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A week of mourning

Communities are shocked by the murder of longtime resident Kim Jones and the death of freshman Rebecca Kim. A vigil was held for Jones, who was shot and killed last Tuesday. JOE BRANDT STEVE BOHNEL LIAN PARSONS The Temple News



Residents gathered at the intersection of 12th and Jefferson streets on Friday to mourn Kim Jones, who was shot and killed at the corner three days earlier.


Freshman remembered as ‘sweet’ and ‘caring’ This is a kid who could “have done anything. ”

Rebecca Kim died after falling from a Center City building last Thursday. PATRICIA MADEJ Managing Editor

IFTY-SIX-YEAROLD KIM JONES, who worked helping abused children in collaboration with a nonprofit and the city’s school district, who had just gotten married and was relishing in the achievement of receiving her MBA, was killed last week as she began her commute. Jones was shot once in the head at 12th and Jefferson streets around 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 13 while waiting for a bus to her job at Turning Points for Children, an organization that aims to foster nurturing families and protect children from abuse. When the gunfire rang out through Yorktown just two blocks from Main Campus, neighbors within earshot thought they heard a popping tire or other malfunction on the No. 23 SEPTA bus – few, if any, expected something more sinister. But there lay Jones, a woman they respected; gone in an instant, her blood running into the storm drain. They mourned her in a Friday vigil at the site of her death and called for justice around a memorial of stuffed animals and candles below a sign that read ‘PEACE’ as an acronym, an anti-violence guideline behind each letter. For the letter ‘P’: “Please stop the killing...let them live a healthy old age.” The memorial was dedi-


Lyn Fields | Wissahickon High School principal

Kim jones

“We kind of clicked right away,” Choi, 17 of Pennington, New Jersey said. Kim, an 18-year-old pre-pharmacy freshman, fell to her death from an eight-story Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm building at 1530 Chestnut St. while visiting friends on Jan. 15. Choi found out the next day at school when she sat down for lunch. “It was right before a chemistry test. Nothing but formulas were going through my head,” Choi

Isabell Choi and Rebecca Kim bonded over one thing in particular: mint chocolate chip ice cream. The two quickly became friends at a church camp last summer when they took a trip to a local corner store for a midday snack. They were there for some time, and took off separate ways to look for something to munch on. Of all the items to choose from, Choi and Kim chose the same ice cream. Same flavor, same size, same brand.




CRIME | brick attack

After guilty plea, teen sentenced up to six years in state prison

Zaria Estes was tried as an adult for her on the street and asked if they wanted to join in on Zaria,” and the cold-hearted criminal that used a “I feel like a burden,” Luffey, who now cominvolvement in last year’s brick attack. the attacks, which resulted in three assaults within brick as both an instrument of crime, and a tool of mutes from her parents’ home, said in her testiANDREW PARENT The Temple News Once, it was a game. Ten months have elapsed since 16-year-old Zaria Estes and a group of accomplices patrolled the streets along the outskirts of Main Campus, looking to, as the prosectutor said, “knock a bitch down.” At one point, Assistant District Attorney Paul Goldman also said, the group saw a couple girls

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a five-block radius on the evening of March 21, 2014. One of them, the attack on then-sophomore Temple student Abbey Luffey and her boyfriend, resulted in a jail sentence Wednesday. Estes was given a sentence of two-and-a-half to six years in state prison, along with four years of probation and other conditions by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos. During the three-hour-long proceeding at the city’s Criminal Justice Center on 13th and Filbert streets, Estes was portrayed both as “Sweet

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expression. mony. “I think one of the hardest things for me is Estes pled guilty in October to aggravated that it affects people I love.” assault, conspiracy and possession of an instruAlong with Luffey, her mother and 21-yearment of crime with intent to harm when she struck Luffey in the jaw with a brick. Luffey and her boyESTES PAGE 6 friend were walking toward her boyfriend’s apartment when the attack on the corner of 17th and Norris streets occurred. The incident left Luffey with a fractured jaw, TIMELINE teeth pushed up to the roof her mouth, a mild concussion and a resulting battle with constant anxi- A look at the entire ordeal – from the original March 2014 brick attack to Temple Police’s border expansion. ety.




Nelson Diaz to run for mayor

Student organizes 21 Days of Love

Live In Philly: local basement show

Diaz, a trustee, announced his candidacy just days after rumored favorite Darrell Clarke pulled out of the race. PAGE 2

Instead of holding a party, Lorae Bonamy put together care packages for the homeless for her 21st birthday. PAGE 7

Five local bands, including Andrew Meoray, played a show at Broad and Jefferson streets on Jan. 17. PAGE 12

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Voices seeking change


Owls struggle in conference play






Mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz announced his candidacy on Jan. 15 at Tierra Colombiana, a popular place for the city’s Latino politicians. Diaz said his primary focus is fixing the city’s embattled school district.

Diaz announces intent to run for mayor

Nelson A. Diaz is getting into the mayor’s race three days after Darrell Clarke dropped out. CHRISTIAN MATOZZO The Temple News

Temple trustee Nelson Diaz, a former federal judge who now practices law, announced his intent to compete for nomination as the Democratic candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in the 2015 election. Diaz, rumored as a potential candidate since March 2013, finally made the official announcement to reporters Thursday at Tierra Colombiana, a popular Colombian and Cuban restaurant in the Hunting Park neighborhood. Diaz, a trustee since 1992, did not return phone messages and emails requesting comment left at his office in the Dilworth Paxson law firm, located on JFK Boulevard. across from City Hall. The candidate told reporters that the primary focus of his platform is addressing issues within the School

District of Philadelphia. The Inquirer quoted Diaz saying at his candidacy announcement: “I’m going to fix the school system, no matter what. I will die fixing the school system.” In a December interview with the Latino newspaper Al Día, Diaz also showed concern about the poverty rate in Philadelphia, and claimed that Philadelphia was really “two cities” instead of one in terms of wealth. “We need somebody who will finally take care of the 28 percent poverty rate in our city and the fact that 9 out of 10 kids are just not finishing school,” Diaz told Al Dia. “There are two cities here, the wealthy in Center City and the poor in the neighborhoods. We can’t have two cities, we need one city and we need to provide employment opportunities for everybody and education for everybody.” Diaz’ announcement comes on the heels of City Council President Darrell Clarke, long-rumored to be the likely Democratic candidate for mayor in 2015, announcing that he would not run. Since then, a prominent labor leader asked City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who had said he would not run, to reconsider. The prospect pool for the Demo-

cratic nomination also includes former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Councilman James Kenney, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and Ken Trujillo, a former city solicitor and head of Congreso, a Latino service organization. Both Trujillo and Diaz are attempting to court the Latino vote. When asked for comment on the trustee’s shot at the candidacy, a university spokesman offered a short statement. “Temple University is proud to have Nelson Diaz as a member of our Board of Trustees and wish him well,” the spokesman told The Temple News. In a November 2013 interview, Diaz told The Temple News how he earned his law degree at Temple’s Beasley School of Law in 1972 as its first Puerto Rican student. He was critical of the school at the time for not doing enough to help low-income students. “That’s why we became staterelated in the first place,” Diaz said. “Temple isn’t Harvard. It’s for working-class kids who scrapped hard to overcome past issues.” Diaz served in a number of different government offices. He was the first Latino to be elected as a judge in Pennsylvania, serving in the Court of


Diaz made his candicacy speech at Tierra Colombiana in Hunting Park.

Common Pleas in Philadelphia from 1981 to 1993, and then was appointed as general counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997 by then-President Bill Clinton. Diaz also served as a city solicitor under former Mayor John Street from 2001 until 2004. Diaz also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for

the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PECO’s Board of Directors alongside Temple University. The registered Democrat, first announced his candidacy on Dec. 12 at the Pennsylvania Society in New York City. *


Lu Ann Cahn named to new post in SMC

An NBC reporter will start as the Director of Career Services.

STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor Lu Ann Cahn has always enjoyed mentoring future aspiring journalists. “It wasn’t something anyone ever paid me to do,” the longtime NBC reporter said. “But I loved it. … It’s kind of like a pay-it-forward.” Cahn, who has been a general assignment reporter at the station since 1987, has covered a varied range of stories from the 9/11 attacks to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, for which NBC won an Emmy for reporting. Starting next month, she

will begin her role as Temple’s first Director of Career Services at the School of Media and Communication, which she said she was first offered last August. During the following months, Cahn and SMC talked about the logistics of the job before being named to the position on Jan. 5. Cahn will work under Kimberly Guyer, assistant dean for student affairs at SMC. Guyer said there were multiple reasons why Cahn was selected to help fill the role. “[Cahn] is particularly impressive because she has years of work experience,” Guyer said. “She has a lot of connections in the journalism field and broadcasting, [and] even advertising and [public relations] … she really seems to understand our students through our conversations, and it seems that she kind of gets Temple.”

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Cahn has worked in higher education before, when she was a guest lecturer and taught investigative reporting at Drexel University in 2010-11. As the first person in the new position at Temple, Cahn said the job will have unforeseen challenges. “I’m the first person to do this for the first time,” Cahn said. “So honestly, I’m not sure [of the challenges] yet … it will take an adjustment … but it will be like any other stage in my life, I’ll make the adjustments and figure it out.” Cahn hopes the networks she has established while working in the field will help students find careers in a competitive job market. “I must know thousands of people in the business,” Cahn said. “[I want to help students] get that hands-on experience you need in the field … it’s a

[Helping “ students] wasn’t

something anyone ever paid me to do ... but I loved it.

Lu Ann Cahn | director of Career Services, SMC

difficult job market out there right now.” Cahn is currently traveling around the country to promote her book, “I Dare Me,” which was published on Nov. 5, 2013. She said she is completing a 30 Dares in 30 Days Tour, where she completes a new dare in a different location every day this month.


She added that the tour has helped her connect with readers, which has become the main part of her cross-country trip. Guyer said that SMC is excited to have someone fill in a new position, even though Cahn won’t be at Temple until next month. “While we would like someone for all our positions [this month], this is a new endeavor for us,” Guyer said. “At least at this level and to this extent, so when she gets here, she’ll hit the ground running, and I’m sure we’ll be ready to go.” When Cahn arrives, Guyer said there will be two main parts to her job – one is helping connect students to outside employers to help them find jobs and internships, and the other is preparing students for those opportunities, including teaching interviewing skills.

Guyer added that something Cahn will have to adjust to is working mostly in an office, instead of having to react to “emergency stories” that can pop up in the reporting field. Cahn said one of the main reasons she chose Temple was because she thinks the university’s School of Media and Communication is the best in the region. Next month, she looks to help several Temple students start their career paths. “I really just can’t wait to start working with students,” she said. “[And] helping them with where they want to go and what they want to do … and helping them achieve their goals.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @Steve_Bohnel





Even small head impacts can damage neurons A protein called PINCH, indicative of brain damage, was found in athletes. LIORA ENGEL-SMITH The Temple News A team of Temple scientists recently concluded a pilot study on mild repetitive concussions in soccer players, finding that those who had suffered repeated minor concussions had some indicators of mild brain damage. The team tested blood samples from 10 soccer players with at least five years of professional or recreational playing experience for the biomarker PINCH, a protein normally found in damaged neurons. “What PINCH will tell you is your blood brain barrier has opened, something leaked from the brain [to the blood] and

the amount of the protein that has leaked is predictive of the amount of neuronal damage,” said Dr. Dianne Langford, the leader of the study and associate professor of neuroscience and neurovirology. Langford’s previous work linked PINCH to hyperphosphorylated Tau, a protein associated with neuronal and synaptic damage. When synapses are damaged, “things you used to know, you no longer do,” said Dr. Mary Barbe, who collaborates with Langford on a related project. While other biomarkers for brain injury are currently being studied, PINCH is unique because it focuses specifically on brain damage, said Dr. Sara Ward, who also collaborates with Barbe and Langford on the project. The blood samples were taken as part of another study in

Over the season, ... over multiple concussions, you can detect PINCH in the blood.

Dr. Dianne Langford | lead researcher

the Department of Kinesiology. During the study, players were asked to head a series of soccer balls projected from a pitching machine in order to examine minor head impacts, said Dr. Ryan Tierney, who is involved with this other study. “We project balls in a very controlled manner, very low speeds relative to game or ball practice speeds,” Tierney said. “Then we'll do blood tests … before and after the head impact to see if there's any change

in concentration of certain things,” he added. Tierney shared blood samples from the study with Langford and her team last year. The team found no evidence of PINCH in the blood samples taken before the heading experiment. However, half of the samples taken after the heading experiment had PINCH. These results indicate prior neuronal damage, and that the soccer players had PINCH in their brain from previous mild concussions. The heading experiment resulted in disruptions to their Blood-Brain Barrier, which allowed PINCH to leak from the brain into the bloodstream. Langford explained that only half of the players had evidence of PINCH because susceptibility to brain damage depends on many factors, including genetics. “If you take all of the foot-

ball players that hit their heads, only some of them are going to develop CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” she said. Importantly, PINCH is usually undetected at the first instance of concussion. “Over the season, over time, over years, over multiple concessions, you can detect PINCH in the blood and it is a direct correlate of hyperphosphorylated Tau in the brain,” Langford said. The scientific team plans to reproduce these results on a larger scale and with other athletes, including football, soccer and water polo players. The next phase of the study will also include an animal model for mild repetitive concussions. Langford hopes her findings will help athletes, coaches and physicians detect and better understand mild repetitive concussions. If PINCH is detected in an athlete’s blood, they may

decide to stay on the sidelines until his or her brain recovers. Many athletes could benefit from such tests: according to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 300,000 sportsrelated concussions occur in the United States annually, and 90 percent of these concussions are considered mild. Langford is quick to point out that her test is only one part of an array of ways to test for mild concussions in athletes. “We already do [brain] imaging, we already draw blood, we do cognitive testing, we do behavior [evaluations] like balance and so forth,” she said. “What we’re missing is a blood marker to give us some information about what kind of proteins are in the brain [of people with mild repetitive concussion].” *


Bike share stations planned for Main Campus Bike Temple worked with the city to help plan the program. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News This April, after nearly five years of planning, Philadelphia will become the newest host of a bicycle share program, where pedestrians can rent a bicycle at one of 185 stations, including three in the Temple area, the northernmost in the city. The three stations in the Temple area will be on 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue, North Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue and on 13th and Norris streets. Bike share programs provide bicycles to the public as an alternative form of transportation. Customers pick up a bicycle at one of the stations and use it to reach their destinations, where they then return the bicycle to the closest available station. Other cities where bike share has been successful include Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. Bike Temple, a division of the Office of Sustainability that plans bicycle-related events and offers classes on responsible bike use and maintenance, has been working with the city since 2012 to suggest bike share locations around Temple. Bike Temple Coordinator Blake Larson said the city’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is collaborating with Temple’s Office of Sustainability. “The project delivery team worked very closely with [them] to view different sites that they thought would be good to have bike share in,” Larson said. For the areas near Main Campus, Larson said, the ideal locations had high pedestrian traffic, high visibility and nearby connections to other public transportation. “They were trying to find something that would benefit the Temple community and also benefit the greater North Philadelphia community that Temple’s a part of,” Larson said. “It was a balancing act to see how to best serve both communities.” Larson added that the new program will help introduce Temple students to other parts of the city. “Bike share is great for connecting Temple in to the rest of the city,” Larson said. “I think a lot of students here on Temple’s campus never get a chance to go down and experience that in their four years here. … Bike share gives them that opportunity to just hop on their bike and



stations across Philly


Broad & Cecil, 13th & Norris, and 13th & Montgomery

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on campus stations

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connect with the city on a very basic level.” “We’ve been advocating for a bike share in Philadelphia for the past eight years,” Russell Meddin, the founder of Bike Share Philadelphia, said. Meddin’s website updated its visitors on the status of bike share in the city, tracking the program’s process. The first milestone posted was the publication of the Philadelphia Bikeshare Concept Study in 2010, which gauged the city’s feasibility to host a bike share program. The program was then approved by Mayor Nutter in 2012 and a financial plan was drawn in 2013. “Starting last year there was a crowd sourcing map for people to put down where they wanted stations,” Meddin said. He said Bike Share Philadelphia tried to garner as much public feedback as possible. “We [then] sent requests to businesses and institutions asking if they’d like to host bike share stations,” Meddin said. “The city would look and see [whether] the stations would interrupt the flow of traffic.” Aaron Ritz, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Planner for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, said the criteria when looking for “hot spots” to install bike stations include visibility and accessibility. “We want to make sure we’re not negatively affecting other transportation,” Ritz said. “It’s a good way of getting peo-


Blake Larson of Bike Temple bikes down 13th Street.

ple around without providing more motor vehicles.” “[Bike share] is about the ability to provide transportation from point to point,” he said. “[It] provides a new infrastructure and a better way of getting around the city.” Ritz said that the city wanted to focused on neighborhoods and residential areas, including low-income areas. Bike Share Philadelphia

will be the first bike share program that customers can access without a credit card, which makes the program accessible to more people. The city’s budget provides $3 million for purchasing new infrastructure, which will pay for the stations and the bicycles. Philadelphia also applied for grants to help pay for the program. The equipment will be owned by the city.

Ritz said 75-90 percent of the infrastructure costs will be paid for by the customers. Next month, BSP will announce a corporate sponsor, and customers will be able to sign up for monthly memberships . “We’re making sure people know bike share is coming and they can ask questions,” Ritz said. “[Bike share] is going to allow Temple students to continue

to connect with Philadelphia, which is really one of the best assets that we have at this university,” Larson said. Bike Temple, Student Activities and Temple Student Government said they are working to plan ways to promote bike share for the next academic year. *


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Protection is top priority Kim Jones’ murder last wasn’t able to file such a case week on the edge of Main unless it could prove personal Campus in broad daylight not harm. However, a new state only brings shock and heartlaw – which was passed with ache to the the help of the c o m m u n i t y, organization – but also brings The NRA should rethink a allows the NRA up the impor- recent lawsuit that was filed to continue with tant issue of two days before a murder the suit without gun laws in blocks from Main Campus. doing so, acPhiladelphia. cording to PBS. Jones, 56, Some of the was a child-advocacy worker ordinances that are being chaland the mother of two chillenged call for Philadelphians dren. She was standing at the to report lost or stolen firearms, bus stop at 12th and Jefferprohibit guns from city-owned son streets by her house when institutions and to refuse posshe was shot in the back of session to people who may be the head. Police say she was a harm to themselves or others, stalked. the AP reported. The gunman is still on the And though Jones’ murloose, which means there’s no der was tragic, it’s unfortuway of knowing at this point nately not unusual. In 2013, in the investigation if the gun there were more than 200 fireused in the cold and calculated arm-related murders in Philamurder was registered or not delphia, according to police or if he was in stable enough reports. With these numbers condition to be carrying it at in mind, it is frankly irresponall. sible for the NRA to challenge It’s important to note that ordinances that are meant to just two days before Jones protect citizens from gun viowas murdered, the NRA filed lence. a lawsuit against the cities of The NRA should underPhiladelphia, Lancaster and stand that Philadelphia is not Pittburgh, citing that several violating a person’s constituof its ordinances violate the tional right, but is rather guarstate’s current gun laws, which anteeing a person’s right to therefore violates the Second live. Amendment. Previously, the NRA

Help Visualize Temple The announcement of the and share feedback with Presinew library coming to Main dent Theobald and the students Campus in 2018 brings ideas who will be executing and exof innovation and interaction periencing the plans. to Temple stuIn May Students should use the 2013, the site’s dents. The proj- Visualize Temple tool to first month, 270 ect, which has get what they need from the ideas had been been contracted contributed for university. to Snøhetta and consideration. Stantec – a Philadelphia archiThis month, the site has only tectural firm – is estimated to reached 1,500 responses to cost $190 million and include problems like “housing stratfeatures like a green space and egies” and “community conbook-retrieval system. nections” – two of the topics The library is part of “ViTemple community members sualize Temple” – a plan creare able to weigh in on. ated to collect the ideas of Since the site’s creation, Temple Students and commuthe number of users has planity members to improve the teaued. In order for the rare university and transparency opportunity to have student between students and adminvoices and desires heard, istrators. the community needs to ask Currently, the website, for what it wants calmly and visualize.temple.edu houses clearly. ideas ranging from construcThis little-known feation of campus buildings to ture of the Temple experience how the university should incould vastly improve the lives teract with the city of Philaof the Temple community delphia, prompted by adminmembers by giving a voice istrators and commented on by to those who are investing in students, faculty and members their education. of the Temple community. Every Temple student The site encourages usshould take the opportunity to ers to think of projects, topics help mold the university into a and ideas to share and spread functional, successful commuthrough the community. Its nity that will benefit them in goal is to collect information the best way possible.

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April 20, 1984: Then-President Peter J. Liacouras unveiled his 1984-’85 university budget including an in-state tution raise from $2,808 to $2,940 – a 5 percent increase. Since then, tuition for in-state students has risen about 400 percent, a fact that many community college students cite as their reason for attending those institutions. America’s College Promise, a plan announced by President Barack Obama this month aims to extend two years of free community college to students who meet the plan’s requirements. Temple expects many incoming transfers to take advantage of this program, and will adjust accordingly.

commentary | student lives

Transgender students seek outside voices for change A student weighs in on the “epidemic” of violence against transgender people.

Trigger warning. This article is about suicide and violence against transgender women. round 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 28, Leelah Alcorn walked into traffic to end her own life. She was a 17-year-old, middle class, white girl from Cincinnati. While many people struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts, Leelah was a member of a group disproportionately affected – she was transgender. Transgender women and girls are people who were assigned to the category of male at birth but feel themselves to be female, and identify as such. They experience extremely high mortality rates when compared with cisgender women, the term for women who were assigned to the category of female at birth and have continued to SARAH GISKIN identify that way. Suicide is one of many causes for high death rate of this population; others are murder, hate crimes, police brutality and homelessness, all of which transgender women experience at disproportionately high rates. For those in the transgender community, their allies, and anyone with a belief in human rights, the question is obvious: What is it about our society that exposes transgender women and girls to such high levels of violence, or makes them feel that life is not worth living? In a statement Leelah wrote the night before she died in a Tumblr post scheduled to release after her death, she discussed her conservative Christian parents’ “extremely negative” reaction when she came out, telling her, “it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.” Leelah’s parents refused to sign a consent form allowing her to medically transition – a process that can include many different methods and procedures, done legally and safely to help transgender people feel more comfortable in their bodies. She said she needed therapy to deal with her depression, but her parents took her to what she calls “Christian therapists,” who told her that she was “selfish and wrong,” and “should look to God for help.” She faced familial rejection, denial of her identity and untreated depression. Leelah’s death was tragic, unnecessary and unacceptable. It sparked mourning and outrage in the trans community, and greater LGBTQ community, and is receiving international media attention because of the publicness and poignancy of her post on Tumblr. But the deaths of trans women do not usually make such big waves. This past summer in Baltimore two transgender women were murdered within six weeks of one another. Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall were both Black and from


low-income neighborhoods. Being a trans woman is only one part of a person’s identity, yet strongly affects how likely that person is to experience violence or death. Sadie Michaela, a trans woman alumna, has a few ideas as to why this is. She said, “trans women, especially trans women of color, are being murdered and committing suicide all the time and don’t get nearly the amount of attention that Leelah has.” Michaela refers to the situation as an “epidemic,” concurring that “it’s no coincidence” because “we’re not allowed to work, we’re disowned by our families and we’re forced in a situation that feels like the only options are unemployment, sex work or death.” A former student, Harmony Rodriguez, left Temple because she said she “lived in terror” after being raped in her dorm room, according to a piece she recently published on feministing.com. The Temple News reported on her case in December, after the university went under investigation for possible Title IX violations. Rodriguez states that the university mishandled her case, by destroying and ignoring evidence. Rodriguez said that the administration told her, “in no uncertain terms,” that it was because she is transgender. Rolling Stone reported in July 2014 the story of CeCe McDonald, a trans woman who was attacked while walking to the grocery store late at night and was forced to go to a male prison. Her story follows a narrative quite like Rodriguez’s, and dis-

living or dead, who have been exposed to violence and abuse. Rodriguez has a few ideas about how we can start this process here, on Main Campus. Rodriguez explained some experiences leading up to her attack at the university that caused major problems for her as a trans woman. She said that if a transgender person has not legally changed their name and gender marker on their birth certificate it “can be a hassle” to get professors to use the correct name and pronouns in class and that on-campus living is a major struggle for people who do not identify with the gender they were born with. A 2003 Campus Climate study of transgender students’ treatment on college campuses by the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force makes a number of recommendations about how to transform college campuses into safe and accepting places. This includes providing training for campus health care professionals and security workers to “increase their sensitivity to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity” and the special needs of this population, providing more gender neutral bathrooms, and providing a “clear, safe, visible means of reporting acts of intolerance,” which they said the university should respond to “expeditiously.” Michaela also has several recommendations for our campus specifically that would make life safer and easier for trans students including gender neutral bathrooms, housing based on gender identity rather than birth assignment and “requir-

We experience higher rates of suicide and “murder because our lives are not valued. ” Harmony Rodriguez | transgender woman

cusses her constant fear of being attacked at proportionally higher rates than cisgender people. The idea that these women feel they are under attack is not just in their heads. According to a 2012 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 53 percent of anti-LGBTQ homicides were transgender women. Rodriguez explained that the rejection and abuse that led Leelah to suicide causes other trans women to “just leave home or get thrown out completely.” But Rodriguez believes the problem is complex, acknowledging, “even trans women who are embraced by their family, have great jobs and have seemingly perfect lives get murdered.” She believes the high mortality rates send a clear message. “We experience higher rates of suicide and murder because our lives are not valued,” she said. “Our lives don’t matter and that is the connection between these phenomena.” While the problems are known, It is everyone’s task to find and implement the solutions, for Leelah, for Mia, for Kandy, and for all the other transgender people,

ing or encouraging professors to ask everyone’s pronouns on the first day class.” University Housing and Residential Life Director Kevin Williams said that the way to change is through student groups and organizations, like Temple Student Government and the Residence Hall Association as well as bringing up concerns in the classroom. “Continual student pushing for their voices to be heard is the way that change will be made,” Williams said. These changes are necessary for the university to meet, and could begin to make a difference in the lives of transgender students at Temple, and make them feel like respecting their identity is a priority in our community. Those of us that value the lives of our trans peers and neighbors must begin to think practically about how to make these changes happen. The need is urgent and the alternative is unacceptable, because in Rodriguez’ words, “either we start to believe that we don’t matter or other people around us do, and whether it’s by us or them, our lives are taken.” * sarah.giskin@temple.edu




commentary | temple in the news

Tuition battle should be resolved in the home

A student has taken advantage of a system and her parents by suing them for tuition.


emple junior Caityln Ricci stirred controversy when she won a court case that demanded her parents pay $16,000 for her Temple tuition, each year that she remains a student at Temple. The general reaction – and mine – was one of shock that parents can be ordered to pay for their children’s college education. The deciVINCE BELLINO sion has been named controversial by many states and discussion of a legislation to prevent similar cases is being pursued. Ricci’s demands are unfair and unnecessary, especially considering the other options she has available to her. If a Temple student were to complete four years as an in-state University Studies major, the cost would be $58,784, not including room and board. That brings the yearly tuition to $14,696 per year. Ricci’s parents have been ordered to pay $16,000 for her tuition, but are refusing and are currently in the process of appealing. The judge will not hold them in contempt of his order, so they will face no additional penalty fees while the case is pending. Matters are further complicated by the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in Newburgh v. Arrigo, which outlines

divorced parents’ responsibility to help their child financially for higher education. Courts generally look at 12 deciding factors when determining parents’ responsibility to pay, including, but not limited to, the parents’ financial ability and resources, the financial aid available to the child, the child’s relationship with their parents (receptive and reasonable to parental advice and requests) and the amount of money required from the parents. There are a lot of things skewed about this system, putting aside the fact that a child is able to sue their parents and legally win in New Jersey. Demanding that only divorced parents be made to foot their children’s

college bills is ridiculous — according to the New York Times, New Jersey has the lowest divorce rate with only 9 percent of all adults in New Jersey getting divorces. Of these divorced adults, surely not all of them have children. Why, then, is a segment of the population less than 10 percent potentionally forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars? More important in the case of Ricci, however, is the factor about applying for all possible financial aid. Ricci’s parents claim they told her to apply for all financial aid and that she did not. If she did, in fact, miss this essential part of the financial aid process, Caitlyn Ricci made herself accountable to pay

the $16,000 of tuition. Judges must also consider when hearing Ricci’s case that her parents say they are willing to help her pay to attend Temple if she makes an attempt at reestablishing her relationship with them again. Ricci left her home after a dispute with her parents shortly after being kicked out of a college internship program run by Disney for underage drinking. Ricci’s parents say that she did not follow household rules, like having a job, taking summer classes and doing chores, so she moved out to live with her paternal grandparents. Ricci claims the dispute was over summer classes. If Ricci’s parents offered to pay

her court costs, then denying that offer because she didn’t like the terms that it came with, especially terms so simple as having to do chores or take summer classes, is a childish and immature way to exploit the system and her parents. We all know college is expensive and that Ricci wants to avoid being saddled with crippling student debt, but so does everyone else – Ricci isn’t special in that desire. To bleed money out of a system that is meant to help those who might not be able to afford a college education because of family issues is unfair to those who could fully use the system, as well as unfair to Ricci’s parents, who could become responsible for not only their daughter’s tuition, but the court costs from the lengthy battle if their appeal fails. When considering this situation under the condition that New Jersey’s “Newburgh laws” are fair, Ricci’s demands are still ludicrous. It is not rational or reasonable to expect to receive her tuition from her parents after a court battle that is both emotionally and financially costly when Ricci’s parents have made it clear they would help her with her Temple tuition if she maintains a relationship with them and have repeatedly stated that they just want a relationship with their daughter once again. If Ricci wants her parents to pay her college tuition, she should work with them on their offered, and reasonable, conditions rather than waste others’ time, money and energy in a court battle. * vince.bellino@temple.edu


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commentary | protests

Temple preps for transfers Die-ins: silent in practice, but loud for social change Free education could open doors for deserving, hardworking students.


aking a cue from the Tennessee Promise, a scholarship announced in February 2014 that provides state residents with a free community college education, the United States hopes that America’s College PromROMSIN MCQUADE ise will embolden the economy and “train our work face so that we can compete with anybody in the world,” President Barack Obama said. Speaking to a crowd at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, President Obama announced the new program, a groundbreaking federal proposal that would provide a free, two-year community college education to those who are “willing to work for it.” The stipulations consist of maintaining a 2.5 GPA and pursuing graduation, according to the White House. And while the proposal is currently in its early stages and must go on to receive support on state and congressional levels, its fundamental message is one that has been debated among educators for years. The proposal has wide-reaching implications, too, as the nearly 7 million undergraduates – parttime and full-time – currently enrolled in community colleges throughout the nation constitute almost half of the nation’s total undergraduate population. And Temple is no exception: like many other public, state-associated institutions, it allows community college students to directly transfer their course credits to the university and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Temple even goes a step further and employs a “dual admissions” program, which allows students who are accepted to eleven local community colleges, like Montgomery County Community

College and the Community College of Philadelphia, to be simultaneously admitted to Temple; Temple also provides a number of merit scholarships to these students. Between America’s College Promise and Temple’s dual admissions program, a student could save up to $28,000. The decision will benefit students financially and will also be an attractive option to many prospective Temple students who could otherwise not afford a full, four-year program; it is a viable option precisely because it allows them to transfer their credits and obtain a bachelor’s from a university like Temple. Dr. Jerry Parker, the president of Delaware County Community College, said that students are “having a hard time paying their bills – not just tuition bills.” “A good number of students come unprepared from high school and most of our students are working, so they’re trying to go to work and school at the same time,” Parker said. “Before they know it, they get behind and they just disappear, and that’s one of the reasons our graduation rates are low – it’s a combination of financial barriers and not coming prepared. Anything that would help students deal with some of those other barriers, like working that extra job, would go a long way to help our students be more successful.” And that’s where the plan shines: it would alleviate a major burden – the tuition – for students, allowing them perhaps to work an hour less of their part-time job to afford a specific class. Ariel Avitan, a student transferring to Temple from the Community College of Philadelphia, praised America’s College Promise. “Most of the people who attend community college do so to save money and stay out of debt with loans for as long as possible,” Avitan said. “So allowing the first two years of community [college] to be free will allow people to get a good education and graduate, or continue with their educations at another university if they please, all while saving a couple thousand dollars.” However, there are a num-

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ber of concerns that must be addressed, the most notable, of which, is its singularity. Dr. Corrinne Caldwell, professor emeritus of educational leadership and policy studies, also believes financial assistance is not the only promise that has to be made. “I don’t want to de-emphasize the importance of community colleges, but if we support the students financially, we need to support them academically as well,” she said. Currently, of the 81 percent of students starting community college intend to pursue at least a bachelor’s degree, only 20 percent end up transferring to a four-year institution within five years, according to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. Interestingly, the 2,716 transfer students who moved to Temple in Fall 2013 from community colleges after earning their associates degrees academically outperformed native Temple students, Caldwell said. “One of the reasons this happens is because by the time [students] have graduated from community college, they’ve excelled where many haven’t,” she said. For an institution like Temple, that is already prepared to recieve thousands of transfer students a year, this program offers an opportunity to make the best out of a college education and all that both institutions have to offer. In addition to more focus on early childhood education, Caldwell said, for instance, mentors, learning centers, tutoring could engage and help students. Ultimately, the proposal is certainly much-needed and welcomed; however, it is only an incipient step of what needs to be done. America’s College Promise will lay the foundation, but in order for the plan to be successful and to truly shine, it is imperative that it provides not only a financial promise to students, but also a promise of academic support – a promise that will have the ability to parlay ambitions, hopes, and hard work into successes. * romsin.mcquade@temple.edu

Various forms of protest on Main Campus are vital for students to be heard.


cannot speak for anyone else, but finals week this past semester hit me a little harder than it has in the past. Now, I didn’t have a week of long, difficult, cumulative exams in each of my classes like other students typically have. However, I did have a bunch of projects, group assignments, and papers that I was struggling to get a handle on. Maybe it was NDIDI OBASI that full-length fall break I enjoyed too much, or possibly just my procrastination skills working their magic yet again. Whatever it was, I was a stressed-out bundle of nerves. So imagine my confusion on Dec. 4, 2014 when in the midst of my finals freakout, major spots on Main Campus like Liacouras Walk and Paley Library turned into a center of protest when members of the Temple University community staged a “die-in,” – the form of protest in which members lie on the ground in a symbolic attempt to appear dead. The die-in was a direct response to decisions by grand juries not to indict police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. I was confused by a number of aspects of the protests unfolding on Main Campus. Primarily, I didn’t understand how a large number of my peers were able to spare such precious moments of their study time to be a part of the protest. I also didn’t understand what could be achieved by laying down on the floor of the library as other students stared or awkwardly tried to find a way around the mass of people without seeming rude or insensitive to the cause. I initially thought: This protest won’t bring Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, or any of the other slain, unarmed boys back. Feigning death on the floor of Paley on the eve of finals week won’t put Darren Wilson behind bars. But what I quickly realized in the days after the first wave of peaceful protests at Temple was this: maybe by those students being there on that floor and having their peers stand witness to the frustrations and fears of an entire community, more awareness of the racial injustices that far too often go unchecked in society will be achieved. Maybe annoying some people or making others feel uncomfortable in that moment is necessary in order to make them aware and encourage


them to educate themselves on what is going on around them. The truth is, the fight for racial equality is a hard one. It is a fight that has been ongoing for decades, and one that cannot be won by the oppressed alone. Pauline DeAndrade, a senior studying business administration and accounting and president of the Black Law Students Association, participated in these protests and feels very passionate about the power that they can have on awakening those who witness them. “I protest because it’s a tool for educating others, and it’s a step towards a solution for change,” DeAndrade said. “In protesting, there’s educating and ultimately there’s a collaboration for meeting demands.” DeAndrade and her peers were not alone. Many students from nearby Philadelphia schools and across the nation held similar die-in protests to speak out and educate their peers. Khadija Bingham, a senior finance major and student representative and speaker for the Multicultural Resource Center Leadership Council at Penn State, participated in her school’s die-in on Dec. 2, 2014 at the HUB, a major dining hall on Penn State’s campus. “It was an opportunity to bring awareness to a group of people who have never been forced to understand the struggles that African-American people go through on the daily basis,” Bingham said. “It was important for me to show my support for all the families who are grieving and and to show that I don't like what's happening in our world. It's more than Mike, Eric, Trayvonn and so on. It's about all the obstacles and injustices that we all face.” Unlike Temple’s protest, which were largely met with respect, many students from the Penn State community were not as receptive to the protests, Bigham said. “White Penn State students were completely bothered and disgusted,” Bingham said. “Many hurtful comments were made, but it only proved that we were being heard.” In order for racial equality to be a reality, we need to look past the temporary irritations we might find in the protests and dig deeper to unravel what people are really trying to change. We also need to be sure that we reshape the narrative around them to be less about what a problem protests can be and more about how we can all positively and productively change our society’s wrongdoings. * ndidi.obasi@temple.edu








A new commuter lounge located at the corner of Warnock and Berks streets opened last Monday after construction started on the project in early November. The lounge, which can house between 40 and 60 people, requires students to swipe their Owl Card to gain access. Saige Café, an indepently-run coffee shop, is still under construction next door and will be open to the public. Temple will receive rent money from the Café, which will open next month, a spokesman said. Gaming and television spaces, a small kitchenette, general seating and storage lockers make up the interior of the lounge, which is 1,750 square feet. According to the website for Temple’s Office of Construction, Facilities and Operations, the project cost $450,000. Its hours are 8 a.m to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are two HDTVs with cable service inside, as well as a third TV near the front door with SEPTA schedules listed along with other transportation updates and information. The lounge was constructed by Temple’s Project Delivery Group and Olaya Studio, an architectural design firm based in University City. -Steve Bohnel

Four Temple students are attacked off campus in three separate incidents during the evening hours. A student was attacked by a brick in one of the


Temple University Hospital is the first hospital in the Philadelphia region to offer a surgical imaging tool that will provide “diagnostic quality images” for use in operating rooms, the hospital announced in a press release dated Jan. 15. Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT (computerized tomography), which is distributed by Brainlab and designed by Mobius Imaging, allows for doctors to take CT scans of their patients at more angles and positions than previous devices, because of its 107-centimeter diameter. Airo can easily be transported throughout hospitals due to its slim design (75.5 inches tall by 90.1 inches wide), a front-facing camera, and a centrally-powered electric wheel. Dr. Michael Weaver, chair of the department of neurosurgery at Temple University’s School of Medicine, said the scanner is a great addition for Temple Hospital. “Temple University Hospital is home to a world-class surgical team, and this new tool enhances our ability to provide our patients with top quality surgical care,” Weaver said in a university press release. The new scanner was first installed at Duke University hospital in April of last year, after being cleared by the FDA in Sept. 2013. -Steve Bohnel


Obama’s recently proposed plan for two years of free community college could cause a problem for adjunct professors, who comprise 70 percent of all faculty members at such institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Because the plan requires the federal government to pay for around three-quarters of tuition costs without an increase in money that community colleges receive per student, adjuncts fear that much of the expenses will fall on them. “Our biggest concern about this is, is it going to be funded on the backs of adjuncts? Is it going to lead to more exploitation?” Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, an advocacy group for contingent faculty members, told the Chronicle. The plan will be further detailed in Obama’s State of the Union address, which takes place on Tuesday night. -Steve Bohnel


The NCAA will reinstate the 112 wins vacated by Penn State between 1998 and 2011, and the university will pay $60 million to charities serving sexually abused children in Pennsylvania as part of a new deal stemming from the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a statement released by the NCAA on Friday, the college athletics organization announced that it had reached an agreement with Penn State to settle a lawsuit challenging the terms of a 2012 consent decree between the two parties that was instated in the immediate aftermath of the scandal involving former Nittany Lions Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky. As part of the deal, the $60 million Penn State had to pay to protect children from sexual abuse will go to charities operating within Pennsylvania, rather than nationwide, as was originally stipulated. In addition, the reinstated wins again put the late Joe Paterno at the top of the list of winningest Division I college football coaches with 409. Paterno lost his job – which he had held since 1966 – during the hight of the scandal. He died in 2012. The NCAA had already ended Penn State’s post-season ban and reinstated all the university’s football scholarships last year.

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Three teens - Zaria Estes, Najee Bilaal and Kanesha Gainey - are arrested and charged as adults with

The university announces Temple Police would be expanding its patrol

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the attacks agreed to share their stories on the condition of anonymity.

aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and other charges in connection with the attacks.

zone, an action officials have said was driven by the March attacks.

MARCH 21, 2014 beatings, needing multiple surgeries after getting struck in the back of the head and in the mouth. No TU Alert was issued from the university in light of the attacks.

Common Court of Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner rules in a court hearing that Estes is to stand trial as an adult for striking the Temple


The Chipotle on the western end of The View at Montgomery, is one of four in Philadelphia to stop serving pork. Around a third of the restaurant’s establishments have pulled the topping from their menu, because of a standards violation by one of its major suppliers, The Washington Post reported. Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said the supplier wasn’t adhering to the company’s standards involving animal treatment. “This is fundamentally an animal welfare decision and it’s rooted in our unwillingness to compromise our standards where animal welfare is concerned,” Arnold told the Post. One of the company’s missions is “serving food with integrity,” or that they use meat from animals that have not been given antibiotics or hormones. According to Chipotle’s website, the motto is more than a decade old and “one that will never end.” -Steve Bohnel

The Temple News publishes a story titled “After attacks, frustration” in which the four victims of


Estes pleads guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime.

Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos sentences Estes to two-and-a-half to six years in state prison, along with four years

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student with a brick. He also approves an agreement that allows Bilaal and Gainey to be tried as juveniles in Philadelphia Family Court.

Three other charges terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment - are dropped.

probation and other conditions for her role in the attacks. Her attorney, William McFadden Davis, requests an appeal of the sentence, which Erdos denies. DONNA FANELLE TTN

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old boyfriend were among the nine character witnesses to testify for both sides during the hearing. During her testimonial, Heather Luffey, Abbey’s mother, held up pictures showing her daughter’s damaged, bloodied mouth taken in the hospital shortly after the attack. “[Abbey’s] personality changed,” Luffey said later. “She used to go out with her friends [all the time]. … She was fearless. I don’t have that same kid anymore. I have a different child.” Zaria Estes’ mother and grandfather were among four

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said. “And then I went through my Facebook.” Police say Kim was leaning out of a window to take a picture when she “lost her footing” and fell onto a 44-year-old pedestrian around 6 p.m. Thursday. She was taken to Jefferson University Hospital where she was pronounced at 6:37 p.m. The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld, was sent to Hahnemann University Hospital in stable condition. At 5:52 p.m., moments before her death, Kim posted a message to her Facebook account that read, “It was intentional.” However, whether that status update was in reference

people to testify on her behalf. Since Estes was released from the all-female Riverside Correctional Facility on bail, she had been participating in online schooling at home and abided by a 9 p.m. curfew without issue, her mother, Jackie Estes, said on the stand. Her grandfather, Arthur Seel, testified that he always taught his family the self-control that Zaria Estes, during the session, said she lost when she struck Luffey. Student Body President Ray Smeriglio, whom Goldman asked to testify at the hearing, said the incident helped drive the expansion of the Temple Police patrol zone in September, as questions about campus security increased soon after the

attacks. In a later phone interview with The Temple News, Smeriglio recalled fielding several questions about students’ safety on Main Campus when prospective students and their parents visited the university during an Experience Temple Day last spring. “It was big news,” Smeriglio said of the attacks. “[I was asked] a lot of the typical questions about campus security, but there were a lot more of them. ‘How safe are you on campus? What’s the university doing?’ … I think since we extended the border, we’ve gotten a few questions, but I got a lot of positive feedback when [the patrol borders were expanded].” Along with the confine-

ment, Estes will be required to pay $400 in restitution, serve 50 hours of community service per year of supervision, complete her high school education and secure employment before her sentence is completed. When Estes spoke to the court toward the end of the session apologizing to Luffey and her family for the incident, she said, among other admissions, that she is “disappointed” in her actions. Both Goldman and Estes’ attorney, William McFadden Davis, could not be reached for comment.

to her fall remains unclear. Police could not be reached for comment on the matter on Monday because of the holiday, but said on Friday that no foul play was detected and the incident appeared to be accidental. Kim graduated from Wissahickon High School last year, and was well-liked by her peers, said Principal Lyn Fields. Kim was also extremely involved in extracurricular activities there – she ran indoor track & field, was a member of National Honor Society, participated in science competitions and took honors and AP courses. Fields described her as “sweet, caring and kind.” “We’re struggling,” Fields said. “This is a kid that could have done anything.” Fields said the school had

a moment of silence for Kim on Friday and all seven of the schools’ counselors are available for the student body. A handful of students have already taken advantage of the services, Fields said. Fields also said alumni who knew Kim are reaching out to the school. “Everybody’s in shock,” she said. President Theobald emailed a statement to the student body around 10 a.m. on Jan. 16 offering condolences and reminded students that counseling is available at Tuttleman Counseling Services. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends,” he wrote. Police left the scene around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 where busi-

ness continued normally. Will Owens, a 23-year-old security guard at the H&M outside of which the incident occurred, said he didn’t see anything from the store but heard the murmurs from shoppers coming inside. “A lot of people were shocked,” Owens said. “A lot of people couldn’t believe what happened.” Other business managers that witnessed the scene declined to comment. The Art Institute of Philadelphia could not be reached for comment.

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cated in loving memory to Mrs. Kim Jones and the many others that lost their lives due to crime.” Andre Jourden, Jones’ 33-year-old son who resides in Jacksonville, Florida, spoke to the crowd at the vigil and with media afterward. “My mother was a great person and she deserved a lot better than this,” he told reporters. “She was 100 percent selfless. Her life was helping other people. She dedicated her life to that. She worked hard at Turning Points for Children, but she worked just as hard in the church soup kitchen. ... it was her passion.” Jourden said the faith in his family – his mother was listening to gospel music before she died – helped in the mourning process. “That’s keeping a lot of people sane,” he said, fighting back tears. He urged the crowd to “speak out” if anyone had any information to help in locating his mother’s killer. According to Philadelphia CeaseFire,

an anti-youth-violence advocacy organization in the School of Medicine which is located at 1700 N. Broad St., losing someone in a community can have adverse effects beyond the immediate family. “Violence affects the security [of communities] tremendously,” Robert Warner, program manager of Philadelphia CeaseFire, said. “Especially when a person like [Kim Jones] is killed, she could have sons or daughters. That could be my mother, or somebody else’s mother … so it hurts the community a lot.” One resident asked the community to “please come out and support the family.” “I need you all out here to support them and let them know that we love them, and that [Kim Jones] will be missed,” she said. Kim’s co-worker for more than 10 years, Mary Bernard, said the community would band together after what happened. “We stick together, in good times and in bad times,” she said through a megaphone provided by Philadelphia CeaseFire. “Whoever did this, they’re not going to sleep right. They’re never going to sleep right ... but we are one ... and we’re going to keep being one.” As of Monday, police made public only



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that they could track Jones’ suspected killer, through surveillance camera footage, to the Hunting Park subway station. But the trail goes cold there. There is not even certainty of the suspect’s race or gender: while previously described as an African-American male, that description has since been withdrawn. As seen in footage compiled by police, the ambiguous suspect, carrying a duffel bag, wore a black jacket and pants, an aviator cap with fur-trim flaps and white or silver Beats brand headphones. After the murder, the suspect passed The Fresh Grocer and Morgan Hall before boarding the subway at the Cecil B. Moore station and riding it north. The individual is considered armed and very dangerous. Police are offering a reward of $20,000 for his capture. Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3388. * news@temple-news.com ( 215.204.7419 T @TheTempleNews Patrick McCarthy contributed reporting.



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Studying Abroad

With a new language, a new culture Student finds common ground after first week abroad in Spain.


For her 21st birthday, Lorae Bonamy collected 21 bags of 21 items and offered them to 21 people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.

Student uses 21st birthday as a chance to give back CLAIRE SASKO | Lifestyle Editor Lorae Bonamy organized a project called 21 Days of Love.


efore she turned 21, Lorae Bonamy hadn’t had a birthday party since she was 11. “I just felt like, what was I celebrating?” said Bonamy, a junior public relations major. “Because what have I done for others? What have I done that is meaningful?” Bonamy’s 21st birthday didn’t entail any late night bar escapades – instead, she spent the two months prior organizing a project called 21 Days of Love. She asked friends and family members to donate items or money so she could compile 21 bags containing 21 items and disperse them to 21 people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia – all over the course of 21 days, from Dec. 4, her birthday, until Christmas.

I thought it was the “ perfect time to focus the

attention on someone else. Lorae Bonamy | junior

“One day, I was at church, and I got this idea –­ well maybe the reason that all of my birthday plans are coming to a dead end is because I’m not focusing myself correctly,” Bonamy said. “So, I thought it was the perfect time to focus the attention onto someone else who needs it more than I do. So that was my idea – to give people stuff and not get anything.” It took Bonamy six weeks to organize 21 Days of Love. She ran a Kickstarter page from Oct. 26 to Nov. 26 to fund her goal of $1,056. On Dec. 5, the day after her birthday,

Bonamy held the first event of the project – a type of kickoff benefit concert that included musicians, poets, artists and caterers. For admission to the event, which was held at the Old Pine Community Center at 401 Lombard Street, Bonamy asked for an entry fee of two items for donation. Bonamy, who hoped that some people might bring even more, said one person brought a bag with roughly a hundred donations. The caterer, bartender and musicians all volunteered for the event, working without pay so that everything Bonamy raised could end up in the hands of those in need. Bonamy said tables quickly filled at the event, with around 100 guests in attendance. “I hadn’t had a birthday party in a while, and I was scared no one was going to show up,” Bonamy said. “But people showed up, and I was really humbled.” Kristin Shields, a freshman early child-


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told my mother that I did not want to go to Spain 20 minutes before arriving at the airport for my departure. Once the car completely passed the skyline of Philadelphia, the fact that I was leaving my home to travel to a foreign country for five-and-a-half months fully hit me. After I checked into the airport, met the 11 girls that I would be spending the rest of the semester with and finally boarded the plane, my journey began. There was no turning back. The Temple University in Spain Spring Semester Program was developed in 2008 as a response to the success of a pre-existing summer session in the Spanish city Oviedo. After a week-long orientation in Madrid, we would begin studying Spanish at the University of Oviedo through its Cursos de Lengua y Cultura Español para Extrañeros – which translates to courses of Spanish language and culture for exchange students. Since I am minoring in Spanish, the Temple in Spain program appeared to be a perfect way to achieve fluency – or at least become somewhat close to it. Before arriving in Madrid, I had somewhat of an impression that I would be fully immersed in Spanish culture from the moment that I stepped into the Barajas airport. On the plane ride, I could not help but anticipate all of the things that would probably go wrong due to the language barrier. To my surprise, Madrid turned out to be a very English-friendly city. The myriad of signs equipped with English directions made navigating the airport a simple task. In the city, I felt even more like a tourist. Our hotel managers, waiters and even people that we met at various discotecas – or dance clubs – could immediately discern that we were American and began to speak


‘A shot worth taking’ to help a mom with cancer Winnings from a video contest could be life changing for a mother of four. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor When Jess Fosburg was in the midst of moving in to her dorm at Kutztown University this past September, she was given news that drastically changed the course of her semester. “I just wanted to leave,” said Fosburg, a freshman art education major. “I was sick about it. She’s my best friend. But she wouldn’t let me. She said, ‘You can’t leave school. You have to do this.’” On the second day of her college experience, Fosburg

found out her mother, Patti Coyne Powell, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, a devastating realization for Fosburg and her three siblings, one of which is just two years old. Treatments make it impossible for Coyne Powell to continue working as an elementary school teaching assistant, leaving her with very little money to support her children and to afford rent. “She’s the kind of person who doesn’t ask for help,” Fosburg said. “She puts her kids first every single day.” Coyne Powell is reluctant to turn to others for assistance, but her family has set up a Give Forward account, which has since raised more than $5,000. Fosburg said the $5,000 raised has allowed Coyne Powell to continue paying rent and

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other expenses. However, last Sunday Fosburg’s uncle, Temple alumnus Tim CoyneSmith, hatched a plan to help his sister-in-law. Three weeks ago CoyneSmith’s co-worker submitted a video in Lenovo’s Viral Video Contest, an in-house competition offered for employees. The contest promises $50,000 to the first contestant to reach 500,000 views by Jan. 31. “I said to him, ‘Listen, I have an idea about how we may be able to get this video more views and get it to 500,000, but would you consider giving some of the money to this fund?’” said CoyneSmith, a 1991 graduate of Temple. CoyneSmith said his coworker agreed to run the pro-


Members of Patti Coyne Powell’s family attend her daughter Jess Fosburg’s high school graduation.






Retired and strengthening the mind Winnings from a video contest could be life changing for a mother of four. CLAIRE SASKO Lifestyle Editor Adam Brunner is a firm believer of the “retirement blues.” Brunner is the director of Temple’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, a program that offers non-credit educational courses to people over the age of 50. Brunner said a retiree recently made him aware of the concept of “retirement blues” when he expressed his gratitude for OLLI. “The way he put it was, when somebody retires, believe it or not it can be a stressful experience,” Brunner said. “They have a whole structure to their lives, but when you get to the retirement age ... you don’t have the structure of knowing you have to wake up at a certain time, and you don’t get the satisfaction of producing something society deems valuable.” “All of a sudden your time is free, and you don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself,” he added. “One man said the OLLI program rescued him from the retirement blues and helped him build a life in retirement that was as meaningful as the life he built as a young man.”


Members of Temple’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute listen to a lecture in a classroom.

OLLI, which started in 1975 and offers 150 classes a year, was recently gifted $1 million from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which “seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts,” according to its website. This is the second million-dollar gift OLLI has received from the Bernard Osher Foundation in four years.

“[The first] was a wonderful gift that began our role to become a program that would be sustainable and last for generations,” Brunner said. “This most recent million dollar endowment ... will even more so ensure that this program continues for years to come, because we’re at a point in history where older adults are the fastest growing portion of our population.”

“There will be more and more people who are retirement age and looking for more meaningful things to do with their time, and this is an appealing option,” he added. OLLI offers non-credit courses at Temple University Center City, located at 1515 Market St. The program, which started out with about 85 people, now has more than 1,200

members, Brunner said. People enrolled in the courses cannot acquire a degree or certificate, but Brunner said many retirees take the courses for their own interest in continuing their education. “It’s really for people who are retired and want to extend their minds and horizons,” Brunner said. “It offers new information

– new knowledge,” he added. “We have classes on smartphones and tablets and world events. People are able to come to classes with people their own ages who are intellectually curious.” A membership organization, OLLI requires annual dues of $290 for fall, spring and summer semesters, or $195 for a combination of spring and summer semesters, or $95 for just a summer semester. Members are able to attend as many classes as they want, are given access to a library and are invited to OLLI’s annual holiday parties and meetings. Brunner said he thinks OLLI will become more popular in the future, especially with the recent gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which, headquartered in San Francisco, operates on 118 other campuses from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska, according to its website. “When you’re young, education can be looked at as more of a stepping stone toward a career,” Brunner said. “So the courses are very goal oriented. Now that [OLLI members] are retired, they can take classes about things they are interested in.” “If they were always interested in stars and looking up at the sky, well now they can learn about astronomy,” he added. “They can learn about all kinds of things.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu

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hood education major, attended the kickoff benefit event and helped Bonamy put some of the care packages together. “For her to actually organize something that can benefit a whole bunch of people and bring awareness to a major issue in our city and most cities across the country, I thought was really nice,” Shields said. Every day after the kickoff event until Christmas day, Bonamy offered a bag of 21 items to someone experiencing homelessness in the city. Donations included basic needs items ranging from hygiene products to gloves, hats or juice. The items filled reusable totes – many of which were donated by The Fresh Grocer. Bonamy said one of the most important aspects of the project wasn’t to simply offer the items away and leave – it was to hold conversations with people who are often ignored. “I’ve seen people again, and I learn their names,” Bonamy said. “One guy named James told me his whole life story. He was just talking, talking, talking. He would fill me in on what I missed over the weeks that I didn’t see him.” The second event of 21 Days of Love, held at the Entertech Foundation in West Philadelphia on Dec. 13, was a more “intimate” educational workshop that included about 15 people, like Heather Bargeron of Project HOME, an organization that seeks to help those struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness or addiction. Also in attendance was a man named Reggie Young, who had experienced homelessness himself within the last two years. The third event, held Dec. 19, included a prayer walk through downtown Philadelphia. “We ended up just kind of standing and praying at 15th and Market [streets],” Bonamy said. “I wanted to do the fun part – like the kickoff concert, then the educational part and then the spiritual part, because [spirituality] is part of my life, and I know that it’s part of other people’s lives,” she added. 21 Days of Love unofficially concluded with a final event on Christmas day – a breakfast for those experiencing homelessness, held at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Because she thought people would spend the holiday home with their families, Bonamy was surprised when 21 people – six more people than the maximum amount of volunteers – showed up to help. “When I first came to Temple, I saw a large population of people experiencing homelessness, and it was new to me,” Bonamy said. “When I had to think about who needed the attention more than me, it was obviously people experiencing homelessness.” “On Christmas day, I can go back to my family at 2 [p.m.] when I’m done with [the breakfast], but where are these people going to go?” she added. Bonamy wants 21 Days of Love to expand

into a project pursued by other 21 year olds. “It made me focus my life at an important time – I crossed over into adulthood with an awareness that life isn’t all about me, and I have other people to be considerate of,” Bonamy said. “I want to make [21 Days of Love] something other people do, and it doesn’t have to be about homelessness – it can be about animals if they care about animals.” Shields, 18, said she would consider a project similar to 21 Days of Love for her 21st birthday. “Lorae is like the sweetest person ever, and she’s so selfless,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m selfless enough to do that, because when you think of your 21st birthday, you think of throwing a party and stuff. But I think [21 Days of Love] would be nice, and for any type of birthday.” Lorae plans to continue working with people experiencing homelessness. “The people who I’m asking to volunteer, I want them to know 21 Days of Love doesn’t stop after 21 days, and homelessness doesn’t stop after that either,” she added. “Even though I made a campaign for my birthday, here we are a month later, and let’s keep going.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu


Junior Lorae Bonamy offered homeless people items like toothpaste, soap, tissues and gift cards.



Roger Lee Dance LLC is putting on its second annual Black History Celebration at The Performance Garage on Feb. 6. PAGE 12

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret put on a new show, “Mommie Queerest,” on Jan. 26 at the Wilma Theater. The next showing is on Feb. 2. PAGE 10




“And the Word Is...” at the Gershman Y explores portrayals of religious subliminal messages – including church signs, an English translation of the Quran and three-dimensional sculptures.


A contemporary exhibit,



TOP: Brian Murray hangs a piece for the current exhibit at the Gershman Y. BOTTOM: Isaacs curated the “And the Word Is...” exhibit.

Dr. J. Susan Isaacs has an incessantly overflowing email inbox. “I get sent stuff every day from all over the world,” Isaacs said. “All the time.” But Isaacs said she welcomes the emails – she wants to know what’s going on. “The Internet, I think, has made more of a democratization of the process of the art world,” Isaacs said. An active art historian, painter, professor at Towson University out-

side of Baltimore and gallery curator of hundreds of shows, Isaacs said she is constantly on the lookout for her next focal point for a prospective exhibition. A product of Isaacs’ extensive research and the work of several contemporary artists will be on display at the “And the Word Is…” exhibit at the Gershman Y on South Broad Street, from Jan. 22 until May 14. The show revolves around varying portrayals of religious texts, ranging from antique Bibles bound with gold leaf edges to illuminated manuscripts of the Quran.

“It always starts from the artwork for me,” she said. “I don’t have an idea and look for the artwork – there’s artwork that creates the kernel of the idea.” Isaacs first came across that “kernel” when artist Stephanie Kirk submitted a portfolio of photos to the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts several years ago. Before she began snapping photographs, Kirk’s career was in quite a different field. With a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from Temple, she had been working primarily in the science industry. After taking what she refers to


Journeying to a New instrument, new perspective galaxy far, far away The new Seaboard GRAND made its debut on Jan. 17.

For young and old, Stars Wars continues to serve as Hollywood’s most celebrated film franchise.


y love story with Star Wars begins on a baseball diamond. During a humid and sunny afternoon following school, my father drove me to the park down the AVERY MAEHRER street from our house for one of the last games of the Spring 2005 season. I was a chubby

12-year-old catcher with a bad arm and a streaky bat, but I still managed to be among the better players in our intramural league. At this point in time though, I was in a bit of a slump – and my dad, one of the assistant coaches – knew this better than anyone. As we pulled up to the grass where some of my teammates were already warming up, I opened the door to the Buick Rendezvous and grabbed


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Temple jazz performance major Andrew Carson stopped arranging music for traditional instruments on the night of Jan. 17 – he had something else in mind. Arranging tunes for jazz ensembles is nothing new for the sophomore trumpet player, but a ground-breaking new instrument, the Seaboard GRAND, provided him with a fresh perspective. The Seaboard GRAND by ROLI, a London-based technology start-up company, is an instrument inspired by the standard keyboard. The Seaboard

GRAND can be programmed with different instrumental sounds by the user and has the ability to mimic sounds and techniques typically performed on traditional string, woodwind and brass instruments. Carson’s alma mater, Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, is the first high school in the world to own ROLI’s new Seaboard GRAND. The new keyboard is changing the landscape of live performances in both professional and educational musical settings. After receiving the Seaboard, Neil Delson, the band director at Central Bucks West, approached Carson about participating in a concert showcasing the instrument. The high school celebrated the newest addition to its music program with a showcase


on Jan. 17, featuring musicians from around the district performing alongside Cory Henry, of Brooklyn-based fusion group Snarky Puppy. Carson arranged a Snarky Puppy song, “Lingus (We Like It Here),”

I wanted to “ have the original

Snarky Puppy tune in and add my own twist.

Andrew Carson | trumpet player

for the school’s big band featuring Henry on the Seaboard GRAND. “Henry is featured for the last five minutes of the track,”

Carson said. “When Mr. Delson said he would be trying to get Henry on the gig, it was pretty much set in stone that we were going to do ‘Lingus’ because we had to feature him.” Preparation for the event began months prior. Students helped fundraise for the event, while Carson prepared one of the high school’s big bands for the showcase. “I started working on it a few months ago,” Carson said. “I’ve done straight transcriptions of Snarky Puppy tunes that flesh out what they are playing with more horns, therefore making it a big band arrangement. I wanted to have the original Snarky Puppy tune in and add my own twist. The point of this arrangement was that Henry on the Seaboard






The first rehearsal for “Mommie Queerest” took place at Studio 34 in West Philadelphia on Jan. 18. The producer, writer and main part, played by John Jarboe, and the other main part, played by Dito Van Reigersberg, practice a scene while the chorus rehearsed songs led by composer, Heath Allen.

‘Bearded Ladies’ take the stage for opera The Bearded Ladies Cabaret will soon unveil its newest show, “Mommie Queerest.” ALBERT HONG Assistant A&E Editor One bearded lady is special – but when coming up with a title for his Philadelphia cabaret group, John Jarboe thought, “What if we had more than one bearded lady? Can you imagine a whole troupe of bearded ladies?” With men who don dresses and women outfitted with facial hair singing, the group certainly lives up to its name. The troupe is set to present its newest fundraiser show “Mommie Queerest,” a campy opera version of the film “Mommie Dearest,” on Jan. 26 at the Wilma Theater, with a cocktail reception preceding the show. The second showing is on Feb. 2. Started in 2010, the company has since seen much support from audiences for its queer, experimental brand of musical theater. Jarboe, the artistic director, said this kind of theater is rare in the local arts community. “We’re trying to create queer spaces and also explore different structures of theater and art that are not necessarily male or heterosexual,” Jarboe said. “A lot of plays have certain structures that reinforce norms and we’re trying to create work that subverts norms.” Jarboe said audiences are craving a fresh take on theatrical productions that encourage audience interaction. “Beyond the LGBTQ community, I think [audiences] are hungry for work that is live and explicitly live,” Jarboe said. “Work that insists on its ‘live-ness’ is very important nowadays when we’re constantly typing or behind screens.” “We sit on your laps, we touch your face and talk directly to

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was going to have a solo feature at the last half of the tune.” Freshman English and German double major Sam Auman helped coordinate the event while she was still a student at Central Bucks West. “My mom was a part of the original committee of contacting ROLI and getting the Seaboard over [to West],” Auman said. “Eventually the committee and Mr. Delson came up with the idea for the concert to thank ROLI for giving it to a high school.”

you,” Jarboe said. “I think that’s pretty radical nowadays.” “Mommie Dearest” is a movie based off the memoir of Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford, who is depicted as a traumatic and abusive mother. Bearded Ladies’ music director Heath Allen came up with the idea to turn the film into an opera, but that doesn’t mean it’ll only be limited to operatic music. With experience as a composer, musician, bandleader and theater worker since 1975, Allen sees this show as

Having been a drag queen for “ a long time, I do feel that there’s a

power in getting in touch with the strong woman inside of you. Dito Van Reigersberg | artistic director

another opportunity for him to be able to stretch out his varied musical expertise. “It’s definitely fun and it’s a good fit for my musical skill,” Allen said. “It’s always a challenge to make sense of such a diverse musical palette that I have so this is a really good fit for me. I can use a lot of different musical styles within one show.” Dito Van Reigersberg, founding artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company and alternately known as drag queen Martha Graham-Cracker, is the guest Beard to star alongside Jarboe in “Mommie Queerest” as they fight over who gets to play Joan Crawford, all with an accompanying chorus. This isn’t the artistic director’s first collaboration with the

Like many others, Auman stayed in contact with Delson after graduation, leading to her involvement in the event as a Temple student. Auman wrote the press releases for the event, which she submitted to music magazines around the city. During the concert, she worked as the stage manager and made sure the show ran smoothly. In addition to his duties as band director, Delson worked in setting up the collaboration with Henry. “I reached out myself first,” Delson said. “[Henry] is one of the few musicians who has spent extensive time on the Seaboard prior to now, so it seemed natural to ask him. Plus, both

I and my students think his playing is fantastic. The folks at ROLI have a relationship with him, so they helped put us in direct contact.” Delson noted the importance of the event for not only students and alumni, but ROLI, the creators of the Seaboard GRAND. “This was really the first event of it’s type to feature music written specifically for this instrument,” Delson said. “We were excited for not only the community to see this and to see how creative our kids and our alumni have been, but for the company that made the instrument. This is what they envisioned. They created a piece of technology that is meant to create art. This

Bearded Ladies, having played secretary Miss Moneypenny in “Beards Are For Shaving: a 007 Cabaret,” as well as a featured role in “My Dinner with Dito.” As fun and ridiculous BLC productions can be, it also makes a point to highlight themes and ideas related to pop culture, gender, gender roles and more in the productions. “Mommie Queerest” is no exception, with its look into how the movie has drawn a cult following by the LGBTQ community. Reigersberg said this may be because gay men are often fascinated by Joan Crawford’s strong, yet tortured, character. “Having been a drag queen for a long time, I do feel that there’s a power in getting in touch with the strong woman inside of you, and that’s sort of a different power than being a strong man,” Reigersberg said. “It just has a different flavor and feeling.” “All of our shows have a surface fun, but there’s also serious thinking underneath and that’s really imbedded in the history of cabaret,” Allen said. But members of the Bearded Ladies said they are trying to avoid the mistake the movie made in taking itself too seriously and in true Bearded fashion, they said there will be plenty of fun and audience participation throughout the show. “I think that’s something we’re exploring; sometimes the broken things are better, but sometimes we just really like it because it’s way over the top and it gives us an excuse to wear high heels and say ridiculous lines like ‘No more wire hangers,’” Jarboe said. A $25 ticket includes drinks and for those brave enough to join in during the show, they can bring or buy goodie bags with a swim cap, hand sanitizer, wire hanger and “ideally not a real one, but some sort of axe.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

was one of the first events to do that.” As a member of Central Bucks West’s jazz ensemble, Carson said he was inspired by Delson and his fellow musicians to continue playing music while learning at Temple. “Being in the jazz band at C.B. West definitely pushed me forward,” Carson said. “For one thing, it was the other people in the jazz band who were insanely talented, and being able to play with them. Mr. Delson always got us really excited about the music. He always encouraged us to stretch ourselves so that we could take music to a whole new level. He was, no pun intended, instrumental, in pushing us forward as musicians and letting us

find out that music was our passion.” Carson hopes the Seaboard takes Central Bucks West’s music program to new heights. As the first high school to own the new instrument, Central Bucks West has the opportunity to showcase the Seaboard in events around the area. “The Seaboard is an absolutely revolutionary instrument but it’s not really known what its capabilities are, or what it is most useful for yet,” Carson said. “Hopefully it inspires the kids to really find a love for modern music and find a love for doing things with this incredible instrument.” * tim.mulhern@temple.edu





Bar owner seeks to ‘do something different’ with a new location gourmet sandwiches along with various sides such as cheese platters and olives. With U-Bahn, Sourias also aims to blend arcade and live entertainment with gourmet sandwiches to create an atmosphere vastly different from his EAMON DREISBACH other culinary ventures. The eatery will The Temple News be host to six classic arcade machines, At a passing glance, the vacant including popular titles such as Space space that rests firmly next to Brü Craft Invaders and Street Fighter II in addi& Wurst seems to hide nothing of im- tion to a large stage for live music. “It’s a whole different ball game,” mediate interest. Sourias said. “Instead of just sitting at a A brief trek down the narrow set of table and eating, we’re giving [the cusconcrete stairs just below the surface of tomer] things to do. We might have a Brü reveals the final stages of U-Bahn, burlesque show, a whole show with difa soon-to-be subterranean bar modeled ferent styles of dancers or a band that’s after a German subway station. local.” Set to release in early February, the Originally home to Whitman’s eatery is a product of Brü owner Teddy chocolate factory in the early 19th cenSourias. No stranger to the kitchen, tury, the underground Sourias has been workspace has undergone ing in the restaurant a hefty makeover to business since he was fit the German subway 19, running both the look. Authentic railIrish-themed Finn Mcroad ties line the walls Cool’s Ale House on behind the two bars, South 12th Street as one of which is conwell as the German structed with used beer beer garden-styled Brü. barrels from the DelaThe latest addition to ware-based Shawnee his food enterprise Craft Brewing Comwill be located at 1320 pany. U-Bahn will Chestnut St., directly also boast a firkin beer beneath Brü Craft & engine, a hand pump Wurst. used to manually pour With its unconvenTeddy Sourias | owner ales without the use of tional take on entercarbon dioxide. tainment and theme, in addition to its Converting a long-abandoned intriguing location, U-Bahn managed to basement into a subsurface subway bar land itself a spot on Zagat’s “18 Most did not come without its challenges. Anticipated Philly Restaurant Openings “With construction, there’s always of 2015” list in early January. going to be difficulty,” Sourias said. The idea for U-Bahn sprang from “When you’re looking at a building an interest in creating a spin-off of Brü that’s built in the 1800s, you’re going with a more local focus. to find difficulties with the structure. “We wanted to do something difCombining the buildings is tough – it’s ferent and have local beers, all local a lot of work.” vegetables, cheeses from local farms With a spot secured on one of and local music,” Sourias said. “So we Philadelphia’s most prominent culinary figured we’d build a stage, build two countdowns, Sourias sees a promising bars and bring in something the city has future for U-Bahn. needed for a long time.” “It’s amazing for us,” Sourias said. True to the restaurant’s stress on “We wanted to do something cool for locality, U-Bahn will only serve beers the industry and have a good time with brewed within a 90-mile radius. It will it, and I feel like this whole concept has also incorporate cured meats and homeblown up. I think the anticipation of it is grown vegetables in its menu. because it’s something new that nobody Despite the multitude of entertainelse offers. If I wasn’t on the building ment options, Sourias aims to keep side of it, I’d be excited too.” quality, regional food at the forefront of the dining experience. U-Bahn’s tentative menu consists of an array of * eamon.dreisbach@temple.edu

U-Bahn will open as a bar modeled to mirror a Germany subway station.

It’s a whole “different ball

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Steve Sansweet is the president and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan – the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world.

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my overflowing blue water jug. Before I slid out of the passenger's seat, however, my old man stopped me. “If you get a hit, I'll take you and your brother to see Star Wars.” “Tonight?” I asked. “Tonight.” A few hours later, we found ourselves in the now-defunct Regal Cinemas theater in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where "Revenge of the Sith" was playing. I had seen the previous two prequels in addition to a few moments from the original trilogy when it had appeared on TV, but I was too young to appreciate or genuinely understand them. I saw a trailer teasing the return of Darth Vader to the big screen, though, and was dying to see this one. And it hooked me, almost immediately. After saving up enough cash, I distinctly remember leaving a school dance early (my priorities were clearly a little off balance) so I could purchase Episodes IV, V and VI from my local Walmart. Then, I became fixated with them for weeks. I rewound scenes over and over again in our basement, until I fully took in the dialogue and setting of each one. I didn't want to miss anything. But as much as I have enjoyed Star Wars since those early viewings, my passion for the franchise pales in comparison to someone else who once ran this newspaper. Steve Sansweet served as the editor-in-chief of The Temple News from 1965-66, and later turned his obsession – yes, he told me, it's perfectly fine to use that word – of Star Wars into a career. In 1996, he left his job as Los Angeles bureau chief at the Wall Street

Journal for a gig as the director of specialty marketing at Lucasfilm – where today, after leaving his full time post in 2011, he serves as a fan relations advisor. Nowadays, Sansweet is busy serving as the president and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan – a nonprofit organization he started to maintain an estimated 300,000 unique pieces of Star Wars memorabilia. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. There was no Star Wars for San-

It’s about the “ memories, as much

as it is the movies themselves.

sweet to grow up with like there was for me, but he latched onto sciencefiction novels as a kid and loved them. He saw the first film at an advanced screening at the 20th Century Fox’s backlot in 1977. “That’s when I got hooked,” Sansweet said, “and it has rarely let up.” He calls Star Wars a “once in a generation phenomenon,” and credits the series’ early success to its contrast to the dark times America was experiencing, including the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. By the time former Temple student Irvin Kershner directed, “Empire Strikes Back,” which many consider to be the greatest movie of all time, few if any – and certainly not Sansweet – doubted that George Lucas had created something extraordinary. Over Thanksgiving break, Lu-

casfilm released an 88-second teaser trailer for “The Force Awakens,” the J.J. Abrams-helmed sequel to the original trilogy. Within days, it was on track to become the highest viewed movie promo in Internet history. It’s remarkable that, as many bigbudget Hollywood blockbusters there are, just a few seconds of the Millenium Falcon in action coupled with some shots of a new generation of characters has arguably created more buzz for a film than any other in history. Sansweet partially credits this to something he said continues to amaze him: that after all of these years, people still cherish the recollection of their folks taking them to experience Star Wars for the first time. It’s about the memories, as much as it is the movies themselves – which brings me back to that baseball game from almost a decade ago. Somehow, my desire to see “Revenge of the Sith” propelled me to play the best seven innings of my life. Swifter than Yoda’s lightsaber, my green metallic bat was. My throw to second base? As deadly as a blaster fired by Han Solo himself. The Force was with me that night. By the game’s end, I had registered a handful of hits, collected numerous RBIs and even caught a runner stealing (which, for me, was an enormous rarity). After we recorded the final out and secured the win, my team gathered in the dugout, where my head coach awarded me the game ball. I turned to my dad. He smiled, ready to make good on his promise. A galaxy far, far away awaited us. * avery.maehrer@temple.edu T @AveryMaehrer





On Jan. 17, Young Rapids, Cyberbully Mom Club, Randle Patrick McNuthin, Tim Allen Everson and Andrew Meoray played a show at Broad Street and Jefferson Mansion.

Annual performance unifies community In honor of Black History Month, Roger Lee Dance LLC is holding a Black History Celebration performance. EMILY ROLEN ASHLEY CALDWELL The Temple News Roger Lee said he thought Black History Month shouldn’t just be an examination of black history, but a celebration of it. Lee and his dance company, Roger Lee Dance LLC, is hosting the second annual Black History Celebration at the Performance Garage on Feb. 6-7 at 8 p.m. The show is a dance showcase that highlights the talents of company members as well as guest choreographers to portray their appreciation of black history. “There’s nothing like it,” Lee said. “There’s a lot of performance history shows in the city analyzing black history, but I thought there was nothing specific to dance.” Lee, owner, choreographer, director and dancer of Roger Lee Dance, LLC, has been a part of the performing arts industry since he was a high school student, eventually completing his studies at Drexel. Lee also taught jazz dance as an adjunct professor at Temple in Fall 2014. Other company dancers include Jackie McLay, a Temple alumna with her bachelor’s in dance and marketing, Tiana Ligon and Sekai Harris. Many people have accredited their professional dancing to Lee and his company. Since the first event last year, the Black History Celebration has gained media attention and recognition in the community. “It was so cool to have a wide range of folks in attendance,” Lee said. “We want to make this more accessible to everybody [and] offer a sense of togetherness and bringing people to it.” The first act of the show is all guest choreography. Lee said he opened submissions to the community and other dance companies to submit choreography for the show. This year, he received 12 submissions from not only local companies, but dance groups across the country. “I had no idea what the reception would be from the community when I opened up submissions,” Lee said. “So we’re just excited that there were so many people willing to be involved.” In the end, he picked five submissions to showcase in the first act of the show. “They each showed different sides of black history,” Lee said. “Some showed segregation, some pay tribute to James Brown and are more of

a celebration. One showcases the LGBT struggles in the black community. They’re all different.” The second act will feature his own company’s choreography. The company right now is made of five members, including Lee and four other women. Their portion of the show is called “Must Be The Music.” Lee said they will highlight music throughout black history through dance. Some of the genres include disco, soul and gospel, all set to his own choreography. “I used different genres within black history,” Lee said. “I think it’s cool because there’s jazz dance, hip hop, contemporary.” Lee said the show is not “a history lesson,” but a celebration. “I did it to unify Philadelphia,” Lee said. “It’s a city that is so diverse. I feel like not all people think black history is for them, but the whole purpose is a celebration above all else. It’s not just black history – it’s a celebration first and foremost. I think so much of that has to do with community. I just wanted to bring people together, and what better way through music and dance?” * artsandentertainment@temple.edu ( 215.204.7416 T @TheTempleNews


TOP: Roger Lee is the owner, choreographer, director and a dancer in Roger Lee Dance, LLC. BOTTOM: Lee rehearses with Sekai Harris in preparation for the Black History Celebration on Feb. 6 and 7 at the Garage.





Since September, PennPraxis has been giving people the chance to give their input on the future redesign of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park. PennPraxis will be holding a public meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia, to conclude the civic engagement process of the preparations. There will be a review of the findings from past conversations and meet the designing team led by Hargreaves Associates. -Albert Hong


Pig Iron Theatre is hosting its annual benefit cabaret on Jan. 23 at The Trocadero. Titled “Pigonometry: Let Us Take You On A Tangent,” this year’s show will be hosted by Quinn “Pedagogy” Bauriedel and feature Ms. Martha Graham-Cracker, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Magda and Chelsea, Johnny Showcase and his Left Lucy Cabaret, Fantasy Grandma and Unidos da Filadelphia. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. -Albert Hong


From Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 23-25, the Philadelphia Home Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with more than 300 exhibitors. The show will highlight the latest trends in gardening, remodeling and home interior design. Tickets are available online at $10 and $13 at the door. The Home Show is offering free parking at the Ikea on Columbus Boulevard, as well as a shuttle to and from the Convention Center, located on 1101 Arch St. -Emily Rolen



Michael Bouyoucas works with curator Dr. Isaacs to bring in pieces for the “And the Word Is...” exhibit, which opens on Jan. 22.

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as a “major left turn” in her career, Kirk began a lifestyle full of artistic pursuits, from painting for the Please Touch museum to acting as a fill-in producer for the Kids Corner radio show at 88.5 WXPN. Finally, a friend found her a camera and Kirk found her calling as well as an extraordinary subject to photograph. “I was getting very frustrated with large organizations who were using fear as a way of manipulating people,” Kirk said. She turned her lens to the didactic signs outside of churches and began shooting. The exhibition will showcase 78 works of Kirk’s church signage series. “The point I wanted to make was that subliminally, these signs, nobody seems to worry about them,” Kirk said. “I wonder what they’re saying to our children and our culture about how we should be feeling.”

After showing works by Kirk and other artists at the DCCA, Isaacs decided to expand the exhibition with the objective of religious diversity in mind. Geared by the Internet, Isaacs found Sandow Birk’s “American Qur’an” series, a recently finalized project. Birk, a Southern California native, graphic designer and lifelong surfer, traveled through a variety of countries, many of them Islamic, that he remembers as positive experiences. After 9/11, when the media was filled with heated discussions regarding Islam, Birk said she became frustrated. “Finally one day I just got tired of hearing people on the radio talking about what Islam is and isn’t, and I decided that I would just figure it out for myself,” Birk said. “So I went and picked up a copy of the Quran and started reading it.” After reading the Quran’s 114 Surahs several times over, Birk copied them into English and created an illuminated manuscript. He adorned each of his pages with a scene of life in the United States,

in order to draw parallels between the holy book written thousands of years ago and the events that influence modern society. For example, Birk accompanies a story from the Quran about the great flood with illustrations of Hurricane Katrina. The project took nine years to complete. “In general, the message is that it’s not as foreign or exotic as you’ve been read to believe,” Birk said. “It’s really quite familiar text. The more familiarity people have with it, the better for everyone in the world.” The artwork featured in “And the Word Is…” is not exclusively two-dimensional. Professor Nicholas Kripal, the chair of the Crafts Department at the Tyler School of Art, works mainly in ceramics and creates installations in sacred spaces. Isaacs recruited Kripal for the exhibition after viewing his work in a Lutheran church in a town in Germany that had been severely bombed during World War II. Kripal’s installation in the church read

“steele nacht,” or silent night, in steel letters filled with crushed coal. For the original “And the Word Is…” show at the DCCA, Kripal’s piece was a formation of the word, “epiphany.” The word has not only an artistic connotation, but religious weight, as it has often been associated with the Three Wise Men story in the Bible. Kripal said it’s not uncommon for art and religion to appear hand in hand. “When modernism came about, that whole religious aspect of art disappeared,” Kripal said. “But historically, religion has often funded and generated artistic ideas. So I think it’s important that a broad range of religious interests are represented in the show.” “I think it’s very brave to do a show like this,” Kirk said. “So much of our lives are fast these days, and we’re almost assaulted with visual images that the point of bringing a show like this that forces you to slow down and think is a gift.”

One Book, One Philadelphia is a yearly series of events at the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote literacy through the reading of a single book. This year, “Orphan Train” is the featured book and author Christina Baker Kline will discuss her inspirations in writing the book, on Jan. 22. An original musical work composed by TJ Cole of the Curtis Institute of Music will follow. The free program will be at 7:30 p.m. -Albert Hong


Philadelphian comedians are getting the spotlight in the 2015 Philly Comedy Awards, held by WitOut at World Café Live Philadelphia on Jan. 25. This year’s award show is hosted by the cofounders of Five Dollar Comedy Week, Aaron Nevins and Kate Banford, who will be presenting awards in 12 categories, including Best Sketch Comedy Video and Special Achievement in the Field of Tweeting. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $16-$20. -Albert Hong


Opening on Jan. 24, Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square will have its annual orchids on display. This year, there will be over 5,000 orchids in the conservatory. The blooms will be available to see in the conservatory until March 29. TIckets are only $8 for students. -Emily Rolen

* angela.gervasi@temple.edu

TRENDING IN PHILLY What’s happening this week in Philly– from news and event coverage to shows and restaurant openings. Based on Philly area: food, music, stores, etc. For breaking news and daily updates, follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.





@AcadNatSci tweeted on Jan. 17 that a half-male, half-female butterfly was found in the “Butterflies!” exhibit at the museum in Drexel. Characterized by the different colors of its right and left wings, the “extremely rare” condition is called bilateral gynandromorphy. The specimen – preserved and pinned – will be on display from Jan. 17 until Feb. 16. @uwishunu tweeted on Jan. 18 that Condé Nast Traveler had Philly as No. 2 out of 24 on its Best Shopping Cities in the World. The list was chosen by the readers and noted the abundant Reading Terminal Market as well as the shops around North 3rd Street.

@RosasFreshPizza tweeted on Jan. 13 about its appearance on that day’s episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Mason Wartman, owner of the local pizza shop, was featured for his efforts in helping feed the homeless with his food-sharing program.

@PaperClips215 tweeted on Jan. 19 that the grand opening of new business, Cinemug, was on Jan. 17. The coffee shop and video rental store is located on 1607 S. Broad St. The owner, Daniel Creskoff, is a Temple alumnus.




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English to us. Although we did get lost in the city a few times, English speaking Spaniards made our first week in a foreign country a lot easier. However, I began to realize that easier was not exactly what I wanted. I made the choice to come here because I wanted to absorb Spanish – not remain in my English speaking bubble for five and a half months. The first discoteca that we went to, I vowed that I would try to speak Spanish no matter how horrible it sounded to the natives. A friend of mine was celebrating her 21st birthday, so we decided to venture to El Kapital – a seven story dance club with bars on almost every floor. Most people could probably tell we were American just because of the amount of drinks we bought. In Spain, the legal drinking age is 18 years old – however, most Spaniards have their first glass of wine way before that, said Jaime Duran, the director of the Temple in Spain program. Because I am an American, accustomed to the typical binge drinking aspect of college life, I found it astounding that people my age do not run to get wasted every second they can. With alcohol so readily available in cafes, supermarkets and even department stores in Spain, there is no reason for it to be a novelty. At El Kapital, I began conversations with Spaniards about these types of topics, delving more and more into the differences between Spanish and American culture. I found myself more confident with my Spanish as I actually began to speak it, and the Spaniards even enjoyed trying to practice their English with me as well. I was not the only one, after all, who felt shy about speaking another language. After this night, the ice had been broke – I was finally ready to experience studying abroad without looking back. * sienna.vance@temple.edu


Sienna Vance, a junior journalism major, is spending the semester studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain.


Center for the Arts

Boyer College Of Music And Dance CONWELL DANCE THEATER

FACULTY DANCECONCERT fri | january 30, 2015 • 7:30pm sat | january 31, 2015 • 7:30pm

Featuring works by Jillian Harris, Kun-Yang Lin, Laura Katz Rizzo, Merián Soto, and Kariamu Welsh, with guest artist Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance.

For on-campus ticket sales Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 Open Mon. – Fri., 10:00-5:00

Purchase tickets online at www.liacourascenter.com Click on “Buy Tickets” then “Temple Dance” or call 1-800-298-4200. Tickets are also available for cash only at the venue 45 minutes before each showtime.

Performances in Conwell Dance Theater are supported in part by the Rose Vernick Fund and Temple University’s General Activities Fund.

Conwell Dance Theater 5th floor of Conwell Hall NE corner of Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19122 $20 general admission; $15 students and senior citizens; $10 for Temple Employees and $5 with Temple student Owlcard





A day of action, empowerment Various student organizations took part in a march on Monday afternoon. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News On Jan. 19, the MLK Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment committee (D.A.R.E) lead a march in hopes of continuing the work that Martin Luther King Jr. began. The organizers of the rally decided on numerous demands for the event: an end to stopand-frisk policies, an independent police review board that is fully empowered and funded, a fully funded, democratically controlled school system and a $15 per hour minimum wage with the right to form unions. “It represents that people are coming from all different sectors and uniting under a concise set of three demands shows that this movement has momentum,” said Paul Winston Cange, junior political science major and member of People Utilizing Real Power. “The diversity in the groups is essential to the success of the movement.” Temple students met at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue at 1:30 p.m. on Monday to join the official rally and march, which began at 2 p.m. and finished at Independence Mall. Protesters from around the city gathered with signs carrying messages like “No Justice, No Peace,” “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” and “I Can’t Breathe.” Protesters marched through the street, chanting and distributing information to those interested. When the march reached Independence Hall, speakers included parents with children in the school district and Tanya Dickerson, the mother of Brandon Tate Brown, who was killed by police in December.

The speakers discussed marchers’ demands and asked the crowd to continue to spread “messages of justice” everyday. Multiple organizations worked together to put together the MLK D.A.R.E. March, including POWER, Philadelphia 15 Now and Temple’s branch of PURP. “A lot of young people now have been conditioned to be a lot less radical than in previous generations, so I think it’s really great that a lot of us are waking up and really realizing that we can affect… change,” Jill Richards, a member of Philly 15 Now, said. “We believe that these issues are issues that are paramount not only to people of color, but all people in Philadelphia,” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild. “We haven’t quite realized Dr. King’s dream yet … [People being] regarded for the content of their character and not the color of their skin,” he added. Cange said many people consider student involvement to be key in helping the movement continue. “Sheer numbers will help accomplish the demands, and we’re students at Temple, which is one of the big institutions in the city,” Cange said. “By pressuring Temple, we can help the movement in the fight. We think our involvement is crucial to the entirety of the struggle.” Students from the University of Pennsylvania and Community College of Philadelphia marched alongside Temple students, as well as high school students interested in the cause. “A lot of the issues we’re talking about … are directly impacting young adults who are college age,” Royster said. “These issues – they’re going to impact them if they stay in Philadelphia and have families here.”

the start of what the MLK D.A.R.E. coalition plans to accomplish. “We plan to continue working and organizing around Temple’s campus,” Cange said. “This is just the beginning.” * vince.bellino@temple.edu

* abricke1@temple.edu


In an official press release from the coalition, Royster explained further. “While a day of service and giving back is a good thing, we need to take it a step further by taking action and demanding change,” he wrote. Marchers said the Reclaim MLK Day march is


posal by his wife and see what he could do. What happened next was better than he ever expected. “He came back and said, ‘I asked my wife, and we’ve decided if we win [we’ll] donate the full $50,000,” CoyneSmith said. Prior to CoyneSmith’s collaboration, his co-worker’s video had a little more than 30,000 views, he said. Now the video has more than 38,000. Though he says it isn’t probable for the video to get to 500,000 views by the Jan. 31 deadline, he is hopeful. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” CoyneSmith said. “While it’s a long shot, it’s a shot worth taking.” Both Fosburg and CoyneSmith said they’re amazed at how much positive attention the story has received through social media and hope that continuing to spread the word about the contest on sites like Instagram and Facebook will help, even if they don’t win. With the $50,000, Fosburg said her mother would not only be able to better afford basic necessities and her treatments, but her life would improve drastically. “I’m going to be commuting next year,” Fosburg said. “I’m looking for a new car, so when we talked about the money she said, ‘We can get you a new car.’ It was just insane. I was like, ‘No, no, we’re not doing that.’” “It would make it possible to keep living,” Fosburg added. “Cancer is also a mental thing, so if you can get yourself mentally in it – that’s important.” Fosburg said that when they first began raising money for her mother, Coyne Powell had no idea just how many people would respond. “I don’t think she realized how many people really love and care about her,” Fosburg said. “She’s loving, forgiving and just cares about other people so much. Even if we don’t win – getting this publicity is still an incredible journey to be on.”

Marchers hold signs as they walk down Broad Street as part of a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The march and coalition formed in response to the deaths and the grand jury decisions in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, respectively, as well as longstanding issues that affect people of color in the Philadelphia community.

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There will be a “SEPTA Posters: Collector’s Edition” book launch tonight from 6-8 p.m. in Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art. The collector’s edition was printed in the Tyler publication studio, and it is comprised of five zines that feature Beth Heinly’s black and white line work. Heinly emphasizes and exposes subtle racism, classism and sexism in advertisements found in Philadelphia’s public transit by expanding on a tradition of culture hacking and subverting advertising images. Heinly will discuss her work with arts writer and artist Whitney Kimball. This event is open to all. -Jessica Smith



A protester holds a sign requesting an end to stop-and-frisk policies, one of several demands of those who participated in a march on MLK Day.

student spotlight | BRANDON MATTHEWS

From the classroom to the golf course

Brandon Matthews uses his psychology background to his advantage playing golf. JANE BABIAN The Temple News

When Temple’s lead golfer Brandon Matthews picked up a golf club for the first time, he had no idea the sport would challenge him mentally as much as physically. Matthews won the 2014 Dixie Amateur, held in Florida, by a five-shot win in December. He has played in dozens of tournaments – almost 30 a year, if not more, he said. His experience with the sport has shown him it requires significant mental exercise – more so, he believes, than any other sport. “From my [psychology] classes, I just combine and take all of the techniques and try to relate them in a way that I can apply them to the golf course,” Matthews said. “My courses teach me of ways to handle conflict, how to communicate, facilitate, mediate, etc. I just try to take most of the main ideas and tie them in, in order for them to help the way I go about a round of golf.” The adult and organizational development major offers team and individual training and development, as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution management, according to the department’s website. Matthews said he uses concepts and tools learned in the classroom and applies them to sports. “It’s the way to communicate with people and deal with people,” Matthews said. “It’s interpersonal communication. I enjoy it because I had a mental coach since I was 15 for golf.” Matthews said one of his most important techniques involves using the time between rounds, often five or six hours, wisely. “After or before a shot, the golfer has to look at the positives and throw out the negatives,” he

There will be an Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses study abroad fair tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Tuttleman Lobby. Stop by the information tables to learn about the opportunities for study abroad available this summer and upcoming fall. Program faculty, students with prior study abroad experience and study abroad advisors will be available to answer questions about the various programs offered at Temple. Also, there will be information about external programs for students looking to explore options outside of Temple through different university partners. This event is free and open to all students. No registration is required. -Jessica Smith


There will be a discussion tomorrow with Paul Ramírez Jonas from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art. The event “Every Public Has A Form” will explore the ideas of art and public commons. Jonas will talk about his work and its relationship to gathering spaces from ancient agoras to contemporary water coolers. This knowledge inspired Jonas to build The Agora Cooler, which will be on hand. Jonas’ selected solo exhibitions have been featured around the world with his latest displays including Pinacoteca do Estado in Sao Paulo, Brazil and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn. He was also involved with group exhibitions in New York City, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Jonas’ discussion is open to all.

-Jessica Smith



Brandon Matthews puts a golfball during the 2014 Dixie Amateur, held in Floria this past December.

said. “You want to develop almost a short term memory.” Matthews believes that having an effective “short term memory” helps golfers to forget a bad shot, so they can focus on preparing for the next one. “You sit there and learn to grow mentally and as a golfer,” he said. Rich Caruso, Matthews’ “baseball-coach-turned-mental-coach,” helped him learn that psychology can aid in playing golf well. “When you get to a certain level, almost every golfer has a team,” Matthews said. “This team can consist of anything from a mental coach to a nutritionist.” Matthews won his first tournament of the season in October and the fifth of his career for the Owls at the 2014 Temple Invitational. “Every day that I step onto the golf course, there is something that I have learned in a psychological standpoint that helps me,” Matthews said. “Whether it's in the big

picture of the whole round or just a specific shot. There is always something that I incorporate that helps me succeed.”

After or before “a shot, the golfer has to look at the positives and throw out the negatives.

Brandon Matthews | junior

Matthews has practiced near professional golfers like Tiger Woods, who he thinks is one of the most “mentally strong” golfers in the game, and even had the chance to play with PGA Tour Professional

Sean O’Hair. The 6-foot-4 golfer plans on playing professionally after he graduates in May 2016. Matthews said one lesson he took away from his psychology courses has benefitted him most throughout his time as a golfer. “I’ve learned that the more you tell yourself something, the more your mind will believe it, and it will come true,” Matthews said. “The mind is a very powerful thing. So if I can always keep a positive mindset, telling myself positive things and always being the eternal optimist, then good things will happen.” “If you end up going to the negative side of the spectrum, being a pessimist, your game will reflect it,” he added. “So staying positive is the most important thing – not only in golf, but in life.” * jane.babian@temple.edu

Camilo José Vergara will be leading the discussion “Tracking Time: Documenting America’s Post-Industrial Cities” Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. in Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art. Vergara is a photographer with a background in sociology. He will speak about his work documenting “the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America.” Vergara focuses on cities such as Camden, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Gary, Los Angeles and Newark. He returns to sites of his work repeatedly over time to record any changes since his last visit. Sponsored respectively by the architecture, English and journalism departments and by Senate Lectures and Forums, this event is open to all. -Jessica Smith


The Thank a Donor Week Student Video Contest is accepting entries now through Thursday, March 12. Last year, Temple had over 39.000 philanthropic donors who gave over $67.9 million. Registered students are invited to create a video expressing gratitude and appreciation to university donors. The first prize is $500 and the second prize is $250. A panel of professionals working in film, multimedia and higher education will review and select the winners. Multiple submissions are allowed per students and can be in any style of film or video including (but not limited to) animation, drama, still art, imagery, comedy or documentary. Each submission must be 1-2 minutes in length. This contest is open to all students. -Jessica Smith


“What is one goal you

hope to achieve in 2015?


“I want to uplift and network with other talent on campus so that we can all succeed in the bigger picture.”


“In 2015 I really want to get a higher GPA, like 3.5 or 4.0, in that range. That’s one of my main focuses.”

“In 2015 I plan to get a better job, work on my studies, and get an internship. I really want an internship. That’s a big goal of mine.”









Vasconez, team’s lone senior, out for year ROWING



Members of the crew team practice during last season’s spring campaign.


Senior tennis player Hernan Vasconez will miss his final season of eligibility after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the winter break. The injury occurred while practicing and getting ready for the upcoming semester’s season in his hometown of Ambato, Ecuador, a university spokesman confirmed last Tuesday. The lone senior on the team has amassed a 33-31 record in singles play and a 22-19 record in doubles during his three-anda-half years of competition for the team. -Dalton Balthaser


prior to the American Athletic Conference Championships, coach Brian Quinn announced last Friday. The team will kick off spring competition with the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate from March 22-24 in Williamsburg, Virginia, while the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, South Carolina will take place a week later, spanning from March 2729. Three April tournaments will follow in weekly succession, includin g the Princeton Invitational April 11-12. The team will conclude its season at the conference championship, held April 25-28 at the Black Diamond Range on The Quarry Course in Lecanto, Florida. The Owls highlighted their fall season with a fourth-place result out of 19 schools at the Hartford Invitational on Sept. 2223, along with the top finish at the Temple Invitational Oct. 1112 in Huntingdon Valley. -Andrew Parent

Last Thursday, coach Rebecca Grzybowski announced the signing of six rowers who will make up the program’s 2014 recruiting class. High school seniors Emma Alford (Grosse lle, Michigan), Catie Gackowski (Midland Park, New Jersey), Mariel Tucker (Pottstown), Jenna Rosado (Northfield, New Jersey), Allie Nussbaum (Andover, Massachusetts) and Rachel Kelley (Somers Point, New Jersey) will join the team for the 2015-16 season. “We are thrilled to welcome Emma, Catie, Rachel, Allie, Jenna and Mariel to Temple and to our team,” Grzybowski said via press release. “Without question, this is our best recruiting class to date and we are confident that they will make an immediate impact.” Tucker, the lone Pennsylvania product of the group, competed for Vesper Boat Club alongside her time competing for Owen J. Roberts High School. She has competed both at the club nationals and the Royal Candian Henley Regatta, while she finished fifth with a 2,000 ergometer score at the Mainline Slide Event as a junior at Owen J. Roberts last year. -Andrew Parent


On Jan. 14, the NFL’s New York Jets announced the hire of Temple alumnus Todd Bowles as its head coach. Bowles, 51, spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, while coaching in the same role for the Philadelphia Eagles under former coach Andy Reid in 2012. Bowles amassed 245 tackles and seven interceptions during a four-year playing career with Temple, and spent the bulk of his eight-year NFL career with the Washington Redskins before switching over to the coaching ranks He was given his first NFL coaching job with the Jets in 2000, when he was in charge of the team’s secondary. -Andrew Parent

Temple’s spring schedule will consist of five tournaments


The women’s gymnastics team convenes during a practice. The squad lost its first meet against Eastern Michigan Jan. 9 with a time of 193.925.

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knowledged the difficulty of gauging potential contributions that could come from a first-year collegiate gymnast. “These freshmen come in and you really don’t know what to expect,” Murphy said. “We just have to test them out. Thankfully, Briana Odom was good in competition. She seemed to be cool, calm, collected in a way and didn’t let the nerves get the best of her.” Odom has an edge about her that Murphy said inclined him to use her frequently during her freshman season. “You come across certain athletes and after seeing them or evaluating you

kind of think they just have that extra edge,” Murphy said. “If you’re looking to define a competitor within our sport, a competitor would be Briana Odom. No matter what obstacles are thrown at her she’s willing to compete.” The Waldorf, Maryland native graduated from North Point High School and was a five-time Level 10 Maryland state and regional qualifier. In 2012, Odom qualified for the Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament. While Odom had success in high school, the high school and collegiate levels of gymnastics feature glaring differences. In Odom’s opinion, the level of camaraderie in college was something she said didn’t exist in high

school. “The big difference is in high school you are competing for yourself,” Odom said. “When I came to college it was a big stress about the team because you’re competing for your college.” Capone, now a senior, has taken on a leadership role this season. While Murphy can talk to his gymnasts whenever he chooses, there is a different dynamic to having upperclassmen like Capone speak to the younger athletes on the roster like Odom. “I think it’s an easier connection to make as a freshman,” Capone said. “Because when you come in as a freshman, it’s a little intimidating. But when you have teammates that do the same

When I came to “ college it was a big

stress about the team because you’re competing for your college.

Briana Odom | sophomore gymnast

thing as you every day, it’s quicker to build that relationship.” If things were intimidating for Odom as a freshman, she certainly didn’t show it. Capone raved about

how quickly Odom adjusted to collegiate gymnastics. “She’s a rock star. She blew our minds when she came in,” Capone said. Early on in her sophomore season, Odom has been limited to the uneven bars and the balance beam due to a sprained ankle. Once she gains full clearance in all four events, she said she wants to build upon the foundation she laid in 2014. “I think it’s better to try and work out the kinks now, in the beginning,” Odom said, “so that further in the season when we really need the scores, it’ll count.” * greg.frank@temple.edu




women’s Track & field

Forde set to ‘challenge’

has already reared its head through the Temple roster. Freshman hurdler Attallah Goodman recently suffered a stress fracture in her leg that has kept her sidelined for the time TYLER DEVICE being. Goodman has stayed acThe Temple News tive with adapting workouts to her abilities, but said she is eaElvis Forde has his priori- ger to get back in action. ties in check. “My coach expects a lot With the women’s indoor from me, so I want to meet his track & field season now in standards and I want to meet full swing, Temple’s first-year mine,” Goodman said. “I want coach said he is ready to fo- to [set a personal-record time] cus on challenging his team to in the hurdles and I just want to compete at its best. be at the level that all the other “The attitude of our la- girls are at. This year I want to dies has been nothing but fan- get back where I left off, which tastic,” Forde said. “Are they is my number one goal.” challenged? That is the word Goodman said her teamI use mostly mates have UP NEXT in practice. stayed supPrinceton Tiger Open We are going p o r t i v e Jan. 24 to challenge throughout [the athletes], her time inand so far they have responded jured. However, as a freshman, quite well, so we have to keep Goodman believes she needs to that message going forward and prove herself, and that her intake every day in practice as a jury hinders her from doing so. challenge.” “I want to show them what Having already competed I got, and let them know that in one meet before the break, I’m here to do work and that the Owls traveled to Maryland I’m focused,” Goodman said. for the Terrapin Invitational last “The girls are very supportive Saturday, their first competition and we’re really close. We’re in more than four weeks. like family and we support each The Owls left the meet other.” with a few Top 5 finishes, most For the most part, the notably junior Jamila Janneh’s sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and winning mark of 11.76 meters throwers practice indoors at the in the triple jump. Student Pavilion. The facility is “[We are] hoping that the climate-controlled and is better kids understand that this is the on the athletes’ bodies, as cold level of competition that they weather can lead to serious have to get ready for, but other muscle injuries when performthan that the positives always ing explosive and fast-tempo kind of outweigh the things that work. are not so good for us,” Forde The distance runners, howsaid. “That’s what we are fo- ever, typically train outside on cusing on.” area trails. The Terrapin Invitational Senior distance runner allowed the Owls to see where Jenna Dubrow, who consisthey stack up against like com- tently paced the women’s cross petitors within indoor track & country team in the fall, said field. protecting your body and takPrior to the meet, Forde ing the necessary precautions said he was expecting positive in the cold weather is crucial to results, despite his team’s en- staying healthy. tering the competition off an “It’s basically inevitable,” extended break. Dubrow said of the conditions. “We want to get through “For distance running, you with some good performanc- have to be outside if you want es that we can take a good to log the miles. Basically it’s look at and evaluate, but at the just about taking care of the same time we want to keep little things. … You’re out in the injury bug away,” Forde the elements, so you deal with said. “At the early part of the it. But there are little things season, those are the things that you want to keep on top of that can usually occur. People and doing the things you can to in the power events like the keep yourself healthy.” sprints, hurdles and jumps are usually the ones that get * tyler.device@temple.edu affected the most during the winter months.” This so-called “injury bug”

The Owls are set to end their four-week hiatus from meets.


Junior forward Jaylen Bond reaches for a rebound against Southern Methodist. Bond leads the Owls with 8.3 rebounds per game.

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“I thought he did a really good job against a lot of pressure,” Dunphy said. “He was hounded all game and only turned it [over] four times against all that pressure. … I thought he battled about as hard as he could.” Moving forward, Dunphy said the squad will assess Cummings, who was listed as day-to-day last week after sustaining the injury, from a health standpoint moving forward. The Owls are in the middle of a four-day layoff from game action, and will take on South Florida Thursday night at the Liacouras Center.

“We’ll see if [Cummings] can play Senior guard Jesse Morgan, on the [against South Florida],” Dunphy said. “He other hand, has recovered from his careerobviously wasn’t comfortable enough to go worst 1-for-17 shooting effort in the Tulsa tonight and hopefully USF won’t shoot it loss with two consecutive 15-point games, like Cincinnati shot it [last Saturday].” including a 3-for-5 performance from long Entering the Cincinrange against the Bearcats. UP NEXT nati game without CumThe Owls’ three-game Owls vs South Florida mings’ 12.9 points per losing streak has taken them Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. game and 3.9 assists per from a Top 25 contender to game, the Owls’ backcourt struggled, with a mid-ranked squad in The American. The junior guard Quenton DeCosey managing emergence of junior forward Jaylen Bond, his second-lowest scoring total of the sea- however, as the team’s leading rebounder son with three points, more than 10 below continues to behoove the Owls, as they rank his season average. in the Top 100 in rebounds per game (37.1) “[DeCosey] had opportunities to score, through 19 games. it just didn’t go in for him,” Dunphy said after the loss. “He’ll be back next game hope- * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 fully better than ever and ready to go.”

men’s tennis

International players seek quick adjustment With eight international players, the men’s tennis team hopes to adapt to the different court surfaces. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News In Rheinau, Germany, Nicolas Paulus has grew accustomed to clay courts. Now a junior on the men’s tennis team, Paulus has not only moved countries, but has been forced to adapt to a new playing surface. Temple’s men’s tennis team consists of eight international students, all accustomed to a different court surfaces. As international tennis players are used to playing on a clay surface, which is used throughout the world, they can find themselves in a constant state of adjustment. As Temple’s international student-athletes have come back to the United States’ stan-

dard surface, a hard court, the change presents its share of challenges early in the season. Paulus has knows the change is difficult particularly during the winter months, as the move to an indoor court during the winter months requires an additional adaptation. “[The team] is working on getting used to the conditions indoors,” Paulus said. “Since our matches were outdoors in the fall, we have to get used to being aggressive again and going to the net.” Playing in unfamiliar conditions requires concentration and practice in order to get acclimated with how the ball will react on each of the different types of finishes. Serving and returning serves on each surface requires different approaches and because of that, coach Steve Mauro feels it is a point of emphasis. “This year, we have been concentrating on our serving game as well as returning serves,” Mauro said. Continual practice has been


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The indoor courts “ are faster. It is hard to get quick points. It is harder to play from the baseline.

Santiago Canete | junior

important for the team, as having matches against each other has refilled the competitive juices. “As a team, we have been practicing quite frequently,” Paulus said. “We also played exhibition matches against each other so we could prepare and get used to the conditions in America again.” For Paulus, each year on the hardcourt surfaces brings out a weakness in his game that requires additional practice each time he returns from Ger-

many. “I need to finish the point and not get into long rallies,” Paulus said. “I feel like I am doing a good job in attacking, but I need to close out the net better and sometimes I miss those opportunities to go to the net.” Clay courts are known for slowing down ball speed, unlike hard surfaces. Paulus’ teammate, junior Santiago Canete, feels the same way, but stressed the difficulty of playing from the baselines on the hard surfaces. “The indoor courts are faster,” Canete said. “It is hard to get quick points. It is harder to play from the baseline on faster courts.” The early season has been all about adjustments – from getting accustomed to the new surfaces as well as losing a teammate to injury. The team’s lone senior, Hernan Vasconez, tore his anterior cruciate ligament while practicing in his hometown of Ambato, Ecuador. Losing Vasconez is a detriment to the team, but Mauro knows what his players must do.

“It is unfortunate with the injury to Hernan,” Mauro said. “As a whole, our group acts a certain way on and off the court … other players will have to step up.” The Owls don’t lack in experience, at least, as the team’s active roster consists of five juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. “Experience is key when it comes to team sports,” Canete said. “Now as a team we are older. In the beginning it was hard because the majority of us were freshmen and sophomores, but now that we have more experience, it has been easier for us.” After finishing with a combined record of 51-57 in singles and doubles matches as a team in the fall semester, Mauro feels his team needs to play steady tennis in order to improve. “We need to be a little more solid as a group,” Mauro said. “We must play more consistent tennis.” * dalton.balthaser@temple.edu T @DaltonBalthaser




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up, while Berger is averaging nearly 16 minutes per game off the bench. Atkinson, averaging 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest, has started all 19 games for the Owls in an upand-down campaign. At times, she has shown flashes of potential as a prolific scorer and rebounder, as exemplified by her 22-point, 11-rebound effort against Howard University on Dec. 18. During others, she seemed to disappear from the game. After failing to score in the team’s 92-58 loss to No. 2 Connecticut last Wednesday, she netted 16 points as the team’s second-highest scorer in Saturday’s 72-57 defeat of Central Florida. “At college, it’ll really be exposed whether you’re working on your game or if you’re not,” Atkinson said. “Sometimes I kind of get in the middle of that, but I’m trying to change and become a better [overall player].” Butts, who started the season coming off the bench, has recently taken over the starting point-guard duties. The Edgewater Park, New Jersey native is averaging 11 points per game, but said she has mixed feelings about her new role. “I like the idea of being a starter, but it’s tough,” Butts said. “You have very high expectations and you just have to improve them each time you get on the court.” Butts took over for last year’s freshman guard Feyonda Fitzgerald after Fitzgerald was moved to the bench. She said a bond with Fitzgerald, a sophomore, has helped ease her transition to the new role. “We’re really close,” Butts said. “She’s teaching me and I’m trying to learn from her since she has one year over me.” “She’s very helpful,” Butts added. “At practice, during the game, she’s constantly telling me to keep my head up when I get down.” Berger, meanwhile, has seen her role fluctuate from game to game. Her best game thus far came against Harvard, when she posted 13 points and six rebounds. She also saw 31 minutes against Big 5 rival Villanova. Coming out of Hampton, Virginia, Berger said the transition from high school, where she played a starring role, to the collegiate game is a difficult one. “Competition-wise, I feel like the intensity is much higher than high school and I feel like it’s a much faster pace,” Berger said. “It’s something to get adjusted to.” Last Wednesday, the three freshmen faced possibly the biggest adjustment of their early careers when they matched up with UConn. It was a learning experience for them, as none of the three put up sparkling numbers. Butts had the most success of her classmates in their first shot at the Huskies in a 14-point performance. Berger hit one of her six attempts from the floor, while Atkinson failed to crack the scoreboard for the first time all season. “I think it’s a great experience for them to be put into that environment and to see what it’s like, because they’re going to have to do this for the next couple of years,” Cardoza said after the game. “The fact that all three of them got to play significant minutes, it’s only going to help.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu


Senior guard Tyonna Williams runs alongside Central Florida sophomore guard Zykira Lewis en route to the team’s 72-57 win against the Knights.

Inconsistency plagues Owls through early conference play

A lack of size has been a contributing factor to the team’s inconsistent play. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News

Tonya Cardoza has seen both sides of her squad. After starting the season 3-7, the women’s basketball team won four of its next five games and followed the winning streak with a three-game losing streak, which was broken following a 72-57 win against Central Florida. Through the ups and downs, the seventh-year coach is starting to see where her team stands halfway through the season. “What I see is when we are really good and focused and paying attention, we could be [in] the Top 3 in the conference,” Cardoza said. “But when we are bad, we can seriously lose to anyone.” Freshman Tanaya Atkinson agrees. “As of right now with the teams we beat and we did lose to. … I think we should be Top 3,” Atkinson said. The Owls, who sit in fourth place in

the American Athletic Conference standings, got a taste of upper-tier competition in the conference when they faced South Florida and No. 2 Connecticut in a fourday span. UConn and USF, teams that still have unbeaten conference records, topped the Owls with strong inside play and precise offense. The two teams com-

each time out in order to make up for their lack of size. “Since we are smaller, we have to scramble around and do the extra [work],” Cardoza said. “Sometimes we fall asleep and we don’t really want to make that extra play, but that’s how we have to play.” Offensively, the lack of size affects

When we are really good and focused ... we “could be [in] the Top 3 in the conference. ” Tonya Cardoza | coach

bined to score 94 points in the paint and the way the Owls play. In the two losses benefited from the Owls’ lack of size. to UConn and USF, the Owls attempted a “Sometimes we are at a disadvan- combined 52 3-pointers. With no consistage,” Cardoza said. “We are not that big tent inside presence, teams force Temple and they just bury us … to stay on the perimeter UP NEXT but people know we are and make it hard for the small, so that is what Owls at Central Florida Owls to get in the lane. Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. they are going to look to “When you don’t do – try and take advantage of us inside.” have a post presence, teams scout us and As the Owls’ active roster averages they know who our players are and what a height of 5-foot-10, the Owls know we like to do,” Cardoza said. “They are they have to win the intangibles battle hanging out in the lane. It’s going to be

difficult to shoot high percentages because you are always going to be shooting over two or three guys.” Heading into Saturday’s game against UCF, the Owls knew the Knights would look to attack with a similar approach. With the pressure of a threegame losing streak hanging over their heads, the Owls tightened up their defense and held UCF to 39 percent shooting and 26 points in the paint. But for senior Tyonna Williams, the previous losses were not a factor. “I never think about that stuff,” Williams said. “I always take each game one game at a time … I don’t think about losing streaks.” In the wins and losses, one thing is key to Cardoza – mindset. In the team’s two previous losses, the team’s mindset was different from Saturday’s 15-point victory. “To start the game, the mindset was good because good things happened,” Cardoza said. “Everybody is feeling good about themselves.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise

ice hockey

Playoffs hinge on strong finish for ice hockey club The squad needs to impress in its final stretch to earn a regional playoff spot. STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News The Owls are vying to make the American Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs by perfecting an inconsistency – finishing. The ice hockey club has gone 3-3-1 in games in which it has led or been tied with an opponent by the start of the third period. “I know in the past there were a few games we couldn’t finish out,” defenseman Patrick Hanrahan said. “It’s just a matter of playing a full 60 minutes every game. A lot of the games we’ll show up, play 50 minutes and that won’t be enough. For at least the remainder of the season, we definitely have a chance to control our own destiny.” The club has missed the American Collegiate Hockey Association Regional Tournament in each of the past three seasons. Through 24 games, the Owls sit at 13-9-2, one game improved from a 12-9-

3 record coming off Winter Break a year said. “Anything can happen in any game ago. we’ve seen that. I’ve seen that personally “I have been there as a player,” said over the course of the last three years. coach Ryan Frain, who played five sea- Georgetown has some really skilled sons with the Owls from 2006-11. “Ob- players, along with UMBC as well. I viously, the last three years we have been think their records are struggling this on the outside looking in [regarding] year, but we won’t take them lightly.” making the playoff push and not making The Blue Hens held the No. 8 rankregionals in the last couple weeks of the ing in the Southeast region as of Dec. season. It’s kind of on us to go out there 1, and will be looking for a repeat perand play our game for a formance of their earlier UP NEXT full 60 minutes moving 6-2 defeat of the Owls. Owls vs Georgetown UMBC is sitting just forward.” Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. The three remainoutside the Top 10 at ing games are against No. 12, but has proven Georgetown, the University of Mary- to be a tough opponent. land-Baltimore County and a rematch “Honestly we will approach them with the University of Delaware. all the same way game plan wise,” Frain “We just to have to go out and said. “We have a few tweaks in regards treat this like another game,” Frain said. to line matching in certain games against “When I was a player and I am sure the other team’s top line. Each of these [these players] do the same thing, you four games are going to be a war coming know it’s not just another game and down to regionals.” they know the importance of it.” The third set of ACHA Division 2 The players seem to realize the rankings are yet to be revealed, but the seriousness of their situation, despite release of a new set of rankings could Georgetown and UMBC having seven have a dramatic effect on Temple movwins apiece for the season. ing forward. “We’re definitely not [going to] be The rankings were set to come out able to take anybody lightly,” Hanrahan on Dec. 28, but a delay has caused an

anxiety within Temple’s players. “We’re still waiting on it,” Hanrahan said. “I guess we’re at the point where it could come out any day now. I feel like we could fall. Hopefully we are still in the Top 10, but it would be good to still be in that nine- or 10-seed.” The next set of results will determine if the Owls have to go undefeated to make the regionals or if they can allow one slip up along the way. “I think there is always a chance if we did [lose a game], but I think there wouldn’t be any question in the ranking committee’s mind if we went undefeated,” Hanrahan said. Frain has more optimism leading up to the final standings. “I think there is a good chance that we slip into the Top 10 and that’s all that really matters,” Frain said. “As long as we are in the Top 10 at the end of the day and we have the ranking period on the board, anything can happen at that point.” *stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr


The men’s tennis team’s international students set out to gain familiarity with different courts as the season begins. PAGE 18

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The ice hockey club is looking to finish strong in its final four games to secure a playoff spot and keep the season alive. PAGE 19

Senior tennis athlete Hernan Vasconez out for the season, former Owl named Jets head coach, other news and notes. PAGE 17




LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER With Will Cummings battling injury, the Owls have dropped three straight games against top conference opponents.

EJ SMTIH Sports Editor When Larry Brown discussed his team’s win against the Owls last Wednesday, he expressed a feeling of sympathy. After watching Temple senior guard Will Cummings battle a strained muscle in his lower left leg, the Southern Methodist coach knew it wasn’t the same player he was used to seeing. “I feel bad because I have seen Cummings before, and he was about 50 percent,” Brown said after the game. “He is one of the better players in our league and I think that impacted the game a little bit for sure.” Cummings battled through injury for 27 minutes in the contest, managing one point and five assists, and missed the entirety of the Owls’ 84-53 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday night. Missing a fully-healthy Cummings since he sustained the injury against Tulsa on Jan. 10, the Owls have dropped two straight games against American Athletic Conference opponents Southern


TOP: senior guard Quenton DeCosey sizes up a Southern Methodist defender. BOTTOM: Coach Fran Dunphy looks on during the Owls’ season opener against American University.

women’s gymnastics

Finding a ‘sister’

Three freshmen cite a long-term friendship as what’s behind a quick college transition. OWEN MCCUE The Temple News

Sophomore all-around Briana Odom is raising the bar for her second season. GREG FRANK The Temple News

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women’s basketball

Odom looks to build off strong freshman year

Briana Odom progressed quickly upon her arrival to the collegiate ranks. The sophomore competed in all 13 of the women’s gymnastics team’s competitions last season. In seven of them, Odom competed as an all-around, as she took part in each of the sport’s four events. By the end of her rookie season in 2014, Odom had notched season-high scores of 9.675 on vault, 9.7 on bars, 9.675 on the beam and 9.675 on floor. At the United States Gymnastics National Cham-

Methodist and Cincinnati, teams that rank No. 2 and No. 5 in the conference, respectively. “[Cummings] tried his best to give maximum effort,” Dunphy said after Wednesday’s game. “He’s probably not going to be as explosive as he normally is.” The Owls (12-7, 3-3 The American) have since fallen to No. 6 out of 11 teams in the conference standings. Filling in for Cummings since the Owls’ game against Tulsa, sophomore guard Josh Brown has taken on a larger role with a spike in minutes, averaging 20.5 minutes per game before Cummings’ injury. Brown now takes on the point guard role more often, averaging 29.3 mpg in the squad’s last three games, including his seasonhigh 36 minutes against the Bearcats. During the Cincinnati game, Brown recorded a season-high five assists to go along with four turnovers, a performance Owls’ coach Fran Dunphy claimed to be pleased with, considering the Bearcats’ defense.


Sophomore all-around Briana Odom practices on the balance beam.

pionships, Odom finished eighth in the all-around and also earned first-team AllAmerican honors as a freshman alongside Reagan Oliveri (beam). Along with Odom and Oliveri, Lauren Capone made first team All-American on

the vault as a junior, while Jasmine Johnson earned second-team honors. Odom’s immediate impact as a freshman came as a pleasant surprise to ninth-year coach Aaron Murphy, who ac-



A year ago, Tonya Cardoza’s recruiting class for 2014 presented a change in dynamic – and the reuniting of three friends. Tanaya Atkinson, Alliya Butts and Khadijah Berger all knew each other before they arrived on Main Campus prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. Through outlets like Amateur Athletic Union basketball and various summer camps, Atkinson, Butts and Berger developed a personal connection that has since carried over to their collegiate squad.

“They’re like my sisters,” Berger said of her teammates. “We all knew each other before we came here so when we all committed it was like, ‘OK, we’re going to be three freshmen coming in, we have this really good bond and it should reflect on the court.’” With five players from last year’s team returning to the women’s basketball squad for 2014-15, it was apparent that the incoming freshmen class would have to step up and play big minutes for the Owls. Through 19 games, Atkinson and Butts have worked their way into the starting line-


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Issue for Tuesday January 20 2015


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