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Four teams enter TSG race this year The debate between all parties will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Student Center. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Four tickets are running for the March 29-30 Temple Student Government election. Believe in TU, Empower TU, Owl Opportunity and Take TU are presenting their platforms in the debate today at 6 p.m. in Room 217 AB in the Student Center. John P. Jasionowicz is running for student body present for Believe in TU. The platform emphasizes improving veterans affairs, as Jasionowicz is part of Temple’s ROTC program. The platform also includes promoting inclusion, sustainability and improving alumni relations. Current Director of Government Affairs Aron Cowen is spearheading Empower TU. Cowen and his team are seeking to build com-


Marvella McDaniel’s son, Eric, was 21 years old when he was killed. McDaniel worked at Temple for more than 20 years and Eric attended as an architectural engineering major.

With support, healing The Compassionate Friends helps loved ones grieve loss by sharing their stories and building relationships.


By PAIGE GROSS The Temple News

t took a long time for Marvella McDaniel to bury her son. She had everything in order, but couldn’t take the last step—she couldn’t order his tombstone. “I felt as though I was able to get everything in place and in order, but my mind was messed up,” she said. “That was the last and final step with him. I wasn’t ready.” In 1996, Eric, 21, was a junior at Temple studying architectural engineering. He had just moved to South Philly with his longtime girlfriend, who was expecting their first child, when he interjected in a fight between his father and a former employee of the family’s business. He was stabbed once in the heart with an ice pick and died minutes after.

McDaniel, a 22-year Temple employee, attended her first meeting of The Compassionate Friends at Temple University Hospital 20 years ago, closed up and hurt. She left the meeting that day—sharing only her name and Eric’s story—and ordered his tombstone. Temple’s chapter has met in a basement classroom of the hospital for 27 years and helps loved ones grieve the loss of a child. Since then, family members have come the first Thursday of every month for support. For newcomers, the group provides a setting where others who have experienced a similar tragedy can share feelings. Recurring members offer support, help with arrangements for their loved ones and talk about new and old experiences. “As many guests as we have

The men’s basketball team will play Iowa in Brooklyn this Friday as a No. 10 seed. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor Thinking about his team’s postseason fate, Quenton DeCosey could not sleep on Saturday night. After agonizing through the night, the senior guard woke up at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, ready to hear his team called on CBS’ Selection Show later that day. For the first time since his freshman year, DeCosey and the Owls heard their name on Selection Sunday, when the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament are announced. The Owls were selected as the No. 10 seed in the South Region and will travel to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday to face the University of Iowa, the No. 7 seed. “There were a lot of nerves, but once we heard our named called, it’s like the monkey came off our back,” junior guard Josh Brown


Marvella McDaniel | The Compassionate Friends group leader

Compliance advisor to centralize resources, staff

By EMILY ROLEN Editor-in-Chief Former associate university counsel member Valerie Harrison began her new role as senior advisor to the president for compliance yesterday. This new role is a step toward a more centralized approach in handling sexual misconduct at the university, she said. The office will include Sandra Foehl—the current Title IX coordinator for the university—a Title IX coordi-


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Read more about each of the four tickets on page 3.


“You can be happy, you can laugh and dance. Your child would not want you to feel like this.”

Valerie Harrison was named senior advisor to the president for compliance yesterday.

munity relations and expand inclusivity on campus. Empower TU plans to reform TSG’s structure to be a unicameral representative parliament, which will consist of 40 elected representatives and a speaker. Owl Opportunity, led by current Director of Student Affairs Michael Horwath, is running on strengthening the student voice by creating a student senate to represent the student body to the Board of Trustees. The platform will send student representatives to Harrisburg to advocate on behalf of the university. Owl Opportunity also seeks to promote the nationwide Define Your Line program, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol abuse and decrease the likelihood of sexual harassment and assault. Tina Ngo, junior political science and

said. “It’s a great feeling.” After missing the tournament last year following a 23-win season and the 34th best Rating Percentage Index in Division I headed into the National Invitation Tournament, the Owls return to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in school history and the seventh time under coach Fran Dunphy. “Especially after last year, not knowing if we would have the same feeling again, it was pretty nerve wracking,” sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia said. “To have our named called felt pretty good.” The Hawkeyes (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten Conference) tied for third in the Big 10 with the University of Maryland, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin in regular season play and are appearing in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. Iowa, the No. 25 team in the AP Top 25 Poll, is led by senior forward Jarrod Uthoff’s 18.9 points per game, second highest in the Big 10. Uthoff, a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection, scored 20 or more points 15 or more times. He’s scored in single digits once


nator who has not yet been appointed to solely handle sexual misconduct complaints and concerns. Tiffenia Archie, assistant vice president for the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership will also join the office. Harrison said this office is the first on Main Campus that will connect all resources available to survivors, including Tuttleman Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Campus Safety Services, Dean of Students and the Wellness Resource Center. “I think what we’re trying to do is coordinate the processes and make it easier for students to access,” Harrison said. “We want one point of contact and someone to walk you through the process.”



Josh Brown and the men’s basketball team were selected for the NCAA Tournament.


Expressing global conflict

Alumna creates sketch comedy

“Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghan War Rugs” will be on display in Paley Library Room 309 until April. PAGE 7

Alumna Caitlin Weigel, part of a comedy duo called House of Solitude, is premiering a new piece combining Southern drama and a moon expedition. PAGE 9






UNIVERSITY, BUSINESSES SPLIT ON SODA TAX Mayor Jim Kenney proposed the tax earlier this month. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News On March 3, Mayor Jim Kenney proposed his first budget to City Council, which included a three-cents-per-ounce soda tax, which he said would generate $400 million during the next five years to help fund pre-K programs, open 25 schools and rebuild parks, among other initiatives. Ken Kaiser, the university’s CFO and treasurer, believes the tax will benefit Philadelphia for health and education reasons. “The little kids with this income, they’re going to have universal pre-K,” Kaiser said. “That is a huge thing. I guarantee it ends up saving even more money because these kids will be in school, it’ll get them on the right path for their education and it will pay dividends forever for these kids. It’s proven if you’re in pre-K, you’re going to be on a different path than if you’re not.” According to the Center for Public Education, studies show that children who receive quality pre-K education tend to enter elementary school “more ready to learn than their peers,” and are less likely to become involved in violent crime once they become young adults. Kaiser said he’s sympathetic if it prevents citizens from drinking beverages they enjoy, but he has “no problem taxing sugary drinks as long as the money is going toward

something that is really good.” He added if Kenney’s budget gets passed, it won't have a significant effect on Temple’s meal plan options for students. “The total cost of your meal plan for a year is $1,800 or $1,500 depending on which one you get,” Kaiser said. “The sugary drinks make up less than 1 percent of that.” While Kaiser favors the tax, students on Main Campus told The Temple News they have mixed emotions about Kenney’s plan. Chloe Smith, a junior social work major, believes Kenney can find another way to fund education than tax sugary drinks. “A lot of schools locally aren’t doing that great but I don’t get why he’s considering to do it through soda and why not do it through something else,” Smith said. “As a teacher I think there’s a huge benefit for preK but I think kids at that age need unstructured play time,” added Laura Sensenig, a senior music education major. “I would rather see the money go into education at the lower and high school level.” Lexi Pattinson, a senior media studies and production major said more money should go toward elementary and high school because they need “books and actual supplies” for education. Nicole Higginbotham, a freshman business management major said she appreciates Kenney’s efforts to reduce unhealthy decisions but is worried about the lower-income communities who could be affected by this tax. Along with lower-income residents, small businesses


Soda cases sit inside Gee’s Market, located near Willington Street and Montgomery Avenue.

could also be harmed by Kenney’s proposal. Michael Sanchez, 29, and manager of Pazzo Pazzo—a pizzeria and restaurant at 1614 Cecil B. Moore Ave.—said revenue from the tax is going to a good cause but Kenney has to look at both sides. He added in the long run it may help schools, but it’s going to affect his business: a month ago, Coca-Cola told him to raise his drink prices by 10 cents for every item. “If everything works out on the paper as it should it works,” said Han Park, 52, the manager of Gee’s Market located near Willington Street and Montgomery Avenue. “But we cannot raise the price. Even if we raise [the price] like 5 cents we get a lot of com-

plaints. It’s a losing situation for both.” Park, who has run Gee’s since 1981, said he was hurt by the cigarette tax that was passed in 2014. He added since the tax is citywide and not statewide, consumers will travel elsewhere to purchase soda like cigarettes. He said “people complain about [paying] 99 cents” for drinks, and that the tax would drastically affect his sales. Sanchez agreed, predicting that the tax will not work in the long run. “Of course it’s going to hurt everyone,” he said. “It’s going to be too much and no one is going to pay for it.”


Here is how the projected $400 million raised from Jim Kenney’s soda tax would be distributed. University CFO and treasurer Ken Kaiser said dining plans would not be greatly impacted.

Source: Philly.com DONNA FANELLE TTN

* thomas.ignudo@temple.edu T @Ignudo5

Another meeting planned at rec center The 32nd Democratic Ward invites community members, block captains and homeowners to a meeting at Amos Rrecreation Center. By STEVE BOHNEL GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News The 32nd Democratic Ward will hold a community meeting Wednesday evening to discuss local developments and an update on Temple’s proposed stadium, through the lens of zoning. The ward is a registered community organization, or RCO—covering west of Main Campus from Broad to 33rd streets—and works on zoning in its geographic boundary, which covers parts of North Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion. Members meet quarterly throughout the year. Committee members, block captains, residents and homeowners are invited to Wednesday’s meeting, scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Amos Recreation Center. Developers are working to zone properties at 1608 W. Susquehanna Ave., 1938 N. 19th St. and 2031 Carlisle St. The demolition of 2020 N. Carlisle St. will also be presented. Judith Robinson, leader of the ward, said if developers present their case to Licenses and Inspections and are given a refusal by the department, they must come and present to the location’s ward. “We’re going to try and give clarity to the overall developments in the 32nd ward,” Robinson said. “We’re trying to get people to come out and be clear that the role of the RCO is to vet these development issues.” The 32nd Democratic Ward can oppose the proposal by developers, but it is nonbinary. The RCO reports


Judith Robinson, leader of the 32nd Democratic Ward, consoles a community member during a meeting last week.

their determination of the property back to L&I and the department decides whether they can build on the property. Robinson said Temple could eventually have to come and present the stadium proposal to the organization in the future. Along with other documents, a 2012 task force report convened by former university President Ann Weaver Hart on student concerns and community concerns will be provided to attendees. This report—which is the most recent one available— will be discussed to show past concerns from both community residents and the university.

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“The community has always been very concerned about student behavior, and it’s gotten out of hand with a lot of drinking, vandalism so they’re very much concerned about these issues now,” Robinson said. Yumy Odom, chair of the program committee at the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, said he plans on attending the meeting. He said community members have had concerns about student behavior. He added that like the 32nd ward, his organization is neither for or against the stadium, but wants to hear more about what its impact

would be on the surrounding neighborhood. “The main thing is that Temple needs to reconsider its position in the community,” Odom said. “Are they a part of it, or are they not?” No Temple representative was invited to the meeting. Robinson said this meeting is geared toward homeowners and residents. “Once we as the community come up with some concrete ideas about the actions that we should take, then we would want to meet with Temple representatives,” she said. Another RCO that focuses on development near Main Campus is


the Temple Area Property Association. Peter Crawford, a representative from the group, said he hadn’t heard of Robinson’s meeting, but added he had discussed other projects with her. “It’s not our decision to decide whether or not to support the stadium,” he said about the university’s proposal. “That’s a decision between the community and the university.” Robinson said there will also be presentations by property owners for new developers who were refused by L&I, about what an RCO is and information about the trustees’ resolution for a feasibility study at the meeting. There will also be talks about sustainability projects by Temple and the university’s new library. Voting on the properties will take place via the general consensus of the crowd, Robinson said. If attendees are unsure about the property or have other concerns, they can pass a non-opposition move so the property will pass but the community can still challenge them elsewhere. “We are going to do our best to fill the requirements of a RCO,” Robinson said. “I’ve got 30 years of real estate behind me and I’m a homeowner and I’m going to work very hard to make sure my community is represented properly.” “This question of whether a stadium should be plopped at 16th and Norris [streets] is very much a question of land use,” she added. “Temple should come [to RCO meetings] and bargain in good faith.” * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews






OWL OPPORTUNITY President: Michael horwath vp of services: titus knox vp of external affairs: lady carmela robinson •

Create a student senate—individuals elected from each school who will discuss and vote on current campus issues, and present the information to the Board of Trustees.

Ensure that all general education courses have standardized course loads and require approximately the same amount of time and effort to complete.

Pilot an Open Source Textbook program which will allow professors to provide a variety of course materials to students for free or at a reduced cost.

Expand resources and staff support to deal with sexual misconduct.

Seek to create gender-inclusive housing by working with Housing and Residental Life.

President: JOHN P. JASIONOWICZ vp of services: DEJA LIGHTY vp of external affairs: ALEX WALDRON •

Support the LGBTQIA community by pushing for more genderneutral campus facilities. •

Improve and support veterans affairs through the “Owl Warriors” program. Improve upon “It’s On Us” program and show “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment and assault. •

Expand meal plans to implement meal swipes at vendors who already accept Diamond Dollars. •

Promote and support student organizations through publicizing and networking.

“There’s no wiggle room in [sexual assault] for me. … There should be zero tolerance for it, it shouldn’t be happening. I think the education’s there, but just we need to keep educating people, there’s no stopping the progress that we’ve made. There’s no being lenient with people who may hurt other students for their own means.” —John P. Jasionowicz

“We reach out to all walks of life on campus and there would be a representative from every student org across campus, every college and every small program. We would have those representatives come together to discuss important issues and hot topics so we can gather everybody’s viewpoint and opinion and with that we could present it to the administration to get the full Temple viewpoint.” —Michael Horwath



President: ARON COWEN vp of services: KELLY DAWSON vp of external affairs: JAI SINGLETARY

President: TINA NGO vp of services: ISABELLA M. JAYME vp of external affairs: JARED DOBKIN

Improve accessibility for the disabled on Main Campus.

Create gender-inclusive housing and expand LGBTQIA resources.

Consolidate sexual misconduct resources by providing “streamlined, accessible help” to survivors.

Create a unicameral representative parliament, which will include a 40-person representative body elected annually and a speaker of the parliament, who is voted in by parliament members.

Revamp the Good Neighbor Initiative by modifying orientation to teach students how to be responsible members of the community, “provide incentives for positive interactions,” increase communication between TSG and block captains and hold a monthly community forum to foster a proactive, continuous and constructive dialogue.

Host regularly scheduled workshops to provide education to prevent sexual assault, open to the general public.

Include community members in TSG events, work to improve community relations and expand on programs like Adopt-a-Block.

Advocate for TSG voting rights in the Board of Trustees.

Seek gender-neutral facilities on campus.

Create a sexual assault and dating violence crisis center.

“Having gone through [the counseling] process myself, I understand how troubling it can be … even scheduling an appointment can be a month-long process, so I want to make that process faster so that students that are seeking this type of help will not be discouraged by it.” —Tina Ngo

“Every week at TSG we say excellence, diversity and respect for the community. Diversity isn’t enough. We want to push for inclusivity. We want to break down walls between different groups at Temple.” —Aron Cowen DONNA FANELLE TTN

Trustees to discuss proposed stadium today One trustee said an ultimate decision is far from being made. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor A public Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today at Sullivan Hall, where talks concerning a proposed $126 million on-campus stadium are expected to continue. Another protest outside of Sullivan Hall is also planned, the “Stadium Stompers” announced at a meeting at the Church of the Advocate last Thursday. Representatives said trustees were invited to attend Thursday’s meeting, but none showed up. Several trustees on the Board’s Athletics committee could not be reached for comment last week. Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall, III, a trustee since 1992, said the board is far from making a final decision. “I’m satisfied with the process thus far,” he said. “I think we’re moving deliberately, and I think this is probably going to be looked at closer than maybe any building in our history, or at least when I’ve been on the board.” During the last two meetings, protesters could be heard on the

second floor of Sullivan Hall during public comment from 10 people at last month’s meeting. Marshall said community input is vital in the eventual decision. “I think any issue like this is going to have a lot of different opinions,” he said. “I think it’s healthy and good that we are going to hear all the opinions, and at some point, we’re going to have to balance everything out and make a decision.” One of those opinions will be of City Council President Darrell Clarke of the 5th District, which includes Temple. President Theobald told The Temple News last month he meets regularly with Clarke about the stadium proposal. “As he always says, ‘I’m not for this and not against it. Explain to me how all of this is going to work,’” Theobald said. Jane Roh, Clarke’s spokeswoman, said in an email that Clarke has “made it clear” the concerns of the community must be addressed. She added the process is currently in the hands of the university and nearby neighborhoods. “The residents and businesses who stand to be directly affected by a football stadium deserve a rigorous community engagement process from Temple University, and any final development proposal should reflect and address their most significant


President Theobald and Chairman Patrick O’Connor talk before a Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 8.

concerns,” she said. “Council President Clarke believes it is appropriate for the University to make its case to the community first before requesting any approvals from the City.” Marshall added decisions like this do make being a trustee difficult, but it’s important to listen to all opinions with any decision of this mag-

nitude. “I don’t know if it’s necessarily a sports facility that drives the controversy,” he said. “ I think that anything that happens in or around the campus of this magnitude, [like] a large building or changing programs … all this stuff is a tradeoff, it certainly makes an impact, and like most things that

make an impact, it doesn’t affect everybody the same way.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

Read online tomorrow afternoon for coverage of the meeting.




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Stay engaged Four tickets are running gible voters—any graduate to take the reins of Temple or undergraduate student maStudent Government for next triculated on Main Campus— year in the first multi-party to take these next weeks to contest since 2010. determine which platform is In that right for year, Natathem and Students should be informed make an lie Ramosabout TSG candidates. C a s t i l l o ’s informed BreakThru v o t e . TU ticket trounced two other While turnout has been up in parties to win with 1,345 recent years, Temple’s most votes, about 10 percent of the recent turnout of 17 percent eligible voting students. still leaves 83 percent of votes This year’s four cam- unaccounted for at a universipaigns—Owl Opportunity, ty with thousands of students. Empower TU, Take TU and Last year, The Temple Believe in TU—feature some News moderated a debate bemembers of the current TSG tween RepresenTU and Ryan administration, student orga- Rinaldi’s Future TU. While nization leaders, ROTC stu- the contest had a clear winner, dents and student protesters. we remarked afterward that They’ll spend the next each side somewhat lacked two weeks campaigning for in providing specifics of their student votes before the two- plans. The platforms are noday voting period on March 29 tably different in scope this and 30. The fervor of student year, featuring in some cases election season will of course very specific goals like a sexunot be lost on student media: al assault and dating violence today at 6 p.m., The Temple center, open-source textbooks News and Temple Update will and gender-inclusive housing. moderate a debate among the It is up to students to four platforms. And in this weigh the value of the ideas issue’s news section, there is debated in these campaigns a graphic which briefly high- and ensure that who we elect lights each platform. is most representative of our We encourage the eli- needs.

Regaining respect For the first time in three a chance to earn back the reyears, the men’s basketball spect it deserved last season, team is going dancing. both for itself, and its conferThe last two seasons, the ence. Owls failed to punch their The American Athletic ticket to the NCAA Tourna- Conference, which Temple ment, but joined secured a The men’s basketball team can upon the No. 10conferprove last year’s critics wrong e n c e ’ s seed spot with a strong performance. Sunday inauguevening, ration in and will travel to Brooklyn to 2014, sent four teams to the play No.7-seeded Iowa. big dance. Five conferences It’s the second straight sent more teams than The year Fran Dunphy’s squad has American. waited and watched the SelecWhether it was a lack of tion Sunday telecast on CBS respect or competition in the with baited breath. But the re- conference, Temple has an sults this year were much dif- opportunity to change that. ferent than last season, when A tournament run—even the Owls were snubbed, and a short one—would likely releft wondering if the national quire a win against No. 2 seed basketball landscape declined Villanova, Temple’s Big 5 to recognize the sixth-win- rival, which would go a long ningest basketball program in way in bolstering recruiting the NCAA. efforts in Philadelphia, where “I guess our name Temple has struggled in redoesn’t hold weight in [last cent years. year’s] selection commitTemple and The Ameritee’s eyes,” then-senior guard can were slighted by last Will Cummings said after last year’s committee. A strong year’s tournament teams were performance could make next named. “It’s a big disappoint- year’s Selection Sunday a lot ment.” less stressful. This year, the team has


In the column “Temple belongs in The American,” that ran March 8, it was stated the Board of Trustees approved a design for a proposed stadium at a Feb. 8 special meeting. In fact, the Board of Trustees approved funding for the design. 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.

Femininity and athleticism: throwing away stereotypes


A student struggles to balance her femininity and her athleticism while playing a co-ed sport.

n the field, I wear a long French Braid. It’s practical, really. It keeps the hair out of my eyes. Under my uniform, a sports bra stretches across my chest and spandex fits tight around my hips. In athletic clothes, my womanhood is still obvious. During Spring Break, I was crammed into a house in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for an ultimate frisbee tournament with the men’s and women’s teams. One night, I was talking to someone from the guy’s team— mostly admiring his lime green Crocs—when another teammate who I barely knew tapped my shoulder from a few feet away. He looked at me, the only woman in the immediate area, and said, “Can you please make me a drink, sweetie?” I smiled at him sarcastically and answered “absolutely not” with as much confidence as I could muster. I wondered if he understood how loaded his question was, and whether it crossed his mind how it might’ve made me feel. In the middle of a conversation, I was interrupted and asked to fetch a drink. Because I was a woman, was I somehow less of a teammate, or a friend? More like a waitress? I felt like my actual contributions to the conversation meant little. I felt small. Earlier that day during a game, a guy on my team let off the perfect deep throw— the frisbee must have traveled more than 50 yards, and I was

By Michaela Winberg open. When it came down to it, I just couldn’t run fast enough to catch the throw. My legs gave out too early and the disc fell, resulting in a turnover. Though it could’ve happened to anyone, I blamed the drop on my gender. It seemed like if any of the men on the field had tried to chase down the disc, they could’ve gotten there. I cursed my twiggy legs, disappointed in their lack of strength. That entire day, I juggled my womanhood and my athleticism in my hands. Suddenly, it felt unmanageable to hold both. With such constant exposure to both the men’s and women’s teams that week, it struck me that while I played on a co-ed team, I felt like I had to manage my femininity depending on the setting. On the field, I reeled it in, wearing instead an athletic, aggressive exterior. Back at the house, I amped up my traditionally feminine qualities, painting my lashes with mascara and helping cook dinner. Perhaps athleticism and femininity could not coexist, I thought. Often, I didn’t feel ‘man’ enough to be respected on the field nor ‘woman’ enough to be respected socially. I played very little over

the next two days of the tournament. My confidence was shaken by my own femininity, a characteristic I’m usually so proud of. Now, I want to kick myself for believing it could hinder my performance as an athlete. I can’t say my insecurities are completely resolved. I still struggle with

playing co-ed. Usually the men’s and women’s teams practice and compete separately, and that tends to relieve some of the gendered pressures inherent in co-ed sports. But yesterday I went to practice at the football field on 10th and Diamond streets, and I played really well. My teammates complimented my throws. My French Braid swung between my shoulder blades as I caught a deep

throw much like the one I missed two weeks earlier in North Myrtle Beach. Femininity and athleticism are not mutually exclusive, I realized. I am always a woman. I am always wearing my femininity, no matter the setting. The next time I run

down a frisbee, I’ll be as much a woman as the next time I apply mascara. And if you respect that, I just might make you a drink. * michaela.winberg@temple.edu T @mwinberg_

Reporting as an introvert


A student describes the challenges of being an introvert, especially as a journalist.

rowing up, I was usually the kid who always tried to do “what I was supposed to do.” I went to school to learn, I didn’t play around very much, I didn’t talk to my classmates a whole lot. I always just did my classwork and tried to cause as little trouble as possible—I didn’t want any negative attention brought upon me. For about as long as I can remember going to school, I have endured hearing the same questions over and over again from my peers: “Why are you so quiet?” “Do you ever talk?” “I don’t know,” and “Yeah,” were usually my answers. These questions started to define me as a person. At first, it didn’t bother me too much, but, as I got older, being asked those questions over and over had an effect on me. It made me wonder if I was really that much different from the majority of my peers just because I would rather keep to myself most times. Carl Jung, the man credited for popularizing the concepts of introversion and extraversion in different psychological types—like those from the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—explained that while no one is completely one or the other, everyone tends to be on one side, especially when they are in a group setting. Jung described introverts as having an “inward flowing of personal energy— a withdrawal concentrating on subjective factors.” Basically, it’s someone who prefers time alone in order to think and reflect on a more personal level rather than on a broader, larger level. Often, people misinterpreted what being an introvert really entails. They think all introverts are shy, socially awkward or fearful of human contact. That is not entirely true. While some extreme cases of intro-

By Jensen Toussaint version can be relative to shyness, social phobia and autism, it is not an absolute given. Some people’s introverted attitudes have less to do with how they interact with the outside world and more

I was judged just “ for being myself, and I

can’t, and might never, understand that.

about their tendencies to focus on their inner world. Stephen A. Diamond, a psychologist, wrote in Psychology Today: “The introverted type finds most of his or her meaning and satisfaction not in the outer world of people, objects, things, accomplishments, but rather in the interior life, the inner world.” Those misconceptions led to some of the struggles I endured in school. Because I stayed to myself, I was a target for bullying and teasing. It was difficult to make friends and I started to feel even more isolated from my peers than I already was. I would hear whispers. “He never talks to anybody.” “He must think he’s better than everybody else.” I was judged just for being myself, and I can’t, and might never, understand that. When I graduated middle school and got ready for high school, I made it a goal not to be so introverted anymore. I

wanted to be outgoing and lively, just like everyone else. My freshman year, I came to realize something big. Being introverted isn’t really a choice, but a trait. While it is likely no one is born as an introvert or extrovert, life experiences can help alter or determine which side of the spectrum a person tends or prefers to fall into. Knowing this, my decision to study journalism was a far from an easy one. Journalists, by nature, love and are very comfortable interacting with people. They’re outspoken and outgoing individuals by nature and by practice—traits that aren’t usually used to describe me. People who have known me for years question why I would choose this as my major. When I chose it while applying to Temple last spring, I had my doubts and concerns as well. I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would be going out and talking to random people. Almost a year in, I’ve realized the practice isn’t as intimidating as long as I don’t make it so. I do like talking to people and listening to their views about certain topics, it just doesn’t come naturally to me the way it might for others. My choice to study journalism is a way to challenge my love of writing with my tendencies to stray away from people. My introverted personality shouldn’t be a hindrance to me as I continue to progress through my journalism courses and definitely shouldn’t be a hindrance afterward. Journalism has helped me quite a bit. It’s forced me to go out and talk when I otherwise wouldn’t have. The more I do it, the more comfortable I become. I probably won’t ever completely leave my introverted personality behind, but I am working on it one article at a time. * jensen.toussaint@temple.edu



column | policing


column | mental health

Recording police is a right Social media: new A new ruling could make filming police a thing of the past.


ast month, the federal district court in Philadelphia announced a controversial ruling saying citizens do not necessarily have the right to record video. Unless a videographer verbally announces recording either as an act of protest or to challenge to officers’ actions, police can stop them, philly. com reported. In the last few years, critiquing and questioning actions of police officers have become commonplace in American society. Cities across the country have already seen similar cases as smartphones have made video recording more accessible. Recording police officers—or anyone, for that matter—on a public street is a right that should be protected by the First Amendment. PAIGE GROSS According to the American Civil OPINION EDITOR Liberties Union, anyone has a right to photograph or record video of anything in plain view when in a public space, which includes police doing their jobs or citizens getting arrested. Police can tell you to stop recording or taking photos if you are truly interfering with law enforcement actions. They do not, though, have the right to confiscate or demand to see your photos or video without a warrant and cannot, under any circumstances, destroy your footage. Backlash has rightly followed the ruling, with the majority of voices saying it infringes on individuals’ rights. “While we instinctively understand the citizens’ argument, particularly with rapidly developing instant image sharing technology, we find no basis to craft a new First Amendment right based solely on ‘observing and recording’ without expressive conduct,” U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney wrote in his opinion. This ruling is a major hindrance, not only to reporters—for which the gathering of information usually applies—but also to regular citizens. We’ve seen how recordings of police have brought to light the actual events surrounding the deaths of Freddie Gray from Baltimore and Walter Scott from Charleston, South Carolina, among others. The ACLU has already gathered a group of lawyers to challenge the ruling. One of the cases Kearney heard for the decision was of senior actuarial science major Rick Fields, who filed a complaint stating he was wrongfully arrested and detained for photographing police breaking up a party on 18th Street near Mifflin in South Philly in

September 2013. The Temple News reported last month that Fields will work with the ACLU to appeal the case. Christopher Harper, a professor in the journalism department who teaches courses on media law, said last month’s ruling was an uncharacteristic one, and when compared with previous cases, he said it shouldn’t hold up. “It’s a First Amendment and Fourth Amendment right,” Harper said. “The judge has lopped off the first part of it.” A violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure and requirement of probable cause to arrest a citizen, is often cited during a

If the decision stands, it’s likely altercations with police and distrust of the force will increase, as accountability goes out the window.

wrongful arrest suit. Glik v. Cunniffe, which in 2011 determined Simon Glik’s constitutional rights, had indeed been violated for being arrested while filming police, set the stage for further cases of recording police. Later that year, then-Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a statement to all officers saying they should “reasonably anticipate and expect to be photographed, videotaped and/or audibly recorded by members of the general public.” If the decision stands, it’s likely altercations with police and distrust of the force will increase, as accountability goes out the window. “It will be a big step back,” Harper said. Without checks and balances in our public sphere, citizens’ rights can too easily be infringed upon. Unfortunately, filming police has become a staple in protecting the rights of those under arrest and an asset to those defending them. As public servants, police and any other public figures should welcome documentation to expose their good work—only those who are misbehaving should be afraid of what it may show. * paige.gross1@temple.edu


stressor for students College students need a simpler way to talk about managing stress and mental health.


f college life was like its depiction in movies or TV shows, my first two semesters at Temple would have involved daily parties in surprisingly well-kept frat houses, classmates with perfect skin and little-to-no stress about schoolwork. The reality of college life is far from what the movies portray. For some students, even the realistic expectations of college are difficult to GRACE SHALLOW LEAD COLUMNIST meet, according to the results of an annual survey designed to measure the “norms” of American college freshmen experiences.

forms provide a forum for unhealthy comparison amongst peers and friends. “I think on one side of things [social media is] really helpful in keeping people connected with their old support systems … while also helping them make new ones,” she said. “I also think of it as viewing other people’s highlight reels. Most of the things that go on [social media] are the best things that people are experiencing.” Hantula thinks social media users comparing themselves to others is just a continuation of an old human tradition. “We can compare without social media, for god’s sake. We are constantly comparing ourselves to one another,” he said. “Almost any sentient being is looking at other members of their species and making comparisons. Social media is just another way to do that.” I think the wide accessibility of social mediums makes the negative effects more damaging, and can’t truly tell of the stress and doubt a college freshman feels in their first

Snapchat isn’t used to capture the “ feelings of lonliness ... No one tweets about how overwhelming homesickness can be.” The 2014 American Freshman Survey conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the University of California, Los Angeles reported the lowest level of self-rated emotional health among students since the survey was first administered. Dr. Donald A. Hantula, an associate professor in the department of psychology, told me about factors that cause stress for college freshmen. “It depends on a student’s situation. For some students, it’s the first time they’ve lived away from home where others are still living at home,” Hantula said. “Depending on the preparation [students] had from high school, the workload can either be absolutely fine to completely overwhelming … you have to manage your own time unlike high school.” All of these factors can put stress on students, making the transition harder and causing a lower level of emotional health. Students’ connection through social media can amplify negative feelings. “It is not the social medium itself that is to blame for depression but the feelings that it might trigger, particularly Facebook envy ... Our findings point to the important factor of how communication platforms and individual dispositions intersect,” researchers at the University of Missouri wrote in the journal Computers on Human Behaviors in February 2015. “Facebook envy … describes the envy felt after spending time consuming others’ personal information on Facebook.” Samantha Rogers is a junior psychology major and president of Active Minds, a club dedicated to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. She agreed Facebook and other social media plat-

few weeks of independence. Snapchat isn’t used to capture the feelings of loneliness one may feel before finding a good group of friends. No one tweets about how overwhelming homesickness can be. By watching the “highlight reels” of their friends’ lives at college, struggling students may think they are completely alone, making it difficult for some to reach out. Temple has resources for students struggling with mental health, like Tuttleman Counseling Services, which has individual and group counseling. The Self-Help Center is run by senior psychology students and allows students to treat their own symptoms. The Wellness Resource Center also offers immediate attention to students. At my freshman orientation, I vaguely remember mention of these services. They wanted us to know options were available to us if we asked for it, however, that is all the talk consisted of. With a growing number of stress factors for young adults, I think freshmen at Temple and all other universities would benefit from normalizing conversations about mental health. A discussion emphasizing mental health as a condition many people struggle with doesn’t make those affected a “time bomb,” “over-sensitive,” or a “crybaby.” These conversations could make students more open to looking for help and more understanding of those with mental health conditions. As Temple freshmen and students at many universities continue to pack on layers of stress, making the conversation about mental health more accessible and common would be a step in the right direction. * grace.shallow@temple.edu

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? Visit temple-news.com/polls to take our online poll, or send your comments to letters@temple-news.com. March 15, 2011: The Temple News reported on a group of students from the Ambler campus which received for the second year, the Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America for having an exhibit based on educational merit. This year, eight students from a junior design studio class on Main Campus created an exhibit of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, which won the National Park Director’s Award.


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The trial for football players Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick was pushed back to Aug. 22 in a scheduled court appearance yesterday. Both players were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in a Jan. 18, 2015 barroom altercation at Club 1800 in Northern Liberties. James Funt, representing Dawkins, told common pleas Judge Charles A. Ehrlich the other defense attorney—Glenn Gilman, who represents Reddick—was unavailable yesterday. Funt later told The Temple News it was for personal reasons. “[Scheduling for] a lot of trials is like herding cats,” Funt said, but added the fivemonth delay should not have an effect on the trial. Cameron Kline, spokesman and communications director for the Office of the District Attorney, said scheduling depends on availability of the judge and the defense and district attorneys. “Each case is individual,” Kline said. “And as anxious as we are to get these done, some cases are faster than others.” Earlier this month, Gilman said selfdefense will be a “major issue” with helping Dawkins’ and Reddick’s case. Funt said the two football players were “peacemakers” in the altercation. Both lawyers have also told The Temple News that eyewitness credibility was another important argument in the case. “The challenge is overcoming the bias that people have about football players,” Funt said, adding people often get the impression football players are “naturally violent.” “We have character witnesses that will prove these men are honest, law abiding citizens,” he said. Funt said his goal is to get Dawkins and Reddick exonerated of all charges and later file to expunge their records, meaning they would not even have a record of arrest. “We have to talk to 12 strangers and get


Brandon Meade, 29, has been charged with the murder of Agatha Hall in this building on AUg. 31.

them to see the heart and soul of these men,” Funt said, maintaining that Dawkins and Reddick did nothing wrong. “They were simply present.” -Julie Christie


A homicide case involving Brandon Meade—the 29-year-old from Upper Darby who is charged with the murder of 21-yearold finance student Agatha Hall—is scheduled to head to trial Sept. 19, according to court records. According to a police affidavit completed by Philadelphia Police Det. Nordo Philip on Sept. 15, Philadelphia Police’s Homicide Unit interviewed two witnesses about the events on Aug. 31, where police found Hall dead in her apartment bedroom on York Street near Park Avenue. The first witness told police she arrived at the apartment building at around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, and encountered Meade when the witness and her boyfriend entered the building. Meade then went upstairs and

started to bang on Hall’s bedroom door. “Agatha, let me in,” the witness recalled Meade saying. “Agatha, I left my gun in there, let me in. I need to get my gun. If you don’t let me in I’m gonna get my peoples after you.” The witness then told police she heard a gunshot. A few seconds later, Meade added, “Oh my god why did she do that?” After an investigation by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, Dr. Bruce H. Wainer determined Hall’s death to be a homicide. A second witness was interviewed by Philadelphia Police’s Homicide Unit on Sept. 14. He told police he called Hall shortly after midnight Aug. 31, and that the conversation was short and ended with Hall stating, “I have to go, I have to go, I have to go.” He then got a call from her phone from an “irate male,” who talked in a threatening manner. During the conversation, Hall said, “Don’t say anything,” which was then followed by a noise of someone being pushed and then a brief period of silence, according to the affidavit. Evan Hughes, Meade’s attorney, could not be reached for comment. -Steve Bohnel

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film and media arts double major and student activist, is running as student body president for Take TU, which hopes to represent and provide support to all students. The platform wants to further education for sexual assault prevention, improve health services on campus and engage further with the community. Take TU will also push for greater sustainability and the creation of a sexual assault and dating violence center. Paige Gross, opinion editor, and Joe Brandt, chief copy editor from The Temple News and Temple Update’s supervising producer Melissa Steininger will moderate the debate. Last year, Future TU—consisting of current student body president Ryan Rinaldi, Vice President of External Affairs Binh Nguyen and Vice President of Services Brittany Boston—won 66.3 percent of the votes with a total of 3,042 votes cast. RepresenTU, featuring candidates Amber O’Brien, Aaliyah Ahmad and Tyler Sewell, received 1,537 votes. Voter turnout was about 17 percent of the student body, as compared to 6 percent in the 2014 election. The last time more than two tickets ran for TSG was in 2010, when BreakThru TU, led by Natalie Ramos-Castillo, beat TU360 and Owls United with 1,345 votes.

* lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

Aron Cowen, Empower TU


Michael Horwath, Owl Opportunity

This appointment follows recommendations made by the Presidential Committee on Campus Sexual Misconduct, which began meeting in September 2014. The committee examined: students’ perceptions of the issue, current policies and procedures

-Steve Bohnel

pointment also leverages existing resources and expertise.” “I think we are constantly challenged to create the best context for students to thrive, and a healthy and productive workplace for our employees,” Harrison said. “When an environment is truly inclusive, that is the best place for students to thrive. We have to continually challenge

think we are constantly challenged “to Icreate the best context for students to thrive.” Valerie Harrison | senior advisor to the president for compliance


Tina Ngo, Take TU


John Jasionowicz, Believe in TU


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Shakree Bennett, a 23-year-old from North Philadelphia, who was charged with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old student in September, had a status hearing yesterday morning according to court records. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Det. Edward Enriquez on Oct. 14, the student described the incident on Sept. 28 where she was sexually assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. On Sept. 29, Philadelphia Police’s Special Victims Unit investigators reviewed footage of the area where the sexual assault occurred, according to the affidavit. The following day, Det. James Owens interviewed a male witness who said he saw the sexual assault happen, and noticed the man was around 25 years old, had short hair and had a black goatee. After police reviewed SEPTA footage and held a press conference about the assault, the man was identified as Bennett, according to police. Interviews conducted by the Special Victims Unit during early October led to Bennett’s arrest. First, police interviewed State Parole Agent Ben Mallow, who said he recognized the man in the surveillance footage as Bennett because he was on state parole for robbery, according to the affidavit. The affidavit stated that police were able to track Bennett to his brother’s house in Newark, New Jersey after talking with a drug informant at Broad Street and Erie Avenue and Bennett’s mother. An anonymous phone call on Oct. 6 led police to a house in Newark. On Oct. 8, police found Bennett at his brother’s house hiding under a bed on the third floor, according to the affidavit. They also recovered a puffy jacket and black hat, seen on the man identified in surveillance video of the incident. The next day, the student was shown photos of six African-American males. She picked out Bennett as the person who sexually assaulted her. He was arrested and charged with the sexual assault Oct. 14.


and the best practices from other institutions. In August 2015, President Theobald approved four recommendations made by the committee, including the creation of a website on sexual misconduct, updating the Student Conduct Code, requiring all students to participate in additional online training from “Think About It” and improving the infrastructure of resources and services for the issue. At that time, Theobald did not approve the creation of a university office to educate and provide coordinated support and services for survivors. Harrison said after considering feedback from students, parents, faculty and administrators, Theobald appointed Harrison. “Doing so will enhance consistency and efficiency in oversight and implementation of diversity, equity, Title IX and sexual misconduct matters,” Harrison wrote in an email. “This ap-

ourselves to say, ‘Are we doing all we can do to improve?’” Harrison said she hopes the office will provide “easier access” to university-wide resources across various offices to support survivors, whether they need legal assistance, health services, support from Student Conduct or counseling. While the office will not be considered a “rape crisis center,” Harrison said the office will be a “central area where students can take advantage of a number of services.” Harrison was previously the acting president and general counsel at the Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania, as well as vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at Arcadia University. * emily_rolen@temple.edu T @Emily_Rolen


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News




Ann Rejrat created the third annual Swim for MS event, which will be hosted tomorrow in Pearson Hall. PAGE 8

Students from an entrepreneurial marketing class created Tidy Up Temple, an initiative aimed at reducing litter around Main Campus. PAGE 8

The Main Campus Program Board will host PB&J Day tomorrow to make sandwiches for lowincome residents of Philadelphia and Camden. PAGE 16





Students awarded for exhibit Junior Design Studio students were featured at the Philadelphia Flower Show. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News

serve as historical documentation. “There’s so little first-hand reporting that comes out of the conflict, and these are a special document from people who are involved in conflict,” Sudeith said. “The war in Afghanistan is still boiling pretty hard, and it’s important we understand and are aware of that.” Sudeith’s collection is composed of more than 200 war rugs, primarily pieces dating from the 1980s to present day. He recently loaned 14 of these rugs to Paley Library for an exhibit titled, “Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghan War Rugs,” which will run through March in Room 309. Ilana Napoli, an assistant curator for the exhibition, said studying Afghan war rugs helps contextualize a group of people that many Americans know very little about. “What’s really important to me is showing experiences of violence

A group of Temple students turned the 848-acre Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site into a 33-by-23-foot exhibit for the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show. The exhibit, which was on display throughout the week-long show, won the National Park Director’s award for best interpreted design. The exhibit was created by Junior Design Studio students in the department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple’s Ambler Campus, and it was titled, “After the Blast: Recollecting Roots and Resources at Hopewell Furnace.” The exhibit featured a root cellar, a water feature and a bell that could be rung by viewers. The 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, held from March 5-13, was themed “Explore America.” It featured exhibits of national parks and sites from throughout the country, like Valley Forge, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Hopewell Furnace is located in Elverson, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles outside Philadelphia. Hopewell was chosen by the students and professors involved because of its proximity, making it easy for students to visit. “[Hopewell Furnace’s closeness] gave us the opportunity to select local, native plants,” said Robert Kuper, an assistant professor of landscape architecture. “It also gave us the opportunity to go and visit the site—to walk around and get familiar with it and observe some of the materials and details you wouldn’t otherwise see if we selected a national park that’s far away.” Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771 by an ironmaster and boomed in the decades




Intellectual heritage associate professor Douglas Greenfield shares the story behind the rugs displayed in “Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghan War Rugs.”


By JENNY STEIN The Temple News

Throughout the month of March, Paley Library will host an ancient war rug exhibition titled, “Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghan War Rugs.”

evin Sudeith first became interested in war rugs when he saw one at a dinner party in graduate school, while studying fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After entering “a wealthy, Italian industrialist house,” Sudeith said he was struck by a piece by Alighiero Boetti, an artist who had pieces created in Afghanistan, and was largely responsible for introducing war rugs to the Italian market. The rug with Qur’anic script had tanks, rifles and grenades laid on top of a yellow field surrounded by a red-and-black border. “I had never seen anything like it, and it was amazing, quite frankly,” Sudeith said. Sudeith then became interested in using rugs as a medium for contemporary art, especially because they often


Debate team hosts return tournament For the first time since 2002, Temple’s debate team hosted 30 colleges last weekend. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News Last Friday through Sunday, the Temple Debate Society hosted its first tournament since 2002, and Amanda Smith said the tournament finally affirmed the group’s status as an official debate team. “You’re not an official member of APDA until you have your own tournament,” said Smith, a freshman global studies major and the personnel manager of the Temple Debate Society. APDA, or the American Parliamentary Debate Association, is an intercollegiate debate association featuring membership from




Freshman advertising major Alyssa Borrelli (left), and freshman film and media arts major Rachel Mueller look at the menu of the Royal Tea Truck, located across the street from the Tyler School of Art. The truck, usually located on Drexel’s campus at 33rd and Market streets, will be at Temple for the next few weeks, said employee Kenny Shui. The truck’s menu includes teas and snacks like fried fish balls and Taiwanese popcorn chicken.






Student initiative aims to ‘help out and clean up’ Entrepreneurial marketing students inaugurated the Tidy Up Temple. By CASEY MITCHELL The Temple News Allison Sponic said there’s a trash problem off campus—and the problem begins with a lack of respect. “Before people come to Temple, they think there’s this bad reputation of where we are, so they assume no one really cares when there’s trash,” said Sponic, a junior entrepreneurship major. Last month for a group project in an entrepreneurial marketing class, Sponic and a few of her classmates decided to address the litter problem. “Tidy Up Temple” is an initiative that hopes to bring awareness to the presence of litter around Main Campus, both for the sake of North Philadelphia residents and future students planning to live in the neighborhood. By putting a face to the region, the group members feel they can incentivize students to respect the area and its permanent residents. Temple’s “Good Neighbor Initiative” was formed in 2011 to accomplish a similar purpose. To ease relations between students living off campus and residents of North Philadelphia, the initiative addresses several community issues like proper trash disposal, which Tidy Up Temple hopes to build off. The zone Tidy Up Temple aims to clean up encompasses the area patrolled by Temple Police and slightly beyond, reaching 19th Street. Though he said the accumulation of trash can’t be


Brian McCloskey (left), and Allison Sponic pick up trash during the Tidy Up Temple clean-up on March 13.

“There’s this bad reputation of where we are, so they assume no one really cares when there’s trash.” Allison Sponic | junior entrepreneurship major


Tidy Up Temple cleaned up a lot on 16th and Diamond streets.

blamed on any one source, Will Mundy, the block captain of the 1600 block of Page Street, agrees that the problem began with student misconceptions about the neighborhood. “Students each have their own identity, but many come to Temple with certain opinions of this area,” Mundy said. Another member of the group, Jason Klaus, said the problem stems from students’

inability to see this neighborhood as home. “In reality, students probably aren’t going to live here forever,” the junior finance major said. “You live here maybe eight or nine months out of the year, for four years maybe. It’s a memory, so students can feel detached from the community.” Mundy, along with the students of Tidy Up Temple, worry that an on-campus sta-

dium could worsen the trash problem. “It’s rough now, and it’ll probably be astronomical if they build the stadium,” said Mundy, a member of Stadium Stompers, a group comprised and students and community residents opposing to the university’s plans for an on-campus football stadium. . “On game days, it could definitely have a very negative effect,” said Kevin Bradley, one of the group’s members and a junior entrepreneurship major. “Instead of tailgating at [Lincoln Financial Field], people will be tailgating closer to campus, so that could lead to a lot of trash, no doubt.”

The group began its initiative last month, but members say other students are already getting on board with the idea of a cleaner neighborhood and offering their support. When Bradley posted in the Temple University Facebook page asking which areas off campus were most littered, he was taken aback by the response—students not only gave their input, but also asked him to keep them updated about the project. Students even volunteered to help the group before they initially inquired for volunteers. “A lot of people are willing to help out and clean up, they just don’t know how to

start,” Sponic said. Tidy Up Temple hopes to provide students with that opportunity. On April 9, Tidy Up Temple will participate in Philly Spring Cleanup, an annual event in which volunteers span the entire city to clean up participating parks and public spaces. Tidy Up Temple hopes to gather as many students as possible to volunteer as a group and participate in this event. “This problem is definitely student-caused,” Sponic said. “So we want to do our part to fix what we’ve done.” * caseymitchell@temple.edu


Diving into research: event celebrates alum Swim for MS will be held tomorrow in Pearson Hall’s pool 30. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News During her senior year of high school, Ann Rejrat saw her sister’s health start to decay. “My sister got really sick … and she was young, so it was weird because I had already seen her be super athletic and really healthy,” said Rejrat, a senior journalism major. “She was at the point where she couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk, couldn’t eat anything or pick anything up.” Her sister Krystyna, then 25, began battling multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, damaging healthy nerve endings and interrupting communication between the brain and the rest of the body. MS can lead to vision loss, impaired coordination and pain, among other effects. For the third year in a row, Rejrat organized “Swim for MS,” an event geared toward raising awareness and donating money for MS research. Inspired by her sister, and with help from Campus Recreation, the annual Swim for MS event will be held tomorrow in Pearson Hall’s Pool 30. Krystyna Rejrat graduated from Temple in 2004, and she was a member of the women’s rowing team. This year, in honor of her sister’s athletic achievement at Temple, Rejrat asked


Senior Ann Rejrat stands by the Pearson Hall pool 30, where her event, Swim for MS, will take place tomorrow.

the women’s rowing team to participate in the event. Rebecca Grzybowski, coach of the women’s rowing team, along with her team had the opportunity to meet Krystyna Rejrat and hear her story in late February. “It was a really powerful moment for them to listen to someone who has been in their shoes as a student-athlete and then [hear about] the way she used her experience at Temple to get through something that was very challenging,” Gryzbowski said. “We are very aware that we are where we are because of the women

who came before us. … Any chance we get to reconnect with [alumni] on a personal level is important to us.” All of the proceeds raised by the Swim for MS event will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, an organization providing free services, like mobility equipment and cooling accessories for heat-sensitive people, to those battling MS. Maya Johnson, a senior psychology major and member of Campus Recreation’s Community Service CREW, has helped Rejrat organize the event for the last two years.

“Ann makes it a very universally important event,” Johnson said. “She wants to help all people with MS and not just specifically her sister. I think that it’s so cool she sees the pain that MS has brought to her family and she doesn’t want other people to feel that way.” The event is open to students and faculty at Temple, and there are several ways people can help fundraise to fight MS. “We’ve had people get pledges for donations for how many laps they want to swim, and we’ve also had people who haven’t been in the

pool in a while and are like, ‘Hey, I’ll sign up and get in the pool for like, the first time in two years,’” Rejrat said. “It really is about what the person [participating] wants to make out of it.” From the inaugural year of Swim for MS to the following year, Rejrat said the success of the event—and the amount of donations—grew tremendously. She hopes to see even more growth tomorrow. But the event benefits Rejrat in more ways than just making donations, she said. “Having my sister have a disease that has no cure and she has to accept that in a few years she could be bedridden and she can have a shortened life span … it’s scary,” Rejrat said. “That’s why the MS event is a way for me to kind of cope with it and be able to help her out and people like her.” The event also helped Rejrat connect with other people in the Temple community who have faced similar struggles. “My first year doing it, I hadn’t really known anyone affected by MS … and a lot of people came up to me after they swam and thanked me,” she said. “They started telling me their stories about their aunts affected or their uncles affected or they lost their sister to MS.” “So, that first year was kind of a big wake-up for me,” Rejrat added. “Hearing other people’s stories gives me a little more motivation to try and help out and raise more money every year.” * grace.shallow@temple.edu


The Mt. Airy Art Garage is holding its annual International Women’s Month Celebration. This year’s event focuses mostly on fiber art created by female artists. PAGE 10

Dave Silver and Yurval Yarden were disapointed by the lack of Philadelphia representation at musical festival South by Southwest, so they created Startup PHL Presents: Amplify Philly. PAGE 11







Alumnus Caitlin Weigel and Dan Corkery are part of sketch comedy duo called House of Solitude.



ecently, Caitlin Weigel had a realization when she was wrapping someone’s leg in brown paper to make a fake cast. “I’m like, ‘What am I doing?’” Weigel said. “I like it.” Weigel, a 2012 communications alumna, makes up half of the sketch comedy duo House of Solitude. Weigel and her partner, Dan Corkery, premiered a new show, “A Galaxy Uncherished,” on March 10. Directed by Maggy Keegan, the show blurs the lines between traditional sketch comedy and a one-act play. Weigel described the show as “a faux drama set in space disguised as a Tennessee Williams play.” Williams was an American playwright and author of many stage classics—almost all featuring Southern settings. Weigel said she loves Williams’ plays, so she and Corkery included some of Williams’ classic tropes in their show. “Everyone has secrets,” Weigel said. “People reference events with epic backstories, but don’t tell you what happened. It’s super Southern and dramatic.” Traditional sketch shows include six to eight sketches that are each four to five minutes long, but “A Galaxy Uncherished” is just one 25-page long sketch, Weigel said. “It has different games and premises throughout, but it’s just one big piece,” she added. Over a few years of doing improv work together, Corkery and Weigel discovered they both liked character work—“big, weird characters,” Weigel said. Corkery finds “something relatable in every character,” so the two enjoy playing absurd, crazy people and putting them in different situations. The pair started writing with that mindset, and “A Galaxy Uncherished” just “popped up pretty naturally,” Weigel said. The duo had to research Williams’ plays and even read “nerdy-a-- academic papers on


Celebrating the city’s poetry Designer tells stories through costumes Larry Robin will present Philadelphia’s first annual poetry festival next month. By JENNY KERRIGAN The Temple News As a child, Larry Robin hated poetry. He even dumped ginger ale on his stepfather’s typewriter. But eventually among the rows of bookshelves in his grandfather’s bookstore, Robin’s Books, his love for language emerged. After taking over Robin’s Books for more than 20 years, Robin founded the Moonstone Arts Center in 1981. Since its inception, Moonstone has created educational art programs for adults and youth, hosted poetry readings and brought together a community of local writers, poets and activists.

Now, the 73-year-old “book addict” will see his five-year collaborative project, the Philly Loves Poetry Festival, debut next month. The festival will coincide with Poetry Ink’s 20th anniversary from April 14-17. Workshops will be held at three different locations: Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Brandywine Workshop and Art Sanctuary. Tickets range from $7.50-15 depending on the day, but some events are free and only require RSVPs. “Our intent is to bring people together in such a way so that they hear an array of work,” Robin said. The poetry community in Philadelphia, he added, is too spread out and separate from one another. There are more than 70 poetry organizations in Philadelphia, Robin said, but most of them “don’t know each other.” Through Moonstone’s annual poetry reading series, Poetry Ink, Robin has been able to bring people together to “hear each other.” Now, his goal is to host an event that creates the “enthusiasm and connection” he feels is missing in Philadelphia.



Student Jeff Sturdivant creates theater garb. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News Jeff Sturdivant created costumes for his action figures growing up, crafting theater sets from shoe boxes to reflect his vision. “When I was growing up I would always make ‘environments’ for my action figures,” he said. “I would always build them their own laboratory or something in an old shoe box. And that evolved into

eventually making them different capes or different clothes to wear.” Sturdivant, 31, a senior in the graduate theater program, is now a costume designer whose works have been displayed in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K., Israel and India. His love for theater and design began at an early age. Despite an upbringing in Kentucky, Sturdivant was determined to make it big in New York City. He dedicated his time to shaping his skills as a young costume designer at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky.






For female artists: expression, empowerment The Mt. Airy Art Garage emphasizes and explores women’s art during Women’s History Month. By MORGAN SLUTZKY The Temple News When the Mt. Airy Art Garage opened seven years ago, it was the realization of a lifelong dream for Arleen Olshan. She and her partner, Linda Slodki, created the space to showcase emerging artists and empower the local community—a goal they’re still striving for today by celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month every year. “I was a part of a women’s art celebration back in the 1970s, in the early part of the feminist movement, and we did a whole citywide exhibit,” Olshan said. “Every major institution in the city was highlighting the work of women artists. And a few years ago, I realized there was very little going on for women's history or International Women's Day.” This year’s exhibition, “No Longer Anonymous,” focuses on fiber art made by female artists. The exhibit opened on March 4 and will run through May 1 at the garage, on Mt. Airy Avenue near Germantown Avenue. The title of the exhibition is taken from a Virginia Woolf quote: “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” Woolf and other female artists during that time influenced many of the artists for the exhibit. “Women even went to the extent of changing their names to men’s names,” said Karoline Wallace, an art quiltmaker and contributor to the exhibition. “So I think this not being anony-


The Mt. Airy Art Garage is featuring fiber art in this year’s Women’s History Month festival.

mous anymore is staking our claim to the same traditions that men have enjoyed for millennia.” “There are so many young women and people who don’t know about where International Women’s Day came from and what it symbolizes, and this is always an opportunity

Theater company gets ‘personal’ with audience A local company creates improv skits based on the audience’s personal lives. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News Tongue & Groove, a Philadelphia-based unscripted theater company, always asks the audience to give “something personal.” “It’s a chance for people to anonymously share something they would never share out loud,” said Carrie Spaulding, an actress and founding member of the company. Like most improv theaters, Tongue & Groove creates the content based on suggestions from the audience. But Tongue & Groove does things a little differently. Most improvisation theaters perform shortform, which includes multiple scenes that are disconnected from one another. At Tongue & Groove the improvised scenes become interconnected as the evening progresses, creating longform performances. On Friday, the company performed a new show, “ART,” in which the performers asked the audience to come up with “a title for a work of art that depicts a true and important moment in their lives,” said Noah Herman, a first year graduate student in the MFA directing program and actor for the company. Bobbi Block, founder of the group and professor in the theater department at Temple, has training in different kinds of improvisation. Block formed the company because she “wanted to take the bests of those improv worlds and put them together with acting training,” she said. “Each performance has a theme, and we call those themes ‘formats,’” Herman said. “All the formats consist of a question asked to the audience.” As opposed to the typical “shout out a word” asked to the audience at normal improv shows, Tongue & Groove actors take more direction from the audience. “One thing that is interesting in particular about ‘ART’ is that we’re thinking about a visual,” Spaulding said. “We can be inspired by all kinds of things, but in ‘ART,’ we’re thinking

about what could be inspired by a frozen moment in time.” Block wanted to create “authentic relationships on stage” that just “happened to be improvised.” “We’re definitely funny, but we’re poignant and real,” Block said. “There’s nothing wacky, or out of the realm of reality.” The titles of the sketches inspire the part of the show where performers do something called “scene painting.” “We take the title and describe what a painting or work of art would look like,” Block said. The performers do something called an “emotional check-in” as part of their warm up, to find out what’s going on in each actor’s life. “When we go on stage, we’re connected on an emotional level that actors don’t always have,” Herman said. “Often times, we use things that come up in our check-in for inspiration for our shows.” Block said the performers are physical with each other, and comfortable with kissing, pushing and other actions. “We can do all different types of relationships,” Block said. “We reflect everybody in the audience.” “Our approach is to improv what you know,” she added. The group performs the second Friday of every month at the Playground at the Adrienne Theatre and on the first Monday of every month at the Drake. Tongue & Groove’s biggest show is “Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Busted and Trusted,” where the audience writes a secret anonymously on index cards and submits it to the performers. “I remember one time I was at an art fair at Penn’s Landing, and one of the artists asked me if I was in Tongue & Groove,” Spaulding said. “She said, ‘You guys used my secret,’ and years later, both of us remembered that shared experience.” “Tongue & Groove is emotionally honest,” Herman said. “We can be serious or comical.” “It’s exciting to know that the work has touched an audience member,” Spaulding added. “And helped them feel as though they were part of making something.” * tsipora.hacker@temple.edu

for us to talk about empowering women, no matter how old they are,” Slodki added. Opportunities for women are limited, Slodki said, because “It’s still a man’s world, and if you're a woman of color it’s even harder.” Slodki said someone playing devil’s advocate once asked her if a lack of opportunity is

familiar to all artists, or if men and women are on an equal playing field as artists. “No,” Slodki said. “We’re not. We're still running to catch the train.” These issues were discussed in the exhibit’s panel on March 6. There will be two more events presented by the Mt. Airy Art Garage during Women’s History Month: a night of live performances by women musicians in partnership with the Philadelphia Folksong Society last Saturday and a women’s writing circle on Sunday. “The intention is to empower, and to feel comfortable to just talk,” Slodki said. “It's that sense of, ‘This is my story and these are the challenges that I have had and these are some of my successes, but I've got a long way to go.’ And I’m really good at what I do and yet, there have been these roadblocks.” “It was wonderful to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of [the] Fine Arts, it was a great school,” Olshan said. “But it’s true that more than 50 percent of the students in art schools are women, and less than 20 percent of the teachers and administration and executives in art schools are women, and it's gotten worse over the years rather than better.” Kathy Robinson, who has been making wearable batik art for more than 30 years, is contributing several pieces to the exhibition. She is excited to see what other women artists in the community are creating. “Women have different kinds of issues than men, or kind of sensibilities, and I think it’s important for them to have a venue to see the female version of things,” Robinson said. “As diverse as that can be within the female artist population, too.” “It's their expression of their art and their experience as women,” Slodki said. “And it may no longer be anonymous because it just grabs you and it takes you and you see this work and you just go, ‘Wow. This is not silent, this is not quiet, this is needed to get out there.’” * morgan.slutzky@temple.edu

New clothing store features niche brands Nutz & Boltz is the city’s first store to exclusively sell “gay men’s fashion.” By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News When Anthony Noce’s kickball team went to the championships in Washington, D.C., he saw something interesting: a clothing store tailored to gay men.

loungewear line the walls. “I’m trying to supply clothes to the gay population in Philadelphia and trying to bring in some brands that you can’t get here,” Noce said. The store carries popular brands in Philadelphia not found elsewhere in the city, like Nasty Pig, Andrew Christian and Cheap Monday. The boutique carries merchandise from 12 different brands, with more to be added soon. Gay men, lesbian women, straight women and even straight men have come into the store to make purchases, Noce said. Long-term goals for Noce include start-

I don’t want to have anyone come in here “ and feel like the only description is that ‘Pretty Woman’ scene where she goes into the store and they don’t help her. Anthony Noce | Nutz & Boltz owner

He’d seen one like it in New York City, but shrugged it off. “New York is New York, it can support a lot of stuff other cities can’t,” Noce said. But the store in Washington got him thinking. “How can Washington support this and Philadelphia not?” Noce said. “We’re branded as a gay-friendly city, but there’s no stores that sell the product gay men actually end up buying.” After sighting a third store in Pittsburgh, Noce decided it was time to open his own store in Philadelphia. With a fashion degree from Drexel University and no prior business background, Noce opened Nutz & Boltz Jan. 29 and hosted the grand opening on Feb. 26. Inside the shop at 1220 Spruce St., colorful underwear, specialty bathing suits and

ing and selling his own in-house brand. He also plans to host local fashion designers’ clothing in his store through an open call. Further down the line, Noce said he wants to sell clothing for lesbian women who do not conform to clothing types in traditional women’s stores. “I don’t want to have anyone come in here and feel like the only description is that ‘Pretty Woman’ scene where she goes into the store and they don’t help her [because of how she looks],” Noce said. “I never want that to happen.” “Everybody likes to feel sexy,” Noce said. “That’s really what it comes down to. Everybody wants to feel good about themselves.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu





Designers, dancers come together Designers dressed Koresh Company dancers for a post-performance gala. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News


Two artists led a workshop on papermaking for the Fleisher Art Memorial’s Sanctuary Series.

Uprooting expectations of creating art for ‘non-artists’ Local artists used weeds to make paper in a series of workshops. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Nicole Donnelly and Mary Tasillo don’t see weeds as a nuisance. Instead, they see an opportunity to create something fresh: handmade paper. By using weeds as a source of fiber for sustainable papermaking, Donnelly said she hopes to take “a deeper look at our connection to our environment … and [ask] others to be more aware of that connection as well.” Donelly, the president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, is one of the chosen participants in Fleisher Art Memorial’s Sanctuary Series. Fleisher Art Memorial is a nonprofit community-based art school striving to make art accessible. It hosts programs for artists of all levels and economic backgrounds. The nonprofit offers year round workshops, classes and open studio spaces with programs that cater to all age groups. The Sanctuary Series is comprised of weekly events, ranging from documentary screenings to interactive art lessons like the one hosted by Donnelly. Its work expands to community centers and public schools in

riverfront neighborhoods in South Philadelphia to give children a chance to be exposed to art. Donnelly, along with Tasillo, hosted the workshop “Hand Papermaking from Invasive Plants” on March 2. Tasillo, a faculty member at Fleisher, said she hoped this event would bring more attention to the papermaking process among Philadelphians. “My hope is that this talk gave people who are thinking about taking a multi-session papermaking class the opportunity to get their hands in some paper pulp, meet a couple of papermaking instructors and get a feel for our teaching personalities,” she said. “Plants that we commonly view as ‘weeds’ are not necessarily something to be uprooted,” Donnelly said. “Our relationship with those plants can be cultivated to serve our needs.” She said sustainability and working with the ecosystem is important—particularly now, in light of the “undeniable changes in climate” the earth is experiencing. Over the course of the night, participants created more than 50 sheets of paper. In addition to the activity, Donnelly and Tasillo taught attendees about the history of papermaking as well as all of the invasive plant species that are found in Philadelphia that can be used to create paper. Donnelly said that she got “hooked” on papermaking halfway

through her time in grad school. “I was making these large room-sized drawing installations, drawing directly on the wall with charcoal,” she said. “A professor of mine asked if I would be interested in having these drawings on large paper, so that I could simply hang large drawings. I replied that I didn't like any of the paper I could find commercially available, and then she said, ‘Oh! Well, you know there is a professor here who makes paper, and he can help you make paper any size you want.” Each event in the series is free of charge. Vita Litvak, manager of adult programs at Fleisher, said the organization’s goal is to provide “art education to everyone regardless of their economic means, cultural background and art-making experience.” Litvak says that the “democratic way” that Fleisher carries out its art education programs is “refreshing and incredibly fulfilling.” “As a presenter, I think Fleisher draws such a rich and diverse audience, from those who are simply interested in the topic to those who are perhaps more knowledgeable, from artists and ‘non-artists,’” Donnelly said. “Their commitment to community accessibility, to life learning, to the arts and truly interesting topics and programming week after week is exceptional and really unique to Philadelphia.” * erin.clare.blewett@temple.edu

As 10 dancers and one apprentice practiced modern dance choreography for two world-premiere performances, local fashion designers Victoria Wright and Annina King rifled through their recent collections for pieces suitable for a silver anniversary. Koresh Dance Company performed “Koresh Kouture Silver” on Saturday in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at 480 S. Broad St., celebrating and supporting the company and the art and fashion landscape in Philadelphia. Promotional materials labeled the event as a “high-fashion performance” to be followed by a silent auction and gala. Wright and King were two of the designers chosen to dress dancers for the post-performance gala. Kate Aid, Koresh’s director of marketing and communications, said Wright dressed dancer Casey McIntyre and company apprentice Andrea Romesser, while King dressed dancer Fang-Ju Chou Gant, an 18year veteran of the company. Aid said the company’s relationship with local designers largely stems from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Philadelphia Fashion Alliance, both of which provide networking and business opportunities for up-and-coming designers. “I think the concept of working with local designers and showcasing the strong ties between fashion and dance is great,” King said. “I think it’s really great that Koresh is doing that and really combining the local fashion scene with the local dance scene.” “Kouture Silver” was King’s first Koresh Kouture gala as a featured designer. She said the gala was high on her list of priorities since she was unable to participate last year, when the director of the Fashion Incubator told her about the opportunity. “To me, that’s really exciting because [Chou Gant] is so dedicated to her art and craft and I hope to be that dedicated to my field after 18 years too,” King said. Both King and Wright said they believe in the strong connections between dance and fashion. Wright developed a passion for design while drawing as a child. She said her designs are a good fit for

Koresh members because they share a similar desire to express emotions. “Kouture Silver” was her second gala with the company. When Koresh reached out to her last year through the Fashion Incubator, she said participating was a “no brainer” because she had a friend in the company at the time. This year, she said she was inspired by the dancers. “I think all art forms kind of connect,” Wright said. “The way that [Koresh dancers] express themselves through dance and the way that they tell stories through choreography and express these feelings, it’s very powerful. I try to do the same thing in my fashion, in a way. I take emotions and I take dreams and fantasies and try to express them.” King said she found it easy to relate to the Koresh dancers due to like-mindedness regarding body movement. “When I think about my clothing, I think about it from all different angles,” King said. “I think a lot of people work from the front, but I try to really think in 360 degrees. Every part of the garment has to speak to another part and really move your eye around and I think that’s something dancers think about a lot. ‘How does this look from every angle?’” “The [garment Chou Gant] ultimately chose has a lot of drapey, flowy pieces that is perfect for someone with her instinctive, beautiful body motions,” she said. “All these angles that I spent so much time thinking about are really emphasized by someone who thinks that way too.” Dancers also wore designs from King’s current collection. Wright said her dancers wore dresses from her upcoming spring collection, which will be available for purchase in April. Wright said her spring collection was inspired by her recent trip to the France, and includes feminine details like lace and floral prints. “It’s about the fantasy and romance of the French countryside, rolling fields of lavender, the beautiful, relaxing scenery,” she said. “[I want to] make women feel beautiful like those rolling fields of lavender.” Gala attendees had the opportunity to pre-order Wright and King’s designs and, unlike a traditional runway show, mingle with them and the dancers modeling their designs. “I love supporting any kind of art form, whether it’s painting, dancing, music, because we all share this desire to express ourselves,” she added. * erin.moran@temple.edu

Alumnus’ initiative brings city’s artists to SXSW Local group Amplify Philly aims to showcase the city as a hub for music and business. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News In 2014, alumni Dave Silver and Yuval Yarden attended South by Southwest, the 10day multimedia conference and music festival in Austin, Texas. But they were disappointed by a lack of representation from Philadelphia. When Silver promised to put together a Philly stage for the next year, Yarden laughed. Two years later, the college friends have turned the small idea into a booming citywide initiative, sending almost 300 people from the city to this year’s SXSW to promote local startups and musicians. The initiative, Startup PHL Presents: Amplify Philly SXSW Edition aims to “nationally showcase Philadelphia as a technology hub, a place where you can grow your business and keep it here, that could be your business as an artist or your business as a startup,” said Yarden, who works as project director for Philly

Startup Leaders, an organization focused on helping local startups. “We’re expecting people to recognize [Philly] on a national level but we’re not where the people are, we’re not going outside of Philly to tell our story,” she added. Silver and Yarden were not the only ones to notice the lack of Philadelphia representation at SXSW. Local web design startup Zivtech approached Comcast about the same problem in October. After reaching out to Silver, who had organized a Philly SXSW concert the year before, Comcast set up a meeting with leading Philadelphia tech companies and startups to find a solution. “It was really awesome to see because there was so many types of people and companies in this one room that I’ve always looked up to,” Silver said. “They were looking at me like, ‘Dave, how do we go about this?’… I was the only one in the room that really worked with SXSW in the past.” “[Comcast and Zivtech] called a big meeting of about 30 or 40 people and Dave and I raised our hands and we said, ‘We can do this, let’s make this happen,’” Yarden said. “And that’s how it all started.” From there, Yarden and Silver worked to promote the initiative to as many Philadelphia companies, startups, universities and potential

sponsors as possible. “We had a lot of no’s … so at first it was very frustrating because we knew this was a valuable experience,” Yarden said. “Then Comcast came in and not only led the fundraising in terms of being the first to put money in but also help us connect to the right people.” Despite many companies’ hesitancy about getting involved, more than $90,000 was raised from some of the top companies in the city, including Comcast, Independence Blue Cross and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This year’s SXSW conference, running March 11-20, will include a tech trade show where 12 of Philadelphia’s local startups will be showcased, as well as a concert today headlined by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Lil Dicky. By showcasing local companies and musicians at SXSW in one Philly-branded location, Startup PHL gives small businesses and artists the chance to be seen by top company executives, and serves as proof of how a startup can grow in the city. Planning for the conference required more than 100 company meetings between sponsors and startups, as well as tireless organizing for the four-day trade show and concert. “Dave and I are learning every day about how to plan for making this happen, everything from ordering electricity, Wi-Fi and tables at

our trade show booth,” Yarden said. “There’s a lot to learn but it’s all really important stuff because while it seems like little things here and there, it’s the stuff that’s going to make us look professional and make us look like an organization that can actually attract the right people to Philly.” Hoping to bring more businesses and artists into the city, Silver sees Philadelphia as the perfect place for someone to start their company or find a music career. “There’s so many sides to the city right now, it’s growing at just a ridiculously fast rate,” he said. “Everyday you’re seeing new things about the city of Philadelphia, it’s continuously building new things and creating new things.” “They come to SXSW looking for the next big thing, and when they come across our initiative and learn a little more about the companies involved, I really do think that’s going to spark the right type of conversation to get those influences from across the country looking at Philadelphia as a potential place to move their business,” he added. “And that’s huge for what we’re doing, it’s huge for the city.” * emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu





This weekend, the Science Behind Pixar opened at the Franklin Institute. The interactive exhibit highlights the science, technology, engineering and math concepts used to bring beloved films like “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Wall-E” to life. The work of the artists and computer scientists is showcased in the exhibit’s 40 interactive displays, like clay modeling to rendering. Jake Sauer, a 30-year-old Pixar enthusiast, said his favorite part of the exhibit was the videos of Pixar employees explaining their jobs. “Watching all the interviews with people that work currently at Pixar, kind of hearing how they got involved with animation and what their love was behind it, a lot of the time its science and math,” he said. The Science Behind Pixar will run through Sept. 5.




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“Philadelphia is such an interesting place,” Robin said. “We don’t show respect to our own and we have incredibly talented people who live here and they have to go to New York or Paris to get recognized.” Robin, however, has worked to celebrate those poets. One of Moonstone’s first programs was a Celebration of Black Writing. Moonstone collaborator and personal friend of Robin, Lamont Steptoe, said the Celebration of Black Writers was the sole commercial event that honored black writers in the 1980s. “Larry has always had progressive politics,” Steptoe, a radio, TV and film alumnus said. “Other programs weren’t progressive enough, so Larry just began to build something else.” The first day of the festival will be devoted to female poets. Another day will showcase only readings

from Sonia Sanchez, a previous Philadelphia poet laureate. There will also be panels and opportunities for student poets to participate in readings. Eleanor Wilner, a poet and former associate professor at Temple’s Japan campus, said what will make Philly Loves Poetry different from other poetry festivals “is what has always been different about Moonstone.” “Moonstone is without borders,” Wilner said. “It breaks down the separatism and false borders that divide us.” Moonstone and Philly Loves Poetry is a collaborative project, Robin said. The festival will bring together more than 70 poetry organizations. “It really kind of annoys me when people say, ‘Oh, I did this all myself,’” Robin said. “No one ever really does things by themselves.” And Robin has never been “by himself” in the literary community. Through Moonstone’s programs, Robin and his collaborators have

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“It’s where Nicole Scherzinger and an actress named Jennifer Lawrence went to school,” Sturdivant said. “There, I studied all of the technical elements of production: lights, sound, costumes, scenery.” He landed his first job in a costume shop when he was 16 years old. Sturdivant stuck firm to his path, eventually landing his first internship with Donna Lawrence, the designer of a play he remembers seeing as a child. “Getting to see her doing it kind of validated the point of that’s what I want to do,” he said. Today, Sturdivant has developed an impressive resume. He received his BFA from Webster University and attended graduated from Temple in 2013. He’s designed for the Joyce Theater in New York City, Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois and the local Kun-Yang Lin Dancers. “When I graduated the first time, I just went and did it,” Sturdivant said. “And I always worked during the summers when I was in college the first time, so I had a lot of experience by the time I graduated college already.” Theater graduate student Hannah Gold, 27, worked with Sturdivant in Temple’s production of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” As a fellow grad student with Sturdivant, she knows his work as a designer well. “He is a fantastic designer, collaborator and whip-smart. In my experiences with Jeff, he always has a super-clear vision and is excellent at executing it,” Gold said. Though his determination and hard work have driven Sturdivant to success, the life of a costume designer has its challenges. Sturdivant said the most difficult part about being a designer is “doing something that you love even though that something that you love doesn’t always pay the bills.” “You really have to like doing costume designing because it’s not a very glamorous job,” he said. “Even though it sounds very glamorous, it’s actually not. It’s really, I would say, underappreciated and undervalued.” But some things make it all worth it—like seeing a photo of one of his designs appear in The New York Times. “In December 2014, I had two bal-


Yung Lean returns to Philadelphia tomorrow night at Union Transfer. The 19-year-old Swedish rapper and producer is on tour for his second studio album, “Warlord,” released this February. Often rapping emotionally charged lyrics over heavy, dark beats, Yung Lean continues his signature style on his latest record. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. -Emily Thomas LINH THAN TTN

Larry Robin, founder of Moonstone Art, is launching a poetry festival.

been able to reach an estimated 3,000 people per year, he said. By 2020, Robin hopes to host hundreds of city-wide poetry events throughout April, which is National Poetry Month. “I love good writing … and what poetry does is condense,”

lets premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York City with a ballet company I used to do wardrobe for and now am designing for, Les Ballets Trockadero, and on the first page of the Arts section of the New York Times, there was a picture of a costume I designed,” he said. But Sturdivant is still trying to figure out how to make a living doing what he loves. “People always say, ‘Don’t do it because you want to make money, do it because you love it,’” he said. “But I want to do both—make money and love doing it. I’m still figuring it out. Usually I’m working three jobs at once, and not necessarily on top of each other. It’s usually freelance work. I’ll be doing costumes for one company, props for another, designing for another one.” Sturdivant also assists photographer Michelle Flood as a prop stylist with her business in New York. She specializes in window displays, retail design, interior design, television and fashion shoots. Sturdivant describes Flood as a “friend, mentor and super stylist.” Currently, Sturdivant is also teaching Introduction to Design at Temple, a required class for all theater majors. Associate professor of theater Donna Snow has worked with Sturdivant on the university’s productions of “Brigadoon” and “Anything Goes.” “I think he is a brilliant designer in that he is sensitive and insightful about the character as well as the actor playing the character,” Snow said. “The clothes he designed felt like a natural extension of my own process, inspiring but not foreign in any way—the silhouette, fabrics, textures, colors—were a physical realization of what was happening inside for me, so that our work came together in creating the character.” “Costume designing is letting the clothes tell as much of the story as the person who is telling the story. It’s meant to clarify things, and not confuse the audience,” he added. After graduation this May, Sturdivant is ready to keep working toward becoming internationally known for his work. “My goal is to be designing costumes and that would pay for my life,” he said. “That would be enough for me, if my work as a costume designer provided for me.” * katelyn.evans@temple.edu

Robin said. “So, a good poem is like taking a good novel and reducing it to 10 stanzas. The trick is a good writer makes you feel something … and that’s what poetry can do.” * jennifer.kerrigan@temple.edu

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Williams,” Weigel said. But the show isn’t just a Southern drama—it also takes place in outer space. “Space movies are usually epic journeys that are serious,” Weigel said. “We put two things that are very serious together to make it absurd.” Weigel said she loves when “people talk about things they don’t know,” so writing about space, spaceships and commands— things she knows little about—was funny for her. Corkery, who attended to the University of Delaware, realized he always liked making people laugh, but was shy and didn’t perform in plays. Though now involved in improv, Corkery still finds that “writing can be a very solitary thing” and likes that “if you have an idea, you can just run with it.” And that’s exactly what the duo did with their latest show. “I also really like space uniforms, so it was an excuse to buy them and make people wear them,” Weigel added. Some of the characters include a frail, young “manchild” named Cleon, who has a collection of his own hair that he’s very protective of. There’s Laverne, a dramatic and fancy southern belle who takes anything as a sign from her dead husband and Pappy Daddy, the old town mayor who’s “vaguely racist against Martians,” Weigel said. One of Weigel’s favorites is Archie, a character obsessed with buttons. “It sounds dumb on paper,” Weigel said. “But it’s so funny and makes me laugh every single time.”

Weigel contributes a lot of her comedy career to Temple Smash, a comedy group on campus, where she served as a head writer. She also got involved with Temple’s improv club, and later, Philly Improv Theater, where she now teaches and directs. Weigel credited Sherri Hope Culver, an assistant professor in media studies and production, as an inspiration to pursue what she wanted to do. “Even when she was at Temple, Caitlin was a performer,” Culver said. “When she finds something she cares about, she’ll put her muscle and heart behind it.” Weigel also took Diane Bones’ comedy class at Temple, “Writing Humor,” and said she still uses techniques that she learned. “She taught us to go through your writing and highlight all the funny parts,” Weigel said. “You’d look and see that there’s half a page with no jokes on it, or a huge gap. It’s critical.” “Caitlin was a reserved and quiet person,” Bones said. “That is indicative of the fact that she was watching and learning what was going on around her. That can make you a funny person.” The comedy duo has been around for a year now, and aims to push the boundaries for a sketch and make it unlike other sketch projects in the city. “It’s just insane characters who are just off the wall weird, stuck in a spaceship together,” Corkery said. “It’ll be different—another step in another weird direction.” * tsipora.hacker@temple.edu


The Fairmount Water Works will host Sunday Cinema, a free familyfriendly movie event. From March 6-27, Fairmount Water Works will show “The Chronicles of Narnia” every Sunday. The first showing will be at 1 p.m. and the second showing will begin at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the facility along the Schuylkill behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. -Katelyn Evans


Old Academy Players host the Tonynominated play “The Seafarer” written by Conor McPherson. The show will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from March 4-20. The play is set in Dublin on Christmas Eve. The play is commended for its masterful portrayal of the atmosphere and language of the setting. Old Academy Players is located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. Tickets are $15 with free on-site parking. -Erin Blewett


On March 16, Sonesta Philadelphia Art Bar invites guests to The Style Hour with Ian Michael Crumm. Attendees will preview the best spring looks for men and women in a presentation curated by Crumm, a Philadelphia blogger-turnedEast Coast lifestyle professional. Crumm, who now splits his time between the Philadelphia and New York City fashion scenes, visited campus last week for a speaker session with the fashion and business club. Next week’s event will take place at Sonesta Hotel’s Art Bar located at 1800 Market St. from 5-7 p.m. -Erin Moran


Legendary heavy metal act Megadeth will play a show at the Electric Factory on Sunday. The group released its 15th studio album, “Dystopia,” in January of this year. Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havoc will open the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45-275. -Eamon Dreisbach


The Wilma Theater will feature Obie award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s “The Octoroon” starting Wednesday. The play takes place in the pre-Civil War South, and follows the plight of a slave owner’s infatuation with a woman whose blood is one-eighth black. Tickets are $25 for the public and $10 for students. The production will run until April 10. -Eamon Dreisbach



@uwishunu tweeted the Garces Foundation will be hosting a benefit event for the city’s immigrant community this Friday, featuring dinner from some of Philly’s best chefs, like Jose Garces.

@phillymag tweeted the Igloo, offering ice cream, custard, water ice and shakes plans to hold its grand opening April 2 at 1514 Frankford Ave. There is another Igloo location at 23rd and South streets as well, but the Fishtown branch will be the flagship store.




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@ReAnimatorPhila tweeted about its new subscription service, delivering multiple different blends to customers on a custom schedule.

@visitphilly tweeted a list of Philly’s best juice bars, incuding Sip-N-Glo on South Street and in Rittenhouse, and Stripp’d Juice, the city’s newest shop, in Old City.




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Breaking down borders: through a refugee’s eyes Lilah Thompson created a local refugee simulation experience. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News Lilah Thompson has seen the struggles of refugees firsthand. Thompson, a second-year law and public policy student at the Beasley School of Law, worked with a resettlement agency during and after her undergraduate years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I worked specifically with a refugee family doing resettlement work and sort of accompanied them through every stage of the process,” Thompson said. “I thought to myself [about] how I would never need to know what it’s like to get a social security card or go to the grocery store for the first time.” Many refugee adults had a difficult time finding employment and struggled to learn English more than their children, who were often able to

pick it up faster, she said. She began speaking to more refugees about their individual experiences and struggles. “One of the guys I was working with was a doctor back in Iraq,” Thompson said. “When he came here, his degree didn’t transfer and he was working in a chicken farm. It just felt so degrading to him.” Witnessing the of these refugees challenges firsthand is what inspired her to become the driving force behind “Between Borders: A Refugee Simulation Experience.” Between Borders is an upcoming workshop aimed at providing a better understanding of the refugee experience. Each participant will be given an identity based on the story of a real-life refugee and will spend a few hours in their shoes as they make their way through each stage of the refugee process. “It’s timely, and it’s also very innovative,” said Nancy Knauer, a law professor and the director of Temple’s Law & Public Policy Program, which is sponsoring the event. “The refugee simulation enables individuals to have an immersive experience where they can see what it feels like and what refugees go through. With

all the talk in the news about refugees, I thought this was a very important project and one that we are proud to be involved with.”

“The refugee

simulation enables individuals to ... see what it feels like and what refugees go through.

Nancy Knauer |Director, Law & Public Policy Program

In the simulation, participants will learn on what grounds they are

being persecuted and then will flee to a refugee camp. Two groups of people will be represented in the simulation: Syrians and Afghans fleeing to the Zaatari camp in Jordan, and Liberians fleeing to the Gbinta camp in Ivory Coast. Between Borders will feature refugees as guest speakers to share their stories. The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will also perform at the end of the simulation. One of the guest speakers will be Zaye Tete, a Liberian refugee and member of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change. After war broke out in 1990, she fled her home and spent time in two refugee camps before relocating to the United States with her husband in 2004. “It’s important for other people to listen to our experiences because there are some people in this country who have not experienced war or know what war is about,” Tete said. “I feel happy to share my story with them.” Once placed in the camps, participants will undergo the extensive resettlement process. Eventually, they will be resettled in the United States and have the opportunity to re-

ceive American citizenship. The purpose of Between Borders is to increase awareness of the hardships refugees face, like persecution, living in refugee camps for indefinite periods of time and adapting to unfamiliar environments. “I think a lot of what is out there in the media is just not very well-informed by the facts,” said Jaya Ramji-Nogales, a professor of law, as well as Thompson’s project advisor and co-presenter for Between Borders. “I think the more people we have out there who are well-informed and understand the realities, the better.” Between Borders will be held at the National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. on March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can register online until March 22 and must pay a fee of $28 or $12 for students. Thompson hopes the participants leave with a greater understanding of the refugee experience. “I hope that they are able to take that awareness and education they’ve gained about the process to their own communities and share it,” she said. * brooke.shelby.williams@temple.edu

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and how they’ve had to cope through the perspective of sympathizing with Afghan people, and not viewing it from a U.S. military perspective and generalizing,” the junior visual studies major said. The rugs displayed at the exhibition portray a variety of scenes, ranging from depictions of the Soviet-Afghan War to the attacks on the U.S. World Trade Center—all from the perspective of Afghan weavers. Alicia CunninghamBryant, associate director for special programs and assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage department, said she believes the war rugs can also create a discussion about America’s political and social standings in “a really emotional way.” “I think it’s a particularly interesting time to not just look at Afghanistan, but to look at our interactions with foreign powers around the world,” said Cunningham-Bryant, the exhibition’s curator. “We’re having a very contentious debate about the immigrant and migrant population in Europe and what’s happened in Syria and the destabilization of the regime there. We’ve seen a lot of reactionary discussions on our end on America’s foreign and domestic policies in regard to this situation.” “And I think what tends to get lost in those narratives and discussions is the experience of those living it,” she added. “Our foreign policy absolutely dictates a large portion of their lives.” Despite the fact that English was typically the weavers’ second or third language, much of the text on the rugs is in English. “It’s their way of sharing their side,” said Rachel Morin, an intern/assistant curator and junior visual studies and advertising major. “The terrorist groups give other people a really bad reputation and a really bad name, and it creates this sense of fear among certain groups of people, especially right now as part of the Islamophobia, and certain political leaders are definitely not helping that cause.” “These rugs are evidence of basically the underdogs or


“Outside In: Violence and Expression in Afghan War Rugs” will be on display in room 309 of Paley Library through March.

survivors of what happened, and it’s their point of view,” she added. Cunningham-Bryant said the exhibition is especially relevant for Temple students due to the university’s diverse student body, strong ROTC program and high veteran population. “It really seemed like something we should get interested in, invested in and learn more about,” she said. Napoli also feels passionate about the cultural exposure the war rugs will provide. “I want to bring to people’s attention the fact that in America there are many misconceptions about the lives of people in Afghanistan in regards to what they believe, the lives they lead and what they experience,” Napoli said. “I just really want to show that there’s more to the story than what you learn about.” Students can view the rugs on display during specific hours listed at the University Libraries’ website and can register to view the exhibition through the event’s Ticketleap page. * jenny.stein@temple.edu


Assistant Intellectual Heritage professor and the exhibit’s curator, Alicia Cunningham-Bryant (left), discusses a rug on display with undergraduate advertising and visual studies major Rachel Morin.




Academy works to ‘broaden the horizons’ Academy for Adult Learning pairs tutors and students with disabilities. By ALEXIS ROGERS The Temple News Temple’s Academy for Adult Learning focuses on transitioning. The Academy, founded in 2008 by the Institute on Disabilities, is a two-year program that allows students with disabilities to more easily adjust to college life with a group of support. Students who work with the Academy for Adult Learning can serve as tutors or mentors, depending on the type of relationship they want to cultivate with other students. Hayley Wenner, a sophomore speech pathology major, is currently a tutor, but she used to work as a mentor, too. The responsibilities of a tutor include helping the students pay attention during class and retain information. “It could be taking notes, organizing notes,” Wenner said. “But then we also help make sure that students are meeting deadline and following their accommodation plans.” Mentors, Wenner said, focus more on the social aspect of transitioning into college. This can include everything from going with students to basketball games, to attending the Academy’s prom. “As a mentor, we kind of just want to broaden the horizons of the students,” Wenner said. “I learned to not take my education for granted because even though education is a right for everyone in this country, I think that some of our students, from who I have talked to, they have felt that they don’t have the same opportunities as we do,” Wenner said. “They show me that no matter what your ability, or who you are, you have the right to education and you should take it.” Christina DeGraffinried, a senior early childhood education and special education major, is a mentor at the Academy, which she said serves as a resource for students with disabilities to succeed. “It’s just basically a motivational tool for them to have


Senior Kayla Roberson (left), and sophomore Hayley Wenner look at photos from the Academy for Adult Learning’s events, like their prom, held last month.

“They show

me that no matter what your ability, or who you are, you have the right to education and you should take it.

Hayley Wenner | sophomore speech pathology major


Senior Mary Fuss (left), has had senior Emily Zahn as a mentor for the past two years. Fuss will graduate this year.

the courage or the means to get a job or be able to get used to computer skills,” DeGraffinried said. Emily Zahn, a senior early childhood education major with a concentration in

special education, also serves as a mentor. She has been involved with the Academy for two years. Her mentee, Mary Fuss, will graduate from the program this year. “My favorite part of being

involved is being with friends, showing everything you want to do in life,” Fuss said. Fuss loves to sing, Zahn said, and they often do that together. “People are all the same,

regardless of having a disability or anything really,” Zahn said. “We are all college students and we all just want to get an education and have a social life.” “They are just really good

people, that if we were all able to look past the stigma of disability that we would probably open ourselves up a lot more than we realize.” * alexis.rogers@temple.edu

Tournament puts debate team on the map Continued from page 7


dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. “Once you get a bid for a tournament, you’re on the league,” said Taylor Taliaferro, a junior economics major and the tournament director. “You are a real presence and you’re a respected member of the community.” “We finally rejuvenated our team, and have a solid foundation to host,” Taliaferro said. “Hosting requires a lot of manpower and coordination within a team, and we’re up and running and thriving.” APDA isn’t exactly prestigious, but it’s “intellectually challenging,” said Anh Nguyen, a sophomore journalism major and the vice president of Temple Debate Society. APDA began in the Ivy League, so the competition consists of several private schools with large endowments. “It’s been hard, because we’ve seen how big other tournaments are,” Nguyen said. “We are on a much smaller scale, but we’re happy

it’s going well for the team.” “It’s expanded to public schools, so there’s a shift in the membership base,” she added. Eric Tannenbaum, a sophomore at The College of New Jersey and a competitor at this weekend’s tournament, said APDA “has had a school bias and elitism issue for a long time,” he said. “It’s gotten better the last few years and

“Hosting requires a

lot of manpower and coordination within a team, and we’re up and running and thriving.

Taylor Taliaferro | junior economics major

the culture is becoming more accepting.” The Temple Debate Society never imagined it would host a tournament again, Nguyen said, because it lacks funding. “We ask for funding from private donors,” Nguyen said. “It’s also hard to send people to tournaments every weekend because it’s expensive.” Students from 30 different colleges competed at the debate, and all were supportive of the fact that Temple is beginning to host again. “I always like to see more schools hosting tournaments,” Tannenbaum said. “More schools getting involved makes the league a bigger place.” “I think it’s great,” Jessi Dean, a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College said. “I like Temple’s team. They’re really nice. It’s great to get a variety of tournaments with different teams and schools.” Steven Doncaster, a freshman economics major and a member of Temple Debate Society, said the team members always try to have fun while they practice and compete. “One of my favorite practices was this one

time when we did a drill where we created the most offensive case lines and tried to argue them,” Doncaster said. “We were just in there laughing the entire time.” Even the tournament’s theme was influenced by something the whole club finds fun. Inspired by the animated show “Rick and Morty,” the theme was “Get Schwifty 2016,” named after one of the most popular episodes. “We all just have an obsession with ‘Rick and Morty,’” Taliaferro said. “This is definitely the beginning of a Temple re-emergence in the league, and we hope we’re able to allow future students who want to debate to be able to come to Temple and have a solid foundation,” Taliaferro said. “I want to be able to say I was able to build something to help students in a fun, academic environment.” “It’s epic for us,” said Zachary Duncan, a freshman legal studies major. “It was a lot of work to put together so I’m happy it’s successful. As long as you’re willing to work with a great team, you can pull off an event like this.” * tsipora.hacker@temple.edu





Paley Library is hosting a lecture with Ariell Johnson, a 2005 Temple alumna and the owner of the Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in New Kensington. Johnson will discuss fan fiction, a genre in which fans continue the adventures of their favorite characters from other series. She will also discuss gaming, science fiction and cult classic texts. The event is today at 2:30 p.m. in Paley’s lecture hall, and it is open to the public. -Brooke Williams



Marvella McDaniel, the group leader of Compassionate Friends, holds a photo of her son Eric, who studied architectural engineering at Temple.

Group works through grief together Continued from page 1


had, there should be more parents or children coming,” McDaniel said. “It’s hard to deal with this alone.” Since her first meeting, McDaniel has come every month and now, as the group’s leader, helps to see others through the place of pain she was in 20 years ago. “It took years to get to this place,” she said of her grief. “Don’t put a limitation or a time on it. Don’t say, ‘In two months, three months, I want to get back to my old self.’ It doesn’t work like that.” Someone who has lost a loved one never gets over it, McDaniel said, but rather gets through it. She said attending meetings helps, if in no other way, to show that progression can happen and life can find some sort of a “new norm.” One of the mothers who stood out to McDaniel was Donna Garnett, who lost her 23-yearold daughter, Diamond in a car accident two years ago. When

she went to identify Diamond’s body, she received a packet on how to deal with loss and called McDaniel. It took her 10 months to come, McDaniel said, but when she did, Garnett reminded her of a balled-up fist—tight and tense with everything bottled up inside. “It was affecting my health,” Garnett said. “I told Marvella I’d love to come to the meeting, but my body wouldn’t let me do it.

instructor. She loved animals and had two pit bulls and a cat named Coco Chanel, which Garnett still takes care of, even though she is allergic. “She had a special kind of heart,” Garnett said. McDaniel said the growth she’s seen in Garnett during the last year and a half prompted her to make Garnett co-leader of the group. “Once she opened up, it was

nett said, explaining that no two people process death the same way. “People say, ‘I don't want to feel happy because my child is dead.’” McDaniel said. “I want to say, ‘You can be happy, you can laugh and dance. Your child would not want you to feel like this.’” Garnett hopes that even if it takes a while, people return and realize their purpose in life isn’t

“There should be more parents or children coming. It’s hard to deal with this alone.” Marvella McDaniel | group leader of Compassionate Friends

Finally I said, ‘I’ve got to stop beating myself up. I’ve got to do something positive.’” Garnett, who has two other children, now talks about her daughter often. Diamond loved kids, Garnett said, and worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a special education

like, ‘Oh my god,’” McDaniel said of Garnett. “She is a light now.” The pair want to impress upon the group’s attendees that grieving and working through the loss of a loved one is a slow process. It’s OK to cry or to talk as if their loved one is still here, Gar-

gone. “I just want to lift some of their heaviness,” she said. “I want them to know you can give back through what you have lost.” * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross

Student exhibit won director’s award Continued from page 7


prior to the American Civil War. According to the National Parks Service, Hopewell Furnace was Pennsylvania’s second-largest iron producer by 1789. The park now has 14 restored structures and 52 features on the “List of Classified Structures” by the National Park Service. Eight students from the Junior Design Studio took part in the creation of the flower show exhibit. Christopher Onder, junior landscape architecture major, said he worked 35 hours a week for eight weeks to prepare it. “It was a lot of long days and nights,” Onder said. “But it was well worth every minute because the exhibit came out looking better than I could have ever imagined.”

“Creating this exhibit taught me many lessons in being resilient and seeing the results of hard work,” he added. “[I] was thinking, ‘Your design is perfect,’ then finding out that the materials you thought you were going to use would not work for one reason or another, and not to give up on it, but to collaborate with your team members to come up with another plan to make it work.” The exhibit featured 100 to 150 flowers. Students were inspired by moss and other vegetation they saw growing on the wooden roof of a house at Hopewell Furnace, as well as the size of the park’s big timbers and the color of a stove for melting iron from the park. These scenes were all incorporated in the final product, Kuper said. “It’s pretty much what I envisioned,” said Mike LoFurno, an adjunct assistant professor

in the Junior Design Studio. “A lot of the students didn’t quite visualize it the same way because they hadn’t really seen it all together because each part was constructed separately, and then it wasn’t together until Wednesday or Thursday when they started to see it as an experience all together.” Temple has been featured in the Flower Show for nearly 40 years and has never won the National Park Director’s Award before, LoFurno said. “This may be the first time afterwards I didn’t seek validation that the exhibit was good,” Kuper said. “I knew it was great.” “I think we did the Hopewell Furnace justice.”


“With residential space, like shared space between students and long-time residents, it’s a huge problem.”


Students can participate in the Main Campus Program Board’s PB&J Day on Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Morgan Room D301. The sandwiches will be given to no-income and low-income residents in the PhiladelphiaCamden area. Music and food will be provided. Donations of peanut butter, jelly and bread are welcome. -Gillian McGoldrick


As part of Women’s History Month, Temple will hold a conversation with Dr. Stephanie Morris, director of the archives for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a congregation based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was originally founded by Saint Katharine Drexel in 1891. The congregation works to battle prejudice, racism and oppression, specifically toward Native Americans and African Americans. Morris will discuss the congregation’s philanthropic activities and other work. The conversation will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Sullivan Hall’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. -Jenny Stein


Journalist and blogger Latoya Peterson will lead a discussion about her new online video series, “Girl Gamers” on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall. She will also discuss her personal experiences in journalism regarding personal and controversial topics. Peterson’s work has been in publications like Vibe, Spin and The American Prospect. She also runs a blog, Racialicious.com, which focuses on the intersection of race and pop culture. -Grace Shallow


As part of the “2016 Poets & Writers Series,” Daniel Torday, director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, will be reading from his works on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Anderson Hall, located in Room 821. Torday is the author of “The Last Flight of Poxl West,” a book about a young boy who idolizes his uncle, a plane bomber during World War II. Torday has also written short stories and essays published in Esquire, Tin House, Paris Review Daily and The Kenyon Review. -Alexis Rogers

* gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick

Voice of the People | SAM LUCKMAN

Naomi Taback, an assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage department, will lead a Temple Talk titled, “Porn and the Past” today at 3:30 p.m. in Room 200A of the Student Center. Taback will use her research experience on the Enlightenment to discuss how pornographic literature was used as a form of social criticism, as well as a way to promote new radical philosophies during the Enlightenment period. Taback also argues a materialist view of sex, specifically in regard to the numerous possible combinations of sexual acts, allowed for the deconstruction of political and social hierarchies present during the Enlightenment. -Jenny Roberts


“Do you think litter is a problem off campus?” SHALI PAI



“Off campus, because of parties, litter is always a problem. It’s really hurting the neighborhood.”

“It’s such a mess. People really don’t care about trash when it comes to off campus.”





Antipas claims 2nd-place finish


Junior foil Miranda Litzinger (left), and freshman Auset Muhammad spar during a practice.


Demi Antipas earned a second-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. The senior foil was one of 12 Owls to compete at the meet. Both Antipas and freshman Auset Muhammad recorded a 4-0 record in the first pool, while junior foil Miranda Litzinger went 4-1 in pool play. Both the foil squad and epee squad had three finalists at the event. Senior Jessica Hall, sophomore Safa Ibrahim and junior Alexandra Keft finished fourth, ninth and seventh in epee, respectively. Freshman Blessing Olaode and Jessica Rockford finished 11th and 12th, respectively in sabre. The team await the selections for the NCAA Championships, which will be anounced today. -Michael Guise





Former Temple wide receiver Rod Streater has signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The one-year deal is reportedly worth up to $4.8 million with incentives. In his four-year NFL career, Streater has appeared in 36 games, catching 109 passes for 1,564 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2013 with the Oakland Raiders, the wide receiver totaled 60 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns. As an Owl, Streater caught 49 passes for 882 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Before coming to Temple, Streater spend two years at Alfred State College in New York, where he played wide receiver and safety. -Michael Guise

The women’s tennis team picked up its second consecutive victory on Saturday after defeating Marist College 7-0. After defeating Binghamton University 7-0 on Friday, the Owls won all all six singles flights and all three doubles flights on Saturday at the TU Pavilion. The Owls won both the singles and doubles flights in Friday’s 7-0 victory. The team is 7-4 on the season and will face the University of Delaware on Sunday. -Michael Guise


championships on March 15 the gymnastics team earned a team score of 190.95 and a third-place finish, with the host Brown University earning first place (193.95) followed by Southern Connecticut State University (191.0). Temple finished ahead of Rhode Island College which earned a 170.825. The team began the evening on uneven bars, earning a total score of 47.025. Senior Michaela Lapent posted her season-high with a 9.625 and sophomore Sahara Gipson followed with a 9.6. The next event was balance beam, where the Owls logged a team score of 47.20. Sophomore Kayla Kennedy, who last posted a scored a 9.65 on January 29 in the team’s tri-meet at West Chester University, set a new season high of 9.725. The score was also good for third overall at the competition. On the balance beam, Gipson logged a 9.7, while freshman Breahna Wiczkowski had a 9.475 and senior Reagan Oliveri rounded out the scoring with a 9.375. The last event of the evening was the vault, where the team earned a season-high 48.375, also its highest score since Feb. 26, when the Owls posted a 48.3 at the Pink Invitational meet in Philadelphia. Freshman Aya Mahgoub and Gipson both logged scores of 9.8, followed by Odom’s 9.675. Oliveri and freshman India Anderson each scored 9.55 on the event. -Dan Newhart


Coach Tonya Cardoza’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. In her eighth year, Cardoza—who signed a five-year contract extension in 2011—led the Owls to a 19-10 regular season in 2015-16. While at the helm of the women’s basketball team, Cardoza has compiled a 161102 record, and has led the Owls to two consecutive Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances after three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids in her first three year. -Mark McCormick

OWLS PLACE THIRD AT BROWN In its last regular season meet before the Eastern College Athletic Conference

Fernandez plans to compete again for Owls in two weeks Continued from page 22


Her first competition of the season was the last regular-season meet, the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston on Feb. 12-13. Fernandez finished 38th in the 3,000-meter, which was the 11th-best in the American Athletic Conference for the 2015-16 indoor season. The next meet was the American Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 28-29 in Birmingham, Alabama. Fernandez ran in the distance medley relay, but she didn’t run the 3,000 because of her injury. “I started racing and training normally and I came back to the pain,” Fernandez said. “So that was really disappointing because you think you are there, but no, that was a joke. [At conferences], I had a lot of pain, so the coaches decided to not let me run.” Fernandez, who was the first woman in program history to achieve first team All-American honors in cross country, said she should be ready to rejoin the team in about two weeks, as her timetable for return is based on how she feels.

“My goals this season are probably going to be the highest in my life,” Fernandez said. “This is my last semester competing with the team. As a team, I want us to get as many points as we can at conference and then qualify for nationals.”

ify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When she goes back to Spain after graduating, she will have to have a top-three finish in the 5,000 in Spain’s National Championship to represent her country. If Fernandez qualifies, she will

My goals this season are probably “going to be highest in my life.” Blanca Fernandez | graduate senior

Since transferring to Temple in January 2014, Fernandez has collected NCAA All-American second team honors in indoor and outdoor track for the mile and the 1,500-meter respectively. Fernandez holds the school record in four of the five events she competes in. For indoor, she has run the fastest time in the mile and the 3,000 of any female Owl. For outdoor track, Fernandez holds bests in the 800 and 1,500. She’s also ranked second in the 5,000. Fernandez also hopes to qual-

be the first woman in school history to compete at the Olympics. “It’s like the dream of everyone to compete in the Olympics,” Fernandez said. “Last year, I was third in the 1,500. After that, it was like, ‘Maybe it’s not just a dream. It could be real.’ If I competed in the Olympics, my life would change completely. So let’s just go step by step and if I qualify, I will think about what will happen next.” * maura.lyn.razanauskas@temple.edu


Blanca Fernandez stretches on the track in preparation for her return from a leg injury.




Owls travel to Brooklyn to face Hawkeyes on Friday Continued from page 1


this season. “They are definitely a good offensive team,” Brown said. “They have a good player, Uthoff—a good perimeter shooter who can score inside and out. It’s a good, well-balanced team.” Along with Uthoff, Peter Jok carries the scoring load for the Hawkeyes. The junior guard averages 16.2 PPG, the only other scorer beside Uthoff to average double-figure scoring. The Hawkeyes come into Friday’s game losing six of their last eight games, including a 68-66 loss to the University of Illinois in the second round of the Big 10 conference tournament. After starting the year 16-3, the Hawkeyes ascended to No. 3 in the AP Poll, but finished the season with a 5-7 skid. “I’ve seen them a number of times,” Dunphy said of Iowa. “I know they have good players. … We’ll have our hands full. That was going to happen no matter who we were going to play.” The Owls head into the NCAA tournament winners of four of their last five games, with the lone loss coming against Connecticut in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Champi-


Senior Devontae Watson cheers in the team’s 72-62 win against Memphis on March 3 at the Liacouras Center.

onship. After starting the year 6-6, the Owls won 15 of their final 21 games, including wins against NCAA Tournament bound teams Cincinnati, Tulsa

and Connecticut. “It’s kind of like a roller coaster,” senior forward Jaylen Bond said of the team’s season. “We’ve had our ups, we’ve had our downs. But

we stuck together, stayed as a team, stayed as a family. These are the times you look forward to.” Last season, two teams from The American were se-

lected to the field of 68. The four selections this year ties for the most selections in the history of conference. “I think that says a lot about our conference,” Dun-

phy said. “I’m grateful for that. I think our conference is a real good challenging league. To have four us in there is great.” * michael.guise@temple.edu

DeCosey holds key to Owls’ success in March Continued from page 22


In the team’s 63-61 win against Central Florida on Feb. 27, DeCosey used a pump fake at the foul line to create space and hit the game-winning shot with 3.1 seconds left, lifting the team to its 11th win by seven points or fewer this season. “Not too many people can guard him one-on-one,” junior guard Josh Brown said. “So we put the ball in his hands and tell him to make a play.” But the constant offensive responsibility may have taken its toll on the senior, who has scored 152 more points than anyone else on the team, attempted 95 more field goals and is one of two players to play more than 1,000 minutes this season. In the loss on Saturday to Connecticut in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, DeCosey scored 14 points on 4-of-17 from the field. In the team’s two conference tournament games at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, DeCosey shot 7-of-30 from the field, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The style of play from DeCosey Temple fans have become accustomed to watching fell by the wayside at the conference tournamnet against a superior team in Connecticut. “I’m not tired,” DeCosey said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I just need to get back in the gym and keep

working on my shot. Shooters don’t stop shooting.” Since the calendar turned to February, DeCosey has shot 50-of-155 from the field in the team’s last 12 games. In the same span, DeCosey has shot 40 percent or better from the field three times. In the team’s previous 20 games, the guard shot 40 percent or better from the field 13 times. So when struggling to shoot, Temple’s swiss army knife must find different ways to contribute, which is what Dunphy preaches to DeCosey. “Maybe you aren’t going to shoot it great for stretches of the game but you can sure as hell do some things on the defensive end and rebound to be there for your teammates,” Dunphy said of DeCosey’s role. “There are so many things that go into being a good teammate.” The last Owl to lead the team through the NCAA tournament was Khalif Wyatt. In his final appearance in March’s most prestigious tournament, the guard scored 62 total points in two games, nearly leading the No. 9 seed Owls to a Sweet 16 appearance and an upset win against No. 1 seed Indiana University Bloomington. With March the time when local school stars become national legends, DeCosey has the chance to join the likes of Wyatt and others by leading the Owls into a deep March run or hitting another clutch game-winning shot. * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise


Tonya Cardoza’s squad hasn’t earned a NCAA tournament bid since 2011.

Owls WNIT bound Continued from page 22


The week before Selection Monday, Brigham Young University and Princeton University—two mid-major programs—failed to win their conference tournaments but received at-large bids, potentially knocking Temple out of contention for the field of 64. “We knew that in order to give ourselves a really good shot

five games from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6, as a missed opportunity. “Earlier in the season, we had some games that we let slip away,” Covile said. “If we would have won those games, there would be no doubt about us making the tournament.” This season, Temple’s resume included a 2-6 record against opponents inside the RPI Top 50 and a 1-5 record against ranked opponents. Now, Temple will attempt an-

in the season, we had some “Earlier games that we let slip away.” Erica Covile | senior guard


Quenton DeCosey dunks in the Owls’ 67-65 double-ovetrime win against Cincinatti on Jan. 16.

that we would have to beat South Florida and play in the [The American] championship game,” Cardoza said. “The last thing you want is to hope someone loses. You just want to control your own destiny.” Temple, along with Memphis and Tulane, will represent The American in the WNIT field. Senior guard Erica Covile, who has not made the NCAA tournament during her collegiate career, looked back to the three-week stretch in the nonconference season, where Temple lost four of its

other run in the WNIT to follow up last year’s semifinal appearance. The team opens up WNIT play on Friday on the road at Drexel. “They’re all feeling some sort of way, but they know there’s still basketball to be played,” Cardoza said. “There is another opportunity to go out there, so we should have pride in that.” * sports@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews





3 freshmen contributing to Owls’ success this season Three freshmen have totaled 27 wins in singles this year. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News Coach Steve Mauro said doubles partners Florian Mayer and Uladzimir Dorash have clicked this season. After experimenting with different doubles pairings, the freshmen duo have found success playing with each other. Mayer and Dorash have won nine of their 11 matches

as a tandem. “Florian’s strong at the net and Uladzimir is good at setting him up,” Mauro said. “We figured that would be a good combination.” The two, along with freshman Artem Kapshuk, have been key to the Owls 12-3 start this season. The trio has combined for 27 singles wins in 35 total matches, which accounts for 44 percent of the team’s singles victories. “It’s one of the best group of freshmen that we’ve brought in, in a number of years,” Mauro said. “What I really like about these three freshmen is their work ethic.

They really love playing tennis and come to work everyday in practice. I’m really lucky that we have them.” Kapshuk leads the team with a 11-1 singles record, the lone Owl to total double digit victories. The freshman also has a 7-4 overall doubles record with three different partners. “I think he just needs to work on a couple aspects of his game to be a top player,” Mauro said. “But there’s no reason to why he couldn’t be a Top 50 player in the country.” Kapshuk, who is from Kiev, Ukraine, said Mauro has improved his game since arriving to Temple this year.

“[Mauro] saw from the beginning that I need to come in more to the ball and be more aggressive,” Kapshuk said. “This is what really improved. So now I not only stay far behind the baseline, I’m also coming into the ball and finishing the point.” Before losing 6-1, 6-1 to Southern Methodist redshirt sophomore Samm Butler on March 2, Kapshuk was on an eight-game singles winning streak, which began on Jan. 21 in a 7-0 shutout against La Salle. With 11 matches left on the schedule, Kapshuk has the opportunity to be the fourth Owl to total 20 or more singles

wins in a season since 200809. Filip Rams and Dmitry Vizhunov both won 20 or more matches in 2008-09 and 201011. Rams won 23 games both years. Hicham Belkssir was the last Owl to win 20 matches in the 2013-14 season. In doubles, Mayer and Dorash are 9-2 and are the lone pair to total more than five wins. Before losing matches to Southern Methodist and Abilene Christian by a combined score of 12-6, the two freshmen were 8-0 in doubles play. “We played two really strong teams in Texas and the score does not really represent the reality. … All of these

matches were really, really close,” Dorash said. “So we’re going to work hard and see what happens.” The Owls are 6-0 at home this season and with seven of the team’s last 11 matches coming at home, Mauro said his team has an opportunity to finish the year strong against top opponents after dropping two games in a row. “It was just unfortunate it didn’t go our way when we went out to Texas,” Mauro said. “But it’s still a long season and we’ll knock off some top ranked teams.” * thomas.ignudo@temple.edu T @Ignudo5

Prepping for championships


On Saturday, the Owls will compete at ECAC Championships. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News


Senior all-around Reagan Oliveri performs on the uneven bars during the team’s final meet of the season at McGonigle Hall on March 5.

After the university announced on April 30, 2015, that Umme Salim-Beasley would be the next head coach of the women’s gymnastics team, the 2014 East Atlantic Gymnastics League assistant coach of the year set goals for her new team to reach. As her first season as head coach winds down, Salim-Beasley feels her team has reached most, if not all of the expectations set before it­—being competitive with each team on the Owls’ schedule and having a competition where the team did not have to count a fall deduction toward its score. “We’ve really tried to work on the little things, the little things being landing deductions and form issues,” Salim-Beasley said. “Of course, in competitions, falls are what cause deductions. The little things like steps on landings are the things we’ve really been able to fine tune.” The Owls hosted their second home meet of the season on March 5, which was also senior day. Temple welcomed the University of Pennsyl-

vania and the University of Bridgeport to McGonigle Hall for the trimeet. Senior Reagan Oliveri earned first place for her all-around score of 38.2. “I think the performance [against Penn and Bridgeport] was our best performance,” Salim-Beasley said. “We definitely fell beneath the expectation of what we thought we could do on bars and beam, our concentration level just was not where it needed to be. But overall it was nice having the opportunity to compete at home for the second time.” Temple competed at Ithaca College on Feb. 28, earning a first place finish among five teams with a score of 191.15. Junior Briana Odom scored a 9.75 and 9.675 on her floor and vault routines, respectively. “I know a lot of us were feeling tired and a little worn out, but I think that we put out really, really great routines,” Odom said. “We did a really good job of staying in our bubble [at Ithaca]. At [The Pink Invitational] we were getting distracted watching other teams and their routines, but I think at Ithaca we did a good job of just staying with ourselves and focusing on our gymnastics.” The Owls’ final competition before the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships was held at Brown University, where the team finished in third place out of four teams at the meet.

The ECAC championships entail one meet between each team in the Owls’ conference—Brown University, College of William & Mary, Cornell University, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. “I am very intrigued, just seeing what scores other teams in our conference put up and knowing our ability and what we can do, I think it is going to be whichever team is most focused and determined,” Odom said. “I think at this point we can be that, but it’s anybody’s game.” Last season the Owls finished in fifth place at the event, held in New Haven, Connecticut. The team logged a 192.075 to finish ahead of Cornell, which scored a 191.225. In 2014, Temple’s McGonigle Hall was the host of the championships and the Owls finished third out of six teams with a score of 191.775. Oliveri said being a senior raises her and her teammates’ motivation to do well in the Owls’ last few meets. “It would kind of just be a perfect ending to the four years for us to go out and have a really good championship meet,” Oliveri said. “I think for me, I always like going up against William & Mary. I know some of the girls on that team. I also like going up against [the University of Pennsylvania]. I get to see my friends, and they’re just teams I like going up against.” * daniel.john.newahrt@temple.edu T @danny_newhart


With win on Saturday, Rosen’s squad continues winning streak The Owls won their seventh game in a row after defeating St. Joe’s. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News Senior defender Maddie McTigue has not forgotten how her season ended two years ago. In the 2014 season finale, Rutgers University defeated the Owls by one goal, ending the team’s chance to make the Big East Tournament. In the team’s last two meetings, the Owls have defeated the Scarlet Knights, including Wednesday’s 16-9 victory at Geasey Field. “It’s a huge rivalry between Temple and Rutgers, so it’s always a pride game,” McTigue said. “I think that taking a seven goal difference, I think that really proved to a lot of us on our team that we can do anything this year.” The Owls followed Wednesday’s win with a 16-4 victory against St. Joseph’s, increasing their winning streak to seven games following their season opening loss against the University of Louisville, then ranked No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association poll.


Senior midfielder Megan Tiernan runs during the Owls’ 16-4 win against St. Joseph’s on Saturday at Geasey Field.

Temple finished the first half Saturday with an 11-1 lead. The Owls are outscoring opponents 62-30 in the first half this season. “I think it’s definitely always a goal of ours to get the first draw, have the first possession and get the first goal and kind of get ourselves set and comfortable and get out the nerves in the beginning of the game,” senior midfielder Kirstie Connor said. “I

think whenever we start out with the first goal, that really helps us settle into the game.” The Owls retained much of their roster from 2015, losing four seniors. With much of the same personnel, Temple has changed its offense style. Through eight games, the Owls have 47 assists, eight more than they did all of last season. The team also ranks No. 7 in Division I in scoring,

averaging 14.38 goals per game. McTigue said practicing against the offense has helped the team’s defensive unit rank No. 4 in scoring defense this season. “I think that we’ve seen strong one-v-oneing offense,” McTigue said. “We’ve seen a lot of cutting offenses. And I think we’ve done a lot better at that because we’re better with the diversity, because in past

years our offense that we have has been a very strong one-v-one, but we’ve had a lot of assists ... I think as a defense in practicing against our offense everyday, it has made our defense so much better able to play against a lot of different attacks.” Several players have taken on bigger roles this season. Senior attacker Rachel Schwaab, who played in all 16 games in 2015 and started the last five, is two points away from tying her career-high of 33, set her freshman campaign. Connor, who also played in all 16 games and started the last five, has scored 14 goals in eight games, five more than her 2015 total. Senior midfielder Megan Tiernan, who started all 16 games last season, is two goals away from matching her 19 goals in 2015. “We certainly are reaping the benefits of three-and-a-half years of work from our seniors,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “They’ve all been working hard and it’s finally paying off. Their skill sets have gotten better. Their confidence has gotten better. Their understanding of the game has gotten better. And now put that together with the chemistry, and we’re playing really well on game day.” * evan.easterling@temple.edu T @Evan_Easterling


The gymnastics team will compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday. PAGE 21




Demi Antipas earned a second-place finish at the NCAA Regional, a former Owl inks a new NFL contract, other news and notes. PAGE 19

A trio of freshman men’s tennis players have helped the Owls start the season 12-3. PAGE 21




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Cardoza’s squad misses tournament The women’s basketball team will play in the WNIT for the second straight year. By CONNOR NORTHUP AND MARK McCORMICK The Temple News


Quenton DeCosey (right), talks to Ernest Aflakpui during a recent practice at the team’s practice facility at Pearson Hall.

Quenton DeCosey’s play will determine the team’s success in the NCAA tournament.


oach Fran Dunphy does not let Quenton DeCosey forget the duty he has to his 12 teammates. The senior guard is one of four Owls playing their final year of eligibility for the team, but DeCosey’s role stands above the rest. DeCosey leads the Owls in scoring and field goals made, while ranking second in rebounds, minutes and assists. After a regular season where he set career highs in seven statistical categories, DeCosey was a unanimous first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. “He’s very important,” Dunphy said. “He’s one of our leaders, a scoring leader, and we’ve talked about his responsibility. He’s a first team all-conference player. When they give you that award or honor, there is a tremendous responsibility that comes with that.” With the Owls as a No. 10 seed for the NCAA tournament beginning on Friday in Brooklyn, New York, against No. 7 seed, the University of Iowa, the team’s postseason fate rests on the back of DeCosey and No. 25 jersey, the team’s offensive engine. Decosey averaged 15.6 points per game this seaMICHAEL GUISE son, and the Owls were 14-1 when the senior guard scored 15 or more points. DeCosey also totaled 10 or more points in 29 of the team’s 32 games. “He’s our main scorer,” sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia said. “We look at him to make the big plays. A first team all-American conference player is important to the team.” DeCosey shoulders the Owls’ offensive load almost every minute he is on the floor. The senior is trusted to make crucial decisions in crunch time, like when the Owls need a bucket with the shot or game clock counting down.

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HAWAII wanted us to do is have us sit in there and not hear our names selected.” According to Christine Dawson of the NCAA selection committee, the first four teams that missed the tournament, in no order, were the University of Iowa, North Carolina State University, the University of Texas El Paso and Ohio University. Purdue University, one of the last four teams in, had a Ratings Percentage Index of 66, three spots higher than Temple’s. After the Owls beat South Florida, then-ranked No. 19 in the AP Top 25 Poll, 68-66 on Feb. 6 for their first win over a ranked opponent since February 2009, the team started receiving attention for an atlarge bid to the tournament. But the team finished 5-4 over its final nine games.






Tonya Cardoza| coach








We knew we would “ probably end up back in the WNIT.”




While watching the conclusion of the Selection Show from her couch, Tonya Cardoza was not surprised. For the fifth consecutive season, Temple (20-11, 13-5 American Athletic Conference) failed to reach the NCAA Tournament, and the Owls will participate in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the second straight year. “We knew we would probably end up back in the WNIT unless a miracle happened,” the eight-year Temple coach said. “We control our own destiny, and I don’t think we did enough.” On Monday, the Owls held their normal practice before heading home to watch their postseason fate unfold. “We sort of knew it was probably a long shot,” Cardoza said. “The last thing I







In final season, Fernandez battles leg injury Blanca Fernandez injured her left leg during the cross country season in the fall. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News


Graduate senior Blanca Fernandez runs during a recent practice at the Geasey Outdoor Field Complex.


After returning home to León, Spain, for winter break, Blanca Fernandez felt a sharp pain in her left leg. Following a fall cross country season where she was a firstplace finisher in six of the seven races she competed in, the graduate senior’s body began to wear down. “You always have pains, like hips, and you can be sore from the workout yesterday,” Fernandez said. “You always have

a nuisance that is on some part of your body, but this pain, I was like, ‘No, I cannot tolerate this. I’m running uncomfortable.’” The pain was discovered to be tendinitis in her IT band on her left leg. Tendinitis can be caused by repetitive strain, or overuse, on a particular area. Repetition is not uncommon in a distance runner’s workout, as he or she can log several miles a day, multiple days of the week. “As a distance runner you log, I call it, ‘time on your legs,’” coach Elvis Forde said. “They probably log more time on their legs than anyone else in terms of the repetitions you do. And the better you get at distance running, the more miles you start to put in. There are a lot of kids that suffer from overuse syndrome because it is the only way to get better.” The injury required Fernandez to miss a majority of the indoor season.


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