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Walé Oyéjidé, a 2010 Beasley School of Law alumnus and fashion designer, created clothing for the Marvel film “Black Panther.”

Three teams are running for the 2018-19 Executive Branch. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

The 2018 Temple Student Government election season will begin on Wednesday, with three tickets running to represent the student body for the 2018-19 academic year. The three teams running for TSG’s executive branch are VoiceTU, UniteTU and IgniteTU. Each team announced the three main pillars of its platform on Monday at TSG’s General Body meeting and will begin campaigning on Wednesday, per the elections code. The students running on each ticket are:

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President: Gadi Zimmerman, junior financial planning major, president of Challah for Hunger Vice President of Services: Trenton Reardon, junior public health major and TSG’s promotions manager Vice President of External Affairs: Cameron Kaczor, sophomore psychology major and TSG’s secretary

IgniteTU’s student leaders said on Monday that they want to continue the fight against on-campus food insecurity, “amplify” North Philadelphia community voices and raise awareness for mental health resources. They


HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Walé Oyéjidé, a 2010 Beasley School of Law alumnus and fashion designer, speaks at a “Fashioning Black Masculinity” panel at the Tyler School of Art on Thursday. Oyéjidé, who wears a jacket from his fashion label, Ikiré Jones, designed a scarf featured in the Marvel film “Black Panther.”



n the post-credit scene of “Black Panther,” the titular character T’Challa wears a scarf made by Walé Oyéjidé. Oyéjidé, a 2010 Beasley School of Law alumnus, owns an African-inspired clothing line, and his most recent work was featured in the African superhero blockbuster hit. In his designs, Oyéjidé is known for

repurposing prominent historical art to feature people of color, which he describes as “Africana Renaissance.” One of his silk scarves, “Annunciation,” depicts the Christian scene of Mary and the baby Jesus as Black surrounded by angels and shepherds. In the Bible, the Annunciation is the announcement of the conception of Jesus to Mary and has been replicated in many European paintings. Through his clothing line, named Ikiré Jones, Oyéjidé wants men to embrace fashion that isn’t seen every day in maga-


zines and popular culture. “In general, men in the West are afraid of being seen as though they care about the way they look, and so they need examples,” Oyéjidé said. “Most of us feel like we need to be led towards an acceptable presentation of ourselves.” “Black Panther” has made more than $1 billion in global box office sales in the month since its release. Oyéjidé spoke at a panel last Thursday



Official: Residents will see stadium’s benefits The vice president of public affairs said Temple is committed to entering a legally binding agreement with the community. BY WILL BLEIER Copy Editor

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Lauren Gretz acts out a factory job during a performance of “Working, A Musical,” presented by Acting Without Boundaries at the Arden Theatre on Feb. 12.

Theater ‘opens people’s eyes’ Acting Without Boundaries is a Philadelphia theater company that employs actors with disabilities. BY EMILY SCOTT Features Editor

Will Thomas said acting saved his life. Thomas, 22, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. In 2012, he got sick and had to drop out of high school. The following year, Thomas — a self-described thespian — got involved with Acting Without Boundaries, a nonprofit theater com-

After City Council President Darrell Clarke announced his opposition of the university’s on-campus stadium proposal last week, Vice President of Public Affairs Bill Bergman said he believes he can show North Philadelphia residents that the community will benefit from an oncampus stadium.

Bergman — who President Richard Englert said will serve as a liaison with the community for the stadium project in his town hall speech earlier this month — told The Temple News on Monday that the university is committed to entering into a legally binding community-benefits agreement. A community benefits agreement is a contract between an entity and the surrounding neighborhood that requires the entity to provide certain specified incentives to gain the sup-


pany based in the Philadelphia area that makes theater more inclusive of people with physical disabilities. “I was in a very dark place,” Thomas said. “I had issues with depression and anxiety. [Acting Without Boundaries] gives me a reason to get up every morning.” Neill Hartley, a 1990 master’s of acting alumnus, is the artistic director of Acting Without Boundaries, which was founded in 2004. Last month, the organization partnered with


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Vice President of Public Affairs Bill Bergman discussed Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium in Sullivan Hall on Monday.

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The university will renovate the IBC Student Recreation Center and end its lease in Temple University Fitness’s space. Read more on Page 2.

A lead columnist wrote that students should adopt pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores. Read more on Page 4.

Alumni Matt Wallace and Sam Fryman worked as a collaborative pair of broadcasters for Penn’s women’s ice hockey team. Read more on Page 7.

Temple has built depth at quarterback with four players, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said. Read more on Page 16.



Students push for sustainable dining in Morgan Morgan Dining Hall has used single-use plastic utensils, plates and cups since its dishwasher broke last year. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

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The Students for Environmental Action created a petition on Feb. 27 to make Morgan Dining Hall more environmentally friendly as a part of its yearly campaign to reduce waste in the dining hall. The organization wants Morgan Dining Hall to stop using single-use plastic utensils, paper plates and bowls. There are more than 800 signatures on the petition, with a goal of 1,000 total signatures. The petition is addressed to the university’s food service provider Aramark and Endri Baduni, the resident district manager of Temple’s dining services. SEA has reached out to Aramark directly with its concerns this past year, but the corporation has not proposed any solutions for their concerns. “The thing with Morgan Dining Hall is that it’s not just Temple, it’s also Aramark,” said Madeline Colker, SEA’s campaign director and a junior English and media studies and production major. “It’s not about just going to a Temple board, there’s this whole other corporation that Temple has ties to.” Morgan Dining Hall does not have a washing facility on site, which is another reason why the dining hall uses single-use utensils, cups, plates and bowls. Johnson and Hardwick’s Esposito Dining Hall has a dishwashing facility on site. SEA was told by an Aramark representative that Morgan’s washing machine broke more than a year ago, which is why they started to use single-use dishware, Colker said. “Now, it’s been a year, and we’re still wondering what happened to the dishwashing machine,” she added. Aramark is working with the university to resolve the broken dishwasher, and hopes to implement a permanent solution in Fall 2018.

“The current dish machine at Morgan Hall can’t withstand the pressure that would be imposed by using reusable items like Johnson and Hardwick,” Aramark wrote in an email to The Temple News. “The dish machine being out of service due to overuse will seriously jeopardize the sanitation levels of the operation.” Aramark, which signed a 15-year contract with the university in May 2017, has its own sustainability pledge called Green Thread, which is a four-tier approach to sustainability. The Green Thread initiative states Aramark is committed to locally sourcing its food whenever possible. It also establishes a mission to start waste minimization and water and energy conservation practices on campus, while reducing its use of fossil fuels in its vehicles that transport food. Aramark wrote that due to its contract with its current composting partner, any waste that is composted must be free from contaminants like paper products, which are used in Morgan Dining Hall. These products aren’t available in Johnson and Hardwick. Kathleen Grady, Temple’s director of sustainability, wrote in an email that there isn’t a composting facility that can process post-consumer waste including plastic utensils and paper plates, bowls and cups in the region. SEA is aware of there not being a composting facility that can compost this kind of post-consumer waste, and would like to discuss solutions to this with Aramark. To reach Aramark, the organization works closely with Sarah Kuchan, Temple Student Government’s director of grounds and sustainability. Kuchan, a junior environmental science and political science major, communicates with Aramark via email on a monthly basis. Aramark said if it were to make changes, it will consider Kuchan’s suggestions for Morgan Dining Hall’s sustainability procedures. Since the university signed the contract, TSG has attempted to be involved in Aramark’s sustainability efforts. The company has never implemented any of TSG’s re-

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students prepare food with single-use plates and utensils in Morgan Dining Hall on March 11.

quests, Kuchan said. Kuchan works closely with SEA’s president Bridget Fisher, and plans to invite her to TSG’s next meeting with Aramark. Morgan Hall uses plastic silverware, and paper plates and bowls, Grady said. Morgan Hall only composts pre-consumer waste, which is any material used during the preparation of food, Colker said. In 2017, 136.5 tons of food material was composted from the Student Center and Johnson and Hardwick’s Dining Hall in 2017, the Office of Sustainability reported. These materials were composted at facilities that can process waste that doesn’t include the paper and plastic, which are used in Morgan Dining Hall. Every year, SEA starts a campaign that focuses on one issue on campus, Colker said. In previous years, the organization focused on reducing plastic water bottles on campus and placing composting bins in the Student Center. SEA started planning the waste minimization campaign at the beginning of the academic year, but this semester was when the organization “got the ball rolling,” Colker

said. Grady has given SEA advice in the past on its campaigns, but was unaware of SEA’s waste minimization campaign, she wrote. The organization created the online petition to reduce waste in Morgan Dining Hall because it wanted to show the number of students who care about this issue. “We really believe that numbers of student voices speak loudly,” she said. Students, like Kelsey Mallon, a senior environmental studies major, have shared the petition on social media. Her post gained more than 60 likes and more than 15 shares, she said. “Morgan’s practices are really unsustainable,” Mallon said. “I think it’s important that students show their concern in how they see Temple having their practices and they want it to be more sustainable.” “Temple claims to be this sustainable, urban university and I don’t think they’re always covering all of their areas,” she added. lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow


Slated redesign of IBC gives TUF an expiration date The Board of Trustees intends to end its lease in the space that houses Temple University Fitness in 2020. BY MADISON SEITCHIK For The Temple News

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sakina Ahmad (left), a senior psychology major, plays at a racquetball court in the IBC Student Recreation Center with freshman undeclared major, Fard McFadden, on Monday. Some of the courts will be eliminated after the facility is renovated.

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Students exercise on the treadmills at Temple University Fitness on Monday. Members of the Board of Trustees said the university will not renew its lease for the space housing TUF in 2020 at a facilities committee meeting last week.

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The Board of Trustees approved funding for renovation designs of the IBC Student Recreation Center and intends to end the university’s lease of Temple University Fitness in 2020, officials said at a facilities committee meeting last week. On Monday, a university spokesperson walked back on the Board’s conversations and wrote “no decisions have been made” about the future of TUF. Its lease will be re-evaluated closer to 2020. The $202,000 will fund redesigning the space to match the Student Athletic and Recreation Complex that opened at 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue in Fall 2017. Designing the facility will take four to six months to complete, said Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group. After the design is complete, a start date will be set for construction. “It’s too soon to discuss construction timelines because, at this point, only design services have been approved by the board,” university spokesman Benjamin Palestino wrote in a statement to The Temple News. The design work will include reconfiguring entry points into the facility, renovating the locker rooms, repurposing two racquetball courts and a group fitness room to add cardio equipment and updating bathrooms to be gender-neutral “to provide sufficient fitness offerings” to the Temple community, Palestino said. On campus, there is a divide between students who favor the IBC or TUF when choosing to exercise. Some students said they prefer TUF for its cardio machines and mat space for strength exercises. “It’s going to force a lot of people into [the STAR Complex],” said Amanda McGill, a junior environmental studies major. “A lot of people that do a lot of cardio will be upset about that, especially because TUF has a lot of cardio

equipment, and I know a lot of girls tend to go there...because there’s a lot of guys [at IBC].” “IBC is not as welcoming, in my opinion,” Myiah Davis, a junior psychology major, said. “I’m glad that they’re upgrading it. … I’d definitely like to see more space because it’s really cramped in there.” “I like [TUF] because it’s spacious,” Davis added. “I don’t feel intimidated here or anything. … Even though I’m not going to be here in 2020, I would want other people to experience that, and I think if [the Board is] going to close it down, that would be terrible.” But other students recognize a need to upgrade the IBC’s facilities. Nash Seiberlich, a junior risk management and insurance major, thinks IBC’s renovations are necessary and that new equipment, better airflow and more space are essential. “It’s a terrible facility right now,” Seiberlich said. “All of the equipment is so old and breaks all the time. It gets so hot and humid in there. It just needs a little renewal.” The IBC’s new design will also eliminate and repurpose some of the only racquetball courts on campus, which could mean the elimination of the two-credit racquetball class. Steven Lengkeek, a vice dean in the College of Public Health, and Jeff Bazin, assistant director of Information Technology Services, have both been coaching Temple’s racquetball class since its establishment in Fall 2017. They said they were not formally informed of the Board’s decision. Students are also worried that by eliminating TUF, the two remaining on-campus recreation facilities will become overcrowded. McGill and freshman communication studies major Colleen Claggett would both like to see more weightlifting platforms in the new renovations of the IBC. “I’m kind of excited to see what they do with the IBC because the STAR Complex looks so good, but I’m also kind of scared because I know a lot of people do go to TUF, so I’m afraid IBC is going to be very busy and overrun,” Claggett said. madison.seitchik@temple.edu

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TSG begins its high school mentorship program The program will help high school students through the college application process. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

Temple Student Government began its high school mentorship program last week. It will run through the rest of the semester. TSG is collaborating with the Advocate Center, a North Philadelphia culture and education organization, to get high school students to participate in the program. The Advocate Center sent applications out to area high schools, including George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science and Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Educa-

tion High School. TSG is piloting the program with eight high school student and trained eight college mentors. It hopes to recruit more. The program connects Temple students with high school students to help them apply to college and prepare for university life by teaching them organization and budgeting skills. Mentors will also take students on tours of Main Campus. “We want [the high school students] to have the eggshell cracked,” said Leonard Chester, TSG’s director of local and community affairs. “We want them to know what they’re getting into.” “We want to help young people look outside the box,” said Adia Harmon, the executive director of the Advocate Center. “We want

them to see that they are strong enough, smart enough, articulate enough to be able to go to college and succeed there.” The current TSG administration will change at the end of this semester, but Chester said he hopes future administrations will continue the program. Harmon said the Advocate Center will collaborate with TSG on this program as long as it can. “In years to come, in our partnership, we’d like to grow and be able to provide access to more students,” Harmon said. “We look for people who are leaders,” Chester said. “We want juniors and seniors who will provide experiences and stories that will help improve the freshman experience.”

Joshua Dicker, a mentor and junior sports and recreation management major, said he is excited to learn from his mentee, as well as prepare the student to avoid the issues he encountered when he was younger. Dicker said he will encourage his mentee to take advantage of AP courses while in high school and to balance time between clubs, social events and schoolwork. “Being a mentor, you have to be able to listen and really be a guiding light,” he added. The program follows Activate TU’s platform to “continue to engage young minds in the community through access and exposure to Temple University.” This is an extension of the annual Pathway to Temple event TSG implemented

last spring, which will be held next month and invites about 65 area high schoolers to visit the university. “It’s so crucial to have a mentor in high school,” Chester said. “It’s important to have that big brother or big sister who will take interest in you and will help you not make the same mistakes they made.” alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa Editor’s Note: Joshua Dicker has taken photos for The Temple News. He had no part in the reporting or editing of this story.


Candidate for 181st District opposes stadium Malcolm Kenyatta, a 2012 public communication alumnus, outwardly opposes the stadium. BY MATTHEW McCANN Community Beat Reporter

Alumnus Malcolm Kenyatta, who is running to represent the 181st District in the state House of Representatives, said he opposes Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium. He also said elected officials have a responsibility to ensure public money does not fund the project. Kenyatta said he opposes the stadium because community residents have not been involved in the project’s development. “I’m going to continue to have a big mouth about this and every single thing else as it relates to the people in this community,” Kenyatta said. “You cannot make a decision about us without us.” Kenyatta, a 2012 public communication alumnus, is a third-generation North Philadelphian from a politically active family. He is the grandson of civil rights activist Muhammad Kenyatta, and the cousin of state Rep. Curtis Thomas, who he is running against in the state House race. Thomas has held the 181st District seat since 1989. Whether Kenyatta wins the 181st District or not, he said he plans to continue to advocate on behalf of his community. “I plan to remain engaged in this and all fights that have to do with this neighborhood,” he added. “This is my neighborhood. I’m not going anywhere.”

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Malcolm Kenyatta, a 2012 public communication alumnus, speaks to community residents after an antistadium town hall at George Washington Carver High School on March 1.

Despite dozens of calls to Thomas’s offices, he could not be reached for comment. Thomas has worked with the Stadium Stompers in the past, serving as the main liaison between the university and the antistadium group, which is made up of students, faculty and community residents. In July, Thomas organized a meeting between President Richard Englert and Stadium Stompers leaders — the first time the two groups had met. Kenyatta has been a vocal critic of Tem-

ple’s plans to build an on-campus stadium, and now that the school is moving forward with its plans, he has been attending events to oppose the stadium. Kenyatta attended a March 1 anti-stadium town hall at George Washington Carver High School of Science and Engineering. Students, faculty and residents voiced their opposition, along with representatives from the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia NAACP to the stadium. Thomas did not attend the town hall.

“We have an example right here right now of people coming together, not just long-term residents, but students and faculty and everybody saying with a unified voice, ‘This is not something we want,’” Kenyatta said. Englert was invited to the March 1 town hall, but did not attend. Englert instead announced that the university would hold its own town hall at Mitten Hall on March 6. The event ended early after protesters prevented Englert from speaking for more than a few minutes without interruption. After the event, Kenyatta released a statement. “This evening’s meeting regarding Temple University’s proposed football stadium was a tea-kettle moment,” he said in the statement. there was a lot of tension in the room. “But this tension cannot be used as a predicate to ending badly needed dialogue. In fact this tension is what results when there is not sustained conversation based on mutual interest and respect.” Kenyatta said he thinks it’s important for the university to have a positive relationship with the surrounding North Philadelphia community. “If we just make this an issue that’s simply about the stadium and not about the broader ways that North Philadelphia has been forgotten about, left behind, and completely disregarded by the continued expansion of Temple and broader development more generally, then I think we’re going to miss the forest for the trees,” Kenyatta said. matthew.paul.mccann@temple.edu


Former Mass. Gov Deval Patrick visits College Democrats The former governor is rumored to run for United States President in 2020. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

On-Campus Beat Reporter

Massachusetts former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick — who has hinted a run for United States President in 2020 — visited the Temple College Democrats for a two-hour meet and greet session last Thursday. Patrick served two terms as governor of Massachusetts from 2007-15, and is the second AfricanAmerican governor to be elected in U.S. history. Previously, Patrick was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to assistant attorney general, overseeing the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1994. Patrick is also close to former President Barack Obama. Obama counts him “among the very small group of people whom he thinks has actual political talent,” Politico reported last August. Obama’s inner circle has been

urging Patrick to run for the White House in the next election. Patrick said it’s too early to make any plans for 2020, but he recently said running for president is on his “radar screen,” South Coast Today reported. Other potential Democratic presidential candidates rumored to run in 2020 include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran in 2016, former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Patrick’s political director, Rosy Gonzalez, reached out to the student organization’s former president to visit Main Campus, said Christina Borst, Temple College Democrats’s co-president and a sophomore strategic communications and political science major. During the meeting, a member of Temple College Democrats brought up that there are “whispers” of his potential candidacy. Patrick responded by saying “Oh, I don’t know” in a “coy” way, Borst said.

Patrick’s response to issues that students brought up seemed very much “through the lens of the future,” Borst said. “Given the nature of [Patrick’s] responses today, I feel like there’s no way he’s not going to run,” she added. “The way he spoke, there were a lot of hypotheticals like...‘If I were in office, maybe I would’ve approached it this way.’” During the meet and greet, students asked Patrick questions about bipartisanship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, gun control, U.S. foreign relations and Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts, among other political issues. Daisy Confoy, a freshman political science major and Temple College Democrats’s director of internal affairs, asked Patrick how Democrats can reconcile supporting Democratic candidates, but not wanting to settle for the bare minimum. For example, Democrat Conor Lamb won in the special election held in Pennsylvania’s 18th District last week, but he supports gun rights, which is usually a

conservative stance. Patrick responded and said that students should support a candidate that they would want to see, and they should also run for office themselves. “It was a really relaxed conversation between a former governor and 20 18-20-year-olds, and that’s a big deal within itself,” Confoy said. “When [a politician] actually comes here and listens to us talk, and just lets us question him, it’s really important.” “You could tell that he was thinking before he spoke, which we don’t really get with Donald Trump,” she said. “It was refreshing, like there are politicians who really care about the things they say, and they understand that they make an impact, especially on our youth.” Jacob Kurtz, a junior planning and community development major and Parliamentarian in Temple Student Government, asked Patrick how Democrats from central Pennsylvania and other places overlooked by politicians can be effective participants in the up-

coming 2018 midterm elections and 2020 presidential election. “Be a bridge,” Patrick said. “[Democrats] have to go to places where we’re not expected. That’s the only way we will win in 2018 and 2020.” Temple College Democrats holds biweekly meetings, and because of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, the organization has had many candidates ask to speak at its meetings. Late last month, Temple College Democrats hosted a candidate meet-and-greet with candidates running for state office. This included Malcolm Kenyatta, a 2012 public communication alumnus running to represent the 181st District for the state House of Representatives, and Maggie Borski, a third-year law student hoping to represent the 177th District. Temple College Democrats will also host the Pennsylvania College Democrats’s annual convention in April, Borst said. lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow

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Continue community ties We hope that future Temple Student Government leaders preserve positive community programs. Next week, Temple Student Government will begin a high school to college mentorship program with North Philadelphia students. In partnership with the Advocate Center, a local culture and education organization, TSG will spend the remainder of Spring 2018 helping prepare neighborhood high school students for college. We’ve been critical of TSG in the past. Just last week, we told the Temple community we were disappointed in the behavior of the Senior Leadership Team, Parliament and various TSG representatives. Our opinion on that topic stands: The Temple News would rather TSG focus on important issues instead of arbitrary infighting and impeachments. But we support TSG when it institutes programs that benefit the North Philadelphia community, like this high school mentorship program.

Now, we are in the very beginning stages of another student government election. On Monday, TSG announced the three tickets running to represent the student body for the 2018-19 academic year. It is true that the upcoming high school mentorship program will likely benefit area students. It is also true that the current TSG administration has only a few months left this school year before another takes over. Regardless of which team students elect to represent them, we hope next year’s elected officials keep up the beneficial community programming that this year’s TSG administration worked to implement. This year’s administration has had its flaws, and also its successes, among them its outreach to the North Philadephia community. We hope next year’s team maintains the same level of engagement.

Aramark: include students As the university’s food provider, Aramark should not ignore students’ environmental concerns. The organization Students for Environmental Action recently created a petition addressed to the university’s food service provider Aramark to stop the use of single-use plastic utensils, paper plates and bowls in Morgan Dining Hall. SEA has reached out to Aramark directly with its concerns this past year, but the corporation hasn’t proposed any solutions. Temple Student Government has asked Aramark to make its on-campus services more sustainable, but none of these suggestions have been implemented either. Aramark, however, is considering requests for next school year. The Temple News thinks it’s unfortunate Aramark hasn’t been able to implement even one request from either TSG or SEA in its first year on campus. Aramark’s seeming disinterest in

Stand up to puppy mills by adopting your pets Adopting animals from shelters can improve your life and theirs, while challenging unethical breeding practices.


bout four years ago, my family adopted our first dog, a lab mix named Jojo. We rescued him from a horse farm in Virginia and were told by the farm owner that he arrived there cold, lonely and hungry. Two years later, we adopted another dog, a blue English Coonhound named Lulu from South Carolina. She was next in line to be MONICA MELLON euthanized at a LEAD COLUMNIST shelter. Rescuing our dogs has significantly impacted our lives. They’ve become an integral part of our family, and I couldn’t imagine life without them. Adopting pets is a rewarding experience that the animals and the people who adopt them. People should adopt pets to save animals in need and stand up to the puppy mill industry, which is made up of mass-breeding facilities that do not offer the appropriate care for animals. Kristen Szwast, the lifesaving manager of the Pennsylvania Society for the Precaution of Cruelty to Animals, said Lancaster is the puppy mill capital of the world. “These animals pretty much live their whole lives in crates and poor conditions,” Szwast said. According to PETA, when people “shop” for animals, meaning they buy them from pet stores, the animals typically come from puppy mills. But those from adoption centers are typically unwanted pets or strays — rescued from unstable living conditions. Each year, 3.5 million animals are euthanized at animal shelters because they can’t find homes. When people adopt animals from


shelters, they both prevent them from being euthanized, and they refuse to contribute to puppy mills and the unethical breeding of animals. Shelters provide animals with better conditions than pet stores and puppy mills. According to the ASPCA, puppy mills keep pets in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions and do not provide appropriate veterinary care, food, water or socialization for animals. Additionally, animals in shelters are more likely to be healthy and up to date on their vaccinations. Many shelters participate in Shelter Medicine, a field of veterinary medicine that provides care specifically to shelter animals. Oftentimes, this means a veterinarian is on site at a shelter. By rescuing a pet from a shelter, you’re saving the animal’s life and welcoming them into a loving home. “The animals here are very loyal, and just a chance for them to go into a forever home makes them feel really happy,” said Steven Conway, the humane educator at the Montgomery County SPCA. “They’re so loyal and so loving to their new owners.” Through social media, many Temple students have shown their love for rescue pets. The Temple Cats Facebook group creates an online community to help North Philadelphia strays find homes. “Any pet owner you will talk to that rescued or adopted a shel-

ter animal, they will tell you that they have probably gotten more in return than they’ve given to the animal,” said Cathy Liu, a member of the Temple Cats Facebook group and an adjunct piano performance instructor. “And that’s certainly [the best part].” And for students looking for a pet, there are also practical benefits to adoption. For example, adoption is usually cheaper than purchasing animals from pet stores. “Usually adoption fees are a lot lower than pet store fees,” Conway said. “At the Montgomery County SPCA, our adoption fees are $65 for dogs and $25 for cats and at a lot of pet stores, you wouldn’t get near that price.” “Adopt, don’t shop” is a growing trend for the mutual benefits it offers adopters and their pets. The life-saving friendships made between a pet and its owner are worthy of celebration. It’s a connection I hope others realize, so they can experience a friendship similar to the ones I’ve made with my dogs. According to the ASPCA, nearly 3.2 million pets are adopted each year. I am in awe at how high the number is, and I hope it continues to grow — especially among college students. monica.mellon@temple.edu @MonicaMellon

students’ concerns is not a good sign, especially given the food service provider is just beginning its 15-year contract with Temple. When students care enough about sustainability to repeatedly reach out with their concerns, Aramark has a responsibility to seriously seek solutions and discuss them with students. Through its Green Thread sustainability pledge, Aramark has committed to goals like locally sourcing food, establishing waste minimization practices and conserving water and energy. When students suggest ways Aramark can fulfill its own sustainability goals — like minimizing the waste caused by single-use plastic utensils, paper plates and bowls — the food service provider should listen, or at least communicate with students.

CORRECTIONS A story that ran on Page 2 in the March 13 issue with the headline “Elections codes unchanged for 2018 elections” misstated the reason the Senior Leadership Team filed to impeach Matthew Diamond, which was insubordination. Rebecca Gonzalez made the impeachment decision. The Elections Commission was the only branch last academic year to ratify changes to the elections code. A story that ran on Page 7 in the March 13 issue with the headline “Program addresses Ph.D. diversity issue” misstated the number of attendees invited to the PhD Project’s annual conference. There were an estimated 300 to 350 people invited. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Michaela Winberg at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6737.


October 1, 2013: A stray cat lived outside of Johnson and Hardwick residence halls long enough for students to start caring for her. Since residence halls prohibit pets, students made collective efforts to adopt the cat as a “community pet.” This week, Lead Columnist Monica Mellon argued that, when looking for a pet, students should rescue animals, rather than buying them from pet stores.

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A former member of Temple Student Government suggests a new branch to improve its functionality.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Temple Student Government is an organization that, when led by ethical and open-minded leaders, has the potential to make positive change on campus, with alumni and in the North Philadelphia community. This responsibility is both a privilege and honor to those students elected to serve and should be treated as such. This Executive Branch and Parliament have successfully managed to squander the trust and expectations that the student body placed in them, which is deeply upsetting to all who voted for and against this administration. Under better circumstances, Parliament should function efficiently and successfully, with their resolutions receiving proper consideration and attention from the Executive Branch. I recognize that the Executive Branch has made noble accomplishments, such as the formation of a peer mentorship program, assisting the opening of a food pantry on campus and increasing dialogue between students and the community. And Parliament deserves credit for passing a resolution for Narcan administration training for students. However, these accomplishments have been blurred by a lack of professionalism from TSG as a whole. All too often, there is a story about constant infighting and childish behavior within Parliament, a body tasked with representing the near 40,000 students at our university. I expect this behavior to remain in Washington, D.C., and not manifest on our campus. As a constituent of this government, I should not have to accept this lack of leadership and responsibility. The Senior Leadership Team of TSG has also disappointed us with its recent attempts to seize control of editing the elections code. There is of course an irony

that Tyrell Mann-Barnes’ “Activate TU” group, who called for an Ethics Board, increased transparency and additional checks on the Executive Branch’s power, is now attempting to expand the power and influence of that same branch. The news this past week about the unfortunate resignation of the elections commissioner, almost one week before campaigns for next year are set to take place, further paints TSG as a dysfunctional institution rather than the productive group of student leaders the Temple community deserves. To improve the current situation, I ask Parliament to build upon the Ethics Board idea and form a third branch of TSG that assumes the role of a judicial branch. This idea exists in other public universities like Temple, like The University of Texas at Austin and Penn State University. I, as a constituent, hope that TSG continues to build upon its accomplishments and stop the distracting infighting and Twitter banter that takes place far too often. Temple students should recognize the potential of an effective student government. It is only as influential as they are productive and responsible. They are the sole direct link between students and administrators. I continue to encourage students to be informed and engaged this upcoming election cycle and hope a record number of votes are cast. Kevin Malone was the campaign manager of the Connecting TU ticket, which opposed the current TSG administration in last year’s election. He is also the former TSG allocations co-chair and a senior risk management and insurance major. He can be reached at kevin.malone@temple.edu.

Coming home: a step forward in my recovery A student shares her story of learning the importance of accessing mental health care when you need it. BY DIANA CRISTANCHO



n Colombia, where I grew up, going to a therapist isn’t really common, mostly due to a lack of economic resources. I never heard the adults in my life talk about issues like depression or anxiety. So, when I first moved to the United States and began experiencing symptoms of these mental illnesses, I didn’t know how to manage them in a healthy way. Life in Colombia was constantly fast-paced — there was always something to do, somewhere to go and someone to meet. In 2006, my family and I moved to the U.S., where my dad had already been working for the past year at a manufacturing company. We moved to a small town in Louisiana, where life went from fast-paced to sort of lackadaisical. Not feeling as busy as I did in Colombia gave me more time to think — and worry. When I was 13 years old, I started feeling my worries turn to sadness, and then to depression. Little things going wrong throughout the day felt like the end of the world. Everything around me was changing. My parents grew apart and eventually separated.

My closest friend moved five hours away from me. I felt like I couldn’t control what was happening in my life and stopped taking school seriously. I even got expelled. I find it crazy now that at the young age of 13, depression made me feel so detached from the rest of the world. Later on, when I started high school, I realized my actions had consequences, and my grades were going to determine my chances of getting into college. I became filled with dread. I began having daily panic attacks. What was supposed to be the best year of high school, my senior year, turned into the worst. I had reached my breaking point. Anxiety was with me from the moment I woke, until the deep hours of the night when I couldn’t stop thinking: Would my now single mother be able to afford to send me to college? Was I even good enough to get into a decent school? I couldn’t sleep. Once my mother began getting frequent calls from concerned teachers and guidance counselors, together we decided I needed help. I was 17 years old when I first saw a therapist.

My mother supported the idea and even encouraged it, even though she wasn’t familiar with therapy herself. After graduation, I saved my paychecks from my summer job for a trip back to Colombia, since I hadn’t visited in five years. I was still anxious because I was trying to figure out how I was going to start college in the fall. I knew being in Colombia, close to my family, would be a breath of fresh air. I felt it would offer me some clarity. My homeland is where I actually began my journey to recovery. I was able to be away from the stress I was dealing with. Taking a mental break helped me, and thanks to my mother, I had the support and initiative to seek help when I needed it. Thankfully, I am now in a state of good mental health. I used to stigmatize myself because not many people in Colombia paid attention to their mental health. But now I know that anyone can experience anxiety or depression no matter where they’re from. diana.cristancho@temple.edu


Professors: stop setting the tone for class discussion When professors are opinionated, students in their classes might feel that their own opinions are wrong.


n my first political science course at Temple, an introduction to American political structure, I was slightly taken aback by how openly my professor shared her liberal viewpoints when we discussed America’s political climate. I was learning a lot, but I couldn’t help noticing that certain perspectives dominated class discussions, especially regarding the 2016 Presidential Election. Students who agreed with my professor’s views JOSHUA VICTOR had an easier time contributing to class discussions, while I could tell conservative students were biting their tongues. Even some liberal students seemed hesitant to share their thoughts for fear of clashing with our professor. At first, I thought this one-sided classroom atmosphere was a normal part of political science courses, but this same scenario has happened in other discussion-based classes I’ve taken, too. Professors are human beings with their own biases, and I understand that. But whether they’re teaching political science, English, philosophy or any other subject that ignites discussion, they can set the tone for the entire course by sharing personal commentary. It’s important that professors are conscious of their influence, limit sharing their personal views and respect opinions that differ from their own. Andrew Ervin, an adjunct English

instructor, said when addressing current political events or controversial issues, he pretends he hasn’t formed any opinions about them yet. “I personally try to avoid thinking in narrow terms like that, left and right, but it’s sort of ingrained in our culture,” Ervin said. “And so I have found that students who identify more conservatively, even though that’s not my particular value system, traditionally feel very at home and very comfortable in my classes.” By doing this, Ervin said he hopes to create a safe space where students feel free to share opinions that may be unpopular. I remember when I took Mosaic I, we often discussed race and culture. My professor offered a variety of viewpoints with fairness, which I think is important for students to experience. Of course, expecting professors to avoid sharing any form of personal expression is unreasonable and even harmful. But it is equally dangerous when professors let their personal opinions shut down the perspectives of whole groups of students. David Mindich, the chair of the journalism department, said he’s observed classes where students with conservative perspectives might feel uncomfortable expressing their opinions, and he hopes to avoid such situations in his own classrooms. “One of the mottos of journalism is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” Mindich said. “I try to encourage people from a wide spectrum of political views to express themselves.” Mindich said that while his own perspectives swing to the left, he tries his best

to create a forum contrasting views. Zoe Dubin, a senior psychology major, said she has noticed classmates stand up for their beliefs, even when they may differ from the professor’s. “Even the people that are kind of quiet will say something if they feel like they need to say something,” Dubin said. “I’m not the most outgoing student, but when I feel like there’s something I need to say, I’ll say it.” I’m glad to know that students stand up for what they believe in, but they

shouldn’t feel like it’s a big deal to simply contribute to the discussion. Classrooms shouldn’t operate as platforms for only a narrow branch of opinions. Professors should focus on providing a forum for a broad range of perspectives. Finding the balance between competing viewpoints can be difficult, but doing so is essential to achieving a healthy classroom environment for all. joshua.victor@temple.edu @joshuajvictor7





PAGE 6 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ELECTIONS also want to empower student organizations and Parliament by giving them more autonomy, reform TSG’s weekly General Assembly meetings and enhance campus safety and sustainability efforts.

UniteTU • • •

President: Daniel Borine, junior political science and criminal justice major Vice President of Services: Venise Salcedo, junior public health major Vice President of External Affairs: Adrienne Hines, junior political science major

UniteTU’s student leaders said they want to support students, improve services and hold TSG accountable, but purposefully kept further details about their platform “short.” “We’re here because we want to make a difference,” Borine said. “We’ve all had a great experience at Temple, and we want to give back.”

VoiceTU •

President: Tyler Lum, sophomore political science major and TSG’s director of Government Affairs. Vice President of Services: Almas Ayaz, junior supply chain management major and TSG’s director of Campus Life and Diversity Vice President of External Affairs: Bridget Warlea, junior legal studies major and speaker of Parliament

VoiceTU wants to unite Temple and North Philadelphia by increasing understanding between students and community residents. It also wants to expand resources for underrepresented students. The team members want to enhance sustainability efforts and improve the use of campus space. The campaign also wants to advocate for more affordable on-campus housing, increased mental health resources and campus


safety efforts for active-shooter scenarios. Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz announced at Parliament’s Monday meeting that he will step down from his position to run for the 2018 election. Jordan Laslett, the former Speaker of Parliament, will act as Parliamentarian until Kurtz returns.

CAMPAIGNING Starting Wednesday, campaigns will be allowed to advertise and host promotional events every day until voting begins on April 4. The first TSG debate will be held on Thursday, and the second on April 2. The winning campaign will be announced on April 6, said Daritza Santana, the TSG elections commissioner and a senior criminal justice major. Last Tuesday, Santana was appointed elections commissioner after Matthew Diamond, who previously held the position, resigned amid the Senior Leadership Team’s efforts to impeach him. This staff change occurred eight days before the tickets’ campaigning were set to begin. Many of the impeachment accusations — which Auditor General Morrease Leftwich determined were not credible — were based on disagreements between Diamond and the Senior Leadership Team regarding edits to the 2017 elections code, which caused confusion during last year’s election. Diamond attempted to draft a new code, but decided to use the 2017 code again after the Senior Leadership Team did not vote to ratify his suggested edits. Although the code wasn’t altered and Santana was appointed at the last minute, she said she believes the elections will still be successful. “I want to conduct a clear and fair election, and I want to avoid cheating,” Santana said. “Our goal is to also have a high turnout for elections.” Last election, 5,180 students voted. Thursday’s debate will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 217AB of the Student Center and will be moderated by The Temple News and Temple Update.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cameron Kaczor, Trenton Reardon and Gadi Zimmerman (left to right) of IgniteTU present their campaign at TSG’s General Assembly meeting on Monday.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS UniteTU announces its campaign at TSG’s General Assembly Meeting on Monday. From left to right, the candidates are Daniel Borine, Venise Salcedo and Adrienne Hines.

alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Tyler Lum, Almas Ayaz and Bridget Warlea (left to right) discussed their platform for VoiceTU at TSG’s General Assembly meeting on Monday.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 STADIUM port of local residents for a project.Bergman said a community-benefits agreement could be used in this case to make the university responsible for issues of trash, noise and other issues resulting from an on-campus stadium. “Anything you say you’re going to do you have to put down in a written document,” Bergman said. “We would gladly enter into that at any given time, but all the neighbors would need to get together and try and do that.” Still, Bergman said he does not see “legitimate missteps” on behalf of the university regarding last month’s town hall that was hosted five days after an anti-stadium townhall by community residents. “Right now, it’s obvious there are people that are not happy with [the stadium], and I think the way we tried to present in that large setting was extremely difficult,” Bergman said. “I thought there was a great deal of people there who wanted to see the presentation.” The best strategy moving forward, Bergman said, is to hold many meetings with small groups of community residents. At the university’s most recent meeting with residents from 15th and Page streets — which is close to where the stadium would be built — said their main concern was increased traffic, Bergman said. The university has yet to release the results of a $1.25 million feasibility study, which is said to include plans for traffic, parking and elements of the stadium’s design. The Board of Trustees approved the funds for the study in October 2015. The 35,000-seat stadium is proposed to built between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue and 15th and 16th streets. 15th Street is the only uninterrupted southbound street in Philadelphia. Dozie Ibeh, the associate vice president of Temple’s Project Delivery Group, told PlanPhilly last week that an unreleased study determined traffic would not be an issue for residents if 15th Street was closed to build the stadium. The number of vehicles that use 15th Street at peak hours

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— about 310 — could instead be directed to Broad Street, which sees about 3,000 vehicles at peak hours, Ibeh told PlanPhilly. Ibeh was supposed to give a presentation about the results of the feasibility study at Englert’s town hall earlier this month, but did not since it ended early. As 5th District Councilman, Clarke would have to introduce the legislation to City Council to close 15th Street for the stadium project to continue. But Clarke said he is not convinced the university has properly communicated with the community, and he will not introduce or support “any City approvals for the stadium,” a spokesperson for Clarke told The Temple News last week. “What [Clarke] has always said is that he would want neighbors to be in support of it, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Bergman said. “I mean Clarke says, ‘You got to do a better job of communicating.’ Then, we’ll do a better job at communicating.” Clarke could not be reached for comment on Monday. Bergman said Temple had already submitted its proposal for the stadium to the Philadelphia Planning Commision. But on Monday, officials from the commission told The Temple News they had not yet received the proposal. Judith Robinson is the chair of the 32nd Ward Registered Community Organization, which oversees new development in the community. She said Bergman and several other officials from the Office of Community Relations met with her to discuss the stadium about two weeks ago. Robinson said she requested to see the results of the feasibility studies at the meeting, but was denied. University officials told her both reports would be provided to the RCO before the university submits its proposal to the City Planning Commission, she said. They did not provide her with a timeline for this process, she said. Robinson added that the group did not discuss a community-benefits agreement during the meeting. will.bleier@temple.edu @Will_Bleier

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Turning sport ‘childhood fantasies’ into a reality This winter, alumni Matt Wallace and Sam Fryman were broadcasters for Penn’s club women’s ice hockey team. BY IAN WALKER

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SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Alumni Matt Wallace (left) and Sam Fryman stand in the upper level of the Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania. The two provided game commentary last season for Penn’s club women’s ice hockey team.

hen Matt Wallace listens to a game on the radio, he doesn’t need the broadcaster to recite the score to know how the game is going. “I always immediately pay attention to, ‘What is this broadcaster’s tone?’” said Wallace, who has been blind since birth. “And based upon this broadcaster’s tone right now, ‘Is he kind of out of the game right now? Oh, they must be losing.’” Recently, Wallace became a broadcaster and had to convey the “ebb and flow” of a game himself. From October to February, Wallace, a 2015 journalism alumnus, provided game commentary alongside 2015 media studies and production alumnus Sam Fryman for the University of Pennsylvania club women’s ice hockey team. The pair began working for the team as volunteers this sea-



Teaching mental health care through simulations The Nursing Resource Center created an audio simulation to teach nursing students about the experience of having a mental illness. BY EMMA LILLIANTHAL For The Temple News

Barbara Stephens, a nursing professor in the College of Public Health, said everyone knows someone with mental illness. But for people without mental illnesses, it is nearly impossible to understand the day-to-day experiences of people with disorders like schizophrenia — hallucinating and hearing disturbing voices and sounds. This semester, the Nursing Resource Center is working to bridge that gap in experiences. The Center, a smart classroom in the Pharmacy Building at the Health Sciences Campus, is offering an audio simulation for nursing students to understand what it’s like to have schizophrenia.

The simulation uses MP3 players containing different types of voices and sounds to show students the type of auditory hallucinations people with mental illness can experience. During the simulation, nursing students have to complete a series of tests and tasks that would usually be simple for them, like puzzles and math tests, while listening to the audio. “It just makes it that much easier to be able to understand what your patient is going through,” said Chelsea Comerford, a junior nursing major who participated in the simulation. “It was really cool to go through hearing what a lot of the patients that we work with in the hospital [hear], because we deal with mental illness pretty much on every unit and everywhere you go.” John Duffy, the director of the Nursing Resource Center and a nursing professor, said the simulation starts with muffled


MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Megan Horensky, a junior nursing major, begins an audio simulation on Wednesday at the Nursing Resource Center on the Health Sciences Campus. The simulation was developed to help nursing students understand what it’s like to have schizophrenia.


Fox, university students run for mental health nonprofit Gamma Iota Sigma, a Fox fraternity, is fundraising for the charity Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D. BY PATRICK PETTUS For The Temple News

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Michael McCloskey, a risk, insurance and healthcare management professor, holds this year’s Temple Broad Street Run T-shirt in his office in Alter Hall on Wednesday.

Early on the morning of May 6, students, faculty and alumni will join nearly 40,000 people for the 39th annual Broad Street Run. The course, spanning Broad Street from Fisher Avenue to the Navy Yard, will run alongside Main Campus. Michael McCloskey, a risk, insurance and healthcare management professor, said this event makes him proud.

“There’s no other college campus that the run comes through,” McCloskey said. “It’s our run. That’s sort of our motto: ‘Temple runs Broad Street.’” McCloskey is also the faculty adviser for Temple’s chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a Fox School of Business fraternity primarily composed of risk management and insurance and actuarial science students. For nearly eight years, professors, faculty and alumni, in partnership with Temple Police, have joined Gamma students for the run. “We want everybody on our team,” McCloskey said. “We’re not ‘Hey, this is a Fox thing.’ I don’t for one second

think that.” The organization uses proceeds from the team’s T-shirt sales to support its charity of choice each year. Past charities have included ARTZ Philadelphia and the Gift of Life Family House. But this year’s charity is especially close to the Fox community. Sophia Verros, a 1995 accounting alumna, and Gamma Broad Street Run teammate, died by suicide after a long battle with depression in June 2017. The students elected to make this year’s donation in






Box of Balloons, a new student organization, creates gift boxes for children in the Philadelphia area who can’t afford to celebrate their birthdays.

Students voice their opinions on the use of plastic and paper tableware in the Morgan Hall cafeteria.

The Fishtown Neighbors Association hosted its 8th Annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday at The Fillmore Philadelphia.

Chad States, a 2007 MFA photography alumnus, has his latest work “La Vie en Rose” on display at Vox Populi on 11th Street near Callowhill.



Students help children celebrate their birthdays A sophomore founded a Philadelphia chapter of Box of Balloons, a nonprofit that sends birthday party supplies to children living in poverty. BY EMILY TRINH

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Temple’s chapter of Box of Balloons recently decorated its first birthday box in pink and sparkles. The Parisian-themed box was sent to a Philadelphia area girl celebrating her 12th birthday. In November 2017, sophomore undeclared Fox School of Business student Alyssa Heron reached out to the Box of Balloons headquarters to start the organization’s first chapter in Pennsylvania. Last month, the Box of Balloons Philadelphia chapter became an official student organization. “We had a lot of fun packing our first box,” Heron said. “It just felt really good to give back, and we felt a connection to the child without even meeting her. We got to have fun while learning about what she’s interested in.” Box of Balloons, which was founded in 2013, is a nonprofit that provides children living below the poverty line with the chance to celebrate their birthdays by sending each of them a box filled with enough party materials to host a party for six to eight people. Heron was inspired to start Pennsylvania’s first chapter after volunteering with her aunt’s Box of Balloons chapter in Woodbury, New Jersey. She said she realized how many children don’t have the money to celebrate their birthdays. She wanted to create a similar program in Philadelphia. “There are many children that are overlooked, we don’t even know the financial situation that their families are in,” Heron said. “There’s a need for Box of Balloons, especially in Philadelphia...and I know that the students at Temple would definitely be will-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 THEATER Temple Theaters on “Waiting for Rain,” a play about a woman named Jenna who has a physical disability. It was directed by Amy Blumberg, a third-year master’s of directing student and written by Mark Costello, a third-year master’s of playwriting student. The show, in an unconventional move for Temple, hired an actor outside the university to more accurately represent someone with a physical disability. The director and writer hired Hannah Brannau, an actress from Acting Without Boundaries who has cerebral palsy. Brannau said she was proud to be chosen to play the role of Jenna in “Waiting for Rain.” “I think playing that role made me a better performer and definitely made me look at disability in theater a completely different way,” she added. “Disabled actors are hungry for work and interesting characters

ing to join and help out.” According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, about 21 percent of children in the United States live in conditions where their parents’ income falls below the federal poverty threshold. Additionally, 43 percent of all children live in low-income families. In Philadelphia, more than 130,000 children live in poverty, according to a 2016 Child Wellness Index published by Philadelphia Public Citizens for Children and Youth. That is about 38 percent of the city’s entire child population. Heron said Box of Balloons works to make sure children from disadvantaged backgrounds feel celebrated on their birthdays. To select recipients, Box of Balloons sends out a Google Form to schools and childcare centers in search of recommendations. The program’s policy prohibits volunteers from directly communicating with a recipient or his or her family to protect the child’s privacy. Often, Heron said recipients are identified by a school principal or guidance counselor, who then contacts Box of Balloons. She added that parents of the children who receive boxes are not obligated to tell their child that the boxes came from Box of Balloons. “The organization is really all about strengthening the family,” Heron said. “If the parents don’t feel comfortable saying that they got financial help, they can go on and say it’s from them, and that strengthens the family just as much. They don’t need to give us credit in order to spread the joy.” Claudia Murtha, a sophomore journalism major and the media chair for Temple’s Box of Balloons chapter, recently joined the organization. “It’s something you never think of, how so many kids don’t have birthday parties and don’t feel celebrated, which can mess with how they grow and develop,” Murtha said. “I

couldn’t imagine how it would feel if I didn’t have those opportunities when I was younger and doing this would really help.” For Jason Otway, the vice president of Box of Balloons at Temple and a sophomore kinesiology major, joining the organization this semester exposed him to an issue he never knew existed. “I didn’t even think about the problem until it was brought to my attention,” Otway said. “I never thought that birthday parties were something that went by the wayside, but looking at it from this new perspective, it makes sense that birthday parties are the first things to go, and as a kid you don’t really understand that. So it feels really great to be able to bring joy to those kids’ lives.” To find recipients for boxes, the student organization is currently reaching out to neighborhood schools: Paul L. Dunbar El-

ementary School, Tanner G. Duckrey School and Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School. Temple’s chapter is currently working on its second birthday box. Heron said Box of Balloons now has 35 members at Temple. Otway added that he hopes to expand the organization to encompass more of the Philadelphia area and eventually connect with other colleges in the city. “The organization gives the children an opportunity, because sometimes it’s hard to understand why they might not be having a birthday party when their other friends are,” Otway said. “In a way, it helps the children fit in while bringing them joy that they might not be getting otherwise.”

and opportunities. I am hoping a show like that opens people’s eyes to see what kinds of characters are possible.” Hartley first started working with actors with physical disabilities years ago for a theater company in Maine. He was only there for a few months, but said it was an amazing experience. When he came back to Philadelphia, he found out that Christine Rouse, an actress who has cerebral palsy, was starting Acting Without Boundaries. He was asked to come on as a volunteer, and after a few months, he became the artistic director. “As many things in my life, it’s not at all what I expected to do,” Hartley said. “I love it. It’s some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.” Hartley said most of the actors have cerebral palsy, which affects the way they move, and a number of the performers use wheelchairs or walkers. The company also has a few members who are blind or use machines to speak.

Each year, Acting Without Boundaries does a few large-scale shows. This year, it is working on its own rendition of the musical “Mary Poppins,” which will be performed in The Haverford School’s 700-seat theater in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Last month, the company performed “Working, A Musical” at the Arden Theatre in Old City as a part of Philly Theatre Week. “It also has turned out to be a very amazing place, a big community for people to come together,” Hartley said. “Theater is the venue that provides that amazing connection for people.” The company meets on a monthly basis for theater workshops that include yoga and dance to prepare for performances. There are more rigorous workshops that culminate in a large-scale performance in July for local children at summer camp. The performance is then put on again in October for the general public. Help from volunteers is an important part of the performances, Hartley said. Be-

cause of some performers’ physical disabilities, shows are often adapted. Volunteers also come on stage to “act as the movers of people” or read the scripts if the actor is not able to do so themselves, Hartley said. “In our company, what’s interesting is that because everyone has a disability, disabilities aren’t talked about at all,” Hartley said. “We sing, we dance, we move, we do whatever. It’s pretty wonderful because it really levels the playing field, and there are pretty terrific performers.” Hartley added that one of his goals for the theater industry is to change people’s perceptions about actors with disabilities. “People will meet [the actors] and say, ‘Wow, these are pretty amazing people, and really talented,” Hartley said. “They just happen to have some differences.”

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Neill Hartley (left), the artistic director of Acting Without Boundaries, and Christine Rouse, its founder and director, laugh during their company’s performance of “Working, A Musical” at the Arden Theater on Feb. 12.


JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Box of Balloons Vice President and sophomore kinesiology major Jason Otway (left) attends the first Box of Balloons Philadelphia general interest meeting with sophomore and Head of Fundraising Luke Raum on March 13.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 HOCKEY son when Fryman returned to the Philadelphia area in search of a new broadcasting job. Wanting to keep his skills sharp while he looked for work, Fryman contacted the team to see if they wanted a pair of game commentators for the season. He asked Wallace, who was a friend at Temple, to join him. Samantha Pulley, the team’s coach, said she agreed to have Fryman and Wallace join the team just to help their careers. But she soon realized how skilled they really were. “It does take a while to learn the names of the athletes, their tendencies, their competition,” Pulley said. “It really speaks volumes to their character to volunteer their time and really begin to have an effect on such a wonderful program.” Together, Fryman and Wallace were a two-man talent and production team. Seated in a small perch in the stands in Penn’s Class of 1923 Arena, Fryman would call the action while Wallace interjected with color commentary and a stream of memorized statistics. Simultaneously, Fryman captured the action on the ice with a handheld video camera, which was later edited into game highlight reels. Eve Phelps, a wing and junior computational biology major at Penn, also said she saw the team adopt a more serious attitude because of Fryman and Wallace. “I remember my freshman year there wasn’t as much commitment to showing up to practices,” Phelps said. “It’s helping grow the program


just by having that extra component, because it’s legitimizing it for the players.” As a child, Wallace fell in love with sports through the voices of radio broadcasters like Tom McGinnis for the Philadelphia 76ers and Tim Saunders for the Philadelphia Flyers. Wallace said he always knew he would seek a career in broadcasting. “I always just envisioned myself when I would have my childhood fantasies just broadcasting and living in those voices,” Wallace said. “I used to love impersonating those guys, then I realized, ‘Wait, I have my own voice that I can develop.’” Wallace had his first broadcasting experience as a student at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He gave sports reports on the morning TV show and performed live, play-byplay announcing at the football games. “My uncle would sit next to me [and] tell me who caught the ball,” Wallace said. “I’d just broadcast it into the microphone.” Wallace and Fryman met at Temple on the set of “We Make The Call,” a TUTV sports talk show founded in part by Wallace and Nick Gomberg, a 2015 journalism alumnus, who is also blind. George Cummings, the programming and production manager for TUTV, said Wallace and Gomberg were some of the very first students at Temple who deeply impressed him. “From day one it was apparent to me that these guys knew their stuff,” Cummings said. “The dynamic was great and every student that ever sat on that panel with

them loved them.” Wallace acknowledges that his blindness may have sparked his interest in the non-visual aspects of sports, like statistics. But he said his talent as a sports broadcaster has nothing to do with his disability. “I can turn on a show about science and listen to it for five hours,” Wallace said. “If you want to talk stereotypical blindness, I can listen to it ‘closer than anyone else,’ but I still won’t know what the heck they’re talking about. With sports, it just all comes to me.” Both Fryman and Wallace are currently searching for full-time positions in broadcasting. Most recently, Fryman worked for the Fayetteville Marksmen, a Southern Professional Hockey League team in North Carolina, before it let go of its entire staff, he said. After that setback, Fryman said his experience at Penn has proven that he has the ability to be a broadcaster. “I honestly think after my last job, I’m like, ‘Do I still have a future in broadcasting?’” Fryman said. “Coming back and having this, it’s just a good affirmation of what I’m doing and the skill I really do have for it and that Matt has for it.” They have already attracted attention. After reading an Inquirer story about the pair, Tim Saunders invited Wallace and Fryman to watch a Flyers game from the broadcast booth last Thursday. “Even if we never work together again, we will never forget that Penn season together,” Wallace said. ian.walker@temple.edu @ian_walker12



Freshman Philosophy and psychology

I just don’t see why they can’t have the same system as [the Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria.] Because one of the only things I can think of that would make reusable [plates and silverware] worse than plastic...is like maybe if they were wasting water, but they have so many signs in Morgan that are always like, ‘We reuse water!’ … You can see how much waste is produced in Morgan compared to J&H.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 NURSING sounds and some music. It also changes from soft to louder voices, and contains a few obscenities. “It replicates what a person who is hearing voices or is having auditory hallucinations might experience,” Duffy said. The mental illness simulation is intended to give nursing students a better understanding of their future patients and mental health in general. It’s also a requirement for Generalist Nursing Practice III, a class for second-semester junior nursing majors. As a part of this class, the students have to do clinical practice, or field work at hospitals or other medical facilities. Zoey Parmarter, a junior nursing major, said the simulation helped her learn to be more sympathetic toward her patients with mental illnesses. “It’s not easy to ignore [the hallucinations] and continue doing things in your life,” Parmarter said. “It really kind of puts a stop to your life. It was upsetting to hear that in your head, like these weird creepy voices telling you that you’re not good enough.” Both Duffy and Stephens are instructing the simulation this semester. After they first discussed the idea, Duffy, who has about 12 years of simulation experience, researched how to implement one at Temple. “It’s very hard to get realistic simulations for mental health and mental illness, so this is such a wonderful opportunity,” Stephens said. Duffy helped facilitate this simulation at other nearby universities like Widener University and Thomas Jefferson University. The simulation itself is broken up into sections. Before it begins, Duffy conducts a pre-briefing, during which he tells students they can turn the MP3 player off if the ex-


Freshman Sociology and global studies

[The university is] having all these clean campus incentives and stuff, yet they’re doing things like this that’s causing so much waste. … Even when you go to get [second servings], they give you a new plate rather than putting the food back on your plate.

MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Nawal Hussain, a junior nursing major, completes the mental illness audio simulation at the Nursing Resource Center on the Health Sciences Campus.

perience is too overwhelming for them. For those cases, Duffy and Stephens have a safe room set up for students. “It’s important to be sure that you are creating a safe learning environment especially with this particular simulation,” Duffy said. “We want to take special time in that pre-briefing section to be able to say...‘Take a deep breath. ... Protect yourself.’” Students then participate in the simulation, listening to the voices and sounds on the MP3 players while trying to complete a series of tests and puzzles. In the debriefing, which is conducted after the simulation by Stephens, she does a follow up with the students about their experience and feelings. “There are things that are said on the MP3 player that were kind of

anxiety-provoking to the students,” Stephens said. “They were able to do tasks, they were able to get some things done, but they were not able to do everything that they wanted to.” Next year, Duffy said the simulation will be more challenging. Students will have to move into several rooms and conduct face-toface interviews with people while experiencing the simulation. Stephens thinks the simulation is a great way for students to truly understand what mental illness is like. “I can talk about it,” Stephens said. “I teach it. It’s what I do, but until you experience something like that you really don’t understand it.” emma.lillianthal@temple.edu


Sophomore Media studies and production

The change [to plastic plates and silverware] is kind of odd because it seems like they’re just trying to cut down on time doing dishes, but I feel like in the long run, it’s kind of more efficient to use reusable plates and silverware. … [After learning about the change], I was like, ‘Oh, so they’re gonna waste money every month buying plates and utensils for students?’




Fishtown neighborhood hosts annual chili cook-off



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The Fishtown Neighbors Association hosted its 8th Annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Attendees and judges tested participants’ chili, cast their votes and listened to live music from the band You Do You, a Philly sevenpiece funk band. Participants competed for two awards: People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice. Each winner received a $250 cash prize and a gift card to a local restaurant. The runners-up also received gift cards to local restaurants. This year, both awards went to Fishtown businesses: the Critics’ Choice to Castellino’s Italian Market, and the People’s Choice to Sancho Pistola’s for the second year in a row. “This event is entirely designed to support local business and highlight what local businesses are doing for Fishtown,” said Mary Tempone, board member of the Fishtown Neighbors Association. “This is a great neighborhood,” Mayor Jim Kenney, who attended the event, told The Temple News. “It’s very organized, and people are invested in their neighborhood. They come out and support their neighbors, and this organization does a lot of good work.” Michael McCloskey, a risk, insurance and healthcare management professor, owns the Interstate Drafthouse, a restaurant and bar in Fishtown. The tavern participated, but did not win anything in the cook-off. “We are a part of the community and this is a fun event to come out to,” McCloskey said.


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Exhibit displays ‘escapism’ in current U.S. political climate Chad States, a 2007 MFA photography alumnus, will display his exhibit “Lie Vie en Rose” at Vox Populi until April 22. BY MAUREEN IPLENSKI For The Temple News

Chad States pushes the limits of lighting and color in his latest exhibit, “La Vie en Rose,” to encourage viewers to detach themselves from reality and become lost in a world of pleasure, joy and hope. “I advocate this idea of getting lost by becoming free from the outer construction of the self...and connecting more with your inner self,” said States, a 2007 MFA photography alumnus. “For instance, with Trump and the 24hour news cycle, it is overwhelming, and the need to turn everything off and escape into one’s own fantasy is often necessary.” “La Vie en Rose” is on display at Vox Populi, an art gallery on 11th Street near Callowhill, until April 22. The exhibit is named after the 1947 song “La Vie en Rose” by French singer Édith Piaf. Released in the midst of World War II, the song was a metaphor for hope in times of strife. The song became an international hit after it was performed by Jamaican singer Grace Jones in 1977. States said the song, which translates to “life in pink,” reflects the exhibit’s tone and message. “‘La Vie en Rose’ essentially means to live with rose-colored glasses...to have the ability to live in a more beautiful version of reality,” States said. To supplement the exhibit, “La Vie en Rose” by Jones plays on loop, serving as background music for viewers within the space. “When Jones covered the song, she maintained the romantic, dreamy prospect to it that Piaf included within her piece, but Jones gets a little more fierce in her delivery,” States said. “When I listen to this song, I’m reminded of how it had grown to be a fight song, a song that inspires listeners to fight for their desires of hope or joy, often by escaping into their own headspace.” Along with the song, visitors are offered a visual experience with three sculptural pieces. One sculpture, a seven-foot neon sign spelling the phrase “You Deserve It!” shines with alternating blue and orange lights. “For me, the sign becomes a question of, ‘What does one deserve?’” States said. “Deserve is a term used in marketing a lot. You’re constantly told that you deserve things.” By placing this piece within his exhibit, States hopes viewers will evaluate whether what they believe they deserve is based on an accurate sense of self. Across the room, a statue of a man is posed with his head stuck inside an orange neon sun. In the center of the room, a bright orange rug is adorned with 42 severed heads made from fiberglass and painted in pastel colors. “With the heads, there’s this kind of pleasure,” States said. “They are like candy, except it’s a bit disconcerting that it’s a bunch of severed heads. So simultaneously, the elements of fear and awe sit side by side.” For States, these pieces represent the idea of escapism.

“Art at its best allows the audience to get lost...so in a way it is escapism, but this escapism has a purpose,” States said. “As getting lost can open up different possibilities in ways of being in the world, it can alter outlooks, alleviate anxiety, provide clarity.” “On the other hand, it is a doubleedged sword as well, since escapism can lead to delusion,” he added. “My work is trying to speak to these paradoxes.” Timothy Belknap, a 2006 MFA sculpture alumnus, helped States with the exhibit. The two artists have been working on projects together for the past four years. Belknap fabricated the body and face molds that are included in the exhibit using a mold of States’s body, which took about two months to complete. The body mold sticking his head into the sun is meant to portray the practice of denial. “If I think about joy, if I think about happiness, especially now in today’s political climate, I feel like people need to ignore 90 percent of the world to experience these emotions,” States

Art at its best allows the audience to get lost... so in a way it is escapism, but this escapism has a purpose.

VEENA PRAKRIYA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Audience members engage with Chad States’s exhibit “La Vie en Rose” at the Vox Populi gallery on 11th Street near Callowhill on March 3.




said. The 42 heads were crafted by pouring wax into the original mold of States’ face. “Most of the time, when casting someone’s face, their expression looks startled,” Belknap said. “I mean, they’re getting stuff spread across the face, and into their nose, so it’s understandable. But, with the moldable wax, [States] was able to fine-tune the moldings afterwards to rid the faces of their startled expressions.” Although the same facial mold was used to create the 42 heads, States creates the illusion that each face is adorned with a different expression through the manipulation of lighting and color. “[States] has always been a really sharp artist,” Belknap said. “His earlier work was much more photogenic, so it’s incredible to see him unpack his narratives in much more sculptural way.” In his exploration of additional art forms, States encourages his audience to view things from a different perspective. “There’s clarity to seeing things in a different way,” States said. “The idea of escaping to a dream-like world isn’t about a full sense of denial. It’s about actively creating different possibilities of existing, so it’s a utopian way of looking at our world.” maureen.iplenski@temple.edu

A 50th Birthday Concert

Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb | Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

March 24 & 25, 2018 Temple Performing Arts Center 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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PAGE 12 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 CHARITY Verros’s name to Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D., a Philadelphia nonprofit focused on helping high school students with anxiety and depression. The organization was founded in 2016 by trustee Ronald Donatucci after his son Michael died by suicide. It works closely with Temple University Health System to promote a broader understanding of mental illness in Philadelphia high schools and provide resources to families struggling with anxiety and depression. Michael Donatucci, who served as the chief investment officer for the city’s pension fund, had long suffered from an anxiety disorder that led to a struggle with severe depression. So far, Gamma has raised nearly $6,000 this year for the charity. The organization has set a goal of $15,000. Francesco Giordano, a Gamma officer,

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 BLACK PANTHER at the Tyler School of Art. He was joined by curator and historian Shantrelle Lewis, who is also a 2007 African American studies alumna, and Devin Morris, the editor of 3 Dot Zine, a publication that celebrates Black, brown and marginalized people. Their talk focused on Black masculinity in fashion and representation in art and media. Ikiré Jones is run by a two-man team, with Oyéjidé as the designer and writer, and his partner, Samuel Hubler, as the tailor. The brand focuses on men’s fashion, including items like jackets, scarves, shirts and coats. “The brand is not just a clothing brand,” said Oyéjidé, who was born in Nigeria before moving to the United States as a teenager. “It’s very much about culture and

said the organization does its best to work with local charities to have an immediate impact. “We like to pick [a charity] that we know does affect a large portion of our student body,” said Giordano, a senior risk management and insurance major. “We wanted to do it for [Verros], and in her memory, but moreover, we wanted to really show everybody that it does affect people every single day in every walk of life.” Maria Ceschan, a 2011 marketing alumna and Verros’s niece, supports the organization’s mission of changing the conversation surrounding mental health. “I don’t think we’re at a point yet where people pay as close attention to mental health as they do to physical health,” Ceschan said. “I think starting the conversation early and making people feel, if you feel depressed or if you feel like you have anxiety, that you have some place to turn to is really the key here.” Lisa Pflaumer, the executive director of Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D., said anxiety and

telling stories that are relevant to people of a certain diaspora and showing us in a noble light.” The two men use their clothing, as well as a writing series featuring Oyéjidé’s poetry, to tell the stories of the African diaspora. “Everything we make is intended to show people who haven’t been represented positively in the best possible light, no matter where they’re from,” Oyéjidé told Smith Blog, a quarterly Australian magazine. “It happens to be inspired by my African heritage, but it’s for everybody. Making [garments] for the character King T’Challa is very much the highest apex of what we do every day for ordinary people. We dress people as kings, whether they be refugees or people of immigrant descent.” Oyéjidé said he wants his art to tell the story of all marginalized populations, especially people who

depression can be challenging subjects to discuss with high school students. “We never really talked about it,” Pflaumer said. “It’s like rubbing up against sandpaper. It’s not always pleasant, but it’s necessary if you want to create a smooth surface.” The organization’s high school outreach program works with Temple University Hospital’s psychiatry and behavioral science department to present Philadelphia high school students and staff with information on topics like anxiety and depression, bullying and drug and alcohol use. In addition to raising awareness, the nonprofit uses its funds to help reduce the financial barriers associated with pursuing mental health treatment. “There’s a lot of stressors that our teenagers are dealing with in a different way than what we had to deal with when we were the same age,” Pflaumer said. “Social media applies another layer of pressure to students.” Since its inception, the program has visited eight high schools to meet with stu-

have migrated to Western countries. Recently, he visited Rome to photograph refugees who are residing there and frequently subjected to persecution. “[We’re] dressing them up in such a way that they’re regarded as celebrities,” Oyéjidé said at the panel. He said he hopes to send a portion of his sales to benefit the refugees living there. During the panel, all three members spoke about the novelty in the U.S. of well-dressed Black men. Oyéjidé hopes to combat this in his work by establishing a Black presence in fashion and in his use of everyday people as models. He added that he wishes to create a world where it’s not a shock to see Africans and African-Americans on stage and celebrated. “It’s still uncommon to see us

dents, faculty and staff. Three more events are scheduled before the end of the school year. The nonprofit has focused on private high schools in the Philadelphia area so far, but Pflaumer said they hope to expand into the School District of Philadelphia soon. “There is a definite need for the students and their families,” Pflaumer said. “Anxiety and depression [do] not have a face. [They are] an equal opportunity offender.” For Pflaumer, she hopes the organization’s work can let young adults know someone is always there if they need help. “When they’re feeling it, they need to have someone available,” Pflaumer said. “Making sure that they have that safe zone to go to is so critical, and that it’s a judgmentfree zone...focused on what we can do to support that person.” patrick_pettus@temple.edu

pictured in museums, in fashion magazines, on runways as creatives, who are actually owning and running businesses, who are successful and have integrity,” he said. One of the organizers of the event, Joy Ude, an adjunct fibers and material studies professor, said she was amazed by Oyéjidé’s design work. Because Tyler doesn’t have a fashion design program, she said it was valuable to have the panelists talk to students. “I hope that they are introduced to subjects they have not thought about before...that they have a new view of it or it opens up their mind [to] the ways of thinking about representation,” Ude said. Presina Mottley, an undeclared freshman in Tyler, said she loves fashion and African culture. She attended the panel because of Oyéjidé’s work in “Black Panther.”

“I really liked how they glorify the African culture rather than portray us as slaves,” Mottley said about the film. “It’s definitely a game-changer, in not only the comic book industry, but also the movie industry, and obviously you can see that in the sales that they’ve been receiving.” Oyéjidé hopes that through his work, people who are underrepresented can see themselves in fashion. “For me, the hope is that the little works that I do is an example for people who have similar or bigger goals and aspirations,” he said. “If anything, it’s just the idea that you can pursue things that you believe in if you put the work in, and you can carve out your own niche in the world.” features@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews




Paley Library hosts voting rights panel



On Thursday at 2:30 p.m., several faculty members and alumni will conduct a panel on voting rights in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Paley Library. The panelists will include geography and urban studies professor David Organ and Malcolm Kenyatta, an alumnus and a candidate for 181st District state representative. The event, which is co-hosted by Temple University Libraries and the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty Color, will discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to stop enforcing Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The section previously restricted states’ changes to election laws without federal approval. The panel is open to the public and is part of the Libraries’ Beyond the Page series. -Valerie Dowret



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The Office of Sustainability will present “SOURCE: A Celebration of World Water Day” on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Conwell Dance Theater. The show will include performances by Temple dance students and a presentation by Fletcher Chmara-Huff, a geography and urban studies professor. In the last four years, dance students have created performances for this event related to access to clean water, cultural celebrations of water and dance movements to illustrate water’s molecular structure. The event is scheduled in conjunction with the United Nations Day of Action, which raises awareness about global water issues. It’s free and open to the public. -Emily Scott

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 QUARTERBACKS The four players have a group chat, Russo said, where they coordinate film study sessions at Edberg-Olson Hall. The quarterbacks try to watch film every night for about an hour to 90 minutes if they don’t have a meeting with a coach, Russo said. Russo spent his offseason working on the intellectual nuances of football, like knowing where to go with the ball on every play. “I think as quarterback, you can always improve your mental game,” he said. “You can never watch enough film. So I think just pounding the film day in and day out, just seeing the things that I might not have been too comfortable on last year and


making my weaknesses my strengths...was a big thing I did in the offseason.” Russo also worked to quicken what he called his “loopy” throwing motion, which was a byproduct of his days as a baseball player at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania. “From where he was this time last year to where he is now is probably 90 to 100 percent different,” Patenaude said. “He’s a lot quicker. His circle is a lot tighter. He gets the ball out a lot faster. His balance and his base is much better.” “You watch that kid throw the ball, he looks like a major college quarterback,” Patenaude added. Centeio has also improved — by “light-years,” he said. He has a better idea of when to modify the protection scheme to counteract a blitz, he added.

EVAN EASTERLING / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt-senior quarterback Frank Nutile (left) tries to juke senior linebacker Todd Jones during Saturday’s practice at Chodoff Field.

Centeio gives the Owls the ability to implement packages for zone reads, speed options and triple options, which aren’t Nutile’s “cup of tea,” Patenaude said. “Anytime that we can legitimize the quarterback as a real threat to run the ball, that really makes it more difficult for the defensive guys to kind of get lined up,” Patenaude added. Centeio joined the Owls as an early enrollee last season, which gave him the opportunity to compete against Nutile, Russo and former quarterback Logan Marchi, who transferred to East Tennessee State University in January, for the starting spot. Centeio wants Beatty to take advantage of participating in spring camp rather than getting his first taste of college football during the summer. Russo said Beatty knows more than he did as a freshman. Because Beatty is 6 feet, 5 inches tall, he can see over the line of scrimmage and deliver throws, Patenaude said. “He’s really picking up the offense really fast,” Nutile said. “It’s really amazing to see for how short of time he’s been here how well he’s been able to pick up the offense and really not lose a step.” Nutile and his teammates believe they are a “special group” with a lot of leadership and experience. After the Owls’ Gasparilla Bowl win against Florida International University in December, Nutile couldn’t wait to start winter workouts. “We got some big goals this year, and we’re ready to attack and really get better every day out here,” he said. “So we’re excited to be back.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 LOSSES five-game winning streak. Granted, it’s tough playing at Charles Koch Arena in Kansas. The Shockers had a 27-game home winning streak until Southern Methodist ended it on Jan. 17. But the Owls had already beat the Shockers in overtime earlier in the season before that loss. They led by 14 points at halftime in the teams’ second matchup and allowed Wichita State to go on a 17-3 run and tie the game to open the second half. So why couldn’t Temple close games? “I don’t know how much it happened,” Dunphy said. “I would have to go back and look at every last four or five minutes of the game. ... We didn’t manage the game as well as we could have in that stretch.” The Owls faltered in the last two seasons with a combined 33-32 overall record and a 15-21 mark in The American. They had to use inexperienced players during the 2016-17 season. Dunphy didn’t have redshirt-sophomore guard Trey Lowe and redshirt-senior guard Josh Brown because they were injured. As a result, sophomore guard Alani Moore II started 23 games as a freshman. It also forced sophomore guard Quinton Rose to play heavy minutes during his freshman season. I understand why the Owls went through some hardships two years back. But this season was different. The Owls should’ve reached the NCAA Tournament this year. They had plenty of chances to accomplish that feat and a cast of players to do it. Temple had Brown back healthy after


Former Owls sign NFL contracts Two former Temple defensive players signed contracts with NFL teams last week. Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. The NFL Network first reported Wilkerson’s salary, adding that he can earn $3 million in incentives. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday worth more than $6 million per season, according to the Las Vegas ReviewJournal. Whitehead and Wilkerson played three seasons together at Temple from 2008-10. Wilkerson recorded 144 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 17 sacks during his three-year college career. The New York Jets selected him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 30th pick. Wilkerson started 101 games for the Jets from 2011-17 and recorded 44.5 sacks, including a career-high 12 during his Pro Bowl campaign in 2015. The Jets cut Wilkerson, who was scheduled to make $20 million in salary and bonuses in 2018, to free up $11 million in salarycap space. Wilkerson was just two years into a five-year, $86 million contract extension he signed in 2016. Like Wilkerson, Whitehead will switch teams for the first time in his NFL career. He played in 93 regular-season games and two playoff games for the Detroit Lions from 2012-17 after they selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Whitehead led Detroit in tackles in the past two seasons with 99 in 2016 and 78 last year. At Temple, Whitehead recorded 163 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles from 2008-11. His 13.5 tackles for loss as a senior in 2011 tied for a team-high with the late Adrian Robinson. -Evan Easterling

Report: Foster invited to New York Giants Pro Day SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore guard Quinton Rose (center) attacks the basket during the Owls’ 63-57 road loss to Penn State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

he only appeared in five games during the 2016-17 season. Rose improved offensively. Senior forward Obi Enechionyia and Alston, the Owls’ two leading scorers from the 2016-17 season, returned. The Owls also had a talented class of freshmen to support their starting five. Dunphy would’ve preferred to make the NCAA Tournament, but he sees progress by returning to the postseason. “I like our program,” Dunphy said. “I like where we are.” Temple’s program, however, is not in good shape. Good programs don’t miss the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons.

If the Owls prevailed in some of their aforementioned losses, they would have qualified for the NCAA Tournament and could have possibly advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2000-01 season during the past weekend. Instead, not being able to close out games haunted Temple. And because of that lack of execution, the Owls are watching the NCAA Tournament from their homes instead of partaking in the field of 68.

Former cornerback Artrel Foster said he has received an invitation to the New York Giants’ local Pro Day workouts on April 6. Foster worked out at Temple’s Pro Day in front of professional scouts on Monday at the Student Training and Recreation Complex. Foster played in all 13 games and made 11 starts last season as a senior. He had 26 tackles and one pass breakup. After playing mostly as a reserve in 2015, Foster started 12 of the 13 games in which he played during the 2016 season and recorded 34 tackles. -Evan Easterling

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Injuries resurface, Owls lose their winning streak Two players missed Saturday’s 6-1 loss to Penn, which was Temple’s second straight loss. BY SEAN McGEEHAN For The Temple News

Temple’s four-match winning streak ended last weekend after back-to-back losses at the Penn Tennis Center on Friday against the University of Delaware and on Saturday against Penn. During the streak, Temple possessed something it never had at any point in the season. The Owls finally had all their players available to them in their seventh match of the season and second win of the streak, a 5-2 victory against Connecticut on March 2. Over the weekend, Temple (5-6, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) was shorthanded again. Senior Yana Khon missed both matches with the flu. Senior Monet Stuckey-Willis won her doubles match with junior Alice Patch to help the Owls claim the doubles point in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Delaware, but she missed Saturday’s 6-1 loss to Penn with a shoulder injury, coach Steve Mauro said. “I think if we’re healthy, I think we win the match,” Mauro said. “But it didn’t go our way. It’s a long season, now. I’d rather be injured now in midseason than toward the end of the season when we have our [American Athletic Conference] championships.” “We need the girls to be a little bit more consistent and be more patient on the court,” he added. “We felt that they weren’t patient enough, trying to finish points early. So we like them to kind of grind a little bit more on the court and wait for their opportunities before they go after their big shot.” The Owls dropped four of their first five matchups to start the year. Injuries and illnesses affected the team early in the season, leaving the Owls with incomplete lineups

and starting matches at a disadvantage. Mauro, senior Alina Abdurakhimova and sophomore Cecilia Castelli all suffered from flu-like symptoms. Additionally, senior Rimpledeep Kaur and freshman Oyku Boz were recovering from injuries before they made their spring debuts against UConn. While those players were sidelined, others had to play in spots where they were uncomfortable in practices and matches, assistant coach Frederika Girsang said. On Feb. 22, Girsang said she expected Temple to be a better team than last year’s squad, but she said players had to maintain a positive attitude while their teammates worked to return. “We practice with certain doubles teams all week and then all the sudden right before the match, you’re playing with a different partner, so it’s very difficult,” Mauro said. “We just have to be resilient. I think people will get healthy, and once they get healthy, I think we’ll be a contender in the [American Athletic Conference].” Two of the Owls’ wins during their streak came against conference opponents. They beat Cincinnati, 4-3, on Feb. 24 before they defeated UConn six days later. Temple had four conference matches on its schedule, but its March 3 match against Tulane got canceled because the Green Wave couldn’t travel from New Orleans to Connecticut due to a storm in the Northeast. The match will not be rescheduled, so Temple will finish the season with a winning record in conference play for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Temple had a 6-1 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2011-12 regular season and advanced to the semifinal round of the conference tournament. UMass, the lone Atlantic 10 team to beat Temple in the regular season, defeated the Owls, 4-3, for the second time to advance to the championship.

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Monet Stuckey-Willis practices at Legacy Tennis Center in East Falls on Feb. 23.

The Owls went 3-6 in their final season in the Atlantic 10 in 2012-13. Temple posted a 3-12 conference record in its first four years in The American, including a 1-4 mark last season. In addition to clinching their first winning conference season since 2012, the Owls will also record their first season with more than one conference win since the 2012-13 season. The Owls have seven matches remaining before The American’s postseason tournament from April 18-21 in Dallas. If the Owls sweep the regular season, they will finish with a 12-6 overall record, which would be their best finish since the

2015-16 season. Temple went 12-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play that year. “It feels really good, especially knowing that going into the conference tournament that we will have a better first one or two rounds,” Stuckey-Willis said. “I feel like we can go really far. Everyone is playing really well. Everyone is a good tennis player, so I feel if we all come together and focus, we can do really well this season.” sean.patrick.mcgeehan@temple.edu


Due to Geasey’s closure, Temple plays all away games Campus Recreation told the Owls during winter break that Geasey Field is unplayable. BY DONOVAN HUGEL

Track and Field Beat Reporter

When the men’s lacrosse club planned its budget for the 2017-18 academic year in August and September, its officers allocated travel funds for about 10 away games. But after winter break, the team learned from Campus Recreation that Geasey Field is unplayable due to safety concerns. There are areas of the field where players could trip, if they aren’t familiar with it, due to open seams in the

turf, coach Chris Berkelbach said. It has forced the team to play all of its spring games on the road, said Club President and senior long-stick midfielder Daniel McCullough. “Campus Recreation told us Geasey was just ‘unfit for men’s lacrosse,’” McCullough said. “I knew this type of news was coming, but just didn’t know when it would come. The field is deteriorating and in bad shape, but I didn’t go into this season thinking that it’d be retired.” Geasey Field began hosting the Division I lacrosse and field hockey teams in 1956 and debuted a renovated turf field in 2009.

The lacrosse and field hockey teams began playing at the Temple Sports Complex in Fall 2016, when it opened at Broad and Master streets, and now Geasey Field is the proposed site of Temple’s oncampus football stadium. The men’s lacrosse club played at Geasey Field in the fall and looked to build on their 16-1 home record there since 2015. But the team will instead spend its 10th season on the road. To cover the unexpected higher costs of transportation, the club made an online crowdfunding campaign through GoFundMe on Feb. 26 and met its $7,000 goal in a 17-day period. It announced the

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore midfielder Mike Montgomery shoots during practice on March 13 at the Temple Sports Complex.

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last week of the campaign on Facebook on March 12. “We were afraid we weren’t going to be able to play our season how we wanted to, but now we can,” Berkelbach said. As a substitute for Geasey Field, Campus Recreation offered to let the Owls play home games at the Ambler Sports Complex, which is about a 45-minute drive from Main Campus. “It wouldn’t really even feel like a home game,” junior goalkeeper Jack Green said. “We definitely have to think about our options and get our name out there to other fields early on so that we can have home games in the near future,” Green added. The Temple Sports Complex would be an ideal option, Green said, but the soccer goals aren’t removable on the field, which creates a safety hazard. Plus, men’s lacrosse tends to have more play behind the net than women’s lacrosse, and Howarth Field doesn’t have enough space behind the north goal, said Peter Derstine, Temple’s assistant director of sports clubs. Kroc Field near La Salle is a possible option for future years, McCullough said. The team hosted its Stick-It-To Cancer tournament, which raised funds for breast cancer patients, at the facility last year. In the meantime, Berkelbach thinks the Owls’ road trips will help them “build great chemistry.” “We’re going to be spending a lot more time together instead of just having to walk to Geasey for a home game,” Berkelbach said. “This may be a blessing in disguise.” Due to the financial concerns this year, Berkelbach was fearful that fewer players would try out.

The team tried to calculate a reasonable dues fee that would help it operate for the season, Berkelbach said. Players had already paid their dues when they found out Geasey Field wouldn’t be playable, and the team didn’t want to ask players to pay more money, junior midfielder Jake Bevenour said. The $7,000 from the GoFundMe will cover three bus trips that weren’t in the original budget. Additional travel expenses, like food, drinks, field rental and referees for a regular-season game against St. Joseph’s at Kroc Field and a potential playoff game, will also be covered, Berkelbach added. “We’re very upfront with them about the money, and everyone responded really well to it,” McCullough said. “If they wanted to play for a program where everything is covered, your goal is the NCAA.” “We actually had almost 100 new people come out this year with around 30 returning players also,” said Bevenour, who is one of the 45 players who made the club’s final roster. “I really don’t think that turned anybody off from wanting to join the team.” Despite not having any home games this year, Temple is off to a strong start. The Owls (3-0) are No. 8 in the March 12 National College Lacrosse League’s Division I All Pro President’s Poll. “I still don’t think it’s going to slow us down,” Bevenour said. “We have a really great group of guys this year who are really excited to play and to challenge with each other.” donovan.hugel@temple.edu

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MBA alumnus moves from court to sideline Ross Rosner, 36, played on the club volleyball team for two seasons before becoming the club’s first coach. BY ALEX McGINLEY For The Temple News

Ross Rosner considers himself lucky if he gets six hours of sleep. He coaches the men’s club volleyball team, works full-time at a

staffing company in Center City and is currently rebuilding his entire house. “I don’t sleep much,” Rosner said. “I don’t have a lot of free time, but it’s OK. I like being busy.” Before becoming the team’s first coach, Rosner, 36, played on the team for two seasons as a graduate student as he worked toward his master’s degree in strategic management. He graduated from

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Men’s volleyball club coach Ross Rosner instructs his team during practice at Pearson Hall on Feb 27.

the Fox School of Business last December. Rosner became the coach in September 2017 after his former teammates asked him to take on the role. “I knew there were things I could do to help them out,” Rosner said. “After joking about it, it became not a joke. Then, I became a coach.” “Day one, I knew what they were good at and weren’t good at,” he added. “I knew their mindset and all of their personalities. It had been almost like I was coaching them for two years before I actually stepped into it.” Club President and senior setter Jake Reynolds said he has fewer responsibilities since Rosner became coach. Last season, Reynolds had to create the lineups and run practices. Now, Rosner has taken on those duties. Reynolds’ tasks this season are “more clerical,” he added. He schedules matches and manages finances, fundraising and tournaments. But Rosner still seeks Reynolds’s opinion on in-match strategy. “He can have all of the say he wants in the lineups because he knows the game very well,” Reyn-

olds said. “He’s a very well-rounded coach and has played for so long. It’s nice that he still collaborates with me and still gives me the input to see my perspective on the game.” Rosner made significant changes to the team. He modified the way practices are run and implemented a different offense and defense. Rosner’s presence as coach has also allowed Temple to have an “A” team and “B” team instead of just fielding one squad. Club Vice President and senior middle hitter Tyler Phifer said having a coach gives the team more structure. Rosner does so by having the team work on a more diverse set of drills and calling players out whenever they make mistakes, Phifer said. Players often did not realize the mistakes they were making before Rosner became coach, he added. “We would just do whatever we wanted,” Phifer said. “[Rosner] brings some order to the team and some discipline as well. He can take us to the next step.” Reynolds said Rosner has been able to help the team more as a

coach than he did during his two years as a player because of his perspective. Before playing for Temple, Rosner played club volleyball for four years as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland until he graduated in 2004. While with Maryland, he traveled to play in Saint Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rosner also represented the United States at the international Maccabiah Games every two years from 2011-15 with Maccabi USA, an organization for Jewish-American athletes. Rosner played for Maccabi USA in Brazil, Israel and Chile. Rosner has also been a chairman of Maccabi USA Volleyball since 2015. Even though Rosner has taken over as coach, he maintains that the players still have full control. “If they want to be the fun team, then I’ll coach them like the fun team,” Rosner said. “If they want to be the team that goes out and wins every match, then I’ll coach them that way. I hold them accountable to their goals.” alex.mcginley@temple.edu


Family continues to build bonds by the Schuylkill Rick Gross, who had two children row for the Owls, is the president of Friends of Temple Rowing. BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE Fencing Beat Reporter

When Kevin Gross joined the crew team in 1994, his father Rick Gross joined Friends of Temple Rowing — an organization for rowers’ parents to fundraise and supply food at practices and races — to be closer to his son. After Kevin Gross graduated in 1999, Rick Gross stayed involved, as he hoped his daughter Kelly Goldin would attend Temple and join the rowing team. Goldin rowed at Temple from 2000-04, and Rick Gross is now FOTR’s president. “Friends of Temple Rowing does instrumental work for this program,” coach Brian Perkins said. “They really help limit our worries financially as they give us money at the end of each year. We are able to relax knowing the effort FOTR goes through on a daily basis to support us.” When Temple announced its decision to cut the rowing and crew programs in December 2013, partly due to lack of a boathouse, Rick Gross and other FOTR mem-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 WORKOUTS last season. Martin received an invitation to the New York Giants’ local Pro Day on Monday, NJ.com reported. Because he participated in several drills at the NFL Combine, Chandler only ran the 40-yard dash and did position drills. Chandler ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.6 seconds, which is better than the 4.65-second time he ran at the NFL Combine. He thinks he could be a late-round selection. His ability to play cornerback, safety and return punts and kickoffs will benefit him, Chandler said. “Wherever I land, I’m just going to ball out,” he added. Former cornerback Artel Foster treated Pro Day like his last day of football because he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, he said. Foster said he has a local Pro Day scheduled with the Giants on April 6, and hopes to garner more interest after his performance at the STAR Complex.

bers created a petition and wrote letters to city officials and the Board of Trustees asking for funds to support renovating the East Park Canoe House on Kelly Drive. When the East Park Canoe House temporarily closed in 2008, the Owls moved their equipment to tents. In Spring 2014, the city and trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest announced they would split the cost of renovating the boathouse, which reopened in the 2016-17 academic year. Both the men’s and women’s programs were reinstated. In 2014, FOTR also helped start a fundraising event called Erg-A-Thon. It is still held every December at the Bell Tower. Athletes and coaches take turns on a rowing machine from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to collect donations. “Being involved with this program is a huge part of me,” Rick Gross said. “We could not see this program go. It meant too much to the kids and parents to not go out without trying our best to reinstate the program.” The program has significant meaning to the Gross family. When Goldin got married in September, she chose Boathouse Row as the location. “It was a huge honor getting married there,” Goldin said. “I have spent so much of

my time down by Boathouse Row. It felt like home to me.” More than 10 years after graduating, Goldin still helps FOTR supply food and fundraise during regattas. She and her father stay involved because they respect the work ethic athletes display, she said. Goldin said FOTR does a great job of creating a homey atmosphere at races, with parents preparing a variety of hot and cold foods for athletes. Because some athletes’ parents are unable to attend races, Goldin said it’s important to have that supportive atmosphere to make every rower feel comfortable. The organization gave her a sense of home during her time at Temple, she added. “We don’t want to leave any kid to feeling like they are lost or don’t have a place,” Goldin said. “Having a strong parent presence and being able to give the kids hospitality helps the athletes perform to their best abilities. Having that support will definitely help this program to be a high-level competitor in the rowing world very soon.” The parents who cannot travel to Philadelphia frequently have a hard time keeping up with their children’s performances, Rick Gross added. Goldin and some parents of active rowers decided to start an online photo

Foster prepared for Monday by working out in New Castle, Pennsylvania, which is about an hour drive north of Pittsburgh. “I got to stay focused,” Foster said. “I was in a town with nothing to do but train, eat and sleep.”

Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars. “[Holt] just told me to use my size to my ability, run fast,” Kirkwood said. “He loved the way that I was intelligent and able to translate what he taught in the classroom to the field.”



Immediately after Pro Day finished, former wide receivers Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings met with Detroit Lions wide receivers coach Robert Prince to watch film. Kirkwood ran the fastest 40-yard dash time on Monday at 4.5 seconds, according to a team spokesman. The two wideouts each led Temple with seven receiving touchdowns last season and competed in front of professional personnel at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January in Southern California. While he was in California, Kirkwood had the opportunity to study film with Torry Holt, who hauled in 920 receptions for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1999-2009 with the St.

Cole Boozer started all 13 games at right tackle last season after moving from tight end. In order to play on the offensive line, he had to bulk up. Boozer weighed 250 pounds during the 2015 season. He increased his weight to about 290 pounds for the 2017 season and now weighs 300. He anticipates he’ll have to add more weight as a professional athlete. As Boozer traveled from his native Maryland to Philadelphia for Monday’s Pro Day, he felt nervous. So he texted former left tackle Dion Dawkins, who worked out in front of scouts at last year’s Pro Day before the Buffalo Bills selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

COURTESY / MICHAEL SHISLER Friends of Temple Rowing, an organization for rowers’ parents to help fundraise and supply food for athletes, advocated for the restoration of the East Park Canoe House (above) during the 2013-14 academic year.

collection of events throughout the season. “Some parents would not know what’s going on at all,” Rick Gross said. “Sometimes, I get calls telling me how happy they are, telling me if it wasn’t for what we do, they would be clueless.” michael.zingrone@temple.edu @mjzingrone

Dawkins told him to calm down and think of his family, and Boozer had each of his family members send him music. At 6:30 a.m., Boozer listened to songs from artists like Drake and Action Bronson to get in the right mindset. “It got me thinking like, ‘I’m doing it for those people,’” Boozer said. Dawkins’s advice worked. Boozer, a 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound offensive lineman, met most of his goals. He did 26 repetitions on the bench press, ran the 40-yard dash in less than 5.1 seconds and recorded a broad jump of more than nine feet. Boozer isn’t sure if he’ll be selected during the 2018 NFL Draft, but teams have already shown interest in him. The Giants and Baltimore Ravens invited him to their local Pro Day workouts. “At the end of the day, if I’m on a team, then I’m happy,” Boozer said. “So I’ll do my best for whatever team picks me up.” sports@temple-news.com @TTN_Sports

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QB depth builds in Collins’s second year Redshirt senior Frank Nutile enters the spring as the No. 1 quarterback in a four-man group. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

Last season, coach Geoff Collins gave quarterback Frank Nutile the nickname “Frankie Juice” because of his energy and how players gravitated toward him. So naturally, when the redshirt senior received the No. 8 jersey from the previous two players to wear it in their senior seasons, it had “Juice” stitched on the back. Nutile threw for at least 200 yards in each of his six starts in 2017 and enters the season as the top quarterback out of the Owls’ four-man group, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude said. But he has to perform well in practices to stay there. “The hallmark of any really good program is going to be that there’s competition at every position, and he’s going to have to hold onto his job,” Patenaude said. “Those other guys are playing well, and they’re going to keep pushing him. The great thing is we’re building depth.” The quarterbacks behind Nutile are redshirt sophomore Anthony Russo, redshirt freshman Todd Centeio and freshman Trad Beatty, who is the lone lefthander of the group. Russo played in three games last season as the holder on field-goal attempts and extra-point tries. He’ll keep that role this season. Centeio played in two games in 2017 and completed both of his pass attempts in the Owls’ 29-21 win against UMass on Sept. 15 at Lincoln Financial Field. Beatty joined Temple in Spring 2018 as a mid-year enrollee after graduating from the Ben Lippen School in South Carolina. He had a 29-4 touchdown-tointerception ratio as a senior.


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hortly after Temple’s loss to Penn State last Wednesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, coach Fran Dunphy summarized his squad’s performance — and in a way, its season. “We played well for a lot of the game,” he said. Temple led Penn State for 35 minutes, 12 seconds. But what about the rest of the game? “They outscored us... TOM IGNUDO in the fourth quarter, and ASST. SPORTS they just hit some big EDITOR

shots,” junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. said. “So we have to play 40 minutes moving forward next year.” The problem of finishing games strong didn’t start at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania, last week. It plagued Temple (17-16, 8-10 American Athletic Conference) all season and led to costly losses in which Temple couldn’t execute in games when it mattered most. Will the Owls be able to turn it around next season? I don’t have much optimism, considering their disappointing performance this year. In five of the Owls’ 16 losses, they led for more than half the game. And in four of

those games, Temple led for more than 30 minutes. One of the losses came at the Liacouras Center on Jan. 4. Temple led Cincinnati, then ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, for 32:12, but it lost, 5553. Bearcats junior forward Jacob Evans III made a game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds left. About two minutes earlier, Dunphy received a technical foul for smacking a water bottle onto the court then Cincinnati made one of the two ensuing free throws to cut its deficit to one point. Temple led for 31:32 against Wichita State on Feb. 15, but fell, 93-86, and lost its



NFL scouts watch ex-Owls perform on Pro Day Former wide receiver Keith Kirkwood ran the fastest 40-yard dash out of 15 players on Monday. BY EVAN EASTERLING & TOM IGNUDO Sports Editors

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Former safety Sean Chandler runs the 40-yard dash during Monday’s Pro Day workouts at the Student Training and Recreation Complex.

Fifteen seniors from last year’s football team completed the 40-yard dash, physical tests and position drills during Monday’s Pro Day at the Student Training and Recreation Complex. Scouts representing 30 of the 32 NFL teams attended the workouts. The former Owls displayed their skills in hopes of being selected during the 2018 NFL Draft in late April or signing as an undrafted free agent. Former safety Sean Chandler was the lone Owl to attend the NFL Scouting Combine from Feb. 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis. For those who didn’t receive an invitation to the NFL Combine, Monday’s Pro Day workouts were paramount. “Today was very important to

prove that I have the athleticism and the talent to go along with my film that I’ve shown during the season,” former defensive lineman Jullian Taylor said. “So this meant the world to me.”

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS Taylor wanted to show scouts his mobility and that there are no lingering issues caused by the injuries that limited him to 14 career games. He said he has meetings set up with the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. Taylor did 29 bench presses of 225 pounds at Pro Day. He feels he could be selected in either the third, fourth or fifth round of the NFL Draft, he said. Taylor prepared for Pro Day with other prospects at IMG Academy, a training facility and boarding school in Bradenton, Florida. Former defensive linemen Jacob Martin and Sharif Finch also worked out at Pro Day. Martin, Finch and Taylor combined for 36.5 tackles for loss






Ross Rosner spent the past two years playing on the men’s club volleyball team as a graduate student. Now, he is coaching his former teammates.

Rick Gross joined an organization of rowers’ parents in 1994 when his son joined the crew team. He and his daughter Kelly Goldin remain involved with the group.

The Owls’ injury woes resurfaced as they lost back-to-back matches and their four-match winning streak last weekend.

The men’s club lacrosse team learned over winter break that it would not be able to play games at Geasey Field. All of the Owls’ games are on the road.

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