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Student Body President opposes stadium

In this year’s insert, take a look at bubble tea and new and old food vendors on Main Campus. PAGES B1-B4

After President Richard Englert said the university is continuing efforts for a possible on-campus stadium, Tyrell Mann-Barnes defended community residents on Twitter. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor


fter President Richard Englert told students and faculty during the State of the University Address on Thursday that the university would still pursue the possibility of building an on-campus stadium, Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes voiced his opposition on his personal Twitter account. “I do not support the construction of a stadium in the middle of a predominantly black and brown residential community,” he tweeted after the address. “I am speaking on behalf of myself,” Mann-Barnes told The Temple News. “What’s on our platform is the stance of Temple Student Government as a whole.”


Read all our coverage of the proposed oncampus stadium at SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jung Kim, who works at Royal Tea, hands Lydia Tirfe, a junior pre-pharmacy major, a mango bubble tea on Sept. 22. The truck is on Norris Street near 13th.


TUJ campus reacts to North Korean missiles

Commuter affordability talks paused

Although tensions between the United States and North Korea are high, the TUJ community is relatively calm.

SEPTA, Temple Student Government and the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council have stopped discussing the creation of a $350 TrailPass for commuters.


BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News Because Temple Student Government’s director of grounds and sustainability has left the university and no replacement has been made, all negotiations between SEPTA and TSG for a more economical option for commuter students have been halted indefinitely. TSG’s former Director of Grounds and Sustainability Aaron Weckstein told The Temple News in February that he was meeting with SEPTA to negotiate a $350 TrailPass that would greatly reduce the cost of travel for commuters and lessen the amount of students who drive to Main Campus. Each organization involved in the talks — SEPTA, SEPTA’s Youth Advisory Council led by college and high school students and TSG — had a different solution to lessen commuter rates. In Spring 2017, TSG proposed the TrailPass, a new option for commuters, to SEPTA. This program would give commuters the opportunity to have unlimited rides across all transit zones for the academic year at a cost of nearly $350. Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes will meet with Kathleen Grady, Temple’s director


MARGO REED / THE TEMPLE NEWS A police officer stands on the street near the South Korean embassy in Tokyo on Friday.

When Alexander Gonzalez first moved to Sasebo, Japan in 2013, he was an intelligence specialist for the United States Navy. Gonzalez — now a junior international affairs and political science major at Temple University Japan — was tasked with monitoring the military capabilities of North Korea. “At the time, North Korea’s missile and nuclear capabilities were not threatening,” Gonzalez said. “Granted, they have improved since 2013, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the world should be fearful.” North Korea has now launched two intercontinental practice missiles over the northern part of Japan that landed in the Sea of Japan: the first on Aug. 29 and the second on Sept. 14. Yet, despite these events, Gonzalez, his peers and his professors at TUJ have remained calm. “There was an initial shock, of course,” said Bruce Stronach, TUJ’s dean. “But we were able to react to the situation as it was.” Stronach added that an email was sent to the 1,118 students at TUJ, 78 of whom are studying abroad, on Aug. 29. The email stated that TUJ was


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The Office of Sustainability will revise its Climate Action Plan and present it in June. Read more on Page 6.

A columnist wrote that the university should offer free self-defense classes. Read more on Page 5.

Several Temple alumnae took part in a two-day exhibit and workshop on time travel. Read more on Page 12.

Cross country coach James Snyder treated Friday’s race as a benchmark meet. The Owls earned two top-two finishes. Read more on Page 16.



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Former provost aims to ‘globalize’ Temple Vice President of International Affairs Hai-Lung Dai has been credited for growing international student populations. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor It’s been three months since former Provost Hai-Lung Dai returned to the university in an administrative role. And he has one main goal: forge Temple’s reputation as a premier university internationally. Dai, the ousted provost and current vice president of International Affairs, is instituting several initiatives like an Office of International Affairs lecture series and Ph.D. collaborations with international schools to globalize Temple. The Office of International Affairs lecture series will kick off Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 200AB of the Student Center. This first session, “Tension on the Korean Peninsula,” will have panelists Evan Osnos, a writer from The New Yorker who has interviewed North Korean leaders, and South Korean Lt. General InBum Chun. The lecture series will happen at least once per semester and will cover international issues. Before Dai became the provost of the university in 2013, he served as the dean of the College of Science and Technology. And before that, he served as the senior vice provost for International Affairs so he said he has experience

in his newly made position. “If we are a university recognized by other people as one of the premier universities in the world, [students] will have a better time of finding a job,” Dai said. “So that’s what I want to do.” Dai said he’s realized it’s a necessity for Temple to globalize at several international conferences. For example, he said, because the world is so interconnected, many issues can’t be solved unless different continents work together. At a bilateral United States-China conference several years ago, it was discovered that issues with pollution stretched across the Pacific Ocean. “The pollution issues in San Francisco couldn’t be fixed until the pollution problems in Beijing were,” Dai said. “We find that it is quite often beneficial and sometimes necessary to develop these international relations.” Dai was ousted as provost by former President Neil Theobald — who is currently back at his old institution of Indiana University as a special adviser to the president. Dai was fired by Theobald in June 2016 for overspending on merit scholarships. Theobald left the university a month later under threat of the Board of Trustees for mishandling Dai’s termination and the merit scholarship program. Theobald claimed he was being fired for refusing to cover up sexual harassment allegations against Dai, which were investigated that summer and cleared. Dai sued Theobald for slander,

among other accusations, but later settled with the university. During the time of this suit, Dai never officially left the university and continued to work as the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry. On top of his job at the Office of International Affairs, Dai is working under five grants and writing an average of 10 research papers a year. Although his job has changed, Dai reports directly to President Richard Englert. The Office of International Affairs is in charge of “almost everything that has an international component” at the university, Dai said. His office oversees Study Abroad and Education Abroad for students studying at Temple University Japan and Temple University Rome. It also works to maintain relationships with universities abroad and assimilate international students at Temple. In the past five years, the international student population has more than doubled. In 2012, Temple had about 1,800 international students. Temple currently has more than 3,400 international students. The university has credited Dai for the increase in international students during his time as provost. Dai wants to increase this population so Temple is more competitive with other schools in the area like the University of Pennsylvania. Temple’s international student population makes up only about 10 percent of the student population on


Stadium Stompers set strategy, call for an end to the Board of Trustees The Stadium Stompers will hold a demonstration outside the Board of Trustees meeting next week. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor After the university announced it is still pursuing an on-campus stadium last week, the Stadium Stompers — a group of residents, students and faculty against the stadium — said this doesn’t change the organization’s strategy for this year. Besides opposing the proposed stadium, the organization will push for a temporary halt on the university’s developments near Main Campus until there “is an establishment of community control in the neighborhood,” said Jared Dobkin, a 2017 political science alumnus and Stadium Stompers leader. Over the summer, the Stadium Stompers held strategy sessions in order to revitalize their campaign and develop their “offensive demands” to present to the university about the stadium and other issues in the community, Dobkin said. One of their demands is for the university to be “democratically controlled” by community residents, students and university workers. The organization also wants the university to yield the $126 million that would be spent on the stadium to the community. “People who go to school there, people who work there and people who live around the neighborhood actually make [Temple] run,” said Anna Barnett, another Stadium Stompers leader. The Stompers met with President Richard Englert, other university officials and state Rep. Curtis Thomas in August for the first time since the organization’s formation to discuss the stadium.

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Members told The Temple News that Englert could not discuss the stadium in any “specificity” because the $1.25 million feasibility study was incomplete. Englert announced last week at the State of the University Address that the stadium could be a multipurpose facility with classroom, retail and research spaces. “That multipurpose facility isn’t going to have a multipurpose of serving the community in any way,” Dobkin said. “It’s just going to be an excuse for them to be able to capitalize off of the North Philadelphia community.” Englert told The Temple News after his address that the university is conducting “multiple studies” about the possible stadium, and the goal is to create a stadium that “benefits our neighbors as well as students.”

That multipurpose facility isn’t going to have a multipurpose of serving the community in any way.



The Stadium Stompers worked alongside Thomas to facilitate the meeting with the university in August and will continue that relationship this year, Dobkin said. He added that the Stadium Stompers want Thomas to block any of Temple’s budget items that involve spending public funds on the stadium. Thomas’ office could not provide comment in time for publication. The state promised to give $20 million to the university if the stadium is approved. Dobkin added that the group plans to align themselves with

other university and community organizations, like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Temple Association of University Professionals. TAUP, which has sponsored Stadium Stompers demonstrations in the past, distributed a facultywide survey about the proposed on-campus stadium. “While there have been meetings between administrators and faculty at many schools and with representatives from the Faculty Senate, there has been no attempt to gauge the opinions of our members as a whole,” TAUP’s survey statement wrote. The stadium will likely be discussed at the Board meeting on Oct. 10. Steve Newman, president of TAUP, said the survey’s results will be released on Thursday, and the organization is “most eager” to present the results to the Board of Trustees. The Stadium Stompers will host a demonstration outside Sullivan Hall at the Board of Trustees meeting next Tuesday. “TAUP is deeply concerned about the possible effects of the stadium on our neighbors in North Philadelphia,” Newman said. “We admire the Stadium Stompers for standing up and being a voice in our community.” Dobkin said the organization plans to focus more on educating the public about the Board of Trustees and their “business interests” outside the university, saying that Board members will benefit from the construction of the stadium. “We saw this coming,” Dobkin said. “We never thought Temple was backing off the stadium. We’re going to continue ahead with our plan, and we’re not afraid to see the Board of Trustees for where they’re at.” @_kellybrennan

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Vice President of International Affairs Hai-Lung Dai wants to make Temple an internationally known institution in his new role.

Main Campus, which Dai said “pales in comparison” with other internationally renowned schools. “[International affairs] is becoming a more and more important part of American higher education,” Dai said. Dai also maintains relationships with more than 50 international institutions on collaborative programs like dual Ph.D. programs at the University


STADIUM TSG’s platform opposes “any plans for a stadium that negatively impacts the community.” Mann-Barnes said he stands by the personal statements he made on Twitter and is deciding how to get feedback from students who are for or against a stadium. TSG is considering sending out a stadium survey to students, similar to the one sent out by the Temple Association of University Professionals on Sept. 22. “We’re trying to figure out how to make [the survey] reach as far and wide as possible so we reach students with all different perspectives,” Mann-Barnes said. He will also advocate on behalf of students and community members to the Board of Trustees, he said. “As a student, I represent students, and as a person who was born in North Philadelphia…I can say that I can definitely go and speak to community members and students and be prepared enough to walk into that space with the necessary tools to advocate for the perspective of both sides,” he said. An official statement from TSG hasn’t been released yet because “there are so many other things that happened and this wasn’t even on our radar until Thursday,” he added. A stadium that positively impacts the community is one that “isn’t built in a residential, predominantly black and brown community,” Mann-Barnes said. During both debates leading up to last year’s Executive Branch elections, Mann-Barnes’ ticket Activate TU opposed the stadium, stating that the university should not say it cares about the community while planning a stadium that could “displace” residents. “The administration may very well be speaking to community members, but from the ones I’ve spoken to, I don’t think that’s evident,” Mann-

of Belgrade in Serbia and the South University of Science and Technology of China. “By the end, my goal is that every Temple student who graduates would feel very proud of his or her alma mater and its alma mater’s reputation,” Dai said. “That’s why it’s the number one goal.” @gill_mcgoldrick

Barnes told The Temple News. “I think it’s going to be really important sure that we’re making a very conscious decision of realizing all of the factors that will go into play in this over a long period of time.” In the address, Englert said the goal is to create a “multipurpose facility” that would have “benefits for our neighbors as well as students,” and later told The Temple News that the university has “multiple” feasibility studies in progress. Temple approved a $1.25 million feasibility study to create renderings of a potential 35,000seat stadium in February 2016 with Ohio-based architecture firm Moody Nolan. A year later, a Moody Nolan representative told The Temple News that the study was “on hold.” Mann-Barnes said TSG hasn’t spoken to the administration about the stadium since the summer, but was not aware that “it was something that was going to come up as soon as it did.” “In the future we’ll definitely be more proactive about engaging in those conversations with much more intention and purpose,” he added. After Thursday’s address, Mann-Barnes tweeted “Down with the stadium, up with the community” in response to an article from The Temple News about the university’s continuing pursuit of the stadium. This phrase shares the sentiment of the Stadium Stompers, an activist group of students, faculty and community residents who oppose an oncampus stadium. TSG is “not opposed” to working with anyone who “clearly has a stake [in this decision] enough to make a point about it” like the Stadium Stompers, Mann-Barnes said. He added that he used to attend Stadium Stompers meetings. “That is my belief, that we need to be more intentional about including the community,” he added. @AmandaJLien @thetemplenews




Physics professor attempts to study, explain dark matter

JAMIE MULLEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jeff Martoff, a physics professor, looks into a machine used to identify dark matter, specifically radiation from construction material.

Jeff Martoff is the first at Temple to receive the prestigious science and engineering W.M. Keck Foundation grant for $1.2 million. BY KENNY COOPER For The Temple News Jeff Martoff, a physics professor, received a $1.2 million grant in September from the W.M. Keck Foundation to study dark matter. Martoff is trying to answer these questions by uncovering and defining what dark matter is — the mysterious phenomena that make up about a quarter of the universe. “We can tell [dark matter] is out there, because it exerts gravitational forces on other material objects and also on light,” Martoff said. “There’s a bunch of gravity out there that we haven’t gotten any objects, any masses to match up with,” Martoff said. He is the first Temple researcher to receive the prestigious engineering and science award. The $1.2 million grant is given to Temple and the collaborating institutions UCLA and the University of Houston. They will each create facilities “for precision measurement of radioactive decays,” Martoff said. The facilities will be built in a “modular” way, Martoff added. A subsystem searching to identify dark matter will be built at each collaborating institution and then each subsystem will be bolted


together in early 2019 at UCLA. According to NASA, the universe is massive and constantly expanding. There is one caveat: only 5 percent of the universe is visible matter. The rest of the universe is composed of dark matter and dark energy, which are both invisible. This makes it difficult for scientists to identify dark matter’s makeup. Martoff and his colleagues from collaborating institutions are going to use the facility to perform scientific investigations to try and identify dark matter. Weakly interacting massive particles — also known as WIMPs — are electromagnetically neutral subatomic particles that are thought to make up most of dark matter. “We are going to mount an experiment to look for a particle called a sterile neutrino which would be a good alternative dark matter candidate to the WIMP,” Martoff added. So if dark matter cannot be seen, how can scientists tell it exists? It has a gravitational effect on the objects around it, Martoff said. “Dark matter is a concept that was basically invented to explain some otherwise nonunderstandable features of the way objects of the cosmos move, things that ordered around the outside of galaxies and so forth,” Martoff said. With the grant, Martoff and his collaborators hope to provide more insight on dark matter. @Kenny_CooperJr


COMMUTERS of sustainability, this week to discuss the negotiations and learn how TSG can help, TSG’s Vice President of Services Kayla Martin wrote in a statement. “On our end, we want to make SEPTA is affordable for Temple students and are certainly willing to work with SEPTA to make this happen,” the statement read. Currently, the only SEPTATemple partnership is for the University Pass program, which is a subset within the larger SEPTA ComPass program. Costs range from around $346 to $736, with the $736 pass covering unlimited use of all Regional Rail zones. The University Pass program is shared with other Philadelphia universities like Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. This program gives commuters a 10 percent discount off their fare, with passes being issued on a semester basis and costs a maximum of $736 per semester. Kim Scott Heinle, SEPTA’s assistant general manager for customer service, said the University Pass usually functions with SEPTA providing a 5 percent discount that the university matches to allow students a total 10 percent savings. Some schools exceed their share, but Heinle said he did not know Temple’s contribution. Heinle said that SEPTA has long-term plans to evolve the University Pass program to use the SEPTA Key. He was unsure of how that would affect commuters at Temple, citing how early the idea is. “We’re trying to come up with a program, once we fully roll out [SEPTA Key] on the railroads, and we have the institutional portals set up, then we can accommodate a program that would improve on ComPass but hopefully be better than ComPass,” Heinle said. “We are committed to keep fares low, but we’re also committed to do everything we can, as costeffectively as we can, so that everybody benefits no matter where you are.” Grady said she can’t comment on the prior negotiations, but reaffirmed her office’s commitment to commuter students. “The Office of Sustainability is committed to making it as easy as possible for Temple students

to be able to use alternative forms of transportation that have lower greenhouse gas emissions,” Grady said. “We will continue to pursue all strategies that are available.” Many commuter students were unaware of the past transit negotiations, but said affordable transportation is important to them. “I don’t know too much information about [the negotiations], but it would be great news if anything works to lower the cost,” said junior marketing major and commuter Matt Roth. Will Herzog is the executive chair of the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council, which represents student-commuters in Philadelphia and communicates their concerns to SEPTA. Herzog expressed his group’s desire to continue to lobby for affordable transit options for Temple students. The council has proposed a plan called the Student Fare Discount Initiative. This would give all students unlimited access to transit as a part of their cost of attendance, similar to the level of access all students have at university fitness centers. “Our Student Fare Discount Initiative, aims to solve the main barrier for Temple students using SEPTA, which is affordability,” Herzog said. “So we are working with SEPTA, and area universities, such as Temple, to try and ensure that implementation [of a program like this] goes smoothly, and that Temple students’ interests are at the table.” Herzog was critical of the University Pass program in regards to its accessibility and level of coverage. He said that his organization will continue to champion “using a bulk discount program” like the current proposed discount initiative, which would have Temple purchase the passes for all its students to increase discounts. “The YAC echoes the concern that [the University Pass program] is beyond comprehensive, and only suits the needs of a small portion of the population, those that commute to Temple, rather than a residential college student who seeks to become more engaged with their community and their city,” Herzog said. “It’s also outdated and overpriced, and not within the budget of a commuter student at Temple.” @will_bleier

TSG hosts first online feedback forum

The monthly forums will be filmed live and posted on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Temple Student Government hosted a Live Feedback Forum last week, during which questions submitted by students were answered by Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, through Facebook and Twitter livestreams. This was the first in a series of monthly online feedback forums that are designed to give students access to high-level university officials. At the forum last Tuesday, Irene Cedano, TSG’s director of campus safety, asked Leone questions about TU Alerts, Flight — the on-campus shuttle system — and if security was heightened after Jenna Burleigh’s death. Burleigh was killed near Main Campus during the first week of Fall 2017, police say. “I really thought [the

livestream] was a good idea,” Leone said. “It wasn’t something I’d ever heard of or done before. It gave me a new perspective on reaching students.” Melissa Eisgrau, TSG’s director of academic affairs, began working with TSG’s administration on the feedback forums during the summer, she said. The forums fulfill part of the administration’s platform “to promote transparency.” A different university official will be interviewed each time. “We’re choosing people who students are interested in hearing from that aren’t easily accessible,” Eisgrau said. In future months, Eisgrau plans to invite officials from offices like Study Abroad, Dining Services and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. Eisgrau chose Leone to be the first university official on the feedback forum because she thought raising awareness about campus safety was important, especially with new freshmen on campus. “We knew he’d be willing to

be our first guest and be the first person to come in,” she added. One student gave feedback instead of a question for the first session about Campus Safety Services, saying an officer asked for their number during a walking escort. “That’s the furthest thing I want to happen, so I brought their supervisor and the management in and we talked through that,” Leone said. “We always hope that if anything like this happens that people let us know so we can investigate it and take somebody and hold them responsible,” he added. “I can tell you that something like that would have some very negative consequences.” Students submitted questions through an online form, which was promoted by TSG on social media. To record student organization representatives’ attendance at the General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25, TSG required them to submit questions. “We had questions planned beforehand,” Eisgrau said. “But we knew the people who attended the GAs were the ones with more

questions. I’m planning on trying to [take attendance] that way next month.” In total, TSG received about 50 questions, Eisgrau said. The Facebook video currently has about 530 views, and the Twitter video has about 400 views as of Monday. Eisgrau said she wants to boost live views next month with more social media promotion. She also wants to upload next month’s forum to YouTube, in addition to the livestreams. Holding an in-person forum would have been inconvenient, Eisgrau said, which is why TSG wanted to hold the forums online. “It could get messy with people asking questions both online and in person,” she said. “We want people to scroll past it on Facebook...and watch it.” She also wanted it to remain online so students could go back and rewatch it if they miss the livestream, she added. Participating in the livestream gave Leone ideas for how his office can market themselves on social media, he said. “It’s about how we communicate,” he said. “How can

we push information out and how can we receive the best response from the community?” The livestream questions also prompted him to reexamine Flight’s efficiency. Students have complained in the past that the Flight app and service is slow and poorly run, leaving them without a safe way home at night. Last summer, Campus Safety searched for someone to supervise the system in order to improve it. “We’re going to start looking at if there’s an alternative or some better way of doing this,” Leone said. “We might want to look to other vendors, apps, that sort of thing that we feel are more proven. It was one of those ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ things.” Eisgrau is already planning for next month’s forum and hopes it will be easier to invite campus officials to join their livestream in future months. “Now that we have one under our belts, it’s easier to show everyone what our vision is,” she said. @AmandaJLien

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University: be transparent As members of the Temple community, we want to be informed about the potential on-campus stadium. During the State of the University Address on Thursday, President Richard Englert praised the university for building “new and vital bridges” with the surrounding community — and then he announced Temple is still pursuing an on-campus stadium. The university wants the stadium to be a “multipurpose facility” that could house retail, research and classroom space, Englert added. The Temple News believes an on-campus stadium would negatively affect North Philadelphia residents and could exacerbate existing problems, like litter and noise control. But the more concerning issue brought up by Englert’s speech last week is the lack of transparency from the university. The Temple News reported in February that a feasibility study of the stadium by Ohio-based architecture firm Moody Nolan was “on hold.” The university approved $1.25 million for the study in February 2016. Temple Project Delivery Group’s Associate Vice President Dozie Ibeh, who is responsible for the oversight of all on-campus construction, confirmed he had not worked

on the stadium “for months” at that time. In an August meeting with the Stadium Stompers and Rep. Curtis Thomas, Englert said specifics of the stadium could not be discussed because the feasibility study was incomplete. Somehow, within less than two months, the university had enough information about the stadium to publicly discuss it on Thursday. Englert told The Temple News there are “multiple” ongoing feasibility studies — even though the university only publicly approved the funds for one and never announced another. It is clear the university failed to update the community and students as it got closer to finalizing this “multipurpose facility.” If the university is pushing for a stadium, it should be responsible for updating the people its presence will affect the most. As members of the Temple community, we are all affected by the construction of an oncampus stadium — and we’re listening to anything top administrators have to say about it, if they decide to say anything at all.

Commuters are priority Temple should advocate for lower prices for SEPTA transit passes for Philadelphia college students. In February, Temple Student Government, SEPTA and the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council began discussing ways to cut costs for commuter students. These talks have since been halted, because the student leading these talks left the university. Aaron Weckstein, TSG’s former director of grounds and sustainability, was the main person advocating to lower the cost of commute by nearly $400 per semester. Some commuter students pay up to $736 for the SEPTA University Pass Program — a transit pass SEPTA offers for a 10 percent discount to college students at Philadelphia schools. Commuter students make up more than half of the student population, and their con-


cerns deserve to be addressed. Of the more than 34,000 students on Main Campus during the 2016-17 academic year, only 12,626 students lived on or near Main Campus. Weckstein no longer attends the university, and it seems TSG’s motivation to help commuter students left with him. It is disappointing that the task of helping more than half of the student population save money was left on the shoulders of one student. TSG and Temple’s administration must prioritize commuter students, who are often an afterthought on Main Campus. University officials need to focus on easing commuters’ experience with a cheaper transit pass.

In a story on Page 1 titled “Professor teaches swimming to North Philadelphia youth,” The Temple News misstated the mosque with which Angela Beale collaborated. It was the Masjidullah mosque in North Philadelphia. In a story on Page 3 titled “TSG advocates, manages funds for university,” TSG’s Treasurer Melissa Yetkin’s time in her position was misstated. She has been in her position since May 2017. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Michaela Winberg at or 215-204-6737.

Public art is more inclusive Though its installations are temporary, we should remember the inclusivity of Monument Lab.


alking through M a n t u a , Fishtown or the Gayborhood, I can turn a corner and stumble upon massive paintings on the sides of buildings, all thanks to Mural Arts Philadelphia. Now, in a time of political protests of d ifferent monuments across the c o u n t r y , Mural Arts is encouraging us to think about another BENJAMIN WINKLER form of urban craftsmanship: the public monument. Monument Lab, a Mural Arts program that runs until Nov. 19, was founded on the question, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” More than 20 local and international artists have attempted to answer this question through installations exploring historical recognition. This past summer, violence occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia before the removal of a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. In Philadelphia, citizens have been calling for Mayor Frank Rizzo’s statue to be removed from the steps of the Municipal Services Building. It is evident that more people are thinking about how

their communities choose to document history. History is influential, but, through opportunities like Monument Lab, we have the opportunity to write a different future. I think we should pay close attention. After visiting some Monument Lab exhibits, I was moved by Cuban-born artist Tania Bruguera’s “Monument to New Immigrants” on the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ campus at Broad and Cherry streets. The unfired clay sculpture is designed to weather in the elements, so it can later be replaced by a new one. Bruguera is representing “arrival, adaption and renewal,” according to the Mural Arts website. Paul Farber, a Monument Lab curator, said Bruguera’s installation “embodies the spirit of the project…unearthing the next chapter of the future of monuments.” I can hardly believe Monument Lab was planned five years ago, because it has graced Philadelphia when it’s most needed. “We’re in a tense, urgent moment when it comes to monuments,” Farber said. “And in a way they’ve come to light for public debate in a sweeping fashion, but a lot of the conversations about social justice have been brewing for some time.” Our city is finally recognizing those often excluded from traditional monuments. Monument Lab is giving credit where credit is due by allowing underrepresented voices to comment on “issues of social justice and solidarity, including

matters of race, gender, sexuality, class, and national belonging,” according to the Mural Arts’ website. Having minority groups tell their stories is important because it spreads awareness of their struggles in an effort to shift norms and rewrite them into the story of this city and country. “When we started Monument Lab, it was not merely an exercise in public imagination,” Farber said. “It was meant to be a kind of collective writing of history that included more stories, more figures, more perspectives than are ordinarily rendered in bronze and marble.” Monument Lab has even inspired me to think about the people after whom we name our buildings. Temple lost one of its own recently when Edie Windsor, a gay rights icon and a 1950 College of Liberal Arts alumna, passed away. That’s someone I’d like to see honored by the university. As a queer person, her example means a lot to me. “Of course the conditions vary from context to context, but what we’re seeing is a broad reckoning with the monuments we’ve inherited, and a hunger to write the next chapter,” Farber said. We need to commemorate groups of people who are usually blotted out of history books and memorial nameplates. And while the works in Monument Lab are limited by time, that shouldn’t stop us from adopting the mindset of inclusivity. @cmdrcallowhill

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student responds to the Sept. 19 editorial, “Support local businesses.” When is the last time you bought something from a North Philadelphia store or restaurant? I’m not talking about stores run by large corporations, like the Chipotle on Montgomery Avenue and 12th Street or Fresh Grocer on Broad Street near Oxford. I’m talking about small businesses that directly feed the local economy. There are some Temple students that make an effort to be a part of the community here, but many don’t. And to a large extent, I didn’t put in effort when I first came to Temple. My freshman year, I lived in White Hall. Like many students, I spent my money at McDonald’s, Rite Aid, Qdoba — and that’s about it. I went to some studentfriendly eateries like Richie’s or The Creperie food truck a couple times. Now two years later, I know those actions did next to nothing to benefit the local economy. Small businesses are key to economic growth, and as students, we could be doing more to help them survive and thrive. It is important that we acknowledge our campus as a neighborhood. After all, we are only spending a few years living in this community that North Philadelphia residents may inhabit for a lifetime. This year, I’m living in an off-campus house on 17th Street near Edgley, just a few minutes from White Hall. I decided to explore the surrounding area and its businesses last week. Living off campus means living next door to non-students. I wanted to know what shopping options are available for residents when they need them. I discovered two corner stores on Broad Street near my new home. They weren’t like the

grocery stores I had back home though. They only had three or four aisles. And there weren’t laminated labels under each item, but instead small red stickers. Despite that, I collected some basic items — cases of water, paper plates, napkins, canned vegetables and boxed pasta. When I lived in White Hall, my roommates and I — all natives of the Philadelphia suburbs — would wait until our parents drove up with food, drinks and snacks. We never went to a nearby store. I always thought the closest store I could get cases of water from was the Fresh Grocer. Whenever I was running low on hair products, I would wait until I could get picked up by my roommate’s mom to go to my hometown and stock up. But I discovered C&P Beauty Supply is just a block from White Hall and a few blocks from my new home. When I first went inside, I was ecstatic to find every single product I use. I thought the nearby store was so convenient. But when I asked the cashier if they see a lot of Temple students, he said, “No, not really.” And I believe that, because the people I saw in the store were much older than myself. When I arrived back at home from my beauty store trip, I asked my five roommates — all students — if they knew there was a beauty shop right up the street and they all said, “No.” They didn’t know about the corner stores I saw on Broad Street. I wasn’t surprised by this because before my exploration, I didn’t know either. I told them that there are basic items available nearby. Supporting local businesses is not only good for the local

economy, but also our bank accounts. Students at Temple love venturing to South Philly to buy pancakes for up to $15 at Green Eggs Café. But Temple Rainbow on Broad Street near Susquehanna sells delicious pancakes for $3.25. I wonder if students would make the same trip to South Philly for breakfast if they knew that. Most Temple students also love going out in Center City and Old City — and there’s nothing wrong with that. Students should explore the city and spend their money however they want. I don’t expect them to find all the comforts of home and things they like in the corner shops nearby. But I do think they will find some of the things they want and need there, so whenever possible, they should choose to buy items from local businesses. We, as students, have the power to improve the local economy, which would allow community residents to buy more of the things they need. Temple is our home away from home, but for many people in this community, it is their forever home. With more than 40,000 students, we have a lot of buying potential to help North Philadelphia thrive. Graduates of Temple are transformed into smarter and more skilled individuals because we come to school here in North Philadelphia. My proposition is that in return, we contribute to this area before it’s our time to fly the nest.

Melissa Bellerjeau is a junior journalism major. She can be reached at melissa.bellerjeau@ @thetemplenews



Don’t push my buttons A student ruminates on Black pride and expression.


book bag isn’t always an extension of the person carrying it, but it can be — especially if it’s adorned with sewed-on patches, quirky keychains or buttons that convey a message just like bumper stickers on a car. When squashed behind people on the Broad Street Line or the elevator in Anderson Hall, I enjoy looking at the various embellishments people have attached to their book bags. And based on compliments I’ve received, I know people enjoy seeing mine too. One of the pins on my brown canvas book bag is a photo of civil rights activist Malcolm X, emphatically pointing at something in the distance as he addresses a crowd of people. Another pin is a photo of the city’s first poet laureate and former English professor Sonia Sanchez, whose poetry is a beacon of the Black arts movement. As a Black woman and poet, I can certainly say these pins are little extensions of who I am. The passion of Malcolm X, the artistry of Sonia Sanchez and the pair’s unyielding love for Black culture inspire me to remain resilient and to keep writing. But I do remember having an unfortunate and frustrating conversation about my uplifting buttons with someone I least expected: my dad.

One evening, he came into the dining room where I was doing my homework. He glanced at my book bag slouched next to me — its glossy pins of Malcolm and Sonia perpetually staring ahead. He asked me how work was that day. I had just started a new job in my hometown, a mostly white suburb in South Jersey. My dad took another look at my book bag and said, “You might want to think about taking your pins off your bag when you take it to work. Your coworkers may think badly or misunderstand you when they see Malcolm or Sonia on there.” He then shared with me that when he was my age and started working, he felt it was

BY BASIA WILSON best to conceal certain ideas and interests to avoid offending white colleagues. I was disappointed. I understood my dad’s comments and where he was coming from, but I was upset that we even had to have the conversation. The buttons on my book bag and other ways I express my appreciation for Blackness should not be cause for alarm. I shouldn’t have to hide them to make other people feel comfortable — simply because they may mistake my Black pride for white hate. Black pride is about equality


We can fight sexual assault


his summer, I had a burst of inspiration to try a self-defense class. I wanted to be as strong as Elaine Benes, the main character on the sitcom “Seinfeld,” who is known for her confidence and assertiveness. Unfortunately, the classes I could find were more expensive and held less frequently than MONICA MELLON I thought. I LEAD COLUMNIST then checked the schedule for Temple Campus Recreation group fitness classes, but to my surprise, the university doesn’t offer any free, extracurricular self-defense options. This school year, Temple has reported four rape cases on or around campus, according to CBS Philly. In 2016, Temple reported 13 rape crimes, 12 aggravated assault crimes and 212 harassment crimes within the TUPD patrol border. With these statistics, I assumed offering self-defense classes would be a no-brainer. Temple should offer free selfdefense classes to all students. Offering these classes will help students feel more prepared in an attack. According to a University of Oregon study, participation in self-defense classes can reduce a person’s risk of being sexually assaulted. Of course, it is not the responsibility of survivors to

fully love who I am. I can’t possibly feel liberated when the only place I can express myself is at home, sheltered from others. If people are curious or have misconceptions about Black pride and Black leaders, seeing the buttons on my book bag could encourage them to seek answers and participate in important conversations about race. But pressuring Black people to put away our pride for the comfort of others is no way to make progress. Black feminist writer Audre Lorde once wrote in a series of essays, “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. … The oppressors maintain their position and evade responsibility for their own actions.” My Black pride is about respect, justice and love. It is not my responsibility to hide from others who may feel intimidated by Black people rejoicing in their Blackness. Instead, it is their responsibility to ask themselves why they see Black pride as threatening or unAmerican. I choose to keep proudly wearing the buttons on my book bag — without worrying about my Black pride being twisted into something it is not.


Temple should offer self-defense classes to educate and empower the student body.

and the happiness I feel when I see Black people working hard to receive the recognition we’ve always deserved. It’s about remembering our talent and our value when so much of the country seems to have forgotten. Black pride is about dismantling oppressive systems that have perpetuated injustice for centuries — injustices that not only harm Black people but also contradict the liberty and justice America is supposed to provide for all. We can’t dismantle an oppressive system by policing the way Black people celebrate and advocate for ourselves. I don’t feel liberated when I can’t freely and

prevent their own assault, but being prepared with self-defense classes can help. The University of Oregon report also highlighted testimonies from women who found it easier to stand up for themselves when men were acting inappropriately around them. Most of the women said they might not have felt comfortable being so assertive prior to receiving their selfdefense training. The study read, “A significantly lower percentage of [women] who received self-defense training reported incidents of any kind.” Currently, the College of Public Health offers an accredited self-defense course only open to women. This semester, five sections were open to about 120 female students. Although this class is a step in the right direction, it is not enough to only offer an academic option for learning selfdefense, and to only offer it to women. Although reports of sexual assault are statistically higher among women and girls, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, these numbers can be even higher for transgender people. They should have options for learning selfdefense too. “We live in a culture where sexual harassment, be it catcalling, touching, groping, misogynistic comments, is the norm,” said Tom Berendt, an adjunct religion studies instructor with a focus on feminist theory. “[Sexual harassment is] all very situational,” said Donna Gray, the special services coordinator at Campus Safety Services. “You could call it ‘situational preparedness,’ so when people

approach you, you know how to respond.” “There should be workshops every month where it’s selfdefense, awareness of what is sexual abuse, how to react to verbal abuse, what’s the difference between hate speech and… freedom of speech,” said Berendt. Gray suggested the university offer a class every four weeks with information on sexual assault and self-defense training. “I do think as people are confident asserting themselves, they’re in a position to better protect themselves,” said Gray. During Sexual Assault Prevention Week, which was held the second week of September, Temple Student Government hosted a self-defense workshop. But, like most things, self-defense cannot be taught in one workshop. “Safety needs to be routine,” Gray said. Temple should be consistent in fighting sexual violence. Empowering people with the knowledge of self-defense may offer them confidence and safety in the event of an attack. And working harder to educate students about sexual abuse and how to recognize would be a huge step in the right direction. Even though it should never be the responsibility of survivors to prevent assault, they can feel safer and more empowered if they participate in self-defense classes. I hope the university will work with students to offer more accessible, free options to learn to defend themselves.


Sonia Sanchez, a Philadelphia poet and a former English professor, took office as the city’s first poet laureate on Dec. 29, 2011. This week, Basia Wilson wrote that she proudly displays a button of Sanchez on her backpack to be reminded of her artistry and Black pride.







Student organizations to rally against Board chairman Patrick O’Connor

Temple’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the Socialist Students of Temple University and Temple Young Democratic Socialists of America are hosting a rally to remove Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor on Thursday in Founder’s Garden at 3 p.m. The organizations are calling for O’Connor’s name to be removed from the newly added O’Connor Plaza and for it to be renamed after someone who made a positive impact on North Philadelphia or Temple. They also are calling for O’Connor to immediately resign from the Board. In a release by the organizations, they demand that the university abolishes the Board of Trustees and establishes a “democratically elected body” of students, university employees and community residents. FMLA began a campaign to remove O’Connor last week, citing his relationship with former trustee Bill Cosby, who he represented in a 2005 civil suit when Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting a former university employee, Andrea Constand. The groups are encouraging other university organizations to endorse or participate in the action. - Kelly Brennan

Office of Sustainability seeks student feedback at pop-up events The Office of Sustainability plans to is revise its Climate Action Plan to present in June. BY SABRINA WALLACE For The Temple News The Office of Sustainability will revise the university’s Climate Action Plan and is employing students’ help to find out how to do so. The Office of Sustainability has been hosting pop-up Climate Action Town Halls across campus to get student input on how the university could become more sustainable. University officials began meeting last week and are using the student feedback to revise the Climate Action Plan, which is the university’s steps to become a more sustainable campus. The office will present the finalized plan in June. At the pop-up town halls, Office of Sustainability employees and volunteers tell students about the university’s commitment to become a carbon-free campus by 2050, along with the current steps the university is taking to make the campus more ecofriendly. Students are encouraged to add their ideas about how the university can become more sustainable through

Post-it notes that are later tabulated to generate new ideas for sustainability initiatives. The data from the town halls will be compiled and presented to a working group in mid-October. This working group includes representatives from faculty and staff, University Housing and Residential Life, Temple Student Government, Aramark and the Energy Office. Creating a revised Climate Action Plan will be “a more formalized process that’s university-wide,” said Kathleen Grady, the university’s director of sustainability. This process will include the Office of the Provost and Campus Operations. Freshman flute performance major Serena Huang was eager to speak with the office’s representatives and share her ideas at a pop-up event in 1300 Residence Hall on Thursday. Huang and others were curious about Temple’s composting options at dining halls and wants the university to expand these efforts with the new Climate Action Plan. “I hope that they actually do implement these things, like composting, to spread it throughout campus and not just in certain buildings of campus,” Huang said. The event at 1300 Residence Hall was one of the many Climate Action Town Halls hosted by the Office of Sustainability this month in different

academic buildings and residence halls. In April 2016, Temple re-signed the Climate Leadership Statement alongside other members of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. The statement includes commitments to become carbon neutral by 2050, integrate sustainability into academic curriculum and research, increase outreach and create a resiliency commitment — an agreement to adapt to climate change and its extremes — in preparation for the effects of climate change. The working group had its first meeting last week and divided into subcommittees on energy, sustainable design, academics and research, sustainable culture and resiliency. After receiving student feedback, the group will start working on recommendations that will help create the revised Climate Action Plan. “We’re really looking forward to having this new, broader, more holistic look at sustainability and resiliency,” Grady said. “[This working group] is really going to set the direction for what sustainability looks like at Temple University moving forward,” Grady added. “It’s like sustainability 2.0.”


University to survey students about on-campus smoking habits

The College of Public Health’s Smoke-Free Task Force Committee sent out a survey to students Monday evening about “campus community attitudes and practices” related to cigarette exposure, tobacco use and services to quit smoking. The survey is being led by faculty, staff and students in order to determine if Temple’s smoking policies should change. Right now, the university is looking to become a smoke- or tobacco-free campus. Lincoln and Cheyney universities are also looking to ban smoking from their campuses. Temple has researched how it could implement a smoke-free campus, the Inquirer reported. The survey is anonymous, but students can submit their emails, which will not be attached to their responses in order to win a $50 gift card. - Kelly Brennan

SABRINA WALLACE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman biology major Sara Gjoka (left) wrote her climate action vision on a post-it note at a pop-up event run by Office of Sustainability Programming Assistant Claire Pope in 1300 Residence Hall on Thursday.


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App focuses on student-athletes’ mental health A former lacrosse player is working closely with Balance Position, a startup that will launch a mindfulness app in November. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

Philadelphia is.” Ogboh, an artist who splits his time between Nigeria and Germany, works with sound and is interested in creating art about cities. But Ogboh isn’t from Philadelphia, though he has visited before. The first time he even remembers learning about Philadelphia was through the 1993 movie that shares the city’s name and stars Tom Hanks. To create an authentic view of Philadelphia, he enlisted the help of the Chestnut Street Singers — a Center City cooperative chamber choir — and Rucker, a lifelong Philadelphian. She grew up in Mount Airy and now lives in Germantown. “What makes Philly special [is] that we have the glossy, [the] glamorous, the art, the music, we damn

Vince Sonson believes that as more people share their stories, the stigma surrounding mental health as a “personality flaw” will dissipate and people will become more educated on the topic. “That stigma is so persistent that even today that we need to do whatever we can to make [discussing mental health] acceptable,” Sonson said. Two years ago, Sonson left his career in the software industry to start Balance Position — a startup that is currently developing an app to “empower student-athletes to achieve and maintain optimal mental wellness” for both their education and athletic life, according to its website. A 2014 study conducted by Florida-based Healthy Bodies Medical and Dental Center found that 90 percent of student-athletes dealing with a mental health issue will not seek professional help. The free app, which is expected to launch in November, will provide athletes with tools to track mood, sleep, interest in activities, eating habits and other factors that contribute to mental health. It will also offer users the ability to make in-app purchases for other “mindfulness” content, Sonson said. Using the app effectively takes time, but Sonson has found student-athletes are willing to make the effort and don’t want games or gimmicks. One person featured on Balance Position’s stories site is Kara Stroup, a 2016 psychology alumna who played on the lacrosse team for four years. In September 2015, she wrote an essay for detailing her battle with an eating disorder that she hid for seven years until she told her mother the day after her 18th birthday. Sonson read Stroup’s story and asked if he could publish it on the site and if she would want to get involved. She has been working as the app’s product director since shortly after she graduated. “So many more athletes, like I did when I was a senior, are writing their own personal experiences and putting them out in the media,” Stroup said. “So the need is there.”



KAM GRAY / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ursula Rucker, a 1991 journalism alumna, observes “Logan Squared: Ode to Philly,” a sound installation on the terrace of the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine Street near 19th. A recording of Rucker’s poetry is featured in the installation.


Monument Lab: creating an ‘ode’ to Philadelphia with sound An artist’s multi-speaker sound installation features an alumna’s poetry. BY JENNY ROBERTS Supervising Editor


he words of Ursula Rucker’s poetry float from a speaker installation accompanied by a choir of ominous voices. “This city sparkles bright, even in the darkest shadows,” Rucker said toward the beginning of her epic poem — a narrative piece of poetry that has multiple parts. Rucker, a 1991 journalism alumna, wrote the poem to serve as part of artist Emeka Ogboh’s “Logan Squared: Ode to Philly,” an installa-

tion featured in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, a city-wide public art and history project that runs until Nov. 19. Monument Lab tries to answer one question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Ogboh’s installation is on display every Sunday during Monument Lab from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The audio can also be heard at listening stations in Logan Square throughout the rest of Monument Lab’s run. Ogboh’s work is a 36-speaker sound installation, featuring Rucker and a 12-person choir. It is on display on the terrace of the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine Street near 19th. “I wanted to involve the city in my work,” Ogboh said. “I didn’t want to start inserting my ideas of what


Student-run exhibit focuses on the human experience Two Tyler School of Art students put together an exhibit featuring more than 35 artists. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Senior painting majors Samantha Herman and Gillian Mead have followed nearly identical paths since they started their freshman year. They took the same classes, chose the same major and studied abroad in Rome together this past summer — where they decided to collaborate on an art exhibit. The resulting exhibit, “Muscle Memory,” features works from 37 artists and runs Wednesday to Saturday in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery. A special opening reception with performances by three artists is on Friday. “We thought [the human experience]

was a good abstract jumping-off point that wasn’t so set in stone that we would just get the same kinds of works submitted over and over,” Mead said. Herman and Mead said people use muscle memory day after day without even thinking about it. To gather submissions for the show, Herman said they created a Facebook event with a brief description of their concept. They asked artists to submit up to three works based on the concept of rituals, or acts of muscle memory. Kari Scott, assistant director of Tyler Student Life and Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery coordinator, promoted “Muscle Memory” in her weekly newsletter. About 80 local and national artists submitted work, Herman said. The chosen artists are a combination of current and former Tyler students, as well as artists from New York City, Balti-


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Samantha Herman (left) and Gillian Mead, both senior painting majors, began installing pieces for their collaborative exhibit, “Muscle Memory” on Monday in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery.





An alumnus is working with a Ghanian company to fund the distribution of bicycles in the country.

The university plans to offer housing for students who were formerly in the foster care system.

On Saturday, the South Philly Navy Yard hosted a mindfulness triathlon, which included yoga and hooping.

An alumna hosted an event celebrating diverse perspectives on time at the Crane Arts Building.




Alumnus makes cycling connection from Philly to Ghana A. Bruce Crawley is collaborating with a company that builds bamboo bikes. BY AYOOLUWA ARIYO For The Temple News As a lover and rider of bicycles, A. Bruce Crawley wanted to find a way to combine his love for the mode of transportation with another passion of his: philanthropy. Crawley, a 1983 master’s of journalism alumnus, is the chairman president of the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, a Philadelphia nonprofit that raises money to distribute bikes to students, farmers and health workers in Ghana who are in need of transportation. The organization collaborates with nonprofits and businesses in Ghana — like the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, which creates employment opportunities for people in Ghana to build bikes made from bamboo. Last month, Bernice Dapaah, executive director of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, visited Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. to raise money for purchasing bikes alongside ABCF. Crawley said he has always felt that his civic obligation was to give back to society. When Crawley and other ABCF members were interested in starting a bike nonprofit in 2016, they thought about people’s needs in Africa. “We found out that there is a great need in Africa, especially in rural parts of Africa, among students and farmers and healthcare workers to get access to motor transportation in the absence of motorized vehicles,” said Crawley, who is originally from North Central Philadelphia. After a period of research,

ABCF selected Ghana as its country of focus. Crawley said he was inspired to choose Ghana after researching on and realizing many African-Americans have ties to West African countries like Ghana. Crawley added that he was also inspired by the fact that the first democratically elected president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, went to Lincoln University in Chester County and the University of Pennsylvania. Dapaah, who is from Ghana, said she started her business wanting to target a number of issues in the country, like unemployment, poverty and climate change. “I got to know that there was abundant bamboo in Ghana and due to the unemployment rate in our country, we decided to see how best we can use this natural resource and create work out of it,” Dapaah said. Dapaah started her business eight years ago and has created employment opportunities for more than 50 people by establishing bamboo plantations. The company also provides people in Ghana with a mode of transportation for their commutes to work. Dapaah was named an ambassador of the World Bamboo Organization — which promotes the use of bamboo for environmental and economical purposes — and she also is on the advisory board of World Intellectual Property Organization Green, an online database and network that brings people who work in green technology together. “We were impressed and we just called her up and said, ‘We want work with you and buy your bikes,’” Crawley said. “We also wanted to have her here because we’re a new foundation, only about a year or so old, and people say that it takes about two years before you can raise money and do anything of significance, but we wanted to

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS A. Bruce Crawley, a 1983 master’s of journalism alumnus and chairman of the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, stands with Bernice Dapaah of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative and the bike she created on Wednesday in Center City.

do a jump start to build awareness and raise money.” Crawley believes there’s little difference between the issues faced by West African and United States children, who all need food, shelter and a decent education. He thinks there should be a collaboration between these two parts of the world to fix some of these issues. In Ghana, ABCF also partners with the Bright Generation Community Foundation, which is a human rights organization focused on education, and the U.S./Ghana Chamber of Commerce.

“What we’re trying to do is set up channels of communication facilitated by classroom technology in Philadelphia schools, and classrooms in cities in Africa where the kids can talk to each other about these issues and share their own experiences about what they need to do to go forward,” Crawley said. He has not been in contact with the Philadelphia School District yet, but has had conversations with members of Congress about the feasibility of this project. Crawley and Dapaah hope to export bikes from Ghana to the

U.S., with Philadelphia as a port of entry. They want to create maintenance jobs for young people in Philadelphia and are in the process of getting this approved by the Mayor’s Office. “The more we do this, the more you’ll see that it doesn’t stop with the manufacture and distribution of bikes,” Crawley said. “There are things that we’re pushing that are academically and economically oriented around getting people to more entrepreneurial pursuits.”


Helping an ‘invisible’ population on campus Temple is one of four schools near Philadelphia planning to offer housing for students who were in the foster care system. BY IAN WALKER Assistant Features Editor For Korrie Keo, growing up in the foster care system limits one’s perspective on life. ”You have a boxed mindset that you belong to a certain place and that’s the only place you feel comfortable with,” said Keo, a former foster care youth. “You are basically a prisoner of your own brain.” Keo is also a program assistant with the education team at the Achieving Independence Center on Broad Street near Master. Temple is looking to provide housing over academic breaks to students who recently transitioned out of the foster care system. In October, AIC employees and university officials will meet with about 50 students, who are former foster care youth, to determine their specific housing needs. As an extension of the university’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development,

AIC provides educational support to people transitioning out of the foster care system, including GED referrals and other methods of higher education assistance. “We feel that it’s better that we really talk to the students first instead of assuming their needs,” said Harold Brooks, AIC’s education services coordinator. When Keo was a teenager, she was a member of the AIC. Brooks, now her colleague, helped her fill out her FAFSA to attend the Community College of Philadelphia. But Keo said if she had fully understood her potential financial aid benefits, she may have enrolled at Temple instead. Having signed out of the foster care system at 18 years old to live independently, Keo said she could have benefitted from the proposed housing program. Foster care youth age out of the system at 21 years old. Temple joins three other Philadelphia area schools — Cabrini University, Community College of Philadelphia and West Chester University — trying to adopt housing for former foster youth over breaks. The program is spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, a

clinical care, research and education center that helps abused and neglected children “We’re advocating for system-

You have a boxed mindset that you belong to a certain place and that’s the only place you feel comfortable with. ... You are basically a prisoner of your own brain. KORRIE KEO


wide reform in the way we as a community promote success in higher education for students who have experienced foster care,” said Sarah Wasch, the Field Center’s program manager. “Over 70 percent of foster youth aspire to go to college, yet they attend at less than half the rate of their peers and many who do enroll in college do not make it past their first year.” Wasch said the four schools were chosen after each applied for

assistance in developing a campus support program for former foster youth. She added that the Field Center wanted to address the issue of housing because it can often be disruptive to a student’s education. Students eligible for the proposed housing program are identified through their financial aid application. CSPCD has been providing foster care students with educational services, including tutoring, financial counseling and therapeutic services since the 1980s. CSPCD also holds college fairs that bring in undergraduate students from different majors to talk about their own experiences. In 1999, the U.S. Congress enacted the Foster Care Independence Act, which delegated federal funds to states to provide independent living programs for youth between the ages of 16 and 18 transitioning out of foster care. Brooks said Temple was part of the advisory board to determine how the funds would be used in Philadelphia. He added that AIC worked closely with the Department of Human Services to create policies and a bilingual resource guide for foster care youth. “A large percentage of the

youth we work with generally would go to community college first because [of] their experiences not only in the education system, but in the foster system,” Brooks said. “They just aren’t ready for the rigors of a four-year college or academic experience.” Brooks believes each student will have their own set of issues to overcome, like insecure housing and unstable family relations. “We hope through the growing trend of single points of contact on college campuses that more higher education administrators are learning about the challenges often faced by foster care youth,” Wasch said. Keo said most people do not recognize the issues facing foster youth. By providing additional housing over breaks, these students will have a greater chance of succeeding academically, she said. “A lot of Temple students that are in foster care are embarrassed,” Keo said. “They are invisible because no one really wants to talk about it, but they do need the help.” @ian_walker12 Madison Hall contributed reporting. @thetemplenews

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he first food truck I ever bought a meal from on Main Campus was The Creperie. My older sister Nicole, a 2004 biology and Spanish alumna, went to the red-white-and-blue truck when it first opened in 2003. Now, 14 years later, the truck — which sells dozens of sweet and savory crepes with funky names like Alexander the Crepe and Mango Mania — is still one of my favorite places to eat on campus. Since The Creperie first opened, Temple has rapidly expanded as a university. There are many more brickand-mortar franchise restaurants that have popped up during the three years I’ve lived in North Philadelphia. This year, with the switch from Sodexo to Aramark as our university food provider, the Student Center has been completely redone and now includes big names like Chick-fil-A and BurgerFi for students to choose from. But even with the multitude of

what are sometimes overwhelming options, I still find students, faculty and North Philadelphia residents flocking to food trucks and other campus staples, like The Wall, which hosts some of the longest standing food vendors at Temple, like Richie’s. The pizza and deli stand began as a cart owned by Richie Jr.’s grandfather and father in the 1960s. They’ve since added the food truck, Richie’s Lunch Box, at 12th and Norris streets. Today, there are still new food vendors opening on campus that are owned by families, like Honey, which we will feature in this issue. For this year’s Lunchies, we looked at food vendors new and old on campus. Even as Temple grows as a large, globally known institution, small business owners are still successfully competing with the increased presence of corporate franchises, and I think that resiliency defines the university community above anything else. - Emily Scott, Features Editor COURTNEY REDMON / THE TEMPLE NEWS



Honey truck: a day in the life of a food vendor Jennifer Paek owns both Honey food truck and Champ’s Diner on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th street. BY BILIN LIN For The Temple News

At 5:30 a.m., Jennifer Paek wakes up and gets ready for her 12-hour day. She hugs and kisses her two cats and prepares their food, but she doesn’t have enough time to make herself breakfast. She then hurries from her home to Champ’s Diner on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street. The restaurant serves American breakfast and lunch dishes, like egg sandwiches, waffles, wraps and burgers. She arrives before 7 a.m. and begins kitchen preparation for the day, breading chicken and washing fruits and vegetables. At 8 a.m., she opens her food truck Honey on 12th Street near Norris. With a Korean inspiration, Honey serves typical lunch dishes like burgers and fried chicken. The truck’s rush hour starts around 11 a.m., and Paek and her father Hyeil Kim work through rush hour until early afternoon. Paek, 37, immigrated to the United States 20 years ago from Busan, South Korea with her parents and brother. Now, she owns Honey and Champ’s Diner. Both sell similar food: American breakfast and comfort food, with a focus on chicken. “All the chicken is fresh,” Paek said. “A lot of people love our chicken burger, chicken wrap.” On Main Campus, there are more than 40 food trucks that serve thousands of students every day. These vendors often wake up at the crack of dawn to get to campus on time before classes begin at 8 a.m. The vendors and food truck owners cook and sell dishes or drinks often originating from their own faraway communities, whether it’s Korean meals like “bibimbap,” or “halal,” which is meat specifically prepared as determined by Muslim law. It’s easy to ignore, during the hustleand-bustle of one’s day, the long hours food vendors spend preparing food and serving members of the Temple community. Since opening Honey, Paek said she now sells 60 to 70 meals per day at the truck. “A lot of customers support our [truck] business after going to our diner,” Paek said.

BILIN LIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Honey food truck owner Jennifer Paek takes an order from a customer. Bottom: Paek and her father Hyeil Kim take a break from the truck when business is slow.

She works at the food truck with her father during the week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while her husband Ki and her mother work at the diner during the day. On weekends, the truck is closed, and Paek helps out at the diner with her husband. The couple used to work at a familyowned breakfast shop and in their time spent there, Paek and her husband doubled the profits of the business, she said. “So why don’t we open our own store?” she said. And that’s when the couple opened Champ’s in 2014. Last October, Paek’s

brother gave her the food truck, which is now Honey. Her brother formerly ran it as a sushi truck. On a typical afternoon in the food truck, crispy chicken patties sizzle on the grill and oil drips from fries. Paek and her father intermittently take breaks, stepping outside to escape the overwhelming heat. It’s an estimated 100 degrees inside the gaspowered truck because the electricity, which powers the air conditioning, has been down since October 2016. Last Tuesday, electricians finally came to address the issue, and Paek was told the

electricity should be back on in the next three weeks. Lately, Paek has been thinking about renovating the truck’s interior and changing the whole look of the truck. She also wants to get new appliances, like a waffle maker. Paek hopes to have the renovations done by next semester. “Now that we’ll have electricity, we can bring chicken and waffles to Honey soon,” Paek said. Nick Lukow, a second-year doctorate physics student ordered a chicken burger from Honey. “I heard great things about this truck,” Lukow said. “They don’t open in summer, so now I’ve gotta come here and try it.” At around 4 p.m., Paek prepares to close the truck. Her workday, however, is not done. Paek walks back to the diner, takes a short break for dinner and then does some kitchen work for the following day, like marinating chicken breasts. Paek leaves the diner and heads to a grocery store around 5 p.m. She shops two to three times a week for fresh produce like tomatoes, avocados, strawberries and bananas. After her purchase, she drives about 20 minutes home to Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Paek gets home around 7:30 p.m. and relaxes for the rest of the night, first with a hot shower and then by watching some Korean dramas on TV. She goes to bed at 9 p.m. Paek said she and her husband work hard. “When we get old, we can relax,” Paek said. The only long break for Paek is summer vacation, when most students are not on campus. That’s when she has time for some traveling. Paek and her husband visit Cancun, Mexico every year. Paek added that she’s thinking about adding more Korean food options to Honey with help from her mother. She wants to introduce Korean food to more Temple students. “I’m getting old and I see all those young people, and they make me feel young,” Paek said. “I’m not tired at all.”

FARMERS MARKET: ‘HEALTHY CHOICES’ ON MAIN CAMPUS The Cecil B. Moore Farmers Market sells fruits and vegetables every Thursday. BY ALLEH NAQVI For The Temple News

Every Thursday morning, Neal Rule drives about 50 miles from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania — a 306-acre borough in Chester County — to the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. His passengers, members of the Amish family-owned farm Mount Pleasant Organics, can’t drive themselves because of their religious practices. On a windy afternoon last Thursday, Rule, a family driver at Mount Pleasant Organics, rang up credit card purchases as students and community residents stood in line beneath a rippling canopy to buy the farm’s locally grown produce. A weekly presence on Main Campus since its creation in 2009, the Cecil B. Moore Farmers Market sells organic fruits and vegetables, flowers, cheese and baked goods on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. The market is partnered with The Food Trust, a Philadelphiabased food access nonprofit.

The organization provides Philadelphians with “affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions,” according to its website. The Food Trust operates 22 farmers markets throughout the city. “[We want] to have people make healthy choices,” said Katy Wich, The Food Trust’s senior associate for the Farmers Market Program. In addition to their efforts to bring local food into underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, The Food Trust also helps recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly

It’s wholesome food. We believe that they either made it, planted it...farmed it themselves. KIM ZIAH


known as food stamps, through its Philly Food Bucks program. SNAP provides assistance to low-income families who meet eligibility requirements. Each time a customer spends $5 in SNAP benefits at a farmers market, they earn a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon

for fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2010, the city’s public health department and The Food Trust launched the Philly Food Bucks program to encourage SNAP recipients to use their benefits to buy local foods at farmers markets. Asiyah Bhallo, a freshman university studies major, visited the market for the first time last Thursday. For her, the experience was “fantastic,” but she wishes it was closer to where she lived. “It is not as convenient since I live in White Hall, but it is still great,” Bhallo said. Another newcomer, Emily Nice, a sophomore engineering major, said the baked goods reminded her of her grandparent’s cooking. Although she attended the market to complete an assignment for her urban planning class, she picked up a few items and said she plans to come back again. One routine customer, Kim Ziah, 59, who lives in North Philadelphia, said she appreciates the market for offering local food. Around 35 percent of the North Philadelphia population live in high-poverty areas with little to no access to healthy foods, according to the city’s 2016 Community Health Assessment. “It’s wholesome food,” Ziah said. “We believe that they either made it, planted it and you know,

ISAAK GRIGGS / THE TEMPLE NEWS The Food Trust has been running the Cecil B. Moore Farmers Market since 2009. The market offers students and North Philadelphia residents an affordable selection of fruits, vegetables and baked goods from Pennsylvania farms.

farmed it themselves.” In recent years, Rule said buying organic food has become a trendy choice. “Now it’s a fad,” Rule said. “But it’s never been a fad for them to produce [organic food] for that many years.” Despite this increased interest in organic food, Rule said food marketing often distorts people’s view of what fresh produce should look like. He often has to explain to customers why the produce at the market is occasionally flecked with insect bite marks. The marks aren’t defects, he said, but rather the consequence of abstaining from spraying the crops with any kind

of pesticide. “You can either have insecticides or bite marks,” Rule said. Rule said most “organic” food available at grocery stores is not fully organic, but contains certain pesticides that adhere to the USDA’s organic standards. He said imperfections like bite marks show the product’s organic origins. “They’ve been [growing organic food] for many, many years,” Rule said. “Anyone that’s been doing it for a length of a year knows what organically grown means.” @thetemplenews



On Norris Street near 12th, two trucks serving bubble tea opened this year. BY COURTNEY REDMON Designer

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Jack Berdolt, a junior education major, purchases a matcha boba milk tea. Bottom: Tiffany Wong, a junior human resource management major, deep fries octopus balls at Royal Tea on Norris Street near 12th on Sept. 22.

Bubble tea has been served on Main Campus for 10 years. BY EMILY TRINH For The Temple News On any given weekday, Linda Tran can be found standing underneath a weathered red-and-white awning, yelling out orders for bubble tea and Vietnamese food, like “pho tai,” a beef broth with meat and rice noodle. Tran is the owner of Tai’s Vietnamese Food, one of the vendors at The Wall on 12th Street next to Anderson and Gladfelter halls since 2002. Tai’s was one of the first places on campus to serve bubble tea to students. On a sign taped to the glass window, Tran showcases Tai’s 10 bubble tea flavors. Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea, made its way to the United States from Southeast Asia in the early 2000s. Recently, more vendors on Main Campus are selling the drink. Bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink made from combining brewed tea, condensed milk, creamer and a flavoring powder, like matcha, which is made from green tea leaves. The bubbles, also known as “boba,” are sweet, chewy tapioca balls that are nearly black in color. The bubbles sink to the bottom when added to the milk tea. There are different types of brewed tea that can also contribute to the flavor, like black, green or oolong. Some bubble tea drinks also come with “popping boba,” which is made from lychee, a small fleshy fruit native to China and Taiwan. The lychee balls — which explode juice when chewed on — are much sweeter than the tapioca. At Tai’s, Tran offers both lychee and

tapioca balls. Tran came to the U.S. in 1979 after she finished school in Vietnam. She started serving bubble tea on campus in the summer of 2007, five years after she first opened the stand. “It’s a refreshing drink for the students,” Tran said. “On hot days, they can cool down with the bubble tea.” Since then, she has accumulated a list of different flavors, like coconut, mango, jasmine milk and “taro,” a tropical root popular in Asia that gives the taro milk tea its purple color. Tran said that even though she feels bubble tea has become more popular on campus, she doesn’t feel like there is a need to compete with new trucks offering the drink. “I have always stayed here, and I have never tried the other trucks,” Tran said. “There is no competition.” Tran added that the drinks at Tai’s are more “customizable,” since customers can pair any of the milk tea drinks with either the tapioca or the “popping” bubbles, which are a recent addition to Tai’s menu. “In the cold weather, we can make it hot too,” Tran said. “The bubbles, when you drink it with the milk, you don’t feel hungry anymore.” Some of the milk and bubble flavors offered at Tai’s, like lychee and papaya, are native fruits of Taiwan, and other flavors like taro and green tea, are native to Southeast Asian countries. Chi-Wei Huang grew up in Taiwan while bubble tea was growing in popularity and making its way to the U.S. Huang, a strategic management and Asian studies adjunct instructor, moved to the U.S. in 1999 from Taiwan, after finishing her law degree there. In the 1980s, most people believed bubble tea was invented by a Taiwanese woman who worked at a tea house, Huang said. But today,


Jack Berdolt used to get his bubble tea from Tai’s Vietnamese at The Wall on 12th Street. But lately, he said he’s been going to Royal Tea. “They have ‘matcha,’” said Berdolt, a junior education major, referring to tea made from powdered green tea leaves. “This is one of the only places with ‘matcha.’” Royal Tea joins Little Lulu as two new food trucks to pop up along Norris Street near Tomlinson Theater. Both have a focus on tea and coffee drinks, like bubble tea. Bubble tea is a cold dessert drink made from iced tea, sweetened milk or fruit syrup, and “boba,” small balls made from tapioca starch. Jung Kim, a cashier and food prep worker at Royal Tea and a sophomore accounting major, said the truck opened after this past spring break. There is another truck in West Philadelphia at 40th and Locust streets. The truck offers a variety of milk and fruit teas, including flavors like jasmine, coffee, mango and passion fruit. They also serve teriyaki combos — beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu served over white rice — and “baos,” steamed white buns filled with either pork belly, stir-fry steak or fried fish. Kim said Royal Tea’s owner, Stephen Ngo, originally founded Teassert Bar, a rolled ice cream shop in Chinatown on 10th Street near Spring Street in July 2016, before expanding to trucks. “He realized the market potential for food trucks on college campuses was pretty substantial,” Kim said. “So he started trucks at Drexel, and then UPenn and now this one here.” Working on both Main Campus and in University City, Kim said he has noticed different flavor preferences

between the two student bodies. “A lot of people are into the mango flavor here at Temple,” he said. “It’s different at Drexel, a lot of people like the passion tea there.” But Royal Tea isn’t the only new tea vendor on campus. Lulu Cafe, a brick-and-mortar Taiwanese cafe in University City, launched its first food truck, Little Lulu, a few steps away from Royal Tea at the end of last semester. The bright turquoise truck has a large, cream-colored silhouette of Lulu, the owner’s French bulldog from which the business gained its name, painted on its side. Lulu’s menu boasts an array of bubble teas, milk tea lattes and blended drinks, alongside authentic Taiwanese food, like deep-fried squid balls and bomgel, a dessert-like dish made with a fried bagel drizzled in either chocolate, coconut milk or caramel sauce. “Matcha boba milk latte is really popular,” said Oliver Tsai, a Little Lulu employee and junior ceramics major. “It’s not as sweet as milk tea.” “It’s not as sweet as other bubble tea shops,” added Stacy Lin, a junior international business major and Tsai’s co-worker. “The sweetest tea is probably the Jin’s Rose, that’s a rose honey milk tea.” While the lavender milk tea is Tsai and Lin’s favorite drink on the menu, Tsai said he likes to go off the menu and mix his own drinks. He takes any leftover tea liquids and blends them together, creating new flavor combinations. “It really depends on my mood,” Tsai said. “I usually use the tea that is not allowed to be ordered, it’s usually a bit older. I try to figure out a way that I would like to drink the tea.” Kim added that bubble tea is growing in popularity, which explains the increase in its presence on campus. “You see it all over the place now, everybody seems to be drinking it,” Kim said. @_ourt

CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS An employee at Tai’s Vietnamese Food on 12th Street near Polett Walk prepares a Thai bubble tea drink. Tai’s offers 10 bubble tea drinks next to Anderson and Gladfelter halls.



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TEA people still argue about whether the drink originated in Thailand or Taiwan. The current Taiwanese phrase for bubble tea translates to “real pearl milk tea,” but Huang said that it wasn’t always called that. “The previous version of bubble tea, ‘pào mò hóng chá,’ actually translates to ‘bubble tea’ in Mandarin, and it was made by

shaking the tea,” Huang said. “Eventually, it would create a lot of air bubbles inside, but now when we say bubble tea in Taiwan, we actually call it ‘pearl tea’ because the tapioca balls look like pearls inside.” Huang said that other than the difference in names, the bubble tea shops in the U.S. are quite similar to those in Taiwan. She added that the drink is popular with both younger and older generations, but that shop owners’ target market seems to be younger people.

Tran said she has also seen an increase in bubble tea popularity with students. Hailey Child, a freshman speech, language and hearing science major, lived in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, for four years while her father worked in airplane production. Child said she has become an avid customer of Tai’s in the short time she’s been living on Main Campus. “Bubble tea is just really refreshing,” said Child, who moved back to the U.S. in

2010. “I usually get the peach flavor with the peach bubble. It’s fun to drink because of the bubbles when they pop in your mouth.” Child added that some bubble tea shops in the U.S. are as good as the shops she went to in Taiwan. “Tai’s has pretty authentic bubble tea,” Child said. “I like it because it’s not as sugary as some of the other places on campus.” @thetemplenews



STUDENT-ATHLETES Stroup didn’t have any software development experience, but Sonson said her passion for the topic and the fact that she was formerly a student-athlete allowed her to be in touch with the app’s target audience. As product director, Stroup acts as a go-between for developers, designers and users, she said. Members of the startup have talked to more than 100 student-athletes to get their opinions, Sonson added. “It’s helpful because I have so many friends and connections in that world that I’m able to get a lot of feedback because at the end of the day, it’s not what I want, it’s not what Balance Position wants it to be, it’s about what the users need,” Stroup said. Sonson’s story is also posted on Balance Position’s website. While studying and playing baseball and football at Yale University from 1991-93, he battled depression before choosing to leave the school and return home to the Pittsburgh area. He returned to school two years later and graduated from Carnegie Mellon Uni-


MONUMENT sure have the history,” Rucker said. “But then we also have the grit and the grime, which is a big part of the city.” “If you live here, if you’re from here, then it’s part of your whole entire makeup,” she added. In her multi-part poem, Rucker references Philly firsts, landmarks and slang words. She points out that the city was the nation’s first capital and also compares Philadelphia itself to the Liberty Bell. She later proclaims, “Our language is our own. It’s filled with ‘yo’s’ and ‘jawns’ and symphonies and sirens.” She also shares some insight into the attitudes of Philadelphians. “You might have to work a little harder for a hello,” she says in the poem. “It’s just true,” Rucker said. “We do the affirmative head nod. If you’re not happy with that then I don’t know what to tell you.” To further incorporate the city into his piece, Ogboh included part of the orchestral piece, “Four Squares of Philadelphia” to accompany Rucker’s words. The mid-20th century piece by Louis Gesensway dedicates musical movements to the city’s four squares: Franklin Square, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square. The movement “Logan Square at Dusk,” which is a part of the larger orchestral piece, was translated from the original instrumental score to accompany vocals by Nathan Lofton, a 2014 master’s of choral conducting alumnus. “It’s a little bit like a jigsaw puzzle,” Lofton said. “You’re looking for, ‘How can I best preserve this melodic line, that’s written for an instrument that has a wider range than a single human voice does, and make that work with just voices?’” Each speaker plays an individual voice from the choir for Ogboh’s piece. Victoria Nance, a secondyear choral conducting graduate student, was one of the featured singers. Lofton asked her to sing after having worked with her on a Temple Theaters project. Nance said she was excited to see the whole project come


versity in 1997. “My life has been great,” Sonson said. “I wouldn’t go back and change anything per say, but there’s still part of me that says, ‘What if I had the tools? What if I could have gotten out in front of it and managed my depression in a way that allowed me to stay at Yale?’” “My goal is to help current and future student-athletes not have to experience that, not have to be in a position to ask themselves, ‘What if?’” he added. Athletes have told Stroup and Sonson they want suggestions on how they can improve their health, not just graphs and charts for them to interpret on their own, Sonson said. Though it is not a diagnostic tool, the app will give feedback and allow student-athletes to share data with coaches, family, friends, trainers or anyone else they choose. Dr. Kat Longshore, a 2015 psychology of human movement alumna, created a mindfulness program for the app. Longshore is also a mental performance coach, someone who helps people understand the psychological components of performing one’s best through consulting. Mindfulness is about making

together on opening night. She added that members of the choir all ran up to the speakers to hear which one their voices were coming from. “It was really pretty, which sounds really simple,” she said. “But it was just really beautiful to see what we had worked on and recorded put into effect.” This isn’t the first time Ogboh has used sound to create a monument either. In 2014, he won a competition to create artwork to be displayed at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the country’s capital. He created a sound installation featuring the speeches of African leaders from

oneself present in any given moment and avoiding self-judgment based on what happened in the past or what might happen next, Sonson said. When creating meditation exercises, Longshore considered what a reasonable time commitment was to ask student-athletes to make for meditation. She did this by starting with five-minute meditation sessions and building up from there. “I think the piece that’s important is that mindfulness isn’t necessarily something that’s just for sport, but it’s something that can impact their life as a whole,” Longshore said. “We take that holistic approach to it of asking not just about sport, but also about life, about family, about the other things that are important to them,” she added. Balance Position hopes its app will destigmatize the conversation about mental health and get student-athletes to consider it more. “We’ve been saying all along, ‘You can’t go wrong if you’re designing a product that you want to use yourself,’” Stroup said.

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1964 when the African Union — then the Organization of African Unity — was founded. “When we are thinking about monuments, most times we are thinking about a sculpture, you know, really physical objects that people can take selfies with,” Ogboh said. But with his other work, Ogboh said he proves that doesn’t always have to be the case. “I’ve been able to kind of change the idea of monuments from physical objects to something more ephemeral, like sound,” he said. @byjennyroberts

Richie’s Lunchbox, they will do just about any special order that I want to. They’re always crazy nice to me when I come up. I’ve been there just often enough that they recognize me, and they take their time with me. ... And the food is just great, greasy, like caloric, perfect for when you’ve had a long day and you need comfort food.

BOREN DU Junior Accounting

[Temple] Teppanyaki, that’s the one. … [In their No. 9 dish] basically it’s like chicken on rice, but it’s sweet and sour, and it’s kinda spicy though, but the fried chicken is just on point.

MERVIN LUMBA Sophomore Kinesiology

I’m a fan of Pita Chip on campus. They have a good variety of food, and I can go in there if I want like a fairly healthy meal. ... I like getting a combo platter. So I’ll get some chicken, with some rice, and throw in some veggies. KAM GRAY / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jody Yobro, a Philadelphia resident, listens to “Logan Squared: Ode to Philly” through a listening station at Logan Square.




South Philly Navy Yard hosts a day of mindfulness Hundreds of people gathered at The Navy Yard in South Philadelphia on Saturday to take part in Wanderlust 108, the world’s only mindful triathlon which is a “celebration of mindful movement,” according to the event’s website. It combines three mindful activities: running, yoga and meditation. The festival is held in more than 60 cities across the world. “I love working with Wanderlust,” said Martika Daniels, a hula-hoop instructor who joined the triathlon a year ago. “They work really hard to create a safe environment that also asks participants to challenge themselves.” The event also included health and wellness vendors, aerial yoga and essential oil workshops.





JAPAN monitoring the situation closely through International SOS, a security and travel assistance company that TUJ works closely with. The email also highlighted emergency procedures that TUJ and the city of Tokyo have in place, like the area’s J-alert, which announces the detection missile activity. “Some families have expressed concern,” Stronach said. “But as far as I am concerned, very few students are fearful and classes have continued as usual.” On the day following the second missile overflight, James Brown, a professor of international politics at TUJ, conducted his class the way he always has — with a discussion about international relations. “We treated this event as we would any other sort of world event,” Brown said. “We are discussing the climate around these situations, such as what motivates North Korea to behave the way it does and not about the overflights themselves.” Brown said it is important to understand that the North Korean missiles are passing at about 100 kilometers above northern Japan, which is nearly in space. Brown also works as a program coordinator with International Affairs at TUJ and said that the missile overflights have been more sensationalized in the United States than they have in Japan. “Nothing has really changed about Japan’s relationship with North Korea,” Brown said. “There has always been tension between the two states, but everything has remained relatively relaxed here. They have always had the range to reach Japan and have even launched a missile toward Japan


several years ago.” Brown said what has changed is that North Korea now has the range to reach the U.S. with missiles. He added that this development may be why there is more panic in the U.S. than there is in Japan. “What is concerning is that there are two trains on a track headed toward one another: Kim Jong-un with his rogue nature and [President Donald] Trump with his antagonistic dialogue,” Brown said. Although Brown does not believe North Korea will ever launch a missile that will strike land, he said the Japanese government is asking all institutions within the country to think differently about North Korea, given the current nature of its relationship with the U.S. “I think it’s good that people are starting to think differently about North Korea,” Gonzalez said. “They are led by an unpredictable leader who probably wouldn’t launch toward land, but should not be provoked.” Nonetheless, Gonzalez believes that there is still an uneasy feeling among some TUJ students. He said that many of the students are not familiar with North Korea’s actual missile capabilities and have never thought twice about North Korea and its international relations. “The mention of a missile is enough to make anyone a little anxious,” Gonzalez said. “I think that there needs to be an ongoing dialogue between students and faculty at TUJ about what North Korea is actually capable of, especially with those who are not taking classes in the political or international arena at TUJ.”

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October 11 - 22, 2017 MARGO REED / THE TEMPLE NEWS Top: Students and faculty file in and out of Temple University Japan’s Azabu Hall in the Minato ward of Tokyo, only a 10-minute walk from the South Korean embassy on Friday. Bottom: A police officer stands on the street near the South Korean embassy in Tokyo, Japan on Friday.

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EVENTS NCOW programs happening this week As part of National Coming Out Week, Temple will host several events, including Come Out, Speak Out, Queer Lunch: Queering Professionalism and National Coming Out Week Fest. On Thursday, the State of LGBTQIA+ Issues Town Hall will be held in Room 200AB of the Student Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. University and Philadelphia officials will discuss the state of LGBTQ inclusivity in the city. The week culminates in the National Coming Out Week Fest on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on 13th Street between Montgomery and Polett Walk. The festival will showcase campus and city resources for LGBTQ people. -Alaina DeLeone

Philly professors to discuss art therapy The Tyler School of Art will host an art therapy discussion on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room B86. Sponsored by the department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices and supported by the General Activities Fund, the panel of art therapists will discuss what art therapy is and how it is used in an academic setting. The panelists include Drexel University professor Denise Wolf, University of the Arts professor Kathryn Snyder and Tyler art education and community arts practices professor Lisa Kay.


Event explores ‘time and temporality’ Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa of Black Quantum Futurism presented Time Camp 001 on Saturday and Sunday. BY CACIE ROSARIO For The Temple News

Rasheedah Phillips wanted to create an event like “Space Camp,” the nationally recognized children’s space education program. But Phillips wanted to create a camp for fans of time travel. “Part of it was my own selfish wanting to nerd out with other people, thinking about time and talking about time,” said Phillips, a 2008 Beasley School of Law alumna. “I love talking about time.” Her vision came to fruition last weekend as she hosted Time Camp 001, a two-day interactive art installation in the Icebox Project Space in the Crane Arts Building, an art studio co-op on American Street near Master. More than 40 artists, performers and presenters convened at the event to host workshops and exhibit multimedia art displays that explored the concept of time, particularly through the perspective of people of color. Several Temple alumnae presented at the event. Time Camp 001 was presented and created by the Black Quantum Futurism Collective, an Afrofuturist collaboration between Phillips and Philadelphia-based artist Camae Ayewa. The term Afrofuturism was first coined by cultural critic Mark Dery. In his 1994 essay “Black to the Future,” Dery wrote that Afrofuturism describes fiction

that “addresses African-American concerns in the context of twentieth century technoculture.” The Black Quantum Futurism Collective uses experimental music, essays and community-based events to explore the connections between “futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics and activism in marginalized communities,” according to its website. From May 2016 to May 2017, Phillips, who also works as a housing attorney for the Philadelphia nonprofit Community Legal Services, operated the Community Futures Lab in a space in the Sharswood neighborhood on Ridge Avenue near 22nd Street. Sharswood, a neighborhood west of Main Campus, is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She used the space to collect oral histories of Sharswood residents for her ethnographic research project, “Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly.” She asked them about their past memories of the neighborhood and their visions of the future. While “Community Futurisms” was a geographically specific project, Phillips said Time Camp 001 encompassed many different cultural perspectives. “There [are] culturally specific modes of time and temporality that are underexplored,” Phillips said. “This is not something that’s exclusive to Western culture, or even Afrofuturistic culture.” Unlike the Western perception of a distinct past, present and future, Phillips said Afrofuturists perceive time as a circular pattern, an idea rooted in traditional African conceptions of time. Throughout the weekend, workshop hosts presented several other perspectives on time and the future. In a workshop on

-Cacie Rosario

Temple Theaters to host comedic drama On Wednesday, Temple Theaters will present a student preview performance of the play, “I Used To Write On Walls,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Randall Theater. Eight additional shows will run until the play’s closing on Oct. 14. The play is directed by Amy Blumberg, a third-year directing MFA student. “I Used To Write On Walls,” a comedic drama, follows three women whose lives are upended by a “sexy, oblivious stoner,” according to Temple’s Calendar of Events. All tickets are $5. -Natasha Claudio

Tyler hosting trip to N.J. art museums The Tyler School of Art organized a free bus trip to the Princeton University Art Museum and Grounds for Sculpture to be held on Saturday. Admission to the Princeton Art Museum is free and Grounds for Sculpture costs $10. The bus will depart from 13th and Diamond streets at 9:30 a.m. and return to campus around 6:30 p.m. The trip is reserved for the first 55 people who sign up. The Princeton University Art Museum includes collections of Asian, African, European and Native American art. Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey has six indoor galleries and a 42-acre sculpture garden.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Katya Gorker, a 2012 MFA of film and media arts alumna, stands inside the tent that is part of her exhibit, “Be. Here. Wow.” which was created in collaboration with 2010 MFA of film and media arts alumna Laura Deutch on Sunday.


EXHIBIT more and Chicago, Mead said. The artists’ mediums range from dance to paintings, printmaking and photography. “We wanted to include this wide variety of mediums including performance, video, sculpture, multimedia,” Herman said. “We didn’t want equal parts of each medium being shown...but we wanted to strike some sort of balance between these different visuals.” Mehves Lelic, a Chicago-based photographer exhibited in the show, applied through the open call posted online. She will show two photographs in the exhibit. One is of a vase of flowers on a table with the shadow of a hand parting window blinds on the wall behind it. The other is an orange-lit photograph of half-peeled artichokes sitting on a cutting board on a kitchen island. Lelic began creating visual art in her teenage years, she said, and likes how she can explore the theme of muscle memory through the setup of interior spaces. “Muscle memory is a longing, a relationship between what belongs to us and how we belong to a place,” she said. “I like ordinary things and what they imply. Sus-

tenance, orderliness and permanence.” Herman and Mead said they were surprised by the large number of submissions they received. They wanted to keep the prompt — muscle memory — vague enough to attract a varied amount of art and art mediums. “I was worried that it was just gonna be a conversation between everybody we already know in Tyler,” Herman said. “But it turned out to not be that at all.” Senior photography major Evan Murphy is presenting a photograph for the exhibition that “perfectly shows” his interpretation of ritual, he said. The photo depicts a woman he encountered in Naples, Italy, while he was studying abroad with Herman. She is standing in the doorway of a beauty salon with foil on her hair, a cape around her shoulders and a cigarette in her hand, completely oblivious to the camera. “I think that, especially for a woman that age, getting her hair done is this really routine thing,” he said. “It was for my grandmother, and my mother to an extent. And smoking is obviously this whole other ritualistic thing.” Having lived in Philadelphia for more than two years, Herman said her semester abroad in Rome opened her up to new

Sunday, Sheree Brown and Asia Dorsey — Colorado-based herbalists, or makers of medicinal herbs and food — spoke about the “dreamwork” tradition of the Mexica, the indigenous people of Mexico. In this tradition, people believe that an event occurs only after it’s imagined in a dream. In another workshop, Nathan Fried, a postdoctoral neuroscience fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, scientifically explained how the brain perceives time. “[We’re] bringing these conversations together, bringing these perspectives together to challenge just the simple idea that time is linear, time is scientific, time is not subjective,” Phillips said. “I think it takes more than just one particular cultural perspective to get at that idea.” In addition to the series of workshops, the event featured 20 art installations, including paintings, short films, a virtual reality headset and even a tin foilplastered wall. In one installation, MFA of film and media arts alumnae Laura Deutch and Katya Gorker placed a tricycle outfitted with a video projector and flashing lights inside a private tent. As blue, green and purple lights flickered at the reflective foil canopy, Deutch and Gorker served participants herbal tea and played them one of four guided meditation soundtracks. Gorker, who graduated in 2012, described the experience as an “internal time travel,” or a way to break away from life’s constant stimuli. “I think it’s a way to say, ‘Pause,’” said Deutch, who graduated in 2010. Jazmyn Burton, the university’s public affairs manager, also focused on meditative practices in her workshop. She led an Egyptian yoga class based on the practice of Muata Ashby, a holistic theologist who believes yoga originated in Africa. In her 90-minute class on Sunday, Burton taught yoga postures rooted in ancient Egyptian traditions, which were intended to help participants align their mind, body and spirit, she said. “When you meditate, you enter into a space where time doesn’t exist,” Burton said. “Africans in America have a history that goes beyond enslavement. … I like how our future always circles back to the past.” Burton is an avid fan of Black science fiction and Afrofuturism. She said she finds inspiration in this “generation of creators and thinkers.” “There are very few Black people in science fiction,” Burton said. “I think it is important for Africans in America to see themselves as part of the future.” Ian Walker contributed reporting.

ideas beyond the city’s borders, inspiring her to create an exhibit that could “join conversations from other cities.” “Being in one space for a while, like here at Tyler, you get stuck in a bubble a little bit,” Herman said. “All of a sudden, taking a semester away from this, you start to think about how the conversation that you’re trying to be a part of is a lot bigger than you previously imagined.” But for some of the exhibit’s participants, this is a return to their old home, Herman said. “It’s such a wide net we’ve cast across the country and they all seem to have this connection back to Tyler,” she said. “They ask us all the time about their old professors. Some people, when they dropped their art off, went up to the offices to see their old teachers.” “Thinking of muscle memory has so many connections to things relative to the body and to music and performance and art-making in general,” she said. “It was kind of this catch-all for something so many of us understand in this certain way, or maybe just know happens.” @AmandaJLien

-Rachel McQuiston @thetemplenews




Coach O’Connor ‘never thought’ Dolan sisters would play for the same college Freshman midfielder Julia Dolan and junior defender Kelcie Dolan have both played in every game this season. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter During one of the Owls’ preseason fitness tests, junior defender Kelcie Dolan started to slow down. Her sister, freshman midfielder Julia Dolan, sacrificed her own finishing time to make sure she passed the test. “I just remember her yelling, ‘Grab onto my shirt, we’re making this together,’” Kelcie Dolan said. “We make sure to help each other out whenever we can.” “Everyone was just amazed by it,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. Through the first 11 games of the season, both Dolans have played in every game. Kelcie Dolan has started nine games, while Julia Dolan has started six. Julia Dolan didn’t waste any time making her presence known. She scored the overtime game-winning goal in the season opener against Fairleigh Dickinson University on Aug. 18. O’Connor, the Owls’ fifth-year coach, never had two sisters on the same team before this season. Frequently, siblings want to split up when they decide where to play in college, O’Connor said. “I never thought I’d have the chance to recruit both of them,” O’Connor said. “For whatever reason I didn’t

think they were going to both choose the same school.” While O’Connor planned to recruit Kelcie Dolan in 2014, his scouting of her younger sister happened more by accident. O’Connor saw Julia Dolan play while recruiting Kelcie Dolan at Absegami High School in Galloway, New Jersey. During Julia Dolan’s junior and senior seasons in 2015 and 2016, O’Connor witnessed her abilities develop while recruiting one of her teammates, freshman midfielder Emma Wilkins. “We knew we were going to need another young midfielder going into this season,” O’Connor said. “As soon as I heard from Kelcie that she’d love to have her younger sister on the team, I knew I wanted her because Julia’s level of play just kept grabbing my attention whenever I would see one of her games.” Julia Dolan hoped to stay relatively close to home, but she didn’t initially think about playing for the Owls with her sister. “I was actually really thinking about going to St. Joe’s,” Julia Dolan said. “It would’ve made us really big rivals.” Neither sister doubted if playing together in college was the right decision. But had Julia Dolan decided to play for St. Joseph’s, facing off against each other wouldn’t have been anything new. They spent their entire childhoods doing it. “Almost every single night, we’d go outside with our two brothers and play

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior defender Kelcie Dolan passes during the Owls’ 3-0 loss to Cincinnati at the Temple Sports Complex on Sunday.


RUSHING plays, but he finished the day with a net of seven yards because of a 24-yard sack he took in the first quarter. “When he’s out there running around, it gets him going a little bit more too,” Collins said. “So we did some more quarterback run game. Obviously, they were giving us the reads where we were handing it off, but if they had the D-end jet upfield, we had some things to counter off of it.” With just less than two minutes left and Temple trailing by seven, the Owls faced third-and-10 from their own 42yard line. Marchi pitched the ball to his left to Hood, who ran for no gain. Mar-

chi overthrew Armstead on the next play, and the Owls turned the ball over on downs. Temple started Saturday averaging 69.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked 127th out of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. As the Owls look for a more productive rushing attack, they’ll be without one of their tailbacks. Junior Jager Gardner did not play against Houston and will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, as first reported by WHIP Radio’s Tom Hanslin. Gardner averaged 5.8 yards per carry as a freshman and ran for two touchdowns last year. He only had two first-half carries on Sept. 21 against South Florida. Offensive Coordinator

CONOR ROTTMUND / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior running back Ryquell Armstead sprints downfield during Saturday’s 20-13 home loss to Houston.

JAY NEEMEYER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Julia Dolan awaits a corner kick in the Owls’ win against Mount St. Mary’s University on Sept. 3 at the Temple Sports Complex.

a sport with them,” Kelcie Dolan said. “It could be football, basketball, baseball, soccer. I would always team up with my older brother Mike, and Julia would team up with her twin brother Chris and we would just constantly go at it regardless of what we were playing.” Both Dolan brothers play college football. Mike Dolan is a senior wide receiver at Division-III Susquehanna University, and Chris Dolan is a freshman wide receiver at Division-II Millersville University. Though the Dolan family may be full of fierce competitors, even when they play amongst themselves, they can also be each other’s biggest supporters. “We definitely enjoy being teammates,” Kelcie Dolan said. “It’s a lot easier to stay motivated to work out or practice on your own when you always have someone like your sister to do it with.” “We also are so familiar with one another’s playing style that it just helps both of us on the field during a game,” Julia Dolan said. “Kelcie is a defender, so she can see more of the field and yell things out to me, and it’s not like the other defenders don’t do that, but it means just a little bit extra to have your sister helping you on the field.”

Dave Patenaude said the team will use Hood and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver and running back Travon Williams more in Gardner’s absence. Hood carried the ball eight times for 53 yards on Saturday. He recorded his highest rushing output since his 61 yards on Nov. 21, 2015 against Memphis. Williams had his first carry of the season. He got a first down on an 11yard sweep around the right end late in the fourth quarter. Wright didn’t have any carries against South Florida or the University of Massachusetts on Sept. 15. He went 2-for-3 on third-down wildcat runs on Saturday. Wright carried the ball six times and led the Owls in receiving with five catches for 53 yards. “You have to be able to go in and evaluate who is making plays for you, what’s going to give you the best opportunity,” Patenaude said. “[Wright] had done that through the first few weeks and so we tried to expand the package for him.” Collins said the offensive line felt “embarrassed” after Temple ran for negative four yards against South Florida. Temple had its best rushing performance of the season on Saturday, redshirt-senior guard Adrian Sullivan said. “It was exciting to see the second half, how we were able to run the ball, move the ball down the field and that’s the offense we want to be and that’s the offense we’re going to be,” Marchi said. “So being able to have guys see that’s what we can do, it’s exciting moving forward.” @Evan_Easterling


Geoff Collins won’t confirm if kicker will miss the rest of the campaign Senior kicker Austin Jones could miss the remainder of the season and claim a medical redshirt because of complications from a 2016 ACL injury, WHIP Radio’s Tom Hanslin reported on Saturday. Jones is not on Temple’s Above the Line depth chart for Saturday’s game against East Carolina. Coach Geoff Collins wouldn’t commit to ruling Jones out for the season during his weekly 10-minute availability on the conference’s coaches’ teleconference. “[Jones] has been banged up, we knew that going into it,” Collins said. “He’s been fighting through it. We’re constantly trying to rehab our kids to get them back.” Jones tore his ACL during a kickoff return last season against Memphis. Sophomore kicker Aaron Boumerhi filled in for Jones after the injury and finished the season 15-for-17 on field-goal attempts. Collins said at the start of the season Temple would rotate kickers depending on the distance of each kick. Jones hasn’t attempted a field goal longer than 37 yards this season, and Boumerhi has attempted every field goal of 40 yards or more. Boumerhi made a 41-yard kick and a 29-yard kick in Temple’s 20-13 loss against Houston on Saturday. -Tom Ignudo

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior kicker Austin Jones attempts a field goal during a scrimmage at Franklin Field on Penn’s campus Aug. 19.


Sophomore keeper earns AAC honor for third time Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Basileo earned selection to the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll for the third time this season. Basileo is coming off two games where she made a combined 12 saves. She earned a win in Temple’s 1-0 shutout victory against East Carolina last Thursday. The victory was the first conference win for Temple since the Owls beat Houston on Oct. 25, 2015. Temple will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to face the Tigers on Thursday. -Tom Ignudo


Assistant selected to play internationally in Guyana Temple assistant coach Katie Gerzabek earned selection to the 12-player U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team roster for the upcoming seven-team Indoor Pan American Cup tournament in Georgetown, Guyana. Gerzabek, a 2015 University of Maryland alumna, played four seasons for the Terrapins and started on Maryland’s Division I title-winning team in 2011. She joined the Owls’ staff in June 2015, six months before she competed in a tournament in South Africa. The United States, which is ranked No. 28 in the International Hockey Federation’s indoor rankings, opens play on Oct. 16 against Trinidad and Tobago. The team will play four more matches before it ends round-robin play against No. 9 Canada on Oct. 20. The tournament champion qualifies for the FIH World Indoor Cup in February 2018 in Germany. -Evan Easterling @TTN_Sports




Off-court music taste builds on-court chemistry Redshirt freshman Dana Westfield and senior Kyra Coundourides will see Fall Out Boy in concert on Oct. 29. BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter Dana Westfield didn’t know anybody when she joined the team last season. But it didn’t take long for the redshirtfreshman outside hitter to develop a relationship with senior setter Kyra Coundourides. Though Westfield was the team’s sole freshman in 2016, she wasn’t the Owls’ only newcomer. Westfield and Coundourides are deciding which members of Fall Out Boy to dress up as when they go see the rock band on Oct. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. “We’re going all out for this,” Coundourides said. “Literally when any Fall Out Boy song comes on we sing together.” Westfield didn’t play as a true freshman in 2016. She spent the season learning to transition into a position she “never had any real experience in,” she said, while also adapting to a new lifestyle away from home. “I don’t know if I was ready to play last year,” Westfield said. “Making that transition from playing high school to college and going to school, there was a lot of stuff going on.” Unlike Westfield, Coundourides already had plenty of college experience. Coundourides transferred to Temple last year after playing her first two collegiate seasons at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech, Coundourides played 221 sets. She used her experience and knowledge of the college game to help Westfield get settled. Every day after practices, Westfield said she stayed late for extra conditioning just to “be even” with the upperclassmen. Westfield was putting in the extra work, and Coundourides made sure to let her know that she was still a part of the team even though she wasn’t playing. “Last year was definitely a growing year for her being the only freshman,” Coundourides said. “It was hard because she was

brand new to the college experience and the college volleyball experience basically by herself. The one thing not only I tried to do, but everybody on the team, we just tried to make her feel included and let her know that we had her back.” The extra miles Westfield ran, weights she lifted and games she studied are starting to pay off. After watching every match from the sideline last year, Westfield has transitioned into her new role as a right side hitter. Westfield has 91 kills, which is second most on the team. The only player ahead of her is senior all-conference player Izzy Rapacz. “Dana’s definitely grown,” Coundourides said. “It makes me smile because she was really shy and timid last year. You could tell she wasn’t being herself and...she was nervous and everything. But this year, it’s definitely awesome to see her cheering and being that loud, funny Dana that she is.” Westfield and Coundourides grew their friendship during the 2016 season, and they learned they share some of the same music tastes. This is when the two started to bond over Fall Out Boy. They have never seen the band play live, but they said they enjoy singing songs together like “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” When they attend the Fall Out Boy concert, Coundourides wants to go dressed up as Pete Wentz, the band’s bassist. Westfield still doesn’t know who she wants to dress as. The bond Westfield and Coundourides have built off the court makes for a trusting connection on the court, Coundourides said. “It makes my job so much easier,” Coundourides said. “I know that if I’m out there and she makes a mistake, I can go up to her and make her laugh one time and just make her forget about it, trusting that she’s going to get the kill the next time.” “It’s fun to be out there and physically help [the team],” Westfield said. “I’m just happy to be able to play. It’s been nice to feel like I’m contributing more to the team.” @AustinPaulAmp

MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Dana Westfield (left) attempts to block the ball during the Owls’ win against Memphis on Sept. 24 at McGonigle Hall.



MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior Johnathan Condly races during the Temple Invitational on Sept. 1 at Belmont Plateau.


MISCUES shoulder and hit Bonner in the helmet after he dropped the ball. Houston gained 14 yards off the penalty and knocked in a field goal four plays later to take a 10-0 lead. Collins said the referees told him it was a helmet-to-helmet collision. But Johnson was shocked by the call. “I looked up and the flag was down, and I heard the referee and everything,” Johnson said. “It was like, ‘Wow, seriously?’ Even on the replay it was hard to tell. Those are never fun, and then again, the @TTN_Sports

Wave junior Emmanuel Rotich, who placed third at The American’s championship, finished first. On Friday, sophomore Grace Moore and junior Katie Leisher finished seventh and 17th respectively, both higher than Wichita State freshman Winny Koskei, who has been the Shockers’ leading runner. For the men, Steinsberger, sophomore Kevin Lapsansky, and freshmen Kristian Jensen and Anton Harrsen finished ahead of Aloiloi. Rotich finished in first place for the Green Wave. “Tulane was on the podium last year, a spot we feel like we could have been in,” Snyder said. “We always compare our times with other [American Athletic Conference] schools, but there is nothing like actually running against them.” Compared to last year, the balance between upperclassmen and freshmen in the program is closer to

refs have a tough job to do when it comes to do that.” Temple couldn’t establish a rhythm on offense early in the game. The Owls’ first six drives in the opening half either resulted in a punt or turnover. One drive started on their own 42-yard line. But early in the second quarter, Marchi completed two consecutive passes to sophomore wide receiver Randle Jones and redshirt-senior wide receiver Keith Kirkwood for a combined 31 yards and to position Temple in Houston territory. Two plays later, Kirkwood made an adjustment on a pass from Marchi on the sideline for a 30-yard catch, but it was ruled incomplete after review. The referees

ideal, Snyder said. On the women’s team, Pinson is the lone senior to go with eight freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors. The men’s roster has no seniors, one graduate student and five each of freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Pinson and junior Johnathan Condly both cite the balance as one of the reasons for this year’s success. In past years for the women’s team, former runner and current student assistant coach Blanca Fernandez earned high scores at meets, but they didn’t greatly improve the team’s overall performances, Pinson said. “Our team is much deeper than previous years,” Pinson said. “Blanca was winning everything, but as a team we never gave her much help. Now every girl here is ready to work and contribute, and that is something I haven’t seen during my time here.” Snyder said he altered his approach to the team’s training, and it made the team better. The runners had more time alone during their summers and used it to train harder

said Kirkwood’s knee landed outof-bounds while he made the catch. Marchi threw his first interception of the day to Houston junior safety Garrett Davis on the following play. Marchi had 182 passing yards, completing 20-of41 attempts for a touchdown and three interceptions. Junior safety Delvon Randall gave the Owls some life late in the second quarter with a diving interception on the sideline. But Marchi threw a ball into traffic intended for redshirt-freshman tight end Kenny Yeboah on the ensuing drive. The ball was tipped before Houston junior cornerback Isaiah Johnson came away with the interception.

than in previous years, Snyder said. In past seasons, Snyder gave his team standing breaks in practices. Instead, the Owls are using a jogging rest, which keeps blood flowing through the body and makes the start of the next exercise less shocking to the body. It is a more aerobic-based approach to keep runners strong throughout the season, especially for the men who run in 8,000-meter races. “We are incredibly strong right now,” Snyder said. “People are taking care of their work, we are as strong as we ever been and that is exactly where I want to be at the end of September if we want to make noise come championship season.” “There is a different kind of excitement with this team than previous years,” Pinson said. “For the returners, the goals have seemed lofty in the past, and now this season, we know we can achieve those goals.”

In two conference games, Marchi has completed 42.6 percent of his passes and thrown six interceptions. “You can always put it in a better spot,” Marchi said. “The responsibility is on me for that. I got to put a better ball on them. The one to Kenny, I could put a better spot on that. I just got to make good decisions.” Though Temple had mishaps early in the game, the Owls ran the ball effectively in the third quarter. The Owls used an uptempo approach on their only touchdown drive of the game. Redshirt-junior running back David Hood and junior running back Ryquell Armstead combined for 65 rushing @mjzingrone

yards on the drive. Hood scored on fourth-and-goal on a 1-yard forward pitch from Marchi to bring the Owls within 10 points. Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said the Owls can build off that drive. “Right now, it’s a growing process,” Patenaude said. “We gotta continue to grow them, and we can’t just have everybody jump off the ship and start being really negative because we have a young group that’s got to be able to learn. And come the end of the season, we’ll be much better than we are now.” @TomIgnudo @thetemplenews




Senior defender hopes for AAC recognition Mark Grasela leads the team in minutes and has a gamewinning goal and an assist this season. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter On Sept. 27, 2014, Mark Grasela assisted a goal in Temple’s win against Cincinnati. He wouldn’t assist another for three years. Now in his last season, the redshirt-senior defender feels like his career has moved too fast. “I’m definitely going to miss it, and I’m going to make sure that I enjoy it because it really does go by quick,” Grasela said. Grasela redshirted his freshman season in 2013 because he didn’t get any playing time. The Owls had a group of defenders, including four-year starters and twin brothers Nolan and Sawyer Hemmer, that only conceded 13 goals in 18 games. Grasela would be needed more once they graduated. Since then, Grasela has become an integral player on Temple’s back line. Grasela has been playing with a nagging foot injury this season, coach David MacWilliams said. “I think he’s a beast back there,” MacWilliams said. “He’s big, he’s athletic, he reads the game, he competes. I think he’s been one of our best players.” Last season, Grasela started all 18 games and logged 1,573 minutes, the fifth-highest total on the team. This season, he leads the team in minutes played and has started every game. Grasela’s desire to compete and his experience on the team led to him becoming a co-captain, MacWilliams said. He shares captaincy with redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Cagle, senior midfielder Brendon Creed and junior midfielder Hermann Doerner. Grasela’s contributions to the team this season have been documented on the stat

sheets and through awards. On Aug. 29, Grasela scored his first-career goal and the Owls’ only goal in their win against Villanova. He also recorded an assist on Sept. 27 against Penn State. “It’s always good to get the stats,” Grasela said. “I mean, being in the back, you can’t really do much. You’re kind of stuck there, so when you do get the opportunity and you do get the chance, it’s a good feeling.” For the week ending on Sept. 4, Grasela earned the Philadelphia Soccer Six Defensive Player of the Week award. Grasela and MacWilliams hope he earns recognition from the American Athletic Conference by the end of the year. “I think he’s one of the toughest defenders in our league right now,” MacWilliams said. “Mark has come a long way in the five years,” MacWilliams added. “I think Mark has really matured. His touches have gotten better, his decisions have gotten better, and I think overall his game has improved a lot.” Grasela hopes to continue to improve through Temple’s seven remaining games, including Tuesday night against Drexel. He also hopes the regular-season competitions are not the last games he plays. After Grasela’s redshirt season in 2013, Temple made The American’s tournament in 2014 and 2015, but it missed it last season. Grasela hopes the team can make the postseason again this year. But whether the Owls make the tournament or not, Grasela still wants to play at least at a semi-competitive level in the future. “I just love the feeling that you get when you’re playing,” Grasela said. “You pretty much forget about everything. You lose all the stress from school and all and family problems and all that, and you basically forget about it all and go play.” @CaptainAMAURAca JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela moves to gain possession of a throw-in during the Owls’ 3-0 win against Penn State at the Temple Sports Complex on Wednesday.


Former D-III player moves behind the bench Kenny Orlando assistant coached Temple’s club team in 2016-17 and is in his first season as Villanova’s coach. BY JOE EDINGER Club Ice Hockey Beat Reporter Kenny Orlando’s whole life has been based around hockey. The 24-year-old senior sport and recreation management major started playing at age 3, and his dad owns Hatfield Ice Arena, a rink in Colmar, Pennsylvania. After high school, Orlando played junior hockey, an

amateur level of hockey typically played between high school and college, for four different teams from 2011-14. For the 2014-15 season, Orlando accepted an educational scholarship to play for the State University of New York at Canton, a Division III school. Shortly into his time there, he suffered a concussion in practice that caused him to miss the rest of the season. He hasn’t played since. “Me and my teammate reached for the puck together, and I kind of bumped my head off of his shoulder and I immediately didn’t feel right,” Orlando said. Unable to play as concussion-related is-

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kenny Orlando, a senior sport and recreation management major and Villanova’s club hockey coach, instructs during the Wildcats’ game against Drexel University on Saturday at Hatfield Ice Arena in Colmar, Pennsylvania.

sues persisted, Orlando has turned to coaching. He assistant coached for Temple last season and is in his first year as Villanova’s club hockey coach. After Penn forfeited on Friday, he coached his team to a 6-1 win against St. Joseph’s on Sunday at Hatfield Ice Arena. Almost three years after his injury, Orlando still deals with vision issues and is working toward healing his eye by doing eye exercises and therapy. “I’m very easily overstimulated, whether it’s very bright lights or a crowd of people or too much going on at once,” he said. “I’m getting a lot better over the years, but it’s still very hard to process things like that.” After suffering the injury, he transferred to Temple in Fall 2015 as a sophomore, bringing him closer to his home in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Orlando said Temple’s club team welcomed him to skate and join the team. He soon realized that his symptoms lingered, and he stopped skating with the team. He never played a game during the 2015-16 season. But he still wanted to be involved. “I was almost like an assistant coach without the label,” Orlando said. “Kenny is somebody who I would always listen to for hockey advice,” said Patrick Hanrahan, a former club president who played from 2012-16 and has known Orlando since the two were about 8 years old. “He always understood the game in a different light, probably different than a lot of people see it.” Orlando officially earned the title after former coach Roman Bussetti agreed to bring him on as an assistant for the 2016-17 season. “The guys welcomed me even though I was friends with some of the guys outside

of the hockey team, and I knew that could have caused issues,” Orlando said. “But they seemed to be accepting of my position and realizing my health issues at the time. And they really did view me as a coach.” “He was honestly, and I can say this 100 percent, he was the most respected of our coaches on the team,” said Dan Nucero, who played from 2015-17. “More respected than our head coach and some of the older assistant head coaches. We considered him a teammate even though he was a coach.” After the 2016-17 season, Temple began a coaching search to replace Bussetti. Orlando prepared to sell himself for the job, but the club hired Mark Spease in April before Orlando’s scheduled interview. Orlando still wanted to continue his coaching career. He became aware of an opening for the coaching position at Villanova and won the job in August. Orlando describes his time at Villanova as a learning experience, but he feels that he was well prepared due to his past experience coaching at Temple. Orlando will coach against his former team on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 when Temple and Villanova play a home-and-home series at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia and Hatfield Ice Arena. He said “it will be a funny feeling” coaching against some of the players he tutored last season. Even though he is searching for internships in the sports management field, Orlando hopes he can coach full time. “Now that professional ice hockey has been taken away from me as a player, I would like to pursue it as a coach,” Orlando said. @JoeEd81 @TTN_Sports





Against Houston, ‘growing process’ continues Temple missed chances to score early in its loss to Houston on Saturday. BY TOM IGNUDO Assistant Sports Editor


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior running back Ryquell Armstead (right) drops a pass during Temple’s 20-13 home loss to Houston at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.


ogan Marchi tried to make a play. The redshirt-sophomore quarterback kept scrambling back until Houston junior linebacker Emeke Egbule sacked him for a loss of 24 yards. After starting their opening drive on the 50-yard line and reaching Houston’s 7-yard line, the Owls fell out of field-goal range and had to punt. The Owls’ miscues continued throughout the first half of their 20-13 loss at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. “When you’re playing a quality opponent like Houston, who’s one of the top teams in this league,

you gotta make sure you’re executing everything cleanly, playing as hard as you can,” coach Geoff Collins said. “And you can’t beat yourselves because they’re too good to end up beating yourselves on some silly things.” Late in the first quarter, Houston senior quarterback Kyle Postma’s pass to senior wideout Linell Bonner fell incomplete. Defensive coordinator Taver Johnson saw the ball hit the ground, turned away and went to call the next play. But once he turned away, Temple’s sideline erupted in frustration. Sophomore linebacker Shaun Bradley was penalized for targeting Bonner. Targeting is when “a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball,” according to the 2017 rulebook. Bradley led with his right



Snyder’s teams continue ‘special year’ as they prep for this month’s conference The Owls placed in the top two of their meet on Friday and will run in the American Athletic Conference’s race on Oct. 28. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore wideout Isaiah Wright (center), who had six carries Saturday, runs upfield in a loss to Houston.

After negative first-half output, run game produces positive gains in second half Temple ran for 150 yards in the second half of its loss to Houston. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor With less than five minutes left in the first quarter on Saturday, Houston sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver left the game with a knee injury and didn’t return, leaving the Cougars to replace the 2017 Associated Press Preseason All-American. Without Oliver, Houston still contained Temple’s rushing attack until the second half. The Owls (2-3, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) ended the first half with negative eight rushing yards on 12 carries before running for 150 yards in the second half of their 20-13 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. “We knew we were just really, really close in the first half from really breaking some big ones, and then it all came together in the second half in the run

game,” coach Geoff Collins said. Temple started its first third-quarter drive with four carries for 41 combined yards from redshirt-sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi and junior running back Ryquell Armstead. Then Temple ran the ball on four of the first five plays of its next offensive series. Redshirt-junior tailback David Hood carried three times for 29 yards before Armstead had a 20-yard run to move the Owls into the red zone. Hood ended the drive with a touchdown on fourth-and-goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. As they tried to make up their fourth-quarter deficit, the Owls ran the ball on key third-and-fourth-down plays. On third-and-2 from the Owls’ 46-yard line with less than 13 minutes remaining, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Wright ran three yards out of the wildcat formation. Marchi converted a fourth-and-2 four plays later. Marchi gained 31 yards on run


Coach James Snyder treated Friday’s Joe Piane Invitational as a benchmark meet. He wanted to see how his teams would fare against the American Athletic Conference rivals they’d face and if they’d stay consistent after winning their first two meets. The men finished first in a field of 20 schools, and the women placed second in a field of 25 at the event hosted by the University of Notre Dame. “The first day we started training together we knew this is going to be a very special year,” senior Katie Pinson said. “That is the first time since [I’ve] been here [that] the whole team felt that way.” When the men won the Temple Invitational last month, they claimed their first meet victory since 2012. The women have already doubled their win total from last year.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the men’s team eighth in the Mid-Atlantic region on Monday. Two other schools in the American Athletic Conference — Connecticut and Tulsa — are ranked higher in their respective regions. The women are ranked eighth in their region. Tulsa, which is ranked sixth in the Midwest, and Southern Methodist, which is ranked fourth in the South Central, are the only teams in The American ranked higher than the Owls in their regions. The Owls want to reach the podium at The American’s championship meet on Oct. 28. The men finished fifth in 2016 and fourth in 2015. The women finished eighth in 2016. The men will likely have to leapfrog Tulane in order to reach the podium. The Green Wave finished second at the conference meet last season. Temple competed against Tulane in September at the Temple Invitational. The Owls had nine runners finish before Tulane senior Moses Aloiloi, who finished eighth in the conference championships last year. Green


MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior Katie Leisher runs during the Temple Invitational on Sept. 1 at Belmont Plateau.





Redshirt-senior defender Mark Grasela leads the team in minutes and recorded his first assist in three years this season.

Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Dana Westfield is second on the team in kills and has bonded with a teammate over the band Fall Out Boy.

Sisters don’t usually want to play together in college, coach Seamus O’Connor said. This is not the case for Kelcie and Julia Dolan.

Coach Geoff Collins declined to confirm a report that senior kicker Austin Jones is out for the season, other news and notes.

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