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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017


Student’s alleged killer to appear in court Former student Joshua Hupperterz told his attorney he “did not cause any harm” to slain junior film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK News Editor


former Temple student charged in the killing of junior media film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh will appear in court on Wednesday. Joshua Hupperterz, 29, a former adver-

tising major, is accused of having killed Burleigh in his apartment on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Burleigh died from strangulation and blunt force trauma. Burleigh was last seen leaving Pub Webb, a bar on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th, with Hupperterz on Aug. 31. Hupperterz will appear in court for the first time for his pretrial hearing, which was postponed in late September per a request from his attorney David Nenner to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dugan. Hupperterz told Nenner he “did not cause any harm” to Burleigh. Nenner requested the postponement because he need-


ed more time “for further investigation” of Burleigh’s murder, Nenner said outside the courtroom in September. Nenner could not be reached for comment. At pretrial hearings, judges traditionally approve the dates and location of the upcoming trial. The defendant also usually pleads guilty or not guilty and plea bargains are agreed upon. Legal teams also determine which evidence is admissible in the trial. Burleigh was missing for two days before her body was found more than 100 miles from Main Campus in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, inside a plastic storage container on a property owned by Hupperterz’s

grandmother. Burleigh’s disappearance shook the Temple community after a state-wide search for her body. After Burleigh was found dead, Temple Police reported higher usage rates of its Walking Escort Program, which allows students to request that a TUPD official walk them home any time from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hupperterz is in custody on charges for murder, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence and separate drug-related charges.

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University properties still vacant Temple owns most of the properties on North Broad Street between Oxford and Thompson. BY MATTHEW McCANN & GILLIAN McGOLDRICK For The Temple News The university owns more than 100 properties in North Philadelphia near Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus, but some of these properties remain vacant. In August, Vice President of Temple’s Project Delivery Group Dozie Ibeh said the university has a “crisis of space” on Main Campus. As the university continues to grow in numbers and size, The Temple News has reached out to officials to see if there are any future plans for to address the spatial “crisis” on Main Campus, inquiring specifically about the vacant properties the university owns. Temple has no immediate plans for the properties, a university spokesman said. But the university has invested money in the upkeep of these properties for years. More than 20 years ago, Temple purchased some of these properties, which have the potential to increase in value as the university expands in North Philadelphia. In 1970, Temple purchased the Burk Mansion, which is on Broad Street near Thompson for $2, according to city records. This property is worth more than $2.5 million today, but costs the university $300,000 per year for upkeep, ac-


GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior cornerback Mike Jones celebrates a play during the Owls’ 28-24 loss to Connecticut on Oct. 14 at Lincoln Financial Field.

OWLS BOWL BOUND AGAIN For the seventh time in the past nine seasons, Temple is bowl eligible after Saturday’s win. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor Temple is bowl eligible for the fourth year in a row for the first time in program history. The Owls’ seniors are the all-

time winningest class in school history, surpassing the class of 2011’s 31 wins. Coach Geoff Collins wanted his team to generate more turnovers heading into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa. Temple (6-6, 4-4 American Athletic Conference) entered the game ranking near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision in turnovers per game. Senior safety Sean Chandler caught an interception — Tulsa third-string sophomore quarterback Will Hefley III’s third

turnover of the game — with less than a minute to go in Temple’s 43-22 win at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Oklahoma. After Chandler’s 49-yard return, redshirt-junior defensive lineman Freddie Booth-Lloyd drenched Collins with a celebratory bath of ice water from a cooler on the sideline. It signified the official salvage of a season once on the brink of being lost.



Handling sexual assaults with an ‘ocean in between us’ When sexual assault is reported at Temple University Japan, students are referred to services on Main Campus. BY ERIN MORAN For The Temple News TOKYO — A full-time student at

MARGO REED / THE TEMPLE NEWS Women stand in the “Women Only” car on Tokyo public transportation on Monday. The car is designated for women during certain hours.

Temple University Japan said she doesn’t have enough fingers to count how many people she knows who have experienced sexual assault at her

university. When the sophomore political science major decided she wanted to report her sexual assault in early May, she first went to the Office of Student Services because she didn’t know where to start. The Temple News is withholding the student’s name because her investigation is ongoing. Administrators told her they hadn’t dealt with a sexual assault case at TUJ in several years. They told her they’d consult with other officials at TUJ, like Thomas Dreves,

TUJ’s general counsel who serves as a student conduct administrator, and officials from Main Campus. They said they’d get back to her about how to proceed with a case. More than three weeks passed before she received an email from OSS about opening the case. “Everything they have to do has to go through Main Campus, but also there’s a f-----g ocean in between us,” she said. TUJ’s campus is located in two office buildings in the Minato District


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Temple will determine potential changes to its decentralized budget model next month. Read more on Page 2.

Two columnists wrote about thier opposing views on whether professors should take attendance in class. Read more on Page 5.

A freshman business major received assistance from a high school teacher to pay for her housing. Read more on Page 7.

Temple will play in its first postseason match since the 2002 NCAA tournament on Tuesday in West Virginia. Read more on Page 16.




University decentralized budget: explained Temple will review its decentralized budget, which gives each school and college control over its funds. BY JULIE CHRISTIE Enterprise Editor Starting next month, the university will begin to determine changes to Temple’s current budget model for the fiscal year 2019. This review has been ongoing since Spring 2017 and aims to determine whether the current budget system, which was implemented three years ago, is working for all of Temple’s schools and colleges. But what is the budget system, why did it change and what’s going to happen next? Here’s what you need to know about the budget review. GRETA ANDERSON / THE TEMPLE NEWS


Before the budget changed in 2015, Temple operated on an “expenditure-based model,” said Ken Kaiser, the university’s chief financial officer and treasurer. This means that every school was annually allocated a fixed amount of money by the university to fund everything from programs to faculty salaries. Funding would be distributed by the Board of Trustees, and often the deans from Temple’s 17 schools and colleges would need to ask the Board to fund new programs or to hire new faculty. The schools and colleges received money based on enrollment in credit hours, meaning they would receive funding for every class a student took that was offered by the school, even if the student wasn’t directly a part of that college, said Jaison Kurichi, the associate vice president of budget and finance. “Budgets were very static,” Kaiser said. “It didn’t matter if a school was performing

really well or really poorly. Their budgets didn’t generally go up a lot or go down a lot.” The expenditure-based budget was easier to maintain in prior years because the university was receiving more funding from the state. Six years ago, the state legislature approved a 19 percent cut to Temple’s funding, dropping it from $172 million to $139 million. Since then, the university has gained back several million dollars, and for the past three years, Temple has received about $150 million from the state. In 2010, the CFO’s office and the Board of Trustees began to discuss a new budget model that would be more sustainable before the first budget cuts went into effect, Kaiser said. The new budget idea was a decentralized model called a Responsibility Centered Management budget, or RCM. The model put the deans of the schools in charge of everything. They determine where to spend the school’s money, like on programs or em-

ployee compensation. But they also have to generate some funds on their own through student enrollment and donations. “We, central administration, would have to make funding decisions and move money from one school to another, which generally isn’t well received by deans and so forth,” Kaiser said. “[With RCM], it’s up to the deans. They’re the master of the universe.” REVIEW PROCESS AND RESULTS

Part of the transition to RCM meant the university would complete a review after reaching three years of the new budget. During Spring 2017, Deloitte, a company that provides audit, consulting, tax and advisory services, surveyed faculty and administrators to learn what was working about RCM. According to the review and analysis the university released, nearly 47 percent

of the 2,384 full-time faculty and administrators responded to an online survey that asked them to review transparency and involvement with the budget and to evaluate how well RCM fulfilled its mission. The review’s key findings outlined an increased level of transparency, but that the process was complicated. Faculty members also reported difficulty accessing and assessing data due to staffing and training shortages. About 53 percent of survey respondents said they don’t know how their school or college prioritizes what should be funded. The survey also asked respondents to rank RCM’s ability to stick to its “founding, guiding principles,” like fairness and simplicity, on a scale of 1 to 5. These principles also include things like making the school mission-driven, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation and holding the people in charge accountable for decisions. While none of the rankings dipped below a 2.5 out of 5, none were higher than a 3 out of 5. Kaiser said his office plans to help schools consolidate the process for determining budgets by creating committees of faculty members to advise deans when allocating funds. He said the review highlighted a need to simplify the budgeting process, make data more accessible and help schools better understand what RCM is and how it works. “If we didn’t go to RCM, students would definitely, in my opinion, have been negatively affected,” Kaiser said. “We would just be whistling past a graveyard and watching resources melt away without taking proactive steps to make sure that we preserve and grow resources without just increasing tuition.” julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules

On-campus housing adds $300 winter break fee The fee was added to cover the operational costs of the buildings, officials said. BY LINDSAY BOWEN For The Temple News Students living in on-campus residence halls must pay a new $300 fee to stay in their hall during winter break, officials announced earlier this month. This fee applies to students who plan to stay in their residence hall past the closing date in December or who plan to return before the opening date in January. T.J. Logan, the associate vice president for Student Affairs, said the fee was added to cover the buildings’ operational costs. “Utilities and paying staff and security make up this cost,” he said. “This cost is not built into semester housing rates. It is only charged to the students who use this service.” “Winter break fees are very common in campus housing nationally,” Logan added. “They are put in place to cover the cost of having the building open.” Students must vacate their residence halls by Wednesday, Dec. 20 before 10 p.m. in accordance with the university Housing License, which sets the policies for a student’s housing contract. This license is put in place to ensure that students understand the policies, rules and procedures of the residence halls. Residence halls will reopen for the spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. If students are unable to leave by the Dec. 20 closing date due to conflicting exams or travel plans, they will be permitted to stay in their residence halls until Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. free of charge, Logan said. If students wish to stay past Dec. 21 or arrive earlier than the Jan. 13 reopening date, they must pay the winter break housing extension fee. University Housing and

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LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman Anand Ghorpadey talks with friends on the ninth floor of Hardwick Hall on Nov. 16. Students who plan to stay in their residence halls during winter break will be charged a new $300 fee.

Residential Life sent an email to students informing them of the fee on Nov. 13. Students can apply for extensions on TUPortal. The deadline to apply for a winter break housing extension is Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Students will be charged an extra $50 if they apply past this deadline. Makalyn Kowalik, a freshman sociology major living in Hardwick Hall, said she believes the fee is unfair. She lives more than 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma City and has to stay on campus until Dec. 22. “It’s ridiculously expensive for just an

extra day,” she said. “I either have to pay the extension fee or I have to get a hotel to stay overnight,” she added. “So being far away is kind of an inconvenience.” “I’m going to have to use extended housing in December,” said Faith Meier, a freshman film major living in Hardwick Hall who’s from Huntsville, Alabama. “I don’t have any choice in that fact that I can’t come home earlier.” If students are unable to afford this fee, they should contact the Assignments and

Billing office in 1910 Liacouras Walk, Logan said. “[The fee] is less about being beneficial to the university, and more about continuing to be responsible stewards of student resources,” Logan added. “It ultimately helps us to keep the cost of semester housing as affordable as possible.”

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SEPTA, community continue memorial talks The Freedom Fighters are working with SEPTA to add historical content about Cecil B. Moore in his namesake Broad Street Line station. BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News

When Karen Asper-Jordan stands outside SEPTA’s Cecil B. Moore subway station near Main Campus, she reflects on the times she stood arm and arm with the civil rights leader, after whom the station is named. Asper-Jordan is the head of the North Philadelphia community activist group called the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters. The group is engaged in conversations with SEPTA to assist in changing the Cecil B. Moore station to better recognize Moore’s legacy and the surrounding neighborhood’s history. On Nov. 21, the Freedom Fighters met with SEPTA representatives to share their thoughts on how to better represent Moore’s achievements into the station. Francis Kelly, SEPTA’s assistant general manager of government and public affairs, and Robert Lund, the assistant general manager of engineering, maintenance and construction, were both present at the meeting. “SEPTA hears our mission,

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students travel through SEPTA’s Cecil B. Moore subway station on Sunday.

but we haven’t always had the best relationship with them,” AsperJordan said. “They’ve done a lot of things that we weren’t pleased with or made aware of. I was not satisfied with the meeting. The conversations need to continue, because we are not in agreement.” Asper-Jordan declined to comment on specific agenda items discussed at the meeting, but indicated that the two groups will convene again. SEPTA and the Freedom Fighters have been negotiating plans for a memorial honoring Moore since August 2015, when Temple attempted to rebrand the Cecil B. Moore station as a part of its “Take Charge” initiative and posted advertisements on the exterior

and interior of the stop. After elected officials and community residents expressed their disdain for the advertisements, they were removed and talks began between SEPTA and the Freedom Fighters. “I have a lot of respect for what the Freedom Fighters are about,” Kelly said. “I have had many conversations with Karen, and they are a very spirited group. We are trying to give them the opportunity to do this.” As part of the ongoing discussions, SEPTA proposed new signage, displaying Moore’s name in a more prominent font outside the station. It also proposed a historical marker on a brick wall inside the stop’s lobby — that area already features a mosaic depicting

Moore, which is accompanied by a plaque. SEPTA also suggested the use of urban panels, which are video boards placed atop subway entrances. At this station, the urban panel would display a slideshow of photos of Moore. The transportation company is giving the activist group the opportunity to submit content for the proposed screens. Founded more than 50 years ago by the late activist Melvin “Mel” Dorn Shamlin, the group is committed to promoting racial equality. Moore, who graduated with a Temple law degree in 1953, was an influential figure during the civil rights movement. Shamlin played an instrumental role in petitioning to name the street adjacent to the station in Moore’s honor. Today, the Freedom Fighters consists of a core group of nearly 15 community residents. Asper-Jordan assumed the helm of the organization after Shamlin’s passing in 2014. “Cecil B. Moore was the most important person to live in North Philadelphia in the last 50 years,” said Molefi Kete Asante, professor and chair of the university’s Africology and African-American Studies department. “Students at Temple and community residents would all learn the same lesson from the station, and that is when you believe in something, and it changes the way people see

themselves and society, then it is something worth fighting for.” Asper-Jordan said the Freedom Fighters are concerned that the local community is forgetting the namesake of the station because the current mosaic and plaque installation is not easily visible. A station with new historical images on display would remind residents of the neighborhood’s history, she added. “Can you imagine people seeing people that look like them on a photograph from years ago, that did something to make a better way?” Asper-Jordan said. “It would be such a pride-builder.” Asper-Jordan hopes that members of the Temple community who use the subway station will be better educated about the struggle for racial equality that existed for many decades in North Philadelphia. “Temple students can learn not only the history, but that people were there before they got there,” she said. “Families were there before Temple encroached on a lot of the land.” “People who are transplanted into the community and are going to school here, they should know something about that subway stop,” she added. “They should know who Cecil B. Moore is. There’s a lot of history there.”

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Health System submits national LGBTQ survey The survey analyzes a medical facility’s policies and procedures for LGBTQ patients. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor Temple University Health System resubmitted its Human Rights Campaign 2018 Healthcare Equality Index survey last month, which is a tool used to assess a health care facility’s inclusion of LGBTQ patients. Temple Health LGBTQ Alliance Task Force officials said the results of the survey have not yet been released. TUHS first took the 2017 Healthcare Equality Index in Fall 2016 and received a score of 60 out of 100 points based on its policies and procedures regarding LGBT treatment. Since then, the task force has


spearheaded educational campaigns and changes to improve the facility’s treatment of LGBTQ patients. In order to become a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” a facility must receive 100 points, according to the HEI scoring guidelines. The survey is divided into five different categories: non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employment benefits and policies, patient and community engagement and responsible citizenship. According to documents from a meeting the task force held earlier this month, the 2017 survey found that the health system needed to address areas of inclusion, like its educational material and brochures for LGBTQ patients and its training in LGBTQ patient-centered care. Ben Moore, a chairman of the task force, said some of TUHS’ policy language was outdated with terms like “sexual preference”

instead of the more modern term “sexual orientation.” Terms like gender identity or gender expression were also not included in older policies. “It wasn’t really an inclusive environment here,” Moore said. “There wasn’t really anything visible for the patients to see to say, ‘Hey, we’re here. We can provide support for any LGBTQ community member.’” The task force, which began in September 2016, has worked to expand its resources for patients and mandatory LGBTQ health care training for its employees. The task force is made up of nine different subcommittees and 140 members from Temple University and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, including faculty members and students. Some of the topics on which the subcommittees are focused include outreach, medical school curriculum, finance and development and health systems policies. TUHS is also working to create an

LGBTQ Health Center. Dr. Robert Bettiker, a chairman of the task force, said the health center has short-term and long-term goals. The health system expects the health center to operate as a clinic dedicated to LGBTQ patients at the Health Sciences Campus next year, Bettiker said. Over the next 10 years, TUHS plans to expand the health center to include surgeons trained in transgender surgeries like genderaffirming surgery — an operation that changes one’s genitals to align with their gender identity. Different schools at the university, like the College of Public Health and the Beasley School of Law, would also be represented at the center, Bettiker added. Bettiker and Moore said TUHS plans to model its health center after other LGBTQ medical centers, like Boston University’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Moore toured the facility in September and said it “showed us that we’re not as far behind as we thought we were.” “We’ve been able to move a lot of mountains in the past year,” he added. The task force released a list of 91 LGBTQ-friendly physicians out of more than 1,000 total at TUHS for LGBTQ patients last week. The list is ongoing, and as officials reach out to more physicians it can grow, Moore said. “Another deficit was a lack of education,” Moore said regarding the survey’s results. In order to understand the level of comfort for caring for LGBTQ patients, the task force sent out a survey to physicians. “We did have some not-so-positive comments from providers on the survey,” he added. “That just further proves that what we’re doing is justified, and we just continue to push forward.” The results of this survey led a “phased approach” of training for employees to increase their levels of comfort for caring for LGBTQ patients, Moore said. “At the end of the day, our goal is to improve the climate of Temple’s health system,” Moore said. “That kind of bleeds into Temple University. We’ll continue to try to improve the quality of any experience of not only the patients and visitors but for the employees and students as well.”

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TUJ lacks resources Students who are sexually assaulted at Temple University Japan need ways to get help. The dearth of on-campus resources to support survivors of sexual assault at Temple University Japan is alarming. The TUJ handbook has nothing written in it regarding sexual assault, and Japan’s sexual assault law has not changed since 1907. It is problematic that cultural barriers and a 14-hour time difference stand between students who have been sexually assaulted and the resources they need. It is imperative that the university offers the same support to students studying on Main Campus and internationally. On Main Campus, students who have been sexually assaulted are encouraged to access the Women Organized Against Rape satellite office by calling a 24-hour hotline. A representative from the crisis center will meet with survivors in person and offer services, like counseling and advice on how to report a sexual assault. Andrea Seiss, Temple’s IX coordinator, is responsible for handling all sexual assault cases at the university and is based on Main Campus. “I don’t think [Main Campus staff members] realize how small the TUJ campus is,” said a full-time TUJ student who reported a sexual assault in May. “I walk around the corner and the amount of times I have literally almost bumped into my rapist. ... I don’t think they realize how often I see him.” The Temple News is withholding the student’s name because her investigation is ongoing. In the face of reporting and coping with sexual assault, TUJ students shouldn’t have to deal with the added inconvenience of communicating with administrators on Main Campus, who are nearly 7,000 miles away. These concerns are only a fraction of the challenges caused by TUJ’s lack of sexual assault resources. There is no on-campus health center at TUJ, so students must independently seek medical assistance and help from police after being sexually assaulted. For TUJ to have no system built to support survivors of sexual assault immediately after such a traumatic event is downright insulting and shows

a lack of consideration for students’ wellbeing on Temple’s part. This is an especially concerning reality since students are able to enroll at TUJ for all four years of their undergraduate studies, unlike Temple University Rome, the university’s other international campus. Nearly 1,400 fulltime students are currently enrolled at TUJ. In response to a request for comment about the issue of sexual assault at TUJ, The Temple News received a joint statement from TUJ and Main Campus representatives that said the area surrounding the international campus is “substantially safer” than Main Campus. TUJ representatives also encouraged students to access TUJ’s Counseling Office, which mainly advertises services specific to an international campus, like counseling for culture shock. Seiss did not respond to individual requests for comment. This response shows a lack of awareness about the issue of sexual assault at TUJ. Although Temple’s most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report lists zero cases of sexual misconduct or relationship violence at TUJ, it is not necessarily indicative of what students experience. Only 13.3 percent of sexual assault survivors report crimes to police, according to a 2014 report by Japan’s Ministry of Justice. And with no established way for students to confidentially report sexual assault and access continued support in a country where such incidents are already severely underreported, it is not surprising TUJ has recorded zero incidents of sexual misconduct. There are no plans to begin offering such resources at TUJ anytime soon, besides adding a section on the counseling office’s website about what steps to take after being sexually assaulted. The Temple News is concerned this insufficient effort will reflect the university’s future inaction regarding sexual assault at TUJ. To make TUJ a more supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault, the first step is to admit that it is happening, and the time to address this issue is overdue.

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Donate where it counts Giving money to shelters and nonprofits makes a larger impact on homelessness than giving someone your change.


hen I venture to Center City, I expect to be asked for spare change by someone on the street or in the subway station at least once. It’s inevitable. And while some people stop to give a small amount of money to those in RAE BURACH need, I rarely do. I’m not selfish or greedy. I’m just skeptical about where the money is going. It’s easy to say that those who give to panhandlers are more generous than those who don’t. But dumping the coins from your pockets into a homeless person’s styrofoam cup isn’t an effective way to help them get what they really need: food, shelter and long-term stability. To help those who are struggling financially and don’t have a place to call home, people should donate their money to charities or homeless shelters and raise awareness about the issue of homelessness. According to the city’s Office of Homeless Services, there were 5,693 people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia as of January 2017. Of these people, 83 percent of them were “sheltered,” meaning they had access to a place to stay rather than sleeping on the street. So while we see evidence of homelessness in our city’s streets, the majority of homeless people utilize the resources of shelters and nonprofit organizations to

find temporary places to stay. “There are many people... who are sleeping on friends’ and family’s couches and living room floors,” said Judith Levine, a sociology professor who has studied poverty. “A lot of women and children are moving from friend to friend or family member to family member, and they don’t have a home of their own.” But not all people have friends or family to assist them in hard times. It’s natural to feel good about yourself after helping someone. And people who give money to panhandlers tend to think they’ve done their part to combat homelessness, when the truth is their impact is small. “In some ways, panhandling allows people to get off easy because they can feel like they’re being helpful, when they’re really not being all that generous,” Levine said. Giving someone money to avoid feeling guilty isn’t going to relieve the underlying issue of poverty. In fact, it may be enabling people struggling with addiction. According to a survey of 129 panhandlers done by the OHS, 63 percent of participants reported struggling with substance use. While people asking for money may buy food, it’s also possible they may buy drugs or alcohol. The only way to be sure where your money is going is to donate to an organization with a defined mission. One option is Project HOME, an organization attempting to break the cycle of homelessness through its street outreach program. Outreach workers build relationships with people who are homeless and help them find places to live. You can also text SHARE to 80077 to donate $5 to the Mayor’s Fund to End Homelessness. The

OHS will match your donation and split it among 60 nonprofits to provide help for homeless people. But you can also make an immediate impact by being more aware of the challenges faced by those struggling with poverty and homelessness in our city. Jason Del Gandio, a communication and social influence professor, teaches a capstone advocacy course for communication seniors in which students choose a social and political issue to address. Last semester’s students chose homelessness in Philadelphia and created a small-scale public campaign. Del Gandio said it takes more than a few cents to fix this deeprooted, societal problem. He encourages people to join campaigns or start their own to educate the public about the broader issue of homelessness. “Just about every right, liberty or freedom that we hold dear as Americans has come by way of a social movement: large collections of people acting together to fight for social change,” Del Gandio said. We can’t sit idly by while fellow Philadelphians sleep on the streets, but we can’t pretend that giving one person a dollar counts as making a difference either. We should instead work to raise awareness about the magnitude of homelessness and then spread the word. The more people who understand this issue will lead to more people who show compassion and donate to organizations that are truly making a difference like Project HOME. Homelessness is bigger than you and me or the coins in our pockets, so it’s time we start treating it like the complex epidemic that it has become.


Make homelessness personal Treat homeless people like human beings by acknowledging their presence and giving to them when you can.


ecause I grew up in Philadelphia, I was exposed to homelessness at a young age. Passing by homeless people on the street, saying “hello” and handing over my change have become habitual for me. But that’s not the case for everyone. And there’s still an unfair stigma associated with those who are homeless. LAUREN PIONTKO I’ve heard LEAD COLUMNIST people blame those who are homeless for their own misfortune, pointing to drug addiction or laziness. But it’s not our place to judge others. It’s important that, instead, we set aside our assumptions and treat those who are homeless as human beings — interacting with them and lending a helping hand whenever we can. AaronRey Ebreo, a sophomore biology major, started a project last school year called “Swipes for Philadelphia” that does exactly that. At the end of each week, Ebreo and other Temple students buy food with their extra meal swipes and organize a time to distribute the food to homeless people around the city.

“They’ll give the biggest smile,” Ebreo said. “Sometimes they’ll actually come hug me or shake my hand or something. They’re just so thankful for the food. It’s absolutely amazing.” By interacting directly with those who are homeless, Ebreo and others like him aren’t only sharing their food or spare change, they’re also sharing compassion. Homeless people aren’t invisible, and it’s wrong to ignore them like so many do. If you can’t offer them money, then simply smile and wish them a good day. Those who choose to ignore people panhandling on the street because they’d rather donate to a nonprofit or shelter are being rude to those seeking kindness. “Sometimes when you’re giving to a food bank, you won’t have that initial contact and actually connect with them and hear their stories,” Ebreo said. And while making a donation is thoughtful, that money and food only ends up making it to the people who are living in shelters. It’s not benefiting the people with no roof over their heads. According to the city’s Office of Homeless Services, there are an estimated 5,693 people who are currently homeless in Philadelphia, and not all of them choose to access a shelter. NBC 10 reported in 2014 that nearly half of the homeless people seeking emergency shelter in Philadelphia were turned away due to an increased demand. And a 2016 report on Philadelphia by TakePart, a digital lifestyle maga-

zine, reads “on any given night... about 650 people are sleeping on the streets—this doesn’t include those who sleep in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings, transportation centers, or other public spaces.” “The sad thing is shelters are overflowing, so there’s not enough room for everybody,” said Biki Benipal, a junior chemistry major who volunteers for Swipes for Philadelphia. Adam Perez, a sophomore biology major who is also involed with Ebreo’s campaign, feels it’s important to give to the homeless because it not only impacts their lives, but his as well. “I felt like I was making a difference, and it made it easier to see what I could do to help people,” Perez said. Even though a few dollars won’t give a homeless person the stability they need, it can offer them hope. OHS and various shelters around the city are doing their best to lessen the rate of homelessness, and I respect those who join in their efforts by donating money, clothing and food. But it’s imperative that we put a face to the issue of homelessness and stop ignoring those who crave our consideration. It doesn’t take much to make a positive impact on those who are homeless. Giving them your spare change or even exchanging a simple “hello” can make a bigger impact than you think.

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efore I was a strategic communication student, I was a neuroscience major. My professors were very intelligent, but they weren’t always able to explain every chemical equation in a way that was digestible. I found study sessions in the library with my classmates — working out practice problems and learning from each other — to be more valuable than actual class time. So I decided to attend class less and study the material with my peers during this time instead. Luckily, class attendance wasn’t mandatory, so I wasn’t peMONICA MELLON nalized for finding my own LEAD COLUMNIST way to learn. While going to class clearly has value, it isn’t valuable enough to make attendance mandatory. Attendance should not be a determining factor in a student’s final grade, because it doesn’t always measure their understanding of the material. “If you’re going to take attendance, then I think you should be required to prove you know how to teach so people have a reason to come to your class,” said Bill Newman, an economics professor who doesn’t have an enforced attendance policy. Having a professor read out of the textbook or only work out practice problems for the entire class period may not be beneficial to all students. If students are to be required to show up to class, a professor should have to figure out a way to accommodate all learning styles. Professors might assume that taking attendance will force students to show up, thus improving their academic performance. But that’s not always the case. “Getting the grade and learning aren’t the same thing,” said Mark Leuchter, a religious studies professor who doesn’t have a strict attendance policy. I agree with Leuchter, and I think attendance is not an accurate measure of what a student is learning. A study from the University of Texas at San Antonio compared different attendance policies’ effects on students’ exam grades. “While attendance itself may have beneficial effects for students in terms of academic outcome, an enforced attendance policy seems to have no overall beneficial effect,” the report reads. The report found a relationship between class attendance and higher exam scores, but

the only benefit an enforced attendance policy offers is more motivation for students to attend class. “As long as the student gets their work done on time, why should their attendance affect their grade in the class,” said Rebecca Criswell, a sophomore art education major. Newman said when he took attendance in his classes, he noticed that students who showed up didn’t earn the best grades. “The person has to want to be there and has to want to learn,” Newman said. Attendance clearly does not mean students are actually paying attention during class. A student may physically be in class, but they could be playing on their phone or computer or studying for another class at the same time — just waiting for their turn with the sign-in sheet. “That’s not fair at all,” Criswell said. “Half the time students won’t even show up and teachers think they did and that they’re trying, but they aren’t.” “[Attendance] doesn’t necessarily mean they know [the material] or not,” said Karina Krzyzanski, a freshman nursing major. “It’s just them being there.” Being in class does not mean information is being retained. It’s also easy for students to get around the policy by signing each other into class. Though he does not do it himself, Leuchter can understand why some professors enforce attendance. He said it promotes a larger class discussion and invites new communication experiences for students. Some students find they want to be in class because they paid money to enroll in the course. But because students are the ones paying for the course, they should have the final say in whether they choose to attend. “If you’re paying for a class it should be up to you,” Criswell said. “[Last year], I got really sick and it was unfair for teachers to be taking off points for absences even though I was handing in high-quality work.” But not all classes are discussion based. Sometimes it’s not really necessary to come to every class to learn. And for classes that are discussion based, I think it’s better to create discussion that makes people want to come to class than to require attendance for a grade. There are so many important factors that go into a student’s academic performance, but attendance is not a valid way to predict that performance. College students should be responsible enough to understand what learning techniques work best for them. And they should be able to make decisions about which classes to miss — without the threat of it negatively affecting their grade.

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College students should be able to decide whether they need to attend a class to do well.


Professors: don’t enforce attendance

Showing up to class should affect grades Students who rarely show up to class shouldn’t have the same opportunity to pass as those who do.


hen I was in high school, I had a teacher whose motto was, “80 percent of success is showing up.” I hated hearing those words while I was dozing off at my desk, imagining how much more comfortable my bed would be. I used most of my absent days when I wasn’t sick at all. Instead, I hid in my room playing video games. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much and thought I could pass even if I barely showed up to class. Even though I got by ALAN SULLIVAN in high school with this attitude, I had a major change of heart when I started community college. As classes became harder and lessinterested students began falling behind, I began realizing how important and valuable my attendance is to the quality of my education. Now that I’m at Temple, the majority of my professors take attendance, and I respect that. It encourages students to show up to class so they have the best chance at succeeding. Will Schmenner, a visiting assistant film and media arts professor, expects regular attendance from his students and enforces it as a policy. “It’s a good habit for the class to be in, and it reminds everyone that I expect and care about them being present,” Schmenner said. “It reinforces another reality, sometimes showing up matters quite a bit, like in entry-level courses.” Dana Saewitz, the advertising department chair, said that by requiring students to attend class, she’s teaching them skills they’ll need to succeed in life. “It’s not as much about grades as it is perseverance, about reliability, about having a trustworthy relationship with your colleagues and clients,” Saewitz said. “Attendance is the most essential part of that mix.” I agree with Saewitz, and I’m glad I learned this lesson before I graduate and begin looking for a job. Showing up to class isn’t just for the sake of earning a satisfactory attendance grade. It also gives students opportunities to expand their minds by communicating with others and mastering course material. If professors allow students to slack

on showing up, they might not get that experience. And while we are paying thousands of dollars to attend these classes, we should make it a point to get the most out for our money. Claire Neal, a junior biology with teaching major, agrees. “I understand that attending every class or as many classes as possible is a very important part to getting a good education and to getting good grades,” Neal said. “So I understand that some professors make attendance graded because they want to incentivize students coming to class.” Most of all, an attendance policy is important because it shows professors which students actually take class seriously and make it a priority to attend. “It’s the students who don’t show up because they overslept, or because they were out late the night before, or because they just don’t care,” Saewitz said. “They’re the ones that deserve to be marked absent and to pay the penalty in their grade.” I do not think it’s fair for students who show up only some of the time to have the same opportunity to ace the class as those who are always there. That’s why it’s only fair that those who come to class and engage with the professor get the best chance at passing. “I wouldn’t say that a student should have their grade lowered from missing like two or three classes,” said Ryan Aly, a junior media studies and production major. “But if they’re just not showing up and just trying to skip by in class, they should be penalized for that.” “I think students should only be allowed a certain number of absences,” Aly added. Missing a class when you have a professor who takes roll isn’t the end of the world. In fact, showing up to class regularly allows your teacher to get to know you so that they can sympathize with you if something comes up. “If students come to me or my colleagues, we’ll support them in general if they have legitimate medical or equally serious personal issues,” Saewitz said. The reality is when we go out into the working world, no employer is going to be happy with a staff member who does not care much for coming to work. In the real world, there are real consequences for failing to be where you are supposed to be. And no amount of extra credit points or goodwill with a professor can replace effort.



Have you ever used Tuttleman Counseling Services?

February 1, 1939: Edna Tuttleman was in the running to become president of her sophomore class. Tuttleman, then known as Edna Shanis, won the election, becoming the first female student body president. Tuttleman and her husband, Stanley, were known for their donations to the university and the city. Tuttleman Learning Center and Tuttleman Counseling Services are named after Edna and Stanley Tuttleman, who donated the funds to build them. This week, you can see poll results on students’ use of Tuttleman Counseling Services.

52% 29% No


19% I tried to, but the wait was too long. Out of 141 votes since Oct. 22





Drexel enacts smoke-free areas on campus Drexel University announced that it created multiple smoke-free spaces on its campus last week. Drexel will post signage of the policy in the areas where smoking is prohibited on its campus, according to a release on Nov. 20. Temple is currently studying its potential to become a tobacco-free campus. The College of Public Health received a $20,000 grant from the American Cancer Society and formed a task force over the summer to study how to implement this policy, The Temple News reported in October. Officers from Drexel’s department of public safety will hand out cards with information about quitting smoking to people they see smoking in the areas where it is prohibited. Temple is aiming to become a tobacco-free campus, meaning any tobacco product would be banned including chewing tobacco, vape and snus. Ryan Coffman, the manager of Philadelphia Department of Health’s Tobacco Policy and Control Program, supported Drexel’s efforts to be smoke-free in the release. “We look forward to supporting the expansion of smoke-free zones on campus as Drexel joins burgeoning local and national movement toward tobacco-free colleges and universities,” Coffman said in a release. - Kelly Brennan


Students targeted by fake FBI phone calls

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Since 2013, Temple has owned almost all the properties along North Broad Street between Oxford and Thompson streets. The university had demolished several buildings on the above property on Broad Street near Oxford by 2014.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The FBI Philadelphia alerted the Temple community on Twitter that students were being targeted by phone scammers claiming to be agents from the State College FBI location on Nov. 17. The fake phone calls showed a real FBI caller ID and the State College location’s phone number. The FBI Philadelphia posted a statement on its website on Nov. 16 alerting people in the Philadelphia region about the fake phone calls. The caller in these scams demands money for college loans, back taxes and unpaid parking tickets. The FBI does not demand money or threaten arrest via phone calls or emails, according to the statement. - Kelly Brennan


VACANCIES cording to city and archived records. Between 1968 and 2014, Temple has acquired and demolished almost all properties, except for two plots, between Oxford and Thompson streets on North Broad Street and spent more than $3 million on the sites. Temple does not own the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is sandwiched between two Temple-owned properties, and Rite Aid Pharmacy on Broad Street near Oxford. Officials from the church declined to comment on whether Temple has approached the church to purchase the land. But Pat, a congregation member who declined to give her last name, told The Temple News that the university would not be successful in acquiring the land because other parishioners would not allow it. “Temple’s arms are too short to box with God,” she said. The Burk Mansion was originally set to become a place for the Honor’s College, but the university removed those plans from its site without rea-

son in 2012. City officials told The Temple News in 2012 that some of the university’s plans for the building “were dependent on the university’s acquisition of the adjacent properties, which has proven difficult.” Temple is currently focused on other on-campus projects like demolishing Peabody Residence Hall during winter break and completing the new library by May 2019. Jerry Leva, the vice president for planning and capital projects, said the “momentum” of the university “demands” space and that these properties serve as potential options. “These areas open up exciting possibilities to maximize Temple’s existing footprint to best serve our academic community,” Leva told The Temple News. Temple has not “significantly expanded its footprint in years,” with the exception of the Temple Sports Complex on Broad and Master streets, Leva added.

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STUDENT ‘GRATEFUL’ FOR DONATIONS A freshman received assistance through GoFundMe to pay for her housing. BY MARY RAGLAND For The Temple News


uring her junior year of high school, Kevonna Stevens’ house caught on fire, causing her family to relocate farther from her Pittsburgh-area school. It stretched her morning commute to Perry Traditional Academy to an hour and a half. Every day, she woke up at 4:30 a.m. and walked 30 minutes to catch a local bus, which would take her to downtown Pittsburgh. From there, she’d ride a school bus 30 minutes to school. After school, she would often work at a Burger King until 11 p.m. “It was hard,” Stevens said. “Growing up, I was not as financially stable as other kids. I couldn’t go out every weekend. ... I had to do it.” Midway through this semester, the Fox School of Business freshman was notified that she would be unable to register for classes and live on Main Campus until she paid for her housing at the Edge, an off-campus residential complex Temple has a lease with. The news of her financial hold came as a shock to Stevens


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kevonna Stevens, a freshman in the Fox School of Business, received more than $8,500 from a GoFundMe campaign started by one of her high school teachers to help her afford housing at the Edge, an off-campus residential complex Temple leases with.



After injury, taking it one day at a time A 2017 journalism alumna suffered a stroke over the summer, leaving her paralyzed from the chin down. BY BRIDGET CIGLER For The Temple News

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lauren Obadiah, a senior photography major, hangs photography for her senior thesis exhibit, “Spatial Reconstructions,” in the lower atrium lobby of the Tyler School of Art. It is on display through Dec. 9, along with six other graduating seniors’ work.

Photos explore home, abstract art The BFA photography thesis exhibitions open Wednesday and run through Dec. 9 in the Tyler School of Art. BY IAN WALKER Assistant Features Editor

In January 2015, Taylour Green’s parents moved from her childhood home in Coplay, Pennsylvania, to North Carolina while she was attending Temple. More than two

years later, she wanted to create a photo exhibit to process her feelings about the transition. Grabbing a stack of paper from her printer, Green filled five pages with her thoughts and poems about the move to help her organize her senior thesis exhibit, “Elsewhere.” Today, snippets of those notes adorn her photo collages and an accompanying exhibition book. “My parents are 500 miles away, so I have to do these things that I’m not used to,” said Green, a senior photography major. “Of course,

yeah, you have to start scheduling your own doctor’s appointments by yourself and showing up to them. But your parents aren’t there to hold your hand when the doctor tells you the results.” Green will join six other graduating photography majors to present their BFA thesis exhibitions on Wednesday through Dec. 9 in the lower atrium of the Tyler School of Art. The opening reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.


While recovering from a paralyzing injury, Mary Salisbury said all daily improvements are “big victories.” “You can’t really plan for these things,” said Salisbury, a 2017 journalism alumna. “They just happen, and you have to make the best of it.” On July 10, Salisbury suddenly suffered a spinal infarction, or a stroke in the spinal cord, which resulted in paralysis from the chin down. A stroke causes damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply. After spending three months in the hospital, Salisbury moved back in with her parents in West Chester, Pennsylvania in October to continue her rehabilitation. To help financially support Salisbury during her recovery, Leslie Gudel, a family friend and former sports anchor for Comcast SportsNet, started a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign in October to support her medical and adaptive living needs. The campaign has surpassed its $100,000 fundraising goal by more than $2,000. During her time at Temple, Salisbury became interested in public relations through her business minor and communication internship at the Fox School of Business. Upon graduation, Salisbury accepted a job as an account coordinator with Tonic Life Communications, a Philadelphia-based health care public relations agency where she was responsible for media monitoring and press communication. One day at Tonic Life, she felt a strange sensation in her neck, but continued working. After returning home, she






Two students helped with a historical exhibit at the William Way LGBT Community Center focused on HIV/AIDS.

Kate Abercrombie, a 2000 printmaking alumna, collaborated on an exhibit focused on paintings imagined as collages.

Philadelphia’s annual Christmas Village at Dilworth Park opened for the season on Thanksgiving Day.

Carolyn Parks, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher, joined the College of Public Health this semester.




Honoring legacies in the LGBTQ community The William Way LGBT Community Center is hosting a historical exhibit about HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community. BY MAUREEN IPLENSKI For The Temple News In 1986, thousands of people took to the streets of Philadelphia for a vigil mourning those who had lost their lives to AIDS, which killed more than 200,000 people between 1981 and 1992, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They held candles and wore T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Fighting for Our Lives.” The shirts were sold to raise money for the William Way AIDS Library on Locust Street near 12th. The William Way LGBT Community Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit that advocates for the acceptance of LGBTQ people, receives hundreds of historical items donated to its archives each year. The AIDS Library is affiliated with the center. While scouring the center’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives — the city’s largest collection of artifacts and periodicals documenting LGBTQ history — archivists found a T-shirt from the 1986 vigil and wanted to use it in an upcoming exhibit. This discovery inspired the center to name the exhibit, “Still Fighting for Our Lives.” It runs until Dec. 29 and honors the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Library. The exhibit, which was co-curated by first-year master’s of public history student GVGK Tang, includes historical artwork, photos, video and posters about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and LGBTQ communities around the world. The AIDS Library provides information on HIV, a virus that attacks the immune system and causes AIDS. With books, periodicals, medical journals and videos, the AIDS Library educates people about the proper treatment of HIV/AIDS,

history of the pandemic and referrals to local and national resources. The library shares a location with Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS health service organization. Tang said HIV/AIDS is still an issue within the LGBTQ community. “We need to focus on who’s still not getting proper medical care, healthcare and medicine to treat HIV/AIDS,” Tang said. According to UNAIDS, a global organization that treats people with HIV/AIDS, there were 36.7 million people living with AIDS globally in 2016. Only 53 percent had access to treatment. One form of treatment is antiretroviral therapy, which is a method of slowing the rate at which HIV destroys white blood cells. “We just wanted to honor these people,” Tang said. “Those who passed away, and those who are still here...to honor their legacy and everything they’ve done for the community.” Maeve Coudrelle, a fifth-year Ph.D. art history student, is the art adviser for the exhibit. She met one of the archivists, John Anderies, while she was teaching a course on activism art at Temple and wanted to see archived materials to show her students. Later on, Anderies asked her to join the advisory committee for the exhibit. “I didn’t realize what a treasure trove of materials were [at the William Way Center],” Coudrelle said. One artifact is a bright pink, satin dress displayed on a mannequin in a corner of the exhibit. The dress is embroidered with a message: “Silence = Death,” a phrase used in the 1980s by a group of activists in New York City. They placed posters of the phrase around the city to raise awareness about the consequences of remaining silent about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. “Although Philadelphia was not hit in the same way New York and [Los Angeles] were, we aim to share the rich, rich history of Philadelphia’s involvement in the fight

KYLE THOMAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS An attendee looks at artifacts in “Still Fighting for Our Lives,” an exhibit on display at the William Way LGBT Community Center, on Nov. 10. The exhibit, which will be shown through Dec. 29, was co-curated by GVGK Tang, a first-year master’s of public history student.

against HIV/AIDS,” Anderies said. “It did devastate the community, but Philadelphia, I think, reacted quickly and strongly.” Hung on the walls at the exhibit, TV monitors show protest videos from the 1980s, and an iPod plays the locally produced 1985 rap album, “Respect Yourself,” which was partially funded by the Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives — an LGBTQ health care provider now known as the Mazzoni Center. The record is considered one of the first rap albums about HIV/AIDS. “To do both a historical exhibit, but also make it relevant to the present, was certainly a central theme that we wrestled with,” Anderies said.

The exhibit highlights groups still underrepresented in the LGBTQ community, like people of color and transgender people. The exhibit incorporates images of lesbian and gay couples and posters advertising safe sex practices from organizations like the Minority AIDS Project and the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative. “We worked to get particularly, trans, non-male, non-white voices,” Coudrelle said. This focus on including the perspective of minorities within the LGBTQ community was important to people working on the exhibit, since the majority of the material produced in the 1980s and ’90s focused on gay white males.



COURTESY / ANN SALISBURY Mary Salisbury, a 2017 journalism alumna, suffered a stroke in her spinal cord this summer that left her paralyzed from the chin down. A family friend create a YouCaring account for Salisbury, raising more than $100,000.


experienced the feeling again. This time, it spread through her entire body, paralyzing her. Salisbury’s roommate drove her to Jefferson University Hospital, where she learned she had suffered a spinal infarction. Her doctors, Salisbury said, called the infarction an “incomplete injury” because she did nothing to cause it and they don’t know why it happened. Her paralysis left her confined to a wheelchair and unable to do most basic tasks on her own. She then spent two weeks in a neurological intensive care unit, followed by one week in a standard ICU. After her release, Salisbury spent about two months at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on Race Street near 16th. “That’s where I made most of my progress,” Salisbury said. “My physical therapists were awesome and I made a lot of great friends there on the spinal cord injury floor.” Just four months into her rehabilitation, Salisbury said she has had to adjust to the sudden change in her living situation and career plans. “It’s not like breaking your arm,” Salisbury said. “Obviously moving back home with my parents was not necessarily ideal after being independent for so long.” Salisbury’s close friend from high school, Alex Kimmel, said it is hard to watch Salisbury grapple with her injury, especially given Kimmel’s current job as a clinical research assistant for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The most difficult thing was watch-

“To put the spotlight on underrepresented communities at risk was the main message, and to let these communities know we are with you, we support you, you are us,” Anderies said. Tang said the LGBTQ community needs to be invested in preserving their own legacies. “I see this history as a means of empowerment…that if you get in touch with your roots, and you learn about the people who came before you, what they did to contribute to your circumstances, you are able to relate to [the past] more,” Tang said. maureen.iplenski@temple.edu

ing all of this happen and feeling helpless to prevent it,” Kimmel said. “I currently work in pediatric stroke research, so the cruel irony of Mary having a stroke has been particularly difficult for me. I want desperately to have a magic cure. I want to be able to say I or anyone in medicine has made enough progress in brain research that we have a solution.” Despite being initially paralyzed below the chin, Salisbury now has full use of her left hand and arm. She added that she can now feed herself and put on mascara using her left hand. Salisbury said her doctors haven’t ruled out the possibility of a complete recovery. “In order to keep going, I stay positive no matter what, and take it one day at a time,” Salisbury said. “I’ve learned to use what I do have and prepare for the future.” In addition to her own progress, Salisbury said she feels grateful for the “overwhelming” support she’s received on the YouCaring page. “I had no involvement in [the fundraiser],” Salisbury said. “But it was beautiful to see how kind people could be, banding together for someone they don’t even know.” For Kimmel, Salisbury remains the same person she’s always known. “Mary is still Mary,” Kimmel said. “She is still my best friend. All of the fundamental elements of who she is, her kindness, her intelligence, her resilience, her drive, her creativity, her integrity, are completely unaffected by the stroke. She is still at her core the amazing friend and person that I have loved and admired for years.”


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Alumna uses collages to create paintings in Center City exhibit A 2000 printmaking alumna is featured in an exhibit at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery until Jan. 27. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News

Kate Abercrombie’s technique for making art is simple: she builds off one idea and throws materials together, like ingredients in a mixing bowl. “I have this idea and I’m mostly interested in the edges of things, where they come together or almost fall apart,” she said. This method can be seen in the 2000 printmaking alumna’s latest work, “Collage as Painting,” an exhibit on display at the Fleisher/ Ollman Gallery on Arch Street near 12th until Jan. 27. In the exhibit, Abercrombie collaborates with New York-based artist Trevor Winkfield. Abercrombie’s work consists of paintings on paper, while Winkfield’s paintings are on canvas. The finished paintings resemble collages, artwork created by combining different materials like photos and colorful paper. “You don’t have to just see this as a formal exhibition [with] formal color studies regarding shape and color form,” said Alex Baker, the director of the gallery. “There’s a lot else going on aside from that. That’s where the viewer enters in and works their subjectivity on the artwork on display.” All of Abercrombie’s paintings were created specifically for the show, while Winkfield selected pieces made during his 50-year career as an artist. Baker said the idea for the collaboration came after he noticed the similar way Abercrombie and Wink-

field use collage as a basis for their paintings. “When you see the completed work, the way the paintings are made and how they look on the surface of the canvas or the paper, they make themselves known almost as collages,” Baker said. “That’s the underlying formal theme of the show, but then when you look at the work there’s all kinds of meaning that you can grab or analyze from the work on view.” Abercrombie’s art has been shown in the gallery for almost 10 years, while this is the first time Winkfield’s work has been shown at Fleisher/Ollman. Abercrombie incorporates imagery she encounters in her daily life into her art, like objects in her home. She uses a combination of tracing, drawing and photocopying images, like magazine and newspaper clippings. She added that images give her a starting point for her art, but the final piece might end up completely different than how it started. Similarly, Winkfield makes a collage as his first step toward a painting. He said the collage allows him to identify and correct mistakes before the painting phase because it’s easy to change things around. Once he’s satisfied with his collage, Winkfield traces it onto canvas and fills in the design with acrylics. Abercrombie said her work is not highly conceptual, but combines formalist painting principles with a starting concept. Her work gives a lot of information to viewers, but doesn’t completely answer the questions they might have, like what a particular element in the painting is or what it represents. “There’s a lot of clues that there’s

things going on, but it doesn’t tell the whole story or reveal a ton,” Abercrombie said. “I think that’s a little bit like me personality-wise. Sometimes the titles are just purely descriptive, but sometimes they give more clues to what the work is about.” Abercrombie said Winkfield has a more systematic approach. Winkfield said he has always been very careful in his artwork, like everything else in his life. He said this cautiousness stems from growing up in England during the 1950s when resources were scarce. Items like food, clothing and paper were heavily rationed in the United Kingdom during and after World War II. “Things were very scarce, so scarce that for being the ‘best boy of the week’ in my class at school I was given a single sheet of typing paper,” Winkfield said. “That was the week’s prize, so it was very valuable. You didn’t put any marks down that you would have to rub out. That’s how I began to paint very carefully.” Abercrombie said she hopes gallery-goers will take time to reflect on the exhibit because people tend to jump too quickly from one thing to the next. She said she leaves a lot of room for interpretation in her artwork so viewers can ask themselves questions. “I’m not interested in someone being able to answer every question,” Abercrombie said. “I want someone to be able to see stuff and put a little bit about themselves into it. I think if you slow down, there’s a lot more complexity to the decision making that’s kind of exciting.”

“How are you preparing for your final exams?”

ASHLEY DAVIS Freshman Business

I feel like I should take it more seriously even though I’m not, which is bad. I have thousands of dollars worth of stress on me and I don’t really care yet. But maybe in a week or so when I start going back to classes I’ll care more. ... I’m still thinking about the food from Thanksgiving. .

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The most important thing would be isolation. I get distracted pretty easily with a lot of things. I’m gonna have to tell my friends, ‘Ahem, kinda studying today.’ … I really hope I pass actually. It’s gonna be hard.

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JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Kate Abercrombie, a 2000 printmaking alumna, poses for a photo in front of her paintings during the opening of her collaborative exhibit, “Collage as Painting,” at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Center City on Nov. 16. Bottom: New York-based artist Trevor Winkfield and Kate Abercrombie, a 2000 printmaking alumna, talk at the opening for the exhibit, “Collage as Painting,” at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Center City on Nov. 16. The exhibit features both of their work and is on display until Jan. 27. The exhibit is on display at

I always stress myself out too much, and taking tests here I’ve learned you just have to chill out sometimes. I always have ‘me time.’ I just like do a face mask and then I relax and then I’ll pick up some studying. Space it out, take some breaks.





Annual Christmas Village opened on Thanksgiving The city’s 10th annual Christmas Village at Dilworth Park kicked off festivities on Thanksgiving Day. The open-air market hosts more than 80 vendors from places like Spain and Nicaragua. The vendors sell toys, handmade goods, jewelry and German food in small wooden huts modeled after Christmas villages in Europe. The Christmas Village is also used for various activities and performances that change daily. On Friday, an accordion band performed while Santa Claus was set up in a booth for pictures. “We’ve always wanted to come but never had the chance to,” said George Almengor, 54, who visited from New York City. “We were supposed to go last year but we didn’t make it out, so we made it a must this year.” Irene Pollard, 40, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, visited with her 7-year-old daughter Zola. “I like the Christmas spirit,” Pollard said. “I just come here and kind of get in the mood.” On Friday, there will be live music performances throughout the day. On Fridays at the Christmas Village, dogs are allowed in all outdoor and most indoor areas. The village will be open until Christmas Eve. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Christmas Eve, the village will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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After 30 years, CPH professor returns to Philly Carolyn Parks joined the College of Public Health faculty this semester after a decade at the CDC. BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News Growing up in Point Breeze, Carolyn Parks said she was the only one of her siblings able to help her grandfather, who was diabetic and had to have his legs amputated. “I just had an affinity for helping people and wasn’t queasy about open wounds, blood, all of that,” Parks said. “None of the other siblings could stomach any of that.” This early experience, coupled with taking care of people and animals throughout her childhood, made Parks want to work closely with communities in her career, she said. “I always had this vision of myself working in the community teaching classes, teaching people how to be healthy,” she added. Parks recently returned to Philadelphia for the first time since she left in 1987 to become a social and behavioral sciences professor in the College of Public Health. She came home in August, the same month she originally moved 30 years ago. Prior to her appointment, she taught for more than 20 years at several different colleges and worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a decade. Parks teaches Community-Based Health Program Planning I, the first part of a twosemester capstone course that examines public health education programs and interventions. Students in the course also write a grant proposal for a fictitious foundation. During her career, Parks has worked with many community health organizations and churches — like the Washington, D.C.based American Public Health Association and the New Testament Church of Christ in West Philadelphia. Because college classes at the time did not target public health, Parks decided to


PHOTOGRAPHY One of the other featured artists, Lauren Obadiah, became interested in photography through her high school darkroom classes. She started a music blog, Take A Shot Media, where she posted band interviews and concert photography of artists like Taking Back Sunday, Third Eye Blind and Joan Jett. Once Obadiah came to Tyler, she began exploring non-objective photography, a type of art that often emphasizes simple, geometric forms. Because she said contemporary photography typically focuses on portraiture, Obadiah has sought inspiration from abstract expressionist painters like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock — mid-20th century artists known for their gestural brushwork and abstract imagery. “Abstract expressionists were working during the time of World War II,” Obadiah said. “But instead of making art that was obviously about that, they were more interested in the psychology behind it and emotion.” Her exhibit, “Spatial Reconstructions,” displays abstracted, black-andwhite photography of buildings and streetscapes in Center City Philadelphia and New York. While some photos depict the exteriors of buildings that are distorted through the reflection of a window, others highlight close-up textures of objects like door handles and metallic window frames. A common initial impression of Obadiah’s work, she said, is a sense of confusion. She often has to explain her interest in geometry and abstraction to help viewers better understand her intentions. But despite the lack of personal information in her art, Obadiah said she feels it can still be relatable. “For me, taking pictures like that is an outlet and it’s a way to see the world in my own kind of way,” Obadiah said. “And I hope other people can look at it and see what they want to see and feel what they want to feel.” “Personally, they give me a sense

pursue medicine instead, earning her bachelor’s in biology from Wheaton College in 1981. “It was way back then in the ’70s,” she added. “The only thing we thought we could be, if we were interested in health care, was a nurse or a doctor.” Parks got her first job in the public health field after earning her master’s of health education at Western Illinois University in 1984. She worked as a program coordinator at the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, an organization founded in 1981 to develop community-based education programs for controlling high blood pressure. “It was actually one of the best jobs I ever had because I really got to use my skills I had learned in my master’s program,” Parks said. Tasked with developing health education programs for African-American communities, Parks created workshops, health fairs and classes to train attendees on how to take their blood pressure. She said she also created one of the first public health education brochures specifically addressing African-Americans. Many local health departments began to use it. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 57 percent of African-American women were obese between 2011 and 2014. During the same timeframe, about 45 percent of African-American women had hypertension. When she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1990s, Parks researched on the myth of the “strong Black woman,” or the idea that Black women can always remain strong and healthy in the face of racial oppression. “Black women are supposed to be strong...pillars of our community, the backbones of our families,” Parks said. “Somehow both the vision and the assignment of this entity of strength does not mesh with the health statistics.” Parks and her former husband moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2006. After spending only six months there, she earned

of stability and calmness,” she added. “They make me feel grounded.” In Green’s exhibit, she brings her personal experiences to the forefront. During her parents’ move, Green found dozens of old childhood photographs — which depict activities like getting on the school bus and playing in the snow — and collected them in a Vans shoe box. She later scanned more than 100 of them onto her computer. Green then combined her recent photography with these old photos to create a series of photo collages, each one relating to an aspect of home and her memories of childhood. Through the project, she said she realized “home” is not a physical place, but a state of belonging. “I think a lot of college students can relate to that idea of home being more of a concept and not a place,” Green said. “We’re kind of searching for something more, and I think what we’re searching for is stability.” In one collage, Green said she juxtaposed a photo of her legs as a baby with a recent photo of her elbow to show the transformation of “then versus now.” In another, she used photos of a red car, notebook and the ribcage of an animal skeleton to illustrate the difficulty of transitioning into adulthood. “The red image is supposed to be the immediate shock of realizing, ‘This is it, and I’ve been dropped into this new world by myself,’” Green said. Although her photos are specific to her own experience, Green said several people have connected with the photos she has posted on Instagram. “I had a couple people comment on it saying that it was relatable, and that made me feel really good because I want it to be,” Green said. “I want people to be able to relate to it and realize like, ‘You’re not alone when it comes to just growing up and being pushed into this new environment of being independent.’”

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Carolyn Parks, a social and behavioral sciences professor and former researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teaches Community-Based Health Program Planning I on Nov. 16 in Tuttleman Learning

a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the CDC. When the fellowship ended, Parks was offered a full-time position and stayed with the CDC for 10 years. Parks worked with a branch of the CDC that develops HIV-prevention strategies for specific populations. She focused on African-American women. According to the CDC, African-American women made up 60 percent of all women in the United States diagnosed with HIV at the end of 2014. Parks worked with a group of people to translate research into several HIV education programs developed by the CDC, including WILLOW, an educational intervention for women living with HIV. She also helped develop Sister to Sister and Healthy Love, which are HIV-prevention programs for African-American women. She revised the materials used for each program and trained program facilitators. While studying at Western Illinois University, Parks said her academic adviser and now mentor, James Neutens, accepted a program director position at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and encouraged her

to attend the university to earn her Ph.D. in education, which she completed in 1993. Neutens said he views Parks’ HIV research at the CDC as an extension of her earlier work with community-based health organizations. “When she did her master’s degree, it was interesting to me because she really was reaching out to people and churches,” Neutens said. “So when she got to the CDC, it was the very same thing, reaching out to [people with HIV] who needed help.” “She’s really a giving person and really as concerned about humanity overall,” he added. Now at Temple, Parks said she wants to support Philadelphia’s many community health programs. She said she’s noticed issues like asthma in children and lead exposure primarily affecting African-Americans in the city. “At this point in my career, I can be a great support,” she added.



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Paley hosts discussion on hidden city sights Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall will discuss their book, “Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City,” on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Paley Library. The book examines historical sites, like the Metropolitan Opera House and Divine Lorraine Hotel, and how they have influenced the development of neighborhoods in the city. An architectural photographer, Joseph Elliott, accompanied them on their trips to places like abandoned factories, churches and theaters. Popkin and Woodall co-founded Hidden City Philadelphia, a web magazine that covers planning, preservation, architecture and design. The event is part of Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Page programming series. -Maureen Iplenski

Fox to host pitch-off for innovative ideas The Fox School of Business’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute will host the Social Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the MBA Commons of Alter Hall. The event will feature a live pitch-off for entrepreneurial ideas. The first place winner of the pitch-off will receive $500 and the two runners-up will receive $250 each. Attendees can view the work of social entrepreneurship-focused programs at the student poster session and network with several entrepreneurial groups. The program concludes with a panel on the evolution of social entrepreneurship. Participants can register on Temple’s events website. -Alleh Naqvi

Experts to discuss infertility and religion On Friday, nine experts will discuss how infertility relates to various religious beliefs and modern medicine. The panel, “Barren Conceptions: Pondering Intersections of Religion, Medicine and Infertility,” will take place in the Women’s Studies Lounge on the 8th floor of Anderson Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The panel is part of the month-long symposium, Cradling Creativity: The ART of Infertility in Philadelphia which will be hosted two other locations in the city. The ART of Infertility is an international arts organization that curates art exhibits to tell the stories of people living with infertility. Featured panelists include Elizabeth Walker, founder and co-director of The ART of Infertility; Nora Jones, associate director of Temple’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy and English professor Lisa Grunberger, whose play, “Almost Pregnant,” was also shown as part of the symposium in Old City earlier this month.

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Professor to speak on public education alliances Barbara Ferman, a political science professor, will host a book signing and discuss her new book, “The Fight for America’s Schools: Grassroots Organizing in Education,” on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Kiva Auditorium in Ritter Annex. Ferman will join local activists to discuss methods of building coalitions between early childhood educators and universities to advocate for public education. Ferman is the director of the University Community Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based organization that hosts summer and afterschool programs through Temple focused on community building and fostering youth leadership. -Veronica Thomas


and her family, who thought they paid for housing as part of the cost of tuition. Her financial aid covered her tuition, but it didn’t cover housing. “It was disappointing,” Stevens said. “Because I thought that I would have to leave this semester. ... I would have to go to community college, and that was the last thing that my mom wanted for me. That’s the last thing I wanted for myself.” While contemplating her situation, Stevens was reminded of Jason Boll, her high school English teacher. He recommended that she apply to Temple and helped her with her college application. She thought Boll could give her advice. Last month, Boll, who studied journalism at Temple in the early 2000s, created a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay Stevens’ housing bill. It exceeded the $7,500 goal by more than $1,000. In high school, Stevens would spend some lunch periods with Boll, talking about everything from her experiences in school, to college, to her goals in life. “Students like to talk, and they like to listen and sometimes share what they are going through,” Boll said. “Sometimes all it takes is listening.” Stevens said Boll always pushed her to work harder in school and that he was one of the most caring teachers she had. “Mr. Boll cared for my future,” Stevens said. “He’s just a really great teacher, period. He really cares for my well-being, and any child’s well being that he teaches.”


TUJ of Tokyo. Both buildings are shared spaces that house other businesses. Unlike Temple University Rome, which hosts study abroad students for no longer than one academic year, students can study at TUJ for all four years of their undergraduate studies. The university has nearly 1,400 degree-seeking students in total. TUJ also hosts about 60 to 100 study abroad students from Main Campus or other universities each semester. TUJ, though, has no sexual assault resources of its own, and the TUJ student handbook does not mention sexual assault. If TUJ students want to move forward with reporting their assault, they are referred to Andrea Seiss, Temple’s Title IX Coordinator. This means they have to deal with the added inconvenience of a 14-hour time difference. Seiss did not respond to individual requests for comment from The Temple News. In Japan, it’s common to gloss over the issue of sexual assault. Although the country has taken steps to reduce sexual assault, like implementing women-only train cars to prevent groping, Japan’s sexual assault law has not changed since 1907. Earlier this year, a new bill was proposed that would broaden the penal code’s definition of rape, which is currently limited to vaginal penetration by a penis, to include forced anal and oral sex. The amendment would also increase punishments for sexual assault and make it easier for survivors to report cases. Temple’s most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report lists zero cases of sexual misconduct or relationship violence at TUJ. This figure reflects the stark national issue of underreporting in Japan. According to a 2014 report by Japan’s Ministry of Justice, an estimated 13.3 percent of sexual assault survivors report the crimes to police. In “The Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Handbook,” a Japanese female prosecutor Kazuko Tanaka estimates that only 4 percent of sexual assault survivors file with the police. A survey conducted by Japan’s Cabinet Office found that common reasons survivors may not report sexual assault include vague sexual assault laws, shame and the fact that many

As she updated Boll about her college experiences through text messages, she mentioned that although everything was going well, she might have to leave school due to financial issues. After exhausting other options, Boll asked if he could create a GoFundMe page on her behalf. “We had looked at all the possible ways to raise money, to talk to financial aid, Kevonna had done all that work on her own,” Boll said. “But it didn’t work. ... I’m not an expert or anything in this. We just decided to try GoFundMe.” The starting goal was $3,500, a payment for one semester. If this was achieved, they would try to achieve the $7,500 necessary for both semesters and any other expenses. “I thought it would work, I just didn’t think it would work as quickly as it did,” Stevens said. In one week, the fundraiser achieved and surpassed both goals. “When I saw that she actually made the $8,500, I just thanked God and cried because this meant the world to Kevonna and myself,” said Stevens’ mother, Tamaka Stevens. Kevonna Stevens said this not only gives her the ability to stay in school, but also to work on securing funds for the future. She currently works 35 hours a week at Burger King on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue to save money. She also constantly searches and applies for scholarships. “It made me think differently about people,” she said. “It definitely changed my outlook. People I didn’t even know

were donating $500. I’m really grateful.” Kevonna Stevens has always had an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning. She was the valedictorian in both middle school and high school. On top of school work, she balanced performing with her school’s dance team and working several hours each week. “Kevonna definitely stands out,” said Stephanie Byars, Kevonna Stevens’ high school Spanish teacher. “I had a student the other day say flat out, ‘I want to be like Kevonna by the time I get to 12th grade.’ ... She saw something in Kevonna worth emulating.” Kevonna Stevens is interested in eventually owning her own business. This comes from a desire to direct her future and work for herself rather than an employer, she said. Although the GoFundMe was a success, she does not think that she will try fundraising again. “People have already helped me,” Kevonna Stevens said. “To ask again would be asking too much.” Kevonna Stevens plans to continue working and looking for scholarships to cover her housing costs in the future. But Boll is glad he was able to help his former student. “People were touched by the story more than I thought they would be,” Boll said. “She’s a remarkable person. ... I would always tell her that she floats, she rises to the top. She helped the classroom get better, she helped me get better.”

sexual assaults are perpetrated by people survivors know, so reporting them could disturb the “wa,” or harmony — an important part of Japanese culture. After the student approached TUJ with her case, Dreves collected evidence from her, but then passed the case on to Main Campus. The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards on Main Campus is investigating the case. The student has had to deal with having no in-person with the staff. She has relied on phone calls and emails to communicate about her assault. “You lose a lot over Skype and phone calls,” she said. “It’s really difficult because it’s like, first of all, I don’t think [Main Campus staff members] realize how small the TUJ campus is. I walk around the corner and the amount of times I have literally almost bumped into my rapist. ... I don’t think they realize how often I see him.” “There are days when I can’t come to school because it’s too difficult, because I know I’m going to see him at some point,” she added. “I know which floors he’s on and I don’t go on those floors, but that basically limits me to using literally two floors in this building.” TUJ does have a counseling center available for students, but it mainly advertises services tailored to an international campus, like support for dealing with culture shock. The center’s website currently does not feature resources for students who experience sexual assault. It only explains the definition of sexual assault and harassment. Aki Imai, a counselor at the center, said the staff is working on a new section for the site about the steps students can take if they’re assaulted. Unlike Main Campus, which offers Student Health Services, TUJ has no on-campus health center for students, meaning they have to find their own medical services when they are sick, or following an assault. Student Health Services on Main Campus cannot conduct sexual assault forensic exams on campus, but they can assist with referrals to the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center. On Main Campus, Women Organized Against Rape, a Philadelphiabased sexual violence crisis center, operates a 24-hour satellite office to provide support for survivors of sexual assault. WOAR representatives can help arrange transportation and accompany survivors to seek medical services. TUJ students are not referred

to WOAR. When The Temple News asked to speak with TUJ representatives about the issue of sexual assault on campus, TUJ and Main Campus officials responded with a joint statement in which they note that the area around TUJ’s campus is “substantially safer” than Main Campus. “Our incidence of violence between students or affecting students is likewise much lower,” the statement reads. Dreves added in an email that he understands that sexual assault is “a prominent issue at the Main Campus.” TUJ representatives suggested students access the Counseling Office for strict confidentiality. They also recommend that students who are assaulted preserve evidence by visiting outside medical professionals and the police. TUJ notifies Seiss of sexual misconduct allegations. If these cases require adjudication under the Student Conduct Code, TUJ goes through the Main Campus Student Conduct Code process, which is facilitated by Seiss. Currently, there are no plans to change procedures and resources regarding sexual misconduct at TUJ. Tired of the silence surrounding the topic of sexual assault at TUJ and around Tokyo, the student and five of her friends started an online zine, or small, self-published magazine, about sexual assault and gender issues. UPRIZINE is part of the official TUJ Zine Club. “TUJ has a sexual harassment and assault problem,” she said. “It was just this loop of stories and nothing was changing. We can’t wait for the school to start doing things, so if they’re not going to do things, we’re just going to do it ourselves.” The student said although she feels like TUJ staff members have had “the best intentions” while dealing with her case, she is disappointed that TUJ doesn’t have its own resources. She said the time difference, physical distance and cultural barriers are reasons TUJ should handle sexual assault on its own. “They’re supposed to be autonomous of Temple Main, but they’re not because they go through everything with them and they can’t handle issues like that,” she said. “TUJ should be able to do so much more than they can right now.”

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Owls covet balanced scoring, consistent defensive efforts Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson is the Owls’ lone double-figure scorer. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter For the first time since 2012, neither Feyonda Fitzgerald nor Alliya Butts is the lead guard for Temple. Fitzgerald is the leading scorer on her professional team in Turkey, and Butts, the program’s seventh all-time leading scorer, is out for the year with a torn ACL. The results on offense have been mixed. Temple (4-2) scored 96 points in its season opener against Delaware State University on Nov. 10, but it has also fallen short of 60 points twice. Temple’s 68.2 points per game is only 1.7 points per game less than its average last season, but it ranks 160th out of 345 teams in Division I. Last season, Fitzgerald and Butts combined for 70.9 percent of the Owls’ assists. This season, senior guards Khadijah Berger and Tanaya Atkinson and freshman guards Emani Mayo and Desiree Oliver have combined for 70.4 percent of the Owls’ assists. “It’s a lot of responsibility taking over for someone like Fey as a lead guard,” Oliver said. “When I visited and when Temple played on TV, I watched a lot of her game and I’ve been trying to model my game after her.” Scoring-wise, Atkinson has shouldered a huge load for Temple. She is

averaging 23 points per game and is the only Owl averaging double figures. Last season, Temple had four players average at least 13 points per game. When one had a rough night shooting the ball, another player stepped up to fill the void. When Fitzgerald shot 2-for-10 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3-point range in Temple’s win against the University of Vermont on Dec. 4, 2016, Butts scored 16 points. When Butts shot 4-for-12 in Temple’s win against Penn on Jan. 25, former guard Donnaizha Fountain shot 9-for-17 and scored 20 points. After the 2016-17 season, she transferred to Seton Hall University, where she is the Pirates’ leading scorer. In Temple’s 64-48 loss to the University of Mississippi on Saturday, Atkinson scored a team-high 22 points and shot 7-of-20 from the field for her lowest field-goal percentage of the season. Atkinson was the only Temple player to score in double figures against the Rebels. Temple’s secondleading scorer, freshman forward Mia Davis, shot 2-for-8, and Mayo, the third-leading scorer, shot 0-for-7. “As soon as [Alliya] went down, I felt like I was the one who needed to step up and lead and take a bigger role scoring-wise,” Atkinson said. “I know what this program is about and what Temple basketball means. So I’ve put it on myself to show these younger players what it means, and I do that by showing them what I do and helping

them learn what they do.” After the Owls gave up more than 70 points in their first two games, coach Tonya Cardoza encouraged her team to give a better effort on the defensive end. The next game, Temple gave up just 36 points. Of the Owls’ past four opponents, Mississippi is the only one to score more than 54 points. Temple allows 60.3 points per game, which ranks among the top-100 defenses in Division I. Temple is forcing 19 turnovers per game and 8.7 steals per game. The forced turnovers have led to 18.8 points off turnovers per game. Temple’s game against Mississippi started a seven-game homestand. The Owls lost the first contest of the stretch, which will end with a game against the University of South Carolina on Dec. 21 at the Liacouras Center. The defending Division I champion Gamecocks, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, have started the season 6-1. “We need to focus on the defensive side of making sure that we’re making them work for everything that they get,” Cardoza said. “I know we’re going to make shots, but there are going to be days where they don’t go in and we have to make sure that we’re making it difficult for other teams.” kevinschaeffer@temple.edu @_kevinschaeffer


Enechionyia scores the 1,000th point of his career Senior forward Obi Enechionyia became the 52nd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points when he made two free throws in the first half of Temple’s 87-83 loss to La Salle on Sunday at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia. Enechionyia finished with 16 points on 5-of8 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Enechionyia scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in Temple’s season-opening win against La Salle last year. “Not many guys like him are out there,” said John Giannini, La Salle 14-year coach. “He basically caught the ball and shot it with a hand in his face and made it, so he’s just really good. That’s what gave us trouble. He’s [6 feet 10 inches tall] and really good and can shoot from range. That was the problem.” Through four games, Enechionyia leads Temple with 36 minutes per game. He is the third-leading scorer with 15.5 points per game, and he is the secondleading rebounder with an average of 6.8 per contest. Enechionyia won the Charleston Classic MVP on Nov. 19 after Temple started the season with wins against Old Dominion University, Auburn University and Clemson University in South Carolina. Enechionyia scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in the championship game against Clemson. Temple has had a player reach the 1,000-point mark in three of the past four seasons. Former guard Quenton DeCosey, who graduated in 2016 as Temple’s 16th all-time leading scorer, accomplished the feat on Nov. 19, 2015, against the University of Minnesota. Former guard Will Cummings reached the milestone on Feb. 4, 2015, against South Florida. With 1,014 career points, Enechionyia is 10 points behind Jay Norman, who played from 1955-58 and ranks as the 51st all-time scorer in program history. Enechionyia entered the season with 952 career points. If he were to match the 419 points he scored last season, Enechionyia would finish with 1,371 points. That would rank three points ahead of Tim Perry, who played from 1984-88, for 31st in Temple program history. Temple’s all-time leading scorer is Mark Macon, who played from 1987-91 and finished with 2,609 points before the Denver Nuggets selected him eighth in the 1991 NBA Draft. -Evan Easterling

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple’s starters huddle prior to tip-off at the Owls’ 96-72 win against Delaware State University at McGonigle Hall on Nov. 10.


NIVC which earned an automatic bid by placing first in the regular season. Tuesday’s match against Campbell will be a homecoming for coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam. He was an assistant coach at West Virginia from 2006-10 prior to his tenure at Temple. If Temple wins, it would face the winner between West Virginia (1812, 6-10 Big 12 Conference) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (27-8, 11-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) on Wednesday night. Ganesharatnam could potentially coach against his former school. “I’m very excited to go back to Morgantown, [West Virginia], but at the same time, even though I’m going to see a lot of friends, we’re there to compete for some wins,” Ganesharatnam said. The Owls are heading into the NIVC having won five of their past six matches. Temple won in five sets against

Connecticut on Nov. 24 to close the regular season. Later that day, Southern Methodist lost to Tulsa. Southern Methodist and Temple finished with the same conference record, but Temple won the head-to-head tiebreaker by sweeping the Mustangs during the regular season. “It really felt good to solidify the automatic bid,” Ganesharatnam said. “I thought the conference this year was competitive, so finishing second and getting that automatic bid was absolutely a great feeling.” Southern Methodist and Central Florida are the two other teams from The American that earned bids to the NIVC. Central Florida was the only team Temple lost to in its final six games. The Owls’ last postseason appearance, the 2002 NCAA tournament, ended with Ganesharatnam’s predecessor, Bob Bertucci, taking the Owls to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. Ganesharatnam and some of Temple’s players have said they want a conference tournament for The American.

Ganesharatnam said it would help more teams have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. “The NCAA is full of surprises,” Rapacz said. “Anyone can beat anyone, and I think a conference tournament would definitely show that better than just playing the same team twice in the season.” Nevertheless, the Owls are optimistic about their spot in the NIVC and feel like they are one of the better teams in the tournament, Simmons said. Rapacz and Simmons said they are just happy Friday’s match against UConn wasn’t the last time they would play volleyball in a Temple uniform. “Coach always stresses that it’s been 15 years since Temple volleyball has made any postseason play,” Rapacz said. “So we’re going to treat it seriously...but I’m just happy that I get another game with my girls.” austin.ampeloquio@temple.edu @AustinPaulAmp

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS La Salle redshirt-senior swingman B.J. Johnson (left) fouls senior forward Obi Enechionyia in the first half of Temple’s 87-83 loss on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia. Enechionyia made the ensuing free throws to score his 1,000th career point.


Senior receives AAC honor after game at Tulsa Senior defensive lineman Jacob Martin made the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the final week of the regular season. Martin made 10 tackles in Saturday’s 43-22 win against Tulsa (2-10, 1-7 The American) in Oklahoma. Temple (6-6, 4-4 The American) held Tulsa scoreless after its nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter. Martin had 3.5 tackles for loss in the second half. He also had two sacks to match his career-high total from Temple’s 34-10 win against East Carolina on Oct. 7. The first time he sacked Tulsa sophomore quarterback Will Hefley III led to a missed field-goal attempt with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Martin forced a fumble for the second time this season on his second sack later in the quarter. Martin has played in every game and started the past 10 at defensive end. His eight sacks lead the team. -Evan Easterling sports@temple-news.com @TTN_Sports




Senior’s return to club fills in ‘missing piece’ After missing the 2016-17 season, John Kumpf has three goals in five games. BY JOE EDINGER Club Ice Hockey Beat Reporter John Kumpf had a strange feeling he would make a quick impact when he returned to the club hockey team on Nov. 3. “Right before the game I told [senior defenseman Ryan] Dumbach that I was gonna score,” Kumpf said. “I kind of laughed because I knew he was out of shape,” Dumbach said. “Everybody kind of figured it would take him a couple of games to get his feet under his legs.” Kumpf didn’t play in the 201617 season and missed Temple’s first 13 games until he suited up for the game against Navy. Two minutes, eight seconds into the second period against the Midshipmen, Kumpf’s prediction came true. The senior forward and defenseman scored his first goal since his sophomore season. Temple ended up losing, 7-4. “He went out there and scored, and everybody was really pumped for him and really happy,” Dumbach said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win, but it was definitely, I think, an encouraging thing for him to go out there and feel good right away about coming back.” Kumpf, a management and information systems major from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, has been playing hockey since he was


PIEROK Pierok said she started to regret not taking the chance to fence in college out of high school during her sophomore year at Temple. When Franke offered her the chance to join the team, Pierok jumped on it. “It was a great opportunity when they asked, so I said, ‘Why not?’” Pierok said. “This was my second chance to fence in college. Being recruited out of high school, I feel like I may have missed out on a great opportunity.” Now that she is a Division I fencer, Pierok has days where she wakes up at 6 a.m. and doesn’t return home until 11 p.m. She is taking 18 credit hours this semester. She also works as a host at the Temple Performing Arts Center and in the Kornberg School of Dentistry’s development department, where she tries to get alum-

in second grade with the Delco Phantoms in Aston, Pennsylvania. He chose to play hockey as a child because of his experiences going to Philadelphia Flyers games with his dad. He didn’t play last season because he wanted to focus on his studies and ensure he could graduate on time. But he missed hockey. As a sophomore in the 201516 season, Kumpf tallied three goals and two assists in 33 games as a center. Kumpf, who said he likes playing a physical brand of hockey, also led the team with 85 penalty minutes. “I play with a lot of emotion,” Kumpf said. “I just needed to focus on my studies, and hockey was a lot of responsibility that was on top of me, just being shaken up by the college gameplay. It’s just real physical.” Kumpf is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds, which makes him one of the smaller players on the ice at any given time. “I still threw around the body like I was a big guy, like back when I was playing club hockey in high school,” Kumpf said. Before this season, Dumbach, who serves as the club’s president, said he asked Kumpf to return to the team. Kumpf’s physicality brings a “different style of hockey,” Dumbach said. After Dumbach reached out to Kumpf a second time during the season, Kumpf decided to return to the club because he found he had ample free time. First-year coach Mark Spease believes Kumpf has already made

ni to make donations and helps plan events. Pierok hadn’t fenced in eight months before she joined the team and had to get used to weight lifting three times per week on top of practicing, attending classes and working, she said. “I’ve definitely missed the free time,” Pierok said. “My whole life, I have been busy fencing. But these last three years I wasn’t fencing seriously gave me free time to focus on my career and relax. I do feel overwhelmed at times, but I just take it one day at a time.” “This whole situation was a fluke,” Franke said. “She already had her schedule made, but it worked out perfectly with our program. All the stars had to align for this to happen, and they sure did.” This season will be Pierok’s only one with the program. She plans to graduate in Fall 2018 with degrees in political science

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior forward and defenseman John Kumpf talks with a teammate before a faceoff during Temple’s 7-1 loss to Drexel at Class of 1923 Arena in University City on Nov. 18.

a “really big impact” on the team in his five games since returning. He scored twice and had an assist in Temple’s 8-3 win against Elon University on Nov. 19. Temple had lost five of its past six games before its win against the Phoenix. “He likes to take the body and if you watch us play, we don’t hit the body very often,” Spease said. “So getting somebody to get that aggression and the physical play going is a big spark for the team.” “What we’ve been lacking this

and global studies. Pierok also plans to study abroad in Léon, France, in her final semester. But even though Pierok will only be on the team for a short time, she still wants to make contributions throughout the year. Pierok finished 25th in foil at the Penn State Garret Open on Nov. 4, and she placed 14th out of 62 foils at the Temple Open on Oct. 28 to start her Division I career. Pierok competed at the Temple Open in 2015 and 2016 while on the club team. She placed 39th in her first year and 19th in 2016. “I feel like I have a little bit to prove,” Pierok said. “I want to show that I am still a quality fencer, and I want to see how I do now that I have the opportunity to be on a Division I program with a great coach.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior foil Allison Pierok (right) fences against junior foil Auset Muhammad during practice on Nov. 13 at the Student Pavilion.

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year is a little bit of body contact that we need along the boards, and I think bringing him in is really important and is really gonna take us to that next level,” said junior goaltender Zach Burkhardt, who is the club’s vice president. “He’s not afraid to go in the corners and not afraid to lay the body.” Kumpf believes his role is slightly different than it was when he was a sophomore. He plays as both a defenseman and a forward instead of predominantly at center,


TURNOVERS “I have to live with some of the things that he does,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “But there are a couple of things that I wish he would not have done [Sunday]. But we’ll work on it. He’ll work on it. He’ll be better the next time.” Though Rose has struggled with turnovers, he is Temple’s second-leading scorer with an average of 17.5 points per game. Last season, he averaged 10.1 points per game. Rose took over offensively during several possessions against La Salle. He scored eight of Temple’s final 10 points in the first half. During the Charleston Classic, Rose shot the ball well from beyond the arc in stretches. In Temple’s 88-74 victory against Auburn University on Nov. 17, Rose went 5-for-8 on 3-pointers. Since that game, he has missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. Rose did his damage from inside the arc against La Salle, scoring eight of his 21 points in the paint. “He’s a talented player,” redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown said. “He’s getting more consistent offensively. ... It’s kind of easy having him out on the floor with his scoring ability. Guys can’t really stay in front, so he’s been showing that he’s a key part to our team and we want to feed him more.” Before Temple’s first official practice on Oct. 5, Dunphy said he wanted the type of player senior forward Obi Enechionyia was through the first 10 games last season to be “prominent.” Enechionyia averaged 18.6 points, 2.9 blocks and 7.7 rebounds per game during that stretch. Through four games, he is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range.

and he’ll be one of the team’s veterans as it continues play into the spring semester. “I’m definitely one of the older guys, and I just came on the team, so that was a little interesting,” Kumpf said. “But all the young guys are really cool, and I really hope that they look up to me and I can bring some energy and they can follow suit.” joseph.edinger@temple.edu @JoeEd81

Enechionyia became the 52nd player in program history to score 1,000 points after sinking a pair of free throws in the first half against La Salle. The Owls have also featured Enechionyia at center with Rose or freshman wings De’Vondre Perry and J.P. Moorman II playing power forward. During Temple’s victory against Auburn, junior center Ernest Aflakpui and Damion Moore only combined for 20 minutes. The Owls stretched the floor with Enechionyia at the five and shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Temple’s 41.8 3-point percentage ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. “We’ve been shooting the ball well, but on offense we need to move the ball more, share the ball a little bit better,” Brown said. “Defensively, we need to make our money because there’s going to be days where we’re not hitting shots. So when that day comes, we need to be able to sit down and play defense and we need to work on that.” Despite Temple letting La Salle hit several key 3-pointers late in its loss, the Owls had the Explorers’ shooters well covered. Prior to Sunday, the Owls only allowed more than 70 points once. They rank second best in The American in 3-point defense. Brown said it’s obvious Temple has the talent to be successful, but the team needs to “come together a little bit more” moving forward. “It’s still early,” Brown said. “We just need to trust our coaching staff, our game plan and just play as one, not individually. Early on, we’ve been doing a pretty good job of that. Now we just need to naturally progress doing those things.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

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Former transfer hopes to earn way into starting five Junior forward Lena Niang averages 11 minutes in five games off the bench. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter For junior forward Lena Niang, the desire to compete drove her to seek more from her college basketball experience. Niang spent her freshman year at her first-choice school, North Carolina State University, where she averaged 4.8 minutes and just less than two points in eight games. Niang wanted more from her college basketball experience. After the 2015-16 season, she decided to transfer to Temple (4-2), where she had a relationship with the coaches and would get a chance to play. The university was originally her second choice. “My freshman year, I feel like it was a lot of seniors,” Niang said. “I was impatient to keep waiting and waiting for my time, so I decided to come here.” “She made a mistake the first time, that’s how I look at it,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We were pretty shocked that she didn’t come, but things happen for a reason and we welcomed her back with open arms.” Due to transfer and eligibility rules, Niang had to sit out last season. She was allowed to participate in practices and watch home games with the team, but she couldn’t travel with the team for away games. Despite the frustration that came with watching without being able to play, Niang gained a lot of knowledge from her role as an active observer, Cardoza said. “I already know the plays,” Niang said. “It’s not like the freshmen where they have to learn the plays. I already know what coach expects and what she likes, so that’s definitely a benefit.” “I think last year was just a year to get her comfortable with everything,” senior guard Khadijah Berger said. “Comfortable with coach, comfortable with playing at an entirely different program, and I think it’s her year to show everybody what she’s made of.” Now that Niang is eligible to play, she has seen an average of 11 minutes of playing time in five games off the bench. She averages two rebounds and two points per game.


BOWL Temple had to do a lot of selfreflection after its overtime loss to Army West Point on Oct. 21. The Owls allowed the triple-option offense to pass its way to a gametying touchdown the week after they lost to a UConn team they were favored to beat by 10 points. They had lost four of their past five games. Now Chandler and the rest of the seniors will have “bragging rights” when they return to Edberg-Olson Hall to visit the football program as alumni, redshirt-senior defensive lineman Sharif Finch said. “It would mean a lot,” Finch said on Nov. 21. “It would just show that I left my legacy here. Like when I was here, I did something with my time, and the seniors as well.” As part of the senior class’ 32 wins, the upperclassmen contributed to back-to-back 10win seasons in 2015 and 2016. Those 20 wins were preceded by a six-win season in 2014 that ended without a bowl game. Redshirt seniors like Finch and fellow defensive lineman Jullian Taylor experienced a two-win campaign in 2013, Temple’s first season under former coach Matt Rhule. Younger players like sophomore linebacker Shaun Bradley, who has started all 12 games and leads Temple in tackles, hadn’t “faced a lot of the pain” the seniors did before this season’s close losses, Collins said.

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward Lena Niang passes the ball during Temple’s season-opening, 96-72, win against Delaware State University on Nov. 10 at McGonigle Hall.

On Wednesday, Niang scored five points in just seven minutes against Big 5 rival La Salle. That total tied her season-best five points against Delaware State University in Temple’s first game of the season on Nov. 10. Niang also totaled her season-best two steals and five rebounds against the Hornets. “I want to have a really good season, and at some point, I want to start,” Niang said. “So that’s a good goal.” Cardoza is also making shooting more often a goal for Niang. Due to Niang’s ability to play both small and power forward, Cardoza said developing Niang’s shot would make her even more of a threat. Through five games, Niang is shooting 4-for-15 from the field and 2-for-11 from the 3-point line. “She’s capable of being a really good shooter, and her length is something that not a lot of people have,” Cardoza said. “If

“Obviously, we hate that we had to go through that, losing some really close games that we know we should have been in position to win,” Collins said on The American’s weekly coaches’ teleconference on Nov. 20. “But the level of pain that’s associated with that, in some way it’s great for a young team to go through that to make sure moving forward we don’t experience that again.” Temple did what it needed to do to “send the seniors out the right way,” as Collins and redshirtjunior quarterback Frank Nutile frequently said during the final stretch of the season. Temple closed its season winning three of its last four games with its only blemish coming against a ranked Central Florida team that will play Memphis for the conference title on Saturday. Temple won’t play to defend its 2016 conference title, but the team and its seniors have a chance to do something the Owls couldn’t do last year or in 2015. Temple hasn’t won a bowl game since the 2011 New Mexico Bowl. Before that game, the Owls hadn’t won a bowl game since the 1979 Garden State Bowl. The American has tie-ins to seven bowls, and seven teams in the conference are bowl eligible. CBS Sports and ESPN projected Temple to play in the Boca Raton Bowl against a Conference USA school on Dec. 19, while Sporting News projected it to play in the Gasparilla Bowl against a Conference USA opponent. No matter where Temple

she spends a lot of time working on it, she can be a really good shooter for us.” Another one of Niang’s goals is to help the team win the Big 5 title and make the NCAA Tournament again after last season’s first-round loss. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Niang couldn’t travel with the team when it went to Durham, North Carolina, to play against the University of Oregon in the NCAA Tournament, so it is particularly important to Niang that the Owls qualify this season. Niang brings a style of play to the Owls that some people, like Berger, compare to that of Kevin Durant, a forward for the Golden State Warriors and eight-time NBA All-Star. Durant typically plays the three and four positions, or small forward and power forward, similar to what Niang anticipates to do this season.

“She’s very versatile, and she has a really, really long wingspan, so that’s a definite plus,” Berger said. “I always say she reminds me of Kevin Durant. She really does. The way she shoots, just her style of play.” “I guess they tell me I’m like KD because I’m tall and skinny,” Niang said. “It feels good, but I wish it was [former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard] Kobe [Bryant].” Niang stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall, and her length has helped her record a block and three steals. Still, in Cardoza’s mind, Niang has room to improve before she reaches Durant’s level. “She thinks she’s KD,” said Cardoza, chuckling. “That’s big shoes to fill, trying to compare yourself to KD.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile throws a pass during Temple’s 34-26 win against Navy on Nov. 2 at Lincoln Financial Field.

gets placed on Selection Sunday this week, the Owls will have the advantage of getting extra practices. The NCAA allows teams that qualify for bowl games to have up to 20 hours per week of practice and athletic activities between the end of the regular season and their bowls. Collins wants to “build elite depth at every position,” and the extra practices can help develop those who haven’t played this year. He touted the progress of freshman walk-on defensive back Josh Allen

last week and said he hopes to add depth by adding up to 10 early enrollees in January. One of them will be Trad Beatty, a left-handed quarterback from South Carolina rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. Temple will get to play in a bowl game, and it will have a chance to make progress toward Collins’ goal of creating “elite depth,” but fans can only wonder what could have been of the season if the Owls had won any of the three games it lost by one score.

Temple might not be playing to defend its conference title this weekend, but the young players have continued to develop. And that might be the most important outcome of this season as Collins works to return Temple to the “top-25 championship program” he inherited. evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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Postseason bound for the first time in 15 years The Owls will play in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship Tuesday. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter


emple will play postseason volleyball for the first time since 2002, and senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz used two words — “excited” and “happy” — to describe her feelings about the news. The Owls (19-9, 15-5 American Athletic Conference) finished second in The American’s regularseason standings to earn an automatic berth in the 32-team field in the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Championship. Temple faces Campbell University (20-11, 10-6 Big South Conference) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at West Virginia University. For senior middle blocker Janine Simmons, qualifying for a

postseason tournament has fulfilled her preseason goal of making a lasting impact at Temple. “It means a lot to us not only to be playing postseason, but to do it as seniors and knowing that we’re leaving the program better than we found it,” Simmons said. “We’re preparing to roll with the punches and not know what to expect.” The NIVC had been inactive since 1995 before an announcement to revive the tournament for this season came at the American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention in December 2016. The postseason tournament originally debuted in 1989 in a 20-team format. This year’s version of the competition is a single-elimination tournament. Temple didn’t earn a bid to the NCAA tournament this season, and The American’s lone representative in the 64-team field is Wichita State (28-3, 20-0 The American),


MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple breaks its huddle after strategizing during a timeout in its four-set win against South Florida on Nov. 19 at McGonigle Hall.



Former club athlete comes through as ‘emergency fencer’ Junior foil Allison Pierok works two jobs and competes for the Division I squad. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter

Sophomore guard Alani Moore II tried to make a pass to sophomore center Damion Moore, but there was miscommunication on the play. La Salle sophomore guard Saul Phiri stole the ball then made a pass to redshirtjunior guard Pookie Powell on the fastbreak. Powell scored a layup to tie the game before the Explorers won, 87-83, at Tom Gola Arena. The Owls committed 13 turnovers compared to La Salle’s four in their first loss of the season. The Explorers scored 15 points off those turnovers. The Owls have had double-digit turnovers in every game this season. Sophomore guard Quinton Rose, who had a team-high five turnovers against the Explorers on Sunday, leads the team with 16.

When coach Nikki Franke needed an “emergency fencer,” she called Allison Pierok. The junior foil joined the team in September when the Owls needed an extra foil to complete their roster, Franke said. Pierok is the former president of Temple University Fencing Club. “I have no idea what kind of person I would be like without fencing,” Pierok said. “When I was presented with the chance to join the varsity team, I was eager to take advantage of it. Being able to travel to different parts of the country and see different quality fencers is something I love about this sport.” Before Pierok joined the team, Franke and assistant coach Josh Herring — who has been the club team’s coach for five years — discussed two options for filling the last foil spot. They could either hold a tryout that any woman enrolled at Temple could attend, or they could hold a tryout with athletes from the club team. Temple has only had to add a fencer from the club team to the Division I team “once or twice” before this season, said Franke, who is in her 46th season. “I don’t want to downplay this, but it was a very easy process,” Herring said. “Only a few club fencers signed up, and right away we knew Allison would be the one making the team. She was easily one of the better fencers I have seen during my time at the club.” While Pierok studied at Lakota East High School in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University and Ohio State University recruited her to fence for their teams, she said. Pierok sought to fence at the Division I level straight out of high school. She graduated Lakota East in three years and spent a year studying in Japan after considering traveling overseas or going straight to college. She didn’t fence much while abroad, and colleges stopped contacting her while she was there, Pierok said. At the time, however, she felt it would benefit her to have more free time at school.



LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS La Salle sophomore guard Saul Phiri (left) and sophomore guard Quinton Rose (center) reach for a loose ball during the Owls’ 87-83 loss at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia on Sunday.

3-game win streak ends at La Salle The Owls will work on playing more cohesively after their 87-83 road loss on Sunday. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor

Early into the season, the Owls find themselves in a situation similar to the 2016-17 campaign. Like last season, Temple won an early-season tournament in November by winning the Charleston Classic after beating Clemson University, 67-60, on Nov. 19. After they won the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off last season, the Owls entered January with

a 9-6 record. They finished 16-16 and lost in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament. “We’re not going to let that happen,” junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. said. “We’re just going to persevere through it and going to make sure that it doesn’t happen this season.” The Owls received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after starting the season with a three-game winning streak from Nov. 16-19. After their loss to La Salle on Sunday, the Owls didn’t receive any votes in Monday’s poll. With 10 minutes, 57 seconds left in Temple’s game against La Salle on Sunday, the Owls held an 11-point lead. The Explorers went on an 11-0 run aided by a couple of Temple turnovers.





Lena Niang, who transferred to Temple after the 2015-16 season, compares to NBA AllStar Kevin Durant, said one of her teammates.

Club ice hockey senior John Kumpf sat out his junior season and didn’t play until the 14th game this season. He has three goals in five games so far.

Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson has increased her offensive production through six games, but she is the Owls’ only double-figure scorer.

In three of the past four seasons, a men’s basketball player has reached 1,000 career points. Obi Enechionyia did it on Sunday.

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