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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

TUPD investigates alleged racist banana incidents The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will decide if criminal charges are possible. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor


emple Police has identified a male student who allegedly placed bananas on door handles in Morgan Hall North last week, but the investigation into whether the act was racially motivated is ongoing. Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will have to decide if the student will be charged with a crime at this point in the

investigation. Madi Brown, an undeclared freshman in the Fox School of Business who lives in the room where a banana was left on the door handle on Sept. 11, met with TUPD detectives and two roommates on Monday to discuss the possibility of pressing charges against the student. Brown said TUPD is waiting to see if she and her roommates can press criminal charges and that there could be a Student Conduct Board hearing for the student this week. TUPD notified Brown and her roommates of the student’s identity. Leone said he did not attend the Monday meeting and could not confirm this information. Brown said three out of the

four students in her room are considering pressing charges if possible. “I’m not here to ruin his life,” Brown added. “I just want something done.” Brown’s roommate came home from grocery shopping on Sept. 11 to discover a banana on their door handle. They are the only all-Black room on their floor, and the accused student lived on the same floor as them. Another banana was placed on a door handle of another room later in the week, which prompted an investigation by TUPD and University Housing and Residential Life, UHRL Director Kevin Williams told The Temple



JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Campus Safety Services security guard Sharniece Falson escorts sophomore social work major Julia Cutler home on Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Sept. 12.

Walking escorts increase after student’s death The number of students using the program more than doubled in the days after Jenna Burleigh was killed in an off-campus apartment. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News



SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Quincy Roche (right) tackles UMass redshirt-junior quarterback Andrew Ford during the first half of Temple’s 29-21 win on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Edie Windsor remembered as champion for equality The 1950 CLA alumna, who died last Tuesday, helped make gay marriage possible in the United States.

We could have eventually got [samesex marriage], but she started that snowball going.

The amount of walking escort requests doubled in the days following the death of Jenna Burleigh, a junior film and media arts major, Campus Safety Services reported. Burleigh was found dead in Wayne County, Pennsylvania on Sept. 2. In the days prior, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, there were 31 escort requests, according to Campus Safety Services. From Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, there were 65 requests. Joshua Hupperterz, a former advertising student, was charged on Sept. 3 with Burleigh’s murder. She died of blunt force trauma and strangulation. The Walking Escort Program, which was instituted five years ago, is a service available from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. After a student requests an escort by calling the hotline, a Campus Safety Services officer walks them to their residence hall or off-campus apartment within TUPD’s enforcement boundary. The service is also available at the Health Sciences Campus. Following Burleigh’s death, Campus Safety Services encourages the use of the Walking Escort Program for students traveling off campus. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the program’s main priority is student safety. “It’s very easy to do,” Leone said. “All you need to do is call.” While Campus Safety Services saw the number of walking escort requests increase following Burleigh’s death, some students said they feel the program is not accessible enough. Although they are aware of the service, some students are unsure how it works. Sophomore sport and recreation management major Meghan Barish commutes to Main Campus and is on campus late in the evening for meetings.

She said she has never used the service, but has considered it after Burleigh was killed. “I definitely think I’d use it now,” she said. “I could probably avoid a lot of awful situations.” The majority of students who use the program are female, Leone said. Campus Safety Services is always looking for new ways to promote the service as inclusive to all genders, like having officers walk a few steps in front or behind of a male student so they are more comfortable. This is promoted during new student orientations and on TUPD’s flyers. Last year, The Temple News reported that males use the Walking Escort Program “drastically” less than women. Campus Safety Services advertises the program in buildings — like the library, the TECH Center and Tyler School of Art — where they know students may stay late at night. But some students are comfortable traveling off campus, especially when they are in groups or in well-lit areas. Junior political science major Lauren Distefano said she and her friends are confident walking to their off-campus apartment, even at night. “I live on 16th [Street], which is only about a block from campus,” she said. “I feel comfortable walking alone, but I probably should take more precautions considering what happened.” Junior film and media arts major Erin Versaggi said she has a “false sense of security” while traveling off campus. “I’ve never really felt unsafe at Temple, but I’m more hesitant now to go places alone,” she added. Junior risk management and insurance major Alexis Bogiatzis said she wishes the service was accessible via the TU Mobile app.

Angela Giampolo keeps an old box of Splenda sitting on her mantle. For her, it’s a memento of the woman who helped make samesex marriage legal. “If it weren’t for Edie Windsor,

I may not be in the position I am in, planning a wedding right now,” said Giampolo, a 2007 law alumna whose firm — Giampolo Law Group — focuses on LGBTQ issues. In 2014, Giampolo was asked to interview Windsor, who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1950. The day they met, Windsor gave Giampolo the unwanted case of Splenda after insisting on using Equal to sweeten her coffee. “She loved Equal, even though I told her no one knows what Equal is made of,” Giampolo said.

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A $1 million gift from university trustee Dennis Alter for fine art is being installed in the Student Center. Read more on Page 3.

A student wrote about Edie Windsor’s impact on her life and the LGBTQ community. Read more on Page 5.

Shawn Aleong was appointed to the Police Advisory Commission. Read more on Page 7.

Freshman quarterback Todd Centeio made his debut in Friday night’s 29-21 win against UMass. Read more on Page 16.




“And she was like, ‘I don’t care. … I’m 85, if this is what kills me, this is what kills me, but I’m not not using Equal.’”






Asbestos found in TUCC, classes relocated Asbestos floor tiles were found under carpeting and removed the week before classes started. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News Temple University Center City’s fifth floor was closed the first week of classes because asbestos floor tiles were found during remodeling. Some asbestos tile remains concealed in the rest of the building’s flooring. Classes scheduled to be held on the fifth floor were relocated to other floors of TUCC because of the poisonous tiles. The university complied with city health in removing the asbestos floor tiling. Asbestos is a mixture of fibrous minerals resistant to corrosion. It was commonly used throughout the 20th century in materials like roof shingles, pipes and floor tiles. It wasn’t banned in most products until 1989. Use of asbestos is now more strictly regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency because it has been directly linked to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. Staff and faculty with offices and classes on the fifth floor were first notified about their impending relocation due to the asbestos on Aug. 8. Work to remove the asbestos tiles officially began the week before Fall 2017 classes on Aug. 22. Faculty and staff had already been moved prior to this

date, because the fifth floor was being repainted. After the asbestos was discovered, an asbestos remediation firm came in and pulled up the tile and put down a sealant to capture any residual dust and debris, Director of TUCC William Parshall said. By inserting new vinyl tile and sealing any cracks, the asbestos is now “contained” and has since been further covered with a new layer of carpet, Parshall added. “There was never any risk to Temple students or staff or employees or faculty because there was that double layer of encapsulation,” Parshall said. “So the whole area is now encapsulated.” Parshall said some vinyl tile underneath the current carpeting was originally removed along with the carpet by accident, revealing the asbestos tile. Plans for further re-carpeting have been put on hold, but Parshall said more repairs may be possible in the future if more asbestos tile is found. “It’s not all over every floor in every place, but it’s my understanding...there was a lot of asbestos tile throughout the building,” Parshall said. These areas are not dangerous because the asbestos tiles are concealed underneath another layer of tiles, he added. An asbestos remediation firm came to TUCC the morning after it was discovered and confirmed the presence of asbestos tile. As required by law, TUCC filed a remediation plan and permit application with the City of Philadelphia for removal of the asbestos tile giving the city 10

working days of notice. Another law required the air to be tested for asbestos levels before, during and after the asbestos tile was fixed, Parshall added. While the asbestos firm’s postremediation test levels indicated a negative result for harmful asbestos levels in the air, Parshall said Temple hired a separate, independent company to run the tests a second time as a precaution. Those test results also came back negative. Parshall added that the type of asbestos found in tile is not as dangerous as people think because it isn’t the type of asbestos that is friable, meaning the fibers don’t get into the air easily. Asbestos tile would have to be broken to create the dust that could cause the risk of a health hazard, which is why the fifth floor was closed off after the asbestos tiling was found. “Asbestos doesn’t actually become dangerous until it starts flying,” said journalism professor George Miller, whose class was relocated from the fifth floor to the third. “So I assume we were safe.” Some areas of TUCC were deemed free of asbestos tiling, like on the sixth floor where only concrete was found underneath the current carpeting with no vinyl or asbestos tiling at all. Junior financial planning major Alyssa Klauder, who has a managerial accounting class on TUCC’s fifth floor, said her class was held on the third floor of campus during the first week of school. The room change was noted on her course’s syllabus, but no explanation was provided, and she never saw any construction being done.


LAURA SMYTHE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Asbestos tiles were found on the fifth floor of the Temple University Center City building in early August. Classrooms on the fifth floor have since been reopened after being removed.

She added most of her classmates are unaware asbestos tile had been found at TUCC. “I feel like [Temple] should put something out there like, ‘Hey, just a heads up,’” Klauder said.



LEFT: VIA TEMPLE POLICE RIGHT: VIA PHILADELPHIA POLICE Jenna Burleigh (left), a junior film and media arts major, was allegedly killed by former student Joshua Hupperterz (right) on Aug. 31.

Jenna Burleigh’s alleged killer goes to preliminary hearing Joshua Hupperterz, a former advertising student, was charged on Sept. 3. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor A former student, who has been charged with the murder of junior film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh, will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Joshua Hupperterz, 29, was charged with murder, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence and drug-

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related charges following the death of Burleigh. Police said Burleigh died from strangulation and blunt force trauma on Aug. 31, and her body was found more than 100 miles away from the apartment on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue where Burleigh is believed to have been killed. Hupperterz was the last person seen with Burleigh, leaving Pub Webb on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street early on Aug. 31. Burleigh was missing for two days, before her body was found in a plastic storage container in Wayne County, Pennsylvania on Hupperterz’s grandmother’s

property. David Nenner, Hupperterz’s private attorney, was not able to reached for comment. Hupperterz will appear before Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dugan at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice in Center City. He is currently being held in Philadelphia at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and has not posted any money toward his $200,000 bail. @gill_mcgoldrick

News last week. The use of bananas as a racial epithet against African-American students has occurred on other college campuses, like American University in Washington, D.C. in May. Bananas were hung in nooses from trees on the same day a Black student became student government president at the university. Earlier that year, a white student at the same school left a banana at the door of a Black student, the New York Times reported. Halle Ray, a freshman social work major and Brown’s roommate, did not want to release the student’s name. “A lot of people have been negative,” Ray added. “What he did was wrong, but I don’t want to see anything bad happen to him.” Ray said she’s known the student since move-in because her floor’s resident assistant held an event with all the residents on Ray’s floor. Ray and Brown both said TUPD and the university have been supportive of them in this situation. The Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors of Color released a statement on Sunday that denounced the alleged incident that happened in a residence hall. “This behavior is repugnant and will


ESCORTS “There needs to be an easier way to do it,” Bogiatzis said. “I don’t even know the number for it, and if I’m in a situation where I can’t look it up, I want it to be readily available. Another hesitation some students have of using the program is the risk factor of being around an officer while being intoxicated. “Theoretically, why would I willingly go to the police if I was underage and drinking?” said Versaggi. Leone said the campus security bike

All classes have returned to the fifth floor and schedules are back to normal, Parshall added. @lcs_smythe

not be tolerated or condoned by the RAs/ PMs of Color,” the statement from 20 UHRL student employees read. Ray said the university took action when her tweet of the banana on her door handle went “viral,” with about 400 retweets and 320 likes. She tweeted a photo of the banana, writing “I go to Temple University, my roommates come back from grocery shopping and see this (we’re the only Black girls on our floor).” Other university organizations also released statements denouncing the incidents as racist and intimidating. Temple Student Government released a statement on Twitter about the incidents last Wednesday, writing “how deeply we are disturbed by the racism and intimidation that was demonstrated that evening.” “As a student body, we must condemn such hateful behavior and in the face of diversity, rise above and continue to educate and support each other,” the statement read. Williams told The Temple News last week that UHRL was offering support for the students affected by the alleged racially motivated incident. Williams said on Sunday he could not provide any comment at this time because of TUPD’s ongoing investigation. @_kellybrennan

officers, who escort students home, are not sworn officers and are only concerned with a student’s safety. “The majority of the time, we just want to transport you home,” Leone said. “We don’t want to give citations, but if medical attention is necessary, we will take action.” “The last thing we want is apprehension for something like this,” he added. To request an escort, call 8-WALK (8-9255) from a campus phone or call 215-777-9255 from your phone. @JuliaKBoyd @thetemplenews




$1 million trustee gift of fine art installed The fine art additions in the Student Center include work by Temple professors and alumni. BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News Fine art worth $1 million is being installed throughout the Student Center. In May 2016, university trustee Dennis Alter gifted the money for the acquisition and installation of fine art in the building. The university planned to spend an additional $500,000 for a curator, James Dicker, the former vice president of institutional advancement, told The Temple News in May 2016.

The artwork placements didn’t begin until August. The projected completion date and its official unveiling will be in early 2018, said Rebecca O’Leary, the art adviser and curator for the project. Steven Baris, who received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1985, Paula Cahill, a 2009 fine arts alumna and ceramics professor Roberto Lugo are among several professors and alumni with artwork on display. Lugo is one of the featured artists. His work entitled “Hustle” is in the second floor stairwell near the Student Center Operations office. It depicts a panda on a graffiti style background, which he said is inspired by the collective struggle people from all disciplines feel to persevere and find success. “[‘Hustle’] refers to where I come from,” said Lugo, who grew

up in Philadelphia. “That’s really what everyone aspires to do, which is to work hard, and so that same thing can be adapted to just about any pursuit that one wants to take on, and in my case it’s art.” The art installation project can have many more benefits for students beyond decorative appeal, Lugo added. “Seeing things visually really speaks to us in a different way,” he said. “The visual arts provide for a whole different sect of society to be able to communicate their ideas and what’s important to them.” “This is artwork that is going to activate and enliven the Student Center in common areas, and in unexpected areas,” O’Leary said. The majority of Alter’s gift was used for the acquisition of artwork, while the remainder was used to purchase lighting to highlight

JAMIE MULLEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Renee Handline, a junior secondary education major, studies under 1977 Tyler School of Art alumna Karen Freedman’s acrylic painting, “Qualia.”

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ceramics professor Roberto Lugo painted “Hustle.” He said he was inspired by the hard work of people from different disciplines while working on the piece.

the pieces. The walls will also be labeled to describe the significance of the artwork, O’Leary added. “Trustee Alter is a huge supporter of modern art and wants students to experience that art while on campus,” said Jason Levy, senior director of Student Center Operations. “The hope is that students have an experience that is really positive by seeing this art that [Alter] is sharing with us as a gift to the Student Center.” Some students, like secondyear pharmacy student Krishna Patel and third-year pharmacy student Sutikshan Gupta, have already become accustomed to the new decor. “I really like looking at art, and so for me to have the art pieces around the Student Center it makes me want to hang around campus more, and study rather than going right home,” Patel said. “When I’m studying all day and have a busy schedule, looking at such great artwork inspires me to do more,” Gupta said. “It is also refreshing to have something bright and interesting there, which is better than looking at brick walls.”

The installation of art in the Student Center is occurring during a time of transformation for the building as a whole. “[Alter] saw an opportunity where we were already opening the food court, and doing a bunch of other renovations to the building, and saw a great opportunity to continue to enhance the building with this gift,” Levy said. In addition, Levy said students should be on the lookout for new furniture in the Student Center to accompany the artwork. A renovated lounge on the second floor will also debut in October, featuring additional art on display. “I feel proud and excited to be a part of the Temple community,” Lugo said. “It’s incredible that they chose one of my works of art to display. I find [“Hustle”] especially fitting to be in an academic setting where really that’s what students need to do in order to really pursue the things that they are going to college for and the things they are passionate about.” @will_bleier


DACA: What is it and how does it affect Temple? “Dreamers” at Temple face uncertainty after the Trump administration threatened to rescind DACA. BY KENNETH COOPER For The Temple News

When President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections, people across the country took to the streets to protest. But while Democratic leaders are attempting to make a deal with the president to keep it, several “Dreamers” — immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States illegally when they were children — have voiced their concerns of deportation in town hall sessions on Main Campus. But what is DACA, and how does it affect Temple?





In 2012, former President Barack Obama’s administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to offer protections to Dreamers. Program participants receive deferred action from deportation, meaning they will not be deported while they fulfill certain requirements. They also receive a work permit that usually lasts two years, but can be renewed an unlimited number of times. In order to qualify for DACA, individuals have to meet a number of requirements. They must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and must have arrived in the country before their 16th birthday. Additionally, individuals need to have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007. They must also be enrolled in school, serve in the military or have graduated from a secondary American institution. Those

who have committed a felony or a serious misdemeanor are not eligible for DACA. About 800,000 people nationwide are protected by DACA, and about 5,900 of them live in Pennsylvania, according to a report by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The number of Temple students who are DACA recipients is unknown because the students self-report, said university spokesman Brandon Lausch.

DACA RESCINDED On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would begin rescinding DACA in March 2018, giving Congress a six-month window to save the immigration policy. No new applications will be accepted during this time. Current DACA recipients have until Oct. 5 to renew their applications. Dreamers could face deportation after their DACA status runs out. According to the Trump administration’s release, by March 5, 2020, all DACA authorizations will have expired. Democratic minority leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi met with Trump last week to keep DACA intact. After the meeting, attendees reported they had struck a deal to protect Dreamers if accompanied by a “massive” border security upgrade. The deal did not include funding for a border wall. Deportation is still possible for DACA recipients because Congress has not yet acted.

UNIVERSITY RESPONSE The university has not yet released the number of Temple students affected by DACA, but President Richard Englert sent a statement to the university community last week reiterating the university’s stance on the program. “We are committed to doing all we

can to assist our students to achieve their dreams,” Englert wrote in an email sent on Sept. 12. “As a public university, we provide a high-quality education to all of our students, and we will continue to provide this support in the context of all local, state and federal laws.” Englert also outlined how the university has supported the program in the past. He cited Temple as being one of 700 colleges and universities whose presidents signed a statement of support for DACA. He also pointed to Temple’s support for the work of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Council on Education to make DACA protections permanent. Englert referred students affected by the rescission of DACA to Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Dean of Students Office and the office of International Student and Scholar Services.

‘I’VE SEEN PEOPLE CRYING ABOUT THE REPEAL’ After the Trump administration announced its plans to rescind DACA, several student organizations held meetings to discuss the topic. Temple Student Government hosted a town hall on Sept. 13, when faculty and students, including some Dreamers, shared their thoughts and concerns about the Trump administration’s decision on DACA. One Temple student and DACA recipient said during the town hall he was scared for his future, among other fears. The student did not share his name at the event. “The main reason we are having this town hall is to talk to students and everyone here in this community to figure out what the best steps will be moving forward,” Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes said. “All of these students greatly contribute to Temple University’s diversity and if we are going to say that we are diverse, then we must be inclusive,” he added. “That means supporting those students in whatever way possible that secures them being able to be

By the numbers: DACA

800,000 recipients nationwide


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here.” Temple Political Science Society also held a meeting regarding DACA, where students debated the DACA ruling. Some were in favor of removing the policy, while others voiced their concerns. Freshman political science major Tylir Fowler, who attended the meeting, said he felt the decision to end DACA would divide the Temple community. “It will cause a wedge in opinions between people who keep up with politics and news,” he said. Fletcher Chmara-Huff, a geography and urban studies professor who lived in Arizona, said he knows several people who didn’t know they came to the country illegally because they were so young at the time. “For some students, this provides an immediate sense of terror for them,” Chmara-Huff said. “I’ve seen people crying about the repeal of DACA.” Chmara-Huff also said times like these call for compassion among students. “It’s a chance to sit with these people who are suffering and learn how to be compassionate to them and to think about how you want to act,” he added. “These are challenging times. I think young people actually have the energy to rise to the challenge.”

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Support local businesses Temple students and faculty members should use the directory of Black-owned businesses. For the first time, Beech Community Services, a North Philadelphia community organization, released a 28-page online directory of Blackowned businesses in the neighborhood. The directory catalogs information about local Black-owned businesses, including the type of service provided and contact information for each. It was created as “a response to the growing interest in supporting Black-owned and operated businesses,” Beech Community Services CEO Kenneth Scott wrote in a statement. The organization plans to release a new directory annually. The Temple News staff believes this is a worthwhile initiative. North Philadelphia has a rich cultural history, influenced almost entirely by African-Americans who have lived here for generations. Unfortunately, this important history is often for-

gotten or overlooked by Temple students and faculty. We appreciate that Beech Community Services has given the Temple community a concise, accessible way to support North Philadelphia’s African-American legacy. We hope Temple students and faculty will take this opportunity seriously and consider supporting local, Blackowned businesses. Many of us Temple students are from faraway places — other states and even other countries. It’s important to remember that while we’re at Temple, North Philadelphia is our home. We should support the neighborhood and treat it with respect. Supporting local businesses is just one of many ways we can respect the neighborhood in which we live — and Beech Community Services just made it easier.

Denounce racist acts

We need to uphold diversity as students, not tarnish it. Two alleged “bias-related” incidents that occurred in Morgan Hall North last week are being investigated by Temple Police and University Housing and Residential Life. Last Monday, a banana was left on the door handle of the only room on that floor occupied by all Black students. A similar incident occurred later in the week when another banana was left at a different Morgan Hall North room. The student responsible was identified. They could face criminal charges or punishment for violating the Student Code of Conduct, according to a university statement released to The Temple News on Friday. The Temple News denounces any racist and discriminatory actions. We believe that whoever is responsible for these incidents deserves to face the consequences for their actions. Temple Student Government released a statement in response to last Monday’s incident. It read, “We must condemn such hateful behavior and in the face of adversity, rise above and continue to ed-


ucate and support each other.” TSG plans to discuss diversity and inclusion with a forum, according to the statement. We commend TSG’s response to the incident and hope it helps starts a productive conversation among students about on-campus discrimination and respect. We also applaud Temple Police and UHRL for taking action on these incidents. We hope these efforts show others that racism is intolerable at Temple. In a statement, UHRL Director Kevin Williams recommended resources to students like the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, Tuttleman Counseling Services and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Advocacy and Leadership. The Temple News encourages any student who feels discriminated against to access these services. Temple is known for its commitment to diversity. As students, it is unacceptable to counter these ideals.

Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Michaela Winberg at or 215-204-6737.

Help fight the opioid epidemic The university should educate students about how Narcan works.


he first time I learned about drug addiction I was in my sixth grade health class. I remember being horrified by the negative impacts that came from using drugs, like methamphetamine and heroin. I was confused as to why anyone would ever want to try them, risking health complications or even death. Since the 1990s, the use of opioids — painkillers that affect the nervous MONICA MELLON LEAD COLUMNIST system and can cause dependency — has been on the rise. The influx of the pain medications being prescribed and the ease with which they can be sold to others has led to the current opioid epidemic. Philadelphia hasn’t been left unscathed by this epidemic. According to The Inquirer, 1,200 overdose deaths are predicted this year. On Aug. 24, Nora Wilson, a junior printmaking major, hosted a Narcan administration training session to inform students how to recognize and potentially reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is the brand name version of naloxone, an opioid antidote. About 400 people expressed interest in the event on Facebook, and 15 people actually showed up. “Even if they can’t come today, or can’t come to any of the events I do, if they just Googled it and watched a YouTube video, they know more than what they

knew before, and they could help someone more than they could before,” Wilson told The Temple News. I used to be horrified that people would use drugs, now I find myself more horrified that we may not be doing all we can to help those struggling with addiction. I only recently learned how to administer Narcan myself by watching a video online. With the huge impact the opioid epidemic has on Philadelphia, it’s time the university and students pay more attention. The administration should help make students more knowledgeable about opioid overdoses and how to prevent them. And students should take any opportunity they can to further educate themselves on this topic and how to administer the potentially life-saving medication. “It’s shown by all the statistics that Philadelphia is being haunted by this problem,” said Ellen Unterwald, a pharmacology professor and the director of Temple’s Center for Substance Abuse Research. “Heroin in Philadelphia is very cheap and very pure, and that contributes to the overdoses that occur.” According to the Boston Globe, Bridgewater State University implemented a new policy that offers “public access to Narcan in locations across campus.” A BSU spokesperson stated that this policy could come in handy in the accidental use of opioids, if students for example “unknowingly [ingest] marijuana laced with fentanyl.” Having Narcan in various locations on Main Campus would both increase the awareness of the opioid epidemic and potentially save lives. In 2016, Temple hosted a public symposium for the city’s Drug Overdose Task Force to educate

the public about opioid addiction. But the university should remain committed to raising awareness about this issue in any way it can. It is commendable that TUPD began carrying Narcan in February, but there is more the university could do to raise awareness. An easy, effective way to make students more aware of opioid addiction would be to include information about opioids and Narcan in the “Think About It” online trainings students are required to take. “A more widely publicized meeting would be helpful,” Unterwald added. “If the school wants to sponsor an event that talks more about this, that might get the attention of more people.” Students also have the ability to make an impact, too. Gov. Tom Wolf worked with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine to offer a standing prescription for Narcan for all Pennsylvania residents. There is no additional note from a doctor needed. Students can therefore pick up their own Narcan prescription to have on hand in case they encounter anyone experiencing an overdose. Having Narcan readily available for everyone in Pennsylvania is a huge step in working to combat the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of their standing prescription or have the knowledge to administer the antidote. Thus, we need to continue talking about the opioid epidemic in order to keep people informed and to combat it. It is up to the university and students to draw as many people’s attention as possible to this city-wide issue. @monica_mellon


Call out all acts of terror We need to stop minimizing white terrorism.


hen I heard about the Unite the Right rally held by various right-wing and white supremacy groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, in midAugust, I was shocked and horrified by the violence that left 19 injured and one dead. A 20-yearold man named James Fields drove a car into a crowd of counterprotestors, killing 32-year-old RACHEL BERSON Heather Heyer, according to a report from the New York Times. Fields was photographed sporting symbols of Vanguard America, “a patriotic youth organization dedicated to defending and preserving the white race and its culture by any means necessary,” according to its YouTube channel. I was immediately worried that this incident of domestic terrorism would be mishandled by President Donald Trump’s administration. And I was right in my concerns. Our president did not acknowledge Heyer’s death as an act of terrorism. He even tried to normalize the behavior of these right-wing radicals, saying this kind of violence has existed for a long time. He even placed blame on “both sides.” However, his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, said that Heyer’s murder qualified as an act of domestic terrorism, according to

a report from NPR. The U.S. Code defines domestic terrorism as “acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws” that also seek to intimidate or coerce with mass destruction. Based on this definition, the terroristic nature of Heyer’s death is clear. But it seems our society shies away from calling terrorism by its name when the terrorist is white. Fields is a terrorist, plain and simple. And it is the responsibility of government leaders, journalists and individual citizens to acknowledge terrorism and name it, whatever its form. It worries me to think about how many more violent acts it will take for our leaders and agenda-setters to use the correct terminology. “I think language is very important in historicizing events,” said Sophie Sanders, an art history instructor who teaches a race and diversity class. “By calling something a terrorist attack, it takes on a different weight in the public imagination.” This means the use of the word terrorism or the lack thereof in the Charlottesville case could impact how future generations view the event. We can’t leave this up to chance. “It is important to say that we have terrorism in our own country, rather than to keep applying that term to non-American people that are organizing because of religious differences only in the Muslim faith,” Sanders added. According to Politifact, 47 percent of people killed in terrorist attacks in the United States since the day after 9/11 until 2017 died as the result of right-wing terrorism.

Additionally, right-wing terrorists were responsible for 74 percent of all terror attacks in the U.S. Right-wing extremists seem to be as much of a threat to the safety of the country as Islamic extremists, if not more. They should be treated as such. Caroline Tynan, a Ph.D. candidate and political science instructor, said the lack of awareness concerning right-wing terrorism has a lot to do with rightwing terrorists being predominately white and male. “We don’t think of terrorism as being something carried out by those who are in the status quo,” Tynan said. “There are stereotypes of what a terrorist should look like, what their name should sound like and what language they speak.” When we assign a specific racial or religious profile to terrorists, we stigmatize those who fit that profile — the majority of whom are nonviolent — and we ignore the serious threat posed by others. “When you refuse to call a particular political action by an American group terrorism then you provide them with a sense of legitimacy,” said Sean Yom, a political science professor. “You essentially mainstream the participation in terrorist groups.” Legitimacy is the last thing we want to provide to any terrorist group, regardless of the demographics. Terror can be inflicted by any person, regardless of religion, nationality or race. We have the power to call out violence and bigotry when we see it, and we need to make sure we name it, too. @thetemplenews




Day care should be an option on Main Campus The university should consider bringing back the child care program it once had.


October 7, 1971: University Day Care was full of children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old. There was a waiting list, and first priority admission was granted to children of students, while second priority went to children of employees and staff. This week, a columnist wrote about how Temple should offer day care again because the university was founded with the principle of educating non-traditional students — a group that includes student-parents.

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emple was founded for the nontraditional student in the 1880s when Russell Conwell began tutoring adults at night after their full-time jobs. It’s only fitting that the university remain faithful to its founding mission, offering services to make schooling possible for those who still struggle with access. Temple could still improve access to education for studentparents. non-traditional students. While the university had a grant-funded day care on campus in the 1970s, it no longer exists, and there are currently no JOY CATO similar services available. Given Temple prides itself on diversity and access, the university should consider offering some sort of child care option for student-parents who are trying to gain an education while balancing the responsibilities of raising a child. Temple has an Employee Assistance Program that offers child care referrals for full-time staff and faculty. But the program doesn’t extend to students or adjunct instructors. “I always wondered why Temple didn’t have a daycare on campus. The school itself really promotes diversity,” said Syreeta Martin, a 2012 journalism alumna who cofounded the now defunct Non-Traditional Student Union, which celebrated Temple’s non-traditional student population. “I think if we’re going to promote diversity then we know that there are diverse people coming here with different needs,” Martin added. The university has already taken a step to help students and faculty members who are mothers with the installation of a Mamava breastfeeding station on the second floor of the Student Center

— making it the first university in Pennsylvania to offer a specific place for breastfeeding. The Mamava is located on the second floor near the bathrooms. “[If] you’re going to install breastfeeding stations, then you acknowledge that there are children,” Martin said. “Take that acknowledgment or awareness a step further and say, ‘What else can we do?’ And I think the answer to that question is a daycare on campus.” I agree with Martin. In fact, many other universities have already taken this initiative. The University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University all offer child care for studentparents. Sherrita Sutton, a sophomore psychology and philosophy major and student-parent, said she struggles with balancing caring for her daughter and going to school. “My mom usually stays home and watches [my daughter] all day,” Sutton said. “If my mom gets sick or something I usually have to take off school.” She said other than her mother, she doesn’t have anyone else to help take care of her daughter. “I wish they did have a daycare,” Sutton said. “If it wasn’t for my mom, I really would be struggling to choose between my daughter and going to school. I don’t have anybody else to watch her.” Having a daycare on campus would not only help student parents and faculty members with children, but it could also offer a new opportunity for students who aspire to work with children to get handson experience by working at the daycare. But regardless of this benefit, parenting shouldn’t be the reason someone can’t go to school, especially at a university that touts accessibility. No one should have to choose between reaching their educational goals and taking care of their child. Temple should make it so student-parents don’t have to make this decision. And a daycare on campus may be the best way to accomplish this goal. @JoyCato

Giving thanks to Edie Windsor For a student who identifies as queer, the passing of an LGBTQ icon incites emotion and gratitude.


ast week, I changed my phone background. When I heard the news last Tuesday that Edie Windsor — a Philadelphia-born champion of LGBTQ rights and a 1950 College of Liberal Arts alumna — had died at 88 years old, I felt a pang of hurt. I was compelled to change the image on my lock screen to a photo of Windsor. Now, when I unlock my iPhone, she smiles back at me — marching at a pride parade and wearing a shirt that reads, “Nobody knows I’m a lesbian.” Windsor was instrumental in the legalization of same-sex marriage. She and her partner, Thea Spyer, were together for more than 40 years when they were legally married in Canada in 2007, before same-sex marriage became legal in the United States. When Spyer died in 2009, she left her entire estate to Windsor. But Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act barred Windsor from claiming Spyer’s estate unless she paid more than $350,000 in estate taxes — an amount that surviving spouses are exempt from paying. Since Windsor wasn’t able to legally marry Spyer in the U.S., she had to foot the bill. Windsor sued, arguing that DOMA was unconstitutional. In 2013, four years after her wife died, Windsor won and DOMA was struck down. As a queer woman, I’ve experienced my own set of challenges.

BY MICHAELA WINBERG I face small acts of discrimination every day. Wherever I go, people assume I’m straight. When I hold hands with women in public, I hear men snicker around me. Worse yet, when I’m caught kissing a woman in public, I often turn around to see men’s jaws on the floor. I know that to them, I’m little more than a reallife manifestation of their fetishes. But when I think about Edie Windsor, I remember how lucky I am. Windsor spent almost a year married to a man before she decided that she wanted to be with women. Even after she met Spyer, Windsor had to keep her relationship under wraps — she hid it from her family members and even some friends. At work, Windsor invented a relationship with Spyer’s made-up brother Willy to explain why she called the office so much. When the two got engaged, Windsor was so afraid that a traditional engagement ring might expose her sexuality that she instead wore a circular diamond pin. Windsor waited more than 40 years to marry the love of her life, and when her wife died two years later, she was suddenly responsible for an enormous bill. I’m aware that in many ways, I have a lot of privilege. The challenges

I face often seem inconsequential compared to Windsor’s. My family members and friends accept my sexuality wholeheartedly. I’m out at work, and I’m allowed to discuss and even write essays about my queerness. In my lifetime, I’ll probably never have to worry whether I can marry the person I love. I’m lucky in these ways — and many more — because Edie Windsor came before me. When the news broke in 2013 that DOMA was ruled unconstitutional, I received a push notification to my phone and I immediately started to cry tears of joy. I attended an impromptu pride parade at the Stonewall Inn. I celebrated with a community of LGBTQ folks who suddenly felt secure in their right to spend their lives with the people they love. When I unlock my phone screen now and reveal Windsor’s smiling face, I feel a sense of deja vu. It’s like I’m 17 years old again, first receiving the news that I have the right to marry. And for that, I have Edie Windsor to thank.





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NEWS BRIEFS Montgomery County judge sets Bill Cosby’s retrial date Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill set former university trustee Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial date for April 2, 2018. Jury selection questions and jury instructions must be submitted by March 15, CNN reported. The retrial was originally set for November, but Cosby’s defense team underwent changes this summer when Cosby’s former defense attorneys Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa withdrew from the team. O’Neill said at a pre-trial conference in August that Cosby’s new team of defense lawyers would need more time to prepare and postponed the retrial to the spring without giving an exact date. The people who joined Cosby’s defense includes California attorney Tom Mesereau, who helped get Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation in 2005, Sam Silver, a board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the Beasley School of Law, and Nevada attorney Kathleen Bliss. O’Neill declared a mistrial in June after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts of sexual assault. Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting former university employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

Beech Companies launches first ‘Black Biz’ directory The directory features more than 100 Blackowned businesses in North Central Philadelphia. BY SABRINA WALLACE For The Temple News

Beech Companies released its first formal collection of Blackowned businesses in the form of an online directory this year. The North Philadelphia Black Biz Directory organizes more than 100 Black-owned businesses in the North Central Philadelphia area by the type of service provided, listing descriptions and contact information for each. Beech Companies, a multifaceted community improvement and entrepreneurship organization,

has been working to improve the lives of people from Broad to 20th streets and Montgomery Avenue to Thompson Street, according to its website. The directory aims to support entrepreneurship and business growth in the North Central Philadelphia community. The Beech Business Bank and Temple’s Small Business Development Center are some of the businesses included in the directory. Some of the other categories in the directory include pharmacies, barbershops, contractors and real estate companies. The directory was created as “a response to the growing interest in supporting Black-owned and operated businesses,” Beech Companies CEO Kenneth Scott said in a release. The directory represents the Kwanzaa principle of “Ujamaa,” or cooperative economics. Its purpose is to encourage Philadelphia

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Dedication ceremony held for O’Connor Plaza The Founder’s Garden, on Polett and Liacouras walks, officially reopened last Thursday at a dedication ceremony for the space. O’Connor Plaza, named after university trustee and chairman Patrick O’Connor and his wife Marie, officially debuted on campus. The $3.5 million renovation project features a waterfall, new landscaping and a bronze owl statue with a 9-foot wingspan. Alumni Circle was repaved and new lighting and outdoor seating was added. The plaza was dedicated to the trustee because of his “lifetime of leadership and support of Temple,” according to a university release. -Kelly Brennan

KYLE THOMAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Adrienne Ray is the owner of Curve Conscious, a plus-size consignment shop in Brewerytown. The shop is featured in Beech Companies’ North Philadelphia Black Biz Directory.

residents to be patrons at Blackowned businesses, increasing the number of businesses, employment and the economic power of Black communities in Philadelphia. Christine Brown, the director of community services at Beech Companies, said the organization plans to print hard copies of the directory yearly and regularly update the electronic version in between editions. In the future, the project plans to expand the directory to include other areas of Philadelphia. For some of the businesses listed in the directory released in early May, it’s too soon to tell if the efforts of Beech Community Services will increase patronage to their business. Al Reid is the long-time manager of Coast 2 Coast, a cover band listed in the directory. “I don’t think it’s going to be much help,” Reid said. “This has been done over and over before.” To his knowledge, no new bookings of the band have been made as a result of being listed in the directory, he added. However, some business owners, like Adrienne Ray, welcome the opportunity to be listed in the directory. Ray, 35, owns Curve Conscious, a consignment shop specializing in plus-size clothing in Brewerytown. “When you’re talking about something niche like a plus-size consignment shop, people who use niche searches like ‘Black-owned’ or ‘woman-owned’ businesses are looking for something pretty particular, pretty cool, maybe something unique,” Ray said. Like Beech Companies, Ray values the effort to promote Black businesses. “[The directory is] a great and valuable tool for people who live in Philadelphia who want to support Black-owned businesses,” she added.


$3 million fMRI scanner installed in Weiss Hall Students across the university will soon be able to use the machine. BY VICTORIA LUCAS For The Temple News An fMRI scanner was installed in the basement of Weiss Hall last week for students across colleges to work alongside researchers. Decision neuroscience students — a joint program in the College of Liberal Arts and the Fox School of Business that studies the neurological decisions of consumers — will be able to utilize the new machine. Students working in labs in the College of Public Health, CLA students and Brain and Cognitive Science program students will also utilize the new machine. The acronym fMRI stands for “functional magnetic resonance imaging.” This is a noninvasive technique for mapping brain activity by measuring blood volume when participants complete different tasks. An fMRI can be used to evaluate medical concerns, like the effects of a stroke. The fMRI will aid in the research of adolescent development, decision sciences, representation of space and action and mental disorders. The scanner cost more than $3 million. The university’s Neurocognition Lab received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to pay for a portion of the cost for

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the machine, said Jason Chein, a psychology professor. The College of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost paid for the remainder of the cost, Chein said. Chein is the principal investigator of the Neurocognition Lab, which researches brain functions like short-term memory and cognitive control processes, according to the lab’s website.

“It would be highly desirable to have a Main Campus facility where we can enact our studies, have other facilities, testing rooms and other equipment on site,” Chein said. Chein said fMRI technology allows researchers to see the brain “in action” and how the brain changes in its function when a person changes a task.

Before the new machine was installed, the department of psychology used an fMRI machine at Temple University Hospital. Rosalie Shumann, a senior neuroscience major, said the machine is going to give undergraduate students a chance to work with imaging techniques that Main Campus didn’t have before.

“[The fMRI machine] gives Temple a leg-up in research,” Shumann added. “Classes teach us about imaging techniques, but to get to actually see techniques we learn about in class will be exciting.” Students have to be trained by the investigators conducting research with the fMRI to use the new machine, Chein said. The psychology department will be adding courses that incorporate the training and use of the scanner. “Mostly at the graduate level, we’ll be putting in some internal courses to train people in the use of the scanner and in the design and analysis of MRI studies,” Chein said. “This scanner will be part of a course that we’ve already been putting on in absence of a facility.” The investigators using the machine will receive money from federal, state and private foundation grants for the upkeep of the machine. They will have a staff of undergraduate or graduate student trained to implement their studies in the scanner, Chein added. While the lab center is still figuring out rates for the usage of the scanner, students will have to pay an additional fee to use it within the range of $500. Chein said the scanner is still under construction, but he anticipates the scanner to be ready for full use by January 2018. A $3 million fMRI scanner was delivered and installed in the basement of Weiss Hall last Thursday.

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Student advocates for citywide disability rights Shawn Aleong is a member of the city’s Police Advisory Commission. BY MAHA OUNI For The Temple News


hawn Aleong’s Facebook account is riddled with pictures of him with politicians like Mayor Jim Kenney and Sen. Bob Casey. Aleong, a continuing studies student and disability rights activist, spent the summer advocating for Medicaid at City Hall and even on Capitol Hill. Recently, he took on a new activist role: improving the relationship between Philadelphia’s police department and the community. “The community is key,” Aleong said. In January, Aleong will officially enroll as a legal studies major. He started at Temple’s Academy for Adult Learning, which is a four-semester certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. As a continuing studies student, he is currently enrolled in a non-degree program. Last month, he was recommended by City Councilman Derek Green and appointed by Kenney to the city’s Police Advisory Commission. The group of 13 hosts monthly public meetings where civilians can file and discuss complaints. “I want to foster a strong relationship between the city, the police and the community,” Aleong said. He spent his summer interning for Temple Police. Aleong, who has an intellectual


Every day, I get to see a true hero coming to work and wanting to make the world a better place. CHARLIE LEONE


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Shawn Aleong, TSG’s deputy director of campus safety, has advocated for civil and disability rights in Philadelphia and on Capitol Hill.


‘Notes to Myself’ exhibit explores paper, words The Painted Bride Art Center exhibit features alumna Gail Morrison-Hall. BY NATASHA CLAUDIO For The Temple News

VEENA PRAKRIYA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Visitors gaze at works by Howard Silberthau in “Notes to Myself,” an exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center on Vine and Bodine streets.

During a trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, Gail Morrison-Hall found inspiration in a store that sold handmade paper with intricate inscriptions. Each sheet cost three times less than American paper. “I went nuts like a kid in a candy store,” she said, as she pulled out stacks of paper from the shelves of her studio in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. “I am a paper freak. I love medieval manuscripts.” Morrison-Hall, a 1966 painting alumna, is presenting works in the exhibition “Notes To Myself,” a collection of work fusing visual art with the written word. In the exhibit, Morrison-Hall showcases her work alongside artists Howard Silberthau and Patricia Dusman. Mat Tomezsko, a 2009 studio art alumnus, curated the exhibit. The exhibit, presented by InLiquid, a nonprofit arts and design organization, will run until Oct. 1 at the Painted Bride Art Center on Vine and Bodine streets. In her studio, Morrison-Hall keeps a box filled with various kinds of paper products, including lace, newspaper clippings, rice and oriental paper. For “Notes to Myself,” she used amate, a paper made from tree bark as part of an ancient Mexican tradition. She incorporates different layers of paper into her paintings of buildings, creating original architectural land-

scapes. Many of her paintings in the exhibit depict buildings that are partly destroyed from wrecking ball demolitions. “In college, I would see a wrecking crane, run and take a picture and sketch it,” Morrison-Hall said. “When a wrecking crane destroys a house you ask who lives there? What happened?” “And I just pulled out a couple of paintbrushes and sat down,” she added. “That’s how it started.” Silberthau said he feels the same sort of spontaneity when creating his art. His parents fled Nazi Germany during World War II, so he never learned to speak German. But through his art, Silberthau said he draws from his German heritage. In some of his paintings, Silberthau paints “German gibberish,” indecipherable words inspired by the German language, against a white or black background. He said he intends his painting to be abstract, but with a sense of logic behind it. “The idea is you can’t actually read it,” Silberthau said. “My goal is the general visual impact. It is about the painting, not the words.” Unlike Morrison-Hall’s colorful landscapes, Silberthau’s paintings feature blueish-gray colors and the majority are untitled. “I prefer to let the viewer go in without any preconceptions,” Silberthau said. For both Morrison-Hall and Silberthau, creating art is a process of revision, sometimes even resulting in discarding a finished painting. “You keep pulling the thread on a shirt





Alumnae Bethany Edwards and Anna Couturier designed an environmentally friendly pregnancy test.

Biology professor Dr. Antonio Giordano, a native of Italy, discovered cancer-slowing traits in two types of tomatoes.

Philly Aids Thrift celebrated its 12th anniversary with a block party on Saturday.

An exhibit on the Parkway features the work of Nicholas Kripal, a Tyler professor who passed away last September.





Intersecting women’s health and sustainability: alumnae create biodegradable pregnancy test The duo submitted its patent for the test’s design to Fox’s annual Innovative Idea Competition in 2014. BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News

For most advertising and craft students, starting a medical diagnostic company may not seem like the most obvious career choice. Bethany Edwards and Anna Couturier both graduated from Temple. In 2014, they co-founded Lia Diagnostics, a Philadelphiabased company that created an environmentally friendly pregnancy test. Edwards said promoting sustainability and giving women more privacy were the main reasons why they wanted to create a pregnancy test. Usually, pregnancy tests are made of plastic, which can sit for decades in a landfill. “Initially, the focus was on sustainability and helping to eliminate plastics on single-

use diagnostics,” Edwards said. “You’re only using these tests for a very short time but you’re making them out of materials that far exceeds the lifetime of the product.” The company researched what women would like to see and experience with a pregnancy test design. One of the things women wanted, Edwards said, was more privacy. “Being able to dispose of the pregnancy test without anyone seeing the results or

Not only did we think this was a good idea, but complete strangers also valued the idea.



having to hide the pregnancy test in the trash is why we were able to overlay unmet user needs with material innovation and got it to zero in on the value of creating something flushable,” Edwards said. For both Edwards and Couturier, at-

tending Temple helped them create, run and fine-tune their enterprise, they said. Edwards, a 2006 advertising alumna, worked with the Small Business Development Center, an outreach center in the Fox School of Business that collaborates with startup companies. Couturier graduated five years after Edwards, gaining a BFA in metals/jewelry/ CAD-CAM from the Tyler School of Art. “My training at Tyler allowed me to take a view at new manufacturing processes and using material for voluntary values which has helped in creating Lia,” Couturier added. They met at the University of Pennsylvania, where they enrolled in a cross-disciplinary program for integrated product design. After attending classes in three schools — the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School and the School of Design — they graduated with a postgraduate certificate in 2014. After the program, they wrote and submitted a provisional patent, a way for inventors to establish a filing date for their inventions. Returning to their Temple roots, they submitted the patent to Fox’s Innova-

tive Idea Competition, an annual event that allows startups to compete for a cash prize. “The competition helped us understand that not only did we think this was a good idea, but complete strangers also valued the idea,” Edwards said. “It gave us the courage and confidence to push the company further.” Now, the company has five full-time workers, along with interns and cooperative education students from the Philadelphia area. Couturier said Lia plans to be more involved in the Philadelphia community’s health sector. “We’re growing our team by hiring people here in Philadelphia with the aim of being part of the community,” Couturier said. “We’re very focused on changing the pregnancy tests for good and creating additional innovations like modernizing and rejuvenating women’s health involvement categories to provide women with a new freedom,” Edwards said.


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Professor sows the seeds of scientific discovery Biology professor Dr. Antonio Giordano discovered cancer-slowing characteristics in tomatoes. BY PATRICK BILOW Copy Editor In his native city of Campania, Italy, Dr. Antonio Giordano shops at local markets for fresh ingredients to make caprese, an Italian dish, which he always pairs with a glass of wine. “You cook a bit of olive oil, onion and tomato together, and then throw the pasta right in,” said Giordano, a biology professor. “It’s fresh, it’s healthy and it is the basis of an Italian diet.” He added that Italians, because of their diet, rank as the healthiest group of people in the world, according to the 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index. Giordano is the founder and director of the Sbarro Health Research Organization, which researches cures for diseases like cancer. The College of Science and Technology hosts the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, a branch of SHRO. Giordano, along with a team of scientists from the University of Siena in Italy and the National Cancer Institute of Naples, is exploring the Mediterranean diet ­— which commonly includes plant-based foods, olive oil, nuts and fish — and why it is ideal for increasing health by researching specific foods of the diet,

like tomatoes. Through his blind study of nearly 50 types of tomato seeds, Giordano found that the genetic makeup of two types of tomatoes can help slow and stop the spreading of gastric, or stomach, cancer cells. “The term, ‘We are what we eat,’ is true but we don’t actually understand the meaning of the cliche,” Giordano said. We go to a supermarket without truly knowing what is really healthy or what happens to

The term, ‘We are what we eat,’ is true but we don’t actually understand the meaning of the cliche. DR. ANTONIO GIORDANO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR

us when we eat certain foods. By conducting this research, we are unveiling exactly what it is about certain tomatoes that makes them healthy.” Giordano discovered that genetic characteristics of the San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes help block molecules involved in cell division, slowing and sometimes stopping the spread of cancer cells. “This means a lot for the field of medicine,” Giordano said. “It is proof that nutrition maintains a proper function of life. It illustrates the preventative steps a person should take with their diet at an early age to avoid certain diseases, like

gastric cancer, later in life.” But the tomatoes that Giordano and his team chose to use don’t come from just anywhere. Nestled in the hills of Calabria, Italy, farmers grow San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes. Their seeds grow well in the Southern Italian environment. “I believe scientific work should relate to social impact,” Giordano said. “We have conducted the research and made the discovery, the next step is figuring out how to grow the tomatoes here so that more people can implement them in their diet.” Giordano is currently studying the growth of San Marzano and Corbarino tomatoes and the Italian environments where they grow. He wants to reproduce the tomatoes on farms just outside of Philadelphia, as well as in Florida and California. He said he and his team will also be working with top American and Italian chefs to determine the ideal way to prepare and cook the tomatoes while still maintaining its health benefits. Giordano added that he will later apply similar research strategies to other foods like pasta. “Out of all the research I have done, this one is generating the most excitement and it has lots of potential,” Giordano said. “Our end goal is to create the ideal meal for each and every person to benefit from.”

VOICES “What are your thoughts on O’Connor Plaza being named after Patrick O’Connor, a university trustee and former lawyer for Bill Cosby?”


Sophomore Geography and urban studies Given recent incidents, they probably could have chosen someone else, but they probably do have a reason that they picked it. @patrick_bilow

DANIELLE DANIELS Senior Biochemistry

I don’t think it’s good that he represents someone who has allegedly raped, or has raped, someone.

VEENA PRAKRIYA / THE TEMPLE NEWS “Notes to Myself,” an exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center on Vine and Bodine streets, will run until Oct. 1.


NOTES or dress, and you unravel the whole thing,” Silberthau said. “Similarly, when you are correcting something little, you have to scrap the whole painting.” While creating pieces for the exhibition, the artists found that their art did not always look as they wanted it to. Accepting the occasional loss of work, Morrison-Hall said starting over is a natural part of the artistic process. “The painting goes where it

wants to go,” she said. “If it fails, I have no qualms with it.” Morrison-Hall often draws inspiration from from her childhood, titling works after places she frequented when she was younger. In “Notes to Myself,” her piece, “My Grandfather’s Grocery Store,” includes real photos from her family’s store in New York City. The painting was based on “the sentimentality for my grandparents,” she said. The name of the exhibition came from a series of MorrisonHall’s paintings, also titled “Notes

To Myself.” In many of her paintings in the series, she created symbols that resembled notes inspired by sheet music or liturgical missals — an instructional book for celebrating Mass. “I want it to look like a line from a text,” Morrison-Hall said. “It starts with lines, colors, and gets into composition.” @natasha_claudio


Sophomore Media studies and production I think that it’s not really up to us, I guess. It’s kind of out of our control. … It’s not really that big an issue, but if people have an issue it should be brought up.




PHILLY THRIFT STORE CELEBRATES 12 YEARS Philly AIDS Thrift held a block party outside of the store on 5th and Bainbridge streets last Saturday in honor of its 12th anniversary. Since its establishment in 2005, Philly AIDS Thrift has offered more than funky trinkets and vintage garb. The organization has raised more than $2 million to fight HIV/AIDS. The party included live music, carnival games, street performers and local vendors.


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Late department chair ‘made you notice the extraordinary’ Nicholas Kripal, who passed away last year, is featured in an exhibit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. BY MARY RAGLAND For The Temple News Nicholas Kripal had a knack for finding beauty in everyday objects, Rochelle Toner remembers. “If you had a dinner party, and it was in the summertime, in August, he would bring a beautiful bowl of mixed heirloom tomatoes that he had grown. So there would be purple ones and red ones and yellow ones and green ones,” said Toner, who served as Tyler’s dean from 1989 to 2002 and worked alongside Kripal. “It wasn’t just tomatoes, it wasn’t just tomato salad, it was this gorgeous thing in a beautiful bowl,” Toner added. “It wasn’t just a meal, it was elevated.” Kripal, who served as the chair of the crafts department, passed away last September after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He worked at Temple from 1985 to 2016. Now, his signature ceramic sculptures are featured in “Configuration,” an exhibit along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The exhibit is one of many events intended to celebrate the Parkway’s 100th anniversary. During the next 14 months, Parkway 100 will commemorate the Parkway’s centennial through tours, exhibits and performances. “Configuration” is on display at Park Towne Place, while other works of his sit on the second floor of the Tyler School of Art. Both exhibits will remain open until April 29. Kripal used kitchen objects like bowls and jello molds to craft his pieces. His large, winding clay sculptures, which are reminiscent of the Celtic knotwork seen in medieval Scottish churches, are also

featured in “Configuration.” “His work is interesting, beautifully made and has been presented internationally,” said Hester Stinnett, a printmaking professor at Tyler who worked with Kripal. “He takes these everyday objects and reworks them into beautiful sculpture,” said Patti Shwayder, the senior vice president of Aimco, one of the companies involved with the Parkway 100. “It not only gives us a chance to celebrate the art of the city, but it also reminds us of [the city’s] residents by using these everyday objects.” Kripal’s work often had strong spiritual and religious themes, Toner said. He was fascinated by churches and the skill and work that laborers put into building them, she added. “You can get this religious or spiritual feeling from art, where for a moment, you transcend the ordinary,” Toner said. “Nick’s work made you notice the extraordinary that he saw was always there.” Kripal’s role in the artistic community extended past the walls of Tyler. In 2004, he used his retirement savings to buy an abandoned plumbing warehouse and seafood processing building in Kensington. With Richard Hricko, a printmaking professor, Kripal transformed the dwelling into the Crane Arts Center, an affordable studio space for local artists. Kripal and Hricko weren’t sure if Crane Arts would be a success, Toner said. They took out loans to fund the project. Now, it’s a sprawling hub of galleries, studios and creative activity. “One thing led to another,” Toner said. “Again, taking something humble, and elevating it and making it beautiful. It’s a real theme there.” @maryeragland

ANGELA GERVASI / THE TEMPLE NEWS The work of Nicholas Kripal, who passed away last September, is featured in “Configuration,” an exhibit on display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until April 29.








Pop-up thrift shop at Columbia Plaza The Office of Sustainability will host a pop-up thrift shop today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Columbia Plaza on Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The clothing for sale was donated during last year’s residence hall move-out. All items are less than $10, with most jeans, sweaters and shirts priced under $3. All proceeds from the event will fund efforts to address food insecurity at Temple, according to theFacebook event page. -Ian Walker

Film about education in Strawberry Mansion screening at TPAC

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Temple Performing Arts Center will host a free screening of “The Philadelphia Project,” a 60-minute documentary that follows 16 students at Strawberry Mansion High School. After the screening, director Erahm Christopher will conduct a Q&A session moderated by Amira Smith, a Strawberry Mansion native and the director of marketing and multicultural affairs for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. To create the film, Christopher spent nine months teaching the students how to deconstruct narrative media to understand how artistic techniques affect the thoughts and beliefs of viewers. Christopher then documented his conversations with the students, when they used the methods they learned to express their own views on current events.

It’s one of many memories that surface for her when she thinks of Windsor. “I’ll never forget the stories and experiences that we shared, and the advice that she’s given,” Giampolo said. Last Tuesday, Windsor died at the age of 88. In 2013, Windsor toppled the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that refused to recognize same-sex marriage on the federal level. “It is so sad to not have her anymore,” said Malcolm Kenyatta, a 2012 communication alumnus. Kenyatta works as a board member of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and the senior coordinator at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. As a Temple student, he introduced a bill to implement gender-neutral bathrooms. There are more LGBTQ issues left to be solved, Kenyatta said, like violence against trans women of color. Still, Kenyatta said, Windsor’s actions held legacy and inspiration. Years after graduating from Temple, Windsor met Thea Spyer. The two women became engaged — a status they would carry for more than 40 years before marrying in the early 2000s. Windsor spoke constantly of her longtime fiancee, Giampolo said. “And it wasn’t always puppies and babies and roses. There were hard times. And they almost called it quits, and didn’t,” Giampolo said. In 1977, Spyer was diagnosed

with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system. By 2007, she was told she had one year left to live. Windsor and Spyer married in Toronto in 2007, where they could legally marry and returned to New York to live. When Spyer died in 2009, Spyer left her estate to Windsor, who was not eligible for spousal benefits and found herself drowning in federal estate taxes. Windsor owed more than $350,000 to the government — a debt that would not have existed if the federal government recognized samesex marriage. Exemption from federal estate taxes is one of the 1,138 federal benefits tied to the institution of marriage, Giampolo said. “If Thea was Theo, I would not have had to pay that,” Windsor told NPR in 2013. Windsor sued the government, and the case went to the Supreme Court. “She didn’t necessarily want to take the case, she was scared,” Giampolo said. “She had admitted being scared.” In June of 2013, Windsor v. U.S. overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. Two years later, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide. “We would have eventually got it, but [Windsor] started that snowball going,” Giampolo said. A year after DOMA’s downfall, Giampolo was asked to conduct a Q&A with Windsor at the Liacouras Center. Giampolo knew of Windsor,

but had never met her. She was hesitant at first, she said. “You can’t just ask me to meet the woman on the day of, and just pretend we have an intimate connection,” Giampolo said. “I have my own awestruckness, like, I gotta get over.” Weeks before the event, Giampolo stopped by Windsor’s home in New York City to review a list of questions. The meeting was supposed to be brief. The day before, Windsor had broken her nose walking into a glass door. She could only talk for a few minutes, she told Giampolo. “And then it turned into sort of a nine-hour marathon,” Giampolo said. Windsor told her stories and gave marriage advice. Giampolo went through a bottle of wine. Windsor drank two pots of coffee. Giampolo stopped at a deli and cooked Windsor a pot of matzo ball soup. Weeks later, they spoke at the Liacouras Center. As the event unfolded, Giampolo reached over and squeezed Windsor’s hand, she said. “It ended up being an intimate fireside chat,” Giampolo said. A wine and beer reception followed. The two snuck in a bottle of vodka for Windsor, who was allergic to wine. “That was really the beginning of our friendship,” Giampolo said. “She was a pitbull in a chihuahua’s body,” Giampolo said of Windsor, who stood at five feet tall. “Anyone can be an unlikely hero, just like she was.” @AngGervasi

-Ian Walker

Viral peace campaigner to speak on Main Campus Ken Nwadike, the founder of the Free Hugs Project, will speak about his viral peace campaign on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Room 200 of the Student Center. In response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Nwadike attended the race the following year to support runners with his “free hugs” sign. Since then, he has produced more than 90 YouTube videos documenting his motivational speeches and his interventions at protests and rallies. Nwadike has appeared on USA Today, CNN, BBC News and Good Morning Britain to discuss his goal of promoting peace and de-escalating violence at protests, riots and political rallies, according to the Free Hugs Project website. -Alaina DeLeone

Free pumpkin spice cold brew at Saxbys Saxbys will offer free small cups of pumpkin spice cold-brewed coffee on Friday to celebrate the first day of fall. Customers can redeem this offer at Temple’s location on 1902 Liacouras Walk or at one of the eight other participating locations in Philadelphia. In late August, Saxbys announced on Twitter that it would reintroduce pumpkin spice-flavored coffee for the season. Saxbys offers the flavor as both a cold brew and a latte. -Ian Walker

Edie Windsor, an advocate for LGBTQ rights, visited Main Campus in 2014. She passed away last Tuesday.


ALEONG disability, crafted a module on how police should interact with people with disabilities while on duty, which he plans to present to Temple Police leaders so the skills can be used in future officer training. As a member of the Police Advisory Commission, Aleong plans to bring attention to civil rights issues, he said. “On this advisory board, I’m going to make sure that all residents of Philadelphia, especially marginalized groups, feel safe and secure,” he said. “I’m also going to make sure that I help to make this OK country into a great country.” Community involvement is nothing new for Aleong. Since he came to Temple in 2015, Aleong has become intertwined with campus activism. He is a member of the Black Law Students Association, Pre-Law Division, the Black Student Union and Philadelphia’s NAACP. “I truly believe I am a better person for knowing and working with Aleong,” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services.

“Every day, I get to see a true hero coming to work and wanting to make the world a better place.” In July, Aleong advocated for people with disabilities at City Hall, speaking about the importance of Medicaid. Later that month, he traveled to Capitol Hill with Casey to deliver a speech on the Americans with Disabilities Act and commemorate the law’s the 27th anniversary. “Shawn is a daily inspiration showing his commitment and passion never letting his disability overshadow his constant positive attitude and accomplishments,” Leone said. Aleong points to his experience at Temple as one of his biggest influences. “Because I go to Temple, I feel like it’s my duty to advocate for minority groups and for people with and without disabilities,” Aleong said. “Being on Temple’s campus has taught me to be a better, more well-rounded person.” As part of Temple Student Government, Aleong serves as the deputy director of campus safety and works closely with Student Body President, Tyrell Mann-Barnes.


“Working with Shawn is an amazing experience every day,” MannBarnes said. “He comes in with new ideas daily that keep me on my toes.” One of his legal studies professors, James Lammendola, recalls meeting Aleong before he was even enrolled in Lammendola’s class. “His keen interest and passion for law was apparent, especially social justice issues and the area of disability law,” Lammendola wrote in an email. “He would ask about the challenges of practicing law and what it was like.” When Lammendola taught Law and Society, Aleong was constantly contributing to class discussion, the professor wrote. “He reminds me of the good in the world when the bad gets me down,” Lammendola wrote. “People like Aleong validate my decision to leave the practice of law for academics. He is an example of a person who takes advantage of opportunities and appears to create them.” @thetemplenews




Confidence is the ‘biggest difference’ in junior’s play Backer Nellie Doyle has played all 490 minutes of Temple’s games. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Field Hockey Beat Reporter No matter the circumstances of the game, Nellie Doyle knows she can rely on the constant support of her teammates on the sideline. She knows her teammates have her back every day, every play. Doyle only played in three games as a freshman in 2015 before playing in 14 games and making four starts as a sophomore. Last season, Doyle played the 16th-most minutes of the 19 Owls

who played. This year, the junior backer has played in every minute of Temple’s seven games. Sophomore backer Becky Gerhart is the only other player to do so. Coach Marybeth Freeman watched Doyle develop over the past three seasons and has praised her. Freeman said Doyle played the best game of her career on Sept. 1 against Penn State, when she made a defensive save in the Owls’ 5-0 loss. “I’ve had more confidence in Nellie this season because Nellie has more confidence in herself this season,” Freeman said. “She is coupling her work ethic with her hockey IQ. She has just learned a tremendous amount from her experiences. She is like a sponge, and she continues

to grow every practice, every workout and game.” With the increase in playing time, Doyle has naturally seen her role grow. Doyle hopes to anchor the defensive core with Gerhart this year, and the two will play together for one more year in 2018. The Owls’ backfield has been tested often early in the season. Temple faces an average of 18 shots per game. The two goalies who’ve played this season, with sophomore Maddie Lilliock serving as the primary netminder, make an average of 8.43 saves per game, which is tied for the ninth-highest number in Division I. Temple, like the other teams in the top 10 of the statistical category, doesn’t have a winning record. With constant pressure on the defense, the Owls have recorded the most defensive saves in Division I with eight. Doyle is tied for the team lead of two defensive saves with freshman midfielder Dani Batze and redshirt-junior midfielder Ashley Kucera. Early in the season, Temple has struggled offensively, only scoring nine goals in seven games. To help out her forwards from the backfield, Doyle has been called on to play “big balls,” or plays where she takes the ball from the defensive side of the field and makes a long pass upfield to give her teammates room to make a play and score a goal. She didn’t earn an assist on the play, but Doyle’s takeaway and pass upfield to senior midfielder Rachael Mueller led to senior midfielder and forward Maiyah Brown’s goal on Friday against Providence College. Before this season, Doyle did not have the confidence to execute the plays she has been asked to make, she said. “I’ve just become smarter on the field and that has come with the confidence, and I’ve been able to make plays that I would’ve never even tried my freshman and sophomore year,” Doyle said. “It really helps to just get the support from your teammates and coaches to try to make these plays and not be afraid of mistakes. That’s the biggest difference.” @_kevinschaeffer

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior defender Nellie Doyle makes a pass during practice on Sept. 10 at Howarth Field.


OFFENSE seph’s. Villanova’s goalkeeper stopped Grasela’s initial shot on a penalty kick, but he knocked home the rebound to score the only goal in Temple’s win. Three goals don’t seem like much, especially compared to last season. In the first six games, the Owls had scored 12 goals. “We haven’t been scoring that much and that’s one of the reasons why we are not winning as many games as we thought,” sophomore midfielder Albert Moreno said. “So I think that we have to improve in this aspect of the game.” Temple has outshot its opponents in every game except Saturday, but the Owls have not put up similar numbers to last season. Temple has recorded 74 shots. Last season through the same number of games, the Owls registered 105 shots, averaging 17.5 attempts per game. “It definitely is frustrating because we sometimes have a lot of chances, but we can’t score,” Moreno said. “But we think that we have

to keep trying and try to get them on target.” Temple’s scoring struggles stem, in part, from the loss of forward Jorge Gomez Sanchez. He scored 14 goals in his senior season in 2016 and recorded three assists. Gomez Sanchez scored 60.9 percent of Temple’s goals last year. MacWilliams hopes Jokinen will help fill the scoring void Gomez Sanchez left when he graduated. Jokinen finished second on the team in scoring last year behind Gomez Sanchez with three goals and six assists. MacWilliams also envisions Candia, Moreno and junior midfielder and forward Jordan Wix Rauch as potential scorers. The three players have combined for nine points in their careers. “I always knew how important Jorge was,” MacWilliams said. “When he’s involved in 75 percent of your scoring, that’s an awful lot. Now we’ve got to find other guys who are able to do that. Not one guy is going to do it like Jorge, but we’ve got to find a number of guys to score.” “We’re mixing the lineup, we’re trying to find the right combina-

tions and trying to see what can give us more opportunities to score,” MacWilliams added. The Owls have also worked to improve their passing, particularly in the offensive third of the field. With more accurate passing in Temple’s offensive zone, the Owls have a better chance of setting up an opportunity for a shot on goal, MacWilliams said. Part of improving movement and passing in front of the net is knowing the tendencies of who is on the field, Candia said. For Candia, who has the second-most shots on the team with 12, figuring out these patterns in his first year at Temple after moving from France has been difficult. “I think we need to improve our chemistry with players because I just knew the guys [for] one month, so I need to improve the chemistry to know their placements, their runs on the field,” Candia said. “With a good integration, hopefully, I’m going to score some goals and some assists to help the team.” @CaptainAMAURAca


Underclassmen achieve career milestones in win against Massachusetts Temple did something it hasn’t done in two years in its 29-21 victory against the University of Massachusetts on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple had nine sacks, which is the most sacks the Owls have recorded in a game since they had 10 against Penn State on Sept. 5, 2015. Sophomore linebacker Sam Franklin and redshirtfreshman linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley each registered their first career sacks in the contest. In Temple’s 10-sack performance against Penn State in 2015, the sack leaders were both seniors. Sophomore kicker Aaron Boumerhi bested the then career-long, 49-yard game-winning field goal he hit against Villanova in Week 2. In the third quarter against the Minutemen, he hit a 52-yard field goal. Boumerhi’s 52-yarder is the longest field goal made by a Temple kicker since current Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus hit a 53-yard field goal against Villanova on Sept. 3, 2010. -Tom Ignudo

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / FILE PHOTO Sophomore kicker Aaron Boumerhi attempts a field goal in Temple’s win against Villanova on Sept. 9 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Former tailback works out for New England Patriots Jahad Thomas, who played for Temple from 201316, was among the players who worked out with the New England Patriots last week, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported. Thomas signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in April and practiced with the team in training camp until his release on July 29. He signed with the New York Jets in late August but didn’t make the team’s final 53-man roster after the preseason. Thomas earned American Athletic Conference first-team selection in 2015 and second-team distinction last season. He graduated as the sixthleading rusher in program history with 2,599 yards. -Evan Easterling

Two players receive weekly conference honors Two football players were honored for their performances in Temple’s 29-21 win against the University of Massachusetts last Friday. Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Quincy Roche was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week after he piled up three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He leads the American Athletic Conference in sacks with four. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi landed on the American’s Weekly Honor list. Marchi completed 22-of-37 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Marchi has thrown for more than 240 yards through three games this season and has yet to commit a turnover. Marchi has also spread the ball on the offense to several different receivers. In three games, he’s connected with more than eight receivers two times. -Tom Ignudo @TTN_Sports




Offensive depth leads to higher scoring output With 10 games left, Temple has surpassed 2016’s goal total. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter After their eight-goal outburst on Sunday against Delaware State University, the Owls have 17 goals — more than they scored all last season. In 2016, the Owls averaged 0.74 goals per game, netting 14 goals in their 19 games. The Owls are averaging 2.13 goals per game this season. They are on pace for 38 — more than double last year’s total. “I think the difference this year has just been executing,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “We had opportunities last year. We just continuously struggled to convert on them.” The Owls made 7.3 percent of their attempted shots last season, compared to 12.8 percent in 2017. The team is also creating more scoring opportunities. Temple has attempted 16.6 shots per game this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s 10.1 shots per game. “It also helps that there’s healthy competition within the team,” O’Connor said. “Last year it was easy for girls to get comfortable. This year we’ve been going 19 to 20 players deep in some games, so everyone must continue working for their playing time.” Because of the team’s depth, the use of advanced analytics has been key, O’Connor added. The fifth-year coach and his staff use InStat Scout to size up opponents. The program tracks player com-


QUARTERBACKS Collins said Temple prepared for Centeio to see game action against UMass. The Owls were working on the packages for the past three weeks, he said. Whether Marchi or Centeio was in at quarterback, Patenaude called read options and plays that rolled them out of the pocket. On Centeio’s first play, the Owls had four players with the potential to run the ball on the field. Temple lined up in the shotgun with junior running back Jager Gardner and redshirt-junior running back David Hood in a split backfield. Sophomore wideout Isaiah Wright, who ran for 232 yards and played some quarterback in the wildcat formation last year, lined up in the slot. A holding penalty on redshirt-senior offensive lineman Brian Carter pushed the Owls back 10 yards after Centeio gained four yards on his first carry. But following the flag, Centeio established a rhythm on offense. Two plays after Carter’s penalty, Centeio faked the handoff to Gardner and rolled out to his right. With UMass redshirtsenior defensive lineman ShaKi Holines rushing toward him, he delivered an 11-yard strike to sophomore wideout Randle Jones. Centeio then kept the ball on a read-option play for six yards and a first down. Centeio was pulled for Marchi on the final play of the drive because Temple “exhausted what the package was for the week,” Collins said. He came out for one more play on Temple’s next possession and handed the ball to Jones on an end around. Marchi reentered the game after the play, and Centeio didn’t return. Marchi’s play wasn’t smooth @TTN_Sports

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior forward Gabriella McKeown scores against Delaware State University junior goalkeeper Leslie Fazio in the 14th minute of Temple’s 8-0 win on Sunday at the Temple Sports Complex.

binations that lead to more scoring opportunities and singles out zones of the field that could be better utilized. “It can be a great tool when you’re trying to coach a player to do something a little bit differently,” O’Connor said. “Sometimes just telling them to do something to create more scoring opportunities isn’t as effective as actually showing them.” “Playing different roles or playing with so many different combinations of players is different than how I used to play in my

to start the game, Patenaude said. Prior to Centeio taking his first snap, Marchi completed two of his five passes for 23 yards. Marchi followed Centeio’s first possession by completing 9-of-15 attempts for 89 yards to end the first half. He threw touchdowns to senior wideout Adonis Jennings and redshirt-senior wideout Keith Kirkwood in the second quarter. “[Centeio] handled himself really well,” Patenaude said. “He gives us some athleticism. He takes some of the load off of Logan. It’s not only that you’re subbing a guy in and out, but you’re also giving the other quarterback a chance to take a breath, recompose himself and have a guy go in that can change the pace of the game.” Marchi and Centeio combined for nine rushing attempts against the Minutemen. Patenaude said he expects the quarterback run game to be a big part of Temple’s offense in the future. While Patenaude was the offensive coordinator for Coastal Carolina University from 201216, his quarterbacks had more than 100 rushing attempts in four of the five seasons. He also has experience using more than one quarterback. Last season at Coastal Carolina, he played seven quarterbacks. Marchi wasn’t worried about getting taken out of his rhythm after Centeio substituted into the game for him. Instead, he was glad to see Centeio perform well in his debut. “We got a great relationship between the quarterback group and we’re all rooting for each other,” Marchi said. @TomIgnudo

career before Temple,” freshman midfielder Emma Wilkins said. “I think this is better though because you can get so many positive elements from everyone’s game more so this way.” Temple has received offensive contributions from several players. Seven players scored in the team’s win on Sunday against Delaware State. Junior forward Kerri McGinley, who only played nine games and recorded five shots last season, leads the team with eight points. She had a goal and an assist off

the bench on Sunday. McGinley is tied with senior forward Gabriella McKeown for the team lead with three goals. Seven of the 13 players who have recorded points are freshmen or sophomores. Wilkins and freshman midfielder Julia Dolan have combined for seven points. Dolan scored her first goal with a game-winner in overtime to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson University in the season opener. Wilkins, who led Absegami High School in South Jersey in goals during her senior season, has

continued finding the back of the net with the Owls. She scored two goals in a 3-1 win against Rider University on Aug. 31 and assisted McKeown’s first goal of the season in a 2-0 win against Mount St. Mary’s University on Sept. 3. “A lot of the freshmen that have come in have definitely helped in converting on more scoring chances,” McKeown said. “We also have a lot of people who can come off the bench and play just as well as a lot of the starters.” O’Connor said the midfield depth that exists was not there in 2016. As a result, McKeown has assumed the role of an attacking player this season. “Wherever I’m needed most I feel comfortable playing,” McKeown said. “It’s definitely a little bit easier when I’m playing on offense, but I like being able to run up and down the field and play defense as a midfielder too.” O’Connor doesn’t remember having this much depth on any other team he has coached, he said. He enjoys having several on-field combinations that work well together and put goals on the scoreboard. “You start figuring out who is comfortable passing to who or which players mesh best together,” O’Connor said. “Having this many options to play with is just something I’ve never had at my disposal before.” @dan_wilson4

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Quincy Roche tackles UMass redshirt-junior quarterback Andrew Ford in the first half of Temple’s 29-21 win on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.


SACKS Temple’s nine sacks on Friday was its highest total since the 10 it recorded in 2015 against Penn State. The Owls’ next challenge is on the road Thursday against South Florida, the No. 21 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 and preseason conference favorite. The Bulls set a new school record

against an FBS opponent on Friday with 680 yards against the University of Illinois. Bulls senior Quinton Flowers is a dual-threat quarterback. He rushed for more than 100 yards in eight different games last season and threw for 250 or more yards four times. But Flowers’ offensive line has allowed pressure so far this season. The Bulls are tied for 98th in sacks allowed per game. Pressur-

ing Flowers will be key if Temple is to pull off an upset in its American Athletic Conference opener. “They’re a very good team [with] a lot of explosive guys, but I think we have some great guys on defense that can match up with those guys, too,” Martin said. @Evan_Easterling @thetemplenews




Wichita State’s addition betters Owls’ playoff chances The Owls open play in The American Friday against first-year league foe and perennial power Wichita State. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter

CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior outside hitter Irem Asci serves to Boston College during the Owls’ home-opening win on Sept. 8.

For the past three seasons, Temple has been a top-three team in the American Athletic Conference. Despite being competitive in its conference, the Owls have not played in the postseason since 2002. Even with a Ratings Percentage Index ranking of 47 in 2016, Temple failed to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. With the addition of Wichita State to The American in July, Temple may have a stronger chance to play postseason volleyball for the first time in 15 years. The Owls (4-4) open conference play against Wichita State on Friday at 7 p.m. in McGonigle Hall. The Shockers (8-3) will be Temple’s first opponent that has received a ranking this year. The Shockers are ranked No. 24 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Wichita State upset No. 8 Creighton University on Friday. Beating the Shockers would give Temple a quality win and RPI boost to start league play. The American had the sixth highest RPI of any conference last season. The addition of Wichita State may boost the conference’s reputation for the selection committee, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam said. “For us to open the [conference] season with them is actually really positive,” senior outside hitter Dara Peric said. “We get to see who they are and they get to see who we are.” Wichita State previously played in the Missouri Valley Conference, a league it dominated. The Shockers have won 20 or more games in 14 consecutive seasons and are on pace to do so again. The Shockers are coming off a 24-8 season and NCAA tournament appearance. The Shockers are one of three teams in The American that played in the 2016 NCAA tournament. Southern Methodist and Cincinnati earned seeds in the tournament after finishing as the two best teams in The Amer-

ican, respectively. Wichita State’s experience and skill provide a good test for Temple to see how well it measures up against a proven veteran team, Ganesharatnam said. The Shockers returned four starters, including senior middle blocker Abbie Lehman, a three-time honorable mention All-American. “[Wichita State] adds a lot of competition and speed to the conference,” senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz said. “We’ve done research on them and heard about them. Them getting added to our conference is a privilege. It makes our conference that much better.” The renewal of a second playoff tournament also gives Temple a higher possibility of playing in the postseason. This year, the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Tournament Championship will be reinstated. The NIVC was originally introduced in 1989 as a 20-team tournament after high demand for another postseason tournament within the volleyball community. The tournament lasted until its discontinuation after the 1995 season. The 2017 revival of the NIVC will feature single-elimination games in a 64-team field. The 64 teams selected to play in the tournament will be announced on Nov. 26 after teams are selected for the NCAA tournament. The NIVC will select the best team from the 32 conferences that didn’t receive NCAA berths and offer 32 at-large bids to the top remaining teams. Had the NIVC existed from 2014 to 2016, a span when the Owls won 74.5 percent of their games, Temple would have been near the top of the field. Though the NIVC’s reinstatement gives more teams an opportunity to play for a championship, Temple has its eyes set on the NCAA tournament. “We never talk about it,” senior middle blocker Janine Simmons said. “Our goal is very much set on the NCAAs. It would obviously be great to play postseason volleyball anywhere, but definitely our team goal is to play in the NCAA tournament.” @AustinPaulAmp


Quinn: ‘We aren’t afraid to play anymore’ Temple won the first event of its season, and coach Brian Quinn said he has his most talented team. BY ANDREW MASTERSON Golf Beat Reporter As Dawson Anders walked off the green on the 18th hole of a June tournament after drilling a 40-foot birdie putt, a hint of optimism was gleaned about his future. The putt qualified him for the match play portion of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Boys’ Championship, which he eventually won. Fast forward three months and Anders is now a freshman and looking forward to a new season with Temple’s golf team. After a last-place showing in the American Athletic Conference championship to end the 201617 season, the young team has worked to learn from last year’s mistakes. Coach Brian Quinn said junior Trey Wren and redshirt junior John Barone have become leaders, “sharing their knowledge and their positive attitudes with the younger guys.” Temple’s starting five of Anders, Barone, Wren, and juniors Sam Soeth and Gary McCabe played in the season’s first event this past weekend. The Owls won the Cornell Invitational on Saturday and Sunday in Ithaca, New York. Temple placed eighth at the event last year. “This is without a doubt in my career, my most talented team,” Quinn said. “[On Sunday] they finished like champions.” The Owls have a combined eight freshmen, sophomores and redshirt sophomores out of 14 golfers. Anders, one of Temple’s

three freshmen, concentrated mainly on staying even-keeled on the course this summer. Anders is making the transition from high school to college golf, but he doesn’t have to become accustomed to the expectations of a new coach. Quinn, who is in his 11th season coaching the program, is Anders’ year-round instructor at his academy in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. “He is an excellent swing coach,” Anders said. “He has really helped me elevate my game to where I want it to be, and he’s gonna help me get even better from here.” From 2012-16, Quinn coached Brandon Matthews, Temple’s first All-American since 1988, who won a PGA Tour Latinoamérica event in March. But Quinn said Anders is “my best on-paper recruit that I’ve ever had.” He also called Anders “one of the most dominant juniors in Pennsylvania in the past three to four years.” Anders also knew sophomore Marty McGuckin from previous competition. McGuckin and Anders played against each other at the GAP Junior Boys tournament in 2016. McGuckin, who “beat me good,” Anders said, inspired him to come to Temple and work hard. The two now live together in Morgan Hall, Anders said. McGuckin also had a notable summer on the course. He competed at the Jay Sigel Match Play at the Country Club of Scranton with playing partner Sean Knapp. Knapp had just won the United States Senior Amateur a few weeks back. After seeing that caliber of player beat him, McGuckin said he was reminded of the level of play he needs to maintain going into the season. McGuckin’s finished tied for 25th at the Golf Association of Philadelphia Open later

that July, firing off rounds of 70 and 77. He played as an individual on Saturday and Sunday in Ithaca, New York and tied for 10th. “You can’t play mediocre golf and win matches, especially in those kinds of tournaments,” McGuckin said. “You have to play your A-game to win. Even though I had my best stuff, [Knapp] beat me.” “I was very proud of the way Marty played this summer,” Quinn said. “He is going to be an integral part of our program for the next three years.”

His team may be young, but Quinn feels it has carried over a lot of experience from last season. “If the coach does his job, we should be right on course,” Quinn said. “We have the talent. I don’t know what place we are gonna finish in and I don’t know where we’re gonna be at the conference championship, but I know this, we aren’t afraid to play anymore.” @Vandr3w

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman Dawson Anders practices on the driving range at BQ Golf Academy in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. @TTN_Sports





QB rush attack develops against UMass Redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi and freshman Todd Centeio combined for nine carries in Temple’s 29-21 win. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi scrambles during Temple’s 29-21 win against the University of Massachusetts on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.


he special packages that coach Geoff Collins mentioned during preseason were revealed in Friday night’s game against the University of Massachusetts. In the second quarter, freshman quarterback Todd Centeio made his college debut after redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi got the starting nod for the third consecutive game. Centeio ran a total of seven plays — he completed both of his passing attempts for 20 yards and rushed for 10 yards on two carries as Temple beat UMass 29-21 at Lincoln Financial Field. He became the first Temple freshman quarterback to see game action since Phillip Walker against Fordham University in 2013. Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said Centeio has developed faster than a typical freshman, but he would only start in a game due to other players’ injuries. Collins and Patenaude each said Centeio’s packages will be expanded in the future. “[Centeio’s] got great intangibles, he’s a gamer,” Patenaude said.



Front seven rises to coaching staff’s challenge with 9-sack performance Redshirt freshman Quincy Roche had three sacks against UMass on Friday. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior midfielder Hermann Doerner passes during Monday’s practice at the Temple Sports Complex.

‘We’ve got to find a number of guys to score’ After losing last year’s leading scorer, Temple is 1-4-1 and averaging less than one goal per game. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter In the 31st minute of Temple’s game against Rider University on Sept. 3, sophomore forward Thibault Candia’s shot was blocked. About five minutes later, sophomore midfielder Nick Sarver sent off a crisp, hard shot that went just over the net. Shots from Candia and senior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen followed that play, but neither found twine. The night continued like this until the Owls lost, 1-0, in overtime. Temple’s loss to Rider was the second of

its four defeats this season. Temple lost via a shutout for the third game in a row on Saturday against Fairfield University. The Owls are 1-4-1 and haven’t won a game since Aug. 29 against Villanova. Despite creating opportunities, the Owls have struggled to score this season, tallying just three goals in six games. “We are outshooting teams, so we just got to find a way to get one or two of those in,” coach David MacWilliams said. “I think right now the guys are pressing a little bit more because they know we need to score.” Through the first six games, Jokinen and redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela are the team’s only goal-scorers. Two of the team’s three goals derived from a penaltykick opportunity. Jokinen scored the first of his two goals this season on a penalty kick in the team’s season opener against St. Jo-


Early in Temple’s week of preparation for Friday’s game, Quincy Roche told junior safety Delvon Randall that the University of Massachusetts’ offensive line wouldn’t be able to block him. He was right. Roche made eight tackles, four of which for loss, in Temple’s 29-21 win at Lincoln Financial Field. The redshirtfreshman defensive lineman sacked Massachusetts redshirt-junior quarterback Andrew Ford three times. He frequently matched up against UMass sophomore Ray Thomas-Ishman Sr., a 350-pound lineman. “Quincy is a tremendous player, but that performance today, it shocked me,” redshirt-senior cornerback Mike Jones said. “He makes a lot of plays in practice, but that was a big-time stage for him to make all those plays.” Roche recorded the Owls’ first three-sack performance since former linebacker Tyler Matakevich dropped Christian Hackenberg three times in Temple’s win against Penn State in 2015. After the Owls allowed 47 yards on third-down plays on the Minutemen’s first drive, Temple responded with three consecutive tackles for loss on UMass’s second drive. Roche started the sequence by sacking Ford and taking down sophomore running back Bilal Ally for a 1-yard loss. UMass started a drive looking for late first-half points after falling behind

by three with one minute and four seconds left in the second quarter. Roche sacked Ford and forced a fumble on the first play. After the ball bounced around momentarily, Roche fell on it to set up the Owls’ offense in the red zone. UMass had an opportunity to score before halftime and receive the secondhalf kickoff. Instead, the play helped the Owls score their second touchdown in a 54-second span. The Minutemen entered Friday’s game with 63 first downs. Nearly twothirds of them came on pass plays. Roche said the team anticipated that Massachusetts would feature the passing game. Through its first two games, Temple’s defense had a havoc rate — a measure of the percentage of plays where a tackle for loss, forced fumble or pass defense occurred — of 16.6 percent, which was just below the Football Bowl Subdivision average. With nine sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups, the Owls had a havoc rate of 20.8 percent on Friday. Eleven defensive linemen rotated in and out of the game so the team would have fresh pass rushers. Coach Geoff Collins said Temple used twists and straight rushes and other methods to hurry Ford. “Our goals on defense this week were to get after the quarterback,” said senior defensive lineman Jacob Martin, who had three tackles and a sack. “That was out of the D-ends’ rush and letting the inside guys play some games on the inside. … We were challenged early in the week to take over the game, and I believe we took the game over tonight.”






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