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Tuttleman shortens wait times

In-state tuition threatened by budget impasse

But more than 60 students have been turned away during walk-in clinic hours.

In-state students could be charged $6,000 more for Spring 2018 and later refunded if the budget is passed.



Tuttleman Counseling Services’ relocation at the beginning of Fall 2017 has caused wait times to see a specialist to decrease, but some students are still unable to receive services during the clinic’s walk-in hours. Tuttleman relocated from 1810 Liacouras Walk to a larger office space on the second floor of 1700 N. Broad St. Because of this move, Tuttleman has 50 percent more floor space and more opportunities for the use of new counseling techniques. These techniques include the use of biofeedback devices, which uses electronic sensors to allow patients to learn to control their bodies, and bright-light therapy, a technique that exposes patients to bright light to treat different mental illnesses, said John DiMino, the director of Tuttleman.


f the Pennsylvania state budget impasse continues, Temple will end its $12,000 tuition discount for Pennsylvania students as early as Spring 2018 and non-union employee salary increases will continue to be delayed, university officials said. The impasse is due to a $2.2 billion deficit for the agreed-upon spending plan among legislators. There is a chance Temple’s $150 million allocation, as well as the budget for other state-related universities, could be taken away in order to balance the budget. Per the Pennsylvania constitution, staterelated universities — Temple, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Pennsylvania State University — are “non-preferred” institutions, so their funding is not a top priority. “The argument is that they are not state institutions, and the state government should use the budget to fund state institutions and programs first,” said Joseph McLaughlin, former senior adviser to former Gov. Ed Rendell and the assistant dean for external affairs of the College of Liberal Arts. “[State-related university allocations are] not enough, alone, to make up the shortfall, or even have a major impact on it.” If the budget is not passed before Spring 2018, in-state students will be assessed a “surcharge” that could be reversed and refunded if the budget is later passed, said Ken Kaiser, the university’s chief financial officer and treasurer. In-state students would be forced to pay $6,000 more each semester. “If we were to lose all the funding, we would definitely take a look at any opportunities to be more efficient and enhance services to students that would now be paying more,” Kaiser said. “Tuition would unfortunately be the number one strategy, but looking for efficiencies would always compliment that.” President Richard Englert told non-union employees their salary increases would be frozen because of the budget impasse. “During [budget] delays, Temple faces many budget decisions, not the least of which are salary adjustments and bonuses for non-bargainingunit employees,” he wrote in an Oct. 13 email obtained by The Temple News. Cutting state education funding is a possible

When Ngô Thanh Nhàn watched the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” last month, he hoped the film would accurately portray life in his home country and show how Vietnamese people were affected during the war. He was disappointed. Ngô felt a specific detail was missing from the documentary: the harmful, lasting effects of Agent Orange. In a response published on WHYY News, he said the documentary did not make viewers fully aware of the severity

“We have more potential and more room spaces,” DiMino added. “We have room to grow.” The wait times have shortened since last year, dropping from an average four-and-a-half week wait to about a three-week period before students can receive treatment, DiMino said. Tuttleman reaches capacity after 35 students come in during walk-in hours for their in-take examination, during which students complete paperwork about their health history, DiMino added. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 17, 761 students came into the walk-in clinic. There were 764 students in 2016 in the same time period. Due to the high volume of students seeking walk-in appointments each day, there have been




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761 QUANG DO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ngô Thanh Nhàn, the adjunct associate director of Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosphy, Culture and Society, plays Đàn Tranh, a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument.

Presenting the ‘facts’ of the Vietnam War Ngô Thanh Nhàn wrote an essay for WHYY News critiquing a recent PBS documentary about the Vietnam War. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

students visited Tuttleman Counseling Services between Sept. 1 and Oct. 17.


students were asked to return another day


Sharing stories about fathers, finding healing The project “100 Other Halves” documents positive and negative father-daughter relationships. BY KHANYA BRANN For The Temple News Kyshon Johnson’s first experience with paternal love didn’t come from her father. At age 17, she watched her host father cry on the day she returned to Philadelphia from Andalusia, Spain. The two became close during the 11 days she spent with his family as part of a high

school study abroad trip. “I’d never seen a man cry before,” said Johnson, a senior international business major. “So to see a man cry for me and how much he cared about me was life-changing.” Johnson’s own father hasn’t been a consistent figure in her life. He was incarcerated when she was born, and has been in and out of prison ever since. “I wasn’t special,” the Philadelphia native said. “My best friends didn’t have their fathers around either. We all thought it was normal. As we got older and started dating or just interacting with guys platonically, we realized that we’d been missing something

fundamental when it came to our relationships with men.” In August, Johnson launched “100 Other Halves,” a dialogue-based project, with the goal of talking to 100 women about their relationships with their fathers and the effect this “love or the lack thereof” has on their lives, Johnson said. Johnson has already spoken to 63 women, 17 of whom are Temple students or alumnae. She said these conversations reinforced a lot of what she already knew about the impact of positive, negative or non-existent father-daughter relationships on girls


KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior international business major Kyshon Johnson (right) chats with Yasmin El-Zaher, a sophomore sociology major and the 36th participant in the “100 Other Halves” project.

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The School Reform Commission, led by Temple adviser Joyce Wilkerson, could dissolve by the year’s end. Read more on Page 3.

President Richard Englert wrote a Letter to the Editor urging elected leaders to pass budget funding. Read more on Page 4.

Media studies and production professor Clemencia Rodríguez

Frank Nutile threw for 290 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Army, but he hasn’t won the starting job. Read more on Page 16.

is helping a Germantown radio station start broadcasting on FM radio. Read more on Page 7.




Temple’s transfer student population: explained There are more than 3,400 transfer students enrolled at Temple. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News Before junior economics major Zachary Heisey transferred to Temple from Delaware County Community College in December 2015, he carefully prepared to assure that his credits would transfer properly and that he was choosing the right school. Heisey said Temple accepted nearly every credit he earned at his community college, but not every credit counted toward his major. “Just because they transfer doesn’t mean they count towards your major, which could be very confusing,” Heisey said. Heisey “self-advised” through the transfer process, constantly researching how he could make the best transition to Temple. “Because I was proactive about coming to Temple, I think it was a good transition,” he said. “The information is out there, you just have to be willing to get it.” Many students transfer to Temple from community colleges or other universities, but not every student has the same experience as Heisey. What is Temple’s transfer population, and are transfer students able to succeed once they arrive on campus? TEMPLE’S TRANSFER POPULATION

For the 2017-18 academic year, there are 3,400 transfer students enrolled and 450 students who are participating in dual-admissions programs. The programs require students commit to Temple at the same time they commit to community college. Temple has 11 dual-admissions agreements and 17 “Gen-Ed to Gen-Ed” agreements with regional colleges, like Community College of Philadelphia, Bucks County Community College, Montgomery County Community College and most recently, Manor College, which is a two-year Catholic college in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. “They’re popular and accessible programs as students make important plan-

ning decisions in their college career,” said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Karin Mormando. “It’s an advantage to students to get that head start in their college career.” Transfer students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher are also eligible for scholarships when they transfer, and every year after as long as they maintain their GPA. “Temple is our number-one transfer institution by far,” said Jennifer Roberts, associate vice president for academic and student success at CCP. “We have had dual-admissions agreements with Temple since 1998,” she added. “We have heard very positive things about the students that go to Temple, and we work together to increase student success.” CCP has had 1,237 students transfer to Temple since 2012, with 399 transfer students enrolled in Fall 2016. On average, about 300 students per year transfer from CCP to Temple. THE TRANSFER PROCESS

In order to transfer through the dualadmissions program, students must enroll at Temple before they complete 30 credits at community college. Students can officially transfer when they earn their associate’s degrees. Gen-Ed to Gen-Ed programs evaluate the General Education Program requirements from a student’s associate’s degree to determine if it will replace Gen-Ed requirements at Temple. Program-to-program agreements guide students to which classes they should be taking for their associate’s degree in order to prepare themselves to earn a bachelor’s degree from Temple. Once students fulfill these requirements and are evaluated by the university, they can begin finishing their bachelor’s degree requirements and transfer to Temple. DUAL-ADMISSIONS AGREEMENTS

The dual-admissions agreements are good alternatives for students who are making community college their first stop,

VICTORIA VAN BUSKIRK / THE TEMPLE NEWS Emily Rowe (left), an Owl Ambassador and a sophomore international business and Italian major, informs Alexander Rodriguez, a Raritan Valley Community College transfer student, about his incoming tourism and hospitality management major.

Mormando said. Students, depending on their needs, will focus on their major requirements after transferring. Many students go through one of these agreements during their transfer processes. They must have a C average or higher for the credits to transfer, and most courses will transfer over to Temple. Essentially, students must have an understanding of which courses will be accepted for their specific majors. Mormando added that students mainly utilize these programs for financial reasons, and that these resources are available to make the process a positive one. “Local community colleges know us very well,” Mormando said. “We have those great relationships with partners.” STUDENT SUCCESS AFTER TRANSFERRING

One of the largest issues transfer students face is that sometimes, the credits they paid for at community college don’t count toward their bachelor’s degrees from Temple. Junior secondary education major Abigail Oestreich said she struggled to adjust at first, but has become accustomed to Temple’s environment since transferring

in Fall 2016. “There is a lot of responsibility on the students [when transferring],” she added. “I’m doing pretty well in school. It took me a while to adjust as a commuter student.” “I chose Temple because of their agreement with Bucks so my credits were easier to transfer, but some of them didn’t transfer, which is frustrating,” Oestreich said. “I did my associate’s in one year so I should be a year ahead, but it didn’t transfer. Now, I have a bunch of credits I don’t need for anything.” Oestreich said that she was told halfway through completing her quantitative literacy course at Temple that she had already fulfilled the Gen-Ed at her previous school. Overall, she said her transfer experience was “decent.” “The transfer population is significant,” Mormando said. “I understand the choices they’re making, and we try to make that process as seamless as possible as they take their next step.” julia.boyd@temple.edu @JuliaKBoyd


TSG, students continue lobbying for state funding TSG hosted phone banks on Main Campus for students to call their state representatives. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Temple Student Government hosted a phone bank event on Main Campus last week to encourage students to call their state representatives and ask them to vote in favor of the new state budget. More than 415 students called their representatives to ask that they resolve the state’s $2.2 billion budget deficit and release Temple’s $150 million state allocation. The phone banks were set up at three locations on campus: the Student Center, the second floor of the TECH Center and outside O’Connor Plaza, said Tyler Lum, TSG’s director of government affairs. Depending on the status of budget negotiations, more events could be planned. “I’m hoping this is all we have to do,” Lum said. “But if [the budget] doesn’t pass...we need to escalate our efforts or just be diligent with what we’re doing now.” In July, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 328, which allocated about $150 million of the state budget to Temple for the 2017-18 school year. The budget will next go to the Pennsylvania Senate for a vote, but currently talks have stalled. Temple and other state-related universities — University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University

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LAURA D’AIELLO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore advertising major Matt Robinson speaks with TSG’s Director of Government Affairs Tyler Lum about who his representatives are at a phone-banking event on Wednesday.

and Pennsylvania State University — will not receive their allocated funds until the budget is balanced, according to the state’s constitution. If Temple doesn’t receive its allocations, which account for 10 percent of the university’s budget, in-state tuition will rise by $12,000 per year, according to a letter to the editor in The Temple News by President Richard Englert. Representatives from TSG and the university’s Office of Government Affairs helped students find their state representatives and their phone numbers and provided scripts for what students should say. “We didn’t want anyone to stumble over their words,” Lum said. “It’s more appropriate for them to say, ‘We need you to vote

on SB 328.’ I think that sends a stronger message.” Lum said TSG and student governments at other state-related schools are increasing their advocacy because they’re concerned the state will cut their funding. If Temple continues to operate without state funding, the university will need to take out loans with high interest rates to cover operating costs, said George Kenney, the senior adviser to the president for government affairs. At this point in the past, Temple and the other state-related schools usually have a good idea of whether or not they will be receiving their promised funds, Lum said. “We’re kind of in an unknown state at this point,” he added. “In the past, the legislature has talk-

ed about defunding state-related schools, but they haven’t really directly addressed it now. … All the state-related schools are worried.” Cailyn Hankins, a sophomore marketing major, said she knows other in-state students who are concerned that they wouldn’t be able to remain at Temple if tuition increased as a result of the budget not passing. “It’s definitely important to reach out and tell [your state representatives] what you think,” she said. She called two representatives from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her call to state Rep. Bernie O’Neill went to voicemail, but her second call to state Sen. Charles McIlhinney was answered by a staff member, who wrote down her name and email and promised to keep in touch, she said. “I hope it worked,” she said. “I feel like they’re going to do whatever is best for the budget. I don’t really know what’s going to happen, but I really do hope this is going to work. Hopefully they’re hearing our voices.” TSG first announced a letterwriting campaign late last month, but switched to phone banking after Parliament passed a resolution calling for TSG to help students advocate for Temple’s funding. “Because [the resolution] passed, it seems like the majority of the students want to do it,” Lum said. “I don’t think anyone minds making a two-minute phone call if it means saving $12,000 a year.” On Oct. 16, before the phone banks were set up, Englert sent an

email to the university asking students to call their representatives and encourage them to come to TSG’s phone banks. Matt Robinson, a sophomore advertising major and in-state student, said he visited the tables after receiving Englert’s email. “I got two different emails, and I read them thoroughly,” he said. “They were telling me that I would have to possibly pay more than $10,000 a year for my tuition if I didn’t call. I figured I might as well, just because I’m an in-state student and I don’t want to go anywhere else. I might as well do what I can to stay here.” Lum said the goal was to target representatives of the students’ hometowns, not just the ones who represent the Temple area, to emphasize the importance of staterelated universities. Robinson believes his phone call caused his representative to vote in favor of the bill, he said. “I do know it had an effect because I did talk to the representative’s assistant...and he said the representative was going to vote for it,” he said. “I did talk to one of my friends about it afterward, and she said that when she called, she was the deciding factor.” “She said when she called, the senator was just like, ‘Wow, alright, so this is like the 16th time I’ve gotten [called] today. I’m definitely going to have to vote for it,’” he added. “It’s cool to see that we’re actually having an effect on the bill itself.”

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Podiatry students get new facilities with simulation rooms The School of Podiatric Medicine will hire actors to play patients in the 12 new simulation rooms. BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News Students in the School of Podiatric Medicine will begin using simulation spaces that mimic professional offices in order to improve the way students treat patients in the future. The school, which is in Chinatown, added 12 examination rooms for more than $1.15 million where hired actors will play the part of patients. Students will be trained beginning January 2018 through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a series of exams testing students’ clinical skills like the ability to diagnose and properly interact with patients through standardized tests. Dr. Khurram Khan, a professor in the department of podiatric medicine who will oversee courses using the simulation rooms, said the OSCE tests and simulation rooms will allow students to better interact with patients. “Doctors weren’t really empathetic to

patients,” Khan said. “They didn’t know how to communicate with patients. They were kind of turning out like robots. So medical schools started this OSCE program where they teach students how…to talk to patients one-on-one and how to break bad news to patients.” The simulation rooms have cameras and one-way mirrors for instructors to monitor students and their behavior while they examine patients. Typical exam procedures include monitoring vital signs, checking for nerve loss and asking the right questions to make the proper diagnoses. “The goal of this kind of instruction is to provide students with instruction that bridges the gap between classroom and professional practice,” Khan said. “This way students can practice on standardized patients in a controlled environment...allowing them to develop their skills in the art of interviewing patients.” Raquel Perez, a clinical instructor, trains the actors who are hired from outside the university. She said the use of medical actors in this new space will enhance the curriculum. “In terms of strict medical skills, [simulations] are usually done with mannequins, but when you need to know if something is

painful, and a patient is hesitant to express it, our standardized patients are able to portray what real patients might do in a situation,” she said. Standardized patients are trained in basic medical diagnostics and are also randomly given traits like trust issues or preconceived notions that affect whether a patient is willing to comply with medical instruction. This technique presents challenges for students to attempt to overcome, she added. Perez said the standardized patient program is continuously being refined because it can be challenging to standardize medical scenarios. She said training often requires acting out the medical situations before the scenarios are used in student training so she can change or enhance the actor’s portrayal of a patient. “So a lot of it is experiential,” Perez added. Two courses — Fundamentals of Podiatric I and II — will incorporate the new rooms, but the exam rooms could be used in other courses, Khan said. Eventually, students will be able to expand on what they learn in the exam rooms, like practicing wound-care skills. “There is no limit as to where we can go in the future,” Khan added.

The rooms can also be used by students to discuss and practice proper techniques and other surgical procedures, Khan added. Before the exam rooms were built, students used examinations rooms at the Foot and Ankle Institute, which is the largest fully functioning podiatry office in the Philadelphia area, and worked with faculty from the School of Podiatry. But this was ineffective because professors had to be in these professional examination rooms to supervise the student simulations. This took space away from actual patients seeking treatment at the institute and made the simulation less realistic. Khan said he hopes the room will function as an opportunity to boost students’ confidence. “Some students are really outgoing, and they can talk to anyone, but some are a little bit shy,” he added. “So this kind of helps us in terms of working with the students who might need more time learning how to ask patients sensitive questions.” Students will begin using the simulation rooms when the podiatry students are back from their residencies.

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SRC, led by Wilkerson, discusses disbanding The School Reform Commission has been leading the School District of Philadelphia since 2001. BY LINDSAY BOWEN For The Temple News

Members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission are considering dissolving the board by the end of the year, said SRC Chair Joyce Wilkerson. The SRC temporarily replaced the School District of Philadelphia’s school board in 2001 when Pennsylvania took over the city’s public school system. Since then, the SRC has been responsible for traditional school board duties, like preparing the district’s operating budgets and appointing a superintendent. But the SRC, which is made up of state and city representatives, has been widely criticized. Several North Philadelphians have expressed opposition to the SRC. The largest concern is that the state, which is removed from the issues the city faces, leads the SRC. Wilkerson, senior adviser to the president at Temple for community relations and development, said many people have been raising the question of whether or not the


BUDGET — though unlikely — solution to the budget shortage, university officials said. “Everyone has been supportive of funding state universities,” said George Kenney, the senior adviser to the president for government affairs and a former state representative. “[Temple] has had a relationship with the governor and state legislature for over 50 years.” The budget must be passed by the time spring tuition bills are posted on Nov. 27 in order for Temple to continue offering in-state tuition discounts and staff raises, Kaiser said. “It’s the layer of uncertainty here that has us in this position,” he added. McLaughlin said he believes budget negotiations will go on for several weeks before it’s passed. Temple uses state-allocated money in its “general education fund” for faculty salaries, classroom supplies and other services for students, Kaiser added.

SRC should be dissolved. “There are folks who feel that if it happens, it needs to happen by the end of the year,” she said. “And we wanted to put on the table some of the things that we need to think about if we’re going to make a decision about the dissolution of the SRC.” Another leader from Temple on the SRC is Professor Christopher McGinley, the university’s coordinator for the Educational Leadership Program. The SRC is also led by former Democratic Councilman-at-Large William J. Green, the nonprofit Philadelphia Education Fund President and CEO Farah Jimenez and Estelle Richman, the former senior adviser to the secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Each member is appointed by the governor or mayor. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the school district’s teachers’ union, has been a longtime opponent of the SRC and proponent for the school district to return to local control with elected officials. The union’s Communications Director George Jackson said PFT will continue to fight for local control until real action is taken by those leading SRC. To be dissolved, the SRC must vote itself out of existence.

“If and when the School Reform Commission is dissolved, it would be replaced by a board of public education,” said Miles Shore, the school district’s acting general counsel. Shore spoke at last week’s meeting about the framework that formed the SRC and the legality of its possible disbandment. This board of education would be made up of nine people. The candidates will come from a 13-person committee appointed by the mayor. The mayor would choose from 27 total candidates, and once chosen, appointed to four-year terms. “I can’t tell you exactly where people are going to come down on it,” Wilkerson said. “We’re trying to figure out what it is that we would have to establish if we were going to decide.” “We have not had conversations in executive session that give me any comfort that I know how everyone is going to vote,” she added. Some Temple students and alumni are leading the fight against the SRC, like 2017 middle grades education alumna Aileen Callaghan and junior social work major Sara Arment. The two are the co-chairs of Reclaim Philadelphia’s Education Task Force, a Philadelphia-wide activist organization campaigning for the dissolution of

Because in-state residents pay Pennsylvania taxes that go toward the budget, Kaiser said they are supposed to get a break on tuition. Temple has been in negotiations with the state about the budget impasse, Kenney said. “We’re highlighting the importance of this funding and the importance it has to Temple’s relationship with state legislature,” Kenney added. The university’s administration urges students, staff and Pennsylvania residents to call their state representatives and request that Temple be given full funding. “Community advocacy is part of our efforts to get [the budget] over the finish line,” Kenney said. The university is hopeful the state will not resort to cuts in Temple’s budget. “The board and the university would still like to be true to the mission of accessibility and affordability,” Kaiser said. “But again that depends on the state’s partnership.”

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LINDSAY BOWEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Protesters at a School Reform Commission meeting on Oct. 19 hold signs in favor of the SRC disbanding.

the SRC. “They’re making decisions without the consent of Philadelphians,” Arment said. “This has been going on for 16 years now. … People are ready for that to change.” North Philadelphia residents have also felt the weight of the city’s struggling public education system. Wanda Alston, 42, is a mother of four children and lives on Oxford Street near 17th. Two of her children are still in the public school system. Alston said her experience with public schools has been “hard,” but she’s seen an improvement in the last five years. She’s seen class sizes decrease and teach-


TUTTLEMAN some cases of students being turned away because the office was at full capacity, DiMino said. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 17, 66 out of 761 students were asked to return another day for services. This happened on 12 of the office’s first 39 days since TCS opened for service. “The people who seem more urgent are seen more quickly,” DiMino said. Once the office establishes that a situation is an emergency with a student in crisis, the patient will be met with a counselor immediately. DiMino said there has been an increase in students using the counseling services every year, but it’s not specific to Temple — it’s been happening all over the country, possibly due to the increasing awareness of mental illness around the United States, he said. Rachel Ore, a junior psychol-

ogy major, went to Tuttleman last year during walk-in hours for her anxiety. After waiting an hour, she was told the clinic was at capacity and was recommended a list of counselors around the Philadelphia area instead. Because of this instance, she was never seen by a counselor at Tuttleman or elsewhere due to insurance reasons. “It would have been nice to have some support during that time,” Ore said. Jessica Pingor, a freshman psychology major, has had a good experience with the new office. After her initial intake examination, she said she was assigned a counselor within a few days. Tuttleman is staffed by eight full-time employees and a few part-time employees, but the move also allowed more staff members to be hired. Two fulltime counselors were added and one part-time position was promoted to a full-time one. Tuttleman now has one new part-time and three full-time psychiatrists. “We were able to add a

ers become more involved with their students. Still, she is concerned with how Philadelphia and the state will monitor education. “You try to get your kids in good schools to get them what they need to learn,” she said. “They’re not challenging the kids. They’re just passing them.” “They’re just lost in the system,” Alston added. The SRC must vote to abolish itself by December 31, 2017 in order to have a local school board by the 2018-2019 school year.

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couple of counselors this year because we moved to a bigger space,” DiMino said. With the recent deaths of three Temple students — these include junior film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh, who was killed off-campus, freshman mechanical engineering major Richard Dalcourt, who died by suicide outside 1940 Residence Hall, and political science major Cariann Hithon, who was killed by police in Miami Beach, Florida — some students have come to Tuttleman to express how deaths of their peers have affected them. However, DiMino said that these deaths did not contribute to the high volume of students who needed counseling. Tuttleman’s walk-in hours are 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday.


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Expand Tuttleman’s aid The university reported shorter wait times for counseling, but some students are still turned away. The wait time for a student to receive treatment from Tuttleman Counseling Services has dropped from four and a half weeks to three weeks since Tuttleman relocated to 1700 N. Broad St. This is an improvement for students, and we applaud the university’s decision to hire more staff to aid students in their mental health needs. This way students can be more successful in their academic lives at Temple. We also appreciate Tuttleman Director John DiMino’s effort to incorporate treatment techniques like bright light therapy and biofeedback devices. Still, The Temple News is concerned that 66 students were turned away from walkin clinic hours from Sept. 1 to Oct. 17. Although the university has made great strides in cutting wait times, Temple should not stop striving until all students can be helped at a faster rate. The students who finally muster up the courage to go to Tuttleman should not have

to return another day due to overcrowding, whether they’re in crisis or not. Some may not show the signs of crises when they come to Tuttleman. Others who are turned away may never come back, which could allow that students’ mental health issue to worsen. Even if students did return, they still would need to wait three weeks for treatment after their initial appointment. The university misses its chance to help students be successful when it turns them away. DiMino told The Temple News students are using Tuttleman at higher rates than ever as a part of a national trend in mental health awareness. It is positive selfawareness has increased, but the university must prioritize mental health so it can meet students’ growing needs. In Temple’s mission statement, it says it aims to help students “excel in scholarly endeavors.” Without a focus on mental health, the university will not be able to fulfill its promises.

Rethink transfer credit The university should develop a way to make more credits transfer so students aren’t left behind. Abigail Oestreich, a junior secondary education major, should actually be a senior. But because of the way her credits transferred when she came to Temple from Bucks County Community College, she’s a year behind. Oestreich is one of the several thousand transfer students at Temple — there are about 3,400 transfer students in the 2017-18 class. These students often find that the credits they worked for elsewhere don’t transfer in the most efficient way when they come to Temple. Transfer students should be able to use more credits they earn from other colleges or universities toward their majors. Temple has multiple partnerships with nearby commu-

nity colleges that help students achieve an associate’s degree before transferring. However, some credits aren’t accepted at all and most go toward General Education Program classes, leaving transfer students behind in major-specific requirements. Transfer students work just as hard as the students who come to Temple for their freshman year. If the university is going to be accessible to everyone, it needs to make more of an effort to keep transfer students on track. Temple has made an effort to ensure students graduate in four years with the Fly in 4 program. As members of the Temple community, transfer students shouldn’t be forgotten.

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Contraceptive coverage is key President Donald Trump’s mandate on birth control is dangerous.


attended the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia last month, where many foundations offered free contraceptives and Planned Parenthood handed out information about safe sex and precautionary measures to take while being sexually active. One week later, President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would allow exemptions to a rule of the Affordable Care Act requiring businesses to cover the cost of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including pills, rings and intrauterine devices. The regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, gives companies the right to deny CHRISTINA MITCHELL women access to the necessary pharmaceuticals. It cites the First Amendment, claiming it is a business’ religious right to deny women access to health care coverage if it goes against its beliefs. Trump, who has been quoted calling women “fat,” “pig,” “dog,” “slob” and “disgusting animal,” is now making contraceptives more difficult to access for women across the United States. The mandate is a sexist step back in time to when women were restricted to having sex for reproductive purposes only, and it puts women’s health in danger. “Birth control is health care,” said Kristine Weatherston, the faculty adviser of Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and a media studies and production professor. “Decreasing contraceptives leads to an increased number of STDs and infections. More women will not be going to doctors for cervical and pelvic exams.” I believe companies on board with rolling back this part of the ACA are more interested in controlling women’s bodies than keeping women healthy. It is commonly misconceived that birth control is primarily to prevent pregnancy, but it has many



benefits. “Women take birth control to regulate periods,” Weatherston said. “A regular period is healthy. Women also take birth control to help with acne, depression and gastrointestinal problems.” A combination pill — birth control that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin — can help prevent bone thinning, cysts in the breasts or ovaries, endometrial and ovarian cancers, serious infections in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus, iron deficiency and premenstrual syndrome. According to a report from Time Magazine, after the ACA was passed under former President Barack Obama in 2010, more than 55 million women were able to access birth control with no co-payments, and 67 percent of women with insurance paid nothing out of pocket. But according to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Emerging Trends in Health Care survey, 11 percent of companies said they would stop providing coverage for birth control if it was optional. And now it is. Twenty-eight states require health plans to cover all FDAapproved birth control. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not one of these states. Individual states shouldn’t get to decide the health care options of constituents. Weatherston said Trump’s mandate gives politicians a “false sense of superiority” over the


public they serve, specifically women. “It all goes back to access, affordability and independence,” she said. Nadine Rosechild Sullivan, an adjunct instructor in the women’s studies department and author of the forthcoming book “Reproductive Self Determination,” agrees, adding that the mandate is biased in favor of the wealthy. “In a situation with economic disparities attached, this will contribute to hardships,” Sullivan said. “Men also get hurt with pregnancies they didn’t plan. And in limiting access to people with less money, we will have less resources to accommodate the unplanned increasing population.” Trump’s sudden interest in religious liberty is a partisan tactic to gain support from conservative voters and politicians. But it is not the right of Trump or male politicians in general to dictate women’s health needs or sex lives as a form of political strategy or religion. Only time will tell if the Trump administration will continue to undermine women’s rights, but I won’t be surprised if it does. Now, we must continue to fight for equal access to health care, autonomy for all and the repeal of this misogynistic mandate. christina.mitchell@temple.edu

LETTER TO THE EDITOR As Philadelphia’s public university, Temple plays a unique role. We are passionately dedicated to our mission of providing an educational experience that is accessible, affordable, diverse, high-quality and engaged with our communities. That is who we are, and our valued partnership with the commonwealth — which has lasted for more than 50 years — makes this possible. Currently, Temple receives an annual appropriation of about $150 million from the state. These funds are vitally needed to help keep tuition as low as possible for Pennsylvania students. Unfortunately, Temple, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University — and the 130,000 Pennsylvania students and their families these staterelated universities serve — are threatened by the ongoing state budget impasse. Like any business, we could not simply swallow a loss of this size without making drastic decisions. At Temple, nearly 22,000 undergraduate students now get a discount of almost $12,000 a year, which totals $48,000 over four years. Without our state ap-

propriation, this in-state discount — which Pennsylvania families have depended on for decades — would be over, and student debt would increase dramatically. The irony is that when I talk with elected leaders, the vast majority agree that Temple and our fellow state-related schools provide a great education at a good price. They praise us for programs like Temple’s Fly in 4, which creates a clear path for students to graduate in four years or less, reduces debt, and allows them to quickly enter the workforce. Legislators boast about the research that is being done at our schools on critical issues, from eliminating AIDS and fighting the opioid crisis to creating better helmets for our soldiers at war and our athletes on the field. The fact is Temple provides extraordinary value to the commonwealth in so many ways. Temple is responsible for $4.5 billion in economic impact within the commonwealth each year. The university is also responsible for supporting nearly 27,000 jobs statewide. Likewise, Temple University Health System provides nearly $3 billion in eco-

nomic impact for the state annually while supporting 16,000 jobs. Put together, that’s $7.5 billion in economic impact and 43,000 jobs statewide. As we see it, the commonwealth allocates $150 million to Temple, and we use our resources to turn that into a multibillion-dollar return on investment. Our students know Temple is on the right path. This year, for the first time, we have a student body of more than 40,000. They are voting with their feet and enrolling in a university that has for more than a century committed to changing lives for the better. We urge our elected leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to take action and pass the stalled legislation that provides Temple and our fellow state-related schools with the funding that opens doors for talented, deserving Pennsylvania students. Let’s keep the public in Philadelphia’s public university. Richard Englert is the president of Temple. He can be reached at president@temple.edu.

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Say ‘no’ to plastic straws Temple should ban plastic straws, which are harmful to the environment.


he last time you went out to eat, get coffee or have drinks with friends, you probably used a plastic straw for the short length of time it took you to finish your drink. It’s a common practice with hidden dangers. Plastic straws have been polluting our oceans and harming marine life for years. These straws are rarely recycled and they’re not biodegradable because of chemicals in the plastic. The Washington Post reported that if our current straw usage continues, there will be more plastic than fish MONICA MELLON LEAD COLUMNIST in the ocean by 2050. We can’t allow ourselves to continue destroying the environment we share with other living creatures. The environmentalist in me got so tired of adding to the single-use plastic utensil pollution, I started carrying around my own reusable straw. I don’t take straws from coffee shops, and I always ask my servers to refrain from bringing a straw to my table. #RefusetheStraw is an online movement that encourages people to avoid using plastic straws in an effort to keep oceans clean. Strawrefusers are making the promise to consume their drinks without an unnecessary plastic straw. This is a simple way to reduce the 500 mil-

lion plastic straws used each day in America. The Seattle Times reported last month that Seattle plans to ban plastic straws and utensils by July 2018, replacing them with recyclable products. Cities around the country including Miami, Berkeley, California and Asbury Park, New Jersey, have also begun considering or already implemented plastic straw limitations. Temple should participate in the #RefusetheStraw campaign by banning plastic straws from dining halls. We can make a large impact on our environment — because the slight convenience straws add hardly negates the negative impacts they have on the environment, marine life and human health. “It has to start at a grassroots level,” said Emily Cupo, former president of Students for Environmental Action. “Everyone just has to start caring a lot more and wake up.” Some local bars and restaurants have already taken steps to eliminate plastic straw use. The Franklin Fountain, Peddler Coffee and Doobies Bar all use compostable or paper straws. Cupo has been refusing plastic straws for two years. Paper straws are a much better alternative, she said. “[Paper] is organic material,” Cupo said. “[It comes from] trees and that’s able to break down super easily. Plastic is made chemically, and those chemicals are meant to not break down.” A 2010 study by Arizona State University found the chemicals used in making plastic end up in our bloodstream and urine. Having these chemicals in our bodies

could lead to birth defects, a weakened immune system and other health issues. Temple puts some effort into environmental practices on campus. Emily Cornuet, the waste minimization specialist at the Office of Sustainability, said the university composts waste from the Student Center and Johnson and Hardwick cafeteria at Two Particular Acres farm in Montgomery County. I’m glad the university composts waste, but banning plastic straws altogether should be the next step Temple takes to further environmental justice. Cornuet said the Office of Sustainability requested Aramark’s contract with the university enforced using compostable utensils. But this request was not successful. According to the Seattle Times, paper and compostable straws cost about eight cents more than plastic straws. But the benefits of paper straws outweigh the minor cost increase. “Plastic...and the way it leaches is really harmful to us and the environment,” Cupo said. “Animals eat it, we eat the animals, so the chemicals in us just keep going.” By limiting the amount of plastic wasted, we have a better chance of keeping students healthy while conserving our oceans. Students, I challenge you to help save our oceans and marine life. Join me in taking the pledge to stop using plastic straws by refusing them at restaurants or carrying around your own reusable straw.

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October 7, 2008: Main Campus was nearly spotless, but the areas of North Philadelphia surrounding campus were soiled with litter. Students often added to the off-campus clutter. This week, a columnist and an essayist both wrote about society’s detrimental effects on the environment. They both encourage people to pay close attention to the environmental impact of their everyday decisions.


How do you feel about Patrick O’Connor’s name being monumentalized on Main Campus?

36% I think it should be removed.



I’m OK with it. I don’t know who O’Connor is. Out of 194 votes since Oct. 8

Combating my environmental anxiety A student finally finds a term for her fears about the deteriorating environment.



uring a recent lecture for my Sustainable Design class, my professor asked, “What’s the tallest building in Philadelphia?” I imagined our city’s skyline and recognized the glossy, new Comcast Center as the tallest building. “I’ve heard that every morning at the Comcast building, people have to sweep up dead birds that fly into the glass,” my professor told us. The birds mistake the glass for blue sky, rather than a fatal reflection. Upon impact, the birds get concussions, causing them to die. The glass exterior between Paley Library and Tuttleman Learning Center has white decals to help prevent birds from such a fate. But my professor explained that the sleek glass at the Comcast Center lacks these markings. After hearing about the disheartening fate of so many birds, I began to feel full of dread. Imagine starting your work day with dust pans full of dead or dying birds at the foot of such a remarkable skyscraper. I was heartbroken. I started to think of more images that feed this sense of fear and ecological doom. These images were easy to envision because they exist all around me — to the point where they feel inescapable. While cleaning my room one night I found a podcast called Terrestrial, which gave a name to this blend of feelings I’ve been experiencing: “eco-anxiety.” The host of Terrestrial, Ashley Ahearn, said survivors of environmental disasters

typically have the worst cases of eco-anxiety. For instance, suicide rates climbed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and many survivors developed post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Filmmaker Chris Jordan, who was featured on Terrestrial, documented the impact plastic pollution had on the Albatross population, a seabird that lives and feeds in the North and South Pacific. “I would open up a [dead] bird and take out a handful of bottle caps, and I would just dissolve into tears of grief,” Jordan said on the podcast. It’s a traumatic experience to be on the frontlines of environmental catastrophes, but as I learned from the podcast, you don’t have to be directly affected to fall victim to this sense of dread. Ahearn said that even photos of suffering animals and ecological disasters are enough to trigger a fight-or-flight response in the brain. But this response isn’t useful when there is no quick solution to such complicated threats — hence the tension, fear and anxiety. On TV and social media, I see images of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, where picturesque locations have been decimated by major hurricanes that made landfall week after week in recent months, as if Mother Nature is waging an impossible war against us. Many of our lifestyle choices are influenced by efficiency and convenience, but they can also increase greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and disastrous weather. Even when I put down my phone and turn off the news to go outside, I am still reminded of the harmful ways we have altered the world.

The pops of gold, orange and red that I look forward to each autumn have been lackluster this year. Numerous days of unusually high temperatures have caused many leaves to shrivel up and die prematurely — going straight from green to dreary, dry and brown. As these strange weather patterns and environmental disasters become the new norm, I am overwhelmed with guilt about the ways I’ve contributed to climate change. I feel bad for the other people, plants and animals who suffer as a result of human greed. I also feel incredibly frustrated — how can we expect to live luxuriously without paying the ecological cost? It’s important to mitigate eco-anxiety by finding effective ways to balance these negative feelings. For me, I feel a little better when I’m taking care of my houseplants, tending to their supple new growth and getting soil on my hands. I make a conscious effort to turn off and unplug items to conserve energy. I’ve swapped heaps of plastic bottles for a water pitcher with a filter and one reusable bottle. I even pledged to avoid eating meat at least one day a week, and sometimes I surprise myself with three or more consecutive meatless days. But despite these comforts and small steps, I know I will contend with eco-anxiety for the rest of my life. And as the world and its various habitats continue to change as a result of human demands, these feelings of dread and grief will

likely be felt by more people. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it just means we care deeply about the environment. And it’s a matter of using this compassion to improve the world around us. I remember Jordan explaining that “grief is the love we feel for something we’re losing or [something that] is suffering.” I want to repurpose this pain and use it as a catalyst for action, instead of allowing helplessness and sadness to trap me in a state of grief. Even if I can no longer witness Earth at its best, eco-anxiety propels me to continue doing all that I can to help make it better.






Convention explores basic needs insecurities

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Policymakers, advocates, faculty, students and researchers gathered in Mitten Hall on Monday for the second annual #RealCollege national convention. The two-day convention, organized by higher education professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, will be held from Oct. 23-24 and focus on college food and housing insecurity. Community College of Philadelphia student Mary Baxter described her struggle of balancing student life, being a single mother and being homeless during one of the day’s panels, called #RealCollege, Real Life: Performance and Film. Baxter’s 10-year-old son Rashir performed a song he wrote himself. Participants were encouraged to network with other attendees in between speakers and performances in order to address and implement systemic change for food and housing resources.



Diamond Screen Film Series

Diamond Docs

Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00 pm Temple Performing Arts Center


State-related universities plan for no funding due to budget impasse Students at the University of Pittsburgh may see a mid-year tuition increase if the school does not receive its appropriations from the state, the Pitt News reported last Thursday. University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said its budget and tuition rates were based on the university receiving its appropriations from the state, the Pitt News reported. The four state-related universities — Temple, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Pennsylvania State University — have not received nearly $600 million in state-funding, Gallagher said. The state passed a $32 billion budget this summer, but funding for state-related universities is at a stand-still until legislators address the budget’s $2 billion deficit. - Lindsay Bowen

Retrieval system for the new library delivered to Main Campus

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The Automatic Storage and Retrieval system, also known as BookBot, was delivered to the site of the new library on Main Campus last week, according to a university release. The robotic system will retrieve books for students that are not located on the “open stacks” in the new library. There will be about 200,000 books on “open stacks,” meaning students can search for them by hand. These stacks will be books accumulated during the last three years and popular, high-circulation books. The new library will still house the two million books that are currently in Paley Library, but will need to be retrieved by the BookBot. The new library has been under construction since 2015. In January, Jerry Leva, the vice president of capital projects, said the library would be completed in Fall 2018, but that date has since been pushed back to Spring 2019 with no exact completion date set. The library is expected to cost $170 million. - Kelly Brennan

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THROUGH RADIO, HELPING COMMUNITIES A media studies and production professor is helping a local digital radio station move to terrestrial radio. BY MARY RAGLAND For The Temple News


DANIEL YADGAROFF / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Media studies and production professor Clemencia Rodríguez is working to help G-town Radio move to a local FM radio station. Bottom: Tom Casetta, the program director for G-town Radio, broadcasts programming for G-town Radio from his studio in Germantown.

lemencia Rodríguez discovered her passion for local media in the rural mountains of Colombia in 1984. Back then, the area was mostly devoid of mass media and communications. Rodríguez had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, where she grew up. Her first job after graduation was working with grassroots organizations to help them produce their own media. She was in nearby mountains to help teach rural coffee farmers video production skills, specifically how to use a portable camcorder, which had just become available for the first time. The farmers had joined together, forming a coffee farmers co-op, to protect themselves from being forced to accept belowmarket-value prices for their products. They wanted to produce a video about their story. “I was kneeling to connect the camera with the television set, and [when] I pushed play and I turned around, I will never forget what I saw,” said Rodríguez, now a media studies and production professor. “This farming community, men, women, children and youth, looking at images of themselves on screen for the first time ever. They were fascinated.” Rodríguez now serves on the board of directors for the local community radio station, G-town Radio, which is Germantown and Mt. Airy’s online radio station. She is currently working with them to move G-town Radio to a local FM radio station. “Clemencia has been a godsend,” said Jim Bear, the founder of G-town radio. “She has connections within the radio com-




Tyler exhibit creates a buzz on campus A New York-based artist has a piano on display that has been colonized by honeybees. BY MAUREEN IPLENSKI For The Temple News The music playing from Jessica Segall’s piano, which sits in Temple Contemporary, isn’t the sound of vibrating strings within the instrument. Instead, it’s the sound of a colony of honeybees hard at work inside the piano. Segall, a New York-based artist, installed her sculpture, “Fugue in B Flat,” in Temple Contemporary last month. It will be on display until Dec. 18. Encased within the body of a piano and recorded with a contact microphone, Fugue in B Flat allows exhibit-goers to listen to the harmony of bees buzzing closer than they usually could in nature. Through the piece, Segall wants to shed light on the unbalanced state of the environment, while communicating the need for a harmonious

coexistence between humans and nature. “I was really interested in taking a sculpture that can inhabit both human and animal worlds,” Segall said. “Bees are threatened right now...so it was an interest in bringing a wild element to the gallery, to play with that element of fear and to bring attention and familiarity to the insect we rely on for agriculture.” According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the honeybee population declined from about 6 million colonies in 1947 to 2.4 million colonies in 2008. The agricultural industry depends on honeybees to pollinate the majority of its food crops, according to the National Resources Defense Council. “A lot of foods, nuts and vegetables are obligatory insect pollinated plants,” said Vincent Aloyo, a horticulture instructor who teaches an Introduction to Beekeeping course every spring semester at Ambler Campus. “It’s not just bumble bees, but also honeybees, who are contributing…to our food supply,” Aloyo add-


KYLE THOMAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS 2011 criminal justice alumnus Daniel Gutter prepares orders of his Chicago-style pizza. After selling his pizzas in the city at pop-up events since October 2016, he now makes pizzas every week at W/N W/N on Spring Garden Street near 9th.

From Instagram to table A 2011 criminal justice alumnus uses his Instagram account to advertise and sell his gourmet pizzas. BY ALLEH NAQVI For The Temple News Daniel Gutter’s Instagram account @pizza_ gutt combines his last name with the restaurant chain Pizza Hut. It’s only fitting for someone who

makes 80 pizzas every week. Gutter, a 2011 criminal justice alumnus, has more than 5,000 followers on his Instagram account. He made his own business by being the self-proclaimed “first pizza shop” on Instagram, he wrote in his bio. Since August, he’s been a grill cook and guest pizza chef at W/N W/N, a bar and coffee shop on Spring Garden Street near 9th. On his Instagram, Gutter posts photos of the gourmet pies he makes each week at W/N W/N. He then provides a link in his Instagram





Students and staff from the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program gathered at Mitten Hall on Thursday to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The fifth annual “Pour the Core: Philly” hard apple cider festival at the Navy Yard offered attendees more than 100 varieties of apple cider.

Americanadian, a DIY band that includes two Temple students, performed at PhilaMOCA on Friday.




Inside-Out honors 20 years of ‘better perspectives’ The program allows students to take classes inside prisons with incarcerated individuals. BY MAHA OUNI For The Temple News Lori Pompa, a criminal justice instructor, first thought to combine Temple students and prisoners in an academic setting in the late 1990s. The idea came to her when she took a group of her criminal justice students for a tour of a prison in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She noticed how her students were deeply engaged in discussion with a group of incarcerated people after the tour. It inspired her to create the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in 1997. Last Thursday, staff members and current and former participants gathered in Mitten Hall to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary. Inside-Out is an educational program where students and incarcerated people take a semester-long course together, all behind prison walls. Today, Inside-Out has expanded to an international level. The program has spread across the United States and to nine different countries and has impacted more than 30,000 students. “As we sit here in this moment, there are probably Inside-Out classes happening somewhere on the globe,” Pompa said in a speech on Thursday. The program promotes the idea that “society is strengthened when higher education/learning is made widely accessible...often across profound social barriers,” according to the Inside-Out website. Charles Brown, a formerly incarcerated person and an Inside-Out program alumnus, said one of his most memorable experiences with Inside-Out was working with a student who was convinced to oppose the death penalty, even though she had previously supported it. “When it was all said and done, we learned, and some perspectives were changed,” Brown said. “I added everything I learned to my character.”


VIETNAM of the health problems caused by the toxic herbicide used by the United States during the war. “I had hoped to see a series that had the facts,” said Ngô, the adjunct associate director of Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society. “So when the

Brown, who received a life sentence when he was under the age of 18, recently had his sentence commuted following a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that helped release some people from prison who were sentenced to life in prison as minors. Brown was incarcerated for 30 years at Chester State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania. “The program helped students from the outside get a better perspective of the criminal justice system and society as a whole, not just reading it from a book,” Brown said. “They’re seeing that people who have been deemed as monsters by society have personalities and they’re not these monsters people would have them believe.” “Inside-Out makes a difference in a way that most other courses really don’t,” President Richard Englert said at the event on Thursday. “Both the inside students and the outside students learn lessons that they couldn’t have learned any other way.” Marietta Martinovic, who started the first Inside-Out program in Australia, first met Pompa at a think tank at Pennsylvania’s Graterford State Correctional Institution in 2005. She completed her training to become an Inside-Out instructor in 2008. Since then, more than 800 higher education instructors have been trained to teach Inside-Out courses. “It’s the best part of my work,” said Martinovic, who attended the event on Thursday. “Participating in the Inside-Out program is the best part of being an academic.” In addition to bringing together program instructors from across the world, Thursday’s event was also a celebration for several former “juvenile lifers.” One of them, John Pace, who is now a program associate for Inside-Out, said the program fosters understanding on both sides. “I think it’s about relationships more than anything, you develop relationships with people,” Pace said. Pace said these relationships allow the program to flourish. As students on the outside and incarcerated students become acquainted, they begin to understand each other as individuals.

series came out, I did have a lot to say, especially since I teach here in Philadelphia. I had an obligation to write it.” “While the documentary mentions Agent Orange in passing several times, it neglects the devastating health consequences for both Vietnamese and U.S. people...from 1975 to the present,” he wrote in the essay. “This is an issue that millions of families care about and is a

QUANG DO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Charles Brown, a formerly incarcerated person, greets Nina Johnson, an instructor from the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, during the program’s 20th anniversary celebration in Mitten Hall on Thursday.

Megan McGovern, a senior marketing major, is currently taking an Inside-Out course with incarcerated women at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center at 7th and Arch streets. “As much as I tried to put all my assumptions aside, I was still really shocked by the class and how amazing the inside students are,” McGovern said. “It doesn’t feel like I’m in a prison meeting with prisoners. Like it’s just, I’m meeting with these women who have had unfortunate circumstances that put them there.” “We’ve broken down that wall between us and we’re able to interact just as people,” she added. Last spring, Maddi Gray, a senior political science and global studies major, took weekly classes at Graterford State Correctional Institution, about a 10-minute drive from her childhood home in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. “Even though I grew up so close to a maximum-security prison, you still don’t re-

crucial part of the process of reconciliation that the film extolls.” Ngô grew up in the south Vietnamese city of Sàigòn, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. In the midst of the war, Ngô came to the U.S. to attend graduate school at San Jose State University in California in 1968. At first, Ngô supported the war, but he quickly changed his mind after seeing an educational film about Agent Orange in one of

QUANG DO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ngô Thanh Nhàn, the adjunct associate director of Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society, plays Đàn Tranh, a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument, at the Folk-Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School on Callowhill near 10th Street.


ally think about it as much,” Gray said. “Some other people I was in class with had been living in Graterford prison for decades, so like the entire time I was growing up and going to elementary school and middle school and high school, their lives were fairly consistent.” Gray is now interning at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Having developed close relationships with incarcerated people through Inside-Out, she said she recognizes how little political effort is made to help people in the state prison system. “I’m interacting with people who have the power, like policymakers and legislators,” Gray said. “It’s just really interesting to see how low a priority...people who are incarcerated are for state legislators.” “It really opened my eyes to so many different levels of injustice,” she added.

maha.ouni@temple.edu Ian Walker contributed reporting.

his classes. Ngô realized there were lasting health effects caused by use of the herbicide, which contains the toxic compound dioxin, known to damage the immune system and cause cancer and infertility, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “Nowadays, the U.S. government does not accept the fact that the children of many GIs can be affected by Agent Orange,” Ngô said. “I’ve seen some of them, and they look exactly like the Vietnamese who are affected.” Ngô has been advocating for awareness of Agent Orange’s effects for years. He is a co-coordinator and founder for the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign, a group of veterans and Vietnamese-Americans that lobbies for governmental action on behalf of Agent Orange victims in the U.S. and Vietnam. No direct link has been found between a person being exposed to Agent Orange and their children having a birth defect, according to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. However, after analyzing medical data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot found that veterans who said they were exposed to Agent Orange were more likely to have children with birth defects than veterans who said they weren’t sure if they were exposed. Vietnamese citizens and soldiers have yet to receive recognition or help for their exposure to Agent Orange, Ngô wrote in his essay. In 2015, Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California proposed

the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act to Congress, calling for medical assistance to be provided to those who have suffered negative health effects as a result of Agent Orange. It also calls for the U.S. to begin environmental restoration efforts in Vietnam. The bill has yet to pass. Advocating for this bill is one of the main goals of Ngô’s campaign. Merle Ratner, another cocoordinator with the campaign, said she spoke to victims of Agent Orange while her organization helped draft this bill. She heard over and over again that people affected by Agent Orange were angry they could not receive government assistance. “They get no services,” she said. “Children of American and Vietnamese-American soldiers... are quite angry about this because their birth defects and their cancers are related to Agent Orange.” Ngô wants people to understand that his home country still suffers from the choices made during the war, he said. “I tried to be gentle,” he said of his essay. “But it was for humanitarian reasons that I oppose the war. That’s why I wanted to address the problems that civilians had after the war. Agent Orange is a chemical that affects people for generations. They don’t warn you about that.”

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about the state budget impasse possibly increasing in-state tuition?”

TAVIAN ROCKET Freshman Sociology

KYLE THOMAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Daniel Gutter works as a guest pizza chef at W/N W/N on Spring Garden Street near 9th. He uses his Instagram account @pizza_gutt to showcase his pizzas to more than 5,000 followers and schedule reservations at W/N W/N.


PIZZA bio to Slotted, an online signup tool for customers to make reservations that week to buy his pizza. From Wednesday to Saturday, the 50 pies he bakes each night are for reservations and walk-ins at W/N W/N. Gutter started his Instagram account a year ago after making a bet with his friend on who could reach 1,000 followers the quickest. But he first began making pizzas at age 14 when he worked for Cocco’s Pizza part-time near his home in Delaware County. During college, he began working on research grants with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. During his time at the prison, Gutter realized that law was not his passion. He started working for Pizza Brain, a pizza shop in Kensington, when his grants started to run out in 2012. “That was an experience on its own,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself moving forward with the career. [It] was too much of a double life.” From then on, pizza became a major part of Gutter’s life. Gutter describes his pizza as

“couture style,” or thin-crust pan pizza. He said this style is reminiscent of the slices Pizza Hut served during its ongoing BOOK IT! program, which was most popular during the 1990s and helped children win free pizza by reading a certain number of books. “It’s supposed to kind of trigger that memory,” Gutter said. “It’s old ’90s pizza. It’s greasy. It’s cheesy. There’s cheese that goes right up to the end of the crust.” Last year, Gutter started making wood-fired pizza in his parent’s garage in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, because he had access to a brick oven there. But when it got cold outside, he switched to making pan pizzas to avoid the winter temperatures. He began to do pop-up pizza making around Philly in places like Martha, a specialty craft beer bar in Kensington, and his current workplace, W/N W/N. He would come to these pizza shops to cook, but he also had to clean the restaurant and serve customers. “I just got started [doing popups] by building relationships with other small business owners around town trying to like make genuine kind of friendships and not leverage those friendships, but like collaborate in different ways,” he said.

While Gutter was working at Pizza Brain, he met his friend and current business partner, Deepak Prabhakar, who began helping Gutter with his pop-ups by handling logistics and assessing customer satisfaction. “We always want to make sure the customer has a good experience,” Prabhakar said. Aggregating customer comments really allowed them to find out what worked for them and helped them grow in popularity, Prabhakar added. Gutter made it a point to keep his social media account personal, yet still utilize it as a business model for his pizza sales. He said he continues to post pictures of animals — not just pizzas. “It lets people see more of who I am,” he said. “They know it’s always me.” Gutter plans to continue his work with W/N W/N for one year and then possibly open his own pizza shop. “I’m not reinventing the wheel or anything,” Gutter said. “I’m just trying to add a social media aspect to it and hopefully everyone has a pleasant experience. That’s the main thing, customer service.”


I definitely can’t afford an extra $12,000 a year to go here, and you know that’s half the reason I came here, because it’s an in-state college which means I’m saving on tuition. … We live in a city where a lot of people are underneath the poverty line...and you displace a lot of our youth and a lot of young adults in the city when you make education not affordable.

ALLY LAVERDIERE Junior Music therapy

I’m an out-of-state student so it doesn’t affect me as much, but I do think that it’s kind of a shame that people aren’t taking it more seriously because it does affect the majority of Temple students. … Education shouldn’t be as inaccessible as it is, and if this budget doesn’t get passed, then it’s going to be even more inaccessible.

ZACH HITCHENS 2017 alumnus Computer science

That was the only reason I came to Temple, because it was an affordable school. Like I could’ve went to Drexel, but I just came here. … I probably wouldn’t [have gone] here if it wasn’t the price that it was. KYLE THOMAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Gutter makes a thin-crust pan pizza, reminiscent of the ones that Pizza Hut sold during the 1990s as a part of the BOOK IT! program. The program helped students win a free pizza if they read a certain number of books.







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Navy Yard hosts hard apple cider festival Last Saturday, the Navy Hard hosted the fifth annual “Pour the Core: Philly” hard apple cider festival. Guests were presented with a “Pour the Core” glass upon entry to sample more than 100 local and international hard apple ciders. “We like apples, and we like drinking,” said Melanie Sanders, a 2017 history alumna. “It’s funny because we actually started coming after introducing [a friend] to Angry Orchard at Maxi’s on Temple’s campus.” Sanders has attended the event every year with her friends since its inception in 2012. The festival also featured yard games like cornhole and giant Jenga and educational seminars about hard cider. The event aims to raise money for the Committee to Benefit the Children, a charity that provides resources for the treatment, care and family support of Philadelphia area children with cancer, leukemia and blood disorders.

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Student indie band performs at PhilaMOCA Americanadian released a single earlier this month on Bandcamp. BY VALERIE DOWRET For The Temple News Nina Fuchs, the drummer of DIY band Americanadian and a freshman music industry major at Drexel University, could feel the difference between playing on a cracked, concrete floor in a home basement and the inside of a mausoleum. Americanadian, an indie dream rock band that includes two Temple students, played a

show at PhilaMOCA, a mausoleum-turned-music venue, on Friday. The band released the track “Peachy” on Bandcamp, an online platform for posting music, earlier this month and plans to release an EP this year. The band got its start in Philadelphia’s DIY music scene, which often means playing music in house basements and makeshift venues. “[The PhilaMOCA show] felt more powerful,” said Nick DeFabritus, the band’s bassist and a freshman music education major. “I felt like I was actually almost like taking control of the audience in a way, like pulling them in.”

“It was cool to see how everyone’s eyes were on us the whole time,” he added. “This time I’m able to see a lot more reactions from people.” DeFabritus added that at most basement shows, the audience consists of mostly friends, but at PhilaMOCA, he saw several new faces, which he hopes will increase the band’s exposure. Serena Scalzi, now Americanadian’s guitarist and lead singer, started talking about forming a band in Summer 2016. Scalzi, a freshman psychology major at Bucks County Community College, became interested in music when she was in middle

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jeff Weingarten (left), a junior media studies and production major, and Nick DeFabritus (right), a freshman music education major, play in the DIY indie band Americanadian. The band performed original songs at PhilaMOCA last Friday.


DAUGHTERS and women. “Absence can also be a relationship,” Johnson said. “People don’t understand that even if your father was absent from your life, that still defines your experience with him. Relationships centered around absence can create lasting issues related to neglect, abandonment and worthlessness.” The absence of fatherhood in the Black community has become normalized, Johnson said. “We’re used to the ‘superhero Black mom who does it all’ trope, and we don’t talk about the impact that has on mothers and kids enough,” she said. Johnson said she often hears girls say that not having their fathers present didn’t really affect them. “I can see how that could be easy to believe at times, but as you mature you might realize that you attract emotionally unavailable men, or you tend to feel neglected easily,” Johnson said. “Being involved with someone who isn’t available to you, emotionally or physically, can continue a cycle of absent relationships that started with your father.” Sophomore sociology major Yasmin ElZaher reached out to Johnson to be part of the project via social media. She recognized some of the faces featured on the the “100 Other Halves” Instagram page, where Johnson uploads photos of her with participants after she interviews them. After her conversation with Johnson, which she described as “overwhelming and enlightening,” El-Zaher reached out to her father. Before that day, she said she never really had an intimate conversation with him. “It can be hard to acknowledge that you’ve been hurt by or feel resentment toward someone you love,” El-Zaher said. “After talking to Kyshon, I was able to really open up to my dad about things we’d never discussed before, like my sexuality and my mental health. He was way more understanding than I ever imagined him to be. I cried.” In the caption under each photo she

school and first picked up one of her dad’s guitars. She taught herself how to simultaneously sing and play guitar. After being introduced through mutual friends during their sophomore year in high school, Fuchs and Scalzi became close. Fuchs planned on recording Scalzi’s music for her senior project, so they began working together. With only a lead singer and drummer, the duo reached out to Jeff Weingarten in search of a lead guitarist. Scalzi met Weingarten at a house show in Philadelphia and then found his solo music on Bandcamp. “We all became really good friends out of it,” said Weingarten, a junior media studies and production major. DeFabritus joined the band this past June. After rehearsing nearly every day that month in Fuchs’ basement in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, the band performed its first show in early July at The Pentajawn, a nowclosed DIY space in North Philadelphia. The band has performed at several other DIY spaces in the city, like the Pharmacy, a coffee shop and music venue in Point Breeze. DeFabritus said there’s more energy at DIY shows in Philadelphia than at venues. “I feel like at venues like [PhilaMOCA], a lot of people are checking us out for the first time, a lot of people who haven’t seen us before,” DeFabritus said. “But at basements it’s more people who have seen us. ... It’s also cool to get out there to have a lot more people see us, and

it’s a really good experience.” In high school, Weingarten developed songs from being “alone in [his] thoughts.” Now at Temple, he said he draws from his many new relationships. “When I get to college, there’s so many people here,” Weingarten said. “That’s more influence to write my music about.” Americanadian’s latest single, “Peachy,” was written by Fuchs, Scalzi and Weingarten about their friend Elizabeth Hazard, a freshman art major. The song discusses the band members’ love of her personality. “Every time I hear it gives me a little bit of secondhand embarrassment just because I know it’s about myself,” Hazard said. “But at the same time, every time they play it I get so happy because I’m like, ‘This song bops and it’s about me.’” The band is currently recording its EP with Donato Pignetti, a Philadelphia musician who helps local indie bands, like Fred Beans and Earthboy, record their albums at his house. This is the first time the group isn’t self-recording in Fuchs’ bedroom. “We’re getting used to having someone else listen to it as we record it,” Scalzi said. “The first day we were all shy. … We’re just comfortable with it now. “I’m just excited to get out my mind through the music and the music that we’ve all been working on and mixing, recording and all the time and work we put into it,” she added.


uploads, Johnson includes each woman’s response to the question, “What positive characteristics did you develop from your father?” She said the question usually challenges those who have unhealthy or absent relationships with their fathers to examine how it has shaped the women they are today. “Most women think about that question for a bit and then blurt out ‘independence’ or ‘strength,’” Johnson said. “It makes sense. They grew up in single-mother households and watched their moms work and raise multiple kids, often without enough additional support. They may have learned not to rely on other people and to work hard to provide for themselves. ” The project has also allowed her to explore the benefits that come with having a healthy paternal relationship. Rabiyah Mujahid, a 2017 Arcadia University international studies and pre-law alumna, was the 61st person to share her story with Johnson. She currently serves as a fellow at the Education Law Center, an organization in Center City that tries to ensure equal access to quality public education for Pennsylvania youth. Mujahid, 22, said she draws her confidence from having a strong bond with her father. “My dad is very in tune with his emotions,” said the South Philadelphia native. “He’s a crier and unapologetically expresses how he feels about everything. So in my relationships, I love when people are comfortable expressing who they are and how they feel with me.” For Johnson, “100 Other Halves” isn’t simply a collection of experiences, but a celebration of healing. When she completes 100 interviews, Johnson plans to host a celebratory event with all 100 participants. Johnson said each story and interaction is special to her. “These women may not realize it, but they pour so much wisdom and knowledge into me,” Johnson said. “It’s a powerful exchange of energy. For those of us who need to heal, we can start to heal together.”

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KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore sociology major Yasmin El-Zaher (above) is the 36th participant in senior international business major Kyshon Johnson’s “100 Other Halves” project. She aims to speak to 100 women about their relationships with their fathers.







‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ screens at The Reel “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the 1975 cult musicalcomedy horror film, will be screened alongside a live “shadow” cast at The Reel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with another show on Friday at midnight. Tickets will be sold beginning on Wednesday between noon and 6 p.m. in The Reel Box Office. Admission costs $2 with an OWLcard and $4 without one. Prop bags will be sold at the door for $3. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes and arrive early to enjoy pre-show activities. The event is co-sponsored by the Queer Student Union and Student Affairs.

ed. “We depend on it.” While honeybees tend to produce a surplus of honey and live in larger colonies, bumblebees do not produce as much honey and live in smaller colonies. Segall used honeybees in her piece to emphasize the frequency with which humans rely on these creatures for food production. Segall hopes viewers will feel admiration and appreciation for the “dangerous and sweet” animals. “There’s this balance that the bees are creating inside society,” Segall said. “This balance is achieved through the ability to sustain the human population through pollination efforts and the beautification of the Earth’s landscape.” From an ecological position, Segall said she chose the piano because bees prefer a certain type of architec-

ture. Bees will live in nearly any cavity, like a beehive, the wall of a house, a hollow tree or a piano, Aloyo said. “There’s this very specific housing parameter that you can use to build a hive, which makes it possible to work with them easily,” Segall said. “I knew that the inside of a piano was the right interior dimensions, which made it suitable for bees to live inside.” Last summer, Segall displayed an earlier iteration of the sculpture at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York. Unlike the clean white walls of Temple Contemporary, trees and flowers dotted the landscape around the sculpture in the open-air park. For the sculpture’s time on display at the park, Segall specifically designed the piano to fit within the outside environment. By cutting an opening at the bottom of the piano

body, the colony of bees were allowed access to the inside and outside of the sculpture. “You got to see the bees flying in and out,” Segall said. “So I’m sure it must be a different experience between galleries.” Despite the adjustment in location, Segall said her message remains the same: humans must make a conscious effort to adapt to the environment by understanding how their actions impact animals. “We’re not working on an economic scale that’s possible to maintain the current relationship that we have with the environment,” Segall said. “It’s very unbalanced. But I think the piece at Tyler is more poetic. I think what I like about that is there’s this sort of human-nature system of harmony.”


-Mary Ragland

Tyler to host Halloween mask-making event The Tyler School of Art will host its annual “Make Your Own Halloween Mask” event on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tyler’s lobby. Free decorative materials for attendees will be provided, including paint, feathers, glitter, temporary tattoos and nail art. Free coffee and tea will be served in the morning. No registration is required. -Alaina DeLeone

Office of Sustainability cleans up community Students will gather at Gratz Street and Montgomery Avenue on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. for the Cherry Goes Green Block Clean Up, a neighborhood trash cleanup event. The community cleanup effort, hosted by Temple Student Government, Students for Environmental Action and the Office of Sustainability, will conclude the Zero-Waste Campus Sustainability Week. The Office of Sustainability will provide volunteers with bags, gloves and other free sustainable merchandise. Participants can register for the event on the Cherry Goes Green Block Clean Up Eventbrite page. -Alaina DeLeone

Tyler arranges bus trip to New York City book fair The Tyler School of Art will host a free bus trip to the NY Art Book Fair and the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair on Saturday. The bus will depart from 13th and Diamond streets at 9 a.m. and return to Main Campus around 7 p.m. Registration is open to the first 55 people who sign up on Temple’s events page. At the 12th annual NY Art Book Fair, attendees can view and purchase artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines. The IFPDA Print Fair, which costs $10 to enter, will present the work of 81 art dealers and editions publishers. -Mary Ragland

Student group to host Black history conference The Black and Brown Coalition, a student group made up of representatives from minority student organizations, will host a conference titled “Huey P Newton: Our Struggle for Self-Determination & World Peace” on Saturday in the Student Center Underground. The conference will celebrate the life of Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, through revolutionary art and political education. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and includes panels and art-making sessions. Anthony Monteiro, a former African American studies professor, will discuss Newton’s message to the youth. The event is free and no registration is required.

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS New York-based artist Jessica Segall installed a modified piano colonized by a hive of honeybees in Temple Contemporary. The installation will be on display until Dec. 18, featuring a live-audio feed of bee vibrations inside the instrument.


RADIO munity all over the world. … She is the perfect person to come at the perfect time as we are moving onto the radio.” Rodríguez has used her connection with Temple to help G-town Radio grow as a station. She hosted a training day at the station with Thea Chaloner, a media studies and production adjunct instructor and an associate producer for “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” a weekly national radio show on WHYY. “It empowers people on a very basic level,” Chaloner said. “What I am always surprised about when I teach these types of workshops is how quickly regular people can go out with their smart phones and talk to people and get really great tape on [subjects] that are very present-tense and immediate.” Since that moment in the Colombian mountains, Rodríguez knew she wanted to focus on the empowering effects of technology in the hands of people. She eventually classified this type of media — which is produced by members of a community for their specific community — as “citizens’ media.” The awe she experienced the day she spent with the coffee farmers inspired her to make citizens’ media the focus of her career, which has most

recently brought her to Philadelphia, where she has lived for a year now. Rodríguez’s studies have taken her across the world, from various parts of Latin America to Spain and England, giving her experiences that she can now share with her students and fellow station members. In Colombia, she studied the impact of citizens’ media in a small Afro-Colombian community, where a school teacher began his own radio program, not in the official language of Spanish, but in the lesser known locally used languages called Bantú, originating from central and southern Africa. The teacher involved his 9- and 10-year-old students as a way for them to practice writing and communication skills. “In this way, the local media helped to preserve a language,” Rodríguez said. “There are many unique ways to use technology to maintain processes in the community that have to do with tradition and cultural practices and native languages...the environment, and gender equity, and climate change and even fun things too, like hip-hop.” Citizens’ media has increased in importance as mass communication becomes more consolidated under corporations, simultaneously narrowing the number of places and stories that receive coverage, Rodríguez said. She added that citizens’ media fills in the gaps in most local news

coverage and shows more human interest stories. “If a certain area only receives media attention when there is a shooting or drug violence, people develop a simplified, negative image of that community,” Rodríguez said. Bear created G-town radio in 2007 after the local newspaper, the Germantown Courier, and later the Mt. Airy Times Express, folded due to financial struggles. “There is definitely a vacuum when it comes to local information,” Bear said. “So what happens is, if someone has something engaging or news they want to share…we present ourselves as a platform for people to share their ideas, their thoughts, their music, what they like, their passions, and things like that.” “[The station] is very hyperlocal,” added Tom Casetta, the station’s program director. “It’s not something that gets filtered out to meet a wide range, like a lowest common denominator.” Rodríguez always finds the community’s reaction to the station to be rewarding. “It’s magical,” she said. “People are always so surprised at the thought that they could be on the radio...but [community radio] has so much potential. ... I find local radio is often the glue that holds communities together.”


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Despite losing key player, Owls have five-match winning streak Senior Irem Asci tore her ACL on Sept. 29, but Temple has only lost one match since. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter When the Owls learned senior outside hitter Irem Asci tore her ACL and would be out for the rest of the season, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam did not want to make any excuses for his team. “Injuries are part of sports,” Ganesharatnam said he told his players. “Nobody wants to get hurt, and nobody likes to see anybody get hurt,” he added. “Obviously it was a shock for us, but we needed to move on very fast in order to compete against Tulane. That’s what we’ve focused on. We just have to shake it off and keep competing.” Asci’s season-ending injury happened on Sept. 29 in Temple’s win against Tulane. The athletic department sent paperwork to The American’s office seeking a medical redshirt for Asci, Ganesharatnam said. The team will not know if the application will be approved until the end of the season, he said, but it most likely will. Temple has lost only one match since losing the two-time American Athletic Conference first-teamer. The Owls (12-6, 8-2 The American) won their next match at Houston before losing to East Carolina at

McGonigle Hall on Oct. 6. During the East Carolina match, co-captain and senior outside hitter Dara Peric didn’t play due to a concussion. The Owls made adjustments in their 3-1 win against Cincinnati and swept South Florida in Tampa during Peric’s return on Oct. 13. After beating South Florida, Temple came back to win the final three sets against Central Florida on Oct. 15 after losing the first two. After combining for 37 kills against South Florida and Central Florida on Oct. 13 and 15, senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz earned The American’s Offensive Player of the Week award. Rapacz said once she and her teammates learned of Asci’s injury, everybody knew they had to contribute more. “Having anybody injured just takes a toll on a team,” Rapacz said. “The way that we’ve approached this and are attacking every game says something really good about our team. We take every game seriously and every practice seriously. I think it goes back to when [Ganesharatnam] said we are all talented individually but we don’t win anything if we don’t work as a team.” Since the match against Tulane, some players have seen more action. Redshirt freshman Dana Westfield and freshmen Averi Salvador and Katerina Papazoglou have impressed Ganesharatnam the most, he said. Prior to tearing her ACL, Asci was second on the team in kills. With Asci out, Westfield has taken over that spot.

MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman outside hitter Katerina Papazoglou, junior middle blocker Carla Guennewig and senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz (left to right) anticipate a hit during the Owls’ 3-1 win against Tulsa on Friday at McGonigle Hall.


ARMY fix their mistakes. “I’ve heard some people talking about transition, transition years and all this stuff, and we’re playing so many young guys,” Collins said during his weekly press conference on Oct. 17. “We don’t care about that. We want to win, and we have a responsibility for everybody in this organization to give everything they have to these seniors on this football team, and I think that’s a huge point for all of us.” “I don’t really know what to say to be honest,” said sophomore linebacker Shaun Bradley, who had a team-high 11 tackles against Army. “I guess we just got to go harder. We’re just young, but at some point, though, some of the young guys, you’ve got to step up.” Athletes with little FBS experience played on both sides of the ball on Saturday. Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile made his first-career start with redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi injured. Three offensive linemen made the first starts of their careers. Despite a new-look line and firsttime starter under center, Temple generated 506 total yards of offense. Junior running back Ryquell Armstead had a season-high 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Nutile only got

sacked twice and completed 20 of his 29 attempts for 290 yards and a touchdown. Three of Temple’s last four games have been decided by seven points or fewer. The team has lost all three. On Sept. 30 against Houston, Temple trailed by seven with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Redshirt-junior running back David Hood ran for no gain on third-and-10 from the Owls’ 42-yard line before the team called a timeout with one minute, 43 seconds left. Marchi overthrew Armstead on fourth down. Temple didn’t get the ball back until there were 30 seconds left. The Owls also had to punt on fourth-and-goal after Marchi took a 24-yard sack on their first drive of the game. Temple dropped seven passes against Connecticut on Oct. 14. Sophomore wideout Isaiah Wright dropped the potential go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and two players dropped passes on the Owls’ final drive. The team also committed 12 penalties, including two 15-yard facemasks during a Connecticut touchdown drive. Temple lost despite outgaining UConn by 229 yards. Temple outgained Army by 117 yards on Saturday and went 8-for-15 on third downs. But penalties hurt two scoring chances. Temple had first-andgoal from the 2 in the third quarter but

She has 159 kills, which rank only behind Rapacz. Westfield recorded a career-high 19 kills against Houston just one match after Asci’s injury. For Salvador, a defensive specialist, all her points have come from service aces. During Temple’s trip to Florida, Salvador led the team in aces in both matches. She has also contributed 90 digs in 53 sets. Papazoglou has made an impact in limited action. Through 52 sets, the freshman outside hitter has 97 digs and 68 kills. Papazoglou earned her first career double-double against Cincinnati with 18 digs and 11 kills, which were both career-highs before Friday’s 13-kill outing against Tulsa. She had double-double performances on Friday and Sunday against Southern Methodist. Papazoglou is also second on the team with 13 service aces. “That’s why I’m here, to help my team, encourage my team and do the best I can,” Papazoglou said. “[Asci] is a leader on the team, and it’s bad that she is out, but with her encouragement and our effort we can do anything.” One of the main adjustments Temple made has been inserting junior middle blocker Carla Guennewig into the main rotation. After playing in just six of 12 matches through Sept. 29, Guennewig has missed only two matches since. Ganesharatnam described Guennewig’s performance against Central Florida as “one of the best performances of her career since she’s been here.” He said her size and skill gives her the ability to play multiple positions. She and Rapacz are the team’s tallest players at 6 feet, 2 inches. Guennewig hit 33.3 percent and had six kills against the Knights. She also added two digs and a service ace in the win against Central Florida. She had four kills, two assists and two service aces in Friday’s win against Tulsa. “Carla helps us out on the right side and even helps us out on the outside, which as a middle, is very hard to do,” Ganesharatnam said. “Luckily, we have multiple people who can step up, contribute and lead by example.”


Longtime coach retires, to be honored this weekend Fred Turoff, who has coached the men’s gymnastics team since 1976, has stepped down and will assist Jesse Kitzen-Abelson in his transition to take over the team, he wrote in an email to The Temple News on Friday. Turoff coached the team for 38 years as a Division I squad before the university cut the program effective July 1, 2014. He continued to coach the team as it transitioned to operating as a club under Campus Recreation. Turoff won 18 Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League and Eastern College Athletic Conference titles during his Division I tenure. He competed for Temple from 1966-69 and represented the United States at several international competitions, including the 1970 World Gymnastic Championships. A retirement celebration for Turoff will take place on Saturday night at the Hilton on City Line Avenue in West Philadelphia. More than 70 former gymnasts will attend, Turoff wrote in an email. Kitzen-Abelson joined the club as an assistant in September 2016. He competed for Temple under Turoff until he graduated in 2011, and his dad was on the team from 1969-71. Kitzen-Abelson coached in South Africa from September 2011 to June 2016 before assuming his role at Temple. The team will have an intrasquad meet on Dec. 8 before its first competition in January. -Evan Easterling

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Fred Turoff (center) gives senior Misha Kustin some tips during practice on Dec. 16, 2016 in Pearson 143.

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didn’t score. Redshirt-junior offensive lineman Jaelin Robinson false started on third-and-goal from the 2 during the sequence. In the fourth quarter, a delay of game infraction negated a 51-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Aaron Boumerhi that would have put Temple up by two possessions. Collins said he didn’t want to use a timeout to avoid the penalty because his defense was playing well and the field-goal try was at the edge of Boumerhi’s range. Army scored to tie the game on its next drive. Army accepted an invitation to the Armed Forces Bowl after the game and will play in the postseason in back-toback seasons for the first time since 1984 and 1985. Temple’s season hangs in the balance. “Championship teams win close games,” senior defensive lineman Jacob Martin said. “We just got to keep on pushing. There’s a lot to build on from here.” “We still have a chance to [be bowl eligible], but it really hurts when you lose this game,” Nutile said. “We feel [like] every game is a championship game from here on out, and it’s been the whole year that we want to win each game,” he added. “So it does hurt we didn’t pull it off.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

Two alums selected by NBA G League teams in draft The NBA G League, the NBA’s minor league formerly known as the NBA Development League or D-League, held its draft on Saturday via teleconference from the league’s New York City headquarters. Two former Temple players were among the 146 athletes eligible for selection in the four-round draft. The Northern Arizona Suns, the minor-league affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, selected Rahlir HollisJefferson sixth overall. Hollis-Jefferson played for Temple from 2009-13. His 5.1 career rebounds per game rank 14th in program history, and his 108 blocks rank ninth. Hollis-Jefferson played the 2016-17 season with the Orangeville A’s of the National Basketball League of Canada. He averaged 18.1 points per game and won the league’s defensive player of the year award. The Greensboro Swarm, the G League-affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, selected Daniel Dingle with the sixth pick of the second round. In his Temple career from 2012-17, Dingle started 59 games and averaged 6.3 points per game. During his redshirtsenior season last year, he started all 32 games and averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Dingle’s 38.5 3-point percentage ranked third on the team in the 2016-17 season. -Evan Easterling

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‘Tricky’ course awaits AAC runners Saturday title. Temple’s men placed fifth last season, and the women finished eighth. The Temple News talked to coaches in The American about Temple, how they prepared for their teams for the course at Belmont Plateau and what challenges await them.

The Owls will host the conference championships on Saturday at Belmont Plateau. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter Former All-American Blanca Fernandez returned to Main Campus earlier this semester to work as a student assistant coach while she trains for the Tokyo Olympics. Coach James Snyder said he has seen practice times recently that remind him of Fernandez’s when she ran for Temple in 2015. Snyder said he sees “times only Blanca would run” from multiple runners. Temple will host the 2017 American Athletic Conference cross country championship at Belmont Plateau on Saturday. It’s the first conference championship meet the Owls will host since the Atlantic 10 Conference race in 2012. The Temple Student-Athlete Advisory Committee organized buses to bring students to the meet in Fairmount Park this year, Snyder said. “Everyone, including me, has a high confidence and excitement level heading into this meet,” Snyder said. “Now it is time to make history.” Tulsa has won the last three men’s conference championships, while Southern Methodist will defend its 2016 women’s

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Belmont Plateau has one of the most challenging courses in college, conference coaches said. The course has hills and a section of woods that “can be tricky,” Snyder said. Snyder said the Owls will have an advantage because of their experience running through the hills and wooded portion of the course. They ran at Belmont Plateau at the Temple Invitational on Sept. 1 and the Jack St. Clair Memorial Invitational on Oct. 7 and hold practices there. “This is one of the harder courses at the college level that we’ve ran on plenty of times before, but the other teams are still going to show up with the goal of winning the conference just like us,” Snyder said. When Tulane ran in the Temple Invitational, coach Eric Peterson took it as an opportunity to preview the conference meet. “The Belmont course is one of the more challenging courses due to the hills it has,”


Gulley said he expects the men’s race to be very competitive. Tulsa had seven top-15


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The American’s postseason meet is on Saturday at Belmont Plateau. Here are the top 6,000-meter times for women and 8,000-meter times for the men of each team in the conference.



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Peterson said. “It is a very physically challenging course. I wanted my runners to have an idea of what they will be dealing with come the conference championship.” Tulane and East Carolina were the only teams in The American besides Temple to compete in the invitational. Temple’s men won the meet with a score of 29, East Carolina placed second with 56 and Tulane came in third with 69. Temple also won the women’s race, scoring lower than the Pirates and Green Wave. Tulsa coach Steve Gulley said competing in Philadelphia will be a challenge for his runners because of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s humid environment. The Golden Hurricane sometimes cannot practice as intensely as teams in other climates due to heat. Southern Methodist coach Cathy Casey said the Mustangs are preparing for the conference championship by practicing on a course similar to the one at Belmont Plateau. “We have one hill in Dallas,” Casey said. “We know this course is going to be challenging, so we are going to make sure we keep running up and down that hill to prepare for this course.”


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NUTILE toward the sideline. Patenaude said a lot of the quick passes were run-pass-option plays because Army blitzed on every down. “I thought he did really good,” Patenaude said. “He did a great job directing traffic. Like I said, they blitz almost every play so he had to check a lot of the protections, had to check a lot of the run game, so I thought he did a really good job there.” “I think when you prepare as a starter and you don’t actually start, I think it makes you better because when your time shows up, you’re not missing a thing,” redshirt-junior offensive lineman Gordon Thomas said. Three offensive linemen — Thomas and redshirt-juniors Jaelin Robinson and James McHale — made their first starts on Saturday. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Leon Johnson, who left the game against Connecticut on Oct. 14 with an ankle injury, played limited snaps against Army at left tackle. Despite injuries to offensive linemen, the Owls ran the ball effectively to help Nutile. Armstead, who has dealt with nagging injuries since playing Notre Dame, rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. He had his highest yardage total since he ran for

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210 yards and two touchdowns against South Florida on Oct. 21, 2016. “He’s been banged up for five weeks and just wills himself to be on the field and play for his guys,” Collins said. “And the one touchdown run, he came up to me and said, ‘Coach give me the ball, let me run power and I’m going to get the first down and probably score.’ And that’s what happened.” Prior to Nutile’s start, he’d only played against South Florida on Sept. 21 and East Carolina on Oct. 7 this year. He passed 6-for14 for 80 yards and one interception in the two games. Marchi didn’t turn the ball over in the first three games of the season, but he threw eight interceptions in his past four starts.

runners in 2016’s conference championship. Five of those runners will compete in this year’s race, including senior Ben Preisner. He took second in 2016. “The course has a big influence in this race,” Gulley said. “Runners’ times seem to be slower at Belmont, and that should help make this a close race. I am definitely expecting Temple to come out strong at home, especially since they are in the midst of a historic year.” Snyder said graduate student Marc Steinsberger and freshman Kristian Jensen have been running faster at practices, especially during sessions at Belmont Plateau. The two held hands as they crossed the finish line second and third at the Temple Invitational. Steinsberger placed ninth at the conference meet last season. Sophomore Grace Moore has been the Owls’ top finisher in her past three races, including a first-place finish at the Rider Invitational on Sept. 15. Freshman Helene Gottlieb has been impressive during the last two weeks, Snyder said, and he expects her to be “highly competitive” at the championship race. Peterson said he expects junior Emmanuel Rotich to compete for the men’s individual title. Rotich finished third at the conference championship in 2016 for Tulane. He has three first-place finishes this season. Junior Joshua Cheruyot and senior Moses Aloiloi could also help Tulane reach the podium, Peterson said. Wichita State coach Kirk Hunter said the conference championship will be one of the most challenging meets for his team this season. He is eager to see how freshman Winny Koskei performs. Koskei has seven top-10 finishes in her career. Wichita State, which is in its first year in The American, competed against Temple and Tulane for the first time in 2017 at the Joe Piane Invitational at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 29. Both of Temple’s squads had top-two finishes. Wichita State’s women placed 12th out of 25 schools. The men’s team didn’t run in the race. Hunter anticipates Temple will perform like it did at the Joe Piane Invitational at Belmont Plateau on Saturday. “Temple is looking great this year,” Hunter said. “The way they ran at Notre Dame and really the whole season, I am expecting to see a confident and talented team on their home course.”

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He passed for more than 300 yards against East Carolina and Connecticut before not taking an offensive snap against Army. He held the ball on field goals and extra points. As the Owls enter the bye week with their next game against Navy on Nov. 2 and possible bowl implications looming, the coaching staff will have time to figure out the quarterback situation. “It’s going to be one of those situations where you’ve just got to evaluate it, see where we are and we get a week to regroup,” Patenaude said. thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile carries the ball during the Owls’ 31-28 overtime loss to Army West Point on Saturday at Michie Stadium in New York.


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AMERICAN -men and sophomores, had the resilience young teams often possess, Tulsa 10th-year coach Kyle Cussen said. “For lack of a better term, young players just don’t know any better,” he said. “You saw it in our game against Temple where we took two separate one-goal leads and they tied the game back up both times.” “From what I’ve seen and even from when we played them, [O’Connor] has done a really good job of building that winning culture back,” said La Salle coach Paul Royal, who has coached against Temple 12 times in his 15 years with the Explorers. “They may have been a young team, but they leave it all out there and they never quit.” A week after the Tulsa game, Temple hosted Southern Methodist, which hadn’t won a conference game. The Mustangs outshot Temple, 19-8, and shutout Temple, 2-0. The effort started a three-game winning streak for Southern Methodist including Sunday’s upset victory against No. 21 Cincinnati. The Mustangs are one point ahead of Houston for sixth place. The two teams will face each other to finish the regular season. The Owls’ offensive improvement from 2016 kept them in the

playoff hunt. With one game remaining, the Owls have scored 23 goals, nine more than their total in 2016. In 2016, the Owls only had one player who scored more than three goals. This season, Temple has five players with three or more goals. One of those five players is freshman midfielder Emma Wilkins, who has three goals. On top of Wilkins’ production, three other underclassmen have scored. Young players also contributed from the back line. Freshman defender Aisha Brown has played in every game and made 16 starts. She leads the team in minutes and has an assist. Sophomore defender Emily Keitel is second with 1,354 minutes and three assists. Temple established a solid core of underclassmen this season, O’Connor said, but the team will still focus on recruiting attackers in the offseason. “We’ve had a lot of freshmen come in and help out this year, and we also have had a lot of bench depth,” said senior forward Gabriella McKeown, who has a team-high five goals. “We’ve been going back to the old way we used to play with aggressiveness, and I think we kind of lost that last year.” danielwilson20@temple.edu @dan_wilson4

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More balanced team on cusp of postseason Ten players have scored for a team that is in fourth in The American with two games left. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter Compared to last season, the Owls are facing a role reversal of sorts. In 2016, Temple won its first four games and entered American Athletic Conference play with a 5-2 record. Temple finished the season 5-4-2 in the final stretch, won only two conference games and missed the conference tournament. This season, the Owls started 2-4-1 in nonconference games and averaged one goal per game. Since its first game in The American against Connecticut on Sept. 23, Temple is 6-2 and has scored 18 goals for an average of 2.25 per game. “You ask yourself, ‘Would you rather start strong and fizzle out at the end, or have some difficulties in the early parts of the season and then when you figure them out, you come on strong until the end?’” senior midfielder Brendon Creed said. “If you ask me, it’s always about the postseason and that’s where we want to be.” With the momentum it has gained in this eight-game stretch, Temple (8-6-1, 3-2 The American) is confident in its ability to make The American’s tournament. In order to qualify for the conference tournament, Temple must place in the top four of the eight-team league. The Owls are in fourth with nine points. Two games remain. “I don’t think we want to settle for four,” coach David MacWilliams said. “I think we have an opportunity that we can go higher than fourth, and that’s what we want to do.” Conference leaders Connecticut and Southern Methodist each have 12 points. Southern Methodist, which is 20th in the Ratings Percentage Index, are first by virtue

of its higher win percentage. South Florida is in third with 10 points. The Owls lost to Connecticut, 2-0, on Sept. 23 and dropped their match against Southern Methodist, 2-1, on Oct. 7. The team played well enough to win both games, MacWilliams said. In Temple’s loss to Connecticut, sophomore forward Thibault Candia had a goal rescinded because the official called him offsides. Upon review after the game, MacWilliams and the team maintain Candia was not offsides. Temple and Southern Methodist were tied until the 80th minute when Creed received a yellow card for what MacWilliams later reviewed and said was a clean tackle. Off the ensuing free kick, Southern Methodist organized the play where it scored the game-winning goal. “We’ve been right there, we’ve been in the mix, we’ve been close,” Creed said. “Right now, we’re starting to get things together and everything is starting to fall into place. I think we’re very confident.” Senior midfielder Matt Sullivan said the team is “in stride,” has discovered how it wants to play and found out who can score. Freshman forward Alan Camacho Soto had a four-game point streak from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7. He had four goals and an assist during the stretch. Candia leads the team with six goals. He didn’t score until the seventh game of the season. He has four goals and an assist in the past eight games. Ten players have scored this season and six have scored more than once. In 2016, only two players scored more than once, and former forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez scored 14 of Temple’s 23 goals. “I probably felt stronger with this group than last year’s only because last year we had Jorge who was doing all the scoring,” MacWilliams said. “If they shut him down, they shut a good 75 percent of our team down because he was always on the score sheet.”

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore forward Thibault Candia runs to gather the ball during Temple’s 4-1 win against Duquesne University on Sept. 19 at the Temple Sports Complex.

“I find that we’re a completely different team from last year,” Sullivan said. “I think we’re one of the most improved teams in the conference all around. I don’t think anyone is really better than us.” The Owls hope their confidence and momentum will help them reach the NCAA tournament. With an RPI of 88, Temple’s chances of reaching the tournament through an at-large bid are nearly non-existent, redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela said. Temple’s only way to make the NCAA

tournament for the first time since 1985 is to win The American and receive an automatic bid. “Making the conference tournament is just the start of us putting our foot down and possibly winning it,” Sullivan said. “I’d like to make it to the NCAAs and see where we can go from there.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca


Team seeks key offensive clips under first-year coach Mark Spease wants his team to take at least 40 shots per game and convert 20 percent of its power plays. BY JOE EDINGER Club Ice Hockey Beat Reporter First-year coach Mark Spease has set a strategic target for his team to reach during games. He wants Temple to take at least 40 shots per game in the hopes this strategy will result in more wins. The Owls have a 3-1 record when they reach the 40-shot mark. Through the first 11 games in the 2016-17 season, the Owls accomplished this feat once in a 40-shot performance in a loss to Villanova on Oct. 9, 2016. Temple started its season with a rise in offensive production. The team ranks third in goals per game and third in power-play percentage in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association division. The Owls (4-6-1) have averaged 3.5 goals per game and converted on 20.5 percent of their power plays. “We’re in more games when we can score like that,” senior forward Joey Powell said. Last year, the Owls finished the season last in the ECHA with a 2.5 goals per game average. They ranked fifth out of seven teams in power-play scoring, capitalizing on 14.3 percent of their chances. Senior defenseman and captain Ryan Dumbach said Temple is playing a more “structured” game this year than it did last season. The team is working more on having its defensemen move the puck

and having its forwards play better in their own zone, he said. Dumbach credits new passing drills with helping the team build chemistry among its new lines. Powell and Dumbach are the team’s only two seniors, and they are setting the pace with their play. Powell is second in the ECHA with 17 points and is tied for first with eight goals. He scored twice in the season opener against Millersville University on Sept. 8. Powell’s second goal gave the Owls an overtime win. Dumbach is first in the ECHA with 12 assists and tied for third in points with 16. He is also the division’s highest-scoring defenseman with six more points than the next player. He had a four-assist performance in the team’s 7-5 win against St. Joseph’s on Sept. 30. Two of the assists came in the third period on game-tying goals. “I really try not to focus on me,” Dumbach said. “I’ve really just been happy with...winning more games. We’ve gelled a little bit more, and it helps that we’ve had a lot of really good, young new guys come in.” Freshman forwards Brendan Ondick and Eric DiPretoro are among the Owls’ 13 freshmen. Ondick is tied for first in the ECHA with eight goals and leads in points with 18. Ondick scored twice and had an assist against St. Joseph’s. DiPretoro is fourth on the team with 10 points, which includes a two-point performance in Temple’s home-opening win against the State University of New York at Cortland on Sept. 22. “They’re great,” said Powell, who has spent most of the season centering a line with Ondick and DiPretoro on the wings. “I love

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman forward Eric DiPretoro stick handles as John Carroll University defenseman Brian Russell marks him during the Owls’ loss on Oct. 13 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia.

playing with them. They know what they’re doing. They’re smart. They move their feet.” The Owls have tallied 38 goals while surrendering 48 this year. Through 11 games last season, the Owls scored 22 goals while allowing 66. The team did not score its 38th goal until its 18th game last season. Special teams have contributed to the team’s offense. Temple has taken advantage of its opponents’ penalties to score eight power-play goals. Two of the goals came in a 4-3 win against the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York on Oct. 7. “With our team being a little

bit better, we’ve had some more power-play opportunities and a little bit more time in the offensive zone and I think everybody benefits from that together,” Dumbach said. In addition to scoring with an extra man, the Owls have been able to score six goals while shorthanded. They scored four times while shorthanded in four games from Oct. 6-14. In those four games, the Owls doubled their shorthanded goal total from last season. Though the offense has statistically improved from last season, Spease would still like to see even more progress. Temple has been outshot in seven of its 11 games.

Spease wants the Owls’ powerplay percentage to climb into the 20-percent range. “I think it’s possible if you get the right personnel and the right systems,” Spease said. “The hardest part so far is, because it’s so young in the season, is finding the right personnel. Not everyone is made for the power play. There’s definitely room for improvement, and the systems we’re trying to implement should result in more offensive possibilities.” joseph.edinger@temple.edu @JoeEd81

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Little time remains to fix recurring mistakes Temple has lost four of its past five games, including three by seven points or fewer. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Chapelle Russell (right) reacts to a play in the first quarter of Temple’s 31-28 loss to Army West Point at Michie Stadium in New York on Saturday.

WEST POINT, NEW YORK — Coach Geoff Collins frequently mentions that he inherited a “top-25 championship program.” In former coach Matt Rhule’s final two seasons, Temple played in back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history and won the 2016 American Athletic Conference title. But several core players from that team graduated, and it has shown during spurts throughout this season. On Saturday, Temple (3-5, 1-3 The American) faced Army West Point’s triple-option attack for the second year in a row. Six of the players who started last year’s game on defense graduated. The Owls’ defense, which only returned four starters, held Army’s second-ranked rushing attack scoreless for a 37-minute, 37-second stretch on Saturday. The unit also allowed the Black Knights’ backup quarterback to complete five passes for 67 yards and throw a game-tying touchdown pass with one second left in the fourth quarter of Temple’s 31-28 overtime loss at Michie Stadium. Temple commits the 11th-most penalties per game out of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and ranks 113th in red-zone offense. Needing at least three wins in their next four games to be bowl eligible, the Owls are running out of time to




First-time starter at QB against Army The redshirt junior threw for 290 yards and a touchdown in a 31-28 road loss on Saturday. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor WEST POINT, NEW YORK — Temple’s quarterback dilemma continues. Frank Nutile made his starting debut in Temple’s 31-28 overtime loss to Army West Point on Saturday because of redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi’s “lower extremity” injury, as coach Geoff Collins described it on Oct. 17. The redshirt-junior quarterback completed 20 of 29 attempts for 290 yards and a touchdown. Nutile played well enough for the Owls to win, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said. A game-tying touchdown drive by Army with one second left and a missed field goal in overtime gave Temple its fourth loss in its past five games. Despite Nutile’s no-turnover performance, Patenaude wasn’t ready to hand the starting-quarterback job to him. “You can’t have an honest evaluation on it until you get in there and watch the tape and make an evaluation of where he is and where Logan’s health is,” Patenaude said. Nutile put in some 16-hour days of watching film and preparing for Army leading up to Saturday. Patenaude said Nutile was still at Edberg-Olson Hall preparing when

he left the facility one night. Nutile doesn’t know how the quarterback situation will pan out, but he said he has been ready to be the starting quarterback since Sept. 2 when Temple played the University of Notre Dame. “Obviously, being the competitor I am, I feel I should be playing,” Nutile said. “I want to be playing, but that’s really the least of my worries right now.” Nutile helped orchestrate Temple’s go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He dumped a screen pass to redshirt-junior running back David Hood on third-and-11 for a 36yard gain. Junior running back Ryquell Armstead scored on a 43-yard rushing touchdown on the next play to give Temple its first lead of the game, 21-14. Nutile also led the Owls on a touchdown drive midway through the second quarter to tie the game at 14. After completing passes to redshirt-junior tight end Chris Myarick and redshirt-junior wideout Ventell Bryant for 18 yards, Nutile scrambled for 13 yards to position Temple at Army’s 47-yard line. Three plays later, Nutile tossed a 37-yard touchdown to senior wideout Adonis Jennings. Nutile connected with several receivers on quick outs or slants. Three of Nutile’s first four attempts were either screens or out routes


JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Emma Wilkins dribbles past sophomore goalkeeper Cassy Skelton during practice at the Temple Sports Complex on Oct. 4.

Conference playoff aspirations end after loss to Central Florida The Owls have lost three straight games and will miss the postseason. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter The Owls entered the second-to-last week of the season with postseason aspirations. But those hopes won’t be realized. Temple lost to South Florida on Friday in Tampa and fell, 4-1, on Sunday to Central Florida, the No. 7 team in the United Soccer Coaches poll and top team in the American Athletic Conference.

The Owls (6-9-2, 2-5-1 The American) entered the weekend in sixth place in The American, a 10-team league in which the top six teams make the playoffs. They are no longer in playoff contention after losing three games in a row. Temple now sits at eighth in The American with seven points. The Owls have lost their head-to-head matchups with every team in front of them except Houston, which is in seventh with nine points, and Connecticut, the Owls’ final regular-season opponent. “I told everyone on the team they need to get better and improve on something,” coach

Seamus O’Connor said. “For the most part, I don’t have any regrets about this season.” O’Connor said, however, he was particularly dissappointed Temple didn’t beat Tulsa and Southern Methodist. In their draw against Tulsa on Oct. 8 in Oklahoma, the Owls took 24 shots, which matched their total in their 8-0 win against Delaware State University on Sept. 17. The team outshot Tulsa, 5-2, in overtime. O’Connor felt Temple was “the stronger team to finish the game.” Temple, which has 19 fresh-




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With two games left, Temple holds the final playoff spot in The American partly due to a more balanced offense than it had in 2016.

Through 11 games, Temple’s improved even-strength unit and power play has 34 goals. It took the team 16 games to reach that mark last season.

The Owls will host the American Athletic Conference championship meet on Saturday at Belmont Plateau, a wooded, hilly course.

Two-time American Athletic Conference first-teamer Irem Asci is out for the season, but Temple is on a five-game winning streak.

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