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AEPI SUSPENDED AMID INVESTIGATIONS Philadelphia and Temple police are investigating the fraternity for sexual assault allegations. BY KELLY BRENNAN & GILLIAN McGOLDRICK For The Temple News


emple Police is investigating “multiple credible reports” of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and drug and excessive alcohol use that were reported at Temple’s chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

The fraternity was suspended from Main Campus on April 2 because of pending investigation from Temple Police and the Philadelphia Police Department. Temple Police released a statement to the Temple community on Friday about its investigation with Philadelphia Police into the fraternity, housed on Broad Street near Norris. Captain Mark Burgmann of the Philadelphia Police Department said at a press conference on Friday the Special Victims Unit is investigating the sexual assault of two 19-yearold women, both Temple students, by members

of Alpha Epsilon Pi. The Temple News first reported an ongoing university investigation of the fraternity on March 30. Philadelphia Police began investigating the fraternity on April 17, and one of the cases has been referred to the District Attorney’s office. Both alleged assaults occurred in the fraternity’s house. One occurred in February and the other in March. A third female student is expected to file a report with Philadelphia Police this week about an alleged sexual assault, Burgmann said. Burgmann added that he cannot confirm

how many of the 70 fraternity members are being investigated and what drugs were used during the alleged assaults. In one case, the survivor said she was given several drinks by a member of the fraternity and felt dizzy. She said the next thing she remembers is waking up in bed with one of the members. She believes she was sexually assaulted. Jonathan Pierce, the fraternity’s spokesperson, confirmed in a statement to The Temple News on Friday that the national head-




Candidates vie for 181st District seat The candidates from North Philadelphia hope to fill state Rep. Curtis Thomas’s seat for his upcoming retirement. BY KILEY BATENHORST For The Temple News



The 181st District in the state House of Representatives will elect a new representative this year with a primary election on May 15. The seat is currently held by state Rep. Curtis Thomas, who is retiring in November. Thomas has served as the state representative for the 181st District — which encompasses Main Campus — since 1988. There are several candidates running for Thomas’s seat.

Temple’s first co-ed a cappella group competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals in New York City on Saturday. Read more on Page 7.



Closing statements to begin in Cosby assault case Bill Cosby’s defense team rested its case with its final two witnesses on Monday. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK For The Temple News

The jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial were seen smiling on Monday afternoon after they received good news: the defense rested its case. The 12 jurors and six alternate jurors have been sequestered since April 8 and will

hear closing statements early Tuesday morning. After hearing these statements, Cosby’s fate will be in the hands of the seven men and five women on the jury, two of whom are Black. A jury panel of the same makeup had the same task in June. But these jurors were unable to make a unanimous decision “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Cosby had committed sexual assault and drugging. After 52 hours of deliberations, the case ended in a mistrial. Cosby, a former university trustee, is

charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in his Montgomery County home in January 2004. If convicted, the 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison for each count and will likely spend the rest of his life there. Although Cosby’s charges remained the same, his two trials were vastly different. The jury panel in the retrial learned how much money Constand, the former director of operations for women’s basketball, was paid in

a 2005 civil suit against Cosby — nearly $3.4 million. Jurors also heard testimony from five of more than 60 Cosby accusers to show a theme of “prior bad acts.” The previous jury only heard one woman’s testimony. This retrial also comes on the heels of the national #MeToo movement, which took over headlines and opened up a dialogue about sexual misconduct from powerful men in the entertainment industry. Before they were chosen, the jurors tes-



After high school injury, finding an interest in orthopedic research Senior bioengineering major James Karchner presented research at the Capitol Building last week. BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News

During his freshman year at Berwick High School in Northeastern Pennsylvania, James Karchner was playing in a football scrimmage when he tore his ACL — the ligament that controls the motion of the knee. Two years later, he tore his other ACL during

a varsity football game. Each torn ACL required knee surgery and five to six months of physical therapy to regain his strength. During this process, Karchner started to consider a career in orthopedics, a medical field focused on bones and muscles. “When I tore the second one, it kind of drove it home,” said Karchner, a senior bioengineering major. “I knew this is what I want-


KASHIF WYLEE / THE TEMPLE NEWS James Karchner, a senior bioengineering major, holds a model of an ACL in the Engineering Building on April 16.

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Temple Police dedicated a mural to Captain Eileen Bradley, who has worked since 1972 and is the second-longest serving officer on the force. Read more on Page 3.

A student argued that one day of implicit bias training at Starbucks, his employer, isn’t enough. Read more on Page 5.

Marcus Forst, a junior physics major, is Temple’s first recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious STEM award. Read more on Page 7.

During the last two weeks of spring football camp, about 10 players began wearing protective caps on their helmets. Read more on Page 20.



Temple Police tactics change as gun violence increases Many students have joined a national debate about gun violence and school shootings. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

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The Office of Emergency Management has held active-shooter training sessions for students following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed. The shooting sparked a national debate around gun control. Last Friday, more than 50 students gathered at the Bell Tower for the National School Walkout to protest gun violence. It was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, when two students killed 13 people in 1999 at the Colorado high school. The Columbine shooting and other highly publicized shootings were catalysts that changed many of the police tactics use in active shooter situations, said Kenneth McGuire, the lieutenant of Campus Safety Services. “Columbine was a deal breaker,” McGuire said. “It was a watershed moment for law enforcement. The standard procedure was first patrol officers on location form a perimeter, and you would wait for SWAT or a tactical team, but that doesn’t work anymore. If there is someone inside hurting people, you just can’t wait. You have to go in.” So far this year, there have been 17,443

incidents of gun violence that have killed 4,406 people, according to the independent nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. At Temple, McGuire implemented an Active Assailant program in 2005. In the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting when 32 people were killed, the assailant chained the doors of the building. Because of this, Temple Police added breaching equipment to break down doors in active-shooter situations. And after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2012, Temple Police were equipped with tourniquets as apart of the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care program to prevent deaths in trauma situations. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has faced criticism for not entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and engaging the shooter immediately to minimize casualties. In light of this, Campus Safety Services is planning to train police officers to engage an active shooter alone. “It’s really involved,” McGuire said. “When officers first come on board, they go through a four-day training class. Most departments only go through one or two. We take these things very seriously.” The emergency preparedness program, TUready — implemented by Director of Emergency Management Sarah Powell — promotes the “run, hide, fight” tactic in an emergency situation. This encourages people to first run from the suspected shooter, second hide and barricade yourself in an

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students and faculty gather at the Bell Tower for Temple’s school walkout.

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rosalind Pichardo, the founder of Operation Save Our City, an organization that helps families affected by gun violence grieve and find justice, speaks to the crowd at a school walkout event on Friday at the Bell Tower.

area away from the shooter and finally attempt to fight and disable the shooter as a “last resort,” McGuire said. “The bottom line is, you are not helpless in active shooter situations,” McGuire said. “Nobody is a victim. Victimization is only a state of mind. This is a safe campus. We plan and train on this all the time.” On Friday, more than 2,300 walkouts were planned to protest gun violence, USA Today reported. The national walkout was organized on Friday by a Connecticut high school student in light of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Adam Leopold, a senior political science major who organized Temple’s walkout, said his goal was to facilitate an open discussion about gun violence where people feel comfortable to express their views on the issue, Leopold said. Leopold said he is thankful for the walkout’s on-campus support. “There were a lot of people who really believed what we were doing,” Leopold told The Temple News. “Toward the end, people started to peter out, but it didn’t matter. I would rather speak to 20 people who care about the issue than speak to 400 who just want to get out of class.” Five high school students from Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia and Raised Woke, a Philadelphia-based youth activism organiza-

tion, spoke to the crowd about gun violence, wearing shirts that read #PoliticizeMyDeath. Julia Albro-Fisher, a middle school student from Massachusetts who organized a walkout at her school a few weeks ago, spoke at Temple about her experiences as a young student in America practicing lockdown drills in preparation for a potential shooter. “I do not understand why it is so difficult for people to choose between guns and children,” Albro-Fisher said to the crowd. “Our government has taken the time to control so many things, when I can drive, vote, drink. You control me, but you do not protect me, and that makes me very anxious. Lockdown drills aren’t stopping school shootings.” Some Temple students felt compelled to share their thoughts on gun violence to the crowd, like freshman psychology major Jessica Pingor. “It’s really hard to see people talk about these issues in such a negative way when there are literally children dying,” Pingor said to the crowd. “Teachers are risking their lives when all they wanted to do was teach and help these children learn and grow and live in an America that is safe. How many more people have to die before people realize that guns are the problem?” lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow


Cory Booker to receive honorary degree at commencement Booker is the first Black senator to represent the state of New Jersey. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

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New Jersey Democratic United States Sen. Cory Booker will be the 2018 commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony on May 10. As the Class of 2018 graduates, Booker will accept his honorary degree along with Robert Bogle, the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribune, and Meryl Levitz, the president and CEO of the travel site Visit Philly, according to a university release. Toni Oliver, the president of the National Association of Black Social Workers, will also receive an honorary degree from the School of Social Work. Booker is the first Black senator to serve the state of New Jersey. Prior to his five years as the state’s junior senator, he served as mayor of Newark from 2006-13, when his administration implemented reforms to overhaul the police department, improve city services and reduce crime rates. Booker later won a special

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Senate election in October 2013 after the death of incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Booker is regarded as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party, and it is rumored that he may run for president in 2020, the Washington Post reported. “I am grateful to be invited to speak to the newest graduates of an institution that is so deeply rooted in American history and in our shared commitment to fortifying our civic values,” Booker said in a statement to The Temple News. “I’m looking forward to joining the graduating Temple Owls and their families this May as they prepare to enter the next chapter of their lives.” Temple has awarded more than 900 honorary degrees to leaders, artists, researchers and professionals whose values officials say align with the university’s mission. The University Committee on Honorary Degrees receives nominations from the Temple community, and nominates individuals based on the level of their achievements and contributions. The nominees are then approved by the Board of Trustees to receive the degree.

Bogle is being recognized for his achievements at The Philadelphia Tribune, where he was first hired in 1970 and later became the CEO and president. Bogle was also appointed president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association in 1991, where he served two terms. “Temple is noted for its diversity and academic offerings, and for me to be honored with a degree makes me extremely pleased and proud to be associated with Temple, as well as them to recognize the work that I’ve done to make this a better place for all of us,” Bogle told The Temple News. Levitz worked with former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts Rebecca Rimel to research Philadelphia’s potential as a tourist destination under Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, which later became known as Visit Philly. Levitz became the CEO and president of Visit Philly in 1996. She has helped to develop the popular tourist website and, in turn, the image of Philadelphia as a whole. In January, it was announced that

Levitz will be stepping down from her position at the end of the year. “I am proud to accept an honorary degree from Temple University,” Levitz said in a statement to The Temple News. “So many of my talented staff members have come out of this iconic Philadelphia school through the years. It’s an honor to be Temple proud with them now.” Oliver, a 1979 master’s of social work alumna, is being honored for her work in empowering people of color as the president of the National Association of Black Social Workers. In 1992, she founded and served as CEO and president of Roots, Inc., a former adoption agency in Georgia focused on improving adoption opportunities for African-American children. “I would never have thought that Temple University would know about my career path or be moved to recognize my work and my passion in this way,” Oliver said in a statement to The Temple News. “I am most humbled to have had an opportunity and determination to play a part in creating pathways an opportunities to improve the quality of life for so many children and families. For that, I will be eternal-

ly grateful.” Some graduating seniors are excited for Booker to speak at their graduation, like Logan Peterson, a senior economics major who worked on Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign. “He has fought for expanding educational access for the disabled, increasing the accessibility of health care and protecting our nation’s most at-risk populations,” Peterson said. “Since volunteering on Booker’s Senate campaign, he’s been a huge role model for me, and I can’t wait to hear him speak at commencement.” Other students are not happy with Temple’s choice, like Ryan Doyle, a senior strategic communications major, who thinks Temple “could’ve done better.” “Not everything should have a political message or figure involved,” Doyle said. “Graduation should be about us and not a potential presidential candidate.” lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow

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Captain Eileen Bradley honored with mural She is the second-longest serving officer in Temple Police. BY WILL BLEIER Copy Editor

Longtime Temple Police officer and community advocate Captain Eileen Bradley remembers the adversity she faced as one of the first female officers in Philadelphia to patrol the streets in 1972. “They were very wary about putting [women] on the streets,” Bradley said. “We did really well in the academy, and I think they were kind of shocked.” Bradley’s time with the department recently came full circle when TUPD surprised her with a mural at the department’s station on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street on April 10 honor her decades of service to the community. “I was shocked,” Bradley said. “I don’t like all this publicity. I feel that some of these neighbors are my friends. They call me, and I’ve been in their homes. We really are friends. We have a lot of good people around here.” Bradley no longer patrols the streets, but that hasn’t stopped her from strengthening her relationship with North Philadelphia residents. Now, she works as a community liaison, meeting with residents on a monthly basis to hear their concerns. She also has the opportunity to take on special projects within the department. At most community meetings, residents bring up issues with trash and noise, but now they also discuss new concerns like gentrification and the stadium.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 COSBY tified that they could each serve impartially despite the national movement, media attention and prior knowledge of the allegations against Cosby. Cosby’s defense rested its

“The people that are concerned about the stadium don’t live here,” Bradley said. “I’ll be very honest with you. I’m not a political kind of person. It’s not my issue. My issue is to just make sure we have good relationships with our neighbors.” Through her work in TUPD’s community relations team, Bradley continues meeting with community residents by planning the department’s outreach events, like Avenue of Treats — an event in October that provides a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat — an annual Christmas party, local school visits and neighborhood barbecues. Monica Hankins-Padilla, the external relations coordinator for TUPD, knows the effect Bradley has on the community. “The name Captain Eileen Bradley is something that definitely rings in the ears as the person to contact if you have any questions about how to navigate issues in the community,” said Hankins-Padilla, who was a part of the team that surprised Bradley with the mural. “She’s the go-to for community complaints, trash, nuisance, damage to people’s property. You name it.” “Something people don’t really know is that she’s helped so many students over the years graduate,” Hankins-Padilla added. “She’s not a miracle worker, but if you need to start looking for one, she’s the person people go to.” The mural displays photos dating back to the department’s inception. Bradley is prominently featured in several photos, alongside her fellow officers and community residents. Hankins-Padilla said it was difficult to hide the mural from Bradley because she is

case early afternoon on Monday, with its last witnesses including an airline pilot and an assistant from Cosby’s former talent agency to testify about his travel during January 2004. This is the time frame when Constand alleges she was drugged and sexually assaulted by the former trustee.

MELISSA RESURRECCION / THE TEMPLE NEWS Captain Eileen Bradley, 72, stands in front of a mural about her service to Temple Police inside the police department’s station on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street on Wednesday. Bradley was one of the first women hired on the police force at Temple, serving since 1972.

so involved with the department. “I was like, ‘Oh gosh, how do we keep her off our tracks?’” Hankins-Padilla said. “That was the hard part, but it was really rewarding.” Milton Pollard lives near the corner of Berks and Bovier. He worked closely with Bradley to complete a community mural on Bouvier Street back in 2015. The mural, which accompanied a community garden, replaced what was a vacant lot. “She was very instrumental in the mural project,” Pollard said. “If it wasn’t for her,

Roslyn Yarborough, an interior designer who formerly worked as an assistant to Cosby’s agent at the William Morris Agency, testified on Monday about the travel itineraries she would create for the comedian during January 2004. These itineraries and pay slips outline Cosby’s trips

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Bill Cosby (right) enters the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday. His defense team rested its case that afternoon.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 AEPI quarters suspended all activities of Temple’s chapter three weeks ago. “The University has asked us not to conduct our own investigation and, to date, we have received no other official notice from the University,” the statement read. “We are, obviously, very concerned about these allegations as they have no place in Alpha Epsilon Pi.” The Student Activists Against Sexual Assault released a statement following the university’s campuswide email about the sexual assault allegations against Alpha Epsilon Pi. The student organization stated the email had a “victim blaming tone.” The organization stated that

the allegations against the fraternity are “issues of sexual violence” and that Temple’s email was not an “appropriate response.” “While we appreciate Temple reaching out to the community, the victim blaming tone in this email was not the correct way to address the situation,” the statement read. The organization encouraged students to report similar incidents to Andrea Seiss, the university’s Title IX coordinator, and to utilize Temple’s anonymous sexual misconduct reporting website. The Feminist Alliance released a statement about Temple and Philadelphia police’s investigation into Alpha Epsilon Pi. The organization took a similar stance as the Student Activists

Against Sexual Assault, which criticized the university’s response to the allegations of sexual assault. “The email from the university in response was highly inappropriate, and found the tone to be ‘victim blaming,’” the Alliance’s statement reads. “Moving forward, we expect the administration to address situations of assault more consciously and we hope students acknowledge the situation for what it is.” The organization encouraged students to reach out to Seiss and utilize resources from Woman Organized Against Rape. news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

there wouldn’t have been a mural.” Now, he often calls her to discuss issues like trash and community safety. “Captain Bradley, she’s one of a kind, she’s genuine,” he added. “If there’s an issue, problem, or meeting coming up, she’ll come around. She’s always available and you can really depend on her.” william.bleier@temple.edu @will_bleier

to Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, Iowa and provinces in Canada. The itineraries do not show Cosby’s whereabouts for each day in January, but show trips during about half of the month. Yarborough also testified that Cosby mainly stayed in his New York or Massachusetts homes, and didn’t often stay in his Cheltenham home, where Constand alleges the assault occurred. “He was there very rarely,” she told jurors. But the prosecution questioned Yarborough about whether Cosby could have traveled without logging in his itineraries. It also asserted that there are inconsistencies in a few of the documents. Douglas Moss, who has been a United Airlines pilot for 40 years and an adviser to attorneys about aviation issues, also testified as an expert witness about pilot practices for Federal Aviation Agency regulations. He testified that he analyzed the original documents completed by Cosby’s personal pilot and documents that were input into a computer system. He said he did not find any irregularities. These two witnesses finalized the last argument for the defense: Cosby couldn’t have been home for the 2004 alleged assault.

The defense used the rest of its witnesses to attack the credibility of Constand, including testimony from key witness Margo Jackson, a Boyer College of Music and Dance academic adviser. Jackson testified that Constand told her she could make a profit for accusing a man of sexual assault while working with the women’s basketball team. Before dismissing the jury, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill asked Cosby if he wanted to testify. He declined. O’Neill denied the defense’s request to use the 2005 deposition of Sheri Williams, one of Constand’s friends, because the prosecution would not be able to cross examine her testimony. Williams did not answer to nine subpoenas the defense sent to her since midMarch. O’Neill didn’t allow a defense summary witness to take the stand to point to the holes in Cosby’s travel, because he said it would be too opinionated and would be best suited in the closing statement. O’Neill will allow two of Cosby’s defense attorneys Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss to deliver portions of the closing statement on Tuesday. gillian@temple.edu @Gill_McGoldrick


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Members of Greek life: We will listen to you As Temple’s student-run newspaper, we feel it is our duty to give your voice a platform and ensure your protection. On Friday, the Temple community was made aware of serious accusations against members of Temple’s chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Temple Police sent an email statement to the university community stating it had received “multiple credible reports” of sexual assault and other violations on behalf of fraternity members. That was just hours before Philadelphia Police announced it was also investigating the fraternity for the alleged sexual assaults of two 19-year-old women, both of whom are Temple students. Three weeks earlier, The Temple News reported that the university had launched an investigation into the fraternity. We are alarmed by the accusations of these egregious acts, and we hope that survivors find the support they need — be that through on-campus resources or their own personal coping mechanisms. We also support Temple and Philadelphia police in their investigations and hope that all perpetrators pay the consequences for these despicable crimes. This situation is concerning for all members of the Temple community, but it must be especially harrowing as a member of Greek life, especially since only 5 percent of students on Main Campus belong to a fraternity or sorority. To the members of Greek life: we hope to be a viable and safe outlet for you to discuss any information you may have about these alleged sexual assaults or similar incidents. As Temple’s editorially independent, student-run newspaper, it is

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our responsibility to hear your voice and tell your story. We have already been in contact with several members of Greek life, some of whom have been reluctant to speak with us. They have expressed fear that speaking out will ostracize them from their sororities and fraternities. We understand that learning of these accusations must have been difficult for you — after all, the alleged survivors and the accused could be someone you consider a sister or a brother. And we understand that it must be harder still to speak about these accusations. But if you’re comfortable sharing your stories, we hope you’ll come forward. The Temple News will continue to apply great care and attention to this story if you choose to approach us with any details. When we listen, it will be with great respect and empathy. At The Temple News, our responsibility is to serve the Temple community by telling your stories. If you provide us with any information about these alleged instances of sexual assault, we can use it to better inform the Temple community. And we will serve you, too, with our attention to detail and our understanding that this situation must be extremely difficult for you. In recent months, the stories of sexual assault survivors have dominated the media. The power of truth has been used to leverage justice time and time again. At The Temple News, we want to continue to tip that scale — but we need your voices to do so.

he national media frenzy that’s zeroed in on Montgomery County since early April is completely focused on what will happen to one man: Bill Cosby. Is the once beloved TV family man and comedian guilty or not? JULIE CHRISTIE ENTERPRISE Cosby is EDITOR charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He was first tried last summer, but it ended with a hung jury and mistrial in June 2017. The retrial began earlier this month. The decision of this retrial carries a lot of weight right now. With the strength of the #MeToo movement, people are demanding that powerful men be held accountable for the assaults they’re accused of. Cosby could be one of the first, and one of the biggest, to criminally fall. But at Temple, Cosby’s retrial hasn’t just captivated interest because he’s a notable alumnus and former trustee. It’s because this university is entrenched in the retrial. Of course, Cosby was a trustee for decades, but Andrea Constand, who is the central accuser in this retrial, was also a Temple employee when the alleged assault happened. Additionally, Patrick O’Connor, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, was named as a potential witness because of his involvement in a settlement between Cosby and Constand in 2005, when both O’Connor and Cosby were trustees. O’Connor didn’t testify during the retrial. Temple connections have appeared on the witness stand at the retrial, too — Marguerite Jackson, a Boyer College of Music and Dance academic adviser, said Constand told her in 2004 that she could accuse a high-profile man of sexual assault for money, and Dr. Barbara Ziv, a professor in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, testified as an expert on the behavior of survivors of sexual assault. And finally, just like the icing on the cake, Cosby bought the house where he allegedly assaulted Constand from a university trustee.



With so many connections drawing Temple into this retrial, it’s obvious that the school will have to reckon with the outcome. Several other institutions, like the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, have rescinded honorary degrees previously awarded to Cosby — showing their acknowledgment of the accusations. If Cosby is found guilty, Temple will be the school that didn’t distance itself from a convicted assaulter. And O’Connor will be the trustee who stood by Cosby the whole time. Our university will have an administration that let two officials work together to pacify an employee whom one of them had assaulted. Temple’s Beasley School of Law said none of its representatives could comment, but Chris MacDonald from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University said the Board never technically faced a conflict of interest when Cosby represented O’Connor. “It depends on the role of the Board of Trustees,” said MacDonald, who is the director of two centers at Ryerson University that focus on business ethics. “Conflict happens when you’ve been entrusted with something but have an outside interest.” Because the Board doesn’t have direct power over the athletic department, where Constand was the former director of operations for women’s basketball at the time of the alleged assault, neither Cosby nor O’Connor could have taken direct action against Constand as trustees, MacDonald said. And he’s right — the separation isn’t strong

enough to create a clearly defined conflict of interest. But there’s a reason some people think it’s a conflict of interest: Trustees are the most powerful people at Temple, and students and employees need to trust they will make the best decisions for the university. By working together to evade criminal charges, Cosby and O’Connor violated that responsibility and trust. Influential forces at Temple agree. Steve Newman, the president of Temple Association of University Professionals, wrote in a statement to The Temple News in September 2017: “We believe it was a conflict of interest for then-Trustee O’Connor to represent Mr. Cosby. … This has damaged and will continue to damage the reputation of the university we all love and cause great pain to all those in the Temple community and beyond who have suffered from sexual assault.” Cosby and O’Connor’s relationship calls into question how the university will act when there is a clear conflict of interest: Can employees trust the university to make the right decision if they come forward about abuse from university leaders? Can students? But if Cosby is found not guilty, the implications are worse. It would imply that Temple is in the clear, and can keep working from the top down to prevent employees from voicing serious concerns. It means that the Board won’t be pressured to revisit its policies on accountability. People need to understand what’s at stake for students, faculty and alumni in this retrial — and it’s not losing a famous face. “These are situations that put institutions to the test,” MacDonald said. “High-up administrators have the opportunity to put their values on display. And people will watch and judge that.” This school has already shown a lack of honesty and accountability. It’ll be hard for students and their families to choose a school that’s comfortable putting its reputation above the concerns of others. julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules


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October 19,1962: Bill Cosby performed a comedy set as a student for a series of events that was sponsored by Student Activities. This week, Enterprise Editor Julie Christie argued that Cosby’s current sexual assault retrial shows that the university should be more concerned with the conduct of its trustees than with its own reputation.

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Starbucks: One day of training is not enough A student criticizes his employer for its response to recent accusations of racism.


hen I was hired to be a barista at a Starbucks coffee shop in my hometown almost a year ago, I spent my first few weeks learning to take orders, steam milk and make whipped cream: all the things considered to be vital knowledge for Starbucks employees. However, I never had a training session on how to recognize implicit bias or how to prevent racial injustice. About two weeks ago, I saw a video on my Twitter feed of two Black men being arrested inside the Starbucks on 18th and TYLER PEREZ Spruce streets, while waiting for their friend and quite obviously causing no harm. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, the Black men in the video, told Good Morning America that they asked to use the restroom and were denied when they didn’t purchase anything. Within minutes of this interaction, the manager called the police, who arrived, questioned the men and began to arrest them. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, offered an apology, and Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman, announced plans to close stores on May 29 to hold an “anti-bias training” for 175,000 employees, as a surfacelevel solution to the issue. But the situation in question is not an isolated incident. It is one part of several larger issues that have been plaguing Philadelphia: racism, abuse by the police department and white people fearing people of color. Racism is an institutionalized issue that a few hours at a training program will not solve. The solution is for society to learn that not all people of color are trespassing in gentrified communities. Rittenhouse Square, the area of the city where the arrests took place, is “the heart of Center City’s most expensive and exclusive neighborhood,” according

to VisitPhilly.com. While Philadelphia has a large Black population, this particular community is one of its whitest, according to CityLab. The presence of people of color in majority-white neighborhoods can be perceived as threatening, so people of color are often seen as trespassers. Racist perceptions of people of color as inherently criminal causes a hostile relationship between the police and minorities. “There’s been over-policing within our communities, and our voices have been silenced,” said Matthew Ellis Simmons, an Africology and African American studies instructor. Because of Philadelphia’s history of police brutality against African Americans, Student Body President Tyrell MannBarnes, who is also a civil rights activist, said the Starbucks incident was “not surprising, but very disappointing.” In 2014, Mann-Barnes became the youngest recipient of the Camden County Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal, which is an award given to those who work toward equality. “Far too often, folks are not aware of their own implicit biases,” Barnes said. “And I think we see that infiltrate into corporations and institutions on a very implicit level.” Like Mann-Barnes, I’m not surprised, as this wasn’t an isolated incident by any means, but rather part of a growing trend in America. Days after the Starbucks incident in Philadelphia, another Starbucks in southern California denied bathroom access to a Black man but openly granted it to a white man, according to NBC News. “People need to be culturally competent and culturally attentive and work at it every day,” Mann-Barnes said. “It’s not something that you get trained on and you’re ultimately an expert at it.” Simmons added that it takes more than one day of diversity training to make a difference. “You’ll have to look at things from an intersectional standpoint,” Simmons said. “And one

A student argues that rolling back government regulations that standardize organic food production is dangerous.


training is not enough. These are uncomfortable conversations, but we need to have [them]. ... You have to have a continuous conversation, and you need to have [employees] from diverse standpoints.” In addition to training, white people need to stand up for justice and fairness. In the video, white customers stood up for Robinson and Nelson and asked the police why white people weren’t being arrested for not buying anything. I’m glad they could tell what was happening was wrong. But white people should not be needed to justify the existence of Black people in any predominantly white space. “Why do Black people have to get permission from white people to just exist?” Simmons said. The reality is that one day of training is not going to solve the root issue of discrimination and bias for the Starbucks employees who need it. Perhaps the corporation and others should invest in regular, more in-depth implicit bias training to encourage more welcoming communities. I hope to see the company that I work for make some legitimate attempt at addressing these issues beyond its current plan. And maybe this specific instance will push major corporations and even society as a whole to truly recognize our implicit biases. Entire revolutions and civil rights movements can be sparked by a single moment in time, so I hope this occurrence will inspire some change. tyler.perez@temple.edu @perezodent

s an animal rights activist, I know how important it is to advocate for the welfare of animals, given they cannot do so for themselves. Recently, I was horrified to hear about the United States Department of Agriculture’s plans to roll back regulations from President MONICA MELLON Barack Obama’s LEAD COLUMNIST administration that protected animals on organic farms. The regulations required farms to provide animals access to outdoor space and implemented a protocol to ensure organic livestock are transported and slaughtered ethically. Removing government standards set in place to prevent the mistreatment of farm animals is a harmful abuse of power. Animals on these farms are crammed into tiny cages, often with little room to lay down comfortably and very limited access to sunlight. The Obamaera regulations called for more humane living conditions for animals. And now their retraction will allow previous unethical treatment to recur. Removing the regulation would allow some corporations to avoid the standardized production practices that allow meat to be considered organic, including living, feeding and slaughtering conditions, while still benefiting from having an “organic” label. “So many people I know try to buy organic options, because you do think it’s the better option, you do think, ‘This animal has been treated better than other meat because it has that label,’” said Alicia Vandenburg, a senior architecture major and vegan. Vandenburg is also the president of Temple Eco-Eating and serves as a member of the university’s Green Council, an alliance of student organizations that meets to discuss on-campus sustainability initiatives. Part of the standards for promoting organic meat revolve around better living conditions for animals on meat and poultry farms. Rolling back these regula-

tions removes that protection. “It goes back to years of work that many people have tried to do...for more humane practices [for animals], and now this is going to make it so that animals don’t have that [protection],” said Faith Standen, a junior strategic communications major and animal rights activist. “I think that’s troubling.” Standen is not a vegetarian, but she takes pride in knowing that the meat she consumes is grown and produced ethically. “We need better standards for animals in general, especially on farms,” Standen said. The rollback of regulations that protect animal welfare and the organic status of our meat is corrupt. It continues to expand on the inherent disconnect where some people believe animals can’t feel pain or experience discomfort. “It’s obvious [people] care about animals, but if we care enough about them to say, ‘Hey, this is wrong, why don’t we have these rules in place,’ then we already have the ethical part figured out that what we’re doing is wrong,” Vandenburg said. Dale Moore, the American Farm Bureau Federation public policy executive director, told ABC News that keeping the regulation in place would force farmers to change their production practices in order to keep up with the regulation. But small farmers don’t support the new Trump-era regulations. They believe this will continue to allow meatpackers to exploit them, as the Obama regulation called for “fair and competitive practices.” In fact, the Organization for Competitive Markets, which is for small farmers, filed a lawsuit against the USDA to counter this rule. As a society, we have been able to improve so many components of meat production safety and animal rights, and rolling back this law is a step in the opposite direction. It is unfair to people trying to maintain a healthy life, and it is unfair to the animals who are already paying a major price for humankind. monica.mellon@temple.edu @MonicaMellon

Using ‘ foodstagram’ to explore city, Main Campus A student reflects on exploring new restaurants with her roommate. BY CHRISTINA MITCHELL


ast year, as I scrolled through my friend’s posts of aesthetically pleasing dishes from New York City and Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but feel jealous. Since I was little, I’ve loved cooking, and I’ve had a love of trying new foods. I craved the opportunity to combine my passion for travel and photography with that of food. As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” I wished for nothing more than to create my own “foodstagram,” an Instagram account devoted solely to my favorite meals. But growing up in Reading, a small suburb, I was aware that there were barely any Instagram-worthy restaurants near me. When I chose to come to Temple though, I

knew it would be my chance to create the perfect foodstagram because I’d be living in Philadelphia, one of the best food cities in America. I decided to make my foodstagram a team effort by inviting my roommate to join me. This way, I figured, there’d be twice as many photos, and we’d both be able to contribute whenever we took trips out of the city separately. We agreed on @philadelfeeda as our handle. Our first post featured Kawaii Kitty Cafe in Queens Village. My roommate showed off her milkshake, and I captured the image of my rainbow bagel and latte, which had a cat design in the foam of course. This was the perfect post to kick off our account: pretty food from a local cafe. Our foodstagram could only grow from there. Next, we went to Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique, a vintage cafe on South Street. We ordered the mac and cheese pot pie — something I definitely wouldn’t have found

back home. Since the first couple of posts, people have started engaging with us in the comments, offering us a platform to discuss the quality of the food and the environment of the restaurants. This makes us feel like food critics. During our first year here at Temple, we’ve ventured to restaurants all around the city and the towns outside of it, snapping photos of our plates and mugs each time before we indulge. It’s so much fun to post photos of food, knowing that I’m inspiring other people to try these places and dishes. But actually eating the food is the best part. I’ve tried the red velvet pancakes at Green Eggs Café in the Gayborhood. I’ve ordered different kinds of desserts at TSwirl Crêpe and I CE NY in Chinatown. I’ve tasted ice cream at the historic Franklin Fountain in Old City. And I’ve found myself drinking coffee while surrounded by new and used vinyl at Milk Crate Cafe in Fishtown, which doubles as a record store.

Some days, we don’t get the chance to take the subway out into Center City or down to Girard Avenue. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get to post something artful and delicious. On those days, we can simply walk over to the dining halls for a waffle with the iconic Temple “T” logo on it, get penne pasta-topped pizza at Maxi’s or use a meal swipe at Cosi. By running this page, we’ve been able to explore our campus for the best eats and bond as roommates. We have entered what feels like an entire foodstagram community of hungry college students who like posting pictures of food, too. It has given us the encouragement to explore different parts of the city and campus, try new restaurants and make new friends through social media. christina.mitchell@temple.edu




Parliament election only fills half of possible seats Only 16 of 32 seats were filled for Temple Student Government’s representative body for the 2018-19 academic year. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

Only 16 students were elected to Temple Student Government’s Parliament — a body which meant to have 36 members — for the 2018-19 academic year. There were 19 students who ran for the 32 open seats, and all but three were unopposed on the ticket for the April 4 and 5 election. The Residence Hall Association, Greek life and two freshman seats cannot be filled until Fall 2018, because leaders in RHA and Greek life are not yet chosen and freshman students have yet to move to campus. Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz said the representative body is still accepting applications, and he has received four from students since the election. Once the representative body accepts applications for the open seats, the Parliamentarian interviews and approves a candidate. The candidate will then present


ALEX DEERING One of Deering’s primary focuses is improving public education. Education is “a huge key to help people break the cycle of poverty,” he said. In the past Deering was a servant leader for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, where he helped inner-city youth on reading and language skills. He later worked for Washington, D.C. public schools and managed the scholastic arts and writing grants for the school district. Deering studied political science at Temple until his junior year, but is not currently enrolled. Deering also serves as a Democratic Committee Person for the 16th Ward, 6th Division Registered Community Organization and has worked in community service for 10 years. Deering uses his platform to also advocate for the LGBTQ community. “As an out, unapologetic, Black gay man, I have dedicated my life to ensuring unfettered access and opportunities for all communities,” Deering wrote in a statement to The Temple News. Deering was recently a panelist at a national LGBTQ conference and has encouraged the mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs to hold community conversations in North Philadelphia. Deering also focuses his platform on closing private prisons and increasing access to health care. He said this comes from his previous work at North Philadelphia’s Einstein Hospital where he would assist patients with no insurance to obtain medical benefits. Deering said he is against Temple’s proposed on-campus football stadium. “The community is not for the stadium, and I’m definitely against the stadium,” Deering said. “I’m very aware and have been connected to what’s been going on and watching it very closely because it directly affects me and the division that I am the committee person of.” He added it has been an “absolute pleasure” to see Temple students unite with the community against the stadium.

MALCOLM KENYATTA A 2012 public communications alumnus, Kenyatta was recently endorsed by Thomas to fill his seat. Kenyatta and Thomas are distant cousins. Kenyatta is also a longtime North Philadelphia resident. Kenyatta began his activism at

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to the Steering Committee, which will vote on whether that student should become a member. Elections Commissioner Daritza Santana said she tried to recruit students to join Parliament by advertising in her classes and inviting current Parliament members to run again. “It’s hard,” she said. “It was a lot of trying to make people understand that both executive campaigns want to make Parliament more independent and effective.” Kurtz said he had worked with former Elections Commissioner Matthew Diamond to create a plan to promote Parliament to students who do not usually get involved with TSG, but those plans could not come to fruition due to poor timing. Diamond resigned two weeks before the election amid conflict with the TSG’s Senior Leadership Team, which tried to impeach him. “Unfortunately, it was a mix of [Diamond] leaving, and the time crunch we were all under, as well as me being a prominent member of a campaign,” said Kurtz, who was on the operations team for VoiceTU, the runner-up in the Executive Branch election.

age 11 when he ran for junior block captain, he said. His campaign focuses on public education and economic growth. “For too long, our communities have been held down and held back,” Kenyatta told Temple News in February. “Together we can unleash their possibility.” Kenyatta believes the minimum wage must be raised in order to help Philadelphia’s low-income population. He states on his website that raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour is a “necessary fix.” Kenyatta opposes the proposed on-campus stadium. He believes it would make the relationship between Temple and the North Philadelphia community “more tense.”

LEWIS NASH Nash, another life-long North Philadelphia resident, began his career in construction and is currently a member of The Laborers’ International Union of North America Local Union 332. He has also been a pastor since 1999 at Faith & Deliverance Church, on Stiles Street near 15th. Nash’s platform focuses on promoting a better quality of life in North Philadelphia. Nash founded the nonprofit Mankind Against Poverty in 2000, which works to provide services to those in need. He also co-founded the Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition, which works to bridge the gap between schools and community developers. Nash said his interest in politics began when Louise Bundy, the chairperson of the 47th ward, encouraged him to run for block captain in 2005. One of Nash’s goals is to “bridge the gap between the university and community,” he said. Nash added that he would like to bring cooperative housing back into the community so Temple employees can afford to live in the area. Nash said he is undecided about the university’s proposed stadium. “Without development, there is no development,” Nash said. But overall, he said he is on “the side of the people” and will make decisions based on his constituents’ needs. “I will be elected for the people, by the people, so I have to do what the people decide,” he added.

MILTON STREET Street, the only Republican in the race, began his career as a street hot dog vendor. His

Kurtz said he thinks many students are unaware Parliament exists. “There is somewhat weak promotion of Parliament throughout the year,” Kurtz said. “The constant negative image in the news and the lack of promotion from TSG has come together and made people think, ‘Why would I do that?’” This academic year, Parliament has passed two binding resolutions and seven non-binding resolutions. These span from supporting refugee students to increasing Narcan training and addiction education on Main Campus. Current Klein College of Media and Communication seat Kaya Jones said she thinks Parliament is important because it gives students an opportunity to make change and represent a group of students. Jones wrote and passed a resolution to create a women’s center on campus. “Parliament is important just like state representatives are important,” she added. “They represent the people and their opinions. Temple needs this strong direct democracy.” Luke Tomczuk, the disability resources

activism began when he challenged city ordinances on vending and housing. Street is the brother of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, who is currently a political science professor. Milton Street was previously elected in the 181st District as a Democrat in 1978, before switching to the Republican party in 1980. He later ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1982, but was not elected. In 2008, Milton Street was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to file federal tax returns for three years. “People may talk about the fact that I served time for three counts of failing to file taxes, but I have paid the price and have seized on the opportunity it afforded me to recommit [myself],” he said. Milton Street’s platform focuses on increasing funding for public schools in Philadelphia. If elected, Street would like to install video-gaming machines, specifically bingo, in places like airports and hotels in order to generate revenue for public education. Milton Street said this is the same plan he had in 1982. In another effort to increase funding for education, Milton Street wants to legalize recreational marijuana. Of the proposed on-campus stadium, Milton Street said he stands with the community. “The community doesn’t want it, the students don’t want it, I don’t want it,” Milton Street said. “If they don’t want the stadium, then I’m mandated, because they elected me, to support that position.”

LEWIS THOMAS III Thomas has run twice before in the 181st District, making this his third campaign for the open seat. Thomas grew up in North Philadelphia and has two children, ages 6 and 17. He currently serves on the executive committee of the 14th Ward Registered Community Organization. Thomas’s campaign message is reclaiming the community, which he said is necessary because of the “tremendous amount of change in North Philadelphia.” Thomas said that North Philadelphia has faced negative changes like gentrification, failing schools, displacement of longtime residents and a lack of resources. “When we talk about reclamation, we’re really talking about dealing with those core issues that really go to whether or not a community,” Thomas added. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in January 2015 that Thomas lied about

and services representative said although Parliament has struggled with infighting and communication issues, there is potential for it to be great. “We need to work harder with the directors and the Senior Leadership Team,” Tomczuk said. “A better connection between Parliament and the executive team will really allow Parliament to bloom.” IgniteTU, the incoming administration, ran on a platform that promised to make Parliament more independent by giving it its own budget. Parliament currently has access to the Executive Branch’s budget now, but this will allow Parliament to work on resolutions they’ve passed with less involvement from the executive team. “The incoming administration really cares about Parliament,” Kurtz said. “We all agree it can do a lot of good, and we’re going to work together to make it better.” alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa












accomplishments, like having a doctorate from Howard University and working as a campaign adviser to former President Barack Obama and former Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. Thomas said he had exaggerated his resume, but told The Temple News he never claimed to work with Obama or Clinton. “I misrepresented my resume by saying that I had completed my doctorate degree, when in fact I had not completed my doctorate degree,” said Thomas, who was around 20 years old when made the false claim. “It was an error in judgment in my youth, and I learned from that experience. I talk about it all the time with my current students and I share it often.” Thomas believes that Temple should be more committed to the North Philadelphia community and oppose the on-campus stadium.

tive parents. He also founded the Cleveland Community Center. He has run twice before — in 2012 in the 197th District and in 2016 in the 181st District. Walker’s platform is focused on public education, job training and providing more public services to the North Philadelphia community. “Kenneth realized that running for office was the only way he could participate in effective change on a state- and communitywide level to restore confidence in a skeptic democracy,” according to his website. Walker could not be reached for comment, but in April 2016 he told The Temple News that he does not support Temple’s proposed oncampus football stadium. “I believe that sometimes the message [from Temple] is not shared, and that’s where a lot of the conflict comes in,” he said.



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Physics student wins Goldwater Scholarship Marcus Forst is the first student at Temple to win the prestigious award for STEM students. BY VALERIE DOWRET For The Temple News

When Marcus Forst found out he won the Goldwater Scholarship, his reaction was similar to the one he had when he watched the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII. “Instead of feeling euphoria, I just felt shock and numbness,” said Forst, a junior physics major who won the award at the end of March. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was created by Congress in 1986 in memory of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater. The prestigious award, which has a value of up to $7,500, is for sophomores or juniors who plan to pursue a career in the STEM field. Forst is the first Temple student to receive the Goldwater Scholarship. Forst found out he won on March 30 after he entered the Honors Lounge to meet Barbara Gorka — the director of scholar development and fellowships advising — and was surprised by Jim Napolitano, the chair of the physics department, Michael Klein, the dean of the College of Science and Technology and all of the professors who had written him letters of recommendation for his Goldwater application. They were there to celebrate Forst winning the award. “Just having them be very, very happy for me, that was great,” Forst said. “That’s one of my favorite moments.” The Goldwater Scholarship application requires three essays: a personal essay, an essay explaining the applicant’s motivation to work in STEM and an essay explaining research an applicant has done or would like to do. In his research essay, Forst wrote about


KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS OwlCappella, Temple’s first co-ed a cappella group, practices in the basement of Johnson & Hardwick residence halls on Thursday. The group competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals for the first time in New York City on Saturday.

OWLCAPPELLA ‘HUMBLED’ BY PERFORMING IN FINALS Although OwlCappella didn’t place in the ICCA’s Mid-Atlantic finals, the group said it was a great experience. BY EMILY TRINH

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or senior Eric Braceland, the experience of performing in OwlCappella actually prompted him to change his major from biology to voice performance. “It was the best decision I had ever made,” Braceland said. “It’s just been a constant source of enjoyment and love.”

On Saturday, OwlCappella performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals for the first time. OwlCappella, Temple’s first co-ed a capella group, competed against nine collegiate a cappella groups from the United States and the United Kingdom. This year, the 15-member group competed in the ICCA. Before performing at finals last weekend, they won the ICCA’s Mid-Atlantic Semifinal in March at the Kimmel Center on Broad Street near Spruce.

At the finals, The SoCal VoCals from the University of California won first place, the Upper Structure group from the Berklee College of Music won second place and Voices in Your Head, a group from the University of Chicago, placed third. Although Temple did not place in the competition, members said it was still a great experience to perform. “It was just an honor for all of us to be there so it was just a really exciting day,” said Corinne Landes, a junior music therapy major. “It was a little nerve-wracking,



Dance professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Mark Franko plans to take a year off from teaching to finish a book about French 20th-century ballet. BY VERONICA THOMAS For The Temple News

While growing up in New York City during the early 1950s, Mark Franko and his mother took trips around the city to see the Haitian dancer, Jean-Léon Destiné, perform. It was his first introduction to French dance. Destiné, a native of Saint-Marc, Haiti, formed the Destiné Afro-Haitian Dance Company in New York in 1949. He choreographed African- and Frenchinspired performances for the company. “Watching him made me want to dance,” said Franko, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Dance. “I was a little kid, I’m talking 7 or 8 years old, so I wasn’t looking at [Destiné’s work] with much sophistication,” he added. “By the time I was 18 and started going to school, I had seen other things and was drawn to other dances. It’s only now looking back that I can see he was brilliant.”

DANCE | PAGE 9 MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Mark Franko, who is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Dance, was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and will use the funding to take a year off of teaching and work on a book.





A ceramics student created a YouCaring page to raise funds for a residency at Yale University and his DACA renewal fees.

A showcase on Monday in the Student Center honored the arts and humanities work of more than 80 faculty members.

For Earth Day, Riverfront North Partnership hosted an outdoor cleanup along the Delaware River in Tacony on Saturday.

Four graduating graphic and interactive design MFA students hosted their final exhibit last week.



Ceramics student wins Yale residency for summer Juan Hurtado Salazar is fundraising for the residency fees and his DACA renewal. BY ERIN BLEWETT

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While Juan Hurtado Salazar enjoys being a student at the Tyler School of Art, he said there are “so many other pressures” that get in the way of him focusing on the projects he cares about, like paying for his tuition and renewing his DACA status. But the junior ceramics major still finds time to dedicate himself to projects like “David El Primero,” a 12-foot styrofoam statue representing his nephew, a first-generation American citizen who is the child of a Colombian mother and a Nigerian father. “My nephew has certain privileges that the rest of the household doesn’t because he is a U.S. citizen, but at the same time much of my household doesn’t have to contend with the racism and histories that someone who is Black has had to deal with,” said Salazar, who was born in Colombia. “I wanted to make a monument to first-generation youth and their resilience.” Salazar was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale University to attend a residency in Norfolk, Connecticut from May to June. The fellowship will cover tuition and room and board for each student accepted. “[The residency] is a six-week intensive that basically allows me time to devote myself to my practice,” Salazar said. “You have six weeks to really hone in on what you make and why you make it.” Tyler offered to pay the

residency’s $1,500 registration fee, but Salazar also needs at least $500 to pay for art supplies. To raise this money, Salazar established a fundraising campaign on YouCaring, a crowdfunding website, which will remain open until the end of May. As of Monday, Salazar raised $950 of his $2,500 goal. After purchasing supplies, the remaining money Salazar raises will go toward his Temple tuition payments for the semester and the $495 he needs to renew his protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, an executive order by former President Barack Obama that protects immigrant children who came to the United States without documentation. It allows them to renew their legal status every two years to avoid deportation and to receive work permits. President Donald Trump rescinded DACA in September 2017 and gave Congress until March to find a solution. This effort was unsuccessful, but two federal court orders in January and February allowed DACA recipients to apply for two-year renewals of their permits again. Salazar first came to the U.S. when he was 4 years old. He said his parents fled their home country of Colombia to escape violence so their children could have a safe upbringing and receive a good education. Salazar has already started the paperwork to renew his protection under DACA before its expiration in September. In addition to having to pay the application fee for DACA renewal, Salazar’s undocumented

ERIN BLEWETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Juan Hurtado Salazar, a junior ceramics major, created a YouCaring page to fundraise for an artist residency program at Yale University, the remainder of his tuition and his DACA renewal fees.

status precludes him from receiving federal financial aid that would ease the weight of college tuition. “I can’t take out loans cause you need a cosigner,” Salazar said. “My parents don’t have credit ’cause they’re also immigrants.” Instead, Salazar has to fund his education through merit scholarships and a job in the restaurant industry. But despite the anxiety of paying tuition and renewing his DACA status, Salazar said he tries to keep a calm mind. “[Life] becomes sort of juggling a lot of things at once,” he said. “I

handle it by maintaining a calm composure and just methodically handling one thing after another.” Salazar’s level-headedness in the midst of his financial and personal struggles is apparent to others, especially his ceramics professor, Roberto Lugo. “I think Juan sees himself in the midst of a battle and his armory is filled with hope and empathy,” Lugo said. “I believe that [he] will make a significant impact in our society, and it is an honor to be able to teach him.” Salazar is excited to focus on

his craft during the residency instead of being distracted by the stress of paying his tuition and DACA renewal fee. “I’m excited to be surrounded by a community of other artists who are there to help each other reach a new level of making and reasoning for why we make it,” Salazar said. “It’s an ideal space.” erin.blewett@temple.edu

KASHIF WYLEE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Left: James Karchner, a senior bioengineering major, discusses his research on osteoarthritis, which he presented in the Capitol Building last month. Right: A display of cartilage sits in the office of Nancy Pleshko, a bioengineering professor who has been Karchner’s research adviser since his freshman year.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ORTHOPEDIC ed to do. Of course, as a high school student, I had no clue what that meant, and I was like, ‘I want to fix things and make this better.’” To pursue his interest in orthopedics, he started doing research in Temple’s Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Laboratory during his freshman year with Nancy Pleshko, a bioengineering professor. On April 18, Karchner traveled to the Capitol Building to present his research on knee cartilage repair before members of Congress, as part of Posters on the Hill. The program selects 60 students to present research to lawmakers and learn how to advocate for undergraduate research funding. Karchner’s research focuses on preventing osteoarthritis in the knee — a type of arthritis that’s caused when tissues at the end of the bones wear down — by using unconventional and less harmful methods than those currently used. “If you look at the statistics of the like-


lihood of osteoarthritis and other joint diseases post-injury, ACL is one of the most common,” Karchner said. “It’s pretty devastating, so I [thought], ‘There needs to be an improvement here some way, and how I can have an impact on that?’” Cartilage injuries, like an ACL tear, can form defects in the knee. One of the methods that surgeons use to correct defects and prevent osteoarthritis is called osteochondral autograft transplantation, for which cartilage tissues are transplanted from a low-weight bearing region of the knee, to the high-weight bearing region experiencing the injury. This doesn’t always give the knee proper healing capacity, Karchner said. Karchner’s research sought to use infrared spectroscopy, a low-risk and low-energy method of analyzing tissue, during surgery to analyze and transplant tissues and figure out how the cartilages will best integrate. “Cartilage repair is still an area that needs a lot of work, [and] there aren’t any solutions that are set in stone,” Pleshko said. “A lot of surgeons and researchers are still

working on optimizing it, so we are also.” Karchner, who shadowed a surgeon in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, during the summer before his sophomore year, agreed with Pleshko. The first surgery he observed was a total knee replacement, which was a result of end-stage arthritis. “Once I saw that, [I] was really like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is terrible,’ because it’s truly invasive and extremely painful for the patients,” Karchner said. At the Capitol Building, Karchner presented his research in four exclusive meetings with staffers representing members of Congress and in a large poster session. In each of these meetings, Karchner gave a brief overview of his research and why he was doing it, and Pleshko discussed the importance of funding their work. At the large poster session, many people, including staffers, came up to him to discuss his research in more detail. Pleshko, who has been Karchner’s research adviser since his freshman year, encouraged him to apply for the competitive

Posters on the Hill program because some of his research was already published in Cartilage, an academic medical journal. “It’s been really wonderful to see him start from a newbie not really knowing anything in the first semester, to being so independent...and really ready to go out there and be a researcher,” Pleshko said. After graduation, Karchner will conduct research for a maximum of two years at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, which is a division of the National Institutes of Health. He hopes to eventually find a lasting solution to cartilage repair. “Coming out of high school into college, I knew I wanted to dabble in this research because I wanted to do something to improve science and especially related to orthopedics and cartilage work seemed like the perfect fit,” Karchner said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” ayooluwa.ariyo@temple.edu

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Research office supports arts, humanities work More than 80 faculty members were recognized for their scholarly research in the last three years. BY EMMA PADNER

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In 2015, Elizabeth Cassidy Parker, a music education professor, was awarded by Temple’s Office of the Vice President for Research in the arts and humanities for her project, “Investigating Safe Space Within Multiple Choral Music Ed Contexts.” Three years later, she was able to present her community-based case study, which pushes for choral environments to celebrate inclusivity of people with disabilities. “Our findings have to do with why individuals approach the program and become part of these community choral programs,” Parker said. “They do so to connect and help everyone. So it’s not just that one person is helping another, it’s that they all come to shape this environment together with the goal of expressing themselves freely and joyfully, learning musically, exercising agency toward realizing a more plural world.” Parker was one of more than 80 faculty members who were honored by Temple’s Office of Research at the Presidential Humanities and Arts Showcase in the Student Center on Monday. Of those honored, more than 30 people discussed their work further through presentations, posters and performances. This was the first year that the program held a showcase for the faculty projects, so Monday’s event recognized awardees from 201517. The program, which launched in 2015, aims to support faculty members’ creative and scholarly work. Any full-time faculty member at Temple is eligible. Faculty interested in the program can apply for funding in one of three categories: “Program or Project Completion,” with a maximum reward of $3,500; “New Individual Projects,” with a maximum reward of $7,500 and “New Collaborative Projects,” with a maximum award of $20,000. Awarded projects include scholarly books and journal publications, dance and musical performances, community-based arts and culture programs, museum in-

stallations and film documentaries, said Rosemary Dillon, the director of special projects for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Some of the awardees have gone on to be selected for Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships and local, state or national honors. Projects were peer-evaluated and selected based on several points of criteria that include projected outcomes, sustainability, costs and external funding. Dillon said the program offers funding opportunities for individual or collaborative work that “may fall outside typical sponsorship or funding avenues.” “This specialized internal funding program offers researchers a focused opportunity to translate their academic expertise into tangible products,” Dillon said. “The continued overwhelming response to this presidential initiative underscores the highly creative and innovative work of Temple’s faculty.” Parker said she hopes her project creates safe spaces outside of the classroom where students feel psychologically and emotionally free to take risks, express themselves and participate in choral environments. She feels that students with disabilities can often be left out of choirs and musical spaces. “The goal [is] to really transform the inclusivity of our profession and what you see on stage when you go to a choral concert,” Parker said during the presentation. “My Sister Hali,” a film project by graphic and interactive design professor Paul Sheriff, was also recognized on Monday. Sheriff started his project 10 years ago. It documents his life, specifically focusing on the death of his sister, Hali, and his parents when he was a child. Hali was a well-respected gymnast who was on track to be one of the best in the world, Sheriff said. The documentary uses video diaries, archive footage and interviews to address the tragic events in Sheriff’s life. The trailer touched upon the fact that Sheriff couldn’t talk about his sister for many years, but the documentary gave him an outlet for his story. “I think [the event] speaks to the diversity of the scholarship at Temple,” Dillon said. “It shows the immense creativity of our faculty.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 DANCE On April 5, the New York Times announced the list of winners for the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship grant, an award given to art and science professionals. Franko, like the other 172 fellows, was awarded for his past achievements and “exceptional promise.” Franko, who is also the interim chair of the dance studies department, was given the award for his research on Russian and French ballet dancer Serge Lifar. His upcoming book, “Serge Lifar and the Crisis of Neoclassicism,” will examine Lifar’s influence on French 20th-century ballet during the interwar period between World War I and World War II. “I’m very eclectic,” Franko said, reflecting on his style of choreography. “I’m inspired by Haitian, traditional, ballet. … Maybe that’s why I’m a scholar, because my interests are very broad.” Franko received his master’s degree in 1974 and doctorate in 1981 in French and Romance philology at Columbia University. Philology is the study of language in written and oral histories. As a student at Columbia, Franko danced

IAN WALKER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Roderick Coover (left), a film and media arts professor, and Priya Joshi, an English professor, look at a book by graphic arts professor Byron Wolfe, “Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground,” at the Presidential Humanities and Arts Showcase on Monday.

IAN WALKER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Graphic arts professor Byron Wolfe’s book, “Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground,” examines rare 19th-century photographs of Latin America by the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. It was on display at the Presidential Humanities and Arts Showcase on Monday.

It celebrates the ability of the faculty to drive their research in new and different areas, which I think translate into their classrooms and will help their students learn more exciting ventures.” President Richard Englert said the projects showcased affect students and the faculty members who worked on them. “The breadth of Temple University’s activity is amazing,” En-

professionally in the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, a modern performance group in New York City from 1964-69. “We did yearly New York shows and we toured,” said Franko, as he flipped through a photo album filled with newspaper clippings and black-and-white photographs of himself dancing on stage. “I stayed with them for about five or six years before I became interested in studying ballet to become more technical and returning to grad school.” Before moving to California to become the director of The Center for Visual and Performance Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1990, Franko created his own dance company, NOVAntiqua, in 1985 while also working in the French literature department at Princeton University. “I named it NOVAntiqua, meaning newold,” Franko said. “I was very interested in the antique aspect.” NOVAntiqua performed several pieces inspired by French culture and dance, like Franko’s “Le Marbre Tremble,” which featured projected images of Caryatids — stone carvings of female figures often found on Greek-style buildings — by French sculptor Pierre Puget. Franko has also published various essays and several books on dance theory and

glert said during the event. “Humanities and the arts are fantastic programs because of the creativity and the ways to innovate.” Provost JoAnne Epps spoke briefly about the power and importance of celebrating the arts and humanities. “You are the people that remind us of the beauty of the world, of our humanity, of the ability that we have to sing a song and have it

Ballet which seems very abstract and fairly...classical and unrelated to the present becomes, in a way, a vehicle of different politics. MARK FRANKO


performative politics. In 1993, he published “Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body,” a study on French court ballet that would later inspire his forthcoming book. Baroque is an ornate style of European architecture, dance and art that was most popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. “It goes back to my research on historical dance,” Franko said. “I was interested in writing a sequel to [“Dance as Text”].” “Ballet which seems very abstract and fairly...classical and unrelated to the present becomes, in a way, a vehicle of different politics,” he added. In 2012, Franko said his move to Temple felt like he returned home after working in Santa Cruz for 21 years. “I came from the East Coast, I was brought up in the East Coast,” he said. “The

play in our head, or to see a piece of art and reflect on it long after it is no longer in front of us,” Epps said during the event. “And those are the things that change our world every day.” emma.padner@temple.edu Erin Blewett contributed reporting.

East Coast has the vibrant dance world, you know, New York, Philadelphia, and the West Coast does not.” Along with writing, teaching and choreographing, Franko also mentors Ph.D. students who come from around the world to study his work. “The reason I came to Temple was because of Mark,” said Tim De Laet, a visiting postdoctoral scholar in the dance department. “He’s so essential to the field.” De Laet, a Belgium native, received his Ph.D. in theater studies from University of Antwerp in 2016. He first discovered Franko through his books on dance theory and now works with him at Boyer. “I can not think of anyone else who deserves [a Guggenheim Fellowship] more,” De Laet said. Franko now plans to bring his recent choreographic work to South America in the coming months. He added that he wants aspiring dance students to feel that they are “powerful.” “I want them to think about themselves in relation to the contemporary world,” he said. “They should feel themselves as reflections of what’s happening.” veronica.elizabeth.thomas@temple.edu





Nonprofit hosts family-friendly cleanup along the Delaware

In celebration of Earth Day, Riverfront North Partnership, which runs a Northeast Philadelphia multi-use recreational trail, hosted an allages festival in Lardner’s Point Park under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on Saturday. The event included an outdoor cleanup, fishing demos and geocaching, an outdoor activity where people use GPS to hide and seek items. After kicking off the day with a free yoga class, children examined eels, bloodworms and other types of bait before fishing off the pier. “For Earth Day, we come out to show some of the things and the different species that are in the river and how they migrate,” said Joe Riley, owner of the store Sportmaster Bait and Tackle in Tacony. “[We’re] just giving back a little, showing them how the different rods work.” Volunteers from the Tacony Library also participated in the day’s activities, providing STEM-based projects for visitors. Arlene Jordan, an afterschool leader at the library, worked on building an Earth-battery in a plastic ice cube tray with soil and wire while mentors from Central High School built bubble wands. Edwin Gago, 66, and his wife, Amy Gago, of North Philadelphia have been volunteering at Riverfront for two years. He helped pick up trash along the river on Saturday. “I just love it,” Edwin Gago said. “When I see trash outside, it just makes me want to leave, so you got to take care of the outdoors.”


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FEATURES TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 A CAPPELLA but we were just all really excited to get out there and have fun.” Last month, the members of the group were shocked when OwlCappella was announced the first place winner at the semifinals. “We shattered our own expectations and that feels really good,” said Nick Goodyear, a junior physics major and the group’s assistant music director. “There’s something really special about getting on stage and doing your best. It’s not something that I’ve felt before.” The group sang four songs at the final competition, including “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper, “Beautiful Creatures” by Illenium, “Pay My Rent” by DNCE and “Coloring Outside the Lines” by MisterWives. Landes said she was humbled to even perform in the ICCA finals. “The entire group is just so unbelievably...proud of what we were able to accomplish,” Landes said. “None of us thought that we would’ve made it to finals our first year doing the competition, so it was just so surreal to be in NYC.”


In just one year of competition, OwlCappella has garnered four ICCA Special Awards, including one quarterfinal award for Outstanding Choreography and three semifinal awards for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Arrangement and Outstanding Vocal Percussion. In addition to organizing the group’s music arrangements, sophomore neuroscience and psychology major Emily Ballentine and senior political science major Nick Van Meter choreographed their performances. While some non-competitive college a cappella groups focus exclusively on performing music, Ballentine said competition judges assess teams on their choreography and visual performances, too, including tiny details like facial expressions. For a first-time competitor like OwlCappella, she said this meant intense rehearsals of choreography on top of their standard vocal practices. “We would have a boot camp to do hours upon hours of learning this movement and performance to go along with the music,” Ballentine said. “But it’s paid off.” Now having traveled to New York City to perform at an international lev-

el, many OwlCappella members said they still cannot believe what they’ve accomplished. “We’re very lucky and very humbled to be representing Temple University at a competition like this at such high stakes,” Ballentine said. “We’re among these huge names, and it feels really great to be the reason why Temple is among those names.” For OwlCappella’s graduating seniors, the group has been a source of community for several years. Audrey Bristol-Evans, a senior linguistics major, said she plans to continue arranging music for the group even after graduation. “OwlCappella has been the most important part of my college career,” Bristol-Evans said. “This is my family. This is where I have gotten the most joy out of my life in the past four years.” “We always just keep going up another peg, another rung up the ladder and there is no end in sight,” Braceland added.




Freshman Sport and recreation management

I feel like if they designated areas [for tailgating] a lot of the police would come crack down on underage drinking. So I feel like a lot of students wouldn’t really like that. … It would be smart, but I don’t feel like a lot of students would go there. … I feel like it’s going to be a lot of tailgating off-campus at their own houses and apartments.

IAN HRANILOVICH MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Marcus Forst, a junior physics major, was selected as Temple’s first recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, which is one of the highest honors for undergraduate students in the STEM field.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 GOLDWATER how he’d like to study non-Joulian magnets, a new class of magnets that experience a large volume change when placed in magnetic fields, unlike other magnets. Non-Joulian magnets can also convert energy with minimal heat loss. He wants to study them through a scanning-tunneling microscope, an instrument for creating three-dimensional images of samples at an atomic level. Forst has studied non-Joulian magnets in the past. He first worked in mechanical engineering professor Harsh Chopra’s laboratory researching the magnets from 2015-16. In Fall 2017, Forst got experience with the scanning-tunneling microscope — an advanced microscope that not many universities have — by working in the lab with physics professor Maria Iavarone. “I couldn’t think of another person that is more deserving [of] this award than Marcus for many different reasons,” Iavarone said. Forst said being Temple’s first Goldwater scholar and gaining recognition for his research is one of his proudest moments. “It’s something that I can be proud of because it represents the work that I’ve put in over the totality of my time at Temple,” Forst said. After Forst was surprised by his professors with the information that

he won the Goldwater Scholarship, he went on to teach a peer recitation in physics later that day, just like he does each Wednesday and Sunday with the Temple University Physics Club. He started the club with senior physics major Aaron Kaplan this semester after seeing physics majors who had finished Physics I and II struggle in upper-level courses.

I couldn’t think of another person that is more deserving [of] this award than Marcus for many different reasons. MARIA IAVARONE


“My reasoning was that these students clearly aren’t dumb because they can and have done very well in Physics I and II, but there are certainly less resources for these upper-level classes,” Forst said. “There are office hours, but there often aren’t recitations, and so my goal was just to provide more resources.” The funding from the award will save Forst time, he said, as he won’t have to keep a job to support his living costs. Instead, Forst will be able to focus on his research with Iavarone and his classes next semester. In addition to balancing his classes

and research this semester, Forst attends rock climbing competitions with the Temple Climbing Club, manages the men’s basketball team and receives chemotherapy once every four weeks to treat T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, which he has fought since 2015. “Because I get chemotherapy every four weeks, I kind of lose a week,” Forst said. “So I only have 75 percent of the time that like a normal person has.” “I straight up can’t do research for that one week every four weeks,” he added. “I have a lot of trouble doing school work that week, so a lot of my time is spent getting ahead in preparation for that week.” Forst added that he has been a lot healthier this year than in the past. When he falls behind on work, he said he cuts out leisure activities, like watching sports. “It’s definitely not easy, but I think it’s part of what helps me feel better, doing stuff,” Forst added. This summer, Forst will be using computational physics to study granular materials in Erlangen, Germany, before returning to Temple for his senior year. “It’s something that I have always wanted to do, wish that I could have done, so now I’m excited to do it,” Forst said. valerie.dowret@temple.edu

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I think [having tailgating zones on campus] makes even more sense to keep everything more in control. … If it’s on campus, it’s right there for people. ... It just kind of makes sense if we have the available resources.

OLIVIA PEARCE Sophomore Finance

Keep it centered on campus and not like infiltrate the community. I think that’s only fair. … I don’t think they’re going to have trouble [encouraging students to use the spaces.] I feel like everyone’s just gonna be like, ‘Alright, whatever.’ … I feel like we’re disrespecting our community members and that should definitely be a big concern.




Students show work in ‘Four of a Kind’


College of Engineering hosts senior design week Senior engineering majors will present their final design projects from Monday to Thursday in Room 102 of the College of Engineering building. The 58 teams will showcase projects including a robotic lifeguard, a formula racing engine testing station and a vertical farm system. On Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., the judges will announce the winning projects in the Science Education and Research Center lobby. -Ian Walker


Tyler students present wearable art exhibit The Department of Fibers & Material Studies will host “Vestments: A Wearable Art Show” on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Green Hallway of the Tyler School of Art. The exhibit will feature body art and adornment, experimental costume and screen printing on fabric, as well as submissions from students in other departments. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. -Ian Walker


STAR Complex to hold community health fair On Saturday, the College of Public Health, Aramark and the Urban League of Philadelphia will host the first annual North Philadelphia Health Fair in the STAR Complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will offer blood pressure and blood sugar tests, healthy food and beverages, nutrition and cooking workshops and opportunities to talk with health care professionals. The National Kidney Foundation and Gift of Life Donor Program will also provide liver health screenings and information sessions. The fair is free and open to the public. Attendees who register online on Eventbrite will receive a gift bag at the event. -Ian Walker

The group exhibit features projects centered around an assigned object or theme. BY CLAIRE BRENNAN For The Temple News

In one of Ting Chou’s pieces in the graphic and interactive design MFA thesis exhibit, she focused on the idea of “leftover women:” a derogatory term used in Asian cultures to refer to women who aren’t married by their mid-20s. Chou, an international student from Taiwan, created a poster that advertises cereals representing four leftover women, each varying in socioeconomic and educational status. The poster is made with light yellow tones and soft, round lines that Chou uses for many of her pieces. But each cereal has its own individual color scheme for the women. “That’s kind of my experience because I am over 27, so I use a lot of inspiration from my life and what I face,” Chou said. Last week, Chou, alongside three other graduating graphic and interactive design MFA students — Alyssa Hamilton, Jenny Kowalski and Craig Moscony — presented “Four of a Kind,” a group showcase in Temple Contemporary. The exhibit concluded a string of shows that began in February for each concentration in the MFA program. Unlike other students in other concentrations like painting or photography, Hamilton said the four graphic and interactive design students all displayed their work in a single exhibit. On Friday, the artists held a reception in the gallery to show their work and talk with attendees. Although each student was given a separate space in the gallery, Kowalski said they developed an overall theme to tie the rooms together. The four students centered the exhibit around different suits of cards that each of them designed. It was shown in the exhibit along with their individual work. Each artist displayed about 10 to 12 projects they created during the past two years. Each individual’s projects were spawned from the same prompts. “All of the projects we do for our class have a prompt of some kind,” Kowalski said. “So for our thesis classes, we’re given a prompt like...‘authenticity’ or ‘bias.’” The designers were given the freedom to make whatever inspired them from a single

word. In the designer’s thesis classes, they’re given a simple physical concept, like an educational game, a calendar or a toy, to inspire their work. Despite deriving inspiration from similar prompts, they all draw from different influences that distinguish their work. Chou said she was motivated to bridge different cultures and discuss human relationships in her work. “My work has really centered around my cultural background and my personal experiences in my years here,” Chou said. “I’m trying to bring Eastern culture to a Western audience.” Even though Chou focuses on serious subjects, her work is playful. “I don’t want to say my design is cute, but more cheerful,” Chou said. “I want to cheer people up even though I’m talking about something really serious.” In contrast, Moscony said his art is inspired by more abstract, fantastical elements. “I don’t know if I have that many themes that recur, but I do use nature and sci-fi and weird animals,” Moscony said. Half a wall of Moscony’s showroom featured a large, horizontal poster of “the most common aliens as described by abductees.” The poster gives the “facts and figures of abduction” for three aliens, like their height and level of intelligence. Kowalski emphasized that graphic design portfolios may not contain obvious, recurring themes compared to the portfolios of artists who work with other media. “[Fine artists] have a body of work and one main thing that they do,” Kowalski said. “But as designers, we’re so focused on the prompt and the client and the specific project, that we can take it a lot of different ways.” Kowalski displayed a selfauthored children’s book, “My Life Story By A. Rock,” about friendship and geology. The book is told from the perspective of a rock going through geologic time periods. The purpose was to show how friendships grow and change, just like Earth. As an undergraduate at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Kowalski was a part of the Rivers Institute, a university initiative that works with the surrounding community in Dayton to preserve its watershed, according to its website. Kowalski used her knowledge of water and rocks from her time at the Rivers Institute to create a children’s book with

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jenny Kowalski, a graduating graphic and interactive design MFA student, created “Talking Heads,” a board game that parodies aspects of daily life. The game was on display in the “Four of a Kind” exhibit on Friday.

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Alyssa Hamilton (center), a graduating graphic and interactive design MFA student, presented an experimental book she designed about women’s history in the “Four of a Kind” exhibit on Friday.

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Craig Moscony (center), a graduating graphic and interactive design MFA student, discusses the work featured in the “Four of a Kind” exhibit on Friday.

a positive message. “Children’s books are really informative,” Kowalski said. “The books that you read and you love when you’re young, they really shape you as a person. I really wanted to create something that had good development and try to put out positive messages for children.” The MFA program gave Kowalski and her peers the knowledge to create something that matters to them. For the graduate students who’ve spent the last two years perfecting their craft, it’s excit-

ing to finally have their work displayed to family, friends and professors. “After [the exhibit] was installed, we all felt incredibly proud of our work and what we were able to accomplish in two years,” Kowalski said. “After we put it together, we all just kind of sat around and asked, ‘Well, what now?’ It really takes over your life for two years.” claire.brennan@temple.edu






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Four rowers take pride in local ties Kerianne McGee, Kelly McGee, Gabrielle Gordon and Claire Savage are all from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.


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For sophomore Kerianne McGee, every practice feels like a small piece of home. Not only is her sister, senior Kelly McGee, on the team, but the Owls also have two other rowers from her hometown. The McGee sisters, freshman Gabrielle Gordon and sophomore Claire Savage are all from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. The McGees both attended Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Gordon went to Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania, while Savage attended Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. In Saturday’s Kelly Cup on the Schuylkill, the McGee sisters placed second in their races, and Savage and Gordon earned gold medals. “There’s a lot of athletes from Drexel Hill that are interested in Temple because they’re so close,” Savage said. “I can name five to eight rowers from Prendy who then came to Temple to row. Because of that, I thought of Temple as a very friendly option for me.” In the Owls’ first event of Spring 2018 — a race against Boston College and the University of North Carolina on March 24 on the Schuylkill — Kelly McGee competed in the Varsity 8 boat, Kerianne McGee was in the Varsity 4, Savage was in the Second Varsity 8 and Gordon was in the Third Varsity 8. They sat in the same boats and placed in the top three of their races during

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS The rowing team’s Second Varsity 8 boat practices on the Schuylkill on April 12.

the Murphy Cup on March 31. Then, Kerianne McGee and the rest of the Varsity 4 earned a bronze medal at the Knecht Cup on April 13 in New Jersey. Only one of the four rowers from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, was recruited out of high school. Gordon rowed at Archbishop Carroll for three seasons in the Varsity 8 boat before she enrolled at Temple. She got introduced to rowing by her next-door neighbor Wayne Milio and basketball coach Mike Nichols, who both rowed for Temple. “I wanted to continue rowing from my high school experience, and having such a strong connection from back home just made it so much more appealing,” Gordon said. Kerianne and Kelly McGee each made the team through open tryouts, while Savage was a preferred walk-on,

meaning she was guaranteed a spot on the team, but not a scholarship. Savage’s older sister Anna is a junior rower at Drexel. The two sisters, who used to row together in high school, now have “a little sibling rivalry” at the college level, Claire Savage said. “Since we both started at Prendy together and since she rowed, I figured that I should go out for the team with her,” Claire Savage said. Kelly McGee played softball and field hockey at Upper Darby High School. She intended to play for the club field hockey team at Temple, but the commitment didn’t work with her schedule during her freshman year. She found out about rowing tryouts and decided to try to make the team. Kelly McGee had an appreciation for the sport because of a high school friend who was going to row at the Naval Academy. Once Kerianne McGee came to Temple, her older sister brought her into the sport. “My senior year of high school, when Kelly was a sophomore here, I went to one of her meets and saw the team race for the first time,” Kerianne McGee said. “Since then, I just fell in love with it. I love racing, so it’s the perfect sport for me.” Though the McGees weren’t friends with the other rowers before they joined Temple’s team, Kerianne McGee said it’s nice to have people on the team from her hometown. “Kerianne and I didn’t know each other before we got here, but we’ve been friends on Facebook for eight years and had no idea,” Savage said. “We also live like two minutes away from each other. Delco people just find each other here.”

The football program announced on Monday that its American Athletic Conference game against Tulsa at Lincoln Financial Field will be on Sept. 20. When Temple originally released its schedule, its matchup against Tulsa was listed on either Sept. 20 or 22, depending on the Philadelphia Eagles’ schedule, which was released on Thursday. Temple cannot play on Sept. 22 because the Eagles will host former Temple cornerback Nate Hairston and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. The Owls’ game against Tulsa will be their first conference game of the 2018 season and one of the team’s eight consecutive games before its bye week in late October. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN. The Owls are 2-2 all-time against Tulsa. They beat the Golden Hurricane, 43-22, on Nov. 25 in Oklahoma to clinch bowl eligibility for the fourth consecutive season. Temple’s other win against Tulsa came on Oct. 11, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field. Former running back Jahad Thomas, who was waived by the New York Jets earlier this month, had 152 yards rushing in the Owls’ 35-24 victory. -Evan Easterling


Owls add two incoming freshmen Coach Umme Salim-Beasley announced the addition of two gymnasts to the incoming class who will join the team in August on Monday. The Owls’ Class of 2022 is now six with the signings of Lorianna Leynes and Sage Littlejohn. Leynes, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, scored 9.100 on the vault during a state championship meet last month. Littlejohn, who is from Windermere, Florida, ended her season at a regional championship meet on April 15. She scored 9.150 on the vault, 9.225 on the balance beam and 9.350 on the floor exercise. -Evan Easterling

donovan.hugel@temple.edu LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore Claire Savage rows on the Schuylkill during a morning practice on April 12.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 HELMETS Temple has about a dozen ProTechs and is working to add more within the constraints of its budget, Collins said. Some of the players who were wearing them have had a concussion in the past, he added. Temple borrowed some of the ProTechs it used for the spring from North Carolina State University. It also received some from Roman Catholic High School at Broad and Vine streets. Equipment manager Ken Slough had experience with ProTech during his two years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts before he joined Temple in August 2017. He worked with the product engineers to help them come up with the hook system, which allows ProTechs to be attached to helmets in less than two minutes, he said. Slough stressed that there is no product on the market that will eliminate all concussions, but he said progress is being made. “I think it will be something that you will see a lot more schools getting into, a lot more coaches inquiring about,” Slough said. “You need to protect the student-

athletes. You need to protect their future, because unfortunately not all of them are going to go to the NFL or wherever and make millions of dollars.” The ProTech can weigh slightly less or more than one pound depending on the model of helmet it needs to fit, said Defend Your Head Executive Chairman and CEO Glenn Tilley. Redshirt-junior defensive back Kareem Ali and redshirt-senior offensive lineman James McHale were among the players wearing the ProTech. McHale said he didn’t have any neck soreness after wearing the protective shell. “I think it’s great,” McHale said. “For me, I haven’t really noticed any weight difference or nothing. But yeah, I like it. [I’m] anxious to see how it holds up in fall camp.” About 25 major colleges used ProTech during the spring football season, and about 40 are expected to use it during the fall, Tilley said. Dartmouth College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Penn State are among the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision programs using them, he added. Defend Your Head conducted a threeyear study at Penn State and found that ProTech was a significant factor in reduc-

GOLF ing traumatic head impacts for more than 70 percent of players. ProTech is classified as an equipment add-on, and no NCAA guideline addresses it. Some athletic officials hope to bring it to their respective conferences to approve its use in games, Tilley said, and Defend Your Head hopes to eventually present to NCAA leadership. First, the company wants to build validation on the field through the product’s continued use. “Ultimately, we’re excited that we’re helping our young players be able to appreciate the game and do everything we can to make the game as safe as possible,” Tilley said. Collins said Temple is still in the early stages of using the ProTechs, but he feels it is a positive measure for the team. “With the concussion protocol that our athletic trainers and doctors have in place for our players, the way we teach blocking, the way we teach tackling, everything that we’re doing in this program is to try to take the head out of the game,” Collins said. evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

Temple in fifth place at conference championships The Owls are tied for fifth with East Carolina after the second round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. The final round of the tournament will conclude on Tuesday. Redshirt junior John Barone leads the Owls after the second round with a 1-overpar 72. He’s also ranked 14th overall at the conference championships. Junior Trey Wren accumulated four birdies on Monday and scored the best round for Temple with even-par. He leads the Owls in birdies through two rounds of the tournament with seven. Wren’s also tied for third overall with four other golfers for birdies. If the Owls remain in fifth place, they would set a program record. They haven’t placed higher than eighth in their five-year history in The American. The Owls finished last in the conference tournament in 2017. -Tom Ignudo

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Doubles to be emphasis heading into next year The Owls’ season ended after Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Southern Methodist in the conference tournament. BY SEAN McGEEHAN For The Temple News

ALEX ST. CLAIR / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Rimpledeep Kaur (left) and junior Alice Patch closed the regular season with a 6-2 doubles win against Fairleigh Dickinson University on April 15 at the Penn Tennis Center.

ALEX ST. CLAIR / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Yana Khon prepares to serve during the Owls’ 7-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson University on April 15 at the Penn Tennis Center.

The Owls’ (10-8, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) season ended on Wednesday after their 4-0 loss to Southern Methodist in The American’s tournament in Dallas. The Owls played the match in severe wind, which is something they weren’t accustomed to because they competed indoors most of the season. Only two of the team’s matches were outside. The team also wasn’t accustomed to the heat in Dallas, where temperatures reached nearly 80 degrees. “The weather in Philadelphia is not always sunny,” junior Alice Patch said. “I just think maybe with a few more outdoor matches we could have taken the match.” Temple lost in the first round of the conference tournament for the third straight season. The Owls were shutout in The American’s tournament for the second consecutive year. South Florida beat Temple, 4-0, in last year’s first-round match. The Owls started the Spring 2018 season with a 2-4 record, but they didn’t have a full lineup in four of the first five matches. Senior Alina Abdurakhimova missed matches because of the flu, freshman Oyku Boz had a stomach strain and senior Rimpledeep Kaur had a knee injury. A knee injury also kept Boz out of the lineup during the conference tournament. Temple then won four of its next six matches, including one against conference opponent Connecticut. With the victory against UConn and another against Cincinnati, the Owls finished the season with a winning conference record for the first time since 2012. Last year, Temple didn’t win a road match. The Owls finished this season 7-1

at home and 2-6 on the road. They also went 1-1 in neutral site matches. Temple had seven shutout victories this season. Four of the seven came during a four-match winning streak the Owls rode into the conference tournament. The Owls were also shut out four times this season, including their season-ending loss to Southern Methodist. “Being with the team and traveling together was always fun,” Patch said. “We go through ups and downs, but ultimately we stay together and that connection becomes a lot closer.” Patch will be the only senior on the team next season unless coach Steve Mauro adds transfers. Temple will add at least one player next season, as the program announced the signing of Chinese prospect Ruoyu Chen in November. Patch said she is ready to take on a leadership role in the 2018-19 season. Wednesday’s match against the Mustangs marked the end of the careers of Kaur, Abdurakhimova and fellow seniors Monet Stuckey-Willis and Yana Khon. “It’s one of the best classes that I have had the privilege to coach,” Mauro said. “On and off the court, they were four nice girls. I know they will be very successful in the future.” Although the season is over, the team is already focused on improving for next season. The team wants to emphasize earning the doubles point, so it doesn’t have the pressure to win four singles matches, Patch said. In seven of Temple’s eight defeats, the team lost the doubles point. “We feel we can win the conference,” Mauro said. “It’s just a matter of we needed to be healthy this year. Hopefully next year, we are gonna be healthy. This was kind of a crazy unusual year with injuries and the flu.” sean.patrick.mcgeehan@temple.edu


Owls’ playoff hopes rely on last day of the season Temple must beat Georgetown University on Saturday to have a chance to make the Big East Conference tournament. BY JAY NEEMEYER

Lacrosse Beat Reporter

The final day of the 2018 season will determine if Temple makes the Big East Conference tournament. The Owls (9-7, 4-4 Big East) will face Georgetown University (11-4, 7-1 Big East) on Saturday at Howarth Field. The Owls are tied for fifth place in the Big East. The top four teams earn a playoff spot. If Temple makes the Big East tournament, it will be its third consecutive appearance. For Temple to earn the fourth seed, the Owls must beat the Hoyas, and the University of Denver (10-5, 5-3 Big East), which is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse poll, must lose on Saturday. Temple holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against Denver because the Owls upset the Pioneers, which were then nationally ranked, 10-9, last month. Denver is tied for third in the conference, but it lost to the University of Florida, which is No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, on Saturday. Denver will start its match against Vanderbilt University one hour before Temple plays Georgetown. The Commodores (8-8, 3-5 Big East) will enter their game against Denver on a fourgame losing streak after Sunday’s 20-19 overtime loss to UConn. Temple also has to hope for a loss by UConn (8-8, 4-4 Big East) in its game on Saturday against Marquette University. Because both UConn and Marquette beat Temple, those teams have the head-

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to-head tie breaker over the Owls. The Owls put up big back-toback wins against Butler University on April 14 and Vanderbilt last Wednesday before losing to Villanova on Saturday. The Owls tied the game at 13 with two minutes, 33 seconds left before Wildcats junior attacker Jillian Swikart scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left. “We’ve been in must-wins now for a couple games,” coach Bonnie Rosen said after Saturday’s loss. “To control our own destiny, it starts with just, you’ve got to win the game.” The Owls haven’t appeared in either the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament or Big East tournament in three straight seasons since its run of appearances from 1999-2008. “We can only control what we can control, and another week of practice together is something we’re looking forward to,” Rosen said. “We would be super excited if a win over Georgetown gave us a chance to get into this tournament at this point,” Rosen added. “One way or the other, we’re prepping to put our best game on the field.” Georgetown is fifth in the Big East in goals per game and third in the conference in shots per game. The Hoyas have won six games in a row, including Saturday’s overtime win against Big East opponent Marquette. Georgetown’s last loss came on March 28 to the University of Maryland, the No. 3 team in the IWLCA poll. “It’s really important that we have this full week to really recoup and work on what we need to work on and really help our individual skills as well as our team skills,”

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore defender Kara Nakrasius turns away from La Salle freshman midfielder Bridget Ruskey during the Owls’ 8-4 win on March 12 at Howarth Field.

sophomore defender Kara Nakrasius said. “We have to have the three major keys of possession, speed and communication,” Nakrasius added. “If we really emphasize that this week and push everyone forward and get everyone going, I think that we’ll do well against Georgetown.” In conference play, the Owls are tied with Butler University for last in draw controls per game, and they rank fifth in turnovers per game. The Owls average only 10 draw controls per game, while turning the ball over 17.5 times per game. Georgetown has the fewest turnovers out of all Big East teams. The Owls are also second to

last in the Big East shots per game and goals per game. They are only ahead of last-place Butler in both categories. Individually, key defensive players have standout statistics in conference play. Senior defender Nicole Latgis is second in the Big East for caused turnovers per game with 2.38, and she is also second in ground balls per game with an average of 3.62. Nakrasius is fourth in caused turnovers per game and fifth in ground balls per game. She averages 1.75 caused turnovers and 2.75 ground balls per game, which is tied with Marquette junior midfielder Grace Gabriel.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maryn Lowell, who has started every game, is fourth in saves per game during the conference season with an average of 7.88. Lowell has the second-highest single-game save total of any player in the conference with 17 stops against Princeton University on Feb. 17. “We really just need to focus on doing the little things and big things will happen,” Nakrasius said. “It’s coming down to the wire, but we’re going to put it all out there.” jay.neemeyer@temple.edu @neemeyer_j

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O’Connor’s team works to replace scoring production Three of the top five scorers in 2017, including leading scorer Gabriella McKeown, will graduate. BY DAN WILSON

Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter

The Owls will lose three of their top five goal scorers entering the 2018 season. Senior forward Gabriella McKeown, senior midfielder Elana Falcone and graduate forward Morgan Glassford combined for 12 of the Owls’ 25 goals last season. McKeown led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year, capping off an 11-goal college career with a five-goal senior season. Coach Seamus O’Connor sees the upcoming season as a chance to spread the scoring opportunities around. “I really like what I’ve seen out of this group so far this spring,” O’Connor said. “Last year, I thought our biggest problem was scoring, and now I’d say it’s one of our strengths.” The Owls scored eight goals in the first four games of their spring season. Junior forward Kerri McGinley scored five times. McGinley had 10 points and four goals in 2017, which tied for second-most goals on the team with Falcone. “I’m definitely aiming for at least a double-digit point total,” McGinley said. “However, I also think it’ll be huge to not just try and rely on a few players for scor-

JAY NEEMEYER / FILE PHOTO Junior forward Kerri McGinley battles with Mount St. Mary’s University freshman forward Amanda Britain during the Owls’ 2-0 win on Sept. 3, 2017 at the Temple Sports Complex.

ing, and this team is good enough to get everybody involved.” O’Connor said he feels he has four starting forwards in McGinley, sophomores Jules Blank and Morgan Morocco and freshman Emma Wilkins. The Owls will also add four freshmen in Fall 2018, including three forwards. One of them is incoming freshman forward Hailey Gutowski from Cinnaminson High School in New Jersey. Gutowski scored 21 goals and had 61 points in 18 games during her senior season in 2017.

Incoming freshman forward Gabi Johnson set several scoring records at Oakcrest High School in New Jersey, including the mark for career goals with 62. “This is probably the best group of goal-scorers I’ve had since I’ve coached here,” O’Connor said. “It was very easy to over-rely on Gabriella, Elana and Morgan because they were so good, but now we have even more weapons that can score at that kind of level.” “I think the rest of the team has really been pitching in to give us a more team-oriented scoring at-

tack,” he added. The Owls expect to have all of their attackers healthy entering the 2018 season. McGinley was returning from injury last season, and Blank was sidelined for all of 2017. Morocco is recovering from an offseason hip injury, O’Connor said, but she expects to be healthy by the start of the 2018 campaign. “I’ve definitely gotten a different perspective having sat out for a year,” Blank said. “Gabriella, Elana and Morgan were all great players, but I think we can be even better

as a team spreading the scoring around more. I’m definitely excited to get back out and play with this team.” Among the forwards poised to contribute to goal-scoring totals are midfielders Bella Sorrentino and Julia Dolan, each of whom will be entering their sophomore seasons. The two second-year players combined for 50 goals in their high school careers, and both are expected to leap into larger pointscoring totals — a quality that O’Connor said makes the Owls tough to prepare for. Temple ended last season on a four-game losing streak in which it averaged less than one goal per game. But O’Connor said the Owls have enough skilled offensive players for the upcoming season that if one person is struggling to score, the team will still be able to generate opportunities. “When you’re heavily reliant on just one or a couple of goalscorers, the game plan for your opponents is to just mark them, and you’re also just an injury or two away from your season falling apart,” O’Connor said. “We’re going to have plenty of scoring options, and other coaches can’t game plan to mark everybody, so I’m expecting big things.” danielwilson20@temple.edu @dan_wilson4



Matthews strives for PGA Tour


The former Owl can qualify for the PGA Tour if he finishes on the top 25 of the Web.com Tour’s money list. BY ANDREW MASTERSON Golf Beat Reporter

Many professional golfers are extremely superstitious. For Brandon Matthews, a 2016 adult and organizational development alumnus and current player on the Web.com Tour, superstition starts with the quarter he uses as a ball-marker. “I will never use a quarter that is above the year 1969,” Matthews said. “If I have a 1974 quarter, to me that is like shooting 74.” Matthews moved from 103rd on the Web.com Tour to 74th after he tied for 10th at the North Mississippi Classic last weekend. He hopes to finish the season within the top-25 money winners to earn his PGA Tour card. Matthews’s girlfriend Danielle Maslany gave him a special quarter for Christmas this year. “When we get change, we look at the date of all the quarters,” said Maslany, a 2013 journalism alumna who met Matthews through an interview she

COURTESY / BRANDON MATTHEWS Brandon Matthews, a 2016 adult and organizational development alumnus, plays on the Web.com Tour this season.

conducted for OwlSports Update. “I went online and found a 1959 quarter and bought it for him. I don’t think we will ever be lucky enough to find one in circulation, so I thought it would be cool to get him one to use.” Maslany has seen several of Matthews’s most successful finishes. At Temple, Matthews won eight times as an individual. Just five months into his debut on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, Matthews won at the Molino Cañuelas Championship in Argentina in March 2017. He became the youngest American to win a PGA Tour Latinoamérica event. “Winning so early took a lot of stress off of me,” Matthews said. “Throughout my career as an amateur, I always tried to be the best that I can be. Going out and winning was really nice but something that I expected as a competitor.” Matthews ranked 10th on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s Order of Merit in October 2017, which allowed him to make it to the final stage of tourqualifying school. His high finish at qschool qualified him for the first eight starts of the Web.com Tour. Matthews only competed in five of those eight possible starts because of food poisoning and a back injury. He has had back problems since high school and regularly sees a chiropractor. “It’s a learning process,” Maslany said. “He is identifying how to better care for his body, and we make changes to incorporate that into our life.” Matthews said he stretches for an average of 30 to 45 minutes each morning while also watching what he eats and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “It is an annoying thing because I have to do things 55-year-olds have to do in the morning as far as stretching goes,” Matthews said. “I shouldn’t have to do this at 23 years old.” Despite back issues, Matthews’s average drive this season goes 313.3

yards, which ranks fourth out of more than 150 players on the Web.com Tour. He also has a 4.16 birdie average, which is 14th-best on the tour. Matthews said he relies heavily on his caddy, Jon “Sunshine” Lehman, for direction, especially when it comes to putting. During the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, in July, Lehman was on the bag for Armando Favela, who had a rib injury. Matthews qualified for the tournament through a sponsors exemption, a spot offered to a player by the tournament’s title sponsor when the player has not already qualified for the event. Matthews asked Lehman to be his caddy, and they have been together ever since. “Brandon calls me in on nine out of 10 putts,” Lehman said. “He wants that opinion, and I love that because it makes me feel more involved.” “Brandon is really good at driving the golf ball and is a superior ball striker,” Lehman added. “I have been with a lot of guys, and I have never seen anyone hit it as good as he does.” Matthews has finished tied for 41st, tied for 56th, tied for 34th and tied for 10th in the four tournaments he made the cut for so far this year, resulting in a season’s earnings of $19,329. Both Maslany and Lehman believe Matthews will make it to the next level. It is just a matter of when. “I don’t want to jinx him or anything, but within the next year he will be on the big tour,” Lehman said. “He just has that kind of firepower and next-generation game that can kind of take over.” “Realistically, it takes one really good week and one solid week to make it,” Matthews said. “I have 20 more tournaments left, and I think it is a reasonable possibility that I get there. It is all about fine-tuning my game and just putting it all together.” andrew.masterson@temple.edu @AndyJMasterson

who played double-digit minutes in one of his 11 games last season, also could earn minutes in Dunphy’s rotation.

2018 RECRUITING CLASS Arashma Parks, a senior forward from The Phelps School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is Temple’s only incoming recruit for the 2018-19 season. With Nunez de Carvalho leaving the program, the Owls have two more scholarship spots left. After Temple’s loss to Penn State on March 14, Dunphy said Temple would ideally like to add another guard to its roster. Temple missed out on guard Jamarius Burton, a three-star recruit from Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Rivals.com. Last week, Burton — a former high school teammate of Hamilton — committed to conference foe Wichita State over Temple, Butler University and UMass.

POTENTIAL PROSPECTS Sophomore guard James Scott, who is transferring from Kennesaw State University, made an official visit to Temple last week, OwlScoop.com reported. Scott will have to sit one season due to NCAA transfer rules before he can play his final two, Rivals. com reported. He led Kennesaw State in scoring last season with an average of 17.3 points per game. University of South Carolina freshman guard David Beatty is also transferring, Rivals.com reported last week. The former Rivals.com three-star guard from Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia averaged three points per game for the Gamecocks last season. Temple is listed as one of the eight schools that could be his next landing spot. Beatty would have to sit one season if he transfers. Assistant coach Chris Clark was scouting local class of 2019 prospects during the live recruiting period last week in Dallas. He watched Imhotep shooting guard Dahmir Bishop and Roman Catholic High School small forward Seth Lundy, a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com Bishop, a four-star recruit who is ranked as the 115th-best Class of 2019 prospect by Rivals.com, told the site last week that McKie has built a “good relationship” with him since his freshman season at Imhotep. Unless the Owls add a transfer or sign another recruit to the 2018 class, they could have a much shorter rotation compared to last season. thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

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Players try equipment to reduce head impact About 10 players wore protective shells on their helmets in the final two weeks of spring practice. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor


EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior offensive lineman James McHale (right) wears a ProTech from Roman Catholic High School on Broad and Vine streets during practice on April 5 at Chodoff Field.

uring the last two weeks of spring football practices, about 10 players began wearing protective shells on their helmets. The shells are designed by Defend Your Head, a company based in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, that makes equipment to supplement helmets and reduce the effects of collision impact in contact sports like football, hockey and lacrosse. ProTech shells are made of a more slick material than traditional helmets so blows slide off quicker, according to Defend Your Head’s website. They fit the top of helmets and clip onto the ear holes. Coach Geoff Collins found out about the shells at a Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association clinic. “I called our equipment guys and our athletic training staff and told them to investigate it because...anything that we can do for player safety, I’m all for,” Collins said.



How could the roster shape up in next two seasons? Temple’s staff is scouting high school prospects and meeting with transfers before the 2018-19 season. BY TOM IGNUDO

Assistant Sports Editor

Associate head coach Aaron McKie told The Temple News last week that he plans to recruit “athletes with high motors” when he takes over the program in the 2019-20 season. Until then, Temple will have one more season with coach Fran Dunphy at the helm. In Dunphy’s final season, what will Temple’s roster look like? Which players won’t be on Temple’s roster after the 2018-19 season? Who are some prospects the Owls’ staff is scouting?

BACKCOURT Temple will return one of two starters from its backcourt for the 2018-19 season. Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. will retain one of the starting backcourt positions. He averaged 13.3 points per game last season, which ranked second on the team behind sophomore guard Quinton Rose. Former guard Josh Brown used his final year of eligibility last season. He started every game in the 2017-18 season after returning from an Achilles tendon injury that limited him to five games during the 201617 season. Brown ranked fifth in the American Athletic Conference with an assist-to-turnover ratio of two. The Owls currently have two players who could fill Brown’s spot. Freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis is one of those players. Pierre-Louis earned All-Rookie honors from The American for his performance last season. Pierre-Louis scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting in a 75-72 loss to Memphis on Jan. 13 at the Liacouras Center. He earned the role as the first man off the bench in Dunphy’s rotation midway through the year. Sophomore guard Alani Moore II could

also start or play meaningful minutes in Brown’s absence. Moore averaged 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 13 minutes per game last season. Moore quickly saw his role diminish after Brown’s return and freshmen like PierreLouis and forwards De’Vondre Perry and J.P. Moorman II became more integrated in Temple’s rotation. Moore only played double-digit minutes three times in the final 12 games of the season. Redshirt-sophomore guard Ayan Nunez de Carvalho is transferring, 247 Sports reported last week. A source confirmed to The Temple News that Nunez de Carvalho is exploring his options for next season. He played in 11 games during the past two seasons.

FRONTCOURT Former forward Obi Enechionyia is the only starter Temple will lose from its frontcourt. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season. He also shot 35 percent on 3-pointers in his senior year. Rose and junior center Ernest Aflakpui were the Owls’ two other starters in the frontcourt. Rose, who declared for the NBA Draft in March, might not return to North Broad if he decides to sign an agent and forgo the rest of his NCAA eligibility. He averaged 14.9 points per game last year to lead the Owls in scoring. Perry or Moorman could potentially fill Enechionyia’s role in the starting lineup this upcoming season. The freshmen each carved out a role for themselves in their first seasons. Perry averaged three points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while Moorman averaged 3.8 points and collected 3.3 rebounds per game. With Enechionyia gone, sophomore center Damion Moore could see more action. Moore missed seven games last season with a sprained ankle. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 26 games last year. Freshman forward Justyn Hamilton,


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore guard Quinton Rose dribbles during the Owls’ 90-73 win against East Carolina on Feb. 7 at the Liacouras Center.

HOJUN YU / FILE PHOTO Freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis crosses midcourt during Temple’s 75-56 win against Central Florida on Feb. 25 at the Liacouras Center.





Junior forward Kerri McGinley wants to have another season with double-digit points in 2018 as Temple loses three of its top five scorers from 2017.

Brandon Matthews, who golfed for Temple from 2012-16, moved 29 spots up the Web.com Tour’s money list after he tied for 10th at a tournament last weekend.

Temple must win its final game of the season and hope for losses from two conference opponents in order to make the Big East Conference tournament.

After its first-round exit in the American Athletic Conference tournament, Temple will focus on winning the doubles point heading into next season.

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Vol. 96, Iss. 28  

April 24, 2018

Vol. 96, Iss. 28  

April 24, 2018


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