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North Philadelphia residents said they were not alerted before the university’s stadium announcement last week.




nly one community leader said she was notified by university officials before they announced their proposal for an on-campus football stadium to the City Planning Commission last Thursday. The proposed 35,000-seat stadium has been a source of controversy since the university began exploring the idea in 2015. University officials said they talked with nearby residents about the stadium for two years. But residents, community leaders and members of the Stadium Stompers disputed that, saying the university has not been transparent about the project. Judith Robinson, the Democratic chairperson of the 32nd Ward, said she was notified about 30 minutes before the university’s announcement by Beverly Coleman, the assistant vice president for community relations and economic development. The Office of Community Relations could not be reached for comment. A university official told The Temple News in May that it had formed Community Campus Councils, which meet two to three times a semester. This is one part of the university’s outreach for the stadium, but discussions are only about long-standing issues, like trash and noise. Freddie Bolden has lived on Norris Street near 15th for almost a decade. If the City Planning Commission approves the university’s proposal, she will live directly


PHOTO BY SYDNEY SCHAEFER, ILLUSTRATION BY COURTNEY REDMON / THE TEMPLE NEWS STADIUM RENDERING VIA / TEMPLE’S PROJECT OVERVIEW The university will “soon file” a proposal to the City Planning Commission for an on-campus football stadium, which would be built on 16th Street near Norris.

The university will need approval from several city departments to build an oncampus football stadium. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor

President Richard Englert wrote in an email to the Temple community last week that the university will “soon file” a project submission to the Philadelphia City

Planning Commission. This announcement comes nearly three years after the university first started considering a potential on-campus facility in 2015. The university has exercised the option to continue to play at Lincoln Financial Field through 2019. The clock is ticking for the university to build a new location for its football team for the 2020 season. There have been no reports of other deals for them to play

elsewhere. But before the university makes its final decision about the potential stadium, Temple’s plan must be approved by several city departments and City Council. THE CITY Before university officials can break ground for an on-campus facility, it must



11 seats vacant in Parliament Nearly a third of Parliament’s representative seats are left unfilled for Spring 2018. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN On-Campus Beat Reporter

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS An Eagles fan celebrates on the median of Broad Street, flapping his arms like wings, after the Eagles won the NFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Fans ‘erupt’ after Eagles win Hundreds of students celebrated the historic game on Broad Street.


If the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl, Sawyer Long said he wants to see the Liberty Bell melted down into a statue of the team’s quarterback, Nick Foles.

“I want to see this place erupt,” said Long, a senior film and media arts major. “I just want to see people go absolutely nuts, and love each other and hug each other, and nothing else matters but the Eagles and the city.” Long became a die-hard Eagles fan after watching the 39th Super Bowl in February 2005, when the Philadelphia team lost to the New England Patriots. He watched the Eagles defeat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 38-7 from the Draught Horse Pub & Grill on Cecil

B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street. The Eagles clinched the NFC Championship title and will play the New England Patriots in the 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. Students joined in the citywide post-game celebrations of the win on Sunday. After the game ended, Long was in disbelief. “I’ve been shaking all day,” Long said on Monday. “I feel like I’ve been waiting


After three representatives resigned from Parliament at the end of Fall 2017, 11 seats remain unfilled. Some positions have been empty since the start of the 2017-18 academic year, and some former members told The Temple News they think Parliament is ineffective. Vacant seats include seats for Greek life, athletics, LGBTQ and honors. There are also vacancies in seats representing the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology and graduate students. Parliament also has openings for one freshman, one senior and one at-large representative. Adam Frick, former senior class representative and member of the academic affairs committee, said he resigned because of a scheduling conflict, but he thinks Parliament is a “waste of time.” “It didn’t seem like we accomplished anything, and it didn’t seem like people wanted to accomplish things,” Frick said. “It seemed like anything we did accomplish could have been done without Parliament.” Pearl Joslyn, a former at-large representative and member of the local affairs and community committee, resigned because she couldn’t put enough time into Parliament. “It took a long time to get stuff through, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the system,” Joslyn said. “I


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Temple will begin construction on a computer retail store in the lobby of Pearson Hall this summer. Read more on Page 2.

Lead Columnist Monica Mellon thinks the university should stop using animals for research. Read more on Page 4.

Some student organizations did not attend the Women’s March on Philadelphia due to concerns over inclusivity. Read more on Page 7.

The women’s basketball team, which is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, seeks a more aggressive mindset on offense. Read more on Page 16.



Students struggle to contact financial services Despite receiving $2.2 million worth of upgrades to its facilities, Student Financial Services is struggling to manage calls. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

Junior English major Karina Roman lost almost $2,000 in financial aid after Student Financial Services did not answer her timesensitive email for four months. Since transferring to Temple this semester, Roman said she has also called SFS, which manages student accounts, tuition bills and

financial aid, five times to speak to a financial adviser about her tuition payment plan. Two of those calls were dropped after she was on hold for more than 25 minutes, she said. Roman is just one of many students who has struggled to get through to SFS to discuss their aid packages. This has left them losing aid or unable to register for classes. SFS and the Bursar’s Office, which bills students for tuition and fees like housing, are struggling to manage high call volumes, which has led to students being disconnected after spending up to

30 minutes on hold. This has been detrimental to some students’ financial aid because they can’t get the information they need from SFS. The university’s phone system is “out-of-date” and can only handle a certain number of calls before some of them are automatically dropped, said Emilie Van Trieste, interim director of SFS. SFS’ office space in Carnell Hall was renovated last spring for $2.2 million, a university spokesperson said. Updates to its phone system were not included in the renova-

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Student Financial Services underwent $2.2 million of renovations to its facilities last year, but still struggles to meet students’ demands.

tions because the system is used university-wide, and it is not specific to the SFS and Bursar’s offices, Trieste added. Katelynn Carr, a sophomore media studies and production major, said she was put on hold multiple times while trying to find out when her grants and loans would be disbursed. “I would leave it ringing on speaker until I was answered, but after around 20 minutes the call would just end on its own,” she said. “I never talk to a human when that happens.” Both SFS and the Bursar’s Office have attempted to manage the call volumes and in-person wait times through several online programs. The SFS office began using a virtual check-in service called QLess last semester to manage wait times, which have decreased since students started using the service last semester, Van Trieste said Junior psychology major Olivia Rich emailed SFS last November to try to get her work study reinstated. When no one responded, she went to the office in person. “They’re better with wait times in-office lately,” Rich said. “Once, [during] sophomore year, I waited in the office for over an hour. If fixing the phones means better communication, more human conversation and problem-solving, then yes, I want to see that happen.” Owl Bot, an online chat window designed to answer simple questions, was installed on the Bursar’s Office website last October, said David Glezerman, the assistant vice president of the Bursar’s Office. Owl Bot will be installed on the SFS website later this semester, Glezerman said. “Phase two” of the Owl Bot

software development is to connect it to the Self-Service Banner so it can answer more personalized questions, he added. The Bursar’s Office hasn’t yet determined when phase two will be implemented. Van Trieste hopes to create an alternative for students to contact SFS about specific financial aid questions, similar to Computer Services’ method that allows students to use TUPortal to submit questions. Through this system, a student could place a call, give the details of their question or problem to an operator, who would then create an online ticket that the caller could track through TUPortal. “Those elements of transparency and immediate sense that [an] issue is being looked into, or is in a queue of issues that is going to be looked into, is really appealing to this office,” Van Trieste said. “The university has identified that their system could be something that could help SFS get into a better position when we’re offering customer service.” Roman said she hasn’t paid her tuition because she still hasn’t been able to get through to SFS to set up her tuition payment plan. “We just stopped trying,” Roman said. “We figured once they realize their money is missing, they’ll be on top of it, no problem.” “It’s like the only time you can talk to someone is if you call right when they open,” Roman added. “That’s not always feasible though. ... I understand Temple is massive and there’s only so much they can do, but it’s frustrating, especially when college is so expensive.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @AmandaJLien


Computer store will open in Pearson Hall The store, opening in Fall 2018, will provide device and accessory sales and discounts for students, faculty, staff and alumni. BY LINDSAY BOWEN For The Temple News Construction will begin on a computer retail store in the lobby of Pearson Hall this summer that will sell devices at a discounted rate. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will be able to purchase discounted Apple, Windows and Microsoft computers, tablets and device accessories in store and online. In addition, the store will also offer device-repair services. North Philadelphia residents will have access to the store’s repair services and be able to purchase some accessories, but not any products licensed to Temple students and staff because of their educational discount, said Cindy Leavitt, vice president of Computer Services who submitted the request for the store to the university. “We wanted to make it as convenient as possible to service students on campus, and there is no place on Temple campus for you to be able to buy computer equipment directly,” Leavitt said. In addition to Apple, Microsoft and Windows, the university is in talks with several other vendors like Dell, HP and Lenovo to consider selling their products at the new store, Leavitt said. The store is expected to open in Fall 2018, officials said. The Board of Trustees approved $846,260 for the design and construction of the computer store at its December meeting. About $600,000 to $650,000 of that total cost will go toward construction.

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James Templeton, the director of architectural services for Temple’s Project Delivery Group, said the “concept design” of the store is finished, but the university is in the process of hiring an architectural firm to finish its final design. The university plans to have contractors bid on the design by spring. “We are trying to make [the store] a real showpiece, almost like an Apple store, with lots of glass, a very modern look and simple finishes,” Templeton said. “From Broad Street, you will be able to look into the building and see the store.” The initial design submitted to the Board included a sketch of the Apple logo on one of the store’s windows. However, the computer store is not directly affiliated with Apple. The Computer Recycling Center, which is already in the lobby of Pearson Hall, will be connected to the new computer store, Templeton said. Students are currently able to purchase refurbished Apple and Windows products at the Computer Recycling Center at discounted rates. Some students think the store is a positive addition to the university. Stephen Laubert, a freshman computer science major, said it’s a “smart move” to open a computer store on Main Campus. “A lot of people may not be able to afford some of the higher quality computers that are able to run high-quality programs at the same time, especially artists who may be interested in mixing music or Photoshop, and things of that nature,” Laubert said. “More advanced laptops and computers normally offer better software, so [students] can be more engaged and up to date with the cyber world and computer fluency,” he added. Lindsey Glassberg, a senior English major, said she wishes the university brought a computer store to campus earlier.

ERIN MORAN / FILE PHOTO The Computer Recycling Center will be connected to a new computer store in Pearson Hall, which is expected to open in Fall 2018.

“A lot of students can’t go off campus to get their computers fixed, and I think that there’s not really any place to go near campus to get a computer,” Glassberg said. “I used to bring a laptop with me to class that would constantly give me problems, so it would’ve been cool to have the option to look at new computers on campus. It would’ve been really nice if they had that earlier, especially device repairs.” Students can also utilize the TECH Center’s Help Desk to rent out computers and tablets and receive assistance with their computer programming issues. However, the new store will be the only retail center

for students to purchase products their professors may require and receive device repairs. “We know that it’s hard for people to get to a place to get their computers repaired easily, so that’s exactly why we wanted to bring it to campus,” Leavitt said. lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow Editor’s note: Lindsey Glassberg has previously written for The Temple News. She had no part in the editing of this story.

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Local business owners refuse ‘stop-and-go’ law Philadelphia City Council passed a law that requires some businesses remove bulletproof glass surrounding registers. BY MATTHEW McCANN Community Beat Reporter

Some North Philadelphia business owners are refusing to follow part of the controversial “stop-and-go” law passed by City Council in December. The law, proposed by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, requires restaurants remove the bulletproof glass surrounding their cash registers. It will be enforced by the Department of Licenses and Inspections by 2021. Many business owners want to keep their cash registers safe behind bulletproof glass, but some residents think the setup is discriminatory. The law will also further enforce state liquor laws, which require businesses with a liquor license to serve food, have a functional bathroom in the building and seating for 30 or more patrons. “The establishments purport to sell food, but their food preparation areas are cold and food storage areas contain only ramen noodles or hot dogs and paper bowls,” Councilwoman Bass said in a City Council release. “This legislation will close those loopholes and require businesses to either operate as respectable, standard restaurants or else stay out of our neighborhoods.” The provision for the bulletproof glass is mostly symbolic. Bass said in an interview with the Inquirer that the glass sends a negative message to its patrons: that

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 VACANCIES feel like I could get more stuff done on my own.” Despite missing 30 percent of its intended representatives, Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz said he believes Parliament can still function effectively. “That’s smaller than we were, but we’ll be able to get resolutions passed and get work done moving forward,” Kurtz said. “I’ve never met a group of students who are so dedicated to something, or able to get through obstacles to complete goals.” Joslyn said that representatives still serving on Parliament are capable of getting resolutions passed. “I’ll definitely miss seeing all the people on Parliament and in TSG because they’re some of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met,” she said. Last semester, Parliament passed one binding resolution, calling for the university to teach students to administer Narcan. The efficacy of Parliament has been questioned in the past. In October, The Temple News reported that the TSG constitution and Parliament bylaws do not have any measures in place about how to handle resolutions from previous semesters that have not been acted on. Passing resolutions is Parliament’s main responsibility, and in Spring 2017, Parliament passed six resolutions, and only a few were acted on at the end of that semester. Speaker of Parliament Bridget Warlea told The Temple News that she was working on addressing past resolutions that had not come to fruition. In November, members of Parliament spent nearly two weeks attempting to impeach each other, including a former representative

they are dangerous. Adam Xu, chair of the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association, instructed store owners not to remove their bulletproof glass despite the new law. The association has 245 members and represents nearly 95 percent of the beer delis in Philadelphia, Xu said. Rich Kim has owned Broad Deli on Broad Street near Susquehanna Avenue for nearly 15 years, and said he will not be removing his bulletproof glass because “it saves lives.” The deli has seating and a bathroom for customers. “If I am breaking the law, come after me,” Kim said. “But it’s not fair to say, ‘Hey, break down the wall that’s keeping you safe.’” Xu and Kim said the law is discriminatory to Asian-Americans because this group owns most of the businesses that will be affected by the law. The delis have a two-month grace period to comply with the law, and L&I has four years to enforce the bulletproof glass provision, Xu said, but the law’s lack of clarity and vague timeframes has some opponents confused. “L&I and the city government are not clear on this,” said Michael Choe, the president of the Society of Young Korean Americans. “[It’s unclear] when they’re going to come in and take down the bulletproof glass or shut down their business.” Xu, Kim and Choe said they do not have issues with the other parts of the law. “I do understand that the state legislatures want to weed out the bad businesses that have been working the loophole around it and getting the food licenses and

who petitioned to impeach Kurtz. Leaders of Parliament planned conflict-resolution training following these disputes. Kurtz hopes to have “a few more” representatives replaced by the end of February. TSG released a statement by Kurtz on Sunday which listed the vacant positions. Kurtz wants “to fill seats as quickly as constitutionally possible.” To fill these seats, according to TSG’s constitution, Kurtz will contact the runner-up from the previous election and offer them the position. If the student is uninterested, or there is no runner-up, the Steering Committee will hold an open discussion with applicants and vote them into Parliament. Although the Steering Committee removes the ability for constituents to directly vote for representatives, students can participate in open hearings and ask potential representatives questions. “We do understand that for some of these seats, no one on the committee can speak for the groups that would be represented by these representatives,” Kurtz said. “We’ve held an open hearing successfully before, but not many students showed up.” Frick said he never thought that Parliament representatives effectively provided a voice for their community. “There was never really an instance when people proposed things because they were a certain [representative],” he said. “People didn’t really care about the groups they represented. Everyone just spoke their own thoughts.” Applications to fill a seat in Parliament will be available by the end of the month. alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa

KAIT MOORE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rich Kim, the owner of Broad Deli on Broad Street near Susquehanna Avenue, does not support Philadelphia City Council’s law that requires him to remove the bulletproof glass that surrounds his cash register.

the food permit from the city, as if they are a legitimate restaurant,” Kim said. “I commend the city for trying to weed [out] those bad businesses.” The law gained national attention when Bass referred to business owners serving patrons through the glass is an “indignity” in an interview with the Inquirer. Some community residents said the bulletproof glass is disrespectful to patrons. “It’s like you are saying that, in our neighborhood, we have everybody coming in there to rob you,” said Greg Kelly, 59, who lives on 17th Street near Diamond. “Every-

body’s not coming to rob you.” “It’s about having a level of respect for the community,” he added. “You want to come in here and take our money, but at the same time you want to be separated from us.” Les Young, 46, of West Oak Lane, thinks the bulletproof glass is an expression of racism. “If they open [a store] in the suburbs, would that have bulletproof glass?” Young said. “They might look at me, probably the way I dress or the way I look, and they might say, ‘He might be one of those guys. He might have a gun or he might sell drugs or whatever.’” Xu is in contact with state Rep.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 COMMUNITY across the street from the stadium. Bolden said she did not know about the university’s plans to submit its stadium proposal to the planning commission. She added that the university has never reached out to her about the stadium. “If they put that thing up, that means I’m going to have to try to find a place to move to now,” she said. “Right there, where I live, is right in the center of everything. Temple’s campus is basically where I live. They want that land. They want us out of there.” The university will not acquire any additional land to build the stadium if it is approved, according to the project overview released on Thursday. If the stadium — or “multipurpose facility” that will house retail and classroom space — is approved, the facility will permanently close 15th Street between Norris and Montgomery Avenue. “I guarantee you after they put that stadium there, soon after, they’re going to want all that [land],” Bolden added. Three leaders of the Stadium Stompers — a group of community members, students and faculty members who oppose the stadium — said they did not know about the university’s plans to move forward prior to the announcement last week. “A lot of people in the community still don’t know the details about the stadium,” said Anna Barnett, a 2017 women’s studies alumna and Stadium Stompers leader who lives in Brewerytown. She did not know about the university’s plans. “They don’t know exactly where it’s going to be,” she added. “There hasn’t been a serious effort to let people know or listen to their concerns.” In July 2017, the Stadium Stompers had their first and only meeting with President Richard Englert and state Rep. Curtis Thomas. In the closed-door meeting, members said they wanted the university to hold a public community forum where residents and students could ask questions about the stadium to university officials. Englert told them that he would “take it

Todd Stevens of the 151st District, who is co-sponsoring a bill to override the city law at the state level. Xu hopes to have the bill on the table by Feb. 12. And, if that fails, he said he plans to challenge the law in court. “One message is loud and clear, every employer...should keep their bulletproof glass up,” Xu added. “Even if they keep the law or enforce the law, nobody will bring the bulletproof glass down. That’s it. Because we refuse.” matthew.paul.mccann@temple.edu

under advisement,” but a forum like this has not happened, members said. The university has not responded to their phone calls requesting a public forum since the July meeting. Thomas told The Temple News in July that university officials said they could not discuss the stadium “with any specificity” because the university had not completed its feasibility study. The university’s project overview does not detail the results of the $1.25 million feasibility study conducted by Ohio-based architecture firm Moody Nolan, and Robinson said she plans to request the results of the study and host a community meeting to discuss them. Jackie Wiggins, 67, is a Stadium Stompers leader who lives on 20th Street near Diamond. She also said she did not know about the university’s stadium plans before Thursday’s announcement. “It is beyond my comprehension how they could even think about this,” Wiggins said. “You know what it is? They don’t think about it. They couldn’t be thinking about me.” University officials are looking to organize a Special Services District around the proposed stadium, according to the project overview. The district would be similar to the one serving the 9,000 residents who live near the Philadelphia Sports Complex in South Philadelphia, which houses facilities for the Eagles, 76ers, Flyers and the Phillies. The university plans to increase its fines for misconduct, according to the project overview. Students currently have to follow the Good Neighbor Policy, established by the university in 2011, which sets guidelines for how students should interact with the North Philadelphia community. It details rules about noise, alcohol consumption, parties and trash, which are concerns commonly brought up by community residents. “When we met with President Englert he said he’s been around for over 40 years at the university, in various capacities,” Wiggins said. “In the over 40 years time, he hasn’t been a good neighbor.” news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

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Address stadium concerns The university has failed to keep the Temple community informed about the 35,000-seat stadium it hopes to build. With the announcement that it will present paperwork to the City Planning Commission on Thursday, Temple took a huge step toward building a 35,000-seat stadium in the middle of the North Philadelphia community. What the university failed to do was address unanswered questions that concerned members of the Temple community have been asking for months. It is imperative that the results of the $1.25 million feasibility study approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2016 are released. Temple has a responsibility to explain its justification for a facility that could exacerbate existing problems, like litter and noise control — especially since the study was reportedly put “on hold” in February 2017. And with the announcement, the university, again, mentioned conversations Temple representatives had with community residents about their concerns — but with no indication of how they conducted

these meetings, who was present or what came out of them. Despite one meeting President Richard Englert and Stadium Stompers leaders attended in August 2017, there is no proof for this assertion. If that is all the university can cite as “community outreach,” it is far from being sufficient. The university’s announcement on Thursday raised other questions, too. Temple has identified more than 32,000 parking spots “with easy access to Main Campus” for the stadium, according to a “project overview” released on Thursday. We’d love to inform our readers of where exactly they’ll find that space, but it’s another issue Temple has failed to be transparent about. The Temple News has cautioned the university time and time again: An on-campus stadium would likely hurt a longstanding community. Whether or not Temple moves forward in building the stadium, the Temple community deserves to know why.

Rethink Parliament After multiple students resigned during break, it’s clear that the student government branch isn’t able to achieve its goal. Before Spring 2018, three people resigned from Parliament’s 37-seat representative body, leaving 11 vacancies. This is just the latest development in the saga of conflicts for this organization, which is Temple Student Government’s legislative branch. Disagreements have ranged from impeachment hearings to battles with the Executive Branch. It’s clear that, after 11 students resigned during winter break, the organization isn’t achieving its goal to “advocate for the voices of all perspectives,” as the description on its website states. Former senior representative Adam Frick is one of the members who resigned because of a scheduling conflict. But overall, he said Parliament was a “waste of time.” “It seemed like anything we did accomplish could have been done without Parliament,” Frick told The Temple News. It is discouraging that a former representative has this attitude, but Parliament hasn’t

accomplished enough for us to disagree. Parliament representatives want to create impactful policies for the students they represent. But the disagreement within this body — which ultimately led to impeachment hearings and resignations — wasted time that could have been used for more effective purposes. And even when Parliament actually passed resolutions, no leaders could explain how they would be implemented so actual change can be enacted. At this point, if Parliament’s own representatives are no longer on board with its mission, it might be time to consider an alternative that’s not a “waste of time.” Temple is a diverse institution, and it’s crucial that all students are represented. But TSG leaders need to seriously consider Parliament’s efficacy and consider new ways to engage students, instead of continuing to allow Parliament to ineffectively battle it out.


n 2014, Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine made a huge stride in working to cure HIV. Students were able to remove the HIV virus from infected cells. Researchers used the same gene-editing technology to eliminate HIV in rats and mice in 2016. The Lewis Katz School of Medicine, as well as Temple’s psychology and biology departments, conduct tests on different animal species, like rats, mice, cats, dogs and even farm animals. But to make research more MONICA MELLON LEAD COLUMNIST ethical and accurate, Temple should stop animal testing in laboratories across the university. We can conduct these tests more precisely by computer simulation. And given that animals are living beings and capable of feeling pain, such testing is unethical. For years, animals have been used for medical research and testing for other industries, like cosmetics. Rodents are the most commonly used animal for testing in America, according to the National Association for Biomedical Research. With its current policy, Temple outlines specific guidelines for daily care for animals, usage during studies and — if necessary — appropriate means for euthanization. I think most students would be determined to save larger animals, like dogs, if they were the typical face of testing, but we should be compassionate for all animals. “You have a young student at the undergrad level and they have to dissect first... and go on and do experimental surgeries. And at each step they’re becoming more and more desensitized to the pain they’re inflicting on other living beings,” said Alka Chandna, the chief of laboratory case management for the laboratory investigations department at PETA, an animal rights organization. You might think the suffering of these animals at least yields


accurate results, but it usually doesn’t. And there’s a more trustworthy alternative. Computer simulations of experimental procedures offer more reliable results than tests on rats and mice, according to the New York Times. One of the many examples of how this technique can expand the possibilities of research are the “human organson-chips” that the Wyss Institute at Harvard University created. This invention can simulate how the body will function in response to new drugs and other environmental factors — without causing harm to any living being. It’s time the university adopts a more principled policy like this, ending cruelty to living creatures. The National Institute of Health reported that “95 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.” The use of rats and mice is so popular in laboratory studies because they’re so readily available, according to CNN Health. This leads to inbred rodents, meaning the similarities between human and rodent DNA shrinks and even less accurate results are produced. “That’s another whole ethical issue,” said Carolyn Bresnahan, a junior public health and Spanish major. “I’m sure that [scientists] are creating a bunch of [animals] so they can use them every day for testing.” Misguided research doesn’t offer many benefits for humans. And if the inaccuracies reported aren’t enough to put an end to such experimentation, the ethical issues raised should be.

This cruelty toward animals resonates with students, especially those who don’t eat meat for moral reasons. Using animals in labs could discourage them from pursuing certain majors. Despite being passionate about biological studies, Chandna chose not to pursue a biology major because of unethical animal testing policies in undergraduate departments. “The legacy of animal experimenters is that animals don’t feel pain, they don’t suffer and they don’t matter,” Chandna said. “It’s for [our] own psychological well being, to believe that animals don’t matter.” According to a 2017 Gallup Poll, 44 percent of Americans oppose animal testing. This number nearly doubled since 2001. And with increased awareness of virtual alternatives, I expect that number to keep growing. It’s quickly forgotten that animals feel pain and don’t enjoy being harmed by chemicals, toxins or shocks in testing facilities. We’ve reached so many breakthroughs in technology that it’s time to stop using animals for our own curiosity. “In the ‘always-on-the-move, always-improving’ kind of age, you would think [Temple] would be looking into something else,” Bresnahan said. With more accurate and ethical practices available, Temple should be eager to adapt. With consideration for animals and students, this outdated policy can be and should be removed. monica.mellon@temple.edu @MonicaMellon

CORRECTIONS An article that appeared in print on Jan. 16, 2018 with the headline “Photographer captures Michelle Obama’s ‘warmth’” misstated Amanda Lucidon’s status as a female White House photographer. Lucidon was the sole female photographer only during President Barack Obama’s second term. 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.


September 17, 1976: A veterinarian in the university’s medical school animal research laboratory, where cats, white rats and guinea pigs were common subjects, estimated that about 100 projects involving animal experimentation were being conducted at Temple. Now, Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, as well as the biology and psychology departments, still conduct testing on animals for research. Lead Columnist Monica Mellon argued that the university should adopt computer-simulated research methods in an effort to be more ethical and accurate.

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Ivanka: Act on your tweets Ivanka Trump should stop defending her father if she really wants to be a figure for women’s rights.


resident Donald Trump is notorious for his sexist comments toward women. And since taking office a year ago, he’s made no effort to protect women’s rights. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, who was involved in his campaign and is a senior adviser in the White House, has not CHRISTINA made many efMITCHELL forts to stand up to her father’s misogyny. Many critics have called her complicit in her father’s behavior. But Ivanka Trump recently attempted to join in on the Time’s Up movement, which was started by Hollywood actresses and aims to combat sexual misconduct in the workplace, with a tweet of support. After Oprah Winfrey’s speech about the movement at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, Ivanka Trump tweeted, “Just saw Oprah’s empowering and inspiring speech at last night’s #GoldenGlobes. Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP! #United.” This tweet struck me as insincere. Ivanka Trump promised to be a spokesperson for women during her father’s presidential campaign, pointing to her career as a working mother and experience as a millennial. But, she has been silent on most issues until this tweet. If she truly


wants to support the movement, she should stop defending her father and start bringing feminism into the White House. Until she can do more for those who tweeted #MeToo and #TIMESUP, she shouldn’t try to label herself as a supporter on social media. Her tweets are, instead, empty activism. “I think she is a hypocrite,” said Kristine Weatherston, a media studies and production professor and the faculty adviser of Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. “You can’t walk around acting like a feminist when your father doesn’t implement any of those policies.” Understandably, many people called Ivanka Trump out on her feminist facade, including some celebrities. Actress Alyssa Milano, who supported the #MeToo movement — which is also focused on raising awareness about the prevalence of

sexual assault — responded, “Great! You can make a lofty donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that is available to support your father’s accusers” and linked to the page. Before the Golden Globes, actress Meryl Streep also called out the women in the White House for not speaking up. She told the New York Times earlier this month, “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.” To hold up her feminist claims and break the silence, Ivanka Trump should denounce her father, who faces at least 21 sexual misconduct accusations by women, according to the Huffington Post. Her failure to do so doesn’t strike me as feminist. Since Ivanka Trump was a democrat from New York be-

fore Trump’s presidency began, I expected she would try to take a stance on the pressing issue of women’s rights. And her father’s 2018 budget proposal did include six weeks of paid leave for families after the birth or adoption of a child, which is an issue she has voiced her support of in the past. But, if you identify as a feminist, sexual assault is not an issue that can be ignored ­— especially if your father is an alleged perpetrator. I wonder if she is truly trying to separate herself from her father or if she is just putting up a facade to attract a liberal audience. Nadine Rosechild Sullivan, a women’s studies instructor, said the tweet is “tone deaf” and “erroneous in itself.” “I don’t receive her as a feminist,” Sullivan said. “She doesn’t have an analysis of the oppression of many women. She was born with so much privilege that she cannot be connected to the reality that the rest of us live.” Whether Ivanka Trump’s tweet is a political ploy or a sincere call for unity, the masses are not receiving it well. If she wants to support the feminist movement, she will do more by staying away from Twitter and participating in real-life political decisions to help women instead. The internet is a powerful outlet for change, but to be in a position as powerful as Ivanka Trump’s and not utilize it in an impactful way for the feminist movement is a drastic mistake. Actions speak louder than tweets. Let’s see if you mean what you sent, Ivanka. christina.mitchell@temple.edu

Rewriting my poetic journey


The Philly Pigeon Slam reignites a student’s love for writing poetry and makes them want to get on stage. BY SIANI COLÓN


The frequency of planned-out, mass shootings in America has made us almost emotionally immune to their tragedy. This routine makes it difficult for us to consider the sobering possibility of an active shooter scenario at our university, bars, concert venues and other populated places. Though this thought is unsettling, we should acknowledge that Temple isn’t particularly ready for such an event. And the sheer size of our university’s population increases the likelihood of being targeted. The nature of Main Campus as a public space and the spread-out nature of its buildings in an urban environment makes for both easy access and escape. We have a large and effective campus police force, but they are not posted in the buildings students and faculty occupy for most hours of the day. There are few members of the Temple community ready to place lifeor-death trust in the services of the security company Allied Universal. The Department of Homeland Security suggests victims either run, hide or attempt to fight back in the case of a shooter scenario. It also recommends an emergency action plan, among other precautions. Students and faculty in classrooms and offices are the last line of defense against these types of shootings. Temple should work with the DHS to provide active shooter scenario training to members of the Temple community. This type of education could take place in the form of seminars, drills or online classes similar to the drug and alcohol click-through training required of first-year students. Some schools, like Pennsylvania State University and Lancaster County College, already hold some type of active shooter scenario training. Victims of fatal shootings, at no fault of their own, aren’t trained to react to shooting scenarios in ways that might save lives. During the Orlando nightclub shooting, groups of people hid in the bathroom. While understandable, reactions like this oppose the DHS’s shooter scenario recommendations and do little to protect victims. According to the DHS website, your place of hiding should “not trap you or restrict your options for movement.” Of course, this training wouldn’t make students thoroughly prepared for danger. The goal is to build a foundation of subconscious knowledge, with the hope that — in the midst of chaos — one person might remember to act. When you weigh the costs and benefits of this program, it is clear: If just one life was saved by the knowledge of this training, whatever monetary investment Temple made would be well-justified. Austin Severns is a senior risk management and insurance major and can be reached at austin.severns@temple.edu or @amseverns on Twitter.


about searching for something in a world full of unknowns. I thought it was my best work, but I haven’t picked up a pen with the same passion since. My confidence hadn’t been the same since I wrote that poem, which I was so proud of. After that, I compared myself so much to other poets that I focused more on their strengths and less on my own. Instead, I would sit for hours just trying to think of a strong adjective to describe something, while other poets incorporate words or intricate metaphors with ease. I thought a rhyming scheme would help, but then it seemed childish. Some poems can convey a deep and personal message in just three lines, while I struggled to write a single word. The more I compared myself to others, the less satisfied I became. As an audience member at The Philly Pigeon Slam a couple weeks ago, intoxicated by the energy of the crowd, I wondered if I could ever be on that stage, or any stage. Many of the poems inspired me to write again. Participants had written about a variety of topics like serving in the military, surviving a suicide attempt, reclaiming cultural traditions and confronting the fears of women and nonbinary people in a patriarchal society. One poem really struck a chord in me — it was about writing and performing poetry, something I had struggled with for so

long. The poet stood in front of the mic taking deep breaths, before their eyes finally opened with a fire behind them. The poem prompted me to reflect on myself as a poet — which poems are meant for the stage? And which are meant for the page? Are you writing for yourself or an audience? Does your poem have to rhyme? Do the people who care about your work also care about the poet behind it? Everyone in that room knew there was truth behind it, and it ended up scoring high. All my own concerns were laid out on that stage by those words. There are pressures and expectations when writing a poem, even with the many forms it can take. I had it engraved in my head that every poem had to flow a certain way, everything needed to rhyme and even my speech had to match other slam poets’ voices. But hearing this poem helped me ßrealize that I shouldn’t worry about finding the perfect metaphor each time I’m trying to explain how I’m feeling. At the end of the day, there’s no such thing as a bad poem. And it’s OK to simply write for myself instead of an audience. I had to leave the slam early. But as I walked out into the brisk cold with snow flattening under my shoes, I was so happy I decided to go. I decided I want to start writing poetry again, attending workshops and going to more slams. And I hope to one day get on that stage and claim a new home.

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n the first Friday night of 2018, I reminded myself that sometimes it’s OK to do things alone. It’s OK to enjoy the company of strangers when you can’t find a friend to join you. That night, a room full of strangers turned into a community, helping me embrace poetry again. It was this year’s Philly Pigeon Slam, which centered around women and nonbinary people. The stage was an outlet for the performers I watched to share their work, claim a platform and open up to an audience. I’ve been attending poetry slams since my sophomore year of high school. The first one was at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I remember leaning forward in my seat as I watched and listened to the young poets — I was awestruck. They poured their hearts out with their words in a rhythmic flow that felt like music. I thought to myself, “How can they make something so sad sound beautiful?” Some poems allow writers to unpack trauma, but others can be lighthearted. Even though I didn’t go to a slam until I was 15 years old, I’d written poems for myself back in middle school. I carried my marble notebook with me everywhere, clutched against my chest, waiting for a spark of inspiration. And since I haven’t written in a couple years, I miss the sound of my pen scratching excitedly across the page when I thought of something clever, not caring when the ink smudged against my fingers. The last poem I wrote was for a zine — a miniature, independent magazine — back in 2015. It was a dreamlike piece of writing







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VIA / TEMPLE’S PROJECT OVERVIEW The university announced its plans to pursue a 35,000-seat stadium near Main Campus.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 NEXT STEPS receive certain permits and recommendations from city officials. The university still has to submit its proposal, but based on what it has been released publicly, it will need to go through City Council, the Streets Department, the Water Department, the City Planning Commission and possibly the Civic Design Review Committee, said Paul Chrystie, the deputy director for communications at the City Planning Commission, in a statement to The Temple News. The plan for the university’s 35,000-seat stadium requires that the city close 15th Street to build atop it. City Council must pass legislation to close 15th Street between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue. This is the only uninterrupted street that runs southbound toward Center City between Broad and 26th streets. But in an email to community organization leaders obtained by The Temple News, a City Planning Commission representative said closing this would require “a Street bill,” which the Streets Department and the City Planning Commission have “veto power over” that City Council can’t override. Darrell Clarke, City Council president and councilman for the 5th District in North Philadelphia, told The Temple News last week that he’s had “open communication” with university leaders and they’re aware of his and his constituents’ concerns. “The announcement made today does not alter my or affected residents’ expectation that there be an inclusive and honest community engagement process as the stadium proposal moves forward,” Clarke said in the statement. “Nearby residents, local businesses, service nonprofits and students all deserve a seat at the table as Temple proceeds with this major development.” The proposal will also need to be reviewed by the Streets Department for compliance and by the Water Department for stormwater management capabilities, Chrystie added. It’s also likely that the Civic Design Review Committee, which is under the City Planning Commission, will have to review the proposal to determine the impact of the facility’s construction and design in the North Philadelphia area, Chrystie added. If the university’s proposal does go before the Civic Design Review Committee, the university must hold a community meeting about the design to discuss sidewalks, pedestrian entrances, vehicle entrances, trash management and other similar topics. The Civic Design Review Committee does not have any deciding power, but will issue a letter to the City Planning Commission with its suggestions after the meeting. After a Civic Design Review Committee recommendation, the university then needs to gain approval from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to amend Temple’s Campus Master Plan, which is a 2014 plan that guides the university’s physical growth. According to the email sent to community leaders, this change requires a zoning bill that would add square feet to the campus plan to be passed. The bill would first need to be introduced in City Council. “Because these steps take place with different entities, some of them can occur at the same time,” Chrystie wrote. “However, because the reviews will be dependent on what the University ultimately submits and there has been no submission yet, it is not yet possible to identify the timeline.” Englert told the Inquirer that he estimates the process will take five months.

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THE COMMUNITY Eventually, the university will need to present its proposal in front of community residents at a ward meeting. At the end of the meeting, present community residents vote if they want the proposal to be built in their neighborhood. The ward leader will then submit the community’s opinion to the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections to consider before issuing permits or permissions. Votes by the ward are nonbinding, but Licenses and Inspections takes the community’s opinion into account if it is concerned with zoning issues. Judith Robinson, the Democratic chair of the 32nd Ward, told The Temple News she will request the details of Temple’s $1.25 million feasibility study. If she receives this information, she’ll request a city planning official to discuss it with community residents at an upcoming meeting. Robinson said she expects this meeting to occur within three weeks. Community residents may not have a direct say on if Temple will build its on-campus “multipurpose facility.” But residents will be able to voice their opinions to elected officials and other government employees during the proposal process. “Every aspect of the stadium experience, from construction to its day-to-day operations, will be planned and executed with the priorities and well-being of Temple’s neighbors in mind,” according to the project overview that Temple released about the stadium. “After looking at other urban stadiums, we are confident we can take these concerns into account and make this a valuable addition to North Philadelphia​.” gillian.mcgoldrick@temple.edu @gill_mcgoldrick Kelly Brennan contributed reporting.

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At Women’s March, concerns over inclusivity Some organizations boycotted this year’s Women’s March on Philadelphia due to alleged police checkpoints and searches. BY MEGHAN COSTA For The Temple News


n Saturday, thousands of protesters marched on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March on Philadelphia, holding signs with messages of unity, like “Love Thy Neighbor.” Though individual attendees touted welcoming posters, some city residents and student organizations at Temple decided to boycott because they thought it would not be inclusive or safe for people of color and LGBTQ people. The march originally formed to protest President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Becky Cave, a junior psychology major and member of Socialist Students of Temple University, said the student organization did not participate in last year’s Women’s March because of its apparent alliance with Hillary Clinton, a candidate the group did not support. This year, the group decided to skip the march again, a decision that was only reinforced when the city announced in a press release that “all bags are subject to search” at the march. “The police searching bags hit the nail on the coffin when it came to our decision to boycott the march again,” Cave said. “The Temple student socialists felt the police presence could marginalize people of color or sex workers in attendance. Like last year, the Women’s March has failed to make it clear that the event is not just for white, Democratic women.” According to the Inquirer, rumors spread through Facebook posts claimed that the Philadelphia Police would be conducting random “stop-and-frisk” searches, and that Philly Women Rally, the nonprofit behind the marches, was allowing it. At last year’s march, the city did not announce in its press release that police would


TOP: LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS BOTTOM: JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Thousands of people made their way toward City Hall for the Women’s March on Philadelphia on Saturday. Several student organizations, like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Socialist Students of Temple University, did not attend because of the city’s announcement that all bags were subject to search by police.


Making Narcan available beyond campus safety To combat the city’s opioid epidemic, students and professors are carrying Narcan. BY ZARI TARAZONA For The Temple News

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Joseph Alkus, a criminal justice instructor, holds Narcan, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, in his office on Jan. 16. Alkus began carrying Narcan last semester.

Joseph Alkus noticed a pattern on a map of overdose deaths in Philadelphia from 2014 to 2015. He realized that some of the clusters of dots, which represent deaths, were around Main Campus and South Philadelphia. “Where I work and where I live, we have a higher percentage of people who are overdosing from opioid, heroin and fentanyl,” said Alkus, a criminal justice instructor, who lives in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia. To do his part to help combat the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, Alkus decided to start carrying naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan, during Fall 2017. Narcan is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Other people in the Temple community have begun carrying the potentially lifesaving drug. Narcan can come in a pack of two doses, and a statewide standing order allows customers to buy it over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription. The Rite Aid at Broad Street and Susquehanna Avenue and the CVS at Broad Street and Girard Avenue offer Narcan, which can

be purchased at around $130 without insurance. Prevention Point, a nonprofit in Kensington that provides harm reduction services, offers a Narcan kit for $40. Even after using Narcan on someone experiencing an overdose, emergency medical care is still needed. The second dose can be given if a person shows signs of overdosing again after two to three minutes. Last year, city reports project that 1,200 people died of an overdose in Philadelphia, an increase from the 907 people who died in 2016, according to a report by the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia. Jillian Bauer-Reese, a journalism professor, started carrying Narcan this semester after purchasing it at a CVS Pharmacy in Havertown, Pennsylvania, through the standing order. “I personally think that everybody should be carrying it,” Bauer-Reese said. Temple is in close proximity to heavily impacted neighborhoods like Kensington, in which the city shut down a halfmile stretch of land on Gurney Street, where people often used drugs, over the summer. Bauer-Reese visits the neighborhood frequently for reporting — another reason she carries Narcan. “We’re relatively close to a neighborhood that’s like the epicenter of the opioid crisis in Philadelphia,” Bauer-Reese said.





A student writes about the complexity of handling sexual misconduct while studying abroad in Italy.

Kai Davis, a 2016 alumna and former Babel poet, received a $15,000 grant from the Leeway Foundation for her poetry.

A class in the Klein College of Media and Communication is focused on understanding the rhetoric of hate speech.

On Sunday, students celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC championship.




In different cultures, sexual misconduct a constant I’m spending my final semester of college studying abroad in Rome. When I arrived, I began settling into my new apartment and getting to know my roommates. I couldn’t wait to explore the city and eat as much Italian cheese as possible. I was only here about four days when another story about sexual misconduct in Hollywood came out — this time about actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. Typically, I do my best to keep up on current events, but I knew that studying across the Atlantic Ocean for four months would limit my ability to fully engage with America’s political and cultural landscape. SASHA LASAKOW Still, as a consumer of media and a young woman, I knew it was important to remain knowledgeable about the recent increase in public sexual assault accusations in the film and media industry. While the time difference and my preoccupation with exploring my new city distracted me from the news, when I did finally read the Ansari article published by Babe. net, I approached it through the context of my temporary new life in Europe. In the controversial account of an anonymous 23-year-old woman’s encounter with Ansari last year, the woman, who goes by “Grace” in the piece, claims he ignored verbal and non-verbal cues that she was uncomfortable with his advances. I was all too familiar with this situation, having heard similar stories from friends and family members, and even having such experiences myself.

A student studying abroad in Rome discusses hearing news about sexual misconduct at home.


The precarious balance of male-female relationships, especially during young adulthood, is something with which almost every woman I know has struggled. I’ve heard stories of encounters that weren’t explicitly called assault, but where an unequal power balance or the pressure to be cooperative resulted in uncomfortable romantic encounters and painful memories. I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot during my first few weeks in Rome. Italian men, while known for being romantic and handsome, are also infamously assertive toward women. The female students in the program are warned repeatedly to avoid dressing inap-

propriately, making eye contact with or smiling at men and walking alone at night. The program manual even states that if you go home with an Italian, it may be assumed that “you are giving up your right to say ‘no.’” This is an unsettling thought at a time when affirmative and verbal consent is becoming a cornerstone of sexual encounters in America. And it’s true that I’m often greeted with stares and cries of “ciao, bella” while walking the streets of Rome. But so far, my experiences here haven’t been that different from my experiences in Philadelphia, where I also garner unwanted attention simply for being a woman.

Still, as a woman in a city where I don’t speak the language, I worry about the times when expectations and consent may get caught in a web of cultural differences and translation errors. Back in Philadelphia, my friends and I have systems in place that keep us as safe as possible. We travel in groups, make sure to text each other when we arrive home safely and many of us carry pepper spray. Of course, we hope that one day, the world will become a safer place for women. But until that day, we know it’s up to us to keep ourselves and each other safe. So far in Rome, it hasn’t been all that different. I rarely see girls my age walking alone at night or engaging with strangers on the street. Young women in Italy seem to take many of the same precautions that we do in the United States. There are a plethora of cultural differences between Philadelphia and Rome. I’ve had to adjust to everything from ordering coffee to crossing the street. But even a thousand miles away, the Ansari story feels all too familiar. In the few weeks I’ve been learning the ins and outs of this new culture, I can’t help but think about how the woman in the article could have been a woman in any city in the world. Despite the many differences between Rome and Philadelphia, some things, like the necessity for women to look out for each other and the lengths we still have to go to create a safer society, remain very much the same. sasha.lasakow@temple.edu @slasakw


Making poetry accessible for marginalized groups Kai Davis, a 2016 alumna, received a $15,000 grant from the Leeway Foundation for her poetry. BY KHANYA BRANN For The Temple News

On an unseasonably warm day in early December, Kai Davis opened her mailbox to find a fat envelope. It was the kind she thought could only contain good news. Inside, Davis found a packet from the Leeway Foundation congratulating her on being one of 10 artists to win a $15,000 Transformation Award. The award recognizes women and trans artists in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five years or more. “I cried all the way up the stairs to my apartment, and I live in a four-story walk up,” said Davis, a 2016 Africology, African-American studies and English alumna. Davis, a poet, author and editor at the Philadelphia-based Apiary Magazine, plans to use the grant to host a series of free poetry workshops for Black women and femmes — an umbrella term for feminine-identifying people — in the city. Many of her poems explore the intersection of race, power, gender and sexuality and the effect it has on people’s identities and society as a whole. Videos of Davis, a two-time international grand poetry slam champion, performing poems that are focused on her identity as a Black queer woman, like “F--- I Look Like” and “Ain’t I a Woman?,” have tens of thousands of views online. Davis shared the news of the grant in a video on Instagram, where she said, through tears, “For anyone who knows me...you know that this last year has been hard. I lost my father, I’ve been struggling trying to be a full-time artist, so this award means more than anything right now.” Davis, a Philadelphia native, moved back in with her parents in August 2016 when her father be-


came sick. He died in January 2017 due to multiple organ failure. Davis was in the middle of rehearsals for “How to Take Space,” a poetry show she co-produced and directed with The Philly Pigeon, a poetry collective that runs some of the city’s largest adult poetry slam events. “It had been the hardest year of my entire life, and at the end of it, I won this,” Davis said. “It felt like a wave of relief, like a big break that I really needed at the time. She first learned about the Transformation Award through Jacob Winterstein, the co-founder and co-host of The Philly Pigeon, and she was later encouraged to apply by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, an author who received a grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2012. “I remember writing ‘Leeway’ on a sticky-note and taping it to my mirror, and it was there for months as a reminder that despite everything I was dealing with, ‘I need to do this, I need to do this, I need to do this,’” Davis said. Even though she has been teaching poetry workshops for people of color and creating art for marginalized communities for several years, Davis initially felt like she hadn’t accomplished enough to apply for the grant. “The criteria asks for people who have been creating social change for five or more years, and I had, but I still didn’t feel like I deserved to apply,” she said. “There were a lot of things related to elitism in the poetry industry that I was concerned about, like not having been formally published.” She overcame her reservations and submitted the second round of applications last October, and waited two months to hear back from the foundation. “As a Black queer woman who has done a significant amount of work to cultivate art in Philadelphia, it’s beyond time someone has recognized her contributions and given her a grant,” said Jamal Parker, a senior Africology and African-American studies major

CACIE ROSARIO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kai Davis, a 2016 Africology and African-American studies and English alumna, is one of 10 Philadelphia artists to be awarded the Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation in December. The award is given to women and trans artists who have shown a commitment to social change in their work.

who succeeded Davis as the artistic director of Babel, Temple’s poetry collective. “She is exceptional on and off the stage, and has a gift for bringing people together.” Parker was also Davis’ teammate when Babel won the 2016 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, which is an annual international tournament where poetry teams compete. Davis is also always thinking about ways art spaces can be more accessible. She came up with the idea to do ticket giveaways for The Philly Pigeon shows, so people who can’t afford them could have the opportunity to attend the collective’s monthly shows. They prioritize people of color, financially insecure people, people with disabilities and

LGBTQ people, Davis said. “Poetry is something that a lot of marginalized people are interested in and practice or explore on their own,” Davis said. “But because of the elitism in the poetry world, in both the slam scene or page poetry, they don’t have a lot of access to poems that might change their life or ideas that might change how they move through the world.” Davis said she’s grateful for her mentors at the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a nonprofit that offers literary art education for teens, for giving her the opportunity to grow as a writer, performer and teacher, especially Cait Kay, who gave Davis her first opportunity to teach a poetry workshop in 2013. While Kay was on maternity leave last year, Davis substituted

for her classes at the Academy at Palumbo, a high school on Catherine Street near 11th, and had the opportunity to connect with students. Davis wants to continue to give Black and brown kids “a reason to speak up, to read and to question.” “My mentors were all able to see talent and understand that it needs to be fostered,” she said. “It’s really important that we create spaces for young people to tap into their potential, and give them the tools to do so, because it really makes a difference. I want to be able to provide that for people.” khanya.brann@temple.edu @_AfroKhan

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Unpacking rhetoric of violence A new course delves into how violent rhetoric and acts are ignored in social movements.



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Abbe Depretis created a class in response to the language of President Donald Trump’s administration. “I think that we’re surrounded by a lot of hateful rhetoric every day,” said Depretis, a communication and social influence professor. “Being able to kind of unpack it in class I think is a really useful tool.” This semester, Depretis is teaching a new course: Rhetoric of Hate and Violence. The class will examine the rhetoric, or how language is used in a persuasive manner, of topics like terrorism, campus hate speech and violence. In addition to the issue of hate speech, Depretis said the class will explore violent rhetoric and acts in social movements, which are often ignored. When thinking of the civil rights movement today, Depretis said some people forget about violent incidents, like shootouts between members of the Black Panther Party — a national anti-racist and socialist organization — and the police. Malcolm X, a radical Black activist protesting in the 1950s and early 1960s, also supported the use of violence in self-defense against oppression. “I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence,” he said during a speech in December 1964. “Social change doesn’t always come about through nonviolence,” Depretis said. “We kind of pretend that it does, or we act like it does, that only nonviolence actually affects change, but that’s not necessarily the case.” One of the textbooks for the class, “In the Wake of Violence: Image and Social Reform,” argues that more radical Black activists, like the Black Panthers, helped soften the sentiments of moderate civil rights leaders for many white Americans, Depretis said. As a result, people initially opposed to the ideas of a person, like Martin Luther King Jr., eventually agreed with them. “What [author Cheryl JorgensenEarp] argues in that book is that there is a place for violence in social movements,” Depretis said. “She’s not saying that social movements should be

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 NARCAN Bauer-Reese arranged a Narcan training for her Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction class, which teaches students how to report on solutions to substance use disorder in Philadelphia, on Feb. 6 in Annenberg Hall. The training is open to the Temple community and will be led by David Fialko, a prevention specialist at The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that provides services to prevent substance use and encourage recovery. Alkus learned how to administer Narcan at Prevention Point and has led three Narcan trainings for students and two for community organizations, like the Bella Vista Neighbor Association. “With two overdoses within two days in or near the Temple campus, this is a bad situation,” said Alkus, referring to Michael Paytas, a senior marketing major, and James Orlando, a junior Fox School of Business student, who both died from drug overdoses last month. Alkus and Bauer-Reese both said the university’s overdose prevention policies could be improved by offering Narcan trainings for all students, faculty and staff and creating a better system for students to report overdoses or students whose drug and alcohol use they’re concerned about. In December 2017, Temple Student Government passed a binding

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Professor Abbe Depretis leads her Rhetoric of Hate and Violence class in discussion in Tuttleman Learning Center on Thursday.

violent, but what she ultimately finds in her study is that the violence of social movements...ultimately make moderates in social movements palatable to the mainstream.” “So essentially what happens is Martin Luther King [ Jr.] comes along and people say, ‘He’s too radical,’” Depretis added. “And then Malcolm X comes along, and people say, ‘Where’s that Martin Luther King [ Jr.]? He seemed reasonable.’” One of Depretis’ students, Summer Nelson, said she’s always been intrigued by how language can inspire hatred. While Nelson, a senior communication and social influence major, acknowledged that Trump’s behavior has prompted many people to perceive a rise in hate speech, she said she believes he has mostly amplified bigotry that has always existed in the United States. In 2017, hate crimes in the five largest cities in the U.S. increased by 8 percent from 2016, according to police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino. “Before [the Trump administration], people were able to frame hate or violence in ways of law and order,” Nelson added. For their final projects, students will write a paper examining an idiograph, a word that represents an ideology, that’s related to violence or hate. In future sections of the class, Depretis said she plans to direct students to create anti-hate speech campaigns as their project.

When her students complete the course, Depretis hopes they will have developed a greater vocabulary to understand and discuss contemporary issues of violence. By looking at the current genocide in Myanmar, she said students can dissect the dehumanizing language officials use to support the genocide of the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority formerly living in the country. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled from violence in Myanmar since August 2017. An example of this language is Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the current head of the country’s armed forces, attempt to justifying the persecution of the Rohingya people by writing they have never been “an ethnic group in Myanmar” on social media in September. “From what we know from this class, these words are common veiled words for how others have talked about ethnic cleansing in other situations,” Depretis said. As one of Depretis’ students, this class is an example of how hateful language has been at the root of some political discourse for decades. “Rhetoric of hate and violence has been all of American history, not just current politics,” Nelson said. “People like to think that nowadays it’s so crazy, nowadays all these things are happening, [but] things have been happening for decades, for centuries that surround American culture about hate and violence.”

resolution that calls for the Wellness Resource Center and other university departments to teach students how to administer Narcan. “We can’t, unfortunately, force anybody to use Narcan in these different positions, like a resident assistant or a security guard,” Bauer-Reese said. “But you can at least train them on how to use it and equip them with it.” Alkus also said some students are unwilling to utilize the university’s medical amnesty policy, which allows students to seek emergency medical care without facing punishment. “I think we have to make Narcan available beyond just campus police to capture those people who are reluctant to call or worried about getting in trouble,” Alkus said. “We have to do better.” Currently, Main Campus has some resources available for students, like Temple University Collegiate Recovery Program, a student organization for people in recovery from a substance use disorder or other mental health disorder. Students can also receive individual or group therapy and medication-assisted treatment at Tuttleman Counseling Services. The university’s CARE Team also takes referrals from students, faculty or staff members about students who express symptoms of mental illness or substance use disorder. But Bauer-Reese said students need an anonymous online form or text-based service to send in referrals.

There have also been some Narcan trainings on campus. Nora Wilson, a junior printmaking major, hosted a Narcan training event outside the Tyler School of Art in August. The Criminal Justice Society also hosted a Narcan training session in Gladfelter Hall in October. Claire Cochrane, a senior criminal justice major and president of the Criminal Justice Society, was approached by Alkus, her former professor, to organize a Narcan training session. “[The training] was definitely one of the highlights in my semester,” Cochrane said. “To be able to get trained in [Narcan] is really important to me.” The 40 attendees learned how to identify an opioid overdose and administer Narcan. Cochrane hopes CJS can host another Narcan training in Fall 2018. “I know some people don’t even know that Narcan exists,” Cochrane said. “Let alone that you can carry it in your pocket just in case someone is overdosing near you.”

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WILLIAM CLARK Senior Finance

I am totally in support of the stadium. I saw the final product, and I think it’s going to conform to the urban environment really well. I think that it could be a real community asset if Temple takes the time to build a community center.

KYLE ALMEIDA Freshman Music education

I think it’s really not in the best interests of Temple. Maybe it’s in the best interests of people who are backing and a lot of the higher-up people in Temple. But I think in general there are a lot of better things we could be doing, and while paying money to go to the Linc [is] a sizeable amount, the amount to build a new stadium here is so much more. … It’s also like Temple is sort of invading.


Senior Computer science and English

I wasn’t really excited for the thought of the stadium being built because I feel like Temple has already expanded a lot into the local community, and I know we have limited programs giving back...but I don’t think it’s enough. I know there’s arguments for both sides of gentrification, but I’m more on the side that it is harmful to people. ... I think the stadium is contributing to that.







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JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS An Eagles fan is lifted by a friend as people swarm Broad Street on Sunday after the Eagles won the NFC Championship.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 EAGLES so long, but then again, I’m only 22. … 60-year-olds, 70-year-olds, 80-yearolds, even 90 year olds, that have just been fans for their whole life, I can’t imagine what they’re feeling today.” Long grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where his father watched NFL games all the time. Even though he was young, he said he would get excited every time his father became overjoyed by an Eagles win. Long and Bri O’Meara, his girlfriend who is a 2017 nursing alumna, arrived at the Draught Horse around 3 p.m. — more than three hours before the game started — and watched the Patriots defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the AFC Championship. He said the bar was packed before the game even started at 6:40 p.m. After the game, Long said everyone, even strangers, was hugging and high-fiving. He then ran out of the bar and started hugging people he saw on the street. “I ran down the street flapping my arms like wings just screaming ‘Super Bowl,’” Long said. “I just didn’t turn back. I was yards and yards ahead of everybody who came out of the bar.” Hundreds of students congregated at the intersection of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, blocking vehicles. Despite city employees slathering Crisco, a vegetable shortening used for cooking, on light poles to stop people from climbing on them, there are photos of students scaling the ones at the major campus intersection on Twitter. Many students, including Long and his friends, walked south on Broad Street, meeting up with other Philadelphians near City Hall to celebrate the historic win. When they reached Center City, Long said people were “packed like sardines.” He described the city streets as similar to a party: People were throwing confetti, setting off fireworks, playing music from a boombox and break-dancing. “It didn’t matter who you were, everyone was happy,” Long said. “Everyone was giving you a hug.” Maggie Arriviello, a junior risk management and insurance major, went to Lincoln Financial Field to tailgate with her friends before returning to Main Campus to watch

the game in her apartment. When the game ended, she said students filled the street to light sparklers, bang pots and pans and pop champagne bottles. “Someone lit an old Christmas tree on fire, [a] 15-, 20-feet high fire,” Arriviello said. “It was starting to reach the telephone lines.” In preparation for the post-game celebration, Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, said Temple Police planned to increase police presence around Main Campus. TUPD also found 10 cars on the 1500 block of N. 16th Street that were spray painted green. He said they are working with landlords and business owners to access cameras in the areas to try and find suspects. Leone added that TUPD will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Super Bowl and post-game reactions. Shane Maziarz, a junior history major, lost his voice from screaming so much during and after the Eagles’ win last night. He grew up in Royersford, Pennsylvania, and said his father was also a big influence on his support of the Eagles. He also attended the tailgate, and afterward watched the game in his friend’s off-campus apartment. Along with many other students, he and his friends rushed down Broad Street toward Center City for the citywide celebration. Maziarz hopes to travel home to Montgomery County to watch the Super Bowl with his father. He said he woke up to a text from his dad at 8 a.m. Monday morning that read: “You’re not dreaming. The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!” “That would be my number one goal, to try to witness something that means so much to both of us,” Maziarz said. Long’s grandfather, a life-long Eagles fan, died in May 2017. While Long wishes he could have experienced the NFC Championship win with him, he said he believes the team is succeeding because of his grandfather’s legacy as a fan. “He just always wanted them to do well…and here they are doing well,” Long said. “It’s just great for my family and for me, and knowing that he would be happy.” features@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews

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Temple Theaters shows work by MFA students From Wednesday through Feb. 4, Temple Theaters will present MFA Playwriting Rep, a series of three original works directed by theater MFA students. The plays will examine themes of “love and loss, truth and reality,” according to the event’s website. Tickets are $25 for general admission; $20 for seniors, college students and Temple employees and $10 for Temple students.

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Theater dept. hosts staged reading of a historical feud The theater department will perform a staged reading of the play “Age of Power” on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m in Rock Hall. “Age of Power” follows the quest of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison to develop electric power systems and shows how their “knock-down, drag-out battle brought about heartbreak, greed and death,” according to the event’s website. The event is free and open to the public. -Maureen Iplenski

Student a capella groups performing in the TPAC Seven of Temple’s student a cappella groups will perform at the TU A Cappella Showcase on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Temple Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature LiaChorus, Broad Street Line, Low Key, Singchronize, Pitch Please, Jewkebox and OwlCappella. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for a chance to win a gift basket. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Liguori Academy, a private, independent high school in Kensington. The event is free and open to the public. -Ian Walker

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Professor’s film released in select theaters “The Strange Ones” explores mysterious events that occur between two brothers on a road trip. BY HADIYAH WEAVER For The Temple News

Lauren Wolkstein’s office is filled with books about screenwriting and directing. A film reel even sits atop the shelf that contains her collection of books. Wolkstein, a film and media arts professor, is one of this year’s six Women at Sundance Fellows. She recently released her first feature film in theaters, “The Strange Ones,” with co-director Christopher Radcliff, a New York filmmaker. Sundance, an arts nonprofit, runs a prestigious annual film festival in Park City, Utah. This year, the festival runs Jan. 18 through 28. Wolkstein attended the first few days of the festival. Inspired by true crime stories, “The Strange Ones” is a drama about two brothers and the mysterious events that occur as they venture across America on a road trip. By withholding background information and revealing as little as possible on the brothers’ adventure, the film creates a feeling of suspense. “[The theme] was this idea of people that are strangers to each other and never really knowing who a person is when you think you’re close to him,” Wolkstein said. “There’s always...this sort of allusiveness of who we are.” The film premiered on DIRECTV’s Cinema TV Spot in December 2017, and it was released in theaters in 11 cities on Jan. 5. When they were researching for the film’s characters, Wolkstein and Radcliff read several true crime stories, many based on the kidnapping of teenagers. “It was really interesting to us the length of intrusiveness to this idea that you never really know the full story,” Wolkstein said. “You never really know what really happened unless you were there, and even if you were there, there’s always this true sense of people.” Before the film was made into a feature, Wolkstein and Radcliff produced a similar short film, which they began working on in 2010 during their last semester at Columbia University, where they both earned MFA degrees. The film screened at several festi-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 MARCH conduct random searches, and they also did not have entry points into the march along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The rumors of security checkpoints and random searches prompted Temple’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance to boycott this year’s march. Kaila Alderfer, FMLA’s social media chair and a sophomore psychology major, said the police presence is “exactly why” none of the organization’s members attended this year’s march: They feared it would marginalize people of color and discourage certain ethnic groups from attending. In response to the boycott campaign, Philly.com reported that Deputy Police Commissioner Dennis Wilson announced in a press conference on Jan. 19 that police “are not frisking people” and “are not infringing on anyone’s First Amendment rights in any way.”

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lauren Wolkstein, a film and media arts professor, is the co-director of “The Strange Ones,” which was released in select theaters earlier this month.

vals in 2011. After completing the short film, Wolkstein said she and Radcliff wanted to expand it into a full feature, and began seeking producers to finance the film. While writing the script and raising money for the film, Radcliff and Wolkstein made several short films to continue to hone their craft of directing. After finding producers, the two filmed the project in August 2016. It premiered at South by Southwest, an annual interactive media and music festival and conference, in March 2017, garnering a Jury Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. “There were so many great moments,” Radcliff said. “It’s a bit of a roller coaster. The production was actually the funnest part of it. We loved our crew and everyone had a good time doing it.” “It’s really exciting and rewarding and now it’s a movie that anyone can see,” Radcliff added. “In that way, it feels like a birth of a movie, and now it feels like it doesn’t belong to us anymore. It’s like sending your child off to college. The film is like leaving us, so it’s a little bittersweet.” The program offers fellows a year-long program with a mentor, professional coaching and stipends for traveling to the Sundance Film Festival. For Wolkstein, the fellowship feels like a new chapter in her life after working on

“The Strange Ones” with Radcliff for so long. Wolkstein said she’s also grateful for the opportunity because of the lack of resources and representation for women in the filmmaking industry. During the 2018 Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7, Barbra Streisand expressed her disbelief that she is still the only woman to win a Golden Globe for best director. She won in 1984. “That was 34 years ago,” Streisand said during the ceremony. “Folks, time’s up.” With movements like #MeToo — which is a hashtag that went viral in October 2017 by women sharing their experiences with sexual misconduct on social media — taking over Hollywood, Wolkstein hopes to see more female filmmakers create work. “This industry is very hard,” Wolkstein said. “And it’s really hard for females to get the support we need to keep going after you make a few films to stay in the industry. So [Sundance is] providing a lot of support that necessarily wouldn’t be available.” “Now we are going to see really important stories in Hollywood of our lives that’s been missing from Hollywood for a really long time,” she added.

Despite this announcement, many still chose to boycott the march due to its lack of inclusivity. Former resident of the United States Virgin Islands Adriana Adelé Akintobi, a yoga teacher at Three Queens Yoga in South Philadelphia, said she attended the protest with the group Swing Left. Swing Left pairs participants who live in highly Democratic areas with the closest Republican swing district to encourage constituents in that district to vote for Democrats. Akintobi works in in Bucks County with the organization. “More interaction with police, especially for Black and brown folks, can be seen as more of a threat, or causing more fear or issues,” Akintobi said. “I had these same fears, but I just came out anyway, but for those who stayed home for that reason, I think that is totally valid.” Andrea Sarmiento, a sophomore global studies major, also voiced concern over police presence. Sarmiento is on the executive

board of Temple’s chapter of She’s the First, a nonprofit organization sponsoring girls’ education in low-income countries. “I understand that the police are there just for protection, but at the same time, with all the police brutality going on in our country, I think the police presence is something to be concerned about,” Sarmiento said. “My parents are from the Philippines,” Sarmiento added. “I am a first-generation American, plus I am a woman, so fighting for equal rights and women’s rights is very important to me.” Abbey Laine Faber, a 22-year-old North Philadelphia resident and queer Puerto Rican woman, expressed frustration over the lack of inclusivity of this year’s women’s march. Laine Faber was canvassing for Planned Parenthood as part of her job with Philadelphia’s chapter of Grassroots Campaigns, a political consulting firm that specializes in strategic fundraising for charities, political groups and candidates. “It was so discouraging to see transphobic signs that said things like, ‘No Uterus, No Say,’” Laine Faber said. “There are so many women, both trans and cis, who don’t have uteruses and there are people out there with uteruses that are not women.” Samantha Hughes, a 2016 health information management alumna, attended the march on Saturday and said she understands the concerns over police presence, but thinks it is necessary for safety. “[I] see the point of view of the people who are worried about the police presence, but I also see the point of view as in ‘What if?” Hughes said. “With all the crazy things going on in the world, it’d be nice to have maybe some bystanders to be there for that if it were to happen.”

Larry Hanover, an adjunct journalism instructor and a former reporter at The Times of Trenton, will speak to students and faculty about the book, “Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America,” on Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. in Annenberg Hall Room 201. The book tells the story of Fred Behrend, a Jewish native of Germany who fled Nazi persecution for Cuba. Behrend and Hanover co-authored the book. -Patrick Bilow


COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Participants at the Women’s March on Philadelphia hold signs while they walk along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday. Some student organizations boycotted the event because of its lack of inclusivity.

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Coaching staff has same Rutgers University roots, same mission Umme Salim-Beasley and her top assistants all came to Temple in 2015. BY JAY NEEMEYER For The Temple News

When Umme Salim-Beasley left her position as an assistant coach at Rutgers University in April 2015 to become Temple’s coach, she brought two fresh Rutgers alumni with her. Graduate assistant Anastasia Halbig, who trained under Salim-Beasley as a student-athlete from 2012-15, and assistant coach Michael Rosso, who spent two seasons as a Scarlet Knights volunteer assistant coach, joined Salim-Beasley’s staff later that summer. All three agreed it didn’t take much convincing to come to Temple. Halbig decided during her junior year at Rutgers in the 2013-14 academic year that she wanted to become a graduate assistant coach. She was considering several schools, but she quickly chose to come to Temple with Salim-Beasley. “I knew gymnastics was such a big part of my life and I didn’t want to lose it,” Halbig said. “[Temple] just seemed like the right choice.” Rosso said he had “no hesitation” about joining Salim-Beasley’s staff after his initial interview. The pre-existing relationship among the three allowed them to focus on gymnastics, Salim-Beasley said. Now, in their third year together at Temple (4-2), the coaching trio has led the Owls to their highest national ranking in program history and a No. 40 rank on the floor exercise out of 82 teams. The coaching staff wants to lead the Owls to their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1992. “It was going to be us being able to hit the ground running as far as getting started and revamping what we wanted to do with the program,” Salim-Beasley said. “We didn’t have to take the time to get to know how each other worked. It was pretty easy for us to get started right away.” Because Halbig worked with SalimBeasley as a student, they had an established level of respect and communication once they arrived at Temple, Halbig said. Halbig works with athletes’ technical details on the balance beam and uses her experience as a former athlete to connect with and push the team. Rosso was trusted with more respon-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 POSTSEASON PUSH ment under Dunphy, they hovered around a .500 record 19 games into the season. It occurred most recently during the 2015-16 season. Temple started the season 11-8 and finished 10-4 to become regular season champions of The American and reached the NCAA Tournament. Dunphy doesn’t reflect on the past much, but senior forward Obi Enechionyia sees similarities in the 201516 team and Temple’s current squad. “That team had a lot of talent as well and we found a way to put it all together at the end and make the tournament,” Enechionyia said. “I see nothing different from this team. So I think we can do that if we stay together and keep pushing.” After the Owls picked up their eighth loss of the 2015-16 season to East Carolina on Jan. 27, 2016, they ripped off a fivegame winning streak in the thick of conference play. Enechionyia averaged 12.8 points

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Umme Salim-Beasley (center), assistant coach Michael Rosso (left) and graduate assistant coach Anastasia Halbig work with gymnasts during practice on Wednesday in Pearson Hall.

sibility as a Temple assistant coach than he had at Rutgers. As a student assistant, his responsibilities mostly involved equipment and setting up drills. Now, he directly coaches athletes in vault and floor exercise. “I’m a more crucial part of making more crucial decisions on the day-to-day of the program, of the team,” Rosso said. They all agree on the direction they want the program to take and have similar coaching styles. “We really want to build our athletes up,” Salim-Beasley said. “We really find that they are more successful that way. They tend to believe in themselves, believe in their coaches, believe in their teammates when they are in a supportive environment.” Rosso is positive about the outlook of the team. This year’s freshman class is Salim-Beasley’s first class to have been recruited exclusively by the current coaching staff, Rosso said. “As a coaching staff, I think we’re going to keep growing and growing as the team keeps growing and growing,” Rosso said. “We created that foundation. We all

per game and shot 45.4 percent during that winning streak. Temple qualified for the NCAA Tournament later that season and lost to the University of Iowa, 72-70, in the first round. The Owls have won three of their past four games after going on a five-game losing streak from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7. Over the past four games, Enechionyia has averaged 14.2 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game. Enechionyia found a rhythm shooting during Temple’s 14-1 second-half run against the Quakers on Saturday. He nailed a 3-pointer from the wing with Penn sophomore forward AJ Brodeur’s hand in his face to give Temple a 33-26 lead. While the Owls have been the victor as of late, Dunphy would like to see their halfcourt offense improve. “The ball is still getting a little too stuck, especially early [Saturday,] I thought,” Dunphy said. “Luckily our defense held

know how each other work. Now we’re in year three and we really, really know how each other work.” Halbig and Salim-Beasley’s Rutgers tenure spanned the 2012-15 seasons. Rosso volunteered as a coach during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In the first year all three spent together, the Scarlet Knights set the program’s top mark on the vault and posted the second-best scores in program history on the balance beam and floor exercise. Rutgers set the program’s highest team score at the final home meet of the season with a 196.225 on March 8, 2014. Later that month, Rutgers notched its best score at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships in program history. The team qualified for NCAA Regionals, and Salim-Beasley won the EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year. “Being part of that team together is something we remember, and something that we look forward to making as a team with Temple now,” Halbig said. jay.neemeyer@temple.edu






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together, so that there wasn’t a big swing in the action. But we just were really stagnant I thought, and that’s obviously on me and all our senior leadership. ... We can play better on the offensive end.” Sophomore center Damion Moore has missed the past four games with a sprained right ankle. He wasn’t wearing a boot on his foot against the Quakers on Saturday, however, he didn’t see any action. Dunphy said he doesn’t have a timetable for his return. Because of Moore’s absence and Temple playing opponents like Southern Methodist and Tulsa who like to stretch the floor, Dunphy has rotated smaller lineups featuring freshman forward J.P.

Moorman II. Moorman played a careerhigh 26 minutes against the Quakers and finished with four points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover. After winning three close games, does Dunphy think the Owls are starting to turn things around? He hopes so. “We’ve got an interesting matchup with Cincinnati on Wednesday, and they’re really a tough team,” Dunphy said. “Our league is really talented. Obviously, it’s a very good win for us [Saturday.]” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo


Temple honors two Elite Eight squads The men’s basketball team will honor two of the program’s five Elite Eight teams during regular-season games this season. First, the 1992-93 team will celebrate its 25th anniversary at halftime of Sunday’s game against Connecticut. That team finished with a 20-13 record under Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, who turned 86 years old on Sunday. Aaron McKie, who is now an assistant coach, won the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year that season and led the Owls in scoring. Temple beat the University of Missouri, Santa Clara University and Vanderbilt University before it lost to the University of Michigan’s Fab Five squad. The second team to be honored will be the 1987-88 squad during halftime of the Owls’ game against Wichita State on Feb. 1. The Owls (32-2, 18-0 Atlantic 10) finished the year as the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll. Chaney won National Coach of the Year. Temple entered the NCAA Tournament with 15 wins in a row. The Owls beat Lehigh University, Georgetown University and the University of Richmond before their season-ending loss to Duke University. Mark Macon, who played seven seasons in the NBA, earned second-team All-American honors from the AP as a freshman. -Evan Easterling

Third-leading men’s basketball scorer signs overseas Former guard David Hawkins signed with Fortitudo Pallacanestro Roma of the Italian Serie C league. Hawkins, who’s in his 10th year playing professionally, is the program’s third all-time leading scorer with 2,077 points from 2000-04. He averaged 24.4 points per game as a senior in 2003-04, which also ranks third in school history. Hawkins is the last Temple player to score 40 points or more in a game. He recorded 41 points, seven rebounds and five steals in a 98-92 double overtime victory against UMass on March 3, 2004. He also shot 50 percent from 3-point range. Hawkins has been part of championship teams in the Italian and Turkish professional leagues. He was named the MVP of Italian Cup in 2006. -Tom Ignudo


Former Owl to receive distinction Former midfielder Amanda O’Leary will be honored by the Tewaaraton Foundation, which honors excellent lacrosse performances and provides scholarships to Native Americans, on May 31 in Washington, D.C. O’Leary will receive Tewaaraton Legend distinction, which is given to people who played college lacrosse before 2001. O’Leary, who is the coach at the University of Florida, started for Temple from 198588 and earned two All-American honors. O’Leary helped Temple win the 1988 Division I title and won the Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Year. She is a member of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and Temple Hall of Fame. -Evan Easterling

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Sabre-specific club in Oregon is Temple pipeline Temple has had four fencers from PDX Fencing since 2012. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter

Eva Hinds said attending Temple was a “no brainer” when her club teammates, sophomore sabres Malia Hee and Kerry Plunkett, made their commitments to the university in 2015. Hinds, a freshman sabre, was then a junior at the Portland Waldorf School in Oregon. Hinds, Hee and Plunkett fenced for PDX Fencing in Beaverton, Oregon, together for about seven or eight years, Hinds said. Hee and Plunkett reached out to Hinds before she officially chose Temple and swayed her decision. Now, the three PDX Fencing alumnae are reunited at Temple. Hinds feels at home. “I knew if we had a chance to be on the same team, we could be really great,” Hinds said. “I knew we could make each other stronger fencers, and I wanted that kind of relationship wherever I went,” she added. PDX Fencing is an all-sabre club that coach Nikki Franke had recruited from before finding Hee, Plunkett and Hinds. Petra Khan, who posted a 121-84 record at Temple from 2012-16, also attended the club. “The familiarity with that club helped us get those three here,” Franke said. “Me and their coach have a great relationship. Their fencers are very well trained and composed coming up to the college level. And that really applies to the three we have here currently.” Khan had some influence on the fencers’ decisions to come to Temple. While she attended Temple, Khan stayed in contact with Charles Randall, the coach and founder of PDX Fencing. Randall relayed this to the current crop of PDX fencers, which pushed them closer to committing to Temple. “She had nothing but great things to say about the city, the program and more importantly the impact coach Franke had on her as a person and a fencer,” Randall said. “And my fencers definitely knew about all the great

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 CLOSE GAMES point lead with 32 seconds left before making a game-winning jumper. Memphis had runs of 13-0 and 10-0 in the second half to help force overtime. Houston led by 15 with just more than six minutes remaining in the second half before Temple made a run. Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr.’s potential game-tying 3-pointer missed at the final buzzer. Saturday’s win against Penn flipped an early-conference-season trend. Temple held the Quakers to 28.3 percent from the field and a season-low 51 points to break their threegame winning streak. “It seems like it’s just who we are,” senior forward Obi Enechionyia said. “For some reason, we let teams back, which we shouldn’t do, but at the end of the day a win is a win. So I’m happy with how we played even though we let them back in a little bit.” Brown’s late-game heroics aren’t exclusive to Saturday’s game against Penn. His hook shot with 1.2 seconds left against Southern Methodist on Jan. 10 broke the Owls’ five-game losing streak. Brown made the go-ahead shot with 28 seconds left in Wednesday’s win against Tulsa. Brown also hit a gamewinner during his sophomore season and one in his junior season. “Him and Obi are our captains,” Alston said. “I love when they come through in the clutch. Josh has been here

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JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore sabre Kerry Plunkett (background) watches while sophomore sabre Malia Hee (right) and freshman sabre Eva Hinds fence during practice on Friday in the Student Pavilion.

feelings she had toward Temple.” During the recruiting process, Plunkett and Hee said Randall was a big influence on their decision to come to Temple. Plunkett said Randall showed a “sincere sense of passion” toward the fencing program and Franke. Randall said he likes to send his fencers to Temple because of Franke’s “demeanor” and passion for her athletes and the sport of fencing. Randall appreciates how she builds her fencers as people. “With my fencers, I try to leave an impact on them outside of just fencing technique,” Randall said. “You can’t have every fencer be exactly the same, and I think coach Franke does a great job of realizing what she has with a certain fencer and then using her

the longest, so when games are going down and we need a big shot, he likes to take it. And we trust him in making the decision.” Dunphy said he is excited to move onto the next challenge, which is the Owls’ second matchup against Cincinnati. The Bearcats (17-2, 6-0 The American), who are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, have won 10 games in a row. They’ve also won 36 straight home games, which is the longest streak in Division I. When Temple beat Southern Methodist earlier this month, it broke the Mustangs’ streak of 33 home wins in a row. Temple beat Cincinnati twice, including once while the Bearcats were nationally ranked, during the 2015-16 season. Since then, the Owls have lost three straight to Cincinnati. The games have been close, with Cincinnati winning by a combined total of 15 points. Temple will be halfway through American Athletic Conference play after this week’s action. The Owls, who are currently 10th in The American, have one game remaining against second-place Houston (15-4, 5-2 The American) and two against No. 7 Wichita State (15-4, 5-2 The American). “There’s no rest,” Dunphy said. “You’re in the rhythm of the season, and you’ve got a lot of work still to be done.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

knowledge to get the best out of them.” Hee, Hinds and Plunkett combined to go 30-7 on Saturday in the first day of the Philadelphia Invitational. They helped the Owls win seven of 10 matches in two days and improve to 14-6. At the Vassar Traditional Meet to open dual meet play on Dec. 3, Hinds and Hee posted records of 10-1 and 9-2, respectively. Plunkett posted the strongest sabre record at 7-3 during the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 14. As a freshman, Hee had a 70-13 record, which earned her the record for single season wins by a sabre at Temple. Hee also won the individual sabre competition at the Penn State Garret Open in November 2016. Plunkett fell one win short of Hee dur-

ing their freshman season by posting a record of 69-23. Plunkett placed 19th in the NCAA Championship sabre competition. Hinds, Hee and Plunkett believe Temple is the best school for them. “Everything about Temple is going really well for us,” Hee said. “I think we all wanted to get an East Coast experience, and Philadelphia is a great place for that. We also have our own academic dreams, and Temple really went along with all of our goals moving forward in life.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 SCORING the Owls offensively, averaging 22.6 points per game. She is shooting 49.2 percent on 295 field goal attempts. Besides Atkinson, freshmen Mia Davis and Emani Mayo are the other two players who have taken at least 100 shots. “People have to be more aggressive,” Mayo said. “The shots you don’t take, you won’t know. If you keep shooting, you’ll make shots.” Not only is the team seeking offensive contribution from other players, Temple also lacks offensive efficiency. The Owls are shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor. Atkinson and Davis are the only two players on the team with at least 50 field goal attempts to average more than 40 percent shooting. Although Mayo is making an effort to be more involved on offense, her shooting numbers have not always been consistent. Mayo scored 14 points and shot 42.9 percent against Houston on Jan. 16. The preceding game against Cincinnati, however, she shot 18.2 percent for five points. Mayo said she has been working on her pull-up jump shot, because she feels it is a more consistent shot rather than resorting to floaters over taller defenders in the lane. Mayo has shot less than 35 percent from the field in 10 games this season, but she intends to remain involved in the offense. Atkinson said she had a similar aggressive mindset as a freshman. “When I first came here, the biggest thing I needed to have was confidence,” Atkinson said. “I don’t want to say people are still nervous, but people just don’t want to make mistakes. I had to know that I was

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Deja Reynolds holds the ball during Temple’s 99-75 loss to Houston on Jan. 16 at McGonigle Hall.

going to make mistakes. I feel like having that mentality you go out there and play as hard as you can no matter what. That’s what I’m trying to do with them and tell them my experience.” Atkinson averaged 10.6 points per game as a freshman and has been a consistent offensive asset for the Owls each season. She moved into fourth place on Temple’s alltime scoring list after Sunday’s game against UConn. With Atkinson being just one of the two active seniors on the roster, she is trying to give her teammates confidence whether they win or lose. Temple has lost six of its past seven games and ranks ninth in The

American in field goal percentage and eighth in field goals attempted. In their recent six losses, the Owls have shot 37.8 percent from the field. They shot 40 percent or better in three of the six games, including a 46.4 percent outing against Houston on Jan. 16. “I feel like we’re going to end up turning this around,” Atkinson said. “We don’t really have a good record right now, but we have a lot of young guys. ... I just think we need to focus on being aggressive.” austin.ampeloquio@temple.edu @AustinPaulAmp

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Owls allowing too many points during four-game skid During its four-game losing streak, Temple has allowed an average of 95.2 points per game. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter

For three straight days of practice, the Owls didn’t touch a basketball. Coach Tonya Cardoza’s main concern with the team is not shooting or dribbling or controlling the ball on offense. Rather, Cardoza sees defense as Temple’s downfall. So for three consecutive days, the team worked solely on improving defensive skills. “From past years, we’ve done things like this before where we don’t touch a ball and just focus on defense,” senior guard Tanaya Atkinson said. “But we grew from it, and it’s about how we grow from not touching a ball.” The Owls (9-9, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) are on a four-game losing streak despite scoring more than 70 points three times. If they had stuck to their defensive plan of holding opponents to 60 points or fewer, the Owls would likely be sitting in a very different position than 11th of 12 teams in their conference. Temple’s opponents have scored more than 60 points in 13 of its 18 games. Opponents average 71.7 points per game, which places Temple as the second-worst team in The American in scoring defense. The lastplace team, Houston (15-6, 4-3 The American), has a plus-4.1 scoring margin, while Temple’s is negative 4.2. “They always wind up scoring more than we’re supposed to hold them to,” freshman forward Mia Davis said. “It’s kind of frustrating not meeting our goal and giving up all those points.”

Cardoza attributes some of the team’s defensive woes to inexperience. Temple has six freshmen on the team, with four who rotate in and out of starting positions. Davis has started every game, freshman forward Breanna Perry has started 15, freshman guard Emani Mayo has started 14 and freshman guard Desiree Oliver has averaged 21.4 minutes per game in nine games off the bench. “When Tanaya was a freshman, she had more guys that understood what was going on, so other people could talk them through things,” Cardoza said. “Right now, they’re talking themselves through it and they don’t know.” Atkinson has led by example and by communicating with the team and further explaining scenarios as they happen. Atkinson leads the team with 9.6 rebounds and 6.2 defensive rebounds per game. She also leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game. The Owls, however, average less than six steals per game, which places them 11th in The American. “Most times we go for steals, we don’t get them and it breaks down the defense even more,” Davis said. “Then it’s frustrating to have to get back and figure out who else needs to be guarded.” Even though both Atkinson and Davis sit atop the list of individual conference leaders in rebounds at first and fourth, respectively, Cardoza said Temple’s rebounding game can’t make up for its lack of steals. “If we’re getting steals, it means there’s an opportunity that we’re getting buckets at the other end,” Cardoza said. “Just getting a rebound, the defense can still be set. And in the past, we were really good at stealing the ball...because we were good defenders. It’s hard to get steals if you’re not a good defen-

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Coach Tonya Cardoza instructs her squad during a timeout in the Owls’ 113-57 loss to UConn on Sunday at McGonigle Hall.

sive team.” Despite the defensive difficulties the team has had thus far, the Owls are optimistic they will improve. Davis said taking three days to focus only on defense has pushed her and her teammates to “lock in.” Atkinson also thinks that the extra practice will help solidify the team’s expectations on defense and instill discipline in the group. Every time a defensive mistake was made, the whole squad had to do a sprint. “People are actually wanting to play

defense now,” Atkinson said. “Usually there was a little hassle about it, but now I feel like people are ready to play defense. When [Cardoza] tells us to do a defensive drill, you have people sprinting to get on first. I feel like that’s definitely a plus.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca


Former Owls play Canadian, fast-paced style The Ottawa Redblacks have four alumni on their roster. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

It’s rare for Jean-Marc Edme to spend as much time at one school as he did at Temple in 2016. Edme is the director of player personnel for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks. He visits 25 to 30 schools each fall to scout talent, and on an October day two years ago, he found himself impressed with the talent in Temple’s senior class. Today, three members of that class — linebacker Avery Williams, defensive lineman Avery Ellis and tight end and defensive end Romond Deloatch — are among the four former Owls on Ottawa’s roster. Ellis spent the 2017 season with the Redblacks, while Williams and Deloatch, the newest additions, signed with the team earlier this month. “It was one of those schools, one of those visits, that I was there for a long time,” Edme said. “They were deep, especially on defense, a lot of good football players.” The Redblacks’ scouting staff has about seven people, including Edme, who cover the Eastern seaboard from New York to North Carolina by scouting colleges’ senior classes. Edme has a network of contacts that includes Temple offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan, who coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wideouts in 2010 and 2011. Wiesehan recommended to Edme former Owls’ offensive lineman Eric Lofton, who played one CFL game in 2017. CFL fans and scouts recognize Temple’s program because of former Owls who’ve had careers in the league. Derek Dennis, who played on the Owls’ offensive line from 2007-11, won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2016. The 2016 CFL season ended with Henry Burris quarterbacking the Redblacks to a Grey Cup title. Burris, who played for Temple from 1993-96, retired after winning his third Grey Cup as the league’s third all-time leading passer. Both of those players had NFL experience — Dennis played in the preseason and

on practice squads and Burris was in six games in 2002 — before fully establishing their CFL careers. A significant percentage of CFL players spent time in NFL camps before being cut, Edme said. NFL teams, however, want the players they release to sign with other teams, which is why they allow people like Edme to watch training camp practices. He had a chance to watch Williams while he was with the Houston Texans in the 2017 preseason. Fast linebackers are important in the CFL. The field, excluding the end zones, is 10 yards longer and nearly 12 yards wider than an NFL field. That’s where Williams comes into play. Edme told Williams that NFL teams often pass up on shorter linebackers, but his height didn’t matter to him. Williams, listed at 5 feet, 10 inches, played in the preseason with the Houston Texans before being cut on his birthday, Sept. 2. “When you get released from a team, actually from your dream job, that goes through your head like 1,000 times, like, ‘Man, what if I never play football again?’” Williams said. “So, just receiving that blessing from the Ottawa Redblacks, it was amazing.” The Redblacks’ attempt to find Williams was nearly unsuccessful. Someone mistakenly called Ellis in January 2017 thinking it was Williams. Ellis turned out to be a key player for Ottawa, leading the team with six sacks last season and returning a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown, his first since high school. The faster pace of CFL football makes pass rushers important, Edme said. Despite Deloatch’s experience as a third-down defensive end as a redshirt senior, Edme sees him strictly as a wide receiver. Deloatch tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles in May. The Eagles envisioned him as a tight end and asked him to increase his weight before he was released in the summer. Then, Deloatch signed with Ottawa for the first time on Sept. 14. Now he is on a no-starch diet as he tries to trim down from 231 pounds to 220 in time for preseason camp in May. Edme projects Deloatch as a red-zone threat in the

CFL. “They want me to mismatch with the safeties and the bigger linebackers,” Deloatch said. “So it’s not really a tight end move, but it’s more so a slot receiver. I like the plan they have for me.” “The CFL game, it’s really fast,” Edme said. “It’s kind of like a spread offense. We pass the ball a lot. ... So we need guys who can run, who can catch the ball.” Edme visited Temple in October and again saw players he liked from the senior class, specifically former wide receivers Adonis Jennings and Keith Kirkwood. Both of them and former safety Sean Chandler played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday in Southern California. Jennings led all players with 61 receiving yards. Kirkwood and Jennings have the

potential to make NFL training camps or final rosters depending on the needs of teams, Edme said. He intends to visit Temple again during each college season, he said. “We’re looking for good football players, and we know Temple produces good football players,” Edme said. “It’s a well-run program and we know that if we sign them, they’re going to be happy in Ottawa because Philly is a good multicultural city. Ottawa is the same way.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling


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Looking to repeat history Three of coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA Tournament teams at Temple made late regular-season runs. BY TOM IGNUDO

Assistant Sports Editor


EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. (center) attempts a layup over Penn sophomore forward AJ Brodeur (left) and sophomore guard Ryan Betley during the Owls’ 60-51 win against the Quakers on Saturday at The Palestra.


enn had the week off before playing Temple on Saturday at The Palestra. The Quakers came out the gates sluggish — shooting 30 percent from the field in the first half. But Penn coach Steve Donahue didn’t blame his team’s time off for its 60-51 loss to Temple last weekend. He said the Owls (10-9, 2-5 American Athletic Conference) caused problems for the Quakers with their length and size on defense. “I think they are an NCAA team,” Donahue said of the Owls. “They just got to figure out how to keep it going consistently. When they play well, that’s as good as a team there is. I think they got better [Saturday.] They figured out a way with a team that is scrappy and trying to really outwork them.” The Owls now sit in a familiar territory during coach Fran Dunphy’s 12-year tenure with the program. In three of the seven times the Owls have made the NCAA Tourna-



‘No rest’ for Dunphy’s Owls after turnaround Temple has won three of its past four games in a dramatic fashion. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

Fran Dunphy consistently can’t pinpoint one reason his team has lost second-half leads. After a 14-1 run in the second half against Penn on Saturday, Temple led by 12 with 14 minutes, 23 seconds left at The Palestra. The Owls (10-9, 2-5 American Athletic Conference) won, 60-51. But not before Penn took the lead with 4:02 left. The Quakers trailed by just one possession until redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown scored a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left. “We throw it away,” Dunphy said. “We don’t check it out. We throw up a bad shot. We don’t catch it right. We cover the gamut, but again, to survive and move on here to the next challenge, it’s a really good win for us against a very well-coached team and we’re grateful for it.” Temple has won three of its past four games. All of those games, and six of the past seven, have been decided by key plays in the final minute. Overall, 10 of the Owls’ games have been decided by five points or fewer. Temple is 5-5 in those games with three conference losses. The Owls had a 9-4 record in such games during the 2015-16 season, which ended with their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance. This season’s losses to league opponents in games decided by five points or fewer came against Houston on Dec. 30, Cincinnati on Jan. 4 and Memphis on Jan. 13. Cincinnati and Memphis made game-winning shots with less than one second left at the Liacouras Center. Cincinnati, which trailed for 32 minutes, 12 seconds, went on a 10-0 run to take a three-


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Emani Mayo (center) looks for an open teammate while marked by UConn senior guard Kia Nurse in the Owls’ 113-57 loss on Sunday at McGonigle Hall.

‘People have to be more aggressive’ Only three players have attempted more than 100 field goals this season. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter

The sun shone brightly through the windows of the Pearson Hall practice facility on Friday afternoon. Junior guard Deja Reynolds was in the gym getting up shots. It was just her, the rebounding machine and the hoop. “One more. I got to get one more,” Reynolds said before running down to McGonigle Hall to meet teammates for practice.

Though the hardwood gleamed from the sun, offense hasn’t necessarily been a bright spot for Temple (9-9, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) this year. Eighteen games into the season, only three players have attempted more than 100 field goals. By comparison, South Florida — the second-place team in The American — has four players with at least 100 attempts and another with 97. Coach Tonya Cardoza said being more involved offensively is something everybody on the team is going to have to learn on their own. “One game they can shoot well and score double figures,” Cardoza said. “The next game they might, for whatever rea-

son, not look to be as aggressive. The more people we have just being aggressive and going out and playing, the better we are as a team.” In 17 games, Reynolds has only attempted 62 field goals despite showing the ability to score. She contributed a careerhigh 12 points against St. Joseph’s on Nov. 29. Reynolds made four of five field goal attempts against the Hawks, however, she hasn’t reached double figures in scoring since. Reynolds has shot the ball five or more times in just four of the 10 games since playing St. Joseph’s. Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson leads






Former Owls are finding a fit with the Ottawa Redblacks in the Canadian Football League, which has a faster style of play than the NFL.

Three fencers, freshman Eva Hinds and sophomores Kerry Plunkett and Malia Hee, trained at a sabre-only club in Oregon before coming to Temple.

Coach Umme Salim-Beasley left her assistant coach role at Rutgers University in 2015 to lead Temple’s squad and took two former Scarlet Knights with her.

On Sunday, Temple will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 199293 men’s basketball team, which reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

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