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There was the equivalent of 54 mass shootings in Philadelphia from 2005-15, a Temple report found. VOL 97 // ISSUE 28 APRIL 23, 2019 @thetemplenews

NEWS, PAGE 4 Temple announced it will reduce its carbon emissions by 2050.

SPORTS, PAGE 25 Women’s soccer signs five players to its 2019 recruiting class.

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Disabilities rep will work for accessibility

Jonathan Atiencia, a graduate Leadership and Career Studies proof the Institute on Disabilities, gram and in May 2018 and now mentors other students. will take over in Parliament. BY LAKOTA MATSON For The Temple News Jonathan Atiencia, a freshman film and media arts major, will be the 2019-20 Disability Resources and Services representative in Temple Student Government’s Parliament. Atiencia, like all the representatives running for Parliament, ran unopposed in the TSG elections on April 2 and 3 and will be taking over the position from Luke Tomczuk, a senior history major who has been the Disability Resources and Services representative since the position was created during the 2016-17 academic year. The DRS Parliament representative works for anyone registered with the DRS Office and students studying in the Institute on Disabilities, the university’s federally funded programming for students with developmental disabilities. Atiencia plans to create a weeklong program for Philadelphia high school students with learning disabilities to explore the city and university before enrolling, Atiencia said. Atiencia will also better connect TSG’s goals with the Leadership and Career Studies program, which pairs trained student coaches with students with developmental disabilities to navigate the university’s activities and resources, Tomczuk said. “He has a passion for disability rights, and he wants to do a lot,” Tomczuk said. “He had a comprehensive platform when he ran two years ago, and he has it again now.” Atiencia graduated from the

The program allows students with disabilities and autism spectrum disorder to sit in on classes to see if they want to take them for credit, said Kathleen Miller, the director of community services for the Institute. “[Jonathan] is a hard-working, really lovely person and he has a lot of compassion,” she added. “He gives 110 percent of himself to whatever cause he feels is important.” The DRS representative’s relationship with the program could improve, Tomczuk said. Atiencia plans to work closely with DRS, but wants to focus on understanding what students want first. Some students with disabilities have trouble accessing on-campus bathrooms like Kat Linden, a junior English major who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair. “All the bathrooms in Anderson [Hall], I cannot fit my chair in,” Linden said. “I have to get out of my chair and squeeze into the accessible stall. It’s bigger than the other stalls, but it’s still hard to get my chair into.” Out of 1,602 bathrooms on Main Campus, about 5 percent are designated for people with disabilities, according to the Bathroom Access Disparities report, written by Loran Grishow-Schade, a senior social work major. Grishow-Schade recently submitted their research for review from the university. “I want to talk to each Temple student with a physical disability [to make sure] they have more access to campus,” Atiencia said. @lakotamatson





Temple officials release renewable energy plan The university announced on ing that, too often, coffee cups were put Monday that it will aim to reduce into recycling containers. Those cups — for hot or iced coffee — aren’t recyclable, carbon emissions by 2050. BY MEGAN MILLIGAN For The Temple News Temple University released a Climate Action Plan on Monday, Earth Day, that falls in line with Philadelphia’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The university used the city’s climate plan as a reference for its own, said Kathleen Grady, the university’s director of sustainability and chair of the Climate Leadership Working Group. City Council approved a purchase agreement with a solar company in November to power city facilities, and the university is looking to mirror this strategy, Grady added. “We wanted to look at the city’s documents because we recognize that we are a large institution and player in the city of Philadelphia,” she said. “...We need to be working in a coordinated way.” The university will partner with an outside renewable energy provider, but has not yet decided what type of energy will be used and what company will source it. Using an off-site energy partner will be cheaper because it will have a larger and more efficient power facility than if it were built on-campus, Grady said. “We’re expecting the plan to pay for itself,” she said. “Other portions of the plan that require funds will create finance through the savings from the energy efficiency projects.” The Climate Action Plan includes ways to make facilities more energy efficient and adaptable to changing climate and educate the Temple community about sustainability goals. The university also conducted a waste study as part of the plan, discover-

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Grady said, and students and companies on campus need to rethink their packaging. The Climate Leadership Working Group, a collection of students and university staff in operations and academics formed in 2016, coordinated with 300 people to create the new Climate Action Plan. That included Temple students, faculty and staff; city officials and climate change experts, Grady said. Sarah Kuchan, the director of grounds and sustainability for Temple Student Government, sat in on a series of town halls during Fall 2017 to represent students in the Climate Action Plan. At the town halls, attendees offered feedback, critiques and suggestions to the Office of Sustainability about reducing Temple’s carbon footprint. Grady also went directly to classes, which ensured students who couldn’t make it to the town halls were heard, Kuchan said. From 2006-18, the university reduced all its U.S. campuses’ net greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent, even when it expanded by more than 2.2 million square feet and increased enrollment by more than 9,000 full-time students, according to the 2019 Climate Action Plan report. In 2018, the university jumped from a bronze to silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, The Temple News reported in September. Every building on campus built after 2014 is certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system, and the university improved its stormwater drainage. Compared to the university’s 2010 Climate Action Plan, the new plan redefines the best practices to reduce carbon emissions based on evolving research. It

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS The university announced its updated climate action plan on Monday, which aims to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.

takes the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change into account, which announced in October that if current practices continue, the world would reach a 34.7 degrees Fahrenheit temperature increase between 2030 and 2052, meaning sea levels would rise and ecosystems would be lost more quickly. As part of the 2019 plan, new student orientation will be more focused on sustainable living, and there will be a shift in the campus culture around protecting the environment, Kuchan said. Incoming freshmen will see institutional changes in terms of the university’s energy sources, and facilities that are more sustainable over their four years at Temple, she added. Students can also expect to see changes in the university’s Dining Services, including switching to more

eco-friendly food packaging, Kuchan said. The university will incorporate sustainability into students’ academic curriculum, said Jacek Ghosh, the director of sustainability education. The university offers certificates in sustainability and is working to introduce interdisciplinary degrees between the Tyler School of Art’s Environmental Design program and the College of Public Health. Students need to be involved for real change to occur, Ghosh said. “If students aren’t here advocating, you can have a good plan, but things will just go back to the way they were,” Ghosh said. “We need people to push,” he added. @MegnMilligans




Technology retail store opens on Main Campus OWLtech will offer discounted Apple products to students, faculty and alumni. BY JOE AIKEEM GBODAI For The Temple News Information Technology Services opened Temple University’s first retail technology store, OWLtech, in Pearson Hall on Thursday. OWLtech will offer technology products including computers, tablets and accessories, from Apple, Windows, Dell and Microsoft, both in store and online. It will also provide tech support and a repair center similar to the Apple Store’s Genius Bar that will open before the summer, said Robert Gaynor, the computer store’s manager. “I love the idea of this store being a resource for not only the students, but the community itself,” Gaynor said. “Now, students do not have to leave campus. ...It’s not great to have to tell students that they have to go to the Apple [Store on] Walnut [Street] to get their item either repaired or to purchase something. It keeps it on campus.” Provost JoAnne Epps and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Clark, who oversaw the planning, design and construction of the store, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with about 150 students and faculty to celebrate the opening of the story, which raffled off an iPad and AirPods. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and accepts Diamond Dollars, credit and debit cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay. While the store originally planned to not accept cash payments, it will begin accepting them in the summer to comply with a city law passed in February that requires businesses to accept cash, Gaynor said. Students, alumni and faculty can receive a discount on Apple products typically ranging from $50-$200 by verifying their Temple email addresses and showing their OWLcards upon check-


About 150 students and staff attended the OWLtech grand opening at Pearson Hall on Thursday.

out, Gaynor said. The prices listed at the store for Apple products have the discount already applied, and OWLtech will aim to provide Microsoft products that are “affordable,” he added. “...We wanted to extend new technology with a focus of providing better service for the students to make it easier for students to access the technology they may need to get through school,” said Cindy Leavitt, the vice president of ITS. Gaynor will manage the store fulltime along with Kyle Dumond, the assistant store manager. Students employed by ITS will work part-time at the store and have a range of majors and backgrounds, Gaynor said. The store also bridges with the Computer Recycling Center, which collects, refurbishes and sells used computer and electronic equipment back to the Temple community or donates and properly

disposes of unwanted technology. North Philadelphia residents will be able to access the store’s repair services and purchase some technology products like Apple Watches and non-Apple products, but they will not be able to purchase “big-ticket” Apple products licensed for students and staff due to the educational discount and the university’s agreement with the company, said Bill McMaster, director systems of ITS. The project cost $1.22 million to complete, Leavitt told The Temple News in September 2018. While OWLtech has been in the works for about eight years, it experienced several hiccups throughout its development due to construction and supplier delays and the search for money and space to make it happen, McMaster said. OWLtech took over the space where Pearson’s Hall rock-climbing wall was in 2017 after a new wall was built


in the Student Training and Recreation Complex. The store’s AirPod 2s sold out the first day the store was open and are now on back-order, McMaster said. “We’re selling things, so we’re providing a need,” he added. Ernest Holland, a freshman film and media arts major, said it will be helpful for students who aren’t Philadelphia natives to have a nearby store for Apple products. “Now they have a place they can go to for their electronic needs and feel comfortable, because it’s right on campus,” Holland said. “People can get assistance and have like a ‘mini Apple Store’ right at their fingertips.” @aikeemvill

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An ambulance speeds past Temple University Hospital on Broad Street near Ontario on Sunday.


Trauma doctors treat mass gun violence in Philly More than 20 percent of the approximately 14,000 gun shot victims were admitted within 15 minutes of each other. BY COLIN EVANS Crime Beat Reporter Working in Temple University Hospital’s trauma center, Dr. Zoe Maher knows more than anyone what it’s like to treat gunshot victims before their wounds turn fatal. “We see what bullets do to people,” said Maher, a surgeon in the hospital’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, which provides around-the-clock care for the most critically injured paNews Desk 215.204.7419

tients. “As a trauma surgeon, we see the worst of what society has to offer,” she added. “...We meet people who are often at the lowest part of their life.” More than 20 percent of the approximately 14,000 gun violence victims treated in Philadelphia hospitals from 2005-15 were admitted within 15 minutes of one another, a report by Temple researchers found. These clusters of four or more victims were equivalent to if there were 54 mass shootings in the city, though there is no mass shooting event on record in the 2000s, based on Mother Jones’ definition of the killings — single acts of gun violence involving four or more vic-

tims, minus the shooter, and excluding “conventionally motivated crimes,” like armed robbery or gang-involved shootings. The study, published by a team of medical professionals, including Maher and three other trauma physicians from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, examined “clusters,” two or more gun violence victims who sustained injuries and arrived at the same hospital within a 15-minute time period. Dr. Jessica Beard, a trauma surgeon at TUH, led the research and it was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons on April 10. “There’s really only one study that

has ever looked at this before,” Beard said. “The purpose of our study was really to understand the burden, the true public health burden of multiple-victim shooting events.” Clusters of everyday gun violence victims have an impact similar impact to mass shootings on hospitals’ trauma wards because there are multiple victims being treated at the same time, Beard said. Shira Goodman, the executive director of CeaseFirePA, a gun control education and advocacy organization, said the study is important because it helps people understand the work hospitals do to address gun violence. “We need public health officials tell-




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equivalent of mass shootings really, really frequently,” Goodman said. “All of the emotional trauma, economic trauma, losses in that community are being suffered over and over again.” Media organizations often perpetuate stereotypes about victims of gun violence and don’t report enough on the issue from a public health perspective, Beard said. She and Jim MacMillan, the former program manager for the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, are collaborating to create a set of guidelines for journalists who report on gun violence to combat coverage that ignores victims. “Seeking out sources that are different, trauma surgeons, hospitals, folks who care for patients, the victims of gun violence themselves, is an important first step for educating the public and then searching for solutions,” Beard added. The medical community has prepared more for mass casualty incidents, or MCIs, as of late, but produces few academic reports on the effect of clustered, everyday gun violence on hospitals, Beard said. But this is beginning to change. “Large scale MCIs from firearm vi-

olence remain relatively rare,” the study on Philadelphia hospital trauma centers states. “More commonly, firearm-injured patients present to trauma centers as a single victim or in clusters of multiple casualties, which do not achieve the definition of mass shooting.” From Jan. 1, 2015 to April 9, there have been 959 shooting victims in the North Philadelphia East and West neighborhoods, the Inquirer reported. The two areas had the most victims of any section in the city. TUH alone treats more than 400 gunshot victims every year, according to the hospital’s Cradle to Grave program. Philadelphia health care providers are well-prepared to treat shooting injuries, but need to focus more on prevention methods, Beard said. As a physician, it’s her job to understand the root causes and solutions to the injuries she treats, she said. Some of those causes are a lack of educational and employment opportunities for those likely to be involved in gun violence and should be discussed alongside gun regulation and enforcement, Goodman said. “There have to be better economic

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ing this story about what the realities of gun violence are in different communities, and then taking those stories and becoming advocates to policymakers as well,” Goodman said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were prevented from conducting gun violence research by the Dickey Amendment, a 1996 provision that barred federally funded reports that “advocate or promote gun control,” up until 2018, according to Mother Jones. Because of this, private sources should also produce research that examines gun deaths, Goodman said. “That’s a big burden for people who are already overburdened in their jobs in trying to make us healthier and safer,” she added. Three unnamed hospitals in Philadelphia treated 77.8 percent of all gun violence victims, according to the study. This is typical for the city’s treatment system, Beard said, because larger hospitals are better equipped than smaller ones to deal with clusters of gun violence victims. TUH is one of five Level 1 trauma centers in the city, according to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. “It just so happens that gun violence is a little more political than breast cancer,” Beard added. “But in our minds, as trauma surgeons, public health is really a basic science of trauma surgery. To us, it’s really about preventing disease.” Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in Colorado, where two student gunmen killed 12 students and one teacher. Since then, nearly every mass shooting in the United States has generated a national debate about the right to own a firearm and increased advocacy to change current gun laws. Yet mass shootings constitute a very small percentage of overall U.S. gun deaths. Less than 2 percent of the nearly 39,000 gun deaths in 2016 were part of mass killings, Vox reported. Violence in urban centers and suicides in suburban and rural areas do not receive as much public attention as mass shootings despite being the driving force of gun deaths, Goodman said. “Our communities are suffering the


opportunities than picking up a gun,” she added. “There have to be better ways to feel safe than picking up a gun.” Robert Young, the editor of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a right-leaning national gun rights organization and publication led by medical professionals, said the focus of limiting gun violence should be improving mental health and tracking down criminals. “I oppose the presumptions of organized medicine…[and doctors] who are trying to label guns as bad things, who want to impose increasing restrictions on perfectly responsible gun owners,” he said. It’s part of doctors’ obligation as physicians to identify and study solutions to prevent gun violence and anything that causes injury to patients, Maher said. That involves creating more jobs, bettering education and eliminating poverty, she said. “That’s part of our doctrine, to advocate for things that improve the health and wellness of our patients,” Maher said. @ColinPaulEvans

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Students ‘experience’ third TEDxTempleU event Ten speakers discussed post- 600-mile journey on his skateboard from graduate life and life-changing Washington, D.C. to Ottawa, Canada and ran from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. choices on Friday. BY SAMEET MANN For The Temple News Temple University hosted its third TEDx event on Friday with student, faculty and community speakers, discussing life choices during and after college. The theme for TEDxTempleU was “XXL,” which stands for Explore, Experience, Live. The event offered a range of speakers who reflected on “how we interact with the lives we choose to live,” according to the TEDxTempleU website. The sold-out event in the Temple Performing Arts Center had ten speakers, including students and alumni. “It is time that we explore the passions and aspirations,” said Tarahgee Morris, a junior advertising major and organizer of TEDxTempleU, during his remarks. “It is time we experience the little things that might make us happy.” “Each different part of the theme has a different meaning toward living your best life,” Morris said after the event. “Not even living your best life, but living your life and understanding the context of what you usually don’t interact with in life.” Temple last hosted a TEDx event in 2013, which featured professors from the College of Science and Technology, said Amanda Chavis, a senior management information systems major and TEDxTempleU’s social media and marketing coordinator. Organizers spent two years planning Friday’s event. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit organization that hosts two international conferences each year, welcoming leaders and innovators from different sectors to give 18-minute talks on various topics. TED provides guidance for TEDx events, but TEDx events are independently organized by universities and other institutions that welcome local communities to participate. One speaker, Mark Gibson, made a @TheTempleNews

Vivian Luke, an author and managing partner for a consulting group, spoke about accepting imperfections. Forensic chemist Dallas Cherry Jr. advocated to eliminate stigma around medical marijuana use, and senior Africology and African American Studies major Jamal Parker’s talk, “Origin Story,” connected moments in his life to his love for comic books and creative writing. Leonard Chester, a 2018 advertising alumnus and middle school teacher, spoke about founding the Overcame Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged youth become leaders in Baltimore and Philadelphia. William Lessa, a family therapist, recommended people “look at life like it’s a journey and less like it’s a race.” “We live in a culture where diversity is challenged everywhere,” said William Careri, a mental health advocate and junior public relations major. “Not just based on the color of your skin, but in terms of your gender sexuality, physical disabilities. ...To move past this, we can share our unique experiences.” The event’s first speaker was Dylan Rhudd, a 2017 marketing alumnus, who talked about “The Art of Graduating” and the transition from college life to adulthood. After securing a full-time job, Rhudd faced challenges balancing his work and social life. “I found myself constantly thinking, ‘Was nobody going to warn me about this?’” Rhudd said. Rhudd also offered suggestions about searching for jobs post-graduation, suggesting students focus on networking. He drove for Uber the summer before he graduated and met a passenger who worked for the Navicor Group, a pharmaceutical communications company with a branch in Center City, who asked Rhudd to send in his resume. “Long story short, my one-year anniversary at the company was this past February,” Rhudd said. Nicole Owuor, a 2018 cellular and

COURTESY / TEDxTempleU Organizers held the third TEDxTempleU event in the Temple Performing Arts Center on Friday.

molecular neuroscience alumna, gave a speech titled “Permission to be Flawed,” which introduced and discussed pluralistic ignorance. She described this as when a majority of members in a group privately disagrees with or has a “divergent experience” from the norm, but assumes the rest of the group holds normative views. To describe the concept, she used the example of a lecture hall, where a professor asks if anyone has questions, but students remain silent. “You might have questions...but everybody else is quiet, so they must understand and you are not going to be the only one to raise your hand and expose your lack of understanding,” Owuor said during her talk. “But as you file out of that lecture hall, you might hear an undercurrent of rumblings from your classmates saying I have no idea what we covered in class today.” Pluralistic ignorance comes from people’s fear of vulnerability, criticism and rejection, she said. “It’s understandable to seek solace in community, but when the need to con-

form to a group is done so at the expense of your authenticity, it chips away at your self-confidence and it creates a perception of isolation,” Owuor continued. Samuel Perry, a 2004 journalism, public relations and advertising alumnus, is a high school teacher in Brooklyn, New York, and attended the event because he was invited by his former student, Diamante Ortiz, the director of speaker selection and rehearsal for TEDxTempleU. Perry found it insightful when junior nursing major Ari Rubinson, a transgender man, talked about necessary changes to the nursing profession, like asking patients for their preferred pronouns. “Going to my provider as a trans man,...I am almost never asked for my preferred name or my pronouns,” Rubinson said during his talk. “Assumptions are the barrier to trust,” he added. .

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Save student newsrooms

Thursday is the unofficial Support Student Journalism Day, and student-run newsrooms across the country will publish editorials to call attention to the challenges student press face. The movement — Save Student Newsrooms — sheds light on the students who are fighting for editorial and financial independence. The Temple News is extremely fortunate to receive some financial support from the Klein College of Media and Communication, which helps us maintain our editorial independence. Some student-run newspapers aren’t as lucky and face censorship and budget cuts that compromise their reporting and can lead them to shut down their newsrooms forever. But we need student journalists now more than ever. They act as legitimately as professional news outlets. In some areas, students serve as the only news publication, because local newsrooms have gone out of business. Student newsrooms are also experiencing increased levels of censorship, through methods like theft of newspapers, slashing

budgets or removing faculty advisers when student journalists refuse to fall to university pressure, FIRE reported in its 2018 student censorship review. We urge the Temple community to consider donating to a college newspaper, including The Temple News, to support student journalists. These students are producing some of the most comprehensive, innovative news coverage all while balancing classes, internships and other jobs. The Pitt News’ staff produced extensive news coverage of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting last year. These students covered national news with the same poise and integrity as any other outlet on the scene. The Tulane Hullabaloo’s Intersections, a section for the intersection of its student identities, inspired us to take a hard look at the inclusivity of our coverage and add our own Intersection. We hope other outlets learn from the Hullabaloo’s inclusive space. These are a few examples of high-quality journalism produced by students, and we urge you to support a student-run newspaper. Pick up a copy, share an article online, or donate to a newsroom.

Temple: Sustain climate action Temple University announced its 2019 Climate Action Plan on Monday, in time for Earth Day. The university updated its 2010 plan to include the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change October report and Philadelphia’s plan to power its facilities with renewable energy. Temple plans to mimic this. In the new report, the university pledges to partner with an outside energy provider to use renewable energy, promote integrating sustainability into more curricula and teach sustainable living during orientation. The university will also use more eco-friendly food packaging and reaffirmed its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050. We commend Temple for recognizing its environmental impact and updating its policies to reflect new international guidelines, committing to making campus more

sustainable. We also encourage students to do what they can to make eco-friendly choices within their own control, not just on Earth Day or during Temple’s Sustainability Week. Starting next semester, students living within Temple Police’s patrol boundaries can sign up for a compost pickup program to have waste from their off-campus apartments benefit the Temple Community Garden instead of going to a landfill. Between the 2010 report and Monday’s plan, the university made strides toward becoming more sustainable. It increased in both square footage and enrollment from 2006-18, but net greenhouse gas emissions still dropped 7 percent. As the 2019 Climate Action Plan is implemented, we hope to see progress like this continue at Temple.


Kiss my CSS

taught myself those two languages

A student writes about was useless. I was just a beginner, her interactions with male somehow, despite all of my hard programmers in the data work. journalism industry. It happens more than it should in casual conversation. Whenever I BY JULIE CHRISTIE mention my work through Google, Digital Managing Editor So, what do I know? That’s among the first questions they always ask me. Do I use “insert-obscure-program-here?” We might be talking about code, but we’re also talking in code. Many men I come across assume I don’t know much in my niche of data journalism — especially the code portion. Or they assume I know a lot, and I have to correct them. Either way, those little questions and assumptions chip away at my confidence. Is it because I’m young? Is it because I’m a woman in an almost male-dominated field? These men, who’ve been working in code for years, know so much more than I do. Their educations are formal. They can write lines of code in seconds that would take me an hour to look up. I noticed it most while working as a Google News Lab fellow in Missouri. I was talking to another fellow from a different program about what I wanted to learn because at the time I was restricted to the very basics: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I wanted to break into other tools I knew I’d need like R, SQL, Python, Ruby and more. I was hoping he’d tell me about some tools he knew about because he’d worked as a programmer for a long time. Instead, he decided to tell me I shouldn’t list HTML and CSS in my skill set, because “everyone knows that.” Suddenly, my pride in having

it doesn’t affirm my skills — it brings them into question. There will always be people who know more than I do, but that shouldn’t be daunting. Too often, I refuse to ask for help for fear of looking like the idiot I call myself in a half-joking, half-serious manner. This attitude keeps me back, I know. But it’s also pushed me farther than I thought I could go. I’m more determined to figure something out myself. If I can’t find what I need online, then I come up with alternatives that shouldn’t work, but do. The energy that goes into proving myself to everyone, whether they’re watching or not, is exhausting. I compare myself to others in the field, who have been doing the work I want to do for years, instead of measuring how much I’ve grown in just the past few months. Even though I’ve already started some of my duties for my full-time position after graduation, I still have moments where I think I’m wholly unqualified to do the job. But my bosses are two incredible women who see my skills and want to celebrate them. They want to watch me grow, and that’s more than anyone could ask for from a friend, let alone professional mentors. So next time a man decides it’s his place to quiz me and ask me how many languages I know, I’ll tell him I know enough to say “Fuck off” as many times as I want. @christiejules




The United States still far from a melting pot People who were born in the U.S. versity junior pharmaceutical sciences can make immigrants feel like major, was born in Bangladesh, but she moved to the U.S. when she was 3 years they don’t belong here. Growing up watching “Mean Girls,” I found it funny when Ms. Norbury, the calculus teacher played by Tina Fey, finds out she has a new student from Africa in her class and she promptly turns to the African-American girl in the room and says, “Welcome.” “I’m from Michigan!” the girl answers. Back then, I PAVLINA CERNA thought the movie INT’L COLUMNIST was exaggerating the American attitude toward people from other countries. But it wasn’t an exaggeration. I’m an immigrant from the Czech Republic. I’ve got a harsh accent, and I pronounce certain words incorrectly. But before I open my mouth, I pass as an American because I am white and blonde. “It’s not easy to identify all of the ingredients in the great American Melting Pot,” Business Insider wrote in 2013. This couldn’t be further from the truth. America is really not a melting pot at all. People keep these ingredients well identified. Sure, the United States was created by immigration, yet it somehow still enforces stereotypes about who is — or is not — American based, quite frankly, on the way people look. Such categorization can make people who consider the American soil their home feel like they don’t belong. It’s an example of profiling and making embarrassingly wrong assumptions. In the age of globalization and geographic mobility, people need to stop basing their idea of citizenship and Americanness on the outward appearance. Jannatul Ferdaus, a Temple Uni-


old and became a naturalized citizen. “In seventh grade, we had to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance,” Ferdaus said. “When I stood up, this girl who was actually a minority herself, African-American, said to her friend, ‘She is not American, but she got up for the Pledge of Allegiance.’” Ferdaus felt hurt because she knew, as a Muslim woman, wearing her hijab is what made people invalidate her citizenship, she said. She ignored them and continued saying it. “America is not a melting pot,” said Asmaa Mohammed Abdullah, a senior psychology major. “It’s more like a garden salad. A melting pot would include many ingredients that melt or blend together to create a new homogeneous mix. Much like America, a garden salad requires ingredients that coexist, but are still separate.” Abdullah recounted several instances when people thought she couldn’t possibly be American. Most recently, in her apartment building, a man began explaining how the weather is different here during the winter than in other countries. “I explained to him that I understand because I was born in Bucks County, [Pennsylvania],” Abdullah said. “He was surprised and said, ‘Really?’” Abdullah feels proud of her heritage, background and origin, she said. She doesn’t feel overly offended when people assume she is from another country. “What does make me feel frustrated and mad is when people assume I am not equal to them because of my origin,” Abdullah said. Ji Sun Chong, a dance instructor, was born in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 5 years old. It creates a disconnect when strangers ask where she is from based on her ap-


pearance, she said. “I am not drawn to further connect with someone who has distanced me and labeled me in their minds without taking into consideration my own identity,” she said. The U.S. will be “minority white” in 2045, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. I can only hope prejudice based on appearance will go away then. “It’s very ironic considering that by America’s history, Native Americans aside...we are literally a nation of immigrants,” Chong added. “Somewhere along the way, this idea of who really be-

longs and who is American gets warped and abused and racialized.” I am not saying that people should not ask about ethnicity. We should stay curious. Our origins make us unique individuals. But we should be more mindful about the way we ask. Don’t make anyone feel like they don’t belong. Then, and only then, can the U.S. call itself a melting pot.




Meet bathroom needs for disabled population Public spaces should have adult caregivers to take care of their toileting changing tables for people who needs. Buying and installing these tables have disabilities. When I worked as a personal care assistant for adults with physical disabilities, I went on a road trip with a family who’d hired me to care for their 20-year-old son with cerebral palsy. Before leaving in the morning, his mom and I changed his diaper and secured his wheelchair MADISON KARAS in their accessible van. While buckling him in, she joked that she hoped he wouldn’t have to “go” anytime soon because we wouldn’t be able to change him until we got to the hotel. It was a three-and-a-half-hour drive, and we wouldn’t be able to check into our hotel room until late that afternoon. The lack of fully accessible public restrooms equipped with adult changing tables left this mother no choice but risk making her child travel all day in a dirty diaper — stripping him of his right to sanitary conditions. Adult changing tables — a rare amenity often only found in large hospitals — can support a few hundreds of pounds of weight, be adjusted for height and offer a necessity for adults with special needs. By not offering adult changing tables in public restrooms, people with physical disabilities are limited in their access to public spaces. Communities need to start pushing for legislation to require businesses and public spaces to include adult changing tables to create fully accessible spaces for all members of society. Those who have physical disabilities like cerebral palsy and seizure disorders that make them incontinent utilize these tables with the help of their parents or

can cost $600-$3,000, a Fox4 Kansas City reported in February. The tables are also often too large to fit in some bathrooms, which are main reasons but poor excuses for their uncommonness. For businesses to fully serve a diverse customer base, these changing tables provide an essential service to accommodate a portion of their clientele. Without these tables in family restrooms in different venues, people often resort to leaving or lying their loved ones on a public restroom floor. During our road trip, without any accessible restrooms en route, we had exactly two diaper-changing location options: in the back of the van in a parking lot or on the floor of a gas station bathroom. These options were both dehumanizing and unsanitary. And transitioning someone with cerebral palsy and spinal issues to a hard surface can injure them. Moving someone with a disability out of their wheelchair is a hurdle that adult changing tables can accommodate. Parents and caregivers often have to single-handedly execute this transition. Lifting a 120-pound person to a level, height-adjusted changing table designed to sustain an adult-sized body is easier and safer than moving them to the floor. During my time as a personal care assistant, I’ve seen parents and caregivers have to schedule meals for adults with special needs based around the availability of accessible bathrooms during public excursions. Shawn Aleong, a freshman legal studies major and disability rights advocate who has cerebral palsy, said easing people’s ability to go out will better our society. “It should be included that we have adult changing tables...for those that need to them, so that they have an equal amount of access to the outside world as


anyone else,” Aleong said. “So that people with disabilities can go out to the mall, can go to the movies, can go to a concert and still have an accessible bathroom.” In 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act was revised from its 1990 mandate to include grab bars, accessible faucet controls and larger toilet stalls, but failed to include any requirements for adult changing tables. Celia Feinstein, the executive director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, said public restroom accommodations are a key part of including people with disabilities in their communities. “There should be a consideration that all of the things you would include in making a restroom accessible would be there,” Feinstein said. “We want to provide for accessible communities, and [adult changing tables are] just one way to increase accessibility for all.” New York state Sen. Pamela Helm-

ing proposed $1 million in a new state budget for full-service family restrooms with adult changing tables. Helming made the proposal after a mother whose son has Pallister-Killian mosaic syndrome, a rare disorder that causes extremely weak muscle tone, reached out because she felt society’s push for inclusivity shouldn’t be limited to the able-bodied. “Everyone needs accommodations, so why are we leaving out a specific group of people?” Aleong said. “We have to make sure everyone is included, even in the day-to-day actions of life.” Supporting new legislation for this implementation should truly be a no-brainer. If large airports have accessible places for pets to toilet, then we should care enough to add adult changing tables in public spaces to accommodate the needs of all humans too.




Staying positive under the pressure of college A student writes about how her a flaw. I see it as a strength. It has made me hard-working, proanxiety is not a flaw, but rather a active and motivated. I am not content strength. BY CHRISTINA MITCHELL Health Columnist “How do you handle stress?” “How do you cope with all you have going on right now?” Questions like these keep popping up at job interviews and in everyday conversation, especially with finals week quickly approaching. This time last year, the answer would have been “I don’t.” I’ve come a long way since then. This time last year, I was worried I was going to fail a course. I hated what I was studying, and I questioned if I was good enough. I ended up passing, but I changed my major and now my grades are better than ever. Now, I love my coursework, and I have a clear path ahead of me. I didn’t know if I could afford an apartment. Now, I am set to live with my best friends near Main Campus next semester. I was upset about being the only one in my circle who wasn’t in a relationship. Now, I have been with my boyfriend for more than eight months, and I am the happiest I’ve ever been. The tides of my life are constantly changing, and I’m carried by the current, sometimes drifting through riptides and others floating in clear waters. I’m only a sophomore in college, so I understand this is not the most stressed I’ll ever be. People who know me would not describe me as laidback or carefree. I’ve always been an uptight, anxious person, but I’m beginning to realize it’s not


sitting on a couch all day watching Netflix. I can’t sleep when I have an assignment due the next day unless it’s complete. I simply don’t operate the same way many of my peers do. And it can be frustrating, especially in group projects, when we don’t see eye to eye. But it’s more beneficial than harmful. I have a lot of reasons to be stressed out; I have a stressful home life, I focus a lot of energy on my grades so I can get into the program I want. I work two jobs and regularly worry about paying my rent. Sometimes, I even worry about being able to continue my studies at Temple University with the increasing price of tuition. Throw in some extracurriculars and just daily life aggravations into the mix, and you’ve got my very own recipe for disaster. But my secret is I know the final product always ends up just fine. Nonetheless, college, in general, is full of anxiety; take a scared, naive young adult, and put them in a new place with new people when they’d been living under their parents’ roof for 18 years. This is enough to make the adrenal glands, which produce your stress-response hormone, cortisol, hyperactive. It’s important to remember that even during your worst times, you are in a place of privilege. Some people don’t get to attend college and have completely different burdens than homework and commitments to student organizations. But how do I manage my stress now? I remind myself of three things:


First, if it isn’t going to matter in a few months, it’s not worth stressing about. Many things stress me out at any given moment, but I know a year from now, I might even laugh at those things. Second, even though it’s cliché, everything happens for a reason. When something stressful is happening to me, I know eventually I will see some positive outcomes come from it. Third, it’s only temporary. We’re all in different stages of life. You could be living in a boring stage you just want to skip, an exciting stage that you never want to end or maybe even rock bottom. But when one ends, another begins. They don’t last forever. My life is still far from perfect, and I’m stressing right now as I’m writing

this, but I will not crack under the pressure like I almost did last year when it felt like nothing was going my way. Instead, remember it’s actually possible to thrive under pressure. I enjoy working two jobs. I get a thrill from taking an exam and knowing I did a good job because I studied hard. I like walking miles around the city to stay busy. That’s me, and I don’t see it changing any time soon. See, the key to not being overwhelmed, especially in college, is not eliminating stress. That’s outright impossible. Rather, keep in mind this is only one pixel of a much greater picture.





‘I wish I had time to eat and sleep’

Many students struggle to enue to save to pay off her student loans. balance full-time class with She also interns seven hours per week. “I’m jealous of people that can devote work, internships and other all their time to school,” Hricak said. “I responsibilities. BY MADISON KARAS Campus Beat Reporter


ach week, Celine Miro attempts to balance taking 18 credits of chemistry and physics labs, working eight hours per week on Main Campus and interning six hours per week about 40 minutes away. In between, the freshman mechanical engineering major struggles with taking care of her basic needs. “I wish I had time to eat and sleep,” Miro said. “I spend so many of my meals in front of a laptop or with a textbook. I don’t have to sit down and eat just to eat, everything is on the go.” Many Temple students balance fulltime studies with other responsibilities like jobs, internships and student organizations. Temple participated in an April 2018 survey by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison that relocated to Temple last year, found 82 percent of community college students and 79 percent of students at four-year universities are employed. Temple students received $1,719,156 in work study, or wages partially subsidized by the federal government, during the 2016-17 academic year, according to the university’s 2017-18 Fact Book. Many other students hold jobs and internships outside of work study, too. Jaycie Hricak, a junior political science and criminal justice major, works 30 hours per week at Tropical Smoothie on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Av-

feel like if I didn’t have to work or force myself to intern for experience, I could probably have a 4.0.” Hricak often stays up until midnight doing homework. She tracks her schedule with Google Calendar and planners to stay organized. Junior human resource management major Sarah McCabe struggles to find time for homework on weekdays and spends Sundays studying at the TECH Center. This semester, she balanced fulltime class, waitressing and interning two days per week in Media, Pennsylvania. “Every time I get home from work, or the internship, or classes on certain days, I have no energy and I feel like I just want to get in bed because of how crazy the day has been,” said McCabe, who quit her internship last week. Working long hours contributes to lower grades in college, according to the April 2018 HOPE Lab report. It can also impact students’ health because of lack of sleep or unbalanced nutrition. Students experiencing homelessness or food and housing insecurity are “overwhelmingly part of the labor force,” said Liz Looker, the research project manager at Temple’s Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, in an email. The center is the continuation of the shuttered Wisconsin HOPE Lab. “We find that students who experience basic needs insecurity are working more hours than students whose basic needs are being met,” Looker added. “This tells us that even when students are working long hours, their basic needs are not being met.”

MADISON KARAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jack Fontana, a sophomore communication studies major, works part-time as a busser and food runner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on Market Street near 12th.

Hricak used to love attending group yoga classes, but doesn’t have time anymore because of her coursework, she said. Miro wishes she had more free time alone and with loved ones. “Trying to find time to do things for my emotional health is really, really hard when it feels like all my academics take such importance over everything else,” Miro said. Jack Fontana, a sophomore communication studies major, works four sixhour shifts per week at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, on Market Street near 12th, to earn money toward next semester’s rent. He balances 16 credits of class and has to plan coursework in advance. “I found that I can’t wait until the

last minute to write essays,” said Fontana, who is a part-time busser and food runner. “I [used to] do that. Now that I work right before when it’s due, I can’t just do it the night before.” He also has to schedule social time in advance, instead of making plans last minute. For Hricak, managing her schedule prepares her for employment. “I have amazing time management skills,” she said. “I do feel like me having to work and do all this stuff to sustain my life kind of makes me a more well-rounded person.” @madraekaras




Fellow to study aircraft history at Smithsonian A student will spend four months ing away from his wife Jenny and his at the Smithsonian National 11-month-old daughter Eleanor since Air and Space Museum for his September 2018. The United States, Great Britain and dissertation. BY CARLEE CUNNINGHAM For The Temple News At least twice per year, Eric Perinovic would visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force with his grandfather. The museum was at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, where Perinovic’s grandfather worked after being discharged as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force. Perinovic, a fourth-year Ph.D. history student, will now take his childhood passion to the next level by working at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which houses the world’s largest aviation and space collection. Last month, Perinovic received the museum’s Guggenheim Fellowship, a competitive grant awarded to pre- and post-doctoral candidates studying aviation and space history. Starting in January 2020 with a $10,000 stipend, Perinovic will continue his research for his dissertation about West Germany rebuilding its military during the 1950s. Guggenheim recipients spend three to 12 months researching their proposals at the museum and receive a stipend based on that period of time. Perinovic will spend four months. Fellows typically receive $30,000-$45,000 annually. “I’m still processing it,” said Perinovic, a fourth-year history Ph.D. student who plans to graduate in Spring 2020. “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve wanted this one for a long time.” Perinovic is researching the F-104 Starfighter at the University of Freiburg in southwest Germany. He will return to Philadelphia next month after be-


the Soviet Union ordered Germany to demilitarize at the 1945 Potsdam Conference after World War II ended, according to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. and western European countries tried to limit Soviet expansion in 1949 through NATO, a mutual defense group, according to the History Channel. West Germany was invited into NATO six years later and purchased Lockheed F-104 Starfighters in 1958, according to Lockheed Martin, the aircraft’s manufacturer, according to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Perinovic’s research focuses on the political response surrounding accidents involving the post-war German Air Force, Luftwaffe, and the F-104 Starfighter. He will have access to the National Air and Space Museum’s archives during his fellowship. “The Starfighter [was] a disaster,” Perinovic said. “One hundred pilots died flying in training accidents. What jumps out at me is [the F-104] is a short term disaster, but from a long-term political and economic perspective, it’s a resounding success.” Jay Lockenour, the chair of the history department and Perinovic’s thesis adviser, is an expert on this period of research. “It was both a political crisis and military crisis,” Lockenour said. “What Eric, I think, is finding is that the way in which the German Air Force weathers this crisis is both evidence of a stable, legitimate state and part of an evolution that creates the stable state.” The Guggenheim Fellowship will not be Perinovic’s first time studying this topic. He previously was one of 10 Temple University students awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant,

COURTESY / ERIC PERINOVIC Eric Perinovic, a fourth-year Ph.D. history student, is conducting research on the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter aircraft’s significance in West Germany following World War II.

which funds one academic year of research outside the U.S., for the 2018-19 school year. Perinovic previously worked as a policy analyst at World Perspectives Inc., a consulting company in Arlington, Virginia for three years. In 2015, he returned to school to get back to his historical interests. Barbara Gorka, the director of scholar development and fellowships advising at Temple, said Perinovic’s success in becoming a Fulbright scholar was because of his willingness to accept criticism and improve from it. “It’s not easy to get this feedback from lots of different people, but some students, as painful as it might be, just run with it,” she said. Pursuing a Ph.D., especially with

two fellowships, takes special qualities that Perinovic displays, Lockenour said. “It’s not the smartest people who get the Ph.D.s, but the people who have persistence and self-confidence and kind of entrepreneurial characteristics that Eric has that succeed,” Lockenour said. Despite his success, Perinovic questioned his decision to return to school at first. “My first couple of years of my Ph.D. program were definitely intellectually not as fulfilling sometimes,” Perinovic said. “Those years of slogging through this feeling like, ‘What am I doing? Why [did] I come back and do this?’ They now feel worth it.” @carleeinthelab




Alumna pens how-to book for personal branding A 2004 advertising alumnus wrote “CRAVED” for people who are struggling to find their personal brand. BY TYRA BROWN Entertainment Beat Reporter As a Black woman working in marketing, Keli Hammond tries to blaze trails and open doors for women and other minorities. The challenges she experiences in her career, like being ignored in the workplace, have only motivated her more, said Hammond, a 2004 Temple University advertising alumna. Hammond is her own boss and the founder of B Classic, a strategic marketing and communications firm in Washington, D.C. that works with commercial, nonprofit and government clients. This month, her firm published her self-help book “CRAVED,” which aims to help people build a successful personal brand. The book is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and other retailers. The book details methods like growing a brand through social media and

differentiating a product line. She was inspired to write this after meeting people throughout her career who struggled with branding and marketing. Hammond has worked with several clients who were close to giving up on their dreams because they weren’t getting the outcomes they hoped for. One of her clients, who has her own natural skincare product line, needed to learn to differentiate her brand from corporate competitors to be successful, Hammond said. “Part of the reason for the book was to help the underdogs that are really trying to make their dreams stick and really trying to make their ideas a reality,” she added. Hammond knew she wanted her book to include straightforward lessons, unlike other marketing books that are complex and difficult to understand, she said. Months of researching how to address branding and marketing issues, like connecting with customers, went into the writing process. She rewrote the book several times to simplify it. “I really wanted people to understand that marketing is not a negative

thing,” Hammond said. “I wanted this book to be a resource for people.” The importance of her firm and book stems from showing people their value, she added. In addition to brand development, B Classic conducts advertising campaigns, promotes events and helps clients use social media to grow their brands. “A lot of people know what they do, but they don’t know how to say what they do and tell people what they do in a way that makes people want to engage with them,” Hammond said. Jacqueline Loweree, the director of partnerships at B Classic, said Hammond’s career inspires her, because she is a Hispanic woman working her way up in the business world. “She is an unstoppable woman who is very grounded,” Loweree said. “There is this one saying that goes, ‘She got her feet on the ground, but she is able to look up at the stars,’ and that is how [Hammond] is.” Hammond “craves” more growth when it comes to her career, which inspired her book’s title, she said. The title is also a play on words about food, she

GRANT HEMINGWAY Sophomore finance major


What responsibilities do you have outside of class? How do they affect your life?

I’ve been dealing with rowing in school for about six years now, so I’ve been able to work it into my life pretty well. It adds a little bit of stress to my life, but in a good way.

JOSE LOPEZ Junior mechanical engineering major Work and [my family’s] business. ...It’s taught me to prioritize what’s important and try not to waste energy. It’s also taught me how to enjoy the downtime.

added. “When people think of the word ‘crave,’ they think of cupcakes, cookies or food,” Hammond said. “With the same way that food can be craved, so can branding.” A simple understanding of branding, marketing and advertising can help ambitious people accomplish their business goals, she added. Loweree sees Hammond working toward her dreams in this way. “I called her a ‘fountain of dreams’ the other day,” Loweree said. “She always has ideas. She is driven. When she wants to do something, she wants to give her best for it.” Hammond doesn’t plan to stop dreaming any time soon and wants to continue to help other people achieve their own dreams. “I want to have dreams so big that they make me uncomfortable,” Hammond said. “I am super pleased with what I have managed to accomplish thus far, but it is just the beginning.” Zari Tarazona contributed reporting.

CHRITHANS SOMUAH Freshman biochemistry major I have outside [organizations] and other religious affiliations that demand your time. It’s moreso balancing your time and your priorities, and you have to realize what’s more important.

CHRYSTYNA BILETSKY Freshman biology major I work two jobs, so that can kind of gets in the way because I don’t have as much time for schoolwork, and the commute takes up a lot of time. Also, I’m part of a dance ensemble. ..In general, it gives me less time for studying.





Helicopter rains 30,000 Easter eggs in Northeast Philadelphia field for hunt

Tens of thousands of plastic Easter eggs dropped from a helicopter over Pennypack Park’s River Fields on Saturday during Northeast Philadelphia’s free Easter Experience event. “My wife saw this being done out in the south in a lot of suburban cities and said, ‘Why can’t we do that in the city?’” said Mark Novales, 46, the senior pastor of CityReach Church, which organized the egg drop. After the candy-filled eggs hit the ground, children ages 3-12 took over the muddy, rain-soaked field to hunt for them. Fifty of the eggs were “golden” and contained gift certificates and other prizes. Volunteers from event co-host Easter Outreach also handed out more than 1,000 boxes of food from nonprofit Philabundance, which aims to fight hunger. “It’s amazing to really see the need for events like this and to encourage people to go to church on Easter,” Novales said. Liam Gill, 8, of Rhawnhurst said seeing the helicopter drop the eggs was the most exciting part of the event.





Competitive gaming trend clicks in Philadelphia

DAN CHUA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sweta Prasad, a freshman biology major and the Overwatch coordinator for Temple’s eSports Club, plays the video game Overwatch on Friday in 1300 Residence Hall.

Esports is a form of organized, com- Sports Complex. The venue is one of Temple esports fans build their petitive video gaming where different the first official esports arenas in the skills through live-streaming leagues or teams compete in various U.S. Total esports revenue jumped from events and tournaments.

BY BIBIANA CORREA Trend Beat Reporter Temple University students Mike Moscarelli and Sweta Prasad don’t need to leave their rooms for a front row seat to see their favorite players. As avid esports fans, the two learn gaming strategies by watching tournaments via Twitch, a streaming site. “The level of skill is just absolutely ridiculous,” said Moscarelli, a junior media studies and production and finance major. “You’re watching from your own perspective, so you know how well you play, but you’re watching the best 200 people in the entire world.”

types of video games, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Madden. On Main Campus, organizations like the Temple University eSports Club host tournaments and watch parties to engage members and develop their skills. In the club, a student oversees each video game and its events. This buzz on Main Campus is part of a growing trend in this type of gaming. Esports viewership totaled 173 million frequent viewers in 2018 and there is an expected increase to 201 million this year, according to the consumer data analytics site Statista. Last month, Comcast announced plans to build a $50 million, 3,500-seat esports arena at the South Philadelphia

$493 million in 2016 to $655 million in 2017, with revenue projected to top $1.5 billion by 2021, Newzoo, a gaming and esports analytics site, reported. Prasad, the Overwatch game lead for the Temple eSports Club and a freshman biology major, said online games are more accessible than traditional sports. “While I don’t particularly understand a lot of sports, video games are pretty easy for me to pick up because even though there are multiple types of different video games, it’s very easy to just sit down and watch people do super well,” she said. Esports tournaments can be viewed online on streaming services like Twitch or during live events at Xfinity Live! or the video game venue Localhost Arena

at 3rd and Poplar streets. Fans can watch online streams at home, but the Temple eSports Club and fans like Moscarelli like to have watch parties at the start of a new level of a game or a new professional season. Junior math major Malvin Prifti competes in tournaments in his spare time and enjoys building his skills by watching live streams. “It’s a lot more accessible to look at something a professional player does in League of Legends or Overwatch or Hearthstone and apply it to yourself and try to emulate what they do, which makes it a lot more engaging to be competitive in those games,” Prifti said. Though he enjoys learning from esports experts, who make money through prize money, live streams and sponsors, Moscarelli likes that gaming requires no prior skills. “There’s no sense of, ‘I spent my whole life training and I went to college and played at college and then I got into the pro leagues,’” he said. “Most of the people are still just a bunch of nerdy kids who got good at playing and now that’s their job.” Fans like Prifti said esports offer a large community component, too. Players can communicate in real-time when playing through apps like Discord, a text chat server often used by gamers, in addition to attending in-person events. “I’ve always been a gamer at heart, and I think that goes for a lot of people,” Prifti said. “At competitions, there are some who may not even be competing, but they’re just game. It’s a mix of that competitive sports aspect, in trying to win and trying to do well for your team, as well as just having fun with the game you’re playing.”



















































































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I am a woman, proudly named after my father A student writes about being sized shirts and sweaters, sneakers, ties stereotyped because of her and suspenders. Punishment for me came in the form of ruffles, frills and name and style choices. BY MYKEL GREENE For The Temple News


rowing up, I was bullied a lot for having a “boy’s name.” I am a woman, but my name, Mykel, is a derivative spelling of the name “Michael,” which is commonly considered a man’s name. I am named after my father and grandfather, both named Michael. My parents named me Mykel to carry on the tradition. My brother, who was born after me, received my father’s full name and spelling. But my peers — particularly elementary school and middle school boys — were ignorant of the rich history behind my name. “Are you sure your name is Mykel,” they would ask me, thinking it must be Michele or Michaela. Even now, people question how to pronounce or spell my name. Usually, they are relieved to learn that my traditional “man’s name,” is at least spelled differently. Once they accept my real name, they often ask, “Oh, so you’re trans?” Assuming a person’s gender based on their name reinforces stereotypes of normative culture and the gender binary. These tell us that men can only have names designated for men and women can only have names designated for women. However, there are exceptions to this stereotype. I am a cisgender woman proudly named after her father. It wasn’t just my name that led people to question my gender and sexuality. Since middle school, I have been fond of baggy sweatpants, jeans, over-

pantyhose. It felt like my skin would burn off any time the color pink touched me. In grade school, peers called me a “dyke,” “butch” and “lesbian” for my fashion choices. If women like women, then they “have to” display themselves as men. That’s the only way their sense of style could make sense to a middle schooler in the early 2000s who has only been exposed to heterosexuality. Someone has to be “the man” in the relationship. When I chopped all my hair off in college, this stereotype resurfaced. In actuality, I chopped it off because my hair was falling out. Who knew bleaching and coloring your hair excessively in a short period of time would be extremely damaging to your hair? But sexuality is not determined by style — so the joke’s on them — and I am comfortably settled in my heterosexuality. In addition to being stereotyped for my untraditional name and dress, I faced challenges growing up for simply being a woman. In elementary school, the boys wouldn’t let me play soccer with them because I was small for my age and they thought I would get hurt. Sports just weren’t for girls, they said, especially ones like me. Then, once I started menstruating, my family acted like I was incapable of heavy lifting. My parents wouldn’t let carry groceries inside from the car and prohibited me from moving furniture or air conditioners in the summertime. It seemed I was only allowed to curl up in a ball and succumb to my cramps. However, as reported in Women’s

COURTESY / MYKEL GREENE Mykel Greene, the author, spends time with her brother, father and grandfather — all named Michael — at her Upper Darby, Pennsylvania home on Sunday.

Health Magazine, exercising while menstruating is a good thing. Pain tolerance is higher and recovery is a faster process. This is due to estrogen and progesterone levels being lower. Plus, I enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of running my fastest, being breathless and having the blood rushing in my ears. Women are not fragile beings. Neither are girls. I see my journey through womanhood and my battle against stereotypes as processes similar to baking cookies. When making cookies, we roll out the dough, pull out our assortment of cookie cutters and start cutting the

dough into shapes before putting it on the baking sheet. We may put sprinkles and cinnamon sugar on them, or leave them as is. Then we put them in the oven to bake. As the cookie bakes and expands, it maintains the shape it was cut into, and sometimes it becomes a shape of its own. We define what our shapes are going to be as we mature at 400 degrees. Try as it might, society does not define how our cookies turn out. We all have minds of our own.


Graduating in May?







For Philadelphia students, Temple is unfamiliar Students from Philadelphia dents, including 4,390 freshmen. More discuss feeling out of place on than 3,000 freshmen came from Pennsylvania and 681 were from Philadelphia. Main Campus. BY TARA DOLL For The Temple News Students at Temple University come from all over the country — and all over the world. But only about 20 percent of students come from Philadelphia. Programs like the Temple 20/20 Scholarship, which awards $5,000 per academic year to 25 high school students from North Philadelphia, and the Broad Street Finish Line Scholarship program, a new scholarship for first-generation college graduates that gives preference to students from Philadelphia, aim to admit more Philadelphia students to the university. But whether it’s admitting more students from the city, educating students about stereotypes or compiling more resources to help them excel in college, some Philadelphia students say the university could do more to make them feel at home. Some say Temple is reinforcing a stereotype that students from Philly don’t need as much help acclimating to their new environment. Others said some programming reinforces poor stereotypes about the North Philadelphia community. “A lot of times, I didn’t feel connected to people because a lot of people that I interacted with were either from [the suburbs] or not from Pennsylvania at all,” said Jaya Montague, a 2018 journalism alumna who grew up in West Philadelphia. “Familiarity, of being with other classmates or people that are from the same place as you, I didn’t really feel that that much.” The Class of 2018 totaled 7,106 stu-

Montague attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Hawthorne and spent her freshman year at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, more than six hours away. When Montague lived at the Edge during her sophomore year, resident assistants provided resources to help familiarize new students to the area, but not to students already from Philadelphia, she said. “They assume, ‘Oh you’re from here, so you should know everything,’” Montague added. “There aren’t really resources for [us].” Paul Maiellano, a junior finance and economics major, grew up in South Philadelphia before moving to Manayunk in middle school. Maiellano, 29, went to The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, and joined the Army in 2011 before coming to Temple. As an adult learner, he believes those from outside the city need to understand that there are barriers to success in Philadelphia’s education system that don’t always exist outside of it. “Two experiences are totally different,” Maiellano said. “Students [from Philadelphia] might not have the same level of education coming into a program as other people.” In 2017, Pennsylvania’s educational funding for public schools ranked No. 46, according to a 2017 report by the Educational Law Center. Only 16 percent of Philadelphia fourth graders performed at or above proficient in mathematics based on The National Assessment of Educational Progress standards in 2017, according to the Nation’s Report Card. These numbers are in stark con-


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trast to suburban Philadelphia schools like Radnor Township School District, which ranks fifth in the nation on Niche’s Best School Districts in America list. Codi Royall, a junior political science major from West Philadelphia, felt certain orientation activities and trainings during her freshman year at Temple were insulting to the North Philadelphia community. At the time, Royall lived in Morgan Hall. “They did [a] sensitivity training about how people in the North Philly community live a different lifestyle than most of the people who come to Temple,” Royall said. “It was so offensive to me. I was so offended for everyone who lives in that area because it was supposed to make people feel sympathetic, but I feel like it just perpetuated all of the stereotypes that people already had.” Students could even get rid of some

of these stereotypes about North Philadelphia residents if they were more educated on street smarts, like how to safely and politely navigate the area, Royall said. This could include a training on how to be aware of their surroundings and conceal valuables in public while also being courteous to local residents, she added. “Anywhere you go could be dangerous,” said Tynecia Wilson, a junior kinesiology and Spanish major from West Philadelphia. “You can talk about the area as much as you want about how bad it is or how much you don’t like it, but you go to school here.” Editor’s Note: Jaya Montague is a former columnist for The Temple News. She played no part in the reporting or editing of this story.




Asian students, professor refute stereotypes Asian students are often labeled girl to help with a math problem,” Back the “model minority” and unfairly said. “I am not good at math. I am an adexpected to be successful in vertising major.” Historically, model minority framacademics, some said. BY THOMAS NEMEC For The Temple News Since moving to America from Seoul, South Korea in 1998, Asian studies professor Katie Lee has witnessed positive changes in attitudes of Americans toward Asian-Americans. But in academic settings and college environments, Asian and Asian-American students still face challenges and stereotypes. Three lingering challenges that Lee and Temple University students discussed are language barriers, mistaking all people of Asian descent as Chinese and the assumption that Asians must be “geniuses.” “Koreans have what we call ‘education fever,’ which stems from the age-old cultural tradition in Korea of focusing on the children’s success,” Lee said. “In Korea, being successful is not only for the individual, it is for the family.” This “education fever” feeds into both internal and external stereotypes of Asian students as extremely smart. Lee expects her own children to be high achieving in school, but she will not pressure them too hard or force them to pursue a career path they are not interested in, she said. “I hear my kids joking about getting ‘Asian B’s,’ which is actually an A-minus,” Lee said. Asians are often labeled the “model minority,” said Jenny Back, a freshman advertising major from South Korea. Peers will assume she can help them with any type of schoolwork, even assignments unrelated to her major, she added. “I was once asked by some random


ing can bar Asian students from accommodations in the classroom by presenting the assumption that they do not need help to succeed, according to a 2017 report on Asian Americans and Education in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. These stereotypes can morph into microaggressions — minor instances of unintentional discrimination, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary. They can be harmful to one’s cultural identity, Back said. While some students assume Back is talented at math, others assume she can’t speak English, she added. Back learned English during elementary school in Korea. “They think [all Asians] are rich and can’t speak any English, which is not the case for everyone,” Back said. Asia ranks second after Europe in the 2018 Education First English Proficiency Index, which measures English proficiency for adult non-English speakers. To participate in academic classes at Temple, international students who are not native English speakers must score 79 or higher on the Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language. Language barriers play a role in any student’s comfortability in engaging in conversations or speaking up in class, regardless of their native language, Lee said. Students enrolled in classes that are not taught in their native language may be less likely to participate in class, she added. “I know that they are very talkative outside of class,” Lee said of the international students. “Even though [international students] are from different regions of Asia, they still share similar cultures, so they have more of an under-

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standing for each other.” In Lee’s Korean classes, native English speakers tend to be quieter and less participatory, she said. Nhu “Cammie” Lam, a freshman international business major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, said she is sometimes stereotyped to be Chinese. “A lot of people do not know about Vietnam’s culture,” Lam said. “[They] think it is still a poor, underdeveloped country when actually it is not like that at all.” Rather than responding to these

misconceptions with anger, Lam recommends international students and American students both take time to get to know each other better. Taking the effort to meet a person on an individual level and practicing open-mindedness, can help eliminate microaggressions, Back said. “[Stereotypes] definitely bother me a little because I just want to be myself, but by now I am used to it,” Back said. .




Second-year running back vyes for starting spot

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman running back Kyle Dobbins carries the ball during the Cherry and White Fan Fest at the Temple Sports Complex on April 13.

Kyle Dobbins is among the players trying to replace former running back Ryquell Armstead. BY SAM NEUMANN Co-Sports Editor Last season, Kyle Dobbins was forced to redshirt due to the number of Temple University running backs ahead of him on the depth chart. Now, the redshirt freshman will battle the six other running backs for the starting spot as Temple looks to replace its fourth all-time rushing yards leader, Ryquell Armstead. The Owls plan is to use a running back by committee approach until one stands out, offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich said. No one emerged as a clear starter during spring practices, coach Rod Carey said. But, Dobbins is taking advan-

tage of his opportunity to impress the Owls’ staff, Carey added. “Kyle Dobbins really jumped off the page to me as far as just development and what he’s done this spring,” redshirt-senior running back Jager Gardner said after the Owls’ Cherry and White Fan Fest on April 13. “He’s stepped up a lot.” Gardner is expected to compete for the starting running back position with Dobbins, among others. The Owls will also look to redshirt-junior backs Tyliek Raynor and Tayvon Ruley to replace Armstead, who ran for 2,812 yards and scored 34 rushing touchdowns in his four seasons at Temple. Armstead is projected to be selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft this weekend, according to CBS Sports. The Owls also have redshirt-sophomore Jeremy Jennings and redshirt-junior Jonny Forrest at the running back slot.

Temple’s running backs are largely inexperienced, as Gardner is the only Temple running back on the roster who had more than 15 carries last season. Still, Temple has multiple players to choose to fill the position, which ensures that it will be productive when regular season starts, Uremovich said. “Having depth is a real good thing,” Dobbins said. “But obviously we need to push each other this summer to make sure each all of us are improving and getting down the offense.” Freshman running back Onasis Neely will miss part of the season due to injury, and Gardner had a minor injury at the beginning of spring practice, Carey said. “We’re rotating a lot,” Carey added. “We’re trying to find some answers there, to be honest with you. I think we have enough talent. I don’t know if we have a good grip on what that’s going to be or who that’s going to be or how

many that’s going to be.” In high school, Dobbins amassed 4,804 rushing yards and scored 57 touchdowns and was ranked as the No. 32 recruit in New Jersey, according to Dobbins was a four-year letterwinner in high school and played at St. Augustine Preparatory School before transferring to Timber Creek Regional High School in Sicklerville, New Jersey, Dobbins was a three-time first team all-conference player and earned two all-state selections. Despite being a three-star recruit, Dobbins had to redshirt his freshman season. This helped him become more comfortable with college football, Gardner said. “[Dobbins is] understanding what college football is now,” Gardner added. “It’s not high school. You just can’t do certain things as you did in high school, and he’s just realizing that now and being more patient as a player.” Running back coach Gabe Infante said Dobbins learned from watching Armstead and took advantage of his redshirt season on the sidelines, he said. “What’s struck me from the get-go with Kyle is his maturity,” Infante added. “He’s a mature young man, he goes about his business in a very professional manner. His film study, his attention in meetings, his willingness to compete, all those things.” Summer practice begins in August, and Dobbins said he isn’t getting complacent. “I’m not even close to reaching my full potential,” Dobbin said. “This summer I plan on giving 150 percent to put my name just in the conversation, but I’m not getting my hopes up.” @SamNeu_




Owls sign five players to 2019 recruiting class Coach Seamus O’Connor said the new recruits will fill the team’s most crucial areas. BY ALEX McGINLEY Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Temple University women’s soccer has signed five players to its incoming recruiting class, coach Seamus O’Connor announced on Wednesday. The Owls’ newest class features forwards Madison Bee and Gianna Dragoni, defenders Milana D’Ambra and Mikaela Maughn and midfielder Mary Byerley. “The biggest thing is that they answer the majority of our needs in key areas,” O’Connor said. “We needed to score more goals. Our formation is very much reliant on the outside defenders. We were kind of short at midfield this year. They’re still gonna be good defensively, but they’re just gonna make us better attacking-wise.” In the 2019 season, the Owls will have to replace six seniors — defenders Kelcie Dolan and Kat McCoy, midfielders Sarah McGlinn and Juliet Esposito, forward Kerri McGinley and goalkeeper Jordan Nash. Dolan was one of five players to start all 19 games last season. McGinley was tied for fourth on the team with two goals. The incoming players can replace the graduating players because O’Connor said they match the aggressive style in the American Athletic Conference. “They’re definitely better prepared,” O’Connor said. “They had a chance to watch us play in the American conference. They know the expectations. It’s gonna take them a while experience-wise, but in quality-wise, they definitely have the potential to replace the players that just graduated.” Bee compiled 71 goals and 19 assists during her four years at Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Bee earned first-team Colonial Conference honors in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She helped Haddonfield reach the @TheTempleNews @TTN_Sports

JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple celebrates during its 1-0 win against Tulsa at the Temple Sports Complex on Oct. 18, 2018. The Owls announced on Wednesday that it signed five players to its incoming recruitment class.

2017 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey, Group 2 finals, which Haddonfield lost. Temple freshman midfielder Hailey Gutowski scored two of Cinnaminson’s goals that game, including the game-winner in overtime. D’Ambra scored four goals and had 15 assists during her career with Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey. Bee and D’Ambra both played together for the South Jersey Elite Barons Rush soccer club, and their on-field chemistry can help the Owls next season, O’Connor said. “Definitely having players who have played together will help us, especially with the positions they play,” O’Connor said. “[Bee] is a goal scorer and [D’Ambra] provides a lot of service for her to score. They’re very used to finding each other, and I think it will help them when they come here just to know each other.” Dragoni played for Garnet Valley

High School in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania during her freshman and sophomore years and has competed for Penn Fusion Soccer Academy since 2017. Dragoni scored four goals in 11 games for Penn Fusion this season. One of Dragoni’s best assets is her “unbelievable” work ethic, Garnet Valley coach Paul Costa said. “She’s definitely one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever coached,” Costa added. “She’s a Division I soccer player and has tons and tons of technical abilities. …In my opinion, her biggest thing is that she wants to make her teammates better. I think that’s such a great attribute for a soccer player.” Maughn played for Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Massachusetts and helped the program win three consecutive Hockomock League titles from 2016-18. Maughn earned Eastern Massachusetts All-Star honors during her senior year. Byerley played for Bishop Shanahan

High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Byerley scored eight goals and earned second-team Ches-Mont League honors during her senior year in 2018. Byerley also earned honorable mention honors as a junior in 2017. Byerley’s sister, Elaine, was a midfielder for the Owls from 2013-16. Elaine Byerley started in 60 games and scored five goals during her four-year career at Temple. “[O’Connor] actually came to my high school games,” Byerley said. “We’d thought it’d be a good fit with his style of play because he wanted to play a more of a possession style and that’s what I typically like to play. We just thought it would be a good fit with helping out in the midfield.” The Owls’ five new players will participate in their first team practice in early August. @mcginley_alex





Season ends with program-best postseason run The Owls made the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinal for the first time. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE & JAY NEEMEYER For The Temple News After Temple University men’s tennis defeated nationally ranked Tulane in the American Athletic Conference tournament, coach Steve Mauro’s phone kept ringing. The Owls’ upset win on Friday in the conference tournament sent them to the semifinals for the first time in program history — and fellow coaches were quick to give Mauro and his team praise. “It definitely helped put Temple on the map,” Mauro said. “It was a huge win and right after the game my phone was buzzing with texts and calls saying congratulations on the big win.” Temple (16-7, 3-1 The American) ended the regular season on a ninematch winning streak and entered the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Owls knocked off No. 10 seed Connecticut and No. 2 Tulane in the first two rounds of the conference tournament. Temple’s run came to an end after falling to South Florida, the conference’s No. 3 seed, 4-1, on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. Despite losing one match short of the conference championship, Mauro is pleased with his team’s performance, he said. “Even though it ended in a loss, we are happy about how this season went,” he added. “We had confidence going into the tournament, despite our low seed, that we could go in there and compete with anyone, and I think we proved that.” USF (17-7, 4-1 The American) defeated Temple and beat No. 1 Central Florida, 4-3, in the championship match


on Sunday. USF has won The American’s title in five of the conference’s six seasons. Temple started strong against USF, the No. 46 team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings, by claiming the doubles point after winning two of the three matches. Temple clinched the doubles point. Juniors Juan Araoz and Eric Biscoveanu, and the pair of junior Paolo Cucalon and senior Uladzimir Dorash, both won their doubles matches, 6-3. The other doubles match did not finish because Temple already won the necessary two matches to win the point. The Owls carried its momentum into singles play as senior Alberto Caceras Casas nearly won the first set against USF Alberto Barroso-Campos. Caceras Casas fell 7-6, 6-4 to Barroso Campos, who is ranked as the No. 18th-best singles player by the ITA. “Maybe if we won that point we would have been a little more pumped up,” Mauro said. “But that’s how it goes sometimes. Either team could have won that day, it was just a matter of a point here, and a point there not going our way.” USF received a first-round bye, while Temple didn’t. The matchup on Saturday was the Owls’ third match in three days. While Mauro doesn’t believe fatigue played a major role, he said not having an extended time off could have affected the team’s ability to close out the matches. The Bulls went on to win the next three singles matches to advance to the finals. USF junior Jakub Wojcik ended to Temple’s season after defeating Dorash, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. On Friday, Temple earned its 11th consecutive victory with a 4-3 upset win against Tulane, the No. 39 team in the ITA rankings and last season’s conference champion. The Owls outlasted the Green Wave

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Alberto Caceres Casas returns the ball during Temple’s 7-0 win against LaSalle at the Student Pavilion on April 11.

in a four-hour long match, ending with Cucalon winning the third-set tiebreaker against Tulane junior Luis Erlenbusch. “That match was one of the most memorable I have been a part of during my time at Temple,” Mauro said. “We enjoyed that day and the emotion of winning, but we had to settle down and get focused for our match against USF the next day.” Before this performance, the Owls had compiled a 2-5 record in the conference tournament and never made it past the quarterfinal since the league’s inaugural 2014 season. Mauro credits the team’s work ethic and confidence during matches to Temple’s success this season. Mauro knew the Owls could have a successful season after the team’s 4-3 road win against the University at Buffalo on Feb. 2.

“After traveling on the road a defeating a quality program like Buffalo gave me a good feeling this team can be successful,” Mauro said. “The guys really wanted it this year. And they went out and made a name for Temple with a strong season. Next season, Temple will have to replace Dorash and senior Alberto Caceres Casas, who will graduate in May. But, Mauro is confident Temple can carry its success into next season. “We’re going to try and build from here,” Mauro added. “We know we can compete with anyone, know we want to win [the conference] next year. And to build off of that, possibly get ranked as a top-30 team in the nation next season.” @TTN_Sports





Former Temple players await their professional fate this week at the NFL Draft. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Co-Sports Editor

Temple University football will be represented during the NFL Draft for the fourth straight year, according to analysts projections. Three former Owls — Rock Ya-Sin, Ryquell Armstead and Michael Dogbe — are projected to be drafted by NFL teams this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Ya-Sin is ranked as the No. 4 cor-

nerback in the 2019 draft positional rankings from He is widely projected to be picked within the first two rounds. Armstead, who is projected to be selected during the final day of the draft, could become the first Temple running back to be drafted since 2012. Dogbe could be a late-round draft pick, but because of the high number of strong defensive line prospects, he could go anywhere from the fourth round to being undrafted, an NFL scout told The Temple News in January. If Dogbe does not hear his name called this weekend, he can sign with a

team as an undrafted free agent. Despite holding program records, former Owls Delvon Randall and Ventell Bryant are projected. Former Temple players have had success entering the NFL as undrafted free agents. Former wide receiver Keith Kirkwood signed with the New Orleans Saints last offseason, worked his way onto the active roster and recorded a receiving touchdown in the playoffs. Robby Anderson, who was signed by the New York Jets after going undrafted in 2016, has scored 15 receiving touchdowns in three seasons. Bryant, Temple’s all-time receptions



Running back Projection: Round 6, Pick 209, Minnesota Vikings

Armstead finished his Temple career fourth all-time in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns. He recorded the second-best 40-yard-dash time of any running back at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. Armstead met with officials from the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. @mjzingrone


Defensive lineman Projection: Round 7, Pick 224, Detroit Lions

Unlike Ya-Sin and Armstead, Dogbe didn’t receive an NFL combine invitation and had limited chances to perform in front of scouts after the season. But he impressed at the EastWest Shrine Game and the Owls’ Pro Day. He finished his Temple career with 158 tackles in 54 games. An NFL team may take a chance on him in the final rounds on Saturday or he could be an undrafted free agent.

and receiving yards leader, has met with multiple teams, including the Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during the pre-draft process. Bryant is eager to prove himself despite the low draft buzz, he said after the Owls’ Pro Day on March 18. Randall, whose 54 consecutive games at Temple is a program record, could be the fourth Temple defensive back to enter the NFL in the last four years if selected after Ya-Sin. The draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m.

Cornerback Pro Football Talk Projection: Round 1, Pick 20, Pittsburgh Steelers Projection: Round 2, Pick 49, Cleveland Browns

? PHOTO BY PATRICK CLARK / FILE PHOTO PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CLAIRE HALLORAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore running back Ryquell Armstead walks into the endzone in the first quarter following the first of two rushing touchdowns against Southern Methodist at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 1, 2016.

Ya-Sin’s draft stock has risen since the Senior Bowl in January. His strong NFL Scouting combine results catapulted himself into early round projections. Ya-Sin recorded 47 tackles and 14 pass breakups in his only season at Temple after transferring from Presbyterian College. The 6-foot-2-inch cornerback could hear his name called in the first round on Thursday night or could potentially slip into the second round on Friday.

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