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Breaking the silence

Main Campus undergoing a major facelift

The Temple News sat down with President Theobald for the first time since April 2013 to discuss this academic year.

Several construction projects are currently in progress as part of the university’s master plan.

HIGHLIGHTS On construction


“Hopefully, I retire in 12 years. I wouldn’t doubt when I’m ready to retire [Temple] will be part of Center City as it slowly moves its way up Broad Street.”

The Temple News

ria, Illinois. “It’s funny, my parents have never understood what I do for a living,” he said. “They would say, ‘You teach two classes a week? What do you do?’” He started his career in finance for 14 years at the University of

Construction projects on Main Campus costing an estimated $18.8 million are moving forward mostly as scheduled, according to Construction, Facilities & Operations. Landscape work on Liacouras Walk that aims to develop more social and green space for students, which was intended to open at the start of the school year, is still underway and expected to wrap up by the end of September, said Dozie Ibeh, assistant vice president of the Project Delivery Group. The group contributes to the design and development process of construction projects on campus. “It took longer than anticipated to get a contractor on board,” Ibeh said. The project, a part of the Visualize Temple plan, costs an estimated $2 million and has been in the works for about two years. And while the construction is causing disruption for pedestrians, Ibeh said that students will have a “20-foot swatch” from Montgomery Avenue to Polett Walk that allows access into 1810 Licaouras Walk, where Student Health Services and Tuttleman Counseling Services are located. Once completed, the walkway will be more environmental friendly, complete with LED light fixtures and pervious pavement to improve water runoff, The Temple News reported last March. The redevelopment along Liacouras Walk is done in conjunction with the beautification renovation efforts of Wachman Plaza and Hall, the lat-



On Bill Cosby

“Going forward this is not a university issue. The individuals involved with the trustees is a board issue to address.”

On the football stadium

“The question there is what’s best for Temple, what’s best for our student athletes, what’s best for the game-day experience here on campus. … It will be in the next year making a decision one way or the other.”

On tuition and debt

“I’m actually less concerned about tuition than I am by debt.”

On alumni engagement

“One of the most important things we have here is the people who have attended here. And it isn’t as though you have these 300,000 people who came here and didn’t care. … It’s just we have not done much with them, in terms of outreach.”

On the papal visit

“Travel between Center City and campus might be difficult during that period.” MARGO REED TTN

On research

“You can’t do modern science without the science building we’ve got here. You can’t do it in Barton Hall.” By EMILY ROLEN STEVE BOHNEL JOE BRANDT

On the second floor of Sullivan Hall Aug. 18, President Theobald ­discussed his experience as the CFO of Indiana University and his life on the East Coast.

He heard about the opening for a presidency at a public university in Philadelphia through a friend. At the time, he lived with his wife Sheona Mackenzie and their three children in Indiana, where he was named senior vice president of Indiana University in 2007. When he arrived in Philadelphia, he said, he believed Temple could be the place for him to try his

N ‘Scarred up’ The Temple News

eil Theobald was never looking for a presidency at a university. In fact, he said he had never even applied for such a job.

hand at a presidency. “It’s focused on middle-class, working-class, affordability—all the issues I spent my life thinking and worrying and working on,” Theobald told The Temple News last week. “It seemed like a great place to try a presidency. … And it seems like it’s gone OK.” He said he comes out of a working-class, union household in Peo-

Pain from the past has helped the Owls prepare for lofty goals in 2015.

The “Temple Option” was used by 24 percent of applicants in its inaugural year.

By OWEN MCCUE Assistant Sports Editor

Tavon Young walked into the Owls’ team meeting a day after their 10-3 win against Tulane with thoughts of playing in his first career bowl game swirling through his mind. Moments later, the hope and excitement turned to a painful disbelief, as coach Matt Rhule stood in front of Young and his teammates and told them their season was over; they had not been invited to a bowl game. “I mean, it hurt because we put a lot of work in,” the senior cornerback said. “We got so much better as a team. When you don’t go to a bowl game and don’t accomplish what you want to accomplish, it hurts.” Disappointment is a familiar feeling


By JACK TOMCZUK Assistant News Editor

for Temple’s players. Over the last two seasons the Owls have lost eight onepossession games. Cost by issues such as penalties and untimely turnovers, Temple has let several wins slip through its fingertips. “The worst part is you need to look at all those games from previous years to

When Temple administration introduced the “Temple Option” last year, the primary goal was not to increase minority applicants. That was the name given to a university admissions initiative allowing prospective students to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores. Students who decide not to submit scores must instead answer four brief essay questions. The “Temple Option” was initiated, in part, because studies showed




The football team stands on the sideline during a practice at Chodoff Field.

Bike repair stations built The Office of Sustainability helped lead the effort to benefit the university’s growing cycling community. PAGE 2


Application process helps minorities


Cinovia Williams, a tenant at the Norris Homes, enjoys the mural which will represent the Norris Homes from 1953 to 2017.

Through mural, a community remembers Artist creates mural to serve as memorial to the soon-to-be demolished Norris Homes. By VICTORIA MIER A&E Editor

A brick townhome is painted on the overpass’s concrete wall. Only a window and a roof ap-


New way to study drug effects

Local design honors historic hotel

Associate professor Dr. Scott Rawls uses flatworms to teach children about the effects of drug addiction. PAGE 7

Philadelphia menswear designer Najeeb Sheikh crafted a collection with Lapstone & Hammer inspired by the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street. PAGE 9


pear on the closest of the smaller concrete slabs lining the hill. The slab behind it reveals even less, creating a ghostly illusion of homes disappearing into the






Lenfest gives to local schools The trustee donated $400,000 through his foundation. By MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News


On Norris Street near 13th, several food trucks line the walkway outside of the Tyler School of Art, including Burger Tank and The Creperie. In June, City Council passed a bill that would put 50 food trucks on Montgomery Avenue and Norris and 12th streets.

City Council passes food vending bill The legislation, if signed by the mayor, would be implemented on Main Campus in the spring semester. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Each of Temple’s food trucks could be relocated and assigned to 50 spots in a proposed food vending district by City Council, pending passage of a bill that is sitting in Mayor Michael Nutter’s office. If there are more than 50 trucks, spots will be given based on the seniority of food truck licenses, which will be determined by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections. If Nutter signs Bill No. 150498, passed by City Council on June 18, Temple will adopt the district for the spring semester. The bill stipulates that one truck owner can own only one spot on Main Campus. The spots are confined to Montgomery Avenue and Norris and 12th streets, and vendors would be required to be open four days per week year-round. Virginia Apostolopoulos, who has owned The Creperie on 12th and Norris streets for

the past two years, said she’ll need to adjust to remaining open year-round and relocating. “Our business depends on the weather and on students. ... So typically, we only work four to five months out of the year,” Apostolopoulos said. “But downtown, Philadelphia follows the same rules and regulations, so they’re just bringing that up here.” The University of Pennsylvania adopted a food vending district in the 1990s, and Drexel is considering a similar district on its campus. Bill Bergman, special assistant to the president, said Temple has been thinking about a potential food vending district since last spring. “There was always a thought that there were more and more vendors showing up, and they would just come all day and then sell their space,” Bergman said. “And the fact is, how do you control them? ... This place has a long history of food trucks, everyone from staff to students to workers in the

area have their favorite truck. ... So the bill had to be done in a way so that those owners have a chance to do their business and everybody could be happy that they still have their favorite truck.” Rafael de Luna, a coowner of El Guaco Loco on Montgomery Avenue, said there was initially opposition to the bill until a productive meeting between food truck owners and Temple administration last Tuesday.

Then, we can go to Temple and say what works and doesn’t work, and amend the legislation accordingly.” Bergman said another one of the issues that led to the bill’s creation was safety. Trucks that overcrowd certain spots on campus can make it dangerous to cross the street, he said. He added that the new district is not meant to take away from Temple’s food trucks, but simply to reorga-

There was always a thought “ that more and more vendors were

showing up ... and the fact is, how do you control them?

Bill Bergman | Special Assistant to the president

According to the bill, the spaces in the new vending district are “non-transferable,” meaning that truck owners cannot pass ownership of their trucks to family or friends. “Transferability is still a big issue,” de Luna said. “But one of the things that came out of the meeting is us saying, ‘Let’s see how this plays out during the next year.’ ...

nize them. “It’s part of the culture of this place,” Bergman said. “No one is saying do away with that culture. We’re saying, ‘Let’s organize it and keep it in a better format then we have now.’” * T @Steve_Bohnel

Two local schools—Dunbar Promise Academy and the Tanner G. Duckrey School— will receive $400,000 from a Temple trustee’s foundation during the next two years to help expand a nonprofit program at each school. The Lenfest Foundation’s benefactor H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a Temple trustee since 2013 and an owner of the Inquirer, Daily News and philly. com, made the donation in late July to fund the Middle Grades Academy Program. Created by education nonprofit Steppingstone Scholars, the program provides college preparation opportunities to students and expands science, technology, engineering, art and math resources. Temple will be a partner in the program, which began last year at Dunbar. Kasey Thompson, program officer at the Lenfest Foundation, said the schools were chosen in part because of their close proximity to Temple, which will partner in implementing the program that began last year at Dunbar. In the foundation’s closing years—the Inquirer reported in 2013 that the foundation would cease in a little more than a decade—it has refocused its efforts toward helping lowincome youth in Philadelphia and expanding educational opportunities. The foundation focuses on early learning, middle school programs and career pathway programs, which aim to prepare students for college and entering the workforce. Thompson said Middle Grades Academy will provide courses to keep students on track to attend college, including offering algebra to eighth graders, which can give a head start for students continuing into high school.

Sarah Gallagher, director of development and communications at Steppingstone Scholars, described the program as the “college pipeline” which will offer services and support to students from fifth grade through their college years. Thompson said she hopes this will create more bridges for the students at Dunbar and Duckrey to continue into college and to increase the percentage of youths from North Philadelphia entering Temple. Thompson added that she hopes the program will help to demolish what she calls the “invisible wall” between the neighborhood and campus and increase the chances of attending college for North Philly students. During the 2014-15 school year, 35 percent of Pennsylvania residents at Temple came from Philadelphia, up from 30 percent which attended during 2013-2014. Thompson hopes this donation will be a catalyst to help kickstart these programs, and that during the next couple of years, they’ll be able to secure seed funding from other sources. “In a new era born of the scarcity of the city, that has led us to coordinate [with other foundations],” Thompson said, adding that Lenfest has focused on partnering with other agencies to create a larger impact within local schools. The donation comes at a time when city and state funding for the public schools has been limited. In 2013, the city notoriously closed 23 schools to erase a budget deficit of $1.35 billion. Gallagher said further details on the program’s operation at both Duckrey and Dunbar will be clarified over the next five weeks, as Temple and Steppingstone Scholars continue discussions. The Middle Grades Academy program is also offered at McMichael Promise Academy in Mantua in coordination with Drexel University. * T @MariamDembele

New bike stations installed Bikers can perform repairs on the Main and Health Sciences campuses. By SEQUOIA HALL The Temple News The university’s Office of Sustainability installed eight bicycle repair stations this summer to accommodate what officials said was a growing number of student and faculty cyclists. Director of Sustainability Kathleen Grady said the university installed six stations on Main Campus and two on the Health Sciences Campus. Bikers mount their vehicle on a station—located on Main Campus at Anderson and Gladfelter halls, Paley Library, Tuttleman Learning Center, IBC Fitness Center, Tyler School of Art and Polett Walk by the Temple Police substation. The mounting stations allow bikers to tighten screws, inflate tires and fix brake systems.

The Health Sciences Campus has one station by the School of Dentistry and another at the Medicine Education and Research Building. “We noticed we had a deficit of bike shops close to Temple,” Grady said. “We wanted students to have an opportunity to fix their bikes

The great “thing about

it is the tools they provide. ... It’s very comprehensive. You can repair anything.

Blake Larson | Bike Temple coordinator

when the [Breakway Bikes] trailer isn’t open.”

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Recently relocated to 13th Street near Norris, Breakaway Bikes services and sells bicycles and accessories from its trailer. But Grady said the trailer is only open Mondays and Tuesdays. Dero Bike Rack Company installed the stations at a cost of about $1500 each, Grady said. Her department is also responsible for installing the new recycling containers on campus, monthly programming with the Green Council, Campus Sustainability Week, and the Rad-Dish Co-op Cafe that opened last spring in Ritter Hall. Bike Temple Coordinator Blake Larson said he is excited about the new initiatives Temple has taken to accommodate the biking community. “The great thing about it is that with the tools they provide. ... It’s very comprehensive,” Larson said. “You can repair anything.” “What’s really exciting is it allows me to put my bike up there to go through and take a look at things,” he added. Larson and Bike Temple hold bike rides and races as

well as bike safety classes, which focus on best practices for biking in the city. Students are not the only ones making the most of the new amenities. Professor Joseph Alkus from the criminal justice department often bikes to campus. “I think it’s a great idea, particularly because we are a popular destination for people who bike commute,” Alkus said. Alkus said Philadelphia’s new bike share program is also convenient for urban bikers. “If you don’t want the anxiety about where you lock it up or store it, the bike share program allows you to still bike without worrying,” he said. A monthly membership for the bike share program is normally $15, but from now until October, students can use Indego bikes at a discounted $5 per month with the code “TempleMade15.” MARGO REED TTN

* T @sequoiabriana


Dashetta Davenport, of Norris Street, fixes her bike at a bike repair station near Paley Library on Aug. 18.




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students from higher-income families scored higher on standardized tests.

Black said the university wanted to find those students who succeeded in high school but fared poorly on the SAT or ACT. Many of those students were first-generation college stu-

dents or minorities, he said. The introduction of the “Temple Option” likely influenced the increase in applications from minority students and a school record in total

PAGE 3 applications, Black said. “Of those students who applied [using] ‘Temple Option,’ the big shift in application behavior came from students of color and women,” Black said. Temple received more than 30,000 applications for the first time in its history for the academic year, starting in Fall 2015. This total represents a 12 percent increase over last year and around a 50 percent increase from two years ago. Of that 30,000, 24 percent opted not to submit scores. There has been a steady increase in the number of minority students applying to Temple. Information on minority enrollment wasn’t yet available, but Black had information on the application pool. The number of students of minority backgrounds applying to Temple has increased about 9.5 percent from last year and about 20 percent more than the Fall 2012 semester. The number of female applicants has risen 13 percent. “So you can see we have a steady increase,” Black said. “And we’ve done a lot of work—not only in the Philadelphia area, but out of state— New Jersey, New York, Maryland. We’re even out in California now.” Black said part of Temple’s mission is generating “access,” which creates a culture of diversity.

“‘Access’ generally means students who are first generation [college students] and often times minority, underrepresented students,” he added. “Throughout the recruiting year, when I talk with families and particularly [at] our open houses before they are applying, the level of relief that came across the people is immediate when they found out that they didn’t have to submit their test scores,” Black said. Black believes the real test will be when the university studies how those students who utilized the “Temple Option” stack up to students who used the standard application process once the school year begins. The four essay questions search for different attributes. “How do they progress through their four years here?” Black said. “What our essay is looking are other strengths, different strengths,” Black added. “How self-aware are the students? Do they have a sense of self-authorship? How do they cope with failure? How do they explain their successes or their failures?” “We’re looking for those kinds of motivational developmental strengths,” he added. * T @JackTomczuk

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Washington and then at Indiana University for 20 years. Now, he and his wife live in Center City and have adapted to Philly life—he even bikes to work. Coming in to his fourth year, Theobald said the top issues he’s focused on are fundraising, alumni engagement and campus development. The Temple News interviewed the university’s 10th president last week to ask about goings-on at Temple and plans for the future.


Theobald previously served as CFO at Indiana University, and has talked to various media outlets—including NPR and the Chronicle of Higher Education—about rising tuition costs across universities and ways to combat student debt. He told The Temple News that his “Fly in 4” plan is the main way the university is fighting those problems, by guaranteeing students the opportunity to graduate in four years. “I’m actually less concerned about tuition than I am by debt,” he said. “Debt limits your options once you graduate. … If you take a look at differences across students and how much debt they take on, how long it takes to get their degree is the primary deterrent.” Theobald said Temple tries to keep down the cost of year-to-year tuition by spending its money wisely, citing the decentralized budget the university adopted in 2013. “When I was at Indiana, I got a list of 76 faculty members [Temple’s] deans wanted to hire,” he said. “How in the world would I know sitting in Bloomington, Indiana who you should hire in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? … those at the school, they know who to hire, and will spend the money more wisely than somebody as far away as me.”


Theobald acknowledges there’s more work to do to engage the roughly 300,000 living Temple alumni. ADVERTISEMENT

“One of the most important things we have here is the people who have attended here,” he said. “And it isn’t though you have these 300,000 people who came here and didn’t care, they really had a good experience here. … It’s just we have not done much with them, in terms of outreach.” Theobald said one way the university is fighting that issue is through the newly created

football stadium,” Theobald said. “The question there is what’s best for Temple, what’s best for our student athletes, what’s best for the game-day experience here on campus. So we’re discussing it with the city … It will be in the next year making a decision one way or the other.” An on-campus stadium, Theobald said, could increase alumni engagement and change

I wouldn’t doubt when I’m ready to retire Temple “ will be part of Center City as it slowly moves its way up Broad Street.” Neil Theobald | University president

position of vice president of alumni relations, currently held by Ken Lawrence. Lawrence formerly served as vice president of government, community and public affairs. Much of the responsibility in increasing alumni engagement falls on the university, Theobald said. “If the university doesn’t make a very active attempt to keep you connected, you end up getting involved with your family, your work life, all of those things,” he said. “People are busy, so our role is, how can we enhance their worklife, and tell them about what’s going on here?”


Last Tuesday the university announced it would extend its agreement with the Eagles to allow the university’s football team to use Lincoln Financial Field in 2018 and 2019 for its six home games. The original agreement was set to expire in 2017. University spokesman Ray Betzner said in an email that the new agreement gives Temple the “flexibility” to explore options in the future—including the possibility of building a stadium on campus. “We are talking about and considering a

the overall experience of students during their time at Temple. “It’s going to be a major decision,” he said.


Theobald said the biggest change on campus for this coming academic year is construction. New changes to campus include the demolition of Barton Hall, which Theobald said should be finished by the beginning of the next calendar year. A portion of Liacouras Walk near Alter Hall opened last week to pedestrian traffic. Theobald said demolition of William Penn High School at Broad and Master streets—a facility that was bought for $15 million in June that will provide athletic facilities and a job training center—is also set to begin on time. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, told The Temple News in March that demolition would begin before Labor Day. When asked about student housing, Theobald said to expect more development in the future, but it’s unclear whether the university or private developers would meet that demand. Making Temple more of a residential community, as opposed to a commuter campus, is also a priority, however there are no plans to increase enrollment. Lt. Dennis Gallagher of the 22nd District told The Temple News in May that with the addition of a football stadium on campus and more development, the Cecil B. Moore community could be transformed into “Center City North.” Theobald said at the rate Center City is expanding, that shift may come sooner rather than later. “Hopefully, I retire in 12 years,” Theobald said. “I wouldn’t doubt when I’m ready to retire this will be part of Center City as it slowly moves its way up Broad Street.”


In regard to the allegations surrounding alumnus and former trustee Bill Cosby, Theobald said that what has happened since Cosby left the Board of Trustees is not a university issue. Individuals involved with the Trustees is a board issue, he said. “All of this happened before I came here, so I really don’t know much about it,” he said. Theobald shifted the conversation to his Presidential Committee on Sexual Misconduct that recently released four major recommendations to combat sexual misconduct on campus. “We take these issues extremely seriously here at the university and there is zero tolerance here for any type of inappropriate behavior at the university,” he said. “It’s something that is extremely important, but I just don’t know anything about the circumstances that happened before I came here.”


Temple will close Friday, Sept. 25 prior to Pope Francis’ visit. Theobald and his wife will stay on Main Campus that weekend and stay until Monday. “Travel between Center City and campus might be difficult during that period,” Theobald said. “We’re doing a lot of activities here; the music school is taking over the Baptist Temple...we’re doing a barbecue at 4 o’clock Saturday. … We want to do this because we might be a bit penned in.” What city officials are calling the “traffic box” has a boundary at Broad Street and Girard Avenue, and it’s likely that some papal pilgrims could park at Temple. The university plans to open the Liacouras Center that weekend to accomodate pilgrims traveling down Broad Street.


Last year, the university opened the Science Education and Research Center to modernize science facilities and help growth of research at the school. “You can’t do modern science without the science building we’ve got here,” Theobald said, gesturing toward the SERC. “You can’t do it in Barton Hall. It’s just not possible.” Research became a third main stream of revenue for the school after tuition and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s appropriation. Temple’s research profit was about $220 million last year and Theobald said the university projects to make about $250 million this year. “The modern economy is driven by research,” Theobald said. “Fast economic development is in places that have universities providing the ‘technology transfer’ that creates businesses. We are very focused on medical research that can then be transferred into products.” * ( 215.204.7419 T @TheTempleNews




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Lowering student debt We admire Temple for sulting group. choosing a president who is As debt holds a spot in well-versed in financial man- every student’s mind, the agement. price of an The university is right to additional President T h e o b a l d , prioritize graduating in four year or an the former years over small raises in u n a n t i c i CFO at Inpated extra tuition. diana Unisemester of versity, told classes can The Temple News last week blindside a student who has that one of the biggest issues to take out student loans. In facing students isn’t tuition comparison, the price of a hikes, but the debt that ac- two percent raise in tuition cumulates with extra and un- seems miniscule to the thouexpected semesters at the end sands of extra dollars a stuof a college career. dent faces in their fifth year “I’m actually less con- at Temple. cerned about tuition than I The four-year graduam by debt,” he said. “Debt ation rate – currently set limits your options once you at about 50 percent – is up graduate. … If you take a about six percent from 2013. look at differences across The program allows incomstudents and how much debt ing students the opportunity they take on, how long it to map out a plan and follow takes to get their degree is the some guidelines, like regular primary deterrent.” visits with their advisors, that The president’s concerns will ensure graduation in four are right where they should years. be. The nation’s Class of Theobald’s priority of 2015 broke the record for the getting students their degrees highest average student debt on time is well-placed, for of any class with $35,000 per the financial repercussions of student, according to govern- failing to do so are far more ment data analyzed by Edvi- catastrophic than a raise in sors, a student finance con- tuition.

Crosswalks welcome

Several blocks of Dia- that traffic. mond Street near Broad The Philadelphia Streets Street were paved months Deptartment met with uniafter city workers dug deep versity officials this past to replace summer The city recently installed sewers. But to folong after crosswalks on Diamond Street cus on pipe was near Park Avenue, where a car t r a f f i c laid and Dia- senior lacrosse player was hit. s a f e t y. mond Street Keisha was paved, the intersection McCarty-Skelton, of the at Park Avenue—where a city’s Streets Department, Temple lacrosse player was told The Temple News in an critically injured riding her email that “even when the bike when a car hit her—still engineering solution is in didn’t have crosswalks. place, safety involves good Former backup goalten- behavior on the part of the der Rachel Hall remains on traveling public.” a long road to recovery after There’s a stop sign for a hit-and-run at the intersec- southbound traffic from tion around 7 p.m. April 29. Park, and the intersection is City workers painted cross- part of a 15 mph speed limit walks at the intersection this “school zone” for the nearby weekend. Philadelphia Military AcadAside from the hit-and- emy. run, it’s clear to us that this But that speed limit is was a dangerous intersec- only active around the opention; during the past few ing and closing of school, months, our staff has seen and Hall was hit at night, students and community res- when students who live in idents alike staring down on- housing north of Main Camcoming traffic at Main Cam- pus will likely be crossing. pus’ northern border before The crosswalks are deciding to make a run for it. a welcome addition and Until recently, pedestri- should keep students and ans had to look out for on- residents much safer. But coming traffic from both di- it’s clear there’s a need for rections on Diamond Street swifter oversight of dangerwithout anything to deter ous intersections.

CORRECTIONS 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 or 215.204.6737.

Traveling to find home


A student studying abroad finds a little slice of home—2,000 miles from where she was raised.

he mountain path ended abruptly ahead. Though my joints seemed to audibly sigh in relief, there was a twinge of disappointment in my chest. I stood for a moment longer, watching the tall grass sway in the afternoon sunlight. Towering peaks rose in the distance, mottled with blue and violet. I turned my attention back to the

By Victoria Mier climb a mountain, breathe fresh, wild air into my lungs. I needed to go. I couldn’t explain why. “Two ciders,” the older gentleman at the bar called, hidden behind a hatch door that made me think of Bilbo Baggins and the adventures I’d read about as a child.

A lot felt familiar since I set foot in Wales, the “ country my ancestors left some three or four hundred years ago.”


path. The sharp turn ahead revealed an old-fashioned bed and breakfast with a sign: “local cider sold here.” Having just climbed a mountain, my friend and I decided we deserved a pint. We were tired. Our bones ached. I let Kelly go first, following her blue and black braid up the patio stairs. The inside of the bed and breakfast was dressed like a widow in dark woods, the stone floors worn with years of use. I took a deep breath. Something smelled familiar. A lot felt familiar since I set foot in Wales, the country my ancestors left some three or four hundred years prior. The trip was a leap of faith—hostel reservations made three days before our train departed, my companions two fellow Temple students studying abroad in London. I had known them for a week, maybe less. All I wanted was to go. See a castle,

ONLINE LISTEN TO VICTORIA Read along with Victoria as she tells her personal story, “Traveling to find home.”

The “famous local cider” tasted like apples past their prime, growing stale and mushy in a damp November field. But it was cold and plentiful. And I was in Wales, after years of wishing and waiting. Complaining didn’t seem right. The older man from the bar—the owner, it turned out—wanted to know if Kelly and I were just traveling, or if we had any Welsh heritage. Kelly looked expectantly at me. “My family is Welsh and I think they’re from North Wales, so I always wanted to visit,” I said. “Do you know the surname?” The man asked, adjusting his glasses. The frames looked a lot like mine—thick, black, square. “Griffiths,” I told him with a shrug, under the impression the name was as common as Smith or Jones. “Griffiths? You’re a Griffiths?” “My great grandmother was. I don’t have the name anymore. I think my family left for America in the 1700s.” “I’m Stefan,” the man said excitedly, “and I’m related to the Griffiths as well. It’s not a common name at all, particularly in North Wales.” He told me he traced genealogy of Welsh families—a hobby that he took quite seriously. Stefan even offered vaca-

tions at his bed and breakfast centered on tracing Welsh heritage. “Come look at this room,” he said, bounding up the stone steps back into the house. He stepped over a chain with a sign that proclaimed “STAFF ONLY.” Clearly, I was to follow. “This is an eighteenth-century Welsh home and it hasn’t changed at all. This is exactly how a home would look before your family left for America.” I ran my hand along the curve of the table, looking at the sepia photographs he pointed to on the walls. I was a little lightheaded. My heart thudded like a drum. Stefan dug through an old wooden chest with eager hands, photographs, books and census reports spilling onto the floor. The chest smelled like cedar and something else—something musky with a hint of spice, like cardamom. It smelled like home. I looked out the window past the soft hills, heavy with heather, to the mountains beyond. My ribcage had filled with something aching and alien when I reached the midpoint of the climb earlier that day, the valleys laid out before me like jaggedly cut emeralds, dark veins of roads and trees running through the gems’ facets. The mountains had spoken to me, something old and lovely, dark and deep. Stefan instructed me to find the names of farms or manors my family had owned. Then he could tell me what they did for a living, what church they went to, where they were buried. I asked my mom to email me a list of names and places from our family’s book—a culmination of a great aunt’s research, bound in faded blue. An ancestor had been buried in the cathedral of the town I had stayed in, a fact I didn't know when I picked it as a destination. I forwarded her email to Stefan. Then I emailed him again a week later, just to be sure. I got home from London in early August and I still haven’t heard back. Maybe it wasn’t the right email address. Maybe I should just call him. Maybe, if I hear his voice, I will be able to smell the heather on the hills and feel the expanse of that wild mountain, silent and jagged like a slumbering dragon. I think I’m going to call him tomorrow. * T @victoria_mier_


Tuition increase hits upperclassmen hard Internships and financial strain make for “real world” experiences.


s I logged on to pay tuition with my parents earlier this month, an email I received in May popped into my mind. “You have 60 earned credits and are now classified as an upper division student. As a result, you will be charged the upper division tuition rate, which is higher.” I remembered PAIGE GROSS being angry when I initially read the email, but shrugged it off, as college students tend to do, when I realized it wouldn’t affect me for a few months. But there it was, the higher figure, inflated by this year’s tuition increase and the extra charge for being an upperclassmen staring back at us on my laptop screen. My mom put it best when she uttered, “that’s bulls---” at the computer

screen. At first I chalked it up to an inflated economy, but that didn’t seem to justify why we, the students who have stuck around for two years were feeling the financial hit the worst. I thought about it again as I accepted an internship that would take up two whole days of my week, outside

are made for internships, especially at a university that boasts about its outside opportunities. When three of my credits are being earned in Center City, on another company’s time and resources, I can’t justify the $800 increase that being an upperclassman costs me. Maybe it is the timing – the raise in tuition for

not get to reap the benefits of participating in them. It’s a hard year to make the transition to upperclassmen, partially because of the financial strain, and partially because the sting from reality smacking us in the face will not be fading anytime soon. My only suggestion that makes the increase seem bearable, is to take advantage

it right, our junior and senior years are “If we’re doingmade for internships.” of the university and its resources I was now paying a higher price for. The Bursar’s Office site explains that tuition is based on a few things: school or college within the university, student’s level, credit hours and class. Those who argue the more advanced classes warrant more experienced professors have a valid point, but in my experience, those professors are the ones that suggest getting off campus and into the real world as much as possible. If we’re doing it right, our junior and senior years

the whole university and the shift to upperclassman status at the same time to the tune of $17,388—that’s $1,792 more than the previous year for an in-state student in the School of Media and Communication. President Theobald recently told The Temple News that he sees overwhelming debt as a bigger issue than slight increases of tuition, and I agree with him. But it’s hard to see a university so focused on programs for incoming students and underclassmen like the “Temple Option” and “Fly in 4” and

of each and every opportunity the university does offer. I’ll make it worth it as I get to know my professors at their office hours and meet with advisors and eat lots of pizza at Free Food Fun Fridays. I will embrace everything I do get by being a Temple student in the two years I have left and be grateful before the “real world” stomps it out of me. * T @By_paigegross





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Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1993: Students celebrate the first week of classes with a festival on Liacouras Walk. Enrollment that year mirrors 2015’s numbers at around 37,000 part and full time students.


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Temple rises in ranks, piques interest New projects and high standards are rightfully gaining national attention.


his summer I watched my sister, a rising high school senior, lug around my old copy of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges,” the same book that convinced me to apply to Temple. While a number assigned JENNY ROBERTS to each school on some list isn’t the only way to gauge a college’s performance or its quality of student, potential applicants across the nation closely follow these rankings anyway. Amanda Neuber, associate director and head of admissions at Temple’s Honors Program, believes rankings assist in attracting applicants. “Rankings definitely aren’t everything,” Neuber said. “But I think [they] put us on different students’ radars [who] may not have considered Temple in the past.” Neuber said Temple is on enough radars to attract out-of-state students—about 40 percent of students in the honors program are not from Pennsylvania. More academically competitive students from across the country are paying attention to Temple, perhaps, because of our rising rankings. And thanks to the recent release of The Princeton

Review on Aug. 4, naming Temple as one of “The Best 380 Colleges,” and one of the best Northeastern universities, that trend should continue. Last spring, the Beasley

tional admissions path. Dr. Ruth Ost, senior director of Temple’s Honors Program, agrees that standardized testing isn’t the only measure of “what [students] have accomplished or what

said. While many state schools welcome community college students, Temple leads in this regard too. About 46 percent of transfer students come to Temple after attending one

School of Law and the Fox School of Business reached all-time highs in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools of 2016. Temple is outperforming itself nationally and at home. My freshman class entered Temple last fall with an average high school GPA of 3.47, the highest for an incoming freshman class in university history. This year’s freshman class, as measured by students who’ve paid a deposit, has already surpassed last year’s record with an average GPA of 3.51, according to a July Inquirer report. Temple’s recent numbers are impressive, but I’m more impressed by the university’s recognition that numbers aren’t always the most important measure of success. Temple made this belief clear last fall by implementing the “Temple Option,” which allows for the submission of essay responses in place of SAT or ACT scores. Temple became the first major research university in the Northeast to offer a test op-

they’re capable of doing.” “I think Temple has been bold in being a leader in this move, especially for a large university,” Ost said. This summer The George Washington University followed suit, announcing its applicants would no longer need to submit standardized test scores. I find it encouraging to see a highly selective private university, like GWU, offering unique opportunities to its students. While Temple leads and competes academically, the university has also stayed true to it’s roots as a night school by welcoming community college transfers, adult learners and part-time students. Desiree Hoelzle, associate director for transfer admission, believes one of the ways Temple maintains accessibility, despite selective freshman admissions, is through its transfer program. “Our transfer path… [is] really still a way that we can...make Temple accessible to students [academically] and financially,” Hoelzle

or more different community colleges. “We have a very large program, even in the scope of other large schools,” Hoelzle said. I am proud to go to a university that invests in students and measures its own success by their merits. Feats like that of Temple researchers who became the first to eliminate HIV from human cells mean a lot more than any ranking ever could. And in my short time at Temple, I’ve heard the success stories of many students, like that of alumna Ndidi Anyaegbunam who went on to Harvard Law School and now serves as a development officer at the United Nations. The simple truth is that Temple students achieve greatness and always have. We may not have always seen our successes reflected in national rankings, but the fact that we’re starting to is rewarding. And that we’re seeing our rankings rise while remaining dedicated to our mission of accessibility is worthy of praise.

I am proud to go to a university that invests in “students and measures its own success by their merits.”

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Reform beneficial for prisons, society New drug reform will help former prisoners get back on their feet and attract them to higher education opportunities.


resident Barack Obama has continued to make national headlines over the last month with a large push for drug law reform, including a bold pardon of 46 prisoners who were incarcerated for drugrelated offenses. Coupled with new legislation VINCE BELLINO that allows some of the currently incarcerated to apply for federal Pell Grants, —a section of student federal aid —drug reform could help students and prisoners to further their education and their lives. In July, the U.S. Department of Education launched its Second Chance Pell Pilot Program that would allow prisoners who meet Title IV qualifications and are eligible for release within five years to apply for the grants. These grants would then go toward

short, however, after evidence has been shown that clearly states the benefits of educating those behind bars. Is a slightly reduced college debt truly worth the increased detriments to society? It is paramount that as a society we think of the longterm benefits of programs like the Second Chance Pell Pilot—by giving a little, we can gain a lot for those in vulnerable positions. Obama’s second series of actions has less to do with students and more to do with improved quality of life for those in the justice system, which in turn, affects us as a society. By a series of pardons and the opening of a discussion on reform, the president has faced a continually growing issue of drug offenders in the federal justice system. Beyond the pardon of 46 people imprisoned for nonviolent drug crimes, Obama has made an overhaul of the prison system a top priority, according to CNN. “Mass incarceration makes our country worse

Just because someone is a “ criminal does not mean they should be barred from contributing to society upon their release.

their continued education. “America is a nation of second chances. Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Newsweek. And if we plan to follow this second chance mentality for the previously incarcerated, education, according to a 2005 Columbia University study, is one of the only proven ways of improving life beyond bars. The study claimed “schooling significantly reduces criminal activity.” The connection is simple—if those currently incarcerated are able to receive Pell Grants to further their education, crime rates could decrease and the rate of return would see an extreme decline. A 2013 study by the RAND Corporation (commissioned by the Department of Justice) found that prisoners who participated in education programs were 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years. Just because someone is a criminal does not mean they should be barred from contributing to society upon their release. A common opposition to the new legislation is that there is only a finite amount of money in the pool for Pell Grants, money awarded to undergraduates based on need when completing FAFSA. That opposition falls

off and we need to do something about it,” Obama said in Philadelphia in July for the NAACP convention before visiting a federal prison in Oklahoma, becoming the first sitting president to do so. Other reform Obama said he would push for include an overhaul of sentencing laws that have allowed for today’s high incarceration numbers and the restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their time. He also suggested the reduction or elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing and a desire to ban employers from asking applicants about prior convictions. These proposed reforms are incredibly important because in many ways they are companions to legislation like the Second Chance Pell Pilot. While the Pilot program will allow those incarcerated to begin to help themselves, legislation on the other proposed topics will help avoid incarcerations and help beyond prison walls as well. The reforms enacted recently by the Obama administration are exactly the kinds of changes that need to take place in the United States justice system. By allowing prisoners to become students, as well as overhauling the prison system, Americans will experience a more productive life once outside of prison walls. *





Temple Police arrested a North Philadelphia man in connection with an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on Broad and Diamond streets yesterday. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said George Lee Smith, 26, of Oakdale Street, is charged with aggravated assault, robbery and recklessly endangering another person. Leone said that a man with a red baseball cap entered the 7-Eleven armed with a silver revolver at about 4:30 a.m. He pointed the gun at the cashier, demanding money. He fled with $300 and cigarettes, Leone added. The suspect then fled west on Fontain Street, Leone said. “It’s a pretty busy place down there, so you wouldn’t always expect this to happen,” Leone said about the robbery’s location. Leone said Temple Police arrested Smith after AlliedBarton officers identified a man who matched the description of the suspect changing his shirt. He added that the incident may be connected to previous armed robberies near 18th and Berks streets. -Steve Bohnel


A Pizza Hut delivery driver was the victim of an armed robbery Saturday night on Camac Street near 12th Street. The driver was greeted by a man on the steps outside a house on Camac Street, said Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. Leone added that another man displayed a gun and demanded cash from the victim. The delivery driver handed him $150, and the suspects fled north on Camac Street. Leone described the suspects as two men between the ages of 25 and 30. One of the men was wearing a light green shirt, and the other was wearing a dark shirt. Leone said Saturday’s incident is “definitely connected” to a similar armed robbery that occurred Sunday, Aug. 16 around 10 p.m on 11th Street near Diamond Street. A pizza delivery driver from Domino’s was robbed by a man with a silver revolver who took $40. -Jack Tomczuk


The FBI is looking for a suspect who held up and robbed a PNC bank on N. Broad Street near Westmoreland Street across from the School of Dentistry on the afternoon of July 22. The suspect, according to an FBI press release, flashed a silver semiautomatic handgun at a teller at the bank and demanded cash. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the suspect left with $12,000, and that there are no new leads in the investigation. -Jack Tomczuk



A construction crew works on Liacouras Walk, which has been under construction since June.

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CONSTRUCTION ter of which has been completed for the start of the fall semester as scheduled. The project, costing an estimated $11.5 million and also a part of Visualize Temple, offers five floors of classroom space along with more visible entrances and a larger staircase. Temple is also making its first steps for a new Main Campus library on the site of Barton Hall. Over the summer, teams have been working to remove hazardous material from the building, Ibeh said. Demolition, which will cost about $2.8 million, is expected by the end of the week, with anticipated completion by the end of the year. The vacant space will make way for a 210,000 square foot library, costing an estimated $190 million facing Norris Street to the north,

Liacouras Walk to the west, Polett Walk to the south and quad space to the east. The new library, also a part of Visualize Temple, is designed by

We’re going “ through a pretty

intense period in construction, on the exterior.

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Snøhetta, a leading Norwegian architecture firm. Plans for the building include a green roof and a balcony along with study and group

spaces, 3D printing stations and a “robotic text-retrieval system”—an automated crane that will remove books from high-up shelves. Other construction plans for the semester include façade restoration on Sullivan Hall, set to be complete by November at the latest. Construction teams are working on repointing mortar joints to the building’s exterior, which is part of a $2.5 million project. Demolition for the Triangle Apartment buildings at Broad and Norris streets—which will be replaced with green space on the property—is also expected to be completed by the end of September. Ibeh calls the current construction “aggressive.” “We’re going through a pretty intense period in construction, on the exterior,” Ibeh said. * T @PatriciaMadej


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



She’s the First is a national organization that aims to remedy the lack of girls’ education in developing countries. PAGE 16

Thomas Dixon, with the help of Blackstone LaunchPad and JumpButton Studio, is creating an app that can keep track of memories. PAGE 8




FARMERS’ MARKET The weekly summer and fall Farmers’ Market series will continue on Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. PAGE 16



Solomon Jones, a student of the hospitality program at Opportunities Industiralization Center, makes a bed in a mock hotel room as part of the non profit’s hands-on training program.

New opportunities The Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center is planning on expanding its efforts in providing job training, with help from funding and volunteers. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor

he Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center was founded in 1964. Helen Jay, who joined in 1965 and continues to work for the nonprofit to this day, feels ready for what’s next with this organization. “It was a great past … but I’m also looking forward to the future,” Jay said. Philadelphia OIC, located on 1231 N. Broad St., has been dedicated in

Pew honors professors, alumnus

One Temple alumnus and three professors were awarded fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage this summer. James Ijames, who graduated in 2006 with a degree in theater, film and media arts ; Merián Soto, a professor of dance; Rea Tajiri, an assistant professor of film and media arts and Brian Teare, an assistant professor of English were honored. The Pew Center has offered the fellowships in support of arts and culture in Philadelphia for the past 10 years. “A Pew Fellowship means I am lucky to live and to write in Philly,” said Teare, who was recognized by the Pew Center for his poetry. In the form of grants and fellowships, the Pew Center recognizes artists that “exemplify the diverse and dynamic cultural life of our region,” Executive Director Paula Marincola

store hope,” said Johnson, the former pastor of Bright Hope Church near Temple Towers. Temple students could also play a big role in this mission, as potential volunteers for OIC’s hospitality training program, Opportunities Inn, as well as GED education and computer literacy lessons. On June 29, President Theobald met with Johnson at Philadelphia OIC to tour the building and learn


Professor brings research to school Dr. Scott Rawls hopes to teach students the effects of addiction by using live animals.

Three Temple professors and one alumnus were recently awarded 2015 Pew Fellowships. By MICHAELA WINBERG Assistant Lifestyle Editor

helping unemployed, underemployed and homeless community members by providing free education, training and job placement. Now, with Dr. Kevin R. Johnson appointed as the new president and CEO back in January, he has confidence OIC will grow in its mission of giving people “a second chance.” “There are people who come here who may have given up on themselves, even given up on life, but here at OIC, we help to re-


Merián Soto, a dance professor at Temple, received a fellowship grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for her choreography.

said in a press release from the Pew Center. The same press release said that 12 people receive Pew fellowships annually, which are accompanied by a $75,000 award. Teare said each fellowship applicant was nominated by a peer in his or her field. Then, the applicant’s work was screened by an interdisciplinary panel of working artists who chose the 12 recipients. “It feels especially amazing to receive an award that comes from a jury of one’s peers,” Teare said. “It means that the work I’m doing speaks to artists in many disciplines, and it has the respect of other poets.” Tajiri received a Pew Fellowship for filmmaking. According to the press release from the Pew Center, Tajiri’s films “straddle documentary and art film genres with an innovative ap-

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proach to storytelling.” She’s known for films that explore political, social and emotional themes through a “personal essay documentary” style, the press release added. Soto, who received the fellowship for her work in choreography, said she was honored to receive the fellowship after competing with the top artists across all disciplines. “I’m thrilled,” Soto said. “This is both an honor and a wonderful opportunity to take my work to the next level.” Soto has danced all her life as a way to speak to her Puerto Rican roots. “I became a choreographer in order to create work that spoke of my particular reality as a Puerto Rican woman living far from my home,” Soto said. “I didn’t want to dance steps


A program that teaches children the adverse effects of drug addiction by using live aquatic flatworms in elementary classrooms across the nation started locally—conceived in the mind of one Temple professor. Dr. Scott Rawls, associate professor in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the School of Medicine, got a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to create a program called the Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership. The four-year grant funds the effort aimed at teaching students in grades 6-12 about how addictive substances like caffeine, sugar, alcohol and nicotine affect the brain. He’s about a year into the research and says the program is different than most—it’s the first educational program to teach about drug addiction at an elementary


level by using a live specimen, the aquatic flatworm. “I’ve always been interested in developing some kind of science addiction curriculum for the K-12 level because there really isn’t any kind of curriculum like that that exists,” Rawls said. “It’s important to educate young people about science that surrounds drug addiction.” Participating classrooms are given planarians, petri dishes and the addictive substances along with other educational material and instructions on how to properly complete the experiment. From there, students watch the difference between the flatworms in spring water and what happens in the addictive material to draw conclusions on what effect those same substances have on their own bodies. And though the experimented substances aren’t illegal, teachers use the examples of its addictive tendencies to further teach what kind of effects harder substances, like cocaine, have on people. Along with Rawls, a former high school teacher, the program is also led by Dr. Rhea Miles, a science education expert and professor at East Carolina University, Kathleen Mooney, an assessment





Technology as an artificial memory Thomas Dixon created ME.mory to deal with his memory loss. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor From the end of 2010 to August 11, Thomas Dixon has mentioned the word “banana” 351 times, “apple” 133 times, “spaghetti” 173 times, “chicken” 654 times, “bagel” 134 times and “coffee” 1687 times. He drinks coffee twice a day. Dixon, who holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Temple, is able to recall these statistics from an app he thought up of, called ME.mory. With features like tracking how many times a word has been mentioned, GPS tagging and photo integration, ME.mory allows Dixon to answer basic questions about his daily life like where he’s eaten a certain food or when he met a friend. He needs this kind of help because in November 2010, Dixon suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car, which caused him to develop episodic memory loss. After the incident, Dixon had the idea of using tools like Twitter to keep track of his memories digitally, but he realized that there was no tool specifically designed for people like him—so he went about making his own. “I think it’s silly that we haven’t created something like this already: a digital, searchable memory,” Dixon said. Dixon didn’t really have much knowledge in developing an app, nor did he have the kind of money to pay a professional development team. That’s when he reached out to Temple’s Blackstone LaunchPad where the program director, Julie Stapleton Carroll, connected him with a local indie game development team, JumpButton Studio. JumpButton Studio is a team of creators from all around the globe with one of the founders, high school student Nicodemus Madehdou, based in Philly. With games like Afro Smash and Puck Slide already under their belt, the team became an official venture of Temple’s Blackstone LaunchPad earlier this year.


Nicodemus Madehdou (left), Ololade Bello and Jose Hernandez of JumpButton Studio pose with Blackstone LaunchPad Program Director Julie Stapleton Carroll.

For Dixon, who is also a venture with Temple’s Blackstone LaunchPad, JumpButton was a cost-efficient and reliable solution in getting MEmory built. “I was willing to work with whomever could make ME.mory happen and it really ended up being the best case scenario in that [JumpButton Studio] are hungry for an idea like this,” he said. And for JumpButton, having the chance to work with Dixon through Blackstone LaunchPad has given the team valuable experience beyond just indie game development. “We’re definitely branching out thanks to [Blackstone],” said Jose Hernandez, a local high school student who is in charge of research and development for JumpButton. Hernandez has plans to attend Temple once he graduates. He and Ololade Bello, who does marketing and public relations for JumpButton, have also been involved with Temple’s Urban Apps & Maps program, which is designed to teach local high school students about coding, engineering, geography and urban studies and more.

Carroll has been responsible for connecting various Temple ventures with each other, like Happy Hippy food truck with food delivery app Habitat. With more and more undergraduate students wanting to start their own business, it’s been important for her to foster entrepreneurship within the entire university. “Temple has a real commitment to supporting [entrepreneurship] and we’re interested in doing that across the university, so not just the business school but Tyler or computer science or engineering,” Carroll said. Dixon originally wanted to become a child psychiatrist, but after the accident, he knew he wouldn’t be able to treat patients with his memory condition. With the help from technology and digital tools like ME.mory, Dixon finds it amazing that he was able to graduate with a master’s degree after the accident. “I don’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday but I earned my master’s degree,” Dixon said. “So with the technology now, it’s superhuman—the abilities that we have if we key into them.”

The current plan for ME.mory is to have it betatested by at least 100 people before it rolls out and Dixon said he’s excited to see how people respond to adopting an artificial memory. Dixon plans to continue getting the word out about ME.mory and being the “spokesperson” for a digital memory. His story has already garnered attention from all over the world, including Spanish and Italian media outlets. This attention has also prompted Dixon to write a book about all his experiences up to this point, called “I’m Sorry, That’s Awesome”—it’s something he hears constantly from people who learn about his accident but then hear how he’s remedying his situation with technology. “It’s just such a fun reaction and I’m so used to getting it from people,” Dixon said. “I think that would be a great title for my book.” * ( 215.204.7416 T @AtotheHONG


Thomas Dixon created ME.mory to help keep better track of his memories.

Program focuses on recovery after cancer Camp Discovery is a week-long event that helps local women in various stages of cancer treatment participate in activities that enhance their quality of life. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor When combatting cancer, the road to recovery doesn’t end with treatment. For some, it’s just the beginning. Camp Discovery is an occupational therapy program at the University of the Sciences that encourages 25 women in different stages of their cancer journeys to enjoy and live life “holistically.” This year’s program, held July 27-31, marked the its fourth year at USciences, but it was the first year in which Temple officially got involved, with two Temple OT students volunteering along two USciences students and two OT students from South Korea’s Far East University. Colleen Maher, a professor at USciences, and Rochelle

Mendonca, now an assistant professor in the College of Public Health’s OT program, created Camp Discovery during their time teaching occupational therapy at the University of the Sciences. “What we started noticing a lot was that there were a lot of women who were being diagnosed with cancer, completing their treatment and being sent back home—but once they get back home, they never really got back to life again and living again,” Mendonca said. “A lot of them were scared about going out and doing things.” These activities include dancing, mild aerobics, craft-making and even spiritually-based activities like self-reflective poetry. Mendonca said Camp Discovery’s purpose is to be a place where these women can find friends who can relate to what they’re going through. “It’s just showing them that they can go out there and do what they want to do and that they have the capacity to do it,” Mendonca said. Mendonca said some cancer patients undergoing treatment are reluctant to do things they used to do before their diagnosis, like gardening or exercise. Often, that comes from fear these activities could aggravate their condition. OT students are brought on, as their profession calls for designing and adapting activities to each different woman so that they can participate accordingly, like having a patient do a ballet

class in a chair if they can’t stand for too long. With other universities and their students showing interest in getting involved with Camp Discovery, the only obstacle for Mendonca and Maher is funding. “We can’t get any big funding agencies interested because the primary focus is on curing cancer, it’s not really on dealing with people who have lived through it and what happens to them now,” Mendonca said. Luke Adair, a second-year master’s student in Temple’s OT program, designed a ceramics class inspired by his study abroad time in South Korea, which had the women making ceramic stamps with their own symbols. The women bonded through the activities, but also by the fact that they are all survivors. “They had a great sense of community that was very inspiring,” Adair said. “So part of that was an empowering kind of idea that they’re surviving together and they have communal support and strength through that.” * ( 215.204.7416 T @AtotheHONG



Philadelphia’s vibrant DIY scene will play host to new spaces around Temple’s campus this semester, like K.C. Raniero’s the Hippie Dust Den. PAGE 10

A new production at FringeArts stars the audience. Through a series of personal instructions, theater-goers walk away with individualized experiences in Ant Hampton’s “The Extra People.” PAGE 11





‘Divine’ footwear: local designer honors landmark hotel


Menswear designer Najeeb Sheikh’s Divine Lorraine Hotel Collection showcases Converse shoes and collectible items that commemorate the hotel at Lapstone & Hammer.

Inspired by the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street, Philadelphia menswear designer Najeeb Sheikh crafted a collection with sneaker store Lapstone & Hammer.


By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News

s a landlord and resident of North Philadelphia, menswear designer Najeeb Sheikh has a clear view of S. Broad Street and the formerly-abandoned Divine Lorraine Hotel. Inspired by the luxury of the hotel, Sheikh collaborated with Center City sneaker store Lapstone & Hammer to create a collection that honors the building. “Originally, it was the architecture that spoke to me,” Sheikh said. “[I thought], ‘How did it get into this condi-

tion? Why is it vacant?’” The designer researched and discovered that the Divine Lorraine was the first non-segregated hotel in Philadelphia and wanted to find a way to encapsulate the history of the building. Sheikh teamed up with Brian Nadav, the owner of Lapstone & Hammer, through mutual friends. “I was impressed of his overall knowledge of fashion and the stuff that he carries,” Sheikh said. Sheikh's Divine Lorraine line was the shop's first collection when Lapstone & Hammer opened on Chestnut Street in May. “It was a way to play tribute to a Philly icon and ex-

pose people to what the Divine Lorraine was,” said Nadav, who graduated from Temple in 2004. The original idea was a small collection of T-shirts. Later, the duo added hats, jackets and crew neck sweaters. The project came together in under two months. “We realized there were a lot of people attracted to the building for a number of reasons,” Sheikh said. “There is so much history to this building, so we had to make sure we did it right.” Sheikh and Nadav brought in other elements to the collection, inspired by items found in and stolen from



Designer presents multidisciplinary work ing,” said Gaby Heit, the gallery’s director. “They can certainly be for graphic design. And since it is visual, I think that the work needs to be exhibited.” Designer and gallery curator who fell in love with the Philly art scene, New York native Heit found a fitting career as SPACE director at the gallery near 2nd and Arch streets. “I love where conceptual design becomes art, and how graphic design is considered art,” Heit said. Established less than three years ago, the gallery provided a physical space for the AIGA Philadelphia chapter—a coalition of about 600 designers that formed in 1981. The Philadelphia chapter is a single, albeit prominent, slice of an active organization: the American Institute of Graphic Arts (now known as The Profes-

Artist Tom White’s exhibit at the AIGA gallery shows a diverse artistic career. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News Philadelphia’s fine arts district resides within the most historic section of the city. Studios and galleries stand near Betsy Ross’ home and the country's oldest residential street—all emblems of colonial American history. Amid Old City’s charmingly aged atmosphere and cluster of artistic organizations, the recently built AIGA Philadelphia SPACE has something new to offer the neighborhood. “Exhibition spaces don’t have to just be for fine art paint-

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Tom White’s work is influenced by his years of experience in graphic design.







With new semester, new basements The upcoming school year will be met with the opening of new house venues to host Temple’s thriving DIY music scene. By VINCE BELLINO The Temple News Philadelphia has no shortage of big-name music venues, especially with well-known, signed artists playing in the city nearly every night. What is less obvious, but equally vibrant, is the thriving community of house venues in the city. North Philadelphia plays host to an active basement scene, with house venues run by Temple students and community members alike. The start of the 2015-16 school year comes with new show houses and the return of old favorites. For K. C. Raniero, a sophomore communication studies major, opening the doors to a house venue means two things: they are one step closer to realizing a dream and they are creating a safe place for people from all walks of life. The Hippie Dust Den will open its doors for the first time Aug. 31 as a venue to celebrate diversity and showcase music of all genres. “I have a dream of someday opening a vegan coffee shop that supports local music, and I felt like moving into a show house could be an awesome way to kickstart that dream,” Raniero said. The Hippie Dust Den will also strive to be a place where students who do not drink can enjoy a party environment without alcohol. Raniero is straight edge, which means they do not consume drugs or alcohol, and said they noticed there were few environments for people who wanted to go to a party but did not want to drink. “I felt a need for a place where the pressure was off with the whole

alcohol and drugs thing, and where kids who didn't feel like drinking could just come hang out and party without being the only sober kid there,” Raniero said. Being the lone member of their musical project, Folk by Default, also inspired Raniero to open the Hippie Dust Den. Raniero will play at their house and meet other musicians playing there. Raniero plans to book shows of all genres because of their experiences feeling like the odd performer for playing solo with only keys or ukulele. “I’m trying to create the type of venue where you won’t stick out for being a pop-punk band, but you also won't stick out for being a solo artist with a uke or a guitar or whatever else,” Raniero said. Several venues which hosted shows last year—including the Petting Zoo and the Nest—will continue operating. Joey DeMedio will be taking over booking for the coming year at The Nest, after moving in this year. He said he and his roommate had been to shows there before. “When the former owner … asked us to take it over this year, we were very excited,” DeMedio said. DeMedio said The Nest had already felt like home after attending shows there regularly over the past year, so the transition feels right. Jordy Cordner, who performs under the name Jordy Lyric, said that while she will miss The Nest’s previous owners, she is excited for the new year with DeMedio. “I hope that the new Nest is as accepting, fun and altogether as great of a place as the old one,” Cordner,


Theo Dennis of tiny rainbows took the stage at The Nest, located on Diamond Street, Saturday, Aug. 16.

an undeclared freshman, said. DeMedio said though he is excited to host shows at The Nest, it will be a challenge to continue the quality of shows that have taken place under the house's previous owner, Kevin Brusha. “Kevin [Brusha] set a precedent of having so many good shows consistently and I need to try and continue that,” DeMedio said. DeMedio’s main concerns are people getting hurt at his house or things being stolen from The Nest. Brian Walker of A Day Without Love agreed that oftentimes there is a lack of professionalism at house venues but said in the end there is “nothing like a basement.” AARON WINDHORST TTN


Logan Paz, bassist for Grandpas on Acid, opened a basement show at The Nest, located on Diamond Street Saturday, Aug. 16.


Monday Jazz Jam shines spotlight on aspiring talent World Cafe Live offers a night of free jazz to musicians and diners once-a-week.

ment, as most jam sessions are 21 and older. “It’s a great way to meet other musicians in the city and kind of ‘audition’ yourself for them,” Reed

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By LOGAN BECK The Temple News The sound of a strumming bass spills from the cafe, followed by a piano's melody and the soft, steady beat of drums. It can only mean one thing: it's Monday night at University City's World Cafe Live. The venue's upstairs cafe is transformed into a modern jazz club once a week for Monday Jazz Jam, a free event for musicians and audience members alike to hear a variety of instrumental and vocal jazz music. Christianna LaBuz, the programming manager at World Cafe Live, sees the Monday Jazz Jam as an opportunity to showcase talent and give back to the venue’s audience for its support. “World Cafe Live thinks it’s important to showcase local talent because we’re located in Philly, which has one of the best music scenes in the country,” LaBuz said. “We wouldn’t be here without the love and support of our WCL music family, the folks whose smiling faces we see regularly, both on stage as performers and offstage in the audience as fans.” The night begins with two songs by the house band, led by Marcell Bellinger, who received his bachelor's degree in music from Temple. During the first two songs, vocalists and instrumentalists can sign up for a time slot in the evening’s showcase.

musicians in the city and kind of audition yourself for them.

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Marcell Bellinger plays the trumpet for World Cafe Live. Bellinger also works as a jazz teacher, mentoring young trumpet players.

Vocalists step up to the microphone to perform standard jazz songs with the live band, while instrumentalists are interchanged with members of the house band, giving them the chance to play with other local musicians. Among these performers are two vocalists who are no strangers to the Jazz Jam, Lauren Stephens and Catherine LaVelle. Both study vocal performance at the University of the Arts.

Stephens, a senior at University of the Arts, said the evening of jazz has been beneficial for her musical career. “It’s an easy way to practice for us and do some tunes we don’t get to do all the time,” Stephens said. LaVelle, a junior, said she appreciates the laid back, supportive atmosphere the venue provides. “No one’s going to yell at you if you forget the words here,” LaVelle said.

Stephens and LaVelle both use the Jazz Jam as an opportunity to network with other performers, and receive feedback. Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five were named number two on the 2014 “Top Philly Music Discoveries” list by John Vettese, editor of WXPN’s “The Key.” Reed, the band’s lead singer and a Temple alumna, said each band member has performed at the Jazz Jam because there is no age require-

said. “I started out in Philly singing at those Monday nights, working on my soloing and building up my repertoire.” Since each individually tried their hand at the Jazz Jam, the band has gone on to perform shows at WCL and other popular venues in the city. The Jazz Jam has also attracted a devoted weekly audience including Kira Antoine, a student at Rutgers University interning at Drexel for the summer. As a fan of jazz music, Antoine said Jazz Jam is a great start to her week. “I go to open mics a lot at home, and this came up here so wthat’s how I started coming,” Antoine said. “I love jazz and I like to listen to it.” *





‘The Extra People’ breaks the fourth wall A new production uses headphones and flashlights to create a dreamlike world. where audience and performer become one. MARGO REED TTN

By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News Ordinarily when one enters a theater, it’s considered courteous to tuck away any distracting devices. For Ant Hampton’s latest production, technology is essential in imparting surrealism upon the audience. Hampton is a Swiss-born British artist whose practice lies in the ironic craft of giving instruction for unrehearsed performances. Hampton is returning to FringeArts after his showcase of "The Quiet Volu me" in 2013 with his production of "The Extra People." The piece features the art of Autoteatro—an automated process by which instructions are given to audience members, most often through headphones, who perform the show themselves and experience it from the inside. In “The Extra People,” which is world premiering at the Merriam Theater on Sept. 17, the conventional barrier between audiences and actors van-

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ishes through the transparency of Autoteatro. This transparency acts as an exploration of disconnect in theater. “I am trying to paint this picture of an audience, which is not as we assume an audience to be,” Hampton said. “That comfortable assumption that theater is a place that brings people together.” About 15 viewers/participants are given headphones and LED flashlights upon entering the Merriam Theater for Hampton’s performance. For about 30 minutes, they remain seated, observing another group of fifteen individuals scattered amid shadows across the stage. With guidance from the synthesized voice, the seated people gradually make their own way towards the stage, unwittingly as another group of viewers settles in behind them. In its entirety, the illusory spectacle lasts for about an hour as audience members are directed by the computerized voice in their headphones. Computerized voicing is uncharted territory for Hampton and his production team, as this production is their first time working with this text-to-speech downloadable function.

“The whole thing you hear is not only prerecorded and automatic, but the voice itself is a non-existent object,” said Hampton. “And that, to me, is really interesting in terms of this whole world of absence of authority the piece is exploring.” For audience members, anticipation not only lies in observing this complexity, but in actually living it. “I am looking forward to experiencing this breakdown between audience and performer, to blur and transcend the fourth wall,” said Rachel Meirson, a junior film and media arts major at Temple who plans to see the show at FringeArts. Meirson added that she’s more interested in the technical side of the piece than its content. Coincidentally, the place where technicality meets spirituality is the very principle of the performance. Despite hearing the same voice, each audience member receives different directions upon emerging from the seats. For participants, it seems as though the voice is coming from the house sound system, alluding to the idea of universal instruction, when in actuality everyone is enveloped in their own stream. “We’ve gone so far down the line with the cult of individuality,” Hampton said. “Perhaps this is a more honest vision of the theater today—everyone plugged into their own streams and sitting with quite a lot of distance between themselves.” Inspiration for theatrical isolation stems from various examinations of individual withdrawal from surroundings, such as contemporary globalized labor conditions. In the past four to five years, warehouses across the world have adapted a digital method for commanding workers, using computerized voices to direct aisle placements and code readings. According to Hampton, the movement of human bodies in the piece mirrors the replaceable and temporary conditions of the objects moved in warehouses, perhaps suggesting that people are just as expendable. After its showcase in festivals in Philadelphia and New York, the production will venture to Belgium in January 2016 and Poland in July 2016. The synthesized voice will be translated to both Dutch and French. Despite the evident unfolding of aloneness, the fact that everyone is experiencing solitude creates a communal perception throughout the theater, Hampton said. “It’s not participation with actors who know what is supposed to happen … and certainly there is no one else looking at you who isn’t involved on the same level as you,” said Hampton. “To me, this means there’s an aura in the room of shared risk." *

Jennie Shanker, an adjunct professor at Tyler paints the Norris Homes Mural on the corner of 10th and Norris streets on Aug. 19. The mural will represent the Norris Homes from 1953 to 2017.

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stood on 11th and Berks Streets since the early 1950s. As part of a $30 million CHOICE Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the old public housing units will be torn down. On the Norris Homes site, the area of Diamond Street to the north, Marshall Street to the east, Marvine Street from the west and Berks Street to the south , the Philadelphia Housing Authority plans to build 267 new mixedincome housing units in partnership with other groups like the Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha and the Norris Homes resident council. “About five years of work is being completed,” said Michael Johns, senior executive vice president of capital projects and development at the PHA, at a community meeting on June 29, a recording of which was provided to The Temple News. The work is being done in five phases, starting in December 2015. The expected final completion date is October 2020. By that time, the original Norris Homes buildings will be gone. Shanker believes in preserving the community’s memories through her project, which encompasses a mural, web archive and “yearbook” of Norris Homes residents. She hopes to complete the mural, supported by the Mural Arts Open Source, by the end of August. “I’m an adjunct at Temple,” Shanker said. “Gentrifying this community has a lot to do with the place where I work. There’s a certain amount of responsibility around that.” Shanker has always wanted to work with communities, she said, but it was never feasible before Open Source. The project brings in 14 artists—local, national and international—to do projects in Philadelphia communities with “an open source idea.” Artists set up some structure, Shanker said, but then allow the community to have a hand in the project and where it goes. Initially, Shanker said the neighborhood was resistant to trust her. ADVERTISEMENT

“Before she even started to do interviews or really even plan the mural, [Shanker] knew she had to become a person that people trusted in the community,” said Monica Campana, Open Source’s project manager. “I’ve seen her in action, and it’s quite inspiring.” And now Shanker has that trust, which means the community is bringing her ideas of where to take the project next, like a roundtable conversation between residents of all ages captured on video. “That’s really exciting for me,” Shanker said. “When the community learns that they can use us for the types of conversations they want to have themselves.” Currently, the residents of Norris Homes are having a conversation about what sense of community they have left once dispersed over the larger area of PHA’s building plan, and how to hold onto memories once the brick townhouses are gone. “I think [Shanker’s] going to give people a sense of being,” said Donna Richardson, the Norris Homes resident council president. “Instead of wiping away their whole history, they feel like they’re part of this new relocation and buildings and all the different landscapes.” Richardson, who’s lived in this community for 26 years, said buildings have always come up around Norris Homes, but the residents never felt as though “it had anything to do with them.” “But now they have a part,” Richardson said. “[The mural] is a piece of them that will stay.” And not just the mural, Richardson said, but also Shanker’s web archive, which will feature photos, videos and sound clips of community members, as well as old photos provided by residents. People will be able to go through the archive years from now, and “even show their children the story behind it,” Richardson said. “Jennie’s work is important,” said Karen Lee, a Norris Homes resident for the past 15 years. “It’s called memories. Those are important. From where we are to where we’re going. We want to be able to remember.” The redevelopment and relocation has been a growing experience, Richardson said, and she’s watched the community turn around positively,


Jennie Shanker and Lenny Correa paint the Norris Homes Mural on the corner of 10th and Norris streets.

fighting for what they want in PHA meetings, where before, “they just didn’t seem to care.” And the community isn’t disappearing—it’s moving. All Norris Homes residents have a right to return, according to Jones. Each existing household that wishes to return, provided the household was leased compliant at the time of departure, will have guaranteed replacement units. “Part of the goal of the CHOICE neighborhood implementation activity is to minimize the amount of stress of public housing residents that live currently on the site,” Jones said. “That’s why it’s 100 percent a right for them to return.” One question remains for Shanker: if new people move into an existing community, even one that is expanding, is there a way that newcomers can learn about the community already in place? “This is a community that was once lost but is now found,” Richardson said. “The community is taking great pride in itself, and they’re passing it down. That’s a beautiful thing, when people take pride instead of shame.” * Eamon Dreisbach contributed reporting.





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“POPE BOT” TRAVELS PHILLY In response to the untimely demise of the nomadic Canadian hitchBOT in early August, radio station 93.3 WWMR has created a “Pope Bot” to prove Philadelphia is a safe venue for the upcoming papal visit. The makeshift robot relies on the kindness of others and social media to get around the city, with a prize offered each week to whoever gives “Pope Bot” a lift. The bot’s movements can be tracked via @PopeBotPhilly on Twitter. -Eamon Dreisbach


In the window display of Lapstone & Hammer is a vision into the inside of a rustic Divine Lorraine hotel with menswear designer Najeeb Sheikh’s designs.

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luxury hotels, like toiletry trays, towels, robes, grooming kits, shampoo and conditioner. They also created collectible keys engraved with a room number in the hotel. All of the typography in the designs is based on the Divine Lorraine’s rooftop sign. Sheikh said the text is based around one graphic line-drawing of the hotel that was embroidered rather than screenprinted. The denim jackets and crew necks also include thick, felt patches. “We tried to keep the branding as if the collection came out when the hotel was in its prime,” Sheikh said. The building not only served as a landmark of North Philadelphia, but also left an impact on people who resided there when it was converted to apartments, Sheikh said. “We had the pleasure of meeting a resident the day of the release event,” Sheikh said.

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sional Association for Design). Today, the more than 100-year-old AIGA includes about 70 chapters and 25,000 members including design fans to art students to veteran graphic designers. “[Design] is one of the things I do,” said Tom White, who has spent almost 20 years working artistically for clients, from the New York Times to Radio City Music Hall. “I do many different things.” He lists illustration, branding and brand expression under his line of work. The owner of a contemporary art gallery and print shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey, White also doesn’t hesitate to work within the world of photography, where he sometimes collaborates with his also-artistic wife, Lois White, an aspect of his career that he refers to as “the fun part.” In his exhibit at the AIGA Philadelphia gallery, “NEW NRMAL: THNGS HVE CHNGD,” White shows both art appreciators and ambitious designers a thriving example of how one can pursue a diversified artistic career. “A lot of students might be

“There was an older lady who happened to be walking down the street and just saw the display window and came in asking questions about what the items were for.” Sheikh said he gave the woman the collectible keychain for room 215 and watched her face go blank. “She said ‘this was my room number when I lived in the building,’” Sheikh said. “It was one of those moments where I instantly had goosebumps.” Companies that the designer collaborated with for the line include Levi's, Converse, Philly-based Decades Hat Co. and Crep Protect sneaker cleaner. For Sheikh, Levi's and Converse were simple decisions due to the long history and quality associated with the products. At the far end of the Lapstone & Hammer store, a door opens up to a 1,200-square-foot gallery space named after its original purpose, Pauline’s Bridal Shoppe. This gallery served as a place to honor the Divine Lorraine through local photographers and artists during the re-

interested in knowing, ‘Well, how can I do a little bit of everything?’ Heit said. “And there are ways that you can blend it. Instead of being a designer and maybe thinking, ‘Oh, I need to find other people to work with or see how we can collaborate,’ sometimes you can find out how you can be multidisciplinary and do it all.” White started college as a physics major with no formal artistic training and an interest in

lease event. One of the artists, local paper sculptor Drew Leshko, created a smaller version of the sign that sits above the building and can be seen high above Broad Street. “It is nice to be able to do a piece that involves local imagery and can also be shown locally,” Leshko said. During the July 31 release party at Lapstone & Hammer, the collection sold out almost immediately, Sheikh said. He added that there are discussions of recreating select items from the collection. “We want to keep it limited and special to the people who did have the opportunity to get their hands on the items,” Sheikh said. Since the release, the developers of the Divine Lorraine renovations reached out to Sheikh and are currently discussing a possible collaboration in the future. “It was exciting to see the hype," Nadav said. “It was our product, something really local and it was a very humbling experience.” *

immersion in the digital world to “finding water again.” He tested the first versions of what are now considered standard design programs—Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop—and his early expertise helped to accelerate his career. Although he cites technology as a major game-changer in the design world, White encourages artists not to depend solely on software. “The most important thing is

If you’re a designer, you shouldn’t be pigeonholed into being able to design only one kind of genre. Tom White | artist

typography and cartooning. He experienced a change of heart and career when he transferred to Syracuse University and eventually graduated with a degree in communications design. When the computerized medium of design became present in the early 1990s, White immediately began digitizing his work, comparing the experience of his

your brain,” White said. “I would get frequent emails from people saying ‘Oh, I really love your work. What program do you use?’ And my first answer is, ‘It doesn’t matter what program you use. Your thought process would be first.’” Pointing out pictures of burnt, sienna-tinted vintage menus he designed for a beer garden in As-

bury Park and glossy large-scaled murals for a healthcare company in the Midwest, White spoke enthusiastically of design history and how it can continue to inspire modern designers today. Though he often works through sketches and digital media, he’s influenced by Victorian craftsmanship of the 1880s and inspired by the marks of the mid-century modern movement in the 1940s and ‘50s. An important part of being a designer, White maintains, is having an awareness of design history. “If you’re a designer, you shouldn’t be pigeonholed into being able to design in only one kind of genre,” White said. “If you have a client that wants ‘50s modern, you should know how to design that. And you should not say, ‘Well, I can’t do that.’” Both White’s personal work and the AIGA Philadelphia SPACE, which has organized everything from a map exhibit to a neon sign display to an educator’s art show, continue to present the diversity that a career in design can entail. White’s work will remain at the AIGA Philadelphia SPACE until Aug. 30.

Folk/blues singer songwriter Citizen Cope and his band will perform at the Theatre of the Living Arts on Friday. Citizen Cope has collaborated with artists like Carlos Santana and Dido. General admission tickets are available for $55.50 via Live Nation. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the performance will begin at 9 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach


Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg brings a Latin-inspired vegan bar to Rittenhouse Square with Bar Bombón. The new restaurant’s grand opening was in Rittenhouse Square this past Monday. The all-vegan menu consists of Latin American foods like tacos, nachos and enchiladas, and other options like salads and cold-pressed juices. Bar Bombón is located at 133 S. 18th St. and serves lunch and dinner. -Victoria Mier


From now until Sunday, the historic Powel House hosts the Mechanical Theater’s performances of “Much Ado About Nothing.” The 18th century home and surroundings of Society Hill serve as a backdrop to the witty Shakespearean play. The outdoor performances run at $15 a ticket with various performance times. Tickets can be purchased by going to and clicking on the events page. -Victoria Mier

SMOOTH JAZZ ON THE RIVER On Friday, Mindi Abair will perform at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 7:30-9 p.m. The event is part of the Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Night Series. This night is the last of the summer’s programs. The series is in its 18th season and remains free to the public. More information can be found at -Victoria Mier

TARGET TO OPEN IN CENTER CITY Plans to build a new Target shopping center on 12th and Chestnut streets were released last Wednesday. The store will be the second of two new locations Target announced this month; plans to construct a Target in Rittenhouse Square were also announced in early August. The store is scheduled to open some time in July 2016. -Eamon Dreisbach

BOOTSY COLLINS TO PLAY Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins will take to the stage alongside Larry Graham this Thursday at the Dell Music Center. Over the course of his career, Collins has collaborated and played with artists such as George Clinton, James Brown and Snoop Dogg. The show will begin at 7 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach




@ArchEnemyArts tweeted the official lineup for the upcoming opening on Sept. 4. The show will feature 64 Colors, Paul Romano, Coyle, Megan Ritchey, Ben Kehoe, David Seidman and more.

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specialist at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Dr. Sara Ward, a scientist at Temple. SEADAP is also founded on published research at Temple. A group of 15 local classrooms participated last year with the guidance of Rawls and his team, and another 15 will participate this upcoming year—except this time, the classrooms will extend beyond Philadelphia and into places like Washington, D.C. and Rawls’ native North Carolina. And as the program comes out of its first year, Rawls said he’s happy with the results, which are just coming in. He feels like the students really understood the purpose of the experiments and can observe changing attitudes. The goal, Rawls said, is to “teach them not to do it, not instruct.” Whether the program will convince students against taking drugs in the future, there’s no way of knowing until years down the line. For now, Rawls is focusing on getting the word out and hopes to one day stand without funding. ADVERTISEMENT


Christina Lucera, a seventh-grade reading teacher at West Oak Lane Charter School in North Philadelphia, adopted the program in February after an interest from her 21-student classroom. The students were instructed to choose a subject that they felt affected their own neighborhoods most, from homelessness to drug addiction. The class also demonstrated commitment by staying after school to participate—West Oak Lane Charter School doesn’t have any extracurriculars, Lucera said. Lucera, whose expertise is not in science, said Rawls’ program made it more than easy to teach the students and adapt in a literary and sociological environment rather than a science classroom. “The students were very, very into it,” Lucera said. “And using a live planarian, it was mind-blowing for them.” She said she could see her students grabbing onto the lessons and connecting what was happening to the worms to real life situations. “They learned it,” she said. “It wasn’t that I taught it, but that they learned it.” * T @PatriciaMadej


Gabrielle Swain, a graduate student and research assistant, collects data in the lab in regards to planarian drug addiction behavior as part of a project on drug abuse funded by the National Institutes of Health.




Alumna speaks before Congress Marcia Hopkins spoke at a congressional briefing about issues facing youth in foster care. By MICHAELA WINBERG Assistant Lifestyle Editor When Marcia Hopkins spoke in front of Congress, everyone was listening. “Sometimes we don’t think that we get heard, but the work we did this summer did not [go] unnoticed,” said Hopkins, who was raised in the Philadelphia foster care system as a child. Hopkins spent eight years in foster care, and she went on to graduate with a master’s in social work from Temple last spring. This summer, she was one of 12 people chosen to be a

Foster Youth Intern for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. According to a press release by CCAI, “this assignment provides young adults who have been in the United States foster care system with an opportunity to intern in a congressional office and research issues affecting children in foster care across the country.” “I think that CCAI does a wonderful thing by essentially forcing those in power to hear from young adults about how foster care legislation has impacted our lives,” Hopkins said. “I felt honored that so many people came to hear us speak and really cared about our experiences and our issues.” After spending 10 weeks interning for Sen. Bob Casey and researching the foster care system, Hopkins presented a policy report to the members of Congress and child welfare advocates during a congressional

briefing on July 28. “It was truly an awesome experience to see how all the ‘magic’ happens in Congress,” Hopkins said. The topic of Hopkins’ policy

lieve we truly do foster youth a disservice by not preparing and supporting them for life after care.” She said speaking in front of Congress was “surreal.”

“It was truly an awesome experience to see how all the ‘magic’ happens in Congress.” Marcia Hopkins | master’s in social work graduate

report was foster youth aging out of care and experiencing homelessness. “Every year over 23,000 youth are emancipated from care without the necessary support to sustain themselves … and I find this very disheartening,” Hopkins said. “Many of them experience homelessness as a result, which I believe no child ... should ever have to experience. I be-

While Hopkins was working toward her master’s degree at Temple, her brother, foster parent and grandmother passed away, which made achieving her degree especially challenging. “My time studying at Temple was rigorous, but wonderful,” Hopkins said. “I found great support from my friends and great professors who

really helped me to stay focused and keep my eye on the prize, my degree.” Since receiving her master’s degree, Hopkins also interned for the Juvenile Law Center, an organization focused on creating opportunity for children in foster care and the juvenile justice system. Hopkins said she’s considering law school or pursuing her MBA, but first wants to continue working in the field and helping youth in foster care directly. “My experience at the congressional briefing was humbling and had me in awe,” Hopkins said. “While nothing happens overnight, it gave me the boost I needed to really feel like I’m making a difference for other youth like us, those in care.” * ( 215.204.7416

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Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, the president of OIC, sits in his office. OIC, a non-profit organization, offers community members job training, as well as access to computers and other resources. Johnson has been president since January of 2015.


OIC, a non-profit organization located at 1231 N. Broad Street, provides classes and hands-on training in tourism and hospitality as part of their mission to provide job opportunities to community members.

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that others created. I wanted to create my own movements and forms.” Now, Soto is looking to reinvent herself. “I want to perform more, and I am expanding into exhibition and video,” Soto said. This reinvention includes Soto’s reconstruction of her performance altar, Todos Mis Muertos, which will be shown at Fleisher Art Memorial in Bella Vista for the Day of the Dead. She’ll present an exhibition of videos at IMPeRFeCT Gallery in Germantown this November. Ijames said that receiving a Pew Fellowship for playwriting was surreal. “The major thing that gleamed from [the Pew Fellowship] was a sense of, ‘I’m

doing the right thing,’” Ijames said. “I’m not deluding myself. I actually am doing what I’m supposed to be doing.” Ijames said that Philadelphia is his “home base.” After graduating with his Master of Fine Arts from Temple in 2006, Ijames has acted in and written plays in Philadelphia, become a tenure-track professor at Villanova University and started a playwright-producing organization called Orbiter 3. Though Ijames was recognized by the Pew Center, he said he “still has a lot of work to do as an artist.” He hopes that in the next couple of years, his play-writing will move to a more national platform. “I have to keep reminding myself that this is a fellowship about an artist at a moment in time,” Ijames said. “It’s not about arrival.” *


about the work being done there, in an effort to build a closer relationship. “Temple is really a neighbor,” Johnson said. “It is open and it’s a beginning conversation that Dr. Theobald and I will continue to have.” Olga Palashnyuk, the employment development specialist for Philadelphia OIC, believes Temple’s close proximity is perfect for Temple students to get involved in a way that can help OIC participants beyond just getting them a job. “I think that that sense of empowerment really just struck me as, ‘Wow, these are the kinds of things OIC can do,’” Palashnyuk said. “I think that’s what [OIC founder] Leon Sullivan would’ve wanted. He had a burning in his heart for helping people help themselves—that’s our motto—and he made it happen.” Sullivan’s role in Philadelphia’s history is vast, as he is the namesake of Sullivan Progress Plaza, which includes Fresh Grocer and Citizens Bank, in addition to presiding over Zion Baptist Church on Broad and Venango streets from 1950 to 1988. But the key descriptor of Sullivan would be how he was “ahead of his time” in terms of giving opportunities to struggling residents, Jay said. With hospitality job courses like room housekeeping and culinary arts, OIC students are prepared to work in the food and hotel industries after nine- and 16-week programs, respectively. Jay, the life skills coach for Opportunities Inn, guides students with everything from holding mock interviews to teaching proper attitudes and teamwork—things they need in order to secure themselves a solid career. Chalie Schmidt, the chef

instructor for Opportunities Inn and former adjunct professor for Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been “building” cooks with OIC for 20 years. The way he sees it, he has a responsibility of using his years of culinary experience to help his students build a relationship with the restaurant community even after graduation. “So it really is beyond just the contractual obligation of getting people hired, it’s also helping them continue

are people “whoThere come here who may have given up on themselves...but here at OIC, we help to restore hope. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson | president of OIC

with their careers—it’s careerbuilding,” Schmidt said. With help from funding, Johnson also has plans in implementing programs that would provide students with jobs in other industries like energy, construction and manufacturing. Besides these traditional jobs though, his vision also calls for getting students involved in the technology field, with hopes of starting OIC’s first-ever coding boot camp and creating co-working spaces to encourage tech entrepreneurship. * ( 215.204.7416 T @AtotheHONG





Today at noon in room 105 of the Medical Education and Research Building, Executive Dean Dr. Arthur Feldman and other associate deans of the School of Medicine will participate in a brown bag lunch event. Students in the School of Medicine are encouraged to bring their own lunches and join the deans in “an interactive dialogue to discuss plans and new initiatives, express concerns and provide ideas and feedback,” according to Temple’s events website. -Michaela Winberg


The weekly summer and fall Farmers’ Market series will continue on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Office of Community Relations and organized by the Food Trust, the Farmers’ Market will be held on Cecil B. Moore Avenue between Broad and 13th Streets. Students, professors and residents of Philadelphia can bring their own bags to purchase fresh produce and learn about local food from Farmer Emmanuel of the Food Trust. The first Farmers’ Market of the series was held on June 4, and the final one will be held on Nov. 12. -Michaela Winberg

SHE’s the first


Maddi Gray, sophomore, Zac Baker, sophomore, and Rachel Paul, junior, make up the board of Temple’s chapter of She’s the First, a nonprofit organization that funds education for girls in low-income countries. Gray opened the chapter at Temple last spring.

Nonprofit focuses on education ‘gender gap’ She’s the First raises funds and awareness for girls’ education in developing countries. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Each morning in Surkhet, Nepal, a thirdgrader named Bagbati wakes up, dons her school uniform and walks to the Kopila Valley Children’s School, where she’s studying on a scholarship funded in part by Temple’s new campus chapter of She’s the First. During this semester, Temple’s chapter of STF, along with a technical school in Rhode Island, will try to raise the $360 necessary to fully fund Bagbati’s education for next year, providing her with necessities like textbooks, school lunches and tuition. Last spring, Maddi Gray, a sophomore political science and global studies major, founded Temple’s campus chapter of the national nonprofit, which funds girls’ education in ten developing countries to help them become the first in their families to graduate high school. “In developing areas where She’s the First is active, there’s a large literacy gap and education gap between men and women,” said Gray, president of Temple’s STF chapter. Gray believes funding girls’ education can solve social and health issues that are linked

Because of us this “ girl was able to go to [school], and that’s incredible.

Maddi Gray | founder of STF Temple

to a lack of women’s rights in some countries, while also providing for poverty alleviation and economic growth. Though the Temple chapter got a late start in raising funds last spring, it met the $100 minimum required to be matched with a scholar by the end of the school year.

As a part of The Film Series at The Reel, “Jurassic World” will be shown from Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office for $2 with a TU ID and $4 for others. The Box Office is in The Reel and open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Located in the lower level of the Student Center South, The Reel is a student-run movie theater that shows movies two weekends per month during the semester. -Michaela Winberg



The 4th Annual STF*{Campus} Leadership Summit was held at Micrsoft’s offices in New York City.

“[Getting] matched with a scholar … is the most rewarding part, because you can put a name and a face to all the hard work you did,” Gray said. “ Because of us this girl was able to go to [school], and that’s incredible.” STF Temple was also paired up with Campus Mentor Kim Horner from the national nonprofit. Horner founded the STF chapter on her own college campus prior to becoming a mentor. “College chapters [were] started ...because the students are so passionate about education, because they’re still learning, they’re still in school,” Horner said. In preparation for this upcoming school year, STF Temple sent Rachel Paul, the comanager of social media, to the 4th Annual STF*{Campus} Leadership Summit, which was held July 31 to Aug. 2 at Microsoft’s offices in New York City. Paul, a junior biology major, heard from guest speakers and attended workshops dealing with effective advocacy and feminism. She got advice on including male students in the conversation about girls’ education and equality. “To get boys involved you can walk up to someone and [ask], ‘Where did your mother go to school?’”Paul said. “Then for a second he’s thinking about women’s education.” STF Temple’s executive board already boasts two male student leaders. “With the title ‘She’s the First’...we don’t want [people] to think that you have to be a girl to join,” Paul said. “If we have an event,

we want guys and girls to show up.” STF Temple’s executive board is currently in the process of solidifying plans for its fall schedule. The first general body meeting is set for Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in Student Center Room 217. They plan to participate in the national nonprofit’s two fundraising campaigns, “Bake A Change,” which calls for chapters across the country to celebrate the nonprofit’s founding by selling tie-dye cupcakes, and “Sweat for STF,” which promotes fundraising through fitness events. “The idea [with ‘Sweat for STF’] is some girls have to walk six miles to get to school,” Paul said. “So by putting yourself in the challenge of fitness…you’re sort of raising awareness.” STF Temple also plans to screen the documentary “He Named Me Malala,” as well as the film “Difret,” which is based on the struggles of a real life STF scholar in Ethiopia. For the fall semester, STF Temple hopes to reach their self-set $500 fundraising goal, while also making students on Main Campus more aware of the struggles that girls face in developing countries. “[These women are] stuck in such traditional roles,” Gray said. “Even if they are going to pursue traditional roles, it’s better for women to at least be able to have a high school education.”

On Friday at 8 a.m., Charles Winkelman will speak about neuro ophthalmology and eye movements, and Professor Peter Crino will speak about long term monitoring and epilepsy monitoring. The speeches will be held in Erny Auditorium at Temple University Hospital. These speeches are a part of the Summer Neurologic Emergency Series hosted by the School of Medicine. The goal of this series is to “introduce participants to the recognition and treatment of various common neurologic diagnoses,” according to Temple’s event website. -Michaela Winberg


Net Night, hosted by Campus Recreation, will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. on the 3rd floor recreation courts in Pearson Hall. The free event is dedicated to sports that involve a net like volleyball, badminton and table tennis. Equipment will be provided, and the event is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and professors. No registration is necessary prior to the event so long as the participant has Recreation Center access. -Michaela Winberg


The first Free Food and Fun Fridays event of the semester will be held in the Student Center Atrium this Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. This week, the event will feature music, free food and games like “What’s the Lyric?” and “60 Seconds of Bust.” Each week features a different “cultural celebration, game show, comedy or another entertaining performance,” according to Temple’s Student Activities website. The only way to find out everything that’s going on is to join us in the Student Center Atrium every Friday night from 10pm-1am. -Michaela Winberg

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Voice of the People | LINDSAY SHAPIRO



“What did you do during Welcome Week?” LAURA SAVAGE




“I moved in on Saturday so I wasn’t really here.”

“I’ve been working on a website so I was shooting some footage around the campus.”

“I observed the freshmen getting used to campus. That was really fun.”





Delp named to all-Conference team 66-58 in overtime. It was the team’s first postseason berth since the 2011-12 season. Veney played at both the College of Charleston and East Carolina before her coaching days. She also took part in tryout camps for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Sparks. -Michael Guise



Senior forward/midfielder Alyssa Delp defends for the Owls during the team’s scrimmage against Drexel Aug. 22

Temple senior forward/midfielder Alyssa Delp was the lone Owl named to the 2015 All-Big East Conference preseason team. Last season, Delp played in all 21 of the team’s games, totaling 10 points— our goals and two assists. The Fleetwood, Pennsylvania native finished seventh on the team in points last season and contrubite to Temple’s offensive production this year, alongside senior forward Tricia Light and junior forward Katie Foran, who were second and third on the team last season with five and seven goals, respectively. The Owls were also picked third in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ poll. Temple totaled 17 points, including one first-place vote. -Matt Cockayne Continued from page 22


[beat them] on our home field.” The team's schedule has nine road matches this season. Last season, Temple was 0-9-1 away from home. With 17 underclassmen receiving playing time, junior defender Matt Mahoney said the hardest part of being on the road was building chemistry. “For a young team, we didn't click quickly enough,” Mahoney said of last season's road trips. “Then it started to become a mental thing. We lost games in overtime and a poor mentality built up.” MacWilliams said the Owls’ non-conference schedule will prepare the team for conference play, after a 1-6-1 record in the American Athletic Conference last season. “We scheduled heavy [last season], because we missed the NCAA






After seven years as an assistant coach, Way Veney was named associate head coach. Veney, who serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator and as an assistant coach, joined the staff in 2008 after two years with Providence College. She also served as a coach at William & Mary from 2002-2005, where she was responsible for scouting, practice planning, and day-to-day operations of the program. Last season, the Owls posted a 20-17 record and reached the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament before being eliminated by West Virginia University

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The Brick, New Jersey native appeared in the Owls’ first two games, recording two saves in 29:52 minutes of action. She also saved a penalty kick against Fairleigh Dickinson University to preserve the Owls’ 3-0 victory on Aug. 21 Along with Nash, senior Paula Jurewicz was named to The American Weekly Honor Roll. In two games this season, Jurewicz, who tore her ACL last season, has scored two goals and totaled four points in 41 minutes. -Michael Guise

tournament by a slim margin the year before,” MacWilliams said. “It just happened that we played a lot of those games on the road. This season we'll get some of those games back at home, and I think getting off to a good start is very key.” The Owls open conference play Sept. 26 against Cincinnati. Temple will play nine conference games this season, including a contest game against Connecticut on Oct. 21, a rematch after the Owls' 5-0 loss in the opening game of The American's conference tournament. “We cannot look at any team and think we are better than them,” Lestingi said. “We've yet to make our mark on The American, so if we take it one step at a time, great success will come.” * T @danny_newhart


Freshman Hermann Doerner pursues the ball in the team’s 3-0 exhibition match victory over Lafayette College on Aug. 18.

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philosophy focuses on a balanced attack that features every player, rather than relying on one. “Amber had such great talent that we all would want to give her the ball and let her do her thing,” senior midfielder Sarah Deck said. “I think now we need to utilize multiple people in order to beat the other team’s defense. We can’t afford to be predictable anymore.” Youtz tallied 27 of the Owls’ 62 goals in 2015 and took 37 percent of Temple’s shots. No other player on the squad scored more than 7 goals or took more than 20 percent of the team’s shots. “I think it’s important that we’re able to showcase all of our players’ specialty skills and strengths,” Freeman said. “It hasn’t just been about one person, it’s about the entire

For the second consecutive season, senior midfielder/ forward Jared Martinelli was named to the American Athletic Conference’s Preseason All-Conference team. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania native started in 17 of the Owls’ 18 games last year netting two goals and four assists. He was second on the team in points with eight in 2014. He received second team All-American Athletic Conference honors following the season. The senior has 17 goals and 19 assists in 55 career games for the Owls. Temple was picked to finish last out of the conference’s eight teams in The American’s Preseason Coaches’ poll. The team had a 1-6-1 conference record in 2014. The Owls went 1-0-1 in their first two scrimmages of the season, defeating Lafayette 3-0 and tying Drexel 3-3. -Owen McCue


Sophomore midfielder/forward Maiyah Brown runs on the field during a matchup against Drexel.

team understanding what the plan is. As far as the X’s and O’s, everyone is going to be responsible for knowing every single position on the field, so

that we can move in and out of our formations pretty easily.” Last year, Youtz and junior forward Katie Foran were the only Owls to total more

than 20 points. “We’re going to be subbing more, we’re going to be taking turns with who’s scoring,” Deck said. “You’re go-

ing to see a lot of different people’s names, which I’m very excited about.” In addition to the 10 seniors on the team, Freeman said she expects more production from sophomore midfielders Maiyah Brown and Rachael Mueller, Foran and junior midfielder Paige Gross, who all combined for 47 points last season. “What I have tried to implement this past spring is to make sure that everyone is held accountable for their own performance in a variety of different positions,” Freeman said. “We are really going to be looking for the junior class to balance out the senior class, and of course, be leaders of the sophomores and freshmen.” Gross, who played the role of distributor last year with 11 assists and no goals, is looking to become a better attacking midfielder in 2015. “Especially with coach Marybeth, I think I will be [attacking more],” Gross said.

“In the spring, I scored a lot more goals than I ever have in the regular season or at any other time. I’m just becoming more confident in taking those offensive risks, rather than passing to Amber or passing to a forward that I have more confidence in taking the ball into the circle.” Eight of the 11 starters from the 2014 squad are returning, but in their new coach's scheme the Owls don't think they bare any resemblance to last year's team . “I think with Marybeth we’re a completely different team,” Gross said. “We’re way more aggressive, we get things done quicker and we see the quicker way to goal. We see the faster and more effective way to score, instead of just trying to go through Amber.” * T @mattcockayne55




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Coach Matt Rhule talks with defensive coordinator Phil Snow during a recent practice at Chodoff Field.

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“The worst part is you need to look at all those games from previous years to see what you did wrong,” senior linebacker Tyler Matakev-

est mark of the coach’s three-year tenure and a four-win improvement from 2013. In the American Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches poll, Temple, who placed sixth last season at 4-4, was picked to finish third in the conference’s

the conversation for The American’s championship heading into each season. “You’re not going to win the conference every year, but you want to be relevant,” Rhule said. “Are we there yet? I don’t know. I really don’t know. There’s a lot of good teams, but I want us to

They’re scarred up. They’ve been through a lot of heartbreak and close losses. Matt Rhule | Coach

ich said. “And it just hurts knowing that we beat ourselves in a lot of those situations, just guys not doing their jobs.” The close losses coupled with the emotional rollercoaster ride to end last season, have the Owls battle tested heading into 2015. “They’re scarred up,” coach Matt Rhule said. “They’ve been through a lot of heartbreak and close losses. They’ve been through some really high moments. Football’s about making decisions everyday to be the best you can be and they’ve been on both sides, so I think they’re making the right decisions.” Temple’s 6-6 record last season was the team’s highADVERTISEMENT

East Division. The Owls expect to surpass that prediction as they are prepared to compete in The American’s inaugural conference championship game. “We know what we can do,” redshirt-senior offensive lineman Eric Lofton said. “Especially after last year going 6-6, and we know we could have done a lot better. We just want to take that extra step as a program. I know as the seniors we want to lay the foundation for a championship program, so in the future everybody’s always talking about championships every year.” Rhule similarly said he wants his program to be in

be a team that’s in the mix for it, has a chance down the stretch to fight for it, and then let’s go fight for it.” While they hope to compete for the conference championship, Young and his teammates have not forgotten about the bowl invitation that alluded them last year. “We want it,” Young said. “We want it real bad, and if we get it, it’s just going to mean the world to us.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Owen_McCue

“It’s all a growing process,” Walker said. “I was still trying to do too much stuff. I was thinking I was able to do things [last season] I did my freshman year that I got lucky on.” Walker said an unfocused approach prevented his success on the practice field from showing on game day. “I missed a lot of throws that I should have completed just by not taking the throw seriously,” Walker said of last season. “Every throw counts.” The quarterback heads into his junior season with his mistakes behind him. He dropped 12 pounds this offseason and began work with his new quarterbacks coach, Glenn Thomas. Thomas, who spent the last seven seasons as a coach with the Atlanta Falcons, has given Walker a new approach. “I expect perfection,” Thomas said. “At the end of the day if you expect anything less, that is what you will get. I’m pushing them to

expect perfection. I’m pushing them for efficiency.” In 21 career games, Walker has thrown 23 interceptions. Forgetting about mistakes is something that Thomas has emphasized with Walker. “[Thomas’s] mentality is next play, which is something that helps a lot of quarterbacks because if you make a bad throw, you harp on it,” Walker said. “He said you can worry about it in the film room ... I used to get hung up on bad plays. That is something that I got over now. If I make a bad play, I let it go.” Junior running back Jahad Thomas, Walker’s teammate at Elizabeth High School in New Jersey, has already noticed improvement in Walker’s play. “Freshman and sophomore year, there was some bumps in the road,” Thomas said. “He didn’t know everything. But now he gets it and you can see it.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Michael_Guise


Thornton, Farley trying to develop Sophomore Evan Thornton and Mark Farley are expected to take the next step in their college careers. By GREG FRANK The Temple News Sophomore Evan Thornton felt like a small fish in a big pond last season. Before his arrival at Temple, Thornton was a three-time Berks County Player of the Year and led Wyomissing Junior/Senior High School to two undefeated seasons and Berks County Championships. Thornton had a 77.9 stroke average, the fifth lowest on the team, in 30 rounds of golf last season. “The most important thing I struggled with was understanding that I am good enough to compete at the highest level,” Thornton said. “But now I am used to it. It doesn’t take time to overcome the feeling that you’re the young guy on the team.” Fellow sophomore Mark Farley, a walk-on, averaged 77.8 strokes per round in his freshman year after joining the team in September 2014. Both Thornton and Farley used the 2014-15 season as a learning experience. “You definitely think a lot,” Thornton said. “You want to play your own game like you have your own life, but you have to do what’s right for the team and if that means changing then you have to do it.” Issues with consistency plagued Farley in his first season with the team. “Last year, I’d have a few good rounds in a

tournament and then one round when I kind of blew up and shot a high number,” Farley said. “It can be easy to lose focus and hard to keep that intensity up all year.” Senior Brandon Matthews said he’s familiar with Farley and Thornton’s frustration but is pleased with what he’s seen from the duo, who combined for six Top 40 finishes last season. “You kind of just get used to the way things run and you get more comfortable in there,” Matthews said. “Everyone’s developing really well.” Matthews teaches the underclassmen to stay focused on short-term goals. “I was just taking it one step at a time and that’s a very important thing for these young kids,” Matthews said. “Not worrying about the development and just worry about what’s in front of you.” With the departure of two of the team’s three lowest scorers from last year, Farley and Thornton are both poised for bigger roles. “During freshman year the goal for me was to just shoot a solid number and help the team,” Farley said. “They weren’t really expecting some of the scores that Brandon’s shooting but that’s kind of going to change now and in the future. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but I’m looking forward to stepping into that role.” Despite rising expectations, Thornton said he is more comfortable now that he is a sophomore. “This year it’s definitely going to be different, less stressful,” Thornton said. “I realize now that not every tournament is a life-or-death situation and you just have to take the punches as they come.” * T @g_frank6




WOMen’s soccer

Adjusting to The American

Coach Seamus O’Connor and the women’s soccer team won three conference games in 2014, its highest conference win total since 2009 while in the Atlantic 10 Conference. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News Entering the American Athletic Conference two years ago was nervewracking for coach Seamus O’Connor. Looking through the conference’s elite teams, he knew it would be an uphill battle. “The first year, you’re coaching against some people, they’ve won more games than I’ve had hot breakfast in my life,” O’Connor said. “So it’s very, very intimidating.” Last season, the squad entered conference play with a program-best 7-2 record. They traveled to Cincinnati for their first foe from The American. The Owls, who left the Atlantic 10 conference two seasons ago, arrived on the Bearcats’ campus with just a single victory in The American to their name; a 2-0 win over Houston at Ambler Sports Complex, which was followed by eight straight conference losses for a 1-8 mark in 2013. Senior midfiedler Shannon Senour said she and her teammates were nervous, and somewhat overwhelmed by Cincinnati's facilities and capacity crowd prior to the start of the game.

After conceding a goal in the 34th minute, the Owls responded with two second-half scores for their second victory in The American in as many years. The game-winner came on a header from Kelly Farrell in the 79th minute. “They were one of the best teams that we ever played,” Senour said. “They were so good, and nobody expected us to win, like nobody. We were completely the underdog and it felt so good to win that game." Seamus O’Connor, now in his third season as Temple’s coach, led the Owls to a 3-5-1 record in conference play last season. Though a stark difference from the team’s non-conference record, Temple’s three conference wins were its most in a season since 2009, when the school was still in the A-10. “It was actually wonderful,” O’Connor said of his team’s performance in The American last season. “The nine-game conference slate, I was happy. We were consistent game to game.” O’Connor said it has been a major adjustment for both the coaching staff and the players to go from facing mostly local recruits in the A-10 to matching up with national team players and highly-touted coaches in The American. He added that the transition would start with him.


Sophomore Gabriella McKeown pursues the ball during the Owls’ 2-0 loss to South Florida last season.

“I think it goes from the head coach on down,” O’Connor said. “But after our first year we kind of looked at ourselves and they all said it ... ‘We’re good enough to do this. We can do this.’” In Temple’s five conference losses in 2014, senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff allowed more than two goals once, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of The American’s conference tournament champion, Connecticut.


Kerkhoff also had one shutout in conference play last season in a 1-0 win against Houston. “I think a lot of it is mental,” Kerkhoff said of playing in The American. “You have to go in with the mindset that you can beat these people; like, they’re not superhuman, they’re beatable." The Owls will meet last year's conference regular-season champion Central Florida on the road in their

first game of conference play on Sept. 24. “They’re the best team in the conference,” Senour said of UCF. “I think if we beat them the first game of the conference, we would believe that we could beat anybody else, because we could.” * T @tom_reifsnyder

ice Hockey

From their own nest The Owls hand-picked their new coach Roman Bussetti, who serves as the general manager for their home rink. By STEPHEN GODWIN JR. The Temple News


The volleyball team embraces before a match last season.

Owls add freshman trio The volleyball team’s upperclassmen are helping three new freshmen find their roles. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Ten days before preseason practices began Aug. 1, freshmen Hannah Vandegrift and Mia Heirakuji took a trip to Vandegrift’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. The pair hiked Great Falls Park in McLean, Virginia. They also visited the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and went paddleboarding in the Chesapeake Bay. Eventually, the two freshmen ended up in Washington D.C. where they biked to the Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. After their first taste of what it is like to be Division I athletes during summer workouts, the roommates’ time off was much needed, they said. “We aren’t getting a break until Christmas,” Vandegrift said. “So, we should take every opportunity that comes our way to have time to yourself.” The duo, along with middle blocker Carla Guennewig, form the Owls’ 2015 freshman class. With 12 players returning, including five starters, from a 24-win season a year ago, playing time for the freshmen may be scarce. But Vandegrift, a setter, is looking to make an impact this season. “I still feel like I am learning,” Vandegrift said. “I can’t pinpoint my role yet. I do offer a fresh image. I like to put the ball everywhere, keeping it from the other team and not letting them get settled.”

Heirakuji, who flew from her home of Kailua, Hawaii to Philadelphia July 4 to join the team, is trying to fit into a role as the libero on Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam’s roster. “I definitely want to contribute to the team somehow,” Heirakuji said. “Whether I get playing time or not, I want the team to become better. I know I can do that by giving my all in practice and pushing my teammates.” As the trio of freshmen begin their transition to collegiate volleyball, the rest of the team is making an effort to make the freshman class feel welcomed. “Hannah and I came about the same time,” Heirakuji said. “So we went through it together, thank God. Everyone is constantly working hard and you will always hear encouragement, no one is ever putting anyone down, which makes it a great environment to be in.” Guennewig, a native of Muenster, Germany, did not arrive on Main Campus until mid-July, so she only practiced in two of the summer training sessions. “Right at the beginning, they are all having finals and were really working hard with homework and studying,” Guennewig said. “The team did take very good care of me during the time we did have.” While the freshmen are still unsure of what their roles will be this season, they have already bought into the team’s goal of winning the American Athletic Conference. “The team set the tone for us new girls and it is pushing us to play at the highest level,” Heirakuji said. “They have already exemplified the kind of hard work we need to put in this first week of preseason, in order to be successful and come out on top of the conference.” *

Roman Bussetti often watched from the Zamboni tunnel at the Flyers Skate Zone as the cherry-and-whiteclad players whizzed around the ice. After the Owls named Bussetti their coach on June 29, he has become an integral part of a program he once admired from afar, during 10 years as the general manager of the indoor ice rink in Northeast Philadelphia where the team plays its home games. “It’s a great school,” Bussetti said of Temple. “It’s one of the best schools in Philadelphia. I know they are known across the country for their education, so when you have a better school playing in your building, you’re intrigued to watch them and see how they’re doing.” Bussetti, who has 20 years of coaching experience, was hired July 1 to replace Ryan Frain, who resigned on April 23 after coaching the team for two years. “He has seen our team play before,” senior defenseman and team president Patrick Hanrahan said of Bussetti. “He coached for years on multiple teams. This is his first time coaching at the college level though. We know he knows the game and we look forward to putting him behind the bench this year.” Bussetti’s hockey career started in 1989, at Council Rock High School North in Bucks County. The school won the AAA Flyers Cup and Pennsylvania state championship his senior year. After graduation in 1991, Bussetti played Division III hockey at Southern New Hampshire University, then known as New Hampshire College. In 1993, he later transferred to West Chester University to play Division I hockey in the NCAA . Bussetti began his coaching career in 1995 at Cardinal Dougherty High School and coached at four other high schools until 2011. He also spent time in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, an amateur hockey league, coaching several age groups for Team Comcast and the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. “They are going to get a very enthusiastic coach,” said Junior Flyers

Hockey Director Bud Dombroski, who worked with Bussetti for five years. “He’s also a guy who played the game at a high level, so you’re going to get a good coach that way. He knows the hockey game.” Bussetti, who was informed of the coaching vacancy by former Owls' general manager Jerry Roberts, said he is not worried about attracting talent to Temple. “As long as you can put a program together that’s going to be successful,”

We know he knows “ the game and we look forwrd to putting him behind the bench

Patrick Hanrahan | Senior defenseman

Bussetti said. “Then you’re going to get more players who want to come to that school and want to play hockey and get an education.” The Owls, who will be moving to the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, lost eight seniors to graduation and Bussetti is unsure how he is going to replace their production. The veteran group tallied 56 goals, 61 assists and 121 points last year. “It kind of depends on the players and what kind of players you get and what kind of system you try to run,” Bussetti said. “Without knowing [what system] they ran last year it’s going to be kind of tough to say how I am going to overcome it.” * T @StephenGodwinJr




Alyssa Delp was named to the preseason all-conference team, the women’s basketball team promoted Way Veney, other news and notes. PAGE 21

Sophomores Mark Farley and Evan Thorton are A trio of freshmen volleyball players set to take on a bigger role for the golf team used the summer to prepare for their this season. PAGE 20 first year. PAGE 21




football preview

LETTING IT GO Junior quarterback P.J. Walker looks to the past in order to put last season behind him.


Junior quarterback P.J. Walker enters his second year as the full-time starter under center for the Owls. Last season, Walker threw for 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 12 games.


By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

hen thinking about his struggles under center last season, junior quarterback P.J. Walker’s mind wanders back 13 years. Walker played football for the first time at seven years old, after his mother Tamicha Drake signed him up for the Elizabeth PAL Minutemen. He played quarterback for the Minutemen, one of the 24 North Jersey Pop Warner teams.

“That is something that I look back and remember that football is fun,” Walker said. “Don’t think of football as a business or a job. Just go out there and have fun because if you aren’t having fun, you are doing something wrong.” In nine appearances—including seven starts—as a freshman, Walker threw for 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ranked 22nd in the FBS with a 150.8 passing efficiency and 19th in the FBS in passing yards per completion. In 2014, Temple’s passing offense ranked 86th out of 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Walker threw 15 intercep-

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tions, seven more than he had during his freshman campaign. “I feel like offensively, we took a step back last season,” Walker said. “We made a lot of plays my freshman year. We made a lot of things happen.” The junior, who averaged 11.41 yards per completion and had a 107.8 passing efficiency last year, which ranked 75th and 100th in the FBS, respectively, said his struggles in 2014 came from trying to replicate his freshman campaign.


‘Our team had a disconnect’

After a two-win season, the Owls have prioritized team chemistry as a way to get back on track. By DANIEL NEWHART The Temple News


Coach Marybeth Freeman talks with sophomore midfielder Rachael Mueller during the team’s 1-0 victory over Drexel University in a scrimmage last Saturday.

Adopting a new philosophy After losing their star player and head coach, the field hockey team is trying a more team-oriented approach. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News They knew they had lost more than just a game. After a 4-1 loss to eventual-NCAA champion Connecticut in the Big East Conference title, the field hockey team was forced to say goodbye to one of the best players in program history. Amber Youtz, the 2015 Big East Offen-

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sive Player of the Year and the third highest scorer in the program’s history, had played her last game in a Temple uniform. With the graduation of the 2015 National Field Hockey Coaches Association first team All-American, the team lost its featured attacker and the anchor of its offensive production. What they didn’t know would have a similar impact, after Amanda Janney, the squad’s former coach, left for Indiana University. After searching for a new coach, the athletic department settled on Marybeth Freeman, the former coach of Columbia University. The hiring of Freeman in March set the stage for a new offensive approach. Freeman's


Goalkeeper Patrick Lestingi has a new plan this season. With some time to reflect on the men's soccer team's 2-14-2 record in 2014, the senior realized that a rift in team chemistry may have been one of the major causes of the season's demise. To prevent a similar problem this year, Lestingi and his teammates have done all they can to make the underclassmen feel like a part of the team. “Our team had a disconnect between the younger and older guys,” Lestingi said. “This year, [the upperclassmen] made it our objective to connect with the younger guys and make them feel welcome. You only have 72 games in a regular four-year career, so we let them know it starts now and not to hold anything back.” The chemistry issue manifested itself on the field and the Owls struggled to find consistency. The team ranked



Junior midfielder Dan White controls the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Lafayette College Aug. 18.

190th out of 200 Division I teams in scoring offense and 184th in goals against average. “We weren't able to hang our hat on any type of momentum,” coach David MacWilliams said. “It hurt us. We tried to do everything to change things and I think too many changes hurt us.” This season, Temple begins play on the road at Manhattan College on Friday and doesn't host its first home match until Sept. 4 against Penn State, which finished 23rd in the final National Soc-

cer Coaches Association of America poll last season. On Sept. 13, Temple will face Yale for the second time in school history and second consecutive season. The Owls lost 1-0 to the Bulldogs last season, one of the team's seven one-goal losses, including five in overtime. “Penn State and Yale are games I am looking forward to,” Lestingi said. “They were two of the tougher losses we faced last season away that we would like to have back. ... And now we hope we can


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Volume 94 Issue 1  

Issue for Tuesday August 25 2015

Volume 94 Issue 1  

Issue for Tuesday August 25 2015


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