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‘I’M STILL HERE’ Students experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness maneuver a system of resources and aid at the university and in the city. Read more on Pages 12-13 & 16

WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS, PAGE 3 Student Body President Francesca Capozzi issued her first veto on Monday. SPORTS, PAGE 22 Temple women’s rugby club appeared in the National Tournament for the first time in nearly a decade. VOL 98 // ISSUE 13 NOV. 19, 2019 @thetemplenews



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ON THE COVER CLAIRE WOLTERS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Camellia Brown, a sophomore public relations major, sits in the room she rents in Germantown on Sept. 20. Brown is experiencing housing insecurity after being kicked out of her stepparents’ house in August.

CORRECTIONS 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 or 215-204-6736. An article that ran on Nov. 12, titled “Anti-tobacco ban infringes on civil liberties,” misstated Deirdre Dingman’s title. She is an assistant professor at the College of Public Health. An article that ran on Nov. 12, titled “Customers, businesses divided on plastic bag ban,” incorrectly stated the name of Aslam Khan’s halal cart on 13th Street near Norris. It is named New York Halal Gyro.

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Watchdog needed in Purdue case, prof says Jonathan Lipson, a bankruptcy up control of Purdue and contribute expert, said the opioid maker’s at least $3 billion toward settling the hundreds of lawsuits against them, case should have oversight. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor


Temple law professor is calling for a closer look into OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy proceedings. Jonathan Lipson, the Harold E. Kohn Chair at the Beasley School of Law, alongside Georgetown professor Adam Levitin and Seton Hall professor Stephen Lubben, wrote a letter calling on the federal government to appoint an examiner who will look into whether the Sackler family, whose company has faced allegations of fueling the opioid crisis, is using the bankruptcy process to protect themselves. “The unique public interest in this case is strong and unlikely to be addressed without the aid of an independent examination,” the professors wrote. The U.S. Trustee Program has received the letter and will respond accordingly, wrote a spokesperson for the Department of Justice in an email to The Temple News. Purdue filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15 as part of a settlement with 24 states and more than 2,000 municipalities who sued the company, the Washington Post reported. The purpose of a review by an outside examiner would be to understand the role that the Sacklers played in developing and marketing Oxycontin, a highly addictive painkiller, and whether the family moved assets out of Purdue before the company filed for bankruptcy, Lipson told The Temple News. The Sacklers have agreed to give

The Post reported, though several state attorney generals have said that is not enough for a family that has been valued at $13 billion. The professors fail to consider the “significant” costs associated with appointing an independent examiner, wrote Purdue Pharma in an email to The Temple News. “Appointment of an examiner would divert critical resources towards more professional fees and away from where they should go: maximizing the value of an efficient settlement for the American people and providing critical resources to families and communities affected by the opioid crisis in a timely manner,” the company wrote. “There’s no doubt that, you know, examiners are not free,” Lubben told The Temple News. “Admittedly, to the extent that they have harmed people, that money should go to those people are harmed,” Lubben added. “But part of the appointment of an examiner would be to figure out exactly what it was that happened and who’s entitled to what.” Lipson believes many victims of the opioid crisis want their day in court. “They want to understand what happened, and they’re not going to get their day in court with bankruptcy,” Lipson said. “Bankruptcy exists to take that away from them.” “But a second-best thing for them might be some explanation of what happened, so that they can move on, have some closure,” he added. @colinpaulevans




Student Body President vetoes first resolution Francesca Capozzi approved dents, and we see them as more than just two other Parliament resolutions students.” But Evan Kassof, TUGSA’s presiand has yet to decide on another. BY LAKOTA MATSON & COLIN EVANS For The Temple News Citing issues with its language, Student Body President Francesca Capozzi vetoed a Parliament resolution calling on the university to express support for Temple University Graduate Student Association. She approved two others on Nov. 15. Capozzi has yet to make a decision on a fourth resolution concerning whether galas or formals should be eligible to receive TSG allocations, which are funds given to student organizations to finance their operations and events. Parliament passed all four resolutions at their bi-weekly meeting on Nov. 11. Just one member voted against the TUGSA resolution, while all others were approved unanimously. Amid a proposal by the National Labor Relations Board that would prevent graduate students at private universities from unionizing, TUGSA is asking Temple’s administration to release a public statement affirming their own right to unionize. The NLRB proposal would not impact Temple directly, given that it is a state-related university. Parliament’s resolution also asked TSG’s executive branch to advertise TUGSA’s petition. Capozzi vetoed the TUGSA resolution because of some “political wording” in it that she wanted to change, she said. In the letter addressed to Parliament, Capozzi asked the legislative body to not characterize the NLRB as “Trump-appointed,” add language that indicates the proposed rule does not immediately impact Temple and address the letter to Temple’s administration as opposed to President Richard Englert. “We didn’t veto the solution because we don’t believe in it, we just, it was just wording that needed to be changed,” Capozzi said. “But, as a whole, we very much do support that resolution and, you know, we value our graduate stu-


dent, said that by the time Parliament amends the language and passes a revised bill, it will be too late to be effective. “My concern is that, for better or worse, regardless of the efficacy of her concerns, the affect is that, the upshot of all of this, is that in the timeline that we have been acting on in order to get President Englert, if he is willing to capitulate ... this won’t allow that timeline to be met,” Kassof said. “The executive branch carefully read over this, and we believe that the veto was necessary and was the only response to go about this in a productive way,” Capozzi said. Per the TSG constitution, the Student Body President has seven days after a resolution is passed to decide whether to sign it or not. If the seven days pass with no action, the resolution becomes binding upon TSG. TSG leaders also differed on whether they believed that Parliament has the authority to override Capozzi’s veto and force TSG to adopt the resolution. “There is not anything specific in the constitution that states that,” Capozzi said. “Parliament can override a veto with a 3/4 vote,” wrote Rofiat Oseni, TSG’s chief judge, in an email to The Temple News. “I’m fairly certain we do have the ability to override,” said Drew Gardner, speaker of Parliament. Acts of Parliament require three-quarters of Parliament’s vote and are binding upon TSG, while resolutions need a simple majority to pass and require the Executive Office’s approval, according to TSG’s constitution. On Friday, Capozzi approved a resolution to hold Temple Facilities Management accountable for installing sanitary bins in all women’s restrooms. Facilities agreed to install the bins after members of Parliament approached them before the resolution. “We saw it necessary to call upon facilities to order them and make sure they were in the necessary bathrooms,” Capozzi said.

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Student Body President Francesca Capozzi sits in her office in the Student Center on Oct. 21.

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Drew Gardner, speaker of Parliament, conducts a meeting to vote on resolutions in the Student Center on Nov. 11.

Capozzi also signed a resolution to form a TSG task force focused on assessing on-campus buildings’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Parliament unanimously passed the resolution after some students with disabilities told members that they could not access certain parts of buildings or

bathrooms, Gardner said on Nov. 11. “This is a great way for Parliament and the Executive branch to work together to make sure these buildings are up to code,” Capozzi said. @TheTempleNews

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Main Campus sees slump in fall semester crime Reports of burglaries and fondling ported during Fall 2018 occurred in the Beadecreased while reports of robber- sley School of Law, Leone said. TUPD suspected that someone at the university was ies off campus increased. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor Clery crimes, which include violent crimes, sex crimes and theft-related crimes, among others, reported to Temple University Police from Aug. 26 to Oct. 31 declined by 27.8 percent on Main Campus in comparison to the same period in 2018, according to TUPD data. Similarly, from 2017-18, reports of Clery crimes decreased by 32.7 percent, according to the university’s annual security and fire safety report. On-campus Clery crimes reported to TUPD decreased due to a sharp decline in burglaries, while off campus, they slightly increased as a result of a rise in reported robberies and motor vehicle thefts. TUPD added more patrols off-campus as a result of increased robberies in public areas this year, which rose from four to seven during the Aug. 26 to Oct. 31 period from 2018-19, said Charlie Leone, director of campus safety services. So far, no patterns have emerged in the robberies this year, Leone added. Most of the on-campus burglaries re-

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stealing from staff people’s offices, Leone said, but the burglaries stopped after TUPD began investigating, which explains the decrease from 2018 to 2019. Reports of fondling also decreased from four to one during the Aug. 26 to Oct. 31 period from 2018-19. This change was due in part to increased TUPD patrols aimed at reducing incidents in which teenagers on bicycles touched women on the street, Leone said. One rape and one aggravated assault were reported to TUPD during the Aug. 26 to Oct. 31 period in 2019. In general, crime rates are the highest during late September and early October, as students are getting more comfortable with their surroundings and the daylight hours grow shorter, Leone said. Students should plan their routes when walking on the street and should not shy away from using Temple’s walking escort service, even if they are intoxicated, Leone said. Students can request a walking escort from a security guide by calling 215-7779255 daily from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. @colinpaulevans




Legislator distributes food donations to seniors “These seniors had to make tough Malcolm Kenyatta launched the program, which serves approxi- decisions between food that is needed or medicine,” Kenyatta said. “Many are mately 30 residents, this year.

BY AVIANA SMALL For The Temple News Since the summer, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, whose district encompasses Main Campus, has been distributing boxes of food donated from Share Food Program, a citywide food assistance nonprofit, to local seniors about every two weeks. Kenyatta distributes the boxes both at his district office on Broad Street near Jefferson and senior residential facilities Gladys B. Jacobs Manor at Fairmount Avenue near 11th Street and Guild House East on Spring Garden Street near 7th. “Poverty is the moral and economic issue of our time,” he added. “One of the ways it is most insidious is that it affects our seniors. A lot of the seniors in my district are put in some situations at the end of the month where they were being faced with food insecurity.” Food insecurity affected more than 5.5 million, or 7.7 percent of the senior population in the United States in 2017, according to Feeding America, a national network of food banks. In Philadelphia, the number of seniors that suffer from food insecurity increased by approximately 30 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to a report by Hunger Free America, a national food assistance advocacy nonprofit. Several organizations in Philadelphia provide free or reduced-price meals to low-income seniors, including some that provide home delivery services, according to Philly Food Finder, a project of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council.


retired and don’t have the desire or capacity to rejoin the workforce. So food was a big concern.” Kenyatta asked Share Food to partner with his office to provide pre-packaged boxes with non-perishable foods and some perishable foods like fruit and potatoes to the seniors. During the summer, Kenyatta’s office operated the program once every week, but now distributes twice a month, Kenyatta said. “It’s first come, first serve until all of the boxes are gone,” he said. “We start giving out the boxes at noon, and the seniors are out the door quickly.” Approximately 30 seniors attended Nov. 15’s weekly distribution at Kenyatta’s district office. “The packages help make good and nutritious meals, and every little bit helps when you are on a fixed income,” said Jean Threadgill, who lives on 13th Street near Jefferson and attended the weekly distribution. “The program helps a lot and is a big advantage,” said Patsy Stanley who lives on Master Street near 12th She said the packages could be handed out more often though. “The food is fresh,” said Paulette Coles, who lives on 9th Street near Lehigh Avenue. “I have not had any problems with my packages. The program helps a lot, but it could be more frequent.” “This program is just simply marvelous,” said Darlene Hoyle, who lives on Girard Avenue near 12th Street. “It helps families in need, and helps make great quality meals.”

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Community residents gathered at State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s office on Broad Street near Jefferson for his senior food share program on Nov. 15.


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Developers seek residents’ approval for projects Both want to demolish existing structures and replace them with multi-unit residential buildings. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor Two developers are seeking community approval to build separate residential buildings off-campus before they make formal appeals to the zoning board of adjustment in 2020. Michael Alhadad is seeking approval to demolish a three-story building on 15th Street near Norris, to be replaced by a building of the same size with four units. Abdel Ghalayini plans to build a four-story, three-unit residence that would replace a three-story building on Bouvier Street near Berks. Both developers, who own several other properties around Main Campus, presented their plans and fielded questions and complaints from residents at a meeting of the 32nd Democratic Ward Registered Community Organization at Hillel at Temple University on Norris Street near 15th on Monday. Meetings between developers and RCOs take place after the Department of Licenses and Inspections refuses a zoning or use registration application from the developer. If the developer chooses to appeal the decision, RCOs can call a public meeting with 45 days of the appeal being filed to discuss the proposed development, according to the City of Philadelphia’s zoning code. They then submit a summary of what occurred at the meeting to the zoning board before the appeal. At Monday’s meeting, residents expressed skepticism toward the developers’ promises to mitigate trash issues and not exclusively rent to students. Guadalupe Patilla, who lives on Norris Street near 15th, asked why the existing residence on 15th near Norris needed to be torn down before being re-

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JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple-area developer Michael Alhadad presents blueprints for a new housing development on 15th Street near Norris to community residents at the Edward H. Rosen Center for Jewish Life on Nov. 18.

built. “What exactly is wrong with the house,” Patilla said. “The idea is to bring this down and bring it back up into an all up-to-code building,” said Alhadad in response, adding that the existing building did not satisfy fire code. “The city’s zoning lets you say ‘multi-family,’ but nine times out of 10, it doesn’t become a multi-family home, it becomes student housing,” said Kenny Turner, a board member of the North Central Special Services District who lives on 15th Street near Norris, in regards to the Bouvier Street project. “I have residents living in my hous-

es,” Ghalayini said. Just four residents attended Monday’s meeting. Judith Robinson, the chairperson for the 32nd RCO, said they have yet to come to a decision on the two developments. “I’m gonna do more research before we say yea or nay,” Robinson said. The zoning board refused the 15th Street project because it did not have the required amount of off-street parking and is designed as having “family-based residential units,” which are not permitted under the area’s zoning requirements, said Zhen Jin, a lawyer representing both developers. Likewise, the Bouvier Street project

did not meet the zoning board’s size requirements, Jin added. Alhadad estimated that his two-bedroom units would cost approximately $1200 a month in rent, while the three-bedroom units would cost $1500 a month. If the zoning board approves his project on March 4, 2020, construction could begin as early as September, he said. The zoning board will hear Ghalayini’s appeal regarding the Bouvier Street project on Feb. 12, 2020. @colinpaulevans




Take better care of students This week, The Temple News profiled two students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity at Temple University. The story highlights some of the university’s resources, like the Student Emergency Aid Fund and the Swipe Out Hunger pilot program, that assist students experiencing these issues. Forty-six percent of students in the United States have experienced housing insecurity in the last year, the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice reported. More shockingly, 12 percent have experienced homelessness. At Temple, more than a third of students who responded to the Hope Center’s #RealCollege Survey in 2018 said they did not have consistent access to food or housing. Seven percent were homeless. Though food and housing insecurities are becoming a part of the campus’ dialogue, most of us have the privilege to return to a home after classes or for the upcoming Fall Break. Some students, like Camellia Brown and Thailee Rivas, do not have this privilege and we thank them for sharing their experiences with our readers. The university has to seriously consider both short-term and long-term solutions to the issue of students experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. A number of other colleges and universities nationwide initiated programs to help students struggling with housing and food insecurity. Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, provides vouchers for subsidized rent for 150 students in need, according to the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news hub that covers education. Schools like California State University Long Beach @TheTempleNews

and Ohio University accept food stamps at their on-campus stores, which would help students experiencing food insecurity. Temple should develop a 24hour basic needs helpline, where students struggling with food and housing insecurity can speak to an operator about their emergency needs at any time. The Charles Library and the TECH Center should be open 24 hours all week long so students have some overnight shelter with heating and access to facilities. Rooms in residence halls could be blocked off and designated for students experiencing housing insecurity as a form of a long-term shelter. The Editorial Board commends the CARE Team, the Dean of Students office, student organizations and the Cherry Pantry for their significant progress in providing resources so far. We would like to suggest for the university to consolidate the resources already at its disposal under one umbrella and establish a separate office, dealing solely with homelessness on campus. This could provide students with more targeted, streamlined support. We understand that we come from a position of privilege, as do many of Temple’s administrators and that our proposals are biased from that limited perspective. We encourage the university to always listen to students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity before instituting any major policy changes or initiatives. We recognize that students experiencing these issues are stakeholders in this decision process, and we want to ensure that their voices are central in this discussion.


Transferring to Temple, retold through Snapchats A student reflects on how her friends turned into my friends and I watching Youand fears have changed in only a few Tube videos to the night we got drenched in rain before a concert. years. BY JEDIAEL PETERSON For The Temple News


ver the past few years, I’ve used Snapchat to document everything. Whether it be a picture of my meal or panicking about a paper I left until the last minute, Snapchat provides a way for me to share my life with everyone who knows me. A few years after I took some of these photos and videos, they’ve re-entered my life. Walking out of the movies with my friends after just watching Jordan Peele’s “Us,” I went to post a Snapchat letting everyone know I could now talk about the film. Before I could take the picture, I noticed a small red dot in the middle and decided to click on it. It read “Flashback from March 26, 2017,” and it’s amazing how different my life was two years ago. In the video, I was a freshman at Ithaca College in New York, making dinner with my roommate and three other friends, all of whom I no longer talk to. Now that I attend Temple University, I’m reminded that nothing is as permanent as it might seem, despite how excited I was about my future with those people. Today, I use Snapchat as a way of remembering what I did a year or two ago — everything from a late-night, freezing cold trip to New York City to a self-care night that

And while I could look back on all my happy memories, I was also overloaded with pictures of me crying, overwhelmed by stress and overreacting to things that I now know weren’t that serious. Before transferring, I changed my major three times, switching between film, political science and communications. I felt the need to have my life figured out the first semester of my freshman year, which left me unhappy and unable to see a future for myself. Broadcasting my stress and frustration on Snapchat was a coping mechanism. I was reluctant to reach out to anyone, and all of this showed through my Snapchat stories. As the months passed, these memories faded away. Now, these Snapchat videos are a reminder to take care of myself. The stories always seem to show up at the right time. Now that I’m approaching finals, I’m reminded of this same position I was in last year, and how relieved I felt when it was all over. It served as a reminder to calm down — everything works out in the end. I used to put my mind and body through stressful events that I wouldn’t remember today without these Snapchat stories. Snapchat is my own little archive, preserving my memories with old and new friends. It’s still fascinating to be able to go back and see how my life has changed in such a short amount of time.




Temple: Increase pedestrian safety on campus Reckless driving and poor traffic tion, where she was eating outside that signage contribute to dangers day. “My adrenaline was pumping and I for students on Main Campus. Last month, in a lunchtime trip to Qdoba, I took a few careful steps onto the crosswalk leading to Morgan Residence Hall when a car came barreling toward me on Cecil B. Moore TYLER PEREZ Opinion Editor Avenue. I immediately stopped, petrified of the oncoming vehicle, but in retrospect, I know that if I had taken a few more steps, the car would’ve hit me. Only minutes later, as I walked back to campus, the same thing happened. In both cases, there was a small sign telling vehicles to yield to pedestrians. Either it wasn’t visible, or the drivers didn’t care; regardless, it shows how dangerous campus can be for pedestrians. There were 42 pedestrian traffic fatalities in Philadelphia last year — an increase from 38 in 2017 and 36 in 2016 — according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. In fact, Philadelphia has a higher rate of traffic deaths per capita than New York City, Los Angeles or Boston, according to Vision Zero, a road safety project. The intersection of Cecil B. Moore and Broad was named one of the most dangerous intersections in Philadelphia by Vision Zero, with 13 pedestrian-involved crashes between 2009 and 2013. Vision Zero’s High Injury Network, which highlights Philadelphia streets with high rates of traffic incidents, also cites Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Norris Street — two streets cutting through Main Campus — as having a large number of traffic-related injuries and deaths. Madison Smith, a freshman health professions major, experienced this in August when she was nearly struck by a speeding car that hit a pothole and crashed into a planter on the sidewalk outside of Honeygrow at this

was just frozen,” Smith said. “It was kind of like that feeling of ‘did this just happen?’” On April 9, 2015, PennDOT launched a media campaign for pedestrian safety from the intersection of Broad and Cecil, alongside a push for greater traffic enforcement from Temple and Philadelphia Police Department, The Temple News reported. It seems as though this initiative has only yielded moderate traffic signage in this area: a short sign telling drivers to stop for pedestrians within the crosswalk alongside some flashing orange lights that only appear at night, which is a state law already. On April 29, 2015, only 20 days after PennDOT announced this initiative for heightened pedestrian safety, Rachel Hall, a 2016 sociology and criminal justice alumna, was struck and later hospitalized by a vehicle in a hit-and-run at Broad and Diamond Streets — three blocks from Cecil B. Moore. It was later reported that there was not a crosswalk at the intersection of Hall’s accident, and the city did not pave one until August, months after the hitand-run. The city was also unaware that a stop sign had been stolen a block away from her collision until September, The Temple News reported. Despite the fact these two traffic failures endangered the lives of other students in the months following Hall’s collision, it seems as though the city did not respond with real solutions in an expeditious fashion. Obviously, part of the blame falls on drivers, as speed and distracted driving are two of the greatest contributors to traffic fatalities in Philadelphia, WHYY reported in 2018. But given the city’s lack of genuine oversight of traffic signs in these cases, it’s clear that the issue is more nuanced than simply telling drivers to slow down and stop texting.

ALEX ARMSTEAD / THE TEMPLE NEWS Pedestrians cross the street at Park and Cecil B. Moore avenues near Morgan Hall on Nov. 4.

To their credit, the university and the city recently collaborated on a project to install speed cushions, paint new crosswalks and designate traffic guards at high-traffic areas on 12th Street between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue, said Charles Leone, executive director of campus safety services. But this isn’t the only area where a change in traffic mitigation is necessary: Cecil B. Moore Avenue, is a bigger threat to pedestrian safety. “We’ll do some selective enforcement between us and the City of Philadelphia, get drivers on board with driving slower, issuing citations if we have to, just to get the message out,” Leone said of enforcement at Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Richard Montanez, deputy commissioner of transportation for the Philadelphia Streets Department, said that the city has communicated with Temple to increase visibility and safety at the Temple University Regional Rail station, but that any further plans for Cecil B. Moore Avenue are Temple’s responsibility to

enforce. “The [Philadelphia] Streets Department is not an enforcement agency,” Montanez said. “We’re a regulatory agency: we set rules, we put up signage, we do things like that.” While I appreciate the efforts for greater pedestrian safety measures in other parts of campus, the areas that are most in need of more visible signs and heightened enforcement are seemingly ignored. And while both the city and university state hypothetical plans or initiatives to make streets safer, their track record doesn’t necessarily suggest that this will turn out successful. I want our streets to be safe for pedestrians, and while I understand that these measures take time, due to extensive research and funding involved, I’m not interested in waiting that long. I don’t want to have to risk my life crossing the street while I wait for Temple and the city to figure out what to do. @tyler7perez





The irony of my birthday falling on Thanksgiving But as I got older and certain aspects An environmentalist resents her Thanksgiving birthday and what of Thanksgiving became more apparent, my disapproval of the holiday evolved the holiday stands for.

BY FRANCESCA FUREY Chief Copy Editor I’ve always loved irony. It gives me a good chuckle when characters I despise in novels or “Game of Thrones” fell to an ironic fate. Well, in a twisted turn of events, I’m no longer laughing. Irony was all fun and games until it unhinged its claws and dug its way into my own life. Next week, I turn 21 years old. It’s a day I’ve anticipated my whole college career. My 21st birthday means I can finally accompany friends to Maxi’s on a Tuesday afternoon. I can gamble away the money I don’t have at a casino. Basically, everything and nothing is changing — but it’s still something to celebrate. Except, I can’t. At least, not morally. This year, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, a holiday I’ve actively protested since I was young. It started with a disgust for the texture and blandness of turkey. I couldn’t stand the taste, and instead made plantbased meatloaf or skipped meat altogether — prompting vegan jokes from my younger brother. In 2013, a couple of months before November, I remember my mom showed me her calendar. The words “Thanksgiving Day” screamed at me under the date of my birthday. The calendar sealed my fate ­— I was sharing my birthday with the holiday I loathed. I sobbed that day, plus the day before and the day of Thanksgiving. And on that day, I sat with my arms crossed angrily, my nose turned at the smell of turkey and felt anger for whoever was responsible for double-booking my birthday. Like the Grinch and Christmas, I wanted to do away with Thanksgiving.


into something much more complex. I had a cornucopia of annoyances, stuffed to the brim with Thanksgiving cheer. Within it, you can find animal cruelty and the never-ending climb of corporate greed. For a day based on giving thanks, there is nothing to be thankful for. In actuality, it makes me wistful for a Thanksgiving Day that isn’t founded on notions I can’t support. Forty-five million turkeys will be slaughtered just for dinner on Nov. 28, TIME reported. I feel guilty, even as someone who doesn’t eat it, to see it glistening under my dining room’s chandelier. About 204 million pounds of those birds will be wasted, as more were killed than needed, according to Natural Resources Defense Council. And that’s just the turkey. Thanksgiving ushers in a movement of panic, materialism and a need for satisfaction. We’re mostly thankful for what we can buy and provide — not for our health and opportunity. Talk about irony. I have friends and family members who invest more time into preparing for Black Friday shopping than making a Thanksgiving meal. NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade is jam-packed with advertisements and company-promoted balloons. Don’t get me started on the Christmas commercials. But this is nothing new — capitalism has always thrived during this holiday season. No one can escape a promising Thanksgiving Day deal. In fact, deals are so popular that superstores like Walmart and Target are open on Thursday, enticing shoppers to leave their homes and barring retail employees from festivities. How can I be celebrating my birthday, when purchases, anxieties and be-


ing politically correct at the dinner table concerns everyone around me? I can’t name a year when my mom didn’t slave over a meal, panicking that our food would go cold as she sliced the turkey. The main reason I began to realize the horrors of this holiday was because of my birthday. The fact that I’ve shared two birthdays with Thanksgiving — this year being the third — is eye-opening. Here’s the positive: I’m thankful I’m no longer blinded by the falsehood of Thanksgiving. I understand its negative impacts. I see how it uses holiday cheer to enforce corporate benefits. And that’s why I make vegan meatloaf. That’s why I’ll never drive to New

York City to watch balloons wave at me from the sky. That’s why I don’t set an alarm for 5 a.m. on Black Friday. My birthday gives me the chance to verbalize my anti-Thanksgiving sentiment. I usually clench my teeth and smile away the pain to keep the peace, but now I don’t have to. After booking a hotel in Toronto, Canada, for my birthday, I will be absent from the United States and feel no qualms as I rain on anyone’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Even though I’ll always have a connection to this holiday, I don’t have to support it. @francescafurey




Women are underrepresented on Temple’s Board The number of women in Temple’s Board of Trustees and special committees is incredibly low. As a woman, it’s hard to ignore the disparities I see in female representation, especially in places of power. Women aren’t equally represented MEAGHAN BURKE in government. Only For The Temple 23.6 percent of UnitNews ed States congressional seats are held by women, only 18 percent of governors are female and only one-third of Supreme Court justices are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. An equally important problem, but one less in the public eye, is the lack of female representation on boards of nonprofits and universities. This is a huge problem at Temple University, which is lacking women in places of power. There are 36 voting members on Temple’s Board of Trustees, and only seven are women, or 19 percent, even though 53.8 percent of the student body in 2018 were women, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. “To have less than a fifth of the board at Temple be women when the student body is probably about 50 percent women is not good,” said Laura Otten, director of The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University who led an October study on women in nonprofit boardrooms. “You want nonprofit boards to be reflective of the constituency you serve. Well, that’s not very reflective of the constituency.” With Drexel University at 24 percent and the University of Pennsylvania at 29 percent, Temple’s representation of women is slightly lower than other schools in the area, according to an October study by The Nonprofit Center


at La Salle University and the Women Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. “Very frequently the current members of our board will be asked to suggest the names of people they know who they think would be good board members for the university,” said Carolyn Adams, a geography and urban studies professor and part of the Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, a group dedicated to fighting for more female representation on nonprofits’ boards. “Since most of the people who are in the board currently are men, white men, and since they mostly have social networks that consist of white men, they suggest other white men.” Of the Board’s 16 standing committees, none are headed by women, according to the Board’s website. These com-

mittees include academic affairs, budget, healthcare and student life and advise the university on what action it should take. These committees will affect the entire student body, but the decisions are ultimately up to men. This isn’t exclusive to Temple either — women face inequality in higher education across the country. Women’s representation in top-ranking leadership roles at colleges and universities was less than one-third in 2014, according to the Institute of Education Sciences. This is not representative of the number of college students nationwide, which is 56 percent female, according to the U.S. Department of Education. “I know that with a lack of representation, the women that are on campus, they’re gonna feel like the decisions that

are being made are not in their best interests,” said Karissa Gornick, a junior strategic communication major and consent captain for It’s On Us TU, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about sexual violence. Temple prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity but refuses to look at the problems from within. They cannot truly represent the student body when time after time the numbers show sexist disparities in positions of power. @meaghanburke61 Editor’s Note: Karissa Gornick is a freelance reporter for The Temple News. She played no part in the editing of this story.




Podcast hosts professors, talks politics and issues Rachel Gelman started her pod“It’s a good way to sort of interact cast to inform people on issues and get professors talking about things they may not know about. they’re working on,” Arceneaux said. “I BY THEODORA VERONIS For The Temple News


his summer, Rachel Gelman interned at Joe Biden’s campaign headquarters and became interested in learning about policy issues. “Obviously being in that environment puts you at the forefront of the issues,” said Gelman, a sophomore political science major. The experience inspired her, and on Nov 3, Gelman created “Exploring with Experts,” a series of half-hour-long podcasts where she talks with Temple professors about political and social issues affecting the city. She’s released two episodes so far touching on political biases, voting age and the history of the electoral college. Gelman created the podcast because she felt there was a lack of knowledge with political and social issues, especially in the media. “I feel that it is important to be knowledgeable and purposeful about what you are saying,” Gelman said. “It shows respect for the issues you are discussing.” Her first podcast, released on Nov. 4, “Professor Kevin Arceneaux on Biases” featured Arceneaux, a political science professor and director of the Behavior Foundations Lab, an advanced center for conducting research on beliefs, attitudes, psychophysiology and intuition. They discussed political biases and how to address them.


don’t think students always get a sense of what it is that we do on a daily basis, so that was a really nice interaction for that.” He was concerned with the way people react to those with opposite political beliefs, Arceneaux said. “People are so angry at the situation and the other side,” he added. “I think there are many people that don’t want to have compassion.” Gelman gets ideas for her segments by thinking about political science topics that aren’t commonly discussed, she said. “I’m looking for viewers that are looking to broaden their knowledge on issues that are usually skewed or people don’t know much about,” she added. Gelman produces the podcast on her own, recording the episodes in the Honors Podcasts & AV Studio in the Tuttleman Learning Center. “My biggest draw to it is that it’s stuff I can relate to,” said Daniel Hedberg, a sophomore industrial and systems engineering major and Gelman’s friend. “She presents it as not biased to one side or the other, but rather presenting topics as they are, and discussing with professionals on both sides of the argument, which I appreciate.” Robin Kolodny, a political science professor, was Gelman’s second guest on the Nov 6 episode. The two discussed voting age, the electoral college and money in politics. Students could benefit from listening to segments about topics relevant to their lives, like what gets recycled

JUN WENTZ / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rachel Gelman, sophomore political science major, shares the details of her podcasting process in the Honors Podcasts & AV Studio on Nov. 15.

or how to use public transportation, Kolodny said. “I’m a big fan of the notion that starting with something local that touches on your life is what gives people an incentive to learn more about,” she added. On Kolodny’s episode, she discussed that lowering the voting age wouldn’t encourage those eligible now to go out and participate in elections. “If all 18-year-olds were registered to vote and actively voting, then we could work on 17-year-olds,” she said. In future episodes, Gelman wants to touch on incarceration and injustices in the criminal justice system and climate change, and reach out to community leaders in Philadelphia.

“It could be a great platform for them to get their message out there,” Gelman said. “If it brings awareness to other people and organizations, so be it … I don’t want to have any expectations because when you don’t have expectations, people surprise you.” Her podcast episodes total about 160 streams, but Gelman isn’t concerned about the number. Instead, she’s more focused on the quality of her viewership, she said. “If I could just have 10 loyal listeners that are like, ‘You’re doing great,’ I’ll be happy,” she added.




Housing: A day-to-day obstacle with few resources

Two Temple students share their stories about housing insecurity, an issue that affected almost half of college students last year. BY CLAIRE WOLTERS For The Temple News Once she graduates from Temple University, Camellia Brown hopes to enter a fashion-forward marketing firm in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York — wearing a polka dot blazer and saying to herself, “I can do this.” But if her dream job doesn’t present itself, the sophomore public relations major will still find work, she said. Because she knows how to persevere. Kicked out of her stepparents’ house in August, Brown is one of 46 percent of college students in the United States to experience housing insecurity in the previous year and among 12 percent to experience homelessness, according to the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice’s Fall 2019 “#RealCollege Guide to Addressing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education,” the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The assessment defines housing insecurity as moving frequently or being unable to pay rent or utilities and homelessness as not having a permanent place to live, often residing in shelters, cars or on the street. “My stepfather gave me until the first day of school to move out, and the week after that [my stepmother] talked to me and she said, ‘You have two weeks to move out,’” Brown said. “I basically had to start adulting. That wasn’t my plan until I graduated and had some time and some money saved up, really kind of enjoyed my time in school.” “She had gone from housing insecure to homeless in a weekend,” said David Brown, diversity advisor at Klein College of Media and Communication. David Brown became Camellia

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Camellia Brown, a sophomore public relations major, demonstrates what a visit to the Cherry Pantry looks like, selecting non-perishable food items in the Student Center on Nov. 18.

Brown’s mentor last year after meeting her at “Here are all the Black people,” a conference for advertising and public relations students of color. His mentorship includes academic advice, like navigating college as a first-generation student, career advice, like succeeding in her former internship with M&T Bank, and personal advice, helping her with anything in between. In August, mentorship led him to drive his Jeep to Walmart to help transport Camellia Brown’s recently purchased mattress to an affordable apartment in Germantown, and then hauling it up the steep, uncarpeted steps to her rented room. “She didn’t have a way to get it from Walmart,” David Brown said. “She didn’t ask. It just happened to be like, ‘You know, I ain’t doing nothing today. Let’s go.’”


The mattress still rests in Camellia Brown’s apartment, which she shares with three men she rarely interacts with. At $400 a month, her rent less than half the median monthly rate for Philadelphia housing, which was $976 in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. Camellia Brown’s job at the Office of the University Registrar pays $200 every two weeks, which she hands directly to her landlord. “Right now, I only have a dollar to my name,” Camellia Brown said. On U.S. campuses, costs of room, board and tuition have risen in the last decades, even while costs of consumer goods have plummeted, Business Insider reported last year. From 1994 to 2014, college housing prices rose steadily by

about 54 percent at public four-year institutions, according to a 2015 report by HUD. At Temple, a double-room at Johnson and Hardwick Hall — the university’s cheapest residence hall — costs about $1,020.75 per month for four months, or about one semester. Freshmen are required to purchase meal plans if they live on campus, with their cheapest option totaling $1,603 for the semester. This equates to an average of $1,421.50 a month for food and housing for freshmen. Senior Associate Dean of Students Rachael Stark has worked with students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, including some who told her they had to stay overnight at the TECH Center, Temple’s only 24-hour building, Stark said. The “exorbitant costs” of tuition and



ing backpack, she meandered through Philadelphia, often encountering other young adults and teens as young as 16 years old in the same situation as her. “These are children,” Rivas said. “What quality of life do you promise them in the future, when at 16 they’re living on the streets?” She now rents a room in an apartment in University City, at $366 a month plus $81 in utilities. Like Camellia Brown, Rivas shares the apartment with men she does not know. She found the apartment through Facebook. Subletting was the only feasible way to afford a room because she was not required to submit a utility payment or last month’s rent, she said. Rivas feels safer because her boyfriend, who lived with her on the street, also stays in her room, she said. The two are looking for a new place to stay, hopefully around $300 a month, because they are unable to afford December rent, she said. They have yet to find one, but Rivas is hopeful. “Our motto is, ‘We’ve been through worse and made it out OK,’” she said.

UNRELIABLE AID CLAIRE WOLTERS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Thailee Rivas, a social work student, walks in University City on Nov. 16. Rivas is renting an apartment there after experiencing homelessness.

housing can put a student at risk of housing insecurity, meaning most Temple students who experience it never live in residence halls, Stark said. “A lot of times, the students who are struggling don’t live with us because that’s not a choice they’re able to make,” she added. “If they were in the halls, that would be awesome because then we know, ‘OK great, you have a safe place to go.’”


When Thailee Rivas, a social work student, experienced homelessness her junior year at Temple, she had nowhere to go. Rivas transferred from Albright College in Fall 2017, a decision her family looked down upon. Initially, she stayed at The Edge Student Village, which she paid for with money from a student loan. She moved home with her mom in Fall 2018, to save money by commuting. But @TheTempleNews

by Spring 2019, Rivas’ family had cut her off from financial support and kicked her out of their home. Her money drained, so she couchsurfed at friends’ rooms at The Edge while scrambling to find a cheap place to stay. But, her status as a transfer student meant she had fewer friendships and of lesser quality than at Albright, she said. Plus, most on-campus housing units prohibit residents from hosting guests for more than two consecutive nights. “If I’m coming in three times a week with six backpacks … that’s kind of noticeable,” Rivas said. She rented a temporary room near Fresh Grocer, a supermarket on Broad and Oxford streets, for three months, but was told she had to leave because she wasn’t a full-time student, she added. Homeless for the second time in the semester, she looked for 24-hour facilities to rest at night, but indoor shelter on campus was limited. The library only

offered 24-hour service during finals weeks, and the TECH Center only offers overnight hours during the workweek.

We don’t just need tutors, we need a place to live. Thailee Rivas


She resorted to spending nights on wooden benches outside Alter Hall, awakened by security personnel, shaking her and telling her to leave. “I would just sit up and hold onto my bag,” Rivas said. “After a couple nights of the security continuously like told me I had to move … I’d go down to Penn’s Landing and spend the night around there, wherever the security couldn’t find me, basically.” So, with three bookbags and a roll-

Much of Temple’s basic needs aid comes from the Dean of Students office. Led by Stark, the office can connect students in need to city and university resources. On-campus resources include emergency aid, a food pantry and a free meal-swipe program. “We really try to take the burden off of the student,” Stark said. Temporary emergency shelter in the Conwell Inn, a small hotel on Polett and Liacouras walks, can be provided by Temple in extreme situations. This happened in September, when a neighborhood fire displaced students, but was only possible because the university knew the need was short-term, Stark said. Yet, students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity without a definite end-date cannot rely on the university for help. State-elected officials are partly to blame for this, as the state government does not offer additional monetary support to help colleges fight homelessness, Stark said. HOUSING INSECURITY | PAGE 16




Student’s allergy inspires online earring business pick out new designs or seeing everyone Morgan Medl started making like records, cherries and wine bottles college students.” and sells them for $5-7.50 a pair. Medl credits her business’ success to around campus wearing them,” Morgan nickel-free earrings and selling Medl began using unconventioncustomers sharing her work on InstaMedl added. them to students at low prices.

BY RENATA BUSCHER KAMINSKI For The Temple News Morgan Medl wanted to wear fun accessories, but there was one problem: she’s allergic to nickel. “I would see people wearing cool earrings and be like ‘I want to wear earrings but I can’t,” said Medl, a freshman undecided art major. Nickel is a material commonly found in most earrings, according to Mayo Clinic. Though hypoallergenic earrings exist, there are few options and most do not list what they are made of, Medl said. After having many allergic reactions to nickel in earrings, she started ordering charms and earring hooks online, and made pairs for herself. Medl now runs her own homemade-earring business through an Instagram account, @idkearrings. Since creating the account in September, she has made more than 70 sales and accumulated more than 400 followers. She makes her earrings using a variety of charms,

al objects in the earrings she made, like toy dinosaurs and swords. Soon, people started asking about them, she said. “It is so cool, ‘cause she is picking things that you wouldn’t think would be earrings traditionally,” said Samantha Henken, a freshman art education major and Medl’s friend. “You don’t expect that to be earrings, and she is just making it one.” Medl said she keeps her prices cheap because her customers are college students and it helps to advertise her brand. The environment at Temple allows students to see and ask their peers about what they’re wearing, which is good for business, she added. William Pierce heard about Medl’s earrings from a friend and started following her account when it had 30 followers. He fell in love with Medl’s different style of art, he said. “She doesn’t make things that are cheap in quality, but she sells them for cheap prices,” said Pierce, a freshman engineering major. “She is so smart for doing so because obviously if she tries to sell these earrings for 15, 20 bucks no one is going to buy it because we are all

gram. She’s shipped earrings to customers nearby, like at Drexel University and The University of the Arts, and farther away, like South Carolina, Vermont and Ohio. “It is just social media,” she said. “People would put them on their stories and there would be someone who they went to high school with and then they would see it.” Christopher Medl, Morgan Medl’s dad, believes a digital platform is essential for any startup company. He runs his own small business, Medl Tool & Die, a machine shop. “It is free marketing, you need exposure for people to see it, but it can spread like wildfire once people start talking or know about it,” he said. While she does most of the work for the business herself, Morgan Medl’s friends help out making earrings when needed. She finds spare time to make the earrings between balancing her courses and her studio monitor job at Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Although it’s hard work, she enjoys seeing it pay off, she said. “It is fun to go shopping online and

ALEXIS SMITH Junior environmental studies major


What are you doing for Fall Break?

I’m going home to upstate New York to see my family. We’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family, and then we’ll be going Black Friday shopping. I’ll be seeing my dog, which I’m very excited about.

Christopher Medl trusts that his daughter is able to handle all her tasks, he said. “She is an extremely intelligent, very hard worker.” he added. “I am really, to be honest, not worried about her. She is full of energy and she is very outgoing. She wants to learn, she wants to know.” One of the reasons for the brand’s growth is Morgan Medl’s personality, Henken said. “She is so outgoing, talk to anybody,” she added. “I think that is why this brand is working out really well, ‘cause she is making friends through it, too. The customers feel a part of it as well.” Morgan Medl now focuses on developing new online platforms to sell and distribute the earrings more efficiently, instead of running around campus to meet customers, she said. She created a page on Depop, a social shopping platform, and is considering creating a website. “I want to keep it going, and I think at the rate it is growing, it is going to get bigger,” she said.

ALEXANDRA SMYTHE Freshman biology major I’m going to Virginia to visit my family. I’m actually from Philly, but my aunt lives in Virginia so we’re having Thanksgiving there.

YU WANG Fifth-year chemistry student

GARRETT SHEERIN Junior hospitality major

I’m going to be studying most of the time. I’m an international student from China. I will try to find chances to go to places with friends, but I have no plans yet.

I’m going back home to Boston, where I’ll just be eating food and visiting family. My family is Irish, so they love mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, turkey, chicken, ham.





Exhibit combines jazz performances and art

On Saturday, Philly Art Collective Gallery on Third and New streets hosted the “All That Jazz Art Festival,” an exhibit featuring artwork from local Philadelphia artists and performances by jazz musicians. Along the walls of the gallery, local artists, like Chris Lewis, displayed paintings and illustrations of famous jazz artists from the past, including singer Billie Holiday and trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Liyanni Smith, a freshman political science major who has worked at the gallery since September 2018, said it was important to have spaces for marginalized people to share their art. “We’re not provided the same platforms as more privileged people are. We have to make our own platforms,” Smith said. “This space is Black-owned, and there’s a sense of community with that.” Fahir Kendall, 63, from Syracuse, New York, played bass guitar along with other musicians at the event. Kendall has been playing bass for about 50 years. “In an art gallery, we can come in and we can do art,” Kendall said. “We can express ourselves and we can be creative.” @TheTempleNews



Other states have passed bills to launch programs addressing homelessness on college campuses. A pilot program in Washington provides students with laundry and shower facilities, hous ing assistance, case services and food, according to City Lab, a media company. A California bill permits students to sleep in their cars overnight in parking lots. But in Pennsylvania, “college students aren’t really at the forefront of people’s minds when we’re thinking about homelessness,” said Marissa Meyers, a practitioner researcher at the Hope Center. “There’s a lot of groups that are focused on young adults in the Philly area, but not necessarily specific to college students,” Meyers added. Stark plans to apply for a grant by August 2020 that could roll out a form of temporary emergency housing in dorms, she said. “When students are facing these really challenging circumstances, their community and their friend group really rallies behind them and says, ‘Of course, you can sleep on my couch,’ or ‘Yes, we have an extra bed,’ or whatever the case may be. They are able to find a temporary solution,” Stark said. “Our students are just so resilient.” STAYING SELF-SUFFICIENT When they are not in class, working or commuting, Camellia Brown and Rivas are fending for themselves by seeking basic needs assistance and planning for their future. For Camellia Brown, this involves visiting federal buildings to re-apply for SNAP benefits and food stamps now that she is off her mother’s case. It also means registering with Temple’s Disability Resources and Services, seeking out an academic coach, applying for financial aid, visiting food pantries, finding transportation vouchers and gathering the courage to tell her professors that she is unable to afford textbooks. “During that week, everything was hitting me,” Camellia Brown said. “I tried to come up to [my professor] and say I wouldn’t be able to afford the textbook. And you know, I started crying.”


A few days later, the professor slipped her a textbook after class once the other students had left. Rivas had positive interactions with a former middle school teacher, who lent her an interview outfit and helps her grocery shop from time to time, she said. Her professors at Temple offered her littleto-no assistance, she added. Rivas is not taking classes this semester but has taken courses toward a social work degree. She had attempted to take a leave of absence this semester, but despite complying with an advisor’s guidelines, she was told she missed the deadline, she added. She and her boyfriend rely entirely on food drives and free services for meals and grocery items. “We eat as much cheap food as we can get, and make it last long,” Rivas said. “We eat like five-year-olds.” While studying at Temple, she saw resources like the Student Success Center advertised, but was unaware of the Cherry Pantry or the FAST fund. “We don’t just need tutors,” Rivas said. “We need a place to live.” CONTINUING AHEAD In the coming years, both women want to give back to young adults who are struggling. “The reason that I got into social work in the first place was because I want to help people,” Rivas said. “Now I want to help people who have housing insecurity, people who are literally on the streets.” Camellia Brown aspires to start a program for college students experiencing homelessness. She is considering naming the program “We are Here,” and imagines a place for students to share stories, exchange resources and connect to employment opportunities, she said. “It’s not the end of the world,” she added. “It seems like it right now, but I have a chance to make a difference, and change.” She smiled, repeating, “I’m still here.” @ClaireWolters

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Student Emergency Aid Fund An emergency financial resource for students in need. Administered through the Dean of Students office in Student Center Room 304 and the Division of Student Affairs at 1801 Broad Street from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. FAST Fund (Faculty and Students Together) A quick, supplemental aid for basic needs expenses. Checks are written to a professor or faculty member who distributes funds to the student in need. Fill out an application and deliver it to Temple Association of University Professionals in Ritter Annex Room 721 or call 215-763-2287.

FOOD Cherry Pantry Non-perishable food pantry in the Student Center Room 224A. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays 4-8 p.m. Bring non-perishable food, personal hygiene and cash donations to the pantry during operating hours or the Dean of Students office in Student Center Room 304 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Swipe Out Hunger pilot program Students in need can sign up for free dining hall meal swipes during the semester. Swipes may be limited. To apply, complete an online form and visit the Dean of Students office in the Student Center Room 304 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

HOUSING Covenant House Crisis Center Youth shelter for people 21 and under. 31 Armat Street 19144, Call 215-951-5411. Valley Youth House Social services organization for people aged 12-21. Offers transitional housing and emergency shelter. 1500 Sansom Street, 19102, room 300A. Call 215-925-3180. Women of Hope Nonprofit organization that provides housing for women aged 18 and older with mental health diagnoses. 1210 Lombard Street, 19147. Call 215-732-1341.









2. “Peanuts” comic character featured in the parade as a balloon

1. Name of an iconic frog, who’s been a balloon in the parade since 1977

4. Type of bands that follow the parade routes

3. The channel that shows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

6. Decorated platform towed through the parade route

5. Giant figures that float above the parade route

7. Where the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place

9. The name of the cat who was first character to ever feature as a balloon during the parade

8. City where the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade originally started

10. A public procession celebrating a holiday




Students praise anti-pink tax razor subscription Some students discussed how the pink tax affects their essential purchases. BY GIONNA KINCHEN Intersection Co-Editor A phenomenon known as the pink tax is costing women thousands of dollars per year. The pink tax is the extra amount women are charged for everyday products, like razors, shampoo, haircuts and tampons, according to Good Housekeeping, a women’s magazine. Often, if a product is pink or otherwise marketed in a traditionally feminine manner, it will be more expensive than its male-marketed counterpart. This phenomenon costs women approximately $2,135 per year, Good Housekeeping reported. Jackie Golden, a junior political science and social studies education major, said she sees how the pink tax affects her everyday life. “There’s packs of pink razors that cost way more than packs of blue razors. The only difference is the fact that they’re marketed for women and for men,” Golden said. “Then there’s almost like a stigma that goes with it if you were to buy a men’s razor. People would ask you, ‘Why are you buying boys’ products?’” Women’s products cost an average of 7 percent more than men’s products, according to a 2015 study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. By the time a woman is in her 60s, she will have lost nearly $82,000 to the pink tax, Good Housekeeping reported. Taylor Turner, a freshman economics major, said the pink tax can target girls from a young age. “[Companies] know that we need the products, and typically younger girls


are going to be drawn to [feminized branding], especially color-wise, and if they can upcharge it without anyone noticing, they’re going to,” she said. Some companies, however, are working to stop the pink tax. Billie, a subscription service for razors and other hygiene products, was founded on the idea that discount shaving products shouldn’t only exist for men. Their website states that women “deserve to have a great shave and no, we’re not paying more for it.” Billie offers razors for a $9 a shipment of a handle and two razor cartridges, competing with mens’ shaving subscription services, like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club.

Billie donates 1 percent of all their profits to charities for women, and also offers a referral service they call the “Pink Tax Rebate.” If a customer refers a friend to Billie, both customers will receive a $1 coupon to use on their next purchase, receiving a “rebate” on the money they’ve lost to the tax over the years. In California, the Pink Tax Repeal Act, prohibits gender-based discrimination in product pricing, according to a press release from Rep. Jackie Speier (DCA). New York is working on passing a similar anti-pink tax law, CBSN reported. “[The pink tax] shouldn’t exist,” said Charlotte Roth, a freshman global studies major. “And it does because men are

deciding.” Seventy-five percent of Billie’s employees are female, according to USA Today, and one of its founders is a woman, unlike Gillette, Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s. Golden thinks Billie is leading the way for companies to one day abandon the pink tax, she said. “I feel like a lot more companies are gonna start doing it,” she said. “The more that we learn about it, the more that the companies are going to take advantage of it.” @gionnakinchen




Students grow out beards for challenge, charity

No Shave November is meant to raise awareness for cancer, but some students partake for fun. BY JULIA STOLTZFUS For The Temple News It’s that time of year again: as the weather gets colder, the beards get longer. The month of November is a time for people to grow out their body hair and participate in the No Shave November movement, which consists of different organizations that promote growing body hair support cancer research and treatment. Movember, an organization created in Australia in 2003, encourages men to grow their facial hair to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, according to the Movember Foundation, a charity that promotes men’s health. The goal of No-Shave November, a nonprofit organization for cancer awareness, is to embrace one’s hair, which many cancer patients lose during cancer treatment. Participants are supposed to donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming, according to No-Shave November. Some Temple students said this message has been lost, and instead men participate in No Shave November for a challenge or fun activity. Chris Berardi, a senior English major, said the month is more about making jokes about his overly hairy face with his friends. “No guy has ever asked me about my beard and related it to cancer,” Berardi added. Berardi grows his beard out because he sees it as a way to experiment with a different style, he said. “If someone sees it, and it ends up raising awareness, that’s great,” he added. “But overall, I think the majority of dudes just do it because they don’t feel like shaving.” Typically, participants will post a



picture with the caption #LetItGrow and use social media to spread awareness. Those who cannot grow facial hair can participate in the movement by encouraging others to get involved as well as posting on social media, ABC News reported. Elias Deaibes, a freshman bioengineering major, said he wasn’t aware of the origins of the movement but still participates. “[I started doing it] because the Red Sox did it before,” he said. “It’s just a fun thing to do.” In 2013, the Boston Red Sox grew out their beards out to support One Fund Boston, which raised money for families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York Post reported. However, this was in October and not associ-

ated with No Shave November. While Deaibes wasn’t aware No Shave November brought awareness to prostate cancer, he expressed his excitement when he found out that the trend was something more than just growing out facial hair. “Some of my family has cancer, so now I can say I’m supporting them,” he added. The organization No-Shave November has raised $850,000 by more than 13,000 members, teams and organizations as of Nov. 18 at 12 p.m., according to their website. Dotan Yarden, a junior music education major, said he participated in No Shave November as a teenager, but now he grows his beard year-round. “When I first started noticing I had

facial hair back in middle school, it was a way to measure how much of a beard I could grow in a month,” Yarden said. It was not until several years later that Yarden found out the history of No Shave November. “It’s natural for guys to grow out their beards out in the winter because it’s cold, so I don’t think people are surprised,” Yarden added. Although the real message behind No Shave November is subliminal, Deaibes thinks it does not devalue the movement. “If even one person does end up asking about it and they end up finding out more information on it, then the goal has been achieved,” he said.




Growing a healthy relationship with body hair

A student discusses how people made her feel ashamed for growing body hair at an early age. BY CATHERINE O’CONNELL For The Temple News At 5 years old, I started growing body hair. My mother rushed me to the doctors, assuming I had some sort of hormonal issue. It turned out, nothing was wrong. The doctor just told her I was an early bloomer. A very early bloomer. From then on, the adults in my life and the media taught me to be ashamed of this. As a young girl, if anyone commented on my body hair, I had an overwhelming urge to ball up and cry. I would feel incredibly embarrassed and probably rush to the bathroom to get rid of it. I bought razors before all of my friends, and like anyone who’s shaved before, there was a learning curve. I gave myself terrible razor burn, I constantly missed spots and I often nicked myself. One year for Christmas, my mom gave me a depilation sponge, a pad with a sandpaper-like texture that erodes body hair as you rub in a circular motion. I was only 10 years old. Because of my body hair, I hated myself, even though I did nothing wrong. By the time I was 12, I tried every hair removal method — Nair, waxing and even a pumice stone. You name it, I did it. I was obsessed.


The idea that body hair on a woman is unhygienic and inherently ugly was ingrained in my head since I was a child. The reason body hair is seen as unattractive for female-presenting people is because it hinders the romanticization of women. The only time when body

hair is naturally absent is before puberty, so every time we give in to this idea, we further the fetishization of girls’ bodies. Even in women’s razor ads, up until the past few years, the legs and arms featured would be hairless. Razor companies are scared to show leg hair in

advertisements because as potential customers, it immediately paints a bad image in women’s minds. The media’s portrayal of feminine leg hair doesn’t just affect impressionable young women. Even when we turn the TV off or close our laptops, our family and friends push these standards on us. My journey with my body image has been tumultuous, scary and eye-opening. Now that I’m 18, I’ve grown to have a healthy relationship with my body hair. I still shave, but now I’ve learned that the problem wasn’t what was on my legs or under my arms or anywhere else on my body. Now, if my mom or another family member makes a harmless, passing remark about my leg stubble, I’d think of it as maybe a little bit rude but otherwise, shake it off. It didn’t have to do with me at all. It is completely my own decision. If I skip a week of shaving and get some stubble, I won’t worry about it like I used to. I’ve come to realize that there are far more pressing issues in the world than how much leg hair someone does or doesn’t have. My experience with hair insecurity would be completely different if I had women in my life and in the media showing me it was acceptable and hygienic to have body hair. I would have realized sooner that shaving or keeping my body hair is completely my choice, and no one else’s.




Skilled freshman always ‘upbeat’ on the course Danny Nguyen made the Vietnam National Team and won the Vietnam Amateur Championship in high school. BY WINSTON HARRIS Golf Beat Reporter Danny Nguyen, a freshman, has appeared in more Temple University golf tournaments this season than most seniors on the team. Nguyen’s skill dates back to when he was 11 years old, the first time he began playing golf in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. He watched his father play and sometimes hit balls for fun. Over time, he started taking the game seriously. Nguyen came to school in America when he was 14, attending all four years of high school at Windermere Preparatory School in Windermere, Florida. In 2017, Nguyen was the Vietnam Amateur champion and the Ho Tram Junior Open champion. This afforded him the opportunity to join the Vietnam National Team. The following year, he played in the Asia Pacific Amateur tournament and helped Windermere win the Florida State Class 1A state championship in his senior year. Nguyen recorded an 80.5 stroke average in two rounds. It was a big change for Nguyen to come to Florida from Vietnam, except when it came to playing golf. He then had to adjust to Philadelphia’s layout when he came to Temple, he said. For Nguyen, being part of those tournaments was a great opportunity to learn the game. “It all felt like a new step to my golf career,” Nguyen said. “It helped me learn how to be able to play golf not only as an individual but as a team, which is what I’m doing here at Temple.” Nguyen liked Temple’s golf program and Main Campus after visiting in his senior year. He kept in contact with assistant coach Matt Teesdale throughout his senior year, in the hopes of playing for the Owls. @TheTempleNews @TheTempleNews

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman golfer Danny Nguyen hits the ball at the first tee during the City 6 golf tournament at Huntingdon Valley Country Club on Nov. 9.

Teesdale liked how direct of an impact Nguyen made the second he stepped on the course this season, he said. “He fit right in,” Teesdale said. “He’s pretty upbeat on the golf course, which is nice as a freshman.” At Temple, his experiences have made him a better decision-maker and calmer under pressure, he said. It shows in his play this season. He has a stroke average of 76.25 and has played all five tournaments. Four Temple golfers appeared in three or fewer tournaments during the Fall 2019 season and ended with higher average scores. The goal of the coaching staff is to minimize any mental mistakes Nguyen

makes, Teesdale said. “We want these kids to be able to shoot numbers when they’re not hitting it good,” Teesdale said. “They can come off the course and say, ‘I hit it like crap today, but I still managed to shoot 72,’ that’s the end goal.” Nguyen tied with Owls junior Dawson Anders on the scorecard at the Phoenix Invitational on Oct. 14 and 15 in Burlington, North Carolina. He shot 74 in each round for a total of 222 at the tournament. Nguyen’s best single round was the third round of the Firestone Invitational on Oct. 1 in Akron, Ohio. He shot 72, the same score Anders made that round. “Coming in as a freshman, we needed someone to step up,” Teesdale

said. “Him being the five guy for our team, he definitely did his job this year.” Teesdale saw the amount of “bounceback” Nguyen had in him, which is the best quality there is in golf, he said. Nguyen has made a close bond with Anders, the team’s captain, Nguyen said. As the captain, Anders taught freshman Graham Chase and Nguyen how to play smart and efficiently, Anders said. Those lessons were handed down from coach Brian Quinn, who taught Anders those things his freshman year. “[Nguyen is] definitely just always positive out on the course,” Anders added. “You can never tell if he’s shooting 68 or 78 because he’s always in a good mood.”




Women’s rugby club reaches National Tournament The club last made the National Tournament in 2010, losing to Washington State University. BY JAY NEEMEYER Sports Editor The last time the Temple University women’s rugby club played in the USA Rugby Division II National Tournament, its current players were in middle school. The Owls played their first National Tournament match in nearly a decade on Nov. 16, winning 37-14 against Roger Williams University. “We had a really good defense, really amazing tackles, and our tries were really good as well,” said Katey Rogers, a sophomore prop. “We played much better in the first half than the second, but we were definitely the better team.” Temple led 20-0 at halftime. “I think definitely this year there’s a different attitude amongst the team,” second-year coach Samantha Hoegle said at practice on Nov. 15. “I think this year, we never got too comfortable. That was always something we struggled with, but this year we never got too comfortable with where we were at and always kept pushing to get better.” Several members had never played rugby before joining the club. Sophomore scrum-half Honor Burke wanted to play a club sport in college. She went to the rugby meeting as a freshman and decided to become part of the team because the group was “much more welcoming than all the people at the other meetings.” The team also had a “mini-camp” at the beginning of the season to explain the rules of the game. Burke, an English major, said she picked up the sport quickly because she had previously played soccer and lacrosse. “It’s everything you’ve ever wanted to do in soccer,” Burke said. “It is like

JAY NEEMEYER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple women’s rugby club practices line-outs at the Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex on Nov. 15.

a form of football, so you can just kick downfield. I was a goalie, so I have a lot of habits like that.” Being allowed and encouraged to tackle opponents is exciting, she added. Rogers played football in high school and tried rugby for the first time as a freshman. Rogers, a political science and criminal justice major, is part of the starting lineup. She’s a “tighthead” prop, meaning she is in the middle of every scrum. Her experience playing football made the transition to rugby tackling easy, she said. “In scrums, we push hard, tackle

hard, we get there in rucks,” Rogers added. “We’re pretty much like the linemen of football, I’d say.” The team didn’t expect to reach the National Tournament this year because many players were inexperienced, Rogers said. “It’s wild, if you think about where you came from, not knowing how to do this at the beginning of September,” Hoegle said. “And then all of a sudden, you’re playing against the best teams in the country, and hanging with them and doing a really good job. It’s so cool and I’m so excited that they get to play against that kind of competition because it’s only

going to make them even better.” Club President Sierra Pullano, a junior environmental studies major, started playing rugby in Spring 2017. “To see that like we’re a bunch of people who are like pretty inexperienced to come together, practice, put in the work and get to this point is awesome,” Pullano said. “It’s empowering.” The team will travel to Poughkeepsie, New York, on Nov. 23 for the next round of the tournament. Their opponent will be determined during the week. @neemeyer_j




Coach, players reflect on growth in 2019 season

The Owls played many important Temple Broad Street bullies.” The Owls won more than three appearances before joining the Owls in games this season, but one of the most The players are going to focus on times as many games in 2019 as January. The 2019 season was a successful pivotal came against Old Dominion their opportunities to improve each day, they did in 2018.

BY CAYDEN STEELE Field Hockey Beat Reporter Temple University field hockey (710, 2-5 Big East Conference) improved in 2019 after only winning two games the previous season. The Owls were successful at home this season, finishing with a 6-3 record at Howarth Field, but struggled with away games, finishing 1-7 on the road. “Even though we got those seven wins, it didn’t feel like enough,” coach Susan Ciufo said. “I think we are a really hungry group, and we will begin to put in work for 2020.” Ciufo previously led Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts to three Division II NCAA Tournament

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 PIERRE-LOUIS “Scoring for me is gonna happen. I’m trying to be the best defender and rebounding guard in the country,” Pierre-Louis added. “I’m just trying my best to do that every single day.” Pierre-Louis started the streak when he recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 70-81 loss to Belmont University in the NCAA Tournament First Four in March. He started this season with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-62 win over Drexel (2-3) on Nov. 5. He followed that up with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-57 win against Morgan State. Most recently, Pierre-Louis recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-65 win over La Salle (1-2) on Saturday.


transition and players have high expectations for next season, Ciufo said. Entering this season, the Owls had not won a Big East Conference game since 2016, when they beat Quinnipiac University. Under Ciufo, the Owls won two conference games. They beat Georgetown University (6-13, 1-6 The Big East) 2-1 in overtime in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11. They then beat Villanova (7-10, 1-6 The Big East) 3-0 at Howarth Field on Oct. 25. The two wins brought a sense of relief to the team after years of losing tough conference games, junior back Dani Batze said. “It’s been something we have been trying to do for years, and we’ve been so close,” Batze said.

University (11-7, 6-1 The Big East), sophomore back Nienke Oerlemans said. The Monarchs are ranked No. 18 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll. The Owls came away confident after the 2-1 loss on Oct. 18, Oerlemans said. “I think after Old Dominion it was a good feeling knowing it finally all came together for us,” she added. The team finished its season with a 3-0 win over Long Island University (7-10, 4-2 Northeast Conference) at Howarth Field on Nov. 3. The Owls will get ready for next season in January 2020, Ciufo said. “I am a big believer that we need some student athletes with massive skill,” Ciufo said. “Then we need to find some student athletes who can be gritty

Batze said. “I think the offseason is a big part of it, being focused every day and taking advantage of the opportunities that we do get in the spring,” she added. “Then in the fall just capitalize on that and just keep improving our games.” The expectations are high and making the Big East Tournament is a realistic goal, Batze said. “I think the Big East Tournament is our goal. We only got two wins this season in the Big East, and we definitely could of got more,” Batze said. “Three more wins we would of been in there and three more wins is achievable.”

Pierre-Louis leads the team with 33 overall rebounds and 24 defensive rebounds. The second-closest player in rebounds is junior forward J.P. Moorman II, who has 19 overall rebounds and 14 defensive rebounds. Pierre-Louis has also contributed defensively with 13 steals this season. His ability to create turnovers and opportunities for the Owls to score fastbreak points has helped Temple get to a 3-0 start. “[Pierre-Louis] anchors that defense for us,” said coach Aaron McKie after Temple’s win against Morgan State. “He spearheads it. Guys seem like they’re buying into it.” In every game this season, the Owls have held an advantage in points off turnovers over their opponents, outscoring their opponents 61-32 in points off turnovers. This includes a 27-2 margin against Morgan State.

Pierre-Louis has been leading the defensive unit this season. He has 35 percent of Temple’s 37 steals this season. Pierre-Louis is the only Temple player with double-digit steals this season. Senior guard Alani Moore II, who has seven, comes closest to PierreLouis in steals. “Most teams’ identity is defense early on in the year until your offense catches up,” McKie said after Temple’s win against La Salle. “They’re learning a new system. This is completely different for them…defensively, we wanna continue getting after teams.” Freshman guard Josh PierreLouis, Nate Pierre-Louis’ brother, sees similarities in their defensive games. The only difference Josh Pierre-Louis sees in their games is how his brother likes to attack the rim and get to the free-throw line, he said. Nate Pierre-Louis leads the team in

free throws made and attempted, going 19-of-30 at the free-throw line this season. “Nate [Pierre-Louis is] more of a deep threat,” Josh Pierre-Louis said on Oct. 29. “He can post you up and put you in the post. He likes more contact.” Nate Pierre-Louis was named one of the three captains along with Moorman and senior guard Quinton Rose. Nate Pierre-Louis takes pride in being a captain and improving his play, he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a captain since the first time I came to Temple University,” Nate Pierre-Louis said on Oct. 29. “I really take it to heart, so I just try my hardest to be the best leader and the best captain I can be every single day.” @caydensports @mcginley_alex






Nate Pierre-Louis leads the 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per Owls in offensive and defen- game. Not only is he averaging sive stats after three games. a double-double, but he also has BY ALEX McGINLEY Assistant Sports Editor


ate Pierre-Louis has been leading the charge for Temple University men’s basketball (3-0) on both sides of the court. In three games this season, the junior guard leads the Owls with

recorded four consecutive doubledoubles dating back to last season. “I’m just trying to do what I do well and that’s rebounding and defending every single day,” PierreLouis said after Temple’s win against Morgan State University (2-2) on Nov. 9. PIERRE-LOUIS | PAGE 23

NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis fends off freshman guard Ayinde Hikim during the Owls’ game against La Salle at the Tom Gola Arena on Nov. 16.

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