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A sophomore back began playing field hockey in the Netherlands. Now, she brings that style of play to Temple. Read more on Page 23

WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS, PAGE 4 Temple joins a city-wide sustainability coalition. FEATURES, PAGE 12 A student finds his style of dance at a South Philadelphia dance company.

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THE TEMPLE NEWS A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. Kelly Brennan Editor in Chief Pavlína Černá Managing Editor Francesca Furey Chief Copy Editor Colin Evans News Editor Hal Conte Assistant News Editor Gabrielle Houck Assistant News Editor Tyler Perez Opinion Editor Madison Karas Features Editor Bibiana Correa Assistant Features Editor Ayooluwa Ariyo Assistant Features Editor Jay Neemeyer Sports Editor Dante Collinelli Assistant Sports Editor Alex McGinley Assistant Sports Editor Alesia Bani Intersection Co-Editor Gionna Kinchen Intersection Co-Editor Michael Moscarelli Dir. of Engagement Alexis Ensley Gregg Asst. Dir. of Engagement MacKenzie Sendro Web Editor Colleen Claggett Photography Editor Jeremy Elvas Asst. Photography Editor Madison Seitchik Co-Multimedia Editor Jared Giovan Co-Multimedia Editor Ingrid Slater Design Editor Nicole Hwang Designer Phuong Tran Advertising Manager Kelsey McGill Advertising Manager Lubin Park Business Manager

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TA charged with med school threat

The medical school canceled Classes were canceled at the medical school as a result of classes on Friday after being made the “credible” threat on Friday. aware of the threat. The university



doctoral student who allegedly threatened the Lewis Katz School of Medicine on Oct. 24 was charged with making terroristic threats at a hearing on Oct. 26, according to court documents. Bernadette Boffice, who is also a teaching assistant at the school, allegedly made a “threatening” post on social media on Thursday evening and was arrested Friday morning, wrote Ray Betzner, a spokesperson for the university, in an email to The Temple News. The public defender’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

issued an all-clear around 8 a.m. Friday morning. “Temple takes the security of its community seriously and is taking appropriate security measures to protect its community and address the individual’s actions in accordance with university policy,” Betzner wrote. Temple police had deemed the threat “credible” but did not close Temple University Hospital or other buildings on the Health Sciences Campus, Betzner said on Friday. The 24 year old is also awaiting a trial for stalking and verbal harassment charges, according to court documents, though it is unclear if the alleged crimes are related. colin.evans@temple.edu @colinpaulevans



Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor in Chief Kelly Brennan at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6736.


In an article on Sept. 10, titled “‘It’s not just our story, it’s everyone’s story’” on Page 10, Thelma Williams’ relation to Carolita Jones Cope was incorrect. They are cousins. It incorrectly listed Walter Jones’ last name. It also misstated the date the Commonwealth of Virginia designated the cemetery as a perpetual open-space land. The correct date is Aug. 24, 2018. In an article on Oct. 22, titled “To support musicians, go beyond streaming” on Page 9, The Temple News incorrectly stated U2’s nationality. U2 is an Irish rock band. In an article on Oct. 22, titled “New change to FAFSA is harmful to those in need” on Page 8, Joseph Paris’ title was incorrect. He is an assistant professor of policy, organizational and leadership studies. In two articles that ran on Oct. 22 on Pages 10 and 15, “Barack” was misspelled. In an article on Oct. 22, titled “Defensive end hopes to be a ‘role model’ in classroom” on Page 21, “graduate” was misspelled. An article on Oct. 22, titled “Owls’ top two golfers work for ‘bragging rights’” on Page 24 did not correct the designer, which was Ingrid Slater. News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com





Jones Tabernacle to celebrate 90th anniversary The church hosts programs for community residents, like food drives and block parties. BY JEFFREY BOBB For The Temple News About 15 years ago, while many in Philadelphia were suffering from AIDS, some in the city still did not understand the condition and were afraid of interacting with those who were affected by it, said Joan Garrett, who lives on Mount Airy Avenue near Stenton. But Historic Jones Tabernacle AME Church, an African Methodist Episcopal church near Temple University, decided to help their neighbors by offering counseling services for those with the condition, said Garrett, the church’s unofficial historian. “The Jones Tabernacle has always reached out for the community needs and has always paid attention to what those needs were,” Garrett, 84, said. Established on 20th Street near Susquehanna Avenue in 1930, the church, which now sits on Diamond Street near Woodstock, is preparing to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a “year of celebration,” said Miriam Burnett, its pastor. The church will hold a series of workshops for community members, increase outreach for its existing programming and host a neighborhood block party next August, said Burnett, who has served as Jones Tabernacle’s first woman pastor for 15 months. Rev. Richard Wright founded the church along with former members of Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church on Montgomery Street near 25th, according to the church’s website. He named the church, whose mission was to “propagate the seeds of African Methodism,” after Joshua H. Jones, the church’s 38th bishop, the website read. At one time, the church housed several Temple programs that served North


JIDE YUSUF / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rev. Dr. Miriam Burnett delivers a sermon at the altar of Historic Jones Tabernacle AME Church on Diamond Street near Woodstock on Oct. 27.

Philadelphia residents, including a day care center and an elementary student tutoring program, said Valorie Pearson, vice-chair of the church’s board of trustees. Today, Jones Tabernacle still provides a variety of social services to community residents including a monthly food closet for seniors, block parties and a Thanksgiving food drive, Burnett said. “When events were happening in Philadelphia, this was the site,” Burnett said. But the church, which Burnett claims used to attract hundreds of people to its events, has not been able to run as many programs due to declining attendance and frequent theft of church property, she said. “A lot of what we were doing

stopped when the burglaries started because we were funneling money into replacing the stuff,” she added. As the church reflects on its past, it is investing in its future by enlisting young people to help run the Sunday services and bolstering its youth group, Burnett said. “We have been elevating our longevity by training our youth,” Burnett said. “They have a chance to interact with all aspects of the church. We are able to teach our youth how to take over. These programs have really increased the number of young adults in our church.” Regular parishioners praised the work the church had done over the decades. The Jones Tabernacle “has given food to those who need it, picnics for

younger so they can begin to grow connections and they even taught seniors how to use the new voting machines for the upcoming elections,” said Linda Cubrena, 70, who lives near the intersection of Germantown and Hunting Park avenues. “All my life, I have had wonderful times at Jones Tabernacle,” Cubrena added. “The Jones Tabernacle has become the center of our neighborhood,” said John Griswold, 90, who lives near the intersection of 19th and North streets. “I want to be sure that everyone that knows at Temple that they are welcome to join us.” jeffrey.bobb@temple.edu

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Temple joins Philadelphia sustainability collab The group includes organiza- Rowan University and Pennsylvania tions seeking to implement sus- State University also signed on, the website reads. tainable infrastructure. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor Temple University signed on to a regional partnership, sponsored by the city, aimed at improving sustainability among Philadelphia-area nonprofits, businesses and universities. The Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia, announced by the city on Oct. 4, encourages organizations to share information with one another about how to implement sustainable infrastructures within their own networks, said Rebecca Collins, Temple’s director of sustainability. “I think it was kind of born out of this need of, like, climate change is real,” Collins added. “It’s happening now. We need to do something about it. We need to address it.” “We have these goals, but we also have these other pressures and these things to consider. One of them being economics, or business,” Collins said. The collaborative, which will host a series of workshops and informal meetups, emerged from the city’s need to be able to field many questions surrounding sustainable infrastructure from a variety of organizations, Collins added. “They identified a need that everybody needs to get together, they need to have this arena to talk through things,” she said. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability did not respond to a request for comment. “The collaborative prioritizes the sharing of best practices, case studies, and other resources to support the climate action of regional institutions,” the collaborative’s website reads. Partners include the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Saxbys, its website reads. The University of Pennsylvania, Community College of Philadelphia, News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

To join, organizations must reaffirm their commitment to fighting climate change publically and develop a climate plan, Collins said. In April, Temple announced an updated Climate Action Plan aimed at reducing the university’s carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 by making its facilities more energy-efficient. Temple has already shared with the group some of its knowledge surrounding power purchasing agreements, which are contracts between producers and buyers of solar energy, and can offer expertise on sustainable facilities management in the future, Collins said. John Martini, an executive partner at the Philadelphia office of Holland & Knight, a national law firm which is a member of the collaborative, said his branch sponsored the first workshop on Oct. 17 and sent lawyers with knowledge of power purchasing agreements. Holland & Knight will also provide free legal services related to sustainability to participating organizations, according to the collaborative’s website. “It’s wonderful to see municipalities sharing information in this way because they care about the common cause, and no one entity can make changes on its own,” Martini said. Elizabeth Brown, the director of the Delaware River Watershed Programs for Audubon Pennsylvania, a branch of the national bird preservation organization that is a part of the collaborative, said addressing climate change requires a comprehensive approach. “We’re taking our science and sort of our expertise and looking at it from a lot of different angles, and also looking at solutions,” Brown said. “Challenging everyone in the system to sort of be part of the solution, I think, is a great opportunity for an organization like Temple,” she added.

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple’s Office of Sustainability sits in the Student Center. The university joined a city-wide sustainability initiative, which was announced on Oct. 4.


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Small grocer to replace shuttered Crisp Kitchen Here is a rundown of new and expected additions to Temple’s food choices on Main Campus. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor A grocer that sells wine, a breakfast cafe, and a Panera Bread: Here are several restaurants that opened or are expected to open near Main Campus.

Old Nelson Food Company

Crisp Kitchen, a salad and stir fry restaurant below The View at Montgomery on Montgomery Avenue near 12th Street, closed on Oct. 11. It will be replaced by Old Nelson Food Company, a grocery-eatery that sells beer and wine, according to a posting outside the property. Crisp Kitchen, which opened its Temple location in 2016, announced the closure on its Facebook page. It will continue to operate at its Center City location and may expand to smaller locations, Joe Betzala, the restaurant’s operations director, told The Temple News. Betzala and his colleagues decided to close their Temple location due to being unable to compete with the dozens of other vendors on campus, he said. “We’ve been watching the sales, and I think we came to realize that there’s just so much competition,” Betzala said. “It just got difficult to keep the sales where they need to be with a brick-andmortar place,” he added. Betzala said he had mixed emotions about closing the Temple location. “From a personal standpoint where you pour your heart and soul into something and then have to lock the doors and walk away, it’s bittersweet,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it’s business.” Old Nelson will have 30 seats, according to a permit filed with Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, the minimum seats required to be able to sell beer and wine under Pennsylvania law. A representative from Old Nelson could not be reached for comment. @TheTempleNews

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Crisp Kitchen, below the View at Montgomery on Montgomery Avenue near 12th Street, closed on Oct. 11. Old Nelson Food Company, a grocery store thta sells beer and wine, is slated to take its place.

Emma Borgstrom, a sophomore kinesiology major, said she ate at Crisp Kitchen because it was quick and had vegan options. Borgstrom, who lives in The View, said she is excited to have a grocer so close to her apartment. “You know, Fresh Grocer is right there, but I mean it’s pretty pricey for students, and you still have to do the walk and carry all your groceries,” Borgstrom said.

Columbia Diner

Alex Do, a 2009 finance alumnus, opened Columbia Diner, a casual brunch cafe on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 17th Street on Oct. 22. The diner, which offers meals like omelets and sandwiches for less than $6, also serves different kinds of fish and

chicken wings with waffles special, according to their menu. Do, who has worked in the food business for 15 years, said he hopes that he can capitalize on a market for breakfast in the area. “There’s people who always eat breakfast,” Do said. Lorraine Thompson, who lives on Poplar Street near 17th, ordered breakfast on the restaurant’s first day. “This is more reasonable,” she said. “We needed this affordable one.”

Panera Bread

A Panera Bread may be built on the first floor of Vantage on 12th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, according to blueprints published by the Goldenberg Group, the building’s developer. The 3,800 square-foot store would

sit between CVS and another property, whose owner has yet to be determined, according to the blueprints. Because the deal with Panera has not been finalized, the Goldenberg Group can not comment on when the location would open, said Kevin Trapper, the group’s senior vice president of development. Djoume Traore, a sophomore finance major, said Panera is a nice place to get work done and has good mac-andcheese. “It’s good, absolutely,” Traore added. Madison Bockol, a sophomore gender, sexuality and women’s studies major, said Panera’s food tastes frozen. “It was incredibly bland,” she said. colin.evans@temple.edu @colinpaulevans

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Temple pushes new alumni professional network

Owl Network allows students and alumni to connect based on shared career interests. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor Last week, the Office of Alumni Relations rolled out Owl Network, a professional development platform for Temple students and alumni. The platform, which has so far attracted approximately 2,000 students and 3,500 alumni, is comparable to LinkedIn, allowing students to connect with alumni who work in fields that they might be interested in, said Tyra Ford, the director of Temple Professional Network. The university launched the platform in March to build a base of alumni before encouraging students to join, Ford said. The office held an event at the Student Center on Oct. 23 to tell students about the program. Students must reach out to alumni first, Ford said, and the platform allows for both text and video chat. Students can also request times to meet in-person with alumni. Alumni can also post to a job board on the site and join and create tailored groups, like ones classified by geographic area or whether someone is a student-athlete, Ford said. Lynne Ewell, a 1986 electrical engineering alumna, joined the platform recently because she wants to help current students in their professional development and keep graduates in the Philadelphia region, she said. “I think it’s a great way for Temple owls to look out and help other owls out with jobs, internships and mentorship,” said Ewell, who co-founded Prism Engineering Inc., a design software provider in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Tyra Ford (left), director of Temple Professional Network, speaks to a student about Owl Network in the Student Center on Oct. 23.

Ewell, who met her husband at Temple and whose two daughters also attended, said through the platform, she wants to help students learn to not doubt their own abilities. “Hey, you can get there, and you can do this,” Ewell said. “There’s nothing super special about those of us who have already gone out and maybe done some things you’re interested in finding in your life.” Mike Robinson, a junior sociology major, said he will use whatever plat-

form helps him to get a “leg up” in the job market. “Temple prides itself on having one of the strongest alumni networks, so having that around would be really helpful,” Robinson said. “I think that something like this is beneficial, I haven’t thought a lot about what I’m going to do after I graduate, but having a resource like this might make it less scary to think about,” said Marina Sepe, a freshman undeclared major in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture.

Chloe Camacho, a freshman criminal justice major, said she would use the platform in conjunction with LinkedIn to network. “People that went to Temple and have graduated know what the job market is like and how to get jobs in their fields, so having something like this to better connect and talk to them I think is great,” Camacho said. colin.evans@temple.edu @colinpaulevans





Coalition shows commitment Temple University joined the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia, a coalition of non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies seeking to improve sustainability efforts in the city. This move comes after their April decision to release an updated 2019 Climate Action Plan with details on how Temple will reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The plan mapped out Temple’s goals to seek outside renewable energy providers, promote sustainability education during new student orientation and implement more eco-friendly recycling systems. The Editorial Board commends the university for its continued efforts to promote sustainability throughout the city, and we urge it to continue this approach into the future. We recognize that the university has been committed

to combating climate change since 2008, and we are impressed that the university has regularly adapted its efforts. With a student population of about 40,000, Temple is responsible for promoting sustainable behavior among its students and community members, and joining this coalition furthers this effort. In order to keep global carbon emissions at a safe and sustainable level of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, we need to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions significantly, BBC reported. That requires immediate action, and when universities, like Temple, lead in this initiative, that goal feels more attainable. Editor’s Note: News Editor Colin Evans, a member of the Editorial Board, wrote the accompanying news story. He played no part in the writing of this editorial.


Cultures aren’t a costume As Halloween approaches on Thursday, Intersection explored some of the ways that new students on campus celebrate the frightful holiday. The section also wrote about the effect of hypersexualized costumes on young women. The Editorial Board hopes our readers who are celebrating have fun, but we want to remind students to not dress in cultural clothing as their costume, as this is inappropriate cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation refers to taking elements of another culture and inappropriately adopting them as one’s own, according to USA Today. Halloween costumes, including blackface, Mex@TheTempleNews

ican sombreros, Native American headdresses and traditional East Asian clothing, are only a few of the many costumes that have been appropriated from other cultures on this holiday. The Editorial Board implores students to consider the inadvertent cultural impact of their attire this Halloween and to recognize the effects it might have on others who see their culture reduced to a costume. While it can sometimes be unclear whether or not a costume is culturally insensitive, we call on students to think critically about the costumes they choose to wear. If it seems like it could be offensive, it probably is.


Finding ‘fuerza’ in Spanish A student recounts their experience in learning, practicing and eventually mastering their favorite language. BRITTANY VALENTINE For the Temple News


can vividly remember being the overly eager third grader in my after-school Spanish program, not even realizing what a gift the language was. I was usually too excited to even raise my hand, and I would blurt out words like amarillo, cien and domingo whenever I could. By the time I left elementary school, I could count to 100, ask for directions, say basic things about my identity and name every little thing in my house in Spanish as well as I could in English. In many ways, I’m still that exuberant third grader with a thirst for knowledge and linguistics. I continued studying Spanish in high school and for three years in college. But a few years ago, it occurred to me that despite knowing all the grammar there is to know and having a very expansive vocabulary, I was not fluent. So, I threw myself back into learning. One night last month, that drive to learn Spanish gave me more fuerza, or strength, than I could’ve imagined. After hanging out with my Colombian friend Diana, I drove her home and talked to her mom for the second time ever. The first time we met, I wanted to say “mucho gusto,” which means “nice to meet you,” but I was too nervous and self-conscious. This time, I challenged myself to use as much Spanish as possible. That night, I found myself comfortable speaking about everything I could — cats, traveling, school and food. My words flowed with ease, and I felt

myself thinking in two languages at once. Diana’s mom then served me a fresh empanada and extras to bring home. On the way out, she looked at me and said, “gracias por traer mi hija a casa,” meaning “thank you for bringing my daughter home.” I replied “de nada,” and told her to have a good night. I drove home with a new sense of confidence and the inspiration to never give up again. In the years since I started relearning Spanish, I quit on multiple occasions, convinced that it is simply too difficult, or I didn’t have the time. My love for this gorgeous language has proven stronger than all my frustrations. Now I listen to reggaeton more than any other genre. I frequently post on social media in Spanish, some of my favorite movies, shows and Podcasts are in Spanish and I can speak “Spanglish” with my Latina friends on campus. To learn a language, necesitas tener agallas — you need to have guts. You need them because it requires you to leave your comfort zone, challenge your brain, immerse yourself into unfamiliar waters and know that success will not come overnight. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. I’m still not fluent, but I have opened up my mind to a completely new universe of entertainment, idioms, humor, cultures and ways of thinking. When it comes to learning this beautiful language, I still carry the same exuberance, drive and passion within me. If my thirdgrade self could see me now, I think she would be proud of all the progress I’ve made. brittany.valentine@temple.edu @recoveryspirit





Horror movies perpetuate mental illness stigma Siegel also described how movies, Some horror movies paint people with mental illness as dangerous like “Split,” reinforce the stigma about mental illness. and violent for entertainment.

A popular horror movie of 2016 was “Split,” directed by M. Night Shylamalan, which focused on a man living with dissociative identity disorder who abducts three MEAGHAN BURKE For The Temple girls. News The film takes aspects of the mental condition, like having multiple distinct personalities taking control of the individual, and uses these symptoms to make the viewer terrified of the main character, the Verge, a technology news site, reported. This portrayal of DID was met with backlash from mental health experts because it demonizes people with mental illness and incorrectly portrays the disorder to the public, who are likely to be uneducated on the realities of DID, CNN reported. The movie might be entertaining, but using mental illness as a ploy to sell movie tickets is exploitative. Movies that characterize their villains as having mental illnesses associate the illness with something threatening, which perpetuates damaging stereotypes about those with these conditions. Horror movies are a significant part of Halloween, and with the holiday around the corner, it’s important to recognize the negative stigma about mental illnesses perpetuated in films during this season. “A lot of people have a lot of perceptions about what mental illness looks like, but it’s not what the actual truth is,” said Rebecca Siegel, a school psychology Ph.D. student who teaches a course called “The Meaning of Madness.”


“It dramatizes it, and it creates the idea that people who have a mental illness are something scary and a thing that we should be afraid of,” Siegel said. The problem doesn’t stop with dissociative identity disorder. The 2011 film “The Roommate” features a violent, terrifying villain with bipolar disorder, perpetuating negative stigma about those suffering from this condition, the Huffington Post reported. The 2015 film “The Visit,” also directed by Shylamalan, is listed as the worst depiction of mental illness in any movie by the mental health advocacy organization Resources to Recovery. The film’s villains, who have schizophrenia, appear frightening and monstrous to terrify audiences. Depicting characters with mental illnesses as overly violent and dangerous is stigmatizing because mass media, like movies, is the dominant way most people are introduced to mental illnesses, according to the U.S. News and World Report. People with mental illnesses are responsible for a very small amount of crimes, according to a 2015 study in the Journal and Epidemiology and Community Health, and movies that feature overly violent characters with mental illnesses send an inaccurate message about those conditions. This portrayal of people with mental illness is irresponsible because those with these conditions have historically been criminalized, isolated and abused in some former asylums. Pennhurst Asylum, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was one of those asylums. Pennhurst started as a state school and hospital for the mentally ill, but it was exposed in the 1960s for neglect-


ing and abusing its patients. Pennhurst was named the “Shame of Pennsylvania” for the abusive practices that took place there and was closed in 1987. Twenty-five years after its closing, Pennhurst reopened for business — not as a hospital, but as a haunted attraction. Once the sight of torture, abuse and inhumane treatment toward the mentally ill, Pennhurst is now utilized to make money off of a Halloween gimmick. In the same way horror movies have exploited mental illness, so have former asylums, like Pennhurst. “Any time you have a mass murderer or a psycho killer, you have hints of demeaning imagery toward mental illness,” said Jim Conroy, co-president of Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance. Even though horror movies may

seem harmless, the stigma and stereotypes that they sometimes perpetuate can seriously hurt. “I don’t think the stigma is isolated to the Halloween season. That may be when folks make different choices around costumes or the media that they consume, but that media and that language is really used quite frequently, like when people describe things as ‘crazy’ when they really mean incredible, unbelievable, or unusual,” said Liz Zadnick, the assistant director of the Wellness Resource Center. Mental illness is not a joke or a tool for entertainment, it is a serious thing hurting people every day. meaghan.burke@temple.edu @meaghanburke61





Do you know where your Chick-fil-A dollars go? The chain’s donations connect to ogy major and social media coordinator a push to punish homosexuality for Temple’s Queer People of Color. This Ugandan law isn’t new. In with the death penalty in Uganda.


On Oct. 4, Brian Wasswa was brutally murdered in his home, the Human Rights Watch reported. The 28-yearold Ugandan was an LGBTQ rights activist. Wasswa is the fourth LGBTQ person murdered in Uganda in recent

months. On Oct. 10, members of the Ugandan Parliament stated the intent to reintroduce a bill that would punish homosexuality, which is already criminalized in Uganda, with the death penalty, Reuters reported. This bill has been colloquially referred to as the “Kill the Gays” bill. I was terrified to see the indirect role Chick-fil-A, one of the most popular restaurants on campus, plays in propagating this bill. In 2017, Chick-fil-A donated more than $21 million to the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit organization backing anti-LGBTQ activism globally, Business Insider reported. WinShape works closely with the National Christian Foundation, an organization that’s donated to anti-LGBTQ causes in Uganda, according to Politifact, a fact-checking resource. It’s unclear whether Chick-fil-A still donates to these organizations, but the company hasn’t publicly recognized their indirect role in a push for state-sanctioned murder in Uganda, Out Magazine, an LGBTQ magazine, reported. People tend to separate our spending habits from where our money ends up, but students should use this as an opportunity to rethink their habits. “I don’t want to be able to say that I give my money to an organization that hates me,” said Leah Bates, a junior biol@TheTempleNews

2014, the death penalty bill was presented and declared unconstitutional in Uganda’s Constitutional Court due to a procedural technicality, the New York Times reported. The bill hadn’t resurfaced until recent calls to action by Ugandan Parliament members, the Guardian reported. Ugandan Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo told Reuters in October that “homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans.” Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy espoused similar homophobic comments, too. In 2012, Cathy affirmed that the restaurant chain was “very much supportive of the family, the biblical definition of the family unit,” the Washington Post reported. It’s upsetting to see the connections of a prominent food establishment on Main Campus to a cause that endorses such damaging values. “I do feel discouraged by it,” said Solomon Stewart, a sophomore architecture major and events coordinator for QPOC. “We are at a university that roots so much for acceptance and visibility on campus, it’s upsetting knowing that Temple supports a place that’s giving money to a country that’s killing people.” Chick-fil-A’s homophobia isn’t new either. In 2010, the restaurant chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-LGBTQ groups, including a $1,000 donation to Exodus International, a group supporting conversion therapy, Vox reported. “People may be aware that Chickfil-A doesn’t support gay people but I don’t think they’re fully aware of the extent of what Chick-fil-A is doing. They may think Chick-fil-A just doesn’t agree but it goes beyond that,” Stewart added. Noah Dunsinger, a freshman computer science major, was shocked when he heard about Chick-fil-A’s indirect role in the bill, and goes to the restaurant less as a result. “At first, I thought it was pretty alarming,” Dunsinger said. “I mean it’s


2019 and we’re doing this still? It kinda speaks to how we choose to spend our money, and it sucks that a company would explicitly go against that [the LGBTQ community], but we have to think more about where our money isgoing.” When a company has supported practices against our values and encourages violence toward LGBTQ people, we need to be aware of the consequences. “I try to make it my goal to educate and make [students who eat at Chick-

fil-A] aware of what they’re doing so that way they can make decisions for themselves,” Stewart added. By being aware of what we contribute to, we can make sure our support is going to the places that support us. “Be intentional with everything you do,” Bates added. “That includes us supporting the businesses that cater to how we are, how we feel, what we look like. Cater to businesses that support you.” samantha.ganzekaufer@temple.edu





Black voters: Do not depend on the Democrats The Democratic Party historically ignores Black people through ineffective, anti-Black policies. Please do not assume that, as a Black woman, I am a Democrat. Yes, I do like to discuss racial issues and disparities Black people face in America. Yes, I do discuss ALVIRA BONSU how the DemocratFor The Temple ic party can win the News presidency in 2020 if the candidates would just shut their mouths about President Donald Trump — I have written about this before for The Temple News. Despite this, I identify as an Independent because I don’t believe the Democratic party is for Black people. Democrats do not value Black voters, as its historically anti-Black policies have shown. The Democratic presidential candidates are the same ones that furthered the system of inequality for Black people. Joe Biden signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which established mandatory minimum sentences, increased funding for prisons and expanded some death penalty provisions, according to BBC. This led to a disproportionate amount of Black men incarcerated, Vox reported. Kamala Harris, as California’s attorney general from 2011-17, fought to release fewer prisoners, despite overcrowding in state facilities, Vox reported. This disproportionately affected Black people because they are incarcerated at five times the rate of white people, according to the NAACP. This issue isn’t new. Democratic-led legislation has historically disregarded Black Americans. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, was the pioneer of social security, but to get Republicans on board, he excluded agriculture workers from the program. At that time, Black letters@temple-news.com


people made up a large number of agricultural workers, according to the Social Security Administration. With the establishment of the Federal Housing Administration in 1934, FDR created redlining. Banks did not have to give mortgages to Black people, even though they could afford it at the time, NPR reported. It’s important to recognize that Democrats have historically ignored the well-being of Black Americans. “If Black people do not know how their history was constructed, then they will not know how to tear it down,” said Sonja Peterson-Lewis, an associate professor of Africology and African American studies. We should not aim to hold candidates accountable by asking what they can do for Black people, but rather asking how they will solve real issues that disproportionately affect Black people. For example, homes in Black neighborhoods are devalued by 23 percent nationwide as the result of historically racist housing policies like redlining, the Brookings Institution reported in July. By addressing this issue, and plenty of others directly affecting us, Black people may be able to afford a nice home,

setting them up for a sustainable life — not for prison. If they choose to ignore us, then we should not vote for them. But in Pennsylvania, Black people can only choose between overt discrimination from Republicans or negligent policy-making from supposedly liberal Democrats because of state voting law that doesn’t allow registered Independents to vote in primary elections. So, we are going to vote for the party that acknowledges our existence, which tends to be the Democrats. “Black people do not benefit from the Democratic party,” said Timothy Welbeck, an instructor of Africology and African American studies and a civil rights attorney. “The Democratic party has been notorious for championing the issues Black people face and then disappearing after the election cycle.” Brent Murphy, a senior political science major and political action chair of the Black Student Union, is a registered Democrat, but not because he believes in the party’s dedication to Black voters. “I do agree that for a long time, the Democratic Party has been extremely exploitative of Black voters,” Murphy said. “As African American voters, we fall into what they call political capture

in that in the two-party system, Republicans don’t need the Black vote because as far as their party base goes, they’re white men.” “And then the Democratic Party, knowing that, already assumes that they automatically have the Black vote, so they don’t necessarily have to cater to issues that affect the African American community, which kinda leaves us sorted to one party that doesn’t really have our best interests at heart,” he added. We need a candidate that actually practices what they preach, and we need to vote for them. Frankly, the Democrats aren’t doing this. The answer isn’t simple. We could either vote for a third party candidate, who isn’t recognized in the primaries, or demand more from the Democrats. Don’t let your vote be dictated by party alliance, especially one that doesn’t care about the interests of Black people. The 2020 presidential election could be the most important one of our lives. Don’t vote for someone just because they’re a Democrat, but critically analyze their policies and the impact they could have on Black people everywhere. alvira.bonsu@temple.edu





Alumni’s ‘bummer rock’ band keeps on jamming

Alex Manescu wrote six songs on his study abroad trip that started the five-piece band. BY MADISON KARAS Features Editor


anting to make a pun from Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” five friends played on the name Boo Radley, a character in the novel. Along with their bandmates, alumni Alex Manescu and Vince Dejesus decided to name their band “Booze Radly” — accidentally misspelling the character’s last name. Now, their name is an inside joke between the Lehigh Valley-raised bandmates, who said the misspelling is their own way of making the word “radical” an adverb. Manescu, a 2014 film and media arts alumnus, Dejesus, a 2015 media studies and production alumnus, along with Dylan Molloy, Peter Sovia and Youssef Mossa make up the “bummer rock” ensemble of Booze Radly. They perform at local bars, record stores and venues across the state nearly every weekend. The initial formation of the band came from a mix of high school and middle school friendships and a desire to play music, members said. Yet, their first practice didn’t occur until Manescu, the vocalist and guitarist, returned from a 2012 England study abroad trip with six songs written. “I wrote a lot of those lyrics as a way to deal with feeling depressed when I had such a luxurious opportunity to go live abroad,” said 28-year-old Manescu. “I felt like the two things shouldn’t be compatible.” Manescu, and his roommate Dejesus, rewrote the lyrics and instrumental parts of the songs and employed Molloy, Sovia and Mossa help to practice what would then become their first album, “Whitechapel Nights.” It was recorded at @TheTempleNews

Annenberg Hall’s Studio G in 2013 and released the following year. Despite the release, there was never an official “becoming a band” moment, said Sovia, 29 and the band’s drummer. “[Manescu] never really said like, ‘We’re starting a band.’ I think he just kinda assumed like, ‘I’m going to play with him,’” he added. Since 2014, the band produced four additional records, with their latest album, “Haunted Mind,” released in June. Manescu said the album was inspired by his father’s experiences with mental illness. His father, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, is a painter and created the album’s art. “I was trying to personalize my dad’s problem and difficulty with it so that it would come out as like a more general art piece, and then other people can feel whatever they identify with it,” he added. The band is focusing on expanding its audience around the East Coast and collaborating on an album with Ghost Music, a solo punk artist, to be released next summer. “It feels a little more organic this run,” said Malloy, 26 and the keyboardist. Dejesus describes Booze Radly’s live shows as “roll the dice” sets where guitars can be seen flipping in the air. Ultimately, he wants people to listen to the music and not feel alone, he added. “Music is like bridging the barrier of someone feeling isolated to connect that dot to another person, and even if that’s just one other person, that’s cool to not feel existential dread or completely isolated,” said Dejesus, 29 and a guitarist. The band members said the local support they’ve accumulated over the past six years feels like a community. While the members are uncertain about whether they’d ever go full-time with the band, the band is more about hanging out and making music above anything else, Sovia said. “We take the music itself more seri-

ISAAC SCHEIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS (Top from left to right) Peter Sovia, Youssef Mossa, (bottom) Alex Manescu, Vince Dejesus and Dylan Malloy sit on a couch at Manescus and Dejesus’ house off 28th and Poplar streets on Oct. 20.

ISAAC SCHEIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Alex Manescu (left), a 2014 film and media arts alumnus, plays guitar next to Dylan Malloy on Oct. 20.

ously than all the other extra stuff that comes with it,” said Mossa, 27, a former Temple student and the band’s bassist. “We just want to make something that we really like, if everybody likes it, that’s

cool, if people don’t like it, that’s cool. We’re gonna keep doing music anyway.” madison.karas@temple.edu @madraekaras





Student finds ‘fresh start’ at South Philly company

Wangbo Zhu moved to Philadelphia from China and is a second-year dance MFA student. BY RENATA KAMINSKI For The Temple News As a little kid, Wangbo Zhu never liked to sit down. Zhu started dancing when he was 10 years old at a studio in Xi’an, China. Zhu, a second-year dance MFA student, was given one of 10 spots at KunYang Lin/Dancers, a professional dance company in South Philadelphia, this summer. The company combines Eastern dance philosophies with contemporary dance. As a teaching assistant, Zhu is also mentored by Kun-Yang Lin, the company’s founder and executive artistic director and a dance professor at Temple. Zhu moved to Philadelphia last year after tearing his meniscus and undergoing right knee surgery. “I felt like I needed a fresh start, for the art and for the dance,” he said. When he came to Temple, Zhu didn’t speak English well and adapting to American culture took awhile, he said. “The hardest thing for me was the language,” he added. “My first semester here, I could not really understand what my professors were talking about.” In China, Zhu was a traditional dancer at Bejing Dance Academy. He’s now switched to modern, contemporary dance, and his first show at Temple was a duet combining aspects of old and new styles of dance. He is trying to combine what he is learning at Temple with his former dancing experience, and dancing at Lin’s company helps this fusion, Zhu said. The company embraces dancers with different backgrounds, said Katie Moore, the company’s business director. “[Lin] choreographs all the work,


ERIK COOMBS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kun-Yang Lin (center) is executive artistic director and founder of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, a company in South Philadelphia. He instructs a rehearsal at a studio on Oct. 24.

ERIK COOMBS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Wangbo Zhu (far right), a second-year dance MFA student, and dancers rehearse on Oct. 24.

but in collaboration with the artists,” she added. “He likes to use a mix of both eastern and western dances.” For Zhu, the main differences between dancing in the United States and China are the facial expressions, he said. “In China, we do a lot of dance dramas. At the same time, I am dancing, and I am acting,” he added. Zhu said he also notices cultural differences in the classes at Temple. Because of societal hierarchies in China, students would not tell their professors they are wrong. Here, students can give their opinion about the classes, he added. “Professors ask us, ‘What do you think about this?’” he said. Hassan Syed, a second-year dance MFA student and Zhu’s dance partner at Temple, said Zhu’s new experience at Lin’s company is going to help his career. Based on courses he has taken with Lin, Syed said Lin has a strong ability to help dancers discover their style. “I think he is a good teacher and he has good ideas to help people,” Syed added. While Zhu already had a professional and extensive performance background in China, being in the company adds more diversity to his resume and professional career, Moore said. “We would like to see him grow,” she added. “We just hope that we can help him in his journey in figuring out where he wants to be.” Zhu is unsure if he’s going to stay in the U.S. or if he’ll move home. His fellow dancers are the reason Zhu enjoys being a part of the company. Everyone’s dedication and friendship make him feel welcomed, he said “The company members, they are really professionals and they help the new dancers, like me,” he said. renata.kaminski@temple.edu





Brewing company creates Cherry and White beer Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski run a brewing company in the surrounding Philadelphia area. BY EMMA PADNER For The Temple News


n 1985, Bill Covaleski gave his childhood friend, Ron Barchet, a home-brewing set for Christmas. Covaleski, a 1985 graphic design alumnus, had already been brewing beer as a hobby, and the set piqued Barchet’s interest in brewing. The two then took apprenticeships with German-trained brewmaster Theo DeGroen in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, they run Victory Brewing Company, which has taphouses in Downingtown, Kennett Square, and Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. They recently debuted a special brew, the Cherry and White Ale, at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Craft and Draft night on Oct. 11 and at Temple football’s homecoming game on Oct. 12. The Cherry and White ale is a Belgium-style white ale with cherry, which was “thrilling” to make, Covaleski said. “It’s a limited batch, and we’re hoping for it to get some love from the alumni and if we get a good response, maybe it’s something we continue,” he added. Victory imagined the recipe idea and discussed the possibility of making it with Masaaki Kotabe, an international business and marketing professor at Fox School of Business, for two years, Covaleski said. Kotabe introduced him to Temple’s Office of Alumni Relations, which coordinated the creation of the ale, and the recipe was then approved by Temple’s Alumni Association, he added. Senior graphic design students helped create the packaging for the ale, which features a stained-glass style red owl, Covaleski said, adding that it was great to see support from the students, professors and alumni.


ANDREW HOFFMAN / COURTESY Bill Covaleski (left) and Ron Barchet, co-founders of Victory Brewing Company, sit in their Downingtown location on July 30, 2015.

The brewing company is planning to open a new taphouse in Logan Square in 2020 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Covaleski said. “We’ve always wanted to have a physical presence of brewing in the city,” Barchet said. “It wasn’t until the last few years that we really put it in a higher priority of our business plan to develop the right space in Philadelphia, and finding the right place took a while.” Eva Golden, a junior music education major, said she would like to go to the brewery in Philadelphia when it opens and be able to see the process of their beer making. She enjoys Victory Brewing because of its variety and quality, especially in how they “pull off,” sour beers with their Sour Monkey beer, she added. “For a brewery that makes beer that is affordable and a lot of people drink, they don’t really skimp out on any of the stuff,” Golden said. “It’d be really cool to

see how they go about keeping the flavors of everything they have as intense as it is without, you know, having crazy prices on their beers.” Covaleski said that when their company was starting, they wanted to name it “Independence,” but after getting a cease-and-desist letter from another startup who had claimed the name, the two joked that it would be a “victory” if they could ever pull off the brewery. “[Victory] was about, ‘Life is going to hand you regrets at some point, and you shouldn’t necessarily accept them too soon,’” Covaleski said. “We forged on as ‘Victory’ and that became somewhat of a rallying cry.” Victory’s first taphouse in Downingtown was previously a Pepperidge Farm factory, a bakery that had been abandoned for eight years, Covaleski said. The construction was a family effort, he added, and they were able to open in February 1996.

“[My dad] and I built the wood-burning pizza ovens by hand that fed the restaurant portion of the business, my wife … is a software engineer so she designed our fermentation temperature control program,” Covaleski said. “Then Ron’s dad, who had electrical experience did the wiring for equipment and stuff.” Covaleski’s favorite part of brewing used to be creating recipes and seeing how different flavors come together, but he said, now it’s watching people enjoy the beer he creates. “[Beer] creates a memory, an experience for people and that’s the real value,” he added. “It slows people down to have a thoughtful conversation with one another. It allows multiple generations to come together. So it’s really about the enjoyment of the beer, other people’s enjoyment of the beer.” emma.padner@temple.edu @emmapadner








1. Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance

3. Form of art using pencil, pen or crayon

2. Used to apply paints to a surface

4. Type of painting that uses water and pigments

5. Someone who creates paintings, drawings or sculptures for a living or hobby

8. Form of art that uses clay to make pottery or sculptures

6. Form of art creating threedimensional forms 7. Art that does not reflect visual reality but uses a variety of shapes, forms, colors and textures


9. Artwork that shows everyday objects in a plain setting 10. Someone who designs buildings





Alumnus curates works of Black graphic designers Harris said that the exhibit, which as an advertising student at Temple beJerome Harris’ research on Black started in 2017, is in its final stages, and cause of its focus on graphic design, aldesigners has been shown in inhe is planning to write a book bout it to lowing his designs to evolve over time, stitutions across the country.

BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO Assistant Features Editor Jerome Harris grew up reading his mother and grandmother’s copies of Ebony and Jet magazines without knowing the art director of the magazines’ publishing company, Leroy Winbush, was a person of color. He then taught himself graphic design by creating party flyers that reflected the work of Black designers he knew from the magazines. Harris, a 2008 advertising alumnus, created “As not for: Dethroning our Absolutes,” a project curating artwork of 15 Black designers from the 1870s to 1999. The project is exhibiting in different institutions across the country and is currently at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis, Minnesota until Nov. 10.


What new restaurant would you like to see on campus and why?


close the project. Harris curated the 47 artworks, featuring designers like Reginald Gammon, Art Sims, Grafton Tyler Brown, Buddy Esquire and W.E.B. DuBois. Esquire, a pioneer in hip-hop party flyers of the ‘70s and ‘80s, fascinated Harris because he too, creates party flyers, he said. “[They were] promoting these parties for hip-hop culture even before it had a name,” he said. “They were the voice of communications for these parties, and now it’s a worldwide culture.” While starting on his MFA at the Yale School of Art, Harris researched Esquire, but did not find a lot of information about him, he said. He then expanded the art exhibit to include Black designers from the 20th century while he was a fellow at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Harris concentrated in art direction

he said. “The research ... allows me to say, ‘Hey, I was making these design decisions because I was looking at this,’ or ‘I wanna pay homage to this designer,’” he added. “I can make a case for when someone says this is a bad design. I can say, ‘No, it’s not, let me tell you why it isn’t.’” Dana Saewitz, chair of the advertising and public relations department, said Harris was an outstanding and creative student and is happy about his success with the exhibit. “He’s just really an influential thinker,” she said. “This is a hugely underserved population of artists that deserve attention, and he has brought their work to the forefront, and I think that is really impressive, admirable and powerful.” Dora Godfrey, Harris’ former colleague and friend from Yale, said that more research should be done in high-

lighting the works of Black artists and that Harris took a big step in that process. She is excited that people are interested in and interacting with the works at exhibitions, she added. “He is genuinely interested in people’s stories, and I think that’s reflected in a lot of his recent work,” Godfrey said. “He has a lot of empathy, and I think that’s an important thing to have today.” Harris said he hopes the project helps people learn and research more on design history, which he thinks shapes modern art. “History is skewed in general toward white history, so I guess this is trying to even out the plane a little bit, just in my field,” he added. “There was a void in design history and education, and I don’t think anybody realized. I was like. ‘People should know about this,’ and I think it’s cool that people are taking a liking to it.” ayooluwa.ariyo@temple.edu @fogo_ay

EMILY PRATT Freshman undeclared major

REX YAPE Second-year orchestral performance student

I think Taco Bell because they have those Dorito tacos, and they are so good and I love them.

A pho restaurant will be good, Vietnamese food. There’s a lot of Korean food around and one Chinese joint, but Vietnamese food is great too.

MONA HEDAYATFAR Senior pyschology major

HASAN ALSAFFAR Sophomore biology major

I think Roots will be a good restaurant for Temple to have because I feel like it has a lot of veggie options, which is something I would personally like to see more of.

The restaurant that I would like to see on campus is Elevation Burger because it has halal meat and really tastes good.






Day of the Dead festival celebrates languages On Saturday, the University of Pennslyvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosted its Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival. The event featured traditional Mexican performances and crafts, Nahuatl and Spanish language lessons and an ofrenda honoring indigenous languages. Nicole Spaldo, 33, and Ryan Curtis, 32, from Morris County, New Jersey brought photos of their grandparents to place on the ofrenda, or the collection of offerings. “We really enjoy the Mexican cultures, so I thought it would be a great opportunity for my daughter, who is five, to learn more about Dia de los Muertos,” Spaldo said. Janet Maiheras, 74, from Mexico who lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, brought her grandchildren to the event. “The event is for the children, so they get a little bit of their history,” Maiheras said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from, so you can learn about what you celebrate on the Day of the Dead.” Rosa Ruiz, 36, from Wilmington, Delaware, dressed as La Catrina, a famous symbol of Dia de los Muertos. “To see people [who] are not Hispanic, they are interested in our culture,” Ruiz said. “That is the great part.”






Mexican students celebrate Dia de Los Muertos Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates and memorializes the deceased. BY NICO CISNEROS For The Temple News


emple University students are preparing to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, on Friday and Saturday. The holiday has gained popularity in American culture through films like Pixar Studio’s “Coco” and sugar skullthemed merchandise, the Los Angeles Times reported, but it is not another iteration of Halloween, as some students and scholars explained. It is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on. Maria Rey, a master’s of social work student, has celebrated Dia de Los Muertos since she was a young girl in Mexico. She said although the holiday seems similar to Halloween traditions, it was celebrated very differently when she was growing up. Rey remembers baking pan de los muertos, or the bread for the dead, and the favorite foods of relatives who died. She and her family also gathered things deceased relatives enjoyed, like their favorite alcohol, cigarettes and other trinkets. As a child, she decorated sugar skulls with bright colors and labeled them with the names of the deceased. People would put these items in front of the person’s picture on ofrendas, or altars, they prepared at home, Rey said. Some would go to the local cemetery with the items and stay the night while their loved ones “visited.” Now, while living in Philadelphia, she still celebrates the tradition. “I don’t have all the traditional items I would have in Mexico, but I put the pictures of all my loved ones that have passed away, and I put out candles and



flowers,” Rey said. “I do pray and hope they are happy in the afterlife.” Prayer is part of the holiday because the celebration itself is a blend of indigenous and Catholic traditions, said Michael Hesson, an associate professor of anthropology. Historically, the holiday was celebrated by the Aztecs as “a month-long ceremony devoted to the dead,” but when the Spaniards invaded they tried to impose Catholicism on the Aztecs. “What they found was that didn’t work and then people really clung to their beliefs, and ... what they kind of resorted to was something of an assimilation,” Hesson said. Terry Rey, chair of the religion department and Maria Rey’s husband,

said this phenomenon is known as syncretism, the fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices, according to Encyclopædia Britannica. The Catholic Church was able to use this practice in Mexico, Haiti, Africa and anywhere such traditions honoring the dead existed. Olivia Cole, a junior earth and space science teaching major, acknowledged this history as the root of the celebrations her family has on Dia de los Muertos. Usually the day after Halloween, Cole’s home becomes “colorful and bright and beautiful,” she said. Cole’s home brims with delicious smells of traditional Mexican dishes, like pozole and mole. Her tío, or uncle, from Houston, Texas, sends pan de los muertos, Cole’s

favorite holiday treat. Cole’s family also makes tissue paper flowers that they place with food, candles and pictures on the mantle in their home to create their ofrenda for her loved ones, like her abuelos, or grandparents, and another tío who has passed away, she said. “We use this as a time of reflection,” she added. As she’s grown up, Cole said she has noticed that the increased awareness of the holiday has made it easier for her and her family to celebrate in the United States. “We have access to more things we need, like we find mole in the grocery stores now more often. There’s people who paint their faces for Dia de Los Muertos, and the craft stores took notice,” she added. Maria Rey said she sees this increased visibility as a good thing. “I do love that Dia de Los Muertos things are becoming mainstream in the United States because that can only be positive for my people and my culture to feel that we are part of mainstream society,” Maria Rey said. The holiday teaches people to see death as “part of the circle of life,” and a way to connect the past with future generations, Maria Rey said. This is also why she teaches her own children to observe the holiday, to both pass on tradition and give them a way to remember her when she dies. “I believe that when people pass away, they’re not gone, but they live in you, and you have to honor and remember them,” she added. “As long as you honor them and remember them and talk about them, they’re still alive, they’re still with you, always.” nicole.cisneros@temple.edu





International students experience first Halloween

Sonali Udaybabu, a media studies Some international students deand production graduate student from scribe their expectations for their Bangalore, India, said she hasn’t celebratfirst American Halloween.

BY ALESIA BANI Intersection Co-Editor Versions of Halloween are celebrated in different ways globally, but for some international students at Temple University, this will be their first time experiencing an American Halloween. In countries around the world, celebrating Halloween, or their own similar tradition, has increased in popularity in the last 30 years. In some nations like Greece and Poland, more young people are engaging in pumpkin carving and costume parties, according to World Population Review, an independent organization that provides demographic data. Hamil Noh, a marketing major from South Korea, said her perceptions of Halloween came from watching American movies, like “Harry Potter,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stranger Things.” In Seoul, her hometown, Noh said restaurants decorate pumpkins and young children who attend English academies, dress up in costumes and get candy from their teachers, but Halloween is not a large celebration. Noh said a big difference in America is that students throw parties for Halloween, so she is looking forward to wearing a costume and meeting new people when going out. “Sometimes it’s very hard to make friends in America but [at a] party everyone is very open to us, and I can make a lot of friends,” she added. Wenting Ao, a senior communication studies major from Kunming, China, said her favorite part about Halloween in America is seeing people dress up in “exotic” costumes. “When I was young, I didn’t have similar festivals that allow me to wear a costume and just play with other kids,” Ao said. intersection@temple-news.com

ed Halloween since coming to America, but she hopes to do something this year. “I’ve been feeling like ‘Hey, how come no one’s inviting me to a party,’” Udaybabu said. “I don’t know why, maybe because I’m Indian. Maybe people think that I won’t be interested.” Even if international students celebrated Halloween in their respective native countries, the experience in America is different, said Sam Kelley, the assistant director of Global Programs of the Office of International Affairs. “Anyone that’s grown up in this area can attest that you have really fond memories of Halloween from childhood. That’s something really deeply rooted in our culture on the fun side,” Kelley said. “The students have seen that in movies and TV shows and people who come here [get] to experience that for themselves.” The Global Programs office took about 70 international students to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount on Oct. 24. “I can attest that everyone had a lot of fun because I was there when everyone came out. That was a really good time,” Kelley added. Kelley said she prepared the students for the frightening atmosphere who had never been to a haunted attraction. “Some students came out laughing because they couldn’t believe it,” she said. The International Affairs Office is thrilled when students are able to share American holidays at Temple because some students only stay in the United States for a semester or a year, Kelley said. “We really like to highlight things like Halloween and Thanksgiving for students when they come here because it’s something that they can really feel like they’re a part of us and they’re part of our community,” she said. “Then they can go, and they can tell their family and friends all about the fun and excitement that they had, not only in the U.S., but


something that Temple helped to bring to them.” Noh is looking forward to experiencing the aspects of Halloween that aren’t present in Seoul. “It’s very cool because I can have fun trick or treating, but I heard that trick or treating is just for younger children,” Noh said. Udaybabu said she appreciates the

Halloween season. “I really like that the whole month of October is a spooky month and everyone gets so excited by it,” she added. “I like the whole fall colors, squash and pumpkin, like there’s a whole different aesthetic to it.” alesia.bani@temple.edu @alesia_bani





Hypersexualized costumes harm girls’ self-image

Students and a professor discuss the sexualization of young girls during Halloween. BY JULIA STOLTZFUS For The Temple News Although Halloween is often viewed as a fun, harmless holiday, some students and a professor believe that hypersexualized costumes can negatively affect young girls’ self-image. When the choice to dress provocatively becomes an expectation, younger girls may believe there is only one way to be seen as desirable, said Rajuta Chincholkar-Mandelia, an assistant professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies. “Sexy” costumes leave girls with only a singular option with how to dress, and they are no longer choosing what to wear, but instead going along with what society tells them to do, Chincholkar-Mandelia added. “For older women it is more subjective for how they want to dress,” Chincholkar-Mandelia said. “But when it comes to children, I think it can be really damaging … they are sexualized in certain ways that are unacceptable.” Stephanie Miodus, a school psychology Ph.D. student in the College of Education, focuses her research on children. She said that through her studies and personal experience, she believes the sexulization of young girls leads to the desire to meet beauty standards. “At an age ripe with comparison, they may also feel the added pressure of how they dress on Halloween measuring up to some standard set by others instead of enjoying the spooky and fun aspects of the holiday,” she said. Women should make an autono-


mous choice for their Halloween costumes, Miodus said. The issue is sometimes young girls are then objectified for how they are dressed. “As girls transition to adulthood, it is important that they are given some independence to express themselves including through how they dress, but that does not mean that anyone who is not yet an adult should ever be in a costume that is specifically labeled as sexy,” she added. Ben Wilcox, a freshman communication and social influence major, said although dressing sexy can be empowering to women, when it becomes an expectation, it can be harmful. “It was decided that Halloween can be an opportunity to gawk at pretty women in their sexy Halloween costumes, but then it became something that girls actively wanted to do,” Wilcox said. Molly Mays, a freshman business management major, said that although women should be able to choose how to dress, they shouldn’t feel pressured to present themselves in a certain way. “A woman should be OK to wear whatever she wants, but we talked about the sexualization of children in class and I do not think kids dressing sexy will help empower them,” Mays said. Showing skin is not a problem, but it should not be used as the only way for women to feel confident, Mays added. “Their clothes should not determine if they like themselves,” she said. Wilcox said that regardless of the nature of the costume, young girls should not be perceived as sexual. “Once somebody is old enough to legally speaking, act on their own, is when that should be judged,” he added. Fifty-three percent of 13-year-old


girls are dissatisfied with their bodies and this grows to 78 percent by the age of 17, according to a 2014 study on body image by the Park Nicollet Melrose Center, an eating disorder treatment center in Minnesota. There needs to be more dialogue about the subject to help women make a natural decision rather than succumbing

to social norms, Chincholkar-Mandelia said. “Conversations and ideas are really important to create change because once you start that conversation you begin to have your own internal thinking,” she added. julia.stoltzfus@temple.edu





How bisexual identity is misrepresented in society To end LGBTQ History Month, bisexual individuals discuss representation of their identity. BY NICO CISNEROS For The Temple News When Nick Cipolla watches movies and television, he feels that he doesn’t have any role models to look to. Known as “bisexual erasure,” this phenomenon is a lack of acknowledgment and ignoring of the clear evidence that bisexuals exist, according to GLAAD, an LGBTQ media monitoring organization. Cipolla, a senior creative writing major, could only list two examples of bisexuals in mass media: the character Eleanor Shellstrop of the NBC comedy “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn NineNine” character Rosa Diaz, a stoic, sarcastic cop whose bisexual story arc has been praised by the LGBTQ community, according to Screen Rant, an entertainment news website. But in all forms of media, Cipolla said he’s failed to see a male bisexual character who reflects his own experience. “I would personally love to read more books, or watch more movies or TV shows [with bisexual characters],” Cipolla said. “To put it into purely capitalistic terms, I would consume more of that media, if it existed.” GLAAD also reported that one example of erasure is the denial of bisexuality as a legitimate orientation, dismissing it as a “phase.” Robyn Friedman, a senior communication studies major, encountered this when she came out to her parents as bisexual after her freshman year. Although they were accepting, she said that they have yet to understand bisexuality. “My parents have definitely implied I’m going to choose a side one day, that I can’t be both,” Friedman said. “I know that probably a lot of other people feel the same way that if they come out as bi



in college, then it’s just going to be another phase.” Friedman feels that this stigma is not exclusive to non-queer people. “People outside of the community, even those in the LGBTQ community, want you to stick to one orientation only, and that is probably what contributes to [bisexual erasure] most,” she said. Because Friedman is currently dating a man, she said she’s experienced another form of bi erasure as people assume she can “choose a side.” Cipolla said he’s experienced this as well, as he is in a heterosexual relationship. “A person who is bi cannot be assumed to be one or the other until we see the person they’re with, and then we know,” he added. Steve Johnston, a 2018 Beasley School of Law alumnus, created Philly

BiVisibility, a Facebook page that operates as a hub for resources for the city’s bisexual community. While at Temple, Johnston searched for a bisexual community but created the Facebook group when he found none. Since then Johnston has helped organize BiVisibility Day, a rally in Philadelphia to raise awareness for bisexual visibility, Philadelphia Gay News reported. Visibility can combat the misconceptions and microaggressions of bi erasure, Johnston said, adding that he endured these misconceptions in his personal and professional life. He has had doctors profile him as gay and insist he get an HIV test, Johnston said. Because of these experiences, he said it’s important for bisexuals to navigate and reaffirm their identity in college and after graduation.

“You’re going to have to learn how to deal with it one way or the other, either by working to change policy through the school, or working with your peers, or working with yourself through therapy,” he added. “Just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean things are automatically going to get better, but you have a lot more opportunity to make them better.” The best way to deal with erasure from the heterosexual and LGBTQ communities is for bisexual people to build a community, Friedman said. “Finding others that identify is just very validating,” she added. “One of the most important things for people who are bisexual is that their identity is valid, no matter who they’re with, and no matter what the people around them say.” nicole.cisneros@temple.edu





Senior goalie has hand in engineering projects Morgan Basileo is the head electrician on a prosthetic hand project with a former teammate. BY DONOVAN HUGEL Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter After her first engineering course at Temple, Morgan Basileo knew she wanted to specialize in electrical and computer engineering. Basileo, a senior electrical engineering major and goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, has worked on a team of students to create a myoelectric prosthetic hand since last spring. Myoelectric prosthetics rely on electrical signals generated by a person’s muscles, according to Ottobock, a German-based prosthetics company. The prosthesis has sensors on the forearm that would simulate the same movements as fingers would, allowing the prosthetic hand to move naturally, Basileo said. Basileo was approached by former teammate Morgan Rollins, a junior bioengineering major, about the project. Rollins had previously worked on another prosthetic project. “After being on the team with [Rollins] and connecting with her in the engineering department, she wanted to go forward with another project,” Basileo said. “So we got me and her and a few other students including other studentathletes.” Rollins thought of Basileo right away when she started building a team for the new project, Rollins said. “I 100 percent wanted [Basileo] on,” Rollins said. “She was interested, so I said right there, we can work on it together. She’s been really helpful because I’m not good at electronics, and she’s an electrical engineer.”

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Basileo worked mainly on the hand’s motors and on coding to help it move, she said. Basileo has engineering interests outside her work with Rollins, and has worked on additional electrical engineering projects. Through her coursework, Basileo has connected with John Helferty, an associate professor in the electrical engineering department. Helferty taught Basileo since her freshman year and helped her get an internship with PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She accepted an entry-level position with PPL after she graduates, she said. Basileo is the lead electrician in a project led by Helferty to design a payload for approval by NASA. “Every year I need somebody that’s extremely responsible and that’s going to make sure that this payload is going to be able to get on that rocket,” Helferty said. “That’s why Morgan is on this thing. I expect it to be ready and approved. She’s my lead, she’s my go-to-person.” On the field, Basileo has performed well this season, despite the team’s overall struggles. Basileo has recorded two shutouts this season with one coming against Delaware State on Sunday, Oct. 27. Basileo has compiled 117 total saves for the Owls in 18 games this season. She leads the AAC in saves with 49 in conference matchups. “I think in school it’s easy to just be focused on doing your homework and, and obviously with soccer, just playing soccer,” Basileo said. “So having a project where I can apply what I’m actually learning in class and also connecting with other people in a group setting to work on different goals is really nice.” donovan.hugel@temple.edu @donohugel

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior electrical engineering major and women’s soccer goalkeeper Morgan Basileo holds a myoelectric prosthetic hand at the College of Engineering on Monday.

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior electrical engineering major and women’s soccer goalkeeper Morgan Basileo showcases a myoelectric prosthetic hand at the College of Engineering on Monday.





Scheme changes needed for struggling defense Temple’s defense has allowed more than 600 total yards for two straight weeks.

Temple football’s defense has allowed 1,269 total yards and 108 points in the last two games. The Owls (5-3, 2-2 The American Athletic Conference) DANTE have lost two straight COLLINELLI Assistant Sports games by a combined Editor total of 66 points because the Owls secondary has given up too many big plays. On Oct. 15, I wrote that Temple’s defense would be facing its biggest challenges of the season against Southern Methodist (8-0, 4-0 The AAC) and then against Central Florida (6-2, 3-1 The AAC). I believed if the Owls defense could hold the Mustangs and Knights in check then they should be considered one of the best defenses in the country. The Owls failed to do that as they gave up 614 total yards and 63 points against the Knights in their first home loss of the season on Saturday night. They gave up 655 total yards against the Mustangs on Oct. 19. Temple’s defense has been unsuccessful because their scheme puts too much pressure on its cornerbacks and safeties. The Owls’ coaching staff needs to adjust their formations and play-calling to prevent cornerbacks from being isolated in coverage against receivers with no support from safeties. When a corner is isolated against a receiver, the receiver only has one player to beat to score a touchdown. Against the Knights, Temple’s defense allowed five touchdowns longer than 20 yards, including a 73yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Marlon Williams. Temple graduate safety Ayron Monroe, who was playing cornerback against Williams, allowed Williams to get open and then was unable to tackle sports@temple-news.com

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Central Florida junior running back Otis Anderson carries the ball down the field during the Owls’ game against the Knights on Oct. 26 at Lincoln Financial Field.

him. Because Monroe was in one-onone coverage, Williams was able to run untouched into the endzone. Temple’s defense would benefit from putting an extra cornerback on the field to cover opposing teams’ slot receivers instead of forcing a safety to play out of position. Doing this would allow Temple to use its safeties to support its corners, instead of forcing them to cover receivers in one-on-one coverage. Temple allowed the Mustangs’ leading receiver junior Reggie Roberson Jr. to compile 250 yards and three touchdowns against them. Nothing changed on Saturday against the Knights’ leading receiver junior Gabriel Davis. Davis had three catches for 83

yards in the game, all of which came against one-on-one coverage where the cornerback was unable to cover Davis. Based on the numbers, it may seem as though Temple’s defense improved, but Knights freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel overthrew Davis multiple times when he was wide open. Gabriel threw three touchdowns in the game where Knights’ receivers beat the Owls’ corners in one-on-one coverage. The coaching staff’s lack of flexibility cost Temple 21 points on Saturday and could have cost more if not for Gabriel’s overthrows. It’s impossible to assign two defenders to every receiver on every play, but when the same receiver beats

you multiple times for plays longer than 20 yards, it’s time to try something different. Early in the season, Temple was able to get away with not helping its corners because they played teams who didn’t try to challenge them down the field with big plays. Now that the team is four games into conference play, they need to start making adjustments to counter where they have struggled so far. If they don’t adjust, Temple will continue to give up big plays in the passing game and will continue to lose in blowout fashion. dante.collinelli@temple.edu @DanteCollinelli





Sophomore adjusts to American-style of hockey Nienke Oerlemans has been playing field hockey since she was five years old. BY CAYDEN STEELE Field Hockey Beat Reporter Sophomore back Nienke Oerlemans comes from a family of athletes. Oerelmans has played field hockey since she was five. Her mother, Maaike van der Zee, played field hockey for the Dutch National team. Her younger brother, Sem, plays soccer in the Netherlands competitively. Oerlemans was born in Switzerland, and then she moved back to the Netherlands, her parents’ native country, when she was two years old. They moved to Apeldoorn, a small town in the Netherlands where field hockey isn’t a prominent sport, but her mother was very influential in her field hockey career, Oerlemans said. “She was the one that signed me up at a field hockey club, and I immediately liked the game,” Oerlemans said. “She always has been my coach or team manager throughout my years playing hockey.” Oerlemans followed her mother’s footsteps and believes her constant support made her more successful, she added. Before coming to Temple, Oerlemans played for Apeldoornse Mixed Hockey Club in Zwolle, Netherlands. She won player of the year and led the team with 11 goals in the 2016-17 season when the team won the championship for the second division. It was difficult to adjust to Americanstyle field hockey at first, Oerlemans said. Dutch-style field hockey is more about stick skills and keeping the ball, while American-style field hockey relies more on strength and running, Oerlemans added. “At home, it’s a very technical game, and here it’s more long hits on the ball,” Oerlemans said. “Here, everyone is more


ISAAC SCHEIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore back Nienke Oerlemans kisses her mother on the cheek after the Owls’ game against Villanova at Howarth Field on Oct. 25.

fit, and we run a lot more with the ball. It was hard to adjust to at first because I was used to only making short passes.” She has implemented parts of the Dutch style to her advantage, said senior midfielder/forward Kathryn Edgar. Oerlemans is tied for first in assists this season with five and has scored two goals, totaling nine points. She recorded one goal and one assist in the team’s home win against Villanova on Oct. 25. “I love how she brings skills from her home, and I love her cultural approach of hockey,” Edgar said. “She brings a great knowledge of the game, and you can see that when she plays.”

Oerlemans played back in the Netherlands but was moved to midfield/ forward by former coach Marybeth Freeman last season. Coach Susan Ciufo, who joined the team in January, moved Oerlemans back to her original position this season because her “composed style of play is most useful in the backend,” Ciufo said. “Her potential is limitless, and her ceiling is so high,” Ciufo added. “She’s just really showing us we made the right decision.” Oerlemans is a sport and recreation management major and wants to work for the National Olympic Committee

when she graduates. “I think it would be cool to work for such a big sporting event,” Oerlemans said. “It affects a lot of people in our society, and I think it would be awesome to work on.” She’s thought about playing field hockey after college and is keeping that option open, Oerlemans said. “I think about it sometimes, but I don’t really know if I will. It all depends if I go back home where it’s normal to play after college,” Oerlemans said. cayden.steele@temple.edu @caydensports





Seniors ‘come back strong’ in final home game

ISAAC SCHEIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior goalkeeper Cassy Skelton takes a goal kick during the Owls’ 4-0 win against Delaware State University on Sunday.

clean sheet and that we got it.” Temple won its fifth game of match. “Their first year, we only won three Feite suffered a double-leg break the season while celebrating the games,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. during the 2017 season and she did not team’s 11 seniors.

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t started off as a rainy Sunday morning as Temple University women’s soccer (5-9-4, 2-5-1 The American Athletic Conference) defeated Delaware State University (0-17) 4-0 in its last home game of the season. The Owls’ seniors were commemorated on Sunday as they played the last home game of their careers. Senior goalkeepers Morgan Basileo and Cassy Skelton, defenders K.J. Waghorne, Emily Keitel and Lacey Powell, midfielders Toni Feite and Molly Tobin, and forwards Fran Davis, Hannah Alexander, Morgan Morocco and Jules Blank were honored before the sports@temple-news.com

“It was like the weather today. That was an ugly year. And for a quarter of them, it’s been a great career, but for some of them, it’s been a disappointment. Either because of injuries or they just didn’t play as much as they would’ve liked.” Skelton, Waghorne, Powell, Feite, Davis, Alexander and Blank all started on Sunday after not starting or playing much this season. These players have played a combined 849 minutes in 18 games this season. Junior defender Marissa DiGenova started 17 games and has played 1,626 minutes this season. “I was honored to be able to play and start today,” Skelton said. “For our class, getting the win was all that mattered. But to me, it doesn’t matter who played or not. It just was making sure we got a

see the field much in 2018. Sunday’s game meant more than just playing her last match, Feite said. “We were all really upset when [Feite] came off,” O’Connor said after Sunday’s match. “She was blaming me because I started crying first, but she was crying, too. Then the whole bench started crying. Most people don’t come back from a double-leg break.” Alexander’s family was in attendance on Sunday. To see their daughter was a “special moment,” said Jim Alexander, her father. Hannah Alexander appeared in 13 games this season, but hasn’t started since Sept. 1 against Sacred Heart University. Before this season, she had played in just 12 games in her first three years. “When you play at the younger

levels and start a lot and then move to Division-1 and the level of competition elevates, you don’t get the chance to play as often,” Jim Alexander said. “So when she’s able to get these special moments like these, it means a lot to her. It means a lot to us as her parents, it means a lot to her brother.” Sunday was a chance for them to forget about the last four years and remember why they’re on the field, O’Connor said. “I think sometimes they forget how much they mean to everybody,” O’Connor added. “That’s the sort of stuff that’s priceless to us as coaches. Sometimes they don’t see their value as anything but soccer players. They’ve rebounded from tragedy and come back strong.” donovan.hugel@temple.edu @donohugel


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