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Gun violence in North Philly: ‘This has become the norm’ The Temple News will collect and update a database through March that counts every shooting in the area. BY JULIE CHRISTIE Enterprise Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-junior quarterback Frank Nutile looks for an open receiver during practice on Aug. 17 at Chodoff Field. He and three other quarterbacks have been competing to be the starting quarterback since spring practice.

At Notre Dame, ‘past the point of aiming low’

The Owls will start their season by playing the Fighting Irish, like they did in 2013. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor


emple is “past the point of aiming low,” College Football News’ Pete Fiutak wrote in May. Temple will start its season on the road against the University of Notre Dame just as it did in 2013. The Owls will travel to South Bend, Indiana with first-year coach Geoff Collins and a quarterback — who has yet to be announced — making his first career start, just as they did four

years ago with then-coach Matt Rhule and former quarterback Connor Reilly. But the contrast in expectations for the team’s performance is stark. The 2013 Owls came off a 4-7 season in their sole campaign in their second stint in the Big East Conference under former coach Steve Addazio. That year the inaugural American Athletic Conference media poll slotted Temple second to last in the league. Temple had to face a Notre Dame squad that ended its 2012 season at the Bowl Championship Series title game and returned two 2014 NFL Draft picks on the defensive line. Fans could “expect Notre Dame to have this one wrapped up by the second quarter,” Connor Killoren wrote for


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Last year, Marla Davis Bellamy attended the funeral of a teenage boy weeks before he was supposed to graduate from high school. Dressed in his cap and gown, he laid in the casket. “That visual for me will always linger in my mind,” she said. “Because here’s a young man...that had his whole life ahead of him. That should not be.” Bellamy is the program director for Philadelphia CeaseFire, an anti-gun violence organization housed in the university’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. CeaseFire treats gun violence as a public health epidemic because it is preventable, Bellamy said. In North Philadelphia, CeaseFire works with residents, businesses, youth outreach organizations and public schools to prevent future violence. Near Temple, the 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th and 39th police districts are some of the busiest when it comes to shootings. Together, they deal

with almost 36 percent of all the city’s gun violence. The Temple News has created a database of shootings that have occurred since April 1 within a set border around the Main and the Health Sciences campuses. Throughout the city, there have been 514 shootings from that day until now. The border, defined by The Temple News, extends north from Girard Avenue to Pike and Luzerne streets and east from 21st Street to 6th Street. The border includes off-campus student residences and community residents’ homes. Within that border, there have been 86 shootings since April 1. Twenty-one people died. The ages of the victims and survivors ranged from 16 to 66 years old. The longest amount of time between shootings was 10 days. The shortest was a minute, one block apart. “This has become the norm,” Bellamy said. She added that constant violence in a community has a broader effect. “You see someone who was shot, or someone who was brutally beaten or maybe someone who was running through the street with a gun, I think instinctively we have a reaction to those kinds of events that may impact us for


What you need to know about oncampus construction Most projects were completed before classes began on Monday, but some won’t be finished for months. BY GILLIAN MCGOLDRICK News Editor The sights and sounds around Main Campus this summer included hard hats and the thunks of construction. Workers hurried over the past week to complete their summer projects in preparation for the fall semester, but some projects are just beginning.

The Temple News sat down with Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group, who is in charge of managing all 107 construction projects happening on campus. “It’s been a very busy summer for the campus overall,” Ibeh said. “It’s a commitment to transforming the physical environment of the university for the benefit of our students.” Here are updates on some of the primary projects that may affect classes or travel on Main Campus:


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Construction for the new library on Liacouras and Polett walks continues to progress. The 210,000-square-foot building is set to be completed during the 2018-19 academic year.

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To get on-campus housing, some students were placed in overflow spots that include lounges or rooming with RAs. Read more on Page 2.

Our columnist believes the Temple community will benefit from people of color leading Temple Student Government. Read more on Page 5.

On Friday, a student led the March for Black Women, which more than 100 people attended. Read more on Page 8.

The Owls have will have a new starting quarterback on Saturday, but return experienced offensive talent. Read more on Page 16.



Students assigned to overflow on-campus housing Students were offered oncampus housing, but need to stay in odd spots getting permanent space. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News Due to the largest freshman class ever, 40 first-year students were assigned overflow student housing options in 1300, White and Johnson & Hardwick residence halls this semester. Additional beds have been placed in resident assistants’ rooms in White Hall and the first and third floors of 1300, the traditional floors for incoming freshmen. In J&H, some students were accommodated in common lounges converted into four-person dorm rooms. Sean Killion, associate director for assignments and billing in the Office of University Housing and Residential Life, said the need for overflow housing resulted from an increase in applications and enrollment. “The number of students who are requesting to live in housing correlates very closely with the number of students that are being admitted to the university,” Killion said. “Every year when we go into our housing process, we identify what we anticipate

for our new student population and our return student population…but it’s never an exact science.” There are 5,750 students living oncampus this year, excluding the 40 students who were assigned to overflow housing, he added. Some administrators view the need for overflow housing as a problem, while some believe it represents increased interest in Temple, he said. “Twenty years ago, you’d always hear, ‘Oh, Temple is a safety school,’ and students might have been applying to other schools and Temple as a backup,” Killion said. “Now that dynamic’s changing.” Temple usually accommodates about 80 percent of the incoming freshman class on campus, Killion said, but has had to accommodate more students over the last few years than were anticipated. For on-campus housing, UHRL operates on a first-come, firstserved basis. Students who are timely with their housing deposit and meeting deadlines are more likely to receive their preferred accommodations. “We are looking at an overabundance of students that are wishing to live on campus and that have been admitted to the university and they’re later in the process,” Killion said. Prior to making room assignments to

overflow spaces, UHRL called affected students to explain the overflow housing process and confirm students were OK with the situation. Some students chose to pursue other off-campus housing options instead.


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“We thought it was important to explain what was going on and what the deal was, especially for the students that were going to be living with RAs,” Killion said. He added that each year there are numerous unexpected vacancies in on-campus housing because of no-shows or cancella-

tions early in the semester where students may decide to commute to Temple or attend a different school. UHRL intends to relocate students in overflow housing to these vacancies within the first few weeks of the semester, giving preference to students who have been placed in rooms with RAs to help freshmen integrate appropriately with their peers and allow RAs their single rooms. Several students who were placed with RAs were moved to permanent spaces before ever having to move into those spaces because of early cancellations. But if enough vacancies don’t open up, students in overflow housing will have to remain in their accommodations until space becomes available elsewhere, Killion said. He added that it is a possibility UHRL may not find permanent housing for these students, as housing has worked hard this year to reduce the number of housing cancellations. Editor’s note: Gillian McGoldrick is a resident assistant. She played no part in the reporting of this story. laura.smythe@temple.edu @lcs_smythe

Aramark debuts on Main Campus this semester The food service provider began its 15-year contract with Temple this summer. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor Sodexo was Temple’s food service provider for the past 28 years, but this summer Aramark took over the role. And with the start of Fall 2017, students will finally get to see the results of this transition after months of planning. The university announced the switch from Sodexo to Aramark last October. Temple signed a 15-year contract with Aramark, a Philadelphia-based company, which officially started in May. “Overall, we have been very pleased with the smooth transition and look forward to welcoming students back to campus,” Karen Cutler, vice president of Aramark’s corporate communications, wrote in an email. The university transitioned to Aramark over the summer, which included the renovation of the Student Center food court. The new dining area includes seven restaurants like Chick-fil-A, BurgerFi and Saladworks. Last fall, The Temple News reported that university food service workers feared losing their jobs during the switch to Aramark. Aramark offered all but two of the former Sodexo employees jobs, said Michael Scales, associate vice president of business services. The two employees did not pass Aramark’s background check, which has “different standards” than Sodexo. Aramark held a job fair earlier this month and 200 people from the North Philadelphia community attended. Of the 200 people, 58 were hired by Aramark, making dining services fully staffed and operational with around 500 Aramark employees, Scales said. Sodexo ran various sustainability programs on campus, like composting in the Student Center and dining halls. Aramark will continue the existing programs and expand others. Morgan Hall will begin composting and the Office of Sustainability is still “working out the final details of the composting contract,” but the office expects the program to start in late September, Kathleen

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The newly renovated Valaida S. Walker Food Court opened for business on Monday on the first floor of the Student Center.

Grady, the director of sustainability, wrote in an email. Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria and the Student Center already compost. Aramark will also buy food from “local” companies and farms — an existing program from Sodexo’s as the food service provider. Aramark wants service as close to “farm to fork” as possible, Scales said. “The sustainability voice was well-heard,” during negotiations, said Aaron Weckstein, Temple Student Government’s director of grounds and sustainability.

In January, Weckstein told The Temple News he was worried Aramark wouldn’t uphold the existing sustainability programs after TSG was left out of negotiations between the university and Aramark. Weckstein said TSG will create a sustainable dining task force this fall in order to further sustainability efforts in dining halls and around campus. This summer, Weckstein and TSG’s sustainability task force also began pitching sustainability ideas to Jason Levy, senior director of Student Center operations, like an

online tool to help students track the sources of their food. The task force also suggested a kiosk that would give out reusable to-go boxes to students buying food in the Student Center. Students can then bring the box back to the kiosk where it would be washed and reused. Weckstein said these ideas, if approved by Aramark, will not start until next fall. In order to keep students engaged, Aramark will start its own “food service committee” made for students to give feedback.


Students can also provide feedback through Aramark’s “Voice of the Consumer” platform — an online tool where students can review their experience at any dining location on campus. “Aramark wants to be a part of the Temple lexicon,” Scales said. “Sometimes a big corporation feels more like a distant cousin rather than an immediate family member.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_KellyBrennan

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Fox School of Business expansion explained The school needed more space for support staff and classrooms, but other schools struggle to find classroom space. BY JULIE CHRISTIE Enterprise Editor The Fox School of Business’s expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk will include only a few new classrooms — the rest of the space will go toward collaborative space for the school’s growing programs and offices to support its increasing online presence. Officials at the school said the growth is heavily influenced by Fox’s recruitment methods and bolstered by the university’s decentralized budget. At Temple, each school and college manages its own funds through the decentralized budget. This means that the Fox School of Business has most authority over its revenue and spending. Because of Fox’s increasing national rankings and use of the school’s decentralized budget, it’s been able to secure the funds and enrollment to expand. At the same time, the rest of the university is struggling to fill the immediate demand for classroom space.

NATIONAL RANKINGS Fox ranks as one of the highest among other Temple schools and colleges in several categories: it’s No. 1 in undergraduate enrollment, it’s the No. 4 fastest growing school and is tied with the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management for the highest tuition for undergraduate students. The school also holds some of the highest rankings for its online programs — the online MBA comes in at No. 1 and the school’s online bachelor’s program ranks No. 2 overall, according to U.S. News and World Report. In fact, Fox’s growing online presence is part of the school’s reason for the expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk. The expansion will be complete by Fall 2018 for the school’s centennial celebration. Part of the renovated space will house the support staff for the online programs, said David Kaiser, Fox’s director of undergraduate enrollment management. “Now we have such robust, highly ranked programs, we need a lot of support staff for that,” he said. Chris Vito, the associate director of communications and media relations for Fox, said the school has developed its own software for building and delivering the online courses to students. This means the school doesn’t need to hire any outside companies to run the program. Of the 6,856 undergraduate students in Fox for 2016-17, 181 students are onlineonly, Kaiser said, adding that a majority of

those are transfer students. Fox offers six majors as part of its online bachelor’s degree program: accounting, business management, human resource management, legal studies in business, marketing and supply chain management. The programs’ high rankings, officials said, are one of the driving factors behind the school’s rapid growth. The other force is its marketing methods.

MARKETING While he couldn’t disclose the exact amount Fox spends on marketing itself to potential students, Tom Kegelman, Fox’s assistant dean of marketing, communications, and graduate admissions for Fox, said the budget “hasn’t increased all that much.” The department was instead able to refine how it spends its marketing resources. Fox has purchased billboard space around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. The school also created video campaigns to attract students in southern and southwestern parts of the country. In the past four years, the school has invested in more programs to keep up with the market students will enter after graduation, he added. For example, the school offers finance certificates based on employer needs. The decentralized budget allows Fox “to do things like how probably most businesses would do them as opposed to a traditional university and how they approach marketing and recruitment,” Kegelman said.

RAPID GROWTH Both Kegelman and Kaiser said Fox’s Dean Moshe Porat has been able to lead the school to its top spot with the help of Temple’s decentralized budget. The system puts each school in charge of “all the costs it produces and receive all the revenues it generates,” wrote Leroy Dubeck, a professor emeritus of physics, in The National Education Association’s Higher Education Journal in 2007, which the university includes on its informational website about the decentralized budget. And the school’s marketing methods are working — it’s the fourth-fastest growing school at Temple. From 2005 to 2016, Fox added nearly 3,000 students to its annual enrollment, growing at an average rate of almost 4 percent each year. The school also has the fourth-largest full-time faculty among the other schools, but comes in at No.16 for its student-to-fulltime-faculty ratio. The 2016-17 Fact Book, which includes statistical data for all of Temple’s schools, does not include the amount of adjunct faculty in each school. Data for this academic year will not be available until November. But despite Fox’s quick growth, the expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk will only

KATIE HULLIHEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS The Fox School of Business, with one of the fastest growing student populations, is expanding into 1810 Liacouras Walk and adding a skywalk to connect Alter Hall with its new building.

include a few classroom spaces, Kaiser said. He added that there will be a lot of “collaboration space, especially for [Fox’s] entrepreneurship program.”

SPATIAL CRISIS ACROSS TEMPLE James Reilly has had class in lobbies in Tomlinson Hall and a breezeway in Annenberg Hall, where professors usually teach and rehearse for productions. The actual classroom spaces that the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts uses are mostly in Ritter Hall, since the 2015 demolition of Barton Hall, where most rehearsal space once was. Many of the Ritter Hall classrooms are not up to par with the soundproof spaces once present in Barton Hall. Reilly, a senior English and acting major, said Fox’s expansion is “frustrating” because as the school continues to grow, TFMA struggles for space. TFMA is a much smaller school, with 928 students. But there are not many facilities in which students can rehearse. That causes professors to schedule meetings in the lobbies of Tomlinson Hall, he said. “When we had Barton, at least we had some space that was like, ‘OK, this is our space,’” he added. “Whereas now that that’s gone and we’re down in Ritter, which feels so much smaller, it’s just frustrating we don’t have our own spot on campus. We don’t have our own place to be.” Reilly said he hopes the lack of space is a temporary problem for the school that will be alleviated once the university finishes the library. This is exactly what Temple’s Project Delivery Group, which manages all of the construction projects on Main Campus,

LEFT: A 54-year-old man was shot in an aggravated assault outside the abandoned row homes at 17th and York streets on April 11. RIGHT: Two men chat outside a Deli & Grill, near where a 28-year-old man was shot in an aggravated assault at 15th and York streets on May 21.



a long time,” she said. “When you’re talking about a shooting incident, people are very concerned about the victim, the shooting victim’s family.” There also needs to be support for the people who witness shootings, she said.

Violence also impacts student performance because students are focused on staying safe or grieving after a shooting, and teachers have quit their jobs in the public school system because they have lost so many students, Bellamy added. Gun violence is a perpetual issue in North Philadelphia, and there are multiple factors that exacerbate it, Bellamy said.

“There’s not one particular issue or social, what we call, ‘determinants of health,’ that you can point to as a cause,” she said. “It’s a number of different things. And all too often, we as a society frequently want to just point to one thing that, ‘This is the cause.’ Or we want to blame something.” The Temple News will continue to report on

hopes will happen in 2019 when the library is completed, as well as Peabody’s demolition and the repurposing of Paley Library. “There’s an awareness for the need for space and that is what we’re currently working on,” said Dozie Ibeh, the Project Delivery Group’s associate vice president. “Unfortunately, it’s not something that can be solved in one summer cycle, it’s something that we are addressing over a series of years.” Two floors of classrooms did open on Monday for the College of Public Health in the Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex on the corner of 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue. The STAR Complex took more than a year to complete. This opens up some classroom space in Pearson and McGonigle halls, which is also used by several other schools. In addition to the planned renovation of Paley Library, other schools are setting up plans for expansions, like the Klein College of Media and Communication. Dean David Boardman told The Temple News in January that the college is hoping to expand the school’s existing building, Annenberg Hall, to include a student media center. But that expansion was “somewhere between a dream and a proposal,” Boardman added. “I hope in the next several years when we have this conversation, we won’t have this crisis of space and people will be saying how happy they are where they are,” Ibeh added. Gillian McGoldrick contributed reporting. julie.christie@temple.edu @ChristieJules


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Respect your new home New students need to remember to respect the North Philadelphia community. For the Class of 2021, the past few days were full of some firsts: moving away from their families for the first time, attending their first college class and eating their first dining hall meal. And for many members of the Class of 2021, living at Temple marks their first time residing in an urban community that has existed generations prior to the university’s beginnings. The Temple News has commented on the good and bad of Temple’s relationship with the community before: the impact of the university’s off-campus construction, leftover food from dining halls that could be donated to local organizations, stigmatizing language used in TU Alerts and Temple University Hospital’s efforts to combat gun violence in Philadelphia, to name a few. We ended the 2016-17 year with a longform project exploring Temple’s presence in North Philadelphia, and we are beginning this year by encouraging all freshmen and

transfer students to not only respect the surrounding community and the people who live here, but also to push themselves to learn more about North Philadelphia’s history and culture. Recognize North Philadelphia for what it is: the home of historic institutions like the Freedom Theatre and Church of the Advocate. Talk to community residents about how the university’s growth has changed their neighborhood. When out with friends, recognize that North Philadelphia is not a temporary living situation — for many, it is a lifelong home. At the convocation ceremony on Friday, about 7,000 people were officially recognized as new Temple students. North Philadelphia residents aren’t acknowledged through an annual ceremony, but that doesn’t make them less important. So we remind you to treat the people who live in North Philadelphia as what they are: your neighbors.

Gun violence affects many We’re collecting data and stories on gun violence in the North Philadelphia community. With our first issue of the school year, The Temple News is launching a year-long project to track shootings and the impact of gun violence in the surrounding North Philadelphia community. Our goal is to create awareness and humanize everyone affected by gun violence — victims and their family members, witnesses and shooters — because the scope of its impact is vast. Based on the data we’ve collected, there have been 514 shootings resulting in 21 deaths in the five police districts around Temple since April 1. That’s an average of 100 fewer shootings than during the same months in 2016 or 2015. Not every shooting makes its way into a TU Alert, but its effect still invades the lives of North Philadelphia residents. Gun violence can impact everything from the presence of businesses in a neighborhood to children’s performance in school. “It wears on your psyche,” said Marla Davis Bellamy, the

program director for Philadelphia CeaseFire — an antigun violence organization that focuses on prevention in high-risk areas of North Philadelphia. “Violence becomes the norm. It may not be the norm for you or I, to our neighborhoods. But if you think about it, there are neighborhoods that may [have a shooting] every night.” This is why we think gun violence deserves our attention. In April, after mapping gun violence around Temple for a full year, The Temple News will produce a longform story about its impacts in our community and what’s being done to make a difference. The Temple News will continue to report on gun violence and build its database until April 1, 2018, tracking shootings through most of the academic year. If you have a story about how you or someone you know has been affected by or involved in gun violence, email news@ temple-news.com.

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First-year students: keep health in mind It’s important for freshmen to be aware of health resources offered on Main Campus.


ast year, when I was preparing to move to Main Campus and be on my own for the first time, I knew I’d miss sitting at the dinner table with my family, eating my granny’s delicious home-cooked meals. But I didn’t realize how much missing out on these hearty meals would impact my health. As a freshman, I was eager to get involved right away, and I did. Before I knew it, my schedule was chock-full of things to do from JAYNA SCHAFFER classes to hanging OPINION EDITOR out with friends. But I didn’t realize my enthusiasm was causing me to neglect my health. I was eating, but mostly just sushi from Morgan Hall or a few quick bites of a wrap in between classes and meetings. I was working out, but not as vigorously as I did when I was the high school cheerleading captain. Before long, my family noticed that I had lost weight and muscle tone. Perhaps, if I were aware of the health resources offered on Main Campus, I would have recognized what I was doing wrong and made corrections. First-year students should utilize Temple’s health and fitness resources and reach out to Student Health Services when they realize they are neglecting their health. Dr. Michael Brown, a physician at Student Health Services, said that a lack of a healthy routine is all too

common in first-year students. “It’s hard when you have all these new time demands, whether it’s the extracurriculars, or classes and studying,” he said. “It’s hard to try to scratch out the time for eating a regular meal and for going to the gym.” Exercising regularly is not just beneficial but vital. It’s a great way to reduce stress while creating a valuable habit that you can continue after college. And scheduling time to work out can be easier as part of a group. This allows for a more established schedule and the encouragement of peers. Luckily, Temple has many options for group exercise. Temple’s group fitness classes run seven days a week throughout the academic year and include a variety of exercises, ranging from from yoga to indoor cycling. The university also has a Health and Fitness Club. Freshmen should give these a try if they’re concerned about staying active. Michael Sachs, a kinesiology professor and the faculty adviser of the Health and Fitness Club, said while sometimes difficult, getting into a regular habit of working out is very important, especially in college. “In order to optimize one’s life, being in good physical and mental health is critical, especially for students in these formative years when they’re getting an excellent education as well as learning to navigate adulthood,” Sachs said. And the truth is, with all of Temple’s sports and fitness facilities, staying active is achievable. There are two accessible gyms on Main Campus — Temple University Fitness Center at the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue and the IBC Student Recreation Center at the corner

of 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Geasey Field and Pearson and McGonigle halls also provide space to play sports. The Temple Sports Complex on Broad and Master streets also has a track open to students. Likewise, Student Health Services is available for walk-in and scheduled appointments to see nurses or physicians if you notice a drastic change in your overall health. Even if you haven’t noticed any changes, take note when those around you do. “If your family says that you don’t seem like yourself, listen to them,” Brown said. “They’ll notice a difference in those two or three months since they’ve seen you. They’ll notice things you wouldn’t have noticed.” Additionally, Brown said students can access free consultations with university nutritionist Lori Lorditch. She also leads tours of the Fresh Grocer to encourage students to eat balanced, healthy meals. This is beneficial for students who don’t have experience grocery shopping on their own and would like advice about managing their protein and vitamin intakes. “Everybody thought, ‘Well the food just magically appears in the kitchen.’ And they find out the brutal truth, it’s not true,” Brown said. It’s imperative that students sit down to eat a balanced meal whenever they can and set aside time to be active. To do this, students should take advantages of the resources we have at our fingertips on Main Campus, so they don’t make the same health follies I did freshman year. jayna.alexandra.schaffer@temple.edu @jaynaalexandra_


Philosophy helps us answer big questions Students should consider taking a philosophy class to increase their understanding of themselves and others.


he first time I read Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex” in my existentialism class, I felt like so many of my feelings as a woman were validated. The French philosopher’s characterization about how women are treated differently from men in society and about the ways in which femininity can be forced on women even by their own family resonated with me deeply. I’ve had many epiphanies about myself in the variJENNY ROBERTS ous philosophy SUPERVISING classes I’ve taken EDITOR since then. I’ve also come to better understand how humans treat each other and why considering the viewpoints of others is essential when trying to solve the world’s problems. For students looking to gain a similar type of understanding, I’d suggest considering a philosophy class during this fall’s add/drop period. “We all ask philosophical questions over our lives, sort of big questions about, ‘What are we here for? What is the meaning of this all?’” said Miriam Solomon, chair of the philosophy department. “And I think it’s useful to have a little bit of training in college for when these questions come up in your life.” Solomon said philosophy can help us contemplate the potential answers to questions many of us ask ourselves in daily life anyway — Is there life after death? Are there limits to human knowledge? When is war or conflict justified? In my case, philosophy classes helped me put a name to experiences I’ve had and question my own beliefs.

Last spring, my political philosophy professor pushed our class to discuss whether eating meat is ethical. And after debating about power, consent and why there’s a distinction in which animals we feel comfortable eating, I’m still not sure of the answer or the morality of my own diet. But in this class, I learned to question and defend

Friedrich Nietzsche. “And I had to write essays on them and their ideas, and I’ve had to strengthen it, even though obviously I’m a woman, [and] it’s not something I agree with.” Trying to understand the viewpoints of others and not writing them off if we disagree is essential, especially as national politics become more heated and personal. In the wake of the violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, Van der Gaag said she has tried to contemplate how people may have developed such beliefs. “ T h a t ’ s something that you got to do even though it’s really hard,” she said. “Like with neo-nazis and everything, I struggle to understand that and I know that it’s wrong, but you can’t just ignore people that you disS agree with.” SAS EW EN HA L ASAKOW | THE TEMPL I’ve also contemplated how my own beliefs people develop such hate for others, and to listen and challenge others on and I’ve likewise tried to think about theirs. how those on the receiving end of this Solomon said these lessons are hate must feel. common to philosophy classes. PhiThis contemplation is exactly the losophy, she said, “encourages you to point of philosophy. And the incident say more than just what you believe, in Charlottesville is just one example but to go deeper into saying why you of a current event that philosophy can believe it and whether it’s important offer us a better insight on. for other people.” For topics that are this important, Lex Van der Gaag, a senior phi- we need to gain understanding, so we losophy major and president of the can work to make our world a better Temple University Philosophy Soci- place for everyone. ety, said reading the work of philosoAnd though it may not seem phers she doesn’t agree with for class grandiose, I think a philosophy class has allowed her to see how others just might be the best way to start this rationalize points of view she doesn’t mission. hold herself. “There’s a bunch of philosophers jenny.roberts@temple.edu that especially for their time are very @jennyroberts511 misogynistic,” she said, referring to 19th-century German philosopher

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Diverse leaders can better represent students, community Temple Student Government being led by students of color is good for students and the community.


’ll always remember how proud I was to learn that Barack Obama had been elected as the first Black president in 2008. I was even more proud to have the opportunity to vote in an election for the very first time in 2012, helping him get re-elected for a second term. From 2009 to 2016, it brought me great pride to live in a country and city where the offices of the president and the mayor were both held by Black men: Barack Obama and former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. Seeing Black leaders hold two such powerful positions helped me and other people of color I JENSEN TOUSSAINT know gain the confidence to believe we could also become leaders some day. And this school year, students of color at Temple similarly have a similar opportunity: to be inspired by seeing students who look like them hold the highest leadership positions on campus. This year’s Temple Student Government is being led by three students of color in the top positions — Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes, Vice President of External Affairs Paige Hill and Vice

President of Services Kayla Martin. It’s important to have people of color lead the university and serve as the voice of the student body. This offers a voice to students and residents living in the largely African-American community surrounding campus who may not have been heard in the past. “We must be open to include the contributions of all students, including students of color, to ensure our decisions are informed by a broad range of perspectives,” said Valerie Harrison, who works with the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance, which focuses on equal opportunity, equal access and affirmative action. White students make up about 54 percent of Temple’s student body, according to the university’s 2016 Student Profile. But it’s important to have representation of people of other races that make up the rest of the student body, too. Students of different races and ethnicities have different backgrounds and experiences, and thus, bring different ideas and perspectives to the decision-making table — the more people of different races and ethnicities can be represented, the more it can help all of us find commonalities with each other. “I think for an institution like Temple, a predominantly white institution,… recognizing the talents of its entire student body, including students of color is extremely important in giving students a platform,” Hill

said. TSG will also be working with the surrounding community of North Philadelphia throughout the year. The residents of the historically Black North Philadelphia community should feel represented on campus in the same way as Temple’s student body. In contrast to the student population, where Black students make up only about 12 percent of the student body, Black people make up about 40.5 percent of the population in the 19122 ZIP code surrounding Temple, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. “When you are in area like that, you have to understand your privilege, and understand that you have a responsibility as a student and as an educated person to do right by that area,” Martin said. “And so I think it’s important that, as an African-American student and just relating to my own personal experiences, that I shed light on that community as well.” It’s no secret that tensions are sometimes strained between the university and the surrounding community. This summer, the university was ranked No. 17 out of 20 on The Princeton Review’s list of schools where the relationships between students and the local community are strained. One of the ways TSG plans to foster a better relationship is by hosting a community day block party scheduled for Labor Day. Partnering with campus safety, TSG will be able to interact with families who live in North Philadelphia. Mann-Barnes said the

goal is to “create a more inclusive environment where people feel welcome.” It’s important for residents of any community to feel welcome and not like an outsider. Leaders should in turn look to find active ways to make that happen for as many residents as possible, and I’m glad this TSG administration is starting this effort so early in their term. Another way TSG hopes to continue this effort at inclusivity is by creating an alternative spring break option for Temple students to go into the North Philadelphia community and work with various nonprofit organizations while learning about the history of North Philadelphia from residents. “It’s more about developing personal, meaningful and impactful relationships that is going to be more genuine and authentic than us just going out and volunteering,” Mann-Barnes said. With the diversity that exists at Temple and the surrounding community, students and residents should be able to look at their leaders and see a person who gives us the belief that we’ll be represented. Hearing different ideas and perspectives from everyone can ignite change and potentially improve the university and community as a whole for both current and future students and residents. jensen.toussaint@temple.edu


Fighting to end throw-away culture A student reflects on her quest to decrease waste in her own life and at her job. BY CHELSEA WILLIAMS


he majority of things I own come to me secondhand. From books that I find used online to clothes that I buy from thrift stores, almost everything that is now mine has had a life before me. What’s great about thrifting, or buying used items is that it’s not only cheaper, but it keeps products that are still in good condition out of landfills, allowing them to find new use. As an environmental studies major and someone who cares about the world we live in, I’m always trying to find new ways to minimize waste in my life. And I’m slowly setting goals for myself to reduce my carbon footprint by buying anything I can secondhand. But I also want to help others reduce their footprint as well. One of the most challenging ways I’ve been trying to reduce waste recently has been by working in Temple’s surplus warehouse, the place where furniture from oncampus buildings is discarded when no longer is use. There’s something organic

about giving a new life to these untouched pieces of furniture and watching as they are reused by different departments on campus, nonprofit organizations throughout the city and in random homes. Even the pieces that I think are hopeless heaps of garbage find new havens. Working in the warehouse has allowed me to see the bigger picture when it comes to reducing waste. While my personal environmentally conscious habits are important, it’s even more gratifying to see a large institution like Temple reducing its impact. And I’m glad I can be part of this work. There are no boring days in the warehouse. Sometimes my co-workers and I laugh in frustration when we receive more filing cabinets to add to our existing plethora. Other times, we get caught up examining old laboratory equipment. A typical day at the warehouse is exhausting though. There’s no air conditioning, and everything is dirty and dusty. Not a day goes by that I’m not moving objects twice my size, from 80-pound filing cabinets to bulky wooden desks. The process of reselling this furniture isn’t fun either. It’s often monotonous: taking photos of the

pieces and creating listings. Most items are sold for less than $10 to make sure they find a new home, but these small successes are far better than the wasteful alternatives. Wherever the items end up, it’s gratifying to know they didn’t end up sitting in a landfill or being shipped off to other locations to sit as waste there. By finding new life for these items, we allow these items to continue being used, so that more products do not have to be made. If this job has taught me anything, it’s that everything can be used and reused in some way. We live in a throw-away culture, and consumerism preaches that we constantly need to upgrade our stuff. From clothes to furniture and electronics, our landfills are piled with perfectly useful materials that are deemed unfit, despite still being in good condition. While I can’t save every piece of furniture that comes across the warehouse or stop people from sending their items away as waste, I’ll try my best. And I’ll continue my own waste-reducing habits in the meantime. chelseawilliams@temple-news.com

April 17, 1997: As Temple Student Government began its 15th year, Edwin Beausoleil became the first African American to be elected student body president two years in a row. The theme of his inauguration speech was “we shall overcome.” This year’s TSG is being led by three students of color — Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes, Vice President of External Affairs Paige Hill and Vice President of Services Kayla Martin. TSG plans to represent the residents of North Philadelphia on campus and create better community relations by hosting a block party this Labor Day.

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TSG to begin new peer mentorship program About 30 students have applied to be mentors for students who struggle adjusting to college. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Temple Student Government opened applications for a Peer-Mentorship Program earlier this month. It is meant to connect freshmen, transfer students, students of marginalized groups and commuter students with on-campus resources through a partnership with student leaders. The applications will remain open until Sept. 5. The Peer-Mentorship Program will match mentors and mentees based on interest, demographics and what they want to get out of the program, said Kayla Martin, TSG’s vice president of services. “Our goal was to have a program that was leaning toward students that traditionally have a hard time adjusting to life at college,” said Melissa Eisgrau, TSG’s director of academic affairs. “We aimed the program at commuter, international, immigrant, firstgeneration and transfer students.” Mentors and mentees will be required to meet two to three times during the semester and will be given a list of resource categories, to which mentors should expose their mentees. These include categories like community engagement through volunteer work and aspects of campus life like football



Cost: $10,000,000 Completion: Aug. 28 The Student Center atrium and first floor underwent major

games and on-campus events. “Instead of having it be rigid, we want to have [mentors and mentees] make it what they want it to be,” said Almas Ayaz, director of campus life and diversity. “We want our mentor and mentee to find something that works for them. We want to know what they’re looking for from this program and then find a mentor or mentee that has had those same experiences.” Mentors are interviewed after applying online and matched with a mentee who has similar goals for the semester-long mentorship. For example, students who are interested in a certain aspect of campus involvement like leadership or academics would be matched with a mentor who shares those values, she added. TSG has received around 30 applications for the mentor positions, with more mentors applying than mentees, Martin said. TSG has been promoting the program on social media, but Ayaz said she wants to do more to advertise the program in-person. “We’re looking to get into academic listservs and reach out to different organizations,” she said. “I’m an RA, so I’m going to be knocking down doors, making sure we can get as many people from as many different places as possible.” TSG also plans to promote the program at TempleFest, Eisgrau said. TempleFest is a Student Activities event held during Welcome Week where student organizations like TSG and other on-campus departments promote their events and services. Two

poured this week. The tower will also be lit up at night by new lighting fixtures to increase visibility. Students are advised they will not be able to travel around the east side of the tower between 12th and 13th streets until Lenfest Circle is complete, Ibeh said.

FOUNDER’S GARDEN + ALUMNI CIRCLE Cost: $3,500,000 Completion: Aug. 28

renovations as a part of Temple’s change in food service provider from Sodexo to Aramark. The food court was renovated to house new fast-food restaurants like Chickfil-A, Saladworks, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and BurgerFi. The colorful furnishings and new cafeteria setup are “disorienting in a good way,” Ibeh said. The space was refurbished to be more open to encourage socialization in the Student Center, he added. The atrium was also renovated to update the facade of the information desk and a new Starbucks, which officially opened on Monday. The lobby of the Student Center has been open since Aug. 22, but the Starbucks remained closed as employees completed training.


Cost: $2,000,000 Completion: October, exact date TBD The Bell Tower was resealed this summer, adding new bells that will ring every hour for the first time in decades. The project won’t be finished until October and will disrupt some student foot traffic on Main Campus around the centralized structure due to fencing off the area. The tower itself is complete, but the circular structure at the bottom of it, called Lenfest Circle and dedicated to university trustee and longtime donor H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, will begin to have concrete

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The Temple “T” has been installed in the Founder’s Garden to create a new, “vibrant part of campus,” Ibeh said. As a part of Temple’s long-term landscape plan Verdant Temple, Founder’s Garden and Alumni Circle were revamped with new seating and stone and brickwork to match Liacouras Walk, which was updated last summer. The university is working to build a waterfall at the corner of Polett and Liacouras walks, just behind the statue of founder Russell Conwell, which will be completed by mid-September. The cartoon-like owl that once perched atop Alumni Circle has been replaced by a much more monstrous successor — the new owl’s wingspan is more than nine feet long. To travel between Alumni Circle and Founder’s Garden, a path of rocks has been laid for students and faculty to walk across. “The idea is to make [Founder’s Garden]…attractive and inviting and open so it’s visible and usable for our students, faculty and staff,” Ibeh said.

JAMIE COTTRELL / FILE PHOTO Temple Student Government created the Peer-Mentorship Program to help different student groups adjust to college.

TempleFest events were held last week, with another on Wednesday. “I want incoming students to feel like TSG helped their transition to college,” Martin said. “I want them to see where they can go and what they can do.” Keeping accountability between mentors and mentees may be challenging, Ayaz said. “We need to make sure we, as TSG, can find the balance of giving [mentors and mentees] the power to keep the conversation and do it at their will, but also make sure there’s enough structure,” she added. “The mentors

lic Health and new recreation facilities for student use. Two floors of classrooms were opened for CPH students, who previously had been sharing classroom space in Pearson and McGonigle halls with other schools and colleges. A 70-yard turf field was added for students to train, along with 8,000 square feet of free weights, ranging from 5 to 120 pounds. This new space is “the primary weight room on Main Campus,” according to the Campus Recreation website. The STAR Complex also houses the athletics department’s main offices. Campus Recreation has replaced the climbing wall in Pearson Hall with a brand new climbing wall in the STAR Complex. The new wall features various terrains and overhangs for climbers to try. The climbing wall is tentatively scheduled to open on Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. Nearby in the lobby is a Jamba Juice store, selling fruit smoothies. A two-lane running track, which will circle the STAR Complex, will be completed in September for public use. The track’s hours will be posted outside, Ibeh added.

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Walk is the only service left in the building, with demolition underway in the rest of the building, Ibeh said. Tuttleman Counseling Services has been moved to the second floor of 1700 N. Broad St., where the athletics department once was before it moved to its permanent location in the STAR Complex. The exterior of Speakman Hall is next on the list to be improved before construction for the skywalk begins. The addition will be updated with a terracotta material to improve the look of the building and to match 1810 Liacouras Walk. Ibeh said the skywalk could be built off site, delivered and placed on the building for final renovations during off-work hours to avoid interrupting foot traffic on Liacouras Walk. The alleyway between 1810 Liacouras Walk and the Beasley School of Law will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, so Ibeh advises Beasley students to plan to enter the school on Broad Street.

The Fox School of Business has begun its takeover of 1810 Liacouras Walk, which will add 77,000 square feet of space for classrooms, support staff to run its online programs and a skywalk to connect the building with Speakman and Alter halls. Almost all services, except for Student Health Services, have been moved to new locations on campus. Student Health Services on the fourth floor of 1810 Liacouras


Peabody Residence Hall, the university’s oldest residence hall, will be demolished during fall break. Ibeh said the land’s new purpose has not yet been determined.


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Cost: TBD Completion: Fall break 2017 (exact date TBD)

Cost: $49,090,000 Completion: Fall 2018, exact date TBD

Cost: $28,500,000 Completion: Aug. 28

During this academic year, construction workers will place steel beams to build the structure. By the end of the 2017-18 academic year, workers will place the exterior cladding and begin the interior renovations. The project’s completion date has been pushed back again from its original projection of late 2018, to “early 2019,” Ibeh said, with no exact date finalized.

In all of these projects, Ibeh said the university is committed to sustainability. For each new structure, Temple aims to reach at least one level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. LEED certifications are awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council at Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum rating levels. A certification is awarded depending on the levels of water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions that have been reduced. Ibeh said his team works closely with the Office of Sustainability on all projects. To be sustainable, the university manages the stormwater in each building and holds off on releasing it into the city’s sewer system until less busy times to avoid overloading the system, which reduces energy use. The university also is attempting to disconnect from the city’s sewer lines as much as possible to manage its own stormwater. Ibeh added his team hopes to add more green roofs throughout campus like the one set to be built on the new library. “We are very conscious of being sustainable,” he added.



The Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex on the corner of Montgomery Avenue and 15th Street opened classrooms for students in the College of Pub-

should be checking up, doing whatever they can and going out of their way as much as they can to help their mentees. At the end, they’ll both get out of this program what they put into it.” “Having a student who can guide you to organizations or people who really resonate with you can be really special,” Ayaz said. “A lot of people have a hard time knowing where to find those people.”

Cost: $170,000,000 Completion: Spring 2019, exact date TBD

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The new university library, which has been under construction since 2015, is “finally out of the ground,” Ibeh said. Most of the last academic year was spent laying the groundwork for the 210,000-square-foot library.

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Campus Operations, TUPD take strides to improve Flight service Campus Operations is working to hire a supervisor to help improve the shuttle service. BY TESSA SAYERS For The Temple News When Flight, Temple’s on-demand evening shuttle service, first launched in March 2016, it didn’t take long for students to pick out one major flaw: the wait times for buses were too long. More than a year after Flight was first introduced, Temple Police and Campus Operations have teamed up to finally alleviate the problem. Mark Gottlieb, the associate director of operations and logistics, Eileen Bradley, captain of special services for Campus Safety Services and Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services, spent this past summer searching for a Flight supervisor to handle the service’s issues. This is an addition they hope will solve those long wait times, which were still major problems during the 2016-17 academic year. “The improvements in Flight are pretty much focused on the supervision side of the ledger,” Gottlieb said. This supervisor will work from a Campus Safety office and monitor the Flight system in real time, Gottlieb added. The supervisor, who they hope to hire early this semester, will oversee the bus drivers during Flight’s hours of operation, which run from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. until Nov. 4. “We want to make sure [drivers] are fulfilling their end of the bargain by completing their runs in an efficient and professional manner,” Gottlieb said. “And without that kind of supervision, it leaves open the possibility that they are taking longer routes or that they are possibly missing passengers en route that they should have picked up.”

The supervisor will also be available to answer any questions that students have and fix any issues that arise during Flight’s hours of operation. That service is something that Gottlieb and Bradley both hope students take advantage of, especially in the first couple weeks of the school year. “The students are our customers,” Bradley said. “If they aren’t happy, we want to know about it and we want to know as soon as we can so we can correct it.” Some students appreciate the effort Temple is taking to try and fix the issues with Flight, but have doubts that a supervisor is the solution. Hannah Shippas, a sophomore biology major, has experienced long wait times and glitches within the TapRide app, which students use to call Flight. Shippas has received a notification from the app that her ride was outside when it really wouldn’t be there for another 10 minutes. “I would hope they would add more buses,” Shippas said. “Or maybe, if Temple really cares about service, they should pay Uber or Lyft a certain amount each year so we can get a quicker ride. It could support local business and keep people safe when riding home.” Last spring, Temple added the “TECH Express,” which shuttles students from the TECH Center to cut wait times for the existing five Flight buses. This bus will run from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. and will take students from the TECH Center or Paley Library to the athletic fields or their off-campus houses without them having to go through the TapRide app, Bradley and Gottlieb said. They started looking for ways to improve Flight in October 2016. In addition to talking to other universities with similar services like the University of Chicago and Wayne State University, they also asked students to test the shuttle service and submit an elec-

tronic report on their experience, which prompted a meeting with the company and bus drivers. Those students, referred to as “secret shoppers” will also help during the first two weeks of the fall semester to point out any issues with the system. In 2015, Temple Student Government advocated for the creation of Flight. Now, TSG is less involved in the daily operations of Flight and their main responsibility is to market the program to students, said Tyrell Mann-Barnes, the student body president. “Our focus as Temple Student Government is continuously expand Flight and make sure students know they can utilize that resource on campus,” MannBarnes said. “Basically we’re just marketing it to students,” Mann-Barnes emphasized that students who want an alternative to Flight can also utilize Temple Police’s Walking Escort program, which allows students to call TUPD between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. Students who call for the service will be met by a Temple Police officer wherever they are on or off campus and walked to their desired location to ensure the student’s safety. Gottlieb and Bradley recommend all students to email them directly or call the supervisor once the position is filled if they have any problems with the service. “We are going to be looking at the data on a daily basis to see what the issues are and to stay on top of it,” Bradley said. “This is a very important service for the students and I’ve worked hard on this because this is a big improvement in safety.” Gillian McGoldrick contributed reporting. teresa.sayers@temple.edu @SayersTessa

NEWS BRIEFS Katz School nationally ranked for application size The Lewis Katz School of Medicine received the ninth most applications out of 118 medical schools that submitted 2016 admissions data, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The Katz School is one of the three Philadelphia medical schools on the list. Drexel University’s medical school is ranked fifth and Thomas Jefferson University’s medical school is ranked seventh, according to the report. The Katz School received 10,623 applications and had a 4.8 percent acceptance rate. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania received the most applications with 16,187 and an 8.2 percent acceptance rate, according to the report. Last year, 96 students who graduated from Temple’s medical school were placed at some of the “top institutions” in the country. Graduates were accepted to places like the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University’s residency program, according to the school’s career outcome data. - Tessa Sayers

OWLCard and Diamond Dollar office moved to Student Center The OWLCard and Diamond Dollars office moved from 1910 Liacouras Walk to the first floor of the Student Center. The new office is in Suite 101 next to the Valaida S. Walker Food Court, which was under construction this summer. The new location was announced via TUPortal. All OWLCard production will take place at the new location. The Human Resources reception office is also now permanently located there. The OWLCard and Diamond Dollars office extended its hours this week and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Kelly Brennan

TSG’s Ethics Board begins work for accountability The Ethics Board, which monitors Parliament and the Executive Branch, was one of Activate TU’s main campaign promises. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Temple Student Government established an Ethics Board last semester to hold its Executive Branch and Parliament accountable. The Ethics Board — which consists of TSG’s Parliamentarian, Auditor General and Elections Commissioner — acts independently of both branches and began its work this summer. This new branch was one of Activate TU’s main campaign promises during the TSG election last spring. The board is responsible for ensuring both branches of TSG follow the constitution and bylaws. Each of the three members of the Ethics Board will enforce this in different ways. It is the Auditor General’s responsibility to draft and release a public memorandum explaining a constitutional infraction if a member or entity doesn’t follow the constitution or bylaws. The Parliamentarian and Elections Commissioner offer advice throughout this process. One of the main actions taken by the Ethics Board this summer came in the form of a public memo written by Auditor General Morrease Leftwich Jr. about social media communication. The memo clarified when

and how the Executive Branch can control the Ethics Board and Parliament’s external communications. The Executive Branch is allowed to provide oversight, but cannot stifle any external communications, Leftwich said. Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz and Leftwich were appointed by Parliament near the end of the spring semester. After their appointments, they began interviewing applicants for the Elections Commissioner seat. Kurtz is responsible for drafting memos to the Executive Branch that convey the Ethics Board’s stance on issues outlined in the constitution. The main subject of the memos this summer was freshmen Parliament elections this fall, he said. Kurtz and Leftwich drafted Ethics Board bylaws that would serve as a transition document for future members. The bylaws also provide ways for future Ethics Board members to change things as they see fit, Kurtz said. The TSG constitution would still take precedence over the bylaws, he added. Elections Commissioner Matthew Diamond was not appointed until the end of June, after Parliament was out of session for the semester. This is standard practice, as the Elections Commissioner can’t be appointed until after the Parliament and executive elections are complete. He said the rest of the Ethics Board and Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes helped him settle into his role, as he was not involved with TSG prior to his appointment. Diamond’s primary focus is forming

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Jacob Kurtz, TSG’s parliamentarian, discusses a memorandum with the other members of the Ethics Board.

the Elections Committee and reviewing the elections code for clarity. He said he was motivated to do this after an incident regarding the interpretation of the elections code last spring when there was disagreement among members of the former Elections Committee. Former Elections Commissioner Noah Goff wrote in an email obtained by The Temple News that Activate TU should have been disqualified from the race for the way it reported its finances, which he believed violated the elections code. The Elections Committee voted to allow the campaign to stay in the race.

Applications for the Elections Committee, advertised on Twitter, closed at the end of July. The committee was selected and finalized in early August. “I want to make sure student body leaders get there fairly and honestly,” Diamond said. “How can we be sure they would follow the constitution and uphold the rules if they got to their seats in a questionable manner? I want to make sure to be there to protect the integrity of the elections.” amanda.lien@temple.edu @AmandaJLien

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SOPHOMORE TAKES THE LEAD ON A MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN India Fenner organized a march of more than 100 people with the goal of uplifting Black women last Friday.

KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS More than 100 people attended a march in Center City on Friday, carrying signs meant to celebrate Black women.

ROSARIO CACIE / THE TEMPLE NEWS Participants march past Main Campus at the March for Black Women on Friday, which began at City Hall and continued up to Cecil B. Moore Avenue.



ndia Fenner often looks to the words of Malcolm X for motivation. “The most disrespected woman in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman,” the civil rights activist said in a 1962 speech titled, “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” Fenner, a sophomore African American studies and political science major, said she has always strived to support and uplift fellow Black women. And on Friday, she led more than 100 people up Broad Street from City Hall to Cecil B. Moore Avenue in the March for Black Women, which she organized to accomplish just that. Fenner said she was concerned with the lack of representation Black women have in history and in the modern day. “I was born an activist, and I’ve been attending marches and protests, but they’ve all been for Black men who have been harassed and killed by police,” Fenner said. Once, she attended a march in Philadel-

phia for Sandra Bland, a Black woman who was found dead in a Texas jail cell in 2015. Bland was arrested for the charge of assaulting a public servant after an argument with former Texas state trooper Brian Encinia, who pulled Bland over for failing to use her turn signal. This march was the only one Fenner knew of that revolved around a Black woman, she said. “It was a small protest, and that’s what really made me think about why we don’t focus on Black women,” Fenner said. In January, the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. For Fenner, however, the march did not bring attention to Black women. “The Women’s March was not for us,” Fenner said. “It was nice and cute and was for a great cause, but it didn’t focus more on us,” she added. “We still face other issues, like depression and racism, that white women don’t face.” So Fenner created her own march. To get the word out, Fenner took to her Facebook account. She emphasized that the march was inclusive, seeking to call people of all genders and races to support Black women and girls across America. Her friends, the speakers and performers at the march also helped spread the word, she said. On the Facebook event Fenner created, nearly 700 people said they were interested in attend-


Reviving a place, preserving history Alumnus Joey Baldino runs a social club that celebrates Italian-American culture. BY ANGELA GERVASI Features Editor When Bon Appétit magazine ranked the Palizzi Social Club as the fourth best new restaurant in America, Owner Joey Baldino was honored. But he doesn’t want people tweeting about it. “I feel like what happens here should stay here, almost,” said the chef and 2001 entrepreneurship alumnus. The Palizzi Social Club has a list of house rules, one of which prohibits excessive cell phone use. The intention, Baldino said, is to preserve the club’s legacy as a spot for socializing in person. “Before there was social media, there were social clubs,” he said. At first glance, the Palizzi Social Club blends almost seamlessly into its narrow corridor of South Philadelphia row homes. A softly lit sign whispers to visitors that the building at 1408 S. 12th St. is a mixture of a restaurant and bar. After purchasing a membership — $20 a year — outsiders become guests, gaining access to a menu brimming with Southern Italian foods like escarole, stromboli and spaghetti with crabs. Baldino has studied with renowned chefs, like Georges Perrier and Marc Vetri — but the cooking at Palizzi comes from the pots and pans of his mother, grandmother and aunts. “It’s food that I don’t want to let die,” Baldino said. For years, he was surrounded by Italian culinary traditions, growing up on home-made dishes like calamari and peas. It wasn’t until his time at Temple that he realized he wanted to cook the cuisine professionally. A summer spent in Italy helped kick start


EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sport business graduate student Andy Sturt, 36, made a trip to Citizens Bank Park, the 19th stadium on his tour, for Saturday night’s Phillies’ game against the Chicago Cubs.

Graduate student tours MLB stadiums for research project The sport business student began his road trip to all 30 ballparks on June 9 in his native Chicago. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor Andy Sturt admitted he should have been studying for finals with one week left before exams last spring. Instead, the 36-year-old sport business graduate student was writing a research proposal to document the fan experience at Major League Baseball

stadiums. When he showed it to professors Joris Drayer and Thilo Kunkel, they expected to receive three paragraphs. Sturt wrote 10 pages. Unlike other studies that have analyzed fan experiences at stadiums, Sturt’s research does not only survey a single section of fans. Instead, he asks himself, “How is the team engaging me from the moment I enter the stadium?” “There has never been a study, both scholarly and non-scholarly, that has measured a single fan’s experience, in a single season, across numerous venues,” he wrote in his research proposal. He began the trip in June at a Cubs’

game at Wrigley Field in his hometown Chicago. Eighteen stadiums later, he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. Originally, he sought to visit 15 stadiums. Now, he plans to visit all 30 Major League stadiums by Oct. 1. And he’s doing it all in his Toyota Camry Hybrid. When Sturt arrives at each stadium, he follows a general pattern. He attempts to reach the venue an hour and a half before first pitch, taking pictures with and of statues he spots outside the stadium. He spends part of the game in the seat he purchased, and part of it walk-






A space for veterans students reached its one-year anniversary. Read more on page 10.

Novelist Liz Moore will serve as Temple’s writer-inresidence for the semester. Read more on page 11.

An alumna explores cuisine from 30 different countries in her Food for Thought exhibit. Read more on page 11.

The Global Village organizes improvisational jam sessions throughout the city. Read more on page 12.




South Philly anime convention draws hundreds

Hundreds of people flocked to 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia last weekend for J-1 Con, the largest anime convention in the city. This convention is “held by nerds for nerds,” wrote Jason Richardson, the president and founder of the comics entertainment company J1 Studios. Samantha Cline, 18, from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, brought a binder of her Yu-Gi-Oh! collection to J-1 Con to share with other players. Visitors of all ages were encouraged to dress as anime characters and meet with other fans. Megan Barbieri, a 2005 Spanish alumna, and her daughter, Angelina, dressed as two of their favorite characters for the convention. The arena featured tables, televisions and monitors for gaming, a microphone for guests to practice script segments and dozens of sales kiosks where guests could purchase comics, jewelry, clothing, Japanese candies and other anime-themed items. J1 Studios hopes to expand J-1 Con into a three-day event in 2018.


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Building a community of veterans Veteran students find support at the Military and Veterans Service Center. BY IAN WALKER Assistant Features Editor When Zach Bedford attended his freshman orientation in Fall 2015, he felt out of place among the crowds of “brandnew adults.” While most other students had just finished high school, Bedford, now 23, spent the previous year serving a ninemonth tour in Afghanistan in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. “It’s just a different life and mindset,” said Bedford, a junior biology major. “At least me personally, I felt isolated when I first came here.” It took Bedford until Fall 2016 — a year after he came to Temple — to discover the Temple Veterans Association, an organization formed in 2010 to offer emotional support and career guidance to veteran students. That same semester, TVA found its first physical home: the newly opened Military and Veterans Service Center on the sixth floor of Conwell Hall. The Military and Veterans Service Center hosted an informational program Thursday in Morgan Hall to welcome incoming students who were active-duty service members, veterans or the spouses or dependents of service members. The day also marked the one year anniversary of the new space that opened last August. In November 2016, the space was officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served as an army general. The dedication represented the culmination of a six-year

effort to better address veteran students’ needs at Temple. In 2010, Temple established the Veterans Task Force, a group of representatives from different university schools and administrative offices, to develop programs and examine legal policies that affect military and veteran students. “They have a whole lot of things to deal with, transitioning back not just to college but to civilian life,” said Laura Reddick, the associate director for adult and veteran student recruitment. “At the university, we just wanted to make sure that we did everything that we possibly could within our means to really help the process be smooth for them.” The university established Reddick’s position in 2010 to accommodate the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The 2008 bill guarantees full tuition for a public four-year undergraduate education to any veteran who has served three years on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Reddick was tasked with helping incoming students navigate the new legislation. Having previously advised incoming veteran students for more than two decades in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Reddick said she knew the policy change would boost veteran enrollment. When Reddick first assumed her new role in Fall 2010, 211 students used GI Bill benefits to attend Temple, according to the University Registrar Bhavesh Bambhrolia. In the following six years, the veteran student population rapidly expanded, with 1,691 students utilizing GI Bill benefits last year. During that time, Reddick counseled veteran students at the Ambler Campus and TUCC as well as through virtual sessions online. Though the smaller cam-

puses gave her more flexibility to develop new veteran information sessions, she said the lack of a centralized location made it difficult to create a sense of community. “Once they got assisted, they were pretty much on their own,” Reddick said. Last August, the center finally became a physical creation, bringing Reddick to Main Campus. No longer a transient, one-woman office, the new space in Conwell Hall brings veteran students together, Reddick said in her speech during Thursday’s program. Debbie Campbell, TVA’s faculty adviser and the senior vice dean at the Fox School of Business, said the center is also a hotbed for employer recruitment events. This year, Campbell said she is establishing 12 “corporate partnerships” for the Military and Veterans Service Center. Participating companies — including Wawa, Aramark and MassMutual — will pay TVA $250 in exchange for hosting recruitment events in the center. For Bedford, now the vice president of TVA, the Military and Veterans Service Center touches on many different facets of veteran student life. It’s a dedicated club office and employer recruitment hub, but also a hangout spot between classes, he said. “It’s our spot as veterans,” Bedford said. “Us veterans coming together, that’s a huge source of support just on our end of what we can do as individual veterans for other veterans,” he added.

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EVENTS Alumni association sponsors happy hour The Temple University Alumni Association will sponsor a Center City Sips event on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dilworth Park to welcome back the Class of 2018. Attendees can pay $10 at the event or $5 if they register in advance at Temple’s alumni page. Advanced registration includes two free drink tickets which can be redeemed by presenting an OWLcard at the event. Center City Sips is a city-wide happy hour featuring more than 90 participating bars and restaurants. -Ian Walker

“Notes To Myself” exhibit showcases alumna Gail Morrison-Hall, a Tyler School of Art alumna, will present “Notes To Myself,” a group exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center starting this Friday. The exhibit examines the connection between written language and visual art. According to the exhibit’s Eventbrite page, the artists employ “spoken Yiddish, sheet music, handwritten scrolls and gibberish” in their work. The Painted Bride Art Center is a contemporary art gallery on Vine and Bodine streets. The center will host an opening reception on Friday at 5 p.m. The exhibit ends on Oct. 1. -Ian Walker

Temple to provide transportation to First Friday art walk

BILIN LIN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students listen as Laura Reddick, the associate director of adult and veteran student recruitment, speaks at a welcome event in Morgan Hall on Thursday.

The Tyler School of Art will provide free transportation Friday evening to the First Friday art walk, a monthly open house for the art galleries of Old City. A bus will depart from 13th and Diamond streets at 6 p.m. and travel to the Betsy Ross House on 3rd and Arch streets. At 8:45 p.m., the bus will depart Old City and return to Tyler at 9:15 p.m. Transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. A list of participating galleries will be provided. Established in 1991 by a small group of galleries, First Friday now features more than 40 art galleries. Attendees can see a wide range of art media, from ceramic arts at the Clay Studio to intricate smoking pipes at the Ruckus Gallery. Street artists and busking musicians often fill the streets. -Ian Walker



ing. The numbers were higher than Fenner had expected. At the march, dozens of participants brandished homemade signs, bearing phrases like “Black queens matter” and “Don’t underestimate her, she’s glowing with power.” Drummers pounded a rhythm as the group walked toward Main Campus. Writing #SayHerName onto a sign, Fenner displayed the names of women affected by police brutality. She included not only the women killed, but the wives, daughters and mothers of Black men who have died. “It’s fine that people show that, yes, we are not perfect, yes, we have our problems, but I’m tired of people bringing up reasons as to why we deserved to be abused in any type of way,” she said. “So that’s why this march is important.” Fenner hopes to organize similar marches in the future. “This is my first one, but it definitely won’t be my last,” she said. ayooluwa.ariyo@temple.edu


Festival celebrates Middle Eastern and North African heritage

KHANYA BRANN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Participants hold up hand-made signs while they march up Broad Street during the March for Black Women.

A 2011 English language and literature alumna and spoken word poet Maryan Captan will perform this weekend at YallaPunk, a three-day arts festival highlighting the creative work of MENA individuals, or people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Musicians, poets and comedians will perform on Friday and Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s, a Fishtown music venue on Frankford and Girard avenues, and The Barbary, a music club on Allen Street near Frankford Avenue. Captan will perform Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at The Barbary. According to the festival’s website, the event represents a “direct response to negative depictions of populations of Middle Eastern descent in mainstream media.” In addition to the live performances, YallaPunk will host several workshops at the Crane Arts Building and Ulises, an artsdedicated bookstore located in Fishtown. Tickets to the festival are available at Yalla Punk’s website. -Ian Walker temple-news.com @thetemplenews



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Writer-in-residence joins faculty Novelist Liz Moore will work with graduate students this semester. BY AMANDA LIEN Copy Editor Author Liz Moore has lived abroad, won numerous literary awards and published three novels. Now, she is coming to Temple as the College of Liberal Arts’ newest writer-inresidence. While past writers who held the position have remained at Temple for only a few days, Moore is extending her stay to one full semester so she can teach a fiction writing workshop for graduate students. Each fall semester, Temple’s graduate Creative Writing Program invites a distinguished novelist to work as a resident, teach students, host readings and give guest lectures. Moore is the fourth writer-in-residence since the program began in 2014. Don Lee, director of the MFA program in the College of Liberal Arts, first met Moore at a fiction reading in Philadelphia. At the time of their meeting, he was aware of her reputation as a “superb novelist,” he said. Years later, he connected with Moore once again — this time to offer her a writer’s residency. “I knew that she was a smart, dedicated teacher and that she’d be a good fit at Temple, so when this spot arose, we decided to approach her,” Lee wrote in an email. “It turned out she was ready for

a change. We feel very fortunate to have lured her.” In the past, Moore has taught fiction-writing workshops at readings and other special events. In 2014, Moore was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature. She took a year-long leave of absence from Holy Family University, where she taught writing and served as humanities coordinator. She lived at the American Academy in Rome for a year while she worked on her third novel, “The Unseen World.” After returning from Rome, she resumed her professorship at Holy Family University. While at Temple, she will work with graduate students to edit and improve their manuscripts — a familiar process for a published novelist. Her first novel, “The Words of Every Song,” drew from her experiences as a musician, performing and working in a guitar store when she attended Hunter College in New York City. “The book itself is fiction,” she said. “It’s about the music industry in New York City, but it’s based on experiences I had. I was a musician then.” Her second novel, “Heft,” received worldwide recognition, appearing on National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2012 list. Her graduate-level fiction workshop will train students to become skillful readers, writers and critics. Moore also hopes to provide students with interesting example texts by authors she loves, like Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and John Cheever. “I hope I can foster a supportive envi-

ronment in which they can grow as writers,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to meeting all the students I’ll be working with. I think getting to know students as people is really important to the success of the program.” Moore said she looks forward to providing the students with individual feedback on their work. “I think Temple’s MFA program is really exciting because it’s a new program,” Moore said of the program, which was established in 2011. “It contributes really important things to the culture of Philadelphia. I think it’ll allow different kinds of people from different walks of life to flourish in the city.” She said because Philadelphia isn’t “saturated” with colleges offering MFA degrees, Temple’s MFA program is attracting more creative people to the city instead of them choosing to go elsewhere for the same degree. “I think Temple offers a lot of resources to its students,” she said. “I’m really impressed by the level of the faculty across the board and I’m really excited to join them for the moment.” While a writer-in-residence is not a permanent position, Lee hopes that Moore will choose to remain at Temple through Fall 2018. “There’s a chance she might elect to teach an undergraduate course or two,” he added. “We certainly hope she’ll be able to stay longer.”

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I went swimming with dolphins in Puerto Rico. It was actually beautiful, the most, probably like the best thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dian Paramita, a 2005 broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media alumna and contemporary Indonesian painter, speaks with a gallery visitor. Paramita’s exhibit, Food for Thought, opened at the Twenty-Two Gallery on Aug. 11.

DONALD SHENO Senior Public Health

I was an ice cream man this summer. I made a lot of kids happy, ‘cause I would just give it away for free.


Freshman Environmental Engineering

I went to, like, five concerts from my area.

Exhibit explores international cuisine An alumna is exhibiting a collection of paintings of food around the world. BY PATRICK BILOW Copy Editor When Dian Paramita traveled to Japan, she found herself lost in the city of Kobe. Paramita was looking for a restaurant that served Kobe beef when a man on a bicycle approached her to offer directions and an alternative to the expensive Japanese dish. The man accompanied her to a yakitori restaurant where they exchanged their stories over traditional Japanese chicken. “He spoke Japanese and I spoke English,” said Paramita, a 2005 broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media alumna. “But we shared a universal language: food.” Now a professional artist, Paramita is presenting Food for Thought, a collection of paintings that examine the connections between food and culture. The exhibit, which features paintings of different dishes from around the world, is on display at Twenty-Two Gallery near 22nd and Locust streets until Friday. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the exhibition will go to MANNA, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that offers home-cooked meals to those suffering from illness.

“Painting is a way to tell the world I exist,” Paramita said. “It’s my scream to the world about who I am, but this time, my scream will help those in need of a meal.” Paramita said she took painting and drawing classes at the Tyler School of Art and soon developed a passion for contemporary painting. Originally from Indonesia, she returned home after graduation. At 30, she came back to Philadelphia to attend art school at Studio Incamminati, where she worked on Food for Thought as a senior thesis project in the advanced fine arts program. “I worked on Food for Thought for over three years and I developed such a connection to each painting,” Paramita said. “And I wanted to expose my paintings to a larger audience.” Food for Thought now includes 30 paintings and has been shown in Dilworth Park, Freeman’s Auction House and at Philadelphia Sketch Club. Each work, Paramita said, encompasses a specific culture or an experience that is important to her. One of her paintings features Pocky, a chocolate-covered biscuit stick that is a popular snack in Japan. “I grew up on Pocky,” Paramita said. “I have wanted to paint the treat for years now because it is a memory I have of my family and of my childhood.” She said she also draws inspiration for paintings from her travels. She has been to more than 30 countries, including South Korea, France, Belize and Cambo-

dia. She has also lived in Indonesia, China and the United Kingdom. “Those experiences have brought me so much joy and faith in humanity,” Paramita said. “Everywhere I have gone there has been someone who was happy to share their culture and their food with me.” But before her travels, Paramita said she was inspired by having been exposed to so many different cultures on Main Campus. At Temple, Paramita worked a parttime job at the International Student and Scholar Services office where she led weekly gatherings that featured food from different countries. “At the time, I was meeting people from countries I had never even heard of,” Paramita said. “I loved seeing people come together to celebrate culture.” She added that food holds a certain significance for every person in every country and has the potential to connect people. She has no expectation for how people will react to Food for Thought. Paramita said she only hopes that at least one painting will speak to each person the way her entire exhibition speaks to her. “With paintings, you can’t hide your personality,” Paramita said. “And I think my work shows my passion for uniting people.”

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Global Village unites Philly creatives Through collaborative jam sessions, the Global Village draws artists, musicians BY ANGELA GERVASI Features Editor On Thursday nights, the Global Village throbs with energy. “It’s controlled chaos,” said Pablo Maldonado, a sophomore English major who began working with the Village last April. “You feel it in your chest, like it beats, and like, you go with it and it carries you, and it gets loud and it gets passionate.” The Global Village, an entertainment and wellness group based in Philadelphia, has been organizing bi-weekly jam sessions since last December, giving artists an opportunity to collaborate on the spot. A concoction of sound — a guitar, a hand drum, a clarinet — drifts into the evening air. Singers, rappers and poets swap microphones. A painter brushes streaks of pink and black onto a canvas. Photographers and videographers circle the crowd with cameras and tripods. “It’s almost like a release, and it’s like, very therapeutic in a way,” said Brielle Bryson, a senior film major who works as the Village’s videographer. At most musical performances, the audience watches. Jam sessions are different: everyone is encouraged to contribute, said co-founder Lyonzo Vargas. “I wanted to make an event where everybody could perform at the same time,” Vargas said. The jam sessions unfurl in different spaces: at loft apartments, in warehouses, in coffee shops. On some summer nights, the Global Village combines music and art at Life Do Grow Farm, just northeast of Main Campus at the corner of 11th and Dauphin streets. “Having it at the farm specifically gives it an energy that is really different from a bar or a club,” said Jeaninne Kayembe. Kayembe works as co-director at Philly Urban Creators, a community organization that established Life Do Grow Farm and has partnered with Global Village. For her, the urban farm is a perfect stage for the Village’s music. “Like agriculture is an ancestral practice, music is an ancestral practice,” Kayembe said. This weekend, the Global Village will have a new performing space: the Budweiser Made in America Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philly Urban Creators will have a tent space with other nonprofit organizations, Kayembe said. She plans to pick up the farm



Baldino’s career as a chef. While studying at Temple’s Rome campus — and sampling delicacies like wild boar for the first time — he began to consider culinary school. “I feel like going to those little trattorias in Rome really solidified that,” said Baldino, noting his trip to the small eateries that line the streets of Italy. After graduating in 2001, he studied at the International Culinary Institute in New York City. A decade after leaving Temple, he established Zeppoli, a Sicilian restaurant in Collingswood, New Jersey. “A restaurant is a tough one to

and simply bring it to Made in America, embellishing the tent with sunflowers, herbs and homemade mint tea. She also plans to bring Global Village there for a jam session. The combination of farming, music and art is one that will stand out at the festival. “No one’s going to be doing this at any of their tents at all,” Kayembe said. Maldonado, who works as the Village’s project manager, hopes to host a jam on Main Campus — whether it happens in a classroom or on Beury Beach. “Temple hosts a community of creatives,” Maldonado said. “That’s kind of my baby. I just want to unite these artists.” The idea to start the Global Village came to Vargas after a sweltering trip to his mother’s hometown in Honduras. There, Vargas was exposed to poverty — and people’s willingness to share what little resources they had. One day, a mechanic fixing the air conditioning for Vargas’s aunt had nothing to eat for dinner. Vargas watched as his aunt cooked for the mechanic. “That’s when it clicked to me,” Vargas said. “There’s more value than actual cur-

start up and grow,” said Monica Zimmerman, an entrepreneurship professor who taught Baldino at Temple. Still, Zimmerman said she wasn’t surprised to hear about Baldino’s success. At Temple, her students were required to intern at a startup company. Baldino, she said, was determined to work at Vetri, a nationally ranked restaurant near 13th and Spruce streets. Baldino would end up working there for 10 years. “He was very open-minded, very motivated and had that special quality that you recognize as a professor that the student is going to be successful,” she said. Baldino inherited the Palizzi Social Club from his uncle in 2016, but his family has owned the cultural and culinary hub since



ing around the concourses talking to people and performing qualitative evaluations of factors like bathrooms, gift shops and food. Sturt then moves up to the upper level to spend a few innings in the worst seat he can find. Toward the end of each game, he sneaks down to sit as close to the field as he can. Some of his tickets have been free, and he tries to stay with friends and relatives when possible. Still, not counting travel, each game costs him about $100. Sturt is funding his trip through financial aid from Temple. The project will earn him credits counting toward the master’s


ANGELA GERVASI / THE TEMPLE NEWS A singer belts a tune during a Global Village jam session at Life Do Grow Farm at 11th and Dauphin streets.

rency.” When he returned to America, he began searching for a way to promote what he calls “resource sharing.” Working alongside co-founders Raphael Jones and Miyekow Acquaa, Vargas began crafting the Global Village. “It brings everybody back to their roots,” Vargas said. He often wears a headband of black, white and yellow — the official colors of Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean ethnic group to which his family belongs. “It’s something that’s familiar, but unfamiliar as well.” The first jam session took place at Rec Philly, a performance space near 9th and Dauphin streets last December. About four people showed up. “It was new, very new for us,” Acquaa said. Still, Vargas keeps a photograph of the first jam as his phone background: a reminder of where and how the organization began. Months later, dozens of people attend. As a jam session unfurled at the Painted Bride Art Center late August, the blue-walled room quickly became crowded.

the 1950s. It was originally established in 1918 as a safeguard for Italian Americans who lacked insurance and financial security. Baldino pointed to a faded, black-and-white picture on his wall. In orderly rows, the founding members gaze into a camera lens — providing a testament to the club’s early years. “Every day, I look at that photo,” he said. “They came here for a better life for their future generations and I’m a testament to that.” Originally, the club only allowed members from Vasto, Abruzzo — a hill town that hugs Italy’s Adriatic coast. Eventually, it expanded to include anyone of Italian descent. Its presence wove itself into Baldino’s South Philadelphia childhood. The dimly lit, portrait-lined room

degree in sport business, which he expects to receive in Spring 2018. Sturt earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Colorado Denver in 2016. He had been bartending and waiting tables for eight years prior to deciding to go to school. “One day I woke up and said I didn’t want to do that anymore,” he said. “And I started going to school and started taking it seriously, and for the first time in my parents’ entire life, they had a kid who got straight A’s when I was 33, 34 maybe.” Sturt hopes to continue his stadium tour into the postseason and revisit a venue during each round of the playoffs to compare it with the experience he had during the regular season. Sturt aspires to publish his work in an academic journal. In the meantime, he’s been able to talk about his research through

“Ay, move the couch back,” said Jones, in an effort to make more space. In seconds, the simple sentence dissolved into improvised music. Rhythmic shouts of, “Move the couch back!” grew louder. A drummer and bass player joined the commotion. “You get really new, innovative art when you put together the creative minds and various cultures and backgrounds and feelings,” Maldonado said. As each jam session winds down, Vargas leads a meditation session. Musicians, artists and observers join hands for several minutes. For Vargas, it’s important that the attendees reflect after gathering to create music. “The amazing event happened, they get that two to five minutes to soak it in, and they leave,” Vargas said. “It’s in them.” “And it feels great to know that people fully took in the jam and that’s it, that’s the experience,” he added.

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served as a meeting spot after funerals, baptisms and first holy communions. “This is a place that you would kind of come for both happy and sad times,” Baldino said. As time passed, Baldino’s uncle asked him to take over. Owning the social club hadn’t been a thought in his mind, but he didn’t want to let the place die, he said. “When I walked into it, I had such an overwhelming feeling of history and obligation, almost, to my heritage, to continue it,” Baldino said. “Cause if I didn’t, they would have just made an apartment building.” Altering the club’s original charter, he opened the space to all ethnicities. “I want it to be like a big party, you know?” he said.

other means. When he visited the Texas Rangers’ stadium, Globe Life Park in Arlington, Sturt joined the Spanish radio broadcast as a guest during the game. At a Miami Marlins’ home game, Fox Sports Florida’s Craig Minervini interviewed him before the top of the sixth inning. Currently, Sturt is writing an article for Outsports.com, an SB Nation site that focuses on LGBTQ athletes. Sturt, who identifies as gay, said he has received messages and emails from children as young as 12 years old and as far away as Kansas thanking him for inspiring LGBTQ people who are seeking athletic careers. “I’ve learned about baseball, I’ve learned about stadiums, but like most importantly, I’ve learned so many things about myself and things I like,” Sturt said. “And like I’ve opened myself up to experiences of things I

The space exudes ItalianAmerican culture. A cornicello, a horn-shaped Italian charm used to ward off evil, hangs by the cash register. Bottles of Amaro and Sambuca — fragrant Italian liqueurs — line the shelves behind the bar. Sean Reilly, a singer who impersonates Frank Sinatra, drives up from Delaware to perform on Thursday nights. For Baldino, it feels like a moment stuck in time, he said. “I want everybody to experience the food that I grew up with, the neighborhood I grew up in, what it means to be an Italian American, what it means to be a Philadelphian,” Baldino said. angela.gervasi@temple.edu @anggervasi

never thought I would ever do.” Between games, he visits national parks and other attractions. He has been to 21 so far and got a tattoo on his left calf of a landscape with trees, flowers and a baseball in place of the sun while in California. Now, Sturt has more than 75,000 followers on Instagram, including 12,000 from Brazil after he hiked with a soccer team in Yellowstone. Sturt plans to earn his Ph.D., and he is open to other opportunities to expand upon his research. “While you have a wave of momentum, you better ride it and see what you can turn it into, right?” he said. “If I can keep doing this and people still are interested, I may as well keep going.”

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O’Connor, Owls focused on conference play Temple isn’t deterred by its three-game losing streak. BY DAN WILSON Women’s Soccer Beat Reporter With 18 regular-season games on its schedule, Temple’s 1-3 record might not seem important in the grand scheme of an entire season. This team, however, needs no reminder of its decline around the same point last season. The team started the 2016 season with two wins in its first four games. The Owls finished the year with a 1-14 record and didn’t win a game after Sept. 18. The mindset in the Owls’ locker room is to prevent history from repeating itself. “The way last season unfolded has been brought up a lot,” freshman defender Aisha Brown said. “A huge reason why I don’t think we’re going to repeat what this team did last season is because we’re always playing with that in the back of our minds.” Coach Seamus O’Connor has witnessed a difference even in something as basic as how the team conducts itself following a loss. “You can just see there’s a lot more buy-in with this team, even through the first few games,” O’Connor said. “Last year, they just took the beatings. This year they’re clearly angry about it when

they lose.” The change in disposition following games has O’Connor unconcerned that this season will take the same turn as last year. O’Connor structured the schedule to accommodate his young squad. He committed the team to two preseason scrimmages instead of its usual one to prepare the Owls to play at the Division I level. Temple has two home games this week after Sunday’s double-overtime loss to Lehigh University. Then the Owls have an 11-day layoff between Sunday and Sept. 15, when they play on Towson University’s home field. “I always like to try and schedule some sort of extended break between games right around the time that we start our conference schedule,” O’Connor said. “We look at the preseason as season one, our non-conference schedule as season two and our conference schedule following that break as season three.” The break will allow players to Records during Seamus O’Connor’s tenure
















evaluate themselves individually and as a team before entering their conference schedule — a stretch of nine games, with the team traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tampa and Orlando, Florida in less than a month. The gap will also allow the coaching staff to recruit in places like California during the height of the high school season, O’Connor said. The Owls had a stretch without games from Sept. 21-28 last season. “Last year, we practiced a ton during that long break in the season,” junior forward Kerri McGinley said. “It was like a second preseason.” Despite the Owls’ 1-3 record, the team’s consistent improvement from one game to the next gives O’Connor confidence that its record is not representative of what this team is capable of doing. The Owls took a season-high 22 shots on Sunday. “A lot of what we use the out-of-conference schedule for is to get ourselves ready for the [American Athletic Conference] schedule,” O’Connor said. “I told them after the St. Joe’s game, ‘We’re 20 percent away.’ After the overtime loss versus Lehigh, we’re 6 percent away. We’re really close.” danielwilson20@temple.edu @dan_wilson4


Former football players work for NFL roster spots Several former Temple players who were either drafted into the NFL or signed as undrafted free agents following the 2016 season have seen game action during the preseason. Former quarterback Phillip Walker has played in all three preseason games thus far for the Indianapolis Colts. He has completed 15-of-30 pass attempts for 118 yards. The Colts will conclude their preseason on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. First-round draft pick and former linebacker Haason Reddick racked up six tackles in four games for the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason. Due to Cardinals’ linebacker Deone Bucannon’s injury, Reddick has gotten an opportunity at more playing time. Second-round draft pick and former offensive lineman Dion Dawkins has played in every preseason game for the Buffalo Bills, including a start against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He is listed as the backup right tackle on the team’s depth chart. Former defensive players Avery Williams and Praise Martin-Oguike are fighting for roster spots on the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins, respectively. Former running back Jahad Thomas, who was waived by the Dallas Cowboys during training camp, was signed by the New York Jets last week. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury. -Tom Ignudo

Temple releases its ‘above the line’ list

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior forward Kerri McGinley receives a yellow card in the Owls’ 2-0 loss to La Salle on Aug. 20 at the Temple Sports Complex.



the Bleacher Report in July 2013. Temple missed two field goals and allowed more than 500 total yards of offense in a 28-6 loss. This year, the Owls’ best-case scenario is a third straight conference title game appearance after wins against preseason conference favorite South Florida, ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25, and Houston, College Football News wrote in a February analysis. The worst case? Still needing a win to achieve bowl eligibility, Temple loses on the road to Tulsa in its season finale. “I’d say this year is a lot different because there’s a lot of guys that come from like a winning background,” said redshirtsenior defensive lineman Sharif Finch, who made 30 tackles in eight games in 2013. “We won a championship last year, so it’s not like it’s as drastic of a change. We’ve still got the same process, the same culture.” Notre Dame, just a six-point favorite against Temple in March, is now a consensus 18-point favorite as of Monday. The Fighting Irish are one of four teams the Owls will face this season that are ranked or received votes in the preseason

AP poll. Temple will face three of those schools in the first five games of the season, including matchups against South Florida and Houston in back-to-back weeks. Despite its tough schedule and having to groom a newcomer at quarterback, Temple received eight votes in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. The team returns junior running back Ryquell Armstead, who led the team in rushing touchdowns last year. The Owls also

If we were sitting here and we had a twoyear starter returning at quarterback, everyone would be talking about repeating. ED FOLEY


return their three most targeted receivers last season: redshirt junior Ventell Bryant, redshirt senior Keith Kirkwood and senior Adonis Jennings. Temple lost four of its top five tacklers from last season, but it returns starting safeties junior Delvon Randall and senior Sean Chandler. The pair combined for 116 tackles, six interceptions and six pass

breakups in 2016. “If we were sitting here and we had a two-year starter returning at quarterback, everyone would be talking about repeating,” tight ends and special teams coach Ed Foley said. “But instead we don’t, and now they’re talking about putting us in third place [in the conference preseason poll], which is exactly where we want to be. It’s exactly what we’re going to put on the board, exactly what our kids are reading, and we’re going to play with a chip on our shoulder the entire season, which is great for us.” Six Owls remain from the 2013 squad that finished with a 2-10 record. That year, the team had second-half leads in six of its 10 losses and led in the final two minutes of regulation in three of them. In its run of back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, Temple owns a 16-2 record when leading at halftime and is 17-0 when leading after three quarters. “It definitely helps having guys like me and [redshirt-senior defensive lineman Jullian Taylor] and some of the older guys that were here in 2013 and know what it looks like to have a losing team and try not to repeat that history obviously and just being successful this year,” Finch said.

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-freshman quarterback Anthony Russo scrambles during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 19 at Franklin Field. He and the team’s other three quarterbacks are on the “above the line” depth chart.

The Owls released their weekly “above the line” depth chart on Monday. The players who are listed as above the line are ready to play and expected to see game action, coach Geoff Collins said. Last week Collins said up to three of the four quarterbacks could see playing time in the season opener against the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, but all four were listed as above the line. Collins said two of the four quarterbacks separated themselves “a little bit more” after Temple’s intrasquad scrimmage at Franklin Field on Aug. 19. There will be special packages for a third quarterback, he added. Temple listed two of its three kickers — senior Austin Jones and sophomore Aaron Boumerhi — above the line. Collins told reporters on Monday’s American Athletic Conference coaches’ teleconference he will split field goals between Jones and Boumerhi depending on the distance of each kick. Redshirt-junior linebacker Jared Folks was not listed as above the line. He started five games last season and racked up 32 tackles. During preseason camp practices, Folks has often been working out on the sideline with players recovering from injuries. -Tom Ignudo

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Freshman with ‘elevated’ skills returns from high school injury Dani Batze missed her senior season after tearing her ACL. BY JENSEN TOUSSAINT For The Temple News Dani Batze’s body went left, but her knee stayed right. She intercepted a pass during a preseason scrimmage last August and moved upfield on the counterattack. As she dribbled, she got sandwiched between two players and lost her balance. Batze tore her right ACL and had to miss her senior season. Her chance of helping Pocomoke High School repeat as a state champion in Maryland was gone. It took a couple of weeks for the fact she’d miss her senior season to sink in, and she was in a total state of shock. Batze found it “hard to see the good in the situation at first,” she said. It wasn’t easy sitting on the sidelines unable to play the game she loves, she said. But the time away from the field gave her a new perspective and helped her learn the tactical aspects of field hockey. She signed her national letter of intent to Temple in November and went through a five-phase rehabilitation program. The freshman midfielder played 58 minutes in her debut on Friday and made a defensive save in Temple’s 4-1 loss to St. Joseph’s. She played 43 minutes in Sunday’s loss against Bucknell University.

“It took a lot of time and effort and energy every day,” Batze said. “I worked to get better, and I went to rehab every day for two hours. And I worked every day, but eventually it all paid off.” Now, about 10 months after undergoing surgery and going through rehab, Batze said her knee is feeling strong and healthy. The phases of rehab included regaining motion in her knee by riding a bike and doing leg raises and stretches; working on squats, lunges and strengthening her hamstrings and quads; doing athletic exercises like running on an antigravity treadmill and working on quick movements like cutting, pivoting and jumping. After completing the fivephase program, Batze said she continued additional rehabilitation with her high school trainer before joining the Owls at the end of June. Batze, who had verbally committed to Temple prior to her inJAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS jury, said she’s grateful coach MaFreshman midfielder Dani Batze dribbles up the field in the Owls’ 4-1 loss to St. Joseph’s on Friday at Howarth Field. rybeth Freeman honored her offer and decided to keep her on the how hard she’s worked to put her tze and her new coaches are hope- evated from a freshman’s perspecteam. in position to be here back with us ful she’ll return to the field better tive. So she’s coming in at a very Batze committed to Temple now.” than before. high level.” because she thought it would be In 2015, Batze was named to Batze said she can bring a high Batze is looking forward to the best place for her to mature the all-state first team. She was also level of energy to the team and putting her injury behind her and both athletically and academically. a two-time first team all-confer- hopes to continue getting better beginning her journey at Temple. “Dani is extremely hardwork- ence selection and a Junior Olym- in all aspects of the game, particu“Just being able to step on the ing, there’s no doubt about it, com- pian in 2014 and 2015. larly at working on and off the ball, field every day is the highlight of ing back from an injury like an She was a National Future which would allow her to remain my day,” Batze said. ACL,” Freeman said. “She’s been Championship player in 2014, effective on offense even when she very diligent in her rehab and 2015 and 2016, and was also doesn’t have possession. jensen.toussaint@temple.edu knowing Dani’s character, I wasn’t named to Max Field Hockey’s 2017 “She’s very technically savvy,” assuming anything less from her. list of top recruits. With the success Freeman said. “Her skill sets are And I’m just so proud of her and she experienced in high school, Ba- fantastic. They are very much el-


Without familiar faces, defense works on chemistry After losing three starting defenders, the Owls are acclimating to new personnel. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter The connection between a goalkeeper and his defense is special, intense and formed over time. During matches, redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Cagle yells commands and gives directions to his defense to make sure the goal is as protected as possible. This communication between Cagle and the defenders can decide a game, so each side needs to have a clear understanding of its role. While this strategy worked for Temple last season, the Owls now have defensive gaps to fill. They lost three of their starting defenders, who signed professional contracts last season: Matt Mahoney, Stefan Mueller and Carlos Moros Gracia. The new defense must learn to communicate effectively throughout the game. “Honestly, communication is the single most important role I have as a goalkeeper,” Cagle said. “I have to learn the new tendencies of the defenders, and it can be difficult finding the new balance.” Figuring out teammates’ habits in games comes largely from playing together, Cagle said. He, Mahoney, Mueller and Moros Gracia started every game together for the Owls in 2016. Mahoney and Mueller played in nearly every game in their four years at Temple, and the duo became a staple in its defense starting their freshman seasons. The two played more than 12,000 combined minutes throughout their college careers. “It’s really different,” Cagle said. “Matt and Stefan were two kids that I’ve played with since freshman year. I even lived with

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them. We were a very cohesive group. And Carlos was there for only two years, but we formed a bond quickly.” The Owls have some starting defenders returning, including redshirt senior Mark Grasela, senior Brendon Creed and sophomore Nick Sarver. Grasela started in all 18 games last season, Creed played in 13 and Sarver played in 11 and earned a spot on the Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Rookie Team. All three started Temple’s season opener on Friday against St. Joseph’s. “We know each other’s tendencies to the tee,” Cagle said of Grasela. “It’s almost like you are playing with yourself.” Temple recruited four defenders and three midfielders to add to its roster this season. The defenders include freshmen Kevin Berntsen, Darri Sigthorsson, Max Pochobradsky and junior Jamie Pick, while the new midfielders are senior Divin Fula Luzolo, sophomore Ezer Browne and Syracuse University transfer Khedive McIntosh. The new group joins a back line that gave up just 15 goals in 18 games while recording nine shutouts. The Owls recorded a 10-6-2 record last season, winning six one-goal games. The team is operating under “different personnel, same system,” Creed said.

We know each other’s tendencies to the tee. It’s almost like you are playing with yourself. ALEX CAGLE


“It already feels different to me, playing without those guys,” Creed said of the graduated defenders. “But I learned so much from them, so I hope to pass it on to the new guys.” While some of Temple’s new defenders grew up nearby, others are not. Pick is from

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Cagle (center), watches as senior midfielder Matt Sullivan dribbles upfield during Temple’s season-opening 3-1 loss against St. Joseph’s at Sweeney Field on Friday.

Scotland, and Sigthorsson is from Iceland. The different playing styles and language can also be a barrier to a seamless transition from last year’s back line to now, Cagle said. “I use several words and phrases when I play to communicate with the defense,” Cagle said. “We have a guy from Iceland this year and it makes it even more difficult to get used to because he doesn’t understand all the phrases we use yet.” While there are negatives to losing consistent starters, there are benefits to having fresh faces. There was a different energy during preseason practices, Cagle said, and the new Owls are excited to begin their col-

lege careers. Though there are holes to fill and Mahoney, Mueller and Moros Gracia aren’t easy to replace, the open spots on the roster can entice young players to work their hardest to earn a starting spot, Creed said. “I think we have some quality players on defense this year,” coach David MacWilliams said. “Plus, we’ve got some new sophomores that have really stepped up and a couple upperclassmen that can help lead.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

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Starting the season with a ‘new perspective’ The junior ran a 6,000-meter race in just more than 23 minutes last October in the conference meet. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Cross Country Beat Reporter

When she arrived at Temple two years ago, Ashton Dunkley had no idea she could be on a college campus for more than four years. “My career plans pretty much involve college because I want to be a professor,” the junior track and cross country runner said. “I have loved every second I’ve been here.” Before she attends graduate school elsewhere and becomes a professor, Dunkley still has unfinished business at Temple. Last year was a strong year for Dunkley. It included a personal-best time of 23 minutes, 11.6 seconds in a 6,000-meter at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships in October. Dunkley placed eighth in the 1,500 at the Delaware Open in April. She finished the 800 at April’s Morgan State Legacy Invitational in 2:20.09 to place 11th and set a then personal best. She beat that mark when she ran a 2:16.76 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier in May. Dunkley, an anthropology and history major with a minor in Italian, spent six weeks this summer in Rome training while taking Roman history and Italian cinema classes. During her free time, Dunkley found parks and trails to keep up with her training regimen. After her summer experience, Dunkley is coming into this season with a refreshed mindset.

“A lot was expected out of me freshman year and sophomore year, and that can be a little intimidating,” Dunkley said. “I have come into junior year really with a whole new perspective. Things aren’t really as scary and new anymore being here for two years.” This season’s American championship meet will be hosted by Temple at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 28. Dunkley sees this as an opportunity for her and her team to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the conference. Dunkley is looking forward to the challenge of helping her team perform well in meets leading up to The American championship. Her willingness to share the Temple experience with recruits and teammates has set the team up for success on and off the track. “I always joke with her saying she is our top recruiter,” coach James Snyder said. “When it comes to hosting recruits and being someone who truly embodies what it means to be a Temple student-athlete, Ashton does a better job than anybody.” At Middletown High School in Delaware, Dunkley earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track, helped her team take second in a state competition as a senior and won the 1,500 in Hershey Indoor Youth National Championship. She became a member of the National Honor Society during her junior year and finished high school with a 3.99 GPA. In Spring 2017, Dunkley and the women’s cross country team recorded an average 3.75 GPA. She looks to couple her academic success with athletic success this year. “She was more of a leader by example,”

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Junior Ashton Dunkley warms up before drills during practice at Heinz Trail in South Philadelphia on Thursday.

said Mary Kay Waltemire, Dunkley’s high school coach. “The girls would follow her footsteps whether it was practice or in the classroom. Whatever she was doing was always the right thing to do.” Finishing her final two years will be a fun challenge, Dunkley said. Her goal is to finish college with a 4.0 GPA and be a leader and an impact runner for the cross country team. These final two years, however, might not be the last time Dunkley will be on cam-

pus. She’s not sure where her professional career will take her but would be happy on Main Campus. “I could be talking too far in advance but, I probably will end up [at Temple] for a really long time,” Dunkley said. michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone


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FIRST DAY ON THE JOB: STARTING QB DEBUTS Eight different players — listed below with statistics from each of their first starts — have started a game at quarterback since the 2006 season, and another one will take the first snap on Saturday against the University of Notre Dame.




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SKILL-POSITION TALENT EASES QB TRANSITION The Owls return 2016 leading receiver Ventell Bryant and running back Ryquell Armstead.


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or three straight seasons, Temple knew former quaterback Phillip Walker would take snaps under center once the season started. But this year, a question lingers around Edberg-Olson Hall: Who will be Temple’s starting quarterback on the road Saturday against the University of Notre Dame? Four quarterbacks — redshirt junior Frank Nutile, redshirt sophomore Logan Marchi, redshirt freshman Anthony Russo and freshman Todd Centeio — have been competing to fill Walker’s shoes since practice began in March. Coach Geoff Collins said last week that three of the four quarterbacks could see playing time in the season opener. The four candidates don’t have a wealth of experience — only Nutile and Marchi have collegiate experience, and they have fewer pass attempts than Walk-

er had at his first start. The young group of signal callers will be surrounded by a seasoned group of skill-position players. “Just being able to go out there on the line and look around at the receivers we have, look next to you at [junior running back] Ryquell [Armstead], look behind you at [redshirt-senior fullback] Nick Sharga and stuff like that, we just have some serious guys on that offense,” Russo said. “It just kind of builds confidence for whoever is in there at quarterback, knowing that whoever the ball is going to that they can trust them to make a play, because we got superstars all over the place.” The Owls return their top three wide receivers from last season, including redshirt junior Ventell Bryant, who is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award goes to the top pass catcher in Division I. The wide-receiving trio of Bryant, redshirt senior Keith Kirkwood and senior Adonis Jennings combined for 123 receptions last season. Bryant said Temple has one of the best group of receivers in the country. Due to a shoulder injury, Bryant missed three games last season. He re-

turned to preseason camp fully healthy last week after dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that occurred in the spring. Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon expects Bryant to be ready for the Fighting Irish. But even if Bryant was hurt, Hixon said Temple has 10 wideouts ready to play if necessary. “I’ve been down,” Bryant said. “Adonis replaced me, [redshirt freshman] Freddie Johnson has really come along. He’s looked really good this camp. I’m excited to see what he does this season. [Sophomore] Randle Jones, he’s battling an injury but I know what he can do on the field. [Sophomore] Isaiah [Wright] is a dynamic player, he can do everything...so I’m just ready to see these guys play. It’s their time.” Armstead is one skill-position player who stepped up due to injuries last season. While former starting running back Jahad Thomas missed two games with a hand injury, Armstead started. He finished the year with a career-high 919 rushing yards. Behind Armstead, the Owls also have

two running backs — redshirt junior David Hood and junior Jager Gardner — who have each started and seen significant game time. With three quarterbacks possibly seeing action against Notre Dame, Armstead doesn’t think it’ll slow down the offense’s rhythm if and when different signal callers are substituted. He said he has worked with every quarterback on handoffs and protections throughout training camp. “I think everybody has rallied around the fact that we’ve had a lot of returners at offensive line that have played a lot of ball for us and the same with receiver, the same thing with tailback and fullback,” Collins said. “Every single day when we come out there whether it’s Logan, Frank, or Toddy or Russo, they’re getting the ball to them. … I think everybody’s rallied around the fact that we’re going to make this happen regardless of who the quarterback is per series or throughout a game.” thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @Ignudo5





Freshman midfielder Dani Batze made her regular-season debut after recovering from a torn ACL that occurred in high school.

The men’s soccer team has new faces on its back line after three starters, who signed pro contracts, graduated last year.

The women’s soccer team has lost three straight games, but players aren’t worried about repeating 2016’s losing end.

Former Owls compete in the NFL’s preseason, coach Geoff Collins releases alternative depth chart, more news and notes.

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