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First juror chosen in Cosby trial More than 120 potential jurors were summoned on Monday. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Fred Tookes, 59, holds pictures of his late father, pastor Ernest Tookes, in front of The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Inc, on Broad Street between Oxford and Jefferson on Sunday. The church suffered a three-alarm fire last week, and these photos were some of the few things preserved.


A three-alarm fire at a church on North Broad Street last week caused evacuations on Carlisle Street. BY WILL BLEIER


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n Thursday, Fred Tookes’s church on Broad Street between Oxford and Jefferson suffered a three-alarm fire that burned through the building, shut down part of North Broad Street and caused evacuations on surrounding streets. Few things were preserved from the fire, one of them being a sign bearing the church’s name: The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. It was a miracle from God, Tookes said. “God preserved the sign, and that’s incredible,” said Tookes, the eldest son of the church’s late pastor Ernest Tookes. “Everybody really thought that was a miracle.” The building, placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in November 1985, will be rebuilt, amid an outpouring of love and support from the community, Tookes said.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The first juror was selected for former university trustee Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. A pool of 120 people were questioned on Monday about whether they can impartially and fairly decide this case at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The first juror is a white man in his mid-20s. He claims he did not have previous knowledge of Cosby’s sexual assault case and has not formed an opinion of Cosby’s guilt or innocence, but has heard of the Me Too movement and recent allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. The defense made it clear in pretrial hearings earlier this month that the recent increased attention on sexual misconduct and assault allegations against well-known men will result in a biased jury pool for Cosby. On Monday, all but one potential juror said they had knowledge of the Me Too movement. “Prejudice from what goes on outside the courtroom with Me Too and the media barrage…that has nothing to with Mr. Cosby at all,” said Cosby’s defense attorney Becky James at a pretrial hearing on March 6. More than half of the 120 potential jurors said they have already made up their minds about Cosby’s guilt or innocence and have previous knowledge of this sexual assault case. One potential juror who was questioned individually said that she could not set aside previous knowledge of this case and be a fair


SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS There is serious interior and exterior damage to The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Inc, on Broad Street between Oxford and Jefferson after a fire last week.

Members of the church’s community are “heartbroken” over the fire, where some have been worshipping for decades, Tookes said.

“It seemed too surreal,” said John Gale, 35, who has been a congregant of the



McKie will succeed Dunphy as coach Contract details are still being negotiated for assistant coach Aaron McKie to take over after the 2018-19 season.

UniteTU withdraws at final debate The two remaining campaigns debated topics like sexual assault on Monday. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

The all-time winningest coach in Big 5 history will have one more year on North Broad Street to add to his win total. Fran Dunphy, who has led the Owls since the 2006-07 season, will step down after the 2018-19 season and be succeeded by assistant coach Aaron McKie. The Athletic first reported the news on Friday. Negotiations to facilitate the move are ongoing, the Inquirer reported on Saturday. The report comes after pressure from fans and boosters on the athletic department to fire Dunphy after Temple missed the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Once promoted, McKie will have served at Temple in three capacities:

UniteTU withdrew from the 2018-19 Temple Student Government executive election at the final debate on Monday in the Student Center. UniteTU’s withdrawal comes three days after its Vice Presidential Candidate of External Affairs Adrienne Hines withdrew from the campaign, alleging UniteTU used her as a “token” because she is a person of color. “Unfortunately, the current climate surrounding UniteTU does not lend itself to conditions that permit us to work toward change,” said Danny Borine, the former presidential candidate for UniteTU. “The blindsiding departure of one of our members has left a major hole in our ship.” After UniteTU’s announcement, the debate began as planned. IgniteTU and VoiceTU disagreed about Temple Police, General Assembly meetings and sexual assault resources at Main Campus.




SYDNEY SCHAEFER / FILE PHOTO Coach Fran Dunphy watches his team during its 63-57 loss to Penn State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at the Bryce Jordan Center on March 14.

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Temple Student Government will release a stadium survey next week to gauge student opinion on the proposed project. Read more on Page 2.

A columnist argues that the Netflix show “Black Mirror” warns us about how technological advancements could hurt us. Read more on Page 4.

Fifteen students and four doctors from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine traveled to Puerto Rico to provide aid last week. Read more on Page 7.

After March Madness ended on Monday, our assistant sports editor argues that the NCAA should relax its amateurism rules. Read more on Page 16.



TSG to conduct student-wide stadium survey This is the first time students will be surveyed on a large scale about their opinions on the proposed stadium. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

Temple Student Government developed a survey to collect student opinions about Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium. TSG worked with the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment — which collects data that is used for assessment, planning, policy formulation and mandated reporting — and the Provost’s Office for the survey. This will be the first time students are surveyed on a large scale about the proposed on-campus stadium. In Spring 2015, a survey by three advertising students asked students if they would be more likely to attend football games at an on-campus stadium. It received 397 student responses, which was not a large enough sample size for the study to be reliable. There are more than 41,700 students on domestic and international campuses.

The survey was created by Student Body President Tyrell Mann-Barnes and will be sent out on April 9 via email to all undergraduate and graduate students. It can be filled out through April 13. The survey will include open-ended questions, scaled-answer questions from “strongly agree to strongly disagree” and a section for comments. “We’re definitely doing everything we can to get the full range of student perspectives on the stadium,” Mann-Barnes said. Temple has been seriously considering an on-campus facility to host home football games since 2015, but the project has been largely criticized by North Philadelphia residents, faculty and some students. In March, President Richard Englert hosted his first stadium town hall for the public, but it ended early due to disruption from anti-stadium protesters. The data collected from TSG’s survey will be controlled by Institutional Research and Assessment, but Mann-Barnes said TSG and the university’s administration will have access to it. Mann-Barnes said the survey responses

will not affect TSG’s stance on the stadium. Current TSG leaders have consistently said they “oppose a stadium that negatively affects the North Philadelphia community.” Both of the remaining campaigns — IgniteTU and VoiceTU — oppose Temple’s on-campus stadium project. Mann-Barnes said students will be given the option to be contacted for a focus group after taking the survey. “It’s so we can expand the conversation,” he added. “Students’ voices are crucial to any practice that will impact the community.” Mann-Barnes said the team elected to lead TSG for the 2018-19 academic year on Friday will be included in finalizing survey questions before the survey is sent out to students. “We want to keep the incoming administration in the loop,” Mann-Barnes said. “We want to make sure everybody’s on the same page so we can best represent the student body.” Mann-Barnes emphasized the importance of student participation after the 2015 study’s results could not be used because of a lack of participation.

“[Participation] is the only way we’ll be able to quantify how students feel,” he said. Alex Smith, a junior finance major, said he will take the survey when it is sent out. “I’m pro-stadium,” he said. “The liability will go down from renting Lincoln Financial Field every year, and the stadium can be used for other things, not just [Temple] football.” Melissa Resurreccion, a freshman communication studies major, said she is against an on-campus stadium because of its impact on community residents. “There’s more to North Philly than our bubble that is Temple, and we have to make sure we’re all coexisting peacefully,” she said. Resurreccion added that student opinions are necessary. “In the end, they’re making this stadium for us,” she said. “If we show there’s enough opposition, there’s a possibility we don’t even need it.” alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa


AEPi social privileges suspended due to investigation The fraternity has denied all allegations. BY KELLY BRENNAN & GILLIAN McGOLDRICK For The Temple News

Temple suspended the social privileges for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity last week. The university and Temple Police are currently investigating the fraternity for “potential violations,” but could not comment on details of its investigation while it is ongoing, university officials said. Alpha Epsilon Pi released a statement on Sunday, stating that the fraternity had “absolutely no knowledge of the actions alleged,” against the chapter, which prompted a university investigation on Thursday. The fraternity’s President Ari Goldstein could not be reached for comment. The fraternity will close their house to non-members for the immediate future and the fraternity will expel members and turn them

over to university and local authorities if the allegations prove to be true, the statement reads. However, the fraternity does not want the Temple community to “jump to any conclusions about these allegations and to allow the investigation to play out,” according to the statement. An email sent by Temple’s Panhellenic Council to presidents of all Panhellenic sororities on campus that was obtained anonymously by The Temple News said the council will no longer associate with the fraternity “in the face of allegations and threats to risk management,” the email reads. “Collectively as a council, we must enact this statement and encourage the women and men affected to file a report to Student Conduct,” the email said. Laura Eckel, the faculty adviser for the Panhellenic Council, confirmed that the council sent an email on Thursday to its members detailing the fraternity’s alleged “social event violations,” but could

not discuss the details of the allegations while the investigation into the fraternity is ongoing. The author of the email and Temple’s Panhellenic Council President Rose McBride could not be reached for comment. Jonathan Pierce, a spokesperson for AEPi’s headquarters, said it is cooperating with the university in its investigation. Pierce said the headquarters has not seen “official allegations,” but received a copy of the email from Temple’s Panhellenic Council. An anonymous student told The Temple News that a female student was allegedly “drugged” at a social event at the fraternity’s house on Wednesday. “The allegations, if they are true, they are deplorable,” Pierce said. “We will take very strong action against them. We also believe in innocent before proven guilty.” Pierce said if the allegations are true, then the members responsible could be expelled from

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS All social privileges have been suspended at Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which has a house on Broad Street near Norris.

the fraternity. Students in need of support or with any information about these potential violations are encouraged to contact Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 or police@temple.edu; the Dean of Stu-

dents Office at 215-204-7188 or dos@temple.edu; or the Wellness Resource Center at 215-204-8436 or tuheart@temple.edu. news@temple-news.com @TheTempleNews



Temple/Wedge Center gets second $500,000 grant This is the second grant of this size from the state to continue its treatment of pregnant women with opioid addiction. BY LINDSAY BOWEN

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Temple University Hospital received its second $500,000 grant from the state to continue its Temple/Wedge Center of Excellence, which treats pregnant women who have opioid use disorder. The center offers mental health services, prenatal care, pain management and substance use disorder treatment. It is one of about 50 in the state that was created last year to address the opioid crisis, and one of the few created specifically for pregnant women. TUH doctors that specialize in highrisk pregnancies and addiction medicine partnered with clinicians from the Wedge Recovery Center, a facility for mental health and drug and alcohol treatment, to create the Temple/Wedge Center in January 2017. At that time, the state gave the center the initial grant. Patients see doctors for evaluation at both Temple Hospital, located at 3401 N. Broad St. and at the Wedge Recovery Center’s multiple locations in North Philadelphia. “We applied for the grant initially because we felt that there was a need for treatment of opioid-dependent women in North Philadelphia,” said Dr. Laura Hart, an obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science

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professor and the center’s medical director. “There really was a lack of resources, especially for pregnant women.” Pregnant women with substance use disorder have been underserved in general, as there aren’t many treatment options available for them, said Mary Morrison, a psychiatry and behavioral science professor and the center’s director of psychiatry. When it first opened, only one to three women came to the center per month, but the number of patients has increased to eight to 10 because of increased referrals from primary care physicians and insurance companies, as well as word of mouth, said Tamara Tatevosian, the project manager for the Temple/Wedge Center. “When it first took off, there were very few women who were coming to the center,” Tatevosian said. “It kind of fluctuates a bit, but it has definitely expanded with a lot of new referrals.” When a pregnant woman first visits the center, she is screened by psychiatrists to assess her mental health needs. Doctors also assess the woman’s general health and the condition of the fetus. Additionally, the woman receives individual and group therapy if she meets certain criteria for depression or trauma. Doctors at the center use buprenorphine, a medication that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings for opioids by blocking and stimulating opioid receptors in the brain. The center’s buprenorphine treatment

plan helps stabilize its patients physically and emotionally, while also reducing the chance of neonatal abstinence syndrome, which is when a newborn experiences withdrawal after its mother uses opioids during her pregnancy. “While on buprenorphine, [the women] aren’t searching around for heroin and doing whatever they need to do to get it,” Morrison said. “They’re eating better, they’re sleeping better, all of which are better for their fetus and eventual baby.” The Temple/Wedge Center also works with the Maternity Care Coalition, a community outreach program that provides support to mothers and families from neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality and health disparities. Each woman is paired with a community advocate from the coalition, who helps them through the treatment process and works with them until 30 days after she gives birth. “They’re really great because if a woman has stopped engaging in treatment, and this has happened a few times, [the advocate] reintegrates the woman back into treatment,” Tatevosian said. “Usually the woman usually comes back to treatment so she can keep getting all of the support she needs.” The community advocates are in daily contact with the women, and they encourage them to come to the center for treatment and care, Hart said. “I think that they’re good at trying to get the women’s lives back together, which is really the primary goal of treatment, and they

make a big difference,” she added. The Temple/Wedge Center recently started working with insurance companies like Keystone First to help identify pregnant women with opioid addiction and refer them to the center, Hart said. It also started working with prisons in the Philadelphia area, like the women’s institution Riverside Correctional Facility. This was in response to a recommendation from the mayor’s task force for the Philadelphia Prison System to provide substance use disorder assessment and treatment to all arrestees and sentenced prisoners. Previously, men and women who entered the prison system were refused treatment for addiction unless they were already enrolled in a treatment program, Hart said. “Now that that’s becoming a standard of care to treat them, we’re working with them to get women into our care after they’re released,” she added. Hart and Morrison agreed that society should provide more access to addiction prevention, treatment and education. “There’s so much more we could be doing,” Morrison said. “What we are doing in Philadelphia is a lot of prevention, and we’re talking to prescribers a lot more in limiting the length of opioid prescriptions, but in terms of getting people into treatment…I think we could be doing a lot more.” lindsay.bowen@temple.edu @lindsay_bow

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Katz School of Medicine opens Alzheimer’s Center University trustee Phil Richards endowed the North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research. BY KELLY BRENNAN Assistant News Editor

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine created the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple from funds donated by Board of Trustees member Phil Richards earlier this month. Richards’s gift created the center and established the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research. Dr. Domenico Practicò, a pharmacology professor, will be the new chair and director of the center. The exact amount donated to create the center was not released. Richards, a 1962 economics alumnus and former student body president, was elected to the Board in 2009. He is the executive chairman and founder of the North Star Resource Group, a financial services firm. The firm provides 10 percent of its profits to the Scotts Richards North Star Charitable Foundation each year. The charitable organization, which also donated funds to create the center, focuses on funding six causes: research on Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, ataxia — a degenerative nervous system disease — cystic fibrosis and myelofibrosis, as well as Bikes for Kids, a nonprofit that donates bicycles to children in need. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. This disease is progressive, meaning it gradually worsens over time and there is cur-

rently no cure. Richards said his foundation was planning to donate the funds to a different institution for Alzheimer’s research, but a call from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Dean and Temple University Health System CEO Larry Kaiser changed his mind, and he decided to donate to Temple. Richards’s mother Sara Lipari died from Alzheimer’s when she was 84 years old, he added. “Everybody been touched by this disease, and we’re not doing enough,” Richards said. The foundation has committed to funding the chair for five years. Then, a revenue stream will be established to continue funding the center and its research, Richards said. “It’s a very gratifying feeling that the foundation gift will be around long after I’m gone,” Richards said. Practicò, who has researched Alzheimer’s disease for more than two decades, said he is honored and humbled to be the founding director of the center. “It’s a very exciting moment for Temple to have the ability to create the center that specializes in the kind of research efforts for this disease,” Practicò said. He said he considers this research a “personal fight,” remembering his first encounter with Alzheimer’s disease about 12 years old when his grandfather suffered from it. “I remember his feeling of frustration when he could not recall names, facts or places, and then things became worsening,” he said. “It was very sad to see a man, that as a young boy, I considered my hero, kind of little by little slipping into this process of withdraw from

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 FIRE church since he was 8 years old. “It’s sad, because I have a lot of memories at that church. I’ve been brought up basically in that church. You’re talking over 20 years of going to the same place, same walls, same door entrance.” Tookes said in the immediate days following the fire, he received calls from local clergy offering donations and worship space, like from Holy Ghost Headquarters at the Met near Broad and Poplar and Congregation Rodeph Shalom near Broad and Spring Garden. The Rev. Mark Hatcher, pastor at Holy Ghost Headquarters at the Met, saw the fire from his church, but he didn’t know it was The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 DEBATE Similar issues were discussed at the first TSG debate on March 22. IgniteTU’s platform states the team will “expand the borders of the TUPD patrol map to ensure off-campus students get home safely.” VoiceTU argued that expanding police patrol would be detrimental to the North Philadelphia community. “Increased policing would disproportionately affect the community,” said Bridget Warlea, the vice presidential candidate of external affairs for VoiceTU. “I think there’s a way we can make sure students are safe without being a detriment to community members.” Cameron Kaczor, vice presidential candidate of external affairs for IgniteTU, said the team will only expand Temple Police’s patrol borders, not increase police presence. “We don’t want more police to be hired,” Kaczor said. “Temple

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Domenico Praticò examines a slide in a lab at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine on March 27. Praticò is the first director of the newly created Alzheimer’s Center at Temple.

the rest of the world.” “There was a moment where he could not recognize me anymore,” he added. At the time, doctors said the symptoms Practicò’s grandfather experienced were just getting old, but Practicò could not accept this. “I never, ever agreed with the concept that being old means not being able to have memory,” he said. In medical school, Practicò regularly encountered patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease like his grandfather. This motivated him to dedicate his research to this disease after com-

Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. until he turned on his car radio. He said he wanted to help out, because Tookes is a long-time friend of his. He offered resources and worship space. “It was only right for me to go and embrace [Tookes],” Hatcher said. “That’s why I actually reached out to him, and let him know whatever we can do.” “You’re talking about a ministry that has been in the community for over 40 years,” he added. “I want to see them rebuild and still play an active part in this community.” Tookes said he is now focused on the investigation of the fire. “The family and the church is heartbroken,” Tookes said. “We just want to know what happened when we left there Tuesday evening. Everything was fine, everything

Police, simply put, are not allowed to walk students home [outside of the patrol map]. We want to change that and make sure that all students are able to get home safely.” If elected, IgniteTU plans to get rid of TSG’s General Assembly meetings and replace them with optional guest speakers, town halls and email listservs to streamline information for students, instead of forcing organizations to attend assembly meetings to be eligible for allocations. “[General Assembly] meetings are not inclusive,” said Gadi Zimmerman, the presidential candidate for IgniteTU. “As the president of a small organization, I see this firsthand. None of the members on my [executive board] are able to make it to meetings, and then we can lose allocations.” VoiceTU presidential candidate Tyler Lum said these meetings protect the allocations system and give students an opportunity to get involved in TSG. “[General Assembly meetings] are not only a fantastic way

pleting his residencies. Practicò said the new center is currently researching several topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, like the risk factors for developing the disease later in life. In more than 95 percent of Alzheimer’s cases, Practicò said doctors do not know how it is caused. However, his research shows children who have a mother who develops it are at a higher risk of also developing the disease than if their father has Alzheimer’s. “The hypothesis they are working on now is the pregnancy,” Practicò said. “It is something unique to that period.”

was locked up.” The Fire Department was dispatched to the church at 2:27 p.m. on Thursday, with reports of a building fire. About 120 fire personnel responded, and at times were forced to fight the fire from the outside, as the fire’s temperature grew too high. A spokesperson from the Fire Department said the building has been deemed unstable, and if necessary repairs are not made, it will need to be demolished. On Saturday, The Department of Licenses and Inspections fenced in the site for safety purposes. Officials from the Fire Department, the Department of Licenses & Inspections and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been present at the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The Bureau responds when sensitive

for students and organizations to learn about what’s happening, but it’s also a fantastic way for them to build their stars,” Lum said. “Making sure we are continuing having GAs where we have important conversations is really important to us.” “STARS” are an accreditation measure earned by student organizations when representatives attend General Assembly meetings and give them the opportunity to receive money from the allocations committee. VoiceTU and IgniteTU also disagreed about Temple’s sexual assault resources for students. VoiceTU said they will provide resources at the “crisis center” mentioned in its platform, which aims to handle many types of crisis situations including sexual assault. IgniteTU said a crisis center would not benefit students. Instead, it would deter them from seeking on-campus resources if they had to visit a public building. “If the building will say ‘crisis center’ who is going to want

A drug therapy for the disease is also being tested on animals right now. Practicò said the center hopes to begin clinical trials with human subjects in less than two years. The drug aims to “re-energize” a cell process that rids the cell of toxins. The process usually worsens with age. “The unique ability that makes you human is the ability to remember,” Practicò said. “If you are robbed of that ability, basically your humanity is lost.” kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

places, like churches, are damaged to determine if arson occurred. “We didn’t burn ourselves out,” Tookes said. “We talked to the investigators, and they said our family was never under investigation, because there was no one in the building.” In addition to the serious exterior and interior damage, Tookes said both of the parish’s pulpits were also lost in the fire. “We’re just waiting on the investigation,” Tookes said. “And whichever way it goes, we want to stay there. We’ve been there since 1979, and we feel as though we are a part of history.” william.bleier@temple.edu @Will_Bleier

to walk in there?” Kaczor said. “Everyone will know what you’re going in there for. That is outing them and making them feel uncomfortable.” In light of the recent allegations against Temple’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Warlea said VoiceTU will protect Greek organizations from being stereotyped by encouraging members to incorporate “positive peer pressure” into its culture. “Rather than focusing on what we don’t want to do, we want to keep sharing messages of positivity,” Warlea said. “We should say that other sororities and fraternities are against [sexual assault] and so is Temple University.”

[General Assembly] meetings are not inclusive. As the president of a small organization, I see this firsthand. GADI ZIMMERMAN


IgniteTU said if elected, they will build upon Sexual Assault Prevention Week, which was started this year by the current TSG administration, and make students more aware of available on-campus resources. Caylx Clarkson, a junior theater major who attended Monday’s debate, said she was upset about the lack of understanding campaigns had about off-campus safety. “One thing that surprised me more than anything was the idea that more policing would keep students safer,” she added. “Do not inconvenience the community because you are upset about your living circumstances. You’re trying to bring in policing that will go past your four years at this university.” Students can vote for next year’s Temple Student Government administration on Wednesday and Thursday. The winner will be announced Friday at noon in The Reel in the Student Center. alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa

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Share important details The university has refused to provide information to The Temple News regarding two Greek life investigations this semester. Temple suspended all social privileges for Alpha Epsilon Pi on Thursday after allegations surfaced of potential violations. Both the university and Temple’s Panhellenic Council have refused to provide more details to The Temple News about the investigation or the accusations. Neither Chris Carey, the senior associate dean of students, nor Laura Eckel, the faculty adviser for the Panhellenic Council, would discuss the case. This is the second time this semester that a fraternity has been investigated on Main Campus. Last month, Kappa Delta Rho underwent an investigation for possible hazing. Regarding both investigations, Carey told us he couldn’t comment on active investigations. It is shameful that administrators from our own university refuse to provide details about these investigations. As the university’s student newspaper, it is our job to provide students with the information they need to stay safe on and around Main Campus. As university administrators, it is their job to coop-

erate in providing us with that information. In an email from Temple’s Panhellenic Council President Rose McBride to all Panhellenic sororities on Main Campus that was obtained by The Temple News, she said the council will no longer associate with the fraternity “in the face of allegations and threats to risk management.” “Collectively as a council, we must enact this statement and encourage the women and men affected to file a report to Student Conduct,” she wrote. “Testifying at student conduct hearings is the most effective way to ensure that an organization in violation of the Student Conduct Code is held accountable and that no more students are taken advantage of.” For the Panhellenic Council to cut all ties with AEPi, we imagine these allegations must be serious. To ensure the safety of all students moving forward, we hope university officials will share specific details about the investigation. It is a disservice to the Temple community to leave students in the dark.

Learn from resignation When students of color say their voices aren’t being heard, it is important for the university to try to be more inclusive. Last week, UniteTU’s Vice Presidential Candidate of External Affairs Adrienne Hines announced she was withdrawing from the ticket. She claimed she had “no real say” in crafting the campaign’s platform and believed she was being used as a “token” person of color for the campaign. On Monday, UniteTU followed suit, withdrawing its entire campaign from the race for TSG’s executive branch. We admire Hines’s bravery in stepping down from a team she felt did not value her voice. No matter UniteTU’s intent, it is important to acknowledge how Hines said her own team made her feel. When people of color tell us they are feeling marginalized, we need to listen. UniteTU denied Hines’s allegations, and it is no longer vying to represent the student body. But this incident should still

serve as a lesson for all student organizations on the importance of true inclusion: it is not enough to solely invite people of color to the conversation; you must also hear their voices. From the first Temple Student Government debate, it was clear Hines added value to the UniteTU ticket. She answered most of the questions, and she offered an important perspective as both a student and a long-term North Philadelphia resident. It may not have been on purpose, but it’s easy to see how Hines might have felt she was being used solely for her identity, considering UniteTU was made up of mostly white students. The Temple News hopes the rest of the student body can learn a lesson from Hines’s resignation — we must include diverse voices in important conversations, and not merely for the sake of appearances.

‘Black Mirror’ scenarios are frightening, but realistic The futuristic series can warn of the potential dangers of advanced technology.


henever I watch an episode of “Black Mirror,” a science fiction series on Netflix that explores the dangers of a high-tech future, I feel a chill run down my spine as the advanced technology explored on the show backfires on a character in some heinous way. Lately, I’ve been feeling like the unfortunate pitfalls of increasing technology shown on “Black Mirror” may not be a far-off reality. Since watching the show, I’ve come to believe more advanced technology may not always be better for humankind. As a society, we need DIANA to recognize the good and bad of CRISTANCHO increasing technology and remain wary of the ways technology can be harmful. Elayne Bodisch, a junior communication and social influence major, was shocked and disturbed after watching the episode titled, “The Entire History of You,” which portrayed a future when people use memory implants to record everything they do, see and hear. “I definitely thought back on that episode many times,” Bodisch said. “I don’t think I could imagine if my whole life was being recorded.” It’s frightening to think about this kind of invasion of privacy. But, in some ways, it’s already happening. For instance, social media like Facebook record our personal data — like our internet search history — to personalize the advertisements we see. Melissa Auerbach, a psychology professor, said this episode is alarmingly life-like. “As realistic as it is, it is very scary at the same time,” Auerbach said. “This would completely change the way we interact with each other on a day-to-day basis, and it would not be a good change.” Lauren Emery, a junior neuroscience major, said she was shaken by the episode titled “White Christmas.” In the episode, the characters have microchips implanted in their brains to record their personal data in an effort to create a computer with all their thoughts and feelings. This becomes problematic in subsequent criminal investigations. “Technology definitely has its many benefits,” Emery said. “It allows you to communicate with people that are thousands of miles away from you,

As realistic as it is, it is very scary at the same time. This would completely change the way we interact with each other on a day-to-day basis, and it would not be a good change. MELISSA AUERBACH



but because of that it can block communication with the people who are around you.” For me, “Black Mirror” makes me consider how much we rely on technology, like our cell phones. Sometimes, I find we’re so busy with our faces toward our screens — reaching out to people who aren’t in our immediate surroundings — that we neglect those around us. According to an Atlantic article, “phubbing,” a mixture of the words “phone” and “snubbing,” is the new norm. This is when people ignore others to be on their cell phone. A study performed by the University of Kent reported that one person using their phone while socializing in a group opens the door for others to do it. In this case, “Black Mirror” is simply reflecting a reality that already exists, and showing viewers what a more extreme version of our reality if technology continues to advance. We should heed the lessons of “Black Mirror,” as there have already been other forms of media that forewarned of the increasing dangers of technology. “Brave New World” from 1932 and “The Matrix” from 1999 were released long before technology had become such a large part of our everyday lives. But people still feared that machines would someday rule the planet and restrict our freedom and privacy. And when I hear about social media accounts being hacked and personal photos getting into the wrong hands, I can’t help thinking we are already living in a world where the prophecies of these movies have been fulfilled. If history is bound to repeat itself, the warnings of “Black Mirror” cannot simply be treated as fiction. This show can serve as the wake-up call that our generation needs. While I don’t believe technology is something that is inherently bad, we do need to monitor how we use it. I hope people will watch “Black Mirror” if they haven’t already, and I hope as a society we can learn from the disturbing scenarios presented throughout the show, because we need to figure out how to handle inevitable technological advances and their potential side effects. diana.cristancho@temple.edu


An article that appeared in print on March 27 on Page 8 with the headline “Producing films by ‘those who go unnoticed’ in the industry” misstated the year Maori Karmael Holmes graduated from Temple, as well as her former position. She graduated in 2004, and she was a full-time visiting professor. Two photos that appeared in print on March 27 on Page 6 with the headline “TSG tickets detail their platforms” were miscredited. The photos were shot by Colin Pierce. 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.


November 17, 2009: Nicholas Deroose, a sophomore photojournalism major, organized “Gays, Greeks and Gay Asians,” a forum covering topics like homosexuality, the conflicting stereotypes of Asians in America and the process by which immigrants – particularly those of Asian descent – find an identity in America. This week, a columnist wrote about the newly released romantic comedy, “Love, Simon.” They argued that while the film has some flaws, this type of media is important for LGBTQ representation.

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Breaking out of my comfort zone, into journalism


hen I decided to study journalism, the decision initially brought me mixed feelings. For as long as I can remember, I’ve listened to breaking news stories, read intriguing articles and studied iconic photos, with great awe. The field was always something that interested me. But I had some doubts and concerns about my chance at participating in it because of my personality. Last year, I wrote an essay for The Temple News about my initial fears studying journalism as an introvert. Since then, I feel I’ve grown into the role. As an introvert, I spend much of my time alone, thinking and not really socializing a lot with other people. Even among a large group of people, I often feel isolated, alone and distant. I’m usually quiet, not very vocal, and I don’t normally interject myself into situations unless I’m called upon. A po-

tential career in journalism, which would require regular interviews and conversations, wasn’t one that seemed like a natural fit for me. But I’ve always enjoyed writing, learning new things and storytelling. The thing that intimidated me about journalism, however, was the thought of going to places I’d never been and having to approach people I’d never met. I can remember an assignment for one of my first journalism classes: go out into the city and interview random strangers. I immediately started to overthink and stress myself out. That stress and anxiety overwhelmed me for several days, as I contemplated which topic to choose and what questions to ask. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but I felt that I owed it to myself to at least give it a try. After some of the anxiety subdued and I finally decided on my topic — sports — I wrote every-

A student reflects on his experience reporting while being an introvert. JENSEN TOUSSAINT thing out: how I was going to introduce myself, how I was going to explain what I was doing and my list of questions to ask. I practiced my approach alone dozens of times until I felt comfortable. Finally, on a cold December evening, I stood outside the Wells Fargo Center, a couple hours before a Philadelphia 76ers game. After getting rejected by the first few people I approached, all those feelings of stress and anxiety intensified. But once I found someone who was willing to talk to me, I felt some relief. My knees weren’t shaking so much, I wasn’t stumbling over my words and my heart no longer raced. After a while — and some more

class assignments — interviewing people and trying to make conversation didn’t feel like such a chore. In fact, I actually enjoyed listening to people’s opinions about topics they’re passionate about. Last year when Writers Resist, an online journal focused on democracy, was hosting events across the country, I was assigned my first event coverage as a student journalist. I sat for hours at the National Museum of American Jewish History and listened to dozens of journalists, authors and poets read excerpts from various literature. I didn’t know exactly what to expect at the event, but I actually really enjoyed it. Afterward, I interviewed a few participants, including Nathaniel Popkin, a Philadelphia-based writer. It was the first time I interviewed someone in the profession I hoped to have someday. Despite the dread I often feel when talking to new people, I’m glad I was assigned to cover

this event. Studying journalism has allowed me to hear interesting stories and learn from people. It has encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and explore. I’ve been able to push myself and interact with society, when I might not have otherwise because of my quiet demeanor. As an introvert, the practice of initiating conversation still presents a challenge for me. With each assignment or event that involves interviewing people, I still get nervous. That remains a learning process for me. As I’ll likely never become an extroverted, outgoing person, I work hard not to let it stop me from doing what I love to do: journalism. jensen.toussaint@temple.edu


‘Love, Simon’ offers vital LGBTQ representation The romantic comedy featuring a gay lead is groundbreaking, and more movies should feature LGBTQ main characters.


arlier this month, “Love, Simon,” a romantic teen comedy based on Becky Albertalli’s book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” was released in theaters across the country. The 20th Century Fox movie is centered around a gay teenager named Simon Spier and his coming out journey. As a bisexual person desperate to find media that shines the spotlight on people like me, I couldn’t wait to see this movie. “Love, Simon” is groundbreaking for the LGBTQ community, as it is the first movie made by SIANI COLÓN a major studio focusing on a gay lead — the film is even more impactful considering it was directed by a gay man. But some people have been critical of the film. For instance, Daniel D’Addario, a Time Magazine writer, claims today’s LGBTQ teens don’t need a story about acceptance because they already have a better chance of fitting in thanks to modern society’s progressive strides.

A student interning at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project urges the university to provide scholarships to exonerees. Imagine spending decades in prison for a crime you didn’t commit. Now imagine getting out of prison and receiving nothing for all of this time. This semester I have interned with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which is housed at Temple’s Center City Campus. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is a nonprofit law firm that helps exonerate people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, these people are called exonerees. Throughout my time as an intern, I have been able to learn more about how our justice system falls short at times by incarcerating innocent people. In 1998, two North Philadelphia natives, Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder, were convicted of the 1995 murder of Thomas Keal.

While I have some criticisms of the film myself, I think it’s harmful to deny the importance of this moment in popular culture for the LGBTQ community. “Love, Simon” can comfort teens who are scared to come out about their sexuality, teach lessons of self-acceptance and even offer healing for some adults who didn’t have access to this type of representation while growing up. According to a study by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, 43 percent of the LGBTQ-inclusive films released by the seven major studios included less than one minute of screen time for their LGBTQ characters. I think “Love, Simon” should be celebrated as an important first step toward frequent and varied representation of the LGBTQ community in popular culture. And I hope to see more films like it, that expand on its message and gain similar national attention. Emily Detwiler, a junior film and media arts major, said she thinks film studios are beginning to realize there’s an audience for LGBTQ stories. “As someone who identifies as gay, I will always support media that prioritizes queer stories, especially when they’re done as well as ‘Love, Simon,’” Detwiler said. “It’s so refreshing to watch a movie with a gay char-

Despite only a faulty witness identification linking both men to the crime, they were both sentenced to life in prison on murder, robbery, conspiracy and other gun-related charges. Both men spent 15 years in prison until a 2011 confession by the killer led to their subsequent release in 2013 and exoneration a year later, after the Pennsylvania Innocence Project took their case. Gilyard and Felder are prime examples of how our justice system fails many. The National Registry of Exonerations puts the total number of exonerees in the United States at about 2,191 for a total of 19,190 years spent in prison. Prosecutors’ personal vendettas, bad lawyering, racial discrimination and many other inefficiencies in our system help to contribute to these miscarriages of justice. To be wrongfully labeled as a criminal and have your reputation, family life, freedom and every other aspect of your entire existence affected is an injustice that is unfathomable. From my experiences at the project and from further research on the issue of wrongful convictions, I have come to believe that we, as a society, owe these people

acter that isn’t depressed, dying of AIDS or the comedic sidekick to a straight person. The movie also had lines that would be so important for young, closeted [LGBTQ] kids to hear.” It’s uplifting to see a gay character in Hollywood as the lead role, rather than a companion who delivers the punch lines, like Patrick in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Patrick, a close friend of the film’s main character, embodies the stereotype of the typical “gay best friend.” “Love, Simon” creates a more complex and nuanced gay male character, but there is still room for improvement. I would like to see lead characters with even more diverse backgrounds in future LGBTQ-centered films. In “Love, Simon,” the lead is a cisgender, white male coming from an accepting upper-middle-class family. While his gay identity is still valid, this character and story may not resonate with some in the LGBTQ community who aren’t as privileged. “There is still good representation in the gay man domain,” said Maya Branch, a freshman human development and community engagement major. “But I also want to see Black bisexuals, non-binary people with disabilities, trans girls who are happy and complete, asexual people who are thriving,

more. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is one of the many states that offers no compensation for exonerees upon re-entry. So, you can spend decades in prison for a crime you never committed, then be found innocent and released with no money compensating you for all the years you spent wrongfully in prison. In order for you to receive any sort of compensation, you would have to take the state to court or come to terms on a settlement. This process can be dragged out and take months, or in some cases years with all of the legal motions and paperwork that can stretch out the process. The likelihood of exonerees getting any compensation from the state for education or other benefits is slim to none. This is where I think universities can step in, especially Temple. We have to be mindful that criminal justice issues have an enormous impact on the North Philadelphia community that we’ve decided to build and grow with. This heightens our level of social responsibility on such topics. I think Temple should look for

despite a world that claims they’re damaged.” “And I want our stories to cross genres,” Branch added. LGBTQ films have the tendency to be pushed into the same few genres. Movies, like “Moonlight,” “Call Me By Your Name,” and “Blue is the Warmest Color” fall into the drama and romance categories. Straight characters dominate many genres, not even just romance films, because their sexuality is viewed as the norm, and a relationship is written in even when it’s irrelevant to the plot. The industry needs to expand LGBTQ stories beyond those centering around our identities and coming out. We deserve not only more cheesy romantic comedies, but also science fiction, fantasy and action films. “Love, Simon” may not be perfect, but it’s giving a face to a forgotten demographic and opening the door for more LGBTQ films geared toward youth. Being represented in mass media is a form of validation and can boost viewers’ self-esteem, especially for young people. We need to push to the forefront those who are being forgotten, and we need to do so in a positive manner. The LGBTQ community deserves happy endings, too. scolon@temple.edu

ways to offer grants, scholarships or other forms of financial assistance to exonerees. Temple has already shown itself to be progressive on criminal justice issues. For one, Temple provides space for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project to operate and exonerate a number of innocent people who are incarcerated alongside university students. Temple is also the birthplace of the Inside-Out program, which works to educate those who are currently incarcerated. And Temple’s Pan-African Studies Community Education Program also provides re-entry resources for formerly incarcerated individuals. It would be in line with the university’s progressive stance on criminal justice issues to provide more resources, specifically for exonerees who have come into contact with the criminal justice system through no fault of their own and who now need to deal with the aftermath. This would be especially helpful to exonerees who never got to attend or finish college, as some become suspects or are convicted of crimes before they are even 18. Many also obtain credits in prison

toward a GED or bachelor’s degree that may allow universities to evaluate their credits and could potentially make it easier to offer assistance. If Temple offered financial assistance and expanded educational opportunities for exonerees, this would be a huge step in helping to right the wrongs of our justice system. If exonerees were given the chance to obtain an education, this would allow them to rebuild their lives, pursue their passions and provide for themselves and their families. Simply assisting them in leading a normal life after being the victims of such inequity would go a long way for this unique group of people. While this is not an issue that is solely Temple’s responsibility, the university should welcome the opportunity to continue to lead on criminal justice efforts. Lyndon Ewing is a junior economics major and can be reached at lyndonewing@temple.edu. Editor’s Note: Jenny Roberts, supervising editor, also interns at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.



PAGE 6 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 COSBY juror if selected. Twenty-eight jurors told the court that the nature of the charges against Cosby, which accuse him of drugging and sexual assaulting central accuser Andrea Constand in 2004, would prevent them from being a fair and impartial juror. More than 25 of the potential

jurors will be called back and questioned on Tuesday and could potentially decide the fate of Cosby, who is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Earlier this month, O’Neill ruled that he will allow five of Cosby’s additional accusers to testify at the upcoming trial. At Cosby’s first trial in June 2017, O’Neill only allowed one woman to testify, which was Kelley Johnson. The prosecu-

tion indicated that they will not call Johnson at the upcoming trial, the Inquirer reported. Janice Dickinson is expected to be one of the five women who will testify against Cosby. She alleges Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her decades ago. She is now suing Cosby for defamation in California. Jurors from Cosby’s first trial, who were selected from Allegh-

eny County, were unable to reach a unanimous verdict last summer after deliberating for more than 52 hours in six days, which resulted in a mistrial. Constand is a former Temple employee who alleges Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Montgomery County home in 2004. Cosby was a university trustee as the time of the alleged assault.

Arguments in Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are expected to begin April 9. Jurors will be sequestered for the trial, which O’Neill estimated will last a month. kelly.brennan@temple.edu @_kellybrennan

SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS Former university trustee Bill Cosby walks into the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday for the first day of jury selection in his upcoming retrial. He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.


TSG campaigns draw in student org endorsements Several of the organizations that endorsed a team have one of its members on the campaign they endorsed. BY ALYSSA BIEDERMAN TSG Beat Reporter

Elections season is in full swing, and each team has announced its endorsements from various student organizations. Several of the campaigns’ endorsements came from student organizations whose members are participants in the campaigns.

VoiceTU has 55 endorsements including: • • •

Freely Magazine The International Student Association The Muslim Student Association

IgniteTU has 25 endorsements including: • • •

Kappa Sigma Pakistani Students Association Defend Our Future Temple

Campaigns are allowed to be endorsed by an organization that has a campaign member on its executive board, as stated by the elections code. Nine of VoiceTU’s endorsements come from organizations where campaign team


members are also executive board members. These include Progressive NAACP, where Communications Director Breaa Gillette is the president; South Asian Student Society, where Almas Ayaz, vice president of services candidate, is president; Black Student Union, where Strategist Lauren Smith is vice president and the Asociación de Estudiantes Latinos, where Campaign Manager Meztli Cardoso is president. Additionally, Temple College Democrats, Temple College Republicans, Uzuri Dance, By Any Means Necessary Dance Company, Temple University Philippine American Council, and Delta Sigma Theta have campaign members on their executive board. Six of IgniteTU’s endorsements have campaign members on an executive board. Presidential candidate Gadi Zimmerman is president of Challah for Hunger, and Communications Director Sarah Madaus is president of Temple’s chapter of Her Campus. Campaign members are also on the executive boards of Camp Kesem, Let’s Bake TU!, InMotion Dance and DMAX Club. Members of the two campaigns said they solicit endorsements by presenting all three campaign platforms — before UniteTU withdrew on Monday. Then, the student organizations vote to endorse a team. “At the end of the day, it’s voting,” Jacob Kurtz, a member of the operations team for

VoiceTU said. “We want people to vote for us. And if there’s back-door dealing, it’s unlikely people in those [organizations] will vote for us. We have to be transparent.” Marissa Martini, the campaign manager for IgniteTU, is also the vice president of Student Activists Against Sexual Assault, and she said her organization chose not to endorse IgniteTU. “I was a big part in that decision,” she added. “We believe we should support anyone who wants to further sexual assault prevention initiatives, and all three platforms include that.” Martini said IgniteTU is especially appreciative of an endorsement from Camp Kesem, a college student-run summer camp for children affected by a parent’s battle with cancer that opened a Temple chapter last year. “Part of our platform is to empower organizations, especially small new organizations,” she said. “It was really meaningful to know that they hear us and that they want to support us in the same way we want to support them.” Kurtz said an endorsement from the International Students Association was meaningful to VoiceTU. “Our platform is one of the only ones that has something for international students,” Kurtz said. “When you get an endorsement

By the numbers


VoiceTU endorsements


IgniteTU endorsements

and it’s because a person tells you, ‘It’s ‘because I saw myself in your platform,’ it’s very exciting for us because we were able to make them a priority on our platform.” No endorsement gifts — like money, items or campaign space — have been made to any team. Voting will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Winners of the 2018-19 TSG elections will be announced on Friday at noon in The Reel. alyssa.biederman@temple.edu @BiedermanAlyssa


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Brain imaging center draws liberal arts faculty The College of Liberal Arts opened the Temple University Brain Research and Imaging Center in February. BY PATRICK PETTUS


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n 2006, the university hired Jason Chein, a 1997 psychology and computer science alumnus, to help lay the foundation for a behavioral neuroimaging research group. Now, a little more than a decade later, Chein directs the Temple University Brain Research and Imaging Center, a new facility designed to accommodate the diverse needs of a rapidly growing community of scientists. “We went from one, me, to having somewhere on the order of 20 individuals who do some form of neuroimaging research here,” Chein said. “With that much larger user-base… the need for a center like this one became apparent.” TUBRIC opened in February with support from the university and the College of Liberal Arts. The center is equipped with a new and more powerful fMRI machine, and it will “serve as the backbone for brain imaging research here [at Temple],” JESSE KINNAMON / THE TEMPLE NEWS Anthony Resnick (left), a lab manager for the Center for Neural Decision Making at the Fox School of Business, finalizes a research study at the Temple University Brain Research and Imaging Center on March 27.

Students provide hurricane relief in Puerto Rico



On Sunday, 15 medical students and four doctors from the medical school returned from a disaster relief trip to Puerto Rico. BY EMMA PADNER

For The Temple News

After hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico, Christina Lopez felt devastated. As a Puerto Rico native, Lopez was scared when she didn’t hear from her family living there for a week after the storm. Driven by a passion for service and a call from her home, Lopez, a first-year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, applied to be a student coordinator for Temple Emergency Action Corps. This year, TEAC chose to send relief to Puerto Rico. “I just always feel that I need to give back to my island,” Lopez said. “Everything that I heard said that my island was destroyed. I had food, I had water while my family was suffering, so it was natural to try to do something.” TEAC is a student-led organization that assists in disaster relief on national and international levels. It was founded in 2005 at the medical school after Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, Alabama, the Bahamas and Cuba. Since then, the group has responded to disasters in Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti. TEAC is led by student coordinators Lopez, Joe Corcoran and Jani Swiatek, who are all firstyear medical students at Katz. In 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria from late August to early October. Months later, the damage is still insurmountable. Sixteen percent of the island remains without power, according to a USA Today article from early March. On Sunday, a group of 15 medical students and four doctors involved with TEAC concluded an eight-day disaster relief trip on the island. “There’s still a lot of issues on the ground there, lack of fresh water and electricity, a lot of the Puerto Rican doctors have left and moved to


MAGGIE LOESCH / THE TEMPLE NEWS Joanna Costa, a junior accounting and Spanish major, sits in Paley Library on Thursday. A watercolor portrait of Costa, who has a rare muscle disease, was recently displayed in the “Beyond the Diagnosis” exhibit, a collection of more than 100 portraits of children living with rare diseases.


Art captures life of kids with rare diseases A student was featured in “Beyond the Diagnosis,” a portrait exhibit of children who have rare diseases. BY IAN WALKER

Assistant Features Editor

When biomedical engineer Tariq Rahman met his 5-year-old patient Joanna Costa, he developed an assistive “exoskeleton” to help her lift her arms. More than 15 years later, Rahman still has a video of Costa eating Skittles off a table with the device. “She was a bubbly little kid,” said Rahman, who works at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. “To see her

progress, it’s amazing.” Costa, a junior accounting and Spanish major, was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which affects muscle and joint function. The disability limits the use of six of her fingers and prevents her from raising her arms above her shoulders. Her younger brother was also later diagnosed with the disorder. After constructing wearable therapy devices for Costa for more than a decade, Rahman recently painted a watercolor portrait of her for the art exhibit “Beyond the Diagnosis,” a collection of more than 100 portraits of children living with rare diseases. The exhibit, organized by the ad-

vocacy group Rare Diseases United Foundation, travels to different hospitals and medical schools to promote awareness of under-researched diseases. Rare Diseases United is a Rhode Island-based outreach organization that connects parents of children with rare diseases. From Feb. 18 to March 21, a selection of the portraits was displayed at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, where Costa has received treatment since she was a young child. “Everybody has something, but mine’s just more visible,” Costa said. “I think these paintings kind of just re-






A master’s of social work alumna has made a career out of helping African-American teens in foster care find permanent homes.

Senior strategic communications students entered a national public relations campaign to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

This weekend, students and Philadelphians celebrated Passover and Easter with an exhibit and a rabbit-themed run.

Temple Comtemporary is hosting a city-wide arts regranting program for unrecognized artists in Philadelphia.



Addressing a ‘resounding cry’ in foster care A 1979 master’s of social work alumna has worked extensively to increase adoption rates for Black teens in foster care. BY MIYA JONES

For The Temple News

While growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, during the civil rights movement, Toni Oliver thought the only professions open to her as a Black woman were minister, teacher or mortician. Coming from a family of teachers, Oliver thought her fate was sealed as a music teacher because she was a talented singer and pianist. But after taking a civics class in the ninth grade, her vision changed and she discovered her passion for social work. “I thought it was so fascinating that there were jobs where people actually worked for a living to help other people,” Oliver said. Oliver, a 1979 master’s of social work alumna, went on to make a mark in the social work field as the CEO and founder of

Roots, Inc., an adoption agency in Georgia that worked to improve adoption outcomes for African-American children ages 13 to 17 in the foster care system. She started the agency in 1992, but it closed in 2010 after losing federal funding. She is currently the president of the National Association of Black Social Workers. While pursuing her master’s at Temple, Oliver said she discovered a pattern. “The one resounding cry was people were finding it hard to place Black children in families,” Oliver said. “I was told Black families weren’t adopting.” Through her research, and experiences working with different adoption agencies across the country, she found that Black children tended to stay in the foster care system for longer periods of time than white children. These issues still ring true today. According to a report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, more than 100,000 children ages 13 to 17 were in foster care in 2016. Additionally, ac-

COURTESY / TONI OLIVER The opening of Roots, Inc, an adoption agency in Georgia, was announced by its founder Toni Oliver (left) and then-Mayor Maynard Jackson during Black History Month at the Apex Museum in Atlanta in 1992.

cording to the National Foster Care Youth Institute, African-American children make up 20 percent of the foster care population and have the highest rate of victimization among all racial groups in foster care. After working in child welfare in Georgia for a short time, Oliver said she started Roots in 1992 because there was a lack of outreach from adoption agencies in Georgia to the community and the media. The lack of outreach in Georgia was noticeable to Oliver, compared to her experience working in the Delaware Valley. “I’m not seeing public service announcements on TV,” Oliver said. “I’m not seeing programs about the need for families, so I said, ‘What’s going on here?’” To address the issue, she started Roots in a small room at the New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, Georgia. The small room in the church eventually evolved into a fully staffed office. Roots began a strategic recruitment campaign reaching out to newspapers, TV news stations and Georgian residents to try and find adoptive families. Oliver implemented family preservation strategies, a movement to keep children at home with their families rather than in foster homes, and paid attention to how communal ties and kinship care impact adoption. She was able to train adoptive families on how to tend to a child’s individual needs. Roots also provided adoptive parents support after the adoption process was finalized. In its first year without federal aid in 1992, the agency responded to 300 inquiries, prepared and trained 35 adoptive families and placed 15 children ranging from 3 to 12 years old in homes. In 1977, Oliver enrolled in the master’s of social work program at Temple after visiting friends in Philadelphia who attended Bennett College in North Carolina with her as undergrads. At Temple, Oliver worked on a six-week community encounter assignment where she assessed North Philadelphia neighborhoods based on income, housing and other

factors. “It immediately engaged you and how you look at communities that you’ll ultimately work in,” Oliver said. Temple is also where Oliver connected with the National Association of Black Social Workers. Some of her professors were members of the organization. “My first national conference was the year that I graduated,” Oliver said. “I was so fascinated by the professional development opportunities, as well as collegiate, that were afforded through the organization.” Oliver said she instantly connected to people at the organization. Leonard Dunston, who was a former president of NABSW, gave her confidence by encouraging her to join the committee and ultimately run for president. She later became the vice president in 2010 and then president in 2014. Longtime friend Denise McLane-Davison, who met Oliver at a NABSW conference, said Oliver is a warrior for Black families and pushes others to work hard for their passions. “I love that she allows room for me and others to dream,” McLane-Davison said. “She doesn’t mind taking the magic carpet ride. She consistently invests in people.” Oliver credits the development of Roots to her staff and the skills she unexpectedly picked up during and after college, like grant-writing. “I was sad to see it go,” Oliver said. Oliver is currently serving out her last term as president of NABSW. She isn’t the music teacher she pictured she’d be at a young age, but she said she was able to try something different, which led her to a new passion. “All these things were not intentional,” Oliver said. “That ninth-grade flash of possibility connected me to social work, which provides opportunities for people who are marginalized and devalued.” miya.jones@temple.edu


Students create campaign for childhood cancer treatment Five senior strategic communication majors developed a campaign for the Bateman Case Study Competition. BY LAURA SMYTHE For The Temple News

When senior strategic communication major Mary Strehl started working on the Owls With Purpose public relations campaign, she was worried her team wouldn’t be able to successfully engage people. “There’s always that fear that people aren’t going to show up, or they’re not going to be interested,” Strehl said. “How do we... make a lasting impression to make [people] continue to want to be involved?” Seven months later, Strehl and four other strategic communications students working on the campaign saw their project displayed on the PECO Crown Lights from March 15-17. The message “Join @TUWithPurpose in the fight against childhood cancer” flashed across the city, reaching more than one million people. The PECO Crown Lights display community messages atop the PECO headquarters building at 23rd and Market streets. Owls With Purpose is a public relations campaign raising awareness for pediatric cancer devised by senior strategic communication majors Strehl, Marissa Reale, Jenny Lynch, Terra Kliwinski and Kaci Ricciotti. The campaign was created for their capstone course as part of the Bateman Case Study Competition, an annual event hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America. “This has honestly been the best experience,” Reale said. “We actually got to implement our campaign and see it alive. We were the event planners running around and sweating. It was amazing.” Every year, the Bateman Case Study Competition challenges students in PRSSA chapters to create a campaign for a specific client.


This year’s client is With Purpose, an organization founded in 2014 that aims to advance treatment for childhood cancer. The founder, Erin Benson, created With Purpose after she lost her 2-year-old son Sam to diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an incurable brain cancer. The organization aims to raise awareness about the lack of funding for childhood cancers compared to other forms of cancer like breast cancer. Senior strategic communication majors with a public relations concentration can choose to either enroll in the standard PR capstone course or the Bateman course, which started this year. This is also the first time a group from Temple entered the competition. Public relations professor David Brown supervised the Owls With Purpose campaign. He said that in addition to enjoying the passion and enthusiasm of his students as they developed the campaign, he appreciated that the competition focuses on organizations that highlight a specific social policy or issue. “It’s more than just a clever public relations campaign,” Brown said. “We’re really moving the needle, and if we can get people to have a greater awareness about things like pediatric cancer, that to me helps students to understand the work they do can make a difference in the community.” The Temple campaign included two Dine & Donate days with Lee’s Hoagie House on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street, where a portion of the profits were donated to With Purpose. There was also a town hallstyle meeting to advertise the campaign and a tabling event in the Student Center where students could sign a pledge to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. The cornerstone event of the Owls With Purpose campaign was “Play With Purpose,” held at Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park in February. An estimated 300 families attended the event, which featured a DJ, food and an appearance by the Philly

VALERIE MCINTYRE / THE TEMPLE NEWS David Brown (right), a public relations professor, meets with students in his strategic communication capstone class focused on the Bateman Case Study Competition.

Phanatic. The seniors were inspired by Benson, the With Purpose founder, who made sure her son had fun before he died. “We thought about free play and the impact it could have on kids, just letting them do what they want to do without that structured life they’re used to,” Strehl said. “Erin’s whole thing was making sure before Sam passed away that he had time to be a kid without all the hospitals and the sickness, just enjoying the time he had left.” The students ran their month-long campaign starting Feb. 15, but they had been working on developing Owls With Purpose since last August as part of their capstone course. Through Temple’s Bateman project, Brown said he believes his students were able to engage Temple students and people living in Philadelphia. “As Temple, we...have a very diverse student population and community that surrounds us,” Brown said. “I think that will be

able to help With Purpose reach out to more diverse communities, because particularly communities of color are severely impacted by pediatric cancer. ... This could help to reach that otherwise overlooked audience.” Temple’s Bateman group will submit its final plan to the competition on April 9, and the finalists will be announced later this month. The winning team will receive a prize of $3,500 and a trophy. Freshman public relations major Gabby Arias will found a With Purpose at Temple during the next academic year to keep the project going. “In the other capstone course you plan out the same things, it’s a huge campaign, but it never comes to fruition,” Strehl said. “You just present it. It’s been much more of a learning experience and more satisfying seeing it actually play out and the success of what the five of us created.” laura.smythe@temple.edu @lcs_smythe

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FEATURES TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 PUERTO RICO the mainland and federal aid has been very lacking,” Corcoran said. “So Temple’s made a lot of efforts to improve that through the hospital and the medical school.” During the week, the students worked in the small rural towns on the east side of the island, which was the region most devastated by both hurricanes according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Over the course of their trip, the relief group treated an estimated 700 people. The Puerto Rican island of Vieques needed the most care. The island’s hospital closed due to hurricane damage and the community has only been able to set up an emergency room under two tents with two general medical doctors, who alternate shifts. The students brought more than basic medical care. They also provided food and water purification tablets because the country currently lacks access to clean water and has seen a spike in waterborne diseases. TEAC and Puerto Rican doctors from the Ponce Health Sciences University came together to supply specialty doctors, including gynecologists, cardiologists, dermatologists and psychiatrists. They also had a pharmacy at each site where patients could receive medications. Corcoran said the group set up clinics in each town they visited, and did not know the layout of each site until the day they arrived. One day the group worked outside in a courtyard. Another day, they worked inside a school building. “When we pulled in in the morning, for me there was always about 10 minutes that was really fun, but also somewhat stressful,” Corcoran said. “I was thinking, ‘OK, how are we going to make this space work? And what physical barriers do we have in the space that we can use to our advantage?’”

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 SCIENCE Chein said. Neuroimaging is the process of capturing images of a participant’s brain that doctors and scientists can use to observe its function and structure. Neuroimaging tools like TUBRIC’s fMRI, a type of scanner that non-invasively produces images of brain activity, are useful for studying human behavior, and can aid clinicians in identifying brain abnormalities and planning treatment for their patients. Researchers like those at TUBRIC use neuroimaging techniques to investigate behavioral neuroscience, the study of how human behavior relates to the biological function of the brain. By working closely with other schools, Chein said he hopes TUBRIC will attract researchers from fields not historically associated with behavioral neuroimaging, like political science and criminal justice. “Researchers who had previously not had access to imaging technology in an environment in which they thought they could implement their work now see that opportunity,” Chein said. The new machine, which uses a 3-Tesla Siemens PRISMA magnet, will have a significant impact on the types of research possible at Temple. “It’s speed, it’s spatial precision, it’s temporal precision,” Chein said. “It’s not that it completely changes what we do. It just completely changes what we can do.” This improved efficiency also allows researchers to reduce the amount of time that a subject spends in the fMRI. Saving time is important, Chein said, because a subject’s fatigue and boredom can actually affect the image produced by the machine. “It changes what you get from them when they’re in [the fMRI] for an hour and now you’re collecting data, compared to what happens when you’ve got them for 20 minutes,” Chein said.


Student coordinators faced some challenges, like a language barrier with patients. Some of the Puerto Rican medical students acted as translators to help bridge the gap. Every time a natural disaster strikes a country, Corcoran said it takes years for a community to recover. “The people who experience those events, they are still dealing with all of this every hour of every day, and so I think often that gets glossed over,” Corcoran said. “Short-term stuff is very good, but it’s important to continue thinking about ways to help with the recovery from things like this.” Philadelphia doctors have also been providing aid to Puerto Rican evacuees. Dr. Manish Garg, an emergency medicine professor and faculty adviser for TEAC, has assisted many of the evacuees that come to Temple University Hospital. “They will talk about the hurricane and in addition to their medical problems, they need good mental health care,” Garg said. “You can see

the post-traumatic stress, you can see the anxiety, the depression, you know they’ve potentially lost loved ones. It’s very psychologically troubling.” Last year ended with a 29 percent increase in suicide cases reported to Puerto Rico’s department of health, compared to 2016. Garg believes it’s vital for Temple to act as a leader when disasters strike. “It’s part of what I understand as the mission of Temple,” Garg said. “Temple is a beacon of hope for patients. We serve as a place where people can get healthcare in a non-judgemental way.” For medical students like Lopez, TEAC provides important hands-on experiences. “This experience opened my eyes to how we can both go as a foreigner and help out the community, and also work with all of the locals and provide something that’s long-lasting,” Lopez said. emma.padner@temple.edu

COURTESY / MANISH GARG At the end of March, 15 medical students and four doctors from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine provided aid in Puerto Rico to residents affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Before TUBRIC, researchers studying human brain function relied on Temple University Hospital’s department of radiology to conduct neuroimaging research. Use of the 3-Tesla fMRI at TUH is now primarily dedicated to the hospital’s clinical work, like assessing a patient’s brain function and planning for invasive surgeries or therapies. While many researchers still use the scanner in the radiology department to carry out neuroimaging studies, Chein said the clinical nature of the hospital facility can complicate behavioral research study results. “At the hospital, there’s no behavioral testing rooms,” Chein said. “There’s no place to kind of put the subject before or after they’re in the scanner.” He added that the clinical atmosphere of neuroimaging facilities can affect the images produced. “It sets up a kind of psychological anxiety that you don’t want to have before putting someone in the scanner,” Chein said. To combat these challenges, TUBRIC has been designed to be as dynamic as possible to accommodate various kinds of research. “We’re trying to build a facility not just for our own use, but [that] could also be open to anybody,” said Dr. Ze Wang, a radiology professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine who directs research at the hospital’s MRI center and works closely with researchers at TUBRIC. “Rather than have a single configuration here, we’ll be able to reconfigure dynamically, according to the particular needs of a particular study,” Chein added. In pediatric studies, for example, researchers will use books, toys and colorful carpeting to “transform the place to be friendly to a pediatric [participant],” Chein said. “It’s going to all roll out in a modular fashion, be ready in a five-minute setup and make the place look like we always [scan] kids here.”


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The thing that sparked my interest [to attend] was definitely [the debate over] GAs and still having the opportunity to get your STARS and still become active participants in your club. … I feel like [replacing GAs with weekly emails] would also be accessible to everyone since everyone has such a busy college schedule, but I also feel like still having the in-person meeting gives you that sense of coming together.


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The more [TUBRIC] gets itself out there to the rest of the Temple community, the more likely questions are just going to spontaneously be asked. W. GEOFFREY WRIGHT


Additionally, the facility is equipped with three behavioral testing rooms and a mock-scanner, where researchers can acclimate subjects to the testing environment before moving to the actual fMRI. Chein, who uses neuroimaging to study the development of adolescent decision-making, said he feels TUBRIC’s flexibility allows it to “serve a large community with people with very different interests.” W. Geoffrey Wright, a physical therapy professor and director of neuromotor sciences programs, works with TUBRIC to study the behavioral implications of brain trauma. Through facilitating new connections between scientists in different fields, Wright said he thinks the center will encourage more researchers to utilize behavioral neuroimaging to probe their own questions. “The more [TUBRIC] gets itself out there to the rest of the Temple community, the more likely questions are just going to spontaneously be asked that would not have occurred [otherwise],” Wright said. Wright said the university’s access to cutting-edge resources and facilities like TUBRIC is a large part of what attracts researchers. “[It’s] the kind of stuff that people see and say, ‘If I were in this environment, I would just constantly be inspired,’” Wright said.

It was very interesting to see both of the platforms from both of the different teams. … I was more on [IgniteTU] instead of VoiceTU. I just felt like VoiceTU were like promoting their resume basically instead of really putting forth a feasible action that they can actually apply to Temple University and actually make change.

RYAN CONVERY Junior Finance

Especially gender neutrality and trans awareness, things like that, I think VoiceTU had a stronger campaign for that. … The fact that the other team, IgniteTU, didn’t have [LGBTQ issues] on their platform, I didn’t think that was OK. … The LGBTQIA community, that’s something that students can fight for.





Philadelphians run, play to celebrate religious holidays

JAMIE COTTRELL & SYDNEY SCHAEFER / THE TEMPLE NEWS To celebrate the holiday weekend, people gathered at the Philadelphia Zoo as early as 7 a.m. on Saturday for the 5th annual Rabbit Run 5k/1m in honor of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Upon entry, guests were given a gift bag that included a T-shirt and bunny ears. Just before the start of the race, physical therapist Adrianna Carey from the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center at Pennsylvania Hospital helped participants with warm-up stretches. “Parkinson’s affects more people than we think, so it’s good to bring so many faces to the cause,” Carey said. The Please Touch Museum hosted various activities for children to teach them about Passover. There was a playful Passover Seder, where children could learn to properly set the table for the holiday and read themed books. Children also participated in a Matzo Structures workshop, where they could build with cardboard and take home their structure to cover in matzo.


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Temple Contemporary selected for grant program The art gallery housed in the Tyler School of Art will help give grants to underrepresented Philadelphia artists. BY ZARI TARAZONA For The Temple News

In 2016, Robert Blackson was at a business meeting with a grants officer from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to discuss Temple Contemporary. He was unexpectedly asked about his interest in becoming a partner for the foundation’s Regional Regranting Program. The foundation partners with institutions across the country to support artistic activity with grants of up to $7,000, as part of its Regional Regranting Program. The program has funded hundreds of projects in the past 10 years. “My jaw kind of hit the floor,” said Blackson, director of Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art. “And I was thinking, ‘Wow, would they really want us to do that?’ And then in subsequent conversations, it came to pass that [the foundation] really would welcome this with Temple Contemporary.” The Regional Regranting Program is based in 12 cities. Philadelphia’s Regranting Program, The Velocity Fund, will be headquartered at Temple Contemporary. The foundation was created in 1987 after the death of Andy Warhol, a filmmaker and artist from the 1960’s pop art movement. Warhol wrote in his will that nearly his entire estate should be used to create a foundation focused on the “ad-

vancement of the visual arts.” “It speaks volumes of our generosity as a culture that someone like Andy Warhol would have the forethought and the capacity to make a seismic change in supporting artists for generations to come,” Blackson wrote in an email. “The Warhol Foundation could have selected, I would guess, just about any arts organization across the city and offered them the same deal,” said Blackson, who was an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow in 2012. “So it was wonderful and very humbling for them to have chosen Temple Contemporary.” “These things are always a matter of, is there enough happening in the city to warrant this program, and is there somebody that we can partner with who we can trust?” said James Bewley, the foundation’s senior program officer. The Regional Regranting Program “aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity,” according to the foundation’s website. Blackson said “under-theradar artistic activity” is art that has not been officially sanctioned by the mainstream art world. This is where The Velocity Fund will come in. As part of the program’s inaugural year, 10 to 15 Philadelphia artists or collaborative teams will be awarded $5,000 grants for a specific artistic project this September. The deadline for applications is June 1, and Tyler School of Art students must graduate by this

May if they want to apply. “If you are interested to do an exhibition or create a new website or have a performance or make a projection or make a book, and all of those public outcomes affect the way that we relate to art in the world around us, that’s what we’re interested to help support,” Blackson said. There will be information sessions across the city about The Velocity Fund. The Vox Populi gallery on 11th Street near Callowhill will host a session on Friday, and The Print Center in Center City will host one on April 17. The Velocity Fund includes the option of applying with multidisciplinary collaborative teams to give artists the opportunity to work with one another. “The hope with The Velocity Fund is that if you’re a ceramicist who has always wanted to work with potentially a poet, but didn’t really see the way to make that financially possible, here’s...your option,” Blackson said. The Velocity Fund will also give artists a chance to receive smaller grants to fund a specific visual project. “This isn’t money that’s earmarked to just do anything you want,” Blackson said. “It’s the understanding that art comes with a commitment to a public. We’re helping to bridge that relationship between the art and public by earmarking funds.” Bewley said from what he has seen in other cities, the Regional Regranting Program helps “promote the idea of connectivity and

JOCELYN BURNS / FILE PHOTO The Velocity Fund, Philadelphia’s Regranting Program funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation, will be headquartered at the Tyler School of Art’s Temple Contemporary.

collaboration” among artists in Philadelphia. “It acknowledges the good work that’s happening and kind of strengthens it,” Bewley said. “And for Philadelphia, I don’t know what that’s going to be like yet. Each city

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Kornberg facilities workers go ‘beyond the job’ Many facilities workers at the Kornberg School of Dentistry have worked there for several decades. BY MADISON PITEL For The Temple News

VEENA PRAKRIYA / THE TEMPLE NEWS Margaro Ortiz (left), a facilities worker in the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, visits Jackie Sautter, a laboratory technician, outside one of the lab spaces he is responsible for maintaining on March 23.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 RARE DISEASES mind you...it’s just another person.” To take part in the exhibit, participants can fill out online forms to request a portrait, which are often painted by a team of volunteer artists. Rahman was the first doctor in the exhibit to paint a portrait of one of his own patients. Before he asked Costa if she was interested in being painted, she had never heard of “Beyond the Diagnosis” and didn’t even know Rahman painted as a hobby. But she said she quickly recognized the importance of the exhibit. “If you talk to people about kids with cancer, you get their attention right away,” Costa said. “If you say kids with rare diseases, their eyes glaze over.” From her own interactions with able-bodied people, Costa said she thinks others can feel in-

timidated by her disability and struggle to know how to interact. By presenting the faces of dozens of children like her, “Beyond the Diagnosis” helps humanize a widely underrepresented group of people, she said. “It draws attention to the kid’s face and their personality, and it’s raising awareness in a really unique way,” Costa said. “I was really honored [to be featured].” As Rahman approached creating Costa’s portrait, he said he wanted to reflect her personality in the image. Rahman used mostly warm colors to paint her face, with dashes of blues in her cheeks for contrast. “She’s a very courageous and accomplished young lady,” Rahman said. “I wanted to capture her character regardless of any condition she has.” This desire to represent children who are often defined by

On a typical workday, Margaro Ortiz works as a housekeeper in the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. One day, he saw something abnormal on the job. He was cleaning outside when he saw a patient get dropped off in the middle of the sidewalk. Noticing that she looked scared and in need of help, Ortiz said he immediately stopped what he was doing to help the patient into the building and find her a seat. A few days later, Ortiz’s boss received a letter about his work performance. At first, he was worried he did something wrong. “Then I saw that the person that sent the letter was like, ‘Oh, tell him thank you very, very much for going beyond your job,’” Ortiz said. “It made me feel good that somebody saw that I always go beyond my job.” “Mike,” as his co-workers call him, has been working at Kornberg for 25 years and prides himself on his work as a housekeeper. Several facilities workers have spent decades at Kornberg, including Ortiz, Geraldine Walker and Dot Johnson. They perform duties like working in the mailroom, cleaning the dean’s suite and various offices and watering plants. Walker grew up in North Philadelphia and began working at Temple at 20 years old. She has been working there for 27 years now, every Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Though she started at Temple working day shifts in residence halls on Main Campus, Walker transferred to Kornberg after nine years. She has stayed there ever since. “They sent me up here to work, and I actually lived around the corner,” Walker said. “So when they told me I was coming up here, I was like, ‘Wow, this is close to my house!’” “I haven’t had to travel that much, and I like it a lot here” she added. “So hopefully this can be the place I retire.” Kornberg has stood out from Walk-

their disabilities is part of what drove Patricia Weltin to create the exhibit. Weltin formed Rare Disease United in 2011. At the time, Weltin said few organizations in the United States addressed all rare diseases collectively. “I felt like our journey was the same, and it was similar enough that I could connect with anyone who had a different disease,” Weltin said. In 2015, Weltin decided to organize a small art event including portraits of her two children, Olivia, 22, and Hana, 19, who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rarely diagnosed connective tissue disorder. The exhibit’s opening was the largest event in Rare Disease United’s history, drawing about 300 people to Brown University in the middle of a blizzard, Weltin said. “In the beginning, we were hoping, ‘Oh, maybe we’ll get one

er’s past jobs because it always keeps her busy, she said. Unlike on Main Campus, where students passed by her as she worked in residence halls, Walker said she interacts with more students as they travel around the building to see patients. One time, Walker even received dental work from a practicing student. “He took the time to take me out of pain and everything, so I really had a real close, friendly doctor relationship with him,” Walker said. “When he graduated, I felt kind of sad.” Walker has enjoyed the relationships she’s formed with Kornberg students. “I just met a student that I made a great personal connection with, we always laugh and joke,” Walker said. Like Walker, one of Ortiz’s favorite aspects of working at Kornberg is the personal connections he has made. He said he’s developed relationships with students, faculty and even the people he sees outside the building on a daily basis. At Kornberg, Ortiz said employees are recognized for their efforts. This feeling of appreciation, Ortiz said, has motivated him to stay at the school for more than two decades. “I like it because knowing the people and how you get treated and you know, everything that Kornberg gives you,” Ortiz said. “They give us appreciation lunches to tell the good work that we’ve done, and they give awards to people.” Johnson has stayed at Kornberg even longer. Since starting her job as a 19-year-old in 1976, Johnson has spent her 42 years as a housekeeper working in the mailroom, delivering packages and taking care of the dean’s suite. “My favorite part of the job is being able to help others,” Johnson said. “I like interacting with students and nice people.” “At Kornberg I always got to be of service to the university and learn a lot of things and meet with the students,” Johnson added. “I help them as much as I can and make things work and make things happen.”

or two medical students that might see a portrait,’” Weltin said. “And it has gone far beyond that.” Today, Weltin said she can’t meet the demand from universities and hospitals that request to display paintings from “Beyond the Diagnosis.” For each exhibit, the hosting institution will often devise an accompanying research project that examines a particular rare disease. All this progress in research, Weltin said, is owed to the artists. “I could not be more grateful to the art community,” Weltin said. “They call us orphan diseases for a reason, because basically we’ve been kind of just thrown away. And the art community has adopted us.” For Costa, participating in the exhibit has made her a role model for other children and parents. During a reception event at duPont on Feb. 20, Costa spoke about her progress with her disability and


performed a song on piano. She has played piano since she was 7 years old. In December, Costa met with a Hungarian family who traveled to the United States to seek treatment for their 6-year-old son, Vincent, who also has arthrogryposis. The family had contacted Costa via Facebook after seeing a video of her playing piano. “He had a lot less mobility, but he loves music,” Costa said. “He would mess with [his iPad keyboard], and he would listen to music. He had his favorite bands. You’d just see this big smile on his face.” “I think it meant a lot to them to see that, to see me and my brother, like, ‘It’s OK,’” Costa said. ian.walker@temple.edu @ian_walker12


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SPORTS TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 RECOVERY initial surgery to reconstruct her ACL and a second surgery to remove scar tissue when her healing took longer than expected. Butts had to wear a brace and use crutches for several months, which made it difficult to do everyday tasks, like waking up and going to class across campus. “It’s a marathon,” Butts said. “There’s baby steps to everything. First, you learn how to walk again. You get your walking right, and then you get your everyday life back. I was on crutches for four months. So after that, middle of January, when I got off my crutches, I felt like a new person, like I got my life back.” Now, Butts is allowed to do light exercise, like jogging, dribbling and shooting, but both doctors and coaches still instruct her to take it slowly. Cardoza sees no need to rush Butts, because she has five months or more before she will need to start getting into basketball again. Forcing anything too early could potentially interrupt the recovery process, which Cardoza and Butts said they want to avoid. “We’re taking it slow, but once she is cleared for full-go, her mentality has to be aggressive,” Cardoza said. “When she’s fully cleared, she needs to be in an aggressive mindset where now all she’s do-


ing is getting herself into the best shape possible in the gym. And I know that she will.” When Butts rejoins the team next season, she will bring some much-needed scoring ability to a squad that will lose former guard Tanaya Atkinson, its leading scorer. Atkinson averaged just more than 21 points per game, while the second-best scorer, freshman Mia Davis, averaged 11.2 points per game. In her junior season, Butts averaged 15.5 points per game and shot 36.6 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. With 1,481 career points, she ranks as the eighth alltime leading scorer in program history. Temple played with a young team this season, with three to four freshmen typically starting. The hope for next season is that Butts will bring leadership and experience to the underclassmen-heavy team. “There is a lot of pressure on her,” Cardoza said. “When you’ve set the bar and now every year, you’re trying to be better, and she set the bar pretty high after her first three years, so she’s trying to get back to that level. I think anything less, it will be a disappointment honestly.” Butts feels the pressure to perform at the same level she has in past seasons and knows there are

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 NCAA through. Alston couldn’t even create flyers with his picture on them for his birthday because this would be considered promoting his likeness, which is against NCAA rules. Alston said the paperwork for the event became too much, and he went out to dinner with his teammates at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the city instead. He tried to raise money for a good cause but was shot down because of the NCAA’s strict amateurism guidelines. “You got kids playing their hearts out, packing arenas and selling their jerseys that don’t even have $10 in their account or $20 in their account,” Alston said. “I’m good friends with [Villanova junior guard] Jalen


HOJUN YU / FILE PHOTO Senior guard Alliya Butts drives to the hoop while covered by former Southern Methodist guard Kamray Mickens in Temple’s 66-52 win on Feb. 15, 2017 at McGonigle Hall.

high expectations set by the team, her coaches and herself. Butts wants to win enough games to make the NCAA Tournament and is embracing the challenge she has ahead as she contin-

Brunson and his face has been everywhere recently, and he’s not getting anything for it. ... So I just think the NCAA should do something about that, so we can eliminate this problem we have now.” If the NCAA doesn’t want to pay players, it should at least make its amateurism rules more lenient so athletes can raise money or market themselves. There are numerous examples of student-athletes and schools being penalized by the NCAA for ridiculous reasons because they broke frivolous rules. Former University of Utah coach Rick Majerus paid for food for his student-athletes, including a meal with former Utah forward Keith Van Horn after his father died. It resulted in the NCAA putting Utah on probation and limiting its ability to recruit and

ues to recover from her injury. “I learned a lot during this process, like don’t take anything for granted,” Butts said. “I’m just going to accept it for what it is and make the best of it. But we’re going to see

award scholarships. New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, who is from Switzerland and lived in Turkey, was ruled ineligible to play at the University of Kentucky by the NCAA because he received benefits from a Turkish profes-

You got kids playing their hearts out, packing arenas and selling their jerseys that don’t even have $10 in their account. SHIZZ ALSTON JR.


what happens. I’ll be back.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @CaptainAMAURAca

sional team when he was a teenager. There’s nothing wrong with what Majerus did, especially after Van Horn’s father died. The same thing goes for Kanter. It is common for players overseas to begin their professional careers at a younger age, and Kanter shouldn’t have been penalized for making his own money. There’s not a perfect solution that will fix the dilemma of the NCAA paying student-athletes. But a step in the right direction is making sure student-athletes receive payment, and the NCAA making its amateurism rules more lenient so athletes can market themselves how they see fit. thomas.ignudo@temple.edu @TomIgnudo

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 HISTORY worked on consistency, and that was one of our strengths,” Gipson said. “Although we have some ups and downs, I think to pull through and finish the meets was really important. We had a lot of depth this season that definitely helped a lot.” Gipson and Everett qualified for NCAA regionals as vault competitors. It marks the first time Temple will send two specialists to the meet. Salim-Beasley said Gipson and Everett will need to perform “flawless vaults” on Saturday at Penn State. The winner of the vault competition will advance to the Division I semifinal competition in St. Louis on April 20. Edwards was also selected for regionals as the alternate for the floor competition. Temple nearly doubled its number of individual event scores of 9.8 or higher from 36 in 2017 to 68 this year. “I think we were all extremely excited for her,” Todd said. “Umme has done so much for this program, and she has really made a huge impact on the program and the future of the program and I think we’re all thankful to have her as a coach.” jonathan.michalski@temple.edu


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Senior is ‘glue’ to offense Attacker Toni Yuko has played a career-high number of games this season and has nine goals. BY JAY NEEMEYER

Lacrosse Beat Reporter

Coach Bonnie Rosen admires the work ethic senior attacker Toni Yuko has displayed during her career. “Her growth as a player is one of the proudest things I can say I experience as a coach, to watch someone persevere through, just kind of being the workhorse and sticking to it,” Rosen said. Before she became a starter this season, Yuko would warm up for games and often end up not playing. Entering this season, her career-high for games played was eight in 2016. This season, Yuko has already played 10 games. She has been in Temple’s (7-4, 2-1 Big East Conference) starting lineup for the past seven games, beginning with the Owls’ 18-15 win against Lafayette College on Feb. 25. “I know that I don’t have to be waiting to get into the game,” Yuko said. “I have to be ready from the beginning.” For three years, Yuko has been waiting to have a major role on the team. Last season, Temple was seniorheavy at the attack position. Brenda McDermott, Brooke Williams, Anna Frederick and Carly Demato all played every game, while Morgan Glassford appeared in every game but one. McDermott, Demato, Glassford and Frederick all scored 24 goals or more last season. The four players scored 127 of Temple’s 219 goals in 2017. Demato scored 35 of them primarily as a reserve. “We’ve always had so many subs, and we’ve always been so deep on the attack,” Yuko said.

With the Owls’ scoring depth, Yuko only played in five games in 2017. She believes knowing she was a reserve helped her to focus on improving every practice. Practices allowed Yuko to learn from her mistakes without the stress of possibly losing a starting spot, she said. “I think over the years I’ve just kind of been like, prepping and gaining knowledge and being more solid and consistent in my play,” Yuko said. Rosen said Yuko’s work has made her a versatile and dependable player. She added that Yuko can keep the ball moving, draw attention from defenses and finish scoring opportunities when the chance is there. Rosen called Yuko a player who is “the glue to an offense.” “She’s the perfect compliment player in an offense,” Rosen said. Yuko had a six-game goal streak that ended on March 24 in the Owls’ 9-8 double-overtime win against Cincinnati at Howarth Field. She averaged more than a goal per game during the stretch, but she never led the team in scoring in any of the games. She has nine goals this season, which she attributes to executing Rosen’s game plans. “I think every game, especially each game from the beginning to the end, I feel more confident on the field,” Yuko said. “She has been the person who has been willing to work hard and be behind the scenes and keep learning,” Rosen said. “Throughout her past three years, I kept telling her, ‘You’re doing well. This will all pay off, I promise you.’ And so to see her finally in this role as a senior is one of the most rewarding things I can tell you as a coach.” jay.neemeyer@temple.edu @neemeyer_j

JAMIE COTTRELL / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior attacker Toni Yuko evades a defender during the Owls’ 9-8 double-overtime win against Cincinnati on March 24 at Howarth Field.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 DUNPHY player, assistant and coach. He averaged 17.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game from 1991-94 and won the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year award as a sophomore. McKie averaged 20.5 points per game in four NCAA Tournament games during the Owls’ Elite Eight run in the 1992-93 season. McKie joined Temple’s staff in August 2014 after working for six years as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 57 games for Philadelphia in the 1997-98 season after the Detroit Pistons traded him in a deal that involved two-time NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse. McKie then spent the next seven seasons with the 76ers. After the Portland Trail Blazers selected McKie with the 17th pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, he played in the NBA from 1994-2007 and won the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2000-01 season. McKie had a large role in recruiting Temple’s current freshman class. Forward De’Vondre Perry told The Temple News last February that he was first recruited by former assistant Dwayne Killings, who left Temple in 2016. Once McKie started recruiting Perry, the two “clicked from day

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CHIA YU LIAO / THE TEMPLE NEWS Senior Louise Huuki (center) practices in the week leading up to the Owls’ race against the University of North Carolina and Boston College on March 24 on the Schuylkill.

Former runner makes top boat Louise Huuki, who ran for the cross country team in Fall 2014 and 2015, is in her third season on the rowing team. BY DONOVAN HUGEL

Track and Field Beat Reporter

When Louise Huuki arrived at Temple in 2014, she was a member of the cross country team. But when she graduates in May, the senior will have spent the past three seasons as a rower. Huuki, a 5-foot-5-inch senior from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, joined the rowing team in the spring semester of her sophomore year and feels like she has steadily improved since then. To open the Spring 2018 season on March 24, Huuki competed in the Varsity 8 boat, the top boat on the team. Huuki helped the Varsity 8 boat split a pair of races against Boston College and the University of North Carolina on the Schuylkill. The Owls’ Varsity 8 boat beat Boston College by more than five seconds. On Saturday, Huuki and the Varsity 8 boat finished second in a six-team race on the Schuylkill in the Murphy Cup. “When I first joined the team, I was in the novice boat with a lot of other girls who had walked on,” Huuki said. “It made sense for me to be there then, but because of the improvements I’ve made, I’ve seen a big jump up in my team ranking. It’s been exciting and it’s nice to know that I have a solid shot at being in the V8 for the rest of the season.” Before college, Huuki had no rowing experience. Huuki ran cross country at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She qualified for state competition in three high school seasons. But Huuki had to give up running because of injuries to her knees and achilles at Temple. She ran in four events in 2014, and she competed in the first three races in 2015. But then she missed three of the next four events, including the American Athletic Conference race. It hurt to quit the cross country team, Huuki said. “I was never quite able to hit the times that I had been so used to hitting in high school,” Huuki said. “At the start of my sophomore year, I was really struggling with keeping up with the

one,” Perry said. Freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis said last year that he and McKie have had a “tightknit relationship” since his sophomore year of high school. When McKie attended PierreLouis’s games during live periods — times when the NCAA allows college coaches to watch high school players — Pierre-Louis called McKie for advice after each game, he added. Both players contributed primarily off the bench in the 2017-18 season. PierreLouis played in 27 games and averaged 9.9 points per game in American Athletic Conference play. Perry played 31 games, which included a 15-point performance against nationally ranked Wichita State on Feb. 15. Once McKie becomes the coach in the 2018-19 season, Perry, Pierre-Louis and forwards J.P. Moorman II and Justyn Hamilton will be juniors. Quinton Rose, who led Temple in scoring in the 2017-18 season, would be a senior, but it isn’t guaranteed he’ll still be at Temple. Rose will declare for this year’s NBA Draft without hiring an agent, ESPN reported on Friday, to test the professional waters while retaining his college eligibility. If he withdraws his name from this year’s

mileage as a whole.” Cross country coach James Snyder wasn’t surprised by Huuki’s choice to leave the team. Huuki always had a great relationship with her teammates, Snyder said, but she had trouble keeping up with the rest of the team because of injuries. He added that it’s common for female runners to struggle to maintain times they made when they were younger because their bodies change as they grow. “I think Louise was someone who was dealing with all of that and had injuries as a result,” Snyder said. “So, when she came in, she was never really able to train healthy during her freshman year with us.” Despite the injuries, Huuki said she didn’t want to give up on having the student-athlete experience she expected at Temple. “I remember when she had expressed an interest in trying to do rowing, coach Rebecca [Smith Grzybowski] had reached out to me to see what Louise was like,” Snyder said. “Obviously, I gave a glowing endorsement of who she was as a person. It’s really nice that she was able to continue her athletic pursuits and succeed as well.” Huuki attributed her improvement on the water to her willingness to work on her form. When she first joined the team, she didn’t even know how to row, she said. Huuki also needed to get used to the different impact that rowing has on her body. The legs, feet and ankles are heavily impacted while running, but rowing doesn’t take as much of a toll on joints and uses several different muscles, she said. In her first few months, she focused on combining fitness with technique, she said. “A lot of the workouts and training routines were similar to running in my eyes,” Huuki said. “So, while I was learning a completely new sport, it wasn’t a huge transition.” “Dealing with everything four years ago wasn’t fun,” she added. “I wasn’t enjoying myself. It worked out well though, because mentally and physically, I’m in a really healthy position right now.”

draft and returns to Temple, a strong 201819 season could position Rose to leave Temple for the NBA. Temple’s 2017-18 season ended in a 6357 loss to Penn State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 14. The Owls finished the season 17-16 overall and 8-10 in The American. Penn State erased an 11-point thirdquarter deficit in its first step to winning the NIT championship. “The coach can give you the game plan, it’s about executing it,” junior center Ernest Aflakpui said after the loss. “The coach is not going to be on the court playing for you. So I think they do a good job putting us in the best position to win. It’s up to us to play hard and do it for each other and get the win.” After finishing out the 2017-18 regular season by losing four of their last five games, the Owls’ last hope of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament was to win their conference tournament to earn an automatic bid. The Owls beat Tulane in the first round of the conference tournament, but they lost to Wichita State in the quarterfinals. During his 12-year tenure at Temple, Dunphy has a 247-152 record. He has an overall record of 557-315 after coaching at


Penn for 17 seasons. He is one of only five coaches to win 200 games at two Division I programs and lead each school to six or more NCAA Tournaments. Between his time at Penn and Temple, Dunphy has coached in 19 NCAA Tournament games and has a 3-16 record. Dunphy last coached in the NCAA Tournament during the 2015-16 season. Temple lost, 72-70, in overtime to the University of Iowa in a matchup between 10th-seeded Temple and the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes. The Owls have finished in the middle of the conference the past two seasons. They have combined for 33 wins in the past two seasons, which is one game above .500 and ties the worst two-year win total in the Dunphy era. “I think it was time for a change anyways,” Micheal Eric, who played for Dunphy from 2008-12, tweeted on Sunday. “He had hell of a run. He need [sic] that vacation package ASAP.” sports@temple-news.com @TTN_Sports

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Back injury keeps junior out of the Owls’ lineup Uladzimir Dorash has missed the past four matches. BY ALEX McGINLEY

Men’s Tennis Beat Reporter

During Temple’s match against Georgetown University on March 18, Uladzimir Dorash went up for a serve, heard a sound and immediately felt pain. The junior has been fighting an upper back injury since the start of the season. Dorash initially suffered the injury in Temple’s first match, a 6-1 win against Morgan State University on Jan. 19. After Dorash re-injured his back in a doubles match against Georgetown, he and his doubles partner sophomore Francisco Bohorquez had to concede to Hoyas freshman Connor Lee and junior Michael Chen. Temple (10-7, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) lost the doubles point, and Georgetown (5-5, 1-0 Big East Conference) beat the Owls, 4-3, on March 17. Before playing against Georgetown, Dorash said he had his shoulder and back taped. He warmed up for an hour and practiced serving with no issues, he said. “This whole season has been rough,” Dorash said. “I was on and off playing. I used some ibuprofen before matches. I was never really playing at 100 percent. Once it felt like I recovered, something happened again.” Dorash has missed seven matches due to the injury and has not played since the Georgetown match. After Temple’s seasonopener, Dorash missed the next two matches against the University of Virginia and St. Francis College.

CONOR ROTTMUND / FILE PHOTO Uladzimir Dorash serves during the Owls’ 6-1 loss to Penn on Jan. 28, 2017 at the Hecht Center in University City.

Dorash also missed Temple’s 6-1 win against Binghamton University on Feb. 24. Dorash said he wants to be on the court with his teammates, especially toward the end of his second-to-last season. “I personally like playing outdoors more than indoors,” Dorash said. “Coming closer to the end, it’s getting more exciting. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get ready for the conference tournament.” This season, Dorash is 3-5 in singles play and 2-5 in doubles play with two partners, Bohorquez and

sophomore Eric Biscoveanu. Last season, Dorash and Bohorquez had a 13-3 record as partners. Bohorquez said Dorash’s injury has been hard on him because the two have developed chemistry during the past two seasons. “We’re used to playing each other,” Bohorquez said. “It definitely affects you. You have to play with another player you’re not really used to. You have to get used to him. It’s hard to play doubles now without [Dorash].” Coach Steve Mauro said not having Dorash in the lineup is a big

loss. “He’s a great doubles player and singles player,” Mauro said. “We’re hoping somehow we can get him back towards the end of the season. He’s a real intricate part of our team.” One of the more significant matches Dorash missed is the Owls’ matchup against Virginia (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Jan. 21. The Owls lost to the Cavaliers, 4-3. The Cavaliers are the defending Division I champions and entered the match ranked No. 12 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Asso-

ciation poll. Dorash said he could have made a difference in the match if he had played, considering how close it was. “This year, Virginia got a little weaker and we had a very, very close match with them,” Dorash said. “That was right after I got injured. It’s very difficult to get a match like this, against a team this strong. I didn’t even travel. I felt like if I had traveled, we would get a doubles point or I would get a singles point.” Mauro said he has tried different singles and doubles lineups due to injuries to Dorash and sophomore Juan Araoz. Araoz returned to the court on Saturday after missing three matches with a wrist injury. As a result of Araoz’s absence, Bohorquez and freshman Mark Wallner, Araoz’s doubles partner, played doubles together for two of the Owls’ three matches. Bohorquez and Wallner are 1-1 as doubles partners. Mauro said the team needs to be healthy if it wants to make a run in the American Athletic Conference tournament from April 19-22 in Dallas. “We feel this is the best team we’ve had at Temple in years,” Mauro said. “It’s unfortunate with all of these injuries and illnesses, but we’re going to do our best to keep fighting and try to compete for a title in the conference tournament.” alex.mcginley@temple.edu


Underclassman moves from wide receiver to defense Redshirt freshman L.J. Holder is learning outside linebacker, a position he played during high school. BY EVAN EASTERLING Sports Editor

The closer L.J. Holder came to graduating Manalapan High School in New Jersey, the less he played outside linebacker and the more he focused on wide receiver. He garnered Division I scholarship offers for his pass-catching ability and verbally committed to Temple in August 2016 over interest from Monmouth University, where his father Will Holder ranks in the top 10 all-time in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Last Tuesday, L.J. Holder practiced at outside linebacker instead of wideout. Coach Geoff Collins approached the redshirt freshman about switching positions because he’d have a better chance of playing elsewhere due to the Owls’ wide receiver depth. “He wanted me to get on the field more, and receiver it would have been a less amount of time I would get at receiver and they don’t want to waste me on the bench,” L.J. Holder said. “At first, I was like a bit skeptical about it,” he added. “But then I was just thinking, like, ‘I can’t be selfish when it comes to stuff like this.’ I just want to feel like I’m a big help to the team, and outside linebacker was the perfect position for me because I played it in high school. I know a bit of what I’m doing, and I feel like I’m making this team better.” There’s a possibility L.J. Holder could return to wide receiver in the fall, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon said. Regardless of his primary position, he has been playing special teams during spring practices, outside linebackers coach Larry Knight said. L.J. Holder is working at the Sam, or strongside linebacker spot. The first-teamer at that position is junior Sam Franklin, who started five of the last six games of the 2017

GENEVA HEFFERNAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Redshirt freshman L.J. Holder (right) jumps for a pass near the end zone during practice at Chodoff Field on March 24.

season including the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Franklin made 59 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss in 13 games last season. Part of the reason for moving L.J. Holder to the Sam is that there isn’t much depth behind Franklin, Collins said. “Sam Franklin’s as dynamic of an athlete as there is in college football,” Collins said. “So we need somebody else with that length, speed, athleticism. And L.J. Holder is it, and he was excited about it. I think it’s a great move for him, a great move for the team.” L.J. Holder watched most of his first practice at linebacker last Tuesday to under-

stand what he should do on each play. He has been leaning on Franklin and the coaching staff for guidance as he adjusts. Junior linebacker William Kwenkeu said L.J. Holder is learning quickly. “He’s a natural pass rusher,” Kwenkeu said. “He’s a freak [athlete], and he’s pretty smart.” During his high school career, L.J. Holder averaged 17.8 yards per catch as a junior. He combined for 644 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in his final two seasons. The benefit of L.J. Holder’s experience at wide receiver is his hand-eye coordination

skills, Knight said, which will come into play when he has to intercept a pass. Coaches are trying to help L.J. Holder improve how he uses his hands when trying to shed blocks and rushing the quarterback. “It’s only been a couple of days, but he’s shown some flashes,” Knight said. “We’re excited about what he does. He has a really good skill set for what we’re looking for.” evan.easterling@temple.edu @Evan_Easterling

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Butts on path back to court After tearing her ACL in October, senior guard Alliya Butts has started light exercises. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS

Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter

The assistant sports editor argues NCAA athletes deserve compensation.


uring every Temple (12-19, 3-13 American Athletic Conference) home game, senior guard Alliya Butts sat in the same seat on the bench. It was the fifth seat from the left, and there was always a player who sat in the fourth seat between Butts and associate head coach Way Veney. The player in the hot seat rotated in and out, but Butts and the coaches were always there talking to the player about what was happening in the game. Butts was new to the bench, as she spent 34.4 minutes per game on the court in the 2016-17 season. But, she had to take on a different role this year due to a torn ACL she suffered before the beginning of the season. “When you sit back and watch and someone’s pointing things out, you get to notice things that you probably wouldn’t have noticed,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “When she sat there, she could hear it from us and then she could talk to whoever it was that sat there.” Cardoza said Butts used her redshirt season to learn more about the game from watching and acting as a “little coach” with her younger teammates. Her observations helped her teammates in the game, but Butts also hopes to grow from what she saw. “I was able to watch and see everything that happened this season and take it and learn from it so we don’t make the same mistakes next year,” Butts said. The guard from Edgewater Park, New Jersey, is already looking forward to playing next season, but she still has some rehabilitation left. After Butts tore her ACL, she began a long and difficult recovery process that involved an



The NCAA won on Monday. Sure, Villanova claimed its second NCAA title in the past three seasons after its 79-62 win against the University of Michigan in San Antonio. The trophy will be a nice recruiting tool as it sits in Villanova’s basketball facility. But the NCAA, which raked in $857 million in revenue from its men’s basketball tournament, was the true winner. The players whose fans actually watched on TV or in packed areTOM IGNUDO ASST. nas won’t see any of this SPORTS EDITOR money — the NCAA states because college basketball players are amateurs, they cannot be paid for their athletic ability. But the NCAA’s amateurism rules are too extreme and need to change. Student-athletes should receive some type of compensation when the NCAA

makes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue off the tournament alone. The scholarships student-athletes earn are exceeded by the money football and basketball players — who produce the most television revenue for the NCAA — generate. These players deserve to be compensated as such. For example, junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. spends nearly the entire year training at Pearson and McGonigle Halls. Last Wednesday, his schedule included practice from 6 a.m. to about 7:45 a.m., class from 8 a.m. to noon, workouts from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. then tutoring at 5 p.m. And that’s not even during the regular season. In the regular season, Alston’s schedule also includes film study, more practices and traveling for away games. This schedule alone sounds worthy of a paycheck. But it becomes more clear athletes deserve to be compensated considering the NCAA collects money when it advertises nationally broadcasted

games. “[The NCAA] can put up, ‘Temple basketball has a game versus Wichita’ with our face and pack the Liacouras Center, and we don’t get anything for that,” Alston said. “I just think it’s crazy.” Alston dealt with the NCAA’s amateurism rules last year — on his 21st birthday. To celebrate, Alston wanted to host an event in Philadelphia and have the proceeds go to a North Philadelphia rec center where he grew up playing basketball. He planned to raffle off items and charge a fee to attendees at the door. Because the event involved raising money and Alston is a student-athlete, he said he had to go through the athletic department’s compliance office to get the event cleared by the NCAA. Under those requirements, Alston couldn’t make the event happen. There were too many hoops to jump



Owls make history but fall short at ECAC meet Temple set a program team score record this season, but it finished last at the conference meet. BY JONATHAN MICHALSKI For The Temple News

Temple entered its final meet of the season, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championship, on a streak of three meets with team scores of 195 or higher. The Owls (18-17) looked to top their mark of 193.675 at the 2017 ECAC meet, which ranks as their best performance in program history. Instead, they fell short and posted a 192.675 at the ECAC championships to place last out of six teams at The Palestra on March 24. “We definitely pioneered this year and built off of what we had with our record-breaking year last season,” coach Umme Salim-Beasley said. “But of course, we were hoping that our outcome at our conference championship would’ve been better than it was. But really this is the most consistent year that I’ve ever had as a coach.” Coming off the 2017 season, in which Temple broke its team score record six times, the Owls thrived

during the peak of their season. The only regular-season meet when the team failed to achieve a score of 193 or higher was on Jan. 14. For her team’s regular-season success, Salim-Beasley received the 2018 ECAC Coach of the Year award.

We were hoping that our outcome at our conference championship would’ve been better. ... But really this is the most consistent year that I’ve ever had as a coach. UMME SALIM-BEASLEY


The Owls achieved their highest team score in program history during the second meet of their streak of 195-plus scores. They had a record-breaking performance on senior night on March 11, notching their first score of 196 or higher in program history and setting a record of 49.300 on the floor exercise at McGonigle Hall. “There’s always a high going into that meet,” Salim-Beasley said. “The

team really wants to have a standout performance for its seniors being able to compete for the last time at home. So for us, that was probably the most exciting because we broke the team school record for the second time in one weekend.” Sophomore all-around Jaylene Everett had one of the key performances during the Owls’ recordsetting senior night. She became the first Temple gymnast to score 9.925 on the floor exercise since 2002. Freshman Tori Edwards set a career-high in the all-around, senior all-around Sahara Gipson tied her career-best score on the vault and sophomore all-around Daisy Todd had a season-high on the bar. The four gymnasts also had strong performances at the ECAC championship. Everett, Todd, Gipson and Edwards helped the Owls record a vault score of 48.90, which is the team’s all-time highest score at the ECAC championship. Todd became Temple’s first ECAC vault champion with a score of 9.825. Gipson recorded a 9.80 to tie for second. Everett and Edwards each tied for fifth on vault with scores of 9.775. “I think the team definitely


MIKE NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Sophomore all-around Daisy Todd competes during a meet against the University of Maryland and Penn on March 9 at McGonigle Hall.





A nagging back injury has kept junior Uladzimir Dorash out of seven matches during the spring season.

Coach Geoff Collins moved redshirt freshman L.J. Holder from wide receiver to linebacker to provide more depth behind junior starter Sam Franklin.

Coach Bonnie Rosen called senior attacker Toni Yuko the “glue” for Temple’s offense. Yuko had a sixgame goal streak this season.

Injuries forced senior Louise Huuki to leave the cross country team. Now, in her second full season on the rowing team, she is in the Owls’ top boat.

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