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Tuition increase expected

Alter appointed to BOT after case with FDIC

Officials said trustees will likely raise tuition again at a public meeting in July.

Dennis Alter, the namesake of Alter Hall in the Fox School of Business, was reappointed in March after settling with the FDIC in 2015. HOJUN YU TTN



n March 15, Dennis Alter was unanimously reappointed to the Board of Trustees to a new four-year term, which ends on Oct. 1, 2019. The decision comes about nine months after court records showed Alter settled a case with the FDIC last June for $23.5 million, after the agency had sued him for more than $219 million, according to a complaint filed in June 2013. On the Board of Trustees’ site, Alter is listed as a tourist,

with no place of business. He told The Temple News last week he was happy about being re-elected to the board, and declined to comment on his settlement with the FDIC. “As they say in the legal field, it’s old and cold,” Alter said of his decision not to comment. The Temple News previously reported that Alter was initially appointed to the board in 2012 by the state. Last month, he was reappointed by Mike Turzai, speaker of the state’s House of Representatives. Turzai, who has been speaker



Aron Cowen, (left), shakes hands with Ryan Rinaldi.

Derrek Thomas chases down a receiver during the Cherry and White game.


Thomas embraces new role on defense

awkward with it at first.” After appearing in six games in his 2014 freshman campaign, Thomas redshirted last season. Before the team traveled to Boca Raton, Florida, for the Mar-

Following a nearly nine-month-long budget impasse, undergraduate tuition is expected to increase between 2 to 3 percent when the fall semester begins, officials said. The Board of Trustees will vote on an increase at its July 12 meeting. Last year, the board passed a 2.8 percent tuition increase for both in-state and out-ofstate students, following a 3.69 percent increase in 2014 and a 1 percent increase in 2013. The Temple News reported in July 2015 that the university has increased its tuition by an average 2.4 percent during the past three years. University CFO and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said the increase is most likely going to be “2-point-something [percent]” when the board votes. “What we do is we take a look at how our expenses change and grow, and based on how the costs change, tuition increases,” Kaiser said. “The costs of the university are mainly driven by people, whether that’s through salary increases, cost of benefits, utilities and any new initiatives.” Kaiser added the university would first look to make cuts in the budget before increasing tuition. Since 2010, the budget has been cut by $113 million through academic, administration and department cuts as well as layoffs, he said. “There’s always a salary push. For the last four to five years some unions didn’t get salary increases,” Kaiser said of the 11 unions on campus, which negotiate contracts



Redshirt-sophomore cornerback Derrek Thomas switched from wide receiver to defensive back at the end of last season. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor With Keith Kirkwood lined up across from him, Derrek Thomas got in his stance and prepared to challenge the redshirt-junior wide receiver in one-on-one drills. In the team’s first practice of the spring season, the redshirtsophomore defensive back was transitioning to life on the defensive side of the ball after entering the program as a wide receiver. Following the snap from the quarterback, Kirkwood ran past Thomas, who could not react in time to stay with the receiver. “When I first got to corner, I thought I was going to line up and run with guys and it was going to be easy,” Thomas said. “But when I got burned and exposed, I knew my technique had to be right. Everything has to be on par. I was so

When I got “burned and

exposed, I knew my technique had to be right.

Derrek Thomas | defensive back

Talking with the A legacy of jazz in new TSG team Empower TU looks to engage more students through its parliament system, and remains undecided about a proposed football stadium. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News Student Body President Aron Cowen was inducted yesterday at a General Assembly meeting alongside vice president of external affairs Jai Singletary and vice president of services Kelly Dawson. On March 31, Empower TU won Temple Student Government’s 2016-17 election by capturing 32 percent of the 4,112 total votes cast. Empower TU plans to bring change to TSG by implementing a 40-person parliamentary system to better represent the students, build relationships with the community and continue to improve policies introduced by the previous administration, Future TU. The 40-body parliament will


consist of 20-at large representatives, 13 representatives from each undergraduate college and seven issued-based representatives. In this year’s TSG election, voter turnout dropped by 467 votes. Empower TU, however, hopes its new parliament system will make students feel like their voice matters. “We represent a body of now roughly 38,000 individuals and it would be wrong to segregate a portion of individuals who aren’t wrong, per se, but what they are is passionate about the community,” Singletary said. The group, however, has yet to take a side on the talks of a possible football stadium that could be built in North Philadelphia after Temple’s record-setting football season.


Update on stadium proposal

Officials said logistics about game days on campus are still in preliminary discussions. PAGE 2


Temple investing in academics, too


Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the city’s role in the genre, but may not successfully showcase the full story. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News Philadelphia percussionist Jim Hamilton fondly remembers growing up in his father’s dance studio in Kensington, learning about different kinds of musical styles from a young age. “The concept of things that swing was something I started to understand when I was very young,” he said. “This idea of jazz and its evolution comes from a mixture of cultures … and a big part of jazz’s evolution of course is in the city that we’re living in and where I was born and raised.” Philadelphia played a large role in the development of jazz music throughout the 20th cen-

tury. The city’s multi-ethnic population was attracted to the unrestricted, diverse style of music. Producing renowned artists like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus, Philadelphia was home to many jazz musicians who helped the progression of the genre in America. “In a place like New York where there’s every professional jazz musician in the world … and when you’re a student or trying to do something different, it’s not easy to get accepted and play at different places,” said



Sophomore jazz performance major Brad Neely plays his upright bass in Presser Hall.


Play tells stories with ‘love’


The Institute on Disabilities produced a play to tell the story of the intellectual disabilities civil rights movement. PAGE 7

In a new exhibit called “Explicit Female,” Zornitsa Stoyanova uses art, video and photography to explore what it means to be a woman. PAGE 9

Local artist examines femininity





Stadium logistics still in early stages The Temple News examines the current state of talks about the proposal, almost six months after the news broke. By LIAN PARSONS STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News Several university officials said discussions about the logistics of the proposed on-campus football stadium—including parking, traffic and on-campus tailgating—are still in preliminary stages, as of last week. A university spokesman said President Theobald and other administrators have been talking to faculty and community members about the proposal, and that more concrete details will be available as that process continues. Theobald told The Temple News in February one of the key issues with building a stadium is parking and traffic on game days. He said the university has hired Barbara Chance, President and CEO of CHANCE Management Advisors, a consulting service that focuses on parking, transportation and access management. “Her conclusion is—in terms of spaces—you’re going to be fine,” Theobald said. “Traffic is going to be the issue. You’ve got fairly narrow streets here, you’ll have people, I always say you’ve got 20,000 people who come here every day, but they don’t all come at one o’clock in the afternoon.” Chance said last week she has not spoken with Theobald directly, and declined to comment further about the stadium proposal. A university spokesman said it’s difficult to talk about parking details at such an early stage in discussion. Karen Sherlock, director of parking services, said Temple has 3,046 spots available on Main Campus. She said she has participated in meetings about the stadium, but added discussions about parking are still in the

early stages. Concerning traffic, Theobald said one possibility could be creating new traffic patterns on Broad Street. “After the game Broad Street [is] one-way northbound going north of Norris, one-way southbound south of Montgomery, you create traffic patterns that allow a lot more cars to get through those arterials,” he said in February. June Cantor, spokeswoman for the city’s Streets Department, said in an email her department declines to comment about the proposal “until a Traffic Impact Study and Operational plan are submitted and reviewed by the Department.” Another issue on game days will be how the university handles tailgating. Theobald said in February that some of the possible tailgating spots would be on Polett Walk, the area by the Cecil B. Moore subway stop, and in areas surrounding various colleges and schools on Main Campus. No tailgating will occur on the west side of Broad Street, he added. Associate Athletic Director and Chief of Staff Sean Padden said some of the areas on Main Campus have “tremendous opportunity” for tailgating. The quad—part of the Verdant Temple landscape plan—Founder’s Garden, the space on top of Anderson and Gladfelter Halls and the multiuse facility that will be built at the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue are also prospective tailgating sites, Padden said. There is also potential to set up food and retail vendors on Liacouras and Polett walks, he added. “There’s going to have to be a


Traffic is one of many logistical issues that still needs examination by the university on the potential on-campus football stadium.

Traffic is going to be the issue. You’ve got fairly narrow streets ... “ I always say you’ve got 20,000 people who come here every day, but they don’t all come at one o’clock in the afternoon.” Neil Theobald | university president

balance,” Padden said. “We don’t want to decimate the grass, but we want to utilize the space we have.” Other tailgating sites around schools and colleges would be “at the different departments’ discretion,” he added. Two potential spaces are the Artist’s Palate at the Tyler School of Art and Liacouras Walk in front of Alter Hall.. “Tailgating in front of the school [alumni] attended generates a lot of nostalgia,” Padden said. “It’s an opportunity we want to take advantage of.” A university spokesman told The Temple News in February that carless tailgating could be an option, as companies would facilitate activities similar to that of traditional tailgating.

Temple is considered a “dry campus” and one aspect that remains unclear is how alcohol would be handled on campus during game days. Theobald said in February there “would be limits” as to where the alcohol could be served, but added he didn’t know any other specifics. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives declined to comment on how the university’s drug and alcohol policy would be enforced, citing that the stadium has not been approved. Concerning financials, Theobald previously told The Temple News the stadium would save the university $3 million annually during the first seven years of the stadium. Faculty Senate President Tricia Jones told The Temple News earlier this month that university CFO and

Treasurer Ken Kaiser would present financial details at the next Faculty Senate meeting on April 21. Cost, among other factors, has been one of the reasons Theobald has repeatedly supported the stadium, including when he talked to The Temple News more than two months ago. “The university is in a situation in which you’ve got alternatives,” he said in February. “Right now … the best alternative financially, in terms of alumni engagement and in terms of the university, and I’d argue with the retail component … is to build it here rather than rent at the Linc.” * news@temple-news.com T @TheTempleNews

Reviewing, comparing the university’s endowment fund 2015 Endowment Values

Temple’s endowment fund is less than several other state universities. By DOMINIC BARONE The Temple News Temple’s endowment fund has historically been much lower than other comparable schools. University officials, however, said they are trying to combat that trend. The university’s approach to its budget has changed and has now been focusing on fundraising instead of relying on state appropriations and tuition. University CFO and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said endowments are a gift from a benefactor to be used for a specific purpose. The endowment is permanent and the money given cannot be spent by the university, but the interest made off of it can be. Interest is made by investing the current endowment fund in various ways, Kaiser said. He added there are several restrictions on how the fund can be invested. Temple’s 2015 endowment fund was $386.2 million, which is ranked 209th in the U.S. and Canada, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ latest report. The University of Pennsylvania, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh all rank in the top 30 in endowment funds among all Ameri-


Temple ranks fourth in endowment funds out of the City Six schools. NOTE: Totals are rounded, and graph is not to scale.

can and Canadian institutions in the report. Smaller schools in Pennsylvania like Drexel University, Dickinson College, Lafayette College, Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College all have larger endowments than Temple. The University of Pennsylvania leads schools in the state, ranked ninth in the country with a $10.1 billion endowment. It relies, however,

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on larger endowments because it is a private institution with no state funding. The average endowment fund is $648.1 million, but the median is $115.8 million. Kaiser said Temple’s endowment fund is low because the university is late to the idea of fundraising. “I think some of the other schools realized how valuable fundraising can be before Temple did,”

he said. “Maybe 30 [or] 40 years ago Temple looked at the commonwealth appropriation and thought, ‘Well that’s like 60 percent of our budget. What do we really need to fundraise for?’ I think some of the other schools were better at looking into the future.” Kaiser said another reason is student involvement. He said 10 or 15 years ago Temple was primarily a commuter school and it was hard to


engage alumni. “You commute, you graduate, you don’t hear from Temple for 15 years and you kind of lose touch,” he said. “It’s almost like a lost generation. And there’s people that have graduated that are billionaires that we probably haven’t been able to connect back with.” In order to increase student involvement, Julie Wilkins, the coordinator of student relations, helps organize and collect the senior class gift. Wilkins added the idea came from the Office of the Provost, which encourages students to donate either time or money to the schools that impacted them the most. “They want to bring faculty and students together and they also want to educate current students about the impact of philanthropy,” she said. Wilkins said if students get involved now before they graduate there’s a better chance they will stay involved after graduation and donate more. Recently, the School of Media and Communication received the largest one-time gift in the school’s history, when alumnus Steve Charles donated $2 million to create a Chair for Media, Cities and Solutions. It was the first-ever, donor-endowed chair in SMC history. Kaiser later said in an email Temple has seen many high-level donors respond to Temple’s projects and plans like the proposed football stadium and the future library. * dominic.barone@temple.edu




University selects 4 candidates for CLA dean Two professors will meet with faculty and students later this week, and the others will visit Main Campus in late April to early May. BY STEVE BOHNEL News Editor The College of Liberal Arts will hold meetings this week for two possible candidates to replace interim dean William Stull as head of the university’s second biggest college or school on Main Campus. Candidates Dr. Susan Roberts, geography professor and associate dean for international affairs at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Eric Arnesen, history professor and executive associate dean for faculty affairs at George Washington University, will talk to students and faculty members from CLA, according to information released on TUportal last week. Two other candidates are slated to visit Main Campus later this month and early May. Jodi Levine Laufgraben, vice provost for academic affairs, said the university cannot release their names because administration wants students to “focus on the candidates as they come,” and that all four were promised confidentiality when they entered Temple’s search. “Confidentiality is a key aspect of a search, particularly a senior leadership search,” she said. “Many of the candidates that we have talked to … they’re quite happy where they are, they weren’t necessarily looking for another job. “Should they not get this position, they don’t want their colleagues on their campus thinking they’re going to leave,” Laufgraben added. “So really, the only ones that will ever be known are the finalists.”

Temple’s administration gives the finalists advance notice in order to inform their colleagues at their universities, Laufgraben said. The last permanent CLA dean, Teresa Soufas, resigned in January 2015 due to health reasons. The school has also dealt with multiple protests after the university did not renew Dr. Anthony Monteiro’s contract in May 2014. Laufgraben said students and faculty can ask the candidates about those issues and the future of CLA at its public meetings. Roberts said Saturday she is excited about the opportunity. “The next dean is going to be somebody who has to be a strong leader and who can really articulate in a convincing and compelling way the value of liberal arts in today’s world,” she said. “That’s a challenge facing leaders of liberal arts colleges across the nation, and I think it’s no different at Temple.” Arnesen could not be reached for comment. Laufgraben said a 12-person search advisory committee—consisting of five CLA faculty members, one undergraduate and graduate student, two faculty members outside the college, a senior-level administrator, another administrator and member of CLA’s Board of Visitors—helped lead the search process for the four finalists. She added the four candidates are strong scholars, teachers and researchers and also have experience in administration which would be a good fit for Temple. The new dean must be sound in areas “not that much different than the rest of the


Two candidates for the open position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts are listed on TUportal.

university,” she said. The new dean must also attract new students by helping faculty develop new programs and illustrating the value of a liberal arts degree, Laufgraben added. “A parent will come to an open house and say, ‘Shouldn’t my son and daughter major in business? What would [they] do with a degree in liberal arts?’” she said. “It’s really important that the new dean articulate the vision and the critical impor-

tance of a liberal arts education.” Since the search took a full academic year, the candidates’ visits are occurring near finals week, one of the busiest times for students academically. Laufgraben said the yearlong search is typical to develop the best possible pool of candidates. “We’re hoping folks will take 45 minutes or an hour or so—maybe it’s a nice study break—as a chance to meet the candidates,” she said. Laufgraben said that after the

finalists have visited campus, the Search Advisory Committee will send recommendations to the provost and president. She added administrators will review and discuss those during the summer, and the university is aiming to announce CLA’s new dean by the start of Fall 2016. * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

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Singletary said he and Dawson attended the Day of Action protests last week to listen to students and community members’ concerns about the stadium. Empower TU said it needs to learn more about the stadium and its possible effects on Temple and North Philadelphia before reaching a conclusion on the situation. “There’s a lot of meetings that we haven’t gotten to sit in on yet that would be from different perspectives,” Dawson said. “We’re looking forward to getting to do that and developing a more well-informed opinion for ourselves.” By listening to opinions on both sides of the stadium issue, Empower TU said it can go to Board Of Trustees meetings in the future with the most amount of information. Currently, there isn’t a student member that can vote on BOT decisions, whereas Pennsylvania State University and Lincoln University both have a participating student member. Cowen said adding a voting member to the BOT could be possible by reaching out to Gov. Tom Wolf. “Right now, the governor appoints the Student Body President of Penn State to the board each year,” Cowen said. “So it would just be reaching out to the governor’s office and saying, ‘Hey, us too.’” Cowen said the point of issue-based representatives is to reflect the problems of a variety of students around Temple. “The experiences of two different people in the same major, the experiences of two


Student Body President Aron Cowen, (right), embraces Jai Singletary, vice president of external affairs.

different people in the same year can be vastly different if they’re a commuter, if they’re in Greek life, if they’re in a multicultural org,” Cowen said. “These are all things that really do lead to different college experiences and different concerns and needs.” He added they would also look for representatives from the athletics community, intramural athletics, LGBTQ, honors, disability resource and others. Empower TU will hold elections for its parliament next September after working on it during the summer, they said.

“A lot of people feel disconnected from Temple Student Government and that’s something we really want to work on because we’re here to represent students,” Cowen said. “So we want to make sure they truly feel that their voice does matter, because once they feel their voice matters, they’re going to use it. They’re going to take charge of their education.” * thomas.ignudo@temple.edu T @Ignudo5


Aron Cowen previously served as TSG’s Director of Government Affairs.




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Value diverse studies The New York Times Intellectual Heritage, where columnist Frank Bruni visit- students read and talk about ed Temple last week to speak a range of historical texts, on the importance of a liberal are a good start, but students arts educashouldn’t Liberal arts is valuable, tion. shy away especially to those in other from exBruni, fields. who mapanding jored in their knowlEnglish and American Stud- edge of the world around ies at University of North them. Carolina at Chapel Hill durThe College of Liberal ing his undergraduate years, Arts, which hosted the event urged attendees to consider event as its annual Leonard the value of studying disci- Mellman Distinguished Lecplines outside of their focus. ture, has 35 majors and 36 Polarization can often occur minors, ranging from ecoas a result of divided areas of nomics to philosophy. study, he said. We agree. We’re glad to be part of a “The liberal arts is ulti- university that has strong promately about context and … grams across the board and the yardstick of possibility,” leads in medicine, business he told the audience. and technology. But Temple STEM and business has also turned out respected programs are on the rise and artists, psychologists and hisgaining support as students torians who have all contribsee a need for those positions uted to society. to be filled in their industries As journalists, we see the and a profit to be made. importance of many kinds of We’d like to encourage careers in Philadelphia. We students to remain diverse urge students to keep open in their studies and think- minds and try to learn about ing while pursuing their pro- a variety of subjects in their grams. Required courses like time here.

OK to de-stress With a column this week coordinator at the Wellness that addresses the state of Resource Center. mental health on college camTuttleman Counseling puses, and Services can During finals week, students offer support with a recent sui- should try to take breaks, eat for anxiety, cide at the healthy and get enough sleep. and there’s University no shame of Pennsylvania, we wanted in asking for it: in fact, it’s to talk about stress. a common treatment. One Finals week is coming in six college students were up, which for some will bring treated for anxiety between crushing deadlines for papers May 2014 and 2015, accordand projects and studying for ing to the aforementioned tests. New York Times report. The recent incident at Active Minds—an orPenn, where a student jumped ganization raising awareness in front of a train on SEPTA’s about mental health issues Market-Frankford Line, has among college students—recrenewed scrutiny at the uni- ommends making a plan for versity about its steps to im- studying, developing relaxprove the mental health and ation techniques and leaning well-being of students. on friends and family for supFinals week also is port. known as a busy time for It’s important for students mental health counseling ser- to complete assignments to vices on college campuses, the best of their abilities, but the New York Times reported it’s just as important to make last year. But other students sure they take care of themmay not seek help, our col- selves and avoid unhealthy umnist reports. habits like sleep deprivation, “They might feel uncom- excessive caffeine consumpfortable or ashamed, or see tion and forgoing self-care. getting help or telling people Don’t be afraid to take a about it is a sign of weakness. few minutes away from your Some students may not know work, for yourself and enthey even have a problem,” courage others to continue to said Allison Herman, the take care of themselves, too. mental well-being program

CORRECTIONS In “Task force still in early planning,” which ran April 12, the College of Public Health is misstated as the College of Health Professions. 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.

Academics and athletics both a priority for university spending The university is working on building more than just the stadium.


he Board of Trustees recently approved a $28.5 million facility to be built at the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue, which will serve as both an indoor recreation and training center and as classrooms and labs specifically designed for the use of College of Public Health students. Buildings like the multi-use facility, though, have not been the focus of recent conversations about oncampus construction at Temple. The logistics and moral implications of building the proposed on-campus football stadium garnered mass amounts of attention this year from media and students alike. “President Theobald said ‘Football and athletics are the doorstep to a university.’ I thought academics were the doorstep to a uniGRACE SHALLOW LEAD COLUMNIST versity,” Philip Gregory, a Stadium Stompers leader and sophomore English major, said to a crowd at the “Stadium Stompers’ “Day of Action” last Thursday. Many feel Temple is focusing only athletics, but that is not the case. The new library under construction on the corner of Liacouras and Polett Walks is now estimated to cost $170 million, $20 million less than the original estimate, Dean of Libraries Joseph Lucia told me. Special features include a study area that will be open 24 hours and a robotic arm retrieval system for fetching books. The design also includes open spaces to encourage more student engagement and research, making the new library a stream-lined center of academic enhancement. “The particular function of a library on a college campus is to serve as an inspirational space to help students feel connected to learning and the intellectual history that they’re becoming a part of as they develop themselves as students,” Lucia said. He said Paley Library on Polett Walk is being replaced for several reasons, including increasing costs of repair, a lack of adequate seating and the need for a “better work environment for students that is looking toward what the university is going to look like in the 21st century.” “As a facility, Paley Library does not communicate the nature of the current academic experience at Temple, meaning the quality or depth of the experiences students have,” he said. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a campus of our size that is using a library building that was opened in the mid-‘60s that hasn’t been extensively renovated and expanded or, in fact, replaced.” Lack of adequate academic resources is also a reason the multi-use facility is being built. “We have been in desperate need for clinical classroom space for our physical therapy and occupational therapy programs,” Laura Siminoff, the dean of CPH, recently told The Temple News. “We will be able to provide our really, really outstanding clinical faculty and our great students with really first class space for clinical education.” The Science Education and Research Center, a $137 million project that opened in the fall of 2014, was built due to lack of appropriate spaces on Main Campus for research and teaching within the College of Science and Technology. The seven research centers, 52 research labs and open spaces meant for collaboration all currently housed within the SERC are available for CST students and faculty to interact and innovate. To give more insight on the money the university is spending on athletics versus academics, the stadium is proposed to

cost $126 million. The combined cost of the three academic projects mentioned before is larger than the stadium’s budget by $209.5 million. Both the SERC and the new library individually cost more than the proposed stadium. I am aware every college at Temple does not have its own $137 million research center building. However, as Temple grows, the possibilities are endless for the enhancement of students’ education in every field. According to Temple Now, Wachman Hall, home of the mathematics department, was renovated to increase classroom space on campus and use glass walls to “maximize the benefits of sunlight and to increase the feeling of energy and action inside the building.” The interior of Annenberg Hall, home to the School of Media and Communication, is also being renovated to improve safety features and modernize the building. “We sure have made a heavy investment in academic fa-


The rendering, (ABOVE), of the $170-million library was realeased in 2014.

Both the SERC and the new “ library individually cost more than the proposed stadium.”

cilities the last few years and even with projects underway right now,” said Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, in an email. The time and efforts of administrative officials are also invested in these projects to enhance the quality of Temple’s education. “The idea of monumentality and having an iconic building is definitely something we thought about from the get-go,” said Margaret Carney, university architect and associate vice president, at a panel discussion earlier this month about the process and goal of building the new library. “There’s no doubt at all that this building will be the most important building on Temple’s campus.” While the library and other projects embody the future of Temple’s education, the proposed stadium embodies the current climate of Temple’s community relations. I am against the stadium and how it will affect, if not destroy, Temple’s burdened relationship with the community. But I do think it is unfair to say the university is only investing money into the football program. In the end, numbers do not lie. * grace.shallow@temple.edu T @Grace_Shallow

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student grapples with the term “gentrification” and it’s place in stadium talks. Back in February I attended the meeting with President Theobald and countless other students on the status of a potential on-campus stadium. Of course, with something as momentous as a stadium here on Temple’s dense urban campus, feelings of excitement, confusion, indifference and anger come to the forefront. I personally am indifferent to a stadium, but I can see the possible benefits that it could bring to the campus and possibly Philadelphia outside of hosting football games—graduations, concerts, fairs, the list goes on. Other people, however, do not see any benefits to the proposed stadium. In fact, many community members see a stadium as yet another opportunity for Temple to infringe more than it already does on the surrounding community, whose concerns with student renters go largely ignored. There are constant complaints of noise, trash and event acts of overt racism that are inflicted by students onto the community. This is compounded by the already volatile relationship Temple has with its neighbors since its expansion in

the ‘60s that has led to hundreds of local residents being displaced. Concerns of displacement are valid. Concerns of noise, trash, traffic congestion and general chaos following football games are valid. This is why the university has recently spent $1 million to do an impact study for the proposed stadium. But I’m not entirely convinced that a stadium is going to be a catalyst of gentrification, or even exacerbate it because it has been happening for the past decade, and will likely continue with or without a stadium. At the meeting with president Theobald, protesters chanted with ire, “Where’s the community? Gentrification is Temple-made!” Yes, gentrification is Temple-made, as many universities sit on parcels of land in nearby communities and sell them to developers for them to be turned into lodging for students. But that’s just it—gentrification in Temple’s neighboring communities is fueled by student renters, yet somehow students were reluctant to acknowledge this at the meeting. Developers are responding to the demand for housing driven by students. I presume that many students who attended the meeting reside off campus. Shouldn’t they essentially be protesting themselves? I’m not suggesting that students and

local residents shouldn’t come together and work towards a common goal, nor am I suggesting that student renters cannot and do not have an invested stake in the community. However, I wish that students could be cognizant of the fact that gentrification doesn’t happen outside of their existence in the community, but it happens because they exist in the community. Both Temple’s administration and its students are agents of displacement in North Philadelphia, so to deny being a beneficiary to these oppressive market forces at one’s own convenience is disingenuous at best, and the biggest manifestation of (white) liberal guilt at worst. Standing in solidarity with the community is one thing. Blatant disregard of one’s own positionality is another. So, as the conversation continues about the proposed stadium and gentrification, let’s please remember where we all stand in relation to our neighbors, development, and, though we may not want to admit it, displacement. Stweart Scott is a 2015 georaphy and urban studies alumn. He is now pursuing a Geographic Informations Systems cirtificate and can be reached at stweart. scott@temple.



column | sexual assault

Help speak up against assault Sexual Assault Awareness Month encourages women to tell their stories.


hroughout the Cosby allegations, as much as I didn’t want to, I couldn’t help but question the credibility of those women. As sad as it sounds, some people will do anything for money and attention, and with such prestige and wealth at stake—considering a false accusation in this particular scenario doesn’t sound too insensitive. I was deep in thought, questioning this sad assault stigma when a realization struck me—it wasn’t the number of women who spoke up that truly baffled me—it was the fact that it took that long for at least one woman to speak up. Sadly enough, this is extremely common with victims of sexual abuse. Too often, women repress their assault. Many are encouraged to tell ALEXA ZIZZI their stories and fight for justice, but aren’t always supported by the judicial system, which can result in even more emotional damage. By sexual abuse I don’t just mean uncomfortable flirting, vulgar remarks and the occasional groping. I mean condescending, brainwashing, emotionally damaging language, forced sexual intercourse and overall, total control of a person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being—I’m talking total control over a person’s life. I’ve unfortunately witnessed this happen to a point where the survivor falls so deep under an abuser’s control they don’t even recognize their own identity anymore. For some, these relationships can lead to mental illness, physical health issues and sometimes even suicide. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which for some groups on Main Campus, is the perfect time to bring about cultural change. Jayinee Basu, an instructional writer for CampusClarity, which runs the virtual “Think About It” course said she thinks a reason survivors of sexual assault don’t speak up is because of the environment they’re in. “The external environment isn’t necessarily receptive to hearing what happened,” Basu said. She added that the culture of sexual assault can focus on denial and misogyny which also might prevent survivors from speaking out. “Our main goal is to change that culture first, then to remove the incentive survivors have for keeping silent,” she said. Pop singer Kesha and her case against her producer, Dr. Luke, is a very public example of how a person in power can shake a survivor of sexual abuse, whether it’s mentally or physically. Kesha’s case also represents how the justice system often fails those brave enough to speak up and fight against their abuser. The pop-singer filed a civil suit in 2014 alleging that Dr. Luke had drugged, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her for years. Kesha wanted to break her contract with the label and parent company Sony Records to allow a music career outside of Dr. Luke’s control. But on Feb. 19, the New York Supreme Court denied Kesha a preliminary injunction to release her from the label and move forward with the case. This legal battle is the prime example of the oppression, emotional and psychological abuse and the prejudice against women. Kesha shared her story by standing up against her abuser and fighting for justice in court, yet was denied freedom. Nobody should be forced to work with their

FROM THE ARCHIVES Oct. 5, 2000: The Temple News reported on the first year of The Clothesline Project, which brings awareness to rape culture and gives survivors a voice during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, Temple participated in the project for the 16th year.

alleged abuser. So how are people supposed to feel brave enough to speak out? Jeremy Beckman, vice president of product design and lead designer for CampusClarity, said “Without a doubt, behavior change itself is what we’re striving for.” In efforts toward advocating sexual abuse awareness and support on campus, in 2013 Temple adopted the “Think About It” program, in response to Federally mandated sexual-assault training for all students. The program is a required online tutorial that addresses responsible college activity and consent. “We want to change the external reception of information like that so survivors will want to speak out,” Basu said of the program. Also in 2014, Temple graduate Sam Carter and current senior Miranda Brindza created an on-campus organization, Student Activists for Female Empowerment (SAFE), to spread awareness about sexual abuse and women’s rights. Carter was inspired by a personal incident she experienced on campus and felt Temple Police didn’t handle well.

The culture of sexual “ assault can focus on denial

and misogyny which also might prevent survivors from speaking out.

“I felt victimized, alone, and felt I needed to share what I knew with others to give people at least a starting point or a network of support to turn to as a one-stop shop of all the information you’ll need,” Carter said. Brindza, SAFE’s current e-board president, said its mission has always been to serve as “an ally to survivors.” “We want to let people know there is a group they can always come to for support, resources, to talk to people who are passionate about ending this issue and working with victims and just creating a safe space for survivors and supporters,” Brindza said. Though society may never fix the broken system or prevent flaws from slipping through the cracks—groups like SAFE on Main Campus that are addressing the problems which might help with the societal and cultural change Basu talked about. It’s unfortunate celebrities like Kesha get wrapped up in those stigmas, but her using fame to spread awareness is a step in the right direction to destigmatizing sexual assault and those who have survived it. * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu

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column | mental heath

Students: learn to ask for help Mental health in college students is deeply undertreated.


ollege can be the most stressful years of one’s life between studying for exams, midterms and finals, working on projects, writing papers, paying tuition, late nights and early mornings. This is universally accepted. What isn’t, however, is how mental health is affected and handled. Depression, anxiety, physical ailments, substance abuse and eating disorders, and in extreme cases, even suicide are all too common among college students. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, a 2014 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration study showed. Within 7.4 percent of full-time college students, ages 18-22 had serious thoughts of suicide, 2.1 percent made suicide plans and 1 percent actually attempted suicide in the past year alone. When questioned about their suicidal thoughts and attempts, the study showed that most college students replied in a similar manner—they felt sad or depressed, overwhelmed and hopeless, or lonely. College is often viewed as a time of joyous fun, JENSEN TOUSSAINT however, that simply doesn’t hold true for every student. There is no reason for a student to allow four years of college lead to possibly life-long problems. Colleges and universities in the nation provide students with resources to help with many issues that may be ailing students. Temple is one of these universities. Tuttleman Counseling Services “provide an atmosphere that is informal and professional, where you can feel safe and comfortable seeking help,” the official site says. Denise Walton, a psychologist and the associate director at Tuttleman, said the center deals with a variety of issues including alcohol/substance awareness, general psychology, sexual assault counseling/education, group therapy and more. “We’d like [the students] to be as educated as possible and we try to help them be able to manage their symptoms,” Walton said. More students who feel they may have a problem should want to use the free available resources. The Wellness Resource Center is another one of these departments available for students who may be struggling with issues. Allison Herman, the mental well-being program coordinator at the center, said only about two students come to her each month, asking for consultation. There are likely a much larger number of students who could possibly use the help, so why don’t more students seek it out? “There is this stigma surrounding mental health and suicide prevention,” Herman said. “Their background, where they come from or how they were brought up, they might feel uncomfortable or ashamed, or see getting help or telling people about it is a sign of weakness. Some students may not know they even have a problem.” Herman said many don’t come because they aren’t willing to admit they need help. These resources available at Temple can’t be of help to students unless they make the effort to reach out to them. All the outside factors surrounding mental health should not take precedence over the internal struggles the students may be facing. These sessions are confidential and do not leave the confines of the room. Feeling embarrassed or feeling as though you should only seek help in times of crisis is the wrong approach. The sooner students reach out for help, the less likely more problems will arise in the future. There is even a self-help tab available on the Tuttleman Counseling Services site that allows students to screen themselves beforehand and see if they may suffer from any symptoms that relate to various health disorders before seeking help. Walton said students would likely be more comfortable talking about their issues if people looked out for each other rather than judged, while Herman said by explaining why students may be feeling a certain way and helping them understand it would help students better handle the stress that comes with college. I would advise college students to try to be more mindful of the consequences of not seeking help when you feel you may have a problem, rather than the consequences of seeking help and just allowing things to get worse. Choosing the former can lead to a better college environment, less of a stigma around mental health and a lower suicide rate among college-aged students. * jensen.toussaint@temple.edu







Police probing two alleged attacks on officers CRIME POLICE ARREST TWO FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

Two Temple Police officers were assaulted in two separate incidents April 9 on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of French Street, according to university crime logs. The first incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. outside 1601 French St. when police tried to separate two men engaging in an argument, said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. 20-year-old Wallic Maull punched Officer Elijah Lewis in the face once the argument was broken up, Leone said. Maull was immediately arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another and disorderly conduct, according to court records. Almost two hours later, Leone said Temple Police responded to what “started out as a domestic” incident. He said a 17-year-old girl threw a brick through the windshield of her exboyfriend’s car. When police placed her in a patrol car, she attempted to kick out its windows, he added. Officer William Egan attempted to subdue the girl, and she spit in his face, Leone said. Leone explained that the incident was reported as an aggravated assault because bodily fluid is considered dangerous. Neither suspect was Temple-related or had alcohol or other illegal substances, Leone said. -Julie Christie

POSSIBLE ROBBERY AT WILLIAM PENN HIGH SCHOOL Thirty-year-old Zachary Ducko will face a preliminary hearing today after Temple Police arrested him for stealing $10,000 worth of copper from William Penn High School over winter break, according to Temple Police. Ducko and another suspect, Robert Lewandowski, allegedly broke into the school by cutting a hole in a fence and then accessing the high school through the lower level ramp, said Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. Leone said Detective Chad Harvey eventually “cracked the case” after reviewing security footage from a nearby charter school. The video showed that two men entered the school around 2:30 a.m. on Christmas Day with their pickup truck parked alongside the building, Leone said. He added they spent about two hours inside the school removing copper. Leone said the two men returned a week later but were stopped by Philadelphia Police for loitering.


Taryn Weisberg (right), a senior environmental studies major, marches with the “Stadium Stompers” during the Day of Action protest last Thursday. ONLINE: Read and watch coverage of the march at http://temple-news.com/news.

“Detective Harvey spent hours viewing video from the charter school and working with their computer services folks pulling together the stills,” Leone said. Philadelphia Police arrested Ducko April 5 at 12:35 a.m. before transporting him to Philadelphia Police’s 9th District Headquarters, Leone said. According to court records, Ducko was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, conspiracy, criminal mischief, theft and receiving stolen property. Leone said Lewandowski is still wanted. -Julie Christie



The Philadelphia Department of Health temporarily shut down the Wendy’s restaurant at 1708 N. Broad St. near the Liacouras Center after an inspection on April 13. According to a report filed by Office of Food Protection Inspector Tanisha Robinson, the restaurant had three new and two repeat violations. Robinson cited the restaurant for firsttime violations of not being knowledgeable of Pennsylvania Food Code and having employees with “persistent sneezing, coughing, and/or [a] runny nose” as a result of excessive smoke in the preparation area due to poor ventilation. The report said repeat violations included the women’s restroom trash can missing a lid for sanitary napkin disposal and broken ceiling tiles in the storage room. “Due to conditions observed during the

inspection ... the establishment has agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department [of Public Health] to resume operations,” the report summary stated. -Julie Christie

MAYOR JOINS NATIONWIDE EFFORT FOR LGBT RIGHTS Mayor Jim Kenney joined 10 other mayors across the country on Saturday in a pledge against any places that pass antiLGBT laws. The pledge, titled Mayors Against Discrimination, is an agreement among the 10 mayors that they will not do business with North Carolina or Mississippi and will not allow public funds to be used for travel expenses to those states, CBS3 reported. Kenney told CBS the steps these mayors in the pledge are similar to those that brought down apartheid in the 1990s. The actual impact of the pledge on Philadelphia’s travel is unclear. -Gillian McGoldrick


Philadelphia has received a $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to help fund a plan to cut the city’s prison population by more than 30 percent during the next three years, the Inquirer reported. The foundation picked Philadelphia from a pool of 191 applicants. The grant will be used in a variety of ways to try to keep nonviolent offenders out of the prison sys-

tem, move those already incarcerated out of prison more quickly, and use more alternative headquarters, the Inquirer reported. There are more than 7,000 people in the Philadelphia Prison System, according to city statistics. The project costs $6.1 million—$2.1 million of which will be paid by the city, and $500,000 through private sources, the Inquirer reported. -Steve Bohnel

UNIVERSITY NEWS ALUMNUS WINS PULITZER An alumnus from the School of Media and Communication won his second Pulitzer Prize yesterday. Joby Warrick, who graduated with a journalism degree in 1982, won a Pulitzer in General Nonfiction for his novel “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.” He visited SMC March 14 to discuss the novel. “Black Flags” is “a deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State,” according to the Pulitzer Prizes’ official website. Warrick, a reporter for the Washington Post since 1996, previously won a Pulitzer for Public Service with two colleagues that same year for exploring hog waste pollution in North Carolina. -Steve Bohnel

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since January of last year, could not be reached for comment. According to the case settlement, Advanta Bank Corporation—a depository institution that operated in Utah—was closed by the Utah Department of Financial Institutions in March 2010 and the FDIC seized all the corporation’s assets. In June 2013, Alter and William A. Rosoff—former president and vice chairman of the Board of Directors at Advanta—filed a countersuit against the FDIC, claiming the agency had “covered up its wrongdoing” that had led to the closure of Advanta. The complaint states that Advanta had tried to keep business afloat during the Great Recession, but the FDIC had interfered with its ability to recover from huge financial losses. “As the FDIC well understood, the breach of its promise and change of position condemned the Bank to failure,” the complaint reads. “And, in fact, shortly after and because of the FDIC breach, Advanta’s parent was forced to declare bankruptcy, and Advanta was forced into

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receivership.” Representatives from the FDIC then filed a motion to dismiss Alter and Rosoff’s suit Sept. 20, 2013. Chairman of the Board Patrick O’Connor told The Temple News in 2013 that Alter was in “no danger of losing” his trusteeship. Currently, Alter serves on the board’s athletics, budget and finance, compliance and executive committees. University bylaws state that as a member of the budget and finance committee, Alter has “oversight over matters and policies pertaining to finance, business, operating and capital budgets, insurance, employee relations, contracts and grants, tuition and fees, and the long-range financial planning and development of the University.” Alter and his wife, Gisela, donated more than $15 million for the construction of Alter Hall in the Fox School of Business, an $80 million project which opened in 2009. According to court records, Alter’s case with the FDIC formally closed July 7 of last year. * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel

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with the university every four years. One method to save money the university uses is negotiating new contracts with vendors to reduce costs, said David Glezerman, assistant vice president of the university’s bursar office. “We’d rather have more belt-tightening than increase tuition,” Glezerman said. He added some universities have tried increasing tuition halfway through the year, only to face problems later. “People plan for the whole year, sometimes for the four years,” he said. “Then you go to families and say, ‘You had to pay x, but now you have to pay x plus 2 percent.’ We’ll cut expenses before we increase tuition in the middle of the year.” Kaiser said the university also looks for additional sources of revenue from the state, alumni donation and a faster recovery


rate on research. “Fundraising is a big part, last year we had more than $80 million [donated],” he said. “What really helps is when

is going “toTuition increase every year. We just make sure it’s manageable and try to minimize it.

Ken Kaiser | University CFO and treasurer

people give for our endowment because we can get revenue. I mean, just look at the schools

with endowments that are billions of dollars. The more we have in our endowment, the more we can do.” Temple currently has an endowment of $386.2 million, while other city universities like University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University have endowments of $10.1 billion and $668.4 million respectively. Both Kaiser and Glezerman said yearly tuition increases are expected. “Tuition is going to increase every year,” Kaiser said. “We just make sure it’s manageable and try to minimize it. If costs go up every year, tuition goes up as well.” “Unless there’s a major change, the expectation is that tuition goes up every year,” Glezerman said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a non-event. But it’s accepted, sometimes not wellaccepted.” * julie.christie@temple.edu T @ChristieJules


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



Author Marlon James was the last guest in the series. On Thursday, he read excerpts from his new book. PAGE 14

Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education helped mothers lose weight after childbirth with the pilot program, Healthy4Baby. PAGE 8


Student Activities will hold life-sized versions of games like Mario Kart, Candyland and Hungry Hungry Hippo today at the Bell Tower. PAGE 16





INCLUSION THROUGH KNOWLEDGE, ‘LOVE’ The Institue on Disabilites produced “A Fierce Kind of Love,” a play focused on the intellectual disabilities civil rights movement.


By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News

hawn Aleong recognizes the first time he was called the “R-word” as a formative experience. “It made me sad, but then I turned all the negatives into a positive,” Aleong said. “I took what they said and I used that to make me stronger.” “Society picks and chooses what they want to accept,” he added. “How can we call this a great nation and a great society if we don’t in-

clude people with intellectual disabilities?” Aleong, a sophomore pre-law major and assistant auditor general of TSG with an intellectual disability, performed in “A Fierce Kind of Love,” a play produced by Temple’sSue, dance and song are used to tell people’s S and the history of Pennsylvania’s intellectual disabilities civil rights movement. “We say the intellectual disabilities civil rights movement is a hidden history of the civil rights movement you never knew about,” said Lisa Sonneborn, the project coordinator of the Institute on Disabilities and producer of AFKOL. “We wanted to preserve it before we lost


“If people understand the history, then maybe they can make the future better,” Aleong said. “We can make our society better if [there’s more] knowledge about people with intellectual disabilities.” The 16-scene play was shown on the weekends during the weeks of April 3 and April 10 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, a wheelchair-accessible location in Old City. According to the church’s website, all performances of AFKOL were ASL-interpreted, CART-captioned

“If people

understand the history, then maybe they can make the future better.

Shawn Aleong | Sophomore pre-law major




Every year survivors of violence and sexual assault, as well as allies of survivors are invited to decorate T-shirts as a way to share their experiences and raise awareness. Samantha Tatulli, healthy lifestyles program coordinator with the Wellness Resource Center, displays T-shirts in the Founder’s Garden as part of The Clothesline Project during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Wellness Resource Center has been running programming for The Clothesline Project for about five years.

Columnist visits Main Campus

Tyler reveals hidden gems Last Wednesday through Friday, the Lamina Jewelry Exhibition and Sale displayed student-made jewelry. By CHELSEA ZACKEY The Temple News As an aspiring jeweler, Katie Reed feels disappointed whenever people forego a piece of fine jewelry because of its price. Oftentimes, she said they’ll go to stores like Forever 21 and buy something similar for a lower price. “They don’t see the behind-the-scenes process of the maker who has to design it and make it themselves,” said Reed, a junior metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM major. “People will want to buy for the trend, but they don’t necessarily want to buy for the quality.” But this is the reality of being an entrepreneurial artist, said Doug Bucci, professor of the “Production Processes” course and a 1998 alumnus of Tyler’s metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM program.



Earrings designed by Erin Flaherty are on display in the Tyler School of Art on Friday.

Frank Bruni, a columnist with the New York Times, spoke about liberal arts education on Friday. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor

In the Lamina Jewelry Exhibition and Sale, Bucci said students are essentially running their own “micro business.” “When you run a business and a studio, you wear a lot of hats,” Bucci said. The annual Lamina Jewelry Exhibition and Sale is a product of students’ efforts in the “Production Processes” course. This year’s exhibition was held last Wednesday through Friday in the main lobby of the Tyler School of Art. “It’s been over 10 years that I’ve been teaching this course,” Bucci said. “And when I look back at what I initially laid out as my vision of what the ‘Production Processes’ course is, it pales in comparison to what’s now occurring. Over the last

In between working on an upcoming profile of Jodie Foster and simultaneously mocking the latest antics of Donald Trump in the opinion pages, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni also reflects on issues of higher education. “At the moment I wrote my first kind of college column, I was taken aback by the glimpse I had gotten into the admissions process today,” Bruni told The Temple News. “My niece had just gone through it and she’d gone through it simultaneously with the children of a lot of friends.” “So I wrote a column that was kind of about how crazy






Showing ‘empathy for the moms’ The Healthy4Baby initiative coaches minority mothers in healthy eating. By JENNY STEIN The Temple News Sharon Herring nicknamed her youngest daughter “Yum Yum.” From a young age, her year-and-a-half-old daughter has interrupted her professional work with childhood activities like singing and dancing. “It’s so funny,” said Herring, an associate professor of medicine at Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. “She’s looking in the mirror and singing for herself.” But as distracting as parenthood can be, Herring’s studies have been equally fueled by her two young daughters. She said she has always been interested in work aimed at improving the lives of mothers and their families, and having children of her own gave her “much more empathy for the moms.” “After you go through motherhood and child-rearing, you are sort of like,‘Oh, I know what you’re going through,’ kind of thing, but I always say that I know that my life is very different from the women that we treat,” Herring said. “My economic and educational opportunities are real benefits, and our experiences

are very different.” In 2013, Herring led the first phase of a pilot program called Healthy4Baby, a pregnancy intervention study that looked specifically at the needs of 18 minority women in North Philadelphia during their pregnancies. The Healthy4Baby project encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy by following the team’s research-based recommendations and health coaching, which are based on guidelines set by the Institute of Medicine. The second phase of Healthy4Baby launched in April 2013. It was a mobile health intervention that used text messaging and health coaching via phone and Facebook regarding suggested diet changes and increased physical activity to assist postpartum weight loss. Teeah Mccall, a participant in the second phase of Healthy4Baby, was recruited after giving birth to Kristiana, her youngest of four children, at Temple University Hospital in 2013. Mccall lost nearly 25 pounds. “I feel like [Healthy4Baby] met my needs because my health coach was very knowledgeable and really understood and cared,” Mccall said. “It wasn’t just some script. She would seek out things for me to try differently as well.” Mccall said that growing up, her family never saw high blood pressure, diabetes and other weight-related health effects as a big problem. Living


Teeah Mccall participated in Healthy4Baby after giving birth to her daughter Kristiana in 2013. Mccall lost nearly 25 pounds.

with a Southern family, Mccall said she felt pressured to eat unhealthy foods. “Sometimes within families, they even get a little insulted if you aren’t eating those unhealthy foods,” Mccall said. “When I was going through the program I had to start being like, ‘I can’t have that, no I’m not going to eat that, no thank you to this, no thank you to that,’ and unfortunately [my mother] took that as disrespect, all because I wanted to be a healthier me.” “We really want to know the feasibility and accessibility of intervening for these urban, low-income AfricanAmerican mothers in a research-based way, in a way

that has shown to have some efficacy,” said Jane Cruice, a registered nurse at the School of Medicine and a peer coach throughout the projects. Cruice and Herring said they hope that improving the health of mothers during and after their pregnancies will have a ripple effect on the health of their children, too. “I think anyone working in public health would say that if you can impact the matriarch, you clearly would hope it would have the effect that most things do,” Cruice said. “Moms are sort of like the head of the household in a lot of ways when it comes to the children and the nutritional content of their shopping

Mixing business and pleasure The Entertainment Business Association held a comedy show on Friday. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News When Chris Nee performed at his first open mic at the Comedy Cabaret in Northeast Philadelphia, he was 16 and technically not allowed to be on stage. “You had to be 18 to perform and I had no clue,” Nee said. “I just signed a list to go up on stage and waited out in the parking lot for my set. … I was sweating bullets. I was so nervous.” After hearing the crowd laugh at his jokes for the first time, Nee continued performing at open mics, comedy shows and competitions in the city. He also attended Delaware County Community College and was put on academic probation, an ironic foreshadowing for his future in comedy. Academic Probation is a Philadelphia-based comedy group consisting of Nee and other Philadelphia-based comedians including Alex Magakis, Rick Mirarchi, Glenn Deery, Bob Kaplan and

Jared Keith. About a year ago, the group performed its first show at West Chester University for about 20 people. Since then, Academic Probation has been booked at the Trocadero Theater in Chinatown multiple times to entertain audiences of several hundred people. It was a more intimate gathering on Friday when Academic Probation performed for an audience of about 10 people in Mitten Hall’s Owl Cove. It was also the first comedy show Elizabeth Heron, a freshman marketing major, ever attended. “I am excited to have a good laugh tonight,” Heron said. The event was organized by the Entertainment Business Association, a student professional organization affiliated with the Fox School of Business that educates students who are interested in the business side of the entertainment industry through networking, creative workshops and meetings with industry professionals. The comedy show on Friday was an extension of these initiatives. “In the short term, we have the confidence and pride of knowing we organized something that has the potential to make revenue,” John Herrity, EBA’s president and a senior finance major, said. “This is something that can be replicated, something that can be done better.”


Denzel Pryor, 24, laughs at a joke at the comedy show held Friday in Mitten Hall.

“We wanted to gain some notoriety,” added Nick Ambrogelli, EBA’s vice president and a senior physics major. “Either way, if we got two people or 200 people, we wanted to become more known.” During his time at Temple, Herrity switched majors from music to finance. He wanted to meld his creative and professional interests, prompting him to join the EBA. As president, he tries to bring artists and business students together to network, form ideas and “start right here practicing real world skills,” Herrity said. “In the business world, media and the arts, for some strange reason are ignored,” said Brandon Heck, a senior finance and accounting major who helped the EBA promote the Academic Probation tour. “The business world really can touch everything and no one interest should be ignored.” Since its inception two years ago, Ambrogelli said the organization has helped to open business students’ minds and provide opportunities “for a career they’ll actually be happy with.” “People are told you have to do this this way, this amount of times and you’ll get this,” Ambrogelli said. “Not everybody has to be an accountant and go work for an accounting firm. You could be an accountant for a record label or a movie production company. … We have a much less corralled approach.” “You can work and make millions of dollars and be miserable because you hate what you’re doing, or you could make $50,000 and you’ll never feel like you worked a day in your life,” he added. Nee, who remembers filming his own skits as a child with his dad’s camera, and the EBA are both focused on turning their passions into a career. “Doing comedy was always a dream,” Nee said. “Every kid’s like, ‘Oh, I want to be a comedian or actor,’ but they just want to be famous. We just love comedy. That’s what we do.” * @grace.shallow@temple.edu T @Grace_Shallow

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Tamara Johnson started Liliglow Boutique in 2010 and plans to debut a brand new line of handmade purses and skirts on April 20. PAGE 10

The Temple News sat down with the members of Kingfisher after an acoustic performance to chat about the band’s beginnings, sound and hopes for the future. PAGE 11






In a recent performance, Zornitsa Stoyanova explores the meaning of femininity through multimedia and Mylar material.

The female body gives you a lot of “ different meanings, and a lot of them are tied to very comfortable sexIness we see in advertisements.

Zornitsa Stoyanova | artist


By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News

ressed in a sheer two-piece leotard, Zornitsa Stoyanova wiggled her toes along the scratched wooden floor before her practice performance for a small audience in North Philadelphia’s Fidget Space. She stuffed scrunched Mylar into her leotard, letting the polyester and plastic fabric protrude to represent childbirth and the “baggage” women carry. Stoyanova, an artist in residence at Fidget, a space directed by Megan Bridge and Peter Price, will perform an interactive dance performance of “Explicit Female” on April 29 and 30. The performance peers into the female identity and body through her own personal narratives. Stoyanova, originally from Bulgaria, attended Bennington College in Vermont


The ‘CliffsNotes’ of jazz compositions The Philadelphia ‘Real Book’ will feature local music. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News For local musician David Dzubinski, jazz is one of the best examples of democracy—it doesn’t matter how old, what race or what gen-

der someone is. Everyone has an equal chance to play. Dzubinski, a 1989 performance and composition alumnus, also wants local musicians to have an equal chance at sharing their songs. He said he realized a book of Philly jazz musicians’ compositions would allow musicians to play a wide array of songs more readily. Dzubinski shared the idea with local musicians and music foundations, and his idea took the form of The Philadelphia Real Book. A Real Book is a book compiled with any

number of compilations of lead sheets for jazz songs. Dzubinski describes the Real Book as the “CliffsNotes” of music, after the popular study guides for literary works. The Real Book “streamlines the music to a digestible thing that we can all use on one page,” he said. The Real Book is a way of “condensing a five page piece of music down to one sheet” with just the melody and harmonies. “Instead of carrying around 90 books of music and having to page turn to play a whole composition,

New installation at the Kimmel Center: a forest of reflection Shay Church will install a large-scale clay forest at the Kimmel Center. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Ceramicist Shay Church would rather show his work in a living room than a gallery—he likes to work in places

have everyone on one page a piece” so musicians can pick it up and play together in the same time, Dzubinski said. Philly Real Book has received support from Philadelphia Jazz Project, the Samuel S. Fels Fund and Jazz Bridge. Suzanne Cloud, executive director and co-founder of Jazz Bridge, has contributed to fundraising for the Real Book. “We wouldn’t have the website if it wasn’t


that “have context.” “I love places that are already full of history,” said Church, the artist behind “Stand,” a large-scale exhibit featured at the opening ceremony of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. “I’m really interested in that instead of a white box.” PIFA, a biannual festival created by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, helped Church to do just that. Church’s installation is large scale and replicates trees in




Liz Sauer spreads clay on the trees in Shay Church’s “Stand” installation.






Play tackles technology, relationships “Sex with Strangers” questions whether a large gap or technology is the deciding factor in one relationship. By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News DANIEL RAINVILLE TTN

Tamara Johnson is the owner of Liliglow Boutique, a fashion business specializing in homemade handbags.

Former faculty renews ‘creative side’ Former Temple employee Tamara Johnson left her job to pursue fashion. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News When Tamara Johnson was a little girl, her father introduced her to comic books. The bright colors and patterns inspired her to learn to use charcoal and pastels to delve into art. Johnson’s interest in art grew from there. Her uncle and long-time mentor, Adolphus, recalls her taking art classes as a child and even buying an airbrush machine; she started her own business airbrushing shirts and jackets around age 13, he said. However, it wasn’t until this year that Johnson decided to quit her full time job as a systems research analyst in Temple’s Office of Sustainability and pursue her passion: design. Now, Johnson is preparing to launch Liliglow Boutique’s new website and online store, which will focus on handmade purses and a new line of skirts. The new collection will debut in a fashion show presented by RAW Artists tomorrow. “To be honest, I knew it was coming at some point,” Kristen Gola, one of Tamara Johnson’s former co-workers said. “I knew at some point she’d go full time with [Liliglow] because she’s a creative person and she needed that creative outlet. Staying at Temple wasn’t going to let her go full time with that.” Johnson started Liliglow Boutique, an up-and-coming handbag and clothing ADVERTISEMENT

brand, in 2010, after watching “Project Runway.” She said she thought she could learn to sew like the contestants on the show and, although she had never tried to create a garment before, she bought a book, learned one pattern and started making purses. “I was dormant in my art for a while,” she said. “For about 10 years I did dry sketches, but I never created something from start to finish. Liliglow has been my muse since I started it five years ago.” Johnson said she originally started selling her handmade purses at flea markets and had interested customers, so she utilized her time at Temple to go to the Small Business Development Center at Fox School of Business. There she took classes in business, marketing and communications and built the foundation for her business, she said. Gola, who started working with Johnson in 2007, said she even helped in the early stages by giving feedback and modeling Liliglow designs. “I worked with great people [at Temple] and I like data,” she said. “I have an analytical mind, so that was a great job for me, but it didn’t have a creative side.” “She just poured back into the art side and wanted to build a business around her designs,” Adolphus said. Thanks to a background in architecture and her lifelong love of art, Johnson already had the mind for design—but she needed the technical skills to translate the designs on paper into actual garments. She said rather than taking classes, she watched YouTube tutorials and tried to teach herself. “I started to sew and make mistakes on my own,” she said. “I couldn’t wait to get home and create something new.” As she became more involved with

the community of small business owners in Philadelphia, she began adding other artists and their brands to her online store. She said she loved the idea of including other small businesses and offering more products, but she started to lose focus on her designs. “[Liliglow Boutique] started to turn into a small Target,” she said. “The online store once offered home decor products, gifts and even lotions made by Tamara Johnson herself. It was taking away from the focus and creativity.” “Even though I was earning money from those sales, people weren’t buying my main focus product. But when I kept it focused on those handbags, they bought them,” she added. Johnson said there was no single moment that inspired her to leave her job and start her business, but she knew if she didn’t try now, she never would. “Even if it doesn’t work out,” she said, “at least I did it and I don’t have any regrets.” “I think she’s actually happier now because this is what she wants to do and she loves it,” Adolphus said. “I was really nervous at first, but I’m more comfortable now because she’s really doing it, she’s getting out there.” “It’s the most awesome feeling in the world,” she said. “There’s a whole community of women doing the same thing so I never feel isolated or alone. Had I not started Liliglow, I would have never ran into this community. I love Philly for that and I love being a business owner here because it just feels like this is what we’re meant to do.” * erin.moran@temple.edu

For actor Kyle Coffman, Laura Eason’s play “Sex with Strangers” has everything— “It will make you laugh, get you angry, make you cry, make you empathize and make you think,” he said. “What more can you ask of a night at the theater?” Though the play is set in a bed and breakfast, executive producing director of Philadelphia Theatre Company Sara Garonzik urges audiences to look past the illustration on the program. “It’s not just some cute little philander of a man and a woman,” Garonzik said. “There are all kinds of themes

dialogue and possibly come to a greater understanding of how we are all interrelated and to embrace the differences.” Garonzik is concerned that not enough plays by female writers are being produced, so every season, she focuses on finding at least one. “I think Laura’s play is super smart,” Garonzik said. “She has a really smart business sense about her as well. She knows that if she wrote a play with a title like ‘Sex with Strangers,’ then you are going to get a lot of people in a regional theater.”

What they go through is a “ microcosm of what humanity is

going through, the struggle to make truly human connections. Kyle Coffman | actor

of trust and the big divide in age, and digital versus analog.” “Sex With Strangers,” runs at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre until May 8, and is co-produced with George Street Playhouse. The story focuses on a blossoming relationship between two writers of different generations. Olivia, played by JoAnna Rhinehart, is a middle-aged teacher afraid of receiving negative reviews for her work. Ethan, portrayed by Coffman, is a spontaneous 27-year-old who became a bestseller sensation after electronically publishing his sexual exploits. One of the main conflicts in the play is the way technology manipulates both characters. “What they go through is a microcosm of what humanity is going through, the struggle to make truly human connections in a world where we’re already so connected via screens and devices,” Coffman said. “Yes, it allows many benefits and comforts, but it also allows for actions without consequences and a general sense of irresponsibility. The great thing about these characters is that they are so far on the opposite ends of the spectrum, and I imagine Eason was trying to highlight that neither one of them is right or wrong, that they’re just prisoners of their respective generations.” “The brilliance of this script, and any well-written piece of literature, is that there will always be different elements that will be more relatable to people of different educational backgrounds, ethnicities, life experiences, et cetera,” Rhinehart added. “The goal is to create an open

Although Coffman and Rhinehart portray caricatures of their respective generations, the casting was an unexpected outcome for Garonzik. Because she was looking for a “stereotypical hunk,” Coffman was the last person Garonzik expected to walk into the audition. “We weren’t looking for a little guy with blue hair and a black leather jacket, per se,” Garonzik said. “But then Kyle walked in, and he was so comfortable in his own skin. And so physical that we thought, ‘Oh my god, there is something very compelling about him.’ We thought he was someone who was very sexy, centered and improbable.” “I love being able to play all the colors of such a well-written relationship, from the beginning to the end and all the shades of gray in between,” Coffman added. “Plus, Ethan’s got really cool and comfortable clothes.” For the role of Olivia, Garonzik wanted the actor to be “utterly believable as a writer” and enjoy the character’s need to start living again. After reading the script, Rhinehart instantly connected with her character’s inner struggles. “Once I read the amazingly well-written script, I was able to easily connect to Olivia’s insecurities, loves, desires, hopes and dreams,” Rhinehart said. “Good theater, great theater is timeless, has a way of merging diverse thoughts and feelings, builds a strong sense of international community, opens hearts and minds to greater possibilities. A wonderful unifying tool for humankind.”




New app aims to connect touring artists with fans Two Drexel students hope TourLodger will simplify touring for small bands. By LILA GORDON The Temple News The lives of Jess Bumsted and her partner Megan Sicignano are “completely centered around the music scene,” Bumsted said. When it came time to work on a final project for their industry major at Drexel University, both seniors decided to create an app called TourLodger. The app aims to help touring bands reduce the hassle and cost of touring by connecting them with fans who want to host them. “The worst part about touring is not knowing where you are going to stay that night,” said Robert Blackwell, a member of the band’s Reward and Maxamillion Raxatrillion, and a senior media studies and production major. “You go to a place you’ve never been, you do business with people you’ve never met and then you have no idea where you are going to sleep.”

It’s an issue Bumsted has seen firsthand— she’s played music her whole life and now works at a music venue. “There is a huge band scene at Drexel and it’s kinda the weekend social life,” Bumsted said. “There are so many friends in bands I have that are in need of a place to stay. And there are these services, but none specifically for a band.” At this point, due to a lack of funds, Bumsted and Sicignano have not yet launched the app itself. They are, however, matching band members with hosts. These hosts are friends, or connections these friends have, Bumsted said. Bumsted and Sicignano took an entrepreneurship class in their junior year with their current project advisor Rob Weitzner. In this class, they created a business plan for TourLodger. When they told their friends in bands about the idea, everyone loved it, Bumsted said. Every Drexel senior does a project. Based on the responses TourLodger received, Bumsted and Sicignano decided to continue the idea from junior year as their project. They have been working seriously on the idea since October. Because it’s their senior project, they have continued to meet with Weitzner in efforts to stay on track, Bumsted said. Because he is an experienced entrepre-

neur, Bumsted said Weitzner has been helpful with the two seniors’ “first entrepreneurial pursuit.” Currently, there are already a few apps performing similar functions as TourLodger, like Couchsurfing. However, TourLodger will offer features Couchsurfing does not. “In this app we are trying to give them a platform where there is an exchange,” Bumstead said, like tickets to the show, or money offered to the host. The significance of the app is also in the safety precautions being taken, Bumsted said. Bumsted has known musicians who were put in uncomfortable situations when scrambling to find a place to crash. “A band that I have worked with in the past ... had a very bad Couchsurfing experience,” Bumsted said. “It basically turned out that they don’t believe that anyone who was in the house actually lived there. They were shown to a garage with one mattress for a five piece band, and the hosts kept trying to get them to do random drugs.” When they try to find hosts in other cities, Bumsted and Sicignano hope to have local friends screen the potential hosts in order to eliminate issues Bumsted has seen other bands encounter.

“We eventually plan on Skype interviewing our hosts,” she said. “We want to see where they live, what’s going on and just make sure everything is OK.” Bumsted and Sicignano want to develop a community with TourLodger that will help small, local bands who want to travel. “I think it is even better than getting a hotel because you meet fans and people who want you to stay there,” said Ian Louda, a senior film major at Temple and drummer in the band Tasty Face. Bumsted and Sicignano’s concern at this point is funding to develop the website and the app itself. In an effort to reach this goal, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign, looking to raise $2,500 by May 5. “All you need is one popular band to use it and post about it on social media and it will take off,” Louda said. Bumsted agrees. She wants word to get out. The Kickstarter is about raising funds, but also raising awareness, Bumsted said. “Honestly, I just read up about this,” Blackwell said. “I want to text my friends who are going on tour and say, ‘This is a thing that is going to exist soon. This is amazing.’” * lila.gordon@temple.edu

Hear all about it: Kingfisher The local band performed an acoustic set. By EAMON DREISBACH Assistant A&E Editor Kingfisher, an eight-piece Philadelphia based jazz fusion band, visited The Temple News’ newsroom Sunday to perform an acoustic set. After its performance, the group sat down for a Q&A session. Though R.J. Mcghee (trombone) and Zach Winger (alto saxophone) could not make it, David Frebowitz (bass guitar), Marc Jaffee (guitar), Ethan Fisher (keyboard), Bogi Trifunovic (drums), Spencer Edgers (tenor saxophone), Andrew Carson (trumpet), played Sunday. The Temple News: How did you guys get started? BT: [Jaffee] and I actually went to School of Rock in Huntington Valley and we met each other there. We decided to start a group

where we did rock but also threw in elements of funk and jazz and fusion, that kind of stuff. … We decided we probably needed a bassist to get more low-end in. A friend of ours who knew [Frebowitz] asked him if he wanted to play and he said yes. AC: They actually got the horns into the band for a battle of the bands competition in World Cafe Live, to win a trip to play at South by Southwest, which we won. DF: We got to see a lot of pretty cool artists, that was a good time, just seeing Austin, Texas with the whole band. The Temple News: You guys mentioned SXSW, what would be some other highlights of the band? DF: Last summer we played a festival called Groove in the Grove. That was probably one of the coolest experiences I think we’ve had together as a group because we really meshed all our sounds really well during that performance. We played a two-hour set. Our motto that night was “space is the place,” and we brought the whole crowd to

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for dance and sound design. She finished in 2006 and moved to Philadelphia for its cheap rent and art community. The 34-year-old mother started dancing when she was 15, which she says is “ancient” for those who go on to pursue the art as a career. “The way dance was introduced to me through improvisation and self-exploration was such a spiritual bombardment,” Stoyanova said. “It was truly a special place that I could go to and still be theatrical, but it was also an embodiment I lacked with any other form.” Early on in her dance education, Stoyanova said she knew she would never be just a dancer. She also found a strong interest to “make” through mediums of photography and film. Bridge and Price invited Stoyanova to become their artist in residence in October 2015. Immediately after receiving the invitation, Stoyanova went to Poland for a three-week residency, where her experience consisted mostly of attending performances. After returning from Europe, Stoyanova began working with Mylar, a shiny polyester film with reflecting properties, and created 20 short movies. But the Bulgaria native knew she needed to perform, and looked back on her film and photography to find inspiration. “When I saw the Mylar mirrored, it created this feminine image,” Stoyanova said. “It was abstract feminism.” Stoyanova began to think about what was important to her in that time of her life: motherhood and female identity. “Those kind of pieces all of a sudden gelled and I started realizing I was making a performance about myself, which I have never done,” she said. “Giving myself permission to use those stories and use my life started unraveling into ‘Explicit Female,’ unapologetically.” “Nobody talks about the realness of what is happening in the body,” added Stoyanova, who also said that motherhood is beautiful. “This baby is mine, but it

space. BT: Experience Temple Day we opened up for orientation. That was cool, just a bunch of nervous freshmen relaxing to our smooth sounds. MJ: We played a concert at Girard Hall, and that was a Bernie Sanders fundraiser show, called Berning Man. That was a really cool performance because it was cool to have so many like-minded individuals in one place. The Temple News: Would you guys say that your variety of tastes adds to your music? EF: I think that the band is the way it sounds because everyone’s really coming from a completely different world musically. But then when we come together it makes something new, like five different cereals forming together into one bowl. * eamon.noah.dreisbach@temple.edu


Watch Kingfisher’s performance in the newsroom at temple-news.com.

is totally foreign to this world and I am foreign to this world too because I was just torn open and sewn back up. I am supposed to feel great about it, but I don’t.” The mother of a 2-year-old boy was inspired by this idea after realizing her “privilege” of having a husband that is supportive of her work emotionally and financially. For the artist, motherhood, female identity and the physical body are deeply intertwined. “The female body gives you a lot of different meanings, and a lot of them are tied to very comfortable sexiness that we see in advertisements, a female in underwear,” Stoyanova said. “I want you to see me with all of my perfections and imperfections and what my body really looks like when it is shaking.” Amy Frear, a 2008 theater alumna is working with Stoyanova to turn “Explicit Female” into a film. As a close friend of Stoyanova’s, she said she is excited to see the project come to fruition. “I know a lot of this came out of her life being a mother,” Frear said. “The first time I saw her perform was when she was pregnant, so it kind of came full circle with the theme she is exploring.” Through funds raised via a Kickstarter and her $15 performance, Stoyanova hopes to create Moms Make Art, a residency that provides 40-hour rehearsals and a child-care subsidy. Megan Bridge, co-founder of Fidget Space and adjunct dance professor at Temple, said Stoyanova’s style fits well in the work that Fidget aims to present. “Zornitsa’s work is a great example of the experimental work that we want to present at Fidget,” Bridge said. “She is very rounded in dance, but she is also bringing so much with conceptual and theatrical elements. It is a fully realized production.” Although Stoyanova said she has no goal-oriented outcome, she is excited for the audience to perceive the female form that does not revolve around motherhood or the “sexy female.” “I feel like the whole performance is always slightly left of an archetype,” Stoyanova said. “I would love to have conversations about it—what is it to be a female? What are all the issues we are dealing with in equality and opportunity?” * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu


Jazz performance majors Pete Dennis and Brad Neely play their upright basses together in Presser Hall.

I think Philadelphia doesn’t pay enough “ attention to its legacy of jazz musicians.” Pete Dennis | freshman jazz performance major

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play at different places,” said Pete Dennis, a freshman jazz performance major. “But in Philly, it’s a really nice scene where you have the older guys who play with the young guys, and everybody kind of helps each other out and students get really good gigs.” In 2002, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History declared April as Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM to “herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz,” according to the museum’s website. Philadelphia joined the Smithsonian’s mission, putting on dozens of festivals, concerts and events in April focusing on jazz and its importance to the history of the city, including the fifth annual Center City Jazz Festival and the Ars Nova Jazz Series. Despite the city’s efforts to highlight its vibrant jazz scene, Hamilton and Dennis believe JAM doesn’t truly reflect the entirety of the jazz community, noting that most JAM performances and events focus on the more mainstream, widely accepted examples of jazz rather than exploring different facets of the genre. Dennis, who started out playing rock and psychedelic music on the electric bass at 13, said the more abstract side of jazz is what first caught his attention as a kid. “I realized that the link between psychedelic music and jazz was sort of the art aspect,” he said. “And that’s when I got into free jazz or avantgarde jazz … and that’s kind of when it really opened up for me.”

Philadelphia especially served as a creative space for free jazz musicians, with legends like Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus pioneering the American free jazz movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. This experimental side of jazz history is not always reflected in popular jazz performances today. Hamilton added that mainstream jazz has a stiffness to it now which neither belongs nor fits the genre particularly well. He said jazz has been taken from its original bar setting and put into a formal, recital hall setting, which doesn’t reflect the rambunctiousness of the music. “Jazz has to be looked at in a much broader context, not this narrow, Eurocentric way,” he said. “This whole idea of Black-African classical music and that it belongs in Verizon Hall instead of at a bar or club … jazz was cut off from its environment, and music can’t exist without its environment.” Jazz started in low-lit bars and loud clubs, Hamilton and Dennis said. And for them, the serious, grandiose attitude that now comes with most mainstream jazz concerts needs to be removed before the city’s jazz community can flourish like it did decades ago. “I think Philadelphia doesn’t pay enough attention to its legacy of jazz musicians,” Dennis said. “Even today there’s some really incredible jazz musicians.” “If you’re into jazz, there’s jazz in Philly,” he added. “It’s definitely still there, it’s never going to go away.” * emily.ralsten.thomas@temple.edu





Prominent indie acts Alex G and Porches headlined a sold-out concert at Union Transfer Thursday. The show came on the tail end of a nationwide tour with artist Your Friend. All three acts toured in support of albums released in the past year. While Alex G has maintained a consistent sound with “Beach Music,” Porches has moved in a different direction with “Pool.” “I’ve been listening to Alex G since I was 15 or 16,” said concert attendee Brandon Shipp, 22. “He’s just having fun out there but it’s also very serious. It’s cool how you can mix the two.” A graduate of Haverford High School, and former Temple student Alex G had an energetic set that concluded with an encore in which friends of the band danced on stage and Alex G played “Change,” a fan favorite.


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for her,” Dzubinski said. Jazz Bridge, a hybrid nonprofit, is the coordinator of the project and wrote the grants that allowed the Real Book to get started, Cloud said. “It’s important for the Philadelphia music community to inspire younger musicians and older musicians to perform original compositions,” Cloud said. Rather than musicians learning the same standards over and over again, the book “broadens out the impact of the jazz community,” she added. Only local musicians will be included in the book. The Real Book has already received close to 100 songs submitted by around 40-45 different people, which is only a “drop in the bucket for what’s available in this town,” Dzubinski said. Anyone who calls Philadelphia home can submit music, as long as it’s related to jazz form, whether that be fusion, funk, gospel or blues. The music will be reviewed blindly and graded in categories like artistic value, craftsmanship and likeability. On one hand, Dzubinski’s vision is allow-

ing musicians to more easily play each other’s material. But it’s also about getting Philly’s music out to the world. Dzubinski “couldn’t find any other city or regional area that was doing anything like this,” he said, and Cloud said that Philadelphia would be the “first city” to create its own Real Book. One of Dzubinski’s hopes for Real Book

important for “theIt’sPhiladelphia music community to inspire younger musicians.

Suzanne Cloud | director of Jazz Bridge

is that “it will bring more people together,” he said, and he has been reaching out and developing communications and relationships with other musicians.


“I’ve met or befriended lots of people that I would normally not have had the opportunity to chat with very often,” he said. There are so many jazz and blues musicians who are writing their own material, Cloud said, so the Real Book will “inspire the jazz community to play more originals.” The toughest challenge Dzubinski and Cloud are facing is getting everybody on board. Some musicians are “illiterate as far as written music goes,” Dzubinski said. He doesn’t want this to prevent them from submitting to Real Book, because music literacy is “not a prerequisite to sounding good and being a fabulous artist.” “If you’re someone who doesn’t have stuff written down and you want to be a part of it, please contact us,” Dzubinski said. “We want this to be all inclusive, whether you’re literate or nonliterate. We will help you figure out a way to get that done.” Dzubinski hopes The Real Book will help people cross paths, and possibly develop friendships in the process. “Nobody knows everybody,” Dzubinski said. “It’s going to serve to bring the jazz community closer together.” * tsipora.hacker@temple.edu

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a forest. The piece is made almost entirely of recycled materials, like reclaimed wood and excess clays that would have been thrown out by manufacturers. PIFA began on April 8 and will run through April 23. The festival will showcase both local and international artists in a series of more than 60 events. This third installation of the festival is centered around the concept of, “We Are What We Make.” “[PIFA] is an opportunity to produce work outside of our building and to work with artists outside of our building,” said the Kimmel Center’s artistic director, Jay Wahl. “It gives us the opportunity to partner with other organizations in the city. This year, we want to focus on the relationship between the way we make things, the people we make them with, and the things we make them out of.” Wahl said the Kimmel Center first noticed Church’s work through The Clay Studio at 139 N. 2nd St., adding that Church’s proposal of large-scale clay trees for his PIFA installation “coincides with the idea that man can make almost anything, but we can’t make a tree.” “I liked the questions that he was asking with his work, and those were the questions that I wanted to pose with the festival,” he added. Church said that most, if not all of his work, “reflects on the environment.” “I think we all have really fond memories of trees and forests as things we grew up with,” he added. “[Stand] is not a specific forest, just reflective of all of those memories. To me, the idea of the trees just worked really well with the space.” Church never realized his passion for ceramics until he received a scholarship to go to Japan during his time as an undergraduate student at Western Michigan University. “Funny thing is it took me to


The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator will host a talk with Teri Agins, a fashion columnist at the Wall Street Journal, about her book “Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers.” Agins will speak about the impact of celebrities on the fashion industry and open a Q&A session led by Elizabeth Wellington, a style columnist at the Inquirer. The event will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Moore College of Art & Design. Books, autographed by Agins, will be available for purchase. -Erin Moran


Starting April 18, the Scribe Video Center will host a radio community news reporting workshop. In the course, participants will learn methods and techniques of radio reporting like how to research, produce and edit stories. The projects created in the workshop will focus on events in West Philadelphia and will be broadcasted on WPEB 88.1 FM. The last meeting for the workshop will include a live news broadcast by the workshop participants. The classes will take place every Monday until May 23, from 7-9 p.m. -Katelyn Evans


Progressive rock group White Denim will come to Philadelphia this Thursday at Union Transfer. The four-piece band from Austin, Texas is on tour for its sixth studio album, “Stiff,” its first LP recorded with a new drummer and lead guitarist. The group draws influence from a variety of genres including progressive rock, blues and psychedelic rock. American rock vocalist Sam Cohen will open the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18. -Emily Thomas



As a part of PIFA, artist Shay Church constructed “Stand,” a large-scale installation of a forest.

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go to Japan to encounter my first real ceramics studio,” he said of his time studying under worldrenowned ceramicist Ryoji Koie. “All of a sudden, I just started falling in love with ceramic work.” Church said PIFA appealed to him because of its inclusive nature. “I really like that [PIFA] combined visual art, music, theater and performance,” Church said. “That I really thought was interesting.” Church’s piece is housed in the atrium of the Kimmel Center, and will be left to dry and crack until the conclusion of the festival. On April 9 and 10, the public was invited to add clay to the installation. “It takes a lot of labor to put all of this clay on,” Church said. “When I started doing these projects 10 years ago, I’ve just always

had people help me out.” Church began to make largescale wet clay pieces when he was in graduate school earning a degree in spatial arts at San Jose State University. “The very first one I made was a dead elk in my graduate studio,” he said. “I had this 10-by-10 cubicle. The clay when it’s wet almost looks alive. It’s this transformation through an exhibition or a period of time that I think is interesting.” Church said he liked the initial reactions that people had to the elk because of its appearance and its size in the space provided. After this experience, he continued to produce large-scale pieces out of wet clay, enjoying the way the pieces would grow and shift. Church said “the process becomes apart of the piece.”

“At the opening, it will be in one state, and in three days it’s going to look different, and three days from then, when it’s cracking and falling apart, it’s going to look different,” he said. “By the end when the exhibition is over, it will be completely cracked, and then it’s ripped out and it’s done.” Wahl said the festival isn’t trying to share a specific message, but pose questions to attendees of the events. “We are asking what art can do,” he added. “Art teaches us empathy for each other and asks us where we’ve been as a community, where are we now and where are we going. I think that’s what the festival is meant to do, to provoke those questions.”


In conjunction with the Cinedelphia Film Festival, PhilaMOCA will screen “Under The Shadow,” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The movie, which was featured in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, follows an Iranian mother and daughter fighting to survive in war-torn Tehran. The film deals with issues of surveillance, war and the supernatural. Price of admission is $12. -Eamon Dreisbach


Progressive metal band Dream Theater will play the Tower Theater on Friday. The band will perform the entirety of its latest studio album, “The Astonishing.” Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30-65. -Eamon Dreisbach

* erin.clare.blewett@temple.edu



@visitphilly tweeted a list of places in Philadelphia to Instagram, including the Rocky Statue, Boathouse Row, Race Street Pier, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Avenue of the Arts.

@uwishunu tweeted a list of spring festivals, including the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast U.S.




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The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will be shutting down six blocks on South Broad Street, from Chestnut to South streets, for an art festival on Saturday. The festival, free of admission, will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The fair will feature performances, vendors and carnival rides. The festival will have an emphasis on performance art with planned appearances by trampoline actors and acrobats. -Erin Blewett




@phillymag tweeted a “beer garden bucket list” for the upcoming warm weather, including Frankford Hall in Fishtown, Memphis Taproom in Kensington and Silk City in Northern Liberties.

@phillyinsider tweeted a new brewery and tasting room called Evil Genius should open on Front Street near Columbia Avenue in Fishtown later this year.




Prize-winning poet performs for series Marlon James, the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, visited Main Campus on Thursday. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News About 70 attendees filled the Women’s Studies Lounge in Anderson Hall to hear Marlon James read from his latest novel on Thursday night. It was the final installment of the Spring 2016 Poets & Writers Series, sponsored by the Temple University MFA Creative Writing Program. Each year, a select group of poets and fiction writers are invited to read their work to the Temple community, as well as the local Philadelphia arts scene. James is a 45-year-old, Jamaican-born writer who currently teaches creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His first novel “John Crow’s Devil” was rejected 78 times before its publication in 2005, and his award-winning work has been gaining prominence ever since. At the event, he read four excerpts from his most recent novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The novel explores the untold history of Jamaica through 67 characters and several narrators. The general plot focuses on what happened to the men who attempted to assassinate Bob Marley in 1976, and all of the people in


Marlon James reads an excerpt from his most recent novel, “A Brief History Of Seven Killings.”

that periphery, James said. “Some of the characters fired the actual shots, and others just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. “The one thing they have in common is that the consequences of this one event that barely lasted five minutes spill through into almost three decades.” The excerpts he read featured a diverse set of characters, like an undocumented immigrant, a Rolling Stone journalist and a hitman. These particular sections were roughly divided between Americans in Jamaica and Jamaicans in

America, he said. “I’m happy I came, and hearing his voice was like an appetizer to the book,” said Shawn Reasin, a junior media studies and production major. “I read the first 150 pages, and his prose style has a pulse. I’m very interested to read more.” Traditionally, a different student from Temple’s graduate program in creative writing is invited each time to read from their original work. Second-year MFA student Victoria Yu preceded James and read “Welcome Neighbors,” one of the short stories from the collection she has

been working on for her master’s project. “It’s exciting, but also nerve-wracking because it’s Marlon James,” she said. “It’s amazing that he came, and the fact that he won the Man Booker Prize, too.” Following the reading, James held a Q&A session with the audience. Attendees asked questions about the writers and books that inspire him the most, his teaching career in Minnesota and how his life has changed since earning the Man Booker Prize. While there are some writers that inspire him like Toni Morrison, he said he is more inspired by his favorite books, like “Dog Eaters” by Jessica Hagedorn and “Shame” by Salman Rushdie. As for his teaching career, he wants his students to master language because many write as if language masters them instead, and advises them to give every word a pulse, he said. Since winning the Man Booker Prize, more people have been paying attention to James’ Facebook posts, he said. Because of this, topics that people either don’t talk about or don’t want to talk about, like privilege and pandering, are being broadcasted to a larger audience. He has also noticed an increase in who gets represented in the literary world since winning the award. “One thing I do notice is that is happening already is the literary establishment paying more attention to Caribbean authors,” he said. “I think people are paying a little bit more attention to Caribbean fiction and nonfiction.” * brooke.shelby.williams@temple.edu

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Performers with intellectual disabilities starred in “A Fierce Kind of Love” alongside professional actors.

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and “sensory friendly.” These features were to ensure people with intellectual disabilities would be able to attend and enjoy the show. Celia Feinstein, co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities and self-proclaimed “fairy godmother” of AFKOL, said the goal of the play was to attract “a non-traditional audience,” meaning people not usually involved in the disability community, to increase awareness and understanding of the disability community. “This play tells the truth and the whole truth,” Aleong said. AFKOL had a mixed-ability cast, made up of four actors who have intellectual disabilities and five professional actors who do not. Watching the mixed-ability cast interact was one of the most memorable parts of the show, Feinstein said. “I think it forever changed the way the professional actors do their craft,” Feinstein said. “It’s given them a new sensitivity. I think it’s just made them better actors.” “It’s given the actors with intellectual disabilities exposure to a world they didn’t know existed,” she added. “The world of theater is new to them as a form for telling their stories through movement, dance and dialogue.” AFKOL is essential for the goals of Visionary Voices, a program for the Institute on Disabilities which Sonneborn also produced. Visionary Voices aims to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s intellectual disabilities rights movement through interviews with the movement’s leaders, archival presentation and other mediums. The content of Visionary Voices served as in-

spiration for Sonneborn, director David Bradley and playwright Suli Holum as they created AFKOL. Scenes in the play focus on real families of people with intellectual disabilities and their roles in the movement, which Visionary Voices has also chronicled. Though the play told the stories of a historical movement, it simultaneously highlighted the struggles of people with intellectual disabilities today. “My mom had to make sure I was treated equally,” Aleong said. “When I was real young, my mom had to fight the school board to get me the proper education. My mom came over at the end of the play and told me she saw every struggle that she went through in this play.” Aleong played Roland Johnson, a man who had an intellectual disability and was the leader of the organization Speaking for Ourselves, which promotes self-advocacy for those with intellectual disabilities, before he died in 1994. During the play, Johnson often experiences others doubting him because of his intellectual disability. Aleong said this is a struggle he has experienced in his own life, too. To Aleong, the play was an opportunity to show that people with intellectual disabilities are capable of accomplishing the same feats as people without these disabilities. “I know I can do anything if I set my mind to it,” he said. All eight showings of the play were sold out, and some were booked weeks in advance. Aleong described his overall experience with AFKOL and the media’s response in one word. “Amazing.” * grace.shallow@temple.edu T @Grace_Shallow

admissions had become, how flawed and rigged it had become and how crazy that was to me,” he added. “And I had such an incredible response that I realized, ‘OK, this is a topic. This is terrain that people actually really, really want to inhabit.’” And so Bruni continued writing about the college admissions process, as well as the value of higher education in his columns. He also wrote the book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.” On Friday, Bruni came to Main Campus to discuss these topics, as well as his own career. Bruni was the guest speaker for the College of Liberal Arts’ annual Leonard Mellman Distinguished Lecture. Bruni addressed the crowd, gathered in the Feinstone Lounge of Sullivan Hall, recounting his time as a restaurant critic and describing his current career as an author and columnist as a sort of “unfinished liberal arts education.” Bruni said a liberal arts education allows students to study various subjects and to encounter different ways of thinking. He said a liberal arts education combats what he often sees occurring on college campuses and in the media—polarization and isolation. “So many people are only going to consume the media that reflects back at them what they already believe,” he said. Molly Scott, who’s pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, said she reads Bruni’s columns, and she likes how he incorporates opposing viewpoints. “He’s clearly a very liberal guy,” Scott said. “But he respects all voices and all viewpoints, which is his point. We need to be able to hear everyone without shutting people down just because we’re

uncomfortable with what they’re saying.” Bruni also discussed his own decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead of Yale University. Bruni said his siblings all attended Princeton University, Dartmouth College or Amherst College with other students who were as wealthy, if not wealthier than their own family. Laura Craig, assistant director of internships at the Career Center, said Bruni’s stories about his own college experience resonated with her. “I think he presented a very common situation for students at that time of feeling like, ‘Oh my gosh, if I don’t go to this school my life does not have meaning,’” Craig said. “I’ve had that conversation a lot with students where it’s like, ‘Let’s calm this down a little bit,’” Craig said. “I personally am a big believer that what you get out of it is based on what you put into it.” At UNC, Bruni said he was able to meet people who he otherwise wouldn’t have met. “My friends worked jobs waiting tables,” he said. “It was about not being able to stay on that very narrow spectrum of color.” Bruni also said that Temple, because of its diversity, is the “perfect” place not to “fall into the trap of a homogenous enclave.” Before concluding his talk and taking questions from the audience, Bruni encouraged students to remain curious and to use college as an opportunity to explore subjects outside their intended career field. “The liberal arts is ultimately about context and … the yardstick of possibility,” he said. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu


New York Times columnist and author Frank Bruni signs a copy of his book after speaking to Temple students and staff on Friday.





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Alumnus Malcolm Kenyatta organized a panel to discuss possible solutions to poverty. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Malcolm Kenyatta has set out to debunk the idea that North Philadelphians living in poverty are “broken people,” he said. “When we talk about the issue of poverty, we almost speak about it as if there’s some greater character flaw. ... This is a generational issue of deep poverty. If you grow up and your family is poor, the statistics will show you, you’re probably going to be poor too.” “[Impoverished North Philadelphians] aren’t broken people,” Kenyatta said. “These are people that are broke.” On Monday he sought to aid the situation by bringing elected officials and leaders around the North Philadelphia area to discuss a game plan to fix many issues of deep poverty facing the area. “There are a lot of groups doing a lot of great stuff, but we’re doing it in silos,” Kenyatta, a 2012 public communication alumnus, said. “What I’ve tried to do is say, ‘How can we work together as nonprofits, government, community leaders?’” The panel was led by Omar Woodard, the director of the GreenLight Fund. The GreenLight Fund is an organization providing programs to aid highpoverty neighborhoods. State Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Leslie Acosta both were on the panel. State Senate candidate Sharif Street was also on the panel as a community leader. Continued from page 7


few years, the course has really grown.” “There wasn’t even a sale at the outset of this course,” he added. “But I think that having a deadline, having the ability to go public in your work as an artist, and seeing the process of going from sketches to production and show was a great experience for students.” “Doug always tells us, ‘Don’t underprice yourself,’ because a lot of us, since we’re students, see ourselves as students rather than artists or makers,” Reed said. On one of the first days of class, Reed said Bucci made each student consider how much money is necessary to compensate for not only the hours that artists spend working, but also the expenses of the materials needed to create what the artist wants. Each piece of the exhibition, Reed said, has been funded by the student who made it. Having a set deadline, like the one present in last week’s sale, causes students to come to terms with the challenges of production level work, Bucci said. “Actually making things at

Scott Charles, an anti-violence educator from Temple University Hospital and Tracey Syphax, the CEO of Capitol City Contracting joined this panel as well. Philadelphia has a deep poverty rate of 12.3 percent. This is the highest rate among America’s 10 largest cities, according to a 2015 Inquirer report. Deep poverty is measured as half or less than half of the income of the poverty rate—meaning if a family of four living in poverty made $24,000 a year in income, a family the same size in deep poverty would have earned $12,000 or less, Kenyatta said. One of the strongest characteristics of deep poverty is food insecurity, which is a family not knowing where its next meal will come from, Kenyatta said. Other issues that families face include basic resource insecurity and toxic stress. Kenyatta said deep poverty is at its worst in North Philadelphia. “If you look at the zipcodes where deep poverty is the most pervasive, almost all of them are in North Philly,” Kenyatta said. “[North Philadelphia] is the heart of our city, it houses one of the nation’s best institutions of higher learning and some of the best hospitals, so there’s a lot going on in this area,” he added. “Yet still, we’re dealing with pervasive, prolonged deep poverty.” The panel had a threepronged approach to discussing deep poverty: what can be done at the state level, what can be done now and what the vision of North Philadelphia is for five to 10 years from now. At the panel, Street and the production level is extremely important to learn,” said Jadie Hanley, a junior metals/jewelry/ CAD-CAM major and contributor to the exhibition. “In our other classes, we could be working on one brooch for six weeks, yet we have to make a minimum 12 items for one show in this class.” For Hanley, the Lamina Jewelry exhibition and sale serves not only as an entrepreneurial lesson, but as a milestone that proves that she is capable of working at a production level. Bucci said students must adapt to the market by identifying the needs of consumers and finding a way to make their work appealing to consumers. “I’m not a true business person,” he said. “I’m a designer that has adapted and that has adapted his studio and his practice in a way that has made me able to make a living.” Evelyn Godley, a junior metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM major, responds to the consumerist market with customizable jewelry. Godley’s line featured jewelry adorned in different colored pearls as a small way of adapting to the individual needs of buyers. “I think that giving people the ability to express their creative ideas and executing it with your own craftsmanship is the


A panel spoke to the revitalization of North Philadelphia yesterday.

Charles both attributed the presence of deep poverty in North Philadelphia to drug use in the 1980s, while other panelists attributed it to a lack of investment at the state level. Some solutions introduced by Royster included elected state and city officials to require corporations and Temple to employ North Philadelphians on their work as they expand. Charles suggested more funding to schools that have “school-toprison” pipelines acquire more funding. “Often when we have these conversations we just focused on the immediate areas that we need to address and maybe some of the past things that caused us to get here,” Kenyatta said. “But if we don’t have a vision of where we’re going, if we don’t have an idea of what we want to be then I think we’re going to be caught in this cycle.” Woodard said his vision for North Philadelphia is for it to be a “haven” for middle-class African-American families. “The future of North Philadelphia is it as a ‘destination’ for middle class families who want

to find a great job and raise their family in a safe environment,” Woodard said. Freshman mass media major at Community College of Philadelphia Jocelyn Budd said she attended last night’s meeting so she can be a part of the community’s change. “[North Philadelphia] is already loving and caring, despite everything you hear on the news,” said Budd, who lives on the corner of 20th and Ontario streets. “I think that if you give people an opportunity to participate in the economical system where they can have jobs and come out of the poverty, it’ll give them more of a purpose. Kenyatta said this will not be the last panel like this, but will be the beginning of more conversations. “I want to make make sure that they have the tools to move beyond surviving and really begin to thrive and prosper as a lot of the rest of our city,” he added. “I’m gonna keep bringing it up wherever I go and ask, ‘What about North Philly?’” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu


Students and instructors from the ProRanger Philadelphia Program will be at the corner of Liacouras and Polett walks tomorrow from 10:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. to promote the opportunities within the organization. ProRanger is a partnership between the university and the National Park Service that trains park rangers. ProRanger’s Ken Franklin, a 5-year-old German Shepherd who works with federal law enforcement at Independence National Historical Park, will also be there tomorrow, alongside Temple’s K-9 unit. -Grace Shallow


The Digital Scholarship Center staff will present its staff project, “Activism at Temple,” tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Paley Library’s Lecture Hall. “Activism at Temple” is a mobile game that takes players through a string of historical protests that have taken place on Temple’s campus from the time of the Vietnam War through the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Historic images and news footage from Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center are also incorporated into the game. The Digital Scholarship Center staff will discuss the making of the game. The discussion is open to the public. -Jenny Roberts


On Thursday, Temple Military and Veteran Services Center will host the 5th Annual Women Veterans Forum. The event honors women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The theme of this year’s forum is “Women Veterans: Find Your Voice- As Life Happens, Keep Bouncing Back!” The forum will be held in the Student Center Room 200 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and registration is required. Attendees can register at www.temple.edu/veterans. -Jenny Stein


The South Asian Students Society is holding a celebration of Holi on Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. in the grass area between the Beasley School of Law and Rock Hall. Holi is an Indian festival that marks the beginning of spring. It is also known as the festival of love. Participants in the festival throw colored powder at each other. The South Asian Students Society will sell color packets for $1 each or participants can bring their own. -Jenny Roberts


Jadie Hanley stands behind a display of earrings at the Lamina Jewelry sale in the Tyler School of Art on Friday.

most successful way to sell jewelry,” she said. “With your potential in your skillset, craft and genius as an artist, writer, or even scientist,

you can have a fruitful and comfortable life doing what you’re passionate about,” Bucci said. * chelsea.zackey@temple.edu

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Student Activities will sponsor the event “TU Life Sized” today from 7-10 p.m. at the Bell Tower. There will be life-sized versions of games like Mario Kart, Candyland and Hungry Hungry Hippos, available for students to play. The food truck Wahlburgers, part of the chain founded by actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, will also be at the event. There will also be face painting, a photo booth and a DJ. Free T-shirts will be given away to the first 1,000 students. -Jenny Roberts




“Yes, because it’s important, I guess. I feel like it’s important. And if it counts or not it’s still worth it.”

“Absolutely, because I think it’s important to participate in the government that rules our country.”

The South Asian Students Society is holding a celebration of Holi on Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. in the grass area between the Beasley School of Law and Rock Hall. Holi is an Indian festival that marks the beginning of spring. It is also known as the festival of love. Participants in the festival throw colored powder at each other. The South Asian Students Society will sell color packets for $1 each or participants can bring their own. -Jenny Roberts

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“I was like, ‘I should vote,’ [but] it was the day after voter registration.”





Owls win inaugural championship Sydnee Jacques and Simone Chapman finished second and third, respectively, in the triple jump. The Owls will travel to Morgan State University on Saturday for the Morgan State University Legacy Meet in Baltimore Maryland. -Michael Guise



Sophomore forward Gabriella McKeown dribbles during the team’s 2-1 win against Rider University on Sept. 1, 2015


Sophomore forward Gabriella McKeown’s penalty kick gave the Owls a victory at the inaugural Philly Soccer Six championship, hosted at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. The Owls tied the University of Pennsylvania 0-0 in their first game of the day. The team followed that with a 1-0 win against Drexel to move on to the championship. In the championship contest, the Owls and La Salle were both scoreless after regulation, and Temple won in penalty kicks. Junior center midfield Elaine Byerley was the tournament MVP. Sophomore midfielder Elana Falcone, who scored the only goal of the tournament for the Owls, and freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash, who didn’t allow a goal, both received all-tournament honors. Temple went 12-7-1 last season. The Owls lost 2-1 to Penn and defeated La Salle 3-0 for the team’s first win against the Explorers since 2002. -Owen McCue


The Owls finished fifth at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday. With a team score of 62, the Owls finished 133 points behind the team champions, Princeton University. Freshman Crystal Jones and graduate senior Blanca Fernandez claimed gold medals at the Invitational. Jones’ 1.70-meter jump in the high jump earned her a first-place finish while Fernandez posted a 4:23.70 in the 1500-meter race, which was her first outdoor meet of the season. Sophomore Katie Pinson finished second in the 3000-meter steeplechase, setting a school record with a time of 11:14.99. The previous record was set in 2012 by Taylor Goldsworthy, who ran a 11:41.44. Junior Simone Brownlee finished second overall in the 100-meter hurdles, setting a personal best with a 14.20 finish.

The NCAA recognized the men’s and women’s tennis, men’s cross country and field hockey teams for their multiyear academic progress ratings on Wednesday. The men’s tennis team was honored for a third year in a row. It was the second consecutive year Temple had four teams honored for APR by the NCAA. “To once again have four of our teams recognized for academic performance speaks to the overall success of Temple University student-athletes in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Pat Kraft in a university-released statement. “This has been a banner year for Temple, especially in the classroom.” All four of Temple’s programs ranked in the Top 10 percent among Division I teams in their respective sports. According to the press release, teams in the Top 10 percent had scores ranging from 980 to the maximum score of 1,000. During the 2013-14 academic year, which has the most recently reported APR scores, both tennis teams, the men’s cross country team and the rowing team had scores of 1,000. The men’s tennis team had perfect scores in 2011-12 and 2012-13 as well. -Owen McCue


After defeating La Salle 7-0 last Saturday, the Owls finished out the regular season with a 12-4 record. Junior Anais Nussaume, alongside sophomore Yana Khon, defeated La Salle seniors Cecile Johnson and Asha Anderson 6-0 in third flight doubles. Senior Minami Okajima and junior Dina Karina each won their singles matches 6-0. Khon led the way for the Owls with 15 singles wins on the year. Junior Mariana Bedon followed her up with 14 wins on the season, while three others tied at 13. In doubles. Bedon and Okajima posted the best record as a duo at 4-0. The Owls are the No. 7 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament and begin play on Wednesday against Cincinnati. -Tom Ignudo

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The Owls huddle after doubles play against Drexel University on April 13, 2016.

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“First is the confidence and the belief that we can win those matches,” Kapshuk said. “Second is that you need to fight for every point.” Temple’s 20 wins this season tie the 198485, 1986-87 and 1988-89 teams for most regular-season wins. The Owls won seven consecutive matches to finish out the regular season with a 5-2 win over Drexel University on April 13.

ally go to her. So you can kind of see a glimpse of her power when she’s running the ball up the field.” To help transition to playing defense, Jaros looked to Kara Stroup and Maddie McTigue, who each started on defense as freshmen, and Nina Falcone, a graduate defender on the 2014 team. Falcone would critique all of Jaros’ repetitions in practice, while Stroup, McTigue and other defenders helped her adjust to players that were faster and more physical than the ones she faced in high school. “It was really hard,” Jaros said. “You can ask any of

my teammates. There were a couple laughs at times just because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off … I really owe it all to my team for the player that I’ve become.” In fall 2014, Jaros began to learn how to take draws. She worked for at least 45 minutes three times per week with graduate assistant coach Molly Fernandez to practice tracking the ball and facing pressure. Jaros led the team with 37 draw controls in 2015. This season the Owls are tied-No. 21 in Division I and No. 1 in the Big East in draw controls per game. “I probably have never coached another player that when she sets her mind to learning or doing something,

she gets it done and does it at a high level,” Rosen said. “She asserted herself to learn how to take the draw and now she’s become our draw person. We’ve offered opportunities, but she’s jumped at those opportunities and worked at those things to become good.” Though Jaros has transitioned into her role as a defender, she sometimes misses being an attacker. “I try to get the ball as much as I can and run it over to attack, and in practice I try to sneak into the attack lines to get some shots off,” Jaros said. “I love shooting and I miss it.” * evan.easterling@temple.edu T @Evan_Easterling

“I think our position couldn’t be any better conference-wise,” Paulus said. “Everyone knows what we can do and what we are able to do because of this winning streak.” Along with Paulus, seniors Hicham Belkssir and Santiago Canete have not won more than one match in postseason play during their tenures. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against,” Belkssir said. “Forget the name, forget the facility… we should go [out] and just be eager to win.” * tom.ignudo@temple.edu


Summer Jaros (center), runs during the team’s 9-8 loss to Connecticut last Wednesday at Geasey Field.





The Owls’ defense stands on Chodoff Field during halftime during Cherry and White game on Saturday.

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“There’s a lot of speed out there,” Walker said. “There’s a lot more speed and the same amount of physicality.” Russell said the Owls had trouble keeping pace with Houston’s offense in a 24-13 loss in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Cougars’ quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. ran for 148

yards in the game, including a 47-yard touchdown run. “I think that was the biggest problem with our defense, we just lacked speed in areas that we needed,” Russell said. “If we had guys whose [40yard dash times] are a little faster or accelerated a little faster, there’s plays that could have been stopped for four yards that went for 65.” Without the leadership of Matakevich, Young and Ioannidis, Rhule has observed several individuals already guid-

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ing the new group of talent. Williams, Marshall, Alwan, Chandler, senior defensive lineman Averee Robinson and redshirt-senior defensive lineman Avery Ellis have quickly taken the role. “There’s a bunch of guys capable of leading by example,” Rhule said. “And now they’re starting to get to the point where they’re starting to talk to other guys.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @Owen_McCue


Redshirt senior Jared Alwan stands on the sideline of Chodoff Field during the Cherry and White game on Saturday.


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mot Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22, Thomas switched from wide receiver to defensive back. “He’s was trying to catch the ball and he wouldn’t catch the ball,” coach Matt Rhule said. “He was always getting yelled at and I said, ‘Put him at corner, the kid doesn’t like to catch.’” In his first drill as a corner, Thomas was matched up with then-sophomore wide receiver Adonis Jennings. The current junior ran a streak and Thomas matched him stride for stride on the route, breaking up the attempted pass downfield. “When they moved me to DB, it was like I got new life,” Thomas said. “I enjoyed it so much more, and you can see that in my play and emotion. I thanked coach Rhule.” Last season was not Thomas’ first introduction to defensive back. As a sophomore at Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, New York, Thomas played cornerback on the varsity team for one season before switching to wide receiver the following year after growing five inches over the summer. “I remember my sophomore year of high school, I wanted to be Deion Sanders,” Thomas said. “I was [5-foot-10-inches], everyone else’s height. I’m on varsity as a sophomore playing corner.” Following his position switch in college, Thomas began watching YouTube videos of Sanders, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, and former Florida State University defensive back Jalen Ramsey. “He is taking it very seriously because he knows it’s a big transition, and he’s going to have to contribute early,” junior defensive back Sean Chandler said. “He is on top of his game, watching film and every-

thing else.” To prepare for this season, Thomas has been spending extra time at night in Edberg-Olson Hall, the team’s practice facility. Thomas and the other defensive backs come together for an extra session after watching film with their coaches. “He has a chance to help us,” Rhule said. “My thing with Derrek, as long as Derrek’s energy and intensity is up, then his talent is. He is freaky unreal how talented he is. But he’s got ups and downs. The good news is the peaks and valleys are starting to even out.” Thomas will also call on his time as a receiver when practicing in drills or analyzing film. “I can take a lot of that with me because I know from playing receiver if you have a certain split, I know where you want to go,” Thomas said. “I know if you are running down the field and you are applying pressure here, I know where you are going to go. Playing receiver helps me tenfold. I know what you want to do because I used to do it.” The defensive back said he will use his time at Milford Academy in 2013 to prepare himself for the work he will need to put in for the 2016 season. As a wide receiver, Thomas totaled 446 yards and four touchdowns on 15 catches for the preparatory school in New Berlin, New York. “It was a shock to me coming from high school to prep school because now you have to get up at 4 a.m. everyday,” Thomas said. “You have to lift until you can’t lift anymore. You have to run until you are exhausted everyday. You have to play at your highest level every day.” * michael.guise@temple.edu




men’s cross country

Underclassmen preparing for larger role With the departure of seven upperclassmen, the freshmen will be counted on next season. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News After the graduation of four seniors and the early departure of three other upperclassmen, coach James Snyder eyes a quick maturation for his current freshman class and his incoming Owls’ as the path to the men’s cross country team’s success next season. “Our job as coaches are to prepare them to compete at a high level and have as few deer out there as we can,” Snyder said. “Run like a deer, but don’t look like a deer in headlights.” Departing are seniors Matt Kacyon and Alex Izewski, who finished eighth and 12th, respectively, at the November 2015 American Athletic Conference cross country championships. Along with the four seniors, juniors Stephan Listabarth and Praneeth Gottipati and redshirt sophomore Jeffrey Craskey won’t be running next season. The team will rely on its seven freshmen, who are slated to return to the team next season. “Sometimes you can surprise yourself and do really special things, and sometimes when you’re naive, you kinda get schooled a bit,” Snyder said. “I think that’s going to be the determining factor is who’s going to rise to that occasion and step up in those situations and who is going to be looking like deer in the headlights.” Snyder said he will rely on freshman Johnathan Condly, who finished fifth or higher in six of the seven spring track meets he ran in, to take on a larger leadership role next year. “We’re in a really specific position where the seniors and upperclassmen are only going to be here for this year,” freshman Tyji Mays said. “They’re doing a good job of just showing us what it is to be good leaders, but they’re going to be out of here, and we have to step up to the plate next.”


The men’s cross country team runs during a recent practice at the Oval.

Snyder said the team is looking to add about six or seven men to the roster for next season, which would make it the largest incoming class under Snyder, who has been coaching since 2013. This year’s team was the first to have four or more freshmen on the roster since 2012. “A lot of kids are graduating, so they are going to have to fill all those spots, so it wasn’t really surprising that he brought in a lot of freshmen last year or this year,” Condly said. The members of the freshman class will be able to help their new teammates become acclimated with the differences between high school and college athletics.

The men follow a training routine where they run every day of the week, sometimes twice a day. The newcomers will also have to adjust to longer races and different events, a larger commitment to the squad and competing against stronger competition. “[In high school], at most, you maybe have one or two future college runners until you get to States,” freshman Ben Evans said. “I think it’s hard for some kids to go from being the best kid on their team, always number one, winning races easily, to the back of the pack. But they’re still getting faster.” Though there is no official men’s track team and the athletes run on the Owls’ cross

country team in the fall, and the team is allowed to compete in five meets where they are affiliated with Temple. While junior Listabarth maintains the best Temple time in the 5,000-meter, Mays has the best time in the 1,500. Freshman Darien Knudsen owns the top mark in the 2,000 steeplechase, and Condly is tops in the 3,000 and the 3,000 steeplechase. “I think we are ready for it,” Evans said. “We’ve talked about it a lot, and we met all the incoming freshmen and I think the seniors did a good job of preparing us for what we are going to have to do to lead them.” * maura.razanauskas@temple.edu

club rugby

Rugby secures Keystone Rugby Conference championship The team lost on Sunday but won its two previous games to claim the title. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News The club rugby team won the Keystone Rugby Conference 7’s Series on Saturday at West Chester University after finishing the three-part tournament series of tournaments with the most points in the Keystone Conference. The club lost to West Virginia University 22-0 in the final, but had enough points from the two previous legs of the tournament to stay ahead of the rest of the field. The Owls, who are members of the Division I-AA Keystone Rugby Conference, won the second leg on April 2 with victories over Villanova, The University of Pittsburgh and St. Joseph’s University. “I think we’re even better than last year,” senior club president and prop Daniel Ponti said. “We’re just trying to make Temple history by winning our first CRC pool game and hopefully make a name for ourselves.” The rugby team’s schedule is split into two seasons, with 15’s rugby played in the fall and 7’s rugby played in the spring. For 15’s, there are 15 players on the field at once for an 80-minute game while in 7’s, there are seven players in 14-minute matches. During the fall, the Owls have a set schedule, if they win the Keystone Conference—which includes nine teams from all the Mid-Atlantic region, including the University of Pittsburgh, Villanova, St. Joe’s, Rut-


Temple’s club rugby team won the Keystone Rugby Conference 7’s championship.


The club rugby team will compete at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in June.

gers University and James Madison University—the team moves on to the national tournament.

In the spring the team chooses to go to tournaments and play multiple games to save travel time.

“Instead of going all the way out to a university and playing for 14 minutes, we play in tournaments,” senior winger Peter Mulville said. “So we’ll go out to a tournament with anywhere from eight to 20 teams, and we’ll play a series of games.” Mulville said the squad isn’t as big as some of the competition it faces in terms of size, so it has to figure out alternative ways to succeed. “One of our strong points is definitely our speed,” Mulville said. “We have some pretty fast guys on the team ... We’re definitely not the biggest team, but we’re really aggressive. We have a lot of experience, and a lot of our guys have been playing 7’s at Temple for the past three or four years.” On May 21, the squad will com-

pete at the Subaru 7’s in Wilmington, Delaware, where they have lost to Kutztown University the past two seasons. “With us, it always seems to come down to mental preparation,” Ponti said. “We will either come out really intense and crush teams or we’ll be very lackadaisical and not play well at all.. … So we really try to keep a positive theme going. If one of our teammates makes a mistake, it’s easy to say, ‘You should’ve caught that ball,’ but something I think we have personified even more this season is if we make a mistake we go on to the next play.” The club’s greatest challenge will come in early June when it competes against the 23 other teams in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Twenty of the schools are invited to participate, while the other four earn spots via qualifiers, including the Las Vegas Invitational, the Big Ten Conference championship, the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the Southeastern Conference championship. Last year, the Owls—who have been invited to compete in the CRCs for six consecutive years— went 0-3 in the CRCs, losing to the Naval Academy, Kutztown and the Air Force Academy, but they were awarded the Shield for the second year in a row. “We’re really moving on to the national tournament, the CRCs,” senior prop Jeremy Engel said. “We’ve won the Shield two years in a row now, but we’re not satisfied with that. We want to keep moving up and put it out there that we are the real deal.” * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu





The women’s soccer team claimed the inaugural Philly Soccer Six Championship, the women’s tennis team finished its regular season, other news and notes. PAGE 17

The men’s cross country team’s seven freshThe club rugby team won the Keystone men will take on a larger role with the depar- Rugby Conference 7’s Series on Saturday ture of seven upperclassmen. PAGE 19 at West Chester University. PAGE 19




men’s tennis

Owls aim to avenge conference-tournament woes Coach Steve Mauro’s team is 2-3 in conference tournament matches since 2012. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News During the 2011-12 season, the Owls matched up with George Washington University in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship at the Linder Family Tennis Center. In the team’s opening game of the tournament, the squad fell to the Colonials 4-1. Since the loss, the Owls are 2-3 in conference-tournament play. Coach Steve Mauro said this group of Owls—who finished the year with a 20-5 re-


cord—is one of the most talented groups he has coached. “This is one of the best teams that we’ve had here in a while,” Mauro said. “I think that we can win. I think that conference was a little bit weaker than the conference that we’re in now. Like I said, I think it’s going to be tough but we’re certainly capable to pull it off.” The Owls were 2-2 in American-AthleticConference play this year after totaling a 1-2 record against conference opponents last season. The team earned the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament and opens up play on Friday against Tulsa. In matches against East Carolina and Connecticut this season, the Owls won 4-3 and 5-2, respectively. Memphis and Southern Methodist both outscored Temple 7-0 in the team’s two conference losses. Senior Nicolas Paulus said it’s important

for the Owls’ mental game to be at it’s best before they travel to Memphis today for the conference tournament. “With SMU, I was 4-2 up in the second set,” Paulus said. “I was really close to get into the third set and then I make maybe one too many mistakes because I think I have to finish the set and take it all in my hands.” Prior to facing Southern Methodist on March 2, the Owls won nine matches in row. Following the match, the team lost three of its next six matches. In that six-game span, freshman Florian Mayer was the lone Owl to win a set during the match against Memphis. Despite the losses against Southern Methodist and Memphis, freshman Artem Kapshuk thinks the Owls will be able overcome their previous losses in the postseason.



Senior Santiago Canete jumps for a serve during a recent practice at the TU Pavilion.


Rosen finds her anchor Senior defender Summer Jaros switched positions after the 2013 season. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News Following a five-goal season and playing in 14-of-17 games as a freshman, Summer Jaros spent her summer preparing for a breakout sophomore season as an attacker. She began weightlifting for the first time, following a workout program created by assistant coach Claire Hubbard and assistant strength and conditioning coach Sam Whitney. Her plans changed during a scrimmage in the fall of 2013. With the team in need of defenders because of fatigue and injury, Jaros volunteered for the switch to defense. “She went in and she was just awesome,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “Caused turnovers everywhere, great defense everywhere and we thought, ‘Maybe we found actually a defender.’” Jaros moved to the midfield for the 2014 season and has been a defender for the past two seasons, serving as the primary draw taker for the team. Through 14 games, she has collected 15 ground balls, caused nine turnovers and ranks third on the team with 18 draw controls. The 5-foot-10-inch West Chester, Pennsylvania native committed to Temple as an attacker after her junior season at Bishop Shanahan High School. Jaros earned several accolades in high school, making the ESPN’s “watch list” for prospects as a junior and senior. She set a single-season school record, scoring 67 goals in her senior year to earn third team all ChesMont League honors. “She was a strong one-v-one, as you can see,” senior attacker Kathryn Skahan, who played with Jaros at Bishop Shanahan and PA Express. “Like when defensively we need some defender to bring it up the field, we usu-



Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Cortrelle Simpson is tackled following a reception during the Cherry and White game on Saturday at Chodoff Field.

SWARMING TO THE BALL The Owls defense must replace the production of three NFL-bound defensive standouts. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor


hapelle Russell dropped into the flat and saw the dump off pass developing in front of him. As redshirt-freshman wide receiver Travon Williams eyed the ball coming his way in Saturday’s Cherry and White game at Chodoff Field, Russell patiently loaded himself, waiting to spring. After Williams secured the catch, he was met with a thundering hit from the redshirt-freshman linebacker. “I was just hungry to make plays all day,” Russell said. “I was just waiting, waiting for my chance. … I just tried to make a good play.” Russell is one of Temple’s young defenders hoping to fill the void left by NFL hopefuls including linebacker Tyler Matakevich, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, defensive back Tavon Young and others. The absences of defensive back prospect Young and safeties Will Hayes and Alex Wells


were evident on Saturday when redshirt sophomore Derrek Thomas, who converted from wide receiver to cornerback in December, totaled 2.5 tackles while taking snaps with the first team. With junior defensive back Sean Chandler, who usually plays corner, spending time at safety with sophomore Delvon Randall, Thomas and redshirt senior Nate Hairston filled the position for the Owls. “We’re working well together,” Hairston said of the secondary. “We may need to communicate a little more, but overall, we look good together.” During the past two seasons, Temple’s defense has ranked in the Top 25 of Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense and scoring defense. Despite the loss of Matakevich, the linebacking corps retains veterans Avery Williams, Stephaun Marshall and Jarred Alwan, who all had more than 40 tackles last season. Williams had one tackle, Marshall had one sack and Alwan had three tackles on Saturday. “The other day I was in a meeting with coach

a lot of speed “outThere’s there. There’s a lot

more speed and the same amount of physicality. P.J. Walker | senior quarterback

Rhule,” Russell said. “The entire time he was preaching to us, ‘Tyler’s gone. Matt Ioannidis, Tavon those guys are gone,’ but he wants us to be better. They set a mark for us but we have to upstand that. We have to go bigger, better, make more plays.” From senior quarterback P.J. Walker’s perspective, the speed some of the new defenders could create a match-up advantage.


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Volume 94, Issue 28  

Issue for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Volume 94, Issue 28  

Issue for Tuesday, April 19, 2016


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