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NEWS, PAGE 7 Temple boosts community outreach before submitting stadium proposal.

OPINION, PAGE 10 A columnist argues the College Board has made a history course Eurocentric.

FEATURES, PAGE 15 An alumnus created a weekly podcast “Philly Who?” about local creatives.

SPORTS, PAGE 24 The football team is aiming for its third division title in a four-year span.


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CONTENTS NEWS The new TSG administration used the summer to prepare sexual assault and mental health awareness weeks. Read more on Page 6.

OPINION Former student body president pens a letter of advice to TSG’s new administration. Read more on Page 9.

FEATURES Prompted by a tweet, Rate My Professors removed its “hotness” rating. Read more on Page 14

INTERSECTION The Temple News editors introduce the Intersection, with a call for contributors. Read more on Page 18.

SPORTS Under first-year coach Brian Rowland, the men’s soccer team added 17 players during the offseason. Read more on Page 22.

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Shayla Green, 20, takes a photo of her friend at the Photo Pop Philly exhibit on Walnut Street near Juniper on Aug. 21. Read more on Page 14.

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ADMINISTRATION

Fox adjusts after dean of 22 years is forced out

Former Dean Moshe Porat influenced how the Fox School of Business is today. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN Deputy Campus Editor The Fox School of Business is dealing with the aftermath of a rankings scandal after an investigation by international law firm Jones Day determined the school had knowingly misreported data to U.S. News & World Report for at least four years. Daniel Korschun, an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, said when a school faces a “crisis of this magnitude,” he advises it to acknowledge HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS the mistake and quickly set up a concrete Ron Anderson, the interim dean of the Fox School of Business, looks outplan to address it. side his office in Alter Hall on Thursday. “It took Fox and the university a very long time to address this, but it seems as the place,” Hochner said. “There were to Fox as well. Hochner said Porat’s forthright perthough the university has made a com- more programs and a focus on moving up in rankings. He was very successful sonality and connections with members mitment to fixing the problems and adwith that.” of the Board of Trustees and local busimitted the mistakes the college made,” Interim Dean Ron Anderson said in ness moguls helped him establish Fox’s Korschun said. “[Fox] seems to be on the July that he wants to move away from reputation as a competitive school. right track at the moment.” In January, Temple self-reported Porat’s focus on rankings and toward “[Porat] was the most successful that it had sent inaccurate data to the championing quality student education. “I don’t want to be rankings orientdean ever in my time at the business U.S. News & World Report. Porat was dean of Fox from 1996 ed,” he said. “I want to be focused on school,” Hochner said. “He is outspoken through 2018. In this time, he was fo- high-quality programs, and I want to fo- and forceful.” Porat could not be reached for comcused on getting the school recognized cus on student outcomes.” But Porat’s influence on the school ment for this story. Although he still on a national scale. In recent years, this was illustrated in his dedication to high will stretch further than the rankings receives tenure, he will not teach in Fall scandal that led to his removal. 2018. rankings. Twenty years ago, Porat created Porat was the mastermind of Alter Art Hochner, who retired in 2017 the School of Hospitality and Tourism Hall, the building that houses the busiand is a former president of Temple Association of University Profession- Management, which is now known as ness school and is named after university als, taught a course in the school’s On- the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospi- trustee Dennis Alter, for his $15 million line MBA program. Hochner said Porat tality Management. Porat oversaw that donation to the project. It is equipped had a clear vision to improve the school, school as well, serving as its top official with modern classrooms, event space including prioritizing research and ex- throughout his deanship. He advocated and a mock-stock trading room. to add programs like financial planning Construction on a skywalk between panding academic programs. and management information systems Alter Hall and 1810 Liacouras Walk — “He took it upon himself to change @TheTempleNews

a project conceived and funded during Porat’s time as dean — is winding down. Despite the school’s recent developments, Korschun said it could take three to five years for the school to fully recover from a rankings scandal of this scale. “What it’s going to take is a very committed, university-wide effort to answer questions and show extra transparency, above and beyond what most schools are expected to do,” Korschun added. Porat’s absence will be felt by many Fox faculty. But current leaders like Anderson are ready to get to work to repair the school’s image. Anderson told The Temple News in August that he is working on creating a system of checks and balances for all decision-makers within the school to prevent misreporting. “If someone is making a decision, then someone is checking it,” he said. “And if it’s not right, we’re balancing off to do the right thing.” Anderson said that he is dedicated to making the school look “attractive again,” and apologized to students, faculty and staff. “We have stained ourselves a little bit here,” Anderson said. “But more than look attractive, I want it to be attractive. I want to have really high-quality programs, I want internal control systems in place and I want a culture that values integrity and credibility.” alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa

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COVER STORY

MEASURING THE IMPACT OF A SCANDAL The Temple News analyzed a rankings-focused culture at the Fox School of Business and its impact on student experience. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK Editor in Chief

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s students and faculty return to Main Campus this week, they will find that the Fox School of Business looms over Liacouras Walk. The school will soon complete its expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk, a $49 million project that includes a skywalk and an additional floor atop the historic building. But inside those buildings, the school’s administration is being turned upside down. And Temple University, not just Fox, will have to foot the bill for incoming legal fees, a university spokesperson told The Temple News earlier this month. The school was found to have knowingly submitted years of falsified data to the U.S. News & World Report, leading its program to the No. 1 slot in the Online MBA program and other high spots for six other graduate degrees. Moshe Porat, who held the position of dean since 1996, was asked to resign by President Richard Englert and Provost JoAnne News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

Epps in July. Now, the university is spending hundreds of hours on “data integrity” efforts. The school is undergoing two national and state investigations: one by the state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and another by the United States Department of Education. More than 30 Fox MBA students are suing the university, arguing the value of their degrees has been diminished. There was a rankings-focused culture in the dean’s office that caused this, an independent report by international law firm Jones Day found. And it was paying off. The Fox School raised the most money of any other school. It was the highest-ranked school on campus and the fastest-growing. Its graduate programs doubled in the four years the school submitted falsified data, according to data compiled from university fact books. It expanded into 1810 Liacouras Walk and added a satellite campus in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, to accommodate its highly ranked and growing Online MBA program. Now, the university may face millions of dollars of legal fees and possibly have to pay back some students’ loans if investigators deem

the school misrepresented itself to prospective students. The Temple News analyzed a rankings-focused culture at the business school, how rankings affect student decision-making, investigations’ impact on education cost and the university’s push for data integrity.

Financial impact on Temple

While the university has not totaled any costs it has incurred thus far from legal and investigation fees, it could be responsible for repaying students’ federal loans, dependent on the outcome of the U.S. Dept. of Education investigation. “Ultimately, the university will bear the cost for all obligations arising out of this situation, inclusive of professional fees and other costs,” university spokesman Brandon Lausch wrote in an email to The Temple News. University officials hope that funds set aside for legal fees will cover the incoming costs from the investigations. Each school and college at Temple has its own centralized budget, which means every dean acts as their school’s financial officer, fundraising and managing money for projects.

Therefore, if Fox were responsible for the costs on its own, it could tank the school’s whole budget, dependent on the outcome of the investigations. “It’s far too soon to estimate the financial impact,” said Ray Betzner, a university spokesman. Still, the university can not guarantee at this time it won’t have to adjust funding at other schools to pay the costs. Historically, the university makes internal cuts to its central administration when dealing with financial hardships. Six deans across the university told The Temple News that they did not expect any ongoing capital projects to be affected by the Fox investigations, nor any hiring freezes. They added that they’d been informed as much as the rest of the Temple community on the investigation status. Amanda Griffith, an economics professor at Wake Forest University, said if Temple does have to pay any settlements or give back any money, it would be costly. Griffith studies how rankings and institutional spending affects students. “It depends on how egregious the misuse of money,” she added. “It’s quite possible it could be [millions].” “What is clear is that Temple makes the quality of a student’s temple-news.com


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Rankings and student choice

educational experience a top priority,” Betzner said. “That’s true at Fox and across the university. It is a commitment that will not change.”

How the Fox School got here

The Online MBA program began in 2009 under the direction of Porat and Darin Kapanjie, a statistical science professor and the program’s director. The school’s interim dean Ron Anderson replaced Kapanjie earlier this month with Bora Ozkan, an assistant professor of finance, in the midst of the rankings investigations. The program was cutting-edge, the school boasted at the time. It offered Fox faculty as instructors, instead of adjunct professors that online programs across the country usually used. It used a WebEx feature that was ahead of the technological curve for business schools, allowing business @TheTempleNews

professionals to pursue an MBA from the comfort of their homes. WebEx is an online conferencing tool used to host weekly lecture interactions and a weeklong stay on Main Campus, all included in its nearly $70,000 price tag, The Temple News reported in April 2009. Several years later, the school became wholly rankings-focused, which an independent review by law firm Jones Day found to perpetuate as a “culture” within the dean’s office. Fox first received a No. 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2015, meaning the first set of data was falsified in 2014, Jones Day found. The U.S. News & World Report requests schools self-report accurate data, but does not independently verify its accuracy. “At Fox, we take rankings really seriously,” Kapanjie told The Temple News in January 2015 after the school received its first No. 1 ranking. “So

Students, even those who are business professionals entering graduate programs, consider rankings as “a measure of reputation,” Griffith said. Undergraduates sometimes make their decisions based on rankings of graduate-level programs, too. It’s likely if a student knows they want to pursue a master’s degree, they’d want to align themselves early with the school, Griffith added. But students and their families aren’t the only ones looking at rankings: so are employers, she said. “If an employer sees that Temple is going up in the rankings… they’ll say, ‘We should hire those students,’” she added. Griffith said she’s not surprised students have sued the university. “Now they realize things are not quite as good as they thought,” she said. “The reputation of the business to be ranked No. 1 for an entire school is going to falter.” program, it’s huge. … I’m just on Cloud Nine right now.” gillian@temple.edu “We are all proud when we are @gill_mcgoldrick successful in rankings,” Porat told The Temple News in November 2015. Porat could not be reached for comment. Kapanjie said he was unaware that there was misreporting going on in the Online MBA program and was not involved in the misreporting, but the school’s upheaval gave him “a good time for a change.” “I’m really proud of the program and everyone involved in the program,” he said Monday. “It’s an amazing program, and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such a great team of people.” “We didn’t do things based on the rankings,” he added. “We did them… for what’s good for students.” News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com


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TSG gets head start on 2018-19 initiatives TSG

Temple Student Government plans to focus on mental health, sustainability and internal reform. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN & HAL CONTE For The Temple News

IgniteTU, the 2018-19 Temple Student Government administration, began implementing its platform ahead of the start of the fall semester. The team will focus are on replacing the General Assembly system, improving environmental initiatives and creating mental health awareness. It will also maintain initiatives by the previous administration to prevent sexual assault. The first Wellness Week will be the week of Sept. 17. This is the first of TSG’s mental health initiatives, which will include advocating for expanded hours and resources at Tuttleman Counseling Services. The week of awareness does not yet have scheduled events, but will emphasize available mental health resources, provide strategies to “combat the stressors of college life” and begin to destigmatize mental health, according to the campaign’s platform. During the week of Sept. 4, the administration will host Sexual Assault Prevention Week, which was launched in Fall 2017 by the previous TSG administration. There will be several events including a Title IX Workshop from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 and a consent workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 6. Both events are in room 200C of the Student Center.

be replaced with an email system, and student organizations will instead be held accountable through online quizzes each week. IgniteTU’s platform first called for an end to mandatory attendance, but in-person meetings are still on the agenda, but will occur less frequently. One meeting will be held at the beginning of the semester, and another at the end, said Student Body President Gadi Zimmerman. The first General Assembly meeting will be held on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in room 200C of the Student Center. Zimmerman said he hopes the team will be able to take on a more active role with student organizations. “Throughout the semester, we are going to be attending other student [organization] meetings regularly and going to events,” Zimmerman said. “We’ll be going to them instead of them going to us.”

Parliment

A renewed attention to Parliament is also in the works. Cameron Kaczor, vice president of external affairs, said that focusing on Parliament’s significance as a governing body is a top priority. “We want to make sure Parliament feels effective and that they can be autonomous,” Kaczor said. “We want to make sure Parliament is filled.” During the 2017-18 school year, Parliament member numbers fluctuated, and the body was rarely filled to capacity. Some Parliament members resigned last academic year because they felt it took too long make Reforming General Assembly change, while others felt they were IgniteTU’s pledge to reform not engaged. IgniteTU aims to remove the General Assembly meetings was at the top of its agenda. Meetings will parliamentarian role, and reform News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Gadi Zimmerman (left), Cameron Kaczor and Trent Reardon will lead Temple Student Government this academic year.

budget and impeachment processes, “We have been working to create according to the team’s platform. a better relationship with the Office of Sustainability, so hopefully that Sustainability will make it easier to carry out those TSG is also beginning to work initiatives,” Zimmerman added. on the sustainability efforts outlined in their platform by examining the Other Initiatives dining halls on Main Campus. IgniteTU is looking to add a “We want to make sure the dining freshman seminar course to discuss halls are plastic free, so we’ve been various topics, like sexual assault preworking with Aramark,” Kaczor said. vention, drug addiction or possibly “We also want to make sure that we alcohol abuse, said Trent Reardon, can look into composting and have a the vice president of services. neutral site for students and the comDespite this early progress, TSG munity to compost.” has an ambitious list of more than 20 Morgan Dining Hall will have a promises to the Temple community, dishwasher installed that may be able including vows to foster a better relato take on reusable dishes, Kaczor tionship with North Philadelphia by said. hosting block parties, increase access Last semester, the previous TSG to the Peer-Mentorship Program and administration hosted several plate fight campus hunger and homelessdrives at Morgan, where students ness. were given reusable plates at the “We think we have a great team door of Morgan Dining Hall in order around us so we can be the best to minimize the amount of waste cre- throughout the year, and I’m really ated by disposable plates and silver- excited for them to meet the initiaware. These drives were led by Sarah tives,” Zimmerman said. Kuchan, who will return as the direcalyssa.biederman@temple.edu tor of grounds and sustainability for @BiedermanAlyssa the new administration. temple-news.com


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Temple increases off-campus trash efforts

The decision follows the university’s decision to delay submitting its on-campus stadium proposal to the City Planning Commission. BY WILL BLEIER Deputy City Editor Temple University will increase community maintenance programs in the areas surrounding Main Campus in the wake of its decision to delay submitting proposals for an on-campus stadium to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Bill Bergman, vice president of public affairs, told The Temple News on Aug. 21 that the university has worked to improve community outreach this summer after missing its self-imposed, end-of-June deadline to submit a proposal for an 35,000-seat, on-campus stadium.

The university does not have a new predicted deadline to submit a proposal, Bergman said. “I think our first output has always been how to improve the neighborhood, and that’s what I think we’ve tried to do and we continue to do,” he said.

The move out

Bergman said university officials tested their plan to hire university maintenance employees, non-profit organizations and trash removal services to remove garbage during what he called “the move out,” or the period when large numbers of students leave their off-campus apartments each July. “I’ve never seen trash like this in my life, bar none,” Bergman said of the debris left by students last month. “People would dump the whole con-

tents [of their apartment] on the pavement.” “You had old mattresses, you had old couches, old beds, old beat-up furniture, but to the point that you could not walk down the sidewalk,” he added. Bergman said he had difficulty navigating his car down Gratz Street near Montgomery Avenue because of the trash piles. Sophomore communication studies major Emma Gibney lives in an off-campus apartment on 11th Street near Diamond. She said that when she arrived, she was approached by neighbors who their expressed concerns about how Temple students handle trash. “There are so many people in my area that have been living here for years, and I think it’s really unfair for students to treat their neighborhood like trash,” Gibney said.

The plan

Temple’s response to the trash from “the move out” included work from the university, the city and outside firms. University maintenance employees made rounds in trucks to help start the process of clearing neighborhood streets. The university also enlisted the help of the Philadelphia Streets Department to increase the number of trash days for the neighborhood from July 29 through Aug. 4. The neighborhood was serviced by three trash days instead of one, Bergman said. Temple Police issued more than 250 trash violations to area landlords from July 29 through Aug. 4. Bergman said this was a high amount of tickets LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS for the time period. The university hired JDog Junk Vice President of Public Affairs Bill Bergman discusses challenges preRemoval & Hauling, a primarily vetersented by Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium on Aug. 21. @TheTempleNews

an-staffed cleanup company, to pick up large appliances and furniture left out as garbage last Friday. Notices were sent out to community residents to place applicable items, like old furniture and mattresses, out for the company to take.

Moving forward

After the opening of White Hall on Main Campus in 1993, the university set up a trust fund for neighborhood improvements. Community groups, like the Susquehanna Business Association, were given access to the trust, Bergman said. This past summer, the SBA used $45,000 of $98,000 in the account to hire North Philadelphia non-profit One Day At A Time to sweep nearby streets, Bergman said. ODAAT employees have begun working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in an area bounded by Norris Street to the south, Dauphin Street to the north, Broad Street to the east and 18th Street to the west. ODAAT did not respond to multiple requests for comment. “We found ourselves in a situation with trash move out that was really a struggle,” Bergman said. “The city struggled, Temple struggled to handle it and that’s why we went to look for these extra resources.” “I think people would be disappointed in the move out, but I think people would say, ‘Temple tried the best they could to get it straight,’” he added. Community maintenance programs using ODAAT and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling will continue throughout the beginning of the school year, Bergman said. william.bleier@temple.edu @Will_Bleier

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Clean up, students

This week, Temple University’s administrators said once again they’re working to reduce the amount of trash off campus to improve community relations before taking another step toward building an on-campus stadium. It’s time for students to own up to the fact that we produce a lot of the trash community residents are complaining about — especially the students who support Temple’s plans to build an on-campus stadium at Broad and Norris streets. If you want the university to build a stadium, then you also have to want to make sure that all residents’ concerns are addressed, and step up to be a part of that solution. The university is taking concrete steps to respond to this issue by hiring companies to collect the excessive trash around Main Campus. This means administrators understand students’ involvement in the heaps of

trash littered around North Philadelphia. Students must stop complaining about how “dirty” North Philadelphia is and examine why the sidewalks are almost impassable the week before classes start — it’s because students are a main source of trash. The university’s administration knows that, and it is owning up to it. We need to take a serious look at our neighbors’ concerns, like the beer bottles on the sidewalks after weekend parties end or the bags of trash dropped on the sidewalk outside students’ apartments days before the city comes by to pick them up. While Temple is a permanent institution in North Philadelphia, its students are transient. We have a responsibility to respect our temporary home for the community residents who have lived here long before we arrived and will be here long after we leave.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

October 2011: Fifth District Councilman Darrell Clarke created a bill to challenge students living near Main Campus, following the complaints from many residents in the area. letters@temple-news.com

EDITORIAL

Temple: eliminate rankings-hungry culture The Fox School of Business is undergoing two investigations: one by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and another by the U.S. Department of Education. More than 30 Fox MBA students are suing Temple University, arguing their degrees’ value diminished since Fox’s Online MBA was stripped of its No. 1 from U.S. News and World Report for submitting false data. The university shifted its focus to data integrity after a ratings-focused culture in the dean’s office led to the scandal. We commend the university for working on integrity and transparency, but it should try to eliminate its focus on rankings. Removing Moshe Porat as Fox’s dean was the first step in avoiding a repeat of this scandal, but removing a toxic, rankings-hungry culture is also necessary. This isn’t just a problem at Temple. According to Education Dive, other schools admitted to providing U.S. News and World Report with falsified data in the hopes of higher rankings. Universities should push students to build strong connections and make the most out of their college experiences. Temple should work toward giving students a valuable education, regardless of a school’s ranking. EDITOR’S NOTE: Gillian McGoldrick, who reported on the Fox School of Business for this issue, did not contribute to the writing or editing of this editorial.

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A LETTER TO THE EDITOR The former student body president wrote a letter of advice to the current Temple Student Government administration. The opportunity to lead is single-handedly one of the most profound privileges a person can have. Currently, on a national level, we witness leadership being used as a vehicle for division. We see rhetoric quickly turn 280 characters into weapons of mass distraction, hysteria and intolerance. In this political climate and at this crucial moment in history, it is our job to not only denounce examples that amplify hate, but also to create a better example of our own. One that builds the foundations for bridges that can withstand any storm; one that stretches a hand to individuals living on the margins of society and pulls them into a place of empowerment; one that rises above expectation every day, regardless of extenuating circumstances. To lead anywhere is to make a commitment to service while also seeking progression in the process. Our founder, Russell Conwell, once equated our campus to an acre of diamonds. These invaluable objects are forged by years of unimaginable pres-

sure. Today, Temple University is one of the most phenomenal, groundbreaking and dynamic institutions in the nation. Notably, our students, faculty, staff and neighboring community have been forged by individual and societal pressures that metaphorically contribute to our collective development. Despite where any of us come from, what we look like or the school or college we belong to, each of us possesses a breadth of experience and knowledge that is priceless. As a student body, we have to be hell-bent on diving into the deeper stories of each other, North Philadelphia and the world that exists beyond our purview, rather than solely understanding issues on the surface. The road to a future that is both challenging and inclusive is one that is traveled by individuals steadfast on discovery; a discovery forged by the pressures of understanding a person’s intersectional identity in relation to their experiences, culture and society, while simultaneously being driven to understand a world that exists beyond

absolutes and dichotomies. As the former president of Temple Student Government, I write this letter to the current administration and to every leader on this campus as a reminder of our strength as a student body. We are stronger when unified. Forty-thousand students standing together for any initiative will undoubtedly be a catalyst for change. There are a plethora of issues that students face on this campus ranging from access and affordability, to racism and sexism; combatting the proposed stadium, to advocating for improved sexual assault resources; and creating inclusive environments on campus, to expanding mental health resources, just to name a few. There will be countless issues that are important to various groups of students. It is imperative that we create more spaces for collaboration between different student organizations and that we challenge ourselves to show up in conversations that are not always comfortable. In small doses over time, this discomfort and pressure will transform

us into a stronger and more powerful version of ourselves. Conclusively, I will end this letter with a quote from Acres of Diamonds: “He who can give to this people better streets, better homes, better schools, better churches, more religion, more of happiness, more of God, he that can be a blessing to the community in which he lives tonight will be great anywhere…’ We live in deeds, not years, in feeling, not in figures on a dial; in thoughts, not breaths; we should count time by heart throbs, in the cause of right.’ Bailey says: ‘He most lives who thinks most.’” Think deeper, lean into discomfort and lead with purpose. Ultimately, “these values will define our path” toward a stronger, more unified and inclusive campus community.

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology and English major. He can be reached at tyrell@temple.edu or on Twitter at @mannbarnes.

Getting lost in New York, finding myself

A lead columnist reflects on spending her summer studying in a new city. BY RAE BURACH

It was a hot and rainy May day in New York City, and the subway platform was full of people. The lack of air circulation underground created a sticky mugginess that made everyone around me seem irritable. It was my first day of class, and I had to get to a college in Manhattan at 10:45 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., I found myself in Queens. I quickly learned that just because the N and Q trains are both yellow, they definitely do not go to the same place. @TheTempleNews

This was my first experience with the New York City Study Away program offered by the Klein College of Media and Communication. It’s taught by Scott Gratson, the director of the communication studies department, and it consists of two courses about the communities and organizations of the city. Class was held every Saturday for eight weeks, and I commuted from New Jersey, taking the train into Penn Station each morning. On that day with no cell service and absolutely no chance of using Google Maps, the only solution for my dilemma was to ask one of the miserable sticky people around me

CLAIRE HALLORAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS for directions. The lady I asked turned out to be much friendlier than I anticipated, and I soon found myself on the air-conditioned car of a train headed back to Manhattan. I thought back to

the moment I realized I was on the entirely wrong island, and I found beauty in my panic. There was something wonderful about not knowing where I was. I felt alone, but in NEW YORK | PAGE 10 letters@temple-news.com


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CLASSROOM

Don’t forget: The world started before 1200 A.D.

The new AP World History: The College Board’s recent change to AP World History is un- Modern course is set to launch next fall. The College Board is also workfairly Eurocentric. ing to create a pre-1200 class option In high school, I took an Ad- because of backlash it received. vanced Placement World History But that can not become a reality class that focused on teaching the unless high schools agree to pay for history of a diverse range of cul- another AP class. Another option is tures. the new Pre-AP World History and But in July, the College Board, Geography course, which would a not-for-profit education organi- still be an additional cost to schools zation that runs the AP program, and doesn’t provide students with announced AP World History will the opportunity for college credit. no longer include material that ocBeginning the study of world cured before the history in 1200 gives students a year 1200 to ade- fragmented understanding of the quately cover all cultures they are learning about. of human history. While it might make for an easier The College Board curriculum to teach, it disregards originally sought massive contributions to the world to start AP World from many societies during earliTYLER PEREZ History at about er eras in history, like the ancient year 1450 before Egyptian culture, the creation of amending its plan due to receiving agriculture and the lives of Aristotle criticism that the class would be too and Confucius. Eurocentric. Howard Spodek, a world histoNevertheless, it will exclude ry professor who has worked with thousands of years of human history Philadelphia high schools to revise from its curriculum, only covering their world history curricula, said he the past 800 years. disagrees with the College Board’s

decision. “Not only are they taking out the importance of the non-Western world, but they’re taking out the importance of the early Western world, too,” Spodek said. “These are the elements that help us see the world whole, see how we’ve developed, and they’re taking it out.” Through studying major historical events, we can more effectively understand contemporary political issues, like race relations and economic inequality. By ignoring those events, we’re looking at modern politics from an incomplete view. The College Board is disregarding the eras when non-Western empires, like China and Persia, were the dominant states on the planet. After 1200, the focus of world history shifts toward Europe due to the Renaissance and colonialism. By changing the start date of world history, the College Board is examining world history in a Eurocentric lens without properly representing other cultures. Looking back on my time studying AP World History, I see the im-

portance of an unabridged curriculum. Learning about the history of multiple countries gives students the ability to sympathize with the struggles of other cultural groups. By understanding the history of Latin American or Middle Eastern cultures, students can grow to understand the plights of these groups, which can be pivotal in a country where immigration policy is a controversial issue. “What we teach matters,” said Timothy J. Patterson, a secondary social studies education professor. “My concern is that by constricting teachers’ choices in selecting material to cover, what they’ve done is limit teachers’ ability to speak to diverse cultures in their classroom.” The College Board is not only giving students an unfairly Eurocentric view of history, but also is damaging their educational experiences. And in a world as culturally diverse as ours, providing a partial view of history feels like a crime.

er completing a write-up of our field work. I enjoyed going off on my own and stumbling upon beautiful, little pieces of the city: nestled cobblestone alleyways in the East Village, a mind-blowing iced chai at Irving Farm Coffee Roasters and buskers with captivating talent echoing beneath Bethesda Terrace. The Queens mixup was definitely not my last time getting lost in the labyrinth of the NYC transit system, but from that point on I did my best to correctly navigate the subway. I

began to see my failures as an adventure; every week brought something new. Some Saturdays were nearly 12 hours long, and I walked block after block in the sweltering city heat. To be completely honest, when I’d board my train home, I would dread coming back in a week. But by the time next Saturday came around, I was ready to get lost and sweaty all over again.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 | NEW YORK a good way. I made a mistake on my own, fixed it and learned something from the experience. I felt a unique sense of independence. Throughout the course, Gratson’s enthusiasm and love for New York City was contagious, and his knowledge about the metropolis seemed endless. Each Saturday involved a different adventure to somewhere within the five boroughs. We’d reach a destination, discuss its history and the ways in which it has shaped the city — and vice versa. Then we’d move onto the next destiletters@temple-news.com

nation. I was able to see so many remarkable scenes: the vibrant flowers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the historical photographs displayed at the Museum of the City of New York and the flashy costumes performers wore in the annual Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. Most Saturdays meant meeting the rest of my classmates in a specific location, and Gratson left us to our own devices most of the time. A large part of the class involved going to certain locations on our own time, observing spaces and lat-

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‘BODY POSITIVE’ SHOULDN’T FOCUS ON FLESH

FEMINISM

Including people of different body types doesn’t fix the beauty industry’s negative marketing. During recent years, the body positivity movement has made tremendous strides in raising awareness and acceptance of the range of bodies that would otherwise fall outside accepted beauty standards. At an individual level, the movement has had a positive impact, inspiring women to accept themselves even if they do not fit the mainstream. But the corporatization of body positivity and the marRACHEL BERSON keting of so-called inclusive brands and products for profit has rendered the movement lifeless and even consumerist. Brands including stigmatized bodies in their marketing doesn’t justify the exploitation and objectification of bodies., typically women’s bodies, and the skewed societal interpretation of perfection. Forbes estimated in May 2017 that beauty, including makeup, fake eyelashes and other cosmetics, is a $445 billion dollar industry. The primary consumers are women, so most beauty product marketing is targeted

at female-identifying people. For the industry to continue to make money, the social pressures on women to alter their appearance, to seek out smoother skin or longer eyelashes must remain in place. It is also contingent on their responsiveness to cultural attitudes surrounding beauty and appearance. The rise of body positivity and body acceptance has forced these companies to diversify their advertising so that it includes women who are overweight, non-white and disabled. Many mainstream feminist publications have praised these companies as progressive for using models who are not skinny or white. Bust, a women’s lifestyle magazine, commended Dove, Aerie and other brands for “embracing what real bodies look like” in their advertising. When the same for-profit industry that perpetuates beauty standards acts as a beacon of forward-thinking ideology, the message is largely superficial. Amanda Czerniawski, a sociology professor at Temple University, said even plus-sized “realistic” models are often still exploited. “They’re always naked,” Czerniawski said. “[This] reaffirms the concentration on the surface. It reduces the woman to just their body.”

Regardless of the models they hire, regardless of the “inspirational” advertising, the beauty industry is still wholly reliant on negative self image and physical insecurity that pressure people — usually women — to buy their products in hopes of becoming more desirable. Actress Jameela Jamil’s “I Weigh” campaign is a good example of the positive steps taken within the movement, Czerniawski said. It makes a point of ignoring physical attributes all together. It instead focuses on encouraging women to “look beyond the flesh on our bones,” according to its Instagram. The expression of sexuality can be positive in certain contexts. But keeping the focus on physical attributes does little to fix the larger problem; even if models are more diverse, they are still subjected to the physical standards that the beauty industry depends on for profit. “Even if we have more diversity within the system, that diversity is still going to function as a form of domination,” said, Jason Del Gandio, a communication and social influence professor. “Although we have a wider range of body types, it’s still about obsessing over and policing our bodies.”

And despite the small improvements resulting from the body positivity movement, it is clear that this social enforcement is still in place. In 2017, Forbes reported that Estee Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda said in 2010 women were spending 13 percent more money on foundation, 18 percent more on concealer. About 35 percent of women use more than five makeup products each day. While makeup is a form of self-expression, products like foundation and concealer are not designed to promote individuality. They are designed to hide blemishes, marks and other features deemed unacceptable by societal standards. Del Gandio said body positive companies are over-praised for their role in the movement. “[They’re] still compelling us as a society to assess our bodies, which contributes to body image issues,” Del Gandio said. Jamil’s approach — and others like it — show that the body positivity movement still has the potential to make progress, and hopefully there will be similar sentiments from the movement in the future. rachel.berson@temple.edu

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Ratemyprofessors.com removes attractiveness rating after backlash

The “chili pepper” rating let stu- and you need to do better.” Ratemyprofessors.com responddents rate their professor on their ed two days later, stating the attracappearances. tiveness rating was meant to “reflect a dynamic/exciting style of teaching.” BY KYRA MILLER Still, McLaughlin’s words resonated For The Temple News with female and male educators and When Meghan Arters discovered students across the country. Dustin Kidd, an associate sociolowho her professors at Temple University would be, she couldn’t wait to gy professor and director of the Intelcheck their ratings on ratemyprofes- lectual Heritage program, said it was sors.com, a website that lets college always a terrible idea for ratemyprofessors.com to include the rating on students evaluate their instructors. While she found some useful in- the site. “There is no connection between formation, one thing seemed off to her — the site’s “chili pepper” rating the attractiveness of the professor that allowed students to rate the “hot- and the learning experience of the student,” Kidd said. “It’s true that ness” of professors. “I didn’t go to Temple to meet attractiveness may impact how stuboys and certainly wouldn’t pick my dents feel about the class or the proteacher based on how attractive peo- fessor, but that feeling is not the same ple find them,” said Arters, an un- as learning.” “We need to help students evaludeclared freshman in the College of ate their learning in ways that are reLiberal Arts. Ratemyprofessors.com removed alistic, professional and informed by its chili pepper “hotness” rating this the research on learning and teachsummer after receiving backlash that ing,” he added. Stephanie Fiore, an assistant vice started with a viral tweet by BethAnn provost at the Center for the AdMcLaughlin, an assistant neurology and pharmacology professor at Van- vancement of Teaching, said Temple faculty members have often discussed derbilt University, on June 26. “Life is hard enough for female the “chili pepper” rating and the often professors,” she tweeted to ratemy- subjective and negative comments professors.com. “Your ‘chili pepper’ students leave on the site. “Comments [are made by] sturating of our ‘hotness’ is obnoxious and utterly irrelevant to our teaching. dents who are motivated to comPlease remove it because #TimesUP ment, either because they love or CHILI PEPPER | PAGE 16 features@temple-news.com

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jenna Song (left) and Tanjeen Twinkle will host Temple’s first all-female talk show, “We Need to Talk,” on TUTV. STUDENTS

First all-female talk show to air in Fall 2018

The show, titled “We Need to Talk,” Comcast channel 50, Verizon chanwill cover topics like equal pay, nel 45 and templetv.net. Twinkle and junior journalism major Jenna Song mental health and dating. are the show’s executive producers and hosts. BY SIANI COLON Inspired by daytime talk shows Asst. Director of Engagement with all-female panels like ABC’s “The View” and BET Her’s “The When Tanjeen Twinkle first apReal,” “We Need to Talk” aspires to proached TUTV General Manager be a fun, upbeat show providing a Paul Gluck about her idea, no one platform for young women to discuss had ever pitched him an all-female issues that affect them. talk show before. “I love ‘The Real,’ but they’re all “All the live [Temple] TV shows women that are married, engaged or are basically co-ed or male dominatin their 30s,” Twinkle said. “Nothing ed,” said Twinkle, a junior journalism is there for teens or young adults, so major. “I wondered, ‘Well, why don’t it would be nice to have a show for we have a girl one?’” young adults going through the same “We Need to Talk” is an all-female things we are at this age.” talk show that will cover a wide variTwinkle and Song have toyed ety of topics, ranging from lifestyle to with the idea of starting the talk show dating to mental health and more. since freshman year, but they were The show will film its pilot episode on Oct. 1, and it will air on TALK SHOW | PAGE 16 temple-news.com


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IN PHILLY

Photo Pop Philly offers Instagram-worthy backdrops

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Photo Pop Philly, a pop-up event curated by local public relations firm Philly PR Girl, showcases interactive displays, murals and installation art inspired by American pop culture and Philadelphia’s history. Boasting red, white and blue colors, the 2,000-square-foot exhibit features work from 12 local artists throughout five rooms. The temporary exhibit is open through Monday in the Philadelphia Building, a historic building on Walnut Street near 13th. “I just thought it was really awesome how people come together and create something and are able to express themselves,” said Genesis Sandoval, 20, while she visited Photo Pop Philly on Aug. 21. The exhibit offers a multi-sensory experience, with Instagram-worthy photo moments. The installations were created for attendees to interact with through touch. “We are patriotic, not political,” said Briana Sposato, an event curator for Philly PR Girl. “The point is that everybody’s welcome and they’re here to express themselves and have fun.” features@temple-news.com

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ALUMNI

Podcast features Philadelphia doers, innovators “Philly Who?” is a podcast host- became very familiar with editing the ed by a 2014 computer science human voice. “I still think there is a lot of value alumnus that highlights Philadelin actually editing, honing the mesphia creatives. sage and adding touches like music and voice-overs,” Chemidlin added. BY EMMA KULICZKOWSKI Before starting “Philly Who?” For The Temple News Chemidlin worked a full-time job in Kevin Chemidlin wanted to listen software development. to a podcast highlighting the journeys To jumpstart the process of of innovative people in Philadelphia, getting into the podcasting world, but he couldn’t find any. Chemidlin traveled to Austin, Texas, So, he created one. in Spring 2018 to attend a conference In April, the 2014 computer sci- at SXSW, a series of festivals and ence alumnus introduced “Philly conferences related to film, music Who?” a weekly podcast featuring and professional development. conversations with some of the city’s The two-day Amplify Philly artists and entrepreneurs. The pod- conference at SXSW was organized cast is typically 40 minutes to an hour by 2013 advertising and marketing and garners about 500 downloads per alumnus David Silver and featured episode, Chemidlin said. panels with Philadelphia powerhous“I wanted to hear the stories of es like La Colombe Coffee Roasters Philadelphian doers, thinkers, leaders co-founder Todd Carmichael, who and performers,” he added. Chemidlin later interviewed on his Originally from Bethlehem, podcast. Pennsylvania, Chemidlin came to Chemidlin met almost half the Temple University with little knowl- people he would go on to interview edge of podcasting. His only experi- at Amplify Philly, like Temple men’s ence with audio engineering came basketball coach Fran Dunphy and from working on albums for the 2006 entrepreneurship alumna Yason-campus a cappella group Owl- mine Mustafa, who created a wearCappella, which he co-founded, able GPS device designed to prevent during his last two years of college. sexual assault. Chemidlin said meetChemidlin teamed up with Al- ing people in person made it easier to fred Goodrich of Silvertone Studios book guests on “Philly Who?” in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where the “If you’re just tweeting at people, two interned together in 2013, and they just see you as a username or a quickly learned how to work with subject line or another item on their sound. to-do list,” Chemidlin said. “By actu“Audio engineering is any kind ally talking to the person and explainof situation where you are trying to ing what your passions are, then they make things sound good,” Goodrich may become passionate in it too.” said. “It involves everything from Every “Philly Who?” episode is recording, mixing, acoustics or edit- available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts ing and [Chemidlin] has taken that and Stitcher, but Chemidlin wants to straight to his podcast.” reach even wider audiences. He said During the two years Chemidlin he hopes to take the show to Youinterned with Goodrich, he said he Tube or livestream from the pod@TheTempleNews

cast’s Instagram. “I can see this as something huge,” Chemidlin said. Starting the project wasn’t always easy. At one point, Chemidlin even thought about quitting. Between the time spent interviewing and the hours of editing, he thought it was almost too much. But with encouragement from family, friends and podcast listeners, Chemidlin decided to keep going. “The validation that there are other people out there that want to hear these stories as much as I do is what made me want to keep this thing alive,” he said. “I was so pumped and passionate about it that it was easy to spend all my remaining nights and weekends on it.” For each guest on the podcast, Chemidlin highlights two parts of their story: how they got to where they are now and how Philadelphia was involved in their growth.

“Philadelphia is producing these folks that are impacting the world and a lot of people … don’t realize that,” Chemidlin said. He said he hopes “Philly Who?” will make Philadelphians believe they can make their dreams a reality. Since starting the podcast, Chemidlin said he has learned to be a better listener, ask better questions and become more engaged with the people in his personal life. For him, the connections he makes with his guests are the most rewarding part of the process. “There’s no better connection than hearing the [guest] tell their story face-to-face and hearing the good, the bad and the ugly,” Chemidlin said. emma.kuliczkowski@temple.edu

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 TALK SHOW worried about the logistics and time commitment. The idea became a reality after a meeting with Gluck and Edward Dress, TUTV’s content producer. “We loved it,” Gluck said. “It sounded interesting, upbeat and energetic. We knew before the meeting was over that we wanted to film a pilot right away.” The show then needed a title. Song and Twinkle sifted through about 20 potential names before selecting “We Need to Talk.” Twinkle credits a conversation with a childhood friend for inspiring the show’s name. “We didn’t talk the whole summer, so … she called me up one day

and she was like, ‘Girl, we need to talk,’” Twinkle said. “She talked about work, her boyfriend. The tone was fun and just made me interested.” While the show’s title sometimes signals the start of a serious conversation, Song and Twinkle plan to give the show a different vibe. “When you hear someone say, ‘Girl, we need to talk,’ you really want to know what’s going on,” Twinkle said. “We want the tone to make you curious and [show] that what you want to talk about is important and fun.” The show will have a panel of female hosts with varied life experiences who aren’t afraid to get personal. “A lot of these shows talk about

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 hate the professor,” Fiore said. “You can get a skewed view of a professor’s work. One student may rate you low because you are challenging, and another may rate you high for the same reason.” Some students agree the website is better off without the “chili pepper” rating. “I personally would never choose a professor due to hotness … and

VOICES

What are you looking forward to most this semester?

some content girls would be shy to talk about, and I want all honesty and openness,” Twinkle said. “It’s the 21st century. We should be comfortable enough to talk about these things.” For the show’s pilot, media studies and production students from Gluck’s TUTV Practicum course will help with set construction, mechanical work and other logistics. Moving forward, Song and Twinkle need to assemble their own team. In the meantime, Song and Twinkle are writing the show’s script and coordinating its social media. Jeff Adams, a senior media studies and production major, will produce the show’s opening song. Song and Twinkle are still seeking two more

hosts to join. The two hosts said they hope to be a part of a revolution to amplify the voices of women in media and on a larger scale. “When you hear about five women coming together and debating, you normally think about it in a negative connotation, and I want to turn it into something positive,” Twinkle said. “With the times that we’re in now, our generation isn’t being heard and I want our voices to be out there more.”

“They should be solely judged on their ability to teach,” Arters said. The “chili pepper” backlash comes at a time when #MeToo, a movement to support survivors of sexual violence, has received national attention. Fiore said “hotness” is irrelevant to professors’ work and can be especially harmful to female professors. “It can undermine authority to

position them as sex objects instead of as intellectual and professional experts in the field,” Fiore said. “It’s much better to focus on actual teaching, what students have learned and whether the environment is conducive to learning. Those are the things that matter at a university.”

CHILI RATING

have never taken the chili [pepper] into effect when choosing a professor,” said Mike McCarthy, a senior business management major. “I think that once everyone hits college they would rather have a great professor than one who is attractive.” For Arters, the “chili pepper” rating is not only unhelpful, but also degrading to both male and female professors.

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ROSE GLORIA Junior biology major

PABLO MALDONADO Junior English major

[I’m] looking forward to eating food all day. I love going to the Chick-fil-A and Starbucks in the [Student Center].

I’m excited for my individual progress in school.

AYANNA ABDUL Freshman marketing major I’m looking forward to meeting new people. I’m not from the city, so I’m interested in exploring.

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CARSON BOHLEN Senior sculpture major [I’m] looking forward to seeing old friends.

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THEATER

Alumna consults on play about child incarceration The play explores the lives of individuals who committed crimes as children and were given harsh sentences. BY CARLEE CUNNINGHAM For The Temple News

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg spent more than eight years at the Innocence Project, a nonprofit that helps wrongfully convicted felons in their pursuit for exoneration by reviewing DNA tests, trial transcripts and police reports. But a conference featuring monologues from exonerees is what stuck with her the most. “They were heartbreaking, and they were moving,” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘Do people only care about these stories because the person telling the story is innocent?’” This motivated Weill-Greenberg to write a play portraying individuals who committed crimes as children and were harshly sentenced. “Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison” is a documentary play written by Weill-Greenberg, the communications director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a nonprofit combating social inequality. The play is based on the true stories of Sean and Joe, who were sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as minors. Weill-Greenberg created the play’s dialogue from interviews conducted with the real-life Sean and Joe. “I felt this need to do something and share the stories of people who were guilty of the harm they were accused of causing,” Weill-Greenberg said. “I wanted to share their stories and show their humanity.” Marsha Levick, the deputy director, chief counsel and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, consulted on the play. Levick,

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COURTESY / COLAB ARTS Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg (far left), playwright of “Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison,” and Marsha Levick (far right), 1976 law alumna, discuss the play at the Zimmerali Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey, earlier this year.

a 1976 law alumna and adjunct law professor, has been involved in juvenile law and extreme youth sentencing reform. “[Weill-Greenberg] was looking for a voice that could place the stories in some legal context,” said Levick, who has been involved in several Supreme Court rulings that have changed the severity of child sentencing. “I think it’s quite moving and quite compelling.” In the play, Sean was released after serving 21 years in prison for a crime he committed when he was 17 years old. In real life, Joe, whose name was changed for the play, was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he committed at age 14 and is currently advocating for a judge to revise his sentence. The play also features the true story of Bill, a man who reconciled with Paula Cooper, one of the four teenage girls who killed his grandmother in 1985. Cooper was 15 years old when she committed the crime.

Bill originally supported the girl’s death sentence, but eventually forgave her and successfully fought for her sentence to be overturned. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anyone with a lifetime sentence for a crime committed when they were a minor would get a new sentencing hearing. Since then, thousands of people have been awarded new sentences or are awaiting one. Levick said part of the success in the Supreme Court rulings that have changed the approach to sentencing of youth is due to psychology and neuroscience studies in adolescents. Levick said she and others have been able to “implement research as an advocacy tool in changing sentencing policy.” Laurence Steinberg, a psychology professor and researcher of adolescent psychology, researches adolescent brain development. “Due to the brain not being fully developed until after the age of 18, adolescents are much more subject to

peer pressure, less capable of evaluating risk and therefore are less culpable in crimes,” Steinberg said. He added brains continue to mature after age 18, which has people asking if minors’ legal protections should be extended. The play addresses the transformation of the criminal justice system regarding its treatment of children. Weill-Greenberg said her dream is for the play to change the way people think about incarcerating kids. “We all know that we have a mass incarceration crisis in our country,” Weill-Greenberg said. “We have a cruel prison system where people are denied their basic human rights and their dignity. We have to talk about the people who have caused harm.” The play has been performed in New Jersey and will be performed in South Philadelphia on Sept. 25 at The Drake theater. carlee.cunningham@temple. edu

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Documenting the Intersection The Temple News’ editor in chief explains why the student newspaper is adding the Intersection this academic year. Dear Reader, In the past, The Temple News hasn’t done its job of telling the whole story. We have been missing the experiences and the narratives of students, staff and community residents for years because we have been a predominantly white institution on campus. This year, we’re coming back with a new look as a tabloid print edition with daily online content. But most importantly, we’re coming back with a whole new focus: you. There are few places where people with marginalized or conflicting identities learn about themselves while on campus. We need a space for students to explore their identities through the written word — whether it’s through fully reported news stories, personal essays or poetry. That’s why the Intersection is here: to be a space where your voice matters. This isn’t a space for people to air their complaints but to take those complaints and dive deeper into why things are the way they are here. We also hope to add solutions reporting to this section so we can learn from other institutions that are changing their internal processes and figure out how to improve our own relationships and experiences. This section is inspired by Tulane Hullabaloo’s Editor in Chief Canela Lopez, the first transgender person of color to hold the position. They created this section two years ago in New Orleans, to promote non-racist reporting and to strive for equity on their campus. I am lucky enough to know Lopez, and I am so motivated by their non-stop advocacy to better the world for all people, specifically people from marginalized communities. Lopez’s innovative section brought so much clarity to me. This new space for the Temple community just makes sense. I hope you utilize this section, no matter if you are someone who just Googled the definition of “intersection,” or if you have a Ph.D. in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. I’m sure this year you will read something in this section that you disagree with. I hope that empowers you to challenge it. Write for the Intersection or submit a letter to the editor through the letters@temple-news.com email address. I hope you consider joining the Intersection team this year. If not, I hope you follow along each Tuesday to learn more about your peers as we jump head first into some tough and thoughtful conversations about the experiences Temple brings. Love, Gillian McGoldrick

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A Closer Look at Intersection The Temple News’ Intersection Editor describes intersection and what the future holds for the new space. Dear Reader, Every one of us has the common identity of being #TempleMade, but that single identity intersects with at least one other identity we have. The presence of these separate identities is what makes us different from one another. They impact our lives, our behavior, our views of the world and what we consider to be our own “truths.” As Editor in Chief Gillian McGoldrick wrote, The Temple News has been doing a disservice to Temple University and North Philadelphia by not considering your whole truths. The addition of the Intersection is reaffirming the importance of bringing you back into your student newspaper. So where are we going from here? I have no idea, but, as an English major, I know the importance of telling the entire story. I know that to spark a positive, open dialogue on campus, I need the help of every student. Faculty and residents of the neighboring community are welcome to join the conversation. I am looking for contributing writers to pitch stories, send their poems or essays that explore identities or send in artwork. I think it is important that, as a community, we get a little vulnerable and write about an aspect of our core identity. Intersection is a public space. This means that The Temple News’ newsroom in Room 243 of the Student Center is also a space where you are free to come in and talk to anyone on staff. We are willing to listen to not only your story ideas, but also to the person telling the story. I’m so excited to begin this year-long journey with you. I hope you consider joining my team. Intersection can’t flourish unless the entire owl nest pitches in. Love, Anaya Carter-Duckett

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Freshman strives for fresh start If there’s one thing I have to keep A freshman details his excitement telling myself, it’s that I am not alone. and fear as he begins his first year. There are people who can help me grow I am a freshman film major with a and teach me how to be better. Whether dream of breaking into Hollywood. Ever they are friends, professors or strangers since I was 7 years old, I used my family’s on the streets: everyone has something old Macintosh computer and an early to offer. version of iMovie to make short, plotI committed to Temple less than two less skits. weeks after being accepted. The food, When my grandfather bought me the urban environment and Temple’s my first camcorder at age 10, I began film program are just some of the things teaching myself how to edit videos and that drew me to this school. create special effects. In the Temple University Class of With each step, my 2022 Facebook group with thousands passion for filmmak- of members of my incoming class, many ing slowly became less people wrote short personal bios to inof a hobby and more troduce themselves. I was eager to write of something I envi- one, but hesitant because I didn’t want sioned as a career. to be viewed as annoying. I eventually While most peo- decided to write a nonsensical slew of JB MASON FOR THE TEMPLE ple think of college as a one-liners rather than a “bio,” which, NEWS bright, new chapter in coincidentally, perfectly showed who I life, when I first start- am. More than 50 people liked it. ed thinking of college I was terrified of People’s positive reactions encoursome aspects and ecstatic about others. aged me to not be scared when trying to Who knew where my college experience make friends. Because of this, I successwould take me? Would I be successful? fully made friends at Experience Temple Would I get good grades? Or would I and freshman orientation. This espeaccidentally set a piece of toast on fire cially made me excited to meet my other in the dining hall? I was truly afraid that roommates. I am living in Morgan Hall everyone else would be better and more North with my best friend from high creative than me. school and two other students that we Although I am learning to think dif- selected randomly. ferently, being self-conscious only hinI hope I grow as a student, a friend to ders my creativity and drive to do what others and as a creator on campus. The I love. Someone once told me that you next four years can be amazing if I play only get worse if you tell yourself you my cards right. I suck at card games, but will. I do not want to shrink as a creator, I’ll make it work. but grow as one. I want to think outside jonathan.mason0001@temple.edu the boxes and molds of normality and be unique. I want to gain the academic skills and persistence to achieve these goals, too.

WHEN THE HEARTS ARE PEACE BY ALLEH NAQVI For The Temple News i am invited to speak with God there is an oak tree near home with a ring of brick seating. droplets on chlorophyll & my blue jeans, a constellation i take off my headphones. the reminders no longer rhymes but rhythms “and not a leaf falls, but He knows it” [6:59] & here another sign: i inhale the salt breeze every day, i come here to listen to the silence of my heart i am invited to listen to my love with this light, the sun becomes weary the breeze echoes with sweet memories to come alhamdulillah [all praise belongs to God] only He & i remain under His tree when the hearts are peace “for indeed, with hardship there will be ease” [94:5]: His eternal promise was a sigh turned to prayer. & here, in this constellation i am no longer a guest to my life but stand at the door of gratitude i am inviting myself into my heart

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Nutile coaches at Manning Passing Academy Graduate student Frank Nutile was one of 35 college quarterbacks invited to counsel the camp in June. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Co-Sports Editor High school and middle school quarterbacks gather once a year at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana for the Manning Passing Academy. To teach and lead the young athletes, 35 collegiate quarterbacks are invited to the camp. Temple University graduate student Frank Nutile was selected to teach football fundamentals at the camp run by football superstars Eli and Peyton Manning. Nutile played the role of student-teacher at the academy. In the mornings, he helped the quarterbacks through different drills. By the afternoon, he competed against the other collegiate quarterbacks under the watchful eyes of the Super Bowl champions, who own and operate the camp with their brother Cooper and their father Archie. Nutile spent the camp honing his leadership skills. By guiding players through drills, Nutile said he learned how to communicate better with younger athletes, and hopes to translate those experiences to Temple, he added. Transitioning into the second year under coach Geoff Collins, Nutile said he has helped many of the younger players reach their potential. “It helped me to be a person people look up to,” Nutile said. “I feel like I am a better leader because over the course of the offseason I really learned when to step up as a leader sports@temple-news.com

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Frank Nutile discusses his experience at the Manning Passing Academy at Edberg-Olson Hall on Aug. 21. and became a lot more comfortable saying what I see.” Nutile said he’s a player who loves to watch film to get better, and being around the Mannings helped. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler said in 2013 that Peyton Manning used his photographic memory while watching film. During Osweiler’s rookie season in 2012, he said Manning could recall plays from 2004. “I listened to every single word they said,” Nutile said. “I tried to ask as many questions as possible about watching film and everything else.” Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude praised Nutile’s ability to break down film. “Frank is extremely hard on

himself and really competitive,” Patenaude said. “He is going to watch the film and will text me or another coach and say, ‘I did this wrong. I will get it corrected.’ He is very conscious when he watches film, and that gets him better.” Before the start of preseason camp, Collins said he wanted a physical team that holds itself accountable, and Nutile is the biggest part of that mindset. In March, Nutile was awarded the No. 8 jersey. Single-digit numbers signify toughness within the Owls’ program. The last quarterback to wear No. 8, Phillip Walker, played through injuries to win the American Athletic Conference Championship in 2016. “If your quarterback, the face of

your program, is a true tough guy, then you will probably have a tough football team,” Collins said. “Frank is that. He is tough. He is a great leader, he’s a great teammate. And for our team to feel so strongly about him to give him a single-digit that early, I think is special.” The Owls look up to Nutile for his leadership ability. “Frank is the guy to lead our team,” said quarterbacks coach Adam DiMichele. “He is the guy our team will be looking to rally upon. He has a stranglehold on this team. He is the heart of our team, and the guys look for him for a lot of stuff.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

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‘A year under our belt’ for season opener FOOTBALL

Temple is set to kick off its season in a game against Villanova at home on Saturday. BY SAM NEUMANN Co-Sports Editor

goals are to stop the run and create turnovers regardless of who’s quarterback, Ferrante told The Temple News at the Wildcats’ media day on Aug. 20. After Nutile’s first start against Army West Point on Oct. 21, 2017, the Owls’ offense never looked back. Last season, he completed 122 of 199 pass attempts, enough for a 61.3 completion percentage, while throwing 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions. The Wildcats do not have to worry about former wideout Adonis Jennings, who caught three passes for 75 yards against them last season. However, they have to watch graduate student Ventell Bryant, who received the No. 1 jersey on Monday. Bryant caught seven passes for 79 yards in the Owls’ meeting against Villanova last season. On the other side of the ball, redshirt-junior linebacker Chapelle Rus-

sell made his presence known against Villanova with 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Russell took firstteam reps at weak-side linebacker last week and is expected to play on Saturday after suffering an ACL injury last November. “We think [the Owls] are fast, we think they are physical,” Ferrante said. “We think they run to the ball extremely well. We think not just their defense, but the entire team plays that way. They are aggressive, they do a great job on special teams.” Villanova earned a spot in the 2017 Football Championship Subdivision STATS Preseason Top 25 poll, but it finished with a 5-6 record after season-ending injuries to its starting quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver and No.1 safety. The Wildcats, despite finishing with a record below .500 in 2017, are No. 19 in the STATS FCS Top 25 poll. The Wildcats’ offense is in the

Temple University’s defense started the 2017 football season by allowing season-highs in rushing and passing yards in back-to-back weeks. In Week 2 that year, Villanova gained 382 yards passing, but the Owls held on for a 16-13 victory in the first game between the two schools since 2012. The 2017 team had only five returning starters on offense and four returning starters on defense for coach Geoff Collins’ first year. When Villanova and Temple play Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls will have a more experienced group on both sides of the ball. “Last year, everything was new and different, so it was kind of hard for everybody,” junior cornerback Linwood Crump said. “Having a year under our belt to learn the defense more will help. Having a bunch of returning starters, it will be tough for Villanova to put that many yards on us.” This year’s biggest difference will come from the quarterback position. The Wildcats are preparing to face graduate student Frank Nutile, who has a different skill set than Temple’s former starter for most of last season, Logan Marchi. Villanova’s defensive game plan will stay true to its scheme, but Villanova coach Mark Ferrante will adjust LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS to the difference between Nutile as a Freshman safety Amir Gillis tackles freshman wide receiver Ronnie pocket passer and Marchi as a mobile quarterback. The Wildcats’ main Stevenson during a scrimmage at Franklin Field on Aug. 18. @TTN_Sports

hands of fifth-year senior quarterback Zach Bednarczyk, a former Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year. Bednarczyk tore his ACL in the fifth game of the 2017 season against Towson University. Before the injury, Bednarczyk threw for 1,063 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. “[Villanova’s] quarterback is very good, very accurate,” Collins said Monday. “They have two very good tight ends, a receiving core with speed and length. … Offensively they are very dangerous, they run a complex scheme that poses a problem for any defense.” Villanova junior wide receiver Changa Hodge, who suffered a season-ending injury at Temple last year, will be a key returner to the Wildcats offense, Ferrante said. Hodge had four receptions for 100 receiving yards against the Owls last season. The top defensive returnee for the Wildcats is preseason FCS All-American safety Rob Rolle, who tore his ACL in a loss to the University at Albany last season. Rolle had 63 tackles and seven interceptions during his first-team all-conference season in 2016. Heading into Saturday’s season opener, Villanova has its sights on the FCS playoffs, while Temple’s are on back-to-back bowl appearances under Collins. Villanova is the first test for the Owls before they host the University at Buffalo on Sept. 8 at the Linc. sam.neumann@temple.edu @SamNeu_

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NEW COACH WELCOMES 17 ADDITIONS

Temple returns 12 players to its 29-man roster for coach Brian Rowland’s first season. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

While browsing the aisles of IKEA in South Philadelphia with his new teammates, freshman forward Elias Hellgren Villegas got a taste of home. Hellgren Villegas is from Stockholm, Sweden, and as he walked the floors of the Swedish furniture store, the names of the furniture felt familiar. “It’s funny to go in there and see everything is in Swedish, so it’s just fun to be there,” Hellgren Villegas said. “I can read all the words.” Shopping for room essentials was just one of the many activities Temple University’s large, new class of 17 soccer players has done to get to know each other since preseason began on Aug. 8. The squad spent hours training, and when they weren’t, they ate together, hung out at each other’s apartments and ventured to Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game. On Friday, the team played its season opener, a 1-0 road loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Still, the group has grown close, despite the large number of new members. “We all have a bond already with the two weeks we’ve spent together,” freshman midfielder Jalen Campbell said. “We’re kind of like a mini family.” This size of Temple’s newly arrived class is not common for most sports@temple-news.com

MICHAEL BARSHTEYN / FILE PHOTO Then-junior midfielder Hermann Doerner passes near the 18-yard box in Temple’s 4-1 win against Duquesne University on Sept. 19, 2017 at the Temple Sports Complex.

teams, as the average recruiting class is about nine players, firstyear coach Brian Rowland said. Rowland was named coach in December 2017 after the university didn’t renew former coach David MacWilliams’ contract in November 2017. The Owls look to replace scoring lost from forwards Thibault Candia and Alan Camacho Soto, who transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara University, respectively. The two combined for 11 goals last season. “We were able to identify a need for that many new players,” Rowland said. “I think one of the strengths of our team is the depth of those players plus the players that are still here. I think that it is a competitive group, but that’s certainly a large group of players

to bring in at once. But I think it’s going to really help us long term and short term.” One potential concern with the large class is the sustainability of the team. Rowland said he tried to find a balance of young players and upperclassmen. Nine are freshmen and 10 are transfers. Included in the transfers are two redshirt freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and one senior. Meanwhile, the Owls have 12 returning players on their 29-man roster. Eleven of the returning players are juniors and seniors. “It’s a well-balanced group and I think from top to bottom, the team looks where we want it with some balance throughout each year,” Rowland said. “We’re not going to graduate everybody in the same year, so I think it’s a pos-

itive influx of talent for sure, and complements the group we have remaining.” Even with solid athletes at every position, players are still getting used to Rowland’s style of play and each other’s. Temple’s two exhibition games in August both ended in ties, but Hellgren Villegas is not concerned. “Obviously, with so many new guys coming in, it’s going to take a couple games to really get the whole team functioning as one, but I’m still positive,” Hellgren Villegas said. “Everyone on the team is still positive because we can all see that we really are good. We have some really good players that just need some more time to gel.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @captianAMAURAca temple-news.com


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 | FOOTBALL PREVIEW said. “We know a lot more, who our because its roster has “elite depth,” quarterback is, what the coaches like Collins said throughout preseason. to do and how our scheme works. I At wide receiver, despite losing think this will allow us to play fast Adonis Jennings and Keith Kirkfrom the beginning because we know wood to the NFL, Patenaude is conwhat to expect, and everyone is com- fident that younger players can step fortable with each other.” up to fill the void. Redshirt freshman The offense gained an average of Jadan Blue and redshirt sophomores 428.5 yards per game, in the six con- Branden Mack and Freddie Johnson tests Nutile started. Nutile also led are underclassmen expected to conthe Owls to a 3-1 conference record, tribute on offense this season. including a win at home against Navy Mack has excelled at jumping on Nov. 18. over defenders to make difficult With Nutile having the entire catches, and has been Nutile’s first offseason to prepare as starter, the target in the red zone during trainOwls expect to have a big jump in ing camp. Blue and Johnson profile offensive production this year un- as faster receivers who can create der offensive coordinator Dave Pat- separation between them and deenaude fenders with their speed downfield, “Frank is really bright and really Patenaude said. competitive,” Patenaude said. The Owls also return with gradu“Players seemed more relaxed,” ate student Ventell Bryant and junior he added. “And it is causing them to Isaiah Wright, who led the team in play from instincts.” receptions in 2016 and 2017, respecThe team can achieve its goals tively.

“We are all just different,” Mack said. “Me and Ventell have the size, Freddie and Jadan have speed. And Isaiah is just a playmaker. We all have different skills that make us a complete group.” At both the safety and cornerback positions, the Owls have seven players ready to contribute in-game, led by senior safety Delvon Randall. He was second on the team last season with 83 tackles and led with four interception. Defensive backs coach Nathan Burton said he expects to use about five safeties throughout the entire season. “We are a deep group, and it’s going to be a fun group,” Burton said. “We are going to be fresh, we are going to play fast all game. We are going to be a nightmare for offenses in the league.” With the secondary depth, defensive coordinator Andrew Thack-

er said he can insert extra defensive back or two in place of a linebacker for coveraged-based schemes. Temple also returns four of its five leaders in tackles from last season, including all three starting linebackers. Bradley, junior Sam Franklin and redshirt junior Chapelle Russell expect to lead the Owls to have “a top linebacker corps in the nation,” Thacker said. The three combined for 214 tackles last season. Russell led the team with 70 tackles before he tore his ACL in November 2017. “This year, the depth is just ridiculous,” Crump said. “We had a lot of sophomores and juniors who never played in a college game. Now, we have a bunch of guys who have experience, and our depth behind us has experience now. That has brought a lot to us in camp this year, and I think we can be great because of it.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu

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ELEVATED EXPECTATIONS

With added depth and comfort in year two under coach Geoff Collins, the Owls plan to exceed predictions. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Co-Sports Editor

After finishing with a 7-6 record in 2017, the Temple University football team is aiming for a conference championship. The American Athletic Conference preseason media poll predicted Temple to finish third in the East Division behind Central Florida and South Florida. Ralph D. Russo, a writer for the Associated Press, projected Temple to win its division for the third time in four years. “It happened two years ago, we can do it again,” junior cornerback Linwood Crump said. “Everybody keeps saying we might finish third, but they are wrong. All that doubt needs to leave their mind because we are Temple Tuff, and we can definitely win the conference this year.” In a span of five weeks, the Owls will have four conference games against teams with winning records last year. The first three are on the road at Navy, Central Florida and Houston in October and November. The Owls will then host South Florida on Nov. 17. Unlike last season, Temple knew its starter at quarterback for the entirety of the offseason. Last season, former quarterback Logan Marchi, who transferred to East Tennessee State University, was named starter with less than two weeks left before the season opener. Nutile started against Army West Point on Oct. 21, 2017 and every game that followed. In the six games Nutile started last year, Temple went 4-2 and went on to win the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl against Florida International University. DESIGN BY CLAIRE HALLORAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS “Everybody as a whole just feels a lot more PHOTO BY LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS comfortable,” junior linebacker Shaun Bradley Redshirt sophomore Ty Mason (from left to right, top to bottom), redshirt sophomore Freddie Johnson, FOOTBALL PREVIEW | PAGE 24 redshirt-sophomore Anthony Russo and redshirt sophomore Jonny Forrest scrimmage on Aug. 18. sports@temple-news.com

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