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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

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Students call for BOT chair to step down A student organization spoke out against the dedication of the newly renovated Founder’s Garden. BY JULIE CHRISTIE Enterprise Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Founder’s Garden was dedicated to Patrick O’Connor, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Marie, on Sept. 14. The student organization Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is calling for the university to remove his name from the plaza and for him to step down from the Board.

The Founder’s Garden at Liacouras and Polett walks was officially dedicated to O’Connor Plaza on Sept. 14 after Board of Trustee Chairman Patrick O’Connor. In response, the student organization Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance called for O’Connor’s name to be removed and for him to step down from his role as chairman of the Board on Saturday. FMLA cited O’Connor’s relationship with Bill Cosby as grounds for its statement — specifically the fact that O’Connor defended Cosby in 2005 when former university employee Andrea Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby for sexual assault. “This action shows a lack of respect and disregard Temple has for survivors of sexual assault, and we find it counterproductive that this was unveiled during the newly implemented Sexual Assault Prevention Week,” the statement read. This is not the first time a student or

university organization has criticized O’Connor for defending Cosby against a former university employee. O’Connor Plaza, which was formally dedicated to O’Connor and his wife Marie, includes a plaque that praises their leadership and for providing “life-changing opportunities for [Temple’s] students and others.” The Board approved $2.9 million for landscaping improvements to the Founder’s Garden at a meeting in March. According to the university’s campus operations site, the update cost $3.5 million. A university spokesman said O’Connor’s seven-figure donation and a gift from another trustee supplemented a “large part” of the renovations, which are part of the university’s Verdant Temple plan. THE UNIVERSITY’S RESPONSE “I have been at Temple for more than 40 years; I can say without reservation that few persons have done as much for Temple University as Patrick J. O’Connor and his wife, Marie O’Connor,” President Richard Englert wrote in a statement to The Temple News. “Their commitment to the Temple mission and to student welfare is legendary.”

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LGBTQ law students, alumni paired The OutLaw Alumni Mentorship Program will help LGBTQ law students answer questions about their careers. BY MADDIE HAMMELL For The Temple News When second-year law student Jasper Katz met a successful LGBTQ lawyer who shared their identity, Katz was so moved that they began to cry. Now, Katz is determined to ensure that other LGBTQ law students find similar role models in LGBTQ alumni. Katz is the president of OutLaw, the Beasley School of Law LGBTQ mentorship program. Though OutLaw has been offering student-to-student mentorship programs for more than a decade, Katz knew the members needed more. OutLaw’s Alumni Mentorship Program, launched at the beginning of Fall 2017, aims to provide LGBTQ students with the additional support they may need as LGBTQ lawyers. LGBTQ students at Temple will be paired with LGBTQ Temple alumni who are practicing law. “Aside from professional networking and gaining exposure to different fields of law, the focus was really on how we could make sure that LGBTQ law students are seeing themselves reflected in the profession they’ve chosen to join,” Katz said. Katz said this program is filling a void for LGBTQ students studying law because laws have often been used to oppress these identities. “The law, as a field...was not designed with LGBTQ folks in mind,” they said. “When LGBTQ folks were in mind, it was most often in a negative capacity. So the law was used to attack us for a really long time, or to ignore us.” “There’s also a sort of added element of reconciling, like how do I use this tool for us when it has so often been used against us?” they added. “How do I justify being a part of a system that, for lack of a better word, attacks me and the people I care about, and other folks in other communities that we should also care about?” The Alumni Mentorship Program matches its student members with local LGBTQ-identifying lawyers. Katz collaborated with the law school to

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JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Angela Beale, a kinesiology professor, reviews swimming skills with students before a water exam in Pearson Hall pool 31 on Thursday.

Professor teaches swimming to North Philadelphia youth Angela Beale, a kinesiology professor, started the program A Stroke in the Right Direction. BY HADIYAH WEAVER For The Temple News At only 10 years old, Angela Beale and her 11-year-old sister tried out for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation diving team — without knowing how to swim. “My sister told me to dive in, and flap my arms like a bird, and I’ll come up,” Beale said. “So that’s what I did.” The young girls made the team. Beale, now a kinesiology professor, said the act first sparked her passion for swimming and ultimately landed her an athletic scholarship from Howard University. It also inspired her to create the water safety and swimming program A Stroke in the Right Direction. The program is partnered with the American Red Cross and welcomes participants of all ages, focusing primarily on youth. The lessons focus on swimming and life skills like self-control, responsibility and respect. A Stroke in the Right Direction is a continuation of

Beale’s previous work with Project Guard: Make a Splash, a collaborative water safety education program with the USA Swimming Foundation, that she taught at Adelphi University in New York. Beale, a member of the American Red Cross and the Scientific Advisory Board, said learning about alarming drowning rates fueled her interest in water safety. Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1999 and 2010, African-Americans have died from drownings at a significantly higher rate than that of whites across all ages. The widest disparity is among those ages 5 to 18 years old, according to the CDC. “You’re already a statistic when you’re born Black in America and your mom isn’t married, or if you’re a young lady who’s not pregnant by sixteen, or if you aren’t from a two-parent household,” Beale said. “Oftentimes when you have all those barriers, you try to figure out, ‘Where can I make my impact?’ And swimming opened the door for me to have those opportunities.” In her work now, Beale wants to teach water safety

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Researchers at Temple University Hospital received $11.6 million to use stem cells to repair hearts. Read more on Page 2.

A student wrote a Letter to the Editor urging the university to protect Dreamers. Read more on Page 4.

As part of a Mural Arts Program exhibit, a creative writing alumna will host a poetry event in Logan Square. Read more on Page 7.

Redshirt sophomore Chapelle Russell lived with his high school coach’s parents before he came to Temple. Read more on Page 16.


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STUDENT ACTIVITIES

STARS program revamped with students’ help Student Activities cut the amount of training for student organizations. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News The Student Training Rewards System Program, also known as the STARS Program, is getting revamped by Student Activities to be more engaging and accessible. Program Coordinator for Student Organizations Asha Brown has been working with student organizations to make changes to the program, issuing a call for student proposals since she joined the university in August. Since cutting down the number of required workshops and changing the program’s content, attendance has nearly doubled from last year, Brown said. WHAT IS STARS?

The STARS Program is an encouraged and voluntary incentivebased training program for student organizations who want to be endorsed by the university, according to the Student Activities website. Once organizations complete a level of training, they are eligible to receive a “stars” rating. The rewards vary per “star” level and are meant to incentivize students to complete the program training. The “stars” rating goes from one to four. WHAT ARE THE STARS INCENTIVES?

If a student organization earns one star, they are eligible to create

an Owl Connect page for their organization, to apply for up to $500 per semester in Temple Student Government funds and can request a meeting space on campus. The more “stars” an organization receives, the more funding and networking opportunities it can access. Organizations can move up in levels by completing certain workshops. Through the training, organizations can move up from requesting an on-campus meeting space to eligibility for an official space in The Village. “Through the STARS Program, we provide leadership and organizational development for student organizations,” Brown said. She hopes to make the training more appealing for students in her new role. The training program focuses on teaching students skills like teamwork and fundraising. Brown took feedback from student surveys in the beginning of the year to help with reconstructing the program. Brown has been asking students to send proposals for workshops so they can learn about skills they’re interested in or teach programs about skills they already have gained. STUDENT RESPONSE

“[STARS trainings] basically give you tips and tricks of how your organization should work as you complete it,” said Nichole Humbrecht, a senior engineering fundamentals major and senior director of operations for HootaThon. Humbrecht is the STARS coordinator for the organization. “I definitely think [Brown is] taking a more hands-on approach,” she added. “She’s really making the

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman biology major Mei Lin Zhao (left) and sophomore pharmaceutical science major Stephen Yip spend down time in The Village, the home of student organizational offices.

attempt to get out there in person. You can target what workshops you think work best for your organization while still going to those fundamental ones that your organization definitely needs.” “I believe in the wealth of knowledge students have, and I want students to be able to share that,” Brown said. “I want them to be able to talk about the issues that their organization may face because of maybe their cultural or different identity associations. I want them to talk about things that are relevant to them. I want them to teach each other.” “The changes are really cool because in previous years you had to do a certain amount of workshops to gain stars,” said Faithe Beadle, a junior psychology major,

STARS Conflict Education Resource Team peer and a member of TSG. “Asha got rid of a lot of requirements and made it easier to complete the program.” Beadle and CERT peer and senior social work major Sarah Kim, who is also a member of Alpha Delta Mu, teach workshops about conflict resolution to other student organizations and help them gain “stars.” Students had to go through the CERT peers to get their stars, and were often unsure how to do so, Kim said. To make the program more understandable and accessible, Brown added a workshop just for executive boards to explain what student organizations need to do to earn these stars. “I like being transparent with

students,” Brown said. “I want them to like what they’re attending, and I think that’s helping me build better relationships with students.” Brown hopes that by consulting students about their interests that the program will be more effective. She added she is willing to attend student organizations’ events as a regular participant to get a better understanding of their organizations. “I tell students that if they give me a little bit of work, because it is incentive-based, I’ll give them everything else they need,” Brown said. “I don’t want them to be stressed over getting involved.” julia.boyd@temple.edu @JuliaKBoyd

RESEARCH

TUH receives funding to repair hearts with stem cells Researchers will use the grant to find a way to repair hearts using stem cells. BY TARA KLEPONIS For The Temple News

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Raj Kishore, the principal investigator for an $11.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is working at Temple University Hospital to discover new possibilities in stem cell treatments for heart repair and regeneration.

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Temple University Hospital received an $11.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to repair hearts using stem cells. Dr. Raj Kishore, the study’s principal investigator and the director of the Stem Cell Therapy Program at Temple’s Center for Translational Medicine, and Dr. Steven Houser, senior associate dean of research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. They are developing an approach to decrease heart disease using exosomes — small packages that transfer “important information” between cells — pulled from a person’s stem cells, Kishore said. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing more people each year than cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a heart attack is not treated quickly, the heart’s affected muscles die and turn to scar tissue, causing the organ to stiffen and pump less blood throughout the body. This can then cause heart failure. Kishore said his team aims to find a way to repair the heart after heart complications to keep a patient from dying. Extracting exosomes from stem cells is essential because the exosomes can be implanted into the affected heart muscles without being wiped away like stem cells would. The exosomes still carry information from the stem cells, like proteins, Kishore said. Since heart muscle cannot regenerate on

its own, the researchers will use exosomes from stem cells, which can be refigured into a new kind of cell, in order to regenerate the dead heart muscles. Kishore said the stem cells that will be used in their research will not come from embryos, which has been highly debated in the medical field. Instead, the stem cells will come from the patient’s own body. The cells come from two locations — the heart and bone marrow. Kishore and his team start their process by locating and removing stem cells, growing the cells in large numbers and then putting the cells into the heart. Because stem cells come from the patient’s own body, they will not be rejected. Kishore’s team is testing if stem cells will make new muscles and ultimately combat heart failure when cells are retouched and placed into a patient’s failing body. Although the team is looking at stem cells to repair hearts, the cells do not make the heart completely healthy. Stem cell additions only prolong the lives of people with heart disease, but unfortunately do not cure them. “All the good things go away in one year,” Kishore added. Kishore’s stem cell research has not yet reached human patients. The team is beginning with studying cell culture on pigs but hopes to begin clinical trials within two years, Kishore said. “Maybe one day we can translate [the team’s] finding into a real-time patient and help them survive longer,” Kishore said. “We are working very hard to cure heart disease. We are not there yet, but everything is not lost, so be optimistic.” tara.kleponis@temple.edu Abbie Lee contributed reporting.

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BUDGET

TSG advocates, manages funds for university The university was allocated $150 million in Pennsylvania’s 2017-18 state budget. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

in good shape,” Kenney said. “If we sense those negotiations are going to cut out our funding, then that’s when we would trigger the activity of Owls on the Hill and fight for Temple’s funding.” There is an “awkward balancing act” involved in this lobbying, Kenney said. While Temple is advocating to receive this year’s funding, they are also in the process of putting together a presentation for next year’s funding. Last March, Temple asked the state to restore Temple’s funding to its highest appropriation ever, which was $187 million in 2008. Instead, the state appropriated level-funding for the university, allocating $150 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18. If the budget doesn’t pass the Senate, Kenney and Lum will create postcards for students to sign and mail to their representatives. The hope, Lum said, is that state representatives will understand how the budget impacts students. “We don’t want to cause panic, but if this budget doesn’t pass, it is a sense of urgency,” Lum added. “We need students to speak up and bother their representatives so we get our allocations. We’re not trying to make students too worried, but if Temple doesn’t get the funding, then in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition will rise.” “A lot of students don’t think of the allocations side of things,” he added. “They think that tuition is tuition and that’s the way it is. But unfortunately, allocations do matter, and that’s the kind of world we’re living in right now.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @AmandaJLien

TSG is responsible for managing the $140,000 for all student organizations and its own funds. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

Temple Student Government is responsible for managing the money of all student organizations. But TSG must also maintain its own operating budget, which pays for its initiatives and student events. The allocations budget has $140,000 available for student organization spending. This money is funded by the General Activities fee all undergraduates pay each semester. It is allocated by the university after TSG’s allocations chairs requests university funding during the summer, said Chris Carey, TSG’s faculty adviser and director of Student Activities, who oversees TSG’s budgets. TSG is allocated $21,000 for this year, Carey said. Any money spent by TSG for its sponsored events needs to be signed off by Carey, who ensures the money is only spent on “activities that benefit the student body,” he said. TSG has already sponsored several initiatives so far this year for students like Community Day at the beginning of September and Sexual Assault Prevention Week two weeks ago. Last April, Activate TU’s campaign spending was under investigation by the Elections Committee for a potential violation of spending after their campaign was suspended for an hour just before the polls closed. Former Elections Commissioner Noah Goff wrote a letter of dissent to Carey and the Elections Committee expressing concern about Activate TU’s campaign expenditures. Their spending was ultimately found to be within the bounds of the Elections Code. Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes, Vice President of Services Kayla Martin and Vice President of External Affairs Paige Hill hold weekly meetings with Carey to discuss the bud-

get. TSG’s Treasurer Melisa Yetkin is also responsible for tracking spending. TSG Communications Director Sarah Madaus declined an interview with Yetkin because Yetkin is still getting acquainted with the budget in her position. Yetkin has been the TSG treasurer since May 2016. This semester, the only large costs TSG has faced have been from hosting Sexual Assault Prevention Week, Carey said. TSG spent nearly $1,000 on the week-long series of events, Madaus said. The programs cost nearly $8,000, but because TSG partnered with other university organizations, TSG only incurred about a $1,000 cost. “[TSG] spending in past years has connected back to directors that want to implement those different initiatives,” he added. “Most of the items that the senior leadership team planned for over the summer related to Sexual Assault Prevention Week.” TSG lowers event costs by collaborating with other entities like student organizations and campus departments, Carey said. TSG worked with Campus Safety Services to implement Community Day last month, incurred no additional costs and collaborated with several student organizations during Sexual Assault Prevention Week. By collaborating with other organizations, TSG can share event costs. External events like Owls on the Hill, a yearly program that brings student representatives to Harrisburg to lobby for Temple’s state funding, are funded by administrative offices, Carey said. Mann-Barnes, Hill and Martin attended Temple’s football game against Notre Dame at the beginning of September. That trip was sponsored by Temple’s alumni relations department, Carey said. “I have the end oversight of the budget because anything they spend needs to be signed off on by a faculty member,” he added. “But they’re very good stewards of the funds available.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @AmandaJLien

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After budget delays in Harrisburg prevented the university from receiving its promised allocations for the 2017-18 year, Temple Student Government is continuing to advocate for state funding for Temple. TSG released a statement on Twitter at the beginning of September asking students to contact their state representatives and ask them to pass legislation so Temple can receive its “much-needed” funding. The Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 328, which allocated about $150 million to Temple for the 2017-18 school year, in July. This accounts for just more than 10 percent of the annual operating budget. But this doesn’t mean that Temple, a state-related university, will receive this money. Temple, along with other state-related universities like the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Lincoln University, are “non-preferred” institutions, meaning funding is not first priority to the state. “In the meantime, Temple has to borrow money, costing millions in accumulated interest, a move that will hinder our overall Temple student cost and experience,” according to TSG’s statement. According to the state constitution, the state’s budget must be balanced before any money can be released. Last February, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan to address the $2.8 billion budget deficit

by adding new taxes and fees, the Inquirer reported. Temple cannot receive any allocations until this deficit is fixed. The Inquirer also reported in July that Wolf chose not to sign a proposed $32 billion budget from the state legislature, which led to the budget automatically becoming law without a plan for how to pay for it. The $32 billion budget passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week by a vote of 103-91 and will now go to the Senate for approval. Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes and TSG’s Director of Government Affairs Tyler Lum have been working with George Kenney, the senior adviser to the President for government affairs, to understand how they should advocate for the budget to pass, Mann-Barnes said. Mann-Barnes has also been communicating with other leaders of the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students through group text messages to brainstorm ways to advocate for state funding. If the House and the Governor can’t come to an agreement on the budget, Kenney said the university would send an “Owls on the Hill” delegation. Owls on the Hill is a yearly trip to Harrisburg where students knock on their representatives’ doors and lobby for Temple’s funding. Usually Owls on the Hill occurs in March, a month after the budget is proposed by the governor, but Kenney said he would send the group this semester if need be. “As long as an agreement covers money to pay our nonpreferred [allocations], we’ll be

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O’CONNOR It is unknown how much O’Connor has donated to the university since he joined the Board in 1971 because the university does not release how much individual donors have contributed to the university, a Temple spokesperson said. “I have known and worked side-by-side with Trustee O’Connor for many years, and I know first-hand his staunch commitment to social justice and serving the needs of the most vulnerable persons in society,” Englert added. The statement does not directly mention O’Connor’s connections to Cosby. Cosby fell from his status as a beloved comedian and prized Temple alumnus after more than 50 women accused him of sexual assault. The university has yet to formally distance itself from Cosby after dozens of women have come forward accusing him of sexual assault. O’CONNOR’S CONNECTION TO COSBY In July 2015, a Pennsylvania judge released Cosby’s deposition from 2005 in which he admitted to giving a woman quaaludes — a drug that acts as a sedative —

before having sex with her. O’Connor was in the room when Cosby said this deposition. Students, faculty and media debated whether it was ethical for one trustee to defend another against accusations of sexual misconduct from an employee. The university released a statement that “O’Connor’s representation of Mr. Cosby was disclosed and vetted in accordance with Board policy” at the time. O’Connor and Cosby served on the Board at the same time from 2001 to 2015. They also served two years together from 1982 to 1984. The Board’s Policies and Procedures Manual only outlines conflicts of interest when an action is being made on behalf of the university — meaning although each party in the 2005 lawsuit was heavily associated with Temple, it technically wasn’t a university matter. It is still unclear whether Cosby paid O’Connor for his legal services in 2006. A university spokesman said Temple does not know this information. Several university leaders at the time, including former Board Chairman Daniell Polett and former President Neil Theobald, defended O’Connor’s representation of Cosby. STUDENTS AND FACULTY REACT FMLA’s Public Relations Chair Kayla Boone said the statement was meant to show

the organization’s solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. “We take it seriously as they take it seriously,” Boone said. “I can’t speak for survivors of sexual assault, but I can imagine experiencing that through other people’s’ perspectives. It could feel like they’re not valued, like their voices aren’t heard.” Boone said FMLA received positive feedback about the statement from not just members, but also students and other organizations, which she declined to name. On social media, several organizations at Temple showed support for FMLA’s position. Both the Socialist Students of Temple University and Temple Young Democratic Socialists of America shared the statement on Facebook, stating their support. “Temple Student Government plans to represent student voices by raising these concerns to University administrators,” Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes wrote in a statement to The Temple News. “In the meantime, join us as we consistently combat sexual violence on campus through collaborating, programming, and intentional involvement.” TAUP President Steve Newman supported FMLA in a written statement to The Temple News: “TAUP shares our students’ concerns about Chairman O’Connor’s prior legal representation of Mr. Cosby. The facts are

clear: A former member of the Board was accused of rape by a Temple employee. Everybody deserves legal representation, and we understand that the Board looked into the matter and found there was no conflict of interest. We disagree; we believe it was a conflict of interest for then-Trustee O’Connor to represent Mr. Cosby. … This has damaged and will continue to damage the reputation of the university we all love and cause great pain to all those in the Temple community and beyond who have suffered from sexual assault.” This is not the first time TAUP criticized O’Connor and Cosby’s relationship. In 2015, then-TAUP President Art Hochner told the Inquirer that O’Connor should have stepped down in 2005 or not represented Cosby. Boone said FMLA plans to release information later on Tuesday with the organization’s planned next steps. “We just plan to unite everyone who feels the same way and take it from there, taking different experiences, ideas and opinions, all that together, we’ll plan the next steps,” she said.

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Don’t credit O’Connor Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor does not deserve to be honored with his own plaza. The Founder’s Garden was dedicated to Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor and his wife, Marie, in mid-September. Now, just below the new statue of the university mascot at alumni circle, sits a commemorative plaque that reads: “O’Connor Plaza.” The Temple News is weary of the decision to so closely associate O’Connor’s name with the image of the Owl, the very personification of the university itself and all the values we seek to represent. O’Connor defended former trustee Bill Cosby in 2005 when Andrea Constand, a former university employee, accused him of sexual assault. In July 2015, a state judge released Cosby’s deposition in which he admitted to giving a woman quaaludes before sex. Although the university found there was no conflict of interest in O’Connor representing Cosby, The Temple News disagrees, as have leaders of the Temple Association of University Professionals and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. The student organization called

for O’Connor’s name to be removed from the Founder’s Garden and for the chairman to step down from his role this past weekend. We share FMLA’s concerns about so proudly associating with a man who has not shied away from Cosby, who at this point has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women. O’Connor has signaled he doesn’t value women in the past, too. In 2014, O’Connor was asked about the lack of representation of women on the Board by a Philadelphia Magazine reporter. The representation ranked last out of 14 areas schools, according to Philadelphia Magazine. O’Connor responded with an outburst and said, “If Temple is the lowest oneeighth, I can live with that.” O’Connor’s conscience can apparently allow him to live with a lot. But we at The Temple News can’t say the same. O’Connor does not represent the values of our community — those of respect and equality. And thus, the chairman does not deserve to be celebrated on our campus.

Keep pushing for funds Students should reach out to their state representatives until the budget is received. Temple Student Government has been urging students through Twitter to contact their state representatives to get them to approve the university’s “much-needed” state funding. Temple has not yet received its share of funding for 2017-18. State funding is not prioritized for Temple, the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Lincoln University, because they’re considered non-preferred institutions and cannot be subsidized before other government services. “In the meantime, Temple has to borrow money, costing millions in accumulated interest, a move

that will hinder our overall Temple student cost and experience,” according to TSG’s statement. The Temple News believes students should speak up by contacting their state representatives, so they understand our urgent need for resources. Students also need to be aware that a lack of funding could mean raises for both in-state and out-ofstate tuition. If our university’s funding is being tied up, it is imperative that Temple students take matters into their own hands and put pressure on representatives. After all, it’s the student body that will be affected in the long run.

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Women belong on pedestals The city of Philadelphia should have more monuments to honor notable women.

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rowing up in Philadelphia has allowed me to be a short train or car ride away from historic sites that some people travel hundreds of miles to see. But the many field trips and family outings I’ve experienced from a young age have made the lack of female representation repeatedly evident and utterly discouraging. By the lack of monuments dedicated to women in Philadelphia, I was almost convinced as a child that no woman had yet done anything worth praising. According to the Chicago Tribune, there are more than 1,500 statues of historic men in JAYNA SCHAFFER OPINION EDITOR Philadelphia. Sharon Hayes counted the statues in preparation for her piece exhibiting gender inequity for Monument Lab, a citywide art history project sponsored by Mural Arts. And as far as women go in being monumentalized in Philadelphia, there are only two instances: religious symbols Joan of Arc and Mary Dyer. This does no justice to the plethora of women throughout history who have moved mountains while living and working in Philadelphia, or the women of today who are reaching their goals and paving the way for others. With the recent national conversation about historical monuments, I can’t help but look at our city’s public memorials and wonder, “Where are the women?” “You’ll see historic figures that are men who were presidents, men who were military leaders, and those are the kinds of people who have been memorialized. … That’s mainly who history’s been written about for a long time,” said Hilary Lowe, a history professor. Private interest groups are responsible for the monuments that are constructed around the city, and it seems like money just

hasn’t been put toward representing historical female figures. So I’m thankful people like Hayes, who is constructing a sculpture involving more than 80 names of remarkable women for Monument Lab, are pushing for well-deserved female representation around the city. “Women have been written out of the story of our history through a commemorative landscape that omits them or renders them simply symbolic of ideas,” said Seth Bruggeman, a history professor. “It’s an index of a male-dominated culture.” The lack of female recognition in Philadelphia’s monuments is not only insulting to the activists, pioneers and icons who maintained their endeavors in this city, but also to women of today who ache to be seen as equal to male neighbors, colleagues and classmates. “We live in a society that has much improved with regard to gender equality and how we think about it, but there are these tendencies, such as these monuments, to kind of prevent us from achieving an even greater capacity for equality,” Bruggeman said. Philadelphia was the birthplace or workplace of many impressive women who persevered through stereotypes and legislation to accomplish their missions. So many of them deserve recognition. Lucretia Mott, who is buried at 9th and Cambria streets, founded the Female Antislavery Society in 1830 and, contrary to the socially accepted behavior of the time, she included African-Americans in the effort. Fanny Jackson Coppin was a freed slave who became the principal at the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, which educated Black children in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Dawn Staley is a basketball Hall of Famer and a three-time Olympian gold medalist who was chosen to carry the U.S. flag at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Denise Scott Brown was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and Billie Holiday’s career as a famous jazz musician and singersongwriter carried on for nearly 30 years — all from Philadelphia. “There are a lot of women who have done really important work in Philadelphia over a long stretch

of history that could be made into monuments,” Lowe said. But, for some reason, they are not made into monuments. And when women are involved in the scheme of a statue, the result is something like the Statue of Liberty in New York — an impression of a virtue, not a representation of a real human being. “If you look at the sculptural representation of women that exist in the United States, they tend to be idealized forms of women,” Lowe said. “And we don’t have that monument style for men.” Even Betsy Ross, who made the first American flag, is an example of this misguided form of appreciation: a bridge in her honor, but no visual representation of the human she was. These remarkable women are only a few of those who have positively contributed to the story of our city. It is time we write them back into our collective history through statues, so that young girls on field trips can identify with them and know that there’s no limit to what they can achieve — even in a country where we have yet to see a female president. I hope to see statues of iconic women popping up around my hometown soon, and I have some suggestions. Perhaps, we could remember Susan B. Anthony in her defiance standing tall above us as she refuses to pay a $100 fine for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. Or maybe, the likeness of Alice Paul could be captured in bronze, starting a hunger strike after being arrested at a peaceful protest for women’s right to vote. I am fortunate to have strong women in my life who constantly inspire me to push toward my goals and fight for equality. But not everyone does, so having concrete reminders of female icons would be a way to spread awareness of the power of women. I hope to see noteworthy women honored, so we are all reminded that gender is never a restriction on what someone can accomplish. jayna.alexandra.schaffer@temple.edu @jaynaalexandra_

LETTER TO THE EDITOR An international student writes a letter to the editor in response to the DACA repeal. As an international student, I obviously pay out-of-state tuition. However, many Dreamers — young people who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — have spent their entire lives in Pennsylvania but have to pay out-of-state tuition too. DACA was passed by former President Barack Obama in June 2012, so that young people couldn’t be forced to go back to countries they didn’t know as home. DACA recipients are protected from deportation and allowed to work in America if they meet certain requirements, like having no criminal record. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump’s administration announced that the immigration policy would be phased out beginning March 2018. The 800,000 Dreamers registered under DACA may face deportation without this program. A couple of weeks back, when I heard about DACA being rescinded, it struck me as very unfair. How can the government force people out of our country when it’s all they’ve known? I realized how fortunate I am to have the security of knowing I would not have to abandon my studies in the United States before they are completed. Repealing DACA is a decision that affects the lives of people who — through no fault of their own — now wake up every day in fear of losing the country they’ve inhabited

for years. It is important for nonaffected students to rally in support behind their fellow Americans. When it comes to political decisions, oftentimes governments do not put much importance on morality and compassion and instead look for hard facts. Considering DACA, even if we set aside the humanitarian reasons, there are statistics that show how repealing this policy can affect the economy. By giving Dreamers proper work authorizations that allowed them to generate incomes and pay taxes, our economy improved. Rescinding DACA will bring detrimental effects to the economy of many individual states. Last week, Paley Library hosted a program called “Creating a Welcoming Campus Community in 2017,” which featured a panel focused on spreading awareness about DACA and how it affects our student body. It is satisfying to know Temple has risen to the occasion and is trying to bring more awareness about the unjust reality of this issue. These young people have gone to school here and contributed to the economy by working. They are as “American” as anyone who has grown up alongside them. But our presidential administration is telling them they don’t belong. By holding programs like the one that took place last week, Temple is reminding DACA recipients that

they belong on our campus while spreading awareness to those who are unaffected. Jessica Sandberg, director of International Admissions, even posted a YouTube video last November reaching out to international and undocumented students, so that they know they are welcome at the university. We should be welcoming Dreamers to our country, and more specifically, our university, with open arms. And while holding programs is important, another way to welcome Dreamers is to allow them to pay in-state tuition. We should be treating these students like Pennsylvanians, not only for the morality of it all but also because they’ve paid taxes like other state residents. There does not seem to be a fair or justifiable reason for rescinding DACA. It can be seen as a way to distract the nation from the more imminent problems the country is facing, and it is going to uproot the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have grown up in America. While DACA is about to be eliminated, Temple should keep taking measures to protect students. The university is honorable in bringing attention to this crisis, and I hope the support continues.

Myra Zubair is a senior computer science major. She can be reached at myra.zubair@temple.edu. temple-news.com @thetemplenews


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Tyler, the Creator: the highlight of my summer A student describes what it was like to see her favorite rap artist perform at Panorama Music Festival.

BY CHRISTINA MITCHELL

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went to Made in America with much of the young Philadelphian population last year, and it was single-handedly one of the most memorable experiences in my festival-deprived 18 years of life. But after the lackluster lineup was released this year, I impulsively bought a ticket for Panorama Music Festival instead, which would send me to New York City. To say this was a last minute purchase is an understatement — I bought my $125 general admission pass for Friday’s show on Thursday evening. My friend had gone the previous year and limped away with a broken ankle after being trampled during Kendrick Lamar’s set, but that didn’t change my decision. I was determined to go, because Tyler, the Creator was on the long list of acts. My friend Kerry and I absolutely had to see Tyler, the Creator — an artist well-known as the founder of Odd Future, a hip-hop/rap group. Although I was late to discover Tyler, I quickly became obsessed. So, his name on the setlist stuck out immediately. My music taste is broad, and I have many artists downloaded to my phone, but Tyler’s new album “Flower Boy” had been my mostplayed album recently, and I would even say he is my favorite rap artist. Tyler would not be on stage until 7 p.m., but we arrived at noon. Waiting seven hours to see him would be worth it; we already knew that. And suspense accrued as we sat through each of the lesser-known musicians performing before him. As each opener performed and left the stage, we snuck our way closer and closer to the front. Elbows were thrown and necks were

strained as people pushed and shoved each the intense and violent nature of the song other, trying to get a satisfying view. would trigger an aggressive response from Ultimately, we stood our ground a the audience: 6-foot-tall and 200-pound few rows from the platform, sandwiched men released their pent-up belligerence in a between guys twice our size. Suddenly, the dangerous mosh pit. For a split second, my stage was transformed into a scene that was life flashed before my eyes. a true work of art — an orange sunset with When the dust cleared and Tyler could large yellow sunflowers, reminiscent of his see the damage he had caused after only the newest album’s cover. first song, he decided to take it down a notch Although “Flower Boy” has a different — asking the audience for permission to play tempo than his previous albums, Tyler’s some mellow tunes from his new album, like idiosyncratic beats and innovative lyrics are “Glitter,” and “See You Again.” unique to his ’90s nostalgic music. Unlike But, when the recognizable opening most rappers, he doesn’t rely on the same chords of “Who Dat Boy” buzzed, sounding trite instrumentals or banal like a bee (an image from the album cover), lyrics. The album was we prepared to be pummeled by the crowd a change of pace, more again. The song can be matched by “Death mellow than his more Camp” in its potency. harsh rap albums, “Cherry Bellowing lyrics over the microphone, Bomb” and “Goblin.” Tyler launched himself into the Veteran fans may have been air, taking off his shirt and disappointed. But I think instructing the audience to jump “Flower Boy” demonstrates his as high as we could. ability to create thoughtful music Carried away by a sea of — exposing his gentler side, humans and crushed without losing his grit. under the weight of I consider it one of the people beside the best albums of the us, Kerry and I year, and I was overly desperately excited to hear some clutched onto of it performed each other live. and focused Tyler opened on staying his portion of together in the the concert with chaos. an older song Weeks after from his the concert, album Cherry I was shown Bomb, called videos of this “Deathcamp.” performance Judging by the on YouTube. SASHA LASAKOW / THE TEMPLE NEWS name, you can infer that I watched

DINING

Updated meal plans are unfair The new meal plan policy is misleading, and the university should reconsider its limitations.

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ast Thursday, I made a trip to Twisted Taco in the Student Center for lunch before my next class. When I got to the register, the cashier told me that my meal period had already been used. It was only my sixth time using a meal swipe that week, so I thought it was a mistake. My meal plan is premium 10, which means I am allowed to use 10 swipes per week during any meal period. But it doesn’t work as liberally as it should. T h e university’s switch to LAUREN PIONTKO A r a m a r k resulted in changes to the meal plan system — one of them being how meal equivalencies work. According to University Housing and Residential Life’s website, meal equivalencies “can be exchanged for meal swipes” at places like Saladworks and Twisted Taco in the Student Center. Students with a meal plan previously ate wherever they wanted, no matter how many times they ate at the same place. But now there are more restrictions as to where students can use their swipes as meal equivalencies. Students should be able to use swipes wherever they

choose. Limiting where swipes can be used is inconvenient and unfair to the students who pay for these plans. Only a portion of weekly swipes can be used in places like the Student Center food court, the bottom floor of Morgan Hall and Cosi. And while the exact number varies by plan, it’s around half of the total weekly meals. The remaining swipes are restricted to the Morgan Hall and Johnson and Hardwick dining halls. Students who have unlimited meals aren’t exempt from the limitations and are only allotted 12 meal equivalencies weekly. That doesn’t sound “unlimited” to me. “We want to make sure that no matter where you eat, you have the ability to get something,” John Scheers, Aramark’s marketing coordinator of dining services, told The Temple News last March. But you don’t have the ability to get something if you’ve used up your meal equivalencies. And with the popular new additions to the Student Center, it’s disappointing that swipes are limited. The new policy expands the unlimited meal plan from strictly J&H cafeteria to the Morgan Hall food court — an upside for students with that unlimited arrangement. But, the limitations still outweigh the perks. At the rates we are paying — more than $1,000 per semester for most weekly meal plans — the administration shouldn’t be able to push the student body toward utilizing certain dining

halls. Kareem Ali, a junior advertising major, said he doesn’t think there’s a point in purchasing a meal plan under the new restrictions. “Honestly, if they’re taking half of your meal swipes away from what they’re offering to give you. … What’s the point in paying for meal swipes in that case?” Ali said. I didn’t know about the restrictions when I chose my meal plan, and I definitely would’ve chosen differently if I had. Another issue is that there is no “grab and go” feature. Students could previously grab a salad, sandwich or sushi in the Student Center. Now waiting is unavoidable. “I have roughly 20 minutes to get from my English class to Tuttleman,” said Frank Singer, a freshman actuarial science major. “Sometimes getting a burger takes more than 15 to 20 minutes, then I have to basically run to class and don’t have that time to eat it.” Students paying for meal swipes should be able to use meal equivalencies as often as desired. Spending half of our swipes in the dining halls can get boring. Students need variety and freedom to choose. Offering meal plans called “unlimited” or “premium” is misleading. It is pleasing to have access to these well-known food establishments, but reducing our flexibility to use them is a tease.

the crowd move in a frenzy of different directions, and I wondered how I wasn’t hurt. When Tyler finished his set, everyone in the audience trudged out of the festival battleground like soldiers after a gruesome war. We were too preoccupied with the adrenaline rush coursing through our veins to think of the other artists still scheduled to perform. My straightened hair reverted into a disheveled state of curls. My mascara dripped down my face. My entire body was saturated with perspiration, like I had just emerged from a pool. My white shoes were now an unrecognizable shade of brown. Kerry and I staggered over to a spot on the grass and set up the blanket we had been carrying in my backpack — which I used to my advantage during the Tyler performance to obnoxiously create space. As we collapsed, I took off my sopping wet, discolored mesh shirt and wrung out the sweat. Tyler’s show was one of the most exhilarating performances I have ever attended, and it was definitely the highlight of my Panorama experience and my summer entirely. In fact, Kerry and I loved it so much that we have already purchased our tickets to see him again at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Nov. 17. Having been to the venue before and knowing how small it is, I can undoubtedly say that Lancaster is not ready for Tyler, the Creator.

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On March 19, 2011, undocumented youth marched to the United States Customs House near 2nd and Chesnut streets as part of “National Coming Out of the Shadows” week and DreamActivist.org rally. Marchers showed support for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which failed in the Senate in December 2010. Six undocumented young people delivered their stories and fears about wanting to be educated in the U.S. This week, a student wrote a letter to the editor about President Donald Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and what she thinks the university should do to protect undocumented students from deportation, so they can receive education without fear. CARTOON

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NEWS BRIEFS STADIUM

TAUP releases campus stadium survey Temple Association of University Professionals has released a survey asking for its members’ opinions on the proposed on-campus stadium. While the survey is not limited to TAUP members, TAUP said in a release that it’s “particularly important” that faculty, librarians and other academic professionals have their voices heard in the stadium discussion. TAUP also wrote that the stadium is a possible agenda item at the Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 10. The release notes a university FAQ page about the stadium and a news article about the Stadium Stompers, an organization made up of students, community residents and faculty members who oppose the stadium. The survey thus far, which was sent via email to all of its members, has received “overwhelming disapproval” of the stadium, said Stadium Stompers leader Jared Dobkin. The university proposed the on-campus stadium in 2015 and began a feasibility study with Ohio-based architect Moody Nolan. The study for the 35,000-seat stadium with its potential location of Geasey Field on 16th Street between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue has since been put “on hold.” - Gillian McGoldrick & Kelly Brennan

Hurricane Maria leaves alumna stranded A recent Temple alumna is stuck in Puerto Rico after a Category 4 hurricane left the entire country without electricity. Haley Connaughton, a 2017 journalism alumna, and her friend, Alex McLaughlin, graduated from college this spring and decided to go to the island for “a girl’s trip” on Sept. 16, McLaughlin told NBC10. The hurricane hit the island the following Wednesday on Sept. 20. The two tried to leave the island, but could not find flights home. The hotel they are staying in was surrounded by metal barriers and the windows were boarded up for the embrace of the storm, NBC10 reported. Hurricane Maria killed at least 10 people when it made landfall last week, and the island is still without power, CNN reported. - Kelly Brennan

ISAAK GRIGGS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Second-year law student Jasper Katz is the president of OutLaw, Temple’s first LGBTQ student law organization. Katz is also the founder of OutLaw’s Alumni Mentorship Program, which matches LGBTQ students with LGBTQ attorneys working in the field.

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MENTORS spread the word and get the program on its feet. There are nearly 12 pairs of mentors and mentees in the program so far. Katz worked with the communications department in the Beasley School of Law to send out a survey to other OutLaw members asking about which field of law they want to pursue and the identities that may be relevant to the program. Katz said the program aims to pair each student with an alum based on their identity. If there are no alumni who share their specific identity, they will pair a student based on their professional area of interest. Nikki Hatza, a first-year law student considering the field of public interest and member of the LGBTQ community, said her pairing with labor and employment attorney Miriam Edelstein has been great. “I feel so lucky to have this

opportunity,” Hatza said. “This program is essentially gifting you an automatic connection. It’s plugging you into the network.” Lawyers sign up for the program with the intention of mentoring LGBTQ students through the difficulties of law school with the additional challenges of being an out lawyer. The program requirements include that a student’s mentor must meet with them at least once in person, plus answering email questions and a willingness to connect them to networking opportunities. Students can cater the program to their needs. Some may have professional questions, while others may have more personal ones. “For some students, the questions might be, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re a public defender. What is that like?’” Katz said. “For others, it might be, “I’m [transgender] and there’s some wardrobe requirements for working in certain sectors of the legal field. How do I navigate that?’”

Hatza uses her mentor connection in both of these ways because she’s unsure of the type of law she wants to pursue, and she also wants to discuss the personal challenges she faces in the law field. “Personally, as an LGBTQidentified person and as a woman in law in general, there are different sorts of obstacles and challenges that you face, and having someone that you can talk to about those challenges and how to navigate them will help prepare me for my career,” Hatza added. “The idea is just to say that sometimes support that comes from your own community means something different, even if you can get the same words and same advice from another person,” Katz said. “The program is trying to help LGBTQ law students see themselves reflected in the field and feel like this is something they can actually accomplish.”

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Professor’s exhibit creates rhythm in art A professor emeritus will display his artwork in New York City until Oct. 21.

BY CACIE ROSARIO For The Temple News

of monuments in the city. Writers Lillian Dunn, Raquel Salas Rivera and Nicole Steinberg are Wisher’s co-hosts. The event will recognize young poets and writers while also displaying the similarities between poems and monuments. “A monument doesn’t have to be stone and built,” said Trapeta Mayson, a 1993 MBA alumna. Mayson, a close friend and colleague of Wisher, will be performing a new poem she wrote. “It is not only what is carved, it is the untold stories, what people value, hold dear, [their] anger [and] what provokes others,” she added. The hosts each chose poets both young and old who have made an influence on their lives or whose work they admire. Wisher chose three poets for the event: a poet she has worked with since early in her career, a poet she met midcareer and a young poet she has known since the poet’s

Rubens Ghenov cringes when asked to explain the meaning behind his paintings. But when Ghenov, a 1999 painting alumnus and former adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art, once posed this same question to his mentor Stanley Whitney, he answered without hesitation. “He immediately replied, as if he knew that I was going to ask him, and said point blank, ‘Hope,’” Ghenov said. Whitney, a painter and professor emeritus at Tyler, is presenting the exhibit, “Drawings,” at Lisson Gallery in Manhattan until Oct. 21. The exhibit, a collection of gesture drawings dating back to 1989, is Whitney’s first major presentation of his drawings. Despite the novelty of the show’s material, Whitney has been presenting work for more than four decades, ever since his first solo show in 1972. Born in Philadelphia, Whitney received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Yale University. As he progressed through his painting career, he worked as the chair of Tyler’s painting department from 1998 to 2001. “Teaching allowed me to have a voice and do my main work in the studio,” Whitney said. Whitney is best known for his color-grid paintings. He begins with three to five horizontal lines, creating a grid to fill in with color. His method for choosing and placing color is systematic: the colors have to work well together so the eye moves throughout the painting without being stuck on one particular color, creating an underlying rhythm, said Mackie Healy, Lisson Gallery’s head of communications. “Rhythm is important to his placement of color,” Healy said. “It’s part of a progression. He starts at the top left and moves from there.” She added that this sense of rhythm connects Whitney’s paintings to his drawings. Rather than expressing rhythm through color placement, Healy said Whitney’s drawings convey

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OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Yolanda Wisher, a 2000 creative writing MFA alumna, performs poetry last week in Dilworth Park as a preview event of “Monument to the Philadelphia Poet,” which will open on Wednesday.

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MONUMENT LAB: LINKING POEMS AND MEMORIALS A creative writing alumna will host a reading with several Philadelphia poets on Wednesday in Logan Square. BY JANE EADDY For The Temple News

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or Yolanda Wisher, monuments aren’t just historical statues or commemorative plaques — they can also be places in time. Wisher, a 2000 creative writing MFA alumna and Philly’s third poet laureate, will host “Monument to the Philadelphia Poet” in Logan Square on Wednesday. She will perform a newly written poem at the event, which is part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, a nine-weeklong public art and history project discussing the meaning

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Alumnus is the city’s biking ‘compost guy’ A real estate and marketing alumnus picks up and delivers compost containers in the city. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

Sam Holloschutz only became a block captain in Fairmount so he could get a trash can installed on his street. “Before my trash can showed up, there was trash all over the place,” said Holloschutz, the block captain of the 800 block of N. 29th Street. He’s lived in Fairmount since 2008. “I’m happy to say my trash can has solved that issue,” he added. This is not Holloschutz’s first encounter with sustainability in Philadelphia. Holloschutz, a 2009 marketing and real estate alumnus, is the chief sustainability officer at Circle Compost, a composting

business that visits Philadelphia’s residential gardens and commercial farms. The company was founded by David and Michele Bloovman in 2016. Last summer, Holloschutz also won the firstever Neighborhood Champion award, given by SustainPHL, the city’s annual sustainability awards celebration. As chief sustainability officer, Holloschutz spends his days picking up and delivering containers of compost to gardens and farms all over the city, pedaling a bike with compost containers trailing behind him. Composting is the process of recycling organic material, like dead leaves and food scraps, into rich soil that is optimal for fertilizer. He has started weighing each container of compost and writing down each weight on his cell phone. “People love stats,” he said. “And that way, urban gardens know how much they’re getting.” Circle Compost is still experiencing rapid

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LAURA D’AIELLO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sam Holloschutz, chief sustainability officer of Circle Compost and a 2009 marketing and real estate alumnus, composts food at Corinthian Gardens in Fairmount.

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This semester, students have counter-protested homophobic and sexist speakers on Main Campus.

PASCEP, an adult education program in North Philadelphia, is testing mobile apps that teach literacy.

Tattooed Mom, a South Street dive bar, hosted an ’80s arts and crafts workshop and market on Friday.

A student co-founded a volunteer arts group that addresses children’s mental health issues.


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PROTESTS

Students counter-protest intolerant speech The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership created the counter-protest. BY RACHEL McQUISTON For The Temple News

For hours, Oliver Vazquez watched a counter-protester silently hold a single flower up to homophobic and sexist protesters. “He just stood up and he held a sunflower or something for about three hours,” said Vazquez, a sophomore Spanish major. “He was still there when I left.” Posters reading, “We stand for justice,” “Love conquers hate” and “Temple students against bigotry” filled the sidewalks outside of Ritter Hall. On Sept. 11, about 30 to 40 students gathered to challenge the homophobic and sexist groups that have been speaking on campus for years. These speakers are often Evangelists who come to Main Campus to preach. For junior finance major John Miles, these are more than just statements on a poster. Miles joined this counter-protest to promote inclusivity on Main Campus. “Sticking up for people who are marginalized is both ethical and just,” Miles wrote in an email. “Inclusiveness, diversity and a mutual respect for others is what makes us strong as a collegiate community.”

“By counter-protesting this repulsive behavior, we show as a student body that we honor free speech, but we have no [tolerance] for bigotry, homophobia or xenophobia,” he added. This, however, was not the first counterprotest on Main Campus. Several protests have popped up randomly since last year. This month’s counter-protest was created by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. IDEAL tries to create a secure and inclusive campus and celebrate diversity among students and community residents. Tiffenia Archie, IDEAL’s assistant vice president, said the office is “thoughtful of our neighborhood, our environment [and] our neighbors.” Archie said she couldn’t be happier with the peaceful, but effective nature of the group’s counter-protests. “I think [the counter-protest] really conveys the message that [hate] is not acceptable,” Archie said. “We really are working toward inclusivity and social justice for people on campus.” Miles is not the only student hoping to encourage inclusivity and diversity on campus. Vazquez stayed at the counter-protest for three hours. Although he began the morning as a bystander, he quickly joined in the action. “The first hour wasn’t so lively, it was really quiet,” Vasquez said. “People came and went, screaming things, yelling things at the protesters. After the first hour, people just

started piling up, a crowd started to form.” “Some guy came in with a speaker, like a sound system and he started rapping and talking back at the protesters,” he added. With these protests occurring, administrators find safety to be a top priority on campus. Director of Emergency Management Sarah Powell said she

I think [the counterprotest] really conveys the message that [hate] is not acceptable. TIFFENIA ARCHIE

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, IDEAL

maintains campus safety by assessing risks and threats to the university. Powell said that although the university is on a college campus, the public streets on campus are accessible for anyone, including those who initiated the protests. “Our streets and sidewalks and open spaces are considered public spaces,” Powell said. “In that sense, we have no ability to remove people whose speech offends members of the community.” Powell advises students and community residents disregard the religious groups that they find negative and hateful.

“The best thing students can do in these situations, honestly, is to ignore the speaker completely, as that speaker wants nothing more than attention and confrontation,” Powell said. “The police are present to protect all parties, as they must do in the name of public safety, and they will ask a controversial protester to leave the premises if, and only if, there is a potential or realized threat to public safety and law and order.” Although free speech is granted to both parties, violent protests are banned from campus. Archie also added that safe and peaceful protesting is the only way for IDEAL’s message to be heard louder than any other protest. “We wanted to put a different message out there,” Archie said. “[The protester] has a right to be on that corner, but we also have a right to say, ‘No, this is not what our campus is about and we don’t support your message and we’re gonna show people that we don’t support your message.’” Miles said he and other counterprotesters refuse to let the intolerant beliefs define their university. “The Temple community becomes stronger when we fight for justice and inclusion,” Miles wrote in an email. “When we stand together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”

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Using an app to combat local, national illiteracy PASCEP will be one of the Philadelphia testing sites for mobile applications that help increase literacy. BY ALAINA DeLEONE For The Temple News When she thinks about literacy education, Ulicia LawrenceOladeinde remembers a woman with a learning disability who came to the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program. No one else would help with her education, but PASCEP helped her enroll in an adult diploma program, through which she eventually earned a GED. Now, she’s in her second year of her master’s program. “It makes such a difference if somebody just takes the time to listen and assess,” said LawrenceOladeinde, the director of PASCEP. “Adults don’t usually have a support system, so sometimes you have to build one. I wanted us to be a part of that support system.” PASCEP is a low-cost, noncredit adult education program for Philadelphia residents based in the Entertainment and Community Education Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street. Starting in August, PASCEP became one of various distribution location sites in the city where adult learners can sign up to use one of eight XPRIZE literacy apps. The Adult Literacy XPRIZE, funded by The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, is a worldwide competition that began in 2015 to have software developers create a smartphone or tablet application to increase literacy. Philadelphia is one of three cities, including Dallas and Los Angeles, participating in the organization’s distribution campaign. The eight semifinalist apps created through the XPRIZE competition are designed for adult learners to develop their literacy skills. PASCEP will test the apps with its users over the course of a year. Lawrence-Oladeinde hopes the app’s users will be able to take courses at PASCEP once they’ve reached a higher literacy level at the end of the test period. As the apps are evaluated based on user experience and effectiveness, adult learners are randomly assigned to use one of the eight apps. After registering for the app, users receive a $25 gift card followed by larger compensation toward the end for participating in the project, Lawrence-Oladeinde said. Five finalists will be selected halfway through the testing period. Prior to adult learners officially using the apps, coordinators of the literacy app program determine interested users’ eligibility by assessing their literacy level. The coordinators first check to see that the students have the technology to use the application. The app’s users are given a volunteer who individually works with them on the phone on one randomly assigned app for the remainder of the year. “We figure out if they are roughly at or near a third-grade reading level,” said Anne Gemmell, director of family learning in the city’s Office of Adult Education. The office, which assesses Philadelphia participants’ eligibility, reached out to XPRIZE to have Philadelphia be

a test site. “We assess them to know how the apps are reaching the people who are struggling the most to read and need the most help,” Gemmell added. Other distribution sites include the Lutheran Settlement House, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Project HOME’s technology center in North Philadelphia. Gemmell said OAE tried to pinpoint areas where low literacy is common. Gemmell was formerly the deputy of the Quality Pre-K Initiative under Mayor Jim Kenney and was also the campaign political director of Fight for Philly, a former coalition pushing for better schools, jobs and a more fair economy. She said her previous work with early education aligns with her current role in helping adult learners. “We understand that parents are the first teachers,” Gemmell said. “The literacy and skills in the household are going to affect the children as they grow.” Creators of the eight apps also designed each to suit the functional needs of adult learners struggling with literacy. Lawrence-Oladeinde said that she noticed many adults with low literacy levels have creative minds. Lyriko, an app created through the XPRIZE competition teaches adult learners to read through song lyrics. “That just fascinates me because somebody knows, somebody

understands that those people who have that creativity in their mindset, but have cognitive issues can learn this way,” LawrenceOladeinde said. Since the literacy apps have been available to Philadelphia adult learners, users have been admiring the effectiveness of the programs. “It makes things easier when you want to spell a word right, you can spell a word right,” said Gladys Stokes, a West Philadelphia resident who has been using the Lyriko app since August. During a focus group meeting designed to help adult learners download and use the literacy apps, Gemmell said she met a “successful and incredibly intelligent man” who had been running his own business for decades. “He wanted to learn to read better so he downloaded the Lyriko app and after he figured out how to download the app, his whole face lit up and was smiling ear to ear,” Gemmell said. “It was emotional for everybody watching him embark on this journey.” Following the conclusion of the XPRIZE competition, OAE will continue to work closely with adults with low literacy levels. “There will be a life beyond this XPRIZE partnership,” Gemmell said. “The apps are very helpful and we’re hoping they will be able to serve more people.”

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[The Student Center] is just so much more convenient. ... Like I’m usually by myself anyway. I don’t want to eat alone in a dining hall.

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They’re all good honestly, they all have their good little aspects of it. Like the burgers at BurgerFi are obviously better than the ones at Morgan or J&H, but like, BurgerFi only has burgers and hot dogs apparently. … [The dining halls] have more variety of food.

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Tattooed Mom hosts first ‘Totally ’80s Craft Bazaar’ On Sunday, Tattooed Mom, a graffiti-covered dive bar on South Street near 5th, hosted its first-ever “Totally ’80s Craft Bazaar,” which was organized in collaboration with Riot-Nerd, a Philly-based arts and entertainment blog that started hosting events about a year ago. The bar’s first floor was converted into a craft space, where people used markers, crayons and scissors to create collages. The second floor hosted a number of vendors, who sold handmade goods like pins, keychains, bracelets, paintings and stickers. “We just love hosting events that allow different creative communities to get together and exchange ideas and show their work and meet people that might be interested in their work,” said Robert Perry, owner of Tattooed Mom. Kevin Hawkey, the founder of Riot-Nerd, believes people enjoy 1980s-themed events, which is why he and his wife created the themed bazaar at Tattooed Mom.

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Diamond Screen Film Series MFA Thesis Showcase

Tuesday, October 3 at 5:00 pm Temple Performing Arts Center

See newly completed films by our master of fine arts students. Razan Al-Sahah Your father was born a 100 years old and so was the Nakba ‫هرمع قلخ يكوبا‬ ‫ةنس‬، ‫ةبكنلا يز‬ Jaad Asante How They Sway Reneé Sevier Princess Pussy

Valentina Homem Neither Spring Nor Estuary Linnea Langkammer Facing East Gabriela Watson Aurazo Baobab Flowers Followed by a reception with the filmmakers. All screenings are free and open to the public. More at tfma.temple.edu

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growth. They gain two to three clients a week, David Bloovman said. After graduation, Holloschutz worked in real estate until 2016, when he switched fields and worked as a field energy specialist for SolarCity, a California-based solar energy company. Almost a year later, he found out about Circle Compost. “I liked the idea of giving back, the whole cycle of composting,” he said. “It seemed like a good way to combat the way we deal with waste.” Holloschutz found an article on the community-based sustainability website Green Philly Blog about Circle Compost and emailed David Bloovman about joining the company. They bonded over their desire to preserve the environment, he said. He started work at Circle Compost only one week later, and he’s now pursuing an online master’s degree in renewable energy and sustainability from Penn State University. “In my role, I kind of get to set policies and that’s been really great,” said Holloschutz, who is about to celebrate his one-year anniversary at Circle Compost. “It’s been cool just learning how to do the job.

My position is kind of a new job through any new company.” Most recently, he added Corinthian Gardens — a large neighborhood garden next to Eastern State Penitentiary — to his route. The garden receives the most compost by far, Holloschutz said. According to his records, Circle Compost has delivered about 7,000 pounds of compost to Corinthian Gardens this summer. “Seeing the numbers is so rewarding because it shows I’m making a real impact,” he said. Compost is collected and delivered by bicycle to reduce fossil fuels, then taken to composting sites near the pickup spots, David Bloovman said. When the weather is poor, Circle Compost employees drive a pickup truck. “We want to offer a local alternative to wasting organic products,” David Bloovman said. “Plus, from a logistical side, it’s more efficient, especially since we use bikes.” “We just work really well together,” he said about Holloschutz. “He’s always so passionate about preserving our environment. It’s contagious.” Holloschutz said another policy he implemented was that workers must charge their phones while they drive the truck so energy doesn’t go to waste. When he’s not driving

the compost-collecting bicycle, Holloschutz brings his environmental passions home to Fairmount. After obtaining his street trash can, Holloschutz used his role as block captain to organize small block cleanups. Holloschutz is a member of both the Fairmount Civic Association and a local neighborhood improvement committee, which he now chairs. He also runs a Fairmount bocce ball league and gives discounts to members who agree to join in on his neighborhood cleanups. Last January, he started working as a volunteer teacher with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, an organization focused on educating Philadelphia citizens about civic engagement, waste prevention and recycling. He visits elementary and high schools, delivering lectures on environmental concepts. “I’m the compost guy,” he said. “I do all the compost presentations, occasionally about recycling and littering. If I can turn a couple people into junior environmentalists, I’ll be happy.” “It’s cool because I get to meet new people, make new connections,” he said. “I think it helps with all the work I do in Fairmount because they can tell I’m a good guy and doing the right thing.”

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In arts program, students act as role models Several Temple students participate in reading circles and art projects twice a month. BY NATASHA CLAUDIO For The Temple News On Sept. 15, secondgrade students at Alaine Locke Elementary School in West Philadelphia colored in puzzle pieces, forming a jigsaw-like artwork. Their teacher, Patty Fox, said each piece listed a different way the children could transform their communities through “laugher and friendship and health and sports.” The piece is now on display at the school. “Seeing how the kids brighten up when we walk into the classroom is a really good feeling,” said Aaron Robinson, a junior accounting major who volunteers at the school. This project was one part of the Social Emotional Awareness Community Art Program. Founded last February by Fox and senior media studies and production major Sam Colon, SEAC uses reading and art to address students’ mental health issues. Through their weekly lesson plans, Colon said SEAC aims to help the students process their emotions to improve their educational experience. Robinson and several other Temple students volunteer every other Friday with SEAC.

“A lot of the kids in the neighborhood, and in low-income areas, suffer from different issues... like PTSD and all these other things that go on in their life,” Colon said. “And it translates into school.” The lessons vary in theme, from topics like Black History and Women’s History months to “What Would Jackie Do,” a lesson on emulating the life of Jackie Robinson. Activities related to the topic are integrated into class throughout the week, concluding on Friday in a combined reading and art project with Temple student-volunteers. Some of the children, Fox said, take multiple means of transportation to get to school each day. Others live in homeless shelters or low-income housing. Fox said one of her students last year lived in a homeless shelter from December to the end of the school year. She added that Alaine Locke, in the Philadelphia School District, is in busing distance of six homeless shelters. “These children have gone through so much more life than we have,” said Trinh Nguyen, a junior art education major. “I feel like the bar in society is already set so low for them, but they exceed that.” Nguyen works as the “art translator” and develops ideas for art projects and presentations based on the reading. Colon said many of the second-graders view Robinson as a mentor. Because the children often lack permanent relationships

COURTESY / TIFFANY REEDER Patty Fox’s second grade class at Alaine Locke Elementary School spends time with SEAC volunteers, which include Temple students.

in their lives, a goal of SEAC is to provide children with stable role models in the form of Temple students, Colon said. “A lot of these kids have so many people coming in and out of their lives,” Colon said. “We are not going to be the people to bring somebody else to leave again.” Fox said her students progressed from rarely reading at the beginning of the year to enthusiastically reading together by the end. This year, only about

two of her students could read at grade level at the start of classes. “Some people, they just kind of see another inner-city kid,” Robinson said. “But when they actually are inside the classroom and you’re reading to them, and you are teaching them different art skills, and different art forms, they start to work together and learn and develop themselves together. I think being able to give them that platform to do that is remarkable.” For Colon, the greatest part

of the program is recognizing its long-term impact. “You have individual moments that touch you…[like] to know that in three years something that we did today can translate,” Colon said. “Maybe someone graduates high school, or maybe someone reads on grade level. I think the larger scale is what really affects me.”

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ART rhythm through the curving lines of crayon and graphite, each scribble revealing the gestures of his hand in the artwork. While some artists draw preliminary sketches before creating a painting, these drawings are not early drafts, but completely separate works, Healy added. For Whitney, each medium serves a different function in his art. “The medium dictates the work,” Whitney said. “Painting deals more with math, and drawing deals more with line. Every medium gives you something different.” Ghenov said the rhythmic quality of Whitney’s work transcends visual art and even music. “Although he himself and others have spoken of the work vis-à-vis music, especially that of jazz, the work does more than simply compare,” Ghenov said. “For me, he’s carrying the torch of Coltrane, Dolphy, Coleman, Rollins, Davis.” Whitney’s guidance has greatly shaped Ghenov, he said, both on an artistic and personal level. Ghenov said Whitney was able to bring out complexities in students when they couldn’t express themselves verbally or visually. Even as Ghenov paints today, he said he can feel the lingering influence of Whitney in his work. “His voice and work are always present in my studio, ghosts that remain because I trust and love them,” he said. When Ghenov felt something that he couldn’t quite articulate in words or on the canvas, Whitney could “peer” into that inner thought and draw it out of him, he said. “His approach to teaching was holistic, everything mattered, everything connected,” Ghenov said. “He spoke the voice of things that in culture remained hidden.”

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Syrian music group to perform in TPAC Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a Philadelphiabased nonprofit organization, will host a Syrian music performance on Tuesday in the Temple Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Al-Bustan was created to “offer structured exposure” to Arab culture, according to its website. The organization aims to educate Philadelphians about Arab-American cultural identity through artistic and educational events. Last year, Al-Bustan performed near Main Campus at the Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond streets as part of a three-part concert event called “Musical Encounters.” -Amanda Lien

specifically to people of color. When Beale became the director of the kinesiology department’s Physical Activity Program, she instituted A Stroke in the Right Direction to fulfill the curriculum requirement of a community-based learning program. “[Bringing in] the area of aquatics comes from my personal upbringing,” Beale said. “The idea of competitive swimming really helped save the lives of my sister and myself in the sense of the opportunities and the things we didn’t necessarily have growing up.” Beale said she credits Temple students and adjunct faculty members for helping her create the program. Without their help, she said she wouldn’t have been able to do the correct research and find the organizations with which she collaborated. Anne Wilkinson, the associate director for assessment, training and

marketing at Campus Recreation and an adjunct kinesiology instructor, works as a research developer for A Stroke in the Right Direction. “Knowing that this could help change the world is what sold me,” Wilkinson said. “We are giving these children the opportunity to see the world in a different light, and to feel achievement, to feel better about themselves and to just be excited.” This past summer, A Stroke in the Right Direction collaborated with the United Muslim Masjid, a mosque on 15th and Webster streets in South Philadelphia, for part of UMN’s sixweek summer camp. Beale taught 60 children between ages 5 and 13 the fundamentals of water safety. The previous summer, the program hosted about 150 participants from ages 12 to 18 years old in collaboration with Philadelphia City Rowing. “Participants are not just learning how to swim,” Beale said. “No, that’s the easy part. We are getting the kids to sit, control their mouth, control their body,

to listen and respect each other.” A native of the North Philadelphia neighborhood Nicetown-Tioga, Beale began her swimming career with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation on a team coached by Jim Ellis. In 1972, Ellis formed the first swim team under the then-Philadelphia Department of Recreation. The creation of his team, which was comprised entirely of Black swimmers, represented a landmark event within the nearly all-white sport. “Had I not had a coach like Jim Ellis or a community like Philadelphia Parks and Rec, someone that had that same desire to make a difference through a different physical activity medium, I don’t know where I would be,” Beale said. “Giving someone the gift to swim in addition to confidence that translates outside of the water, nothing can compare to that,” Wilkinson said.

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First aid kits given away at TUReady Fair The Office of Emergency Management will host the TUReady Fair on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Columbia Plaza at Liacouras Walk and Cecil B. Moore Ave. The event will feature free food, live music, giveaways and activities about emergency preparedness and safety. Attendees can pick up free safety supplies like a miniature first aid kit. Free Jimmy John’s sandwiches and Insomnia cookies will also be available. In addition to the Office of Emergency Management, other campus organizations including Campus Safety Services, Temple Student Government, ROTC, IDEAL and the Office of Sustainability will contribute to the event. -Alaina DeLeone

Library hosts talk on Philly soul producers Radio broadcaster and 1997 radio, television and film alumna Dyana Williams and music producer Will Coloan will discuss the legacy of Philadelphia music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff next Monday at 2 p.m. in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection inside Sullivan Hall. Gamble and Huff are known as the architects of Philadelphia soul music in the 1970s. They worked with musicians like Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and the O’Jays. The event, titled “Gamble & Huff: A Definite Sensual Soundtrack for Intimacy,” is part of Temple University Libraries’ annual Beyond the Page public programming series. -Ian Walker

JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS This past summer, Angela Beale, a kinesiology professor, taught 60 children water safety skills at a summer camp.

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POETRY childhood. She declined to share the names of the poets, due to the secrecy of the event. Mayson will perform a poem that she wrote about Karyn Olivier’s Monument Lab project, “The Battle Is Joined,” in which Olivier has covered the Battle of Germantown monument in Vernon Park with a mirrored casing, showing the reflections of passersby. Mayson is the executive director of Historic Germantown, a partnership of 16 houses, destinations and museums in Northwest Philadelphia. In a Mural Arts video, Olivier, a sculpture professor, said she hopes

the reflections will allow people “a reconsidering of each moment, and how precious it is.” Mayson’s poem will be written from the perspective of an elderly person, reflecting on the American Revolutionary War monument and why Olivier covered the structure. “Karyn Olivier was able to get people talking with her work,” Mason said. Wisher, who also lives in Germantown, has been writing since she was 8 years old. It was then that she fell in love with the human language. “Language became an elevated music form for me,” she said. “Poetry was a way of reflecting on my life, but also boiling it down to music.” Wisher turned her words into

monuments through her poetry, she said, like “Monk Eats an Afro” and “Peace is a Haiku Song.” She wrote the latter poetry book with Sonia Sanchez, the city’s first poet laureate and a former English professor. Wisher’s original reason for coming to the city was to study under Sanchez, whom she admired as a mother, civil rights activist and poet. Wisher began her time in the city’s public arts world as the director of art education for Mural Arts. She left the job in 2015 and was named the city’s poet laureate the following year. “It’s a great community and it feels as though I never left,” Wisher said.

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FIELD HOCKEY

‘Junk-ball’ mentality helps senior captain score goals Rachael Mueller leads the Owls with five goals, including Sunday’s overtime game-winner. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Field Hockey Beat Reporter

Rachael Mueller did whatever she could in the second half to initiate another goal as the Owls unsuccessfully tried to upset top-ranked Connecticut on Friday. She moved to try to get in open space for a pass. Mueller also pressured the Huskies’ defense by chasing the ball down in the last 10 minutes to try to force an error to produce an extra goal. Mueller’s work paid off with a win Sunday against Sacred Heart University. She flagged down a pass in overtime and beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one matchup to win the Owls’ third game of the season. The senior midfielder has continued to be the dominant force for the Owls’ attack, just as she was in 2016. Mueller led the Owls in goals with 10 as a junior and ranked third on the team in shots on goal with 20. Nine games into her senior season, Mueller is once again leading the Owls in scoring with five goals. Mueller also leads the team in shots on goal and total shots. “I don’t care how the ball gets

in the net,” Mueller said. “No matter how pretty or unpretty, I just do everything I can to score to help the team win.” The difference this season for Mueller is she is also contributing with her passing game. As a junior, she did not have any assists. This season, she leads Temple with four assists. She attributes her increase in assists to a position change in the offseason. Rather than being a player coming on the second wave of penalty-corner tries to score goals, Mueller is now playing as a stick stopper — the player who receives the initial pass. Mueller is now the go-to player on penalty corners to set up her teammates for open shots. The improved passing in Mueller’s game has coach Marybeth Freeman excited. “To us, an assist is just as good as a goal,” Freeman said. “It really is. It means that she is working with her teammates in a positive, collaborative environment, and that is the kind of hockey we’re trying to play.” Mueller has provided a spark for Temple’s offense right before the majority of conference play. In the last four games, Temple has scored nine goals compared to just three goals in the first four games. Mueller has three goals and two assists in the most recent four-game stretch. The team has incorporated its midfield into the attack to create more favorable matchups on of-

fense, Mueller said. “Now it’s not like three forwards going against four defenders,” she added. “The added numbers is definitely what’s helping us put the ball in the back of the net.” Redshirt-senior forward Sarah Keer has found her rhythm offensively alongside Mueller. Keer finished fourth on the team with 10 points in 2016 and is third with six this year. Keer and Mueller are often grouped together, whether it be in practice or during a game when the two are subbed out at similar times. With Mueller and Keer starting to get the offense going, Temple looks to improve its attack. The Owls are 62nd in Division I with a 1.44 goals per game average. “She probably won’t like me saying this, but Rachael is kind of a junk-ball player,” Keer said. “She likes to get the touches in and the unconventional passes to get around the goalie, and I’m more of a hard hitter. But our difference in styles play off of each other in a kind of unique way on the field.” Mueller laughed at being called “a junk-ball player.” “I would describe my play as putting the ball in the net when the ball needs to be put in the net,” Mueller said. “I’m there for the rebounds with a lot of feistiness and grit.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer

FOOTBALL

Former AAC kicker hits game-winner for the Philadelphia Eagles A 61-yard field goal by rookie Jake Elliott gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 27-24 win against the New York Giants as time expired on Sunday. His kick is a new Philadelphia Eagles team record for longest field goal. Sunday wasn’t Elliott’s first time kicking at Lincoln Financial Field. In his career at American Athletic Conference school Memphis from 2013-16, he played against Temple twice in Philadelphia. He made three of his four field goal attempts in 2014 and converted four of five tries in 2015. He holds The American’s career records in made field goals with 81 and points with 445. Elliott is now 4-for-6 on field goal attempts with the Eagles. The Eagles signed Elliott off the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad on Sept. 12 after Caleb Sturgis suffered a hip flexor injury in Week 1. -Evan Easterling

Nutile and Marchi to receive most of top reps The Owls played three different quarterbacks in their 43-7 loss against American Athletic Conference foe South Florida last week. Redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi started the game, freshman Todd Centeio ran two plays in the second quarter and redshirt junior Frank Nutile played the majority of the second half. Coach Geoff Collins didn’t name a starter for Temple’s home game against Houston at noon on Saturday, but he said Marchi and Nutile will get most of the practice time with the first-team offense this week. “Right now, the focus is on Frank and Logan,” Collins said during The American’s weekly teleconference Monday. “We told Toddy, we told [Anthony] Russo, their performances during the week, as we do for every position, will give them an opportunity to open some doors to give themselves some more playing time. The reps, most of them, for the ones and the twos will go to Logan and Frank.” The trio of Marchi, Centeio and Nutile completed 7-of-25 passes for 89 yards and four interceptions. Marchi threw three, while Nutile threw one. Centeio was sacked on both of his plays in the second quarter. The only quarterback yet to see game action this season is redshirt freshman Anthony Russo. He originally committed to Rutgers University in January 2016, but he decommitted and signed his letter of intent with Temple one month later, according to 247Sports. Collins said the coaching staff didn’t think about putting Russo in at quarterback late in the fourth quarter while Temple was trailing by 36 points against South Florida. “That didn’t come up,” Collins said. “We already played three, and we just decided to stick with that.” -Tom Ignudo

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try to sleep until three o’clock in the afternoon. When my father wakes up, everybody wakes up in the house.” Larry Clark, a Vietnam War Army veteran, woke Russell up at 6 a.m. for chores like raking leaves, walking the dogs and cleaning the pool. After Russell completed his chores, Larry Clark rewarded him by taking him out to breakfast. L.J. Clark said his father and Russell developed a good relationship. The two watched football together every weekend. He even taught Russell how to drive a car. L.J. Clark said his father watches every game Russell plays and will call or text Russell to let him know

that he missed a tackle. “Chapelle likes that type of stuff, he likes the structure,” L.J. Clark said. When Russell enrolled at Temple, the Clarks helped him move into his dorm. Barbara Clark said she bought him his bedspread, pillows and blankets. Russell was just getting settled into his new home at Temple. He was watching a movie with former linebacker Avery Williams when the phone rang. It was then-defensive backs coach Francis Brown, who was with his mother. He told him to come to Edberg-Olson Hall. Once Russell got there, he found out his father died of brain and back cancer. Through high school, Russell’s last name was Cook. He changed it to his father’s last name after he

passed. Russell said it was tough dealing with his father’s death, but he uses it as motivation and knows his father is watching over him on the field. “This was always the dream,” Russell said. “Playing Division I football and coming from all of the stuff I been through, all the bumps on my road to finally make it here, being able to make plays on Saturdays, my mother in the stands, it just brightens her day, brightens my day. … So it’s finally good to see the little pal that everybody used to see running around do what I’m doing now.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

VOLLEYBALL

Two seniors receive AAC honor roll distinction Senior setter Kyra Coundourides and senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz earned honor roll distinction in the American Athletic Conference’s weekly awards announced on Monday. The Owls opened conference play with a loss on Friday to Wichita State, then ranked No. 24 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, before they swept Memphis on Sunday. Coundourides averaged a double-double in the two matches. Rapacz had a career-high 21 kills on Friday and had a 35 percent attack success rate on Sunday against Memphis. Coundourides is seventh in The American in assists per set, and Rapacz leads the conference in blocks per set. -Evan Easterling

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VOLLEYBALL

Defensive style of play defines early-season identity The Owls are in the top 20 in Division I in blocks per set. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter Within two years, the Owls have improved 197 spots in blocks per set rankings in Division I. In 2015, Temple ranked 213th with 1.89 blocks per set. The Owls ranked 125th last season at 2.14 blocks per set. This season, the Owls have continued their year-to-year improvement at the net. Temple is the 16th-best team in Division I in blocks per set, averaging 2.87 through 10 matches. The Owls (5-5, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) set their defensive tone early in the season. In its first game against Northeastern University, Temple closed out its sweep of the Huskies with a double block by senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz and junior middle blocker Carla Guennewig. Since then, the Owls have reached double figures in total blocks in seven games, including Sunday’s sweep of Memphis. The numbers reflect Temple’s defensive culture, but the Owls have always been a defensive-minded team even if it didn’t show on the stat sheet, senior outside hitter and co-captain Dara Peric said. “Our style of play hasn’t really changed much in the last couple of years, at least since I’ve been here,” Peric said. “We try to have good defense and always focus on having

good first touches.” “An issue that we had [earlier] was not working as a team, and I think we’ve definitely finally clicked,” Rapacz said. Rapacz, senior middle blocker Janine Simmons and junior middle blocker Iva Deak, rank in the top 60 in blocks per set among all Division I players this season. The trio also leads The American in blocks per set. Rapacz has 1.34, Simmons has 1.32 and Deak has 1.25. Temple’s defensive effort this season has

been fruitful. In each of its five wins, Temple has recorded 11 total blocks. Temple’s season high in blocks came in a 3-2 loss to the University of Maryland when it had 18 blocks on Aug. 26. Although Temple lost the match, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam said it was probably one the best matches the team has played. “Defense is certainly one of our strengths and definitely something we identify with,” Peric said. “If we manage to keep that at a certain level, everything else should pretty

MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior middle blocker Janine Simmons (left) and senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz attempt to block a Wichita State attack during Friday’s loss at McGonigle Hall.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Former lax standout returns to soccer pitch for first time since high school Graduate forward Morgan Glassford has two goals through nine games. BY ALEX MCGINLEY For The Temple News When Temple lost to the University of Florida in last season’s Big East Conference semifinal, Morgan Glassford’s NCAA lacrosse career ended. But her collegiate soccer career was about to begin. Glassford earned the Central League MVP and Delaware County Player of the Year awards in soccer at Strath Haven High School in 2012. After playing four years of college lacrosse, Glassford made the transition to the Owls’ soccer team as a graduate student at the forward position. She scored the first two goals of her career in an 8-0 victory against Delaware State University on Sept. 17. “It felt great to finally score,” Glassford said. “It was great that I got the finishes that I wanted. It gave me a lot of confidence.” “We try to keep her positive because she hasn’t played soccer in a while,” senior forward Gabriella McKeown said. “We encourage her to work hard and try to bring her back to the same level she was before.” Glassford has played in seven games so far and recorded five shots. She prepared for the transition from lacrosse to soccer this summer with her boyfriend, former Temple men’s soccer player Matt Mahoney. He started 62 games for Temple from 2013-16 and is currently a defender for the Bethlehem Steel of the United Soccer League, which is affiliated with Major League Soccer. The two worked on soccer fundamentals like dribbling, passing, shooting and crosses. She said her touch was the skill she needed to improve the most. Before this season, Glassford hadn’t played competitive soccer since high school, but she has impressed coach Seamus O’Connor with her adjustment

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HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Graduate forward Morgan Glassford (center) approaches the net during Temple’s 8-0 win against Delaware State University on Sept. 17 at the Temple Sports Complex.

to the speed of Division I soccer. “She played on a lot of teams before coming to play here,” O’Connor said. “I didn’t expect her to adjust to the more complex tactics right away. I wanted and expected her to just focus on the basic skills such as dribbling and shooting. She has acquired a ton of confidence. ... She has grown so much at her position since August.” Glassford said the recruiting process was tough in high school because she had to pick between playing lacrosse or soccer in college. Drexel, Robert Morris University, Villanova and Lafayette College recruited her for lacrosse. “It was a really difficult decision because it was getting close to the time of choosing,” Glassford said. “My mom played lacrosse and was my coach for years, and it ended up working out that way.” In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Glassford earned Big East first-team

honors. She holds the lacrosse program’s career record for draw controls with 174. Glassford helped the lacrosse team make the Big East tournament final in her junior season. She said her postseason experience with the lacrosse team can help the soccer team get back to the American Athletic Conference tournament. The Owls are coming off a 3-16 season in 2016. They missed the conference tournament for the first time since they posted a 2-6-1 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012. “I already know what it takes to get a team to the playoffs,” Glassford said. “I knew coming in that I had to prove to be the best. It prepared me for the team aspect of sports and taught me teamwork skills as well.” alex.mcginley@temple.edu

much follow along.” When Temple struggles at the net it struggles all around, too. During their loss against Colgate University on Sept. 1, the Owls recorded a season-low three blocks. Temple’s inability to effectively make first contact against Colgate led to the Owls hitting 4.5 percent, including a set in which Temple hit just negative 3.4 percent. It was Temple’s worst hitting percentage of the season and the only time the Owls have been swept in 2017. Simmons said games when the Owls underperformed highlighted where they needed to improve. “We knew we should’ve been able to come together as a team and didn’t,” Simmons said of the Colgate game. “It made us go back to the drawing board and see what we need to do. That really helped us create that [defensive] identity.” Simmons leads the team with eight solo blocks and 45 total blocks. Before the season started, Simmons made a goal to increase her block totals. Temple’s defensive progression has been a main focus throughout the season, and the team is happy to see its hard work pay off, Simmons said. “The team’s defense and blocking is very well,” Deak said. “We practice blocking a lot during practices and coach does a very good job of explaining to us the timing and technique, so I think we’ll get even better as time goes by.” austin.ampeloquio@temple.edu @AustinPaulAmp

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POSTSEASON out for the conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, coach David MacWilliams said. “Anybody can win it once you get in that conference tournament,” MacWilliams said. Temple started play in The American with a 2-0 loss to Connecticut on Saturday. The team will face Memphis, which won its conference opener, on Saturday after a matchup against Penn State on Wednesday. Last year, Temple finished six out of eight teams with eight points and missed the conference tournament. Entering Temple’s final game against South Florida, several scenarios existed for how the Owls could have finished the season. A win most likely would’ve gotten the Owls a bid in The American’s tournament. Temple’s loss and the outcomes of other conference games affected its place in the standings. “Going into the last game, we could’ve finished as high as second and as low as seventh,” MacWilliams said. “Everybody else only had between two and four wins, so it is very competitive.” The team is optimistic, despite its trend during conference play. Since joining The American in 2013, the Owls haven’t won more than three conference games in any season. This is, in part, due to the quality of opponents in the conference. Southern Methodist is currently ranked 19th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. South Florida finished 2016 ranked 30th in the RPI. “We play these out-of-conference games, and sure, they’re competitive, but nothing like when it comes to conference,” redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela said. “Everyone’s a lot better, a lot faster, a lot stronger, so we really all need to just pick it up and play our best game.” In previous years, Temple has struggled to score against conference teams. In regular season and postseason conference games from 2014-16, the Owls have scored 20 goals compared to their opponents’ 47. The Owls haven’t had a multi-goal performance in a span of 10 regular-season and postseason conference games dating back to their win on Oct. 24, 2015 against Cincinnati. Scoring becomes important during conference play because the games are often close, Grasela said. Last season, Temple played in seven conference games and six of them were decided by one goal or fewer. On Sept. 19, Temple snapped a three-game scoreless streak with a four-goal outburst in its victory against Duquesne University. This win helped the Owls gain confidence with conference play looming. “We saw other teams not doing as well as last year, and we know we are not afraid at all,” Doerner said. “I think especially with the win with four goals during the week, we know that we can score goals. We know that we have good guys on the team, and that’s why we are not scared at all.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

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O’Connor has ‘healthy competition’ for starting keeper

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Morgan Basileo has started five games while Jordan Nash has started four. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter

Goalkeeper

Jordan Nash Junior

Morgan Basileo Sophomore

Starts Saves Goals-against-average Goals-allowed Record Shots Faced

4 23 1.7 8 1-3 62 0.742

5 19 0.42 2 3-1-1 53 0.905

Save Percentage

Morgan Basileo learned she would start her first game in net a mere 24 hours prior to kickoff. The sophomore goalie immediately told her parents, bringing a tear to her father’s eye. “My parents come to almost all of the games dating back to last season when I didn’t get in at all,” Basileo said. “It was great to have them come out and support me during my first start.” Basileo didn’t have much time to overthink the possibility of conceding her first goal, but the inevitable came just nine minutes into her first start. She was perfect for the rest of her debut, pitching a shutout for the remaining 81 minutes en route to a 3-1 win against Rider University on Aug. 31. After the Owls’ victory against Rider, Basileo held three consecutive teams — Mount St. Mary’s University, Towson University and Delaware State University — scoreless before conceding the lone goal in a loss to Central Connecticut State University on Saturday. She had 12 saves in the three shutout performances. Basileo only played the first half of Temple’s 8-0 victory against Delaware State. The remaining time went to junior goalkeeper Jordan Nash, who started 18 of 19 games last season and had an American Athletic Conferencebest 120 saves. Nash assumed starting goalie duties for the 2017 season. After Nash posted a 1-3 record and allowed eight goals, coach Seamus O’Connor decided to make a change at goalie. “There are two starting goalies on this team,” O’Connor said. “It’s Morgan’s job for right now as long as she’s playing well. If she stops playing well, then I have no problem putting Jordan in.” Basileo isn’t used to competition for the starting goalie position. She said she

doesn’t recall a team she played for that had two starting goalies like the Owls do. “Having someone else right there with you definitely pushes you harder on the field, in fitness and in the weight room,” Basileo said. “You know that at any moment if you make a mistake there’s someone there who can take your spot.” Nash, on the other hand, has had competition in the past. O’Connor said this year’s goalie situation is similar to that of the 2015 season when Nash and former goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff competed for playing time in training camp and early in the season. The competition ended prematurely when Kerkhoff broke her leg in September against Penn, allowing the then-freshman Nash to start 15 games in 2015. She recorded an average 1.02 goals against average in her rookie season. The two goalies have a notable difference, O’Connor said. Nash’s natural ability to be loud and vocal on the field is key and something he constantly works on with Basileo, he said. Basileo has gotten louder and better at communicating with the defense and everyone on the field with every start, O’Connor said. “I think Morgan just naturally has a more quiet personality,” sophomore defender Lacey Powell said. “Communication from the goalie is so key, and Morgan has definitely gotten more comfortable being vocal with more playing time.” O’Connor has used up to 20 field players in games this season and likes to have constant competition for playing time. The same goes for his goalkeepers. “Having two goalies like Morgan and Jordan is great because the healthy competition it creates makes us, as a team, better,” O’Connor said. “You also can’t plan for freak injuries, but it’s good to know we always have someone else ready if somebody goes down.” danielwilson20@temple.edu @dan_wilson4

HOJUN YU (PHOTO), COURTNEY REDMON (DESIGN) / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior goalkeeper Jordan Nash (left) and sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Basileo have each started four or more games this season.

CROSS COUNTRY

Danish runners are living the ‘American dream’ The three freshmen are making an impact on the men’s and women’s cross country teams. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter During practices, Kristian Jensen and other members of the cross country team like to mess with Anton Harrsen. They pick up rocks along the course and give them to the freshman geology major. The study of rocks is one of Harrsen’s favorite parts about coming to America. The other is running for the cross country team. “The geology aspect over here is great,” said the Helsingor, Denmark native. “There [are] so many cool rocks. It is funny how my teammates have no respect for geology.” Harrsen, Jensen and Helene Gottlieb are the team’s three freshman runners from

Denmark. Gottlieb came straight from Naerum Gymnasium, a high school in Denmark, to join Temple’s program. Both Jensen and Harrsen spent last year in Denmark attending Aarhus University. Jensen was the first of the two to receive the opportunity to run at Temple. When Jensen committed to Temple, Harrsen “clung onto Kristian” to become an Owl, Harrsen said. Prior to meeting Jensen, Harrsen said he didn’t take cross country seriously. But Jensen took Harrsen under his wing as the two began training with each other independently. In Fall 2016, Harrsen had a 5,000-meter time around 15 minutes and 19 seconds, he said. Currently his personal-best 5,000 time is 14:32. After the first two meets, the Temple Invitational and Rider Invitational, Jensen has finished no lower than third. Harrsen has placed eighth and fifth, while Gottlieb has finished 11th and fourth in the invitationals. Since Jensen and Harrsen arrived at

Temple, they have taken advantage of the more “professional setup” here in the United States. “In Denmark you are on your own,” Jensen said. “Athletics and school don’t mix well. Here you have coaches ready for you in [the] morning, you have the trainer ready for you at all times, you go to class and use a meal plan after. Everything is set up for you to succeed.” While the trio enjoys life in the U.S., they are more than 3,700 miles away from their home country. Jensen said he gets homesick, but he uses it as motivation to train. Gottlieb doesn’t get to see Jensen and Harrsen as much because they are on different teams. But when she sees either of them, they jump into a conversation in Danish. “It is great knowing [ Jensen and Harrsen] are there and we can relate since we are in the same situation,” Gottlieb said. “They say Denmark is the happiest

country in the world,” coach James Snyder said. “They really embody that. Not having a structured system like the NCAA in Denmark, they come in with a greater appreciation. We see that we don’t need to baby them.” Some runners from Europe tend to stay one year and return home, Snyder said. But that hasn’t been the case. Jensen is enjoying the student-athlete life. Being in Philadelphia allows the group to experience city life they weren’t able to in Denmark. Jensen gets reminded of his current home during the last 80-meter sprint of every Tuesday training session. “During the final sprint you see the skyline from Center City,” Jensen said. “You can’t finish bad when you have a view like that. It is so cool. We are living the American dream here.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

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MEN’S SOCCER

Owls must ‘show up’ in conference games The Owls began American Athletic Conference play on Saturday and hope to qualify for the conference tournament. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

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ith their goal clearly defined, the Owls know what they need to do now that American Athletic Conference play has

started. This season, Temple wants to reach the NCAA tournament, and the team only sees one way to get there — through The American’s postseason playoff. “We know what we need to do,” junior midfielder Hermann Doerner said. “It’s not possible anymore to get into the tournament with our ranking. That’s why we know we have to show up in conference and to win the conference tournament to reach our goal.” The Owls (2-5-1, 0-1 The American) don’t believe their record will be good enough to qualify them for an at-large bid. Temple’s 10 wins last season earned it the 85th spot in the Ratings Percentage Index. Of the 48 teams that make the NCAA tournament, only 24 earn at-large bids. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams from The American will duke it

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MICHAEL BARSHTEYN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior midfielder Hermann Doerner passes near the 18-yard box in Temple’s 4-1 win against Duquesne University on Sept. 19 at the Temple Sports Complex.

FOOTBALL

‘This boy was on a mission, and I could see it’ Linebacker Chapelle Russell lived with his high school coach’s parents before coming to Temple in 2015. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor L.J. Clark could see it in Chapelle Russell’s body language after practice. The redshirt-sophomore linebacker — then a junior at Lakewood High School in New Jersey — didn’t want to go back to the Red Carpet Inn, where he lived at the time. The hotel, about a 25-minute drive from Lakewood, had no cable or kitchen. Russell’s mother, Nikita Smith, paid $40 a day to send him and his brother to school via taxi, he said. Smith, who is in the Navy, was getting deployed to another location soon, but Russell didn’t want to leave the Lakewood area. Clark, Lakewood’s football coach, offered Russell to spend the night at his parents’ house after practice. After staying at the house for a few days, Clark reached out to his mother, Barbara Clark, to make Russell living there a permanent solution. He still lives there today. “This boy was on a mission, and I could see it,” Barbara Clark said. “We’re a football family. … This was our mission, to get him where he needs to be. And it’s exactly where he is right now.” Russell has started the past three games for the Owls. His 34 tackles rank second on the team, and he has recorded 10 or more tackles in two games. Prior to Temple’s game against Tulane in 2016, Russell tore his ACL and had to miss the remainder of the season and 2017 spring practices. He wasn’t 100 percent healthy until the beginning of September, he said.

Four games into this season, Russell feels like he’s right where he belongs. “I waited my time behind some great guys like Tyler Matakevich, Stephaun Marshall, single-digit guys that carried on this linebacker tradition,” Russell said. “So I just wanted to be able to go out there, knowing that I was next up, and put on for guys like that.” Russell is originally from Hinesville, Georgia, but he moved often due to his mother being in the Navy. His mother and father separated when he was younger, and his father stayed in Georgia. As he grew up, Russell kept in touch with his father, who was sick for most of Russell’s life, L.J. Clark said. Russell lived in Virginia, Chicago, Baltimore and New York before he arrived in Lakewood when he was in the eighth grade. Russell finally settled in one spot once he moved into the Clark household with Barbara Clark and her husband, Larry Clark. The two knew Russell because they were involved with Lakewood’s football program. Before every home game, the couple cooked six pounds of bacon and 12 dozen eggs for the team. L.J. Clark also hosted team-building events at his parents’ house, where the team would bond over grilling food and swimming. Even with some familiarity with Russell, Barbara Clark said it was awkward when he first moved into her home. She tried to make him as comfortable as possible. She bought him his favorite cereals: Apple Jacks and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But Russell had to get used to the rules of the house. “My father was in the military,” L.J. Clark said. “My father is…very structure-oriented. Chapelle, a normal high school kid, he would

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SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Chapelle Russell waits for the ball to be snapped during Temple’s win against the University of Massachusetts on Sept. 15 at Lincoln Financial Field.

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BRIEFS | PAGE 13

Coach Seamus O’Connor said he has two starting caliber goalies in Morgan Basileo and Jordan Nash, who have each played five games.

Year-to-year improvements in blocking during the last three seasons have led to a top20 ranking in the statistical category through 10 games.

Former lacrosse player Morgan Glassford is playing soccer at a competitive level for the first time since high school.

Former American Athletic Conference kicker hits gamewinner for the Philadelphia Eagles, other news and notes.

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