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USE THIS PAPER TO KILL LANTERNFLIES The invasive species has come to Main Campus, but staff and environmental student organizations are not too concerned.

WHAT’S INSIDE FEATURES, PAGE 12 Scholarship honors the life of a longtime journalist, dean. SPORTS, PAGE 24 Men’s soccer struggles to score, yet takes more shots on goal than its opponents.

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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 Colleen Claggett Photography Editor Jeremy Elvas Asst. Photography Editor Madison Seitchik Co-Multimedia Editor Jared Giovan Co-Multimedia Editor Kathy Chan Assistant 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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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 Kelly Brennan at or 215-204-6736. In an article that ran on Sept. 17, 2019 titled “Offense seeks better execution against Buffalo” the MAC conference was incorrectly called the “MACK” conference. In an article that ran on Sept. 17, 2019 titled “Dancing on her own: Lone senior boosts morale,” the photo was incorrectly attributed to Meryl Biju. The photo was taken by Colleen Claggett.

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Klein given $2 million to act as media hub The program, dubbed as many opportunities as possible for News Catalyst, will provide Temple students to be a part of this project,” Pilhofer added. technology to newsrooms. BY COLIN EVANS News Editor The Knight-Lenfest Fund awarded $2-million to the Klein College of Media and Communication so that the college can help news organizations become more sustainable in the digital age. Aron Pilhofer, an associate professor of journalism and the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Klein College, is using the two-year grant to fund News Catalyst, an information hub that advises media organizations on best practices in digital newsrooms, Pilhofer said. The hub will also collaborate with newsrooms to create new digital tools or technology that fit their specific needs, said David Boardman, dean of Klein College. A news organization may contact News Catalyst, for instance, and ask them how to create a sign-up button for digital subscribers, Boardman said. The hub would either direct the newsroom to resources available on the topic or collaborate with them to build the technology, he said. The Facebook Journalism Project also supports News Catalyst through an additional $1-million grant, according to a release from the Lenfest Institute. The Klein-Lenfest Fund’s grant will provide opportunities for students to work part-time at the hub, Pilhofer said. He is also considering integrating New Catalyst’s work into the course The Future of Journalism, which he currently teaches, or creating a new class focused entirely on the hub, he said. “Obviously my goal is to create

Sam Cohn, a sophomore journalism major, said he would be interested in a class that worked in conjunction with News Catalyst. The high-quality work that Klein’s students and faculty have produced proves that the school is capable of advising other organizations through this hub, Cohn added. “So that right there should show how much knowledge is in this little hub at Temple University and Klein College,” he said. “So, their ability to take that and move forward with it to help shouldn’t be something that’s questioned.” Hannah Pittel, a senior journalism major, said she thinks the hub is important because it will help newsrooms adapt for the future. “I love print,” Pittel said. “I love holding things and reading them. But how the world is right now and how it works, everything’s digital. And I think that it’s really important for news outlets to evolve with the world.” The Knight-Lenfest Fund chose Klein because the college has a “real understanding of the nuanced role that technology plays in the transformation of local news,” said Roxann Stafford, the managing director of the fund. “It’s not just about the latest technology. It’s about how do you help people learn to apply it,” she added. Boardman, as the chair of the Lenfest Institute, recused himself from discussions between the Institute and the Knight Foundation about the grant, he said. @colinpaulevans




Students, staff not worried amid laternfly influx People should kill the invasive bug if they see them around, officials said. BY MACKENZIE SENDRO Web Editor In the bustling area around the Bell Tower, students have found company with a critter relatively new to Temple’s campus but all-too-familiar in Pennsylvania: the spotted lanternfly. Students told The Temple News they’ve seen lanternflies outside the Morgan Hall Dining Center and Temple University SEPTA Station. The bugs are an invasive species native to China, India and Vietnam that can cause serious damage to trees, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The bugs are small, moth-like insects with spotted wings, with few natural predators in the region, according to Penn State Extension, an agricultural education organization. They lay eggs on almost any surface, which has allowed them to spread quickly throughout the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, the site read. Lanternflies were first spotted in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014, which prompted the state’s Department of Agriculture to issue restrictions on the movement of yard waste, firewood and tree parts, among other items in several counties in Eastern Pennsylvania, according to the department’s website. Reports of the lanternfly in Philadelphia increased from 15 in 2018 to more than 7,700 so far this year, said Shannon Powers, a spokesperson for the state’s department of agriculture. Statewide reports tripled to more than 65,000 during the same period. Ashley McGrogan, a junior biochemisty major, said the bugs are “digusting” and often have no issue jumping on her. “They’re a little freaky when they’re huge,” she added. But the recent influx of the spotted lanternfly on campus has not worried @TheTempleNews

JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS A dead spotted lanternfly lies on the ground outside of Morgan Hall on Sept. 13.

Glenn Eck, Temple’s associate director of ground operations, as the trees he manages have sustained invasions of harmful species before, he said. “When these sorts of things come through, the thing that we have an advantage here on campus is a very wide variety of trees,” Eck said, adding that he has not seen any damage to trees on campus yet. “Primarily they’ve just been a nuisance insect, congregating on the buildings,” he added. Temple Community Garden, a student-run plot at the intersection of Diamond and Carlisle streets, has received several reports of the species around campus from its members, said Sarah DiTomas, a member of the garden. The insects do the most damage by swarming trees, so the most effective method is to squish the insects and report the swarms, said DiTomas, a junior art therapy major. “I see people killing them everyday, and there are still somehow even more than ever before,” said Raquel Messina, a

freshman global studies major. TCG, fortunately, has not seen any lanternflies in the garden, said Connor Caruso, its president, but the garden has five trees that could be hurt by the bug. Members are checking the garden’s trees and plants more frequently now that it has been spotted in the area, said Caruso, who is a senior environmental studies major. At a general body meeting on Thursday, the garden’s leadership had a presentation on how to spot lanternflies and what types of “good bugs” are helpful in killing them. “As soon as it became a prevalent issue, it was like, this is now on the list,” said Kayla McKay, the garden’s vice president and a junior landscape architecture major. “This is something to look for, something to educate the club about so now these students know there’s a resource to report them, to kill them.” Students should not report lanternfly sightings to the Department of Agriculture if they see it on campus, Caruso said, as the state is well aware of its pres-

ence in Philadelphia by now. Matthew Helmus, the principal investigator at Temple’s Integrative Ecology Lab, said the insects generally are attracted to tall buildings and trees around this time of year. Helmus, who is also a biodiversity and ecology assistant professor, also expects to see nymphs, or baby spotted lanternflies, around this time next year due to their mating cycle, he said. “It is important to be cautious when traveling for the holidays,” Helmus said. “Anybody traveling with anything the insects could have laid their eggs on will only cause more spreading.” Eck, who has worked at Temple for 22 years, said the most responsible thing to do is let an invasive species do their damage and replant trees that are resistant to it in the future. “Generally, when these organisms are part of an invasive landscape, they’re part of the new normal,” Eck added.

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Director to prioritize LGBTQ, community issues Natalia Garay, the director of student affairs, planned Sexual Assault Prevention Week. BY LAKOTA MATSON TSG Beat Reporter Natalia Garay is no stranger to serving students on Temple’s campus. Last semester, she founded Temple’s chapter of Queen in You, an organization that mentors girls and women of color through social events and community service projects. Garay began her role as Temple Student Government’s director of student affairs this semester. She is prioritizing improving LGBTQ representation on campus and improving Temple’s relationship with North Philadelphia, though she did not provide specifics for any planned initiatives. “I don’t think that they should have to feel like they need to leave their identity outside of the classroom,” Garay said of LGBTQ-identifying students. “I think that there needs to be more ways on how we can better support them, or be better allies to them, or be better community members to them.” The senior public relations major said TSG has to help improve the relationship between Temple students and North Philadelphia residents. “I see the ways in which Temple students engage with the natives of this community, and it’s not always in the most respectful manner,” she added. Garay also planned Sexual Assault Prevention Week, which took place earlier this month. The week comprised of five events aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence on college campuses.

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JUN WENTZ / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple Student Government’s Director of Student Affairs Natalia Garay (left) listens at the campus safety town hall in the Student Center on Sept. 23.

Serving as director of student affairs is “an opportunity for me to represent not only my person, which is black, Latin, or whatever that all encompasses,” Garay said. “But it’s an opportunity for me to voice the concerns and the opinions of the student body who also may feel the same way I do.” Natalia is professional in her interactions and has shown a big commitment to organizing Queen In You, said Jennifer Johnson, the faculty adviser for the student organization.

“She’s very motivated in terms of working to secure resources and pretty much fearless and unafraid to share her opinions, whether they are related to the growth of the group or opinions related to some of the challenges around Temple,” Johnson added. This semester, the organization, along with six others on campus, helped clean trash and leftover debris around a vacant building that previously caught fire at the corner of 16th and Oxford streets, Garay said.

Garay is especially good at listening to students about what they would like to see be better supported on campus, said Laryssa Banks, TSG’s vice president of services. “There are a lot of perspectives on campus that aren’t seen, and I feel like she can bring that to this role,” Banks said. “She’s a very driven girl, and she is very big on if she wants something done, she’ll get it done,” she added.




Study abroad programs struggle to attract men Women comprise close to two- said. “I would say I’m not comfortable thirds of those who study abroad, with any of these conclusions being tied both at Temple and nationwide. to one gender or another. I know a lot of BY EMMA PADNER For The Temple News Giovanny Zapata, a senior health professions major, studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, this spring. There, he was in a class of 25 students — only five of whom were men. “They said that was the most they’ve had in the past two years,” Zapata said. “So automatically, all the guys got so close in the program.” The gender disparity had no effect on his time in Denmark, Zapata added. “Because our program was about health care, we did talk about topics that were primarily female,” he said. “I had an opportunity to hear more about that stuff. But [gender] wasn’t a determining factor in your classes if you would have a good experience or anything, it was just the fact of the program.” According to the Temple 2017-18 Factbook, 65 percent of students who participated in a study abroad program were women, making up 687 students out of the overall 1,053. The figure was even more lopsided for Temple students participating in non-Temple programs, “external programs,” where women make up 75 percent of the total. Nationwide, 67.3 percent of American students who studied abroad were women in 2016-17, according to Open Doors, which functions through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Alistair Howard, the assistant vice president for international affairs, said that he isn’t sure why more women study abroad than men, but he doesn’t believe stereotypes, like men being more unwilling to travel and leave their friends, are the cause. “Some of the research on males studying abroad suggests that they like to see more of a connection,” Howard


women interested in seeing what those tangible benefits are as well.” “It’s a shame that more men don’t go abroad, but I don’t think it’s being seen as a severe problem,” he added. Both Howard and Suzanne Willever, the manager of outreach and communications at the Department of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses, said their office tends to focus on outreach to a wide variety of students, rather than just one gender. “We do seek to encourage all students to study abroad and try to represent students from various backgrounds, whether that is socioeconomic, ethnic, racial or even major, by showcasing students from those backgrounds,” Willever said. Adam Brock, a senior mechanical engineering major who studied abroad in Derry, Northern Ireland and Leipzig, Germany, said that he was taken aback when he saw that of 13 names advertised on a Temple study abroad blog, he was the only man. “If that’s any representation of the ratio who study abroad than yeah, but I can’t say that I particularly felt ever on the programs like, ‘Wow, there’s more girls here than guys,’” Brock said. Casey Tsou, a sophomore communications and social influence major, said that two-thirds of the students in her London study abroad program were women. “I think guys are definitely underrepresented,” Tsou said. “I really didn’t notice it at all because I’m a girl until after the event. If I had been a guy, I would have felt it.” Claire McGlinchey, a senior communications studies and environmental studies double major, said that only five or six out of the 22 students from her study abroad program in Arcosanti, Arizona, were men, and no men studied abroad with her in Paris, France.

Temple students who studied abroad: By gender

Men 35% Women 65%


“I think at this age young women are very much go-getters, they want to go out and see the world, and the men oftentimes want to go with their friends on a program,” McGlinchey said. “That’s a generalization, of course, it goes both ways. But it seems like maybe the women are more inclined to go.” Allie Miller, the director of Klein GO, which offers study abroad programs through Klein College of Media and Communication, said that their office is partnering with Diamond Edge, a student run advertising agency, to try

and create advertisements that will appeal to men. “They want to see action, they want to see people doing things, so it’s also partially rebranding the way we’re showing study abroad,” Miller said. “It can’t just be anymore about finding yourself, or exploring that study abroad started from languages and exchanges and things, it has evolved so much that there are way more opportunities now,” Miller added.

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Non-profit floats Broad Street business district Local businesses would be charged a yearly fee to fund community improvement efforts. BY VALERIE DOWRET For The Temple News The North Broad Renaissance, a non-profit organization, proposed to create a district that would provide support services to businesses stretching from Spring Garden Street to Indiana Avenue on Broad Street. The Business Improvement District would provide community services in exchange for an annual fee paid by commercial property owners and landlords. With 270 properties which would be included in the North Broad Business Improvement District, the fee for each property owner would be 0.0012 percent of the property’s value, said Shalimar Thomas, executive director of the North Broad Renaissance. For example, Philly Style, a pizza shop on Broad Street near Norris, would pay $916 a year based on its property value, according to the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment. Sal’s Produce Plus, on Broad Street near Melon, would pay $269, while Real Deal Auto Sales near Cumberland Street on Broad would pay $437. Darrell Clarke, Philadelphia City Council president, presented the ordinance to the council for review on Thursday, Thomas said. The North Broad Renaissance currently provides trash cleaning crews, marketing services to local businesses and landscaping services on Broad Street between City Hall and Germantown Avenue, Thomas added. The Business Improvement District would provide funding to further sustain those projects, which are currently sponsored by public and private donors, she said. Although a few of Temple’s properties on Broad Street would qualify to be a

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VALERIE DOWRET / THE TEMPLE NEWS (Left to right) Executive Director of NBR Shalimar Thomas, President and CEO of TWB Cleaning Contractors Trina Benjamin, Director of Corridor Development with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce Denis Murphy, and Senior Associate of Urban Partners Christopher A. Lankenau discuss the proposed North Broad Business Improvement District at the School District of Philadelphia Administrative Offices on Sept. 20.

part of the district, most of the businesses would be exempt from the fee because they are a nonprofit, Thomas said. Emily Murphy, a junior community development major who worked at the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District as a special projects manager, has concerns for how the proposed business improvement district would impact rent around campus as landlords cannot afford the extra fee, she said. “They’ll have to raise the rent and then people really won’t want to live there,” Murphy said. Some landlords could pass off the business district fee through clauses in leases. Under the proposed plan, owner-occupied, single-family homes and condominiums would not pay the fee, according to the North Broad Renaissance’s website.

Kenny Ashe, a member of the Business Improvement District Steering Committee, believes that investing in a business improvement district for the community is worth the increase in prices that his businesses may have to take on, he said. “We just have to have a mindset as business owners that we’re investing in the community and thinking long term,” said Ashe, also a board member of Progress Investment Associates, which owns Sullivan Progress Plaza on Oxford and Broad streets. “The cost is gonna be a big deal, but if you’re only thinking short term,” Ashe added. Trina Benjamin, the president and CEO of TWB Cleaning Contractors, which supplies services for the NBR’s cleaning and safety projects, said she is

hopeful that the Business Improvement District will encourage property owners on North Broad Street to take better care of the space surrounding their businesses. “We clean along the North Broad right now, and a lot of property owners are not really invested where they do business,” Benjamin said. “I think that will really help the business owners be active in what’s going on along North Broad,” she added. In late fall, one of the two public hearings for the North Broad Business Improvement District ordinance will take place, Thomas said.



Keep investing off campus This semester, the Good Neighbor Committee, Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability launched Owls on the Block, a fellowship program that will pay five students a $1,000 stipend for the semester to do 2-5 hours a week of community engagement, trash reduction and peer education on their off-campus blocks. Fellows will organize block cleanups and collaborate with the city’s Streets Department to create a litter index, and students are also expected to build positive relationships with their neighbors. Sporadic volunteer block clean-ups aren’t enough to keep North Philadelphia clean of trash.

This community needs sustained work to improve an issue affecting residents. The Editorial Board commends Temple’s continued investment in cleaning trash, which is often created by its own students, from surrounding neighborhoods. Putting an on-going solution in place shows Temple cares for the look of the neighborhood and so should students. We also appreciate student fellows for taking leadership on their blocks and connecting with their community. Temple should continue to invest in this program so more students on different blocks can get involved.


Support business district

On Thursday, City Council President Darrell Clarke presented an ordinance to local residents that plans to create a Business Improvement District along North Broad Street. The program, organized by the North Broad Renaissance, would charge businesses between Spring Garden Street and Indiana Avenue a fee of 0.0012% of their property value and use the fund to revitalize the area. The district would improve the economy and quality of life for residents. Fees collected would improve the expansion of existing resources, including cleaning litter


and promoting local businesses in the area. North Broad Renaissance has a history of implementing initiatives that strengthen community ties and gives back to local residents. The Editorial Board commends the organization for embarking on a program that would benefit this area. The ordinance would add to a long list of impressive efforts. We hope this program will come to fruition and strengthen community-business relationships along with sparking economic growth along North Broad Street.


Don’t neglect mental health

Students should take responsibility Health Checkups at Columbia University. These difficulties only get worse after for their mental health during college graduation, with the added responsibilities by asking for help. Countless open tabs with soon-to-be-finished papers litter laptop screens all around campus. Students frantically reading textbooks on train rides to their jobs and internships has beMEGAN COMBS come a common sight. It’s For The Temple the fifth week of classes, News and the work and stress is piling up. With the pressures of classes, work and internships increasing, students barely have time to breathe, let alone take care of their mental health, setting up a dangerous precedent for the future. Mental health disorders affect one in three college freshman, with the most common illnesses being depression and anxiety, the American Psychological Association reported in 2018. There are plenty of on-campus resources for students dealing with mental health issues, like Tuttleman Counseling Services and the Psychological Services Center at Temple University Hospital. These resources are all available to students, but only if students seek help. “Students feel there is a stigma around [discussing mental health]. Every time they act that way they perpetuate the stigma,” said Richard Heimberg, clinic director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic located in Weiss Hall and a psychology professor. “I’ve seen lots of students fail courses because they didn’t want to admit they needed help,” Heimberg added. Mental health issues can affect academic achievement, with approximately 83 percent of college students with emotional and behavioral disorders scoring worse than students without them in reading, math and writing, according to the National Center for Mental

and stress of the workplace. Still, a 2018 study by the JED Foundation, a suicide prevention nonprofit, found that only two in 10 college seniors with diagnosed mental health conditions had plans for how to take care of their mental well-being after graduation. “Ignoring mental health in this job can lead to terrible irritability, in all terms, a complete shutdown and lack of awareness of things around you, whether it be your team or your students,” said Aly Seechock, a teacher in North Philadelphia public schools since 2018. In her first year as an educator, she experienced burnout, which Mayo Clinic defines as a physical and emotional exhaustion due to chronic stress, from her new position, which negatively impacted her mental health, Seechock said. There’s one thing that students can do to safeguard their mental health now and in the future: ask for help, whether it is your employer or professor. “I would definitely be open to an employee coming up to me at any time and talking to me about what’s going on with them,” said Anita Dumas, an impact manager for a nonprofit education organization in Philadelphia. Dumas said she encourages her employees to schedule weekly and monthly check-ins with her to discuss their mental health. The 2018 study by the JED Foundation also found that eight in 10 employers would welcome an employee approaching them about their mental health struggles. There are a number of reasons why it would be difficult for students to seek out help with their mental health, like a lack of time and busy schedules. But if students can try their best to seek help to the best of their ability, it will benefit their lives now and in the future. “If you don’t ask for help, you’re closing off a major lifeline,” Heimberg added.




Help displaced climate refugees after hurricanes Increasingly strong hurricanes have displaced millions, and the U.S. has the resources to help. In the last two years, the Caribbean has been hit with devastating hurricanes that are stronger than ever. I remember in 2017 when Hurricane devastated JEDIAEL PETERSON Maria For The Temple News Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and those places received little assistance from the United States. That same year, Hurricane Irma left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and homeless in the Caribbean, and severely damaged the islands’ infrastructure and public health, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In 2018, there were an estimated 17.2 million new climate refugees, or individuals displaced by natural disasters, in 148 countries around the world, the United Nations reported. This year, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane and the strongest one to ever hit the Bahamas, left 70,000 people homeless, CNN reported. In response to this disaster, we need to change how we treat climate refugees, welcome displaced individuals into our country and provide them with the necessary resources. Our current immigration policy allows Bahamians into the U.S. without a visa as long as they provide a passport, proof of no criminal record and a pre-screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Washington Post reported. But in a video circulating on social media, this policy was entirely ignored. The video depicts a crew member on a relief boat meant to take Bahamians seeking refuge to the U.S. denying access to those that couldn’t present a valid visa.


He announced via intercom, “Please, all passengers that don’t have a U.S. Visa, please proceed to disembark.” President Donald Trump responded to the incident during a press conference on Aug. 9, saying, “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and very bad gang members,” Vanity Fair reported. We’ve placed immigration politics before the safety of those in need, and as climate change becomes a greater issue, we need to address the unfair and unethical way we treat climate refugees. Countries like the Bahamas bear the brunt of climate change, as it’s surrounded by water, and will be more adversely affected by climate-change-fueled natural disasters like hurricanes, CNBC reported. “The majority of the carbon in the atmosphere comes from Europe and

the United States,” said Fletcher Chmara-Huff, a geography and urban studies professor who’s researched the Bahamas fishery policy since 2001. “While we’ve had reductions, their per capita pollution and history of pollution cannot be compared to that of the Bahamas.” After the tragedy in the Bahamas, people have to rebuild their lives but lack the funds to do so, and are thus blindsided when another natural disaster hits, CNN reported. “I was actually stuck in the last hurricane that hit the Bahamas [in 2003],” said Nastasia Aristide, a junior kinesiology and psychology major and TSG representative for the Organization of Afro-Latinas. “Seeing the destruction, even though I was still young, I remember seeing hut houses, everything picked up and carried away by the water and just devastation everywhere,” Aristide added. “Being from the Caribbean myself, I

know what a hurricane can do and the destruction it brings,” said Jahnel Williams, a senior music studies major and president of Temple’s Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness. “It takes a while for people to recover from that.” “Islands don’t really have the resources that the U.S. or richer countries have, so when I hear about a hurricane, my concern is how prepared are the people?” Williams added. As climate change continues to become a prominent issue in our lives, we’re going to see stronger, more deadly hurricanes hit vulnerable islands, which don’t have resources to recover. Climate refugees will need shelter and resources, and the U.S. should alter their immigration policies to accept these people fleeing natural disasters. This is a pressing issue that requires an immediate solution.





Women’s sports deserve respect and appreciation “This is a much bigger issue than any Women’s athletics have been routinely underappreciated by of us had thought,” Reed said. She does, however, appreciate the inclusivity she students and administration. I played competitive softball for 10 years. But as a woman, I still feel the need to prove my athletic ability and knowledge. Instead of just enjoying, participatMEAGHAN BURKE For The Temple ing or watching, I News felt like I had to show others that I was strong, athletic and updated on sports news. I never truly felt like I belonged in the realm of athletics. I’m not alone in this feeling either. Forty percent of women in the sports industry have experienced discrimination because of their gender, while 72 percent of their male colleagues did not acknowledge that sexism was an issue in their field, according to the non-profit organization Women in Sport. This is evident at the collegiate sports level, too. Despite how important sports can be to the college experience, many women experienced discrimination in this part of university life because of a monopoly that men believe they have on athletics. On Sept. 7, Kent State University abruptly ended a field hockey game between Temple University and the University of Maine on their field to prepare for a fireworks show for their football team’s game that same day, The Temple News reported. The action prioritized an unnecessary men’s team celebration over an actual game with female players, and it completely disregarded the time, energy and transportation costs of the players and their families. Above all else, it was sexist. Lucy Reed, a senior forward on the field hockey team and a public relations major, said the experience as extremely frustrating and disappointing.


feels in the athletic department at Temple. “I think our athletic department does such a good job of making sure that every single athlete knows their value,” she added. “What happened at Kent State, that would never ever happen at Temple.” As president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of Temple University, Reed has a lot of faith that Temple’s athletic department is there for all athletes, male or female, but this does not change the fact that women in college sports are less appreciated by the Temple student body, she said. The total attendance of the 2018-19 women’s basketball season was 15,312, according to The men’s basketball team’s was 93,168 for the same season. Students need to show out for university sports regardless of gender, and making real change starts with that transition. “One of the major ways we can all support our teams, specifically our womens’ teams, is to get out to their games and competitions,” said Kristy Bannon Sromovsky, Temple’s senior associate athletics director. Still, even when attendance for a particular women’s sport is high, female players are treated unfairly. The U.S. women’s national soccer team, for example, has record-breaking ticket sales, won the World Cup four times and had the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported. Yet, they are allegedly paid comparatively less than the men’s national team, according to their lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation on March 8. “We still have those stereotypes today, we still see the [U.S. women’s soccer team] not getting paid the same, and that all affects how we view women in


collegiate sports. They’re viewed as less important,” said David Schrider, a sociology professor who teaches the course Sociology of Sports. “I think it has to do with how we view women’s bodies and how we view their participation in sports throughout history,” he added. Whether it be the Temple field hockey team or the U.S. women’s soccer team, women’s sports have been rou-

tinely discriminated against. Female athletes work just as hard and are just as dedicated as male athletes, so it is only fair to give them the same treatment, attention and pay. As women continue to break barriers in athletics, we need to be there to show support and back them up. @meaghanburke61




I can’t pick my parents, but I can pick my family

It all changed around the time she A writer recounts her difficult redivorced my dad, shortly after I turned lationship with her mother and 15. It was a surprise to all of us, but it how it shaped who she is today. BY PAVLÍNA ČERNÁ

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Standing in the door of what was left of my bedroom, I felt a pulse in my temples and a strange, churning feeling in my chest. After coming home from school, I found my half of the room cleared out. Empty closet. Vacant bookshelves. Four black, heavy-duty trash bags on the floor, perfectly fitting all 18 years of my life. The heavy scent of an argument I had with my mother the previous evening still hung in the air. I wasn’t sure if a few seconds or a few hours of me standing there had passed before the reality sank in: My mother was kicking me out. Uncertain of what to do and where to go, I called my dad, who had not lived with us for almost three years at that point. He immediately picked me up and without mentioning what happened, he took me to my grandparents’ house, where I stayed for the rest of my senior year of high school, before moving to the United States. I’ve been asked, “Don’t you miss your parents?,” whenever my home country, the Czech Republic, came up in conversation in my six years of living in the U.S. “I miss my dad and my brother very much,” my answer used to be, resulting in sad looks, quiet condolences for being a half-orphan. Growing up, my mother was like an occasionally-strict best friend. She knew about every boy I liked, watched my favorite shows with me late at night and called my friends by the endearing nicknames she gave them.

especially affected my dad. He was devastated and unwilling to talk about her for a long time. My mother brought a new person into our lives the moment my dad packed his last bag. Her mean, judgemental and demanding boyfriend was the reason for our constant arguments. She started to look at me differently, blaming me for taking drugs I hadn’t touched based on rumors she heard about my peers. She dismissed my desire to go to college as a waste of money and criticized me for working too much. During our final altercation, I told her how much I disliked her boyfriend and how much she changed since he appeared in our lives. She said I’m not trying hard enough to get along with him and don’t want her to be happy. Since then, I’ve often questioned whether I’m to blame. Should I have been more obedient? Less stubborn? More understanding? I often missed having a mom — not my own, but a mother figure. Someone who would help me make important decisions, pass on her wisdom and just hug me after a bad day. And then my dad met Dana. By Dana’s side, he started to be lively again. He smiled, joked and planned trips and activities for us. And he finally spoke to me about my mother, telling me how unhealthy their relationship was and reassuring me it wasn’t my fault that she kicked me out. It was the affirmation I needed. Dana helped my dad become happy again, and then she helped me. Already a parent and a loving person, she showered me with affection from the first day we met. She’s been supportive and proud of me for my achievements, and encouraged me when


I was not doing well. No one gets to pick their biological parents but I get to pick who I call family: Dana became that long before my dad proposed to her. I gradually stopped blaming myself. I accepted that my mother will never be the parent I want her to be. I learned that it is all right to not have a good relationship with her and that there is nothing wrong with me. In the end I did what was best and healthiest for me — I forgave her. Her behavior and choices have shaped me to be the person I am — independent, responsible and appreciative

for the people around me — and there is nothing I should be ashamed of. When asked today, whether I miss my parents, I add that my mother is not involved in my life because that fact is an essential part of who I am and where I come from. Besides, I have this amazing stepmom that filled that empty part of my heart and I will always be thankful for, someone who reminds me that the past is past and that family means what I define it as. @CernaPavlina




Students clean up off-campus, build community A new fellowship program will students, is the chair of the Good Neighhave students pick up trash on bor Committee, a department within their blocks and talk to residents. Student Affairs that uses programming BY ASA CADWALLADER For The Temple News

Kenny Turner, 62, has lived off 16th and Fontain streets since 1968. He keeps his front stoop spotless and decorates the outside of his house with large colorful planters. Turner also tries to keep his trash and recycling neat and organized every Monday for trash day, compared to his neighbors at other residences on the street, he said. “I feel [the students] just don’t care. You don’t just throw a pizza box on the sidewalk, you need to put it in a bin,” Turner said. “The trash starts blowing around everywhere, and guess who has to clean that up? Me. Don’t nobody come out here and help me.” The Good Neighbor Committee, Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability have created Owls on the Block, a new student fellowship program aimed at addressing litter and building better relationships between North Philadelphia residents and students. The fellowship is open to students who live off-campus and provides a $1,000 annual stipend in return for 2-5 hours a week of community engagement, trash reduction and peer education on their respective blocks. In June, five students were selected for the program’s pilot year to represent the off-campus blocks they live on. Fellows will organize block cleanups, attend city service tours and work with the Philadelphia Streets Department to build a litter index throughout the year. Chris Carey, senior associate dean of


and education to strengthen community relationships. “We want students to go door-todoor and meet their neighbors, with the hopes of creating a street-wide communication system with fellow students and neighbors,” Carey said. Fellows will have control over how they go about engaging with residents on their block, Carey said. He hopes the program builds community beyond trash-related issues. Benjamin Burch, senior environmental science major, had signed his lease for an off-campus apartment at Willington and Master streets in December, and then applied for the fellowship. “It seemed to address one of my biggest insecurities about moving off-campus which was the interaction between the native Philadelphian community and all the students,” Burch said. Since being selected as a fellow, Burch has attended a popular church service on his block in an effort to get to know his neighbors better. “It’s about meeting community needs at your block,” he said. “It’s not this overarching goal but rather about making sure that each block is getting their individual needs met and that you are working not above but with the community members directly.” Kate Lyons, a senior geology major, has lived on 17th and Montgomery streets for two years and became interested in the program after observing issues with trash and student behavior on the block. She will use a door-to-door approach on her block to provide information and resources to students and residents, she said.

MADISON KARAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Benjamin Burch, a senior enviormental science major and an Owl on the Block fellow, sits outside his apartment on Sept 23.

“We want to be there to ease that transition between students and community members,” said Lyons, who is also director of sustainability of Temple Student Government. She plans to lead students on a trip to the Wagner Free Institute of Science, a preserved Victorian Era science museum, to educate them on an important cultural institution in their community, she said. Turner said that education is a part of fixing the litter problem, but that students should also know better. “A lot of them come from homes where they don’t do this, so don’t come to a neighborhood and do this just because you can,” he said. Turner has his own plans for community engagement on his block. “I’m planning on making a flyer and going door-to-door and take some pictures of the trash showing the way

it should look and showing the way it shouldn’t,” he said. The increased littering problem caused by students living off campus is not malicious, but rather the product of a lack of education and awareness among students, Carey said. “We need to educate students about the resources they have around move out time, how they can dispose of things, what their trash day is, things like that,” Lyons said. Students should take the time to learn about the history and experiences of long term residents in North Philadelphia, Lyons said. “The first step to take is the hardest one," Burch said. "It’s going to take knocking on doors, really getting to know our neighbors to make this program effective.”




Scholarship fund honors late dean and journalist

A Temple alumna and former Syracuse journalism dean died in April from uterine cancer. BY BIBI CORREA Assistant Features Editor It was a humid, hot day in Dallas, Texas at the National Association of Black Journalists' convention in the summer of 1986. Arlene Morgan went to a dive bar to escape the heat, where she was introduced to Lorraine Branham by their mutual friend Acel Moore. At the time, Morgan, the assistant dean for external affairs at Klein College of Media and Communication, was a recruiter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and immediately urged Branham to interview for the paper’s assistant city desk editor position. Branham, who was working at the Baltimore Sun, moved to the Inquirer 's city desk in 1987 and later became the associate managing editor for features, Morgan said. “She was just one of these people that even when she had to tell them to go to hell, they loved her,” Morgan said. In April, Branham, 66, died after losing her battle with uterine cancer. Temple will honor her memory with the Lorraine Branham Scholarship fund, an annual scholarship given to a Klein student starting in the spring semester. The endowed fund has raised more than $25,000 through donations from Lorraine’s friends and colleagues, and will hopefully continue to grow, said Karen Gallagher, assistant dean of development and alumni relations at Klein. Branham, a 1976 television, radio and film alumna, came to Temple as a single mother. Morgan said she credits the university for Branham’s self-confidence. “She told me once that this school meant everything to her because it gave

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Arlene Morgan, assistant dean for external affairs at Klein College of Media and Communication, reads the late Lorraine Branham’s obituary on Friday, Sept. 20.

her a chance to excel and to really thrive and move ahead,” she added. David Boardman, dean of Klein, praises Branham’s work as an outstanding leader in both the fields of journalism and journalism education. “We were proud to claim her as an alumna … and deeply saddened by her death earlier this year,” Boardman wrote in an email to The Temple News. “We are gratified that contributions from her friends and family will support the Lorraine Branhams of the future.” Morgan, along with Roy Campbell, a former fashion editor at the Inquirer, helped create the scholarship fund. Campbell said that as a journalist, Branham advocated for diversity. Working closely with her at the Inquirer, he said her goal was to assure her reporters got prominent placement in the paper and minorities were covered fairly. “One of her favorite sayings was 'If I

don’t do it, who will?'” Campbell said. “I fought that battle and I got tired of it and switched to do something else. Lorraine was never tired of it, she fought on.” As a journalist in the late 1980s, Branham faced criticism and racism from fellow journalists, which Morgan said she believes was due to professional jealousy. Yet, Branham never showed resentment, she added. “She wasn’t bitter, and she didn’t wear any type of anger on her sleeve,” Morgan said. “She faced it, and I just don’t remember her ever complaining or bitching about it.” After her time at the Inquirer, Branham became both the first woman and Black executive editor for the Tallahassee Democrat. Branham moved into academia, leaving the journalism business behind, in 2002. "She said she was getting tired of

making all the cuts," Morgan said. Branham became the director of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and stayed there until 2008, when she was offered a dean position at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. As a dean, she established several programs, like the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, to meet the digital change happening within journalism. Branham also allocated $18 million for the renovation and creation of projects, like the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, according to The Newhouse School. Branham's husband Melvin Williams said that being the dean at a prestigious school was an integral part of her aspirations and accomplishments. “It was the crown jewel of her ambition and a personal goal,” he added. "She was very proud of the job." Around this time last year, Branham and Williams returned from a trip to China, where Branham complained about pain in her lower abdomen. She was later diagnosed with stage-four uterine cancer, he said. “I only saw her cry once, that’s when she first got the diagnosis. She said, ‘This is how my life is going to end,’” Williams said. “I never saw her cry again about it, or complain, she was an exceptionally strong woman.” Morgan added that she believes Branham would’ve been touched by the scholarship because it will bring honor to her forever. “Lorraine made a difference, to anybody who worked for her she touched,” she said.“I just knew when we were in that bar drinking, I thought to myself ‘Oh god, this girl’s going to be a star, I know it.'” @bibicorrea_




Students turn artistic passions into side hustles

Platforms, like Redbubble and Soundcloud, allow students to make money from their artwork. BY LAWRENCE UKENYE For The Temple News While in elementary school, Imohimi Unuigbe discovered his love of music through singing and playing instruments, like the violin, cello and tuba. “I loved the feeling I got whenever I was around music,” said Unuigbe, a freshman computer science major. As he grew up, so did his love of music, he added. He now creates and produces Nigerian rap on Soundcloud, an online audio streaming platform, and has accumulated almost 2.5 million streams. Unuigbe said he has made $200 from his music on Soundcloud over four years. Some students, like Unuigbe, have side hustles — small freelance employment gigs in addition to a full-time job — that often stray from their intended college majors. By using platforms like Facebook, Soundcloud or personal websites, students are able to showcase their side business and promote them. In 2017, 28 percent of millennials ages 18-26 reported they had side hustles, according to a survey from Bankrate, a consumer finance company. Ray Lapinski, a sophomore advertising major, said they realized their passion for art as a 13-year-old, by creating and selling homemade jewelry with their mom at their local farmer’s market, at Boyertown, Pennsylvania. “I was always in that culture where we would go to farmer’s markets on the weekends,” Lapinski said. “I liked that I grew up with that mentality I could always be making stuff.” They currently sell paintings, jewelry and graphic designs that replicate skull and anime-like characters under the name “Skullduggery Studios” through online stores on Redbubble and Depop. Lapinski said they made around $900 last year and spent it mostly on investing in materials to produce more @TheTempleNews

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore entrepreneurship and innovation management major Charlie Seith shows merchandise from his blog, Kolorhouse, at the Charles Library on Sept. 15.

artwork. passion for creative media with “The For Lapinski, their passion for art Kolorhouse,” a blog that highlights arttranslates to their intended career. ists and designers who use prominent “I’ve designed logos for people as color in their work and exposes visitors well as graphic design work which re- to content creators from across the U.S. lates to what I’m learning in my major,” “I started with a desire to create they said. something of my own and really exThey want to press my creative I started with a desire side,” Seith said. explore more art events and con- to create something of my “I’ve always been ventions in the a positive perPhiladelphia area own and really express my son and I feel the as well as look for creative side. world needs somemore opportunithing that revolves Charlie Seith around that idea.” ties for showcasSOPHOMORE ENTREPRENEARSHIP ing, Lapinski said. Within the AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT MAJOR “I’m always first three months going to want to of starting his make art,” they website, Seith said added. “I’ll always want to continue do- he made around $300. He is currently ing fun projects even if it’s on the week- developing a fall and winter merchanends.” dise collection that he’s hoping to release Charles Seith, a sophomore entre- in the upcoming months. Seith wants to preneurship and innovation manage- showcase a variety of different creators ment major, has similarly grown his as a part of his “New Feature Friday,”

weekly blog post that highlights those who uniquely incorporate color into their work. “I came up with this idea of finding those creators in the world that don’t care about money or making it out for themselves but want to show their color and give color and joy to other people in their lives,” Seith added. While side hustles can provide fulltime students with additional incomes, Unuigbe and his parents agree that this primary objective is to focus on schoolwork. Unuigbe knows to keep an ear open to opportunities that may present themselves though, hoping for one of his upcoming songs to go viral, he said. “Growing up, my dad always told me about being at the right place at the right time because you never want to be given an opportunity and not be ready,” he added. @lawrencee_u





Alumni create alternative against package theft Huynh said that he and Nimmagadda “I don’t get many things shipped, but MailRoom will offer another op- vice for $5 a month. Customers have their packages delivered to a secure had been working toward running the I do know a lot of people who live off tion for students and residents MailRoom location, receive electroncompany for years as undergraduates. campus who order things online who to protect their packages.

BY ANNALIESE GRUNDER For The Temple News While living off-campus during their time as Temple students, Rahul Nimmagadda and Jon Huynh had many packages they ordered online stolen off their stoops before they got home to pick them up. “It got to the point where I was ordering stuff to my friend’s property management company, and then I’d pick them up from there,” said Nimmagadda, a 2019 statistical science and data analytics alumnus. “I talked to [Huynh] and to other friends, and it was clearly a problem other people had in their lives.” Nimmagadda and Huynh, also 2019 statistical science and data analytics alumnus, started MailRoom, a package-theft prevention business last year, which offers a subscription-based ser-

ic notification when their orders arrive and pick up their packages at their convenience. The company established its first pick-up location inside Bret’s Home Warehouse at Susquehanna Avenue and 16th Street in August, but is looking to expand to more locations to make package pick-up convenient for Temple students and North Philadelphia residents, Nimmagadda said. Rosalyn Simmons, 59, who lives between Broad and Colorado streets, said she didn’t understand the purpose of the company since there are other nearby facilities to have packages delivered in the neighborhood, like Walgreens. Alternatively, Latasha Bradford, 43, who lives between Dounton Street and Germantown Avenue, said they believe MailRoom would still be useful. “I used to get my stuff delivered to Walgreens," Bradford said. "That’d be better to have it delivered down here."

The alumni utilized resources at Temple, like Blackstone Launchpad, a service helping young entrepreneurs launch their business. “They really focused on problem-solving, and that’s how this company started,” Nimmagadda said. Sam Trilling, a senior political science and journalism major who lives between 17th and Diamond streets, said he has had packages stolen from him before and the company offers a useful alternative to getting deliveries sent to an Amazon Locker. “I tend to not want to support Amazon for ethical reasons, so I think that if their service could compete with and compare to the Amazon Locker service, I would use it,” Trilling said. Emily Murphy, a senior community development major who lives between 15th and Diamond streets, said she sees potential in the company but feels no need to subscribe to the service.

LINDSEY CHAI Freshman bioengineering major


Do spotted lanternflies affect your life on campus?

It’s just kind of annoying when you’re walking around and they’re buzzing everywhere. They keep flying at my feet so it’s like distracting to have to go squish them.

would love something like that,” Murphy said. "It seems like a pretty affordable thing to do if you order a lot of stuff.” Nimmagadda said it is important for students to take advantage of the opportunities they have while in college. “It’s a great place to really find your teammates who are interested in the same thing as you,” Huynh added. Simmons said she and her neighbors have already developed a system where they look out for each other to combat potential delivery theft. “[My neighbor has] had packages stolen from her before, so when she needs something done, I’m usually at home, or the lady across the street is at home, so we got our buddy system,” she said. “I let her know, she lets me know, and that’s how we do it.” @annaliesegrund1

SAMANTHA STEWART Sophomore journalism and political science major

I’ve definitely noticed them, more now that people have been talking about them but I just try to kill them when I see them.

MADELINE LUTZ Junior civil engineering major

JACKSON NEILL Sophomore media studies and production major

They’re just annoying. They always fly at you. They’re everywhere, in the elevators [at Morgan Hall.]

I’ve never seen this many of them, that’s crazy. If they’re killing plants, they’ll probably start affecting my daily life, like if they mess up this ecosystem.




Flea market shows off ‘old punk junk’


This weekend, 200 vendors came together for the Punk Rock Flea Market at the Armory on 23rd and Armory streets to sell homemade crafts, vintage goods and food. “This is an event that represents DIY art and culture in Philadelphia, spanning vintage handmade goods, art and just what we call ‘old punk junk,” said Walt Weber, 40, who owns The Captain’s Vintage, clothing store at Parkside Avenue and 49th Street, who is also the organizer for the market. “Whatever you make, whatever you sell, this is your chance to get it in front of a bunch of people that like this kind of stuff.” Dani Brodsky, a senior fibers and material studies major, sold goods from her online shop, Spider Mother Design, as a first-time vendor at the market. She said her experience was very positive. “I like it a lot, it’s definitely a good response and a good turnout, and every other vendor has been awesome,” Brodsky said. Emily Burke, a 14-year-old artist from Philadelphia sold shirts, bags, and even coloring books with Emily’s hand-drawn designs for the third time as a vendor at the market with the help of her dad Pat Burke. “What’s good about this market is there’s a lot of traffic, and when there’s traffic her stuff sells,” he said.








1. Name, label or mark associated with a product manufacturer

3. Narrow platform used to display clothing in fashion shows

2. When a certain style is becoming popular

4. Someone who displays clothing on stage or in photographs

3. Describes fashion that imitates fashion trends from the past 5. A handbag that has initials or a logo of a high fashion designer or company

6. Describes modern and sleek fashion 7. Buying clothes that have already been worn 8. How people express themselves through what they wear 9. Something that can be added to an outfit to make it more stylish




Muslim women’s hijabs express faith and style Muslim students who wear the else,” Alamiri said. “I want to stand out religious covering discuss what because, even now in a country where so much is homogenized, it’s kind of unique modesty means to them. BY NICO CISNEROS For The Temple News Hijabs, a religious headcovering worn by some Muslim women, are starting to appear in the Western fashion industry. Halima Aden, a 21-year-old Somali-American, became the first model to walk in New York Fashion Week wearing a hijab in 2017, W Magazine reported. She has been featured in British Vogue, campaigns with Fenty Beauty and American Eagle, and was one of E! News’ Front Five hosts for this year’s NYFW. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger have made special collections featuring the hijab, and reported. The hijab fashion industry is set to reach $488 billion this year, WHYY reported. “Hijab has transformed not only with the culture and society of the time but also with the way that women perceive it and choose to cover,” said Nora Alamiri, a senior public health major and member of the College of Public Health’s Diversity Committee. It wasn’t easy to be a hijabi as a child in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Alamiri said. Today, Muslim girls can look to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MI) and Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad to see themselves in mainstream American culture, but these role models weren’t visible when Alamiri was growing up, she added. “I had to come to my own decisions and my own beliefs that this is something for me that is a symbol of strength and I choose to wear it because truthfully, I don’t want to be like everybody


and cool.” President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association for Women and senior biology major Kurat Abaidullah said that growing up, she felt her hijab made her unique when she was a student at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Hunting Park. Now, she’s happy to be among fellow hijabis and other Muslim students on campus. “At Temple, fashion in Islam unifies us because when people are walking around like, ‘Hey I like your shoes’ or ‘Hey I like your sweater,’ [Muslim girls are] going around like, ‘Oh my god, where did you get that hijab? I love that!’” Abaidullah said. Typically, Abaidullah said, she shops at The Islamic Place, which sells modest clothing like the hijab. She and other hijabis have made do with scarves from department stores like Kohl’s and Sears, but a growing online presence from brands like Haute Hijab and Annah Hariri have made hijabs more available. This evident demand, combined with a desire to fuse hijabi and street style, has inspired Alamiri to create her own hijabs. Her first design — slated to be sold on the up-and-coming Philadelphia clothing brand Live By Faith, Inc. — is a plain white scarf with a colorful floral background. Over the flowers is the Arabic word “Modesty,” a nod to Alamiri’s own heritage. Below, in English, bold letters say “For modesty.” She chose modesty because it’s the whole purpose of the hijab. “Modesty means something different to everyone,” she said. “It’s everyone’s personal choice, and whatever way she chooses to cover, that’s up to her. Modesty is a spectrum, and you cannot

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior public health major Nora Alamiri showcases her custom-designed hijab inside the Tyler School of Art and Architecture on Sept. 22.

judge somebody for the way she chooses to cover.” Hafeezat Bishi, a sophomore communication and social influence major, said people misinterpret the religious meaning of modesty. “Hijab means ‘of modesty,’ so when you wear hijab you have to be modest not only in outward appearance but in how you speak, but people like to conflate that with being docile,” Bishi said. “A lot of people don’t think a woman in hijab can be outspoken, can be a leader, can make a change, which is what these women are doing right now.” Modest fashion being more visible is definitely a good thing, Alamiri said, but she urged people to be wary of major fashion labels who do not use authentic hijabi models.

“I think that’s dangerous when you use someone who isn’t of the culture to represent the culture because there’s a fine line between representation and misuse of minorities,” she said. Alamiri said she buys her hijabs from hijabi entrepreneurs to support women who share her values, which she hopes people will remember as the hijab becomes more en vogue. “If people don’t forget that it’s a religious symbol, I think it’s great,” Abaidullah said. “I think the second they start abusing it and making it more of a fashion statement instead of realizing that it’s a symbol that you’re a Muslim ambassador, it might become a slippery slope.”




Students explore fashion without dress codes Some female students at Temple find comfort in wearing what they want without repercussions. BY CATHERINE O’CONNELL For The Temple News Fashion and clothing choices are ways for people to express their identities, and some Temple students who had dress codes at previous schools get to explore this. Of the 17,000 people between the ages of 18 and 64 polled, 22 percent believe dress codes in high schools limit people’s freedom to express themselves, and 13 percent said it targets their gender in unfair ways, according to a 2017 survey by the Today Show. Madison Joy, a freshman health professions major from Vermont, said she feels more liberated in college without a dress code.

“At Temple, I feel like I’m judged less, so I tend to be more daring in what I wear,” Joy said. “There are a variety of body types here at Temple so I feel more represented. When I see other girls that look like me wearing clothes I used to be too scared to wear, like crop tops, I feel affirmed that I really can wear whatever I like.” In 2018, the principal of Oakville High School in Oakville, Missouri apologized to parents after telling female students they should not show off their bodies for fear of “distracting” male classmates, KSDK (Channel 5) reported. Kate Kubiak, a freshman civil engineering major, said that because dress codes are no longer enforced in college, instructional time is not wasted because of how a girl is dressed. “One time a girl in my class got [in trouble] for wearing a crop top and the whole process of her getting sent to the

office was much more distracting than I think the shirt had the potential to be,” Kubiak said. Nationwide, 53 percent of public schools enforced a strict dress code during the 2015-16 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Teachers are more likely to discipline girls of color for minor offenses, like dress code policy violations, and are more likely to give them harsher punishments, according to a 2014 study by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Sociology Professor Amanda Czerniawski said dress code regulations are often directed at the female student body, which sexualizes young women. “This raises the interesting question of whose responsibility is it to regulate teenage sexuality? Is it that of the girls, to prevent being a distraction to the boys? Or is it that of the boys to learn

how not to be distracted by the girls,” Czerniawski said. “The answers to these questions reveal the gendered nature of human sexuality.” Soumya Sam, a freshman psychology major, said without a dress code, she can now use fashion to express herself on campus. “I can be as conservative or revealing as I’d like, which helps with my confidence in my body and personal style,” Sam said. “I can be as daring as I want because I don’t feel like my body or clothes are being criticized.” Sam said she is very excited to have chosen a supportive college. “The environment at Temple is a lot more supportive because I can see a lot of different people and see myself in them which makes me feel more confident in many aspects of my life,” Sam added.

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For women, business and fashion intersect at Fox

Business students who are expected to dress professionally face barriers in college. BY ABBEY HELTERBRAN For The Temple News


tudents in the Fox School of Business are often required to wear formal attire, but for some students, the cost of business casual clothes can be a barrier. A high-quality suit can cost up to $1,000, but if your budget is tight, you can get a decent option for about $250300, Business Insider reported. Two-thirds of undergraduate students felt underdressed in a professional setting, and one-third didn’t attend an interview or information session because of a lack of professional clothing, the Cornell Daily Sun reported in 2018. Anushka Agarwal, a senior management information systems major, said the requirement to dress professionally shouldn’t come as a shock to students. For some student professional organizations, especially those with professional speakers, as well as professional development events and class presentations, business casual is required, Agarwal said. “Most students who come into business schools should expect to do this because they have to do this in the workforce,” Agarwal said. The Klein College of Media and Communcation’s career center has a Career Closet program, where they provide free business attire to students in need.



Fox does not have a similar program, but Corinne Snell, Fox’s assistant dean of student professional development, said there are resources available in the Center for Student Professional Development to make business attire more affordable. The center advertises consignment shops, which provide gently worn, high-end clothing at discounted prices. It also encourages students to shop at department stores with student discounts, she said. “There [are] ways to dress professionally and look sharp without breaking the bank,” Snell said. Trevone Edwards, a junior risk management and insurance major, said although these suggestions are offered,

there is a lack of discussion about students with low economic status ability to buy professional clothing. “There is an implied assumption that you have business attire, and there needs to be more conversation around what do you do if you can’t afford to buy professional attire,” Edwards said. If Fox students are not dressed properly for an event they are often denied entrance, Edwards said. These standards help students make a good first impression with future employers, Snell said, adding that, “students tend to feel differently when you are dressed professionally, exuding more confidence and having better posture.” People who dressed professionally

obtained more profitable deals in negotiation than those who didn’t, and also that people prefer clothing that matches expectations⁠, like surgeons in scrubs, or businesswomen in business clothes, according to a study from Scientific American, a science and technology magazine. People at Fox take you more seriously if you are wearing business clothes, and employers are more likely to talk to you or look at your resume, Agarwal said. “[It] makes me feel more confident if I look nice and am dressed nice,” she added.




Students defy traditional workplace appearance Some students with body modifications balance self-expression with professional standards. BY ALESIA BANI Intersection Co-Editor Traditional business standards affect how some Temple students with body modifications, like tattoos and piercings, navigate the workplace. According to a 2013 survey by, 76 percent of respondents felt tattoos and piercings hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired after a job interview, and 42 percent feel visible tattoos are always inappropriate at work. Fifty-five percent reported the same thing about body piercings. Ajita Singh, a junior biology major, said having tattoos, a nose piercing and bright, blue hair has been a challenge for her entering a career in corporate pharmaceuticals. Because of her appearance, classmates in group assignments have been surprised when she performs above their expectations, Singh said. “When you have a look that is considered unprofessional, people also sometimes seem to think you’re unintelligent at the same time,” Singh said. Laura Craig, the associate director of career development at the Temple Career Center, said the center advises students to present themselves in an appropriate, but comfortable manner, but some employers can be more conservative in job hiring, she added. “There’s a lot of things in the job search that’s out of your control and the way people perceive you is out of your control,” Craig said. Thirty-one percent of human resource managers cite tattoos as a physical attribute to most likely limit career potential, according to a 2011 survey by CareerBuilder. In the month since Singh has dyed her hair blue, she has noticed a difference in the way she is perceived, particularly at the on-campus, part-time job fair hosted by the Career Center.

JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior biology major Ajita Singh showcases her blue hair, piercings and tattoos outside the Tyler School of Art and Architecture on Sept. 23.

“I think until people see my resume and see my GPA and qualifications and see my previous job experiences they’re quite willing to write me off because of my appearance,” Singh said. On the other hand, Singh said her nose piercing actually became more of a cultural identifier and has not been seen as unprofessional because of that. “When people confirm that I’m Indian, then they realize, ‘Oh, it’s not really that far out that she’s in pharmacy,’” she said. “I chose to do pharmacy because it is personally what I found the most interesting, but it irks me that people think that Indians are only limited to this.” Emma Nuttall, a sophomore advertising major, has 15 visible tattoos and a septum piercing, so she wears long sleeves during initial business meetings. An academic advisor suggested she do this when attending a job fair last year. “She was just like, ‘Make sure you’re covered up as a great first impression’ and I was like, ‘That’s kind of annoying,’”

she added. Nuttall, who works as a marketing representative for Universal Music Group, believes her intended career path is more accepting to unconventional appearances. “I was working [at] the Bastille show in Philly on Monday, and their band manager who I was working with was covered in tattoos, neck tattoos, chest tattoos, arm, hand, everything,” Nuttall said. “I know from speaking to people in the industry [that] like 20 years ago, someone that high up couldn’t have had that.” Mariel Makalintal, a sophomore religion and English major who has a facial piercing, tattoos and a mohawk-like hairstyle, said as a non-binary person, they find the LGBTQ community more tolerant toward unconventional looks, especially haircuts. “When you’re in a more heteronormative professional setting, and you are someone who people see as a woman

and they see you with short hair, you’re received much worse,” Makalintal said. Makalintal has not had many experiences where they have been judged by an employer but said people should have autonomy over the way they present themselves. “I don’t believe in giving a future employer or company control over the way that I choose to look for the rest of my life,” they added. Singh said she feels people are now judged by the quality of their work more than appearances, and the stigma around non-traditional looks in the workplace is changing. “In initial glances, people tend to make a certain type of judgment about you based on how you look, but it’s more a matter of personality that dictates your professionalism than anything else,” Singh said. @alesia_bani




Men and women’s basketball schedules revealed

(LEFT) GENEVA HEFFERMAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior forward Shantay Taylor jumps for a layup in the Owls’ game against Cincinnati on Feb. 17, 2019. (RIGHT) COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis jumps for a layup in the Owls’ game against Cincinnati on Jan. 27, 2019.

The men and women’s teams will while five will be broadcasted on CBS University of Miami at the Barclays Villanova on Feb. 16 in the middle of its conference schedule. Temple’s only two kick off their seasons on Nov. 5 Sports Network. Temple’s game against Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 17. the University of Southern California The men’s first conference game losses in the Big 5 last season came from at home. BY ALEX McGINLEY & ADAM SLOATE For The Temple News Temple University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams announced their schedules last week. The men will open their schedule against City 6 rival Drexel at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 5. Twenty-six of the 31 men’s games will be nationally televised. Twenty of them will appear on ESPN channels,

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will air on the Pac12 Network on Nov. 22. This is the start of the Orlando Invitational but will be played at the Trojans’ campus in Los Angeles. Women’s basketball will play 29 games with nine on national TV. Six games will be aired on ESPN channels. The women’s team will open the season against Fairfield University on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in McGonigle Hall. Temple’s men will have their first neutral-site game on Nov. 28 against the University of Maryland in Orlando in its second game in the Orlando Invitational, which will end Dec. 1. They will play in another neutral-site game against the

will be on the road against Central Florida in Orlando on Dec. 31. Starting with the UCF matchup, 18 of Temple’s 20 games will be against teams from The American Athletic Conference. The women will begin conference play at home against the 11-time national champion Connecticut on Nov. 17. The Owls will then play eight consecutive non-conference games, including a trip to Cancún, Mexico, to play against the University of North Carolina and Creighton University in the final week of November. Temple men’s basketball will play Big 5 rivals Penn on Jan 25. and

Villanova and Penn. The Owls lost to the Wildcats 69-59 on Dec. 5 and lost to the Quakers 77-70 on Jan. 19. The American Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship will be held at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas from March 12-15. After regular-season play, every team from The American will play in the women’s basketball championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on March 6-9. @TTN_Sports




Owls’ historic season start sets up conference play BY ARI GLAZIER For The Temple News The Owls ended their winning streak after losing to Villanova and Princeton University.

When the Temple women’s volleyball team started racking up wins, they were “a little shocked,” junior libero Averi Salvador said. The Owls started the season a programbest 9-0. They’ve since lost matches to Villanova and Princeton on Sept. 19 and 20, making them 9-2. The program’s previous best start came in 2014. Like the current team, Temple was not thought of highly going into that season, finishing next to last in the preseason poll. The Owls began that season on a 6-0 run before losing three straight matched and finishing non-conference play at 9-3. Temple continued winning once conference play began, going 15-5 including a 10-0 undefeated streak. They finished tied for second in the American Athletic Conference. Following the 2014 season, the Owls had three more winning seasons. That changed last year when the Owls’ finished with an 8-22 record. “We are more of a team this year than we were last year,” junior outside hitter Katerina Papazoglou said. “We don’t have a leader. Everybody is a leader on the team.” Freshman middle blocker Kayla Spells said she can feel a “family culture” with the team this season. “Everyone is really supportive of each other,” she added. “You always feel like you

want to do better for your team and they’re gonna do better for you.” Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam credits the team’s early success to a preseason based on implementing “fundamentals.” Temple’s two-game losing streak is a “humbling experience,” Ganesharatnam said. “A tournament or two matches like this also is an opportunity,” he added. “I think humbling experiences are necessary in life in order to grow, and this is one of those moments. I really think this is a valuable experience for us in our process and progression if we take it the right way.” Temple’s conference schedule kicks off with a road trip down south. On Sunday, they take on South Florida (5-8, 0-0 The American) before a showdown with the reigning conference champions Central Florida (7-5, 0-0 The American). The Knights went undefeated against conference opponents last year. This season, Centeral Florida beat the then-14th ranked University of Illinois (54, 1-0 The Big Ten). From 2014-17, the Owls went 60-20 in conference play. Ganesharatnam is quick to point out that this young team will go through many highs and lows. “We are absolutely focused on the progression of the team, and building and forming a team,” he said. “Our end goal is to be performing at a level we think we can perform coming November so we can compete for a championship.”

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple volleyball players and coaches huddle during practice in McGonigle hall on Sept. 16.





Loss proves Owls aren’t ready for national rank Temple football’s lack of execution showed they aren’t ready to compete with better teams.

DANTE COLLINELLI Assistant Sports Editor

Temple University football (2-1, 0-0 The American Athletic Conference) had a chance to prove they should be a nationally ranked team when they traveled to Buffalo on Saturday. Instead, the Owls turned in their worst performance of the

season. “This one is on me,” Coach Rod Carey said. “I didn’t have them ready enough.” The Owls lost 38-22 to the University at Buffalo (2-2, 0-0 MAC) on Saturday, just one week after knocking off then nationally ranked the University of Maryland (2-1, 0-0 The Big Ten) at home. After their victory against the Terrapins, Temple received seven votes in the NCAA coaches poll, according to CBS Sports. The Bulls came into the game Saturday with a 1-2 record after losing two straight games by double-digits. This game was supposed to be an easy win for the Owls and a chance to prove they deserved the votes they received after beating Maryland. Temple got off to a hot start with a touchdown pass from redshirt-junior quarterback Anthony Russo to senior wide receiver Isaiah Wright, putting the Owls ahead 7-0. After that, the Owls made mistake after mistake leading to their 16-point loss. Russo threw three interceptions and had a fumble. The defense allowed 217 rushing yards. Special teams had a second straight week with a bad snap leading to a fumble. The Bulls scored 21 points off the Owls turnovers, Carey said. Temple’s passing game needs more variety. Most plays are either a deep pass @TheTempleNews

JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple football coach Rod Carey walks along the sideline during the Owls’ game against Buffalo at the University at Buffalo Stadium on Sept. 21.

down the sideline or a 10-yard out route. Buffalo took those plays away from the Owls and they struggled to adapt. The Owls failed to play disciplined football on Saturday, too. Temple totaled seven penalties, resulting in 57 yards for the Bulls. Senior linebacker Shaun Bradley was disqualified from the game because of a targeting penalty in the second quarter after he lowered his head and hit Bulls redshirt-freshman quarterback Matt Myers. Bradley is one of Temple’s best run defenders, so losing him against a team who loves to run the ball limited the Owls defense’s ability to stop what the Bulls do well. “Obviously, Shaun is a tremendous

player, and it was an unfortunate call,” Carey said. “He was making a football play, and unfortunately, he got his head down which you can’t do.” This is the Owls’ first adversity in the Carey-era and the teams’ response will be important. But Carey restricted players from talking to the media after the game, saying the team needed to catch a flight. Quickly after, Carey added that he wanted to “protect his players.” While Carey has the right to keep players from speaking to the media, it sends a confusing message about accountability. Part of handling adversity is answering questions when you don’t perform well. Temple plays in a difficult

conference, and there will be a lot of adversity ahead. Shielding the players from talking to the media after a game against Buffalo sets a bad example for the rest of the season when the team has more difficult opponents ahead. The Owls will face defending conference champion Central Florida, who has compiled a 28-2 record since 2017, on Oct. 26 at home. Beating a single nationally ranked team doesn’t mean the Owls should be considered for a national ranking, and the game against Buffalo proved that. Carey was right. The Owls weren’t ready, and they aren’t ready for what’s ahead. @DanteCollinelli





CONSISTENT SHOTS ON GOAL HAVE YET TO YIELD WINS JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore defender Mickael Borger (left) celebrates scoring the Owls’ first goal of the season with freshman forward Sean Karani in their match against Lafayette College on Sept. 13.

Despite outshooting four of their goal, while Lafayette only tallied three on goal, and the Blue Hens had zero shots, something like that. And we only shots on goal. scored once.” opponents, Temple men’s soccer shots with two on goal. Sophomore defender Mickael Freshman midfielder Amir Cohen The Owls were getting enough shots has struggled to score. BY SEAN McMENAMIN For The Temple News Temple men’s soccer (2-4, 0-0 The American Athletic Conference) hopes to put more balls in the back of the net by improving their on-field “connections,” Coach Brian Rowland said. The Owls entered their fourth game of the season at home against Lafayette College on Sept. 13 after failing to score a goal in the first three matches and giving up five goals. The Leopards were undefeated at the time, but Temple won 3-0. The Owls totaled 17 shots, 12 of which were on

Borger scored the first goal of the season against Lafayette. “You’re seeing some better movements, some better passing in the final third,” Rowland said. “Maybe it just wasn’t there in the beginning. Just maybe because we haven’t had enough opportunities to train and I know that sounds crazy, but we get [the players] pretty quickly.” The Owls now have four goals in their last three games following their 1-0 road loss against Penn on Sept. 21. The Owls tallied nine total shots and four shots on goal against the Quakers. Temple defeated the University of Delaware, 1-0, at home on Sept. 17. The Owls tallied 23 total shots and 14 shots

scored the Owls’ only goal of the game, which was his first collegiate goal. “I thought about how to score during all the games,” Cohen said. “When you think about it and try to create chances for you, it’s working. So I’m going to do it again and again, to shoot more and score even more than one goal.” The Owls recorded 15 shot attempts against Rutgers University on Aug. 29, and they attempted 16 shots against Villanova on Sept. 7. In both games, the Owls out-shot their opponents yet lost, 1-0. “I think there’s always things that we can improve,” sophomore defender Estaban Suarez said. “Right now, we need to score more because we had 22

on net but failing to capitalize on their best opportunities early in the season, Rowland said. “We just have to continue doing what we’re doing,” Rowland said. “I think we’ve been around this game for a long time so some days you have 23 shots and you score a lot more goals. I think we can certainly sharpen up some areas and some individual plays around the box and continue to improve.” Temple will play Central Florida on Friday at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex at 7 p.m. @sean102400

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