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Vending district to begin soon Temple will move food trucks on Main Campus, after City Council introduced the idea last summer. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News


ontgomery Avenue was empty of food trucks from Friday to Sunday after Temple began the process of painting lines on the street where a new vending district will be enforced. The vending district was introduced last year by City Council President Darrell Clarke—whose district covers Main Campus—to create structure for food trucks and carts on Main Campus. A city ordinance was passed in September by Mayor Nutter and was set to take effect this spring. Positions of trucks have been determined through seniority and 13th Street will be cleared, said Special Assistant to the President Bill Bergman. Bergman added there will not be many changes on campus and the vending district will provide a “more orderly approach” to vending on Main Campus. Drexel University’s vending district did not influence Temple’s, Bergman said. He added the University of Pennsylvania’s vending district was brought up during deliberations but the vending district was formed to fit the concerns of vendors. “[Vendors] could be in a different location,” Bergman said. “It will be business as usual but in a more orderly fashion.” “People in Temple have a long history with vendors and want to continue to see them on the street,” he added. The district will accommodate 50 spots for vendors, with 36 for food trucks and 14 for carts on campus. The city’s department of Licenses and Inspections will enforce the district. Some vendors said they were aware of the bill but were not sure of the next steps and how it will be enforced.




Senior forward Jaylen Bond walks off the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after the Owls’ 72-70 overtime loss to Iowa on Friday. Iowa’s Adam Woodbury grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the game-winning layup as time expired, ending the Owls’ season.



Fundraising a proposed project The Temple News takes a look at donations for a proposed on-campus stadium. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor As ongoing talks among university administration and the Board of Trustees about a proposed on-campus stadium continue, it remains unclear who has donated toward the estimated $126 million project.

We’ll save $3 “ million in the first

seven years by building a stadium on campus.

Neil Theobald | university president

President Theobald told The Temple News last month that 21 alumni have donated to the stadium. He declined to give names, saying they would become public once donors have officially signed agreements to donate money. In February, Theobald said the original goal for fundraising was $20 million, but changed to $50 million after the university “blasted by” that figure. The state has also pledged $20 million toward the project, he said. “We’ll save $3 million in the first seven


Officials: William Penn ‘on schedule’ The university plans to have fields and an athletic facility open by August. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Construction for two fields and an athletic facility is still on schedule at Broad and Master streets, where William Penn High School used to stand. The district closed the school in 2010 and Temple purchased the property for $15 million, originally valued

at $32.5 million, in June 2014. The project, which was part of Visualize Temple—the university’s master landscaping plan—cost an estimated $22 million. Demolition of the building began in November 2015 and is scheduled to open in August. The property is made up of six interconnected buildings, almost all of which have been demolished, said director of Architectural Services James Templeton. The front and sides of the main building will be demolished within the next two weeks and the adjacent sidewalk will be closed during the process.


Nandi Muhammad has been living in her home for 15 years, and has been running the candy store since.

Room for change


A neighborhood home acts as a candy store and learning center. By PAULA DAVIS The Temple News


Temple bought William Penn High School for $15 million in 2014.


University credit could drop

If the state budget isn’t passed by June 30, Moody’s and Standard & Poor could lower Temple’s credit ratings. PAGE 2


Budget could ‘change what Temple is’

Khalid Muhammad doesn’t let any children into his house with their shoes untied.

Muhammad and his wife Nandi has been living in the house for more than 15 years, serving the community in an unconventional way. The couple’s living room doubles as a penny candy shop, accessible to all children in the neighborhood. A pale blue flag flies over the house at 12th and Cumberland Streets when the operation is open for business. Former “penny candy kid”



W.E. Moerner, the 2014 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, spoke to students and faculty in the SERC on Thursday. PAGE 7

“Ingrained” at Automat Collective displays the work of Abby King and Marie Manski, which honors the building at 319 N. 11th St. PAGE 9

Nobel laureate visits campus Exhibit chronicles a building’s past

Fred Harris, 24, recalled some of his moments in the home of the Muhammads—like Khalid Muhammad’s constant reminder to “keep ‘em tied,” he said. “You can’t retreat or advance without them being tied,” Harris said, repeating Khalid Muhammad’s words. One word, stitched in black, fills the flag: willpower.






Budget impasse hurting university Both of Temple’s hospitals could face serious problems if funding isn’t passed. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News As the budget impasse continues in Harrisburg, Temple University Hospital could feel ramifications if one isn’t passed by June 30. If representatives and Gov. Tom Wolf cannot reach an agreement, TUH will be down $19 million in funding. Wolf has actually approved the healthcare section of the budget, but continues to veto the other sections, leaving TUH without state appropriations. “In the middle of all this budget crisis, the health side of the budget actually got done and was signed by the governor,” said Robert Lux, vice president and CFO of Temple University Health System. Despite this part of the budget being signed, TUH will not see any of the $19 million in funding that it needs to function to its fullest potential. “If you lose all that funding you just can’t deliver the product,” said Ken Kaiser, CFO and treasurer of Temple. “You aren’t going to be able to offer the same services.” The lack of funding would hurt several aspects of the hospital, Lux said. “If $19 million of our funding doesn’t occur because the governor and legislature can’t get it together, then that potentially puts a lot of hurt on Temple Health,” he said. “You think twice before investing in new programs for the community. You have to start to look at where all of the losses come from,” he added. “Generally, where all of the losses either

come from or start is in the emergency room.” Not having $19 million would also make starting and revamping community programs at the hospital more difficult, both at TUH and TUH’s Episcopal Campus, Lux added. Both campuses reported more than 134,000 emergency visits combined in Fiscal Year 2015. With that amount of visitors, the emergency rooms need to update their equipment and expand, Lux said. “On the Episcopal Campus they believe they have to invest $10 million to change the emergency room because it’s not big enough,” said Lux. “On the [Health Sciences Campus], they wanted $10 [million], we are providing $6 million because they felt that they need to expand and add different beds.” Without the funding they need, TUH and the Episcopal Campus will struggle to maintain their delivery of healthcare. “If that doesn’t occur in enough time, then it means that Temple Hospital would be thrust into a dire position of losing a lot of money,” Lux said. Along with not being able to offer the best possible emergency rooms, TUH’s credit rating will begin to affect how much the university can borrow, which will impact the health system, Lux added. “There will be a negative impact into our budget, that will have implications with Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, the credit rating services which have implications on what it will cost to borrow money,” he said. If the budget does not get passed, Kaiser acknowledges that it will be an issue for not just the hospitals, but the entire university. “It could be a big problem,” Kaiser said. “Not having the state budget passed is a disaster that’s looming for all of Temple.” * T @jonnygilbs96

Temple faces the risk of downgraded credit ratings, which would make borrowing money more difficult. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Temple faces a credit rating downgrade from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rating services as a result of the ongoing budget impasse. Both organizations assess the value and risk of investing with Temple. The impasse has resulted in a $175 million deficit for Temple, $145 million of which goes directly to the university and mostly subsidizes in-state tuition. The rest goes to the Temple University Health System. reported that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto the most current budget proposal, which was passed by the state House and Senate last week. “Any institution that issues bonds is subject to

ed and the state figured out the budget, and we figured out next year’s budget, [Moody’s] would be hardpressed to not increase the rating because the issue has been remedied,” he said. “If we’re downgraded and the state doesn’t come up with the money, it would be difficult for them to increase [the rating] because that is a large source of money. They want to make sure the plan we have in place is a sound one.” Bonds and a line of credit are the two ways Temple borrows money to pay for day-to-day and long-term operations, Kaiser said. The line of credit acts like an on-demand loan that allows the university to take money from PNC Bank to use for operations,

If we’re downgraded and “ the state doesn’t come up with

the money, it would be difficult for [Moody’s] to increase [the rating] because that is a large source of money.

Ken Kaiser | University CFO and treasurer


State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas speaks at his reelection campaign announcement event at Morris Chapel Baptist Church March 19.

Local rep announces campaign run W. Curtis Thomas currently represents the 181st district. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Community members, politicians and organization leaders gathered in Morris Chapel Baptist Church Saturday morning to hear state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas officially announce his candidacy for reelection. Thomas is running for representative of the 181st district in North Philadelphia, which includes most of Main Campus. He has been representative of the area since 1989. Within the wood-paneled walls, the excitement for the campaign from Thomas’ supporters arrived before he did. Campaign volunteers posed for pictures, holding up campaign signs and shared the different projects and organizations they were participating in. “He’s done an excellent job, and a job that no one else wants to do,” El Amor M. Brawne Ali, the leader of the 37th Democratic Ward, told a crowd of about 30. “Now we have to get our job done so he can get [elected and] get his job done.” Thomas’ platform focuses on solving multiple problems through education reform, which have been emphasized in his past platforms as well. He plans to bring STEM and building and trade programs

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into all kindergarten through eighth grade schools in his district. “If [people] don’t want to go to college, that should be okay,” Thomas said. “They shouldn’t be seen as giving up and they should be able to have job training. If you believe in education, you believe in decent jobs, decent benefits, decent wages and a decent community.” Thomas said higher education was on his list of priorities and that the current budget impasse in Harrisburg is a result of a “structural deficit.” “Initiatives were funded with onetime fixes,” he said. “We have to get the universities back on strong footing to prevent a tuition hike, and in order to [do that] we have to raise revenue,” Thomas added. Malcolm Kenyatta, alumnus and coordinator for member engagement in the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is serving as a volunteer on Thomas’ campaign. “He’s committed to showing that this community is just so much more than what people are predisposed to see,” Kenyatta said. “It’s tough to get a representative that isn’t full of the preconceived notions of the area. It’s important to change the image and stereotypes.” Many of Thomas’ supporters said he fights for the community and its voice in city and university organizations. “He’s a proven people fighter,” said Sheila Armstrong, assistant to the Field Director in Thomas’ campaign. Armstrong spent the last 10 years working on state

Rep. Rosita Youngblood’s campaign, but switched to Thomas’ campaign because Youngblood is running unopposed this election. Armstrong is also the aunt of Duval DeShields, a 14-year-old Dunbar Elementary School student who, police said, was fatally shot last October on 10th Street near Thompson. Thomas faces Democrat Kenneth Walker, a North Philadelphia native, who also raced against him in 2014. “People will say I’m not really opposed,” Thomas said. “But I treat all opposition the same—they’re credible, and they have a right to run.” Thomas added in his speech that he plans to work on raising the minimum wage and expanding public health and wellness services to families. He told The Temple News he opposes the university’s proposed on-campus stadium. “Until there’s better communication and understanding between the community and Temple, my stance is ‘no,’” he said. Armstrong said the platform includes working on green energy to create jobs along with sustainability, improving public safety with more lighting and police and raising awareness of cybersafety. The first election will be held Tuesday, April 26. * T @ChristieJules


credit ratings, which is any independent assessment of financial strength of the person issuing bonds,” said Ken Kaiser, Temple’s CFO and treasurer. “If Moody’s downgrades Temple, S&P will do the same thing.” Moody’s rated Temple at an Aa3, right on the cusp of High Grade and Upper Medium Grade, in December, citing in its report Temple’s advantages and disadvantages an investor should be notified of. “The Aa3 rating reflects its position as a large urban public research university with good student demand, good university operating cash flow supporting consolidated operations, and ample cash and investments,” the report read. The report, however, gave Temple a negative outlook because of the “weak operations and marketing challenges” of TUHS, which was rated as a Ba2, one level past Highly Speculative. The report also included “uncertain commonwealth funding due to the budget impasse” as another factor for the negative outlook. Should the budget impasse continue, Kaiser said Temple could be downgraded, which is difficult to build back up and sends a signal to the market that Temple is not on a good trajectory. “If it were downgrad-

which Temple then pays back when it has the cash on hand, Kaiser said. Temple dipped into its line of credit last semester as a result of the impasse, and will most likely do that again this semester for the same reasons, he added. “The university has $500-plus million in debt that it uses or has used to fund construction over the last 40 years,” he said. “It’s not an unusual amount of debt—it sounds like a lot but it’s right in line with our program.” The credit acts as a safety net in case there are unforeseen issues with cash flow or an opportunity, he said. “The most likely outcome would be at some point in the next four to six weeks they’ll figure out the budget and we’ll dodge the bullet,” Kaiser said. “I just can’t see Pennsylvania not supporting Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln. It’s such a doomsday scenario.” Kaiser said if there isn’t some sort of decision from the state by June, however, the other three universities affected by the budget impasse will face the same issues Temple is. “June is going to be the witching hour,” he said. * T @ChristieJules




A trip to look at Yulman Block captains said they still oppose an on-campus stadium. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor


Temple students Bobby Howley (left), and Julien Amegan wait for their Flight shuttle on March 17.

Reactions mixed as new shuttle service debuts on Main Campus Flight debuted on March 14, and can be used by students and faculty. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News On March 14, Temple launched its new on-demand evening shuttle service—Flight—to provide students and faculty rides to their homes and various locations on Main Campus. The Temple News previously reported that Flight replaced Temple’s old shuttle systems—TUr Door and Owl Loop. Unlike those services, Flight picks up students from their residences off campus through an app, called TapRide. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations said Flight costs the university the same as TUr Door and Owl Loop— about $600,000 annually. Another $16,000 is used for software licenses because the service operates like Uber. “We wanted to improve service,” Creedon said. “But we didn’t really have the ability to spend any more money on it. So we were able to implement this Flight service, make it more efficient, but also keep the spending where it was.” During the shuttle’s first week of service, students on campus told The Temple News they were experiencing problems as they attempted to request rides through the app. Amy Brown, a first-year graduate environmental engineering major, believes users will get frustrated with the app due to the inaccurate arrival times of the shuttle. “On the app itself, it gives you an estimated time of arrival but it’s not necessarily true,” Brown said. “For example, it keeps recalculating. It’ll say

‘estimated time of arrival five minutes.’ And that it will go down within that five minutes and say ‘one minute is your estimated time of arrival,’ and then it will recalculate again and say ‘five minutes.’” “The app seems a little glitchy,” added Johana Rahman, a senior public health major. “My location wasn’t popping up on the phone at all, even though I was typing it in [on TapRide].” Mark Gottlieb, facilities superintendent at Temple, was out helping students use Flight during the shuttle’s first week of service. He said he hasn’t yet investigated the problem with the app to give a definitive answer on the issue. Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said either students or the driver could have accidently cancelled their requested ride when it popped up as “cancelled” on the app. He added students must be patient with the new shuttle service. “As the drivers continue to use the system, as more students know about

campus for users to request rides. “We’re working to get a computer in the lobby of both the Student Center and the TECH Center,” Rinaldi said. Even though the service experienced problems during its first week, students believe the service will benefit them in the long run. “It’s kind of new so of course it’s going to have it’s little kinks, it takes time,” said Imani Gordon, a sophomore biology major. “It isn’t worse,” said Maria David, a graduate MBA student when comparing Flight to the previous systems. “Because I have waited for a way longer time in the earlier system. I’ve waited for even a half an hour and I didn’t get a ride … I think this is going to be efficient but it’s going to take some time.” The new system was put in place for the ultimate safety of the students, Gottlieb said. “This university for multiple reasons is concerned about the safety of its students at night,” he said. “And

I’ve waited for a way longer time in the “earlier system ... I think this is going to be efficient but it’s going to take some time.” Maria David | graduate MBA student

the system, and use it and they work it into their schedules, the more efficient the system will be,” he said. The service covers the areas of Cumberland Avenue to the north, 5th Street to the east, Girard Avenue to the south and 20th Street to the west. Rinaldi said there will be room for expanding the service in the future. He added TSG is working with the Temple Police and Gottlieb to expand the access of the service, and a kiosk will be built on

the challenges that are presented to the placement of this university and its particular environment make incumbent upon the university to take all of those things into consideration when providing transportation services … at night to students.” * T @Ignudo5

Last November, four block captains from blocks west of Main Campus traveled to New Orleans to see how Tulane University handles operations at a football stadium in a dense residential area. Toward the northern end of the university’s campus, the football team plays its home games at Yulman Stadium, which seats 30,000. The stadium opened Sept. 5, 2014. Joyce Wilkerson, senior adviser to the President for Community Relations and Development, told The Temple News last month that other community members were invited to attend, along with the four block captains. Temple paid for the trip as part of its decisionmaking process for its own oncampus stadium, she said. Wilkerson added the trip was to see how Tulane handles other parts of holding football games, like tailgating. Will Mundy, block captain of the 1600 block of Page Street, said he dedicated time during the trip to talk to residents who live near Yulman Stadium. “The only homeowners that were affected were in the spot that [Tulane] wanted it at,” he said. “A lot of residents didn’t even know a stadium was being built there until it was in the news,” Mundy added. “In other words, they didn’t have any communication about a stadium being built there. Here, we are trying to be on top of this ever since word got out.” He argued the community needs to know more about the process of the proposed stadium, citing the area’s past trouble as the number of off-campus students has increased. Another block captain who traveled to Tulane is Joan Briley, who oversees the 1500 block of Norris Street. Her house is right across the street from the proposed site. Briley said she opposes the stadium because of student behavior, citing problems during St. Patrick’s Day. “They’re up and down the street drinking beer,” she said. “They’re loud, they’re rowdy

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“They’re taking it down very cautiously because it’s near the sidewalk,” Templeton said. We’re taking extreme precautions to make sure nothing bad happens.” The project’s next steps are completing rough grading, or leveling, of the land before laying down field material and laying the foundations for the 1,700-square-foot locker room building. “The project’s still on schedule,” Templeton said. “The weather has thrown a few curve balls this year, we had that winter storm … [but] there are days built into the schedule for bad weather.” Templeton said there was a “long permitting process” in working with city companies like PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia Water Department and Comcast. The project also required permitting from the Streets Department because it will be rebuilding sidewalks, planting trees and making curb cuts for a small parking lot, Templeton said. “We’ve had to coordinate with [the agencies],” he said. “All construction permitting has to go through the city. … All the companies


Officials said they are careful with demolition because of the structure’s proximity to the sidewalk.

have to look at them and make sure they’re correct.” The finished complex will have a competition soccer field on the north side with a 400-meter running track around the field, bleachers and a “state-of-the-art” scoreboard, Templeton said. The south side will have a combined field hockey and lacrosse field and bleachers. The locker room facility with bathrooms and a possible office will be between the two fields. Two entrances will be located on Girard Avenue and Master Street.

There are also unfinalized long-term plans to develop the section along Broad Street, but it is currently being left as a grassy area, Templeton said. The Temple News previously reported that the William Penn Development Coalition believed the School Reform Commission blocked their efforts to purchase the property. Templeton said the Office of Community Relations has been communicating with neighbors throughout the process. “[We’ve been] working closely with the neighbors,” he said. “The Office of Communi-

… they urinate up and down the street, they throw up down the street, it’s horrible.” Briley added she wasn’t impressed by Yulman Stadium, citing the fact that there’s a fence around residences right next to the stadium. Briley said the other two block captains who traveled to the stadium were Estelle Wilson of the 2000 block of 15th Street and Milton Pollard of the 1800 block of North Bouvier Street. Neither could be reached for comment. Mundy said a key difference between residents here and those near Yulman Stadium is that people in New Orleans were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina as the stadium was being built. He added the area was clean and that laws against loitering and littering are “definitely enforced.” Briley believes student behavior happens because they don’t care about the community. She added that if any of Temple’s top administrators had to live where she does, they could see the rowdiness themselves. “Every person who asked me, ‘How do you feel about this stadium?’ A lot of them, they don’t live around here, the big wheels that are doing this stadium,” she said. “So they don’t have to deal with noise, the rowdiness … they can go home every night and we’re still here.” She added that the breakdown of respectful and rowdy students is about “50-50.” While she understands that college kids want to have fun, there needs to be a line between good and bad behavior. “I understand the partying, and the ‘Hey, mom and dad’s not around, let me do my thing,’” she said. “I don’t mind [kids] up and down the street, but be a little respectful.” Wilkerson told The Temple News last month the problems stem from a lack of oversight on students west of Broad Street. “When the university decided, however it decided, to become a residential campus, we perhaps weren’t sufficiently proactive at figuring out what that meant,” she said. “So you have hundreds of landlords operating on the west of Broad ... and a lot of them are just cash and check, they’re not on-site, they don’t manage the student conduct.” * T @Steve_Bohnel

ty Relations have been very proactive in letting the neighbors know about street closures and [excessive] dust.” Templeton added that construction crews utilize a hose to keep dust from demolition to a minimum and Temple has provided community members with car wash certificates when their cars have become dirtied. Templeton said he didn’t know whether the fields and facility will be available to others beyond Temple athletic teams. Any events held at the complex will be open to anyone who wishes to purchase a ticket. Members from Temple Athletics department deferred comment to Athletic Director Pat Kraft and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications Larry Dougherty, and neither could be reached for comment. State Rep. Curtis Thomas, whose district includes Main Campus, said he was against Temple purchasing the property. “As far as I’m concerned, it was an illegal transaction,” he said. “The William Penn situation is over. Temple owns it now and will do whatever they want to do with it.” * T @Lian_Parsons Julie Christie contributed reporting.




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Reveal donors Since late October, The not including one specific Temple News has been report- donor who could give enough ing on a proposed on-campus to bring total donations north stadium. of $20 milMany ques- We ask that stadium talks lion. be transparent, especially tions about it Theoremain unan- when it comes to donations. bald said swered, but d o n o r s administration and trustees would be disclosed as soon maintain the project is still in as deals are made on paper. the preliminary stages. Dicker, however, said the uniWe’ve been trying to an- versity “would do everything swer questions surrounding we could do to protect the the project, including how it anonymity” of donors. is going to be funded. Following the money is Here’s what we know: one of the most important asthe stadium would cost an pects of this story. Identifying estimated $126 million, $20 the 21 alumni could answer million of which has been key questions about each guaranteed from the state. person’s personal interests, The university wants to raise and reveal important political $50 million in fundraising. connections. Instead of directly paying the Theobald told us before Linc, where the Owls have we sat down with him last played since 2003, the re- month that he was open to maining costs will be payed having a “transparent” conover time. versation about the stadium. President Theobald told If donors who give large The Temple News 21 alumni gifts to the project, however, had agreed to donate in Janu- are allowed to remain anonyary, and that the university has mous, the question of how the “blasted by” its original fun- stadium is funded remains draising goal of $20 million. unanswered. In one of the Jim Dicker, vice president for most important decisions the institutional advancement, university faces in its history, said $11 million has been do- we believe public interest in nated, adding he’s being “con- that answer is important. servative” with his estimate,

Explore voting options The Temple Student are intrinsically more candiGovernment debate last Tues- dates who can represent and day in the Student Center was offer differing perspectives packed: four platforms, 12 to many student groups on candidates, Main Camthree mod- Four tickets gives more students pus, like an opportunity to connect. m e m b e r s erators and nearly 100 of ROTC, audience members. Last year women of color, athletes and The Temple News moderated activists. the debate between Future TU With this increase in and RepresenTU, and we saw tickets from previous years a lower turnout in attendees. comes more opportunity for But this year, it was students who may have never encouraging to see so many voted—due to lack of reprepolitically engaged students, sentation in prior elections— faculty and staff members to be more engaged. We saw attend the debate to hear an- the effects of this last week, swers on topics including and want excitement to grow. sexual assault education and We hope the varied opresources, the state budget, tions for student government the possibility of an on-cam- leaders this year will inspire pus football stadium, gender those who haven’t felt truly neutral housing and commu- represented in the past. We nity engagement. At the end encourage those people to of the debate, audience mem- vote next week to ensure their bers had the chance to write voices are heard not just on down their own questions, election day, but through the and it was exciting to see so next academic year. many in the ballot box. With four tickets, there


In “Trustees to discuss proposed stadium today” that ran March 15, it was incorrectly stated that trustees would discuss a proposed on-campus stadium at a public meeting. The stadium was not on the agenda, a university spokesman said. 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.

Stadium undervalues black lives Temple cares about diversity, until you cross west of Broad Street.


ince 2003, Temple’s football team has shared Lincoln Financial Field with the Philadelphia Eagles. Next year, its lease will end and Jeffrey Lurie and Co. proposes they’ll raise the rent by $2 million per year, after $12 million up front. In response, the Board of Trustees has begun talks— and even given the go-ahead for $1-million toward a design proposal and impact study—for a proposed 35,000-seat stadium in the mostly black and low-income neighborDARRYL MURPHY hood that borders the proposed site at Broad and Norris streets. If they move forward, the stadium will stand as a monument of indifference toward black lives. Community members have made it clear, through on-campus protests, that they don’t want stadium in their front yards, but President Theobald is feeling the pressure from the Eagles, who according to Forbes magazine, are worth $2.4 billion as of last September—a 37-percent increase from 2014. At a student forum last month, organized by Temple Student Government, Theobald and Athletic Director Pat Kraft pled their case and answered questions. “If we don’t build a stadium then we have to pay [the Eagles] a very large amount of money,” Theobald said. The meeting ended early due to student protesters chanting, “Where is the community?” Community members were denied access to the meeting—unless of course, they were students. On March 10th, I went to a meeting for the “Stadium Stompers,” a student and community group fighting against the proposed stadium at The Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond streets. Residents, students and alumni gave testimonials and pledged allegiance to the cause. Initially, I was looking to get a perspective for a piece that would cover all sides of the argument, but I couldn’t ignore that these are the people who live here. Their quality of life will be dramatically imposed upon. What other side is there? In cities across America, gentrifica-

tion—a transition of a neighborhood in which property values likely increase and displacement of residents is possible—is having a harsh impact on low-income, black and brown communities, too poor and depleted to fight back. From Brooklyn to San Francisco, developers are making a killing as native residents are being priced out of their homes, leaving some on the streets, the culture of communities erased. The struggling community of North Philadelphia, where more than 50 percent of the residents live below the poverty line as of 2013, are in the crosshairs as Temple expands and attracts outside developers. According to the elder residents of the community, this is nothing new. At the Stadium Stompers’ meeting, Paula Peebles, a Temple alumna and chairwoman for National Action Network—the group created and led by Rev. Al Sharpton—spoke about the community’s struggles with the university. “It’s been a consistent fight with Temple University,” she told the audience. “Ever since I can remember, of age

has been a predominantly low-income, black neighborhood. Like most communities of its kind, racist government policies and discrimination coupled with the flight of industry that supported many residents, denied them access and opportunities like loans and mortgages, that would have helped the community flourish. As a result, it fell into the despair of crime and poverty, being referred to as “blighted” by the city. Through the 20th century until now, Temple has been redeveloping Main Campus and portions of the surrounding area. Historic buildings and homes were demolished years ago to make way for expansion. In the mid-1960s, Temple’s demolition of rowhomes at 13th and Norris streets left many poor black families displaced. Today, North Philadelphia still has a bad reputation, and Temple is doing little to help change that. Temple student and 15 NOW member Becky Cave told the audience that before she arrived on Main Campus she was warned to “watch out


Resident John Bowie listens to public comment at the Feb. 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

of knowledge, that we’ve been fighting Temple University, and that’s well over four decades, people!” She later continued, “They have apartheid policies that are anti-African American community.” She is not alone in her condemnation. Earlier in the proceedings, former Temple professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro—whose contract was not renewed in spring of 2014—is known for his outspokenness, and made accusations of his own. “Let’s be real,” he said. “Temple University is an institution built upon the lie of white supremacy. And I say this not with joy, but with anguish. The Board of Trustees is about to carry out, if this thing goes through, an act of white supremacy never before seen in this city.” That’s a heavy indictment, but I agree. Since the 1960s, North Philadelphia

and alert police of suspicious locals.” Locals—not people or persons, but locals. At her orientation, she said she was told the people were “scary.” It appears that Temple—as an institution, not in its function as a college— doesn't care about its North Philadelphia neighbors. At the February forum, for which the specific function was to answer questions about the stadium, community members—you know, those people who will have to deal with the noise, parking and possible post-game “celebrations”— were denied access unless they were card-carrying Temple students. Who can blame Theobald for trying to save money? Business is business. However, for Temple, business is often done at the expense of burdening black lives. *


Flight: positive safety move The new app makes getting around easy.


he launch of Flight, a new shuttle service for members of the Temple community, on March 14, puts concerned students’ minds at ease regarding getting home late at night. Flight was the product of a collaboration between Temple Student Government, Campus Safety and Campus Facilities. The service allows GRACE SHALLOW students to LEAD COLUMNIST request a Flight shuttle through the app TapRide. Students can either be picked up or taken to one of seven spots on Temple’s campus from their residence, as long as it is in the service boundary. Flight will operate seven nights a week from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. The new app will replace the existing ride services aimed to get students home. Mark Gottlieb, superin-

tendent of service operations who has been working on Flight since 2014, told The Temple News in February ridership for TUr Door and OwlLoop is down 33 percent since 2010, the year the services became available at Temple. Flight utilizes something students use everyday—their phones—to promote ridership. Instead of advertisements for the shuttle being posted on a bulletin at the front of the residence hall, the app TapRide sits on the home screen of a student’s smartphone, constantly reminding students of Flight’s availability. Gottlieb said students with any type of smart tablet or phone have access to Flight and expects Flight to succeed in ridership. “Students are very familiar with the app world. If you wanted free, safe transportation in the evening, I wouldn’t think it would be a resistance to loading another app,” he said. “It would be a definite deliberate decision to decide at 10 or 11 o’clock at night that they wanted to come back to a campus building to pick up a paper they forgot or get some research done. Now it’s a no-brainer. Now people will

do it.” It’s a positive thing the concerns and voice of Temple’s student body were heard and considered in the development of Flight. The seven oncampus spots were chosen by traffic, Ben Palestino, TSG’s communications director, told me. Some of those spots include IBC, Morgan Hall and the Student Center. “We tried to use the most popular places on campus. … From doing projects at the Tech Center to going to the Student Center and getting some food, I think we [used] our personal experiences to make a decision, but we also asked the students,” Palestino said. I agree with Palestino. It is almost impossible—and annoying—to find a friend to meet every time you decide to leave the house after sunset. The main goal of bringing Flight to Temple’s campus is to improve students’ safety as a whole by giving them an accessible, easy-to-use way to avoid walking home alone. Brett Ennis, TSG’s director of Campus Safety, told me about other benefits he thinks Flight can offer Temple students. “If it’s cold, raining or

snowing, some students might not want to get out of bed to come to the Tech at 8 o’clock at night even though they have something due the next day,” he said. “Now this is going to hopefully motivate them to be like ‘OK, I can just download this app and use it so they can pick me up at my front door and take me to campus.’” Gottlieb thinks Flight making Main Campus more accessible at night can change the culture of student life and how students engage. “It will open up this campus during the evening. It’ll change, what is now the currently accepted nighttime activity model to be something else no one is probably envisioning right now,” Gottlieb said. “The other potential possibilities [besides safety], I don’t think anyone has a firm handle on it. It’ll be a positive addition to the campus.” Knowing I will most likely be living off campus for the remainder of my time at Temple, I am grateful to have a responsive, individualized and completely free service available to help get me home safely. *




column | budget

Lack of budget could ‘change what Temple is’ Without a budget, the university may have to raise tuition and stop spending on new projects.


hen you attend Philadelphia public schools your entire life, a budget gridlock isn’t out of the ordinary. I was lucky enough to have attended schools that weren’t in danger of closing, but financial problems were considered normal. When a dingy, rotted square of my high school’s ceiling collapsed, splintering onto the dusty marble floor, students pointed and laughed. We regarded the lack of funds the way one would discuss bad weather: yes, it was terribly frustrating, but also somewhat natural and inevitable. So when I realized my ANGELA GERVASI university was also facing obstacles in obtaining funding from the state, I wasn’t fazed at first. After all, I thought, government moves slowly. But not this slowly. In fact, it has never taken this long to pass a budget in Pennsylvania history. Temple’s budget predicament is simple enough: the Commonwealth was supposed to endow Temple with $175 million for the 201516 school year. The budget was due on June 30,

2015—almost nine months ago. If the budget doesn’t pass by June 30 of this year, Temple likely will not receive state funding at all. Chief Financial Officer Ken Kaiser told The Temple News last month that the university would have to consider essentially operating as a private institution if it couldn’t rely on state money. “It would change what Temple is,” Kaiser

ly established Temple Option, which allows applicants to submit essays rather than SAT scores. Initiatives like these help Temple achieve its mission as a public university: “to provide access to superior education for committed and capable students of all backgrounds.” But the idea of privatization, or just figuring out how to operate without Temple’s usu-

Without any state funding, there would be no “ reason to subsidize tution costs for students from Pennsylvania.” said. On March 2, administrators, along with Pennsylvania General Assembly members, attended the budget appropriation hearing in Harrisburg. The meeting, he said, wasn’t very productive. “I don’t think they focused enough on the issues with us on what the impact is going to be if we don’t receive the funding for this year,” Kaiser said. “Or, for next year.” At the hearing, President Theobald outlined the “Fly in 4” initiative—which promises to pay for students’ tuition if they must take classes past their expected graduation date. Theobald also highlighted the more recent-


ally allotted budget for one year, changes that. “We would have to look at everything we do at Temple and, you know, do it differently,” Kaiser said. “What are the things that we’re providing for free because we get the state funding?” Another side of the coin would be the rise in tuition, especially for in-state students, Theobald said in Harrisburg. Without any state funding, there would be no reason to subsidize tuition costs for students from Pennsylvania. While an effort to pass the budget came close to fruition in January, House Democrats blocked the attempt. The conflict, Kaiser said, is heavily rooted in politicians’ reluctance to

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column | politics

He’s not “speaking the truth,” he’s peddling hate.

March 30, 2010: The Temple News reported the three tickets running for office of Temple Student Government were preparing for students to vote. Temple has not seen more than two tickets since 2010, but this year, four teams—Owl Opportunity, Believe in TU, Empower TU and Take TU—are

compromise. “In the real world, you give a little here and you take a little there and so forth, but neither side is willing to do that here,” he said. For now, the university has taken out a line of credit from PNC Bank as it waits warily for the June 30 deadline. While Kaiser said he expects the budget to pass in time, the situation still seems grim. “Each day that goes by, I just shake my head a little bit more,” Kaiser said. There came a time in my Philadelphia public high school career when the bad weather of budget cuts became too stormy to bear. That year, 2013, I joined thousands of students in an orchestrated walkout to the School District building, to fight for accessible, well-funded education. That sunny spring day, youthful bodies filled the streets and demanded their schools be salvaged; it became evident that students have a voice. Kaiser did not suggest a walkout, but something simpler—that students contact state representatives and express their opinions. “That is really probably the most effective thing that students, their families, friends can do really— letting [state legislature] know that there’s ... people are really being affected by their inability to get a budget done,” Kaiser said. While it’s sad that a missing education budget has become normal for many in PA, using our voices as students who care could lead to change and improvement.

y dad is voting for Donald Trump and I can’t talk him out of it. Despite using logic and basic human decency to explain why this is a bad thing, my dad is still attracted to Donald Trump— and this is terrifying for America. I come from a middle-class family in a suburb outside Philadelphia. My dad is a used-car salesman and is a single parent, supporting four kids. He has always been conservative, but I never thought his conservatism would drive him to GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK favoring such a hateful candidate like Trump. It’s a scary time for America when a middle-aged man who isn’t the stereotypical racist who is usually depicted in most of Trump’s violent and awful rallies has raised four good, smart kids. It’s even more terrifying knowing his candidate of choice has won 18 states already in the primary elections. For some reason, my dad thinks Trump represents him as a middle-class worker. But Trump was never in the middle class—we’ve all heard how he’s received a “small loan of $1 million” from his father. “A lot of analysts fell into the trap of thinking that because Trump doesn’t talk about the issues the way presidential candidates do, and he doesn’t talk about anything that the presidential candidates do,” said Michael Hagen, a political science professor teaching about campaigns. “We thought he didn’t have a chance, but it turns out there’s an appetite out there for people who don’t talk about politics in a usual way.” Some of my favorite arguments from my dad are “He’s going to make jobs,” “He’s not from the establishment” and “He’s blunt and honest.” Let’s break these down: It is undeniable Trump is a successful businessman. But the United States government is not a private-sector business that can claim bankruptcy in hopes of someone bailing them out like Trump has done in a few endeavors. When you are on the world stage like a president is, there is no magic wand that will allow “The Donald” to wave his orange fingers and wondrously create jobs and an eco-

nomic boom. Trump does not come from the political establishment. He’s not a seasoned politician speaking with his hands closed, like so many politicians do after they’ve been in politics for too long. But other candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina were also less seasoned than many others—and much less hateful. Most of the political system is corrupt because so often the corporations that fund campaigns expect the politician

and “them,” when as Americans, we are supposed to be united. “There are folks who find him appealing because they don’t like people who are not like them racially, ethnically or economically,” Hagen said. “There are other people who just don’t like the way things are going and they like the idea of someone who’s not a politician being in charge.” My dad falls into the second category. My family has stayed in Trump hotels

to uphold their interests. But picking a candidate because they’re not a part of the political system definitely doesn’t solve it, especially in the case of Trump. If anything, he would be the worst candidate to work with Congress, seeing his negative ability to take criticism. Trump isn’t blunt or honest. He and his rhetoric are hateful and racist. Hagen agreed the rhetoric from Trump that has escalated to promote an atmosphere of violence at some of his rallies has gone too far. Trump’s policies include “We’re gonna build a wall,” and “We’re gonna kick ISIS’ a--.” These aren’t presidential policies—they wouldn’t even fill a pagelength paper. They’re simply ideas to rally supporters. These “policies” do so much damage to the groups of people they are affecting. Illegal immigrants are not all “racists and criminals” and Islam does not “hate” America and the western world. These are big ideas that pull in the mentality of “us”

when I was younger, and my dad is attracted to the brand. “You also can’t underestimate the fact that he is really famous, it attracted a lot of attention,” Hagen said. “He’s extremely effective at maintaining a very very high profile, he sort of prevents his opponents from getting much press because he’s such an irresistible story.” Trump doesn’t have policies set and he isn’t even close to being politically correct. He is preaching hate and violence that appeals to America’s traditional ignorance. “You’ll see, Gill,” my dad said. “Once he’s the nominee, you’ll vote for him, too.” Well, you’ll see Dad, not only will I not vote for Donald Trump, I guarantee he is not our next president. America has come too far to fall into the trap of Donald Trump’s bigotry and xenophobia.

isn’t blunt or honest. He and his “Trump rhetoric are hateful and racist.”






Report: Physics professor will not be retried CRIME POLICE SHOOT SUSPECT NEAR HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS

A 22-year-old man was shot and critically wounded by police last Thursday, 6ABC reported. The shooting occurred at 15th Street and Allegheny Avenue where undercover officers attempted to approach the suspect about a shooting. The suspect initially fled from the undercover officers but after they caught up to him, he then pointed a gun at the officers. “When officers caught up to the male, that’s when the male pulled a gun from his waistband, and pointed it at police,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small. “Officers ordered him to drop the gun. He refused.” One of the officers fired at the suspect, hitting him in the torso and leg. The suspect was transported to Temple University Hospital and is currently in critical but stable condition. Police discovered that the suspect is wanted on three warrants for fraud and absconding. Officials will conduct an investigation, but they believe that the officer followed department protocol. -Jonathan Gilbert


The Inquirer reports that federal espionage charges levied against a Temple physics professor last year will not be re-filed, effectively ending a legal battle with the federal government that attorney Peter Zeidenberg said had “been awful” for his client. In May, prosecutors alleged that client, physics professor Xiaoxing Xi, sold secrets about superconductor research to individuals in China. The federal government withdrew charges in September, but indicated that they could revive the case in the future. Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple and worked at Pennsylvania State University since 1995 before coming to Temple in 2014. -Joe Brandt


George Washington Carver High School’s football team works out after school. Jonathon Briggs, a student, died March 15.

NEXT PHASE OF UNIVERSITY BRANDING CELEBRATES ALUMNI The next phase of Temple’s brand campaign will be focused on Temple alumni who are innovators. The initial campaign, titled Take Charge, began in 2014 to launch Temple toward national recognition. According to a university press release, this campaign will be shown on new advertisements that will appear on billboards, radio, TV and websites. These advertisements will include a diverse group of alumni who have contributed to ventures and solutions in the past. Those who will be featured include a chemist who contributed to research that resulted in a HIV drug and an entrepreneur who created a jewelry line to help decrease violence against women. The first phase of Take Charge included background of Temple and its story as an institution. -Gillian McGoldrick


Multiple Temple graduate school programs have received higher rankings in U.S.

News and World Report for 2017. According to a university press release, these rankings are calculated by factors like employment rates, research activity and student-to-faculty ratios. Beasley School of Law advanced to No. 50 in the Report’s Best Grad Schools. Tyler School of Art retained is spot within the top 15 graduate schools in the country for a fine arts ranking that is calculated every four years. Fox School of Business was also ranked among business schools, at No. 41. Tyler School of Art had top-10 rankings for glass, painting and drawing and printmaking programs. Fox School of Business also saw rankings for its parttime MBA program at No. 16 and an information systems program ranked at No. 14. College of Public Health, College of Engineering, School of Pharmacy, School of Social Work and Lewis Katz School of Medicine also had ranked programs in the Report by U.S. News. Temple received its highest-ever ranking in 2016 from U.S. News, ranking No. 115 of Best Colleges. -Gillian McGoldrick

COMMUNITY NEWS CARVER HS STUDENT DIES The students at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science mourned the loss of a classmate Wednesday afternoon. Fifteen-year-old Jonathon Briggs died Tuesday of bacterial meningitis, a disease transmitted by close contact, 6ABC reported. The school informed students and parents they were not at risk. 6ABC reported the freshman was a member of the junior varsity basketball team, and that his coach plans to retire Briggs’ jersey, No. 44. The high school held an informational meeting for parents Wednesday night who were concerned about the disease and wanted to learn more. That afternoon, students released balloons in memory of their classmate. 6ABC spoke to students who described Briggs as a “cool kid” who liked to joke around and have fun. -Julie Christie

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years by building a stadium on campus against what we pay now,” he said. “That’s funds available [for] scholarships, other buildings, community programs, all of the things we spend money on.” Jim Dicker, vice president of institutional advancement, is in charge of fundraising for the proposed stadium. “Prior to [the Feb. 8 board meeting], I would have what we categorize as ‘exploratory conversations’ with what I call leadership donors, so these are the people who have the ability to give more than $100,000,” he said. Dicker added the university has about $11 million in commitments from 21 people, most of which are not confirmed in writing. The names have not been publicized because the project is still in the preliminary stages. He also said there are prospects that could possibly donate more than $11 million, however it is too early to confirm if such a large donation would be made. “The last thing you want

to do is get out ahead of the community by advertising big gifts for a project that they don’t even know is really going to happen yet,” he said. Dicker added these conversations will continue for the next six months, while the university looks to acquire zoning approvals and support from city government. If the project is approved, then fundraising will become a “broad-based effort” in order to acquire more donors. Everyone who has pledged money will only donate if the project is approved, Dicker said. “It’s a little bit of a chicken and a egg,” he said. “From a fundraising standpoint, you can’t wait until the project is 100 percent blessed and approved and ready to go, because you won’t have enough time [to fundraise].” “These are wealthy, private people,” he said. “Even after the gift is confirmed, they don’t want publicity, they don’t want people to know who they are. So that’s a delicate part of the conversation.” “If somebody wants to remain anonymous, we would do everything we could do to protect the anonymity,” he added.

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If the project is approved, the university would start searching for more alumni, friends, season ticket holders and other individuals for “gifts at all levels,” Dicker said. There would be thousands of people who would give to the stadium’s construction, he added. The stadium could cause many alumni to donate to the university for the first time, Dicker said. “I think it will be a project that has a broad appeal to a lot of people,” he said. “I think it will really help us expand our donor base and the alumni who support the school … it’s a nice opportunity to bring new alumni donors into the fold.” “The goal would be, you bring new donors into the pipeline who are interested in the stadium, and then you get them interested in all the wonderful things that are happening here, whether it’s the academic program or the library, or something in arts,” Dicker added. “You have a much better chance of renewing a donor for something then getting them to give for the first time.” * T @Steve_Bohnel


Food trucks were cleared on Montgomery Avenue during the weekend.

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“There isn’t much information we’ve been told yet,” said Lilly Dzemaili, owner of Richie’s Lunchbox, located on Norris Street. ““All I know now is they’re painting the lines for the trucks.” “It’s an inconvenience [moving the trucks],” she added. “At first [Temple] asked us to move our trucks on Thursday, but we were going to lose business. They let us move Friday, but I know that’s an inconvenience to the people who are open on Saturday.” Owner Howard Foreman, of Caribbean Feast—located on Montgomery Avenue near 13th Street—said he was unsure when the district would start being enforced. He added he was still waiting for information on if his cart was going to be changed from


a generator-operated truck to a power cord. Dzemaili believes seniority is a fair way to determine who gets each spot. “[Permanent spots] will be helpful because I think they’re going to keep the amount of trucks that are on campus that have been here for the longest time,” she said. “Competition is good—but Temple doesn’t want trucks all over the university.” “Everyone’s in one area—like you’re going shopping at a shopping center so there’s more businesses on one block,” she added. “Nothing’s really definite, so we are a little bit worried what kind of changes are going to take place.” Bergman said he was optimistic about the district. “I believe it will be at the end of the day a much better operation,” he said. * T @gill_mcgoldrick


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The Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project creates electronic music previously absent in the curriculum. PAGE 14

About150 people attended Queer Student Union’s “Come As You Are Prom” in Mitten Hall on Friday Night. PAGE 8 TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016


The Hillel at Temple will host its first Purim Carnival to educate students about the Jewish holiday. PAGE 16




people you should Know

A focus on community building Randy Duque graduated from Temple in 1998 and works for the City of Philadelphia. By JOE BRANDT Chief Copy Editor


W.E. Moerner won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. He gave a presentation to students and faculty in the SERC on Thursday.

MIXING ‘KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION’ W.E. Moerner spoke to students and faculty last Thursday. By LIAN PARSONS The Temple News


obel Laureate William E. Moerner has felt like he’s under pressure since winning the highest award in science two years ago. “People seeing new research projects we undertake have extremely high expectations,” he told the The Temple News. “Some people attach a certain aura to Nobel laureates, but we’re still nor-

mal people.” “As my wife says, I pull on my pants one leg at a time,” he added. The Provost Lecture Series hosted Moerner’s talk on his work Thursday afternoon in the Science and Education Research Center to a full house and then some— many attendees had to stand or sit on the floor. Moerner, currently a professor of chemistry at Stanford University, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for developing a technique to see smaller

molecular structures and their processes by using fluorescent light. Moerner said the Nobel Prize has afforded him new opportunities, particularly for speaking engagements. In 2014, he gave 54 talks around the world and said they were “a great opportunity to talk about and explain science to the broader world.” “There’s a little bit more freedom to explore some areas I didn’t want to explore before,” Moerner said. “I’m very excited

At a conference in the Philippines in 2008, Randy Duque saw an attorney struggling when teaching conflict resolution to uninterested members of the island nation’s Marine Corps. “To me, it seemed like they were looking at him as some tree-hugging hippie,” he said. Duque realized that he wanted to better understand how to resolve conflicts involving the military and relate to that side. So when he returned to the United States from his parents’ home country, he joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an infantryman. He’s since risen to the rank of sergeant in the branch. “I did everything backwards,” the 1998 and 2004 alumnus said. “Instead of going into the Army first, I went after I



“I’m very excited and motivated by questions that haven’t been answered yet. … There’s a great feeling of pushing back the frontiers.”


Temple alum Randy Duque is the Human Deputy Director for the Philadelphia Comission on Human Relations.

W.E. Moerner | 2014 Nobel laureate


Honor society giving books to local school By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Last year, 100 percent of the students at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School, located near Weiss Hall at 1750 N. 12th St., were at an economic disadvantage, and less than 20 percent of students from third to eighth grade scored advanced or proficient in their reading performance on the PSSA exams in 2014. Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society on Main Campus, has partnered with Duffy Books in Homes USA to combat these problems. Duffy Books, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy rates in the United States, plans to adopt Dunbar as a school they will donate books to annually. Together, the two organizations hope to raise $3,000 to provide each student with three brand new books from


Scholastic so they can begin their own personal library at home. “The need [at Dunbar] is enormous,” said Deborah Drabick, the vice president of PBK and Temple associate psychology professor. “The goal is to provide students with high quality books that they can keep at home so they can start building their own library and really try to cultivate this love of learning throughout their lives.” The organization launched a GoFundMe on Feb. 29 which will run through the end of April. The campaign has raised $1,030 as of yesterday, about 34 percent of PBK’s goal of $3,000. PBK is the nation’s oldest honor society, and it’s specifically geared toward students with a commitment to liberal arts education. It was established at Temple in 1974. According to United Way of Hays County, Texas, two-thirds of children who cannot read proficiently by fourth grade will end up in jail or the welfare system in their lifetime. With a correlation between academic success and books in homes, personal libraries for students like those proposed by PBK and Duffy Books could create change for economically-disadvantaged Dunbar students.



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Exploring intersections: a workshop on feminism ASA held a workshop on Saturday to discuss how race impacts feminism. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor After reading the stories of Chinese mothers who were forced to give up their children for adoption, Jillian Hammer said she has grown to sympathize with her own birth mother. “Seeing that side of my history from their perspective challenged everything that I had been sort of conditioned to think,” said Hammer, a junior graphic and interactive design major. Last month at the workshop, “‘Girls Make Better Ninjas’ (or I Can't Be Angry, I'm Asian),” Hammer, whose biological mother placed her up for adoption when she was eight months old, shared her experience with other Asian-American women. The most recent workshop in this series, which is co-sponsored by the Asian Students Association, was held last Saturday. “I talked about … how all my life people have told me that China’s, like, sexist for not wanting baby girls and stuff like that and finally growing up and sort of realizing that’s an oversimplification of a bigger situation there,” said Hammer, ASA’s director of advocacy. The workshop, which is geared toward issues relating to Asian-American and Pacific-Islander women, but open to all, was created by Dr. Michelle Myers, an adjunct assistant professor in the Asian studies department. Myers, who has been developing this feminist workshop for the past year, said she created it so Asian-American women like Hammer could share their experiences with one another in a “safe space.” “Sometimes they want to be able to kind of examine in a more reflective way things that are going on in their lives,” Myers said. The format of the workshop, which Myers leads, is heavily discussion-based, but also involves time for free-writing and intellectual readings. Hammer said being able to talk with other Asian-American women in a physical space was an “empowering” and “comforting” experience. “It’s rare that we get to talk about [this] outside of, like Twitter or social media or online communities,” Hammer said. At the first workshop on Feb. 20, attendees discussed their experiences with microaggressions,

everyday insults or dismissals, connected to their Asian-American identity. Yeahuay Wu, a junior math and computer science major, said she has experienced microaggressions that box her into a less assertive role. “It’s not like physical violence or anything,” Wu said. “It’s just like somebody’s body language or the way that they speak to you, cuing you that you should act a certain way.” “I always feel like there’s a sense that people feel like I’m not expected to assert myself, like I’m expected to be submissive,” she added. Wu often gives in to this less assertive role, because it’s easier, she said. “We talked about this in the workshop, where like it’s really hard to subvert the dominant narrative, even if you’re not that kind of person,” Wu said. Another common microaggression Asian Americans experience, Hammer said, is people asking where they’re from. “It’s called the perpetual foreigner stereotype, where just like people assume that if you’re Asian, that you don’t identify as American or that you weren’t raised here,” Hammer said. “It’s really frustrating because it’s a way that I constantly feel othered and sort of reminded of my difference from other people,” she added. Myers, who is also a member of the spoken word poetry duo “Yellow Rage,” said another issue that affects Asian-American women specifically is sexual objectification. “There’s the stereotype that many of us feel like we come up against … like people are expecting us to be submissive and quiet and demure,” Myers said. “Particularly with men, we’re always in that submissive role or being subjugated.” Some of Yellow Rage’s poems like “I’m a Woman, Not a Flava” specifically speak to this sexual objectification, as well as the struggles faced by the Asian-American community in regard to stereotypes and racism. “Every day of my life I’ve had to deal with race and racism, you know, every single day I deal with somebody who asks me, ‘What are you?’” Myers said. Hammer said she believes Myers is a good role model for Asian-American women. “She’s very unapologetic and isn’t afraid to use her voice and her talents to stand up for a bigger issue,” Hammer said. “She really just is the embodiment of like defying stereotypes of women.” The next workshop Myers will lead in the series will be held on April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 217A of the Student Center. *

day of my life “I’veEvery had to deal with

race and racism, you know, every single day I deal with somebody who asks me, ‘What are you?’

Michelle Myers | Assistant adjunct professor


Michelle Myers, adjunct assistant professor of the Asian Studies department, reads a poem she wrote for her mother to begin the second “Girls Make Better Ninjas” workshop.


ASA hosted a workshop on Saturday that explores the relationship between being a woman and being Asian.


Queer Student Union hosts inclusive prom About 150 people attended Come As You Are Prom on Friday. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Rose Gebhardt never attended prom in high school, but not because they didn’t want to. The freshman undeclared BFA major is agender, meaning they don’t identify their gender as either male or female. Because the gender binary is closely associated with traditional proms, Gebhardt said they avoided the discomfort and hassle of prom at all costs. But for the first time on Friday, Gebhardt was able to attend prom where everybody knew their gender identity, and they could dress the way they wanted—both were huge factors in their decision to attend. The Queer Student Union hosted the “Come As You Are Prom” on Friday night in the Owl Cove in Mitten Hall. About 150 people attended the free event, including both LGBTQIA students and allies. “For people who generally don’t fit under the [traditional] umbrella of what prom looks like, being able to finally go to a prom that suits their needs and suits their ideas, that’s really exciting,” Gebhardt said. This event also aimed to bring visibility to QSU on Main Campus, and to invite new members to attend weekly general body meetings. Come As You Are Prom has been in the planning stages for more than a year, said Anthony Sanchez, QSU’s


The Temple Queer Student Union executive board speaks at Come As You Are Prom on Friday.

“Being able to

finally go to a prom that suits their needs and suits their ideas, that’s really exciting.

Rose Gebhardt | Undeclared freshman


Brianna Peruggia and Chris Cassella dance at Come as You are Prom on Friday. Temple’s Queer Student Union hosted the prom in Mitten Hall.

external events coordinator and a junior sociology major. “Come As You Are Prom is letting people be themselves at a formal event,” Sanchez said. “It’s to make up for a missed opportunity they probably had in high school when it came to a dance or a formal event, and they were restricted by certain rules that a school district put on them, whether

that be the style of dress they wear, the date they bring and anything of that nature.” “It’s a safe space for them to be themselves and to have a good time,” he added. Before changing its name to Queer Student Union, the organization went by the name of “Common Ground.” Common Ground held a

similar event to the Come As You Are Prom once a semester, but this event hasn’t been held in the last five years. “The main difference of Come As You are Prom [compared to traditional proms] is it is more accepting,” Sanchez said. “However someone identifies … however you are as a person, you are free to be that person at prom.”

QSU member and sophomore English and biology major Tyrell Mann-Barnes said he never had trouble fitting in at his high school prom as a bisexual male, but he thought the event was put together well by QSU. “I think [Come As You Are Prom] is very necessary,” MannBarnes said. “[It’s important] to have a place for inclusivity, where people can relive the [prom] experience that is so pivotal for so many people in high school, and they can live it how they genuinely are, how they genuinely want to.” As attendees signed in to the table, they were asked to fill out a nametag with their name and preferred pronouns to eliminate confusion. The prom’s theme was “Paint the Night.” Some allies attended the prom to show support for the LGBTQIA community at Temple. “I had a couple friends who couldn’t bring the people that they wanted [as dates to high school prom],” freshman advertising major and ally Morgan Pivovarnik said. “I think this is a really good opportunity to redo your prom experience if it wasn’t what you wanted.” QSU plans to hold inclusive proms like this again in the future, Sanchez said. “I think the fact we have queer prom to begin with is an exciting concept,” Gebhardt said. “I think queer spaces and this prom being one of them is really big. It’s a big step in the right direction for having safe spaces for everybody.” * T @Gill_McGoldrick



Theatre Exile’s latest production, “Smoke” by Kim Davies, which wrapped up production last week, deals with abuse and consent in the BDSM community. PAGE 11

PostSecret, a project by Frank Warren that collects and publishes people’s secrets anonymously, put on a show at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. PAGE 12




Labryinths, reflection and memory in new exhibit Two artists created an exhibit inspired by the diverse history of the building at 319 N. 11th St. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News


hen Abby King was moving out of her sixth-floor studio at 319 N. 11 St., she wanted to take a piece of the building with her. In a way, she did—King took large-scale prints of the floor in her studio, which are now immortalized

in her exhibit, “Ingrained.” “She sort of wanted to take some sort of token of the building with her, so she started printing the floor,” said Marie Manski, King’s partner on the installation. “This is where I came when I was a student,” King added. “So this is kind of the center of where I began to understand what the contemporary art scene was here in Philly. It was great to dig deeper into that idea.” The installation, located in the

same building as King’s studio, is made up of 300 yards of interfacing material. The material is suspended from the ceiling, showcasing the prints of her studio floor, created in a mixture of black acrylic paint and ink. Manski and King, both 2013 MFA graduates from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, painted the floor in six-foot segments to take its imprint. “I think this project is a lot about

reflection,” Manski said. “[Like] reflecting on the history of this building with the Philadelphia arts community. I see the print of the floors as sort of like meditating on what we often times ignore. We often ignore what we walk on, so [we’re] bringing it to eye level, making it a subject.” Manski said thinking about how many people walked on the same floors before her is an essential part

She sort of “wanted to take

some sort of token of the building with her.

Marie Manski | artist



Preserving the city’s sound A new documentary directed by Bill Nicoletti tells the story of Sigma Sound Studios. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News


A group of local street artists organized an effort to create a mural at 22nd and Catharine streets supporting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Max Glass, an arts enthusiast, first developed the idea after being inspired by a different Sanders mural in the city. Glass quickly reached out to Conrad Benner, of the Streets Dept. art blog, to find artists to assist with the process.


At cafe, a chance for homeless cats


Bill Nicoletti | Visual Innovations studio owner

Instead of the usual sounds of grinding espresso machines and baristas calling out coffee orders, Le Cat Café at 2713 W. Girard Ave. in Brewerytown is filled with meows and pattering paws. The Parisian-themed cat cafe, fostering up to 12 cats at a time, is the first of its kind in Philadelphia. According to its website, the nonprofit seeks to “encourage and facilitate adoption of rescue cats, and provide cat companionship to those who may not be able to adopt.” “There’s such a cat overpopulation problem in the city,” said the cafe’s owner Kathy Jordan. Jordan is the president of Green Street Rescue, a nonprofit focused on rescuing stray cats and finding adoptions for friendly rescues. Jordan said she opened the cafe to create a better adoption platform for rescued cats. “The problem is not finding cats to rescue, but



By LIAN PARSONS The Temple News


When you heard a “ Sigma Sound song, it just resonated.”

of the most influential recording studios in the city, attracting legends like David Bowie and Billy Joel. Artists were eager to get a slice of the Sound of Philadelphia, the nickname given to the style of music—a mixture of soul, gospel, R&B and classical music—that dominated the late 1960s and ‘70s and produced artists like Teddy Pendergrass, the O’Jays and the Spinners. Years after the studio’s heyday, Nicoletti, a native Philadelphian, hopes to immortalize Sigma Sound in the new documentary “Sigma Sound: The Sound Heard ‘Round the World,” to be released by the end of 2016. The documentary, directed by Nicoletti and coproduced by alumnus Allan Slutsky, focuses on the story of how Tarsia, along with young producers Kenny Gamble, Thom Bell and Leon Huff created not only a world-renowned studio, but also became “the four pillars of the Sound of Philadelphia,” which Nicoletti said, “had no noise, there was all this pure sound and when you heard a Sigma Sound song it just resonated because it had a full, rich, clean and unique sound to it.” “The sound of [Philadelphia] is all about four names: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell and

Le Cat Café is a Parisian-themed cat cafe aimed at finding shelter cats new homes.

Le Cat Café recently opened in Brewerytown and fosters up to 12 cats.

One night, almost 20 years ago, Sigma Sound Studios owner Joe Tarsia told Bill Nicoletti the story of when David Bowie cut his ninth album, “Young Americans,” at the studio. “Afterwards I said, ‘Joe, you gotta tell the story, it's phenomenal,’” Nicoletti, Visual Innovations studio owner, said. “I was just enamored by the history that took place there, so fast forward 20 years as a production company owner … it felt like it was time to tell the story.” Tarsia built Sigma Sound Studios in 1968 at the corner of 12th and Spring streets, hoping to seize an opportunity in a city he thought needed a new sound. Sigma Sound Studios went on to become one





For artists, ‘going against the grain’ Local street artists showed support for Senator Sanders through a new mural on 22nd and Catharine streets. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News “The first day was just a big blue blob,” said Lotits, a local street artist. “Not the nicest thing to look at.” But only six days later, the mural was done. Located at 22nd and Catharine streets, the city’s latest mural is a homage to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Max Glass, an arts enthusiast, wanted to produce the installation after being inspired by a different Sanders mural in Philadelphia. Glass, who owns the building, reached out to Conrad Benner, the founder of the Streets Dept. art blog, to help pick out artists to assist with the project. At the same time, Distort, another Philly artist, and Lotits were looking for a place to create a Sanders mural. Benner posted in a Facebook group and connected with the artists. “I created a short list, and we picked two of my favorite artists: Old Broads and Distort,” Benner said. “We decided a Kickstarter would create the most money, so we went from there.” The mural was originally funded out-of-pocket from the artists and producers because “everyone wanted to see this happen,” Lotits said. The idea of having the

Kickstarter was to reimburse the artists and allow the producers to be more serious about the project. The Kickstarter was put up on March 1, with a $5,000 goal set for March 31. It reached its goal on March 11 and still has more than a week to receive more donations. Glass said the mural is not only there to decorate the neighborhood, but also to get people talking about “an important issue.” “We’re out here having fun and elevating public support for Bernie,” he added. The artists and producers involved are all Sanders supporters for different reasons. Glass said he appreciates the senator’s “consistency” and how effectively he communicates. “He is going against the grain, as far as politics goes,” said Mackenzie Pikaart, an artist and supporter of the mural. “Being an artist, I don’t make money,” Pikaart said. “I have three jobs and I have my artwork. It’s a hard life. It’s nice to have someone that’s out there being an advocate for you.” Benner supports Sanders because he is the “first politician who has a history of talking about important issues,” he said.


A colorful rendition of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been installed at 22nd and Catharine streets.

“He’s the first politician in a long time that is genuine, and he’s more focused on the middle class than any candidate has ever been,” Benner added. Samantha Hyman, designer of the Sanders’ T-shirt on the Kickstarter, said Sanders is the only candidate concerned for people, not driven by money or power. Pikaart doesn’t believe all artists are in support of Sanders, however. “My friend is very fearful to see how Bernie is going to go after Wall Street,” Pikaart said. “You can’t promise anything, and Bernie hasn’t really done that … but it is scary to see how things are gonna pan out.” The mural is the begin-

ning of a better relationship with building owners in Philly. Lotits said it may give lesserknown artists “more of an opportunity to express themselves on a larger scale.” “It’s nice that there’s opportunity,” Pikaart said. “So many graffiti artists came out saying, ‘How can I help?’” Lotits said to engage the community, and more importantly, voters, it’s important to keep “pulling them off the street and creating conversation.” “It’s creating experiences you wouldn’t have had otherwise without the art being there to be a catalyst to newer things and experiences,” she added. The mural even includes a portion with chalkboard paint,

which resembles the Internet meme and pro/con list pitting Sanders against Hillary Clinton. Passersby can fill in the issue and the candidates responses. “I love that this mural is different,” Pikaart said. “A lot of murals in the city are about the past. This is something that’s happening right now, and everyone knows who Bernie Sanders is.” “This is the start of more murals like this in Philly,” Lotits said. “There’s so many buildings that need fresh paint, and there are so many artists confined to small spaces.” The neighborhood around the building has supported the mural, and the “foot traffic has been ridiculous,” they added. People even came by and

dropped off food for the artists, Benner said—like a bag of Tastykakes, cases of water and even “Bernie cookies.” “This one night, a woman came by with her two kids and she started tearing up,” Pikaart said. “She was kissing her kids saying, ‘I love you so much, this is for your future.’ I was really touched by how she was fighting for her kids and fighting for a better future for them.” “This was just passionate people excited by a candidate pooling their resources to support,” Benner said. “Whether Bernie wins or not, we want people to know that Philadelphia sees Bernie as the future.” *


Exhibit details 100 years of Philadelphia fashion Drexel’s costume collection is on display at the James A. Michener Art Museum. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News Anthony J. Drexel, founder of Drexel University, believed students must be inspired in order to succeed, rather than focusing solely on technical work. When he founded the university in 1891, Drexel set aside $1 million, the equivalent of more than $26 million today, for art and artifacts, including textiles. Some textiles from those early years survived to make up the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, a collection of women’s fashion artifacts that separated from the main art collection in the mid-20th century. Since then, the FHCC existed only as a teaching and research tool until the collection made its debut in “Immortal Beauty,” an exhibition at an on-campus gallery in fall 2015. Now, however, the collection is reaching larger audiences at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. “Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University” opened on March 13 and Louise Feder, 2013 Tyler School of Art alumna and co-curator of the exhibit, said it is already extremely popular. “At this point we’re hoping it’ll be a badly kept secret,” Feder said. “This deserves to be shown.” Clare Sauro, collection curator and cocurator of “Philadelphia in Style,” said roughly 14,000 fashion pieces make up the collection, which until recently has been hidden from the general public. “The reality was they knew they had something special, but didn’t really know what to do with it,” Sauro said. “Having worked in other museums, I know that this is a really superior collection and to use it only for teaching and research is really a shame.”


In Doylestown, Tyler School of Art alumna Louise Feder co-curated a Philadelphia style exhibit.

Knowing that it was made in North Philadelphia “ and designed by a Philadelphia fashion designer for a Philadelphia department store is really powerful.” Louise Feder | alumnus & co-curator

“It’s not that we haven’t wanted to share our collection with the public,” Sauro added. “It’s that we just haven’t had the means to.” When Feder and Michener Art Museum co-curator Kirsten Jensen reached out to Sauro with a gallery and an audience, the FHCC finally got the opportunity to travel out of Philadelphia. Feder said she recognized a demand for

fashion history after the Michener’s Grace Kelly exhibit brought in record numbers in 2013. “It was really a lucky combo where we knew we had an audience and we knew we had space,” she said. Feder said one of the most difficult challenges she faced curating the exhibit was its sheer volume. Of the 14,000 pieces, “Philadelphia in Style” includes only 34 items, spanning

100 years. But, Sauro makes “object sheets” with strict rules, so even her favorite items get ruled out if they don’t fit into set categories. “For [the exhibit] they had to be bought in Philadelphia, worn in Philadelphia or by a Philadelphia designer,” she said. “I was strict about hitting at least two of those three marks.” She said she tried to think visually about the exhibit as a whole in order to create a central aesthetic, similar to what fashion designers do when they create a collection based around a particular theme or vision. “I knew this [exhibit] was opening early spring, so I wanted it to feel joyous,” she said. The items Sauro, Feder and Jensen chose include spring colors like yellow, pink and green, floral patterns and light fabrics like linen and lace. Sauro said by thinking about the visuals during the selection process, she could immediately rule out black, velvets and furs. Unlike fashion exhibits in other museums, which Sauro said often focus on “the best of the best designers,” “Philadelphia in Style” revolves around the history of women in Philadelphia. “I think fashion is one of those art forms that can be so approachable to people because we all get up in the morning and put clothes on,” Feder said. Feder believes fashion is “instantly relatable,” and can give viewers a glimpse of different time periods. “Objects and fashion are a really great way to tell the story. This is an immediate and more personal history,” Feder said. “My favorite jacket in the show, the fabric in the jacket was made in a North Philadelphia mill. Knowing that it was made in North Philadelphia and designed by a Philadelphia fashion designer for a Philadelphia department store is really powerful.” “I think we have an interesting collection in that it evolved really organically and we were collecting early,” Sauro said. “[There was] no real vision, no board telling us what to do. It’s a real reflection of the tastes of early women and the people of Philadelphia.” *




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Matteo Scammell (left), and Merci Lyons-Cox perform in Kim Davies’ new show, “Smoke.”

A ‘taboo subject’ for Theatre Exile “Smoke” explores a complicated relationship between two members of the BDSM community. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News When actor Matteo Scammell first read the script for Kim Davies’ play “Smoke,” he wasn’t sure what to think. “I finished reading the script on my computer and I just sat there like, ‘Woah,’” Scammell said. “I thought, ‘Can this be done? Should this be done? Can I do it? Should I do this? How would we even do this?’” But Scammell—and Theatre Exile—took the piece on, and it premiered in Philadelphia. The play features two characters whose relationship goes from playful flirting to knives and violence, as the struggle for power leaves both people questioning their true desires. Producing artistic director Deborah Block, a 2002 theater MFA alumna, knew the play had contemporary themes that would bring controversial topics to light.

“I think the answer is layered, and it’s about peeling away the reasons [the characters] do what they do, which reveals a lot,” she added. At a talk-back event on March 11, Davies said “Smoke” was based on August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” which takes place in Sweden in 1888. The story is about a romance between a baron’s 25-year-old daughter and his older valet, but the relationship ultimately leaves Miss Julie broken. “[‘Smoke’] was an experiment of how ‘Miss Julie’ might play out in today’s society,” Davies said. Davies’ original intentions for the play began to take shape when she started working with victims of sexual abuse in New York City’s BDSM community. BDSM is an acronym for “bondage and discipline, “dominance and submission” and “sadism and masochism.” “I was involved in anti-rape activism against sexual assault and ended up working with people who were fighting back against the abuses within their subcultures [in BDSM],” Davies said. In the BDSM community, there are rules and roles already in place, so all of the participants can have a safe experience. In “Smoke,” the line between consent and abuse becomes blurred.

I was attracted to the script not just because it was a taboo subject, but because it was well-written and addressed the issue in an unusually naunced way. Deborah Block | producing artistic director

“I was attracted to the script not just because it was a taboo subject, but because it was well-written and addressed the issue in an unusually nuanced way,” Block said. “It is rare to find plays that leave so much for the audience to decide at the end. We also wanted a play with a small cast that would work in an intimate space that would draw the audience into the action.” That small cast is Julie, played by Merci Lyons-Cox, a 2013 theater alumnus, and John, portrayed by Scammell, 26. Julie is a 20-year-old at her first kink party in Harlem, New York. John plays her opposite as an experienced 31-year-old “wannabe” artist who interns for Julie’s famous father. “I don’t think Julie knows what she wants,” Lyons-Cox said. “But I think she gets it in the end. And getting what you want doesn’t always mean that it’s going to be positive.” Even the audience was left to ponder the open-ended questions Davies left at the end of the play.

“The message is important because people get hurt,” Lyons-Cox said. “People have gotten and are still getting hurt.” One of the challenges the actors faced was trying to clarify their character’s intentions with what they truly wanted from each other. “When you’re 20 years old, you’re not an adult yet,” Lyons-Cox said. “You’re just not. Julie mimics John’s adult behavior to keep up with him. She doesn’t know the rules and he was breaking them. I’ve been a 20-year-old girl and I know what that’s like.” Although the play has a strong BDSM connection, Block’s focus is less on passing judgment or blame and more on examining how and why things go awry. “It’s not about the BDSM community,” she said. “It is about how things go wrong. It shouldn’t be an indictment of the community … it absolutely has to be the audience to be the next person to have the conversation.” *

“If you have it, nobody can tell you what you can do or accomplish,” Nandi Muhammad said. The candy shop also doubles as a safe learning environment for the kids who enter. The children are taught how to make change and manage money, how to respectfully interact with adults and about Black history. “Using candy was a way of getting the attention of the children,” Nandi Muhammad said. “Once you get their attention, then you can teach them something.” The Muhammads took over the program from their neighbor, Frances “Billie” Hutchinson, after she fell ill and was admitted to the hospital. Hutchinson turned to the couple to take care of the shop while she was recovering. When Hutchinson’s family took over her medical care, the store was left in the hands of the Muhammads. Nandi Muhammad said she still remembers Hutchinson’s request: “Would you stick and stay?” And the Muhammads decided they would. “[Because] adults had places and stores, [but] there wasn’t a place for kids,” Nandi Muhammad said. Aside from initial visits with their children, adults are not allowed in the house. Nandi Muhammad said adults are more likely to bring weapons or other hazards into the home, compromising everyone’s safety. Instead, the house’s environment should be about trust and respect, the Muhammads said. “Just because they’re children doesn’t mean we should be disrespectful,” Nandi Muhammad said. “If they get the respect of an adult at a young age, they’ll return it when they get older.” Children learn the value of respect when they step into the candy shop, starting with the freedom they have to spend their money as they please. According to Nandi Muhammad, kids “know they won’t be cheated” out of their money.

PAGE 11 “They learn the value of a dollar,” she added. “It’s more than a piece of paper.” The Muhammads mean this in a very literal way: kids are taught the breakdown of a dollar into coins and how to make exact change. But the shop is not exactly a retail, forprofit store, Nandi Muhammad said. “It’s just something that we do out of our home,” she said. In fact, Muhammad initially preferred to call it the “kids’ community house,” but “Penny Candy Store” stuck instead. The living room, covered in images of historic black figures like Cecil B. Moore and Martin Luther King Jr., also serves as an informal history class. When kids ask about specific pictures, they’re taught about the person’s accomplishments and how they intersect with their own background. “Kids come with curiosity, and there’s no need to deter that,” Nandi said. Harris said the house was a staple in the community during his younger years, and he visited at least three times a day. “It helped provide a positive mindset for kids,” Harris added. “Their stories on how they overcame problems helped us learn from our own problems.” Harris recalled the story of how the couple bought their current house when it was abandoned, fixing it up with their own hands. “They led by example,” he said. A reunion was recently held for former penny candy kids, and the event allowed Nandi Muhammad to witness some of the impacts that she and her husband, both retired, made on their lives. “To know that they’ve grown up and advanced in life is most rewarding,” she said. “They don’t have to be the CEO of a large corporation. The main thing is that they grew up and survived.” She noted that some of the kids ended up behind bars, on drugs, or in jail and realized that she simply can’t help everyone— but she still holds pride in her heart. “When you see people make it out, you know you’ve done something right.” *


Marie Manski (left), and Abby King are the two artists behind “Ingrained.”

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to this installation. She and King first proposed the idea for “Ingrained” to Automat Collective, a fledgling curatorial organization, when it had an open call for a two-week exhibition. “When they first proposed [‘Ingrained’] to us, we liked it, but we wanted to give them time to develop it,” said Jillian Schley, one of the founders of Automat. “The way they proposed it to us, it sounded like an intense installation, so we didn’t want to rush them.” The installation is meant to pay tribute to the extensive history of the building in which it is shown. Manski and King conducted seven planned interviews with people who had intimate ties with the building, and also spoke to more than 48 people about the building. “There’s seven different vignettes inside,” Manski said. “Each vignette is inspired by stories that we have collected from people that have had some sort of interaction with this building whether it be having a studio here or just passing by.” One vignette was inspired by the rundown nature of the building—complete with a collection of trash at one corner of the mazelike exhibition. All the trash was found either in the building or within a three-block radius, King said—gathered at 2 a.m., in the rain.

Manski said labyrinths “represent a journey that is designed to be a guide,” as opposed to a maze, which is “something that you get lost in.” “A labyrinth is meant for reflection,” she added—something she and King know intimately. “Growing up, my mom would take me on weird pilgrimages to different labyrinths to walk through as a kid,” King said. “I’m from Kentucky, so there’s a lot of weird ones in these hippie towns. We would drive five hours to walk through these labyrinths. That was sort of her spiritual practice.” In addition to King’s experience with labyrinths, Manski has been incorporating them into her work since her time at PAFA. “I’ve just found that the concept of labyrinths overlap with what I’m interested in doing in my art,” Manski said. “I think labyrinths represent a larger community, and I think that they’re interactive.” Both artists are drawn to the idea of art as an experience, making the idea of a labyrinth key to “Ingrained.” Each viewer is meant to have their own separate interpretation and experience when walking through the installation. “A labyrinth is not just something that you look at,” Manski added. “It demands you to have an experience.” *






PostSecret, a project designed to anonymously share people’s secrets, came to life this weekend at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. Longtime fans of PostSecret and newcomers alike gathered to view the three performances, which shared the anonymous stories and secrets founder Frank Warren has collected and published since he opened his mailbox in 2005. Longtime fan Victoria Seltzer, a counseling student at Drexel University, said her favorite part of the show was the reading secrets from the show’s audience. “It was the most honest part [of the show],” Seltzer, who began reading PostSecret in high school, said. Kerry Ipema, one of the actors in the show, said she was drawn to the performance because it displayed an acceptance she didn’t always see in the theater community. “What I really love is there’s no judgment with this show, the whole premise is to be accepting and loving and there for one another,” she said.





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Joe Tarsia,” said Slutsky. “Kenny, Leon and Thom were the creative forces behind the music, but Joe was the sonic architect who helped bring their ideas into focus and give them life. Without Joe and Sigma, the Philly sound would have been much different.” “As a musician, I'd played all those Philly hits in different bands over the years,” he added. “So the music was very personal for me.” Nicoletti wants to create a legacy piece for the studio that represents and reflects the Sound of Philadelphia. “[The Sound of Philadelphia] was pretty new and unique at the time, there were a lot of messages in the music that people really embraced,” he added. “There was a lot of peace and love in the music and I think the songs in general just had their own unique sound to them that the people hadn't heard before.” “I want [the film] to look like what the Philadelphia sound would look like,” he added. “The Philadelphia sound to me is so elegant and sophisticated and I want this film to be that, I don't want it to be gritty … I want it to be classic and have a lot of longevity to it.” Nicoletti notes that during Sigma Sound’s peak, the racial tensions seen in Philadelphia that


On Saturday, Jed Williams Gallery hosted its opening reception for its new exhibition, “Incandescent Dreamer.” This will be the gallery’s first showing of Philadelphia-based painter Kevin Broad. Broad takes inspiration from the Pennsylvania countryside, and has had showings in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City. The exhibition will be on display until April 22. The space is located at 615 Bainbridge St. -Erin Blewett


Bill Nicoletti, creative director and owner of Visual Innovations, sits in an editing room with Dave Trimber, an editor, to work on the documentary.

gave much of the city its bad press were not reflected in the studio. “There was so much harmony going on within the walls … it was

a really great place for people to work and cultivate artistic abilities.” To Nicoletti and many others,

I want [the film] to look like what the “Philadelphia sound would look like.” Bill Nicoletti | Visual Innovations owner

the studio and those who helped create the Sound of Philadelphia are a reflection of the strength and power of the city itself. “There was some very powerful nonfiction going on at Sigma Sounds that was the real soundtrack for people’s lives,” Nicoletti said. *




Indie folk singer-songwriter José González returns to Philadelphia tomorrow at the Kimmel Center. The Swedish singer is on tour for his third studio album, “Vestiges and Claws.” Known for his gentle vocals and acoustic melodies, Gonzalez continues his signature style in this selfproduced album. Gonzalez uses more diverse instrumentation to add layers to his latest EP, using a classical guitar to create his soft sound. Tickets for the show start at $20, and doors open at 8 p.m. -Emily Thomas


Augie is one of the 12 foster cats at Le Cat Café, where he is up for adoption.

time to dedicate to the cats,” Jordan said. “It’s trying to be in two places at once.” The employees at Le Cat Cafe work on a volunteer basis. One of the volunteers, 1992 communications alumna Jennifer Celano, updates the website and writes newsletters for the cafe. She also owns cats herself, but does not have the time or resources to adopt more. Celano said she enjoys spending time with the cats and observes all their different personalities. Augie, a striped gray cat with green eyes, enjoys meeting people and insists upon being pet. Kinky Boots, a tortoiseshell named for the L-shaped bend in her tail, often perches on cabinets or nooks near the ceiling, snoozing or simply observing guests. “Hearing some of their stories is so sad,” Celano said. “My most favorite thing is taking them off the adoption site when they get adopted … I’m always excited when I get to do

that.” Emily Hummel, currently a graduate student in religion at Temple, helps take out the trash, clean out litter boxes and supervises interactions between guests and the cats. “I love cats and I can have one in my apartment, but I can’t afford it,” she said.”I wanted to see more of the city and get out and explore Philly.” Jordan said despite time constraints, her work with Le Cat Café and Green Street Rescue is rewarding. “It’s knowing you’re changing a life or making a difference … I just wanted to do something to give back,” she said. “The stray cat in your backyard could look a lot better. Sometimes they just need a bit of TLC.” * T @Lian_Parsons


Electronic and trap music act Baauer, known for producing the viral 2013 hit “Harlem Shake,” will play on Thursday as a part of his First Foot Tour. His first studio album, “Aa,” was released Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20-25. -Eamon Dreisbach


The Philly Rabbit Run will take place this Saturday at 8 a.m. The event benefits those with Parkinson’s Disease in conjunction with the beginning of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Participants will run a 5K through the entirety of the zoo. Preregistration is $40, and includes a T-shirt, rabbit ears and free zoo admission for the day of the race. -Eamon Dreisbach



@visitphilly tweeted about Art Sanctuary’s upcoming outdoor event, starting May 1, a festival that honors African-American artists. The event runs through May 31.

@phillyinsider tweeted about the April 5 event, which will feature meals from chefs Greg Vernick, Marc Vetri, Jean-Marie LaCroix, Robert Bennett, Pierre Calmels, Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud. Despite its name, the event’s tickets only cost $175.




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Philadelphia native Gabrielle Mandel, designer of Supra Endura, launched an online collaboration with Urban Outfitters on Friday. For her first collaboration with Urban, Mandel designed a floral scarf inspired by Urban Tree Connection, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that aims to build community gardens in abandoned lots. For every online-exclusive scarf purchased from Urban, Supra Endura will donate $1 to Urban Tree Connection to support the organization’s youth programs and West Philadelphia farm. -Erin Moran Rally, a new coffee shop at 7th and Bainbridge streets, is open for business as of this week. The shop offers Pennsylvania roasted Passenger Coffee, in addition to pastries and vegan sweets courtesy of Dottie’s Donuts. The space also calls itself a “creative agency,” doubling as a work, meeting and event space. Rally is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on weekends. -Eamon Dreisbach

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fostering them and finding them a home,” she said. Laws in Philadelphia only allow a total of 12 dogs or cats per household, which prohibits people like Jordan from rescuing more than that number. Jordan said there’s a need to showcase adoptable cats in a healthy, interactive environment. Adoption windows in stores and shelters allow for limited space and exercise, and photos on a website don’t allow people to spend time with a potential pet. At Le Cat Café, customers can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and play with the cats with provided toys. The cafe also hosts yoga and pilates classes, though the usual level of concentration and focus may be broken by the cats joining in. The cafe holds senior citizen hours and storybook hours for elderly people and children respectively, to allow them to interact with the cats. Children are encouraged to read to the cats to build their reading confidence and help socialize the animals. “We’re trying to be a community center in addition to helping the cats and make it a fun place for people to be,” Jordan said. The first cat cafe opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998 and the idea spread to Japan. Now, there are currently 150 around the country. The U.S. has more than 15. Jordan “fell in love with the layout and idea” of a cat cafe after Purina created a popup cafe for three days in New York. She also participated in the annual adoption event, Petapalooza, in Mt. Airy. “I like saving a cat from the street and giving it a chance to live,” she said. “The idea grew on itself.” Jordan’s full-time work as a financial consultant helps her with the cost of the cafe. The cafe is funded mostly through grants and donations, and accepts donated food and litter. “The hardest part is not having enough





@PARADIGMGS tweeted about its upcoming show, “77,” featuring the self-portraits of award-winning local mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The pieces explore Zagar’s life as an artist.

@EWellingtonPHL tweeted a link to her article for the Inquirer, naming blush as a top color for spring. If pink seems overwhelming, she suggested trying a blush clutch for a pop of color.




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Senior to be only Naval ROTC graduate Tay-Sean Kidd is in a dual enrollment Naval ROTC program with Temple and Penn. By PAULA DAVIS The Temple News Tay-Sean Kidd’s day starts at 4:30 a.m. The senior human resource management major begins his day in Naval Science classes at the University of Pennsylvania. Then, he commutes back to Main Campus for afternoon classes. Kidd will be the lone graduate from the Naval ROTC program this May. Temple doesn’t have it’s own Naval ROTC program, so Kidd is dual-enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania to complete the Naval Science program. Before coming to Temple, Kidd considered other schools, like Howard University, where he was offered a full scholarship. Still, he decided on

Temple. “I liked the community aspect,” Kidd said. “I felt like I belonged.” More specifically, Kidd said he liked the diversity at Temple. Although present at other schools he considered, Kidd said the “power of diversity” was most visible at Temple. “Whether it be background, socioeconomic status or even what state someone comes from could play a factor,” he said. “The ability to avoid groupthink comes from surrounding yourself with diverse people.” At Penn, Kidd’s in naval science lab classes. On Main Campus, he works on General Education courses. Kidd sees being on multiple campuses as an advantage, more than anything. “I got to go to a civilian school and get the perks of a naval program,” he added. Since his sophomore year in high school, Kidd knew he wanted to join the Navy, and that “service was kind of the next step,” he said. Kidd’s grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his father is an active-duty member of the Navy. Kidd wanted to follow in their footsteps, but his goal was a little bit dif-

ferent: for him, school came first. “The degree was important,” he said. “Neither of my parents did it the traditional way.” By choosing to go to school before enlisting in the Navy, Kidd set himself up to be the first officer among his family members, a position that requires a four-year degree. Each semester, he enrolls in 18 to 21 credits in order to keep up with graduation requirements for both schools. “It’s rigorous, but rewarding,” Kidd said. “Along the way you realize you’ve learned so much, and that it’s made you a tougher person. Challenges aren’t something I dwell on, because this is the career I chose.” Sophomore economics major Cole Drahus is following the same academic path as Kidd: dual enrollment at Temple and Penn, so he can participate in the Naval Science program. “Most people from Temple just don’t know about the program,” Drahus said. “Only two or three graduate from it each year.” Drahus said the two commute to Penn together every day for morning classes. When he has any problems in school or with the dual enrollment


Tay-Sean Kidd will graduate this spring from a program that allows Temple students to participate in Navy ROTC.

program, Drahus said Kidd is one of his “go-to guys.” Seeing Kidd go through dual enrollment proved to Drahus that although it’s difficult, it is possible to complete the program. “I wouldn’t have met him without the program,” Drahus said. “[By] driving in with him, you learn something new everyday.” “It takes more than one mentor,”

Kidd said. “I help him sometimes. Other times, I let him figure things out on his own.” About a month after he graduates, Kidd will find out when he leaves for the USS Somerset (LPD25), his ship assignment in San Diego, California. *


Electric ensemble ‘starting from zero’ The Boyer Electro acoustic Ensemble Project formed three years ago. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Three years ago, Dr. Adam Vidiksis saw there wasn’t enough electronic music present in the curriculum at Boyer College of Music and Dance. In 2013, Vidiksis, a Boyer professor with a Ph.D. in composition from Temple, saw an opportunity to change that. He created a group called the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP), intended to educate students about the production of electronic music. “I’m a percussionist, and I’ve been working in electronic music for years. There were a bunch of students who were like, ‘Oh I saw you do this, it’s really cool, how do you do that? I’m working on this, can you help me?’” Vidiksis said.“I just realized that there was a lot of interest.” BEEP started out as a class before becoming a performance group at Boyer about a year ago. BEEP can be taken repeatedly by Boyer students as an ensemble credit class. Arnab Nandi, a junior media studies and production major, has been involved with BEEP since its formation six semesters ago. “I was in Dr. Vidiksis’ music theory class, and about three weeks in he addressed the class and said, ‘Hey, I’m starting an ensemble for electronic music,’” Nandi said. “I was one of four people back when it started, and we were doing shows in classrooms for like five people,” Nandi added. “Every semester since then, it’s gotten bigger.” The group prides itself on its acceptance of anyone with interest, said Matt Day, an undeclared freshman in the College of Liberal Arts. There are no requirements for enrollment or any prior experience with electronic music required. “I remember the first time I came here everyone was really welcoming,” Day said. “It was just really cool, and we jumped into everything right away. It opened a lot of doors for me.” Vidiksis said the group works to maintain an environment where anyone can come in and participate “starting from zero.” “I’m always amazed at how quickly people become extremely proficient,” he added. “What’s awesome about BEEP is that

there’s a huge learning curve with technology, but because of the environment here it’s not as daunting and scary to learn,” said Alyssa Milman, a junior music theory major. BEEP has played shows in Philadelphia, as well as in Georgia, Maryland and recently one at the New York Electronic Arts Festival. “Last semester we did a show at the Painted Bride, and one of the things we did was we all played kind of characters,” Milman said. “The first piece started out in the lobby while people waited to go in. We all had our phones, and we were all walking around pretending to text while we were actually playing music on synths on the phones.” Vidiksis said the group often utilized

We are really pushing “the boundaries and seeing how far we can go.

Sam Tarasenko | Junior music theory and history major

skills outside of those typically used by musicians for their performances. Currently, the group is learning computer programming, and each of the members can code “a little bit, at least,” he said. “It’s definitely a different type of performance practice, what skills you need to work in electronic music as opposed to something like violin is very different, but they’re both equally rigorous,” Vidiksis said. Sam Tarasenko, a junior music theory and history major said he and other members are always thinking about “what’s the craziest thing” that they can do “with sound and art.” “We are really pushing the boundaries and seeing how far we can go,” Tarasenko said. “It’s really easy to put different kinds of art in a box, but it’s way more fun to cross that line.” Tarasenko said BEEP looks to question standards set in the music community that are commonly accepted as normal. “That’s why I think we are special to Temple,” he said. “We are really experimenting and we don’t know what we are going to be in five years or 10 years. We are always questioning that and pushing.” *


Carlos Johns-Davila (left), and Skyler Hagner are members of BEEP.


Dr. Adam Vidiksis created BEEP in 2013. Now, the group is an ensemble in Boyer.




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got my master’s degree.” The experience “helped me understand military culture and military thinking, and also it does kind of give me some ‘street cred’ when it comes to working with law enforcement or other military,” Duque said. After about a decade with Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Germantown, Duque became the deputy director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations in 2014. “This is essentially the city’s conflict resolution agency ... dedicated to upholding civil rights and anti-discrimination laws,” Duque said. “Since I’ve taken over, I’ve wanted us to place even greater emphasis on community building.” Recently, PCHR got involved in the debate surrounding a proposed football stadium on Main Campus. At a Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8, Duque was one of 10 people who testified during the meeting’s public comment portion. “As a graduate from Temple University, I want to make sure that this school continues to work in partnership and be a part of the community,” Duque said at the meeting. “There is a feeling that the community is not being involved.” His work with PCHR has also taken him to protests around the city—including some in opposition to the stadium—as

the Commission also monitors police-protester and police-community relations. Duque said it’s more common to see passersby jeering at protesters than officers crossing the line of acceptable conduct. A common issue across most of the city’s neighborhoods, he said, is a lack of communication: some residents “just don’t talk to their neighbors.” The commission hopes to address this by publishing a “good neighbor guide” that encourages communication between longtime residents and new neighbors, whether they’re students or immigrants, two common types of newcomers. “It’s all common sense, but it’s not something people do,” Duque said, adding that it’s an issue he’s heard about in the Temple community too. And he has had personal experience with it as well: though he was born in Northeast Philly and raised in Olney, he recently moved into a rowhouse in Fairmount, and after unpacking he introduced himself to his surprised next-door neighbor. “She told me, ‘You’re different. The girl next door lived there for eight-and-a-half years and I only found out her name last week,’” Duque said. Since receiving his master’s in applied communications in 2004, Duque has been back and forth to Main and Ambler Campus, teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the adult and organizational development program from 2005.

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and motivated by questions that haven’t been answered yet. … There’s a great feeling of pushing back the frontiers.” Moerner said he’s been interested in science since he was in high school. He enjoyed taking things like cars and TV sets apart with his father and seeing how they worked, as well as conducting chemistry experiments in his backyard clubhouse. His first exposure to experimental science was as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned degrees in physics, electrical engineering and mathematics. He said most of the early steps in his career, however, occurred when he was studying physics in graduate school at Cornell University. In graduate school, Moerner used infrared to cause molecules embedded in crystals to vibrate, which was the first optical experiment of its kind. Moerner said he wants to encourage young people to follow their passions and seek to find out how the world works. “There’s a lack of appreciation for the scientific method,” he said. “Science is pow-


Lindsay Grace will be hosting a discussion today at 3:30 p.m. in Paley Library’s lecture hall about “Affectionate Gaming.” This new video game genre consists of players hugging, flirting and kissing in order to advance within the game. In his discussion, Grace will focus on how affectionate games affect the way gamers play and what they say about gender dynamics. Grace is an associate professor at American University and an award-winning game designer. -Grace Shallow KAIT MOORE TTN

Temple alumnus Randy Duque works at his desk.

His graduate education covered several components of his field like developing training and group decision-making, but he’s been most passionate about being a mediator and ensuring that city residents can learn how to resolve conflict themselves. “I really can’t thank the Temple program enough,” Duque said. “It really shaped me to operate on an interpersonal level but also understand and appreciate both conflict and resolution and all ways of understanding it. While at Temple, Duque was in classes with and mentored by Dr. Tricia Jones and Joe Folger, a professor and the coordinator for the AOD program, who developed a prominent model for mediating conflicts. “Just because of who he is, he has insight into the challenges that these immigrant communities face,” Folger said. “He really

erful enough to predict that if we send a probe to Pluto, eight years later it lands in the exact place we sent it. … If we know something is extremely probable, we can act on it.” Outside of teaching, giving talks and working with his team of graduate students at Stanford—dubbed the Guacamoles—Moerner said he enjoys amateur radio work with emergency communications in California and singing classical music in large choral groups. Moerner’s influence even extended into pop culture when his name was featured in an episode of “The Simpsons,” in which the characters had a Nobel Prize betting pool. “What’s the next best thing to being picked for a Nobel Prize?” he asked the audience. “Being picked by Milhouse on ‘The Simpsons!’” Moerner showed the audience a photo of the back of his Nobel Medal for Physics and Chemistry, which depicts nature and science as two women, with science uncovering the face of nature. “It illustrates one of the reasons we’re here, to lift the veil of nature,” he said. “Science works based on what you’re doing at the time, what you know and how you can push back the frontiers. … You have to know what’s to be expected and then be ready to

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“What we’ve realized, especially in Philadelphia, a lot of these kids don’t have access to books,” Director of Community Relations for Duffy Books and 2011 tourism and hospitality management alumna Jessica Bradbury said. “A lot of the schools don’t even have a library, so it’s even more unlikely that these kids actually have books in their homes.” According to a study by Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, students that have more than 500 books in their homes are propelled 3.2 years further in their education than those who have few or no books. This is the first time PBK will partner with Dunbar and Duffy Books. Duffy Books has partnered with eight other Philadelphia schools

resonated with the whole idea of conflict resolution.” In addition to his work in Philly, Duque serves as the president for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and was on a team of mediators sent to the Middle East to hear both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the West Bank, he met with NGOs, Jewish sects, religious leaders and mediation centers there. “People felt that there could be a two-state solution, for most people on the West Bank it’s not about religion so much as the land in their point of view,” Duque said. “People need to learn how to listen and empathize, or take steps to be able to empathize with another person,” he said. * T @JBrandt_TU

throw it away when something changes.” Provost Hai-Lung Dai, who is a Laura H. Carnell professor of chemistry, said he and Moerner come from similar fields. “[Moerner is] a great example of how our science is developing today,” he added. “Today’s science is very interdisciplinary so he’s using his expertise in physics, math and engineering, solving problems for chemistry, engineering and medicine.” David DiCarlo, a visiting researcher who is earning his master’s degree in biology from Italy, said he has never had the opportunity to meet a scientist of Moerner’s caliber. “I think he can mix knowledge and passion ... it’s the most important thing,” he said. “When you work with passion, you have your results.” “When we study science, we learn new things about the world,” Moerner said. “There’s a great power and excitement to exploring science. We need young people to understand complex things because the world is becoming more technologically complex. … We need to have this need instilled in our hearts.” * T @Lian_Parsons

and schools in three states: Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, Bradbury said. Because this partnership is new, only PBK faculty are running the campaign, not students. Drabick said in the future, student initiates will be a part of this campaign. If PBK doesn’t reach their goal of $3,000, Duffy Books will donate the remaining amount needed to reach the goal. “Phi Beta Kappa means the love of learning,” Drabick said. “That it’s a the guide of life. We just thought this issue really spoke to the strengths of the students who get inducted and are involved in Phi Beta Kappa … so we thought it was a perfect opportunity [to help Dunbar].” “This is something we want to continue for years to come.”


“I haven’t used it yet, but the concept is definitely convenient. It makes it easier than it was before.”


Dr. Patrick Baker from the Humboldt University of Berlin will lead the lecture “Ciceronian Historiography: A Renaissance Conundrum” today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Presidential Conference Suite of 1810 Liacouras Walk. Baker will talk about the ways in which humanists engaged with the thought of Cicero, a Roman philosopher. Baker held the Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies in 2012-13 and has written the book “Italian Renaissance Humanism in the Mirror.” -Jenny Roberts


Campus Recreation is hosting “Cycle for a Cause” tomorrow to raise money in support of its Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society. The IBC Student Recreation Center will be open all day for students to attend different themed cycling sessions. Cycling sessions will be based on different decades, as well as other themes. Donations are being accepted. -Jenny Roberts


Hillel at Temple will be holding its first Purim Carnival, in which students can attend and learn more about the Jewish holiday. Purim is a celebration of the salvation of the Jews in Persia from the hands of Haman, an anti-Semitic advisor to the king. This event will have food, games, prizes and a chance to pie a board member in the face. The standard admission fee is $3 and recommended fee is $5, with all proceeds of the event going to help refugees arriving in Europe. The event is tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hillel, located at 1441 W. Norris St. -Gillian McGoldrick


The Reel will be hosting “90’s Night” on Thursday at 7 p.m. with a showing of the movie “Goosebumps.” The Reel’s snack stand will have popular candy from the 1990s on sale, like Airheads, Fruit Gushers and WarHeads. There will also be a raffle, which students are automatically entered into with the purchase of their movie tickets. Raffle prizes include Nerf guns, Socker Boppers and Legends of the Hidden Temple tshirts. Students can buy tickets for $4 or $2 with an OWLcard. -Jenny Roberts


Mentors from Temple’s student organization Eye to Eye will share their experiences with managing ADHD or learning disabilities at “Share Your Story Night.” Eye to Eye partners Temple students who have ADHD or a learning disability with school children who have the same condition. At “Share Your Story Night,” mentors will discuss their early years, as well as the labels and stigmas related to ADHD and learning disabilities. The event will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in Student Center Room 223. -Jenny Roberts

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Anderson to pursue NFL career

Coaches Association of America poll, went 10-7-2, including winning seven of its first eight games. -Owen McCue



Former wide receiver Robby Anderson participated in Temple’s Pro Day on Wednesday, with hopes of an NFL career. Read more online at


On the Owls’ opening day of the spring season on Saturday, the team notched two victories against Lehigh University and Delaware on the Schuylkill River. The Owls’ varsity eight and varsity four boat claimed first-place finishes in the 2000-meter race. The team also notched second-place finishes in the second varsity eight, second varsity/novice four races and the novice eight team. In the afternoon session against Boston College, the Eagles won all six races by five

or more seconds. The closest race was the varsity four, where the Owls clocked in a time of 7:40:41 while the Eagles finished in 7:36:50. The Owls’ next meet is on Saturday, when they host the Murphy Cup on the Schuylkill River. -Michael Guise


The men’s soccer team announced its 2016 spring match schedule on Thursday. The Owls have seven games scheduled from Saturday to April 23.

Temple starts with matchups against the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Harcum Junior College at Ambler Sports Complex on Saturday. Next, coach David MacWilliams’ squad has a match at La Salle, who the Owls beat 4-1 in home contest during the 2015 season. The Owls will compete at the Soccer Six Play Date at the University of Pennsylvania on April 9 with games against Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. Their spring season concludes with Temple’s annual alumni game at Ambler Sports Complex on April 16 followed by a road match with the University of Maryland on April 23. Last season, the team, who was ranked as highas No. 17 in the National Soccer

Four Owls were honored with Philadelphia Big 5 Awards on Monday. Alliya Butts was named to the All-Big 5 first team while Feyonda Fitzgerald and Tanaya Atkinson were named to the second team. Senior guard Erica Covile was also named the top free-throw shooter in the Big 5. Butts, who earned All-Big 5 recognition for the second consecutive season, led the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game. She also led the Owls in steals with 80, which ranks No. 36 in Division I. The sophomore guard was also second on the team in assists. Fitzgerald, who was second on the team in scoring, earned Big-5 honors for the second time in three season after leading the Owls in assists with 5.3 per game. Her 176 assists this season is the second-best single season assist total in the program’s history. Atkinson averaged 12.8 PPG and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field in her second season as an Owl. Covile made 87-of-98 free-throw attempts this season. -Michael Guise


Quenton DeCosey and Jaylen Bond earned All-Philadelphia Big 5 honors. DeCosey, who led Temple in scoring, was named to the first team while Bond earned second team honors. Bond, a transfer from the University of Texas, averaged 10.3 PPG this season and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Bond also notched his 11th career double-double of the season in the Owls’ 72-70 overtime loss to Iowa. -Michael Guise

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ple has only had five points come from the bench. “We all hang out just about every day, so I think it helps us out there on the court,” junior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald said. “We treat each other like sisters, and the chemistry we have makes it even easier in games for us. We just want to keep our season going.” In Friday’s 74-66 win against Drexel University, sophomore guard Alliya Butts scored 24 points, including 14 in the third quarter. On Sunday, Fitzgerald had 23 points in the team’s win against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champions despite shooting 8-of-22 from the floor. Fitzgerald has played all 80 minutes in Temple’s two WNIT wins. Butts has totaled 78 minutes of playing time in the contests. “It’s been two straight games where Feyonda and Alliya have played just about every single minute,” Cardoza said. “We need to give them a breather. We have to find a way to get more guys in the game.” In the WNIT wins against the Dragons and Bobcats, sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson and senior guard Erica Covile combined to pull down 43 rebounds, 51.2 percent of the Owls’ total rebounds. During the last two weeks of practice, Atkinson said she spent extra hours inside the gym, hoping to improve her performance

for the team’s postseason run. “It’s showing on the defensive end and how I’m rebounding,” Atkinson said. “We’re definitely ready. We can’t talk about what we do going into games. We just got to show it.” Temple plays Ohio University at McGonigle Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m., where they hope to book a trip to the quarterfinals. The third round matchup will be the first home game for the Owls in the tournament thus far. Last season, Temple hosted one of its five WNIT games. “It’s great because we actually get the day off tomorrow and refocus because we get to go to class and don’t have to worry about traveling,” Cardoza said following the team’s win. “That’s always a bonus when you can just stay home and play in front of your fans. Obviously, I am excited we got two wins on the road because that is always a confidence booster.” If the Owls advance, they will meet the winner of today’s matchup between the University of Michigan and the University of San Diego, but Cardoza doesn’t want her team to get ahead of themselves. “Thursday is an important game at home,” Cardoza said. “We are just focusing on the team in front of us. We can rest our bodies, but our minds have to be sharp.” * T @MarkJMcCormick


The women’s basketball team huddles up at Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday. The team defeated Drexel 74-66.

We’re definitely “ ready. We can’t talk

about what we do going into games. We just got to show it.

Tanaya Atkinson | sophomore guard


Donnaizha Fountain drives to the basket in the team’s win on against Drexel.




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team is going to rely on me a lot more.” The Owls, who appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013, finished the season 21-12, claiming the American Athletic Conference’s regular season championship with a 14-4 record after winning nine of their last 11 regular season games. It was the team’s first regular-season title since winning the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012. On their way to the conference title, the Owls won nine conference games by seven points or fewer, including victories against Tulsa and Connecticut while trailing by double-digit points in the second half. “The biggest thing this season is all the comebacks,” Enechionyia said. “I think that says a lot about the players we have and how much of a team we are.” Next season the team will be without seniors Quenton DeCosey, Jaylen Bond, Devontae Watson and Devin Coleman. The four combined for 2,950 minutes during their

final season as Owls and Coleman, DeCosey and Bond were three of the team’s top four scorers. The group also combined for 339 games, 7,585 minutes and three 20-win seasons with the program. “They’re just wonderful guys,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “And they took good care of me in their time frame at Temple University.” Enechionyia returns next season after averaging 11 points per game this season, second on the team. Junior guard Josh Brown, first on the team in minutes per game and assists, also returns next season. As a team, the Owls are set to return nine players, six of whom appeared in 28 or more games. “We have to get back into the gym and regroup,” Brown said. “We have a good nucleus coming back. We are going to be missing a lot, but I think we can handle it.” The returners include freshman Trey Lowe, who missed the team’s final five games because of injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Feb. 28. The guard averaged 4.8 points for the Owls this season, including eight or more


Josh Brown defends an inbound pass in the second half of the Owls’ 72-70 overtime loss to Iowa on Friday.

total points in 10 games this season. “When Trey gets on his feet and gets healthy, he’ll come back and do a great job,” redshirt-junior guard/forward Daniel Dingle said. “We saw flashes of him scoring in bunches. I just can’t wait.” Dunphy’s team is set to add a trio of three-star re-

cruits—guard Alani Moore, center Damion Moore and forward Quinton Rose—according to On Thursday, Moore and Rose were selected for the 18U Team USA Select roster that will compete in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament starting Saturday in Mannheim, Germany.

For junior forward Mark Williams, the offseason will provide the Owls an opportunity to build on this season’s success. “Everybody has to get better. Individually, people know what they have to work on,” Williams said. “Collectively, we have our team goals, we have our team systems. But

all in all, everybody needs to get better, and we just need to be on the same page.” * T @Michael_Guise

Maryland product provides firepower Continued from page 20



Temple’s Diamond Marching Band celebrates after a Quenton DeCosey free throw tied the game with three seconds remaining in regulation.

Bond, DeCosey set to depart Continued from page 20


Three-and-half hours later his days in a Temple uniform were over, ended in an instant by Iowa senior center Adam Woodbury’s putback layup. “It’s hard,” Bond said sitting next to fellow senior Quenton DeCosey at the postgame press conference. “Any time you lose is hard.” For Bond and the rest of the senior class, which includes Coleman, DeCosey and senior forward Devontae Watson, Friday’s 72-70 overtime loss to Iowa marked the last moment of their Temple and college careers. “I feel for the seniors,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “Every game is tough to go out on whenever you lose. Obviously, a buzzer beater is even more difficult.” DeCosey, who scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss, did everything he could to extend his four years with the Owls one game further. After sitting for five minutes

in the second half due to foul trouble, he came back into the game with less than 14 minutes left and scored 11 points during the rest of regulation. His three free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime, adding three more points to his scoring total. “When I got back in,” DeCosey said, “I just wanted to do whatever I could to help my team get back in the game and give us the best chance at winning the game.” Dunphy relied heavily on the senior class this season to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013. DeCosey was a unanimous first team all-American Athletic Conference selection and ended his career with 1,513 points after Friday’s game. Bond ranked fifth in the conference in rebounding and tallied 11 double-doubles. Coleman, who transferred from Clemson University in January 2014, used his 3-point shooting to guide Temple to several big wins, including a Jan. 24 victory against previously undefeated Southern Methodist.

“I love these guys,” Dunphy said. “The seniors are gone. You won’t see much of them after this. … So it hurts to be honest with you. That’s part of the problem of this situation. It’s now the abruptness of the ending that is frightening.” Bond, a Philadelphia native who transferred from Texas in May 2013, played his first game for Temple on Nov. 21, 2014, a loss to Duke University. He had two points and five rebounds in the game. The forward finished last season averaging 7.6 points per game and led The American in rebounding at 7.9 rebounds per game. He followed that with 10.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG this year. On Friday, Bond ended his career with a 14-point and 15-rebound performance. “It’s been a great experience,” Bond said. “You know, transferring after two years from Texas, just being part of this program, it meant a lot for me and my family. I wouldn’t change anything.” * T @Owen_McCue

crosse career, especially after her high school coach Becky Clipp emphasized it during her junior and senior seasons. This season, she facilitates the Owls’ offense from the X position with McDermott, allowing her to pass to players cutting toward the net and score goals on crease rolls. “I think we work really well together and I think that’s why it’s so easy to play with each other,” McDermott said. “And just like our ability to grow … I don’t think we’ve hit a plateau on our play yet so we’re always coming up with new ideas, things to do, different things to work on.” Schwaab said she started playing lacrosse when she was 5 or 6 years old and progressed to play in summer, fall and indoor leagues on club teams. She played alongside Cincinnati senior midfielder Sarah Del Bene and Marquette University senior midfielder Kenzie Brown on the 2012 TLC Lacrosse Red club team. Schwaab’s six goals and two assists helped Catonsville defeat Brown and Del Bene’s Dulaney High School team to win the Baltimore County title in her senior

year. Her 38 assists and 76 goals earned her second-team All-Metro honors. She earned 2012 Catonsville Times co-Athlete of the Year honors for her performance on the lacrosse field, along with her work on the volleyball and basketball court. “I kind of wanted to get out of Maryland,” Schwaab said. “I wanted to go far away, but Temple was the perfect fit for me. I wanted to be in the city and [liked] the commitment to academics from our coaching staff and the school in general. I wanted to pursue engineering and they gave me that opportunity.” Though Schwaab initially wanted to go far away for college, being a two-hour drive from home allows her parents Val and Eric, grandmother Janice and sister Madison, a sophomore at Temple, to make trips to Geasey Field. “My parents come up pretty much every game and recently my grandma has been to most of the games this season,” Schwaab said. “So it’s really nice. They’re kind of the perfect distance to be able to come up just for the day.” * T @Evan_Easterling


Rachel Schwaab handles to ball against of the Owls’ 10-4 loss to the University of Delaware.




track & field

Owls battle weather in outdoor opener The team had five first-places finishes on Saturday. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News Freshman Maya Halprin-Adams toed the starting line at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field for the 400-meter hurdles with temperatures nearing 40 degrees, along with gusty wind and precipitation. In the first outdoor track & field meet of her college career on Saturday at the Philadelphia College Classic, the elements presented a problem for Halprin-Adams in an unfamiliar event. “It was cold and windy, so jumping over hurdles in the wind is terrifying,” Halprin-Adams said. “And on top of that, it was only my fifth time running 400 hurdles, and now it’s like I’m not in high school anymore, so it’s not like we are all so close. People actually know what they are doing, so it is terrifying.” Temple adjusted to the low temperatures and recorded five individual first-place finishers and two team victories in the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. Junior jumper and sprinter Jimmia McCluskey took first in the 100 with a time of 12.39 seconds, beating out 24 competitors.

For McCluskey, the 100-meter is an adjustment from the indoor event, where its equivalent is the 60-meter dash. McCluskey said the extra 40 meters brings a new approach for the competitors. “With the 60, it’s like, if you don’t get out, you have no slight chance of even catching up with people, but in the 100, you have more of a distance,” McCluskey said. “Even if you get out a little bit slower than everybody, you can pick up your speed and try to catch other people.” McCluskey also competed with senior sprinter Courtney Mitchell, junior sprinter Kenya Gaston and junior sprinter and jumper Bionca St. Fleur in the 400 relay. The group took first place despite practicing the event for the first time together only two days prior. “I think we have a lot of chemistry amongst ourselves,” Mitchell said. “So I think that the fact that we only had two days, it went pretty well,” Mitchell said. St. Fleur and McCluskey both ran the 200, taking first and second place, respectively, and finishing within 11 milliseconds of each other. Outdoor track & field differs from indoor in that there are two outdoor hurdles events the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles. During indoor, the 60 hurdles are the only event. Junior hurdler Simone Brownlee took first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.88 seconds. Later, in the 400 hurdles, five Owls competed and freshman multis competitor Crystal Jones took first. Halprin-Adams took third in the event, coming in about three seconds behind

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Freshman Semaje Harper runs in the 100-meter dash on Saturday at Franklin Field.

Jones. Both runners are fairly new to this event, as Jones hasn’t run in the 400 hurdles in almost two years and this was Halprin-Adams’ fifth time running this race. Jones took third in the long jump, finishing behind senior jumper Imani Shell, who won the event. Shell took first with a 5.51-meter jump, besting the other five competitors. Weather played an important factor during the day, particularly due to the low temperatures and wind gusts. Because it was cold, the

athletes had to warm up more thoroughly than normal to try to avoid an injury. Last year when the Owls ran this meet, there was still snow on the ground. “I think compared to the meet last year, at the same spot, I think we did a lot worse,” Mitchell said. “So I think this year, it’s a lot better going in, and I think that our training has got a lot to do with it. We’ve been training hard in the offseason and we are doing well right now.” *

women’s club lacrosse

Mayer shines in first year under Mauro Florian Mayer is fourth on the team in singles wins with seven victories. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News In November 2015, freshman Florian Mayer sat in his home in Rottweil, Germany, with the intention of signing a letter of intent to start his college tennis career at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. His plans changed when he received a phone call from coach Steve Mauro later that month, offering him the opportunity to be an Owl. “All [of] the research that we did on Florian, we found out that not only was he a good player, but he was a good kid,” Mauro said. “With the combination of the two, we thought he would be a good recruit for Temple.” This season, Mayer is 7-4 in singles—tied for fourth most singles wins on the team—and leads the Owls with nine doubles wins with his partner Uladzimir Dorash. “It’s tough to find players that are both good in singles and doubles,” Mauro said. “Most players concentrate more on the singles game. We liked the way he played, his style of play, which he likes to get up to the net and finish it with the volley. We thought he would be a good fit for our program.” Mayer began playing tennis with the help of his father, Sven Mayer, and grandfather, Herbert Mayer, at the age of 4. His passion for the game grew, as he later started going to the tennis courts with his friends three to four times a week in his neighborhood. Florian Mayer later played in juniors during his teenage years, where he competed against senior Nicolas Paulus’ brother. “I’ve seen him when he was younger, like 12 or 13, my brother played a couple times against him,” Paulus said. “And he was a really good player. He was in the top ten in Germany in his age and then we got in touch when it became a topic that he could come here.” Paulus, a Rheinau, Germany native, said he and Mayer discussed how the team practices, city life in Philadelphia and Temple’s education programs prior to Mayer joining the team this spring. “It helped me,” Mayer said. “It’s always a help if you come somewhere new and you know at least one person. Also, when I thought about which college to choose, it was also one of the factors that I know one person.” Paulus said while watching Mayer play tennis as a child, he knew Mayer would transform into a more talented player. “He was always calm and thoughtful on the court, and he was really consistent and was good on his feet, he has good footwork,” Palus said of Mayer’s style of play. “I think it developed a little bit into a more aggressive game that I see him several years later. But he’s definitely a calm person on the court, which benefits you.” *


Goaltender Sammie Hogan prepares for a shot during women’s club lacrosse practice at Geasey Field.

Club lacrosse eyes new heights The team hopes to qualify for the MAWLL spring regional tournament. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News During the first week of March, the women’s club lacrosse team came to a decision in its end-of-practice huddle. For the past two seasons, the team came close to qualifying for the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League spring regional tournament, losing three games in 2014 and two in 2015, preventing the club from winning its conference. After an undefeated fall season, the squad agreed it needed to repeat its success from the preseason and reach the tournament, a feat Temple has never accomplished. “I’ve been on the team for my whole college career,” senior attacker Julia Nemeth said. “We have had good seasons, but we’ve never been undefeated or been able to go to regionals, and we’re in a really good position right now to go to regionals. The girls know that just based on our fall season and being undefeated, and you know we all want to get there.” The club plays in the MAWLL Division II North conference, which includes Dickinson College, Drexel University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, the Univer-

sity of Pennsylvania and Villanova. In the fall, Temple played four conference opponents, defeating Rutgers, Drexel, Rowan and TCNJ. The squad added non-conference victories against St. Joe’s and Princeton University and clinched the six-team Laxtoberfest Tournament Championship at Rider University with a 9-4 win against the Stevens Institute of Technology in the final. The club, which finished 9-0 in the fall, started its spring season on Sunday against Villanova, losing 11-3. Temple will play all of the teams in the MAWLL North conference before the end of the regular season. “The key to us going undefeated again is commitment and showing up everyday wanting to win,” Nemeth said. “I think that makes a big difference.” Junior midfielder and club president Emily Larson said freshman attacker and club vice president Katie Edmundowicz will have an impact on the offense this spring, and “the fastest girl on the team,” freshman defender Annie Briglia, will be playing a lot on defense. Freshmen and sophomores make up about 70 percent of the Owls’ roster, but having a young team has not hampered Temple’s chemistry. “Everyone knows the dynamic of the game, and we just work so well together,” said freshman defender Bridget O’Hanlon. “There were times [in the fall] when the ball would start all the way on defense, and we would be able to work it up and get a perfect shot. We can’t really time it any better. We have

such good chemistry as a team.” Junior goalkeeper Sammie Hogan leads the defense, making sure everyone knows who they’re guarding and where they have to be in their man-to-man scheme. The club typically runs two offensive plays each semester, and Larson has tried to keep the strategy similar to recent years in an attempt simplify the offense. “We always have a motion play and a regular play,” Larson said. “Other than that we hope the girls know in-game situations from playing in high school and coming up here. … We had the same president [Colleen McGettigan] last semester and the semester before, and I’m trying to keep it the same as she had it so we can keep our streak going.” The Women’s Club Lacrosse League, ruled that the winner of each regional tournament will receive an automatic qualifier to the 2016 National Championship Tournament, which will be held at the BB&T Soccer Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from May 4-7. “We’re just looking to play smart and not throw away the ball,” Nemeth said. “We have a tendency to rush and feel like we have to score right away, and then we make mistakes and turn the ball over. We have plays in place and we’re going to focus on finding the opportunities rather than just trying to make the opportunities.” *




The rowing team competed for the first time on Saturday, the men’s soccer team announced its spring schedule, other news and notes. PAGE 19

The track & field team opened the spring Florian Mayer planned to attend season on Saturday in 40-degree weather at Armstrong State before coach Steve Franklin Field. PAGE 19 Mauro changed his mind. PAGE 19




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Quenton DeCosey sits during the lineup introduction before Temple’s 72-70 overtime loss to Iowa on Friday at the Barclays Center.

A SHORT TRIP The Owls will need to rebuild after a first round NCAA tournament loss. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor NEW YORK – Inside the Owls’ locker room at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, a sockless Obi Enechionyia sat hunched over on an allblack leather chair. With mismatching Under Armour

women’s basketball

Owls enter third round of WNIT The team will play Ohio on Thursday at McGonigle Hall. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News Tonya Cardoza feels comfortable playing in in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. After defeating Quinnipiac University 64-62 on Sunday to advance to the third round of the postseason tournament, the eight-year coach owns an 8-2 record in three appearances, including a trip to the WNIT semifinals last year. “We still have something to be playing for,” Cardoza said. “We are just taking it one game at a time.” In the first two rounds of the WNIT, Temple’s starters have carried the offensive load, scoring all but five points in both contests. In both wins, Tem-



socks between his hands, the sophomore forward wore a black T-shirt that read “Play for More.” But for Enechionyia and his teammates, there will be no more games to play. The University of Iowa eliminated the Owls from the first round of the NCAA tournament after a last-second shot from Iowa’s Adam Woodbury gave the Hawkeyes a 72-70 overtime victory on Friday. “I can’t play how I played today,” Enechionyia said following the loss. “I definitely can’t do that next year. This


A last-second layup ended the careers of four Temple seniors on Friday. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor NEW YORK – As Villanova pulled away from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in the second half of its first round NCAA tournament game, Jaylen Bond sat behind the UNC Asheville basket at the Barclays Center in

Brooklyn as a spectator. Wearing a black jacket over top of his cherry warmup suit, the senior forward waited for the Owls’ game against the University of Iowa, his first NCAA tournament game since he was a freshman at the University of Texas in 2012. One row behind Bond sat senior guard Devin Coleman. Two seats to his right, junior forward Mark Williams took in the game. While preparing for possibly the last game of his college career, Bond sat alone between two empty black chairs with headphones in his ears, focusing for the impending matchup.



Schwaab carries offense attack Rachel Schwaab leads the team with 31 points. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News

When the Owls traveled to play University of Maryland-Baltimore County on March 5, senior attacker Rachel Schwaab felt right at home. UMBC Stadium is a five minute drive from her childhood home in Baltimore and Catonsville High School, her alma mater. Playing against one of her best friends, fellow Catonsville graduate and Retriever’s freshman midfielder Lauren McDonald, Schwaab scored four goals and collected a ground ball in the Owls’ 19-9 victory with her family and friends in the stands. “That’s pretty much where I grew up, so I had a huge group of support,” Schwaab said. “I played one of my best friends so that was fun.” Through nine games this season, Schwaab leads the team with 19 goals, 12 assists and 31 total points. The 5-foot-8-inch attacker has surpassed


Rachel Schwaab (center), jogs to position in the second half of the Owls’ 10-4 loss to the University of Delaware on Wednesday.

her 2015 goal and points totals with eight regular-season games remaining, and her 3.44 points per game ranks third among Big East players. “Just speaking with her throughout the summertime, she worked a lot on her game,” senior attacker Brenda McDermott said.

“Last year she just kind of took on the whole feeding, but this year she’s been doing both and she’s been doing both a lot.” Schwaab has been playing offense from the area behind the net for most of her la-


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