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University police officers now have new technology to deal with hundreds of possible confrontations they face on the job. Temple Police installed a new training simulator two weeks ago. The simulator, developed by a company called Ti Training, aims to help officers understand when and how to use force in different situations. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said SEPTA Transit Police and the Bensalem Police Department have also implemented the simulator. “We’re always looking for new tech,” Leone said. “Prior to this, we had to create a scenario, which needed actual bodies.” Last June, Temple Police held a full-scale simulation of an activeshooter situaCommentary on the tion in Barton training simulator on Hall, with page 4. actors playing victims and full involvement of emergency response units. Leone said the simulator will be used for training different shifts of officers throughout the day. He added security could also use the programs at night instead of coming in during the day, making training more convenient. The simulator contains video

social and artistic aspects of breakdance to teach children life skills in a way “similar to getting involved with a sport,” Graham said. This year, the second annual Pro Breaking Tour, a national breakdance tournament created by UDEF, is modeled after sporting events like the PGA Tour. The circuit will bring together breakers from across the United States. “There’s a lot of breaking events that take place all over the country and globally, but for the most part, the events are individual exhibitions sort of like ... golf was in the ‘30s or ‘40s,” Graham said. “I'm helping to start the Pro Breaking Tour not just because I like breaking, but because I thought it was an effective way ... to have a good community impact.” Each of the tour’s 50 events fall into one of four tiers based on skill level—Satellite, Futures, Challenger and Championship. Breakers gathered Oct. 10 and 11 at YSC Stadium in Wayne,

Tamron Hall has been nominated to fill the seat Bill Cosby relinquished when he resigned from the Board of Trustees last December. Hall, an alumna who graduated in 1992 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is currently a co-host of NBC’s TODAY show, and host of MSNBC’s NewsNation. In 2011, Hall won the School of Media and Communication’s Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award, given to alumni who have made extraordinary contributions in the media industry. Hall could not be reached for comment. Special Assistant to the President Bill Bergman said the Board’s selection was “fabulous,” adding Hall won’t be phased by taking Cosby’s seat if she is elected. “I think this is just an opportunity for someone who went here to be here,” he said. “She breathes Temple, so I don’t see any negatives about that.” Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi said he was happy about the nomination, given Hall’s contributions to the university across the board, not just in SMC. As an alumna, Hall “makes a huge difference,” Rinaldi said. “Although a lot of trustees do a great job, and some of them aren’t alumni, it’s nice to have somebody who has been here in the past, has seen the transformation over the last 20 years and continues to be invested in





Blockson reveals his collection By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News When Charles L. Blockson was 10 years old learning about George Washington and other American presidents, he became curious. “Do Negroes have any history?” he asked in his newly integrated class. “No Charles, Negroes don’t have any history,” his teacher said. “They are here to serve white people.” This moment led Blockson to begin his collection of Afro-American historic items. At age 10, he began collecting, and his collection still flourishes today on Main Campus in Sullivan Hall. The Charles L. Blockson AfroAmerican Collection is currently showing the exhibit “African-American Education in Philadelphia and Beyond: Past and Present,” featuring rare books, photographs and other materials from throughout history. The exhibit debuted Oct. 8 and will run until April. With the help of other Blockson



Cosby deposed in Boston The longtime comedian and university icon testified last week about an alleged molestation incident in the 1970s. PAGE 6


Flipping breakdance

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Dejan Majerle (left), headstands at Temple Bboys’ team practice in Mitten Hall.


By EAMON DREISBACH Assistant A&E Editor

hile working on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs banking firm in the early ‘80s, Philly native Steve Graham had no qualms with wrinkling his suit. “I would go out on the street in Manhattan on the weekends to challenge the street hitters,” Graham said. “Some of them, in effect, subsumed me into their crew; they used to pull me out of the crowd with my business suit on and I'd sort of break it out.” Graham, now 56, used his knowledge of the business and breakdancing worlds to form the Urban Dance and Education Foundation in 2013. The nonprofit, abbreviated as UDEF, uses dance as a catalyst to fund breakdancing-centered educational clinics, workshops and performance camps. UDEF utilizes the physical, disciplinary,

After attack, an increase in escorts AlliedBarton and Temple Police have seen a significant increase in the Walking Escort program after a reported sexual assault Sept. 28. By JENNY KERRIGAN The Temple News Since the reported sexual assault of a 20-year-old Temple student Sept. 28, Temple Police and AlliedBarton have seen a 30 percent increase in usage of the Walking Escort program. AlliedBarton Bike Supervisor Patrice Pressley said 38 walking escorts were requested Thursday night and 20 Friday night between 7:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. Before the sexual assault off campus, Pressley said requests usually averaged around six or seven a night. “Numbers are extremely high,” she said. “It’s a good thing.” AlliedBarton, a contract security company, provides the university services like walking escorts, building security and loss prevention. The company’s officers also work in tandem with Temple Police to patrol areas, or zones, on and off campus to deter crime through visibility. “We’re basically like Temple Police’s eyes and ears,” Pressley said. The prevention of crime through visibility tactics has produced results, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. He added in the past several years, there has been a decline in criminal activity where more bike officers were deployed. According to Temple’s 2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, theft has decreased on Main Campus by 64 reported cases from 2012 to 2014. Off campus, but still on private property, theft has decreased by 80 reported cases in the same time period. “The uniform is a deterrent,” Leone said.


AlliedBarton Bike Officer Lamar Gargile bikes down Norris Street in his patrol zone Oct. 10. Gargile has been a bike officer for the past three years.








Some of the decline in theft may also be attributed to the formal introduction of the Walking Escort program in 2013. “It really cut down on a lot of crime,” Pressley said, who was working for AlliedBarton as a supervisor when the escort service was implemented. She specifically pointed out a decrease in cell phone theft. When a student or faculty member calls the Walking Escort call line, they are received by the Call Center, said Gene Cummings, AlliedBarton’s district manager. The request is then assigned via radio to an officer in the



Prison gives new perspectives

Annual march tackles rape culture

Tyrone Werts, now a consultant for Temple’s Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, served 36 years in prison. PAGE 7

At the 2015 March to End Rape Culture, protesters took to the streets to promote consent and intersectionality. PAGE 9





Longtime bagel vendor moves near Student Center After 13 years, the Bagel Shop relocated to Montgomery Avenue. By DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News The demolition of Barton Hall has forced some businesses to move to different locations on Main Campus. The Bagel Shop, originally located on 13th Street, is one of them. After 13 years in the same location, current owner Michael Sigal said he was upset when the university informed him of the news in April. “I was shocked,” Sigal said. “I knew they were going to build a library there. I had a feeling it was going to happen, but I didn’t like it in the beginning.” Senior Vice President of Construction, Facilities and Operations Jim Creedon said plans for the new library have been in the works since 2012, and university officials considered building it on different parts of Main Campus, like Broad Street next to Pearson and McGonigle halls. The department decided, however, it was best to put it on the main core of campus. “Barton Hall was no lon-

ger needed because of the [Science Education and Research Center],” Creedon said. Unlike the food trucks, which are situated on the streets in and around campus, the Bagel Shop—among other businesses on campus—was given two options: it could either terminate its lease, or move to another location, Creedon said. Sigal chose the latter. The Bagel Shop is now located on Montgomery Avenue, about a block away from Bagel Hut, a similar stand near Ritter Hall. Sigal said it was difficult initially because he had to demolish his shop. “I was out of business for two months,” Sigal said. “It took me two months to construct everything and wait for them to approve everything.” While he had to build the shop himself, Sigal said the university also contributed with the electricity among other things, including the color—blue. “I thought it was going to be red,” Sigal said. “There were a whole list of colors and that’s the color they picked. I don’t know why, but that’s the color they picked.” Sigal said he likes the new location because it draws new customers, but he added he made twice the amount of money at the 13th Street loca-


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tion than he is currently making on Montgomery Avenue. Sigal said his busiest time is the morning and popular breakfast items are bagel, egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches. Although junior biology major Abee Tabolo said she recently started getting bagels at the Bagel Shop, the one thing that keeps bringing her back is how fresh and good the bagels taste. “I like the amount of cream cheese he puts on the bagel,” Tabolo said. “Some people put too much and others put too little.” Even though Bagel Hut

also moved its location, junior media studies and production major Kaitlin Osborn said she likes Bagel Hut because it is cheap, and she can use Diamond Dollars. While the new library is in the works, which Creedon said is estimated to be finished in 2018, Sigal said he wants to move back to his original location for economic reasons. Business, however, still has the chance to improve. “It is picking up everyday,” Sigal said. * danielle.nelson@temple.edu


The Bagel Shop recently moved closer to the Student Center.

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Assessing three of President Theobald’s speeches The Temple News compared Theobald’s three State of the University addresses. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Over the last three years, President Theobald’s inaugural “six commitments” to the university have evolved in progress and in focus. In Theobald’s inaugural address of 2013, he outlined his original “six commitments” to Temple. In the 2014 “State of the University” address, he emphasized Temple’s progress toward these commitments. The most recent address focused on the university’s rising rankings and “recommitting to excellence.” The “six commitments” Theobald has dedicated his presidency to are: engaging in Philadelphia, a commitment to affordability, improving research, maintaining a diverse student population, making progress through entrepreneurship and telling the “Temple story.” Theobald said the most notable advancements of 2014 included growth in research and technology, national media attention, a rise in rankings, campus development and seeking to meet students’ financial needs. Temple also made efforts throughout 2014 to engage the Philadelphia community, Theobald said, from donating computers to Duckrey Elementary School to committing $1 million to create educational programs and career training to the Norris Apartments tenants. These interactions were aimed toward North Philadelphia specifically. In the most recent address, Temple’s engagement with Philadelphia

was less localized to North Philadelphia and more spread out throughout the city as a whole. Theobald cited Temple University Hospital’s role to “meet the needs of the underserved” and touted the hospital’s response to the Amtrak derailment in May. Temple sought to meet students’ financial needs in 2014 by adding about $10 million in financial aid and promoting the “Fly in 4” program, which aims to help students graduate in four years, thus limiting their debt. In 2015, Theobald said the university more than doubled its fundraising over the past three years, adding almost $20 million to financial aid and doubling fundraising, with $11 million of raised funds going toward student support. “We’re keeping our commitment to affordability,” he said. 2014’s growth in research came primarily from funding through a 32 percent increase in federal research funding, as well as externally sponsored research.

We’re keeping “ our committment to affordability.” Neil Theobald | university president

This year’s research achievements were highlighted in the national news, Theobald said. Most notably, the research projects included Kamel Khalili’s work toward a permanent cure for HIV/AIDS and Benjamin Seibold’s study of automated vehicles to control traffic flow. The Temple student population appears to remain diverse, with the

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President Theobald speaks at the 2015 State of the University Address Oct. 8 in Mitten Hall.

class of 2018 being “record breaking,” Theobald said, including more than 900 international students, representing 76 countries. “We have a great diversity story to tell,” Theobald said of the class of 2019. The new class had a 20 percent increase in African-American students and a 26 percent increase in Latino students. International students represented 49 countries, and one in five students are from Philadelphia. Theobald said he hopes this will encourage students to remain in the city after they graduate, preventing “brain drain” and building up Temple’s local reputation. Entrepreneurship within the university did not seem as simple to quantify, despite the Fox School of Business reaching ranking as one of

the top 15 entrepreneurship programs in the country. “A barrier we face is the lack of an incubator facility where entrepreneurs can work collaboratively on their ideas,” Theobald said in his 2014 address. “We expect to narrow down the options later this year and begin to address that need in early 2015.” No such facility was mentioned in the 2015 address. Temple Ventures, a startup booster to turn “Temple-born technology into viable businesses,” and Blackstone Launchpad, also a startup booster, were two examples of innovation and entrepreneurship that were discussed. “Telling the Temple story” took form in 2014 by way of the Take Charge marketing campaign, which uses photos and videos with the pur-


pose of showcasing Temple to the world. Despite greater national attention, Temple is not without its lessthan-positive press, Theobald said. “Sometimes we become associated with a story we cannot celebrate, and we have to hunt a little harder for a silver lining,” Theobald said of the Cosby controversy over the past year. Theobald encouraged “recommitting to excellence” to continue to improve upon the original six commitments. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons



Alumni recall an alt-weekly Several journalism alumni worked at City Paper, which was sold last week.

University hosts 18th ‘Gallery of Success’ Selected alumni from Temple’s colleges and schools received awards.

By MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News With limited journalism experience and still working on his degree, 27-year-old John McGuire was thrilled when he landed an internship at the Philadelphia City Paper. A month into the job, McGuire was excited about the responsibility he was given as an intern. He had already covered a pope-related story and was eager to write more. He had just gotten the OK for his second pitch. Twenty minutes later, the news broke. The paper was shutting down, and the staff was to follow it out. “I thought I had something,” McGuire said. “And it just crumbled.” McGuire is one of many Temple students and alumni who found a second home in the City Paper’s newsroom. The alternative-weekly newspaper was sold last week to Broad Street Media. BSM is partners with R.P.M. Philly, the company that owns Philadelphia Weekly—City Paper’s competitor. After the sale, BSM announced in a press release that City Paper would shut down. Many current and former writers were shocked and saddened by the news. In its 34 years, City Paper housed many aspiring Temple journalists as they developed their voices and honed their skills. “City Paper gave me a start in an industry that I was just beginning to understand,” said Angelo Fichera, a former editor-in-chief of The Temple News and City Paper intern. Fichera now writes for the Inquirer covering South Jersey news. Fichera watched the news



City Paper published for the last time Oct. 8.

unfold from a distance. However, for those in the midst of it all, it hit them hard. “It was a bombshell,” said Jerry Iannelli, former opinion editor of The Temple News and staff writer for City Paper. “Working at any altweekly, there’s always this sense of impending dread,” Iannelli said, referring to difficulty the papers had turning a profit. He said, however, that he never thought it would happen to his weekly. “I thought we would win the alt war,” he said. Iannelli covered police and crime at the publication for four months. After leaving Philadelphia for Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism, he headed back to the city to be near his girlfriend and work at City Paper. Now, he’s looking for a new job. Temple journalism alumna and freelancer Hillary Petrozziello’s byline had become a regular fixture below photos at City Paper. She recalled the staff’s last hurrah covering Pope Francis’ visit to the city. “It was like going to battle,” Petrozziello said. As a photographer, Petrozziello said she has struggled finding journalism work and has been laid off from two papers. She started her own company on the side where she covers food, weddings and other events. Photographers, videographers and artists have been

the hardest hit in an effort to reduce costs, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. They experienced a 43 percent decrease in jobs since 2000, the report stated. Comparatively, writers have seen a 32 percent decrease, and editors followed with 27 percent loss of jobs. In May 2013, the Chicago Sun-Times cut its entire photo staff of 28 in an effort to revive profits. They instead had reporters train using iPhones as cameras. They rehired four photographers amid other staff cuts in 2014. There have been reports of City Paper’s archives coming to Temple. The Special Collections Research Center in Paley Library has offered to house the decades of stories and make them available to the public. The writers and photographers who used to work at City Paper said they’re not giving up on journalism just yet. “This is where my heart [is],” Petrozziello said. “People have been saying since 1950 that the industry was going to implode,” Iannelli added. * mariam.dembele@temple.edu T @MariamDembele Editors note: Jerry Ianelli and Angelo Fichera are former editors for The Temple News. Neither contributed in the editing process of this article.

By JONATHAN GILBERT The Temple News To kick off Homecoming Weekend in Mitten Hall Friday night, 18 alumni received awards for their achievements. From politicians to actors to musicians, multiple generations of Temple alumni were represented at the 18th Annual Gallery of Success. Each school and college picked a distinguished alumnus to represent its school and receive an award. The Gallery of Success was presented by the Office of Alumni Relations and Career Center. The goal of the event is to highlight extraordinary alumni and inspired current students. Students from each alumni’s school or college handed them their plaques. Each award winner received a certificate and the university will display plaques in the basement of Mitten Hall for the next calendar year. At one of the most celebrated alumni events of the year, President Theobald stressed how much these alumni mean to the university. “You represent the best of our alumni,” Theobald said in his speech. “We have 300,000 alumni in all 50 states and 145 countries.” Scott Cooper, a university trustee and president of the Temple University Alumni Association, said the awards are a special accomplishment for those who have graduated. “To me, this award is the pinnacle of what it means to be a great alum,” Cooper said. “Your individual accomplishments contribute to Temple being one of the hottest places in higher education.” Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi also praised alumni for their hard work and


President Theobald met with award-winner Rahul Merchant, who graduated in 1989 from the Fox School of Business.

dedication. “Our honorees today serve as an inspiration to our students, and for that, I thank you,” Rinaldi said in his speech. Cooper said the event emphasizes giving back to the community and representing Temple. He added events like these drive other alumni to succeed. “Part of it is motivational, seeing that your fellow alumni can rise to this level and succeed,” Cooper said. “Second, I think having an acknowledgement that people from your school or your class can have an impact is something that others try and emulate.” Dr. Glenda Price won an award from the College of Public Health, and credited Temple with her success. “I came here as a 17-yearold student and I say I grew up here because I was at the university for 29 years,” Price said. Price said despite all the growth and changes to the university, the overall pillars have not changed. It is still a high-quality affordable insti-

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AlliedBarton Bike Officers Lamar Cargile (left), and Najamee McQueen watch Bike Supervisor Patrice Pressley respond to a minor car accident on Broad Street near Norris.

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area, who will arrive at the requested destination and record information from the escort like their name, TUID, where they are coming from and where they are going. “What this does is sets a little bit of accountability and integrity in the system,” Cummings said. “And it allows us to track the escort time.” The Walking Escorts have their own perimeter of patrol, a block inward of Temple Police’s. They patrol and escort students, east to 9th Street, west to 18th Street, north to Diamond Street and now south to Jefferson Street. The Jefferson Street boundary was recently added since the sexual assault was reported

Sept. 28. Now, AlliedBarton has two officers patrolling Jefferson Street from Broad Street to 17th Street. While the perimeter of AlliedBarton’s patrol area extends only to those locations, the bike supervisor on duty has the authority to permit bike officers to escort students a block or two past the boundary. The same goes for escorts outside of the Walking Escort program hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donald Green, another AlliedBarton bike supervisor, recommends students use the escort service as much as possible. He especially encourages use over the weekend. “Nobody is here to judge you if you were out partying,” Green said. “We think if you walk with us you will be safer.”

Although the AlliedBarton officers are unarmed, the Walking Escorts are monitored by Temple Police during the duration of the escort. If anything suspicious were to happen, the bike officer could call it over the radio and a Temple Police officer would already know where the student and walking escort are. Green also feels confident the uniform alone will deter most crime. “At the end of the day, we want students to know that we’re here for them,” Green said. * jennifer.kerrigan@temple.edu T @jennykerriganTU

employees, the exhibit’s curator Diane Turner pulled about 200 pieces out of the 500,000-piece collection to be displayed. “I thought African-American education was timely with everything right now, when we’re talking about public education especially,” Turner said. “And the debates over money and so forth. ... I think it’s pretty shameful that we can’t find the funds needed because our youth are our future. If you love young people, you need to find the money to educate them.” The exhibit highlights photos with a focus on education by John W. Mosley, a Philadelphia-area photographer from the 1950s and ‘60s. Other features include pieces about Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, the first AfricanAmerican teacher Watch a video of the in Philadelphia, and Blockson collection at materials from the first two Africantemple-news.com. American universities in Pennsylvania: Lincoln University, and what now is Cheyney University. There is also a large display of African-American children’s books. This exhibit is open not only to Temple students and faculty, but also to the surrounding community. Students from Julia R. Masterman School have frequently been in the exhibit, working on research for National History Day, Turner said. Mechanical engineering junior Stefan Verdhi works within the Blockson Collection as a student archivist. “Being from Philadelphia, there should be a place where African-Americans can see their culture—and a part of Philadelphia is AfricanAmerican culture,” Verdhi said.


tution, she said. Dr. Albert Alley received the award from the School of Medicine. He said his experience at Temple enabled his success through friendly and encouraging people surrounding him. As an alumnus, Alley never thought about giving back until his daughter attended the School of Medicine. “I always thought I was a lackluster [alumnus] until my daughter was accepted into the medical school,” he said. “It made me appreciate Temple more and more, and I’ve become more active.” Alley now follows occurrences at Temple and has taken Temple medical students on overseas missions. “This gives you a certain perspective that you certainly wouldn’t see [otherwise],” he said. “I leave here in a state of awe, and total respect and admiration of what the school has done.” * jonathan.irwin.gilbert@temple. edu



Verdhi added the collection should have a larger space for exhibits. Blockson said he firmly believes in education, and said it’s part of the reason why his exhibit is being showed. “It’s for all children, for all races and colors,” Blockson said. “You can’t put a label on education, it’s something for all of us. We’re all on this Earth for a short time. We all must leave with a legacy—and part of the legacy should be education.” Blockson also hopes his collection helps to eliminate racism, which is “another form of enslavement,” he said. “If you have a prejudiced mind, you’re still a slave, you’re not free,” he said. “Education can help eliminate that.” Despite being in the same building as the President’s Office, President Theobald has yet to go into the collection. He is expected to visit with his wife in the near future, Turner said. Turner has noticed the reactions of students and said many were excited about the exhibit. “When you look at the images of the young people and the teachers you know like you can see that they feel safe,” Turner said. “A lot of these [Mosley photographs] are early on like ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. They have a willingness or excitement about learning.” “One of the things we promote here is the fact that African-American history is American history,” Turner added. “Sometimes it’s lost, stolen, or strayed—but African-American history is American history and you can’t talk about American history if you attempt to exclude the African-American experience and contribution.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu T @gill_mcgoldrick




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Diversity welcomed

Last week, Temple’s at 83 percent male. We hope Board of Trustees nominated it’s clear to the Board that MSNBC anchor and Today one hire should be seen as Show host Tamron Hall to a a step toward correcting the seat formerdiversity ly occupied problem Hall’s nomination is a positive and not a by embattled star alumnus change, but not a solution to complete the Board’s diversity problem. solution. Bill Cosby. Hall, a “ We ’ l l 1992 alumna, is the fourth have more women,” woman to join a Board that O’Connor told the Inquirer has come under scrutiny from Wednesday. “It’s been on our The Temple News’ editorial agenda for a while.” board for a lack of female During the past few membership. years of O’Connor’s tenure, The increased diversity our editorials have often been Hall brings is a positive for the sour footnote to promia Board still dominated by nent university news. Cosby white men—white men who, resigned amid allegations paradoxically, are prompted of sexual abuse from dozto clap and nod when Presi- ens of women: we wished dent Theobald says “Diver- it was sooner. The university University” in a speech; sity restored two of seven these are white men, par- cut sports: we wished more ticularly Chairman Patrick were saved. We understand O’Connor, who shrug at the we can’t seem to pipe down low percentage of women on while the Board (supposedly) the board and say it’s partial- decides what’s best for the ly the fault of the state gov- university and its students. ernment, which appoints 12 Still, Hall will be the of the 36 trustees. The state only black woman on the legislature picks eight and the board when she is formally governor picks four. elected Tuesday. There will Four women out of 36 be a sizable to-do about her makes the board 89 percent race bolstering the divermale. Four women out of sity of the board. Hiring a 24, using O’Connor’s logic black woman who is a pride that the university is not re- to the university was a great sponsible for the state’s ap- decision, but it is far from pointments, and the board is enough. We hope Hall is the still dreadfully imbalanced first of many.

Help pick next mayor Next week, The Temple 321,342. Only 12 percent, News will report on the fi- though, turned out in May’s nal debate for the city’s 2015 primary election. mayoral election, an event Kenney aims to increase all students, the number Students should vote to of summer faculty and Philadelphia have a say in Philadelphia internships politics. community and apprenmembers ticeship proshould pay attention to. grams from 10,000 to 16,000, The event, held Mon- a philly.com article reported. day at 6:30 p.m. in Temple’s Bailey has said her main Performing Arts Center, will priority is to “make people feature Democratic candidate employable,” through both Jim Kenney and Republican public and higher education candidate Melissa Murray levels. Bailey debating issues of the While Governor Tom city’s business and economic Wolf and many prominent development. Philadelphians publicly supStill highly trending, ported Kenney, the outcome though, on the city’s most im- is not yet set in stone. By deportant issues, is education, ciding to vote, students can primarily for men and women have a voice in Philadelphia of parental age, and secondly, politics. students. Millenials, a group Registration for the event philly.com defined as 18 to is free and open to the public 34-year-olds, are the high- and will be streaming live est group of registered vot- through the WHYY site and ers in Philadelphia at around broadcasted again at 10 p.m.


In the article, “Police: sexual assault suspect still on the run, that ran Oct. 6, a statement read, “… Philadelphia Police released footage of a man believed to be the racist, taken from a SEPTA Broad Street Line subway camera.” It should have read, “... believed to be the rapist.” The Temple News regrets the error. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Emily Rolen at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

Weapons simulator a step toward positive policing A virtual representation of Main Campus will help officers prepare for highsecurity situations.


wave of panic rushed through me as I finished reading the email from Temple Police informing students a “threat of violence” had been made against “a university near Philadelphia.” I contemplated skipping my classes that Monday, but eventually decided to go anyway, finding comfort in knowing that an increased number of Temple Police officers would be visible on campus. If there was an attack, they’d surely know how to handle the situation, I thought. JENNY ROBERTS LEAD COLUMNIST To ensure officers are prepared to handle these and other types of tense situations, Temple Police recently bought a new training simulator, Ti Training, so officers can practice applying standard protocol to various possible situations they may face with differing degrees of danger. And while I am hopeful Temple Police never have to deal with a dangerous situation on par with that of the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the reality is that violence is occurring all too often on college campuses lately. And as a result, university police need to be even more vigilant in their preparedness, to combat this recent rise in violent situations. The implementation of Ti Training for the Temple Police force is a step in the right direction toward maintaining this vigilance. Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, said he hopes to have officers practice with the Ti Training simulator at least twice a year. “This way you’re going to the academy, doing your pistol training, you’re doing your rifle training and you’re doing

your simulator training and it’s all coming together,” Leone said. The Temple Police Department has become a leader in adopting this state-ofthe-art training system, as the only other police department in the area—besides SEPTA Transit Police and the Bensalem Police Department—using this system in full, Leone said. At Temple, we are privileged to be protected by well-trained officers, and soon-to-be even more well trained, who

per spray, not deadly force, Leone said. While this simulated training may not have much of an effect on the use of guns by Temple’s officers, as other police departments begin adopting similar state of the art training, officers across the country may draw their firearms less often, potentially quelling the recent cases of police brutality across the United States. While the Ti Training system has the potential to benefit police departments across the country in terms of weapon


Temple Police Officer Damon Mitchell talks about the departments new virtual simulator.

make up the largest university police force in the country, as previously reported by The Temple News. Training is essential for the department, Leone said, as there’s no such thing as too much training. Officer Damon Mitchell, one of the instructors for the Ti Training simulator, said one of the main benefits of training with this system is the repetition of expected actions by officers. “What you’re doing is you’re incorporating muscle memory,” Mitchell said. “I’m getting more practice and becoming more efficient with my equipment.” An added benefit of the simulator is that it makes officers more cognisant of the other equipment they have in their arsenal, besides a pistol. “The other piece to it is when not to use your weapon,” Leone said. “What else can you do?” Temple Police officers mainly rely on the use of their batons, tasers and pep-

accountability, Temple Police are looking focus more on its benefits as a skills refresher. The Temple Police department is already looking at add-ons and upgrades for Ti Training, which include features that allow simulations that use Temple’s campus as the virtual setting, making for even more realistic training for officers. At Temple, students study and reside in a crime-ridden area of Philadelphia. It’s unfortunate that we receive TU Alerts as often as we do, but it’s just the nature of the location in which our campus is located. I’m glad to offset the high crime rate in the area, we have a large, vigilant police force working to reduce crime and to keep us safe, and this new Ti Training will only make officers more equipped to do so. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu T @jennyroberts511

Commentary | alumni

Turn out, former Owls Despite Temple’s huge alumni base, very few remain active in the university community.


emple has no shortage of alumni. University President Neil Theobald recently stated that the number of living alumni rests somewhere around 300,000 across the city, United States and the world. Former pride and joy of the university, Bill Cosby, dragged the Temple name through the mud after allegations of sexual assaults surfaced against him. The university announced last week that alumna Tamron Hall, a national corPAIGE GROSS respondent for NBC OPINION EDITOR News would be taking Cosby’s seat on the Board of Trustees at Temple, becoming one of the few women—let alone women of color—to ever hold the position. While it is good to see Temple making strides to patch up its reputation and tout its other famous former students, alumni presence and involvement is still disappointingly low. This year’s homecoming, an event created to celebrate and welcome back former students, backed this theory. It may not have felt this way, walking through Lincoln Financial Field’s Lot K Saturday where thousands of current and former Owls mixed and mingled during Temple’s homecoming tailgate. Game announcers told the crowd around 35,000

seats were filled, a figure some students and recent alumni probably thought wouldn’t be possible at a Temple game. While 35,000 people decked out in cherry and white was an empowering sight, I wondered why there weren’t more. With an alumni base as big as 300,000, we could have sold out the Linc again this season. In January, Karen Clarke, Temple’s vice president of strategic marketing and communications told The Temple News

view of what Temple is.” The “Take Charge” campaign aims to keep students involved once they leave Main Campus. Penn State, a state rival of Temple, banks on its strong alumni presence, a feature that draws many students to the university in the first place. “We have to have more people embrace us. If you did this [data research] for Penn State, it would almost be exactly the opposite,” Clarke added. She was right. Penn State celebrated

at least 89 percent of the alumni body were not engaged with the university. The university breaks down alumni into four groups: 7.1 percent are “well known/not engaged,” 2.7 percent are “very engaged/well known,” 89 percent are “not engaged/not well known” and 1.2 percent are “engaged/not well known.” It defines engagement by the alumnus’ participation—if they attend events or are a member of an alumni group and if they have given any gift to the university in the past three years or ever. Temple’s engaged alumni only rests at around 11,500 people, or just under 4 percent of its total population. “There’s this huge group of people who have experience with Temple,” Clarke said, “and it’s my belief that their perception, for whatever reason [is] they’re not engaged, they don’t feel like it’s relevant or they have a misinformed

its homecoming this weekend, drawing in 97,873—almost triple that of the Linc’s attendance, PennLive reported. It is not for a lack of trying. This year, Temple involved alumni in multiple aspects of the weekend’s festivities, from tailgating to performing in the university’s Diamond Marching band. We are a generation of students who are actively bred to be #TempleMade and to want to share pride for our university. With Temple rising in national rankings academically, athletically and in its alumni base, let’s decide to stick around in the years to come to celebrate the hard work and drive it takes to join the ranks of the successful Owls who came before us.

35,000 people decked out in cherry “While and white was an empowering sight, I wondered why there weren’t more.”

* paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross



Commentary | guns

FROM THE ARCHIVES Oct. 2, 2007: After a successful Homecoming the year prior, Temple Student Government and Main Campus Program Board looked for ways to keep spirit alive. “It’s a pride thing. It’s Temple pride,” MCPB President Brendan Bailes said of their plans, which include a flag football game and more competition to the annual homecoming pageant.

Commentary | careers

Equal representations in all majors and career fields, please Some career fields still lack equal representation of men and women.


hile the fight for equal pay rages on, equal representation in careers between men and women remains an issue that won't go away. Nationally and at Temple, certain careers and fields of study are segregated. The average difference between the percentage of male and female undergraduates at Temple between 20122014 was 1.93 percent, meaning the enrollment has been approximately equal GRACE SHALLOW between men and women each year. This balance is not reflected in the gender stratification of certain schools, though, like the School of Social Work or the College of Engineering. In 2014, the School of Social Work had the largest gap between female and male students; 83.3 percent of the students were female and the remaining 16.6 percent were male. Lydia Smith, a junior social work major and secretary of Temple’s Social Work Student Club, said men are deterred from majoring in social work partly because of public perception. “It’s seen as a traditionally female field to go into,” Smith said. “When guys go to college they’re probably not conscious of it but they’re thinking, ‘What’s gonna be a field that gives me the ability to help someone?’ For some reason they don’t think social work, they think medicine … engineering.” In 2014, Temple’s College of Engineering had 82.7 percent male and 17.1 percent female enrollment—a 65.6 percent difference. Shawn Fagan, director of Undergraduate Studies of the College of Engineering, stressed the same


idea regarding women’s exposure to engineering. “I think it’s awareness. I don’t think it's ability,” Fagan said. “I don’t think there’s enough information out there … it needs to happen not necessarily on our level. It needs to happen at the K-12 level and also organizational levels.” Temple can not combat these issues of gender stratification alone because they do not originate here. Affirmations of what each gender should specialize in have been ingrained in young peoples’ brains since childhood, a report by National Association for the Education of Young Children that focused on “the

can help lift heavier things, carry elderly patients to baths, and provide a more representative face for a communities, which are not traditionally mostly female. Increasing the enrollment of males or females in a certain school of study will become more likely when they see a representation of their gender in the front of the classroom and in the seats next to them, shown within the bioengineering major at Temple which has a surprisingly even distribution of 58 percent male to 42 percent female. Coincidentally, bioengineering is also a major with more representation of females in the front of the classroom

impact of specific toys in play,” said. Unfortunately, girls are steered toward playing with dolls and being nurturing figures while boys are shown a more hands-on play experience, encouraged to build with Legos, and play assertively. Although seemingly petty, these trends create a ripple effect, resulting in an altered expectation of what a female or male should study. “Girls are taught, ‘Nurture and mother’… boys are taught, ‘Do something, go out on your own, and create things,’” said Smith, who has taken classes on the subject matter. Society’s effect on choice of study is also seen in Temple’s nursing program, a line of work traditionally perceived and marketed for women. The national average for men seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is 11.4 percent, and at Temple, it is 10.3 percent. “It’s a real important role … as population grows and gets older, we need more hands,” said Nancy Rothman, professor and chairperson in the College of Public Health for Nursing. The need for male nurses is a reality, she said. Men in the profession

at Temple. I agree with Fagan; gender stratification in education can not be combated single-handedly, by Temple or any other higher level educational institute because that is not where the problem begins. Society needs to take on the challenge of separating gender biases and occupational choices. In a society where women are emerging as political leaders and administrative heads while men shake the stigma of being stoic and embrace paternalism, change is a movement that can no longer be applied only to how people in the workforce are treated. We’ve been conditioned to follow these trends in the early stages of life and we are all responsible, but can be part of the solution, to integrate genders into traditionally segregated fields.

can not combat these issues “of Temple gender stratification alone because they do not originate here.”

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* grace.shallow@temple.edu

Tighter restrictions on gun ownership, rights The constitutional right to own a gun should not warrant reckless use.


uns are playing a huge role in our community, and not in a good way. Gun violence is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States has killed more than 28,000 Americans each year since 1972. That is an average of more than 76 gun-related deaths a day. It has been shown that regions with higher gun ownership have higher gun-related crimes than regions with lower rates of gun ownerships. Philadelphia is one of the five most populous cities in the United States, with more than 1.5 million people. A higher population can have a direct correlation to higher gun ownership and gun-related crimes. As of last month, the Philadelphia Police Department has recorded over 700 shootings and nearly 200 gun-related death this year so far. Let’s put our focus on the section of Philadelphia closest to Main Campus, between Cecil B. Moore and Susquehanna avenues. As a first semester Temple student, I am new to TU Alerts lighting up my phone and email. I’ve counted three shootings and nine armed robberies near Main Campus in my two months here. JENSEN TOUSSAINT “We send out an average of about 38 crime related TU alerts per school year,” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services at Temple. I’ve heard our city called “Killadelphia” and the “murder capital,” a far cry from the previous nickname of, “The City of Brotherly Love.” When asked what can possibly be done to prevent or reduce these gun crimes from happening around campus, Leone said: “Increased security helps, but increased awareness helps more. We want our students walking late at night, especially alone, to be aware of their surroundings.” The question remains, “Why is gun crime so prominent in the city?” And the answer is quite simple: the right to keep and bear arms. This right of ours is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment to the Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment was “ garnered toward law-abiding citizens who aren’t going to abuse their constitutional right.

This amendment gives us the right to bear arms, so it our right to have a gun, but it does not give us a right to shoot anyone at any time for any reason. The Second Amendment was garnered toward law-abiding citizens who aren’t going to abuse their constitutional right. There are still laws gun owners must adhere to in order to be protected by the Constitution like the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, which prohibits interstate gun trades and requires a minimum age of 21 for anyone to legally purchase a gun; the Gun Control Act of 1968, which regulates interstate commerce by prohibiting interstate firearm transfer; and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which allows for the requirement of background checks for the purchase and sale of a gun. It’s not uncommon to hear people say, “I have my gun for protection,” or “If I am being attacked by a person with a gun, and I don’t have a gun, how can I defend myself?” Those are both valid points, but they don’t look at the full picture. We are now a month removed from the tragic shootings in Roanoke, Virginia of journalist Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. More recently we have heard about the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and a threat against a “university near Philadelphia.” This summer, the country watched Charleston, South Carolina and Lafeyette, Louisiana suffer mass shootings, and in years prior, a mass shooting at Virginia Tech and at Sandy Hook Elementary. What all these horrific incidents have in common is the fact that guns wound up in the possession of the wrong person and bad things happened. These were people who were all mentally unstable and had absolutely no business handling a gun. Background checks are conducted so that not everyone can buy a gun. Gun licenses are administered to allow the purchase and possession of a firearm. There are certain measures that are taken before a gun is distributed, but given the number of horrible instances that we constantly hear on the news, it’s clear that background checks are not enough to make sure guns are safely distributed. “Good background checks are great, but there’s mental health screening and I’d say there should be more training; train the people who are purchasing the guns.” said Leone. “We can always do more. The less guns, the better.” Gun regulation laws are in existence, but more importantly than regulating the guns, those who are in possession of the guns need to be monitored. Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey are both advocates for reducing gun crime in Philadelphia, while President Barack Obama is a gun control advocate on a national scale. One thing is for sure, the laws we currently have in place aren’t close to enough. There is still two and a half months remaining in this semester. None of us know how many more TU Alerts will be coming to our phones during that period of time regarding shootings, armed robberies and other gunrelated incidents. Guns cost way more lives than they save; guns hurt our community much more than they help. We must consider whether it would be in our best interest to keep things the way they are or contemplate making a change. * jensen. toussaint@temple.edu






Cosby questioned about alleged molestation CRIME

Eakin last year and dismissed the complaints against him. According to philly.com, Eakin had been receiving and spreading offensive emails from a private account. The emails included jokes about abuse and rape victims, as well as racism toward Muslims and African-Americans. In a press release Friday, the Judicial Conduct Board said Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided them with emails sent by Justice Eakin that were not disclosed in the original investigation. The investigation had been concluded with the board believing it had been provided with all email records. Kane, a graduate of Temple’s Beasley School of Law, has been under fire for providing the press with confidential information about a grand jury and then attempting to cover it up later, the New York Times reported. -Julie Christie

UNDERAGE DRINKING SPIKES DURING HOMECOMING WEEKEND Twenty reports of underage consumption occurred from Friday night to Sunday night during Homecoming Weekend. Six incidents were reported Friday, nine Saturday and three Sunday. Seven resulted in an arrest, 12 were referred for a university hearing with the Student Conduct Committee and one incident was exceptionally cleared. Nine incidents occurred in residence halls; the remaining 11 were reported in off-campus residencies, concentrated around Cecil B. Moore Avenue to N. 15th Street. -Lian Parsons

UNIVERSITY NEWS COSBY QUESTIONED IN BOSTON ABOUT 1974 CASE Former Temple trustee, Bill Cosby, was questioned under oath in Boston last Friday, philly.com reported. The seven-hour deposition addressed the 1974 alleged molestation of a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Judy Huth, the complainant, is one of 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexually abusing, harassing or raping them throughout his career. The deposition will remain under seal until December. U.S. Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan will review the testimony and will hear the attorneys’ arguments over what parts of the deposition will become public. Huth’s lawsuit was filed in December 2014 and is the first significant court case since Andrea Constand, a Temple employee, sued Cosby in 2005.


Jamya Day, treasurer of the Queer People of Color at Temple, leads a vigil at the Bell Tower Oct. 12 for Keisha Jenkins, who was found dead in Logan Oct. 6. ONLINE: Read about the vigil at temple-news.com.

Cosby could still be deposed at Montgomery County, as the statute of limitations for Constand runs out Jan. 1, 2016. -Lian Parsons

TEMPLE HIRES NEW FACULTY Keeping with past trends, Temple has hired 53 new faculty members to the major colleges around campus. For the past 12 years, an average of 57 faculty have joined Temple each year. The professors are all tenured or tenure-track with the university. Most notable include maestro Andreas Delfs to the Boyer College of Music and Dance as conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Ralph Horwitz to the School of Medicine as a professor and director of the new Institute for Transformative Medicine and Kose John and Masatoshi Nei, both distinguished as Laura H. Carnell Professors. Coming to the School of Media

and Communication is Edward L. Fink, who will be a professor of Strategic Communication. The College of Public Health, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the School of Medicine and the Fox School of Business each saw five to eight new hires. -Julie Christie




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what we’re doing.” He added he thinks the fact Bill Cosby occupied the seat before her won’t add pressure, as it is just an empty seat. The opportunity is exciting for Hall regardless of who held the position before her, Rinaldi said. During the past year, the university has been criticized for not representing enough minority trustees on its Board. Both Bergman and Rinaldi said the addition of an African-American woman should help progress. “I think the diversity helps,” Bergman said. “She’s got so much talent and is going to bring so many new perspectives to the Board moving forward.” “Regardless of race, creed, gender, her resume speaks for itself,” Rinaldi said. “She’s an inspiration, and I’m happy to have another woman

on the Board.” Hall also received an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010 for her work as a correspondent of the NBC news special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama.” She has also been outspoken about domestic violence and abuse. Hall’s sister, Renate, was murdered in Texas in 2004 in a domestic violence case that remains unsolved. Rinaldi said Hall’s stance

Regardless “ of race, creed,

gender, her resume speaks for itself. She’s an inspiration.

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on the issue is vital if she ends up elected by the Board today, not only because of Temple’s location, but also because of its impact on women everywhere. “That’s very important,” he said. “Especially not just the fact we live in North Philadelphia, but because there is a lot of that that goes on. ... She’s a voice, she’s much more than the average folk.” Rinaldi, who will be at today’s Board of Trustees meeting, said he looks forward to working with Hall if she is elected. “I look forward to having an ongoing conversation about domestic violence and about a number of issues that face Temple,” he said. “And see how we can collaborate and use our different experiences to find solutions.”

LEGISLATION PASSED FOR AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS Legislation was introduced to the Senate last Wednesday to make college textbooks more affordable for students. The Affordable College Textbook Act would create a grant program to support the creation of open college textbooks, which would be accessible under an open license to professors, students and researchers. The bill also would also require the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress by 2017 with price trends updated on college textbooks, as well as aims to improve existing requirements for publishers to make all textbooks available for individual sale, instead of as a bundle. -Lian Parsons

The Judicial Conduct Board has reopened its investigation into inappropriate emails sent by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. The board investigated Justice

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Tamron Hall, who graduated from Temple in 1992, was nominated for a Board of Trustees spot.


clips of actors in different situations which officers can interact with. The officer faces a blank wall the clips are projected onto, while an instructor, like Officer Damon Mitchell, can have the officer go through different scenarios. According to the Ti Training website, the simulator includes more than 500 situations officers can interact with. Each scenario has “a number of variations,” Mitchell said, creating thousands of different experiences. The variations also contain several “wild card” options, like a person who seems to be complying suddenly pulling out a knife and attempting to attack the officer. Other scenarios focus on a specific theme, like mental illness or a suicidal subject. The Ti Training website also mentions a “low-light simulation,” where officers are required to hold a flashlight that appears to actually shine a light in the projection. As the scenario plays out, the software tracks the movement of the flashlight and illuminates the scene accordingly. “The simulator is equipped with everything we carry on the street,” Mitchell said, which includes a Glock 17, a taser and pepper spray, which are everyday equipment, as well as a rifle and shotgun, which are used in specific situations. The mock weapons for the training room have pressurized clips that mim-

ic the actual firing of the gun when the trigger is pulled. “It’s as real as you can get in a training situation,” Mitchell said. The simulator can also accommodate props and objects officers might encounter in real situations, which can then be used for cover or function as obstacles. “We want to get everyone in to try it out,” Leone said. He plans for officers to use the simulator at least two times a year, but training will constantly be available. After a simulation is run through, officers are asked to explain what situation they were faced with, how they reacted and their reasoning behind it. They are then debriefed by the instructor in charge. Mitchell said officers can see what policies and procedures they may have violated or gotten wrong. The simulator can and will have future upgrades, Leone said, which could include a vest officers wear that vibrates when “hit” by the actor in the simulation. There will also be an addition of Temple-specific scenarios. Ti Training would film actors on location, playing out scenarios on actual Temple sidewalks and in known buildings around campus. * julie.christie@temple.edu T Christie_Jules

* steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel DANIEL RAINVILLE TTN

Temple Police officer Damon Mitchell tests the new Ti Training simulator.



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Two Temple professors are using a quit-smoking app, along with other measures, to study maternal smoking. PAGE 16

The Bhakti Yoga Club held the event “My Mind and I: The Show Must Go On,” which addressed self-realization. PAGE 8

FAMILIES WELCOMED TO CAMPUS This year’s Parents and Family Weekend begins this Saturday. Hosted by the Temple University Alumni Association, the festivities will begin at 8 a.m. PAGE 16





NEW VOICES BROUGHT TO LIFE ON STAGE Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Temple Theaters collaborated for the 27th annual New Voices Festival.



producing director at Philadelphia Young Playwrights. “And that’s just like every one of our young people.” Each play is then cast and also assigned a professional director and a dramaturge, someone who handles research and development, to oversee the play. There is a threeweek period of intensive rehearsal where they work through the script with the playwright and begin to put together the production. The plays in this year’s festival range from comedies to dramas that cover hard-hitting issues. KC Camper, a junior theater major who played parts in “Our Hands are Up” and “For a Good Investment,” is one of many Temple students who were cast. “It’s really awesome to do that because you get to see the art form right in front of you, and you are the first one to bring it to life,” Camper said. The directors for the plays are all hired through Philadelphia Young Playwrights to work with the students on their plays. Claire Moyer, a professional

t all began as a mandatory assignment for students in Philadelphia from second to 12th grade. Six months later, the words these students wrote in May were brought to life in front of an audience by Temple theater students. From Oct. 1-10 in the Randall Theater, six plays written by students from eighth to 12th grade were acted out by Temple students for the New Voices Festival. The New Voices Festival, an annual collaboration between Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Temple Theaters, has been a tradition for 27 years, featuring the first place winners in the middle and high school divisions of Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Annual Playwriting Festival. This year’s first place winners were narrowed down from 800 submissions. “Every one of them is so different and unique than the rest of them,” said Glen Knapp, executive



Student Peter Loikits performed in “Did That Just Happen?” at Randall Theater as part of the New Voices Festival Oct. 2.


‘I was going to die in prison’

After serving 36 years at Graterford prison, Tyrone Werts works for the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple. By MICHAELA WINBERG Assistant Lifestyle Editor

development at Temple, planned for the event by connecting with groups in the city who were invested in games, including the Moore College of Art and Design, Nerd Nite Philadelphia and Lunar Rabbit, a game development team formed out of Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio. Frank Lee, the director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio and co-founder of Drexel’s game design program, gave an opening lecture right before the festival, where he talked about his grand ideas of taking games “beyond the screen,” like with his hacking of the Cira Centre build-

Tyrone Werts doesn’t leave the house unless he’s wearing a suit. “I do that because of racial profiling in the city,” said Werts, a public relations consultant at the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program housed at Temple. “I don’t want to be walking down the street in a pair of jeans, Timbs and a hoodie, because what happens if the police stop me, pull me over, because I look like someone who committed a crime? Anything can happen.” With an active life-on-parole sentence, Werts said he has to constantly be aware of his surroundings because any misstep, any false accusation, could “land [him] right back in prison, with [his] life sentence back.” “It’s a part of my psyche every day,” Werts said. “Every time I step out the door.” One night in 1975, Werts sat in the car while some of his friends committed an armed robbery. “I told them I would have nothing to do with it, and I stayed in the car and waited for them,” he said. “Someone was shot and killed.” Despite his lack of direct involvement in the crime, Werts was convicted of second-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pennsylvania law states “lifers,” or prisoners given life sentences, can never become eligible for parole unless they win an appeal, receive a pardon or get their sentence commuted. “I wasn’t delusional about my situation,” he said. “I




Linh Dang, student, navigates through a fantasy world using the a virtual reality headset at Paley Library’s Digital Scholarship Center

Exploring the gaming culture “Games Without Frontiers” is this year’s theme for the library’s program of events. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor If one were to walk into Paley Library’s ground floor late Sept. 30, they would have noticed something radically different from the library’s normal operations—live music, open discussions and the sound of arcade machines. This was the setting for Temple Libraries’ kick-off games festival for its

“Beyond the Page” programming, which this year will focus on discussions and events about games, gaming and play based on the theme “Games Without Frontiers.” With blaring music from local band Cheap Dinosaurs and groups from within the city involved with gaming also in attendance, the event aimed to set the tone for the rest of the year’s schedule. “At the root, gaming is fun too and that’s why it brings people together so I wanted to do something more fun to kind of start off the year,” said Nicole Restaino, manager of library communications and public programming. Restaino and Matt Shoemaker, coordinator of digital scholarship service

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Liberal arts for the 21st century The 21st Century Liberal Arts Conference will take place Oct. 15. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor


Mangal-Aarti Devi Dasi (right), one of the organizers of the Bhakti Yoga Club, talks to students about the club’s programs Oct. 1.

Self-realization through yoga The Bhakti Yoga Club hosted an event featuring the world famous monk Devamrita Swami. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News The rhythm of percussion filled the room as the crowd echoed the call and response cry of the ancient Maha Mantra, led by world-famous monk Devamrita Swami. “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,” the crowd chanted in unison as Indian instrumentals played in the background. This musical group meditation took place at the event “My Mind and I: The Show Must Go On,” hosted by Temple’s Bhakti Yoga Club Oct. 1 in Student Center Room 217B. Swami, who is trained in the Krishna Bhakti tradition, spoke at this event. Donned in traditional orange swami attire, Swami addressed a crowd of approximately 45 people. He spoke about living a life of simplicity and limiting habit energies, which cause people to focus on material things. “You won’t be able to get rid of your material wants and needs without taking on superior wants and needs,” Swami said. The main goal of Bhakti Yoga, Swami said, is to search for a sense of self-realization. Many in the West focus solely on the physical aspect of yoga, which is only one rung on the “yoga ladder,” he said.

Mediation and sonic therapy serve as more essential aspects of yoga. Through these sensory practices, yogis, those who seek enlightenment through yoga, can come to know themselves. Knowledge is key in trying to achieve self-realization, Swami said. “To attain the goals of self-realization you have to study, you have to understand through knowledge what is hallucination and what is real,” he said. “And that involves some lifestyle adjustments.” The philosophy of Bhatki Yoga relies mainly on a spiritual text called the Bhagavad Gita, also known as “The Gita,” to serve as a guide for its teachings. “The Gita” focuses on the accounts of Krishna, who is thought of as the supreme human being in the text. Because “The Gita” is associated with the Mahabharat, a Hindu scripture, Bhakti Yoga itself is sometimes conflated with Hinduism. Pratik Dhuvad, treasurer of Bhakti Yoga Club and organizer of this event, stresses that Bhakti Yoga is not necessarily tied to a specific religion. “You don’t have to be a Hindu or a Muslim or a Buddhist,” said Dhuvad, a graduate student in the physics department. “You could be anyone if you’re looking for like to know who you are, to find peace—that’s what [Bhakti Yoga] is.” Abi Hesser, a junior philosophy major, attended the Bhakti Yoga Club’s event to try to get a better grasp on how other people in the world were dealing with the pressures of materialism in their own lives.

“I had been thinking about removing [myself] from society, and pretty much everything [Swami] was talking about, the material constraints and pressures of being here,” Hesser said. She said she wants to incorporate sonic therapy into her own meditation routine, which currently only focuses on breathing patterns. “I think that his thing with musical therapy, it wasn’t really something that [I’d] ever really thought about as incorporating before,” Hesser said. “[I] never really considered sound therapy as one of the ways that you can sort of heal yourself, so that was really interesting.” The event concluded with a vegan meal, because food is an integral part of Bhakti Yoga, Dhuvad said. “Food is something which cleans our consciousness,” Dhuvad said. “It defines us, who we are, that’s why it is very important the food that we eat is very clean.” Bhakti Yoga emphasizes the virtue of cleanliness, along with those of compassion, austerity and truthfulness as essential in becoming a good yogi. The Bhakti Yoga Club will continue to help students become good yogis at their bi-weekly meetings, the first of which will be held Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in Student Center Room 217C. “Students have so many tensions and anxieties with loans and all,” Dhuvad said. “A main part of this club [is so] they can have resources, so they can set themselves free.” * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

The College of Liberal Arts wants to take some time to talk about our nation’s biggest issues. “I think that’s something that’s really lacking in our world today,” said Heather Thakar, an assistant professor of anthropology. “We’re so busy—when do we stop and think? We need to stop, think and reflect on what we know, what we’ve learned and how we can apply it.” Thakar is one of many Temple professors who will participate in this reflection Oct. 15 for the first “21st Century Challenges Demand 21st Century Liberal Arts” conference. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., two panels for each issue of the American Dream, terrorism, water and healthcare will take place throughout the Student Center, with special guest respondents for each. While many wouldn’t associate issues like terrorism with liberal arts, the conference is set to show how it can start meaningful conversations about these worldly topics. “A lot of people think that the liberal arts is old and outdated but with this event, we’re kind of showing that the liberal arts has something to say to these really prominent, really serious contemporary issues,” said Amy Defibaugh, an instructor in the religion department and conference coordinator. The panelists and moderators, all Temple faculty members, come from a wide variety of disciplines and offer a different perspective on each issue. Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage department and moderator of the health care panel, said it’s a chance for students to see their professors in action and learn there’s not one approach to a solution. “I’d love for students to come away with the idea that interdisciplinary inquiry is really exciting, that we can deal with so many big,

incredibly tough and nuanced issues in profound ways when we think outside the boxes we tend to put ourselves in,” CunninghamBryant said. An underlying theme of the conference is also to demonstrate the value of liberal arts in society today with respondents like Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center who holds a Ph.D. in military history, taking part in a lunch session panel moderated by Ruth Ost, director of the Honors Program. “I don’t think there are that many forums for students to really see outside of the classroom what this work is like, how we think about the big questions that are challenging us today,” said Hilary Lowe, assistant professor of history and moderator of the American Dream panel. “None of us would find value in any kind of work we do if we don’t have the ability to dig through and make it meaningful.” If anything, the professors in the panels aim to show gen-ed students how their time and dedication to supposedly “esoteric” research can contribute to humanity as a whole, Thakar said. Thakar, who will be moderating the terrorism panel, said as an archaeologist she doesn’t expect her students to get into archaeology—but the critical thinking skills and knowledge gained have potential to impact their futures. “We are in essence demonstrating our ability to be citizens of the modern world,” Thakar said. “There shouldn’t be an undergraduate going through gen-ed or any class with a liberal arts professor that isn’t thinking about how what they learn can connect to the lives that they are living or their children will be living.” Even for students who aren’t majoring in liberal arts, the professors encourage and recommend students to register for the event as seats are filling up fast. Defibaugh said it’s a necessary time for students and faculty to get involved in bigger conversations. “These are really complex issues and they deserve and need complex and thought-out, engaged solutions,” she said. “And this is how we kind of get to it, by holding these sorts of conversations.” * albert.hong@temple.edu


Art born through pollutants British artist Caroline Rothwell created a carbon emissions mural on Main Campus. By ALEXIS ROGERS The Temple News

Most people consider the soot from car tailpipes waste or pollution. But for British artist Caroline Rothwell, carbon emissions are the main choice of medium in her artwork. “I come from a family of scientists and industrial chemists, so I have always approached materiality with a slightly unusual styling point,” Rothwell said. “So every medium I use in my artwork always has a very particular meaning.” Through a recent collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and Temple Contemporary, Rothwell created a mural on the Montgomery Garage’s north wall using the soot from emissions. For Temple’s mural, she used emissions from one of the smokestacks located at Temple. All her artwork is generally small and detailed; this was the first time she painted something with the medium on such a large scale. The image Rothwell created is of an threat-

ened plant species in Philadelphia known as the Juncus alpinus. The main goal of the mural is to raise awareness for the environment, especially endangered plant species. “I was very interested in connecting our relationship with our environment,” Rothwell said. “I really wanted to make that direct connection to Philadelphia.” Robert Blackson, director of exhibitions and public programs for Temple Contemporary, met Rothwell in New York during studio visits through a residency program. He was immediately intrigued by the messages and concepts used in her artwork and wanted to bring the idea of using carbon emissions to Temple. He spoke to administration and Kathleen Grady, Temple’s director of sustainability, in order to locate possible locations for the project. Once the parking garage was decided as the final location, Blackson took action in assisting Rothwell with collecting emissions for the project. “Here at Tyler, we ground them down and sifted them,” Blackson said. “We had to mix that with water so that eventually the mural will go away.” The fact that the mural will eventually disappear is also a theme with bringing awareness to the environment. “I believe it will only have a lifespan of just a few months,” Blackson said. “The inten-


Caroline Rothwell, a British artist, created a mural of a Philadelphia endangered plant species using the soot from carbon emissions. It is currently on the north wall of the Montgomery Garage.

tion of it is that it will go away—it’s that sense of a cycle and composting.” Grady also took deep interest in the goal of the mural. She hopes the mural will also shed light on the Office of Sustainability’s other initiatives, like its recent efforts of addressing climate change in hopes of having Temple become carbon-neutral by 2050. “We really think it really helps frame the

dialogue of carbon as a building block of life but also as this force that we’re dealing with in terms of climate change,” Grady said. “So that is something to get people to think about the different roles carbon plays in our lives.” * alexis.rogers@temple.edu




Front Street Cafe opened in late September. The restaurant offers healthy meals catered toward those with eating restrictions, like gluten intolerance and vegetarianism. PAGE 10

The museum hosted the Death Salon Oct. 5-6, featuring lectures, discussions and art exhibits centered around death. For the first year, the salon held a Dark Artisan’s Bazaar with local artists. PAGE 11




Marching to end oppression A creative Different from marches in the past, the 2015 March to End Rape Culture focused on intersectionality by striving to include minorities and the trans community of Philadelphia. By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News


nder gray skies at the 2015 March to End Rape Culture, Nellie Fitzpatrick relayed the story of Chrissy Lee Polis, a transgender woman who was beaten in 2011 after attempting to use a women’s bathroom. “This happened to Chrissy because of how these people perceived her,” said Fitzpatrick, the city’s director of LGBT Affairs. “Because she wasn’t good enough to simply do what every single person here

We’re sold on the “ideas that women’s

bodies, brown bodies, disabled bodies are not entitled to rights. Dr. Timaree Schmit | speaker

does every day: go to the bathroom.” Three days after the march, Philadelphia witnessed the 18th murder of a transgender woman of color in America this year when 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins was attacked in Logan. Police arrested a man in connection to the murder yesterday. “We’re sold on the idea that women’s bodies, brown bodies, disabled bodies are not entitled to rights,” speaker Dr. Timaree Schmit said to audience members. While this year’s event focused on the elimination of rape culture, speakers tackled other issues related ANGELA GERVASI TTN

Protestors carried signs through the streets of Center City Oct. 3 for the March to End Rape Culture.


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Alumnus John Creveling’s artwork will be featured in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2016 calendar. By VICTORIA MIER A&E Editor Sometimes, when John Creveling is working on a new piece, he forgets to take his medication. “That’s the wonderful thing about that, you’re so involved, you’re so engaged, immersed in creating, that you forget you have anything, any disease,” Creveling said. Creveling, a 2003 alumnus who earned his master’s in education at Temple, has Parkinson’s disease, but doesn’t want his condition to “be the conversation.” In fact, after being officially diagnosed in 2009 with the chronic and progressive movement disorder, often characterized by tremors, stiffness in the limbs and decline of nerve cells in the brain, Creveling really didn’t want to talk about it at all. “I didn’t think it was unusual that most people want to hide whatever it is they have,” Creveling said. “I didn’t want to be ‘that guy with PD,’ because I wanted people to know me for John, for who I am, not the disease I have.” But then Creveling met a woman while traveling and discovered her brother had Parkinson’s as well. After having a “little cry together,” he realized talking about the disease could be powerful. “If I’m not talking about it, how can I be an advocate for research?” Creveling said. “If you want to find the cure for a disease, you need to have the conversation going. I realized then I wanted to be more of a vocal advocate for looking for the cure.” Now, Creveling, a retired career and


In local graveyard, mystery play spins historical tale The Mechanical Theater performed an interactive, suspenseful mystery in the Laurel Hill Cemetery. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News Groundskeepers at Laurel Hill Cemetery have found strange objects like melted candles and chicken bones throughout the historic graveyard in East Falls. What appears to be remains of a ritualized ceremony could just be left by late night trespassers—or remains from someone or something unknown. These happenings were the source of inspiration for playwright Loretta Vasile’s fascination with New Orleans history and Haitian Voodoo. Vasile is the artistic director of the Mechanical Theater, a floating production in Philadelphia that develops performances with historical ties. She works closely with sites like Laurel Hill to craft

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her play’s storyline. On Oct. 3-4, Vasile and co-director Adam Landon presented “The Gravedigger’s Daughter,” a suspenseful mystery with a comedic twist centered on the history of slavery and ancient practice of black magic. The play connects the stories of Melancholy, a young Quaker Girl who works in her father’s graveyard, and a powerful, knowledgeable, freed slave and black magic practitioner named Sissy. Melancholy seeks advice from the woman and forms a close relationship with her. Vasile incorporated cultural metaphors by using a child turned zombie, played by theater major Jessica Buno, who is later discovered to be Sissy’s daughter. “I wanted to explore the notion of the zombie, which I think a lot of people don’t realize is actually a Haitian concept,” Vasile said. “The information in the play about the ‘zombie astral’—the idea of having a slave in a bottle essentially—are actually folklore beliefs associated with Haitian Voodoo.” Vasile said people tend to forget, “The zombie, in many ways, is a cultural metaphor for slavery.”

The zombie, in “many ways, is a

cultural metaphor for slavery.

Loretta Vasile | playwright

Vasile cast strong, leading African -American protagonist roles because she believes these characters are uncommon in horror theater. For Sissy, Vasile wanted to create a significant character with an ambivalent age and mysterious history practicing Haitian voodoo. “The actress who played Sissy commented that she thought perhaps she was a little too young to actually portray the character, because there’s a certain gravitas to her, there’s a sense that, here is someone who is innately powerful but she’s in a society where she is literally powerless,” Vasile said. Eliana Fabiyi, 23,



Eliana Fabiyi plays Sissy, an escaped slave, in the Mechanical Theater’s “The Gravedigger’s Daughter” Oct. 4.






Cafe brings organic options to Front Street Front Street Cafe boasts an all natural and vegetable-based menu. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News

When real estate businessman Lee Larkin began working in Fishtown, he waited for someone to open a restaurant catering to the needs of the health-conscious. After more than a decade, he decided to do it himself. “I think I’m crazy,” Larkin said. “I like to dream and imagine things to do, and make them—especially design.” Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front St. opened as a coffee shop Sept. 21. In addition to juices, smoothies, tea and coffee, grab-andgo items are available at the counter like pastries and sandwiches. Next month, the bistro-style restaurant will include dinner service to-go with a full bar. The cafe will be open from 6

a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. Larkin bought the building 13 years ago when he started his real estate ventures in Fishtown. A former parking lot wrapped in an L-shape around the property now acts as an outdoor seating area, complete with salvaged carriage house doors that can open to face Thompson Street or conceal the garden from the street. For Larkin, eating healthy and limiting meat consumption affects his daily life. As a result of a tick bite in 2010, Larkin developed an allergy to red meat. With the help of business partner Nicole Barclay, chef Chris Rubinstein and general manager and executive chef Andrew Petruzelli, Larkin created a menu that doesn't alter the experience of guests with restricted diets. “At most restaurants, if you have a dietary restriction, you might be able to eat 15 percent of the things on the menu,” said Larkin. “We wanted to flip that where people with restrictions could can eat 85 percent of the things on the menu. Farm-to-table is a catchword these days. We want to be healthy and have a place where

people can eat at several times a week and it’s actually going to make them healthier.” In the kitchen run by Petruzelli, even the most basic ingredients are carefully considered. “We came up with a recipe for our own gluten-free flour blend,” Petruzelli said. “It’s flax, chickpea and brown rice flour. We spent about a month on it. We’re making pretty much everything in-house. I’ve been on this project for eight months now. We’ve spent that entire time sourcing stuff and honing that concept.” A significant part of Front's concept is sourcing organic local produce and meats, curating a wine list with mostly organic options and even finding organic liquors to keep behind the bar. Larkin’s decision to incorporate a grab-and-go counter into his space corresponds with the mantra of every realtor: location, location, location. “Thompson Street is on an angle to Frankford, and then it runs on an angle deep into Fishtown,” Larkin said. “So everyone that walks to the El is funneled right past our front


Alex Long works in the kitchen during staff training at Front Street Café.

door. La Colombe doesn’t open until 7 a.m., so that’s why we open at 6 a.m.” In addition to juices like the Firefly (carrot, pineapple, lemon, turmeric and ginger), the coffee bar serves coffee from Counter Culture and organic teas from Rishi Tea. Food items like a quinoa mushroom burger with smoked mushrooms and house-made coconut yogurt are pack-

aged for those who want to run first and then eat. Petruzelli and his culinary team are working on finalizing menu items for dinner in order for the restaurant to become the spot to start or end the day—or both. “You only get one chance for a first impression,” Larkin said. * madeline.presland@temple.edu


Southern flavors create a familiar atmosphere at new bar New restaurant and jazz bar SOUTH will bring a Southern twist to Broad Street. By LOGAN BECK The Temple News

Robert Bynum spent his childhood enjoying the comfort and familiarity of his mother’s southern soul food and listening to jazz music. Now, he wants to bring both of those things to Broad Street with the opening of his restaurant and jazz bar, SOUTH. After exploring several potential locations, Bynum saw Broad Street as the perfect fit for his vision. “We view Broad Street as the center of the city,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT

Bynum wanted to create an atmosphere with contemporary Southern cuisine that places equal emphasis on the quality of food and music. “What we try to do is put a 100 percent focus on our food, as well as a 100 percent focus on our music,” Bynum said. According to Harrison Hayman, the operating partner and general manager for SOUTH, the restaurant aims to make guests feel like they've left Philadelphia and entered a classic Southern home. Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch, from the corn soup to the hot sauce. Glass cabinets and French doors filled with pickled vegetables and preserves line the perimeter of the restaurant, along with a fixture known as a bottle tree attached to the ceiling.

What we try to do is put a 100 percent focus on our food, as well as a 100 percent focus on our music.

Rober Bynum | owner of SOUTH

Hayman said the bottle tree is reminiscent of Southern tradition, and an important asset of the restaurant. “Young couples or recently married couples place a bottle on the tree

if they want a dream to come true, or to keep out evil spirits,” Hayman said. With the Oct. 15 grand opening of SOUTH approaching, the management found staff members at Temple. Freshman tourism and hospitality major Alexis Reaves began working at the restaurant after South reached out to Elizabeth Barber, the Associate Dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality. Reaves said working at SOUTH has given her a good first experience in the industry. “The restaurant does a great job of including everyone,” Reaves said. “It makes you feel like you’re back at home.” On the other side of the Southern home-inspired restaurant, a jazz bar stands alone. Hayman said the bar

will host jazz performances six days a week—Bynum’s personal favorite aspect of the job. Bynum has developed many contacts over the years working in the industry, helping him recruit jazz talent. “The food is great, but ultimately my passion goes back to the music,” Bynum said. “That’s what I’m most excited about.” Bynum, who grew up with jazz, hopes that through South, a younger generation of fans will emerge. “I do believe that with some of the millennial generation, jazz is coming back with a newfound popularity,” Bynum said. * logan.beck@temple.edu




Literacy program opens location by Main Campus Mighty Writers opened new programs in partnership with the Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond. By ROSE DARAZ The Temple News Tim Whitaker has often said there is a need for a Mighty Writers, a nonprofit he founded after a career in journalism, on every corner in Philadelphia. Mighty Writers opened a new location near Main Campus at the Church of the Advocate on 11th near Diamond in April, and began full programming over the summer. The nonprofit teaches Philadelphia students to read, write and communicate clearly, striving to empower third to 12th graders at its four locations across the city. The North Philadelphia opening marked the first time a Mighty Writers branch opened in collaboration with another institution. “The Church of the Advocate and North Philadelphia are very familiar to us because we have so many connections with Temple, we have so many volunteers from Temple,” Whitaker said. “It was very comfortable to start in North Philadelphia because of the connection with Temple.” The Church of the Advocate, Whitaker added, was an attractive partner because of its history and legacy. “It’s done so many important things for the North Philadelphia community for so many decades,” Whitaker said. The Church of the Advocate offers services to the North Philadelphia community like weekly dinner nights, basketball games for the homeless and educational programs for adults and children. The Episcopalian church was founded in 1886 as a memorial to George W. South, a community leader, at 1801 W. Diamond St. Sophomore finance major and vice president of the Temple University Community Service Association Jasmine Hay wanted to be involved in something with “kids and their school work,” so she started volunteering at Mighty Writers North.


Mighty Writers North Philadelphia Program Director, Shamira O’Neal (right), teaches the Teen Scholars program.

“I like working here, I like being able to work with high school students,” Hay said. “I’ve always had an interest in that.” High school sophomore Niyah Palmer also followed an interest that led to to Mighty Writers after a move from Virginia to Philadelphia. “My grandma found out about it and then I liked it when I took it in the summer because I like writing,” Palmer said. “You can go anywhere in the world with writing.” “Being a part of Mighty Writers makes me feel like I’m doing something good with my life,” said Rasheed Alexander, a sophomore at Benjamin Franklin High School who lives in North Philadelphia. “I don’t think a lot of kids from North Philly know about this program, but I don’t think they’d join if they knew either,” Alexander added. “I like it that way because it’s more quiet and it gives us more room to learn. This program helps me express myself.” Mighty Writers is also a place for students to go after school if there isn't anyone to watch them at home, program director

Shamira O’Neal said. “If they’re bored at home, they learn they can bring their homework for homework help,” O’Neal said. The Mighty Writers program is a part of the church’s Advocate Center for Culture and Education program, which offers neighborhood youth college access and homework help. Aside from writing and reading, Mighty Writers addresses current topics relevant to the students. During the summer program, students concentrated on the “Black Lives Matter” movement. “We try to talk about things that are relevant to the kids,” O'Neal said. “So we talk about many things like their personal identity, identities of the community, things they like to do, things that affect their lives, their education, being a black child in Philadelphia. I think there’s a lot that goes into what we study and how we study and on being reflective of who they are as people.” * rose.daraz@temple.edu


Through death, a community is born

The Death Salon showcased local Philadelphia artists at the Mütter Museum. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Trapped beneath glass, delicately crocheted skeletons by artist Caitlin McCormack are suspended in death and decay—two things Megan Rosenbloom can’t get enough of. Rosenbloom founded and directs her Death Salon, an organization that unites likeminded individuals to facilitate conversations centered around mortality. Through art, lectures and performances, the Death Salon hopes to do away with the hypersensitive nature with which death is regarded in western culture. “The whole idea is bringing together a lot of different ideas,” Rosenbloom said. “Kind of like hanging out in a living room type of thing. Even though not a lot of living rooms hold 300 people.” On Oct. 5 and 6, the Mütter Museum welcomed the fifth annual Death Salon. The Salon featured speakers, physicians, experts and 15th handpicked merchants and artists like McCormack, whose works capture the essence of death. McCormack, a Philadelphia artist, sold her crocheted skeletons at the Dark Artisans’ Bazaar, a new addition to Death Salon. “The bazaar is crucially important to the Philadelphia art scene,” McCormack said. “I am one hundred percent buying anything that draws any attention to Philadelphia. I think that the Mütter is a very important hub of dark art, but I don’t like to use those terms because they can be very limiting. How the bazaar represents the visible manifestations of mortality—I think that this is important, and that all of these artists can network.” Speakers at the event like Dr. Paul Koudounaris challenged the role death plays in Western culture. “We are so wrapped up in the idea that the way we deal with death is correct,” Koudounaris said. Koudounaris spoke about the concept of

the “soft border” between life and death present in many Eastern cultures, like Indonesia and the Philippines. “The soft border is permeable where people are allowed to interact with those who have passed on, and the dead still have a role to play in society,” Koudounaris said. “What we have constructed is what I call the hard boundary, it’s kind of this line of death, you know, ‘thou shall not pass.’ To try to cross that line is sort of a taboo.”

are so wrapped up “in We the idea that the way we deal with death is correct.


Dejan Majerle (left), a member of Temple Bboys, does a headstand trick.

Dr. Paul Koundounaris | speaker

Vendors of the Dark Artisans’ Bazaar used their work as a way for consumers to cross this line. The merchants offered everything from hand-crafted urns to umbrellas printed with colorful post-mortem samples. “When the economy tanked, we were sitting around saying, ‘Well, how can we make some money?’” artist Anne Culver Noble said. “And I said, well, people keep dying.” Noble runs Urns By Artists, an independent gallery specializing in cremation urns. She approached Rosenbloom about being a vendor at the bazaar to challenge the social taboo of death. “I would say it’s a dream come true, but I would never have thought to have the dream in the first place,” Rosenbloom said. “I am so excited to be at the Mütter. Sometimes, when you’re from a place, you take for granted how special things are. I am so proud of Philadelphia being my hometown because I feel like I know everything about it. It’s special to be able to show it off to everyone and enjoy it myself from a totally different perspective.” * erin.claire.blewett@temple.edu

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Pennsylvania for the Silverback Open Championships, one of the largest competitions on the Tour’s circuit. Professional breaker and 2008 communication studies alumnus Jake Hill, known in the breaking community as “Jake the Snake,” is one of this year’s contenders. A 16-year veteran of the breakdance scene, Hill sees breaking as an effective form of emotional release—he even teaches the techniques to Graham’s children. “It’s about being with my friends and letting whatever you have inside, out,” Hill said. “Whether that’s anger, frustration or just a desire to do something cool.” Hill believes the Pro Breaking Tour can create a sense of unity between promoters and breakers. “It’s been sort of this

tribal mentality where no one wants to share their piece of the pie and because of that they haven’t been able to really move forward,” Hill said. “That’s one thing I think all of us would like to see happen out of this UDEF movement and Pro Breaking Tour; to change those conditions so that dancers are respected and ... are able to realize a career.” Richie Maguire, a 2003 business marketing alumnus, has been breakdancing professionally most of his life and performed for a crowd of 20,000 while competing in the 2008 R-16 B-boy tournament in South Korea. Known by fellow breakers as “Gymnasty,” a nod to his experience on Temple's gymnastics team, Maguire sees UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour as an effective middle ground between the financial and artistic sides of breakdancing. “There’s a big argument on one hand that B-boy and

breaking is a dance, it’s an art form and should be displayed as such and shouldn’t be presented as a sport,” Maguire said. “The Pro Breaking Tour is a great step, it has to be respectful of the roots and history of the dance, but I think it has massive potential.” Akhil Golla, a junior biology major and president of on-campus breakdancing club Temple Bboys, planned to attend The Silverback Championships with other local breakers. Golla respects the sense of camaraderie offered by UDEF and the Tour. “Whenever you go see other B-boys fight, like go dance, and they're a lot better than you, it invigorates you to try even harder,” Golla said. “I think that’s great because it creates a community. It brings everyone together.” * eamon.noah.dreisbach@ temple.edu





The 2015 Pearl Street Block Party took place Oct. 10 on the Pearl Street near 12th in Chinatown. The event was Asian Arts Initiative’s third year hosting the free event, which features artists, vendors and entertainers like Elizabeth Hamilton’s Mini Pop-Up Museum (top), Hip Hop Fundamentals (right), Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia Public History Truck and more. Santana Outlaw (left), a sophomore at the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber High School in Philadelphia, participated in Philadelphia Public History Truck’s activity at the block party as part of her internship. The activity had guests draw their life story on luggage tags in a comic-strip style. Then, participants signed their names and neighborhood on the other side of the tag. “To be here now is really cool,” Outlaw said. Other activities at the event included salsa dancing (bottom), a “movement activity” by Philadelphia Young Playwrights as part of their Write On campaign and interactive artwork tables. To close the evening, a community meal was held at 5 p.m., where guests sat on chairs and tables crafted at the first block party in 2013.


DECADANCETHEATRE fri | oct 16, 2015 • 7:30 PM sat | oct 17, 2015 • 7:30 PM

Lecture and performance series presents a new commissioned work directed by Jennifer Weber. As an artist, Weber seeks to explore hip-hop as the key emerging language of a global youth culture. Current dance students will perform with the company.


A Fatherless Void: Males in Liturgical Dance

fri | oct 2, 2015 • 7:30 PM sat | oct 3, 2015 • 7:30 PM

$20 general admission; $15 students and senior citizens; $10 Dance Alumni and Temple employees $5 with Temple student Owlcard For on-campus ticket sales Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 Open Mon.– Fri., 10:00am – 4:00pm

ALL PERFORMANCES: Conwell Dance Theater 5th floor of Conwell Hall NE corner of Broad St. and Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122

Dance performances are supported in part by the Rose Vernick Fund and Temple University’s General Activities Fund.

Tickets are available at the theater 45 minutes before each show.






Dark magic centerpiece of new play


This Sunday the Homebrew Club is offering BBQ and beer for a cause. A $30 advance ticket, or $40 at the door, buys an all-you-can-eat pass to the block party hosted by the Philadelphia Homebrew Club at 1447 N. American St. The 9th annual Made on American Street BBQ competition starts at 2 p.m. Culinary teams compete for the best ribs, chicken and sides while the Homebrew Club provides samples of autumnal beers. Ticket proceeds benefit the nonprofit food bank Philabundance. -Madeline Presland

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John Creveling started painting after a Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2009.

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leadership coach, is expressing himself a bit more boldly—his photograph will be the cover of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s Parkinson’s and Creativity 2016 calendar. “The calendar really helps raise awareness, which is a valuable thing,” said Melissa Barry, the director of communications at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The calendar started with one exhibit of artwork created by people with the disease, Barry said, as part of the foundation’s contribution to the World Parkinson’s Conference in 2006. “At the time, we had several people come to us and say there’s a relationship between creativity and Parkinson’s,” Barry said. “A lot of people would say they were not artistic before—not always, though—but for some reason, after diagnosis, they find it therapeutic.” Though Creveling is not defined by his disease, the diagnosis

certainly changed his outlook—he “discovered art” for the first time. Though his wife Christina Creveling said her husband has "always been creative,” she recognized his turn towards artistic mediums as “a wonderful reaction to a life challenge.” Now, John Creveling draws, paints and photographs. His work isn’t limited to the canvas—inside his home, the bathroom wall is overtaken by a mural of Center City’s skyline, complete with William Penn’s silhouette on City Hall and hidden messages that glow in the dark. “I feel this urgency, this desire, this want to be creative in as many ways as I can,” John Creveling said. “You can also get so caught up in the moment when you’re creating and PD goes on the backburner,” Christina Creveling added. John Creveling doesn’t think he’s the only one experiencing this freedom through art. “Parkinson’s Foundation has enabled people with Parkinson’s to express themselves creatively, and there are more than 400 people with PD that have presented

their work to PDF to display,” he said. “That has provided opportunities for people to see their art that might not see it otherwise.” But it’s not just about fundraising calendars and online galleries. “[We are] more than what you see,” John Creveling said. “Because there’s people that have PD that are so incredibly talented in a variety of fashions that you might not know unless there was an opportunity.” The mission, at the end of the day, is funding research for Parkinson’s. Creveling’s undergone research advocacy training, Barry said, and is “incredibly committed to fighting Parkinson’s in a number of ways.” John Creveling's motto is “have PD, will travel.” For him, that means he’s looking for a cure—that he will travel “anyplace in the world” if he can contribute to curing the disease. “I’m on a quest,” John Creveling said. “It’s time to find a cure.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu

received a call back from Vasile offering her the role of Sissy. “Even though it was a comedy and everything, to portray a slave, you have to have a certain weight in such a terrible time in America’s history, so I wanted to do the character justice,” Fabiyi said. “So with that, I lowered the register of my voice and I even gave her a limp just to physicalize the pain and the life she’s seen.” Fabiyi said her biggest challenge when taking on the role was perfecting the voice in the ambiguous dialect of her character. “I tried to get the New Orleans accent as best as I could, but there isn’t a lot of surviving evidence of what slave’s accents from different parts of the United States would have been,” Fabiyi said. After the end of each act, the audience was led by candlelight along a dark path to the location of the next act. Glimpses of the Schuylkill River and shadows of mausoleums created a convincing set of an ancient, historical graveyard. In the middle of a scene change, similar to an intermission, candy, cookies and hot cider were provided while Laurel Hill tour guide Nancy W. Wright expanded on the play’s plot line and told similar stories about the graveyard’s history of slavery, abolitionists and the Underground Railroad. On Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31, Mechanical Theater will present “The Madness of Poe,” a theatrical piece based off notable works by Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in Philadelphia in the 1800s. * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu

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to the feminist movement like violence against transgender women. Intersectionality is the concept that components like race and class play a significant role in feminism. This was a word that speakers did not hesitate to emphasize. “So you’re privileged in some ways and marginalized in others, and it’s important to acknowledge all of those different things,” Schmit said. “It’s not just fighting sexism. You can’t just fight sexism. You can’t just fight racism. You have to look at it holistically.” The March to End Rape Culture started in 2011, and was previously called the Slutwalk. The original title was coined after a Toronto police officer advised teenage girls to “avoid dressing like

sluts” to escape sexual violence. This year, the event featured speakers like La’Donna Boyens of the Positive Women’s Network and Celena Morrison of the Trans* Wellness Project. Audience members gathered in the brisk weather, donning apparel varying from sweatshirts to bras to pasties. Between performances and speeches, participants filed through the city in a 2.3-mile walk of solidarity. This year’s march was the first to include live music. Sarah Muhl, who performed at the event, is the singer, songwriter and guitarist for local band The Pretty Greens. After enduring one too many catcalls, Muhl became so enraged about street harassment that she wrote a song about it. Accompanied by bassist Julia Green and drummer Carly Green, Muhl belted indignant and unapologetic lyrics: “I won’t be abused.” “That event is extremely

empowering, just, I know from marching in it last year just from walking by bystanders who get to experience the march as it’s going by, it’s empowering to them, it’s empowering to the marchers, it’s just a very positive cause that influences everyone involved,” Muhl said. Poet Destinie Cubler, 17, read her poetry for the first time at the 2014 march. She said she witnessed a girl in the audience crying and began to cry herself. “They understand the fear you feel when you walk alone at night, Cubler said. “They’ve lived it.” When Muhl became an organizer, facilitators were working to rebrand the movement to make it more inclusive. The first step in the renovation process was to remove the word “slut.” A 2011 letter from the Black Women's Blueprint, a national hu-

man rights organization, expressed disapproval of the title, stating “slut” has different associations for Black women. In 2013, organizers changed the title. Living up to its aspirations of inclusiveness, the march incorporated new sponsors to further diversity. Temple’s Progressive NAACP and the university’s chapter of Project SAFE, an organization that combats domestic violence, both participated as sponsors for the first time this year. “I think we’ve made more of an effort to be reaching out to different parts of the city to be like, ‘This is for everybody, it’s not just for 18 to 21 year old white women,’” Schmit said. “Cause that’s definitely a perception of it, it certainly was more true initially. So I’m glad we’re getting a little bit more intersectionality.” * angela.gervasi@temple.edu

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Based on the classic film “The Philadelphia Story” with Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, “High Society” is a Cole Porter Broadway musicals. Familiar tunes like “Let’s Misbehave” and “True Love” tell the story of the musical. The Tony-nominated musical is running on the Walnut Street Theatre’s main stage through Oct. 25. Tickets range from $20-$95. -Grace Maiorano


Mac Demarco will play a sold-out performance tonight at Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre. The singer-guitarist reigning from Canada is touring in honor of his latest work, a mini-LP titled “Another One.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with performances from opening acts Alex Calder and Walter TV. -Emily Scott


DesignPhiladelphia, an annual series of events showcasing the works of architects in the city, will be closing on Friday, Oct. 16 with a facilitated pathway through several architectural works in Old City. The “Design Crawl” will begin at the Center for Art in Wood near 3rd and Cherry streets, where various interior design works will remain on display for the night. The free event will last from 6-10 p.m. and is the last chance to view the products of this year’s DesignPhiladelphia. -Angela Gervasi


Located at 943 S. 9th St., Neuf plans to offer Mediterranean cuisine inspired by southern France and northern Africa. Owners Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan hail from Chicago, with prior experience at East Passyunk BYOB Noord. Neuf, located near the Italian Markets, offers family-style meals based in earthy flavors. Neuf is open Wednesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. -Victoria Mier


The Ritz Five movie theater will host a screening of “He Named Me Malala,” a film based on women’s education advocate Malala Yousefzai, Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. Yousefzai has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and is the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The event is free to attend for students, but registration is required. Students can register through the event calendar at events.temple.edu. -Eamon Dreisbach



@PhillyEntertain tweeted after its Oct. 9 dinner service, the South Street “grown-up dining option” will close for good. The restaurant’s owners will focus on growing other projects, like Scratch Biscuits.

@muralarts tweeted Mayor Michael Nutter’s statement during the celebration of Gloria Casarez, the city’s first director of LGBT affairs. Casarez passed away from cancer in 2014. “The celebration is on, but the fight continues,” Nutter said.





@PhillyMag tweeted an apology from Tom McGrath for its October cover, which featured a photo of mostly white students at Albert M. Greenfield School after accusations of a lack of diversity.



@visitphilly tweeted the first-ever festival hits Lincoln Financial Field Oct. 24. The vendor list includes favorites like Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s. Tickets are $20-60 and can be purchased online.


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knew that, unless the law changed, I was going to die in prison. … I walked the yard for two months, just purging myself of any hope, any possibility of getting out.” “A few years later, here I am walking the streets of Philadelphia,” Werts added. Werts was the exception that proved the rule—his life sentence without parole was commuted into a 36-year sentence with life on parole. “It’s hard to explain that feeling, going from, ‘I’m going to die in prison,’ to ‘You’re going home,’” Werts said. “It was tremendous.” While he was incarcerated, Werts was an active member of his community. He worked with organizations Fresh Holes, a decision-making program for people in prison, and Reconstruction, Inc., which focuses on rates of re-entry among prisoners. He was the inside chairman of the End Violence Project and the president of the Lifers Association for more than 20 years. But Werts said his proudest accomplishments were not his volunteering experiences, but rather those that furthered his education. He earned his GED and his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University while incarcerated, and he took Inside Out courses with Temple as an inside student. Founded by Lori Pompa, a professor of criminal justice at Temple, Inside Out brings together college students with people


who are serving time in prison. The 15-week course unites the groups in a classroom setting, and it is based on a “pedagogy of dialogue,” Werts said. Werts and Pompa met more than 30 years ago, and Pompa specifically asked him to be a student in the first Inside Out course taught at Graterford in 2002. “When people get life sentences, there are people who will write them off and say, ‘That’s it. That’s the end of their life,’” Pompa said. “I have met some men on the inside for whom the life sentence did not get in the way of living. Tyrone is one of these men.” Now, Pompa said Werts is “one of the major faces of Inside Out.” Werts still feels lucky to have served only 36 years of his life sentence. Though he is no longer the president of the 800-member Lifers Association, Werts said he always tries to represent lifers “in an honorable and dignified way.” “When I was inside, I was just like everybody else,” Werts said. “When I come outside, and I put a suit on, people are like, ‘Oh, I thought you were a judge or a lawyer or something.’ No, actually, I’m a lifer. I served 36 years. … I try to be a visual representation of who they are.” “I carry the weight of the 5,000 men and women serving life without parole in Pennsylvania,” Werts added. “I carry them on my back.” MAGGIE ANDRESEN TTN

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director in Philly, directed “Dirty Cuts” this year, a play written by David “I think it’s a really neat way to bring together different people at different stages in their lives—like you have professional directors, you have college students who are a variety of ages—and then to bring in high school students so everyone is at a different stage of their understanding of theater and a different stage of life,” Moyer said. Harry Freed, junior at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, is one of the playwrights in this year’s festival. While he admits he wrote his play “Curtains” for a grade, Freed was amazed to see his writing come alive in front of him. “There have been multiple stages throughout all of this where I’ve gotten to have my mind blown in front of me seeing a school project dance in front of me,” Freed said. “The first read-through, it was weird to have actual acting students with their trained ‘actor-ly’ voices saying things I had written down like six months prior.” Donnell Powell, associate producer of the New Voices Festival and a 2012 Temple alumnus, has been involved with the festival since his junior year at Temple and feels the event is growing better with each installment. “The thing about art is how can we take it to the next level?” Powell said. “And I think that New Voices is taking it year by year to the next level ... it always gets better and that’s what I’m proud of.” “I think Philadelphia Young Playwrights does a really amazing job of asking young people what they think and then saying, ‘We hear you, let me show you how much we value your voice,’” said Shavon Morris, director of Freed’s play. “I feel like after the play is done, the fact that someone listened to these young bodies is a worthwhile, lifelong experience.” * gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu

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ing’s lights to play Tetris and Pong. It’s these kinds of discussions that will make up the educational programming for the year, where guest speakers like Angela Washko, a Tyler School of Art alumna, will talk about gender and gaming, game design and games as pedagogical tools. Junior social work major Jacob Emery, president of Temple’s Gamers Guild, a student gaming group that was also at the festival, said he would love to see the university continue to promote learning about important topics through games. “That’s the kind of stuff where this really helps people with their creative outlets,” Emery said. “It really helps people, being in a non-stressful environment, to think about this kind of stuff.” Temple faculty and groups are also getting involved in the year’s events, like Temple’s Infant and Child Laboratory which will be part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s event Nov. 19 where they’ll be talking about STEM toys and gender. The event coincides with the CHF’s current exhibit, “Science at Play,” which looks at the institution’s collection of more than 250 science kits and toys. “Science toys have a long lineage based on scientific principles that are experienced by the user whether it’s a kid or an adult—it’s just fun,” said Erin McLeary, museum director at CHF. As these and more topics are explored, Mila Pokorny, a local game developer who is currently working on her card game Mahou Shojo, said a standout element of the festival she hopes to continue to see is the interaction between all the gaming-related groups at Temple and throughout Philadelphia.


Wiley Kollar, student, plays a Robotron: 2084 arcade machine at Paley Library’s Game Festival Sept. 30.

“I’m happy that more schools are doing something more local-related and helping to promote each other,” Pokorny said. “I think it’s a mindset that needs to be passed down, that everybody needs to see each other as

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Tonight at 6 p.m., students can attend “Come Out Speak Out” at the Underground where speakers will share their coming out experiences as part of National Coming Out Week. Tomorrow from 12 to 1 p.m., there will be a professional development panel held in Student Center Room 217AB and will feature professionals from the local community discussing how to succeed as a LGBTQIA professional. Lunch will be provided for the panel. -Albert Hong



Dr. Bradley Collins, associate professor and director of Temple’s Health Behavior Research Clinic, is working with Dr. Stephen Lepore, professor and chair of the department of social and behavioral sciences, to help mothers in low-income neighborhoods quit smoking.

Study explores maternal smoking A new smoking prevention study by two Temple professors is utilizing a mobile app. By JACQUELYN FRICKE The Temple News Smartphone apps are typically aimed at making our lives easier, but two Temple professors want to see if an app can help change a dangerous habit. The National Cancer Institute recently granted Drs. Bradley Collins and Stephen Lepore of Temple’s College of Public Health $2.7 million to study the growing number of mothers who smoke. In their study, the professors plan to modify the NCI quit-smoking app QuitPal to include a “back-end counselor dashboard” and “evidence-based intervention components,” unlike the many other apps available, said Collins, who is also director of the Health Behavior Research Clinic at Temple. The counselor dashboard will allow counselors more in-depth sight of participants’ smoking behaviors before the counselors’ phone call sessions. It will also allow counselors to track smoking, determine the trigger that causes the urge to smoke and give tips for what to do when there is an urge. “At least in the very beginning, we are with them from the moment they download it,” Collins said. The app is just one component of the research study,

as Collins and Lepore are working with the Women Infant and Children program, known as WIC, which gives state grants to mothers of infants to 5-year-olds who are found to be at nutritional risk. “We are going into all the WIC clinics in Philadelphia,” Collins said. “What we do is we are beginning to survey, to understand what the clinics’ practices and attitudes are

they get from the clinics, but they won’t get additional smoking advice as part of our trial.” Assessments are given both at the beginning of the five-year study and at the end, in addition to checkups in between. Collins said the primary focus of the study is to protect children from secondhand smoke, but the app can also help change mothers’ behavior for

“At least in the very beginning, we are with them from the moment they download it.” the future. Mothers were specifically targeted in the study. “Women who are pregnant postpartum have a harder time quitting,” Collins said. “Sleep deprivation to pain to hormonal shifts that happen during pregnancy—there’s a lot of challenges.” Medha Raghavendra, a freshman speech-language pathology major, thinks the study will be beneficial to both mothers and children. “It sets the mother on a good track that can influence the rest of their life,” Raghavendra said. “For children, it can help reduce developmental issues. It benefits everyone.” The app, in conjunction with the study, could have a major impact on helping smokers throughout the nation quit for the betterment of their family, Collins explained. “The intervention is designed with what we call pragmatic features that make it easy to be adopted by state quit lines,” he said. “We anticipate if that is the case and the data supports our hypothesis, it will be much better than what is currently being done in community public health clinics.” “It could be an intervention that is adopted nationwide—the first step is showing that it has some efficacy.” * jacquelyn.taylor.fricke@temple.edu


Sponsored by the LGBTQIA Alumni Society in collaboration with Temple LGBTQ undergrad organizations, an interactive panel discussion will take place Thursday about PrEp/Truvada, a pre-exposure prophylaxis used to prevent the spread of HIV. The event will feature case workers, activists, providers and students from all kinds of disciplines discussing PrEp, the myths surrounding the prevention tool and the future of PrEp. This open dialogue starts at 6 p.m. in 1810 Liacouras Walk. -Albert Hong


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toward protecting children from secondhand smoke and addressing smoking during pregnancy and maternal smoking with kids up to 6.” Referrals are then sent and divided between an experimental group and a control group. “The experimental condition will include the app we talked about, 12 weeks of counseling and nicotine replacement products,” Collins added. “The control group gets whatever advice

Sponsored by the Temple University Criminal Justice Society, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will visit Main Campus Wednesday. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Williams’ speech to faculty and students will discuss issues like public safety and social justice. The speech will take place in the President’s Entertainment Suite at 1810 Liacouras Walk. For more information, students can contact Tara Tripp at 215-204-7918. -Michaela Winberg

Engineering systems scholar Abigail Horn will visit Temple Contemporary Thursday at 6 p.m. Entitled “The Psychology of Standing in Line,” Horn’s speech will explore human impatience and ask the question: “Are we sufficiently bored?” General admission is free for everyone, and attendees can register for the event at events.temple.edu by clicking “The Psychology of Standing in Line.” -Michaela Winberg


The Temple Symphony Orchestra will play at the Temple Performing Arts Center Thurday. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra will perform pieces like “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams and “Musica Celestis” by Aaron Jay Kernis. Andreas Delfs, a tenure-track professor at Temple, will direct the concert. Admission is free for everyone, and the concert will be livestreamed. To view the concert online, visit events.temple.edu and click “Temple University Symphony Orchestra.” -Michaela Winberg


Saturday begins this year’s Parents and Family Weekend. Hosted by the Temple University Alumni Association, the festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a Welcome Tent at 13th Street and Polett Walk. There, parents can pick up a copy of the Parents and Family Weekend schedule, a campus map and tickets for other events. At 4:30 pm., the Alumni Association will host a tailgate for students and their families in Lot K at the Lincoln Financial Center before the game. -Michaela Winberg


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Dionte Christmas signs NBA deal spot outside the Top 25 after receiving 96 votes, 18 votes behind No. 25 Duke University. It was the most votes for the Owls this season and up from 23 votes last week. In the Amway Coaches poll, the coaches gave Temple 71 votes. Temple’s vote total was the 27th most votes in the poll and 55 more than the Owls received in last week’s poll. Two American Athletic Conference teams were ranked in the poll. Houston, No. 24 in the AP poll, was the first team from The American ranked in the poll this season. Memphis, which was No. 25 in the coaches’ poll last week, moved up three spots to No. 22 in the poll. -Owen McCue



Junior midfielder Justin Stoddart kicks the ball during the Owls’ 4-1 win againt La Salle Sept. 23 at Ambler Sports Complex.

CHRISTMAS INKS DEAL WITH CAVS Former guard Dionte Christmas signed a one-year nonguaranteed deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday. Christmas, a two-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection, joins 20 players on the Cavs’ training camp roster, the maximum the NBA allows. The 29-year-old Philadelphia native played at Temple from 2005-09, where he led the Owls to two NCAA Tournament appearances, and two Atlantic 10 Championships in 2008 and 2009. Christmas played in 130 games for Temple, averaging 15.7 points per games and 4.4 rebounds per game in his career. In 2009, he became the first player to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring for three consecutive seasons, and became the fourth Owl to score more than 2,000 points with 2,043.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard last played in the NBA during the 2013-14 season with the Phoenix Suns, where he played in 31 games averaging 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and a 35.5 shooting percentage in 6.4 minutes per game. The former Owl shooting guard went undrafted in 2009 and recently played last season in the Paris-Levallois basketball club in France during the 2014-15 season. He has also played in Italy, Russia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Israel and Greece. -Mark McCormick



South Florida redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Benjamin Knox was arrested after South Florida campus police said he shot at the exterior of a student dormitory building early Sunday. Knox was charged with possessing or discharging a firearm on campus and shooting into an occupied dwelling, according to police. No one was injured in the shooting and Knox, 21, has been suspended from all team activities. Knox, who was rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida, has appeared in all five of South Florida’s games this season. The Owls will travel to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida Nov. 14 to play the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic Conference). -Michael Guise

VOLLEYBALL DRACHSLIN HONORED BY CONFERNCE Alyssa Drachslin was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll Monday. In the games this week, the senior libero played seven sets against Southern Methodist and Tulsa, totaling 41 digs. It was the sixth and seventh time Drachslin had 20 or more digs. This season, Drachslin has 306 digs and 46 assists. The Owls are 14-4 and 5-1 in The American this season. -Michael Guise

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“No matter what age you are, what grade you are, the communication starts in the back,” Trusky said. “Jordan stepping up as a freshman is huge for us, and her communicating has improved drastically since her first game.” Through five games of conference play in 2015, Temple has scored two goals while allowing four. Last season, in the same number of games, the Owls scored four goals while al-

lowing seven. The lack of offense has been evident, especially in the team’s three

play, but O’Connor said the defense has taken center stage since the start of conference play.

We’re rock solid back there, and we “create a lot of chances from it.” Seamus O’Connor | coach

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“Definitely the issue is not de-

fending,” O’Connor said. “We just have to get in the playoffs because our defense is good enough to win a championship for us. We’re rock solid back there, and we create a lot of chances from it. We just have to build on that.” In 10 games of non-conference play, Temple was 8-2 with a 31-8 advantage in goals. Since conference play began, the Owls have one win and two goals, all coming in the team’s 2-1 win against Cincinnati Thursday, to show for their efforts. Lafferty said it has been tough to stay mentally strong with the lack

of scoring in conference play, but the team hopes to turn things around on its upcoming road trip to Tulsa and Memphis. “I think we just need to put it in the net, and it’s a team effort,” Lafferty said. “It starts from the back and it goes to the front. It’s the whole team that has to improve on something for us to get the win.” * tom.reifsnyder@temple.edu T @TomReifsnyder


Gina DiTaranto (middle), celebrates with her teammates Oct. 8./Senior midfielder Shannon Senour prepares to kick the ball during the Owls’ 2-1 victory against Cincinnati Oct. 8.





Williams, defensive unit stifles Green Wave The defense held Tulane to 110 total yards of offense Saturday to move to 5-0. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor Thirty five minutes before Temple’s 49-10 win against Tulane Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the “blood” drill began. With their teammates circling around them, the participants stood at the 40-yard line and initiated the pregame ritual, which is marked by constant hitting. “We just knock each other out,” redshirtjunior linebacker Avery Williams said. “You are trying to kill the person, basically. It gets you ready for the game. It gets you hyped up, and I love it.” When Williams and the Owls’ (5-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) defense took the field, the unit forced two turnovers and held Tulane to 110 yards of total offense, the lowest total allowed since allowing 93 yards in a 59-0 win against Delaware State Sept. 20, 2014. The Owls held the Green Wave to eight rushing yards—the fewest since coach Matt Rhule’s tenure began in 2013. Ten of Tulane’s 27 rushing attempts went for no gain or negative yards. “This was a big game that things clicked,” senior defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis said. “We bought into the process, and it showed. We prepared at a really high level this week.” Through five games, the defense has forced 11 turnovers, including nine interceptions, and has totaled 16 sacks. Opponents are scoring 14.4 points per game and averaging 328.4 total yards per game against the Temple defense. “We believe you always win up front, and that is our motto,” Rhule said. “If we can not give up big plays, and we can stop the run and get to the quarterback, we have a chance.” The Green Wave averaged 1.9 yards per play—3.4 yards per pass and 0.3 yards per rush— the second lowest total under Rhule. Ioannidis said the defense could tell what type of offensive play Tulane was running by observing the stance of its offensive lineman. “If they are back farther and light on their hands, it’s most likely going to be a pass,” Ioannidis said. “If they are heavier on their hands, they are coming at you. It’s most likely going to be a run.” The Owls sacked Tulane quarterback Tan-

The sacks come in the “ fourth quarter. The sacks come when the offense wears down Matt Rhule | coach

Owls vs. Central Florida Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

ner Lee four times Saturday. After sacking Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times in a 27-10 win Sept. 5, the defense totaled two sacks in the next three games. “The sacks come in the fourth quarter,” Rhule said. “The sacks come when the offense wears down. If you believe people can’t pass protect you for four quarters, then you have the effort we had in the second half.” Williams, who calls the defensive line “the wild boys,” said when the secondary and defensive line make plays like they did Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the whole defense is effected. “When I see the wild boys go off, and then I see the [defensive backs] go off, that makes the linebackers, the hit squad, go off,” Williams said. The Owls credited their preparation to the scout team offense, who practices against the starting defense every Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the eigth time under Rhule the defense held an opponent to 10 points or less. “Our scout team comes out and gives us an incredible look,” Ioannidis said. “It’s like they are putting bounties out on us. They help us overall prepare toward these games.” Defensive coordinator Phil Snow said the Owls’ defensive success is a result of the time the unit spends watching film of opposing teams. With each defensive unit in its own room of Edberg-Olson Hall, the groups watch tape while snacking on pizza and wings. “We spend a lot of time in there,” Snow said. “Our players are in there until 10 p.m. every night watching video. I’ve been on a lot of football teams that don’t do that.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @Michael_Guise


Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Nate D. Smith (left), celebrates with redshirt-junior linebacker Avery Williams during the Owls’ 49-10 win against Tulane.

Armstead capitalizes on 1st career start Continued from page 20


talented back behind him. “Jahad Thomas is a great guy, but everyone has to be at the building on time,” Rhule said. “He was a couple minutes late, so he didn’t start. If a player shows up late, they’re not going to start. You saw what Ryquell Armstead can do at the end of the game, so be on time.” Armstead finished the game with six carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns.

You saw “ what Ryquell

Armstead can do at the end of the game.

Matt Rhule | coach

In last week’s 37-3 win against the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Armstead had 11 rushes for 43 yards. Prior to the Charlotte game, Armstead had nine carries for 30 yards in three games. Rhule said Armstead, who has 107 rushing yards in 2015, has etched out a complementary role in the Temple backfield. “The way we look at it, we’ve decided he’s going to play, and Jahad’s not real, real


Romond Deloatch (left), embraces freshman running back Ryquell Armstead after the Millville, New Jersey native’s touchdown Saturday in the Owls’ 49-10 win.

big, so we can’t use him up a ton,” Rhule said. “But we’re going to use him. He’s competitive. He wants to play.” Armstead has carved himself out some added carries in the Owls’ past two games, but Thomas remains the Owls’ featured back. The junior handled 14 carries for 54 rushing

yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s win. He also added a 16-yard touchdown reception. Through five games, Thomas has 557 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with 12 catches for 156 yards. He has become a bigger part of the offense after run-

ning for 384 yards and catching 14 passes for 364 yards last season. “If the team needs me to make a play or give the team some energy or just come in and do what I do, I want to be that guy,” Thomas said. “When things are not going right, I want the ball in my

hands to make a play.” Armstead said he is ready to play and practices “everyday like [he’s] going to start.” At the same time, as a young player, he is observing the veteran ahead of him on the depth chart. “Jahad’s a great back,” Armstead said. “I’m learning

a lot from him. I don’t love being second, but being able to play behind him is helping me be a better player, so I’m with cool with it.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu T @OwenMcCue






Owls snag first win in American Continued from page 20



Freshman Mia Heirakuji prepares to serve during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Montana Sept. 11 at McGonigle Hall.

Hawaii native fits Temple mold Freshman Mia Heirakuji has played in 47 sets this season, totaling 18 digs and seven service aces through 18 games in 2015. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News

Shopping online from her home in Kaliua, Hawaii, Mia Heirakuji purchased a black parka that hangs down to her ankles. After growing up in Hawaii, the freshman outside hitter needed to put together a winter wardrobe in preparation for the change in weather Philadelphia would bring. “We literally wear shorts and T-shirts all year round in Hawaii,” Heirakuji said. “Being able to go to the beach any time of the year, it is a lot different.” Three months after arriving in Philadelphia, Heirakuji is still adapting to her new environment. “I’m not saying that Philly is not nice," Heirakuji said. "I have never been to a city where people are honking at the pedestrians or won’t let them go. I know it’s cheesy, but like ‘Aloha' spirit,

everyone is just really nice, even if you don’t know fit for us.” someone they will try to make conversation.” With shorter players coming from Hawaii, the Heirakuji came to Temple after playing four islands have adopted a defensive game. Temple's years at Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama High roster, typically comprised of players of smaller School. Her hometown of Kailua has fewer than stature, plays a similar style. 39,000 people, compared to Philadelphia's populaHeirakuji has played in 47 sets this season, tion of more than 1.5 million. earning seven service aces and two assists. The Although Heirakuji misses her family and her 5-foot-5-inch freshman also collected 18 digs on two dogs Kea and Mochi, she said Hawaii only has the year while playing in the backcourt. so much to offer. “We work on defense more than anything at “Everyone says, ‘Why do you leave Hawaii? practice,” Heirakuji said. “I think being able to Why are you here?’ But everyone wants to expe- contribute to that, that’s one of my assets coming rience something bigger than Hawaii,” Heirakuji from Hawaii.” said. “There are so many opportunities, especially Heirakuji is using her freshman season to for volleyball, but not just that, jobs and intern- learn from the play of her teammates, particularly ships.” sophomore middle blocker Janine During coach Bakeer GanesharatSimmons, who helped Heirakuji's Owls at UConn Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. nam's recruitment of Heirakuji, he transition. traveled to Manoa Valley District Park “She was afraid, ‘I won’t have in Honolulu, Hawaii to see her play for her club any friends because I don’t have time to do anyteam, Ka Ulukoa, at a two-day exposure camp. thing,’ and I just said, ‘Well it will get better in the After watching Heirakuji in person, Gane- spring because that is how it was for me,’” Simsharatnam wanted her on the team. mons said. “Last year, the transition for me person“Our philosophy and the way she plays are ally was really difficult, and I had a lot of help from very similar,” Ganesharatnam said. “The style we the middle blockers. So, I know how important that play is very comparable to a lot of teams in Hawaii, was to have someone to talk to.” so that makes it easier for her to adjust as well. And because of that, we thought she'd be a really good * connor.northrup@temple.edu

two of their own from Sanchez and junior defender Matt Mahoney to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. That score remained until the 77th minute, when Cincinnati’s senior midfielder/forward Alejandro Garcia tied the game off an assist from freshman midfielder Adam Wilson. Garcia then knocked in the game-winner in the 85th minute. “In the first half our team took it to them,” Mahoney said. “We dominated possession and pressed them high. In the second half, we came out and maybe were a little lax in how we were playing. I think overall what cost us the game was not just mistakes, but how we came out in the second half. We came out too slow.” Against South Florida Oct. 3, Bulls’ junior forward Nazeem Bartman took advantage of an errant pass by the Owls in the 13th minute, scoring the the game-winning goal in Temple’s 1-0 loss. “There are going to be a lot of low-scoring games like that in conference because there are a lot of good teams,” redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle said. “We did have a couple of good chances. We just need to make sure we capitalize on those. We addressed that in training in the different types of offensive drills we did.” After a non-conference matchup with Columbia University Tuesday, the Owls will travel to Oklahoma Saturday to continue their conference schedule against Tulsa. “I’m looking forward to the Tulsa game,” Cagle said. “They’re still kind of new to our conference, and they’re always really good as well.” * daniel.john.newhart@temple.edu T @dannynewhart

Field hockey

After injury, Keer making an impact In September 2013, Sarah Keer was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News Since her freshman year at Lehighton Area High School, Sarah Keer felt the pain in her shins. Dealing with stress fractures in her legs, the forward continued to play, and the pressure continued to build. In September 2013, after playing in six of the team’s first eight games as a freshman, Keer visited a team trainer and was later diagnosed with chronic exertional compartment syndrome in both of her legs—when excessive pressure builds up inside an enclosed space inside the body, often after vigorous exercise, EVAN EASTERLINGTTN according to the Mayo Clinic. It leads to serious tissue damSarah Keer stands on the field during the Owls’ 3-2 double overtime loss to Liberty Oct. 4 at Geasey Field. age, with loss of body function and fatalities possible in some scenarios. The injury sidelined Keer for seven months and forced her spring season during her sophomore year with a meniscus tear, some great corner options. That confidence carries through into to redshirt for the rest of her freshman season, but she was never and she was forced to rehab for six months. your game a lot when you feel that your teammates are supportworried she wouldn’t play again. “I didn’t have compartment syndrome, but ... ing you.” “I knew a couple people who had had the surI know how it is to be in her shoes,” Delp said. After going through rehab and getting back on the field, Owls at Providence Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. gery and it didn’t stop them,” the redshirt sopho“She missed out on a season, but she got the best Keer took a positive outlook from her injury, labeling her ability more said. “I knew that if I just kept rehabbing, kept she could get right here on the sideline, seeing ev- to overcome compartment syndrome as her “proudest accomdoing what I was told by the doctor, didn’t force anything and erything and learning. Even from the sideline, she knew how to plishment.” didn’t push too hard, that I would be good to go.” apply it the year she came back.” “It definitely made me appreciate playing every single game Keer called herself a “visual learner,” and the time spent on In Temple’s second game of 2015, a 9-0 defeat of Towson and every single day of practice,” Keer said. “It made me apprethe sidelines during her injury allowed her to watch what was University, Keer recorded a goal, an assist and three total points. ciate everything so much more because you don’t understand going on in games and “figure out what [she] needed to do in Keer’s three goals and seven points through 13 games this what it’s like not to play until you’re actually not playing. I think order to come back a better player.” season, which are both tied for fourth on the team, have already it just made my love for the game grow even more.” She returned in 2014 and played in 16 of the team’s 21 tripled her one goal and two points from all of 2014. games, scoring her first career goal Oct.18, 2014 in the team’s “I think overall it’s just her confidence,” senior forward Tri- * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu 4-1 win against the College of William & Mary. cia Light said. “She has confidence in our teammates. She has Similar to Keer, senior midfielder Alyssa Delp missed the confidence in our coaches. She has a great shot, and she has


Sarah Keer, who was diagnosed compartment syndrome in 2013, is tied for fourth on the field hockey team in goals. PAGE 19



Freshman Mia Heirakuji came to Temple from Hawaii and has played in 47 sets for the volleyball team. PAGE 19



Dionte Christmas signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the football team received 96 votes in the AP Poll, other news and notes. PAGE 17



temple 49 | tulane 10


Freshman running back Ryquell Armstead celebrates a touchdown run in the Owls’ 49-10 victory against Tulane Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

GROUND AND POUND After a fumble on the first drive, freshman Ryquell Armstead ran for two touchdowns in the Owls’ 49-10 win Saturday against Tulane. By OWEN MCCUE Assistant Sports Editor


s the Owls took the field for their opening drive of the team’s 4910 win against Tulane Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, something

was different. Lining up in the backfield behind junior quarterback P.J. Walker was freshman running back Ryquell Armstead—not junior Jahad Thomas, who sat out the team’s first drive due to tardiness at a team activity earlier in the week. On the second carry of his first career start,

Armstead fumbled, leading to a Tulane field goal and a 3-0 Temple deficit. After Thomas resumed his featured role for the rest of the first half, coach Matt Rhule gave his freshman another opportunity in the third quarter. The faith in Armstead lead to a pair of 16-yard touchdown runs. “For me to fumble, and him to respond and

let me play again and bounce back and have the confidence in me, it gave me more confidence,” Armstead said. “And showed me they actually cared about me a lot.” Rhule used Thomas’ benching to send a message to his veteran running back; there’s a



Men’s soccer

Defensive experience key for Owls

Owls notch first conference win The men’s soccer team is 1-3 in its first four matches in the American Athletic Conference.

The women’s soccer team has allowed four goals through five conference games this season.

By DAN NEWHART The Temple News

By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News Taylor Trusky’s impact won’t be found on a stat sheet. The 5-foot-5-inch senior defender has no points on the season, but she is part of an allsenior back line that has allowed four goals through five games of American Athletic Conference. “When you’ve got four seniors playing across your back line, it’s great,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “With Kaylee [Harner] at left back and now Shannon [Senour], that’s a very mature back line, and I just don’t see us giving up that many goals. I’m always surprised when we do just because those guys are so mature,

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Kelly Farrell (right), fights for the ball in a 2-1 win against Cincinnati Oct. 8.

and they have so much experience.” Temple’s back line is made up of Trusky, senior Erin Lafferty and senior Paula Jurewicz in front of freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash, who has allowed nine goals in 10 starts since taking over for injured senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff Sept. 4.


Following Temple’s 3-1 loss to Central Florida Wednesday, coach David MacWilliams held a team meeting. After a 7-0-1 start to the season, the loss to the Knights—where the Owls conceded three second-half goals after leading at halftime— dropped the squad to 7-3-2 with an 0-3 mark in the American Athletic Conference. “We kind of just aired some things out,” MacWilliams said. “I was really disappointed with the way we played. It was the one game that I really thought the effort wasn’t there.” Following the meeting, the Owls (8-3-2, 1-3 American Athletic Conference) won their first conference game of the season in a 4-0 shutout of Memphis Saturday at Ambler Sports Complex. Junior midfielder Jorge Gomez Sanchez, the team’s leading goal scorer, returned against


would’ve rather had “itWe a couple of weeks ago, but we’ll take it. We’ve just got to build off this and keep going. David MacWilliams | coach

the Tigers after missing the game against Central Florida with a leg injury and scored his 12th goal of the season. “We would’ve rather had it a couple of weeks ago, but we’ll take it,” MacWilliams said of the team’s first conference win. “We’ve just got to build off this and keep going. We were in a low little valley, and now, it’s time to find the peak.” In Temple’s first conference match, a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati Sept. 26, the Owls gave up a goal in the seventh minute but responded with


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