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A watchdog for the Temple University community since 1921. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

STUDENT KILLED BY POLICE IN MIAMI Miami Beach Police shot Cariann Hithon on Sunday after she was “driving recklessly” and attempting to flee. BY GILLIAN McGOLDRICK AND KELLY BRENNAN For The Temple News


ariann Hithon, a transfer political science major, was fatally shot by Miami Beach Police on Sunday evening.

Hithon was taken to a hospital on Sunday night where she was later pronounced dead. Police are still investigating why the officer opened fire, the Miami New Times reported. The name of the officer who shot and killed Hithon has not been released. MBPD said Hithon was driving “erratically” Sunday evening. She drove her car into another vehicle, drove through a red light, hit another vehicle and attempted to drive away from the scene, but struck Officer David Cajuso, the Miami New Times reported.

The officer who was struck by Hithon’s vehicle initially was unconscious, but is now in stable condition. He sustained a head injury and possible internal injuries, the Inquirer reported. Hithon was celebrating her 22nd birthday in Miami, her father told CBS Miami. Hithon was from Bowie, Maryland and transferred to Temple in Fall 2017 from Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Virginia, according to her LinkedIn page. While at Hampton

University, Hithon was a member of the school’s honors college and participated in Sister-to-Sister, a mentorship program for empowering women. A video posted on Instagram shows a person, allegedly Hithon, sitting at the wheel in a black BMW with a male passenger. There is a dent on the hood of the car’s passenger side. The male passenger gets out of the car and as a police officer gets closer to the vehicle, Hithon drives forward and hits



Collins, players react to stadium Coach Geoff Collins said he saw renderings of a potential stadium during his interview process. BY EVAN EASTERLING AND TOM IGNUDO For The Temple News During his annual State of the University Address last month, President Richard Englert said Temple is still possibly pursuing the construction of an on-campus football stadium with retail and classroom space. Englert said the new facility would save Temple $2 to $3 million per year after its lease with the Philadelphia Eagles to play at Lincoln Financial Field ends after the 2019 season. The university currently pays $1 million per year to rent the Linc. The results of a $1.25 million feasibility study that began in February 2016 have not been made public. After the address, Englert told The Temple News there are “multiple” ongoing feasibility studies. The Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday

Whatever time frame it happens, we’re going to make the absolute best of it. GEOFF COLLINS FOOTBALL COACH

and likely discuss the stadium. The university has not yet made a decision, Englert told The Temple News after the address on Sept. 28. In February 2016, The Temple News asked incoming recruits for their thoughts on the possibility of the stadium. With more progress


KRISTOF PHILLIPS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Members of the Temple community gathered at the Bell Tower last Tuesday to remember the nearly 60 people who were killed in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. This is the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Reflecting on tragedy in Las Vegas Students, faculty and alumni felt the impact of the Las Vegas shooting on campus and across the country. BY PATRICK BILOW Copy Editor

The morning after a shooting in Las Vegas, William Ciancaglini didn’t recognize the city. The 2003 Beasley School of Law

alumnus was vacationing at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, blocks away from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where a shooter opened fire on a crowd at an outdoor country music festival on Oct. 1, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500 others. The Temple community, nearly 2,500 miles away, felt the impact of what is now known as the largest mass shooting in modern United States history. While walking on the Las Vegas Strip that night, Ciancaglini saw a small group of people running toward him followed by a larger crowd of hundreds,

all screaming and waving to run the opposite direction. “I heard the gunfire and people were yelling, ‘There’s a shooter,’ but nobody could tell where the shots were coming from,” Ciancaglini said. “People were being shoved into the streets, but the cars weren’t stopping and everyone was in a complete panic.” He said the next morning, the people who drank, ate and laughed were gone. Instead, he saw the aftermath of tragedy. When he heard the news about the


FMLA begins email campaign, meets with university The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance has been campaigning to remove Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor. BY WILL BLEIER For The Temple News

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple FMLA members gather in O’Connor Plaza on Thursday to protest its dedication to Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor and demand he step down.

Since unveiling its initiative to remove the name of Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor from his newly dedicated plaza and demanding his resignation from the Board, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance has started its “campaign of escalation.” The organization held a rally at O’Connor Plaza with other student and community organizations last Thursday. FMLA members also recently launched their email campaign

to President Richard Englert and met with Dean of Students Stephanie Ives to express their concerns. The organization teamed up with the Stadium Stompers, the Temple Young Democratic Socialists of America and the Socialist Students of Temple University for their event against O’Connor. “We’re in this for the long haul,” Martha Sherman, FMLA President, said at the rally on Thursday. “Temple does not want to listen to sexual assault survivors. They want to listen to donors, because donors give them shiny things. We’re here to tell them they have to listen to us because we are not going away.” Multiple FMLA members said they have sent their personal grievances to Englert as a part of the organization’s email campaign, which encourages students to express how the naming of O’Connor Plaza affects them.


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The medical examiner’s office confirmed a freshman’s death as a suicide last Thursday. Read more on Page 3.

A student wrote a Letter to the Editor asserting that O’Connor Plaza’s namesake is concerning. Read more on Page 4.

Some students volunteer with children who live in nearby affordable housing units. Read more on Page 8.

Sophomore linebacker Sam Franklin plays one of the “marquee” positions in college football. Read more on Page 16.




Parliament plans management of past resolutions There are no official plans by Parliament for how to deal with last year’s resolutions. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor

When Bridget Warlea was appointed Speaker of Temple Student Government’s Parliament last month, she inherited several resolutions that were passed at the end of last semester. Parliament, TSG’s representative branch, has only existed for one full semester. TSG’s constitution and Parliament’s bylaws give no specific guidance on how the Speaker should handle resolutions that were passed, but not acted on, in previous semesters. Right now, Warlea said her biggest concern is helping new Parliament members for the coming year than checking on the progress of past resolutions. “We haven’t really gotten there yet,” she said. “As we get more resolutions passed, we will create some kind of a system, maybe an ad hoc committee that could look over resolutions and see if they’re feasible.” Ad hoc committees are set up to complete a certain task. In this

instance, the committees could be set up to make action plans for resolutions that have been passed. If past resolutions are not acted on, it puts into question the efficacy of Parliament. Parliament was an initiative by former Student Body President Aron Cowen’s administration. Its purpose, still outlined on TSG’s website, is to “advocate for the voices of all perspectives” and “set the agenda for new and effective programs.” In Spring 2017, Parliament passed six resolutions, including one to explore a recovery housing option and another to encourage the university to shorten the mandatory wait time for sexual assault survivors’ hearings. All resolutions were passed in Spring 2017. Only a few resolutions were acted on by TSG last year and two were acted on before the spring semester’s end. “We would...look into securing Parliament’s legacy by looking into past resolutions, thinking of the various logistics like how long ago it was passed [and] what the community needs at the point in time,” Warlea said. Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes said he wants Parliament members whose resolutions were passed last


HITHON Cajuso. An officer who is out of the way of the vehicle then fires several shots at Hithon’s vehicle, which she later crashes her car into other vehicles on the street. A witness told CBS Miami that cops shot at Hithon “four or five” times. Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police President Bobby Jenkins released a statement on Monday defending the officer who killed Hithon, the Miami New Times reported.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Bridget Warlea, speaker of Temple Student Government’s Parliament, inherited resolutions passed at the end of last year.

semester to approach him to see what TSG can do to “make sure it comes to fruition.” “Parliament members all represent their constituency,” he said. “So if they brought a resolution that they passed last semester to us, we would do whatever possible to get that done because clearly that means students want this to happen.” Mann-Barnes said TSG would work with Parliament representatives, as well as students who want to see past resolutions come to fruition, on a case-by-case

“It is unfortunate that yesterday’s events ended in the loss of life, yet it is an officer’s duty to ensure the safety of the public under the imminent threat of harm from an individual,” the statement reads. The officer who shot Hithon has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident, the Inquirer reported. Police said the officer shot at Hithon “to prevent her from hitting other innocent people.” “We are saddened to just be learning of the death of Cariann Hithon, a transfer student majoring in political science,” a

basis depending on the feasibility of the resolution. No student has approached Mann-Barnes or his administration thus far about past resolutions. “It’s impossible for us to successfully do every initiative that every student wants because we don’t know about it,” he said. “But if it’s brought to our attention, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure that it can happen if it’s feasible and in our power to do.” Some of the resolutions passed last year were acted on by Cowen’s administration, like reducing wait

university spokesperson wrote in a statement to The Temple News. “As we gather more information and assess our community’s needs for support, we send our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.” Temple Student Government responded to Hithon’s death with a statement on Twitter to the student body. “TSG has been made aware of a tragic event in Miami, Florida that has claimed the life of one of our own,” the statement reads. TSG praised Hithon’s work with mentorship programs for community children before she transferred to Temple, among her other leadership positions.

times at Tuttleman Counseling Services. Tuttleman has since been moved to 1700 N. Broad St. from its former space in 1810 Liacouras Walk and received a 50 percent increase in space. Former Parliament representative George Basile is still working with university officials to implement recovery housing on campus, but is no longer doing so as a TSG representative, he said. Elections Commissioner Matthew Diamond is going to “stand by” another resolution passed last year that would allow Parliament to edit portions of the elections code, Warlea said. Warlea added she wants to ensure no resolutions go unheard by the executive branch this year, no matter when the resolution was passed. “If a resolution is something Parliament is passionate about and has passed, there shouldn’t be a reason to shut it down or block it,” she said. “That’s something that requires conversation with the people in charge.” Warlea will attend the Board of Trustees meeting with MannBarnes on Tuesday. @AmandaJLien

Hithon is the third Temple student to die in two months this semester. “This has been a painful semester, Owls. We know. We hear you. We see you. We support you,” TSG wrote in the statement. Students who are impacted by Hithon’s death are encouraged to go to Tuttleman Counseling Services and individual TSG members are available to talk in Student Center Room 244, according to the statement. @TheTempleNews


Educators weigh in on rising food insecurity rates Food insecurity rates among North Philadelphia children have tripled since 2006. BY MATTHEW McCANN For The Temple News In North Philadelphia, the food insecurity rate has tripled in the past 10 years among children. Researchers at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University have found that since 2006, food insecurity among children with parents who work at least 20 hours a week has tripled, said Mariana Chilton, a public health professor at Drexel and director of the center. In 2005, researchers at the center began tracking food insecurity by surveying incoming patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children on Erie Avenue between Front Street and Whitaker Avenue. On a national scale, food insecurity rates are getting better in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nationally, food insecurity among children has declined from 11 percent in 2008 to 8 percent in 2016. But across Philadelphia, food insecurity for children has risen from 4.6 percent in 2006 to 11.8 percent in 2016. And, for children with parents who work more than 20 hours per week, it has risen from about 3 percent to nearly 10 percent in that same time period. In Philadelphia, 25 percent of

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people — or one in four individuals — are food insecure. Alanna Bergman, an adjunct instructor and nurse practitioner at Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, said she has witnessed the increase in food insecure people through her work in the Immunodeficiency Center. Bergman, who had a baby a month ago, said she has been lucky not to have to worry about being able to feed her newborn. But she said some of the patients she sees struggle to provide food for their families. “I see patients in North Philly where parents are making sacrifices, like not eating so their kids can eat, or they’re feeding them really low-quality food like stuff off the Dollar Menu because that’s all they can afford,” she added. Bergman said she thinks schools are the most important place to start combating food insecurity. Children spend between six and seven hours at school each weekday, and many Philadelphia schools are responsible for providing at least one free meal to children per day. David Cohen, the principal at Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary School on Diamond Street near 15th, agreed with Bergman’s point. “Elementary schools definitely have a responsibility to feed children because if you’re hungry you really can’t concentrate,” Cohen said. “Even just being hungry, not starving, makes it incredibly hard to concentrate

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students at Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary School on Diamond Street near 15th receive free lunches. In 2016, all 699 students at Duckrey received free breakfast and lunch through federal programs.

because all you can think about is food. So imagine that happening regularly.” In 2016, 100 percent of Duckrey’s 699 students were eligible for and received free breakfast and lunch. “If you’re sitting there with a growling stomach you can’t learn,” he said. “This school has a responsibility to provide the kids with breakfast and lunch. It’s a basic need.” Many states are expanding their public school food programs to include breakfast, and some

states even require it for all students. Breakfast programs, Cohen said, are a good example of how schools are changing their food policies. “Breakfasts are done in the classrooms now, and I did that because when I had it in the cafeteria there was a stigma for students who came to breakfast to get the free food,” he said. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a higher education professor, attributes some of the increasing food insecurity rate to low wages, unemployment and

underemployment in the city. “It’s been really clear to me that a lot of people and a lot of families in North Philadelphia are struggling without enough money,” Goldrick-Rab said. “Anybody who cares about living in a community that’s healthy and happy and productive has a responsibility.” @thetemplenews




Temple pairs with Penn State to study health of seniors TUH is running exercise programs for elderly North Philadelphia residents who have broken a bone in the last 10 years. BY JULIA BOYD For The Temple News Temple University Hospital is partnering with researchers from the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in a $13 million study to see how effective exercise programs are in preventing the elderly from sustaining injuries and increasing their overall health. Professor and primary care doctor at the Hershey Medical Center Dr. Christopher Sciamanna is leading the 36-month trial, which is called “Working to Increase Stability Through Exercise.” This program will test if regularly scheduled exercise programs can strengthen participants’ bones or help prevent them from sustaining injuries if they fall. The study will also examine if the exercise program has an effect on mental health. “People over 65 must pay for things necessary to improve health,” Sciamanna said. “They pay for medicine but not exercise.” Temple’s location is also another factor as to why the trial is being conducted in the urban area. “Temple University brings a different population compared to what you would find in the middle

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University Hospital is offering exercise classes for North Philadelphia senior citizens who have broken a bone in the last 10 years to see if exercise will prevent future injuries.

of the state,” said Dr. Anuradha Paranjape, the site’s principal investigator who is leading the study at TUH. TUH enrolled 52 North Philadelphia residents over the age of 65 in the trial who have broken a bone in the last 10 years using hospital records to find participants, Sciamanna added. TUH hopes to enroll 200 patients in the trial. Across all sites, the program’s goal enrollment is 2,100 people with 900 at Pitt and the remaining

participants at Penn State. Participants of the study do chest presses, shoulder presses and bicep curls. They also utilize resistance bands that wrap around their knees and help with leg workouts. “Studies show that if people do strength training, they can double their strength in 12 weeks,” Sciamanna said. “Your ability to do things as you age depends on whether or not you choose to stay active.” All participants have access to

Student death ruled a suicide Richard Dalcourt, a freshman mechanical engineering major, fell from 1940 Residence Hall last Tuesday. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor Richard Dalcourt, a freshman mechanical engineering major, died last Tuesday after falling from a fifth-floor lounge window in 1940 Residence Hall. Dalcourt was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. The medical examiner’s office later ruled his death a suicide. Dalcourt was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, before coming to the university. He graduated from West WindsorPlainsboro High School North earlier this year, according to his obituary. “Rick was a quiet, kind and caring person, often going out of his way to help others. He had a witty sense of humor and was a lover of video games, action movies and his cat, Heart,” the obituary reads. Brandon Lausch, a university spokesperson, did not have any new information from the university, but described Tuttleman Counseling Services in an email to The Temple News. “Temple University cares deeply about students’ health and well-being,” Lausch wrote in an email. “Tuttleman Counseling Services offers a wide range of services in an atmosphere where students can feel safe and comfortable seeking help. Resources include individual and group counseling, psychiatric services, referrals and more. We encourage students to use these and other on-campus services at any time.”


A representative from Tuttleman could not be reached for comment. Instead, Lausch directed The Temple News to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website. President Richard Englert released a statement about Dalcourt’s death last Tuesday. He did not release another statement after Dalcourt’s death was ruled a suicide. Sarah Madaus, Temple Student Government director of communication, wrote in a statement to The Temple News, “TSG is in contact with the Community Council in 1940 Residence Hall about planning a vigil in memory of Richard Dalcourt.” Kevin Williams, director of University Housing and Residential

Life, declined to comment. In his obituary, Dalcourt’s parents urged others to learn about the warning signs of depression and requested people donate to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, which awards research grants to study mental illness. The last time The Temple News reported on an on-campus death was in February 2012 when Tobi Lim Sonstroem, a 2009 graphic design alumnus, committed suicide on Liacouras Walk. @_kellybrennan Editor’s note: News Editor Gillian McGoldrick is a resident assistant at 1940 Residence Hall. She played no part in the reporting or editing of this story.

the same exercise program. TUH has been communicating with other involved medical centers for updates on the trial’s progression. A database allows the medical centers to share data from the trials. In the TUH trial, volunteers have been leading the exercise programs at churches and local community centers. There are currently 10 locations of operation for TUH, including the Center in the Park community center in Germantown and a

Jewish Community Center in the Northeast. Paranjape said she hopes that the evidence found through the study will lead to changes in Medicare coverage, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older. The trial is funded by a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which is funded by the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. After the grant money is finished and the research is conducted, the program would fully rely on Medicare to keep costs low for senior citizens to continue. “The goal is to demonstrate that [the program] works, and then we will need a mechanism to pay for it,” Paranjape said. Sciamanna added that this program helps combat the “epidemic of loneliness in America” by offering older adults a place to socialize. “If we do strength exercises, we take 60-second rests, which allows everyone to make conversation and meet new people,” Sciamanna said. “We’re doing it to measure [the program’s] effect on loneliness and depression, and we’ve heard positive stories about the results.” “Fairly quickly, it becomes a new group of friends for people, and they enjoy their time together,” he added.


CAMPAIGN Junior environmental studies and political science major Elizabeth Olson is one of the people who wrote an email to Englert. “It’s an issue that is really important to me,” Olson said. “Sexual assault is a big topic on college campuses, and Temple has taken a lot of steps to speak out in support of survivors. … I think it’s an important issue they need to address, and they seem to be stepping around it a lot.” O’Connor defended former university trustee Bill Cosby in a 2005 civil suit against Andrea Constand, a former university employee who accused Cosby of sexual assault. University spokesman Raymond Betzner confirmed that Englert does receive and read his emails, but said he could not comment specifically on communications regarding O’Connor. Betzner referred to Englert’s statement to The Temple News last month, where Englert said O’Connor has a “staunch commitment to social justice and serving the needs of the most vulnerable persons in society.” FMLA started the hashtag #OConnorStepDown, which has been used more than 20 times on Twitter since the organization’s first action meeting on Sept. 26. The following day, the Socialist Students of Temple released a statement in solidarity with FMLA. “Temple’s mishandling of sexual assault and its reluctance to make significant changes should come as no surprise when the man at the helm of Temple University has defended Bill Cosby from facing justice,” the statement reads. @JuliaKBoyd

Dean of Students Stephanie Ives and Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa Powell met with FMLA to hear out students’ concerns surrounding the O’Connor Plaza dedication. Kayla Boone, FMLA’s public relations officer, said the discussions were productive. “We explained our perspectives to them, and they gave us an opportunity to give feedback,” Boone said. “We plan to have more meetings with those individuals and other organizations present.” Dean Ives wrote in an email to The Temple News, regarding future plans to convene again with FMLA, that “we agreed that an additional meeting with other representatives from the university would be helpful to ensure that FMLA is in communication with the offices and students who have been focused for years on the issue of sexual violence prevention.” Ives wrote that FMLA has not responded to the Office of the Dean’s request for an additional meeting. Sherman said she was happy with the traction the campaign is getting, but wanted to clarify her organization’s position. “I feel like the attention has been a lot on getting O’Connor off the Board of Trustees, and renaming the plaza...but we also want to be clear that we’re really committed to making sure that students have more resources on campus, students who are survivors of sexual assault and that’s a really important issue for us,” Sherman said. “If O’Connor steps down, but we lose resources, or we don’t gain resources we will still feel like our campaign hasn’t been successful,” she added. @will_bleier

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Help a community grieve The university should improve Tuttleman Counseling Services and educate about mental health on campus. Last week, the Temple community suffered a tragic loss. Richard Dalcourt, a freshman mechanical engineering major, died after he fell from the fifth floor of 1940 Residence Hall last Tuesday. The medical examiner’s office later ruled Dalcourt’s death a suicide. Before that, on Aug. 31, Temple lost junior film and media arts major Jenna Burleigh. Yesterday, we learned that Cariann Hithon, a political science and philosophy student, died on Sunday. The loss of Temple students has a profound effect on many individuals, most notably their family and close friends. Their deaths also send ripple effects through the entire Temple community. Temple students and faculty members need support from the university now more than ever, especially in the form of mental health awareness and counseling. Last week, The Temple News staff reached out to a university spokesperson to set up an interview with a representative from Tuttleman Counseling Services. We hoped we could get a mental health expert to help us understand the early signs of mental illness and suicide and point us to effective resources on Main Campus and in Philadelphia to share with readers. We wanted to report this information in hopes that it might help students struggling with their mental health in the future. But a university spokesperson declined to help us facilitate

this interview. Instead, he provided us with a general statement about Tuttleman Counseling Services — one that could be found on Tuttleman’s website — and the link to a website about the signs of mental illness. This silence on behalf of the university is striking, especially in the face of a mental health tragedy on Main Campus and other student deaths. Tuttleman Counseling Services has been criticized in the past for long wait times — last semester, students had to wait up to five weeks for an intake appointment. We understand that Tuttleman Counseling Services is overwhelmed with the daunting task of serving the mental health needs of nearly 40,000 students. When tragedy strikes the Temple community like it has multiple times this semester, that responsibility is heightened. The university should allocate more resources to Tuttleman Counseling Services so this responsibility isn’t so challenging to meet. At the very least, the university should make an effort to help The Temple News educate the community about the warning signs of suicide and mental health issues. Temple students and faculty are regularly expected to endure long wait times for mental health care. In the face of tragedy, the least the university could do is provide words of comfort or advice in the meantime.


Walk-in hours at Tuttleman Counseling Services are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. From Monday through Friday, a professional counselor at Tuttleman is always available for walk-in emergencies from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuttleman Counseling Services offers grief and loss group counseling sessions on Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The group aims to provide support and guidance on self-care during times of grief. To join the group, students must go visit Tuttleman during walk-in hours and attend a group screening appointment. Contact Tuttleman Counseling Services at 215-204-7276


Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-2738255. Psychiatric emergency services are available 24/7 at Temple’s Crisis Response Center at Episcopal Hospital. Contact the Crisis Response Center at 215-707-2577. Contact Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234.

CORRECTIONS A story that ran on Page B2 titled “Farmers Market: ‘Healthy Choices’ On Main Campus” misstated Gilles Rule’s name. It is Gilles Rule. 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.

Don’t discourage peaceful protest Suppressing protests from people like Colin Kaepernick is a violation of our right to free speech.


n Sept. 26, I saw a tweet from President Donald Trump that called for the National Football League to require professional players to stand during the national anthem. It read, “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our national anthem!” As a political science major and firm believer in free speech, this post concerned me. It’s unclear whether it will have any tanRACHEL BERSON gible effect. But regardless of the result, Trump’s proposition reflects a dangerous, anti-free speech attitude that counters American ideals. As a private organization, the NFL has a legal right to require players to stand during the national anthem. But Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality targeted at African-Americans is a peaceful expression of free speech — a constitutionally protected right. Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, sat during the national anthem during the 2016 preseason and sparked controversy. He ended his contract with the team in March. All Americans should be able to peacefully exercise their rights for the sake of social progress and exchanging perspectives. Morkeith Brown, a former defensive end for Temple’s football team, turned down a spot in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and chose to pursue a career at World Wrestling Entertain-

ment. He also spent 14 months in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Army. As an African-American who has dedicated his time to both his country and sports, Brown praised the efficacy of Kaepernick’s protest. “I think [he protested] at the perfect time,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of people who watch the NFL. If you want your message to be heard, you must do that in an area or time when it will be heard.” America was built on a foundation of protests. Throughout history, marginalized groups like African-Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community have pushed for equal treatment through peaceful protests. If we suppress political statements, we won’t see societal progress. Kourtney Thompson, president of the Black Student Union, said peaceful protest is vital to communicating a message. “Peacefully protesting things is more so about awareness, about making a change right now. … I think it opens up a lot of people’s eyes,” Thompson said. Despite the hostility and backlash over Kaepernick’s actions and those who have imitated him, Thompson said she thinks the response to this protest has a positive effect. “When you can see what someone does and see everyone’s reaction to it, you gain perspective, and you gain empathy on the group of people that decided to do something and why they decided to do it,” Thompson said. “Racism in America is complex to understand, and if you haven’t been in a place where you’re required to understand it, it’s very difficult to see where other people [are] coming from.” Many have tried to frame Kaepernick as anti-military or anti-American. But according to a report from the Washington Post, Kaepernick said, “I have great respect for the men and women

that have fought for this country… they fight for liberty and justice for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up.” Due to his race, veteran status and football experience, this issue is personal to Brown, and he supports Kaepernick’s perception. “It boggles my mind, because as a military personnel we cannot shoot unless shot upon… [but] innocent, unarmed black men and women are getting killed by police officers,” Brown said. “Something needs to be done.” Peaceful protests like Kaepernick’s shouldn’t be discouraged by the current presidential administration. People should be able to use any platform to reach out to fellow Americans. David Nickerson, a political science professor and staff adviser of Temple College Democrats, said Kaepernick’s protest effectively draws attention to the exact social issues he hoped to address. “I think that Kaepernick’s protest has done a lot to focus the attention of the nation on the issue of police shootings. If he had protested in other ways, it would not have received nearly as much attention,” Nickerson said. “The National Football League is the most popular sports league in the country, and protesting during the anthem is a way to get people’s attention.” Nickerson said Kaepernick has done “a great deal of personal sacrifice.” And I couldn’t agree more. He risked his career and image to stand up for what he believes in — by not standing up at all. It is up to us as Americans, despite our differences of backgrounds, alignments and opinions, to create an environment that encourages peaceful protest and political dissent for the sake of respectful social discourse.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A student writes that Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor’s name should be taken down. The university recently renovated Founder’s Garden and unveiled O’Connor Plaza, located on Polett and Liacouras walks. It’s located at the heart of Main Campus — named after Board of Trustees Chairman, Patrick J. O’Connor and his wife, Marie. A university press release said the plaza is “dedicated as a tribute to their lifetime of leadership and support of Temple.” But the reality is that O’Connor’s name does not belong in this sacred spot. Founder’s Garden is the burial site of our beloved founder, Russell Conwell. And our new, bronze owl statue represents our mascot — an ode to Temple’s early days when it was mostly a night school. This place reminds us of the university’s history and represents the beauty of our community and its future. O’Connor’s name casts an ugly and negative light on that. This is a man that defended Bill Cosby — our once most famous and now most infamous alumnus — in court. Cosby stepped down from the BOT after sexual assault allegations against him were made public. One of his accusers is Andrea Constand, a former Temple employee — one of our own. O’Connor’s defense of Cosby raised ethical questions due to his position on the BOT while legally representing a

former member. The president of the Temple Association of University Professionals asked O’Connor to step down in 2015. Instead, Temple allowed him to stay on the BOT and is now choosing to honor him. The optics are atrocious: all of Cosby’s alleged crimes are heinous. But as a Temple student, Constand’s story is especially disturbing. Everyone has the right to feel safe where they work and study, and Constand met Cosby because of their relations with the university. She worked with our women’s basketball team and met him through her job. Cosby, a university trustee, allegedly sexually assaulted her. Another BOT member defended him. Now, the university honors the defense. Whose side does it look like Temple is on — the abuser or the abused? How we handle O’Connor’s legacy at the university is crucial, especially now. Last month, Temple Student Government’s Communication Director Sarah Madaus said that TSG wants to “create an environment at Temple that will combat the perpetuation of rape culture, empower survivors and motivate bystanders to intervene in questionable situations while giving the tools and knowledge to change the culture on campus and nationwide.”

Something like this is a worthy goal, and honoring O’Connor is counterintuitive to that. The rights of victims are constantly being questioned and undermined. Last month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the White House has already begun the process of rolling back Title IX, which offers broad protections for victims of sexual assault. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, said they were “deeply disappointed in the decision to rescind existing policies on campus sexual violence.” As a campus that is participating in the “It’s On Us” campaign to combat sexual assault, we have to be more aggressive than ever in doing so. We have to counteract the perpetrators, defenders and enablers. Thus, it should go without saying what we as a university must do — remove O’Connor’s name from our campus.

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



The most valuable player A student describes what it’s like to watch her younger brother play flag football despite having cystic fibrosis.


henever I watch one of my little brother’s flag football games, it’s hard for me to stop tears from welling up in my eyes. I watch his little legs carry him across the field as fast as they can, as his teammates cheer for him. I pretend that the crisp, fall air is to blame for my stuffy nose, but it’s really the pride that comes with seeing my brother do things that doctors said he never would. Tommy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in utero, and I was 8 years old when he was born. We couldn’t bring him home from the hospital for three months, and during what felt like 1 million hospital visits, I realized I loved him so much that I began wishing it was me in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit instead of my innocent, brand-new little brother. Because of the severity of his disease, it was hard to picture him doing things that other kids do — like play sports. Cystic fibrosis causes persistent coughing and even lung infections and extensive damage due to a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs; It can be compared to breathing through a coffee straw constantly. This malicious mucus also develops in the pancreas and other organs, which prevents proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Because of his cystic fibrosis, Tommy acquired cirrhosis of the liver, which caused his spleen to enlarge. Even if he played a

BY JAYNA SCHAFFER no-contact sport, he’d have to wear a bulky spleen guard under his clothes and be extremely careful not to collide with anyone. At least, that’s what everyone thought. The day before I turned 15, my mom’s phone rang with a call that changed Tommy’s life for the better and gave my entire family a new definition of hope. And as night turned into the early hours of my birthday, I knew I had gotten the best gift of all: my brother, my best friend, was getting a liver donation from an anonymous young person who had lost their life. Now, I can’t begin to describe the chilling rush of emotions I get, as I sit on my pink camping chair and wave at my brother dashing down the field. I feel thankful for his donor, because I know that the most valuable player wouldn’t be on the field if it weren’t for them. I feel empowered by my parents’ bravery for letting him be active when I know they really want to encase him in bubble wrap to keep him safe forever. I even feel heartache for the kids who aren’t as fortunate as Tommy — who are still on the waiting list for a transplant, or whose cystic fibrosis is just too severe for physical activity. But, most of all, I feel humbled, because no matter how hard it gets for him to breathe, Tommy just keeps running down the field.

Contact sports are still out of the question for Tommy, and cystic fibrosis will always negatively influence different aspects of his life until a cure is found. But during his flag football games, I like to believe he’s purely living in the moment: focused on winning the game with his friends and not at all on the breathing treatments he’ll have to do when we get home. In a way, I think that seeing Tommy’s quality of life improve actually improved my own life. I’ll never be satisfied until there is a cure so that my brother and others who suffer from this vicious, progressive disease can find relief. But experiencing life with a brother who constantly defies the odds brings me a deep personal inner strength. Whenever I need confidence, I just picture Tommy on the field, and I know that nothing is impossible.

jayna.alexandra.schaffer@ @jaynaalexandra_




Former foster youth deserve assistance Temple is considering free housing for former foster youth — and it’s only fair.


On Sept. 17, 1990, Temple Police arrested seven graduate students in the Graduate Student Employees Association for protesting outside the president’s office for union recognition of their organization. The next day, students re-enacted the arrest on Main Campus. This week, columnist Rachel Berson wrote that peaceful protest should not be discourage by authority. She wrote that Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality during the national anthem is a peaceful expression of free speech, and it’s harmful for President Donald Trump to call for a mandate to stop it on Twitter.

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eople tend to ask me why I don’t look like my sisters, and I answer that question with pride: My family adopted them from Guatemala. They became a permanent part of our family when I was 6 years old. My sister Sarah was just 1 year old, and Kimberley was only 6 months old. I can’t help imagining how hard their lives may have been if they stayed in the foster care system in Guatemala, which is similar to the American system except the process is longer. But Temple is up with CHRISTINA MITCHELL partnering the University of Pennsylvania Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research to make college more accessible to former foster care youth by granting free housing to them over academic breaks. This is an important act for Temple to counterbalance the struggles of disadvantaged young people. I am proud to attend a university that’s working toward this. Not all children in the world are as lucky as my sisters to find forever homes so soon or at all. As of Sept. 30, 2015, about 428,000 children were served by the American foster care system, according to a 2015 report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Of this number, 2 percent, or nearly 8,500, of these children were 18 years old — the college-entering age. Adolescents in foster care have neither the financial stability nor the same resources as children who grow up in middle- to upper- class families. College is an unattainable fantasy for them. As a result, foster children are more likely to be unemployed or work minimum wage jobs. “You have a boxed mindset that you belong to a certain place and that’s the only place you feel comfortable with,” Korrie Keo, a former foster care youth, told The Temple News last week. “You are basically

a prisoner of your own brain.” Temple, Cabrini College, West Chester University and the Community College of Philadelphia are all involved in offering former foster care youth housing during academic breaks, and their first meeting will be on Wednesday. “The program is still in the works,” said Harold Brooks, Achieving Independence Center’s education services coordinator. “But we are working toward it becoming a reality in the future.” “The purpose of the meeting [Wednesday] is to hear students address the issue,” Brooks added. The average cost of Temple housing was $7,540 in 2016-2017, while room and board added up to $11,426. Some students choose to live off-campus, but the cost of utilities and other living expenses are still a hassle. This is a conflict especially for students who come from a complicated financial situation, like foster youth. “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,” Sarah Wasch, the Field Center’s program manager told The Temple News. The average family struggles to put their child through college, and students are burdened by crippling loans after they graduate. Pennslyvania has the highest average student debt per borrower in the nation at $35,185, according to the Washington Examiner — a newspaper focused on politics. So students exiting foster care at the age of 18 do not have many options financially. It is important for Temple to ease their hardship. We should be doing whatever we can as a community to make sure these young people don’t end up in the streets. “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.” Not much information on the new program is available yet, but it is gracious that Temple is listening to the voices of those who may not always feel prioritized. Although the policy is not officially enacted, it is a step in the right direction. And I’m hoping that Temple will become the 76th university in the U.S. to offer this kind of program.

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TAUP ratifies new contract with the university The university’s faculty union, Temple Association of University Professionals, ratified its constitution last week. The university and TAUP came to a contract agreement about a month ago, and the next step was for TAUP’s now 2,800 full- and part-time faculty, fulltime librarians and academic professionals to ratify the contract. About 97 percent of union members approved the contract, according to a release from TAUP. The contract will go into effect if the Board of Trustees votes to adopt the contract at its meeting on Tuesday. TAUP and the university negotiated the terms of the contract for more than a year. If approved, adjuncts would receive a $125 raise, making the minimum earnings $1,425 per credit hour this academic year. In 2018-19, the contract would add another $75 raise, making the minimum $1,500 per credit hour. Adjuncts voted to join TAUP in December 2015, which then represented about 1,300 full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals, like lab technicians and academic advisers, in schools that enroll undergraduate students. - Julie Christie

Attendance for open houses, tours increased this summer The university had 300 more prospective students visit Main Campus in September than last year. BY LINDSAY BOWEN For The Temple News

The number of prospective students visiting Main Campus increased during the summer, which is usually Main Campus’ slowest time of the year. But Karin Mormando, director of Undergraduate Admissions, said the department is coming off a very busy summer. “There are definitely bumps in visitor activity,” Mormando said. “September is usually really quiet for us, but it was actually really busy compared to last year.” In September, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reported 1,245 daily visits to Main Campus, which is 300 more visitors than in September 2016. Temple received more than 36,000 applications for the Class of 2021 by March 1. This was the fourth year in a row Temple broke its record for received applications.

It is too early to determine if the university has received a higher number of applications for the Class of 2022, Mormando said, because only 5 percent of the application pool has been submitted. The Early Action deadline is Nov. 1 and the Rolling Admission deadline is Feb. 1. Main Campus tours and information sessions run every weekday, year round. There are two information sessions and tour times every day: one in the morning at 10 a.m., and another in the afternoon at 2 p.m. On Tuesdays, there are special visits for transfer students. On top of daily tours during the week, there are select Saturday preview days and two fall open houses. In all of these events, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has seen an increase in attendees. Mormando said Experience Temple Day is the most highly attended event for prospective students, with four dates in early 2018 after many acceptances have been sent out. The event is for accepted students and their families to attend information sessions about Temple and its schools and colleges. There were 3,100 students who attended the February Experience Temple Day earlier this year. Kevin Zabel, a sophomore

advertising major and Owl Ambassador who leads tours, said he noticed the increase in visitors. “I feel like there definitely are a lot more [people on campus],” Zabel said. “It really is seasonal. ... Over the summer we can easily do two or three tours a day.” When high schools are out of session, tours increase by more than triple, and tour guides could give up to eight tours at a time, he added. Tess Fordham, a 17-year-old prospective student from Abington, Pennsylvania, went on a tour with her high school on Sept. 29. “It’s a lot different than I expected,” Fordham said. “It’s a really positive atmosphere with a bunch of students. The buildings are really modern.” The Early Action deadline of Nov. 1 serves as an early indication of application numbers for the year, Mormando said. The Undergraduate Admissions Office expects to see increased application activity before the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline. @lindsay_bow

TAUP releases faculty stadium survey results A survey conducted by Temple’s faculty union about the university’s proposed on-campus stadium showed a majority of faculty did not approve of the stadium. More than 500 members of the Temple Association of University Professionals, which represents 2,800 fulland part-time faculty, full-time librarians and academic professionals, responded to the survey according to TAUP’s website. About 68.2 percent of respondents did not approve of the stadium, 8.4 percent said they were neutral and about 23.6 percent said they were in favor of the stadium. More details and breakdowns of the data are outlined on TAUP’s website. - Julie Christie

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jackie Kausch, an Owl Ambassador, concludes a tour of Main Campus at Paley Library for interested high school students and their parents on Oct. 3.


Professors can monitor student activity through Canvas Professors can see student analytics, like how often a student logs into Canvas and what files they’ve opened. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN For The Temple News

Temple’s switch to Canvas this semester allows professors to monitor how much time students spend on the learning management system’s site with student analytics features. Professors can see data about their students, like how much they interact with the class page, the last time individual students logged into Canvas and if they are viewing content like online readings and videos. The university began its transition to Canvas this fall with plans to completely phase out Blackboard by Summer 2018. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is responsible for training faculty

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members on how to use Canvas. CAT is still in the process of training professors on more advanced features like student analytics. Stephanie Fiore, the senior director of CAT, said it’s been proven that students who spend more time on a learning management system will get better grades. “Students who interact with the LMS course more regularly and more proactively do better,” Fiore said. “And that makes sense, because they’re basically spending more time in the course.” A 2013-14 study by John Fritz, the associate vice president of instructional technology, at the University Of Maryland, Baltimore County, found students who used a learning management system were about two times more likely to earn a C or better in their classes than students who didn’t. Blackboard, which about 60 percent of professors are still using, also has student analytics features. But these features are limited: professors can only see the last time a student logs into Blackboard and which students download files from their Blackboard pages.

Many professors who use Canvas don’t use the student analytics features, but said they would once they are acclimated to the learning management system. Jonathan Scott, a finance professor who uses Canvas, said he’s intrigued by the learning management system’s student analytics features, but doesn’t use them actively. “It would be incredibly helpful if a student came in and said they were having a problem with the class and they haven’t downloaded anything,” Scott said. “If they don’t read, it’s going to be difficult for me to have a lot of sympathy.” Some students, many of whom were unaware that professors could see their information, said they are uncomfortable with these features. “I think it’s good that professors can see what we’re doing to some extent, but that seems a little creepy,” freshman media studies and production major Justin Addison said. “My privacy needs to be respected.” Rachel Higgins, a junior biology major, said a student’s performance shouldn’t be

judged by how often they log onto an LMS. “Some students can produce the same quality of work doing only some of the reading or being very last minute,” Higgins said. “It doesn’t evaluate the student on a personal level.” Fiore said professors have easily adapted to the switch, with 40 percent of courses on Canvas this semester. “We think faculty have really been enjoying using it,” Fiore said. “Forty percent of courses...was a much higher percentage than expected.” Students have reported to the CAT that they also like Canvas’ interface, she added. Students said they like the grades page, which shows their grades for all of their assignments, and allows students to see how their grade will be affected by estimated future scores. “[My] students have nothing but good things to say about [Canvas],” Scott said. “Ultimately, I think that’s what matters.” @BiedermanAlyssa @thetemplenews




MARC LAMONT HILL’S CHANCE TO ‘RETURN HOME’ The CNN commentator will teach Media Studies and Production courses in the spring. BY EMILY SCOTT Features Editor


arc Lamont Hill became an activist because he loves Black people. He fostered love for his community while growing up in both North and West Philadelphia neighborhoods. He also realized how uncomfortable he was with the way African-Americans were being represented in both the media and academia. It was classes Lamont Hill took at Temple like The Black Woman in the Africology and African American Studies department that opened him up to new possibilities and knowledge, like Black feminist thought. “I knew that whatever work I did...whether it was as a high school teacher, a professor, a researcher, a media personality, was to put a spotlight on them in a way that would allow them to speak for themselves,” he said. The 2000 education alumnus — also a former urban education professor — will return to the Klein College of Media and Communication as the first Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions. This is the college’s first endowed chair. Steve Charles, a member of the Board of Trustees and 1980 radio, television and film alumnus, endowed $2 million to create the chair in 2016.


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Marc Lamont Hill, an education professor and a CNN commentator, spoke to students on Friday in the Student Center at a Temple Students for Justice in Palestine event.


Boyer student honors composers of color Samuel Nebyu released an album in the spring featuring songs by African classical composers. BY NATASHA CLAUDIO For The Temple News

MARY RAGLAND / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ana Vizcarra Rankin, a 2010 art history alumna, works out of her studio in Kensington. Vizcarra Rankin is showing her exhibit “Time/Scale” at the Brandywine River Museum of Art until Nov. 5.


Through maps, alumna addresses climate change A 2010 art history alumna makes large, colorful paintings and collages of world maps and constellations. BY MARY RAGLAND For The Temple News

The walls of artist Ana Vizcarra Rankin’s art studio in Kensington are covered in a collage of world maps and stars, each made from layers of graphite, oil paint and even coffee. Some are finely detailed in cool pastels,

while others burst with contrasting colors like cobalt blue and bright yellow. Vizcarra Rankin, a Uruguayan-American artist and 2010 art history alumna, has her first solo museum show, “Time/Scale,” at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The show runs through Nov. 5. “It is my first time having an entire museum gallery to fill up, all for me,” she said. “It’s a dream come true. Through large paintings and hand-made collages of constellations and world maps, “Time/Scale” explores space and time and


Walking down the streets of Brussels with his mother at age 6, Samuel Nebyu spotted a picture of a violin. “I want that,” Nebyu said to his mother. “Do you know what that is?” she said. “No, but I still want it.” And that’s how Nebyu’s love of the instrument began. Now, Nebyu is a first-year violin performance graduate student. He left his home in Belgium at 18 years old to study violin performance at Temple, and he completed his undergraduate degree last May. In Spring 2017, Nebyu also released “Violin Gems from Black Composers,” an album celebrating African classical composers. Nebyu comes from a Jewish-Hungarian and Ethiopian background and became interested in African classical composers after learning how underrepresented they are in the industry. The CD was produced with the help of Boyer Dean Robert Stroker. Bethany Brooks, a pianist who studied collaborative piano and chamber music at Temple, was also featured on the album.

The recording took two weeks at the Boyer recording studio in Presser Hall. The design of the album cover resembles the red, black and green Pan-African flag, which is also known as a symbol of the Black Liberation Movement. The entire album took about a year to produce. Nebyu, whose parents are both musicians, spent the majority of his childhood playing classical music. He was born in Hungary, but moved to Beijing as a baby, and lived there until he was 5. From ages 6 to 18, Nebyu lived in Belgium, and studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He also was a residential musician for several years at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, a Belgian school for training young musicians. Nebyu said he was a “terrible kid” — he once angrily kicked a football and broke all the lights in the room. “The violin calmed me down,” he said. In 2012, Nebyu met Eduard Schmieder, the artistic director of strings at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, at a music festival in Belgium. Schmieder told Nebyu about Temple, and ultimately was the reason he decided to come to the United States for his higher education. Schmieder also introduced Nebyu to African classical music when he was pursuing his undergraduate degree. Schmieder






DREAM Program mentors from Temple meet with North Philadelphia children every Friday evening.

A film and media arts alumnus helped write screenplays for films like “The Conjuring” and most recently, “It.”

The annual Midtown Village Fall Festival closed off several blocks in Center City on Saturday.

An architecture professor discussed TV shows’ impact on how people perceive architecture.




‘One big family’ of students for North Philly youth The DREAM Program Temple University pairs student mentors with children from affordable housing complexes. BY IAN WALKER Assistant Features Editor In a grassy lot on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue last Friday, Will Davis lobbed a ball at 8-year-old Tymir Morris. Grasping an oversized, foam baseball bat, Morris struck the pitch and raced across the grass, tapping different points on the ground with his foot before rushing back toward the sidewalk. “Third base, fourth base, home run!” Tymir said. Davis, a sophomore English major, is Morris’ mentor from DREAM Philadelphia, a branch of the Vermont-based nonprofit that provides recreational opportunities for children living in affordable housing. Since its creation by Dartmouth College students in 1999, the organization has expanded into Boston and Philadelphia. The DREAM Program Temple University supplies volunteers for the three North Philadelphia sites. Each Temple student “mentor” is paired with a “mentee” to befriend and advise throughout the year. Opened in November 2013, the Philadelphia staff office is located in the basement of Cecil B. Moore Village, a 34-unit affordable housing complex on 16th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. DREAM hosts programming at three other sites in the city, including the Beckett Life Center near Jefferson on 16th Street and in West Philadelphia and Fairhill, a neighborhood northeast of Main Campus. Tymir, along with eight other children ages 5 to 17 who live in Cecil B. Moore Village, gather at the apartments each Friday for different recreational activities — like basketball, craftmaking and icebreaker games. They also go on monthly trips. This fall, the group plans to attend the Avenue of Treats, an annual trick-or-treating event held by businesses along Cecil B. Moore Avenue, and kayak at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County. Davis learned about the program from his older brother, who also volunteers at Cecil B. Moore Village. Once he met the children for the first time, Davis said he felt he had to stay. “These kids, I swear they feel like little siblings,” Davis said. “Especially when we’re all together, it’s like one big family.” Beyond the weekly group meetings on


VIOLIN felt that classical composers of color, particularly those of African descent were underrepresented. “I thought it would do justice for these great composers if they would be heard,” Schmieder said.

Fridays, Davis said he often meets with Tymir in more personal settings. When Tymir is available over the weekend, Davis will bring him to his older brother’s apartment to play video games and talk about his goals. He said these one-on-one sessions allow for greater personal connection. “Tymir first told us he was trying out for football,” Davis said. “He was really excited about that, that’s all he would talk about.” “Also, he seems to be enjoying school as well,” he added. For Davis, working with DREAM has taught him to remain patient while working with children. Jasmine Hassan, the Cecil B. Moore Village site cochair and vice president of The DREAM Program Temple University, agrees they have to cater to children of varying ages and personalities, but said the children’s socioeconomic disadvantages do not translate to bad behavior. “A lot of people will think that like the kids are violent or they’re like nasty,” said Hassan, a sophomore early childhood education major. “In my experience, the kids are great. It’s just the experiences that they’ve had, and the environments that they’re unfortunately put in, makes it seem like they’re going to be really aggressive.” Hassan said DREAM offers the children otherwise impossible experiences given their lack of resources. Last spring, the group camped overnight in Nockamixon State Park for their High Adventure trip, an annual event that exposes the children to experiences outside of their “comfort zone,” according to DREAM’s website. During the trip, the children experienced boating for the very first time, Hassan said. “They saw the lake and were like, ‘Whoa!’” Hassan added. Hassan’s mentee, Anthony Jones, 17, said he had avoided previous nature trips but was ultimately convinced to attend by Hassan. In the end, camping became his favorite activity of the program. “I’m not really an outdoor person,” said Jones, a junior at Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia. “Well, now I am because of my mentor Jasmine.” As a participant in DREAM for the last three years, Jones said the program has helped him deal with daily stress and more difficult issues, like the loss of his cousins. Although he’s sad to begin his last year in the program, Jones said he plans to become a mentor himself next year. “It makes me wanna cry, but I’m happy at the same time ’cause I have so many memories,” Jones said. @ian_walker12

Schmieder told Nebyu he thought a good way to better represent African composers would be through an album. “There’s this totally different side of music that is just unknown,” Nebyu said. “And people just kind of brush [African composers] to the side, and I thought that bringing it up like this could be very beneficial for many different reasons.” Nebyu found searching for composers was difficult because of how

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore English major Will Davis pitches to Tymir Morris, an 8-year-old Cecil B. Moore Village resident.

OLIVIA O’NEILL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jess Martin, a senior graphic design major, plays with a mentee from the DREAM program on Friday.

underrepresented people of color are in the music genre. He hopes that through this album, people will become more interested in classical music and specifically composers of color. He even admitted to being unaware of this side of classical music until Schmieder introduced him to it. “I found very interesting composers of color who composed very good compositions for violin,” Schmieder said.

VEENA PRAKRIYA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Samuel Nebyu, a first-year violin performance graduate student, plays a rendition of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Louis Armstrong in Rock Hall’s Green Room on Oct. 1.

“But these pieces were not performed for some reason. I thought it would do justice for these great composers if they would be heard.” One of these composers, Joseph Bologne, le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was given the nickname “Black Mozart,” and was considered Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s nemesis. Saint-George was an 18th-century French composer of African descent that piqued Schmieder’s interest. Saint-George and Samuel ColeridgeTaylor, an Afro-British composer from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are just some of the songwriters featured on the album. Nebyu did research after hearing about Saint-George and Coleridge-Taylor and found many other African composers. “I tried to get as much repertoire as I could,” Nebyu added. Schmieder feels that if more people listen to classical music, representation would be better. “The complexity of it, and the beauty of its appeal to the human soul, it is so great,” Schmieder said. “In my experience when people are introduced to it, they start to love it.” After he finishes at Temple, Nebyu wants to ultimately travel and perform his music around the world. Last summer, he performed in New York, Los Angeles, Tuscany, Italy, and Salzburg, Austria, while on tour with the iPalpiti Artists International, a nonprofit orchestra made up of early career musicians. Schmieder is the orchestra’s conductor. “I like to see places, I like to meet people, and that is what I like to do with music,” Nebyu said. @thetemplenews




Alumnus helps write ‘It’ script Gary Dauberman, a 2002 alumnus, also contributed to “The Conjuring” series. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Gary Dauberman’s fascination with horror extends back to the era of VHS tapes. “Horror always seemed to be the most interesting to me,” he said. “Even the boxes on the VHS rental tapes in Blockbuster when I was a kid grabbed me in a way other genres didn’t.” Dauberman, a 2002 film and media arts alumnus and Delaware County native, wrote the screenplay for “It,” a 2017 adaptation of the Stephen King novel which has grossed more than $300 million in theaters across the country. He previously wrote “Annabelle,” a 2014 spin-off of the “The Conjuring” based on a haunted vintage doll. Set in 1989, the film follows a group of kids who join together to fight a shape-shifting demon, which takes the appearance of a clown named Pennywise. A planned 2019 sequel will depict the children as adults 27 years later, which was originally included in the book. Dauberman got his start in screenwriting in his teen years when he realized his dream of becoming an animator wouldn’t pan out. He used to write short, animated stories. “I wasn’t really good at art,” he said. “That’s when I started to dive into writing more and more, but it wasn’t until my later teens that I really started to understand what screenwriting was and that this could be a job. Temple really opened that up for me.” After two years at Delaware County Community College, Dauberman transferred to Temple, where he began to hone his craft, turning a hobby he used to do on weekends into his fulltime area of study. “I kind of lived at the film and media arts building,” he said. “All I did was take those classes, as many as I could. Suddenly, the things I was doing in my spare time and what I wanted to do, I could treat it more like a job. It was an education.” Before coming to Temple,


PROFESSOR Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator and international social justice activist, currently teaches in a secondary appointment position in the College of Education, where he previously taught 12 years ago. He’ll start teaching classes on media culture and diversity in the Media Studies and Production department as part of the endowed chair in the spring. Lamont Hill added that this position will allow him to make connections through the media to issues in Philadelphia, like gentrification, mass incarceration, addiction and public schools. “I want to try to help students think through these relationships of what they see in the media and the structures and institutions and identities that circle around this stuff,” Lamont Hill said. On his return to Temple, Lamont Hill said he wanted to be in Philadelphia, the city he grew up in. Prior to this position, he was an African American studies professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the school he attended for one year during his undergraduate degree before transferring to Temple. “This was an opportunity to return home,” he said. Lamont Hill said he’s seen how much the university has changed over the last decade. When he was a student in the late ’90s, he remembered more people from his high school going to Temple. Today, he said it seems fewer people from the city are attending the university and more students are coming from the suburbs.

Dauberman wrote “the occasional short story,” but didn’t start seriously writing until he arrived at the university, he said. After a summer interning in Los Angeles through a Temple study away program, Dauberman decided he could make a career for himself on the West Coast. “It’s almost like, you don’t want to allow yourself to dream that big,” he said. “But then screenwriting just became the only thing I knew how to do.” After he graduated, Dauberman spent the next nine months saving up to move across the country to Los Angeles, where he began screenwriting and pitching different horror films to studios and directors. “The first screenplay I wrote was my love letter to movies of the ’80s,” he said. “And one of those [favorites] was ‘Big Trouble in Little China,’ which has some horror elements that I loved, so [my first screenplay was] kind of a shameless ripoff of that.” He returned to the 1980s theme years later while working on the script for “It.” He first read the novel at age 12, so he felt that decade was the logical place to revisit the story. “I grew up in the ’80s,” he said. “And there are some things that are true for every decade. In this case, it was bullying.” A script for “It” had already been written, but when Dauberman was hired to help rework the script, he thought the other writers made “the right call” in choosing that specific decade. The original “It” movie was set in the ’50s. When junior film and media arts major Ryan Nilsen first watched the film, he said he loved the shift in time because it meant the second half of the story would occur in a contemporary setting, rather than in the 1980s as was originally depicted in the novel. This change, coupled with the script’s emphasis on character development, helped Nilsen recognize the potential in horror films for compelling storytelling, he said. “I thought the horror genre was a lazy genre, ’cause it’s all scares,” Nilsen said. “It takes a good movie like this one to make you realize it’s not that. … You can make a horror movie that has a really awesome story and also supplies the thrills that people want from a horror movie.”

Allan Barber, a film and media arts professor, remembered Dauberman from his time as the faculty supervisor of the Los Angeles Study Away program. In his undergraduate years, Dauberman, known as “Chip,” was a “strong, talented student,” he said. “He was very verbal, always participated in class and very genial,” he added. “He was sort of the glue, socially, with the students that were out there as interns.” After seeing the box office figures for “It,” Barber said he emailed Dauberman with his congratulations. “He actually responded saying we needed to get together someday,” he said. “Certainly, when I have a student who’s received an honor of any kind like this, I’m always very proud.” Dauberman’s favorite part of filmmaking is the creative collaboration among writers, directors and producers. During the production of “Annabelle,” Dauberman began participating in the production process, he said. After sitting in the editing room and watching reactions from test audiences, he said he’s become more mindful of how his scripts translate onto the screen. “Horror is like comedy,” he said. “It has a sense of rhythm. There’s some things that work great on the page that don’t work great when you’re watching with a test audience. You think, ‘Oh, I thought that was going to play well and it really didn’t.’ That was an eye-opening experience and a game-changer for me in terms of how it affected my writing.” When Dauberman isn’t writing or traveling with film crews to places like Romania, where his upcoming film, “The Nun,” was shot, he’s at home with his wife, 4-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. “I don’t think [my daughter] quite understands what I do,” he said. “But my son loves it. He’s just like me, always seemed to gravitate more toward the scarier stuff and the creative process in general.” “It’s really cool to see that and encourage that,” he added. “That tops it all, when you see the reactions of your own kids.”

“As [Temple] has become bigger, more well resourced, more ambitious in its expansion plans and more decentralized, you have real squandered opportunities to engage the community differently,” he said. Linn Washington, a journalism professor, was on the committee that reviewed the candidates for the Media, Cities and Solutions chair. He said Lamont Hill’s scholarship made him a great fit for this position. “He does work from East Harlem to the Middle East,” Washington said. “He’s looking at issues of social justice and how they play across media platforms and how they are being played out.” Lamont Hill said his interest in political commentary started around the time he returned to Temple as an education professor in 2005. He started a blog in the mid-2000s called The Barbershop Notebooks, which contained his reflections on AfricanAmerican culture. When he wrote a piece about the Duke University rape case, which involved an AfricanAmerican woman accusing three Duke lacrosse players of sexual assault, CNN asked him to come on television to discuss the trial. The accusations were later found to be false. “I didn’t set the world on fire or anything like that, but I realized the possibility of the medium for distributing a message,” he said. Six months later, Fox News was interested in having him on the show. He’d go on to debate Bill O’Reilly, a former Fox commentator who was booted from the show after sexual harassment claims. “Bill O’Reilly taught me how to make good TV, not just the spectacle

of it all,” he said. “[But] from a technical perspective, how to be a solid host and how to handle all the different moving parts, and be successful.” In 2010, he got his first job with Black Enterprise, a monthly magazine dedicated to African-Americans, and then Huffington Post in 2012. “I became really interested in journalism as a practice, not just hosting or having fun, but really being a journalist,” he said. Lamont Hill added that his commentary has changed since President Donald Trump took office. He said although his commentary under former President Barack Obama’s administration was critical, he also had to defend the White House from unfair criticism. “I think Trump in particular, unlike Bush, presents a nonstop series of outrages from the public, so there is always something to comment on,” said Lamont Hill, who recently discussed the NFL protests of the national anthem and the American flag. Lamont Hill said in this political climate and after recent cases of police brutality against African-Americans, he’s confident that groups like Black Lives Matter can make a difference. “Being on the ground in Ferguson, I watched people get their political wakeup call,” he said. “I watched people who didn’t care about politics before care about issues in a different way.” “I can see that what was happening before at different historical junctions is happening again and I’m just so excited,” he added.

VOICES “Did you attend an open house before coming to Temple?”

MARIA MEYERSON Freshman Bioengineering

They took us up to the highest floor [of the Engineering Building]... where like graduates work and professors work, and that really I think solidified my goal of becoming a bioengineer. … I talked to a couple seniors and juniors and they seemed to really enjoy where they were. @AmandaJLien @emilyivyscott

JACARA TUCKER Junior Journalism

I had never been to Temple before the Open House. … I had never been to a university, period. Like I didn’t go on college tours and stuff, I just wasn’t interested. But it was nice. … [I toured] around campus, the library, Tuttleman, the SAC and the TECH.

DAN CARROLL Junior History

Temple was never really on my list of schools I wanted to go to. And then I visited and I didn’t really see myself going anywhere else. They talked about Study Abroad at the Open House I went to. [Studying abroad] was something I’d always wanted to do.




Annual festival celebrates fall season in Center City Tens of thousands of people attended the annual Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday, according to Visit Philadelphia’s website. The center of the event took place at 13th and Sansom streets, with the entire festival spanning six blocks. It featured live music, food, drinks, art and vendors. There were also parties at local bars and restaurants, including an Oktoberfest event at Brü Craft & Wurst on Chestnut Street near 13th and food specials at McGillin’s Olde Ale House on Drury Street near 13th. Angela Ynoarumhi, 34, of Chinatown, comes every year to attend the event with her family. “It’s become sort of a tradition for us,” Ynoarumhi said. Jerry Bohrer, a 2006 engineering alumnus, has been volunteering at the event for the past few years. “You can’t get anything like this except this time of year,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT



COLLAGE their connection to humanity, globalization, migration and scientific exploration, according to Philadelphia Contemporary, which curated the show. Philadelphia Contemporary is a nonprofit that collaborates with museums and artists in the city to present contemporary art. Vizcarra Rankin’s first solo museum show comes after 20 years of artmaking and nearly 50 solo shows in other art spaces. Despite Vizcarra Rankin’s recent success, her career has not been without difficulties. She has faced continuous discouragement. In her first show, Vizcarra Rankin displayed her art in the bar where she worked. Since she wore a uniform, it wasn’t obvious that she was the artist. “This person kept talking about how interested he was in this ‘dude’s work,’” she said. “When he saw me, he was suddenly [disinterested]...the tiny brown woman making big art about science, it’s tough.” She has also gone through financial difficulties in her art career. “I’ve had to [bartend] and sell real estate just so I could have 10 hours a week to paint, which was like, late night on the weekends,” Vizcarra Rankin said. “By late night, I mean four in the morning until 9 a.m.” Ashley West, an art history professor who was a mentor to Vizcarra Rankin during her time at Temple, said she’s a “very selfaware” artist. “She knows how and where her work fits into the history of art, how her work is in dialogue


with artists living and dead, across Europe, across Latin America,” West said. “The whole history of art comes out subtly in the layers of her work.” Vizcarra Rankin’s maps are made after extensive research on topics like climate change and migration, with the aid of local libraries and online access to university libraries, including Paley Library. Vizcarra Rankin said the information she learns is often saddening and overwhelming. “I’m using these sort of baroque technologies,” Vizcarra Rankin said. “I work with gesso

and graphite and canvas and wood, like, they’re very organic kind of noble materials, but I’m using 21st century information that’s readily available.” In one piece, she depicts a map from the late 19th century. Antarctica is overly large with rough borders. The cartography was limited due to technology at the time, so it was difficult to determine the difference between an ice shelf and land mass. “If you look at the way that we show Antarctica now, it has a big gouge in it,” she said. “And part of that is we now understand where the ice shelf ends and

where the land mass begins, but the reality is becoming more and more like that because we are losing so much of the ice shelf.” She added that no matter how optimistic she tries to be, the data she often uses for her work are really discouraging. “The maps fill a niche for me of difficult things I need to think about and deal with,” she added. To find a break from the overwhelming data, her cartographic interest led her to study star maps. For Vizcarra Rankin, painting the stars is a way to return to peace and wonder in

her art. Looking up at the stars gives her balance. “It’s really great to just go out and take that time in the dark to just let your pupils dilate,” she said. “It’s like the most clean, wonderful, exhilarating thing, to just lay down and just look up,” she said. @maryeragland

MARY RAGLAND / THE TEMPLE NEWS Ana Vizcarra Rankin, a 2010 art history alumna, has artwork, like collages and paintings of constellations, on the walls of her Kensington studio. Her artwork often addresses topics like climate change.



GUYS & DOLLS Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser | Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Directed by Peter Reynolds | Choreographed by Maggie Anderson Musical Direction by Steven Gross

October 11 - 22, 2017 Tomlinson Theater

1301 West Norris Street, Philadelphia PA 19122 • box office 215.204.1122

Las Vegas shooting, adjunct journalism professor Saleem Ahmed remembered what happened on Dec. 14, 2012. On the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Ahmed lived in Brookfield, Connecticut, only 10 minutes from where 20 children and six adults were fatally shot in their classrooms. “That hit very close to home,” Ahmed said. “I remember walking down the streets in the cold and witnessing how that event affected the families around me.” Ahmed said it was difficult to digest the pain around him nearly five years ago. Today, he said he could only imagine the trauma that the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families must be facing. “We need to disregard the statistics and before we talk politics, we need to consider the human element of this tragedy,” Ahmed said. “Many of us have become desensitized to these events, and tragedies such as these should not be easy to read about.” In Philadelphia, Jack Kanter, a sophomore finance and real estate major and Las Vegas native, woke up to messages from his friends who were at the concert. After confirming that his parents, family and friends were safe, Kanter said he listened to his friends describe what happened. He said one of his friends watched someone get shot only feet away, while another said the most difficult part was stepping over dead bodies in an effort to escape. “I was more shocked than anything and then I was just devastated,” Kanter said. “My mom said she hadn’t seen anything like that since 9/11.” Other students from Las Vegas, like second-year graduate podiatry

student Ankita Shete and Mitchell Diesko, a third-year Beasley School of Law student, were awoken by similar messages. They couldn’t sleep until they knew their families and friends were safe, they said. “This really scared me and I was up for most of the night after I heard,” Shete said. “This needs to stop being part of our country’s narrative.” Shete said her aunt and uncle are both physicians at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and were working nonstop to help people who were shot or injured as they ran from the concert venue. “You see Sandy Hook, you see Orlando, but this isn’t supposed to happen to the place I call home,” Diesko said. “No one I knew was killed but so many knew someone who was. That could have very well been my sister who loves country music.” According to the New York Times, people in Las Vegas waited up to six hours at blood drives. Many organizations have had to turn down donated items like food or blankets because they have too much. “Although Vegas was hurt, it is incredible to see people come together to help one another,” Diesko said. For the rest of the country, however, Ahmed said it is oftentimes all too easy to offer prayers and move on. “I wish each person could physically go to a community that has been affected by a mass shooting and look into the eyes of someone who has lost a family member,” Ahmed said. “Then I think there would be a greater effort to prevent something like this from ever happening again.” @patrick_bilow





Arden Theatre play features student, alumni Five alumni and one student are starring in a production of the 1966 play “Cabaret” at the Arden Theatre in Old City until Oct. 22. Jordan Dobson, a senior musical theater major; Phoebe Gavula, a 2017 musical theater alumna; Mary Elizabeth Scallen, a 1991 acting MFA alumna; Lauren Williams, 2009 theater alumna and Kevin Murray, a 2016 theater alumnus, all star in the play. Maria Shaplin, a 2008 lighting design MFA alumna created the play’s lighting. Set in 1929 Berlin, the play examines the beginnings of Berlin’s transition from an avant-garde cultural center to the heart of Nazi Germany. The story follows a love affair between a cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and an American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, who visits the city for inspiration. -Mary Ragland

Poet to read her works at Temple Contemporary Poet Amaranth Borsuk will present several of her hybrid and digital writing projects at Temple Contemporary on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. Borsuk is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington, where she also teaches courses in the creative writing and poetics MFA program. She has published several books of poetry, including “Pomegranate Eater” and “Between Page and Screen” in 2016. The event is part of the MFA Creative Writing Program’s Poets & Writers Series. -Alleh Naqvi

MCPB to crown this year’s Homecoming Royalty The Main Campus Program Board will crown this year’s Homecoming Royalty at the Homecoming Pageant on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Student Center Room 200. At the event, the Homecoming Royalty Court members ― students Lisa Antoine, Kalen Allen, Kelsie Canty, Shelby Alegrand and Sheryl Sesay ― will perform a talent. Students can vote for the two Homecoming Royalty titles on MCPB’s website from 9 a.m. on Monday through 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Professor speaks on misconceptions of architecture Wendy Sumida spoke during the annual DesignPhiladelphia festival, which runs until Saturday. BY CACIE ROSARIO For The Temple News Wendy Sumida realized how little people know about architecture from the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” A friend of Sumida’s once asked her, “Can you tell me more about architecture? The only thing I know is from what I’ve seen on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’” referring to Ted Mosby, a lead character on the show who is an architect. On Saturday, Sumida, an adjunct architecture professor, and her husband Dave spoke about reality television’s depiction of architecture in the Architecture Building on Main Campus. The two co-founded the architecture and design firm Via Laulima two years ago. In their lecture, “Architects: Behind the TV Magic,” the couple discussed how home improvement shows impact the public’s perception of architecture. They also shared what it takes to be an architect. The lecture is one of a series of events as part of the 13th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival. The 10day festival is hosted by the Center for Architecture and Design, an independent non-profit founded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2002. DesignPhiladelphia, its signature festival, runs until Saturday and comprises 130 events covering all disciplines of design, like fashion, technology and architecture. Wendy Sumida displayed design boards made by several undergraduate and graduate students at her lecture. “What I enjoy about architecture is knowing the impact that people don’t realize, playing this backstage role,” said Mary Stiger, a graduate architecture student who had a design board on display at the lecture. Venues like universities, cultural institutions and retailers host events, which include panel discussions, fashion shows, workshops and design exhibitions, according to the festival’s website.

“Participants range from internationally known designers to local designers,” said Sharon Leshner, the community outreach and communications coordinator for the Center of Architecture and Design. For Wendy Sumida, it was a combination of teaching and architecture that sparked her idea for the lecture. One-hour home improvement shows create “a distorted sense of reality” and reveal how little the general public knows about what it takes to build something, she said. During the lecture, Wendy Sumida said homeowners on reality TV receive materials at a discounted rate, which makes renovation totals inaccurate when compared to real life costs. “It’s an eye-opening experience for clients,” Wendy Sumida said. “Many don’t fully understand the process.” “The architect is rarely even mentioned on these shows,” Dave Sumida added. “Through the lecture, we hope to help people understand the larger process and role architecture plays.” He said the proliferation of home-improvement shows has led to a “recent shift” in the mindset of residential clients. Wendy Sumida said her clients underestimate turnaround times to be as quick as those on reality TV, where construction time is edited out. Wendy and Dave Sumida’s lecture was one of many events Leshner planned as part of the festival’s steering committee. This year, Leshner said the committee aimed for DesignPhiladelphia to promote Philadelphia as a design hub of influence and open economic opportunities for local designers. “It is the one time when the design community can come together,” Leshner said. “Through this event, you can really see how much good design is here in Philly.” Philadelphia’s prominent design scene is exactly what brought Wendy Sumida to the East Coast. After attending California Polytechnic State University for her undergraduate architecture degree, she came to Philadelphia to earn her master’s in architecture at the University of

Pennsylvania. But her love of architecture developed much earlier. Born in Taiwan, Wendy Sumida and her family moved to Southern California to live with her grandparents when she was 5 years old. Years later, as her family began looking for a house of their own, she said she fell in love with the experience of searching for a home. “I could go into a space and picture myself turning a room into my own, something to call ours,” Wendy Sumida said. “The fact that someone designed that, I wanted to do that for others.” This memory inspires her to share architecture with others, both as a professor and a professional architect. Her favorite part of teaching, she said, is seeing students grow. Wendy Sumida currently teaches third-year studio classes in the architecture department in the Tyler School of Art. Students in the department learn about the social aspects of architecture, including its impact on the community, Wendy Sumida said. She also teaches her clients about the importance of architecture at her firm Via Laulima, which is a Hawaiian phrase that means “by way of many hands working together.” Wendy Sumida said this name is a reflection of the diversity of the firm’s work, which encompasses the fields of architecture, interior design, furniture design and spatial branding, a way to create a connection with a culture by experiencing a designed space, Wendy Sumida said. “It’s all about collaboration and how we seek out answers in design,” she added. Wendy Sumida and her husband were excited to share the behindthe-scenes aspects of architecture and design with students and other listeners. “The best compliment we can receive is that the work we’ve done has improved the quality of life of our client,” Wendy Sumida said. “We are hoping to cause a ripple effect of knowledge by really explaining who we are and what we do.”

-Khanya Brann

Visiting professors to discuss sex work research Two visiting professors and a Philadelphia probation officer will discuss their book “Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work” on Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 111 of the TECH Center. The book, which was published by Temple University Press, examines the people impacted by sex work, like attorneys, social workers, law enforecement officials and sex workers themselves, according to the TU Press website. In their discussion, the book’s co-editors — University of Maryland, Baltimore professor Corey Shdaimah and University of Delaware professor Chrysanthi Leon — will focus on efforts to involve people impacted by policies and programs targeting sex workers in academic research. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work and the criminal justice department. -Ian Walker

CACIE ROSARIO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lecture attendees view the work of architecture students at “Architects: Behind the TV Magic” in the Architecture Building on Saturday. @thetemplenews




Top high school trains three Owls Forwards Sarah Keer and Maris Stern and midfielder Grace Shanton all played at Lehighton Area High School. BY KEVIN SCHAEFFER Field Hockey Beat Reporter

While playing at Lehighton Area High School, Sarah Keer and Maris Stern were part of a high school dynasty. Keer, a redshirt-senior forward, played in back-to-back Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship games, when Lehighton won in 2009 and lost in 2010. Stern, a redshirt-junior forward, played on the team as a freshman in 2010 when Lehighton posted a 24-2 record. “The run we went on for those two years was pretty special,” said former Lehighton coach Shawn Hindy, who played for the United States National Field Hockey team from 1995-2007. “The amount of talent we had was evident in the success we had sending players to play in college.” “I think one or two field hockey magazines had us as the number one team in the nation,” Keer said. “It was crazy. With the level of success we had over those two years, I would say we were a powerhouse of a school.” Playing at one of the top

high schools in Pennsylvania prepared the two to move on to college field hockey. Keer has played in all of Temple’s (4-8, 0-4 Big East Conference) games and made three starts. She scored the overtime game-winning goal on Sunday against the University of California, Davis. Stern has also played in 12 games and started the last 10. She has two assists and a defensive save. Stern has played 699 minutes this season, already surpassing last year’s total. In 74 career games, Keer has 10 goals and eight assists. When she chose where she wanted to play in college, distance was a determining factor. Keer had slimmed down her list to three schools. Temple was the only one less than eight hours away from her home. Lehighton is only about an hour and a half away from Temple. It makes it easy for the family, friends and former teammates of the Lehighton alumnae to come to games at Howarth Field. “It’s really big having the support while we’re playing, and it is always cool knowing when we go home we have the support of the whole town, everyone asking us how we’re doing and that we’re representing the town,” Stern said. Keer was the trailblazer at Lehighton. She signed a National Letter of Intent to


Collins provides updates on injured players

CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior forward Maris Stern (left), redshirt-senior forward Sarah Keer (center) and freshman midfielder Grace Shanton all played for Lehighton Area High School.

Temple in 2013 before Stern committed the following year. Stern said Keer made her choice and transition to Temple easier than if she had gone to a school where she did not know anyone. Former coach Amanda Janney, who led the team from 2005-14, recruited Keer and Stern. When coach Marybeth Freeman arrived, she saw their competitiveness and knew Lehighton’s reputation for developing field hockey players. “I think they have a high level of athletic success, I think their fundamental skills are on point and I think that they are very tactically aware,” Freeman said. “They’ve had some great coaches go through their program, and they really pay attention to the details and it

puts them at a very high-performing level.” Though she didn’t recruit Keer and Stern, Freeman landed a third player from Lehighton in February 2016 when freshman midfielder Grace Shanton verbally committed. She had no interest in going to school in a city, but she decided to give Temple a chance because Keer and Stern were there. “Coming here and seeing them play and seeing the campus and how it is not really a city but rather its own little town, and seeing how Marybeth and how welcoming the team was, it wasn’t hard to pick Temple,” Shanton said.

During Temple’s game against East Carolina last Saturday, ESPN broadcasters said playing junior running back Ryquell Armstead was a game-time decision. Armstead was seen with a walking boot on Main Campus last week. He only rushed the ball for three yards on four carries in Temple’s 34-10 victory against the Pirates. Armstead’s four carries are the lowest he’s had in a game since he had two against Penn State in 2016. Coach Geoff Collins said Armstead is dealing with a “combination of things.” “[When] you play running back in this league against some really good opponents, you’re going to have some aches and pains,” Collins said on the American Athletic Conference’s weekly teleconference on Monday. Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Jovahn Fair has missed three straight games after leaving the game against the University of Massachusetts on Sept. 15 with an injury. Collins said he hopes to have Fair back this week against Connecticut. Redshirt-senior wideout Keith Kirkwood was dealing with an injury entering the East Carolina game, but Collins said he thinks Kirwood is back to 100 percent. -Tom Ignudo @_kevinschaeffer


Club sports upgrade from ‘dust bowl’ field Four clubs practice in the Student Training and Recreation Complex. BY DONOVAN HUGEL For The Temple News Women’s ultimate frisbee club coach William Shutt prefers for his teams to practice on grass. But with multiple clubs using The Oval at 15th and Berks streets in past years, the grass usually became a “giant dust bowl” by the end of the season, he said. This year, Shutt’s team and other clubs are using the new Student Training and Recreation Complex at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue for practices. Though the frisbee team no longer practices on grass, Shutt is happy players get to use the facility. “STAR has been very beneficial,” Shutt said. “It’s great to have a facility that we can use rain or shine.” The STAR Complex, which opened in Fall 2017, has a rockclimbing wall, a 75-yard turf field and a 10,000-square-foot weight and cardio area. The College of Public Health also has classrooms and lecture halls in the building.

Four of Temple’s 36 club sports now have an indoor area in which to practice. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the women’s rugby team practices from 6 to 8 p.m. before the men’s ultimate frisbee team has the field for the next two hours. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, women’s ultimate frisbee practices from 6 to 8 p.m. before men’s rugby practices from 8 to 10 p.m. Campus Recreation is unsure if the number of teams that use the complex will change in Spring 2018, said Sports Clubs Coordinator Amanda Bray. The STAR Complex’s gym is also easily accessible for teams. The amount of free-weight space that was originally offered to students through the IBC Student Recreation Center and Temple University Fitness Center has doubled with the addition of the STAR Complex. Teams can add more activities to practices by incorporating team lifting sessions. “The addition of STAR has helped out Temple Rugby a lot,” sophomore men’s rugby club captain Andrew Pischke said. “Not only has it given us a new field to use every Tuesday and Thursday night, but it also gives the players a new place to go lift and train.”


FRANKLIN At East Coast Prep, the offensive and defensive coaches had a “tug of war” over where to use Sam Franklin because of his athleticism, coach Dick Bell said. He played cornerback, linebacker, safety and wide receiver. He recorded 13.5 tackles in one game and had an 81-yard touchdown catch in another. “He’s definitely a lot faster than a typical linebacker should be and definitely more athletic,” redshirt-freshman linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley said. “So sticking on

The opening of the STAR Complex makes it easier to schedule practices and have a more consistent practice schedule due to the number of club and intramural sports offered at Temple. Before the STAR Complex’s construction and the opening of the Temple Sports Complex in Fall 2016, many teams practiced at either Geasey Field or The Oval. Once the Temple Sports Complex opened, clubs for sports that are also offered at the Division I level, like soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, often practiced at the fields. All of those spaces are outdoor. The STAR Complex makes workouts less dependent on weather conditions. “I wouldn’t say practices are easier for us to schedule, but I could definitely see it being easier on Campus Recreation,” Shutt said. “They now have another option when it comes to practice space. To have a definitive location is very nice, as we don’t have to worry about rescheduling practices if the weather doesn’t cooperate.” The 75-yard field is a “sufficient space for each team to do drills and scrimmage,” Shutt said. “The equipment is easy to use, and the STAR Complex is accessible to those who live in on-cam-

the slot receivers, bigger receivers, faster receivers, so he definitely has a wide range of attributes to his game.” Bell said he had to work on Sam Franklin’s discipline during his time at East Coast Prep and he’d sometimes be too aggressive. Collins noticed it shortly after he arrived at Temple in December and watched the team practice for the Military Bowl. He often played running back on the scout team and would sometimes “lose his composure,” Collins said. Sam Franklin committed a personal foul for a verbal confrontation with officials in the Owls’ 43-7 loss against South Florida on Sept. 21. He knew he made a mistake that he

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior engineering major Ben Cozzolino reaches for the frisbee during practice on Wednesday at the STAR Complex.

pus housing and those who live off campus,” Pischke said. Having teams in the facility could increase interest in club sports, Shutt added. “I like to think that when people come to the gym and see a team practicing in the space next to them, it helps with the exposure of the team,” Shutt said. “Maybe that person has never played the sport

had to fix. After the game, like Sam Franklin usually does, he talked with his dad on the phone and told him he wanted to find a way to apologize. His dad suggested he write an email or a letter, and he took his advice. Sam Franklin handwrote a letter and brought it with him to Edberg-Olson Hall on Sept. 24 for Collins to send to the officials involved. They’d never seen a player do that before, Collins said the officials told him. “I thought I needed to apologize too because I was stepping out of line as a player, and that’s not something you do, especially on the field, no matter if the game is going your way or not,” Sam Franklin said.

they are watching, but are curious enough to inquire about the team.” The Temple News’ Editor-in-Chief Michaela Winberg is a member of the women’s ultimate frisbee club team. She had no part in the reporting of this story.

“I just make sure he’s going to be a man at the end of all that football,” his dad said. Sam Franklin has matured significantly during Collins’ tenure, he said. “He’s very coachable,” Collins said. “He wants to be great. He understands the package, but there’s a lot of things that can happen to him that sometimes are first-time things. But once he gets it, he’s going to be a great player.” @Evan_Easterling @TTN_Sports




Injuries prompt change of major for student coach Cait Jackson, a former education major, is pursuing a career in medical sales after three knee injuries. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter Returning to playing soccer after an ACL tear is tough, coach Seamus O’Connor said. Recovering from two tears is nearly impossible. But former defender Cait Jackson did it. During her sophomore year, Jackson was warming up before Temple’s game on Oct. 8, 2015 against Cincinnati when she had a familiar feeling. Jackson fielded the ball and pulled her right leg back. The second she felt it she immediately knew. “I turned to my best friend [and former midfielder Delia Trimble] and said, ‘I just tore my ACL,’” Jackson said. “I tried to run it off but I could feel it in my knee.” She had torn her ACL for a third time, forcing her to give up playing soccer. In her two seasons, injuries limited her to just four games before she became a student assistant coach for the 2016 season. The three ACL injuries inspired Jackson to change her intended career path. She initially studied secondary education in hopes of becoming a teacher, but Jackson decided to switch to business management in pursuit of a career in medical sales. Advice Jackson’s father gave her in high school has helped. As Jackson debated whether to play for Temple or the University of

Hartford, her dad told her to “attend the school where [she’d] be happy if soccer was one day taken,” she said. Jackson said choosing Temple was one of the best decisions of her life, partly because of the academic opportunities it offers. When junior defender Katie McCoy tore her ACL during her freshman season in 2015, Jackson shadowed team doctors during her surgery. “It seemed like I was having surgery all the time, and I needed to figure out what was going on in there,” Jackson said. “It was really cool to finally understand what they were doing when I go in there. Having a number of injuries myself is definitely what lead me to an interest in the medical field.” Even though Jackson has found a new career path, it doesn’t make not playing any easier. “Coming to the realization that I was never going to be the same player even if I tried to come back another time was devastating to me,” Jackson said. “But I also want to be able to walk when I’m 30 and still have the ability to run around, and if I continued to play, I would just be beating up my knees even more.” Jackson suffered the first ACL tear in her left knee on the basketball court during her sophomore season at Council Rock High School South in Southampton, Pennsylvania. She stole the ball from an opponent on an attempted crossover, but it left her on the ground and unable to stand up on her own. She had to rehab the injury for nine months and missed her junior soccer season in 2012.

Jackson returned to soccer for her senior year. O’Connor, then in his first year as coach, recruited Jackson to Temple in Fall 2013. Jackson had her second ACL injury, this time in her right knee, shortly after the Owls began scouting her. Assistant coach Paula Jurewicz, who played for the Owls from 2012-15, shared the field with Jackson as teammates at Temple and Council Rock South. Jurewicz suffered a season-ending ACL tear during her junior season in 2014. She has a great appreciation of Jackson’s determination to play after her second ACL tear. “The toughest thing about tearing your ACL is you have to be as patient as possible because it doesn’t just heal like a broken bone,” Jurewicz said. “Coming back from one ACL tear is amazing, but coming back from two is insane. It’s the longest nine months of your life, and I don’t think I would’ve come back if I did it again.” O’Connor said the coaching staff has “loved” having Jackson as a student assistant coach because it adds a channel of communication between him and the team. “Student coaching has given me a different perspective both on soccer and on life,” Jackson said. “I’ve always said that I’ve learned more valuable lessons about life and adversity on the field than in any classroom.” “She is just a natural leader [among] them,” O’Connor said. @dan_wilson4

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Student assisant coach Cait Jackson feeds soccer balls to players during a drill in Monday’s practice at the STAR Complex.





ently, for the team, it is better when I play 10 because we get results, and I am happy to bring something to the team.” “He’s very good to link up with,” said freshman forward Alan Camacho Soto, who has four goals and an assist in the last five games. “He’s a good passer of the ball and he can beat defenders and find open space for other guys to run on to.” The team has benefitted from Candia playing the 10, who typically has more freedom on the field and is closer to the goal than the left winger. During Candia’s five-game goal streak, Temple had a 4-1 record and outscored its opponents 13-4. “If he’s in the center, if he beats one or two guys, then he’s got a shot on goal,” coach David MacWilliams said. “If he’s on the outside and he beats someone, he’s still got to cross it or he’s still got to come 30 yards inside. So we wanted to put him more in a dangerous situation.” Senior midfielder and forward Joonas Jokinen switched positions with Candia so he could play at the 10 spot. MacWilliams said Jokinen and Candia are interchangeable on the field. If Candia is aggressively marked by the opponent’s defense, he and Jokinen can trade positions as needed throughout the game, MacWilliams added. Candia is a good fit at the 10 position because he played it for most of his life. Being closer to the goal is also a bonus for Candia, who has the ball control and footwork to finesse his way past defenders in one-on-one situations, MacWilliams said. Candia’s ball-control skills help him maneuver around defenders and get a shot that he might not have been able to get due to his 5-foot-9-inch stature. He leads the team in shots with 34 and shots on goal with 13. “He’s tight with the ball,” MacWilliams said. “So when the ball’s played into him, he can control it and turn and beat people all in one. Some players have to control it first, and he’s pretty clever with the ball.” “Because I am skinnier than other guys, I @TTN_Sports

MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore forward Thibault Candia goes for the ball during the Owls’ 4-0 win against Drexel on Oct. 3 at the Temple Sports Complex.

have to be maybe quicker and good with the ball,” Candia said. “It has become a strength for me. So I have to keep improving because sometimes, I could help the team when we play against a team that has very low pressure, so you have to try to find space.” Candia and MacWilliams attribute Candia’s initial lack of scoring to the learning curve he had adjusting to American college soccer. Candia is from Nantes, France, and he had never been to the United States before Fall 2017. Using English as his primary means of communication is new. “Sometimes he is wondering what the coach is talking about or something, and I can explain it to him a little bit,” Camacho Soto said. “But it’s nothing too big.” College games in the U.S. tend to be slightly faster paced and involve more up-

and-down action than those in Europe, MacWilliams said. It can also take time to get used to having more than one game a week while also having classes and other responsibilities. “I think he’s getting acclimated to the college game, and I think he’s starting to pick up,” MacWilliams said. “I think he’s doing well, and I think he’s going to get better as the year goes on.” @CaptainAMAURAca

and working on different sets in practice, Ganesharatnam said. One of the best characteristics Ganesharatnam sees in his players is their ability to adapt to new situations. When senior setter Kyra Coundourides didn’t play against Villanova on Sept. 15, junior setter Hannah Vandegrift played all four sets of Temple’s loss in her place. Vandegrift had her first doubledouble of the season with 39 assists and 10 digs at Villanova’s Jake Nevin Field House. The Owls might have to play with a different lineup this weekend during its Friday match against South Florida and Sunday’s contest against Central Florida. Peric is expected to return to the lineup either this weekend or the following week, Ganesharatnam said. Another characteristic Ganesharatnam likes is his team’s ability to play as a unit rather than expect one player to dominate. Senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz agrees. Even though every player brings a special skill set to the team, it doesn’t matter if the team doesn’t “find the glue,” she said. “Working together is the talent that we have,” Rapacz said. “Even though we might be talented individually, that doesn’t win games. I think it took those losses for us to realize that we really need to work and click as a team.” @AustinPaulAmp @thetemplenews




Senior shares anxiety battle after mother’s death Katie Pinson wrote an Instagram post for The American StudentAthlete Advisory Committee’s mental-health initiative. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter

Katie Pinson cannot help but sport a bright smile every time she talks about her late mother. “My mother was super supportive,” Pinson said. “Her love and support will always be with me, and will always be driving me despite of my loss.” The senior runner has been open in sharing her story about the tough period she went through after her mother died in Spring 2015, the second semester of Pinson’s freshman year. On Sept. 27, Pinson shared a message on Instagram about the struggles she dealt with following her mother’s death in order to raise awareness about mental health issues. She wrote about how she concealed her emotions to prevent people from treating her differently, which led to anxiety. Last week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness held its Mental Illness Awareness Week, which the American Athletic Conference recognized through a social media campaign called “Pow6rfulMinds.” Pinson used the campaign’s hashtag in her post. The American’s StudentAthlete Advisory Committee organized the campaign as part of a year-long initiative, and Pinson posted her message on Temple’s SAAC Instagram page. The American SAAC’s initiative began on Sept. 25. “I wanted to bring situations like this to light,” Pinson said. “I

know I am not the only person who has dealt with struggles before. Athletes are seen as tough people who do not let anything affect their mind, and that is wrong. People need to know it is OK to not be OK.” “I was angry and sad at the same time and I didn’t know why,” she wrote in her Instagram message. “My performance and training suffered because I was frustrated with how I felt. I started to forget why I stayed on the team and why I love what I do.” The American will continue its recognition of mental-health awareness on Oct. 28 at the cross country championship meet at Belmont Plateau. Runners from Temple and other schools will tie their spikes with green laces, Pinson said. Green is the color the conference chose to honor the initiative and widely used in mental health awareness campaigns. Coach James Snyder said “everyone took a hit” when Pinson’s mother died. He wanted to let Pinson and the rest of the program know it is more about the team being a family than worrying about running fast. “I told Katie and everyone else, ‘My door is always open to talk,’” Snyder said. “I want everyone to know the closer we are as a team, the easier it is to recover from situations like Katie’s. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but this program being a tight-knit family helps out a lot.” “I knew I had support from all angles,” Pinson said. “My team, coaches, family and friends have always been there for me. I started to realize my mom might not be on Earth, but she will always be with me.” Pinson held a flower-planting event in April at the Temple Sports


STADIUM toward approval, opposition from some North Philadelphia residents and a student body that doesn’t overwhelmingly support or disapprove the stadium, The Temple News talked to recruits, players and coach Geoff Collins for their takes.


Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Cole Boozer is in his final season and wouldn’t get to play in the stadium proposed to be on 15th Street between Norris and Montgomery Avenue. But his brother Evan Boozer, a senior defensive lineman at Loyola Blakefield High School in Maryland who verbally committed to Temple in June, might. “It would be nice to have a stadium, and I would like to have a stadium, but it’s completely up to how everyone in Philadelphia feels,” Cole Boozer said. “To be honest, it’s not really a factor for me because I’m leaving. It’d be nice for my brother for me to come back later in years to come be at a new stadium. But I mean, to me it’s indifferent right now.” After his introductory press conference at the Liacouras Center in December, Collins told reporters he’d seen renderings of a potential stadium during his interview process. The stadium was oriented to provide a view of Center City, Collins said. “I don’t even know if I can remember the spring, much less that,” Collins said when asked about the renderings during his weekly press conference on Oct. 3. “I think it’s special,” Collins added. “I think having a place right going to be great. Whatever time frame it happens, we’re going to make the absolute best of it.”


Through its first three home games, Temple has an average attendance of about 27,350 people, which is about 679 fewer than the average in the first three home games last

Complex to honor her mother and to provide a space for others to share stories like hers. With the help of student-athlete donations through a carnation sale, she planted petunias — one of her mother’s favorite flowers — near the track. She said she raised $500 to donate to Women in Transition — a Philadelphia-based organization found-

ed in 1971 that offers counseling to those in abusive relationships, as well as substance abuse intervention and self-defense classes. The organization is similar to the one Pinson’s family asked people to donate to in honor of her mother shortly after her death. “I came to a point where I had to be open about what has hap-

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior co-captain Katie Pinson placed eighth at the Temple Invitational on Sept. 1 at Belmont Plateau. She wrote an Instagram message on Sept. 27 as part of The American SAAC’s year-long mental health awareness initiative.

season. Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Travon Williams is from Northeast Philadelphia and played high school football at New Foundations Charter School in Holmesburg, where he made the All-Public League team in 2013 and 2014. Williams’ uncle lives at York and 11th streets so they talk about the potential stadium a lot, he said. Williams said the possible oncampus stadium would be great for recruiting, but he understands the surrounding community could be affected. “The community supports us a lot on the field, but I don’t know if they’re that much involved enough to where they would basically uproot their families to provide us with a stadium,” Williams said. Trad Beatty, a quarterback at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, South Carolina, who will join the team as an early enrollee in Spring 2018, said the possible on-campus stadium didn’t play a huge role in his decision to commit to Temple. But he does think it could help with attracting future recruits. Adam Klein, a senior offensive lineman at Episcopal Academy in Delaware County who is verbally committed to Temple, said coaches mentioned the possible on-campus stadium while they recruited him. While Klein sat in Collins’ office in Edberg-Olson Hall with offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan and offensive graduate assistant Cody Booth in July, he listened as the coaches told him they would like the stadium to be built similarly to the one at the University of Michigan. Michigan’s stadium, nicknamed “The Big House,” is a gigantic bowl dug into the ground with seating above. The architects of the Big House structured the stadium to keep fan noise inside to keep pressure on opposing offenses. “It’s a huge factor to have that home crowd and that atmosphere with the real loud noise,” Klein said. “Having that type of atmosphere for Temple students would just be amazing,” he added.

pened,” Pinson said. “This event was a simple way to do so. It was perfect for me since it was held at the track and that is basically my second home.” Teammates were quick to support her efforts, Pinson said. The love she received warmed her heart. Sophomore Millie Howard said the team was behind Pinson’s plan to honor her mother. Because the flowers are planted near the track, it made things “extra special” Howard said. “It is always nice when you can do things as a team,” Howard said. “We wanted to be there for Katie any way we could to help what she was going through. We hope we can continue this event annually so we can honor Katie’s mother and the initiatives Katie is fighting for at the track.” Based off last year’s success, Pinson plans to hold the same event in April 2018. She won’t start planning until winter break, but she has learned from last year how to make the event “bigger and better,” she said. “I have to schedule a better date so more of the student-athlete population can come out and support,” Pinson said. “Also, we are trying to advertise to the student body as well so they can donate and share their stories.” She wants to see the event continue to grow after she graduates. “This event is my baby,” Pinson said. “Since I am the only graduating senior, I feel like my team will be able to carry that on. I want to be able to provide a template people after me can build on and hopefully carry the event on.” @mjzingrone






































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Sophomore maturing at ‘marquee’ position Sam Franklin Jr. has 23 tackles and three pass breakups at the strongside linebacker spot. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor


amuel Franklin Sr. didn’t want his son to graduate college before he did. Franklin didn’t want him to “rub it in [his] face.” He won’t have to worry about any bragging. Franklin will earn an associate’s degree in applied electronics technology in heating, ventilation and air conditioning from Southern Technical College in Auburndale, Florida next month. “Not too many” from his home in Crystal River, Florida, a town of about 3,000 people near the Gulf of Mexico, go to a major university, Franklin said. His son is an exception. Sophomore linebacker Samuel Franklin Jr., who goes by “Sam,” has 23 tackles, two sacks and three pass breakups for Temple (3-3, 1-2 American Athletic Conference). After playing mostly on special teams last season, Sam Franklin has started three games. He plays the “Sam” or strong-side linebacker spot, “one of the most difficult” and “marquee” positions in college football, coach Geoff Collins said. Sam Franklin has to fit gaps in run defense, and he often plays nickel back and covers receivers deep downfield.

“Right now, I feel pretty comfortable [in coverage],” Sam Franklin said. “But next year, I want to work on some things. ... I feel good, but I don’t feel like where I need to be at. I’m not at Artrel Foster level yet as I would say.” Foster, a redshirt-senior cornerback, lives with Franklin, redshirtsophomore defensive lineman Dana Levine and redshirt-sophomore defensive back Kareem Ali in the Diamond Green Apartments at 10th and Diamond streets. Foster wears No. 8, a single-digit number that signifies he is one of the team’s toughest players. Sam Franklin said he tries to pick up on Foster’s habits, like how he does extra stretches and workout sessions to improve. During the preseason, when junior running back Ryquell Armstead — who wears No. 7 — mentioned players who could possibly succeed former quarterback Phillip Walker as No. 8’s bearer, he mentioned Sam Franklin. “Sophomore, junior, senior, you know, it really doesn’t matter,” Armstead said. “It’s about who competes at a high level, who’s very respectful and who the coaches trust.” Sam Franklin’s past experience as a defensive back helps him in his “Sam” linebacker role, he said. He signed an offer to play for the University of Massachusetts starting in Fall 2015, but he had to play a postgraduate year at East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to improve his grades. He committed to Temple in February 2016.


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore linebacker Sam Franklin runs downfield during Temple’s home loss to Houston on Sept. 30.



Lack of health hurts team’s consistency Three different players have suffered concussions this season.

BY AUSTIN AMPELOQUIO Volleyball Beat Reporter Irem Asci hobbled through the corridor next to the McGonigle Hall court on crutches after Friday’s practice. The team lost the senior outside hitter and two-time American Athletic Conference first-teamer to a torn ACL in the first set against Tulane on Sept. 29. This isn’t the first time the team has dealt with injuries. The Owls (8-6, 4-2 The American) have constantly been forced to shift their lineups due to players’ lingering injuries, coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam said. This past weekend was no different. Asci missed matches against East Carolina and Cincinnati on Friday and Sunday and will seek a medical redshirt, Ganesharatnam said. Senior outside hitter and co-captain Dara Peric also missed both matches after suffering a concussion earlier in the week. Two other players have had concussions this season, Ganesharatnam said.

The Owls returned nine letterwinners and five starters from last year’s 22-win squad. Injuries to multiple players, however, have hindered Temple’s ability to showcase that strength consistently. The Owls have been hovering near the .500 mark for most of the season. Temple started the season with a 1-3 record before going on a three-game winning streak. The Owls dropped their next two matches against Villanova and Wichita State but followed that with another three consecutive wins. “It’s pretty rare that you have such a big group that has been together for a while, but all season long we’ve been a little unfortunate with injuries,” Ganesharatnam said. “That’s why winning is so hard. Even if you have the talent, even if you have the experience, even if you have the IQ, there’s a lot of things that have to come together that you can’t control. One of them is staying healthy.” Over the weekend, Temple lost to East Carolina 3-1 and beat Cincinnati 3-1 on Sunday. Despite the Owls’ ongoing injuries, the team has stayed mentally tough and is still finding ways to win by communicating on the court


Forward’s position change sparks scoring streak Thibault Candia has five goals in a six-game span since switching to the 10 position. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz attempts to spike the ball during the Owls’ 3-1 loss against East Carolina on Friday at McGonigle Hall.

When Thibault Candia would get ready for bed as a kid, he never forgot to bring one object — a soccer ball. “My parents told me that when I was 3, 2 years old, when I started walking, I already had a ball always with me,” the sophomore forward said. “During the recess at school, after school, before school in the morning. Always.” Candia’s parents signed him up for soccer at age 5. Now he’s Temple’s leading scorer. Candia has five goals and has started all 12 games for the Owls (5-6-1, 1-2 American Athletic Conference). He has been on a scoring binge of late, netting all of his goals in a five-game span from Sept. 19 to Oct. 3. Candia didn’t score until the seventh game of the season when a position change helped him increase his output. Through the first five games, Candia played left winger on offense. He switched to the 10 position, which is typically located between the central midfielders and strikers. “I feel better here,” Candia said. “Appar-


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Senior Katie Pinson shared her battle with anxiety after her mother’s death as part of a conference-wide initiative for mental health awareness.

Cait Jackson tore her ACL for a third time in 2015. Unable to continue playing, she has found a new way to stay involved with the team.

Redshirt senior Sarah Keer scored the game-winner Sunday. She is one of three players from “powerhouse” Lehighton Area High School in Pennsylvania.

Four club sports teams now practice in the Student Training and Recreation Complex on 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

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