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Faculty Senate opposes on-campus stadium President Richard Englert held a special session with the representative body last week. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK News Editor


emple’s Faculty Senate voted to formally oppose the university’s current proposal for an on-campus football stadium last Wednes-


Faculty Senate members voted 24-1,

with three people abstaining, to pass a resolution that states the university should further research the feasibility and safety issues of the proposed on-campus football stadium. The 2,200-member Faculty Senate is a representative body for the university’s fulltime faculty members. It sits on the Board of Trustees, but has no voting power for the Board’s decisions. In the resolution, the Faculty Senate outlines three goals, urging: • The Board of Trustees to reverse its decision to submit the university’s

proposal for an on-campus multipurpose facility to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission The Board and university administration to provide clearer details about the “current and projected state of this project,” including responses to the concerns outlined in the Faculty Senate’s resolution, details from the university’s feasibility studies, the amount of money fundraised so far and backup plans if the stadium costs more than it

projected $150 million A joint task force of faculty members and university administration to review “potential health harms” to football players The resolution was introduced at a special session with President Richard Englert, who gave a similar presentation to what he has already released to the Temple community, university spokesman Brandon Lausch said. •



Fraternity investigated for hazing


Kappa Delta Rho’s national headquarters found no evidence of hazing, but Temple is continuing its investigation. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor

Temple’s Kappa Delta Rho chapter is currently being investigated by the university’s Student Conduct Office for alleged instances of hazing. A separate investigation by the fraternity’s national headquarters was completed last week and found no evidence of hazing practices. Chris Carey, the senior associate dean of students, said he could not comment on the university’s investigation or the allegation of hazing because the investigation is not “finalized.” In an email to The Temple News, KDR President and junior political science major Shiven Shah declined to comment on the investigation. On Feb. 15, Temple was made aware of the hazing allegation, prompting investigations from the fraternity’s national headquarters and SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Doreen Thompson, the owner of Les and Doreen’s Happy Tap on Susquehanna Avenue near Thompson Street, laughs with a customer at the bar.




Former Owl linked to FBI probe in file

Court redraws congressional district maps

Lavoy Allen allegedly received money from ASM Sports, but it is unclear whether he was still at Temple at the time.

Main Campus is now located in the 2nd and 3rd districts.


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Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a new congressional district map after ruling the old, Republican-drawn map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered last month. Gerrymandering is the drawing of state district lines to provide an unfair partisan advantage to one party or group. Previously, Main Campus was primarily located in the 2nd Congressional District, with some of it located in the 1st District. In the new map, Main Campus is almost completely located in the 2nd District. The boundary line between the new 2nd and 3rd districts runs down a stretch of Broad Street, with the west part of campus falling in the 3rd District.


BRAD LARRISON / FILE PHOTO Former forward Lavoy Allen shoots in a game against Seton Hall University in 2010 at the Liacouras Center.

Last week, Yahoo Sports released a list of more than 20 former and active NCAA men’s basketball players who allegedly received a loan from their agent. Former Temple center Lavoy Allen, who played from 2007-11, is one of the players on the list. The FBI has been investigating bribery and corruption in men’s college basketball since 2015. The list is a document that was used in the FBI’s investigation and obtained by Yahoo Sports. It is a balance sheet from the agency ASM Sports dated Dec. 31, 2015. It shows Allen allegedly received a loan of $623.35 from his former agent Andy Miller. It is un-

clear whether Allen received the alleged loan while he was in college or during his professional career, which began after he graduated in 2011. NCAA rules state that because college athletes are amateurs, they cannot be paid for their athletic ability. If student-athletes are paid, the athlete or school could face several penalties like a “repayment of the money, sitting out a specified number of games or permanent ineligibility.” A representative for the Northern Arizona Suns, the Phoenix Suns’ G-League team that Allen plays for, said the former Temple player declined to comment. Coach Fran Dunphy said it isn’t likely Allen received the alleged loan during his Temple career. Dunphy added that he was surprised when he saw news reports mentioning Allen.


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Two students are finalists for the Truman Scholarship, which are awarded to 55 to 65 college students nationwide each year. Read more on Page 6.

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a student wrote about her recovery from an eating disorder. Read more on Page 4.

A self-conducted orchestra is the ensemble-in-residence at the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th. Read more on Page 7.

Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson is one of two women’s basketball players in program history with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Read more on Page 16.



Food pantry utilized by students in first days Some student organizations will donate funds to support the Cherry Pantry. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

Before it opened at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, the Cherry Pantry, Temple’s first student food pantry, had already been utilized by students. Some students came a “few hours before opening,” proving that it’s “serving its purpose,” said Sarah Levine, the pantry’s student manager and a senior neuroscience major. Levine was one of the main advocates to create the pantry for the past year and a half. About three to five students have used the pantry each day since it’s been open, said Michelle Martin, an administrative manager in Student Affairs. Cherry Pantry, which is on the second floor of the Student Center, aims to combat food insecurity at Temple, where one-third of students are food insecure, according to a study by higher education professor Sara

Goldrick-Rab. Cherry Pantry is a joint effort among university officials, student organizations and Temple Student Government. The pantry was opened under the Office of the Provost, and will be managed by Levine and a subcommittee of five administrators, Levine said. Student Body President Tyrell MannBarnes and Levine said they want to use monetary donations to improve the pantry, and eventually purchase equipment to store perishable foods, like fruits and vegetables. “Although this is a great start, I’d like to see some fresh produce,” Mann-Barnes said. “It’s important to give students access to food, but also important that their meals can be balanced.” At the grand opening of the pantry, students were able to tour the pantry and donate non-perishable food items. “It felt amazing,” Mann-Barnes said. “So many faculty members and administrators and students were willing to work together to make it happen.” Goldrick-Rab and Levine led a discus-

sion about food insecurity at a Combating Campus Hunger event that took place in tandem with the pantry’s opening at RadDish Cafe in Ritter Hall. Levine, who has experienced food insecurity, said she felt the opening festivities “went off without a hitch,” and said she hopes these discussions can happen informally year-round. “The biggest help you can give to the Cherry Pantry is trying to change the culture surrounding food insecurity on campus,” she added. “Don’t be passé. Create these conversations that really get people thinking to make sure that we’re accountable for each other.” Student organization Challah for Hunger, which bakes and sells the traditional Jewish bread every week, raised $14,000 for the pantry through an OwlCrowd campaign. “That [fundraiser] really showed what a student is capable of doing, and how they can give back to their own community,” Levine said. Challah for Hunger will continue to do-

nate half of its proceeds to the pantry, and Rad-Dish Cafe has pledged to donate all its tips to the organization. Any students can use the food pantry if they show their OWLcards. Proof of food insecurity is not needed to access the pantry. Food is distributed through a point system, and students have up to 16 points worth of food to take in one visit. Different food items vary in point value. “Food insecurity affects students in more than just their stomachs,” Levine said. “They can’t focus in class, it limits their social interactions and it limits their self-perception of what they’re capable of.” Cherry Pantry is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Students can donate nonperishable food items during this time, as well as on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa


Habitat for Humanity building several homes near Main Campus The Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia’s project along 16th Street near Norris is its largest to date. BY MATTHEW McCANN Community Beat Reporter

The Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit that builds affordable housing, will build nine homes along 16th Street near Norris by the end of the year, officials of the organization said. Twelve homes were built along 16th Street near Norris last year as a part of the nonprofit’s Diamond Park affordable housing development plan, said Habitat for Humanity’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Carrie Rathmann. With four homes currently under construction, there will be 21 total homes when the project is complete. The Diamond Park development is the organization’s largest project to date. The first phase, which was completed in June 2017, created 12 energyefficient, three-bedroom homes with zero-interest mortgages for families that make 30 to 60 percent of the median area income. The project near Temple was chosen, Rathmann said, to bring stability to an area with an influx of student housing. The Diamond Park project was created in part to combat the “rapid gentrification spurred by the expansion of Temple University,” according to the organization’s website. “This area, for example, is somewhere that’s rapidly gentrifying, and people who are renting here won’t be able to afford to stay here,” said Rebekeh Packer, a 23-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer. Habitat Philadelphia has increased its development in recent years, Rathmann added. Four years ago, it was building four to six houses a year, but now it is building 12 annually. In the future, the organization hopes to build up to 20 homes annually. The organization has provided homes to more than 600 families since its Philadelphia chapter opened in 1985. Habitat Philadelphia receives most of its funding from donations. The Philadelphia Housing Authority has also provided support for its projects through repairs to its homes, but Rathmann said it has not received “cash from the city in a long time.” The funding mostly comes from donations from a variety of sources, like corporations, other nonprofits, philan-

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thropic individuals and churches, Rathman said. “We’ve raised the money to build these houses by the chunks of thousands,” Rathmann said. “So a company wants to come out, and they pay for a day of service. That doesn’t even fully cover the staff that has to get them productively working. It’s a hard process raising money to build houses.” Still, the organization has increased its rate of housing projects with help from volunteers. Construction Site Supervisor Kevin Crowley, 49, said there is always a demand for volunteer work and new affordable housing. Future homeowners are also expected to volunteer with the organization. After qualifying for a housing unit by showing a need for high-quality housing, a good credit score and an ability to pay the mortgage, each prospective homeowner needs to complete the required 350 volunteer hours before they are eligible to move in. These required hours, called “sweat equity,” usually take around 18 months to complete. The requirement can be fulfilled by working on one of the construction sites, participating in homeowner workshops and working in the South Philadelphia ReStore, which is a Habitat for Humanity discount home improvement store that sells donated furniture and construction materials to fund its projects. Lorenzo Tekyane, 51, completed his volunteer hours in nine months. He said if a prospective homeowner finishes their first 225 hours before the others, they can get the first house that is completed. Tekyane, his wife and two children have lived in their Habitat home in the Diamond Park development for eight months. Tekyane emigrated from Ethiopia in 2000 and was renting a home in West Philadelphia for 17 years, until rising prices and a difficult landlord led him to look for other options. The goal of the organization, Rathmann said, is to work toward ensuring everyone has a decent place to live. “If you care about crime and kids doing well in school and people having a chance at a decent job, they can’t be bouncing around worried about the affordability of where they are living and they can’t be moving every six to eight months at the whim of the market,” Rathmann said. matthew.paul.mccann@temple.edu

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple’s Kappa Delta Rho chapter is being investigated by the university for a hazing allegation. Its letters are displayed on a house on Diamond Street near 17th.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 HAZING the university, said Joseph Rosenberg, the executive director of KDR’s national headquarters. A pledge spoke to a student employee about the fraternity and allegedly said it “was hard and going to get harder,” Rosenberg said. The student worker interpreted this as a possible hazing claim and anonymously reported it, Rosenberg said. He added that the report did not list any specific behavior. Carey could not comment on this allegation nor how the university became aware of it. Rosenberg said he came to Main Campus to conduct the investigation on Feb. 18 and left on Feb. 20. During that time, he said he had “discussions” with 15 members of the fraternity, including its main leadership and pledge class, inside the Student Center. Rosenberg said he did not visit the fraternity’s house on Diamond Street near 17th while he was on Main Campus last week. While Rosenberg was on Main Campus, he said he found no evidence of hazing and concluded that the allegation was a “misunderstanding.” The national headquarters closed its investigation on Feb. 22, two days after Rosenberg left campus, he added. Carey said the university and the national headquarters investigate “concurrently.” He added that he was not involved with Rosenberg’s discussions with the fraternity’s members last week, but had conversations with Rosenberg about their two investigations. Carey said university investigations into hazing allegations vary on a case-by-case basis. “The investigation depends on reports that are received, who’s involved, what information we have,” he said. “We take any allegations or reports very seriously,” he added. “It’s illegal. It’s against the Student Code of Conduct.” The Student Conduct Code describes hazing as “any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, embarrasses, frightens, or degrades a person or that destroys or removes public or private prop-

erty, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership, in a group, organization or team.” According to the Conduct Code, even if a victim of hazing expresses or implies consent, that is not a defense against the practice. Hazing is a third-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania’s law prohibiting hazing. KDR was established at Temple in 1984, but became inactive in 1998 and then reorganized at Main Campus in 2009, according to the national headquarters’ website. According to the Fall 2017 Fraternity and Sorority Report, which provides data about all Greek organizations at the university, Kappa Delta Rho has 50 total members and a cumulative GPA of 3.04. This semester, 22 students joined the fraternity, Shah said. He added that the fraternity raised $550 last semester for charity. He said by the end of the week, the fraternity will have completed 550 community service hours this academic year. The university uses Diamond Accreditation to rank Greek life based on standards, like average GPA, completing hazing acknowledgment and new member paperwork and attending risk management workshops. KDR has a Diamond Accreditation score of two, which is the minimum score needed to be recognized by the university and receive student organization benefits. Such benefits allow KDR to request up to $2,500 from Temple Student Government Allocations. It also allows the fraternity to apply for the Student Organization Security Fee Fund, which subsidizes costs of staffing a philanthropic event of more than 200 people with security provided by Campus Safety Services. Rosenberg said he appreciates the student worker who alerted the university about the alleged hazing. “We take any allegation seriously,” he said. “We investigate it. We want to hold our members accountable.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

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Upward Bound high school program renewed Temple students volunteer to teach local high school students about college and careers in the Upward Bound program. BY WILL BLEIER

Community Beat Reporter

Temple’s Upward Bound program, a college preparatory program for local high school students, had its charter extended in August 2017, so the program can remain free for students through 2022. The program, which has grown each year, provides educational training to Philadelphia high school students, a university official said. To be accepted into Upward Bound, students have to attend a Philadelphia public or charter school and intend on enrolling in college. They must either come from a low-income household, be a future firstgeneration college student or be at-risk for academic failure. Upward Bound is housed on the sixth floor of Ritter Annex and serves 145 students. It is federally funded by the United States Department of Education. Temple collaborates with a Philadelphia nonprofit, Steppingstone Scholars, to run its day-today functions, said LaToya Winkfield, the program’s director and 2001 English alumna. The program was originally housed in the Russell Conwell Learning Center, which housed several educational initiatives and closed in 2015 due to a lack of state funding. This caused some programs, like Summer Bridge, to be discontinued, but Upward Bound remained the same because it was federally funded. After the center closed, the university

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 SENATE “Temple continues to solicit comments from all interested parties as part of the ongoing process involving the multipurpose facility,” Englert said in a statement to The Temple News. “I respect and appreciate the opinion of those in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting of the Faculty Senate as input in a continuing conversation involving multiple constituencies about this project.” This special session was rescheduled, with the original vote planned on the same day as the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade that caused Main Campus to close on Feb. 8. Englert will host an informational town hall about the multipurpose facility on March 6 during Spring Break at 6:30 p.m. in Mitten Hall. This will be the first town hall that Englert will host as university president. Although only 25 members of the Faculty Senate voted, more than 40 were in attendance at some point during the two-hour meeting, but couldn’t stay for the entire time, said Steve Newman, an English professor and co-proposer of the resolution.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 GERRYMANDERING The new map will go into effect in May after the special election to fill the 18th District seat. State Supreme Court justices said they wanted the new map to be more fair, with compact districts split into fewer municipalities, NPR reported. The old map, which was drawn by Republican legislators in 2011, was ruled to have “strange, sprawling” districts aimed at giving the party an advantage in statewide elections, The Washington Post reported. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the map be redrawn after the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the state in June 2017. In a 139-page opinion published this month, the justices ruled that the old Republican-drawn map “aimed at achieving unfair partisan gain.” The justices wrote that gerrymandered mapping “undermines voters’ ability to exercise their right to vote in free and ‘equal’ elections, if the term is to be interpreted in any credible way.” Republican lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the new map, and also said they plan to fight the new map by suing in federal court.

recognized it needed to expand college access for low-income and underperforming students. To do this, it initiated the Temple Option program. This allowed students living outside the radius of Upward Bound’s reach answer supplemental application questions to replace sending SAT scores to Temple. Temple students can volunteer to mentor participants who are in grades 9th through 12th. Nagee Brown, a senior chemistry and film and media arts major, graduated from Upward Bound when he attended the Philadelphia Military Academy. Now, he mentors students in the program. “Being back here is just a great feeling because I try to give back and as much as the people here gave me,” Brown said. Shanique Williams, 18, a senior at Carver Engineering and Science High School on 16th Street near Norris and an Upward Bound student, learned about the program after her older brother attended for four years. “When I was in around sixth or seventh grade my brother was always here until 6 o’clock, and my mom would be wondering where he was at,” Williams said. “Then I was like, ‘When I get older, I might join the program.’” Kipaji Miles, 16, is a junior at Bodine High School for International Affairs in Northern Liberties and a student in the Upward Bound program. “I have so many career choices, and because of that Upward Bound introduced me to liberal arts colleges, but I just feel like anything is possible,” Miles said. “I could do anything I choose.” Upward Bound students must be committed to attending one-hour tutoring ses-

sions every week. Temple student-mentors also work with Upward Bound’s professional staff, who provide career counseling and support. One session teaches high school juniors the college application process. They are also expected to attend four-hour supplemental classes on Saturdays, where they offer an SAT preparation course, a math and English class and an additional elective. Upward Bound also brings in professionals to speak to students about their careers in what are called “personal empowerment sessions,” Winkfield said.

She added that it’s her goal to prepare all Upward Bound students to meet Temple’s admission requirements, even if they don’t choose the university. “It excites me to know that I’m giving students as many opportunities to be great as I can,” Winkfield said. “Because this is my city, and they are the ones who are going to be running it eventually.”

The resolution was introduced by Newman and past Faculty Senate presidents Tricia Jones and Paul LaFollette, who have been preparing it since Englert released the multipurpose facility proposal in January. “We appreciated President Englert coming and sharing his vision for the stadium with us and answering questions, and then had a productive discussion on the resolution, which passed with overwhelming support,” Faculty Senate President Michael Sachs wrote in an email. In 2017, the university paid $1.73 million in rent and average gameday costs for each football game at Lincoln Financial Field. According to a 2016 report by Chief Financial Officer Ken Kaiser that was sent to the Faculty Senate, the annual rent at the Linc will triple in 2018. Englert said the university would save $2 to $3 million if an oncampus stadium was built. The stadium would be funded by private donations, bonds and money that would have been used to rent Lincoln Financial Field, according to the university’s project proposal.

The resolution raises more than a dozen concerns about the university’s current proposal, including safety concerns for football players and increased tension with community residents. The proposal also notes that research suggests football stadiums are poor financial investments. It questions whether funding could be better spent on addressing student food and housing insecurity and hiring and retaining tenure-track faculty Early plans for the proposed 35,000-seat multipurpose facility show 28,000 square feet in retail space. The proposed stadium plans also feature a concussion research center and classroom space. A university spokesperson on behalf of the football team declined to comment on the resolution. Both Sachs and Newman did not know if members of the football team were included in conversations while drafting this resolution. Although many members supported the resolution, there were several professors, like communications professor Scott Gratson, who said they believe the stadium would benefit students but did not vote due

to prior obligations. “At the end of the day, these are my students that are benefitting from this in the same way when [Temple] built the Science and Education Research Center,” Gratson said. “I’m not in science and engineering, but am I thrilled for that portion of our community? Of course I am. … These are helping students with their individualized crafts, why wouldn’t we do that?” Student Body President Tyrell MannBarnes was at the meeting last week and said he supports the Faculty Senate’s resolution. TSG plans to conduct its own survey of student opinions — created with an independent company — on the stadium after Spring Break, Mann-Barnes said. “You could tell it was from very different perspectives, so you saw it was from an education point of view, a health point of view, a finance point of view,” Mann-Barnes said. “[The resolution] brings a necessary nuance to this conversation that hasn’t necessarily been heard yet.”

David Nickerson, a political science professor who led the analytics team for former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, said having fewer and more concentrated districts should give people registered to vote near Main Campus more influence in elections. Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said there should be a conversation about whether the state’s Supreme Court justices should be impeached because he believes the new districts benefit Democrats, The Hill reported. “I think state House members and state senators are going to be speaking amongst themselves and their constituents,” Toomey told The Hill. “The fundamental question is does this blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab that undermines our electoral process, does that rise to the level of impeachment?” If Republicans decide to try to impeach or remove Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices from office, it will likely backfire, Nickerson said. “If you look at the prior map, drawn primarily by the Republican state legislature, it was very convoluted with long, strangely shaped districts,” he added. “The new Pennsylvania Supreme Court map has much more compact districts that look much more normal to the average voter.”

When the justices drew the map, they considered where members of each party clustered across the state. “In Pennsylvania, so many Democrats are concentrated in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, so no matter how you draw the lines, it is going to benefit them,” Nickerson added. “Republicans still get more seats than they do votes on average under this new map.” The seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned based on state population, which is reevaluated every 10 years with the U.S. Census. Larger states with bigger populations have more representative seats. Pennsylvania has 18 seats in the House. It is hard to predict if the new map will get overturned because the Supreme Court has a number of gerrymandering cases on its plate, Nickerson said “Given the makeup of the justices, it is entirely possible they could overrule the state Supreme Court,” Nickerson added. “That depends on how cynical you are about the court, and whether the justices are just political or if they execute the law.” Both parties have said that the new districts essentially ensure that Democrats will win several new U.S. House seats in the upcoming midterm elections this November, according to New York Magazine. “The Republicans could lose a majority of the votes, because they don’t have the vast

majority of the seats in the elections because of the gerrymandering,” Nickerson said. “The state Supreme Court shifted it so that the imbalance is not as high. But mostly, the map benefits Democrats by trying to remove the excesses of gerrymandering.” Some students think the newly drawn congressional districts are an improvement from the old map. Daniel Raeder, a first-year urban education and education policy graduate student, said he is optimistic about how the new districts will change national and state politics. “I think that they’re great in the sense that it’s a response to really aggressive and regressive tactics by the Republican legislature to control the state and outcomes,” Raeder said. Alexa Manko, a freshman public health major, said the new map is good for Pennsylvania. “I know it will turn some seats in legislation in Congress, which is a good thing because I don’t like Trump,” Manko said. “I’m originally from Pittsburgh, so I know that our district has been all messed up for a while. My district was very red, but now it’s blue, which is nice.”

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Monitor Greek life

The university needs a permanent program coordinator to make sure members of Greek life are safe. After a pledge from Temple’s chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity allegedly told a student worker that circumstances in the fraternity were "hard," Temple and the fraternity’s national headquarters began to conduct investigations into possible hazing practices. Joesph Rosenberg, the executive director of KDR's national headquarters, interviewed 15 members for two days and found no evidence of hazing. The university's investigation remains ongoing. In light of this investigation, it is concerning that the university does not currently have a program coordinator for fraternity and sorority life. The former coordinator left the university on Jan. 5, and the position has yet to be permanently filled. The Temple News fears that when few people are monitoring fraternity and sorority life at the university level, instances of hazing are more likely to occur. Although we

hope our fellow students will not haze their peers, we recognize that fraternities and sororities have a history of doing so. The responsibilities of the Greek life program coordinator include advising Greek chapters and councils. Ideally, this faculty advising could help prevent or address instances of hazing like the ones investigated at KDR. Lauren Eckel, a graduate student extern overseeing Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Adriane Reilly, assistant director of Student Activities, have temporarily taken over the coordinator's responsibilities. Senior Associate Dean of Students Chris Carey told The Temple News he hopes to fill this position by the end of the school year, but it could take until the summer. The university should work swiftly to replace Hernandez to ensure that students in Greek life are safe and able to fulfill the missions of their organizations.

Hear Faculty Senate

The university should hear the voices of the Temple community — including faculty members — on the proposed stadium. On Wednesday, the university’s Faculty Senate voted to oppose the university’s proposed on-campus football stadium. According to a resolution passed by the Faculty Senate, members are concerned that the university hasn’t detailed the results of last year’s $1.25 million feasibility study, and it hasn’t given any details on addressing community concerns like increased noise, litter and traffic. The 2,200-member Faculty Senate passed the resolution — which opposed that the Board of Trustees to file an application to the Philadelphia Planning Commission for the stadium — 24 to 1, with 3 members abstaining. This action on behalf of the Faculty Senate is notable, and the university should give it proper consideration. The Faculty Senate is meant to be a representative body of faculty members from all of Temple’s schools and colleges. Its opinions represent a large portion of the Temple community whose concerns deserve to be heard. Some students and North

Philadelphia residents have protested regularly since the university proposed the oncampus stadium in 2015, but faculty members from the Faculty Senate haven’t expressed a unified stance on the on-campus stadium until now. This is the first time university officials have had the opportunity to consider the Faculty Senate’s opinion. It would be negligent to ignore that opportunity. President Richard Englert plans to host an informational town hall about the stadium on March 6 in Mitten Hall. We hope this event — the first town hall that Englert has hosted as university president — will listen to the faculty’s concerns and take them seriously. The Temple News has consistently recommended open communication with the Temple community — including students, faculty and North Philadelphia residents — regarding the proposed oncampus stadium. The Faculty Senate represents a substantial population on Main Campus. We hope the university hears its voice, along with the voices of all those who live, study and work in North Philadelphia.

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bought a scale a few months ago. For most people, the purchase would be insignificant. But for a 23-year-old woman who has been recovering from an eating disorder that dates back to 2010, it’s a pretty big deal. I never personally owned a scale before, and I avoided buying one once I started college for several reasons — the largest being my compulsive urge to check my weight, and my subsequent fixation on the numbers that showed up on the scale. I first started losing weight when I was 15. Until then, I’d always been overweight, and I’d always been bullied for it. So when I saw my weight drop for the first time, something sparked in me. I began shedding pounds faster than anybody could believe, myself included. In about six months, I lost nearly half my total weight and was addicted to weighing myself. At the height of my disorder, I weighed myself a minimum of three to four times a day. I needed to have the most accurate and upto-date measure possible. If I ate or drank anything, even fruit or water, I’d wait three hours, and then weigh myself. From the moment I woke until late at night, any opportunity I had to hop on the scale, I took. Normally this was while my parents were away, or too preoccupied to notice. A year after I started college, I began recovery. One of the first things my doctors said was to avoid weighing myself; it was too much of a trigger.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student urged her classmates to protest insufficient gun laws.


s there no end in sight? The year has only just started and it’s clear 2018 will go down in history as another year of horrific mass shootings. As I write this, it’s only February, and we’ve seen 34 mass shootings, including the latest tragedy, which happened on Feb 14. at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 innocent students and staff members were fatally gunned down, and at least another 14 were wounded. In all, 204 people have been killed or injured this year in senseless mass shootings across the country, according to Gun Violence Archive. Because of these tragedies, I show up to class carrying a legitimate fear that maybe my school will be next. Because I am an American, I have resigned to the fact that mass shootings are just the new norm for the “greatest nation on earth.” I could go all the way back to Columbine in 1999. Since then, hundreds of innocent lives have been lost in senseless acts of violence. We all know the stories — they’re nothing new to us because as Americans we experience these crises all too often.

The scale: recovery is a fine balance A student reflects on recovery and her complicated history with weight during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. BY COURTNEY REDMON CONTENT WARNING: THIS STORY INCLUDES NUMBERS AND OTHER WEIGHT-RELATED DETAILS THAT MIGHT BE UPSETTING FOR SOME READERS.

My parents took that seriously. Whenever I came home to visit, my mom stashed away her scale. Back at school, my friends made sure I didn’t have access to one — they kept an eye on me and were in contact with my parents. I easily could’ve gotten a hold of one at some point, but the guilt was enough to make me steer clear. Over time, I grew accustomed to not weighing myself on a daily basis. The overwhelming need to know my weight shrank to a faint, nagging curiosity. Today, it’s been almost eight years since my eating disorder first manifested and more than three since I began recovery. So, the scale I bought online was the result of a late-night impulse buy. I ordered it through Amazon. One-click, and I immediately panicked. I kept wondering,“Was that wrong? Should I have done that? What if I revert to old tendencies?” But in less than 12 hours, it was on its way to my apartment. The package arrived within a few days. I brought it up to my apartment and put it on the floor up against the wall. I avoided opening it for as long as I could, until the suspense became too much. When I finally opened the box, I was a nervous wreck. I took the scale out of the styrofoam casing and set it on the tile floor of my kitchen — I didn’t even walk it to the bathroom. I stepped on and exhaled. The whole experience felt different than I’d remembered — foreign. The scale felt cold beneath my feet. It had been well over a year

since I’d weighed myself. I waited and then peered down: 106. That was 10 pounds heavier than the weight limit I set for myself in the midst of my disorder. I blinked, held my breath and then weighed myself twice more. I needed to make sure I got the most accurate weight because the first number is sometimes wrong — but it kept coming up the same. I put the scale away and tried to forget that number. But the next few days were brutal. It took a long time to fully get those three blinking red numbers out of my head. I hadn’t weighed that much in nearly eight years. I haven’t told my parents about the scale yet, but I suppose they’ll know soon enough. I just don’t want them to worry; they tend to do that, especially whenever my eating disorder is concerned. Looking back, I’m not sure what made me buy the scale in the first place — I guess curiosity got the best of me. I don’t regret it, though. I feel stronger knowing it’s sitting in the closet just collecting dust. I sometimes like to think I’ve completely recovered, but I know that’s not how these things work. At end of the day, I’m just trying my hardest to be at peace with myself, just like everybody else. Like my dad said to me the other day: “Head up and fight the fight.” And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Seventeen innocent souls were brutally murdered in cold blood on Valentine’s Day, a time when we are meant to share love and affection for one another. We all know what needs to be done, but partisan politics prevent it. Pro-gun lobbyists stand by their cultist, patriotic call to arms; the solution to gun violence is to put a gun in the hand of every American. And anti-gun lobbyists sniffle and wipe away fake tears while crying that all guns must go if we are to ever survive as a nation. Meanwhile, lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum take their campaign donations — bribes — and vote down sensible gun control legislation. It’s time we cast away our dependence on the institutions and politicians we once relied upon to get the job done. The National Rifle Association claims to reel in pain for the families of loved ones lost and heroically vows to work to find a reasonable middle ground for reform. But then it does nothing. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence holds the hands of victims and their families and claims it will not stop until gun deaths are at zero in the United States. But the body count keeps rising. And of course, President Donald Trump simply tweets his remorse for the senseless loss of life and makes a speech to the nation, not mentioning gun law reform or change once.

We the people, need to force the hands of our legislators like we have for so many other pressing issues throughout the history of this nation. The preservation of life is one of our unalienable rights as a citizen of the United States of America, so we must demand that it be protected. If Temple’s 40,000 students each crafted a basic 250-word letter to their local congressperson or senator demanding gun reform legislation in order to keep weapons out of the hands of individuals like Nikolas Cruz, the gunman in Parkland, those politicians would have a bit of answering to do. And if student populations across this city, this state and this nation — more than 20 million college students — did the same, maybe we’d push this issue in the right direction and see the change we seek. Actions speak louder than words, so join me in protesting the insufficient gun laws that have allowed for the murder of so many innocent people in mass shootings across our country for decades. Let’s help create the momentum needed to actually accomplish reasonable, responsible gun reform that will save lives, preserve rights and ultimately brighten the future of our once great nation.

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Jess Bryan is a senior biology major and can be reached at jess.bryan@temple.edu.

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Products ‘for ladies’ promote gender stereotypes The "Lady Doritos" scandal on behalf of Pepsi's CEO demonstrated sexism in the way products are marketed to women.


arlier this month, the chief executive of Pepsi implied women need an entirely different snack from men because of their gender. “It’s not a male and female as much as, ‘Are there snacks for women that can be designed and packaged differently?’” said Indra Nooyi on the “Freakonomics Radio” podcast last month. “For women, low-crunch, the full taste profile, not have so much of the flavor stick CHRISTINA on the fingers, and how can MITCHELL you put it in a purse? Because women love to carry a snack in their purse.” Apparently, according to Nooyi, women prefer snacks with less flavor and crunch. When I first heard Nooyi’s soundbite — and saw the phrase “Lady Doritos” posted all over social media — I was annoyed and a little concerned. After the podcast aired, the Doritos brand — owned by Pepsi — received some backlash on social media. However, the company responded in a statement, explaining that the whole thing was a misunder-

standing, and there would be no Lady Doritos hitting shelves soon. But regardless of whether Lady Doritos was ever a serious business proposal, the controversy surrounding Nooyi’s comments points to a bigger issue: manufacturers rely on gender stereotypes to engineer sexist products specifically for women. Sexism is apparent in a lot of marketing — think about pink power tools, pink golf balls and even pink laxatives. Products are too often deemed fit for women simply because they’re a certain color or size. This marketing strategy reinforces gender stereotypes and needs to stop. Nooyi is part of the 6.4 percent of female CEOs in the country. I’m disappointed that she, a woman of such power, would even joke about the old-fashioned concept of lady-like products. “I do have respect for the CEO, and I think it was a misstep for her to speak publicly about this product development,” said Kathy Mueller, an advertising and public relations professor. Mueller agrees that Nooyi’s comments about gender hint at a larger issue. “I have concerns that the things that she talked about perpetuated gender stereotypes, and they should rethink what they are advertising with that in mind,” Mueller said. Mueller said that companies will go by

the “shrink it and pink it” tactic when promoting products for women. This is a marketing technique that consists of making products smaller and more seemingly feminine. While I have no problem with companies marketing to women, I do have an issue with items being deemed as specifically “for ladies” because they’re petite or pink — this promotes stereotypes about women and forces some to feel less feminine simply for not purchasing or preferring these products. Additionally, this marketing tactic impacts women in more concrete ways than just perpetuating gender stereotypes. Products specifically designed for women are often more expensive than those designed for men, according to USA Today. This practice — dubbed the “Pink Tax” — makes women pay more for gendered items like razors, dry cleaning and even toys, and thus contributes to financial inequality between men and women. This twisted marketing strategy goes both ways — when there are tissues, skillets and even toothpastes labeled as specifically “for men,” it’s hard to ignore that gender roles exist and affect all of our daily lives. According to these brands, men require products packaged in dark hues and perceived as stronger. Aradhana Pandey wrote a blog post for

the Huffington Post titled, “Pink And Blue: The Colours Of Gender Stereotyping,” in which she dissects how children are affected by brands pushing pink and blue products at them. “Girls will believe that they must stick to interests like cooking, baking and other stereotypically feminine activities,” she wrote. “This also applies to boys and the pressure of ‘being a man.’” I feel confident in saying that most women want equal pay, maternity leave and government representation — not pink earplugs, ball-point pens and razors. While strategic product packaging and advertising campaigns may allow companies to earn more money by appealing to specific demographics, it’s hard to ignore that these strategies also reinforce the most insidious traits of the patriarchal, capitalistic society we live in today, instead of trying to challenge them. If manufacturers and advertisers aren’t going to challenge gender roles, we can all at least try to do so individually through our own buying habits. I for one am going to keep buying the products I like simply because I like them, pink or not. And I hope other women, and men, do the same. christina.mitchell@temple.edu


February 27, 2007: The university recycled 15 tons of paper per week. Simultaneously, the Students for Environmental Action and Temple's Facilities Management were working together to organize a sustainability event called RecycleMania. This week, Lead Columnist Monica Mellon argues that The Edge, an apartment complex near Main Campus, should recycle to cooperate with Temple’s sustainability efforts.



Encourage recycling in all housing facilities The Edge, an apartment complex near Main Campus, doesn’t match Temple’s efforts for sustainability.


always try to do my part to conserve the environment, whether that be purchasing a recycling bin for my apartment, using reusable plastic items or simply educating others about the importance of making environmentally conscious choices. So, I was dismayed when I learned that The Edge, an apartment complex leased by the uniMONICA MELLON LEAD COLUMNIST versity on 15th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, does not recycle. While the building is independent of Temple, the university leases several floors for students. This means Temple should take some responsibility for the building’s environmental negligence. The university should refuse to lease with the apartment complex until it implements a recycling policy. Temple has already made ef-

forts to create environmentally responsible business partnerships, and there’s no reason The Edge should be any different. The university began its 15year contract with food service provider Aramark last May — and in the fall, Aramark announced it would bring its sustainability platform to Main Campus and work with the university to implement it. Aramark’s sustainability efforts are a part of a university-wide trend, Michael Scales, the associate vice president of business services, told The Temple News in October 2017. “The majority of the companies that the university selects to do business with do have a sustainability focus or commitment,” Scales said. And with Temple’s promised commitment to sustainable food service, there is no reason to overlook The Edge’s environmental negligence. The Edge also must accept responsibility for its lack of a recycling policy, especially with the ever-growing need to conserve and protect our environment. If students are willing to reduce their waste, The Edge should be eager to

facilitate. And Temple should continue pursuing The Edge to do so. Last week, representatives from The Edge told The Temple News they declined to comment. Aidan Riley, a sophomore exercise and sports science major, is a resident at The Edge and said the lack of recycling to be reckless. “[The Edge] should do more,” Riley said. “They don’t do anything at all. All we have is the trash room.” Temple’s Office of Sustainability has reached out to The Edge multiple times to push them to consider a recycling policy. But representatives from the Office of Sustainability have tried to work with management from The Edge with little success. “I don’t think it will change until Temple owns The Edge,” Riley said. “As long as The Edge is privately owned, it will continue to suck.” And if that’s the case, the university needs to further pressure the complex to change its policy. A few weeks ago, the Office of Sustainability kicked off this year’s recycling challenge as a part of the annual RecycleMania, a competition that invites colleges campuses across the country to “waste less

and recycle more,” according to the office’s website. This year, for extra motivation, Temple students were asked to post photos on social media of themselves recycling with the hashtag #TURecycles. The student who posts the photo with the most likes will earn free tickets to a Sixers NBA game. It is disappointing that, while the university promotes such an extraordinary event for sustainability, it still partners with a housing facility that refuses to comply with an effort as simple as recycling. Although it is not Temple’s responsibility to enforce recycling at The Edge, it should consider terminating its contract with the facility if its recycling practices contradict the university’s. Recycling offers benefits to the environment and people themselves. But in the U.S., we still aren’t recycling enough. According to Recycle Across America, recycling is “collapsing” due to an inconsistent education to the public about recyclable materials. A study from Yale University and the Environmental Protection Agency found that current recycling levels have fallen below 22 percent.

Temple should continue to push The Edge to implement a recycling policy. And if The Edge refuses to comply, the university should consider any involvement with the facility. “I’ve been in conversation with [Kathleen Grady, the director of the Office of Sustainability] and she’s definitely down to work out more sustainable solutions at the building,” said Bridget Fisher, a junior marketing major and the president of Students for Environmental Action. Fisher believes that increasing recycling education is important. She said the university’s recycling policy needs to be strengthened, and it should demand The Edge follow suit. Temple has already demonstrated its commitment to sustainability. The Office of Sustainability has done a commendable job instituting programming to promote recycling on Main Campus. But if the university still contracts with facilities that refuse to recycle, then these efforts seem lackluster. monica.mellon@temple.edu @MonicaMellon





Students named finalists for national Truman Scholarship Only 55 to 65 college students nationwide are selected to win $30,000 to pursue a graduate degree. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

On-Campus Beat Reporter

Two students were selected as national finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship last week. The students are Sheyenne Soto, a cadet in Temple’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program and a junior strategic communications major, and Ashton Dunkley, a student-athlete on the cross country and track and field teams and a junior anthropology and history major. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, former President Harry Truman’s living memorial, selects 55 to 65 United States college students each year to win $30,000 in scholarship money to be used for graduate school. The foundation looks for candidates who are strong leaders engaged in their communities and committed to pursuing a career in public service. The university has had finalists for the scholarship in recent years, but the last recipient of the award was in 2009, said Barbara Gorka, Temple’s director of scholarship development and fellowship advising. “The challenge with these awards is finding the needle in the haystack,” Gorka said. “It’s a small number of students who, for the Truman, are strong academically, who have a strong record of leadership, who have a strong and deep record of community and public service and who intend to pursue a career of public service.” SHEYENNE SOTO

Soto is a part of the mission tactics team in ROTC, which will compete in the Sandhurst Competition at U.S. Military Academy in April. This is the university’s first time going, and Temple is one of eight ROTC programs in the country to attend. In competition, the mission tactics team endures intense physical, mental and leadership tasks that are reflective of real combat operations. In 2011, Soto enlisted in the military right out of high school. She had never considered college, so coming to Temple in 2016 at the age of 25 after serving in the U.S. Army was important to her, she said. “I’ve never been involved in an application for a scholarship before,” Soto said. “I didn’t really know where to start. … Just being able to get through that process and revising it is an accomplishment within itself.” Soto met an Army recruiter at the county courthouse when she was checking in with her probation officer as a junior in high school. “I was curious what was going on with [the recruiter], and struck up a conversation with him,” Soto said. “He told me if I could get myself together, stay in school and finish, he could get me out of that hopeless situation I put myself in in high school, not really going anywhere.” Soto spent six years in the Army working in Afghanistan, Tokyo and at Fort Carson in Colorado. As a sergeant

in Tokyo, she received the Green to Gold scholarship, where non-commissioned officers are able to apply to an ROTC program at a university. In August 2016, she began her strategic communications major and the ROTC program at the university. Soto has one year of military obligation after graduating in May 2019 and hopes to continue in the intelligence field. She intends to study international relations in graduate school and is passionate about human trafficking awareness. She hopes to conduct research in that field. “The hardest thing was writing about myself and my life, that’s probably not as spick and span as other people,” she said. “But completing the application process and being able to follow through with it, and using it for other things is definitely something I encourage everyone to attempt.” Lt. Col. Keith Benedict is a volunteer military science professor at Temple who oversees the ROTC cadets. “Sheyenne is an incredibly committed public servant,” Benedict said. “She’s a peer leader, she’s incredibly resilient, and when things get tough, I think she has a gift for knowing...how to energize people and help them surpass their own limitations.” ASHTON DUNKLEY Dunkley is on the cross country and track and field teams, for which she runs the 800 meter and is on the conference team. This weekend she attended the conference championship in Birmingham, Alabama, for indoor track. Dunkley has been on the athletic director’s honor roll every semester. “I really like the way the application process forces you to think about what you’re doing and what your future plans are, and makes you think critically about your own life...and how you want to progress,” Dunkley said. Dunkley hopes to attend graduate school and receive her Ph.D. in history with a focus on Native American history and Eastern Woodland tribes. “Eastern Woodland Native American tribes are not taught in school, and native people in general aren’t really talked about in schools after the year 1900,” she said. According to Huffington Post, nearly 87 percent of K-12 schools in 2011-12 did not talk about Native Americans’ history past the year 1900. Dunkley wants to educate people on the history they may have missed, she said. She intends to focus her Ph.D. research on native people in the 20th century, specifically on the East Coast. But she hopes to attend graduate school on the West Coast, where there is more of a focus on Native American history and studies, Dunkley said. Ultimately, Dunkley hopes to become a university professor. Dunkley and Soto will complete final interviews between March 2 and April 6. The 2018 Truman Scholars will be announced on April 20.

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Orchestra embedded in North Philadelphia Prometheus Chamber Orchestra has been the Church of the Advocate’s resident ensemble since 2013. BY IAN WALKER

Assistant Features Editor


n a cruise ship with a crew of 1,500, Steven Heitlinger was the only violist in the ship’s string

quartet. Though he no longer works as a musician on the Holland America Line, he sometimes feels the same solitude when playing in large orchestras. “Up in the Allentown Symphony [Orchestra], I love playing up there, but it’s a 100-piece orchestra and there are people who I still have not met even after [playing for] six or seven years now,” said Heitlinger, who teaches viola at Temple Music Prep, a non-credit division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance. “It’s easier to get lost in a bigger crowd.” Today, Heitlinger feels a close connection with his fellow members of the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the self-conducted ensemblein-residence at the Church of the Advocate, a historic 19th-century church on Diamond Street near 18th.


GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS The Prometheus Chamber Orchestra bows after its performance at the Church of the Advocate Friday night. The orchestra is the self-conducted ensemble-in-residence at the church on Diamond Street near 18th.



Using makeup to show Black women creativity Last month, Vanessa Chandler launched an Instagram page for her makeup art business. BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News

JAKE CEPIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jamie Bracey announced the launch of the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness, a collaborative STEM outreach program aimed at prioritizing the needs of underserved communities, on Thursday at the Science Education and Research Center.

Helping communities hit ‘restart’ through STEM On Thursday, the College of Engineering launched a STEM outreach program for underserved communities. BY IAN WALKER

Assistant Features Editor

After spending seven years developing STEM outreach programs, Jamie Bracey said she realized Temple needed to address the “elephant in the room” — many Philadelphia students were unprepared for college-level math and science. “I was seeing a lot of average Joe kids, B, C students, who were not being recruited or not being challenged because they didn’t know [STEM] careers existed,” said Bracey, the College of Engineering’s director of STEM education, outreach and research. “When the kids were given the opportunity to compete, they were

standing and delivering.” She realized that efforts to involve students in STEM had to start in secondary education. Since 2011, Bracey has fostered middle and high school students’ interest in STEM through after-school programs, like Pennsylvania Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement, a branch of the 10-state MESA USA network, which is housed at Temple. On Thursday in the Science Education Research Center, Bracey announced an expansion of that work through the launch of the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness, a collaborative STEM outreach program aimed at prioritizing the needs of underserved communities. “[We] hope that every urban center that we are all active in can press restart,


When Vanessa Chandler was in middle school, she used to sneak into her mother’s room when she wasn’t around and play with her foundation and mascara. “Then I would hurry up and take it off before she came home and hope she didn’t notice,” she said. This was Chandler’s first exposure to beauty products as a young girl. She also used it in high school and still fondly remembers her excitement while applying makeup for a high school banquet. “It was really just, like, brown shadow and that was basically it,” she said. “But I was so

proud of myself then.” Chandler, a junior tourism and hospitality management major, is now a makeup artist who works specifically with women of color. Last month, she started the Instagram page “Vanessa Gabrielle Makeup Artistry” to launch her business as a makeup artist. Her account, @vanessagabrielle.mua, currently has more than 300 followers. For Black History Month, she has been featuring different Black female creators on her Instagram story to uplift Black women and give them a platform to showcase their work. “I also wanted to do it to prove to people ...Black women are dope,” she said. “If you didn’t know, here’s 28 days why Black women are dope.” “I just think we deserve to be celebrated,”


HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Vanessa Chandler, a junior tourism and hospitality management major, puts makeup on Sarah Diomande, a senior journalism major, in Chandler’s 1940 Residence Hall room on Feb. 22. Chandler recently launched a makeup art page on Instagram, which she’s used to uplift Black women and promote her personal brand.





Fred Stein, a 1972 communications alumnus, helped plan the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl parade earlier this month.

A student started an oncampus club that brings other students to two animal shelters in Northern Liberties to walk dogs.

The Penn Museum hosted its 29th annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday in University City.

The Saturday Free School hosted a symposium in honor of W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th birthday at the Church of the Advocate this weekend.



Alumnus organized Eagles’ victory parade Fred Stein is the executive producer of The Creative Group, which designed the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory parade. BY PJ GUIPPONE

For The Temple News

About a week before the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, Fred Stein received an important phone call from Eagles representatives. “They said, ‘Look, we are superstitious, we don’t want to announce anything,’” Stein said. “They were either going to have a parade, or they would still have something to celebrate the fact that they were Super Bowl contenders.” Stein, a 1972 communications alumnus, is the executive producer of The Creative Group, a special events production and planning firm based in Philadelphia. He runs

the company with his son Neil Stein, a 2004 master’s of broadcast, telecommunications and mass media alumnus. The Creative Group event producers were the main architects behind the Eagles’ Super Bowl Parade earlier this month. During the last 30 years, Stein has helped plan some of the biggest events in Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Phillies World Series parade in 2008 and the Philadelphia 76ers championship parade in 1983. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8, more than a dozen buses carrying Eagles players, cheerleaders and coaches traveled from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue to City Hall before heading west on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. They stopped at the Art Museum for a final ceremony around 1 p.m. As the tour buses paraded down the Benjamin Franklin

Parkway, green and white confetti rained down upon the players, the road and most importantly the fans, Stein said. Stein said he wanted to make sure the recent Eagles parade was memorable for fans in attendance and those watching from home. “At the museum, I had eight trucks with confetti cannons lining the parkway, so people that were at Logan Circle felt like they weren’t just watching on TV,” he said. Stein said the other championship parades he planned in the past had simple routes: starting at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex and traveling north on Broad Street. But the Eagles wanted a different route. “And it wasn’t because of Rocky or the Rocky steps,” Stein said. “It was because the Art Museum itself is iconic Philadelphia, but more importantly, more people

COURTESY / FRED STEIN Fred Stein, a 1972 communications alumnus, is the executive producer of The Creative Group, a special events production and planning firm. The Creative Group was the main architect behind the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade.

could participate.” Because the area around the Art Museum and Logan Circle is more open than Broad Street, an estimated 700,000 people could come to watch the ceremony. “I had never seen so many beer cans in my life,” Stein said. “It was so amazing coming out there Thursday night looking at what we were doing. By Friday morning, the street was open.” Stein said he credits the success of the parade to the city. He also hopes the success and publicity isn’t credited to him, but to the Eagles. This parade was much different than other events Stein had planned in the past because of the quick turnaround, he said. “We were sworn to secrecy [about parade plans], so we couldn’t plan a month out,” he said. But the idea of working on the fly is not entirely new to Stein. After graduating from Temple, he worked for the city government, running City Councilman AtLarge Al Pearlman’s office from 1976 to 1980. He notes one of his record times for handling a city issue was fixing a pothole in 12 minutes, from the time he got the call to the time it was filled. Stein became deputy managing director of the City of Philadelphia in 1981. While working in the city office, he was tasked with planning the 300th anniversary of Philadelphia in 1982. The celebration included organizing a film festival in actress and Philadelphia native Grace Kelly’s honor, which brought celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope to the city. “That was one of the 120 events [I planned] in my first year,” Stein said. “You are getting all the

experience on the fly.” After his first foray in event planning, he started The Creative Group in 1984. Since then, he has planned hundreds of events like the opening of the Barnes Foundation, the closing of the Wachovia Spectrum — which was the former home of the Philadelphia Flyers and Sixers — and the opening of the Apollo of Temple, now known as the Liacouras Center, in 1997. That was the first event he produced for Temple. It was commissioned by then-President Peter Liacouras. His success with the event led to a longstanding relationship with the Fox School of Business. For 21 years, Stein and The Creative Group have been tasked with organizing the ceremony for Fox’s Musser Award for Excellence in Research event, which recognizes a faculty member each year. “Fred’s attention to detail continues to impress me,” said Moshe Porat, the dean of the Fox School of Business. To honor one award recipient who loved diner food, Stein created a head table that resembled a diner booth with vinyl seating, Porat said. When Stein thinks back to the excitement around how the Eagles parade unfolded, he remembers more of the little things that the company didn’t plan, like Eagles player Jason Kelce caught on video riding a police bike. “[It was things] like the players getting off the busses and meeting with fans...that made the whole event better,” Stein said. “I have been very fortunate in my career to do once-in-a-lifetime events multiple times.” pj.guippone@temple.edu


Student club volunteers at local animal shelters A senior started Diamond Dogs, a dog-walking student organization. BY BRIANNA BAKER For The Temple News

Senior neuroscience and psychology major Annellyse Chan wanted to spend more time with dogs. She started a new student organization this semester called Diamond Dogs to do just that. Members of the new club volunteer at two Northern Liberties animal shelters: Street Tails Animal Rescue and Saved Me Adoption Center, where they walk, play with and care for rescue dogs. Chan said most shelters require dogs to be walked three times a day, but a shortage of volunteers makes it hard to meet that goal. The mission of Diamond Dogs is to fill that need while helping college students stay active. Chan came up with the idea after conducting research for her major related to obesity, eating disorders and exercise. Her sorority Delta Phi Epsilon has also worked with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. She said this fostered her passion for helping young people maintain a healthy lifestyle. “I’m also obsessed with animals,” Chan said. “So I thought this would be really cool.” Chan has her own dog, a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and poodle mix named Obi, at her parents’ house — but they only adopted him after she moved to college. Diamond Dogs seemed like the perfect way to get more face time with animals. But getting the club off the ground has not been easy. Chan proposed the idea in July 2017, but had to settle university concerns. Student Activities did not want the school to be liable for possible student injury. After creating waivers and promising not to bring the dogs to campus, she finally secured approval in September. From that point on, she worked


BINGLIANG LI / THE TEMPLE NEWS Left: Sophomore therapeutic recreation major Natalie Onopchenko speaks with members of the Diamond Dogs student organization on Feb. 16 in Alter Hall. Onopchenko is the organization’s president. Right: The Diamond Dogs organization visits the Street Tails Animal Rescue shelter in Northern Liberties to walk, play with and care for rescued dogs.

to create the club’s constitution and recruit interested students. As a senior, she needed a younger student to help run the club so it could continue after she graduates. Sophomore therapeutic recreation major Natalie Onopchenko, who met Chan through their sorority, applied to take over as president. “She’s really trustworthy, outgoing, definitely confident,” Chan said. “I can see her leading the group.” Onopchenko has had a lifelong love of dogs. Her yellow labrador Buddy died at 14 years old when she was a college freshman. But her parents plan to adopt a new dog in April. Once appointed president at the end of Fall 2017, she reached out to friends, classmates and sorority sisters to recruit members for the club’s executive board. The team worked out details of the club, establishing that each member must spend a minimum of five hours volunteering at the shelter per semester.

They also organized the first meeting, which took place on Feb. 2. More than 100 people attended. “That’s awesome, to have that excitement factor, because it gives us the motive to actually follow through with this,” Onopchenko said. “I didn’t actually know how many people would show up.” Gillian Black, a freshman communication and social influence major, attended the event because of her love for dogs as well as her desire to meet new people. “I knew that it would probably be a very diverse group of people,” she said. “So I joined because I wanted to make new friends and help the community at the same time.” For Onopchenko, the social aspect of the club is what makes it special. The executive board created a group chat through the messaging app GroupMe, in which members talk and send pictures of their dogs. She hopes that members who share a volunteering time slot on the schedule will use the group chat to carpool together to the

shelters, which are both less than a 10-minute drive from Main Campus. Ideally, Onopchenko said, this time can be used for members to get to know each other away from the dogs. Onopchenko said group members will attempt to visit shelters at least every week. At the next meeting on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Room 200C of the Student Center, Chan and Onopchenko plan to announce when the shelter visits will begin. Though she said she is sad to leave the club behind, Chan isn’t worried about how it will fare without her. “I’m happy to have been able to build the foundation for it, and I’m definitely going to keep in touch and see how everything is going,” Chan said. “But I’m confident that the group that I’m passing the torch on to is going to kill it.” brianna.nicole.baker@temple.edu

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hether people like it or not, Philadelphia is changing. As the city’s tourism has increased, so has the interest in moving to Philly. Over the last decade, real estate developers have taken advantage of this, spurring rapid change and gentrification. Several of the neighborhoods now experiencing rapid development, like Fishtown, Kensington and parts of South Philadelphia, had the same general demographics during the 20th century: workingclass families. Now, these neighborhoods are attracting out-of-towners. Tourists often flock to bars near Girard and Frankford avenues in Fishtown on the weekends. According to a May 2016 report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the percentage of residents in professional occupations in Fishtown increased from 30 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2014. The share of residents


with at least a bachelor’s degree also more than tripled in one section of Fishtown and more than doubled in the other. The juxtaposition of the old and the new in neighborhoods like this one can be shocking at times. While reporting on Les and Doreen’s Happy Tap, a narrow, redbrick corner bar where the architecture has remained generally the same for the last 50 years or so, I noticed a looming church that has been converted into a modern home and a photography studio only a few doors away. In some ways, it’s up to local businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods to maintain a space for longtime residents. Places like Les and Doreen’s Happy Tap do just that by keeping prices affordable, but also bringing in popular craft beer. In this year’s Bar Guide, we take a look at changing neighborhoods and how local bars blend the old with the new while remaining mainstays in their communities.

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ith her distinguishable Northeast Philadelphia accent, Doreen Thompson reminds her customers of Fishtown’s blue-collar roots. Thompson, 57, is the owner of Les and Doreen’s Happy Tap on Susquehanna Avenue near Thompson Street in Fishtown. She started working there at 13 EMILY SCOTT Features Editor years old when her mother was a barmaid and lived two minutes away from the bar. On March 4, she’ll have owned the bar for 32 years. “I just love it here,” Thompson said. “I just always wanted to be here. I never wanted to be anywhere else.” She still lives in walking distance of the bar today. Thompson estimates the bar has been open for at least a century. Despite changes in ownership and a neighborhood under rapid development, Thompson maintains the old-school feel that attracts both new and longtime Fishtown residents to the bar. It still has a coin-operated cigarette machine and a jukebox. Thompson said while she grew up in the neighborhood, many people would hang out at Happy Tap. “Back then...there was a bar on every corner just about, that have now been replaced by houses or bigger apartments,” Thompson said.

Thompson even met her late husband Les, who was a Happy Tap regular, while she was working there in the late 1970s. A couple years after they married, the two bought the bar from former owners John and Mary Brandau. It felt natural for the couple to take ownership of the corner bar. Thompson has kept the bar a family-run business by employing her two older sisters and niece. About 10 years ago, Happy Tap introduced a new draft system and popular local beers like Kenzinger and Walt Wit, a Belgian-style white ale, from the Philadelphia Brewing Company. “Newer people ask for that, so I try to get whatever I can for everybody,” Thompson said. But she still makes sure to carry old Philly classics like Schmidt’s. In addition to the drink options, Thompson said her cheesesteaks are popular among visitors. “If they don’t like the ones from South Philly, with the big thick meat, ours are finely chopped,” Thompson said. “So they [sometimes] like those better.” Weekly events at the bar include bingo on Wednesdays and karaoke on Saturdays. But because it’s a neighborhood spot, the bar holds parties and anniversary celebrations regularly. A few years ago, Thompson said a couple who had met at the bar held their reception at Happy Tap. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, Thompson, who is Irish, and her 82-year-old mother will cook a ham, cabbage and potato platter to celebrate the holiday, which will be free for customers to eat in the bar. To-go platters will cost $5.

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hip Hitchens has been visiting The Trestle Inn since it reopened after a fire temporarily shut the bar down in June 2010. “When I first started working in Philadelphia, it was like a genuine trashy go-go bar, and then that burned down,” he said. “Then the current ownership took over, and that’s ERIN MORAN when I started comFor The Temple News ing. I’ve been coming since it reopened as a novelty trashy go-go bar.” Hitchens is a regular at the “intentionally divey” go-go bar on 11th Street near Callowhill, which was originally called J&J Trestle Inn. It has been a staple in the neighborhood for more than 100 years under different ownership, according to its website. Hitchens, who works at a software company a few blocks away, stops by The Trestle Inn every Thursday after work for happy hour with his co-workers Matt McFarland and Alice Rottersman. “It’s like a hug,” Rottersman said. “It’s dark. It’s cozy.” McFarland said the co-workers frequent the bar because of its proximity to their office, $4 happy hour drafts and the “high-quality” beer selection. “And at least it’s not crowded when we come here,” he added. “I hear it’s crowded on the weekends, but for afterwork happy hour it’s not.” On weekends after 10 p.m., the bar is known for live DJs, ‘60s and ‘70s music, like disco and Motown, and go-go dancers, who are mainly women. Renae Dinerman, who has managed The Trestle Inn for more than three years, said the bar’s long history draws a wide variety of patrons. “Folks who have their first cocktail when they turn 21 will come here because they’ve heard about us,” she said. “We get people who are in their 60s and 70s who want to dance to the music that they danced to when they were teenagers, and everyone in between. We really

do truly have a diverse crowd.” Like many bars in the city, The Trestle Inn has changed as its neighborhood changed. Back in the early 1900s, when Callowhill was an industrial area known for its factories and manufacturing, Dinerman said factory workers would come in for a beer on their breaks or on their way home from work. The bar was also popular among journalists, from the time the old Philadelphia Inquirer building on Broad Street near Callowhill was completed in 1924 until the paper moved to 8th and Market streets in 2012. “When the Philadelphia Inquirer was on the other side of Broad Street, a lot of people from the editorial or management staff or people who were working the press, they would always come here,” Dinerman said. Since reopening in 2011, The Trestle Inn’s patronage has changed. Dinerman said more young people come in looking for cocktails and whiskey, rather than a quick beer. She said the bar doesn’t serve many canned beers, flavored whiskeys or Jägermeister anymore. The most-ordered drink, she said, is a classic whiskey sour. “This iteration has been like this for about six and a half years,” she said. “It still is a neighborhood bar, but it was like a shot and a beer kind of establishment rather than fine whiskeys and craft cocktails.” The bar also hosts events, like a weekly soul music night on Fridays, a pit bull adoption party hosted in partnership with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on the first Wednesday of every month and an annual bartender competition, called the “Bourbon Battle,” that also benefits PSPCA. With the bar’s revived popularity, Dinerman thinks The Trestle Inn stands out among trendy bars in the city. “Even though the clientele might be a little younger, they’re a little more knowing about what they want to drink,” she said. “So we’re definitely not a kids’ bar.” erin.moran@temple.edu @ernmrntweets

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS The Trestle Inn is a whiskey and go-go corner bar on Callowhill Street near 11th. The bar has been open for more than a century.


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: General manager Garrett Lee Williams stands in the brewery room at Evil Genius Brewing Company on Front Street near Palmer on Friday. Bottom: A craft beer is poured from the tap at Evil Genius Brewing Company on Front Street near Palmer on Friday.




arret t Lee Williams wants to “make beer fun again” — a play on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan. Beneath the Market-Frankford Line’s El overpass on Front Street near Palmer in Kensington is the Evil Genius Beer Company, one of the neighborhood’s latest bars that brews its own beer. The bar — which opened just less than a year ago — has amassed interest from the neighborhood’s newer residents for its in-house brews and the quirky names atEAMON DREISBACH tached to them, which For The Temple News range from a “Purple Monkey Dishwasher” chocolate peanut butter porter to an “I Love Lamp” pineapple hefeweizen. Both names come from popular culture references in the TV show “The Simpsons” and the 2004 movie “Anchorman.” Today, Evil Genius’s bottled beer is shipped all over the country to different bars and beer distributors. Despite the craft beer industry’s stiff-neck reputation, Williams, Evil Genius’s general manager, is quick to promise that the pub is anything but that. “Beer is going toward snobbery,” Williams said. “I love that people are dissecting beers, people are going through their certifications, and all that fun stuff and taking the beers very seriously. But I want people to be able to...enjoy the beer and not think about it.” Co-founders Luke Bowen and Trevor Hayward came up with the idea for Evil Genius in 2009 while they were pursuing their MBA at Villanova University, where they met. Finding the corporate lifestyle unfavorable, Bowen and Hayward started contract brewing for fun in their free time. Contract brewing is when people create their own beers in breweries’ unused spaces. Their first venture was with a brewery in South Bend, Indiana, requiring a 10-and-a-half-hour drive for each batch. From this experience, Bowen has acquired a soft-spot for quality, but accessible brews that appeal to all age groups. “It’s a very ‘every person’s’ drink,’” Bowen said. “We want to open up access to everybody.” The bar’s interior is another example of the bar playing on well-known pop culture references. A stack of board games sits atop every table next to the day’s drink menu, which is printed on old VHS tape cases. Near the entrance to the brewpub, a small area nicknamed “the basement” allows patrons to pick from a selection of 1980s and ’90s televi-

sions shows or play Sega Genesis video games while they drink. Above the counter, a massive steel winch previously used to extract engines from railcars now serves as a chandelier. But Evil Genius’s interior quirks also fulfill a practical purpose. The wood from the bar’s tables and booths is repurposed from the building’s original structure, a carriage factory built in the 1870s. Williams emphasizes that a bar’s atmosphere is just as important as the quality of the drinks. “I wouldn’t be working here if I didn’t believe in our beers,” Williams said. “Really believing in the product that I sell means a lot. Being a part of this is not something I ever saw myself doing, and now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.” Evil Genius’s beers are all brewed in-house, with names and ideas for new batches being constantly pitched by its 30-person staff. The pub’s flagship Citra IPA “Stacy’s Mom” — named after the 2003 hit song by Fountains of Wayne — is brewed to resemble the taste of tropical fruits like peach, mango and lemon peel. Senior economics and political science major Evan Serratore believes these unconventional brewing methods are part of what gives Evil Genius its appeal. “I think variety and originality in terms of the beers is the really standout thing about it,” Serratore said. “It’s definitely a good place if you really want to explore some of the weirder brews you might not see from other companies.” The food menu also features twists on traditional bar fare like dessert nachos, sloppy joe sliders and a meat and cheese board for two, complete with honey from the apiary, which is a collection of beehives, housed on the bar’s roof. Community events are also commonplace at the bar, like its monthly burlesque night. In celebration of its upcoming one-year anniversary, patrons in attendance will be tasked with running a single lap around the bar. Kevin Keller, Evil Genius’s East Coast account manager, believes community involvement and these open events are paramount to the pub’s success. “Everyone wants to help everyone, especially in Philly,” Keller said. “When a new brewery opens up, we don’t see it as competition, we see it as community.” Despite recent success, Bowen feels his work at Evil Genius is far from over. “I want to keep innovating and doing things that are creative,” Bowen said. “I want to keep meeting new and exciting people who turn me on to great beer. We want to push the boundaries of what craft beer is and what beer could be.” eamon.noah.dreisbach@temple.edu @eamond93

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B SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Two men sit at the bar Tabu on 12th Street near Walnut on Saturday night. Tabu is a gay sports bar and lounge that has a mission to include the entire LGBTQ community.




n a room the size of a “broom closet” on the third floor of the Student Center, Ian Morrison said he found his “gay tribe.” The small room was the meeting place for Temple’s Lambda Lions, a former student organization for gay students. Morrison, a 1997 journalism alumnus who was president of the club, said he was lucky to have an on-campus space to express himself and support other LGBTQ students. More than 30 years later, he finds the same reGRACE SHALLOW Managing Editor spite at Tabu, a gay sports bar and lounge on 12th Street near Walnut. “If you give somebody a space to allow them to be themselves and flourish, [that] is when you bring the best part of that person out,” said Morrison, who is Tabu’s events manager. “I feel like that’s what Tabu does.” Tabu is one of many bars in the Gayborhood, which originated around 13th and Locust streets in the late 20th century. Venues for LGBTQ people clustered in that area, where many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people also began to move in at the time. The neighborhood, with boundaries at 11th and Broad streets and Pine and Chestnut streets, was officially recognized by the city as the Gayborhood in 2007. Tavern on Camac’s building has housed a gay bar since 1927, though it’s gone through different owners, names and layouts, said Howard Nields, the bar’s general manager. It’s one of the oldest gay bars in the country, he added. The tavern, which is on Camac Street near Manning, has three levels: a restaurant on the bottom floor, a piano bar in the middle and an event space at the top, which is also known as the Ascend Nightclub. The nightclub’s use alternates each night. Late in the week, it hosts Showtune Sundays, when guests sing along to popular musicals displayed on a 20-foot projector. Nields suggested the idea about seven years ago when he was a bartender at the tavern, he said. Nields grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and often visited Tavern on Camac in his 20s — a time when he said there were no rainbow street signs or gay pride flags hanging outside, making the LGBTQ community feel hidden. After working there for 10 years, he said it’s become a second home for him. “From the beginning, this bar has always been accepting no matter who you are, and that always drew me,” Nields said. Stacey Vey, who studied education at Temple from 1983-1985, feels a similar connection

to the gay bar Stir, which she opened 11 years ago on Chancellor Street near 17th. While growing up in South Jersey and bartending at LGBTQcentered parties, she always dreamed of owning her own place. As a co-owner of Stir, she said inclusivity is a priority, and its tagline is “everyone’s welcome.” “It’s actually been a dream come true... to meet so many people from so many backgrounds,” Vey said. “We hope to be here another 10 to 20 years.” Tabu shares the same inclusive mission and has a non-discrimination policy on its website, stating that it strives “to make this a space where all members of the community can feel welcome and free to express themselves.” But there hasn’t always been a sense of inclusivity in the Gayborhood. A video of Darryl DePiano, the owner of the gay bar ICandy, using a racist slur sparked citywide conversations about discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community in September 2016. Le Thomas is the president of the organization Philadelphia Black Pride, a nonprofit that works to make the LGBTQ community more inclusive for people of color. He said racial discrimination was an issue in the LGBTQ community before the ICandy video. Incidents like bouncers regularly asking to check Black people’s IDs and not white people’s IDs were forgettable in passing, but hard to ignore when they became a pattern, Thomas said. Thomas helped organize inclusivity training sessions at ICandy and added that Tabu stands out as a welcoming place in the Gayborhood. “[Tabu] reminds me of ‘Cheers’ and that saying, ‘Everyone knows your name,’” Thomas said. “It feels very neighborly and welcoming. … You know what it is when you walk in.” Morrison has watched Tabu grow into a recognized sports and show bar during the five years he has worked there, where he has also performed in drag using the name Brittany Lynn. But he added that the most important aspect of Tabu — and venues across the Gayborhood — isn’t the events it hosts or its happy hour specials. It’s the welcoming environment and patrons, who have become family over the years. “Anytime at Tabu, you can find any type of person,” Morrison said. “That’s why people come back. … Some bars might be flashier or trending, but Tabu is your neighborhood bar that you want to come to when you’re done work, when you’re looking for a show, when you’re looking for something to eat, when you’re just looking to have a chill night with your friends.” grace.shallow@temple.edu @Grace_Shallow

eer-themed decorations from Schmidt’s of Philadelphia fill the walls of Lucky 13 Pub. Schmidt’s — a brewing company originally in Philadelphia — has been a hallmark of the city’s beer scene since it was founded by Christian Schmidt in 1860. William Pflaumer bought the brewery in 1976, and by the early ’80s, it was producing more than 3 million barrels per year, making it the ninthlargest brewery in LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News the country. Schmidt’s was sold to a Wisconsin company in 1986. A Schmidt’s clock ticks away behind the bar while dimly lit Schmidt’s lamps illuminate the dining room. Schmidt’s is also available in Lucky 13’s twist on Philadelphia’s Citywide Special, consisting of a Jägermeister shot and a can of Schmidt’s. Lucky 13, a bar on 13th Street near East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, offers eight rotating beers on draft. Manager and bartender Maureen McBrearty, who has worked at the neighborhood pub for five years, said Lucky 13 fills its beer lines with local brews — especially any new or seasonal releases — that cater to the diverse East Passyunk residents. Two handwritten menus sprawled on chalkboards above the bar let customers know the current draft list, which includes Shock Top Belgian White and Uinta Brewing Company’s Golden Spike Hefeweizen. But Lucky 13 customers can always rely on one thing: a steady stream of Kenzinger by Philadelphia Brewing Company. On any given day, the East Passyunk crowd fills up the wooden stools at the bar as songs from artists like The Kinks and Alice Cooper play in the background. “It’s the craziest mix of people you’ll meet,” McBrearty said. “We have middleaged men who have regular day jobs and kids. We have people in the club scene, other people in the hip-hop scene, literally everyone you can think of.” She added that even though the East Passyunk neighborhood has changed over the years, the bar and its clientele have largely stayed the same. The bar focuses on building relationships with its patrons and appealing to nearby residents looking for a laid-back dive. “It’s a little hidden gem off Passyunk that not many people know about,” said Koren Kuz, who lives near Passyunk Square and goes to the bar at least once a week. “Especially on the weekends, when

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VALERIE MCINTYRE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lucky 13 Pub, a bar on 13th Street near East Passyunk Avenue, offers eight rotating beers on draft and beer from the Philadelphia Brewing Company.


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Doreen Thompson (center), the owner of Les and Doreen’s Happy Tap, speaks to a customer sitting at the bar on Susquehanna Avenue near Thompson Street in Fishtown.

Passyunk’s really busy with tourists and people that come to go to dinner, no one knows about Lucky 13, so it’s mostly local Philly people. It’s a good hide-out spot.” Kuz, a 2012 kinesiology alumna, said her go-to drink at Lucky 13 is its Cherry Bulleit Manhattan cocktail, which has cherry liqueur, Bulleit rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters topped with a cherry. McBrearty said Lucky 13’s sense of community sets the bar apart from other establishments in the neighborhood. She’s seen the same regulars come into the bar since she first started working there in 2013. “The people that come in here have become my best friends,” she said. “I’ve gone on trips with regulars and other staff members.” She has traveled to places like Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Florida and gone to concerts with her customers. And each year, the bar’s owner, Clark Newman, buys tickets to Opening Day, the first day of the Major League Baseball season, for Lucky 13 staff and regulars. “What’s really nice is the sense of companionship,” McBrearty said. “We’ve all been to a lot of weddings and funerals over the last few years. Everybody goes to support each other.” Lucky 13 also supports community organizations in the city by hosting fundraisers. On Sundays, the bar raises money for Planned Parenthood, offering specials like 60-cent perogies with sour cream and caramelized onions, $8 PB&J eggrolls and $10 pitchers of Miller High Life. And on Monday nights, East Passyunk residents pack the bar for $1 tacos and a comedy open-mic. During the week, there are menu specials like $2 bacon-wrapped hot dogs on Tuesdays. Events like Wednesday night trivia games bring out South Philly neighbors, too. Kuz said the Lucky 13 staff is welcoming, friendly and never judges. She said she enjoys not having to worry about what she wears when she goes there because the crowd is always laid back. “It doesn’t advertise to get non-locals in,” Kuz said. “I feel like it only wants locals. Whenever I go in there I see all the same people.” McBrearty said Lucky 13’s authentic Philadelphia atmosphere makes the bar unique. “If you come in, you’re going to make friends,” McBrearty said. “Everyone talks to everybody and at any random time everyone could be dancing. It’s neighborhood-y, but very welcoming.”

Thompson said the bar has attracted a diverse group of people in recent years. But when she first started working there, she said the bar was an early morning destination for people working overnight shifts, like nurses or gas and electric workers, because of the bar’s early 7 a.m. opening time. “Twenty years ago, you’d come in and it would be mostly men just getting done work from truck driving. ... Now, it’s just all kinds of people from different walks of life from everywhere,” Thompson said. With the neighborhood’s changing demographics, Thompson said she welcomes “the new people.” Marg Maines has been bartending at Happy Tap since 1983. She refers to people who recently moved to Fishtown as “newbies.” She said they’re often surprised by the cheap

drink prices, like $3 for their domestic pints. “When they come in, they do know that the prices aren’t like every other place,” Maines said. “When I first came here, a seven-ounce bottle of beer was 35 cents. And now they come in and go, ‘Are you kidding? That’s all it is?’” Thompson isn’t concerned about competition from nearby and more recently established destinations like the SugarHouse Casino or Frankford Hall. She thinks Happy Tap brings a more homey experience, as well as cheaper drinks. “It’s been here a long time and everybody knows it from the neighborhood,” Thompson added. “Even if they aren’t from the neighborhood, once they get here, I think they feel it. They feel at home and comfortable.” emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu @emilyivyscott







ast semester, Zach Bedford went to the Draught Horse Pub & Grill five times in one week. But it wasn’t just to drink. Once was lunch with friends, another was to play trivia and the final three times were to attend meetings for the Temple Veterans Association, for which he serves as vice president. The association supports veterans’ education, benefits and future employment. “Between the local bars ZARI TARAZONA around campus, I think the For The Temple News Draught Horse is the classiest or the nicest one,” said Bedford, a senior biology major. “The food is always on point. The specials, beer prices, liquor prices, it’s always generally really good.” The Draught Horse, which is on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street, opened in 2001. Throughout the last 17 years, the Horse has become a staple in student life through events held during the semester, like Thursday night Quizzo and club fundraisers. Two years ago, Bedford went to the Draught Horse for the first time with a few of his friends. Right away, he knew he liked it because of the service. “Typically, especially on a busy night, they’ll have, like, maybe four bartenders working, and they hit...every spot,” Bedford said. “Even when it’s busy, they’re still friendly. They’re still attentive.” Assistant General Manager Shawn Palecek has worked at the Horse for six years. He thinks the bar leaves an impression on customers because of how hands-on the staff treats its customers. “It’s like your mom-and-pop shop that you grew up around the corner from,” he said. “We have that rapport with people.” Palecek said their regulars come from “all across the board.” They are faculty members, students and community residents. Larry Woods, a barber who works at Mecca Unisex Salon, which is across the street from the Horse, said he likes going to the bar because of the staff’s friendliness. “The bartenders and servers are really professional and friendly,” Woods said. “That’s what you look for when you go somewhere just to chill.” “It’s very unique because a lot of places are like either all college bars or all graduate school bars or all local bars,” said Sydney James, 45, a regular who lives near Fairmount. “I think [the Horse] brings the whole community together.” The Horse hosts several weekday events, like Wild Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays and 50 cent Fridays. One of the busier nights at the Horse is Wild Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m with a $5 cover after 9:30 p.m. The atmosphere is similar to Philadelphia nightclubs since the DJs at the Horse, like DJ Aiden Scott and DJ N9NE, also play throughout the city. On Trivia Thursdays, groups of teams play Quizzo from 9 to 11 p.m. Bedford said his team of four sits near the game announcer because they enjoy joking around with him. At the end of the semester, the winning trivia team gets a $250 gift card for the Horse.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS A bartender at The Draught Horse Pub & Grill on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street pours vodka into a glass at the bar on Thursday.

On Friday nights, 50-cent Coors Lights are served from 9 p.m. to midnight. This weekly event was adopted two years ago after it was a success at the Horse’s 15th anniversary party. “People aren’t made of money, and we want college kids to be able to enjoy themselves and have a good time,” Palecek said. Many customers also come in during the week to enjoy a reasonably priced drink or meal at the bar or seating area. The Horse has a full-service menu, 25 draft and craft beers and more than 50 craft cans and bottles. Ozzie Sirin, the Draught Horse’s executive chef, has been running the kitchen for almost a year. He’s worked in the catering and restaurant business for 25 years. Sirin said he’s “worked everywhere” in Philadelphia, including Lincoln Financial Field, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the University of Pennsylvania. “He’s doing a lot of great and exciting things with the food,” Palecek said. “We’re on another level now.” Palecek added that Sirin has improved the “culinary skill and technique” in the kitchen. Besides the food, the Draught Horse finds ways to keep their customers coming back through events with special deals and incentives. The Horse has a special drinking event every year for their regulars and any other interested customers. The Draught Horse Derby, which is now in its third year, runs the whole month of April. Participants have to come in each day that month and drink one alcoholic beverage. Any participant who completes the Derby challenge receives a plaque with their name on it and is invited to a special happy hour with all the other finalists and their friends. “I had a lot of friends that I got interested in [the Derby], and then we all started doing it,” said Mike Vandevere, a senior legal studies major and one of last year’s finalists. “Through the Derby, we met a lot of different people.” After spring break, the bar will start a beer club for people who drink frequently at the Horse. For the Draught Horse Beer Club, participants will have to drink 50 beers of any brand or type to earn a horseshoe. The club will have different levels, and participants can earn another horseshoe for every 50 beers they drink. Another new event starting next semester is the Charity of Choice, which will be on Friday nights. For Charity of Choice, any university organization, club, fraternity, or sorority can try SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS to earn points

The Draught Horse Pub & Grill on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street offers a variety of drinks, including cocktails, beer and liquor.

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based on how many of their members visit the Horse. The three groups with the most members will receive points each night. At the end of the school year, the winner with the most points will earn $500 from MillerCoors, a beer brewing company, and $500 from the Horse to donate to the charity “IT’S LIKE YOUR MOMof their choice. The Draught Horse AND-POP SHOP THAT is also contacted by YOU GREW UP AROUND student clubs and other THE CORNER FROM.” organizations to utilize its central location and – SHAWN PALECEK space for after-school ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER events. Geena Bevenour, a senior media studies and production major and a peer adviser for the Klein College Global Opportunities program, said the Horse was the perfect location for Klein GO’s alumni social last semester. “The people who go through our program typically like to have a good time and they’re

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS People mingle around the bar at Draught Horse Pub & Grill on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street on Thursday night.

outgoing,” Bevenour said. “So it was a really good atmosphere for that.” The Horse is also well-suited to handle big occasions, like this year’s Super Bowl LII game where the Eagles defeated the Patriots. The ticketed event sold out very quickly, which Palecek said he expected because of the excitement around the game. People were lined up outside before the doors opened at 3 p.m., and about 350 people from 21 years of age to 50- and 60-year-olds showed up for the highly anticipated game. Palecek said NBC Philadelphia and 6abc Action News stopped by to get live footage of everyone waiting for the game to start. “Everybody was just very happy,” Palecek said. “It was obviously just a great time to be in Philly, really. That’s really what we wanted to do. We wanted to create an event that was just going to add on top of the excitement.” The management and staff at the Horse know how to draw a crowd whether it’s the biggest sports moment in Philadelphia history or lunchtime on a weekday afternoon. “I think we just do great from door to door, from the time you walk in to the time you walk out,” Palecek said. “It’s just a friendly establishment.” zari.tarazona@temple.edu @SorryZari




AARON WECKSTEIN JAKE CEPIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jamie Bracey, the College of Engineering’s director of STEM education, outreach and research, announced her latest educational outreach efforts, the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness, in the Science Education and Research Center on Thursday.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 STEM but beyond that, can also compete using STEM in really creative ways to sustain themselves,” Bracey said. The CIC will conduct programs on local, national and international levels. Within the School District of Philadelphia, the center will begin by partnering with Walter B. Saul High School, Abraham Lincoln High School and Carver Engineering and Science high school to construct and maintain aquaponics labs, which are agricultural systems that raise fish and grow plants together to reduce waste. The construction of the labs, at Lincoln as well as at George Sharswood School in South Philadelphia and Kenderton Elementary School neartheHealthSciencesCampus,will begin this week. The CIC is also looking to partner with Philly Urban Creators, an urban farm on 11th Street near Dauphin, to create an aquaponics system inside a shipping container at the farm. Bert Johnson, an environmental science teacher at Walter B. Saul and a former organic farmer, will lead all three aquaponics projects. He said interacting with the systems will provide career and technical education students with hands-on experience in environmental science. Beyond the obvious environmental connections, Johnson added that aquaponics also requires the efforts of many other disciplines, like implementing computer programming and engineering to create an app that receives sensor data about the system’s chemi-

cal balance. “These kids can do more with their cell phones than I’ve ever thought about,” Johnson said. “So if I can open up their eyes and kind of say, ‘Hey, you can do this, hey, you can do that,’ they can take that technology and move on it.” “It’s not just, ‘Can we get CTE students to understand how to create a smart farm?’” Bracey added. “But what is the business side of agriculture? What’s the marketing that’s associated with that? What’s the computer science associated with that?” To support the growth of employment in communities of color on a greater scale, the center will also collaborate with ScaleUp Partners — a consultancy and education organization that supports the growth of equitable economies — to develop a national “inclusivity index.” The index will compile statistics on categories like education and employment to illustrate how certain urban populations, especially communities of color, are underserved. Bracey said civic institutions can then use the index to improve employmentopportunitiesinthesecommunities,focusingonparticularcities’ prominent industries, like energy in Philadelphia. Several colleges, including Michigan State University, Clark Atlanta University and North Carolina A&T State University, have already asked to partner with CIC and use the index. For these universities, Bracey said access to the index can affect their development of outreach programs so they target prospective students of color and better prepare them for college.

“Many [students of color] have been underprepared, and this is the reality,” Bracey said. “Math is still a problem, and science achievement is still a problem. So if there’s a way for us to help [engage] students in co-ops, engage them in internships to make the sustainability pathway clear to them so they stay focused on their studies, that’s our goal.” At the CIC launch event last Thursday, Pennsylvania Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program alumni gathered on the second floor of the SERC to be recognized and speak about their experiences. Tariq Hook, the chief learning officer at Zip Code Wilmington — a Delaware-based coding school — and MESA’s former head computer science instructor, spoke to the audience about Bracey’s impact on increased diversity in the regional tech community. “Representation is extremely important, and the thing is, the fact that you see many young brown faces interested in STEM is just phenomenal,” Hook said at the event. “But the reason why you’re seeing all these faces is because one woman had a dream.” As an African-American mother, Bracey said she can understand personally why this work is so important. “I realize that if we don’t increase the competitiveness of these kids, if you don’t get their minds right about it, they’re never going to be prepared here in Philadelphia,” she said. “That’s just my mission.”

Senior Environmental studies

I’m going to Michigan to visit my friend. He goes to University of Michigan. … It’s actually a friend from [Temple] who’s at grad school now, so he just moved up there for the year. … We might go to a basketball game or something.


Freshman Sport and exercise science

I want to go home, but it’ll be fun [to practice with the women’s rowing team]. … It’s two [practices] a day, maybe three, no time to do anything basically. Maybe when it ends, a nice day in the city. … It’s going to be fun, but hard.

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[My friend and I] booked a flight to Nashville about three weeks ago kind of spontaneously. … We’re like two blocks off Music Row, a two-minute Uber into the town. We’re going to try to go to concerts [and] cafes. … My dad just went to Nashville last semester, so he’s giving me a list of places to go and places to eat.





Penn Museum hosts annual African cultures celebration

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosted its 29th annual Celebration of African Cultures on Saturday in University City. The Celebration of African Cultures is a part of the Penn Museum’s World Culture Days series, which introduces visitors to the cultures found within the museum’s galleries through events. Attendees participated in workshops about traditional African music and dance. Some of the activities included crafts, games, puppetry, yoga and documentary screenings. There was also an African mini-marketplace and an African-inspired lunch menu in the museum’s cafe. “I enjoy the crowd,” said Rashida Watson, who is the owner of The Silk Tent, an ethnic boutique in West Philadelphia. She had her items for sale at the event. “It’s very eclectic and they enjoy what I have.”


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The absence of a conductor, Boorum said, also allows the musicians to collaborate in curating its performances. They use online polls to vote on ideas for concerts in the upcoming season. During Friday’s concert, dramatic swells of strings loudly echoed inside the church’s sanctuary, which is marked by its vaulted stone ceilings. In the second piece, a recurring motif of plucked strings accompanied guest vocalist Rebecca Myers as she sang excerpts of Rimbaud’s poems, surrounded by a ring of Christmas lights at her feet. Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak, a folk violinist and attendee of the performance, said the sanctuary’s reverb complemented the music. “Sometimes the notes can clash because there’s such a long delay,” said Vander Veer Shaak, who is also a violin bowmaker and the owner of Mount Airy Violins & Bows. “[But] these two pieces were perfect.” Vander Veer Shaak has attended most of Prometheus’ performances since it was founded. She said she loves the collaborative energy that comes from an ensemble without a conductor. “The focus of the whole ensemble trying to just stay as one, there’s nothing like it,” Shaak said. About 120 people attended “Illumine” on Friday. For Boorum, it’s exciting to know audiences continue to support their unconventional work. “I remember coming out of this back room [in the sanctuary] for our first show,” Boorum said. “I remember not knowing if anybody would come. And we stepped out and we had this full crowd. It was so moving.”

Founded in 2013, the 17-piece string ensemble, which consists of many Temple alumni, performs several concerts at the Advocate each year, and occasional performances at other venues. On Friday, Prometheus performed its concert “Illumine.” The performance included “String Quartet in F,” a piece by French Impressionist composer Maurice Ravel, and Benjamin Britten’s “Les Illuminations,” a nine-part composition set to poems by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Prometheus formed five years ago when several Philadelphia musicians wanted to break away from some of the traditional constraints of classical musical performance. Spearheaded by violinist Vena Johnson and bassist Jerrell Jackson, who have since left the ensemble, the group established its residency at the Advocate to directly engage with North Philadelphia, a community which traditionally lacks access to classical music. Major ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia perform mostly in Center City. Johnson said the orchestra wanted to permanently embed itself in North Philadelphia to break down the “fourth wall” between itself and the audience. “A lot of times orchestras will kind of parachute into a neighborhood or a community and try to build a relationship that way, and it’s a little difficult,” said Johnson, a 2010 violin performance and music education alumna. “We thought maybe if we started an ensemble in a community from a grassroots level, then maybe we could change that relationship.” Prometheus has a pay-what-you-wish policy for all its concerts at the Advocate. Outside of its scheduled performances,

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jennifer Boorum, a 2005 music history alumna, warms up before the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra performance at the Church of the Advocate Friday night.

the ensemble holds open rehearsals where congregation members and other community residents can listen and give feedback. They also sometimes play in the Advocate Cafe, the church’s daily soup kitchen. “I know that our patrons really enjoy that,” said the Rev. Renee McKenzie. “[Prometheus] thinks of music in a very creative way in terms of, ‘How do you bring different voices together...different kinds of cultural roots together to make something incredible?’” Occasionally, Prometheus has stretched outside the boundaries of classical music to explore other genres. At a John Coltrane celebration event a few years ago, McKenzie

said the ensemble performed an interpretation of “A Love Supreme,” Coltrane’s acclaimed 1965 album. In addition to reducing economic barriers to music, Jennifer Boorum, a 2005 music history alumna and violist in Prometheus, said the ensemble wanted to eliminate the boundary created by having a conductor. “We try to break down some of the typical barriers that you find in classical music, where you go to a big hall and there’s a stage and you’re really removed from the performers,” Boorum said. “We remove the conductor so the focus is not on that one person leading, and you can actually see the communication.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 MAKEUP she added. Chandler even considers herself an artist and views makeup as a form of artistic expression. “I wasn’t good at painting [or] drawing really nice facial features, but I would say that I was creative,” she said. “For me, [makeup] was just another way of expressing that creativity and artistry that already was in myself.” She launched her social media platform after months of strategic planning that involved picking a brand name, designing a logo, setting a budget for purchasing makeup products and gathering clients. Initially, Chandler said she wanted to feature historical Black women like Rosa Parks every day on her page, but she decided to instead use her page to promote creative Black women. “Their story has been told and it’s going to continue to be told,” she said. She wanted to “tell the stories of women who need or are looking for that platform.” Chandler added that she wanted to help Black women claim their own voices. To find women to feature on her page, Chandler goes through her list of Instagram followers to find creative and artistic Black women. She also reaches out to her friends to recommend people to feature. She reaches out to them and if they agree to be featured, she asks them to send pictures and quotes about themselves, along with information about their work. Chandler’s idea isn’t limited to makeup artists. She’s also featured photographers, graphic designers, chefs and fashion designers. Chandler shared work from her friend, Crystal Anokam, who is a portrait photographer and a senior public health major. “When I met her and got close to her, she kind of opened up my eyes to how to be a creative and an artist, but also how to brand yourself,” Chandler said. “That’s something that I never thought of before.” Anokam said featuring Black women daily on social media can be empowering. “I think it’s dope,” Anokam said. “Because [it’s] not just makeup, it’s a platform. She’s already starting a network and creating something that unifies people, and we don’t see a lot of that for Black women, especially in the creative and arts field.” After Black History Month, Chandler still hopes to feature Black women from different art backgrounds, although not as consistently as she did this month. “No matter what stage I’m at, whether I have 300 or 3,000 followers, I want to use my platform as a way to uplift and encourage other Black women who are also building their brands and businesses,” Chandler said. “I will always use whatever I have to help somebody else.”

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Vanessa Chandler, a junior tourism and hospitality management major, runs a makeup art business. She uses her Instagram, @vanessagabrielle.mua, to promote her brand and feature Black women working in the creative arts.







Du Bois’s birthday honored at Advocate WRC hosts dialogue on eating disorders during NEDA week In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Wellness Resource Center will host “Body Talk,” a dialogue addressing the misconceptions and stigma surrounding eating disorders, on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 200BC of the Student Center. The panel will also explore the role of advocacy in the body-positive movement, which encourages people to embrace their natural beauty. Panelists will include psychology professor Eunice Chen, Tuttleman Counseling Services intern Holly Hoffman, sexual assault counselor Sonalee Rashatwar and Kristen Harootunian, a Penn State Brandywine student and public speaker on mental health issues. -Ian Walker

Tyler School of Art presents painting lecture Wednesday Painter Josephine Halvorson will speak about her work on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room B004 of the Tyler School of Art as part the school’s Critical Dialogues series. Halvorson creates her paintings on-site, which allows her to detect variations in the texture, light and temperature of the objects she paints, according to Temple’s events website. Halvorson grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and earned her MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2007. In 2015, she presented her first museum survey exhibition, “Slow Burn,” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina. -Ian Walker

Author to discuss Civil War book at Blockson Collection Cheryl Renée Gooch, an author and Cumberland County College administrator, will speak about her book “Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania” in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Sullivan Hall on Thursday at 2 p.m. The book examines the experiences of Black soldiers from Hinsonville, a former town outside Philadelphia that had a free Black community that fought for the Union in the Civil War. Gooch will sign copies of the book at the event. Gooch is the dean of the academic division of arts, humanities and developmental studies at Cumberland County College. She also wrote the book “On Africa’s Lands: The Forgotten Stories of Two Lincoln-Educated Missionaries in Liberia,” which documents the lives of James Ralston Amos and Thomas Henry Amos, Lincoln University graduates who became missionaries in Liberia in the mid-19th century.

The Church of the Advocate hosted a two-day conference celebrating the civil rights activist last weekend. BY VERONICA THOMAS For The Temple News

Behind the large, red Gothic Revivalstyle doors of the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street near 18th lies a sanctuary with deep historical ties to Temple and the surrounding North Philadelphia community. It’s also where the Saturday Free School chose to hold a 150th birthday celebration and symposium last weekend for civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. Du Bois, who authored several books, most notably “The Souls of Black Folk” and “Black Reconstruction in America.” The Saturday Free School is a philosophy discussion group that hosts weekly meetings at the church to learn about PanAfricanism and other global ethnic unity movements. In honor of the late Du Bois’s 150th birthday, the Saturday Free School will host a year-long celebration of his life with conferences, symposiums and multiple readings of Du Bois’s literary works. To kick off the commemoration, the school organized a two-day symposium, “Pan Africa & Pan Asia: A World United For Humanity,” on Friday and Saturday, the former being Du Bois’s birthday. Du Bois had ties to Philadelphia: he attended the University of Pennsylvania and wrote a book titled “The Philadelphia Negro.” He was also a founder of modern PanAfricanism, a philosophy that advocates the cultural and political unification of people of African descent. On Friday, the symposium began with a screening of “Finally Got The News,” a 1970 documentary about the people involved with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and their lives as employees in Detroit automobile factories. On Saturday there were several panels discussing Du Bois’s books “Dark Princess” and “The World and Africa.” There was also a cultural celebration that included drumming ceremonies, music and poetry performances by African, Indian, Latin-American and Afro-American performers. The church itself has a rich history of civil rights advocacy in the North Philadelphia community, too. It served as a venue for the 1968 National Conference of Black Power and the 1970 Black Panther Conference. In 1974, it also became the first Episcopalian Church to ordain women as priests. “It’s very historical,” said Anthony Monteiro, the founder of the Saturday Free School. “Its role in the community, going back some decades, is well known, and it is very, very beautiful.” Monteiro, a former African-American studies professor and a 1993 Ph.D. sociology alumnus, founded the Saturday Free

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Attendees of “Pan Africa & Pan Asia: A World United For Humanity” symposium on Friday night get seated for the screening of the documentary “Finally Got the News.”

School to create an environment for students and Philadelphians to “learn and discuss local and national issues with people from the Philadelphian community.” The organization used to meet at Temple while Monteiro was still a professor. “After we were no longer at Temple, we were welcomed at the Church of the Advocate to continue our weekly meetings and sessions,” Monteiro said. “It’s just one of those very unique, very beautiful, very historic places that seemed fitting to host the celebration of Du Bois and his life.” The Saturday Free School discusses several topics related to social movements and revolutionary thinking and organizing,

It’s just one of those very unique, very beautiful, very historic places that seemed fitting to host the celebration of Du Bois and his life. ANTHONY MONTEIRO


guided by the teachings, speeches and literary work of activists like Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton. Last year, the School hosted a symposium at the Church of the Advocate honoring James Baldwin, an author and essayist who critiqued Western society’s attitude toward gender, race and class. This year, the School wanted to honor Du Bois for his political activism and global outreach. “We decided we wanted to do something big,” said Elías Gonzalez, a 2016 media studies and production alumnus and event organizer for the School. “We believe that his books and his novels are...necessary now more than ever.” Gonzalez also finds Du Bois’s life and

teachings personally inspiring. “Just his trajectory in life helped me change my perspective on what is possible, especially for Black people,” Gonzalez said. “[He] really helps you reinterpret the culture, and the world, and the connection between Africa and Asia and the Americas.” Gonzalez said he was in awe at the various topics discussed during the weekend, like the Cuban Revolution and the Black Panther Party. Gonzalez joined the Saturday Free School in 2016, after graduating from Temple. “I joined it because it turned out to be the next step in politically educating myself and organizing with Black Philadelphia,” Gonzalez said. “I went there, started learning a lot and I couldn’t stop.” Nandita Chaturvedi, a member of the Saturday Free School and symposium organizer, joined when she moved to Philadelphia in 2016. As a child, she was always excited by the idea of helping people of all backgrounds and spurring change in the world. “We all come from a certain history and nation, and there are differences in the way we see the world, but there are also commonalities,” Chaturvedi said. “To move forward in the future, to create a new world, a world free of hunger and war and poverty, we have to unite around those common principles and dismantle white supremacy.” Monteiro closed the symposium on Saturday by thanking the students and Philadelphia residents in attendance. He said he hopes more people become “involved in the discussions” the Saturday Free School hosts. “More than anything, I want people to begin thinking,” Monteiro said. “We want to get people involved in critical thinking and stimulate discussion and organizing and building unity among people.” veronica.elizabeth.thomas@temple.edu

We all come from a certain history and nation, and there are differences in the way we see the world but there are also commonalities. ... We have to unite around those common principles and dismantle white supremacy. NANDITA CHATURVEDI


-Valerie Dowret OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Elías Gonzalez, a 2016 media studies and production alumnus, helped organize the “Pan Africa & Pan Asia: A World United For Humanity” symposium on Friday night at the Church for the Advocate.


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Sophomore works on conditioning MEN’S BASKETBALL

Eric Biscoveanu has a 5-2 doubles record this season after making changes to his game.

Rose earns weekly conference honor

BY ALEX McGINLEY For The Temple News

Eric Biscoveanu, a Yardley, Pennsylvania, native, crossed state lines to attend Notre Dame High School, a private school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. His parents wanted him to attend a smaller school where he could have more attention from teachers, he said, but his education wasn’t the only thing that improved while at Notre Dame. He was able to hone his game as a tennis player, too. Biscoveanu was rated a four-star recruit and the third-best high school tennis player in Pennsylvania’s class of 2016 by Tennis Recruiting Network. He didn’t make many alterations to his game as a freshman at Temple, but that changed this spring. “I was having some good results, and there were other matches that I thought I could’ve won,” Biscoveanu said. “This year, I definitely felt like I focused a little bit more on my fitness. That adds an extra aspect of what I’m able to do on and off the court.” Biscoveanu has a 2-4 singles record this season. In doubles play, Biscoveanu has a 5-2 record with three different partners: junior Uladzimir Dorash, sophomore Francisco Bohorquez and freshman Michael Haelen. Working with multiple partners is nothing new for Biscoveanu. Last season, Biscoveanu had five different doubles partners: Bohorquez, Artem Kapshuk, Florian Mayer, Vineet Naran and Filip Stipcic. Naran and Stipcic graduated after the season, while Kapshuk transferred to Texas Tech University and

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore Eric Biscoveanu practices at Legacy Tennis Center in East Falls on Thursday.

Mayer is no longer at Temple. Coach Steve Mauro said he changes some of the doubles pairings due to factors like injuries and athletes’ different playing styles. Because all of Biscoveanu’s partners had their own playing styles, each helped him with a different aspect of his game, he said. For example, Naran helped Biscoveanu develop his aggressiveness. Stipcic helped Biscoveanu keep a cool attitude during doubles matches. “Now that I’m not a freshman, I understand the way that doubles is played a little bit better this year,” Biscoveanu said. “I can help out Michael [Haelen], since he’s a freshman. Maybe next year, he’ll learn a lot more how to properly play doubles. We’ll be even better than what we are this year. We’ve had some pretty good results together so far.” Biscoveanu and Haelen have a 2-2 record as doubles partners. Their two wins came on Jan. 19 against Morgan State University senior Lucas Krusinski and

freshman Sebastian Lopez and on Jan. 26 against St. Francis College freshman Daniel Blasco and junior Pablo Blasco-Torres. Biscoveanu and Haelen, a right-hander, played against each other before becoming teammates this season. In 2016, Biscoveanu defeated Haelen, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, during the Round of 32 of the New Balance High School Tennis Championship in Boston. “[He’s helped] with the patterns we play, definitely getting me better at the eye formation, helping me with volleys and serves,” Haelen said. As part of his sophomore year adjustments, Biscoveanu has improved his physical build, Mauro said. “His fitness level is one of those things that has stood out,” Mauro said. “His conditioning has improved. He gives 100 percent at practice every day.” alex.mcginley@temple.edu


COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior attacker Nicole Barretta watches the action during Temple’s 18-11 loss to St. Joseph’s on Wednesday at Howarth Field.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 BARRETTA School in Chester County, Barretta stood out from the beginning, Somits said. Barretta has always been an aggressive and highly athletic player, she added. “She really, really dominated on the attack side in high school,” Somits said. By the end of her career at Downingtown East, Barretta set a scoring record with more than 300 goals, including 93 in her senior season. Barretta played in the midfield as a Cougar, but she has played on the attack as an Owl. Somits believes the move made sense due to Barretta’s “fearless” attitude near the goal. Barretta didn’t start any games as a junior or a sophomore, but she is now a key starter for Temple this season.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 ATKINSON “She’s just constantly talking, communicating,” Cardoza said. “Hopefully, that’s a part that will rub off on the young guys, that they see no matter what the situation, tired, not tired, down, winning, that you constantly have to be communicating with each other.” The Owls (11-18, 3-13 The American) will not return to the NCAA Tournament for

Barretta started the first four games, but she didn’t play in Sunday’s 18-15 win against Lafayette College for an undisclosed reason. To prepare for games, Barretta watches film of the Owls’ offense and the opposing team’s defense, she said. She also talks to her defensive teammates to find out how to effectively approach a defense. Plus, she talks to the coaching staff a lot, including during games. “Some of it is to go over plays, to go over what I’m seeing, how I’m feeling,” Barretta said. “Most of the time it’s to calm me down. I get a little fired up about some calls and stuff like that.” “I thought that the drive and passion that she had really brought her to be the best player that she could be,” Somits said. jay.neemeyer@temple.edu

a second straight season unless they win the conference tournament. Before this season, losing had not been a common experience for Atkinson. She has been on three teams that made the postseason since her freshman season. Despite this season’s setbacks, Atkinson has not slowed down. In a mid-season loss against conference opponent Cincinnati, she scored 39 points to tie for third for most points in a single game in Temple history. “She has passion to win, passion for the

than an NCAA Tournament bid. The Owls are projected to be a No. 5 seed in the 32team NIT, according to DRatings.com. Though the Owls aspired to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, making the NIT would be progress toward returning to the NCAA Tournament. Temple hasn’t had back-to-back seasons without an appearance in either the NCAA Tournament or NIT since the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons under former coach Don Casey, who led the team from 1973-82. Even after wins against strong Power Five schools in Auburn University and Clemson University in November, Temple seemed to be in danger of ending its long stretch of consistent postseason appearances. The Owls had a 3-5 record in December, including three losses to close out the month. Then they lost their next two games at the beginning of January to extend their losing streak. Though, Temple has positioned itself in the postseason conversation with a 9-4 record since then. Last season, Temple had three-game losing streaks in January and February. Then it lost, 80-69, to East Carolina in Connecticut in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament. Temple never led in that game. Temple last played in the NIT in the 2014-15 season, when its 22-9 regular-season record — including a win against a top10 ranked University of Kansas team — was still not enough to make the NCAA Tournament in the eyes of the selection committee. Snubbed from the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Temple made a run to the NIT semifinals, where it lost, 60-57, to the University of Miami at Madison Square Garden in New York.

game, passion to want to be great at everything she does,” senior guard Khadijah Berger said. “I’ve been playing to the best of my ability,” Atkinson said. “I try to go out there every game and give my all.” Looking beyond her college career, Atkinson — who is a communication studies major — hopes to play professionally. She is willing to play overseas, like Fitzgerald, who now plays in Poland, or in the United States, she said.

The American Athletic Conference named sophomore guard Quinton Rose to its Weekly Honor Roll for the second time in three weeks. Rose scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in Temple’s 75-56 victory against Central Florida on Sunday at the Liacouras Center. He also tied a career-high five assists and collected five rebounds. Rose has scored in double-figures in eight straight games, which is a careerhigh. His average of 15 points per game leads Temple and ranks ninth in The American. Rose will look to extend his doubledigit scoring streak to nine games when the Owls travel to face UConn on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Storrs, Connecticut. -Tom Ignudo

MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore guard Quinton Rose drives to the paint during Temple’s 75-56 win against Central Florida on Sunday at the Liacouras Center.

Senior forward Obi Enechionyia and redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown had their first tastes of a major postseason tournament during the run. Brown, then a sophomore, averaged seven points per game in the four NIT games. Enechionyia averaged 7.5 points per game and scored a then-career-best 17 points against Miami. Enechionyia and Brown each became key players for Temple in its run to the NCAA Tournament in the following season. “The more games you can play in the better, and I think I was able to start a few games my freshman year and that helped me get more used to the college game, especially playing in the postseason,” Enechionyia said. A postseason appearance this year, whether it be in the NCAA Tournament or NIT, would give Temple’s underclassmen a chance to play high-stakes games. The three leaders in minutes off the bench during conference games are all freshmen. Pierre-Louis is averaging 10.1 points per game against teams in The American. He and freshman forward J.P. Moorman II, who has averaged 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in conference play, were two of Temple’s three double-figure scorers on Feb. 18 against Houston. Freshman forward De’Vondre Perry has played in 14 of Temple’s 16 conference games and made one start. He scored a career-high 15 points against Wichita State on Feb. 15. “Hopefully, we make the NCAA,” Pierre-Louis said. “Our first step is the [American Athletic Conference] tournament, and we’re trying to win that. ... We’re not trying to go to the NIT, but if we get to the NIT, we’re going to make the best of our opportunity.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

For Atkinson, it is about finding a way to continue playing. “I feel like this is my life,” Atkinson said. “Basketball is all I’ve got at this point. It’s either going to pay for me to live, to eat, or I’m just going to have to get back into my school field. But as of now, I definitely want to keep playing basketball.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

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Dangerous flu season, injuries impact results Temple lost four matches in a row before Saturday’s win against Cincinnati. BY SEAN McGEEHAN For The Temple News

ANNA ZHILKOVA / FILE PHOTO Lavoy Allen, who played for Temple from 2007-11, allegedly received a loan of more than $600 from his agent.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 INVESTIGATION “I can’t see anything that was wrong with what he did,” said Dunphy, who has coached the Owls since 2006. “But hopefully we will get to the bottom of everything that is going in terms of the FBI investigation, and college basketball will be at a good place.” During his tenure with the Owls, Allen averaged 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Allen is also Temple’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,147 and ranks third all-time in blocked shots with 213. Allen was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He played for the Indiana Pacers from 2014-17. Allen has averaged 4.8 points and rebounds per game during his

I can’t see anything that was wrong with what he did. But hopefully we will get to the bottom of everything that is going on in terms of the FBI investigation. FRAN DUNPHY COACH

NBA career. Allen wasn’t the only former Big 5 player mentioned in the document. Three former Villanova players — Kyle Lowry, Maalik Wayns and Antonio Pena — were listed in the report. Like Allen’s alleged loan, it doesn’t state when the three former Villanova players reportedly received the money. The report states that Lowry received $5,927.51, Pena received $5,000 and Wayns received $1,180.94 from Miller. Two weeks ago, Villanova landed a recruit who was identified as “Player-5” in the FBI’s investigation. Jahvon Quinerly, a five-star recruit from Hudson Catholic High School in New Jersey and the seventh-ranked point guard in his class, according to Rivals.com, committed to Villanova after decommitting from the

University of Arizona. Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, who recruited Quinerly, was one of four college basketball assistant coaches charged in a bribery scheme. Auburn University, a team Temple faced earlier in the season, also lost its associate head coach and two players because of the FBI’s investigation. When the Owls beat Auburn 88-74 in the Charleston Classic in November, the Tigers were without associate head coach Chuck Person, sophomore center Austin Wiley and sophomore forward Danjel Purifoy because of the ongoing probe. Person was charged with six counts of federal corruption in September. Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. said he was shocked when he read about the amount of money some players allegedly received. An FBI wiretap revealed Arizona coach Sean Miller allegedly discussing a $100,000 payment to freshman forward Deandre Ayton for him to attend the school. Alston also knows Villanova players Lowry and Wayns because they’re all Philadelphia natives. Alston played at the same recreational league as Wayns when they were growing up, he said. Because of the high interest Lowry and Wayns received from colleges while in high school, Alston said he wouldn’t be surprised if they received monetary benefits to attend Villanova. Wayns was a five-star recruit coming out of Roman Catholic High School at Broad and Vine streets. Lowry was a fourstar recruit coming out of the now-closed Cardinal Dougherty High School in East Oak Lane, according to 247sports.com. Alston also said he wants to see the NCAA rework its system to allow studentathletes to get paid. “We’re here basically 12 months out of the year,” Alston said. “We’re doing both school and basketball. We’re providing money to the institution, so I feel like we should get some type of stipend.”

Temple has had a rough start to the Spring 2018 season, in no small part due to injuries and illnesses. The Owls (2-4, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) won their first contest of the season, 7-0, against Morgan State University on Jan. 19. Temple didn’t have a full lineup of three doubles pairs and six singles players in its next four matches before Saturday’s 4-3 win against Cincinnati (7-4, 1-1 The American) at Legacy Tennis Center in East Falls. At least two of the Owls’ eight players have missed one match or more with the flu. It recently spread to coach Steve Mauro, who missed Thursday morning’s practice at Legacy Tennis Center. This flu season has sent more people to the hospital than any year in nearly a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “With the flu, we’re such a small team, so I guess when one person gets infected, it affects everyone else,” assistant coach Frederika Girsang said. “It is just an unfortunate situation with this season.” The injuries and illnesses are tests to which the team is still trying to adapt. They come during a stretch of four straight American Athletic Conference matches, the last of which will be on Saturday. Temple’s win against Cincinnati snapped a four-match losing streak. Senior Yana Khon’s victory in the final singles flight clinched the Owls’ victory. Temple will close the four-match conference stretch against UConn and Tulane on Friday and Saturday in Storrs, Connecticut. “I feel like it has impacted us a lot,” senior Monet Stuckey-Willis said of the injuries and illnesses. “The rest of the team has had to carry more weight, and on top of that, we only had four players at once. If we lost one match, then it was kind of over for us as far as winning against the school.” Senior Alina Abdurakhimova and sophomore Cecilia Castelli missed Temple’s match against Penn State on Jan. 28 with flu-like symptoms. Additionally, freshman Oyku Boz and senior Rimpledeep Kaur were sidelined because of injuries, limiting Temple to two doubles pairs and four singles players.

Neither Boz nor Kaur have played this spring. Boz should return to play in early March, and Kaur should take the court by mid-March, according to a team release from Feb. 12. Abdurakhimova also missed the following match against Princeton University on Feb. 1 because she was still suffering from the flu. Castelli returned to the court to give Temple a fifth singles player in its 6-0 loss. After the Owls played Princeton, they traveled to face George Washington University. The losing trend continued with several players still sidelined with inju-

With the flu, we’re such a small team...when one person gets infected, it affects everyone else. FREDERIKA GIRSANG


ries. The team did not play again for two weeks, but it still only had six players in a 4-0 loss on Feb. 17 to East Carolina (6-3, 1-0 The American). Temple’s players and coaches are not shying away from the challenge of playing with limited personnel. Girsang had to step into a larger role herself when Mauro got sick. “As a coach, you would want to have healthy players to be able to compete, especially in this conference,” Girsang said. “We have a very tough conference. So our goal right now is to get everybody healthy.” Girsang said the team is taking a next-man-up approach to the situation. She added that the coaching staff can’t control when everyone comes back, but the team is just making sure everyone gets rest so players can come back as soon as possible. Thirteen matches remain before the conference tournament, which begins on April 18 in Dallas. During practice matches, the coaches try to mix different players up so that they are comfortable playing with whomever necessary and are able to compete at different positions. “I feel like we can still be really good,” Stuckey-Willis said. “Everyone has a high level of talent. Everyone just needs to work hard at practice because that’s the first place to start. Then we can transfer that to our matches.” sean.patrick.mcgeehan@temple.edu

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Antonio Pena

Villanova 2007-11



Kyle Lowry

Villanova 2004-06

2006 – Present


Lavoy Allen

Temple 2007-11



Maalik Wayns

Villanova 2009-12



SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Rimpledeep Kaur practices on Friday at Legacy Tennis Center in East Falls. Kaur hasn’t played in the spring due to injury, but she should return by mid-March, according to a team release from Feb. 12.


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Chandler takes his drive to the NFL Combine The former safety and cornerback will have defensive back workouts on March 5. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

Former Temple cornerback and safety Sean Chandler will be one of 17 American Athletic Conference players and the lone Owl at the NFL Scouting Combine from Tuesday to next Monday in Indianapolis. Chandler and the other defensive backs will work out in front of personnel from all 32 NFL teams on Monday. He is one of 27

safeties who will go through drills during the combine to put himself in the best position to earn high selection at the 2018 NFL Draft from April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas. Chandler did not respond to multiple requests for comment. CBS Sports ranks Chandler as the 214th-best overall prospect and 10th-best free safety. The San Francisco 49ers hold the 214th overall pick, which is the 22nd selection in the seventh and final round of the draft. Chandler, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Camden, New Jersey, was Temple’s thirdleading tackler last season as a senior with

HOJUN YU / FILE PHOTO Former safety Sean Chandler (center) forces University of Notre Dame junior running back Josh Adams out of bounds during Temple’s 49-16 loss on Sept. 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana.

79. His 265 career tackles rank 14th in program history. Chandler split his four seasons between cornerback and safety, making the move to safety after the 2015 season. Chandler, who earned two American Athletic Conference second-team honors during his career, also returned punts. He led The American in punt return average in 2015. He trained in Florida to prepare for the combine, which will be another chance for him to improve his draft stock. Chandler played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20 in California, giving him a chance to display his skills in front of professional coaches and scouts. Former wide receivers Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings also played in the game. Last year, former Temple linebacker and defensive end Haason Reddick’s strong performance at the NFL Combine dramatically improved his draft projection. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash and had the largest broad jump of any defensive lineman at the combine before being selected 13th by the Arizona Cardinals and becoming the fourth first-round pick in Temple history. Three former Owls were selected in last year’s draft. Former left tackle Dion Dawkins — whom the Buffalo Bills selected in the second round — was the second-highest rated rookie left tackle during the 2017 season by analytics site Pro Football Focus. Three former Owls were also selected in the 2016 draft. At least one former Temple player has been selected in five of the past 10 drafts. This year, Chandler is the only former Owl on CBS Sports’ list of the top 266 prospects. Chandler broke into the Owls’ starting lineup at cornerback as a freshman in 2014. He defended nine passes and finished third on the team in tackles with 65. He also earned a single-digit number as a freshman to signify his status as one of the team’s hardest-working and toughest players.

“That’s how he got his single digit, just being mentally prepared, being focused, not worrying about nothing else, just school and football,” said Artrel Foster, who played cornerback from 2013-17. “And I noticed that, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, I should just start working how he works.’ That’s why we became real good friends and just started working out together trying to get to the next level.” When Temple prepared for games during the 2017 season, defensive backs would meet at 8 p.m. each night to study film at Edberg-Olson Hall, Foster said. After most people left the building, Chandler, Foster and a few others stayed at the facility to work on their footwork and lift weights. Sometimes they stayed as late as 11 p.m., Foster said. “We’d be in there late just working,” Foster added. “We just wanted to get better at our craft.”

That’s how he got his single digit, just being mentally prepared, beig focused, not worrying about anything else, just school and football. ARTREL FOSTER


If drafted, Chandler would be the 72nd former Temple player selected by an NFL team since 1937 and the seventh in the past three years. It would also be the first time Temple would be represented in three straight drafts since 2001-03. “Everything that’s coming his way, he most definitely deserves it,” Foster said. “He’s a workaholic. ... He’s a great dude.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling


Juniors go from high school foes to sabre squad leaders Blessing Olaode and Jessica Rockford have combined for 74 wins this season. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter

Before coming to Temple, juniors Jessica Rockford and Blessing Olaode were intense rivals. The two sabres are both from North Jersey. Rockford attended Livingston High School, and Olaode attended Columbia High School in Maplewood. The two schools are only about 20 minutes apart, so whenever their varsity fencing squads met, it was highly anticipated, Olaode said. “This is probably one of the biggest rivalries I have been a part of,” Olaode said. “We saw the best competitor out of each other all four years of high school. We had some intense bouts, and I think having that experience helped us become teammates because we have seen how big this sport is for both of us firsthand.”

I love expressing my emotion. Me trying to hype up my team is me showing my support for them. BLESSING OLAODE JUNIOR SABRE

The two are the oldest members of Temple’s sabre squad, and Olaode is the squad leader. “Me and Blessing do a great job of playing off of each other,”

Rockford said. “She brings the vocal energy to hype people up. I try to embrace the underclassmen and help them out with constant support.” “I try to show love with teammates,” Olaode said. “I love expressing my emotion. Me trying to hype up my team is me showing my support for them.” At first, it was “a little weird” being on the same team as Rockford, Olaode said, but that feeling quickly left as the fencers fully transitioned to the next stage of their careers. Olaode and Rockford try to apply the same intensity from their high school bouts every day at Temple. Rockford said maturity is the biggest thing she learned since coming to Temple. Coach Nikki Franke said Rockford has “really learned how to keep her emotions in check.” “It helped her develop well,” Franke said. “She still has to work in some areas, but she brings it every day...so I have no doubt she will be able to continue to improve.” Olaode and Rockford have combined for 74 wins at the end of the dual meet season. The Owls’ next big meet is the NCAA MidAtlantic/South Regional on March 10 in Easton, Pennsylvania. Olaode reached either the semifinals or finals of the regional sabre competition in the past two years. She placed 11th as a freshman and finished 15th as a sophomore. As a freshman, Rockford finished with a 37-16 record and placed 12th at the NCAA Mid-At-

ALEX ST. CLAIR / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior sabres Blessing Olaode (left) and Jessica Rockford fence during practice at the Student Pavilion on Thursday.

lantic/South Regional. The following year, she posted a 43-24 record and finished 34th at regionals. Despite placing lower as a sophomore than she did as a freshman, Rockford said she felt she hadn’t regressed. She said she has been happy with her ability to face challenges she has encountered every year. “As I got older, I realized that there are so many bouts, you’re going to win a lot and you are go-

ing to lose a lot,” Rockford said. “I knew if I could just focus on taking in every moment and just try and learn from it, it is all about trusting the learning experience for me. You can’t become really good just after one day.” Win or lose, Rockford and the rest of the team will have Olaode’s support. She is always first to speak in team huddles and often pumps up the team with song lyrics or motivational quotes, Rockford said.

“We have like a good parent, bad parent dynamic going on,” Olaode said. “I’m the bad parent because I like to be really loose with the girls and sort of playful. But Jessica is making sure people are doing the right things, and they are at the right place. I think the way we coexist is really helpful to our success.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

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Senior aims to turn pro Tanaya Atkinson’s 1,846 points ranks second in program history. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter


MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior guard Tanaya Atkinson makes a layup during the Owls’ 70-52 loss to Cincinnati at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday.

anaya Atkinson still remembers the first points she scored while playing organized basketball. In her first game for her middle school’s varsity team, she went out and took a shot from behind the 3-point arc. It sailed into the hoop, and Atkinson said she felt the crowd go wild. It was her first real taste of basketball, and it was enough to get her hooked. Atkinson has been playing ever since, and now in her senior year at Temple, she finds herself in a position she never would’ve imagined. The guard from New Haven, Connecticut, is second in the American Athletic Conference in points per game and rebounds per game, as of Monday. Her scoring average also ranked 18th in Division I. She scored 26 points and passed her former teammate Feyonda Fitzgerald for second on the Owls’ all-time scoring list during Monday’s 8378 overtime loss to Memphis. “I definitely realized that this year is really all I have left,” Atkinson said. “I had no choice but to go. So it comes down to dedication. If you are dedicated to something...it’s about going and getting it.” Over the summer, Atkinson spent every day of the week in the gym working out with her trainer in Waterbury, Connecticut. It was a 45-minute drive from her home in New Haven, but nothing could keep Atkinson from the extra

practice. In her junior season, Atkinson averaged 13 points per game off the bench and won The American’s Sixth Player of the Year award. Now, Atkinson averages 21.1 points per game. Atkinson’s rebounding game has also been strong with an average of 9.4 rebounds per game. Between her rebounding and scoring, Atkinson has recorded 16 double-doubles this season. On Feb. 21, Atkinson became just the second player in program history to score at least 1,000 points and accumulate at least 1,000 rebounds. “I think this year especially, she’s turned it on and become even more of a scorer than she has been in the past,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “And she’s a tenacious rebounder. ... Not many people her size are capable of grabbing as many rebounds as she’s grabbed in her career.” The 6-foot guard credits her aggressive style to playing ball with her two brothers in their backyard growing up. They encouraged her to pursue basketball even though their mom wanted her to be a dancer or tennis player. “I’m so tough, so aggressive, because I’m used to growing up playing with boys,” Atkinson said. “There were no fouls, no calls. I was so little, I used to shoot and they’d block it over the fence. And then my brother said, ‘Make sure if you’ve got the lane again, you take it.’” During her senior season, Atkinson has also passed on advice to other players. During games, she often pulls the young Temple team into a huddle to go over a play or tell her teammates where they should be on the court.




Attacker scores at high clip Senior Nicole Barretta scored 13 goals in the first four games of the season. BY JAY NEEMEYER

Lacrosse Beat Reporter

During her six-point performance last year against Marquette University, Nicole Barretta only had one assist. The senior attacker opened the season with a new career-high of eight points on four goals and four assists against Rutgers University on Feb. 10. For that performance, Barretta was named the Big East Conference Attacker of the Week on Feb. 13. Barretta set a career-high with seven goals the next day in an 18-7 win against Monmouth University. In four games this season, Barretta already has 13 goals and six assists for 19 points, which is tied for 11th in Division I. Her 13 goals leads Temple (3-2) and is tied for 16th in Division I. Barretta is sixth in the Big East Conference in points per game with 4.75. She has already matched her assist to-

tal from last season, and she is one point away from tying her 20-point freshman season. Though Barretta’s offensive prowess is impressive, coach Bonnie Rosen said it isn’t her only asset. “I think she’s got a great sense on how to get the ball to the cage both for herself and for her teammates,” Rosen said. “But she also helps us generate a lot of our offball offense and creativity, as well as our offensive transition and our defensive transition.” Barretta’s early offensive output is similar to past Owls’. Former midfielder Whitney Richards had a fast offensive start in 2008, and former attacker Jaymie Tabor had a quick start in 2014. Richards scored 15 goals through the first five games of the season and finished with 46 goals. Tabor scored 14 times in the first five games on the way to a 33-goal campaign. Barretta was one of six Owls who scored 20 or more goals last season. She finished tied for fifth on the team with 21. As a four-year varsity starter for coach Christa Somits at Downingtown East High


HOJUN YU / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis crosses the mid-court line during Temple’s 75-56 win against Central Florida on Sunday at the Liacouras Center.

Owls look to control their postseason fate Temple beat Central Florida, 75-56, on Sunday to stop its two-game skid. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior attacker Nicole Barretta (left) approaches the side of the net during the Owls’ 18-11 loss to St. Joseph’s on Wednesday at Howarth Field.

Temple is on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament picture. As of now, it looks like this will be the fourth season out of the past five that ends without an NCAA Tournament berth. The Owls (16-12, 8-8 American Athletic Conference) could clinch an automatic bid by winning the conference tournament, which starts on March 8 in Orlando, Florida, or strengthen their case for an at-large bid with a deep run. With the current standings, Temple would be the No. 7 seed and face No. 10 Tu-

lane. Temple split its season series against the Green Wave. Temple has a 70.5 percent chance of advancing to The American’s quarterfinal round, according to sports analytics site DRatings.com. The team’s chance of reaching the semifinals, which would require it to beat No. 2 Wichita State under the current circumstances, are just 16.3 percent, according to DRatings.com. “We just want to control what we can control, and the more we can control things, we can just push forward to the postseason,” freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis said. At this point in the season, a National Invitation Tournament spot is more likely






Former safety Sean Chandler will compete at the NFL Scouting Combine starting on Tuesday in Indianapolis, where he’ll try to improve his NFL Draft stock.

After facing each other in high school, juniors Jessica Rockford and Blessing Olaode are the sabre squad’s veterans and combined for more than 70 wins.

With a full lineup for the first time since Jan. 19, Temple earned an American Athletic Conference win on Saturday and snapped its four-match losing streak.

Eric Biscoveanu didn’t make many adjustments to his game last season as a freshman, but this season he has worked to improve his physical conditioning.

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