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TUH will complete an update and expansion of its opioid treatment center in October.


A columnist urges students to donate feminine hygiene products to those who can not afford them.


A new student organization allows students to dress as princesses to encourage children being treated in hospitals.


A student explores how students who are the only child in their family adjust to college life.



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An Aldi grocery store will open south of Main Campus in 2020. Read more on Page 6.

OPINION A student wrote about the movie “Christopher Robin” and what it taught him about his grandmother’s dementia. Read more on Page 11.

FEATURES A Boyer College of Music and Dance professor designed sounds for a Fringe Arts streetplay in Kensington. Read more on Page 12.

INTERSECTION A student with narcolepsy reflects on her journey to accepting their neurological disorder. Read more on Page 18.

SPORTS Redshirt-sophomore Anthony Russo won his first game as starting quarterback. Read more on Page 23.

In “Voices” on Page 13 of the Sept. 11 issue, Daniel Hanna’s major was incorrect. He is a freshman finance major. 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 Gillian McGoldrick at editor@temple-news.com or 215-204-6736.





Democratic campaigns open office near Broad Reelection campaigns for Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey work from the office. BY PAVLINA CERNA For The Temple News

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kathleen Grady, director of sustainability, stands in front of an Indego bike-share station on 13th Street near Montgomery Avenue on Monday. CAMPUS

Sustainability efforts garner silver rating The university was promoted to a silver rating by STARS after receiving bronze in 2015. BY HAL CONTE For The Temple News Temple University received a higher rating for its sustainability efforts from Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, a program that monitors environmental initiatives at campuses across the country. STARS, which is run by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, gave Temple 50.04 points out of a possible 104 points on its rating scale. The score qualified Temple for a silver rating, a promotion from its July 2015 bronze rating. Universities must report to @TheTempleNews

STARS every three years in order to maintain an active ranking. Kathleen Grady, the director of sustainability, said this rating is due to environmentally friendly architecture and emissions reductions. She added that all new buildings on campus are certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system more commonly known as LEED. “We can see that sustainability is incorporated in the campus itself,” Grady said. “From a greenhouse gas perspective, we purchased green energy credits.” Green energy credits offset campus emissions with a comparable transition to reductions elsewhere, like wind farms, solar energy and geothermal projects. SUSTAINABILITY | PAGE 8

A new Democratic campaign office opened last month at Progress Plaza on Broad Street near Jefferson to organize voters for the upcoming primary election on Nov. 6. While the windows of the office are mainly dedicated to Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s reelection signage, the space is open to any Democrat running for state office to engage students and community residents. “The office will serve as a hub for organizing activities in the area to al-

low supporters to help elect Democrats by hosting phone banks, organizing meetings and canvassing,” wrote Karissa Hand, the deputy communications director for the Wolf campaign, in a statement to The Temple News. Wolf attended the grand opening on Aug. 28, where he “emphasized the importance of electing Democrats up and down the ballot,” Hand wrote. Only 18 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania voted in the May 2018 primary elections, the Inquirer reported. “[Gov. Wolf] hopes that many students will come out to help him win reelection so that he can continue to move Pennsylvania forward by investing in education, including CAMPAIGN AD | PAGE 8

JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS A storefront in Progress Plaza shopping center on Broad Street near Jefferson serves as a campaign office for Gov. Tom Wolf and other prominent Pennsylvania Democrats. News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com




Ethics Board restructured for 2018-19 academic year The new administration created six new positions for its judicial branch. BY BLAKE NUTIS For The Temple News Temple Student Government’s Ethics Board was redesigned for the 2018-19 academic year due to previous unequal distribution of power in its auditor general position. The role of auditor general was replaced by the Constitutionality Committee, which consists of three positions: chief judge, vice chief judge and judge. The group will serve to appeal cases and overturn decisions of all other board members with a majority vote. The Ethics Board, created under the 2017-18 administration, serves as the judicial branch of TSG that promotes transparency and holds TSG members accountable, according to the TSG constitution. In its first year, the board voted on issues like impeachment and changes to the constitution. Morrease Leftwich Jr., the chief judge and former auditor general, said he needed more pushback from other members of TSG to check his actions in his former position. On multiple occasions he felt there was a need for more oversight, he added. “Now it’s more effective,” Leftwich said. “There are more voices within the Ethics Board, and we need a majority vote to overturn anything.” The branch’s previous structure consisted of three positions: auditor general, parliamentarian and elections commissioner. The parliamentarian, which was removed under the 201819 administration, oversaw the constitutionality of Parliament’s actions, and the elections commissioner oversaw News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Morrease Leftwich, the chief judge of the Ethics Board and former auditor general, sits outside the Student Center at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue on Monday.

all election-related matters. In addition to the Constitutionality Committee are the roles of executive counselor, parliamentary counselor, elections commissioner and student liaison. Each are responsible for a different part of TSG: executive, parliamentary, elections and student voice, respectively. The student liaison position has not yet been appointed. After restructuring, all Ethics Board positions are new other than the elections commissioner. Vice Chief Judge Matthew Diamond served as elections commissioner last year before resigning after being brought up on impeachment charges for various alleged constitutional infractions. “I want to see us become a more impactful organization,” he said. “We now have more people in the Ethics Board, making it more efficient with more voices. I personally hope to see

an increase of [the] Ethics Board’s judge count in the future, as this will add for our ability to represent the voices of Temple students.” Jacob Kurtz, a former parliamentarian, said he is skeptical of the changes, yet hopeful for the future of the board. “When I would talk with other student government organizations in the area, they would look at me funny when I told them our Ethics Board was a new concept,” Kurtz said. “For many, it had always been a constant.” “They did a lot of good stuff last year, and everything we did wasn’t usually seen,” he added. “Because some things weren’t fully conceptualized, not a lot of people understood what was good about the progress.” Leftwich hopes the changes will elevate the efficiency of the Ethics Board. “The Ethics Board is new, and it

seems like no one respects it,” Leftwich said. “Now that more people have a voice in the decision-making process, the branch will gain more legitimacy and involvement within the Temple community.” Diamond said with more people comes more room for progress. “With more voices, we can make more change,” Diamond said. “Now we can tell students the Ethics Board will be more accountable.” “We have a long way to go, but we’re on the right track,” Leftwich added. blake.nutis@temple.edu

Editor’s Note: Jacob Kurtz is a freelance reporter for The Temple News. He had no part in the reporting or editing of this story.




TUH to complete treatment expansion in October expansion to its Suboxone medication-

155.6 percent increase in fatal overdoses

families,” O’Gurek said.

300 patients, a spokesperson for TUH wrote in an email to The Temple News. TUH received one of three $1 million dollar grants dedicated to funding medication-assisted treatment centers. This grant is part of a larger initiative by Wolf called the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program, which aims to provide accessible treatment options for people battling substance use disorder, specifically opioid use disorder. In 2017, the Kensington and Port Richmond neighborhoods reported 209 overdose deaths, the Inquirer reported in June. The Frankford, Juniata Park and Crescentville neighborhoods recorded a

transferred to depending on their needs. The hospital works closely with the Episcopal Campus on Lehigh Avenue near Front Street, and patients from that emergency department, its Crisis Response center or the inpatient units can receive treatment at the clinic. Dr. Joseph D’Orazio, an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine and specializes in addiction medicine, will be a co-director of the updated treatment center with Dr. David O’Gurek, an associate professor of family and community medicine who has a clinical interest in addiction medicine. D’Orazio said the center needs to be updated to include longer-term treatment outside of medication. like Suboxone, a pain and addiction treatment for opioid-dependent patients. When a patient is treated at the emergency center for a medical complication from drug use, they are immediately administered Suboxone. They are then transferred to the clinic where they will continue to receive Suboxone treatment and drug counseling, D’Orazio said. “While Suboxone works really well at managing opioid dependency, that medication does nothing to treat substance use disorder, necessarily,” he added. “Drug counseling works well at managing your reaction to stress in your life and how you can change your behaviors.” O’Gurek said the treatment center will also focus on preventative care and harm-reduction methods. “Trauma-informed care is basically what we have to do for everyone, but it’s particularly important for patients struggling with addiction and their

Hall. The hospital implemented a similar treatment program in January 2017 through the Temple/Wedge Center of Excellence, which offers pain management drug counseling, prenatal care and mental health services for pregnant women struggling with substance use disorder. State Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said the state recognizes three pillars of addiction treatment: prevention, rescue and treatment. “Under Gov. Wolf’s disaster declaration for the opioid crisis, the state is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to address this crisis,” Levine said. O’Gurek said that social aspects play a major role in the treatment process. “Caring for patients struggling with substance use disorder is much more about caring for all the social things that sort of affect their recovery, much more than the actual medical components,” O’Gurek said. “It’s often those social components, the challenges with transportation, housing, food security, education and work that often are barriers and limitations for individuals.” Levine said funding treatment methods should be a focus of the government moving forward. “It is essential that people understand that substance use disorder is a disease, not a moral failing,” Levine said. “We must get continue to work to get these people into treatment, because treatment works, and recovery is possible. We must continue to have hope for our state and our communities as we work to address this crisis.”

from 2016. TUH currently offers treatment A $1 million grant will expand assisted treatment program. The current Suboxone program The hospital will act as the center for substance use disorder within the medication-assisted treatment for those with substance use treats about 100 patients. With the for treatment, but there will be partners department of family and community expansion, the clinic will be able to treat in the city where patients can be medicine, a clinical space in Jones disorders.

BY ALEXIS ROGERS For The Temple News Temple University Hospital will complete a full expansion and add services to its Temple Recovery Using Scientific Treatments Clinic by October after receiving a $1 million grant from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The grant money, which was awarded to Temple in July, will provide enhanced treatment options for people with substance use disorder. The expansion will include, easier access to treatment, case management support, group therapy, on-site counseling and an

KATHY CHAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Dr. Joseph D’Orazio, an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine, will co-direct an addiction treatment program at Jones Hall at the Health Sciences Campus. @TheTempleNews

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Aldi grocer to open near Divine Lorraine by 2020 COMMUNITY

The low-cost store will be the third grocery store within one mile of Main Campus. BY CLAUDIA ESTRADA For The Temple News An Aldi grocery store will open in North Philadelphia behind the Divine Lorraine Hotel residential complex on Fairmount Avenue near 13th Street by 2020, officials said. The grocery store will encompass less than half of the ground floor retail portion of a 14-floor, mixed-use project by RAL Development Services, a New York-based development company, wrote Roxanne Donovan, spokesperson for RAL Development, in an email to The Temple News. The development is expected to be completed in 12-18 months. Aldi agreed to lease a 25,427-squarefoot space, according to the statement. RAL Development was given a $3 million state grant in 2016 to fund the project as part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, Donovan wrote. The grocery store will be joined by other commercial businesses on the lower level of the building, like Chesterbrook Academy, a private preschool, and 478 apartment rentals on the upper floors. “The Development team is working diligently to recruit and sign retail users that are compatible and additive to the neighborhoods which this development will serve,” Donovan wrote. Aldi is a German-based grocer that uses Aldi-exclusive brands that provide discounted prices to compete with other grocery stores. The supermarket advertises that shoppers can save up to 50 percent when switching from national brands to Aldi-exclusive ones. While Aldi does have several standalone stores in the city, the new construction will be its first mixed-use development site in the Philadelphia area. City Council communications director Jane Roh wrote in an email to The Temple News that City Council President Darrell Clarke is looking forward to seeing Aldi open its new location in North Philadelphia, which is located in his district. News Desk 215.204.7419 news@temple-news.com

“More affordable, fresh, and healthy food options, as well as more jobs, are welcome additions to this growing community,” Roh wrote. The new Aldi store will offer low-cost food options for students and residents near Main Campus, a community which Clarke said is a “food desert,” Clarke told KYW Newsradio in August. Currently, the Fresh Grocer in Progress Plaza is one of the two full-service grocery stores within a one mile radius of the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood, including Cousin’s Supermarket 15h Street near Norris. Fresh Grocer shopper Debra Smith has lived in North Philadelphia her whole life and does not have a supermarket within walking distance of her residence near Lehigh and Broad streets. “I have to catch the subway train here, so [Fresh Grocer] is about two stops from where I live,” Smith said. “I probably will go to Aldi, even though its further down, but [Fresh Grocer] is really the only thing around.” Though Aldi is expected to have lower prices, Fresh Grocer shopper and North Philadelphia resident Adell Valentino said she will likely continue shopping

at Progress Plaza. “I don’t like Aldi because everything is pre-bagged, and I like to pick my own fruits and vegetables,” Valentino said. “That’s what I dislike about it.” Valentino said the Fresh Grocer is also closer to her residence, and as a retired senior citizen, she does not want to travel far for her groceries. Freshman biochemistry major Pierce McGowan said the Fresh Grocer will

likely remain the more convenient supermarket option for him. “I probably will still go [to Fresh Grocer] because it’s a lot closer to campus, and I’m not sure Aldi is worth the walk,” McGowan said. “This is my first semester, and so far this is the only store I found close to me.” claudia.estrada@temple.edu @claudiak_est

COLLIN PIERCE / THE TEMPLE NEWS RAL Development Services is set to build an Aldi grocery store on the vacant lot behind the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street near Fairmont Avenue.




In a letter submitted to STARS in February, Temple highlighted the completion of six LEED-certified buildings since 2014, the installation of improved stormwater management practices, additional education and research opportunity and the operation of the Rad Dish Cafe, an organic cafe on campus. The rating system considers buildings, transportation, waste, water and energy use. It also factors the inclusion of courses that emphasize environmentalism in a university’s curriculum and other areas, like research and investments. Temple scored best in transportation, waste reduction, diversity and affordability and grounds and planning categories. The university scored lower in water, energy use and finance. The ranking report noted the university is not pursuing sustainable investment policies. Temple has taken part in environmental initiatives for more than a decade. In April 2008, Temple signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then, the university has been in collaboration with Second Nature, a Massachusettsbased nonprofit that focuses on improving sustainability efforts in higher education, and the AASHE. Emissions at the university have reduced by 13 percent since 2006, Grady said.


STARS gave the university feedback, like applying more sustainable use of water and landscape management, to improve its ranking to a gold or platinum. Grady said Temple is releasing an update to its Climate Action Plan to become carbon neutral, or equalizing emissions with green energy initiatives. The plan does not include a commitment to achieve a gold rating, as Grady said that the campus is unique and should see the STARS ratings as “guidelines.” “It’s a great way internally to look at new ideas and other areas where we could possibly be working,” she said. “It becomes more stringent every time. [STARS is] always trying to have folks get higher.” Every university takes a different approach to improving sustainability on its campus, wrote Jordan Schanda, a STARS program coordinator, in an email to The Temple News. “One of the great features of STARS is that it can function as a roadmap by providing a menu of options for institutions to choose from when deciding how they want to advance sustainability on their campus,” Schanda wrote. Grady said the university is hiring a consultant to conduct a waste composition report to analyze its waste stream, how much contamination is in university recycling and how much food is not captured by digesters on campus. The Office of Sustainability is

trying to get student organizations involved with sustainability. The office has a Green Grant program, where student organizations can receive $500 to implement a sustainability project, Grady said. Jimmy Gottshall, a freshman computer science major who is involved with Defend Our Future, a national organization that seeks to register young voters to promote climate-conscious policies, said the STARS rating is a good start, but there is more the university can be doing. “We’re in a pretty good place,” Gottshall said. “I’m kind of glad we got at least a silver. I would like to see us get a better award in the future.” He added the administration could do more to promote ecofriendly practices among students, like increasing the number of recycling cans in key areas. “I’m excited that Temple’s sustainability program received this recognition, and it’s a testament to the hard work that’s been happening on campus by many individuals,” Grady said. “Hopefully in three years we’ll re-submit and [we] hope to achieve gold.” hal.conte@temple.edu


Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning, making college more affordable and combating sexual assault on college campuses,” Hand added. November’s election will include races for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, state Senate and House seats and local offices. The campaign office at Progress Plaza did not provide The Temple News with any specific events planned between now and election day. Dyamond Brooks, a senior sport and recreation management major, said the opening of a campaign office is good “to get a better understanding of who is running and what the ultimate goal is for the community.” “I don’t think I have enough information for the upcoming election,” Brooks added.” Some residents are hopeful the office will help them prepare for November’s election. “We are trying to decide which [party] is the lesser of two evils,” said Mary Dozier, who lives near Broad Street and Fisher Avenue in North Philadelphia’s Logan neighborhood. “I do vote and I am planning on voting, because I want the Democrats to take charge of the House and Senate, so something can be done,” Dozier added. “Better than what is going on right now.” pavlina.cerva@temple.edu

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Lessening the stigma of addiction Temple University Hospital received a $1 million grant from Gov. Tom Wolf to expand treatment centers for people with substance use disorders. The money will go toward the Suboxone medication-assisted treatment program and the new Temple Recovery Using Scientific Treatments Clinic. This effort aims to provide access to treatment, case management support, group therapy, on-site counseling and meetings for people battling addiction — specifically opioid use disorder. This grant from the state, meant to aid the growth and development of recovery resources, further demonstrates that addiction is a medical condition, not a moral decision. It is so easy for those without a substance use disorder to dismiss those struggling as demoralized. But the push for these measures in hospitals speaks volumes to those in recovery and shows that elected officials want to help them.

Substance use disorder is a treatable medical condition, and The Temple News’ editorial board hopes this grant allows more people to receive the treatment they need for their substance use disorder. Because our governor has treated addiction as a medical condition, we hope it influences others to stop calling substance-use disorders “a choice” and treat it differently than other medical disorders. We commend the state for providing grants to treatment programs and assessing substance use disorder as a medical condition rather than a moral failing. We hope the Wolf administration continues doing both. People are dying across the country from overdoses, and they need help. The general public should recognize addiction as a condition and encourage their elected representatives to take actions like Wolf’s to help save lives.

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Get engaged in elections, students A new Democratic campaign office opened in Progress Plaza on Aug. 28. There’s a reason so many campaigns target Main Campus — less than half of college students voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. The turnout for midterm elections are even worse: only 18 percent of college students voted in the 2014 midterm elections. It’s important for students to understand their responsibility to local government. We spend nearly two-thirds of the year physically living in North Philadelphia, and many go on to live in Philadelphia after we graduate. Whether you vote Democrat, Republican or independent, take advantage of the organizations around campus that will help you


register to vote. What happens in local government impacts our daily lives the most — like City Council, which will decide the fate of Temple projects like the Alpha Center and the proposed on-campus football stadium. In addition to being public participants, we hope students also make sure they are informed voters. There are so many ways to do that. You can research the candidates independently, or even read The Temple News’ coverage of this year’s elections. If you haven’t registered to vote, you can go to do so online, but the deadline is Oct. 9 to register in Pennsylvania.




‘People of color’ is an unjust umbrella term can American studies professor.


LGBT community,” Yang said. “People

ery non-white person. Americans are already very sensitive, and a term like “people of color” backtracks our growth as a society that can have tough conversations. Race is seen as a binary — very Black or white — and the in-between groups get lumped in with Black people. If you look back at history, you’ll see that “Negro” and “colored” were the defining terms for Black people in America during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation. According to NPR, “Black” became more commonplace in the mid-1960s. “African American” was popularized by Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, and “people of color” shortly followed. Somewhere along the way, this term allowed people to group all non-white people under the “people of color” umbrella. Simplifying the terms we use to identify certain Americans is not going to make racism go away — it’s going to impede important conversations. Emily Shaw, a freshman nursing major, is a white person who feels uncomfortable grouping non-white people

white as the oddity,” Shaw said. Brandon Tang, a junior architecture major who is Asian, said he doesn’t feel like a person of color because of how he was raised. “If we keep on using [‘people of color’], then we will never have real unity, because there will always be this mentality that these people are lesser than,” he said. This term creates a false sense of unity between racial minority groups. Anti-Black stereotypes are sometimes perpetuated by people within other ethnic groups. In 1991, 15-year-old Latasha Harlins was accused of stealing orange juice and was subsequently killed by Korean liquor store owner Soon Ja Du. We shouldn’t have to be constantly classified together as a community. Maryanne Yang, a junior nursing major who is Asian, said people who use the term want to be politically correct. “Certain problems are not applicable to everyone, but then they are used to apply to everyone, like with the term ‘queer’ as a broad term for people in the

Amaya Perez, a freshman nursing major who is Puerto Rican, said the term is only negative when it’s used in a certain context. But she would rather be called a “Puerto Rican woman” than a “woman of color.” “Rather than being vague, just be straightforward and say what they are,” Perez said. There cannot be a general consensus on how race is perceived because everyone views race differently. Some would rather be called a specific identity like African-American, Black, Asian or Hispanic, while some simply want to be called American. Rather than avoiding individuality, let’s embrace our ethnicities. Because I’m Black isn’t going to make me any less of an individual. My experiences are individual to me. Don’t shove me into a group with people who might not know or feel the same.

Grouping together people with difThe euphemism “people of color” “The term ‘people of color’ makes have a problem saying certain words ferent experiences and struggles ends up being a safe term to identify ev- white students see anyone who isn’t like... ‘Asian.’” is problematic.


on’t you hate it when people beat around the bush? You probably do it all the time. We shouldn’t feel the need to tiptoe around each other, but we do it in fear of offending others. Maybe this is why we end up putting all non-white people into one box called “people of color.” Using the phrase ALVIRA BONSU “people of color” is problematic because it groups together diverse people with different experiences. You might think you’re being sensitive by using this phrase to refer to non-whites, but you’re actually bunching together people with completely different struggles. People should be respectful, but also direct. “Its sentiment is useful, but it often overlooks the particular individual that fits under this [social] umbrella,” said Amari Johnson, an Africology and Afri-







Help make period supplies more accessible Before I left for college, my grandparents made me a care package that included a copious supply of pads and liners. They knew I wouldn’t be able to rely on my mom for extra when that time of the month rolled around, like I did when I was living at home. I never thought the care package would run out. But it did, and I was shocked to find out that a large package of pads cost me $12 at the grocery store. I appreciated that care package even more after I realized that being a woman is an investment. Not everyone has family members who are kind CHRISTINA enough to buy MITCHELL them feminine hygiene products, and not everyone can afford them on their own like me. A basic human need shouldn’t have to be a privilege. Having a period isn’t a choice for women, and these hygiene products are as essential as toilet paper, but they are nearly triple the cost and heavily taxed. Tampons are excluded from health supplies, which are typically tax-exempt. Period poverty is a growing issue. Feminine hygiene products are a $2 billion industry in the United States, according to Time Magazine, and many people are forced to choose between buying sanitary products and other necessities like food. Women


risk. On Tuesday, the Cherry Pantry, Temple University’s food pantry in the Student Center that helps students combat food insecurity, will begin offering free personal hygiene products, including period supplies. And thankfully, the Feminist Alliance holds an annual tampon drive, where students can donate spare sanitary products on their way to class. In previous years, the drive went toward Project SAFE, a peer-based advocacy organization of women, non-binary, gender non-conforming and trans people in Philadelphia’s sex trade. It is so important that we donate pads and tampons to organizations like these or other outlets like food banks, so women suffering from poverty have what they need. Activism like this eases the burden for women who can’t afford the products they need. Sharon Washington, a social and behavioral sciences professor, said this necessity shouldn’t be a burden, especially in public bathrooms. “Periods are a pivotal part of the sustenance and survival of our species, and these products are as necessary for public engagement as toilet paper and paper towels,” Washington said. “Making them more expensive perpetuates the dominance of the patriarchy, the subjugation of women and economic instability.” College students know what it’s like to worry about our finances and to hesitate before buying something, but I couldn’t imagine something so vital being out of my reach. Aly McGrath, a sophomore pub-

ing brands and products she likes in order to save money. “I have a couple of friends who have had to either sacrifice certain grocery items in order to afford feminine products or have had to ask me if I can spare some pads,” McGrath said. “They are way overpriced for what they are.” There should be a systematic approach to making tampons and pads more accessible. After all, they aren’t a luxury product, but some states tax them like they are. McGrath said the government should offer vouchers for low-income women to get the products they need for their periods. Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to provide free period supplies to students in poverty, according to the Sacramento Bee. I’d like to see a solution like this in Pennsylvania. But until then, the best we can do is donate and spread the word about this issue. Aside from donating to on-campus drives, there are other organizations around the city doing the same for women in need. Distributing Dignity collects items like bras, pads and tampons. Its Philadelphia drop-off location is on Walnut Street near 16th. Making period supplies inaccessible for underprivileged women penalizes them not only for being impoverished, but also for being women. It is up to us, who have the privilege of purchasing hygiene products, to help those who do not have the same privilege.


Tampons and pads can be who can’t afford pads and tampons lic health major, has always been able virtually out of reach to women end up improvising with other items to afford sanitary products. But as a like tissues, which puts their health at mother, she has had to sacrifice buyin need, but you can help.





Be cognizant of cannabis cultural appropriation MARIJUANA

The Indian drink bhang is named Phillip Logan Jr., a political science “What is it about this drink that Cannabis-infused drinks are spiritual and should not be an up- after a part of the marijuana plant that Ph.D. candidate, said the ignorance and makes it unique?” Heard said. “How does gets infused into Indian drinks thandai gentrification of marijuana isn’t exclu- Coors [or] Heineken infringe upon the and-coming trend. Cannabis legalization is on the rise, and companies of all different industries — from beauty, to snacks, to dog treats — want in on the market. Beer manufacturers like Molson Coors and Heineken have expressed interest in creating drinks infused with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, Business Insider HUMZA ISMAIL reported last month. Marijuana-infused beer may sound like a brand new and fun idea to United States and Canadian residents, but in reality, the concept of marijuana-infused drinks has a long-standing cultural significance in India.

and lassi. Any adaptation of these drinks, especially without proper recognition, is an undeniable form of cultural appropriation. Cannabis was given orally in Ayurvedic and Tibbi rituals to treat malaria and rheumatism, according to Leafly, a cannabis information resource. Warriors would drink it to calm their nerves and newlyweds to increase libido. “In Ayurvedic and Tibbi rituals, cannabis was given orally to treat diseases like malaria and rheumatism,” according to Leafly, a cannabis information resource. “Warriors would drink bhang to [calm] their nerves, and newlyweds would consume bhang to increase their libido.” It’s safe to say most of the people consuming a whitewashed version of the original cannabis-infused drink have no idea how integral it is to Indian spirituality.

sive to cannabis drinks. “A massive turn of opinion on drugs and marijuana [is happening],” Logan said. “Thousands of Black men and poor working-class men [are serving] heavy prison sentences, five, 15 years for drug possession.” Logan said white men are the largest demographic benefiting from cannabis legalization at an economic level. “Artifacts of culturally symbolic significance are rendered free of their value to transform them into commodities,” Logan said. The duplication and modification of bhang is a microcosm of the longstanding imperialist, western approach to foreign ideas. CiAuna Heard, a sociology Ph.D. candidate, said people promoting these kinds of products should consider the “cultural rights” of others.

uniqueness of the traditional Indian product? ...If the comparison is valid, then it’s something to be concerned about.” Selling bhang that is sold for profit in western cultures should cause concern. Formerly colonized, occupied countries are especially susceptible to this unacceptable kind of commodification. The background of a product, especially if it has roots in foreign cultures for millennia, should be carefully analyzed before moving forward with a replica. Companies should be cognizant of the product’s history and gauge the potential for disrespect it could cause before marketing a product. Others should educate themselves and boycott these beverages. humza.ismail@temple.edu


Learning a lesson from a childhood character The movie “Christopher Robin” influenced a student’s outlook on his grandmother’s dementia. BY JUSTIN OAKES For The Temple News Loving someone with dementia is unfathomably hard. It’s hard to talk to an adult as if she were a child. It’s hard to constantly worry about something happening to an adult who lives on her own. Did she leave the stove on? Has she fallen down? Did she drive somewhere without telling someone? Is she lost? But the hardest part is watching the sharpest, wittiest and most brilliant person in the world revert back to a time just after Adolph Hitler’s armies were defeated. The clock in her mind is set long before the tragedy of 9/11, Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, Elvis Presley’s mu-


sical revolution and even the resistance to the draft during the Vietnam War. She was 9 years old in 1945. And while she is now once again filled with that 9-year-old’s wonder, it’s excruciating to know it has replaced her 83-yearold brain. As soon as I saw the first trailer for “Christopher Robin,” a film based on the stories of Winnie the Pooh, I felt like a child again: in love with Winnie the Pooh, pining for adventure and uproarious laughter. It had been years since I was enamored by Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood, a staple of my childhood that has faded by maturity and stress. Nevertheless, I went to see the movie. It was amazing — written for the children who grew up too fast and needed to be reminded of where they came from. Existing in this world of anger, annoyance, hurrying and constant need to be

somewhere, I needed Winnie the Pooh’s reminder that sometimes “doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.” But there was something different about this version of the “Pooh Bear” I once knew. Perhaps, there was something different about me. Despite my younger years surrounded by Pooh, it was only now that I felt a true connection with the iconic children’s character. In the movie, Pooh doesn’t understand why Christopher Robin is always stressed and working, instead of playing and having fun. In Pooh’s mind, sharing a beautiful day with loved ones is infinitely more important than any kind of work or responsibility. When someone has dementia, it’s easy to toss them aside. We all get so caught up in the demand of daily life, having to take care of another human — an adult — is something we’d rather

avoid. I’ve backed away from visiting my grandmother so much. School is stressful. Work is tiring. I simply haven’t had time to go on an adventure with her. But now, as sappy as it sounds, Pooh made me realize that none of what I have to do matters more than spending time with the ones that I love, especially my grandmother. Loving someone with dementia is hard, but maybe that’s because I keep treating it like a hardship. As silly and childlike as my grandmother’s become, she’s still the same, old, loveable woman who loves adventures. Now it’s time for me to have fun with life and with her. I know there will be a time when we can’t be together. But as Pooh would tell me, the memories I make with her will stay with me forever. justin.oakes@temple.edu




Community explores addiction in street play

A professor designed the sound “They gave me a connection to him.” for the play, which ran as part of Getting to know Philadelphia in this the Fringe Festival. way inspired Durkin to create the ReneBY TYRA BROWN For The Temple News


ike Durkin credits his relationship with his father as the driving source of inspiration behind his most recent project. Durkin, the artistic director of the local art and theater group Renegade Company, said his father struggled with alcoholism until he died from pancreatic cancer. “I used to explore the areas in the city that reminded me of him,” he added.

gade Company, which recently produced “(Kensington) Streetplay,” a show written and performed by nine Kensington-area residents. “(Kensington) Streetplay” explores the stories of the River Wards neighborhoods – Port Richmond, Somerset, Harrowgate and Kensington – and how their residents can reclaim and de-stigmatize the areas. It gives residents a public platform to share their perspectives on their neighborhoods, including their experiences with substance use disorder and STREET PLAY | PAGE 15

HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Joe Morris, a cast member of “(Kensington) Streetplay,” plays guitar at Campbell Square in Port Richmond after the walking portion of the play on Saturday.


Web content writer launches creative magazine Bria Kiara Williams faced rejec- to stop wasting my time.” tions from big-name magazines. The magazine is a quarterly publicaSo she started her own. tion that features creatives like designBY BIBI CORREA For The Temple News

After her father died from an opioid overdose in October 2016, Bria Kiara Williams knew she had to follow her passion and start Daydreamers Magazine. “When my dad died that was the first time I experienced death,” said Williams, a web content writer for Temple University’s strategic marketing and communications department. “It was so close to me, and it hit hard. It shook my whole world up, and it made me realize features@temple-news.com

ers, poets and local musicians. A month after her father died, Williams began laying down the groundwork for the publication. “I knew I could write and I knew I could edit, so I figured it wouldn’t be that hard,” said Williams, a 2016 Pennsylvania State University journalism alumna. She had relentlessly applied for jobs at her favorite magazines like Vogue, Elle and The FADER after graduation, but kept getting rejected. Months after her father’s death, Williams decided to enter the magazine industry another way. She researched media startups and

discovered women her age and younger were creating their own magazines. In December 2016, Williams quit her copywriting job at a kitchenware supplier. Daydreaming at the “soul-sucking” job she hated gave Williams the idea for her magazine’s name, she said. Williams came to work at Temple in July. “I always thought of myself as a daydreamer,” Williams added. “I space out time in my day to daydream.” The first issue of Daydreamers Magazine published in November 2017, with a “dream issue” theme that introduced the magazine and its daydreaming concept. “I really want Daydreamers to be a place for people like me who feel like there is no place for them, who feel like

they’re too weird for weird people and not cool enough for cool people,” Williams said. “I want it to be a place where people can feel safe to be their whole selves.” Contributors send submissions, like poems or photos, to the magazine via email. The work selected to appear in the magazine is chosen based on how well it fits the upcoming issue’s theme. The second issue, which was published in March, had a “For Lovers and Writers Only” theme that Williams described as “a haven for lovers and writers to divulge their innermost sacred thoughts on love.” In addition to submitted work, Daydreamers Magazine publishes profiles on MAGAZINE | PAGE 14 temple-news.com





Keystone Comic Con cosplayers take over Pennsylvania Convention Center

The first ever Keystone Comic Con took place on Sept. 14-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Photo opportunities with popular celebrities, live wrestling matches, panel discussions, fan meet-ups and cosplaying competitions were just some of the featured events at Keystone Comic Con. “Seeing the connection that parents can have with their kids and developing the next generation of fans is the most fulfilling thing and the thing that I think our staff values the most,” said Mike Armstrong, the event director of Keystone Comic Con. Devoted fans were given the opportunity to cosplay as their favorite characters, hangout with fellow fans and meet their favorite characters and celebrities. “She’s been having a good time seeing a lot of characters that she knows,” said Shannon Tumulo, who had brought her 3-year-old daughter Aubrey to the event. AROUND CAMPUS

Students bring princess magic to kids in hospitals A senior early childhood and special education major launched Temple’s A Moment of Magic chapter in March. BY CARLEE CUNNINGHAM For The Temple News Stephanie Fallon was surfing Facebook in her residence hall room one day during her freshman year when she stumbled upon an Elite Daily video that would shape her college career. @TheTempleNews

The video was for A Moment of Magic, a nonprofit organization in which participants dress up as princesses to visit children in hospitals for free. Fallon, a senior early childhood and special education major, immediately knew she had found something she needed to get involved with. “This is what I want to be doing,” she said. “This is amazing.” After a couple years of planning, Fallon brought A Moment of Magic to the university in March. She is the president of Temple’s chapter, which has garnered

interest from more than 300 students who expressed interest online. To qualify as president, Fallon spent more than 40 hours volunteering as a child life volunteer in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s emergency department. Her volunteer responsibilities included playing with kids awaiting or recovering from medical procedures and stocking supplies like toys and crayons. Fallon also attended an intensive National Chapter President Training conference in New York this summer that included workshops about doing

character makeup and running an executive board and a successful chapter and doing character makeup. Before the Temple chapter of A Moment of Magic launched, there were no chapters in Pennsylvania. “There are [more than] 40 hospitals in Philadelphia alone, so I definitely wanted to bring [it] here and make some magic,” Fallon said. She has already gathered students for her executive board, including senior political science major Jeremy Goodman MAGIC | PAGE 14 features@temple-news.com



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 MAGAZINE artistic people in Philly and around the country. The second issue featured San Antonio-based R&B singer Xavier Omär and Annon Merritt, a junior graphic design major. Omär’s claim to fame is his EP “The Everlasting Wave,” which was released in October 2016. “If This is Love,” the second-to-last track on the EP, has been streamed more than 5 million times on Spotify. Merritt, also known by his stage name AnnonXL, was interviewed about

his June 2017 EP “Jump.” “It meant a lot,” Merritt said. “I didn’t realize I’d have a few spreads. … And to be featured in the same magazine as Xavier Omär was really dope.” Philadelphia-based fashion designer Mariah Lynn was featured in the first issue of Daydreamers. She said the similar creative ideas shared by the publication and her company Mariah Lynn Designs made it easy to collaborate. “It’s very artistic, and I like the whimsical theme,” Lynn said. “[Williams] has all types of people featured, which incorporates different design styles on one platform.”

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 MAGIC as on-campus coordinator and sophomore media studies and production major Megan Walsh as Magic Maker Coordinator. The board members come from different backgrounds, but they share the same goal in the organization: lighting up a child’s day. “When I was growing up, my dad was the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Cooper [University Health Care],” Goodman said. “So I was involved in toy drives, March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, stuff like that.” Walsh was involved in theater in high school and always hoped to use her experience for something on a larger scale. She said she struggled to find a volunteer opportunity she was passionate about until she saw Fallon’s Facebook post in Spring 2018 promoting the club. “Not being a theater major [now], this is a great way to keep doing something that I love,” Walsh said. “But [this] is even more powerful and impactful than the normal circumstance.” Because the chapter is new, members haven’t been able to visit a hospital in costume yet. But Fallon said her most memorable experience so far with the organization was visiting the children’s

oncology department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with another chapter during the training conference. “It was just really nice to see the little kids and how happy they were and how taken aback they were,” she said. “We were standing there just watching it happen and it was really sweet. … Just to see those children’s faces and how big of an impact [the characters] actually have.” Club members can be characters, who dress in princess costumes representative of their fairy tales, or Magic Makers, who help the characters with costume malfunctions, make crafts and read books with the children. To become a character, members must complete 40 volunteer hours within the organization, typically from hospital visits or awareness events. Characters-in-training must also fundraise $450 for their custom-made costumes. The national A Moment of Magic organization was founded by Kylee McGrane and Margaret McAndrew, 2017 alumnae of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York. The two self-proclaimed princess-enthusiasts created the organization to bring joy to children who were receiving treatment in hospitals in the New York area. In Fall 2016, A Moment of Magic went viral when Elite Daily posted a vid-


The magazine is available in print and can be ordered online for $16.40 on MagCloud, an online publishing service. Readers receive a digital copy of the magazine with their purchase, but anyone can read the issues online for free. “I fell so much in love with the content I was creating and that other people were creating that I wanted to have it in my hands,” Williams said. To one day get the magazine in coffee shops and independent bookstores, Williams is trying to assemble a fulltime team of photographers, stylists and social media specialists. The magazine’s third issue, which

has a “revolt” theme, is meant to highlight when people have wanted to fight back against a problem in their lives. Williams said the theme was inspired by President Donald Trump’s administration because she has noticed more people standing up against social issues like racism. The third issue will be published in late September. “Sometimes things happen in life when you get backed into a corner,” Williams said. “I wanted people who’ve felt that before to express themselves through their art.” bibiana.correa@temple.edu

SHEFA AHSAN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Kylee McGrane, co-founder of national nonprofit A Moment of Magic, dresses as Disney princess Elsa to play with children battling cancer at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia on Thursday.

eo about the organization – the same one that caught Fallon’s attention. Since then, A Moment of Magic has established 15 other chapters at colleges and universities across the country. The group also isn’t limited to hospital visits. A Moment of Magic attends events like the CHOP Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome and the Autism Speaks Walk, as well as foster care visits, Fallon said.

“This is an amazing opportunity to make just a small change in someone’s life,” Goodman said. “You don’t realize how much this means to someone until you see that smile on that little child’s face.” carlee.cunningham@temple.edu @carleeinthelab




CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 STREET PLAY homelessness. But the play, which ran from Sept. 6 through Sunday in the annual contemporary performing arts event Fringe Festival, is more than just another typical piece of theater. Durkin said the Renegade Company’s productions revolve around everyday people in local communities telling their stories and giving viewers an overall life lesson. “This project ultimately has a purpose to explore substance abuse in the neighborhood,” Durkin said. “The more knowledgeable I am about Kensington, allows me to understand what substance abuse means to a city in its past, present and future.” According to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, 890 people died from overdoses in the 19134 zip code, which encompasses Kensington and Port Richmond, from 2007 to 2017 – the highest overdose rate among all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. In 2017, 209 overdose deaths occurred in the zip code, which was a 49.3 percent increase from the year before. It took two years to develop the “(Kensington) Streetplay,” as it was a new concept for the theater company. Adam Vidiksis, a resident designer at the Renegade Company and an assistant professor in the Boyer College of

VOICES What do you daydream about?

Music and Dance at Temple University, was the sound designer for the play. For Vidiksis, the most challenging part of composing the play was that its content hadn’t been previously explored. “We had to find how to create this type of play that works close with community stories and transform that into theater,” he said. “We had to figure out how to get the public to trust us, and in order to do that we needed to become a part of their community.” The performers were recruited by attending playwriting and story-sharing workshops Durkin held at the Kensington Storefront community center from HANNAH BURNS / THE TEMPLE NEWS last October to June. A shirt hangs on a memory web, an installation art piece that is part of “(KensingDurkin said the Renegade Compa- ton) Streetplay,” at Campbell Square in Port Richmond on Saturday. ny also had to figure out how to address alcohol and because of this I have been performers’ trauma while putting on the diksis said. Paul Gorman, a performer in the completely sober for a year,” Durkin play, which made production difficult at play from Cedar Park in West Philadeladded. times. phia, said he appreciated the opportuFor Gorman, the level of honesty “The community members are all nity to share his experiences in his own residents put into the play created a sense different and have their own personal words during the play. of hope and empathy in Kensington. stories,” he added. “Some are in the ad“I am a writer, and during the plays I “When I had an addiction, I didn’t diction stage, while others are trying to get to read my own poetry,” he said. “My care about myself and I thought that get away from addiction.” poetry is about addictions and how to nobody cared about me,” he said. “The For this reason, spontaneous theradeal with it. It’s personal.” Kensington play shows the neighborpy sessions were sometimes held during Interacting with the residents and hood that you can get involved in your rehearsals. The sessions helped performhelping them tell their stories has helped community, and people actually care ers open up about their experiences, Durkin reflect on his own life, too. He about you. Everyone involved has a story which bonded the residents and the prosaid his favorite part of making the play of their own that needs to be heard, and duction team. “Hearing the personal stories of was learning about substance abuse, spe- this shows that there is someone there to listen to your story.” community members and seeing them cifically his own past with alcoholism. “The play allows me to be knowlcoming to life is my favorite part,” Viedgeable about my relationship with tyra.brown@temple.edu

ELLEN MURPHY Junior English major I daydream about going on vacation, lying in the sun or...swimming and being with friends.

NATE JONES Freshman theater major Normally, it’s about things that I’ve went to and I would love to go to again.


TIRZAH SHEPPARD Senior public health major

This upcoming spring break because I just got tickets to Colombia and it’s going to be Carnival, and I’m excited. I’m going to visit a friend I haven’t seen in a year.

PRAISE AKANBI Junior civil engineering major Getting done with college, having my loans paid, thinking about what I want to be doing in a few years.





Journalism grad student wins NAHJ scholarship

Rafael Logrono won the award for creating a Spanish-language TUTV show and starting a student association. BY ZARI TARAZONA Deputy Features Editor In February, Rafael Logrono applied to several programs and scholarships through the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He thought the worst that could happen was he’d get rejected. “I come from a background that I’m not wealthy,” said Logrono, an adjunct instructor and a 2017 communication studies alumnus. “I’m not rich. My education expenses were going to be my own.” When the NAHJ sent him an email in April informing him he was denied from the coveted NBC News Group Summer Fellows Program, Logrono figured he’d also get rejected from the scholarships and resolved himself to finding another way to pay for graduate school. Instead, Logrono received the $10,000 NAHJ Facebook Journalism Project scholarship, an award given to five juniors, seniors or graduate students committed to digital storytelling. The NAHJ is a member-based organization dedicated to recognizing and supporting Hispanics in the news industry since 1984. Logrono, who grew up in Juniata Park with his Dominican family in North Philadelphia, is now pursuing a master’s in journalism at Temple. In January, the Facebook Journalism Project, a program collaborating with news outlets and promoting news literacy, announced it created grants of $250,000 for four organizations, including NAHJ, to be distributed as five $10,000 scholarships per year for five years. Alberto Mendoza, the executive di-


at Klein College, during Spring 2018. The student association, which officially launches this semester, is also for any Klein students interested in pursuing Spanish-language media. Logrono, the inaugural director of the association, said he wants to invite guest lecturers to talk to the student association and give career advice. “[Then] when they go out into the market they say, ‘Oh, I can be boldy Hispanic, boldy Latinx and also make it in media,’” he added. After Logrono completes the master’s program in Spring 2019, he has his sights set on a career in media. “I love television,” he said. “But I also love teaching. I’m sure I can do both at the same time, but I do want to try to make it as a broadcast journalist.” While Logrono debates his next move, he continues to leave an impresVALERIE McINTYRE / THE TEMPLE NEWS sion on Klein College’s faculty, like DiRafael Logrono, a 2017 communication studies alumnus and TUTV Spanrector of Communication Studies and ish-language show creator, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the FaceUndergraduate Studies Scott Gratson, a book Journalism Project. former professor of Logrono’s who has rector of NAHJ, said the Facebook Jour- ety from academia to government, from become a mentor and friend. nalism Project is “heaven sent.” NAHJ media to business,” Logrono said. “I’m so incredibly proud of him beFor Edward Dress, TUTV’s content received more than 100 applications cause he’s become so involved...and to and the five recipients of the scholarship producer, Logrono’s dedication to di- have gained a national award is incrediwere chosen by a panel of the organiza- versifying the media industry is exactly ble,” Gratson said. “This is an award that what will make him succeed. tion’s members and journalists. really underscores his vital connection “In order to do really good journal“[Logrono] rose to the top and we’re with the community that he is a part of excited to be able to see his develop- ism, you really have to know what is- and is very proud of.” sues your viewers or readership are inment,” Mendoza said. Similarly, Dress was happy to hear Logrono has been extensively in- terested in,” Dress said. “The best way... about Logrono winning the NAHJ Facevolved at Klein College of Media and to learn what matters most to different book Journalism Project Scholarship. Communication since transferring to communities is to be as diverse as possi“In a lot of ways he is...the future of Temple in Fall 2015 after receiving his ble and make sure that every community the media,” Dress said. associate’s degree in communication is represented.” Before starting graduate school this studies at the Community College of zari.tarazona@temple.edu semester, Logrono was hired as an adPhiladelphia. @SorryZari In 2017 as an undergraduate, Logro- junct instructor at Klein College. He no created “La Charla,” the first Span- taught a section of Introduction to Pubish-language talk show on TUTV. He lic Speaking in Spring 2018 and is cursaid he’s extremely passionate about rently teaching a section of Latin Amerdiversity of race, gender, sexual orien- ican Media. Logrono also started the Klein Coltation, disability, age and immigration lege Latinx Student Association with status. “I’m not shy about the need to diver- help from Patrick Murphy, associate sify every single institution in our soci- dean for research and graduate studies





Alone, away from home A student explores how only chil- ened intelligence and motivation. “From my knowledge on the research, dren adjust to college differently there isn’t much of a difference in the long than those with siblings. BY REBEKAH HARDING For The Temple News

Freshman move-in day is the first time many students who are the only child in their family experience life with another person cohabiting their space. While students who grew up with siblings may be used to living with others, only children often experience a culture shock and maladjustment to dorm life. Between struggles with anxiety and getting used to living with others, my own experience as an only child made the first few weeks living on campus difficult. Only child syndrome, a term that stems from a 19th-century study by psychologist G. Stanley Hall, is the stereotype that only children are prone to heightened anxiety, difficulty in social situations and an inability to compromise. Some of these stereotypes like anxiety and difficulty adjusting to constant social interaction have contributed to my adjustment to college. Only child syndrome, however, has been refuted by many psychologists who found that there is no risk of behavioral and social issues with only children. Toni Falbo, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has reviewed more than 500 published and unpublished studies of only children. Falbo found that an only child’s social and emotional skills and qualities are on par with their peers with siblings. Falbo also found that only children may reap some benefits from growing up alone, including height-

term outcomes regarding the success of only children and children with siblings,” said Kareem Johnson, an associate professor of psychology at Temple. “The biggest difference is that only children are less likely to get in trouble and follow instructions, at least in elementary school.” The first night I spent in my dorm room in Johnson and Hardwick halls, I woke up groggy and still under the impression that I was back home in my bed. When I looked over and saw another bed, it really set in that I was no longer alone. Although I only live with one roommate, the space we share seemed extremely cramped compared to back home. My own experience growing up as an only child has made the adjustment to college life uncomfortable at best and devastating at worst. As I hugged my mother for the last time before she got in the car for the fourhour drive home, the waterworks started. While the students on my floor were getting dressed to party and celebrate their newfound freedom, I was ready to go back home. Although I spent a good amount of time away at various summer camps where I couldn’t even contact my friends and family, something about the semi-permanence of college makes it emotionally exhausting, despite open lines of communication with my loved ones. My mother and I have always shared a bond that comes as close to friendship a parent and child can achieve. While I’ve

The giant’s blue eye feels BY JAZMYNE KENNEY For The Temple News Today the world sees black Today the world picks up a crying Black girl by her braids and drags her through the street Instead of pain, her body decides to be: A goodbye kiss A wedding train of silk over A flower petal over pond water Today all the streets are renamed every color but black Another murder on red Another protest along yellow Another girl last seen on fuchsia Today the world took back all its language Claimed not one God or one country Remade itself a spiral laughed at how we all thought we were brilliant once A girl wakes on this new nobody land and finally understands the world’s choice in its divorce from circular infinity Today the world calls itself a disaster and nobody cares Nobody calls its mother and tells her her child gave up on itself today Today the world sits in a starving neighborhood’s classroom and learns nothing Today the world goes hungry and we satirize its skeleton Pick over its carcass like flies and wear its bones as jewelry Today the world says it hates itself and a generation of black kiss their teeth Today the world sees a rainbow and mistakes it for unity Confuses a family for pawns and their home for a war-torn chess board Forgets to name its oceans bridges and its borders irrelevant Today the world converts itself into a book the height of the sky Every turn of the page the same black Bolded words Reads: It hurts It hurts It hurts






CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 ONLY CHILD spend time away from home for shorter amounts of time, knowing that this is my new home for the next four years, with only brief visits, is hard to digest. Other students who don’t have siblings shared similar experiences to my own. Ashley Lustig, a freshman journalism major and an only child, recalled the anxiety she experienced leading up to move-in day. “Being an only child never forced me to be independent,” Lustig said. “My parents always did everything for me, so I was scared for myself leaving because I didn’t know how to take care of myself.” As most only children can relate, being the sole child in a family comes with the benefits of more exclusive attention and a stronger bond with each parent. Similarly, Lustig said her “mom is like [her] best friend.” Despite growing up without siblings, Julie Tran, a freshman biology major, said alone time is when homesickness hits. “I find that whenever I’m interacting with people it definitely helps with my homesickness and anxiety,” Tran said. I, too, find comfort in the presence of others. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being alone, but being alone reminds me of the times I would spend by myself at home. Except, I’m not at home. I’m four hours away, starting my first year of college in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. Moments like those bring my homesickness back in full force. The past few weeks have been a tough adjustment, but I’ve started shedding my shell and began enjoying being surrounded by a group of people experiencing college for the first time with me. I can’t wait to see how my experiences growing up as an only child will shape me as an adult.


Coming to terms with my narcolepsy

A student shares her experience coping with neurological disorder narcolepsy. BY CELINE CORBIE For The Temple News “Hey, um, I’m sorry if I fell asleep on your shoulder…” Awkward encounters and apologies like this described my early years at Temple University. Dating back to high school, I experienced tiredness and frequently found myself snoring during class. At the time, I had yet to be diagnosed with narcolepsy, and I convinced myself that these symptoms were normal. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college, jolting awake 60 minutes into an 80-minute lecture, that I realized I couldn’t ignore the issue any longer. To combat the sleepiness, I attempted to be as attentive as possible. I sat in the front of the class, drank coffee and took whatever precautions I thought could help. I felt ashamed, though I never revealed this, as I

underperformed in my courses. My extracurriculars faced turmoil. More than once, I overslept a mandatory physical exam, jeopardizing my chance to participate in a dance organization that year. After more than two years, I could no longer balance family issues, mental health and a demanding course load. Considering to withdraw near the fall midterms of my sophomore year, I decided to take one last step and figure out what exactly was plaguing me. I scheduled a sleep study. I was nervous about having the study done. My results could either implicate a sleep disorder or another more severe medical issue. Worst of all, it could find no issue at all. Then, I would be left feeling crazy. When the day came, I drove with my anxious mother to a testing center in Center City. Specialists kept me in the facility all day, monitoring my breathing patterns, brain waves and other factors as I slept. After a few weeks, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that affects my body’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles. I was assigned a sleep specialist who set me

up with medicine and suggestions on how to navigate my newly discovered neurological condition. But my journey didn’t quite end there. Last winter, I neglected to take my prescription before an early morning trip to New Jersey. I fell asleep at the wheel and totaled my blue PT Cruiser. This was a harsh wake-up call, but an incredible blessing. I left the accident with just a few scratches, injuring no one else. A huge aspect of my journey with this disorder has been acceptance. Facing the reality of my condition did not devastatingly shake my world, but it made me realize that I have to adjust my mindset to succeed in the future. I needed to face the struggles head on. By implementing frequent alarms and eating foods that energize my body, I was able to take small, but important steps to combat narcolepsy. I remain the lighthearted and optimistic person I have always been, but I take more responsibility for my reality — a reality that is pretty bright. celine.corbie@temple.edu


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Rosh Hashanah: A sweet and happy new year A Jewish student describes the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. BY RUTH OSHLAG For The Temple News


’is the season…for Jewish holidays. Yom Kippur begins Tuesday night and Rosh Hashanah, one of my favorite holidays, ended last week. Rosh Hashanah highlights a time for renewal and rebirth, a reflection of the past year and hopes for the future. It is a time for new beginnings and is commonly celebrated with family and friends. Not only does it commemorate the beginning of the new year, but also, according to traditional Jewish belief, it’s the day when G-d first created the universe or Adam, depending on who you ask. Falling early this year in the secular, sun-based calendar, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “head of the year,” began the evening of Sept. 9 and lasted until sundown on Sept. 11. It is observed for two days in the Diaspora and Israel. The annual date of the holiday is @TheTempleNews

based on the lunar calendar and is always at the very beginning of the Hebrew calendar in the month of Tishrei. However, because the secular calendar is according to the sun, the “English” date of the holiday is not consistent year to year. The holiday typically happens in the first half of fall semester. Missing class during this time can be difficult, and it is often hard for students to travel home. This past year is one of the few holidays I spent with my family since freshman year. Thankfully there are options for students celebrating on campus, and opportunities for homestays with friends or welcoming families in nearby communities. “Although it could be challenging when Rosh Hashanah comes out early in the semester, I think it’s nice because the message is kind of similar that you have the opportunity for a fresh start, to make this year, or semester, better than the previous year,” said Chanie Kantor, the Rebbetzin and co-director, with her husband Rabbi Baruch Kantor, of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at the university. Made from a hollowed-out ram or antelope horn, the shofar is a staple

instrument of the holiday. It is blown 100 times throughout the prayer service, and it creates a resonating, jarring sound to “wake up” a person’s spirit and prepare them for the new year. Some Rosh Hashanah traditions, however, do not take place in synagogue. The celebratory, festive dinner on the day the holiday begins is fundamental to Rosh Hashanah, like many Jewish yuntifs or holy days. On Rosh Hashanah during the seudah, a festive meal on both nights of the holiday, there is an additional element of the simanim, which are specific foods either eaten or placed on the dinner table to encourage starting the year on the right foot. Quintessential Rosh Hashanah foods, like apples dipped in honey, place an emphasis on having “sweet new year.” Some lesser-known foods are pomegranate seeds, which signify the wish that our merits be as numerous as its many seeds, and a fish’s head, meaning that we may be the head, not the tail in the coming year. Rosh Hashanah wouldn’t be complete without the sweet, circularly braided challah with cinnamon and raisins, even though is it not a part of the simanim, compared to the more

common longly-braided challah loaves. While many Jewish students have different experiences with their families on this holiday, one of my fondest childhood memories is making the fourhour drive to my grandparents’ home in Buffalo, New York, where we would join them and my uncle’s family for the seudah and a tradition called tashlich. To reflect on the previous year and shed any mistakes we may have made, we shake out our pockets overlooking a body of water and a special prayer is said. This symbolizes ridding ourselves of any residue from the previous year. Some people, myself included, bring breadcrumbs and toss them into the water. I remember watching the bread pieces sink down into the lake behind my grandparents house, being snatched up by fish or disappearing into the darkness. Whether you commemorated Rosh Hashanah or not, I wish you the best with the traditional Jewish greeting for this time of year: a shana tova u’metuka, or “a sweet and happy year.” ruth.oshlag@temple.edu @RuthOsh



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 CAMPBELL cially celebrating with my teammates.” Campbell has started every game so far and has recorded the most shots for Temple, tied with senior midfielder Hermann Doerner with 10 shots. Rowland said part of what makes Campbell a valuable player is his ability to play multiple roles on the field. While Campbell is primarily a midfielder, he has played forward and outside mid positions, too. Campbell has been placed all over the field since he started playing soccer at age 3. When he got older and compet-


ed for his Canadian club team, Vaughan Azzurri 2000, Campbell began to focus on the offensive roles of midfielder, wide and forward. Campbell’s offensive production has earned him nods from the American Athletic Conference and the Philly Soccer Six, as he was named Rookie of the Week for the week of Sept. 10. “As he grows in his time here as a player, his role may become a little bit more specific, but right now, he’s giving us a lot of energy in our attack, and he’s pretty versatile,” Rowland said. “We can play a few different formations and know that he just understands spacing and where to go, so he just gives us some

fluidity that’s important.” Campbell has developed a close connection on and off the field with freshman midfielder Andres Charles-Barrera. Campbell, from Brampton, Ontario, and Charles-Barrera, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, were randomly matched as roommates and play next to each other in the midfield. Sometimes, when they are deep in conversation, the two are interrupted by their teammates who call them out when they use Canadian slang and slip in too many “ehs” while talking. “We get caught up in slang that a Canadian would say,” Campbell said. “Someone else may jump on it and that’s

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 RECRUITMENT FIVB U18 World Championship. Deak is from the Croatian capital of Zagreb and played for her country during the 2014 U19 European Championship. Ganesharatnam is familiar with the European volleyball circuit. He was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Germany when he was 5 years old, where he found he found his love for volleyball. He competed for VfL Sindelfingen, a German club team, from 1990 to 2000. “I think that coach being from Europe is a big reason why he likes European players so much because we have the same technique and style of play that he is used to,” Papazoglou said. Ganesharatnam’s parents still live in Germany, and he often travels back to see them. His familiarity and admiration for European volleyball have helped him stay engaged with the scene and translated to his recruitment process, he said. He often communicates with his connections in Europe. Ganesharatnam sent former outside hitter Izabella Rapacz’s highlights to a contact, which helped Rapacz sign a professional contract with Enea Energetyk Poznań in Poland in July. “We have a network built up in Europe, and we spend a lot of time analyzsports@temple-news.com

MICHAEL NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Graduate outside hitter Irem Asci (left), freshman outside hitter Miray Bolukbasi and senior defensive specialist Mia Heirakuji huddle during the Owls’ loss to the University of Maryland on Friday.

ing film trying to find the best fit,” Ganesharatnam said. “An advantage for us is we are a city on the East Coast that has an international airport, so it is easy on a player from Europe to get home and not be too far from home.” Recruiting players is a complex process, with which associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Akiko Hatakeyama is familiar, Ganesharatnam said. Hatakeyama, a 1999 sport and recreation management alumna who played

on Temple’s first NCAA Tournament team in 1997, has been on Temple’s staff since December 2011. “With recruitment, it sort of comes naturally,” Hatakeyama said. “Our No. 1 goal is to always find the best fit for our team whether it is nationally or internationally, and we have been fortunate to recruit so many talented players outside of America.” Hatakeyama said she finds pride and joy in working with players from so

when we notice after, that we’ve been talking like that.” His teammates also notice his work ethic and, though Campbell is not necessarily a vocal leader, he still has influence on the team as a freshman. “Jalen just makes everyone work harder just because the way he works himself,” Charles-Barrera said. “He works hard, he motivates others and he just motivates everyone to do better, to run more, to do more sprints, just everything like that.” maura.razanauskas@temple.edu @captianMAURAca

many different backgrounds because of her international background. She was raised in Japan and began her collegiate volleyball career in Tokyo playing for Kaetsu Women’s Junior College. “They really catch on quick with everything and there’s not too much of a language barrier on the court, so we do a good job of communicating,” Lindgren said. Before he became Temple’s coach, Ganesharatnam was an assistant coach from 2006-11 at West Virginia University. The Mountaineers had one international player during his tenure, he said. Before he became Temple’s coach, Ganesharatnam was an assistant coach from 2006-11 at West Virginia University, which had one international player at the time, he said. Temple’s diversity and environment made it conducive to recruiting abroad, he added. “That’s a large reason why we started to pursue international players from the get go because we thought it made a lot of sense at a school like Temple,” he said. taylor.snyder0001@temple.edu @TaylorSnyder_01




Former recruit comes to Temple for graduate year Louis Corgliano has finished in the top-two in both competitions this season. BY DONOVAN HUGEL Cross Country Beat Reporter In coach James Snyder’s first year as a Temple University assistant cross country coach, he nearly convinced one of the best high school runners in New Jersey to commit to his program in 2013. Louis Corgliano was recruited by the University of Maryland, Clemson University and Seton Hall University, but leaned toward Temple. In December 2013, Corgliano was heading to the university for an official visit, but Snyder called with the news that the track and field program was going to be cut as a Division I sport at Temple, and there would be no scholarship for him. Corgliano eventually committed to Maryland. “I always told everyone at Maryland, too, that I probably would’ve come to Temple if it wasn’t for the track program getting cut,” Corgliano said. “But it’s funny how everything just worked out in the end.” After graduating from Maryland in Spring 2018, Corgliano was looking for a new school to compete as a graduate student transfer, and chose Temple and Snyder, who now leads the two teams as a head coach. Corgliano used all of his NCAA track and field eligibility, but he is still eligible to compete in cross country at Temple because Maryland doesn’t have cross country, he said. Now at Temple, he’s a top runner on a team that he’s admired for the past four years.

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“When I started to look at graduate school, I really started to pay attention to how they were doing,” Corgliano added. “I saw the success that they had last year. That’s when I really started to think that I wanted to be a part of that.” Corgliano started off his career with the Owls by dominating the field at the Temple Invitational on Aug. 31 at Belmont Plateau. He won the 8,000-meter race with a time of 26 minutes, 56.9 seconds and finished 12.3 seconds before the second-place runner. At Friday’s Army West Point Open, which Temple won, he finished second in the 7,600-meter race behind junior Zach Seiger. “I want us to win that conference title,” Corgliano said. “I told the guys a couple of weeks ago that next year they’re set up to do well too, but let’s win the thing this year. I want to be a part of that first team that brings home that title that they talk about decades from now.” Even though Maryland wasn’t his first choice, Corgliano said it was the best decision he could have made. During Spring 2018, Corgliano earned all-Big Ten Conference honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and all-Big Ten academic honors at Maryland. He recorded performances in the 3,000-meter race, 3,000-meter steeplechase and 2,000-meter steeplechase that rank in the top 10 outdoor results in the school’s history. During his senior year at Hammonton High School in Hammonton, New Jersey, Corgliano was one of the best runners in the state. He was a three-time Atlantic County champion and became a Foot

COURTESY / ZAMANI FEELINGS Lou Corgliano runs in the Temple Invitational, where he won the 8,000-meter race at Belmont Plateau on Aug. 31 in West Philadelphia.

Locker All-American after finishing in 24th place at the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego Corgliano’s high school coach Jeff Dey followed his progression from his freshman year at Maryland to Temple. Corgliano’s skills were put to the test his first year at Maryland in 2014 when he ran against higher-caliber athletes, Dey said. “He was kind of mixed in with everyone who was equal with him during his freshman year, so he

struggled a little,” Dey said. “And to see the runner that he is now, the fact that he’s putting more work into it and getting better each year and getting all the different accolades is amazing.” Cross Country continues their season at the Joe Piane Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28 at University of Notre Dame. donovan.hugel@temple.edu @donohugel





Fake-punt touchdown changes season outlook One play might have changed the momentum of the season, as the Owls look to build off a 35-14 win. BY SAM NEUMANN AND TAYLOR SNYDER For The Temple News COLLEGE PARK, Md. — One play can change the entire dynamic of a football game. With two minutes and 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Temple University faced a fourth down on the University of Maryland’s 36-yard line. Coach Geoff Collins had to decide whether to punt the ball back to Maryland, or pull a trick out of his sleeve. With the game in a scoreless tie, Collins wanted to gain early momentum. He ran a fake punt. Redshirt-freshman quarterback Todd Centeio, who lined up in the backfield in a punt formation, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Freddie Johnson in Temple’s 35-14 win at Maryland Stadium. Johnson accounted for 80 yards on the drive and led Temple with 86 yards receiving. Temple scored the first points of a game for the first time this season. In the Owls’ losses to Villanova on Sept. 1 and the University at Buffalo on Sept. 8, they trailed by at least 10 points for stretches in the first half. “Our motto today was to start fast,” Collins said. “We wanted to strike first and our kids really bought into that today.” Temple also scored its second touchdown unconventionally. On fourth-andgoal with 6:38 left in the second quarter, redshirt-senior defensive lineman Freddie Booth-Lloyd took a handoff from redshirt-sophomore quarterback Anthony Russo, who started in place of injured graduate student Frank Nutile. The 330-pound Booth-Lloyd crossed the goal line to give the Owls a 14-0 lead. “I looked over at him and I saw that big ol’ belly, and I said, ‘We gotta get that ball and big ol’ belly across the goal line sports@temple-news.com

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and score a touchdown,’” Collins said. Booth-Lloyd and the defensive line helped the Owls keep Maryland’s offense from scoring a touchdown. The Terrapins ran the football 31 times for 132 yards, but 122 of the yards came in the fourth quarter, which started with the Owls up by 21 points. The Owls held the Terrapins to only 8 yards rushing in the first half. Temple entered the day ranked 125th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in third-down defense, while Maryland was ranked 15th in the nation. The team had its strongest performance of the year, holding the Terrapins to 1-for-12 on third downs. “If you don’t have a defense that has character and the ability to focus in extreme circumstances, then you’re gonna struggle,” Collins said. “Our guys were dialed in and they played a really good game.” The Owls had seven sacks, in large part to graduate students Michael Dogbe and Jimmy Hogan. Dogbe had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, and Hogan had half a sack. Redshirt sophomore Quincy Roche provided a spark, despite playing through an unspecified injury. Junior linebacker Sam Franklin played three different positions, including edge rusher, showing off his versatil-

ity. He had a team-high of eight tackles, including one tackle for loss. In the Owls’ first two games against Villanova and University at Buffalo, they combined for just two sacks and eight tackles for loss. They had nine tackles for loss against Maryland. “Creating havoc on the quarterback in the backfield, so the D-line took it to heart this week to really do that this week,” Dogbe said. “To go after their quarterback, you know it was all about heart and going out there and playing hard. We weren’t looking at the two losses previous to this game. We just wanted a fresh start and go out there and play.” With help of its third-down defense and running game, Temple dominated possession. The team had the ball for 36:33 to Maryland’s 23:27. In the past two weeks, Villanova and Buffalo each had the ball for at least 10 more minutes than Temple. Senior running back Ryquell Armstead had 26 carries for 118 yards to record his second consecutive game with 100 or more yards rushing. “I feel like I didn’t even get touched by a linebacker all game, which was all good,” Armstead said. “My O-line did a fantastic job today. When things didn’t go well, we just kept a good head on our

shoulders, and we just made sure we just kept going.” Temple entered the day as the FBS leader in blocked kicks, but it got a taste of its own medicine in the fourth quarter. Maryland redshirt-senior defensive lineman Jesse Aniebonam blocked a punt by redshirt freshman Connor Bowler and returned it for a touchdown to cut the Owls’ lead to 28-14. Maryland had an opportunity to make it a one-score game, but redshirt-freshman quarterback Kasim Hill threw an interception to junior linebacker Shaun Bradley, who returned it 78 yards to the end zone to seal the fate of the game. The game was crucial for Temple’s record after losing its first two games of the season. They skirted a 0-3 start in Saturday’s win for the first time since 2013. “From that 0-2 start, we watched the film and saw our minor mistakes,” Dogbe said. “We knew that we are still a good team. [We knew that] once we put it all together, we can beat anybody. So, we just got back to our process, did simple things like coming in watching extra film, doing all the little things and it turned out to a victory.” sports@temple-news.com @TTN_Sports




Russo starts in first win Russo said. “I got a great team around

The redshirt sophomore threw me. …I prepare every week like I’m gonfor 228 yards and led the Owls to na be the starter. …Playing a Big Ten their first win on Saturday. [Conference] team, out of conference, BY MICHAEL ZINGRONE AND TAYLOR SNYDER For The Temple News COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Darnell Savage Jr. jumped the route and took the ball the other way. The University of Maryland senior defensive back intercepted redshirt-sophomore quarterback Anthony Russo’s pass and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. But the big play didn’t faze Russo much. “That’s a hard play always, but it’s always the next play. …You have to have LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS that mentality,” Russo said. “You just have to move on to the next play and if Redshirt-freshman cornerback Ty Mason (right) congratulates redshirt-sophomore quarterback Anthony Russo during Temple’s 35-14 win against the Universi- you see something, rip it and just trust it.” ty of Maryland on Saturday at Maryland Stadium. In his first college game as starting quarterback, Russo finished with 228 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception to propel Temple to a 3514 win. About an hour before kickoff on Saturday, Temple was faced with a tough decision. With starting quarterback graduate student Frank Nutile unable to play due to an unspecified injury suffered during last week’s 36-29 loss to the University at Buffalo, coach Geoff Collins decided to give Russo the start. After Saturday’s win, neither Collins nor offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude named a starter for Thursday’s American Athletic Conference opener against Tulsa at Lincoln Financial Field. Russo debuted last season as the holder on field-goal and extra-point attempts, and he received his first career snaps at quarterback against Buffalo. He completed 2-of-4 attempts for 24 yards. Russo said it was rewarding to finally get a chance to play a full game under center against Maryland. “You can’t ask for a better scenario,” LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS

at their home stadium with a big crowd like this, that’s what you want. So it was pretty awesome to be out there today.” On Temple’s sixth offensive play in the second half, redshirt-sophomore tight end Kenny Yeboah lined up in the slot and faked a block for graduate student wide receiver Ventell Bryant. Maryland’s defensive backs stepped up thinking it was a screen pass for Bryant. Yeboah then turned up the left sideline and was wide open for a 47-yard touchdown behind the Maryland defense. Patenaude said he called the same play last year against the University of Notre Dame, but Yeboah dropped the pass in the end zone. “I didn’t expect it to be that easy,” Russo said. “The best way I compare it is when you have a wide-open layup in basketball, you can’t tense up, you just gotta do what you gotta do.” The Owls’ offense recorded season-highs in receiving, rushing and total yards with Russo under center on Saturday. Russo became the first Temple quarterback to win his starting debut since Clinton “Juice” Granger helped the Owls beat Army West Point on Nov. 17, 2012 at Michie Stadium in New York. This time last year, Russo might not have been ready to make a collegiate start. Quarterbacks coach Adam DiMichele said in the preseason that Russo has “come a long way” since arriving at Temple in 2016. Russo said being able to read coverages and know protections has made him more confident on the field. “I have a better understanding of our offense as well as the defenses we are seeing,” he said. “Last year, I was a little tentative and it caused me to play with my feet off the ground.” sports@temple-news.com TTN_Sports

Graduate student defensive tackle Michael Dogbe (center) sacks University of Maryland redshirt-freshman quarterback Kasim Hill during the Owls’ 35-14 win. @TheTempleNews @TTN_Sports




Coaches reach worldwide for recruits


The Owls have more international players on the team than any other school in the conference. BY TAYLOR SNYDER Volleyball Beat Reporter

From Turkey and Croatia to Germany and Greece, Temple University’s volleyball roster has the most international players out of any team in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls have five international players and have international representation in every class except junior. In Bakeer Ganesharatnam’s eight-year tenure as Temple’s coach, he has brought in a total of 10 international players. He has added an international player to the roster in seven of the eight seasons he’s been

coach. “It was a good option to come to university here and play volleyball and [Ganesharatnam] made it easy on me,” said sophomore outside hitter Katerina Papazoglou, who is from Greece. “He was always very easy to get along with and he made me get over my nerves of coming to America.” Three of the top five leaders in kills this season for Temple (3-9) are international players. Papazoglou is second in kills with 93, graduate student middle blocker Iva Deak has 84 and graduate student outside hitter Irem Asci has 54. Asci and Deak each played on their national volleyball teams before they came to Temple. Asci, a native of Turkey’s capital city Ankara, represented Turkey in the 2013 RECRUITMENT | PAGE 20

MICHAEL NGUYEN / THE TEMPLE NEWS Members of the women’s volleyball team celebrate scoring a point during the game against University of Maryland at McGonigle Hall on Friday.


Freshman midfielder an ‘important piece’ on field The freshman is emerging as an offensive leader, recording the most points of any men’s soccer player. BY MAURA RAZANAUSKAS Men’s Soccer Beat Reporter

JUSTIN OAKES / THE TEMPLE NEWS Freshman midfielder Jalen Campbell runs toward the ball during the Owls’ 0-1 loss to St. John’s University on Aug. 8. sports@temple-news.com

Jalen Campbell continued his timely offensive production during Temple University’s men’s soccer game against Duquesne University on Saturday. With the Owls trailing by a goal in the 87th minute, the freshman midfielder set up junior forward Lukas Fernandes’ game-tying score to help the Owls earn a 1-1 draw. Campbell recorded his second assist of the season on Saturday, and he leads the Owls (2-4-1) in points so far this season with four,

coming from a goal and two assists. “I expected this output from him,” coach Brian Rowland said. “We try to score team goals and certainly where he is on the field puts him in position to make plays that I know he can make, so certainly he’s an important piece.” His first college goal was the game-winner in overtime against Rider University on Sept. 5 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Campbell assisted the tying goal in the 87th minute of Temple’s 1-1 draw with Duquesne University on Sunday in Pittsburgh. “For my first goal, it was pretty exciting,” Campbell said. “Just the feeling and the vibe of the game was amazing, and scoring the goal in [overtime] was just awesome, espeCAMPBELL | PAGE 20 temple-news.com

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