternity house and began to have sex with her. He allegedly became aggressive during sex, and she tried to resist his attempts. After pushing herself off Goldstein, the survivor allegedly was able to escape the room. Goldstein allegedly texted her an apology the next day, explaining he had blacked out and would “never intentionally do anything to hurt you,” according to the affidavit.

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CORRECTIONS 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 Kelly Brennan at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6736. An article that ran on Feb. 4, titled “Project expands legal counsel for name changes” on Page 11, incorrectly stated that the Name Change Project assists clients in legally changing their name to reflect their gender expression. It assists clients to change their name to reflect their gender identity. The Temple News also misstated that the Name Change Project is a law clinic, which it is not. An article that ran on Feb. 4 titled “Lacrosse faces competitive schedule in new league” on Page 23, incorrectly stated the men’s lacrosse team tied three MCLA teams in Spring 2019. The team won two scrimmages and lost two.

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on Broad Street near Norris, Goldstein forced himself on her and pinned her on a couch. He allegedly attempted to force her to perform oral sex on him before she broke free and ran out of the room. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Timika Lane ruled in March 2019 the two cases be tried at the same time. At a motions hearing in March 2019, Lauren Stram, a 2015 law alumna and the assistant district attorney, argued the two survivors’ allegations were similar enough to argue in one trial, citing the similar age of the survivors and the fact that both were Temple students. Stram also said there should be one trial because of the similar circumstances of the alleged assaults. “When things don’t go his way, he forces them to perform oral sex on him,” Stram said in court. Perry de Marco Sr., Goldstein’s lawyer, said combining the two cases creates “a tremendous disadvantage to the defense.” “It’s a disadvantage for many reasons, but the greatest of which is that a jury can easily get confused in trying to sort out the evidence,” he added. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the upcoming trial. If Goldstein, who was not offered a plea deal, is convicted, his lawyers will cite the consolidation of the two cases in their appeal of his case, de Marco said. The trial could last up to 10 days or more, he added. colin.evans@temple.edu @colinpaulevans





Historic Black churches attempting to hold flock Church leaders and congregants grapple with declining attendance and financial hurdles. BY JACK DANZ For The Temple News Rev. Michael Evans is leading Berean Presbyterian, a 140-year-old church on Broad Street near Diamond, through a time of “transformation and transition.” “We’re on the cusp of changing,” Evans said. “It’s important because of what’s going on financially and with the ministry service.” Evans wants to attract young members to Berean, a congregation of mostly people 70-years and older, he said. “Church is not a top priority,” Evans said. “You find more people in the mall on Sunday than you do in church. You find more people at the football game or something like that. At one time, you couldn’t find anything else open but a church.” Historically Black churches around Temple are facing declining attendance and deterioration of their buildings. The Temple News asked church leaders and congregants what it will take for the churches to endure through the future. BEREAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH In 1955, Rev. Benjamin Glasco Sr. and the Berean family bought Bethlehem Presbyterian Church’s building on Broad Street near Diamond. The church has remained there ever since, Evans said. Between 60 and 80 people attend service at Berean each week, Evans said. “We have some financial hardships, but we’re optimistic,” said Alison King, Berean’s clerk of session. Part of the church’s income comes from fundraisers and renting out space in the church, King added. Temple rents space in Berean for its Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, King said. Temple’s acapella groups, Broad Street Line and Singchronize, also rent space. Other renters include Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services and Narcotics @TheTempleNews

Anonymous. “We have to be more visible,” Evans said. “We have all this space. We have this resource that God has given us. How do we take this resource and be more functional in the community?” The church will host a fundraiser, Berean Jazz Fest, on March 21, which attracts hundreds of attendees, Stewart said. In January, Temple students and community residents gathered in Berean for a reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, The Temple News reported. “This church is the best experience that I had, because I got to be a part of so many things that I always wanted to do,” said Margaret Searles, who has attended Berean for 42 years. “And there are so many people I’ve met that I never thought I would meet.” “There are so many places I have been in the world, but this tops it all,” added Searles, who lives on Duval Street near Morton in Mt. Airy. JONES TABERNACLE A.M.E. CHURCH Rev. Richard Wright, Jr. founded Jones Tabernacle on 20th Street near Susquehanna Avenue in 1930 after splitting from Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church. This year, Jones will be celebrating its 90th anniversary with a “year of celebration” which includes a series of workshops for community residents and a neighborhood block party, The Temple News reported. “We’re maintaining [our historical significance],” said John Griswold, Jones’ longest-attending member. “It’s become very difficult because of the size of the congregation. It’s way down.” Griswold, 91, remembers when Jones Tabernacle had more than a thousand members. Now, membership is less than 200 people, said Rev. Miriam Burnett, Jones’ first female pastor. “We still do community service, but it’s on a much smaller scale than it used to be,” said Griswold, who lives on 19th Street near North.

J.P. OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Berean Presbyterian Church sits on the corner of Broad and Diamond streets on Jan. 27.

Today, the church has more than a dozen youth members. “Our young people feel like they’re needed,” Burnett said. “And they respond appropriately. That’s not just me. The whole congregation grabs onto that.” In addition to its membership challenges, Jones Tabernacle’s roof needs a multi-million dollar repair, Burnett said. Because it is a historic building, Jones Tabernacle must repair the roof with an expensive alternative to regular asphalt. The church has started to raise money for the repair, Burnett said. Aside from repairs, Jones Tabernacle spends about $1,400 a month on oil for its heater, which must be turned on from September to April because of the church’s stone walls, she added. THE CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE The Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th is rich with national history. The episcopal church, consecrated in 1897, hosted the first national Black Power Convention in 1968, the National Convention of the Black Panther Party in 1970 and the ordination ceremony for the first 11 women to enter the Episcopal priesthood in 1974,

according to a church pamphlet. But, the church needs $7 million to renovate it, Billy Penn reported in October 2019. Rain water leaked through the roof and damaged some of the church’s murals from the 1970s. The Advocate also needs a cooling system, fire code improvements, improvements to wheelchair accessibility, a fix for its eroding limestone and repairs to the plaster roof, Billy Penn reported. In total, the church needs $1.2 million for immediate repairs and another $5 million for additional repairs. The Epsiscopal Diocese of Pennsylvania works with the Advocate to secure grants and funding. “Our priority is to do any repairs that impact the safety of people in that church,” said Jennifer Tucker, the communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. “The $7 million price tag to fix the roof and some of the other things is not something that we can afford to pay right now” she added. “We have 134 churches. Many of them are historic churches with their own infrastructure needs.” jack.danz@temple.edu

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Two full-time workers serve thousands of students International Student Affairs is looking to add an additional employee to its staff. BY HAAJRAH GILANI For The Temple News Yuqi Zhang didn’t know English well when she first came to Temple University. As an international student from China, the senior music therapy major had to enroll in a secondary language program, she said. Zhang had not heard of International Student Affairs when she arrived at Temple, but she believes that if she knew of the offices’ services, she would have had a simpler time adjusting. Established in 2016, International Student Affairs is responsible for providing personalized support to the university’s 3,000 international students, a number that has more than doubled since 2011. Despite the university’s growing international student population, the office has been staffed by two full-time employees. “We know what the plan is and what we want to be able to do, but the office has been growing so fast,” said Leah Hetzell, the office’s director. “We’re able to do those things now, but we just need the additional support for the future.” The office also receives part-time help from student workers, but Marena Ariffin, the office’s assistant director, and Hetzell want to propose establishing a coordinator-level position in their office at the annual budget meeting for the university, but the process for requesting and approving a new staff position is a lengthy one, Hetzell added “With any regular staff position, that’s money and it’s on an annual basis,”

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Hetzell said. “You really have to show the value it’ll bring to the community. It’s a process to bring it to reality. We have to show our figures and students’ quotes.” A spokesperson for the university did not respond to a request for comment on the office’s staffing. The office saw attendance at its You Are Welcome Here Week, Temple’s annual week of globally inspired events, increase by 25 percent in 2019 compared to the year before, Hetzell said. Student participation in Peer2Peer mentoring services has also increased by 20 percent within the past year, she added. The office is also focused on working closely with International Admissions and the New Student and Family Programs to help international students prior to their arrival at Temple and in their transition to the area, Hetzell said. “As international students go through their college careers, they may find that certain things are more challenging for them and may need additional information, resources, or support,” Hetzell said. “That’s really the foundation of what we do.” The office helps students with housing, banking, travel, among other questions about being an international student at Temple, Ariffin added. Manuela Sobral, a junior sport tourism hospitality management major from Brazil, helps to organize and prepare for International Student Affairs’ events. Sobral considers working for the office a great experience. “I just know that if I ever need anything at all, Leah, Marena, and the office will be there for me,” Sobral said. Tasnim Hasan, a master’s student in communication from United Arab Emirates, said she has made appointments with the office to assist in filling

ISAAC SCHEIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS (Left) Yujie Zeng, a senior accounting major and International Student Affairs student worker, and the office’s Assistant Director Marena Ariffin, meet with Director Leah Hetzell on Feb. 7.

out paperwork while in the U.S. “For many of us, filling out crucial forms like CPT applications or work permits can’t just be completed immediately because we may need assistance with them,” Hasan said. “The extra time added to dealing with this paperwork is something that may not be prevalent in a domestic student’s college career.” The CPT applications are Curricular Practical Training, an off-campus type of internship for international students. On Jan. 27, Temple Student Government’s Parliament passed a resolution calling on the executive branch to issue statements of support for international students in light of the understaffing in International Student Affairs. Student Body President Francesca Capozzi signed this bill on Jan. 30. “I think Temple does need more international awareness among domes-

tic students,” said Wenting Ao, a senior media and communications major from China and Parliament’s multicultural representative who proposed the resolution. “If people are more aware of international communities, international departments may get more allocations and opportunities to provide for their students.” Ao is also a student worker for International Student Affairs “The type of legacy we’d like to leave here at Temple is that the office provided deep support for students in a personalized way, in a way not many other universities do.” Ariffin said. “I hope that someday down the line, students will remember the office being there when they felt alone and needed someone on their side.” tuk58551@temple.edu





Temple, Eagles reach five-year contract extension Several community residents reacted to the news of the extension on Monday. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract extension for the Owls to play in Lincoln Financial Field, the university announced Monday. The university did not comment on how much it will pay per year to lease the Linc, but previous reports suggested it could be as high as $3 million. Previously, Temple paid $1 million a year. The contract also includes an option to extend the contract to five more seasons after 2024, according to the release. The Owls played at the Linc since 2003. The previous contract was set to expire in 2017 but was extended to include the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The news comes amid uncertainty over the university’s plan to build an on-campus stadium, which has been met with staunch opposition from community residents who said it would add to noise and trash issues that affect the North Philadelphia community. The university hoped to file its stadium proposal with the City Planning Commission in June 2018 but missed its self-imposed deadline as it continued to work on winning over community residents, The Temple News reported. “We are thrilled to reach agreement with the Eagles, and we look forward to more home games in the top-quality facility that is Lincoln Financial Field,” said Temple President Richard Englert, according to the release. Jackie Wiggins, a leader with Stadium Stompers, a local group of residents, students and faculty who oppose the proposed on-campus stadium, declined to comment. City Council President Darrell Clarke, whose district encompasses


Main Campus, declined comment. “This is a great development and an outcome that I was hopeful could be achieved,” wrote State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, whose district encompasses Main Campus, in an email to The Temple News. “The community has spoken loudly and clearly about not having a stadium in the middle of a residential neighborhood.” “However, I’ve always wanted to make sure Temple was getting the best deal with the Eagles — and all indications are that they have reached such a deal,” Kenyatta wrote. “I look forward to continuing my work with Temple in the spirit of mutual trust and respect on the many other issues of common ground.” Kenny Turner, a board member of the North Central Special Services District, said he believes Temple still plans to build the stadium but will work on making improvements to the community first. “You didn’t get that extension for nothing,” Turner said. “You got that extension for a reason. You got that extension to let things die down, to see how the university can further work with the community so that they can build this stadium without opposition.” Community residents have not been talking about the stadium as much recently, Turner added. “You mention the stadium, and the conversation goes nowhere,” he said. “It used to be, ‘Over my dead body, as long as I’m living, a stadium will never be built on that corner.’” Charlotte Savage, another board member of the SSD, said she agrees that Temple is delaying their construction of a stadium, but disagrees that opposition to the stadium has died down. “We never can get weary of fighting against it,” Savage said. “We’ll continue to fight, and hopefully, our voices are heard.” colin.evans@temple.edu @colinpaulevans

TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN / FILE PHOTO Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a contract extension on Monday, and now the Owls will play at Lincoln Financial Field for five more seasons.

VIA TEMPLE UNIVERSITY A rendering a Temple’s proposed on-campus football stadium, a plan that stalled in 2018 after the university was met with pushback from community residents who would live near the proposed site of the stadium.

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Richard Fox: Remembering a ‘renaissance man’ Richard Fox was namesake of the business school and former Board of Trustees chairman. BY HAL CONTE & COLIN EVANS For The Temple News Richard Fox, a major real estate developer, member of Temple’s Board of Trustees and the namesake of the Fox School of Business, died at 92 on Sunday. The founder and chairman of the Fox Companies, Fox served on Temple’s Board between 1967 and 2020 and was chairman between 1983 and 2000. “For more than 50 years, Dick offered his guidance and support as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and the good work he accomplished cannot be understated,” wrote Ronald Anderson, the dean of the Fox School of Business, in a statement to The Temple News. “There is a long list of folks to thank for Temple University’s transformation to the dynamic and accessible campus that it is today, and Dick is one of the names at the top of that list.” Patrick O’Connor, the former chairman of the Board, knew Fox since he joined the Board, he said. “Dick loved the university second to only his family and is a treasure that will be missed,” O’Connor said. “He was one-of-a-kind and highly respected by his colleagues.” “Under his watch, I saw first-hand the transformation of Temple from a commuter school into something more,” O’Connor added. “He was a very successful businessperson and cared deeply about the fact that education should be accessible and affordable.” After serving in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the Battleship Missouri and the USS Howard D. Crow, Fox founded a realty company in 1953. He went on to develop Wachovia Center and Chesterbrook, an 865-acre community in Wayne, Pennsylvania, along with other sites through-

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RAYMOND BETZNER / COURTESY Richard Fox, the namesake of Temple University’s business school and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, died on Feb. 9.

out eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. “He was a strong civic leader,” said Moshe Porat, former dean of the Fox School of Business. “Very patriotic as well.” Fox was the founding chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and served as Pennsylvania state chairman for the Reagan campaign. Later, he served as national finance chairman for Jack Kemp’s presidential bid. He also served as chairman of the Jewish Policy Center, a pro-Israel think tank “He cared a lot about his Jewish roots, about Israel, about Jewish education and the free market,” Porat said.

Fox was also on various corporate boards dealing with corporate management, including Planalytics, Inc. “He was a Renaissance man in so many different ways,” Porat said. Throughout his multi-decade tenure on Temple’s Board, Fox made an effort to reach out to the student body and attended Temple Hillel for Shabbat on occasion, The Temple News reported. “He would come to every graduation while still in decent shape,” Porat said. “He was a very, very strong role model with a good, good value system and a non-ostentatious life.” He formed a close working relationship with Peter Liacouras, who was

university president between 1981 and 2000. During their overlapping terms, the two men worked to make Temple into a more residential school, according to “Temple University: 125 Years of Service to Philadelphia, the Nation, and the World” by James Hilty. “He was instrumental to that effort,” Porat said. Fox became the namesake of Temple’s business school in 1999. The university will host a memorial service for Fox today in Sullivan Hall at 1 p.m. news@temple-news.com TheTempleNews



Ahead of Valentine’s Day, The Temple News opinion section featured columns and essays focused on issues relating to dating, relationships and sexual health.




Dating apps can affect mental health, social life


Take care of int’l students In 2016, Temple University, a home to 3,000 international students, established International Student Affairs, an office dedicated to helping international students adjust and navigate college life. International Student Affairs helps international students from the moment they enroll to their arrival and up to the time they graduate, yet the office only has two full-time employees who are supported by part-time student workers, The Temple News reported. The university should provide the office with additional full-time employees and enough resources and support to help the office continue to help international students adjust to the cultural difference they experience. International students often face unique problems compared to the rest of the student body, like knowing the language and how to access basic necessities, among dealing with other cultural adjustments. These students often have no family in the U.S., making the existence of this office essential for


this student population. The office hosts dozens of cultural events on Main Campus, and while cultural events might seem extracurricular, they are important in making the international community feel welcome in the United States and at home at Temple. On Jan. 27, Temple Student Government’s Parliament passed a resolution calling on the executive branch to issue statements of support for the office and international students, which was signed by Student Body President Francesca Capozzi on Jan. 30. The Editorial Board calls on Temple to provide the office with the necessary resources to be able to continue serving our community of international students, one that has grown immensely over the years. International students bring invaluable experiences to our campus, and they invest a lot of money to be able to study here. In return, investing in resources to help these students is the least Temple can do.

Recent studies link excessive dating her social life. “In high school, I became wrapped up in a app usage with mental health issues, dating app,” DeNunzio said. “Attention from including social anxiety.


efore I transferred to Temple University, I joined a dating app, hoping to explore new things and meet new people. I was living at home while attending a community MEREDITH HAAS college, so finding relaFor The Temple tionships felt unattainable News at the time with such a small social bubble. One guy I talked to for a couple of weeks decided to stop responding altogether. I was left questioning a lot about why it happened and the thoughts consumed me. All I wanted was to have fun and get to know someone. When I was led to believe he had feelings for me, it hurt that much more to be left on read through texting. Dating apps allow people this ability to stop talking without any reason because no real-life emotions have to be confronted. The excessive use of dating apps has negative effects on our social life and mental health, and it’s an indication that we should consider a dating life free of Tinder, Hinge and other apps. Dating apps arose in the LGBTQ community with the founding of Grindr in 2009, but have since grown into a variety of platforms, including Tinder, Bumble and Hinge, the Atlantic reported. In 2018, around 23.8 million American adults used dating apps. In a 2019 study at Ohio State University, researchers surveyed 269 students who used dating apps and described themselves as socially anxious and lonely. They reported using dating apps to the point that it interfered with their schooling or work. Cat DeNunzio, a junior psychology major, said while dating apps did not negatively impact her education, she did see a shift in

new people was amazing, but I became more stressed wondering how many matches I got than what was going on with my real friends.” DeNunzio realized the apps were a waste of her time, but notices younger generations are accustomed to meeting over an app. “I feel like dating apps have become so normal in Western culture, and they’re just easier than having to meet strangers at a bar,” DeNunzio said. “I feel like a lot of people I know don’t really talk to random people in social settings but instead meet over apps.” For me, the world of dating apps did not fit my needs. Online dating does not fit my mental well being, but it can work for others. “If people can multitask and know what they want on dating apps, I say that is a valuable skill,” said Liz Zadnik, assistant director of Temple University’s Wellness Resource Center. “If it is interfering with someone’s goals, I would recommend prioritizing or setting boundaries.” Grace Milone, a senior speech, language and hearing science major, was searching for more attention on dating apps, before meeting her boyfriend on Tinder. She then realized how much they were taking up her time. “There wasn’t enough on just one app, so I would hop onto a different one as soon as the other was not working for me,” Milone said. “They became like a social media site, where I would scroll for hours, and I felt it would boost my mental health.” When I entered the dating app world, I wasn’t equipped with the right mindset. If given the chance, I might join the dating app world again. “Remember we are human and our brains want connection,” Zadnik said. “Dating apps feed a part of us that is very human, to where our brain, heart and body want to connect with others.” meredith.haas@temple.edu @haasmeredith





Erase the statistic: Prevent relationship violence Dating violence affects young women at nearly three times the national average.

Content warning: This story mentions details of sexual assault, which may be upsetting to some readers.


When I first read the statistic from the Temple University’s Wellness Resource Center that 21 percent of college students experience interpersonal violence while in school, I was ter-

rified. My mind immediately thought of my four closest friends and myself — how between us five, one of us is statistically likely to be affected by dating violence. That thought horrifies me, especially when knowing how relationship violence disproportionately affects young adults and college students. Dating violence, which refers to a pattern of abusive behavior against an intimate partner, affects adolescent women ages 16-24 at three times the rate of the national average, according to LoveIsRespect, a division of the National Domestic Violence Hotline focused on young people. In 2018, reported cases of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking at Temple doubled from 12 in 2017 to 24, according to the university’s 2019 annual security and annual fire safety report. Increased awareness of what qualifies as dating violence could be a factor in the increase in students reporting cases of dating violence, said Andrea Seiss, Temple’s Title IX coordinator. While this Friday is Valentine’s Day, this month is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Although it’s important to celebrate the letters@temple-news.com

healthy relationships that we have, not all relationships are healthy, and not everyone has the tools to help friends and family that may be experiencing this. As students, we need to use this time to better understand dating violence and how to recognize signs of abusive behavior early on, not only in our own relationships but in others’ too. Unhealthy relationship behaviors aren’t necessarily an abusive relationship unless they’re rooted in power and control, said Liz Zadnik, the assistant director of the WRC whose programming focuses on prevention of sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking on campus. These unhealthy behaviors include monitoring a partner’s location, text messages and who they associate with, as well as preventing them from having their own money, doing certain activities and seeing friends and family, according to Planned Parenthood. Signs of an abusive relationship include physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse, as well as reproductive control, threats, intimidation and isolation, according to Planned Parenthood. “When folks are cut off from their support networks, whatever that may be, they can feel disconnected,” Zadnik said. “They don’t have folks that they can reach out to to get a perspective or support or affirmation.” That’s why it’s so critical to be able to identify signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship early on. Signs that a friend is experiencing an abusive relationship include significant changes in dress, poor mood, abrupt cancellations of plans and violent or aggressive behavior by their significant other, according to Safe Horizon, a crime and abuse prevention organization. “Supporting them in finding joy, celebrating the connections that they have, investing the time in activities

that bring them joy and never necessarily saying, ‘You should do something,’ but ‘I’m here to support you no matter what,’” Zadnik added. Although physical violence is one indication of an abusive relationship, emotional and economic abuse, threatening statements and the use of sexual coercion are all signs of an abusive relationship, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It’s also essential to recognize whether we’re personally contributing to an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Unhealthy relationship behaviors can be influenced by the media and childhood figures we see modeling that behavior from a young age, Zadnik said. Exposure to domestic violence by parents can teach children it’s acceptable to use violence to exert control in relationships, repeating those same behaviors as adults, according to the National Childhood Trauma Association. “It’s not enough to tell a kid what not to do,” said Valencia Peterson, the founder of Open Door Abuse Awareness Prevention, a violence prevention program for local children, adolescents and college students. “We have to tell them why they might even think about doing it, where it came from and what’s the cause of it.” Zadnik recommends listening to feedback about certain unhealthy behaviors in previous relationships and telling ourselves it’s “not something I want to experience and I don’t want to make my partner feel that way again.” Teaching ourselves how to prevent dating violence is the first step in making change. It’s terrifying to know that one in five college students are likely to experience dating violence, but we have the opportunity to make progress. Don’t add to that statistic — erase it completely. tyler.perez@temple.edu @tyler7perez

STUDENTS EXPERIENCING INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE CAN ANONYMOUSLY SEEK HELP WITH THESE RESOURCES: Women Organized Against Rape 24-Hour Hotline: 215-985-3333 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 800 Student Health Services 215-204-7500 1700 N. Broad Street, 4th Floor Tuttleman Counseling Services 215-204-7276 1700 N. Broad Street, 2nd Floor STUDENTS CAN ALSO SEEK HELP BY REACHING OUT TO THESE RESOURCES: Title IX Coordinator, Andrea Caporale Seiss 215-204-3283 1755 N. 13th Street, Student Center Room 314 Anonymous reporting is available but is decided by Seiss to ensure the safety of the Temple community. Wellness Resource Center 215-204-8436 1755 N. 13th Street, Student Center, Room 201 STUDENTS CAN REPORT TO POLICE AT ANY TIME OF DAY. ANONYMITY IS NOT GUARANTEED: Campus Safety Services 215-204-1234 1-1234 from a campus phone Philadelphia Police Department 911 temple-news.com




Mandate sexual education in schools to curb STD rates Pennsylvania does not currently STDs reported in the United States in mandate sexual education to be 2018, according to the CDC. The most common STD was chlamydia, followed taught in schools. I entered college with absolutely no knowledge about sexual health or my body and feeling humiliated asking my doctor for a sexually transmitted disease test CHRISTINA MITCHELL with my mother in HEALTH BEAT COLUMNIST the room. Taking care of one’s sexual health is no different than taking care of one’s oral hygiene or mental health. In 2018, Philadelphia’s rate of STDs was 1,822 cases per 100,000 people, which was the third-highest figure in the country, behind Baltimore, Maryland, and Jackson, Mississippi, the Center for Disease Control reported in October 2019. The rise in STDs can affect all city residents, especially people of color, individuals experiencing poverty and members of the LGBTQ community. It’s a sign that we need to increase our sexual education programs to properly cover sexual health, contraception usage and the risks involved from a young age. Brittany Robinson, the wellness education program coordinator at the Wellness Resource Center, said that the rates of STDs could go down if students had formal sex education classes from a young age. “Sexual education is not required in the state of Pennsylvania, so children’s sexual education is across the spectrum,” Robinson said. “They could receive none at all, abstinence-based or comprehensive sex ed. If they’re receiving education that is insufficient, then they are having a misunderstanding of the risks involved.” There were 2.4 million cases of


by gonorrhea, both of which are asymptomatic but can cause infertility if left untreated. In Philadelphia, there were 21,119 cases of gonorrhea and 7,288 cases of chlamydia reported in 2019. Additionally, 499 HIV cases and 459 syphilis cases were reported in Philly in 2018, according to the CDC. Although cases of HIV have been steadily decreasing nationally, cases of syphilis have been increasing. Brad Windhauser, a gender, sexuality and women’s studies professor at Temple University, said despite this reduction in cases of HIV, the issue shouldn’t be taken lightly. “Improved medical technology is a double-edged sword because we have moved further and further away from the epicenter of disease, and the generation in their 20s now only reads about it in history,” Windhauser said. “A lot of young people have the mentality of ‘Oh, I’m young I’ve got plenty of time.’” But our time is finite. More than 46 percent of adolescents did not use a condom the last time they had sex, according to the CDC. This may be because they are uninformed of the risks. I went to Catholic school from kindergarten to 12th grade, and I never received any type of formal sexual education other than abstinence. Along with a lack of education, the topic of sex and sexuality is highly taboo. As a result, people are less likely to be open about their sexual history to their partners, parents or even doctors. This public health issue could be attributed to several societal factors that make it difficult for people to bring themselves to get tested, both emotionally and physically, Robinson said. “Sex and [sexually transmitted infections] are still very largely stigmatized,”


Robinson said. “People are really afraid to engage in these conversations about them in general because shame is associated with it. There are not a lot of role models in the media, so we’re not seeing ways to engage in discussions that are affirming and makes people comfortable.” Christopher Wheldon, a social and behavioral sciences professor, said although embarrassment and ignorance definitely play a role, ultimately poverty is the underlying cause for increases in the rates of STDs in Philadelphia. “Networks characterized by certain vulnerabilities, like high rates of poverty, structural discrimination, substance use, and lack of access to health care, may result in higher risk of STIs,” Wheldon said. “Philadelphia has high poverty rates. This suggests to me that the social

and economic vulnerabilities associated with poverty are likely affecting multiple health outcomes, including STIs, in those cities.” Legislation enacting mandatory comprehensive sexual education in elementary through high school could drastically reduce the rates of STDs and STIs in Philadelphia. “Developmentally appropriate topics can be taught as young as kindergarten,” Robinson said. “College should not be the first time that people are presented with this information. If we are withholding accurate medical information from people, they have a more difficult time navigating their sexual experiences.” christina.mitchell@temple.edu





From a toxic relationship to finding self-love

A student details the end of a high school relationship and how she’s grown since then. BY BRYN GARICK For The Temple News I met my ex-boyfriend in August in a high school senior year physics class. By December we were dating. We were as stupidly in love as the high schoolers in the movies. We did almost everything together. Every second we could spend together we did. We’d go get food after school or go to the arcade. On the weekends, he watched my dance performances, and I went to his family functions. After April 1, 2019, everything changed. It was the day I committed to Temple University — a 900-mile decision that would control the rest of our relationship. I just started at my new job in Oviedo, Florida and spent more time there and less time with him. We’d argue over the phone during my car ride home from work because I was too tired to hang out with him. Then, my grandma passed away and I closed myself off in grief. He tried to be understanding, but he couldn’t relate. I told myself to keep going. We had prom, graduation and summer before I left. After graduating, my hours at work increased, and so did our arguments. But there were only two more months before I moved, and I could just stick it out. Things got worse as my move-in date approached. The cracks in our relationship grew too large, and we shattered. It was strange the way it happened. I was working a nine-hour shift that day. I texted him during a lull in my shift to cancel plans we previously made for later that day. The arguments, which were increasingly growing with anger,



boiled over at this point. I spent the rest of my shift going to the back to reply to texts of how horrible I was for canceling, how uncomfortable it would be to explain to his friends why I wasn’t there and how my job and educational plans got in the way of “us.” I told myself he was right, it was only fair if I planned to leave in the fall, I owed it to us to spend every moment with him. I told myself it was only two more months, then I was moving and we were breaking up. Somehow, I convinced myself his anger would end when I agreed to cancel my plans and instead went to his friend’s birthday dinner. It didn’t. The 10-minute car ride felt like an

hour as I spent the time shifting between yelling and being yelled at. I learned in this car ride that even though I saw our relationship as strictly high school fun, he saw it as his future. I didn’t want to be his future — I wanted to have fun and learn and grow on my own before adding a relationship into the mix. I stopped telling myself to just stick it out. I broke up with him later that night and spent the rest of my summer hanging out with people who didn’t make me feel guilty for moving away to further my education. We kept in touch. I wanted to be his friend, but somehow my thoughts of simple friendship put the idea of us ending up together in his brain. Any contact between us became toxic when I turned

down his proposal to get back together. When I boarded my plane to Philadelphia, I blocked his number and social media. I didn’t need to stay with him anymore. Instead, I decided to stay with the person I would always be stuck with: me. I took my move to figure out who I wanted to be. I started acting on my impulses: go to the city just to wander, dyeing my hair purple and going to see “Frozen 2” at 11 p.m. with my friends. I stopped forcing myself to stay when I was unhappy. I stopped letting the idea of what someone wanted from me determine who I wanted to be. bryn.garick@temple.edu @brynrio





Philly students to receive sports, health programs Temple is now a part of a partnership to support sports education for local middle schoolers. BY BIBIANA CORREA Assistant Features Editor


nly one in five of Philadelphia’s youth gets the recommended 60 minutes a day of physical activity, compared to another one in five who get no physical activity at all, according to a report from Game On Philly, an initiative to increase youth access to sports in the Philadelphia area. Game On Philly, in collaboration with Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, the School District of Philadelphia, and Temple University’s School of Sports, Tourism and Hospitality Management and College of Public Health will begin sports and health education programming for the city’s sixth to eighth graders beginning March 2. With help from Temple, in addition to new funding from a federal Youth Engagement in Sports grant, the program is able to run, said Beth Devine, the executive director of PYSC, a youth sports networking group. “I think just sort of the stars aligned because everyone was not only available to work on it, but interested,” Devine said. General George G. Meade School, Dr. Ethan Allen School and E. Washington Rhodes Elementary will implement a full 12-week sports and health education programming. Samuel Gompers School, Paul L. Dunbar School and James R. Ludlow School will host only a twoweek sports camp to be able to compare


with the full program, said Gina Tripicchio, professor of social and behavioral science and a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple. The program will be monitored by principal investigators, who test the effectiveness of it through physical assessments and surveys. STHM and CPH will work together to provide research and Temple student health coaches for the program, said Amy Giddings, academic director of the master of science in sport business. “If [the children] are working with a positive adult that is engaged with them, cares about their development really seems to be helpful to them in a positive way, we think that the, you know, the opportunity for them to continue on and the interest for them to do that will be there,” she added. In the full program students will be separated by gender and participate in a two-hour program four days of the week, with two days of sports programming and the other two of a health and fitness curriculum. James Lynch, the executive director of athletics at the School District of Philadelphia, said the program will help ensure all students have an opportunity to benefit from learning sports. “There’s a lot of things we can look at to see how the world of sport especially when it comes to scholastic sports, you know, prove that not true, but like really show and build the narrative and tell the story about how they do have a positive impact on a student’s overall success,” Lynch added. PYSC will connect various nonprof-

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Paul L. Dunbar School on 12th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue is one of three Philadelphia schools that will host a two-week sports camp as part of Game On Philly sports and health education programming.

it organizations to provide sports coaches to the schools. The program will also allow students to try out different sports, Giddings said. The health and fitness curriculum emphasizes general physical fitness with activities like balance, stretching and strength training. It also integrates basic nutrition education led by Tripicchio, who will work alongside Temple student health coaches to teach the children about healthy eating and reducing sugar intake. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity, right, to teach kids or interact with kids, especially as it relates to their fields of study,” Tripicchio added.

For Devine, it’s been proven that active children who have access to trained coaches have better long-term physical and mental health outcomes, yet that isn’t seen in Philadelphia, she said. “We look at our city and there are kids who don’t get to participate because there aren’t enough programs or they’re not close to a rec center or they don’t have programs at school,” Devine added. “So, you know, our job is to just keep plugging away until there are programs in every neighborhood that kids can access.” bibiana.correa@temple.edu @_bibi_correaa





Student org supports local youth, maternal care

The association is partnered with local organizations it supports through hosting fundraisers. BY RENATA BUSCHER KAMINSKI Campus Beat Reporter

There were 684 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the state of Pennsylvania in 2018, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Charita Kunta, a sophomore neuroscience major, created Youth Education and Maternal Support Association alongside Natasha Narayanan last semester to help combat statistics like these. The association focuses on providing support to youth and mothers in Philadelphia through donation drives and informational programs. YEMSA partners with organizations like the Achieving Independence Center, a nonprofit that provides shelter for vulnerable youth, and Mary’s Shelter, a social service agency in Reading, Pennsylvania, that addresses pregnancy, parenting and youth issues in the community. The association’s first fundraiser is a baby bottle campaign on Main Campus in partnership with Mary’s Shelter that runs until Feb. 20. The campaign is a part of their goal to collect donations and provide maternal care, like diapers and clothes, for mothers and babies in need of resources, Kunta said. The money raised in the campaign will be used in various ways to support the shelter’s residents, said Claire Farrar, communications and events specialist at Mary’s Shelter and a 2005 communications and theater alumna. Farrar said having college students involved in supporting issues like youth homelessness is important because it can also affect college-aged people. “We’re addressing homelessness, we’re addressing homeless kids, and we’re addressing homeless pregnant mothers, so that can be anybody,” Farrar


CLAUDIA SALVATO / THE TEMPLE NEWS (Left to right) On Feb 6., YEMSA members Samantha Sprechman, Nishi Patel, Charita Kunta, Natasha Narayanan, Annmarie Charles, Chau Do and Nicole Alhov sit in the Honors Lounge in Tuttleman Learning Center, where they are hosting a fundraiser.

CLAUDIA SALVATO / THE TEMPLE NEWS YEMSA, a student organization focused on supporting youth and mothers, is raising money with a local nonprofit and put baby bottles in Tuttleman Learning Center to collect change.

said. “Much like many things going on in our world today, it doesn’t really have a face. Anybody can fall into those hard times or end up in a position where they might need a program like ours, so to see

it firsthand and be able to help I think opens up people’s eyes.” The association also concentrates on education, youth homelessness and the foster care system, or temporary service

provided by state governments for children who cannot live with their families, according to the Children’s Bureau. The association’s undergrad panels inform youth how to pursue education and teach them how to write resumes, prepare for interviews and how to choose a career path, Kunta said. “Things that if you went to a really good high school you don’t have a problem with, but if you didn’t it is something that is a huge challenge,” said Mansi Shah, assistant professor of neuroscience and psychology and the association’s adviser. Narayanan, a sophomore biology major, hopes YEMSA will link Temple to local organizations and hold events to help mothers and children become aware of the resources around them, she said. The association also helps students learn more about the surrounding community. Shah added. “Being on a college campus and being aware of these problems is very important because when you are in an area with professors and with faculty who also know about these problems and will help you to get involved, it is important that we make every effort to do to give back to the society,” Narayanan added. The association also plans to have a bake sale to fundraise for Mary’s Shelter and to collaborate with GEAR UP, an organization that provides academic success and college exploration for students and families. “I hope that our organization has the touch to work with many people in need, with many organizations and that we have regular volunteers who are also passionate about helping out in Philly,” Kunta said. “It is not just us working to help others but it is also that YEMSA gets members who want to give back to the community as well, who will hopefully continue to do this work after they graduate.” renata.kaminski@temple.edu @renatabkaminski





Formula racing team strategizes for competition

The organization wants to rebuild their car to complete an endurance race this year. BY ANNALIESE GRUNDER Science and Tech Beat Reporter On Hunter Hayes’ first day on Main Campus, he walked into Temple Formula Racing’s shop and was immediately asked to make calls to get car parts. “I just hit the phones running trying to figure out how we could get some carbon fiber in the shop,” said Hayes, a senior entrepreneurship and innovation management major. Hayes is the project manager of TFR, a professional student organization in the College of Engineering. The team designs, builds and tests a formula race car annually to compete in the international collegiate racing series, Formula SAE at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on May 6-9. This year, TFR wants to complete the competition’s endurance race, Hayes said. They competed in the race in 2017 at FSAE in Lincoln, Nebraska, but have never completed it, neither did they win in Brooklyn in previous years. Yet, with the team’s membership doubling this year, TFR is now working to improve the car’s electrical system and the drivetrain system, or the part of the car that works in with the engine to move the wheels, Hayes said. “We’re really sticking with everything last year that the car either had no issues or no failures with,” he added. “We want to understand those systems better because we’re a team that’s really building.” A new strategy to get parts for this year’s car is to have members post about the car on the team’s social media. They’ve been able to attract 20 new sponsors who have provided $50,000 worth of new parts for their car, Hayes said.


“I came in and I was like, ‘Hey, do you guys need someone to run the Instagram?’” said Chris Berger, a freshman media studies and production major and a new member who runs TFR’s YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Berger gives sponsored companies shoutouts on TFR’s Instagram, like featuring a clip of Hayes unboxing a shipment of Chassis Tubes — steel tubes used to construct the framework of the car — from sponsor VR3 Engineering, a mechanical engineering company. The team is primarily comprised of freshman and sophomore students this year and gives students a chance to learn, said Cybil Seneker, the club’s vice president and junior mechanical engineering major. “A lot of people assume when they come in here that they either have to have extreme knowledge of how to build a car or they have to kind of have a higher level of engineering understanding, but I think this year is a really good representation of how that’s just untrue,” Seneker said. TFR will be demoing last year’s car on 13th Street between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue on Feb. 21, during Engineers Week. Once this year’s car is completed, they’ll start testing it beginning March 1 in the Diamond Street Lot on Diamond Street near 12th before the competition. The countless hours in the screaming loud TFR shop he’s spent with friends is a highlight of his Temple experience, Hayes said. “It’s really stepping into a room where you don’t know anybody and gaining friends, building relationships, learning new skills and being dedicated,” he added.

LUIZA BARRETO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Hunter Hayes, a senior entrepreneurship and innovation management major and project manager of Temple Formula Racing, works in their shop at the College of Engineering on Jan. 21.

LUIZA BARRETO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple Formula Racing, a professional student organization in the College of Engineering, displays its formula race car in their shop in the College of Engineering on Jan. 21.

annaliese.grunder@temple.edu @AnnalieseGrund1








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Family event celebrates international Black history

On Saturday, the African American Museum in Philadelphia hosted “Black History is Now!” as part of their Family Fun Day series, featuring a traditional Ghanaian dance workshop, arts and crafts activities and Black history trivia. Stephanie Amma Young, a dance and fine art teacher from West Mount Airy, wore a traditional kente print garb, which is a traditional cloth worn by Ghanaian royalty. Young taught attendees kpanlogo, a social dance from Ghana. “‘Black history is now’ means knowing who you are as an African-American person, and participating in what your culture and heritage is now,” Young said. Storyteller Terri Niteowl-Lyons, 58, of West Oak Lane, hosted a trivia game. She said the power of children and the youth can create change in the world, like Ruby Bridges, a civil-rights activist who was the first African-American child who was the first to intergrate in elementary school in the South, according to the National Women’s History Museum, and Birmingham Children’s Crusade did. “I want our young people to understand the power that they have within to do something good for themselves and their community,” Niteowl-Lyons added. “Ruby Bridges, the [Birmingham] Children’s Crusade, the Freedom Riders, they were young people who changed their community and the country,” Niteowl-Lyons said. “I want our young people to understand the power that they have within to do something good for themselves and their community.” @TheTempleNews





Freshmen film studies duo hosts music podcast

Two film and media arts stu- trust each other to go through with it at to like do good for them,” Afiriyie said. on RedBubble, an online marketplace, “But I was excited to be on there just to where they sell 36 variations of Tunes dents produce hour-long epi- first.” In October 2019, they began recordsupport them.” for 2 products like drawstring bags, sodes about trending artists. BY MATT STROUT For The Temple News Coming from Cresskill, New Jersey and Cairo, Egypt, Sophia Cumella and Titus Oldham’s paths first intersected at Temple’s 2019 convocation. Despite their different backgrounds, the two struck a conversation about their shared love for music. Six months later, Cumella and Oldham, freshman film and media arts majors, created “Tunes for 2” a podcast that covers popular music topics, from Grammy predictions to album reviews. So far, they have produced 10 hour-long episodes available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube. “We brought it up around friends, and they didn’t think it would actually go through,” Oldham said. “We didn’t even

ing their podcast in the TECH Center’s breakout rooms but have since started to record at the Charles Library. Josh Afiriyie, a freshman film major, regularly listens to the podcast and is close friends with Cumella and Oldham. “I just like never thought it would reach this point, it’s just like inspiring in a way because like that’s my friends and they were able to do that and make it that far,” Afiriyie added. “I wholeheartedly, with like every ounce of my body, believe in them. I want to push them like as much as I can.” Afiriyie also appeared as the podcast’s first-ever guest, where the three discussed Kanye West’s newest album, “Jesus is King.” “It was definitely really nerve-racking just because I’ve never been in an environment like that and also like I didn’t want to like not perform well, even though it’s not a performance I wanted

Lysia Mogford, a freshman theater major and the podcast’s most recent guest, believes Tunes for 2 will give more students inspiration to start projects they are passionate about, she said. “It’s definitely a little bit inspiring, in a way that it doesn’t really matter where you are or what your situations are, that you are still able to create something in a very artistic way,” Mogford added. Previously, Cumella and Oldham had minimal experience with creating podcasts and recording audio, mostly only creating unreleased podcast episodes with friends and siblings, they said. “We would sit down in front of the microphones for the first episodes and be like ‘How do we even start?’” Oldham said. Now the podcast is gaining attention, with their “Grammy’s Prediction” podcast getting more than 150 views on YouTube. They debuted merchandise

SOULEYMAN GACKOU Junior engineering technology major


How are you celebrating Black History Month?


I’m celebrating it by dropping a collection from my clothing line. It’s an African-based clothing line, so we make different print shirts from Senegal, West Africa and we bring it to America. We sell around campus and different festivals and flea markets in the Philadelphia area.

throw pillows and hoodies. Not all of the feedback they receive is positive, Cumella said. “We got a lot of views, but we also got our first quote-on-quote ‘hate comments’ from like die-hard Ariana Grande fans,” Oldham added. The pair aren’t worried about the negative comments, instead, they’re excited about them because it means they’re being recognized, Cumella said. “We were like celebrating our first dislike,” Oldham said. Both want to continue creating the show while students, and even afterward, Cumella said. “I made a 25-year plan for Tunes for 2,” she added. “It’s part joke, part serious.” matthew.strout0001@temple.edu @TheRealStrout

AMIA GRAYE Freshman biochemistry major I’m just trying to learn more about Black history and for me more about Black people in medicine since that’s what I wanna do and seeing how they changed medicine, and how it’s kinda been secluded from what’s taught in medicine.

JULIA McINTYRE Third-year urban education student

OWEN HINTON Junior mechanical engineering major

I’m actually reading a book about racial trauma to better understand some things about Black history in the [United States]. Another one is participating in some Black Lives Matter Week of Action things that happened last week.

I’m recognizing all the hardships that the African-American community has gone through. And I’m just appreciating the great things that many Black people have done.





Event aims to break down sexual education taboo Disability Pride Philadelphia will host a sex education event this week for people with disabilities. BY GIONNA KINCHEN Intersection Co-Editor


eople with disabilities have sex, too, said Vicki Landers, president and CEO of Disability Pride Philadelphia. “There’s always, in the disability community, this thing where people don’t think that disabled people have sex,” Landers added. “And so we decided that we were going to make it known to everybody that we did.” For this reason, DPP is hosting an event on Valentine’s Day to provide inclusive sex education for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The event, called “Let’s Talk About Disabled Sex,” will feature activities and resources about navigating sex and dating for people with disabilities, Landers said. The event emphasizes teaching the importance of consent regarding any sexual conduct, Landers added. “One of the things we like to focus on is consent because there’s a large number of disabled women that get raped every year,” Landers said. “It’s trying to teach them that you can say ‘no,’ and that somebody can’t do it just because they want to.” Approximately 2 of every 1,000 people with disabilities are raped or sexually assaulted in their lives, as opposed to 0.6 per 1,000 able-bodied people, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Emily Trott, a senior human development and community engagement major and a student worker at Disability Resources and Services, said people with intellectual disabilities are at an especially high risk of sexual violence.


“A lot of folks [with intellectual disabilities] aren’t able to testify against a sexual assault, or even know how to explain what happened,” Trott added. “So, a lot of these instances of sexual assault go unreported and uncharged.” People with disabilities should be able to have the necessary education to decide the nature of their own sexual encounters, said Maisha Elonai, a volunteer with DPP and the executive assistant at Liberty Resources Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes independent living for people with disabilities. “If a person who is doing things that enable us to take care of the basic functions of life, like getting dressed, like toileting, like getting out of bed, they’re there to enable us,” Elonai said. “They are not there to control us, and if they do something, like approach us in a non-consensual manner, we have the right to say ‘no,’ and we have the right to report them.” The event also emphasizes the importance of communication in relationships for people with disabilities. “It’s like, ‘When do you [tell them about the disability]? How much do you tell them?’” Landers said. “Because somebody who’s not disabled already has questions in their head of ‘Is this person going to be able to live up to the expectations of any other relationship?’ And the answer is, ‘Yes.’ You just get to be more creative.” Trott said the lack of sex education for people with disabilities is due to the stereotype that people with disabilities can’t have sex or relationships. “[People with disabilities] often don’t get any kind of education because people think they’re asexual and they’re not able to have a relationship,” Trott said. Izzy Kaufman, a board member of DPP and a disability and sexuality ed-


ucator, said she never saw media representation of people with disabilities in romantic and sexual settings while growing up, which affected the way she thought about sex and relationships. “I never saw people in romantic movies that looked like me,” Kaufman said. “I never saw people in wheelchairs having that big romantic moment. I never saw it even in pornography. I didn’t see myself in anything, so I kind of just assumed I wouldn’t have sex for a long time.” Barriers to disability-inclusive sex education include “parental anxiety and fear, the lack of federal funding specifically designed for students with disabilities based on comprehensive sexual health education, lack of teacher education programs [and] lack of teacher knowledge and confidence resulting in concern, anxiety, and fear,” according to a 2017 study in the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Kaufman said she never received sex education that was inclusive of her dis-

ability in school. “I was angry about it, and that’s why I became a sex educator,” Kaufman said. “Because I thought, ‘My community is not getting the right education, so I might as well be the one to deliver it.’” It’s important for able-bodied individuals and people with disabilities to realize that they can learn from each other and alongside each other, Elonai said. “People with disabilities are people,” Elonai added. “And for both the able-bodied community and for the community of people with disabilities, we should all be aware of the fact that love is love, pleasure is pleasure. We’re all coming as we are to it, and we can all learn from each other.” “Let’s Talk About Disabled Sex” event is on Feb. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Wade Blank Conference Room at Liberty Resources, Inc., at 112 N. 8th St. gionna@temple.edu @gionnakinchen





‘Love is a learned experience’

A student writes about getting married at 21 and her fear of being judged for being married. BY KATHY CHAN For The Temple News What began as an interview with another student about the Asian-American diaspora became a conversation about life, politics, dreams and lived experiences. I soon realized I had never felt at home with anyone like this before, not within the first few moments of talking. After a while, my friendship with Matt turned into staying over one night to several sleepovers each week. We began cooking together, exploring the city’s selection of eateries, and finally deciding that we should move in together. Living together seemed to strengthen our bond and our love for each other. We were living as if we were already married, so the transition to marriage itself didn’t seem like too big a hill to climb. The question of marriage kept coming up, in short conversations, to longer ones that we would have late at night. On one particular night, the question of marriage came up again but this time it ended on the burning question: “Would you be willing to spend the rest of your life with me?” I did not hesitate to say yes. Last year, on a warm, beautiful spring day, we got married, and when I signed my name on the self-uniting documents, I took a really long, deep breath. This was the telling moment of my life. I would be forever united with my partner, my college sweetheart, and my best friend. To many people, the news of my marriage came as a huge surprise. Before I knew it, everyone wanted to know what it was like being married, especially



at the young age of 21 years old. Whenever I would tell anyone that I’m married, I’m always asked a follow-up question: “Wait, how old are you?” The two biggest misconceptions about marriage I’ve experienced are that to be married, you must be old with kids, and if you aren’t old but are married, your marriage isn’t going to last very long because you’re young and don’t know how to manage it. Even before I got married, I had seen many posts online talking about marriage in very negative ways. Some of my peers have described marriage to be a “cage” or a “trap,” wanting to wait until after they finish their education or get a successful job before starting that part of their lives. I was self-conscious about my decision. In the beginning, I questioned my decision often. Should I have waited? Will people think this is too early? What are they going to say? At first, I was hesitant to tell my

friends and family about the news. As a young, married couple, I thought people would call us naive and careless. I thought they wouldn’t accept it. After a while, I told my siblings and most of my friends. To my surprise, my brother and sister were very accepting. They believed in my choice and supported my decision. My brother said, “You should do what you think is best for you.” My friends constantly showered me with encouragement and support. They were curious about the experience of marriage, and “who asked who first?” My mother-in-law discovered the news on her own, and contrary to our initial thoughts, the only thing that disappointed her was that she wasn’t the first one to know. She happily congratulated us. To this day, I still haven’t told my parents. But I’m sure they’ve also discovered it from social media, or through the fact that my husband and I are clearly inseparable in every single thing we do.

Throughout the course of my marriage, I’ve not only learned so much more about myself, but I’ve also learned how to love myself, too. This is thanks to the love and support I receive from my husband. I wouldn’t have made it without him. Yes, being married as a young adult can be very confusing. The entry into adulthood can be the most confusing part of your life. But, as crazy as it sounds, I believe your twenties can be the most enjoyable time in your life, especially, to get married. Having a partner to help me navigate the crazy terrains of finding an apartment, remedying my homesickness on lonely days, cooking warm meals on extremely cold nights and to be the smiling face when depression hits the hardest, has empowered me and provided the strength I need to continue on with my life. By marrying young, I run the risk of being considered careless, naive, reckless and even foolish. But I believe that marriage is about intention, and your commitment to that intention will determine how long you will last. All my life, I’ve seen people of all ages go through terrible breakups, divorces and separations. Your age can’t possibly determine how capable you are of loving someone. Love is a learned experience, and you can learn about love and how to love at any age and at any point in your life. I got married to Matt because I believed that there was no one else in this entire world I would rather spend the rest of my life with. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with someone who not only knew who I truly was, but could understand and accept who I will be in the future. kathy.chan@temple.edu





The head and the heart: Dating and mental health issues

A Wellness Resource Center coordinator discusses navigating mental health and relationships BY KARISSA GORNICK For The Temple News Emily Foster, a junior history major, said she noticed codependent behavior in a relationship with a previous girlfriend, which Foster said was “not a healthy relationship.” “I started defining myself as a person by what I could do for her, how I could help her, so part of my identity became connected to supporting her,” Foster, who has mental health issues, added. “I became her outlet for everything that was going on in her life, which was a strain on me.” Intimate relationships might be social connection most affected by mental illness, and unhealthy dynamics, like codependency, can sometimes manifest within couples suffering from mental health issues, Psychology Today reported. In the past year, 65.7 percent of students suffered from overwhelming anxiety and 45.1 percent of students felt so depressed that it was difficult to function, according to a 2019 survey from the National College Health Assessment by the American College Health Association. Janie Egan, the mental well-being program coordinator at Temple University’s Wellness Resource Center and a certified health education specialist, said mental health can sometimes add a new layer of difficulty to relationships. “I think navigating relationships is challenging, and so is mental health,” Egan said. “These are two challenging things that, when viewed separately, can be difficult to deal with, but adding the two together adds another level of complicated.” Maintaining self-care practices and communicating boundaries in relationships is important for mental health, Egan said. @TheTempleNews


‘“When it comes to dating or exploring new relationships, it’s important to consider what’s important to them and how they can still practice self care,” Egan added. Egan explained that boundary setting is part of this practice. “Making sure we are doing what feels right for us, and that means communicating a boundary with someone, which can be uncomfortable, but it can also be helpful for our mental well-being to do that,” she said. Foster’s main concern when it comes to dating is when to open up about her mental illness, she said.

“It’s this weird balancing act you have to have,” Foster added. “On one hand, you don’t want to waste your time with someone who, when you’re open about your mental health, they’re gonna drop you like a bag of rocks. But at the same time…I don’t want [my mental health] to be the only defining thing they know about me.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s resource page states there are typically three paths that romantic partners can take when a person discloses their condition: they are “genuinely comfortable” and “things stay the same”; the person ends the relationship or the person is

supportive initially, but soon pulls away. Egan advises building trust and “cultivating relationships where [partners] can communicate openly and without judgment” before opening up about something you’re suffering from or going through. “Trust is important when it comes to disclosing our mental health concerns,” Egan said. “If folks are in a relationship where they feel judged or can’t be their authentic self, that’s where we can do some self-reflection and communicate that.” karissa.gornick@temple.edu





‘Prioritizing my comfort’: Dating outside the binary An student who is agender writes about how cisgender societal norms affects their dating life. BY RAYONNA HOBBS For The Temple News The dating pool may seem large and full of fish swimming for love, but that pool can quickly shrink into a puddle when you’re nonbinary. The concept of dating comes with an ingrained cisnormative script, the idea of being in a monogamous relationship between cis-heterosexual individuals. It’s hard to follow a script when your character wasn’t included in the first place, so you end up improvising. That’s what it feels like to be nonbinary in the very cis dating scene. This expectation to adhere to the social standard of what a legitimate relationship looks like and operates. There are gender expectations and roles that people follow whether they are conscious of it or not. Existing outside the binary can be both liberating and frustratingly complicated. To reject the binary and be open about that resistance is very anarchic. Being nonbinary, specifically agender, is a piece of my identity I hold very dear to me. To be agender means to not align or identify as a specific gender. For me personally, I feel as though I don’t really have gender. I just see myself as Ray and I’m just happy that way. I would never want to hide or tone down my queerness. I worked too hard to learn how to embrace it. When it comes to dating outside the binary, it can be challenging to avoid the pressure of conformity and adopt a cisnormative dating lifestyle.

It can be tiring having to explain yourself and defend your mere existence to every other person you meet. Strangers feel the need to ask invasive questions five minutes into the conversation. A “hello” can quickly turn into, “so do you have a vagina or no?” That type of conversation gets really old, really fast. These types of questions and ignorance can really make dating seem unattainable and just not worth the trouble. There’s so much weeding out that needs to be done before you can even consider dating anyone. Once you remove all the blatant transphobes, fetishizers and overall creeps, the list of potential dates shrinks rather quickly. Adding race to this can make the puddle feel even smaller. A Black, nonbinary person tends to make some folks’ brains start smoking in confusion. I don’t fit the go-to image of what nonbinary is “supposed to look like,” which adds an additional barrier. Most images and representations of nonbinary people show white, skinny and androgynous-presenting folk, even though that’s not what all nonbinary people look like. I know I certainly don’t. The urge to conform is tempting because following the prewritten script is easier than rewriting your own. Nonbinary identities are often invalided and dismissed, so when we do choose to follow cisnormative script it can feel good and validating because otherwise we wouldn’t even be noticed. Dating apps can really be a hit or miss for me and other nonbinary people. Unless I’m using a queer-specific dating

app or at the very least, a queer-friendly one, chances are I’m not going to find the app useful. On apps that had an overwhelming amount of cishet people,I had conversations where people misgendered me and insisted on perceiving me as a woman. How can you still use the wrong pronouns when literally the first things I list in my bio are my pronouns and gender identity? You’ve already proved to me you’re not worth my time if you can’t do that. At the same time, I’m glad I’ve had these encounters because it has helped shape what I want in a relationship and how I want to be treated. Anyone who doesn’t respect or acknowledge my identity and boundaries wasn’t worth my effort in the first place. Prioritizing my comfort and communication has made navigating the dating scene less anxiety-inducing. Having a clear image of what I want in a relationship has allowed me to make positive decisions in my dating life. All nonbinary and trans-identified people are deserving of a love that is supportive and safe. If someone isn’t comfortable with your identity or isn’t willing to educate themselves, then that person doesn’t deserve your energy. Never let someone take away the assurance you have over your identity. Don’t ever feel like you have to change to fit their ideas. Your gender is yours and you’re not required to conform to a binary social structure. You’re capable of finding love as a nonbinary person. rayonna.hobbs@temple.edu

The Safezone Project Cisgender: The Safezone Project GENDER INCLUSIVE VOCAB Cishet: Healthline Nonbinary: Human Rights Campaign Agender: A person who sees themselves as existing without gender

Cisgender: When

someone’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity corresponds in the expected way (e.g., someone who was assigned male at birth and identifies as a man)

Cishet: A cishet person

identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth, and they’re attracted to people of the opposite gender

Nonbinary: A person

who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman SOURCES: The Safezone Project, Healthline and the Human Rights Campaign








‘That’s why it’s called a team’: Bench players boost scoring Temple’s bench scored 40 points in a 97-90 overtime win against Southern Methodist on Saturday. BY ALEX McGINLEY Assistant Sports Editor

Bench players have been able to contribute to Temple University men’s basketball this season. Key players have been injured in recent games and coach Aaron McKie has frequently substituted players in and out all season. Saturday’s game was no different. In its 97-90 overtime win against Southern Methodist (16-6, 6-4 The American Athletic Conference), Temple (12-11, 4-7 The AAC) received 40 of its points from bench players. Junior forwards J.P. Moorman II and De’Vondre Perry were out with foot injuries on Saturday. This was the first game Moorman’s missed this season. Perry’s missed five. “We make adjustments,” McKie said. “It’s a part of the game. One man goes down, the next man has to step up. [Freshman guard] Josh [Pierre-Louis] stepped up. [Redshirt-junior guard] Monty Scott stepped up. That’s why it’s called a team.” Scott and Pierre-Louis combined for 31 points on Saturday. Scott averages 17.8 minutes per game and scored a season-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field in 36 minutes of play. Scott also dished out six assists. The last time Scott scored more than 22 points was when he played for Kennesaw State University where he scored 26 points on Feb. 26, 2018 against Jacksonville University. Scott expected an increased role against Southern Methodist with Moorman and Perry out, he said. “I didn’t know [Moorman and Perry] weren’t playing until I got here and it kind of made me know I had to step up for the team,” Scott added. “I always knew I could score and do multiple things for this team. I just never knew when the chance would come.” sports@temple-news.com

J.P. OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior guard Monty Scott dribbles the ball during the Owls’ 90-97 overtime win against Southern Methodist at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 8.

Pierre-Louis, who plays 14.15 minutes per game, received 25 minutes of playing time on Saturday. He scored all nine of his points from the three-point line and shot 3-of-4 overall from behind the arc. Saturday’s game was the most points Pierre-Louis amassed in a game since Dec. 21, 2019, when he scored 12 points against Rider University (14-9, 8-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). “[Pierre-Louis] seems to do that a lot,” senior guard Quinton Rose said. “Like when we’re struggling, he hits a big three to get us going. He’s done that numerous times this season. It doesn’t surprise me. I’m just happy for him. He made a big shot. He made plays, especially on defense as well. He did a good job.” Redshirt-freshman forward Arashma Parks was injured Saturday. Parks landed on his right shoulder after a rebound attempt in the first half and did

not return to the game. He had surgery on the same shoulder on Oct. 10, 2018, which forced him to redshirt his freshman year. Parks returned to the bench in the second half with a sling over his shoulder. Parks’ injury “didn’t look good,” McKie said. With the injuries to Moorman, Perry and Parks, the Owls only had two forwards available: junior Justyn Hamilton and sophomore Jake Forrester. Senior center Damion Moore also received extensive playing time due to the injuries. Moore played 10 minutes and scored a season-high nine points while going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. The lack of forwards forced the Owls to rely more on their guards. The Owls utilized a five-guard rotation of Rose, Scott, Josh Pierre-Louis, senior Alani Moore II and junior Nate Pierre-Louis.

Rose is the tallest of the five players at 6 feet, 8 inches. “It generated a lot of offense for us,” Alani Moore II said. “Next up is rebounding because we are a little small. That’s all heart and toughness at the end of the day.” Despite the injuries, McKie is hopeful about his team’s chances in postseason play. “We wanna continue to try to make a statement,” McKie said. “I’m optimistic that we can finish strong and have a say in The American Conference or we have a say in potentially being a team that’s talked about in the NCAA Tournament. I’m never losing faith in that. I don’t care which direction this season is going. As long as the guys continue to fight, we’ll have a chance.” alex.mcginley@temple.edu @mcginley_alex





Injuries force freshman goalies into starting spot Starting senior goalie Benjamin 46-save performance. Then Galitski had Auerbach suffered a concussion 34 saves on 40 shots against Penn State Berks in an overtime loss on Feb. 1. in practice three weeks ago. BY THOMAS NEMEC For The Temple News The Temple club hockey team skated around the ice firing shot after shot at the team’s two freshman backup goalies to prepare them for the two most important games of the season. The Owls’ last two Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association games are against Lehigh University. Temple, who has lost four straight games, needs to win both to earn a playoff spot this season. Temple’s chances fall on freshman goalies Joey Galitski’s and Steven Glik’s shoulders. Temple’s usual starter, senior goalie Benjamin Auerbach, suffered a concussion at practice three weeks ago. “It’s hard to see any player get hurt, especially [Auerbach] who has been around for four years like me. He’s obviously a dedicated and passionate player, and it affects the whole team,” said Charles Ghiazza, a senior forward and captain. “We have two good backup goalies, both freshmen, and we are going to have to rally behind them.” Glik helped the Owls beat West Virginia University, 2-1, on Jan. 26 with a

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 FREDERICK Frederick, who played attack, lost the option to play this season when she decided to coach. Now as a coach, she mostly works with the goalkeepers. “She is kind of the goalie whisperer,” Rosen said. “She’s a great shooter. Trust me, we wish she could be playing for us on the field, and so, she’s really great in that environment.” Frederick works with senior Maryn Lowell, junior Olivia Martin and freshman Eryn Beal for about an hour during practices, before entering a game and at halftime. “If we have a team that has a couple @TheTempleNews

Temple played against Liberty University on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is not in Temple’s division so the games do not affect their playoff chances. On Feb. 8, the Owls lost 9-1. Galitski played all 60 minutes and saved 55 shots on 64 attempts. On Feb. 9, Temple lost 2-0, but the team has not released that game’s statistics as of Monday. Auerbach has been a role model and support for both freshmen. “He has been helping us from the start,” Galitski said. “He will see me struggle sometimes and he points out my mistakes and gives me tips on the little things to help out. Plus he is always there for me when I’m playing to tell me I’m doing a good job.” Both goalies know what it’s like to battle for a starting spot, they said. Galitski fought for a starting position at West Chester East High School. “It sucked, but it ticked me off and I just started playing,” Galitski said. “I started sophomore year, and since then I have gotten better and better.” Glik had to battle it out with another goalkeeper on the Philadelphia Revolu-

tion, a junior travel team. Coach Pat Carroll has been rotating the two goaltenders since Auerbach’s last game, which was a 60-save performance in a 5-2 loss to Villanova on Jan. 18. Ghiazza has not lost hope for these upcoming games. “We have a fun road trip over to Virginia where we are gonna stay for

two nights and have some fun,” Ghiazza said. “But then we have two huge league games coming up right after, the chemistry is there and that’s what we really try to rally around.”

players that are very scoutable, we’ll try and mimic some of those shots so that they’re ready for them when the game comes,” Frederick said. This helps the goalies learn an opposing player’s strengths. “Some people have different tendencies,” Frederick said. “If they’re really good at something then they’re going to do it a lot. So we figured if we can get that down, then that can eliminate some of the goals that would happen if we didn’t understand how they played.” She also acts as “a second pair of eyes” on all areas of the field to help her teammates with technique, she said. “We do have film when we come off the field and can see it in real-time, but she’s an even better person because she’s

analyzed the information and can give us quick feedback between our reps,” senior attacker Maddie Gebert said. To kick off the season, the Owls beat George Washington University 17-8 on Saturday at Howarth Field. In addition to helping the goalies warm up, Frederick helped Rosen keep track of substitutions, Frederick said. Rosen said this is the first time she has had an undergraduate coach. She has had injured players in the past who helped on the sideline, but Frederick is the first person to take on the responsibilities for a whole season. “[Frederick] is someone who understands the game, and once she made the decision that it was not going to be possible to play through her injuries, we

really talked seriously about the roles she could take on,” Rosen said. “And she was really excited about the role of the student coach, and so we’ve been working on it since day one of the fall.” Frederick’s relationship with her teammates made her the “perfect person” for the student coaching role, Rosen said. She won’t look to fill the position unless another fitting person comes along, she added. “I think this is a type of role that is for specific people,” Rosen said. “We would lose [Frederick] at the end of this year, but she doesn’t get replaced by just having the position.”

THOMAS NEMEC / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman goalie Steven Glik prepares to stop a shot at Temple club ice hockey’s practice on Feb. 6 at the Igloo in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

thomas.nemec@temple.edu Editor’s Note: Sports Editor Jay Neemeyer is a reporter for Temple club ice hockey. He played no part in the writing and editing of this story.

jay.neemeyer@temple.edu @neemeyer_j








Following a career-ending injury, senior Lizzie Frederick found a new way to help her team. BY JAY NEEMEYER Sports Editor


izzie Frederick’s lacrosse career officially ended in August 2019. The senior played only 18 games before a long-term foot injury forced her to medically retire before her final season. Though Frederick cannot play, she has a new role: student coach for the 2020 season. She has been dealing with her injury since September

2016, Frederick said. “It was definitely taking a toll on me as a player and as a teammate,” she added. “So I decided with [coach Bonnie Rosen] in August that I thought it would be best for me to step away from physically playing so that I could step into a new role to really try and help the team.” FREDERICK | PAGE 23

NICHOLAS DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lizzie Frederick, a former senior attacker and now a student coach for Temple lacrosse, practices on the sidelines during the Owls’ game against George Washington University at Howarth Field on Feb. 8.



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