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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
‘TAKING NOTES’ WHAT TO EXPECT
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High school ‘optimistic’ about proposed stadium Students and faculty at George Washington Carver High School hope the stadium can provide practice space for their football program.
Temple is considering an on-campus stadium shortly after conference opponents built similar venues. By OWEN McCUE The Temple News
ore than 1,000 miles south of North Philadelphia, a 30,000-seat oncampus football stadium sits in the middle of New Orleans. Tulane University spent $73 million to open Yulman Stadium on its campus in 2014, leaving its days of playing at the Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, behind. “It’s such a huge, huge stadium, even if you had a great crowd, it was hard to develop that excitement and energy you can get in an on-campus stadium,” said Barbara Burke, Tulane’s deputy director of athletics and COO. “You’re really trying to draw fans to campus and giving them the opportunity to be at Tulane and be on campus,” she added. Temple is currently making a push to build an on-campus stadium of its own. The stadium is set to cost up to $130 million and seat 35,000 people.
Tulane is one of three universities in Temple’s athletic conference, the American Athletic Conference, to put tens of millions of dollars into a football stadium in the past few years. Houston University’s $128-million, 40,000-seat TDECU Stadium, which was originally budgeted at $105 million, opened in 2014. The University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium reopened in 2015 after an $86 million renovation to expand its capacity to 40,000 seats. Temple’s administrators saw a closeup view of both stadiums this season when the football team traveled to Cincinnati for a game on Sept. 12, 2015 and played The American’s conference championship game at Houston on Dec. 5, 2015. “Temple was here with their leadership this fall when they beat us for the opener,” said Cincinnati Director
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COMPARING PRICE AND CAPACITY
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Keishon Norton, 17, trains during preseason after school on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.
By HARRISON BRINK The Temple News This year, about 70 high school students signed up to play football at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science—but the school won’t have the resources to host them all. Scott Pitzner, the athletic director at Carver, said the high school has a co-operative football
program to compensate for a lack of practice space and other resources. Four football supersites are available to the School District of Philadelphia, and high school students often commute to play with other schools and practice at these supersites. For the past two years, Carver, a magnet school that accepts students from all over the city located on Norris Street near 16th, has sent students north to play football at Si-
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Aiming to create a greener campus As current and future students picture the state of Main Campus in the next few years, they should expect more green—both in landscape and in practice. James Templeton, Temple’s director of Architectural Services, said along with the Visualize Temple plans to develop and build new structures, like a new library and centrally located quad, the Verdant Temple plan will incorporate much more foliage and subsequent sustainable practices into daily life. “There are lots of facets to sustainability,” Templeton said. “And it’s
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mon Gratz High School on Hunting Park Avenue near 18th Street. This coming season, Carver students will be playing with the Academy at Palumbo in Hawthorne.
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The office of former employee Patricia Williams, who was found dead Feb. 8, will be filled in the near future.
not just about energy, it’s about quality of life. We want livable, workable, healthy environments.” These projects will range from redevelopment of some buildings and walkways to reconfiguring the entire center of campus to make way for a grassy area that can act as the “heart of campus,” the plan describes. These projects will happen during the next 20 years, Templeton said, but “a lot will be coming in the next five years.” The official first step in the plan was the renovation of Liacouras Walk last summer to “unify” the walkways on campus and to add some function to the bricks that line the path. Before, rainwater was easily trapped with no-
University officials are beginning their search to replace two employees who were found dead on Main Campus during the past four weeks. Patricia Williams, 64, died in her office on the 9th floor of Gladfelter Hall Feb. 8. Steven Shedrick, 58, was found dead in his car Jan. 28 on Montgomery Avenue near Broad Street. Both were considered valuable to their departments, colleagues said. Williams was an administrative coordinator for
The university’s full-time faculty union is continuing plans to amend its constitution and negotiate a contract with administration to include more than 1,400 adjunct professors. Adjunct faculty members voted to join the Temple Association of University Professionals in November 2015. “[TAUP] is putting together ideas for proposals to bring to the bargaining table,” said TAUP President Art Hochner. He added the union was speaking with each member. Jennie Shanker, adjunct professor in the Tyler School of Art, said bargaining priority surveys were sent to adjunct faculty members to gauge the most important concerns. Adjunct faculty have expressed the “usual sort of concerns” like job stability and compensation, Hochner said. Shanker added the surveys returned so far indicate adjuncts also prioritize issues like benefits and salary. TAUP hopes to have most of the surveys returned to hear as many voices as possible. The survey results will lead to negotiations. TAUP is currently in the process of working to draft a new constitution that dues-paying members will need to ratify.
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A look at university zoning
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Amending the TAUP constitution
By PAIGE GROSS The Temple News
Should student-athletes be paid?
Replacing two respected seats Temple looks to fill the positions of Steven Shedrick and Patricia Williams after their recent deaths. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor
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A week of reflection
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The Wellness Resource Center will raise awareness during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. PAGE 7
“Dust + Dignity,” a new exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center, will showcase hand-chosen artwork from vinyl albums. PAGE 9
Exhibit features album artwork
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Reviewing the university’s zoning code Officials said resident feedback is needed for an on-campus stadium. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor As Temple administration and the university’s Board of Trustees continue the process of deciding whether an on-campus stadium should be built, one aspect of its possible construction will be city zoning laws. According to a city-generated map, Main Campus—including Geasey Field, the proposed site for the stadium—is designated as SPINS, or Special Purpose-Institutional District. SP-INS is also the designated zoning code for Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, and parts of La Salle. According to the city’s Zoning Guide—updated in April 2013— a SP-INS district is usually assigned to large institutions, which vary from universities to colleges to medical campuses. Tom McCreesh, director of regulatory compliance and special projects at Temple, said the university has had this type of district in place since the 1960s, when it was called an institutional development district. The new code adopted in 2013, however, did result in some changes, he added. “The previous code did not take
into account ‘buffer zones’ with residential districts,” he said. “It’s making you work and take their living spaces into account.” McCreesh said an example of this is building a 30-foot wall in the district next to a rowhouse, which is “just not right.” Another key aspect of the code is that it requires the special approval of a master plan from City Council. In Temple’s case, Visualize Temple was introduced in October 2014. Along with the proposed stadium, other major projects in the plan include a large central quad and new $190 million library. Judith Robinson, a committee member of the city’s 32nd political ward—an area which includes Geasey Field, the proposed site— said the new code from 2013 coincided with the creation of the ward’s Residential Community Organization. Initially, she disliked the SP-INS district. “When they first created it, I thought it was going to be bad and they were going to take away my voice,” she said. Robinson added, however, that once she learned how the new laws required more feedback from residents, she understood why the codes were changed. McCreesh said the city’s zoning laws are meant to involve every party that would be affected by new construction. “Zoning is working with all of the university constituents and [sur-
rounding] neighborhoods,” he said. “That takes everyone into account, so that at least everyone understands and is on the same page.” Along with the proposed stadium, President Theobald previously told The Temple News university officials are looking into possible retail space near the stadium, which would include “smaller stores” like coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. According to current city laws, the SP-INS district allows for multiple types of retail stores. The only ones not permitted are drug paraphernalia stores and gun shops. Another restriction on the district is that buildings can only take up to 70 percent of the district’s total area, excluding streets. Joyce Wilkerson, senior adviser to the president for Community Relations and Development, previously told The Temple News that for anything to be built on campus, a lengthy process with many sectors of city government is required. “The city zoning process requires resident feedback, because it requires something from the City Planning [Commission],” she said. “There’s even more feedback opportunities [with] legislation, there will be public hearings down in City Council, it will require an ordinance. … It’s a very protracted process that is infused with lots of input from a whole lot of people.” VIA GOOGLE MAPS
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The proposed site for the stadium at Geasey Field sits in one of the city’s Special Purpose-Institutional Districts, with the zoning code of SP-INS.
Bike share use low near Main Campus The three stations near Temple have reported low usage compared to other stations around the city. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News
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Luis Colon is seeking a master’s degree in social work, and has struggled with reading since he dropped out of school at 13.
Program combats low literacy rates throughout Philadelphia Decreased education funding has impacted literacy in Philadelphia. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News
Luis Colon spent his early elementary years in special education classes—but by eighth grade, he was an honor roll student. That was where it ended. Colon dropped out of school at the age of 13 when he ran away from home. It took him more than 30 years to return to his education in 2008, when he got his General Education Diploma. Colon, 47, is now in his last semester at Temple before he receives a master’s degree in social work. Melvin Edwards never finished ninth grade. When his mother and father fell sick at the same time, Edwards and his older brother dropped out of school to begin work and support their family. Edwards’ older brother later joined the Navy, his younger sister finished high school and then attended college and became a certified public accountant, but Edwards said he never returned to school. Although neither Colon nor Ed-
wards grew up in Philadelphia, where they now live, their stories are not a rarity. More than half of the adults older than 25 in North Philadelphia have a high school diploma or less, according to the American Community Survey. Now at 45, Edwards is registered to take the first two of four GED tests this coming weekend and the last two next weekend. “My children are 9 [years old]. ... I don’t want [them] growing up to be adults that don’t know that their dad at least tried to show them how important education is,” Edwards said. The Center for Social Policy and Community Development at Temple participates in a larger program in Philadelphia called myPLACE, which was set up by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy in 2014. The commission works with more than 80 programs to provide adult literacy education. CSPCD offers adult literacy classes and GED training courses through a program called Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning. The Center for Literacy, a nonprofit organization that provides adult literacy classes, reports 550,000 adults in Philadelphia struggle to fill out a basic job application because of their low literacy. From 2009-13,
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however, CFL only managed to reach 10,321 people, about 1.9 percent of the total estimated number of people. “When I look around and see all these schools closing, it’s creating a vacuum that’s holding kids back from their right to an education,” Colon said. “As someone who is going to be a social worker, I’m pushing for things like education and funding.” Funding for schools and literacy programs in Philadelphia have been declining, a consequence of which was the closure of 23 public schools in 2013. The Center for Literacy, where Colon and Edwards went to get their GEDS, had 38.4 percent less revenue in 2013 than in 2010. “Without the finances, teachers don’t get paid, and the students don’t learn,” Edwards said. There were four people in the classes when he started, but he said now, it’s down to just him. Edwards said most students in the program enter at a sixth-grade reading level, however he saw one man come to classes from September to December 2015, not even knowing how to read. “He didn’t finish, but he left knowing more now than he ever did his whole life,” he said. * firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia’s bike share program Indego is coming up on the first year anniversary of its installment. Indego, which debuted in April 2015, has 73 docking stations around Philadelphia from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia, also stretching into University City. The greatest density of docking stations can be found in Center City. Temple University Station, located outside Tuttleman Learning
The first time I “ saw them, I thought they were only for Temple students. So that’s why I didn’t even inquire about it.
Helen Flournoy | community resident
Center, had about 600 returning and starting bike rides from October to December. The station on Broad Street near Oxford Street had more than 1,600 starting rides and about 1,500 returning during the same time period. The station located on Broad Street near Girard Avenue had about 1,200 starting rides and nearly 975 returning rides. In comparison to other stations in the city, North Philadelphia has some of the lowest ridership numbers. The most popular station, located in Rittenhouse Square, saw a little more than 5,200 riders during
that same period. This is five times the number of riders that were reported at Temple University Station’s docking station. The William Penn Foundation gave a $1.5 million grant to Indego to expand. Indego plans to add 24 more stations. Some community members and students believe more stations should be added west of Broad Street to increase engagement. Many community members added they are still unsure of what the bikes are for. “[A lot of people] don’t know exactly what they’re for,” said Helen Flournoy, who lives on 18th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. “The first time I saw them, I thought they were only for Temple students. So that’s why I didn’t even inquire about it.” Lonnie Thomas, who lives on 20th Street near Lehigh Avenue, said he has never ridden the bikes, but he plans to in the future to see how they ride. He also believes there should be more stations added west of Broad Street. “People like to travel, so they would get utilized [west of Broad Street],” he said. “I think they bring a lot of fun to the neighborhoods, especially when the weather breaks so people will be more out riding the bikes enjoying themselves.” Sophomore finance major Anthony Merola said he has ridden an Indego bike four or five times. He added he may not ride them again after a bad experience with a bike with a flat tire. “In the city I see a lot of people riding the bikes, but not on campus,” Merola said. * email@example.com T @gill_mcgoldrick
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
TSG commends student survey Nearly 400 students were surveyed about an on-campus stadium. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News In the spring of 2015, advertising students Lindsey Casella, Daniel Yesilonis and Michelle Bouh were assigned a survey project. They aimed to find a topic relevant to undergraduates and survey students for their quantitative research class. The trio decided to poll students on whether they thought students would attend football games if there was an on-campus stadium. They surveyed 397 students and found 65.74 percent of the respondents would attend a game if the stadium was on campus. “Sixty-five percent felt that they would be more likely to attend games if there was an on-campus stadium,” said Casella, a senior advertising major. “They felt that their peers would be more likely to go by 86 percent.” The team said the survey could have been enhanced if they talked to more commuters—they surveyed 37. A random sample instead of a convenience sample would also have been more effective, Yesilonis added. According to the 2005 book “Seeing Through Statistics” by Jessica Utts, convenience samples are unreliable and in many cases, they are not likely to represent the entire population. “Despite our best efforts we struggled to get a statistically significant commuter sample size so we were unable to say that it’s solid,” Yesilonis said. “Mortality was an issue. Not everyone answered every question.” The group found its subjects by reaching out to people on their own Facebook pages, Facebook class groups and the advertising department listserv. They added the advertising department was the only one which offered to help with the survey. After conducting the survey, they put the results into a chart that the company The Research Advisors—an organization that focuses on creating accurate research surveys—had produced. The chart gave a breakdown of population sizes and number of people needed to be surveyed
for the survey to be valid. “Think about things like Gallup polls that are done for elections—they’re all based on the same statistical formulas so you can project the results of the sample onto the population,” advertising professor Chuck McLeester said. As of Fall 2014, 28,408 undergraduate students were enrolled in the university. The 397 respondents are about 1.4 percent of the undergraduate population. For a 25,000-person population size, The Research Advisors say 378 respondents to the survey are needed to attain a 95 percent confidence rating. It also recommends the sample for all surveys be random. McLeester claimed this one of the best and most legitimate student surveys he has seen. One of the strongest aspects of it was the students did not ask about support for or against the potential stadium, but instead asked if more people would go to games, he said. “People might say, ‘I would attend more games if it was on campus, but I don’t favor having it on campus because of I don’t like the impact that it would have on the neighborhood or I think that $100 million could be spent on something else,’” McLeester said. After their findings were returned, the group took the results to TSG because it’s supposed to represent the student population, and they believe that the survey accurately represented the students. “This gives us some validity in terms of the student body and their excitement for a stadium,” Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said. “I think it was really important to show something that was statistically significant.” Rinaldi said TSG is confident enough in the survey to take its findings to the administration. “Even though only 400 students took it, the way that it was done represents the whole kit and caboodle,” Rinaldi said. The students who conducted the survey are also confident enough in their data to believe it represents the entire student body. “We believe that our data shows that as a whole more students would attend games if there was an on-campus stadium, and they feel that the game day experience would be better,” Yesilonis said. * firstname.lastname@example.org T @jonnygilbs96
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of Athletics Mike Bohn. “They were here and taking notes and asking a lot of questions.”
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At a Feb. 8 meeting, The Board of Trustees said the expected cost of building Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium would not exceed $130 million. Theobald told The Temple News in a Feb. 11 interview he expects to receive $50 million from donors and $20 million from the state to help cover the cost of the stadium. He also said Temple will save $72 million from its contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for Lincoln Financial Field—$12 million up front and $2 million per year for 30 years, putting the university $60 million in debt. Private donations covered Yulman Stadium’s costs. Former chairman and owner of Serta International, Richard Yulman, and
in 2011. The attendance at the Superdome stayed less than 20,000 until Yulman opened in 2014, one year after its first winning season in 11 years. In its opening season, Yulman drew an average of 25,012 people per game, the program’s highest attendance since 2009. That number dropped to 22,930 in 2015. “You know the first year you’re going to knock it out of the park,” Burke said. “We kind of expected a little bit less attendance in the second year, and we’re working really hard to get that back now and build it back up.” “I think everybody understands it’s much easier to market a team that has some success and energy and people want to come,” she added. Temple’s 10-3 season in 2015 drew an average crowd of 44,159, its highest attendance since the team started playing at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls drew more than 69,000 people for games against Penn State and the University of Notre Dame. In the team’s
We kind of expected a little bit less “ attendance in the second year, and we’re working really hard to get that back now and build it back up.
Barbara Burke | Tulane’s deputy director of athletics and COO
his wife Janet, who the stadium is named for, initially donated $15 million. In August 2015, one month before the stadium was set to open, Richard Yulman pledged another $5 million in order to spark other donors to fund the final $15 million of the stadium’s costs. Houston funded TDECU Stadium through a $45 increase in student fees, private donations and the naming rights to Texas Dow Employees Credit Union. Student fees covered about $34 million, about $15 million came from annual revenue bonds, about $61 million came from private donations and the deal with TDECU for naming rights was worth about $15 million over 10 years, the Daily Cougar reported. Cincinnati covered half the cost of Nippert Stadium through donations and gifts through suites and club seats. USA Today reported those will bring in a combined $4.5 million per year over 20 years. The university used bonds to cover the other half of the stadium’s costs, which will be paid off through revenue generated by the stadium, Bohn said.
other four home games, Temple drew an average of 31,623 and only had a crowd less than 30,000 once. From 2011-14, when the Owls went 21-27, Temple’s season average for attendance peaked at 28,060 in 2011 and was as low as 22,473 in 2013.
MAKING MULTIPURPOSE FACILITIES
Temple has proposed other uses for its stadium in order to generate additional revenue. The facility could be potentially used for high school football games, lecture halls and concerts, Theobald said. Tulane currently does not have any other uses besides home football games, but Burke said the university is looking into other opportunities. Other uses for TDECU Stadium include classes and offices for its music school, and campus events like commencement. The university has also generated additional revenue through hosting high
BY THE NUMBERS AVERAGE ATTENDANCES IN 2014-15
BUILDING UP A FAN BASE
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About a year ago, adjuncts protested on Liacouras Walk to join TAUP, the university’s full-time faculty union.
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“At this point in time we’re in an in-between place where we’re moving forward,” Shanker said. “We’re part of the union, but we don’t have a contract.” The goals of the amendments are mainly to change the union’s governance structure to include adjuncts and be more representational. “[The proposals are] very inclusive and make it clear to everyone that every part of the faculty will have a voice,” Hochner said. Hochner added TAUP also needs to negotiate a new contract with university management. “The university has had some concerns of how [adjuncts joining] will change the face of the union,” said Sharon Boyle, associate vice president of human resources operations. The addition of adjuncts in TAUP could have a “significant impact on the way the union operates going forward,” she added. A new contract is unique; the other nine unions within the university are all operating on existing contracts,
Boyle said. Boyle added negotiations about full-time faculty between TAUP and administration last took place a little more than a year ago. Since then, “TAUP had put forth a bit more of a confrontational stance on adjuncts,” she said.
Each of these “ constituencies will
be guaranteed a place at the table.
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She added administration has been “kind of stuck” since the union filed for adjunct accretion. “We’re in a little bit of a limbo,” she said. “We thought we would be talking to them by now, but we understand they have a process.” Following the amendments, there will likely be nominations and elec-
tions for additional representatives, Shanker said. “Each of these constituencies will be guaranteed a place at the table,” she added. “[There will be a] wider range of people involved, from the executive committee level and down the line.” Shanker said in comparison to last year, there is now a greater sense of optimism for the future. “Just winning the election [to join TAUP] was huge,” she said. “Everyone feels more connected to other faculty. … Our future is that we’ll be working together.” TAUP will vote on the amendments by the end of the semester, Shanker said. Boyle, however, said it would be “optimistic” to vote so soon. A contract negotiation will likely take several months—the existing contract took five or six months to negotiate— because of the sheer volume of members included in the union and the need to accommodate both full-time and adjunct faculty, Boyle said. * email@example.com
Houston and Cincinnati had consistent football followings prior to their multi-million dollar investments. Both teams also had winning seasons in four of the five years prior to their respective stadiums’ approval. The Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved the renovation to increase Nippert Stadium’s capacity from 35,000 in June 2013 after averaging crowds of more than 30,000 people in four of the previous five seasons. Prior to the construction of TDECU Stadium, Houston played at Robertson Stadium, which seated about 33,000. After drawing an average crowd of 21,518 during the 2008 season, Houston drew crowds of 25,242, 31,728 and 31,731, respectively, to Robertson Stadium in the 2009-11 seasons, before the TDECU project was approved in August 2012. “The final year, 2011, which kind of sealed the deal, the stadium was at capacity throughout the year,” said David Bassity, Houston’s athletic director for Strategic Communications. “When you’re reaching capacity on a consistent basis, you’re going to want to build a bigger stadium. It can’t be a kneejerk reaction. You’ve got to have that for a consistent basis.” Tulane saw its home attendance drop from more than 23,220 people per game in 2010 to 19,726
school football games. Cincinnati, similarly, uses high school football games to generate additional revenue. The university also allows a United State Soccer League team to use Nippert Stadium for its home matches. “It generates additional revenue, but there’s also accommodations that we make to pool that together,” Bohn said. “Long term it’s a win-win. It’s bringing people to campus … and engaging new fans and the community, and sponsors and having people come see what’s going on at the University of Cincinnati.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
THE ESSAYIST A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. Emily Rolen, Editor-in-Chief EJ Smith, Managing Editor Joe Brandt, Chief Copy Editor Steve Bohnel, News Editor Paige Gross, Opinion Editor Michaela Winberg, Lifestyle Editor Ryan Deming, Web Manager Victoria Mier, Arts & Entertainment Editor Julie Christie, Web Editor Michael Guise, Sports Editor Jenny Kerrigan, Photography Editor Lian Parsons, Asst. News Editor Margo Reed, Asst. Photography Editor Owen McCue, Asst. Sports Editor Donna Fanelle, Design Editor Jenny Roberts, Asst. Lifestyle Editor Finnian Saylor, Asst. Designer Eamon Dreisbach, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Ian Berman, Advertising Manager Editor Grayson Holladay, Business Manager Harrison Brink, Multimedia Editor Jeanie Davey, Marketing Manager Aaron Windhorst, Asst. Multimedia Editor
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Reading is a right Since late October, North According to last year’s Philadelphia’s residents have School Progress reports comfaced issues of a possible on- piled by the School District of campus staPhiladeldium, student Education needs to be more phia, 29 of a priority amid other conduct and percent of neighborhood issues. neighborstudents at hood schools Tanner G. still without a budget. Duckrey School are reading The region, however, at their grade level. Thirtycurrently faces another issue: four percent are doing so at a considerable amount of its General George G. Meade adult population cannot read. School, and 34 percent are on This problem is wide- par at Paul L. Dunbar School. spread across the city, as The trend is similar for most we reported this week that public schools near Main 550,000 adults cannot fill out Campus. a job application because of It’s understandable why their low literacy. Addition- students struggle at these ally, more than half of the schools, given cutbacks in adults older than 25 in North state funding and that the Philadelphia have a high state legislature still hasn’t school diploma or less. fully passed a budget that was Although we can’t prove due June 30. there’s a correlation between We call on both city and poor public schools and low state politicians to better fund literacy rates, the reading lev- North Philadelphia’s public els of most schools near Tem- schools, because being taught ple are low compared to oth- how to read should be a right, ers throughout Philadelphia. not a privilege.
In “Student Conduct Code questioned by nonprofit” which ran Feb. 16, Article III: Proscribed Conduct, section C in the Student Conduct Code was defined as “participation in a dissolved or unrecognized student organization.” In the 2014-15 academic year, this revision was removed. Additionally, it was inaccurately stated that YAL had set up a table, but members were recruiting with clipboards. In a cutline for a photo with “McKie: Brown a ‘throwback’ floor general” that ran Feb. 16, it falsely said Josh Brown attempted a layup against Central Florida. The game was against South Florida. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news. com or 215.204.6737.
When ‘flirting’ gets dangerous
A woman doesn’t want to accept forms of street harassment as the norm.
was on the Broad Street Line heading north a few weeks ago, my belly full of tacos and my heart happy from walking around South Philly all evening, when I saw her. A young woman around my age was listening to music and appeared to be scrolling through her phone when a guy sitting across the aisle motioned for her to take her headphones out. He waved to get her attention and when she didn’t comply, he moved to sit right next to her. I couldn’t hear his words exactly, but did hear him calling her “baby girl.” He talked at her for a while as she avoided him—she’s practiced this maneuver before. “Do you know how pretty you would be if you just smiled?” I locked eyes with her, trying to send the message that I’d help out if she needed it. But just as artfully as she ignored him, she shut him down. She told him it wasn’t her job to be visually appealing to subway riders and that he was disrespecting her by invading her space. She calmly got off at the next stop and he moved on to the next girl. I answered my boyfriend’s questioning face with a nod– yeah, that happens for women. Far, far too often. It’s the way things are. Later that week I was standing in line for food with a friend when a guy cut right in front of us. We told him the line started a few people behind, but he said he
By Paige Gross needed to stand where he was for a very particular, important reason: to hit on the girl waiting in front of us. She was polite enough at first, but after a few minutes, she shut him down, clearly not interested. He threw his hands up, offended and stunned his conquest hadn’t panned out. While waiting for our ice cream and waffles, my friend and I talked about the line between flirting and harassment, and that what we just witnessed could have crossed it if it went any further. While we chatted about how weird and intrusive what we witnessed was, it didn’t seem new or out of place. Every day women are harassed and catcalled—and sometimes beaten when they’re not receptive. Essays, articles and groups are formed and focused on the idea that those on the receiving end of it should either ignore it, shut it down or try to educate those doing the harassing. This has become so much of a phenomenon that a Tumblr site was created called “When Women Refuse,” a collection of news stories and personal accounts of turning down a date or an attempt at flirting that led to dangerous consequences. Some say it’s “just flirting” and that whoever is on the receiving end should be flattered, but even that simplification feels creepy. Even when I was young, I
was a “no-nonsense woman,” my mom would say—I once slapped another kindergartner for trying to kiss me on the school bus home, for which she gave me a congratulatory high five. But dating tips from magazines and TV shows early on told me to give someone a fake number or stand up someone who asked me on a date rather than turn them down. Even Aziz Ansari’s recent show, “Master of None,” deals with a plotline where a female friend is followed home by a guy who she turns down at a bar. When she tells the gang about it, the men in the group can’t believe it’s a regular occurrence. The last time I went out dancing with friends, I turned down a man who asked me to dance. He asked if I was sure, and I told him with certainty that I was. “Why didn’t you tell him you had a boyfriend?” my friend asked. Because a boyfriend shouldn’t be the reason they respect my answer, I told her. She shrugged. It wasn’t her fault, I thought. A girl probably told her to use that trick by a girl who used it before her. I don’t know if these ideals were ingrained in me because I grew up in a house with all women, but I wasn’t exposed to some of the gender-based hierarchy that I see in some of my friends. Plenty of people operate with this understanding, which I believe is the problem. It’s possible that the hard-to-define nature of street harassment and the line where unwanted flirting goes sour means people are left blurring those lines in their head. The best I can do, I’ve concluded, is help those who see or experience forms of harassment to understand that while many accept this intrusiveness and disrespect onto others’ personal space as “the norm” or “just the way it is,” it is far from acceptable. * firstname.lastname@example.org T @By_paigegross
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commentary | sUstainability
Small cost for sustainability The university should invest in more renewable energy to meet green standards.
n 2008, former university President Ann Weaver Hart signed the President’s Climate Commitment, a form promising to “neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.” This was followed by Temple’s Climate Action Plan in May 2010. The plan calls for greenhouse gas emissions-reduction targets to be met every five years until 2030, with a final goal of reducing emissions by 30 percent of 2006 ZARI TARAZONA levels. The plan to continue growing sustainable practices continued when President Theobald signed the White House’s American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge on Nov. 18, 2015. Part of the pledge included Temple becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Kathleen Grady, director of sustainability, said the university is currently looking into energy-efficient practices that would cut down on emissions. Along with greenhouse gas monitoring, the university is looking into other ways to be more efficient with energy, which may mean looking into alternate forms. “[The university] is proactively investing in energy efficiency and conservation strategies that reduce demand based greenhouse gas emissions,” Grady said in an email. “By coupling those efforts with a green power purchasing commitment, the university would send the message that climate change is an urgent issue and it is willing to pay a financial premium to address the challenge imme-
diately,” she said. Although the recent switch to natural gas may have contributed to reaching the target reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for 2015, an increase in the purchase of green power should be the next energy change for 2016. “There’s controversy over how green this is as an energy source, some of the dirtier more carbon intensive fuels, oil especially, has been replaced by natural gas,” said Robert Mason, a professor of geography and urban studies at Temple. Mason said he thought using more
But, if an increase of only 10 percent in renewable resources is relatively insignificant in cost, Temple could increase its percent of green power purchased every few years. To not at least attempt an increase of 10 percent in green power purchases generates an uncertainty in Temple’s ability to take the right steps toward the carbon neutrality goal. Bresser said the only way Temple can reach the goals signed by Theobald last year would be to buy more renewable energy. While sustainable design for existing buildings and ones under construc-
To not at least attempt an increase of 10 “ percent of green power generates an uncertainy in Temple’s ability to take the right steps toward the carbon neutrality goal.
renewable resources was a possibility, especially if Temple wants to compete with other large institutions in the city and show its commitment to sustainable practices. The University of Pennsylvania managed to make 54 percent of its electricity usage “green power,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and Drexel University uses 100 percent “green power.” If Temple allocates at least 3 percent of its electricity, like Grady said, it too could be a partner in the Green Power Partnership Program. “If we bought just 10 percent of our electric requirements as renewables that would cost $33,000—about one-tenth of one percent of the utility budget,” said Kurt Bresser, an energy manager with Facilities Management. He added that cost is not a significant fraction of the overall budget, especially Temple’s utility budget.
tion is not a bad course of action, it is unrealistic to not incorporate more green power in the process—an act that could severely cut down on the university’s carbon footprint. “I don’t know when it’s going to change but I think there will be some kind of tipping point where all the resistance against renewables will evaporate and there will be widespread support,” Bresser said. “But it won’t happen if the idea and need for doing that isn’t discussed publicly.” Hopefully students will become more aware of the importance of green power in the operation of the university. While cost does come into play here, the price of continuing to operate at such low rates of sustainawbility and green energy will affect much more than students’ wallets. * email@example.com
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
commentary | education
Women’s education is everyone’s issue In a global world, the fight for feminism does not only exist on American soil.
s I set my things down on my dorm room floor the first day I moved into college, no overwhelming feelings of nostalgia or fear washed over me. Instead, I felt content. With a set of encouraging parents and three little sisters to make proud at home, I had known my entire life graduation would come and I would continue my education somewhere else. The saying “girls can do anything” had been a mantra in our house. As a young woman now in college, it is a humbling and upsetting fact that this seemingly “guaranteed” phase of life for me is not accessible for women worldwide. Women’s lack of access to education is not isolated to one country in the world. The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, according to its website, is “a partnership of organizations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education [that] seeks to ensure … girls and boys [have] equal access to free, quality education.” Seventy percent of the countries partnered with UNGRACE SHALLOW GEI, like Nigeria and Kenya, report lower literacy rates LEAD COLUMNIST for girls ages 15-24 compared to boys the same age. Moiyattu Banya, an adjunct instructor in the women’s studies department, started Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL) in 2012, a program seeking to “inspire, empower and enlighten” girls in her home country, she said. “It’s a country that’s kind of rebuilding itself … so there’s a lot of issues women and girls face. One of the issues is access to education,” Banya said. “My thinking was, ‘Why don’t we come up with a plan to ensure girls are supported?’” “We provide workshops throughout the year, everything from leadership and development to public speaking to confidence building … to peer mentorship to community service projects they have to do,” she explained. “Ultimately, the girls become stronger and more confident in themselves. They [do] way better [in school] and end up being top of their classes.” Banya told me more about why making sure boys and girls have equal access to education is so important.
It is a humbling and upsetting fact that this seemingly ‘guaranteed’ phase of life for me is not accessible for women worldwide.
“The urgency for girls to go to school is one that cannot be overlooked,” she said. “It not only contributes to the familial structure but to the individual… Girls become their best selves [when they’re educated]. They go on to lead top organizations and corporations but also they end up giving back to their community.” Madison Gray, a sophomore political science and global studies major, is the president of Temple’s chapter for the national organization “She’s The First” which sponsors girls’ education in the developing world. She had similar thoughts about why education should be more accessible for women. “It’s important as just a matter of gender equality,” Gray said. “When a woman is educated, she’s able to live a healthier life herself… Plus, she’s the center of the family, so when her life is better, she makes the entire family’s life better.” I have never doubted the importance of a woman in a household or place of employment, for that matter. I had not realized, however, the full extent of opportunities denied to women outside of the U.S. due to the gender. The 2012 annual report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said women are being “attacked and killed on account of asserting their rights to education, work and generally for choosing to have a say in key decisions in their lives.” The World Health Organization, in 2013, said 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence, most of it by an intimate partner. “This evidence highlights the need to address the economic and sociocultural factors that foster a culture of violence against women. This includes… eliminating gender inequalities in access to formal wage employment and secondary education,” the report said. These primitive practices are something I thought I would only read about in history books, not news articles. The impact of such is not limited to only the country where they occur. A woman’s success has a ripple effect on her family and the surrounding community. “More educated women tend to participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and can lift households out of poverty. These benefits also transmit across generations, as well as to communities at large,” World Bank said in 2015. In a world constantly exchanging through Twitter and Instagram, it is astounding how out of tune we are with the struggles of our foreign sisters. Recognition of these happenings and the promotion of feminism globally can not stop at the media buzz over public figures like Malala Yousafzai, the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize who has been advocating for girls’ educational rights. Like Banya, Gray and other women working to make a change, we should all take into account the importance of other women’s struggles, especially when it comes to something as pivotal as access to education. * firstname.lastname@example.org
Should college athletes be paid?
34% 66% Yes
*Out of 411 votes since Jan. 21
commentary | athletics
Student-athletes deserve pay Temple athletes should be able to profit off their abilities.
ast month, a University of Florida defensive back stirred controversy after calling college football a “modern form of slavery.” His outrage stemmed from the reported $527.4 million the Southeastern Conference earned in revenues last football season. He apologized later, saying he went “too far,” but he wasn’t the first one to make EJ SMITH this argument. In a book published in 1995, Walter Byers, the original executive director of the NCAA who served from 1951 to 1987, made the same comparison. “I attribute [the exploitation of college athletes], quite frankly, to the neo-plantation mentality that exists on the campuses of our country and in the conference offices and in the NCAA that the rewards belong to the overseers and the supervisors. What trickles down after, that can go to the athletes,” Byers wrote. What Byers didn’t know at the time was just how great those rewards would swell over the following two decades. For most colleges and universities, football is the cash cow that supports multi-million-dollar athletic budgets. For the elite, it does much more than that. So why—when departments are bringing in more than ever as a result of growing television contracts, endorsements and other revenue sources—are athletes being disciplined for things as simple as signing an autograph for money? A lot of people point to the full scholarships these athletes earn. These scholarships are worth more than ever as the amount of student debt continues to grow—these are student-athletes, after all. “They’re students,” Athletic Director Pat Kraft, a former college football player, told The Temple News last October. “I got my whole tuition paid for, I got insurance covered when I needed it. I’ve got academic support, so there is a value there.”
But if it is about the education, the university wouldn’t send its nonrevenue sports teams to Florida or Oklahoma on weeknights, so why do they? It surely has something to do with the television revenue and level of competition that the American Athletic Conference offers. The football team traveled to North Carolina on a Thursday and Texas on a Friday last season. These games weren’t scheduled with education in mind, but because ESPN offers the university money to play on those days. In higher-level football and basketball programs, departments have been trying and succeeding to get kids passing grades through fraud and easy classes. Last year, the NCAA opened investigations into
money. While it shouldn’t be the revenue-generating athlete’s responsibility to fund non-revenue sports, it still doesn’t explain the NCAA’s restrictions on all profits generated by student athletes. Last football season, Louisiana State University running back Leonard Fournette auctioned a signed jersey in hopes to donate the proceeds to South Carolina flood victims. The jersey sold for $101,000, proving two things: at least one college athlete’s sweaty, game-worn jersey was worth more than his full scholarship, and that the NCAA is keeping dozens of athletes from earning millions of dollars every year. The NCAA is among the few institutions that legally binds its participants from earning a profit on a
It hardly seems college athletics programs “nationwide are consistently prioritizing the education aspect of a student-athlete’s time. alleged academic misconduct at 20 universities. With all of this information, it hardly seems college athletics programs nationwide are consistently prioritizing the education aspect of a student-athlete’s time. A free education at Temple is a valuable tool, but that education isn’t provided for an athlete to perform in the classroom but on the field, and their schedule will mirror that commitment. “I think college athletes should get paid,” said former football player Anthony Robey, who played for the Owls from 2010-14. “During college, we have to dedicate so much time to school and athletics. This leaves us with no time to work, because we are simply too busy. Many times I had to rely on my parents to give me money and they did not always have the money to give.” With a growing budget as a result of a promising football season, Temple surely has the surplus to shave out a profit for the athletes whose performance earned them the surplus, if the NCAA would allow it. A compelling argument is the fear that by funneling money back to paying revenue athletes would lead to the loss of funding for the nonrevenue sports currently utilizing the
free market. It would seem Fournette would gladly give away his scholarship if it meant he could sell his jersey after each game—it would surely multiply his earning power exponentially. If I decided to sell this column to a journal, neither The Temple News nor the university would have anything to say about it. I wouldn’t lose my academic scholarship, despite the obvious fact that I’ve used the education it pays for to sharpen my writing skills. If senior quarterback P.J. Walker decides to sell his cleats for $40,000, he’d be suspended. If he participated in a camp and collected money, he’d face the same outcome. Unsurprisingly, the only commercialization Walker and his teammates are allowed to participate in are the ones the university gets paid for: Under Armour, Matt Rhule Football Camp and many others. The NCAA can continue to continue to act as though covering tuition and other fees are enough, but the $527.4 million check the SEC just cashed might beg to differ. * email@example.com T @ejsmitty17
FROM THE ARCHIVES April 12, 1991: Student Health Services hosted a special program that aimed to teach students about the dangers of eating disorders and substance abuse. Nearly 25 years later, the Wellness Recource Center will host events this week for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Police still investigating Saturday crash UNIVERSITY NEWS
Route 53, which starts at Wayne Avenue and Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy and ends at Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue, now continues to G Street and Hunting Park Avenue in Juniata Park. SEPTA officials said not all trips will add the new destinations, which will include several north-south SEPTA routes. -Steve Bohnel
UPDATE ON SATURDAY MORNING CAR CRASH
A vehicle veered off the northbound lanes of Broad Street around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, crashing through a light pole and then a tree before landing upside down on the sidewalk in front of Johnson and Hardwick Residence halls at 2029 N. Broad St. The preliminary investigation will take a few days, Temple Police said. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said they do not believe any alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash, and just that the driver “took a sharp turn.” Becky Cole, a sophomore adult and organizational development major and resident assistant in Johnson and Hardwick said she called 911 after hearing a “big crashing sound” and saw the car overturned on the sidewalk from her dorm room window. “When I initially got on the phone they transferred me … and the woman said they were just receiving another call about it and that someone was on the way,” Cole said. She added she saw a man standing by the car and shouting, but she did not believe it was the driver. Temple Police said the driver went to the McDonald’s at 2109 N. Broad St. to get help, where he was met by fire rescue and taken to Temple University Hospital and treated for minor injuries. -Julie Christie
STUDENT SAVES MAN AFTER HE FELL ON SUBWAY TRACKS
A Temple student pulled another SEPTA rider off the subway tracks of the Broad Street Line Friday, CBS3 reported. Rich Montgomery, a 21-year-old market-
IN THE NATION SIX DEAD AFTER SHOOTING IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN JULIE CHRISTIE TTN
A tow truck drags the car that flipped and landed on the sidewalk in front of Johnson and Hardwick halls early Saturday morning. Police said the driver walked away from the crash with minor injuries.
ing major, jumped onto the tracks to help the man in the City Hall station, passing him to other riders on the platform. A subway train was making its way to the platform but slowed down when Montgomery waved at it to warn there was a person on the tracks, CBS3 reported. Montgomery told CBS he didn’t think to do anything else other than to help the man, although SEPTA has advised against going onto the tracks to help someone. Both Montgomery and the man were uninjured, and the man declined medical attention. -Julie Christie
STEAM TRIGGERS FIRE ALARM IN TEMPLE TOWERS
Steam from a pipe on the first floor of Temple Towers triggered a fire alarm and
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If there were “more student
interest in green power, I believe the university might make it a more pressing matter.
Kathleen Grady | director of sustainability
the university will get close to meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design goals which are measured by certified, silver, gold and platinum awards.
CITY NEWS SEPTA TO EXPAND ROUTE IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA A populated SEPTA bus line in North Philadelphia began adding stops on Sun-
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SUSTAINABILITY where to go, Templeton said, but the current design allows for 95 percent of water to be managed, either by re-entering the ground or by being directed to the correct area. Polett Walk is the next project to tackle, expected to start after this semester has ended and finish before the Fall 2016 semester. The plan also aims to add green space to “residual spaces”—areas like crosswalks and sidewalks, targeting areas like the stretch between the Septa Regional Rail station at 11th Street near Berks and Anderson and Gladfelter halls to create “another entrance to campus,” Templeton said. By following the city’s standards for new buildings,
resulted in an evacuation of the building Friday afternoon, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. He added there was no sign of danger and students and staff were allowed back into the building at 12:40 p.m. after the fire department deemed it safe. “Whenever there’s an alarm we have to evacuate,” Leone said. “Then we go in and investigate to see what the cause was. In this case it wasn’t a big deal.” -Julie Christie
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James Templeton, director of Architecutral Services, shows a central quad rendering.
Certain buildings like the Architecture Building and Montgomery Garage are silver certified, while the Science Education and Research Center has earned a gold certification from the interior and exterior design as well as the rainwater drainage system incorporated into the landscaping. University officials are examining ways to reduce Temple’s energy use or find newer, greener energy to supplement its current use, Kathleen Grady, Temple’s director of sustainability said. “We’re currently trying to balance energy efficiency and green power purchasing,” she added. “If there were more student interest in green power, I believe the university might make it a more pressing matter.” There are different ways of reducing consumption, either by looking at those more renewable options, or by reducing the institution’s overall demand. Green power reduces the use and strain on the environment right away, but the cost happens every year, she said. During the next 20 years, Templeton said, the university will look at making environ-
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mentally friendly changes like replacing most lights with LEDs and considering renewable energy options, which could bump the energy efficiency closer to 10 percent, compared to the current 0.01 percent. Templeton said the university’s location gives “megapoints” toward their goals of being more sustainable; having many options for public transportation like regional rail lines and the bike share program like Indego, keeps the footprint smaller. Considering renewable energy in combination with the other projects in the works would make the university more competitive with University of Pennsylvania’s 54 percent and Drexel’s 100 percent green power usage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “Sustainability isn’t the driving force of many of these projects,” Templeton said. “But a positive effect of changing regulations and lifestyles.” * firstname.lastname@example.org T @By_paigegross
A 45-year-old Uber driver fatally shot six people and critically injured two in Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday evening. MLive.com reported that Jason B. Dalton told police he knew he was “taking people’s lives.” Police said Mary Lou Nye, 62, of Baroda; Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, all of Battle Creek, were all fatally shot by Dalton at a Cracker Barrel in Texas Township after 10 p.m., MLive.com reported. The other two killed were 17-year-old Tyler Smith and his father, who were shot at Seelye Automotive on Stadium Drive. MLive.com reported Dalton was arrested early Sunday and charged with six counts of murder among other offenses. -Steve Bohnel
the history department. She had been working at the university since 1968, five years before Anderson and Gladfelter halls had been constructed, Kevin Glass, a senior vice dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said in an email. “She knew the history of History,” Glass said. “Pat did a little bit of everything,” said Jay Lockenour, chair of the history department. “Soon after she passed, it occurred to me that she did everything and she did it in a way that I never heard about it.” Lockenour added Williams had a “knowledge of the institution” and “knew how to get things done.” Annette Bakley, another senior vice dean in CLA, said Williams’ responsibilities included working with chairpersons, scheduling classes, financial management, training other coordinators and secretaries, arranging parking, helping students in the graduation process, answering phones, filing paperwork and working with graduate student admissions. “[The history department] really grew dependent on her,” Bakley said. The size of the history department could account for the exhaustive list of duties of an administrative coordinator, Bakley added. According to the department’s website, there are more than 40 faculty members, 400 history majors and more than 100 graduate students. Finding someone with Williams’ level of training and knowledge of the university will be challenging, officials said. Bakley said qualities like a go-getter personality, willingness to go the extra mile and being well-spoken are important in fulfilling the role. A bachelor of arts degree is also preferred, as it indicates a higher level of training. Friendliness, competence and organization are also valuable qualities, Lockenour said. “[The history department] is looking for someone who has the sense that the students are the reason why we’re here and wants to make Temple a better place,” Bakley added. An administrative coordinator or someone in a similar position from a smaller department may move into the history department as “lateral move,” which may be the
precursor to a promotion, Bakley said. Some of the duties Williams had will also be moved on to other people in the department. Shedrick was an employee for more than 30 years and the copy center operator in the Digital Print Center in Wachman Hall. He was committed to his work, his church and his family. Barbara Shedrick said some of her brother’s responsibilities in the Digital Print Center were printing mass orders of advertising for university athletics, printing exams for professors and photocopying sold-out textbooks that students could purchase. Additional responsibilities included operating Xerox machines, handling recruitment and retention information that was sent out of the university, dealing with customers in person as well as over the phone and helping to run retail in the print center, said Steve Gallagher, operations manager of Digital Document Services. Customer service was important to him and he loved helping students, Barbara Shedrick said. “He gave everybody a smile,” she said. “Most of the time he was the one people came to. … He had a good rapport with all the people in the building. They knew if they sent an order to him, he could get it done by lunch time.” In his free time, Shedrick enjoyed fishing, football and spending time with his family. His “most rewarding accomplishment” was becoming the deacon of the New Central Baptist Church on 2139 Lombard St., Barbara Shedrick said. Filling Shedrick’s position will require “going through the normal process,” Gallagher said. This includes posting the job information to bulletin boards around the university and to the Human Resources website. The position will also be advertised within the 1199C Union District, for which Shedrick was a representative. Gallagher added that a background in graphic arts and a similar dedication to customer service is needed. “Steve was very personable,“ Gallagher said. “He was always thinking of other people. … He was an all-around good guy.” * email@example.com T @Lian_Parsons
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW
A WEEK OF REFLECTION:
Gallery honors alumnus
BODY IMAGE ON CAMPUS
E.B. Lewis’ art will be featured at the Noyes Arts Garage until March 27. By JENNY STEIN The Temple News
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Kara Stroup, a senior psychology major and captain of the lacrosse team, dealt with an eating disorder for seven years. Stroup has spoken at schools about her experience with mental health.
Organizations on Main Campus are raising awarenes for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. By ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News
ara Stroup had a problem with control. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school in 2011, a few months away from beginning her academic and athletic career at Temple, that she first managed to tell her mother about her eating disorder. “It was more of a way to regulate my anxiety and stress,” said Stroup, a senior psychology
major and captain of the women’s lacrosse team. “Instead of dealing with it openly or telling other people, I could use [food] to control it instead of actually dealing with it.” During this year’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Stroup shared her experience yesterday at a meeting of Active Minds, a group that promotes mental health awareness on campus. Active Minds, along with students from the Wellness Resource Center, put together a series of three events for the university’s second celebration of NEDA Week, including an informa-
tion session in the Student Center, a body-positive yoga session in the HEART Office in Mitten Hall today at 3:30 p.m. and a Queer Lunch tomorrow at 11 a.m. to discuss body positivity in the LGBTQIA community. This year, the week’s theme is: “It only takes three minutes to save a life.” The theme promotes the idea that with access to the right education, anyone can have the tools to better detect and address mental health issues like eating disorders.
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E.B. Lewis does not believe in censorship, but he does believe that “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” should be taken off the shelves. “If you’re African American, you get to be Jim, you don’t get to be Huck,” said Lewis, a 1979 graphic design and illustration and art education alumnus. “And Jim’s not a good character. You don’t want to be Jim. You don’t want to be sitting in the classroom as a little African-American boy, and be Jim.” In the 1884 novel by Mark Twain, Lewis saw misrepresentation of African Americans. He dedicated his career as an illustrator, fine artist and educator to recreating the image of African Americans as one of “dignity and pride,” he said. “It wasn’t just this down-trodden, broken and beaten individual, and so I want to showcase that,” Lewis said. “These paintings show that you control my body, but you don’t control my spirit. My spirit is intact.” As part of the featured artist series at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Lewis’ exhibition, “Imagine,” will be on display in honor of Black History Month until March 27. The exhibition is composed of around 20 paintings, primarily featuring his watercolor work
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Student broadcasters are ‘part of the game’ James Yuan and Javi Yuan were voted Owl Sports’ Mandarin broadcasters for men’s basketball. By MICHAELA WINBERG Lifestyle Editor
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Gaelen McCartney, a senior fibers and material studies major, displayed his BFA senior thesis project, “No Visible Light Reaches the Eye” last Wednesday through Friday in the Tyler School of Art. As a part of his project, students participated in a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday. The stuffed animals and candles on the floor of the gallery were meant to resemble “those roadside memorials that we see in neighborhoods after gun violence or someone passing away,” McCartney said.
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As an international student, James Yuan feels like American students don’t want to talk to him. “They don’t care about your culture, where you come from, what’s your background,” said the freshman business management major, a native of China. “They don’t really care. It’s a struggle.” “I guess I always hang out with my Chinese friends, talk to my Chinese friends,” added Javi Yuan, a sophomore media studies and production major. “I seldom talk to Americans because they would not talk to you first.” But basketball, James Yuan said, can change that. James Yuan discovered all he needed
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Giving women a ‘platform to speak’ The Wellness Resource Center produced “Vagina Monologues.” By PAULA DAVIS The Temple News Maddie Murphy wants her audience to know vaginas aren’t weird. The junior social work major performed in “Vagina Monologues” last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Underground of the Student Center. The Wellness Resource Center produces the play annually to raise awareness for feminist issues, like domestic violence and reproductive health. Since about a month ago, 30 cast members, two directors, a producer and a tech team have all met twice a week to rehearse the production before it opened last weekend. “It gives women an opportunity to discuss an important part of their lives that aren’t really talked about,” Murphy said. This was Murphy’s second year being part of the cast, and in comparison to last year’s “Vagina Monologues,” Murphy said she noticed fewer theater majors were involved in this year’s production. Both Murphy and codirector Riley MacDonald, a senior women’s studies major, said the lack of theater majors in the cast adds another dimension to the production. The actors aren’t as experienced, so they rely more on the raw emotion naturally created by the monologues and less on their backgrounds in theater. Co-director Molly Driscoll said she hasn’t been involved in any form of theater since high school. She decided to get involved with “Vagina Monologues” because it helps start a discussion about women’s issues. “People are afraid to talk about sex,” the senior public health major said. “A production like this lightens that con-
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Tara Doherty, sophomore English and History major, performs “The Vagina Workshop” as part of a series of monologues written by women and recited by Temple students.
versation and makes it more appealing.” “The show was made for women to find empowerment through the reclamation of a body part that seems to be taboo,” said freshman voice performance major and cast member Olivia Broderick. MacDonald said “Vagina Monologues” gives women a “voice and platform to speak,” especially because the monologues featured in the play aren’t fictional—each story is based on author Eve Ensler’s interviews with real women. “In so many spaces, women’s voices are silenced,” Broderick said. “In this space, they no longer have to hide.” Broderick’s monologue, “My Vagina Was My Village,” describes the experiences of women in a Bosnian refugee camp who were assaulted by soldiers. Broderick couldn’t directly relate to the story she told, but she said her monologue was about more than being accessible. “The monologues are
The show was made for women “ to find empowerment through the reclamation of a body part.” Olivia Broderick | Cast member, freshman voice performance major
about elevating the experiences above your own, and understanding what your piece is about,” she said. Those involved with the production are aware that acceptance of women’s bodies will take longer to develop than just 90 minutes, the length of the production. But the cast hopes that “Vagina Monologues” could start this process for some of the audience members, and even the cast. “The amount of energy every woman put into this performance made it powerful,” said senior psychology major and previous cast member Cayla Byrnes. Freshman nursing major
and cast member Galya Kolodner said the show is helping her become more comfortable with the overall discussion of women’s bodies, including her own. “Where else can you talk about vaginas?” Kolodner said. “When it comes to this discussion, there shouldn’t be a barrier.” Producer Janie van der Toorn, a master’s student in public health, said the most important aspect of the show is its relatability. “It was created by one person, but it’s applicable to any woman, regardless of race or orientation.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jacynda Purnell, a senior theater major, holds a copy of her script, “Diary of a Coochi Snorcher.”
Alumnus expands landlord-review site Ofo Ezeugwu created Whose Your Landlord after graduating in 2013. By BRETT LANE The Temple News Ofo Ezeugwu first got the idea for his business while serving as vice president of external affairs for Temple Student Government in 2013. Specifically, the conflicts between some students and TempleTown Realty struck him as something he could fix. “When I was running for vice president, there’s a lot of things dealing with off-campus,” Ezeugwu said. “We were trying to figure out how to help students with off-campus housing, issues with landlords and property managers. We wanted them to know what to expect.” The 2013 entrepreneurship and management information systems alumnus is the co-founder and CEO of Whose Your Landlord, a website that provides property renters with information and reviews of landlords provided by former renters. “We knew the idea was rocksolid,” Ezeugwu said. “We knew we
were changing the market.” Users can post reviews about landlords, building complexes or property managers. Users without accounts can read reviews others posted and look at apartment openings. “We wanted it unbiased,” Ezeugwu said. “We went to landlords and asked if the questions were fair. We just want to promote a transparent community that prides itself on accountability.” Local landlords weren’t on board with being reviewed by their tenants at first, Ezeugwu said, but recently, things are starting to change.
them leverage to their advantage.” Property owners can also sign up and pay a subscription fee to advertise their available apartment units on the website. Then, Ezeugwu said, renters can look at prices and reviews of the apartments on one platform. Felix Addison, COO and vice president of Whose Your Landlord, said building complex owners and property managers are becoming more conscious of the ratings they receive on the website. “People simply expect more from their landlords or property managers,” Addison said. “A few prop-
the site’s content producer, said she has seen change in landlord behavior. “Bad landlords are definitely stepping their game up and taking the feedback,” Lewis said. “Quality living shouldn't be a privilege, but rather a right. So, by reviewing your landlord as well as reading reviews of potential landlords, this helps assuage potential housing issues.” Whose Your Landlord is based in Philadelphia, but since it was founded in September 2013, it has expanded to include apartment rental information in more than 125 cities nationwide.
“Bad landlords are definitely stepping their game up and taking the feedback. Quality living shouldn’t be a privilege, but rather a right.” Brittany Lewis | Whose Your Landlord content producer
“Anything you’re not accustomed to, you have to be careful,” he said. “So at first their gut reaction was, ‘This is crazy, how can students review us?’ Landlords were a little apprehensive, and then they saw how it panned out and how it can give
erty management companies have been completely replaced due to the reviews on our website. The users are really beginning to hold their landlords accountable.” Brittany Lewis, a 2015 media studies and production alumnus and
“We’ll expand further beyond that, but we got to be conscious of the communities we’re growing into,” Ezeugwu said. “We want to get our footing in other cities, but these are our main cities, and our brand relies on how well we can execute in these
cities.” In November, a business pitch from Whose Your Landlord received a score of nine out of 10 from both judges on MSNBC’s “Elevator Pitch.” “Anytime you’re able to add validation, it helps,” Ezeugwu said. “It’s respectable because ... it gives us a national reach into other cities.” Ezeugwu recently met with Letitia James, the public advocate of New York City, who released the fifth annual Worst Landlords Watchlist for the city. The two met to discuss a possible collaboration, which is still in the works. James’ office would provide Whose Your Landlord with data on landlords in New York. Ezeugwu said he is also working with the public advocate’s office to potentially incorporate language selections on the website, like Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. His long-term goal is for Whose Your Landlord to become an international platform. “We get many emails and tweets from places like Mexico, Canada, Europe, telling us how valuable our platform could be to them,” Ezeugwu said. “We believe we have the best data.” * email@example.com
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CURATING CULTURE FOR THE BLIND
NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN FISHTOWN
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Greg Root and Nick Kennedy are planning a mid-March opening for Root, a wine-focused restaurant at Frankford Avenue near Thompson Street. PAGE 11
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Cosmo Baker, one of the five DJs that will help host the “Dust + Dignity’” exhibit, spins records at Scratch DJ Academy in Old City.
‘A MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC’ An exhibit aims to bring attention to social justice issues through album artwork.
By MORGAN SLUTZKY The Temple News
ngie Asombrosa has spent her life in love with vinyl. An avid collector since the age of 13, Asombrosa grew up looking through her father’s records, quickly falling in love with the vinyl format. Out of this love came the name of her upcoming project: “Dust + Dignity.” “Dignity because every human being deserves respect, you know, at the end of the day, we’re all human beings,” Asombrosa said. “And the dust part is from the actual vinyl format. It gets dusty, dust clings to wax. I know from my years personally collecting vinyl and coughing up my lungs in dust. ‘Dust + Dignity.’ It just clicked and made sense to me.” “Dust + Dignity” is an upcoming music and art exhibition where 100 album cover artwork will be displayed with the intention of starting a dialogue about social justice and injustices. The exhibit will debut March 4 at the Painted Bride Art Center
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“Dust + Dignity,” a new exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center, features album artwork.
Performance, politics: musicians support Sanders Across the city, shows are popping up to support Bernie Sanders. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News Local musician Jon Coyle wanted to support Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential campaign—so he organized a
concert. And another. After two shows, Coyle was able to donate $3,000 to Sanders’ campaign. Now, more fundraising shows for the senator are going on around the city. Local band Birthday Ponies organized an upcoming two-night event at Lavender Town, a DIY space in North Philly near Broad Street and Girard Avenue. The shows, running March 1112, will feature a local lineup including Mumblr and OhBree. All money raised at the shows will go directly toward Sand-
ers’ campaign. “A lot of the time it’s hard to get really great bills together because music in a lot of ways is kind of a selfish endeavor, a lot of people are just looking for their own spotlight,” said Mike Saah, the guitarist for Birthday Ponies. “But I think the context of this show really allowed that [selfishness] to take a backseat.” “It liberates the ego aspect,” added vocalist Alex Tilson. “Bands are just doing it for Bernie.” The bands involved in the show hope to not only raise money for Sanders’ cam-
paign, but also attract people new to politics and increase the power of Sanders’ supporters. “One of the dismissive write-offs of Bernie’s campaign is that it’s just a bunch of kids being idealistic, but they’re not actually serious about this,” Tilson added. “But with this, we’re showing that we put together this show that a lot of really excellent bands are donating their time and music to, and a lot of kids are going to show up to.”
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Local group gives blind individuals ‘a true voice’ Philly Touch Tours works against social barriers and organizes multi-sensory tours. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Austin Seraphin got his first computer when he was seven. Equipped with a voice card, the computer allowed Seraphin—who was born blind—access to something most people take for granted. Seraphin, now 38, is the cofounder of Philly Touch Tours, an organization working to increase accessibility and empathy for the visually impaired living in and around the Philadelphia area. The organization creates and manages tours to museums, art exhibits and other cultural sites. “There’s really not much out there for the blind culturally, and even if there is you wouldn’t know or most would just assume there isn’t,” Seraphin said. His partner at Philly Touch Tours, Trish Maunder, has been working with the blind since her time as teacher in Vancouver more than 30 years ago. “Someone from the school put me in touch with a woman, who was blind who lived locally,” Maunder sad. “I remember we spoke on the phone and I asked if she would be free to come to speak about her life to my students.” Maunder recalls losing sleep over her fear of saying or doing the wrong thing in the presence of her visually impaired guest, who ended up having no problems getting around or speaking to the children. “It just blew my mind,” Maunder said. “So I think that when I gave birth to a child who was blind, it
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Austin Seraphin (left), who is visually impaired, is guided by docent Dr. Benjamin Ashcon.
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David Wannop, who is visually impaired, reads a braille inscription at the Penn Museum.
brought me back to this moment.” Seraphin and Maunder met “completely randomly” at a gathering that took attendees around the Delaware River on a sailboat, Seraphin
said. Seraphin was creating an online presence for the event and selling tickets. The pair later met to discuss the beginnings of what would serve as the basis for Philly Touch Tours,
which officially launched last March. Katherine Allen later joined the team as an accessibility consultant. Allen has macular degeneration, a disease that renders her legally blind.
The three team members make a triangle, Allen said, “the most stable form of construction.” Each member contributes a different perspective to the program. “We test everything we do before we put it in place,” Maunder said. “My perspective is one thing, Austin’s is another and so is Katherine’s.” Touch Tour’s motto is “nothing about us without us,” a nod to the organization’s united front. “We enjoy what we are doing so much, because it cuts through barriers,” Maunder said. “We’ve found that people feel intimidated when talking to someone with vision loss. They don’t want to say the wrong thing. They’re anxious that they’ll use the wrong term.” She said with their training, they are trying to address social stigmas about the blind, but “through blind people telling their own stories.” Allen said they try to make their tours a whole experience. “We try to think a bit outside the box, and bring in all the sensory experiences,” she added. “There’s a lot of thinking on our feet, instead of, ‘Oh let’s pick five pieces that are touchable.’ We try to think about what might work beyond that.” This idea applies to their tour at the 9th Street Italian Market, which incorporates participants’ sense of taste, smell and touch. The group also hosts two tours at Penn Museum: “Insights into Ancient Egypt: Life, Death and the Afterlife” and “Insights into Ancient Egypt: In Touch with Mummies.” “I just find it joyful, it’s so exciting,” Maunder said. “You’re breaking barriers and trying to get new ways of looking at things. We want to actually help people who have vision loss and give them a true voice.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
New opening in Fishtown: ‘an everyday restaurant’ Greg Root and Nick Kennedy will open Root in mid-March. By IMAN SULTAN The Temple News Greg Root always dreamed of opening a restaurant. “It’s why I got into the business,” said Root, a previous director of Starr Restaurants and an industry veteran. “I used to be a caddie, and the gentleman I used to caddie for the most owned a bunch of fast food restaurants outside the city. And I just fell in love with what he did and how he did it. [It] always was the goal for me.” Now, Root’s dream has become a reality: he and his partner Nick Kennedy will open a restaurant, Root, next month in Fishtown on Frankford Avenue near Thompson Street. “It’s nervousness, it’s a lot of work, it’s still a little bit of unknowns, because you’re waiting for all the pieces to come into play and any one little piece can delay you, but it’s really exciting,” Kennedy said. “You go throughout your career and you think you know a lot, and you’re constantly humbled by what you don’t know and how you learn every day,” Root added. Kennedy left his job at Scarpetta in New York City and moved to Philadelphia to help open Root, which he said was more affordable than opening a restaurant in New York. Root also left a job behind—he had worked at Starr Restaurants for 13 years, but left in late January to pursue the opening. “You leave a job that’s comfort-
able, and you’re going out on your own and taking a risk,” he said. “But you feel good about it.” The idea for Root started as only a wine bar, but it’s since grown into a full restaurant. “We wanted to develop more of an everyday restaurant,” Root said. “To have somebody be able to come in here and feel satisfied with what they’re getting. So if they want to come in for a date, cool. If they want to come in for a glass of wine and a few snacks, cool. We’ll take both.” But the wine bar aspect will “enhance the area,” Root said, because it’s “another offering, another option for our guests.” Root also noted an abundance of beer and whiskey in Fishtown. “There’s really no focus on wine at this point,” he added. “We have wanted to focus in really on the wine and on the food. And I think it’s going to add a nice dining element to the area.” Stefanilee Mahoney, manager of Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop, which stands next door to the new opening, said she’s excited about the varied touch the restaurant will bring to the neighborhood. “I think it’s very exciting just to put something a little different in this area,” Mahoney said. “There are a bunch of local bars with different types of food so this will be fun to put in. It’s a little classy, classier than some of the other restaurants around here, so that’s exciting as well.” “We don’t want wine to have this perception that it’s stuffy or you have to know absolutely everything about wine to enjoy it,” Root said. He anticipates a good deal of millennial customers at the new opening—and the focus on wine won't hurt, he said, since millennials are "drinking a lot more wine than
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Greg Root (left), and Nick Kennedy tried more than 400 wines.
ever before." The focus on wine affects the menu, too. The restaurant’s food will be primarily Spanish and Italian because the cuisines go well with wine, Kennedy said. “[It’s about] the classic areas where wine comes from,” Kennedy said. “The old-world growing areas, Italy, Spain, a little bit of French. We started there because it’s food that can highly go well with wine and they also have some similarity between themselves. We wanted the menu to feel cohesive.” But there will be some American items on the menu too, and “whatever else fits the mood and atmosphere of the environment,” Kennedy said. Root said hospitality and service will be an important part of the restaurant experience. “You try to put yourself in the guest’s perspective. It’s not about
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Nick Kennedy cuts some radicchio tardivo, a plant imported from the Veneto region of Italy in the kitchen.
what I want to eat, or what I want to cook, or how fancy I can make something, it’s trying to think what is going to make the guest happy, what is
the guest looking for, and what adds to the experience,” Kennedy said. * email@example.com
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Four years of graffiti, decay and photography For theater company, ‘a queer lens’ John Bendel explores the changes on the interior of a school. By MARGO REED The Temple News Photographer John Bendel said he didn’t choose the subject for his latest project—instead, the shuttered Spring Garden Public School No.1 chose him. Bendel has photographed the same walls for four years at the closed school, now abandoned, in an effort to document its change in appearance as well as the graffiti inside it. The project, “4 Years/40 Walls,” was published on Bendel’s website in December of last year. The building is covered in graffiti from visitors. Bendel, of Island Heights, New Jersey, started urban exploring in 2008. “My first rule is point your camera at something interesting,” Bendel said. “I can’t find any place that is instantly and constantly more interesting than these places.” Bendel picked up a camera for the first time in 1974, and later put it down to focus on work and his family. Bendel, 73, has a wife,
Peggy, a son, Tom, and a daughter, Berne. He started exploring abandoned places while his wife was at work on Sunday mornings. Between the years of 2011 and 2015, Bendel created his project inside the school, on 12th Street near Ogden. On Feb. 7, he walked through the dirty, decaying building once again, noticing a new addition: “American Education,” written on the walls in bold red and yellow. “This entire school is an incredible, incredible, installation,” Bendel said. “To watch it change over time, to suffer all the insults it suffered and yet to provide a place for fascinating things to appear and exist.” By chance, he was able to get into the school multiple times through a back entrance. After looking through his previous work, Bendel noticed a pattern in his photographs—he had been drawn to photographing the same walls multiple times. “It’s that found quality that I like,” Bendel said. “It’s all part of the slow motion exercise, the slow motion deterioration.” “I think [Bendel’s project] is awesome,” said John Webster, an urban explorer who has written two books about abandoned places in Philadelphia. “If you put it up against one of my photos [of the same school] from 2006, you
wouldn’t even recognize it.” Bendel had only run into two other urban explorers in Spring Garden No. 1—until recently. Riley Loula, a 2013 broadcast telecommunications and mass media alumnus and urban explor-
This entire “school is an
incredible, incredible installation. To watch it change over time.
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er, walked into the school for the first time one February morning. “It’s so decrepit, but it’s so uniquely beautiful,” Loula said. “You can come into a place and do whatever you want, especially in a decaying place.” The caved-in ceiling that had fallen across the stairs didn’t stop Bendel from visiting his favorite part of the building—the roof. Bendel said his confidence in exploring dangerous areas has come
with age and experience. Webster believes there is danger in urban exploring, but it only adds to the excitement, especially for younger generations. Ed Stradling, a 47-year-old urban explorer in Philadelphia, said he can picture himself exploring at age 73 as well. “We are just going to walk in with cameras and flashlights and take pictures,” Stradling said. “They pretty much do all this crazy stuff because they’re kids, and we just take the opportunity to find the stuff and walk right in.” “That’s part of the thrill of it,” Webster said. “If you gained access by yourself through something that was locked and you know that there’s nobody else in there, there’s a certain solace in that that you can’t get with anything else.” As a documentarian, Bendel prides himself in the ability to seek out visually stimulating places, which drove him to complete his 40 Walls project. He paced from one end of the roof to the other, admiring Philadelphia’s skyline framed by the rooftop’s paint covered ledges. “I find it just riveting at its best,” Bendel said of the school. “Look at it. Don’t you find it interesting to look at?” * firstname.lastname@example.org
Mauckingbird Theatre reimagines plays with queer characters. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News At the Mauckingbird Theatre Company, every play is gay. The local company is changing the way audiences think about theater and traditional gender roles, defining itself as the only company to perform classic texts through a “queer lens.” For the members of Mauckingbird, this means changing the gender of the characters in an existing play to shift the viewer’s focus from gender norms to the character’s experience as a human being. While many theater companies have incorporated gender-swapping before, Mauckingbird is the only company that uses gender-swapping and a “queer lens” to reimagine traditionally straight characters as gay. “My greatest compliments have always been when an audience member says, ‘I completely forgot that that role is usually by a woman,’ or ‘I forgot this is usually a straight couple, I was just engrossed in the story,’” said Peter Reynolds, an associate professor of theater at Temple, and the artistic director and co-founder of Mauckingbird Theatre Company, in an email. Recently, the company ran a production of “The Sisterhood” from Feb. 3-21. Adapted from Molière’s “The Learned Ladies” by Ranjit Bolt, “The Sisterhood” features a predominantly male cast. The play is set in the 17th century, in a world where homosexuality is an accepted way of life. David Reece Hutchison, 24, plays Henriette. Portraying an originally female role was an interesting experience for Hutchinson. “Being able to speak words that were written for a female was really liberating,” he said. “I don't let the femininity influence my character. I took the reins with it and allowed the femininity to take some part in my own interpretation of it.” Associate Professor of Theater Donna Snow plays Philaminte in the production. A controlling mother who loves intellectual poetry and meddling in her sons’ love lives, Philaminte is more concerned with who her sons marry than their sexual orientation. “It was just the way it was,” Snow said. “Or with my [character’s] brother-in-law being gay, and my other brother-in-law possibly being gay. And it appears that my husband is possibly bisexual ... I don’t think any of that bothers my character. I’m interested in the mind and art. But as far as people’s sexuality, it doesn’t bother Philaminte.” “I have never come across a theater that uses a queer lens exclusively,” Hutchinson added. “I like that it’s the only theater in Philly that is exclusively LGBT. It keeps gender-bending unique.” The idea for Mauckingbird started at Temple. 2008 music education alumnus Lindsay Mauck met Reynolds in 2005, when she was his student. At the time, Reynolds was creating a production that examined Molière’s “The Misanthrope” through a queer lens. Mauck helped him secure a venue, and the pair discovered Philadelphia had an audience for their vision. The one-show experiment in 2006 turned into a nine-year adventure for Mauck and Reynolds after they co-founded Mauckingbird in 2008. The process of finding a script that can be adapted for gender transformation can be difficult. Modern pieces relatable to younger generations are not an option for the company to perform due to copyright. However, using classical texts has its benefits, like displaying how “truly universal good stories are, when two men or two women in the midst of a love story experience the same trials, tribulations, joys and fears as heterosexual couples,” Reynolds said in an email. “I feel relieved to be in a profession where men and women feel free to be who they are,” Snow said. “And not have to hide what their sexual preferences are. And also I think in theater, we try to be aware of certain racial and ethnic prejudices. I think it’s important that we always try harder to do that.” * katelyn.evans @temple.edu
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About 12,000 people lined the streets of Manayunk to watch the third annual Mummers Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday. The event raises money for the Philadelphia String Band Association. Seventeen string bands took part in the parade, including the South Philadelphia String Band. “The Manayunk parade added a lot of vendors this year and has a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Board of Governor’s of the South Philadelphia String Band member Jim Mulholland. Carl Pfefferle, who lives in Roxborough, enjoyed the parade with some of his neighbors. “This is very well organized and it’s very quick, which is great for the marchers and for the people,” he said. “It’s nice because the weather’s good and you’re not worried about wind, snow, or 20 degrees. Can’t beat it. We love it.”
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OUT & ABOUT
100 albums featured in new exhibit
PAINTED BRIDE ART CENTER TO HOST JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO
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and run through the end of the month. “We gave five DJs the task of selecting 20 different album covers from their personal collections that evoke social justice, and that’s all we said,” said Bruce Campbell, an organization and DJ known as DJ Junior. “We didn’t tell them anything else. We told them that they should pick the releases either based on the artwork or the music behind the artwork.” The exhibit will be a museum style display, with an accompanying audio portion featuring interviews from the five DJs, explaining in depth why they picked their records and what social justice means to them. Attendees will be able to download a mixtape with audio from the interviews, as well as songs from the selected albums. “We’re going to have the video also online, so even people who are not able to come to the exhibit, they’ll be able to also get some sort of online experience of what we’re doing,” Campbell said. Organizers include Campbell, an education professor at Arcadia University, radio show host and record label owner. Asombrosa also reached out to other prominent record collectors in the city to contribute albums from their collections, like Cosmo Baker, Rich Medina, Skeme Richards and King Britt. While the educational aspect of the exhibit is hugely important, Asombrosa believes “Dust + Dignity” is, at its heart, a way to bring the community together in a dialogue of awareness. “Especially since this past year ... what’s been going on in the world from Sandra Bland, everything that’s happening, how things have been repeating,” Asombrosa said. “In the ‘60s and the ‘70s we had people like Gil ScottHeron, we had Curtis Mayfield, we had those musicians who were trying to voice those struggles, those injustices via album artwork. There’s always been a message in the music.” “I would like it to bring people together,” Asombrosa added. “That’s first and foremost. I would like it to be a message as to how unfortunately this is happening now, but it’s been happening. It’s been happening, so there has to be something to make it stop.”
The Painted Bride Art Center will host an event created by curator, performer and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. The performance, “Black Male Revisited,” is a series of poems, narratives and original songs that examine Kosoko’s masculinity in relation to his Nigerian-American heritage. The performance will be accompanied by musician and artist, Jeremy ToussaintBaptiste. After the performance, there will be discussions about the issues faced by African American males involved with visual arts. The event will debut Thursday at 8 p.m. and will continue Friday and Saturday. The Painted Bride is located at 230 Vine St. -Erin Blewett
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“Dust + Dignity” will open at the Painted Bride Art Center on March 4.
art of the cover art is something that has “The been lost. It’s something you can’t get ... looking at digital format. ” Cosmo Baker | featured DJ
Baker, a well known DJ and Philadelphia native, is excited for the reemergence of album artwork as an important part of the experience of music. “The art of the cover art is something that has been lost, it’s something you can’t necessarily get when you’re looking at a digital format,” Baker said. “An inch and a half-byinch and a half square with some design on it doesn’t necessarily convey the message with the same gravity and the same weight as when you actually look at something the size of an LP or 12-inch.” On the opening night of the exhibition the albums will be revealed, and the DJs will see
for the first time what albums the others chose. The exhibit will also feature a DJ showcase on March 18. Contributors to the project will be in attendance to talk about their album artwork choices. “I would like to see compassion,” Campbell said. “I would like to see support for the other, so support for other communities. In a grassroots sort of way, I would like to see people figure out what they could do to help the cause.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
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Other musicians raising money for Sanders include Coyle, who organized and played at a sold-out show at Boot & Saddle at 1131 S. Broad St. that raised nearly $3,000 for Sanders’ campaign. Coyle saw an opportunity to support Sanders on a larger scale, and reached out to other local bands to play a fundraiser show. The amount of positive feedback from the December show led to a second show in January, which had similar success. Philadelphia is just one city of many whose music community is showing its support for the democratic candidate. Shows are also happening across the country in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Boston. But it’s only happening for Sanders. “A lot of people who have been disillusioned with the political process are finding that his
message resonates with him because he’s talking about problems that no one else is acknowledging,” Tilson said. “People in our generation have taken the time to read up and learn about the ways in which the political system is hijacked by corporate interests and [Sanders] is the only one speaking to that.”
the pieces and see somebody who really authentically wants to stand up for a lot of underprivileged people.” Saah shares Coyle’s opinion. He said some of Sanders’ policies promise single-payer healthcare and the expansion of social security, which would cater better to the needs of musicians and artists
a lot of people who are trying “There’s to be part of this movement. ” Jon Coyle | local musician
“Musicians tend to be very creative minded and very empathic in that they really have a sense of community,” Coyle added. “In Philadelphia, at least, we’re in a place where we can see a lot of inequality in front of our eyes … a lot of young people put together
in the city. “The lifestyle of musicians and artists is generally one of many different smaller jobs, it’s hard to find a full-time, benefits paying gig as a working artist and musician,” he said. “And given that the model in the U.S. is really
tied to that older idea of needing a full-time employer, a lot of musicians and artists are left out of that.” Support for Sanders continues to pour in after he received more than $6 million for his campaign in the first 24 hours after the New Hampshire primary, which Sanders won with a 60.4 percent vote majority. “I don’t think it’s any surprise that he’s done very well,” Coyle said, “Because it’s not just that he has X-amount of support right now, but day by day his support is absolutely growing. There’s a lot of people who are trying to be a part of this movement … in a grassroots way … and so far that’s really changed what we all thought the campaign would be like.” “He’s not saying, ‘I will give you free college and this and that,’” Tilson said. “He’s saying, ‘We can do this together.’”
POP ART SHOWCASE COMES TO PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
“International Pop,” an exhibit focusing on the pop art movement from 1956-1972, will open at The Philadelphia Museum of Art tomorrow. The exhibit follows Pop art’s evolution around the world and features 150 works from renown artists like Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and Peter Blake. It will be the exhibition’s only showing on the East Coast. - Eamon Dreisbach
FREE FASHION WORKSHOP
Gabrielle Mandel, owner of fashion line Supra Endura, will host a free workshop for aspiring fashion professionals at MADE Studios on Saturday. Mandel, who has designed for brands like J. Crew and Urban Outfitters, will discuss how clothes are made, work environments in the fashion industry, the hierarchy of fashion and how to start a career in the business. Supra Endura is a women’s wear line that collaborates with nonprofit organizations. For each garment sold, Supra Endura donates $2 to the cause the garment represents. The workshop will take place from 2-6 p.m. -Erin Moran
TY SEGALL TO PLAY TROCADERO
Garage rock act Ty Segall & The Muggers will perform at the Trocadero Theatre Friday. Ty Segall released his eighth studio album, “Emotional Mugger,” late last month to positive critical reviews. CFM and AXIS: SOVA will open the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-22. -Eamon Dreisbach
“PIPPIN” COMES TO THE FORREST
Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin” opens at the Forrest Theatre today, and will run through Sunday. The production, set in the Middle Ages, follows the exploits of a young man named Pippin and his father Charlemagne. “Pippin” was initially created as a student musical performed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Scotch’n’Soda theatre troupe. Ticket prices range from $20105. -Eamon Dreisbach
RAPPER JADAKISS TO PERFORM TONIGHT AT THE TLA
Def Jam Records veteran Jadakiss will perform at the Theater of the Living Arts tonight. His fourth studio album, “Top 5 Dead or Alive,” was released in November of last year. Money June will open the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission. -Eamon Dreisbach
BEST BAGELS IN PHILADELPHIA
HARPER LEE DIED AT 89
@uwishunu tweeted a list of some of the city’s best bagel shops, including Spread Bagelry’s wood-fired speciality, South Street Philly Bagels’ french toast bagel and Fishtown’s Philly Style Bagels.
@nytimes tweeted Harper Lee, the author of the famous novel about racial injustice, died on Friday in Monroeville, Alabama. Lee recently released “Go Set a Watchman” last year.
FAMOUS 4TH ST. COOKIE CO. IS SOLD
EAST PASSYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK
@phillydotcom tweeted Brian and Tina Phillips are purchasing the cookie business, but will do little to change the institution. The retail store in Reading Terminal Market will remain.
@VisitPhilly tweeted 24 eateries will be hosting special deals during the event until Feb. 27. Some participating venues are Bing Bing Dim Sum, Noord and Townsend.
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Promoting resources for mental illness Continued from page 7
“One of the big dangers with eating disorders is you can’t tell by just looking at someone,” said Molly Driscoll, a senior public health major and program coordinator for alcohol, other drugs and interpersonal violence at the Wellness Resource Center. “It makes it very easy for an eating disorder to continue to play games and be sneaky and really take hold of someone’s life, which is really what it did for me.” Organizing NEDA Week events has become a passion project for Driscoll. After the HEART Office was approached by Kaitlyn Oberg, a sophomore nursing major and peer counselor at the Wellness Resource Center, about starting up NEDA Week events on Main Campus, Driscoll decided to get on board. The two helped put together Temple’s first NEDA Week last year, with events like “Build a Barbie,” which encouraged body positivity. “Being able to promote that [message] to my peers and convey the importance of self-acceptance is really significant and really powerful,” Driscoll said. “I think coming from peers and not just kind of read-
ing statistics is way more powerful than being in a class or even hearing from some authoritative figure, just hearing personal stories, like it’s OK to be struggling and to understand there are people around to support you.” Stroup said one of the most difficult things to keep in mind as a student-athlete, but something that applies to all students, is to remember to take time for your physical and mental health while balancing school and social activities. “You have to take time for yourself to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, eating and giving you time to just sit and relax, so you’re not so wound up and drowning,” Stroup said. “College kids in general face so much pressure, not just from just from school in general but social pressures.” Eating disorders are often accompanied by other mental health issues, Driscoll said. This was the case for her and Stroup, who both suffer from anxiety. “Often other mental health symptoms can exacerbate eating disorders and maybe even be the underlying cause,” Oberg said. “I know for a lot of people it can be OCD or anxiety can really contribute to the eating disorder.” Driscoll and Oberg said they
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Kara Stroup, a senior psychology major and captain of the lacrosse team, strives to raise awareness for mental health during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
hope students walk away from NEDA Week with an understanding of the resources available to them on campus, since therapy is a really underutilized tool, they said. “Eating disorder specialists say this all the time, that it’s not about the
food,” Driscoll said. “It’s how people express their internal distress, and I think that’s really hard for people who don’t struggle with eating disorders to understand. Therapy can often be really stigmatized, but in reality it takes a really strong person to admit
that they need help and that this person can be that extra support that you need.” * email@example.com
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and his illustrations in children’s books. Lewis has illustrated more than 70 children’s books and has been awarded the Randolph Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and the Orbis Pictus Award. “I’ve had a really wonderful run in terms of producing work that I think will hopefully stand
been one of the top AfricanAmerican artists in the area.
Howard Watson | former president, Philadelphia Water Color Society
the test of time,” Lewis said. “Hopefully in my life, I have left something behind that someone else can use, and that’s what my life is all about. To fill yourself up ... with grace and gratitude to give it all back.” Lewis’ contributions are not exclusive to his artwork—he’s been a teacher for more than 30 years. Currently, Lewis teaches painting and illustration at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After he graduated from the Tyler School of Art, Lewis turned to teaching. He taught industrial art to the patients at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital for 12 years, and eventually went on to earn his master’s degree in special education. But while he taught, Lewis couldn’t escape his desire to create—he turned the corner of his classroom into a small studio where he would stay and paint until around 8 p.m. every night. “About eight years in, I started to realize I had spent all of these years training to get in
the ring, so to speak, in the art world, and never got into the ring,” Lewis said. “So, I wanted to find out if I had what it takes to really get in the ring.” After Lewis became a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, then-president Howard Watson connected him with an agent, who gave him the idea of illustrating children’s books. “[Lewis] is a person who stands on his own two feet, is very talented and does great things,” Watson said. “In my opinion, he’s always been one of the top African-American artists in the area. … He does a lot of work geared towards children, and that’s very special.” During his lunch breaks at work, Lewis walked to the children’s bookstore Wit & Wisdom every day for two weeks. Lewis said that’s when he “fell in love with children’s books,” and he made his decision. “You know what, I want to do kids’ books,” Lewis said. “Yeah, this is right down my alley, and my love of education, and my love of art. What better combination to bring those two worlds together? And so, the rest is history.” Lewis is now working on what he said will be his life’s work: a collection titled “Honoring the Struggle.” This collection of watercolors and oil paintings will depict the contributions of African-American slaves to the United States—so far, about 30 are complete, he said. “I am here to educate the world,” Lewis said. “My work is not just about picture books. It’s bigger than that. I’m picking stories that talk about that pride, whether or not they’re AfricanAmerican stories, or NativeAmerican stories, or Jewish stories. I’m talking about human stories.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
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Javi Yuan, (above), and James Yuan are the first Mandarin broadcasters of Temple sports. So far, the pair have broadcasted four men’s basketball home games this season.
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to start making American friends was a common interest. When he and Javi Yuan were chosen last month to be Owlsports’ Mandarin broadcasters for Temple men’s basketball, he found it. “So by having this same interest, basketball, we have a common topic,” James Yuan said. “By having a common topic, it’s like a first step to making friends.” The two won the Battle of the Broadcasters competition last month to be the first ever Mandarin broadcasters for the men’s basketball games. They competed against three other students to broadcast the Jan. 31 University of South Florida game live for four minutes. Now, their broadcasts air on Owlsports.com, ESPNU, CBS and ABC. They have broadcasted four men’s basketball games so far—University of Tulsa, University of Connecticut, University of South Florida and Villanova—but James Yuan said he has already made some new friends. A few weeks ago, a student on his floor in Morgan Hall recognized him from his broadcasts and pulled him aside, striking up a conversation.
“It’s a first step for all international students to conquer the culture gap between international students and domestic students,” James Yuan added. Javi Yuan has been recognized on Owl Sports by his friends, and even one of his professors. “My friend listened to us, and he was like, ‘Your voice sounds great!’”
It’s so exciting. We “ really got involved in the game.”
James Yuan | Owlsports Mandarin broadcaster
“Temple is doing really good this year, so I’m really excited,” James Yuan said. “It makes me feel like I’m with the basketball team.” Javi Yuan said it’s an “amazing experience” to broadcast the men’s basketball games. “It’s like we’re part of the game,” he said. Javi Yuan had some experience with broadcasting before he won Battle of the Broadcasters. Back home in China, he was a DJ and broadcasted
soccer games for Zhangyu.tv, a sportsstreaming Chinese website. “It’s something I always wanted to be, to get involved with,” Javi Yuan said. “It’s my dream.” Since they became broadcasters for Owl Sports, James Yuan and Javi Yuan have met President Theobald and coach Fran Dunphy, and they toured the CBS broadcasting station. On Chinese New Year, Feb. 8, James Yuan and Javi Yuan were invited to the Philadelphia 76ers’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The two were given full control over the 76ers’ account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese social media site similar to Twitter. Throughout the night, the two had more than a million followers. “To get involved with NBA games, to control the blog account, it’s so amazing,” Javi Yuan said. “I can communicate with the fans.” Javi Yuan said it felt like the first step in earning his dream job. “With that kind of equipment, the microphone, the headphones, it’s so professional,” he said. “It’s like my dream is coming true.” * email@example.com T @mwinberg_
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
The fabric of diversity: discussing racial divisions Gaelen McCartney used his senior thesis to raise awareness for Black Lives Matter. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News The same night Gaelen McCartney was installing his senior thesis project in the Tyler School of Art, a custodian told him he’s lost hundreds of friends to gun violence—he can’t even keep track of exactly how many. “He immediately opened up about how these memorials are always in his community and how he’s been shot numerous times before,” McCartney said. “For me to have that very intimate moment with him while I’m installing the piece, it really gave me gratification that I created a space where people felt comfortable enough to share their stories, their emotions and their views on Black Lives Matter,” he added. McCartney’s senior thesis project, titled “No Visible Light Reaches the Eye,” was displayed in Tyler’s Student Lounge Gallery from Wednesday to Friday. He chose to focus on the movement because he said it is close to his heart. “I realized that I had this platform and this space to create something to show who I am as an artist,” said the senior fibers and material studies major. “I wanted to create something that was important to me that provided a discussion for other people. Black Lives Matter is important to me because it affects a lot of people who are very close to me.” McCartney said the diversity in his hometown of Newburgh, New York, set a precedent for his college career. He said he “always grew up around people who were different” from him, but when he left his hometown, McCartney realized that this was not the case for everyone. McCartney continued to surround himself with diverse groups of people during his time at Temple. His sophomore year he joined a disADVERTISEMENT
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Participants share their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement at Gaelen McCartney’s BFA thesis installation, “No Visible Light Reaches the Eye.”
cussion group at Temple facilitated by the Honors Program called Honorables of Color. McCartney joined because he said he “missed the diversity” that he felt in his hometown. His senior thesis piece was a black weaving that measures 26-and-a-half feet by 40 inches. “Black Lives Matter,” is woven into the fabric 80 times. “I wanted it to be black on black with the text because I wanted people to know that the the structure of the weave is held together by the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ and that the weaving itself would not be able to stay cohesive if the text wasn’t there to make it permanent,” McCartney said. “You have to get close to read it, which is kind of what I wanted,” he added. McCartney also had stuffed animals and candles placed in clusters on the gallery’s floor. These clusters were meant to create the illusion of “the piece coming off the wall and into the
gallery environment to sort of resemble those roadside memorials that we see in neighborhoods after gun violence or someone passing away,” he added. The second part of his thesis consisted of a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement, which took place last Thursday as participants sat on the floor among the stuffed animals and candles. “This is really important, because it continues the conversation rather than letting it be like, ‘Hey that happened, let’s move on to the next conversation,’” said Mikaela Cook, a former Japanese major at Temple. McCartney said he considers himself an “ally” of the Black Lives Matter movement. “I think I have become aware that I have to be very cautious the way I word things,” McCartney said. “I am constantly reminding myself and thinking about what I am advocating for are experiences that I have never had, because I am not a person of color.”
Participants of the discussion recognized the difficulty of making Black Lives Matter a cause that people of all races can support. “You can have one-sided conversations with people all you want, but sometimes they’re just not going to process the information that you’re telling them,” said Nadira Goffe, a sophomore English major. “It’s hard in situations like this, because how do you make Black Lives Matter relatable to people who wouldn’t be considered under the umbrella?” “I’m not afraid to talk about it because I think it’s something that we all need to be acknowledging and talking about,” McCartney said. * firstname.lastname@example.org
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Carver students hope for practice space
AROUND CAMPUS DEVELOPING GAMING SYSTEMS
Students can participate in a workshop today at 10 a.m. in the Digital Scholarship Center of the Paley Library, led by video game creator Stacy Dellorfano. Dellorfano is the founder of ConTessa, an organization that strives to create female-led tabletop gaming events. Attendees can learn the steps necessary to develop a gaming system and use these tools to create their own game. Lunch will be provided. -Alexa Bricker
DISCUSSING DANCE FOR SERIES
As part of the Boyer College of Music and Dance’s “Dance Studies Colloquium Speaker Series,” Michelle Clayton will speak at the CHAT Lounge on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall today at 5:30 p.m. The colloquium will be free and open to the public. The series is intended to start a conversation on current topics revolving around dance. Clayton is an associate professor of Hispanic studies and comparative literature at Brown University and has focused much of her work on studying different forms of art emerging from Europe and Latin America. -Jenny Stein HARRISON BRINK TTN
George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science students train during the football preseason on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.
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With 70 prospective students from Carver joining the pre-existing Palumbo team, there will likely be cuts. “Some kids might not make the team, unfortunately,” Pitzner said. “My goal is to make sure everybody who wants to come out that is capable of playing the game gets an opportunity.” Temple’s proposed stadium may provide an opportunity for Carver to accommodate all of their interested students. Administrators have said the stadium might be available for use by the community surrounding Temple. “I think it would be a great home for the local city high schools to play their games,” Athletic Director Pat Kraft said in a forum about the stadium on Feb. 1. “I think [the site] is an easy one to have access to on Fridays and especially when we’re on the road on Saturday.” Carver is located directly across the street from the proposed site of the new stadium—a fact that is met with excitement from the administration of the school. If Carver has access to the stadium, Pitzner said it has
the potential to help the high school develop its own football team. “Use of the facilities would be phenomenal,” Pitzner said. “There’s a ton of teams and, unfortunately, in Philadelphia, there’s not a ton of facilities that we have easy access to, especially … that close.”
I think it would be a “ great home for the local city high schools to play their games.
Pat Kraft | Temple Athletic Director
“We value our relationship with Temple,” said Ted Domers, the principal at Carver. “I think, if anything, it will bring more opportunities for this school.” Domers, who is in his third year as principal, said Temple has already reached out to Carver to ensure the school has a voice in the development of the stadium as it progresses. “If they build it, what it’s allowing us to do is strengthen our partnership with Tem-
ple,” he added. “By the time it’s built, we’ll probably already be out of here,” said Jayson Davis, 16, a student at Carver who signed up for the team this year. “It’ll be a great opportunity for younger kids to stay and do something productive.” Davis’ peer, Keishon Norton, 17, agrees. “Having a field closer to the school would be cool,” said Norton, “on a half-day we could go out, go play on the field a couple times; play a game or two.” “It’s just giving the kids what they’re looking for in their high school experience,” Pitzner said. But there is no definite answer as to how much access schools like Carver will have to the stadium. “It’s only not guaranteed because we’re not at that point in the process yet,” said Ray Betzner, associate vice president for executive communications. “If it’s available for outside use, for other schools, that’d be a wonderful thing,” Pitzner said. “I think there’s a lot of potential that could really help out the neighborhood and help out the city.” * email@example.com T @HarrisonTBrink
PROFESSOR LEADS TALK ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER
Linda Chavers, an assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage department, will lead a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday. The discussion will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Anderson Hall, located in Room 821. According to the official website of the movement, Black Lives Matter is “a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life.” -Jenny Roberts
FEMINIST AUTHOR VISITS CAMPUS
Author Dacia Maraini will come to Main Campus Wednesday to discuss violence against women and children in a talk titled, “Stolen Love.” In addition to her writing and activism, Maraini is a playwright whose plays have been performed internationally. She also founded La Maddalena, the first all-female theater in Italy, in 1973. “Stolen Love” will start at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Presidential Conference Suite, located at 1810 Liacouras Walk. -Paula Davis
‘THE AUDACITY OF HOOP:’ PRESIDENCY AND BASKETBALL
On Thursday, best-selling author Alexander Wolff will discuss his book, “The Audacity of Hoop.” In his book, Wolff explores Barack Obama as a person and as president though the game of basketball. “The Audacity of Hoop” includes more than 125 images that explore how Obama used basketball to introduce himself to voters and to lead both of his successful presidential campaigns. Wolff’s discussion will be at 3:30 p.m. in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall. -Jenny Roberts
SCREENING ‘LA HAINE’
The Intellectual Heritage Program will sponsor a screening of the film “La Haine,” translated as “Hate” in English, on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Anderson Hall, which is located in Room 821. The film explores France’s history of intolerance toward outsiders by following the stories of three young men: Vinz, who is Jewish; Hubert, who is Black; and Said, who is from northern Africa. Eventually, the three men find themselves in the midst of a riot. “La Haine” explores what French life was like for these three “outsiders.” -Jenny Roberts
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Scott Pitzner, athletic director of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, is optimistic about Temple’s proposed stadium.
Voice of the People | JULIA KAILIAN
JUNIOR | HISTORY
“Yes, because I want to help the environment in any way I can.”
VISITING SCHOLAR | COMPUTER SCIENCE
“I think it’s good. The new buildings like [the SERC] have a lot of modern beauty.”
“Would you be interested in more sustainability at Temple?” ISA STATEN
JUNIOR | FINANCE
“It really doesn’t affect me since I’m going to leave so soon.”
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Fencing compete twice over weekend MEN’S BASKETBALL OWLS COMPETE AT PHILADELPHIA INVITE
The fencing team finished 2-1 at its final dual-meet of the season, Sunday’s Philadelphia Invitational. The Owls picked up a 15-12 victory against Cornell University and a 20-7 win against Fairleigh Dickinson University. Temple, ranked No. 10 in the CollegeFencing360.com rankings, lost 14-13 to No. 5 Northwestern University at Sunday’s meet. The sabre squad went a combined 17-1 against Fairleigh Dickinson and Cornell but lost to Northwestern 5-4. Temple’s epees went 14-13 in the tournament, and the Owls’ foil unit went 13-14 on Sunday. Sophomore foil Safa Ibrahim went 6-1 at the tournament, including a 3-0 mark against the Wildcats. -Owen McCue
FORWARD HONORED BY THE AMERICAN
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The fencing team competed at the Temple Invitational on Saturday at McGonigle Hall.
OWLS HOST TEMPLE INVITATIONAL
Temple went 1-3 at the Temple Invitational on Saturday at McGonigle Hall. The Owls lost to Princeton University, the No. 3 team in the CollegeFencing360.com poll, No. 9 University of Pennsylvania and No. 7 St. John’s University. The team’s lone win came against Brown University.
Sophomore Safa Ibrahim had the best record on the day for the Owls. The epee went 9-3, totaling 3-0 records against Penn and Brown, while going 2-1 against Princeton. Junior foil Miranda Litzinger totaled a 7-2 record on Saturday. Litzinger went 3-0 against Brown and 2-1 against St. John’s and Penn.
Obi Enechionyia was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 26 points in the Owls’ 69-66 win against Houston on Sunday night. In the comeback victory, Enechionyia shot 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range, including a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to tie the game at 64. His six 3-pointers on Sunday were a career high. Last season, Enechionyia netted 12 3-pointers. In the team’s 83-67 loss to Villanova, the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll, Enechionyia scored 15 points in 38 minutes. For the week, Enechionyia shot 15-of-30 from the field and 9-of-14 from 3-point range. -Michael Guise
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against Tulsa. In the team’s previous meeting at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 4, the Owls defeated the Golden Hurricane in overtime after trailing by 12 points in the second half. A victory tonight would improve the team’s record to 8-1 against the Top 6 team in the American Athletic Conference. “They are huge,” senior Jaylen Bond said of the road trip. “These two get a little separation within the league.” In the previous meeting, Tulsa’s three starting guards combined for 60 of the team’s 79 points in the loss while shooting 23-of-49 from the field. “We had trouble shutting down their guards,” EnechionyHOJUN YU TTN
Senior guard Quenton DeCosey looks to pass the ball in the second half of the Owls’ loss against Villanova at Liacouras Center.
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This season DeCosey leads the Owls in scoring at 16 points per game, which ranks third in the American Athletic Conference. He was named conference player of the week on Jan. 11 and has been on The American’s weekly honor roll four times since Jan. 18. Senior forward Jaylen Bond said DeCosey has taken his game to another level this year in pursuit of bringing the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since his freshman season in 2012-13. “Coming into this year, we felt like for us to make our goal of being in the tournament, we both had to play our best basketball,” Bond said. “That’s what we’ve been doing throughout this whole year.” After picking Temple following a high school career at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, DeCosey played in 28 games for the Owls, averaging 1.9 PPG. His role expanded during the next two seasons as he started 65 of Temple’s 68 games during that stretch. DeCosey was third on the team in
scoring at 15.4 PPG in his sophomore season. He finished second on the team in scoring at 12.3 PPG last year. He’s led the team in scoring 12 times this season. “Freshman year I kind of took a backseat,” DeCosey said. “I didn’t see a lot of minutes. I was pretty much learning from the older guys. The next two years I feel like I kind of developed into the player I am now.” “Stepping into the leadership role, leading the team in scoring, being the goto-guy puts more responsibility and pressure on you, but that’s what comes with being the go-to-guy,” he added. “I feel like I was prepared this year.” While he continues to look at videos of Jordan for inspiration in his offensive moves, DeCosey has recently found himself studying clips of Houston Rockets four-time all-star James Harden. He implemented Harden’s moves to get buckets late in two of the Owls’ biggest wins this season year—Tulsa and Connecticut. “Anytime I get an isolation play,” DeCosey said of when he uses Harden’s moves. “Like UConn where I made the crazy shot ... and also against Tulsa, the one play where I had the and-one, just walking the man down, that’s something
I took from James Harden.” DeCosey scored the Owls’ final nine points in the win against UConn, when he scored 23 points. He’s reached 20 points or more in nine games this season, and the Owls are 8-1 in those contests. “It’s big,” Bond said of his teammate’s scoring ability. “He’s the type of guy we can go to just to get a bucket for us. We can isolate him anywhere on the court looking for him to get a basket.” With four regular season games remaining in his college career, DeCosey said it would be a little more special this time around if he can bring his team to the NCAA tournament. “It would mean everything to me,” DeCosey said. “When we made the tournament my freshman year, I didn’t really contribute a lot like I would have wanted to. Me being the guy this year, trying to lead our team back to the NCAA Tournament, to be able to make a run would mean a lot.” * firstname.lastname@example.org T @Owen_McCue
If our guards can stay in front, “even if they get beat once, our
help-side defense can keep them from scoring.
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ia said. “They didn’t play much inside. Most of their scoring came from their guards, either from the perimeter or driving to the bucket. If we can shut them down, we can go on runs and that can make a difference in point differential.” Enechionyia said the Owls need to improve their defense of Tulsa’s guards. Junior Pat Birt and seniors Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard all average more than 12 PPG. “Our help-side defense wasn’t as good as it should have been,” Enechionyia said. “If our guards can stay in front, even if they get beat once, our help side defense can keep them from scoring.” A win Tuesday would improve the Owls’ conference record to 12-3 with three games remaining. Last season, Temple went 13-5 in conference. The Owls, who are in first place in the conference, have won six of their last seven games, including their last six conference games. The Owls lone loss in that stretch came last Wednesday against No. 1 Villanova. “Everyone is locked in,” Enechionyia said. “We all know how good of a team we can be and what we need to do to help our chances of getting in the tournament. That’s our main goal.” * email@example.com
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
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Senior midfielder Megan Tiernan drives during the second half of the team’s 13-2 win against La Salle at Geasey Field last Wednesday.
Owls relying on defensive effort at beginning of season The team has allowed 14 goals in three games. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News After losing the ball on offense in the second half of last Wednesday’s win against La Salle, the Owls’ attackers pressured the Explorers’ junior defender Danielle Strang with a double-team in the corner to force a turnover. Senior attacker Brenda McDermott picked up the ground ball and made a pass
to Morgan Glassford, helping the junior midfielder score her second goal of the game. “I think we work a lot on getting the ball back in transition and that’s defense all together,” Glassford said. “We have to pressure the defenders as attackers and just pushing them back to their defensive end so we can eventually get the ball back. It’s very important for attackers to defend.” Defensive play has been a point of emphasis in the Owls’ opening games of the season. Temple has allowed 14 total goals in three games and six goals in the team’s two wins. Temple forced eight turnovers in Sunday’s 17-4 win against the University of Cali-
I am a firm believer that defense is the key to playing good offense. Bonnie Rosen | coach
fornia, Davis. After building a 7-1 lead, the Owls allowed two goals in 40 seconds. coach Bonnie Rosen called timeout with four minutes, two seconds left in the half with her team in the attacking zone. Senior attacker Rachel Schwaab scored 1:45 later to start a 5-0 run for the Owls. “We had a few moments that we allowed them to start to make a run back and we
stopped it before they got more than two goals back on us,” Rosen said. “And really the game of lacrosse is a game of swings and four-goal swings happen easily, so to stop it before a four-goal swing is really a key, and that happened.” The Owls limited LaSalle, which averaged 26.8 shots per game last season, to six shots in their 13-2 win. A combination of team defense and individual mark-ups
limited Louisville— which had the No. 22 offense in Division I last season—scoring 12.56 goals per game to eight goals in the Owls’ seasonopening loss last week. At the time, Louisville was No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. After three games, the Owls have a plus-21 goal differential. Rosen believes good defense and scoring go handin-hand. “I’m a firm believer that defense is the key to playing a good offense,” Rosen said. “And I love the fact that our players came out ready to hustle and work the transition play so that we could cause
turnovers and see if we could create some easy opportunities.” McDermott, who scored a hat trick against UC Davis, appreciates the offensive opportunities the defense has been creating. “They definitely anchor the whole team and their ability to get caused turnovers and getting the ball back for us is just definitely amazing,” McDermott said. “They’re playing really great.” * firstname.lastname@example.org T @Evan_Easterling
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CHAMPIONSHIPS and ran in her first race of the indoor season on Feb. 12-13. Fernandez will compete in the 3,000 and the distance medley relay at championships. Despite running just one race this season, Fernandez ranks seventh in the conference in the 3,000. Even though Forde sees a lack of depth as a problem with the team, he said there are several Owls who have the potential to score at conferences. To score, the individual must place in the top eight of their event. Four Owls are ranked in the Top 8 of their event in The American standings, including freshman sprinter and hurdler Sylvia Wilson, who is ranked fourth in the 60 hurdles. Both relay teams, the 400 relay and the distance medley relay, are also in the top eight. “I’m very excited,” junior sprinter Kenya Gaston said. “I’m looking forward to see what everyone is going to do at conferences.” Gaston will run the 400, the 400 relay and the 400-meter leg in the distance medley relay. She ranks 11th in the 400 in The American, and she set her season-high in the event during the team’s final regular season meet on Feb. 12-13. “After the last meet, a lot of the team had [personal records] in their respective events, so I feel like that’s also kind of a boost of confidence
that we needed,” sophomore distance runner Katie Pinson said. “I feel like we’ve crossed a mental block so now going into this, we are confident and ready.” Pinson will compete in the mile, the 3,000 and the distance medley relay. The relay team just broke the school record at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and hopes to improve even more at conferences. Connecticut won The American team championship meet last year and finished second behind Southern Methodist in 2014. The Owls have set their sights a little lower for themselves. “The [American] is very loaded in terms of events,” Forde said. “The team we probably have to go for is a team like a Cincinnati or Houston. Those are, in my mind, probably a couple of the programs we have to set as the bar for us to chase after.” Last year, Houston finished 23 points ahead of the Owls and tied for seventh place with Tulsa. Despite what any statistic says, Forde is confident in his team and knows anything can happen when it comes to a big race like this. The atmosphere is different and the “best” runner in the heat becomes somewhat irrelevant, he added. “It’s a different kind of meet,” Pinson said. “It’s definitely more competitive, there’s a little bit more on the line, and it’s the same schools every time, so I know how hard it is going to be.”
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Junior Simone Brownlee jumps over a hurdle during a recent practice in the Student Pavilion.
Members of the team are aware of the improvement they are making, but hope to make sure Temple knows about their progress over the past years. “Even though we aren’t considered a powerhouse sport, we work
just as hard as any powerhouse sport team out there,” junior sprinter and jumper Jimmia McCluskey said. “It’s like we want to show that the Temple track & field team is not just a team that they put out there, a team that they kept. They cut our boys team,
but we stayed. We gotta show the reason track & field should still be here at this school.” * email@example.com
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Williams returns to team in new role Former guard Tyonna Williams is a graduate manager this season. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News
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Sophomore guard Khadijah Berger drives the ball in the Owls’ 78-48 win against Houston at McGonigle Hall.
Owls look to correct shooting woes The team is on a two-game losing streak after falling to Memphis in five overtimes on Thursday. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News With three games remaining in the regular season, Temple is trying to solve its recent shooting trouble before its postseason fate is decided. In the last two games—losses to Memphis and undefeated Connecticut—two of Temple’s Top 3 scorers— sophomore guards Alliya Butts and Tanaya Atkinson— have shot less than 31 percent from the field. As a result, the Owls are on their first two-game skid since losing at UConn on Jan. 16 and to the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 21. “We’re mentally hurting, so we have to get back on track and focus our next game against Tulane,” junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald said. “We just have to handle business in the [American Athletic Conference] tournament, hoping we get to the championship, so we can have a chance to make it to the NCAA Tournament.” After a 100-97 five-overtime loss to Memphis on Thursday, the Owls are No. 68 in the Rating Percentage Index, which is third best in the conference. This season, Temple ranks sixth in field goal percentage in The American, fifth in 3-point percentage and ninth in free throw percentage. In a Feb. 14 loss to UConn, which snapped a sixgame winning streak, the Owls shot 23-for-74 from the floor. In the loss to Memphis last Thursday, Temple finished 5-of-26 from behind the arc, or 19.2 percent. It was
the team’s lowest 3-point shooting performance since the Owls went 2-of-16 from 3-point range in a 55-35 victory against Southern Methodist on Feb. 3. “After most of our losses, they go back and think about all the things they could have done differently,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We talked about that at the beginning of the season, we don’t want to look back at games if we had done this, if we had done that.” Temple is one win away from matching its total conference win from last season, and the Owls are three wins away from back-to-back 20-win seasons. One of Temple’s final three games is a Feb. 27 matchup with South Florida, the No. 21 team in the AP Top 25 poll. “We don't want the opportunity of making the tournament slip away,” sophomore guard Khadijah Berger said. “We’ve been trying to focus on things we need to do and make sure we accomplish our goals for the end of the season.” Since The American formed two seasons ago, only four teams from the conference have received bids to the NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament. In the 2015 tournament, five conference had five or more teams receive bids. “Besides UConn, we have a couple of teams that are good and deserve in the NCAA Tournament to show what our conference is actually about,” Fitzgerald said. “We are just going to focus on us and try to win games and represent our conference and ourselves.” Fitzgerald said a winning streak to conclude the regular season could move the Owls back into a favorable position to make a postseason push into the NCAA Tournament. “We have a chance to make it as long as we buckle down from here on out,” Fitzgerald said. “That consists of winning games.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
As Temple pulled out a 68-66 victory against nationally ranked South Florida on Feb. 6, Tyonna Williams watched from the bench at the Liacouras Center, suppressing her urge to jump in the game. As a senior captain last season, Williams scored 399 points, finishing her career with 1,075 points. This season, Williams is taking a different leadership role as a graduate manager for the Owls. “Sometimes I catch myself watching them run up and down the court and I think, ‘Dang, I wish I was out there with them,’” Williams said. “When we won the game, the first thought I had was, ‘Wow, it felt like the North Carolina State University game.’” In the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament last season, Williams scored 12 points and recorded six assists to help Temple defeat NC State 8079 in overtime in McGonigle Hall on March 26. The Owls’ season and Williams’ career came to a close six days later, with a 66-58 overtime loss to West Virginia University in the WNIT semifinal. After playing four seasons as an Owl, Williams wanted to stay with the team and be mentored by coach Tonya Cardoza. “If anything, I got hungrier in college to become a coach,” Williams said. “Playing here at Temple with a lot of young squads my junior and senior year, it taught me a lot about patience and learning how to teach.” Williams did not apply to coach another team because she wanted to stay with Temple. If Temple denied Williams the graduate manager position, she said she would have entered the criminal justice field.
In July, Williams received a phone call from Cardoza about the opportunity. “Coach called me and said, ‘The spot is there if you want it,’” Williams said. “I answered ‘yes’ right there, but she told me to take some time and think about it overnight.” The next day, Williams met Cardoza in her office and accepted the job. Less than a year out of college basketball, Williams is transitioning from being a senior captain to an authoritative figure on-and-off the court. After Williams is done getting lunch for the coaches before the start of practice, she starts drills and acts as a mediator between the coaching staff and players. “I still look at her as a teammate,” said senior guard Erica Covile. “As an assistant, I can’t even take her serious like that.” Covile, the lone senior this season, played three years alongside Williams. When Williams accepted the job, she texted Covile, junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald, sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson and junior center Safiya Martin. “It’s basically the same, just she is not in a jersey,” Martin said of Williams’ relationship with players. “When we are in huddles, she will be the person to help you snap out of it.” While Williams’ former teammates prepare for practices inside their locker room at the basketball facility on the third floor of Pearson Hall, Williams sits in her office—which she shares with video coordinator James Spinelli—and watches film. With hopes of becoming a college coach one day, Williams is focused on learning as much as she can her first year. “Even at times coach has to say, ‘Stop playing so much,’ ‘cause I joke so much with everybody,” Williams said. “I just want to learn as much as I can from this process because I know it is not easy to be a college coach.” * email@example.com
Gymnastics team finding rhythm late in season The team has four meets before the conference championship meet. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News The gymnastics team’s competition on Friday, Feb. 12 had a different feel to it. Around 6:30 p.m. the team was set to begin its quad meet at the Navy Pier Convention Center in downtown Chicago, the host of the 2016 IGI Chicago Style competition. Inside the center is a 170,000-square-foot competition arena, surrounded by 50 acres of parks, promenades, shops, entertainment and restaurants. With the six-gym center being almost 70 miles from Northern Illinois University’s campus, coach Umme Salim-Beasley said she felt the meet was a neutral setting for all teams involved. “There wasn’t really a home team,” Salim-Beasley said. “It wasn’t technically hosted by any university, so it was kind of like a tournament. It was a fun format, I guess you could say, not the typical crowd. It was kind of a level playing field for all four teams involved.” Along with the bigger atmosphere, gym size and different equipment, the Owls had to acclimate to
the larger venue. Since no university was hosting the tournament, more members of the general public came out to watch the competition. “It was just a whole different crowd,” senior Danielle Vahala said. “We normally don’t have that many [people] that come to meets.” At the meet, Temple set its season high with a score of 192.325, its highest team score since Feb. 7, 2015 when the Owls posted a score 192.15 against the University of Pennsylva-
The team also posted a seasonhigh score in vault with a 48.225, with freshman Aya Mahgoub posting a 9.725 and junior Briana Odom posting a 9.7. Odom also earned a career high on floor with a 9.85. Prior to the event in Chicago, the Owls hosted their first home meet this season at McGonigle Hall, the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational on Feb. 6. Those invited included Ursinus College, the College of William & Mary, West Chester University and
Southern Connecticut State University. Salim-Beasley said the meet was a positive learning experience for the team after being on the road for the first five competitions of the season. “Something we took from that meet was to focus our energy levels,” Salim-Beasley said. “When you start on vault and floor those are events where you want the energy to be really, really high because you need a lot of power. We just needed to be able to calm down the energy, and we
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Freshman all-around Aya Mahgoub practices on the uneven parallel bars at a recent practice in Pearson Hall.
weren’t able to do that.” Senior Michaela Lapent earned a 9.325 in vault and a 9.4 in floor at the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational. Lapent said there were little mistakes here and there, but the team still held its own during the competition. “I definitely think it’s moments like that, where we have little hiccups and things happen that we can rely on each other to push us through,” Lapent said. “We really wanted to put on a good performance for our home crowd, and I think we did that.” As a team at the invitational, the Owls finished second overall with a score of 191.175, just behind the overall champion, William & Mary, which earned a 191.375. With four more meets before the March 19 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, the Owls look to improve their performance, as the team is 1-2 in head-to-head meets and has not won any of its four dual meets. “Really we’ve just been practicing run-throughs and pressure sets to give ourselves those nerves to be able to do better,” Lapent said. “As the season winds down our goal is to ultimately win ECAC’s. We try to focus more on the ups. We know our team and we know how we hit in practice, and we just hope to do the same thing at the competitions.” * firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS A NEW VIEW
After graduating in 2015, Tyonna Williams returned to the Owls as a graduate manager coach Tonya Cardoza. PAGE 18
NEARING THE STRETCH
FENCING HITS THE STRIP
The gymnastics team has four competitions before the start of conference championships. PAGE 18
The fencing team competed twice this weekend, Obi Enechionyia is honored by the conference, other news and notes. PAGE 17
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
After last year’s snub, Owls avoiding the ‘hurt’ After a lackluster road trip resulting in a tournament snub last year, the Owls are in a similar situation. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor
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Quenton DeCosey handles the ball in the first half of the Owls’ 83-67 loss to Villanova last Wednesday at the Liacouras Center.
In the ‘mecca for pickup runs,’ DeCosey hones go-to mentality Senior guard Quenton DeCosey leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game this season. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor
uring the summer before his senior season, Quenton DeCosey immersed himself in the sport he fell in love with at five years old after watching Michael Jordan in “Space Jam.” With the departure of leading scorer Will Cummings, DeCosey knew he would need to shoulder the load offensively for the Owls in 2015-16. Instead of going home to Union, New Jersey for half the summer, the senior guard stayed on campus where he took classes in the mornings then conditioned and worked out at the Owls’ practice facility in Pearson Hall. After he was finished, DeCosey and his teammates played pickup on the third floor of Pearson against local players who had returned home from college for the summer. “Just basketball all day after you finished your school work,” DeCosey said. The games, which recreated high school
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Quenton DeCosey (right), receives a pass in the second half of the team’s loss to Villanova.
matchups and pinned former teammates against each other, included former Owls like Cummings, Ramone Moore and Scootie Randall and other talents like ex-Oregon University and Providence College player Brandon Austin and University of Massachusetts alum Maxie Esho. “This was like the mecca for pickup runs in
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the summer,” DeCosey said. “It’s always going to be competitive when you have a lot of talented guys in the gym,” he added. “Everybody’s going to compete hard, and I think that’s what got our team better.”
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Obi Enechionyia and his teammates have not forgotten about the Owls’ twogame road trip last season. In a span of four days in late February 2015, the Owls lost to Southern Methodist, then-No. 21 in the AP Top 25 poll, and Tulsa in their final multi-game road trip of the season. “If we would have won one of those games, we would have made the tournament,” the sophomore forward said. “We had that on our minds and knowing that, we are playing on a different level than we did last year. That hurt last year.” On Sunday night, the Owls kicked off their last regular season road trip with a comeback victory against Houston. After trailing by 10 points with 11:05 in the second half, the Owls rallied with the help of senior guard Devin Coleman, who scored eight of the team’s final 14 points. “I don’t think there is a time where we don’t feel comfortable on the court,” Enechionyia said. “We know we always have a chance to come back and win it.” The Owls were also aided by Enechionyia, who scored a career-high 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. “My shot was going down,” Enechionyia said. “I felt pretty good. At the start of the game, I hit my first shot and after that, my confidence was high.” In the team’s first 17 games of the season, Enechionyia scored double-figure points six times. The sophomore has scored 10 or more points seven times in the team’s last eight games while averaging 15.4 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range. “He’s so important to what we do,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “He’s changed in his mindset. I think he has been really focused over the last three weeks.” Tonight, Enechionyia and the Owls will complete their road trip with a game
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Prepping for championships The Owls finished last at the 2015 conference championships. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News The Owls are hoping to send a message to the university with their performances at the American Conference Championships. “We the T,” junior hurdler Simone Brownlee said. “We’re showing that we’re just as awesome as all the rest of the sports.” Last season at the conference championships, the Owls finished last of 11 teams in the conference championships.
This year, Temple is sending 14 of its 29 athletes to the conference meet in Birmingham, Alabama, on Feb. 28-29, compared to last season when coach Elvis Forde sent the whole squad. “Based on what we’ve been doing and what we’ve been running so far this season, I’m very optimistic,” Forde said. “The key for us is I want us to see how many points we can score as compared to last year. That’s critical for us.” Last year, Temple scored 26 points. Graduate-student distance runner Blanca Fernandez scored 20 points with two first-place finishes in the mile and the 3,000-meter. This season, the Owls will not be able to rely on Fernandez as much since she is recovering from an overuse injury involving her IT band
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Junior sprinter Kenya Gaston runs the 400-meter in a recent practice at the Student Pavilion.