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ON-CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY Peabody Residence Hall, the university’s oldest residence hall with 287 beds, will be demolished during winter break.


Leva said. One of the most prominent alterations was the building’s structure being switched from concrete to steel. Building a steel structure is more cost effective, less labor intensive and allows “significant” savings on the project, he added. By changing the structural components of the library, officials had to redesign portions of the structure, causing the delay.

Peabody Residence Hall will be demolished “from the top-down” beginning during winter break, officials said. The building will be demolished over the next three months, and a new building will later be rebuilt on the land facing Broad and Norris streets. When students return to campus after winter break, Peabody will “most likely be down in the ground with a lump of dirt,” said Jerry Leva, the vice president of planning and capital projects. “By the time students come back, the most critical parts and dangerous parts for pedestrians will be down and we’ll just be just cleaning up,” Leva added. Two or three machines will claw at the the building, removing concrete beams from each floor before it’s entirely demolished. Temple is working with the city’s Streets Departments to decide whether street closures will be necessary during demolition. Leva said it’s possible that officials will shut down Norris Street, but it will only be temporary and last a day at most. Peabody Residence Hall, the university’s oldest residence hall, housed its last class of first-year students in the 20162017 academic year. The building had 287 beds and accommodated students for more than 60 years. Students like Alec Strosser, a sopho-



Temple’s new library is being built along Liacouras and Polett walks. After delay, the building is set to be complete in May 2019.

New library construction is delayed again and the library is slated to open in May 2019. BY MADISON SEITCHIK For The Temple News


emple pushed back the completion date of the new $170 million library once again. It will reach “substantial completion”

by May 2019, officials said. Students are not expected to begin using it regularly until Fall 2019, said Jerry Leva, the vice president of planning and capital projects. In January, Leva told The Temple News that he did not see “anything barring” the library’s completion in October 2018. However, the building design and construction methods were changed this year, causing the completion date to be delayed,




Students find neurological care on campus There are 89 students registered with Disability Resources and Services.

BY RACHEL McQUISTON For The Temple News Luke Tomczuk felt like he was different from most kids in his kindergarten class. “I was misbehaving,” he said. “For the first three years of school, I didn’t really adjust well. … I just remember getting in trouble a good amount of times.” Tomczuk, a junior history major, has autism spectrum disorder. He was elected to represent the disability community in Temple Student Government Parliament last fall and works closely with students who have disabilities to hear their concerns on Main Campus. Tomczuk is one of 89 students registered with Temple’s Disability Resources and Services with a neurological disorder. DRS aims to ensure an inclusive and comfortable environment at Temple for students with various disabilities, including deafness, blindness and neurological disabilities. There are staff members at DRS who specialize in working with students with these disabilities. Tomczuk was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was 18 months old. DRS Director Aaron Spector works specifically with stu-


JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore advertising major Piper Burris (left) and junior tourism and hospitality major Veronica Rohach work to complete orders at the Rad Dish Cafe in Ritter Annex on Wednesday.

Rad Dish Cafe adjusts to Aramark The student-run cafe in Ritter Annex used to work with Sodexo to purchase foods, but doesn’t with Aramark. BY EMMA KULICZKOWSKI For The Temple News The Rad Dish Co-op Café is now independent of Temple’s food service provider since the univer-

sity transitioned to Aramark. The student-run cafe in Ritter Annex, known for its vegan and gluten-free options, does not purchase its dry food orders through Aramark like it did with Sodexo. Sodexo would allow Rad Dish to apply its dry foods order to Sodexo’s orders because Sodexo made orders frequently. Orders would sometimes be filled incorrectly because Sodexo’s orders were so large, Rad Dish em-

ployees said. But Aramark did not approach Rad Dish to work with the co-op during its incoming 15year contract with the university. Rad Dish’s general manager and senior criminal justice major Stephanie Hudson said the switch to Aramark is positive for the co-op because now the students are completely in charge of what they order through the new supplier. This solves the issues with or-


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After several members attempted to oust each other, Parliament members will undergo conflict resolution training. Read more on Page 2.

A student with asthma wrote a Letter to the Editor about the difficulty polluted air places on his breathing. Read more on Page 4.

A dance studies Ph.D. student is teaching a course focused on the social and cultural influence of Michael Jackson. Read more on Page 7.

The men’s soccer team’s season ended in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday. Read more on Page 16.




After discord, Parliament plans conflict training Parliament leaders plan to schedule a conflictresolution training before semester’s end. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Parliament is planning conflict-resolution training after several disputes between members of Parliament that occurred earlier this month, members said. Members of Parliament, Temple Student Government’s legislative branch, spent nearly two weeks attempting to impeach one another, The Temple News reported last week. The only method of conflict resolution outlined in the constitution is for settling disputes with the Parliamentarian. With limited options, Parliament members have resorted to impeachment to end conflicts. Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz and Speaker Bridget Warlea are working with the Conflict Education Resource Team, a department that trains student organizations in conflict management and resolution. They will also schedule inclusivity training with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, Warlea said. These training sessions are expected to be scheduled in early December, Kurtz said. “The hope is that it helps smooth over some of the rifts that may be present in the body,” he added. “There may have been some that may have been present before these recent events.” Sarah Kim, a former Parliament representative and a CERT Peer Educator, led a conflict resolution workshop last semester in which representatives talked about team-

work and how to avoid taking disagreements personally, Kurtz said. Warlea has been planning conflict resolution and inclusivity training since she took on the role at the end of September so Parliament members can be more prepared to deal with each other, she added. Kurtz chose not to mediate the most recent conflicts among members because the conflicts involved Shakeel Alibhai, the former College of Science and Technology representative who resigned from his seat earlier this month. Alibhai had also tried to impeach Kurtz, which Kurtz felt mediating would be a conflict of interest. Alibhai filed to impeach Kurtz because he felt he was unfit to be Parliamentarian. Before this, 11 other members filed to impeach Alibhai, citing problems with Alibhai’s proposed resolutions and constitutional amendments, said Luke Tomczuk, the Disability Resources and Services representative. Alibhai then filed to impeach several other members of Parliament. Because Kurtz could not address the various disputes, Auditor General Morrease Leftwich was responsible for addressing the conflict, but did not get involved before Alibhai resigned. “[Leftwich’s involvement] might have happened, but it was becoming very timeconsuming,” Alibhai said. “I didn’t do anything wrong, but I decided to resign because it was simply taking too much time.” Warlea knew about the members’ issues with Alibhai but chose not to take any formal action, she said. “As Speaker, I try to make myself available to everybody in seeking guidance, maybe connecting people with where they need to go, but I did respect Jacob and Morrease and their roles,” she added. “In the mean-

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz defended himself during an impeachment hearing on Nov. 6.

time, I was trying to look deeper into ways of mediating this issue so it doesn’t come up again.” Warlea said she hopes conflict-resolution training and making the purpose of impeachment — which is to remove members who are not fulfilling their duties — more clear will prevent further disagreements between members, she added. Kurtz and Warlea want to be “preemptive” when helping Parliament members

learn how to better interact, Kurtz said. “It probably would have been better if [conflict resolution training] had been done sooner,” he added. “But you live and you learn, so we learned.”

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Fox opens master’s of business program in Conshohocken The part-time pilot program will begin next fall in Conshohocken. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN For The Temple News The Fox School of Business will open a new location in Conshohocken for its part-time master’s program in Fall 2018. The program was created to make earning a master’s degree more accessible for students living in suburban areas outside Philadelphia, as well as to pilot a curriculum combining face-to-face and online learning. About 40 MBA students will be enrolled in the program, which will be partially taught at The Workshop Mercantile, a professional education company in the Philadelphia suburb. The program targets mature students living outside the city, said Darin Kapanjie, the director of the program and a statistical science professor. “We see a demand, and we’re trying to serve it,” Kapanjie said. Students in the part-time program will complete their first year of coursework in person in Conshohocken. Then, students will complete their electives and concentration-specific classes on Fox’s online MBA platform, to later return to Conshohocken for an in-person capstone, according to a university release. The Fox School of Business Dean Moshe Porat said the relocation of the MBA program to Center City in 2014 left a gap for programs in the western Philadelphia suburbs.

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“We can now provide access to our program for professionals who are working at companies and in corporate headquarters that are located in this vicinity,” Porat said. Matt McAuliffe, a full-time MBA student, said he sees this new program as valuable. “A lot of part-time people end up being late to class because they’re stuck in traffic in Center City,” he said. “This would definitely be more convenient for them.” The admissions criteria and faculty are the same as the Fox MBA program at Main and Center City campuses. Fox’s part-time MBA program is ranked No. 1 locally and No. 7 nationally for the best part-time online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. “The new program will be everything the Fox MBA program is, just in a different location,” Kapanjie said. Admissions opened on Oct. 30, and Kapanjie said it’s still too early to gauge popularity of the program. “We feel pretty good about enrollment,” Kapanjie said. “There were a lot of inquiries prior to applications opening.” The cost to open the new space will not be released per Fox’s policy, university spokesperson Chris Vito said. Fox has no plans to open more satellite campuses in the near future, Kapanjie said. “We’re focused on getting this hybrid online and face-to-face thing right first,” he added.

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COLIN PIERCE / THE TEMPLE NEWS The library’s steel base is set to be completed by winter break. The completion date for the new library was pushed back to May 2019.


LIBRARY The steel structure is being completed and is on track to be finished by winter break. “The project is going very well, and we’re extremely happy,” Leva said. “It’s moving rather quickly now. It’s picking up momentum as projects of that nature do.” The new library will have sustainable components, like a green roof and more efficient heating and cooling systems, he added. Other features of the new library are robots that transport books to students on command and more computers and collaborative spaces. “A new library seems pointless, because all the money that we spent on it could be used for other things and could go towards students who need it,” sophomore media studies and production major Ramata Kaba said. “The construction is annoying, and it feels like it’s taking forever. I’m not excited for it because we already have computers and collaborative spaces at the TECH Center. It just seems unnecessary.” Some students are excited for the new

collaborative spaces because many struggle to book breakout rooms in the TECH Center. “The current library is outdated, so I am excited for what the future holds and how it differs from the TECH Center,” sophomore sports and recreation management major Matthew Ochoa said. The plan for the future of Paley Library is still being explored, Leva said. Some of the possibilities include it being repurposed for classroom space. “The library took years of thought, and we consider highly and deeply how [construction] affects [students] physically, mentally and emotionally,” Leva said. “It’s a great fit for the future of the students and staff, who should be proud of it,” he added. “It’s going to enhance and step up the university standards for the entire country, if not internationally.”

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TUPD hopes for accreditation in summer Temple Police has been working to become accredited since 2014. BY FATOUMATA BAH AND KELLY BRENNAN For The Temple News Temple Police hopes to find out if it will become an accredited police force in August 2018 — later than it anticipated. Joe Garcia, the deputy chief of administration of Campus Safety Services, told The Temple News in March that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ decision would be announced this month. But this date was pushed back because Temple Police had to postpone its on-site evaluation, which was scheduled for June. In May, Temple Police conducted its own assessment of the police force before the scheduled CALEA evaluation in June. The police force was not ready for an on-site evaluation by representatives from CALEA and is working to meet all of the organization’s standards, Garcia added. The on-site visit has not been scheduled yet, but Garcia said he hopes to have that done by August 2018 and to find out if TUPD will be accredited shortly after that. “We had everything in,” Garcia said. “But there were a few standards that we need to work on and dig real deep on.” Garcia said the force didn’t have enough “in-depth” information together “on paper” to present about the police force’s work for CALEA at the on-site evaluation, which is why Temple Police de-


PEABODY more art education major, was one of the last students to live in Peabody. “Walking by it, it’s crazy to not see anybody walking in and out and not see people in the window because that was all I’d see last year,” Strosser said. “Now it’s just an empty tomb that’s waiting to be [demolished].” Strosser said he will miss the community created in those halls. The building’s small size allowed a unique college experience for Strosser to make friends and meet other people, he added. “I wish [Temple] would keep Peabody because it has so much character and you can’t just replace

JOCELYN BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Campus Safety Services guards work in Temple Police’s office on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street on Sept. 12. The police force hopes to be accredited by August 2018.

cided to push back the evaluation. “Our department has many things occurring all the time that we handle, but putting that thing on paper is another thing,” he said. “But we have to be able to tell a story put it in report form and realize that it is not about us patting ourselves on the back [but] really show on paper everything that we do and how we score it for multiple years over time.” CALEA is an international credentialing authority. Temple Police has been working toward

that,” Strosser said. “Last year we would always wish and wish that they don’t tear it down soon. Now this is the year that it’s happening. It’s pretty mind boggling to seeing it be prepped.” Peabody was built in 1957 as part of Temple’s transition from a commuter campus to a traditional university. The cost of demolition is still being finalized, but it is cheaper than the “nominal” cost of keeping it standing, Leva added. Originally, the university planned to demolish Peabody during fall break, but winter break was determined to be “the best time” to do so, Leva said. The university is evaluating how to use the space after demolition and hopes to complete this evaluation by Summer 2018 to be-

accreditation since May 2014. CALEA assesses the agency’s policies and procedures through a selfevaluation, an on-site evaluation and a committee review of Temple Police. At the on-site evaluation, representatives from CALEA visit the police force and determine if it meets its standards. Representatives will review its operations, conduct a public information session and report its findings back to the commission. Then, the commission, which

meets three times a year, will determine if a police force will be accredited at a public hearing. If it meets CALEA’s standards, the police force will receive a three-year accreditation status. If Temple Police is accredited, it will have to submit its status report to CALEA each year to maintain accreditation status. “We have to be able to show a clear picture of what we do here and how successful we have been and then the areas were not successful in, what we’re doing to im-

prove upon those areas that need to be improved upon,” Garcia said. The University of Pennsylvania’s police force has been CALEA accredited since 2001 and was the first university police force in the state to do so, according to its website. “CALEA made us better in that we have to be better at telling the story of everything that we do capturing everything that we do,” Garcia said.


gin construction again. “We’re looking at raising a building and optimizing the location of the building on Broad and Norris, and we want to optimize that so we’re looking at the best height to maximize the best use for Temple,” Leva said. Although the new building’s purpose has not been determined, the university is considering a multi-use building, with spaces like classrooms, housing or administrative offices. “[Peabody’s demolition is] a great thing, it’s a great location,” he added. “I know it will be something great that students will love.”

gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick COLIN PIERCE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Peabody Residence Hall, a 60-year-old building on the corner of Broad and Norris streets, will be demolished during winter break.


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Make up for lost housing As Peabody is demolished, the university should acknowledge the lack of on-campus housing. During winter break, Peabody Hall will be demolished — taking away 287 potential student housing beds. It is not decided what will replace the residence hall, the Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects Jerry Leva told The Temple News. We encourage the university to keep the lack of on-campus student housing for its growing student body population in mind when planning future construction. When the university built Peabody in 1957, Temple had 17,842 students, and only half were full-time. There were nearly 33,000 students enrolled on Main Campus in 2015, according to the 2015 Student Profile. Only 5,700 beds are offered through Residential Life on Main Campus. Temple contracts with offcampus complexes, like The Edge and Beech International Village, to accommodate more students. But 40 first-year students were assigned to overflow housing in places like resident assistants’ rooms and J&H common lounges at the beginning of this semester. Even as Temple set records for the most applications four years in a row, incoming students should not have to worry about being displaced because the university does not have the proper accommodations. It is also essential Temple realizes that when the number of residence halls decreases, more students leave Main Campus to find a place to live. About 7,000 students already live in the surrounding North Philadelphia area, and it’s possible there’s more than that, Sean Killion, an associate director in the Office of Residential Life, told The Temple News in April 2017. This push further intrudes on a neighborhood established long before Temple. The influx of students living in the neighborhood has led to a shift in demographics and property values in the neighborhood. According to “Philadelphia’s

Changing Neighborhoods,” a 2016 report by Pew Charitable Trusts, three census tracts that Main Campus makes up were predominantly Black in 2000, but not in 2014. The report also states that median sale price of residences west of Main Campus rose from $11,250 in 2000-01 to $140,000 in 2013-14 due to the development of off-campus student housing, which pushes longtime residents out of their homes because of rising property values. Students’ increased presence in the neighborhood has also caused residents and neighborhood groups like the Yorktown Community Organization to complain about noise, trash and fewer available parking spaces. The university must take the size of its student body and burgeoning presence in the surrounding community into account during the planning of future projects. Although the university can’t control students who choose to live in off-campus residences, it can make conscious choices regarding future construction to hopefully prevent the amount of students who are forced to live in the surrounding North Philadelphia area. This is especially urgent since the building replacing Peabody may not be entirely dedicated to housing for students, Leva told The Temple News. Its purpose is not yet determined, but officials are discussing the possibility of constructing a multi-use space that would host classroom space, administrative offices and some student housing. With such a pervasive need for on-campus housing, a multi-use space may not cut it. An increase in interested students is positive for Temple, and we don’t discourage further outreach to incoming students to expose them to what the university offers. We just hope when they come here, Temple has a place to put them.

CORRECTIONS A story that ran on Page 7 on Oct. 31 with the headline “50 years of preserving the city’s history” misquoted Ken Finkel. He said, “It’s like pulling something back from the edge of oblivion.” The story also misstated how the Inquirer photos were brought to the Urban Archives. Finkel’s former boss reached out to the owner of a storage company to hold onto the photos. Urban Archives acquired the photos two years later. 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 editor@ temple-news.com or 215-204-6737.


Temple: accept more credits The university should revise the transfer credit system so more students can graduate on time.


ast year, I transferred to Temple from the University of Hartford. Even though it was my third year of college, I was considered a sophomore here because some of my credits didn’t carry over. I had followed a business track at my previous university with the same MYRA MIRZA prerequisites as Fox, but I was still required to take basic freshman business courses at Temple. It was a waste of time to take the same courses over again because the university wouldn’t accept my previous credits. According to the Undergraduate Admissions website, almost half of incoming students at Temple are transfer students. In Fall 2016, out of about 7,700 incoming students, 2,500 transferred from other colleges and universities. With such a significant number of students enduring the transfer process each year, the university should make it run more smoothly. But more often than not, transfer students are unable to graduate on time, like me, because not all of the classes they took elsewhere count. I think the university should take a closer look at its transfer process, so that the countless hours students spent in class at other universities don’t go to complete waste. Since some courses that should apply to a student’s major are instead counted as electives, transfer students end up with many extra elective credits that

do not fill requirements necessary for graduation. “I took a math class as a prerequisite for some of my community college classes,” said Zachary Heisey, a junior economics major and transfer student. “That didn’t really turn into anything useable at Temple.” “All of the courses I took at community college were accepted by Temple, but not all of them contributed to my program at Fox,” Heisey added. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does the initial evaluation of transfer credits, then the student’s specific school or college at Temple makes the final decision of which transfer credits are applicable to the student’s degree. This is where major-specific credits become closely considered. Most of my business courses did not count toward Fox’s requirements, even though I felt the material I studied was the same. Students have the option to appeal for transfer credit evaluations if they feel they should get credit for equivalent courses at Temple. In this case, faculty reconsider those courses and decide whether they can be applied to the student’s major. “We have to make important decisions about whether courses meet criteria that courses here do,” said Karin Mormando, the director of Undergraduate Admissions. “We’re creating an academic record for the student. We want to make sure that we’re giving the appropriate credit.” It is understandable that the curriculum for a major cannot be tailored for transfer purposes. But if transfer students’ courses carry over in a more straightforward way, more students can earn their degrees on time. For now, Mormando said Fly in 4 is an efficient catalyst for on-time graduation. Fly in 4 is an agreement between new students and the university to assure graduation in four years, or the

university will cover the cost for remaining courses, as long as students meet requirements like visiting advising once per semester. Transfer students can be eligible for Fly in 4 depending on the credits they’ve already earned. “Since the program began in 2014, we’ve had 15 transfer students who have graduated under Fly in 4,” Mormando said. “So even though our first freshman cohort will graduate in May 2018, we’ve already had 15 transfer students graduate. That’s certainly a positive development.” Transfer cases are unique, since every student comes in with a different academic background. So it is difficult to create a general program that would apply to all transfer students, like the Fly in 4 does specifically to freshman. But Temple should look into expanding its online Transfer Equivalency Tool so students know for sure which of their courses will transfer over before they enroll at Temple. Temple should also consider offering placement tests to incoming transfer students in case they’re already proficient in some material taught in their major classes. Transferring is a stressful process, and having to worry about retaking courses and staying for extra semesters adds even more frustration. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the schools and colleges that make decisions on transfer evaluations should keep in mind that students may already be proficient in certain subject areas. Because Temple’s transfer student base is so large, it makes sense for the university to make the process of transferring credits more efficient. This will reduce the risk of later graduation for students who may not have gotten to start out as an Owl.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student with asthma writes about the importance of clean air and E.P.A. funding. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 1 million adults and 3,000 children have asthma. I am one of those people. In the city of Philadelphia, living with asthma is quite difficult. According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Philadelphia — along with other regions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland — is 11th on the list of most polluted areas across the country for year-round particle pollution. But I don’t need a study to tell me I’m breathing unclean air — my lingering cough and recent bout of bronchitis tell me enough. And this study and others like it paint a terrifying picture. As someone who has had to deal with the symptoms of asthma for my entire life, air quality is incredibly important to me. As a student here at Temple, I’m constantly looking for ways out of the city just for a breath of fresh air. But that’s not always easy. Whether it be smoke, dust or pollution, the air we breathe is contaminated. My inhaler is by my side without fail any time I venture out into the city, be-

cause I know all too well what could happen if I were to leave it at home; my airways start to constrict, forcing me to take deeper breaths. It only gets worse with every additional breath. I struggle harder and harder until it becomes physically tiring to get enough air in and out of my lungs. And eventually, it no longer matters how deeply I breathe; no air gets to my lungs. Without my inhaler, a simple stroll down Broad Street can turn into a nightmare. While I’ve been lucky enough to have avoided that scary situation for quite a while, I know the risk is always there. In such a beautiful city, it can be easy to ignore the ugliness of poor air quality. Asthma is not just dangerous. It can also be extremely expensive. Even if you don’t suffer from asthma like me, you’re still paying for it. The price tag for asthma in the Pennsylvania economy exceeds roughly $2.3 billion, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. This is why I joined the Defend Our Future Pennsylvania team, a group of volunteers who

work to engage our peers in dialogue about the importance of the environment and our health. It allows me to do my part to fight climate change. Raising awareness on campus is a great start, but we need action. Recently, we’ve been fighting to oppose proposed federal budget cuts of historic proportion to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald Trump’s administration is set to cut the E.P.A.’s current budget by 30 percent, slashing funding for all sorts of important programs, like those that help states monitor air quality. These cuts will undoubtedly have disastrous effects on our air quality and environment. Everyone has the capability to help out. One thing we can all do is call our senators and representatives to tell them that we cannot and will not stand for these cuts. Asthma is my reason to make a change. What’s yours?

Justin Brown is a sophomore global studies major. He can be reached at justin.brown@temple. edu.

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Trump’s Twitter is a threat President Donald Trump’s tweets are considered official statements, so he shouldn’t block people from seeing them.


ne of my favorite things to do is talk about is politics. Twitter offers me and millions of users a valuable platform to do so. Talking about politics inevitably invites comments from people with opposing opinions. And I enjoy hearing other people’s stances. But there are many people who don’t enjoy the voices of critics. President Donald Trump is one of those people. Trump has gone so far as to block users who react negatively to his tweets or post content he disMONICA MELLON agrees with. These LEAD COLUMNIST people include activist group leaders, celebrities and even journalists. While this may make the Twitter experience more enjoyable for Trump, it threatens the rights upheld by the First Amendment and our democracy as a whole. The ability Trump has to block his critics on Twitter puts our right to free speech and a free press at a huge risk, which is unconstitutional and concerning. In June, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump considers his tweets to be official White House statements. Since then, Trump has used Twitter to announce policy ideas and call for action in the private sector. In July, Trump tweeted about banning transgender people from serving in the military. And in

September, he called for the firing of NFL players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. “If Sean Spicer said that...we have to take that for face value, that his [tweets] are official statements of the president,” said Bruce Hardy, a communication and social influence professor. “Do I think the president should use more official channels? Of course I do.” If these tweets are supposed to be taken as legitimate policy announcements — as members of this administration said they should be — it’s unlawful to restrict such information from certain citizens. According to a Newsweek report, scholars from Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection helped file a lawsuit claiming that Trump’s blocking on Twitter violates the First Amendment. “Well-established legal precedent makes clear that viewpoint discrimination — such as blocking critics while allowing supporters to express their views — violates the First Amendment,” the legal brief reads. The Georgetown Law legal brief also speculated that Trump’s need for a sense of constant admiration may lead other government officials to crave the same — thus blocking out their critics, too. Having a president who so proudly speaks his mind, and in turn hopes to silence his critics, goes against citizens’ right to free speech. “We see norms being violated we didn’t even know existed,” said Michael Hagen, a political science professor. “It’s increasing the gulf between his supporters and those who don’t support him.” And this divide will grow if Trump continues to block Twitter users who criticize him.

“It would be a really unfortunate turn of events if the president stopped hearing critics and an unfortunate turn of events if critics stopped hearing from him,” Hagen said. The media is expected to act as the Fourth Estate of America’s checks-and-balances system to specifically ensure our democratic system stays intact. If Trump refuses to hear from his critics in the media, our democracy is put at risk. While Trump describes his constant Twitter use as “modern-day presidential,” his overuse of the platform raises issues of giving social media too much power in our government. “I think the larger problem is using Twitter as the official mode of communication between people and constituents and candidates,” Hardy said. “We need the mainstream media for checks and balances.” Hardy said most of the president’s tweets have been attacks on the mainstream media publications that are known for their quickness to correct and critique Trump. Blocking reporters from seeing Trump’s tweets poses a danger to our system of checks and balances. Trump is currently facing a lawsuit regarding his constant Twitter blocking. The growth of Trump’s presence on Twitter has turned his personal account into a public government platform, while taking down politicians and media sites in his way. Ultimately, Trump’s abuse of power to block his faultfinders on Twitter is unconstitutional. All citizens, regardless of their view of the president, should have access to the information he releases.

September 15, 1957: Peabody Hall was constructed on Broad and Norris streets. It was originally built as women’s student housing unit with 240 beds. This week, The Temple News reported that Peabody Hall is will be demolished over winter break. It is the university’s oldest residence hall, and it housed its last class of first-year students during the 2016-2017 academic year.


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Allowing myself to struggle A student shares her journey with an eating disorder and her hope for the future.


or as long as I can remember, I’ve been scared of doing the wrong thing. If I did something wrong, even the smallest thing like talking in line in elementary school, I would beat myself up about it. I’d be upset for the rest of the day. I found myself feeling a similar way last semester, when I was experiencing a relapse of my eating disorder. Symptoms of my eating disorder started when I was 13 years

old. At that time, I was binging and purging three to four times a day — sometimes even up to five or six times. I received eating disorder treatment for the first time when I was 17 years old. During Summer 2015, when I was 20 years old, I was admitted into residential treatment at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia for the first time. I was diagnosed with OSFED — Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder. My symptoms at the time were purging anything I ate and restricting my food intake. H a v i n g O S F E D basically means that I had an eating disorder, but it didn’t fit the anorexia or bulimia categories completely because my symptoms would change. B e i n g diagnosed with OSFED made me feel like I didn’t have an eating disorder at all. I felt

BY VALERIE McINTYRE like I wasn’t sick enough for it to really matter. So I took advantage of that. I thought that since I wasn’t sick enough, it wasn’t a problem at all. I learned later on this wasn’t the case. I did have a problem: a disorder just as dangerous as anorexia or bulimia. I didn’t know what to expect during my first admission into residential. I was admitted into residential treatment the first time after I took too many trips to the emergency room for getting dizzy and being dehydrated. I cried my first week there, but the support I received from the staff and fellow patients helped me along the way. I didn’t relapse during my stay. We would spend hours before dinner just laughing, having heartto-heart conversations and playing Scattergories. After 30 days, I was discharged — and I promised myself I wouldn’t be back. But that was a mistake. During my first attempt at recovery, I made sure I didn’t relapse. I didn’t purge or restrict, because I set strict rules for myself. But soon I broke my own rules, which led me to punish myself with self-harming in the form of cutting

or not allowing myself to eat. For a bit, I did feel better about using my symptoms because I thought they helped me stay focused. I thought they kept me in a straight line. I realize now that I missed the point of real recovery. It is supposed to happen slowly but surely. After my first semester at Temple in Fall 2016, I was in the midst of a full relapse. I was restricting, purging, having episodes of binge eating and using laxatives. All these actions followed me into my second semester. Dealing with OSFED — along with the stresses of my parttime job, schoolwork and looking for an internship — caused me to become depressed. I was having suicidal thoughts out of the blue. I felt unworthy, useless, hopeless and not good enough. I didn’t think I was doing the things I was supposed to be doing, like getting an internship or achieving a high GPA. To cope with all this stress and my depression, I turned back to my eating disorder. The numbness and emptiness I experienced from OSFED were only temporary, but it let me avoid feeling emotions like sadness and anger. I was actually glad the eating disorder was back in my life, keeping me in line.

At the end of the semester, I was admitted to the Renfrew Center for the second time — this time was harder than the last. It consisted of more crying and more panic attacks. But more importantly, during this stay, I finally learned that recovery is not an easy path. I had to let myself make mistakes so I could keep moving. Now I’m a senior media studies and production major, and things still haven’t been easy. I didn’t get an internship for next spring like I had wanted, but I am trying to remain hopeful. I’ve relapsed a few times, but I’m glad I did because I’m letting myself struggle. Treatment taught me I get to start over anew every day. I also learned recovery isn’t easy, but it’s not meant to be easy. My hope is to recover but also realize that my eating disorder will not help me achieve what I want to do in my future. One day, I hope to work as a camera person and editor for TV news, a multimedia storyteller or a music photographer. I can’t achieve those things if I’m sick. So I’ll just take it day by day. That is easier said than done, but I know it’s possible.







Hundreds attended #Justice4Meek protest outside Center City courthouse After Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced rapper Meek Mill to two to four years of prison for violating a probation order earlier this month, hundreds protested his sentence outside the Center City courthouse on Monday, the Inquirer reported. The musician violated his probation from a 2008 case involving drugs and firearms. Mill will serve the sentence in a state prison and will be eligible for parole after two years, PennLive reported. Brian McMonagle, who previously represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial in June, represented Mill and declined to comment on Brinkley’s decision. Mill violated his probation for the fourth time in 2016 after Brinkley had ordered Mill to house arrest. - Kelly Brennan


Endowed chair in Lewis Katz School of Medicine receives award for heart research Dr. Walter Koch, the William Wikoff Smith endowed chair in cardiovascular medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, won the American Heart Association’s “Basic Research Prize” for his cardiovascular research, according to a release. “I am humbled and honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Basic Research Prize from the American Heart Association,” Dr. Koch said in the release. “Any success of mine is primarily due to the outstanding mentorship that I have received over the years.” Koch joined the school in 2012 and has led various multi-million dollar cardiovascular studies funded by the National Institute of Health during his career. He earned his doctorate in pharmacology and biophysics at the University of Cincinnati in 1990. He held a fellowship at Duke University and led the Center for Translational Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University prior to coming to Temple.

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JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore advertising major Piper Burris pours out ingredients at the Rad Dish Co-Op Cafe in Ritter Annex on Wednesday.


RAD DISH dering through Sodexo like occasional mistakes and inconsistencies with orders, she added. Members are unsure if the cost has risen for purchases since the cafe began to order its own food. “The switch to Aramark has really had no impact on Rad Dish, other than having to switch to a new food supplier,” she added. Rad Dish formerly purchased its locally sourced dry food, like rice, quinoa, chips and teas, through Sodexo from United Natural Foods Incorporated. Since Aramark hasn’t aided transactions between Rad Dish and UNFI, it now gets its UNFI order through the UNFI’s delivery service Honest Green. Aramark and Rad Dish do not work together at all, Hudson said. In an interview with The Temple News in October, Aramark’s resident district manager Endri Baduni said the food service provider brought its sustainability platform, Green Thread, to the university. This platform focuses on waste reduction and locally sourced foods, Baduni added. Aramark declined to comment on if it works with Rad Dish and referred The Temple News to the Office of Sustainability. Officials from the Office of Sustainability said Aramark was willing to work with Rad Dish, but ordering its dry goods through the Honest Green supplier is more efficient for the co-op. “We have more transparency in pricing and more regularity in when the order is placed,” said Veronica Rohach, the Office of Sustainability’s Rad Dish liaison and coordinator. High Point Cafe, a local

Philadelphia coffee shop that makes a variety of gluten-free baked goods, has recently become the co-op’s baked goods supplier. Hudson said more students are coming to Rad Dish for the gluten-free options. To become more accessible to students, Rad Dish is also fundraising through OwlCrowd, Temple’s crowdsourcing website, to purchase a machine that can take Diamond Dollars. This machine costs $900 and the cafe has raised more than $500 so far, according to the crowdsourcing site. Rad Dish hopes to allow students to use meal swipes in the future, too, Hudson said. “To get put into the meal swipe system would be an even bigger hurdle,” she added. Rad Dish’s menu ranges from coffee and tea to sandwiches and pastries. Rad Dish has been open for nearly three years. Happy Hippy, another oncampus natural food restaurant, was in the Student Center’s food court but closed when the university switched to Aramark. Rad Dish is the only studentrun organic food location on Main Campus, and there are few other restaurant options for sustainable foods nearby. Hudson said students aware of the Rad Dish are supportive of Temple having a sustainable, student-run restaurant. “We are getting an uptick in students coming to Rad Dish mainly due to the options of eating we have,” Hudson said. “People are starting to know about it and starting to spread the word.”


JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior tourism and hospitality major and Rad Dish liaison for the Office of Sustainability Veronica Rohach prepares food at the cafe in Ritter Annex on Wednesday.

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SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Margarita Logvinov, a 2012 art education alumna, teaches painting on paper with her fifth-grade students at Andrew J. Morrison Elementary School in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia.

A 2012 art education alumna has been creating art since she moved here from Ukraine at age 12. BY JANE YANG For The Temple News


hen Margarita Logvinov moved from Ukraine to Philadelphia at age 12, she would sketch during most of her

classes because she didn’t understand English. She drew things she missed from Ukraine, like horses and waterfalls, and what she observed in her new classrooms. While she did not take an art class, her school art teacher pulled her from her study halls and let her work with paints. Logvinov’s first two paintings were made during those study halls. “It was definitely such a boost of inspiration, and just gave me energy because I saw that kids liked it and you know, people recognize what I valued,” she said. “At that moment, I kind of decided that I would want to

do that for other kids.” Logvinov, a 2012 art education alumna, uses her experiences as an artist and immigrant to help her students feel comfortable making art at the Andrew J. Morrison Elementary School in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. At the Andrew J. Morrison Elementary School, there is a large immigrant population. Logvinov said there are a lot of students who are Cambodian, Japanese or Chinese, or who speak Spanish, Haitian or French. Some of these students are still in the process of learning English, Logvinov said. While they might not be able to express ev-


erything through words, they are always encouraged to draw and express themselves that way. Angie and Suleidy, fifth graders at the elementary school, use art to express the beauty in their new culture. “You’re in a colorful world,” said Angie, who immigrated to the United States from Ecuador at age 7. Suleidy moved to the U.S. at age 9 from the Dominican Republic. She and Angie now take art class together. During Logvinov’s time growing accustomed to American life, art was her escape.



Sharing insight on global public health A third-year Ph.D. student researches social media’s effects on behavioral health. BY KATIE BOURQUE For The Temple News

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Elizabeth Bergman (left) shows her class the military drill choreography for Michael Jackson’s song “They Don’t Care About Us” on Thursday. Bergman teaches a class called Michael Jackson: Entertainer, Artist, Celebrity.

Class follows ‘King of Pop’ A dance Ph.D. student is teaching a course about the influence of Michael Jackson. BY HADIYAH WEAVER For The Temple News

Elizabeth Bergman grew up watching Michael Jackson evolve as a musician and dancer on channels like VH1 and MTV. One of her favorite songs by Jackson has always been “Stranger in Moscow,” because she thinks it’s one of his “most

moving vocal performances.” For dancing, Bergman prefers “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” which she calls his “most joyful song.” “I like his music, I love his dancing and I also am quite compelled by his sort of tragic career trajectory,” Bergman said. Bergman, a third-year dance studies Ph.D. student, has been studying Jackson and his dance moves for seven years. Now, she teaches the class, Michael Jackson: Entertainer, Artist, Celebrity, which was first offered within the Boyer College of Music and Dance in Spring 2017.

The class allows students to observe Jackson’s music and dance career through the lens of race, gender and sexuality. “The cultural context in which he grew up was right after the civil rights era, so we highlight the fact that he was in Motown Records and achieved this sort of crossover success,” Bergman said. The class also discusses Jackson’s creative contributions to popular culture. Students learn snippets of Jackson’s choreography for songs like “They Don’t Care About Us” and ‘Thriller,’


Mohammed Alhajji was in Tampa, Florida, thousands of miles away from his home country of Saudi Arabia, when building political unrest finally erupted. In December 2010, a revolutionary wave of protest broke out in Tunisia and quickly spread through the Middle East, resulting in the ousting of four countries’ rulers. The movement, known as the Arab Spring, called for government reform and more democratic freedom. The Arab Spring was also characterized by social media’s significant role in facilitating the protests. As Alhajji watched activists use Twitter to organize protests and spread information, he said he realized the power of social media. “Social media was doing a lot better than traditional media,” Alhajji said. “The moment it happened, we know it has happened.” Alhajji, a third-year social and behavioral sciences Ph.D. student, has more than 200,000 followers

on Twitter, where he shares articles about public health issues and writes in Arabic about his research on the role of social media in behavioral and social health. He also has about 90,000 regular viewers of his Snapchat stories, in which he discusses similar topics. Though Alhajji originally gained recognition from a nowdeleted viral video he posted in 2011 asking Americans what they knew about Saudi Arabia. He was quickly branded as a public health expert in Saudi Arabia. He has made multiple media appearances to discuss public health issues in the Middle East. In October, he appeared on Kalam Nawaim, a talk show hosted in Beirut and broadcasted across the Middle East, to speak about his research on the effects of social media and cyberbullying. One subject of Alhajji’s research is the phenomenon of FOMO — an acronym for “fear of missing out.” It describes experiencing anxiety, often brought on by social media posts, about missing out on experiences. “It’s funny, I study this stuff but I’ve fallen victim to it,” Alhajji said. Alhajji attributes his success to the novelty of studying social sciences in Saudi Arabia. While he said Saudi universities have begun






A 2009 master’s of directing alumna’s play, “Anna” was nominated for several Barrymore Awards.

In some colleges at Temple, STEM coursework presents gender inequality in student enrollment.

The annual Rocky Balboa Run was held near the Philadelphia Museum of Art last Saturday.

A 2010 journalism alumnus founded an organization to teach youth in Philadelphia about financial literacy.




Portraying the ‘female gaze’ in 19th-century play Brenna Geffers’ play, “Anna,” is an adaptation of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” BY MARY RAGLAND For The Temple News Brenna Geffers doesn’t consider herself an expert on Russian literature. But for one of her most recent theater productions, “Anna,” Geffers, a 2009 master’s of directing alumna, adapted all 864 pages of the tragic novel “Anna Karenina” by 19th-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy. The play, which ran at EgoPo Classic Theater on Vine Street near 12th last spring, uses eight characters to tell Tolstoy’s famously intricate plot, which is based in the title character’s fight for gender equality. Geffer’s adaptation was nominated for four Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre this past August, including Out-

standing Direction of a Play, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Outstanding New Play/ Musical and Outstanding Choreography/ Movement. The winners were announced Oct. 30. Although the play didn’t win in any categories, it was received enthusiastically by audiences. “On opening night the crowd leapt to their feet in applause,” said K. O’Rourke, a second-year master’s of acting student and the choreographer for “Anna.” Theatre Philadelphia, an organization that connects Philadelphia’s growing theater community, presents the Barrymore Awards. These are prestigious, nationally recognized awards for exceptional theater in the Philadelphia region. In “Anna Karenina,” the title character strays away from traditional societal expectations by abandoning her family and her domestic sphere for an affair with another man. She experiences the consequences of her actions, including disapproval from her family and friends, the eventual failure of

COURTESY / BRENNA GEFFERS Colleen Corcoran (left), Carlo Campbell (center) and Andrew Carroll perform a scene during a production of “Anna.” The play was written and directed by Brenna Geffers and was nominated for four Barrymore Awards.


RESOURCES dents who have neurological disabilities to improve their communication skills through counseling, provide employment opportunities and offer academic help, like extended testing time and notetaking assistance. Spector often meets with DRSregistered students who have neurological disabilities to talk about opportunities or challenges they’re facing. Spector’s favorite recent memory is seeing Tomczuk get involved with TSG. He said he’s been meeting regularly with Tomczuk to discuss how he can best represent the interests of students with disabilities. Spector admires the work Tomczuk has done with the Student Accessibility Task Force, a project by TSG designed to survey university buildings and grounds to identify access barriers, as well as within his Parliament seat as a whole. “He’s taken advantage of every opportunity that’s been presented, and it’s exciting to see him grow into a leadership role,” Spector said. DRS provides registered students with job opportunities at the Student Center and Campus Recreation. Employment at the Student Center includes jobs at The Reel, in the game room, at the information desk and building manager positions. Kaitlyn Howarth, the operations manager of the Student Center, partners with DRS to create job opportunities for students with


neurological disabilities. Howarth notifies the DRS team whenever there is a job opening at the Student Center. “The level of unemployment or underemployment for individuals with autism is extremely high,” Howarth wrote in an email. “Providing employment for these students will help them build their resume, gain transferable skills and will make them marketable in the competitive job market.” Tomczuk, who works at the information desk in the Student Center, got his job through DRS. Nicole Hait, a junior economics major, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome before her freshman year of high school. Asperger’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that falls on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. She currently works in the box office of the Liacouras Center. At first, Hait felt ashamed and confused by her diagnosis — she didn’t fully know what Asperger’s was. Upon learning it was a form of autism, Hait immediately felt as though she was at a disadvantage from others her age. “It definitely felt like a pushback,” Hait said. “That kind of definitely made me feel bad about myself when I was younger.” After reading more about her disorder, Hait became more comfortable with her diagnosis. “It wasn’t until probably the end of my junior year or beginning of my senior year when I fully started to accept that, ‘You know what, this is a part of me, might as well embrace it,’” Hait said. For students registered with

the affair and the torment these things cause her. The show ends with Karenina jumping in front of a moving train, causing her death by suicide. Geffers’ inspiration for adapting the play began last season with EgoPo Artistic Director Lane Savadove’s desire to create a season of shows based on the work of Russian writers, primarily Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. “I wanted to do the play so that [EgoPo] would have a play with a central female character, rather than just all male heroes,” Geffers said. “There are many pieces that are revered as these great classics that, as a woman, I can’t find myself in.” For Geffers, it is always very important to have a strong purpose for creating a show. She said this often means having her principles reflected in the work. Geffers recognized the inequality of Anna’s struggle in the novel as other male characters’ actions in the story weren’t restricted. Their characters were even permitted to have affairs with little consequence. “It’s about a woman striving for humanity,” Geffers said. “I had no intentions on working with this book. It just suddenly became the right choice to do right now.” Geffers began to work on her adaptation during the 2016 presidential election. The theme of inequality between men and women became particularly relevant to her and the play as the campaign unfolded. “I just felt so tired,” she said. “I was so tired of stories of women striving and failing.” For this reason, Geffers decided to take her own liberties with the story, following the general plot line, but setting the show in a different time period. Geffers adapted Tolstoy’s novel into a play about a group of “pseudo-intellectual” activists in the late 1960s putting on a production of “Anna Karenina.” “It’s very rare to find directors like Brenna, who are very sensitive to the original text, but are also very bold in their directorial approach at the same time,” Savadove said. Geffers altered the time period so the story could be more recognizable for younger audiences. She wanted to highlight the

change happening with women’s rights in late 19th-century Russia in the original novel. She found this to resonate with dialogue happening today about women’s rights after the 2016 presidential election. “She’s not afraid to bend a story to her own sense of morality or her own sense of politics,” said Thom Weaver, light designer for “Anna.” “She’s not interested in inevitabilities in storytelling, especially when those inevitabilities are crafted by patriarchal society.” Geffers tries to cultivate work with a “female gaze,” as opposed to a “male gaze,” a term developed by feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey to describe the historical tendency in art to depict life and women from a heterosexual male point of view. The female gaze refers to the differing perspective that a female filmmaker brings on set compared to a male view of the subject. “There’s a group of actors I tend to work with a lot, and we talk a lot about how to cultivate the female gaze, and what that means, physically, sexually, spiritually,” Geffers said. Geffers also radically changed the ending of the play. In her adaptation, Anna decides against taking her own life and watches the train fly past her. In the end, Anna is tired of telling stories about women seeking and ultimately failing to achieve equality. But she recognizes that if she stops there, then the potential for achieving gender equality would stop too. “The show ends with this line: ‘We’ll have to try again,’” Geffers said. For Geffers, this line became a theme for not only the show, but for work that needs to be done regarding the struggle for equality today. “This idea became a central image for me in why I wanted to tell the story and an essential theme of the show,” Geffers said. “It can be difficult to try to look at the world through a different gaze, through a different set of eyes. It’s tricky, but I think it’s worth it.”

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SHEFA AHSAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Samantha Kerr (left) works with Michael Hanowitz, the creator and facilitator of Social Xchanges, a social group for students on the autism spectrum.

DRS, Spector often recommends several on-campus facilities and groups for further support and encouragement, like Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Center for Learning and Student Success, which offers support like tutoring and social groups. Social Xchanges is a social group for students who fall on the autism spectrum, and is facilitated by Michael Hanowitz, who used to work at Tuttleman. “Number one [goal] is to have fun,” Hanowitz said. “So I really do try to help them to make it as enjoyable as possible. I think the

second most important thing is for them to connect to each other because they tend to be very lonely.” Social Xchanges’ weekly meetings focus on the members’ social challenges and brainstorming productive ways to deal with these issues. The group also participates in weekly activities, like museums visits, movie theater trips, rockclimbing and mini-golf. Spector said there are always improvements that can be made on campus for students with neurological disabilities. Spector said that creating environments with lower stimulation

on Main Campus would be more inviting to students with neurological disabilities. Hait thinks the assistance at DRS should be advertised more among students. “[DRS should be] just reaching out more to kids that are maybe afraid to go to DRS...[and] showing these people that it’s not a bad thing to ask for help,” Hait said. “[At first] I was afraid, but then when I reached out, it definitely made me feel better.” rachel.mcquiston@temple.edu

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Tech industry diversity is ‘troubling’ In Philadelphia and at Temple, women are underrepresented in some STEM fields. BY CACIE ROSARIO For The Temple News In the late 1990s, Eloise Young worked in the information technology department at the Philadelphia Gas Works office. On some Saturday nights, Young would bring her children into work, letting them play with crayons and glitter in her office cubicle as she worked. This arrangement, Young said, was necessary for her to spend time with her children. “IT requires a lot of long hard hours, especially with a family,” said Young, now the senior vice president of strategic planning and information services at PGW. On Nov. 2, Young, who intermittently studied at Temple in the 1970s and ’80s before graduating from University of Phoenix in 2003, spoke at HUE Tech Talk, a professional event for women of color working in technology fields at the WeWork co-working space on Market Street near 16th. She spoke about the lack of diversity and support for women in the tech industry. According to a United States Department of Commerce report, “Women in STEM: 2017 Update,” published Monday, women make up about 24 percent of the national STEM workforce, with more women working in the physical and life sciences than in engineering or computer science and math. In Philadelphia, the percentage of women working in tech is shrinking. In 2015, Philadelphia was ranked first for gender diversity in the tech industry, ac-

cording to a 2015 study by CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. The next year, Philadelphia dropped to 10th. While women made up about 31 percent of the tech workforce in 2015, that percentage dropped to about 28 percent the following year, according to the 2017 State of Women and Girls of Philadelphia report by the Philadelphia Commission for Women. “The lack of diversity in this industry is troubling,” Young said at the event. At Temple, the student body reflects this larger inequality. Last year at Temple, female students made up about 20 percent of the College of Engineering’s total enrollment. In the College of Science and Technology, female students comprised about 46 percent of all students in 2016. Kat Osadchuk, a junior math and computer science major, loves math and the possibilities it brings as a field of study. “Math is abstract, interesting and creative,” Osadchuk said. “It’s so interesting to be creating something out of nothing, something that could change the world.” Even though she is excited about her potential career, Osadchuk said she isn’t as confident in herself as she would like. Typically, Osadchuk is one of five women in a classroom of 30 students, she said. For her, this disparity can incite feelings of “imposter syndrome,” a fear that she doesn’t belong in an academic setting even though her performance is equal to or better than many of her male counterparts, she said. Outside of the classroom, she said these feelings extended into her internship at a small tech company where she was the only woman.

CACIE ROSARIO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Entrepreneurs (left to right) Liz Brown, Rakia Finely and Darla Wolfe spoke at the HUE: Tech Talk for Women of Color, an event on Nov. 2 focused on opportunities in tech for women and people of color.


“It was a little discouraging,” Osadchuk said. “I felt like if there are so few women, perhaps it’s hard to make it in this field.” But Claudia Pine-Simon, a computer and information sciences instructor, said current inequalities in technology fields have not always been so severe. “In the ’80s, many women were programmers,” Pine-Simon said. “As time passed, personal computers were marketed more toward boys.” According to the 2017 National Science Foundation report “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” women earned about 29 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in computer sciences in 1995. In 2014, they earned only 18 percent. “That glass ceiling still exists,” PineSimon said. “Women frequently have to work harder than their male counterparts.” In addition to opportunities for current students, Jamie Bracey, the director of STEM education, outreach and research at the College of Engineering, manages efforts to promote STEM education outside the university. She coordinates the Pennsylvania branch of the Math Engineering Science Achievement program, a national STEM education program, which is housed at Temple. MESA — which serves nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania K-12 students each year — provides resources for afterschool engineering and technology clubs and hosts competitions and educational camps. “Programs like this can help kids, especially kids of color, make decisions about what they want to do earlier on,” said Bracey, a 2011 educational psychology Ph.D. alumna. Bracey also spoke as a panelist at the HUE Tech Talk about her experiences as a woman of color working in tech. She said she believes diversity in race, gender and university majors contribute to a tech organization’s success. “Diversity is important because it is how you make sure multiple perspectives are included,” Bracey said. “Temple can bring this to the table.” Despite the lack of diversity within her classes, Osadchuk said she has never felt discouraged from studying computer science or been treated differently by her professors. To bring about greater gender parity, she said shifts in thinking need to occur beyond Temple. “I’m not sure if there’s much Temple can do,” Osadchuk said. ”It’s more of a systematic change. We have to deal with how we [as a society] view women, and how we view STEM careers.”

cacie.rosario@temple.edu Emily Scott contributed reporting.

VOICES What are you going to do over Fall Break?

AAMINAH SHABAZZ 2015 alumna Marketing

We’re just gonna be finishing [work] up before the holidays. But then over the break, I’m gonna go to my mom’s house. She lives in North Jersey. She’s not cooking this year. She officially told me, she was like, ‘I’m done with that so you can either go to a friend’s or just come here and we’ll go to the movies.’

SHANE MAZIARZ Junior History

My girlfriend is studying abroad [in London] so I’m going to see her for the week. … Her mom bought me a plane ticket to go see her. … We’ll probably travel around. In England, [some of] the museums are free to enter so we’ll go to some museums, maybe catch a train. I kind of want to go to France too while I’m there.


Freshman Undeclared, Tyler School of Art I’m gonna be seeing my family a lot and I’m really excited to go home, meet my dog. … Me and my friends are planning on coming together as a group and getting food together. It won’t be like anything too extravagant, but we’re gonna have a mini-Thanksgiving. It’s a bit of a tradition.





Runners brave cold weather for Rocky Run at the Art Museum Philadelphia’s annual Rocky Balboa Run started at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday morning. Runners, fans of the cult film series and Philly neighbors braved the cold weather to compete in either a 5K or 10-mile run. This year’s sold-out Rocky Balboa Run included challenges, like a Rocky Balboa costume contest and an “Italian Stallion Challenge,” which allows runners to complete both the 5K and 10 mile run portions of the race for a total of 13.1 miles. “The run was a little hard because of the cold weather, but because I’m in the Army and it’s Veteran’s Day, I had to take the opportunity to run it,” said Danadje Omiodo, a Drexel University engineering major. Noah Rosenbloom, a senior psychology major at Temple, said the weather made the run more difficult than usual. “My face hurt the whole time I ran,” Rosenbloom said.


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

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Helping ‘next generation’ with financial literacy On Nov. 24, Chris Banks will open bank accounts for Philadelphia students who attended his seminars. BY ASHLEY MIR For The Temple News Chris Banks lost his father, Marlon, when he was killed in a shooting 10 years ago. “That was the expedited wake-up call that I needed to remind me that I didn’t want anyone else to ever have to experience the pain and grief,” said Banks, a 2010 journalism alumnus. After that tragic personal loss, Banks said he began to recognize the importance of planning and structure for raising a healthy family. To share those lessons with others, Banks, who works as a finance and policy analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded the nonprofit Banksgiving last year to educate Philadelphia youth on financial literacy. Banks, a first-generation college graduate, frequently moved among neighborhoods when he was growing up and never learned how to manage his finances. “I want to help the next generation avoid the mistakes of their elders and myself,” Banks said. “And in order to live a financially healthy life, they need to be taught the essentials about money.” Since spring, Banks has hosted three free seminars at Temple, mainly for middle school and high school students, about different aspects of personal finance, like understanding money management and investing in the stock market. His upcoming seminar in January will focus on the business of fashion. On Nov. 24, Banks will host “BanksFriday,” where he will open bank accounts for students who attended at least two out of three seminars and deposit $50 of his fundraised money into each account. He said he also plans to give condensed seminars at both middle and high schools. “The mission is just, in short, to give a lot of kids who look like me some of the knowledge and experiences I wish I had when I was their age,” Banks said. Banks said he “organically” recruits


ART “I guess it was a tough age to begin with because you’re a teenager, and now it’s a new culture, new language, new everything,” she said. Logvinov said she understands the struggles her students go through and finds ways to make them feel welcome. The doors to her classroom are painted as a rainbow and inside, along a wall, there are greetings written in several languages. “At the beginning of the year, I was telling them, ‘Let’s welcome everybody who maybe doesn’t look like you or are not from the same place as you are, because we’re all people,’” she said. In the classroom, there are art stations set up where students are able to choose what their medium. They can experiment with twoand three-dimensional media, like pencil and paper, paints, clay and magnetic building blocks. The students in Logvinov’s classes also engage in several collaborative projects. One ongoing project is a mural on the third floor of the elementary school. A few years ago, a survey was sent out to students and faculty asking about their role models, and the people who received the most votes were included in, or will

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Chris Banks, a 2010 journalism alumnus, started Banksgiving last year, a nonprofit that offers free financial literacy training to youth in Philadelphia.

attendees for his seminars, often inviting kids he meets on the street in Philadelphia. His friends have also helped direct young students to the program. Michael Schieber, a high school friend and now athletic director of Bodine High School for

eventually be a part of, the mural. Teachers and students suggested celebrities, like Allen Iverson, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. Logvinov said her time studying at Tyler left a major impact on her interest to pursue art education. Support from professors like Lisa Kay, Jo-Anna Moore and Wendy Osterweil was important in her own success, she added. “They were awesome, and helped me get my educational part ready,” she said. “It goes back to supportive professors, somebody who can challenge you and help you challenge yourself.” She and Moore, who was the coordinator of Tyler’s art education program for more than 20 years, attended the Early Career Art Teachers meet-ups, where new art education alumni share their experiences working in the classroom. “She’s very active in the art community,” Moore said. “It’s wonderful to see what students are doing after they graduate.” Logvinov added that it can be difficult to run an art program in the Philadelphia School District when funding is sparse. She often has to pay for art supplies out of her own pocket or she depends on help from nonprofits. “There’s definitely a lack of funding and something needs to happen to make sure we’re able to deliver meaningful lessons and

International Affairs in Northern Liberties, has sent several of his students to a seminar. While Bodine offers business classes, Schieber said financial literacy is not fully covered in his school. He said Banksgiving provides an opportunity for students to

expand their knowledge and show off what they have already learned in school. “To see that direct return [of education on financial literacy] on a program you sent your kids to is just exciting,” Schieber said. “He’s done so much for the kids at my school.” One of Schieber’s students, Zuha Mutan, who lives in North Philadelphia, said she could relate to Banks because of their shared experiences. The two both grew up in lowincome North Philadelphia families. “Hearing from someone who was so young actually having a business set [up] was eye-opening,” said Mutan, the senior class president at Bodine. Mutan has attended all three of Banks’ seminars so far. At the first one in March, she met Tosin Oduwole, a real estate developer and vice president of business development for the Jay Morrison Academy, an Atlantabased real estate development and wealth education school. Oduwole presented about the importance of investing in property at a young age. After Mutan answered some questions during his speech, the two spoke afterward and began networking on Instagram. He offered to pay for her to attend six 10-hour pre-licensing classes required to obtain her license in real estate. “That was the first time I ever considered real estate,” Mutan said. “He was like, ‘Listen, you get your license. Once you pass, I’ll help you sell your first property and we’ll split the profit half and half.’” Mutan completed the courses and needs to pass an additional exam after she turns 18 in December to obtain the license. After attending the first two Banksgiving seminars, Mutan said she brought about 50 of her peers to attend the most recent seminar in September. “They all loved it,” Mutan said. “We ran out of chairs and booklets because so many more people came than people who actually registered.” Through his organization, Banks said he wants to show Philadelphia youth they can rise out of disadvantaged circumstances just like he did. “I know that these kids have similar experiences where their parents aren’t around or in jail,” Banks said. “And I’m proof that you don’t have to make a negative situation worse. There is a way out.”


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Margarita Logvinov, a 2012 art education alumna, works with students in one of Andrew J. Morrison Elementary School’s fifth-grade art classes on Monday.

things they can experiment with,” Logvinov said. Logvinov said she sees an immense need for the arts. “There are a lot of kids who

deal with tough issues, and going through this age is so hard,” she said. “So maybe they might not be able to say it, but sometimes they might use painting

to get that energy or aggression out. It can be therapeutic.”







Muralist speaks about immigration issues Michelle Ortiz, a muralist and arts educator, will discuss issues of immigration and indigenous cultures on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Room B86 of the Tyler School of Art. Ortiz has designed and produced more than 50 large-scale public works during her career and has used her art as a form of advocacy for social change. In October 2015, Ortiz revealed her Philadelphia project “Familias Separadas,” which highlighted the painful reality of families separated by deportation. Her mural “We Are Human Beings” was installed in front of Philadelphia’s Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency building and “Eres Mi Todo” was installed in the courtyard of City Hall. -Veronica Thomas

ESPN writer to discuss book on mental illness Kate Fagan, a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, will speak about her new book “What Made Maddy Run?” on Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in McGonigle Hall. Fagan wrote the book in response to University of Pennsylvania athlete Maddy Holleran’s death by suicide in 2014. According to Fagan’s website, “What Made Maddy Run?” examines the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness. The event is sponsored by Temple Athletics, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost. -Patrick Bilow

too. Bergman teaches dance in the course because of her own passion. Bergman also brings in copies of Jackson’s popular vinyl records to pass around to the class. “I am always curious to know about what my students know already,” Bergman said. “And it seems like there is a pretty diverse mix of things that people know about Jackson, and also things about pop culture.” Jessika Jessie, a senior human resource management major, decided to take Bergman’s class because she has always loved Jackson’s music and wanted to learn more about him than just what she sees in the media. “I knew a decent amount from watching ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’ movie all of the time growing up,” Jessie said. “I also looked information up about him on Google from time to time, like I knew he had eight siblings, and he’s from not too far from where I grew up in Chicago.” “I admire Michael Jackson’s humbleness, creativity and personality,” Jessie added. “Michael Jackson...appreciated his fans, because they’re the reason why he was there. He was humble like that.” Along with his cultural legacy, Jackson was often in headlines because of his personal life. Even after his death in 2009, Jackson has been accused numerous times of child sexual abuse. In the class, Bergman tries to be as sensitive as possible when she discusses Jackson’s sexual abuse. She remembers being in middle school when many of the allegations were presented against Jackson in the media. Although the class discussed some of the details of the abuse, Bergman focuses more on the media’s response. “We looked more at the media spin of it and the fact that he was proven

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Elizabeth Bergman, a third-year dance studies Ph.D. student, teaches her class about the choreography and cultural influence of Michael Jackson.

guilty in a court of public opinion, and the damage to his reputation in a U.S. standing,” Bergman said. “As opposed to focusing on what the accusations were, [focusing on] what the media did with all those accusations.” As Jackson’s sexuality and race were often topics of discussion in the media during his lifetime, Bergman teaches her students to think critically in trying to sort through information about the icon’s legacy. “In terms of his racial identity, and not being ‘masculine’ enough, there was always a question around how heterosexual he was,” she said. “So we make judgments as a class and look at how his presence upset people in a number of different ways and maybe what that means about society and culture.” A few weeks ago, Bergman had her class watch the music video for Jackson’s song “Bad.” They then read several stories published in the Village Voice that criticized Jackson’s appearance, she said. One article, which was published in 1987, was written by Greg Tate, an

African-American writer who writes about Black culture and music. Tate wrote had Jackson’s music has changed since “Thriller” and since the pigment of his skin changed. “Only in the twisted aspects does ‘Bad,’ mostly via the ‘Bad’ video, outdo ‘Thriller,’” Tate wrote in the Village Voice. “After becoming an artificial white man, now he wants to trade on his ethnicity.” Bergman will not be instructing this class in the spring because of her Ph.D. requirements, but it will be taught by another professor. “I encourage students to take the class because it is an opportunity to learn about an important figure in pop culture history,” Bergman said. “Along with it, they see the different ways that different types of media communicate and the class offers opportunities to think about how information is disseminated in our media-saturated society.”

hadiyah@temple.edu @HadiyahAW Emily Scott contributed reporting.

Veterans center to host pop-up shop in the SAC The Military and Veteran Services Center is hosting a pop-up thrift shop on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 200A of the Student Center. The shop will offer new and gently used clothing and accessories, including coats, scarves, hats, ties, suits, dresses and jewelry. The clothing was donated by faculty and staff at Temple. The shop is free for all veterans and active-duty servicemembers at Temple. A military ID or an OWLcard is required for attendance. -Emily Trinh

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Mohammed Alhajji, a third-year social and behavioral sciences Ph.D. student from Saudi Arabia, has gained more than 200,000 followers on Twitter by posting about the effect of social media on public health.



Author of refugees book to speak in Anderson Wendy Pearlman, a political science professor at Northwestern University, will speak about her new book, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices of Syria,” on Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Lounge in Room 821 of Anderson Hall. Her book is based on first-hand stories of the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis from interviews she conducted between 2012 and 2016 with more than 300 Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Pearlman is a faculty fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and holds the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship at Northwestern. -Ayooluwa Ariyo


to offer graduate programs in public health, the field is still not as mainstream as it is in the United States. “It’s growing, but it’s new,” Alhajji said. “Public health isn’t really in the mind of the government or funding.” According to the Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2017, the Saudi government has committed numerous violations of international humanitarian law and killed more than 5,000 people since 2015 in its military operations in Yemen. The same report confirmed that the Saudi government accepts discrimination against women as the norm. Under the country’s male guardianship system, adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel, rent an apartment, marry or leave prison. Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2016 report ranks the country as the sixth-most restrictive for Internet access out of 65 assessed countries. Failure to follow the government’s strict rules can have dire consequences, Alhajji said, which adds a gravity

to the problem of cyberbullying that is not seen in the United States, especially for those active on social media during the Arab Spring. “What people were doing, some really vicious people, would go back to your accounts in 2011 and reactivate some of your posts from back then,” Alhajji said. “They entice prosecution against you.” In some ways, Saudi Arabia is changing. The country made headlines in September for allowing women to drive. In his weekly column published in the Saudi national newspaper Makkah, Alhajji writes about social justice issues, like consequences of domestic violence. He said he keeps the column accessible by rooting his observations in science, not opinion. “Without being divisive, he’s able to send that message across of important issues in healthcare,” said Khushi Malhotra, a third-year geography and urban studies Ph.D. student. “Even to people who might be conservative.” Malhotra met Alhajji in a statistics class, where she noticed that he was always on his phone. When she brought

this up to him, he confided he had a few followers on Twitter. “He showed me his Twitter and I was like, ‘Whoa, are you famous or something? Should I know you?’” Malhotra said. “It’s really cool that he’s advocating this approach to health and wellbeing that is being viewed in a positive light,” she added. “It really makes me appreciate him being on social media.” In the future, Alhajji hopes to open a behavioral science research institute in Saudi Arabia. He said the country has many specific social phenomena that have not been studied, like the preference for faith healing over evidence-based, medical treatment for mental health issues. “These are some of the issues that need better understanding,” Alhajji said. “They’re very nuanced. They kind of require people who understand the culture, such as myself. So hopefully when I go back I can study them further.”


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Revived online presence boosts baseball club’s profile More than 100 players signed up to try out for the team, which has a 9-2 record this season.


Class of ‘18 prospect inks National Letter of Intent Arashma Parks, a 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound power forward from The Phelps School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Temple next season, the team announced Friday. Parks is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals. com. Parks is in his first year at Phelps after transferring from Springfield Commonwealth Academy in Massachusetts. He is the younger brother of Villanova redshirt-freshman center Omari Spellman. Unless Spellman, a former Rivals.com five-star recruit, declares for the 2018 NBA Draft, he and his brother will be Big 5 rivals. Parks verbally committed in August. Signing his NLI during the early period, which started on Nov. 8 and ends Wednesday, solidifies that he will play for the Owls. Temple has one more scholarship available for next season barring any transfers. Three Class of 2018 recruits with offers from Temple have yet to make their decisions, according to Verbal Commits. One of the three is Seth Pinkney, a 6-foot-11-inch power forward from Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County. Pinkney, rated as a threestar recruit by Rivals.com, also has offers from St. Joseph’s and La Salle.

BY JAY NEEMEYER For The Temple News At the end of their junior seasons, Dan Terra and Jordan Pocrass decided they wanted the club baseball team to “go away for a weekend and experience something different.” During the 2016-17 academic year, Temple only played road games against Penn and Villanova. In Summer 2017, Terra, the club’s vice president, and Pocrass, the president, received an invitation from the University of Mary Washington to participate in the first annual Fredericksburg Fall Classic. The trip to Virginia on Oct. 21 marked the farthest the club has traveled since its formation in Fall 2014. An increased online presence has boosted the club’s reach and recognition. More than 100 people signed up to try out for the team in September, Pocrass said. “There’s kids from Temple who follow us on Twitter,” Pocrass said. “I had one kid come up to me on Broad Street and be like, ‘Hey, I heard about your series in Virginia this weekend.’ So I think that was a great way for us to put our names on the map.” “We’ve always had a good turnout for tryouts, but I don’t think we’ve ever had this many people interested in our club,” he added. Pocrass renewed the team’s use of the Twitter account that former Club President Joe Kokol and former Vice President Brad Stiles launched in January 2015. Pocrass and Terra are the club’s only players remaining from its first season. Pocrass noticed inactivity on the account last year. The account didn’t tweet or retweet any content for a seven-month stretch in 2016. Pocrass ramped up the club’s social media usage in May, when he tweeted from the @_TUCB Twitter handle four days in a row and announced the team’s new website. Twitter is now the club’s main use of social media, Pocrass said. He credits the team’s online presence for helping attract potential players. “I think that really put us on the map in terms of getting people to try out,” Pocrass said. About 60 players, including returners, tried out in September, he said. The officers assigned prospective athletes a number and ultimately had to release most of the players. The final roster has 23 people, including junior infielder and pitcher Connor McKenna, a former commit to Division III Misericordia University. McKenna, who went to Roman Catholic High School in Center City, transferred from Misericordia after one semester. Once he got to Temple, McKenna knew he wanted to play again so he


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D-line coach named a Broyles Award nominee JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman pitcher Mark Bricker throws to freshman catcher Kevin Hoopes during practice at the STAR Complex on Oct. 3.

tried out during his sophomore year. He missed the cut, but he tried out again this fall and made the team. McKenna is hitting .500, going 11-for-22 with one home run, four doubles and nine RBIs in fall competition. Only Pocrass has more hits than McKenna. Pocrass won the National Club Baseball Association Division II National Player of the Week award after going 6-for-6 in two wins against Rider University on Oct. 7. Freshman outfielder Owen Cutaneo heard about the club from a roommate whose friend also tried out for the squad. He didn’t expect to make the team because of the large number of people he had to compete against, he said. “As the tryout went on, just the whole atmosphere changed me,” Cutaneo said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to work so hard. I want to make this team.’ So luckily, I did make it, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in college so far.” Cutaneo is one of the team’s six freshmen. The club officers deliberately took more freshmen than they had in previous years because “the freshmen are the future of the club,” Pocrass said. The Owls (9-2, 8-2 ChesapeakeNorth Division) closed their fall campaign by splitting a doubleheader


SEMIFINAL Southern Methodist program that is ranked sixth in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 poll. The Mustangs have not lost a game since Sept. 24 and extended their shutout streak to seven with their win against Temple. “We knew we were playing against the top team in the conference, so we knew we had to play a flawless game and we didn’t,” coach David MacWilliams said. “Our decision making wasn’t great, and we struggled a little.” One of Temple’s biggest challenges came 34 minutes into the game. Freshman defender Darri Sigthorsson received his second yellow card of the night, which counts as a red card. The penalty ejected Sigthorsson from the game and forced the Owls to play the re-

against The College of New Jersey on Oct. 28. Temple’s games in Virginia came during its second-to-last weekend of fall competition. The Owls beat Mary Washington, 4-2, before they lost to George Washington University, 5-2, on Oct. 21. The first-year players have helped Temple get to first place in its league. Freshman second baseman and pitcher Mark Bricker helped Temple have a four-run inning in the top of the third against Mary Washington. Bricker also pitched 5.1 innings in the fall. He didn’t allow an earned run and struck out nine batters. Cutaneo went 3-for-8 at the plate, walked three times, stole a base and drove in three runs. Freshman catcher and outfielder Kevin Hoopes is also one of 11 players who’ve stolen a base. Temple is scheduled to resume its season on March 24 against Penn. “Without freshmen, in two or three years there might potentially not be a club,” Pocrass said. “We wanted to make sure that we were picking up freshmen that not only could continue the club but also make an immediate impact. And we’ve had plenty of freshmen make an immediate impact.” jay.neemeyer@temple.edu

maining 56 minutes with 10 players. “It’s extremely tough because the way we wanted to play, we wanted to press them hard, but the fact that we were a man down made a lot of our possessions more difficult and made us extremely tired,” Grasela said. “It’s really tough to play with a man down, especially when you’re down a couple goals.” With fewer players on the field, the Owls had to take risks whenever they generated offensive pressure toward the Mustangs’ net, MacWilliams said. Temple managed to get nine shots to the Mustangs’ 11. Senior forward and midfielder Joonas Jokinen led the Owls with three shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Samnik ended the night with three saves on Southern Methodist’s seven shots on goal. After recording back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, the Owls missed the mark by one game. Their seven seniors

Defensive line coach Jim Panagos has been named as a Broyles Award nominee. The honor goes to the top assistant coach in college football. He is one of 56 coaches to be nominated for the award. Through 10 games, Temple’s defensive line is responsible for 19.5 of the team’s 28 sacks, five of its 11 forced fumbles and four of the five fumble recoveries. The nominees for the award were selected from the approximately 1,500 assistant coaches from the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision programs. A committee of writers from the Football Writers Association of America made the choices. -Tom Ignudo


Senior earns weekly AAC defensive player award Senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz is the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Rapacz helped the Owls beat Southern Methodist, 3-2, on Thursday in Dallas and defeat Tulsa, 3-2, on Saturday in Oklahoma. She had 14 kills, 20 digs and eight blocks against Southern Methodist to help the Owls beat the second-place team in The American. Rapacz’s 20 digs against the Mustangs marked a career-high until she recorded 21 against Tulsa. -Evan Easterling

played in their final games. Five of the seniors were key contributors. Grasela started every game, led Temple in minutes and finished with three goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Matt Sullivan started 17 of 18 games. Fellow midfielder Brendon Creed also started seven games on the back line. Senior midfielder Divin Fula Luzolo, a first-team all-conference selection, started every game and had two goals and three assists. Jokinen scored four goals in his final season. “We haven’t always made it here, so it did feel good to get to the postseason and to come down and experience it,” Grasela said. “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s really cool to get down here and experience all these memories that I’m going to have.” “It’s tough because you really don’t want to have to go out like that,” he added.

MacWilliams is excited about the future of the program. There’ll be spots to fill because of the graduating seniors, but the firstyear players contributed immediately. Freshman forward Alan Camacho Soto and sophomore forward Thibault Candia combined to score 11 of Temple’s 26 goals. Both players earned second-team honors in The American. Camacho Soto and Sigthorsson also made the conference’s rookie team. “This loss obviously leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” MacWilliams said. “It’s not the way we want to end the season by any means. But at the same time, I told the guys, ‘You can’t let one game define the season.’” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

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‘Unconventional coaching’ helped Alaskan freshman Marielle Luke took flights to train in Washington several times a year. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter A few times per year, Washington Fencing Academy coach Kevin Mar told his fencers a “VIP” would join them in training. Marielle Luke, a former fencer on the club team, took a threehour plane ride from her home in Anchorage, Alaska, to Seattle and rode in a car for an hour to make these trips to practice in Issaquah, Washington. The freshman epee would stay for either a week or a weekend and tried to make the most of each trip, she said. “Our girls would get pumped to see Marielle come in because she won local and national tournaments,” Mar said. “It was somewhat of a special occasion every time she made the trip down.” Fencing is not a popular sport in Alaska, Luke said, and clubs in the state are for more recreational fencing. Luke first took lessons at her local YMCA at age 12. “This sport looked different and interesting to me,” Luke said. “That is something that pulled me in from the start. It makes it even better I get to carry it into college.” To start her Division I career, Luke placed 14th out of 79 competitors at the Temple Open on Oct. 28 and finished 23rd out of 36 in the epee bouts at the Garret Penn State Open on Nov. 4. “She picks up technique really well and is a good listener,” coach Nikki Franke said. “Pair that with her natural work ethic, and she can form into a very good fencer. When I saw the opportunity to bring Marielle on board, I was excited.” Luke’s first coach in Anchorage, Alaska, was Wayne Johnson, who made the 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams but didn’t get to compete in either. After Johnson moved to Arizona, she had to find a different coach. “I knew when I could be good at this sport, so I had to look out of state to continue my career,”

she said. “I was afraid we might have had to move for this to happen, but everything has worked out so far in my fencing career.” Luke reached out to Mar five years ago and asked if she could receive “unconventional coaching” to help her reach the college level. Twice a week, Luke went to the Anchorage Fencing Club and had her mother record bouts against practice coach Jacquie Parker. They sent the footage to Mar to analyze together over Skype. Mar had given lessons like this to fencers from California and Tennessee, but Luke was the first fencer Mar tutored like that for an extended period of time, he said. Fencers usually want guidance for only one or two tournaments, Mar said. He saw Luke’s talent on the first video she sent him and wanted to help her, he added. Mar and Franke said Luke has an “amazing work ethic.” Mar doesn’t think a lot of fencers could learn how Luke did before college. “She had one goal in mind, and it wasn’t the easiest goal to achieve,” Mar said. “She was very studious toward this sport and you can see that when she performs.” Luke said she gets her work ethic from her mother, who works two jobs to support her. “I was lucky she could help me this much,” Luke said. “The support I received from her financially and emotionally will always be pushing me even if she is in Alaska.” Luke found “the best of both worlds” by coming to Temple, which finished last season tied for eighth in the CollegeFencing360. com coaches’ poll and allows her to major in communication studies with a focus in public relations. “I love it here,” Luke said. “Fencing has taken me to some really nice places. Now it led me to a great school, and I could not be more grateful.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

ALEX ST. CLAIR / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Freshman epee Marielle Luke (center) jokes with junior epee Quinn Duwelius (right) and assistant coach Josh Herring during practice at the Student Pavilion on Wednesday. Bottom: Freshman epee Marielle Luke prepares to fence during practice at the Student Pavilion on Wednesday.


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NUTILE Frank Nutile said having a father who played at the Division I level is a huge help because he can rely on him for advice before games. But Robert Nutile said his son’s work ethic and the competition he faced at Don Bosco are reasons he has had recent success at Temple. Frank Nutile’s junior season at Don Bosco ended when the team lost to Bergen Catholic High

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School in the playoffs. The next morning, Frank Nutile was in his garage jumping rope and training with an agility ladder. Then, he went to work out at K-Strength Sports Training in Fairfield, New Jersey. “I said, ‘Frank, take off a couple of days,’” Robert Nutile said. “‘Nah, I can’t, Dad. I gotta get ready for next year,’” Robert Nutile said his son told him. During Frank Nutile’s senior season at Don Bosco, he suffered a hamstring injury midway through the year that kept him sidelined

until Lascari called his number late in the fourth quarter of a game against Bergen Catholic. Frank Nutile didn’t play the previous four weeks, Lascari said, but his passes of 26 and 12 yards led the Ironmen down the field to hit a 42-yard field goal and tie the game. Don Bosco ended up beating Bergen Catholic, 23-17, in tripleovertime. “That’s just who Frank Nutile is,” Lascari said. “He eats adversity for breakfast.” When it comes to eating, Frank Nutile also has his teammates cov-

ered. On Nov. 5, he invited the team’s offensive line to his room at the Diamond Green Apartments on 10th and Diamond streets to eat and watch Sunday Night Football. Before games, Frank Nutile’s mother, Rosemarie Nutile, drops off homemade Italian dishes, like baked ziti, meatballs, lasagna and quarts of “gravy” for him and his roommates. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Martin, who has lived with Frank Nutile throughout college, is no stranger to Rosemarie Nutile’s

cooking. Because he is from Colorado and can’t easily go home for holidays, Martin visits the Nutiles. The Nutiles “definitely accepted” Martin into their family, he said. “I think that’s a great thing to have that type of camaraderie and that closeness,” Robert Nutile said. “You go to war with those guys every week, so definitely, I like when I hear that. I like when I hear that stuff.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

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Incoming freshman has connections to team Buddy Hansen IV’s grandfather owned the course where the Owls practice. BY ANDREW MASTERSON Golf Beat Reporter Buddy Hansen IV’s name comes from a rich golfing history. His grandfather, Bud Hansen Jr., was the owner and co-designer of Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County. Hansen Jr. worked closely on the project with Arnold Palmer, a four-time champion of The Masters who has designed more than 300 courses. Though Hansen Jr. died in 2016 from pancreatic cancer, the Blue Bell course, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, continues to be a stalwart in the area. Temple practices at the course that Hansen IV’s grandfather owned. The La Salle College High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent to Temple last week. He thinks he’ll have a seamless transition to practicing with the Owls at Blue Bell Country Club. “My grandpa and I were pretty close,” Hansen IV said. “We pretty much did everything together. He was my best friend. Being the fourth generation means a lot to me, and I am proud to have the name.” Some of Hansen IV’s earliest memories are playing golf with his dad and grandfather. Hansen IV recalls hitting balls for hours at Blue Bell Country Club as an 8 year old. He said his grandfather would take him to play the 130-yard par-3 sixth hole “about 13 times.” Then, they would eat dinner. Hansen IV has built a winning resume during his four years at La Salle College High School in Montgomery County. In his senior year, the Explorers went 18-0-1 in their matches, ending with a Philadelphia Catholic League title, their 15th championship since 2000. Hansen IV shot a 10-over-par round of 80 in

the victory to help his team claim its third straight Catholic League Championship. “We were a dominant team,” Hansen IV said. “La Salle taught me to be fearless and to win when you need to on the last couple of holes.” Hansen IV continued his strong play when he shot a 5-over-par 76 to help La Salle win the District 12 City championship at Bluestone Country Club in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 10. “He has already learned the hardest thing playing golf and that’s how to score,” Temple coach Brian Quinn said. Quinn said Hansen IV excels with his short game, which Temple struggled with this fall. “His short game and his mind on the golf course is superb,” Quinn said. “First and foremost, he’s a great kid, and secondly, he’s got a mind for the game.” Quinn’s coaching style and Hansen IV’s strong connections to players on the team attracted him to Temple, he said. Sophomore Phil Held, who is Hansen IV’s second cousin, and junior Gary McCabe also went to La Salle College High School. Hansen IV has also known freshman Dawson Anders since they competed against each other at age 13. He lost to Anders in a playoff at the 2016 Montgomery County Junior Amateur. The other recruit the Owls signed last week, Conor McGrath, will also know players when he gets to Main Campus. His brother Liam McGrath is a freshman this year. Hansen IV, however, will have a special connection to the Owls’ practice course. “It’s going to be a refreshing approach for a freshman coming in,” Quinn said. “We gotta get him bigger and stronger, but Buddy is ahead of the game mentally, and this will be a great environment for him to get better.” andrew.masterson@temple.edu @AndyJMasterson

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Buddy Hansen IV, an incoming freshman golfer, watches his shot while practicing at Blue Bell Country Club on Sunday in Montgomery County.


Roller hockey club building chemistry on rink The Owls closed the fall season with back-toback wins, outscoring teams 17-5. BY GRAHAM FOLEY For The Temple News Freshman forward Nick Grillo’s first goal for the roller hockey club came at the perfect time. The Owls had lost their first game on Oct. 21 by six goals to Neumann University and allowed three straight goals in the second period later in the day against Rowan University. Grillo scored in the third period to tie the Owls’ second game at four. His brother, senior forward and club president Ralph Grillo, scored 20 seconds earlier and assisted the game-tying goal. The Grillos, separated by four years, had never played on a competitive team together before this year. Nick Grillo, the club’s treasurer, and Ralph Grillo play on the same line and are the leading scorers on Temple’s National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association Division I squad. They try not to let sibling bickering get in the way of success. “It’s more difficult for my brother,” Nick Grillo said. “He’s more of a goalscorer than playmaker, so he’s used to getting the puck and doing it by himself, and now we’re forced to work together. But it’s a lot of fun.” The Grillo brothers are just one example of how the roller hockey club — made up of former ice hockey players, lifetime roller hockey players and others of varying experience — has developed a family-like atmosphere. The team goes bowling or gets dinner together at every tournament, Nick Grillo said.

Sophomore forward Connor Lordi began playing for the roller hockey club this season because he found the club ice hockey team to be too “intense” and “committed,” he said. Lordi wanted to focus on schoolwork, and the roller hockey club allowed him to continue to play hockey without being overwhelmed. Lordi played three years of varsity ice hockey at Pennridge High School in Bucks County. Now, he rooms with his former teammates at Pennridge, sophomore forward Mike Weaver and senior forward Ben Weaver. This season, Lordi has two goals, both of which came on Oct. 28 in games against Robert Morris University and Slippery Rock University. “It’s a lot easier when you know the guys and how they play,” Lordi said. “You can make things happen a lot easier than just jumping in with a new team. It’s a lot easier to connect with those guys and play on the rink.” Lordi said teams like Farmingdale State College, the top team in the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association’s Division I standings and defending NCRHA Division I champion, and Neumann University, which has won four straight ECRHA Division I titles, are successful because their players know each other well and have played together. Temple is trying to replicate that model. The team plays four-on-four hockey on a 185-by-80-foot surface, which is slightly smaller than a regulation ice hockey sheet. There are no offsides, icing or bodychecking. Compared to ice hockey, roller hockey is more about players’ skills instead of brute force, Lordi said. The Owls practice on Wednesdays at the team’s home rink, the

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman defenseman Mitchell Freeby (center) passes to senior forward Ralph Grillo during the Owls’ 11-2 win against the University of Rhode Island on Sunday at the Inline Skating Club of America in North Arlington, New Jersey.

Sportsplex in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. They play in tournaments usually consisting of three to four games every other weekend. The team usually only travels as far as Long Island, New York for tournaments, Ralph Grillo said. For local trips, Ralph Grillo said the players usually split up into cars their teammates have on campus. For longer trips, like if the Owls reach the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, in April, they will have to use fundraise for transportation. Campus Recreation covers fees for entering tournaments and some equipment costs. Other expenses, including travel, are covered by club fees and fundraisers.

Temple (3-5-1) wants to get to the national tournament for the third season in a row. The team finished in the top 16 in Division I two seasons ago, but it “didn’t do too well” last season because there was an abundance of new players competing at a high level for the first time, Ralph Grillo said. The Owls closed their Fall 2017 schedule with three games on Saturday and Sunday in North Arlington, New Jersey. They lost, 11-2, to Farmingdale on Saturday morning before beating the University of Massachusetts, 6-3, that night. The Owls and Minutemen were tied at two in the third period before Ralph Grillo scored three times and Nick Grillo scored once.

The brothers combined for six goals and five assists in Sunday’s 11-2 win against the University of Rhode Island. Temple resumes play on Jan. 27 against UMass, Farmingdale and Robert Morris. “Right now, our record doesn’t reflect it but we have a solid team this year,” Ralph Grillo said. “The first part of our schedule has been against better teams in the conference. So we had a slow start, but we’re definitely going to be good this year.” graham.foley@temple.edu @graham_foley3

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Winning semifinal proved ‘almost impossible’ Playing with 10 men for the whole second half, Temple lost, 4-0, on Friday in Dallas to end its season. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter


oming back from a two-goal deficit is possible. Earning a win against the top team in the conference is feasible. Playing down a man is doable. When combined, these obstacles amount to a task that redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela called “almost impossible.” Just four minutes and 27 seconds into Friday’s game, Southern Methodist, the No. 1 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament, scored its second goal. The Mustangs were only halfway through scoring. Temple (9-8-1, 4-3 The American) lost, 4-0, in the conference semifinal in Dallas to end its season. Southern Methodist beat Central Florida, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday to clinch an NCAA tournament spot, something the Owls haven’t done since 1985. “We didn’t get the result we wanted,” Grasela said. “We started off slow and they got two quick goals and it just went downhill from there. When you start like that, it’s really hard to come back.” The Owls played in Texas against a JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela looks for an open teammate during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Penn State at the Temple Sports Complex on Sept. 27.



Frank Nutile bringing ‘juice’ as starting QB The redshirt junior has thrown for 803 yards and six touchdowns in three starts. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor As Isaiah Wright sat in the front row of his Organizational Communication class in Ritter Hall, he received a text message. Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile sent the sophomore wideout a video explaining how Temple’s offense could exploit Navy’s secondary on Nov. 2. “He was right,” said Wright, who had four carries and three catches in Temple’s 34-26 win. “That’s just Nutile,” he added. “He’s just always trying to give everybody the edge that they need to be successful.” Coach Geoff Collins gave Nutile the nickname “Frankie Juice” because of the way his teammates and coaches gravitate toward him. After Temple scored a touchdown against Navy, Nutile ran up and down the sideline butting helmets with his teammates to hype up the kickoff squad. Nutile has started Temple’s past three games. He has a 2-1 record as a starter and has completed 61-of-89 passes for 803 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. The day after the Owls beat Navy, Nutile texted Collins and offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude while they were on a recruiting trip about how Temple could take advantage of Cincinnati’s defense in the

red zone. Temple scored all four times it reached the red zone during Friday’s 35-24 win against the Bearcats. “I’m trying to stay to the same process just really trying to prepare, almost over prepare...so I feel confident,” Nutile said. “And also us and the O-line have been getting in there watching the blitz tape the last couple of weeks, and that’s really helped us out a lot.” Nutile didn’t just start these habits at Temple. While Nutile played high school football at Don Bosco Prep in North Jersey, the team watched film together before every practice. Nutile got a head start on his teammates. During lunch, Nutile brought his food into former offensive coordinator Drew Lascari’s office to watch film instead of eating in the cafeteria. Lascari said Nutile consumed film to the point where he would finish the coaches’ sentences during sessions. “He was just obsessed with being great,” Lascari said. Nutile’s father, Robert Nutile, said his son’s friends even got frustrated with him when they played Madden on Xbox. Robert Nutile remembers his son’s friends running up the basement steps and quitting after Frank Nutile switched plays after seeing his friend’s defense. “Even when playing a video game, he’s looking at, ‘What type of match-ups can I get? What situation was the best situation to get it to my guys?’” said Robert Nutile, who played quarterback at the University of Louisville and University of Maryland in the 1980s.


HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile makes a call at the line of scrimmage during the Owls’ 34-26 win against Navy on Nov. 2 at Lincoln Financial Field.





Incoming freshman Buddy Hansen IV’s grandfather designed the course at Blue Bell Country Club, where Temple often practices.

The roller hockey club’s players try to get to know each other well, partly because it has led to in-game success for its best competitors.

Freshman epee Marielle Luke’s mother worked two jobs to help her fly from Alaska to Washington to train several times per year.

The club baseball team made recruiting freshmen, “the future of the club,” a priority earlier this semester, President Jordan Pocrass said.

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Vol. 96 ,Iss. 12  

Nov. 14, 2017

Vol. 96 ,Iss. 12  

Nov. 14, 2017


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