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TUPD to add 18 new officers

Closure could affect TUH traffic

The new cops, nine of which are trained, will cost the university between $1.1 and $1.3 million.

Area hospitals could “absorb” patients from St. Joseph’s Hospital following its closure this month.

By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Temple Police expects to add 18 new officers to its force, nine of whom are already trained and could be hired in the next couple of months. President Theobald first announced the news at a state budget hearing March 2 at the Capitol building in Harrisburg. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the 18 new officers would cost the university between $1.1 and $1.3 million from “existing resources and dollars” that are held for decisions like this. Nine of the officers are already trained, Leone added. Nine more would be sent to the Philadelphia Police Academy for training. The Temple News previously reported in “Crime and Campus” on May 5, 2015, that Temple Police deploys more than 130 officers and is the largest university police force in the country. Leone said because some officers will choose to retire and resign during the current hiring process, the total number of officers should remain about the same. It’s unclear, however, whether Temple will still have the largest university police force, Leone said. “It’s hard to predict what others are doing out there,” he said. “Usually, you have Howard and Penn, and a few others that are right there neck and neck with us … if all stays the same, then we’d probably stay around the same. If not one, at least in the top two or three when it comes to having the officers on hand.” He added collaboration between Theobald and COO Kevin Clark has made the process easy. Leone said the department also recruits from nearby police departments and hosts career fairs for candidates, including one scheduled for next month at Bright Hope Baptist Church at 1601 N. 12th St. Leone said he and other officials want to see candidates who are innovative. “We want to ensure that people have a good balance among themselves,” he said. “What I mean by




President Theobald talks at a press conference in Harrisburg March 2.


The university has taken out a line of credit worth $100 million from PNC with a fluctuating interest rate in order to make sure it has the cash on hand to be able to run the university, Kaiser said. “For the university it would mean liquidating other assets—funds that had been set aside for other initiatives and new programs would have to fill that hole—it would be forgoing things that have been planned for,” Kaiser said. The already indebted Temple University Hospital will also suffer if the budget is not passed, Kaiser said. “There are ways that we leverage some of our money to help them get additional federal dollars—they would



It causes us to “ pause ... It’s really

The state’s longest budget impasse has Temple $175 million in the hole. By STEVE BOHNEL JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News


St. Joseph’s Hospital, at 16th Street and Girard Avenue, is consolidating its operations and will close this month. Kevin Feeley, spokesman for North Philadelphia Health System, said the closure comes from a lack of state funding. St. Joe’s saw about $16 million in 2015 and will be consolidated with Girard Medical Center at 8th Street and Girard Avenue upon its closing at the end of March. The closure will also cost 675 people their jobs and push an estimated 20,000 patients who visit the hospital’s emergency room annually to go elsewhere, Feeley said. “We certainly understand that people are concerned about it and upset about it and this is not our first choice to take, it’s necessary action,” he said. “We tried to talk to employees, tried to help them find transitions to other employment but our first priority is the care and safety of our patients.” Though Temple University Hospital will see much of this traffic, Feeley also said that NPHS has been communicating with other neighboring hospitals like Einstein Medical Center and Hahnemann University Hospital. “St. Joe’s has been a financially troubled institution for a long time,” said Jerry Silberman, senior staff representative at the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. “St. Joe’s was dependent on other sources of income and it served poor people.” Silberman said the majority of St. Joe’s business will go to TUH as it has “been growing quite rapidly”—300 nurses have been hired during the past three years and the Emergency Room has also expanded. “Temple Hospital has been an essential hospital for poor people in the city and it’s equipped to take on [the patients],” he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we saw the ER get a lot more hectic.” Patients are likely to choose between Hahn-

s Pennsylvania’s budget crisis continues, state-related universities like Temple are feeling repercussions. The state still has not doled out yearly appropriations to universities, and if a budget is not passed by June 30, appropriations would likely not be given at all. Administrators said that if Temple does not receive its annual $175 million from the state, it will have to stop working on certain programs and reshuffle the money it does have. “It causes us to pause, and instead of pushing forward on certain projects or innovations, we’re really hesitant to do that at this point,” said Ken Kaiser, Temple’s CFO and treasurer. “It’s really unprecedented and we’re holding back on a lot of things because if that money doesn’t come through then it’s going to be somewhat of a nuclear situation.”

unprecedented and we’re holding back on a lot of things.

Ken Kaiser | university CFO and treasurer

Renouncing faith, finding his truth

A.R.M. Imtiyaz teaches at Temple after surviving the Sri Lankan civil war. By LIAN PARSONS The Temple News More than 30 years later, Abdul-Razak Mohamed-Imtiyaz can still see the scar on his forehead. A native of Sri Lanka, A.R.M. Imtiyaz was in high school when he witnessed the 1983 riots as part of the country’s civil war. Tamils, the country’s ethnic minority, were subjected to violence, and their stores and properties were destroyed. The effects of his trauma are lasting. Imtiyaz developed a stutter, and he permanently renounced his Islamic faith to become an atheist. Bar Guide


“The people I knew became refugees overnight,” Imtiyaz said. “Until then, I was a very firm believer in god. … I hated god because one of my friends was hurt.” “Because I challenge my god, [other] Muslims beat me,” Imtiyaz added, pointing to his forehead. “You can see the mark.” Since he rejected religion, his high school expelled him. Imtiyaz was inspired to pursue political science after witnessing these events. He now teaches as an adjunct professor in the political science departement and as an adjunct assistant professor in the Asian studies department. Imityaz teaches about experiences just like his own, and he said there should be more study of these issues “beyond Western-centric views.” “I wanted to know why people kill each other,” Imtiyaz said. One of the courses he teaches, Foreign

Abdul-Razak Mohamed-­Imtiyaz is an adjunct professor in Asian studies and political science.




Community meeting tonight

Community members will discuss updates on the stadium at Amos Recreation Center. PAGE 2


Temple belongs in The American


Remembering Justice Scalia


Justice Antonin Scalia participated in Temple’s Rule of Law Program for 16 years before he died last month. PAGE 7

Tuan Phung plans to open Banh Mi and Bottles, a Vietnamese street food eatery, in mid-spring to honor his family’s heritage and culture. PAGE 9

Former student opens restaurant





Community to meet on possible stadium The meeting is set for tonight at the Amos Recreation Center. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Homeowners and residents are invited to a community meeting to hold discussions and receive updates about upcoming events and recent happenings in the Amos Recreation Center at 16th and Berks streets, at 6 p.m. today. On the agenda is information for homeowners, a discussion about the proposed Temple football stadium, plans for a new bank in the area, guidelines on voting in the primary election and a public comment and Q&A portion at the end. At least 15 block captains will be in attendance, said Will Mundy, head of the Page Street Garden Residential Association and the block captain of the 1600 block of Page Street. Local politicians have also been invited to attend. Temple had not been sent a formal invitation to attend, but Mundy said anyone in this area is welcome, including Temple administration. “We welcome the exchange of communicating with Temple representatives with open arms,” Mundy said. “That’s what it’s all about, because that’s what it hasn’t been— there’s been no communication with

the community.” Beverly Coleman, Temple’s assistant vice president for Community Relations and Economic Development, said Friday she hadn’t heard of the meeting, but added she would consider sending someone from her office. “So many people are convening meetings ... as sort of a divide-andconquer tactic,” said Judith Robinson, leader of the 32nd Democratic Ward. She said her organization will meet at Amos on March 16. Robinson added she met with Andrea Swan of the university’s Office of Community Relations late last month, and is trying to be “as clear as possible” when talking with other community members about the stadium. At the meeting, leaders will provide the latest on the stadium feasibility study, which the Board of Trustees approved on Feb. 8. At the community meeting, residents will receive information packets about a “Stadium Stompers” open forum on Thursday, held a few blocks away at the Church of the Advocate. University trustees have been invited to this meeting, Mundy said. “Residents and homeowners will be updated concerning activities that have taken place since our last meeting and be given information concerning the Board of Trustees’ decision,” Mundy said. “We can come up with positive input with the architect who’s been secured by Temple University to conduct the feasibility study that community and


Will Mundy, head of the Page Street Garden Residential Association, talks at a “Stadium Stompers” meeting Feb. 25.

the exchange of communicating with Temple “We welcomerepresentatives with open arms.” Will Mundy | Page Street Garden Residential Association leader

homeowners will play an important part in all phases of what constitutes a feasibility study.” The public bank update will in-

clude information about a national bank, which is exploring building a bank in the neighborhood. Additionally, local politicians who attend will

give updates on their campaigns. * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick

Campus political groups offer Two football players face trial insight on presidential race Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are mostly favored. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News As the 2016 presidential race continues, two student political groups on campus—the Temple College Democrats and the Temple College Republicans—told The Temple News who they believe are the best candidates to replace President Barack Obama next January. Damien Bower, president of the College Democrats, said he was originally a supporter of Bernie Sanders, but he’s now undecided on Sanders or Hillary Clinton for the nomination. “It wasn’t Hillary’s policies that draw me to the middle, it was more the unrealistic policies that Bernie had, and how he spoke [about] it mainly on Wall Street, which is a problem but it’s not the root cause of every single issue in the country,” Bower said. Bower added he believes Sanders’ policies will have difficulty passing through a Republican-controlled Congress if he were elected. “I’m glad that [Sanders] is bringing forth these types of ideas,” said Jordan Laslett, a member of the College Democrats’ finance team on the executive board. “However, I just don’t feel as though America and the Congress and the state legislature that we’re working with is ready for [him].” Laslett, a Clinton supporter, said Sanders’ policies would scare both Democrats and Republicans due to the large amounts of spending on his proposals and the increased size of the federal government. Before Super Tuesday, Clinton won three states—Iowa, Nevada

and South Carolina—compared to Sanders’ one—New Hampshire. In addition, Clinton won seven states on Super Tuesday—Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and Massachusetts—while Sanders won four— Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont. In six of the seven states Clinton claimed, she won the vote by a margin of 29 percent or more. Despite Clinton’s early lead in the race, she still isn’t the favorite amongst College Democrat members. Bower said about two-thirds of

support Trump if he were to become the Republican nominee. Trump fared well on Super Tuesday. He won seven states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia—while Cruz won Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas and Rubio won Minnesota. Unger believes the other nominees of the Republican party still have time to bounce back to gain the lead over Trump. “I think most of the [College Republican] members realize it will be a very long nomination process,” Unger said. “Their hopes

a true Republican, to put “[Trump is] notit bluntly. ” Travis Unger | chairman, Temple College Republicans

College Democrat members support Sanders. He also added college students see Sanders as “more of an honest candidate” and Clinton as more of a “flip-flopper” regarding specific progressive policies. Travis Unger, chairman of College Republicans, said he’s not publicly endorsing anyone at the moment. He added College Republican members are split on supporting Sens. Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, and most members don’t support Donald Trump. “[It’s] mainly because we don’t find that most of his policies align with the Republican party,” Unger said. “He’s not a true Republican, to put it bluntly.” He added Trump’s proposal of a single-payer healthcare system and stance on abortion doesn’t represent the ideas of the party. He said Cruz’s policies are more conservative, but Rubio’s image makes him more appealing to young voters and he still follows Republican principles. He said, however, he would

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aren’t down yet that Trump won’t be the nominee … and there’s still plenty of time for Cruz, Rubio or [former Ohio Gov. John] Kasich to gain some momentum.” As of March 7, Trump won Louisiana and Kentucky and has a total of 384 delegates and Cruz won Kansas and Maine, bringing his total to 300 delegates. Rubio and Kasich have 151 and 37 delegates, respectively. Additionally, Clinton won Louisiana and has 1,130 delegates and Sanders won Kansas, Nebraska and Maine, bringing him to 499 delegates. Today is the Democratic primary for Michigan and Mississippi as well as the Republican caucus for Hawaii, and primaries for Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi. * thomas.ignudo@temple.edu T @Ignudo5

Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins have both been re-charged with aggravated assault. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News

Two Temple football players will appear in court next week almost one year after their arrest on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Former Temple students Benjamin Wood and Delonte Stancil claim Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins beat them in a Jan. 18, 2015 altercation at Club 1800 in Northern Liberties. Wood testified in a preliminary hearing that as he was leaving the bathroom in the club, he saw Reddick stomping on Stancil. Wood said that when he tried to intervene, he was kicked under his right eye and then charged by Dawkins, who, he said, punched him more than 10 times. Wood suffered a broken orbital bone and had to stay overnight in the hospital, Assistant District Attorney Jason Grenell said in October. “They had to insert a metal plate to keep the skin and muscle around his eye from sagging and disfiguring his face,” he said. At that preliminary hearing on April 29, 2015, Judge Joyce Eubanks dismissed all charges against Reddick and all but a simple assault charged against Dawkins. Before the charges were dropped, Dawkins and Reddick had been suspended from the football team, but returned to the roster before the 2015 season started after a Student Conduct Code hearing. In June, the District Attorney’s office reinstated first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault and all other charges against the two players. The players received their trial dates Oct. 20 after applying for and failing to get into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. ARD is a program that allows offenders to go through rehabilitative


programs or pay fines rather than go through the court process. “The ARD program wasn’t really appropriate for this case,” Glenn Gilman, Reddick’s attorney, told The Temple News in October. The case will proceed to court on March 14 and continue for three days, according to court records. Gilman said last week while he could not predict the outcome of the trial, he was confident in his case for Reddick. “The credibility of witnesses is important. They have to be believed, and this goes for both sides,” he said. Gilman added self-defense is going to be a “major issue” in the upcoming case. Pennsylvania law requires proof of three circumstances in order for self-defense to be applicable: reasonable fear of serious bodily harm that could have only been prevented by use of force, that they did not start it and they first tried to retreat. The longest sentence Dawkins and Reddick could face is 20 years in prison for aggravated assault, a firstdegree felony and an additional 20 years if they are found guilty of firstdegree felony conspiracy. In September, however, attornies on both sides of the case said the decision of the jury could not be predicted. Dawkins, a senior offensive lineman, and Reddick, a redshirt-senior defensive lineman, are both criminal justice majors. Spokesman and Communications Director for the Office of the District Attorney Cameron Kline declined to comment on the case. Discussing an ongoing case is against policy, he said. Dawkins’ attorney, James Funt, could not be reached for comment. As of Monday evening, coach Matt Rhule could not be reached for comment through a university spokesman. * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules




Bill: keep Rec centers: ‘We need a whole lot’ business


Nearby community leaders say they support the recent legislation. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News A proposed City Council bill could give registered community organizations a say in whether “nuisance businesses” can keep their licenses, if those businesses accumulate enough violations during a 60-day or one-year period. The “Responsible Business Operations” bill, introduced by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, would suspend the licenses of any business with more than three violations in 60 days and more than seven violations during one year. A nuisance business with a revoked license would be required to meet with a registered community organization, also known as RCO, or a member of City Council to regain the license. Some examples of nuisances that could create violations include excessive noise, public urination, loitering, littering and illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages— which make bars a likely target. In the Cecil B. Moore community, the RCO in question is Beech Community Services, headquartered on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street. “This would make businesses more accountable to the community,” Beech’s Director of Community Services Christine Brown said. “[We] will know exactly what’s going on and that information can be filtered out to people so folks aren’t left out in the dark and not knowing what’s going on with these [nuisance] businesses.” Nuisance businesses are a concern for other RCOs that don’t work closely with businesses, like Temple Area Property Association. Peter Crawford, a representative, said some property owners in places like the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Susquehanna Avenue are a problem, with some businesses receiving violations for loitering, alleged drug dealing and even shootings outside. Crawford, however, isn’t sold on the bill. “It gives the community a stronger voice,” Crawford said. “On the other hand, you have to remember RCOs were created originally for zoning purposes so here we’re seeing a bill that expands their role to another area. They’re not elected organizations, they’re not always transparent organizations. … There is some concern about how far is council going to go to expand the powers of these [RCOs].” “I do believe that businesses could benefit by addressing the community’s concerns and interacting more with civic associations,” Crawford added. If the property of the business is sold, the new owner still must work with an RCO to re-obtain the business license, according to the proposed bill. In a FAQ distributed by Bass’ office, the bill is supposed to improve relations between the community and businesses. “Just like shoveling your walk after a snowstorm, otherwise you get fined, this bill is about being a good neighbor and community member,” the FAQ read. * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick

Residents want Mayor Kenney to follow through with funding. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News

This past summer, 8th and Diamond Recreation Center received a new mural from the city’s Mural Arts program—a welcome addition, considering the building’s interior hasn’t been touched since the 1960s. The building—located at 800 Diamond St.—is so small, there is nowhere for storage. Drapes stretch across the back wall to hide the inventory. Behind doors that look like a closet, there’s a full kitchen built into a wall, and cracks line the walls, one of which is big enough to see outside. Mayor Jim Kenney proposed a $600 million budget for recreation centers and libraries on Thursday. After-school program teacher Jackie Clark said there really isn’t much structurally wrong with the facility. She did, however, call for new computers and internet in the facility to help the 20 kids she has on schedule and the other stragglers who pop in to do homework. “We need a whole lot,” said Clark, who lives on Marshall Street

near Norris. “But what we have, we make do with it.” Computers were donated to the recreation center nearly 10 years ago, but they could no longer process newer programs so they were discarded about four years ago. The facility has never had Internet. Clark said when things break, it takes a long time until they’re fixed. About 10 years ago, monkey bars were removed from the playground, and the recreation center has requested replacement monkey bars twice a year for the past six years. Lorraine Haw, a volunteer at the center, said the needs are higher in North Philadelphia recreation centers than other recreation centers in the Philadelphia area. “[Politicians] may think we’re happy with every little bit they give us, but that’s far from the truth,” said Haw, who live on Allegheny Avenue near Jasper Street. “They have to realize we have to keep these kids occupied, this is their safe haven after school.” “If there are problems [at home], they know they can run [to the recreation center],” she added. “This is their safe spot—that they know.” To fundraise, the center will sell pretzels and water ice at basketball tournaments. The center also holds worship ceremonies on Sundays for the former Seventh Street United Methodist


Community members sit in the 8th and Diamond Community Center March 4.

Church. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held weekly in the center, and the space is also used for baby showers. Amos Recreation Center, on 16th Street near Berks, hosts community meetings and has a playground, pool and basketball court. Lola Blount, an after-school employee at the center, said the facility sees 75 to 100 kids a week at the facility, with 20 coming regularly after school. Amos and the 8th and Diamond centers have common problems: no Internet and slow response time from the city in fixing problems. Haw said Kenney and other city officials need to follow through on the new budget proposal.

“The city needs to wake up,” Haw said. “This is a safe haven for the children and these kids need a safe haven to go to until their parents who are working can come home and take care of them. Either that, or they’re on the corner doing stuff we don’t want them to do. … If you don’t want to fill up your jails, then let’s give these kids something to do with their time and then maybe they won’t get to do the things that puts them in jail.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick


President Theobald said if Temple is not given the $175 million it’s owed by the state, tuition would need to be increased, but added he was not sure by how much.

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lose about $20 million,” Kaiser said. “It could impact the way they’re able to deliver healthcare.” Kaiser is worried if Temple does not get the state money it has been promised, it will turn into a private university. Of the “City Six” universities in Philadelphia, Temple is the only semi-public university. Earlier this month, Temple Student Government spearheaded a social media barrage to press politicians to pass the budget, along with student governments from Lincoln University, University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. “Something that [Gov. Tom Wolf] ran on was higher-education funding and a year into his term we are yet to see any money, let alone an increase, and that’s discouraging,” said Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi. On Wednesday, TSG representatives went to Harrisburg along with President Theobald and other administrators to attend the appropriation hearings. Theobald and representatives from the three other state-related universities—Penn State, Pitt and Lin-

coln—testified about possible issues if a budget is not passed by June 30. Theobald said no budget could severely impact the services Temple’s healthcare system provides. “Temple has done its part,” Theobald told the appropriations committee.

State Rep. Matthew Bradford, a Democrat who represents the state’s 70th district in Norristown, criticized the state legislature for its current $2-billion structural deficit, and said state legislators are “failing its students.” Immediately following Brad-

be detrimental to the mission “Itofwould Temple, and it would really hurt enrollment.” Ryan Rinaldi | Student body president

Later on in the hearing, Theobald also highlighted the Temple Option, which allows university applicants to forgo submitting SAT or other standardized test scores. He also spoke about “Fly in 4,” the university’s plan to help students graduate in four years. After Theobald and the other three state-related representatives finished testifying, state legislators questioned them about what their university has been doing to deal with the budget crisis, along with general updates on university affairs.

ford’s testimony, Rep. William Adolph, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, declined to respond. “I’m passionate about supporting education funding,” Bradford told The Temple News after the hearing. “This is a really unfortunate situation that our politics got so dysfunctional.” “To the average voter or to the affected citizen, of course, the blame will go on all of us,” he said. “But the reality is Tea Party politicians that believe in obstruction and don’t

believe in compromise or collaboration have really taken hold in Harrisburg in a way that is unfortunate and is tying up good things, including a balanced, timely budget.” Rinaldi believes if the university raises tuition it would negatively impact students and enrollment. “It would be detrimental to the mission of Temple, and it would really hurt enrollment,” Rinaldi said. “There are a lot of students who pay tax dollars and go to school for a discount and it’s incredibly concerning to think that tuition could nearly double for in-state students and that would hurt enrollment a lot.” Theobald said at a press conference following last Wednesday’s meetings in Harrisburg that tuition would increase without a budget, but added he wasn’t sure by how much. Other state-related representatives said it’s time for a budget to be passed. “This is really one of our biggest concerns,” said Patrick Gallagher, Pitt’s chancellor. “The support is great, but it’s time to act … let’s get agreement, and let’s move forward.” * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews




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Resolve budget impasse The past Wednesday, ness about Temple’s budget. President Theobald and “The reality is,” the Temple Student Government email said, “that without state representaaction, we The budget impasse could will tives attended be have lasting, expensive a state budget looking at effects on the university. appropriation a massive meeting in budget defHarrisburg to say their piece icit.” on the longest budget impasse Ken Kaiser, Temple’s in the state’s history. CFO and treasurer told The The meeting made clear Temple News the impasse is what we have considered giving the university pause on all year—the impasse could some projects. The university, create very serious, very ex- in turn, has taken out a line of pensive consequences for the credit to continue operating Temple community. as normal. It could raise tuition for Kaiser added Temple in-state students, restrict ser- may be forced to start opervices at Temple Hospital and ating as private if it can’t dethe university. pend on money appropriated Representatives from by the state. Penn State, the University TSG student body presiof Pittsburgh and Lincoln dent Ryan Rinaldi told The University—Pennsylvania’s Temple News he believes the other state-related institu- possibility of privatization tions—also presented the is- goes against the core mission sues the schools may face if of the institution. the impasse is not resolved “It’s incredibly concernby June 30, the last day of the ing to think that tuition could state’s fiscal year. nearly double for in-state stuTheobald sent an email dents and that would hurt ento students following the rollment a lot,” he said. presentation, explaining that We urge every person $150 million usually allo- at Temple to consider the efcated to academics at the uni- fects—financial and academversity is still lacking from ic—that privatization could the state. He asked students to have. Let TSG and state repsign up for Temple Advocates resentatives hear your voice, Legislative Outreach Net- before it’s too late. work which spreads aware-

Prioritize voting Results from the latest Census Bureau. So, we’ll say primaries and caucuses pre- it again: register to vote beceding the presidential elec- fore the Pennsylvania primation have been Registering to vote has ry election on alarming. April 26. Regardless of never been easier or more The important. which candideadline to date is taking register is the lead, it’s daunting to see March 28, 30 days prior to the results of voter turnout so the election. But since late far. August 2015, you don’t even In the past 16 elections need to fill out a paper applisince February, New Hamp- cation. shire has shown the highest Last summer Gov. Tom turnout rate at 52.4 percent, Wolf and Secretary of State according to collected data Pedro A. Cortés announced from the United States Elec- the launch of an online voter tions Project. NPR reported registration site. Since then, that compared to 2008, Dem- nearly 100,000 people have ocratic voters have decreased registered on the site. We beby 2.6 million. lieve it has never been easier, We know the story is al- and more efficient, to be poways the same: voter turnout litically engaged and socially is low, so now is the time to responsible. register. This is especially So, really, register to relevant to students—in the vote in time for the primary last presidential election, 38 election April 26. To fill out percent of people ages 18-24 an application online, visit voted, according to the U.S. register.votesPA.com.


In the article “Taking notes: what to expect” that ran Feb. 23, an infographic incorrectly showed Tulane’s stadium had a capacity of 35,000. Its capacity is 30,000. In the article “Program combats low literacy rates throughout Philadelphia” that ran Feb. 23, GED was stated to be a General Education Diploma. GED stands for General Education Development. 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-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.

Temple belongs in The American Temple should avoid the temptation of joining a Power 5 conference.


ne week ago in Storrs, Connecticut, David Benedict was introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Connecticut. During his introductory press conference, Benedict addressed why UConn belonged in one of the Power 5 conferences. “This is a Power 5, or if you want to refer to it as an Autonomy 5, program all day, everyday,” Benedict said. The group Benedict was referring to is made up of the Atlantic Coast, Big 10, Big 12, Pacific 12 and SouthOWEN MCCUE eastern conferences. The schools in these conferences benefit from an increase in revenue and autonomy over legislation. The American Athletic Conference, which both UConn and Temple belong to, signed a seven-year, $126-million television deal in February 2013. The previously mentioned conferences each have contracts worth $200 million or more per year over the next several years. It’s easy to see why a school like UConn or Temple might want to bolt from The American and become part of this group if given the opportunity, but Temple should be wary if the opportunity presents itself. During an Oct. 15 interview, Athletic Director Pat Kraft said he set the standard for Temple’s athletic programs by looking at the Power 5 schools. “The only reason I compare to them is because they are winning and I want to win,” Kraft said. Winning was a bit of a rarity for Temple’s programs in the first two years of

The American. Temple and Tulane were the only two schools not to win a conference championship in any sport during that time period. Temple’s football team went 1-7 and 4-4 in conference games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the first two years in the league. In 2015, the Owls didn’t claim the conference crown in football, but went 7-1 in The American and made a trip to the conference championship game. This past year’s 10-4 season, which was tied for the most wins in school history, helped draw an average crowd of 44,159 to Temple’s football games, the Owls’ largest attendance since Temple moved to Lincoln Financial Field. Temple’s historic campaign and the new attention it brought to the program helped draw support for a proposed $126 million, 35,000-seat football stadium for which a design was approved by the Board of Trustees at a special meeting Feb. 8. This team’s success would likely not

2015, the Utes fifth year in the league. Only Texas Christian has won a conference championship. The Horned Frogs went to bowl games for eight straight years, winning 11-or-more games in six of those years, before leaving the Mountain West Conference for the Big 12 in 2012. In its seven years in the Big East before joining the Big 12, West Virginia won nine-or-more games seven times and held at least a share of conference championship four times. Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, the Mountaineers haven’t finished higher than fifth. The Owls’ success in The American isn’t even close to West Virginia’s in the Big East. If Temple were to move to a Power 5 conference, the Owls would most likely have to fight for a winning record instead of having their name in conference championship discussions. As Temple’s plans for an on-campus football stadium continue, it will be important for the football team to win.

have been possible had the Owls been playing in a Power 5 conference. Other football programs that have joined conferences like the Big 12 and the Pac-12 have not been able to duplicate the same success they had before the move. The University of Utah, West Virginia University, Rutgers University and Texas Christian University all joined Power 5 football conferences in the past five years. Rutgers and West Virginia haven’t eclipsed eight wins since joining the Big 10 and Big 12, respectively. Utah went to its first Pac-12 championship game in

Whether the increase in attendance is permanent is a bit of an unknown, but a winning team will keep fans in the seats. Temple’s football program certainly has momentum going in its direction right now, however, with the way the Football Bowl Subdivision is currently set up, the Owls’ best to chance to win, whether that be a conference championship or marquee bowl game, is in The American.

If Temple were to move to a Power 5 “ conference, the Owls would most likely have to fight for a winning record.”

* owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue



Fighting thoughts of failure

Despite growing up in a conservative household, a woman defends her liberal views to her mom.

was sitting in the back seat of our beat-up old minivan when she said it. “What did I do wrong to raise three children who are liberals?” my mother asked. I don’t think she realized the weight of her words, but in that moment my heart sunk far into my chest. I was raised in an aggressively conservative household and it was not news to me that my mom disapproved of my political beliefs. There were enough heated debates around the dinner table over the years when I began studying government and politics to convince me it was better to keep my mouth shut most of the time. But despite my better efforts, those debates continued in my absence when my younger brother and sister began to advocate for the same things I did. It probably never helped our case that my entire extended family sided with my mom. We were outliers, forever defending our right to differing opinions despite relentless attempts to “correct” our misshapen ideals. I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear the words come out of her mouth, but the fact that I made my mother feel like a failure felt like a punch in the face. I wondered for a moment if I was justified in holding my beliefs, if those beliefs were worth making my mother distressed. That thought quickly disintegrated, though, as I considered the basic human rights I feel are owed to all citizens that my mother was never hesitant to oppose—rights like marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose. What concerned me most about her thought process was that while she considered herself a failed teacher, I had always felt exactly the opposite. When my siblings and I were chil-

By Donna Fanelle dren, both she and my father had rarely talked politics in the house. It was only recently that our dinner table conversations had begun to turn into dinner table arguments. Consequently, we had been forced to explore a range of ideas, rather than blindly align

ourselves with words just spewed from the mouths of the people we trusted most. After years of school teachers pounding the importance of finding reliable sources into our heads, we read articles—both academic and news—took advanced placement courses, and watched politicians debate and promote policy on the evening news. That was one of the things about my parents I respected most—they allowed us to form our own opinions, despite their

disagreement. I can’t say for sure that many of my cousins formed their opinions straight from the minds of their parents, but I’ve spent many Thanksgiving meals being bombarded with comments from aunts and uncles whose own children left them unconcerned. Wasn’t it a testament to my mom’s success—not a failure—that we had not only the intellect to consider and analyze political arguments, but also the courage to stand alone in those beliefs? Not to mention that the three of us leaned to the left more often when it concerned social issues. Didn’t she realize that in our minds she and my dad raised us to be open-minded, more accepting of diversity and infinitely more conscious of the struggles that faced others without the privileges we had grown up with? I considered mentioning this to her, but we soon pulled into the driveway and I let the thought escape my head. A few months later, we were back to a routine argument debating the necessity of separation of church and state, when I brought it up to her. She paused for a moment before responding. Her voice was much softer when she told me that of course she was proud of us. I must have struck a nerve, that maternal instinct that said she needed to be more concerned about our feelings than whether we agreed or disagreed that most moms seem to have. We still argue on occasion, but I see her making an effort to listen more and correct me less. She may never think I’m right, but this Thanksgiving when I was once again bombarded by family members, she sat across the table from me and said adamantly, “Stop bullying my daughter.” * donna.fanelle@temple.edu



column | health

FROM THE ARCHIVES March 16, 2010: The Temple News published its second annual Bar Guide, a collection of places to celebrate special occasions and let off some steam. The issue featured bars to go to “when you’re dressed to impress” and “when you feel studious.” This year, The Temple News continues with the eighth annual special issue as an insert, pages B1-B4. Read this year’s Bar Guide to the city’s best restaurants for food and drink pairings and the people behind those creations.

column | LGBTQ

More space, inclusiveness for LGBTQ community needed While a few initiatives have been put in place on Main Campus, not much has changed.


n December 2014, The Temple News published the in-depth longform “The Fight to Be Seen,” detailing the experiences of gender-nonconforming students on campus. The students in the piece described facing discrimination and a lack of inclusive facilities and resources. A year and a half later, how much has changed? While an LGBTQ-specific resource center has not been established on campus, in February 2015 Temple opened the Burrow, a safe space for students LIAN PARSONS to meet and discuss issues of gender and identity, particularly during “Owl Talk Tuesdays.” Temple Student Government also released the TUnity statement, a part of which addressed sexuality and gender identity, in October 2015. It was later added to the Student Conduct Code. The statement promotes inclusiveness and respect of all members of the Temple community. At the time of its release, in addition to being included in the Student Conduct Code, TSG said the statement should also be added to academic syllabi. I have yet, however, to see the statement appear on any of the handouts provided by my professors. While a simple statement may not revolutionize the social climate on campus, it is a step in the right direction. But further steps must be taken to prove this statement true. “It’s very difficult to think of the TUnity Statement as anything but cosmetic because not enough students of underrepresented groups are seeing substantial gains made when


it comes to validating their needs,” said Carmen Phelps, director of student engagement. She added that while she is proud of the advocacy work she does on campus, especially with the Burrow, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Providing gender-neutral facilities like restrooms and housing are also important issues that have yet to be fully addressed on campus. The Wellness Resource Center’s website currently lists 35 gender-neutral restrooms on Main Campus, though several are not for public use. “We definitely need to be thinking about providing gender-neutral

discussions is extremely important.” One step in increasing this cultural competency is faculty asking students what their preferred names are in the beginning of the year, Phelps said. Temple offers events like Queer Lunch and National Coming Out Week, resources like the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership and student organizations like Queer People of Color and Queer Student Union. But even a cursory glance at the Wellness Resource Center and the Diversity on Temple websites show that much more is needed.

restrooms for every single building on campus,” Phelps said. In Philadelphia, all single-occupancy restrooms are required to be gender-neutral, according to legislation passed in November 2015. According to the website of Campus Pride, a nonprofit focusing on safer environments for LGBTQ college students, 18 universities in the state offer gender-inclusive housing, which means students can have a roommate of any gender. Lehigh University, the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College all offer this feature. Penn and Penn State are also featured as No. 1 and No. 9 on bestcolleges. com’s 2016 25 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students rankings. Temple is not included on either of these lists. To reach this point, Phelps said education about LGBTQ issues is important on all levels to figure out “what it means to foster [an inclusive] environment in our classrooms.” “There’s a lot of cultural competency work that needs to happen,” she added. “Facilitating inclusive

“I don’t think you can ever have too many resources,” Phelps said. “More than anything, the Temple community needs to become a lot more educated to ensure the validation and support of [all] identities. … Until that happens, you can have all the resources in the world, and it’s not going to mean a thing if people aren’t educated.” Phelps added that it will take organization and coordination among advocacy members as well as multiple communities coming together to affect greater change. It’s important not to settle on one or two programs and events— with such a diverse student population, Temple should practice what it preaches, strive to be mentioned in not just academic and athletic rankings, but also social rankings and provide resources and education to fully include all students on campus.

While a simple statement may not “ revolutionize the social climate on campus, it is a step in the right direction.”


* lian.parsons@temple.edu

Try to understand invisible illnesses Dealing with an illness as a full-time student requires patience and understanding from others.


few weeks ago, half-asleep in an Engineering Building elevator, I saw something all too familiar. A student asked for someone closer to the panel to push the button for the second floor. The person next to me huffed and puffed, shooting the student a disapproving stare, as if the extra 10 seconds would ruin his whole day. Why did it matter so much to him? I thought about the times I’ve taken the elevator to the second floor— I have a chronic pain disorder that causes moderate to severe pain in my muscles and joints, and sometimes even one flight of stairs can seem like Mount Everest. But I looked just like that girl, the one exiting the elevator followed by rude looks—no crane, no crutches, no wheelchair, because my disorder is an “invisible” one. It shouldn’t really matter what floor I or anyone else takes an elevator to, but it’s also important to take into consideration that things aren’t always as they appear. People who look fine aren’t necessarily so. “We get that a lot,” said Lauren Highsmith, the student services coordinator for Temple’s Disability ReVICTORIA MIER sources and Services department. “‘He or she looks fine,’ or ‘They don’t look sick.’” Highsmith often acts as a liaison between students and professors. She’s heard from professors about students with invisible illnesses. Though most are willing to make accommodations, Highsmith said having an “invisible illness,” or a condition without noticeable physical attributes, can complicate matters. “They just assume because they don’t see someone in a wheelchair or with a seeing-eye dog that this person is fine and they’re not sick,” Highsmith said. “It’s not even just for a chronic illness. It can even be just for a learning disability.” This occasional unwillingness to validate a student’s illness can make their time in class even more difficult, she said. Some students are afraid to approach their professors if their illness isn’t physically visible, Highsmith

Invalidation is a common cycle for “ those suffering with invisible illnesses, especially students.” said, and those with rarer illnesses worry professors won’t understand exactly what they’re going through. “It makes students even more hesitant to open up and explain,” Highsmith said. “It can also be embarrassing to talk about your bathroom needs or different parts of your body that are affected.” Unfortunately, invalidation is a common cycle for those suffering with invisible illnesses, especially students. Our professors don’t believe us. Our bosses don’t believe us. Worse, sometimes even our family and friends don’t. Elana Sorrin, a senior social work major, has had chronic migraines since she was 9 years old. She gets them in moderate to severe form just about every day. “It kind of dictates my entire thinking,” Sorrin said. “When it’s bad, I can’t think or speak or coordinate myself.” Despite what Sorrin goes through on a daily basis, people don’t always take time to understand. “Most of the time it’s supportive,” Sorrin said. “But, I feel as though when it happens over and over again, people become unfazed by it. It’s like, ‘Oh, well, you said that already a few days ago that you were too sick to get out of bed. How do we know it’s real since we can’t see it?’” Not everyone understands or is willing to take the time to understand what she’s going through. Instead, people downplay it. So Sorrin has to downplay it as well. In my personal experience, this invalidation and downplaying leads nowhere good. Despite having strong support from some close friends and family, many others invalidated my pain, even some doctors. So I figured it couldn’t be that bad. I felt guilty for cancelling plans last-minute or making up multiple tests in high school. I didn’t—and, most of the time, still don’t— look sick. But I am. Today, when someone tells me I’m not, I just roll my eyes and walk away. But when I was 16, things were a little different, and I let other people tell me how much pain I was or wasn’t in—leading to an unhealthy dissociation with my own body I’ve spent several years working through. There is undoubtedly a stigma against those living with invisible illnesses, an all-too-pervasive idea that something that can’t be seen can’t be real. “They’re far and few between, but you do get some [professors] who are like, ‘No, I know they were absent, I know they missed a test, but I’m not letting them make it up,’” Highsmith said. “I think that if someone came into your class that had a vision impairment and a walking stick, people would be like, ‘OK, you missed class? Great. We’ll let you make up the test.’ But when you have a student who doesn’t look sick and says, ‘I wasn’t feeling well that day,’ they’re like, ‘Where’s your doctor’s’ note?’” Sorrin constantly worries about being prepared, since she can’t just pull an all-nighter or do an assignment the day before like other classmates. Zachary Noel, a sophomore psychology major who suffers from Crohn’s disease, can be “fine one second” and “doubled over” the next. Students with invisible illnesses need professors to not assume we’re fine because we look fine. We need our friends not to shame us when we cancel plans last minute. We need everyone on Temple’s campus to stop judging the girl who takes the elevator to the second floor. We need people to stop and think, because despite what we may look like, we’re not always all right. But with some extra time, space and understanding, we’ll be OK. We are strong and resilient, sometimes to a fault. All we ask is that we do not become as invisible as our disorder. * victoria.mier@temple.edu





Actress Tina Fey, best known for “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” promoted the Donald Fey Memorial Scholarship on the “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” The scholarship, established by Tina and her brother, Peter Fey, is in honor of her father, Donald Fey, who died Oct. 18, 2015. The scholarship is specifically for military veterans applying to the journalism department, as a tribute to Donald’s service in the Korean War. Donald Fey was a 1966 alumnus of the School of Media and Communication. According to Philadelphia Business Journal, Temple did not disclose how much money Tina Fey donated to the scholarship, but there is nearly $100,000 donated so far. Neither of the Fey siblings are part of the scholarship recipient selection committee, according to Philadelphia Business Journal. It is also unclear how many recipients will receive the scholarship, but Temple could potentially award $4,000 this fall if a student who fits the criteria is identified. -Lian Parsons


More than 32,000 applications have been recieved for the next calendar year at Temple, breaking last year’s record. According to a university press release, 32,655 students applied to the university as of Feb, 24. Last year, 30,043 applied. The deadline for applications was March 1. William Black, senior vice provost for enrollment management, said in a Temple Now interview, the rise in applications is occuring at nearly every school and college at the university, and that the new class is the strongest academically in Temple’s history. “Our academic reputation is soaring, and people everywhere are starting to take notice,” Karin Mormando, director of undergraduate admissions, said in the release. Factors contributing to growth include the Temple Option, which allows applicants to apply without submitting standardized test scores. Another is improvements to Main Campus, including Visualize Temple and Verdant Temple, the university’s campus and landscape plans, respectively. The number of minority applicants is also up at the university. African-Americans’ applications have increased by more than 9 percent since last year, and applications from Latinos about 30 percent. -Steve Bohnel


Deja Wolf (right), and her son Quahmier Wolf-Wilson listen to family members speak at Sgt. Robert Wilson III’s vigil on Saturday. Wilson was fatally shot when entering a GameStop on Saturday. Police officers, elected officials, family and friends gathered at Philadelphia Police’s 22nd District on 17th Street near Montgomery Avenue to remember Wilson, who was an eight-year veteran of the force.



The Home Depot has released plans to hire 1,500 people in the Philadelphia area and 80,000 people nationwide in preparation for the home improvement store’s busiest season of spring. Both fulltime, seasonal and part-time positions are available. Opening opportunities include sales, operations and cashier positions. All applications can be filled out online on The Home Depot’s official website. Associates are offered tuition assistance, 401k plans and other incentives during their employment. The tuition assistance program has granted associates more than $124 million during the past 10 years. The Home Depot’s nearest stores include one in Port Richmond, Crescentville and South Philadelphia. -Gillian McGoldrick


Thomas Pierce Elementary School in North Philadelphia received a $225,000 grant to provide technology and resources to parents in the community, Newsworks reported. The grant, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will last three years and create a space in a previously empty room in the school building. Parents will be able to access information on how to get involved in their children’s education, instruct their children in reading and math, enroll their children in high school and give resources that will help parents fill out job applications. Parent Power, an advocacy group headed by Sylvia Simms, who serves on the School Reform Commission, has opened other centers like the one at Thomas Pierce Elementary School in nearby schools. The school district hopes to open technology and resource centers in all of its schools, Superintendent William Hite told Newsworks. -Julie Christie


City Controller Alan Butkovitz is trying to fight the city’s underfunded pension crisis by buying out more than 30,000 pensioners. The Inquirer reported Butkovitz is attempting to offer up-front cash payments to city retirees in order for them to surrender their pensions. “There’s a persistent concern in the city about getting control of pension costs and a lot of things have been tried that were nibbling around the edges,” Butkovitz told the Inquirer. City Council would need to approve any buyout. -Steve Bohnel

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Community members and Wilson’s loved ones bow their heads to pray during a vigil for Sgt. Robert Wilson III on Saturday.



Marisol Guridy hands a tissue to Officer Daniel Stevens during a vigil for Sgt. Robert Wilson III.

‘A year later, honoring a fallen hero ‘ Watch video coverage of the vigil at temple-news.com/multimedia.

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emann and TUH as the two serve the North Philadelphia community and are located closest to St. Joe’s, Silberman said. “I doubt it’ll have much impact outside the two hospitals,” he said. “[Business] can be absorbed by the hospitals nearby.” “There’s no Philadelphia health system, it’s a bunch of competing companies,” Silberman added. “Some of those have a commitment to caring for the public. … Temple has some history of being adept at that.” For-profit companies like Hahnemann University Hospital have a financial responsibility to the shareholders, Silberman said. Nonprofit hospitals are not required to pay taxes because they provide services to the community, Silberman said. He added there is no agency in Philadelphia which has the ability to allocate resources based upon need. Continued from page 1


that is you have to be able to, on the one hand, be part of the law enforcement package ... and if you have to, making arrests and all that technical


Temple University Hospital is expected to help take patients from St. Joseph’s Hospital after it closes this month.

“Access to quality care is part of our mission, and Temple University Hospital stands ready to accept patients who previously might have sought care at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” Temple Health spokes-

stuff. … On the other hand, we want to make sure you have the people skills, you’re able to think a little bit differently, a little more broadly.” One challenge for new officers is adapting to the climate of the relationship between students off campus and com-


man Jeremy Walter said in an email. TUH declined to comment further. * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews

munity members, Leone said. “We want to make sure that when [new officers] are coming here, they realize that we’re in a very, very diverse population between the university and our neighboring community,” he said. “And we have to think like that. It

really is more about building the bridges than creating more of those gaps.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



Temple librarians edited Wikipedia to increase diversity in its articles at the Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon on Friday. PAGE 16

Moiyattu Banya, an adjunct professor of women’s and gender studies at Temple, founded WomenChangeAfrica to tell their untold stories. PAGE 8

The “reForm” exhibit in the Tyler School of Art will screen “Goodbye to City Schools” tomorrow in response to Philadelphia’s public school closures. PAGE 16



Scalia served law school




The late Justice participated in Beasley School of Law’s Rule of Law Program. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor


rom her time spent clerking at the Supreme Court, Pamela Bookman distinctly remembers the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s reaction to the birth of her co-clerk’s first child. “We were sort of talking about it in the hall, smiling and, you know, laughing and talking about it happily,” said Bookman, a visiting assistant professor of civil procedure and contracts at the Beasley School of Law. “And he passed by and sort of wondered what all the jollity was about, and when we told him, he was so happy.” “He just seemed to appreciate the real-life part of life,” Bookman added. “He wasn’t all business.” Scalia served on the Supreme Court for 29 years before his death this past February, and for the last years 16 years of his life, Scalia also served as a member of the advisory board for Temple’s Rule of Law Program in China. The 15-month Rule of Law Program operates in collaboration with Tsinghua University in Beijing, and it trains Chinese lawyers and judges in American and international law, Reinstein said. As part of his position, Scalia met with students from the master of laws section of the program during their summer semester in the United States. “The students always thought it was one of the high points of the whole program,” said Robert Reinstein, former dean of Beasley from 1989 to 2008 and now the Clifford Scott Green chair professor of law. Reinstein said Scalia be-



Temple Craasfire performs a traditional dance at the group’s first event for an audience of about 40 students on Feb. 25.

DANCE TEAM KICKS OFF FIRST SEASON Temple Craasfire, the first Garba and Raas dance team on campus, finished its first season this semester. By MICHELLE FERGUSON The Temple News Darshan Bhalodia wanted to bring his favorite hobby to Temple. It was November 2014, and the sophomore biology major had just spent a season dancing for a Drexel dance team when he realized he had a true passion for the two dances. He wanted to make his dreams a reality at his own school, so he created Temple Craasfire, Temple’s first Garba and Raas dance team. Raas dance is a traditional partner dance, which originates from Gujarat, a state in India. It is typically performed with sticks called “dandiya.” Growing up, Bhalodia was always around Raas dance. While it is practiced throughout the year, it is particularly popular during Navratri, a nine-night Hindu festival. Celebrating Navratri was a family tradition for Bhalodia, and it eventually became his favorite holiday. “I just fell in love,” he said. The team started last spring, and al-



Temple Craasfire finished its first season on Main Campus. The group practices Garba and Raas dances, which are both native to Gujarat, a state in India.


Teaching biology, the body ‘through art’ Professor Hayes-Conroy teaches a geography and urban studies course about the human body. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News When her geography and urban studies course started up this semester, Emily Lynch, along with many of her classmates, didn’t know

what to expect. “None of us had known exactly what was going to emerge,” said Lynch, a second year geography and urban studies Ph.D. student. “We’re all like, ‘What’s this class about?’” “It’s an experiment.” Lynch is enrolled in “Bodies in Geography” and “Bodies Studio” I and II this semester, taught by Allison Hayes-Conroy, an assistant professor of geography and urban studies. The class helps students find new ways to think about the human body—more specifically, how the body is viewed through social and biological sciences.


“You can literally bring your physical body into an intellectual exercise,” Lynch said. “One of the things I strive to do is to provide students with tools for questioning the framework that they’ve been taught to think with,” Hayes-Conroy said. “That could be interesting for anyone, because everyone has a body.” The class merges two previously independent courses at Temple, the undergraduate course “Bodies in Geography” and the graduate courses “Bodies Studio” I and II. It’s open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


“You can literally

bring your physical body into an intellectual exercise.

Emily Lynch |

Geography and urban studies Ph.D. student





Professor gives ‘platform for visibility’ Moiyattu Banya created a blog to tell the stories of African women. By MADISON HALL The Temple News From a young age, Moiyattu Banya loved hearing stories. Banya was born in Sierra Leone, and she said she was impacted by a close-knit community of women around her. Banya has always loved to talk to women and hear their stories. Now, she loves to tell those stories. In 2011, Banya founded WomenChangeAfrica, a lifestyle blog that strives to highlight the untold stories of successful African women in different career fields. Banya is an adjunct professor of women’s and gender studies at Temple, and she taught a black feminism course at the University of the West Indies in the Caribbean last summer. “We give these women a platform for visibility as they share their experiences and challenges in their work,” Banya said. Banya first had the idea for WomenChangeAfrica when she noticed the slow progress women were making in the workforce in Africa. After some research, she realized women lacked the resources to sustain their own businesses. “Women were making significant strides in business, but needed more support and resources, such as loans to take their businesses to the next level,” she said. Banya uses the blog to provide women with opportunities to expand their businesses and to help promote African brands founded by


Moiyattu Banya, the co-founder of Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone, teaches a group of girls at last year’s summit.

women, which are oftentimes not featured elsewhere. WomenChangeAfrica has a threefold mission focused on celebrating, cultivating and connecting African women in their careers, according to the website. “It creates a unique, personal profile of what the African woman identity is,” Banya said. Inspired by the women in her family, Banya has implemented the idea of sisterhood into her business. “The best advice my mother ever gave me was to always treat people well and to build relationships with others,” she said. “I establish and maintain genuine relationships with the people and brands I help.” True to her childhood love, storytelling has been

an important part of WomenChangeAfrica. In 2014, Banya was one of 200 African women selected to attend a twoweek creative nonfiction writing program in Uganda. It was the first time she published her work publicly. “Writing raises visibility on issues and gives voices to communities that normally don’t,” Banya said. Along with WomenChangeAfrica, Banya is the co-founder of the Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone, which provides mentors hip for young girls ages 12 to 16 to help them become leaders of social change in their communities. “We notice a change in behavior, confidence, maturity and family dynamic in the girls,” she said. In her classroom at Tem-


An attendee writes an affirmative note during last year’s summit.

ple, Banya pushes her students to think and challenge their peers. “I want my students to understand every community in-

dividually, what makes women work together and to not make assumptions,” she said. “It’s not about ... how many people know your name,

it’s about the impact you make,” Banya said. * madison.hall@temple.edu


Poetry informed by African-American identity Jamal Parker was named International Youth Poetry Champion. By PAULA DAVIS The Temple News When he was in third grade, Jamal Parker started writing comic books. He mimicked some of his favorites: Spider-Man, Superman and the Justice League. The sophomore African American studies major stuck exclusively to writing fiction for awhile, and he shied away from other forms of writing. Parker, now the Philly Youth Poetry Movement’s slam champion, said he was initially uninterested in poetry. “I wanted to stick to fiction writing,” Parker said. “This creative drive I had came from being invested in superheroes.” Parker didn’t consider writing poetry until he took his first poetry class in high school, where he said he tried performing spoken word for the first time. “It wasn’t even my own poem,” Parker said. “But reciting it felt dope.” Parker’s poetry teacher pushed him to start writing his own work. From there, he started going to open mics, workshops and other venues. “That spawned this spoken word endeavor that I’ve taken on,” Parker


Jamal Parker, the secretary of Babel Poetry Collective, started writing poetry in high school.

said. Parker writes poetry several times a week. He is the secretary for the Babel Poetry Collective, and his team was named the Brave New Voices’ International Youth Poetry Slam Champion last summer. When he was a freshman, Parker auditioned for Babel, but he didn’t make it. “I was nervous, but I thought I’d be able to make it,” he said. “It just pushed me to go harder.” After seeing Babel’s October 2014 show “Babylon Rise,” Parker’s

mind was set. Next year, he wanted to make the team. “I wanted to be at that level,” he said. “I wrote every day. I started to reflect on what I had to do better.” “I continue to write so that I can avoid complacency,” Parker said. As a sophomore with the Brave New Voices win under his belt, Parker went out for Babel’s collective auditions once again. This time, he made it. Parker said poetry has become like a full-time job. He’s inspired by his own personal experiences and his

education, especially his AfricanAmerican studies courses. “What you hear from AfricanAmerican poets comes from identity,” Parker said. His poems “wouldn’t be as intricate or detailed” without the inclusion of his experiences as an African American, he added. Parker said the last poem he performed at Brave New Voices, “Glory,” focused on the idea of “black joy,” which celebrates African-American culture, rather than what Parker said is a more typical narrative: the

victimization of African Americans. “We wanted to flip the script,” he said. Though the group had more serious poems that were performanceready, they chose to “end the night on a high note.” After the event, Parker said social media lit up with #blackjoy in relation to the event. “Poetry is most rewarding when it can spark a movement,” Parker said. “It allows people to feel empowered.” Dagmawe Berhanu, a sophomore psychology major and a member of Babel, said Parker’s stage presence as a poet motivates him. “His energy is alive, electric,” Berhanu said. “It makes you want to listen.” “We’re a family,” he added. “We’re constantly pushing each other, trying to get to our highest peak. … He takes his craft seriously, and it’s a testament to his passion for the artistic process.” Parker said when reflecting on his growth from doodling comic books in the third grade until now, the one thing that continually motivates him to write is the power of his words. “It’s not always about the medals or awards,” Parker said. “When a poem changes a person’s point of view, you realize that it’s not just about the credit.” * paula.davis@temple.edu



Local stylist Carla Clarkson was chosen to style hair for the recent release “Creed,” and specializes in treating women’s hair with a honey-infused blowout. PAGE 10

Ross Katz, a former Temple student, left school to pursue his film career in Los Angeles. Recently, he directed the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, “The Choice.” PAGE 11




‘The Swiss Army Knife of artists’ Street artist NDA is changing the landscape of local art. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Philadelphia-based street artist NDA never had a babysitter as a child. Instead, he spent his days at rehearsals for “The Nutcracker” at

the Oregon Ballet Theatre, where his mother worked as a ballerina. With a stepfather who worked as a set designer, NDA grew up surrounded by artists. After a move from New York City, NDA— who does not disclose his full name because of his work—has lived in Philadelphia for the last year. He recently completed a mural on a wall outside of The Fillmore in Fishtown, his first collaboration with the Mural Arts Program. The yellow, pink and dark blue image features a head emerging from another caricature head,

each facing opposite directions. The primary image of the heads is adorned with an olive branch, gold chains and a cherry on the top. “I didn’t really know anything about street art until I moved to New York,” NDA said. “I never really thought about it, but once I did it, it was an obvious transition.” His move to Philadelphia was influenced by the city’s established street-art culture. “There’s already a really strong street-art scene here, and I’m looking forward to being involved with that,” he said. “I’ve always re-

spected the work of Mural Arts. I’ve been trying to get in with them for a while, they’re the big game in town.” In addition to Philadelphia, NDA has extended his creative vision to places around the world such as London, Norway, Portugal and Mexico. His street work is primarily wheatpaste, a cost-friendly mixture created by artists to use as a canvas, but he considers himself a “painter,




Tuan Phung, owner and manager of Banh Mi and Bottles, stands in the space, which will open in May.

VIETNAMESE FARE: A FAMILY TRADITION Vietnam is a different world. This “ environment where people come together is the vibe we want to replicate here. ” Tuan Phung | owner

In film project, alumnus strives to capture ‘the quiet moments’ An alumnus documents a local family. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News When Jonathan Olshefski began riding along with Christopher “Quest” Rainey on his newspaper

delivery routes, he was impressed by the “artistry” of Rainey’s behind-theback, over-the-shoulder throws that came so naturally. The Pittsburgh native quickly became enthralled by Quest’s investment in his work, family and the North Philadelphia community. At the time, Olshefski didn’t realize he would spend ten years documenting the “quiet moments” of the Rainey family, who live at 23rd and Norris


streets. There is Quest, who delivered newspapers for a living at the time of their introduction but also had a music studio, which acted as a safe space for the youth in the community. There is Christine’a Rainey, who most call “Ma Quest,” and there is PJ, the 16-year-old daughter who has a love for basketball.


Banh Mi and Bottles, a new eatery combining Vietnamese street food and craft beer, will open mid-spring. By HENRY SAVAGE The Temple News


hen former student Tuan Phung was three years old, his family fled Hai Phong, Vietnam in a tiny fishing boat for Hong Kong. “We were out in the ocean,” Phung said. “Nowadays, if you get the right boat, it would take you a few hours. It took us a couple months.” In 1988, the Vietnam War had left devastating effects on the country’s people, so the Phung family left for Hong Kong. Upon arrival to a refugee camp there, the family discovered it was more “like a prison,” Phung said. Phung’s father, who had been in the food industry his whole life, quickly became the “head chef,” Phung



Christopher “Quest” Rainey sits in his recording space which is in his basement at 23rd and Norris streets.





Local stylist featured in film ‘Creed’ Carla Clarkson styled braids and twists on Tessa Thompson. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News As a young girl, Carla Clarkson spent her time playing with her grandmother’s old hair styling tools. Although her mother, who worked in education, wanted Clarkson to take a more academic route, Clarkson’s grandmother, who attended cosmetology school and managed a salon, was her greatest influence. By the time she was 12 years old, Clarkson decided she would follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and attend the now-closed Edward W. Bok Technical High School for cosmetology. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience in the hair industry, Clarkson still feels inspired by her grandmother’s stories about cosmetology school and childhood memories of rummaging through her old textbooks and tools. “At a young age I decided that I wasn’t going to go to college,” the Strawberry Mansion native said. “I wanted to graduate high school and start my career. It’s so funny, like what made me have that audacity at 12?” Although Clarkson’s mom didn’t initially agree with her idea to forego college, she was by no means unsupportive. “I really had to stand up to her,”


Clara Clarkson, a North Philadelphia hair stylist and salon owner, specializes in multi-ethnic and textured hair.

Clarkson said. “And so she said to me, ‘Well, if you’re going to do it, you’re going to be the best that ever did it.’” And Clarkson is on her way— she landed a role styling lead actress Tessa Thompson’s braids and twists for the latest Rocky movie “Creed,” also appearing in a cameo role in the film. Clarkson received the offer to work on “Creed” after her mentor, another Philadelphia hairstylist, recommended her due to her experience and expertise in multi-ethnic hair. “Working on ‘Creed’ with just a bunch of young people bringing this historic story of Rocky to life, a story that’s so important to Philadelphia, it

was just a good time and a good opportunity,” Clarkson said. Clarkson also styles hair at The Honey Blowout’s North Philadelphia location at 2455 W. Harold St. Next week, Clarkson will officially bring the Honey Blowout to Old City with its new location opening at 219 Arch St. Clarkson’s signature product, the Honey Blowout, is made with organic honey and used to balance and protect hair during blowouts. Clarkson said she developed the product when she realized many women, especially those with naturally curly hair, were getting blowouts regularly and needed greater heat protection for their hair.


In addition to her daily business as a hair stylist, Clarkson has worked on several projects and productions like New York Fashion Week, Philadelphia Fashion Week and annual HIV awareness benefit DIVAS Simply Singing. Her work has been featured on networks like BET and Nickelodeon. Clarkson said the community of hair stylists in Philadelphia is supportive of her work and she often finds inspiration among the local network. The diversity of hairstyles in Philadelphia is growing, she added, and more stylists and artists are being drawn into the city. “People are so partial to Philly no matter where we go,” she said.

“We swear Philly is where it’s at, honey.” Although Clarkson loves working on productions like fashion shows, films and photo shoots, her daily operations as a hair stylist allow her to form strong relationships with her clients. “My clients really get me through,” she said. “They provide a lot of moral support. A lot of times my clients have been my counselors in the chair. [I also love] creating looks for them, collaborating with them and finding how they want to see themselves.” Louise Anntoinette McDougal, one of Clarkson’s long-time clients and family friends from University City, said she has known Clarkson since she was 12 years old and has trusted Clarkson with her hair for years. “[I’ve] watched her move and grow, try new things, experience life, face challenges and risks, fall, get back up, be so creative and go after so much that she set her mind to,” McDougal said. Outside of her business, Clarkson runs Christian ministry events for young, single women. Clarkson said these events usually include a prayer session and inspirational discussions about being a single woman, achieving career goals and reaching out to others. “It keeps me going,” she said. “It keeps me inspired and it is my higher purpose. Hair is my career, ministry is more of a calling.” * erin.moran@temple.edu


International exhibit Library displays local music featured at Kimmel Center Frank Warren’s “PostSecret” project puts anonymous secrets on display for viewers. By KATHRYN STELLATO The Temple News Frank Warren wants to hear your secret. Ten years ago, Warren, a Maryland native, offered up his mailbox as a home for people’s secrets. He began receiving letters detailing these secrets, which he shared anonymously at PostSecret.com. The project soon became a success, with people logging on to the website to see funny, sad, sexual, terrifying and controversial secrets from strangers. PostSecret has since expanded into six books, one live event and now “PostSecret: The Show,” coming to the Kimmel Center, March 18 and 19. This isn’t the first time Frank Warren has been in Philadelphia. Six years ago, Warren came to Temple’s campus during Homecoming Week for the original PostSecret show, “PostSecret Live.” Warren, however, is excited to return to the city. “Well, I could lie and say Philadelphia has the best secrets in the world,” he said. “I used to live in Maryland and I have visited Philadelphia and it is for sure a great city. So we wanted to bring the show there to share.” The message Warren hopes college students take away from “PostSecret” is simple—“you are not alone.” Warren and his team will be setting the stage at the Perelman Theater for two days with two 8 p.m. shows and a 2 p.m. matinee. “PostSecret: The Show” is a theatrical performance with three actors and a musician who act out the secrets that have been sent to Warren over the years. Before the show, readers of PostSecret only got the postcard or whatever medium the secret was written on. The show tells the stories behind those secrets as acted out. “We bring to life some of the romantic and painful and hopeful and tragic and hidden acts of kindness and stories behind the secrets,” Warren said. The show includes old favorites from the website in addition to new and unseen

secrets, like Warren’s personal favorite of a picture of Goofy at Disneyland with text that reads “I got high at Disneyland and Goofy was the only one who knew.” The show includes the tradition of writing a secret on a postcard to be shared at the end of the show, something reminiscent of “PostSecret Live.” Also carried over from “PostSecret Live” is the playing of voicemails that have been left and sent to Warren over the years. Fran Egler, who handles the booking of co-promotions and Broadway programming at the Kimmel Center, is excited to see a different type of show come to the Kimmel. “What’s great about this show is that it’s gonna be different, there’s the structure to what PostSecret is but there’s gonna be different stories and different participants every single night, so it’s getting that kind of unexpected and unanticipated participation, and it’s really just gonna be improvisation in that you’re never going to see the same show twice,” Egler said. Warren hopes the impact of “PostSecret Live” remains the same with “PostSecret: The Show.” “I think with both the ‘PostSecret Live’ event and ‘PostSecret: The Show,’ what we try and do is share secrets in a way that shows how they have transformed lives and then when people leave that space their life will be a little changed too,” he said. “Maybe on the drive home, they’ll tell their boyfriend or spouse a secret or they’ll email their mother or son a secret and maybe start this conversation of revelation that can change a life.” At the same time, Warren remembers the feeling of loneliness that came with being a college student. He remembers struggling with his identity and who he was and what he wanted to do. He said he regrets keeping so many secrets. “I kept too many things secrets that later in life I realized I should have been talking about,” he said.” Not only would that have lightened the burden that I felt day to day as a student, but it would have made me realize that the secrets I was keeping— that I thought made me different or alone—were actually the experiences I could have shared with other people to feel more connected.” * kathryn.stellato@temple.edu

A new exhibit showcases the history of Philly’s music. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News

Vincent Fraley is hoping the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s new exhibit will “chip away” at the idea that libraries are boring and quiet. The special collections library, located at 1300 Locust St., is hosting “Memories & Melodies” through March 31. The exhibit aims to showcase the vast and diverse musical history of the city, starting in the 18th century and stretching through the 1980s. The collection was organized by sophomore Bennington College student Lucas Galante and Jack McCarthy, project director of the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The display includes pieces from the first African-American composer ever published in America, as well as the first American composer to tour outside of the United States, emphasizing the city’s important music achievements. “The musical legacy of Philadelphia is as old as Philadelphia itself,” said Fraley, the HSP’s communications manager. “And a lot of the early music work was created by other ethnic groups … a lot of these collections are loud themselves. They’re not meant to sit on shelves.” The collection starts with items from 1700, like sheet music and newspaper clippings from the first-ever documented public musical performance in Philadelphia, written and performed by German pilgrim Johannes Kelpius and his ensemble at the dedication of Gloria Dei, “Old Swedes’,” Church on July 2. Navigating through the 20th century, the display includes the Balch Institute sheet music collection, which consists of a myriad of ethnic music, ranging from African-American spirituals to minstrel songs and Jewish, Greek, Italian, Irish and Scandinavian songs. Also included in the display is the historic 1916 American premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, often called the “Symphony of a Thousand,” as it requires some four hundred musicians and vocalists to perform. The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the symphony in early March to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the premiere. The exhibit also captures the rich history

of Philadelphia music in the 1970s and ‘80s with “The Sound of Philadelphia,” a movement which contributed greatly to jazz, soul, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll music of the time. “When you think of early rock ‘n’ roll you think of Cleveland or New York, you never think of Philadelphia,” Fraley said. “But when we were putting this display together, you realize how central an influence Philadelphia had. It was at the epicenter of so many different musical styles.” “We have lots of sheet music that we haven’t really done much with before,” he added. “So we decided that this is a good way to sort of chip away at a lot of the bad PR that libraries get, especially special collections library, and hopefully reach a new audience.” Accompanying the display is a program series which addresses each case specifically and dives more deeply into the stories behind each piece in the display. “We’re really interested in creating dialogue,” Fraley said. “The idea of a program series is that you can create and sustain this conversation—not only to introduce an audience, but to really capture them and make them supporters of the display.” With the program series, the historical society aims to help people “make a connection in their mind between the stories and materials that we have and their relevance to current issues both political and social, as well as period pieces on television, things like that,” Fraley added. Fraley hopes the display will help music lovers across the city recognize the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as an important resource for both the history and development of music throughout the last three centuries. “We have such a great subject strength in music throughout all 300 years of Philadelphia’s history that no one would even think to look at us for,” Fraley said. “[The display] is introducing that collection, it’s also hoping to get those who are interested in music, for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to become a landmark in their mental geography.” “There’s just this really rich and diverse history of music in Philadelphia,” McCarthy said. “Philadelphia has long been known as one of the great music centers of the world and so this collection highlights that.” “All around the world Philadelphia music is known and loved,” he added. “It’s important that people realize just how important this music is to world culture.” * emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu




Troupe’s plays address uncomfortable topics InterAct brings awareness to topics through its plays. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News Seth Rozin never backs down from controversy in his plays. “I’m never afraid of controversy,” Rozin said. “I don’t back down from controversy. I kind of welcome it.” Pedophilia and technology abuse are two major themes in InterAct Theatre Company’s upcoming performance of Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether.” The company has evolved since its beginnings as a company focused on bringing American plays to international destinations. Seth Rozin, the producing artistic director of InterAct founded the theater company after working on “Pan” at the Annenberg Center. One of Rozin’s primary jobs at the company was to facilitate interaction between visiting theaters and the performing arts students in the community. “There was a theater company that came through, called the Irish University’s Theatre Company, that was bringing classic and contemporary Irish plays to the U.S., mostly through colleges in the northeast,” Rozin said. “While they were here, I got interested in the idea of international exchange through theater.” And so the InterAct Theatre Company was born. With the idea of having cultures interact with one another, Rozin had a unique vision for his company. “Our first season was to bring American plays back to Ireland,” he said. But InterAct began to develop and evolve into something else entirely during the course of five years following the company’s founding, shifting its focus from international cultural communication to local culture exchange. “The idea of interacting with audience members through plays around issues that are of cultural significance, combined with moving towards new work led us to where we are today,” Rozin said. Theater graduate student Hannah Gold, 27, who worked with InterAct in 2012 on Mike Lew’s “Microcrisis,” said InterAct’s particular perspective makes a difference in the theater community. “I think that they are really committed to Continued from page 9


said, for the entire camp. “He was cooking for tens of thousands of people, the whole camp,” Phung said. “He really has been in food his whole life.” After returning to Vietnam, the Phung family eventually moved to Philadelphia. Phung attended Temple from 2009 to 2012 for dentistry, but by his senior year, decided the path wasn’t for him. Instead, Phung began developing the idea for a restaurant with his father as the head chef—a role he was familiar with already. “The idea for the restaurant started about three or four years ago, but I never thought I could make it,” Phung said. “It wasn’t until the support from my dad, my family and my brother-in-law that I really thought I could make this happen.” Today, Phung plans to open Banh Mi and Bottles at 712 South St. in late spring. The restaurant itself has been under construction for a year, but Phung is steadily preparing the menus, the bar and take-out operation. Gaining the support of his family was a huge step, as was getting the financial support needed to start Banh Mi. But his recent trip back to Vietnam taught him a valuable lesson. “It was the greatest trip of my life,” Phung said. “I remember nights in Vietnam drinking different beer, tasting foods and taking pictures,

new work, and I think producing plays that aren’t afraid of approaching difficult topics makes them different,” she said. Though the evolution of InterAct’s current reputation took five years, the journey gave Rozin a deep insight into what he believes an audience should experience through theater. “I sensed heavily that I didn’t know what my aesthetic was when we started out,” he said. “A lot of other theaters were doing plays that were purely personal; plays about families and children, marriages and grief. There weren’t many companies that were doing plays about the world.” InterAct focuses on the larger concept of the relationship between cultures, rather than person-to-person interactions, to bring awareness to greater world issues. “Any time you do a play, you’re bringing a visibility to something for people to see and reflect on,” Gold said. “The way we interact as people is a cultural phenomenon,” Rozin added. “Like how the evolution of technology is changing the way we interact. Just a play about friends doesn’t examine that. We are examining our relationships through larger forces in the world.” InterAct’s mission is to be “a theatre for today’s world, dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time.” “If the characters we see don't contribute to the world, then it’s not a play for us,” he said. “We do plays about how the individuals affect the world, even plays about a negative effect on the world. I’m more interested how the individual affects something larger.” The white supremacy movement, pedophilia, education, corrupt governments and gay couples adopting are just a handful of the topics InterAct confronts. Although some of InterAct’s plays cause discomfort for some of the company’s subscribers, Rozin is not afraid of controversy. If the audience feels uncomfortable about a subject, Rozin sees that discomfort as proof that the issue needs to be discussed. “The Nether” opens March 25 and will run through April 17 at the Drake Theater. “The bottom line is we like to make people think about something, and argue about something and see something from a different perspective,” Rozin said. * katelyn.evans@temple.edu

thinking, ‘It is about the food, but what’s missing in America is the vibe.’” The restaurant plans to keep traditional practices in the dishes like pho and salad rolls, but Phung also wants to mix things up and bring the Vietnamese streets he knows to South Street. “Our Banh mi is thinner, and more airy than most traditional,” he said. “So now the Banh mi is not the focal point. It will be whatever you put inside. I want to do some traditional Banh mi, but I feel like there’s so much more I can do with it—like tacos! Sometimes I like to put a spin on things.” With the design of the eatery and bar, Phung wants to take his customers to a street in Vietnam, starting with a hostess stand made to look like a street vendor. The menu itself is full of a variety of flavors, so pairing the right beers with the spiciness or sweetness of certain foods is going to be important, Phung said. He’s planning to work with a professional in order to pair the right craft beer with Vietnamese dishes. “On my menu I will offer only certain types of beer to pair up with our food,” Phung said. “With Vietnamese food, there are spices we use that would encourage a lighter beer usually. However, I have a lot more varieties if you want to experiment.” Banh Mi and Bottles will feature more than 200 craft beers and innovative Banh mi dishes created by Phung’s fa-

ther. In addition to dining-in, there will be a takeout option for food and beer on the go. “For the customers who sit down and dine-in, I want to focus on ‘street bites,’” said Phung. “After school or after work, you want to have something small you can enjoy with your friends to hang out. I don’t think they want to have a large meal, because then how can you enjoy the beer or hang out?” Louis Rossanese, Phung’s brother-in-law, who has worked his entire life in the food business, has lent his knowledge to Banh Mi and Bottles and sees great potential in the restaurant. “There’s no restaurant in the city quite like this one, it’s such a cool concept,” Rossanese said. “And what better a location to be serving authentic street food than South Street? Plus, the food is actually healthy and tastes amazing.” When looking back at their trip to Vietnam, he remembered everyone outside, enjoying life and eating the “freshest food,” Rossanese said. “Vietnam is a different world,” he added. “This environment where people come together is the vibe we want to replicate here in Philadelphia.” “I would never say I’m going to bring the best food here,” Phung said. “I would say I’m bringing something different to Philadelphia.” * henry.savage@temple.edu


Former student directs recent novel adaptation Ross Katz recently directed a Nicholas Sparks film. By MADISON HALL The Temple News Ross Katz knew he was taking a risk when he left Temple after his sophomore year to pursue his film career. Eager to make movies, the former radio and film student moved to Los Angeles to immerse himself in filmmaking. The risk paid off—Katz’s first studio film, “The Choice,” was released Feb. 5. Katz said he owes his success to his former Temple professors, David Parry and Allan Barber. “They were the first people to introduce me to study all sides of moviemaking,” Katz said. Barber, a film and media arts assistant professor, recalls Katz as “bright and ambitious” during his time at Temple. The university was Katz’s first experience with the diversity of a city after being in the suburbs. “It offered me an incredible slice of life, I met so many people of different races, cultures and religions,” Katz said. “It’s an important part of storytelling in filmmaking.” After moving to Los Angeles, Katz was taken under the wing of producer Ted Hope, but ultimately became more interested in directing. In 2003, he worked with producer Sofia Coppola to produce “Lost In Translation,” a low-budget project that quickly became a commercial success. The film follows an aging American movie star (played by Bill Murray) who finds himself in Tokyo shooting a whiskey commercial for a big paycheck. With the help of Katz, the movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and three Golden Globes. “The projects he was attached to as a producer are stellar,” Barber said. Directing soon became a full-time career for Katz. He describes his role as “the captain creatively guiding the cast and crew of the ADVERTISEMENT


During his second year at Temple, Ross Katz left school to pursue his film career.

film.” Katz began his directorial debut in 2009 with the HBO special “Taking Chance,” a Golden-Globe winning TV movie starring Kevin Bacon as Lt. Col. Mike Strobl, who escorts the body of a fallen U.S. Marine to the man’s hometown. “We were very impressed with the quality of what he did with the script and direction of ‘Taking Chance,’” Barber said. In 2014, Katz received the script for the Nicholas Sparks book, “The Choice,” and after feeling an emotional connection to the story, he decided to take on the project. It was “beautiful, sexy, dramatic” all at once, he said, and reminded him of the movies he loved. “The Choice” was Katz’s first love story and first studio film he directed. “There was no exact formula on how to make the movie, I was able to turn it into what I want, thanks to the generous hybrid from Sparks,” he said. Katz said he stayed true to the heart of the book, keeping the feeling of land and water in the novel’s North Carolina setting. The day the film premiered, The Choice premiered, Katz spent the day visiting theaters to see the audience’s reaction. “I don’t pay attention to the critics, I like sneaking into the theater to watch the audience laugh or cry,” he said. He continues to write, produce and direct with plans to shoot this summer. Katz’s advice to film students is, “Go make a movie, short film, get noticed, make something extraordinary.” * madison.hall@temple.edu





A sold-out First Friday at The Barnes Foundation featured two performances from Koresh Dance Company’s repertoire on March 4 from 6-9 p.m. Charlotte Schatz, a Tyler alumna, and a modern dance enthusiast attended the performance. Schatz said her front row seat allowed her to see the expression on the dancers’ faces, adding another element to the performance. “I thought it was just gripping, and the movements were so strong,” she said. Krista Montrone, a dancer with Koresh, enjoyed dancing at the Barnes. “Rarely do you get to perform in a place like this with all the architecture,” Montrone said. Roni Koresh, the artistic director and choreographer of Koresh Dance Company, said they used the space to their advantage when performing. “The fact that it’s such an artistic space, and beautiful, I wanted to cater to that,” he said. The 45-minute performances were just a small sample of the 50 to 60 shows the Philadelphia-based dance company puts on around the world each year.






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writer, sculptor and illustrator.” “I just want to expand on all of these things, I’m looking to make myself more interdisciplinary,” NDA said. “I want to be the Swiss Army Knife of artists.” NDA hopes to translate his skills over into his street work, which often includes painting and illustrating, mediums not commonly associated with the street art scene. In his short year in Philadelphia, NDA has already amassed a following in the street art scene. “Right when [NDA] came to town, you knew it,” said RJ Rushmore, editorin-chief of street art blog, Vandalog.


[NDA] has both, he can me laugh and he also knows how to paint.” NDA’s work has been featured at artist hot-spot, eatery and bar Tattooed Mom, located at 530 South St. The space is known for its second floor, where artists can come and put their work up on the walls. “Sometimes artists will come to us and ask to do something a little bigger,” said Robert Perry, the owner of Tattooed Mom. “[He] was an example of that.” “I was happy to have him. I really liked his work,” he added. Currently, NDA is doing freelance work as well as commissioned pieces, which entails anything from painting sets for fashion shoots to large scale murals for prominent groups like Mural Arts. He hopes to have the means to work on self-funded, large-scale pieces

down barriers in street “I am tryingarttoandbreakgallery art.”



This spring, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown will celebrate 100 years of Philadelphia fashion in a new exhibit, “Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion.” The exhibit, which opens Sunday, will celebrate the “Philadelphia look” from 1896 to 1994 and will feature garments worn, sold or created in Philadelphia by designers like Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and Christian Dior. All garments and accessories are on loan from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University, a collection of more than 14,000 historic costume items to choose from. -Erin Moran MICHAEL SOTTILE TTN

A piece is displayed near the Tattooed Mom, on South Street.

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Olshefski, a 2004 English and film and media arts alumnus, is the creator of the film “Quest: The Fury and the Sound,” which encapsulates not only the barbecues, marriages and block parties of the North Philadelphia family, but also the difficult moments and their ability to stay strong during struggles. The film was awarded a $100,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation in February. After graduating, Olshefski did not actively pursue filmmaking. He was working construction and would do creative work, like photography, on the side. In 2005, Olshefski met Quest’s brother, James, while working on the website for New Jerusalem Now, an addiction recovery program headquartered on Norris Street near 25th. “I was connecting in this amazing way and doing art and also telling stories collaboratively and it just felt right,” said Olshefski, who began teaching photography to the residents of the program shortly after. James offered to take Olshefski to see his 47-year-old brother’s

as his career progresses. NDA favors Philadelphia as a street art-friendly city, saying the medium is “permeated into the culture.” In his travels, he’s noticed that’s not always the case in the U.S., where it can be “hard to do public art,” unlike European cities, he said. “Philly is a special city in that way because it has that European feel towards public art,” he added. Because of that freedom, NDA said his career as an artist is finally progressing. “It’s a short run and you try and make the things that you can make,” he said. “You try to make a dent as much as you can. I’m just now starting to feel like I can make good work. So why not push yourself? Especially if you feel like it’s what you’re good at and it’s what you enjoy doing. It’s almost criminal if you don’t.”

basement recording space, Everquest Recordings. Olshefski was impressed by the “hub of community,” not only in the studio, but the household itself. There were so many people and moments that caught Olshefski’s attention, he said. “There is this guy with few resources just creating a space for people to express themselves, and they are responding and showing up,” Olshefski said. “It was just really interesting and exciting to see that.” During the last 10 years, Quest Rainey and his family have lost several relatives and friends, in addition to dealing with his son William’s diagnosis with brain cancer and daughter PJ being hit by a stray bullet a block when a shooting occurred a block from their home. But he is content that these situations were captured in the film. “I am kind of glad, because this is something where you can look back on and say, ‘Look at all the ups and downs of these people and look how resilient they are,’” Quest Rainey said. “No one would believe that we went through all of that in such a short time and still remained with a smile on our faces.”


The Free Library of “Philadelphia will host “Letter2myFather” today at 4:30 p.m. The workshop, hosted by author Tina SmithBrown, will examine how the presence of a father impacts the lives of teens. The event takes place in the Free Library’s Frankford Branch, at 4634 Frankford Ave. -Eamon Dreisbach



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The Philadelphia Art Alliance, located at 251 S. 18th St., will host author and poet Yuri Andrukhovych on Saturday. Andrukhovych is the author of several internationally recognized and translated prose and poetry books. The reading will be introduced by former poet laureate Frank Sherlock, who will read recitations from his own works. The event will run from 3:30-6 p.m. -Erin Blewett

NDA | street artist

“His wheatpastes were going everywhere. He brought new energy to the scene in Philly.” NDA creates gallery work in addition to his street art. So far, he’s participated in two exhibits in Philadelphia—a group show at Paradigm Gallery + Studio and a solo show at LMNL Gallery. “I am trying to break down barriers in street art and gallery art,” he said. NDA feels that street artists often get put into a “little brother category,” especially by gallery artists and patrons. In the future, he wishes to bring his style into a gallery setting, and have it receive the same respect as the work of more traditional artists. “The thing that I love about [NDA’s] work the most is that it can make me smile,” Rushmore said. “A lot of times in street art you have an artist who can do that. Take Banksy, he can make people laugh but even then, he’s not necessarily a good painter. He has some technical abilities but they’re not mind blowing.

Artist NDA favors Philadelphia’s street art-friendly attitude.

When PJ was shot in 2013, the family wasn’t sure if she’d be comfortable sharing her story oncamera, but the junior at Constitution High School said she wanted the film to showcase how the shooting changed her life. “I thought people should know it really affected my life in good ways and bad ways,” PJ Rainey said. Though Olshefski and Quest’s friendship began in 2006, Olshefski didn’t start the film until a few years later. He found inspiration in how Quest’s life was a parallel to his own reality, he said. Olshefski decided to return to Temple for a master’s in film, which he finished in 2010. For his first project, he recorded a short documentary about Quest’s music studio on 16 millimeter film. After the project, Olshefski said he felt he wasn’t fully capturing the essence of the Raineys. “I felt like I was just scratching the surface of what this was and I needed to keep digging and keep trying to gather material to tell a story that reflects the experience,” Olshefski said. Throughout graduate school, he continued his ongoing relationship with the Raineys, staying over for days at a time to “fully

embed” himself into the project. Olshefski found that telling the story of the Rainey family may be even more important after reading Robert Huber’s article “Being White in Philly,” which was Philadelphia Magazine’s cover story in 2013. “I read it and I was like, ‘This is why I need to make this film because there is so much misinformation and people have really hardened perspectives on what North Philly is,’” Olshefski said. “[The North Philadelphia community’s] point of view gets buried and ignored, so I felt like it was really important to share that perspective and amplify their voices.” Olshefski said he will be using the MacArthur grant and others for the editing process, for which he now has a small team of experienced documentary filmmakers. He hopes to release the film in 2017. “The goal is to not just have a film that exists as a standalone film, entertainment and then you move on with your life,” he said. “I want the film to be a catalyst for something more to inspire that longtime commitment to communities like North Philadelphia.”

The exhibition attempts to make “a visual connection with the state of things as we see them,” and capture “the things that exist there with dignity, even as they dangle precipitously from one state of being into another.” It features works from artists like Amze Emmons, Erin Murray, Gabe Angemi and Jessica Hess. The exhibit will run until March 19. Paradigm is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach


Missouri-based group Foxing returns to Philadelphia on Friday at Union Transfer. The indie-rock group is on tour for their sophomore album, “Dealer,” released this October. Produced by Matt Bayles, the album takes a different direction from their previous release, “The Albatross.” Focusing more on atmospheres and textures, “Dealer” moves across genres like alternative, indie and emo. Opening for Foxing is Tancred and Lymbyc Systym. Tickets start at $13-15 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. -Emily Thomas


Irish punk-rock the Dropkick Murphys will play a sold-out show Sunday at the Electric Factory. The band is touring in celebration of its 20th anniversary together. Tiger Army and Darkbuster will open the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. -Eamon Dreisbach

* emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu



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Librarians edit diversity into Wikipedia content Temple hosted the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon last Friday. By ALBERT HONG The Temple News A group of Temple librarians spent last Friday in the Paley Library basement looking through what is often touted as one of the most unreliable online sources—Wikipedia. One of the numerous reasons for the doubt of the world’s largest online encyclopedia comes from a 2011 survey of Wikipedia editors conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation. It found that only about 13 percent of all contributors were women, which led to further investigation of there being a lack of content about women. That’s why Temple took part in the third annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Friday, a worldwide initiative where people gather to generate more coverage of women in the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. This year was Temple’s first time getting involved with the event, partnering with the University of the Arts, which held its Edit-a-thon earlier that day. As an art librarian at Temple, Jill Luedke led the charge in hosting the event and putting together the list of Philadelphia-area artists, institutions and organizations that attendees would either help create new articles about or help expand with edits. This was her first direct involvement with a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, but with plenty of help from other librarians, she felt the event was a good chance to learn about the ins and outs of Wikipedia as a source. “With events like this, there’s an attempt to improve the quality of it, and I think if you’re involved in an event like this, you can see ways in which you could evaluate the quality or evaluate articles on Wikipedia when you learn more about it and learn more about how to edit it,” Lu-


Molly Reynolds (left), discusses an article with Rose Chiango during the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.

“To me, that’s what this is,

joining a conversation and kind of sharing a story and making a story longer, better, bigger, more interesting, more fascinating, more compelling.

Kristina DeVoe | English and communications librarian DANIEL RAINVILLE TTN

Alison Miner edits Wikipedia entries on Friday.

edke said. Some of the librarians, like Caitlin Shanley and Doreva Belfiore, had previous experience editing or writing articles on Wikipedia, which helped with the training sessions they held for those new to the platform. Shanley, an American, Asian and

women’s studies librarian at Temple, completed a new article on Barbara Sizemore, the first African-American woman to head the public school system in a major city, at a previous Edit-a-thon she attended. She said her experience as a librarian made her more meticulous and careful with the

wording, citations and sourcing for the article, but even then, there were continuous edits made to the article after she published it. It speaks to the intricacies of Wikipedia’s rules and guidelines, like someone having to be “notable” enough to even have an article writ-

ten about them. The difficulty may be a byproduct of the lack of diverse editorship at Wikipedia. But as a librarian, Shanley feels a responsibility to make contributions, even if they may be smaller ones. “Just knowing that it’s such a widely used resource, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing but it does, I personally feel, obligate us to try to make it more diverse and more representative of our world,” she said. “I think it’s helpful to start small.” Kristina DeVoe, an English and communications librarian at Temple, started making edits on Wikipedia last year and has had a run-in with one article that contained “clear biases and omissions”—North Philadelphia. It was just one example of why she feels the need to have many voices share their perspectives. “To me, that’s what this is, joining a conversation and kind of sharing a story and making a story longer, better, bigger, more interesting, more fascinating, more compelling,” DeVoe said. With Tyler adjunct professors like Jennifer Pascoe and Alice Price at the event offering their input on articles for women in the arts like Hedi Kyle and Jane Golden, the organizers felt the event was a success for its first run at Temple, even though its attendance rate was hampered by the fact that it was held during spring break. For next year’s Wikipedia Edita-thon, Luedke hopes to connect with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which hosted its own event Saturday, to make it a citywide initiative. Jenifer Baldwin, a film and media arts librarian and one of the other organizers, said these kinds of events can welcome any variety of people. “We each have particular identities, but also occupations, pursuits and repositories of knowledge we can contribute to,” Baldwin said. “So hopefully there may be many thematic events and Edit-a-thons where we could address a wider array of those too.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

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though it was lots of fun, Bhalodia said the team members had to put a lot of dedication and hard work into their dance. “I’m not going to lie and say it was a walk in the park,” Bhalodia said. Creating the dance group was “probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life,” he added. The group practices three to four times a week, depending on its performance schedule. Nirel Solanki, a junior finance major and dancer on the team, said that the practices are “very time-consuming.” “It’s a lot of work,” she said. “But it pays off for the feeling onstage.” Although the group existed last semester and practiced often, it didn’t consider last year an official season. The group held “light practices and some choreography,” Solanki said, but not enough to constitute an entire season’s worth of work. On Feb. 25, Temple Craasfire performed at the Student Center along with other Temple and Drexel dance and a cappella teams. It was the culmination of the group’s first official season together. “[Their performance] shows that they’ve been working on this for two months,” said an audience member and freshman biology major Harshitha Kakani.


Rhyan Kelleher of the Drexel TrebelMakers leads the all-female a capella group during its performance with Temple Craasfire on Feb. 25.

that last year we literally had nothing and now “It’s crazy to think we have a whole routine down.” Nirel Solanki | Junior finance major

“It’s crazy to think that last year we literally had nothing and now we have a whole routine down,” Solanki said. One season in, the team has a lot of work ahead, Bhalodia said.

Because Craasfire is a small startup team, it was not accepted into any competitions this year—but the members are hopeful for next year’s competition season. With Bhalodia’s experience on

Drexel’s competitive team, he believes the structure of the team this year has prepared everyone for the heavy demands of a competitive season. Competitive teams usually practice five times a week. Craasfire

practices three times a week. “The purpose of this year was to simulate [a competitive schedule] for them,” Bhalodia said. He said he hopes “everyone is seeing the picture now” and will be ready for a more competitive season next year. When the team performs on stage, “everything kind of makes sense, kind of clicks,” Bhalodia said. “It’s honestly been one of the greatest experiences so far in college.” * michelle.ferguson@temple.edu




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Governments and Politics, explores the broader context of global politics. Freshman political science major Maha Ouni said she enjoyed the half-lecture, half-discussion class more than she expected. She added that Imtiyaz’ personal experiences supplement the topics of the class. “It’s very humbling,” Ouni said. “It shows in spite of any obstacle, you can make something of yourself.” Imtiyaz earned his Ph.D. in world history, focusing on the conflict in Sri Lanka, from Nanjing University in China, where he also taught as a visiting assistant professor just before coming to the U.S. in 2003. Imtiyaz studies Chinese politics and conducts research about the Middle East, specifically the rise of the Islamic State since the collapse of communism after the Cold War. Imtiyaz said his students in China would always complete assignments, but rarely spoke up in class. “The Chinese society is very top-down,” he said. “The kids, when they grow up, they are being guided to respect the teachers. … The students seldom challenge you.” He added teaching in the U.S. tends to involve more personal interaction. Neither style is right or wrong, he said, but he enjoys learning from his students as they learn from him. “I have an enhanced global perspective on things,” Ouni said. “The class has made Temple feel a little more diverse and open to the world for me.” Imtiyaz has also lived in France, Australia and Canada and speaks multiple languages, including Tamil, Sinhala, Mandarin and Arabic from


A.R.M. Imtiyaz, an adjunct professor in Asian studies and political science, conducts research about China and the Middle East.

his studies of the Quran. His abstract on ISIS has been accepted for presentation at a symposium for The Oriental Club of Philadelphia, which will be held at Temple on March 26. He also plans to return

to China this month for three-anda-half months to conduct research about the Muslim minorities in the country. “The job of political scientists is to seek answers, not to condemn,” he

said. “That’s a politician’s job.” “I believe in a kind of spiritual power, but I’m not religious,” he said. “I believe in humanity, in loving each other. … That’s more important than going to mosque, to temple and

hating each other, right?” * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons


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lieved Temple’s joint program in China was important. “He thought that anything that the United States could do to help develop the rule of law in China would be positive, not only for China, but for the whole world,” Reinstein said. Reinstein, who helped start the Rule of Law Program in 1997 while he was dean, met with Scalia on several occasions and said the justice was a “very witty, very funny, relaxed guy.” “Some of the justices on the Supreme Court can be pretty boring,” Reinstein said. “You could never say that about Justice Scalia.” Scalia met with students every year for an hour during the group’s annual trip to Washington, D.C. He always gave a short talk on topics ranging from the separation of powers to his own constitutional philosophy, known as originalism. Originalism entails applying the Constitution as it was understood by its original framers. Some of Scalia’s more controversial applications of originalism include the opposition of abortion and gay marriage. “He would get into arguments with the students, where he would have Chinese students challenging him on that, that the American Constitution should be interpreted much more broadly,” Reinstein said. Louis Thompson, assistant dean for graduate and international programs at Beasley, remembers when a student asked Scalia about his dissent in the 1996 U.S. v. Virginia case, in which the Court deemed the exclusion of women from the Virginia Military Institute unconsti-

AROUND CAMPUS Adrienne Shaw, an assistant professor of media studies and production, will lead a conversation about her latest research on gaming production, audiences and texts today at 3:30 p.m. in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall. Shaw’s research delves into gaming topics through analysis of gender and sexuality. She is also the author of the book “Gaming at the Edge,” in which she argues that race, gender and sexuality concurrently matter to gamers in terms of representation in the media of the gaming world. -Jenny Roberts



Beasley School of Law students from the Rule of Law Program met Justice Scalia and toured the Court during their trip to Washington, D.C.

“He just seemed to appreciate the real-life part of life. He wasn’t all business.” Pamela Bookman | Visiting assistant professor of civil procedure and contracts

tutional. Scalia was the only justice to dissent, arguing that the Constitution did not directly prohibit VMI’s tradition of only admitting male students. Thus, only the school itself, he believed, could alter the tradition. “One of the students … she raises her hand and says, ‘Justice Scalia, I read your dissent in the VMI case, and I get the distinct impression that you don’t like women,’” Thompson said. “The Justice, you know, his eyes arched up and immediately

he [chuckled and said], ‘Not like women? How could I not like women? I have [four] daughters, and a wife!’” Thompson said. “He went on to talk about how he simply tried to apply the law, and there was absolutely no animus toward women at all.” This summer will be the first in more than a decade in which students from the program will not be able to meet with the former justice. And his absence on the Supreme Court is already being felt. President Barack Obama

has yet to name a nominee to fill his seat, and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have publicly refused to consider any nominee made by the president. “I think everybody understands the president has the right, if not the duty, to nominate a successor to Justice Scalia,” Reinstein said. “The Senate also has the right not to confirm a successor.” * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

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“‘Bodies in Geography’ has a bit more of a gear toward the question of, ‘What does social sciences have to offer?’” Hayes-Conroy said. In the graduate course, “students will learn how to integrate life sciences and social sciences to understand the body.” Because the class is about the body, the bodily experience of the class is really essential, Hayes-Conroy said. One of the challenges she faces is not having the right space to offer students. “We all sit in chairs for two-and-a-half hours,” Hayes-Conroy said. “It doesn’t really teach us to pay attention to bodily needs and the knowledge of our own physical being.” Hayes-Conroy requested movable chairs for her class, and she encourages students to sit on the floor. “Every human body has different capacities and parameters,” Lynch said. “It drives me crazy that our learning environment isn’t supportive of all types of learning.” The course also incorporates art as a way to think about the body. “The focus is on intellectual brainwork, so we tend to move out of the brain and into art,” Lynch said.

For a guest speaker, Hayes-Conroy frequently brings in Caryn Babaian, an artistic consultant and professor at Bucks County Community College with a passion for studying bodies. Earlier in the semester, Babaian asked the students to draw their own bodies using only one straight line—a challenging task for most of the students. “She was playing with different ideas about the boundaries of body, and where the body begins and ends,” Hayes-Conroy said. “Think about it from a biosocial perspective, it becomes fuzzy very quickly. The environment is constantly entering and exiting in our bodies.” “That was really fascinating, but really hard,” Lynch said. Babaian also had the students draw the body deconstructed to inspire students to think about connectedness and disconnectedness as it relates to the human body. “It’s teaching biology through art,” Hayes-Conroy said. “It’s a very unique approach.” As part of the class, students will come up with exhibits that will be shown at the Franklin Institute. They can be anything from a poster to an interactive video, and they will aim to help viewers come away with a greater understanding of the unknown

as it pertains to the body. “Students are searching for those fuzzy moments between the biological and the social, and picking a very particular small piece of the puzzle,” Hayes-Conroy said. In the next few years, Hayes-Conroy hopes to continue offering interesting opportunities for students in this class. “We might get a colleague of mine who is trained in dance to come in and teach us some things about our own bodies and the way that they move in ways we don’t think about,” she said. Lynch loves the class so much she said one of her main challenges is to get the most out of the class before it’s over. “If you’re dissatisfied with definitions and rigid answers that don’t encompass broader social questions, this is the class where you’re free to talk out loud about how things are connected,” Lynch added. “The structure of the class is an experiment to shift the form of education to enable and encourage a different kind of functionality for students.” “We all have bodies,” Hayes-Conroy said. “They’re interesting.”

Cam Grey, an associate professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead a talk about earthquakes and their effects on society during the fall of the late Roman empire. Grey’s talk titled, “Disaster, Decline and Fall - Or Not? A Late Antique Earthquake and Its Cultural Reverberations,” will take place today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Anderson Hall, located in Room 821. Grey’s research focuses on the late- and post-Roman world. He also focuses on how societies respond to natural disasters, either with resilience or vulnerability. -Jenny Roberts


There will be a panel discussion about textbook affordability on Wednesday in celebration of Open Education Week, a global event geared toward promoting shared educational resources. The panel, which will take place at noon in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall, will consist of three speakers. Student Eitan Laurence, who is a member the Provost’s Task Force on Textbook Affordability, will speak on the panel, along with two Temple professors. Information will also be available about Temple Libraries’ Alternate Textbook Project, which aims to help students and faculty find cheaper materials. -Jenny Robert


There will be a screening of the short film, “Goodbye to City Schools,” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room B85 of the Tyler School of Art. Following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Dr. Amy Oppong Yeboah, who directed the film. “Goodbye to City Schools” features interviews with students, parents and community members who have been affected by the closing of 24 Philadelphia public schools. This screening and discussion are part of programing for Tyler professor Pepón Osorio’s “reForm” exhibition, which is a response to the closure of North Philadelphia’s Fairhill School in 2013. -Jenny Roberts


The Intellectual Heritage Program will sponsor a film screening of “La Cérémonie” on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Anderson Hall, located in Room 821. “La Cérémonie” follows the story of a dyslexic housemaid named Sophie, who befriends a postal clerk named Jeanne to help her complete her reading-related housemaid duties. Soon Sophie’s employer bans her friendship with Jeanne because of rumors about the postal clerk’s troubling past. This ban creates tension between Sophie and her employer. Director Claude Chabrol uses this storyline to create a social comment on the divide between the rich and the poor. -Jenny Roberts

* tsipora.hacker@temple.edu

Voice of the People |

“What did you do during Spring Break?”




“I worked as a research assistant at the Center for Obesity Research at the Health Sciences Campus.”

“I went to D.C. for a weekend to visit my cousin at Howard University.”

“I went to a fashion show in New Brunswick by the Organization of African Students at Rutgers.”







Owls drop fifth match of season Senior sabre Petra Khan was named to the NIWFA allacademic team. -Owen McCue


The American Athletic Conference honored two Owls on Thursday when the conference announced its annual awards. Sophomore guard Alliya Butts earned first team allconference honors, and junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald received second team all-conference distinction. Butts is the first Owl to earn first team all-conference honors since Shey Peddy was named a first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection in 2012. The sophomore finished fifth in scoring among conference players at 15.5 points per game. Fitzgerald averaged 13.2 points per game and totaled 157 assists during the regular season. The junior finished in the Top 10 in The American in scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage. -Owen McCue


Junior Anais Nussaume returns the ball during doubles action at the Cissie Leary Invitational on Oct. 2.



The women’s tennis team fell to Abilene Christian University 5-2 on Friday. The Owls (5-4, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) have now lost two consecutive games after winning five of their first seven matches. Junior Dina Karina and sophomore Alina Abdurakhimova claimed the Owls’ lone doubles victory, defeating Kaysie Hermsdorf and Lucile Pothier 6-4. Juniors Anais Nussaume and Mariana Bedon were victorious in singles, defeating Hermsdorf 6-1, 6-3 and Jordan Henry 6-3, 6-2, respectively. The Owls’ next match is against Binghamton on Friday at 9 a.m. at Legacy Tennis Center. -Michael Guise


Five Owls earned National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association honors on Friday. Freshman epee Fiona Fong earned first team All-NIWFA honors. Fong finished third in epee at the Feb. 27 NIWFA Championships in West Point, New York. The team won its 20th consecutive NIWFA championship at the meet. The Owls had three fencers earn second team-honors. Senior foil Fatima Largaespada, junior epee Alexandra Keft and freshman epee Quinn Duwelius all received second team All-NIWFA distinction.


Senior attacker Megan Pinkerton is one of the 15 semifinalists for the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. The award, created in 1992 in honor of the African-American tennis star, recognizes male and female student-athletes of color for athletic performance, community involvement and academic achievement. To be included as a finalist, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities. Former winners include Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. -Evan Easterling

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Richards then contacted Bob Ferraro, Sr.,CEO and president of the National High School Coaches Association, to find candidates for head coach. Paroly, a former Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic team coach and current head coach of the Southeast Pennsylvania Wrestling Club, was Ferraro’s top recommendation because of his extensive coaching experience and familiarity with the region’s top wrestling prospects. “Phil Richards and Bob Ferraro … they planted the seeds with the higher-ups here,” Paroly said. In their second season, the level of competition increased, as the Owls matched up with five NCAA Division II and III opponents, compared to zero in season one. Injuries were also an issue this season, as junior Michael Walsh and Newsom were the only two Owls who didn’t miss any competition. “Everyone was banged up. ... When your starters are out it makes it harder to compete at this level,” Paroly said. Mooney finished this season with 16 wins and four losses while wrestling at 125 pounds. He finished second at both the Doug Cherry Invitational and NCWA Mid East Conference Championship. Newsom, along with a firstplace finish at the conference championships, posted the team’s best record with 22 wins and two losses. “We can definitely get this program back to where it once was,” Newsom said. “I really think we can build something special here.” Several underclassmen performed well despite their relative inexperience, with freshman Eric An and sophomore Mark Kukulka placing third and fourth, respectively, in the conference championships at the 285 pound weight class. “We’re going to have a very successful next couple of years,” Paroly said. * benjamin.blaustein@temple.edu


Josh Brown dribbles during the first half of the Owls’ 63-61 win against Central Florida on Feb. 27

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a championship.” “This is a culmination of a lot of comebacks, a lot of hard work over the summer,” he added. “For us to finally get a championship for the regular season is big.” The Owls are the No. 1 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando, Florida from Thursday to Sunday. Temple plays the winner of No. 8 East Carolina and No. 9 South Florida at noon on Friday. If the Owls win, they will meet the winner of No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 5 UConn in the semifinals. The winner of the conference tournament will automatically qualify for the

NCAA Tournament. “We got a lot more work to do,” junior guard Josh Brown said after the Owls clinched the The American tournament’s No. 1 seed with a win against Memphis on Thursday. “We just want to continue to win games and make our bid for the tournament.” “Our work is never done,” senior forward Jaylen Bond added Thursday. “Our goal is to win the conference then win the conference tournament.” While the Owls are proud of their accomplishment of winning the conference’s regular season title, Temple’s goal since Selection Sunday, when the 68 teams for the NCAA tournament are announced, last year has been to get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

Temple finished last season 2310 with an 8-8 record against the Rating Percentage Index Top 100 teams, including a win against nationally ranked Kansas, but missed an invitation to college basketball’s most coveted postseason tournament. “Every game is important,” DeCosey said after the Memphis win. “Last year we could’ve got one win against SMU or beaten Tulsa one time and we’d probably be in the tournament. … We have to go into every game with same mindset, be together and try to come out with a win.” Last year, the Owls struggled when facing the top teams in the league. The team went 1-5 against the Top 3 teams in The American, losing to Southern Methodist twice before falling to the Mustangs again,

69-56, in the conference tournament semifinal. This year Temple has had much more success against the top tier of the conference. The Owls are 7-2 against Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Houston, Cincinnati and UConn— the five teams immediately below them in The American’s standings. “We’ve beaten all the teams at the top, so we know that we can do it,” Enechionyia said. “We’ve beaten every team, so we know … we can stand up against any team in the conference.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue




Covile hopes for shot at tournament Continued from page 22



Donnaizha Fountain attempts a layup in the Owls’ 72-67 win against Tulane on Feb. 23 at McGonigle Hall.

Owls fate to be determined on March 14 Continued from page 22


have grown over the course of the season, and we actually have an identity.” The NCAA committee is composed of 10 members assigned from 10 different Division I conferences, including the American Athletic Conference’s representative—DeJuena Chizer Houston’s assistant women’s basketball coach and senior women administrator. Before the tournament is finalized, the members make their case for what teams deserve to be in the field of 64. After a 64-46 loss to South Florida in Sunday’s conference tournament semifinal, the Owls are on the tournament bubble, hoping to be called for an atlarge bid on the NCAA Selection Show. A selection would be their first tournament berth since the 2010-11 season. “We can’t control it,” Cardoza said. “A few years ago, we thought we did enough.” This season, Temple has lost four games by three points or fewer, which Cardoza said has put them in an uncertain

position. “We could have been in a situation knowing that we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Cardoza said. “We had to close out games.” As of yesterday, ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme has Temple in the “Last Four In” category in the ESPN women’s basketball bracketology, which would give the Owls one of the final four at-large selections. In his bracket, Temple is projected to be a No. 11 seed. “Temple’s in a position where their resume is not eyepopping,” Creme told The Temple News. “They picked a good year to do that, because the rest of the perceived bubble is also in a predicament of not having much on their resume and they keep losing.” If Temple defeated South Florida Sunday, Creme said it would have helped the Owls ease their stress for Selection Monday, when the 64 teams are announced. “Picking the example of Temple losing to South Florida in the semifinals, it may still be good enough for them to get in,” Creme said. “There’s not a lot of quality wins on their list.”

Temple’s Rating Percentage Index is No. 69 among 349 Division I teams, and the squad owns a 2-6 record against opponents inside the RPI Top 50. “We’re hoping to accomplish those goals we’ve set in the beginning of the year,” sophomore guard Khadijah Berger said. “And that ends with making the [NCAA Tournament].” Two of those losses came to Connecticut the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll. In the second meeting against the Huskies, the Owls were tied with the defending NCAA Tournament champions 16 minutes into the game. Even though Temple eventually fell in that Feb. 14 contest 85-60, Creme thinks the committee has looked at that game beyond its loss. “That will merit some attention in a level of competitiveness against the best team,” Creme said. “People watching that game on a national audience may think that Temple could compete at a tournament level, and that’s what they’re looking at.” Statistically, Temple’s best non-conference win came in a

97-91 win against the University of Florida in the squad’s first game of the season on Nov. 13. As the season has wore on, that win has become more impressive. The Gators are currently No. 21 in RPI. “The Florida win looms pretty large of the teams,” Creme said. ‘What Florida’s been able to do since then has really been able to help Temple.” When the NCAA selection committee looks at Temple’s resume, they will notice its biggest blemish is a 69-67 loss Jan. 5 to Southern Methodist, who ranks outside the RPI Top 150. “We’ve tried to schedule enough high RPI teams so that when the time comes around for the selection committee to decide … we’ve pretty much put ourselves in position to play top-quality teams,” Cardoza said. “People are talking about us as a talented team. Hopefully good things happen for us down the road.” * mark.mccormick T @MarkJMcCormick

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Her anticipation came to an end on Sept. 17, 2014, the third day of fall practices, as the 5-foot-8-inch attacker tore her right ACL. “Right as it happened, I kind of knew,” Frederick said. “You hear stories as an athlete about people who tear their ACL, and you hope it never happens to you. ... I didn’t want to believe that it could happen to me or really anyone.” The injury and required surgery forced her to miss her sophomore season. Frederick has played in all six games for the Owls this year as a reserve. Frederick could not play with any contact until the first fall practice in 2015. She sustained a sprained MCL along with her torn ACL, and team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Kropf decided to delay the surgery until the sprain healed. Then the rehab process began. Since the injury occurred early in the season, even with the delay, Frederick completed physical therapy by April 2015 and was ready for the start of fall practices. “You have to work so hard just to be able to raise your leg up, which sounds like the easiest thing in the world,” Frederick said. “But when you don’t have any muscle in your leg, it’s pretty much impossible … The hardest workout I’ve ever had to do, injured or not injured, was definitely one of my rehab activities.” Frederick said watching games while injured helped her develop her game. Her teammates have taken note of the junior at-

ence. I just don’t want to be satisfied with making it, but I want to go far.” Covile, a senior guard, leads the Owls with 223 rebounds in her final season with the program and is looking for her first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Her closest chance to earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament came her freshman year. Despite a 5-9 conference record, Temple defeated Xavier University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament before losing 66-55 to Fordham University in the semifinals. In her sophomore season, Covile and the Owls finished with a 14-16 record and did not earn a tournament bid after losing to South Florida 72-44 in The American quarterfinals. During Covile’s junior season, Temple competed in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, advancing to the semifi-

ing it to the postseason is an accomplishment in itself, an accomplishment I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Thames said. “[Underclassmen] loved hearing funny things that happened. As far as the tourney, we definitely talked about it and it was something that gave us motivation to want to experience it again or for those who would experience it for the first time.” Temple last made the tournament in 2011 when Covile was in her junior year at John Glenn High School in Detroit. After defeating Arizona State University 6346 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the University of Notre Dame eliminated Temple with a 77-64 defeat in Tonya Cardoza’s third season as coach. Now in her eight season Cardoza said Covile, who is the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 150 steals in her career, will be missed next season.

think our team is definitely “Imore hungry to make the tournament.” Erica Covile | senior guard

nals, where the Owls lost 66-58 in overtime to West Virginia University. “I think our team is definitely more hungry to make the tournament,” Covile said. “We made the WNIT last year and don’t want to settle for that because we did it already. It’s time to experience something new this season.” As an underclassman, Covile heard stories about the NCAA Tournament from teammates like 2014 graduate Natasha Thames. Thames played four seasons for the Owls and competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. “To work hard as a team all season and mak-

“She is definitely one of the best players I have coached,” Cardoza said. “She is a very unselfish player who has played out of position the last two years and never complains about anything.” This could be Cardoza’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, though it would mean more to Cardoza if she could share it with Covile. “I think she deserves it,” Cardoza said. “For her to be able to make it after what she’s given us all four years, it be great to give it back to her.” * connor.northrup@temple. edu


Anna Frederick jumps for a pass in the Owls’ 8-5 loss to Louisville on Feb. 12.

tacker’s growth. “I think she’s just overall stronger, more confident,” senior attacker Megan Pinkerton said. “She has that role of a cutter and she’s kind of perfecting it as we go along this season, coming off her injury.” Frederick has provided consistent offense off the bench, scoring in every game except the Owls’ 12-7 win against Wagner College on March 1. She scored two goals in Saturday’s 19-9 win against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the first off a rebound in the eight-meter arc.

“I don’t really take playing for granted anymore,” Frederick said. “I love being able to be on the field, even in practice. I just love being able to play. I don’t know how to explain it. I can’t stop smiling when we have games, because I’m just so happy that I’m able to play.” * evan.easterling@temple.edu T @Evan_Easterling


Coach Tonya Cardoza presents Erica Coville with a ball commemorating her 1,000th-career point on Feb. 29 at McGongile Hall.



track & Field


Wilson sets records in first year as Owl Sylvia Wilson began running hurdles as a freshman in high school. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News Sylvia Wilson has been breaking records since she started running hurdles. While competing for the Woodland Middle School track team her eighthgrade year, Wilson’s coach moved her from the 800-meter to the hurdles when one of their runners was out due to surgery. In Wilson’s first race as a hurdler, she broke the school record. Now, as a freshman at Temple, Wilson is continuing her success. This season, Wilson has the best time in both the 60-meter and the 60-meter hurdles for Temple. Wilson re-set her previous school record for the hurdles in the preliminary round during the American Conference Championships on Feb. 28 in Birmingham, Alabama, with a time of eight seconds and 29 milliseconds, which was 24 milliseconds faster than the previous best, set in 2005. “I see Sylvia’s progression as dynamic,” junior hurdler Simone Brownlee said. “I think that she’s going to continue to improve. I think that she has not reached her peak yet. I don’t think there’s a limit to what she can do.” Despite running 11 milliseconds slower in the finals, Wilson still took first place in The American’s championship race and holds the conference’s fastest time in the 60 hurdles. “It wasn’t necessarily extra pressure, but in the past I didn’t do well in finals,” Wilson said. “My goal was to get second or third, but after finishing the preliminary heat, it made me even more nervous, and I wanted to raise the bar.” Wilson had no shortage of anxiety the morning of a meet, something she experiences before every race she runs. Wilson said she barely slept the night before and didn’t eat breakfast the morning of her race. “It is like jumping out of a plane because you just don’t know what will happen,” Wilson said. “It does give you a rush of adrenaline, but it is really terrible, though.” Wilson tries to combat her nerves with visualization techniques the nights

leading up to races and during her warmups. While preparing for conference championships in Birmingham at the Birmingham Metro CrossPlex, where Wilson ran her first indoor track meet her freshman year at Woodland High School—about two and a half hours from her hometown of Ellenwood, Georgia— Wilson could imagine the meet knowing her mom would be in the crowd. “I think because I knew she would be there, it made me want to do well because it was her first time seeing me run,” Wilson said. “I love my mom, and she is always there for me.” Wilson’s success this season has come while battling a foot injury. Though doctors and coaches have been unable to pinpoint the exact problem with her foot, she has been participating in physical therapy. If the therapy doesn’t work, Wilson said she will likely need surgery. “It hurts to run,” Wilson said. “But it is making me run faster to stop the pain faster. Sometimes, it even hurts to walk.” Throughout the indoor season, Wilson would use other techniques like swimming and cross-training to continue working out with as little pain as possible. She even trained with a walking cast. “She is a very strong-willed person and she rises to the occasion,” coach Elvis Forde said. “It is even more impressive when you realize she is only working at about 75 percent of her capabilities.” Wilson also holds the school record in the 60 with a time of 7.59. She set this record at the Villanova Invitational in Staten Island, New York, on Feb. 6. She took first in the preliminary round and then finished fourth in the finals with a time of 7.70. After winning the preliminary round of the 60 during conference championships, Wilson placed 14th with a time of 7.70 in the finals. Now the freshman is looking forward to preparing for her outdoor season, which begins March 19. Wilson’s events will change from the 60 to the 100 because the distances are longer in outdoor track. “Sylvia has a knack in regards to competition,” Forde said. “She has a smell for the finish line, a desire to be a champion.” * maura.lyn.razanauskas@temple.edu



Reagan Oliveri performs on the balance beam during a practice at the team’s facility in McGonigle Hall.

Oliveri returns to health as senior Reagan Oliveri had 10 months of rehab after tearing her Achilles.

By DAN NEWHART The Temple News Reagan Oliveri was working out on a Wednesday in the summer of 2014, preparing for her junior year on the gymnastics team. The now-senior all-around took off for a tumbling pass on her floor routine at McGonigle Hall. When she plunged to make a flip, she tore her right Achilles tendon. “The first thing you think of is, ‘Oh, it’s nothing,’ because you’re in shock,” Oliveri said. “Then when it kind of sets in a little bit that there is an injury there, panic comes next. I kind of had a feeling of what it was. I knew there was something wrong with my ankle, but I wasn’t definitely sure.” Oliveri was carried to the team’s training room, and once the injury was officially diagnosed, she had surgery two days later. Following the surgery, Oliveri’s doctor wanted her to rest before she began moving around on crutches. The weekend after

her surgery, Oliveri lay on the couch to begin her 10-month rehabilitation. “Being an athlete, even if you are injured, you want to get up and move,” Oliveri said. “It was summer so I was fortunate enough to call up friends from home and say, ‘Hey, I need to get out of my house, can you pick me up?’ It was a lot of sitting and waiting, a lot of no physical activity which is always hard for an athlete.” In her first season as an Owl, Oliveri was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Coaches’ Choice for the week of March 19. She earned a seasonhigh of 9.6 on the uneven bars at the team’s dual-meet against the College of William and Mary on March 17, 2013. As a sophomore, Oliveri was named Temple’s Most Valuable Gymnast and was named a USA Gymnastics first-team All American. She also earned a silver medal at the USAG Nationals with a score of 9.8 on the balance beam. “Anyone who has ever been in a situation like that or been through an injury, they know how difficult it is to come back,” firstyear coach Umme Salim-Beasley said. “She was determined, and it was really us going through day by day setting goals for her, then we’d go week by week setting goals. It was really for her to be able to not look so far into the fu-

ture and just focus on things little by little.” Oliveri scored a 9.7 for her first beam routine in more than a year in the team’s first competition against Central Michigan University on Jan. 3. “I was honestly skeptical coming in in the beginning,” Oliveri said of her return. “You always hear stories about athletes that can’t come back on events, but I kind of just kept in my mind that I wanted to come back and be the all-arounder I was in my earlier years on the team.” In the Feb. 6 Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational, Oliveri competed in floor—the same event she injured herself on— as well as vault, beam and bars, reaching her post-surgery goal of competing in all four events. The senior set a career high with a score of 9.85 on uneven bars at the invitational and tied a season-high with a 9.7 on the balance beam that meet as well. “She was able to overcome some fears of not doing certain skills for a long period of time,” Salim-Beasley said. “It shows what a leader she is, and that’s why she’s one of our captains. Her work ethic and determination and the fact that she gives 100 percent every single day is an extremely impressive feat.” * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu T @danny_newhart


Owls cool off after winning 11 of first 12 matches The team has lost two consecutive matches after a hot start to the season. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News


Nicolas Paulus serves the ball during a practice at the TU Pavilion.

After winning 11 of its first 12 matches, the men’s tennis team traveled to Texas for a two-match road trip. The Owls lost to Southern Methodist 7-0 on Wednesday. Two days later, the team lost its second consecutive match, falling 6-1 to Abilene Christian University. Before the loss to Southern Methodist, the Owls won nine games in a row—their longest streak since the 2013-14 season when the team won seven consecutive games. This season’s 11-3 start is the best start under coach Steve Mauro since he became head coach in 2005. “This group plays at a high level, and they have a never-give-up attitude,” Mauro said. “Even though we’re down in a match, this team … is coming out on top. It’s a group that never gives up and fights until the final point. I’ve never had a team that fought like this before.” The two matches against Southern Methodist and Abilene Christian were

the Owls’ first outdoor competitions this season. Due to the cold weather, the Owls have been practicing and playing indoors. Junior Filip Stipcic said the team had trouble adjusting to warmer conditions in Texas last week. “We’re basically not used to this weather still because in Philadelphia we practice only indoors and it’s cold,” Stipcic said. “Here it’s sunny, it’s windy and that all influences the tennis game.” The match against Southern Methodist marked the first time the Owls didn’t total doubles points since losing 4-1 to Belmont University on Jan. 16. Against Abilene Christian, the Owls lone point came in freshman Artem Kapshuk’s second-flight singles victory. “He just really fought the whole match,” Mauro said. “He played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and I think it really helped carry us through the match.” The Owls’ nine-game streak began on Jan. 16 with a 3-2 victory against the University of Richmond at the VCU 4+1 Invitational. After the win against Richmond, the Owls grabbed three shutout victories against La Salle, St. Francis College and Wagner College. Mauro said the biggest surprises this season are freshmen Florian May-

er, Uladzimir Dorash and Kapshuk. In the team’s 6-1 win against Quinnipiac University, Mayer and Dorash improved their doubles record to 8-0. In the last two matches, the duo has lost by a combined score of 12-6. “I just came here two months ago, but I feel pretty confident with him on the court,” Mayer said of Dorash. “I think our style of play fits pretty well in doubles. We have pretty good chemistry on the court.” On the season, the Owls are 25-15 in doubles matches and 66-38 in singles, with Kapshuk and Dorash leading the team with 11 wins. Following the two freshmen are seniors Nicolas Paulus with nine wins, Hicham Belkssir with eight, Santiago Canete—who has missed two matches this season—with seven and Stipcic with seven. After back-to-back losses for the Owls, the team faces a winless University of Delaware on Saturday at the Upper Dublin Sports Complex. “I’m pretty confident we’ll be good again,” Mayer said. “Obviously most of the players on our team didn’t play what they can and it was difficult to switch from indoors to outdoors. I think we’re going to be back soon.” * thomas.ignudo@temple.edu T @Ignudo5


Reagen Oliveri has recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon after missing all of her junior season. PAGE 21




The women’s tennis lost to Abilene Christian on Friday, five fencers received honors, other news and notes. PAGE 19

Freshman Sylvia Wilson set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles this season. PAGE 21




women’s basketball

‘Time to experience something different’

With a loss Sunday, the Owls failed to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA’s.

Senior Erica Covile has one last chance to make the NCAA Tournament.

By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News



or the rest of the week, the Owls will resume their normal practice schedule. During that time, they will wait as their postseason fate lies in the hands of the NCAA selection committee, which will select the 64-team field for the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Monday at 7 p.m. “I think our body of work speaks for itself,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We



After losing to South Florida 64-46 in the American Athletic Conference semifinals on Sunday, Erica Covile began to think about the future. The loss eliminated the 20-win Owls from the conference tournament, leaving their postseason fate at the mercy of the NCAA Tournament selection committee on March 14. “I definitely think we can make it,” Covile said. “I would love to get the experi-

Senior Erica Covile drives to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 78-64 win against Central Florida on Feb. 29 at McGonigle Hall.

men’s basketball

Owls sit atop conference The team opens up conference-tournament play on Friday at noon. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor

When Quenton DeCosey and his teammates walked off the floor at the Liacouras Center on Jan. 2 after a 27-point loss to Houston, a trip to the NCAA Tournament looked unlikely only 12 games into the season. The 77-50 rout on the Owls’ home court dropped Temple to 6-6 at that point in the season. But after the game, DeCosey had a plan to turn things around. “It starts with practice tomorrow,” the senior guard said at the postgame press conference. “Get a couple hard practices in, challenging each other, then we go away to [Connecticut], we gotta come out from the beginning playing hard.” Starting with a win against

As a child, Anna Frederick bounced a lacrosse ball off a variety of surfaces. She made sure to use different angles on the pavement, as she attempted to catch the ball with her lacrosse stick. This method has paid off for the junior attacker, who has scored seven

Wrestling team builds on second season as club By BEN BLAUSTEIN The Temple News


Quenton DeCosey handles the ball in the Owls win against Memphis March 3.

UConn three days later, the Owls won 14 of their next 18 games, the last of which came Sunday in a 6456 win against Tulane. The Owls finished the regular season 20-10 and 14-4 in the American Athletic Conference. Sunday’s win against the Green Wave made Temple The American’s regular season champion—the program’s first

regular season championship since winning the Atlantic 10 Conference crown in 2012. “After losing a game like [Houston], I think it motivated us,” sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia said after Sunday’s win. “We knew we had to pick it up if we wanted to grab


In its second season since 1985, the Temple wrestling team is finding its footing. After its Division I program disbanded 31 years ago, Temple wrestling returned as a club team last season, finishing undefeated and sending seven wrestlers to the Na-

tlers ranked in the Top 20 in their individual weight classes, including No. 9 Matt Mooney at 125 pounds and No. 4 Newsom. Eight wrestlers finished in the Top 5 at the conference championships, qualifying them to compete at the NCWA National Wres-

get this program back “We cantodefinitely where it once was.” Marcus Newsom | senior

Returning from injury to make impact


club wrestling

After the Division I program was disbanded in 1985, the Owls returned in 2014 as a club team.


Anna Frederick has seven goals after tearing her ACL last season.


goals as a reserve this season. “Anna is absolutely the garbage goal, grub-crease, whatever-youcall-it, queen,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “She has a knack for being able to track the ball down and she has outstanding stick skills and hands to get to those balls and finish in creative ways. So we know anytime she’s on the field and there’s a ball loose, it’s her ball.” Coming off her freshman season in 2014 in which she had a goal, an assist and played in nine of the team’s 16 games, Anna Frederick was looking forward to fall practices in preparation for the 2015 season.



Right as it “ happened, I kind of

knew. ... you hope it never happens to you. ... I didn’t want to believe that it could happen to me.

Anna Frederick | junior attacker

tional Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships in Texas. This season, the Owls—ranked No. 13 in the NCWA Division I poll—finished the regular season 8-13, and coach Kurt Paroly said the team is headed in a positive direction. “From being only a [second] year program, to becoming one of the top programs in the country in a short amount of time … everyone is satisfied,” Paroly said. After nine wrestlers finished within the Top 6 in their weight classes at the NCWA Mid East Conference Championship on Feb. 27—including a first place finish by senior Marcus Newsom at 197 pounds—the Owls have five wres-

tling Championships on Thursday through Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. “Our name is out there now,” 133-pound senior Alex Barday said. “Hopefully we can get new kids coming in now that we’ve been around for two seasons.” Phil Richards—an alumnus and founder of North Star Resource Group— set plans in motion to bring back the team following his appointment to the Board of Trustees in 2009. Richards, who wrestled for Temple in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, provided the donation necessary to spark the program’s recreation.


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