Page 1

A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921.

VOL. 96 ISSUE 11 @thetemplenews



Students living in Yorktown face eviction The department of Licenses & Inspection received a list of Yorktown homes that are illegally rented to students. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor


inyan Wu, a sophomore university studies major, said she decided to rent her apartment on 12th Street near Jefferson in Yorktown because it is close to Main Campus. But students like Wu who are renting homes in Yorktown without the owner liv-

ing there are at risk of eviction because of a nearly 13-year-old ordinance banning owners from renting to students in the neighborhood. In 2005, Philadelphia City Council passed a zoning ordinance in Yorktown that prohibits student housing, non-owner occupied housing and multi-family dwellings. But students live in this area because some homeowners continue to rent to students against the ordinance. Some Yorktown residents are contacting city departments about it. Robert McMichael, the president of the Yorktown Community Organization, said the group collected a list of nearly 80 homes that are allegedly non-owner occupied and rented to students.


This list was given to L&I’s Deputy Commissioner Ralph DiPietro and Operations Director Bernice Johnson in September. L&I employees are identifying the owners of the 79 homes, wrote L&I’S Communications Director Karen Guss. “It’s a huge issue,” McMichael said. “It’s the most important issue in Yorktown right now.” City Council found that North Central Philadelphia has become subject to developers looking to make multi-family dwellings from single-family homes to rent to students, according to the ordinance. The ordinance aims to “preserve and protect” the existing “stable community” of single-family homes in Yorktown. When there is an issue with a hous-

ing ordinance, people typically submit a complaint to Philly311, Philadelphia’s nonemergency contact center, by dialing 3-1-1. A representative from L&I will send a letter to the owner of the home that is allegedly violating this ordinance. L&I will then inspect the home and inform the owner that he or she needs to comply with the law, Guss wrote in an email. If the owner does not comply, L&I will submit a “cease operations order.” In this case, students living in the home will have to find a new place to live. Guss told The Temple News it is difficult to enforce a housing ordinance because there is no “reliable indication of who is in




Physics professor, ACLU sue FBI Xiaoxing Xi was wrongfully accused of spying and providing technology to China in 2015. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson led the Owls in rebounding during the 2016-17 season to help the team reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.


Explore the interactive basketball preview at

A physics professor who was indicted and later cleared of charges by the FBI has filed an amended complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union against the United States for wrongfully targeting him because he is Chinese. Xiaoxing Xi, a naturalized citizen and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics, was arrested in May 2015 after the FBI alleged Xi intended to share superconductor technology called a “pocket heater” — which “dramatically” improves the efficiency of certain technologies — with Chinese “associates,” according to court documents. Xi amended his original May 2017 suit to include the ACLU as part of his representation. In the most recent suit filed last week, Xi and his attorneys claim lead FBI investigator Andrew Haugen fabricated evidence and maliciously

prosecuted him in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. It also claims he was racially and ethnically profiled. The FBI went through Xi’s correspondences with other Chinese academics through orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was created to allow government agencies to spy on foreign agents. After the charges were filed in 2015, FBI agents came to Xi’s home in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, with their weapons drawn, held Xi’s wife and two young daughters at gunpoint. Xi was forcefully arrested in front of his family. Once Xi was in law enforcement custody, he was strip-searched, interrogated and told he was facing charges that included 80 years of imprisonment and $1 million in fines, according to Xi’s latest complaint. “In essence, he was accused of being a technological spy for China,” stated Xi’s civil suit against the U.S. After his detainment, Xi was suspended as the interim chair of the department of physics, placed on administrative leave, not allowed to access his lab or supervise his graduate



Student takes personal approach in engineering Emily Kight created Prohibere, a leave-in conditioner to combat the urge to pull hair. BY MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News In front of her pre-calculus class, Emily Kight was asked by a high school classmate why she was missing hair. “I just got up and left to go cry in the bathroom,” said Kight, a junior bioengineering major. “I avoided eye contact a lot with anyone. I was very depressed in school.” Kight has trichotillomania,

or TTM, a disorder that causes those affected to have a strong urge to pull out their hair. When Kight moved from Florida to Pennsylvania at age 15, the urge to pull at her hair grew stronger due to the stress of relocating. She struggled to find help through therapists and constantly wore hats in public to hide her bald spots. Through a project in her freshman Frontiers in Bioengineering class, Kight created Prohibere, a leave-in hair conditioner that lessens her urge to pull at her hair. Last spring, Kight presented her idea at the Fox School of

Business’ Be Your Own Boss Bowl, a business plan competition developed by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. She took second place among 450 ideas, winning a $10,000 prize. Prohibere will be available on the company’s website and Amazon within the next few weeks. In the bioengineering class, Kight had to come up with a solution to a biomedical problem as part of a semester-long project. Frustrated with the lack of topical products for TTM on the market and inspired by her own experiences, Kight decided to create the leave-in hair conditioner.


JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior bioengineering major Emily Kight developed the product Prohibere, which helps people with trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder.

NEWS | PAGES 2-3, 6




Articles of impeachment have been filed against members of Parliament this semester. Read more on Page 2.

A columnist explains why it’s important for all students to learn about their finances. Read more on Page 4.

Two recent alumni started a podcast about navigating finances for young adults. Read more on Page 11.

The men’s soccer team will play in the The American’s semifinal tournament on Friday. Read more on Page 16.




Parliament members skirt impeachment Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz defended himself at a public hearing on Monday. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor After former Parliament representative Shakeel Alibhai petitioned for Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz to be impeached last week, members of Parliament and Temple Student Government voted to keep Kurtz in office on Monday. This vote comes after nearly two weeks of various Parliament members attempting to impeach each other, including Kurtz. So far this year, there have been just as many petitions for impeachment filed than resolutions, which are one of Parliament’s main responsibilities. On Oct. 26, Alibhai submitted a petition for impeachment against Kurtz, citing five reasons including the failure to fill a vice chair position, said Morrease Leftwich, TSG’s Auditor General. An impeachment hearing was held on Monday for Kurtz to publicly defend himself against Alibhai’s claim that he was unfit to be Parliamentarian. “The actions I took after realizing I had overlooked the stipulation of the vice chair exemplify how I have held the position of Parliamentarian,” he said during the hearing. “Upon realizing the

mistake, I worked diligently to make amends. In this case, I even took on more responsibility than what was deemed necessary by my position within the constitution.” A private hearing was held on Oct. 30. At the hearing, Kurtz defended himself and brought a witness to the hearing that spoke in

his defense. After the private hearing, Kurtz released a statement saying that he believed “one mistake is simply not grounds to question my expertise.” On Nov. 2, 11 members of Parliament filed to impeach Alibhai, members told The Temple News.

The same day, Alibhai filed to impeach several Parliament members, some of whom had previously filed against him, members said. Alibhai resigned from his position later that day. The petitions against the 11 members and Alibhai were removed from consideration after

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz publicly defended himself from articles of impeachment at a hearing on Monday.

Alibhai resigned, Leftwich said. In order to impeach a member of TSG, one must file a petition outlining why the person should be removed from their position. Leftwich then decides if the claims are valid and drafts impeachment documents to be read at an impeachment hearing. “Some of the accusations were struck down immediately before the defense because I was easily able to reconcile some of them with Jacob’s actions that were constitutional,” Leftwich said. The petition against Alibhai claimed that Alibhai had proposed a constitutional amendment that would give Parliament the power to remove the Parliamentarian from office immediately after Alibhai filed his petition against Kurtz, which Alibhai disputes. The petition also accused Alibhai of improperly trying to impeach the Parliamentarian and falsely implying co-sponsorship of a resolution, Alibhai added. “I only tried to impeach the people who had signed off on the false claims and who I know helped to write the false claims,” Alibhai said. “If there was something that wasn’t false but may have been...a misinterpretation, then I didn’t file to impeach them.” @AmandaJLien


Intergenerational center receives ‘kinship’ grant The center received a grant to support grandparents who care for children. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News The College of Education’s Intergenerational Center has received a grant last month to support programs for grandparents and alternative guardians raising children in Philadelphia. But what is the Intergenerational Center — and what are the challenges North Philadelphia grandparents face when raising children? WHAT IS THE INTERGENERATIONAL CENTER?

The Intergenerational Center began in 1979 in the former College of Health Professions and Social Work. Now housed in the College of Education, the center is devoted to building and strengthening relationships among people of all different ages. Right now, the center in Ritter Annex operates three programs: Family Friends, which connects volunteers 55 years and older with Philadelphia families or children in need of support; Grandma’s Kids, an after-school program that focuses on children being raised in foster care or by relatives who aren’t their parents, and GEAR UP, which works with high school students to help them with college preparation. “The Intergenerational Center is about helping to show that people have value across the lifespan,” said Alysia Williams, who runs the Family Friends program. WHAT ARE THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS?

IGC recently received a seed grant from The Brookdale Foundation, a New York-based organization committed to improving quality of life for senior citizens. With this grant, the IGC plans to

News Desk 215.204.7419

provide educational workshops and support groups for families in the Family Friends program. IGC will collaborate on these workshops with organizations across the city, including the Temple Institute on Disabilities, the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the CommunityBased Prevention Services division of the Department of Human Services. Williams said IGC is still in the early stages of planning the workshops, but the center intends to take on issues like stress relief, emotional literacy, familial dynamics and navigating public institutions, like schools. “We hope to provide a greater opportunity for our families to connect, to be able to share their wisdom and experiences on the subject matter that we cover,” Williams said. The new IGC workshops are expected to start early next year. Williams said IGC will seek additional partners for the workshops. She added that she hopes the new workshops will foster relationships with other experts in the caregiving field, as well as provide leadership opportunities to IGC’s caregivers that ultimately benefit Philadelphia’s youth. “We plan to reach out to anyone who can help enhance the quality of life for the families that we serve,” Williams said. “We’re excited this project exists, that we’re able to help the local community.” WHAT CHALLENGES DO ALTERNATIVE GUARDIANS FACE?

Kinship families are families led by someone other than a parent, like a grandparent or an aunt. According to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, there are more than 13,000 Philadelphia families in which grandparents or an alternative guardian are raising children. Williams said it is likely this number is underreported, and the number of cases increases dramatically when considering

LAURA SMYTHE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Family Friends Program Coordinator Alysia Williams works in the Intergenerational Center on the fourth floor of Ritter Annex on Friday.

the surrounding neighborhoods of the city. The issues that affect kinship families can vary drastically on a case-by-case basis, she added. Some families that IGC works with have grandparents raising their grandchildren because the parents died. Other families have taken in nieces or nephews to remove them from a domestic violence situation. Others are affected by parental incarceration. Williams said IGC tries to identify and address the needs of individual families enrolled with the center. Williams has spends her time writing reports and facilitating trainings for IGC mentors or working in a family’s home providing cribbuilding assistance or emotional support. WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY?

Erika Palmer, the special education liaison for Paul Dunbar Elementary School, on 12th Street near Cecil B. Moore, said many of her students are raised by their

grandparents. She said it can be a huge struggle for these kids. Just last week, she had a student break down because she said she wishes she could live with her father instead. Palmer said she thinks IGC’s programs could benefit these kids by bridging the generational gap and helping them realize they are cared for. “They often feel like mommy and daddy aren’t there,” Palmer said. “They feel like, ‘Nobody wants me.’ But grandma is there.” She added that IGC’s programs will help build a foundation that the community and school system can build upon to provide kids with a support system. “At the heart of it, it’s all worth it,” Williams said. “I do not hold anything that I may go through in my day [equal] with what a family may go through trying to get what they need to the kids they’re raising.” @lcs_smythe @thetemplenews



FMLA forms task force against O’Connor The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance wants to expand on-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault. BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS FMLA President Martha Sherman protests the dedication of O’Connor Plaza at a rally on Monday.


ACLU students, the ACLU wrote in its release. At the time of his arrest, Xi was responsible for nine research projects that were funded by the federal government, he claims in the suit. Xi, his wife and daughter are suing for the federal court to award their family damages, declare their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights were violated and order the FBI to return or delete any of Xi’s virtual communications used in the investigation. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure, and the Fifth Amendment protects citizens from the government taking private property without just compensation — which Xi believes were both violated. Susan Lin, Xi’s attorney from the Philadelphia-based law firm Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, said she and her client are not in a position to discuss litigation at the present time. The ACLU noted in a statement last week that this is the third time a Chinese-American scientist was charged for espionage plots in 10 months. They were all later dismissed. National Weather Service employee Sherry Chen was arrested in Ohio in October 2014. She was charged for illegally downloading data about “critical national infrastructure” and giving it to China’s water ministry, the New York Times reported. These charges were dropped five months later, Quartz reported. Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li, both nationalized Chinese-American citizens, were indicted in October 2013 because of an FBI suspicion that the two stole and shared trade secrets from their pharmaceutical producer employer Eli Lilly and Company with its Chinese competitor, the Indy Star reported. These charges were dropped a year later. “The dangers of giving the government such sweeping surveillance powers are real and unmistakable,” wrote Patrick Toomey, an ACLU attorney, in a release. “This case is a glaring example of an innocent American’s privacy rights being grossly violated, with disastrous consequences for Professor Xi and his family.” “The government needs to stop spying on Americans without a warrant and start following the Constitution,” Toomey wrote. @gill_mcgoldrick

Temple’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance formed an O’Connor Task Force made up of 14 FMLA members to lead its efforts against Patrick O’Connor, the chairman of the Board of Trustees. The organization introduced the new task force in mid-September in an effort to both remove O’Connor from the Board and his name from O’Connor Plaza. O’Connor Plaza was dedicated the chairman, who is a major donor to the university, after renovations were made to the Founder’s Garden and Alumni Circle. But this honor has been criticized by FMLA and other on-campus activist groups because O’Connor represented former university trustee Bill Cosby in a 2005 sexual assault civil suit filed by former university employee Andrea Constand. In a suit filed last week by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, he claimed that Constand settled for “millions of dollars” in this civil suit, ABC News reported. To make survivors of sexual assault feel like they are being heard, the O’Connor task force is collecting stories from survivors of sexual assault. A form has been set up to collect survivor stories and suggestions to improve sexual assault resources on campus, via the O’Connor Step Down Facebook page. Students can contribute anonymously. So far, the task force has obtained

17 stories from survivors. “It’s been a little slow to collect stories just because I think that visibility is an issue, but I don’t think there is a reluctance to speak out,” said Elizabeth Olson, head of the O’Connor Task Force and a junior political science and environmental studies major. Olson added that not only is she motivated to remove the chairman’s name from the plaza, but also to improve the on-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault. The organization has gathered more than 100 signatures for its petition to oust O’Connor from the Board and remove his name from the plaza. The petition also asked for more “centralized” resources for survivors of sexual assault and a “democratic and transparent” Board of Trustees. The Temple News reported in October that FMLA met with Dean of Students Stephanie Ives and Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa Powell to address its concerns with O’Connor. FMLA Public Relations Chair Kayla Boone confirmed that the organization met with Ives again on Monday. Andrea Seiss, the university’s Title IX coordinator, who handles issues of discrimination on campus, including sexual assault, was also present at Monday’s meeting. After the meeting, FMLA president Martha Sherman said the meeting was “productive.” “We came to the conclusion that we want a lot of the same things, including a centralized location where people can access wellness resources in the instance that they are sexually assaulted,” she added. “Temple FMLA continues to be committed to our de-

mands and Dean Ives was receptive to our messages.” “We had a very productive meeting, discussing common goals pertaining to educating students on the scope of sexual misconduct and supporting students who have survived such misconduct,” Ives said in a statement to The Temple News. “I think that the administration is taking steps that they deem necessary to understand how we feel,” said Boone, a senior public relations major. “I explained at the meeting that I feel like they should be more proactive in meeting with us … but the conversation needs to continue.” FMLA President Martha Sherman, a senior public health and political science major, said President Richard Englert never responded to individual emails from the organization’s email campaign, which encouraged students to email Englert about the naming of O’Connor Plaza. Englert has not reached out to the organization as a whole since the O’Connor Step Down campaign began, Sherman added. University spokesman Raymond Betzner confirmed that Englert does personally receive and read his emails, The Temple News reported in October. “O’Connor has given a lot of money to Temple, and I think that is part of the reason that the university doesn’t want to take his name off the plaza,” Sherman said. “Temple not taking us very seriously means that the administration wants to cover up sexual assault and not recognize that it happens on this campus.” @Will_Bleier


‘Brilliant’ law graduate remembered Conor Devlin, a 2017 Beasley School of Law alumnus, died of unknown causes last month. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor For John Smagula, every once in a while a student comes along who truly inspires him. Conor Devlin was one of those students to Smagula, the director of the China Rule of Law Program based in Beijing. Devlin, a 2017 Beasley School of Law alumnus, died on Oct. 27 at the age of 25 of unknown causes, the Inquirer reported. Smagula and Devlin would often talk over meals or when crossing paths at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the China Rule of Law Program is based. They discussed Devlin’s passion for the Chinese language, his drive to succeed at the university and his eagerness to practice law in China, Smagula wrote in an email. “I will sorely miss these conversations, as I was eager to follow his career path,” Smagula added. “The China market is challenging, and few can make sense of it, but I thought Conor would become one of them.” Devlin graduated in May 2017 and also earned a Chinese law degree in 2016 in a partnership between the law school and Tsinghua University. Found unresponsive by a relative in his apartment in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, Devlin’s cause of death is still being determined by the Delaware County Medical Examiner, the Inquirer reported. Devlin was loved by many at Temple, including his tight-knit group

of friends from the law school and professors in the abroad program for which he worked. Jency Mathew met Devlin during their law school orientation in 2014, quickly forming a friend group with other first-year law students Kara Heininger and Christian Elliott. “The four of us became good friends throughout law school, just hanging out on weekends,” Mathew said. Staying close in their first year of school, Mathew and Heininger threw Devlin a going-away party before he spent a year at Tsinghua University. “When he came back for his third year, Conor was such a good friend that our friendship just picked up where it left off,” Mathew said. Mathew will remember Devlin most for his witty remarks that were always “brilliant,” she said. “I don’t know if anyone who wasn’t really good friends with him would describe him as a class-clown type,” she added. “But the people that did know him really well, he was hysterical.” Despite being well-traveled, Devlin was very modest, Heininger said. “He’s seen a lot, done a lot, but never bragged about it,” she said. “You wouldn’t know until you got into a personal conversation with him, he was just very modest but incredibly smart.” “He was one of those people that would constantly surprise you,” she added. “He was pretty quiet, but as soon as you talked to him, you found out...he had really amazing life experiences.” Devlin, Heininger, Mathew and Elliott had all stayed in contact after they graduated in May.

But at the end of the day, Devlin loved his family and being a good uncle to his nieces and nephews, Heininger said. “He was always looking forward to hanging out with them and doing everything he could to be a good uncle,” she added. Devlin was a member of student organizations like International Law Society, Business Law Society and the Brehon Law Society for Irish law professionals. Louis Thompson, the assistant dean for the graduate and international programs in the Beasley School of Law, wrote that the Temple Law community “joins with Conor’s family in mourning his loss,” in a statement. “He was a remarkable young man and had much to offer our profession,” the statement read. “He will be greatly missed.” During his time at Temple, Devlin worked at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office in Norristown, Pennsylvania, as a legal intern. He also interned internationally at two Chinese law firms in Beijing and Shandong, China, according to his LinkedIn page. “Conor had a promising future,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told the Inquirer. “To see him die so young is very sad, and my heart goes out the family.” Devlin’s family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. @gill_mcgoldrick

News Desk 215.204.7419



A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. Michaela Winberg Editor-in-Chief Grace Shallow Managing Editor Jenny Roberts Supervising Editor Julie Christie Enterprise Editor Gillian McGoldrick News Editor Jayna Schaffer Opinion Editor Emily Scott Features Editor Evan Easterling Sports Editor Kelly Brennan Asst. News Editor Tom Ignudo Asst. Sports Editor Ian Walker Asst. Features Editor Amanda Lien Copy Editor Patrick Bilow Copy Editor Ian Schobel Co-Multimedia Editor Abbie Lee Co-Multimedia Editor Sydney Schaefer Photography Editor Jamie Cottrell Asst. Photography Editor Sasha Lasakow Design Editor Courtney Redmon Designer Greta Anderson Designer Mira Wise Advertising Manager Finnian Saylor Business & Marketing Manager Valentina Wrisley Asst. Bus.& Mktg Manager

The Temple News is an editorially independent weekly publication serving the Temple University community. Unsigned editorial content represents the opinion of The Temple News. Adjacent commentary is reflective of their authors, not The Temple News.

Visit us online at Send submissions to The Temple News is located at: Student Center, Room 243 1755 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA 19122


Be accessible, O’Connor The chairman of the Board of Trustees declined an interview with The Temple News on Monday.

The Temple News has covered the efforts of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance to unseat Patrick O’Connor as chairman of the Board of Trustees since late September. FMLA has taken issue with O’Connor for serving as former trustee Bill Cosby’s lawyer in a 2005 sexual assault case. In an effort to be balanced, The Temple News asked O’Connor if he would like to address student concerns or detail what he has contributed to the university. He declined Monday through a university spokesperson without explanation. This silence is disquieting. Sexual assault is an issue that cannot be ignored at Temple, and O’Connor shouldn’t ignore students who are concerned about his defense of Cosby, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 women, including former Temple employee Andrea Constand.

The Temple News is concerned that O’Connor’s refusal to be interviewed is a predictor that he will address students’ concerns the same way and push them to the side. What does it say about the Board’s attitude toward backlash when the most powerful representative avoids answering questions? It says to us that the Board doesn’t want to communicate with students when they raise legitimate concerns to the university. It says to us that the Board isn’t doing its job in improving the university for students. The Temple News acknowledges the immense responsibility of the Board and the many decisions it makes for students, but to be truly effective, the Board also needs to be accountable and accessible. Students are clearly trying to hold you accountable, Chairman O’Connor. It’s time to respond.

Learn money management Students should educate themselves about their finances.


could have a bowl of cereal before class, but instead, I often find myself stopping at Eppy’s food truck for a breakfast sandwich on my way to Alter Hall. While I’m only spending a few dollars each time, it adds up. And I know that spending money when I don’t necessarily have to is something I have in common with many other college students. According to USA Today, 54 percent of millennials eat out at least three times a week, 51 percent go to a bar at least once a week and 29 percent buy coffee at DAN MAGRAS least three times a week. I’m not criticizing my classmates for buying Starbucks before their 8 a.m. classes or having drinks with their friends on the weekend. I just think we all need to be more financially aware so that when we graduate and have more concerning expenses, we know how to balance our checkbooks and our lives.


Temple Student Government’s Parliament should stay focused on improving the university for students.

A story that ran on Page 7 with the headline “50 years of preserving the city’s history” misstated how the Urban Archives acquired its photographs. Ken Finkel’s former boss assisted in restoring the Inquirer photos. Finkel was also misquoted. He said, “It’s like pulling something back from the age of oblivion.” Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Michaela Winberg at or 215-204-6737.

Before you vote on Tuesday, take a look at the candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney, an official responsible for prosecuting people accused of crimes in the city. To find your polling place, visit This election follows the conviction of former D.A. Seth Williams for charges like bribery and fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 24. BY JAYNA SCHAFFER Opinion Editor







Krasner does not address the opioid crisis on his website. According to a report from the Inquirer, he supports needle exchanges, which allow people with addiction to get clean hypodermic needles to avoid contracting diseases, and safe-injection sites, medically supervised areas for people to safely inject drugs to avoid overdose.

Krasner said at the Millenial Town Hall in April that attitudes toward guns are part of a “cultural” issue that must be changed. He said the “big solution” is getting young people to stop joining gangs and using guns by funding public education and drug treatment, while holding gun shops in Philadelphia accountable.

If elected, Krasner plans to review convictions as evidence becomes available and release the wrongfully convicted. He thinks we can help lessen mass incarceration by treating addiction as a medical problem, rather than a crime by allowing those arrested for drug possession to pursue treatment instead of incarceration. He also wants to bring police and the communities they serve together.

Krasner’s website has a subhead titled, “Resist the Trump Administration.” The section states that Krasner plans to fight President Donald Trump’s “anti-immigration agenda.” Krasner promises to protect immigrants and non-immigrants. He also wants to prosecute police misconduct and encourage better policing.


government during their time at Temple. This is also an effective way to ensure more diverse populations are represented in leadership positions at the university. There is potential for these student leaders to improve the university, but they have been distracting each other too much for us to see satisfying results. Parliament has passed few resolutions this semester, and the impact of these resolutions is still being determined — an issue that should be Parliament members’ main concern. The Temple News is worried that without reconsidering its priorities, Parliament will become a waste of time for its members and the student body. Parliament members should focus on their intended purpose and — instead of fighting internally — start enacting change to make Temple a better place for all students.

future. “Even for those non-finance major students, it becomes more and more important for them to understand very basic finance knowledge, not only for their future career, but for their personal life,” Tang said. “Everyone wants financial freedom.” It’s crucial for students to learn about savings to be prepared for basic living expenses, loans and whatever financial concerns they encounter. Fry said students should start saving now so that they “have a cushion against an unforeseen disaster, like when something breaks at home and you have to come up with $500 to replace something that’s essential.” Fry said students should prioritize their spending by making sure they put money aside for food, rent, utilities and savings first, “rather than worrying about what you want, like the newest phone.” Beginning to collect savings while in college becomes even more important when considering the reality that we might not all graduate with full-time jobs waiting for us. “Most college students don’t have a concept of where they are going to be 20, 30 years from now,” Fry said. We should trust that our Temple education will push us far. But we should also learn about commerce so that we can understand finance management and create healthy saving habits for the future. If you haven’t already, consider enrolling in a basic finance class as you’re picking your schedule for next semester. Then put what you learn to good use by managing your spending and creating some savings. Your future self will be grateful.


Parliament: get to work During the past few weeks, more than 10 Parliament members have filed petitions for articles of impeachment against other members and its Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz, meaning just as many petitions have been filed as resolutions passed this semester. Although no one was impeached and one member stepped down, it’s becoming clear that Parliament members are busier disagreeing with each other than getting work done. This is just the latest issue raised about Parliament’s efficacy. Parliament, according to Temple Student Government’s website, is intended to “enhance the Temple experience by engaging with students to set the agenda for new and effective programs based on the wants and needs of all Owls.” We agree that, in theory, this is a great way to include students who may not be otherwise involved in student

Ted Fry, the university’s accounts payable services coordinator, said students should take a finance class before they graduate and have more financial responsibilities. “I don’t believe that in the 21st century you can call yourself educated without having a basic grasp of finance,” Fry said. As an economics major, I am learning to understand the flux of money and about the concept of opportunity cost — which argues a benefit must be given up in order to obtain something else. This taught me if we started saving our money now, we might give up on some fun events or things we enjoy, but we will be more financially secure in the near future. But not every major requires students to understand the economy. Other students might miss out on an important lesson if they don’t take it upon themselves to enroll in a finance or economics class. Tilan Tang, a research assistant finance professor, said that due to a lack of high school finance classes in the United States, most students come to college with little financial knowledge. This makes it harder for them to manage their money. But they need to gain this understanding for the sake of their

Grossman writes on her website that she wants to prosecute “large-scale narcotics traffickers” and doctors who irresponsibly prescribe drugs like opioids. She also wants to examine possible prescription restrictions. According to a report from the Inquirer, she is open to discussing safe injection sites.

Grossman believes that the illegal possession and use of guns should be prosecuted. At the Millenial Town Hall in April, Grossman said the right to bear arms is an “important constitutional right.” She said that every individual’s circumstances are different and must be understood on a caseby-case basis.

Grossman supports reentry programs that allow people being released from incarceration to return to family, community and work. She wants those who have successfully completed re-entry programs to help prevent incarceration by reaching out to juveniles.

Grossman will not reveal who she voted for in the 2016 presidential election, according to Philadelphia Magazine. Grossman was a Democrat in the past; now she hopes to appeal to Republicans, Democrats and Independents. @thetemplenews




Health Services needs scheduling, care reform Students are complaining that health professionals aren’t taking them seriously.


hen I get sick, I want my mom to wrap me up in a blanket and make me chicken soup. But this isn’t possible for many students whose homes are hundreds of miles away. The university’s answer: use Student Health Services on Main Campus to aid us when we’re not feeling well. But some students are dissatisfied with the legitimacy of the health professionals there. Others simply don’t find the services helpful or comforting. I’ve spoken to students who claim Student Health Services professionals do not give proper diagnoses or solutions after going through a difficult scheduling process. Student Health Services is located on the fourth floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk. Its services include RAE BURACH prescribing medication, providing dental care and offering physical examinations, among others. The office is open every day of the week except Sunday, and students can schedule appointments online or over the phone. There are also walk-in opportunities for students to be evaluated by a nurse. According to the Health Services website, students can “choose the appointment time and date that best meets [their] needs.” Julia Crossin, a sophomore marketing major, said she hasn’t found scheduling to be as simple as it’s marketed. “I was having chest pains and I tried to be seen,” Crossin said. “They told me to come back on Wednesday. This was Thursday of the week before, and I thought that was crazy because if someone’s having chest pains, you don’t send them away. You get them in.”

Mark Denys, senior administrator at Student Health Services, said the amount of Student Health Services workers affects how many people they can see. He said there are four physicians, four certified nurse practitioners and six registered nurses at Student Health Services on a campus where more than 39,000 students are enrolled. “I’d love to see every student that walks through the door the day that they need, but we just don’t have the staffing to do that,” Denys said. He added the Health Services professionals try to see the sickest students first. “There are some students whose issues can wait a couple days,” Denys said. “And that enables us to see someone that does have the fever of 103 or they’re having an asthma attack, or something urgent like that.” Regardless, this scheduling system should be reevaluated, as Crossin’s case could have been severe. 911 dispatchers send paramedics to perform an electrocardiogram when someone calls with chest pains, according to a 2016 release from Harvard Medical School. And a suffering student should not have to wait nearly a week to be checked out, in any case. Her pain eventually went away, but the doctor’s solution wasn’t satisfactory for Crossin at the time. Lauren Watters, a junior criminal justice major, said she will never go back to Student Health Services. “Every time I would try to go, they would just give me ibuprofen and send me away,” Watters said. “One time, I tried to go when my throat was actually bleeding. I was clearly very sick and distressed, and [the nurse]... didn’t even look down my throat. She gave me ibuprofen and sent me away. I had to go home to my doctor, and I ended up getting my tonsils out.” Watters was in need of a surgical procedure, and one of Temple’s health professionals thought ibuprofen would rid her of pain.

When students need comfort and care, the university’s health providers should take the time to examine them carefully. “All of our [doctors] are board-certified in either family medicine or internal medicine,” Denys said. “No doctor has been here less than eight years. Nurse practitioners, again, are board certified in either [gynaecology] or they have a certification in family medicine. They all maintain their board certifications.” Perhaps it’s not a lack of qualifications or experience of the Student Health Services staff that’s causing issues, but instead under-

staffing. “There’s a ‘contact us’ button on the homepage of our website,” Denys said. “We want students to tell us if they’re not happy. We really do try to fix things as best we can.” We, as a student body, should speak up and utilize that button more often. If you’ve had an unpleasant experience at Student Health Services, or you are dissatisfied at some point in the future, shoot them a complaint. You could help make it better for the next sneezing, coughing or aching student.


November 6, 1991: Pa. Senator Harris Wofford visited Main Campus urged students to vote and informed them that college student turnout is typically low at the polls. Wofford defeated incumbent Governor Dick Thornburgh in the Senate race. On Tuesday, registered voters will cast their votes for a new District Attorney, as well as a seat on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court and other statewide ballot questions.

Dignity and strength: celebrating Jewish women A student reflects on her understanding of what it means to be a powerful Jewish woman.


t took me the better part of my college years to work up the courage to get a tattoo, but when I finally did, I decided to get something that connected me to my identity as a woman and a person of faith. I landed on “Eshet Chayil”, or Proverbs 31, a wellknown Hebrew proverb about the ideal Jewish woman: someone who works hard to reach her goals, stands up for what she believes is right and helps those in need. As a Jewish woman, it’s a quote that has made an impact on me during the times when I struggle to feel confident in my culture and my womanhood. My personhood has largely been shaped by Jewish women. I look up to the strong women of my religion who have overcome stereotypes, bigotry and a lack of representation to make strides in history, the government and the arts. That’s why I was hurt when I recently read a CNN article with the headline, “Ivanka Trump: America’s most powerful Jewish woman.” It detailed the faith of President Donald Trump’s daughter, who converted to Modern Orthodox Judaism when she married her husband Jared Kushner. The two are the first Jewish members of the First Family, which marks a milestone in the diversity of our government leadership. But I can only feel as though labeling Ivanka Trump the “most powerful Jewish woman” in America sets the bar low for what a truly strong Jewish woman should be. When I think of strong Jewish women, I think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, who


have dedicated their lives to fighting for civil rights on the Supreme Court. I think of Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and a proponent for women’s rights in the business world. I think of Sarah Silverman, who has spent her entire career battling sexism in the comedy industry. And then there are the many strong Jewish women who have made a personal impact in my life, like the female rabbi and cantor at my hometown synagogue, who have persisted in a predominately male clergy and helped form the tight-knit Jewish community of my youth. There’s my grandmother, who worked with the FBI in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s to collect insider information on white nationalist groups. And of course, there’s my






mother, who helped form me into the woman I am today by being an artist, a working role model and a woman of faith. When I think of strong Jewish women, so many come to mind — but I don’t think of Ivanka. The article applauds Ivanka Trump for praying at the Western Wall during a visit to Israel and for partaking in holiday traditions with her children. But it skirts around the fact that she has remained largely silent during the increase in instances of anti-Semitic assaults and vandalism and the rise of white supremacist groups during her father’s presidency. CNN calls this a “cautious approach.” But to me, her lack of action indicates that she isn’t interested in representing the Jewish population in any way that makes an impact.


T W/





And while the beauty of Judaism is that everyone can decide how to observe in their own way, as someone in a position to make positive change for the Jewish community, Ivanka Trump shouldn’t be put on a pedestal for doing the bare minimum. Although holiday celebrations are one of my favorite parts of Judaism, I grew up with the distinct knowledge that my religion was about much more than eating latkes and playing dreidel during Hanukkah. It’s about using whatever platform I have to stand up for others and caring for those in need. Many of the sermons my rabbi gives during the High Holidays are about the ways we can come together as a community and give back. During the presidential primaries, I was excited about voting for Bernie Sanders, not only because

he was a fellow Jew, but because of his commitment to social justice, an essential tenet of the Jewish faith and culture. Being socially conscious was never just a suggested part of my religion, but a way of life weaved into the community that raised me. That is why Ivanka Trump’s indifference and complicity irk me. It makes me angry that Ivanka, as the first Jewish member of the First Family, is being lauded as the embodiment of modern Judaism. But more so, it makes me sad that, given the lack of Jewish representation in modern culture, other young Jewish women are being told Ivanka is their newest role model, when there are countless other powerful Semites in the world who are doing far greater things with their talent and strength. I can’t change the fact that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are the first Jewish members in our nation’s history of First Families, nor can I erase Ivanka Trump as part of our political and cultural landscape. But I can make sure that as a woman of faith, I exemplify the values I believe to be most important in my religion and that I remain a positive force for those around me. I can do my best to live by the words that I have tattooed on my bicep, that have made such an impact in my life. Through this, I hope I can model what a truly powerful Jewish woman looks like. @slasakw




YORKTOWN the property.” Wu lives with two other students who found their home available online. She said she only speaks to her landlord once a month over the phone. She said she was unaware she was violating an ordinance by living in the home. Her landlord never discussed this ordinance with them, she said. Guss added that Temple should address this issue “proactively.” The Temple News reported in May that the university only offers about 5,700 beds for students on Main Campus. It is estimated at least 7,000 students live off-campus in the surrounding North Philadelphia area. During fall break, Temple will demolish Peabody Hall, said Dozie Ibeh, the vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group, in August. Peabody, the university’s oldest residence hall with 287 beds for freshman students, officially closed in Spring 2017. “You know how many students you have and how much housing you have,” Guss said. “These things don’t match up.” The office of University Housing and Residential Life houses the Office of Off-Campus Living, which provides students resources for living in a private residence. Jessica Johnson, associate director of off-campus living, said the office advises students not to live in Yorktown. She encourages students to utilize the office’s resources, like its partnerships with local apartment complexes. Off-Campus Living lists the Yorktown housing restriction ordinance on its website. “I would caution students to ask questions before they sign a lease,” Guss said. “It’s always a good idea to get as much information as you can.” “We’re not trying to make these students’ lives difficult,” she added. McMichael said students living in Yorktown are not maintaining their homes or the area. They’re not cutting the grass and not cleaning up after themselves, he said. Guss said students need to be good neighbors to others who live in Yorktown. “If you’re a good neighbor, you’re less likely to have problems with your neighbors and the ordinance,” she said. “That’s why this ordinance came about. It’s not that [residents] don’t think students are nice people.” “I think I need to talk to my landlord because I really didn’t know about [the rule],” Wu said.

COURTESY / GUIDING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION Nicholas Forvour, a doctoral student and member of the GAINS research team, works with a child in a promotional video for the software, which was created by computer information sciences professor John Nosek.

Software improves autism therapy A computer information sciences professor received more than $1.4 million in funding to build the software. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News

About a decade ago, John Nosek, a computer and informational sciences professor, researching to find a more effective form of autism therapy. He founded the Guiding Technologies Corporation, which specializes in technology to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder get more effective treatment therapy. Now, Nosek leads the Guidance Assessment and Information System program, or GAINS, to help professionals keep track of their clients’ progress through technology. This software has received more than $1.4 million in grants. Most recently, the National Science Foundation awarded the program $150,000 to integrate GAINS into individual education plans — which outlines a student’s learning needs in special education at public schools — across the country. The GAINS technology can be used on smartphones and tablets to record sessions with clients. This replaces the traditional method of taking notes by hand to measure children’s progress. The technology allows instructors to provide clients with more hands-on therapy by avoiding the distraction of taking handwritten notes. “We are trying to dramatically change

[treatment methods] such that data recording is a byproduct of focusing their attention on the child,” Nosek said. Children who use the program had a 50 percent increase in performance, according to a university release. This hands-free approach better facilitates the use of applied behavior analysis, which is the “gold standard” treatment for individuals with autism, Nosek said. Nosek said having clients “mimic” the instructor through ABA techniques is a significant part of their therapy. Gradually, clients could be able to adopt these new behaviors, like raising their hands or brushing their teeth. The hands-on approach that GAINS allows is the most effective treatment method, he added. Another challenge is that oftentimes, children with autism are treated by several different therapists and professionals, each of whom focus on a different part of the child’s development, Nosek said. Professionals who do not use GAINS do not have a way to transfer information to one another. When ABA is not streamlined across professionals, the child can have a harder time being successful. “I initially started and focused on children with autism because there is a window where it is most effective,” Nosek said. “If they get good, quality therapy they can do it, but we’ve been expanding such that we’re helping individuals of all ages.” According to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control report, one in 68 children have autism spectrum disorders. Professors from the CIS, special education and psychology departments are also

involved in the project. “We’re addressing the global problem in a very unique and effective way,” said Donald Hantula, psychology professor and member of the GAINS development team. “We’re doing things that are making life better for children.” It is important when instructing autism therapy to be gradual, Nosek said. The instruction must be consistent and flow well. “Patience is really important,” said freshman music education major Ana HughesPerez, whose 16-year-old brother has autism. “If you’re not patient enough, it’s easier to get to a stressed or traumatic point. You can’t be too strict.” Hughes-Perez added that her brother has never had the same instructor for more than a year. He often has at-home speech therapy, but is able to adapt well to the change in instructor as long as they are patient. “When you’re in a session with somebody with autism, obviously you want to give them your full attention, and writing things down takes away from that,” Hughes-Perez said. “Once you get the ball rolling, you don’t want to have to take breaks or write things down.” She also said the new technology incorporated into GAINS could be beneficial, even though her brother has improved with traditional therapy methods. Nosek and his team will continue their research for GAINS to find better and more effective ways to overcome behavioral barriers in people with autism spectrum disorder. @JuliaKBoyd


12th Annual

GLOBAL TEMPLE CONFERENCE Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm Howard Gittis Student Center, Second Floor •

Registration and coffee, 9:30am

Global Information Fair, Poster Session, and Light Refreshments, 12pm

Concurrent sessions showcasing Temple student, faculty and staff research, programs, and creative activities from around the world

Free and open to the public

Celebrate Temple’s global dimensions and join the conversation

Organized by the Faculty Senate International Programs Committee and the Office of International Affairs Sponsored by the General Education Program, The Fox School of Business CIBE, the Office of International Affairs, and Klein College of Media and Communication

News Desk 215.204.7419

For the full conference program and to register (encouraged but not required) visit: Questions? Email @thetemplenews




ATHLETICS DOCTOR HONORED AT NAVY GAME Dr. J. Milo Sewards is scheduled for his second deployment with the United States Navy. BY PATRICK BILOW Copy Editor


uring the second quarter of Thursday’s Temple football game against Navy, Dr. J. Milo Sewards stepped onto the field not in response to an injury, but as an honoree. The attention of the stadium shifted from a dancing Hooter the Owl to a smiling Sewards and his wife Kristen and daughters Payton and Dylan. As he held a Temple football high in the air, applause erupted from students, fans and athletes. Sewards is the team orthopedic physician for the university’s department of intercollegiate athletics and treats the men’s basketball and football teams. His recognition at Thursday’s game, however, was in honor of his three-year service with the United States Navy and his upcoming second deployment. “I am beyond grateful for what Temple and the football team has done for me,” Sewards said. “But I am also conflicted. There are so many others who deserve this recognition as well.” Sewards enlisted in the Navy to fulfill his three-year active-duty commitment as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the Navy, a scholarship HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. J. Milo Sewards (center), the orthopedic physician for Temple’s department of intercollegiate athletics, was honored during Temple’s football game against Navy at the Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday.




Exploring antiSemitism in poetry English professor Lisa Grunberger’s poem appeared in the New York Times on Oct. 21. BY KHANYA BRANN For The Temple News Once their plane landed in Israel, Lisa Grunberger’s mother took out a pink and green journal with a small lock and handed it to her. At 9 years old, this was Grunberger’s first trip to Israel, her mother’s homeland and where her parents met. Her father was born in Vienna, Austria, and raised in Berlin. Fleeing World War II, he arrived in Britishoccupied Palestine in 1940 on the Naomi Julia, one of the last illegal boats from Europe. “She looked at me and said, ‘You’re a writer, Lisa,’” said Grunberger, an English professor. “‘I want you to write about everything you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Use all your senses. Whatever it is, a falafel sandwich, a new building, a museum, I want you to write it all down every night.’” In September, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announced on his blog that he was holding a “Trump is Inspirational ... for Poetry” contest and the winners’ stanzas about the president would be featured in one of his columns. Grunberger entered the contest and her poem was one of six chosen out of 2,750 submissions to run in the New York Times on Oct. 21. Grunberger, who has written

two books and a play, often writes about the various intersections of her identity. “A lot of my poetry explores what it means to be a first-generation American, a first-generation JewishAmerican and a first generation Jewish-American woman,” she said. Grunberger grew up in East Rockaway, a small, provincial town in Long Island. While Long Island was predominantly Jewish when she lived there, East Rockaway wasn’t. Bullying and anti-Semitism were prevalent, she said. “I spoke English, German and Hebrew,” she said. “Teachers complained to my mother that I was speaking too many languages, and they’d never heard Hebrew before. My mother acquiesced and stopped speaking Hebrew with me, and I’ve since lost it.” Grunberger used the poetry contest as an opportunity to revisit an incident of anti-Semitic vandalism that her family experienced earlier this year through poetry. In June, she came home and found a handwritten note from her neighbor. It explained that her neighbor witnessed someone spray-painting a “J” on the side of her house, in Passyunk. He tried to chase after the perpetrator and then called the police to report what happened. Nothing came of the report, and Grunberger called the city to remove the graffiti. Efforts to cover it up failed, and the “J” is still somewhat visible on her home, she said. “There’s something interesting about it still being there, maybe


CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Customers wait outside Lil Trent’s Grille, a food truck at Broad and Master streets, on Wednesday. The truck moved from West Philadelphia last month.

Lil Trent’s Grille serves community, students Trent Middleton has been running his own food businesses since 1998. BY VALERIE DOWRET For The Temple News As a child in Philadelphia’s Francisville neighborhood, Trent Middleton remembers the joy of running to buy water ice from his friend’s grandmother on her stoop in the summer. “They sold water ice, they sold pretzels, they sold penny candies and nickel candies, things like that,” Middleton said. “And just as a kid you always have those memories.”

When Middleton grew older, he realized he could provide other people with those same experiences. After working in food service for more than a decade, Middleton opened Lil Trent’s Grille in 2012. Last month, the five-year-old food truck moved from North 48th Street and Haverford Avenue to Broad and Master streets near the Temple Sports Complex. Middleton said Lil Trent’s is currently on the waiting list for a spot on Main Campus. Lil Trent’s serves dishes like cheesesteaks, jumbo burgers, garlic parmesan wings and fries, as well as breakfast items like egg sandwiches and muffins. During the summer, the truck rebrands as “Lil Trent’s Treats” and serves water ice.






A 1996 MFA sculpture alumna reflects on her memories at state fairs at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

A painting professor received the national title of Jamaica’s Commander in the Order of Distinction in August.

The two-day Philadelphia Bike Expo was held this past weekend at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Two alumni started a podcast “If Money Coud Talk,” in which they discuss navigating personal finances as young adults.




Alumna crafts early memories in exhibit A 1996 MFA sculpture alumna’s exhibit “Junk Kaleidoscope” is on display at a museum in Connecticut through April 22. BY CACIE ROSARIO For The Temple News Every year during Anissa Mack’s childhood in the 1970s and ‘80s, her relatives gathered for a family “holiday” — participating in Connecticut’s annual

Durham Fair and its craft and food competitions. “My sister and I always entered different [craft] categories,” said Mack, a 1996 MFA sculpture alumna. “Both my parents were from [Durham] so everyone would come back from out of town. It was kind of like a holiday for our family.” In 1996, Mack spent the summer after she graduated preparing pieces for the fair, enter-

ing a craft in every single one of the 73 categories, which could be anything as vague as “metalwork.” In 2006, she entered in all 69 categories and crafted objects like a porcelain doll. Now, Mack reflects on her post-graduate project and pays homage to the state fair through the exhibit “Junk Kaleidoscope,” a collection of fair-inspired sculptures and objects on display at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecti-

CACIE ROSARIO / THE TEMPLE NEWS An attendee looks at “Conn Con,” one of the pieces in “Junk Kaleidoscope,” an exhibit by 1996 MFA sculpture alumna Anissa Mack. It is on display at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut through April 22.


POETRY subconsciously as a reminder,” she said. “It’s become a thing since it happened. I do eventually have to look into erasing it myself.” Grunberger reported the incident to the Anti-Defamation League, a global organization trying to fight anti-Semitism. Jeremy Bannett, the assistant regional director of the ADL in Philadelphia, said there has been a 71 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Pennsylvania in the first three-quarters of 2017 compared to the same time period last year. Pennsylvania is on track to see 77 reported incidents by the end of the year, making 2017 the year with the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the state in a decade, according to the ADL. “We believe that the increase is partly because far-right extremists are more energized today than they’ve ever been before because they saw the 2016 election as validation of their beliefs,” Bannett said. “Incidents like that are deeply disturbing,” Bannett added. “They affect not just the victim, but anyone who shares that person’s character traits. Their impacts reverberate throughout entire communities.” Grunberger played around with different concepts for the poem. She contemplated writing an obituary for Trump, but decided to write about the vandalism, taking creative license in adding fictional details to the incident. After she sent the poem in, the reviewing committee asked her if it was based on a true event. “I told them that it was based on a true event, but we have to understand

that people who create art aren’t always producing a photographic representation of reality,” she said. “People take poetic license, and while the piece captures the emotional truth of what happened and how it impacted me and others, it’s an aesthetic object now, it’s just a poem.” Grunberger said she was thrilled when she found out that she’d been selected as one of the winners. Now, she wonders how much impact the winning poems could actually have. “It is noble of Kristof to devote his column to poets, but I wonder how much poetry, my poem or any poem, or novel or play, can change anything,” she said. She ends the poem with a scene with her 4-year-old daughter interacting with the vandalism. “She traces the letter with her small finger. She’s just learning about how letters Make words, and words make sentences. Doesn’t yet know sentences can kill: Arbeit macht frei. Sentences can lie: Make America Great Again. Sentences Can heal: I have a dream. She’s fished A pen from my bag and draws a ‘K’ beside the ‘J.’” “In looking ahead to a postTrump era, I think the poetic riff with my daughter playing with the ‘J,’ completely unaware of its anti-Semitism, may portend a better future for the next generation in America,” Grunberger said. @_AfroKhan

cut, through April 22. Founded in 1916, Connecticut’s Durham Fair has grown from a small one-day event on the Durham Town Green to a four-day, multi-acre festival recognized as one of the largest of its kind in the state. The fair hosts a wide range of events for all ages, including music performances, animal shows and food and craft competitions. Mack takes a more abstract approach to the items created for her own artistic version of a state fair’s craft competition. “[The fair] was a real influence in making things, and thinking about this categorization and repetition, which has always been strangely important to my work,” Mack said. “Junk Kaleidoscope” consists of 24 new craft pieces that Mack created in the past two years. The objects range from neon-dyed jeans and a plexiglass flower wreath to a foil-covered model hand grasping strands of pasta. In addition to the crafts themselves, a floor-to-ceiling poster in the exhibit presents a list of 70 categories that inspired the pieces. The list is an imitation of the craft categories in the Durham Fair’s competition. Mack’s list includes some real categories that have appeared in the Durham Fair, like “Lamp, any size or style” or “painting on fabric, paper or wood,” as well as more conceptual ones she invented, like “My heart wants more.” “The list serves as an interpretive device for the viewer,” said Amy Smith-Stewart, a curator at the Aldrich. Smith-Stewart said the name “Junk Kaleidoscope” refers to how objects can be endlessly rearranged and given new meaning. After growing up one town

over from Durham in Guilford, Connecticut, Mack continued crafting as a sculpture and ceramics undergraduate student at Wesleyan University. Mack said Wesleyan’s liberal arts education helped her learn about the depth of art, but Tyler helped her find her passions. “Tyler really helped me to focus and think about what kind of things I wanted to make,” Mack said. “What are the things that are interesting me? What are the questions I’m trying to ask? What are the processes I enjoy doing?” It is these questions that brought her back to exploring a memory she connected with most: the fair. To better reflect the collaborative nature of the fair, Mack decided to give members of the Aldrich community the chance to re-curate the show in January. With the help of the Aldrich, Mack chose 18 people of all ages and backgrounds to come to her studio, hear about her process and physically rearrange the show, after which they will have a second opening. “[This process] mirrors the fair because it allows my objects to be judged,” Mack said. “It relates back to the list itself and how [people] associate different objects with different categories or how they associate the pieces with each other.” Mack hopes that her show will be memorable not only for the connections viewers have with the pieces, but also with their vagueness. “I don’t want to create things that people are able to categorize very quickly,” Mack said. “To make an object that you can’t classify is a pretty good accomplishment.”

KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS English professor Lisa Grunberger reviews early drafts of her poem, which ran in the New York Times last month, in her journal at the Jewish Art Center in Old City on Sunday. It is inspired by anti-Semitic vandalism spray-painted on her Passyunk home in the summer. @thetemplenews


MEN’S BASKETBALL 2017-18 Temple is coming off a 16-16 record and first-round American Athletic Conference tournament exit in the 2016-17 season.

ENECHIONYIA WORKING ON ALL-AROUND GAME The senior forward averaged 13.1 points per game last season and has tried to improve his post scoring. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor


s he watched Obi Enechionyia play as a freshman, Tim Jankovich felt anxious. The Southern Methodist coach noticed Enechionyia’s skill and realized he’d have to plan to defend him for the next four years. Enechionyia played in 34 of Temple’s 37 games during the 2014-15 season, including three against Southern Methodist. He had eight points against the Mustangs on Feb. 19, 2015, and he scored eight

points and had five rebounds in the American Athletic Conference semifinal. Jankovich calls the senior forward a “25-year guy,” a player who is so tough to prepare to defend every season that it makes coaches feel like he has been in college for more than four years. “I think he’s been there too long, and we’re going to check eligibility,” Jankovich said jokingly. Jankovich will have to plan to defend Enechionyia again on Jan. 10. The 6-foot-10-inch forward averaged 21 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks through the first seven games last season. Enechionyia only scored in double digits 12 times in the next 21 games until he posted 14 points or more in four consecutive games to finish the season. Enechionyia finished as Temple’s second-leading scorer with 13.1 points per game and shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown said the Owls had success early in the season using Enechi-

onyia in pick-and-roll offense. But as the season progressed, teams started to switch defenders on Enechionyia in those scenarios, coach Fran Dunphy said. “I didn’t make it difficult enough for them,” Enechionyia said. “I made things easy by just standing on the perimeter and settling for jump shots. So this offseason has been big for that. I’ve been working on being able to do more...having more options on the court, being more of a weapon offensively.” Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie said the Huskies tried to crowd Enechionyia and make him uncomfortable whenever he got the ball outside. Enechionyia shot 3-for-19 from the field in two games against the Huskies last season. Teams started defending Bearcats sophomore guard Jarron Cumberland the way they covered Enechionyia because of his success from 3-point range, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. Cum-


‘NEW WAVE’ ON NORTH BROAD Obi Enechionyia’s shooting ability and the Owls’ depth will enable them to go small. Frank Haith doesn’t want to coach the old-school way anymore. The Tulsa coach doesn’t want to use a lineup with two big men as part of the traditional five positions. Haith subscribes to what he calls the “new wave” of basketball, where teams use smaller lineups to space the floor. During the 2011-12 season when Haith led the University of Missouri to 30 victories and won the Associated Press National Coach of the Year award, he used 6-foot-6-inch guard Kim English to hold University of Kansas 7-foot EVAN EASTERLING center Jeff Withey, SPORTS EDITOR a 2013 NBA second round draft pick, scoreless in a game in February 2012. Haith is hardly original. Across the NBA, teams are going smaller


to create more opportunities for shooters and players cutting to the rim and the trend has trickled down the college level. With Temple’s increased versatility, the Owls have the ability to fit into the “new wave” and need to do so to maximize their potential. Before Temple’s first official practice on Oct. 5, redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown said he’d never seen freshman wings with the athleticism that J.P. Moorman II and De’Vondre Perry have. The two “can guard a lot of positions that we really couldn’t guard that much in recent years,” Brown added. “The game is changing to the point where you’re playing one big and four guards almost so often during the course of the game and particularly during the last six, seven, eight minutes of the game. ... I think we’re in pretty good shape with where we are right now because our depth is better,” coach Fran Dunphy said. The key to having successful small lineups are “3-and-D” play-




BROWN RETURNS, PROVIDES STABILITY Achilles tendon soreness limited the fifth-year senior guard to five games last season. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor Once he felt the pop, Josh Brown knew something bad happened. Brown was playing in a pickup game at Pearson Hall with some of his teammates and players from Penn and Lafayette College in May 2016. The redshirt-senior guard made a hesitation move and suffered an Achilles tendon injury that prevented him from playing most of last season. Eighteen months after his injury, Brown is nearly fully healthy, coach Fran Dunphy said, and ready for his final season. “Early on in my progression at getting back, I felt things and I would be cautious about moving certain directions or any movements, but now I’m over that,” Brown said. “I’m free out there, ready to play. I just try to focus on the game.” Brown played in five games last season, including two starts against DePaul University and Villanova in December. He only played 25 minutes or more twice and averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. “We were in a lot of late-game situations and a number of them we fell down on,” Dunphy said. “I’d rather have him out there because he gives you that sense of calm, sense of comfort that you need as a coach.” Temple pulled off an overtime victory against La Salle in its season opener

and earned back-to-back victories against ranked opponents Florida State University and West Virginia University in games decided by five points or fewer. Brown didn’t play in any of those games. But the Owls couldn’t sustain their November momentum, Dunphy said. Six of Temple’s 16 losses came in games decided by five points or fewer. Tulsa junior guard Sterling Taplin made a layup with less than five seconds left to give the Golden Hurricane a two-point win in January at the Liacouras Center. Connecticut junior guard Jalen Adams made a gamewinning layup on Feb. 19, and Central Florida edged Temple by two points on Feb. 22. “I don’t think people realize how good [Brown] is, and he’s a big addition for them, especially when a guy’s older like that and he knows it’s his last year,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin. “He’s a tough kid, a competitive guy, he’s won games for them at the end of the game with the ball in his hand. Big games. Road games.” As Brown watched Southern Methodist pull away from Temple midway through the second half on Feb. 9, he wished he could’ve helped his team make a comeback. He has hit game-winning shots before, like on Jan. 5, 2016 against a ranked UConn team. This year, he’ll get to share the backcourt with junior guard Shizz Alston Jr., who led the Owls 13.9 points per game last season. “It’s going to help them in the start of games, it’s going to help them in the middle of the game and everybody gets caught on the late games, but it’s getting your teams to those moments that he’s going to really help,” Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie said. Brown said it was hard for him to see

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown will return to the court after leading Temple in minutes in 2015-16 but being limited to five games in 2016-17.

promotions of games on social media or on Main Campus knowing he couldn’t play last season. He would try to stay busy by watching college basketball in his dorm. Central Florida redshirt-junior guard B.J. Taylor can relate to Brown’s experience. Taylor missed his sophomore season because of a broken ankle. In order to keep his mind off not playing, Taylor made a schedule for himself every day that allowed him to stay involved with the team by going to meetings and watching film. He said he became a playercoach to give his team advice. “Those types of injuries or anything that’s season-long like that, tests your mental toughness,” Taylor said. “Anyone who’s competitive wants to be out there with their teammates trying to help your guys win. So I’m sure he learned a lot from that experience, and I’m sure he’s anxious to get back out there.”



HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior forward Obi Enechionyia had a career-high rebounding average last season and averaged 13.1 points per game.


ENECHIONYIA berland eventually became a non-factor from long range, he added. After Cumberland made six 3-pointers against South Florida on Jan. 29, he only made more than one 3-pointer twice in Cincinnati’s 14 remaining games. “Any guy that makes shots is going to get defended a lot harder at the 3-point line, especially because coaches know the three can beat you,” Cronin said. “I think everyone stopped letting [Enechionyia] pop and be open and started switching everything he did knowing he was going to pop for the shot.” Because of Enechionyia’s hot start last season, some believed he could’ve been selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Enechionyia declared for the NBA Draft in March, but he didn’t sign an agent, which allowed him to withdraw his name from the draft and return for his senior season. Enechionyia didn’t receive an invitation to the NBA Combine, but he still received feedback from NBA scouts on what skills to polish, like his rebounding, ability to play off the dribble and offensive versa- @TTN_Sports

tility. In the beginning of the summer, Enechionyia went back to his Virginia home and worked out at Marymount University with his high school coach and former teammates. Enechionyia said once he returned to Temple in June, graduate manager Grant Kitani helped him work on his touch in the post around the basket. Enechionyia was Temple’s first player warming up before practice on Wednesday at Pearson Hall. Instead of settling for 3-pointers, Enechionyia took two dribbles in from the wing and hit a shot off the dribble inside the arc. Dunphy thinks Enechionyia’s offseason training has paid off. If Enechionyia can shot fake to elude fast-closing defenders, he can create fiveon-four situations and pass to someone in scoring position, Dunphy said. “I think he’s improved, dramatically,” Dunphy said. “There’s two things that I would say to you, the post up is one thing, but the playmaking is more important.” @TomIgnudo

ers, or those who can shoot from 3-point range and defend well. In the American Athletic Conference, Southern Methodist excelled at both last year. The Mustangs, who won The American and made the NCAA tournament, ranked first in the conference in 3-point shooting and allowed the fewest points per game. Temple had one half of the 3-and-D combination last season, but it needs both to make small lineups work. Temple shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range last year to rank third in The American. Of Temple’s 1,916 fieldgoal attempts last season, 42.1 percent came from beyond the 3-point arc. Temple has never taken a higher percentage of 3-point shots in Dunphy’s 11-year tenure and hadn’t taken more than 39 percent of its shots from behind the arc since his second season. The Owls return sophomore guard Alani Moore II, who led the team with a 41.4 percent clip beyond the arc. They also return senior forward Obi Enechionyia, who made a team-high 75 3-pointers. Moorman and Perry are shooting better than Dunphy thought they would be this early in their careers, he said. Sports Illustrated projects the Owls will have the 31st-best offense out of 351 teams in Division I. Temple will have to improve in rebounding and defense to make the new wave work. Last season, the Owls allowed the third-highest field-goal percentage in The American and had a negative 3.6 rebounding margin. Only Tulane was worse. With the return of redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown to the lineup, Temple can play junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. and its other backcourt players for fewer minutes. The added rest should make the team play better defensively. “We have a lot of big teams in our conference,” Moore said. “I think that a four-guard lineup could do really well as long as we rebound.” Having a power forward, or four, who can play well is critical to the new wave, Haith said. When a taller player can shoot and dribble, the defense has to mark him with the quickness to deny him the ball and the strength to box out for rebounds, which are hard to find in one player,

Like Taylor, Brown tried to encourage his teammates while out, especially some of the younger guards like sophomores Alani Moore II and Quinton Rose. This year, Brown is trying to help the team’s four freshmen, including guard Nate Pierre-Louis. The two have known each other since Pierre-Louis was in the sixth grade. “He would just always talk,” senior forward Obi Enechionyia said. “Practice, in the games, just always had something to say. Always trying to get guys’ advice, and that hasn’t changed. This year with the freshmen that we have, the guards, he’s trying to help them out, give them some pointers that can help them improve as well. That’s just his personality.” @TomIgnudo

Memphis coach Tubby Smith said. Enechionyia is that player for Temple. His 3-point shooting ability forces defenses to guard him on the perimeter, which creates opportunities for other people, Haith said. After averaging 21 points per game and helping the Owls earn back-to-back top-25 upsets in November, Enechionyia averaged 9.3 points per game in December and finished the season averaging 13.1. He “made things easy by just standing on the perimeter and settling for jump shots” instead of playing a more complete game, Enechionyia said. Enechionyia worked during the summer to add more options to his offensive repertoire, and he trained in the practice facility in Pearson Hall with graduate manager Grant Kitani to improve his post hooks and fadeaways. Enechionyia feels confident playing center, he said. Sophomore guard Quinton Rose said Temple’s goal is to win The American, which is a tougher league with the addition of Wichita State. The Shockers are No. 7 in the Associated Press preseason poll, and Cincinnati is No. 12. Sports Illustrated projects Central Florida to be a top-30 team. Central Florida, Cincinnati and Wichita State are all projected to have

I think that a fourguard lineup could do really well as long as we rebound. ALANI MOORE II


top-10 defenses. The Owls will play each of those teams twice as they try to better their 1616 record in the 2016-17 season. Playing small can help the Owls beat those teams, like when they beat ranked West Virginia University’s press defense in November by making 10-of-19 3-point attempts. Temple will “be forced” to go small no matter what happens, Dunphy said. How the team does in those situations can be the difference between reaching the NCAA tournament and a disappointing season. @Evan_Easterling @thetemplenews



BIGS FIGHTING FOR MINUTES, NEW ROLES Temple graduated its starting center and forward from last year’s NCAA tournament team. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter Sophomore center Shannen Atkinson and sophomore forward Shantay Taylor each started one game and averaged less than 10 minutes per game during the 201617 season. Despite playing secondary roles, they’re now the Owls’ most experienced frontcourt players. Ruth Sherrill, a former Hofstra University transfer who started the final 25 games last season, graduated. She had three double-doubles and scored 10 points in Temple’s NCAA tournament loss to the University of Oregon in March. Safiya Martin, who started every game at center and ranked sixth in the American Athletic Conference in blocks last season, also played her final year. Besides Atkinson and Taylor, the only non-freshman in the frontcourt is junior forward Lena Niang. She only played eight games during her freshman year at North Carolina State University during the 2015-16 season. Niang had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Atkinson played 20 games, and Taylor played 26 games to relieve Sherrill and Martin last season. They have an opportunity for more

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman forward Mia Davis led Temple in scoring during its three games in Europe in August and scored 14 points during Saturday’s scrimmage against Division II University of Charleston.

minutes this year. Taylor and Atkinson are stronger, in better shape and are more confident in themselves than last year, senior guard Khadijah Berger said before the Owls’ first practice on Oct. 4. “I feel like now that [they know] we lost a key person, they both feel like they have something to prove to not just our coaches, not just us, but everybody who has

been watching us,” she added. “Not only are the minutes available from the girls we lost last year, but so are the points, rebounds, assists and steals,” Atkinson said. “And as a team we need to fill that hole to be successful.” With Sherrill, Martin and former guard Feyonda Fitzgerald graduated, Donnaizha Fountain transferring to Seton Hall University and senior guard Alliya

Butts out with a torn ACL, all five of Temple’s main starters last year aren’t available to play this season. Temple played three games in Europe in August during the offseason to try different lineup combinations and see its freshmen in action. Forward Mia Davis seized the opportunity to earn playing time early in her first season with an impressive start during the Owls’ Eu-

ropean tour. She led Temple with 15 points per game, averaged 12.7 rebounds and had a double-double in every game. Davis has continued to impress her coaches and teammates through the first couple of scrimmages and practices. “Nothing really phases her,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. Davis is versatile with the ability to score in the post and shoot from the outside, Taylor said. “Getting praised by my teammates already is definitely a good feeling,” Davis said. “I’m just hoping to continue to push my teammates in practice. Whenever me and Shantay go at it in practice, it makes me a better player.” Cardoza has a young team compared to last year’s squad. Temple has six freshmen, twice as many as last season. Replacing the key departed players will be a collective effort, Cardoza said. Taylor and Atkinson are working to be part of the equation. “[Shannen and I] are still learning,” Taylor said. “That’s been the hardest thing for us early on trying to be leaders. We’re trying to show the younger girls how to practice and play like we don’t make mistakes. But we do, and accepting that is helping us grow and get better.” @_kevinschaeffer

CARDOZA TESTS LINEUPS IN EXHIBITION Five of Temple’s six freshmen saw their first college action on Saturday against a Division II school. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter After Breanna Perry picked up her third foul early in the third quarter, coach Tonya Cardoza showed trust in the freshman guard. “Be smart Bre,” Cardoza yelled from the sideline. With 18 minutes, 38 seconds left in Saturday’s scrimmage against the University of Charleston, Perry was two fouls away from fouling out for the day. Cardoza decided not to signal to the bench for a substitution. Perry, freshman guard Desiree Oliver and freshman forward Mia Davis each had two steals in Temple’s 92-44 win against the Division II school at McGonigle Hall. Perry, Davis and freshman guard Emani Mayo started on Saturday alongside senior guards Tanaya Atkinson and Khadijah Berger. The Owls are looking for a starting group for their season opener on Friday against Delaware State University with senior guard Alliya Butts out due to a torn ACL she sustained in October. The Owls’ six freshmen will have to contribute immediately, much like when Butts, Berger and Atkinson did when they joined the team for the 2013-14 season, Cardoza said. “It’s going to be a learning curve for them because it’s something completely different just having them adjust in general,” Cardoza said. “I think the fact that they’re going to get a lot of minutes, they’re just going to continue to grow and get better.” Davis logged the most minutes on either team Saturday with 29. She scored 14 points and shot 54.5 percent from the field. Davis scored 10 first-half points in the paint and showed an ability to stretch the floor. She made her only 3-point attempt against the Golden Eagles. Davis also contributed six rebounds, five assists and two steals. “Being versatile, I grew into it,” Davis said. “I can dribble and shoot sometimes now, but throughout my life I had to play post because usually in high school I was bigger than everybody. That’s where I gained my inside game from.”

Atkinson is the only player who will definitely start, Cardoza said. She scored a game-high 25 points and shot 9-for-15 from the field. Atkinson also grabbed nine rebounds and a steal. Temple scored 29 points off turnovers and recorded 16 fast-break points. The Owls’ average scoring possession took 14 seconds. The fast-paced tempo was a result of Temple’s aggressiveness, Cardoza said. Perry and four other players ended with three or more fouls, and the Owls committed 24 personal fouls against the Golden Eagles. The fouls reflect the Owls’ inexperience and defensive mentality, Cardoza said. “[Perry] definitely stands out because she’s long, she’s athletic and is able to get in the passing lane,” Cardoza said. “We’re just trying to harp on more ball pressure, getting in the passing lanes and making things difficult.” Temple came away with 11 steals and forced 22 Charleston turnovers. Temple started off in man-to-man defense against the Golden Eagles before it switched to several defenses throughout the contest. The Owls tested a 3-2 zone, full-court press and full-court trap against Charleston and will utilize different defensive strategies during games throughout the season because their size is a disadvantage to them, Cardoza said. The 6-foot-1-inch Perry is one of four players on the roster taller than 6 feet. Junior forward Lena Niang, who is eligible to play after sitting out last year following leaving North Carolina State University, is 6 feet 2 inches tall. Niang had 12 points and nine rebounds against Charleston. The tallest player is 6-foot-4-inch sophomore center Shannen Atkinson. Perry, who had two steals against Charleston, said playing uptempo fits Temple’s style. Getting steals to generate transition opportunities would help the Owls succeed without last year’s core. Six of the top-10 teams in steals last season made the NCAA tournament. “We’re definitely a hard-working team trying to fill in pieces of the puzzle that we’re missing at this point,” Tanaya Atkinson said. “We lost four starters and have a lot of new kids so we’re definitely trying to get our feet wet with different positions and opportunities. We’re just ready for whatever is in store for us this year.” @AustinPaulAmp EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Desiree Oliver had seven points and two steals during a scrimmage on Saturday against Division II University of Charleston at McGonigle Hall. @TTN_Sports


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2017-18 Temple ended the 2016-17 season with its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011. But senior guard Alliya Butts, who averaged 15.5 points per game last season, will miss this year with a torn ACL.


Senior guard Alliya Butts, Temple’s seventh all-time leading scorer, tore her ACL in October. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter

Senior guard Khadijah Berger was heartbroken. Coach Tonya Cardoza was disappointed. Sophomore center Shannen Atkinson and sophomore forward Shantay Taylor were shocked and scared. When the team learned senior guard Alliya Butts would miss the season because of an ACL tear she suffered on Oct. 11, her teammates and coaches felt a range of emotions. “You never want a player to have to go through something like that,” Cardoza said. “The devastation for her to have to go through that probably bothers people more so than anything because she’s such a great individual.” Before her injury, Butts was the Owls’ only returning player who started at least half of the team’s 32 games in the 2016-17 season. Donnaizha Fountain, who averaged 14.1 points per game, transferred to Seton Hall University for her last year of NCAA eligibility. Feyonda Fitzgerald, who graduated as the program’s fourth

CAREER 3-POINT LEADER TO MISS YEAR All-American, is playing professionally in Poland. Now, Temple has another hole in its lineup to fill. “Alliya’s one of our leading scorers,” Atkinson said. “But those points that she averaged, it’s going to have to come from somewhere. So people are going to have to step up and score.” Butts has averaged 14.2 points per game during her career and is the Owls’ seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,481 points. Butts particularly excels in the 3-point game. She holds the program record with 236 made 3-pointers. Last season, she averaged 2.75 3-pointers per game. Butts had surgery on Oct. 26. She will redshirt and return for the 2018-19 season, Cardoza said. Cardoza said Butts’ role cannot be filled by a single player, but she hopes Temple’s freshman class will help. Guard Desiree Oliver could potentially fill the point guard position, Cardoza said. Oliver was an ESPN and Prospect Nation Top-100 player in high school. “She’s probably going to have it the hardest because she’s going to be the one with the ball in her hands,” Cardoza said. “Being that we did lose a big person in the guard spot, not only just me, but the rest of the guards on the team and the rest of the returners, we all have to step up,” Berger said. “We all have to come

together as one to fill her shoes, and I don’t think it’s an individual thing.” Butts contributed more than scoring. During the 2016-17 season, Butts averaged three assists per game. She also played a strong defensive game, leading the team with 68 steals. Butts has 220 career steals, which is tied for sixth in program history. She sits just one steal behind fifth-place Jen Ricco, who played from 1993-98. Even if Temple can replace Butts’ statistical production, it’s unlikely the Owls will have a player who can replicate Butts’ experience. Butts made an immediate impact during her freshman season, starting 25 games and leading Temple in scoring. She hadn’t missed any of the Owls’ games before her injury. “[She’s] someone who’s been through the fire and knows how to navigate through it,” Cardoza said. “That guy that is clutch down the stretch and can make a bucket when you need it.” In addition to her three years of experience, which includes competing in an NCAA tournament game last season, Butts also brings a distinct energy to the game. “Alliya’s like a firecracker on the court, so I think we definitely have to bring that energy that we lost within her,” Berger said. “But I mean, we all bring energy in dif-

ferent ways. I just feel like some bring the extra pop to the team.” As a senior who has played alongside Tanaya Atkinson and Butts for three years, Berger felt especially impacted by Butts’ injury. “It’s just like a piece of the puzzle is out,” Berger said. When Butts, Berger and Tanaya Atkinson arrived on Main Campus, Temple had come off a 14-18 record in the 2012-13 season. It ended a streak of nine straight campaigns with 20 or more wins. Butts, Berger and Tanaya Atkinson changed the culture of the program after the losing season, Cardoza said. The group looked forward to an opportunity to return to the NCAA tournament after its first-round loss in March. Butts had a season-high 28 points in the Owls’ game against the University of Oregon to close the year. “We all came in together and we all thought we would finish our senior year strong and leave out together,” Berger said. “[She’s a] selfless kid, doesn’t really want a spotlight or anything,” Cardoza said. “So for her to have to go through that and have something taken away from her, that was hard. But to know that she’ll be back, better next year, that’s satisfying.” @CaptainAMAURAca




In career, professor creates Black art

“Are you excited for the basketball season to start?”

Keith Morrison, a painting professor, received a national award from Jamaica’s governor-general. BY VERONICA THOMAS For The Temple News When Keith Morrison attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1960s, he never heard a single Black artist mentioned in class. “None were in the art history books anywhere or any magazine,” said Morrison, a painting professor who was born in Jamaica. “And that was the time a lot of people were emerging, who are rather well known now, who were turning the card upside down.” On Aug. 6, Jamaica’s GovernorGeneral Sir Patrick Allen awarded Morrison the national title of Commander in the Order of Distinction. The award recognizes Morrison for his “outstanding and important services to Jamaica.” “It was a surprise,” he said. “I was on the West Coast and came back, and a friend said I was in the papers in Jamaica. I listened to my voicemail and saw that there was a message on there from 10 days ago telling me about it.” In his career, which has spanned more than five decades, Morrison has served as an art dean for four universities, including Temple, curated exhibits and served as the Jamaican representative for the 2001 Venice Biennale, a prestigious international art exhibition held every two years. Within his art, Morrison attempts to depict the Black experience, gathering inspiration from African-American and Jamaican music, style, speech, sports and history in the form of figurative art, or art that depicts people. At age 17, Morrison came to the United States to study art in Chicago, where he earned his BFA in 1963 and his MFA in 1965. There, Morrison learned about abstract expressionism, a style of art developed by American painters in the 1940s and ’50s characterized by spontaneous brush marks and the absence of literal representations of people or other real-life objects. “There were students from about every part of the world,” Morrison said. “But the [Chicago] faculty took the position that you can wear any sari, dashiki or toga you want, you can speak any language you want, but in my classroom you will do abstract expressionism.” Morrison credits his “competitive” nature to his drive to excel in abstract expressionism. He temporarily abandoned figurative art to learn the new “language” of abstract work. He said his figurative work today is still influenced by abstract art. While in school, Morrison began to notice little recognition being


BRIGID MCKEE Freshman Psychology

JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Keith Morrison (right), a painting professor, assists sophomore painting major Steph Pogas with her assignment about depicting figures during class on Wednesday.

given to African-American artists in the field. Morrison said his peers thought this lack of Black artist recognition was “inconsequential.” After graduating in 1965, Morrison found that breaking into the art world as a Black artist was challenging, especially for artists who depicted Black people in their work. “When you’re a person of color, especially...a Black person, your chances of getting an exhibition, if you did art with Black people in it, were very very slim to none,” Morrison said. In 2014, Valerie Cassel Oliver, the senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, organized “Black in the Abstract,” a two-part exhibit examining the history of African-American abstract painters. In an ARTnews article about the exhibit, Oliver said Black abstract painters in the 1960s were often “marginalized on both ends of the spectrum.” “Oftentimes abstract painting is not as celebrated as more figurative work by the Black community,” Oliver told ARTnews. “From the mainstream art world, it’s just the sense of not being preoccupied with what Black artists are doing, period.” With abstract expressionism as the “dominant” style in the ’60s, Morrison said many Black artists were excluded from exhibits because their art depicted Black people. “I got into a lot of shows, major shows, which I might not have gotten into if I’d done figurative art with people of color, because at those shows, I saw no people of

color,” Morrison said. As a Tyler student of Jamaican descent, Sarah Roebuck said she understands the importance of Black artists receiving proper recognition for their work and accomplishments. “It is extremely important that Caribbean people are allowed positions of power in otherwise whitedominated spaces,” said Roebuck, a senior historic preservation major. “Caribbean people have their own individual stories to tell. ... All experiences of Africans throughout the diaspora are ultimately fairly similar.” Morrison said he’s noticed an increase in the racial diversity of Tyler’s student body. In Fall 2016, white students made up 66 percent of Tyler students, while they comprised 77 percent 10 years before. “I am very encouraged by seeing so many different kinds of students of color in Tyler, this year especially,” Morrison said. “Now I see so many students of color, of different kinds. It’s become much more healthy. We’re not yet anywhere where we should be [but] we are much much further ahead than before.” Morrison said his work continues to examine America’s “underbelly” of racism, but he’s always evolving as an artist. “I don’t know where it goes because I leave myself open as a sponge to see what comes in,” Morrison said.

It brings everybody together. I just think that’s a cool aspect of it, like whether you’re big on basketball or not. … My high school [team] was spirited, but I think it being college basketball, it’ll be a lot more hype and more fun.”

BRANDON ODEMNS Freshman Criminal justice

I get more excited for basketball, so I know that when I go I’ll be more into the games than I am at football games. … Being the manager for basketball teams in high school, I got to know the game and got more interested in it. … [And college basketball] is more intense compared to high school basketball.

MARCUS MIHULEC Freshman Engineering

My friend, he goes to [Thomas Jefferson University]. They’re having a little exhibition game [with Temple on Thursday] so he wanted to go. … So I think it’s kinda cool if your friends go to schools nearby, going to the game together, rooting on your team and everything. … I got a couple friends from high school that [go to Temple]. It’s just I don’t get to see them too often. ... So it might be a good way to meet up with some of them again. JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Keith Morrison (left), a painting professor, works with senior painting major Brandy Fortune to experiment with the application of paint during class on Wednesday.





Architecture Landscape Architecture City and Regional Planning Historic Preservation Urban Spatial Analytics

Fall Open House for Graduate Programs Monday, November 13 Register online


Cyclists across nation geared up for event this weekend The Philadelphia Bike Expo was held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 11th and Arch streets this past weekend. Bike enthusiasts from the Philadelphia region gathered for the two-day event, which featured cycling vendors from all over the country. Some of these vendors included Schwinn, Raleigh USA and Winter Bicycles, as well as other companies like Green Mountain Energy, a renewable energy business, and clubs like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Danielle Chmelewski, an ambassador for Green Mountain Energy, talked to bicycle enthusiasts about switching their power to the renewable energy company at the event. “I think the whole idea [is] you reduce your carbon emissions by cycling and biking,” she said.” And we’re kind of doing the same thing in the sense that it’s a way to keep our environment clearer.” @thetemplenews





Alumni ‘teaching the basics’ in podcast


Kevin Frech and Dan Miller created the podcast “If Money Could Talk,” which airs every Monday. BY EMILY TRINH For The Temple News Once Kevin Frech graduated in 2015 and started making money, he would blow his paychecks every weekend on food, drinks and random items on Amazon, like clothes and video games. Frech, a 2015 geography and urban studies alumnus, and Dan Miller, a 2014 sport and recreation management alumnus, had to learn how to manage their finances, like learning to save part of their incomes and how to pay back credit card bills. The duo — which met at Temple in the fraternity Alpha Kappa Lambda — realized other college graduates go through the same financial struggles they experienced. In order to help out their peers, Frech and Miller created a podcast “If Money Could Talk,” which airs every Monday on Stitcher Radio — an ondemand radio service — and focuses on how young adults should manage their money. They debuted the podcast in September. “We’re more just kind of teaching the basics of things,” Miller said. “I think that it’s actually a little shocking just how financially illiterate some of the adult population is that’s around our age.” Since April 2016, the two have been making investments each month to improve their spending habits and patterns. Frech, Miller and three of their other friends, who are all Temple alumni, take out $100 each and combine it to make a $500 investment into different stocks. The investment club, called “Frechworth United,” is a parody of the financial company J. G. Wentworth. “That’s what led us to think, ‘Well, we’re sharing all this stuff together, we can share it with more people too,’” Frech said. “It does take a lot of work and everyone wants money, but finance is not the sexiest subject ever, and it’s not something that they teach in school at all unless you’re a finance major.” About five months ago, Miller and Frech considered branching off from their investment club and starting a fi-

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kevin Frech, a 2015 geography and urban studies alumnus, records his podcast “If Money Could Talk” in his Brewerytown apartment on Saturday.

nancial podcast. Frech took an online course to learn how to set up a podcast on GarageBand through, an online video education resource. Once per week, they record the episode at the same time in their separate homes. Miller works in New York, and Frech lives in Philadelphia, but each has a mic and GarageBand set up on their computers and connect with Google Hangouts. Before each episode, Miller and Frech research their episode topic by watching documentaries and reading books like “Money: Master the Game,” a self-help book on how to secure financial freedom, and “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” which details the success story of an eighth-grade dropout who became a multimillionaire. They research topics like credit cards, the Great Depression and the stock market, and tie them to finance. Their latest episode talked about Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager who was convicted of fraud in August. They’ve also started to incorporate guest speakers who work in the financial field into episodes, like Zach Wall, a 2014 city/urban, community and regional planning alumnus who spoke about cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin — a digital currency asset designed as a medium of anonymous monetary exchange. Both Frech and Miller said they want the podcast to be relatable for

young people, which is why they also base episodes off their own experiences. “We try to make it so it’s like peerto-peer,” Miller said. “We almost want to learn with our listener base. ... We went through the same things you guys are and making the same choices you are in your life.” Even though the main focus of the podcast is to educate young adults about how to manage their finances, Miller and Frech also want to keep their dialogue light and comedic. They often joke about the corruption on Wall Street. “It’s kind of hard to listen to just a dry podcast unless you can kind of bring some life to it, and one of the more important things about the podcast is to try and be funny,” Miller said. So far, they have an estimated 200 listeners per episode, and they plan to continue the show. Frech and Miller have released nine episodes so far, and once they’ve reached the 10th episode, they plan to collaborate with other podcasts to build a network of podcasters. Their ultimate goal is to monetize the podcast and eventually host it live. “There’s so much better and smarter things you could do with your money to accumulate wealth, but unless you’re working directly in the finance industry, there’s just a lot of people that don’t have these financial literacy skills,” Miller said.

which allows those who plan to be physicians, dentists, optometrists or clinical psychologists to receive tuition assistance. He enlisted after completing his orthopedic residency at Temple University Hospital. In 2005, he was sent to Naval Hospital Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, where he worked as a physician. Two years later, he was deployed for seven months to Djibouti in Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, an effort to combat global radical extremism. In Djibouti, he helped build schools, homes and hospitals. “We were a tightly knit community, and it was great to get to know young soldiers who were ready to go to war,” said Sewards, who lives in Dresher, Pennsylvania. “It takes a certain type of person to stand up like that, and it’s rewarding to be able to assist them.” Sewards said it is just as rewarding to help young athletes at Temple. As a team orthopedic physician, Sewards’ role is to diagnose and evaluate athletic injuries and determine whether it is safe for a student-athlete to return to the field or the court. He has provided rehabilitation and surgical advice and has also communicated with parents of injured athletes to determine the best course of action. This will be his 10th season with the men’s football and basketball teams. “I really love what I do,” Sewards said. “It’s different from what I did with the Navy, but being able to keep someone healthy is all I want to do.” Although Sewards is a fan of Temple basketball and football, he doesn’t act like one during games. He is focused on the sidelines, where he observes athletes, mostly those who were recently injured, and advises the medical staff. “He’s pretty connected with our athletes and coaches,” said Al Bellamy, the director of athletic training for football. “His care and concern is witnessed by all with his availability, honesty and advice.” Bellamy added that Sewards is an asset to the medical staff for the football team and that his expertise and experience will be missed in his absence. Although the date and location of Sewards’ second deployment could not be shared due to Navy confidentiality standards, Sewards will report to duty with the Navy in the near future. “I’m happy to serve this country,” Sewards said. “And I hope to continue to help those who are injured for as long as I can.” @patrick_bilow


1501 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, 19122 | (215) 531-9333


pplies School Su

Pizza Brick Oven

We Proudly Accept

rder Made-to-O wiches d n a S & Hoagies

Enjoy Online Grocery Delivery Service from The Fresh Grocer! Shop now at

Save shi FroGro Su






When you place a The Fresh Grocer® online shopping order of $150 or more

When you place a The Fresh Grocer® online shopping order of $225 or more

when using Promo Code:

when using Promo Code:



We’ll deliver to your home, do or apartment!rm

Offer Valid Thru 12/31/17.

eer Wine & B n e Gard

lad Bar Garden Sa

d Goods Fresh Bake

rganic Natural &duOcts ro P

Get started at or use The Fresh Grocer App!






Foundation director to discuss artist grants Beth Feldman Brandt, the executive director of the Bartol Foundation, will speak about art education resources and opportunities on Tuesday from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Room B86 of the Tyler School of Art. The Philadelphia-based Bartol Foundation provides annual grants to small arts organizations and presents regular professional training events to help teaching artists. Brandt has written several poetry collections, including “Sage” and “RetroLove,” which was adapted into a live performance by the Philadelphia Jazz Project. The event is cosponsored by Temple’s art education and community arts practices departments and the General Activities Fund.

After vending near Main Campus from Monday through Friday, the truck travels to festivals and events around the city on weekends. Over the last five years, they have catered the Roots Picnic, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th celebration and five Made In America festivals. Middleton started working in the food industry during the mid-1990s, when he rented a truck and sold water ice for the Philadelphia-based company Morrone’s Water Ice. In 1998, Middleton signed a 10year contract to run a franchise location of Rita’s Italian Ice at a storefront

in Camden, New Jersey. After the contract expired, he chose not to renew it and started Lil Trent’s Treats, an ice cream store in the same location. Middleton bought a truck in 2012 and expanded his menu to include food like sandwiches, making Lil Trent’s a mobile business. Kaleb Flores, a 21-year-old cook at Lil Trent’s, recently found his job through Leno Quattlebaum, his neighbor who has worked with Middleton since 1999. During his first week of work, Flores, who joined the team just two weeks ago, added a new tangy ingredient to the garlic parmesan wings. Flores said that contribution made him feel like part of the team.

-Maureen Iplenski

Professors, students talk about Dakota pipeline A panel of professors and students will talk about American environmental concerns on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Paley Library. The panel, which is the second “Chat in the Stacks” event this semester, will discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline and its relation to climate change and environmental racism. The panelists include geography and urban studies professors Elizabeth Sweet and David Organ, law professor Amy Sinden, anthropology graduate students Dana I. Muniz Pacheco and Keisha Wiel and event organizer Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground oil pipeline running from northwest North Dakota to southern Illinois. Its construction drew months of protest and controversy since a number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas said the pipeline would disturb sacred burial grounds and affect the quality of water in the area. From August 2016 to February 2017, protesters blocked the pipeline construction site in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Protesters were forced to leave after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a deadline to end the protest. -Emily Scott

Innovation finalists pitch invention ideas Thursday On Thursday, the 11 finalists from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute’s 2017 Innovative Idea Competition will pitch their ideas “shark-tank style” to a panel of investors and business professionals. The event will be held in The Egg in Alter Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, which is housed in the Fox School of Business, promotes entrepreneurialism among all the schools and colleges at Temple, through hands-on learning and facilitating collaboration among students, professors, mentors and business advisers. Some of the finalists include VibraSoft, which is a device that reduces the pain associated with needle injections. Kyle Jezler, a junior mechanical engineering major, created the vibrating device which can connect to different types of syringes. The panel decides the winner. -Emily Scott

NYT editor to host Q&A with Klein students Dean Baquet, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the first African-American executive editor of the New York Times, will receive the annual Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award on Friday. Before the 17th annual Lew Klein Alumni in the Media awards luncheon, Baquet will host a Q&A with students from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This event is part of the 50th anniversary of the Klein College of Media and Communication. There will also be a happy hour and a game watch party at the Tavern on Broad in Center City as the football team plays Cincinnati at 6:30 p.m. -Emily Scott

CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Leno Quattlebaum, who works at Lil Trent’s Grille, makes a wrap inside the truck at Broad and Master streets on Wednesday.


ENGINEERING “I thought, ‘Why not? I have nothing to lose,’” Kight said. “Oh, wait I do, a lot of hair. So, for me it was like, ‘Let’s do this, I don’t care if it doesn’t work. I’m already here.’” Kight said it was validating to research TTM for the project because it reaffirmed her belief that the disorder is not just caused by behavioral issues. TTM, or “trich,” also stems from structural abnormalities in brain regions where habitual behaviors develop, she said. In TTM support groups, Kight saw a lot of people trying to quit pulling their hair cold turkey, which usually ends in relapse, she said. “It’s really devastating, somedays you just give up, and it’s like months of progress is eliminated in a few hours,” she said. “I thought maybe we should just focus more on sensation interests and developing a tool to help manage those physiological urges.” Kight tried testing different products on herself, including bee sting ointment and Vicks VapoRub. She found the camphor — a waxy white solid with a strong scent often used in decongestants — and menthol in these products created a numbing sensation on the scalp that relieved her impulse to pull at her hair. Kight decided to combine menthol and camphor with a hair condi-

tioning formula to create Prohibere, which means “to stop” in Latin. A tube of Prohibere costs $19.95 and has three quarters of an ounce of conditioner. “I wanted to make something small enough that you could bring it with you and apply easily,” Kight said. “Trich happens everywhere, in the car, while you’re studying at the library. It just happens.” Kight said she is using her prize money to pay for the manufacturing and production of Prohibere. Kight collaborated with junior engineering majors Linnae Raymond and Michael Kelly in Spring 2017 to launch the startup company Biomaterix to sell the product. Kight and Raymond met in their Frontiers in Bioengineering class. When Raymond heard about Kight’s success with Prohibere, she told Kight about her own struggle with the disorder called dermatillomania, in which the individual picks at their skin when stressed. After hearing Raymond’s story, Kight asked her to join Biomaterix over the summer as a research and design engineer. So far, Prohibere is Biomaterix’s only product for sale, but Raymond said she plans to develop a skin cream to help relieve the urge to pick at skin. “Body-focused repetitive behaviors don’t really have a market,” Raymond said. “They’re really not talked about.”

“[My special ingredient] was just something I could put toward the food truck not just coming and making the food and helping out, but something I can put my name on,” Flores said. To Flores’ delight, customers have ordered the wings every day since then. While Lil Trent’s serves mostly comfort food, the business has recently added more nutritious options, like a grilled salmon cheesesteak roll topped with sautéed vegetables, to accommodate the student-athletes coming to and from practices at the nearby Temple Sports Complex. But Emma Wilkins, an undecided freshman in the College of Public Health and member of the women’s soccer team, said she actually gravitates toward the unhealthier options. “After a long practice, I’m sure I’ll feel like rewarding myself with a cheesesteak,” Wilkins said. Wilkins added that she thinks the presence of Lil Trent’s may increase game attendance. In addition to student-athletes and coaches, many customers of Lil Trent’s work at the nearby Columbia North YMCA and Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, a nonprofit providing a variety of social and human services. “I like that it’s here,” said Donna Maragh, an employee at the center. “Before, our only options were to order and have it delivered, which if you’re hungry right now, is kind of difficult to just gauge, to push it forward like an hour because they have to make it and bring it to you.” But Quattlebaum, who often manages the truck, said Lil Trent’s “core support” comes from neighborhood customers. Maseo McDaniels, who lives on 15th Street near Girard Avenue and is a longtime customer of Lil Trent’s West Philadelphia location, said he buys food from the truck two to three times per week. “[Middleton has] grown tremendously,” McDaniels said. “He caters to his food, to quality and freshness and he cares about if stuff is prepared well.” After moving to Main Campus, Middleton said he hopes to expand by purchasing more trucks and eventually opening a brick-and-mortar shop in North Philadelphia. “We want to be entrepreneurs, we want to be kind of free spirited, we want to be great examples,” Middleton said.

“You don’t talk about it, you don’t tell your doctor about it and you spend years embarrassed by it when you could be doing something to help,” she added. Prohibere is produced at Cosmetic Laboratories, a manufacturing company in Irving, Texas contracted to make the product according to Kight’s formula. Kelly works on manufacturing, material research and designing product parts. “I’ve always had a passion for physiology and people’s conditions, so I saw an opportunity here to get into that earlier,” Kelly said. “I wanted to start a company where we can actually make a difference and help people.” Kight said Biomaterix has 53 preorders for Prohibere on its website. She expects orders to increase once the product is available on Amazon, where international customers can also access it. “I wanted to help people even though I’m sure my product isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution,” Kight said. “It helped me, and so I felt responsible to share my experience. If some kids in school don’t have to hide bald spots or feel ashamed, that will be pretty rewarding.”

@Meg_costa19 @thetemplenews




Junior to travel for competition in California Jason Roldan will represent Temple on Saturday and Sunday. BY GRAHAM FOLEY For The Temple News When Jason Roldan came to Temple as a freshman, he had no experience in Shotokan Karate. The junior kinesiology major had a black belt in taekwondo, but he had never been involved in any other martial arts. Encouragement from his uncle Pedro Roldan, who is a major competitor in Shotokan, convinced him to enroll in Karate I, a kinesiology course, last year. Soon after, he was hooked. Roldan began training three to four times per week. After his first test, he went from having a white belt, which signifies beginner status, to skipping the yellow belt and going to the third level, orange. Now he is the vice president of the Temple Shotokan Karate Club, and he is preparing to represent Temple at the 39th annual International Shotokan Karate Federation National Championships in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday. “I’ve been busy, and I’m ready,” Roldan said. “I’ve been training more. I know my forms, I definitely have them down, but I don’t want to get cocky. I think I know what to expect.” The ISKF National Championships consist of tournaments in three age levels — collegiate, adult and youth. Roldan will compete in the collegiate and adult levels. Roldan is eligible to compete

in a sparring competition in both age groups and a competition of forms, which are choreographed karate routines also known as Kata. In Kata competitions, judges select a random form that competitors must perform cleanly to advance to the next round, Roldan said. There are one-onone knockout rounds where judges choose a winner, then score the final rounds by points. “It’s based on the sounds you can make,” Roldan said. “So like a snapping sound when you make your moves, that’s the first thing. But to a trained eye, it’s more about how big the movements you can make are and the more realistic your technique can look.” Roldan, now a green belt, said he will most likely be one of the lower-ranked competitors. In Shotokan Karate, the green belt is three steps above the white belt, Roldan said. But sophomore Daniel Sbar, the club’s treasurer, believes inexperience will not be an issue. “He is significantly better than most people of a higher belt,” Sbar said. “He is clearly above the grade that his belt shows, and I expect that he is going to do very well.” The trip is funded partially by Campus Recreation. The majority of expenses, however, will be paid out of pocket by Roldan. He’ll stay with his uncle Pedro Roldan, who is also competing in the event, so he won’t have to book a hotel room. Roldan decided to spend the money because attending the competition means more than just getting a chance to win medals. He


PUTTING 11 more pars than the Dragons. Drexel, however, was seven shots better on par-4s and seven shots better on par3s. “We have to attack the whole short-game area,” Quinn said. “We have been talking about it for a month straight, and we just have to find another area of attack because the kids just aren’t getting it done around the greens. It’s killing the team.” “These courses are fairly easy teeto-green, and we didn’t take advantage of that,” Barone said. Temple will work on chipping and putting in its indoor, on-campus, 2,000-square-foot facility that opened in Spring 2017, Quinn said.

and fellow club officers Sbar and president Nicholas Palmer think a great performance could mean more recognition for the club. “Our club has not really gone to competitions in our past,” Palmer said. “We usually just do in-house tournaments. So him going to a national tournament and doing well would be great for us and the dojo we’re affiliated with.” The club has about 20 members, but less than 10 participate regularly, Palmer said. Word of mouth and flyers are the club’s main forms of recruitment, while Roldan also utilizes social media and talks to his kinesiology classmates. Roldan and Palmer typically lead the group during two oncampus practices per week. Once a week, the members go to the city’s ISKF affiliate dojo, Honbu Dojo, in West Philadelphia. The dojo is ISKF’s national headquarters and is run by instructor Hiroyoshi Okazaki, who Sbar said is one of the most “prestigious” senseis in the United States. The club hopes Roldan’s presence in the national tournament will boost the attention ISKF and Temple Shotokan Karate Club receives. “It would definitely be very good recognition for us,” Sbar said. “It will show that we have a good program here as well as a very good teacher in Jason. And hopefully it will help us get more people to train with us.” @graham_foley3

Junior Sam Soeth will also draw on his experience playing at one of the Delaware Valley’s most famous golf courses, Merion Golf Club. Golf Digest ranked the East course at Merion sixth on its 2017-18 list of the best courses in the United States. For the past four summers, Soeth has worked in the pro shop at Merion, taking advantage of playing there as much as he possibly could. Merion is notorious for its unforgiving greens. The track, designed in the 1910s, gives college players and professionals trouble. When the course hosted the U.S. Open for the fifth time in 2013, no one finished under par. The winning four-round total by Justin Rose was 1-over par. Soeth had a career best fourthplace finish at the Firestone Invitational and also improved with a 79 at

JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple Shotokan Karate Club President Nicholas Palmer (left) and vice president Jason Roldan demonstrate moves in Pearson Hall on Oct. 4.

this year’s City 6 after shooting 82 last season. Soeth still felt that he missed a lot of opportunities this fall. “I owe Merion Golf Club so much,” Soeth said. “If you can shoot 67 out there, you come into any other course and you’re like, ‘Come on.’” Temple’s spring schedule has yet to be released. The team will rest before it prepares for the coming months’ competition. “They are gonna be a college kid, gonna mess around, go to football games, do what they need to do,” Quinn said. “It is an important thing to decompress so that they can come back ready to work.” @AndyJMasterson


Nutile gets starting nod, Finch gets AAC defensive recognition Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile will make his third consecutive start against Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in Ohio on Friday, coach Geoff Collins said. Nutile started against Army West Point on Oct. 21 and against Navy on Thursday because redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi is dealing with a foot injury. In his two starts, Nutile completed 42-of59 passes for 579 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He also earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll after his four-touchdown performance against Navy. Collins didn’t name Nutile as the starter for the rest of the season. “The same thing we answer every week, one game at a time,” Collins said on The American’s weekly teleconference on Monday. “Our whole goal is to go 1-0 this week. Our sole focus is on preparation day by day, week by week and so right now we’re living in the present, and Frank will start on Friday night.” Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Sharif Finch also earned honors from The American. He received The American’s Defensive Player of the Week award after recording six tackles in Temple’s 34-26 win against Navy. Finch had 3.5 tackles for loss and a game-high two sacks. -Tom Ignudo

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Mark Farley follows through on a swing during practice on Wednesday at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County. @TTN_Sports




Sophomore epee hopes to reach Olympics with lens Camille Simmons has captured fencing, soccer and volleyball. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore epee Camille Simmons photographs the football team’s pep rally at the Bell Tower on Wednesday.

When she was 12 years old, Camille Simmons wanted to feel “cool,” so she borrowed her father’s Nikon D80 to take pictures during a family vacation to Israel, she said. Photography has been in Simmons’ family for three generations. It was a “serious hobby” for her grandfather, who had a darkroom in the basement of his home, her father Jerald Simmons said. “The camera captures memories,” said Camille Simmons, a sophomore epee. “And I want to be the person capturing those memories. You are in charge of what people remember. The first time I looked through the lens of camera, I was hooked.” “When she first grabbed the camera from me I was praying she didn’t break it,” Jerald Simmons said. “I am just really happy she took an interest. Her grandfather started the trend, and he would have been really happy to see Camille and what she is doing.” Camille Simmons, a public relations major, owns a Nikon D750 that she purchased in high school by saving birthday and holiday money from relatives. She runs various social media accounts to promote her photography, which include photos of

Temple sporting events and her friends. The Instagram account she uses for photography, @camillesimmonsphotos, has more than 900 followers. On Facebook, more than 890 people follow her photography page. She hopes to have a career in sports photography after she graduates. “Everyone remembers the score and who wins the match, but I have the power to capture that moment within the game people can remember forever,” she said. “Capturing moments” is one of Camille Simmons’ favorite aspects of photography, she said. While shooting, she aims to capture candid photos when people have authentic reactions and subjects are unaware of her presence. Shooting sports gives Camille Simmons the opportunity to capture those photos, she said. But her best candid photos came when she shot a wedding, she added. “No one around really noticed me, so I can get those moments they don’t pose for,” she said. During her college career, Camille Simmons has shot the games of her fellow Division I athletes including football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and lacrosse. Before she posts pictures to social media, she “stalks” other athletes’ accounts to tag them in her shots, she said. “I love getting a direct message from all these different peo-

ple,” she said. “People get really excited, and that excitement carries over from each photo shoot. It makes everything worthwhile when other people tell me I made a memory for them.” Camille Simmons shoots fencing the most because of her involvement in the sport. Junior epee Ally Micek is among the fencers pictured in Camille Simmons’ Facebook photo albums. The two have known each other since they joined the same fencing club, Alliance Fencing Academy in Houston, about eight or nine years ago, Micek said. Micek enjoys being around Camille Simmons when her camera is in her hand. “Camille’s photos are second to none in my opinion,” Micek said. “I love being friends with her because she takes good pictures of me. It is awesome to see how involved with it she is and the passion she has behind it.” Camille Simmons is trying to use her platform in fencing to jump-start her photography career through USA Fencing. She shot at the Cadet World Championships in 2015. “I want to be at the Olympics one day,” Camille Simmons said. “If I keep taking fencing pictures that US Fencing can use, eventually I will run into one connection that will lead me to another. I am just trying to get my name out there and have fun while doing it.” @mjzingrone





adelphia. Cefra’s father used to scold him for running around barefoot as a child in Hawaii. This fostered his interest in different kind of shoes. The two coaches started bonding through their sneaker interest “a little over a year ago,” Cefra said. “I knew he was big into other sports, like basketball,” Cefra said. “When people are into sports, the one thing that people tend to lean toward is shoes. I can’t blame him.” Ganesharatnam never asked his parents for money to buy his coveted basketball sneakers. Instead, he delivered newspapers in his hometown of Sindelfingen, Germany, and worked other jobs to save money for months before he could purchase a pair. Even when he accumulated enough money, Ganesharatnam still struggled to get the sneakers he wanted. Because he lived in Germany, Ganesharatnam had limited access to shoes sold in the U.S. Fortunately, he had an aunt who lived in New York. “I sent her the money to get them from the States,” Ganesharatnam said. “They were Nike high-tops, all white with the white Nike Swoosh. Those were the first sneakers I slept in actually.” The first few times he bought new pairs of shoes, Ganesharatnam slept in them. He kept his eyes on different styles and bought shoes he actually wanted to wear instead of purchasing footwear just for show. An early addition Ganesharatnam made to his young collection was the Reebok Pumps, which released in 1989. Ganesharatnam’s obsession carried across continents. He left Germany in 2001 to attend Queens College in New York. With immediate access to the shoes he saw on TV growing up, his habits became excessive, Ganesharatnam said. Ganesharatnam bought at least one

“I’d have to say we really play two different types of soccer,” Sullivan said. “In conference, it’s a lot more physical and it’s really close.” Temple played one of its seven games decided by one goal against Southern Methodist on Oct. 7 at the Temple Sports Complex. The Mustangs, who are 13th in the United Soccer Coaches poll, beat Temple, 2-1. The game was tied until senior defensive midfielder Brendon Creed received a yellow card in the 80th minute. Southern Methodist senior forward Mauro Cichero scored the game-winning goal 12 seconds later. The Mustangs, who have the ninth-lowest goals-against average in Division I, held Temple to four shots on goal, which is below its average of 5.6 per game. Southern Methodist is also the top-scoring team in The American. The Owls have been strong on defense, but they need to work on maintaining possession, Jokinen said. “In the offensive half, we need to keep the ball a little bit better and relieve pressure a bit so that we’re not defending for 70 percent of the game,” Jokinen said. In Temple’s previous three appearances in The American’s tournament, the team hasn’t scored a goal. Connecticut beat Temple, 4-0, in 2015 and, 5-0, in 2014. South Florida beat the Owls, 1-0, at the Ambler Sports Complex in the inaugural conference tournament in 2013. In order to advance to the final round and face the winner of the match between Central Florida and Connecticut, the Owls will have to beat the No. 18 team in the Ratings Percentage Index on its home field, where the Mustangs have a perfect 10-0 record. Southern Methodist’s Westcott Field has a grass surface, while Temple plays on turf. After a light practice session on Monday, Temple will watch footage from its matchup against Southern Methodist last month, coach David MacWilliams said. The team plans to travel to Dallas on Wednesday to get some practice on the grass before the game Friday night. “We’re in it to win it,” MacWilliams said. “I think the guys are pretty confident. I think any one of those four teams could win it. I think we’re up to the challenge.” @TTN_Sports

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam wears his Under Armour Curry 2 Low “Energy” sneakers on the court during practice on Wednesday morning.

new pair every month. He finally got some Air Jordans: the Air Jordan 4 Retro and Air Jordan 7 Retro. Ganesharatnam also added some Nike Air Pennys, the signature shoe of four-time NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway, and Nike Air Max2 CBs, Naismith Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s shoe. Ganesharatnam said he visited sneaker stores so often in the Jamaica, Queens that security guards greeted him by saying, “Hey, big man, you’re back!” A year after he graduated from Queens College in 2005, Ganesharatnam accepted a job at West Virginia University, where he worked as an assistant coach until he assumed his role at Temple in January 2011. Because West Virginia is sponsored by Nike, Ganesharatnam got exclusive Nike gear during his tenure. He had a pair of Nike Zoom Flight V Bs, the Jason Kidd Limited Edition that the 10time NBA All-Star wore during his first stint with the Dallas Mavericks in the 1990s. Ganesharatnam donated that pair

to the school in Haiti where his fatherin-law works. He has given some of his shoes to charity and passed others, including his coveted Air Max CBs, to his younger brother. Ganesharatnam has relaxed his sneaker-buying habits in recent years, but there is a pair that still catches his attention. His all-time favorite sneaker is the Air Jordan 6 in the black and red colorway. They’re the shoes Jordan wore when he won his first NBA title in 1991. The Air Jordan 6s are probably the only shoes Ganesharatnam would “now spend any real money on,” he said. “My affection with sneakers came because I couldn’t afford them,” Ganesharatnam said. “I could only see them on TV. Once I picked up little jobs here and there and was able to buy them, it was great. But I never really thought of me being a part of anything or this being a culture. I just liked the sneakers.” @AustinPaulAmp @thetemplenews




Armstead playing through pain in junior year The junior tailback has dealt with a toe injury and didn’t feel his best until Oct. 21 at Army. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor Millville High School’s athletic teams are called the Thunderbolts. In 2013 and 2014, the South Jersey school’s football team had “speed” and “lightning” in the backfield. Rob Ennis Jr. was the speed. The 5-foot-10-inch tailback averaged nine yards per carry as a junior and scored 14 touchdowns before committing to Purdue University, a Power Five school in the Big Ten Conference, in the offseason before his senior year. He’s now a running back at Division III Widener University. Ryquell Armstead was the lightning, gaining yards with strength and power. Armstead, listed at 185 pounds in high school, transitioned from playing fullback to getting more carries at running back during his junior season and verbally committed to Temple shortly after Ennis chose Purdue. The junior running back powered his way to 151 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Army West Point on Oct. 21. He had his first multi-touchdown game this season. At the end of his 21-yard touchdown run with one minute, 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Armstead bowled over Army sophomore defensive back Cameron Jones near the pylon. “Putting his shoulders down and running the defender over,

that’s ‘Quell,” said Ennis, who has known Armstead since the two were about 6 or 7 years old. “It’s not different for me to see. It’s probably different for everybody else to see, but not me.” On Feb. 4, 2015, National Signing Day for Armstead’s high school class, ESPN SportsCenter and college football anchor Kevin Negandhi, a 1998 communications alumnus, tweeted Temple had landed “the biggest recruit in school history.” Negandhi’s tweet referred to a running back, but not Armstead. Former coach Matt Rhule had convinced four-star back T.J. Simmons,’s 17th-best running back, to come to Temple. By November, Simmons announced his intentions to transfer. He only played in one game. Armstead wasn’t as highly touted as Simmons. He entered as the seventh running back on the depth chart and finished preseason camp second, he said. He played in 11 games as a freshman and scored two touchdowns. Last season, he had 919 yards rushing, had five multitouchdown games and led the Owls with 14 rushing touchdowns. Armstead has 1,564 career rushing yards to rank 12th in program history since 1971. “It’s all about confidence once you get there,” Armstead said. “Them stars and everything doesn’t mean anything to me between the lines. I always say I was under-recruited. I found my home fast.” Former Millville coach Jason Durham noticed Armstead’s maturation during his junior and senior years. He fought through injuries

HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior running back Ryquell Armstead carries the ball in the second quarter of Temple’s 34-26 win against Navy at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday.

to play and pulled teammates aside to give them advice. He is doing the same this year for Temple. A nagging toe injury on his left foot kept him from practicing during the week leading up to the Owls’ game against Connecticut on Oct. 14. Armstead had nine carries for 31 yards and a touchdown. Armstead felt the healthiest he had all season during the game against Army, he said. “He definitely looked like himself,” said redshirt-junior offensive lineman Gordon Thomas, whose locker in Edberg-Olson Hall is next to Armstead’s stall. “I didn’t realize until I watched the tape about a day or two later just how well he looked to his previous self

the past season.” Coach Geoff Collins and Armstead, who he often calls “Rock,” have developed trust in their first season together. Before his second touchdown against Army, Armstead told Collins, “Give me the ball, let me run power and I’m going to get the first down and probably score,” Collins said. Armstead has a quiet leadership style, Collins said, something the Owls’ first-year coach learned can be effective during his first year as the University of Florida’s defensive coordinator in 2015. He’d been challenging Marcus Maye, now a rookie safety for the New York Jets, to be vocal until Maye told Collins to watch him during a practice. Maye explained

to teammates how plays developed after every rep, Collins said. Armstead is similar, Collins said. While sophomore linebacker Shaun Bradley and junior safety Delvon Randall “run around and get everybody going,” Collins said, Armstead “doesn’t say a lot” and lets his work ethic set an example. “There’s weeks that he could barely walk, but he cares so much about his teammates and what we’re doing as a team that he was willing to lay it all on the line to go out there and perform and help them to play very well,” Collins said. @Evan_Easterling


‘Talented’ newcomers impress in fall competition Temple added two transfers and two freshmen as it replaces its top singles player from last season. BY ALEX MCGINLEY For The Temple News The Owls lost their top singles player from last season when Artem Kapshuk transferred to Texas Tech University in June. Kapshuk had a 42-16 record in two seasons with the Owls and started Spring 2017 as one of the top players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Atlantic Regional Rankings. The fall-season performances of the Owls’ newcomers, set to replace Kapshuk this year, impressed coach Steve Mauro. “They are really talented players,” Mauro said. “It’s tough to lose a player as good as Artem, but these guys have been doing a good job. I think we’re going to have a really strong team this year.” Temple added four players for the 2017-18 season. Two of them are transfers. Sophomore Juan Araoz played for Hampton University last season, and junior Alberto Caceres Casas spent the past two campaigns at Armstrong State University, a Division II school in Savannah, Georgia. Caceres Casas posted the third-highest win total at Armstrong State last season with a 23-8 singles record, including a 3-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. He finished the 2016-17 season ranked by the ITA as the 35th-best Division II singles player. Araoz was Hampton’s top player last season, Mauro said. Araoz had a team-best 11-3 singles record, and he had the best doubles record at 8-5 with junior Matthew Foster-Estwick. Araoz won his flight at the Joe Hunt Invitational in Annapolis, Maryland, to open the fall season in September. He closed the fall by advancing to the singles round of 32

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore Juan Araoz readies to hit a volley back to his teammate during practice at the Student Pavilion on Oct. 25.

at the ITA Regionals in October. After winning his flight at the meet hosted by Navy in September, Araoz lost two matches, 6-3, 6-4, at the ITA Invitational in Oklahoma. “It was a tough change because I was playing number one at my other school,” Araoz said. “I came here and saw that the lev-

els [of competition] were higher. The levels in the tournaments are way higher here than the other tournaments. It was hard for me to win matches and try to be at my best level.” Temple’s two other new additions are freshmen Michael Haelen and Mark Wallner. Haelen earned his first-career win against Fairleigh Dickinson University senior Wil-

liam Bourne at the Farnsworth Invitational in October hosted by Princeton University. Wallner attended IMG Academy, a Florida boarding school with acclaimed athletics. The Germany native was ranked as the 16thbest prospect in Florida from the high school class of 2017 by Tennis Recruiting Network. The Owls had a 7-9 record at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 8, but Wallner won his first two matches against Marist College sophomore Christopher Gladden and Middlebury College sophomore Weston Brach. At the ITA Regionals in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Oct. 27, Wallner made it to the singles round of 32 after he defeated Mount St. Mary’s University freshman Jackson Wood and Old Dominion University senior Michael Weindl withdrew due to injury. “Compared to Florida, it’s different because I was playing high school tennis and this is college tennis,” Wallner said. “The game is different. It’s more competitive. People are stronger and better.” “We help each other a lot,” Caceres Casas said. “No one is more important. No one is better than the other one. If you lose, you lose. If you win, you win for the team. Coach is always there for help. If you need something or if you’re having a problem with something, he will be there to help you. Same goes for the assistant coaches.” After finishing with an 11-11 record in their first campaign in the American Athletic Conference, the Owls have recorded three straight seasons with at least 15 wins. They’ll enter Spring 2018 with that streak and a 30-0 mark in home matches starting since the 2014-15 season. “Our guys have been working hard, as well as the coaching staff,” Mauro said. “There’s a big group of us. Everyone is putting the right effort forth in order to make a successful season.” @TTN_Sports





Win in season finale clinches postseason spot The Owls will play Southern Methodist on Friday in The American’s semifinal. BY JAY NEEMEYER For The Temple News


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior midfielder Matt Sullivan prepares to kick the ball during the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 win against South Florida at the Temple Sports Complex.


emple only had one shot on goal on Saturday. Senior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen took a close shot from an odd angle.He doesn’t know how it went into the net. But he scored his fourth goal of the season in the 54th minute to beat South Florida, 1-0, and give the Owls the final spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament. “Everyone did their job [Saturday,]” Jokinen said. “We could have made it a bit easier for ourselves, but the most important thing is that we got the result.” With 12 points, Temple (9-71, 4-3 The American) is the fourth seed in the conference tournament and will face top-ranked Southern Methodist (13-2-1, 5-1-1 The American) on Friday in Dallas. After losing to Central Florida

on Oct. 28 to end its three-game winning streak, Temple had to beat South Florida to make The American’s postseason tournament for the first time since 2015. Southern Methodist and Connecticut had spots clinched entering Saturday’s action, and four teams entered the day with a chance to earn the final two seeds. The American Athletic Conference tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Temple’s win against South Florida gave it a one-point lead in the standings. Connecticut also finished with 12 points, but the Huskies are the third seed by virtue of their 2-0 win against Temple on Sept. 23. Five of Temple’s seven games against opponents in The American were decided by one goal. Throughout the regular season, the Owls scored three or more goals in five games, four of which were in nonconference play. Senior midfielder Matt Sullivan said the team can play more “risky” soccer in non-league games.



Short game to be honed into shape Temple closed Fall 2017 in second place at the City 6 Championship. BY ANDREW MASTERSON Golf Beat Reporter Coach Brian Quinn heard praise from his contemporaries when the Owls competed at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite in California. The coaches complimented Temple’s talent and ability to hit drives for long distances. But the team’s performance from Oct. 26-28 didn’t reflect these comments. The Owls finished 19th out of 20 teams and shot 55-over par on par4s. Temple’s fall season concluded on Saturday at the City 6 Championship in Torresdale, where the team looked to defend last year’s title. A birdie putt by Drexel senior Aaron Fricke on the 18th hole gave the Dragons the win and left the Owls with a second-place finish behind a team they placed better than at the Cornell Invitational in September. “We’ve gotta take this finish as fuel into the offseason,” said senior Mark Farley, who shot 1-over 71 to place third and earn his best career finish on Saturday. “It’s time to prepare a little harder for the spring.” To open the fall season,

the Owls walked off the 18th green as champions of the Cornell Invitational on Sept. 17. Quinn recorded his seventh victory in his 11-year tenure and his first win since last year’s City 6 Championship. Temple started the final day of the event in third place before earning the comefrom-behind win. The Owls shot 19-under par on par-5 holes and had 44 birdies, ranking only behind Dartmouth College and Cornell University in the 16-team field. The players and Quinn reached the consensus that they need to work on their shots on and around greens. The Owls shot 45-over par on par-4s at the Firestone Invitational on Oct. 2 and 3 when they tied for 12th among 16 teams. Redshirt junior John Barone tied for 85th out of 87 golfers at the event. He called putting and chipping his “kryptonite” this semester. During the second round at Firestone, Barone had three birdies on the front nine. But he also had two bogeys and a triple bogey. Barone closed the fall season by shooting par 70 on Saturday. He led all players in par4 shooting at 1-under par and tied for first in birdies. The Owls were one shot better than Drexel in par-5s and had two more birdies and


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam shows off his Under Armour Curry 2 “All-Star” sneakers in his office on Wednesday. Ganesharatnam has been collecting sneakers since he was a teenager in Germany.

Coach is longtime shoe aficionado Bakeer Ganesharatnam grew up as an NBA fan and began collecting sneakers as a teenager. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter As a teenager in Germany, Bakeer Ganesharatnam and his younger brother often woke up in the middle of the night to watch NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway on TV. That’s when Ganesharatnam’s sneaker obsession started. “Me and my brother were really into NBA basketball as kids,”

the Owls’ seventh-year volleyball coach said. “I was really a big Michael Jordan fan growing up, and that’s how I got into his shoes. For the longest time, I couldn’t afford them.” Ganesharatnam began his collection in sixth grade and has been buying sneakers since. He isn’t sure how many pairs he has between the United States and Germany combined. But they fill his parents’ basement even after he’s given some away, he said. As a coach at an Under Armour-sponsored school, Ganesharatnam has more access to sneakers than he did as a child. When he plays pickup basketball

with men’s basketball assistant coach Aaron McKie and the rest of the staff, Ganesharatnam’s sneaker of choice is the Under Armour Curry 2 “All-Star.” It is a signature shoe of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and now only available on the resale market, he said. While coaching, Ganesharatnam prefers wearing the Under Armour Curry 2 Low “Energy,” which has sold out at retailers since its release in February 2016. Assistant coach Ren Cefra also has a pair of the Curry 2 Lows. Like Ganesharatnam, Cefra shares a passion for footwear. Cefra has 30 pairs of shoes with him in Phil-






Junior running back Ryquell Armstead doesn’t say much, coach Geoff Collins said, but he is one of the Owls’ leaders this season.

Temple added four players this fall as the team replaces its leading singles player from last season. Their performances impressed coach Steve Mauro.

While on a family vacation to Israel as a 12 year old, sophomore epee Camille Simmons first took up photography.

Jason Roldan, a junior kinesiology major and Temple Shotokan Karate Club vice president, will compete in Los Angeles this weekend.

Profile for The Temple News

Vol. 96, Iss. 11  

Week of Nov. 7, 2017

Vol. 96, Iss. 11  

Week of Nov. 7, 2017


Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded