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Police investigating recent robberies Temple Police said three armed robberies occurred in the span of two days last week, two of which are connected. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Temple and Philadelphia Police are searching for suspects related to three armed robberies reported near Main Campus last week. Most recently, at Broad and Jefferson streets Friday night, an armed man wearing a ski mask robbed a 19-year-old male student of his phone and wallet, police said.


The wallet contained two debit cards and

Since the incident, police have been reviewing video from private residences near the robbery, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Patrols have also increased in the area, he added. “I don’t want to take any chances,” he said. “I want to make sure everybody is safe down there.” A TU Alert was sent out around 11:15 p.m., the third in the span of two days. Leone said two men caught on surveillance footage are suspects in two Thursday morning robberies unrelated to Friday’s incident—one involving a stolen car near 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue and the other on 15th Street near Montgomery Avenue. Leone said the car belonged to a former

Temple football player who is still part of the program. He is no longer playing, due to a leg injury, Leone added. Leone said while carjackings are not common around Main Campus, the crime is not particularly surprising. “It’s more of a crime of opportunity,” Le-

I don’t want to take any “chances. I want to make sure everybody is safe down there.

Charlie Leone | Executive Director of Campus Safety Services

one said. “He sees him pull up in the car, leaves his car out there, runs in the store, comes running back out, and [the suspects] took the car … we don’t get a lot of that, that’s for sure. So it seems when they saw the Cadillac there, that’s what they wanted.” In the later robbery, the same two suspects are believed to have taken an iPhone 4, $32, keys and identification from another student, Leone said. Philadelphia Police has released video of the two men connected in both of Thursday’s incidents. “Video’s been so helpful to us,” Leone said of pulling footage connected to recent robberies. “I wish it would never happen to us, but when it does happen, the video has been really


Bailey, Kenney discuss city issues The final mayoral debate was held on campus Monday night. By PAIGE GROSS The Temple News Mayoral candidates Jim Kenney and Melissa Murray Bailey debated for the last time at Temple’s Performing Arts Center last night, addressing the economy, education, job preparation and growth and the role of Philadelphia’s iconic sandwich in the city’s business arena. Moderators Philadelphia Inquirer City Desk Editor Chris Hepp and business reporter Diane Mastrull prompted the candidates in front of a crowd of students and city residents to talk about the successes and fail-

ures of the current administration of Mayor Michael Nutter. Each candidate discussed plans for improving and expanding his current programs. Growth of the city’s economy and Nutter’s ethical standards are praiseworthy, Kenney, the Democratic candidate, said. He would work to improve the relationship with City Council. Republican candidate Bailey said she is committed to improving the graduation rate, a Nutter initiative she said she can improve from the current rate of 65 to 80 percent. Mastrull posed the idea of economic diversity to the candidates, citing the recent Pope weekend as a win for tourism and asking candidates how they would brand the city to outsiders—“and don’t say ‘cheesesteaks,’” she said.



Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey (left), and Democratic candidate Jim Kenney discuss their policies on employment, Philadelphia schools and the growth of the city’s economy in Temple’s Performing Arts Center Monday.

Community unites after death of Dunbar student

Athletic Director briefs BOT

Philadelphia Police said Duval DeShields, 14, was found dead at 10th Street near Thompson and have charged Dimitrius Brown, 19, with murder.

Pat Kraft updated trustees on the athletic department last week. By EJ SMITH Managing Editor Newly appointed athletic director Pat Kraft brought a handful of updates and sweeping declarations concerning the athletic department when he updated Temple’s trustees on staff movement and facility upgrades during an hour-long public meeting of the board’s Athletics Committee Oct. 12 in Sullivan Hall. Kraft, who came from Indiana University in 2013, was promoted from associate athletic director in May after current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Clark was promoted. With President Theobald in at-


Athletic Director Pat Kraft talked to trustees in Sullivan Hall Oct . 12.

tendance, Kraft addressed how the department has adjusted to new NCAA legislation, the status of a handful of fall teams and new implementations aimed to improve the department.


After two straight seasons ranked in the Top 20, the nationally ranked 2014 field hockey team lost all-American Amber Youtz to graduation and 10-year coach Amanda Janney to what she told The Temple News was a better job at Indiana


Teen sentenced to 23 months

Rashan Roberts will serve up to 23 months in prison for hitting former student-athlete Rachel Hall with a car in April. PAGE 6


“Pinkwashing”: comforting or capitalistic?

University. Replacing Janney, Youtz and two other seniors has been tough for the Owls, who sit at 3-12 (0-2 Big East Conference). Despite the struggling record, Kraft gave newly appointed coach Marybeth Freeman an endorsement, vowing the team would be nationally relevant in the coming years. “That team is struggling, you’re going to look at those teams and their records and think, ‘Boy, they’re struggling,’” Kraft said.

To many of his classmates at Dunbar Promise Academy on 12th Street near Montgomery Avenue, Duval DeShields was known as a kind, considerate student. Despite his hardships—friends knew DeShields’ mother died in 2013 and sister died in 2014—he was an active and engaged kid until his death last week, just days after he turned 14. Along with dancing with Jazzy’s Entertainment, he played baseball and helped as a crossing guard for Dunbar, said Syreeta Miller, 36, who lives in a Norris Homes unit on Warnock Street near Berks, and whose 14-year-old daughter was a classmate. “He was doing a lot,” Miller said.“It was hard for everyone who knew him.” Philadelphia Police said DeShields, of Jessup Street near Huntingdon, was shot Oct. 12 on 10th Street near Thompson. A day later, DeShields died at Hahnemann University Hospital. On Friday, Philadelphia Police arrested 19-year-old Dimitrius Brown, of




Professor’s rap goes viral


Dr. Aaron X. Smith sang and rapped to the tune of Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World.” PAGE 7

Students, professors and alumni have been contributing to Philadelphia’s salsa music world since the late 1960’s. PAGE 9

Temple’s salsa community






Paley workers fix Wi-Fi due to slow speeds Despite improvements, some Apple device users still face issues. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Thirty access points were installed throughout Paley Library to increase Wi-Fi capacity and quality for students. The improvements were made after students made complaints through social media platforms like Twitter, Systems Librarian James Bongiovanni said. “Based on the feedback, it was pretty serious,” he said. Bongiovanni said the installation cost about $30,000. The bill will mostly be paid by computer services, as the improvement was a joint venture between Temple’s library and computer services. Ongoing services like the monthly fee for Internet will be paid by Paley Library, Bongiovanni added. There are now about fifty access points including the new additions, which create the connections between students’ devices and the Wi-Fi. “The connections are shared equally among the devices,” said Harsh Patel, a sophomore informa-


North Broad Street has been lined with 42 light poles, part of a project by Avenue of the Arts.

Light poles line Broad Street; community unsure of purpose The new fixtures, paid for by the city and state grants, cost $12 million. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News For students and community members who cross Broad Street near Main Campus, the walk across the city’s major throughway now looks a bit different. Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and Streets has constructed 41 new light fixtures, stretching two-and-a-half miles along North Broad Street. During the past eight years, the city and former members of the Avenue of the Arts created a plan to renovate North Broad Street through a massive landscaping and lighting project. Throughout the last few months, the lights have been installed along North Broad Street and landscaping work has begun. “It’s probably the biggest project we’ve ever done,” Senior Deputy Commerce Director Duane Bumb said. The capital cost of the light fixtures and landscaping was about $8.7 million, but the entire project, including community outreach, came to a grand total of $12 million, Bumb said. The funding for this project came from a combination of money from both the state and the city. Bumb added the project is meant to unify North Broad Street.

The design of the 55-foot-high “light beacons” was created by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architecture firm and James Carpenter Design Associates. BCJ architect Jeffrey Lew said the project is meant to encourage stakeholders to invest more in the area. “The intent of the project is essentially to encourage development and revitalization along Broad Street, so we chose to focus upon basically from City Hall to Glenwood Avenue and try to find a way to link together neighborhoods and kind of tie them back down to Center City and ... create a homogeneous promenade of light and landscape,” Lew said. Lew added the project is the first step to revitalizing and improving development along Broad Street. “The hope is that we would basically encourage this and encourage stakeholders to develop the area,” he said. Bumb and Lew both said the project is not yet complete. Lew added all involved are still trying to optimize the lighting that comes from the new installments so the fixtures will emit more light. “Please don’t quite judge these yet until we’re completely done,” Lew said. Despite part of the funding going toward community outreach about the changes happening to North Broad, some community members are unaware of what the purpose of the stainless-steel posts are. Shawniesha Williams, who lives on 22nd Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue and is a student at Excel Academy North, said she has asked

around to find out what the lights are. “They’ve probably got something to do with Wi-Fi, some type of connection for the Temple students since we are getting so much stuff around here,” she said. “Or probably some more systems or camera systems. ... Probably safety-related or some Wi-Fi for the kids.” Paul Donaldson, who lives on 23rd Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said he has also asked around and heard they were lights and cameras. “If they’re not bright, then what’s the sense? I think they’re cameras,” he said. To create better communication and avoid confusion in the future among the community, a new nonprofit called Avenue North Renaissance has been created. This group is in the early stages of planning its future community outreach. Avenue North will oversee the development, maintenance and safety of North Broad Street. Shalimar Thomas, the executive director of both Avenue North Renaissance and the African American Chamber of Commerce said she has a focus on inclusion to avoid issues of gentrification as the project encourages economic growth. “When we’re focused on inclusion, the benefit to the entire region is so much stronger because we have everyone providing jobs and opportunities for its residents that live in these communities,” she said.

congregate, like the second and third floors of the library, said Nassir Mahmood, a contracted technician Paley Library hired from Campus Safety Services Technology. “The way the modem deploys Wi-Fi, the devices connect to it like they would a mobile tower,” Mahmood said. When Paley opens at 7 a.m., most hardwired computers and seats are being used by students with devices within the first 30 minutes, Bongiovanni said. Patel, however, said he sees peak hours at around 10 a.m. when students “come in before class to print things out.” Access Services Department Head Justin Hill reported a total of 2,257,288 visits to the library last year. This figure includes repeat visitors. Bongiovanni said around 8,000 people utilize the library every day. “The first to arrive are the ones who make the strongest connections,” Bongiovanni said, adding as more people arrive, the connection becomes weaker as it splits through more devices. With the improvements, however, not all problems have been fixed. “We still get people who cant connect,” Patel said. “It’s mostly people with Apple devices.”

The first to arrive are the ones who “make the strongest connections.” James Bongiovanni | systems librarian

tion science technology major and tech support worker at Paley. The more devices connecting to one access point, the less internet power goes to each, Patel said. “The average person has twoand-a-half devices,” Bongiovanni said. “When they walk into the library, they have their laptop to connect, but then they also have a phone.” Bongiovanni added access points have a limited number of connections and when there are too many, they effectively become unusable. Each access point has the ability to make about 50 complete connections. Each access point has the ability to make about 50 complete connections, creating 2,500 openings to connect throughout the library. Access points have been added in areas where students typically

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Patel added students will also have difficulty with their laptops that could connect one day but not the next, for unknown reasons. “It has to do with the login information,” Bongiovanni said. When students log onto the Wi-Fi, they access it by using their AccessNet username and password. Every six months, however, students are prompted to change their password and when they reconnect to the Wi-Fi, the network no longer recognizes them. “You have to go in and have your computer forget the network, and then log in again with the new password,” Bongiovanni said. * T @ChristieJules Editors note: Tech support worker at Paley Library, Harsh Patel, is not the Web Manager of The Temple News.

Temple Health home care division facing two lawsuits BAYADA is facing two cases involving alleged worker negligence. By MARYVIC PEREZ The Temple News Nationwide health care provider BAYADA Home Health Care recently signed an agreement to extend its health services to Jeanes Home Health, a department of Temple Health’s Jeanes Hospital. Jeanes Hospital, a member of Temple Health since 1996, provides region-wide advanced health services, including its home care division, in Northeast Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Bucks County. According to its website, BAY-

ADA is a company that gives “clinical care and support services at home for children and adults of all ages.” Home health care administers medical care to people after they are discharged from the hospital. When patients leave Jeanes Hospital, nurses from BAYADA treat them in their homes. In an Oct. 5 press release, Marc P. Hurowitz, president and CEO at Jeanes Hospital, announced BAYADA will take management responsibilities in office and administrative areas, as well as home health care services in a new department called “Temple Health at Home | Managed by BAYADA.” Hurowitz could not be reached for comment, and both BAYADA and Temple Health also declined to comment outside what was sent in a press release to The Temple News. The company has a questionable

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background because aides have been found inadequate while on the job. The BAYADA team has recent lawsuits brought against their nurses and the company for negligence. In July, reported BAYADA faced a lawsuit in East Brunswick. Licensed practical nurse Matika Lassiter, who has worked for the Burlington County BAYADA branch since 2012, claims she was released in January for bringing awareness of malpractice toward an underage patient with cerebral palsy. The patient required special care, as he had no control of his own body, and required the help of a dependent party for necessities like breathing and feeding tubes. Lassiter, however, who worked the day shift, said the nurses in the evening shift were not doing their jobs properly.

The evening aides failed to restock medication, failed to properly position the patient in bed, did not keep urinary tracking, fell asleep during their shifts and even failed to clean and insert the breathing and feeding tubes accordingly. “BAYADA takes all allegations seriously, however we are unable to comment on any current or potential lawsuits,” BAYADA Communications Manager Lisa Weinstein said. The case is currently being tried in the Superior Court in New Brunswick. Another aide for BAYADA was charged for committing two felonies of theft while on the job, the Intelligencer reported Oct. 5. Ann Deberry Howard was tried in Montgomery County Court and pleaded guilty for the thievery of jewelry, silverware and money of clients.


“We were appalled to learn of the felony charges of theft against home health aide Ann Howard,” Weinstein said in an email. “We are committed to providing home health care to our clients with the highest professional, ethical, and safety standards.” Weinstein added Howard was terminated from BAYADA. “Ms. Howard’s actions do not represent BAYADA and go against everything we stand for as a company,” she said. “Our client continues to use our services and we are grateful for their trust. We have cooperated fully with the police investigation, and hopefully at Ms. Howard’s upcoming hearing, justice will be served.” *





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Church of the Advocate on 18th Street near Diamond opens Advocate Cafe to feed the homeless Monday through Friday.

‘Something we definitely needed’ The Advocate Cafe serves free food to those in need on weekdays. By IMAN SULTAN The Temple News Monday through Friday, the Church of the Advocate opens its doors to the hungry in the North Philadelphia community through a cafeteria bearing a familiar name. “Often we don’t even refer to it as the soup kitchen, it’s the Advocate Cafe,” Parish Administrator Lynn Buggage said. “And just that name is our attempt to associate some level of dignity, some level of community for the folks that come here.” The Advocate Cafe first opened in 1983 at the church, which is known for being a center of activism

and community service. Since then, the cafe has expanded significantly, Buggage said. “The congregation decided it was something that was definitely needed for the community,” she said. “In the last five to six years, they’ve expanded it out, they got a commercial kitchen, and it has evolved into less of what people kind of have as an image when you say ‘soup kitchen.’” Several volunteers help run the Advocate Cafe, many of whom are patrons themselves. Makida Golsonel said she started volunteering with her son, who was involved with the church. “I’ve been here for two months,” Golsonel said. “Everybody gets along, everybody’s nice.” Ann Jefferson, who has been volunteering since the early 2000s, said she works hard to keep the Advocate Cafe clean. “I think that’s my hobby,” Jefferson said. “I enjoy cleaning. It gives

me something to do. I’m bored, this is it!” Mamie Mathis, the cook, has been working at the Advocate Cafe for four to five years and said she enjoys the challenges of the job. “It’s good because I know a lot of the clients that come here, but it’s also challenging because you have to deal with so many different personalities, plus your own personality,” Mathis said. “Me and clients, we clash a lot, but I think now we’re on the grounds that even though we still clash, we respect one another.” Respect is the overriding rule at the Advocate Cafe, which primarily serves the local community, but can has a diverse clientele. Buggage said the Advocate Cafe helped a student when he was struggling to feed himself. “We had one guy who lost his wallet in the supermarket and he was like, ‘I can make it till the end of the month, but I’m going to need some

help if I can just find somewhere to eat,’” Buggage said. “I could tell he was a little reluctant about it initially, but he did come back. I think we helped break down some barriers for him.” Jefferson said working at the Advocate Cafe has allowed her to learn more about community members. “Everyone has their ups and downs, but they just break through,” Jefferson said. “It teaches me patience. They just want somebody to listen to, and I’m a listening ear.” Takicia Robinson said she visits the cafe often and volunteers when she can. She added, she has never seen anything like the Advocate Cafe. “In my 36 years, I’ve never known a soup kitchen like this—for a place like this to be open,” she said. *

helpful in identifying people.” Several freshman students on campus Sunday afternoon said they still feel safe after recent incidents close to Main Campus. “I’ve been pretty indifferent towards it,” freshman communication studies major Josh Zegans said. “I know to avoid certain areas, but I feel pretty safe around here.” Berk Atillasoy, an undeclared freshman, said the robbery

I know to avoid “certain areas, but I feel pretty safe around here.

Josh Zegans | freshman communications studies major

at Broad and Jefferson streets was surprising, given its central location. “You wouldn’t really think of stuff happening on the southern side of campus,” Atillasoy said. “You usually associate it with stuff past Diamond and whatnot. So yeah, I guess it’s somewhat concerning, but it’s North Philly, you just have to be aware.” * T @Steve_Bohnel

Kraft outlines cost of attendance for student-athletes all on the up-and-up by the NCAA. If you were up to the full cost of attendance, you would not necessarily be able to do so. They can say, ‘Well, we gave you a check and that’s the check you need to go and use but we all know where that check is going.’” President Theobald, who sat in on the meeting, questioned how Penn State’s cost of attendance number was more than $2,000 higher than Temple’s. Penn State’s athletic department was “keeping it close to the vest,” Kraft said, calling cost-of-attendance figures a “gray area” in many school’s athletic budgets.

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“Marybeth has won five national championships. Marybeth is going to win a national championship here. This season is hurting her more than anybody else on campus. She’s going to build it the right way. … I think that program is going to surprise a lot of people.” This wasn’t the first time Kraft expressed high aspirations for the department. Before his promotion in 2014 Kraft told The Temple News he “wanted to put Penn State’s student body to shame” and expressed his desire to have both revenue and nonrevenue sports compete for national championships last October. Freeman’s resume includes two national championships as a player for Old Dominion and three national championships as an assistant coach. As a head coach, Kraft expects her to join very rare company. Over the last 20 years, seven coaches have taken the trophy home; since 1981, 12 have won the title.



Statistics courtesy of CBS Sports


During the committee, Kraft addressed the new cost-of-attendance stipend provided by the school to student-athletes. The stipend is a new trend in the NCAA, spearheaded by some of the top conferences in college athletics last January. Kraft confirmed all Temple student-athletes from 19 Division I sports receive $2,500, and said this was not the maximum the department could provide. The compensation is also among the lowest in the country, according to a report by CBS Sports. The University of Memphis,


Temple’s American Athletic Conference rival, provides $5,373 to men’s and women’s basketball players, but $3,000 to football, volleyball and women’s tennis, according to The Commercial Appeal, a Memphis newspaper. Penn State offers all of its fullscholarship athletes $4,700, according to CBS Sports. East Carolina, another school in The American, an-

nounced in a press release the department would offer $4,025 to studentathletes in revenue sports and plans to provide the rest of its sports with the same amount by next year. Kraft and Clark told the trustees keeping the number low preserves the department’s ability to call on the NCAA “student aid fund” for student- athletes who have emergency situations.

Kraft added he is not sure how other schools that max out their cost of attendance allowance plan to help student-athletes with emergencies. “Because we’re under our full cost of attendance, it allows us to give more services to our athletes,” Kraft told the committee. “For example, if an athlete’s mother is sick … we are able to pay for that individual to go and see their mother, which is

This year, an NCAA report revealed an estimated 25 percent of female athletes, and 20 percent of male athletes suffer from “disordered eating systems.” In order to lower the problematic volume of students affected by eating disorders, the department has implemented the “care team” in order to help students with issues, including body image and eating habits, Kraft said. “I think the biggest piece that we have to continue to look at is studentathlete welfare,” Kraft said. “We’ve put together a student welfare committee to make sure their experiences are the best experiences. Now, we’re not talking about wins and losses, we’re talking about body image, drugs, alcohol, finances even. … We have built a frontline team, called the care team.” * T @ejsmitty17




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Not adding up

During last week’s Ath- athletes—most of whom will letics committee meeting, not have an emergency situAthletic Director Pat Kraft ation they cannot afford—is explained the wrong. new cost-ofT h e The decision to withhold attendance way the demoney from student-athletes p a r t m e n t numbers to P r e s i d e n t costs them nearly $3,000 a sets up its year . Theobald and compenother trustees. sation for The $2,500 figure given student-athletes is similar to to student-athletes per year to that of an insurance company: spend as they please was in if a client doesn’t have an acthe basement relative to the cident, they lose money. The conference they play in, but it biggest difference is, some didn’t have to be. insurance companies refund Kraft acknowledged those who never use the monthe noticeably low number ey spent on the insurance. was kept down because the Shortly after noting the department hopes to pre- department’s decision to serve money provided by the withhold funds from the stuNCAA “student aid fund” for dent-athletes, Kraft boasted student-athletes in the event that the department prioritizes of an emergency situation. financial literacy classes, tellThe number could be closer ing the committee members to $5,400, but then the NCAA they use the cost-of-attenwould not provide the depart- dance stipends as a “teaching ment the funding to assist stu- tool.” dent-athletes with emergency If student-athletes are situations. taught financial literacy exFor example: If a student- tensively, then why doesn’t athlete loses his or her mother, the department trust them to the NCAA can provide mon- be responsible with the money for airfare, so long as cost- ey they deserve? of-attendance isn’t maxed out The football team’s sixth for that school. win makes them bowl eligiWe understand the impor- ble, meaning the department tance of providing for student- could see up to $20 million athletes who have emergency in revenues from that team situations, but withholding alone. With that coming into nearly $3,000 from already the books, what sense does it under-compensated student- make to be so miserly?

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No room for jokes in politics Too many voters aren’t taking politics seriously.


eing skeptical of politicians and the political process is nothing new. Since Watergate, my “Recent American History” professor and many others would argue, we, as a public, have developed a hearty disdain for the carefully coded language and gestures professional Washington types PAIGE GROSS rely on. OPINION EDITOR Maybe that is why current presidential candidates Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, as part of their appeal, market their lack of political experience as one of the reasons they’d make a good world leader. Is it that absurd, then, to consider Kanye West for the Oval Office? West announced in his VMA acceptance speech last month: “Yes—as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” Moments after his announcement, fan pages and Twitter accounts sprung up in support. The trend, #Kanye2020 was the mosttweeted phrase of the night. Days later, he had an official PAC, registered by a University of Maryland student, “Ready for Kanye.” Whether or not Kanye was serious about running, the world—at least the internet world—has embraced the idea. Many have speculated the stunt was a joke—at least, we hope so, right? But the reality is, some prefer West over any current

candidate. One Bowie State student, Eugene Craig III, told the Huffington Post, “We think [West] is a champion of a lot of issues and he has an interesting perspective. [The PAC] is not just a joke.” The sad fact is even some part of the population would be willing to vote for a musical artist whose most up-to-

care about black people,” feels like a disgrace to the American people. I’m a strong advocate for voting—it’s one of the few ways we truly get to interact with our government—but using that right to elect pop culture stars makes a mockery of our system. West himself isn’t even

spite his time in the Navy and Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild before running for Governor of California. Maybe Americans are hinting they need something new out of a candidate. It’s possible the career politicians aren’t representing the majority of citizens, but I won’t buy


date political experience is a selfie with current candidate Hillary Clinton. I’ll try to fathom it. It’s understandable to be frustrated with the political system, to feel like no candidate completely fills your needs and aspirations. There will never be one person that a voter completely aligns with. But, to ignore sifting through the thousands of tweets, stories, minutes of debate and commentary about those candidates to favor a rapper, who, in the face of Hurricane Katrina, blurted out, “George Bush doesn’t

sure what he wants in a political leader; last month he told Vanity Fair, “As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like, ‘This is the most brilliant guy.’” Last week, though, BET reported West donated $15,000 to Clinton’s campaign. In the past, presidents have come from a range of professions. While many have law and military experience, some shy away from that to come across more relatable. Jimmy Carter advertised himself as a peanut farmer, de-

into the idea that Kanye West would be the best person to run our country. It’s time we turn discontent into action and realize politics are not a joke. Though the 2016 election is almost locked down (we’re looking at you, Joe Biden). I’m hoping candidate Yeezus has some serious competitors in 2020. The state of affairs—and your place in deciding who runs them—is no laughing matter. * T @By_paigegross


Philadelphia, blessing of choice


A student decides to study near where his family originally lived in the city.

rish Gaelic floated between porches in certain enclaves of North Philadelphia in the 1930s as fathers arrived home from work. My paternal grandmother Aloyse saw this every day as she and her 10 siblings returned from parochial school. Her mother arrived on Ellis Island from County Donegal, Ireland at age 15—alone. After a stint in the Merchant Marines, my grandfather, Jack, considered joining St. Charles’ Borromeo seminary before marrying my grandmother. He found work with Philadelphia Gas Works. He and Aloyse raised my dad and his five sisters in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia after being displaced from Olney near La Salle University to make way for a school parking lot. My grandmother still calls Fox Chase home. My mother’s side germinated in the Northeast as well—her and five siblings reared by a Teamster father and a stay-athome mother in Lawncrest, a predominantly black area these days. Before a few of my aunts and uncles, almost no one in my family had an education past a high school diploma. They worked blue-collar, working-class jobs. Despite the sacrifice it entailed, nearly all of my American lineage sent their kids to Catholic school. For many immigrants, and for anyone trying to build a life here, the American Dream is a truth—often a vague and flimsy one. It involves struggle and perseverance and grit in the face of stagnant progress. Many of the struggling folks at

By Colton Tyler Shaw the turn of the century in this city shared common ground in their attempts to mold the trajectory of their offspring’s future. A time-forged work ethic, combined with the unclasping of a past flush with anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant sentiment, afforded them greater mobility, with

I made the choice to “ study ... right down the

street from where my family first stretched its roots.

many gradually moving away from Center City and toward the outer limits and eventually the suburbs. My family’s story is not a rare one. This area is rife with them. In 1994, right before my sister and I arrived on the scene, my parents and my brother made the move to the suburbs. And two decades passed in a blur. I made the choice to study here at Temple, right down the street from where my family first stretched their roots in the

New World. Now, as an outsider, I am able to appreciate the city for what it is and what has happened here. From atop my building on Main Campus, I see William Penn standing proudly at the mast of his city. The accomplishments of past Philadelphians seem to have left an indelible impression, one that was borne of the same struggle my progenitors saw. I can see the passion and attitude of those who have stayed and lived here, and those who have decided Philly would be their home. My parents were not overly enthusiastic about my choice to study here, given the crime and poverty that blight the streets around the school. They worked hard to get out of the city, my father said, so my choice to put myself back here was confusing for them. Mapping my future where my family’s past lay means something sincere. It adds depth to my choices; it puts momentum behind my future. I’ve chosen to be here. Nearly 21 years ago, my parents moved from the Mayfair section of the city to right outside the city limits. Even though they moved into a twin home that wouldn’t be uncommon on the streets of Philadelphia, it was a move that carried clear symbolic weight. It cleared the board and set the scene for a new story, one that starts again at its narrative roots. I’m looking to make Philadelphia home again. *





column | Athletic department

Cost of attendance consistent with cuts

December, 1979: Temple’s football team faced the University of California at Berkely Dec. 15. where they won 28-17. This issue previewed the last game Temple played during the 1979 season. Following the victory, the Owls ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, which appeared Jan. 3, 1980. This past Sunday, the Owls ranked No. 22, the first time Temple has made the AP Top 25 since the rankings came out 35 years ago.

The athletic department’s decision to provide cost of attendance to all of its athletes works with the university’s goals.


the freed money from the “cutsSeeing go directly into the programs, like it was intended to do, was a comforting sign.

account for the expenses that come with living on a college campus like travel and personal expenses and Division I schools were allocated $55,000 from the NCAA in order to help do so. Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications Larry Dougherty told The Temple News it is implementing a $2,500 annual cost of attendance stipend to all of its scholarship student-athletes, to be tacked onto any scholarship they already have. Athletes who receive partial scholarships will receive cost of attendance based on their percentage of scholarship. “It’s a number that fit into what our budget would allow,” Athletic Director Pat Kraft told The Temple News in an interview Wednesday. “Run the numbers. What can we afford? And then, what can we give to everybody to maintain our Title IX.” The new cost-of-attendance rules are being interpreted differently among the affected universities. USA Today reported this summer the cost of attendance figures for 90 different schools, listing six programs in The American. The University of Cincinnati, East Carolina University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston and the University of South Florida all had higher numbers than Temple. Cincinnati topped the list of all Division I schools providing between $5,504 to $7,018 of cost of attendance to only its football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s tennis athletes. East Carolina provides $4,025 to its football and men’s and women’s basketball players while giving $2,025 to its other athletes. “It’s still evolving,” Kraft said. “As we continue as athletic directors and presidents, I still think people are trying to figure this all out. I think that’s why we did what we did. We did what we felt was right for Temple, what was right for our student athletes. You can’t get caught up in the noise of what other people are doing.” Providing cost of attendance to all of its athletes is consistent with the athletic department’s goals of fully funding all sports. I am not sure what factors affected the decision making at other universities, but if Temple had decided to provide its football and both basketball teams a larger cost of attendance figure people would have been upset—including myself. The university’s cost of attendance figures are a step in the right direction. As decisions regarding the athletic department are made for the next several years, it will be important to continue to look at them critically. Five sports teams no longer exist at the university so the remaining programs can be given the tools to succeed. I hope the university continues to keep this in mind. I think they have so far. * T @Owen_McCue

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column | breast cancer

‘Pinkwashing’ problematic in breast cancer awareness Breast cancer as product promotion leads to issues of consumerism and objectification.


ach year, October rolls around and everything turns a shade of pink. Ribbons, T-shirts, bumper stickers, all proudly proclaiming their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This visibility benefits the cause in some obvious ways—but how much is this merchandise really helping those impacted by the disease? According to, LIAN PARSONS breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women, as well as the second leading cause of cancer death. An estimated 231,840 cases are expected to be diagnosed in women in 2015 and 2,350 new cases in men. Death rates have decreased since the late 1980s because of greater awareness, earlier detection and improved treatment. However, an estimated 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2015. The trend of Breast Cancer Awareness Month merchandise inundating retailers across the country strikes me as rather disturbing for a variety of reasons. The merchandise is often emblazoned with charming phrases like “save the tatas!” and “save second base!” While “quirky” catchphrases may boost sales and grab attention, this marketing strategy sexualizes and objectifies breasts. The people who suffer from breast cancer become secondary to their anatomy. Women affected by breast cancer have already likely experienced objectification in their daily lives themselves or by magazine covers, TV shows and other mediums. This sexualization ultimately diminishes and distracts from the pain people impacted by breast cancer face. “Saving the boobs” places the value on people’s bodies, not on the disease itself, and even less on the actual people. Actress and activist Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy two years ago after learning she had an 87 percent chance of contracting breast cancer due to her genetics. Jolie, a high-profile celebrity, is also a cultural sex symbol, known not

only for her filmography and philanthropic work, but also for her body. As a result of this, her double mastectomy shocked many. Comment threads all over the world exploded in a broad range of reactions. Many responded with support, kindness, sympathy and solidarity, but the vitriolic, angry, indignant and even possessive were also out in full force. What the latter camp of comments told me was as consumers,

In 2010, Dansko shoe company sold pink ribbon clogs, which customers assumed went toward a cancer research program. Dansko donated a set amount of $25,000 to Susan G. Komen, regardless of how many customers actually bought the shoes. This “pinkwashing,” was coined by the organization Breast Cancer Action and refers to the commodification of pink products and the sexualization of breasts in the name of

ultimately diminishes “Thisandsexualization distracts from the pain people impacted by breast cancer face.”


n December 2013, Temple cut seven varsity sports programs. After the crew and rowing teams were reinstated, the university halted its sponsorship for five Division I programs July 1, 2014. As a high school senior prepared to come to Temple in the fall, I watched from afar. I understood the purpose of these cuts—other schools like the University of Maryland had eliminated programs due to budget concerns—but I wasn’t quite sold on the plan. Current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Clark, then the athletic director, told The Temple News last year one of the goals of the cuts was to fully fund the remaining nineteen Division I programs. In 2014, more than half of the sports programs received renovated locker rooms. The university also fully funded scholarships for all women’s sports and most of the men’s teams. Seeing the freed money from the cuts go directly OWEN MCCUE into the programs, like it was intended to do was a comforting sign. This summer, the athletic department made another decision regarding its funding of the programs on campus. In January 2015, 65 schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences—who have noticeably higher television contract revenue and the ability to make their own rules among themselves—agreed to a new rule regarding athletic scholarships for studentathletes. The rule, which went into effect Aug. 1, allows all Division I schools— including Temple, which belongs to the American Athletic Conference— to provide additional funding to student-athletes on top of their athletic scholarships. The purpose, according to the NCAA’s website, is “to provide funds to help pay the full costs of attending college, such as travel and other expenses.” Prior to this summer, athletes who received full athletic scholarships had tuition, room and board, required fees and books covered. The cost of attendance scholarship is intended to provide additional funds in order to

they felt some kind of ownership over her. They were upset Jolie was choosing her health and family over her iconic figure, and thus, compromising her sex symbol status. Making a commodity out of breast cancer awareness focuses on making money for companies rather than providing education and resources for preventing breast cancer. reviews the “financial health” of more than two dozen American breast cancer charities. The American Breast Cancer Foundation only spends 46.2 percent of its total revenue on program expenses, compared with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which spends 91.9 percent on program expenses. These expenses are the services a charity provides like research, educational programs and health care.


breast cancer, as well as the lack of transparency from companies that claim to help advance cancer research. All these issues with breast cancer awareness seem to ignore the origins of the movement itself. Because of the societal objectification of breasts, breast cancer used to be stigmatized to the point where people were hiding the fact they had the disease at all. People were not getting the treatment and health care they needed and there was little research done about the cancer. While there are merits to wanting to raise awareness and visibly supporting survivors and those currently suffering, priority should be on the person, not their anatomy. * T @Lian_Parsons





Rashan Roberts sentenced up to 23 months CRIME

that incorporated virtual realities into treatments, including one study he and Sbarro conducted that helped patients reduce their weight. While the study involving breast cancer patients is not yet concluded, Giordano believes reducing stress is having a positive impact both psychologically and physiologically on the subjects. -Julie Christie

DRIVER SENTENCED IN HALL HIT-AND-RUN Rashan Roberts, 18, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half to 23 months in prison with five years probation last Tuesday, according to court documents. Roberts was arrested May 6 and pled guilty in court July 23. On April 29, then-senior and studentathlete Rachel Hall, was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident when Roberts, driving his father’s 2012 silver Mitsubishi Galant on Diamond Street near Park Avenue, hit Hall on her bike. He had a learner’s permit at the time. Roberts was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death or injury, and driving without a license. -Lian Parsons


Director of Sbarro Health Research Organization and biology professor Antonio Giordano is currently examining a study involving 50 breast cancer patients to see if



Drew Katz applauds at The Lewis Katz School of Medicine dedication Oct 13, where the school was renamed after his father, a trustee who died in a plane crash last May. Read online at

incorporating virtual reality will help make treatments more effective. Giordano told Temple Now that patients with cancer often feel stressed, scared and even depressed, and immersing them in a virtual reality during treatment may re-

move those psychological symptoms. “[It] can interfere with their ability to successfully follow a course of therapy,” Giordano said, adding stress is a “critical component” in cancer treatment. Giordano is building on other studies

Temple University Hospital has been ranked the 17th best academic medical center from the University Health Consortium. Its rank has improved from 65th in 2013 and 44th in 2014. Dr. Henry Pitt, chief quality officer for Temple University Health System, said the ranking reflects improvement in patient care, death rates and doctoring quality. He expects further improvement next year. “We’re assuring our patients that the quality of outcomes of patient care on the inpatient side, particularly, are very high,” Pitt added. -Lila Gordon


Sullivan Hall still undergoing restoration process Officials said work is on schedule, and should be completed in December. By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor Sullivan Hall has been under construction since the first week of September. The three-month project aims to restore the building, increasing its longevity. Philadelphia’s Property Management Code “requires all building owners to maintain their buildings in

good repair,” which also requires a review every five years of any building six or more stories in height or any building with any type of facade in excess of 60 feet in height. “The Department of Licenses and Inspections writes a report and give a time frame to respond to the reports,” said Dozie Ibeh, assistant vice president of the Project Delivery Group at Temple. Repairs include facade restoration, replacing damaged and loose stones on the building, repointing— the process of taking out old and eroded mortar and replacing it with new mortar—and sealing the windows, all done by Palmer Construc-

tion Company. The west side of Sullivan Hall is now complete. The north side is about 90 percent complete, Ibeh said, but the entryway still needs work, which will be done during the weekends when the building is not in use. The east side will be completed in November and the whole project is predicted to be completed in the first week of December, he added. Operations at Sullivan Hall have been largely undisturbed and work inside the building has continued as normal. “We’re in good shape,” Bill Bergman, special assistant to the president said. “We never really

closed that much.” President Theobald’s State of the University address Oct. 8 was moved from its usual location of Sullivan Hall to Mitten Hall, but not as a result of the construction, Ibeh said. “There was such a tremendous response of the folks who wanted to go [to the speech],” he said. “It was just a matter of capacity.” The Board of Trustees meeting also changed locations. It is usually held on the third floor of Sullivan Hall in the Feinstein Lounge, but was instead held at the Wendy and Solomon Luo Auditorium of the Medical Education and Research Building because of the Lewis Katz dedication of Continued from page 1



Moderators Diane Mastrull (left) and Chris Hepp join Melissa Murray Bailey and Jim Kenney for the final mayoral debate.

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Bailey, president of Universum, a branding and communications firm, said her goal is to convince West Coast and international companies to bring their east-coast headquarters to Philadelphia. She later told The Temple News she wants those companies to come in to the city’s college campuses, scouting people for entry-level positions. “We have some of the best people right here,” she said. Former City Councilman Kenney disagreed. About 30 percent of Philadelphians commute out of the city to the suburbs for work, he said. To bring business to Center City, Philadelphia doesn’t need to look nationally or globally, but just a few miles outside of city limits. “If we can get less people commuting out and more people enjoying their lives here, we don’t need to look further,” Kenney said. Both candidates spoke to aspects

of other cities they would bring to the table in Philadelphia. Kenney noted sustainable practices and making any new jobs green—reducing the city’s carbon footprint—would be implemented in his new programs. Chicago, New York and Boston have set good examples for this so far, he said. Bailey said she admires Los Angeles’ overhaul of its public school system, making parental involvement “paramount” in children’s success. There are up-and-coming neighborhoods, Kenney and Bailey agreed—Kenney claimed Germantown and Cheltenham are promising for small businesses. Bailey said the development of the Reading Viaduct and its surrounding neighborhood will be an asset in connecting North Philadelphia to Center City. Kenney, who has spoken in support of open streets in the past, commented on the “liberating” feeling of walking around a car-less Center City during the papal visit, adding he would be willing to look into closing certain streets in the future. Bailey said she would consider the act if it

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could be good for people and businesses, if it was done “with a purpose.” Hepp and Mastrull prompted Bailey and Kenney on their favorite party candidates in the presidential election. Bailey said she favors Carly Fiorina’s business sense, while Kenney said he is a proud supporter of all the Democratic candidates, but, “Joe Biden goes to Flyers games.” “Once you’re mayor, it’s not a matter of being a Republican or a Democrat,” Bailey said. In his closing statement, Kenney said, “I am a lifelong Philadelphian. I have the drive, intelligence and experience for this.” Bailey emphasized her two main priorities are family and service: “There are Philadelphians that need to break the status quo. We need to clean up Philadelphia.” Polls open for voting Nov. 3. * T @By_paigegross


Marvine Street near Oxford, in connection to the shooting and charged him with murder and criminal conspiracy, among other offenses. According to court records, his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4. Miller’s daughter, who was a good friend of DeShields, was deeply affected by the incident. “She was there when it happened, they hang together,” Miller said. “She’s fine … it’s kind of hard to see somebody you call your little brother and best friend and have that happen, but she’s been doing fine … she was having nightmares last week, but she’s doing better now.” Miller said DeShields—who was known to many of his classmates as “DJ”—was a “sweetheart” and beloved by everyone in his community. “No kids are perfect, but he was very respectful towards adults,” Miller said. “Everybody who knew him liked him. I’m a grown lady, and he was my buddy. It shocked us.” Adalene Edwards, 36, said Brown and DeShields knew each other prior to the shooting, because they used to “hang together” and attend parties. “I think that was the problem,” Edwards said. “I believe he was jealous of him. I don’t know [Brown], but if you think about DJ, DJ had respect for everybody.” Since DeShields’ death, Philadelphia School District spokeswoman Chanice Savage said Dunbar’s principal, Dawn Moore, has sent a letter of condolence to the DeShields family. There are

the School of Medicine Oct. 13. The construction accomplishes several goals, Ibeh said. It restores the building, makes it safer by ensuring loose stones don’t fall and increases the longevity of the building by making it water tight and preventing deterioration. “There’s also the aesthetic impact of a beautifully restored building,” Ibeh added. “With these old buildings, you want to re-point and maintain the building.” * T @Lian_Parsons

counselors available at the school throughout the week for students. Edwards said her 8-year-old son, Ya-seer, who also attends Dunbar, saw DJ as a role model, and didn’t want to attend school after hearing about his death. “My son looked up to him so much,” she said. “I told my son, because he didn’t want to go to school, ‘Will you do it for DJ?’ And my son got out of bed, got washed up, got his clothes on, and he went to school.” Miller and Edwards both said the community is rallying in support of DeShields’ death, and that

I’m a grown “ lady, and he was my buddy. It shocked us.

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a fundraiser is being held for his family at St. Malachy Catholic School on 11th Street near Master at 5 p.m. today. Dunbar held a separate fundraiser last Friday, and another fundraiser is being run by Jazzy’s Entertainment, a party company DeShields used to dance for. “Pretty much everyone who knew him is feeling it,” Miller said. “They’re all coming together to make sure this boy has a nice funeral. Everybody is trying to contribute as much as they can.” * T @Steve_Bohnel


The Owlery The features blog of The Temple News



A Ph.D. student and a recent Temple graduate got engaged at the homecoming football game. PAGE 15

The Physical Activity Fair, organized by the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion, focused on exercise for people with mental illnesses. PAGE 8


Tonight, there will be a life-size battleship competition in Pearson Hall, where teams will compete to sink their opponents’ canoes. PAGE 16





Fighting against sexual assault

A NEW WAY TO LECTURE A video of Dr. Aaron X. Smith rapping and singing in class recently went viral.

Six male Temple students are working with nonprofit ROAR for Good to raise awareness of sexual assault. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News

first few weeks, everybody on campus seemed really dead inside, including the kids in my morning class, so I kind of wanted to wake them up and get them excited.” In the video, Smith is singing to the tune of Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change The World,” changing a set of the lyrics to, “Owls were made to soar.” Smith holds four degrees from Temple: a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies, a master’s degree in liberal arts and both a master’s and Ph.D. in African American studies.

One in four women will become victims of sexual assault during their college years, and one in five women overall have experienced rape during their lifetime. “This statistic is pretty staggering, especially when you consider the odds of it happening to someone you know,” said senior entrepreneurship major Vinnie Paolizzi. This semester, Paolizzi and his five senior classmates Mike Dooley, a marketing major; Kevin Curran, a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship; Alex Polovoy, a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship; Kevin Quigley, a marketing major; and Conor Burke, a media studies and production major with a minor in business studies, are working on the 10-10-10 Project with Jean Wilcox from the Fox School of Business. With 10-10-10, students start out with $10 and attempt to multiply it by 10 as many times as possible to raise money for certain charities and causes. These students teamed up with ROAR for Good, a company that produces fashionable and smart jewelry to help women caught in dangerous situations, according to its website. ROAR for Good was founded by Yasmine Mustafa and Anthony Gold. Mustafa, a 2006 Temple alumna who majored in entrepreneurship, is the company’s CEO. “I was shocked and grateful when they reached out to us,” Mustafa said. “Men have a different platform than women and are often more likely to be listened to when they voice their concern about these issues.” Curran pitched the idea of working with ROAR, and the five others jumped on board. The group agreed more male students involved would hopefully provide a different perspective on the issue of sexual assault and make others perceive it differently. They were motivated to raise awareness because they all have important women in their lives, whether they are sisters, mothers or close friends. “We feel it’s a very strong issue here because Temple always has the negative stigma that it’s a good school, but located in a dangerous area,” Dooley said. Because of ROAR’s startling rape statistics and the recent sexual assault of a Temple student, the five students involved feel people on campus need to become more educated on sexual violence against women. ROAR’s first product, Athena, is aimed at helping women feel safe and empowered while reducing possible instances of sexual assault. When feeling threatened, users can push the button on the device to activate an alarm and send alerts from




Dr. Aaron X. Smith, a professor in the African American studies program, worked in the music industry before becoming a professor, and refers to himself as a rapper who teaches.



fter just five weeks of the semester, Dr. Aaron X. Smith is already one of Temple’s more well-known professors. Smith, an assistant professor of African American studies, recently went viral after his students filmed him rapping about Temple in class one morning and posted the video to YouTube. “The energy was really low one morning,” Smith told The Temple News. “Like, after the


‘Something is definitely afoot at the Baptist Temple’ Hoot Paranormal investigated TPAC after workers reported paranormal experiences. By JENNY ROBERTS The Temple News While closing up one night during his first year as production manager at the Temple Performing Arts Center, Will Luff saw a dark-robed figure standing in the mezzanine. Luff thought someone from an event held at TPAC earlier that afternoon was still up in the dark balcony. “I’m looking up there, and immediately I get agitated,” Luff said. “I’m like, ‘You have to leave.’” Luff called out to the person

several times, but heard no response. “So I go out the door and literally shoot up the steps,” Luff said. “And there’s no one there.” Luff has seen this figure in the same area of the mezzanine multiple times throughout his three years at TPAC, as have many student workers. Amanda Kijak, a junior theater and media studies and production major, works at TPAC as a production assistant, and said since working there she has heard many stories about strange happenings at TPAC. “I had always known that people joked about it being haunted,” Kijak said. Then one day she had an experience of her own as she was coming off the back elevator. “I had just stepped off [the elevator], and I heard laughter,” Kijak said. I knew I was the only one alone


in the building.” Prompted by her experience, Kijak reached out to Temple’s paranormal investigation club, Hoot Paranormal, and asked them to investigate. On the night of Oct. 5, six Hoot Paranormal members joined Kijak, Luff and a few other student workers to investigate the historic building, which first served as the Baptist Temple for Rev. Russell Conwell’s congregation in 1882. Luff believes the strange activity in the back corner of the building might be caused by Conwell himself. “I kind of jokingly, satirically have started the custom of saying, ‘pastor,’” Luff said. Many Temple employees have told Luff that Conwell’s office is believed to have been located in that corner, he said. Caryn Mousley, president of


Hoot Paranormal, a student paranormal investigation group, spent the night of Oct. 5 investigating TPAC, which served as the Baptist Temple in 1882.

Hoot Paranormal, said during the investigation the group paid special attention to that corner of the building, where there is also an elevator known to open and close when it

shouldn’t. “We just kept asking for the pastor to open the elevator and it just





New Owl Team Leader course to build ‘camaraderie’ The required one-credit course will build leadership skills for incoming Owl Team Leaders. By ANDREA ODJEMSKI The Temple News Owl Team Leaders, Temple students who lead orientation activities and programs over the summer, now have to prove their skills inside the classroom before being put in the field. The newly selected Owl Team Leaders for next summer now have to take a one-credit course before orientations begin. The course, which was implemented this semester, focuses on helping these new members find their leadership style and cultivate it to help the team become a cohesive unit. It focuses on “Student Development Theory,” said Eric Goins, coordinator of orientation and new student programs. This includes topics like transition theory, leadership theory and moral development. After students learn these techniques in leadership, they will apply them to small and large group facilitation and customer service. “Taking the time to look at what Student Development Theory is and how that can be applied to the work that they do with new students ... we will really see how that is going to benefit

them this summer,” Goins said. Goins and Amber Cardamone, director of orientation and new student programs, were able to execute the plans for this new course after they talked about it for some time and brought it up in one of their meetings. Goins started his career with the group this past summer, and explained how it was in the works for a while, but with his past experiences on leadership courses, they were finally able to implement such a course. He taught orientation leadership courses at Florida State University and the University of Tennessee. Goins also explained how implementing this new course will give the new leaders a chance to understand their leadership style and how it can work with the rest of the team. “I think it will allow them to build that cohesion and really help build that rapport that they need to help welcome the students,” Goins said. He understands the theoretical aspect of welcoming students to campus, and believes this new course will be a great opportunity for the new leaders to build an effective team and augment their leadership styles over the course of the semester into the summer. Tyler Sewell, a senior human resource management major and former member, feels the new leaders will benefit from the leadership skills learned but also from spending time together before orientation. “A big part of Owl Team is just the camaraderie and learning to work with each other,”


Christopher McFadden (left), and Zach Mullen, Owl Team Leaders, discuss the course future members will be required to complete to work for the university next year.

Sewell said. “I think them getting to know each other before the summer is going to have a really good effect next summer.” Sasha Aronzon, a senior speech pathology major and another past member, believes this new course will help the students grasp what they are preparing themselves for.


“If they go into orientations knowing each other and already being friends and leaders on campus, I think that could change the whole dynamic of Owl Team,” Aronzon said. *


Mythbusting fluprevention vaccines Temple’s chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma held an event addressing the controversy of vaccines. By BRIANNA BAKER The Temple News


Terry Scott (right), the health and wellness director and chronic disease prevention director of the YMCA, talks with Brandon Snead, coordinator of the Physical Activity Fair and recreation therapist for the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion.

Physical activity and accessibility The TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion held its first Physical Activity Fair. By ALBERT HONG Lifestyle Editor For people suffering from mental health conditions and illnesses, staying healthy can be a mind game—it’s easy to forget the benefits of physical activity on the brain. This is why the TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion, a rehabilitation research and training center within the College of Public Health, organized its first Physical Activity Fair at the Student Center Oct. 8. With education and exercise sessions from local fitness and health groups, the fair raised awareness for connecting those with psychiatric disabilities to communitybased resources. Brandon Snead, a recreation therapist for the TU Collaborative and a coordinator of the fair, expressed how this part of the population is not always thought of when it comes to physical health, but it’s just as important. “When you are physically active, it’s also well-documented that that comes with a host of other outcomes that we’re looking to help our clients with,” said Snead, who

earned his bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation in 2013. “They include the social benefits, social wellness.” Many of the organizations and agencies in attendance focused on free and accessible ways to serve the needs of physically and mentally struggling community members. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, which mainly focuses on children’s after-school programs gave out information about other free programs and activities offered. Some Temple alumni who now work with health outreach groups held sessions teaching exercises. Allen Ung, a 2008 alumnus, works with Philly Gets Fit, a fitness studio on Washington Avenue near Front Street in Queen Village that taught community members chair fitness at the fair. Ung was surprised and happy to see the many other health groups making impacts all around the city. “Seeing what other people are doing to live a healthy, active lifestyle is amazing,” Ung said. “Sometimes you feel like it’s just us.” Ung also holds fitness classes at the Bell Tower Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Erik Burling, a 2007 alumnus, is the co-founder of Roots Philly Yoga Project and taught attendees chair yoga. He said the event was a “perfect fit” for him, with Roots Philly’s efforts in serving the local homeless population, to which the group gives free yoga classes. “I’ve always just sort of felt

drawn to help that population, so for me it was like combining two passions—I love yoga, I also love outreach with underprivileged populations,” Burling said. Gretchen Snethen, assistant director for the TU Collaborative and assistant professor of the therapeutic recreation program, came up with the event as a way to inform health clinics on the importance of teaching clients how to be independent in their community. “We know that good things happen inside the walls of those healthcare facilities, but a lot can happen outside of those walls and we need to be thinking about how to support people to engage in their community,” Snethen said. “But also so that they can take ownership of healthy behaviors and really integrate in into their life.” Since about 125 people attended the fair, Snethen hopes to annualize the event and increase student interactions. Megan Murphy and Lou Klein, co-founders of Deck Conspiracy, a local group promoting the use of card decks for workouts, also saw the fair as a success in promoting activity for all. “The community response was incredible, from younger people to older people,” Murphy said. “I mean, we think that this is for everybody and that the key is to use the body that you have to get stronger, rather than trying to change yourself from the outside in.” *

A recent talk on campus told students that their wellness may be in danger—and they have to help themselves. On Oct. 8, Temple’s chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, or ESG, the National Health Education Honorary, hosted a vaccine myth-busting session in Ritter Hall’s Walk Auditorium. The presentation was led by Dr. Chip Altman, head of medical affairs at bioCSL, a local pharmaceutical company. According to ESG’s Facebook page, the sorority’s mission is to “enhance the professional development of students through involvement in health education activities on Temple’s campus.” With the support of Families Fighting Flu, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the lives of children and their families through flu prevention, bioCSL is conducting a national campaign to educate college students on the importance of getting vaccinated. When a representative from the campaign reached out to ESG to set up a free flu clinic on campus, senior public health major and president of ESG Francesca Boomsma took the request a step further, suggesting it deliver a talk to address anti-vaccination sentiments. “We hear a lot in our public health classes about the controversy around vaccines,” Boomsman said. “We thought it was a really fitting time to bring something like this to fruition.” Republican presidential candidate and reality television star Donald Trump is one of many celebrities contributing to the controversy of denouncing flu vaccinations. In his presentation, Altman included several of Trump’s tweets on the matter, including one that read, “Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!” After clarifying a connection between vaccination and autism has not

been proven, Altman asked his audience for any more “nasty stuff” they heard were in vaccines. Responses included thimerosal and formaldehyde, two ingredients Altman assured exist only in small, harmless doses. But these rumors and fears are not the only problem facing the world of vaccines. Because college students are constantly in such close proximity to one another, they are one of the populations most susceptible to the flu. Unfortunately, they also have one of the lowest vaccination rates. Altman said it was recently reported only 8 percent of students get vaccinated. “It could be because you’re very busy,” Altman said. “It could be because you think you’re really strong and tough and you never get sick. So why would you need the flu vaccine?” Despite this apparent lack of interest among students, the presentation drew a crowd. Boomsma said she was “really surprised” so many people attended and asked questions during the question and answer segment. Sophomore speech pathology major Jordyn Green enjoyed the session. “I thought it was very interesting,” Green said. “I didn’t even know there were people afraid of getting [the flu vaccine]. It was nice to hear about something that was new for me.” “I think [the talk] did [make a difference],” Boomsma added. “Now people are aware that these vaccination companies are not the bad guys. They’re making these vaccines to save us, to prevent us from getting sick.” ESG will be working with bioCSL for future events, including free flu clinics and a promotion that will enlist the help of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. They will continue to reach out to college students in particular. “College campuses represent a population that is really critical to preventing diseases and conditions to be spread,” Boomsma said. “We’re the next generation of people that are going to educate the world on health practices.” *



The alternative bar on South Street held a pop-up shop celebrating pop culture and featuring the work of nine local artist collectives like The Patchriarchy. PAGE 10

New opening Coeur brings French-Canadian flavors to the Italian Market neighborhood thanks to head chef Andy Tessier, an exrocker hailing from Montreal, Quebec. PAGE 11






Exploring the city’s demolitions The Dufala Brothers tackle Philadelphian issues through interactive, conceptual art in “Waste Dreams.” By ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News


Jesse Bermudez, founder of Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos, stands outside the organization’s old building on 5th Street.

‘Beyond el barrio’ For decades, Temple students, professors and alumni have been shaping the global salsa music community and allowing the genre to expand into the mainstream.



emple serves as a heart—pumping rhythmic beats of Latin music resounding far beyond the Steinway pianos in the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Over the past six decades, the university has influenced the salsa scene not only in Philadelphia, but across the Western Hemisphere. “There is this importance of a relationship between Temple and the Latino community that has existed for many, many years,” said Jesse Bermudez, a Grammy-nominated Latin music producer and recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. That relationship began in the late ‘60s, when Latin musician Ralphy Hernandez created the first full Latin band in Philadelphia. He sought musicians from Temple to provide brass instruments. A little more than ten years later, the two entities crossed paths again.

In 1982, Bermudez congregated in a North Philadelphia church with 13 Latin band leaders and Temple musician Jose Lenny Prieto to establish the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos, a nonprofit that promotes improved working conditions for Latin musicians in the local community. “When Jose knew AMLA was being formed, he joined hands with me and helped me to make it a reality,” Bermudez said. “And that began to create a relationship with musicians here at Temple and our organization.” Prieto later partnered with Bermudez to create the first school of Latin music in Philadelphia through AMLA in 1986. Moving into the ‘80s and ‘90s, students and graduates of Temple, including renowned musicians Isidro Infante and Pablo Batista, filtered into the school, passing their Boyer studies upon pupils through instrumental lessons and studio recordings. “The teachers from Temple were getting Ph.D.s and Master’s, so you know what they were passing onto these young community kids, and as a result, not only did they get a great musical education, but their grades got better,” Bermudez said. Alumni soon became AMLA students as well—even gradu

Driving through the city at rush hour is always risky business—but that didn’t stop Billy Dufala from maneuvering a homemade cardboard military tank through the busy streets of Philadelphia in 2004. “I didn’t get hit by a car,” Dufala said. “And I wasn’t arrested.” Though it was inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan, Dufala said the tank was not crafted to make a specific political statement. If any statement was made, “It was, ‘I’m doing this, because I really want to see people’s reactions to this militarized object that’s made out of a very commonplace material … and what is that reaction going to look like?’” Dufala said. When Dufala altered the tank to make it rideable and debuted it on the streets, his more pragmatic artistic partner—also his older brother—was out of town. “Steven’s the much more calibrated, and, you know, thought-out voice in what I would call the collaboration of being a duo,” Dufala said. Billy and Steven Dufala have been working together within their family of five brothers for as long as they can remember. The South Jersey natives progressed from playing jailbreak as children to playing with public spaces and prevalent socio-political issues as artists.

this, because I really “wantI’mtodoing see people’s reactions to this militarized object. ” Billy Dufala | found object artist

Steven Dufala broke into the Philadelphia art scene when he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for printmaking; his younger brother would gain a certificate in sculpture from the same academy three years later. Propelled by formal artistic education, the two have used materials far beyond the traditional means of paper and graphite, creating a living room set out of fiber glass and functional



Creating new opportunities for rising, young animators Local animation collective OOF will host a free showcase of short films from around the world Oct. 24. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News Three minutes may seem like a short amount of time, but to local short-film animators, 180 seconds is enough to create winding narratives that resonate with audiences. Philadelphia-based animation cooperative OOF Collective recently announced a free screening of independent animated shorts held Oct. 24. The event, called Invisible Ink, will showcase the work of 20 artists from around the world, including well-known animators and emerging local artists. OOF partnered with the University of the Arts’ animation program to organize the screening, which will be held at the Levitt Auditorium on 401 S. Broad St. at 7 p.m.


Amy Cousins, an original member of the OOF Collective, talks about the upcoming film event.


A group of local animators started OOF to give artists an opportunity to showcase their work. Amy Cousins, an animator and a graduate student in the Tyler School of Art, joined OOF Collective in 2013 to help find animations and organize screenings. “We want to give a platform to animators that we love who are making unique and experimental animations,” Cousins said. “We also want to expose people who maybe wouldn’t see these animations or who wouldn’t think that they are fans of animation.” Cousins said there was a lack of platforms for independent animations because “they’re not things you would usually see at film festivals or the movies, or even on television, since they’re not sponsored by companies.” OOF aims to give animators and audiences a chance to view these works in a fine arts setting. Jacob Rivkin, an animator and professor of hand-drawn digital animation at the University of Pennsylvania, will show his short film “flats and wagons” at Invisible Ink.






In new play, local pub becomes the stage

Inis Nua Theatre Company sets its latest show at Fergie’s Pub. By GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News While slouched over a bar top with liquor in hand, it’s easy to get caught in an intimate conversation—sometimes in front of a staged audience. In Fergie’s Pub on 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia-based theater company Inis Nua is featuring “Hooked,” a play that ventured to American shores from Dublin, Ireland. Inis Nua, which translates to “new island,” is the only theater company in the United States that exclusively features emerging works from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Tom Reing, an adjunct instructor of theater at Temple, founded the company in 2004 after seeing plays in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Traditionally, plays born in Europe cross the Atlantic Ocean after running in London’s West End, eventually premiering on Broadway and then regional theaters. Reing decided to transfer them to the Western Hemisphere himself. “These four cultures have such a rich history of storytelling,” Reing said. “… Being the juggernaut that America is, we kind of think we’re the only name in town as far as English language goes.” In its infancy, the troupe performed a single annual show at the FringeArts Festival, but has evolved over the past 11 years into a threeshow-season company. Delving into “Hooked,” written by Gillian Grattan, Inis Nua finds itself returning to its roots, as the company frequently performed in local pubs and other small spaces during its early years. The company initially intended for the productions to be performed at The Drake in Center City, Inis’s home stage. Due to prolonged construction of the venue, the play ended up at

Fergie’s. The setback, however, worked in favor of the show’s plotline. As a monologue play, “Hooked” centers around three characters telling a story. Due to the lack of character interaction, the play is easily adaptable to an unconventional theater space. “I equate [the story] to being in a pub sitting next to someone you don’t know who has had a little too many and starts telling you a story,” Reing said. Theater-goers will experience this familiar scenario through three cast members who are scattered among different seats at the upstairs bar, allowing audiences to be part of the story. Reing stumbled upon the play this past winter after Fergie’s owner, Fergie Carey, saw the production in Dublin. Walking out of the show, he immediately texted Reing suggesting “Hooked” as a prospective project for Inis Nua. “The play was brilliant,” Carey, the president of theater company Brat Productions, said. “[Reing] always reminds me that it’s very dark, but I just remember it being really funny.”

New chapbook provides city’s emerging poets with an outlet Moonstone Arts recently closed submissions for its first annual poetry chapbook contest.


Larry Robin founded Moonstone Arts in 1981.

poetry with different languages, like German or Spanish ... we had a lot of things about controversial issues in history itself, and then war and topics discussed.” For Compher, poetry is a “personal journey” influenced by each poet’s own experiences, something she saw reflected in the submissions. Robin said this personal storytelling lines up with Moonstone’s mission— “stimulating creative exchange” and encouraging people to “express their art and their thoughts and their feelings and communicate that as dialogue and a conversation.” “And again, that’s the book—the book helps do that,” Robin said. “How many times have you heard somebody say, ‘That’s really good, where can I get a copy?’ If the person reaches you, you want to take it home.” Coming from a bookstore background, Robin also wants the book to “look like a book and feel like a book— not just be a slapstick, thrown together piece.” Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, who works with many young studentpoets as an associate professor of theater, film and media arts, said being able to show published work is a big step in a

You can publish in magazines, journals, but “ to have your own book—there’s something very wonderful about that.” Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon | associate professor

Tymber Compher, an intern at Moonstone who read all 44 submissions, found the openness translated to the works’ content. The submitted poems featured a variety of languages, topics and themes, Compher said, which she found fascinating. “Poetry is a very personal way of reading or understanding, and everyone comes to poetry with different mindsets and biases,” Compher said. “We have


Game explores human interaction Steel Owl Room Adventures created “Escape the 1980s,” a time-traveling mystery escape game and adventure By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News

By VICTORIA MIER A&E Editor Larry Robin doesn’t really care what form a poem is written in—he’s more interested in what it’s trying to say. “We don’t have a favorite style— what we’re interested in is promoting conversation,” said Robin, the founder of Moonstone Arts Center, an organization that promotes poetry, art and other literature within Philadelphia. Moonstone began in 1981 as a project of Robin’s Books, a Center City bookstore that served as a center for Philadelphia’s counterculture, supporting movements like anti-war, civil rights and women’s rights until its closing in 2012. Moonstone holds about 80 poetry readings a year. Now, Robin wants to expand into a publishing division. With this move, Moonstone is holding its first annual chapbook competition this year, offering the chance for a selected area poet to produce a published book. Submissions closed Oct. 2 and the winner will be announced in November. Eleanor Wilner, a poet who resides in Philadelphia and has won the Juniper Prize and two Pushcart Prizes, will judge. “Moonstone’s position is unique in that we don’t have a favorite style,” Robin said. “A lot of places say, 'We’re language poets, we only do forms, we’re spoken word,’ … so we’re none of those things. We’re all of them.” Being so open-ended can be a challenge, Robin said, because looking for “good poetry” is tricky. “You’re open to what is good expression,” Robin said. “Not necessarily in the form that you’re particularly attracted to.”

Carey, the show’s honorary producer, said the humor in “Hooked” makes the material particularly novel because a majority of Irish plays involve major tragedies like murder, rape and suicide. While providing comedic relief, the play approaches sociological themes, challenging stigmas about people of rural Ireland being uneducated and naive. “It’s pushing against the stereotypes of stock farmer characters of Ireland,” Reing said. Reing has directed the actors to make eye contact with audience members, enabling a connection that couldn’t be achieved if performed in a traditional theater with bright lights. This intimacy shifts the concentration to the story as opposed to the spectacle. “Doing [“Hooked”] here works well,” Carey said. “You’re relaxed in a pub while the theater happens around you.”

poet’s career. “This chapbook competition allows individuals to get their work in print,” Williams-Witherspoon said. “You can publish in magazines, journals, but to have your own book—there’s something very wonderful about that.” Being published in today’s economy, she said, is difficult, to say the least, and Moonstone is now providing “another opportunity for these young people to try to


Eleanor Wilner will judge Moonstone’s inaugural chapbook contest.

get their work out.” There used to be a lot of small presses in Philadelphia, but many have closed down, Williams-Witherspoon said. “I think it’s brave of [Robin] to sort of jump into this field and to start offering publishing opportunities,” she said. “If we can help people put their work together so other people can see it, that’s really the focus of our publishing,” Robin said. “We’re usually dealing with Philadelphia poets, with emerging poets. We’re never going to have some super famous person. That’s not our objective—it’s to create a vehicle for emerging people.” *

When Elisabeth Garson wrote the course for her interactive room escape game with a 1980s theme, it wasn’t just because of her love for the era. Influenced by her fascination with psychology and human behavior, Garson wanted to “create something without involving alcohol that still felt exhilarating for people.” Along with co-founders Michael Garson and Josh Crisamore, Elisabeth Garson launched “Escape the 1980s” in Passyunk this past September at Steel Owl Room Adventures, one of four room escape companies in Philadelphia. “Escape the 1980’s” is a live, interactive mystery game where a group of strangers form a team and solve 80’s themed clues and codes to escape rooms within 60 minutes. The rooms are set up to resemble a mini-mall, and are filled with authentic 80’s toys, movies, technology, clothing and famous references. The course requires tasks like watching VHS tapes, playing Atari, listening to famous songs, making calls from push-button phones and logging onto old-school computers. Players—both friends and strangers—work together to decipher hints and clues to unlock codes and advance to the next room. Elizabeth Garson serves as the creative director and writer for the game. Michael Garson and Josh Crisamore created the structural and technological side that brought the game to life. Elisabeth Garson guides the team through the course by communicating through walkie-talkies and a loudspeaker, dropping hints and clues every so often. “Whoever is in the game is the star of our world at that moment,” Garson said. “It’s difficult because we’re walking a very delicate line—we want people to win and we want to give them a clue that will help them, but it can’t be so obvious that it ruins it.” Garson said she’s learned to master this process over time with testing. The team makes judgement calls based off personalities and how people interact with each other. She said the strategy of the game reflects her interest in human interaction. During an 18-month process creating the course and testing the game, Garson studied team dynamics and how music, color, sound and patterns generate feelings. “This is what’s so neat about human beings, we learn the basics—we could learn little things here and there but what we really see are different kinds of energy and how the people inside the room influence each other—and how we can influence that,” Garson said. “It’s crazy because the excitement level doesn’t vary based on age,” she added. “People my age who grew up in the 80’s have an energy level that’s equal to both a 12-year-old or a 23-year-old. It’s such a cool thing to watch.” Phil Springirth, a third-time room escape player, introduced his brother, sister and niece to their first game this past weekend because he knew they would love the theme. “The general thing I love is the thrill of trying to figure out what I need to figure out,” Springirth said. “I love mysteries, riddles, and also being in that aspect of a real-life human element.” Springirth said he loves the original video game portion of room escapes, but believes interacting with a diverse team of people is the best way to play. “When you play a video game by yourself, you get frustrated and stuck and you’re like, ‘I don't know what to do,’ whereas in the room, everyone has a different perspective,” Springirth said. “So it’s good to do it with different groups of people as far as younger, older, male, female and having different backgrounds. Different people do things in different ways and always have a different way of looking at things.” *





French-Canadian cuisine comes to South Philly Chef Andy Tessier is utilizing French cooking techniques at new restaurant Coeur. By MADELINE PRESLAND The Temple News With an ex-punk rocker from Vermont using French cooking techniques to serve Montreal cuisine in the Italian Market, patrons should expect the unexpected at Bella Vista’s newest restaurant. Coeur opened at 824 S. 8th St. in midSeptember, the latest venture from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida, the duo behind Local 44, Memphis Taproom and Strangelove’s. The kitchen at Coeur is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight during the week and 11 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. Chef Andy Tessier is in charge of creating items like a poutine burger—brown gravy, cheese curds, confit tomato, and fried potato skins—and a bacon wrapped rabbit porchetta with polenta and fennel. Tessier, a 31-year-old native of Barre, Vermont, said his days in the kitchen began at age 14 when he was hired as a prep cook at Rhapsody, a restaurant in Montpelier, Vermont. A singer, bassist and guitarist, working in restaurants acted as a way for Tessier to uphold his musical lifestyle. “I used to play in a lot of punk rock and hardcore bands,” Tessier said. “When I was younger, it was easy to be like, ‘Well, I’m going out on tour, so if the job’s here when I get back, I’ll take it.’ I hit about 24 years old and decided I wanted to take it a lot more seriously.” Tessier never attended culinary school. He worked in restaurants in New York City and New Jersey from 2006-2012. In 2009, he started working for acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud. Tessier worked in the kitchens of DGBG Kitchen and Bar in East Village and Mediterranean restaurant Boulud Sud in the


Bartender Louis Remolde speaks with patrons Devin DeBlasio (left), and Jill Maxwell.


Chef Andy Tessier operates the kitchen at Coeur in Bella Vista.

Upper West Side. After his return to Philly, Tessier worked at farm-to-table BYOB Farm and Fisherman and Pub and Kitchen. Tessier found his current position at Coeur through a friend, who connected him to Hartranft and Maida. Montreal is a two-hour drive from Tessier’s hometown. Tessier used to cross the border and visit the city on a regular basis to see family. Although the city's cuisine takes inspiration from French cuisine, the neighborhood cafés and bistros have their own flavors. Chef Martin Picard’s restaurant Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal is, Tessier said, probably his favorite restaurant that exists. “It’s totally over the top,” said Tessier. “When it was really cool to do really tiny plates and molecular stuff, Picard just went, ‘No, I don’t want to do that. I want to do whole pigs and ridiculous over-the-top plates. That’s what we’re going to do.’ I really like that style. I like his totally ignoring the current trend and doing something that’s totally rustic and down to Earth. Everything is so heavy but so good. There’s so much care and effort that went into it. For me, when I think of Montreal, that’s what I think of. Tons of care and effort, tons of really nicely done rustic stuff presented in a way that’s approachable. You don’t have to show up in a tuxedo for dinner.” The interior is decorated with old paintings, photographs and a teal-papered wall of rabbits and mushrooms. For Tessier, bringing Montreal cuisine near the Italian Market is one more step in Philly’s changing food scene. “We have a lot going on right now—but we’re a younger scene,” said Tessier. “We started a little bit later in the game. I think Philly’s in the middle of a food renaissance. 10 years ago you had Vetri and Le Bec[-Fin]. That was pretty much it. Now you have all these restaurants opening that are creating some fun competition for one another.”

Pop culture celebrated on South Street Tattooed Mom hosted a nostalgia-fueled one day pop up shop Oct. 11.


Rob Bernberg (left), and Jesse Bermudez visit Centro Musical, a music store at Lehigh Ave. near 5th.

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ates of the Beasley School of Law. “I did some traveling and I came to realize that some of the wonderful things you find in Latin America existed right here in our North Philadelphia community,” said Rob Bernberg, a 1974 School of Law alumnus. “AMLA was a stepping stone, a foundation, to everything I’ve done with the music.” Despite being non-Latino with no prior experience of salsa, the cultural awareness and appreciation Bernberg found through lessons at AMLA led him to become an owner of Latin Beat Magazine in 1994, formerly the most popular tropical music magazine in the world. Bernberg said he may have been first introduced to AMLA listening to David Ortiz’s Latin jazz programming on WRTI, a radio station that broadcasts from Main Campus. In addition to inspiring the Philadelphia club scenes with Latin music for more than 30 years, Ortiz’s program reaches audiences from Canada to Argentina through the Internet. “The difference that Temple and WRTI has made is the strength of its signal, allowing a further reach,” Ortiz said. “I’m being heard in Argentina and think, ‘Wow, you’re at the bottom of the Earth.’” From across continents to campus, Maria del Pico Taylor, professor of keyboard studies and founder of Latin Fiesta. Inc., weaves the technicality of salsa music into her classical piano courses at Boyer. “More and more I try to introduce Spanish and Latin music in a more classical way,” said del Pico Taylor. “Doing different things like that, they learn more because they are excited about doing salsa.” The majority of her students are Asian-American, coinciding with an overarching pursuit of the Temple and AMLA community for salsa music to go “beyond el barrio,” Ortiz said. “Expanding the awareness of this music … I never think of it as my mission, everyone involved in this music industry … it’s their mission as a whole,” Ortiz added. “The universal appeal of salsa relates to non-Latinos,” Bernberg said. "In terms to our relationship with Temple and the history that goes with it, our dream is to introduce everyone on campus to this wonderful music.” *

By EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News When Robert Perry opened Tattooed Mom on South Street 18 years ago, he saw potential in the space that went beyond just serving the usual food and drink. “I think the inspiration for it was … to provide a space that was different and inviting, to provide a place for people who were a little different to come and feel comfortable in,” Perry said. “Out of that grew this core identity about providing this space for the creative community to grow, to come together.” True to its creative identity, Tattooed Mom hosted “TV Rots Your Brains,” a free pop-culture themed pop-up shop, Oct. 11. Curated by LGBTQ clothing company Rainbow Alternative, the event featured works from nine Philadelphia art collectives like The Patchriarchy, which showcased some of Temple alumna Katy Hanson’s pieces. Nicole Krecicki founded Rainbow Alternative in 2008 after noticing a lack of variety in LGBTQ-pride wear. An avid lover of pop culture, Krecicki named the event after a quote from her favorite film, “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” a 1991 comedy flick starring Christina


Robert Perry, owner of Tattooed Mom, hosted the “TV Rots Your Brains” pop-up shop showcasing nostalgic pop culture.

movie,’ it kind of connects people and brings a common ground on things that they might not have thought about for a long time,” Krecicki said. Having hosted several similar events since the venue's founding, Perry feels Tattooed Mom is an important avenue for the city’s creative expression. “I think the thing that really sets us apart is that we are a place for all kinds of communities in Philadelphia—especially creative communities—to gather and to have events,” Perry said. “TV Rots Your Brains” was part of the sixth annual Philadelphia Collection, a weeklong series of local, independent fashion events. Participating vendors sold

I think the thing that really sets us apart is “ that we are a place for all kinds of communities in Philadelphia.” Robert Perry | owner of Tattooed Mom

Applegate and David Duchovny. After Perry approached Krecicki with an offer to curate the shop, she decided to use the event as an opportunity to connect with people through nostalgia. “When people come to events that we’re at and they’re like, ‘Oh my god, I totally forgot about that movie. I love that

crafts ranging from spray painted records to video game-themed painted pottery. A free arts and crafts table at the front of the bar offered patrons a chance to color, create bead art and paint miniature skulls made of sugar. The environment was complimented by the bar's usual alternative décor; guests

were greeted at the entrance by a detached bumper car donated by the space’s previous owner. A massive model airplane hung above the various clocks—ranging in shape everywhere from an apple to a teapot—that lined the walls above the venue’s tables. Some visitors were pleasantly surprised by the event, not anticipating a taste of Philly art with their meals. “I wasn’t expecting anything when we came in, we were just coming for a drink, so it’s cool to see local artists and their work,” said patron Liv Frederiksen, who visited the bar on a whim during a day trip to Philadelphia. “The fact that they have arts and crafts makes you feel like a kid again.” Hanson, a 2013 social work alumna who creates counter-culture buttons and patches with fellow artist Rachel Bruno as a member of The Patchriarcy, sold birthday banners adorned with pop culture references at the event. “I think the more people see local, handmade goods, the more likely they are to start buying local, handmade goods, and I think that’s always a good thing,” Hanson said. “I think it’s also kind of a cool way to get in touch with a different kind of culture, something that’s going on in your city that you can be proud of,” Bruno added. *






The 2015 Philadelphia Outfest parade celebrated its 25th anniversary Oct. 11. Officially called National Coming Out Day, the event spans 10 blocks of the “Gayborhood.” The idea for Outfest was conceived in Washington D.C. in 1987. In 1990, Philadelphia hosted the first annual National Coming Out Day event called the “National Coming Out Day Block Party.” In its beginning stages, the celebration averaged 1,000 to 2,000 attendees and approximately 20 street vendors and community organizations. This year, Philly Pride Presents estimated an attendance of 50,000 people and more than 150 vendors. Highlighted events from this year’s Outfest were a block-long dance party in front of the popular gay bar Woody’s (top), a high-heel race and performances on the main-stage at 13th and Locust streets. Attendees of the event showed their pride by dressing up in tutus, face paint and full drag. Philadelphia drag queen and performer Lady Geisha (right), performed a dance to “Whip My Hair,” by Willow Smith on the main-stage in the afternoon. A few feet from the crowd, next to Bud and Marilyn’s restaurant, Katurah Topps (left), and her girlfriend Kee Tobar slow danced in the street. The couple is from Washington D.C. and had never attended Outfest before. The celebration began at noon and ended around 6 p.m.

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Often, they work through what they refer to as “found objects.” “We use a lot of trash,” Billy Dufala said. Billy Dufala was active in shaping RAIR, or Recycled Artist In Residency, a company located in a Northeast Philadelphia waste recycling facility that focuses on combining artistry and sustainability. The organization offers residencies to artists, supplies recycled materials and promotes exhibits to celebrate what RAIR refers to on its website as “the value of waste.” “I’m pretty dirty. And in reality,” Billy Dufala said. The scrap metal, discarded wood and other sourced materials at RAIR played a role in the Dufala Brothers’ latest exhibition “Waste Dreams” at the Fleisher Ollman Gallery. The brothers’ works in “Waste Dreams” extend to almost any media imaginable. Massive twisted pipes, a disco ball coated in reflective safety tape and a 1,500 pound mass of aqua-blue patinated copper dot the spacious, lofty room on 1216 Arch St. Alex Baker, the director of Fleisher Ollman, said although this was his first time working with the Dufala Brothers, he’d admired them since the 2000s. “The Dufala Brothers cleverly comment


Amy Cousins, an alumna, works with OOF Collective to promote emerging animators.

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ing postcards for years,” Rivkin said. “Most of them were pictures that had to do with landscapes from all over the world. I was interested in using these postcards that had to do with our sense of place, our sense of desire and combining them to create new landscapes.” Rivkin’s work, along with the other ani-

transitional nature of rustbelt Philadelphia. Alex Baker | director of Fleisher Ollman

said. “It gives me a chance as an artist to see how audiences react to my own work, which is huge. It’s very different than putting your work on the internet or just watching it on a computer screen. But then when you see it in a gallery or in a theater, it’s a very different experience, and a rewarding one.” *


With Invisible Ink and other future animation screenings, OOF Collective hopes to build a strong community of independent animators based in Philadelphia. “We definitely want to provide a platform for these artists to show their work and for people to appreciate them,” Cousins said. “And also bring in different crowds to see animation as an extension of art and not just a niche thing.” “I appreciate what OOF is doing,” Rivkin

Amy Cousins | OOF Collective member and alumnus

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Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has been pursuing one of its most expansive projects, Open Source, since the summer. Open Source has brought in artists from Philadelphia and around the world in a collaborative effort to create public art that reflects the cultural flavors of the city. Through the rest of October, Open Source will provide information about events and exhibits at its “HUB,” located at the Graham Building at 15th and Chestnut streets. The HUB, ornamented by a new mural by French street artist JR, includes a café and will feature workshops, lectures and walking tours until the end of October. The Open Source headquarters will remain open Wednesday through Sunday. -Angela Gervasi


In South Philadelphia, the Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl will visit bars like Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar and Pub on East Passyunk Wednesday evening. Participants will receive a complimentary witch hat and a voucher for $3 beers from Victory Brewing Company and Troegs Brewing Company. There will be a prize for the best costume and someone will be honored as The Witch of East Passyunk. Tickets are $6.66 and registration for the event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Garage, located at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. -Madeline Presland


Carrie Brownstein, an actress and comedian on IFC television series “Portlandia,” will visit the Merriam Theater Oct. 29 in celebration of her book, “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir.” Brownstein is also the guitarist and vocalist of punk band Sleater-Kinney. She will be interviewed by Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live. The actress-musician will visit 10 other cities during her tour. -Emily Scott


Idaho artist Trevor Powers will play an early Halloween show at Union Transfer. Powers, who plays under the moniker Youth Lagoon, is currently on a two-month tour with dates in the U.S. and Europe for his sophomore LP, “Savage Hills Ballroom.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with an opening performance from electronic duo Moon King. -Emily Scott


A new production from Theatre Exile, entitled “Rizzo,” explores the life and times of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo. Based on the book “The Last Big Man in Big City America,” the play conveys the mayor’s controversial and complex personality and tenure in office. Starting as a beat cop and rising to the highest office in the city, Rizzo’s life story is explained through the production. “Rizzo” runs from Oct. 15-Nov. 8 at the Christ Church Neighborhood House on 20 N. American St.Tickets are $50. -Grace Maiorano



@OBEYGIANT tweeted Fairey’s latest mural at 15th and Race Streets is finished. The piece showcases Restorative Justice, a Mural Arts program that allows prisoners to become painters.

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on the transitional nature of rustbelt Philadelphia,” Baker said. The ongoing exhibit featured a new plane through which the brothers are projecting their work: film. In “Tic Tac Toe,” Billy Dufala drove a massive crane through Revolution Recovery, the demolition site in which RAIR is based. Instead of using the crane for construction and demolition, Dufala opted to drag a piece of chalk across the concrete to replicate the primitive game. The project failed a handful of times before he perfected the slow-moving film: a demonstration of the brothers’ frequent trial-and-error method. “So to be able to do a piece that the main focus is the controlling of a large piece of industrial machinery as a drawing implement … that was pretty huge,” Billy Dufala said. The current exhibit, open until Nov. 11, follows the Dufala Brothers’ work with the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source Project. By creating works in the former South Philadelphia Bok Technical High School, the duo illustrated the construction and demolition of local structures. Together, the brothers have been planting ornamental sculptures, re-lettering abandoned signs and facilitating a waste transfer station in the defunded, discarded school. “I think it’s the manner that their work engages with the postindustrial nature of Philadelphia that makes them standout,” Baker said.

We definitely want to provide a platform for these artists to show their work and for people to appreciate them.

mated shorts at the screening, have a connected theme that, according to OOF Collective’s press release, “focuses on animations in which seemingly minor or secretive topics take center stage.” “The animations all sort of revolve around these mysterious spaces or things that you wouldn’t think about,” Cousins said. “There’s a little bit of a spooky vibe to it for Halloween.”

The Dufala Brothers “ cleverly comment on the



@PARADIGMGS tweeted Caitlin McCormack’s art show will open Oct. 23 at Paradigm Gallery and Studio in Queen Village, showcasing the Philly artist’s delicately crocheted skeletons.



@uwishunu tweeted the Rosenbach of The Free Library of Philadelphia will display its collection of more than 600 Lewis Carroll books, letters and photos to celebrate the famous novel’s 150th annivesary.



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their smartphone to the authorities and to a preset emergency contact list. Five percent of Athena’s sales will be donated to nonprofits centered around women’s protection to raise awareness and educate others. The public can pre-order Athena starting today and it will become available March 2016. This past Wednesday, Oct. 14, the six students held a Quizzo event at Maxi’s to promote ROAR’s mission and raise money for its manufacturing costs. The bar had various drink specials and contributed a small donation. Later this semester, they hope to set up a table at one of Philadelphia’s Run215 5k races to raise awareness for women who get assaulted during runs.


Seniors Alex Polovoy (left), and Conor Burke work with ROAR for Good to raise awareness of its mission to prevent sexual assault.

“We want to branch out and not only stick to the issues on college campuses,” Dooley said. Gold feels more men taking a stand for women’s rights and safety needs to become normal behavior. “It’s inspiring to see young men stepping up,” Gold said. “We call these things ‘women’s issues,’ but they are society’s issues.” Paolizzi said they should stand up as women’s allies in order to cause any radical changes. “This is a really big issue that needs a lot of rethinking and reforming in their heads,” he said. “The culture surrounding college guys needs to change in a lot of different ways.” * brooke.shelby.williams@temple. edu



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A media channel to connect international students WoCrazy was established by a group of international Chinese students at Temple. By SYLVIA DAO The Temple News A new media platform has sprung up at Temple in response to a growing population of international students who want to voice their thoughts and share their cultures. WoCrazy is a new student organization and website that uses social media to connect to other international students. Via Facebook and messaging app WeChat, the group constantly updates the latest information about resources, opportunities

and events at Temple. The website has six main channels: inspiration, entertainment, music, cooking, education and information. It allows students to film videos and start shows, like a cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook Chinese food and a monthly interview show called “Yi Ran You Yue,” or “Yi Ran With You,” starring talented international students in Philadelphia. The team also produces a sitcom dubbed in Chinese and subtitled in English to entertain Temple students. Temple professors are also featured in some of the shows to share their points of view on different topics. “What we are doing is trying to engage people in school activities, especially for Chinese people as we have the deep self-perception,” said Jie Xu, a sophomore finance major and president of WoCrazy.

Bokun Li, the website’s founder and a media studies and production alumnus, started WoCrazy as his independent study since 2013 after receiving the Lew Klein Excellence in Media Scholarship. He wanted to create an online project for students to work on. He also realized many international students at Temple were confused about how to get involved, and they needed a platform to know about all the new things happening on campus. Li and his team did small projects like hosting a Free Food and Fun Friday event first to see the potential, prior to registering WoCrazy as a new organization. As they moved along, the WoCrazy team expanded its mission to include community service. Last semester, the members participated in TU Cares Day, where they prepared meals for people in Philadel-

phia neighborhoods. This past summer, the organization started the “WoCrazy Card,” a coupon card accepted at various restaurants in Chinatown if students also show an OWLcard. A full list of restaurants is available at wocrazycard. com. “This is a good way not only to introduce Chinese culture to students on campus but also to promote ourselves in being more diverse as we have more non-Chinese students to join our organization,” Li said. Students in the organization get hands-on experience with media by producing, directing and recording video and audio soundtracks. Xilin Wu, a sophomore media studies and production major who just switched from finance, said WoCrazy is helping her realize a different goal. “WoCrazy gives me a chance

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Keisuke Kawata (left), and Brittany Tucker got engaged at the Temple homecoming football game against Tulane Oct. 10.

Homecoming game yields more than one win on field Keisuke Kawata, a Ph.D. student, proposed to Brittany Tucker, a recent Temple grad, at the homecoming game. By ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News When Keisuke Kawata’s parents flew in to Philadelphia from Japan and met his girlfriend Brittany Tucker for the first time, he realized he wanted to marry her. Kawata, a doctoral student in Temple’s department of kinesiology, and Tucker, a 2015 alumna of recreation therapy, had casually talked about marriage before, but never made an official plan. At the Temple homecoming game against Tulane, Kawata arranged a surprise proposal to Tucker on the football field. Shocked, overjoyed and in front of the entire stadium, Tucker immediately said yes. The couple met through a mutual friend Dana Sheeley, who was also at the game and helped arrange the surprise. Kawata’s parents came to visit him around last Christmastime and he was nervous when taking Tucker to meet them, due to Kawata’s parents speaking minimal English and cultural differences. “Brittany was very natural—I was just so impressed by her behavior and attitude towards my parents,” Kawata said. “My parents loved her so much. When I stepped out to go to the bathroom, I came back with some sort of anxiety because I didn’t want to leave them alone. But when I came back, I saw them laughing out loud together.” “She was so impressive about the cultural understanding and very respectful towards my parents,” he added. “It was reassuring to me and I decided—OK, this is my future wife.” Kawata is currently a third-year doctoral student conducting research in the neuro-

science lab within the School of Medicine. Over the summer, he collaborated with the coaches and sports medicine team during a project on concussion studies for his dissertation research. Assistant athletic trainer and Kawata’s sports medicine teammate, Masahiro Hagi, put him in contact with Temple Athletics to help arrange the proposal. “Without him I could never do this study and if I couldn’t do this study, I could never do this proposal—he was a key person for everything,” Kawata said. Tucker was told she and Sheeley were randomly selected for a seat upgrade onto the field. The girls stood on the field in a specific position while projected on the big screen and were directed to wave to the crowd. Tucker said she thought it was a little weird how overly happy Sheeley was to be on the field, but she never expected for Kawata to sneak behind her and be down on one knee as she turned around. “A million things were going through my mind at that time and when I turned around, I got a mental block and didn’t even really realize what was going on,” Tucker said. “I thought I was dreaming.” “I wish I could just replay it over and over again,” she added. Tucker was especially overwhelmed and grateful after she found out Kawata also arranged for her parents to be there. Being a “Temple person,” she said, it meant a lot for the proposal to happen where it did. “I love Temple so much and have so much Temple pride, and for him to do it on the field where students, my teachers, my parents and so many people were there—it was huge,” Tucker said. “I’m so grateful and super excited to think I’m going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.”

Smith acknowledged the rarity of a professor rapping in the classroom. “I joke with other students about it,” Smith said. “Like, I went here, I know other classes aren’t playing music and referencing rap, don’t pretend.” One of Smith’s students, Sakima Young, said Smith’s now-viral rap occurred when his “Representing Race” class didn’t believe Smith was a rapper. “He was like, ‘Yeah, I rap,’ and we didn’t believe him,” said Young, a media studies and production major. “We were like, ‘Yeah, OK, whatever you say,’ and then he started.” Before Smith became a professor at Temple, he was a rapper and radio personality who met the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, and even opened for Kevin Hart at a comedy show. “I fell in love with hip-hop when I was really young,” Smith said. “And so I took to rapping a lot.” Smith said he’s “really into Chance the Rapper and Drake-type beats,” and is also a big fan of Meek Mill. Smith said he couldn’t think of a better time for hip-hop to play a bigger role within the campus community. “Aside from being complex in a musical

to get to know about media and provides me a stage to blend in with college life,” Wu said. “I have never imagined that I could make a video before, but now I can. I realized that calculating is not for me. What I really want is to go out and capture the beautiful life with a camera.” Xu said the group is planning to recruit more international and American students who are interested in knowing about Chinese culture, in addition to keeping its nonprofit status. “People can be motivated not only by profits, but also by passion, dream, friendship and love,” Xu said. “That is what WoCrazy has taught me, and that is the way I always want WoCrazy to be.” *

sense, it touches on a lot of complex political and social issues,” he said. “Plus, every demographic, every group, no matter where you come from—I can’t think of any other genre that reaches a larger and more diverse group of people.” Smith said his Temple education totally altered the course of his life, especially after meeting and working with Molefi Kete Asante, the chair of the African American studies department. “He really inspired me, and just learning about all these new things I’d never heard about in school or growing up was a big catalyst for me,” Smith said. “It made me want to inspire other students.” In addition to “Representing Race,” Smith currently teaches “Sports and Leisure” and “Black Politics in America” courses. He’s also set to teach “Black Social Political Thought” and a class about rapper Tupac this spring. Smith said he is confident, despite what some of his older colleagues may think. “I don’t think they get it,” Smith said. “To them, I’m a child.” With that in mind, Smith said he plans to be here for the long haul. “I absolutely love it here,” Smith said. “I completely rep Temple, I’m so proud of this school—the students, the teachers, the people who live and work around us—we could compete with the world and we could win.” *


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Professor’s daughter kissed by Pope During his visit to Philly, Pope Francis kissed two-month-old Eleanor Murray. By SAMI RAHMAN The Temple News Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia was a momentous event for the city, and it was also one of the most memorable ones for a Temple faculty member. On Sept. 27, as Pope Francis made his way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, two-month-old Eleanor Murray was kissed and blessed by the Pope. Her father Brian Murray, an Abraham Freedman Fellow and lecturer in law at the Beasley School of Law, was there for the whole experience. “It was pretty overwhelming, in so many different ways,” Murray told The Temple News. “There’s no way to know that your kid is going to be one of the nine kids picked out of a crowd of almost a million people.” The day began with no expectation that anything noteworthy would occur, other than seeing the Pope from afar. Murray took the train down with his wife, his first daughter Elizabeth, Eleanor and a friend. The Catholic family arrived at the Parkway about two hours before the Pope was set to arrive, when people started to make way for the family to move to the front of the crowds.

“Some people noticed that we had a small baby, and said, ‘You guys have to move to the front, to try to get your baby blessed by the Pope,’” Murray said. He ended up in the front and as the Pope drove by, Murray held up Eleanor. A security officer came and brought her to the pontiff, where she was kissed and blessed and then returned safely to her father. “It all happened in about 25 seconds,” Murray said. “She was asleep the whole time.” The night before, Murray’s wife mentioned a mutual friend had her own child blessed by the Pope at Independence Hall— little did they know their family would soon have their own similar news to share. “We’re worried about our daughter’s naptime, and there are families with six kids driving from Argentina,” Murray said. Murray and his wife were raised Catholic, but he said this will not affect Eleanor’s daily life in any significant way. “It won’t really alter our day-to-day life much at all, other than to remind us how precious life is,” Murray said. “It’s just something I hope she’ll consider a really important part of her life.” Although Eleanor won’t experience any drastic change in her lifestyle caused by this event, Murray still believes this is one of the most important things to happen in both his and her life. “You think about those days as you go through your life that compose the top 10


Monday at 4 p.m., The Reel will show “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” The film is based on the original documentary footage acquired from the psychological experiment conducted in 1971. Located in the lower level of the Student Center, the screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion from the film’s producers and members of Temple’s psychology department. Students and faculty can reserve tickets at by clicking “‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ at The Reel.” -Michaela Winberg



Brian Murray, a lecturer at the Beasley School of Law, sits with his daughter, Eleanor, in their home in Media, Pennsylvania.

days of your life, and you think, ‘Well, Eleanor got kissed by the Pope,’” he said. “That’s definitely top five in my life. For her, it’s probably number two at this point, following the day she was born.” *

Hosted by Temple’s Computer Services, Temple’s Information Security team will be at the Bell Tower today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The team will provide free coffee and answer any questions about computer security. This event is part of National Cyber Security Month and is open to students, faculty and staff. -Michaela Winberg


Tonight at 7 p.m., there will be a life-size battleship competition at Pool 31 in Pearson Hall. Teams of three will compete to sink their opponents’ canoes and be the last team standing. The event will be hosted by Campus Recreation, and students can register for the event with the lifeguards at Pool 30 today. -Michaela Winberg


Campus Sustainability Week, a week dedicated to events giving information and volunteer opportunities centered around green living, started yesterday and continues through Friday. Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the eighth annual Campus Sustainability Day Green Fair, where more than 50 local organizations from the region will be represented. The Member Made Food Justice panel, sponsored by and held at the Rad Dish Cafe, is Thursday at 6 p.m. The discussion will be about food access and how co-operative food models can play a role in food access. A number of panelists from local co-ops will also be in attendance. For more events, students can visit -Albert Hong



Sophomore Josh Engel photographs the inside of the Temple Performing Arts Center, hoping to capture paranormal activity on the night of Oct. 5.

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INVESTIGATION kept happening, and then we went and sat down and were kind of calmed down and it just stopped,” said Mousley, a senior tourism and hospitality management major. When the team of investigators asked questions to any present spirits, they usually addressed them to the pastor. “I think a lot of the time when we were talking about the pastor we were referencing Russell Conwell,” Mousley said. “But there was also another story that in the chapel downstairs, there was another pastor who fell down the blocked-off staircase and passed away.” The story of the second pastor has been

passed down by TPAC employees and could not be validated. Jared Horst, a sophomore undeclared student in SMC and a returning member of Hoot Paranormal, said the TPAC investigation was one of his favorites with the club. During the investigation, Horst placed the group’s REM-pod on the edge of TPAC’s main stage, which was cluttered with music stands. A REM-pod is a device said to light up when spirits manipulate the electromagnetic energy emitted by the device. Horst tried to record near the front of the stage, while the group tried to ask questions to any present spirits. “I went up to the front and as soon as I picked up this music stand, the REM-pod went off and it turned blue,” Horst said. “Caryn asked something along the lines of, ‘Do you not like him moving the music

stand?’ Then after she asked that, it turned red, and that was a little frightening.” Horst said he felt some sort of energy in TPAC that night. Hoot Paranormal shared their recorded evidence from that night with their general body members and with the TPAC staff, who said they feel validated in their past experiences by this investigation. “Since it happened, it did kind of confirm everything that’s been going on the past few years, that something is definitely afoot at the Baptist Temple,” Luff said. * T @jennyroberts511

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The Digital Scholarship Center, located at the ground floor of the Paley Library, will hold its grand opening Thursday at 4 p.m. The center will support students and scholars as they conduct research through a range of different formats centered around technology, like apps, games and data visualizations. Attendees can learn more about the center and see examples of research from scholars and staff at the reception. -Albert Hong


This weekend, three different student a capella groups will host performances at Rock Hall. The Broad Street Line, Temple’s all male student a capella group, will perform Saturday at 2:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Temple’s first coed a capella group, OWLCapella, will perform. On Sunday, Temple’s all women a capella group Singchronize will perform at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will be hosted by the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and all performances will be free and open to the public. -Michaela Winberg

“What are some of your favorite things to do on campus during the fall season?”






“People-watching at Beury beach is always fun, especially when it’s nice out.”

“I like to go for walks when I have the time. The weather is the best this time of year.”

“I love all the bake sales on campus— the pumpkinflavored stuff is the best.”







Football ranked in AP Top 25 poll SOUTH FLORIDA PLAYER ARRESTED

A second South Florida football player has been suspended from team activities for allegedly firing a gun on campus. South Florida University Police arrested junior cornerback Lamar Robbins on Thursday after an investigation into the incident involving redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Benjamin Knox, who was arrested Oct. 11 for firing a gun at a campus dorm. South Florida University police said in a statement that they spoke with Robbins early in the investigation and he gave false information. The junior is charged with discharging a weapon on campus, a second-degree felony, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor. Robbins has totaled three tackles in four games this season. South Florida (3-3, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) will host the Owls at Raymond James Stadium Nov. 14. -Michael Guise


Redshirt-freshman tight end Kip Patton runs during the Owls’ 49-10 win against Tulane Oct. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field.


good of a league it is,” Rhule said. “Teams that right now are in middle of the pack in our league have beaten so-called Power 5 teams.” Notre Dame University, who the Owls play Oct. 31, was ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the coaches’ poll. The Owls host Notre Dame Oct. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field. -Owen McCue

For the first time since 1979, Temple was ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll Sunday afternoon. The Owls were ranked No. 22 after finishing 26th in votes last week with 96. In the Amway Coaches Poll, Temple was ranked No. 23 after receiving 163 points. “It’s nice to get some national recognition,” coach Matt Rhule said. “People are respecting Temple and the way our guys have played. In the long run, we have to make it mean something by winning and being in the Top 25 at the end of the year.” The Owls were joined by American Athletic Conference teams Houston and Memphis in both polls. Memphis was ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll. Houston was ranked No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the poll. Temple plays Memphis Nov. 21. “I think The American is showing the entire nation how


The Owls’ game Oct. 31 against Notre Dame at Lincoln Financial Field will kickoff at 8 p.m. and be broadcasted on ABC. It will be the first time Temple football is broadcasted by the network. It is also the first time a team from the American Athletic Conference was selected as ABC’s Saturday Football Game. The game is the first primetime full national telecast for The American.

The men’s basketball team will play three teams ranked in the preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, announced Thursday. The Owls will open their 2015-16 season against North Carolina, the top-ranked team in the poll, at the Veterans Classic Nov. 13 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Temple will also visit NCAA Championship runner-up No. 17 University of Wisconsin. The two last played during the 2002-03 season, when Wisconsin defeated Temple 8067. The only American Athletic Conference team ranked in the preseason poll, No. 22 Connecticut, hosts Temple Jan. 5, and will visit The Liacouras Center Feb. 11. Temple defeated UConn in both meetings last season. The Owls could potentially face No. 22 Butler University in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic, which takes place Nov. 19-22. Temple finished 26-11 and reached the National Invitation Tournament semifinals last season. -Mark McCormick

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Offense struggles in conference play The field hockey team is averaging 2.27 goals per game. By MATT COCKAYNE The Temple News

As the sky darkened Friday night in Providence, Rhode Island, so did the field hockey team’s 2015 season. The Owls fell to Providence College 1-0 in a shootout, marking their seventh-straight loss, five of those by a one-goal margin—including three in overtime. The team dropped to 0-2 in the Big East Conference. “Though we gave up 16 corners, we played well and aggressively, not allowing a goal in those down number situations,” coach Marybeth Freeman said. “Unfortunately, when you play that well defensively, you are looking for more return on the attacking end, and we weren’t strong or purposeful enough in our attacking circle to get the job done.” Much of Temple’s recent lack of success can be attributed to an offensive attack that has only scored three goals in the team’s past four games. The Owls (3-12, 0-2 Big East) followed Friday’s loss with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Drexel Sunday, and are averaging 2.27 goals per game this season.

“The past hasn’t been great, this is what matters now,” sophomore midfielder Maiyah Brown said. “These are our conference games. Our forwards putting those goals in the cage is going to be a really crucial thing for us.” Even with the recent offensive drought, the Owls rank third among Big East Conference teams with 34 goals scored. But the squad is now the only conference team without a win and is sitting in last place. Along with the offense, Freeman said the Owls have been dealing with issues on the defensive half of the field, specifically allowing too many opportunities. The Owls have allowed 160 shots on goal this season compared Owls at Old Dominion Oct. 20 at 12 p.m.

to 142 shots in 21 games last season. “I think that, not only on our attacking end, but also our defensive end,” Freeman said. “We are letting in too many goals, and we are allowing too many shots uncontested.” The defensive issues Freeman mentioned were on full display in Friday’s game against Providence. The Friars outshot Temple 16-9, and the Owls had four penalty corners compared to Providence’s 16. “I think we can just improve on what we’re doing,” junior backer Ali Meszaros said. “I think we can start working together more and

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FRESHMEN said. “We played maybe four-or-five tournaments a year, so we always saw each other. He’s the closest guy on the team for me because we’ve know each other for so long.” The two also traveled to International Tennis Federation juniors tournaments together across Europe and played doubles together for two events in Israel and Cyprus. This fall, Dorash has a 4-2 singles record, while Kapshuk is 4-1 in singles with a tournament win at the Joe Hunt Invitational B Flight Singles Sept 27. “I’m glad I’m playing really well for the team,” Kapshuk said. “They’re always supporting me.” The two played doubles together against La Salle, Rider University and at the Princeton Invitational, standing 2-2 on the season. The freshman duo could be a doubles pair for the Owls


Sophomore Maiyah Brown fights for the ball against Northwestern Sept. 20 at Geasey Field.

communicating more. … Just communication on the field and communication off the field is going to be important for the next upcoming games that we have.” In 2014, opponents shut out Temple four times in 21 games. Through 15 games this season, the Owls have failed to score in a game four times. Despite the offensive struggles, Brown said she believes the Owls can still accomplish

a good team and they’re “We havesupporting me.” Artem Kapshuk | freshman

to the start the spring season. “They could be playing this spring together, but I don’t know as of yet,” Mauro said. “We’ve been playing them in doubles, and they’ve played well together, but it’s early in the season and we’re going to keep experimenting.” When Kapshuk, a former Top 350 ITF ranked junior, came

their preseason goals. The Owls currently sit 2.5 games behind first-place Connecticut in the Big East Standings. “Our goal has been to win the Big East championship and make the NCAA tournament,” Brown said. “I do believe we can do that this year.” *

to Temple this fall, he never played for an organized team in tennis. At several ITF tournaments, the 18-year-old traveled with his coaches and said he never anticipated the welcoming he’s received from his teammates since attending Temple. “I really like it,” Kapshuk said. “We have a good team and they’re supporting me. It felt different, but now it feels really good. Coach Mauro is almost always on the court giving me support and telling me good decisions.” Kapshuk and senior first singles player Santiago Canete, who posted a 6-6 singles record last fall, could play for the top spot in the spring 2016 lineup. “Right now, there’s no lineup intact,” Mauro said. “Artem has played well against a lot of his teammates. The best thing about him is that he plays with a lot of spirit. It’s fun to watch him.” * T @MarkJMccormick




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urday, Thomas carried the ball 31 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Through six games, Thomas has tallied 756 yards rushing and 10 rushing touchdowns. Since 2005, four Owls have totaled 10 or more rushing touchdowns and five have rushed for 750 yards or more. “He’s definitely a weapon for us, and I’m glad that he’s my running back,” redshirt-freshman wide receiver Ventell Bryant said. “I love blocking for him because he makes guys miss. He does a lot of things with the ball in his hands.” Thomas’ 126 rushing yards per game average is the highest since former running back Bernard Pierce averaged 123.4 yards per game in 2011. Thomas’ 756 yards rushing also lead the American Athletic Conference. South Florida sophomore running back Marlon Mack is second in The American with 689 yards rushing. “You get the ball in his hands,” junior quarterback P.J. Walker said. “He can make a few guys miss, which is his deal. He goes out there and does his job. He balls out for us.” Coach Matt Rhule said when the coaching staff saw Thomas practicing in the spring, they knew he would be a productive runner this season, but they didn’t foresee his current running style. “I don’t think we realized how physical Jahad was running the


burgh Steelers in 2012. “He was a hard-working guy,” Cronin said. “He never got in trouble. He always had a smile on his face when he went to work every day. He is what you want in a football player.” Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found CTE in 96 percent of NFL players they’ve examined and in 79 percent of all football

By DAN NEWHART The Temple News


Junior running back Jahad Thomas cuts during the Owls’ 30-16 win Saturday against Central Florida.

ball,” Rhule said. “We thought he was more of a scat guy. He’s surprising everyone in a good way.” Thomas has carried the ball 145 times this season, including four games with 25 or more carries. Coming into this season, Thomas carried the ball a total of 80 times and did not have any games with 15 or more carries. Thomas put on 10 pounds this offseason to prepare for the increased work load. “I think that helped me out a lot,” Thomas said. “Being able to break more tackles and be more of a physical runner.” The increase in carries also had an effect on Thomas’ body. The ju-

nior said after Saturday’s 30-16 win against Central Florida that he has a “nagging shoulder injury.” “I feel banged up every day,” Thomas said. “That’s not nothing new. I just have to get treatment and start the recovery process.” Despite Thomas’ injury, Rhule has relied on Thomas to carry the rushing load. Thomas has carried more than 73 percent of the total running back rush attempts this season. Freshman Ryquell Armstead is second on the team in carries with 30 rushing attempts. Thomas is on pace to finish the season with 290 carries, which would be the most since Pierce carried the ball 273 times in 2011.

“We are going to try and win every game,” Rhule said. “A game like [Saturday], if we have to use him, we are going to use him.” Thomas’ 15 receptions for 181 yards receiving are third and second on the team, respectively. His one receiving touchdown ranks second on the team. “Me coming in, I always wanted to be great,” Thomas said. “I still want to be great. … I told myself I was going to play hard each and every play.” * T @Michael_Guise

players, according to a report from PBS’ FRONTLINE program. Veterans Affairs and Boston University also found CTE in the brain tissue in 131 out of 165 individuals who, before their deaths, played football either professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school. Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, published a study in 2012 that found NFL players had four times the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease or amyotrophic

lateral sclerosis, compared to the general population. Researchers did note it’s possible that CTE was the true cause of death in those players found to have ALS or Alzheimer’s. The researchers relied on death certificates, rather than autopsies, making the true cause of death inconclusive, according to the authors of the report. In April, a federal judge approved a settlement that resolved the concussion lawsuit between the NFL and former players. The agreement, which will include

monetary awards for retired players diagnosed with certain neurological conditions, funding for a program to monitor, diagnose and counsel ex-players and payment of fees to the attorneys of retired players, will cost the NFL $900 million or more. Through six weeks of the 2015 NFL season, 56 players appeared on the NFL injury with either a concussion or a head injury, according to PBS’ FRONTLINE program. * T @Michael_Guise

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more and more upset with myself and the team, especially the defense, how we played. We just said, ‘We’re not going to let that happen again.’” Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls (6-0, 3-0 The American) beat the Knights 3016. Unlike in year’s past Temple went into the game against an 0-6 Central Florida program as the favorite and the team with higher aspirations for postseason success. Coach Matt Rhule said his players are learning to play with expectations, which have not been as high in recent years. “Back when we were 1-5, 1-6, it was a lot easier to play,” Rhule said. “There’s no pressure. If you lost everyone expected you to lose. You could play free. Now what you’re seeing is a little bit of pressure. Pressure is a privilege. It means you’re doing things right each week. The pressure will mount, and they’ll have to handle it.” For the first two years of The American’s existence, Central Florida was the standard of success in the conference. After a Conference USA title one year prior to joining The American, the Knights took home at least a share of the conference crown in

For Owls, Klett a welcome addition Transfer Kevin Klett has played in all 15 games.

Former Owl diagnosed with CTE Continued from page 20

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Coach Matt Rhule stands on the sideline during the Owls’ 30-16 win Saturday night against Central Florida. Owls at East Carolina Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

its first two years of existence. Prior to this season, Central Florida had gone to five bowl games in the last six years. In Temple’s program history, which dates back to 1933, the Owls have never won a conference championship and have four bowl appearances—the last coming under coach Steve Addazio in 2010. The Owls became bowl eligible after Saturday’s win against the Knights. “The bowl game, it’s fun,” said redshirt-senior defensive lineman Hershey Walton, who was redshirting when the team went to the New

Mexico Bowl in 2010. “It’s an extra game to play. I tell everybody, this is where you want to go to. You want that extra game at the end of the season.” While it has come earlier in years past, the six-win milestone is not new to the program. The Owls are bowl-eligible for the fifth time in seven seasons, during which time the team has gone to two bowl games. “All the questions in the preseason were, ‘Hey Matt, do you think this team can be a bowl team?’” Rhule said. “That is what a

lot of people asked me, and I said that was the expectation, so this is expected. We shouldn’t be too high about winning six games. It’s a great accomplishment, enjoy it. Now, what’s next?’” The Owls’ other focus this season includes going to the conference championship game. Temple treated its game Saturday against the Knights like it was playing a “championship team.” “The coaches were telling us, ‘This is a championship team,’” redshirt-freshman wide receiver Ventell Bryant said. “We have to be ready to play and make plays because this is a championship team, and they know how to handle games like this.” Bryant said the win against a team like Central Florida, who has been at the top of the conference standings, was an important step for the team to accomplish its goal of winning The American’s championship. “I believe so,” Bryant said. “We take every week game-bygame, one game at a time. We trust in our process. We trust in our preparation. We go out hard every week and come ready to play on the weekends.” * T @Owen_McCue

It was during Temple’s players-only practices one week prior to the start of preseason play that Kevin Klett, a junior transfer from Valparaiso University, realized he made the right choice. “I was able to come out here and get a chance to hang out with some of them and play with the guys before we officially started preseason,” Klett said. “They were all very welcoming of me and made me feel right at home. I wasn’t an outsider.” Klett transferred after his sophomore campaign at Valparaiso, in which the team finished 8-5-6 overall. He totaled 107 minutes in six games for the Crusaders in 2014. Klett admitted the Owls’ 2-14-2 record in 2014 made him a bit skeptical at first. But when he reached out to the coaching staff at Temple about transOwls vs. UConn Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

ferring, he was reassured. “It obviously wasn’t the greatest year,” Klett said. “We kind of talked about what they were going to do this year and some of the kids they had coming in as well. Just hearing what their plans were for this year was like an assurance that this year was going to be better.” Klett has two brothers, Ryan and Jack, who live in New Jersey. He felt one advantage of playing soccer at Temple was it would give him a chance to be closer to them despite his parents, Jack and Karen, living in Indiana. Klett also felt the quality of competition in the American Athletic Conference would be superior to the Horizon League, which Valparaiso plays in. In Klett’s two seasons at Valparaiso, the team finished with a 13-13-11 record. “After two years I kind of didn’t feel like it was the right fit anymore,” Klett said. “I wanted the chance to play in a better conference with a better team. It would give me a chance to win a little bit.” In his first season with the Owls, Klett has started all 15 games and helped the team to a 9-4-2 record overall. He has played 1,359 minutes, has three assists, three points and three shot attempts. “He’s kind of been the unsung hero for our team,” coach David MacWilliams said. “He’s one of those kids that is not going to get a lot of goals or assists, but let me tell you, if we didn’t have Kevin Klett in the center of the field, we wouldn’t have the record that we do.” Redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Alex Cagle said Klett’s calm nature off the field has aided the team’s defense in 2015. “I think he really sets a precedent for the rest of the team in playing your position, and he really makes sure to set a good example,” Cagle said. “Seeing Kevin and how good he was on the ball and how good his decision-making was, it was really evident he was going to come in and make an impact right away.” Klett said the Owls hope to carry momentum from two wins in their last three contests. “We want to win the conference tournament at the end of the year and make sure we have a spot in the NCAA tournament,” Klett said. “And try to take that as far as we can.” * T @danny_newhart




Jurewicz anchors defense after tearing ACL in 2014 The senior has scored two goals in 17 games this season. By TOM REIFSNYDER The Temple News One year and two weeks ago, Paula Jurewicz fell down and screamed feet away from Temple’s bench. In the 12th minute of an American Athletic Conference match against Memphis Oct. 5, 2014 at Ambler Sports Complex, the 5-foot4-inch defender from Holland, Pennsylvania, sprinted toward an over-played ball when she was pushed from behind, causing her right knee

exploded and “thenMymyACLbones hit each other. ... That’s just not normal.

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Owls vs. Southern Methodist Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

to hyperextend. She tore her ACL. “You just never think it’s going to happen to you,” Jurewicz said. “I literally thought I was going to go out at 22 years old with no crazy injury ever, and then … it happened.” Jurewicz said she had never felt more pain in her entire life. “My ACL exploded and then my bones hit each other, so I think my bones hitting was what hurt so badly,” Jurewicz said. “That’s just not normal.” Jurewicz played and started in Temple’s first 13 games in 2014, scoring two goals and helping

the Owls to a 9-3-1 (2-1-1 The American) mark through four games of conference play. In her absence, the team lost five of its final seven games, including a 2-1 loss to Southern Methodist in the first round of The American’s conference tournament to end the season. Jurewicz, the Owls’ most vocal leader on the field, said it was difficult to watch from the sideline as her team struggled down the stretch in 2014. “Last year, I couldn’t do anything on the field to help them win, but I knew that my voice and encouraging my team was what I had to do,” Jurewicz said. “It’s just a matter of doing your job and knowing your role, and last year my role at the time was just to be the cheerleader of the team and do my best to work hard to get back for the next season.” Jurewicz, who was cleared to play in early July, is the “quarterback” of Temple’s all-senior back line, which has allowed more than one goal once in the team’s last 10 games. She scored Temple’s first goal of the season in her first game back from injury during a 3-1 home win against Fairleigh Dickinson University Aug. 21, and she added her second goal of the year, tying a career high two days later in a 5-0 win against Delaware State University. Through 17 games in 2015, Jurewicz has led the Owls to a 10-6-1 (2-4-1 American Athletic Conference) record while notching five points and one assist. She has surpassed a career high in shots with 21, nine on goal. Jurewicz hasn’t scored in nearly two months, but her presence alone, coach Seamus O”Connor said, has made a significant difference this season. “She uses all her ability and, unfortunately, if we had more players like that, we’d be pretty close to unbeaten this year,” O’Connor said. “She’s a great role model for the younger kids, and it helps us hold everyone accountable in terms of the way she plays and it’s the standard we want from the midfielders and the attackers.” * T @Tom_Reifsnyder




The ice hockey club huddles around coach Roman Bussetti (middle), at a recent practice.

‘All-around lack of hustle’ Defensive struggles hurting club. By STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News Temple’s 8-4 loss to Montclair State University Oct. 11 epitomized the Owls’ season. After an Owls’ goal cut Temple’s deficit to three in the third period, a puck bounced over Patrick Hanrahan’s stick, and the Red Hawks pounced on the senior defenseman’s turnover. Montclair State scored to stymie Temple’s comeback attempt and go up 7-3. “I’ve played before,” coach Roman Bussetti said after the game. “You work, and you almost score and the other team comes down and gets a lucky bounce or lucky shot, and it just takes the wind right out of your sails.” Similar mishaps have contributed to an unwelcome trend as the Owls (3-7) have surrendered more than six goals per game and eight goals or more in six of their

10 games. Injuries have forced adjustments to the defensive lineup. Junior defenseman John Anthony is out for the season with a torn labrum and sophomore defenseman Ryan Dumbach is out six weeks with a fractured hand. “It’s just an all-around lack of hustle,” Bussetti said. “I feel like there’s been three or four games now where we’ve gotten down a couple goals and kind of stopped playing all together.” Temple’s defense has appeared out of sync at times, as the Owls have tried adapting to Bussetti’s system in his first year as coach. The growing pains have led to lapses in judgment, leaving players out of position. “A lot of it just has to do with us leaving a man or two open at the wrong times,” Dumbach said. “That’s really hurting us because that guy that’s left wide open is usually the one that’s capitalizing on us by scoring.” Offensively, the Owls are averaging 3.4 per game. Senior forward Stephen Kennedy had nine goals and seven assists, according to the most

recent statistics made available Friday. “We’re going to try and score as much as we can,” sophomore left wing Eric Graham said. “We’re not going to play to win a game by less goals.” The defensive troubles have contributed to the workload of sophomore goalie Scott Salamon. This season, Salamon has a 2-4 record and has saved 84.5 percent of the shots he’s faced. Last season, he had a 7-2 record and 90.7 save percentage. Temple’s backup goalie, junior Hayden Richards, has seen time in place of Salamon, who is battling a concussion. “Personally, I’ve played hockey a long time and been on some really bad teams, and you just have to keep battling,” Richards said. “It’s something you get used to. Everyone’s trying to improve their game each time you’re out on the ice, and it doesn’t really matter what the score is. You’re just trying to stop the next play.” *


Overton’s summer routine aids improved on-court play The junior has the No. 7 hitting percentage in Division I this year. By CONNOR NORTHRUP The Temple News Throughout the summer, Kirsten Overton traveled two hours in her Mazda 6 with her former SpringFord Senior High school teammate Christine Irrera to Seaside Heights, New Jersey to play beach volleyball. On other days, the Owls’ junior middle blocker and Irrera, a junior libero at the University of the Sciences, stayed home, playing on the grass court in Irrera’s backyard in Royersford, Pennsylvania to prepare

for their upcoming seasons. Now in season, Overton and Irrera watch one another on their team’s live streams or through live stats, giving critique and advice. “We couldn’t be more of an opposite position, but she has definitely taught me many different aspects of the game,” Overton said. “She turned me over to beach which changed my game because it is so much harder. The first text I get when I come off the court is from Christine. She will say, ‘You did great and here is what you need to improve on.’” Overton’s 43.6 hitting percentage ranks No.7 in Division I. Overton credits her success this season to a new mentality. “I am holding myself to a higher standard now,” Overton said. “I am

not a freshman or a sophomore. I am don’t want to hear it.’ As the season an upperclassman. I really have to goes on, I don’t want to hear it more show that. It’s a mental shift.” and more.” Overton considers herself to be Overton’s support system stems the toughest critic of her own game further than her parents and Irrera. and said her parents, Joe Overton Senior middle blocker Halle Mcand Jill Kuhns, keep Cullough helps Overton Owls vs. Houston her level-headed on the see mistakes she may Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. court. miss while on the court. “They help me see “Volleyball is very things I can’t see, like when I come fast paced, and if you are on the off the court,” Overton said. “My dad court, you can’t always see everyis real big into stats, and my mom is thing that is going on,” McCullough big into mental.” said. “Whenever she comes off I’ll When Overton comes off the tell her she is leading early on you, so floor and into the stands, her father you’ll have this shot.” usually greets her with her recent After being teammates with stats. Overton for three seasons, senior “He is so big on stats, but you defensive specialist/libero Alyssa gotta love him,” Overton said. “Late- Drachslin noticed an improvement in ly, if I have a bad game I will say ‘I Overton’s work ethic. As a freshman,

Overton hit 19 percent. “We knew coming in she had a lot of potential,” Drachslin said. “It’s been great watching her develop and grow on the team and on the court and getting better every year she is with us.” The senior captain has also helped Overton improve her leadership skills in preparation for a role with more accountability next season. The Owls will lose four players to graduation after the season. “I am a big person of practice what you preach,” Overton said. “I am not going to tell someone else I want them to do something if I can’t do it. I have to establish myself first.” *


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Report: Adrian Robinson suffered from CTE The Associated Press reported that the former Temple standout suffered from a brain disease. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor Last Wednesday, the Associated Press reported an autopsy revealed former linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease

that has been linked to dementia, memory loss and depression. Robinson committed suicide May 16 by hanging at the age of 25. “The family noticed that he became more confrontational and on edge,” the family’s attorney Benjamin Andreozzi told The Temple News. “[Adrian] was generally very mild mannered and laid back.” reported the Robinsons donated Adrian’s brain to Boston University after his death and were told by researchers Oct. 12 that their findings indicated Robinson had CTE.

In a statement to the report, the family said Adrian suffered from “several concussions” during his playing career. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native appeared in all 50 games during his college career, starting in 38 games—including a team-best 32 consecutive games from 2009-11. During his time as an Owl, Robinson—whose brother, Averee, is a junior defensive lineman at Temple—totaled 156 career tackles, 221/2 career sacks and 331/5 tackles for loss. “I just remember him being a

tremendous and happy guy from an unbelievable family,” former defensive line coach Sean Cronin told The Temple News in May. “He was a tremendous player and a tremendous kid. … You couldn’t say anything bad about him.” Robinson, who signed a freeagent contract with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton TigerCats April 27, appeared in six games for the Denver Broncos and two for the San Diego Chargers in 2013. He appeared in 12 games for the Pitts-

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Redshirt-senior defensive end Nate D. Smith hoists senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich during the Owls’ 30-16 win Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

LIFTING UP EXPECTATIONS The Owls are 6-0 for the first time since 1974 after Saturday’s 30-16 win against By OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor

Temple. On its way to an American Athletic Conference Championship and a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl win that season, the Knights used a Hail Mary and a last-second field goal to tear the Owls’ hearts out and steal a 39-36 victory. It is a game senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich will not let himself forget. “I probably watched that and this past year’s game, probably about like five [times] each,” he said. “It just each time makes myself

Jahad Thomas rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor

New Jersey. The junior running back admired Bush and molded his game after the University of Southern California’s dynamic runner. “When I was younger and I first saw Reggie Bush play, that was the style I was,” Thomas said. “Just to see how shifty he was and how quick he was and how he made quick decisions, making people miss.” During the Owls’ 30-16 win against Central Florida at Lincoln Financial Field Sat-

T Kapshuk, Dorash share an international connection wo years ago, a 7-1 and nationally ranked Central Florida team came to Lincoln Financial Field to play a 1-9

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The freshman pair played in multiple countries together. By MARK McCORMICK The Temple News Earlier this year, freshman Artem Kapshuk sat alongside his hitting partner, freshman



Uladzimir Dorash, after practicing with each other in Poland. Kapshuk was considering college, but vying to improve his ranking as a professional first, while Dorash was trying to earn a scholarship to play in the United States, which he had been working toward for more than two years. “The average age for a pro in the Top 100 is around 24, and that’s when you start earning money,” Dorash said. “It’s a long way, and I

As Reggie Bush ran his way into national headlines and a No. 2 selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Jahad Thomas watched from his home in Elizabeth,

told him, in college tennis, you compete a lot and practice for free with a good coach and team, and you get an education. There’s nothing better than that.” With the armed conflict in Donbass, Ukraine evolving over the past two years, Kapshuk—a native of Kiev, the country’s capital—struggled to cover expenses and eventually lost his coach and hitting partners, who chose to stay home with their families during



the war. Dorash, who is originally from Grodno, Belarus, was living with his coaches at a private tennis academy in Poland when he convinced Kapshuk to play with him. “When I met him at a tournament in Cyprus, and I told he can come to the practices with me and work with my coaches,” Dorash


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