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Police: sexual assault suspect still on the run By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor



Karen Brinkley (above), was one of the officers on Main Campus at 2 p.m. Monday following a pair of emails sent by Temple Police warning the community of an unspecific threat targeting a “university near Philadelphia.” Campus was nearly empty at that time yesterday. According to Campus Safety Services, Temple, nor any other Philadelphia-area university, was affected by the threat. Read more on page 6.

2 football players to face trial After aggravated assault charges were initially dropped against Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick, both are now headed to trial. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Temple football players Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick will receive a court date later this

month. Both players have been charged with firstdegree felony aggravated assault after they injured former Temple students Benjamin Wood and Delonte Stancil January 2015. According to Wood’s testimony at a preliminary hearing in April, he saw Reddick stomping on Stancil at Club 1800 in Northern Liberties Jan. 18. When Wood tried to intervene, he was also kicked and stomped on, and then charged and punched by Dawkins, he testified. Last Wednesday, Reddick and Dawkins attended



n Sept. 28, a 20-year-old female student reported to police she had been sexually assaulted and robbed on Carlisle Street near Jefferson. Because of the attack, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said Temple, Philadelphia and SEPTA Transit Police are collaborating in what has felt like a “personal” incident to local law enforcement. “Everybody’s walking with their head down,” Leone said in an interview Friday. “Because it’s one of those feelings that something so bad happened, that it goes against your grain.” Police are still searching for the man responsible for the attack and robbery, which occurred at about 11:15 p.m. Sept. 28, Philadelphia Police said. Last Friday afternoon at a press conference at the department’s Special Victims Headquarters at 300 E. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia Police released footage of a man believed to be the racist, taken from a SEPTA Broad Street Line subway camera. Officer Tanya Little, a Philadelphia Police spokeswoman, said no arrests have been made in the case as of Mon-

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head down. ... It’s one of those feelings that something so bad happened, that it goes against your grain.

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day night. Leone said footage of the suspect was initially discovered via the university’s Morgan Hall surveillance cameras. “We saw some shadow movement at Broad and Jefferson,” Leone said. “So we did a lot of backtracking and saw someone coming out of the subway.” According to a description in the video provided Friday by Philadelphia


Rhule, offense depending on physical style MARGO REED TTN

The undefeated Owls relied on a physical running game and defense in a win against UNCCharlotte Friday.

Saxbys was one of several businesses affected by Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.

Papal visit affects campus business Many establishments on Main Campus reported a decrease in sales during Pope Francis’ visit.

By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

Smoking at an urban university Despite restrictions in and around buildings, Temple currently allows the habit on Main Campus. By LILA GORDON The Temple News Temple has a history of being progressive in its policies against cigarette smoking. In 1990 under President Peter Liacouras, Temple was one of the first campuses in the nation to ban smoking inside university buildings, as well as banning advertising for tobacco products in campus publi-


Threat originates on 4chan Temple Police exercised caution on Main Campus Monday after a vague threat was discovered on the imageboard site Sunday. PAGE 6


cations. In 2007, all the cigarette ashtrays were removed in an effort to decrease the smoking population on campus. Michael Horwath, however, director of student affairs of Temple Student Government, said this only led to an overwhelming number of cigarette butts on the ground and the ban was later revoked. Other colleges like Ohio State University have created tobacco-free campus policies. A policy of this sort is not currently on the table for Temple—and Ohio State has had a hard time reducing smoking on its campus, Horwath said. “In Ohio State, since it’s not an actual law and just a policy, police can’t actually enforce it,” Horwath said. “It’s more student influence on whether or not people are smoking. There is increased littering on

Like a boxer uses body punches to wear down an opponent, the Owls’ offense wears down opposing defenses with its rushing attack. Through four games, Temple (4-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) has run the ball 161 times for 732 yards, and thrown the ball 113 times. The Owls have accumulated seven touchdowns on the ground compared to five through the air. “It’s just the way we are playing,”coach Matt Rhule said. “We are running the football and being physical. You aren’t going to always come out and out physical people right away. It’s a cumulative effect .. you hope you can win in the fourth quarter.” In the team’s 37-3 win against University of North Carolina at Charlotte Friday night at Jerry Richardson Stadium, the Owls rushed the ball 45 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time this season the Owls have rushed for more than 100 yards and

Gabe Elko hadn’t seen such a decline in sales since Hurricane Sandy. Elko, a worker at The Creperie at Temple— one of the food trucks on Main Campus—said the recent papal visit caused a sharp decline in the business’ sales. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “A couple of years ago we had Hurricane Sandy ... and that definitely deterred some stuff, but this was something way different. People definitely prepared for it just like a storm.” Saxbys barista Mimi Kwakye said sales were also down at the coffee shop on Liacouras Walk. Because many students tried to leave the city for the weekend, coffee wasn’t in such high demand, she said.




By MARYVIC PEREZ The Temple News


Hazing prevention on campus

Artist critiques modern food practices

Temple students and faculty took part in National Hazing Prevention Week, from Sept. 21-23, with events and discussions. PAGE 7

Abby Elizabeth Schmidt’s new exhibit discusses the controversial politics and methods of American agriculture, using wheat and barley as a medium. PAGE 9






Dalai Lama cancels, faculty upset Tenzin Gyatso was scheduled to make an appearance at the Liacouras Center Oct. 27. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor The Dalai Lama’s plans to visit the U.S., including Philadelphia Oct. 26 and 27, were curtailed because of health reasons. The spiritual leader was to receive the 2015 Liberty Medal, presented by the National Constitution Center. He was also scheduled to speak at the Liacouras Center, as well as at La Salle Univeristy. The Dalai Lama’s forum at Temple was not university sponsored; the Liacouras Center was rented as a hosting space by a third party, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Brandon Lausch said. The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia said all tickets for the event paid for with a debit or credit card will be refunded directly to the account, and those who paid with cash must be refunded in person from the vendor. To honor the Dalai Lama, a Philadelphia Day of Kindness was planned for Oct. 27 with

the goal of citizens treating each other with compassion, congruent with the Dalai Lama’s philosophies. Dr. Douglas Duckworth, assistant professor of religion, said he is disappointed the Dalai Lama’s trip is canceled. “After the Pope came last week, it would be cool to have a dominant international religious figure come to Philadelphia, particularly to Temple,” he said. Duckworth said he met the Dalai Lama on several occasions, including when Gyatso received the 2006 Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. “It’s always nice to see him,” Duckworth said. “He’s very charismatic and has an effect on people. I’m always impressed by his ability to address different audiences. … He’s able to smoothly inhabit [various] roles [and] wears a lot of different hats.” Duckworth teaches and studies Buddhist philosophy and said he is familiar with the culture and politics surrounding the Dalai Lama’s position. “He’s been pushed out of his isolation in Tibet and put Tibet and himself on the world stage,” Duckworth said. “Other Dalai Lamas have been more isolated, both geographically and personally. … They’ve been more figure-

Bill calls for more unisex restrooms Temple has many genderneutral bathrooms, but officials said more may be needed. By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News

A recent bill proposed in City Council would require every single-stall bathroom in Philadelphia to be gender-neutral. First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced the legislation Sept. 9. Most city owned facilities already use unisex bathrooms. This part of the legislation, however, affects private businesses. If the bill is passed, all public buildings will change their bathrooms and signage within 90 days. An organization’s failure to comply will result in a fine. In 2013, there were about 30 unisex bathrooms on Main Campus, spanning from dorms to academic buildings. Dr. Carmen Phelps, director of student engagement, said gender nonconforming individuals and transgender students experience a heightened level of anxiety in situations like selecting a public bathroom. “There’s a lot of evidence that speaks to the anxiety, the trauma and the stress levels absorbed by students who are forced to choose what bathroom to choose because they are identified by gender status,” Phelps said. “When you’re talking about public spaces, and you’re going to use a restroom, there are certain challenges that you face being a gender nonconforming individual,” Phelps added. “You’re always mindful when you’re forced to make these choices.” In the Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey from 2011, 26 percent of approximately 6,500 respondents said they were denied access to gender-appropriate bathrooms in an educational setting. Twenty-three percent said they were unable to work out a suitable bathroom situation in a workplace. Phelps said raised levels of stress and anxiety are a problem for students who are here to learn. “We want students focused on performing well academically,” she said. “We don’t ADVERTISEMENT

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want them worrying about what bathroom to choose.” Brad Windhauser, associate professor in the English department, said gender nonconforming individuals require single bathrooms due to society’s generally negative treatment of them. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the survey reported discrimination in the workplace, 19 percent reported denial to health care and medical services and 53 percent reported harassment in areas of public accommodation. “One of the issues is the stigma, that [transgender and nonconforming gender individuals] would feel that they were being singled out and looked upon in a negative way,” Windhauser said. “They were going against society’s norms if they were using the ‘wrong’ bathroom.” Phelps said despite the overwhelming support, the change is facing underlying opposition on campus. “There are a lot of folks on campus who are resistant to those kind of changes and who don’t understand the challenges these people face,” she said. She said the best way to combat the people who do not support nor understand is through education. Phelps added gender nonconforming students will have a better chance to succeed if they are more comfortable on campus and Temple should be an open place for anybody who enters it. “It’s very much connected to their ability to perform and develop,” she said. “If we’re talking about a socially just college campus then we should all be invested in making every student, no matter who they are, feel adequately supported.” Phelps said while there are social and political challenges facing the bill, people may be too concerned with the actual change that would be implemented with gender neutral bathrooms. “What does it mean to take a sign off of a door?” she said.

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heads, manipulated by the cabinet and the bureaucracy.” He added the current Dalai Lama is more progressive and open to different ideas than his successors had been. “A lot of people don’t know he’s a formidable Tibetan scholar,” Duckworth said. “He’s pushing to revolutionize both his tradition and the world by promoting secular ethics and going beyond religion. The Dalai Lama is a proponent of ‘the middle way’—seeking regional autonomy within China and the philosophy that comes with it.” Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, associate director for special programs and associate professor in the Intellectual Heritage department, said she is also disappointed the event will no longer happen. “We were so excited that [the Dalai Lama] was able to make the trip to Philadelphia and Temple,” she said. “I think Temple should be excited that he agreed to talk to us. It really speaks to the nature of Temple students’ outreach and kindness we see here on campus. … He could have gone to any number of institutions but this location is exciting.” Cunningham-Bryant also said the Dalai Lama’s visit would have provided a counterbalance to that of the Pope’s, demonstrating “a

parallel between western traditions and eastern traditions.” Cunningham-Bryant said The Reel was scheduled to show a documentary of the Stanford Prison Experiment the day before the Dalai Lama’s forum at Temple, with the purpose of juxtaposing the film with his message. “[The documentary] depicts the depths of depravity and a dark undercurrent of anger and violence,” Cunningham-Bryant said. “The Dalai Lama coming the next day was supposed to provide this beautiful counterpoint of kindness, thoughtfulness and hope—not only combating but rising above, creating joy and light in these places of violence.” Cunningham-Bryant said it would have been “a great teachable moment.” “Him not coming makes that point that much harder to make,” she added. “What we’re going to have to do is find a way to bring that message and highlight those same desires and struggles. … Bringing the same level of gravitas will be next to impossible.” * T @Lian_Parsons

Alumna combats human trafficking, domestic violence Courtney Fyock works for A Woman’s Place, a nonprofit that advocates for victims of abuse and human trafficking. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Unlike many people after work ends, the last thing Courtney Fyock wants to do when she gets home is talk about her day. Fyock is the program manager at A Woman’s Place, a first response nonprofit organization located in Bucks County providing 24/7 advocacy and support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The organization also offers accompaniment and advocacy for victims during any legal proceedings. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women have been victims of physical violence by a partner in their lifetime. “It takes a concerted effort to compartmentalize when I leave work,” Fyock said. “I make a point not to rehash my day when I get home with my husband, otherwise it’s just like re-traumatizing. It’s important to take

It’s important to take “ care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually.” Courtney Fyock | alumna

care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually.” After graduating from Temple in 2010 with a bachelors’ in political science, Fyock worked for the Salvation Army’s anti-human trafficking program, New Day Drop In Center in Kensington. The center provides a secure place for women involved in commercial sex work, as well as food, clothing, crisis intervention and counseling. “It wasn’t ever about reform, it was about providing a safe space,” Fyock said. Also a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a master’s degree in social work, Fyock is pursuing her passion of assisting women in difficult situations. “Being a woman, I am more sensitive to issues that affect women … I became aware of the challenges and exploitation women face,” she said. “A lot of the time, [women] are treated as disposable in this world. Once I became more aware, it fueled a passion within me.” Fyock said her education at Temple provided a solid base for her future career path. “Almost all my courses were surrounding



Courtney Fyock currently works at A Woman’s Place in Bucks County.

the government and larger political systems,” she said. “Being able to be educated in political science for understanding how systems work is really important to the work I do now because I’m interacting with these systems on a daily basis.” One of the many challenges Fyock said she often faces in her line of work is lack of resources. “There’s not enough resources for people who need them and I have to tell my clients, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t connect you with housing, or with assistance,’” she said. “It’s very frustrating when the systems [with which] you’re trying to support the victims fail.” Fyock added judgment from people in positions of power is another particularly difficult challenge to overcome. “A lot of times, people think they can’t change the system,” she said. “I’ve become a lot more confident in my ability to advocate for women.” Fyock’s work has also inspired personal growth within herself by giving her a greater appreciation for what she has. “It’s made me all around a more compassionate and empathetic person,” she said. “I am given the privilege of being involved with a client in the most vulnerable way. They’ve hit rock bottom and they open up to me and trust me and that’s very humbling.” In connection to Fyock’s work, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Ways to get involved include volunteering and giving donations to organizations like A Woman’s Place, as well as raising awareness to issues like domestic violence, sexual assault, exploitation and human trafficking. * T @Lian_Parsons


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Police, the suspect was seen boarding the Broad Street Line at the Erie station, and departing at the Cecil B. Moore station. Leone commended the teamwork of local law enforcement on quickly coming together to find the footage—including SEPTA Transit Police, who scoured through hours of footage to create the video released at Friday’s press conference. “When we called SEPTA, they were on it,” he said. “They spent the whole night going through video to try and find the trains he may have been on … so it really was an amazing collaborative effort.” Officer Christine O’Brien, another Philadelphia Police spokes-

woman, said the man in the footage was confirmed as the suspect because both the student and a witness confirmed it when shown the video. Leone previously told The Temple News unlike many other sexual assault cases, the student did not know her attacker. Because of this, he said the incident is unlike any other one he has ever seen. The university has recently taken several steps to deal with the issue of sexual assault, including releasing the Sexual Misconduct Report in August. Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said he has worked closely with Dean of Students Stephanie Ives and the President’s Office in combating sexual assault. Rinaldi added communicating information about current resources to students, like the TUr Door shuttle service and walking escorts, are vital.


“A lot of the resources we have here are great,” he said. “It’s a matter of making sure students know about them, because a lot of them don’t. A lot of students leave the TECH Center and don’t realize there’s a bus that can take them to their house if they need it.” Ives wrote in an email a meeting was held Friday morning to make the content of the sexual misconduct website more user-friendly. “We recognize that during a time of immense emotional distress, having information be accessible and clear is important,” Ives wrote. While several of the website’s resources help those who may have known their attacker, Director of Student Affairs Chris Carey said sexual assault is a serious issue, whether it be like the one that occurred Sept. 28 or other cases involving interpersonal


Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said a 20-year-old student was allegedly sexually assaulted here Sept. 28.

violence. “Whether you know the attacker or not, it’s a terrible situation for the students that are involved,” he said. “It impacts people differently, but in either scenario, it’s something we

have to do our best to eliminate.” * T @Steve_Bohnel

Annual safety report, stats released Sept. 30 Alchohol-related referrals jumped considerably, while thefts dropped. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Of all the new statistics provided in Campus Safety Services’ 2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, one particular crime increased dramatically on Main Campus from 2013-14: alcohol-related referrals. According to the report, there were 295 reported “liquor law referrals” on Main Campus in 2013. Last year, 559 such incidents were reported—an increase of more than 89 percent. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said much of the growth in this statistic is because of increased monitoring in residence halls on campus. There was also a greater effort to keep an eye on the rising student population off campus, he said. “Some of these things, we drive our own numbers,” Leone said. “What I mean by that is when we’re seeing incidents happening, and

we’re planning for being proactive, sometimes we do more directed enforcement.” Because of this approach, theft also severely dropped from 2012-2014. According to the report, 279 thefts were reported in 2012. Last year, 215 were reported, a decrease of more than 22 percent. Leone said Donna Gray, manager for Risk Reduction and Advocacy Services at Temple, has been largely responsible for this decrease. In 2010, she started a theft-reduction program, which involves student workers placing stickers on items left unattended for extended periods of time in high-traffic university buildings. Another reason that statistic has greatly reduced is because of a drop in bike thefts, Leone said. “Our bike thefts last year went down 42 percent,” he said. “So that drove our numbers down ... it’s lucrative and easy [to steal], depending how you lock your bike. Or sometimes, people don’t lock their bike.” Despite the decrease in theft, the number of sex offenses increased from 2013-14. Eight were reported on Main Campus in 2013, while 12 were recorded last year, according to the report. Leone said these incidents can be difficult to track because of under reporting and

Food vending bill passed by Mayor effective next spring The new district aims to organize food trucks. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News A new city ordinance will further regulate the presence of food vendors on Main Campus. A total of 50 spots will be assigned to vendors; 36 to food trucks and 14 to food carts. Locations will be regulated to a box bounded by Diamond, 10th, Oxford and 16th streets. No vendors will be allowed on 13th Street due to construction. Most food trucks are to be located on Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue, while food carts will be grouped around the Student Center and Tyler School of Art. “This limits the number of vendors on campus, but it allows most legal vendors to stay,” said Beverly Coleman, the assistant vice president for Community Relations and Economic Development. “We would get a lot of calls and complaints when a new vendor showed up and took a spot, but we couldn’t do anything about it.” “It’s creating order in the district,” said Rafael de Luna, owner of the food truck El Guaco Loco and member of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association. “There’s an unwritten rule that certain trucks

have certain spots.” The new ordinance will also require some vendors to make a switch from a generator-powered truck or cart to the use of power cords. A number of vendors are concerned about the high cost of power cords, which can be between $3,000 and $6,000, de Luna said. He added vendors may be looking to hire a single installer to reduce the overall cost. “I think it’s a good thing,” said Virginia Apostolopoulos, owner of The Creperie Truck. “They don’t have to go out and get gas in the middle of the day and then worry about losing a spot. It’ll be easier.” Both Apostolopoulos and Luna said getting power cords for the trucks wouldn’t be the only modifications necessary for the power change. The truck itself would have to be modified to run off electricity instead of gas from a generator. “A significant number of vendors won’t have to move, so they won’t need new cords,” Coleman said. “We’ve been working with the vendors about where they’re going to be located so that they’re comfortable with the move.” Coleman said there were tensions at the beginning of the ordinance’s creation because vendors were concerned about having to relocate. “A lot were upset because they weren’t consulted at the beginning,” de Luna said. “It caused turmoil, but working

with the university sorted it out.” De Luna said one big concern came from vendors on 13th Street. “They had built a following of people who knew where they were,” he said. “They were afraid they might lose customers.” De Luna added proper advertising and telling customers about the move will help reduce the impact. Apostolopoulos said the new district won’t cause a huge change. “The competition is still going to be out there, in the same way,” Apostolopoulos said. “We’re all in a space of two to three blocks. It’s not like there are 10 blocks’ worth of trucks coming into this little space. It’s the same number of vendors, just some different places.” Coleman said the change had been building over time as safety concerns increased. On top of new vendors disrupting the unspoken order that had been established around Temple, safety concerns were raised by the “manner carts were aligned,” Coleman said. “People were walking between cars,” she said. “This is going to have a positive impact on safety for students, staff and the vendors.” * T @ChristieJules





NUMBER OF REPORTED THEFTS the number of ways students can report them. However, education has improved about sexual assault and related crimes, he added. “I think students are more aware of the resources that are here,” he said. “And there’s several ways you can report it. It doesn’t always have to require police involvement—you can talk to the Wellness Resource Center, you can talk to an RA, so I think we’re getting a lot more reports coming in.” Leone added if an incident from the past is reported years after it happened, it’s recorded in the present year. The number of burglaries also increased

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a pre-trial conference, where they received no offer from the District Attorney, said Glenn Gilman, the new defense attorney for Reddick as of last week. Dawkins and Reddick had requested to be entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, aimed at putting offenders in rehabilitative programs and paying fees instead of clogging up the court system. “The ARD program wasn’t really appropriate for this case,” Gilman said. During April’s preliminary hearing, the aggravated assault charges against both players were dropped. “A preliminary hearing is where they decide if it is more likely or not the crime was committed,” said Jason Grenell, an assistant district attorney for Philadelphia. “In this case, they decided it was not a felony.” At the time, Dawkins still faced a simple assault charge, a third-degree misdemeanor. In June, Grenell took the case to the Court of Common ADVERTISEMENT

from 2013-14. In 2013, seven were reported on Main Campus. Last year, 23 were reported— more than tripling the number of incidents from two years ago. Leone said one reason this tends to happen is because Temple Police tend to “score” incidents that could either be a theft or burglary as the latter. Many factors determine how this is decided, he said. “It has to do with whether the door was locked, or if there was any force involved,” he said. “If it looks like we’re unsure, then we’ll score it as a burglary.” Besides the statistics, Leone encourages students to review the report for the various resources available to them, including those connected to incidents of sexual assault. “There are many ways you can formally or informally report it,” he said. “This way, students can see there are ways they can bring forward the information in that they can be strictly confidential, or talk to folks where it’s limited information ... so there are some areas there that students may feel better about talking with someone.” * T @Steve_Bohnel

Pleas, where aggravated assault charges were reimposed. Grenell explained aggravated assault as causing or attempting to cause serious bodily harm, not just injuries like scratches or bruises. He added the victim, former Temple student Benjamin Wood, needed to stay overnight in the hospital. “They had to insert a metal plate to keep the skin and muscle around his eye from sagging and disfiguring his face,” Grenell said. Grenell said a variety of factors went into the decision to refile for aggravated assault, but would not go into further detail. “We take into consideration previous record, injuries to the victim and the effect on the community and the witnesses,” said Cameron Kline, the communications director and spokesperson for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. “We want to make sure justice is served.” Both Grenell and Gilman said they could not predict what decision the court would make in this case. “No aggravated assault is like the other, just like no rob-

bery is like the other,” Grenell said. “We’re all human, and what happens and how it happens doesn’t have a formula.” “The preliminary hearing is like the players getting on the board,” Gilman added. Dawkins and Reddick will receive their trial date at a scheduling conference Oct. 20. The players will make a plea at the trial, with the assumption of pleading not guilty, Gilman said. If Dawkins and Reddick are found guilty of aggravated assault, they could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Both played in Friday’s win against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a spokesman from the university’s athletic department said the players’ status on the team “remains unchanged.” “Every case has its own personality,” Kline said. “The decision is left to the judge and jury, and we have to see what decision the jury makes.” * T @ChristieJules




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Negligence for wins Temple’s football team News has been following has a lot to be proud of this the case through its durayear. tion. In April, aggravated asAfter beating in-state sault charges were dropped rival Penn against both State for the Temple football should not players at a first time favor players’ performances preliminary since 1941, hearing. over their character. the Owls I n have continMay, the ued their undefeated season District Attorney’s office deinto October. The team has cided to refile charges, which been enjoying its best start in the court accepted. The issue 41 years, and deserves respect of players competing in a Difor its success thus far. vision I sport despite serious At the same time, two of criminal charges is a problem its current active players face regardless of who the playa court case that could land ers are—however, the fact each individual up to 20 years Dawkins and Reddick reguin prison. larly play certainly doesn’t Dion Dawkins and Haa- help the team’s image. son Reddick were arrested for An athletic department aggravated assault and other spokesman told The Temple charges March 16. The city’s News the players’ status reDistrict Attorney’s office ar- mains unchanged, despite the gued both were responsible fact they will now face a trial. for serious injuries to former We don’t know what exstudent Benjamin Wood, who actly occurred at Club 1800 intervened in a fight between nine months ago, but the court Reddick and his friend, De- allowed a first-degree felony lonte Stancil, at Club 1800 in charge to be refiled against Northern Liberties Jan. 18. two football players. The The football team sus- program’s inaction shows it pended both players soon favors players’ performances after the arrest, and said it on the field more than their would await the results of the character off it. investigation before taking further action. The Temple

Skin Deep: one girl, one scar


What doesn’t kill you leaves a mark, and sometimes that’s OK.

here is something different about my face. Upon meeting me, most people look just a little too long or flick furtive glances when they think I’m not looking. I was born in China and the water in most rural areas has to be boiled to sterilize it before it’s clean to use. At 4 months old, a bottle of baby formula and scalding water with a loose cap resulted in a burn scar about the size of a gold dollar coin on the left corner of my mouth. In preschool, the other children would reach out with clammy fingers to touch my face, knowing it wasn’t the same as theirs. They’d pull back, equally fascinated and repulsed at the rough texture. When I was 4 years old, I went through surgery because the positioning of the scar was inhibiting my mouth from opening all the way. In a matter of a few hours, the surgeons had made some small adjustments, ensuring that my mouth would be fully functional and shifting the scar in such a way that it would fold into the lines around my mouth as I got older. By the time I’m 65, the small patch of skin will melt into the edges of my smile. The stitches and redness healed in only a few weeks, but I spent the time hiding behind my hair, hoping no one would notice. Growing up, I quickly became very used to questions and unsolicited comments from my peers and adults alike. “What’s that on

By Lian Parsons your face? What happened? Do you remember it? Does it hurt? What does it feel like?” I was asked over and over and over again. By the time I was five, I’d memorized my responses: it’s a scar, I was burned as a baby, I don’t remember it, it doesn’t hurt because it’s dead skin, it feels like my face. I was able to answer automatically and nearly


Preteen years are awkward “ enough without standing out for any reason, let alone a reason I couldn’t change.

(but not quite) suppress my shame and embarrassment. “She always has something on her face,” a neighbor commented to my mother, seemingly uncaring that I was within earshot. My mother grimaced but answered with the grace and patience only

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ing, I wished they would just leave me alone. Preteen years are awkward enough without standing out for any reason, let alone a reason I couldn’t change. I’d stand in front of the mirror, alternately covering and uncovering the little patch of


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my mother has. She coldly informed the neighbor it was a scar and added that comments about her daughter were unnecessary. My parents taught me how to deal with the endless questions and staring as well as they could, and assured me the scar would continue to fade with time. But every time I caught someone star-

skin with my hand, wondering what I’d look like without it. I ran my fingers over it, feeling the contrast between smooth and wrinkled. I imagined peeling it off like a sticker, finding “normal” skin underneath. As I grew older, however, I also grew up. People, for the most part, stopped asking rude questions and I stopped caring whether they noticed or not. My friends and family have all said they forget I even have a scar at all. My parents have offered me the option of additional surgery to reduce the scar and make it less noticeable, but I’ve never wanted to. I’ve considered it, but even at the height of my discomfort with myself, it didn’t feel right to change something that was so fundamentally a part of me. It still stings if someone mentions my scar or when I see people looking, but the problem is with them, not with me. I have never covered it up with makeup and never attempt to hide behind my hair out in public. My scar, as embarrassing and inconvenient as it had been growing up, was also “character building,” as my dad would say. I refuse to be ashamed of what makes me who I am. After all, it doesn’t inhibit my ability to eat, speak or breathe. And most importantly, it’s never inhibited my ability to smile.



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LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student writes a letter from the perspective of a “part-time” black girl. “Why is your mom medium mocha and your dad caramel swirl?” “Why do you not wash your hair every hour like I do?” “Why don’t you talk like insert random black girl here?” “You don’t seem black enough.” “Can you braid my hair?” These are some of the questions I receive on a daily basis that never cease to make my disdain for the human race grow inch by inch. Being black, you are questioned on the day-to-day activities you perform, as if you are still fresh from Africa. I decided that instead of bashing the curiosity of my fellow people, I would explain once and for all that despite popular belief, I am normal, just like anyone else. Let’s start with the statement that bothers me the most: “You don’t seem black enough.” I was uninformed that there was a universal black test that I took to prove my allegiance to the black cause. My bad—I’m sorry—how ignorant of me. I also did not know that members of the black cause, whose test I had no knowledge of, then made white people the head test evaluators so that they could determine I’m not black enough. I

wouldn’t tell a white female if she didn’t buy every Lilly Pulitzer wallet she wasn’t white enough, so don’t do that to me. I’m also always asked about my parents. There is a lot of confusion about the fact that I live in suburbia—I assume I am supposed to be an inner-city kid, on welfare, rapping, dropping my mixtape, playing basketball, gangbanging, selling drugs, having babies, shooting lines of heroin in the bathroom of a project building, dancing, drinking 40 ounces and smoking weed with Snoop Dogg (because all black people know each other), or in prison. My dad is a psychologist. My mom is a financial advisor. My dog, Maxwell, is a genius. It’s a pretty simple. My mom is medium mocha and my dad is caramel swirl because of genetics and his mixed background. Yet again, pretty easy. My favorite question is: “why do you talk white?” I didn’t know that “white” was a language, however, thank you, because on my job applications I will now say I speak English, Spanish and “white.” I speak proper English because I went to school where I learned how to speak to other humans. That question baffles me to no end because I’m not sure how the person who asked me wants me to respond. I talk white because I wasn’t feeling blue today? The main thing to remember is that no one wants to be treated like an outsider, especially because of race. Asking someone questions about their ethnicity is

a good thing, but being a bigot is not OK. I have come to terms that I may always be viewed as a part-time black girl for not scoring high on the “blackness test.” I have also come to terms that people will stereotype me. I have accepted that I am not required to be anyone or anything but myself. That I can not change the cards I was dealt nor would I ever want to sacrifice my own identity to make other people comfortable. I do however, want you to keep in mind that people are different and when you go to ask someone questions on why they are the way they are: are you really curious to know about that person or are you simply trying to find a justification for your own ignorance? Cierra Williams is a junior journalism student. She can be reached at cierra.


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commentary | Health

Planned Parenthood essential to college students, graduates The health centers offer many different services to those who can’t afford other options.


enter City experienced a sea of pink last week on the corner of Locust and 11th streets. Supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered with signs to learn more about the organization and to give their support. “Personal health care decisions are private matters,” a sign read. I thought this way too, all my life, each time I went to the doctor for a wellness check-up or when I got an ear infecPAIGE GROSS tion. The first time I used Student Health Services at Temple, I remember filling out the on-screen form, surrounded by other students, having to pick some symptoms or a reason for the visit. What if one of them sees? I was there for a cough I couldn’t shake, but none of the other drippy, wheezing students needed to know what medication I had been taking to combat it, or other symptoms from which I was suffering. Health is a private matter, one of

organization offers all kinds of family planning from prenatal care, information about pregnancy and regular doctors visits during pregnancy. Their slogan promotes their inclusiveness: “Care, no matter what.” The site said 400,000 Pap tests, nearly 500,000 breast exams and 4.5 million STD/STI screenings are performed, as well as 1.5 million young people and adults who receive sexual education each year. Several publications have already pointed out not every Planned

are missing the mark, leaving out all the good the organization does, and dwelling on the idea that abortions should bring it down. While these other services are “good,” and unarguably beneficial and necessary to those using them, abortion gets left out. The thing is, whether you consider abortion “good” or “bad,” it is legal. “As in, legal, legal, legal,” a Philly Mag article from last month said. “So f---ing legal.” In 1973, the Supreme Court

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Parenthood location performs abortions, and the ones that do only make up about 3 percent of its services. When abortion services are performed, it is not funded by federal money unless in the case of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at-

ruled on Roe v. Wade, a case that decided abortion, in its former, illegal state, was violating women’s due process rights. This decision followed a case one year prior, which legalized access to contraception in the form of The Pill. A right to privacy


the things delegated to be an issue of the home by politicians of the past. Many of the Republican candidates running for the 2016 presidential election think the opposite, though, thrusting health care, especially reproductive rights, into the spotlight. Many support the idea of stopping federal funding to Planned Parenthood, some even aiming to make abortion illegal again.


No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, its variety of other services is enough to persuade those against Planned Parenthood that what it does is valuable. Perhaps the biggest disappointment in the case against the organization is Carly Fiorina, a so-called proprietor of women, a woman who, at last month’s GOP debate said, “We

Some of these services are offered at “ Main Campus’ Student Health Services, but many students will need more.”

Much of what Planned Parenthood does is STD/STI screening, providing contraception, wellness checks and sexual education sessions. Some of these services are offered at Main Campus’ Student Health Services, but many students will need more. Planned Parenthood offers counseling for the relationship aspects of sex and sexuality, offers services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse or assault and cancer screenings, all at rates college students can more likely afford, especially if they are uninsured or no longer allowed on their parent’s insurance. Aside from these services, the


need to stop treating women as a special interest group, they are the majority of voters in the country.” Fiorina spoke against the organization at a South Carolina Christian pregnancy center. “The character of this nation cannot be about butchery of babies for body parts,” she said. “When it comes to Planned Parenthood, Carly Fiorina appears to be playing out a relatively common political strategy: Say something forcefully and frequently enough, and people will start to believe you, even if it’s totally untrue,” a New York Times article said this week. Many people who support the defunding of Planned Parenthood

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was included in the ruling. If abortion is made illegal, or heavier restrictions are placed upon the circumstances in which a women can receive one, abortions will not stop happening. They will, however become more dangerous. According to a CNN report, the 1930s were one of the most dangerous times to seek an abortion—illegal abortions caused 14 percent of all maternal deaths. It was also the first time economists linked the state of the economy to reproduction trends. The report also said 2011 was the lowest year for abortions since before the Supreme Court ruled the procedure become legal. While it is likely that any future politician would be able to overrule a decision from the Supreme Court that has withstood the last 40 years, students should recognize Planned Parenthood as an asset to themselves, their friends and those who need safe, affordable health care. If federal funding were to halt, it’s likely abortions would continue to be funded through donations and out-of pocket payments. Services like cancer screenings and prenatal care, though, would be gone. We have a lot to lose. * T @By_paigegross

Sept. 21, 1989: About 20 pro-choice demonstrators rallied in support of abortion rights at the Bell Tower, many dressed as politicians like thenpresident George H. W. Bush and then-governor Robert Casey. “We want our state legislators to know that if they take our freedom, they will lose their jobs,” said Kathy Miller, president of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Org of Women. The group was planning a trip to Harrisburg to petition legislators.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Construction on Barton Hall has interrupted the lives of 1940 residents. Every Monday morning my alarm goes off at 8 a.m. I don’t bother trying to sleep in though, because you can’t hit snooze on the new library construction. The library is expected to be completed by late 2018. This means the sounds of demolition and then construction will be outside 1940 Residence Hall all year, and likely, for years to come. As a 1940 resident I can’t help but grudgingly wonder why I wasn’t warned not to live there if I didn’t like demolition noise every morning. Myself and other east wing residents got a front row seat to the brick-by-brick destruction of Barton Hall. After the first week of drilling, I began to wonder if the noise was just getting to me since I am not morning person. My suitemates and I began to openly complain to each other about the early wake-up call the demolition delivered. Following that conversation with my suitemates, I talked to the guys next door, and although they did not like the noise they were optimistic about the plans for the new library. I agreed, since Paley Library isn’t very inviting from the outside—but the new library is still three years away. As a freshman, I’ll have to put up with the library construction for most of my time at Temple and only be able to benefit from it my senior year. I don’t hate libraries, but I think a good night of sleep is crucial for college students and the construction cuts that short. I recently talked to 1940 residents living in the east wing about the demolition. When asked how the demolition had been affecting their lives’ a few commented on how early the demolition of Barton Hall starts. Two girls said college students stay up late studying but get woken up by construction, no matter what time their first class is. The early morning demolition is not an ideal situation for students with morning classes, which may be why no future 1940 resident ever received a formal notice about it. I asked the group if they thought future residents should be better in-


formed about the construction. Both agreed that they would have rethought living in 1940 if they knew about the construction beforehand. When it comes down to it, the demolition does not completely ruin lives at 1940 but a later start time and an early notice about the noise would have been fair to residents who would have preferred to avoid it. The demolition is not only a nuisance for residents but to other students as well. The attempts by the water sprinklers at keeping the dust at bay are helping, but sometimes cause more trouble by creating a mist down Liacouras Walk. The dust is also a significant problem for people trying to eat at the picnic tables by the demolition, hurting the food establishments along Liacouras Walk. While the new library is going to bring a fresh look to Temple, residents of 1940 will have to live beside demolition and construction for the next three years. The students walking through Liacouras Walk and eating at picnic tables will have to avoid mist showers and dust particles in their food. However, as I said before the demolition is not completely ruining lives. If you ask a 1940 resident about the construction you will likely get a groan and a bunch of complaints, but I think we’ll adapt. A few years from now, we might stand in the center of the new library, proud of it, forgetting all the early mornings it took to get it here. Zari Tarazona is a freshman journalism student. She can be reached at

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Vague 4chan threat causes security increase CRIME

severe injuries may be able to regain mobility and reduce pain and discomfort through therapy, and hopes to apply the results to the civilian population. -Lian Parsons

TEMPLE POLICE, OTHERS ADD SECURITY ENFORCEMENTS AT CITY UNIVERSITIES MONDAY Temple Police issued a pair of emails to the university community after the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered a vague threat in a post on 4chan, a popular imageboard website. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the university exercised caution about the threat, which stated a “fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia.” The time for the threat to be executed was 2 p.m. Monday EST, the threat read. Leone added Temple is one of many universities that prepared for the threat. Drexel University’s Public Safety issued a statement to students, faculty and staff, reminding the community about the shooting that occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon. “You’re talking a lot of territories and other universities,” Leone said. He added Temple Police increased its presence in high traffic areas around Main Campus and encouraged students, faculty and staff to report any suspicious activity. AlliedBarton was also instructed to help look for “anything suspicious,” Leone added. The FBI, Philadelphia Police and other law enforcement agencies took notice of the threat and aided in the increase in security in the city Monday, he said. “Unfortunately, this is the

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“Usually a lot of kids come in between classes but class wasn’t going,” Kwakye said. “Kids went home, or kids weren’t studying so they didn’t need as much coffee as they usually do.” Gabby Ryan, a head bartender at Maxi’s, said business was “completely dead” during the papal visit weekend, which started when students went home Thursday. Ryan said costs of keeping Maxi’s running during the weekend outweighed the decline in profits. “It cost [the owner] more for us to be here than he made all weekend,” she said. “It cost more basically to keep the lights on in this place.” “Three bartenders worked the whole weekend,” Ryan added. “Our owner actually put up money for two of



Temple University Hospital recieved the 2015 Rising Star Award in Orlando last month.

world we’re living in, so we have to be cautious,” Leone said. -Steve Bohnel


A 20-year-old man was robbed by four other men early Sunday morning at the intersection of 17th and Jefferson streets. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the complainant, who is not a student, was at the aforementioned location when four men approached him. One of the men displayed a silver-colored handgun, demanding the man’s belongings, Leone said. The 20-year-old gave the men his cell phone and $26.

our cooks to stay at the Conwell Inn all weekend because they live in Jersey and they wouldn’t be able to get across the bridge.” Not everybody decided to risk staying open. Feio Alzlvski, owner of Fame’s Famous Pizza, said the business was shut down because of the projected lack of revenue. The inactivity on campus was something he had never experienced, Alzlvski added. “I saw shuttle buses, but didn’t see nobody around,” he said. “I’ve been here 30 years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen that.” Kwakye said Saxbys weekend employees resorted to crafts to keep busy during the lull by writing quotes on the cups and decorating the store. During normal hours, Saxbys operates until 10 p.m. on the weekend. But during the papal visit, Kwakye said the coffee shop closed as early

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their campus.” The health risks of cigarettes like lung disease, strokes and heart attacks are drilled into kids through programs like Breathe PA starting at a young age. However, many freshmen pick up smoking soon after starting college. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites that 18.7 percent of adults between the ages of 18-24 smoke, a number the Temple Wellness Center estimates to reflect the percentage of smokers on Temple’s campus as well. “My major is really stressful ... [smoking] is a distraction,” said Tori Cookson, a freshman nursing major who started smoking shortly after starting college. “I don’t think I’m addicted, it’s just a mental thing to subconsciously take away stress.” Senior criminal justice major Sam Mckee agreed with Cookson, adding smoking is a

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Leone added the armed individual was about 5-feet-9 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a light-colored hoodie. The other three suspects were all last seen wearing dark hoodies. All four men appeared to be in their late teens to early 20s, Leone said. Tipsters should contact Temple Police at 215-204-1234. -Steve Bohnel


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PILOTS NEW ‘MIRROR THERAPY’ Dr. Eric Altschuler, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the School of Medicine, is conducting a pilot research

as 6 p.m. Kwakye added on a typical day, Saxbys receives more than 1,000 orders. On the Friday before Pope Francis came to Philadelphia, the shop received about 600 orders, she said. Saxbys also served a different crowd during the papal visit. Instead of college students, baristas helped more international customers, whether for coffee, or to help with directions, Kwakye said. Two weeks after the Pope’s visit, businesses on campus are still slowly recuperating from the financial break due to students catching up on schoolwork, Ryan said. Ultimately, Ryan said most businesses thought sales would increase because of the influx of people in the city. Now, those same establishments will prepare for future events that could decrease sales around campus. “Everybody, I feel like in

strong social activity. “I was playing in bands and it’s the reverse end of society, so I kind of did it for the social aspect,” Cookson said. “And I’ve found it to be a good stress reliever.” Recognizing the potential gains from smoking, Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue approved a $2 cigarette tax enacted Oct. 1 2014. This extra cigarette revenue is goes toward the Philadelphia school system. The tax has also decreased the number of packs bought per month. The revenue cigarettes brought in went from $8.1 million before the tax to $5.7 million in August of this year. Horwath said new walkways can serve as a solution to cleaning up cigarette butts, one of the big issues associated with smoking on Main Campus. “Cigarette butts land in between brickwork,” he said. “If you look in front of [Alter and Speakman halls], the design of the new walkways makes it easier for facilities to clean up those walk spaces.” Ben Palestino, executive communications

study that utilizes mirrors to lessen pain in injured veterans, according to a university press release. “Mirror therapy” uses a mirror to display a reflection of the patient’s healthy limb where the injured limb would be. When the patient moves the healthy limb, the mirror gives the optical illusion of the injured limb moving in tandem. This illusion prompts the brain into believing the injured limb is functioning normally. The therapy can reduce pain and spasms in the injured limb. The study will focus on combat veterans with complex orthopedic and peripheral nerve injuries, as well as continuous pain and discomfort that inhibits their lives. The study will be held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland over a span of eight weeks. Altschuler suspects people with

Temple University Hospital was presented with the 2015 Rising Star Award award at the University HealthSystem Consortium Annual Conference 2015 in Orlando, Florida. TUH is one of only three hospitals in the country to earn the award, which honors academic medical centers that have made significant improvements in their annual rankings in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study. TUH scored in the top 10th percentile in three out of the six performance categories on UHC’s 2015 Quality and Accountability Performance Scorecard, including clinical effectiveness, efficiency and equity of care. TUH was also in the top 25th percentile in the mortality and safety categories. TUH earned a four-star rating out of a maximum of five stars. “Honors such as the UHC’s 2015 Rising Star Award can only be achieved by physicians and staff who have made a commitment to high-performance healthcare that improves positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said TUH President and CEO John Kastanis, said in a press release. “This is the kind of commitment that earns distinction at the national level and will solidify Temple University Hospital’s continued success. -Lian Parsons


Saxbys on Main Campus received more than 400 fewer orders Sept. 25 due to the papal visit.

the service industry, thought … it was going to be a, ‘You’re going to make a lot of money this weekend, there’s going to

be a lot of people in the city,’” Ryan said. “I feel like if I had just known it was going to be what it was, I would have bet-

Most people who are “ going to smoke know the risks of smoking by this age.

Molly Driscoll | assistant program coordinator for Mental Heath, Alcohol and other Drugs and Interpersonal Violence

director of Temple Student Government, said one of the ways to combat this litter is through student response on social media. TSG has a Snapchat students can send pictures to so the problem can be addressed, he said. Temple’s Wellness Center has a variety of alcohol and drug cessation programs, but the only cigarette cessation program to be found is not located on Temple’s campus.


ter prepared financially.” *

Senior public health major Molly Driscoll, assistant program coordinator for Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs and Interpersonal Violence with the Wellness Resource Center, is interested in starting support groups. “Most people who are going to smoke know the risks of smoking by this age,” Driscoll said. “Cessation is much more of an issue than prevention.” One of the programs Driscoll said she has considered is “collegiate smoke out” days. These days would be designated to help smokers quit smoking and see the immediate benefits of doing so. While Temple may not become a smokefree campus, steps could be taken to help reduce the practice in certain areas, Horwath said. “What I envision, and what I see TSG working towards is creating smoke-free zones,” he said. “So areas like the upper-terrace level of Gladfelter, those are areas we can slowly make smoke-free.” *


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Tonight at 7 p.m. students can listen to a speech by former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, followed by a Q&A. PAGE 16





Death and religion studied in course, confronting an uncomfortable topic “Death and Dying” discusses death and the unfamiliarity of the afterlife.


Amy Defibaugh, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts, teaches “Death and Dying,” a course focusing on cultural aspects of death and bereavement.



my Defibaugh wants to talk about death. “Death is very real, very emotional and very stressful—why not wrap your head around it?” said Defibaugh, who teaches “Death and Dying,” a three-credit course in Temple’s religion department. This class is a requirement for religion majors and an upper-level elective for all students.

This course touches on areas like politics and culture, but through the lens of death, and even some of the more outlandish topics involving death. “The first half of the class talks about religious [death] traditions and the second half of the class focuses on social and political issues in the United States, so we talk about euthanasia, suicide and sometimes zombies,” Defibaugh said. “Death and Dying” also goes in-depth about how individuals and their loved ones prepare for death differently in religions like Christianity, Ju-

daism and Islam. In much the same way different religions handle death, the multiple sections for the course and their professors also approach the topic in a variety of ways. “The beauty of this course is that each professor teaches “Death and Dying” differently,” Defibaugh said. She and her 25 students learn about the grieving process after losing a pet, based on her experiences as a lead facilitator for a grief support group




Face value of trustworthiness

Voice for anti-gun violence movement

Brian Holtz determined what helps people to trust someone. By HENRY SAVAGE The Temple News

Abigail Thibeault, a Temple alumna, supports youth rights.

and New Jersey. As an undergrad at Davidson College, Thibeault conducted research on women and gun violence. At Temple, she knew she wanted to do work in juvenile law

When most people think of someone they trust, it’s usually someone they have known for a long time and have developed a relationship with through shared experiences. But research by a Temple assistant professor says otherwise. Brian Holtz, an assistant professor at the Fox School of Business’ human resource management department, recently concluded through three different studies that CEOs with specific facial features are deemed as more trustworthy and are less likely to receive blame for a company’s financial misfortunes. The first study, hosted at, surveyed 609 adults, around 80 percent of whom were employed. The participants were asked to read a short bio of an employer they were to imagine themselves working for, alongside a photo of the employer purposely chosen to look “trustworthy” or “untrust-



By DELIALAH BURNS The Temple News For Abigail Thibeault, a Temple Law graduate, her passion for the anti-gun violence movement was “something that kind of fell” in her lap. Ever since high school, she was always interested in gun policy. Her goal is to bring awareness to and conduct research about the anti-gun violence movement, as well as become a juvenile advocate for adoptions, custody hearings and rights of youth. Thibeault, who also served as the president of Temple’s Stu-


Abigail Thibeault, a recent graduate from Temple’s Beasley School of Law, works to prevent gun violence.

dent Public Interest Network, is now an Emerging Leader Fellow with the Stoneleigh Foundation, which financially supports organizations that speak about important issues, particularly with youth. As a fellow, she is also working with CeaseFirePA, a local group stand-

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ing against gun violence. Thibeault said she has had an “eclectic background” as a child, having lived in various states like Washington, New Jersey and Virginia. She decided to attend law school at Temple to be close to her family who lives in Philadelphia






History exhibit of papal proportions A Temple student built an exhibit on Philadelphia’s last papal visit in 1979. By COURTNEY REDMON The Temple News In light of Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia, one Temple student was given the opportunity to research and create an exhibit from start to finish, surrounding the 1979 visit from Pope John Paul II. Angela Indik, a 44-year-old American studies major with a history minor, was tasked with the project while interning at the Philadelphia City Archives this past summer. Indik said the exhibit started as a suggestion from her supervisor. “They only have the one exhibit when you go in the reading room, and it’s only one subject,” Indik said. “She felt doing something on Pope John Paul II would be very topical in light of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit. … I thought so too.” Through her findings, which included official documents, photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia, Indik built an exhibit that focuses mainly on the two

masses—one for the public, one private for the clergy—that took place during Pope John Paul II’s visit. The public Mass took place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, much like Pope Francis’ public Mass in late September. “The research was really fascinating, because it was such a big event,” Indik said. “Just learning what went into it leading up to the visit and all the controversy surrounding was so interesting.” As one can imagine, the cost of hosting the Pope is pretty high. For Pope Francis’ visit, city officials set a budget of $45 million at the World Meeting of Families conference, according to the Associated Press. Of that, $12 million was planned to be allocated to policing, traffic and crowd control, fire and emergency medical response and other crucial city upkeep. The state spent roughly $9 million in federal funding for National Guard personnel; the Secret Service, however, paid far less, as the agency’s annual budget for National Special Security Events like a papal visit is $4.5 million. Indik found that the funding for Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit caused similar financial controversy. “The mayor at the time, Frank Rizzo, originally was forcing the


Angela Indik recently completed an internship with the City Archives where she researched Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Philadelphia. Her work is currently on display at the Archives’ building.

City of Philadelphia to pay for the altar and stage for the public Mass with taxpayers’ money,” Indik said. “A lot of people were upset about that, and the ACLU actually ended up suing the city.” Indik said the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered to pay in the end. “Funnily enough, they’d offered to pay right off the bat, but Rizzo didn’t listen,” she added.

For Indik, the exhibit was much more than just a fascinating project—it was an exercise in archiving. “The whole internship taught me how to be an archivist, to sort through and document and preserve the historical information,” Indik said. “I had to go through boxes and files, and then I had to write things up electronically to make it easier for researchers to find certain things.”

Indik has always had an interest in history and her ancestry, and her time at Temple has really helped her dig deep into her interest. “Being at Temple, one thing leads to another, which leads to another,” Indik said. “I just get increasingly curious—there’s always so much to dig into.” *


An effort to stop hazing Students and faculty learned how to make Temple a hazing-free zone. By BRIANNA BAKER The Temple News You are locked in a basement with 40 of your peers. It’s dark, hot and cramped. Your legs shake but you are ordered not to sit, or even use the bathroom. Hours pass until the door opens and your captors descend the steps. The ritual begins. This is not the setup for a horror movie, but rather a common account of what is called “hazing.” Scenes like this occur on campuses across the country, and by partaking in National Hazing Prevention Week from Sept. 21-23, Temple tried to ensure that students do not experience anything similar. National Hazing Prevention Week, organized by, is an opportunity for schools to raise awareness about the dangers of hazing and what students and faculty can do to stop it. On Sept. 21, Temple hosted Bystander Intervention, a seminar that explained how to step in when witnessing hazing, attended by an estimated 150 students. At a luncheon on Tuesday, faculty and staff learned what role they can play in prevention. Finally, a guest speaker on Wednesday addressed a crowd of 900 club sport members in Pearson-McGonigle hall on her own hazing experience. According to, which was not involved with the event, hazing refers to “any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm.” Activities range from forced alcohol consumption to paddling to sexual assault, and often have serious consequences. The University of Maryland reports from 1970 to 2014, there has been at least one hazing-related death on a college campus each year. Though most often associated with pledging for fraternities and sororities, hazing also occurs in sports teams and clubs. The events at Temple were planned in large part by Program Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life Megan Patrick, who believes that hazing does not belong in Greek organizations. “Not only is it against the law in Pennsylvania and is against the Student Code of Conduct, but morally, it’s wrong,” Patrick said. “Specifically for fraternities and sororities, we are based on our history and our founders, and our founders certainly were not hazers.”

Still, the practice is common. A study by StopHazing found more than half of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing. “People think that you need to earn your membership—this is how [seniors] demand the respect of the freshmen,” Patrick said. “People try to mask it as tradition and use that as an excuse.” Sophomore architecture major Emma Palacio, who plays on the women’s ultimate frisbee club, attended the Wednesday meeting and has a different theory about why hazing persists. “It’s a superiority kind of thing,” Palacio said. “Everyone goes through being objectified in that way. With sports, some are more aggressive than others.” Palacio said she has not experienced hazing during her time participating in Temple sports. In fact, to Patrick’s knowledge, there have not been any reported cases at Temple. “I think we have tough students who aren’t going to take being beaten or psychologically [abused],” Patrick said. “We have a committed faculty to make sure that it’s not accepted.” Senior computer science major, president of the Multicultural Greek Council and member of Delta Chi Psi Alexander Tran said the organizations in which he is involved have no tolerance for hazing or abuse. “We’re about brotherhood and community, and creating a place where people feel safe and like they belong,” Tan said. “Hazing does not fit into that environment.” Despite this positive outlook, hazing’s more discrete forms may be going undetected. On its website, Colgate University describes a “subtle” category of hazing that includes manipulation and emotional torment, but is usually seen as harmless. Palacio was surprised to learn Wednesday’s guest speaker was not aware she was being hazed until after the fact. “It brought to my attention the mental side of it,” she said. Still, many agree that more needs to be done to raise awareness beyond the designated National Hazing Prevention Week. “Hazing right now isn’t a sexy topic,” Patrick said. “Until it becomes a topic of conversation that everyone is willing to breach, it’s probably going to continue.” * Editor’s note: Michaela Winberg, assistant Lifestyle editor for The Temple News, is a member of the women’s ultimate frisbee club. She did not contribute in the reporting of this article.


Ashley Greco (left) has her resume critiqued in an event organized by Temple SWE, Engineers without Borders and Theta Tau.

Engineering group supports inclusivity Temple’s Society of Women Engineers is attending a national engineering conference. By LINDSAY HARGRAVE The Temple News The women in the engineering field know what it’s like to be outnumbered. In 2013, 14.8 percent of engineers in the United States were women, according to the National Science Foundation. That’s why Temple’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, a national organization for the advancement and support of women in engineering and other STEM careers, aims to provide its student members with networking and career preparation opportunities. From Oct. 22-24, the group will send 11 delegates to WE15, an international conference hosted by SWE in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will have more than 250 of the best engineering companies that are interested in hiring and empowering female engineers, providing the delegates with opportunities to network with influential companies and potential employers. Last year, six Temple SWE members attended the northeastern regional conference, hosted by Drexel University in Philadelphia. “What sparked us going to the national conference [was] basically the regional,” said Pauline Rusciano, a senior mechanical engineering major and the president of SWE. Networking with companies has proven to be just as important prior to the conference as well. Companies like Lockheed Martin have stepped in as sponsors of Temple SWE for events like sending students to the national conference, but the group has also used fundraising methods like bake sales and Doors of Clubs, which is an organization fundraising website where companies can view profiles and donate to organizations of their choosing. The organization also hosts events like talks on how to dress professionally, teaching the basics of LinkedIn and resume builders. SWE accepts students in non-STEM majors, like speech pathology,

social work and advertising, in addition to male students, looking for career skills and support. “We don’t discriminate, like, we accept males,” Rusciano said. “If they support women in engineering, and they’re all for us, then they’re welcome to join.” This year, SWE started up a mentor program, in which a freshman girl would be matched with a junior or senior mentor in the engineering field to help them with academics and navigating the world of engineering as a woman. Deven Strabala, the vice president of Temple SWE, noted the difficulties with being a woman in the field of engineering. “It’s weird how different it is being a male engineer and a female engineer; we go through a lot of different stuff,” said Strabala, a junior mechanical engineering major. “Personally, I worked at a construction company that had a lot of older guys, and they were very set in their ways with how females should be throughout the office. They thought that females should have an [administrative] or an office manager type title, like they weren’t suited for engineering.” “A lot of the guys would want to take over the work that I was given because they didn’t think I could handle it, or they would just rather do it themselves,” she added. It is because of common experiences like these an organization like SWE took shape across the country as a space for women engineers to share ideas and support each other. “Everybody is friends and everybody tries to help one another,” Strabala said. While many companies and organizations have contacted Temple SWE recently looking to donate for the students to attend the conference, Strabala mentioned the effort that has been made on their part in preparing. “We’ve really worked hard to get where we are,” Strabala said. “Right now all eleven girls are going ... and this is going to be a free trip. Last semester, I think we only had $36 in our bank account. It’s just such a drastic change.” *



A new exhibit in Dilworth Park, featuring a display from video artist group Klip Collective, asked Philadelphia artists to re-purpose Red Bull cans into artwork. PAGE 10

The Pulaski Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway honored Philadelphia’s Polish heritage with marching bands and other performers, all dressed in red and white. PAGE 12






RESTAURANTS UNDERWHELMED FOLLOWING PAPAL WEEKEND Despite the large influx of tourists, local restaurants reported slow business and financial losses during Pope Francis’ stay in Philadelphia.




Camae Ayewa runs ROCKERS!, a monthly showcase for diversity in the arts.

Through music, artist speaks out Musician Camae Ayewa aims to keep Philadelphia concerts diverse with social activism. By EMILY SCOTT The Temple News Musician Camae Ayewa just played the worst show of her career. A concert-goer kept blowing smoke in Ayewa's face after she asked the audience member to stop. Threatening messages were scribbled in spray paint on the venue’s wall. But these issues just pushed her forward. As the founder of monthly music showcase ROCKERS!, which aims to create opportunities for females and minorities in punk, Ayewa felt the bad show was a reminder of why ROCKERS! is so important. Music and activism have always gone hand in hand for the Philly musician. Growing up, Ayewa “liked a lot of political music” and the soul music she listened to as a child “spoke about issues in the world.” “I could see myself in the music,” Ayewa said. Ayewa, who performs in group Mighty Paradocs and solo as Moor Mother Goddess, noticed there were no opportunities for female musicians in punk and the majority of bands were not of color. To help bring together these groups who felt like “outcasts,” Ayewa created ROCKERS! in 2007 to showcase diverse musicians and artists. As ROCKERS! developed, Ayewa decided to create a weekend festival named Rockers BBQ Weekend to thank people for their years of support. It began as a four-day festival that included music, yoga, film showcases and poetry readings

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at local venues like Boot and Saddle. Ayewa tries to innovate further with the event every year, but describes her sentiment as “jaded.” “It’s all of this hard work with no salary, but it is all about what is important to you and what you choose to sacrifice,” Ayewa said. Sustaining ROCKERS! over the years has been difficult, she said. But with the help of her friends, like alumna Rasheedah Phillips, she has been able to continue. Phillips is the creator of AfroFuturist Affair, a community organization created to promote Afrofuturism through creative writing and events. Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural concept that focuses on science fiction and afrocentricity to present current issues people of color face. Ayewa is the organization’s coordinator. “Her ability to synthesize all these different topics and find a connection between Afrofuturism and present it in both a literary and musical sense has been really valuable to my creative practice,” said Phillips, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in criminal justice. To keep up her own creativity, Ayewa began her solo project under the moniker Moor Mother Goddess two years ago. “It’s a lot of things. It’s electronic, hip-hop, poetry, Afrofuturist sounds,” Ayewa said. “So since it has been so many things, I’ve had trouble getting across what it is I do.” She has released 24 EP’s since


isitors who came to see the Pope Sept. 26 and 27 apparently weren't interested in stopping for pancakes and scrapple before seeing him. An expected crowd of more than 1 million people left Philadelphia restaurants scrambling to prepare—although some venues were left overstocked instead of overwhelmed. “We did half the business that we normally do,” said Mounir Draissi, the general manager of brunch at Sabrina’s Café at 1804 Callowhill St. “The regulars were not here. And, we are a destination. People drive to get to us.” Driving wasn’t a viable option throughout the papal weekend due to transportation and security restrictions that kept Philadelphia restaurant workers at the edges of bar stools and banquette seats throughout the summer. In early August, the city announced the traffic box—later renamed the Francis Festival Grounds. Center City was closed to traffic from river to river, South Street to the north border that ran along Spring Garden until 12th Street, up


Amanda Woodward, (right), dines with friends Thomas Krauss and Sean Cassidy at Café Lift, a brunch spot in Center City that expected more customers.

Ridge Avenue, and continued along Girard Avenue to end in Fairmount Park. Restrictions on roads and transportation left most restaurants inside the box asking a lot of questions about how they were going to stay open during the papal visit. “Starting a support group for Philly restaurant operators freaking out about the Pope zone, Pope fence, getting deliveries, and sheltering staff,” Federal Donuts tweeted Aug. 5. One of their locations is in Center City. The World Meeting of Families

and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia promoted the hashtag #OpeninPHL and encouraged restaurants to promote their ability to feed, clothe and sell Pope-themed souvenirs to locals and visitors alike. “I’ve never seen as many people as I saw over the weekend,” Draissi said. “There were a lot of people walking around, but nobody coming in. People are used to the freshness of Sabrina’s, so we threw out a lot of stuff. It definitely cost a lot of money.”



With food, a system critiqued Abby Elizabeth Schmidt creates portraits from tiny grains to raise awareness for agricultural issues. By CASEY MITCHELL The Temple News Abby Elizabeth Schmidt spends 25 to 75 hours meticulously positioning hundreds to thousands of grains of rice, barley, wheat and corn kernels to formulate a single piece of art. Schmidt hopes to use the medium of art as a way to draw attention to controversial food industry practices like genetic modification, pesticides and factory farming. Some of her work is currently on display at Paradigm Gallery on 4th Street near Fitzwater in a solo show entitled "Subsidized Starvation," which runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 17. “The food industry is evolving and I would argue that it's not for the better,” Schmidt said. Schmidt has always strived to be conscious of her food choices. The evolving world of agribusiness and its politics are a concern that hits home for the mother of a 3-year-old son. “Abby tells stories through her art in a way that relates to children, that's what makes it so horrifying,” said Sara McCorriston, a co-owner of Paradigm Gallery. One of Schmidt’s pieces entitled “Dirty Thirties: Part 1” captures Dust-Bowl-era children standing on a porch framed by barren surroundings, with an abandoned farm in the backdrop. The piece portrays Schmidt's view of the current system of agriculture— genetically engineered foods and pesticides that create an apocalyptic world where nothing grows. “I can see similarities between what happened dur-


ing the 1930s and what is happening now,” Schmidt said. The namesake piece of her collection, “Subsidized Starvation,” depicts an emaciated boy drinking a can of Coca-Cola. Schmidt wanted to highlight how processed foods take a toll on health in the form of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Though these issues are not necessarily related to starvation, Schmidt wanted to feature how bodies fueled on empty, processed calories are still malnour-

The food industry is “ evolving and I would argue that it’s not for the better.” Abby Elizabeth Schmidt | artist

ished. Schmidt’s past pieces include one utilizing miniature toy soldiers to spotlight the children of war-torn countries. But her current focus reflects how food is an important part of everyday life ultimately taken for granted. People largely ignore how food gets to their plate, so it's easy to negate the consequences of “our subconscious decisions,” Schmidt said. The concern for ethically-produced food extends past the gallery. Rad Dish is a student-run co-op on Main Campus that sources all food consciously. Cofounder Lauren Troop said the project took root when students became aware of the food system in Philadel-






Public art lights up Dilworth Park The 2015 Red Bull exhibition brought an array of artists to Philadelphia. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News When William Penn designed Philadelphia, he envisioned five public squares that still serve as some of the city's busiest hubs. Video artist and Klip Collective co-founder Ricardo Rivera drew inspiration from those same squares in a way that Penn might not have anticipated in the 17th century: adding larger-than-life video clips and Red Bull cans. “It’s all kind of based on the sacred geometry of the architecture, and the original city plan of Philadelphia,” Rivera said. Rivera centered the installation around five Red Bull cans meant to represent Rittenhouse, Logan, Washington, Franklin and “Centre” squares, the latter being the area where City Hall and Dilworth Park stand today. The interactive light installation is Klip Collective’s contribution to the Red Bull “Art of Can” exhibit. Each piece is composed of or inspired by a Red Bull can. This fall, the public event is drawing artists from around the country and displaying the pieces in the makeshift outdoor gallery of Dilworth Park.

Under the direction of New Creatures, a creative organization that produces live interactive experiences, the exhibit has transformed Dilworth Park into a maze of cubicles, immersing audience members in a gallery setting while keeping them in the apex of the city. “We didn’t want to take away from what the experience was already in this plaza, it’s pretty beautiful, it’s pretty brand new, so we thought we would just kind of look at the environment ... and then give people this kind of explore-atyour-own pace so you can just kind of walk around, breeze by, you can really go in-depth, go inside the cubes, check out the art,” New Creatures’ executive producer Ajamu White said. Klip Collective’s installation entails a knob-and-button console that allows audience members to control up to 25 clips, all of which will be projected onto the front of City Hall. A longtime resident of Philadelphia, Rivera said his knowledge of the city’s history helped him create the idea and propose it to Red Bull. “It’s cool that we’re bringing one of our most coveted buildings to life, so it’s an honor for me to do this, something I always wanted to do,” Rivera said. For Rivera, projecting media art onto the sides of buildings is nothing new. He founded the organization with photographer Pier Nicola


Children Mayson Ritchie (left), Taylor Trojan and Catherine Trojan work with Thomas Roland, Klip Collective art director, on the interactive light and music performance at Dilworth Park as part of the Red Bull Art of Can opening Oct. 3.

D’Amico in 2003 with the intent of pushing the boundaries of film installation art past the usual museum and gallery settings. Klip Collective has projected its light and film productions onto an array of backdrops, like the Barnes Foundation, a 100-acre trail through the Longwood Gardens and even Temple’s marching band. “It doesn’t make sense, but you figure it out,” Rivera said, referring to the marching band’s role in the “Temple Made” film created by Klip Collective.

Book celebrates diverse hair Alumna Andrea Pippins will release an adult coloring book on the beauty of women’s hair this November.

One sculptural piece by local artist Lucy Pistilli used the aluminum of the Red Bull can as a material to etch upon. “Looking at the work, it brings to mind issues of sustainability, repurposing of the material, which I think is important for all of us to think about,” Enright said. Enright viewed and judged the submitted works at the Arch Enemy Arts Gallery and Boutique on Arch Street near Front during the summer. He was accompanied by other judges with ties to the city and its art scene, like James Claiborne, a curator and communi-


identity, a status in society. Hair was sacred to imperial Africans, a source of power. 'Hair Story' wanted non-black people to understand and really learn about the black culture. We wanted to share the positive and important aspect of history, one of pride not one of shame.” The issues surrounding Black hair continue today, with negative implications like the term "nappy." Tharps said there is a constant need to explain black hair, because it's "different from white hair." Tharps wanted readers to understand the physicality of how African Americans deal with their hair as well as the meaning behind it. "It has negative connotations because of our tight coils, because it's not long, flowy, blonde," Tharps said. "It's been used as an ugly insult because everyone wants long hair like European hair. Different doesn’t have to be negative. Different is different.” *


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Alumna Andrea Pippins created an adult coloring book about the diversity of women’s hair.

cations specialist for the "Visit Philadelphia" campaign. Claiborne said the city’s “resurgence” has made it an ideal place for Red Bull to organize the Art of Can exhibition. “I’m hoping that it makes people curious about what else is happening around town and how they can actively engage in the larger cultural community,” Claiborne said. The exhibit will run until Oct 8.


11th Hour Theatre Company showcases seldom-seen musicals in its new season.

By DRUI CALDWELL The Temple News A Tyler alumna's new coloring book, "I Love My Hair," will feature artistic designs of women's hair, celebrating each individual's beauty. Pippins, a 2009 Tyler alumna with a degree in graphic design, will release the book on Nov. 10. The concept behind the book came from I LOVE MY HAIR, a campaign Pippins created in graduate school to encourage African American women to love their natural hair. “I’d been wanting to do a coloring book, so when I met an art director at Random House, I sent her some coloring book ideas, none of which had anything to do with hair,” Pippins said. “After looking at my artwork, she responded back asking if I’d be interested in doing a coloring book about hair, and I thought it was a great idea.” Her coloring book will feature hairstyles like braids and mohawks with stylish accessories. Pippins sees hair as a way to embellish women, add to their confidence and create a certain desired look. As a designer, Pippins creates digital and screen-printed artwork where she delves into color, patterns and texture—just like hair. But Pippins doesn't think a hairstyle defines a woman. "I think hair is something that can make a statement or add to someone's style, or be something that is just fun to play with—but I don't think it defines a person," Pippins said. "Just as clothes or body parts wouldn't.” Pippins wants women of all different races and hair textures to embrace their hair. Lori Tharps, an associate professor of journalism, shares some of the same beliefs. Tharps co-authored “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America” in 2001. “We wanted to explore the history, culture and politics of black hair in society," Tharps said. “In Africa, hair stood as the source of

Using video clips of students and alumni, Klip’s project launched the Temple Made campaign in 2012. While Klip Collective’s installation is an eye-catching piece of the exhibit, other submissions have proven to be different, despite having the same inspiration. Michael Enright, a University of the Arts alumnus and adjunct animation professor at the Pratt Institute, participated on the panel of judges for the exhibition. Enright was particularly impressed with the submissions that explored the actual science of Red Bull.

“The 11th Hour” is the final hour before a deadline. 11 years ago, this expression was the last thing members of a soon-to-be theater company thought of when trying to name their group. Today, 11th Hour is preparing for its fourth Next Step Concert Series. With only 20 hours of rehearsal time, the production is a testament to the company’s name. Running November through June, the series involves staged readings of new and unknown musicals, offering a theatrical experience unlike most blockbuster productions. “As a company, we always strive to create story-driven musicals,” co-founder and artistic director Michael O’Brien said. “It’s never about spectacle for us. It’s about the content.” The concert series was established to shed light on new and seldom seen works. Prior to the birth of the concert series, the company aimed at producing three full-length shows per season. During this strenuous process, the company found themselves sacrificing the quality of the work and not concentrating on shows they truly wanted to feature. The Next Step Concert Series was the solution. “[Starting the series] made a huge impact on the company, because it allowed us to produce all season long … it also allowed us to really take risks,” O’Brien said. The company works under the Actors' Equity Association contract for 29-hour readings, sparing them just 20 hours of preparation for one concert with the other nine dedicated to the performances themselves. “It’s actually a blessing to have these intense, 20-hour rehearsals,” 11th Hour cofounder, resident director and sister to Mi-

chael, Megan O’Brien said. “It forces everyone to trust their instincts and to rely on each other.” Although the company works through limited rehearsal hours, the musicals are decided nearly a year before the series begins. At the beginning of every year, four of the company’s core producers and founders congregate, each offering a prospective musical to be featured in the series. The four different musicals are then showcased. The Next Step Concert Series includes a medley of musicals, varying from Tonyawarding winning works like “Big Fish,” to musicals still in development. The productions feature an accompanying five-piece band and intricate lighting elements. This season, which coincidentally is its 11th, entails exceptional risk because for the first time the series is featuring two new musicals, “Factory Girls” and “Big Red Sun,” cultivated through the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. While working with new musicals in a narrow timeframe, the editing process unfolds as the show carries on its three-day run. “Doing new productions allows the audience to see a work in progress, while also allowing us to test out material,” Michael O’Brien said. Although the series doesn’t encompass fully-produced shows with costumes and sets, the actors are not bound by script books and music stands. “We strive to show what musical theater can be, showing that it’s not just about singing and dancing, but it’s much more about the acting,” Michael O’Brien said. Megan O’Brien added these shows in such a raw form gives audiences room to use their own imaginations, because spectacle is not the enticing element. “It’s really just the actors and their words and that strips it down to just the story we’re trying to tell,” she said. ­­ The Next Step Concert Series begins Nov. 7. *




At Oktoberfest in Munich,14 “ beer tents are placed to hold 5,000 people each, it’s a sea of people. That was our vision for this year’s event.

Joshua Mann | alumnus and Frankford Hall general manager


Beer lovers gathered on Frankford Avenue on Sept. 19th for Frankford Hall and Fette Sau’s Oktoberfest.

Festival brings German culture to Frankford Hall The modern German beer garden in Fishtown held its largest Oktoberfest Sept. 19. By MADISON HALL The Temple News On a busy Fishtown street, Frankford Hall was alive with music and dance in a celebration of German culture during its annual Oktoberfest block party. In business since 2011, Joshua Mann said Frankford Hall is not a typical sports bar. “We want it to mean everything to everybody, both children and adults," said general manager and 2007 Tourism and Hospitality Management alumnus, Joshua Mann. Fishtown provided an “eclectic space with good organic growth” to open Frankford Hall, Mann said. As the tradition of Oktoberfest became popular throughout Philadelphia, the venue started throwing an authentic Oktoberfest, inspired by the city of Munich, Germany. Every year the event has gotten bigger and better, Mann said. For the first time, this year’s Oktoberfest was held in a 200-foot tent similar to the ones used at festival's in Munich. “At Oktoberfest in Munich, 14 beer tents are placed to hold 5,000 people each, it’s a sea of people. That was our vision for this year’s event,” Mann said. This year's Oktoberfest also featured the addition of a 100-foot bar that sold authentic German beer, including ales from Paulaner Brewery. Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall is a free event for children and adults. Children enjoyed the carnival atmosphere with games of basketball, skeeball, pony rides and music. The menu, inspired by German street food, included Bavarian pretzels, bratwursts and roasted peanuts. Attendees, including neighborhood resident Petra Artz, celebrated their German culture by wearing the traditional dirndl and lederho-


Festival-goers dressed in traditional attire to attend Frankford Hall, showcasing German dancing and music.

sen. The dirndl is a woman’s working dress consisting of a close-fitting bodice and a colorful, patterned full skirt. Men wear lederhosen, leather shorts with suspenders. “Everyone wears the dirndl or lederhosen,” Artz said of German Oktoberfests. “They know you are American if you are not wearing one.” Having the opportunity to live in Germany for a year, Artz experienced the roots of Oktoberfest for herself. “It’s the same style of music, except people are usually standing on tables dancing,” Artz said. A German Oompah band, Ja Ja Jas, performed everything from traditional music to pop. G.T.V. Almrausch, America’s oldest German dance group, entertained the crowd

with their dancing. Felicia Graumann, an alumna of Temple’s graduate program, joined G.T.V. three years ago to honor her German heritage. “My undergraduate professor at Rowan [University] introduced me to G.T.V Almrausch,” Graumann said. “Last year, we danced at Oktoberfest in Germany.” Graumann said that Philadelphia embraces the same communal feeling as Germany. “Oktoberfest brings everyone together to celebrate,” Graumann said. “It’s a big part of the German culture.” *


Petra Artz (left), and Isaac Babik enjoy Frankford Hall’s Oktoberfest.

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Sabrina’s Café is located two blocks north of Logan Square and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the location of Pope Francis’ Mass Sep. 27. A block west of Sabrina’s is Pizzeria Vetri at 1939 Callowhill St., which experienced

customers craving food different than the usual pies. “We tried to make it a little more approachable,” said assistant general manager Suzanne Rossini. “We had more pepperoni pizza and we did sell a few more slices than we generally do. We had a lot of takeout sales. We expected that.” Rossini said the pizzeria was busy over the weekend due to its proximity to the action. On the other side of Broad Street, 20

pounds of leftover coffee signified a slow weekend for brunch hotspot Café Lift. “The OpeninPHL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter has been pretty helpful,” general manager and former Temple student Julia Giardina said a couple days before the papal visit. “We’ve also had a lot of people calling here asking if we’re open. I think people are interested in coming out.” After the weekend, Giardina said Café Lift had 30 percent of its usual business Saturday,

but did manage to get slightly busier on Sunday. “It was a huge bust,” Giardina said. “I think everyone who lives here and works here fled the city. It’s honestly a shame. I just wish that the city of Philadelphia engaged everyone here instead of scaring them all away.” *





The Pulaski Day Parade was held Oct. 4 in honor of revolutionary war hero, Casimir Pulaski. The Polish celebration began between 20th and 22nd streets on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, continuing around Logan Circle. The parade featured high school marching bands, sports clubs, the Polish American String Band and the Polish Legion. Red and white clothes, flags and costumes were popular with performers on the Parkway as the Pulaski Day Parade kicked off Polish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated annually in October.






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phia. “These students wanted to create awareness on campus to change the way we think about food,” Troop said. Another project encouraging knowledge of consumption-related issues is Temple's Food Desert Challenge. A food desert is an area with very limited access to fresh, affordable and nutritious foods. People in these areas are limited to less-nutritious, cheaper food options,


like fast food. The Food Desert Challenge was created by the Office of Sustainability as a resource for faculty to use in their classes. “It gets them to think about consumption and food waste,” Office of Sustainability program manager Katherine Elmhurst said. “It was developed as a way for students to learn the challenges of living on $4.50 per day.” “We should pay more attention to what we're eating and have a greater role in the food process,” Schmidt said. *

Roman poet Ovid’s classic myths are translated from their 2000-year-old pages onto the stage of the Arden Theatre in the Tony Award-winning play “Metamorphoses.” In Mary Zimmerman’s renowned production, a rippling, onstage pool acts as the center of a story where Gods and mortals coexist. The show is running at the F. Otto Stage of the Arden through Nov. 1. Tickets range from $36-$50. -Grace Maiorano THOMAS JOYCE TTN

Abby Elizabeth Schmidt’s set of icons is displayed in “Subsidized Starvation.”

Creating a culture of diversity in punk music I am an obsessive maker of “ things. I have to make music and get this message out right now.”

ARTIST COMPARES URBAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN NEW EXHIBIT To celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, the Old City Jewish Arts Center is currently displaying works that represent the Jewish population in Philadelphia and New York City. “Brooklyn & Philadelphia” includes the paintings of William Kosman, a Philadelphia-based artist who explored the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn and various parts of Philadelphia. The side-by-side imagery of New York and Philadelphian life gives viewers a sense of the similarities and differences between the city’s religious communities. “Brooklyn & Philadelphia” will remain on display for the rest of October. -Angela Gervasi


Camea Ayewa | musician

OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day event, will come to Philadelphia Sunday. Several blocks of Philly’s “Gayborhood” will be closed to traffic for the event, beginning at 7 a.m., including 12th and 13th, between Walnut and Pine and Locust and Spruce between 11th and Broad. Philadelphia was one of the first cities to host block parties and showcase the LGBTQIA community. The event is free and runs from noon to 6 p.m. -Emily Scott



Camae Ayewa, an Philadelphia artist and advocate for diversity in the arts, sits outside her home in Strawberry Mansion.

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she began performing solo, and her upcoming album will feature some of her live music. “I am an obsessive maker of things,” Ayewa said. “I have to make music and get this message out right now.” The messages behind Moor Mother Goddess are not always political. In some instances, she said she wants to take the listener places through memory. “It’s kind of nostalgia,” Ayewa said. “I am trying to take you places without having to go there naturally. My music is a collage of everything: life sounds, your

neighborhood, the sounds of people tap dancing.” Ayewa hopes to complete her new album once she can take a break from touring. “I’ve been waiting my whole life to create something,” Ayewa said. “It took me so long to be in a band. I’ve been thinking about this stuff for so long, but never had the access or materials. I just got my first laptop in December.” “After this album drops, everything is going to be a lot angrier, about the system and what women are going through,” Ayewa added. “I know that’s a lot of pressure, but I have been waiting my whole life for this record.” *

Kurt Vile & The Violators will perform a sold-out show at Union Transfer Friday. Formerly a member of indie rock group The War On Drugs, Vile is on tour for his sixth solo album, “b’lieve I’m goin down ...” The night’s opening acts include Philly-native Waxahatchee and Nashville, Tennessee’s Luke Roberts. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. -Emily Scott

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTING ANNUAL FESTIVAL Philadelphia Film Society is hosting its 24th annual Philadelphia Film Festival Oct. 22 to Nov. 1. The festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema, featuring dozens of films from around the globe. More information on the screenings and attending filmmakers will be announced on the Philadelphia Film Society’s website. Tickets are available at Philadelphia Film Festival’s Box Office. -Jasmine Johnson JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

Camae Ayewa holds a theory book she co-wrote on Black Quantum Futurism.



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Students for Bernie Sanders organize on campus Temple Students for Bernie is in the process of becoming an official student organization, but has been active in the meantime. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News Madison Fletcher first took notice of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2010 when he filibustered a tax cut deal for more than eight hours on the Senate floor, a scene that seemed straight out of one of her favorite TV shows, “The West Wing.” “Bernie filibustered shortly after I kind of absorbed all of ‘West Wing’ for the fourth time,” said Fletcher, a graduate student in the chemistry department. She recalls drawing a parallel between Sanders’ passion and that of Sen. Howard Stackhouse, a fictional character who filibustered for 13 hours on the show. “I was just really, really impressed with not only what [Sanders] was saying, but the fact that this 70-yearold guy could get up there and stand for eight hours,” Fletcher said. Fletcher has followed the candidate ever since, and is now spearheading the creation of “Temple Students for Bernie Sanders” in light of his current presidential campaign. “Hopefully, by us sort of campaigning for Bernie with his messages and with his goals in mind, we can kind of wake up the student population,” said Fletcher, co-chair of the operations committee for the group. The group, led by six student co-founders, has not yet been officially recognized by Student Activities, because New Organization Registration is still underway through the first two weeks of October. Laurana Seymour, the operations committee’s other co-chair, said this registration process hasn’t stopped “TU for Bernie,” a nickname for the group, from being active. The group’s first meeting was held Sept. 23, and was announced via social media, which has been instrumental in organizing students. “The internet has helped a lot obviously,” said Seymour, a senior English major. “Facebook—that’s how we got all of the people who came to the first event.” About 36 students attended this meeting, which was held at the Rad Dish Co-op Cafe in Ritter Hall Annex, where the unofficial group will be holding its biweekly meetings until they have formal access to the Student Center. “We don’t want people to forget about it or lose interest, which can happen if you wait too long between meetings,” Seymour said.

“Hopefully, by us sort of

campaigning for Bernie ... we can kind of wake up the student population.

Madison Fletcher | co-chair of operations committee of TU for Bernie

Claire Pope, a junior social work major, attended the first “TU for Bernie” meeting, and wants to be a general member. She said she supports Sanders because all of his views line up with her own. “I like that he wants to provide free education and healthcare,” Pope said. “And he’s one of the few candidates that actually acknowledges the climate change crisis.” Many Temple students who came to the first meeting had already been involved with leafleting around Main Campus and running information tables outside of the Fresh Grocer through Philadelphia for Bernie Sanders, a grassroots movement of organizers in the city. As “TU for Bernie” becomes more active on its own, Seymour said the group hopes to set up information tables at the Bell Tower, to hold town-hall style meetings and to campaign for Sanders in the community surrounding Main Campus. “We also really want to focus on people who live in the community who are not Temple students,” Seymour said. “If we reach out to them and say ‘Hey, this is a great candidate that the news isn’t really focusing on,’ then that would be really helpful.” The group eventually wants to hold its own debate watch parties too, but in the meantime the group will be representing Sanders at the watch party being held by Temple College Democrats Oct. 13, in The Reel. Fletcher said she also hopes to get college students to be more politically active in general and to pay attention to the 2016 presidential election. “This is really important,” Fletcher said. “If we voted, we could basically get whoever we wanted elected.” The next TU for Bernie meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Rad Dish. *


Temple Students for Bernie Sanders supports Sanders for the 2016 presidential race and hosts informational meetings about his campaign.






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Study sees how facial features influence trust


Tonight at 7 p.m., students can listen to a speech by former NBA player and current sports analyst Jalen Rose. He will discuss topics like his personal life, philanthropy and athletics, followed by a Q&A session. Rose will also sign copies of his new book released today, “Got to Give the People What They Want.” Sponsored by the Main Campus Program Board, this event is taking place in the Student Center Room 200, and seating is limited. -Andrea Odjemski

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worthy” by the research team. Those reading the bios rated the employers on how much they trusted them. After the first segment, the participants read an upcoming “pay cut” plan the fake employer was going to implement for the employees because of the company’s financial situation, and again they rated the employer on fairness and how the situation was handled. Those who saw the picture of the “trustworthy” face were more forgiving toward their employer and showed sympathy toward the situation, while those who were shown the “untrustworthy” face were more likely to rate the employer poorly and see his pay cut resolution as unfair. Holtz, based on this research, studied which certain facial features made someone seem more trustworthy. “The most talked about and common sign of an untrustworthy face is a furrowed brow,” Holtz said. “Downward sloped lips, or a grimace, is often viewed as less trustworthy as well.” “The most common viewed ‘facial cue’ as trustworthy is usually a person who is considered to have a ‘baby face,’ or someone who looks very young and innocent,” he added. His main research, which he has been involved with for a decade, revolves around three core topics: trust, perception of fairness and employee behavior like time-wasting and insubordination. His interest in these subjects first started when he was stuck on the idea that certain “cues” are subjective. He is currently working on studying employee behavior. From the three studies, Holtz concluded that “fairness is in the eye of the beholder.” He said trust is established almost immediately upon meeting someone, and it can be linked directly to the way that person looks. “Neurosciences also uncovered how rapidly we shape our perceptions of others,” Holtz said. “Within milliseconds we already form a perception of a person entirely by their face.” *



Abigail Thibeault is working as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow for CeaseFirePA.

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and ultimately become a child advocate. Once that opportunity arrived at the Stoneleigh Foundation and CeaseFirePA, two organizations that supported Thibeault’s goals in anti-gun violence work, she didn’t hesitate. The research project she is currently working on, “Developing Strategies to Prevent Youth from Obtaining Illegal Firearms” will involve conducting focus groups and interviews to answer questions like, “How are youth accessing guns?” and “How are guns being sold to criminals?” in the Philadelphia Police district that covers Main Campus. “I worked with the police a lot to try and see when they apprehend individuals, specifically youth, if the officers are asking the question ‘Where are they getting

the guns?’” Thibeault said. She is also working closely with two Temple professors who will serve as her academic mentors, Marsha Zibalese-Crawford, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, and Christen Rexing, an assistant professor in health services administration and policy. CeaseFirePA applied to Stoneleigh to serve as a nonprofit host institution for several projects involving gun violence, and Thibeault’s research piqued the group’s interest when they met through the interviewing process. Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, has worked closely with Thibeault since August and believes she is very passionate about improving safety for youth in the local community. Through the work from Thibeault and other organizations, Goodman hopes the seriousness of gun violence is

emphasized throughout the country. “Gun violence is not [just] an urban problem, not a suburban problem or a black or white problem— it’s an American problem,” Goodman said. “No matter where you’re from or where you live, it does affect you.” CeaseFirePA hosted a fundraising event Sept. 29 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Carriage House to raise awareness on gun violence issues and educate younger individuals on the issues. Thibeault hopes to continue her research about anti-gun violence and support children in the city who need their voices heard. “I want to carry the work and the experience from this year into child advocacy, either working for a non-profit or for the defender that does child advocacy,” she said. *

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at the local Queenie’s Pets. “It’s different than any other classes I’m taking,” said Shaniece Hernandez, a junior psychology major. “The class gives you a different perspective by learning about other cultures.” “I like the topics we cover, it adds a broader perspective on how certain religions prepare for death,” said Chelsea Webb, a senior psychology major. During class, students discuss articles from authors who explain the funeral process in different cultures. One particular author is Amina Wadud, a feminist scholar who explains the five stages of the “hereafter” which include death, resurrection, judgement,

recompense and heaven. There will also be guest speakers throughout the semester like one who will give a lecture on death in comics, which will be open to the public. Although the class can be taken as an elective, Defibaugh heavily emphasizes that it will be writing-intensive which she feels is valuable to students willing to do the work. “I hope that they can engage in academic scholarship and critical thinking and improving their writing skills,” Defibaugh said. By the end of the semester, students are required to write a final research paper on a topic of their choice. “I leave it open so that students can pick something that they are interested in,” she said. “This is a chance for students to pick up where I

left off and discuss topics that they are interested in that I may not have covered in class.” Aaron Klapper, a senior psychology major, chose to research the afterlife among atheists. He believes the course is a time to examine what could be beyond death. Other topics students

chose to write their papers on include suicide in different time periods, near death experiences, burials in Ireland and homicide in North Philadelphia within the last ten years. “I have a general appreciation for faith,” Klapper said. “I find it inspirational and beautiful

* tatyana.turner@temple. edu


President Theobald will give his fourth annual address to the university on Thursday, hosted by the Faculty Senate. His address last year outlined many new commitments and initiatives like research and tech growth, campus development, global education for students, better meeting students’ financial needs and arts and humanities. This year’s address will take place at Mitten Hall in the Great Court from 1-2 p.m. -Lindsay Vallen


Kunal Nayyar, an alumnus most known for his role as Raj in “The Big Bang Theory,” will be at the Tomlinson Theater Friday to discuss his acting career as well as his new book, “Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You.” Nayyar studied acting at Temple and earned an MFA in 2006. He also starred in the off-Broadway production of “The Spoils.” The lecture and Q&A session will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a book signing in the Tomlinson Theater lobby at 2 p.m. -Lindsay Vallen


The university’s Diamond Marching Band will celebrate homecoming and its 90th anniversary at Xfinity Live near Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Admission will include two drinks, refreshments and Diamond Marching Band-branded gifts. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 for children 12 and under. To order tickets, visit events.temple. edu and click “Diamond Marching Band 90th Anniversary Celebration.” -Michaela Winberg


The Tyler School of Art will provide a free bus to the Studio Museum in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood Sunday. The bus will leave from Tyler at 9 a.m. and return to campus at 5:30 p.m. The main exhibit at the Studio Museum will be “Dance the Orange” by Stanley Whitney, a Tyler professor emeritus of painting and drawing. Entry to the Studio Museum is free. Students can register for tickets at Temple’s events page by clicking “Free Bus Trip to Studio Museum in Harlem NYC.” -Michaela Winberg MARGO REED TTN

In “Death and Dying,” students study how religions and cultures deal with death.

Voice of the People | JOEY RILEY

when people can see past what is beyond themselves and what they can see and perceive.” “One thing that I will take away from this course is having hope in something that is beyond this world,” he added.

Students can attend the Homecoming pageant Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. in Room 200 of the Student Center. Hosted by the Main Campus Program Board, the event will feature competitions to crown the homecoming king and queen, like a formal wear contest and a talent competition. Students can attend the Homecoming Golf Cart Parade and Pep Rally from 2:30 until 5 p.m. Friday at the Bell Tower and cheer on the football team before the game the next day. -Andrea Odjemski


“Which artist or group would you have wanted for the Homecoming concert?”






“I would definitely have to choose Led Zeppelin since I love classic rock and roll!”

“Katy Perry, she constantly does well in the music industry and would be wanted by most people here.”

“Without a doubt, it would have to be Beyonce ... her performances are amazing!





Weather conditions affect schedule 25 total points, both of which rank No. 2 in Division I. He has five game-winning goals and has registered 2.1 shots-ongoal per game which ranks No. 16 in Division I. Sanchez’s 11 goals are also tied for the most in a single season by a Temple player since Nate Webb, who also had 11 in 2003. -Dan Newhart



Junior quarterback P.J. Walker prepares to take a snap during a recent practice at Chodoff Field.


Inclement weather caused by Hurricane Joaquin altered the schedules of three teams this weekend. The field hockey team had its first Big East conference game at Old Dominion University Friday postponed indefinitely due to potential storms in Norfolk, Virginia. The men’s soccer team was also affected by the storm. The team’s game against South Florida Saturday was originally scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ambler Sports Complex. The game instead was played at nearby Villanova University at 4 p.m. At the Cissie Leary Invitational this weekend, the women’s tennis team had to play all its matches at the Hecht Tennis Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s indoor facility, because of weather conditions. -Owen McCue

MEN’S SOCCER JORGE GOMEZ SANCHEZ INJURES LEG Shortly into the first half of Temple’s 1-0 loss to South Florida Saturday afternoon, junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez suffered a leg injury after he was involved in a collision with two South Florida defenders near midfield. Sanchez attempted to play through the injury, but in the 22nd minute of play, he walked off the field under his own power during a stoppage of play. Coach David MacWilliams could not comment on the extent of the injury Sunday and said it was a probable hamstring pull during a postgame interview Saturday. Through 11 games this season, Sanchez has 11 goals and

The Owls received 23 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was the 29th highest among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Last week, the Owls received 17 votes in the poll, and it was the fourth week in a row the team received votes. Three other American Athletic Conference teams received votes in the AP poll. Houston led all conference teams with 31 votes and Navy and Memphis both received 19 votes. Notre Dame University, who Temple plays Oct. 31, dropped from No. 6 to No. 15 in the poll after losing to Clemson University 24-22 Saturday. The Owls also drew attention in the Amway Coaches poll. Temple received 16 votes in the poll. Memphis was the lone team from The American ranked in the poll. The Tigers were spotted in the No. 25 spot this week. -Owen McCue


The American Athletic Conference named Irem Asci to its Weekly Honor Roll Monday. The sophomore outside hitter scored three kills and 10 digs in Temple’s 3-0 sweep of Memphis Friday at McGonigle Hall. In the Owls’ 3-1 victory against Cincinnati Sunday, the Ankara, Turkey native earned 25 kills. Asci had a team-high 27 points against the Bearcats, -Connor Northrup

In final season, Mitchell is embracing role as starter Owls

focused on home games

[starting], she saw the writing on the wall," coach Marybeth Freeman said. "She is really embracing this season as her coming in was whoever plays final season and has made it an better during the week starts,” impactful one thus far.” In 2015, Mitchell has 64 Mitchell said. “That’s what saves, a 65.3 save percentage, was said. … I definitely think and a 5.8 saves per game avthat I should’ve had more operage, which ranks No. 19 in portunity than I did.” Division I. Throughout her career, “I see her as a great role Mitchell played behind 2014 model as a player All-Big East first as a whole,” seOwls vs. UConn team goalie and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. nior backer Alyssa four-year starter Hughes said. “But Lizzy Millen, individually, I think she’s rewhose 2014 save percentage of ally smart on her feet, I think 77. 3 was No. 8 in Division I. she has really quick feet, and "Lizzy is a great goalie, I think that she makes really there's no taking that from

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there is anybody we can’t beat. I definitely think that’s the mindset that everybody has.” Different players point to ill-timed penalties or the team not playing hard for full games as reasons for last season's problems. Anthony said other issues came from behind the bench. “[There were] a lot of poor coaching decisions during game situations,” Anthony said. "I feel like that was our downfall.” The Owls do not face another string of ECHA opponents until Nov. 21 when they take on Towson University for the first time this season. The team realizes the importance of these early season contests. “Mentally we have to be there,” senior defenseman Hanrahan said. “Physically we have to be there. Whether that’s eating well or getting your school work done, so you’re ready to play come game time. “Also your practice has to be high intensity,” Hanrahan added. “These are fast teams these are good teams and these are league opponents, so they are very important. These games matter for postseason rankings and big time for postseason play.”

I definitely think that I should’ve “ had more opportunity than I did.” Haley Mitchell | redshirt-senior goalkeeper

her, but I definitely think that I should've had more opportunity than I did," Mitchell said. "I mean we worked really well together, and again, she is a great goalie and definitely deserved to play as well, but I think I was right up there with her." After starting one game during her first two seasons on the squad behind Millen, Mitchell was redshirted in 2013. The following season, Mitchell backed up Millen again. After the 2014 Longstreth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team goalie graduated last spring, Mitchell was in line to fill the open void. “I think with the opportunities that have been before her with Lizzy Millen obviously

good decisions based on the opponent and how they’re coming toward her.” Although she may not have had as much success as she wanted early on, Mitchell said her decision to play field hockey at Temple was the most important things she has done. “Playing five years of a Division I sport is probably my biggest accomplishment,” Mitchell said. “I mean, four years is hard enough, and then tacking on another for only one year of playing, but I have had fun all five years. Even though we’re in a little bit of a rough patch right now, it’s still worth it. … It’s kind of a full circle as I like to describe it.” * T @MattCockayne55


Goalkeeper Haley Mitchell stands during the Owls 4-0 loss to Northwestern at Geasey Field Sept. 20.

* T @StephenGodwinJr




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“Just believing in the fact that they’re going to protect me and the running backs are going to pick up their blocks, just to have faith in them, that’s a good thing for me.” Friend described the offensive line as a “complete position,” which includes run blocking. Temple’s rushing attack averaged 107.8 yards per game last season, which ranked No. 115 out of 125 FBS teams. The Owls are averaging close to 160 rushing yards per game in 2015. Junior running back Jahad Thomas has 503 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He is currently the No. 26 leading rusher in the FBS after totaling 384 yards in 2014. “They’ve done a hell of a job just creating lanes for me to run and be able to get up to the second level,” Thomas said of the offensive line. “We worked extremely hard to run the ball this year, and as you can see in the first couple of games, we’ve had success running the ball.” Thomas has also played a role in helping protect Walker. This is his first season as the team’s primary running back, which includes passprotection duties. “If you can’t pass protect, your chance of playing is not very high here,” Thomas said. “We definitely take pride in it. I know I take pride in it myself personally, not allowing P.J. to get hurt.” Temple’s offense currently ranks No. 59 in scoring and No. 107 out of 127 FBS teams in total offense. In order for the offense, particularly the offensive line, to improve, Friend said players will need to continue to


The football team practices a drill during a recent practice at Chodoff Field. The Owls are 4-0 for the first time since 1974.

“practice at a high level and compete.” “I’ve learned a lot of things from coach [Matt] Rhule and [offensive line] coach [Chris] Wiesehan in my career here,” Friend said. “If there’s one thing that really stuck with me it’s ... the way you practice is the way you compete and the way you compete is the way you play a game. As

an offensive line, we have to go out have three starts apiece, and redshirt there and compete every sophomore Leon JohnOwls vs. Tulane single play.” son has two starts. Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. Six different playDepth at the posiers have started this seation has helped give son on Temple’s offensive line. practices the desired intensity. Friend, junior Dion Dawkins and “Every day coach [Wiesehan] redshirt sophomore Brian Carter all always says there are five spots on have four starts. Redshirt senior Eric the table for anyone to come in and Lofton and senior Shahbaz Ahmed compete for a spot,” Friend said. “ …

We can practice at a bit of a higher level because guys are really competing for a spot.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Owen_McCue

Fernandez running cross country for the first time lated seven victories in indoor and outdoor track and cross-country. Last year, Fernandez became the first Temple woman in 32 years to qualify for the indoor NCAA ChamJack St. Clair Memorial Invitational pionship and the first in 30 years and Princeton Invitational the only to qualify for the outdoor NCAA events remaining before preparing Championship. for the American Athletic Confer“Blanca's accomplishments last ence Championships Oct. 31. year were certainly impressive," This success, Snyder said.” The however, was sup- Jack St. Clair Memorial Invite goal moving forposed to start last ward is to build off Oct. 10 fall. that and move forBefore the beward. She puts herginning of the 2014 cross country self in winning positions.” season, coach Elvis Forde and asThis season, Fernandez has avsistant coach James Snyder didn’t eraged a mile speed of 5:33.4, acthink Fernandez would ever make it cording to For the reto Temple. mainder of the season, Fernandez After graduating from Univer- will attempt to be the first Temple sity of León, Fernandez wanted to come to the United States to earn a master’s degree in sports business. She applied to Temple and communicated with Snyder through social media about enrolling in the fall. International students applying to Temple, like Fernandez, have to score a 79 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or score a 6.0 or better on the International English Language Testing System. “We had planned for Blanca to enroll in August of last year,” Snyder said. “The big thing she talked about coming over here was imJames Snyder | assistant coach proving her English, but her score initially wasn’t high enough to be admitted into school.” After failing her first English proficiency test, the 23-year-old women's runner to qualify for the senior graduate student decided to NCAA Championships, and she betake intensive English courses. Two lieves she can finish inside the Top months later, she passed her exam 15. and enrolled the following semester. “You always want to race,” “In most situations like this, in- Fernandez said. “It’s why you work ternational students decide to give every day of the week. I know it’s up and not come here,” Snyder said. tough and difficult, but dreaming is “It was kind of a unique situation for free.” us. As we saw more and more last year, she started to become more * comfortable to the point where she’s T @MarkJMcCormick not only a great part of our team but a great part of the university.” In her third week as a student last spring, Fernandez won her first meet at the Patriot Games. Ten months later, she has accumuContinued from page 20



Coach Matt Rhule (right) and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield walk on Chodoff Field during a recent practice.

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the second time Temple rushed for more than 200 yards. It was also the squad’s third time this season it scored three or fewer points in the first quarter and the third time this season the Owls failed to eclipse 10 points in the first half. “We aren’t going to be a 70-7 team,” Rhule said. “That’s just not who we are. We are going to play tough, hard close games.” The Owls have looked like a different team after halftime this season. Rhule’s squad has outscored its opponents 54-6 in the third quarter and 79-26 after in second half. In the first half of games, Temple has been outscored 36-34. “At halftime you have to keep reminding them that this was our plan,” Rhule said. “We are going out there to be physical and try to win the game in the fourth quarter. You see a very confident team come out of halftime.” Rhule said a combination of the team’s persistence running the ball and the team’s defense has allowed the Owls to take control of games in the second half. Temple, who is one of four un-

out there to be physical and “tryWetoarewingoing the game in the fourth quarter. You see a very confident team come out of halftime.

Matt Rhule | coach

defeated team in The American and one of 20 undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, is first in The American in time of possession, averaging 34:21 minutes of possession per game and second in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game. “We are trying to play really good team football,” Rhule said. “Our whole team understands the plan. They understand the first thing we are going to do is play great defense and a part of that is running the football .. that is complementary football.” With an emphasis on running the ball, the Owls’ passing attack has struggled in 2015. Out of 12 teams in The American, the Owls’ passing offense ranks 10th in yards per game and 11th in

passing efficiency. The Owls are tied for No. 99 out of 127 FBS team in passing offense and junior quarterback P.J. Walker is No. 94 in the FBS with 10.91 passing yard per completion. Redshirt-junior defensive back Nate L. Smith said the team needs to continue to improve in all areas of play, despite the team’s first 4-0 start since 1974. “It’s pretty good, but we have to work harder,” Smith said. “We have to keep pushing and striving for greatness. Right now, [Charlotte] is over and it’s time to focus on the next game.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @Michael_Guise

It was kind of a “unique situation

for us. As we saw more and more last year, she started to become more comfortable.






Senior libero Alyssa Drachslin (right) attempts to save the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 against Memphis./ Junior outside hitter Tyler Davis hits the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 win Friday against Memphis.

Owls perfect in first four conference games The Owls won 12 out of 13 sets in the team’s first four victories against conference foes. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News After missing out on an American Athletic Conference championship in 2014, the white board hanging in the team’s locker room read: “Nine points, don’t leave it up to the committee.” Temple finished last season with nine points in the conference standings—tied for second with Southern Methodist—as Central Florida took home the title and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. “We knew our conference was only going to get one automatic bid, but we knew it was not very likely we were going to get an at-large bid,” junior outside hitter Tyler Davis said. “We don’t want it to be based on anyone else’s decision or some slim chance we make the tourna-

ment.” Temple sits atop The American standings after winning its first four conference games. After improving four spots in the The American’s standings last season, the Owls are trying to adapt to a new role on top of the conference. “We finished sixth my freshman year, tied for second last year and now first this year, hopefully,” Davis said. “It feels great that we are reaching our goals and doing everything right. The energy is very different with our team from last year.” Temple finished 9-3 in non-conference play this season, and Davis said the team worried it wouldn’t be ready to compete for a conference title after countless mental errors. In the team’s first weekend of play in The American—a road trip to Florida from Sept. 25-27—Temple notched shutout wins against South Florida and Central Florida. “I think that first weekend was good for us because we were all a little nervous coming in and we weren’t sure how the teams were going to look,” Davis said. “I think that weekend put us in a very good position.”

In four conference games, Temple has col“I think we are doing great,” Simmons lected 201 kills with a 33.2 hitting percentage. said. “There are balls that are just amazing, and Temple ranks No. 4 in Division I in kills per set defense is playing so well. Our serving is going with 14.38 and No. 11 in assists per set with well. [There are] a lot of different aspects of the 13.41. game that we are doing well.” The team has won 12 of the 13 sets it has With the recent success, coach Bakeer played against teams in The American. Ganesharatnam wants the team to stay levelSophomore middle blocker Janine Sim- headed. mons, who previously had doubts about how “I think we have to differentiate between the team would compete in the conference, said ambitions and goals,” Ganesharatnam said. “I she is more comfortable after think winning the conference is Temple’s 4-0 start. Owls at Southern Methodist one of our ambitions and you “Conference games helped should have that ambition as an Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. our confidence, but I think it’s athlete and as a coach.” going to be hard the second time around,” SimGanesharatnam said the Owls will need to mons said. “It’s going to be harder the longer rely on more than just physical ability in order we go into conference. Other teams are going to to maintain their success. get better and we have to work harder in prac“We need to understand physical skill set is tice, so we don’t plateau at a certain level to not going to cut it,” Ganesharatnam said. “We make sure we maintain how well we are doing.” need to have a certain level of skill set, but also Simmons’ doubts stemmed from mental er- pure will to compete. If we do that, we should rors and defensive struggles early in the season be okay.” for the Owls, but she feels the team is beginning to limit mistakes each game. Since the start of conference play, Temple has tallied 25.5 blocks * and 199 digs.


Offensive production sputters against top opponents After scoring 31 times in its first 10 games, the women’s soccer team is scoreless in three losses to begin conference play. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News Through three games of American Athletic Conference play, Temple’s greatest strength has become its most glaring weakness. The Owls (8-5, 0-3 The American), who outscored opponents 31-8 in non-conference play, have suffered three straight 1-0 road losses to conference foes Connecticut, No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Sept. 25 coaches’ poll, No. 18 South Florida and reigning conference champion Central Florida (6-5-1, 1-3 The American).

The last time Temple scored was two weeks Florida, but a first-half goal from the Bulls deago, when senior striker Kelly Farrell recorded cided the outcome once again. the first three-goal performance of her career in The Owls’ most difficult three-game stretch a 3-1 victory against Saint Joseph’s Sept. 20. of the season came Friday night in Storrs, ConThis current stretch is the Owls’ longest scoring necticut, where Temple battled torrential rain drought since 2013. and The American’s preseason favorite. UConn “We’ve played the three toughest teams junior forward Rachel Hill’s 37th-minute goal probably in the league, and we’ve been so close, was the difference, as the Owls were outshot and we didn’t give those three teams that many 19-10 in their third consecutive defeat. problems last year,” coach Seamus O’Connor “We knew the number of chances would said. “It was more trying to stop them from go down once we started conference, but we’ve scoring, whereas this year they’re trying to stop created great chances,” O’Connor said. “The us from scoring, so in a year it’s girls have to finish them. That’s Owls vs. Cincinnati been a huge difference.” what it’s coming down to. It’s like Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Temple’s winless road trip a quarterback who’s not finding the began Sept. 24 in Orlando, Florireceiver or a receiver who’s dropda, where the Owls recorded a season-low four ping the ball.” shots and were downed by a first-half goal from Before conference play began, O’Connor Central Florida’s redshirt-sophomore midfield- said the Owls agreed two goals was an ideal er Kayla Adamek in the 43rd minute. benchmark to earn a win in The American Three days later, the Owls’ offense totaled based on the team’s play style. seven shots with two on goal against South So far, Temple has recorded more than

two shots on goal in one of its three conference games, while allowing 19 shots from its opposition in each of those games. Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash has kept the Owls close in conference games with 20 combined saves on 57 shots. Nash has recorded at least six saves in her last five starts. With a two-game home stand on the horizon, senior defender Paula Jurewicz said the Owls have learned from their last three losses. “The biggest thing we took from these last two weeks has been confidence,” Jurewicz said. We know we can stick with the top teams in the country. We just need to finish our opportunities.” * T @Tom_Reifsnyder


Sanchez boosts offense in first year since transfer In his first season as an Owl, junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez has totaled 25 points. By DAN NEWHART The Temple News

Life in the United States, away from his family, has presented its challenges for Jorge Gomez Sanchez. The junior midfielder from Talavera de la Reina, Spain transferred to Temple this summer from the European University of Madrid to aid in his pursuit of a professional soccer career. When he arrived at Temple Aug. 10, it was the first time in his life he spent an extended period away from his home country. “There are a lot of differences,” Sanchez said. “My family isn’t here, and it is hard because I miss them.

Also, people talk differently and dress kind of different, but I’m very happy here.” Sanchez joined an Owls team that finished 2-14-2 in 2014 and scored 13 goals while surrendering 37 to opponents. The team's leading goal scorer was then-redshirt senior Chas Wilson, who finished with four goals and nine points. In 2015, Sanchez, who left Saturday’s 1-0 loss to South Florida with a leg injury, has started all 11 games and logged 781 minutes for Temple (7-2-2, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He leads the team with 11 goals, three assists and 25 points. He helped the Owls' offense score 20 goals this season, surpassing last season’s total of 13. In addition, nine different Temple players have found the back of the net on 140 shot attempts this season, as opposed to seven on 223 attempts in 2014. “Scoring was one of the big problems we had last year,” sopho-

My family isn’t here, and it’s hard because I miss them. Also, people talk differently and dress kind of different. Jorge Gomez Sanchez | junior midfielder

more midfielder/forward Dinho playmaker the Owls were lacking last Zwane said. “He’s an excellent play- season. er when it comes to finishing, and “He just has a soccer mentality,” off the ball he is good too, which is Martinelli said. “He’s a great finisher. a huge thing.” He knows how to make the runs, and In Spain, Sanchez you’ve just got to find played with the Osasuna Owls vs. Central Florida him because he’s going Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. under-18 national team. to be able to put the ball He finished second on in the back of the net.” the team in goals with 20, helping Five of Sanchez’s goals have lead the team to the Copa del Rey been game-winners, and he has three Youth Cup quarterfinal. multi-goal games including a hat Senior midfielder/forward Jared trick in Temple’s 3-0 win against the Martinelli said Sanchez has been the University of Pennsylvania Sept. 20.

Sanchez has tallied a score or assist in all but three games this season, including the team’s last two losses. In his first season as a starter, Sanchez ranks No.2 in the country in total points. He has also put his name in the Temple history books. His 11 goals are tied for the most by an Owl in a single season since Nate Webb’s 11 in 2003. Sanchez also ranks second in Division I in goals scored trailing University of South Carolina-Upstate freshman Gordon Wild, who has 12 goals. “I’m very glad to be the team’s leading goal-scorer,” Sanchez said. “The team creates all the plays and I finish, so I think the goals are from all of the team and not just me.” * T @dannynewhart


After transferring from the European University of Madrid, Jorge Gomez Sanchez leads the team in goals and points. PAGE 19



Three of Temple’s team altered arrangements due to inclement weather, men’s soccer injury update, other news and notes. PAGE 21

The volleyball team won its first four conference games, winning 12 of its 13 sets. PAGE 19



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Preserving the Pocket

The Owls’ offensive linemen did not allow a sack for the first time this season in the team’s 37-3 win against Charlotte Friday night. By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor


.J. Walker exited Friday night’s game at Jerry Richardson Stadium with his white uniform soaking wet, but without a scratch from any pass rushers. In the Owls’ 37-3 win against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Temple’s offensive linemen kept their junior quarterback upright the entire game for the first time this season. “I take it very personal,” senior offensive lineman Kyle Friend said of protecting Walker. “Whenever you see the quarterback on the ground, that’s not exactly a great feeling. We all take it personal up front.” During the team’s 4-0 start, opponents have sacked Walker six times on 111 dropbacks. Last season the Owls ranked in the Top 40 of Football Bowl Subdivision teams in sacks allowed per game at 1.75, this year they’re tied for 49th with 1.5. Walker, who was sacked four times in the team’s 3-1 start last year on 126 dropbacks, has 731 passing yards and five touchdown throws to go with a completion percentage above 60 percent in 2015. “I feel comfortable,” Walker said.



Senior center Kyle Friend runs off the field during an Owls’ practice Sept. 29 at Chodoff Field. The Owls have allowed six sacks in the team’s first four games.

ice hockey

Field hockey

Five years of waiting Goalkeeper Haley Mitchell is starting for the first time in her fifth year with the program. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News


Coach Roman Bussetti (second from right) addresses the ice hockey team during a recent practice.

Hoping for home-ice advantage After a 9-3-1 2014 home record, the ice hockey club plays five of its first seven games at its home rink. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News Early last season, team leaders Jason Lombardi, Patrick Hanrahan and Greg Malinowski met after a Monday-night practice. The players expressed dissatisfaction with the prior season’s home record. The Owls were 6-7-1 at the Flyers Skate Zone in 2013, with opponents scoring 3.7 goals per game. The team vowed to make a change. Last season, the Owls had a 9-3-1 home record, scoring 5.7 goals per game and allowing three goals per game. “We came together and said, ‘We are not letting any team come in here and just have a cake walk,'" said Lombardi, a senior defenseman. “‘If they are going to beat us they are going to have to earn it.’ We stuck to it and we won a lot of tough games in here. We wanted to

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make it an environment where teams couldn’t come in and feel comfortable at any point.” Temple (2-3) hopes home-ice advantage translates this season with five of its next seven games at its home rink. The Owls will play five Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association games during that time period. “It could decide the year early,” Lombardi said. “It’s a big stretch and we all have to get ready for it. It starts at practice, it starts how you treat your body during the week and the season could be decided right there, so you can’t take a game off.” The Owls defeated ECHA opponents Villanova and Penn State Berks to start the 201415 season, but they struggled against Drexel, Lehigh University, the Naval Academy and a second meeting against Berks, as they went 2-4-1 against their new conference opponents. “[Our opponents] caught us off guard,” junior defenseman John Anthony said. “We should have never lost to them. I feel the same way against Drexel [Sept. 25]. We couldn’t get everyone on the same page. It’s tough to do. If we show up for the whole 60 minutes and everybody works then we're good. I don’t think


Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Mitchell wasn’t always sure she would finish her college field hockey career as an Owl. As a backup for her first four years at Temple, the Stevens, Pennsylvania native played in 25 games from 2011-14 and felt under-utilized in her role. “During the past four years, [transferring]

cross country

has crossed my mind,” Mitchell said. “Just because I felt like I could offer more to a team than cheering on a sideline. I know that it is also an important part of being on a team, and the girls on the team were great. I love every girl on this team, so I really stayed around for them.” In addition to her teammates, Mitchell said the length and difficulty of the transfer process and a “rare” interest in transfer goalkeepers convinced her to stay in North Philadelphia. For Mitchell, who started one game and played in eight others in 2011, the playing time she received as a freshman wasn’t what she anticipated when she signed her letter of intent. “My expectations and what I was told


Fernandez undefeated in 2015 start Blanca Fernandez has won all of her three meets this season. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News When Blanca Fernandez stands in a crowd of her competitors before each race, she imagines herself sitting down to begin a game of chess. As a tactic to clear her head, the León, Spain native envisions herself alone at a chessboard, away from the anxiety of the impending race. “The warm up and last five minutes before you start a race, I'm so nervous,” Fernandez said. “When you’re nervous, all the functions in your body work differently. ... I always won-



Blanca Fernandez runs during a meet.

der why am I'm not doing whatever else?" This weekend, Fernandez took first place at the Paul Short Invitational, with a time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds. Fernandez, who did not compete in the Duquesne Duals Sept. 5, has won her first three meets of the season with the


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