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The arena which brought students With a possible stadium site located nearby, The Temple News looks back at the Liacouras Center’s construction.



Senior guard Quenton DeCosey drives to the basket during the second half of Temple’s 67-65 double-overtime win against Cincinnati at the Liacouras Center. With the win, the Owls are now 3-1 in their last four games. Read more on page 20.


‘A gentle giant’ Antonio Miller, 25, was fatally shot Saturday afternoon on Edgley Street near White Hall.


Adab Ibrahim (left), stands with mural artist Joe Brenman on Jan 12.

By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News As his grandmother Brenda Arter remembers, Antonio Miller was a “gentle giant” and a role model who spent his time volunteering at the Society for Helping Church on Park and Susquehanna avenues. “Children loved him because he was so tall,” Arter said. “They thought he was the greatest.” Arter lost her grandson Saturday evening, and the family is now arranging a service to honor the 25-year-old. Philadelphia Police said Miller was shot three times in the head in an empty lot on Edgley Street near 18th around 4:40 p.m. Saturday. He died three hours later at Temple University Hospital. “A witness heard two gunshots and then saw two males appearing to be juveniles run from a vacant lot,” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. “[The] witness then heard a third gunshot and and a third male ran from the lot.” Philadelphia Police said the suspects, who wore all black clothing, could be in their late teens to early 20s and were last spotted running south on 18th Street. The shooters “did something unspeakable,” Arter, 67, told The Temple News yesterday at her house on Bouvier Street near Susquehanna Avenue, three blocks from the shooting. She raised Miller from a young age along with his two sisters, who sat quietly as their grandmother talked Monday afternoon. “I can’t believe this happened to my grandson,” she said. “He had many friends, or so we thought.” Miller went to Benjamin Franklin High School where he participated in the debate team and played basketball, she added. He attended



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Budget impasse is hurting Philly

WITH MURAL, FAITH, A NEW CONVERSATION North Philly mosque Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy hosted a community day on Jan. 9. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News In the basement of the AlAqsa Islamic Academy, Philadelphia sculptor Joe Brenman assisted young members of Al-Aqsa with creating tiles to decorate the walls of the mosque. On one tile, a woman wrote out the Hebrew word “Shalom,” meaning peace. In a nearby room, volunteers like Alissa Wesinger from the Mural Arts Program worked with community members to paint flowers on the new mural. “It’s great getting to work with a community that I normally wouldn’t,” said Wesinger, who has been working with Mural Arts since their Open Source project in October. Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy, a school and mosque in Fishtown at Germantown Avenue and Jefferson Street, hosted a community mural-making day on Jan. 9 through a collaboration with Mural Arts and ArtWell. Mem-

bers of the two arts groups and the mosque hope the mural will bridge gaps between people of different faiths. “[Al-Aqsa] is a little mecca of Islamic society because there is a mosque, full-time school, a weekend school, deli, a bookstore, a playground area,” said Adab Ibrahim, a board member for ArtWell and Outreach Director for Al-Aqsa. “We have a variety of people. We have South Asians, African Americans. It is a very diverse mosque.” The evening’s work was divided into two rooms—one dedicated to tile designing with Brenman, and the other focused on mural design with Mural Arts artist Parris Stancell. “I think it is going to show that there is a lot of respect and love towards the community and


By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor


efore there was an arena, there was a car dealership. A Wilkie Buick dealership—owned by university trustee Daniel Polett—stood at 1776 N. Broad St. before the groundbreaking of the Apollo of Temple, now known as the Liacouras Center, on Jan. 25, 1996. The Baptist Temple, now the Temple Performing Arts Center, was boarded up and Morgan Hall’s current site housed a university office building and parking lot. There was a lack of thriving businesses and student life on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Richard Englert, chancellor of Temple and former university president. Not many tourists and visitors frequented the area, he added. “People saw Temple almost entirely from their car windows as they sped up and down Broad Street,” Englert said. Temple’s total student body was less than 18,000 two decades ago. “The whole goal [of the Liacouras Center] was to get people on campus,” Englert said. The university looked at various potential sites large enough to hold thousands of people, but within the university’s footprint, Hilty said. “There was considerable concern given to the community,” university historian James Hilty said of the beginning stages of planning the center. “There was the understanding that the university wasn’t going to step on the community when they moved in,” he added. The original plan was to build the center at 10th and Berks streets because of its accessibility to SEPTA, like a “Madison Square Garden kind of hub,” Hilty said. The community was accounted for in the planning phases, Hilty added. Temple made an agreement with community developer Floyd Alston, who founded the Beech Corp., now Beech Interplex, in 1990. He worked on revitalizing the community and making it more accessible for residents, students and visitors, particularly businesses on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. A community center was built on the street for neighborhood residents to use. Temple built the Liacouras Center and leased it back to Alston, who accepted the building on behalf of the community, Hilty said.


The whole goal [of the “ Liacouras Center] was to get people on campus.” Richard Englert | former university president


Richard Englert holds the ground-breaking ceremony plaque of the Apollo of Temple, now known as the Liacouras Center.


Delayed concert makes return

New bagel shop opens in Fishtown

Fetty Wap and four other performers were featured in Owlchella on Jan. 14, a show originally scheduled last semester. PAGE 7

After discovering a mutual love of bagels, Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber opened their own shop Jan. 16 at 1451 E. Columbia Ave. PAGE 9






Local papers restructured David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication, will help oversee the news organizations. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor


This rendering of the quad was designed by landscape architecture student Jiahuan Chen.

Planning for central quad under way, no timeline set Seven students presented quad designs last month. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Last month, while many students were concluding their semesters with final exams and projects, seven landscape architecture students finished one of their classes by presenting designs for one of the most important aspects of Verdant Temple—the university’s master landscape plan. The students, led by Baldev Lamba, chair of the university’s landscape architecture and horticulture programs, revealed their ideas for the central quad: a massive green space that will encompass the area of Beury Hall and the Bio-Life Sciences building next to the Bell Tower. Lamba said the course was part of a large student and faculty collaboration to determine what the quad should look like, and credited University Architect Margaret Carney for bringing together different areas of study into the project.

“Margaret Carney is a person who likes to bring these disciplines together,” he said. “It was her vision that we can let engineers and landscape architects work together on this project.” Lamba’s students were tasked with designing the new quad in a span of eight weeks, he said. After conducting a field visit to Main Campus in mid-October with Carney—his students are based at Ambler Campus—they completed their renderings in early December and showed them to Skip Graffam and Hallie Boyce, both partners at the OLIN Studio, a landscape architecture firm located near Independence Hall. Carney said the field visit occurred during Parents & Family Weekend, which involved use of much of the area around the Bell Tower. The influx of people showed how important the new central quad will be, she added. “When you see that space occupied by something like that, I think it really emphasized the need for more open space,” Carney said. “Not only is there not another place for other events, but there isn’t another space for everyday people to walk through.” Both Baldev and Car-

ney said the project is still in preliminary stages and much more collaboration will be needed before a final program is revealed. A university spokesman said there isn’t a clear timeline yet concerning the central quad’s development. The Temple News previously reported in 2014 that an interdisciplinary science building will need to be built at 12th and Norris streets to support students and faculty who will be displaced when Beury Hall and the Bio-Life Sciences building are demolished. The spokesman added university officials are still looking into options regarding the new building, which needs to comply with Visualize Temple, the university’s master construction plan. Despite the project being in the initial stage, Lamba and Carney said students have examined several factors that will influence the quad’s design, from stormwater management to how greenery will be used to the actual area’s topography. Lamba said even though his students all had different designs, one area of the quad remained mostly the same: the middle. “There was a general

sense that there needs to be a substantial open space in the middle of this quad, surrounded by a smaller scale of spaces,” he said. “That was a pretty common strategy, not only for this project, but if you look at any park design or public space, you will see that.” Another element most of Lamba’s students incorporated was water running through the quad. Carney said a fountain could be placed somewhere in the space to follow the pattern of other parks in Philadelphia, like Rittenhouse and Washington squares. Although she doesn’t see many challenges with designing the space, Carney said the cost of the project, from startup to maintenance, is being thoroughly considered in planning. “There’s such a wide range of [cost] depending on the ideas and what we do with the space … but you always have to consider this is a longterm investment … so investing in a space that will likely become the iconic symbol of the university is worth the investment.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

On Jan. 11, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, owner of the Inquirer, Daily News and philly. com, donated the news organizations to a “new media” institute: the Philadelphia Institute, philly.com reported. David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication, told The Temple News he believes in Lenfest—a university trustee since October 2013—and his vision to try and keep Philadelphia newspapers profitable. “Gerry Lenfest is driven very much by wanting to protect public service journalism,” Boardman said. “[Print journalism] is still the largest newsgathering force.” Boardman—who was selected to be on the PMN’s board of managers that oversees the news organizations—said in the short term, there will be little to no immediate and apparent change to the day-to-day operations of the publications. Since 2006, there have been six different owners of the organizations, including the new institute. Andrew Mendelson, associate dean and professor of the graduate school of journalism at the City University of New York, said Lenfest’s decision should reverse that trend. “Shifting it to this institute will give it a bit of stability, protecting it from being sold again and again,” Mendelson said. Mendelson was also formerly the chair of the department of journalism from 2006-14. “We’re in great company with Penn and Drexel,” Boardman said of fellow universities on the board. “It means we’re involved in some of the ideation,” he added. “I’m very familiar with the challenges and opportunities the newspapers face,” Boardman said concerning his decision to join the board. With Boardman and administrators from other universities on the board, students will “hopefully have a front row seat to watch and

participate,” he said. Mendelson said one difficulty for PMN will be making money in a market that has been declining for the past decade. The Inquirer reported last October that the organization lost $90 million in revenue since 2010. “It doesn’t solve the problem of them coming up with ways to create sustainable, competing, independent content,” Mendelson said. “This doesn’t get them off the hook of making a profit.” PMN is organized under the nonprofit Philadelphia Foundation. Mendelson said concerns about donations affecting reporting are legitimate, but preserving the integrity of the news organizations should be the priority. “Money can skew anything,” Mendelson said. “The source of money can influence the nature of the institute … [but] foundation money isn’t the end-all, beall.” “I don’t think that should be a reason not to have this setup, new systems just have to be put into place to prevent that,” he added. The relationship between advertisers and the publications is dependent on the readership, Mendelson said. “Advertisers are only going to participate if they feel a connection to the audience they want to reach,” he said. PMN will face challenges and concerns like continuing to build a sustainable business plan to support a diminishing subscribership, but Mendelson said he’s optimistic about the future of the organization. “It’s pretty exciting to see,” Mendelson said. “I hope it fosters longevity in news institutions in Philly.” * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

Former chief education officer now education professor Dr. Lori Shorr views Temple as “gateway” for city students. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News After working under former mayor Michael Nutter as chief education officer in the School District of Philadelphia, Dr. Lori Shorr has returned to Temple to teach in the College of Education. During her time as chief education officer, the state made cuts that affected the school district’s functions—like cutting classes and staff deemed “nonessential” like librar-

ians, most nurses and assistant principals. Despite those cuts and the current budget impasse at the state level, by the end of Shorr’s term, the education offices raised the graduation rate. “It was a very difficult eight years in terms of education, because of all of the cuts that happened. It was a lot of difficult times,” Shorr said. “Even through that, we were able to get the 13 percent increase in high school graduation rate. And I think that that’s probably the thing I feel the best about.” Shorr’s decision to teach at Temple as an associate professor of urban education instead of returning to either of her alma maters of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh was because of Temple’s commitment to being

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a “gateway” for students out of the school district of Philadelphia, she said. “You’re going to get a lot of students [from Temple] who are from Philly and want to stay in Philly,” Shorr said. “I’m interested in changing for the better what’s happening here in Philly.” Gregory Anderson, dean of the College of Education, said he got to know Shorr through meetings with the school district. He also said he had similar plans for Shorr to come to Temple after her term as chief education officer completed. “I really got to appreciate her breadth of knowledge and how networked she was,” Anderson said. “Her personality of being an open-minded, respectful and smart facilitator and whenever I see people

like that I keep them in the back of my mind to come to Temple,” he added. Shorr is currently teaching two sections of urban education in human development and community engagement, a new major in the College of Education. In the next few years, she will be teaching graduatelevel classes, she said. “I believe it’s important to read the [education] theory, understand the theory but you also have to understand how it gets implemented on the ground if you want to make real impact,” Shorr said. “I think that giving context, giving examples of what’s happening here in Philly, giving history—and I think that I approach the work differently now that I’ve been close to where it’s been implemented,” she


added. Shorr worked at Temple within the vice provost and president’s office from 1994 to 2001 and said she is happy to return with her expertise— she has 15 years of experience working at the city and state levels. Shorr added she still feels she needs to help the School District of Philadelphia and always will. “It’s nice not to wake up in a cold sweat about, ‘Are we going to be able to open school?’ It’s nice that that’s not on my shoulders and I don’t feel the responsibility,” Shorr said. “Now I feel like I can be part of the solution but I don’t feel like I’m going to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning anymore,” she added. “Well, maybe I will, but I’m hoping not to.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu



‘Pay it Forward’ plan unlikely for university The intitative started in Oregon more than three years ago. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News Nearly two years ago, President Theobald started “Fly in 4” to help combat the national issue of college debt. Before that program, a new initiative created on the other side of the country aimed to fight the same issue—by making college tuition-free. “Pay it Forward” was initially proposed in Oregon in December 2012 to help college students afford higher education opportunities. The program, which started its pilot year in the state’s legislature in 2015, would allow students to attend a state-funded college and then pay for their education after they get their first job. The amount of money that would be paid back differs between various models. In one example, a student who obtains a bachelor’s degree in four years would pay back 0.75 percent of his or her yearly salary for the four years following his or her graduation. Temple’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said he is unsure of “Pay it Forward’s” validity. “I’m skeptical that the program would work,” he said. “It sounds great, but someone has to pay for it.” Oregon legislators decided not to mobilize the program because it lacked funding. The main issue was the expense: if Oregon’s government sent 1,000 students through the program it would be costly in the long run. “[Pay It Forward] would cost the state an additional $5 million to $20 million a year for about 20 years,” Oregonlive.com reported. Colleges try to minimize tuition increases, but when students want better facilities, prices increase, Kaiser said.

“Kids want dorms that are really nice, they want workout areas that are top of the line,” he said. “They want amenities. They cost, and students pay for that. When students stop paying for that, schools will stop building them.” The average amount of debt college students graduate with today is $33,000, USA Today reported. One key to keeping costs low in secondary education is finding secondary revenue sources and cutting down on unnecessary budget costs. Kaiser said around 90 percent of the revenue for Temple comes from state funding combined with tuition money. “We have to grow the revenue stream so that we don’t need to rely on tuition,” Kaiser said. With increases in outside revenue streams like endorsements and television deals, tuition prices can then remain level and even drop, he added. During the last academic year, tuition increased 2.8 percent. Kaiser said he expects the cost to continue to rise, but will not know until the state budget is passed. Despite the increases, Temple is the second cheapest state-affiliated school in the Commonwealth System of Higher Edcation. Lincoln University’s tuition for freshmen is an estimated $11,860 about $3,300 less than Temple. “When you look at our tuition increases compared to Pitt and Penn State, we’re 25 percent cheaper,” Kaiser said. Kaiser does not expect Temple to pick up any programs like “Pay It Forward” anytime soon, as he expects the cost of college to drop if students find other credible ways to attain an education, like going to online college or community college. Once universities start to lose money and students, then they will lower their prices, he said. “Students will dictate how the market changes and the direction of higher education,” he added. * jonathan.irwin.gilbert@temple.edu T @jonnygilbs96


TUH amputee patients using mirror therapy This treatment has helped some patients with “phantom pain,” doctors said. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News Many amputees suffer from “phantom pain,” psychologically experiencing pain in the limb that is no longer physically there. Eric Altschuler, an associate professor of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital, uses an object found in most household bathrooms to treat amputees and stroke patients. Since TUH hired Altschuler in 2014, the hospital has practiced mirror therapy, a rehabilitative method to alleviate phantom limb pain. “People think it’s not going to work,” Altschuler said. “But if they have a phantom limb and it’s moving poorly, and [mirror therapy] works, they’re happy. But not everything works for everybody.” The term “phantom limb” was coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1872 to refer to a sensation which can affect some amputees after the procedure. Even though the limb has been removed, many patients still experience burning, cramping or crushing pain. Altschuler’s professor, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran at the University of California developed mirror treatment in a study published in 1996. A patient receiving mirror therapy places their functioning limb on one side of a mirror, and their affected limb on opposite sides of the mirror. The patient then looks at the reflection of their intact limb, which creates the illusion the phantom limb has been revived. If the patient sends motor commands to both sides while looking into the mirror, the patient gets the visual impression that their phantom limb is “executing” its command. About 185,000 amputations occur every year in the United States, according to ampu-

tee-coalition.org, and about 80 percent of all amputees still experience pain in their phantom limb, according to the National Limb Loss Center. Half of all patients suffer the pain 24 hours after the amputation, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This phenomenon can lead some patients to experience depression and suffer suicidal thoughts. “It’s definitely positive because you can avoid to add more medication,” said Ernesto Cruz, a professor of physical medicine and

Adding medication “ causes more harm than

good and mirror therapy shows it can help.

Ernesto Cruz | Professor of physical medicine and

rehabilitation at TUH. “Adding medication causes more harm than good and mirror therapy shows it can help.” Altschuler and Cruz also believe mirror therapy is cheaper than prescribing more medication to patients. Altschuler was the first to be published for mirror therapy being used on stroke patients in The Lancet in 1999. He then received a grant from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to further his studies with mirror therapy on soldiers who are returning home from war. “It’s a study to see if there’s any other patients it might help,” Altschuler said. “The question Ramachandran and I ask ourselves is, ‘Can we advance the treatment, and offer more than they had on July 3, 1863?’ Our goal is to offer more than they did on that day.” * tom.ignudo@temple.edu


Former president Peter Liacouras retired just months before the Apollo of Temple was rededicated and named after him.

the time, the plan for this facility “wasAtvisionary, and over time it has been

transformational. Investment in a great vision has great payoff. Richard Englert | former university president


This rendering of the Apollo of Temple was published in the Jan. 30, 1996 issue of The Temple News.

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Temple received $33 million in government funding for the $85 million project and projections of revenue and costs were laid out as the building process progressed, Englert said. A dispute between City Council President John Street and thenuniversity president Peter Liacouras arose when Street demanded $5 million for rehabilitating neighborhood housing be given to an independent community-controlled development group, the New York Times reported. The debate between City Council and Temple continued until the university pledged $12 million to revitalize the Cecil B. Moore area. A parking lot was built on 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue and

women and underrepresented minorities were hired locally to work at the new center, Englert said. The Apollo of Temple opened on Dec. 8, 1997 with a performance of Peter and the Wolf and a 76-61 men’s basketball win against California State University of Fresno. The Liacouras Center became the venue for basketball games, concerts, local high school graduations, entertainment and the commencement center for matriculated freshmen. Prior to this, commencement was held in the now-demolished Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center. “Part of the problem Temple had for years was that it was spread out in too many places,” Hilty said. “We once had an ad campaign that said Owls were ‘everywhere’ and it was kind of true.”

In 2000, the Apollo of Temple was renamed to the Liacouras Center, after the former university president, Liacouras. Over the course of a decade, from 1997 to 2007, the Liacouras Center has served more than 2.3 million patrons. “What the Liacouras Center did was give us visibility in the community and give the community a sense of the basic well-meaning,” Englert said. “It’s become the hub for much greater development at Temple and in the neighboring community.” Englert added the Liacouras Center “became a recruitment showcase,” and was one of the factors in rising enrollment rates. “At the time, the plan for this facility was visionary, and over time it has been transformational,” Englert said. “Investment in a great vision

has great payoff. … We can look back at 20 years of experience and see if it was worth the investment.” Many of the same considerations from when the center was in its early stages are reappearing about the current stadium talks, like parking, traffic issues, usage and concerns from the community. “What the Liacouras Center experience shows is that these are solvable problems,” Englert said. “It’s important to listen to concerns. … My gut level says there’s another vision that’s going to pay off because we have an example of how that’s been done.” Hilty said a stadium could add to the “collegiate environment” like the Liacouras Center did. “The stadium atmosphere at a college football game is a huge boost for student and alumni morale,”

Hilty said. “The Linc isn’t ours, so you don’t get the feeling that it’s our place.” Hilty added a stadium would also require further consideration. The “commitment to the team and culture of big-time football,” like coaches, practice facilities and maintenance goes beyond the initial cost of $100 million it would take to build the stadium, Hilty said. “Just having a stadium doesn’t guarantee you’re going to draw people to it,” he added. “Some people feel that’s a way to identify with the school. … We have to decide what it’s going to look like 15 years from now.” * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons




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Impasse lasting far too long Many state institutions— Temple included—are starting to feel the burden.


ennsylvania has broken a new record, and it’s not one to be proud of: the current budget impasse is the now longest in the state’s history. Not only are the 2015-16 budget talks still ongoing – now in their seventh month – but they have also yet to be finalized less than a month before Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf helms the 2016-17 budget negotiations. These are the very same talks I wrote about last March; then, having just read ROMSIN MCQUADE the nascent budget proposal, I was optimistic about its potential to drive progress at Temple. Today, almost a year later, it appears as if that progress I had hoped for will be slower to take off than I thought—and the threats to public education are growing. The seven-month deadlock has plunged state schools—elementary- and university-level—into a welter of uncertainty, borrowing $1 billion in total, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Yet again, educational institutions with students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are treated as nothing more than collateral damage. And unfortunately, the problem is not limited to Pennsylvania; it is widespread. A budget impasse in Illinois has led to the elimination of the Monetary Award Program grants this semester— the Illinois-equivalent of state grants from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency—at some schools. Even PHEAA’s official website reminds students of the grants’ progress: in the FAQ section, it states, “until the Pennsylvania budget is passed, we will

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the impasse were “toIfbecome the new

norm ... it would have potentially devastating effects.

level action regarding the budget, it’s unnerving to look at the effect the breakdown of productive dialogue within state legislatures is having on the public. If the impasse were to become the new norm— a ritual we should all stray away from —it would have potentially devastating effects on the already unstable Philadelphia public school district, among other institutions. When the talks conclude, and I believe they will soon—or else—it’s critical the state legislature ensures educational issues, especially ones pertaining to school districts and public education, be placed at the forefront. In December, it looked like headlines were warning of possible Philadelphia school closings. Not only did students have to come to terms with the lack of necessary resources conducive to learning, but they had to ask whether class was even in session. If Harrisburg manages to prioritize, and not politicize certain budget items as early as possible, perhaps then the stability which the school district has been deprived of can be restored, at least for some time.

Other civil society organizations, like nonprofits, have also felt the effects of the impasse ripple through their ranks: a number of early-education programs that provide services to primarily low-income families had to “interrupt programs and lay off employees,” according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Joseph P. McLaughlin, director of Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs, believes the impasse has a two-pronged cost. “[The impasse] has not only a budgetary cost in that it puts extra borrowing on the district’s books, but there is also a social cost that is hard to quantify,” he said. These costs include delayed payments to vendors of the School District of Philadelphia and a lack of key resources being made available to students, said Fernando Gallard, chief of communications for the district. “The impasse has imposed a battery of limitations ranging from Advanced Placement course offerings to counselors to nurses and to music and art programs,” Gallard said. Some may purport that these limitations are temporary, and therefore insignificant in the long-term. However, the complete opposite is true: for the thirdyear high school student, one less AP course could be the difference between a college acceptance and a rejection; for the fifth-grade student who requires extra inclass academic assistance, a lack of counselors could be the difference between moving to the sixth-grade or repeating; and for the seventh-grade student with a chronic illness, a dearth of school nurses could pose severe consequences. As for a solution, Gallard believes that change, an end to our state government’s dysfunction, will occur only when citizens make their public education expectations clear, stand together and ask for change “at the ballot box.” With those expectations made clear, quality educational opportunities can be ensured for all students—from Erie to Philadelphia. * romsin.mcquade@temple.edu

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not be able to establish the actual State Grant awards or disburse funds to any institution.” Instead of investing in resources elsewhere—like in innovative programs which enrich the undergraduate experience—the ability to afford college is now a growing concern. And while it’s highly unlikely the Commonwealth will resort to Illinois-



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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Ignoring historical works is censoring the lessons they were created to teach. I’ve often wondered where the impulse toward censorship comes from. The desire to sanitize the past, to make a break, is an inclination found across cultures. Think of Stalin airbrushing Trotsky from photographs, or the French Republican calendar, in which months and days of the week were renamed to remove the influence of the Ancien Régime. This is why I looked on not with worry but with resignation when last month I read in the Inquirer that Friends’ Central School decided to drop “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain from its 11th grade curriculum. In case you haven’t read it lately, “Huck Finn” is the

story of a boy who flees his abusive father by rafting down the Mississippi River in the company of an escaped slave, Jim. According to the American Library Association, it is one of the Top 20 most challenged books. Today, it is largely challenged because of its use of the “N-word.” Indeed, “The book’s use of the ‘N-word’ was challenging for some students, who felt the school was not being inclusive,” Friends’ principal Art Hall told the Inquirer. While our current concerns about racism may play a role in removing this book, it is useful to remember that Huck Finn has been challenged almost continuously since its publication in 1884. Until recently, it was often challenged not for its racism, but for its progressive view of interracial friendship between characters Huck who is white and Jim who is black. Huck Finn is a difficult book, sure. My father and I spent one winter reading each other a chapter a night in el-

ementary school, and we both found ourselves pausing over certain words. But it has a clear moral message. Huck frets that helping another man’s “property” escape is a grave sin that will send him straight to hell. Yet he decides to help Jim anyway, reasoning that to help his friend escape is the right thing to do. It’s impossible to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” absent from its historical context, yet that seems to be what Friends’ Central School has done. They have let current concerns about inclusive language trump the moral of the story. They have tried to wipe the slate clean from the messy scrawl of the past. I can’t say I blame them. The past is distinctly uncomfortable. It reminds us of the mutability of our present views, the ways in which our politics can change. It’s the same motivation that led the Romans to practice damnatio memoriae. For them, effacing the past was the ultimate re-

proach. I think we do ourselves a disservice when we refuse to read Twain as a product of his time, when we expect the past to conform to modern notions and properties. Benjamin Winkler is a sophomore political science and spanish major. He can be reached at benjamin.winkler@temple.edu.

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New education bill good Free speech: news for Philly schools all or nothing It will give students the chance to show growth outside of testing.


hile things have looked pretty grim for the Philadelphia School District for the past few years, a new bill, signed by President Barack Obama in December, might mean brighter days are ahead. The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind and set new guidelines for testing proficiency in public school curriculums, will leave more discretion to individual states. The bill also has goals of reaching higher rates of high school graduPAIGE GROSS ation—especially for OPINION EDITOR students of color— and strengthening STEM education. This bill, which is the first to get such strong bipartisan support in recent legislative history, will allow states to target resources to the lowest-performing districts and students. The NCLB act, which was signed in by then-president George Bush in 2001 also saw bipartisan support at the time it was enacted. It required states to perform standardized testing to receive federal funding. The goal was to get all children on the same level of preparedness—standards are set by the federal government—in each grade level. The problem with this goal, as a student in a classroom and as a teacher, is that learning doesn’t happen in the same way for everyone. While one student may thrive by filling in bubbles on a scantron, others may be stronger at writing essays or verbally explaining their thinking. “The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals,” Obama’s statement about the new bill said. “Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher—that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. Higher standards are right. Accountability is right… But what hasn’t worked

is denying teachers, schools, and states what they need to meet these goals.” Tim Fukawa-Connelly, a professor in the secondary math education department, thinks that while not much about classroom life will change in a day-to-day setting, schools will be more fortunate in being able to define success by their own standards. For many schools, standardized testing isn’t necessarily a good representation of students’ abilities, especially when the curriculum doesn’t perfectly match what the federal government has deemed important for students to know.

here in Philadelphia. “Students don’t have to make a set proficiency, they just have to show that they are making progress,” Fukawa-Connelly said. This, he explained, will mean that all schools will no longer be using the same starting point to determine what proficiency means, especially in environments where there are little resources and a high student-to-teacher ratio. “[The School District of Philadelphia] is currently starting at 30 percent testing proficiency,” Fukawa-Connelly said. “If they can get to 50 percent? That’s

The problem with this goal, as a student in “a classroom and as a teacher, is that learning doesn’t happen in the same way for everyone.” “Minority and low-income students are less likely to have effective teachers than their peers,” the statement released by the White House said, stressing that the act will also allocate the most effective teachers to lower-income areas. “The level at which we were starting was unworkable,” Fukawa-Connelly said of the School District of Philadelphia, which is unable to keep up with the same standards as Pennsylvania suburban school districts. Hopefully state representatives will see this new legislation as an opportunity to send extra resources to struggling schools, especially


amazing—that’s great.” The bill will also take pressure off the standardized testing aspect of the proficiency evaluation and let schools decide other ways of proving growing success. One of the good things that came out of the NCLB act, Fukawa-Connelly said, is that it gave districts data about gaps in student learning and helped identify which students were struggling. Teachers will have the opportunity to use other in-class work and tests to prove to their schools that students are learning and succeeding. This initiative is reminiscent of one of Temple’s recent moves—The Temple Option, which gives applicants the choice to include test scores—to make education more readily accessible to those without ample resources. While the new ESSA won’t affect those who have already begun their higher education, universities like Temple will likely begin to see more applicants who are benefiting from less pressure on standardized testing and more emphasis on being a wellrounded student. It’s exciting to think changes may be coming for school districts in need, like the current state of the School District of Philadelphia. Temple students and those who wish to become educators should recognize these changes will take the focus off meeting one specific definition of success and let students be in school to do what they’re there to do—learn. * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross

FROM THE ARCHIVES Jan. 30, 1996: President Peter Liacouras and other university officials broke ground on the construction site of The Apollo of Temple, what is now known as the Liacouras Center. On the front page of this week’s issue of The Temple News, we look into the hisory of the venue and how the university dealt with its expansion into the community.

Some students want to silence speech they find offensive, which is a bad idea for everyone.


ast fall, student protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University thrust several different serious issues in higher education into public consciousness. Among this attention came a conversation about a student’s right to free speech. Confrontations during some of these protests demonstrated that some students view free expression as a barrier to their goals, but the history of campus protest shows that this view is ultimately counterproductive. It’s important to outline that free speech for students in a university setting refers to two separate concepts. First Amendment rights prevent the government from discriminating against speech. Student academic freedom, on the other hand, is a moral principle which schools incorporate into their policies and procedures. At Temple, which state law defines as an “instrument” of government, students AUSTIN NOLEN have both. First Amendment constitutional rights and academic freedom for students are not mere abstractions. Instead, both were first recognized as a result of student protests. Participants in the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s were diverse enough to include the College Republicans, but most wanted to exercise their free speech rights to advocate for civil rights and anti-war causes. Ari Cohn, an attorney for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education—a non-partisan student civil liberties organization—described these largely progressive protesters as “the spark for all of the student activism in the 1960s,” including later fights over free speech. An important statement of the student academic freedom principle is the “Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students,” first issued in June 1967 and endorsed by organizations like the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

our universities adopt bans “onIfspeech that is perceived as

disrespectful, what stops it from being enforced through a campus disciplinary procedure?

Many universities, like Temple, incorporate parts of this document into their policies. The “Joint Statement” was also prompted by progressive student protest in the past, Cohn said, specifying that it was issued shortly after the heyday of the free speech movement at Berkeley in the mid-1960s. Christopher Harper, a professor in the journalism department who teaches communication law, thinks Healy v. James, decided in 1972, was the first Supreme Court case to specifically apply First Amendment guarantees to college students. Harper said the Healy case, which concerned Students for a Democratic Society, an anti-war organization, “is important because it says that a university cannot restrict an organization it disagrees with.” After administrators at a public Connecticut university attempted to ban SDS from setting up a chapter, the Supreme Court ruled that “the university is supposed to be a place where people learn about free speech … it’s a decision that’s neither conservative nor liberal,” but protects all students, Harper said. In some of the instances we’ve seen today, student protesters demanded administrators scale back these same protections and enact prohibitions against speech causing offense or other harm to feelings. In doing so, they threaten their own movements. If our universities are systematically racist, sexist and otherwise oppressive, why wouldn't prohibitions against hurtful speech be turned against progressives themselves? After all, according to student protesters, some students of privilege often feel discomfort by discussions of serious issues ranging from police brutality to the occupation of Palestine. If our universities adopt bans on speech that is perceived as disrespectful, what stops it from being enforced through a campus disciplinary procedure? When offensiveness is the only criteria, administrators have unlimited discretion to silence whatever speech they dislike. Often, that will be progressive speech. Demonstrators of previous generations fought for free speech protection because they realized restrictions on speech would eventually be used to squelch the controversial ideas they advocated. Today’s student protesters may find some speech upsetting, but by trying to ban that speech, they give administrators the tools to silence their own voices. * austin.nolen@temple.edu






Pipes burst in multiple residence halls during break Bart Blatstein, a 1976 Temple alumnus and president and chief executive officer of Tower Investments, Inc. is planning 60,000 square feet of new retail space at Broad and Spring Garden streets and 30,000 square feet behind Avenue North development, PBJ reported. The goal is to optimize the area and improve retail opportunities in North Philadelphia, as well as expand the “Center City core,” the article said.


The cold temperatures of December 2015 had adverse effects on pipes in Gladfelter Hall, the Louis J. Esposito Dining Center, 1940 Residence Hall and Morgan North Residence Hall. In all four of these buildings, pipes froze and burst on Jan. 5, damaging the ceilings, a university spokesman said. The spokesman added Temple Police, Facilities Management, University Housing and Residential Life, the University Fire Marshal and Sodexo all responded and cleaned up the area before students returned. All the pipes have been repaired or isolated, he added. Food stands affected by the pipe bursting have been temporarily moved to other areas of the Louis J. Esposito Dining Center. Students in the residence halls were affected to a greater degree—clothes left on the ground were soaked and smelled of mildew. Temple compensated for damaged property with 25 Diamond Dollars. -Lila Gordon

COSBY CRIMINAL CASE COULD BE DELAYED FURTHER Bill Cosby’s Feb. 2 preliminary hearing has been deferred following a Sept. 23 email from Bruce L. Castor Jr., a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, to thenDistrict Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. The Inquirer reviewed the email in which Castor said he struck a deal 10 years ago to never criminally prosecute Cosby for the 2004 Constand allegations. “With the agreement of the defense law-

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Members of the men’s gymnastics club practice on Thursday. Their gym was vandalized during winter break, and police said five juveniles were responsible for breaking mirrors and a flat-screen TV. Read online at temple-news.com.

yer and Andrea’s lawyers, I intentionally and specifically bound the Commonwealth that there would be no state prosecution of Cosby in order to remove from him the ability to claim his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination thus forcing him to sit for a deposition under oath,” Castor wrote in the email obtained by the Inquirer. A judge will hear arguments to dismiss the case on Feb. 2. Camille Cosby may take her husband’s place and be deposed in Boston Feb. 22 instead, concerning the Massachusetts defamation lawsuit. -Lian Parsons



About 200,000 square feet of new retail space is available for development in North Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Businesses and residencies from Center City to Temple are in the works, beginning with service-oriented establishments like banks, a grocery store and restaurants. The development is in response to a greater amount of residents in North Philadelphia; the PBJ reported there are more than 5,000 residential units north of City Hall and a lack of profitable retail spaces.

Four Americans and seven Iranians were exchanged in a deal on Sunday related to the implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries. Among those released were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and American student Matthew Trevithick, 30, of Hingham, Massachusetts. Trevithick went to Iran in September to an institute affiliated with Tehran University, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Officials learned why he was arrested. Rezaian was arrested July 22, 2014 and had been held in Iran up until the release, the Washington Post reported. He was charged with espionage, and was sentenced to an undisclosed prison term before being released. -Lian Parsons

Recent burglaries could be linked Police said three teens who burglarized a house Jan. 7 may be connected to other incidents. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Three teenagers who investigators believe burglarized a house on Carlisle Street during winter break may be connected to other breakins in the area. Temple Police say two of the three suspected teens have been arrested while authorities are still looking for the third. A student saw the three on Jan. 7 as they tried to break into a rowhome on Carlisle Street near Diamond. The student then called Temple Police. Officer Ama Jones saw two of the teens acting as a lookout while the third attempted to get through the front door, according to the report. Upon seeing police, the three fled but Jones arrested one 16-year-old suspect. Another 14-year-old was later arrested, and both will be charged with burglary and criminal conspiracy, police said. “I think we’re going to get [the third one],” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. “We’re going to try to interview the two we have with their families again. We’re also looking at three schools in the area.” Leone said he suspects the third teen attends Camelot Academy on 26th Street near Master, but Temple Police are still working with the high school’s police. The teens were identified in a surveillance video from properties near a burglary that happened near 19th and Page streets, according to the report. Leone said a burglary on 18th Street matched the method of operation as the Carlisle and Page street burglaries. Similar burglaries span back three weeks, he added. “We’re putting other burglaries in the area together to see if there’s any others they did. We haven’t gotten anything complete yet,” Leone said.

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Laptops and cellphones were taken in previous burglaries, but nothing was reported missing from the Carlisle Street residence, Leone said. The stolen property has not yet been recovered, he added. Leone said students were living in the residences on 18th and 19th streets that were burglarized. He warned students to be careful and report anything out of the ordinary. “It looks like they try to go through back ways,” Leone said. “I know we had a warm spell, so maybe people opened their windows, but when you have to leave or go to bed, you have to make sure you secure those windows.” Leone described the group of teens as an “opportunist” group who will take the chance to burglarize when they see it. According to crime logs, no burglaries have been reported on or around Main Campus since the incident Jan. 7. Leone said he is confident that arrests will discourage future burglaries. “I think this will definitely cause a decrease in the area,” he said.from the previous burglaries, but nothing from the Carlisle Street residence, Leone said. None of the stolen property has been recovered, he added. Leone said students were living in the residences on 18th and 19th Streets that were burglarized. He warned students to be careful and report anything out of the ordinary. “It looks like they try to go through back ways,” Leone said. “I know we had a warm spell, so maybe people opened their windows, but when you have to leave or go to bed, you have to make sure you secure those windows.” Leone described the group of teens as an “opportunist” group who will take the chance to burglarize when they see it. According to crime logs, no burglaries have been reported on or around Main Campus since the incident Jan. 7. Leone said he is confident that arrests will cause that trend to continue. “I think this will definitely cause a decrease in the area,” he said. * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules


Police said Antonio Miller, 25, was fatally shot in this lot Saturday afternoon.

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and volunteered at the Society for Helping Church, which aids the deaf and hard of hearing. Arter, who is blind, said Miller would “back [her] up” when she went out by herself or did chores. “I can do things on my own, but he’d still be there,” she said. Justin Savage, 40, said he was in his home on Edgley Street near 17th—where the shooting occurred—when he heard three shots outside. “When you hear gunshots, either you run, or you stand and fight,” said Savage, who has lived on the block for five months. “This is North Philadelphia, but this is the first time I’ve heard shots on this block.” Brian, 55, was in his home next to the empty lot on Edgley Street at the time of the shooting. He said he has lived there since the 1990s without seeing a shooting on the block, and felt uncomfortable giving his last name with the shooters still at large. “I only heard two gunshots,” he said. “A shot, then they hesitated, then another shot.” Brian said he waited before going outside, and saw someone coming from the other end of the block, saying there was a body. He


When you hear “ gunshots, either you run, or you stand and fight.” Justin Savage | Edgley Street neighbor

and a neighbor later called police. “I was standing here, like I am now, smoking a cigarette,” he said, leaning against the rail on the steps to his house. He then pointed to the spot where Miller was shot. “There was someone right there bleeding to death,” he said. “And I didn’t know until someone said, ‘Hey, there’s a body.’” As Arter and her grandchildren continued to mourn yesterday, they indicated that Miller’s death would be felt throughout the community. “Talk to all the elderly people on this street, and they’ll tell you how he helped them,” Arter said. * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules

lifestyle HILLEL UNDER NEW DIRECTION Rabbi Daniel Levitt wants to work with Temple Hillel’s new student board in reaching out to a variety of student communities. PAGE 8

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A ‘VIBE’ FOR HIP-HOP “The Vibe” is a new TUTV show that will feature discussions of hip-hop culture, news and live performances. PAGE 15


This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a staged reading of the play “Lucky Guy” by Willard Beckham, featuring a singing cowboy, will be held at Randall Theater. PAGE 16






Main Campus hosts Fetty Wap After a three-month delay, Owlchella hosted 6,278 attendees Thursday. By ALEXA ZIZZI AND OWEN McCUE The Temple News



The Memory, Concepts, Cognition Laboratory specializes in researching language, neurological disorders and memory.

uring his Thursday performance at the Liacouras Center, Fetty Wap apologized to an audience of more than 6,000 people. “I wanna apologize to y’all for not making it last time,” he said. “I hurt my f---ing leg. That’s what you get for riding a motorcycle with one eye.” The rapper’s Sept. 26 motorcycle crash delayed one of Temple’s best-selling homecoming concerts for three months. But on Thursday night, the audience waited just a little while longer for Fetty Wap to finally take the stage at about 10:45 p.m., dressed in a white jacket with matching ripped jeans and gold chains around his neck. He was greeted by a mix of cheers and relief from the audience. During the fall semester, the Main Campus Program Board announced “Owlchella” as the homecoming concert originally planned for Oct. 9. Marylandbased rapper Logic was the first performer announced to students on Aug. 31, with Fetty Wap | Rapper and singer additional artists unveiled each day after, including R&B singer Jhené Aiko and rapper French Montana. “People will come to see Fetty because he’s the guy right now,” said Yasine Baroudi, a junior film major from Englewood, New Jersey. “I know a lot of people not even from Temple that bought tickets: people in South Jersey, from Rowan University, all over.” Baroudi’s hometown is just a few miles away from Fetty Wap’s hometown of Paterson—where he crashed his motorcycle—and where he attended several of the rapper’s shows before he became popular.

For someone dealing with semantic dementia, their definition of a swan as a ‘bird’ could change to ‘dog’ in just a matter of years. This was seen in research conducted by Dr. John Hodges, a professor of neuroscience currently in Australia, and is one kind of case Temple’s Memory, Concepts, Cognition Laboratory studies on a daily basis. The lab staff deals with language and neurological disorders and semantic memory, and it focuses on the social and



“I wanna apologize to y’all for not

making it last time. I hurt my f---ing leg. That’s what you get for riding a motorcycle with one eye.

Memories and their meanings Dr. Jamie Reilly is director of the Memory, Concepts, Cognition Lab. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor


Founders of food delivery app Habitat, Andrew Nakkache (left), and Michael Paszkiewicz relaunched their company on Sept. 1.

From marketplace to delivery for app Habitat now provides food truck delivery exclusively to Temple students, faculty and staff. By HENRY SAVAGE The Temple News With the redevelopment of their marketplace app Habitat, Andrew Nakkache and Michael Paszkiewicz want to help students bring food trucks right to their doors. Temple first got a glimpse of Habitat in April 2015 when the


app was originally launched for students to buy, sell and trade items with one another on campus in a secure, easy-to-use way. The two founders quickly saw this business model was not working in the Temple market. So, Nakkache and Paszkiewicz went to Las Vegas to attend the Collision Summit this past summer in search of new ideas. Since returning from the conference, Habitat relaunched on Sept. 1 as a food truck delivery service exclusively for Temple students, faculty and staff. During their time at the summit, Nakkache and Paszkiewicz saw a keynote speech given by Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, whom both founders talked to backstage. After explaining their product, Draper was not completely sold on the pitch; however, he advised them to start more simple.

“‘Drive one item into the marketplace and become really good at doing that one thing, then branch out,’” Nakkache said Draper told them. After the two returned home, they scrapped everything they previously had with Habitat and started fresh. They figured the business model would need to change from a traditional marketplace, which had already been done by other services like letgo, a mobile classifieds app which allows users to buy and sell items locally. Later that summer, Nakkache and Paszkiewicz surveyed local food vendors around Temple and found that of more than 40 vendors in the area, only 10 accepted credit cards, 16 had online





New goals for new director, student board of Hillel Rabbi Daniel Levitt joined Temple Hillel as the new executive director in August 2015. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor In anticipation of the hit film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Rabbi Daniel Levitt, executive director of Temple Hillel, hosted two workshops in October and November likening ideas of the Force and being a Jedi to Jewish teachings and lifestyle. “Star Wars is a great way to really bring to life those ideas and those thoughts,” said Levitt, who spent the last three years as a Hillel director in Canada. Since August, Levitt has been in charge of staff, maintaining a budget, handling fundraising and being the public face of the organization, he wants to promote Judaism as being more than just a religion. “You can be a Jew and not believe in God,” he said. “It’s not only a religion—Judaism is a culture, it’s a nationality, it’s a peoplehood [and] it’s shared values. It’s really hard to define what it means to be a Jew.” With the time he has spent at Temple Hillel so far, Levitt said there isn’t much he feels needs to change thanks to capable student leaders who “really run the place.” But he hopes that he, and Hillel, can get the message out that the organization is a valuable resource for stu-


The new executive director at Hillel at Temple, Rabbi Daniel Levitt, sits in his office at 1441 Norris St. Originally from New Jersey, Levitt was a director of Hillel in Canada for three years.

dents and the university. The group’s new 2016 student board president and vice president, Max Buchdahl and Melissa Payavis, respectively, are also in line with Levitt’s goals, particularly with reaching out to other organizations and the diverse communities making up the student body. “Temple is a very diverse school, and I think if we just focused on the Jewish students

“It’s not only a religion—Judaism is a culture, it’s a nationality, it’s a peoplehood [and] it’s shared values. It’s really hard to define what it means to be a Jew.” Rabbi Daniel Levitt | Executive director of Temple Hillel

then we wouldn’t be using our university to its fullest potential,” said Payavis, a sophomore media studies and production major. “It’s always important to be understanding of other communities,” said Buchdahl, a sophomore journalism major. “Having those relationships with other communities builds our own community. I think it’s important to have that balance between having events with the Jewish community and branching out to the university community as a whole.” Some of these events include a free Shabbat dinner on Feb. 5 with President Theobald, and a technology entrepreneurship fair in February that will highlight startup companies that have come out of Israel. Concerning programs where Hillel students visit Israel, Levitt said he has made it a priority to divert attention away from the “onedimensional conversation” surrounding Israel and have a “less polarizing, more educational

and diverse message when it comes to Israel programming, that our students feel passionate about.” Levitt is eager to support the religious beliefs of Jewish students, but he also wants to encourage everyone at Hillel to be open to all kinds of cultures and backgrounds. “I want to provide for religious needs for students who have that need, and I want to expand people’s horizons and encourage experimentation and growth and learning in all different directions,” Levitt said. “Ultimately, our mission is to inspire young Jewish students to be leaders within their communities, to make lifelong commitment to Jewish life, learning and the state of Israel,” he added. “Their leadership should go beyond the Jewish community.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

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Program focuses on innovation for plays The new Playwright Residency Program will have Kristoffer Diaz write a new play for the 2016-17 season. By JENNY STEIN The Temple News Edward Sobel, head of playwriting and directing for Temple’s theater department, wants to see new plays taking the spotlight. “I’ll be the first person to say that ‘Hamlet’ can speak to anybody at anytime, anywhere and anyplace … but it’s also a 400-year-old play,” said Sobel. His desire for innovation in American theater is one of the motivating factors behind his development of the theater department’s new Playwright Residency Program, which is financially supported by alumnus David G. Steele. ADVERTISEMENT

The program’s first award recipient is Kristoffer Diaz, playwright and author of the PulitzerPrize-nominated “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.” In the next few months, the New Yorkbased Diaz will visit Temple several times to get to know the department, interact with students and sit in on classes. He will then write a play “with Temple’s acting population in mind,” Sobel said, that will be produced for the 2016-17 season. The goal of the program is to change certain aspects of what is often customary for most professional theater companies. While playwrights typically expect a significant amount of time between when they write the play and when the play gets produced, Sobel’s program will shorten the timeline so the playwright remains in tune with their original vision. Sobel said the process of plays “being workshopped to death” could take a minimum of two years, and even then, it is not a surprise if the play doesn’t get produced at all. Temple’s program is guaranteeing the playwright’s commissioned play will happen.

The program will stress consistent contact and interaction between the playwright and the actors, in this case the undergraduate and graduate students, to get the best results. Sobel’s time as the director of new play development at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, an ensemble-based company, convinced him of the importance of maintaining close relationships between the playwright and the play company. “Here, the writer is getting to know the culture in our department a little bit and also getting to know potentially some of the actors that are going to be in it,” he said. “My observation was that in all kinds of artistic relationships, when you have that sort of repeating or better knowledge of your collaborators, the better the work is.” As an academic institution, Temple’s large casting size of six MFA actors and more than 200 undergraduates will also enable playwrights to tackle larger ideas and events for their play, which is often inhibited by the fact that companies casting six or seven people is considered large by today’s standards.

The program was not just created to help playwrights—it was planned to help students see what it’s like working closely with a playwright and give them the opportunity to be part of the development of a new play. “From our point of view, this allows our students to have a play being written by a playwright of real stature, that is essentially being written for them and for them to have the opportunity to originate those roles,” Sobel said. In addition to Diaz fitting in with the department’s mission of encouraging students to be “citizen artists,” Sobel feels innovation and experimentation for the modern American play has been stifled. He hopes this program will be able to change the perceptions that new plays are doomed to fail. “You have to do plays that speak to [audiences] in a very immediate and vibrant, vital way,” he said. “Older plays can do that, but in order for the art form to keep growing, you need to be able to explore, experiment and find new voices.” * jenny.stein@temple.edu



The American Repetoire Program, created by Opera Philadelphia in 2011, aims to complete 10 American operas in 10 years and foster the art form in Philadelphia. PAGE 10

Two Philadelphia businesswomen created an all-natural deodorant in Kensington’s Greensgrow Kitchens, then succesfully pitched their idea to investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” PAGE 11







Yisroel Leibowitz bakes a batch of bagels during Philly Style Bagels’ grand opening in Fishtown on Jan. 16.


By EAMON DREISBACH | Assistant A&E Editor

fter curing a batch of salmon together one day, Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber discovered they had nothing to compliment their meal—and decided to try their hand at making bagels. “We had made some fish, but didn’t think about how we were going to be serving it,” said Zilber, a Kensington resident. “It was serendipitous. We had this fish, and then bagels are obviously the natural vehicle for eating such a food. We just whipped up a batch on the fly and were so enamored with how good they were.” The duo’s efforts in the kitchen came to fruition Saturday for the grand opening of Philly Style Bagels at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Sepviva Street, with lines of customers spilling down the block for most of the morning. The eatery’s current roster includes sesame, everything, plain, onion, salt, garlic and poppy-seed bagels, with more flavors currently in the works. Bagel sandwiches and specialty cream cheeses—like salmon and jalapeño spreads—are available as well. Shapiro, a 2011 communication studies alumnus, and Zilber first met in 2009 while working as stock boys at The Foodery, a craft-beer bottle shop in Northern Liberties, and quickly bonded over their love of brewing, meeting up few times a month to make beer, cook fish and occasionally make bagels.


For photographers, an unusual subject The Da Vinci Art Alliance’s latest exhibit asked Philadelphia photographers to use mannequins as their subjects.

By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News While walking from the Market-Frankford line to PATCO during her daily commute, Laura Storck began to photograph mannequins in Center City window displays as a way to pass the time. The photos inspired Storck to see what other Philadelphia photographers might do with mannequins as their subjects, so she created and curated a photography exhibit called “Mannequin: A Group Photography Exhibition.” The exhibit, open until Jan. 31, is on display at Da Vinci Art Alliance, a nonprofit art gallery funded entirely by its members. The gallery is located at 704 Catharine St. in Queen Village. “I am thrilled that I was able to leverage the mundane task of work travel into this exciting opportunity,” Storck said.


“I just find [mannequins] very quirky and interesting,” she added. “It is kind of fascinating to see how each window display is decorated. When I started putting the word out, and people were interested in the show, I just had no idea that so many people were interested in taking pictures of mannequins.” Storck started planning the show last June, she said, and personally invited each of the 30 artists who were featured in the show. “I was impressed with the show,” said John Baccile, one of the photographers featured in the exhibit. “I was pleasantly surprised to see the mannequin that I trash-picked for [Storck] had been adopted as the centerpiece and inspiration for her ‘Lauraquin’ entry.” The exhibit was presented in an entirely white space, with






American productions challenge norms The American Repertoire Program aims to produce 10 American operas in 10 years. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News The story of one man’s journey across wartorn America during the Civil War has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated operas in the country. Originally written as a National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier, the opera “Cold Mountain” is debuting in Philadelphia this winter. The production premiered at the Santa Fe Opera this August, but has its East Coast debut at the Academy of Music Feb. 5-14. The production, a co-commission between Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia, was composed by Jennifer Higdon, a contemporary composer who studied and lives in Philadelphia. The opera is just one of many projects by the American Repertoire Program, an initiative of Opera Philadelphia started in 2011 to produce 10 new American operas in 10 consecutive seasons. The American Repertoire Program is well on its way to achieving this goal; so far, it has produced the Pulitzer-Prize winner “Silent Night” by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell in 2013, “A Coffin in Egypt” by Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Foglia in 2014, “Oscar” by Theo Morrison and John Cox from the 2015 fall season and “Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD” starring Lawrence Brownlee from this past summer season. “Opera is an art form that originated in Europe,” said Sarah Williams, the new works administrator at Opera Philadelphia. “Many of the stories are rooted in that and many of the creative teams are rooted in that. We’ve slowly, in the last few decades, started telling American stories in opera, but there wasn’t a big initiative to do so.” “No other company was really doing something like this at the time,” Williams added. “So we really wanted to make sure that we had a well-rounded group of people with lots of experience in opera helping us develop the best artistic aesthetic of these new works.”


Isabel Leonard (Ada) performs in Cold Mountain as part of The American Repertoire Program.

We’ve slowly, in the last few decades, started telling “American stories in operas, but there wasn’t really a big initiative to do so.” Sarah Williams | Opera Philadelphia new works administrator

The American Repertoire Council is made up of composers, musicians, publishers and administrators who work together to facilitate the creation of contemporary and American operas. The program’s first fully commissioned work, “Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD,” was also the first fully commissioned work by Opera Philadelphia in four decades. The program continued its momentum with “Cold Mountain,” a show close to the hearts of the American Repertoire Council.

Williams said because all the workshops for “Cold Mountain” were held in Philadelphia, it became a “very close project” for the Council. “More than a typical co-commission would be, because we’ve literally been in the room for all of it, and these new works take so many years to come out so it’s a really beautiful time for us,” Williams said. Andrew Shaw, a senior vocal performance major, said, “‘Cold Mountain’ isn’t just a big deal for Opera Philadelphia this year, but for

the American opera scene as a whole.” “Every part of this production is ideal, from the artists to the composer to the subject matter.” Shaw added. “They have, in effect, brought together a dream team that everyone is excited to see and hear.” Hailed by Opera News as the “main event of the season,” “Cold Mountain” stars globally acclaimed baritone and American Repertoire Council Director Nathan Gunn. The cast also includes a faculty member of the Boyer School of Music, assistant professor of voice Marcus DeLoach. After the success of “Cold Mountain,” the future of the American Repertoire Program lies in seven upcoming new works and an annual two-week festival announced by Opera Philadelphia that will run Sept. 14-25 in 2016. “This [festival] is going to be something we haven’t seen or done before in opera, at least not in America,” Williams said. “We want to push the art form and be fluid and creative but bring tons of opportunity in for the city as well.” The fest will showcase 25 opera performances in theaters across Philadelphia, including three world premieres and a performance art piece featured at the Barnes Foundation. The 12-day long celebration will not only help expose the city to opera in a way it’s never been before, but also help local businesses and companies around the area. With its growing popularity in the opera community, the American Repertoire Program has significantly increased Opera Philadelphia’s reputation as one of the most impressive and innovative opera companies in the world. “At the time the American Repertoire Council started, [Opera Philadelphia] was probably a level two or three company,” Williams said. “We’re now a level one company, meaning we are in line with the Met, the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and every other major opera company in the world.” “What I like about [the American Repertoire Council] is that most companies want to keep opera to a certain stage or theater or environment, and what I like here is that we play with everything, we play with space, artists and stories,” she added. “The American Repertoire Program is challenging a lot and continually creating and questioning and telling real, American stories.” * emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu

Natural deodorant: ‘a million-dollar idea’ Businesswomen funded PiperWai with help from “Shark Tank.” By MADISON HALL The Temple News Jessica Edelstein and Sarah Ribner have been in business together since their first lemonade stand as children. From there, the pair was constantly trying to invent new ideas. “We were always gluing different toys together trying to make something,” Edelstein said. In September 2015, the Philadelphia natives pitched their company PiperWai, an all-natural deodorant made from charcoal, to potential investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” The show offers budding entrepreneurs the chance to strike a deal with big-name business people to provide financial support. The episode featuring PiperWai aired in December 2015. The University of Pittsburgh alumni first came up with the idea of a natural deodorant thanks to Ribner’s love of all-natural cosmetic products. The pair realized there was a large gap in the market for such a product. “An all-natural deodorant fit in with our goals of wanting to one day start our own


The creators of PiperWai researched many ingredients before choosing charcoal for its absorbant properties.


all-natural deodorant fit with “ourAngoals of wanting to one day start our own business.” Jessica Edelstein | co-owner of PiperWai

PiperWai deodorant, created by two Philadelphia businesswomen, is made from charcoal.

business,” Edelstein said. “We have always wanted to have a million-dollar idea.” Though Edelstein wasn’t as familiar with natural products, she immediately began testing different formulas. When they came up with a final formula, Ribner tested it out herself while on a service trip in South America. “I was amazed at how effective the product worked,” she said. The special ingredient turned out to be charcoal— which rubs in clear and doesn’t discolor clothing like normal stick deodorant, according to a

statement on the website. They began packaging at Greensgrow at 2503 E. Firth St. in Kensington, making 300 at a time using pastry bags. “Charcoal can absorb a thousand times its own moisture because of its large surface area,” Edelstein said. “We did a lot of research before adding the ingredient to the formula.” Edelstein and Ribner applied for “Shark Tank” on a whim, but once they heard back from a casting director, everything became a little more real for the businesswomen.

“We flew to LA in September, but nothing was guaranteed,” Edelstein said. “We didn’t know if we were even going to get to pitch in front of the sharks until the day of filming.” Before flying out, the women did their research on each of the investors on “Shark Tank.” They were looking for an investment of $50,000 for 10 percent equity of the company. “Pitching in front of the five investors felt less intimidating and more like a conversation,” Edelstein said. After 35 minutes of

pitching and questions they received two offers from Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner. In the end, Edelstein and Ribner made a final deal of $50,000 for 25 percent equity with Corcoran. Since the investment, sales have increased from $110,000 to more than $1 million. They also moved production from Greensgrow to Powerline Packaging in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, where production of the deodorant is quicker and much easier. PiperWai has become a full-time job for Edelstein

and Ribner. Recently, the pair met with Corcoran at her New York City office to discuss the business. “Barbara was impressed by how we were doing in sales,” Edelstein said. “She invested in us because of our passion and drive.” PiperWai plans on expanding its line to other all natural products for both women and men. “This is the game changing invention we’ve been wanting to start since we were little kids,” Ribner said. * madison.hall@temple.edu






Nestor Kyzymyshyn (left), a Cunningham Piano employee, tunes a piano in the Germantown store. Owner Rich Galassini (right), stands next to the Bösendorfer piano the shop is hosting.

A change of key for 1988 alumnus’ piano shop A local company is hosting a $750,000 Austrian piano. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK The Temple News The average cost of a home in Philadelphia is about $196,000, according to Trulia, a real-estate website. A one-of-akind Bösendorfer piano on display in the city is worth more than triple that price— and anyone who makes a reservation is welcome to play it. “As long as you wash your hands and don’t put your lunch on [it], anyone can play it,” said Rich Galassini, the owner of Cunningham Piano Company at 5427 Germantown Ave. The $750,000 Bösendorfer grand piano is what the Austrian manufacturer dubbed the Opus No. 50,000 to celebrate its 50,000th piano. “Bösendorfer is only sending this piano to a few people and we are pleased to be one of them,” Galassini said. Galassini, a 1988 music education and vocal performance alumnus, began working at Cunningham Piano Co. shortly after his graduation and has been there ever since—a total of 28 years. Working there has “completely

changed the way that I looked at the piano as an instrument,” Galassini said. The maker of the piano, Bösendorfer, is an Austrian company established in 1828. Bösendorfer, an elite brand in the industry, typically spends about 5 years handcrafting each piano—and they’re usually worth anywhere from $80,000 to $250,000. But the Opus No. 50,000 is inspired by the Musikverein in Austria, which has walls and an interior gilded in gold. The Musikverein is a massive theater that was the highest stage for composers to direct their orchestras, specifically in the Musikverein’s “Golden Hall.” Much of the Opus is painted in gold leaf and designed to have a facade that looks like the hall. The piano is also designed from various fine woods, including French walnut, pear and maple wood. Several local musicians have played the instrument in concerts at venues like the Kimmel Center and the Barnes Foundation, and it’s next scheduled to appear Jan. 28-30 at the Kimmel Center in “A Farewell to Vienna.” The show will include performances from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Norwegian touring pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Valentin Radu, the musical director of Vox Ama Deus Chamber Orchestra and a music teacher at Devon Preparatory school, got the chance to play the Opus No. 50,000 at Cunningham Piano.

“It looks like it belongs in some palace in Europe and that either Mozart or Beethoven or Haydn play it,” Radu said. Radu said he played bits of accompaniment from Mozart, Chopin and jazz music while playing the Opus No. 50,000. He also said he found the grand piano to be particularly resonant for a piano of its size. “It’s a very complex instrument, and that’s a nice thing to say about an instrument,” Radu said. “That it’s good for any kind of music any type of music at any speed at very soft or very loud—or anywhere in between.” Despite the hefty $750,000 price tag, Galassini said, a few Philadelphia-area families have already come into the store looking to buy it. “Frankly, [Cunningham Piano is] already the North American warranty center for Bösendorfer, we already have people come and visit us from all over the world so we do enjoy a reputation,” Galassini said. “But this certainly doesn’t hurt it.” The instrument will be at the store until the end of January. “If there is a music student who wants to experience what Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and others have experienced, this is their one opportunity to do it,” Galassini said. * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

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for the people of the city that are in support of that kind of hatred and disrespectful act, that didn’t work,” said Brenman, who added that members from his synagogue, Mishkan Shalom, were in attendance. On Dec. 8, a severed pig’s head was found in front of the mosque in an act of vandalism, defacing the religious building and creating fear within the community. The mural project was created prior to this incident, but Ibrahim said that it is more important now than ever before. “It makes it more important that we move ahead with these relationships because this is what keeps us together in times of tension and hatred,” Ibrahim said. Ibrahim said there was always interest in designing the wall on the Germantown Avenue exit side. When Mural Arts approached AlAqsa with a new project, Ibrahim said she reached out to ArtWell to recreate “community healing” with neighbors and community members. She wanted the project to invite people into the mosque. The relationship between Al-Aqsa ADVERTISEMENT


Al-Aqsa mosque hosted a community day to paint murals and create tiles.

and ArtWell, a nonprofit arts education organization, began after 9/11 when Susan Teegen, ArtWell’s executive director, approached Ibrahim. In 2002, ArtWell and Mural Arts partnered to lead the making of a mural. “All of the concepts, content for the mural really came from curriculum that was lead and created by ArtWell,” ArtWell program director Julia Terry said. “So our teaching artists worked with youth and community members across all those different sites to use poetry and art to really reflect on our universal values, what peace means across cultures and how that is a shared value across faiths.” There will be additional paint days

at Al-Aqsa, the Asian Arts Initiative and ArtWell Jan. 30 and in the near future, Ibrahim said. The mural is expected to be complete by spring 2016. “I am really excited because I have seen the beauty of different people coming to the workspace before and developing these new relationships and how they have grown along the years,” Ibrahim said. “It provides this wonderful platform for people to learn about Al-Aqsa, ArtWell, Mural Arts, developing more relationships, more understandings and bridging the gap between people rather than the division that breaks people apart.” * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu






The Franklin Institute held its annual Speakeasy Science event on Jan. 12, bringing together a mix of science and 1920s history to attendees. The event featured 20 activity stations throughout the museum and a show highlighting the science behind bootlegging alcohol during the Prohibition era. Philly Homebrew Outlet, a local brewing supplies store, took patrons through the process of home brewing from start to finish. Guests were encouraged to dress in 1920s attire. The Speakeasy is part of the Institute’s Science After Hours program, which hosts monthly events geared toward adults 21 years and older. The next program in the series, Seven Deadly Sins, will take place at the Institute on Feb. 9 in celebration of Mardi Gras. Tickets are available online.






New bagelry a ‘neighborhood shop’ Continued from page 9


Soon after, they began distributing their bagels via pop-up shops at Pizzeria Beddia at the corner of Girard Avenue and Shackamaxon Street. The two men’s culinary creations quickly became a neighborhood favorite, drawing earlymorning lines out the door of Beddia and selling out within hours. Development of the shop began in January 2015. Shapiro believes Philly Style’s greatest strength lies in its simplicity. “I think that if you can do one thing really well, that’s all you really need,” he said. Shapiro and Zilber use a traditional process to create their signature bagels—with a few deviations. First, yeast, water and flour are mixed to create poolish, which is left to ferment overnight. The next day, dough is mixed, fermented for another night and rolled into shape. To give their bagels a distinct malt flavor, the pair then boils their bagels in a mixture of Yards IPA and water. “We were doing a lot of research about what other people put in their boil,” Zilber said. “In Montreal they’re known to put honey in their water, and in New York they use malt syrup. Us adding beer essentially has the same function as what they do, but it has the added bonus of us being in Philly, which is such a great beer town.” After the bagels are boiled, they are placed on “bagel boards” —small wooden planks covered in burlap, dusted in cornmeal and sent to the oven. The two also add chili flakes and mustard seeds to


Missy Wicker (left), and Josh Decker enter Philly Style Bagels.

I love it being a neighborhood shop “where neighbors can come and share good food together.” Jonathon Zilber | co-owner of Philly Style Bagels


Philly Style Bagels hosted its grand opening in Fishtown on Jan. 16.

their everything bagels to create a subtle, smoky flavor. Jeff Alligood, a Fishtown resident who attended the shop’s grand opening, sees potential in the new bagelry after six years living in New York. “It definitely compares to some of the better shops there,” Alligood said. “I think it’s great for the neighborhood. There’s a lot of people that lined up to come out and grab some bagels, so it’s nice to see the community getting together for it. It can bring people together for breakfast, lunch, anything.” Zilber shares a similar sentiment on the shop’s ability to create a natural, familial atmosphere. “I love it being a neighborhood shop where neighbors can come and share good food together, but also feel that sense of community,” Zilber said.“I like to think that what we offer is a connection to the food.” “It’s always, ‘We want it now, and we want it fast and cheap,’ and we kind of have lost that connection to the people who are making stuff,” he added. “It was really important for us to have the oven out where people can see it, so that they can have that same epiphany we had the first time we pulled the bagels out of the oven. You get that smell, and you can see them and everything looks so good; just to have that experience and to be able to share that experience with our community is a really awesome thing.” Philly Style Bagels is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. * eamon.noah.dreisbach@temple. edu

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dismembered mannequin parts perched on ledges throughout the gallery. The photographs—the show’s main attraction—varied in size and were set in frames chosen by the artist. “The decision was made by each individual artist,” Storck said. “I left it up to them what type of mannequin image to submit.” Storck said many aspects of the exhibit were centered around the idea that each artist has their own distinct style—a nod to her decision to let the artists choose the presentation of their work. “I am just really amazed at the diversity of the images and the mannequins themselves,” she said. “I never really thought about it before I started this project. A lot of the mannequins look the same, but there is diversity out there. It is very noticeable that there are more Caucasian-looking mannequins than any other ethnic group. One of the photographers photographed an Indian mannequin.


This season’s Center City Restaurant Week kicked off Sunday and will run through Friday, and Jan. 24-29. Attendees can purchase a 3-course lunch for $20 or a 3-course dinner for $35. Participating restaurants include Butcher and Singer, The Oyster House and The Twisted Tail. -Shealyn Kilroy


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Reading Terminal Market at 51 N. 12 St. will celebrate the Pennsylvania art of turning pork scraps into breakfast food. Chefs will prepare their own scrapple dishes while judges evaluate each dish. Entry to the event is free. -Shealyn Kilroy


Bridgette Mayer Gallery, located at 709 Walnut St., is currently showing Stuart Netsky’s exhibit, “Sirens.” Netsky, a Philadelphia born artist, utilizes a variety of mediums to create his work, including mixed media, sculpting and painting. Netsky is known to incorporate images of present and past pop culture icons in his work with the intention of shedding light on the superficial nature of his subjects. “Sirens” is his first solo exhibit at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. The exhibit will be open to the public until Jan. 30. -Erin Blewett


The Philadelphia Indoor Antique and Vintage Flea Market, nicknamed the “Philly Flea,” is continuing its run on Garden Street this Saturday. The market, located on the corner of 9th and Spring Garden streets, is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now through March 19. Every fall and spring, the market travels to a different Philadelphia neighborhood in Center City. This fall the event hosts more than 60 different vendors which vary weekly. The flea market features collectables, jewelry and local artwork as well as live music and a food court. -Emily Thomas


Rock-electronica duo Ratatat will be performing at the Electric Factory on Saturday. The New York-based band released their fifth album “Magnifique” in 2015, which was their first release in five years. Solo artist Hot Sugar will open. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. -Emily Scott



Judy Engle (left), and Irene Reinke enjoy “Mannequin.” Engle’s work was featured in the exhibit.

I didn’t even know they made those.” Collage artist Judy Engle had two images featured in the show, although digital photography is still new to her. She purchased her first DSLR camera a few months ago, but has yet to take it out of the box. The photographs featured in “Mannequin” were taken in a va-

riety of mediums including DSLR cameras, iPhones, tablets and iPads. “I began taking photos in 1987,” Engle said. “I was a dark room photographer for 30 years. Recently, I started shooting all over again with my iPad.” “I think that I just recently started thinking about the messages that the mannequins are

conveying and what it means,” Storck said. “A way to explore this, I think, in the future is what it says about body image. I just thought that was really interesting. What we see from the mannequins themselves, and how they are really different from regular people.” * erin.clare.blewett@temple.edu


As of Thursday, Shake Shack’s new Chick’N Shack sandwich is now offered at all three Philadelphia locations. The sandwich is a combination of fried chicken breast, herb mayonnaise, lettuce and pickles inside a potato roll. - Eamon Dreisbach



@phillydotcom tweeted Peter Dobrin’s article about David Bowie’s work with the orchestra. Bowie narrated “Peter and the Wolf,” which was released in 1978, a recording many cherish, Dobrin writes.

@StreetsDept tweeted Paradigm Gallery will host an exhibit with some of the founder, Conrad Benner’s, favorite artists to celebrate the publication’s fifth “birthday.” Artists like Kid Hazo and ishknits will be featured at the gallery on 4th Street in Queen Village.




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Seattle-based garage rock group The Murder City Devils will play at Union Transfer Thursday. Punk rock act Deep Creep will open for the band. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. -Eamon Dreisbach




@visitphilly tweeted the city now has a special set of characters for texting, including Philadelphia icons like the Liberty Bell, Boathouse Row and a special Temple emoji.

@uwishunu tweeted some of the city’s best chefs named their must-visit restaurants during Restaurant Week, including High Street on Market, Zahav, Aldine and Abe Fisher.




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menus and only one delivered. The two founders realized they would be able to provide a service that had not been implemented at Temple. Nick Greenawalt, a recent Temple alumnus in graphic design, designed the new look for the app and helped solidify a large part of the process for the new launch. He feels the service will be able to differentiate itself enough from others like it. “I think the interesting thing about the app is how it’s built to support many different avenues,” Greenawalt said. “We built it after months of planning out Habitat’s future, so each element we want to introduce down the line will work with the system we

“We built it after

months of planning out Habitat’s future, so each element we want to introduce down the line will work with the system we have created.

Nick Greenawalt | Habitat app designer

have created.” After finalizing the design of the new app, partnering up with vendors and validating their market, Habitat reestablished itself. Nakkache said the launch featured five vendors, and they did all the deliveries themselves. Now, Habitat has 42 vendors, along with plenty of ‘runners’ to cover the halfmile radius Habitat services. Since providing vendor delivery to Temple students and faculty, Nakkache said business has been successful with each month seeing a 90 percent growth in transactions. He added that more users are joining the app every month. Students need a Temple email address to have food from a Temple food truck or restaurant delivered. All sales and transactions are done securely and in-app through Habitat, so no cash is required. In the future, Habitat plans to offer meal plans to students and offer the ability for parents to add money to student accounts for meals. This will allow students to put a base amount of money into their account, and order meals from Temple vendors as they wish. * henry.savage@temple.edu


Andrew Nakkache, co-founder of Habitat, displays the current version of the app on his iPhone in his apartment. Habitat is a smartphone app that serves as a food truck delivery service.

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“He was always making money—that’s why his nickname is Fetty,” Baroudi said. Some students, like senior media studies and production major Devin Fonrose, planned to attend class the next day after a late exit: Fetty Wap closed his set with “Trap Queen” around 11:30 p.m. “Waking up in the morning will be different,” he said. “But it’s worth the money. Especially for Temple getting four artists to come do this, you don’t get this too often.” University Event Directors Katie Calderone and Danielle Snowden said MCPB worked closely with Lee Grimes of Babco Entertainment to book the artists after MCPB conducted surveys and focus groups to concert lineups to which Temple students would be most receptive. “We got a call from Lee saying

that Fetty Wap wanted to postpone the concert, [but] he wanted to still come to Temple and make sure he did it right,” Calderone said. After Fetty Wap’s cancellation,

schedule the date for the current spring semester and had to work with the Liacouras Center to arrange ticket refunds and postponement plans. In addition to rescheduling the

Logic, French Montana and finally Fetty Wap. The show sold 6,278 tickets total, still one of the highest-selling concerts in MCPB history.

“I think it was great timing—Fetty Wap had the right marketing, the right kind of look and he definitely just came up on the scene.” Katie Calderone | University event co-director

MCPB tried to move the date to Oct. 7, but that would cause them to also lose French Montana’s availability. Calderone said the initial concert was almost sold out—the Liacouras Center seats around 9,000 people, and about 8,000 tickets were sold. She said MCPB decided to re-

entire concert, Jhené Aiko dropped from the lineup entirely due to scheduling conflicts. MCPB worked with Babco to replace her with Wale, a rapper from Washington D.C. Owlchella took place Thursday with five performing acts, with Bas as the opening act, followed by Wale,

The release of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” last year garnered a lot of mainstream attention, Calderone said. “I think it was great timing— Fetty Wap had the right marketing, the right kind of look and he definitely just came up on the scene,” she

said. “Even Logic, too, he just had an album release which was perfect timing because new music means new fans.” Asante Abdullah, a senior business major who has attended every homecoming concert since freshman year, said he thought French Montana’s performance was the highlight of the concert. “His stage presence was electrifying,” Abdullah said. “During a few of his songs he asked the crowd to put their lighters up, and within seconds, the entire place was lit.” “Overall, the concert was great vibes,” he added. “When you looked around and saw how music brought everyone together in that way, it made you feel good to be an Owl.” * lifestyle@temple-news.com




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Finding a place for hip-hop on TUTV Nydja Hood started a new show on TUTV that focuses on hip-hop music and culture. By JOSH ZIMMERMAN The Temple News Sophomore journalism major Nydja Hood felt that hip-hop culture needed a home on Temple TV. With her new TV show “The Vibe,” she aims to bring hip-hop music and black culture to the forefront of the university’s television network. “The Vibe” is a hip-hop culture and music program set to air on TUTV. Each half-hourlong episode will feature a different artist, poet or rapper, along with hip-hop news and entertainment discussions. The first episode was filmed late last semester and is currently available on YouTube. “Unlike other shows at Temple, we have live performances and discuss black and hiphop culture,” Hood said. The show is meant to appeal to creative students on campus, which Hood said she can relate to. She said her show represents a part of that community. “I know what I would want to see and what other people interested in hip-hop culture and in the arts would want to see,” Hood said. The show came about when Hood got producer Jane Babian, a senior journalism major, and director Josh Cimbol, a junior media studies and production major, to join the crew and help run the program with her. “This show is totally her creation,” Babian said. “I was hooked when she explained her vision of the show to me. It’s a show aimed at allowing black and urban artists to show their talents off to the world.” “There’s something very special and passionate about that—I’m thrilled to be a part of something so inspirational,” she added. Cimbol said he is glad the show was well received. “Seeing our in-studio audience so excited about what we were doing and seeing the resulting social media activity made me realize how important this show was,” he said. “We added something special to the TUTV lineup.” The core idea behind the show took some time to mold amongst the crew, as each member of the team had varying levels of knowledge in ADVERTISEMENT

hip-hop. But they each had something to offer to help make the show a reality, Hood said. “I like how it was really give and take,” she said. “From [Cimbol], I was learning about behind-the-scenes aspects like how to direct and run a television show, and he learned from me about hip-hop and black culture.” In addition to exploring her interests, Hood also sees the program as being a platform for

her own career ambitions in media. “I’ve done different things on campus journalism-related, but I wanted to create a niche for myself that kind of showcased my personal interests,” she said. “By creating the show, I can combine aspects of journalism and what I’m personally interested in.” The program has set its agenda, and now Hood and her crew are currently in talks with

“Seeing our in-studio audience so excited about

what we were doing and seeing the resulting social media activity made me realize how important this show was.

Josh Cimbol | junior media studies and production major

TUTV to provide their program with consistent airtime. “The biggest challenge right now is, when do we start taking the next step to plan our next episode?” Hood said. “After the first episode was shot, the word spread so fast and so many people wanted to get involved and perform, so it was hard to step back and take it in stride.” While Hood and her crew are still unsure about the exact future of the program, Hood is happy with how things have been going and wants to see “The Vibe” succeed. “It’s a creative movement that will change the face of TUTV,” Hood said. * joshua.zimmerman0001@temple.edu

Editor’s Note: Nydja Hood and Jane Babian are former freelance writers for The Temple News. Neither contributed in the editing process of this article.


Producer and floor manager Jane Babian (left), and director Jimmy Pirolli, sit with Nydja Hood, executive producer and host of “The Vibe” on the main stairwell in Annenberg Hall.





Today at 6 p.m., Paul Rozin, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will host a lecture on his research into how superstitious behaviors and thought processes affect how people go about life’s uncertainties. Some of his experiments include using Voodoo practices, a convicted killer’s sweater or the lucky sock in a drawer. This discussion will be held in Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art. -Albert Hong



Victoria Rodriguez works on charts in the Memory, Concepts, Cognition Lab in Ritter Annex 999.

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behavioral aspects of the human body. The small workspace is located in Ritter Annex 999, stocked with computers and other equipment. Lab Director Dr. Jamie Reilly opened the lab in January 2014 after he left his job as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. He worked at a similar lab there, studying language disorders and how to improve language in patients with Alzheimer’s, until he moved his research to Temple. Reilly studied linguistics and Russian as an undergraduate and speech-language pathology for his clinical master’s degree. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Temple, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience. His interests align with the lab’s: studying memory disorders and helping to treat them. “I’m interested in both how the study of, say Alzheimer’s disease, adds to theory of what we know about the brain but also in how to actually improve language in people,” said Reilly, associate professor and interim chair in the department of communication sciences and disorders. “So it’s a mix for me.” The lab is mostly occupied by undergraduate volunteers, students doing independent research for senior projects, two master’s students and a dedicated staff. The two postdoctoral fellows of the lab, who often

work the closest with Reilly, are Dr. Richard Binney and Dr. Jinyi Hung. With Binney’s background in brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques and Hung’s experience with eye-tracking techniques and semantic processing, their work ranges from examining relationships between brain structure and function to pondering how meaning is processed in the brain. “It’s a hard science, in some ways, but it’s also an area for philosophical ponderings about what it means to think, what meaning is and ask some questions about what it is to be human,” said Binney, who completed his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Manchester. Hung’s interest with these areas of study started with her consideration of her cultural background and how it plays a part in her kind of research into semantics. “Coming from a different cultural background, I always think that the way I process meaning is sometimes a little bit different than what other cultures process meaning,” said Hung, a 2015 Ph.D. alumna from the University of Florida in speech, language and hearing sciences. Thanks to a grant, Hung works with Reilly to go out and see patients regularly, all of whom deal with memory disorders, for research and clinical purposes. The tools the lab uses include MRI scanners, a transcranial direct current stimulator that provides one or two milliamp current stimuli to parts of the brain and an infrared eye-tracker. Specifically with the eye-tracker, an in-

frared bar shoots infrared light that bounces off a retina and samples at a rate of 120 times per second to tell where a person’s eyes are moving by each millisecond. Reilly explained how this tool is used to see how a person with semantic dementia is unable to recall what a dog is when looking at a picture of one—for healthy people, our eyes look over the body and face of a dog to determine immediately what it is, but unhealthy patients’ eyes do not go where they should. With the amount of work that needs to be done, Binney is thankful for the large and diverse population of undergraduate students who volunteer. Many of the students come from a course Reilly used to teach, “Language and the Brain,” which is now taught by Hung. “We’ve been really fortunate to find lots of fantastic students who are going to, we hope to encourage, be the future generation of scientists,” Binney said. As for that future of treating and preventing memory disorders, Reilly feels there is a long way to go. “As a scientist, you can’t tackle the big questions—the tradition is you do it in a reductionist way, we take very small pieces,” he said. “The problems are so big that you could spend a lifetime looking at them. … For me, the number of questions just keep coming.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

Education Abroad will host the spring Study Abroad Fair tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Students can learn about study abroad opportunities for the summer, semester and academic year and speak with program staff and returning students. The event will also provide information on internships abroad and scholarships that can be applied to study away programs. -Michaela Winberg


This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Department of Theater will hold a staged reading of the play “Lucky Guy” by Willard Beckham in the Randall Theater. Set in Nashville, Tennessee, this play portrays a singing cowboy who wins the chance to become famous. The play will be read Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at events.temple. edu by clicking “Lucky Guy: A Staged Reading.” Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with an OWLcard. -Michaela Winberg


A bus will be available to take students to the National Gallery in Washington free of charge Saturday. Sponsored by Tyler Student Life, the bus will pick students up at 9 a.m. on 13th and Diamond streets behind the Tyler School of Art, and will drop students off on 6th and Constituion Avenue. The bus will leave the gallery at 5 p.m., and will arrive at Main Campus around 8 p.m. Students can register for the event by visiting events.temple.edu and clicking “Tyler Field Trip to National Gallery, Washington D.C.” -Michaela Winberg


To go along with the Digital Scholarship Center’s discussions of bad data management practices, there will be a session Monday from 2-3 p.m. about “General Problems with Data Management.” The discussion will focus on the mistakes the government makes when it comes to collecting data in an organized manner, specifically with what is said in an article by writers Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene. The link to the reading can be found at guides.temple.edu/datamgmt/events. The event will be held at the Digital Scholarship Center. -Albert Hong


John Smagula, professor of law and executive director for the Greater China Office at Temple, will teach people about the differences between types of tea Monday from 3-5 p.m. in room 821 of Anderson Hall. Smagula will teach people the differences between Chinese white, green, wulong, black and dark teas through sight, smell and taste. -Albert Hong SHEFA AHSAN TTN

Dr. Jamie Reilly (left), director of the Memory, Concepts, Cognition Lab, discusses semantic memory work done with Dr. Richard Binney, who joined the lab in June 2014.

Voice of the People | ARIELLE ZOPPINA




“I stay inside, mostly. And I like to ski, not really during the school year but I guess during breaks or on the weekends.”

“I layer my shirts and try to wear a bunch of clothes. I like to hang out with my friends and go to different restaurants in the city.”

“How do you stay warm and enjoy the cold weather?” NICHOLAS WAXMAN


“I’m from Switzerland, so I’m used to the cold. I think a coffee and a scarf would be nice. Snowboarding is one of my favorite activities.”





3-star recruit announces commitment The Owls, the No. 10 team in the CollegeFencing360. com Women’s Coaches Poll, defeated No. 8 Penn State, Yale University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Haverford College. Three fencers had at least 10 wins Saturday, including junior epee Alexandra Keft, who recorded an 11-1 record. The team’s lone loss came to No. 2 Columbia, who defeated the Owls 15-12. -Michael Guise


The American Athletic Conference named Quenton DeCosey to its weekly honor roll. In two games against Cincinnati and Memphis, the senior guard scored a combined 35 points, including a gamehigh 22 points in the Owls’ 67-65 double overtime win against the Bearcats on Jan. 16. DeCosey averaged 17.5 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 steals last week as the Owls went 1-1. DeCosey, who is averaging 15.8 points per game this season, has scored 20 or more points six times this season and the Owls are 5-1 in those games. -Michael Guise JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

Quenton DeCosey dunks in the Owls’ 69-50 win against Delaware State on Nov. 29, 2015 at the Liacouras Center.


Ex-Rutgers recruit and Archbishop Wood High School quarterback Anthony Russo announced on Twitter his commitment to Temple on Friday night. Russo, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and had other offers from Connecticut, Buffalo University and numerous Football Championship Series teams. The Archbishop Wood quarterback decommitted from Rutgers on Jan. 11 after committing to the university in May 2015. In July, Russo was named an Elite 11 quarterback after competing against 17 other quarterbacks from across the nation in the Elite 11 finals at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. According to Rivals.com, Russo is the 16th best high

school prospect in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Russo led the Vikings to an 11-1 record and a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAA playoff berth. Other high school players to announce their commitment to Temple were Randle Jones III from Miami Beach, Florida and Linwood Crump frpm Parlin, New Jersey. -Michael Guise



On Wednesday, when the Owls take on La Salle at the Palestra, former Owls Jay Norman, Aaron McKie, John Baum, Ollie Johnson, Lynn Greer and Mark Macon will be honored during timeouts of the contest. The game is part of a Big 5 doubleheader honoring the 60th anniversary of the Big 5, with St. Joseph’s and the University of Pennsylvania playing in the nightcap. The most recent doubleheader at the Palestra involving two Big 5 games was Dec. 4, 2004, when Temple defeated Villanova 53-52 and Penn topped La Salle, 78-67. Last season, Temple defeated La Salle 58-57 on Dec. 6, 2014. -Michael Guise


In the team’s first dual meet of the semester, coach Nikki Franke’s squad went 4-1 at the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 16.

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ed their opponents to 53.3 points per game. Before its three-game winning streak, Temple allowed 69.7 PPG. “Defense really gets us going,” Cardoza said. “We get stops, we get in position and score easy buckets. When we are just standing around and not being aggressive, letting people pick us apart, then we drop our heads and go down the other end and worry about what we just did.” The Owls totaled 8.7 steals per game last season, which ranked fifth in the American Athletic Conference and No. 96 out of 343 Division I teams. Cardoza blames defense for Temple’s six losses in 2015-16 and credits good defensive play for the team’s 11 wins. “I am sure when I watch film it is going to be something we did on the defensive side that got us an easy transition or a bucket and we feed off of it,” Cardoza said. “We can’t forget to communicate, we can’t forget to do it all the time because we want to as a whole feed off of our defense.” Cardoza has played five guards in the starting lineup since a 61-55 win against Villanova on Dec. 2, 2015. Sophomore guard Donnaizha Fountain is tied for third on the team in blocks with eight and leads the team in defensive rebounds with 72. “Sometimes I get tuned in, and I am chasing after the ball, it’s like a dog with a bone, you’re going after it,” Fountain said. “But that’s my problem, I get out of position and our


Safiya Martin defends during the Owls; 70-67 loss to Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 29, 2015.

coach always tells me ‘You got to focus on your man.’” After defeating Cincinnati, Fountain and her teammates said communication is making a difference in the way the team performs defensively. “You can always be vocal, but you are not always saying the right

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real basketball family.” But before the start of the Owls’ regular season opener against the University of Florida Nov. 13, 2015, Nwaigwe was still nervous on the court. Nwaigwe said she lost some confidence after suffering an achilles injury during the 2012-13 season, but quitting the team at Wagner was even worse.

thing like, ‘Hey, switch, watch the guy on your left,’” Fountain said. “It comes by experience knowing what to say and when to say it.” Junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald is second in steals with 34. With one senior on the team in guard Erica Covile, Fitzgerald is taking a leadership role.

“Every time I had the ball and would go in for a layup, in my mind, I already missed it,” Nwaigwe said. “I lost my timing for blocking shots. I was missing layups and free throws.” Before heading home at the end of the fall semester, Temple assistant coach Meg Barber worked with Nwaigwe on her offensive game, instructing her to make 100 left-handed layups in a row before she could leave the gym. “My whole confidence and mindset just went away,” Nwaigwe said. “I’m just so much more relaxed here and now playing my game

Fitzgerald is trying to lead the defense in order for Temple to have more opportunities to score. Temple averages 69.9 points per game while holding its opponents to 63.5 points per game. “Now we are starting all guards, so we have to all help each other out because if we don’t we are going to

with no restrictions.” After averaging 12.1 minutes, 2.2 points, and 0.9 blocks in nine nonconference games, Nwaigwe is second in the American Athletic Conference with 1.6 blocks per game. She is also averaging 3.3 points in 14.9 minutes. “She’s a presence,” Cardoza said. “She’s blocking shots, and she’s being aggressive. Ugo’s size definitely helps us.” In six of the 15 games Nwaigwe has appeared in this season, she has recorded two-ormore blocks seven times, including two games

get killed inside because other teams are taller,” Fitzgerald said. “Before we were lackadaisical when it came to defense, and were more worried about scoring.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

with five blocks. “When you have someone like Ugo step in, it takes pressure off of some of the guards,” Fountain said. “Coach [Cardoza] is big on who will step up for us, so seeing someone like Ugo come in and do what is asked of her is awesome.” * mark.mccormick@temple.edu T @MarkJMcCormick





Owls ‘up and down’ midway through season The Owls are 9-7 with two wins against Top 25 opponents after a double-overtime win Saturday. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor As Cincinnati’s junior guard Troy Caupain fired a three-quarter court shot wide left, Obi Enechionyia stood just outside the paint, reaching his left arm to snag the ball as the buzzer sounded in Temple’s 6765 double overtime victory Saturday. As the sophomore forward walked toward his bench to celebrate with his teammates, he smiled, slapped the ball and jogged down the court. It was the Owls’ ninth win in 16 games this season, and the team’s fourth win in the American Athletic Conference. “I think this is a big win, a great win,” senior guard Quenton DeCosey said. “We were both 3-2 and both teams wanted it. [Saturday] we got the W.” The win came three days after the Owls relinquished an 11-point lead in the second half of the team’s 67-65 loss to Memphis last Wednesday. In the loss, the squad missed 10 of its final 16 shots and turned the ball over seven times in the second half. “We got to get a game back,” DeCosey said of his team’s mentality on Saturday. “We know we let one go and this was a have-to-win. We did a great job of doing it.” Wednesday’s loss was the third game this season in which the Owls lost a matchup holding a lead with less than three minutes left in regulation. “We also talked about how fragile winning and losing is,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “It often times is a made shot, missed shot. Get a rebound or not get a rebound or don’t throw the ball away. Those kind of things.” The Owls sit in fifth place in The American with a matchup against first-place Southern Methodist on Saturday at the Liacouras Center. The Mustangs are undefeated and No. 10 in the AP Top 25 poll. Dunphy’s squad has a Ratings Percentage Index ranking of 86, the fifth highest out of the 11 teams in The American. Temple is 0-4 against Top 50 RPI teams in 2015-16. In 2014-15, the Owls finished with the No. 34 RPI in Division I, going 2-8 against Top 50 RPI teams. “There are a lot of really good teams in this league,” Dunphy said. “We’ve played our share of them already. … It’s a really good league with a lot of good coaches and people who work hard.” Since starting the season 1-3, with all three losses coming against ranked opponents, the Owls are 8-4 in their last 12 games, with two wins against Top 25 teams and two double-digit losses. Last season, the Owls defeated one ranked opponent in five tries. “I feel like it can be a lot better,” senior forward Jaylen Bond said of the team’s consistency. “We are up and down right now. I feel like if we come out and play our hardest, we can be a more consistent team.” “I don’t think we are that up and down, to be honest with you. … A play can change a game,” Dunphy said. Of the 14 teams that remain on the Owls’ schedule, two are ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, including a matchup with Villanova, the No. 1 team in the RPI. Senior guard Devin Coleman said in order to win games down the stretch, the Owls need to continue to improve on the mental side of basketball. “We think we are talented enough, and we give good enough effort,” Coleman said. “It’s just about the decisions we make offensively and defensively. … That is going to lead us to where we want to be.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise


Quenton DeCosey dunks in the second half of Temple’s 67-65 win against Cincinnati on Saturday at the Liacouras Center.


Sophomore all-around Alexa Phillip performs on the balance beam at the team’s new facility during a recent practice.

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a team. The facility gives us a better chance for our competitions.” Along with being able to have the team together in one space, junior all-around Briana Odom said another one of the biggest upgrades to the facility has been the free-fall pit. In the team’s old facility there was no foam pit. Odom said the addition of the pit gives team members not only the ability to practice more in-depth routines, but helps

eradicate the underlying fear of injury when landing those routines going forward. “It was just hard for us to get that confidence to do a bigger routine in the old gym,” Odom said. “It was kind of like, ‘Oh, I’m kind of nervous, I don’t know about the landing.’ With the foam pits, you can kind of just play around, try things and get better without the worry of, ‘Oh, I might crash, I might get hurt.’” Salim-Beasley said another benefit of the new facility is the ability to form a better recruiting pitch. Even before the facility was finished, recruits were shown both the old facility

and the makings of the new one in an effort to persuade them to consider Temple. “I think we’ll really see a progression over the next two-to-three years,” SalimBeasley said. “But even this year it’s a start because we’re at least getting recruits to come in and see the differences and the changes that are happening so they can have a vision of what direction the program is going in.” * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu T @dannynewhart


Mark Williams (left), and the bench celebrate a defensive stop in the second half of Saturday’s double-overtime win against Cincinnati.

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The Owls won the game against UConn 55-53, and for the past four contests, Dunphy has continued to mix and match the players in his starting five, leading to a 3-1 record for his team during that time period. “Coach Dunphy is unpredictable,” said freshman center Ernest Aflakpui, who started the team’s past two games. “He does what he thinks is best for the team, and we all respect that. If your number is called, you just get ready to play.” Aflakpui, Dingle, Alston, junior forward Mark Williams and freshman guard Trey Lowe have all received at least one start in the Owls’ past four contests after not starting any of the first 12. In Saturday’s 67-65 double-overtime win against Cincinnati, Dunphy inserted Dingle and Aflakpui into the starting rotation with Bond, Brown and DeCosey. Aflakpui scored a career-high six points in 20 minutes of action. “I’m just giving everybody a chance,” Dunphy said. “Like Ern, for example, nobody works harder. Nobody wants it more, so why not give him an opportunity? And

that’s what happens. Everybody else we’ve kind of sprinkled in and out of the lineup, given guys a chance. You never know, maybe someone will step up and feel really comfortable.” On the other hand, Enechionyia, who started 10 of the Owls’ first 12 games, and Coleman, who started every contest this season prior to the UConn game, have come off the bench ever since Dunphy’s continuous lineup manipulation began. “I don’t think there was any tension,” Coleman said. “If anything, it was more reflective for the guys that got taken out of the lineup. We can look back and say ‘You know, I didn’t really do my job as well as I should have been.’ And I think that made us work a little harder, want to be better.” Enechionyia is averaging 5.5 points per game in 19 minutes per contest after Dunphy jumbled the Owls’ rotation. He was averaging 10 PPG before the team’s win against UConn. Coleman has embraced his role coming off the bench. The senior has scored 14 or more points in three of the team’s four games since he was removed from the starting lineup. He’s also received 30 or more minutes of playing time in three of those contests. “He’s comfortable with it,” Dunphy

said. “He never said a word about it when we decided to make the change, and now we’re probably married to it for the rest of the season.” While the players joining them have changed, Bond, Brown and DeCosey have started all 16 of Temple’s games. Bond said having new faces in the starting lineup from game to game hasn’t any detrimental impact on the team’s oncourt chemistry because of Dunphy’s practice habits. “In practice he switches up the lineup everyday, so we’re kind of used to playing with everybody,” Bond said. “I really doesn’t make a difference who’s out there starting, everybody is capable of playing.” “It’s not about who starts, it’s about who finishes the game,” he added. Four games into the process, Dunphy’s players are still unsure how the coach decides who starts the game on the floor and who comes off the bench. “That nobody knows,” Aflakpui said. “You just have to work hard, and if your number is called you just go.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue





track & field

Rule changes coming in 2016 The Owls prepared for the new changes in the rulebook this offseason. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News


Two members of the track & field team run during a recent practice at the Student Pavilion.

Track & field program is ‘night and day’ under Forde Under Forde’s watch, athletes have seen improvement on and off the track. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News Members of the track & field team say a lot can change in two years. From a new coach, to a new roster and a new team dynamic, the squad is undergoing a makeover. Former head coach Eric Mobley resigned in 2014 amid several accusations of abuse and misconduct toward athletes. Coach Elvis Forde took over the role in August 2014 and is working to get the team back to the top of the American Athletic Conference. “The difference is like night and day from when I started here to now,” Forde said. In the 2013-14 season, Mobley’s final season as coach, the Owls finished last out of 10 teams at The American Championships, scoring 11 total points—20 points behind ninth place Rutgers University and 107.5 points behind first-place-finisher Southern Methodist. Temple also came in last at the conference championships in the program’s first season under Forde. In 2015, the Owls scored 26 points, trailing first-place Connecticut by 82 and ninth-place South Florida by one point. “This is coach’s second year,” junior sprinter Kenya Gaston said. “He expects more from us, and last year we were just like feeling him out, he was feeling us out. But now, us as athletes know what we want, and he knows what he wants.” Now that the squad has finished its introductory year with Forde, the team said its expects to be much better this season and reach its goal of finishing in the top eight teams at championships. “For our year, the juniors, we always say last year with coach Forde was our freshman year,” junior sprinter and jumper Bionca St. Fleur said. “Our ‘freshman year’ was like straight out of high school, transition, feeling it out. But now it’s our ‘sophomore’


Freshman mid-distance runner Maya Halprin-Adams warms up during a recent practice at the Student Pavilion.

is coach’s second year. He expects more from us, and “lastThisyear we were just feeling him out, he was feeling us out.” Kenya Gaston | junior sprinter

year, we know what to do now.” The Owls had an intensive six-day-a-week training program for three months before the start of the indoor season in Dec. 2015, both on the track and in the weight room. Gaston set a new personal record in the 500-meter race at the Lehigh Fast Times Meet in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Dec. 5, 2015. At the same meet, junior hurdler and jumper Sydnee Jacques beat her best time in the 60-meter hurdles. “You know every weekend you are going to get better and better, and that is the beauty about how we prepare them,” Forde said. “I’m expecting them to peak during the end of February. Then it is the right time since we will be at conference championships.” In her first meet of the season on Jan. 8 at the Villanova Open in Staten Island, New York, junior sprinter and jumper Jimmia McCluskey was four milliseconds off her personal best in the 60-meter

dash. “If everyone individually betters themself, we’ll end up coming closer to the top than we were in conferences last year,” McCluskey said. “Each individual comes together as a big picture.” The team atmosphere has also changed with the new coach and new season. The athletes are able to push each other in practices and competitions in a friendly way. Temple recruited 12 new runners and jumpers to compete on the track team this year, and upperclassmen have already started to notice a difference. “Our team dynamic is better than past years,” McCluskey said. “We gel with the freshmen a lot better than we did with past years or past people. We all have a passion and we all have one goal and that is to be successful.” * maura.razanauskas@temple.edu






With NCAA rule changes coming in the next two seasons designed to make the game more fast-paced, the lacrosse team is making adjustments to its gameplan. Starting in the 2016 season, play will resume faster after minor or major fouls outside of the critical scoring area. After a foul, players can put the ball back into play by passing to a teammate or running with the ball without waiting for the referee. The offending player would have to stand at least four meters behind or to the side of the ball handler on a restart depending on the referee’s instructions. Players retain the option of waiting for the penalty to be administered, rather than using a quick restart. Attackers can use the self restart to catch defenders off-guard. “I won’t have the couple of seconds to get myself ready to get back on the girl,” senior defender Kara Stroup said. “I’ll just have to be ready in case she does go right away, and I’ll just have to get right back on her. … We have to be prepared faster and thinking and communicating quicker before anything else happens.” This season, three-second violations, which occur when a defender is inside the 8-meter arc and not guarding anyone for three seconds, are minor fouls. The offensive team gets the ball at the 12-meter arc, where a scoring opportunity can be generated. “Strategy-wise there may be some teams that are going to use it as a defensive tactic to prevent people from getting to goal and just take the foul a little bit,” 10year coach Bonnie Rosen said. “So we’re going to offensively be able to find ways to score even when the spacing in tight is not as open as it should be.” Another change makes playing defense with the stick held horizontally a major foul, forcing players to defend with a vertical or angled stick. The change impacts both defenders and attackers. “Our attackers have to learn to play through no-calls when the other team might be using a horizontal stick illegally, and I think that’s going to be the challenge,” Rosen said. “While there are new rules being put in place, you still need officials to call teams on it.” In practice, the Owls are placing an emphasis on ball movement and scoring more assisted goals because of the faster play. Temple averaged 2.44 assists per game last season, seventh out of eight teams in the Big East Conference. The Owls saw the emphasis on assists translate to their five exhibition games during the fall. “I’m really excited because in the fall we had so many assists and the game just moves faster when you’re passing and it looks so great when we have great ball movement and assists,” Stroup said. “I think that the emphasis on looking for your teammates in transition or cutting into the eight [meter arc] to score definitely opens up a lot more opportunities.” Despite the implementation of more than ten rule changes for the upcoming season, Rosen anticipates minimal effect on the Owls’ play. “But really the difference in our game this year is we’re more veteran, a lot more confident and sure with our stick skills, play with even greater determination,” Rosen said. “And I think in terms of style of play, I’d like to say that our offense will have a little bit more oomph with the amount of assisting that we’re hoping to be able to do.” * evan.easterling@temple.edu T @Evan_Easterling





Three-star recruit Anthony Russo was one of multiple high school recruits to commit to Temple this week, the fencing team competed at Penn State, other news and notes. PAGE 17

Coach Elvis Forde and the women’s track & The men’s basketball team is looking field team have seen improved results in his to find more consistency in its play this second year. PAGE 19 season. PAGE 18



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Renewing a love for the game

Gymnasts feel support from admins The team moved into its 8,500-square-foot facility in December 2015.

After a trip to Africa, Ugo Nwaigwe rediscovered her love for basketball.

By DAN NEWHART The Temple News

By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News


s Ugo Nwaigwe entered the Wagner women’s basketball film room following the team’s loss to St. John’s Unversity—its fifth-straight loss to open the 2014-15 season—leaving the program was the last thing on her mind. But as the year wore on, she lost faith in her coach, Lisa Cermignano, and she thought it was time. “It didn’t make sense to me anymore, playing for her,” Nwaigwe said. “I just didn’t believe in her.” Nwaigwe, then a senior, was coming off a year in which she was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and finished fourth among Division I players, with 3.8 blocked shots per game during the 201314 season. With the Law School Admission Test looming in the spring semester, the 6-foot-3inch graduate senior center felt she could leave the program, be at peace leaving basketball and prepare for the exam. It wasn’t that easy. “When I quit, I lost my love for the game,” Nwaigwe said. “I didn’t want to play anymore, and I couldn’t watch college basketball without getting emotional.” After leaving the program, Nwaigwe traveled to Nigeria with her parents for the holiday season. With the basketball season carrying into winter break, Nwaigwe never had the chance to see her extended family. During her visit, she received phone calls and emails from several programs, offering her a fresh start. “I didn’t realize how unhappy something I loved was making me,” Nwaigwe said. “Some kids don’t even go to school or have a basketball and are still smiling and it made me so upset. When I came back from Nigeria, I wanted to play again.” Nwaigwe arrived in her Valley Stream, New York home and called Temple assistant coach Willnett Crockett, expressing her interest in the program. “Temple was the only school on the list that I ever contacted,” Nwaigwe said. “My old [American Athletic Union] coach [Rich Slater] was in contact with the staff, so he was helping me.” When she visited Temple last spring, she felt a different culture among her teammates and coaches. After visiting, sophomore guard Donnaizha Fountain convinced Nwaigwe to be a part of coach Tonya Cardoza’s team. “I’m not used to having a relationship with a coach, which is really sad,” Nwaigwe said. “I came here and saw coach Cardoza hugging her players and joking around. It’s a


When I quit, I lost my “ love for the game. I didn’t want to play anymore, and I couldn’t watch college basketball.

Ugo Nwaigwe | Graduate senior center


and Enechionyia with freshman guard Levan Shawn Alston, Jr. and redshirt-junior guard/ forward Daniel Dingle.

When she was considering the job as head coach for the gymnastics team, Umme SalimBeasley had one big question. Two years removed from the university’s athletic department officially stripped five sports of their Division I sponsorships, SalimBeasley questioned the department’s commitment to keeping the gymnastic’s program around. After months of preparation by the athletic department as well as anticipation from the team, room 100 of McGonigle Hall has been revamped into a state-of-the-art training facility for the team, silencing any doubt in SalimBeasley’s mind. The 8,500-square-foot facility includes a free-fall foam pit, new trampolines, new bars and beams and office spaces for the staff. A designated cardio area will also be housed within the facility, as well as designated areas for each separate event. “I think they feel important,” Salim-Beasley said of her team. “It’s never fun as a student athlete to feel that you’re being neglected or that the administration is not on your side or does not want to give you what you need to be successful. … It was essential for us to have this to make strides for the future.” The team officially announced the move from its old facility, located in McGonigle Hall rooms 143-144 on Dec. 1, 2015. On Jan. 10, room 143 was vandalized by five juveniles. There was an estimated $5,000 worth of damage, including smashed mirrors and a television. In McGonigle 143-144, the team’s practice area was divided in two. Members of the team who performed different routines were separated for most of practice. It was difficult for team members to encourage one another, and some members only saw one another at the team’s competitions. Senior all-around Reagan Oliveri appreciates the fact that along with the new equipment and landing surfaces in the facility, the team can be physically closer together. “It’s actually really exciting having all of us in the same gym,” Oliveri said. “The old gym had two sides so you miss a little bit; cheering was a little bit harder, and I think the new facility has brought us closer together as




Ernest Aflakpui attempts a layup during the Owls’ 67-65 double overtime win against Cincinnati.

MIX AND MATCH Coach Fran Dunphy has used a different starting rotation in each of his team’s past four games, leading to a 3-1 record. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor Starting with a five-point loss to Butler University in late November 2015, coach Fran Dunphy rolled out the same starting lineup for 10 straight games. The continued use of senior forward Jaylen Bond, sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia, senior guards Quenton DeCosey, Devin Coleman and junior guard Josh Brown in the Owls’ starting five resulted in a 5-5 record during that stretch. After watching his team lose by 27 points in a Jan. 2 game against Houston, Dunphy decided to switch things up against Connecticut in the team’s next contest. Against the Huskies, he replaced Coleman

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Coach Dunphy is “unpredictable. He does

what he thinks is best for the team, and we all respect that.

Ernest Aflakpui | freshman center

Cardoza preaches defense as key to success The team has limited two of its last four opponents to fewer than 60 points. By CONNOR NOTHRUP The Temple News

In the second half of Temple’s Jan. 10 win against Cincinnati, coach Tonya Cardoza yelled from the bench, telling her team to tighten up its defense. The Bearcats put up 34 points

in the first half, but Cardoza’s verbal messages sank in as Temple held Cincinnati to 17 points during the last 20 minutes of play in the Owls’ 74-51 victory at McGonigle Hall. “The Cincinnati game, you can see the communication and the switches,” Cardoza said “They didn’t get open shots.” On Saturday, the Owls lost to Connecticut, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll, 104-49. In the team’s previous three games against Tulsa, Cincinnati and Central Florida, the Owls forced 50 total turnovers and limitMARGO REED TTN


Erica Covile attempts to steal the ball in the Owls’ 97-91 win against Florida.

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Issue for Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Volume 94, Issue 16  

Issue for Tuesday, January 19, 2016


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