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With cold weather, flooding in dorms Several residence halls have dealt with flooding following recent pipe bursts.

STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor An extended period of cold weather has led to multiple pipe ing on Main Campus, university The Temple News previously reported that Morgan Hall North kler head bursting near an 11th

them to decide on unionizing. “We want the adjuncts to join our union, and they want to join our union as well,” TAUP President Art Hochner said. “We’re in full support of their petition and hope that they’re successful. Right now, Temple’s just standing in the way of an election.”

versity spokesman said. During the past few weeks, multiple buildings on campus have ing, said Sean Ounan, assistant director of facilities and operations. Along with Morgan Hall, pipes have burst at Hardwick, Speakman and Barton halls as well as 1940 Residence Hall and a storage shed at Edberg-Olson Hall, he said. Ounan added that more pipe bursts have been happening because of extremely cold temperatures during an extended period of time. According to Weather Underground, the Weather Channel’s forecast history website, the average temperature from Feb. 15-21 has been 17 degrees, dropping to a low of 2 degrees on Feb. 20. “What’s leading to these [breaks] is the length of the cold,”




Adjunct professors chant, “Let us vote,” as they march down Liacouras Walk on Feb. 23. In anticipation of a March 19 hearing with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, adjuncts are demanding an election to determine whether or not they can form a union.

Adjuncts march for labor union In a Monday rally, part-time professors gathered on Main Campus in support of equal benefits. JOE BRANDT News Editor


ess than a month ahead of a March 19 hearing scheduled with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, around 70 adjunct professors, supporters and students gathered on Main Campus Mon-

day to rally in support of unionizing. Leading chants of “Let us vote” and carrying a deep-blue banner depicting silhouettes walking against the backdrop of a white Philadelphia skyline, the group stopped at Sullivan Hall, a hub for senior administrators at the university, where they chanted some more. “Lies and tricks will not divide;

students, adjuncts side by side,” they said. “What’s disgusting? Union-busting,” they shouted. Since petitioning the PLRB in mid-December with requests to join the Temple Association of University Professionals – Temple’s union for full-time faculty – and the United Academics of Philadelphia, adjuncts are waiting for an election for faculty like

Student veterans respond to proposed legislation Stephen Barrar’s HB131 aims to increase veterans’ access to in-state tuition. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News A Pennsylvania House bill proposed in January would, if passed, deem all veterans, their spouses and dependent children eligible for in-state

tuition rates at state-related and stateowned higher learning institutions and community colleges. Pennsylvania House Bill 131, which has been in the education committee since Feb. 6, would provide an exception to the residency requirement for in-state tuition formerly established in the Post-9/11 GI bill. If passed, all U.S. veterans would be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state-related schools – Pennsyl-

As a veteran “ myself, I think we

should make sure that there aren’t these boundaries.

State Rep. Stephen Barrar | 160th district

vania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Temple – as well as the state’s 14 public universities. “As a veteran myself, I think we should make sure that there aren’t these boundaries – when a veteran goes off

serving just New Jersey or Pennsylvania, he’s serving the country,” said the bill’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Stephen Barrar. Barrar, a Republican who

serves the 160th district – which covers part of Chester and Delaware counties – served in the U.S. Navy from 197375. “I think we need to take down the boundary between the U.S. and the states and make sure we get veterans where they need to go without the extra cost,” he added about the importance of the bill. Student veteran Silas Adams, a


Turning the page, finding a voice Former nurses with aphasia are guiding others diagnosed with the disease. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor After suffering a stroke in June 2007, Yvonne Samuels spent every day sitting in her home – crying because she was unable to live her life the way she wanted. Diagnosed with aphasia, a communication disorder that stems from brain trauma or injury, Samuels, 67, said years passed before she regained her positive mentality. “I said to myself, ‘I can do this. I can do it,’” Samuels said of her recovery process. “I go out – I have to. You have to.”

Though her life is different in many ways from the years before her stroke, Samuels and other Philadelphians living with aphasia said they have found new hope in a program started by the College of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the College of Public Health. Both Samuels and Gloria DiDonna, a co-author of the book who was diagnosed with aphasia after suffering a stroke in 2008, have been working with Dr. Rena Krakow, an associate professor and director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, other department members and students, to publish an informative book for people living with the disorder and their families. Last semester, Samuels, DiDonna and other members of the newly established Philadelphia Aphasia Community



Gloria DiDonna, who was diagnosed with aphasia, writes a word she struggles to verbally communicate and shares it with nurse and volunteer Madeleine DiLeonardo.

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New library to expand archives

Professor starts Chinese tea company

Cafe makes empanadas a staple

The Urban Archives and other collections will have more space on Main Campus once the new library is completed, officials said. PAGE 3

John Smagula, a professor, started a tea company to raise money for a church near the Three Gorges Dam in China. PAGE 7

Owner Jezabel Careaga brought family recipes from South America to her restaurant, Gavin’s Café. PAGE 9






For recent suspects of local crime, court dates Alleged criminals are moving through Philadelphia’s courts. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News


Dr. Carmen Phelps, director of student engagement, discusses the goals of the IDEAL Center at the space’s opening ceremony on Feb. 20.

Diversity center opens on North Broad The IDEAL Center hosts the TUnity statement and offers meeting space. SEQUOIA HALL The Temple News In Temple’s recent efforts to address and embrace diversity, Temple Student Government developed a TUnity Statement. The statement, which was finalized in October 2014, aims to help the “Diversity University” embody everything that the title represents. One of the most highly anticipated components to the statement was the impending arrival of a new space for all students to use. The IDEAL Center, which had its grand opening Friday, is now available for use by students. The furnished multi-room facility offers a kitchen space, a living room with plenty of seating, a flat-screen television, conference tables, rooms to work in and a security desk. There is also a tree-lined outdoor area with a gazebo. At the opening, students said they were impressed by the space and looking forward to using it. Leila Stambuli, a junior public health major, said she can see herself using the space frequently to hold meetings with commuter students in a more inviting environment. “It’s more comfortable here,”

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senior finance and risk management major and the former president of the Temple Veterans Association, said the bill is an “amalgamation” of bills passed nationally, in states like Utah and Arizona, since 2011. HB131 would work “in conjunction” with similar bills across the country, Adams said, to allow veterans a wider pool of higher learning institutions in which they can enroll. “What [HB131] effectively is going to begin to do is inject competition into public universities in their recruitment and retention of student veterans,” Adams said. Adams added that he believes recruiting veterans is a wise choice – both financially and otherwise – for universities, and the competition he said the bill could invoke between state-related universities could then deter veterans from attending universities that don’t suit their needs. “We have a choice – I have a choice – of going to a very efficient school which has an inviting culture for a student veteran, like Arizona State, or I can go to an institution and figure out they don’t have the services I need, and … go somewhere else,”

Stambuli said. “It’s not like the [Student Center] where you know you’re in a meeting. This is more like somebody’s living room.” She added that she hopes to use the IDEAL Center as a resource for transfer and commuter students to come together and collaborate. Because not all students have experienced events like freshman orientation, the IDEAL Center will serve as a place for them to discuss all the campus resources available to them, she said. Tykee James, speaker of the general assembly for Temple Student Government, said he is pleased with the IDEAL Center. “I’m really excited about it,” James said. “I can’t wait until it’s really crowded – to the point where there is no room for more reservations.” James also said that he felt a homely vibe in the new space. “It’s open,” he added. “It’s very free-thinking and flexible to thought. I feel like we can really embrace thought here.” The facility will also allow students to talk more openly about diversity, said Rhonda Brown, Temple’s associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equality, Advocacy and Leadership. “There has to be a place where people can have hard conversations,” Brown said. Brown added that she sees the new space as a “burrow” for students to collaborate with one another, work

Adams said. In order to gain standing in what he called the “nationwide market of recruiting veterans,” Adams said Temple needs to improve its studentveteran services. Temple is a Yellow Ribbon school, which means that out-of-state student veterans with post-9/11 GI bill benefits at 100 percent differential cost from in-state students are eligible to receive 50 percent of their tuition from Temple and the other half from the Veterans Association. Both Adams and Debbie Campbell, the TVA faculty advisor, expressed concern over Temple’s lack of a veteran service center on Main Campus. “I think a central location on [Main Campus] is vital to the dissemination of important information to any veteran, and we don’t have that here, so it’s very difficult to communicate to our population,” Adams said. Campbell said many universities in the country have some sort of center for student veterans. “We’ve requested space on campus,” Campbell said. “At one point we got the request back, and were told that there was space slotted somewhere, but that was a year and a half ago, and I still don’t know where that space is.”

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on school projects and have meaningful discussions about diversity issues – she wants them to use it in any way that can benefit them and their goals. The “burrow” nickname originated from Temple’s mascot, she said. “A burrow, officially, is an underground owl’s nest,” Brown said. “Because we service [Temple] Owls, [the name] made sense.” Besides being a gathering space for students, another purpose of the IDEAL Center is to encourage an atmosphere of diversity that adheres to TSG’s TUnity statement. Brown said minority groups are not solely comprised of racial minorities, and wants every student to know that the new space will be accessible to all students. “[Multicultural] is more than just ethnic and racial,” Brown said. “It could be orientation, it could be gender, it could be religion. It’s how you define you.” While the space is inclusive and open to all students, new Director of Student Engagement Carmen Phelps said she wants to make sure the main goal of the IDEAL Center is not lost. “Our intention is to support the interests, the needs of underrepresented student populations on campus,” Phelps said. Phelps added that she has high hopes and expectations for the space. “I’d really like to see it used as a place where students can do coalition building, work together and collaborate,” she said. “The point is for it to

be a multifunctional space. We want to be able to measure the impact that all the programming will have on student development.” “I don’t want to limit what the space could be,” Brown added. “We just need to use it … and use it well.” She said that the space will also help students identify themselves and decide how they will spend their time on Main Campus. “It’s about how you define your specific Owl,” she said. “That’s what it’s about … helping you figure out what kind of Owl you want to be. Or what kind of Owl you are, and how you want to celebrate that. This is a place where that development will happen.” Brown and Phelps said they are planning a multi-intercultural summit for March 28. The summit will give students the opportunity to express how they want to use the IDEAL Center, and what goals should be set. Phelps also plans to put together a student advisory group. Students interested in either the summit or the advisory group can email Phelps at Brown said that students can drop by the IDEAL Center on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and added that the space can be reserved with Phelps from 5-8 p.m. * T @sequoiabriana

What [HB131] effectively is going to “begin to do is inject competition into

public universities in their recruitment and retention of student veterans. Silas Adams | president, Temple Veterans Association

“I don’t think it needs to be a big space,” she added. “But I think it needs to be a space. I think overall Temple does a good job, but there’s a couple of things we could do better.” Adams said many veterans at Temple are also ill-informed of the Veterans Disability Compensation application process, through which veterans who have injuries or diseases from military service can attain taxfree health benefits. “A lot of veterans will go ahead and forego the entire medical claim process until they’re done school, which hurts them even worse in the long run, because they’re dealing with things they may not know, and they need medical attention,” Adams said. Adams said one of his professors recently requested an email from the dean of the Fox School of Business to excuse him from class for a veteran’s medical appointment.

“That shouldn’t occur,” Adams said. “That shouldn’t be such a process. I shouldn’t have to go to the dean.” Campbell said that while many people at Temple are dedicated to helping the student-veteran population, like assistant registrar Lori Thompson, there are very few people on Main Campus who have allocated jobs toward veterans – the majority of Temple’s veteran task force is composed of volunteer staff. “It’s interesting, because Temple was founded by a decorated civil war veteran,” Adams said. “So it’s sad to see that our university ... has steered away from that population.” “But the house bill will change something like that,” he added. “Because we don’t have to take it anymore. We can go anywhere we want.” *


Crime near Main Campus so far this year has included between 10-15 robberies and a murder. Now, several of the suspects taken in for those crimes are moving through Philadelphia’s court system. After Temple Police arrest a suspect, the suspect is taken to Philadelphia Police’s Central Detective Division and waits for a preliminary arraignment, which is conducted through CCTV cameras. An available attorney from the District Attorney Charging Unit then interviews complainants and witnesses, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. That attorney decides what the charges against the suspect will be, before the Philadelphia Arraignment Reporting System decides to set bail, and if so, for how much. A misdemeanor goes to trial, while felonies receive a preliminary hearing, a practice mostly unique to Philadelphia, Leone said. There have also been crimes that did not go to court. In these cases, many times the complainant decided not to press charges. “Sometimes as cases go on, you might get a lack of a prosecution because a student doesn’t want to be involved,” Leone said. “There could [also] be a place where a DA says they don’t see enough evidence to charge a suspect.” Randolph Sanders, 36, was charged with the Jan. 13 murder of his 56-yearold coworker Kim Jones at a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets. In a Wednesday hearing, the court set his trial for March 11. Adama Kurneh, 32 of Mount Airy, was arrested in connection to one robbery and two attempted robberies in October. The first, on the 1400 block of Diamond Street, left one victim lacerated from a box cutter. The second occurred later that day on the 1500 block of North Broad Street. The third robbery, of a student, happened in the parking lot of the Progress Plaza parking lot amid evening shopping. After each robbery, the suspects fled in a car, police said. Kurneh, the owner of the car used in the attempted robberies, faced both a preliminary arraignment and a preliminary hearing before having a formal arraignment on Dec. 4. The charges against her included aggravated assault and robbery by inflicting serious bodily injury, referring to the box cutter. She also has a history of criminal activity during the past five years, including retail theft and retaliation against witnesses or victims. She is currently serving her sentence at the Riverside Correctional Facility in Holmesburg. Edward Randall, 19 of Kensington, was arrested Feb. 7 in connection with the robbery of a student on 18th and Berks streets on the same day. Randall faced a preliminary arraignment the next day with charges including unlawful carrying of a firearm and simple assault. It is the first crime that he has been charged with. Randall is currently being held in a county jail, awaiting a preliminary hearing that is scheduled to take place Tuesday. Randall is being represented by a public defender. A 22-year-old student was shot in an attempted robbery in the 1500 block of North 17th Street on Nov. 8. Derek Hancock, 45, from Olney, was arrested Nov. 21. Hancock faced a preliminary arraignment, two preliminary hearing dates, and was formally arraigned Feb. 13 under charges including recklessly endangering another person and aggravated assault. Hancock has committed several crimes in the past 10 years, including retail theft and simple assault. Like Randall, he was also represented by a public defender and is currently serving his sentence at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg. * T @Lian_Parsons





Special Collections to expand in new library The much-discussed robotic retrieval system will allow most historic information to be housed on Main Campus, instead of off-site. ALLAN BARNES ALLEN HABTAMU The Temple News With Temple’s new library scheduled for completion by 2018, several components will need to be repurposed or restructured. The introduction of a robotic storage and retrieval system dedicated to seeking selected print materials within high-density storage will reduce the physical space books and other materials occupy in the building. The 210,000-square-foot library is expected to cost $190 million, including a $50 million state grant and $90 million in yearly grants which Temple had been saving.

the capacity “ofGiven the new building, we will have more of the [Urban Archives] available.

Joseph Lucia | dean of libraries

Temple’s Urban Archives feature troves of Philadelphia history, ranging from the entirety of the MOVE Commission’s investigation of the 1985 bombing of the Powelton Village home, to the “morgue” of old newspaper clippings transported from the newsroom of the now-defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. “Our contract with the future is that we sustain the availability of these materials,” said Joseph Lucia, dean of libraries. “We expect that given the capacity of the new building, we will have more of the [Urban Archives] available through the high-density automated storage, bringing more materials closer to users,” he added. Currently, several materials in the collections are accessible in the basement of Paley Library, including the Bulletin’s “morgue.” The new library building will allow

for an expansion of more special collections than just the Urban Archives, Lucia said. Currently most of the collections are housed off-site and can take a day or two to arrive on Main Campus. The expanded capacity of the library using the automated retrieval should reduce wait times for materials stored on site to an estimated 15-30 minutes, Lucia added. There are also plans for digitizing some of the special collections. Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services Steven Bell said digitization of materials would coincide with the library’s plans to implement a program that would allow for “serendipitous discovery,” referring to discovering knowledge while roaming the library. Critics of the new library have feared it would lack that component. Materials like newsreels or microfilm, which come in nonstandard or oddly-shaped packaging and thus cannot work with the robotic system, will be made available through open stacks. The school also has plans for a larger exhibition space within the new library. “Academic resources of various types inform the construction of knowledge, and inform the interpretation of facts,” Lucia said. “That’s really what I hope the building will amplify, our visibility, and enable us to participate in that kind of work.” Bell said he expects between three and four times more students in the new library. The retrieval mechanism will provide “a very different paradigm for how a library will operate,” he said. Jesse Staab, a 2007 alumnus with a degree in political science, said the Urban Archives in particular “lend themselves to community outreach.” Staab said he used the archives during his time at Temple to satisfy both his own curiosity as a native Philadelphian about the history of his home, as well as to complete research for coursework. * Joe Brandt contributed reporting.

District rejects charter school applicants near Main Campus The SRC approved five of 39 proposed schools in a Wednesday meeting. ROB DIRIENZO The Temple News In a tense marathon meeting Wednesday that featured several passionate outbursts, shouts of protest and Chairman Bill Green repeatedly calling the meeting to order, the School Reform Commission heard applications for 39 charter schools, including three near the Cecil B. Moore community. Ultimately, five were approved, but the remaining 34 have a chance to appeal their rejection in Harrisburg. According to the Inquirer, the five schools are the TECH-Freire Charter School, Mastery Charter School: Gillespie Campus, Independence Charter School West, KIPP Dubois Charter School and MaST Community Charter School: Roosevelt Campus. This comes following an effort by the School Reform Commission to delay the vote, citing an “unprecedented” number of applications in an email to all charter applicants appealing for a delay, which was ultimately defeated. The closest applicant to Main Campus was the New Foundations Charter School-Brewerytown, located west of Main Campus. “This is one of the several ZIP codes that the School District of Philadelphia identified as in need of quality school options,” the school’s application read. The applicant already operates a K-8 school and a high school in Holmesburg. The Brewerytown campus proposal called for K-12 education with emphasis on science, technology, engi-


TOP: Margery Sly, director of the Special Collections Research Center, shows a historic volume available in Temple’s Urban Archives. Administrators said more of the collections could be housed on Main Campus if packed tightly in the upcoming new library.

neering and math, in addition to a college and career development program. Members of the School Reform Commission have called into question whether or not the charter could replicate the academic successes of its existing location to another with a stark difference in demographics. Less than 1 percent of students fall into the Englishlanguage learner category at their existing program, in addition to other social and economic differences. Megan Reamer, program manager from the district’s Charter School’s Office, said at a meeting in January that New Foundations has been serving a community “historically less disadvantaged than an average district school.” Another applicant near Main Campus, Leon H. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School, also looked to operate in the 19121 ZIP code, which the district has designated as lacking in highquality school options. An application on behalf of the charter was denied in 2009 for not best meeting the district’s “strategic objectives,” former Commission Chair Sandra Dungee Glenn told the Inquirer. Similar to New Foundations Charter School-Brewerytown, the focus of its application centered on STEM programs, alongside career and college preparation. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School would be able to accommodate nearly a thousand students, and would teach with a philosophy of “students [as] tax-payers and not consumers,” according to its application to the district. Northeast of Main Campus, in the 19133 ZIP code, Congreso Academy Charter High School also tried to earn the SRC’s approval. Congreso opened the Pan American Academy Charter School in the Fairhill section of North

Philadelphia in 2008 with a focus on the lower-income Latino population. With plans to use the building of the former Fairhill Elementary School, which closed its doors in 2013, Congreso looked to serve the Latino populations in eastern North Philadelphia and the 19122, 19134 and 19140 ZIP codes. “This is the historical and cultural heart of Philadelphia’s Latino community,” Congreso’s application states. “[It’s] also a region where poor outcomes for children and youth persist.” Founding Principal and CEO of Pan American Wanda Novales told The Philadelphia Public School Notebook that her goals for the new school would be a “graduation rate of 75 percent, an attendance rate of 90 percent or more, and a targeted 80 percent family engagement rate with the community school model.” The vote comes just over a week after a proposed donation of $35 million from the Philadelphia School Partnership was made in an effort to expedite the process of increasing the number of charter schools in Philadelphia. “More than 30,000 kids could have an opportunity right at their footstep if the School Reform Commission makes the right decision and PSP is trying to help support that,” State House Speaker Mike Turzai said in a recent radio interview with KYW Newsradio, supporting the acceptance of the donation. “We are expecting the School Reform Commission to approve those quality charters in those applications, because families want it.” * T @RobDiRienzo Joe Brandt contributed reporting.

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The adjuncts claim the union will enable better collective bargaining for higher pay, more health care options and job security. Currently, adjuncts are paid a minimum of $3,900 per three-credit course, a university spokesman said. A conference call with the PLRB was scheduled for Feb. 10, but Temple administrators canceled it due to concerns about the proposed union, Associate Vice President for Human Resources Operations Sharon Boyle told The Temple News at the time. Senior Associate University Counsel Susan Smith said those concerns included questions about UAP’s role in the process, since it was not a party to the petition that was filed with the PLRB. The adjuncts, meanwhile, contend that Provost Hai-Lung Dai is simply trying to forestall their election. “The provost is interfering with that process,” said Ryan Eckes, an adjunct professor in the English department. “He’s denying us the right to vote by delaying the election.” Dai emailed letters to all adjunct faculty throughout the Fall 2014 semester, asking for feedback on issues and reminding them that joining the union includes paying dues and that withdrawal could be difficult. “We are concerned that once the union files a petition for representation, we cannot continue the meetings we have had with you, the adjunct faculty, until there is an election,” he wrote in a letter dated Sept. 29. In a phone interview Monday, Boyle said Dai did not have jurisdiction over the vote. “It’s not up to the provost, it’s up to the PLRB,” Boyle said. “So

far there’s a hearing scheduled, but there’s no vote scheduled.” Hochner, meanwhile, contends that Temple is encouraging unsustainable union arrangements. “What Temple is saying is that adjuncts who are a part of other schools, the professional schools, which we don’t represent, we don’t represent the full-time faculty in those schools … they think they should be in a union with those adjuncts,” Hochner said. “Let them have the determination for themselves that they want a union, and what union they want to join.” Linda Lee, an adjunct in the Intellectual Heritage department, said she wanted a union because she believed “teaching should be a sustainable career.” “In the current system, it’s not,” she said. She added that issues like classes being canceled just before each semester’s start could lead to wasted time. “While it’s simpler to say, ‘Go out and get a full-time job,’ the way that hiring trends in higher education work, that’s just not a feasible option for most people,” Lee said. She said most of the adjuncts she knows either have a spouse with income or some additional income, including teaching at multiple schools, which sometimes leads to teaching more than the standard course load a full-time professor would have. This semester Lee teaches at Philadelphia University, the University of Pennsylvania and Rowan University in South Jersey in addition to Temple, she said. Adjunct pay and benefits are becoming part of nationwide news. This week is National Adjunct Action Week, according to the American Federation of Teachers site, and National Adjunct Walkout Day is scheduled for Wednesday. * T @JBrandt_TU


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Make room for veterans

To accompany PennsylvaTemple Veterans Student Asnia House Bill 131, legislation sociation Debbie Campbell, no that would allow all veterans space has been allowed, still, a to qualify for year and a half Space for a veteran in-state tuition after it was rerates no mat- center should be made on quested. Main Campus to open ter their state If HB131 of residence, communication between is passed, the Temple should students and the university. u n i v e r s i t y make room for should expect a veteran center on Main Caman influx of veterans. To prepus. pare, Temple should open a If the bill is passed, Temspace for veterans to have ple would join the 17 other open communication with the Pennsylvania state and stateuniversity and with each other. related institutions that offer The current lack of space in- and out-of-state tuition will continue to perpetuate rates that would exempt vetproblems that veteran-students erans from paying full tuition have faced in the past, like not rates. Veterans seeking higher knowing what types of exempeducation would be able to tions and benefits they are elichoose an institution suited gible for. specifically for their career A staff to run this center is aspirations, not just their price also necessary for its success, range. as the current group serving State Rep. Stephen Barrar, the student-veteran population who currently stands as the priis made up mostly of volunmary sponsor for the bill, told teers. The Temple News, “When a A state bill to gain rights veteran goes off and fights for for veterans is the first step in the country, he’s not serving attracting more students to the just New Jersey or Pennsylvauniversity, but in order to folnia, he’s serving the country.” low through on this change, What Temple lacks, howMain Campus needs a space ever, is a space dedicated to dedicated to those who have these veterans that the uniformerly served in the armed versity hopes to attract. Many forces and want to continue universities have such a space, their higher education. but according to adviser for the

A call for compromise

About two weeks ago, a In response, all faculty planned conference call bewere asked to join in a rally for tween adjunct and adjunct National Adjunct Action Week representatives A union to represent the on the corner and Temple of Broad Street adjunct faculty at Temple and Cecil B. never happened. The call might be what is best for Moore Avenue. was one that’s optimal student learning. The rally was been in the also in support works for some time – it hoped of setting an election date. to compromise on a date for As a student-run newsan election that would decide paper, The Temple News supwhether or not to unionize ports any and all efforts to imTemple’s adjunct professors prove learning conditions. with the Temple Association We reported last spring of University Professionals. that part-time professors make Officials from the univerup about 43 percent of educasity told Art Hochner, presitors at the university, not indent of TAUP, that the call was cluding medical school faculcanceled because of “technity. Those instructors expressed cal and legal objections” they concern over not being able to raised against the adjuncts’ have their own offices, abrupt requests, which included wage class cancellation and having security among other benefits. to work multiple jobs to make Now, a hearing between the ends meet which had the poparties will be held in March tential to compromise educa19 in Harrisburg to determine tion quality. further steps. Unionization may not be And though we don’t the answer to all of these conknow exactly what the unicerns, but it’s a step – though versity is thinking at this time, we recognize that not all adadjunct and adjunct represenjuncts are in support. Regardtatives have expressed concern less, we hope that the two to The Temple News that the parties are able to come to university is doing what it can a compromise sooner rather to prevent unionization. than later.

CORRECTIONS The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-inChief Avery Maehrer at or 215.204.6737. In an article that ran on Feb. 17 titled, “Students mourn lives lost in UNC-Chapel Hill shooting” a pull-quote was misattributed to Yafa Dias. The quote was originally stated by Odai Abushanab and should have read, “I have to keep my faith in humanity...” In an article that printed last week titled “On ‘V-Day,’ women unite for feminism,” Alesandra Bevilacqua was misidentified as a survivor of sexual assault. The Temple News regrets the error.

Oct. 3 1945: In the months following the end of World War II, the university prepared for returning veterans. The GI Bill passed in 1944 and changed the landscape of the university as it accommodated for the assimilation of soldiers back into civilian and student life. Now, Pennsylvania House Bill 131 aims to offer in-state tuition rates to veterans, regardless of their state of residence.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR... White activists should also be remembered during Black History Month. While we near the end of celebrating Black History Month 2015, an acknowledgement of white people in civil rights is warranted. As the only black student in my Temple graduate classes, I often reflect on my years teaching K-12 education. I remember most that when I taught American History in both high and middle school, many of my students exclaimed two resounding sentiments: “I hate white people” or “White people are evil!” These outcries usually occurred as a consequence of instruction on American chattel slavery, the Jim Crow era and the civil rights movement. As an African American, I understood my students’ outrage at the horrific, inhumane and unjust treatment of blacks at the hands of some white Americans. I also understood and emphasized to my students that not all whites participated in the enslavement and subsequent oppression of black people in America. I considered it a disservice not to instruct my students that many white people from all walks of life fought and risked their lives to abolish slavery and end Jim Crow segregation via abolitionist and civil rights movements. In addition to the infamous murders of

Adjuncts are attempting to unionize and gain rights similar to full-time professors. The vast majority of Temple’s adjunct professors want to have a union. Why? If we are unionized, we can negotiate the terms of our employment and have a voice in the university. Without a union, we cannot. Right now, Temple adjuncts are at-will employees who work under semester-long appointments for $1,300 per credit and without affordable health care benefits. We work without any guarantee of future employment regardless of how well we teach and regardless of how long we have taught here. Our classes can be canceled at any time for any reason. Often they are canceled right before the semester starts without compensation for the hours we have already worked preparing the course. Class sizes are increased without additional compensation or without providing us with teaching assistants. And though we are well-qualified, we are very rarely considered for full-time positions at Temple. If we have a union, then we can address these issues by negotiating a contract with

three civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in 1964 Mississippi, another salient example of whites in civil rights includes the life of Juliette Hampton Morgan. According to, Morgan was a true Southern belle, socialite and highly educated white woman, with all the advantages of wealth and prestige. However, her one glaring weakness led to her involvement in the civil rights movement. Morgan couldn’t drive, so she rode the city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. She became incensed at the horrible treatment of black passengers and stood up for them at every opportunity. As a librarian, Morgan began writing letters to the local newspaper, advocating for the fair treatment of black people. As a result, she became a target of all manner of attacks, including taunting at work, mocking by bus drivers and white passengers and public humiliation. The situation escalated when a cross was burned into her lawn. When she continued to write, she received numerous death threats and attempts to have her fired. She ultimately could not withstand the assaults and resigned her post on July 15, 1957, and was found dead the next morning from an intentional overdose of pills. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote of her in his book, “Strive Towards Freedom: The Montgomery Story,” saying that she was the first to

draw parallels between the movement and Gandhi in her letters to the editor. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005, nearly 50 years following her death. Fortunately the recently released film “Selma” – a poignant chronology of the struggle for black voting rights in Mississippi – captures the ways in which white Americans marched on the front lines in the quest for black suffrage. In fact, a host of white people were active agents in several civil rights movement events including the Freedom Rides, Freedom Summer, the Sit-In Movement and the historic March on Washington. Today, we find white people marching and protesting the controversial deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The purpose of this letter is not to discount the existence of racism in America. The sad reality is that America has been a slave country longer than a free country. But, as we celebrate the brave men and women who contributed to making America live up to its promise of freedom, liberty and justice for all, we would be remiss to not include, honor and celebrate white figures that play a role in civil rights movements.

the administration. A fully unionized faculty would benefit the entire university, as adjuncts – who make up half of the faculty – are central to Temple’s mission of educating our students. All undergraduate students at Temple have been taught by adjunct professors and more and more often rely on their former adjunct professors for letters of recommendation and mentorship. Imagine if all of our students’ professors could afford to meet with them (and had space to meet with them) after class rather than running to another job. Imagine if all those requests for letters of recommendation could be answered because their professors were still teaching at Temple. Many do not work here for long because the job is simply unsustainable. If we truly value education, then we must value the people who teach. At the end of last semester, we filed with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board for an election to have a union. Adjuncts would be joining Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP), the full-time faculty union at Temple, and United Academics of Philadelphia (UAP), the metro-wide union for adjunct faculty. We now await an election date from the Pennsylvania labor board. Unfortunately, Temple’s administration is delaying the process because they don’t respect us. Provost Dai continues to send misleading and

offensive emails to adjunct faculty discouraging us from unionizing. His actions show that he regards us as nothing more than cheap labor. If Temple’s administration values education, they will remain neutral and let us vote “yes” or “no” to have a union now. This is a matter of simple justice. Let us vote.

Sharron Scott is a doctoral student. She can be reached at

Ryan Eckes is a representative from Temple Adjunct Organizing Committee. Information about the committee can be found at

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commentary | world news

Williams loses trust from audience, journalists Brian Williams lost his position on the NBC Nightly News for just reasons.


hen Brian Williams came to Temple last semester to accept the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award, I have to admit, I was giddy. Williams was a paragon of integrity; he started from humble beginnings and WILLIAM RICKARDS worked his way up to become one of the most trusted anchors on television, as the face of NBC Nightly News. I remember feeling like I could do something with my life in this career. School of Media and Communication Dean David Boardman said of Williams in a press release, “In every era, there is a broadcast journalist who represents excellence by which others are measured.” He began his career as a beat reporter in New Jersey and told the audience at Temple of the September award ceremony that he lived in Philadelphia and did three stories a day in a van,

written on any paper he could find. Williams originally got himself into hot water when he began telling a story in 2003 about how his Chinook helicopter was shot at while flying

What followed in the weeks after Feb. 4 is a prime example of what happens when a journalist retracts a story of that magnitude – everything that they ever reported comes into question. Just ask Dan Rather. In 2005,

over a bridge in northern Iraq. On Feb. 4, Williams retracted his story. It was no surprise then that when news broke that Williams had lied, my initial reaction was one of disbelief. When the dust settled, the truth became clear. His suspension from NBC for six months without pay was reported by the New York Times shortly after he retracted his statement. The sobering reality hit quite suddenly. Williams is human, and for the sake of integrity, he should resign as anchor of Nightly News. Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer who was on one of the helicopters that was shot down, told the New York Daily News that Williams arrived half an hour after the crew had to make an emergency landing. Williams, he said, was not there when they had actually been fired upon.

Rather was forced to retract a story which reported that then President George W. Bush had lied about his service in the national guard during the Vietnam War. Rather ran with the story, getting assurance from sources and experts that the documents he had were authentic. One expert hired by CBS to authenticate the documents concluded they were most likely typed on a computer using Microsoft Word. He witnessed firsthand how losing the trust of an audience can end a career Rather stepped down to an early retirement shortly after. Journalists trade on their integrity and trust of an audience. Had Williams committed any other faux pas, it would be possible that he would be able to keep his job. The sad truth is that in journalism there is more forgiveness for most other vices than lies. Williams’ transgres-

Even if he were to report the “news, would anyone listen? ”


Brian Williams accepted the Lew Klein Award in Tomlinson Theater on Sept. 26, 2014.

sion was making himself the story, and in the process, losing the script. A report from the Marketing Arm, a research group that tracks media figures, reports that Williams has fallen from 23rd “most trusted celebrity figure” to 835th. It becomes increasingly clear that even if Williams went back to being anchor of Nightly News, his career would suffer, and maybe for good reason. Even if he were to report the news, would anyone listen? Williams was aware of the

position he put himself in when he chose to pursue a career in journalism. Through the stories of his start in journalism, I know that he understands that integrity is what makes and breaks careers in journalism. To measure our successes with his would be setting my standards too low as a practicing journalist new to the reporting world. I have personally lost a professional hero, but in a way Williams taught me a valuable lesson that I have thankfully never had to experience myself so far in my endeavors: the truth mat-

ters – not only to society, but to your own career. This year has been a rough one for journalism, with the passing of Bob Simon of 60 Minutes and David Carr of the New York Times, the Charlie Hebdo attacks and increasingly dangerous situations for journalists in the Middle East. The United States needs a reporter that they can trust. Unfortunately for us, that cannot be Brian Williams anymore. *

commentary | social media

Internet: platform for harsh words, trends for social change An attempt to pass legislation to target cyberbullies is the first step in eliminating what’s become a big social media problem.

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Pennsylvania house judiciary committee passed a bill on Feb. 3 that would define cyberbullying and make offenders face criminal charg-

Twenty five percent of teens reported being cyberbullied in 2014, according to In response to the growing problem, it seems like Pennsylvania is finally responding. The bill would punish the use of “electronic communications to threaten harm VINCE BELLINO to a child.” This would also make repeated statements about a child’s sexuality, sexual activity and physical or mental characteristics an offense, according to Currently, the only legislation in-state that deals with bullying is the Pennsylvania School

The recognition of “ cyberbullying is the first

step in taking out the problem.

Code, it says that “schools should adopt and distribute an anti-bullying policy.” This allows students to be punished as “harassment by communication,” which uses language similar to what many would consider cyberbullying – but the actual act is never specifically mentioned. What appears to be one of the largest issues with cyberbullying legislation is the ambiguous nature that the code leaves school districts to decipher. Current Pennsylvania code reads: “each school entity shall adopt a policy or amend its existing policy relating to bullying and incorporate the policy into the school entity’s code of student conduct required …” In other words, schools are not receiving guidance on how to set cyberbullying policies, or are even required to have them. The lack of uniformity when handling the issue leaves school districts without a direct way to handle the problem. Aaron Vanatta, a Keystone Oaks School District police officer, told that schools are also limited in what their power is to deal with the issues. “Our hands are really tied,” Vanatta told the site. He added that unless the incidents are occurring at school or in some way related to the

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school, officials are essentially powerless. The problem with this set-up is that a majority of cyberbullying happens outside of school. Most students have access to cellphones and laptops outside of the classroom, which means that cyberbullying is able to happen outside of the classroom. Stronger legislation, like the one currently entering the house, would do two things that are desperately needed to regulate cyberbullying legislation: it would define what cyberbullying is and it would make it a real crime, not a footnote in the school code. The recognition of cyberbullying is the first step in taking out the problem. The proposed legislation defines cyberbullying as “cyber harassment of a child.” That definition is further expanded to say that act can be defined if “a person commits the crime of cyber harassment of a child if, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm, the person engages in a continuing course of conduct” which includes making statements about a child’s health, sexuality, sexual activity or physical characteristics or if there is a “threat to inflict harm.” Even with this definition, there is still the possibility for murky water. The potential negative effects of cyberbullying like a higher risk for anxiety and depression, make it an issue that should be defended. The proposed legislation covers these effects, referring to emotional distress, which is further defined as “a temporary or permanent state of mental anguish.” The Pennsylvania State Education Association has tips to deal with cyberbullying on its website, but mainly discuss after-the-fact advice such as having adults that you can trust and talk to. We don’t treat verbal and physical bullying this way. Through elementary to high school, I attended dozens of assemblies about the consequences for bullying. The severe punishments were clear. Cyberbullying is much harder to punish, especially as it goes on a district-by-district basis. Passed legislation could mean peace of mind for many students and it would untie school teachers’ and administrators’ hands. We have advanced as a society to the point that physical bullying is unacceptable. Why, then, do we not bring the same policies upon those who would do so through text message or social media? The only difference is the medium. Cyberbullying is just as bad as bullying that happens face-to-face. Pennsylvania lawmakers need to realize this. They should be commended for their recent actions to take measures against cyberbullying, but they must continue to push until the bill has passed and students are safe from the looming threat of cyber abuse. *

Twitter trends can aid in making connections and social change across the globe.


hen I began my freshman year at Temple in August 2014, #Temple2018 was trending on Twitter. I was excited to see my university gain attention and I felt somehow connected to the peers I hadn’t even met yet. I felt the power of Twitter firsthand. Within the past year especially, Twitter has become a force to be reckoned with, most noticeably in its involvement with social movements. Hashtags have JENNY ROBERTS sparked conversations about unity and social change. In September, “#WhyIStayed” dominated Twitter. It was a response to the controversy surrounding the aggravated assault charges brought against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was caught on camera hitting and kicking his fiancée. This hashtag provided a way for victims of domestic abuse to share their stories within a safe, online community. The national attention given to this case, and the “#WhyIStayed” trending topic spurred an anti-domestic violence advertisement that ran during the Super Bowl. While many Temple students waited in anticipation between plays to see the university’s “Take Charge” commercial air locally during the Super Bowl, many anti-domestic violence supporters across the country also tuned in, eagerly awaiting the No More organization’s PSA against domestic violence. Twitter provided an outlet for victims of abuse to be heard. These victims were now simultaneously being liberated from their fears and united in their message by a simple hashtag. That is the power of Twitter. A few months later in November, Twitter was ignited with passion once again when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the killing of Michael Brown. As the nation learned about the decision, citizens began to speak out against or in favor of the grand jury’s ruling in the case. Twitter became an open forum for debate and discussion. This is exactly what makes Twitter so powerful – its accessibility. Anyone who can find an Internet connection, whether it’s via cell phone or library computer, can also create a Twitter handle and subsequently share how they feel in 140 characters or less. Sequoia Hall, vice president of the Temple Association of Black Journalists (TABJ), said she believes Twitter was essential in bringing people together to discuss Ferguson and to promote social awareness. “Someone from Alaska and someone in Pennsylvania … [could] connect over the same issue,” said Hall, a sophomore journalism and


public relations major. “We [may] have [had] the same viewpoints or even different viewpoints, [but we could] still have that conversation.” In the months following the jury’s decision, “#BlackLivesMatter” dominated Twitter. Americans began to express their experiences with racism and white privilege, and heeded each other to take steps toward equality. When Temple’s chapter of the progressive NAACP held a vigil for African American victims of police brutality in December, TABJ’s Twitter account tweeted used “#BlackLivesMatter” to accompany a photo from the vigil. The university is also using Twitter as a way to keep students informed, and professors are even incorporating Twitter into their lesson plans. Michael Butler, a senior Media Studies and Production major, is working on an advocacy campaign, which incorporates Twitter, for his class on advocacy storytelling in new media. His campaign aims to fight against the negative stereotypes about young AfricanAmerican males that get perpetrated by politicians and community members. “A big part of my campaign involves a social media blitz, so using Twitter is a necessary tool,” Butler said. “My campaign [promotes] positivity among young African-American males [and uses] the “#WeGotNext,” Butler said, explaining that the trend is a term used in basketball. Just as Butler has been using Twitter in his advocacy storytelling class, I’ve been us-

This is exactly what “ makes Twitter so powerful – its accessibility. ” ing Twitter every week in my race and diversity class too. The students in my class take turns each week tweeting a picture that surrounds our discussion topic. Twitter is clearly becoming more than a means to connect with friends or catch up on celebrity gossip. It is becoming a catalyst for social change. *

Editor’s note: Sequoia Hall has freelanced for The Temple News. She played no role in the editing process of this article.





Temple Police will receive new 3-D cameras integrated with cloud-based computers that operate on a high-speed, broadband network, according to a university press release. The new technology is being created by researchers in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, thanks to a $199,995 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is part of US Ignite, an organization that “fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit,” according to its website. The project is being led by Jie Wu, a Laura H. Carnell professor and the chair of CIS. The new system will allow officers to take cameras anywhere they may be needed, he said. “Temple Campus Safety Services operates 500 cameras across its North Philadelphia campus, but those cameras are mounted on buildings and poles and at other stationary positions,” Wu said in the release. “We want to make the 3-D cameras more mobile.” The Owl’s Nest – a computer cluster that is able to send 40 gigabits per second – will use researchers’ algorithms to analyze video from the new 3-D cameras, giving police information immediately following any potential incident. Chiu Tan and Haibin Ling, assistant professors of computer and information sciences, are working with Wu on the project. -Steve Bohnel




Remnants of Homecoming weekend litter the sidewalk. The PLCB said more than half of college students believe their college’s social atmosphere promotes student drinking.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has released statistics pertaining to underage drinking rates, how much alcohol college students consume and what multiple state agencies are doing to combat those issues, according to a state press release. The preceding information is detailed in the Act 85 Report, which PLCB Chairman Tim Holden said is an important tool in evaluating how well Pennsylvania is dealing with underage and excessive drinking. According to the report, “Nearly 75 percent of Pennsylvania high school seniors report having used alcohol in their lifetime,” compared to the nationwide rate of 68 percent. The report also found the number of high school students who “binge drink” is below the national average.

In terms of college students, the report concluded that more than half of Pennsylvania college students think that “the social atmosphere of their campuses promotes alcohol use.” The Act 85 Report also included what the state is currently doing to fight the issue, which includes approximately a $1 million grant yearly from the PLCB, which is allocated to local organizations to inform people about underage and excessive drinking. -Steve Bohnel



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Danielle Daniels, a sophomore biochemistry major, cleans up water that came from a pipe that burst in her Morgan Hall dorm room on Feb. 13.

he said. “You’re getting a long snap where things having plenty of time to build up and freeze, and it only takes a small window [of time] to defrost [the pipes].” Robert Siegfried, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said that since sprinkler heads are designed to activate quickly in the event of a fire, they freeze easily in extreme cold temperatures. He demonstrated how this works by displaying a specific part of the head. “It has this little glass tube, which is filled with a liquid which is designed to boil and then burst,” Siegfried said, pointing to that part of the sprinkler head. “Unfortunately, aside from boiling, it also freezes very easily, because there’s just a little bit of liquid there … once that freezes and expands, it’s going to break that glass.” All of the cases of a pipe or sprinkler head bursting have been located on an outside wall or close to a window, making it easier for cold air to affect those mechanisms, Siegfried said. Several students living in residence halls have expressed displeasure with having to evacuate buildings and relocate during the past few weeks. Shelby Modlin, a sophomore neuroscience major living on the sixth floor of Morgan Hall North, said there was a lack of communication between the building’s residents and management. “I understand in the beginning, there wasn’t any communication because nobody knew what was going on,” Modlin said. “But as the night went on and as things were getting cleaned up, there continued to be no communication … it wasn’t until I

utilizing officers trained to deal with sensitive crimes like sexual assault, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The idea has already been implemented in municipal police departments throughout the country, but few colleges have actually created such a model for their respective police forces. One university that has such a system is Michigan State. Andrea R. Beasinger, a detective sergeant in the university’s special-victims unit, said the purpose of her job is to make people more comfortable with disclosing information to police. “We really want to provide a process that makes survivors comfortable in reporting,” Beasinger told the Chronicle. Another university that has introduced similar practices to Michigan State is Florida State University. David L. Perry, chief of police at Florida State University and president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, said issues like sexual assault have been discussed within college police forces for some time. “This has been on the minds of publicsafety leaders for years,” Perry told the Chronicle. “That’s why we’ve implemented a variety of services to help students.” In order to combat these issues in the future, more attention toward them is needed, said Laura L. Dunn, executive director of SurvJustice, a nonprofit group dedicated to serving sexual-assault victims. “A lot of places almost roll their eyes at campus sexual violence,” Dunn told the Chronicle. “The more we do that, the more we allow campus sexual violence to continue.” -Steve Bohnel

came back and discovered the dehumidifiers [in my room] that I couldn’t stay in my room Sunday night … I was just really upset.” In response to dealing with complaints, Michael Scales, associate vice president for student affairs, said satisfying 100 percent of residents is impossible in emergency situations because it’s natural for them to feel “inconvenienced” in those instances. However, he added that respecting students’ complaints is a vital aspect of his job. “We’re in the customer service business, so I have to respond to any constructive criticism that anyone gives about my area of responsibility,” Scales said. “But a lot of times what we find when we scope these issues is that it’s a combination of the staff being in the process of working on [fixes] ... and those fixes aren’t really quick fixes, and sometimes the students aren’t the most timely with reporting conditions in their room. We see that quite a bit.” Modlin said she was unaware of the Office of Housing and Residential Life’s policy on personal property, which states that the university “assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.” She said she was surprised to find that her valuables were not covered by her residential contract with university housing, something she believed would be provided to her as a student-resident. Lisa Zimmaro, associate vice president of risk management and treasury, said her office sends out contact information for personal property insurance carriers to every student living in an on-campus residence hall before the start of each fall semester. Along with students, the university also needs to evaluate damage to its property, Zimmaro added. She said

that whenever damage to a building occurs, her office collaborates with outside insurance carriers to examine the impact on “the university’s assets” and see if Temple is covered. Even with the recent damage to buildings, Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said that because of how extreme the weather has been lately, replacing pipes and other aspects of the university’s infrastructure might not be worth the cost in the long run. “You have to ask yourself, when we would do this, ‘Is it really worth going in and finding every potential risk?’” Creedon said. “What’s the cost of fixing [a problem] compared to the downside, which is once every five years, you have this cold weather, and something happens … from a building perspective, like Conwell, Carnell, Wachman, Speakman, those types of buildings, you can fix the little things, but you’re not going to spend a ton of money making sure every pipe could never potentially freeze.” Creedon said his staff is still collaborating with Residential Life to see if any major overhaul is needed for residence halls. However, he added that if the weather continues to be freezing, handling these leaks may be something the university will have to continue to deal with. “In the three years I’ve been here, I don’t remember this many in as short a period of time,” Creedon said. “Over the course of a winter, they kind of blur together after a while. You’re going to have a few that occur – but not in a week or 10 days.” * T @Steve_Bohnel


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Nick Perugini is using his love of exercise to help educate and train student-athletes and non-atheletes. PAGE 16

Two women with aphasia are using their skills from years of nursing to author a book for other people with the disease and their families. PAGE 1


The Pennsylvania Ballet’s version of Swan Lake premiers at the Academy of Music, Grant Taylor leads a lecture at Tyler, other news and notes. PAGE 18 PAGE 7

Swimming to save lives In honor of her sister, a student organizes an event to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.


China. “You get a spectacular flavor and a spiritual lift,” he said. Smagula’s fascination with China began in high school after talking about the country with one of his teachers. He was captivated by Chinese culture and language and studied it in college. In 1991, he visited the country for the first time. “It was a transformative experience,” Smagula said. “It changed my whole view on life and opened my eyes to a world greater than anything I imagined.” Coffee, Smagula’s drink of choice at the time, was not widely available during his early trips to China, so he became an avid consumer of tea. He began tasting the different flavors as he traveled across the country. What began as a hobby turned into a commercial business. “[Tea] became a passion for

or a while, I just stared at my computer screen. I had just received permission to organize an event, Swim for MS, through Campus Recreation for the second year in a row. In theory, the event is simple to plan. Swim for MS, an event to raise money for a debilitating disease called Multiple Sclerosis, is to be held March 18 in Pearson and McGonigle Hall, Pool 30. But telling people why I so desperately want to hold Swim for MS every year – that’s what I have difficulty expressing. I need to explain, clearly and concisely, how life-changing MS is for people. During my senior year ANN REJRAT of high school, I realized how bad the disease was. To be honest, the exact day it happened still feels unreal. The day it happened feels like a movie sequence when I reflect on it, rather than something I lived through – something I was in control of. On that day, I sat on a packed pool deck listening to a crowd of competitive swimmers. That morning, my parents had left Scranton, our hometown, to rush my sister to neurological specialists at Georgetown University. Her health had been fading fast over the past couple of months. I was supposed to hear news about her health after my swim meet, which seemed to take forever. When my mother finally called, I couldn’t understand much of what she told me through her tears. But I did understand that the news was bad. My mom would later tell me that, on the way to the hospital, she gripped my sister in the back seat for the entire five-hour drive and prayed. I’m the youngest of six kids. Out of all of my older siblings, only one other than me is a girl. It’s not hard to see why I always looked up to her. In what felt like an army of boys, she was the only other girl I had to support me. I was her real-life Barbie when we were younger and her eternal sidekick. I used to cry every time she left me behind and crawl into her bed when I was scared. I’ve always admired her.




Liu Chenggui, 85, sits with John Smagula. Chenggui lives in the village of Tongzigou, 10 miles away from Shuya, China.

Brewing up tea, prosperity

John Smagula started a tea company to benefit a church near the Three Gorges Dam in China.

JACK TOMCZUK The Temple News


he chapel, located in rural China, was derelict. Its pews were flimsy, its artwork was fading and discolored and its paint was peeling. Amid all of these signs of neglect, John Smagula saw a glimmer of hope. A small candle lit in the chapel inspired him. “The faith was still alive in that village, even though the chapel was falling apart,” Smagula said. Smagula, an associate professor at Temple’s Beasley School of Law and the director of Asian Programs for the law school, started a tea com-

pany, Crossings Tea, to assist impoverished Catholic farmers located in the Three Gorges Dam region of China, an area negatively affected both economically and environmentally, by the building of the massive dam. In addition to aiding the farmers economically, the company

ground for me,” said Smagula, who has been teaching at Temple since 2003. “I saw how the world works from that angle.” However, Smagula was not satisfied with his career path. He wanted to make an impact on the world. “There was emptiness to [work-

was emptiness to [working “There on Wall Street]. I wanted to do more. ” John Smagula | professor

aims to help financially support the Catholic Church in the area. Smagula’s route to becoming the founder of Crossings Tea is circuitous, he said. Before coming to Temple, he worked as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street, making money and establishing his career. “Wall Street was a proving

ing on Wall Street],” he said. “I wanted to do more.” He officially began exporting Chinese tea to the U.S. last year, after founding Crossings Tea in 2010. Crossings Tea is still in the gaining-awareness phase, Smagula said. He is attempting to bring attention in the U.S. to his company in

In what felt “ like an army of

boys, she was the only other girl I had to support me.

With study, a better night’s sleep for kids Researchers at Temple’s CORE are trying to help children get more sleep. JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Dr. Chantelle Hart, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health, brought “Project Sleep Kids” to Temple last February. A year later, the study is still going strong. “We know that over half the kids in this county do not get enough sleep, [and] we know as well that a good night’s sleep is associated with a number of benefits in children’s functioning,” Hart said. “The ultimate goal for the study is to determine whether or not we can help children get a good night’s sleep.” Hart originally started “Project Sleep Kids” at Brown University in

2013. The study examines how to help children get more sleep each night and the ways an increased amount of sleep may affect mood, memory, cognitive functioning and overall general health – especially in regard to body mass index. Researchers at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education worked under guidance from Hart throughout last year to continue “Project Sleep Kids,” which has been funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Children must be between eight and 11 years old and only get nine-anda-half hours of sleep or less each night to participate in the study. Children in one group maintain current sleeping habits, while children in the other group increase their amounts of sleep. The participants’ sleeping patterns are assessed multiple times during a span of two months, Hart said.

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at Temple partnered with undergraduate students for a series of programs designed to help people with aphasia build communication skills and for students to gain first-hand experience, including a book-writing exercise. “You kind of see what you’re learning about,” said Olivia Scanlon, a junior speech, language and hearing sciences major. “You get to see what you will eventually be doing more, as a speech pathologist. You learn about it in school, but now you get to see what it really looks like.” Scanlon and senior communication and hearing sciences major Brianna Fonti have been consulting with Samuels and DiDonna, listening to their experiences with aphasia and gathering research to eventually compile into the book. The book will cover topics like behaviors that put people at a higher risk for stroke, which Fonti said could be extremely valuable for people that are unaware of the signs of a stroke, and lifestyle changes to contribute to better heart health. Prior to their diagnoses, both DiDonna and Samuels worked as nurses; Scanlon said the women have been extremely valuable resources while working on the book because of their experiences. They are able to use their knowledge that has been put on the backburner since being diagnosed with aphasia. “[Being nurses] was a really big part of their identity,” Scanlon said. “They’re teaching us things, and we’re helping them write the book, so I think they feel really good about it.” Francine Kohen, a clinical instructor and supervisor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and collaborator on the book, said that having the opportunity to combine their experiences with aphasia and the skills they have is of great benefit to Samuels and DiDonna. “It actually gives them back their identity a little bit,” Kohen said. “It really depressed [DiDonna and Samuels], you know, they have all this knowledge


Beth Levine (left), Francine Kohen and Rena Krakow, facilitators of the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple, sit with senior Brianna Fonti and junior Olivia Scanlon as they work with clients to create a book to educate the public on strokes and aphasia in Weiss Hall on Feb. 18.

and [they] just can’t use it ... but all of a sudden they have a cause again.” Kohen said it is not uncommon for people with aphasia to feel isolated and depressed and lose friends who may not be able to deal with the change. Having a sense of purpose and ability to interact with others, especially young people, is key in the rehabilitation process, DiDonna and Samuels said. Beth Levine, the director of clinical education and clinical services, said

that one of the most important parts of the program is a focus on what DiDonna and Samuels can do and have to offer, which has proved successful in their recovery process. “Traditionally, individual therapy focuses on what we call, ‘deficit based,’ so what can’t the person do and we’re supposed to go in and fix it,” Levine said. “What we do here is we’re really looking at what can they do – they’re nurses.” “They’re still young, smart women

who have knowledge,” she added. “Instead of talking about what they can’t do, they get to talk about what they can do and what they know, and because of it, we’ve seen both [DiDonna and Samuels] with so much more language and so much more communication than we’ve ever seen them.” For DiDonna and Samuels, authoring the book has not only been an important communication building tool, but has become a valuable social experience, as they get to interact with

one another in a comfortable setting. “Both [DiDonna and Samuels] loved their work [as nurses], which was emphasized in the book” Krakow said. “It was clear that they still had much to contribute from their knowledge and experiences as professionals, with the right opportunity.” *


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On Feb. 19, the Lunar New Year was celebrated in Chinatown to bring in the Year of the Sheep. PAGE 12

Alumna Darlene Cavalier started the organization Science Cheerleader to help women in the NFL and NBA in a career with science. PAGE 11



A need for diversity in video games Adrienne Shaw’s new book “Gaming at the Edge” touches on representation in video games.

ALBERT HONG Assistant A&E Editor For one of Dr. Adrienne Shaw’s research interviewees, it wouldn’t matter if the chainedblade wielding male protagonist in the game, “God of War,” was replaced with a bunny rabbit. This way of thinking, along with years of research conducted by Shaw, an assistant professor in Temple’s Media Studies and Production

department, is detailed in her new book covering the issue of lacking diversity in video games. The book, titled “Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture,” discusses what Shaw calls the “intersection of representation” in video games, looking at race, gender, age and other identification factors as a whole. On Feb. 19, Shaw gave a book talk and signing at her alma mater, the University of Pennsyl-



Assistant professor Adrienne Shaw gave a book talk at the University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 19.


ARGENTINIAN FOOD, A FAMILY EFFORT Known for its award-winning empanadas, Gavin’s Café serves up traditional South American and European eats.




hen Jezabel Careaga left her home in Jujuy, Argentina at the age of 18, her eyes were far from set on the Philadelphia restaurant scene. After finishing college in Spain with a degree in hotel management, she moved to the states. In 2010, Careaga found her calling in the small-scale dining business with the opening of her own eatery, Gavin’s Café. In the four years since its inception, Gavin’s has grown from a modest coffee shop into a South American dining staple within the Fitler Square neighborhood. Located on the corner of South 26th and Pine streets, the humble café offers a myriad of authentic Argentine and European small dishes in addition to its renowned hand-made empanadas. Cooking South American dishes with her family since the age of 4, Careaga said she tries to implement the close-knit environment of her home country into the everyday atmosphere at Gavin’s. “It’s a place where you build

community,” Careaga said. “We know most of our customers by a first name basis. If someone is a regular here, we know exactly what they order every single time; it’s a very familiar, friendly place.” Reflective of the cafe’s familial approach to dining, several of the menu items are baked in-house by Careaga, her relatives and parents. Among these options is an apple cake inspired by Careaga’s grandmother, a mozzarella and avocadobased vegetable sandwich courtesy of her sister, a mint lemonade created by Careaga’s father and alfajores – Spanish cylindrical confections doused with honey and almonds – crafted by her mother. Aside from family recipes, the cafe boasts a number of international delicacies rare to the city. Medialunas, Argentinean-style sweet croissants, sit on pastry dishes alongside meaty quiche-like cakes known as tartas. Spanish tapas are also readily available, in addition to a tuna salad inspired by a meal Careaga had while visiting southern France. Gavin’s also prides itself on fresh ingredients and an eco-friendly approach to dining and waste management. “Because I was raised in another country with a completely dif-


Owner of Gavin’s Cafe, Jezabel Careaga, incorporates traditional South American dishes into the eatery.


Festival connects musicians to local students

The Festival of Young Musicians was held at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 16. TIM MULHERN The Temple News The sound of 250 musicians tuning and warming up their instruments filled Verizon Hall, but it wasn’t the

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Philadelphia Orchestra that was set to perform. On Feb. 16, a concert featuring musicians from elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding area was held in celebration of the third annual Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians. The annual festival brings high-achieving youth together to celebrate music education in the Philadelphia area.

Our teachers are working for them, in our schools and with our kids. It’s a unified effort.

Frank Machos director of music education, School District of Philadelphia

The student orchestra and choir, under the direction of Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman and composer/conductor Melissa Malvar-Keylock, spent the day rehearsing in small groups and large ensembles for the culminating festival in the evening. The groups collaborated on the finale of the festival, a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Hosted by CBS 3’s Ukee Washing-


ton, the concert showcased the collective talents of these student musicians. Mayor Nutter addressed the audience and spoke of the importance music and arts programs have in education. Nutter recounted his own experience with music education, noting that the worst decision he made in high school was not continuing his study of music.





music | dj sev-one

For DJs, an uncommon perspective Jack Davis, known as DJ Sev-One, has strong roots in North Philly. ALLISON MERCHANT The Temple News For Jack Davis, known as DJ SevOne, the roar of a train, shrieking steel against steel, is a source of comfort. “I’ve spent so many hours on these tracks,” Davis said of SEPTA Regional Rail. The 23-year-old disc jockey, producer and artist often travels throughout the Philadelphia region to spin at different bars and at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a strict household, Davis said that his childhood left an impression on his lifestyle choices. “Graffiti was my high,” he said. “Graffiti was my party.” Davis said Temple police caught him tagging when he was 19, but that the conversation quickly turned to music after the officers saw his Wu-Tang Clan sweatshirt. Davis added that the DJ and the officers bonded over the group. “There is this all-time circle between hip-hop and graffiti,” Davis said. “Graffiti is an element of hip-hop.” Concerning his musical knowledge with producing music, Davis credits his brother, Jeff Davis, also known as Stress The White Boy, who is an RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified Gold Record-awarded producer and the owner of ChopShop Studio in Langhorne. “Everything I have learned was from my brother; that’s where my roots are,” he said. Davis learned production and worked with well-known artists like


DJ Jack Davis, known as DJ Sev-One, grew up in a strict household, which affects how he behaves in the party-scene.

Travis McCoy and Joe Budden. His work can also be heard on the track “When I Approach,” found on artist Livin’s 2011 album, “City of Brotherly Love.” His reputation as a DJ and producer even allowed Davis to attend the Grammys. “I DJ for Wired 96.5 and basically I do a lot of interviewing for them,” he said. His experience and confidence prompted other station representatives to bring Davis as a professional to the event. Davis’ professionalism extends beyond Wired 96.5, supplementing solid impressions with other venues

like Parx Casino, where he frequents Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. “[Davis] is extremely talented, is always early to set up and I see nothing but success for him,” said Rhonda Bowers, Entertainment Coordinator for Parx Casino, in an email. Bowers hired Davis on the basis of recommendations and the respectful image he projected. “My first reaction was, ‘Wow,’” Bowers said. “His mixing is seamless.” “You always have to look at your crowd to DJ,” Davis said. “You have to create the room. You’re the party.” He described his DJ style like a formula – it has to be just the right measurements if you want a satisfying reaction.

“I start playing songs that people can sing along to in the beginning to get them used to the music,” Davis said. But once fluorescent lights replace strobes, music in ears turn to incessant ringing and the sticky glop under shoes is finally bothersome, Davis is done partying. “You would assume that because I’m a DJ, I would be in that party life – I hate it,” he said. “I have bad anxiety.” Davis said he attends weekly acupuncture appointments to combat his anxiety. In the future, he hopes to move to California. “There is so much opportunity there and people are very helpful,” Da-

vis said. He acknowledged the admiration and praise he received on the East Coast, but preferred the mentality of support and networking on the West Coast. Davis said he disconnects his personality from surface judgments. His tattoos, pierced ears and styled haircut are just pieces to the puzzle. His tattoos represent favorite movies, music and books. “My tattoos all speak for themselves,” he said. Davis had Corey Feldman’s character from the movie “Stand by Me” tattooed on his inner bicep. He also had a self-portrait of him as a child wearing Paul Stanley makeup inked on his forearm. Another tattoo, of Carl Fredricksen from the animated film “Up,” is on Davis’ triceps. “Just staying positive and being happy, that’s a big goal in my life,” he said. “Physically my goal is to just keep building my brand. Sev-One came from these railroad tracks, from graffiti. People have seen that in high school, on lockers and know that it’s Jack – it’s Sev-One.” Davis said he understands the stereotype of a DJ and the impression of his appearance. He said he sets standards for himself to counteract those judgments. “Respectful, gentleman and be humble, those are the big things to me that I always stick by every day,” Davis said. He shook his head slightly, confessing that humility and gratitude are key. “I’m not doing anything,” Davis said. “I’m just branding myself and being myself.” *

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vania, on the heels of the book discussion she held at Temple’s Annenberg Hall on Feb. 9. Originally a sociology major at Mount Holyoke College, Shaw said she was always interested in media representation, but never considered communication studies as a possible career until she was encouraged to attend graduate school at Penn, where the study of video games was sparse. “When I got to graduate school, it turned out that that was really interesting to the faculty there because there was only one other graduate student that was even vaguely inter-

The fact that “representation doesn’t

matter in a lot of games is a really good reason to have more diversity in games.

Adrienne Shaw | assistant professor

ested in video games,” Shaw said. With video games studies a relatively new field of study overall, Shaw’s interest in the medium needed plenty of research on her part to connect it with media representation. “A lot of it was basically just teaching myself what games studies was,” she added. Shaw’s argument for more diversity in video games has been an important issue as of late with other scholars, writers and journalists bringing up the issue. While most of the conversations about video games have been about their common violence and supposed impact on gamers’ interactions in real life, Shaw said she feels there has not been enough discussion and research about the importance of representation in this medium. “If we get more research from a communications perspective, we might actually get a little more unpacking of representation in video games,” Shaw said. Interestingly enough, Shaw’s audience studies, looking at marginalized groups of people playing video games, led to varied ideas about ways to diversify games. People seemed to care about representation in certain video games more than others. “The thing is that they’re not really saying representation doesn’t matter; they’re saying it matters in particular ways,” Shaw said. “The fact that representation doesn’t matter in a lot of games, is a really good reason to have more diversity in the games.” Shaw’s research coincides with one of


Adrienne Shaw, assistant professor in the Media Studies and Production department, went to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she gave a presentation about diversity in video games on Feb. 19.

the courses she started at Temple, LGBT Representation, where her students look at LGBT representation in popular American media. Caitlin McHale, a senior media studies and production major, sees the importance of considering diversity in all kinds of mediamaking, especially with her hopeful future in the production industry. “So if games are being created by only one type of person, there’s only one perspective being reflected in whatever they create, which isn’t good in games or any other type of media,” McHale wrote in an email. Julie Seidman, a senior double-majoring in communication studies and Russian, also feels that media representation is lacking as a whole, having an interest in queer theory herself. “This is a problem in all media-producing industries,” Seidman said. “I wish that there was more varied representation from the producing standpoint.” *


Adrienne Shaw’s book, “Gaming At The Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture,” discusses the “intersection of representation” in video games, looking at race, gender, age and other identification factors as a whole.



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The Music Preparatory Division of Boyer College of Music and Dance helped found the festival and is one of 13 organizations in participation with the annual Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians. Music Prep is the non-credit division of Boyer that provides music education for young community members in the surrounding area. “One of the ideas was to try and create a festival that addressed kids who are a little bit younger, who are interested and avid about their instrumental study, but younger than the ones who are selected for things like the Philadelphia All City festivals,” said Mark Huxsoll, director of the Music Preparatory Division. Collaborating organizations formed the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth,

We value the “ opportunity [Music

Prep] give[s] to our kids ... they offer private lessons, small group instruction and outside opportunities.

Frank Machos | director of music education, School District of Philadelphia


Jezabel Careaga makes empanadas at her restaurant, Gavin’s Café. The once-small kitchen has been transformed into a larger space fit for hand-making the delicacies.

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ferent point of view, I really care for the planet,” Careaga said. “It’s very important to be sustainable.” True to its environmental goals,

flourishing further down the road. “It’s a constant evolution of any human being or any business,” Careaga said. “If you want to grow, if you want to be different, you have to keep growing. You have to keep changing things around once in a while, otherwise it gets boring. I don’t do well with the boring things.”

known as PMAY, after its successful inaugural festival. Music Prep hosts numerous programs within Boyer that focus on instrumental, vocal and dance instruction, many of which are university-funded. The program meets on Main Campus and involves both Temple graduate students and professional musicians in the area. Huxsoll said the musicians give lessons to “students from the school district who may otherwise not be able to afford lessons.” “By and large, regular instruction is done by some of the best professionals in Philadelphia,” Huxsoll said. Frank Machos, director of music education for the School District of Philadelphia, said Music Prep has strengthened the relationship between Temple and the surrounding community. “Temple’s [Music] Prep is one of our strongest cultural partners,” Machos said. “We value the opportunities they give to our kids, in that they offer private lessons, small group instruction and outside ensemble opportunities.” Machos said the school district is working with Music Prep to better serve students. He noted that many teachers in the school district are Temple graduates. “Some of our teachers actually teach through Temple Prep,” Machos said. “Our teachers are working for them, in our schools and with our kids. It’s a unified effort. We get a great opportunity to cycle through the different phases of instruction for our kids and build lasting relationships.”



and it’s kind of rare to get that, especially in the city.” Margaret Olson, another member of the Gavin’s team, said she shares this sentiment. “The neighborhood is very friendly,” Olson said. “There’s a lot of regulars who come in every day and

The neighborhood is just fantastic, “ everyone knows everyone. It feels very

neighborly and it’s kind of rare to get that. Graham Cooper | barista

the eatery’s waste is all locally composted. Gavin’s also encourages customers to eat in-house to minimize the amount of trash produced. Locally sourcing the majority of its culinary building blocks, coffee for Gavin’s is provided by La Colombe Coffee. Fresh bagels are brought in courtesy of South Street Philly Bagels and all bread is imported from the New York-based Hudson Bread. Barista Graham Cooper, a 2014 Temple graduate, has taken notice of the welcoming attitude of patrons from the surrounding area. “The neighborhood is just fantastic, everyone knows everyone,” Graham said. “It feels very neighborly

people who come in with their kids.” Now the product that Gavin’s is known for, Careaga’s empanadas were originally baked only as an occasional specialty item. After noticing her eatery’s popularity within the neighborhood, Careaga began crafting the Argentinean treats exclusively just a few months after Gavin’s grand opening. Initially consisting of only two small tables, an oven, a slicer and a toaster, the space’s kitchen has evolved to support the empanada crafting process from scratch. To spawn the signature empanadas, Careaga mends hand-rolled dough over fluctuating fillings de-


At Gavin’s Café, empanadas are made with hand-rolled dough.

pending on the order, and then pinches or twists the ends of the dough to add visual flair to the final product. The empanada variants include a beef-based filling with sautéed onions and raisins, as well as a smoked ham creation with mozzarella and tomato. With the cafe’s upcoming fiveyear anniversary on June 15, Careaga hopes to open another food joint under her own name in the near future. Careaga believes that changes will allow Gavin’s Café to continue

alumni | darlene cavalier

Science Cheerleaders challenge stereotypes

Alumna Darlene Cavalier started Science Cheerleader to promote women in science careers. JULIA CHIANGO The Temple News

During her senior year at Temple, Darlene Cavalier decided to try out for the Philadelphia 76ers dance team. As a cheerleader for four years while she was an undergraduate, Cavalier said she just went out on a limb. In 1991, the same year she graduated, Cavalier made the team. Years later, Cavalier used her cheer experience and interest in science to start Science Cheerleader – an organization that, according to its website, works with 250 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing careers in science. After graduating, Cavalier started working at Discover Magazine’s Technology Awards, a program that honored scientists and engineers all around the world. “As soon as I graduated college, I worked as a part-time temp just be-

cause I was willing to do anything to have a job and learn what needed to be done,” she said. “And as it turns out, the company that I took that position at eventually hired me to a full-time position.” Cavalier ran several of the maga-

have a degree in the field, but have the desire to contribute to science. Cavalier began to put together a binder of ideas and opportunities for people to get more heavily involved with science. This pushed the start of her organization, SciStarter.

tions with people who are making the policy.” Cavalier is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, a website and organization that works with a mix of current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who have or want to pursue a career in

I put the alumni cheerleaders in front of young cheerleaders in “particular to help challenge stereotypes and encourage people to consider science careers.. ” Darlene Cavalier | Science Cheerleader creator

zine’s programs, and commuted between New York City and Philadelphia. She worked at the magazine for 10 years. “With commuting back and forth I thought, ‘I’m not going to do this commute anymore and I’d like to actually just go to graduate school and just see how someone without a formal science degree like myself might do something with science,’” Cavalier said. While Cavalier was in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, she said that she learned a lot about citizen scientists, or people who don’t

SciStarter is a database that provides citizen scientists from all over the world with research opportunities, both formal and informal. The database currently partners with other organizations like Discover Magazine, WHYY and the National Science Teachers Association. “There are two offshoots to this, because when I was in grad school I also learned a little bit more about how people can play a role not just in doing the science and helping with research,” she said. “It also is shaping science policy and having direct conversa-

science. “I help put the alumni cheerleaders in front of young cheerleaders in particular to help challenge stereotypes and encourage people to consider science careers,” Cavalier said. The 250 members of the organization have science degrees and are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math, according to Science Cheerleader’s website. “It’s been a lot of fun and it’s a really great way to shine a bright light on science, citizen science and women in science,” Cavalier said.

“We had a science fair at the Sixers game this time last year where we had the stadium cheering for science,” Cavalier added. “We also had the Science Cheerleaders performing at halftime, we had the citizen science projects taking place on the concourse and we actually had microbe collection kits shot out of T-shirt cannons – it was so much fun.” Cavalier’s main goal through these programs is to show others that a science degree isn’t necessary to get involved in the scientific community. Cavalier said that the group is currently wrapping up a project with NASA called NASA’s Asteroid Initiative. More people are becoming informed about plans to detect and mitigate asteroids. “Any job that you’re doing, pay attention to what you’re doing and truly do the best that you can because those skills and experiences have a way of combining later in life, in a way that may help you forge a new path,” Cavalier said. “What may seem like disconnected experiences have a way of joining forces later in life.” *





The traditional Lion Dance started the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Chinatown on Feb. 18.





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The third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week began on Feb. 22 and will run through Feb. 28. The week highlights all styles of dining including BYOBs, pubs and fine dining. Participating restaurants include the Adobe Cafe, Le Virtú and P’unk Burger. Diners can enjoy a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35. -Tim Mulhern


Connecticut punk band Hostage Calm is playing its last Philadelphia show on Feb. 25 at The Barbary. The band, which announced its breakup in October, is playing a final run of shows starting in Philadelphia and ending in its home state. Such Gold, Clique and Slaughter Beach are set to open the all-ages show. Tickets are $12-14 and doors open at 6 p.m. -Tim Mulhern



On Feb. 25, the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating the Year of the Sheep with a performance from students of Holy Redeemer Elementary School. The students will show off traditional Chinese folk dances in addition to the traditional Lion Dance, said to bring good luck for the new year. Jennifer Chang, the director of Northeast Regional Library, will also be retelling Chinese folk tales for the audience. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. -Albert Hong

“Hung” is part of Doreen Garner’s newest exhibit “Shiny / Red / Pumping” at Vox Populi, on display until March 1.


A ‘fine line between disgust and attraction’

Doreen Garner uses materials like condoms and teddy bear stuffing in her newest show. ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News

Artist Doreen Garner describes her sculpture, “Hung,” as resembling a chandelier. The piece contains a smattering of sparkling crystals – Swarovski, to be exact – and is accented with long gold chains and strings of pearls. A typical chandelier, however, is not adorned with the grotesquely realistic organ-like fixtures that Garner crafted from condoms filled with teddy bear stuffing, glitter and hair. “I was always interested in the fine line between disgust and attraction,” Garner said. She attributes much of this fixation to the stares that strangers aimed at her younger sister, whose face had been noticeably affected by her first stroke. “It made me wonder, ‘OK, are they staring at us because they think she looks nice or are they staring because they think she looks ugly, and then why would they be looking at her?’ And so it made me try to break down the psychology of staring and the gaze,” Garner said. “Hung” is one of several works

from Garner’s solo exhibition, “Shiny / Red / Pumping,” currently taking place at the experimental artist collective at 11th and Callowhill streets, Vox Populi, until March 1. Garner, a North Philly native and Temple alumna, grew up barely four miles from the gallery where her work is now displayed. In a neighborhood combating drug use and prostitution, Garner’s childhood was often constrained to her porch. She became aware of her surroundings when, as an 8-year-old, she watched her father struggle to keep their door closed while a drug addict who had broken into their backyard attempted to enter the family’s home. “That was just the point where I realized that we weren’t entirely safe,” Garner said. Garner began taking art classes in elementary school and progressed to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she proceeded to hone her artistic skills. After creating her first surrealist painting depicting ant-sized humans trapped in a sink, Garner said she saw her work taking on a more dramatic tone. “In high school, I feel like I was painting really weird,” she said. “I was drawing with paint more so than painting, and I didn’t realize that until I got to Tyler [School of Art].” Initially adamant about attend-

ing the Maryland Institute College of Art, Garner decided instead on Temple after visiting Main Campus. Attending college in Philadelphia, she said, gave her a chance to be closer to her family and spend more time with her sister, whose health was volatile. Once enrolled in Tyler, Garner deliberated a major, caught between the pathway of making jewelry and what she found to be the more challenging and exhilarating prospect – glasswork. Garner’s sister, having more strokes and nearing the end of her life, helped her to decide. “It made me think about my life a little bit differently and how I spend my time, and thinking that maybe I should do something that actually makes me happy rather than paying for something that is just like mediocre to my interests,” Garner said. Garner had never worked with glass at CAPA, and at Tyler, she threw herself into the arts of glass blowing, hot casting and glass polishing. The resulting works helped Garner to earn a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her MFA in glass. Garner developed the ideas for many of her current projects in a town in Maine containing less than 9,000 people, where she had been selected to partake in the Skowhegan School of Painting and

Sculpture. The nine-week residency program chooses 65 artists from all over the world each year to immerse themselves in independent projects. “They have it there so you can concentrate and not get so caught up in your surroundings, which was hard for me, because there were so many mosquitos,” Garner said. At the Vox Populi exhibition, the Tyler, RISD and Skowhegan graduate has several poignant messages to convey with her works. The multimedia aspect of the exhibition, “Palpitation,” comprises risqué footage from dancing World Star Hip Hop Honeys and Instagram models. To distort the videos, Garner amped up the color saturation and mixed the music to create a more dysmorphic display. Garner also included collages of sexualized models, whose bodies she manipulated to show their insides – pictures of organs she took from an anatomy book. By taking away the sexualized aspect of these photographs and videos, Garner said she wishes to draw attention to the objectification of women that she sees and faces on a daily basis. “I think it was personal experience of guys looking at me a certain way, talking to me a certain way, which I felt was disgusting and ridiculous,” Garner said. *

A new show, “Memories of You: A SciFi Noir Burlesque,” from Light Thief Productions is in its last week at the Walking FIsh Theatre in Fishtown. In this mystery future burlesque, where memories are bought and sold, a drunk PI named Bell is hired by his old friend for what could be the most important case of his career. The last performances will be held Feb. 25-28, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. -Albert Hong


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts unveiled its new exhibition, “The Artist’s Garden” on Feb. 13, and it will run through May 24. Curated by Anna O. Marley, the exhibition’s works tell the story of American Impressionist artists from 1887 to 1920, a time period in which gardening was growing in popularity as a middle-class leisure pursuit. The exhibition is included in the $15 price of museum admission. -Albert Hong


The Moore College of Art and Design has partnered with Century 21 Department Store, a fashion boutique, for a number of projects, which started last September. The projects will include collaborative work from Moore students and alumni. C21 will be hosting internships for Moore students in its Philadelphia and New York locations as well. C21 is leading the sponsorship for Moore’s Spring Fashion Show: An Evening at The Barnes. Fashion show tickets are on sale now for $30 – 150. The show will be held on May 16 at 8 p.m. -Emily Rolen

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. Tweets compiled by Tim Mulhern and Albert Hong.





@CBSPhilly tweeted on Feb. 21 that sketches were found on the back of two Cezanne watercolors held at the Barnes Foundation. The sketches were discovered during conservation work done on paintings depicting the landscape of southern France. Officials noted that foundation collector Albert Barnes was most likely unaware of the sketches.

@TempleUniv tweeted on Feb. 22 that two food trucks found on Main Campus, The Creperie and The Tot Cart, have been mentioned on Foobooz’s list of “Philadelphia’s Top Food Trucks.” The 14 food trucks listed include Philly favorites Foo Truck and The Whirly Pig.

@phillymag tweeted on Feb. 20 that the upcoming 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl is still accepting contestants for its chili competition. BigBite Philly, the collective holding the event, is taking entries online for $15, or $20 for teams of two. The competition will be on March 14 at the Ukrainian Club.

@uwishunu tweeted on Feb. 20 that the Mural Arts Program is set to premiere Philadelphia’s largest public exhibition this spring, titled “Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space.” The outdoor exhibition, curated by Boston-based independent curator Pedro Alonzo, will feature site-specific art created by 14 artists from around the world, specializing in all kinds of practices.








Student shares love of fitness Senior Nick Perugini helps train athletes of all levels and educates people about fitness. JANE BABIAN The Temple News Nick Perugini said he considers himself to be a sort of “coachaway-from-coach.” A senior kinesiology major with a passion for exercise and body movement, Perugini has volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach for Temple varsity athletes in the basement of McGonigle Hall for nearly a year. He volunteers three or four days a week and enjoys being able to train in what he calls a “good environment.” When he’s not training Temple athletes, Perugini trains at CrossFit Love in Northern Liberties. Because he has trained the CrossFit team alongside their assistant coach, he considers himself part of the team, which he said has been to regionals four years in a row. In high school, Perugini competed in football, track & field, baseball and powerlifting. His former coaches provided him with older equipment, which he used to create a gym in his off-campus Sydenham apartment. Perugini specializes in mobilization and body maintenance and said he is “hooked” on strengthening and conditioning. He also said he enjoys working on mobility and movement because “people who sit all day need to know to how to reverse the damage.” Through his specialization, Perugini educates people about dealing with minor aches and pains and how to prevent them from occurring. Perugini said he helps athletes follow programs that their head Continued from page


When my sister and role model Krystyna was 25, only a few years after she graduated from Temple as a member of the women’s rowing team, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a devastating autoimmune disease

her health deteriorate. She lost her ability to talk, eat, grip and walk. Krystyna has improved with the help of some incredible doctors. However, the truth is, I don’t know how much longer I will have her. What I do know is that I have always wanted to help her and others like her. This is the second year I am working


Nick Perugini leads members of the women’s rowing team at their 6:30 a.m. workout on Feb. 19.

coaches put together for them. And his work doesn’t stop when he leaves the weight room – instead of using his free time for Netflix, Perugini said he spends hours researching techniques by watching online videos and reading to extend his knowledge. “He’s a volunteer in every sense of the word,” said Sam Whitney, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Temple who Perugini met when he first started volunteering. Perugini said he tries to be a good motivator and relates to student-athletes more than other physical trainers because he is “in their shoes.” Jaqi Kakalecik, a senior biochemistry major and a lacrosse goalie, said Perugini always encourages her to go after everyday and to do the best she can. ning it – is hard. All I can think of is the day of my swim meet, my parents and sister having to leave for Christmas for health reasons, and my sister trying to call on Christmas Eve, unable to talk. All I could do was tell her I loved her and assume by the inaudible noises she was saying she loved me too. Last year, during Swim for MS, I stayed through the entire

about the cause and how to help, go to support.mymsaa. org/goto/templecrec. This year we will be raffling off a Philadelphia Flyers puck signed by Michael Raffl and a hockey stick signed by Braydon Coburn. Anyone who signs up and participates on March 18 will be automatically entered to win. This year I hope we can

The year my sister was diagnosed, I watched her health deteriorate. She “ lost her ability to talk, eat, grip or walk. Krystyna has improved incredibly. ... However, the truth is, I don’t know how much longer I will have her. ” that affects the central nervous system. In its simplest description, it attacks the body’s nerve endings, and once they are gone, they are gone. There is no cure. People who live with this disease have a wide range of symptoms, including numbness, difficulty eating, difficulty talking, loss of eyesight and difficulty moving. The year my sister was diagnosed, I watched

to organize Swim for MS with Campus Recreation. The event will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, and 100 percent of the proceeds raised through the event benefit those living with MS. The MSAA provides services that those living with MS need to survive. Despite the obvious benefits of the event, writing about it – even plan-

duration of the event to talk with people who signed up and participated. I learned that MS affects many people within our Temple community. I received countless hugs, listened to people’s stories, watched people struggle to wipe away tears and truthfully express their thanks for the event. To sign up, donate, help spread the word or learn more

reach out and help more people. However, it won’t happen without help. The event is not just about my sister’s story, but about the stories of all people living with this incurable disease and what others can do to help.

“When you’re around someone who’s always happy and energetic it’s hard not to be motivated by them,” Kakalecik said. Kakalecik said she considers Perugini “a master at mobility.” “He keeps it at a professional level,” Kakalecik said. “He’s there to get you to do what you need to be doing.” Kakalecik said working on mobility drills with Perugini had a major impact on her athletic performance this year. “He’s ahead of his time,” Whitney said. *


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span of two months, Hart said. “All children who come into the study wear an actigraph, which is a device that helps us to estimate sleep,” Hart said. “In addition to that, they complete a sleep diary and they’re asked to call us twice daily during their assessment week. And so we use all that data to estimate how much they’re sleeping.” Risha Khetarpal, who is currently completing her master’s degree in public health, is the study’s project director. She also serves as one of the research team’s interventionist. Each family has at least four meetings with these interventionists, in which they track and discuss their child’s progress. “Both the kids and parents complete questionnaires,” Khetarpal said. “Kids have a couple different computer tests that they complete. Most of them are testing their cognitive functioning … and in addition to that [we] also go through data.” Ashley Greer, assistant scientist for the project, collects and monitors the data from actigraphs and accelerometers. She then shares this data with the families. “At every visit [the families] get to know how their kid’s performing,” said Greer. “We give them copies of all their information that we get from the devices.” Thus far, about 70 children have participated in “Project Sleep Kids,” and Hart hopes to reach just over 100 participants by the end of 2015, when the study concludes. *

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Project Director Risha Khetarpal and Assistant Scientist Ashley Greer MPH sit to discuss the next step in the Project Sleep Kids study at the Center for Obesity Research and Education.

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Open mic moves to a larger venue TMAG will move some of its events to the Underground. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News On some nights, the sound of strumming guitars and harmonizing vocals can be heard emananting from the windows of Saxbys coffee shop. Inside, students can be seen showcasing their talents, performing poetry, raps and playing acoustic music. These open mic nights, held by Temple Music and Arts Group, have gotten so popular that organizers are relocating some of the events, including open mic night, to the Underground, located in the basement the Student Center. “Saxbys gets packed very quickly, and it does not accommodate the 50-plus people that often come to the open mics,” said Ben Marcus, TMAG president and a junior media studies and production major. “The Underground gives us the flexibility and potential for different and much larger-scale events.” Hosting events at the Underground will allow TMAG to accommodate more students and collaborate with other student organizations. On Feb. 26, TMAG and the Gamer’s Guild will host a Game Lounge. Students will be able to sign up to perform at the open mic alongside artists like Marcus & Rome, who will perform a set of video game-inspired rap music. In addition to musical performances, there will be board games, card games and video games for people to play while they listen. “I think it’s a great idea,” Kyle Blessing, a freshman double major in music composition and music technology, said. “Collaboration is what arts groups should be all about.” Blessing performs acoustically at the open mics and will have a spotlight at the Game Lounge, where he will perform a full band set of music that blends indie rock, Americana and jazz. Spectators who prefer Saxbys as the location for the open mic nights need not worry – TMAG plans to alternate between Saxby’s and the Underground as locations. “We like the friendly, relaxed vibe at Saxbys, and we still want to have events where people feel comfortable performing a song they just learned five minutes ago,” Marcus said. Ryan Ross, freshman information sci-


ences and technology major, believes alternating between the two venues is a smart decision. “If it is on a chill night, I think Saxbys is a great location, since you have a source of drink and food and a relaxing environment to sit back and enjoy the performers,” Ross said. He added that sometimes Saxbys can feel too crowded and that it will be enjoyable to have a more spacious venue. Blessing agrees, saying because Saxbys is mostly standing room only, he is glad to see TMAG move to a space that will encourage more people to come to attend. “I really like the variety and varying levels of talent that walk up to the mic,” Ross said. “Not only is it a good way to open your eyes to new styles, it's great to talk to

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the artists [and] performers afterward.” TMAG plans to continue to serve the music and arts community at Temple. Marcus said the group has two other dates booked at the Underground this semester and is considering a battle of the bandsstyle event, though nothing is currently confirmed. Marcus plans to continue to use TMAG community’s current growth to continue putting on events that will encourage more artists and musicians at Temple to get involved. He plans to work toward having TMAG certified as a four-star organization under the Student Training and Rewards System so the group can be officially recognized by Temple. “With our growth, we want to host bigger and better events, and, aside from music events, host events for art as well,” Marcus said. “We do plan to cater to the music and art crowds at Temple and live up to our name.” *


Ben Marcus, president of the Temple Music and Art Group, organized the open mic night’s venue shift.


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undervalued tea, its small, impoverished Catholic population and its beautiful landscape, he said. “I wanted to go to an area where I could make a difference,” Smagula said. In January, Smagula visited Temple’s Newman Center, which serves as the Catholic Church on Main Campus. While there, he hosted a talk about the church in China and distributed a few boxes of his tea. Father Shaun Mahoney, the director of the Newman Center, said he felt Smagula’s dedication to his message. “He seemed like he was passionate about the mission and really inspirational,” Mahoney said. “Just as he sort of has awakened to a mission, I think he was contagious in that regard, really encouraging our students and young people to be attentive to the mission that they’re being called to.” It is hard to separate Smagula’s tea company from his faith, he said. In fact, Smagula does not refer to Crossings Tea as a business, but as a “mission.” The business, in his mind, is just a “vehicle” for his mission. “Faith drives me, personally,” Smagula said. As a Catholic, Smagula does not feel like he is in a foreign country when he is working with the tea farmers and the clergy, adding that he is like “ a member of the same family.” Despite his sentiments, Smagula said the Chinese Communist Party has not always acted favorably toward religion and foreign businesses. However, together with the local clergy, Smagula was able to demonstrate the value of Crossings Tea. “Rather than focus on what I can’t do, I work with what I can do,” he said. “The purpose is to show that a church can be a positive force in civil society.” Smagula said he uses his legal background to work within Chinese regulations, working with the church and the government to form his company in a “very transparent” way, he said. Smagula’s journey from Wall Street to academia and now into the realm of a small Chinese tea company, has been about “a quest for self-fulfillment,” he said. Perhaps Crossings Tea is the answer to his prayers.





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The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy is sponsoring a talk with Olivier Burtin on Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Burtin will lead his lecture “World War II and the Re-Invention of the American Legion, 1940-1945” and focus on a forgotten episode in U.S. history with the internal operations of the American Legion during World War II. Created in 1919 by and for veterans of the Great War, the Legion opened itself to the new generation of World War II veterans after a contentious debate among its members. Burtin’s discussion will take place in the Weigley Room on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall. It is open to all, and no registration is required. -Jessica Smith


Tuesday, March 10, 5:00-6:30 Annenberg Hall Atrium

Guest speakers from the advertising agency One Sixty Over Ninety Inc. will be presenting the evolution of Temple’s brand with “Take Charge: The Evolution of Temple Made” on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Hillel Center on 1441 W. Norris Street. In addition to Temple’s campaign, One Sixty Over Ninety Inc. has worked with clients like American Eagle Outfitters, Nike and the New York Jets. Refreshments will be served at their presentation. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


The H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecturer series continues tomorrow from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Alter Hall Auditorium A031. This session’s guest speaker is Bruce Fell, the Principal and Property and Casualty Actuarial Practice Leader at Deloitte Consulting. Fell previously served as the managing director at business management consulting firm, Towers Watson, the senior vice president of insurance company Jardine Lloyd Thompson and the vice president of Am-Re Consultants, Inc. Fell will share his experiences with actuarial leadership of reinsurance brokerage operation and tips for success for all students interested in the field. This discussion is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


The Tyler Art & Technology Group are sponsoring a lecture led by professor Grant Taylor Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. in room 104 of Tyler School of Art. His discussion is titled “You Are A Traitor!: Artists, Antipathy, and the Art Department.” Professor Taylor is an art historian specializing in early digital arts who teaches courses pertaining to modern and contemporary art and global architecture. Taylor was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010. He is the author of “When the Machine Made Art” in addition to contribution to various art journals and magazines. There will be a conversation portion following his lecture, which will explore how his arguments and thesis relate to current conditions at Tyler. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith



The Pennsylvania Ballet’s version of Swan Lake premieres at the Academy of Music on March 15. Philly Connections tickets for the event go on sale at noon on Thursday. Tickets are $10 with a TUid and can be purchased at the Reel Box Office located in the Student Center South. There is a limit of two tickets per TUid. This sale is open to all students. -Jessica Smith


Samantha Bittman will lead an artist talk on Thursday from 12:30-2 p.m. in Room 121 of the Tyler School of Art. Bittman is an artist based in Chicago. She has served on the faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and now teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Recently, Bittman’s show “Razzle Dazzle” at Chicago’s Andrew Rafacz Gallery used paintings over patterned weave structures in black and white. Bittman’s talk is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


John Smagula stands with a crowd outside the Catholic church his company, Crossings Tea, benefits.


“What are your plans for Spring Break 2015?”

“I’m going to Montreal. I’ve never been there.”


“I’m going to Cancun, Mexico. I’ll hang by the pool and soak up the sun.”



“I will be going to Tennessee to visit my best friend who just got married and help them move into their apartment.”







‘Spoiled’ O’Connor signs six recruits

tional at Boston on Feb. 14. Cross country coach James Snyder said Fernandez’s participation in the Alex Wilson Invitational was an attempt to improve her place in the NCAA national rankings, which could potentially allow her entry into the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. “Right now, she is sitting in the Top 25 in the country in both the mile run and the 3,000-meter run,” Snyder said. “Only the Top 16 make it to nationals, so hopefully there is some moving and shaking, and not everybody will run both races.” -Tyler DeVice



Gabriella McKeown, a freshman this past fall, chases the ball with South Florida’s Sienna Brooks in a game on Oct. 26, 2014.


Seamus O’Connor will have six new freshmen to work with next season. Goalkeeper Jordan Nash, midfielders Juliet Esposito and Sarah McGlinn, along with defenders Katie McCoy, Olivia Novak and Kelcie Dolan have all decided to join the team that set a program record with 11 wins last season. O’Connor didn’t have to go far to find his recruits. McCoy and Novak are both from Pennsylvania, while the other four players are from New Jersey. “We’re very spoiled in this area,” O’Connor said. “Temple’s very spoiled that women’s soccer in the northeast is probably the strongest region for women’s soccer besides probably California and Texas.” With senior Alyssa Kirk as the only Owl gone from last season’s roster, it looks like the incoming freshmen will help bolster the team’s depth, which was lacking last season. gave three-star rankings to McCoy, McGlinn and Nash, the only three of the recruits ranked by the site. McGlinn played at Cherry Hill High School West, McCoy played at Neshaminy High School – Kirk’s alma mater – and Nash played at St. Rose High School. Esposito played her high school soccer at Camden Catholic High School. She was a first-team all-conference and all-state honorable mention selection in this past season.

Novak is out of Manheim Central High School. She received first team Lancaster-Lebanon League honors after her senior season. Dolan, from Absegami High School, was also a first team all-conference selection for her team this past season in the Cape Atlantic League. “These kids are all good players who I can see contributing through their time at Temple,” O’Connor said. “It’s a good core group. They’re all kids that were well-recruited, are a goodmatch academically for Temple and I think they’re a good match for how we play.” -Owen McCue


The American Athletic Conference released its full schedule Monday, completing the football team’s slate of games for the 2015 season. Week 4 will mark the Owls’ lone bye week of the season, after the team had three on last year’s schedule. In The American’s first season operating on a 12-team, twodivision format, Temple will play eight conference games – five within its own East division. It’ll also play Houston, Memphis and Tulane – three teams in the west - along with Penn State, Massachusetts, Charlotte and Notre Dame in non-conference action. Game times have yet to be released, as does much of the television coverage. The Owls’ visit to East Carolina on Oct. 22 is set to be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2, while the Owls’ trip to Southern Methodist will be broadcast either on ESPN2 or ESPNU. Temple will host Penn State in the season opener at Lincoln Financial Field, while Notre Dame, which finished outside of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since the 2011 season with an 8-5 record this past fall, will visit the Linc in a Halloween matchup on Oct. 31. The American will also introduce a playoff game on Dec. 5 to decide the conference champion. The game will feature the team with the best record from each division, and will take place at the site of the school with the better record. -Andrew Parent



Temple’s newest track & field addition, graduate-junior Blanca Fernandez, set a new school indoor mile record at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday. Fernandez’s new record time of 4 minutes, 40.60 seconds shattered the previous record of 4:58.18, set by then-senior Anna Pavone last year. The performance was also enough to award Fernandez third place in the event. The feat comes just one week after Fernandez broke the university’s indoor 3,000-meter record at the Valentine Invita-

Senior Tyonna Williams was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for her performances against Tulane and South Florida last week. The Fort Washington, Maryland native scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, in a home victory against Tulane on Feb. 17. She then led the Owls in scoring with 17 points and added three assists in a loss to South Florida on Feb. 22. For the week, the senior guard shot 58 percent from the field and hit 15 3-pointers, moving into second place all-time on Temple’s career 3-point list with 155. For the season, Williams is averaging 10.1 points per game. -Michael Guise

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early. The legislation, headlined “A Year of Readiness,” is allegedly in the preliminary stages, as it seeks feedback from Big Ten members. Despite the early stages, though, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said the rumors have already hurt his recruiting efforts. “I’m dealing with more issues on [freshman ineligibility] in recruiting,” Matta said to NBC Sports during a press conference last Saturday. “We’re getting crushed in this thing … I’ve been dealing with that the last couple of days.” Matta, who was skeptical on the validity of the proposal, also said the Big Ten would not make the move on its own, claiming other conferences would need to be a part of the move. “If it does happen, which it’s not going to, but if it does, it’s not just the Big Ten, it would be college basketball,” Matta added. Temple, who has enjoyed freshman athletes including now-junior quarterback P.J. Walker and men’s basketball freshman forward Obi Enechionyia, would be unlikely to welcome the new policy. Luckily for them, they may not have to. Last year, the NCAA board voted to allow Power 5 schools autonomy, giving them the ability to change rules without the approval of conferences outside the Power 5 like The American. Therefore, even if the Power 5 conferences opted for freshman ineligibility, The American and other outside conferences


Temple football fans cheer on the Owls during their second American Athletic Conference game, a 35-24 win against Tulsa.

would not have to comply. This legislation could turn Temple and other schools on the outside looking in on the Power 5 schools into hotspots for talented athletes looking to play early. The prospect of keeping eligibility for freshmen amid the

potential change in legislation could give The American some much needed help. In the most recent football recruiting class, Cincinnati led all schools in The American with the 59th-best recruiting class in college football, according to Temple has been no strang-

er to these struggles, falling to No. 73 in the same ranking. Despite signing two four-star recruits, the Owls’ place lower than all 64 schools currently slated in the Power 5. In addition to losing in the recruiting battle, The American has had trouble retaining its topflight programs, losing Louis-

ville after one year to the ACC, and Rutgers to the Big Ten. But in a hypothetical landscape where Big Ten schools mandate a freshman to sit out, things would change for many athletes’ college decisions, including Temple’s highest-rated recruit. “[Freshman ineligibility]

would have changed my decision,” Temple’s incoming fourstar freshman running back T.J. Simmons said. “I think that would affect a lot of kids’ decisions. A lot of kids want to play early.” *




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Rosen’s squad overcoming slow starts The lacrosse team has fought back from deficits in each of its first three wins.

MATTHEW COCKAYNE The Temple News The Owls are getting used to falling behind. While the women’s lacrosse team has notched comeback victories in each of its first three games, slow starts have been an early pattern for the squad. In three of their four games of the 2015 season, the Owls have found themselves down 2-0 within the first 10 minutes. Before the team’s 9-7 win at La Salle last Wednesday, coach Bonnie Rosen talked about the importance of winning draw controls early and opening games more physically. “[It’s] coming up with an early draw control, but not converting,” Rosen said of the sluggish starts. “It starts with the draw control and possession opportunities. I think the slow starts have been a little tentative physically, which is really a mental piece. It’s just trying to come off our warm-up a little bit better. … Hopefully, we’re just a little more mentally ready to go at [game] speed from the beginning.” Yet, these early struggles didn’t keep Temple from starting the season with a threegame winning streak. The Owls have shown their grittiness and resolve, edging both the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and St. Joseph’s in overtime in the season’s opening week, and outplaying La Salle in the second half of last Wednesday’s contest, holding the Explorers scoreless for the last 20 minutes. Senior defender Carli Fitzgerald talked about how leadership and experience have


Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan cradles the ball during the Owls’ 10-9 overtime win against UMBC in the squad’s season-opening match at Geasey Field Feb. 11.

played a huge role in the team’s player to injury, and another by transfer – the Owls bring back late-game heroics. “From the beginning [of extensive experience. Rosen mentioned the expethe game] to the end, we gain a lot of confidence and start talk- rience being helpful in the late ing more,” Fitzgerald said. “I game wins, but emphasized the team’s “in the think in the UP NEXT moment” mindset beginning [of Owls vs. Lafayette as a critical facgames] it’s a Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. tor. little shaky, “I definitely just because it’s the beginning of the season, [think] the leadership has paid and then we get more comfort- off,” Rosen said. “But overall able with ourselves [as leaders]. our players have stayed in the Leadership starts to show and moment and that’s something we are able to succeed in the we have been working on. I have been really impressed with end.” With the Owls retaining 23 their mindset heading into the of last year’s 29 players – losing end of games. They don’t seem four seniors to graduation, one to get very caught up in what’s

going to happen next.” Freshmen Stepping Up Rosen said she expected many offensive players to be involved this year, but the contributions of two freshmen has been a pleasant surprise for the ninth-year Temple coach. Through the Owls’ first three games, attacker Nicole Barretta, who is tied for second on the team with six goals, has turned into an offensive weapon that teams need to mark at all times. Meanwhile, midfielder Haile Houck has scored a pair of goals and has secured five draw controls.

“We’re really fortunate right now that we’ve got a lot of people that can contribute and it’s really neat to see freshmen having a chance to make their mark,” Rosen said. “Both of them have kind of stepped in to play a role. … It’s really impressive as freshmen to step right in and I think it says as much about them as it says about our team.” Regardless of age, Rosen is looking to play a lot of players this year, especially attackers. This bodes well for freshmen trying to get into games in the future. “I know all of us freshmen just go to practice with the will to work hard every single day

and we all put in 100 percent,” Houck said. “All six of us are just trying to push each other and make each other better every single day.” Looking Ahead While many students will be going home or on vacation for spring break, the team will be traveling to New York after Saturday’s game at home against Lafayette College to start a four-game road trip. The Owls will face Wagner and Iona during the break. * T @mattcockayne55

ice hockey

Following end of season, lategame collapses haunt Owls For the fourth consecutive, the club failed to make the ACHA regional tournament. STEPHEN GODWIN JR. The Temple News Brady O’Donnell sat on the Owls bench in helpless disbelief. O’Donnell’s team held a 2-1 lead against Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey rival Penn State on Oct. 26, 2014, but it gave up the equalizer with 5 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the game. “I remember watching from the bench in the Penn State [game] with about five minutes left and it just takes a huge chip out of your game,” O’Donnell, a senior forward, said. “When you’re up like that, you just start playing preventative hockey instead of sticking with your game and trying to put pucks in the net.” The Ice Lions ended up winning in overtime that day, an illustration of the problem that plagued the ice hockey club for much of the 2014-15 season – protecting leads late in games. The Owls ended their season on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime defeat to Rowan in a MACH first-round playoff, a game in which they allowed two goals in the third period before losing in extra time. Though they held a Top 10 spot in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Southeast divisions, the final regional rankings, released last week, had the team in 11th, one spot away from a regional playoff spot. After a season in which Temple missed the regional playoffs for the fourth consecutive campaign, its players are left wondering what could have been. “I just think that when you get a lead, especially a two-goal lead, you start to get the mindset that you have a chance,” junior

defenseman Anthony Civitella said. “When your competition is ranked so high, you can never really take a shift off. Sometimes that hurt us. Sometimes we would think that we had a game locked up and then we would give up a goal, and it would put us back on our heels and we wouldn’t be able to recover.” The late-game collapses are particularly evident during the last five minutes of games, as Temple has allowed 14 goals with five minutes or less remaining in regulation. The team’s captain, senior Greg Malinowski, and others gave the team pep talks about responding to such shifts in momentum, but O’Donnell said it did not always translate to results on the ice. “[We] try to tell each other that [we] can do it, but it just makes it that much more difficult when you give up a goal with 20 seconds left,” O’Donnell said. The blame for those situations cannot be placed squarely on a particular position, as each spot has had its flaws during the season. “I know it wasn’t really goaltending,” O’Donnell said. “[Senior Eric Semborski] stood on his head for multiple games. We wouldn’t [have been] considered for [the regional playoffs] if it wasn’t for him. Sometimes it’s defense [and] sometimes it’s offense.” O’Donnell said the momentum shift can have a downhill effect on the victim’s bench, as coaches and players usually begin bickering with each other in the heat of the moment. “You have to have it in your mind that you’re going to play 60 minutes and in those third periods we just didn’t do it,” O’Donnell said. “The teams we were playing were just able to come back and bite us with it.” * T @SteveGodwinJr


Junior guard Quenton DeCosey handles the ball during the Owls’ 75-59 win against Cincinnati Feb. 10.

average from the floor this season ranks 336th out of 345 Division I teams, and dead last in The American. While Tulsa handed Temple its second loss “It’s as much an intangible issue as it is a real in three days Sunday, as the Owls fell to Southern issue,” Dunphy said of his team’s performance Methodist in a nine-point defeat after blowing a without Cummings on the floor. “It’s just, you don’t double-digit lead against the Mustangs Thursday, have him and the confidence these guys have with Cummings led the way for the Owls in that game him. When he’s not there, that leadership is just not with his 14 points, seven assists and seven steals as evident. We have to get better with playing with- in 36 minutes. He was Temple’s lone double-digit out him, but we weathered that storm [Sunday].” scorer in the contest. Through his limited playing time Sunday, “There’s a lot of good players in our league, and Cummings managed a team-high 15 points on 5-of- we have a great point guard [in senior Nic Moore], 7 shooting and knocked down 5 of 7 attempts from but I haven’t seen a lot of guys play half like Cumthe free-throw line in a game in which Temple (19- mings played,” SMU coach Larry Brown said after 9, 10-5 The American) averaged 25 percent from Thursday’s contest. “Last game we played against the floor. them, he wasn’t 100 percent [due UP NEXT Take Cummings’ performance to his leg injury]. … Cummings Owls vs. Houston out of the equation, and his team’s just dominated the game.” Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. average drops to 18 percent. After the loss Sunday, with “Of course it’s tough,” Cuman NCAA tournament berth on the mings said of sitting out for 17 minutes Sunday. line, the Owls have dropped back-to-back games for “I’m a senior and I want to play every minute that I the first time in more than a month. can. It’s tough to get out of the game. It’s tough to “[We] have to play harder, prepare better and get two fouls early.” play better for Houston [on Thursday],” Cummings “[The calls were] two fouls I really can’t con- said. “[We need to] work harder, make sure [we] trol,” Cummings added. “Referees called what they come out stronger and close the season strong.” thought … they called two fouls. It didn’t affect my strategy any; I still played basketball. It just slowed * me down. I got out of the rhythm a little bit. But I ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23 just had to go out there and play basketball.” After Sunday’s contest, the Owls’ 38 percent Continued from page 22



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end of the fall semester because we were always practicing,” Canete said. “Tennis is something that you must practice all the time to be in your best condition and when you stop practicing, it is hard to compete.” The team ends regular practice sessions after the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional tournament at the end of the fall season, as Temple does not have an indoor tennis facility on Main Campus. “We are practicing more than we did at the end of the fall season,” Canete said. “When the [Intercollegiate Tennis Association] regionals are finished, we don’t practice until after winter break because we don’t have indoor courts. Not practicing for about a month and a half isn’t good.” The team’s second and third flight doubles pairings have been changed twice through the team’s last few matches. “We go day by day with our doubles pairings,” assistant coach Frederika Girsang said. “We try them out in our challenge matches and if the coaches like what we see, we try that pairing in a match.” Even though the doubles teams are 5-1 after the Owls’ previous two matches, Girsang said each duo needs to attack more. “We try to be more aggressive in doubles,” Girsang said. “We are emphasizing finishing at the net. We also are working on our serves and returns and being ready at the net because that is what doubles is all about. We are getting better with that.” Canete’s doubles partner has been switched twice this semester, and said such a change can affect performances on the court. “Our doubles pairings just have to get used to playing together,” Canete said. “When you get used to playing with someone, you can play a lot better. But if you are changing partners all the time, it is tough to play well together.” Results of a dual match can rely heavily on doubles play, Canete said, as one match point is awarded to the team that wins the doubles battle, along with six remaining singles points. “If you win the doubles point, it gives the [team] confidence,” he said. “If you don’t you go into singles with a whole different mentality, you only have to win three [singles] matches out of six instead of four.” Junior Hicham Belkssir has seen these changes and understands that the coaches are doing what they have to do to put the best team on the court each match. “[The coaches] are always searching for the strongest pairs,” Belkssir said. “They have to continually switch pairings to find the best doubles teams.” Belkssir said he hasn’t dealt with a pairing switch thus far this season, as he and his partner, junior Nicolas Paulus, have compiled a teambest 3-1 record as the team’s top pairing. “[Nick] returns the ball well,” Belkssir said of Paulus. “When he plays the ball in the backcourt, he can hit a deep ball, which helps me finish at the net since I have more time to react to the return … that makes us more aggressive in our on-court play because it puts a lot of pressure on our opponent.” “In doubles we try to relax more,” Belkssir added of his pairing. “We make an effort to play our game and have a little fun while we are doing it.” *


track & field

Battling through the elements The women’s track & field team distance runners prefer training in the cold. TYLER DEVICE The Temple News The past week’s record-low temperatures in the Northeast have been enough to keep almost anyone off the streets and inside their homes. However, the women’s track & field distance runners often don’t have that luxury. “Thirty degrees, for them, is like nothing,” first-year coach Elvis Forde said. “The distance runners handle those conditions so much better because it’s ideal. The explosive nature of their event is not like a sprinter, jumper or hurdler, so you can do a lot more things outdoors with that group.” Now only a few days away, Friday’s American Athletic Conference Championships are inching closer for the Owls. This will be the last indoor meet of the season, taking place at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York from Feb. 27-28. Since there is little time left for preparation, Forde said he continues to emphasize the importance of taking care of one’s body both on and off the track. This includes daily practice routines, as well as nutrition and anything else that needs to be addressed to ensure the body stays healthy. “I’m one of those people that believes that nutrition plays a key role in performance success, and in training success as well,” Forde said. “You work so


Runners Megan Schneider (left), Andrea Mathis and Danielle Britton warm up at Geasey Field.

hard in the day training, and then if you vital. don’t supplement the body back with the “Since it is so cold, you do have to different food groups that you need, then take specific measures to make sure that we’re working against ourselves.” you are protecting yourself against the The issue at hand remains the frigid cold,” Dubrow said. “For instance maytemperatures that have swallowed the be warming up a little extra, wearing layNortheast. Due to lack of indoor practice ers of clothes to make sure your muscles facilities, the distance are warm, [or] maybe team has to make do doing those couple UP NEXT with what is available Owls at AAC Chamionships extra drills before to them. your workout.” Feb. 27 This could mean The distance runtaking a ride to a loners incorporate other cal park or running trails, running on the types of aerobic activity into their workstreets of Philadelphia, or even shoveling outs like cycling and swimming. out a lane of the outdoor track for speed The team also incorporates weight workouts. lifting to build upper-body strength, Either way, the team heads outdoors. something freshman Katie Pinson said is In the current conditions, senior Jen- often overlooked in terms of importance. na Dubrow said the focus on taking the “I think strength is important even necessary step to help prepare the body in distance running,” Pinson said. “Even for facing such cold weather becomes though it’s not quite as power-intensive,

it’s very helpful to have stronger muscles on your side.” While physical training and fitness are key for preparing for such a big meet, Dubrow said there is also a mental aspect of preparation that needs to be taken care of, as well, by “focusing on your event, picturing yourself being in the race and just really honing in to your training and putting all of your efforts for focusing on that meet.” Dubrow will be running the 3,000and 5,000-meter runs in the last indoor track & field meet of her collegiate career on Saturday. “I want to go out there, just run for myself and basically just give it my all in the last meet,” Dubrow said, “and show myself that I’ve gotten better and carry the confidence into outdoor [track & field], too.” Distance coach James Snyder said motivation is not an issue for for his group. “They know the expectation and they know how important this meet is to all of us,” Snyder said. “It doesn’t take a lot to get them excited because they know how big this is. The hard work is done, the last week is more about mental preparation and race planning.” As the final days of the indoor season wind down, Forde said his team has shown that it is ready to represent Temple at the conference level. “I think we are as ready as we can be,” Forde said. “We are going there looking forward to making some strides and making some big strides in our expectations.” *

women’s basketball

Owls continue to struggle on both ends of floor The team points to defensive effort as the biggest difference between wins and losses 28 games through the year. OWEN MCCUE The Temple News


Sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald shoots the ball during the Owls’ 69-58 win against Tulane last Tuesday.

Tonya Cardoza’s squad ranks near the bottom of Division I in shooting percentage. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News Each game, sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald knows the pressure is on. The Owls have nine active players on their roster – six of whom are listed as guards. With an active roster height of 5-foot10 and a lack of a consistent inside presence, the burden falls on the guards to facilitate the offense. “We don’t really have a post presence,” Fitzgerald said. “So we can’t just hit the post and they hit a move and make a layup or anything.” The team’s three inside players – sophomore center Taylor Robinson, sophomore center Safiya Martin and junior forward Mama Traore – are all averaging less than five points per game and fewer five rebounds per game. Additionally, Martin is the only player averaging more than 17 minutes per game. “If our bigs had more talent than what we have now, I feel a lot of games would be different,” junior guard Erica Covile said. Even Martin understands the Owls are limited in their post presence. Martin, Robinson and Traore have totaled four doublefigure scoring games this season,

combined. Martin, who said her way tie for 68th in D-I in 3-point strength is on the defensive end of field goals per game with 6.0 per the floor, knows where her team’s game, while shooting 32 percent, strong suit is. which is 137th in D-I. Fitzgerald “Of course one day we would said the high volume of 3-pointers love to score more with the inside have resulted from opposing teams than the outside, that’s something clogging the lanes on defense. we have to work on,” Martin said. “The guards, ourselves, can get “As of now we are very strong with into the lane, but most of the time the guards and that’s what we have everyone is way bigger than us so it to go with.” ends up being punched,” Fitzgerald As a team, the Owls are shoot- said. “So we just end up taking the ing 36.5 percent from the field, best shot, which is usually a pullwhich ranks the team in a four-way up jump shot or a kick-and-drive to tie for 290th out of the 343 teams in get the three and most of the time Division I and eighth in the Ameri- our outside jump shots are what can Athletic Conference. we have that’s open so we have T h e no choice UP NEXT Owls also to take Owls vs. Southern Methodist have four them.” Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. players shootD e ing more than spite the 40 percent from the field – the shooting numbers, coach Tonya other five are all shooting less than Cardoza said she will not change 35 percent, including Fitzgerald, the way her team is playing. freshman guard Alliya Butts and “We have a lot of really good senior guard Tyonna Williams, shooters, so I’m confident when who are averaging 24 or more min- they put the ball up that it’s going utes per game. to go in and I’m not going to tell Fitzgerald is shooting 33 per- them not to,” Cardoza said. cent from the field and 26 percent Offensively, the Owls’ only from 3-point range – both of which true post presence, junior guard are down from last season – and Covile, is playing a new position. she said the reliance on the guards Covile, who is averaging 11.3 because of inconsistent post play, points per game and shooting 42 has been difficult. percent from the field, is listed as “I feel like us being so small a guard on the roster but has transihas a lot to do with it, as well as tioned to forward this season. us not doing what we have to do,” Despite the change, the Detroit Fitzgerald said. “But us being native ranks 47th in D-I in doublesmall is a big factor because with- doubles, with nine on the season. out a post presence, it could be a really tough game.” * Temple also ranks in a four-

Since the beginning of the season, the women’s basketball team (13-15, 9-6 American Athletic Conference) has preached that in order for their team to be successful, it starts at the defensive end. “Defense is important, period,” senior guard Tyonna Williams said. “If you don’t play defense, you’re not going to win a lot of games. In the conference that we play in and the type of competition we go up against every game, you need to be a good defensive team.” Last week’s 69-58 win against Tulane, in addition to a 79-53 blowout loss against South Florida, showed the difference between what good and bad defense can do for Temple. Temple’s quick guards and its aggressive style of play forces opponents to turn the ball over 16.3 times per game, two more than the Owls’ own average. In the win against Tulane, the Owls’ turnovers proved the difference. The team’s 16 total steals in the game led to easy transition baskets as the Owls scored 27 points off Tulane’s miscues. Temple’s defense was not up to par in its first contest against The Green Wave. The Owls only had six steals. After the second matchup, coach Tonya Cardoza explained the difference playing solid defense has for her team. “I thought our defense was a lot better,” Cardoza said after her team held Tulane to 19 fewer points than its previous meeting. “When we’re playing pretty good defense, we always give ourselves a chance to win.” However, as highlighted in the loss against USF, Temple is vulnerable when it doesn’t excel at the defensive end. The Owls are 1-10 this season when they have allowed their opponents to score more than 70 points. The mental aspect of playing defense has forced the young team into defensive ruts at times this year. Williams said most of the team’s defensive shortcomings in its game against South Florida were actually an inability to identify players and stick to the game plan. “We just didn’t pay attention to detail,” Williams said after the loss. “When it came to certain people, personnel, there was a way we were supposed to guard certain people and we didn’t do that.” Communication is another defensive skill that the team has struggled with at times. Lack of communication has led to offensive players getting open shots and easy buckets. Forward Safiya Martin said communication on the defensive end sparks the team’s play on both sides of the ball. “For us, it’s very important,” Martin said of defensive communication. “Whenever we’re talking on the defensive end, everything runs through our defense. It leads to stops and the stops lead to offense. Communication is a huge part of this team and without that we’re all over the place.” *


Through its first four games, each of the lacrosse team’s three wins have occurred in comeback fashion. PAGE 20

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The women’s track & field team has faced frigid temperatures, but the distance runners don’t mind the colder weather. PAGE 21

The women’s soccer team signed six recruits, the football team released next season’s schedule, other news and notes. PAGE 19



If you don’t play defense, you’re “ not going to win a lot of games. In the

conference we play in ... you need to be a good defensive team. Tyonna Williams | senior guard


Senior guard Tyonna Williams takes on a defender during the women’s basketball team’s 69-58 win against Tulane at McGonigle Hall last Tuesday. Williams scored 16 points in the win, and has averaged 10.1 points per game with a 35 percent average from the floor through 28 games. PAGE 21

men’s basketball

Owls’ conference prestige could hinge on Big Ten

men’s tennis

Foul trouble limits Cummings, Owls Will Cummings saw 23 minutes of action in the loss to Tulsa. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor


ill Cummings took his seat and stared skyward. He had just been whistled for his second foul after 4 minutes, 36 seconds of play in his team’s Sunday visit to conference opponent Tulsa, a matchup of the second- and third-ranked

the Jacksonville, Florida native didn’t pick up a foul call during his 15 minutes of play in the second half of Temple’s eventual 55-39 loss, the early foul trouble limited Temple’s senior leader to 23 minutes of action for the game. “He’s our leader,” Dunphy said. “He’s our go-to guy and [his fouls] didn’t help us. I thought we hung in there pretty tough, [being] down four [at halftime]. And we didn’t play very well in that first half. All things considered, we felt very lucky.” “His third foul, that was a

He’s our leader. He’s our go-to guy “and his fouls didn’t help us. ... His third foul, that was a killer. ” Fran Dunphy | coach

teams in the American Athletic Conference. After Cummings hit three of Temple’s first four baskets from the floor before receiving his second foul call, Owls coach Fran Dunphy was forced to sit his senior point guard for the next 10:08 of the first half. He put Cummings on the floor again with just more than five minutes remaining in the half, and again he was soon whistled for a foul. Though

killer,” Dunphy added. As Cummings suffered a muscle strain in his left leg in Temple’s previous matchup with Tulsa at the Liacouras Center on Jan. 10, Sunday marked Cummings’ third game logging 27 minutes or less. He missed one other contest – a road matchup with conference foe Cincinnati on Jan. 17. The Owls lost all four of them.


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Freshmen ineligibility could lead to Temple becoming a destination for top-tier athletes.


Junior Ian Glessing (left) practices alongside sophomore Filip Stipcic.

Reconfigured practice schedule paying off A change in practice routines has helped the Owls turn their sluggish start in doubles around. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” loudly reverberates throughout the crowded Legacy Center as the men’s tennis team takes the court for practice. Each day of training starts off the same – a brief calisthenics routine, followed by light volleys and a doubles drill. A month ago, however, the team went about a different practice pattern. Early on in the season, coach Steve

Mauro didn’t invest as much time on his team’s doubles play, usually working on it toward the end of practice. After winning all of its double matches against Villanova on Jan. 22, the Owls dropped five out of their next eight doubles contests en route to a 1-3 team record during that span. After shifting more attention to doubles, the team is 5-1 through its last six doubles matches, and is 3-1 overall in that stretch. Through this past weekend, the Owls are sitting above .500 at 5-4 on the season. Junior Santiago Canete said the lack of practice hindered the team’s initial doubles performance early in the semester. “The team was playing well at the



fast-talking James Franklin called his shot. During the Penn State coach’s opening statement, one of his first declarations was to dominate the state. In fact, he said it twice. As the dust settles on the Langhorne native’s first recruiting class, the former Vanderbilt coach boasts four of the six Pennsylvania products ranked in’s Top 300 recruiting class for 2015, and six more outside of the Top 300. EJ SMITH The Owls, on the other hand, managed three Pennsylvania natives to go along with seven New Jersey athletes, none of which were in ESPN’s Top 300 list. Franklin’s success all but sums up the uphill recruiting battle that schools in the American Athletic Conference consistently face against schools in the country’s biggest five conferences – the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences, frequently referred to as the Power 5. However, a report from The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student-run newspaper, indicated that the Big Ten could be considering a mandatory redshirt year for freshman athletes in football and men’s basketball in an attempt to bolster the two sports’ graduation rate, which is currently less than 75 percent. This potential legislation could be the spark The American needs to consistently compete with the Power 5 schools in recruiting, as it would present early playing opportunities for top-flight freshmen to showcase their talents


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Issue for Tuesday February 24 2015

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Issue for Tuesday February 24 2015


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